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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 4, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N Ufh Volume a Copy Two Section Tablo Torna uthern Hlinoisan to Prn Journil NUirphyiboro THURSDAY APRIL 4 1974 01C175 I LIBRARY 7a LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 78 6252 kill 0 in wide area Thousands hurt many cities and towns in shambles By the Associated Press Tornadoes struck an area stretching from Georgia to Canada late Wednesday and early today killing more than 330 persons the worst tornado death toll in half a century Thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damage resulted from the twisters that hit scores of cities and towns leaving many in shambles Half the town of Xenia in southwestern Ohio was deva stated Thirty persons were killed and more than 1000 weie homeless in the community of 25000 Rows of bodies were arranged in the rubblestrewn streets More victims were thought trapped in overturned cars but heavy equipment was unable to get through the streets to lift the vehicles Whole neighborhoods were destroyed buildings leveled railroad cars and trucks upend ed bythevicious winds that struck the Midwest and South Kentucky appeared to be the hardest hit with 77 known dead and hundreds injured Ala bama reported 59 dead Indiana 63 Tennessee 56 Ohio 35 Georgia 15 Ontario Canada 3 NorthCarolina 4 Michigan 3 Illinois 2 West Virginia 1 In Washington D C the American Red Cross said more than 800 disaster workers and nurses were laboring toaid the homeless and injured Other relief workers and disaster equipment from all over the country were en route to the stricken states Early today two tornadoes hit the town of Meadow Bridge W Va about 50 miles southeast of Charleston killing one person and injuring several others There were twice as many people killed as the result of tornadoes in eight hours yester day as were killed in the three previous years said Allen Peason of the National Storms Forecast Center In Chicago forecasters said there was a chance of more tornadoes through Friday The greatest threat today was either side of a line running from 45 miles southwest of Meridian Miss to 35 miles northwest of Columbus Ga Possibility of tornadoes ex isted all down the East Coast from New York to Atlanta and then across to Mississippi Areas west of that line were out of danger forecasters said The frontal system will move out to sea by Friday and the threat will be over a forecast er said As the tornadoes steam rollered their way across coun try a moderate earthquake hit the Midwestcentering in Spr ingfield HI There were no reports of injuries or property damage however Heavy rains and hail also struck the stormareas Statebystate death toll Debris litters streets in city of Nortnfield in Louisvilles eastern suburbs after tornado APWirephoto a u a V Some thought it was their kids acting up Others blamed the weather jets overhead or boys in a soupedup car At least one woman thought she was having a he art spell But it was an earthquake While high winds and torna does struck elsewhere in the state the weather shook things up less than the tre mor in Southern Illinois Wed nesday evening The quake caused no major damage At pm the earthquake jarred many spots across the state It rattled windows smashed dishes and caused furniture to slide across rooms but there was no report of serious damage The quake was measured at 45 on the Richter scale at St Louis University Au thorities there said its epi center was located 130 miles east of St Louis They said a number of midwestern states were jarred by the quake Roderic Botts Carbondale said he noticed the water in a fish tank shaking when the earth tremor hit Wednesday afternoon Botts said he was visiting friends on West College street when the tremor went through the area Thre ware four people in the room and we all felt the tremor Botts said We knew immediately what it was bcase we were here when the one hit a fewyears ago None of us were frightened Norma Johnson of 900 N Oakland Ave Carbondale said she felt the room shake and heard thewindows rattle At first I thought it was the wind but then I realized that the wind was not blowing that hard Then I realized what it was The wind was more frightening than the tre mor she said J W Childers of 201 E Mitchell St Marionsaid I felt the chair tremble and I looked up and saw the lamp shade quiver I thought to my self the wind must be tough and then I said to myself Come on Jesse the wind would not do that It must be a tremor It kind of worri ed me a little bit Hazel Reel if 621 S Calumet St Marion said We were just sitting down to dinner Really I knew something was happening but I just dismissed it It went through my mind that it was an earthquake but Lasf quake was 1968 The last earthquake or tremor to be felt in Southern Illinois before the one Wednes day evening was on Nov 9 1968 That was classed as a full fledged earthquake and was felt in 23 states including Illi nois Its epicenter was pin pointed at Broughton north of Harrisburg Previously there have been nine otherquakes or tremors felt in this area in the past 20 years The dates are April 9 1955 Nov 25 1956 Jan 27 1958 Nov 7 1958 Feb 2 1962 June 25 1962 March 3 1963 Oct 20 1965 and July 211967 The Illinois Civil Defense Agency has issued this advice if you are in an earthquake During tte actual shaking if you are indoors stay there either under sturdy furniture or at least in the center of rooms and away from glass doors and windows dont use open flames in case a gas line may have ruptured if outdoors stay away from buildings and power lines After the quake check utili ties for leaks or ruptures if gas is leaking turn off main valvesopen windows contact authorities stay out of dam aged buildings because secon dary shocks can bring them down keep in touch with hap penings by listening to radio or television Crash kills 77 AP A DC4 airliner crashed at Francistown Botswana today and Botswana The plane was carrying nine workers from Francistown home and the South African Press to Malawi the South African Association said 77 persons were Chamber of Mines said killed Six survivorwere re The dead included 74 ported Francistown is a rerouting center for foreign workers traveling between their homes and the mines of South Africa lallJUCl The dead included 74 Malawi ans the pilot and copilot while the flight engineer and five Malawian passengers survived the Chamber of Mines re ported I thought Oh no It was just an instant that I really felt it Frieda Zimbleman of the high rise apartments 300 7th St said she thought a tornado was coming when she felt the quake She said some decorative items on her television moved Nancy Kissinger a mobile home owner on Rt 5 Mur physboro said she didnt feel anything except the high winds Delia Rosene of 2027 Alex ander St said her daughter felt it and shook all over but she said she didnt feel it herself The quake was felt by the Richard Thompsons of Sparta While having dinner their ta ble started shaking At first Mrs Thompson said she thought it was caused by a member of the family act ing up Mrs Hurley Hester of Pm ckneyville isnt sure whether she felt the earth tremor or not Mrs Hester said I live where so many jets pass over I wouldnt have paid the quake any mind Id h a ve thought it was a jet Pearl Hindman of Herrin said she felt a gentle shaking but didnot know an earth quake was responsible I just thought it was some boys outside in a car she explained Mary Cattaneo of Herrin was sitting on her front porch crocheting at the time of the quake and thought at first that she was having a heart spell But when I saw the win dows shaking and the couch trembling under me then I knew it couldnt be my heart and it must be an earth quake she said If many didnt notice the earthquake perhaps it was because they were worried about bad weather above ground I dont know how we miss ed ir they went a 1l around us Jackson County Civil Defense Director Ray mond Graff said today Aaron 714th ties Ruth record Cincinnati AP Hank Aaron Atlantas icy nerved 40yearold slugger earned his niche among base balls immortals today when he smashed the 714th home run of his illustrious career tying the alltime record held by Una legendary Babe Ruth Graff said Jackson County was under a severe thunder storm alert part of Wednesday afternoonbut said no actual tornado warnings were in ef feet as tornadoes struck areas allaround Southern Illinois Graffsaid winds up to 60 miles per hour were recorded in Jackson County in midaf ternoon Wednesday but said no major damage has been reported Several storewindows were knocked out in Carbondale but we have had no reports of building damage the direc tor said All long Usance telephone lines out of Carbondale were knocked out for more than an hour Wednesday night ac cording to Richard Kimberly service manager Kimberly said the trouble was indirectly caused by the wind storm and the earth tre mor The extremely heavy traf fic coupled with somekind o power surge shortly before 9 pm caused a fuse to blow on the main power panel Kimberly said Marion few isolated cases of winds breaking off limbs into power lines J W Childersof CIPS said less than six customers in the Fair and Main street area had electrical power cutoff at 4 pm Two customers1 on South Vicksburg street were affected at the same time rise again Washington CAP Wholesale pricesrose sharply again last month despite the first big decline in prices for farm products and processed foods in four months the gov ernment said tcday A 211 per cent drop reported in prices for farm products pro cessed foods and feeds failed to offsetthe big rise in prices for a broad range of industrial goods as the overall price index for March increased by a seasonally adjusted 13 percent Last months increase com pared with a jump of 12 per cent in February both highly inflationary rates but more moderate than increases in the previous three months the Labor Departmentreported Wholesale prices over the past year have risen 195 pr cent They usually are reflected later ait the retail level Tape says Patricia cfiooses SLA I reject you you lie I cast my lot with my abduc tors my name is Tania In a taped message kidnap Victim PatriciaHearst has told her parents she is joining the Symbionese Liberation Army Story and picture on page 26 By the Associated Press Here is a statebystate death toll from the tornadoes which struck a wide area Wed nesday KENTUCKY 77 dead at least 280 injured Heavy damage at Louisville Frankfort and Bran denburg National Guard called up Telephone service down in stricken areas INDIANA 63dead at least 1000 injured Damage estimated at at least million hardest hit areas Hanover in southsrn Indiana and Mpnticello and Rochester in northcentral In diana National Guard called up Telephone service down in stricken areas ALABAMA 69 dead at least 350 injured Damge estimated in millions Hardest hit Hunts Illinois1 story page 12 pictures page 28 villeDecatur area Athens Jasper Moulton all in northern Alabama TENNESSEE 54 dead hun dreds injured Heaviest damage at Cleveland and Etowah in siutheest and Cookville and Nashville area National Guard called up OHIO 35 dead more than 500 injured Town of Xenia near Dayton in southwest half de stroyed thousands homeless National Guard called up Cin cinnati damage estimated at million to million Telephone service out in stricken areas GEORGIA 15 dead more than 60 injured Heavy damage throughout northwestern area ONTARIO Canada 8 dead at Windsor at least 10 injured NORTH CAROLINA 4 dead Damage at Murphy and Stecoah in western section MICHIGAN 3 dead Most damage in Hfflsdale southeast of Detroit ILLINOIS 2 dead 22 injured Damage estimated at mil lion in Decatur area WEST VIRGINIA 1 dead Two tornadoes hit the town of Meadow Bridge about 50 miles southeast of Charleston Several were injured Presidents prompt decision praised Washington AP The congressional committee investigating President Nixons income taxes closed its case to day with a commendation to the President for his prompt decision to pay some in back income taxes and inter est After a brief session today the committee issued a statement saying inpart Because of the Presidents decision to pay the deficiencies and interest for 1969 through 1972 as asserted by the Internal Revenue Service whose deter minations closly approximate the recommendations of the committees staff the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation has decided to con clude its examination of the Presidents returns The committee commends the President for his prompt decision to make these tax pay ments Sen Carl T Curtis a Republican member of the committee said in a separate statement I concur in the mo tion to conclude the examination but dissent from the concur rence with the staff report Generally steady or slowly falling temperatures Tonight partly cloudy and colder with diminishing winds low in the mid to upper 30s Friday part ly sunny but colder Highs in the lower 50s Index 2124 Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword V Editorials Family living Records 2425 Sports 1514 Weather details map 25 exceeds Nixon may borrow to pay taxes Washington StarNews And Associated Press President Nixon will probably have to borrow at least partof the money required to pay his bill for back taxes which exceed Nixon declined to contest an InternalRevenue Service ruling that he underpaid his income taxes for 1969 through 1972 by a figure more than six times as large as the which he originally paid on a gross income of million The addition of 6 per cent in terest will push the total bill over almost half of the amount the White House reported last December as Nix ons net worth Anofficialsaid Nixon prob ably will have to borrow at least part of the money The official declined to say whether Presi dent will seek a new mortgage on his San Clemente or Key Biscayne estates or attempt to borrow from his millionaire friends Robert Abplanalp and C G Bebe Rebozo who have loaned him money in the past Apparently ruled out at least for the was the sale of either of his houses Adding to Nixons financial woes is a mortgage payment on his San Clemente estate which comes due July 15 In addition Atty Gen Wil liam B Saxbe has said that if he is impeached by the House Nixon should pay from his own pocket the cost for his legal defense in the Senate trial that would follow Nixon said at a recent news conference that he might have to borrow the money to meetthe salaries of his law yers White House attorneys work ing on impeachment are draw ing governent salaries totaling about a month The Wtiite House announce ment saidthe IRS report con tained no suggestion of fraud on the part of the President IRS contended Nixon improp erly claimed deductions for business expenses and a con troversial gift of his vice presi dential papers to the National Archives The federal tax collectors also held that the President failed to report taxable capital gains on sales of a New York City apart ment and part of his land at San Clemente Calif The tax agency which once gave the President an okay on past filings now challenged also was said by Nixon aides to have found he should have reported as taxable income some federallyfinanced im provements to his Caliofrnia and Florida estates and the value of air flights made by relatives and friends on military aircraft The White House announce ment that Nixon would pay the back taxes left open the question of the future of Nixons vice presidential papers on which he claimed S482018 in deductions IRS now refuses Nixon said last Nov 17 that if IRS raised any question about he deductions let me tell you this I will be glad to have the papers back and I will pay the tax because I think they are worth more than that Asked if Nixon now would re claim the papers Deputy White House Pess Secretary Gerald L Warren sadd a subject that no ones discussed around here James B Rhoads the archiv ist of the United States would not comment Wednesday night when asked whether Nixon could have the papers back Rhoads said he wanted time to study the IRS findings IRS said nothing publicly about Nixons tax troubles but the White House said its still secret report rebuts any sug gestion of fraud on die part of the President The official statement said Nixon was cent of any wrongdoing declar ing Any errors which may have been made in the preparation of the presidents returns were made by those to whom he del egated the responsibility for preparing his returns nd were made without his knowledge and without his approval A White House source said Nixon was not legally obliged to pay in back taxes for 1969 which IRS said he owed because the state of limitations for that year has expired Saying the payment would be made nevertheless the source said Nixon was doing this be cause he said he would do it Tuesday the IRS sent Nixon a form known as a 30day letter it gives the taxpayer a month in which to appeal An IRS spokesman said the document spelled out in detail the defi ciencies its examiners found in Nixons returns The President waives his right to appeal and accepted the agencys fig ures Nixon signed IRS Form 870 which marked his acceptance of the agencys audit He has 10 days in which to deliver the money
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