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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N 16th Southern Ifflnoisan Hrrln Jornl Murphyiboro 82No 921 Oe a Copy THURSDAY APRIL 18 1974 010175 IN LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 7 DECAIUR ILL 62525 CirbondiltHtrrlnMurphytboro Bridge collapse drops four carloads of coal into creek Repair of a collapsed bridge which caused four coal cars of a Penn Central Railroad train to derail in Saline Coun ty is expected by noon Friday Trainmaster Bill Brines said today The derailment occurr ed on a spur leading to the Sahara and Delta Coal Co mines three and a half miles west of Harrisburg about am Wednesday Brines said apparently pilings on a bridge across a creek collapsed after the engine had passed The four cars carrying 320 tons of coal were dumped into the creek No one was hurt The wreckage was cleared this morning Brines said two sec tions of 48foot corrugated steel culvert have been install ed and a bulldozer was to cover them with dirt today A hundred feet of track ripped out will then be replaced The mines are also served by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and were not affected today by any shortage of empty coal cars Sahara employs about 550 miners and Delta 150 Photo by Tom Porter Uncertainties alter vacation plans By Joanne Wood Of the Southern Dllnoisan Vacation travel is taking on a new look for some South ern Illinois residents this year The energy crisis and its offspring price increases and a shortage of gasoline are forcing many people to rethink their approaching vacations In past years vacations de pended on a balanced com bination of time and money plus whatever was ones own way of getting away from it all Now it is no longer possible simply to decide where to go have the car tuned up pack the luggage and take off Vacations are becoming a matter of money more than ever Railroads airlines buses ships have all raised their fares and another rate raise on most of the lines providing these services may happen again before summer comes Where people will seek rest and recreation this year may Getting away from it all may not be so far away be closer to home than before or they will investigate new avenues of escape Area travel agents say there is an increase in the number of people asking about pack aged and conducted tours People who have traveled to Europe before said Bill Jackson Carterville travel bureau agent want to know what its going to be like there this summer There are flydrive com bination tours but the ques tion is Will there be enough gasoline available in Europe to drive once the travelers get there Some people aje simply looking for within driving distance type of vaca tions These shorter trips often packaged weekenders Jack Economy takes steep nosedive Washington AP The government reported to day that the nations economy took a much steeper nose dive than expected in the first quarter of the year while prices soared at a double digit rate The Gross National Product declined at a 58 per cent annual rate in the first three months of the year the first drop in GNP since 1970 and the biggest drop in 16 years Two consecutive quarters of decline in the GNP which measures the total value of output of goods and services is considered the technical measure of a recession The first quarter drop of 58 per cent compared with administration forecasts of a decline of from 3 to 4 per cent The GNP grew at a rate of 16 per cent in toe last quarter last year son said to French Lick the Ozarks or Kentucky are short enough to beat the gasoline price problem and still offer time away from home On the whole he said I think people are more aware of what it costs to get where theyre going But summer vacations are still a big part of the Ameri can way of life People still want to go away and chuck it all behind them for a while Lynne Carlson manager of Travel Service in Car bondale said the momentum of vacation travel began to pick up earlier this year This is a community where people travel because they have ties elsewhere she said Many people who have always driven on vacation may be forced to fly go by rail or by bus And if they decide not to travel this year theyll visit close by and forget long er visits this summer Ms Carlson who prefers that title and Virginia Hutti Rhein Travel Inc manager in Carbondale agree that the energy crisis has not alto gether stopped peoples plans to go somewhere on vacation Many people have heard about the upgrading of rail passenger lines and are in terested Mrs Hutti said There are more requests this year than ever before about traveling by train A call to Brian Duff news director for AMTRAK in Washington DC confirms the greater interest in rail pas senger service AMTRAK has entered its greatest growth period onthe heels of the energy crisis Duff said Presidents eni ergy crisis speech late last year AMTRAK had been sell ing about 80000 advance tick ets a day Duff said Sales now are almost 280000 a day Ridership on the trains has gone up 29 per cent between Jan 1973 and 1974 with the increases higher on the most popular trains AMTRAK is now refurbish ing 70 cars a month Duff said and by summer 150 new locomotives will be on the lines But most of these will be operating on the longer runs such as between Chicago and San Francisco or Los Angeles he said Even if there is an eas ing of the immediate gas shortage Duff said I be lieve the crisis will have a permanent effect on increas ing ridership on the trains Greyhounds Ameripass tra vel package has helped in crease the bus lines national travel by offering a 30day tour anywhere in the United for according to Shirley Sweeten who sells tickets at the Benton Grey hound station Arid for more or one person can stretch his or her travel to two months she said Presley Tours of Makanda offers package bus tours to almost any place of interest in the United States as well as several conducted tours overseas Gene Wright general man ager said that the company has been assured that the company willhave plenty of buses and fuel It is going to cost more but because the company has guaranteed 1974 tour prices we will have to absorb the higher costsjhe said Airline reservation clerks believe that the increased business at their desks is caused not only by the fear that gasoline will not be avail able for a long trip but by the fact that lowered speed lim its have further curtailed driv ing time to faraway places Martie Whitby reservation clerk for Ozark Airlines in Peoria believes that air trav els growth has occurred be cause people are in a hurry to get where they are going With the speed limit down to 55 mph increasing the time factor we are getting more reservations than ever he said An Air Illinois Carbondale employe agreed that more people than ever are traveling by air People can make con nections anywhere from Mem phis or St Louis and we take them there on the first leg of their longer trip she said Airlines have withdrawn student and youth discounts and family plans and have raised prices Passenger train travel is more expensive al though most rail lines have retained a family plan for midweek travel Bus fares are up a lew dollars over last year The price of gasoline may go up again by summer and there is the nagging fear that gas may not always be avail able when and where needed on a long trip It is almost enough to keep everyone at home But most area residents are looking for new ways and new places just to get away from it all for awhile on vacation Tax boost uestionable By Roger Hughes LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Is a tax increase in a major Illinois revenue source likely within the next two years Views ranged from inevitable to avoidable Wednesday at an Illinois State Chamber of Commerce legislative conference A nearfuture tax hike seems inevitable the Chamber said in a budget study released at the conference because the states General Revenue Fund outlook is for expenditures increasing at a faster rate than revenues It will not be long until the states reserves dollars left over from prior years dwindle to a deficit it was explained It is at that point the states commitments to presently authorized programs will cost more than the state has money With such a fiscal climate the Chamber suggests the best tax relief for he upcoming fiscal year is no socalled tax relief which will only accelerate the necessity for higher taxes in the future and holding all ap propriations within the available revenues of the state Gov Daniel Walker countered at the conference luncheon session that a tax increase definitely is avoidable providing state legislators go along with his proposed accountability budget for the year beginning July 1 Pointing to a General Revenue Fund chart showing his ad ministrations income and outgo projections for the next two years Walker claimed that even by June 1976 the state still should be in reasonably decent financial condition On another chart however a lets suppose situation was pictured in which it is assumed spending goes beyond Walker proposals to include suggested increases of some legislators Governor soys if con fae avoided and interest groups That eventuality could drive the slate into deficit spending and tax increases at least by the 197576 budget year Walker warned He strongly urged Chamber members to back his efforts at holding the line on spending suggesting the lets suppose chart can be scrapped if he gets help in convincing legislators his own budget is best for Il linois State Comptroller George W Lindberg said at a morning session that in his view the states fiscal health is sound as of today The energy crisis has not thus far seriously impaired the fiscal health of the state and is unlikely to cause a tax increase in the near future Lindberg added It would be a mistake however to conclude that we therefore having nothing to worry about at die present time he said A tax increase would in Lindbergs view be necessary when it becomes apparent that we will not have sufficient funds on hand current revenues and available balances carried forward from prior years to pay for the necessary expenses of carrying on the daytoday business of state govern ment James Heins a University of Illinois economics professor told delegates to the conference that conservatively there will be at least million more in state revenues available to the slate next year than the Bureau of the Budget is projecting The Illinois tax structure is fairly stable and a better pro ducer of revenues than even the budget bureau seems ready to acknowledge Heins said Thus I think revenues may be understated by about million for the remainder of the current budget year he added and conservativelyby about million for the upcoming year Based on Walkers budget proposal I dont see any tax increase coming up and possibly even some tax relief Heins said But he tempered his view with two qualifiers A possibility more money may have to be earmarked for state pension funds as a result of pension reform legislative action in Washington A concern about what the state will do to replace personal property taxes which the state Constitution requires be abolished by 1979 f Springfield j report J Here are highlights of ac tivities in the Illinois General Assembly The Senate passed 449 a proposed constitutional amend ment to limit legislative sessions in evennumbered years to budgetary matters House leaders seem reluctant to adopt the measure Two bills have been in troduced in the House to subsidize downstate mass transit systems A Republican senator wants to investigate appointment of Richard Brioeland a former US Environmental Protection Agency official to head the state EPA Stories on page 20 Walkers plan Demos likely to reject chairmanship rotation By Richard H Icen LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Chances appear remote for approval today of Gov Daniel Walkers proposal to rotate the chairmanship of the Democratic State Central Committee every two years between Cook County and Downstate Illinois The committee was expected tn elect John Touhy of Chicago former Illinois House speaker and a supporter of Mayor Richard J Daley to a full four year term as party chairman this afternoon in Springfield Walker has endorsed Touhys bid but recommended a change in the bylaws to provide for a twoyear term and election of a Downstate Democrat as chairman every four years Now you take someone like Jim Holloway a Chicago Democrat close to Touhy said He isnt particularly fond of House Minority Leader Clyde Choate and hes not close to Dan Walker But you ask him about John Touhy and hell tell you he was treated fairly in the legislature by Touhy At the March 19 primary HoUoway of Sparta unseated Ben Cherry as committeeman from the 24th District in far Southern Illinois Holloway said he intended to vote for Touhy for a fouryear term Choate also indicated the rotating chairmanship idea might not be the best way to conduct party business Choates relations with the Walker administration have cooled since the March 19 primary because of strong ad ministration support of David Vaught of Carmi Walkers son inlaw in the Democratic primary for the 59th House Distrct seat Those close to Choate say he was upset about efforts to get Choates supporters to split his cumulative votes with Vaught Theres no doubt Clyde would have lost if that had happened one Chicago Democrat said Index RAIN Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Sports Weather details map 2326 31 4 68 2627 1718 27 Partly cloudy tonight low in the upper 40s Friday partly sunny with little temperature change high in the mid or upper 70s Rain forecast for Friday through Monday Kissinaer Nixon talk with Egyptian official war continues reportedltwasthelatestinan troop v By the Associated Press As President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kiss inger had a surprise meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy today Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said nis government was seeking arms elsewhere after six months of waiting for the Soviet Union to respond to requests for sup port Meanwhile the war between Israel and Syria continued and a terrorist hand grenade wounded 12 Arabs and one Jew in a Tel Aviv suburb Fahmy came to Washington from New York where he was attending sessions of the United Nations for the latemorning Oval Office meeting announced less than an hour before it began US officials described itas part of the process of informing Egypt of continuing US efforts seeking disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces The informants said the session was not related to Egyptian President Anwar Sadats disclosure today that the Soviet Union has hesitated for the past six months in filling Egyptian arms requests and that his military forces were now seeking arms elsewhere Fahmy has ben one of Kis ingers main contacts in the US effort to arrange a permanent Middle East peace Fahmy conferred with Kiss in Herrin says the people want peace Story on page 3 inger at the State Department and again duringthe weekend in New York where Kissinger ad dressed a UN session In Cairo Sadat has hesitated for the past six months to respond to some of our arms requests and ac cordingly I have ordered the armed forces to look for arms already been implemented He spoke before a joint I meeting of the Arab Socialist sources from others and this has Union and Peoples Assembly The address was carried Tby sadat described the Soviet failure to supply the requested arms as a misunderstanding for which T find no reason We still seek their friendship and want it butlet it be known we base our friendship on our in terests and principles Sadat added misunderstanding with the Soviet Union may becaused because of our new friendly ap preaches with the United States Our relations with the United States have improved because the Americans have changed their policy regarding theMid dle East problem two superpowers have decided to defend each other I dont see why we should seek the enmity of any country Sadat said Meanwhile a terrorist hand grenade exploded in the Tel Aviv suburban village of Pardes Katz wounding 12 Arabs and one Jew the military command reported It was the latest in an almost daily series of bombing attacks in recent weeks Theattack came one day after police found the boobytrapped body murdered taxjdriver of his v Elite border police armedwith submachine guns patrolled the streets of Jerusalem today ap parently fearing reprisal raids against Palestinian residents Jewish cab drivers were kept from entering the Arab dis tricts And Israeli planes bombed and strafed Syrian positions on strategic Mt Hermon again to day The Israeli planes scrambled following artillery barrages aimed at Israeli troops occupy ing the 9232foot mountaintop often described as Israelis die spokesmaSsaidv oB Symh gun ners on Israeh of nuleSyrian enclave captured last October the Israelis said But the Syrians charged the Israelis with firing first The days outbreak of shooting followed an allnight clash on the Hermon massif on the northern rim of the Israeliheld bulge It was the second straight day Israeli planes were called into action and the fourth time in a week   

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