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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFPICP Murphysboro 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut Herrln 2 N 82No IZDVOc a Copy oisan 010175 IN HOSE OFFICE LISDSAYSCHAUB NEWSPAPER POBOX 789 ECATUR III 6262 2 Sietions Supplemen Succwwr to CirbomHH Frw frm TDtMy Journil Murphyibore TUESDAY MAY 21 1974 Franklin Countys tarm is out By Don Frost and Anne Curley Of The Southern Illinoisan Barring court action a pro posed grain farm in Frank lin County that would have used Chicago sewage as ferti lizer will not be allowed Without any discussion the Franklin County Board voted not to approve a permit for the proposed sludgefertilized farm About 30 members of the ROSE committee Residents Opposed to Sludge Every where who had come to argue if need be for just such a move gave the board an en thusiastic round of applause and left the chambers within five minutes of the start of the meeting The vote was against a pro posal by William Johnson of RayLee Farms Inc His com pany is seeking to establish a 3200acre farm north of West Frankfort tobe fertilized with processed sewage ship ped by rail from Chicago The Environmental Protec tion Agency has denied John son a permit to operate the project an agency spokesman said today He said the agency raised 21 specific questions on Johnsons application Johnson can reapply he said Attorneys with the state vironmental Protection Ag ency in Springfield say the project falls under the Waste Water Land Treatment Site Regulation Act passed in Octo ber James Young an EPA attorney said today Under the act an applicant must receive permission from both the EPA and the county board for such a project He said Johnson would have 35 days in whichto appeal the boards action in circuit court Askedtoday what his next step would be in light of the boards action Johnson said I dont know The boards decision follow ed a May 9 public meeting at which 400 Franklin County residents protested the pro posed farm claiming that it would aggravate flood prob lems in the area since the farms proposed location is on a flood plain and would also create odor problems especi ally since when not in use the fertilizer would be stock piled The group also alleged that useof sludge would be a health hazard Meanwhile Johnson presi dent of RayLee farms lias denied reports that the sludge is more liquid than solid and that it will be shipped by tank cars rather than coal cars Elvis Nolen treasurer of ROSE said Johnson told him May 15 the sludge would be 65 to 75 per cent liquid and from 25 to 35 per cent solid Johnson said that is not true He said Monday he told No len the airdried sludge is mostly liquid when it is brought from the drying beds But it becomes more solid after it is taken to the curing area By the time it would arrive in Franklin County by coal car the sludge would be a solid with consistency similar to soil Johnson said Johnson said reports that the sludge will be dried in ground holding tanks in Franklin County are false It will be dried and cured at Chicago he said The sludge would be dump ed from coal cars into holding bins but it will be put im mediately on the ground from there he said He added that tie sludge would be stored only in the case of bad weather when it could not be put on the ground The sludge more specifical ly called Imhoff Sludge is from 50 to 60 per cent solid according to Thomas Moore purchasing agent for the Chi cago Metropolitan Sanitary District Johnson said when he refer red to the sludge as mostly liquid he meant before it came from the curing tanks Nolen said Monday that was not his understanding If he proves its wrong I will retract my statement Nolen said but he has not done that yet There have been too many contradic tions Food prices roo share Washington AP The biggest drop in retail food prices in seven years helped slow the nations inflationary Increase in April to about half the level in each of the previous three months the government said today The Labor Department said April rose sixtenths of one per cent on both an unadjusted and seasonally adjusted basis The increase was the smallest since last September and com pared with increases of 11 per cent in March 12 per cent in Inflationary increase cut In half which accounted for more than a fourth of the rise in this category Gasoline and motor oil con tinued to increase last month but at the slowest rate since last October at the start of the Arab oil embargo In a separate report the Labor Department said gasoline February and 11 January per cent in Despite the sharp drop in food prices rapid price hikes on most nonfood commodities continued to spread across the economy in April The Food Price Index dropped fen adjusted fourtenths of one per cent in April the first decline since September and the biggest drop since it also fell fourtenths of a per cent in April 1967 Grocery prices alone fell an adjusted seventenths of one per cent the most in any month since a drop of ninetenths of one per cent last September However while food prices declined nonfood commodities and an unadjusted 13 per cent in April while services increased an unadjusted sixtenths of one per cent the government said Nixon administration officials have said food prices increases prices rose 17 per cent from jumped an adjusted 11 per cent to April with the average apparently have course this year run but their have continued sharp in creases for most other items in the absence of price controls which expired April 30 Consumer prices in April were 102 per cent higher than a year ago with the index up to 1440 This means that it cost to purchase a variety of consumer goods and services which cost in the 1968 base period The Labor Department said the surge in nonfood com modities was led higher prices for price for regular grade at 537 cents per gallon in April and the average for premium at 573 cents per gallon Although the rise in consumer prices slowed last month the government said that real earnings that is pay after making an adjustment for higher prices and taxes was lower than the yearbefore level for the 13th consecutive mon Real earnings for average married worker three dependents dropped eight tenths of one per cent bringing Sirica orders V Nixon to obey Magrixtar and wife Gall leave court in Washington DC Washington Jeb Stuart Magruder the No 2 man the April figure 56 per cent campaign was sentenc below a year ago It was the t0jay to serve at least 10 largest annual decline in real by sharply I earnings since the statistics used cars were started in 1964 Parents urge suspected SLA members surrender Los Angeles AP As lawmen continued their search for Patricia Hearst and William and Emily Harris the distraught parents of the suspected Symbionese Libera tion Array members pleaded with their children to surrender rather than face possible violent death i With the memory of last Fridays flaming deaths of six SLA members vivid in her mind Mrs Betty Bunnell Harris mother said All of us just cant bear the thought of seeing Profiles page 8 choices open now you may elect to die an equally horrible and totally useless death Your other choice is to come forth and live He offered to meet her and take her to law can i Dear me uiuugut m anythingon film like we saw And Cahf this past weekend and to think that it might happen to my son is almost unbearable and I do would give himself wish he op1 Mrs Harris father Frederic Schwartz flew to Los Angeles from Chicago Monday night to plead with his daughtr to sur render to him In a statement aimed at Emily 27 Schwartz said You have only two Catherine Hearst mother of the 20yearold coed whose kidnap ing on Feb 4 set off this case said I hope she will give herself up and come home But there was no sign that Miss Hearst or the Harrises a white couple were about to voluntarily give up And more than 100 local state and federal law officers remained on full time duty in search of the three who are described as armed and extremely dangerous and possibly the last remnants of the small band of terrorists Meanwhile police and FBI agents said they discovered another SLA hideout in San Francisco Monday night Newspapers found in the dwell ing indicated it was used between May 1 and May 10 Nothing of any significant value was found inside a spokesman said The hideout was the ninth to be tied to members of the ter rorist group in the San Fran cisco area Six were in Oakland one was near Concord and another was an apartment on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco An FBI spokesman said a tip obtained as a result of Friday nights siege in south Los Angeles led them to the apart ment in a semiindustrial predominantly black area Mon day He refused to elaborate months in prison for helping plan the Watergate breakin bugging and coverup US District Judge John J Sirica ordered that Magruder serve a 10month to fouryear term in a minimum security in stitution and gave him until June 4 to surrender himself Magruder was the first Nixon insider to publicly admit his own in the Watergate case and the first to publicly others in the cover accuse up My obscured my judgment Magruder told Sirica in a brief statement He said he still doesnt know how he 1 surrendered my moral precepts I know what I have done Outside the courthouse Magruder told reporters I cant say Im looking forward to going to prison but I accept it Hopefully the public will accept the fact that Ive paid a penalty for my part in Watergate Magruder was the sixth former White Houseaide to be sentenced to prison He pleaded guilty Aug 16 to a single count J JUIUVT YYliai A Magrudertold tiie judge Im of conspiracy to unlawfully m confident Hie country wffljtercept to survive its Watergates and its i obstruct justice and to defraud Jeb Magruders the United States of America Washington AP Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski says President Nixon is trying to make a farce of the charter guaranteeing the prosecutors independence and his right to subpoena Watergate evidence from White House files Jawarskis challenge to the Presidents willingness to accept the prosecutors independence was disclosed Monday shortly after US District Judge John J Sirica ordered Nixon to obey a subpoena from the special pro secutors office demanding tapes of 64 conversations sought as evidence in the Watergate coverup trial After the order Vice Presi dent Gerald R Ford said the White House should turn over any tapes relevant to a criminal proceeding but Nixon counsel James D St Clair said the White House would appeal Siricas decision Meanwhile US District Judge Gerhard A Gesell began hearing requests from defen dants in the White House plumbers case for access to files that might support their con tention they were working on a legitimate national security matter J Fred Buzhardt White House counsel was scheduled to appear before Gesell to testify whether material sought by the defendants exists Jaworski disclosed details of i his latest clash with the White I House in a strongly worded let ter to Sen James 0 Eastland DMiss chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee At the request of Sen Edward M Kennedy DMass a Judiciary Committee member Eastland scheduled an executive session of the panel Jaworski told Eastland that in opposing the coverup trial sub poena St Clair had said it is the Presidents contention that he has ultimate authority to determine when to prosecute whom to prosecute and with what evidence to pro secute The crucial point is that the President through his counsel is challenging my right to bring an action against him to obtain evidence or differently stated he contends that I cannot take the President to court the prosecutor said That position said Jaworski would make a farce of his charter and would render its guarantee of the right to take the President to court an idle and empty one In his order directing the President to give him the sub poenaed material to determine whether it is relevant to the coverup trial Sirica specifically rejected what he called the Presidents attempt to abridge the special prosecutors in dependence Sirica said the need for evidence for the trial was if anything more compelling since the matter has developed iritba criminal trial than in the case last Aug 29 when he ordered Nixon to turn over tapes for evidence for the Watergate grand jury In the earlier case the US Court of Appeals upheld Siricas order and Nixon eventually turned over the tapes Seven former administration and campaign aides are charged with conspiring to try to block the investigation of the Watergate breakin They are Haldeman John D Ehrlichman Charles W Colson John N Mitchell Robert C Maridian Gordon C Strachan and Ken neth W Parkinson Nixon plans to continue to resist query Washington StarNews And Associated Press President Nixon plans to con tinue resisting House Judiciary Committee efforts to obtain ad ditional Watergate evidence despite the possibility that some of the same material may be turned over to Special Pro secutor Leon A Jaworski under court order James D St Clair Nixons lawyer told reporters today he is not aware of any plan by the President to reconsider his flat refusal tomake available anymore tapes and documents to the impeachment com mittee The committee last week subpoenaed 11 tape recorded conversations between Nixon and some of his senior ad ministration aides and portions of the Presidents activity logs for the past three years The material was requested by 10 am Wednesday Some of the same material sought by the committee is in cluded in Watergate evidence US District Judge John J Sirica has ordered turned over to him for his inspection before a final ruling on whether Jaworski should get it St Clair reiteratingthe Presidents position that the full story of Watergate already has been told said two weeks ago that Nixoii had decided not to surrender any more Watergate materials either to the committee or to Jaworskis prosecution force Nixon has given the com mittee 18 actual Watergate tapes and transcripts of some 35 others during its investigation St Clair also said today that he hopes to have a response soon to a separate April 19 committee request for tapes and documents related to its in vestigation of illegal campaign contributions An answer to that request which covers some 66 tape and documents had been expected Monday The request concerns milk and ITT data The committee continuing in closed session despite White House demands that hearings be opened was expected to hear today a tape of a March 131973 presidential conversation with John W Dean III and onetime White House chief of staff H R Haldeman The panel will then hear today if time permits or otherwise on Wednesday a tape of Nixons March 21 1973 conversation with Dean his former White House counsel The March 21 conversation during which Nixon and Dean discussed the payment of money to convicted Watergate burglar E Howard Hunt to keep him quiet is regarded by some members as the key to whether Nixon will be linked to the coevr up Also important to Nixons chances of avoiding impeach ment however is his response to the committees subpoena Wednesday and any new ones that may be issued Index RAIN Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map Youth 1316 19 4 6 1617 1112 17 5 Partly cloudy chance of thunderstorms tonight and Wednesday continued warm low tonightin upper 60s or lower 70s high Wednesday in upper 80s or lower 90s Legislators guards concerned with Menard administration CJJK ic HmA Riorhlp nf Chester Thomas ministrative problems at tlie declared in his p r e s s frustrations led to the inmate LindsaySchaub News Service And Associated Press Springfield A security guard who was taken hostage during an inmate rebellion last week at Menard Correctional Center says he will not return to work under present conditions The guard Leonard Canady of Chester and three other guards who were seized met with Sen John Graham RBarrington issued a joint statment with Rep Norbert Springer R Chester It is apparent to us based on our conversations with the security personnel that a serious situation exists at Menard the statement said According to the guards both they and the inmates are con cerned with administration of the institution During the course of the meeting one of the four guards taken hostage told us that he would not return to work under present conditions Graham is chairman of the penal subcommittee of the Legislative Commission to Visit and Examine State Institu tions The lawmakers urged Allyn Sielaff director of the Depart ment of Corrections to visit and investigate the situation at the Chester institution The four guards were taken hostage Friday by a group of inmates protesting conditions at the prison They were released unharmed several hours later Sielaff said today Canady is not really a guard but a state forester Sielaff said Canady has used his forestry knowledge in work ing with lumber at the prison Recently however Canady had served as a guard Sielaff said Canady did not want to be a guard he said Sielaff said he and his staff have been right on top of the Menard situation He said a week before the inmate rebel lion Canady had been reassign ed to nonguard duties but that the new assignment had not yet begun Canady could not be reached for comment today nor could the other three guards Homer Essex of Villa Ridge Billy Rom beau of Jonesboro and Theo dore Blechle of Chester Thomas Israel warden at Menard also was unavailale1 for comment Sielaff said an investigation has already been completed and that additional investigation into the charges made by inmates is still being conducted Sen Kenneth V Buzbee D Garbphdale also urged the sub committee to visit the institu tion saying several inmates and employes have made accusa tions against certain individual administrative officials Graham for the moment is resisting efforts by Buzbee for a legislative probe into the inci dent Buzbee declined to cite the charges or name those being accused Graham agrees with Buzbee that there are ad ministrative problems at the prison but says Sielaff should be given an opportunity to fix things up first I think if you get a situation that every time the inmates react you get a group of legislators to come in well be down there all the time Graham said He also suggested Buzbee was playing The session between the four prison guards and Graham was arranged by Rep Norbert Springer R Chester who is the Republican candidate for the Senate seat currently held by Buzbee This situation of state employes fearing for their lives every time that they perform their duties at Menard penit is incredible Buzbee declared release There have been several ac cusations by both prison employes and inmates against individual administrative of ficials at Menard Buzbee con tendsthese officials ought im mediately and summarily be fired by Sielaff if the charges prove correct Buzbees press release ap peared about the same time as one by Graham and Springer which said in part It is apparent to us based on our conversations with the security personnel that a serious situation exists According to the guards they and the inmates are con cerned with the administration of the institution These frustrations led to the inmate uprising last Friday Again there was no elabora tion of the charges although Graham said later in the after noon he had warned Menard administraotrs they were heading for trouble the last time his subcommittee visited the prison I suppose there are about three basic situations you can have Graham said One is youll do all right if the guards are on your side even if the prisoners arent all the way Or youll do all right if youve got the inmates with you even if the guards are willing to go all the way But if you got the guards and inmates both against you youre in real trouble Leonard Canady
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