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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbcndal 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Hrrln 212 N UHl Southern fccctwer to Frw Frta Hwi Volume 190ISe a Copy 2 Sections Table Frt Prtu Hwrlf Dally Jeurn1 MvrphViDort I TUESDAY AUGUST 13 1974 010175 IN LIBRARY LS NElvSPAFSRS BOX 789 DECATUS ILL 62525 CarbondaleHerrinMurphysbore Democrats move to reactivate Cost of Living Council Washington AP Key congressional Democrats moved quickly today to fulfill one of President Fords few im mediate specific requests reactivation of the Cost of Liv ing Council to monitor wages and prices But they pointedly were not predicting that this or an allied proposal for a domestic economic summit would quickly put an effective rein on rampaging inflation Chairman Wright Patman D Tex of the House Banking Committee said a reactivation bill will be introduced promptly and considered by the com mittee Thursday Hearings may not be necessary he told a reporter Speaker Carl Albert said he plans to meet with Senate leaders to discuss expediting the legislation In his address to a joint session of Congress Monday night Ford emphasized that he was not asking for a reimposi tion of wage and price controls But he asked Congress to re establish the monitoring agency before beginning its recess at the end of next week There can be little opposi tion Patman said However I think it would be unwise to in dicate to the American people that such a board would have great effect on prices on infla tion or interest rates Albert said the Cost of Living Council is needed although he predicted there will be op position to jawboning He said mandatory controls could not as a practical matter be revived although many would like to see them Even so he said it would be useful to take excessive wage and price changes before the public as E monitoring agency could do The proposal for a broadbas ed meeting of economist and government labor and business leaders to devise ways out of the nations economic difficulties was originally made by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield DMont and backed by a congressional resolu tion Ford embraced it Monday night and said he would preside personally over such a con ference Patman said he expects the Joint Economic Committee to consider the proposal within the next few days He is also chairman of that committee made up of both representatives and senators It is worth a try so long as it is not oversold as a panacea he commented Patman was critical however of Fords emphasis on budget cuts and a balanced budget It is a mistake to lead the American people to believe that the chief cause of inflation is overspending by the federal government he said I have supported budget cuts and will continue to do so at every opportunity where it is in the national interest but our problems are too complex to respond to such simplistic answers He said Ford did not recognize in his speech what Patman called the role that mismanagement of monetary policy has played hi our troubles Ford asks quick inflation curbs Washington AP President Ford is moving gwiftly to plan an economic eummit conference to battle the inflation he labeled Domestic Enemy No 1 And he is press ing Congress to act within 10 days to revive the governments tools to monitor wages and prices Congressional Democrats joined Republicans in ap plauding the tone of Fords presidential keynote speech Monday night But some said they will have to be convinced the new President can find the correct cure for the nations ioaring prices Ford spoke to a packed House chamber and millions across the country calling on Congress to join in getting this country revved up and moving and pledging to seek a balanced federal budget in the fiscal year starting next July 1 He never referred directly to the Watergate scandal that drove Richard M Nixon from the presidency last week but pledged There will be no il legal tapings eavesdropping buggings or breakins by my administration And Ford mentioned his predecessors name only once declaring he has supported and will continue the oustanding foreign policy of President Nix on He made no mention of perhaps his most immediate problem the choice of a new vice president Senate WARMER Republican Leader Hugh Scott said earlier Monday Ford isj nowhere near making decision In his speech Ford proposed little specific legislation the I wageprice monitoring authority now and a health insurance measure before the end ofthe year And he said the nations voters should support the candidates who consistently vote for tough decisions to cut the cost of government restrain federal spending and bring inflation under control j Waves of cheers and applause thundered across the cavernous chamber as Ford was escorted I And members of both parties j cheered when the 25year conj gressional veteran declared his motto towards Communication conciliation compromise and coopera tion But the applause was noticeably louder from Ford s fellow Republicans than from the majority Democrats when the President pledged to fight for a balance budget while maintaining a strong defense In urging an economic summit conference to be composed of congressmen senators businessmen labor leaders and executive branch officials Ford acknowledged he was adopting a plan first pushed by Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and later pushed by five freshmen senators The Presidentdeclared he plans to hold the meeting at an early date and in full view of the American public They are as anxious to get the right answers as we are On health insurance Ford said he has urged efforts by those in the administration and those in the Congress to agree on a compromise measure and asked Why dont we write a good health bill on the st atute I books before this Congress ad journs On other matters Ford said He plans to sign a massive extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education act despite reservations about some of its provisions But he said he will opposed excessive funding in implementing the measure He plans to continue the Nixon efforts for detente with Russia reopened relations with China and peace in the Middle East His administration plans hot pursuit of tough laws to prevent illegal invasions of privacy itrboth government and private activities Mine union calls work stoppage Washington AP The United Mine Workers un ion has called a work stoppage expected to close about 1200 softcoal mines next week and lower the nations stockpiles of UMW President Arnold Miller said Monday the shutdown will commemorate the thousands of coal miners killed while working in the nations mines all the miners whose lives have been ravaged by black lung disease and coal mining families who are victims of company violence designed to prevent them from winning protection of a United Mine Workers contract The shutdown scheduled to start Monday and extend through the work week will co YMWs contract with coal op erators that allows memorial periods of up to 10 days duration at any union mine Coalburning electric utilities and steel mills try to keep large stockpiles of coal on hand so they can absorb the impact of mine strikes But the union has for a shutdown to take place Its an outandout attempt to further dwindle stockpiles to put the union in a better bar gaining position The steel industry will be the The coal industry spokesman said the National Coal Associa tions latest figures show that as of June 1 steel mills had a 23 day supply of coal coke oven plants had a 30day supply and electric utilities a 32day supply planned shutdown saying it is very much in the national in terest to maintain our present coal production Sawhill said the memorial uirougn me wuin rrtw I period will cost we incide with the planned Billion tons of badly of negotiations on a new cost the nation needed wide UMW contract The pres ent contract expires Nov 12 u u The memorial period was t on the snutdown called under a section of the tu The heavy users of coal such as U S Steel had no immediate Miller said 73 miners have died in minerelated incidents and 3698 have been seriously injured so far this year During this century more than 100000 coal miners have been killed in coal mine accidents he said In addition about 3000 min ers die each year as a result of black lung disease Miller said President Ford addresserCbngresi to jWtit House Speakw Carl Albert May print copies instead House faces vofe to OK impeachment report Index Chance of thunderstorms to night with low in upper 60s to low 70s Wednesday warm and humid high in upper 80s to low 90s Thursday through Saturday chance of showers and thunderstorms Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 710 13 4 6 11 1314 11 Washington AP House Judiciary Committee members have taken a biparti san stand opposing any House action that may be viewed as an indirect vote on impeachment of former President Richard M Nixon Some committee leaders in cluding Chairman Peter W Rodino Jr DN J do not even want to put acceptance of the panels impeachment report to a House vote because they fear it will be viewed as a back door vote on impeachment a com mittee source said Mondy Rep Robert P McClory of Il linois the committees second ranking Republican predicted GOP members of the panel will stand solidly against formal House action However at least two Demo crats called for a formal House vote to endorse the committees findings I dont think this ought to be takenasa vote on impeach ment butthe House should go nn record and endorse our fin dings to set limits on mis conduct in the future by presi dents said Rep Elizabeth Holtzman DN Y The report is being drafted by the special impeachment inquiry staff and will be a concise surn avy if evidence supporting each charge in the three im peachment articles approved by the committee The report was revised after Nixon released three new transcripts last week showing he authorized an at tempt to steer theFBI away from Nixon reelection money that financed the Watergate breakin A consensus is developing in the committee that the House rather than vote on the report should instead authorize printing a large number of copies EPAcites Elk Mine owners Springfield AP The owners of a mine in Jackson County have been charged by the Illinois En vironmental Protection Agency with illegally operating the facility The operators of the Elk Mine near Elkville listed as Frank L and David White and White Brothers Equipment Co were named in the EPA action it was announced Monday The legal case claims a fail ure by the operators to obtain a permit said EPA Director Richard Briceland But the problem here is much greater than simply not having a piece of paper Permit applications must in clude plans to comply with state pollution control regulations he Maximum penalty is plus a a day fine for each day the violation continued 7000 area miners 30 mines involved Next weeks memorial period work stoppage will affect about 30 mines hi Southern Illinois and about 7000 miners ac cording to Jack Ponsetti UM WA Subdistrict 7 board mem ber He declined further comment Other union spokesmen could not be reached today From 50000 to 60000 tons of coal production will be lost at the Inland Steel Co mine near Sesser during the me morial period EM Pace gen eral manager said I think it would have to hurt We cant meet produc tion now He said there is no stock pile at the mine Its being used as fast as we can produce it Production is already behind Spokesmen for the Zeigler Coal Co Old Ben Coal Corp Freeman Coal Mining Corp and the Peabody Coal Co could not be reached Samuel Poe manager ot pub lic relations for the Central Illinois Public Service Co CIPS office in Springfield said the company has suffi cient coal stockpiled to get through the fiveday memor ial period without any pro blems Poe said CIPS has an av erage of two months coal stockpiled at each of its four central plants He said while normal stockpiles should last for 90 days the situation is not considered dangerous The stockpiling is expected to continue when the memori al period is over Poe said Most utility companies not only have several months sup ply of coal but are stockoil ing in antiipation of a gen eral strike Nov 12 Bandits terrorize Herrin women rmins r bout bdreom rf Herrin bom whr two women wr By Don Frost Of The Southern Ulinoisan Elsie Welchof Herrin let out a scream about4 am today Within seconds she was grabbed from behind and the barrel of a pistol was rammed down her throat Three armed bandits had entered the Edith Elles resi dence at 426 S Park Ave Herrin Mrs Welch is Mrs Elles maid Before the long morning was over the bandits had threatened the two wom ens lives several times and took in cash plus mink jewelry and a car from the house Two of the bandits wearing stocking masks and gloves stayed in the dining room with Mrs Welch and the third entered Mrs Elles bedroom and ordered her to cover her face with a pillow Mrs Welch saidthe men had stuck rags in her mouth but removed them when she begged them to do so and told them she has a heart condition Both women are 65 years old Mrs Elles today appeared calm while Mrs Welch was visibly upset Two of the robbers appar Lives threatened repeatedly in cash jewelry mink stoles and car token ently were intent upon killing the women Mrs Elles said They came to kill us I think I talked them out of it Were going to kill you the robbers said several times Mrs Elles said It was just like in the movies What would you gain by killing us Mrs Elles ask ed one of the Dandits You wouldnt get a nickel more You wouldnt gain anything Mrs Elles is the owner of the Herrin Supply Co One of the robbers said he had seen Mrs Elles wearing diamond rings in the store and he wanted them One robber told Mrs Welch he would kill her if you dont tell me where those dia monds are Killing me isnt going to get you those rings she told the robbers She told him the rings were in a safe at a bank Mrs Elles whosuffered stroke in June said when the robbers started to tie the wo men up with rope she thought my time has come But she prayed the Lord would intervene Mrs Welch said when she started to pray rags were stuffed in her mouth and one of the robbers said What good do you think that will do you The women said the robbers used foul language through out the incident The robbers held the women hostage for about two hours Police Chief William Humphrey said the robbers had apparently tried to gain entry through the back door before they entered through a window in front of the house Burglar tools were recover ed he said One of the robbers said We are tired of some people having it all This has got to stop There is a big gang of us At one point two of the rob bers wanted to tie the women and burn the house with them in it The third robberwas criti cized by the other two or not wanting to carry out mat plan Humphrey said Mrs Elles said she and Mrs Welch pleaded for their lives several times The robbers told the women to lie down and not to move until daylight or they would come back and kill them The women followed the or der The robbers took from Mrs Elles from Mrs Welch a check to the Green field Bank for two mink coats a small amount of jew elry and an undetermined amount of clothing They escaped in Mrs Elles 1974 4door white with black top Lincoln Continental Dli nois License 6248 One of the obbers who did most of the talking is describ ed as 6 feet 3 inches tall weighing about 200 pounds with a slight hump in his back the other two are de scribed as about 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing from 180 to 185 pounds The women are not sure of their race since their faces and hands were covered   

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