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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OPPICI CwfcomteU HOM IllimU Mvrpbysbore WJWalmrt H2 N IM Volume 82No J33T5fl ft Copy 010175 locNMor to eirbondi It PrN Dtlhr Jirnil Mnrphyitafo FRIDAY M i n y ear Burns gets burned Chairman Arthur of prosummlt meetings on the the Federal Board economy in Washington eyat while attend day Burn uld there would ing OM of President Fords bo no further tightening of monetary policy that led to record high interest AP Wlrophoje Ford orders White House officials wont have tax access Washington AP Consumer prices soared 13 per cent in August as sharp in creases in costs of meats clothing mortgage interest and medical services led the biggest inflationary surge of the past 12 months the government reported today The leap in retail prices which works out to an adjusted annual rate of 156 per cent was foreshadowed by near record wholesale price Increases over the past two months and virtually assures continued high inflation through 1974 President Fords top economic advisers had said Thursday that the economy would remain sluggish at least through mid 1976 with no foreseeable relief in inflation expected in the next six to nine months The August increase lifted consumer prices 112 per cent above a year ago and further eroded the buying power of American workers Real spendable earnings that is takehome pay after deductions for taxes and ad justed for inflation fell nine tenths of a per cent last month to a level 41 per cent below a year ago the Labor Department said That was the lowest level since December 1970 Detailing its price report the Labor Department said Americans paid more for nearly everything last month with few exceptions Among them were lower prices for fresh vegetables fish and some non food items including gasoline which declined for the first time since last September In a related development Chairman Arthur Burns of the Federal Reserve Board told financial leaders attending one of President Fords presummlt meetings on theeconomy that ttere would tightening policy recorcl high Interest rates Burns said however there probably would not be a major decline in in terest rates although some small decline Is possible in Clothing meat and medical costs up mosf the immediate future The Consumer Price Index jump signaled a half billion dollar increase in pension benefits for federal government retirees and military personnel whose retirement benefits are adjusted to account for in creases in me cost of living The 13 per cent rise in con sumer prices last month both adjusted and unadjusted followed an eighttenths of a per cent increase in July and was the biggest one month rise reported since retail prices rose i9 per cent last August follow ing the lifting of the governments price freeze Food prices were reported up 14 per cent in August following a decline of fourtenths of a per cent the previous monm The cost of services rose 11 per cent last month about the same as in the three previous months Commodities other than food regarded by most economists as a more sensitive barometer of inflation rose 15 per cent last month the largest increase on record The government said grocery prices were up 15 per cent in August a month in which they usually decline Higher prices for beef and eggs the first since February were much larger than usual while prices of poultry and fresh fruits in creased instead of declining seasonally Nearly all other food items continued to rise including cereal vegetables sugar and sweets nonalcoholic beverages and parti ally prepared foods The government said the big rise in nonfood items was due mostly to higher clothing prices which usually decline in August Used car prices also rose but st a considerably rate than in recent months while the price of new cars increased slightly instead of declining as they usually do at the end of the model year The report said gasoline prices declined eighttenths of a per cent in August to a US average of 554 cents per gallon for regular The average price for premium was listed as down sixtenths of a per cent to 591 cents per gallon More than a fourth of the in crease in service costs was at tributed to a rise in mortgage interest rates Medical care services rose 15per cent last month and the costs of most other services from home repairs to utility rates also in creased sharply The August price increase lifted the governments Consumer Price Index to 1502 meaning that it cost to buy a variety of goods and services that cost in the 1967 base period SIU board holds dosed interviews By Henry deFiebre Of The Southern minoisan Chicago Interviews with final candi dates for the permanent pre sidency of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale be gan here today behind dosed Washington AP President Ford today ordered a sharp curtailment of access to federal tax returns by White House officials At the same time Ford sent a memo to heads of departments and agencies demanding that laws intended to keep the Civil Service system out of politics be fully and effectively carried out In an executive order Ford Imposed the requirement that only he can direct the disclosure of any tax return to a member of his staff and that he must designate in writing the staff member authorized to see the return on hisbehalf In an obvious reference to allegations that the administra tion of former President Richard M Nixon abused the tax system for political purposes Deputy White House Press Secretary John W Hushen told newsmen with reference to Ford and his action I think hes seen whats Index Showers likely early tonight and then partial clearing lat er Temperatures will be much cooler with lows in the upper 40s or lower 50s Mostly sunny and cool Saturday with highs in the upper 60s or lower 70s Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 1316 5 i U17 17 in the future as long as he Is President There were reports that Ford happened in the past and wants to make sure it doesnt happen underscored support for the nonpolitica nature of the career Civil Service in a move to pre vent key political holdovers from the Nixon administration from using political influence to win career jobs with the government Appointments and promo tions in the career service must not be made on the basis of either politics race creed or sex Ford said He directed department heads to make sure your agency fully complies with both the letter and the spirit of thelaw in this regard Under the executive order on tax returns Ford personally would have to write the secretary of the treasury or his delegate and state the name and address of the taxpayer whose return is to be inspected the type of tax return involved and the taxable period covered by such a return Ford asks road funds beheld up c Washington StarNews Washington President Ford asked Congress today to postpone ex penditure of billion mostly for water pollution control and highway construction and to cancel million in authorized spending in an effort to reduce federal budget deficits The proposals the first taken under a new budget across several fiscal years and Ford said the impact this year would be only million However the President said the action represents an essential step toward the goal of reducing spending and achieving the balanced budget we seek by Fiscal Year 1976 whichbegins next July Under the Budget and Im poundment Control Act spen ding deferrals take effect automatically unless either the House or Senate orders them to be spent by the passage of a resolution A p p r o p r i a 11 o n s can be canceled only if both houses of Congressagree within 45 daysof receiving the presidents pro posal Ford asked for deferral of one half of the billion authorized for water pollution grants to the states which were to be allocated over three fiscal years for construction of waste treat ment plants Most of the billion in postponements were ordered earlier by the Nixon ad ministration but federal courts in a series of decisions have declared the impoundments to be illegal The governments appeal of those decisions is now pending before the Supreme Court If Congress goes along with Fords plan presumably the suits would be canceled Ford described both the water pollution and the highway pro grams as highly inflationary Jaworski makes suggestion Sirica asked to probe Nixons Washington AP Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski today suggested to US District Judge John J Sirica that he conduct his own Inquiry into whether former President Richard M Nixon is healthy enough to testify at the Watergate coverup trial Both Jaworski and defendant John D Ehrlichman have sub poenaed Nixon to appear at the trial currently scheduled to begin Oct 1 Ehrlichman also asked Sirica to postpone the trial until Nix ons health improves In response Jaworski said today Sirica should call Nixons at torney Herbert J Miller and ask if Nixon will appear at the If Mr Miller indicates that jlr Nixons condition ii inch ST that he may be unable to appear at the trial Jaworski said the court could consider taking the costomary step of appointing a team of medical experts to examine Mr Nixon and report their findings to the court In a motion filed with Sirica Jaworski said if the judge con cludes Nixon would be able to appear that should end the matter On the other hand Jaworski said if Nixon is too ill to testify a deposition might be taken outside the courtroom The alternative way to handle the question of Nixons health is wait and see if he appears in response to the subpoenas Jaworski said It is extremely rare In criminal cases for testimony to be given in deposition form because of the need for wit nesses to be crossexamined by prosecution and defense lawyers in front of the jury Jaworski s subpoena was served by FBI agents at Nixons San Clemente Calif estate at pm CDT Thursday Nixon meanwhile issued a claim of executive privilege in a move to keep his tape recordings from use in two civil suits stemming from the Watergate breakin The claims would quash subpoenas for the tapes in a civil suit filed by a Democratic party official whose Watergate office was bugged and in a suit by the Democratic National Committee against Watergate burglar James W McCord McCord had sought the tapes for his defense Lawyeri or President Ford V l filed a similar motion citing the agreement between Nixon and the White House on use of the tapes and arguing that their use in a civil suit would Interfere with pending criminal pro ceedings Nixons motion said Jie was raising as primary grounds that the material subpoenaed con tain s communications between the former president and his advisers pertaining to the conduct of the office of the President ofthe United Nixons lawyers noted that the Supreme Court in ordering that certain materials be turnedrover for the Watergate trial also said that some presidential com munications could be kept con fidentialnatter e x e c u 11 v privilege doctrine v Warren W Brandt tte out going president Commonwealth University in Richmond was the first can didate closeted with SIU Board of Trustees Brandt 51 has resigned his position at Virginia effective Oct 1 The trustees are conducting the twoday session at the mammoth OHare Interna tional Tower Hotel at OHare Field in Chicago Besides Brandt two other reported candidates for Hie top SIUC post George C Christensen and Charles A Leone were registered at the hotel this morning Christensen 50 is vicepre sident for academic affairs Iowa State University at Ames Leone 56 is vice provost for research and deve lopment and dean of the grad uate school at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio f Neither of the two be located in the hotel this morning for comment A fourth reported candidate Albert Somit 54 executive vicepresident at State Uni versity of New York at Buf falo had not checked into the hotel at shortly before noon today Todays activities began five minutes at am with a breakfast for the Latest crime Plantknaping San Francisco AP San Francisco has produced a new type of knapers Police say these people have taken to swiping everything from iOrfoot palms to finger size succulents Plantknapers are apparently folks of all ages who are caught up in the enormous gardening fad Brandt questioned first trustees and board staff in a guest room on the hotels fourth floor Most SIU re presentatives have rooms on the floor About m board chairman Ivan A Elliott of Carmi emerged from the room to briefly chat with re porters gathered on the floor outside the door While he talked two hotel detectives appeared flashing their badges They said they had received a complaint from a guest about the reporters sitting in the ball Elliott in good spirits as sured the detectives that the reporters werent bothering us the trustees left the break fast room about tor a conference room at the op posite end of me hall Boom 4076 Again the door shut About 9 am James M Brown SIU chief of board staff left the room While he slipped through the open door heard to an we going to put Brandt The board has repejttffly refused to identify the can didates to be interviewed to day and Saturday However Elliott said today that two interviews were scheduled ana added that two more were on tap for Saturday Previous ly he had declined to tell the number of final candidate for the presidency Brown after leaving the room took several pacer down the hall to After Brown knocked on door Brandt In a checked suit emerged and welkedtttf fly and quickly with Biwm to the interview Shortly before noon the in terview was still in For president SIU board defends selection process By Henry deFiebre Of The Southern minoisan Chicago The Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University beginning interviews with SlUCarbondale presidential candidates in Chicago today issued a statement defending its presidential selection pro The board received the names of four men recom mended for the top job at SIUC two weeks ago from a campus advisory search committee Since then the board has refused to confirm or deny published reports identifying the candidates The special interview meet ing which began today and is scheduled to continue through Saturday is a closed session In its statement today the board said it welcomes the interest of the general publie in the university community and the welfare of the Insti tution and at all times it recognizes and accepts its res ponsibility to honor that in terest However the board arid It also accepts a basic respon sibility to select and appoint the new SIUC president ia the most appropriate meant possible In the course of meeting that responsibility the board has widely involved agreat part of the campus commun ity and some local citizens The board considers that it has maintained a proper balance between professional responsibility and community involvement It will exert every effort to continue that proper balance in me future 13 per cenf for farmers price boost urged Washington AP The Agriculture Department today proposed a boost of up to 13 per cent in minimum prices paid to farmers for milk pro duced for bottling under federal marketing orders Officials saidithe proposal was offered an way to help finan daily burdened dairy farmers who say rising costs are threatening to drive them out of business A hearing willbe held Oct 8 in Rosemont HI near Chicago to gather comments from pro ducers milk dealers and con lumers the department said The proposal involves a formula used to compute minimum prices which must be paid to farmers for Class I fluid milk in the nations 61 marketing orders areas Those produce about per cent of the total milk supply I i J