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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N Uth Volume 82No a Copy Two them lUinoisan liKMiior to Cirbendl frtt Pita Htnto Jowiwl TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 1974 010175 W LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 DECATUR JU Prices soar Food clothing mortgage rates go up again fiscal year records worst jump in 25 years Washington AP Rising prices for food clothing and mortgage rates pushed the cost of living up another 12 per cent in September making the last 12 months the worst infla tionary surge in more than 23 years the government reported today Prices in September were re ported 121 per cent higher Jhan a year earlier This was the worst 12month increase since 1947 However the purchasing power of the average worker increased slightly for the first time in three months Real spendable earnings that is Dynamite damages school Charleston W Va AP A Kanawha County school was bombed early this morning less than a day after the White House said it was seeking a constructive compromise to prevent more violence in the countys school book protest A stick of dynamite was thrown through a window at Midway Elementary on Camp bells Creek southeast of Charleston police said Damage was very light confined mostly to furniture and windows in one classroom and classes were to be held as usual today a spokesman for the saeriffs de partment said The same school was one of two damaged by bombings earlier this month A fire bomb thrown through a window at Midway caused minor damage Oct 9 and an explosive was placed against the door of West Branch Elementary in the Cabin Creek area There was some lightpick eting early today at county school bus garages deputies said Monday a group of the min isters and parents carried their protest over school textbook se lect to Washington and the White House Roger Semarad special assistant to President Ford for education and labor said he told them the White House would do whatever we can to help forestall additional violence in Charleston The parents representing a group called Concerned Parents of Kanawha County left the two hour meeting with Semerad Monday expressing optimism hat President Ford would help them in their battle to remove books they consider antiChris tian and obscene from Charles tonarea schools Lawyer says Ray badgered Memphis Tenn AP As James Earl Ray looked on without emotion his attorney opened the battle today to win his freedom with a declaration that Ray was hounded and badgered into pleading guilty to claying Dr Martin Luther King Jr Bernard Fensterwald of Washington D C told a federal court hearing that Ray and one of his former attorneys Percy Foreman of Houston Tex locked in a fierce struggle over whether Ray should plead guilty to the assassination Finally Fensterwald said Kays resistance to the plea yielded and two days later on March 10 1969 he admitted to firing the rifle that killed King weekly pay adjusted for infla tion and taxes rose onetenth of a per cent in September but was still at the lowest level since December 1970 Price increases were spread acrossalmost the entire econo my last month Food led the way posting its biggest rise since February The Ford administration has predicted that consumer prices will continue increasing at the fate of about one per cent a month through the end of the year and that there would be no significant easing of inflation until some time next year Consumer prices have already risen 97 per cent so far this year In 1973 prices rose 88 per cent the worst in any year since the end of World War II The Labor Department said last months 12 per cent in crease following a rise of 13 per cent in August pushed the governments consumer price index up to 1519 That meant it cost to buy a variety of goods and services that cost in the 1967 base period Although most of the news was bad some prices declined in September including such items as gasoline and fresh fruits and vegetables Overall food prices went up an adjusted 19 per cent in Sep tember compared to a 14 per cent increase the previous month The index for nonfood commodities increased 1 per cent following an August rise of 15 per cent while the cost of services rose 11 per cent the same as in August With the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables all major food categories went up last month pushing grocery prices 15 per cent higher over the month to a level 109 per cent above a year ago Beef and poultry prices were reported up instead of declining and poultry prices which are usually unchanged in Septem ber also rose Dairy products increased for the first time in four months while prices of fats and oil products continued to climb sharply Higher clothing prices ac counted for about a fourth of the 11 per cent rise in nonfood commodities New car prices increased slightly instead of de clining substantially as they usually do at the end of the model year Charges for most household services increased with gas electricity and telephone rates rising There was a rise in mortgage interest costs reflec ting earlier increases in interest rates on conventionally financed loans as well as the previously announced rate increase for VA guaranteed loans which ac counted for over a fourth of the increase in the cost of services last month Gasoline declined for the sec ond consecutive month with the average price for regular grade declining seventenths of a per cent to 55 cents per gallon and the average for premium drop ping sixtenths of a per cent tc 587 cents per gallon Average weekly gross earn ings last month were listed at compared with a year ago Over the past three months consumer prices increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 142 per cent up from the 109 per cent rate in the second quarter the government said Food prices which rose at a SI per cent annual rate in the second quarter increased at a 123 per cent rate in the third quarter as prices of meats poultry and eggs rose following second quarter declines Brandt accepts SIUC post By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan Warren W Brandt 51 the forme r president of Virginia Commonwealth Univer sity VCU in Richmond is scheduled to assume duties as president of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Dec The appointment is still sub ject to official confirmation by the SIU Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting Nov 14 at Carbondale but the action is expected to be routine since the trustees have approved in formally of the appointment Brandts appointment to the post was an nounced by the SIU Board of Trustees late Monday Brandt will become the first chief executive of the Carbon dale campus this century to come to the post with presi dential experience The naming of Brandt ends more than seven months of speculation over a successor to David R Derge as the campus permanent president Derge re signed the post under board pressure March 14 Derge who is now a profes sor of government at SIUC Jlasted a little more than two years as president SIUC LawSchool Dean Hi ram Lesar has served as in terim president Brandts acceptance of the presidency will be formally an nounced at a news conference Wednesday at 10 am at the SIUC student center Ivan A Will assume duties as president on Dec 1 Elliott Jr of Carml board chairman said Brandt who has been a consultant to the VCU governing board since re signing the presidency Oct 1 wffi attend the conference with his wife Esther of Brandts ap pointment comes only days ter Elliott in a Carbondale news conference spelled out an unusual series of events in jhe boards original choice for the job accepted and hen twice rejected the posi met Friday and Saturday in St Lorns Brandt contacted in his Rich mond office today said he ex pects before Dec 1 to make some trips to Carbondale to st down and learn about the um versity and to with people and hear what their problems and objectives are Asked if he had any misgiv ing about accepting a post that had been offered to Somit he said Not really Jhinkjus great deal New York at Buffalo accepted thP nresidencv Thursday morn ng PIn aSews rdease issued Thursday afternoon the board announced that Somit was SIU release was mailed out to 120 news Tapers arid radio and television Somit discovered a contractual difficulty and re iectedthe boards offer Friday morning he turned down a com promise offer Effiott then began negotiations with Brandt the boards second choice for the job The two men House the mil lion official president s r e s i dence at SIUC built for former president Delyte W Morris Derge lived there a year before moving out to seek privacy Brandt accepted an offer from Elliott to take the presidency over the weekend A native of Lansing M ch where he attended Michigan State University Brandt was valedictorian of his 1944 grad uating class He took his PhJ in analytical chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1949 Brandt taught chemistry at Purdue University after receiv ing his doctorate and became head of the analytical chemis try division there in 1959 Two years later he became chairman of the department of chemistry at Kansas State Uni versity where he was named associate dean of the college of arts and sciences in 1962 In 1963 Brandt was named vice president for academic af fairs and dean of the graduate school at Virginia Polytechnic Institute moving up to the posi tion of executive vice president in 1968 He was named the first presi dent of VCU in 1969 The school now Virginias largest with an enrollment of about 17500 was formed in 1968 by the merger of the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical Col lege of Virginia Brandt was making S45000 a year as VCU president when he announced his resignation in August Reportedly pressures from the medical school led to his ouster Brandt an elder of the Ginter Park Presbyterian Church has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Richmond Chamber of Commerce Brand and his wife have two children Richard Warren and Sherry Ann The new president will arrive in Carbondale tonight for Wed nesdays news conference He will return to Richmond Thurs day night Jaworskis Woman burglary suspect wounded in police chase President Ford wears sombrero given by wellwisher In Magdalen No bargain price on oil from Mexico Ford told Oklahoma City AP The United States wont get bargains in Mexican oil Presi dent Ford has been told at his first foreign summit Ford got that message from Mexican President Luis Eche verria Monday night before re turning to the Republican hustings today in an effort to bolster his partys candidates in Oklahoma and Ohio Ford arrived here late Mon day from Tucson Ariz where hewound up a series of con ferences on both sides of the border with the Mexican lead er The President who has ex pressed delight at much smaller crowds that have greeted him during earlier campaign trips found the throngs that swarm ed around him in the streets of two Mexican cities even more boisterous and enthusiastic Ford who went to the aid of his party last week in seven states scheduled a GOP fundraising breakfast here as part of an effort to help the reelection candidacy of Repub lican Sen Henry L Bellmon who is challenged by Democra tic Rep Ed Edmondson At his MexicanAmerican summit Ford received a pledge of access to oil produced south of the border but was told he will have to pay Arab prices for it Echeverrias government has indicated it would like to join the Arabdominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries The United States is hopefulits neighbor will not join the cartel that has played havoc with the economies of the rest of the world by quadruplingthe price of oil in the last The only substantive accom plishment mentioned Mowing the summit and Ford spoke of it only in response to a news conference question was agreement to set up a commis sion to look further into the problem of U S employment of temporary Mexican farmwork ers an item closely allied to the continued influx of illegal 1m migrants into the United States job goes to deputy Washington AP Deputy Watergate prosecutor Henry Ruth has been chosen to succeed special Watergate pro secutor Leon Jaworski a Justice Department source says Atty Gen William B Saxbe and White House officials have chosen Ruth and Saxbe plans to announce the appointment later thisweek after discussing It with President Ford the source said Monday Asked if Ruth has agreed to take the job the source said I assume so Its going to be an nounced Saxbe told reporters Monday that he plans to discuss the ap pointment with Ford soon after the President returns to Wash ington Wednesday Ruth was really the only candidate to replace Jaworski as head of the Watergate prose cution force the source said Jaworski who is resigning effective Friday to return to private law practice recom mended Ruth to succeed him One woman was shot and later arrested and another was arrested early today after a 17mile chase with police The earlymorning chase in Randolph County followed an attempted burglary that was foiled near Coulterville Randolph County Sheriffs Deputy Joe HalJ gave the fol lowing account Sheriffs deputies surprised two women about am as they allegedly were loading stolen antiques from a rural Coulterville home into their van A car chase began that led sheriffs deputies state po lice and city police from Spar SUNNN Tonight fair and warmer low in the lower 40s Wednes day partly sunny and mild High 66 to 72 INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Sport Weather details map Youth 23 4 i 2021 1314 20 S ta Evansvffle and Marissa through a 17mile course that ended in a burst of police gunfire Hall said Judith A Juenger 32 and Rose M Sinn 29 both of Marissa were arrest ed near Marissa Mrs Sinn was taken to Sparta Community Hospital where she was treated for a flesh wound in the right shoulder Hall said she ap parently was hit by fragments from one of the police bullets Charges against both wo men were pending today Hall said they probably will be charged with burglary and possibly other charges based on damage allegedly sustain ed by one Randolph County sheriffs car during the chase Hall said that car was side swiped He reported no in juries to police Hall said police were searching a grassy area near the vehicle stop scene for pos sibly a third suspect He said police are not fully certain whether or not a third person was riding in the vehicle dur ing the chase Dean says Mitchell i approval of political spy plan j olcft ftffortS Washington AP Former White House counsel John W Dean III told the Watergate coverup trial today that former Atty Gen John N Mitchell had indicated he had approved the political intelli gence plan that resulted in the Watergate breakin Dean testified thL was when he met on March 28 1973 with Mitchell and Jeb Stuart Magru der deputy director of President Nixons reelection commit tee Dean described the meeting near the close of more than four days of questioning by prose cutor James F Neal Defense lawyers beginning with John J Wilson attorney for H R Haldeman former White House staff chief were ready to begin their crossexamination of Dean Following Wilson will be Wil liam G Hundley Mitchells lawyer Dean testified that at the March 28 meeting he turned to Mitchell and said John Ive never asked you what happened All Ive been able to do was piece together the plan was approved This was a reference to political plan He saidMitchell replied Well John thats pretty close But we thought it would be two or three times remov ed V Two or mree times removed from what Neal asked From the reelection com mittee Dean responded Dean said that two days later he decided to retain a criminal defense lawyer and that on April 8 he met in his lawyers office in Rockvffle Md with the three assistant U S attorneys who had prosecuted the breakin cast Asked if his discussion with them was interrupted Dean re plied Yes by a telephone call from Air Force One the presi dential He said the call was a request that he meet with Haldeman and John D Ehrlichman who were flying back from California Dean said that just before meeting with the prosecutors he called Haldeman in California and told him what he planned to do He Haldeman said John I think you ought to mink about bat befort you do It becauM once the toothpaste is out of the tube its awfully hard to get it back in1 Dean said he was told Dean described meeting Haldeman and Ehrlichman at House late that day a Sunday When the discussion turned to what he might say about money passed to the breakin defend ants Dean testified that Mr Ehrlichman said you could say that was a defense fund that it was for humanitarian pur poses Dean said hereplied John I dont think I could look a grand jury in the face and say that thats not a story thatll sell The prosecutor men came toa meeting Dean had with Halde man and Ehrlichman on April 14 and said perhaps the judge might want to discuss something out of the hearing of the jury The jury was sent from the room and Neal said Dean had drawn up a list on April 14 to show who might be indicted as a result of the Watergate mat ter Defense lawyers objected and Dean was instructed to make no mention of that list Dean also described efforts have him write a report con cerning involvement of White House aides in the breakin Asked what kind of report Ehrlichman wanted himto write Dean replied a report that no one in the White House was involved It is expected to take most of the week for the remaining de fense lawyers to finish cross examining Dean trying to crack his credibility as a witness The other three defendants are John D Ehrlichman Robert C Mardian and Kenneth W Parkinson   

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