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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 25, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondl 710 N Illinois Murphysbore 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N Uth Volume 25215e a Copy Two Sections HUni 010175 IM LIBRAE fla LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 78 iPECATUR XU 62535 lwtBorleirbonl It Prm Hrrli Billy MurpHytbro FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 1974 Miller sees chance to avoid coal strike Washington AP United Mine Workers Presi dent Arnold Miller says the outlook for avoiding a na tionwide coal strike next month has improved with tentative agreement on some key contract issues I think theres a possibility that we can wrap up the con tract in time for ratification said Miller It depends on how they the coal operators want to bargain how much good faith they want to put into it Two weeks ago the talks were deadlocked over five major noneconomic issues and Miller said a strike appeared likely unless the industry was willing to make concessions In an interview Thursday Miller said considerable pro gress has been made in these areas with tentative agreement on some issues and indicated that the talks would shift to wages in a few days The unions contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association expires Nov 12 and Miller said a tentative settle ment would have to be reached Preparation to testify by Nov 4 if it is to be ratified in time by the membership He said however he is shooting for a Nov 1 settlement date There is a much clearer understanding as I see it now on what the real problems are he said Safety is our highest priority and its my opinion that we can have a good safety pro gram in coal mining at no pro hibitive costs Miller is negotiating his first contract as head of the 120000 member union A former miner disabled by black lung disease he took office nearly two years ago after sweeping out the en trenched regime of W A Tony Boyle with a campaign to turn the union back to the rankandfile UMW members get to vote on their contract for the first time and industry officials have ex pressed concern that they win strike no matter how rich the package in order to win more concessions But Miller asserted thats not the feeling I get from he membership If we get a contract that ad dresses itself to the problems we have and its consistent with the views of the membership theyll ratify it The union has insisted that five major noneconomic issues be disposed of before the negotiatons move on to economic proposals Miller declined to specify what ten tative agreements had been reached but said progress has been in safety manpower training and seniority Although the UMW hasnt spelled out its wage demands and benefit demands MMer said he would seek a pay in crease large enough to catch up with inflation and an escalator clause to protect against future rises in the costoMiving The pay scale for miners now ranges from to a day In addition the union is seek ing sick pay which the miners currently do not receive and big improvements in pension benefits which now amount to a month This is one tune weve got to put some meat on the bone Miller said Nixon asks gets tape transcripts Washington AP US District Judge John J Sirica today granted a request by Richard M Nixons lawyers that the former president be supplied with transcripts of White House tape recordings so he can prepare to testify at the Watergate coverup trial Meanwhile former White House counsel John W Dean III was on the witness stand today for his eighth and possibly last day of testimony Nixons attorney Herbert J Miller requested the transcripts recently pointing out that Nixon had no other records available to him and could not come to Washington to prepare ade quately because of his il lness Nixon has been suffering from phlebitis a blood clot condition More firms report big oil profits New York AP Two more major oil firms have posted hefty profit in creases in the third quarter and the first nine months of 1974 Tenneco Co says its earnings already exceed last years net income Tenneco Chairman N W Freeman said in Houston Thursday that right now we are in our strongest financial position ever In comparisons of the recently ended third quarter with the same period a year ago Texaco Inc reported an approximate profit increase of 23 per cent Analysts say this weeks reports from major oil firms of increased earnings reflect higher crude oil prices and strong profit margins for petrochemical sales Profits went up during the third quarter for Conoco 122 per cent Sohio 107 per cent Phillips Petroleum 103 per cent Pennzoil 80 per cent Cities Service Co 75 per cent and Exxon 25 per cent since before he left the White House He has been subpoenaed as a witness by both the prosecution and defense and Miller said recently he expected to be able to report soon that Nixon was well enough to come to Washington and testify However Nixon was hospitalized in Long Beach Calif Wednesday night because blood clots in his leg were not responding to drug treatment and doctors said Thursday the former president may have to undergo surgery There has been no word to the court on whether Millers earlier prediction that Nixon would be able to testify still stands in light of his present condi tion Tempers in the courtroom became so strained Thursday that Sirica threatened to take action to prevent a carnival atmosphere I mean it the 70yearold federal judge said exasperated and often angered by continual bickering and b a c k b i t i n g among lawyers If I dont get the cooperation I want Im going to have to do something about it As its second witness the government planned to call E Howard Hunt Jr ihe former CIA agent and White House consultant who pleaded guiltv to being one of the principals in Tie Watergate breakin But pointing out that Hunt cooperated with the investiga tion only grudgingly and we believe incompletely the government asked that the court rather than the prosecution adopt Hunt as its witness In such a case neither the prosecution nor defense vouches for a witness credibility and it allows both sides to ask leading questions The trial of H R Haldeman John D Ehrlichman John N Mitchell Robert C Mardian and Kenneth W Parkinson all charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice was in its T9th day today Dean was thefirst witness called The arguments and objections have increased in frequency the last few days involving at times the judge and one or another of the defense lawyers orosecution and defense and even defensr attorney against defense a torney Major crisis at summit Jordan resists Arab move to take Jordans west bank Rabat Morocco AP The Arab summit ran into a major crisis today with Jordan voting to oppose any move to return the west bank of Jordan to the Palestine Liberation Organization Foreign ministers of the 20 Arab countries whose leaders begin the summit meetings Saturday voted for a resolution that would strip King Hussein of sovereignty over the West Bank occupied by Israel in 1967 Hashem Abou A mar a Jordans ambassador to Moroc co told newsmen after the meeting his delegation voted against the majority of delega tions that approved the move The exact vote was not im mediately available Under summit procedural rules the recommendation will be placed before the kings and presidents for a final decision The recommendation was originated by Syria and co sponsored by Egypt It has been the main item of disagreement since the ministers besan their preparatory meetings Tues day Abou Amara said Jordan had exact and unequivocal in formation that if Jordan is of the negotiating process with Israel there will be no liberation of Arab land by peaceful means Jordanian sources had said earlier that if the summit took any such action King Hussein would wash his hands of the issue andtake no further in terest in efforts to negotiate a Middle East settlement Hussein contends that the West Bank must be returned to Jordan and that Arafat and the PLO can speak only for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon andSyria A Syrian proposal called for a pledge from all the Arab governments not to negotiate separately with Israel but to take the negotiations back to the dormant Geneva conference which would bring the Soviet Union back into the peacemak ingprocess Delegation sources said Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia were extremely reluc tant to return to Geneva Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger during his recent visit to the Middle East won Sadats support fora gradual movement toward a peace settlement The next step would be separate negotiations between Israel and Egypt Jordan and Syria on further territorial withdrawals by Israel Sadat and Faisal were also reported unenthusiastic about another Syrian proposal to revive the use of the socalled oil weapon and to pool Arab oil billions for a new mobilization against Israel Barb Chism and Dan Weismann boogie Jitterbug Students and dkdngdroo bring 1940s back to life By Sue Spaeth Of The Southern Illinoisan They had only danced to ether twice before but that didnt stop Barb Chism of Murphysboro and Dan Weismann of Carbondale graduate students at Southern Illinois University at Carbon dale from winning the Home coming jitterbug contest at SIUC Thursday While a stray kangaroo hop ped around the north west Chi cago suburbs more than 200 students did their own hopping to 1940s music supplied by a jazz band Mark VI in the SIUC Student Center The festivities were part of homecoming activities which follow the theme and Follies of the For At 7 pm students swarm ed into the Student Center to learn steps like the cha cha jitterbug jive and waltz at a dance workshop taught by nine SIUC students and faculty members A short time late Ballroom B hummed witii the shuffle of feet and shouts of laughter as students clad in everything from bobby socks and saddle shoes to baggy suspender pants practiced dance steps It was a hot and sweaty crowd that cleared the dance floor at 10 pm to make way for the 10 couples entering the jitterbug competiton Bertha Perez Sandi Sochat and Les Reed all SIUC stu dents and Pete Carroll pro fessor of physical education THREATENING Index Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 23 Cloudy chance of showers 4 or thunderstorms lows in the i upper 40s or lower 50s Sat 20 urday cloudiness and mild 1314 highs in the mid or upper 20 60s Continued mild Sunday and Monday cooler Tuesday Lows in the 40s Sunday and Monday 30s Tuesday prepared to judge the com petition As the band struck up a tune contestants stomped and swayed often throwing their partners into the air Specta tors sang and clapped in the aisles cheering for their fav orite contestants Before long judges had eli minated six couples leaving four pairs of dancers for the semifinals After much delib eration they again narrowed the number of contestants to two couples Toby Peters and Sally Hofferkamp both sopho mores in recreation and Barb Chism and Dan Weismann As the final round began the judges decided to leave tlie final decision to the spec tators who indicated t h ei r choices by their applause They selected Chism and Weismann as the w i n n i n g pair Each will receive two rec ord albums from the SIUC Student Activities Committee As secondprize winners Peters and Hofferkamp will receive one record album a piece After the contest was over Barb Chism said Its amaz ing that we won We have only danced together twice be fore She explained that both she and Weismann had attended the dance workshop prior to the contest and had found that our steps just fit together She added Dan was just here to dance but I was here to win Soviets get US ideas Moscow AP Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger conveyed concrete US propositions on nuclear arms limitations to Soviet leader Leonid I Brezhnev today at the Kremlin hoping they could break the negotiating logjam on a new 10year treaty The twohour and 20minute discussion described by US sources as being in a very friendly and very cordial at mosphere was aimed at agreement on guidelines that Brezhnev and President Ford could endorse around Thanks giving at a meeting probably in Vladivostok Kissinger is banking on the Kremlins evident eaperncss to assess the new oresident firsthand as an incentive to achieve the conceptual break through that eluded Kissinger last March and again at the summer summit here with former President Richard M Nixon US officials suggest privately that Brezhnev and his Politburo colleagues held back in the last months of Watergate uncertain about Nixons staying power Fords repeated endorsements of Kissinger are intended to signal the Russians that any steps taken now to promote the Genera arms negotiations can have a permanent result a weapons pact by the end of 1975 At their first meeting Thurs day Kissinger and Brezhnev surveyed trade relations between their two countries and their conflicting approaches to the ArabIsraeli dispute Kissinger said they made a very good beginning but gave no details Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko said both sides were encouraged and Brezhnev was pleased Both Gromyko and Kissinger renewed their governments commitment to SovietAmerican detente in luncheon toasts Time changes Sunday Washington AP Clocks will be turned back one hour Sunday in nearly all of the United States as the nation goes on standard time for the four winter months The nation has been on 10 straight months of Daylight Saving Time in an experi ment designed to save fuel during the energy shortage In a report accompanying timechange legislation signed by President Ford Oct 5 the Senate Commerce Committee said energy savings must be balanced against a majority of the publics distaste for the observance of Daylight Saving Time during the win te Under the new law the na tion will revert to daylight time on Sunday Feb 231975 The change will not affect eastern Indiana Arizona Ha waii Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands and American Samoa all of which remained on stan dard time during the experi ment In addition 66 counties in Kentucky that had been switched from the Eastern Time Zone to the Central Time Zone will return to the Eastern zone on Sunday Clocks thus will not to be changed in those counties Ford calls Democrats the biggest Villains behind inflation By the Associated Press President Ford has finally come right and said it Big spenders are responsible for the countrys inflation woes and the villains are the Democrats in Congress In a string of campaign ap pearances Thursday on behalf of struggling Republican candi dates the President accused Democrats of ruining the economy with four decades of reckless spending There are many villains1 Ford told a per plate fund raising dinner in Chicago But the biggest burden of guilt lies on the shoulders of the biggest And the fact is that one political party has run the Congress and held open the nations purse strings for 38 of the last 42 years and for the past straight 20 years That party is the Democratic party and we cannot allow it to drive the budget deeper into the red and the rate of inflation higher into the blue Then Ford repeated his now familiar campaign slogan that the country needs an inflation proof Republican Congress and not a vetoproof Democratic one It was perhaps Fords most direct assault on his former congressional colleagues but even then he tempered it ad libbing into his prepared speech in a GOP luncheon in Des Moines Iowa that the Democratic leadership was ac ting responsibly although their troops run wild Ford also renewed the foreign policy theme which stirred a furor Tuesday in Oklahoma City and Cleveland when he said the election of the wrong kind of Congress could endanger world peace The v White House said Wednesday that Ford only meant to stress theImportance of a bipartisan foreign policy But Ford took another direct shot at the Democrats Or President visits Hi Story on page day accusing them of under mining our foreign relations with handcufflike restrictions on the policies of the President and the secretary ofstate The common theme of the days speeches however was that Congress not the President spends the money and is responsible for inflation He said he should be given time to work It out with the help of i more friendly Congress Such rhetoric aside the Ford administration still considers a proposed 5per cent surtax an essential part of its antiinflation program Treasury Secretary William E Simon said Thurs day But House Speaker Carl Albert replied that such a levy will never be passed by Congress Simon in a dinner speech Thursday night in New York City took note of congressional opposition to the proposed surtaxon corporations and on individuals earning mre than and families with incomes of or Many congressmen have already written off the surtax because they think it is un popular but I submit that the surtax is a supreme test of our will to fight inflation he con tended Speaking with reporters in Tulsa Okla earlier Thursday Albert said I can tell you one thing that Congress as it sits now and it sits next year is not going to make the man who makes pay 5 per cent and the man who makes pay 5 per cent Thats minimal as far as any effect on him the richer man is concerned Meanwhile Thursday the Labor Department released figures comparing the average firstyear wage increases in union contracts to the 97 per cent inflation rate registered thus far in 1974 The government said wage boosts negotiated during the JanuarySeptember period averaged 96 per cent during the first year of the contract and 72 per cent annually over the life of the contract With fringe benefits included the firstyear increases averag ed101 per cent andthe overall boosts were 75 per cent Con tracts containing costoMiving clauses averaged 111 per cent boosts this year   

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