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Mt Vernon Register News (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Mt Vernon, Illinois TEMPERATURE Wednesday high 22 low 7 7:00 a.m. today IG. Downtown at noon 16. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER VOLUME LIV-NO. 80 SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL - SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE FORECAST X Freozing-rain tonight becoming mixed with or changing to light snow. Low 20. Friday cloudy, high in the 20s. MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 1974 2 SECTIONS-16 PAGES 50<t PER WEEK - SINGLE COPY 10< TEN GALLON GASOLINE LIMIT \ Removed From Civil Service OPEN HEARINGS ON STATE JOBS FUSS TEX RITTER DIES - Country music veteran Tex Ritter, 67, died in the emergency room of a Nashville hospital after suffering a massive heart attacl{. Ritter was a silver screen star, singer and politician. (AP Wirephoto) By Early February ILLINOIS TO DECIDE . SOON ON SPEED LIMIT Arms Smuggling ^j. American J Girl Is Held In London LONDON (AP) - An 18-year-old American girl and two men arrested here for arms smuggling belonged to an extronist student group headquartered at Santa Barbara, Calif., security sources said today. the girl, who was arrested at a London airport Saturday when customs officials found guns and ammunition in her luggage, was identified by the U.S. jBmbassy as Allison Thompson of Santa Barbara. Allison Thompson The others were identified by sources as Atler Naseen, 21, of Pakistan, and Abelkhir Hakaoui, 25, of Morocco, both previously involved in student politics in Santa Barbara. The sources said Hakaoui was leader of the group whidi apparently planned to attack Moroccan diplomats or property after gathering m London. There was no apparent link with known Arab guerrilla groups, the Sources said. Scotland Yard has imposed a security blackout on the case, declining even to officially identify the three pending a decision on whether they will stand trial or l)e deported. But the sources said the FBI is seeking two other students in the United States, who canceled a trip to London after the arrests here. A decision on whether the three will stand trial in Britain or be deported to the United States will probably be determined on political grounds. For fear of reprisals, Britain has sometimes shied away from putting suspected guerrillas on trial. SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) - Senate President William C. Harris says the Illinois Legislature probably will decide in early February whether to adopt the uniform national speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Harris, a Pontiac Republican, said Wednesday the lawmakers probably would consider the question at a moderate pace to permit full public participation in hearings. Currently, Illinois limits passenger cars to 70 miles per hour on Interstate highways and to 65 miles per hour on other roads. For large trucks, the limits are 55 and 50 respectively. The national speed limit law that President Nixon signed Wednesday requires states to make their speed limits conform to the federal standard within 60 days or risk the loss of some federal highway aid. The state Transportation Department estimated Illinois could lose $40 million. Harris said the problem "will be dealt with comfortably within the 60-day limit, probably sometime early in February." Before the problem of speed limit legislation (Continued on Page 2) Country Music Star Tex Ritter Dead At 67 NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP) - Tex Ritter, a towering figure in Country and Western music, is dead of a heart attack at 67. Ritter, who ranked with such greats as Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and the late Hank Williams, collapsed while visiting a member of his band at the Nashville jail Wednesday night. He was rushed to Baptist Hospital, where his doctor said he died of a "massive, sudden heart attack." Ritter had gone to the jail to visit Jack Watkins, who was locked up Tuesday night on a charge of failure to pay alimony. The biggest hits for the softspoken Ritter were the movie theme "High Noon," "Wayward Wind,"You Are My Sunshine," "BoU Weevil" and "Hillbilly Heaven." Among Hitter's 78 film credits were starring roles in such movies as "Sing, Cowboy, Sing," "Marshal of Gunsmoke," "The Old Chisholm Trail" and "Song of the Gringo," his first film. He also had television roles in Westerns such as "The Rebel" and "Zane Grey Theater." Although Ritter did not appear as an actor in the film "High Noon," a Western suspense thriller starring Gary Cooper, he sang the haunting - ballad that played throughout the movie. Cooper won the 1952 Oscar as best actor for his role in the production. Hitter's interest in politics led him into the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 1970. He was defeated by Rep. William E. Brock III, who went on to unseat Democrat Albert Gore. Hitter's singing career began 40 years ago when he was paid $100 to record four songs, including the coimtry standard "Rye Whiskey." In 1964, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, only the second living person to be so honored. 54.4 Cents For Regular Gas Up As Much As 7.1 Cents A Gallon In Mt.V. Today Yesterday would have been a good day to buy a tank of gasoline in Mt. Vernon. Today it's a different story. The Register-News conducted a random survey of nine service stations this morning and found that some stations have hiked their prices as much as 7.1 cents per gallon since Wednesday evening. Managers of stations served by major oil companies reported this morning that they had either raised their prices or were anticipating pri^e hikes by the end of the week. The manager of a station at the 1-57 interchange said this morning that his prices had gone up 7.1 cents a gal Ion. He explained that the company had upped its price 6.1 cents and that the dealer had added an additional i-cent raise -- the first dealer price hike of any kind by a station representing that company siqce 1965. The dealer raise became necessary, he said, due to a recent 80 per cent cutback In allocations the company makes to Individual dealers. Another station representing that company raised its prices the same amount, bringing prices to 54.4 cents for regular and 58.4 cents for premium. Several stations said today they were an,ticipat-ing price hikes but had received no official word from the companies they represent. Some said their expectations were based on information they had heard on television newscasts yesterday. One major station reported a hike of 1 cent two days ago, an increase of 1.2 cents yesterday and a third raise of 0.5 cents this morning, resulting in prices of 50 cents for regular and 54 for premium. An independent station near the downtown area raised its prices 1.7 cents per gallon this morning, resulting in prices of 43.4 cents for regular and 45.4 for premium. For most stations, gasoline price hikes this week were the first In three to four weeks, but most of those Interviewed by telephone this morning expressed few doubts tlmt every dealer would be affected. SPRINGFIELD, Dl. (AP) - An order by the administration of Gov. Daniel Walker removing several thousand state jobs from civil service protection will undergo scrutiny today as the Illinois Civil Service Commission opens two days of public hearings. The order, issued by state Personnel Director Nolan Jones, would allow hiring persons for 32 job categories without a civil service examination. Republicans contend that Walker and Jones took the action to insure that Walker campaign workers would get jobs. Jones said he acted without consulting Walker in an attempt to increase the employment of memt)ers of minority groups. The order, issued without fanfare to the heads of all state departments and agencies Nov. 14, said the 32 job classes were singled out because their "principal requirement is good physical condition." Critics of the order contended, however, that some of the jobs, such as special liquor control agent, license inspector, grain sampler and vehicle testing station operator, involved more than good physical condition. Attorneys for the two largest state employe organizations in Illinois filed separate court suits challenging the legality of the order. The Civil Service Commission met Nov. 28 and promised to rule by Jan. 4 on the legality of the Jones order. For Third Time Delay Trial Of Mitchell And Stans By THE ASSGOATED PRESS The New York trial of two former Nixon Cabinet members has been delayed for the third time, while a postponement also seemed likely in another Watergate-related trial in Washington. In New York Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lee P. Gagliardi granted an indefinite delay in the perjury-conspiracy trial of former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans. The trial was to have started Jan. 9. Mitchell's lawyers, Peter. E. Fleming and John Sprizzo, are trying a case in Oklahoma that may continue through February, Gagliardi was told. Meanwhile, in Washington, lawyers for Nixon's former appointments secretary, Dwight Chapin, petitioned U.S. District Court for a one-month postponement in the start of Chapin's trial on charges of lying four times before the Watergate grand jury. Defense attorney Jacob Stebi said he needed more time to prepare for the trial, originally scheduled to open on Feb. 19. A spokesman for the special Watergate prosecutor's office said the government will not oppose the motion. Mitchell and Stans are accused of exerting Influence on behalf of Robert L. Vesco, a financier who was facing a federal suit, in exchange for a secret $200,000 contribution to Nixon's re-election campaign. Their trial, originally to have begun last Sept. 11, has been delayed twice previously by defense efforts to obtain a White House (tape recording.^^^^ FORWARD THINKING AUTOMAKER DIES - E. L. Cord, maker of the classic front-wheel-drive Cord automobile, died in Reno, Nev., Wednesday, at the age of 79. His famous Cord 810. which came out in 1932, is shown in the background. (AP Wirephoto) Throughout Midwest Standard Gas Price Boosted 5.8C A Gallon CHICAGO (UPI) - Amoco, marketing and refining branch of Standard Oil Co. of Indiana, today increased the price of gasoline by 5.8 cents per gallon and the price of No. 2 heating fuel by 6.4 cents per gallon. Carl Meyerdirk, an Amoco spokesman, said the price increases were necessitated because of increased costs for crude oil. He said Amoco's crude cost was up 73 per cent since May. i Meyerdirk said the increases would be effective at Amoco service stations across the country and at Standard stations in 15 central states where Amoco markets under the Standard name. More than 20,000 stations were affected, he said. Meyerdirk said the higher prices would result m no additional profit for Amoco because "the exact amount" of the increase in crude cc^is was being passed on to dealers. In Michigan, Stansard OU of Indiana, said it would boost its prices by more than 7 cents a gallon to cover increasing crude costs, meaning motorists could expect to pay up to 55 cents a gallon for regular gasoline. Amoco's increase brought wholesale price of Standard and Amoco gasoline to 29.6 cents per gallon for regular and 33.6 cents per gallon for premium. State and federal taxes are not included in these prices. In Chicago, the increase could push premium gasoline to as much as 60 cents a gallon. Amoco and Standard (Continued on PaKe2)/ 11 Per Cent Roise In Spring SOCIAL SECURITY BILL TO BE SIGNED Couse Serious Fire Gas Cans Explode; 40 Evacuated CHICAGO (AP) - Two five-gal)on cans of gasoline stored in a closet next to a heater exploded Wednesday night, setting fire to a three-flat building and routing about 40 persons from their apartments into freezing weather, police said. A mother and her five children were rescued from their third-floor apartment by two patrolmen who suffered smoke inhalation. One of the children was hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation. Authorities said the cans were stored in a closet in the second-floor apartment of Luis Martinez, who was not at home at the time of the explosion. Rescued from the third floor, where they were huddled in a back bedroom waiting for help, were C^audette Bledson, 35; and her children, Matthew, 15; Lauranette, 14, Andrew, 12; Rodney, 10; and Jonathan, 3. Highways Glazing Freezing Rain South Of Here By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Freezing rain arid sleet fell in extreme Southern Illinois today and highways were becoming glazed. Skies were cloudy over most of the rest of the state but a chance of light snow was in the forecast for tonight. Overnight lows generally ranged from 5 to 15 degrees. Gas Saving Measures At Camp McCoy National Guardsmen To Walk, Not Ride, This Year SPARTA, Wis. (AP) ~ Summer training camp for Army reservists and National Guardsmen may be even less luxurious than customary, thanks to fuel shortages. Officials at Camp McCoy said jeeps, trucks, buses and other personnel carriers are going to get minimum use this year, forcing thousands of trainees to rely more than usual on boot leather. Even mass-transit troop trains may be resurrected to get the trainees to the western Wisconsin camp from throughout the Midwest. Col. Richard Crecelius, post commander, said trainees can hike instead of Mt. V. Guardsmen Going To Camp McCoy Mt. Vernon's National Guardsmen will be among the 45,000 trainees at Camp McCoy this summer. The camp has been the training site for Southern Illinois Guardsmen for some time. ride to rifle ranges, bivouac sites and duty assignments. . (Continued onPuge:!) T SAN CLEMENTE (AP) - Despite some misgivings President Nixon is ready to sign into law an 11 per cent increase in Social Security benefits. Although Nixon was known to feel that the timing of the hikes would have an adverse effect on the federal budget, aides indicated he would sign the measure today and issue a statement citing some of his objections. Nbcon had to act on the bill by midnight or it would die by pocket veto. The bill would increase the average monthly payment for a retired individual from $161 to $181 and for a couple from $276 to $310. The President signed a number of major bills Wednesday including a $73.7 billion defense appropriations act. This jvas $2.9 billion less than the administration had requested. The bulk of the reduction - $2.1 billion - was in procurement funds appropriated at $18.4 billion. Nixon also signed a bill increasing by $575 million the total amount of loans and guarantees that the Small Business Administration can make before June 30. The same measure retroactively re-opens the Agriculture Department's easy-term loan program for rural residences damaged in disasters that occured between Dec. 26, 1972 and AprU20,1973. Finally, Nixon signed legislation to encourage state adoption of maximum state speed limits of 55 miles per hour and to reorganize seven bankrupt Northeastern railroads with the help of $500 million in federal subsidies and $1.5 billion in loan guarantees. The' Social Security legislation also raises the wage base - the amount of annual earnings subject to tax -- from $10,800 of 1973 to $13,200 in 1974. Under previous law, it was scheduled to be $12,600 in 1974. The maximum tax paid each by the worker and employer in 1973, $631.80, will be $772.20 in 1974. The 5.85 per cent rate paid by the worker and employer in 1973 will not be changed in 1974. The first benefit boost will be 7 per cent, set for the March check due April 3, with the other 4 per cent coming in the June check payable July 3. Some 30 million Americans now receive Social Security payments. I inriTir iliWWiiM'jiw.-, Simon Says Prices Going Up 11 Cents CONTROL SALES AT STATIONS By BILL NEIKIRK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) ~ Energy chief William E. Simon said today that oil companies and independent distributors have agreed to set a limit of 10 gallons of gasoline per customer at service stations. Simon also predicted that gasoline prices will increase over the next month or two, to levels about 8 to 11 cents higher than in early December. .� Simon told a news con-fer^ce his price estimates, increased from his estimate of about seven cents last week, took account of a new set of gasoline price hikes to be authorized Feb. L Simon said the new in creases would come as a variable formula designed to give service station , owners partial com- i pensation for the reduced ; amounts of gasoline they | can sell, as gasoline ! production is cut under | federal regulations. ^ � ifi^ Simon has ah-eady or-' dered creation of a standby gasoline rationing program but has deferred until later a decision whether to put it into effect. He has also asked the public to limit its gasoline purchases voluntarUy to 10 gallons per week. Today's announcement of agreement with thie distributors marks a further tightening of gasoline controls, although still on a voluntary basis. v Simon said major oil companies and independent dis-1 tributors and retailers have '�. agreed to encourage a policy limiting service / station gasoline sales to 10 gallons per customer. He said the companies could enforce this as company policy at the service stations it owns directly but could only urge it upon franchised service stations._ - City Police Using || . Less Gas; Offer Tips For Economy Mt. Vernon city police, who began fuel-saving measures as soon as lYesi-dent Nixon made his first , public appeal, have reduced gas consumption by nearly | 20 percent. | In November, the city^ police department's five cars used 430 gallons less ; than they had the previous month. That amount in itsdf is about enough to keep one city patrol car going for a month. The economy drive by the ? police is still on. This morn- ' ing, for example, a note was attached to the department work sheet. The heading . commanded, "Officers , Read This," but the rules set forth make good reading for anyone who owns a car. Here are the city police "Tips For Saving Gas:" - Smoother starts and stops. - Motors tuned up every 2,000 miles. - Tire pressure checked daily. - Turn off engines on stopped vehicles. - Telephone calls should . replace trips. ~- Trips should be combined. ' - Do not gun the engine, - Drivei with steady acceleration. -Keep speed down, � %\, - Use brake to hold c�r� ' rather than aoc^ator. ^ - Use air conditlimer sparingly. ^ \