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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFPICI Carbandale Murphysboro Htrrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N Uth Volume 82Na a Copy Two 010175 Yl ZTrtmnHi BOX 1 1 ILL 62525 iuccMMT te Htrrln Jeurnil Murphysboro 27 M74 New jobless claims keep index falling Washington AP A record level of new claims for unemployment benefits drove the governments in dicator offuture trends in the economy dowia for the fourth consecutive month in November the Commerce Shorter work weeks reduced building activity are forecast Com merce Department reported that higher sugar prices helped put the nations trade balance back to the negative side of the ledger after one month of ad vance The United States im ports much of its sugar Th overaU decline in toe Index of Leading Indicators designed to foreshadow future trends in the economy was 15 per cent in November That made the drop 73 per cent since July the steepest decline since a 9 per cent drop Hold oft beef shipments US urges Washington AP The government is trying to convince other countries they should hold down beef shipments to US markets next year in an effort to avoid stiff mandatory quotas under a 1964 law designed to protect American cattlemen Asst Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter said today If voluntary agreements are not reached the 1964 quota formula will go into effect automatically and even less meat can enter the United States said Yeutter who oversees international affairs and domestic commodity pro grams The imports now represent about 7 per cent of the beef consumed in this country Yeutter had no estimate on what such a holddown would mean to US retail prices After U S meat costs began skyrocketing in 1972 the US government encouraged allout foreign imports from December 1948 through April 1949 The index which reflects developments in a dozen facets of the economy indicated that shorter work weeks higher u n e m p 1 oyment reduced business spending for produc tive expansion and slower ac tivity in the building industry lie ahead The number of new claims for unemployment benefits shot up 12 per cent during the month to a total of 450000 surpassing the record of 438000 set in April 1958 It was the sixth straight month of advance for the new claims figure which moves in advance of the unemployment statistics released later in the month by the Labor Depart ment Of the eight factors in the index for which figures were available in its preliminary report the Commerce Depart ment said five others besides unemployment claims showed a downward trend in the economy They included a shorter average work week a S per cent decline in new orders for durable goods a 34 per cent decline in spending on factories and equipment lower in dustrial materials prices and fewer new building permits The only increases were in stock prices and the ratio of the selling price of products to the cost of labor involved in mak ing them The nations trade balance dropped to a million deficit in November the department said In October the balance showed a million surplus the only surplus in the last seven months Overall the trade balance shows a billion deficit so far this year compared to a million surplus at this time last year The nations total bill for imported oil now stands at billion so far this year com pared to billion for all of last year The Commerce Department said the imported item that showed the biggest jump last month was sugar Imported coffee fish meat machinery and transportation equipment also registered in creases They more than offset declines in the value of int ported iron steel organic chemicals footwear and newsprint New group asks tough energy policy c New York Times New York Two former secretaries of commerce John T Connor and Peter G Peterson and the ex ecutive director of the National Urban League Vernon E Jordan Jr have called on the Ford administration to adopt tough new energypolicies that would probably lead to sharply higher fuel prices They said that the new policies which would include standby gasoline rationing for use in a shortterm emergen cy were necessary to overcome the nations dependence on imported oil They said that they were Proposals include standby gasoline rationing speaking for scores of business executives labor leaders and had formed an ad hoc group called Citizens for a Strong Energy Program The announcement of the groups unofficial energy pro gram was seen as an attempt to prod Ford into taking ag action to solve the nations energy problems The proposals were discussed at a news conference at the Hotel Biltmore as President Ford was preparingto meetln Colorado ad visors to shape the nations energy programs Ford is ex pected to announce his own plans next month when he delivers the State of the Union message to Congress Peterson chairman p f Lehman Brothers Inc an in vestment banking concern who served as secretary of com merce in 1972 and 1973 said that the world oil situation posed the most serious economic threat since the depression of the 1930s Voluntary measures are no longer enough he said Peterson said that the ad hoc groupwas avreducr in US consumption of at least a million barrels a day from current levels by July 4 1975 Such a reduction he said would undoubtedly require such meaoures as new gasoline or fueloil taxes to discourage consumption strict tem perature and lighting standards and energy rates that would penalize users of wasteful amounts of energy While Peterson did not spell out the full impact of the pro posed program on consumers Connor chairman of the Allied Chemical Corp who served as secretary of commerce from 1965 to 1967 said that the pro gram would undoubtedly result in sharply higher prices and perhaps rationing The groups proposals were presented in an open letter to the President and Congress Peterson said the letter had been delivered to the White House cabinet members the Federal Energy Administration and congressional leaders In addition to asking for a reduction of oil consumption in the United States of a million barrels a day by July 4 1975 the group also called for a further reduction of another half million barrels by July 4 1976 Most oil experts have said that a salving of a million bar rels a day would require the moct stringent economies perhaps even rationing The only alternative the experts have said would be massive price increases that would deter motorists from driving their cars and homeowners from maintaining heating temperatures above certain minimum levels fell a couple of times President Gerald Ford enjoy I fell a cauple of times but each day since his arrival here ed another day skiing before Im getting better said the on Dec 22 wi returning to his desk to work president Ford has spent a AP at his Vail Colo residence couple Futile effort to use nuclear weapons Military deceived Ike Jack Anderson reports Washington AP High US military officials deliberately deceived President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1958 during the QuemoyMatsu crisis in an attempt to use nuclear weapons columnist Jack Anderson says Citing documents that were stolen from Daniel Ellsbergs home in the San Francisco area earlier this month and later turned over to a congressional committeeAnderson said Pentagon officials wanted to use tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Chinas underground munitions dumps and gun emplacements At the time the Chinese were bombarding the two islands held by the Nationalist Chinese The Pentagon falsely in formed the White House thai available Air Force planes in the area had no bomb racks that could carry highexplosive conventional bombs and that nuclear weapons were thus needed to do the job the col umnist reported Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles went ahead with tentative plans to use nuclear weapons against Communist China In the meantime the QuemoyMatsu crisis simmered down and here was no actual American military involvement Gold hits anounce London AP The highest price ever paid for gold on a major bullion market an ounce was reached on the London market today as the European gold rush resumed after the Christmas break The five big London dealers set the afternoon fixing at the alltime record figure after trading opened at an ounce also a record Trading was reported moderate Dealers had expected the jump up from preClirmmas prices in anticipation of American goldbuying Dec 31 when US citizens will be able to own gold bullion for the first time in 41 years Auditor will head state fair Springfield AP Gov Daniel Walker an nounced today the appointment of an auditing firm executive as temporary superintendent of the Illinois State Fair The executive Earl E Soder of Downers Grove will be responsible for the business aspects of the fair Paul King will continue in his position as fair manager concentrating in planning Walker said Soder 54 is a manager with the auditing firm of Arthur Anderson and Co Walker said he will be paid a year plus a supplement from the Anderson firm the amount to be worked out later Walker said Soder will fill the superintendents position until new accounting and control systems are put into effect and a new superintendent is nam ed King and the fair agency have drawn criticism recently over the handling of a manure removal and maintenance contract An assistant fair manager was fired in the mat ter Mi Soders job will be to bring the business operation of the fair up to par Walker said Tournament scores Scores from todays consola tion games involving area prep basketball teams playing in holiday tournaments At Carbondale Herrin 68 Marion 61 Belleville East 58 Du Quoin May go fo jury Monday Defense lawyers rest case in Watergate coverup trial At Central ia Elgin Larkin 92 Pinckney ville 91 Champaign Central 53 Ridgewood 36 At Breese Mater Dei Nashville 63 Okawville 45 Flora 69 OFallon 67 At Eldorado Carlyle 62 Ridgway 56 Norris City 74 Meridian 65 Washington AP Defense counsel completed their closing arguments to the Watergate coverup trial jury today as the historic case moved a step closer to com pletion Chief prosecutor James F Neal and assistant prosecutor Richard BenVeniste were to deliver the government rebut tal this afternoon the last argument the jury will hear before beginning its delibera tions The case is expected to go to the jury on Monday The final defense lawyer to present his argument was Jacob Stein attorney for Ken neth W Parkinson Lawyers for the other four defendants former Atry Gen John N Mitchell ex White House aides H R Haldeman and John D Ehrlichman and former Asst Atty Gen Robert C Mardian already have summed up their cases for the jury Stein told the jury that on June 17 1972 the day of the Watergate breakin at Democratic National Commit tee headquarters Parkinson a prominent Washington at torney knew none of his codefendants in the coverup case because he had never been involved in politics He described Parkinson as one of the people taken in by statements from the Nixon committee that it had no con nection with the breakin Parkinson was retained by the committee to defend it against civil suits resulting from thebreakin Tonight cloudy with chance of rain or drizzle low in the low 30s Saturday mostly clou dy high in the mid or upper 40s Sunday partly cloudy and mild lows in the 30s highs in the 50s INDEX Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map nn s 15 4 t 13H 910 14 Parents reoice after abduction victim found Mother childrw wait to be evacuated from eyclonetorn Australia AP wirepnoioj Barents offer aooucnon vicnm IUUMU Christmas lights shine boy 10 found alive PhTMc last Cholera tetanus feared Darwin Australia AP Relief officials warned today that hundreds of lives might still be lost in cholera or tetanus epidemics in the wake of the killer cyclone that devastated Darwin Australias chief lorthern city Christmas Day Fortyfive persons were known to have died in the four hour storm that roared out of the Timor Sea before dawn on Wednesday Butthe Natural Disasters Center said there was a possibility of an outbreak of cholera from contaminated water or tetanus from un treated wounds Most houses in the city were wrecked and authorities said at least 20000 persons would have to bemoved to other cities until Darwin was rebuilt Miami AP A 10yearold hoy who vanished on his way home from a Christmas party seven days ago was being treated at an eye clinic today after being found badly beaten in a swamp some 70 miles away Christopher Hugh Carrier of nearby Coral Gables was reported in generally good condition after being admitted to Miamis BascomPalmer Eye Institute The boy was found by a hunter Thursday night in the Big Cypress Swamp near the west Florida community of Naples police said He ap parently had been abducted last Friday A spokesman for Naples Community Hospital where the fifthgrader spent the night said Christopher was extremely tired but rational when brought to the hospitals emergency room Ha was treated for lacera tions contusions and for in juries to the left eye the spokesman said He said the boy also had sustained a skull fracture and what appeared to be cigarette burns Ray Ross the boys uncle said the family heard about the boys rescue in a telephone call from the Collier County Sheriffs office We wanted to believe it was Chris but he was so tired we couldnt bt sure Ross said His mom and dad talked to him and finally asked him for the name of his dog When Christopher referred to his 3pound Yorkshire terrier as Killer his parents were convinced the boy was their son The roof came off all over the neighborhood Ross said It was pretty exciting For the first time all week the Christmas tree lights at the Carrier house are shining Chris disappeared last Fri day after stepping off a school bus near his home His father attorney Hugh Carrier offered a reward for informa tion about his whereabouts The hunter Roy Jones of Bradenton told police he found the boy beside a dirt road took him to his hunting camp fed him and notified police Police said the boy gave them a description of a man who he said took him from Coral Gables in a car ;