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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 2, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herein 212 N 16th Volume Oe a Copy Southern niinoisan Four Sections Tabloid 44 Pagn Successor to carbondalo Pro Press Horrln Journl Murphyoboro Indpendenl WEDNESDAY JANUARY 2 1974 010175 IN LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 759 DECATUR ILL 62525 The opened pipeline left lies amid explosion rubble south of Prairie du Rocher Speecf limit bill signed San Clemente Calif AP die history of Americas forcing the 50 states to adopt energysaving speed limits of legisla miles per hour Nixon alssigned a bill setting up machinery for reorganizing seven bankrupt railroads in the Northeast and Midwest with federal loan guarantees of billion and subsidies of more than5500million Under the speed limit law states will lose all federal highway funds unless they adopt Limits within 60 55mile days I have been gratified and juc encouraged by the number of will directly affect passenger states which have already and freight service in 17 states plus the District of Colum The railroad bill sets up a new United States Railway Associa tion a nonprofit government corporation to borrow the billion to set up a new rail network under a privately operated Consolidated Rail Corp The measure is designed to consolidate the Penn Central and six other railroads into one moneymaking corporation free of unprofitable branch lines and duplicating main lines The massive reorganization voluntarily reduced their speed limits in accordance with my request Nixon said in a state ment estimates indicate that we can save nearly 200000 barrels of fuel a day by observ bia Railroads outside the region that aro threatened with bankruptcy and connect with ore of the seven failing lines ing a national limit of 55 miles also will be eligible for govern ment loans The new corporation would run a scaleddown rail network per hour In another statement Nixon said he considered some of the rail subsidies to be higher than expected to total about 19000 of they should be However he the current 25000 miles of track termed the reorganization law in the an important turning point in Midwest the Northeast and Authorization given Gasoline prices expected to rise By the Associated Press The new year meant fresh gasoline supplies today for many of the nations motorists but government officials say stiff price hikes may be right around the corner The situation should improve considerably today and Thursday said Anthony Ip polito an Automobile Club of New York official Gas allocations are delivered at the beginning of each month in most cases and he said many Stations had at least part of One station owner has own rationing plan Stories on page 24 Snow and freezing drizzle likely tonight Not so cold Thursday cloudy with occas ional sleet and freezing rain Warmer with high in upper 20s or low 30s Chance of pre cipitation 70 per cent toniaht 90 per cent Thursday Very cold Friday through Sunday with chance of snow Sunday INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 2527 31 4 67 2728 1719 28 their January allotments New York City police kept an eye on key stations in case motorists commuting to work for the first time after the four day holiday caused traffic jams Charles Binsted of the Washingtonbased National Congress of Petroleum Retailers said he expected most stations to reopen around the nation today because they have gotten their January allocations or will shortly Oil companies were given the goahead Monday to hike gasoline prices 15 cents a gallonFederal Energy Office officials said Tuesday that prices could be about 10 cents a gallon more by March The forecast of higher prices may have headed off several planned protests by service sta tion operators In Springfield Mass and Portsmouth NH gasoline retailer groups announced plans last week to shut down or limit customers to worth of gas to protest federal price con trols Residents of area nursing homes took shelter in the recreation area of Chester Memorial Hospital Opposition to be included Meir allies manuever to put together coalition Blast cuts off heating fuel By Tony Stevens Of The Southern Ulinoisan An explosion and fire hit Prairie du Rocher Tuesday night and left most of North western Randolph County with out gas today The nearmidnight explosion blew up a 24inch natural gas line of the Mississippi River Fuel Co creating a deafening roar and shooting a tower of flames 200 feet skyward No one was injured No im mediate estimate of damage was available as crews worked today to repair the damage and restore gas service The area hardest hit lies be tween Prairie du Rocher and Natural gas pipeline explodes Related story page 3 PhotobyEdGreer tween Officials estimated at least 7000 people affected by the loss of gas for heating on one of the coldest nights of the year The explosion was reported at pm at a pump station about a mile and a half south of Prairie du Rocher The sta tion served part of a 24inch natural gas line from Northern Louisiana to Northern Illinois The Illinois Power Co had a tapin station near the break The line crossed the Missis use some electric heaters lo keep warm Fadler was operating his post office in about 40degree heat today but said You know that old sayingthe mail has to go through The postmaster said most of the 700 residents in Prairie du Rocher apparently will remain in their homes today instead of moving to a number of relief centers set up in the area Fadler said the explosion knocked out all utility service for a time He said electric service was restored shortly af ter the explosion We have not been able to determine why telephone ser vice is out but possibly some lines were damaged by the blast he said The Randolph County com munity near historic Fort Char tres is getting ready for the possibility that gas wont be me possiDiiity mat g sippi River near Modoc on an restored by tonight iinrWtnatpr pTOSSinS i 160 Mile Visibility The fire was visible as far north as St Louis Mo and as far south as Murphysboro almost 60 miles away Randolph County authorities said the blast blew a crater about 30 feet long and 15 feet Two faynvbuildings were destroyed field adjacent to the blast site The blast blew a blanket of dirt about eight inches thick across the road beside the pump station authorities said Richard W Homer president of the Mississippi River Trans mission Co said he does not know what caused the explo sion the first in his 20 years with the firm He said such explosions occur from time to time in various parts of the country usually during very cold weather It is possible that because of the extreme cold the ground was so hard that it moved and caused a break in the 22inch line he said Two pieces of the pipe striking together could have caused a spark he said A bypass line is being readied today and the company hopes to have service resumed tonight he said Shook The House Ted Fadler postmaster said the blast shook the houseand I didnt know what it wasIt took a few seconds to determine what it was and then I saw the sky all lighted up and knew it was a fire of some kind Bertram Dapron said he thought it might have been a Many people are moving in with relatives who have heat or are bunching up with friends Wafergafe Thank goodness for electric blankets in a situation like this Fadler said Some of the rural residents south of Prairie du Rocher and residents in the northwestern area Chester were reported moving to a temporary shelter Temporary shelters were set up in the Peace Lutheran Church the Chester High School and St Marys School cafeteria all in Chester the Civic Center in Steeleville the Sparta United Presbyterian Church and the Evansville Grade School Chester residents in areas where gas heat was lost were advised to let their water taps drip to prevent freezing of lines Larry Durbin fire chief for Prairie du Rocher said several fire crews fought the towering flames but were unable to put out the fire The fire burned itself out shortly after 4 am today when company officials turned off valves to cut the flow of gas to the break area Durbin said the explosion shook my house and woke me The chief lives just over a mile from the explosion site Postmaster Fadler interrupt ed his description of the nights events long enough to serve a woman customer who asked for a money order Well OKif my hands arent toocold to write it he said up next on agenda Washington AP Courtroom activity connected to the Watergate scandal is ex pected to quicken during the months of the New Year campaign con ITT and milk Special proecutor Leon giami Jaworski has indicated that thei Watergate grand juries are readv toconsider indictments Jerusalem CAP Premier Golda Meirs Labor party and its traditional ally the National Religious party today began the maneuvering necessary to put together a new coalition government for Israel returns from Mondays general election indicated Mrs Meir might be able to line up 69 members of the 120member Knesset the Israeli parliament for a majority of 18 This would include 50 Laborites 11 members of the Although the soldiers ballots National Religious from the ceasefire lines were still to be tallied unofficial Dayan to Talk With Kissinger San Clemente Calif AP Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan will confer with Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger in Washington on Fri day the Western White House announced today Officials said with Israeli elections now completed Israel can play a more active role in the negotiations to end the quarter century of Middle East tension Independent Liberals and 3 members of ultraorthodox religious parties affiliated with the Labor alignment The leader of the National Religious party Michael Hazani said he would insist on formation of a national unity government meaning inclusion of the Laborites chief opposi tion the rightwing Likud bloc which demands that Israel retain all Arab territory cap tured in the 1967 war However Labor eladers view this demand by Hazani as a bargaining ploy only They were confident that he would abandon it in exchange for their agree ment to stronger religious legislation In the returns from the civilian balloting the Laborites got 419 per cent of the vote the socialists smallest showing in Israels 25 years as a state The big gain was made by Likud led byMenahem Begin which got 271 per cent of the vote and was in line for 39 seats a gain of seven The rightwing gains may force the government to hold on to some of the captured Arab territories it was prepared to relinquish in the ArabIsraeli peace negotiations in Geneva Transport Minister Shimon Peres said it would take Mrs Meir and her associatea little bit of time and a great deal of bargaining to put together a new majority in the Knesset Begin claimed 55 of the members of the new parlia ment would support his stand on the occupied territories while only 52 would support Mrs in a substantial number of major involvements this month and next The conspiracyperjury trial of former Atty Gen John N Mitchell and two others in the Vesco campaign contribution case is scheduled to begin this month in New York The sentencing of Egil Krogh Jr head of the White House plumbers is expected in a number of weeks Krogh has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the rights of Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrist The two Watergate grand juries in Washington soon to be joined by a third have been probing the breakin of Democratic party headquarters well as illegal tributions the fund cases the Howard Hughes contribution and dirty campaign tactics It is known that targets of the grand juries in their various probes include such former aides and intimates as Mitchell Maurice H Stans H R Haldeman John D Ehrlichman Herbert W Kalmbach and Charles W Col son Erlichman David R Young and convicted conspirator G Gordon Liddy have pleaded in nocent to state indictments in Los Angeles in connection with the rifling of files of Dr Lewis Fielding Ellsbergs psychiatrist That trial has not been scheduled In addition to Krogh sentenc ing also is pending in the cases of three former White House or U1UU6UU 0 plane crash but heard a roar I and the subsequent coverup as pleaded guilty to one count each of obstructing justice in return for giving testimony against others and saw the bright light and figured it was a fire in the gas line Dapron said he cut off his gas service It was light enough to read a newspaper in the church yard about a mile from the blast site Dapron said The fire in the old Brickey home was like a matchbox burn EHoward Hunt free pending appeal Lewisburg Pa AP Watergate conspirator E ron lltmiC W QJ A ing compared to this one Dap1 Howard Hunt was released from said referring to a fire a federal prison farm today pending the outcome of an ap peal filed in Washington Hunt 54 was sentenced Nov 9 serve 2V28 years in prison of a few years back which a Prairie du Rocher landmark home Dapron said he and his family are going to stay at home and IRS slates Nixon tax review By the Associated Press me ui Traffic accidents around the vice said Wednesday it is renation during tne New Years examining President Nixons inj weekend daimed m a come tax returns for the pastj appeared to have The Washington AP Internal Revenue Serv connection with the break in June 17 1972 at the Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate building A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday ordered that Hunt and a second Watergate defendant Bernard LU Serve ycalo ill He pleaded guilty last January I L Barker of Miami be released to six counts of conspiracy until the court acts on their ap burglary and wiretapping inpeals Shortages help cut traffic deaths several years Meirs more flexible stand He of President Nixon are said the election showed the I fully m the probe national majority is against j and had authorized disclosure of dividing the Land of Israel 1 the action The IRS said representatives been held down by gasoline shortages and the weather Eighteen persons were killed in Illinois traffic accidents dur ing the weekend The National Safety Council had estimated in advance that between 470 and 570 persons might die on streets and highways between 6 pm Friday and midnight Tuesday During the New Years weekend a year ago when the holiday fell on Monday The Associated Press counted 438 traffic deaths ;