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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 1, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OMICI Herrln 710 N IlllnoU 111 Walnut 212 N Ittfi Volume 154ISc a Copy 2 Supplement 32 Pages frtt Prttt Hwrln Only Journtl Murphyiboro MONDAY JULY i CarbondaltHtrrlhMurpliyilMra 24 young patrons die in Wew Port Chester N Y CAP In the beginning there was no panic but then the place filled up with smoke and every one became disoriented says a worker at a discotheque where 24 young people died in an early morning fire The place was packed be cause there were a lot of people home from college added the worker Joe Parsons Jr of Stamford Conn in recounting the fatal fire early Sunday at Gullivers Restaurant started rushing toward the stairs said Judy Grella an 18yearold from Bridgeport Conn We couldnt see anything wehad to crawl up I dont know how we got out of there alive Medical authorities said 11 women and 13 men died almost instantly of smoke inhalation and at least as many were in jured Westchester County Executive Alfred DelBello ordered a full investigation into the fire in the roadhouse located on the Con necticutNew York border in this town of 25000 north of New York City Several investigators advanc ed the theory that the fire broke out in a store in the same building and was drawn into the discotheque by an aircondi tioning system An attorney for the owners of the building estimated there were about 200 personsin the when the fire be gan Port Chester Fire Chief Vin cent Rathgeb said he believed most of the victims suffocated swiftly Frank Arbusto chief of theiiFire Prevention Bureau and head of the investigation said other victims apparently blinded while trying to seek exits from the splitlevel building Police said the crowd dancing to the music of rock group when the fire broke but was the usual affluent one drawn to the night spot from Westchester County and neigh boring Fairfield County Conn which form one of the richest areas in the nation According to Mayor Joseph F Dzaluk the band leader ad vised people on the dance floor that they had better leave when he noticed a little smoke How ever the crowd did not leave until the smoke got more intense and he began shouting for everyone to move out immedi ately Several survivors of the blaze said the lights went out but the lawyer for the owners of the building insisted there was no loss of electrical power While investigators sought to find out what started the fire chief county Medical Examiner Dr Henry Siegel continued grim task of identifying the dead warning that the job was liable to take days in had list of rights leaders Rtv Martin Luthtr King Sr and wife AP wirephoto Tragedy has marked Hie of Dr Martin King Sr Atlanta CAP A grieving Dr Martin Uither King Sr his shirtsleeves stained with his wifes blood cried How much more can I take How much more can I take In some ways its worse than the assassination said the sticky graynaired minister about the slaying Sunday of his wife Alberta 69 as she played the organ in the Ebenezer Bap tis Church He referred to the 1968 killing of his famed civil rights leader son Dr Martin Luther King Jr wmer of the Nobel Peace prize Less than 16 months later King lost his younger and last son A D who drowned in the swimm ing pool of his home King 74 was not preaching at his Ebenezer church Sunday because he planned to leave early to catch a plane for a speaking engagement in Newark N J Hours after the shooting as he sat in his home near a large portrait of Martin King said I dont hate nobody Im every bodys brother Watching a television news cast which reported he was un der sedation at a hospital King declared Oh no Im not I think that typifies Daddy King said the Rev J Ran dolph Taylor a longtime friend of Kings Hes a very strong man In a recent interview King said of his nine fatherless grandchildren I live for them Im the only man in their life Its going to shorten my days but I have got to see my grandchildren through he said Four of his 10 grandchildren are the children of Martin five are A Ds and one is the son of his only surviving child Mrs Isaac Farris Isaac Farris one of two grandsons who were in the church when Mrs King was shot said We thought every body loved my grandmother Even the people who made trouble were close to her Atlanta AP The young black man charged with killing MrsMartin Luther King Sr during a shooting spree vata church service remained jailed under heavy guard today awaiting arraignment in City Court Mrs King 69 was shot Sun day morning as she played The Lords Prayer on the organ of the church where her late son Nobel prize winner Dr Martin Luther King Jr once preached nonviolence and brotherhood before his own assassination in 1968 Before the assailant could be subdued by members a deacon also was killed and an other person was wounded dur ing gunfire that sent some church members diving beneath pews Others ran screaming from the church TheRev Ralph David Aber nathy who succeeded the late Dr King as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said that when he visited the accused gunman in a jail cell the man told him I was on the list that there was a conspiracy to get us all to get all the civil rights lead ers Atlanta police said no evi dence existed to support the theory but Chief John Inman ordered a 24hour guard placed iat the home of the Rev Martin I Luther King Sr who was unhurt in the shooting Officer B F Peppers a spokesman for Inmans office said late Sunday that if theres evidence of anyone else being involved it hasnt been for warded to the chiefs office at this time Assistant Police Chief J L Mullins said Marcus Wayne Death of rights leaders mother stuns area Story on pagi3 Chenault 23 told police he received orders from his God to kill the Rev Martin Luther King Sr and the reason he shot Mrs King was because she was nearest to him Police searching Chenaults Columbus Ohio apartment said they found a list of civil rights leaders apparently marked for death The list included Abernathy and Atlanta SCLC President Hosea Williams and the name King they said Abernathy said Chenault rec ognized him and that his first words to him were Oh theres i fever He said over and Abernathy If you want to just entered the sanctuary when the shooting erupted Dr Asa Yancey medical director at Grady Hospital said Mrs King was treated im mediately and vigorously for a gunshot wound to the right side of the face and a possible heart attack She died at the hospital at am an hour after she was shot officials said A family spokesman said Mrs Kings body would lie in state Tuesday at Ebenezer from 9 am to 4 pm with a memorial service set for 7 pm Funeral services were scheduled for 11 am Wednesday at the church Witnesses said that after the shooting the assailant then fled to a rear exit where several men him to the ground Drek Farris a King grandson joined in the pursuit of the gun mrp He said the assailant pointed an empty pistol at him and nulled the trigger He was delirious Farris said He appeared to be in a over The war did this to me Its the you better get that Rev off your j war The deacon Edward Boykin told him that he was in jail 60 died of gunshot wounds but he said there was a group that could get me Abernathy said Williams in jail on charges stemming from a march here last week protesting the police shooting of a black youth also said Chenault recognized him when he was escorted past Wil liams cell King 74 is pastor at the Ebe nezer Baptist Church but he was not scheduled to preach He had shortly after reaching the hos pital Mrs Jimmie Mitchell 65 a church trustee was reported in satisfactory condition with a Marcus Chenault appears for arraignment AP wirephoto neck wound A witness said Mrs Mitchell had been seated next to the gunman A fourth victim Charles Cpl emari 76 was treated for shock at the hospital and released A bullet had ripped through his coat Nixon role 17 unresolved bills face legislators Extraday agenda is packed LindsaySchaub News Service And Associated Press Springfield The General Assembly tangled in argry debates over ethics and pay raises moved into an extra day of spring ses sion business today with differ ences not quite resolved on at least 17 appropriations bills representing abouta third of the state budget for the new fiscal year The Department of Transpor tation budget bill was the largest yet remaining for approval It is about onefourth of the total budget Also outstanding in conference committees or on the legisla tivecalendar awaiting an okay on amendments added by one chamber or the other were these appropriations measures Secretary of state comptrol ler auditor general judiciary system General Assembly and executive agencies state1 offi cers regular pay Also agencies and commis sions such as the Capital Devel opment Board Environmental Protection Agency Department of Personnel Bureau of the Budget Illinois Racing Board and Illinois Commerce Com mission and Departments of Public Aid and Children and Family Services General Assembly spring ses sions traditionally end June 30 because of a provision in the state constitution which requires bills passed after that date to receive a threefifths majority to take effect immediately Bills receiving a simple majority do not go into effect until July l of the following calendar year The House bogged down in a chaotic argument overtheissue of campaign disclosure and the Senate became entangled in heated exchanges over the question of pay raises for leg islators judges and other state pay raise bill stalled in Senate By Richard H Icen LXdsaySchaub News Service Springfield A pay raise of a year for legislators failed to pass the Senate shortly after I lam today With a vote of 2921 against the hike from to a ear showing on the electronic s oreboards Sen Philip W F RChicago asked that a fi vote be postponed ens Kenneth V Buzbee D Carbondale and Gene Johns D Marion voted against the pay raise before final action wes postponed The Sanate then adjourned until later today without voting on two other bills providing pay raises for judges and ranking officials of the administration of to do so the endless footdragging Gov Daniel Walker must stop Until the Senate The Senate will meet again decides this issue not another today From this point on in thej matter will be decided session it will take a vote of 60 per cent in both chambers for this and other biUs to become effective before next July 1 Before voting on the pay bill the Senate approved by a 520 The Senate then approached the pay bills with great caution as reports filtered back from the House of acrimonious debate over who might be trying to kill the bill vote a compromise campaign Houae Minority Leader Clyde disclosure law developed by a L Choate DAnna and Repub conference committee It sent that bill to the House Senate President William C Harris RPontiac said cam paign disclosure legislation was the most important issue of the session Regulation of campaign leg islation is about to be decided Harris told his colleagues but lican Majority William LWalsh of LaGrange got into an angry dispute over whether Choate and other House Democrats had ac tually participated in developing compromise Walsh RLaGrange Parki ac cused Democrats of being a bunch of phonies who were playing political games officials Now those issues and others apparently will require 18 extra votes in the House and six more in the Senate Still unresolved were the fiscal 1975 appropriations for several major state agencies four state universities and a proposal to help financially ailing downstate mass transit districts Also without funds as the fis cal year began were the De partment of Transportation Department of Public Aid the Environmental Protection Agency the Southern Illinois University System Sangamon State University Northern Illi nois University and Illinois State University In addition money for several special offices set up by the overnor remain out of the judget Walker supporters were expected to mount a lastditch effort today to restore appro priations for the Office of Hu nan Resources Office of Con sumer Advocate Office of Spe cial Investigations and the Of ice of Collective Bargaining In other action A bill to create a new Divi sion of Alcoholism within the Department of Mental Health was approved and sent to the governor program to ease the real estate tax burden for senior ci tizens failed in the Senate The House had approved a plan that allowed persons over 65 the op tion to defer payment of their real estate taxes until their house was sold or until the owner died The House sent legislation to the governor to require school bus safety instruction for chil dren and drivers Fair and warm tonight lows in lower 70s Mostly sunny and hot Tuesday highs in mid 90s INDEX Classified 151 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 23 Editorials 4 Family living Farm 5 Records 1920 Sports Weather details map 19 Food prices arent making anyone happy Todays food prices are bringing complaints from ev erybody the consumer try ing to stretch a family bud eet the supermarket operator vhose costsare up and the livestock producer who is los ing money A four part Associated Press series outlining a con fusing contradictory situation begins today on page 11 State ethics statements held legal Jaworski Jury had evidence Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski asserted today that the naming of President Nixon as an unindicted cocon Court spirator in the Watergate cover up was based on substantial j evidence not mere suspicion the Springfield AP The Illinois Supreme upheld today the right state Board of Ethics to require I stafe emnloves to file01 Bum slatementrof their econVnlici During its investigation interests j Watergate grand jury amassed In the balancing of the considerable amount of in vidual employes fundamental formation about the Presidents rightto privacy and the states compelling need for efficient ethical government the states interest predominates said Justice Walter F Schaefer in a court opinion The court also ruled that the state acted legally when it ex cluded anyone connected with the school or school system from membership on the state Board of Education Nixon takes summit holiday StarNews Minsk USSR President Nixon took a day long holiday from his summit negotiations today to visit an other Soviet city while Secre tary of State Henry AKissinger carries on the talks role in the coverup conspira cy Jaworski said The grandjury was not free to ignore the evidence it had heard the prosecutor said and thus it decided to name Nixon as criminalty Jaworski add ed The prosecutors claim that there is strong evidence against the President came in a brief filed in the Supreme Court in tie legal battlebetween Jaworski and Nixon White House lawyer James D St Clair argued in his brief that President Nixon should not be ordered by judges Other wise hesaid the courts would have the power to control the executive branch The presidency cannot func tion if the President is preoccu pied with the defense of a criminal case and the thought of a President exercising his great powers from a jail cell an unindicted coconspirator inAggies the mind Sti Clair the case The grand jurys naming of the President and others as participants in a conspiracy to obstruct justice constitutes a determination by an independ ent body based upon more than 18 months of evidence that substantial evidence exists of sufficient strength to cause a person of ordinary prudence and President Peron dies Buenos Aires Argentina AP President Juan D Peron died today the1 government announc caution to conscientiously ed He was 78 entertain a reasonable belief ofl Perons three personal physi the accuseds guilt he cians had said in earlier bulle tins that the presidents condi tion suddenly deteriorated badly in midmorning and that his heart had stopped briefly said The action by the grand jury was not an expression of a mere suspicion of possible Milk prices decline By Bonita Troutt Of The Southern Illinoisan It is not a mistake That lower price on the milk carton today is real i Milk prices in Southern Il linois dropped six cents a gal lon today the first significant drop in many years Kenneth Parrish of New Era Dairy in Carbondale says he cannot remember when he has had this great a reduction in price The gallon price dropped from to on most brands Halfgallon prices were re duced 3 cents from 81 cents to 78 cents and quarts one cent Cottage cheese prices were reduced four cents a pound Demand for milk always re drops off in the summer months but the decrease also is brought about by an over supply of hard cheese says Lawrence Dietz a dairy farmer from De Soto Schools are closed and people normally drink more soft drinksin hot weather Dietz said But the over supply of hard cheese is hav ing a big effect on milk prices Manufacturers will not be making cheese for a while so the demand for milk will decrease Dietz says the reduction in prices is going to put farmers n a tight situation I dont know of any other group that would be willing to take a 20 per cent cut in wages Thats wilLmeaii to us Grain prices Vietnam the labor prices ;