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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OPPICI Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 312 N Uth niinoisan Volumt S2Ne 541 Oe Copy Two Sections Supplen Sucewwr to Cirtomrtta fnt Pnu Herrin Dilly Jouriul IndipintMnt TUESDAY MARCH 5 1974 010175 IN Hossi OFFICE rphysbon De Soto gets fireworks then blackout It might have been the Fourth of July in De Soto Monday night except every one got a little cold without electricity The fireworks began just before 10 pm when both main power lines feeding De Soto were apparently struck by lightning plunging the village into darkness Power was restored to the west half of De Soto at am today and to the rest of the village around 6 am Flashed of light that were seen for miles were caused by the high voltage electricity of the lightning flowing through the low voltage power lines according to William J Neuman electric operations supervisor at the Central Il linois Public Service Co Residents of Murphysboro and Carbondale reported they saw the flashes at De Soto Richard Carter of 214 S Walnut St De Soto said it was like daylight at pm He said the lightning appar ently struck a utility pole in the yard next door to his house and then traveled to a transformer on a pole behind his house I was in the basement wat ching television when I heard this horrible hissing sound I looked out the basement win dows and it looked just like daylight he said Carter said the lights dim med all over the house and then went completely out ashort time later I watched the wires fall from the poles and burn he said Patrol cars from the Jack son County sheriffs office and police department were cruis ing around town asking resi denst to stay in their homes because of live wires on the ground It was the best light show T ever say even in Los Angeles was the way James E Sullivan described what happened after lightning ap parently hit an electrical transformer near his home Monday night Sullivan lives in the old Oil linger farmhouse on US 51 between Carbondale and De Soto About pm he said was when the lightning must have struck the transformer which is located only about 50 yards from his home An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Sullivan was able to give a graphic descrip tion of what followed We were treated to an H G Wells Frankensteintype light show The whole area was lit iip with eerie pulsat ing green purple and red light It scared the hell out of the family the dogs and the cats The light was as bright as an arc light or a welding torch and I told the kids not to look directly at it for fear they would damage their eyesight The 10miriute show was accompanied by cracklings throbbings and hummings It was weird The lightningapparently knocked out all the power in De Soto But the lights in the Sullivan residence just south of khe transformer stayed on Ernest Lonas 207 N Plum De Soto said the flashes of light made a really pretty light show which he enjoyed This morning the kindergar ten students at De Soto School could talk about nothing but the power blackout Barbara Oil embargo Washington AP Complete removal of the oil embargo against the United States with supplies at pre Octoberwar levels is the op timistic expectation of authori tative sources in advance of next Sundays meeting of Arab oil ministers in Libya Prices are likely to drop to about a barrel from the cur rent it was learned as Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger returned from an eightday trip to the Middle East and Europe Restoration of production coupled with conservation measures taken during the re cent squeeze will bring about a plentiful supply of oil for Americans according to estimates In Riyadh Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani Saudi Arabian oil minister and a key spokesman for the petro leum producing states of the Middle East called for an end to the Arab oil embargo The Wall Street Journal reported to day Yamani said the Arab cutoff of oil to the United States no longer served any useful purpose At the same time U S of ficials are concerned that the political crisis in Israel could set back Kissingers scheme for having Israel and Syria begin to negotiate through him in Washington a disengagement In the Golan Heights Israerli diplomatic and military representatives were due in about two weeks to be followed within the next two by a similar Syrian mission But now officials say the plan could be derailed if Prime Minister Golda Meirs Labor party hasto join forces with the opposition Likud to form a government Meanwhile the president of the Baltex Oil and Gas Corp of Malakoff Tex said that his firm had contracted for delivery of Saudi Arabian oil W Page Ballard said the oil would be shipped each month for five years to the United States Ballard said he contracted for the oil through a bank in Malaysia and had no direct dealings with Saudi Arabia The price of oil before the ArabIsraeli war was about a barrel Since then production has been cut about 25 per cent and an embargo imposed against the United States and the Netherlandsfor their sup port and friendship for the Jewish state U S experts consider a barrel somewhat high but they also are concerned that a lower price could discourage develop ment of alternative sources of energy Kissinger and his aides will say nothing publicly about the Tripoli meeting To submit legislation by Friday Nixon proposes campaign reforms Washington President Nixon will send Congress his emergency energy veto message Wednesday and will submit campaign reform legislation by Friday the White House said today Nixon said last week he would veto the energy bill principally because he believes its oil roll back provision will lead to fewer petroleum supplies and longer lines at gasoline stations Press Secretary Ronald L Zeigter said Nixon would meet with unspecified congressional leaders this week before an nouncing the campaign reform legislation Congressional ini tiated bills are already well along the legislative route The push for campaign reform has concentrated principally on financing of elections Richard M Fairbanks a staff member of the Presidents Domestic Council told reporters Monday the White House believes the oil bill veto would be sustained The administration opposed the bills requirement for a price rollback on domestic crudeoil that is notnow under price con trols from about a barrel to per barrel Meanwhile federal energy chief William E Simon said emergency allocations to fuel short states have shortened lines at service stations We have succeeded with our emergency allocation Simon told reporters Weve seen the alleviation of the lines at all the hardhit areas However Simon would not give any assurances that the lineswould notreturn once the awex hauirted And the Cost of Living Council ended its freeze on auto insur ance rates apparently taking the view that rates will increase despite a reduction in traffic accidents because of the gasoline shortage The council cited a report by an auto insurance industry ad visory committee that inflation inevitably will force auto MitcheE the teacher said She said they were very excited about not having any lights De Soto telephone service was also temporarily affected Scott Cleaver General Tele phone Co service supervisor said a cable connecting Car bondale and De Soto was dam aged by lightning at 10 pm Cleaver said the damaged cable reduced thenumber of circuits available for long dis tance calls from De Soto and for calls between Carbondale and De Soto The cable was repaired by 11 pm he said Carbondale and Murphys boro also were without electri city for a few minutes Mon day night Neuman said when the De Soto power lines were struck some of the high volt age lightning was relayed to the breakers at the Grand Tower power station which al so serves Carbondale and Mur physboro We lights went out in De Soto Monday night just as the village board started discus sing new business clerk Don na Sue Bowlin said The meeting will be recon vened at 7 pm Thursday in the village hall she said The Jackson County Civil Defense unit said the area wasincluded in a severe thunderstorm watch but said there were no tornado warnings issued for he Jack son County area The County CDsaid no ma jor damage was reported in the county Car lights keep store illuminated What do you do with a store full of people when the lights go out Just go out in the parking lot and turn on the car lights and let them shine in through the front window That was the temporary x so lution used at GreensIGA West 22nd streets Murphysborowhen a power in terhiption blacked out theentire briefly about 9 pm Mon mobile insurance claim costs up at an ever greater rate Jaworski tells Judge Sirica 12 more indictments expected c Washington StarNews The Watergate prosecutor has told Judge John J Sirica he an dozen more indictments ticipates about a major Watergate and an unspecified number of cases that would probably end fa guilty pleas These remaining indictments will probably be returned this month and next Special Pro secutor Leon Jaworski told Sirica and each will probably take less time to try than the three to six months Jaworeki has predicted for the Watergate coverup indictment returned last Friday This information the most explicit estimate on the scope of Jaworskis remarks were in a letter to Sirica a reply to an inquiry by the judge and said that about 14 major indictments were expected The letter was sent around the first of the year according to informed sources The memo suggested the unusual step of setting up the three judges as a Watergate sentencing panel to assure fairness and uniformity in an area where courts are often loudly criticized for incon so the number 14 included the sistency and therefore in the big coverup indictment return public mind injustice ed last week and a smaller in Sirica said he thought this was dictment issued the week i a wise course not only to ensure before Sirica in addition to recoun ting Jaworskis estimates sug gested to the other judges that all major Watergaterelated cases be assigned to him and two other judges with Watergate experience Gerhard A Gesell who already has been assigned Jaworskis work to emerge several such cases by Sirica publicly was contained in a j and George L Hart Jr who has memorandum that Sirica cir culated Monday to the 14 other district judges here There was no indication of the number of defendants involved Seven men were named in the first coverup indictment handled most of the cases In volving illegal corporate contri butions and who succeeds Sirica as Chief Judge on March 19 Sirica already has assigned the consistency and expeditious handling of cases but also in recognition of the fact that the reputation of our court and the judiciary in general will be strongly influenced by the man ner in which these unusual and no doubt highly publicized cases are handled Some of the judges are known to disagree with the suggestions and according to courthouse sources the plan was tabled at Mondays executive judges regularly session scheduled of the coverup case to himself for I Later this week indictments trial are expected in connection with the 1971 burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsbergs psychia trist As in the coverup indictment one or more of President Nix ons former top aides is ex pected to be included in the Meeting with panel requested Washington AP White House lawyers reportedly asked for a meeting with the House Judiciary Com mittee staff to discuss the com mittees request for evidence for customers and that there were Lineman Darell Powell Harritburg works on pole near Sofo manager Joe Green said about 15 or 20 its impeachment inquiry Committee sources said James D St Clair who is in charge of President Nixons impeachment defense asked to meet Wednesday with commit tee lawyers The committee requested the evidence Feb 25 at which time its chief counsel John Doar said it should take only a day or two to deliver the material to Capitol Hill Chairman Peter W Rodino D N J said Monday he thought no major problems Photo by Jack Grigyt courf programs Law enforcement unit to get million Chicago AP The Illinois Law Enforcement EUsberg case probably former presidential assistant John D Ehrlichman and possibly Charles W Colson former special counsel to the president Major indictments are also expected to result from investi gations into allegations that federal suits pending against the International Telephone Telegraph Corp were settled favorably to ITT in 1971 in return for promises by the con glomerate to help the Nixon re She committee had waited long Commission announced today a enough and other members said million budget for fiscal they would favor issuing a sub1975 poena for the evidence if it is not Nearly million will be forthcoming available to Cook County St Glairs request for a Chicago and Downstate areas meeting will probably head off for various programs focusing demands for a subpoena at a primarily on the police and committee session today called court system said Gov Daniel as a briefing on the status of the Walker and officials of the ILEC investigation by Doar at a news conference election campaign and allegamitteeview is that it doesnt The committee also will conCook County will receive the sider U S District Judge John largest amount million J Siricas announcement of a some of which will be used to hearing to determine whether he begin a program aimed at should give a secret report from assuring criminal trials within a Watergate grand jury to the 60 days of arrest Judiciary Committee The report is believed to con tain the jurys findings President Nixons possible volvement in the Watergate coverup but the official com Gov Daniel Walker Gene Eidenberg chairman of the ILEC and David Fogel execu tive director of the ILEC said the problem of clogged courts exists primarily in the metro politan Chicago region where there is an average sevenmonth lapse between arrest and trial In all million including million in state funds will be spent in the first year of the threeyear program to improve efficiency and manpower con ditions urthe Cook County cri minal justice system Walker said A little more than million will be available to metropolitan areas outside the Chicago region Specified grants to these areas include Special investigation to Lake County Police legal advisor pro gram to St Clair County and to Madison Coun ty For regional and special training to Lake and McHenry counties to Peoria Tazewell and Woodford counties to Bond Clin ton Madison Monroe Ran dolph St Clair and Washington counties fSie Waflcer says for economy tions that the administration raised federal milk price sup ports in 1971 in return for the promise of some million in donations by dairymen to th Nixon campaign Meir quells revolt will stay Jerusalem AP Golda Meir has agreed to continue as Israels premier after apparently quelling a revolt within her Labor party against her choices for a minority cabinet Dayan had refused to serve in the new government because a number of members oMhe party blamed him for Israels lack of preparedness for the Arab at tack last October Mrs Meir was to submit her Mrs Meirs Walkout brought a cabinet lineup today to the partys central committee for a vote of confidence Sources close to the party said the committee steady stream of Laborites to her home Monday pleading that she reconsider Looking weary but determined she was virtually certain to give the S President Ephriam visited Katzir 75yearold premier the support Monday night and told him she had changed her mind and ex pected to present her new she demanded Mrs Meir angrily announced she was quitting and walked out of a party caucus Sunday night after supporters of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan criticized Mosho Dtyan the cabinet together she had put cabinet to him Wednesday Katzir then received opposi tion leader Menahem Begin of the rightwing Likud bloc who said Mrs Meir should have declared that he has failed GoldiMtlr know whats in the report so it isnt sure it wants the docu ment However individual members are more definite about wanting the material in the envelope and the briefcase full of evidence that apparently supports it which Sirica also is holding Development council planned for region Tonight fair with lows around 40 Wednesday partly sunny and warmer Highs in the 70s Fair Thursday and Friday Variable cloudiness with chance of rain Saturday INDEX Classified 1M4 Cornice TV Bridge Crossword 15 Editorials 4 Family Living 6 Roeords 14 Spornv 910 map 8 Youth 5 By Dave Butler Of The Southern Illinoisan A Southern Illinois Econo mic Development Council composed of several regional planning agencies has been proposed by Gov Daniel Walker in an effort to help the areas economy TRie plan apparently is simi lar to one proposed about six months ago by Southern Il linois University at Carbon dale In his education budget brief ing session Monday Wal ter said he will ask the Illinois General Assembly to approve for the council which will have offices at SIUC Walker said the council is being created to coordinate government business and community efforts toward im proving the economic condi tion of Southern Illinois SIU plays a unique role because of its location in the economically depressed area of the state Walker said SIUC originally proposed a council similar to the one sug gested by the governor ac cording to T Richard Mager vice president for develop ment and services Mager said today he is not sure if Walkers proposal is exactly the same plan pre sented to the governors of fice by the university Rex Karnes coordinator of area services for the univer sity said he believes Walkers proposal is similar to ours Under the SIUC plan area governmental and business agencies would meet as a council to establish better ef forts to help he economy Karnes said he group would try to attract industry to the area and would encourage tourism along with other ef forts He said the council could combine the efforts of several regional agencies now functioning Mager said he sees the plan as something rfeally exciting and unique It could be the first time this total effort for coordination has been tried any place but we cant ex actly say that since were not completely sure of the governors plan Karnes said the council also could help coordinate proce dures for getting state and federal money Apparently Karnes will head the universitys involvement in he plan Both Mager and Karnes said they are delighted with Walkers action Mager added were really elated at this point Exact details of the ject should be available to university offidalsJnihenext week Magersaid and will be released at that time ;