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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondafo Murphysbere Htrrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 16lb IS 010175 ESS APEES BOX DECATUR IUI Velmui 82No 411 Oe Copy juetMSor lo frm Hirrln Biliy JHumii Murphyilwre WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 1974 Coal a study under way Washington AP The Nixon administration has launched a highlevel study to determine if coal should be allocated this year because of possible shortages At this stage I dont foresee the need for allocation said James W McLane chairman of the interagency task force con ducting the study But lets see where we stand by the middle of Summer McLane deputy director of the Cost of Living Council said possible labor troubles energy demand shortages of fuel to run equipment and transportation problems are plaguing the in dustry As he spoke of the possibility fcf coal allocation the American Automobile Association said Tuesday that it noted a general Improvement in gasoline Nixon admimsfrafion of summer shortages availability at service stations nationally The AAA said that about 5 per cent of the more than 6000 sta tions checked reported they were out of gasoline compared with 20 per cent the week before The Internal Revenue Service also reported that it received 20000 complaints of price goug ing by gasoline stations in the week ending March 1 and believes that is the peak if the shortage doesnt get worse And the administration has sent Congress a strippeddown proposal for emergency energy legislation the Federal nergy Office said 1 The new proposal contains two key features contained in emergency legislation vetoed on other grounds by President Nixon It would give Nixon authority for mandatory energy conservation and rationing if necessary Three picketers shot at West Virginia mine Charleston WVa AP Three pickets were shot in McDowell County at one of the southern West Virginia coal mines closed by a gasoline portest authorities said to day George Maynard a McDowell County deputy sheriff said five persons were picketing the Keystone No 1 mine of Eastern Associated Coal Co shortly before midnight Tuesday when rifle fire erupted from a nearby hillside Maynard said a man identified by one of the pickets was being sought in connection with the fchooting The protest spread northward another 1600 miners stayed cff the job A total of 27600 miners are now idle A federal judge in Virginia ordered an end to the work stoppage in one part of the area but United Mine Workers officials were unavailable for comment on whether the men would return to work The protest spread into Nicholas County on Tuesday as pickets appeared at various coal mines a spokesman for the West Virginia Coal Association said It marked the first tune that the strike has involved mines in UMW districts other than District 17 in the southwestern part of the state and District 29 in the extreme southern portion Judge Emory Widener of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued the temporary restraining order at the request of mine operators against 27 UMW locals in District 17 But the heart of the protest movement is in District 29 ap parently unaffected by Wideners ruling Last week US District Court Judge Dennis R Knapp refused to issue a restraining order sought by 20 coal companies against the union locals He did order an end to picketing The strike now in its third week began to have telling ef on other industries US Steel said 30000 employes would be laid off by the end of the week if the walkout con tinues The Norfolk Western Railway said 83 mines along its lines were closed Industry threatenedChoate Abandoning railroad lines would hurt leaders claim A spokesman for the Federal iEnergy Office said meantime that the agency hopes to have completed by June 3 a study on the impact of gasoline rationing He said it was not a target date for imposing rationing The agency doesnt rationing will be necessary the spokesman said Although the nation haa plenty of coal in the ground the administration has become worried about the supply later this year because of the energy crunch McLarie said his task force which includes representatives from the departments of In terior T r a n s p o r t a t ion and Commerce the Environmental Protection Agency Federal Power Commission and FED will complete its study within a few weeks Oil leaders gather Tripoli AP Egypts leading newspaper predicts that the Arab oil ministers meeting today in Tripoli will follow President AnwarSadats lead and end the oil embargo against the United States Diplomats in the Libyan capital are doubtful There is also a possibility that some of the nations will abandon embargo and some like Libya will continue it The meeting will be the Arabs1 third try to get together on Sadats proposal to end the em bargo in appreciation for Secretary of State Henry A Kissingers efforts in getting Israeli forces withdrawnfrom the Suez Canal Meetings scheduled for Feb 14 in Tripoli and last Sunday in Cairo were cancelled because of Algerian and Libyan opposition Police told to remove Chicago AP Businessmen and political leaders say abandonment of some 2650 miles of railroad track in Illiinois would hurt seriously the states farms and industries Illinois House Minority Leader Clyde L Choate DAnna declared at an Interstate Com merce Commission hearing that the abandonment of rail lines will drive out what industry we do have in our area Southern Illinois It will cripple our agriculture and it will devastate the mining operations so im portant to our economy in cluding coal Choate said Choate urged the Commission to make certain the federal government does not coerce us into actions which will paralyze the economic activities of our communities The Department of Transportation made the aban donment proposals with authorization from the Railroad Reorganization Act of 1973 The ICC is holding hearings in the Midwest and Northeast before ruling on the proposals Speaking on behalf of Illinois M a nufacturers Association Archie T Walers an officer of Allied Mills Inc said it was remarkable that rail service abandonment is being proposed at a time of unprecedented energy shortages in the United States There has been inadequate time to study the impact of the proposed abandonment of rail service in Illinois but the fact that the proposals include 2650 miles of track throughout the state makes it obvious that many industrial firms will be particularly hurt if the proposals are approved he added There are environmental problems which should also be given consideration he said This includes the possibility of further utilization of some of the branch lines for disposal of solid wastes There are vast reserves of coal in Illinois that are undeveloped It would seem unwise to abandon rail lines un til these factors have been studied At a similar ICC hearing in Madison Inc Tuesday John E Scott a representative of the local Chamber of Commerce testified that the federal plan would make Madison an in dustrial casualty by 1990 Other industries said their firms might have to relocate if the rails are ripped out visit Conservation chief gets little Southern Illinois hospitality1 He said he talked to residents in their businesses and on the street Dean said the residents have a wait and see attitude and the main thing on their minds is the opening of the park road Dean said the festival will be held and he hopes for Gore villes cooperation Gorevilles cold reception ap parently stems from Dears un willingness to open the scenic northern entrance to the park The entrace road was closed last year over Goreville objec tions and plans were announced for a nature trail The city council filed suit against Dean to force the opening of the road The suit is pending in circuit court in Vienna Zech said the Goreville Area at me Council but he had not intended to speak night to take no official posi about festival plans there Ition on Deans festival pro By Wanda Barras Of The Southern Ulinoisan Anthony Dean director of the Illinois Department of Conser vation did not receive much Southern Illinois hospitality when he came to the Goreville area Monday to unveil plans for an Old Country Days Festi val in Ferae Clyffe State Park Dean said the festival would show off Southern Illinois Hos pitality but Goreville residents have not been too hospitable toward Dean since he closed the scenic northern entrance to the park Goreville City Clerk Ralph Zech said there were few if any people present to hear Deans festival plans at the park Dean said there was no one at the Fern Flyffe State Park posal The festival is scheduled for April 27 and 28 Robert Cruse a council mem ber said the council is taking a hands off policy Cruse said Deans request for the communitys cooperation when he has closed the towns road to the park is ridiculous We want the road open It is a public road Cruse said When Dean closed the road he came to Goreville to explain why He said the road was clos ed because of the trouble and expense of maintaining the steep winding road with its seep springs It was unsafe he said He said one entranceexit to the park would provide better park control He said he want ed to protect an outstanding natural area and to provide as many recreation opportunities as possible pickets San Francisco AP San Francisco police have been ordered to remove picket lines of striking city employes from sewage plants Municipal Railway installations and two hospitals But leaders of the 10000 member Service Employes In ternational Union said a week long strike would continue despite a court order directing an endto the walkout Wonf fo buy 80foot tower for the yard Jonesboro AP Anyone want to buy an 80 foot steel fire lookout tower The US Forest Service says that it will optei bids Friday at the ranger station in Jonesboro for the Atwood Hill lookout tower to the Shaw nee National Forest The only catch is that the tower must be removed from the forest within 180 days Forest Service officials said increased aerial fire survei lance has made the tower ob solete Workmen clear debris at construction site of Chester Mental Health Center where nine persons were injured Concrete floor gives way nine workers injured By Demaris Berry Of The Southern Ulinoisan Two men remained hospital ized today from injuries re ceived in the collapse of a concrete floor being poured the new Chester Mental Health Center Seven others were treated for injuries after the Tuesday afternoon acci dent Memorial Hospital at Ches ter reported Marshall Hol comb61 in good condition and Walter Hart man 51 of Steeleyille in fair condition Both men have ab The seven men treated and released include Edward Win gerter 39 of Rt 1 Ches ter Martin Hepp 41 of Rt 2 Pinckneyville Maurice Tu dor 66 of Rockwood Maiden Sipple 46 of Ellis Grove Michael Magers 28 of Rt 1 Chester Gary Knott 24 of Rt 1 Ellis Grove and Frank Ferrari 22 of Rt Z Pinckneyville Holcomb and Hartman were among those in the base ment checking the bracing Wingerter said Everything went at once I dont know if the bracing gave way broke or what It all happened so fastthat none of us had time to react He was one of those pour ing the ground level flooring at the time of the mishap about am He had bro ken his leg on Jan 2 while ice skating and had been back to work about a month My leg was broken again Tuesday I dont know how long Ill be off work but itll probably be several weeks he said All nine of us are really lucky It could have been much worse said Winger Hepp said After the floor collapsed all I could see of one man was part of his head He was buried beneath wood concrete and steel The am bulances came and the at tendants carried out on stret chers thosewhowere injured the worst About onethird of the floor collapsed Those who came to help us had to walk under some of the floor that had not collapsed Those of us pouring the flooring fell about 12 feet Everything happened so fast Even those underneath did not have time to get clear Hepp said He did not work today Hepp said he was sore had bruises and a skinned knee Sheriff Ralph Bellinger said Its a miracle no one was The Chester Mental Health Center is scheduled for com pletion in October Death penalty backed Washington AP The Senate today rejected an amendment to take the man datory death sentence provisions out of a bill to restore capital punishment under federal law The 4741 vote provided the tost test of strength in the con troversy over the legislation Sen John L McClellan D Ark floor manager of the bill told his colleagues that if you want no death penalty you should support this amend ment Adoption of the amendment he said would make further Senate action on the bill an exercise in futility because it would permit the discretion in imposing the death penalty that the Supreme Court has con demned Sen Floyd K Haskell D Colo author of the amendment disputed this He said a judge should have discretion in im posing the death penalty to pre vent terrible injustices The measure is designed to Overcome a 1972 Supreme Court decision that the death penalty has been applied in too random a manner to be constitu tibnal Industry options Marion site An industry which might pro vide 40 or 50 jobs has an option to buy the remaining 65 acres of an industrial park for 000 Executive Secy Milton reported to Ihe Marion Chamber of Commerce Board Tuesday The chamber bought the 45 acre industrial park site for 000 and sold portions of it pre viously Witt said the company whidi doesnot want to be named now plans a large distribution cen ter and maintenance facility on the site A twin cinema is just around the corner Witt said Plans are being completed and the theater organization will make an official announcement soon Witt said the Railway Express Agency offices in Carbondale and West Frankfort are to be dosed and will be consolidated in Marion A building is under consideration for location of the office in Marion Witt said there would be 11 REA drivers based in Marion The chambers executive com mittee will meet with Howard Fricke director of the Illinois Office of Business and Econo mic Development Springfield and Bill Hurst of the state re gional office of Marion to dis cuss a proposal by the chamber for a stateowned convention center in Marion The board authorized pur chase of a trailer from the Olin Corp Ordill for to use as a chamber office if the loca tion can be secured for it at a year Less than 12 hours after Nixon h uddle Hunt reportedly paid after meeting Fair and a little colder to night with lows in the 20s Thursday mostly sunny not much temperature change Highs in the upper 40s or low er 50s Partly cloudy Friday INDEX Classified 2528 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 31 Editorials 4 Family living i7 Records 2829 details map H By Semour M Hersh New York Times Washington The Watergate grand jury concluded that a disputed hush money payment to the attorney for E Howard Hunt Jr was made on the evening of March 21 less than 12 hours after a White House meeting involving PresidentNixon sources close to the investigation say The sources said Tuesday that specific testimony fixing the date and time of payment which has been challenged by the White House was provided to the grand jury by Frederick C LaRue the former Republican reelection com mtittee official whoserved as go between in hush money payments In an interview with the New York Times James D St Clair Nixons attorney pointedly drew attention to a chart published after the Senate Watergate Committees hearings last sum mer in which Hunt placed the finaldate of payment as March 20 St Glair also explicitly refer red to what he characterized as a discrepancy between sworn testimony before the committee citing March 20 as 4 the date of payment and the coverup indictmentwhich listed March 21 St Clairs point obviously was that if the payment did take place on the 20th it could not have been authorized as a result of the March 21st meeting at1 tended by the President During their Senate testimony Hunt and LaRue expressed vageuness about the precise date of the payment the last delivery of hush money to Huntsattorney William C Bittmain As the Presidents attorney St Clair was not restricted in his comments by the gag rule imposed two weeks ago by Judge John J Sirica on all parties cited in the Watergate coverup indictments The Timess sources who did not wish to be quoted by name because of the judges order concededLaRues vagueness before the Senate but said that the delivery date of March 21 cited in the indictments had been in the words of one of ficial very firmly established by the grand jury Thats one of the problems a defense lawyer has one source said in reference to St Clair He doesnt know all that the prosecutors know They can firmly establish the March 21st date in many ways he added Another closely involved of ficial noted that theWhite Houses attack on the delivery date was not surprising because they know that the guts of the conspiracy revolves around the March 21st meeting with the President and Ihe payment of to Hunt Saxbe says he found file listing LBJ JFK wiretaps Washington AP Atty Gen William B Saxbe said today he has discovered a classified Justice Department file which shows widespread wiretapping was conducted during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations Saxbe described the file as a tremendous list and said it might have included taps on some newsmen At a briefing with reporters the attorney general said he of fered to special Watergate pro secutor Leon Jaworski a portion of thefile which had a bearing on the Nixon administrations wiretaps on four newsmen and 13 National Security Council aides Jaworski told him he already had the information Saxbe1 said Saxbe said he inspected the portion of the file running back to 1960 and found that wiretap ping was prevelant clear up to the Keefe Decision of the Supreme Court in 1972 That decision outlawed domestic wiretapping without a court warrant Saxbe said the file agreed with information already disclosed about the extent of wiretapping during the Nixon administra tion I ;