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Golesbufq Ae .flJ .$ter*MM/-<jQMsburfl A ll.(. fridby, July 27, 1973 3 Climbing Food Prices Create Demand For Home Freezers; Packers To Close By MATHIS CHAZANOV By United Press International A full-scalp, nationwide run on home freezers is under way that is clearly linked to the current increases in the cost of food, a United Press International survey shows. "If you want a freezer," said Bob Williams of Swanlan's Discount Store in ' Cincinnati, Ohio, "I might be able to sell you one in about four weeks. It really started to break mis week. We've easily sold 75 freezers in the last four days." Stocking Up "Our customers say when­ ever they can find a sale on meat they stock up," said a clerk for the Younker Brothers home appliance store in Cincinnati. "People are really scared." Other cities where extraordinary sales of freezers were reported included: Concord, N.H.; Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Omaha, Neb.; Birmingham, Ala.; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Tampa, Fla.; St. Louis; Marion, 111.; Chicago; New York, and Boston. Salesmen said buyers wanted the biggest freezers available, regardless of condition, and some wanted two small ones if one big one could not be had. Stores said they had trouble getting the freezers from manufacturers, some of whom are more than a month behind on orders. In other developments: —Swift Fresh Meats Co. said it plans to close packing plants in Grand Island and Des Moines, Iowa, next Monday. A Swift spokesman said the plants will remain closed until the price ceiling on beef is lifted. —A spokesman for the New York City purchasing department said a request for bids on beef got only one reply and that one was not confirmed. Me said the bidder promised to supply beef between Aug. 6 and Aug. 17 only if it was available, which the bidder said wasn't likely. —In Los Angeles, no bids had been made to supply beef for the city for the month of August when the bidding period closed Thursday. —The cost of raw milk delivered to milk companies by the dairy farmers of the Central Ohio Cooperative Milk Producers Association will increase by about one cent per quart, effective Monday. —A spokesman for a new shoe store in Dallas said the firm will give away beef as part of an opening day promotion Aug. 2-3. He said the first 100 persons who buy $5 worth of shoes will receive a filet mignon. ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Just because persons were going into the building with $200 and coming out with steaks, don't think the price of beef has gone up again. The building was a bank and the steaks were part of a promotion to celebrate the bank's opening. Free Steaks The National Bank of Affton, as well as Manchester Bank and Manchester Bank-Hampton office in the St. Louis area be* gan giving away free steaks Thursday to persons opening a checking account with $200 or more. The bank said the promotion was being done in response to what people really wanted in the way of free gifts. Administration: Gloom on Beef Freeze 'Exaggerated' WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Nixon administration says the meat Industry is presenting exaggerated reports of dire consequences of the current freeze on beef prices, and that the freeze will remain in effect until Sept. 12 as scheduled. "The plea for the President to remove the ceiling on beef is not one which will be granted at this time," John Dunlop, director of the administration's Cost of Living Council, said Thursday. Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz and Herbert Stein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, also said the beef freeze will stay. Seventeen congressmen from cattle states met with Dunlop Thursday to present their view that there is a looming beef crisis. Dunlop disputed much of their information. One point made by the congressmen was that the continued freeze of beef prices is causing cattlemen to with­ hold animals from market. "In a week to 10 days from now we are not going to have beef in the markets," said Rep. Dave Martin, R-Neb. Rep. John V. McCollister. R- Neb., said cattle slaughter among 25 major packers within a 200-mile radius of Omaha normally is 203,000 head a week, but was down to 102,000 this week and will be only 59,000 next week. Dunlop said the Council's figures show slaughtering only about 8 per cent under the seasonal average nationally. McCollister said many meat packing plants either have or are planning to close as a result of tiie freeze. Dunlop said the council checked reports that 15 plants were planning to close and found that only two had actually done so and three "were thinking about it." Rep. Bob Price, R-Texas, said cattle producers are now paying costs of $6 to $7 above the freeze price for a head of cattle. "What this means Is a tremendous amount of black marketing beef is already going on," he said. Stein and Shultz said there would be some tendency for cattlemen and packers to withhold from the market during the freeze but that this was unlikely to cause severe shortages. What is withheld now will be marketed after Sept. 12, they said, and that will increase the supply and tend to hold prices down. - -I'M"' 1 Ready To Go The Saturn IB rocket which will launch Skylab 2 astronauts Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma into an earth orbit Saturday stands shrouded in its service tower. The trio's 59-day mission will more than double the duration of the first Skylab crew. Story on Page 1. UNIFAX Illinois Officials Enticed To Send Children to Texas AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI)-For mer employes of tihe Meridell Achievement Center near Georgetown say Illinois welfare officials were "wined and dined" in an effort to entice them to send Illinois children to the child care center. Six former employes told the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau Thursday that officials of the Meridell school also often matched out-of-state visitors with young attractive staff workers of the opposite sex. "We would get these 22-year- old girl welfare workers in from Illinois and wine and dine them and snow them on our treatment," said one former Meridell emploe. The employes said the success at recruiting Illinois children was evidenced by the large number of Illinois children at the center —87 early this year — and by the fact the school received the highest rate paid to a Texas facility by Illinois, $711 per student per month. They also told reporters that three Texas Welfare Department employes or former em­ ployes were on the Meridell payroll at the same time they worked for the Welfare Department, the agency which supervises and licenses child care centers. A former Meridell staff member said the three welfare officials were put on the center's paroll only to protect its licensing. Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Thursday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 111 degrees at Needles, Calif. Today's low was 40 degrees at Alamosa, Colo. Butz Expects Beef Shortage Some Places WASHINGTON (UPI) Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz predicted today some spot shortages of beef starting next week' and suggested suppliers might be making a mistake by holding animals from market until the beef price freeze ends Because of the withholding action and a heavy run by "Mrs. Housewife" on beef in markets, Butz said there would be some shortages next week in some places but he discounted forecasts by some cattle leaders of a beef crisis. Lower Prices? Butz said the freeze would remain on until Sept. 12 and said if beef is held back until then, suppliers "might end up selling for lower prices" rather than for higher prices because of a glut of beef on the market. In an interview on the NBC- TV Today show, Butz said over all food prices "are going to rise a bit more" in the months ahead but said relief would soon be in sight. "I think farmers will respond and turn on the production," he said. "We're urging our farmers to full speed. I want them to produce. I'm urging them to plow up the fence rows. We're going to have the food next year." SEE OU R NEW ARTIFICIAL FLORAL CENTER n NOW 2 STORES M UNDER ONE ROOF! 128-144 North Brood St. WE'VE DOUBLED OUR DISPLAY ROOM featuring Decorative Permanent Flowers" Displaying Galesburg's Largest Selection of Professionally Styled Artificial Flowers and Foliages >•, Select Individual Blooms for Your Own Home Decorations at Popular Prices. Meat Industry Hopeful For Early End of Freeze CHICAGO (UPI) — Representatives of the American Meat Institute are still hopeful of convincing President Nixon to lift the beef price ceiling before Sept. 12, despite a report by Nixon's chief economic adviser that the date would remain. SECRETARY OF TREASURY George P. Shultz Thursday said the Nixon Administration would not lift the lid on retail and wholesale beef prices for the full 60 days. But Meat Institute President Herrell De Graff said he and a committee of industry leaders were still hopeful about an immediate meeting with White House officials to discuss the situation. We believe that once the administration is fully aware of the present chaos and disruption occurring in all segments of the cattle and beef industry it too will agree that beef ceiling prices should be lifted immediately in the interest of maintaining an ample supply of beef for consumers," De Graff said Thursday in a statement. DE GRAFF SAID things in the meat industry "are deteriorating rapidly. We cannot understand how the administration can be unaware of the serious threat of a shortage of beef, which will affect consumers in the next several weeks." USDA Predicts Exports Of Corn Will Taper Off WASHINGTON (UPI) - While some livestock producers and traders worry about whether export demands for corn will leave enough for home consumption in'the 1973-74 marketing year, an Agriculture Department study predicts there could be a decline in European demand for U.S. corn by 1980. The study by department economists noted that U.S. corn sales to Europe over the last decade averaged about 8.2 million tons a year before jumping to 12 million tons last year, when production dipped in other countries. If more normal production conditions return, the study said, European farmers may increase their production by 1980 to 33.4 million tons, more than double the 1969-71 average. This would leave an import need of only 11.6 million tons, with the U.S. supplying about 7 million tons of the imports, the study said. Experts said most of the expanded European production would likely come in France. Wheaton Girl Is Killed by Train i WHEATON, 111. (UPI) - A! 9-year-old Winfield girl wasj struck and killed by a Chicago j Si North Western commuter | train Thursday, police said. I Police said Natalie Holdenj was returning home from the| DuPage County Fair with two riends when the girls saw the train and dashed across the tracks. However, the train then blew its whistle, apparently frightening the Holden girl, and; she dodged back across the i tracks into the path of the train,, police said. ! LEIGHTON'S SUNDRIES Chambers & Berrien St. LADIES DRAW STRAP PURSES WITH $ m f\95 NEEDLEPOINT I V BILLFOLDS S«J 95 TO MATCH W JEWELRY & SCABVES Open Doily 7 anv8pm Custom Design a Specialty. Bring Your Own Vase or Select from Our Wide r *' Variety of Ceramic Vases. GALESBURG'S COMPUTE FLORAL CENTER^ NOTICE JOE THE TAILOR & CLEANER 16 Public Squar* Closed For Vocation MONDAY, JULY 30 Re-Open MONDAY/ AUG. 6 Food Stamp Hike, Export Credit Help in Farm Bill WASHINGTON (UPI) - Authority for easy-credit food sales to Russia, China and Cuba and a more generous system of calculating cost of living increases for American food stamp recipients have been tentatively written into a pending omnibus- farm bill. Also included in the bill currently being drafted by a Senate-House conference com mittee will be continuation of present authority to use some Food for Peace funds to finance military aid in Cambodia and South Vietnam, a controversial $10 million annual grant to a private U.S. cotton promotion group, and repeal of a law which forbids food stamp recipients to use the stamps to buy imported foods like Argentina canned beef. Target Price The omnibus measure is built around a proposed new "target price" system of supports for grains and cotton, which has drawn an administration veto threat because it includes an escalator clause for boosting supports after 1974 to keep pace with rising farm costs. But it also includes a long list of other provisions including extension of food stamp and Food for Peace programs, continuation of wool supports and an increase in dairy supports. Thursday, in its second day of sessions to compromise differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill, the panel tentatively agreed to: —Permit dollar sales under the Food for Peace program to any nation eligible for outright gifts of food in disaster cases. In effect, this makes a long list of Communist nations, including Russia, China and Cuba, eligible for sales agreements under which if the President certified it was in the national interest they could get food with credit ranging up to 20 years and interest rates as low as 2 per cent. Only North Vietnam would be excluded. —Require cost-of-living adjustments for food stamp recipients twice a year instead of once, as at present. But the new system would start next Jan. 1, as voted by the House, rather than Aug. 1, as provided by the Senate. —Trim about $430 million from the $1 billion the Senate added to the cost of the food stamp program. This would be done by using the later-starting House plan for cost of living adjustments and by knocking out Senate amendments calling for more food stamp field aides and higher administrative payments to states. —Allow food stamp recipients to use their stamps to buy currently banned foreign foods such as imported canned beef. —Kill a Senate amendment recommending that the President try to negotiate an international grain trade agreement including price floors. —Authorize extra food stamp bonuses to persons medically certified as needing special diets, and allow stamps to go to needy persons participating m drug addiction or alcoholic clinics. —Continue a controversial $10 million a year grant for cotton promotion and advertising to Cotton, Inc., of New York, which most House members mistakenly thought they had voted to kill. —Set the minimum number of acres eligible for cotton subsidies at the House figure of 11 million acres rather than the Senate's 10 million, and approve a joint farmer-government program to eradicate the cotton boll weevil. • • • ENTRY BLANK 81st Annual Labor Day Parade WIN PRIZE MONEY Open Parade to Knox or Adjacent 1 Counties LABOR UNIONS • MARCHING GROUPS * FLOATS and TRUCKS CIVIC GROUPS • BUSINESS * NON MUSICAL RELIGIOUS GROUPS •MARCHING UNITS * HORSE UNITS • ANTIQUE CARS PARADE THEME - DIGNITY and FELLOWSHIP Through UNIONISM PARADE COLORS-OPTIONAL Prizes Will Be Awarded As Follows BEST FLOAT (Based on Theme and Colors) 1st $150.00 — 2nd $75.00 — 3rd $50.00 ALL FLOATS MUST BE PULLED BY MOTORIZED UNIT 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prixes For Each Group Best Non Musical Marching Unit The Best Horse Unit Best Antique Cars (Based on Condition) Period of Horse Drown Transportation Before Year 1920 (Buggies-Wagons-Etc.) The Best Indian Pony Representation Underline One of the Above and Send Entry to LABOR DAY COMMITTEE c/o Jim DePrimo Box 775, Galesburg, III. 61401 Name or Name of Organization Address Zip Code Phone No. All Entries Must Be In by Midnight August 28, 1973 Sponsored By — The Galesburg Trades and Labor Annual Day Committee

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