Rampant inflation reported slowing in South Vietnam Ry MICHAEL PUTZEL SAIGON (AP) - A year- Mid survey of South Viet- n a m' s troubled economy Shows that rampant inflation is slowing down, U.S. officials said today. The cost of living rose 24 per cent during the first half of 1970, then increased only 6 per cent in the second half, economists said. One source said that the slowdown began in August and accelerated in September and October, when the Saigon government instituted several significant economic reforms. The government in mid-September jumped the interest rate on savings accounts and time deposits from about 7 per cent to about 17 per cent, mainly to keep what little money was being held in banks from losing its value due to rapid inflation. The result, economists said, was a 30 per cent increase hi bank deposits that took 5 Missing man found in Tennessee A Flint, Mich, man, missing from his sister's home in East Alton for about 14 hours Thursday, was found asleep in his car in Jackson, Tenn., about 2 a.m. today. Missing was Robert L. Pruitt, who was visiting his sister, Mrs. Hilda Corrigan of 100 Herman St., who called police about 6 p.m. Thursday to report that her brother hadn't • been seen since midnight. She provided a description of her brother, including the type of car he was driving. At 2 a.m., Mrs. Corrigan called East Alton police again to inform them that her brother had been found in Jackson, Tenn. In other police news, a burglary was reported at Norma's Tavern at E. St. Louis Avenue and Ohio Street, where an undetermined amount of cash was taken. The entry was discovered by Robert Pence, who told police a screen door had been cut, and a window in a door broken to allow access to the interior of the building. There was money in several bags in the tavern, but the owners did not know how much was missing. In another report, police said Miss Bernadette G. Bussen, 20, of 210 Cooper St., was charged with careless driving after she turned her car into the path of another vehicle driven by J. L. Pilger, 32, of 717 Cardot St., East Alton. The accident occurred at Old Main and Tomlinsoiu Producers must prove wheat yield billion piasters, or $42.4 million, out of circulation in less than four months. The remainder of the reform package was implemented in October, including a partial devaluation of the piaster and a loosening of import licensing regulations. But while appearing to encourage imports, the new rules required importers to post deposits of one to five times the value of their expected shipments. In two months, another 14 billion piasters—or $118.6 million —left the market place. Officials say this more than offset the inflationary pressures of a 16 per cent wage increase given soldiers and civil servants. "The object of this whole game is to influence people's attitudes," the economist said. "The confidence factor and the general state of mind are all important in an economy that's so sensitive to speculation and hoarding." Even if all the indicators are accurate—and the price index was met with immediate disbelief among some Vietnamese consumers—the strains on the economy are not likely to abate soon. The continuing American withdrawal will cause localized unemployment and loss of revenues throughout the next year, and the U.S. aid program already is scheduling massive dollar transfusions to compensate. U.S. aid expenditures in Vietnam . were about $650 million last year; they are expected to jump to about $725 million in 1971. Appeals to Laird Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, January 8, 1971 B-5 Ogilvie supports depot Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie has entered the controversy over the closing of the Granite City Army Depot, urging Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird that a "more in-depth analysis and consideration of the issue be made before a final decision is reached." In a letter to Laird, Ogilvie said a review of the possible future contributions to the National Defense that the Depot has, and may make, had prompted his request. However, the governor said that the economic hardship on Depot employes and the immediate community were of a more immediate nature. Ogilvie told Laird that he Correction Office hours listed for one of the. state's temporary offices, set up to assist Illinois income tax payers, was listed incorrectly by the state in the Telegraph Thursday. The state income tax office in the Madison County Civil Defense headquarters at 333 S. Main, Room A, Edwardsville, will be open to assist taxpayers Wednesday instead of Fridays, as originally stated in the Telegraph. had received more than 15,000 petitions from the employes and communities involved, urging Laird to reconsider the action to close the Depot. Ogilvie pointed out that the depot is located near an "economically depressed area" — East St. Louis — and that the surrounding communities would lose a "serious source of purchasing power" if the installation, which a House subcommittee of the Armed Services found in first-class condition in an April, 1970 inspection, is closed. The Pentagon announced March 5, 1970, that the Depot would be closed and sold as surplus property. The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 149B, immediately protested the closing and launched an investigation into the reprecussions of such a shutdown. The union represents approximately 700 Depot employes. Se v e r a 1 employes, according to the union at that, time, were "too old to find new jobs, but too young to retire." Veterans also protested the closing to Ogilvie and the Pentagon. Many of the em- ployes are veterans, 22 per cent of whom are disabled. One of the prime arguments for keeping the depot in operation is that it is strategically located. The IUDE and Ogilvie point out the depot is easily ac- cessible by ocean-going barges and its proximity to St. Louis, a leading rail and trucking center, make the depot even more in- despensible. GIs in My Lai riddled civilians, witnesses testify Echo of defiance Paul Rose, charged with the kidnap and murder of Pierre Laporte, raises his arm in a gesture of defiance in Montreal Thursday as he was being led to the Criminal courts building to have his trial date set. (CP Wirephoto) Granite City steel firm challenges air pollution act In, out of hospitals in Telegraph area St. Joseph's ADMISSIONS Rona Caldwell, 914 Milner Mrs. Thelma Covington, 2500 Clawson Jeffrey Erwin, 1023 Phinney Paul Godar, Hardin Mrs. Sarffla Green, 2723 Viewland Mrs. Effie Hamm, Wood River Floyd Harris, 2321 College Mrs. Judith Journey, Bethalto Mrs. Hazel Lawson, Edwardsville James Lewis, Godfrey Mrs. Betty Macias, Godfrey Dr. listed Who's Who Dr. David A. Weaver, former president of Shurtleff College, will be listed in the first edition of Who's Who in the World. Weaver is currently a professor of education at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. He holds an A. B. degree from Mercer University, an M.A. degree from Columbia University and Ph.D. degree from New York University. Weaver is a consultant for the University de Paris where he supplies information on American 1 i t e r,a t u r e , economics, philosophy, politics, social issues and universities. As noted educator, Weaver has been listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in America. CARL1NV1LLE — Thomas Reznicek, chairman of the M a c o u p i n County ASC Committee, has announced that wheat producers may elect under the 1971 program to have their farm program yield based on actual production rather than estimated by the county committee. Wheat farmers who desire to prove their farm yield must file a request with the local ASCS office not later than Jan. 22, Reznicek said. Farm program yields are used to determine the farm three Charges payment. To prove the farm wheat yield, the farm must have had an allotment and harvested wheat in each of the years 1M7, 1968 and 1969. Evidence of production such as scale tickets or sales and warehouse receipts must be furnished for the farm along with information on the acreage harvested. Interested wheat producers should contact the Macoupin County ASCS office at 805 N. Broad St., CarlinvUle not later than the deadline, Reznicek said. Man booked on after crash Envoy dies WASHINGTON (AP) - Jo- ieph E. Jacobs, 77, former ambassador to Poland and Czechoslovakia, died Tuesday of a heart attack. His most recent post was in Warsaw where he was serving in 1957 when he retired after a 42- year diplomatic career. Hallerd E. Acord, 58, of 1705 Miland in East Alton, was charged by Wood River police with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless drivjng after his car smashed into two parked vehicles in the 500 block of E. Ferguson Thursday. Police said Acord had left the scene, but was stopped a few blocks away by police, who had received a call about the crash. The other two cars belonged to Muriel Lape and Virginia Fernandes, both of 536 E. Ferguson. In another accident report, John E. Demand, 26, of 1312 Virginia in Wood River, was charged with careless driving and leaving the scene after his car crashed into a vehicle belonging to Julia A. Paynlc, 338 Acton St. Mrs. Anna Mihalich, Wood River James Noe, Wood River Karen Hellemeyer, Cottage Hills Linda Ragusa, 213 Dorris Mrs. Melissa Tate, 421 Mildred Mrs. Joan Thus, Bethalto A n g e 1 i a Vieregge, 1320 Highland Anthony Womack, 3124 Lawn Ellis Edding, 1041 College Kathryn Wilson^ 1810 Liberty Mrs. Johnnie Coty, Hartford Mrs. Anna Crawford, West Alton DISMISSALS Mildred Breitweiser, Jerseyville Daisy Bunse, 2429 Gillis Frank Duncan, 2016 Central Mrs. Delia Gibson, Wood River Raymond Herrin, Bethalto Mrs. Betty Jones, 422 Cherry Gerald Leonard, Godfrey Homer McMillan Bethalto Harold Norris, Edwardsville Nancy Rolfes, Edwardsville Milton Stewart, Godfrey Joseph Terry, Wood River Mrs. Mary Whitford, Edwardsville Mrs. Ara Beanblossom, Wood River Timmy West, Wood River Alton Memorial ADMISSIONS Mrs. Naomi Cook, 2025 Park Millard O'Dell, Moro Michael Ramsey, Brighton Brian Furlow, Moro Eric White, Godfrey Stacy Stierwalt, Godfrey Mrs. Carmen Robertson, 3433 Thomas Pamela Pace, Jerseyville Jana Washington, 790 Park Randy Parks, Bethalto Mrs. Hattie O'Connor, 3612 Western Wiliam Richards, Bethalto Mrs. Eileen Scheffel, Godfrey Marshall Golike, West Alton Carrol Markovitch, Grafton Mrs. JoAnn Ellington, 103 Dooley Mrs. Sharon Asaro, 3866 Western Steven Gubser, Jerseyville Mrs. JoAnn Bateman, East Alton Jan Sparrowk, Bethalto Donald Phillips, East Alton Kimberly Dulin, Godfrey James Oris, 2422 E. Broadway Mrs. Jo Burney, St. Louis DISMISSALS Karen Wan-en, Wood Kathy Zupan, Wood Mrs. River Mrs. River Mrs. Roberta Wendle, Godfrey Wilma Ele, 3224 Belle Sharon Durr, Edwardsville Esther Schuette, East Alton Mrs. Evelyn Galbraith, Bethalto Rick Winters, Jerseyville Mary Barnes, Bethalto Edward Platto, Jerseyville Steven Gallatin, Edwardsville Willard Barger, Hartford Freda Patton, Cottage Hills Edith Cochran, 3708 Berkeley Donald Martin, 1648 Clawson Mrs. Lois Barker, Roxana Sarah Griffin, Wood River Mrs. Betty Smalley, 2301 LaSalle Mrs. Emma Haynes, Yinger Nursing Home Kathren Healy, Cottage Hills Vern Van Hoy, 2466 Sylvan Ned Harrison, 931 Main Angie Harrison, 931 Main Michael Wickenhauser, Brighton Ann Sanford, Jerseyville Sandra Waide, Cottage Hills Kathryn Agney, 307 Brookside Tracy Malley, Godfrey i St. Anthony's ADMISSIONS George Rickard, 624 Oakwood Edwin Calhoun, Wood River Timothy Dungan, 2407 Valley Court Mrs. Bernice Jackson, East Alton George McKenzie, Hartford Mrs. Carrie Turner, 31G8 Paul Mrs. Helen Callis, East Alton Martin Smith Jr., Cottage Hills Heather McCoy, 2946 Hillcrest Darryle Curtis, 99 Sullivan DISMISSALS Marjorie Schwaab, Rle. 1 Mrs. Bernadine Watsek , Edwardsville Henderson Ward, 2386 Lincoln Mrs. Nancy Metz, Brighton Donald Freytag, Cottage Hills Wood River Township ADMISSIONS Ralph Buchen, Granite City Mrs. Connie Knight, Cottage Hills Kenneth Curry, 619 State Mrs. Margrete Buster, Hartford Clifford Ohlson, 950 Willow Union rejects offer to settle UE strike ST. LOUIS (AP) - Members of Operating Engineers Union Local 148 have rejected^ a proposed settlement of their strike against Union Electric Co., now in its 50th day, a u n io n spokesman said Thursday night. The spokesman said in voting Wednesday and Thursday a Union Electric proposal for settlement of a work assignment grievance that led to the strike was rejected by a 15-1 margin. The 1 local's 1,300 members walked off the job Nov. 20 at Union Electric installations in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. Mrs. Edna llawson, iSast Alton Johnny Oxley, 485 State Aid Road DISMISSALS Christa Meyer, South Roxana Mrs. Donna 'Proctor, East Alton Mrs. Bonnie Clark, East Alton Francis Genta, Alton Robert Foraker, South Roxana Billy Daubenspeck, 801 Ferguson Mrs. Opal Taylor, Bethalto Carlinville Area ADMISSIONS Annette Reiner, Gillespie William Shelton, Medora Mary Calhoun, Hettick DISMISSALS Michael Wilson, Jr., Carlinville Hazel Bellm, Carlinville St. Francis (Llthchfield) ADMISSIONS Rosemary Bunn, Gillespie Anna Hainaut, Livingston David Zuinwalt, Gillespie DISMISSALS Elsie Delaney, Gillespie "" Mary Magelli, Mt. Clare Charles Duncan, Edwardsville Deborah McIIenry, Plainvlew Boyd Memorial ADMISSIONS Dennis Goodman, Greenfield Clarence Murphy, Carrolllon Danny Tharp, Greenfield Roy Wright, White Hall M r s . Louise Hardwick, Carrol Iton DISMISSALS Becky Story, Carrol Iton Mrs. Lilly Mayberry, Kane Mrs. Elsie Dyer, White Hall David Swarringsen, Rockbridge Jersey Community (Jerseyville) ADMISSIONS Rena Willman, Mozier Burma Jones, Jerseyville Mary Pickerel, Jerseyville Betty Melt, Dow Sarah Butler, Jerseyville Ivan Brown, Batchtown Mary Tuelken, Alton DISMISSALS Susan DeJaynes, Pearl Chrtistina Sagaz, Hardin Robert Gulledge, Jerseyville Janell Finch, Grafton William Davis, Jerseyville St. Joseph's (Highland) Fred Bartels, Edwardsville Mrs. Ruth Crane, Ed, wardsville John Hunsell, Rte. 7, Edwardsville Mrs. Veda Jones, Edwardsville Mrs. Myrtle Wright, Edwardsville DISMISSALS Erwin Bellman, EdwarUsville Anton Sakovetz, Edwardsville Mrs. Beulah Tindall, Edwardsville Granite City Steel Co., facing charges of polluting the air in violation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, Thursday challenged the constitutionality of the act itself. More than $400,000 in penalties against the firm is being sought by the Environmental Protection Agency in charges filed Nov. 8. The steel company moved for dismissal of the charges on the grounds that the act violates the U.S. and state constitutions„ by leaving standards of guilt up to the Pollution Control Board. This due con- abridges the right of process, the company tends. The case was heard by Samuel T. Lawton, a member of the Pollution Control Board. Granite City Steel contended that the Pollution Board has assumed sweeping legislative powers to create a "sweeping and overboard" definition of what constitutes air pollution. Under the environmental act,. the pollution board is allowed to both draw up and enforce standards of air and water pollution. Stolen TV found on anonymous tip A color television reported stolen from a Wood River home Dec. 26 was recovered from a Hartford home Thursday night after the victim received an anonymous . telephone call about where the set could be Hearing set Jan. 21 in murder case JERSEYVILLE - Hearing on motions in behalf of two Alton men indicted in the alleged Dec. 13 brutal murdur of James Brooks have been set for for 10 a.m., Jan. 21. James Edward Mine and Fred Russell Conglcton, both 21, are being held for Jersey county in a Sangamon County jail. The moilions include one to require the Jersey County sheriff to return the prisoners to a place of confinement in Jersey County. Their incarceration In Sangamon County makes them inaccessible to their attorneys, Claude Davis and John Self, and thus is a denial of constitutional rights, the motion alleges. Jersey Sheriff Gerald "Windy" Nairn said that he moved Mree and Congleton to Sangamon County because of lack of maximum security facilities in the county jail here. Substitution of a judge in place of Associate Judge Howard Lee White is asked with the suggestion that Chief Judge Paul Verticchio preside at the trial, which is scheduled for March 1. In other court news, Alvin and David Potts, Granite City brothers have been ordered pit-ked up for failure to pay fines and costs on charges stemming from an altercation with city police and am- b u 1 a n c e drivers several months ago found. Roy File, 1013 Madison, Wood River, lost the set in a break-in at his home. Thursday night, File and Gary Johnston, 133 North Lincoln, Cottage Hills, were in the File home when the telephone rang. Johnston answered, and was asked if he had had a television set stolen. When Johnston replied there had been a set stolen from the home, the caller told him the set could be found at a home in Hartford on East Elm Street. The caller then hung up. File and Johnston went to Wood River police with their story and Sgt. Ralph Skinner met Hiirtford Patrolman John Platter on East Elm Street a short time later. The officers found the home matching the description and Platter said the home belonged to James Martin. No one was at the home, but Platter knew Mrs. Martin worked at the Hartford Coin Laundry. There, the officers found Martin. They explained the situation to him, and accompanied him back to his house, where the serial number of the set matched the serial number given earlier by File. Martin said he had met a man in a South Iloxanu tavern on Dec. 27, who offered to sell him either a freezer or color television set. The man told Martin he and his wife were getting a divorce and he had to dispose of the two items. Martin" gave the man his address, and the set was delivered by the man and another man, who charged Martin $225 for the set. He said he paid them in cush. Martin said he could recognize the men if he saw them again, and gave police a description of both. He was to return to Wood River police later today to look over mug shots in an attempt to spot the men. By WILLIAM L. CIIAZE FT. McPHERSON, Ga. (AP) — Three former soldiers have testified they saw American troops open fire on a group of unarmed and unresisting civilians during an infantry assault on the village of My Lai in 1968. The former GIs were the first prosecution witnesses to testify Thursday in the court- martial of Sgt. Charles Hutto, accused of assault with intent to kill at least six civilians at My Lai. Two more prosecution witnesses were on call today before the defense begins bringing in witnesses from its subpoenaed list of 30. One of the prosecution witnesses heard Thursday said Hutto was with the soldiers who were firing at the civilians. The witness testified he did not see the defendant fire or point his weapon. Capt. Franklin Wurtzel, the Army prosecutor, declared in his opening statement that Hutto borrowed an M16 rifle to shoot a group of civilians. Tommy Lee Moss of Spartanburg, S.C., said the 22- year-old Hutto was among a group of soldiers he saw confronting civilians. Now a college student and shipping clerk, Moss said the civilians "seemed to be very friendly" and "looked like they was praying to Americans." He said they had their hands folded in front of them. Wurtzel asked what happened to them. "They was killed," Moss replied. Hutto, who was assigned to the 2nd Platoon as a machine gunner, sat looking steadily at the six-member court- martial board as the modishly dressed Moss testified. Under cross-examination by defense attorney Edward Magill, all three prosecution witnesses said that the night before the assault Charlie Company was told by its commander, Capt. Ernest Medina, that only enemy soldiers would be in the village and that they were to wipe it out. They said they were told to kill the people they found there, dispose of the animals, pollute the water supply and burn the dwellings. Medina, whose case is under investigation at Ft. McPherson, has been charged with over-all responsibility for Jew sent to Soviet labor -camp MOSCOW (AP) - A military court has sentenced another Jew to a long term in a labor camp for plotting to hijack a Soviet airliner to Israel, and Pravda charged today that "imperialist propaganda" is waging a campaign to talk Soviet Jews into emigrating to Israel. Jewish sources said Soviet Army Lt. Vulf /almanson was given a 10-year sentence in L e n i n g'' a d Thursday for taking part in the plot last June to hijack a small Aeroflot plane to Israel, Ills term was five years less than the maximum sentences given earlier to other defendants in the case. /almanson was the 15lh Russian to face trial in the hijack plot. Two women and one child were released. Two Jewish defendants received death sentences which were later commuted to 15-year labor camp terms. The rest of the defendants, all but two of them Jewish, received labor camp sentences ranging from 4 to 15 years. Despite the tough talk in the Soviet press on what Pravda called the "Jewish question," the trial of nine other Jews in Leningrad was postponed Wednesday 10 minutes after it began. The official reason was that one of the defendants had come down with flu. civilian deaths that occured at My Lai. Leonard R. Gonzales of Richmond, Calif., said he was confused by the order. "The way I understood it this was supposed to be a big fight," said Gonzales. "We were to kill everything and anything that we saw. "What bothered me was that if somebody was wounded we were to shoot 'em anyway," he said. Gonzales said he had been in the village only a few minutes before witnessing the slaying of civilians by other 2nd Platoon troops. The other witness, Dennis Running of Raymond, Calif., said he saw the shootings from behind a hedge row on the edge of the village. The witnesses all belonged to the 2nd Platoon with Hutto but were in different squads. The witnesses said they were unable to see the actions of members of the 1st Platoon, commanded by Lt. William L. Galley Jr. He is being tried by court-martial at Ft. Benning, Ga., on charges of murdering 102 civilians during the operation. A 1st Platoon squad leader, S. Sgt. David Mitchell, was acquitted by a court-martial last fall of assault with intent to kill My Lai civilians. Jobless rate hits new high By STERLING F. GREEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment climbed to six per cent in December, the highest rate in nine years, despite the return to work of men displaced by the General Motors strike, the Labor Department reported today. The development contradicted the forecasts of administration officials who had contended that joblessness, which hit 5.8 per cent of the labor force in November, would diminish when the auto strikers returned to their plants. The report showed there were 4.6 million idle men and women in December. This was the same as in November, but the seasonal contraction of the labor force caused the adjusted rate of joblessness to rise by about 120,000 persons in the seasonally adjusted annual rale. Average weekly earnings of factory workers increased by $1.015 in December as a result of a slight increase in average hourly rates and a gain of one-tenth of an hour in the factory work week, to 39.7 hours. The unemployment rate for white workers remained at 5.5 per cent in the month, but the rate for Negroes, which declined slightly In November, returned to its October level of 9.3 per cent. Long-term unemployment continued to climb. The number of persons out of work for at least 15 weeks passed the one million mark, reaching the highest level since mid-ll)B4. This brought (lie average spell of unemployment to 9.8 weeks, up from fl.4 weeks in November. Joblessness was greatest among construction workers, at 11 per cent. In manufacturing, the unemployment rate hi durable goods plants was unchanged from November but rose in soft goods production from 6 per cent in November to 6.9 (Nf cent in December. Employment declined slightly to 78,516,000 in December, a dip of 225,000 from November; the latter figure was slightly larger than the decline in the entire civilian labor force. I n seasonally adjusted terms, the decline in employment and rise in the labor force were somewhat smaller.
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