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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS, OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT YEAR, NO. 47 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING. AUGUST 2, 1970-SEVENTY-FOUR PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS DAILY SUNOAV AttorialtA fnu (JP) Subway Tunnel Fire Kills 1, Injures 53 NEW YORK (AP) A wom- an died and 55 persons required medical attention Saturday aft- er escaping a choking hot, smoke-filled subway tunnel un- der the East' River where a broken third-rail cable had started a fire. It was the third major subway accident since May 20 and sec- ond involving loss of life. Choking clouds of smoke stopped a 10-car train carrying fewer than 100 passengers after it left the Bowling Green station on the lower tip of Manhattan at a.m. As the lights went out and smoke filled the cars, the pas- sengers fled out the rear of the train, some of them crawling lo stay under the smoke. They AT ROCK FESTIVAL Youths Treated For 'Bad Trips' Grocerystore cowgirl Stacie. Brumbaugh of Baird got some easy riding in a grocerystore cart Saturday af- ternoon with a one.- mother-powered engine. Stacie and mom, Mrs. Eddie Brum- baugh; were watchirig the parade in Baird -preceding the final performance of the Baird Junior Rodeo. See. story Pg. 14-D. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) Medicare Regulation Closes Loraine's Johnson Hospital By TOM JAY GOSS II COLORADO CITY (RNS) The Johnson Hospital, an up- dated 22 bed hospital at Loraine, sent its last six patients to the Colorado City Hospital last week and shut down as a hospital. The hospital, operated by Doctors Bruce Johnson and Joe Terry, bolii of Loraine, had run afoul of an obscure Medicare regulation, which required the hospilal lo keep five registered nurses on the payroll to continue to receive payment for Medicare patients. "Tlie nurses are simply not said Dr. Johnson, who built the hospital in 1938. "We can meet every specification that Medicare Dr. Johnson said, "hut we can't get that many Dr. Johnson said that he has one registered nurse at Loraine. He has employed 23 employes, and will keep seven to handle the medical practice, which he and Dr. Terry will conlinue to serve. The doctors' offices in the front part of Ihe hospital will continue to be kept open. Dr. Johnson said that he did not know what he would dp with. his building and equipment. "Dr. Terry and I haven't had time to decide." He said that area hospitals had already been contacting him in regard to his equipment. "We've got as good equipment as anybody in this he said. Dr. Johnson said that he did although he agrees that it will be a tragedy for the small, town of Loraine and for his hundreds of patients in surrounding counties. More than 1400 signed a petition, seeking help from congressmen and other officials in unravelling the red tape which shut down the little hospital. "We didn't have a Ihlng in the world to do with Dr. Johnson said, "but we ippreeiated it. I don't think anyone paid any attention .to it. Everybody we wrote to told us- that they didn't vote for it. But lomebody must have, for it to Java becoott a law." Moneywisfe. Dr. Johnson says the Medicare program has worked out fairly well, even though they pay only 80 percent of the bill. The other 20 percent? "We simply don't get he says. Dr. Johnson has been busy in other fields. He served as mayor for 12 .years, has worked with the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, has 28 years of perfect attendance as a Lion, snd was two time president. The Loraine football field is named "Johnson Field" in his honor. About Medicare? "They've done a wonderful job of helping people who couldn't help themselves, but many older people are being hurt by the shutdown of medical facilities and care that they've been accustomed to and, he said grimly, "I'm afraid this is only the beginning." By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hundreds of young people were treated for "bad trips" from drugs Saturday at the sites of two major rock music festi- vals, including the court-banned concert at Middlefield, Conn. The doctor in charge of medi- cal treatment of the young peo- ple at Middlefield expressed alarm that a health crisis might ensue because of heavy drug use. An estimated young persons gathered this week at the site, even though a court or- der prevented any music. And at Wadena, Iowa, an esti- mated 100 persons had been treated for drug effects by Sat- urday morning at the site ol a rock festival which, although banned by health officials, pro- ceeded under a court order. Meanwhile, youths also showed up en masse at Aix-En- Provence, France, even though the mayor had banned the scheduled rock festival. The promoters decided to proceed, calling it a "prolonged concert" of a rock festival. "Whatever it calls said the mayor, "this gathering of persons remains banned." "WEATHER" 0.5. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU Map pg. ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Cfear to partly cloudy Sunday, Sunday nffltit and Monday. Continued hoi. High both days loo. Low Saturday night TEMPERATURES Sat. a.m. Sal. p.m. U M 97 !7 ?7 ____ 98 W 83 81 n 93 High and low for 24-houri ending p.m.: 100 and 70. High and low same date Iflsl year: n and 79. Sunset last night: sunrise today sunset lonlohl; Humldily at 9 p.rr p.m.: 28.09. 39 per And a rock festival was in its second day Saturday at Man- seau, Quebec. The music went into the early morning hours Saturday. Although hundreds of young people were reported to have left Ihe Power Pidge ski area site of the middle "festival" Saturday, thousands of youths remained. Dr. William Abruzzl, the festival medical director, said the crowd was getting bored without music and drugs were being used because the Turn to YOUTHS, Pg. Launch Sinks In Caribbean SAN JUAN, P.fl. (AP) An inter-island ferryboat carrying an estimated 250 persons sank Saturday in the shark Infested narrows between St. Kills and Nevis Islands. Reports from St. Kills said 50 survivors and 75 bodies has been recovered. A massive rescue armada of police launches, small boats, helicopters U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels and even a sub- marine were engaged in rescue operations some 200 miles east of San Juan. The harbormaster at Basse- terre, St. Kitts, said survivors were being taken to Nevis Is- land and at least 16 had been hospitalized. A U.S. Coast Guard spokes- man in Juan said one Alba- tross amphibious plane was in the area dropping flares along wilh two Coast Guard helicop- ters and two Air Force planes that carried para-medic The reason for the sinking was not immediately known. stumbled over each other as they made their way on the track back to the station, 200 feet away. It look 70 minutes to evacuate all the passengers (ram the ex- press train, which was heading into a tunnel under the East River bound for Brooklyn. Police and firemen didn't ar- rive for a half hour because the molorman, lacking a two-way radio, had to walk to a tele- phone in the tunnel to notify them. Until police arrived the trainmen's flashlights provided the only illumination. Mayor John V. Lindsay de- manded a "complete explana- tion" from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state agency which took over transit operations in the city two years ago. William J. Ronan, chairman of the MTA, said at a news conference that he was "shocked and infuriated" to learn that the train involved in Saturday's accident had no ra- dio. He said the radios were supposed lo have been installed by July 1 and that he had been told it had been done. Ronan praised the train crew for following "established emer- gency procedures." The MTA had blamed "hu- man error" for the first two ac- cidents, collisions in Brooklyn and Queens. A grand jury, how- ever, said poor equipment and lax safety measures contribut- ed. Mayor Lindsay said the train crew in Saturday's accident "acted with courage and com- plete calmness." The dead woman, identified by police as Brigid Mary O'Shea, 53, of Brooklyri, appar- ently had gone back to the train for her purse. She collapsed as conductor Reginald Meyer, 43, who was checking lo see that all passengers were out, led her to- ward the station, assisted by molorman Robert Raber, 42. Water Work Bonds Approved at Trent TRENT in Ihe city of Trent overwhelmingly approved a revenue bond for water works improvements and extensions in an election held Saturday. Of 68 votes cast in the election, only 4 persons voted against Ihe issue. According to city secretary, Betty Freeman, the community is wailing on a federal grant lo aid in the improvement project. Post Off ice Has 'Revolution' Pains By BRENDA GREENE Reporter-News Staff Writer What's happening to the postal service in Abilene or anywhere else in the nation is anyone's guess. Some feel it will get worse, others feel it will be improved but even Abilene Postmaster Clyde Grant admits that the Post Office is in the midst of a "revolution" and it will need "the public's patience until all the bugs are ironed out." ALREADY ABILENE mail NEWS INDEX Abtknt EvMrtt 3-B Amusements 6-8-B Atrnkw S-B Btrrr'i WofU 5-B 14-A BrMw 8-B Bininen Outlook 5-B 9-1 3-D Crounxdi Rtpoct 5-B CrotlwiW 2-8 Doctor't JvUilboK 4-B 14-D 9-A 5-B I-B 7, 8-D Sctira B-B OtitMrln 6- A Oil 15-A 2.4.0 Tfckof Stoti T. YMH ____ 2-1 TV T.b (PitHwrt el Stct. B) Mnn 1-7, IB, II, 1J-U-C customers are feeling the effects of the changing role of [he post office from a federal public service institution lo a corpora- tion-managed mail system, if Ihe Congressional proponents of the-corporate structure get their bill passed, mere changes rfre likely [o be in store. If the pending legislation gets President Nixon's approval, it will take a year to set up the program, Grant says and approximately five years to "pay its own way." In the meantime, he said he was sum there would he no more policy changes in the postal service that would affect Abilene mail customers. Changes implemented during the past year in Abilene and across Texas and the nation are a resjlt of the scheduling employes lo cut down on night and weekend shifts, for the most part, Grant said. MOST COMPLAINTS two and three day delays in mail delivery, laler boxing of mail at post offices, earlier collection due to Ihe employe scheduling which saves the Dallas region (including Abilene) about million per year. "Part of the reason we cut down on.the midnight shift, 10 p.m.-f a.m., was Grant said. "We have to pay a 10 per cent salary bonus on week nights and 25 per cent on Sundays." "The basic reason is that we cannot recruit and sustain an adequate work force for night he said. "And I don't think the public will demand service that will burden us." "The Post Office is far behind the times in he said. "We need to update the sorting process by mechanical means, which would speed up processing and cut down on payrolls, to be able to handle the ever increasing volume of he said. WHAT THE CORPORATE structure will give the public, in effect, Grant said, is what the people are willing to pay for. "We will emphasize air mail- ing and special delivery for Post Office Theme Song: Service, It's a Changin' Changes in the mail service at the Abilene Post Office downtown and at Station A during the past year include: -No window service on Saturdays at the downtown office of Sta- are available at 12 contract stations and -Delivery of first class mail only out of Station A on Saturdays -Boxing of only first class mail and newspapers on Saturday at downtown office. 3 -No box service at Station A on Sundays. -Boxing of only special delivery and airmail downtown on Sun- days. -No delivery of parcel post or third class mail on Saturdays at either office. -No pared post (fourth class) or "junk mail" (third class) pro- cessing except during daylight hours after all first and second class mail has been processed. -No airlifting "space available" service for first class mail in a 750-mile radius of Abilene unless airmail. -Overnight service to destinations within a 150-mile radius of Abilene for all first class mall (This includes Fort Worth but not -Two day delivery on first mall to Dallas If mailed after 4 p.m. (Should be at the post office by 2 p.m. for overnight service) boxed about a.m. (Heretofore, about collection box pick-up about p.m. those who want fast he said. "I look for two rates for all classes of mail, one rate for regular handling and another for quicker service." "I would think that air mail collection boxes would be placed alongside the "Out-of-Town" and "Local" boxes as part of the emphasis. This will also help cut down on sorting and insure quicker he said. "By taking the politics out of the post office, there should be greater he said. "There are some offices that ought to be closed, those that don't warrant full-time postmasters, but are continuing to be operated because of political influence." Granl said he did not know if rural mail service would be affected by the change. "We have made a study here of the towns served by Abilene but we are not doing he said. ABILENE SERVES as a soctitnal center for M towns in the area stretching to points as far as Snyder, Benjamin, Spur and Blackwell. Friday morning Sen. Ralph Yarborough voiced concern when post office officials an- nounced that Muleshoe would lose its postnurt. He nM, u POST OFFICE, Pf. S-A Dog's Life Now UD... and down During these hot summer days, Linda Ferrond, 13, of Fort Budge, La., gives her dog a break at Die play- ground. A little hesitant on the steps, he enjoys fee rkte down. (AP Wlrephitot.) j I I J
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