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Publication: Abilene Reporter News January 19, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 19, 1974, Abilene, Texas JR SP 3 STAR FINAL Wjt Abilene &eprter~j0ftn$ "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 83RD YEAR, NO. 216 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 19. 1974—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press (ZP) rn » Just helping a friend It wasn't his swine, but Dickie Julian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Julian of Roscoe, was helping out triend, James Heckler iii showing his heavyweight Duroc to grand champion honors in its division. The harrow later became the grand champion barrow of the 1974 swine competition at the Nolan County Livestock Show held in Sweetwater Friday. Heckler, who was busy showing another hog. took 14 major honors in the swine and sheep show together to dominate the show for Roscoe. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edward Heckler of Roscoe. Story, Photos, Pp. 14, ISA. (Staff Photo by John P>est > Oilmen: Free Enterprise Is Answer By JIM EATON Reporter-News Oil Editor Two prominent oilmen, one with a major company and the other an independent operator, feel that free enterprise is the answer for solving the energy crisis. They believe the crisis has been brought about through government regulations. Views on the energy crisis, which is now very real, were given in a joint interview with Granville Dutton, Sun Oil Co . Dallas, and with A. V, Jones Jr. of Albany. Both were visitors Friday in Abilene. Dutton is manager of unitization and joint operations for .Sun Oil Co. Ile is a 1973-74 distinguished lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME. Dutton will speak Wednesday to the West Central Texas Section of SPE at 7 30 p.m. at the Petroleum Club. The Dallas oilman said the energy crisis is the result of the American people s failure to insist dial the federal government respect I he law of supply and demand, JONES IS president of the National Stripper Well Assn. and a former president of the West Central Texas Oil & Gas Assn. The Dallas oilman feels the key to survival is solving the energy crisis. Both Jones and Dutton point out that the energy crisis did not happen overnight. They, among others, have been giving warnings about the approaching crisis for years. “We knew it was coming,'’ said Dutton \ 1954 Supreme Court decision set the stage for the current energy crisis, both Dutton and .Jones feel. The Phillips Petroleum Co. decision forced the Federal Power Commission to regulate purchases of natural gas. The oilmen leel this was the “root cause of the whole thing.’’ THE FFC kept gas prices low for years, and as a result the operators did not drill many gas wells. The results are now being felt as natural gas shortages have developed. Dutton feels the crisis will be relieved if there is a deregulation of price controls on natural gas anti crude. He pointed out that it would take Congressional action to deregulate natural gas. “This whole crisis has been brought about because fo price controls,’’ said Dutton. Both Dutton and James leel the U.S. is better tiff by the crisis happening now instead of coming about 1975. An embargo bv the Arab countries caused the crisis to hit the U.S. about two years early. The Dallas oilman felt there is a need for reasonable environmental regulations. HE EXPLAINED how any interested party can obtain an SVater C-C, Jaycees Honor Store Owner, Hereford Breeder By MIKE MURPHEY Reporter News Staff Writer SWEETWATER - Jim Hixon and J. Paul Turner were roamed recipients of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce and Sweetwater Jaycees highest awards Friday night at the Kith anniversary banquet of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. Hixon, owner of Hixon’s Department Store, was named Sweetwater's Outstanding Young Man by the Jaycees, and Turner, a registered Hereford breeder, was honored by the Chamber as Sweetwater’s Outstanding Citizen for the year Incoming Chamber president Tim Fambrough outlined Picture. Pg. 2.4 his goals for the Chamber in 1974. “Our primary goal,'’ he NEWS INDEX Amusements    .    ...    13A Astrology    SA Bridge    ........    BA Church News    UA Classified ........ A-    J    IC Comics    4,SB Editorials    4A Farm    14,ISA Markets ..... A,7B Obituaries ........... JJC Oil    IO,11A Sports    .......I-SC Today in History    TA TV Log    t AA TV Scout    HA Women's News    2,SB said. “will be to attract new i n d ii s t r y. both large and small, to the city of Sweetwater, and to assist in any way the industry which we have already here.’’ “We will continue to pursue the new hospital project.” he added, “and keep up the plan for a new county-city government complex building.” The speaker for the evening w as humorist Dr. Charles Jarvis, a San Marcos dentist who makes about 140 speeches a year over the country. The master of ceremonies for the program was outgoing Chamber president James L. Wilks. Joe Lute is the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Manager. injunction against any development to supply energy by merely filing a HOO bond. “The 33 billion pipeline in Alaska was delayed by a HOO bond." Dutton said. The oilman told how environmental studies are expensive for companies. He >a:d it would cost Sun Oil Co. Si million to conduct a study on 5.00(1 acres of government-owned shale oil land in Colorado “The 32 million cost would be for only gathering the information and filing the report." he said. Both Jones and Dutton feel the U.S. must become self suf-ficient for its energy needs. They believe if the U.S. defends on imported oil. then gasoline will reach $1 a gallon here. They feel if the free market continues, gasoline in Texas will Nettle eventually at 50 to 55 cents a gallon. In discussing gasoline, it was shown that stocks on Dei1 28. 1972 in the I S. totaled 210 million barrels. One veal- later gasoline stocks amounted to 207 million barrels. Dutton explained that service station oj> erators are not getting as much gasoline today because of government allocations. THEY POINTED out that oil imports have increased sharply since 1972. The U.S. is now importing 33 per cent of its oil needs. Before the oil embargo by the Arab countries. this had risen to 40 per cent. Jones noted that recent crude oil price increases hav e hiked the domestic drilling rate. “Production in the U.S. is now showing an increase after declining for .several years. He also pointed out the importance of stripper wells. those making IO barrels or less per day, in the U.S. “The nation has 360.000 stripper wells which contribute to 15 per cent of our total crude production,” said Jones. Detectives Give Grieving Husband Lift MIAMI (API — With less thary $200 in his pockets, Deo-lad Rumnath couldn’t afford to return the body of his murdered wife to their trinidad home until he was befriended by three homicide detectives. The trio. Sgts. Ed Carberry, Joseph Ramirez and Henry Weaver, launched a fund drive for Rumnath Friday and collected pledges totaling $1,000 within a few hours. “People have been calling iii like crazy,” said Weaver. “I think we’ve got all the funds he’ll need already. We’ve got him a reservation tor a flight home Saturday.” The detectives said they began collecting money for Rumnath. 25, after failing in eft orts to elicit help from agencies. “Everybody refused,” Weaver said. “Nobody cared." Rammath returned home from work last Wednesday to find his wife Eastern, 22, dead amid the clutter of the textbooks she was studying for a nursing school examination. She had b'*en strangled. Their 13-month-old son is with relatives in their hometown of Gasparillo, Trinidad. The couple moved to M i a rn i a year ago to r e a Ii z e Mrs. Ramnath’s dream of becoming a nurse. "She didn t like the city.” Ramnath said of his wife. “She was eager to get back to Trinidad. She missed the baby.” Police said they had no suspects in the slaying. Ramnath said he almost had given up hope before the three detectives came to his aid He said he made only $94.76 a week and did not have the $1,000 it would take to fly home with his wife’s body He said he was Hindu and his religious beliefs required he be present during her burial on their Caribbean island home. “The policemen. I will never forget them,’’ he said. Judge Recommends Missing Tape Case Go to Grand Jury Bv HARRY F. ROSSENTHAL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (API - U.S. District Judge John J. Silica recommended Friday that the case of the non-existent and marred White House tape recordings be presented to a grand jury. The special Watergate prosecutor said he would clo so. “A distinct possibility of unlawful conduct on the part of one or more persons exists here.” Sirica said as he ended the long hearings into the tapes matters. "A grand jury sh<tuld now determine whether indictments are appropriate.*’ The White House issued a statement that the decision is not a conviction of anv individual. nor is it even an indictment.” It would be wrong, the office of the White House counsel said, “to conclude on the basis of Judge Sirica's decision that any individual within the White Hou>e is guilty of impropriety or wrongdoing in the handling of the Watergate tapes." White House lawyer James D. St. (’lair said after the decision: “I think it is very appropriate and one that was recommended at the outset. I think the judges statement is accurate. The matter is not conclusive and it should be investigated by a grand jury." He was asked whether the president would testify if called by the grand jury. First declining to answer on grounds it was a hypothetical question. St. Clair finally said: "If a subpoena is issued to him. we ll deal with it at that time." Silica said his statements should not be construed as “identifying any particular wrongdoer or unlawful act," and added: “The court refrains absolutely from accusing any person or persons, and refrains as well from a final conclusion that any illegal conduct has occurred. Rather, the court has concluded from the evidence now before it that the possibility of unlawful tampering with or suppression of evidence is sufficiently strong to merit grand jury scrutiny." The grand jury investlga-tion. Sirica said, should go ’ into the possibility of unlawful destruction of evidence and any' related offenses" and should include the record of the proceedings that began in his court on Nov. 21. The hearings lasted a total of 19 days “It in our purpose til conjunction with the FBI to conduct an exhaustive investigation into all phases of the matter and any relevant information will be referred to the grand jury." said special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. The grand jury will look into the 18 5 minute erasure in one ta|>e. and possibly the circumstances surrounding two recordings the White Bouse said never existed and two short pauses — revealed Friday - in dictated recollections by the President. The White House said "the American people should bear in mind that the focus of the investigation by the federal grand jury is primarily how the tape may have been erased, not what the tape contained.” It said that while the Watergate conversation of the President and H. R Haldeman on June 20. 1972 was obliterated in the gap. there are handwritten notes concerning their conversation. and added: "Those notes, written eon-temporaneously by Mr. Haldeman now in tile possession of the special prosecutor, clearly indicate that the presidential conversation and concern in the 18-nunute segment were dire* ted solely to the negative public relations impact of the Watergate break-in on tho campaign of 1972 ” Shell Ads Disclaim Any Excess Profits IG MAX. B. SKELTON AP Oil Writer HOUSTON, Tex. (AP' Shell Oil Go. took full page advertisements in 233 newspapers Friday to answer charges that the oil Industry is making excess profits out of the energy shortage. The ad appeared a week or two before most major oil companies announce fourth quarter earnings for 1973 Exxon. the nations largest oil company makes us announcement Wednesday Oil company earnings through tile third quarter have been sharply above 1972 earnings, in one oi two cases as much as 200 per cent. The fourth quarter repins are expected to maintain the trend. ■ We have to be on the defensive becaiiNe bv default we Assistant Treasury Secretary Resigns Bs K. GREGORY NOKES Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP The former White House aute who signed President Nixon’s deed for his controversial contribution of his vice presidential papers to the national archives in 1969. resigned from his high Treasury job Friday. Edward L. Morgan, who gave up his post as assistant secretary of the Treasury, said in a telephone interview his resignation in part resulted from controversy surrounding the question of whether the deed was properly drawn up and actually signed on the date it was supposed to have been signed. “It s not directly related, but I can’t say it s totally unrelated,” he said. “Of course I feel badly about it: ifs something I'm clearly involved in, arui I’m giving the President another problem.” Asked what problem he might be giving the President. Morgan said. “lf he is going to have to pay considerable tax. ifs a problem." There has been some question whether Morgan had authority to sign the deed on the presidential gift and whether lie signed it prior to a congressionally imposed cutoff date for tax deductions for such gifts. “Obviously I’m questioning what I did.” he said. He said he knows now he did not have authority to sign the deed, bul did not know at the time. when he was a deputy counsel to the President. But Morgan declined to answer whether he signed the deed prior to the cutoff date, . saying he didn t want to dis cuss that at the present time. He also declined to speculate whether he thought Nixon owes additional tax because of the pu|>ers' deduction, saying “I suppose I shouldn’t say what he may have to do. It is up to the joint committee and the Internal Revenue Service whether he will have to pay.” .Morgan, 35, said he ap peaced before the staff of the Senate-House committee on internal revenue taxation regarding his role in the donation of Nixon's vice presidential papers. will tie presumed to be guilty ’ Harry Bridges. Shell pceawtent, said it ft news conic rence "The ad states our view on corporate profits." He branded as false charges that Shell and otlier companies are reaping windfall profit n from the energy crisis but took note of “a glowing mood to get oil’ in Congress." "We turned to advertising because news these days, unfortunately as far as the oil industry i> concerned, is taking a shot at us," Bridges said. A check of other major companies indicated no plans for similar advertisements. Most of the major oil companies have I a u ii c h e a advertising campaigns which emphasize what the companies are doing 10 find new sources of oil and luge conservation of petroleum and development of alternate fuels I ut ii last fall, the emphasis bad been on selling a-, much oil as possible. Critics have charged that the oil industry neglected production of domestic oil and concent l ated on exploration and sales abroad because this business was more profitable. 011 industry statistics show / that domestic production has J fallen iii the past year to just over Hi million barrels a day from just over ll million. The critics say that the steep rise in oil prices in the past three months would not have been possible without the petroleum shortage brought on by the Arab oil embargo in October The price of domes- see SHELL. Pf. 2A. (bl. I U.S., Egypt Plan Syria Peace Effort By THE ASSOCIATE PRESS VV a s h i ii g t o ti and Cairo planned separate peace missions to Syria, atter the signing Friday of Egyptian-Israeli agreements to disengage troo)ms along the Suez. Canal. In an offshoot of the disengagement pact, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said over Israeli state television that Egypt had agreed to start dredging the canal. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will fly to Damascus on Sundae to try to work out a separation of Syrian and Israeli forces along the Golan Heights, U.S. officials said. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat told newsmen in Aswan he will fly to the Syrian capital on Saturday. He said the Middle East peace talks in Geneva will not reopen "until an agreement on disengagement . 4    I s of Syrian and Israeli forces can be reached ’’ The Israeli military command said no clashes had been reported on the ceasefire lines with Egvpt since late Thursday at least 12 hours before the signing ceremony. It was believed to be one of the first days without gunfire since the cease-fire ending the October war. About a dozen ships have been trapped in the 103-mile Suez Canal since it was closed by the 1967 Middle East war. Pipelines and supertankers too large to pass through the waterway will reduce the canal’s importance even when it is reopened. But many Israelis believe the millions of dollars of income from smaller ships using the canal would encourage the Egyptians to keen tho area peaceful. . *t ;

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  • Anwar Sadat
  • Charles Jarvis
  • Dickie Julian
  • Edward L. Morgan
  • Frank Edward Heckler
  • Granville Dutton
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Henry Weaver
  • J. Paul Turner
  • James D. St.
  • James Heckler
  • James L. Wilks
  • James Leel
  • Jim Eaton
  • Jim Hixon
  • Joe Lute
  • John J. Silica
  • Jones Jr.
  • Joseph Ramirez
  • Leon Jaworski
  • Moshe Dayan
  • Terry Julian Of Roscoe
  • Tim Fambrough

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: January 19, 1974

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