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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 2, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1974, Abilene, Texas ZU mm &tjporter~$(tosf 3 ST> ***? VEAR. NO. 230 PHONE 673-4271"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT G0ES"-BVronABILENE. TEX., 79604. SATURDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 2. 1074-THIRTYEIGHT PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press (ZP) ... And Horse Doesn't Get Any HayforPayl    Plpfl    Roiorforl iiC|Cvicu By BILL KIDD Reporter-News Austin Bureau AUSTIN - Rep. Ben Z. Grant of Marshall, who made a 283-mile horseback ride from his home town to the Constitutional Convention here to stress the “horse-and-buggy” nature of the present constitution, has run into a problem. He can’t get paid under present travel regulations, which allow for personally-owned cars and airplanes, or com mercial travel -- but not for horses. Rep. Jim Nugent of Kerrville, therefore, is offering a resolution to allow Grant to be paid at the same per-mile rate as the delegates to the 1875 Constitutional Convention (none of whom had cars or airplanes). 20 cents a mile. But Grant says he'd settle for the same rate as the othei delegates (state employes get 12 cents a mile), adding that he doesn’t want to “look a gift horse in the mouth” There were. he admits, “unexpected expenses — have you priced linament lately?” Nugent’s resolution goes on to praise Grant’s “great fortitude...and concern for his state and the need for a new constitution.” Mansfield: No Shortcuts to Ending Scandal Probe By ( ARL P. LKUBSDORF Associated Press Writer W ASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mike Mansfield said Friday night the federal courts must pursue “the crimes of Watergate” as long as it takes to deal with Nixon administration scandals. Senate Democratic pledged Congress will The leader deal fully this year with the question of impeaching President Nixon while giving first attention to a legislative agenda aimed at leading the nation to “a decent future” Delivering the Democratic Ables Misses 1st Payment By ROY A. JONES I! Reporter-News staff Writer E. Elton Ables, who convinced a local jury to grant him probation so he could re- Dublin Infant Suffocates DUBLIN I RNSi—Marry An-gie B e c e r r a. 54-month-okl daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Becerra of Dublin, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Dublin Hospital by Justice of the Peace Roy Armstrong at 12:30 p.m. Friday. He ruled the death was due to accidental suffocation. Services are pending at Harrell Funeral Home. Judge Armstrong said the infant apparently got tangled in the bed covers of her bab\ bed and suffocated about 9:45 am. Friday. He said her mother had gone back to sleep and when she woke up shortly before noon she noticed what had happened and rushed the child to the hospital. The body will be transferred to a funeral home in San Antonio where she will be buried. She was born Aug. 16. 1973. in Dublin, the daughter of RobeH Paz Becerra and Francis Lopez Becerra. The family has lived in Dublin for the past two years. Survivors are her parents: one brother, Robert Jr. of Dublin; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Benino Be cerra of San Antonio; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lopez, also of San Antonio. pay the $61,558 he admitted stealing from the Abilene Industrial Foundation, has failed to make his first payment on the restitution as set out in the terms of his 10-year probation, Adult Probation Officer Bill McCay said Friday. Ables, former manager of the Foundation, had told 42nd District Judge Don Lane when he was formally placed on probation in December that he would "stake his freedom” on his ability to repay the money within about nine months. REFERRING to the restitution schedule proposed by the 42-y ear -o I d former Abilene ( lumber of Commerce executive himself. Judge l^ane ordered Ables to pay s20.(kh) by Feb. I; another $20,000 bv June I; and the balance (if $21,558 bv Sept. I. “I would like to pay it back as soon as I possibly can. and if I can pay it any sooner than this. I will” Ables said. \ttorney A. L. (Dusty Rhodes, who along with John Allen Chalk represented Ables, explained in letters to McCay and Judge Lane that Ables regretted not being able to make the first payment deadline as he had promised, but that he hopes to make the payment as soon as possible. lf he does not make restitution as he said he could, Ables runs “the very serious risk of having your probation revoked.' Judge Lane had told the defendant in Decent* lier. Since his trial, Ables has returned to Bexar County where See ABLES. Pg. 2A. Col. 8 response to Nixon's “State of the Union” speech, Mansfield rejected Nixon’s statement that “one year of Watergate is enough” and his plea for a prompt end to congressional and judicial probes of the scandal. "Whether it is months or years.” ttie Montana Democrat said, “there are no judicial shortcuts." And he said Congress has had to assume its "inescapable responsibilities” on Watergate and the question of im-peachment “in order to cleanse the political processes of the nation." Mansfield spoke to the nation from his office, across the Capitol from the House chamber where Nixon presented his speech to a joint session of Congress. After his speech, the Senate leader, his party's designated spokesman to answer Nixon, responded to questions from a panel of radio and television newsmen. Mansfield listed election, tax and pension reform; health insurance:    and    a    minimum wage increase as primary goals in the 1974 legislative program and expressed hope that President Nixon’s $304.4-billion budget due Monday can be cut. He called for public support for congressional efforts to clean up what he called “the campaign-financing mess." He declared “we shall not finally come to grips with the prob- See MANSFIELD, Pg. 2A, Col. S Daniel to Remain Idle in Elections Togetherness is joining the Army Recruiter Hal Krops. center, wasn’t surprised when James (’. Andrews. IT. of Jerome. Idaho, wanted to join the Army. The surprise came when his mother. Ann Lox Stowell. 33, also wanted to join. Mother and son will be stationed at Eon Huachuca, Ariz.. and will be joined later by Mrs. Stowell^ husband. He is still a civilian. (AP Wirephoto) Idaho Soldier Won't Miss His Mother in the Army BOISE. Idaho (AP) -James C. Andrews. 17. won’t miss his mother when he reports for duty in the C. s. Army. She s going along. Andrews said he thinks “it’s cool" that his mother. Min boy Stowell. 33. of Jerome, Idaho, joined the Univ with him Friday. Atter liasic train mg at .separate bases, they will serve their first veal of duty together at Ft. Huachu- 17-Month-Old Girl Serious After Attack by Masked Men PHILADELPHIA (AP) — \ 17-month-old baby girl was reported in serious condition Friday after her mother said she was attacked by masked men who placed catch with the infant and doused her with ammonia. Mrs. Frank Gorney of suburban Secane said the attack occurred Tuesday morning as she returned home after dropping her husband off at a neighborhood meeting. She said she was getting out of her car when three men, accompanied by a teenage girl, all masked, approached her and the child, Kelly Lynn Gorney. "The first man kept scratching my face,” she said, “and when he ripped open my blouse I was sure he was going to rape me.” She said the other two played catch with the baby while she fought off the first man. They later ran off with the baby, she said. “I ran inside the building and tried to get help. I found a man who came out with me with a gun while his wife called the police, but we couldn’t find my babe.” Ridley Township police superintendent Charles MacElwain said two tenants discovered Kelly Lynn crying, drenched in ammonia, in bushes near their apartment while Mrs. Gorney was being questioned by detectives. Describing the persons who committed the crime as "apparent maniacs.” MacElwain said police had no further clues Friday afternoon. He declined to elaborate. The child was rushed to Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital, where she underwent an emergency tracheotomy. The extent of damage to her lungs was not immediately determined. The father, Frank Gorney, a respiratory therapist at Graduate Hospital, suggested whoever attacked his daughter must have been on drugs. "Lots of drugs in our area — I seen them making sales right outside UK local food store." ca, Ariz. The Army says it is the lust time a mother and son have joined together. They were sworn in Friday. Both said thex signed up to get more education and have already decided lo re-enlist. Mrs. Stowe I Is husband w ll go to college while she and her son are in the military Andrews said he isn t concerned about the ribbing he might get for joining with his mother. “They will find something to do it to you for anyway. It might as well be this. \t least I was in the papers Inside Todoy Fire in Brazil Claims 170 Fire ravages the upper floors of a modern 25-storv bank building in Sac Paulo, Brazil, Friday and officials sa\ at least I 70 persons perish ed many lumping to their deaths. Pq 2A. Amusements Astrology Bridge Church News Classified Comics Editorials Farm Markets Obituaries Oil Sports Todoy in History TV Log TV Scout Women News and they weren’t,*’ he said. The mother-son team joined the Idaho National Guard together last Decemlier and decided the Army offered more “She s young and she s ea>y to talk with and likes to hear everybody else, so I think she’ll get along all right.” Andrews said of his mother Mrs. Stowell is going into military police and her son will study radio communications. She said she comes from a family of men in military and police work and has always thought it would lie good work for a woman, too. Andrews, who dropped out of high school to join. said his mother tried to talk him into waiting lint J he was IS. “Then .I came home from school one day and she told me she had just talked to the recruiter and we could Inn Ii join. I think it’s cool.” By LEE JUNES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN. Tex. < AP»— House Shaker Price Daniel Jr., portraying his decision as a tossup almost to the last minute, announced Friday he will sit oui this year’s elections. Daniel told a news conference he would pass up a race for statewide office "for the good of the (constitutional* convention” over which he presides. The decision puts his political cai eer on ice for the next four years, since all major officeholders elected this year will have tour-year terms. When did you finalize your decision?" he was asked. “A couple of minutes ago.” Daniel replied He said afterward his answer was serious. Darnel, 32. had considered running either against state Treasuier Jesse James or Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Jim Langdon. Earlier this week lie said he would have run either tor governor or lieutenant governor had it not been for the convention. "I have concluded that my work towards a new const notion for Texas dictates that I should not become a candidate for another public oil ice in 1974.” Daniel said. “The decision I have made I- to devote my full attention, t.me, energy and et tort to p>raiding over the convention and to helping insure thai the proposed new constitution is democratically shaped as a fundamental governing document that will serve the needs 'J our stale and its people in the years ahead." He .said lie had no future political plans as of tile moment but said a four-veai lav- PRICE DANIEL JR. . . . conv en I ion priority off would not have much plied if he did run in 1978. Daniel reminded reporters that his father, former Gov. Price Daniel, laid out of politics for I hi ce years before defeating Pat Neff Jr. tor attorney general in 1946. A friend speculated private* 1; before Daniel’s announcement that he might aspire to an honor hts father never had Father of the Texas Constitution " Daniel was asked if his future political strength might depend on the success of the convention and the constitution it submits to tile voters. “The success or failure of the convention or the approval oi disapproval of the final document won t have any effect if I should get into an-othei race." fie replied Ile sd id he would continue se DANIEL, Pg. 2A, Col. 4 Former POW Enters Race 13A 8B BB 6C 7-13C 6, 7B 4A 10A 14, ISA 6A A, 1-5, SB UC 8B UA UA 2, 3B AUSTIN, Tex. (AP* - A former prisoner of war has entered statewide politics, and a former l .S. Senator has decided not to seek office this year James Nicholas Rowe, 35. native Texan who spent more than five year* n a Viet Cong prison before escaping, said lie would be a Republican candidate for state comptroller. Former Sen Ralph Yarbrough, who had been consid-ering a race for treasure! or railroad commissioner, said Friday he was too much in debt and had already committed himself to too many projects for a statewide rate. Rowe. and \rmy major, s.iid he resigned this week and returned to Vustin to establish his residence. Rowe joins three Democrats who have already announced for comptroller. Henry Grover, former state senator from Houston paid Iii' $1,000 filing fee*Fridav Ile had announced his intentions to run tor governor some time ago. Grovel s formal entry put three Republicans in the primary gubernatorial race. He faces .lim Cranberry of Lubbock and Odell McBrayer of Fort Worth. Gov Dolph Briscoe wa" the only Democratic candidate in (hen primary, as of Fridav Friends of Mrs. Frances See FILINGS, Pg. 2A, (ol. 7 One of Few Crash Survivors 'Okay' ... AP Wirephoto IT-MONTH-OLI) KELLY LYN GORNEY . . . attacked by three men who played catch with her Bv DAN BERGER Associated Press Writer PAGO PAGO, Amene iii Samoa (AIM Dick Smith clasped his hands behind his head, attempted a feeble smile, and said, "Yeah. I'm happy to be here.” Smith of Phoenix. Ari/... and Roger (’ann. 23. Of New 'Zealand, were the only two of the HH persons aboard who were not killed or critically injured in the crash of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707 jetliner Thursday morning. Smith said he escaped the wreckage by diving through a sheet of flames out of a broken window. Ninety-two pets o ii > were killed. Seven of the nine sum vorg remained in critical condition at the Lyndon B Johnson Tropical Medical Center. "I feel okay,” Smith, a former Olympic diving coach, said in a brief interview before requesting there be no more questions until authori ties give clearance. Smith and Cann share a dimly lit room iii the singlestory hospital. Ca tin’s face was blackened by char marks and his right hand was blistered. He offered a weak smile while eating a breakfast of cereal Friday morning and also declined to talk about the crash. Investigators for three agen cl es arrived Friday to determine why the Auckland. New Zealand-to-Los Angeles jet crashed, I he wreckage lies five miles from the runway along a muddy trail through a thick growth of banana trees. The inflight recording device was recovered from the wreckage, officials ,>aid. Authorities on the remote Pacific island >aui a sudden tropical squall hil the island a few hours before ihe crash. the pilot had been given see PROBE, Pg 2A. (^i. I ;

  • Ben Z. Grant
  • Bill Kidd
  • Bill Mccay
  • Charles Macelwain
  • Daniel Jr.
  • Dick Smith
  • Dolph Briscoe
  • Don Lane
  • E. Elton Ables
  • Francis Lopez Becerra
  • Frank Gorney
  • Henry Grover
  • James C. Andrews
  • James Nicholas Rowe
  • Jim Langdon
  • Jim Nugent
  • John Allen
  • Kelly Lyn Gorney
  • Kelly Lynn
  • Kelly Lynn Gorney
  • Lox Stowell
  • Mike Mansfield
  • Odell Mcbrayer
  • Pat Neff Jr.
  • Paz Becerra
  • Robert Becerra
  • Robert Jr.
  • Robert Lopez
  • Roy A. Jones
  • Sen Ralph Yarbrough
  • Treasuier Jesse James

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 2, 1974

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