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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 248 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEB. 20, PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS Associated Press (If) Termers Transferred Joanne McDaniel, left, 2Q, of Salem, .Ore., and Kalherine 28, of Lancaster, Wisc., are shown en route lo Turkey, for transfer to a bigger prison. The two women are serving life sentences on drug smug- Aclana, gling charges. (AP Wirepholo) Balloonist May Have to Change Destination Site WASHINGTON (AP) An Alexandria, W. man Irving lo be Hie firsl lo fly a balloon from America to Europe may be- come the first lo make Ihe trip from Ameri- ca to Africa instead. The National Weather Service reported Mint Thomas C.atch Jr. was being pushed far to the south of his planned course by upper air jet streams. "We estimate lhat he will reach Ihe Afri- can coast somewhere near Dakar, Senegal" Wednesday .iflenioon, s a i d Ihe weather service. Caleb Uiok off from llarrislnirg, Pa., Mon- day nighl and originally planned lo land either in France or Spain. lie was spotted about noon Tuesday by Jbcriiiu Airlines abnul miles norlh- iiorlhcasL of Puerto Rico, according lo the Air Transport Association. is traveling in a sealed gondola suspended beneath nine helium-filled bal- loons. He started with 10 balloons, but one burst shortly after takeoff. That mishap low- ered his altitude from the planned feel In bill spokesmen said the trip can still be made safely. U. S. Oil Stocks Too Low: RSirrisey AUSTIN, Tex. fAP) Texas Hailroad Commissioner Ben Ramsey noted today in order- ing all-out oil production thai the nation's crude oil slocks are 2-1 million barrels below desired levels. Texas' 100 per cent oil allow- able was extended for the 241h consecutive month. Major buyers asked for 3.- barrels a day in March, a decrease of from Feb- ruary. Most of the decline was ac- counted for by 'Kxxon, which sought 233.1WO "barrels of oil a rtay less next monlh. A spokes- man said Ihe decline represent- ed a loss of in lease-con- nected supplies and also the ef- fects of the mandatory alloca- tion program. Only one of Ihe H major buy- ers asked for more oil nexl month, nine soughi Ihe same amount and four wanted less. Ramsey, presiding in Ihe ab- sence of chairman Jim Lang- don. said Texas' crude oil stocks as of Feb. 1 totaled. 85.8 million barrels, a decrease of 3.-I million from a year ago. Nationwide, he said, crude oil slacks had declined by 5 million barrels from Ihis lime last year. Daughter Sees Judge in Action The judge's daughter never expected to be allow- ed on a iury in her father's court but it happened. Roy Jones II writes oboul Sharon Danrels's reactions to being in Ihe courtroom with her father, Judge J. Neil Daniel, on Pg. IB. NEWS INDEX Amusements 2A Business Mirror ID Brldqc.................6A Classified...............2-6D Comics 7 A trJilcriols 4A Horoscope.............. 2C Hospital Palienls.........'. 3A Obiluaries 6D Snorts 1-3E To four Good Hcollh......6A TV Log 2A TV Sccul 2A Women's News ?-3B In addition. Ramsey said, gasoline slocks were 50 million barrels below desired levels. Several exceptions were made lo the 100 pel' cent allow- able again as Ihe Kasl Texas and Kclly-Snyder fields were restricled to 66 per cent pro- duction and abqut a dozen other fields were held lo 80 per cent. Ramsey reminded the oilmen at the statewide allowable hear- ing that Ihe annual "slate of the industry" 'meeting will be held .March H in Amarillo and executives nf the major com- panies have been invited. "Of course most of you know 'whal condition it's said Ramsey, drawing a laugh. Nominations by major pur- chasers of Texas' crude oil tor March, in barrels per day, with any change from February in parentheses: Amoco (plus Allanlic Richfield Chevron (minus Cities Service Continental Diamond Shamrock Exxon 533.000 (minus Clulf (minus 3.000) -Mobil Phillips Shell Sun I minus Texaco Union of California Mrs. McCall, 85, Governor Hopeful SALEM, Ore. (AP) Gov, Tom McCall 's 85-year-old mother has declared her inten- tion lo run for governor of Oregon. And McCall, who is ineligi- ble- by law lo seek a third consecutive term, says there's no stopping his mother if she's determined to enter Ihe 1974 gubernatorial race. Oil 'Shut-In' Eyed By .IliM BATON Itcporlcr-Ncw.s Oil Editor An energy bill that would roll crude oil prices back to per barrel would lie- devastating lor Ihc domestic oil industry, three oilmen said Wednesday. They feel Unit IT Hie bill pas- ses (lie House, (lie consumer will be in Ilic long run. One operator'has threatened to shul- in his wells if Hit price rollback is approved, lie is suggesting that other operators follow suit. The Senate in -a GO-3B vole Tuesday approved a statutory price rollback for about a quar- ter of the nation's domestic crude oil production. The mea- sure- next goes to the house. SINCE LAST October, "new" oil which lias been discovered and stripper wells have been free from price controls. Ac- cording in the Federal Energy Office, the average uncontrolled price or this oil was a barrel in January. The new hill would roll vells and lei them buy Hie Arab oil al said Brooks. Most of the foreign oil being used by U.S. refiners is averag- ing lo 515 a barrel one offi- cial said.' Brooks feels Ihe bill would kill exploration and will eliminate lots of jobs. GLEX MICHEL sees LTunumlc impact "If Ihis'bill passes we won't have lo worry a bom a rig short- age. There will be many said ihe oilman. PH1CKS AliE rolled back, it will put Ihe country in the worst recession il lias had since 1929." 'Brooks said. He feels lhat through price regulations the oil industry is becoming nationalized, James E. Russell another past president of the as- sociation, feels the rollback will not help gasoline prices in the long run. Russell recently was in Wash- ington as a representative of the association in regard to oil hear- ings. lie 'explained the rollback would hurl .drilling and cause the U.S. to'ihiporl'mo'ro'riil. "By paying high prices for imported oil, gasoline prices would rise in the future." AN engineer, pointed out lhal production over- all up To end-of last year had been declining to fhrcc per cent. If prices drop, we will go back tci the old decline, he ex- plained. Tlie Abilenians believe lhat authority for price adjustments, allocations and rationing action should be left in the hands of William Simon, federal energy administrator. "The rollback would primarily be a penally against the inde- pendent oil operators who have most of the stripper wells and historically IKIVC drilled aboul V5 per cent of the wells and found 5 per cent of -the oil said Russell. GLICN MK.'HHL, executive vice president of Ihc association, said thai since.Ihe Arab embar- go wcnl inlo of fed aboul I'.a million jobs have been lost in the U.S. He feels a price roll- back will eliminate more jobs. "This would ruin many opcra- lors who have lung term invest- he said, lie feels this will not make it economical to produce many stripper wells. "The cutback would liave..a big economic impact on West Central said Michel- "Operators can't drill new wells at the old prices while other, costs continue lo he Stifl- ed. "We were hoping that 'Oie price would .be sel in Ihe range ol 58.50 a said Michel. "The Senate bill is pure eco- nomic- nonsense.1' Inflation Sold Worse Than Early Estimates lly K. GREGORY NOKI'.S Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The government reported today lhat inflation in the closing three months of 1973 was even worse than earlier estimates, rising at an annual rale of 8.S per cent. This was Ihe worst rate of inflation in 22 years, since the 13 per cent increase in the firsl quarter of 1951. The government also report- ed lhat real growth of Ihe economy'in Ihe fourth quarter of 197.1 was 1.6 per cent, an increase over the preliminary estimate of 1.3 per cent. The figures .were contained in the Commerce. Depart- ment's revised report on Ihe dross National Product, a measure of the total output of goods and services in the na- tion lasl year. The revised report said that lor all of real economic growth was 5.3 per cent and inflationary grou'lli was 5.-I per cent. Last month's prelim- inary report had placed real growth per cent but it estimated inflationary growth al 5.3 per cent. The preliminary report had estimated the inflation rate in the fourth quarter at 7.9 per cent but this was revised up- ward in today's report to Ihe whopping 8.8 per cent. The an- nual rate was seven per cent in the third quarter. The Nixon administration is projecting a seven per cent inflation rale for 107-1, with a high rale in the fir.sl part of Ihe year and a lower rale in Ihe second half. The Commerce Department said the over-all Gross Nation- al Product, including bolh real and inflationary growth, rose billion lo a seasonally ad- justed annual rate nf billion in Ihe fourth quarter. It said the major reasons for the revisions in Ihe HNP fig- ures was an increase of S4.8 billion in nel exports and a net increase of billion in in- ventory investment, over the preliminary figures. Personal consumption ex- penditures were revised down- ward by billion. The rcporl also indicateil thai Americans were saving more and spending less in the fourth quarter, with after lax personal income increasing billion and personal spending only S10.7 billion. ,t_ As a result, personal saving was reported as increasing billion, and Ihe percentage of income saved as increasing from 5.7 per cent in the third quarter lo 7.3 per cent in Ihe fourth. Remember Monday? More Due lly JOE DACY II Reporl'cr-iVews Slaff Writer Forecasters at t h e National Weather Service said lhat more brisk' winds arc expected Wednesday for a repeal, per- formance of Monday's gusly weather. "We.have almost the same sil- iialian we experienced a days said forecaster .lack Schnabel. A Pacific front, moving at a rapid 35' lo 40 mph, is expected lo charge inlo Abilene al about 2 p.m. Thursday, Schnaljel said, causing winds up to 35 mph. TI1K FRONT is pail of a low pressure svsli'in centered over sonlhcaslern Colorado.. Schnabel said air, three miles above Ihe carll'i. is moving down Ihc slopes of Ihe Kocky .Monnlains, and is "mechanically com- pressed and warmed" forming the low pressure trough. The strong winds are caused New Resident's Auto Tax a Shocker By EI.ME JtUCKER I was shocked lo discover mi buy- ing my firsl Texas stale license tag lhat I have to pay a New Resldeiil's Tax- on lop of Ihe price of Hie. lag. I've lived in several stales bill have never had to pay such a penally for being a new citizen. Please explain whore Ihc money goes, whal HIP purpose of il Is anil why it's so excessive. A. The rules arc like Ihis: Cars purchased oiil of slate by-Texas residents are subject to a -1 per cent Texas Sales and Use Tax on the declared value. Newcomers- bringing cars intn the slate have a choice of paying the 'I per'cent or ii flat New Resident's Tax. If, in the slate where you bought (he car, you paid a -Sales and Use Tax, you may deduct lhal amounl from the Texas 4 per cenl. County Tax Assessor-Collector Hurl King says iic's willing to bcl you're ahead, mon- cywisc, just to pay the II uocs inlo the stale general revenue fund. This la.M tends to discourage Texans from buying cars in states that mighl have a lower sales lax. Your total was bccf.iisc yon. paid for one-fourth of Ihe license registration pe- riod, loo. Our '73 registration period ends March 31, King puinlcd out, even though the '74 tags can be put on your car, anytime afler Keb. 1 aiid are good uiilij April 1, 1075. It's never any fun lo pay taxes. This one in particular docs disturb newcomers. We've heard from several. Q. My boyfrlen.il and I disagree uu whether men have one less rib than women. I say yns, he says we both have Ihe same number. V'hiil dn your experts say'.' A, We're equal as far as rib says lOlaine Smith, instructor of biology al ACC. Moms and dads, boys and qirls, aunts and uncles, grandpas and grandmas all have 12 scls of ribs. Is Kllnn John to be In Vorl Worth or Dallas aiiylimc soon? I heard a rumor he would he 111 Dallas Ihis spring. ,V John's Dallas agent says he'll appear in Dallas sometime in Ihe fall. Q. My brollicr, who lives In Housloii, said a few weeks ago a big record on the rock station down llicrr was a single callpil, "Uncling Tubas." The flip side, he .said, was "The 2001 They're supposed In be really funny. Any idea who HIP "arllsl" is? I'd like lo have a rcenrd- A. Your brother has led you astray. Not only is Ihe dueling luba missing from Ihc "Top Flirty." its not even in (lie "Hot One .and after calling five or six Houston stations, only one person bad ever heard nf il. It came oiil lasl year on the 'heels of "Dueling hoping tti rifle iis coatlails. Martin Mull is Hie "arlisl." His album, "Dueling is on Hie Warner llrolhers label. .My and 1 arc bird lovers who are saddened by a senseless Iragcdy al our linnip. In Ifie lasl lira weeks Ihroe birds flrw inlo Ihc jilalc glass windows across the, back of our house. All were killed by Ihe force of Ihe impact. Evi- dently llir glass reflects Ibr, back yard; the birds Iliiuk they're flying Inlo blue sky, bushes and Irers. We don'l know what lo do about It. They were beanliful cedar waxwlngs. A. Tiirec suggestions from fellow bird lov- er Willis Cox: Cut Ihe mirror eflecl by using strong lights behind Ihe windows. Put up netting or windnw screens lo cushion Ihe impact. 31. Hang a couple of wind chimes or wind bells a fool or so from the windows. Birds slay away from the chimes, Try all these, if you gel no satisfaction, call us back, Cox has some other ideas. Address quesllnns In Action I.hie, llox 3D, Aliilrno, Texas 70IMI. Names will not be used bill questions must he signed anil addresses given. Plcnse In- clude. Iclciihonc numbers If possible. by Ihe extreme difference in air pressure low in the Rockies higher in Abilene. Winds arc Na- ture's way of equalizing Ibis pressure difference between ihe I wo areas, Schnabel said. Schnabel said the currenl weather conditions provide an excellent example of Hi is pro- cess. Melcrologisls m c a sure air pressure in millibars, Schnabel explained. The average figure for Abilene this lime of year is eight millibars higher than standard sea level pressure. WEDNESDAY morning Ihe pressure was 937 millibars in Ahilene and 992 millibars in Ainarillii. Imvnrd the center of the cold front. Schnabel said this five-millibar difference, or gradient as it is called, is large c-nnnyh lo cause the strong winds. The pressure can be thought of as the weight of a column of WEATHElT U.S. DEPARTMENT COMMERCE National Wenlher service [Weather Mop, Pg. 3M ABILENE "AND VICINITY uo-miie rariiui) Inefr.nlnq ctoutlnieit, anl warmer lod.iy. Pnillv dourly and cooler lonffjhl Ihrouqh Thursday. air the higher Ihe column, greater ifie pressure. This col- umn al Ihe surface was about 100 feel higher in Abilene than in Amarillo, aboul 210 miles away W e d n e s d a y morning, Schnabel said. This pressure gradient be- comes even greater higher up .in Ihe atmosphere, increasing to more than 200 feet at about two miles above the earth. Meteorol- ogists consult readings from ;is as seven miles. Schnabel said. The air, finding from an area of high pressure lo an area .of low pressure, causes the gusty West Texas winds al this (ime of, year. Schnabel said. A WEEK.-JENDER lo H., shill itrti run.: Tl SI. illnli ond lot' imne rinlr Iml year ...i! ihe tunj wtiy ID gt-l Sola MenagL'S in'o ihe 15 WORDS 3 DAYS 12" pur word Adililionnl wnrdi 15' until No ptionc order! CrJili in mlvirnce IVncllino 3 pni No rel.ir.ili ftBIUIIt RIPORIEU llfWJ