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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH'YOUR WORLD EXACTLY A3 IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 252 PHONE ABILENK. 'i'RX.. .79604. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, PAGES IN KIGHT SECTIONS 2'5c-SUNDAY Stale Salei Editor Positively Identifies Abductor ATLANTA, Ga. (AP'I At- lanta Conslilulion Editor Reg Murphy positively iileniifieJ his abductor Saturday as the husband of a couple arrested in (he kidnaping. Murphy's Story, 1'g. liV William. August Halm -Wil-. liams, 33, and his 26-year-old wife, Hetty, wore being held in Man, 22, Admits Abilene Robberies Outdoor shows ore tor kids moms and dads attend fhe outdoor show, at Taylor County Coliseum mainly to see the exhibits and tips offered by the experts, the children know that all the boats and camping gear are just second- ary, to the candy apples, popcorn, cotton candy and soft drinks. Showing talent In the eating department are, left, David DeHay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dana DeHay of Brown- wood, and Linda Hudman, 2, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Vic- tor Hudman of Abilene. (Staff Photos by John Davis) Recreation Industry Still Optimistic -By MIK1-: MWiPHKY Rcpor'lcr-Ncws Staff Writer Although-a. drop in attcn-- ilance af the 1974 Outdoor kind; .Vacation show might be at-" tributed to the fear'of a gas shortage, the exhibitors at the show -dp: not (eel (lie energy scare will greatly alter the .recreation -buying habits of people in' this area of the: country, iiaiiy of the exhibitors, who make their livings in the rcc- reatienal .vehicle sales busi- that once the initial' shock .of. the. energy scare wears recreation-and lei-' sure-time pursuits -will be mie of the last areas in wliicli A m e r i c an s signiilranHy (jhaiige their energy cpnsunip- tion habits. fun away from put I. R. Yaw, owner of The Fort Phan- lorn- Lake. .'Then they-! wouldn't want to work." A.'co-director of the show which continues Sunday at Taylor County Coliseum, Ham Middlebiooks, estimat- ed. Saturday, night that at- tendance'at the show is off bfi- 1 I ween IQ'and 15'per cent over last yea r. he theorized, "wouldn't be sur- To Hike Gas Rate Two By HARKY-F. HOSENTHAL WASHINGTON' (AP) Fed- eral energy chief William E. Simon announced Saturday that 90 per cent of the nation's gasoline stations may raise prices an extra.two cents per gallon March 1. The decision was generally aprovcd by; representatives of various g'asoline dealers as-. sociations, some of which had threatened a nationwide gas station shutdown "for Monday. Federal energy officials had met all day with the dealer representatives before an-' nou'ncing the decision, which federal officials said was de- signed to compensate the deal- ers, for loss of volume and in- creased costs of doing busi- ness. But the Federal Knergy Of- Governors oppose rationing coupons, .Pg. 3A fice did not budge in ils ruling lhat slalioas could not sell only" to regular customers. This issue alorie had prompted some dealers to threaten a shutdown. ..Si m o n fold a news con- ference the price increase applies only to independent re- tail' not to stations owned by major oil. compa- nies. Independents n their .own stations or lease them from oil companies and ac- count for 20 per cent of the nation's gasoline sta- tions. .Major oil companies own the other 10 per cent. The two-cent increase will be in addition to any monthly Militants Blamed For AHS Disorders By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff. Writer Abilene High School Princi- pal Bill Graves Saturday laid the responsibility for civil dis- orders at tho school last week at the doorstep of "about 40'' militant black students. However, in answering four student grievances, Graves outlined several programs which he said will be enacted to alleviate, racial tensions ar.d preycnt future outbreaks of vi- olence. HOWEVER, GRAVES said four uniformed policemen will be at the school Monday to check any further civil disor- ders and to keep outsiders away. In an interview with The Reporter-News, enu- merated the four grievances expressed to him by black stu- dents in two days of meetings following the disturbances, which began Monday. The grievances, which. Graves called "afterthoughts" and "symptoms rather than included: Objections to a film, ''Green shown in conjunction with Hlack Histo- ry Week, and portraying "a factual representation nf N'e- gro religious beliefs of- 30 years ago." A claim of oxcessive number of black students being suspended. Having police officers in the building. A claim of lack of black student leadership. Graves called the protests See PROTESTS, Pg. 2A, Col. I increase in costs passed through by the dealers from their suppliers. Federal regu- lations allow dealers to pass on increased costs once a month, and the Federal Ener- gy Office said these increases, had bten averaging two or three cents a gallon over the past three months. FEp. said the national aver- age price for a gallon of lar gasoline was 35.9 cents on Feb. 8 plus taxes tliat aver- aged'another 12 or 13 cents, but prices vary widely from I he average. After the decision was an- nounced, Robert i. Jacobs, ex- ecutive director of the Indiana and Illinois .gasoline dealers associations, said the service stations liow' have no excuse not to cooperate with the FKO. The two-cenl increase, Si- mon said, "supercedes the one-cent .increase granted Feb. 16 for sen-ice station owners with less than S5 per cent allocation" of their supply. That one-cent increase would have been offeclive March 1. Many of the dealers had complained that only about o n'c -h a 1 f of their number would qualify (or the one-cent increase since about half of them were getting more than S5 per cent of the 1972 supply of gasoline. They argued that a dealer getting-SG per cent of his supply would have gotten no increase. KEO officials said that the now-stiperceded one-cent in- crease would have applied to -stations owned by major oil companies if they were get- ting less than S5 per cent of their 1972 supply. The officials said these stations now would get neither the one-cent nor .the two-cenl. extra increase bur could appl'v'lo FEO under .existing' regulations for ap- proval of an increase after 30 days' notice. prised if we've had a drop in out-of-town visitors to the shew because -of- a'-concern about getting'gas." He added that in-town atten- dance might lie off because schools did noi.meel in Abilene Friday, and 'fnany families had made other plans for the long weekend. But Middlebrooks empha- sized that Hie Saturday crowd had been a good one, and he is optimistic about the Sunday attendance. Activities Sunday will gel under way at 1 p.m. and exhibitions will continue throughout the afternoon witli the final exhibition slated for p.m. when the 197-! show will 'come to an end. BUT WHILE the energy crises may iiave affected tlic crowd, the exhibitors were op- timistic, about the future of their industry. .loe liefer and Milt Xodler, representatives of boat manu- facturing companies at the show, indicated that boat sales wore booming in spiie of the nation's energy woes. thing doesn't bother an .avid sportsman at revealed N'odler. guy who Iwught a boat from me said he would steal gas out of his wife's car if lie had lo in order to fish.'' is the .district representative for the MFC boat company, and add- ed that at IS boat shows he has attended in the past two months, '-very few people have even-mentioned a con- cern alwnt getting gas for their boats." Hofer, a representative of Tide Craft Boats of Minden, f.a., said the initial shock of See OUTDOOR, 2A, Col. i By JOHN' CANDY Reporter-News Staff Writer A man who said he commit- ted four robberies in Abilene and made his escapes on a yellow 10-snced bicycle bor- rowed from his sister was fi- nally thwarted Friday night when he tried to rob an Anson mole4. Buddy Johnson, 22, was charged with the Anson rob- bery Saturday in the court of Justice of the Peace Ernest Spraberry of Jones County. Bond was set at Johnson admitted early Sat- urday morning thai he had committed four robberies in Abilene in the lust two months, anil law enforcement officials in Taylor County said formal charges would be filed before Justice of the Peace Si- las Clark in Abilene Monday. IHSTUICT Attorney Ed Paynter said Saturday a war- rant had been filed and brind had -been set at S50.UOO, but will not appear he- fore Justice of the Peace Silas Clark lo be formally charged until .Monday. The 22-year-old man tried to rob Lane's .Motel on Highway ISO in Anson with a toy gnu, hut- tiie motel's owner and Ms son apprehended him and called the Jones County Sher- iff's office, police said. Roy Lane, the motel's own- er, said the man entered the motel about p.m. Friday and '-'stuck a gun to my right ear." l.iine said that at first he was spellbound and didn't know what lo do. 'Then I de- cided to try and throw him off guard, so I yelled out lo my son in the other room 'Don't shoot him, James, don't shoot him'." WHEN1 THE M.VN turned his head to look, Lane said he spun around, and locked his arms around the robber. Then his son James came in with a shotgun and they forced the robber onto the Moor. A juvenile- waiting out- side the motel was also sub- dued. The elder Lane said the gun used by the robber lurned out to be a" toy, although he added, that -It's as realistic as you've ever seen not to be the real thing." After the robber was taken into custody hy deputies from the Jones County Sheriff's of- fice, he was brought to Abi- lenc by police officers'Jim" Nance-and Jim Johnson for questioning concerning the. other robberies. Following the Nance and Johnson asked that the news media he.present as witnesses, and lieporter-Nc'.vs Night News. Editor Marven Wcilzel was one'of "those.who watched .the man sign slate- mcnls admitting the foiir. robberies. HE AD.M1TTKI) robbing the Alamo. 2957- Jan. Save'-a-MinirGio- eery, 1702 S. the Century Motel, 3509 S: 1st', on. Feb. G; and-Tlie.-.Prestqn Milk Store, on Feb. his yellowbi- cycle bis escapes.in Abilene... -.'...'_'_-.... The "officers said. .Johnson also admitted robbing a motel in Sweet water, and a .'drive-in grocery in he couldn't .-remember-: the places' names.--- _-. The. two officers'look him back to Anson .tboiit- 3 Saturday, and hq is being-held in Jones County Jail.' Comanche Falls In Cage Findls A late rajly fell'short" Comonche Saturday and Slaron took championship. in -t h e state schoolgirl basket- ball finals. Pg, 1C. (lie custody of fcderal-authori-; ties in of liiillioii bond after being charged in the kid-'. naping.- .v Murphy, 40, was kidnaped by persons claiming to rcpr.e- sent the previously unheard-'qf ".-Vmerican lievolutionary Army." Me was lured from his home Wednesday night and're- leased unharmed Friday night after'a vanspin -was' paid by his newspaper. Three suitcases bulging with' money were recovered, but the KBI said it had not ye( determined whether they -con-- tairied the'entire is no doubt Williams- is the.man I Murphy told Murpliy ch'aia'ctDrize'd liams-aS'a didn't really understand the' political ideas lie spoke of.- "He. is not the sharpest-pf men, hut.he is-very canny some Nturphy added. The couple arrested Saturday morning without sisterice" at their-home-ih liil----' of earned just.iioursraltci-' Murphy .As'they.entered .'on i Saturday, Williams said) ip- v is'innQ--. .has been tested." It's violating the federal. Hobbs- Act.. which forbids' extorting: inoiicy.i from: a .company en-' .j- .gaged in U.S. ,T'hqmps'6n sel'b'oiid'at'H -liohV :Ui; WilliamsVwrfs legctf'crimtf-'ari'd'nbt reporting' it. .She' wiisi The. FBI "initially released statement saying "the had'been charged v ing. but. tlicy: explained latei; .r that charges- had been filed be- cause there was 110 proof Mur-' (Ay Iiiiil bci'ii transported: across state lint's. Thompson set a preliminary- See MOXI-X'- 2-A, Col..-5; Inside Today Friends Asset for Law Officer Retired FBI Agent Coleman (Bill) Mobray soys friends are on asset to o goad law enforcement officer. Pg. 17A. Neoring retirement age, U. S. Dist. Judge John Sirico will still handle some of the Watergate trials in the coming months. Pg. 20A. Abilenian PhilipCraik really is o music man ond he'll prove when he ploys the role of Harold Hill in Hardin-Simmons Univer- sity's production of "The Music Man." Pg. "1B. The British elections aren't nuite like the American presidential campaigns, AP special corespondent Hugh Mulligan finds. Pg. !OA. Abilene Events Calendar 26 Amusements 1-4B Auslin Nolcbcok 5A Bcny's World ............4A Big Country Calendar......4B Books IB Bridge 46 Business Ncwj 6-8C Classified.......... 9-15C Crossword Puzzle 20A Editorial! 4A Form News.......... 22.23A Horoscope..............21A Hospital Palicnls 7A Jumble Punic 11A Markets 4-8C Obituaries ISC Oil 8C Recordings 28 Setting Ihe Scene IB Sports.............. 1-5.16C tSA This Week In West Tcxos 9A Today in History.........4B To Yout Good Health.....24A TVTob I.............1-UE Women's News........ 1-12D Polished showlady Lorie Murdoch, GtVt grader at Jaytoii Elementary School, was one of the toughest competitors-at Hie Kent Coun- ty Livestock Show at the ClairemoiU Show T3arn Kriday night during the first day of the show, l.orie's parents are Mr. and Mrs. .Bcryic Murclock of Jayton. Her hrolher, Craig. 10. had the reserve grand champion lamb. Story, picture, Pg. 22A. (Staff I'holo hy J. T. Smith) Beauty at Sports Show Today details .1