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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Abilene, Texas gfotlew "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron DSHD YEAR. NO. 263 IM10NE 073-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79004, THUUSDAY HVENING, MARCH 7, PACKS IN THREK SECTIONS Associated Press (IP) By ETLIE IIUCKEH '56 Was Worst Year For Abilene Drouth Q. Whal Abilenc's year of least moislurc? You priiil Ihc niulsluri! table ciU'h.moiilh Imt I keep forgctling (o till II onl ami pill in my reference pile of Ihissa and lhatla. A. 195C our worst year in history will; 9.73 inches. Average is 23.54; so far Ibis year we've had .75 inch. Il's drrrry, out Ilierc. Is there no effort put lorlh lu Iliis I own lo control young children who ditch school anil roam Ihc neighborhood get- ling into trouble? I know of hvo families on my block Ihal Hie kids aren't going to school. Tlic parents work, the' kids make Ilium Inink (licy'rc going lo school, then as soon as parents' leave, they tonic hack lo (he house ancf are Ihere nil day willioul supervision. Doesn't (his town have a IrnniiL officer? Diiu'l leathers wonder why kills are ab- sent (lay after day after tlay without questioning parents'.' I can't believe what I'm seeing. A. We don't have a triiant office but At- .eudence Teacher George Smith is well jcquiUnled with the kids on your block. He's made numerous home visits, talked to both :hi1di'cn and parents and today sent a letter Df warning lo both sels of parents. If the warning is ignored, Hie parents will be Uik- ?n to court. Smith says the warning letlerNs a last resort. It's not sent until he and his assistants have exhausted every other means of getting parents lo make the chil- Jren attend on a regular bas's. Q. I'll like to see Six Flags early this spring hnl haven't been able lo find the schedule. When is the nucnhig weekend and Ihc admission price? A. linn for your scissors and clip this so we won't have lo reprint it. Preview nlglil is Friday, March 15 from G to 12 p.m. Tanya Tucker will give two concerts. March IB, 17, it's open from 10 to 10 and from (here on until the end ii May it's open every Satur- day anil Sundily 10 to 10. During spring break (April Six Hags is open every day, same hours. Adult tickets (anyone 12 and over) cost children 3 to 11 gel in for Q. Why was Ihc firs I and last part of the "Wizard of in black and while and Ihc middle in color? I fo.....I Ihal very strange. A. Theater owner Frank Sheffield says it's lo distinguish between Dorothy's real life experiences and her adventures in dream- land, llememher when Hie tornado struck'" A window hit Dorothy on [he head and knocked her oul (or that's the way we re- nicin'jcr then Dorothy, house and all, were carried away to Ihc Land of Oz everything turned lo color. Sheffield says this is not an muisiial technique in filmmaking. II. My brother bnill a wren house for my mnl'lior and we can't figure out a way of getting il up. The bird house is pretty heavy and niiisl go on a very (all pole. We know it can be done, we've seen these houses around town. We'd like to get il up hy spring. A. Those houses on lall poles aren't wren houses, they're purple martin perches. Wrens, says II-SU Ornithologist George Newman, like lo he closer to Ihc ground, near dense shrubbery. A pole I! lo 8 feet lall is plenty lall for a wren. If il's loo high, you won't gel. any wrens. Newman says nol to make Iho opening too large .or you'll have sparrows for tenants. A hole one inch in diameter or P'i inch at the most, is right for wrens. They're nol real particular where Ihey nest, have been known lo lake up residence in clothespin bags. If you have a tree, this would be an ideal spot for the house. Address questions lo Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79UIM. Names will nol he used bill questions must be signed amf addresses given. Please include Icl- cphonc numbers if possible. Nixon Reveals Own 'Streaking' WASIIJNOTON (API President Nixon, in a good-na- tured exchange with a report- er folio wi u g Wednesday night's news conference, brought up a vague reference to the latest college fad called "streaking." The reporter, Sarah Mc- Clcndon, who badgered Nixon at hi.s Feb. 25 news conference, about payment of veterans benefits, hailed him as he u allied oul of Ihc While House F.-.isI fioom following Wednes- day's session and bluntly told him he was gelling gray. "They call lhal said Nixon. Committee Studies Oil Depletion End River Home The home of Monique Bouruival sits in Hie middle of Hie is'icolel River near Ste. Clolhilcle, Que., 75 miles east of Montreal alter an ice jam swept it 200 feet off its foundation. Gilles Masse. Quebec minister of natural resources, said Wednesday he 'will ask the cabinet to give financial aid lo.people left homeless by the flooding. (AP Wirepholo) Chance for Rain Figured at 30 o, '0 By JOE DACY If Ucpiirier-NCws Staff liain. or at leasl a chance of il, was prediclert for Ihc Abilene area Thursday by forecasters at the National Weather .Service. Korccasler Jerry O'liryanl said all the ingredients for thun- derstorm aclivily are here: a thick layer of Gulf moisture and a strong, upper- level trough. Hrobabilily of precipitation, O'Bryanl said, is 30 per cenl Thursday and 41) pel' cent on Ehrlichman, Colson Face New Counts WASHINGTON (API A federal grand jury today in- dicted former While House aides John Khrlichman-and Charles W. Cnlson on a charge of violating the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychialrisl. Also indicted on. the same charge were Watergate con- spirators 0. Gordon Liddy, nard Barker, Eugenio ft. Martinez and Felipe De Diego. The indictment charged thai !hc defendants broke into the Beverly Hills office of Dr. ,1. Fielding -'with inlenl lo search for confidential infor- mation concerning Daniel Ells- be I'g." The burglary look place on Kepi. 3, 1971, when ICIIsberg was under indictment in con- nection with Ihe leak of Ihe I'enUgon Papers. The grand jury also indicted l.iddy on two counts of refusing lo testify before a House corn- mi I lee. l.iddy already is serving a scnlence for constant of courl for his refusal lo testify before a grand jury. l.iddy was sentenced lo scive a maximum of 21) years for his role in the .lune 17, Ifl72 break- in al Democratic Nalional Com- millee Friday. The triggering niecha- nisni, a low pressure line high in Ihe atmosphere, is expected to pass through Thursday afler- noon. "IVi: SHOULD begin lo feel the effecls by he said. "I''or a change we have clouds and a good chance of rain." O'liryant said Hie moisliirc was brought in by southerly and southeasterly winds Wednesday forming a substantial layer in the air. The upper level trough, he said, is one of many which form on the California coast and try lo make their way over the nocky Mountains, lo spawn showers if Ihey are strong enough. "These things give you your trigger for O'Bryanl said. At 9 a.m. Thursday the humid- ity was 8-1 per cent, he said. Wednesday's morning humidity reached 93 per cenl when a sur- face-level cool front relurned from the east and Ihen dissipat- ed. BUT O'BHYANT said more noticeable weather may be in store for the area on the week- end. An arclic cold front, lie said, is poised over the plains of Kan- sas wailing for thai upper-level trough lo pass lo Ihe east. Once Ihc trough is oul of Ihe way, O'I'ryant said, the cold air will spill down behind il allow- ing much cooler temperatures. O'Bryanl said Ihal while Ihe di'op in temperature could be .significant, it would not be a particularly cold weekend. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nalional Service (Weather Pq. 7B) AlilLtNE AND VICINITY {JQ-mile radioi) Parlly cloudy ond warm Today Through Friday. A chance ol IhundtrsVmv eri Ihis nflcrnoon and loniqhr. Southerly 10 lo 20 mph., tanigtil. High loday and Friday in midSQs. lonJghl in lower ADs. Prooabilily of precip UoJion 33 per cenl Icdoy. JO per cenl Frrdof. High ard "far 74 houri ending 9 High and dafe last year: and j9. Sunsel last ninMI: sunrise loday; sunbel lonlghl: Hy CAUL C. CIIAKT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON [APi _ I.eg- i.slalion taxing away some of the petroleum industry's wind- fall profits during Ihe energy crisis may also be killing the industry's oil depletion allow- ance. As the House Ways and Means Committee headed lo- ward ils Initial decision loday on chief foalurcs of an energy lax reform package, il ap- peared Ihe oil industry's 22 per ceul depletion allowance was being prepared for the grave. A drive In eventually wipe oul Ihc oil depletion allowance gained speed in the committee Wednesday. Hep. Herman T. Sclineebeli. It-Pa.. Ilic com- mittee's senior GOP member, said Ihc major roinaiuing issue In be .settled concerning a phase oul of this provision in- volves Hie actual lime schedule Fur doing il. This allowance provides thai 22 per cent of gross income from pclrolcum properly can be deducted from taxable in- come up lo half the taxable in- come net income. Industry spo- kesmen term il "u valid and valuable investment incentive." Critics in Congress call il a tax subsidy Ihal "bus failed in its increase dome-site resources.1' The percentage depli'lion con- cept was adopted in IF12G when prior allowances proved lough lo administer. It was kept through the years as an in- centive for exploration for new reserves. In the per- centage depletion rate for bnth foreign and domestic oil and gas wells was cul from per cent lo the present 22 per cenl. Wednesday Sclineebeli. a n d Hep. Sum Gibbous. D-Fla.. ad- vanced a concept that would bring a gradual wipe out by slicing away al Hie rale ol 2 or 3 per cenl each year so Ihal Ibe percentage depletion provision eventually would vanish after seven or eiglil years. Itcp. James C. Coman, U-Ca- lif., said he favors a five-year phase out. The Scbnecbeli-Gib- bons approach represents a simplication of a major propus- al presented by slali lax ex- perts on the join! cungiossioiial taxation commillec. The experts recommended hiking pelioliMim industry laxcs by calling [or phased elimina- lion of the depletion as prices of oil rise above a specific base figure. The iN'ixun adminislralion lias urged repeal of Ihis allowance on production step the committee is expected lo approve. Hill Ihe adminis- tration's lop lax officials have argued against gelling rid of the allowance for operations in Hie United States. Schnenneli argued that major oil companies need a better idea of whal lo cxpecl iii Hie coming five lo seven years, and lie said thill whal the country wants is an end lo Ihc depletion feature. "The marketplace will take care- of Hie price as we go along." lie added. Simon Adjusts Gas Distribution WASHINGTON- (AP) Frd- eral energy chief 1C. Si- mon announced today he is or- dering gasoline distribution to insure that all stales receive at leasl 85 per cenl as much gasn- line this monlh as they had two years ago. Simon said, however, Ihal slates with heller than normal .supplies would nol have llu'ir supplies reduced toward (he H5 per cent average Ibis month. Any additional supplies re- quired fur some stales will be drawn from gasoline in- venlnries, Simon said. Siniiin added, however, that liciriiiniug in April he would start equalizing the dis- tribution, aiming for a spread of no more than 5 per cent above or below (lie nalional av- .siipplv. NEwTlNDEX Amusemenls Business Noles Bridge Classified Editorials Hospilol Policnli Obituaries SpDrtS To Your Good TV Loq 8A TV Seoul 8A Women's News 3-4B ISA 3A 58 S-9C 6B -1A 5B 9A 2B I-4C .Simon said Ala.ska, Kansas, Louisiana. Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and Wyoming all will receive per cent or more of their March 1072. gaso- line supply levels this month. "We be carefully assess- ing the supply situation in such slates.'' .Simon warned. "In April no slate si-ill have an allo- cation traction above K max- imum of !l.i per cent." Simon said thai before Ihe. adjnslmenls which he is order- ing for March, initial estimates showed wide dilfei'eiices in stall1 supplies expelled [or Ibis monlh. He said slate supplies ranged from as linv as 61.7 per cent of Ihe .level to as high as 110.7 "pi" cent-and tlic national average was per cent of .Marcli levels, fly raising the low supply stales In at least S3 per cenl Simon increased (lie national average lo SSI.B per cent of .March Ifl72, levels. These percentages, however, do not show Ihe actual exlenl of gasoline shortages since are measured against During the pasl two years gasoline demand has increased and Simon did nol provide lig- ures showing how far shorl ot potential demand the March .supplies would fall. Jailed Symbionese Members Want Time on National TV mi.LSHonoyaii, calif. Two jailed members of t h e Symbionese l.iberalion Army say Ihey have ideas lo gain release of newspaper heir- ess Paltv llearsi and llicy want to present Ihcm on national television. Joseph liemiro, 27. and Rus- sell Little. 2-1, said on Wednes- day Ihey have a lisl of sugges- tions to help win Ihe release of Miss a University nf California coed who was kid- naped Feb. 4 from lier I'erkc- ley apartment by the group. Authorities had no immediate response lo the suggestion of a public presentation by Ihe hio men. who are in San Qnenlin Prison awaiting trial in Ihe Nov. (i murder of Oakland School Supl. Marcus rosier. The I'UI urged nore public participation in ils llearsi in- vosligation. of a massive food giveaway said Ihey would dislribnle more gro- ceries Friday lo meet the free food demands of Hie lerrorisls holding Miss llearsi. The SI.A, which abducted Miss Hearst, also claims it as- sassinated Foster, a respecied black educator, because be al- legedly supported repressive school policies. The young woman's father. newspaper magnate Randolph Wholesale Grain Falls Off Pace WASHINGTON' (AP) Wholesale prices took another big leap forward in February but Ihc increase fell shorl of soaring rales of previous months, the government .said loday. The Bureau of Labor Slalis- lics said Ihal wholesale prices jumped by a seasonally adjusl- cd 1.2 per cenl last month, Ihc smallest advance in lour months but a highly in- flationary rale nevertheless. The increase pushed whole- sale price 20.3 percent higher ll-an a year earlier, an extraor- dinarily sharp rise for any 12- monlh period bill still below record levels. The February increase, lifted Ihe wholesale Price Index lo 152.7 oflhc 1967 average, mean- ing thai il cosl lo buy Ihc same, volume of wholesale good lhal purchased in IfllW. The increase means Ihal consumers will be seeing many ut Ihc rises al Ihc relail level in the weeks ahead. About 71) per cent of Ihc Feb- ruary increase was traced to piice increases for fuel, pri- marily gasoline and residual fuels: niclals. farm products and processed foods and feeds. In January, wholesale prices rose by per cenl. Ihe second highesl monthly increase on record. If wholesale prices wcul up al February's rale for an cnlire year, il would mean a sharp H.4 per cenl inflation rate at this key level. Th bureau said lhal price in- creases of industrial com- modities, regarded as one of the most sensitive gauges of in- flalion in the economy, rose hy a seasonally adjusted ..1 per cent, with prices of metals and fuel leading Ihe way. Wholesale prices of farm products, processed fnods and feeds rose scventh-lenlli.s of one per cenl compared with a steep 5.1 per cenl in January. Actual- ly, the bureau said lhal faun products alone showed a small decline on a seasonally adjust- ed basis, as prices of livestock, eggs, and planl and animal fi- bers fell. The report said consumer fin- ished goods advanced by 1.2 per cenl, will) higher prices for fresh vegetables, processed poultry, s u g a r. cereal and bread responsible fur must n( Ihe rise. Hill prices "f meals and fresh fruils ready for Ihe consumer declined on a seasonally adjusl- ed basis, Ibe. bureau said. 'lieforc seasonal adjiislmenl. Ihc report said Ihe rise in wholesale prices was 1.5 per cent. Wholesale prices of farm products, processed foods and fec'Js were lip 1.6 per cenl on an unadjusted basis. Industrial commodities were up 1.4 ]XT cent. The report said Ihat prices of refined pelrolciim products jumped 2.1 per reul in Febru- ary, as higher prices [in gaso- line, residual fuels and lu- bricants were offset partially by drops in prices of lighl and middle distillate fuels. Crude oil prices .soared by 13 per cenl and electric power, natural gas and coal prices were up sub. slamially. Iron and sled .scrap prices leaped about 25 per cent and prices of other melals wont up sharply as well, presaging high- er costs later for gonds from which lhe.se raw materials arc made. Also, I h e reporl noted in- creases in chemical prices, par- ticularly the industrial chem- icals and painl. Machinery and equipment costs jumped cighl- Irnllis o[ one per cenl. One of the sharpest increases in Ihe index was for live poultry up per cenl. Tlii.s me.ins big jumps in Hie price of chicken al the supermarket in tin1 weeks ahead. A. Hearst, had not heard from Ihe group since Feb. 20 when it demanded he add S-l million to an existing ?2 million food give- away lo feed needy. Lillle and Ilemiro reportedly made their request in a letler received by radio station KI'FA, which received earlier SI.A cnmmiiniqui'S. 11 said Ihey met with Raymond Procunior. director of liie California De- parlmenl of Corrections, on Feb. 21, and presented sugges- tions for gaining Miss llcarsl's release. Authorities would neither con- firm nor deny thai such a meeting look place, and Fl'-l agent Charles Hates said liis agenls have nol queslionod the luo men. The SLA has said thai Miss Hearst's fate is linked to lhal of liemiro and Little. The last SI.A communique said if ils de- mand for M million was nol mel, il would suspend commu- nication and hold Ihe coed in- definitely until Ihe status of Rc- miro and Lillle changed. Although many persons have received fruit, meal, can- ned goods and olner foodstuffs from Hie Hearst giveaway, I'.ov. Ronald Ileagan said in Washington Wednesday, "Il's just too bad we can't have an epidemic or botulism'' among the recipienls. Meagan later called Ihc com- ment, made al a closed GOP gathering, "a joking but added. "1 do. deplore the fan lhal lliese people are ac- cepting the food." He said those accepting Ihe food arc aiding and abelling felonies, although the stale at- torney general earlier an- nounced he would nol prosecute anyone who receives Iree gro- ceries under Hie program.