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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH'OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OK FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 290 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 3, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prca By EUJG RUCKEH Handrails May Be Put Up at Coliseum Why couldn't we have some rails pill up ill Ihc Taylor County Coliseum so jioojile would have something (o hold while climbing up ami down steps? The slcps arc; hard to maneuver because (here's a slibrt step anil a long slcp. It's easy to lose one's balance anil nolliiug jjut thin air to grasp. A. Coliseum Board of Directors and the Commissioners Court have discussed sever- al limes placing a rail in the middle of the steps outside Hie coliseum. Coliseum Manag- er Jce Cooley thinks they're needed and feels tliis will be done soon. If you're talking about rails inside llic coliseum, Cooley thinks Iliis would just lie one more filing to obstruct the view and since one of the big complaints he hears now is Ihal people can't see over the railings in front of the seals, lie doubts additional rails would be placed inside. I real! in Acllon Lluc or somewhere of n real simjile home remedy'for res- 'taring (he ectlar odor to cellar chests :md closets. 1'Ieasc repeal it, since it's lime lo "put the noolies away." A. We (lon.'l know of any such product nil Hie market or in the pantry. That doesn't mean there isn't one, we just don't know about it. Eight or 10 years ago you could .buy oil of cedar which had a pungent cellar odor when nibbed into the wood and tempo- rarily gave forth a cedar-like aroma. It seems that product isn't sold anymore and nothing comparable has replaced it. One suggestion. 11 there's a handy man in ilie family, have him buy a thin inch) cedar board and reline llic closet or chest. Q. f want lo build a sauna but haven't flic slighlcst Idea where lo go for plans or specifications. I don't want a pie-fat) Job since I'm in the conslrucliou busi- ness myself ami can build it. Where on earth would I go lo find something like (his? i A. Action Line lias always lo check first mth the city library. Sure enough, {here's a took in the Business and .Science section called, "Sauna The Fin- nish which gives diagrams, pictures, inslruclions on how lo build one. Q. Why arc clothes Hint are given lo the Salvation Army sold? I was under (lie Impression it was a charity organi- zation. A. II is, but lots of lower income people will no! accept something for nothing says Salvation Army Capt. Philip Swyors. They can't afford lo buy at retail slores but arc willing to pay their own way, "we pro- vide the opportunity for them to buy low priced clothing and maintain their self-re- spect." Kor those who simply cannot pay at nil, the Salvation Army doesn't cliarge a penny. Clothes are given to (hose people recom- mended by the welfare department.. I knew I saw Tlobcil Blake some years ago on a TV series where lie played an Indian toy. Blake, you know, is the aclor from "fn Cold niowl" ami "RTcklra Glide in nine." What was Hie scries or [s my memory failing me? A. Blake played Little Beaver on Hie Itcd Jiyder program, Ryder was a tough cowboy and the Indian boy was his irrepressible sidekick who always answered his boss, "You belchum, Red Ryder." Address questions to Action Line, fio.v Abilene, Texas 79604. Names will not foe used hut questions must lie signed anil addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if possible. Grass Fire Burns 50 Square Miles Hamming Lemmon Jacl; Lemmon displays the Oscar he won. in Los Angeles Tuesday niglil as best aclor of tlie year anil shows off his talents as a comedian al the same lime. Lem- mon was honored for his performance in "Save the Tiger." Story, Pg. (AP Wircpholo) llv JOli DACV II Slatf Writer COLEMAN A massive grass and brush fire, which de- slroyed an estimated 50 square miles Tuesday, was apparently extinguished by area firefighters early Wednesday morning. Colemau Fire Depl. supervi- sor 11 a y in o 11 d Carnes said Wednesday Ihat units from as many as nine area fire depart- ments (ought llic blaze, or "rode herd on for more Ibnii 13 hours Tuesday. THE FITIE IinGAN al about 11 a.m. six miles southwest of Talpa, he said, and burned unlil it was brought under control around midnight. Games said as many as 250 v o 111 n I e e rs battled the fire, which was fanned by a strong southwesterly wind averaging about 25 mph but gusling as high as 50 mph. The men patrolled (he nulcr areas unlil about 4 a.m. Wednes- day, Carnes said. Raging on both sides of the Coleman-Hunnels County line, Ihe fire killed an undetermined number of cattle and sheep, con- sumed several barns and one farm home. Officials said one man report- ed missing in the area was found unharmed. AT ONE POINT tlie Amricl Pipeline Company's Talpa pump station was threatened by tbe fire bill tank trucks and-bulldoz- ers moved in to cut a firebreak around crude oil storage tanks and the pumping station. .Carnes said he did not know Luxury ABOARD THE EICA VKN- TUKE The Norwegian cruise ship Sea Venture began evacuating the passen- gers of the crippled luxury lin- er Queen Elizabeth 2 today. The Sea Venture joined Ihc QE2 about a.m., and (he transfer began shortly aflcr daybreak. Passengers walked doivn a gangivay from a lower deck to waiting lifeboats and motor launches to make the crossing of about 300 yards to Ihe Norwegian ship, The first QE2 passengers to walk up Ihe gangway of Ihc Sea Venture were Mr. anil Mrs. Arthur flray, of Stoning- lon, Conn. They appeared to be in fine spirits. "They treated us very ISray said of the QIC2 staff. Then he added, "There was plenly of scotch and bour- bon." The Sea Venture also brought six repairmen and 20 cases of canned food for Ihc ivacuatian Starts U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Haliono] Wenlher Service Weather Map Pg. JA) AMD VICINITY (JO-mFr'c radius) and wfndy today, t-o-r Jonight and Tfiursdoy, FJorlhweslerly 20 I0 20 mph diminishing Icnighl. Kfih in Ihc mid 70i- Lew loniqhl near 49. High Thu v in Ihe mid Wind v.arnirxji arc in eifecl on. area lakes today- High anrl lew lor 24 hours ending 9 a.m.: 89 arvd W. High and low same dare bit yar: is and '41. Sunset fast night: sunris liSay: sunscl tcnighl: QE2's crew, which is remain- ing aboard the ship. The lin- er's refrigeration system was reported inoperative. Tlie sea was calm, with a genlle swell, as the lifeboats made Iheir way belweeu Ihc two liners. The weather was clear and the temperature was in the 7fls. The midoccan transfer was expected to take several hours, and the Sea Venture's captain said lie expected to arrive in IlGrmuda wilh (he QIC2's passengers at daybreak Thursday. No special medical prepara- tions were made aboard Ihc .Sea Venture, allhough the ship's doctor was rjn hand. Ship's officers said cots and deck lounges would be used in case not enough beds were available for Ihe evacuated passengers. Tlie ship's crew, meanwhile, was ordered to double up in sleeping quarters to free more bed space for the overnight trip lo Bermuda. The two ships were 2511 miles soulh-soiithwesl of Dor- rnnda, al 29-13 north latitude, 57-32 west longitude. The QK2, which lias a crew of fl40, has been crippled by boiler trouble since Moiulny. Victnr Matthews, chairman of Cunard Lines, said all three of the boilers were out of service "due lo extensive seep-.igc or" fuel oil from a fracture feed pipe in tfie heating exchange svslcm." Kaeh of tlie lifeboats ami launches transferred about 30 persons at a lime, and each passenger was allowed one piece of luggage. The remain- ing luggage was left aboard the JE2 for owners to retrieve when the liner ranches Bermu- da. Mr', and Mrs. Kenneth Dav- idson, of Conn-, were traveling wilh Hie Dloomfield Senior C i t i zctis Oonp- "it's our first cruise, but I'd sign up Diividsnn said. Visiting Actor Knows 'Oscar' Watching in Abilene as the Oscars were handed out in Hollywood Tuesday night was a man who knows what it's like to get one, actor Cliff Robertson. He is in- terviewed on Pg. 8A. NEWS INDEX Wind 'Dusts Off' Wesfr Texons A a Mirror 'led 4C maii 4A or hive Patic-nls vi_ 6A 1C r.igc Your Heallh TV Lcq 7B 8A Sccuf 8A Ni2s'.i 3D By JOE DACY II Rcporlcr-Kews Slalf Writer Dust-strangled Abilcnians will row get a long, fair-weather break after passage of Tues- day's sand-boiling cool front. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said Wednes- day Ihal the front hil earlier than expected, and has now cleared the wealher map of any worrisome systems. "It doesn't look as though there's much of anything on Ihe map, so for Ihe next four or five days it's going to be on the fair forecaster Frank Cannon predicted. Ifc added dial a gradual warming trend could be expect- ed by Friday. TUESDAY'S cold front gener- ated a squall line ahead of il, Cannon said, which caused one mass of dust lo blow through Abilene al about 7 p.m. After a lull, Cannon said the bulk of Ihc front Ihen moved through creating peak winds of 45 mph. 'Die front began kicking up winds in Abilene about a.m.. Tuesday and continued to blow unlil 2 a.m. Wednesday, Cannon said. After a five-hour lull the winds began lo gusl again Wednesday morning. The sudden onslaught of the gale force winds caused some severe damage, especially in Jlcrkel where it was reported that the roofs of several apart- ment houses ncre bloivn into tlie si reel. one was injured. CARL YANCy, chief dispatch- er for West Texas Utilities Co., said Tuesday that transmission lines were downed cast (if An- son, between Roby and F.skola, between Munday and Tlirock- morion, between Vermin and Waggoner, and Mwecn Throck- niorton and Albany. He said eight transmission poles "were downed because ol1 the high winds. Four crews be- gan replacing ihe poles Wednes- day morning, and are expected to finish Wednesday, Yancy said. Forecaster Jack Sclmahel siid Tuesday the winds did "minor damage to the type of buildings which are not structurally sound, especially sheds and stor- age buildings. A trailer house was blown from its stand along U.S. 277 and in Stamford the wind knocked out windows al the Bar- gain Center. Olher minor damage was also reported over a widespread area. THE WINDS ALSO fanned a fire near Talpa which destroyed 50 square miles of grass and brush land as it burned fir hriurs Tuesday. Cannon said Ihe humidity dipped lo 7 per cent al Ihe front's passage and as a result, left Ihe area as dry as before. Normal accumulations of rain- fall for the year are 3.05 inches but as of midnight Tuesday only 1.17 inches had been recorded since Jan. 1, Cannon said. April showers are supposed lo be prevalent, dropping as mucn as an inch and a half of rpin nt one time, but they have been forming "to Ihc east and norih of Cannon explained. Jlrs. William Hillenbrand, of Arlington, Va., said many of the QIH's passengers "seemed lo enjoy the crisis atmos- phere." I'aul Kcegan, of Shrewsbu- ry, Mass., [raveling in a group of three couples, all in their early 30s, said enthusiasti- cally, "This is Ihe type of cruise you could never buy. And we're Belling our money back." Cunard had announced thai the passengers would get full fare refunds. Mrs. Arthur Johnston, of Ar- lington, Va., a member of an Arlington senior citizens club, said the arrival of Ihc Sea Venture this morning "was the most beautiful sight I've ever seen." Mrs. Fred Klclt, of Rocky Hill, Conn., said she and her husband were on Ihcir fourth cruise. Mrs. Klett said she had "no but in view of a breakdown of the plumb- ing system, she fell like ''spending the ncxl six years in a bathtub." The QK2 sailed from New York on what was billed us a week-long "Football Cruise" to 1'ucrlo Rico and (he Virgin Islands. Aboul half tlie passen- gers were senior citizens. The remaining passengers includ- ed American football personal- ities who gave lalks about (he gridiron and showed game films. The Sea Vonliirc, which nor- mally cruises between New York and llcrmuda. sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda, on Tuesday for Ihc transfer mis- sion wilh some of her own passengers still aboard. Thv ship was in flermu- da on a scheduled week-long cruise 560 passengers and 270 crew members. A WEEK-ENDER WANT AD GETS YOUR MSSACE TO THE BUYERS! 15 WORDS 3 DAYS SAVE SI.90 Additional wordi 15 each No phone order! CoiK in advance Deadline 3 pm No relundf ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS how Ihe fire was started. The high winds, high temperature and low humidity were blamed for its spread. Carnes estimated the number of sheep lost at about 200, but stressed Ihis was an unofficial estimate. FIRE UNITS FKOiU San Ali- gelo, llallinger, Winters, Cole- man, liaird and other communi- ties were dispatched lo fighl Ihe fire. Firemen used eartlmiovinj; equipment and backfires to fight II. A second, smaller fire was also checked Tuesday near Lake Colemaii in Ihc northern part of Ihc counlv. Mistrial Declared In Caribbean Case By JIM CONLEY Slnff Wrilcr EASTLAND Judge Earl Conner Jr. declared a mistrial Wednesday morning in a million damage Irial in 81st District Court. The judge granted a defense motion for a mistrial in the case of Dnpoiit Carribcan Inc. versus Mike Collins. DCI, headed by Easliand promoter Don I'icrson, had filed Ihe suit against Collins on Dec. 20, 1972, alleging that Collins took a DCI stock cer- tificate for one million shares and further damaged the cor- poration through statements to potential investors. Defense attorney Emory Walton, who is also Hastlaml district attorney, said the plaintiff was stalling. Tuesday evening on the first day of Ihc trial it had seemed Ihal thu plaintiff was going to allow Ihe defense lo examine certain DCI records in Abilene. THK 1) K 1C N S K HAD argued that those records were essential lo Ihe defen- dant's case at lhat point in the trial. However, plaintiff's al- lorney, J. Connelly of Ar- lington ,saicl Ihal he could not allow Ihe defendants [o see those records. Connelly said access In those records was beyond his juridiction. He claimed thai the federal court in Abilene had the records under custody of an officer of that court. Connelly also said that a subpoena Cor (he records which had been given in him should have been given lo Ihc person wlio actually had cus- tody of the records. Thai person is apparently Abilene allorney Davis Scar- borough. WALTON THEN moved for a mistrial, ho said, because, the plaintiff had "led us Id believe we could have access to tile records; now they've said we can't have them. This is another stall." He explained thai Hie rc- cjuc.st for a Jiiislrial goes In show that the plaintiff is not actively trying to prosecute the case, as would be expecl- cd. All but several minutes of llic trial actually look plate outside the hearing of the jury. Only a few minutes cif leslimony totik place Tuesday' before Ihe defense objection which led to last nighl's ap- parent agreement lo travel lo Abilene to look at Ihe records. And on Wednesday when a trial reopened at 9 a.m. the discussion leading up lo Ihe niiilrial was also held outsiilc the hearing of Uie jury. The mistrail was declared al 10 a.m. Duponl Caribbean Inc. was founded several years ami IB develop Ihe island of Torl.uga off the coast of Haiti inlo a duly-free port. Within Ihn lasl few years, however, develop- ment of the island has become a maze of lawsuits between competing developers. Haldeman Says Nixon Didn't Know ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) II. R. Haldeman says I'resi- denl Nixon "didn't, know a damned thing aboul Water- gate. He didn't know aboul a cover-up of Watergate." IJuf Nixon's former While house chief of staff said Tues- day that (he American public presumes both him and Nixon guilty and ain't right." Ilaldeman said he is confi- dent dial when his case is tried, he. will be acquitted and "the Iruth will do il." II a 1 il c in a n discussed his more than four years as a lop Nixon aide.during a question- ami-answer session wilh a group of young business cxcc- ulives from throughout North America. His appearances this week before Ihe Young Presidents' Organixalion ended virtually a year of seclusion since leaving the White House. Wbile Ihc sessions are officially off Ihe record, a transcript of llaide- man's remarks was obtained by newsmen. Ilaldeman, who is under in- diclmcnt on charges of perju- ry and obstruction of juslicc, adhered strictly to Federal .Judge John Sirica's order Hint he nnl discuss specific details of Ihe case. But he assorted: "I know perfectly well that f am considered guilty unlil I prove myself innocent, and that President Nixon is pre- sumed guilty unlil he proves himself innocent. That ain't right. But realistically, lhal's the case. That's what we have to deal wilh." Electric Train Sets World Speed Record PU-T.I.O, Colo. (AP) An electrically powered research Irain has set a new world speed record of 23-1 miles an hour at Ihe National Transpor- I a I i o n Department's High Speed Hail Tnsl Cenlcr. 'fhn previous world speed record Tor trains was 203 miles per hour, scl by the French in Panel Gets Nixon Income Tax Report WASHINGTON A congressional investigating commitlee received behind closed doors today a report by its staff believed to say Presi- dent Nixon owes some in income taxes. Sen. Wallace F. Bcnnelt, R-L'lah, said Nixon's attorneys have seen part of the report. Itcp. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., vice chairman of the committee, lold newsmen he understands the President's counsel has filed a brief sup. porting ils position. He said he would not object lo giving the attorneys an opportunity lo stale their case, but thai there was some feeling in Hie com- mittee that Ihis could lead lo other requests for appear- ances and so involve Ihc com- millce in extended bearings. Mills said he could not vote nn approval of the report at today's meeting, adding, need al least a few hours to study it." He said he is open-minded on releasing the slaff report, in n a n w h i I e. Several other members took the same posi- tion. The chairman, Sen. Husscll It. Long, D-La., earlier bad set a news conference for lale to- day, apparently wilh the ex- pectation of making the report public.   

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