Abilene Reporter News, April 6, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

April 06, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Abilene, Texas OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIEND'S OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS, 79604, PAGES IN THREK SECTIONS Associated Prtu Continues ,Tex. erican motorists thirsted for gasoline at tlie height of the Arab oil embar- go, domestic crude oil produc-' iion continued the gradual decline that had begun almost a year before. Domestic crude oil.produc- tion has declined more than barrels a day since the October start of the embargo In 'mid-Octoter 1973, United States production was averag- ing barrels a day. By mid-March, the average was a decline of barrels a day. i Between them, Texas and Louisiana, the nation's two largest producing states, ac- count for barrels of the decline. The production drop Is a continuation of a slow decb'ne tJiat began early in 1973 after a small and shortlived upward swing. Federal and state officials say wells in both states are producing practically every barrel possible but that well abandonments and declining production from old wells is not being offset by new pro- duction. The.maximum efficient rate is the one at which state regu- latory agencies'say a well can be pumped without damaging the oil reservoir. If pushed be- yond the.rate the well might be 'produce more oil for'a time, but the reservoir's pressure might '.be too rapidty and less oil would be-produced.over the life of the vreU. Some industry.critics have charged that' production could above these rates without reservoir damage, but. the state commissions who regulate oil production dis- agree. ,'The N a.t i o n a 1 Petroleum council, a. federal advisory group made up of oil industry Inside Today Delegates Battle Before Agreeing On Adjournment The. Constitutional Conven- tion went, through a long strugle over teh proposed struggle over the propos- ed month-long recess be- fore finally agreeing on adjournment. Pg. 2A. Amvscmtntt 13A Attrefegy 7V Brifee 16C Cliyrth 10, 11A Clauifwd............. 8.14C Conks 6, 7C Finn 5B MtArtj 78 Obitgariti........... 94 Oil 6A Todijr in History.......7A TV Scwrt.............. T2A TV 12A WMIKIU Newt 2, 3B SfttH............. 1-5, ISC executives, recommended in .November (hat some oil fields be raised above their maxi- mum efficient rates lo hell) Sec MUCH, Pg; Col. 5 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After Fred Finn Mazanek gulped his last, Globe Life Accident Insurance Co. paid off but not before trying to wiggle off the hook. After all, Fred was just a guppy. The whole thing srarted last year when Globe Life offered Stan Mazanek, then a senior at (lie University of'Arizona, a special, once only, student-dis- count life insurance policy. For just tne company of- fered, the insured could pur- Hooked Insurance Firm Wiggles, Pays Off chase a policy good for six months. Mazanek, 24, figured lo be around longer than six months, so he decided to sign 'up his guppy, Fred Finn Ma- .uanek. Before sending in the appli- cation, Mazanek made sure to answer all the questions accu- rately: Age of insured: "6 Weight: "39 Height: "3 centimeters." 'Good health: "Yes." In the military service: After the conviction ?ref former U.SjDis- tact Court m Washington-Friday with-hfa wife, Susan. Chapm-was convicted by a fed- era! distinct court jury of lying to a federal grand jury. (AP Wirephoto) The Pieces After .By NICK TATRO Associated Press Writer Cleanup crews began on Fri- day to clear away debris while relief agencies set to work helping-those left, jobless'or hungry by tprna- docs that devastated a number of communilies'in the Jlidwest and South. _ The tornado Oeatb toll Fri- day stood at 2G8, with about hurt. Damage was ex- pected to loial more lhan a half-billion dollars. Meanwhile, President N'ixon added Georgia lo a list of five states declared disaster areas. He asked lo be kept up-to-date. on Ihc situation while en'route to Paris, a While House spokesman said. Federal Disaster'Adminis- tration planned to open "one- stop'' relief offices in the af- fected areas on Saturday. "These .centers will provide a focal-point for.disaster vic- tims so they can go one place and arrange for temporary housing, unemployment assis- tance, food stamps, Small Business Administration IRS help, Red Cross and Sal- vation Army he said.- The Internal Revenue Serv- ice announced a fKWay post- ponement for federal income lax filing dates for lornado victims and has approved cas- ualty deductions for Ihe disas- Indiana Resident Undaunted By Twister Havoc on Farm ByJIMYILLSK Press Writer BORDBN, Ind. (AP) -Dan- ny Thomas stood in the icy wind atop Daisy Hill and watched as a bulldozer plowed J2 years of his life into the ground. "It just sunk In this morn- he said. "Yesterday was just hell But today I know HI le back whether Ihc govern- ment helps us or nol." The twister worked Us way up the hollow laic Wednesday- afternoon, knocking trees down at random before it reached the houses and trail- ers of Thomas and others who live "up on the knob." There was nothing left when it departed, almost in a mai- ler of moments. The violent seconds cost Thomas the 2l-acre cHcken farm he and his wife had pur- chased with savings iwo years ago, Abo.il Gone with the wind. Oii Friday, Ihc bulldozer wheezed and clanged away at Ihc refuse, pushing it logelher in roomsize mcunds scraps of melal and wood, rolls of chicken wire, a 12-foot-hiHh poultry -feeder and maybe chickens, some dead, some nol. The chickens had lo die for health reasons, the stock farmer said. Those that weren't plowed into a funeral pyre and burned -vould he shot. "All I've got left is a car and my Thomas, 33, said as the grim operation' proceeded. "But I'm lucky, damned There are plen- ty of folks worse off than me." The tornado chose to ignore .the main section of Borden. a fer on last year's returns. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development James Lynn toured the stricken areas to personally assess the dam- -age and give a report.to Nix- President'also asked federal insurance administra- tor George Bernstein to work very closely insurance companies... to see lhat ihcir assistance is prompt and (he spokesman said. The American Insurance As- sociation said the estimated insured losses due lo torna- does Tuesday through Thurs- day amount to million. "It is our feeling that .the figure will approach mil- said Al Haggcriy, president of the Insurance In- formation Inslilule. "The tornadoes were the worst natural catastrophe since Hurricane Belsy hit southern Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi on Sept. he said. Betsy cost (lie insurance industry mil- .The death counl, the worst in a half-century from torna- does, was: Tennessee K, Kentucky 71, Ohio 37, Indiana 37, Alabama 72, Georgia 16, Ontario, Cana- da, 8, North Carolina 5, llichi- gan 3, Illinois 2, Virginia 1, West Virginia 1. Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter set up three recovery lask force centers in Ihe north Georgia cities of Calhoun, Dawsonville and Dalton. They were manned by Red Cross "No." uf beneficiary lo insured: "Owner." Mazanek'figured Globe Life would return his check, but instead it issued policy No. 3261057. So when Fred died, Mazanek notified Globe. Thai's when Globe took a closer look at Ihe application. .A special representative was sent to Tucson, Ariz., to sec whether Mazanek was Ihe kind of man "who would take advantage of "a clerical cr- lor." Yes, said Mazanek. No jury would for llio (loath of a guppy, (he Globe man argued. Mazanck offered to soldo for Not a penny more llian 4650, Ihe Globe man replied. Mazanek said no, but then reconsidered and accepted. llazanck said he used part of Ihe settlement to buy two more gupjiies and a fish din- ner for his family. Globe Life President John N. Singlctary was reached Friday at a fishing lodge where he wild other company execulives were meeting. "It's sort of funny, you'll have lo Singletary said. "You know, we mass- produce these policies and have about of them in' effect. "He put a sirange Jiame on there for a fish, and our com- puter just isn't trained to catch fish, I guess you could sav." Jury Finds Chopin of Perjury WASHINGTON (AP) Dirighl Chapin, once Presi- dent Nixon's appointments secretary, was convicted Fri- day on two counts of lying to a grand jury investigating po- litical sabotage in the 1972 presidential eainapign. Sentencing of the 33-year-old Chapin, now.an airline vice president on leave, was set by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell for May 15. Chapin will remain.free without bond. 'Tin going to continue to fight for my i n n o c e n c Chapin told reporters after- wards. "On the day I was in- dicted I went out on my front lawn and said I was innocent. I intend to fight this thing all the way through." He also said "obviously am.: .yery. disappointed, ;TTie judge' threw'-out one count of the indictment, the jury threw but one count and on a portion of another I'was found not guilty." 'He said he and 'his wife will return to their home in Win- netka, III., a suburb of Chica- go by Monday when he must report to a probation officer. Immediately after the ver- dict, delivered by a jury that deliberated nearly lly> hours, Chapin walked over "to his weeping wife and kissed her. .He was the eighth former White House aide convicted ei- ther by guilty plea or trial. The jury of seven men and five women found Chapin in- nocent of one count. A fourth count WDA.dismissed by Gcscll during the. five-day trial. Each count carries a maxi- mum penalty of five years in prison and a fine. Chapin was invited by the judge to submit "all the infor- mation'about yourself" before sentencing. The jury was asked by the judge how it voted on the first count in which Chapin was charged with making two false statements (o the grand jury last April 11. Foreman Charles L. Wesley, a retired postal worker, said the jury convicted Chapin of lying when he said he never discussed distribution of cam- paign literature with Donald If. Segrctli, an acknowledged political saboteur hired by Chapin. But the jury found that Chapin had not lied on the second part of the count where he was charged with falsely denying that he knew Segrctti had distributed state- ments. Despite the split on the question Chapin stands con- victed on that count. The jury also determined that Chapin lied when he said that he had never given Se- grclti "any directions or in- structions Viith respect fo any single or particular candi- date." It found him innocent of a charge that he lied when he told Segrelti to talk to the FBI at a time when it appeared Segretti would be .questioned by agents. The tall, -well-groomed appeared calm .and re- laxed during thfe iwo days that it look the jury to reach Its vcrdicl. He played backgam- mon with his parents, Mr. and .Mrs. D. Spencer Chapin of En- .cino, Calif., and chatted with friends from his White House days who stopped by. After Hie verdict, Chapin's attorney, Jacob A. Stein, com- plimented the judge on his brisk handling- of the case, calling it "a perfect judicial exercise." Stein had argued in advance of the trial (hat extensive pub- licity about Watergate and re-, lated cases.and the fact that a_ jury would amis from dominantly black Washington could prejudice his client. There were seven blacks'- and five whites.on the jury. Chapin.left his-WUte House See CHAPIN, >g. M, Col. 4 Nixon to Attend Mass for Pompidou KENNETH J. FREED Associated Press Writer PARR. (AP) -President Nixon arrived Friday night to attend the memorial JTass for 3'resident Georges Pompidou, and American officials indi- cated he also may meet with sorfie European leaders about transatlantic relations. Tltey indicated the President might postpone his scheduled return to the United States from Saturday night to Sun- day. During the. flight to Paris from Washington, White House press secretary Ronald U Ziegler indicated Nixon's formal schedule after the service '.reiild not be followed. He declined to be more specif- ic, saying, "We'll let you know and as it develops." Oilier officials said later that Nixon probably would meet Saturday afternoon or early in the evening with Bri- tish Prime Minister Harold Wilson and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. They indicated tiro meetings would probably be separate and take place at the U.S. Embassy residence. E a r 1 i e r, White House spokesmen had said the Presi- dent would not hold substan- tive discussions with any of the world leaders attending the services. Ziegler also said another presidential trip to Europe "is still a possibility" during 197-4. Expectations for the trip were dampened last month efforts broke down n formulate a joint declaration 'by the United Stales and West- ern Europe on a new Atlantic Alliance relationship. Ziegler said the trip still depends oh resolving the issue of policy consulations behveen Western Europe and Washington, a main stumbling block in ing the declaration. In an arrival statement In Paris, fhe President called Pompidou "a great and distin- guished loader." "President Pompidou was a man or intelli- gence, of dedication lo duty and above all of indomitable Nixon said in a lirief arrival statement. ''I bring from the hearts of all Americans our deejiesl sympathy (o Mme. Pompidou and to all her countrymen he added. FBI Agents Seize Documents Relating to Hearst Kidnaping C I T'Tl I ___ CLEANUP, pg. W, Col. 1 SAX FRANCISCO (AP) Federal agoils went lo Ihe of- fice of an underground news- paper's attorney Friday and confiscated documents scnl by the terrorist group that kid- naped newspaper heiress Pa- tricia Hearst, the FBI said. "They just came in wilh a search warrant and snatched said Joan Bryan, editor of the San Francisco Phoeni.v. "They had earlier asked me for the material and I refused lo divulge it." Bryan said materials scnl from the revolutionary Sym- bionese Liberation Army were held for safekeeping in the of- fice safe of his attorney, Vin cent Hallinan, in -San Francis- co. A search warrant, filed by Thomas P. Druken, assistant special FBI agent in charge said Ihe FBI has reason to believe lhal Hallinan or his office had "certain properly, namely one envelope and coii- .Icnls, including communica- lions and attachments from the so-called SLA lo (he Phoe- nix newspaper, which are1 evi- dence of-offenses against Hie 'aws of the United States lo kidnaping and mailing Ihreatcning communications.'' Umken also said, "I believe certain informalion (is prc- pertaining to Ihe kidnap- ing: fingerprints, type and slant or handwriting exem- plars, postmarks or other evi- material." The SLA sent the biweekly Phoenix a message Tuesday with a dozen roses saying it would roveal within 72 hours the exact time and place of the release of Miss Hcavst. With the taped message was half of a driver's license, which the Hearst family iden- tified as Palricia's. Miss llearsl said in a later statement released Wednesday that she had decided to re- main with her kidnapers. ;