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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO, 350 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 2, 1974-SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY Ic State Tti At Least 20 Die in Chemical Plant Explosion FL1XBOROUGH, England (AP) A chemical plant ex- ploded in a huge ball of flame Saturday, killing a number of workers and sending a blankel ot poisonous fumes into the surrounding countryside, po- lice said. Official estimates of the death toll ranged between 20 and 55, but no firm count was immediately available. Police said early Sunday that 30 and perhaps 40 persons were still unaccounted for. The force of the 5 p.m. blast demolished or damaged homes for miles around this Lincolnshire industrial area 150 miles north of London. Police said that because of the fumes, an estimated persons were being evacuated from 10 nearby villages. They reported that 94 per- sons were treated at local hos- pitals 30 from the factory Nypro-U.K. Ltd. and the rest from surrounding vil- lages. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass. The blast occurred when only a skeleton crew 'vas on duty at the plant. The normal work force numbers about 500. Hundreds of firemen, police- men and ambulance workers, aided by searchlights and breathing apparatus, combed through the rubble of the plant and the demolished houses late into the night. The explosion appeared to be accidental, police said, adding there was no indication that guerrillas were involved. Late Saturday night, several hours after the late afternoon explosion, flames still licked 30) feel into the.sky above the charred and mangled ruins flf the chemical works. Belching clouds of smoke were visible 25 miles away. The conlrol room area of the plant was still smroimded by a wall of flames and acrid fumes, and by midnight Satur- day only two bodies had been recovered. With the danger of new blasts ami deadly poisonous fumes, (ire fighters played their hoses on two large tanks of ammonia to lessen the fire risk. The firemen had thj situa- tion mostly under control Sat- urday night, but a spokesman said it might take several clays to snuff out the blaze completely. Special security forces pa- trolled the area to prevent looting, Most of the dead were be- lieved to be inside an area of the factory that took the main force of the blast. Rescue workers were unable to gel near the area because of Ihe wall of flames and acrid fumes. "We don'l know how many people are inside, although we know there were about 50 or 60 before the said the designer of the plant, Mi- chael Shaw, one ot the first to reach the scene. "We prob- ably got 30 of them out but we are Mill checking." The factory is about a mile from Flixborough, which is three miles northwest of the major steel-producing town of Scunthorpe. One ambulance worker said after the blast: "It was quite colossal. People are being treated for injuries from flying glass from shattered windows in surrounding vil- lages. "People have been injured by glass in the middle Of Stun- ihorpe, two to three miles from the explosion. "Ambulances from 20 to 30 miles around have been in- volved in the operation." The explosion occurred tn what is called Area One of :lhe factory. Kerry Caborn, 23, a factory .worker who escaped un- scathed, said: "It does not look as though anyone got out of Area One." Lawrence Hairy, 31, another worker, said lie was about 150 from the explosion, but also got out unhurt., "There was a small bang (hen a huge Harry said. "Everything went its black as hell. We were blown off our feet and were wander- ing around in a daze. One of our friends was missing so we went back inside'to get him. There was nothing working in tlie plant. It just a shell." The man rescued by Harry and Caborii was reported to be in a hospital with serious injuries. T Plant designer Shaw said' the factory-was "'completely wrecked." Rep. Martin Wins 61st By DON FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer Beating his Abilene oppo- nent by a two to one margin, incumbent Stale Hep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City won the Democratic nomination for the State House of Representa- tives, District 61, in Satur- ilay's runoff-election. The 58-year-old Martin, ac- cording to complete unofficial returns, won three of the five counties in the district. The district includes Fisher, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan and much'of Taylor County... Martin received voles while Abilene altorney Mike Young recorded 2.87L voles. SINCE NO Republican filed for the post, the former Mitch- ell County judge will return to Ihe slate legislature for a sec- ond two-year term. Jlitchell and Nolan Counties provided the incumbent legis- lator with the winning margin. Jlitchell County gave Martin 95 per cent of the votes cast in the legislative race, while -Jo- Ian County delivered 80 per cent of the vole to the legisla- tor. Martin also carried Fisher County. In that county llarlin received 569 to Young's 213. Young made his best show- Ing in Jones County where lie received votes to Mar- tin's 916. IN TAYLOR COUNTY the 35-year-old collected 641 votes to Martin's 575. Martin told The Reporter- News Saturday night in a tele- phone interview that lie was "extremely happy and grateful to the people" of the district that supported him in the runoff election. The Colorado City man, who will be back at the Texas Con- stitutional Convention in Aus- tin on Monday, said, "This has been a long, hard cam- paign. The. people, I imagine, 2-1 I-ILMKR MARTIN Disl. 61 nominee are as tired as the candi- dates." After expressing his best wishes to his opponent, .Martin said, "My enlire campaign has been based solely on my record and ray integrity. "So I can't help but see the vole loday as a spur for me as your state representative to continue to do my very best to listen to the good people of the Gist District" and to seek their best interest in honest, fair, but determined the farmer-rancher said. MARTIN ALSO thanked the "many friends who gave their Counly ..................Martin.Young Fliher 549 213 Jones !I6 1.370 81 Nolan .....................MW M Toylor ......................575 441 TOTALS extra time, talent and their effort to make this a winning campaign. Commenting on his defeat Saturday night from his home, Young said he was disappoint- ed in the loss, bul was more disappointed in the Taylor Counly vote. He explained, "I really needed Taylor County to come out. We nseded several thou- sand votes." Last night ws had volun- teer workers call about 84 per cent of the voters in Taylor Young said. "This morning workers were able to call about 50 per cent of tiie voters to remind them." "I'm really disappointed in the he added. Young called the campaign- ing for political office "a re- warding experience." "The most gratifying thing lo come out of it is the Ire- mendous amount of volunteers that went right down lo the wire with Young suid. On his political future, he said. "Until you're dead, there's always another day." Inside Today Center In Aspermont Gives Free Advice The Aspermont Small Busi- ness Development Cent ter offers free advice to area businessmen seek- ing loans from the Small Business Administration. Pg. 15A. A show of Peter Hurd sketches and notes will open Sunday afternoon at the Abilene Fine Arts Museum. Pg. IB. Vice President Gerald Ford seems to be zigging and only as he crosses the country but also in regard to the President ond the im- peachment inquiry. Pg. 11 A. Abilene Events Calendar 4B Amusements 1-4B Austin Notebook 5A Berry's World............ 4A Big Country Calendar 36 Books 4B Bridge 3B News 22A Classified 7-13C Crossword Puzzle ........ISA Edirorials 4A Farm News 23A Horoscope Hospital Policnts 9A Jumble Puzzle 24A MorVdls 20-22A Otiiluarks 10A Oil 6C Pecardinat IB Selling, the Scene IB Soorls 1-6.13-14C Tixas................ 17A This Week In West Texas Todav in Histcrv.......16A Tr, Your Goad Health 19A TV fob.............. 1-76E Women's News........ 1-14D Yarbrough Takes Easy 4-1 By ANN I'LORES Reporter-News Staff Writer A last minute claim by his opjwnent that he had possibly certain funds en- trusted to his keeping" appar- ently did Billy G. Yarbrough no harm in Saturday's Demo- cratic runoff for the Taylor County school superintendent nomination. Yarbrough .won the contest by a wide margin, votes to I.eWayne Hams' 656, unof- ficial results indicated. There is no Republican candidate foi the spot being vacated by re tiring Supt. Clive'Picvce.' Yarbrough. county school supervisor for the past 10 years, curried every box in the county with ease to rack up the 4-1 victory margin. HARRIS, A teacher and co- owner of the La zee Tee GoIC Center, conceded defeat at p.m., only half an hour after Ihe polls closed. "I have lost the Harris said in a call to The Reporter-News after about 10 boxes had been counted. "I would like to personally con- gratulate Mr. Yarbrough on his victory. I guve it my very best and that wasn't good enough." Harris went on to say. "I did not lay down and give him this race. He beat my very best.. .I'm not going to say I will not run for election again BILLY YARBROUGH wins by 44 margin but 1 hope I have the foresight not to take on .the'.strongest man politically in Taylor County next lime." I.V A VICTORY statement shortly after Harris' admis- sion of defeat, Yarbrough said, would like to thank the voters for being judge and jury in this case and that their mandate will serve notice'to future candidates that this type of mudslinging will not be tolerated." By Yar- Krueger Takes Disl 21 Runoff By JERRY HEED Heporlcr-Ncws Staff Writer Robert Krueger, a newcom-. er to politics, won the Demo- cratic nomination in Ihe 21st Congressional district over State Sen. Nelson Wolff to set tip a bailie of Ph.Ds for Ihe scat in the November general election. The New Braunfels business- man faces Doug Marian, 30, a San Antonio Republican who won his party's nomination over Ihree other candidates without a runoff in May. With all 32 counties com- plele, Krueger had voles, or 51.55 per cent lo Wolff's or -18.45 per Ezzell Captures Democratic Nomination in 63rd District By JIM HAGIJJND Reporter-News Sunday Kdilor Michael H. Ezzeil, a 30- year-old Snyder man making his first try for political office, Saturday captured the Demo- cratic nomination for the 63rd District House seal, but not the endorsement of his oppo- nent, former Borden Counly Judge Glenn Toombs of Sny- dcr. Ezzell, a minister in the Flu- vanna Church of Christ and a counselor in the Snyder pub- lic school system as well as being involved in an industrial weed control business, cap- tured the nomination in the six-county district lo He will face Republican John (Rich) Anderson of Bor- den County in the November election for the right to re- place retiring Rep. Renal son of Snyder, who chose not to seek reeleclion. BUT TOOMBS, who carried only Dawson County in ihc runoff Saturday 'after taking Dawson, Sterling and Coke in the May 4 primary when he led Ihc voting with per cent, refused to endorse Ezzell iw (be November election. MIKE EZZELt, 'positive campaign' "I personally can't support the man...I can't support a licpublican Toombs, 4-1, originally from Jlerkcl, said. "I don't know what I'm going to do, maybe I'll just go fishing." Kzzcll had no commcnl on Toomb's statement. Bul denied a charge by Toombs lhal his supporters had used "dirty tricks" and "name call- ing" in the election, saying that he had tried to run a "positive campaign." And Ezzell said, "I'm very pleased, to say the least, about the way it turned around (from the first primary) for us." He said the nomination win was a vole of confidence in his abilities. Toomb's, h o w e v e r, ques- tioned the voters' decision saying, "It they pill a man who's a Church'of Chrisl min- ister in ihc Lcgislalurc, I don't know." He added that lie thinks the pulpit, not the Leg- islature, is the place for a minister. EZZELL KOLI.ED up his largest margins in Scurry and Borden counties. In liorden Counly, he boat Toombs 5 to 2, polling 200 voles lo SO for Toombs, former county judge who admitted he had political 1roubles there. In Scwy Counly Kzzell's margin was nearly 2 lo I; he had votes to SG'J for Toombs. Ezzell had led See EZZELL, I'g. 14A, Col. cent, according to Texas Elec- tion Bureau figures. Half Ihe votes were from Bexar County, which Wolff carried to but il was not enough to overcome K r u e g e r 's advantage else- where. Krueger carried 22 of Ihe 32 counlies. Harlan is a professor of gov- ernmenl who holds a law de- gree from Duke University, where Krueger once was dean of sludenls. Boih nominees are bachelors. Krueger, whose Ph.D Is In literature, liow runs Comal Cottons, a family textile mill in New Hraunfels. Big Country counlies in Hie district gave Krueger a sub- stantial edge. 914-578, although carried one of the three, Coke County, 200-14S. COXCHO COUNTY awarded Knieger 109 votes, while Run- nels Counly was chalking up a 2-1 (659-314) margin for Knie- ger. Tom Green Cotir'y (San the second largest county in the district, also went along with Kruegcr, 3544-3087. All other Congressional nominations were decided by the first primary. Rep. O.C. Fisher of San An- gclo, who held the seal for 16 terms, decided to retire at the end of this year lo set up the scramble for the 21st district Democratic nomination tliat resulted in the runoff. Six Democrats sought the nomination, with a third strong contender, State flop. .loe Poerner of Hondo, garner- ing enough votes lo assure the runoff. WOU'K, A one-time state senator and a one-term stale legislator before that, led Ihe first primary to Both men arc considered moderate lo conservative. Krueger received labor sup- port, but did not hesitate to criticize the unions during Ihe campaign. Xo strong issues were devel- oped in the campaign. Krue- ger presented himself as a "fresh face" while Wolff pointed to his legislative expe- rience. liolh strongly support the lax depletion allowance on oil. 1IAKLAN, like Knieger the possessor of a Ph.D., chal- lenged the popular Fisher in 1972. He lost, to but Ihe 43.2 per cent he gained was considered a very strong showing for a Republican in Ihe traditionally Democralic district. The far-flung district in- cludes 28 whole counties and parts of four others, ranging from Tiunnels County on the northeast lo the Mexican-Tex- as border around Del Rio on the Southwest. Bondcro Bexor Brc-vsfer Coke Corral Concho Crone CrockeU Edivords Gillupie GlowcocK Irian Jclf Davis Kcfidotl Korr L1nno Mospn Medino Pccos Rwoon Real Reeves Runnels Srsrlino Sullen Terreil Tom Uplori Vdl Vcrrie Totals WoMI 3S3 322 1MS4 16.014 234 146 200 <52 151 JM 141 53 222 63 203 523 225 4IS 114 101 M 7 410 203 40 207 259 3.CS7 1.514 1.362 I9.M4 5155 450 251 372 61 M6 61 165 I.2E4 412 72! 171 194 13 659 25?