Abilene Reporter News, July 6, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

July 06, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT PHONE 673.4271 ABILmJVTEXAS, 796M, SATURDAY'MORNING, JULY 6, 1974-THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Prns UP) Kissinger Offers Economic Aid Promise to Italians Fighting for commission Former West Point Cadet Donald M. Boyd, 23, his wife Jodi, and ll-nioiitli-oid daughter Christian stand outside their home in Lexington, Mass., Friday before lioyd's hearing before a board of officers al West Point, N.Y. Officials have said Boyd was dismissed from fhe academy and not commissioned not-for being marri- ed, but because he violated the honor code by lying about his marital status (AP Wireplioto) By BARRY SIHWK1D Asswlatrt Press Writer ROME (AP) Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger gave assurances on Friday that the United States was prepared to assist Italy should Ms ccoiionv ic situation worsen. "We are following Italian events with sympathy and he said at a lunch- eon with President Giovanni T-eone. "You can count on the fact that in whatever moment Italy should finil itself in diffi- culty, we will do everything possible to assure it stability and progress." Kissinger then mel with Foreign Minister Aldo Moro. An Italian spokesman said thai he held a "general disc-as- sion" of Ihe country's econom- ic problems but not about a U.S. loan specifically. There have been persistent reports that Italy was seeking a large foreign loan to help it out of its worst crisis since World War II. U Stampa of Turin, a leading newspaper, reported discussion of a U.S. loan was the principal ileni on the agenda for Kissinger's talks here. Inflation in Italy is running at 20 per cent a year, and the foreign trade deficit, mainly due to imports of oil and meat and other food products, stands at- billion a. month. Kissinger was -in-Home to continue his briefing of Euro- pean leaders on President Nix- on's talks in Moscow. He is telling them that the United States made no commitment to a 35-nation summit meeting sought by the Soviet Union to wind up the European security conference. Russia has been in favor of such a summit. Kissinger is catling for an end to Ihe "Ideological de- bale" lhat has stalemated con- ference negotiations in Gene- va. There is no way to move ahead with 25 papers on var- ious contested points "kicking the senior U.S. offi- cial said. The Soviets have been pro- moting the summit as a highly public way of legitimizing their control over Eastern Eu- rope anil Ibe post-World Wai- II borders. The West Germans .and oilier'Europeans have been reluctant lo commit themselves. Also, the Western nations want freer access to the East with books, journalists, schol- ars and ideas generally. The senior official (old newsmen aboard Kissinger's Might here from Paris that "we are not pushing for a summit, but we are also not opposed." He said the results of the Geneva negotiations would have to warrant holding one. A joint communique issued at the conclusion of the Mos- cow talks between Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid 1. Brezh- nev said Ihe final stage should take place "al an early dnlc." It added that "both sides also proceeded from the assump- tion that the results of the ne- gotiations will permit the con- ference lo be concluded at the highest level." Kissinger discussed the se- curity conference in Paris over breakfast with French President Valery discard d'Estaing. They also talked about Europe's energy prob- lems, the Middle East and transatlantic relations. "I think the French are trying lo get back on an even keel in their relations with us and we're prepared to do said the senior official. Of all the allies, France has been the most critical of Ni.v- 011 administration foreign poli- cy, claiming especially that Hie Europeans are nol suffi- ciently consulted. The official, unnamed under tlie briefing rules, said Kissin- ger had "a positive talk" with the new French president. He had dinner Thursday night with Prcnch Foreign Minister Jean Saiivagnargues. Kissinger is scheduled to meet with Pope Paul VI on Saturday. Thai Street War Subsides; Death Toll Approaches 30 By SUHIN RUANGDEI Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand UP) A street war in Bnngkok'.s Chinatown subsided early Sat- urday after reinforced police- units in battle gear chased voting gunmen through the streets and made dozens of ar- rests. The official death toll in lliree nights of violence ncared 30 and 135 persons Government Hikes Home Mortgage Interest Rate By G. DAVID WALLACE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -The government announced Friday it is increasing to 9 per cent Ihe allowable interest rate on federally insured home mort- gages. Officials said Ihe in- crease lo a record level (rum a previous rate of S.75 nor cent was prompted by life con- rales for home loans. "This continuing rise in the cost of money forces us to in- crease the maximum rale KHA will insure so thai pro- spective home buyers will con- tinue to have access lo FIIA- insiired said James T. Lynn, secretary of housing and urban develop- ment. Under the old interest rale of 8.75 per cent, the monthly payment on a loan fi- nanced over 30 years was At the new interest rate, the same mortgage will require monthly payments of The government action came at the same '.hue lhat HUD announced lhat the effec- tive interest rates for loans guaranteed by Ihe Federal (lousing Administration ami the Veterans Administration hit a record level in .lunc. The figures showed that the effective average interest rate for new home loan commit- ments by lenders reached 9.29 per cent. This surpassed the record of 3.18 set in October. Since the rale was above Ihe S.75 maximum allowable inter- est rate, thai meant either ii buyer or seller hud lo pay a surcharge levied by ihe lender to make up any difference between the govern- ment-insured rate and market interest rates. On a mortgage, the difference between Ihe maxi- mum allowable rale and Ihe average effective rate would have meant a Jump sum pay- ment of In announcing the increase for Ihe allowable interest rale, Lynn said that Hie points sys- lem is in effect prepaying in- terest. Lynn said the new rate ceil- ing will be effective Monday. The Veterans Adminislralioji simultaneously announced the same new rate lor the loans it insures. The last previous increase in the inlerest rales was on May 13, when President Nixon an- nounced a three-pronged pro- gram to make home buying easier. The program included what is in effect subsidies for home loans. Lynn said enough fi- nancing for iOO.OOO units is still available under the pro- gram which provides home buyers with loans at a 7.75 interest rate. The difference between the interest rale the home buyer pays and the lender receives is absorbed by government se- condary mortgage market operations. The failure lo use all of the S6.8 billion originally ear- marked under iliat program was, however, a sign that mortgage money is scarce, re- gardless of the interest rale. were reported wounded. Police said about 100 per- sons were arrested before Hie skirmishes tapered off after midnight. Premier Sanya Thammasak, who blamed the spasm of riot- ing on Chinese motorcycle gangs, earlier took a get-lough stance unprecedented in his nine-month old administration and told all Thailand's mili- lary forces to be ready ID in- tervene if necessary. Sanya met earlier with his cabinet and King Bhumibcl Adulyadcj. The premier reported to his cabinet that 25 civilians and a police officer had died in the rioting between midnight Wednesday and inidaftermioii Friday. The subsequent riealhs of a young woman caught in a cross fire, u male disaster re- lief volunteer and at least young Chinese near the police thition boosted the toll. About 150 policemen and ci- vilians were reported lo liava been wounded and more than 81) rioters arrested. 2 Hospital Districts' Fate Rests With Voters By KITTY FRII'DEtf I'.cportcr-N'ews Staff Writer COMANCIlE-Votcrs in Co- manche County will decide the fMe of two hospital districts proposed by the slate legisla- ture in elections for the De- I.eon Hospital District and the Comanche Hospital District Aug. 3. The election in lie Leon will determine whether or not the present hospital in that com- munity will be allowed to con- tinue to serve the area, ac- cording to one hospital board member. TI1K VUUI'OSE of that vote is to validate u previous elec- tion, held improperly last jcar, in which the hospital dis- trict was already approved, according to De Leon Hospital District board member Hiram Smith Jr. The upcoming election also will seek voter approval of a bond issue, Smith said, lie ex- plained thai the election in did not comply with new state statutes. "The previous statute said the Commissioner.'; C o u r t would select a hospital board and call an election. The new statute said the Commission- cis Court would appoint a temporary board of directors, and they (the board) would will ihe Smith said. He explained that the earlier election hart Iwen called by the Commissioners Court, and lhat lo be on the safe side a second election was being held according lo Ihe new law. Till-; DE LEON election also will call for the issuance of Judge in Mass Murder Trial Overrules Self in Jury Picks By JIM BARLOW Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) District Court Judge Pres- ton Dial overruled himself Friday and threw off a jury panel seven of eight persons qualified Monday during a se- cret session of the trial of El- mer Wayne Henley, IS. After making Hie ruling, Dial told Ihe court room he planned to hold session Friday night unlil a full panel of 32 prospective jurors was select- ed. Henley is accused in sis of Ihe 27 deaths of teen-age males discovered lasl year in Houston. The judge excluded the pub- lic and press when jury selec- tion started Monday. Calling the press 'a bunch of lo- custs." Dial said they would contaminate the jury panel. He opened the court Tues- day when lawyers hired by five news organizations came to ills court prepared io sue him. However, on Tuesday Dial refused to excuse the eight potential jurors chosen in secrecy. Friday he overruled himself and knocked off the seven. Dial said the first person (jualified for Hie panel of 32 on Monday would slay on be- cause the defense had not en- tered its objection lo Ihe closed session until after the first person was chosen. "The.court feels the first person was qualified by bolh sides before any objection was Dial said. Will Gray, the chief defense lawyer, asked Dial on Friday to declaie a mistrial because of the secret session. Dial re- fused and also refused to throw out ihe entire panel of 201 persons questioned behind closed doors in a genera! ses- sion Monday. The public was nol allowed in lo hear the en masse ques- SM JUDGE, Pg, HA, Ol. S worth of (ax bonds for Hie expansion and remodeling of Ihe De Leon Municipal Hos- pital. Smith said Die community faces losing its present hospi- tal if the bonds arc not ap- proved because a portion tf Ihe facility does not meet fed- eral requirements. "The old portion of the hos- pital contains the majority o? beds.. .the building is not built according to federal standards an dis nol adaptable lo current he said. Ite added that the hospital could be closed within six months if (he bond election is not approved. If voters do ap- prove the bond issue, the hos- pital district will be given the authority to levy taxes nol lo exceed 75 cents per val- uation of taxable property. Fred Williams, president of the board, said the hospital would be enlarged by 18.000 square feet and would receive an addition of 12 hospital beds, tipping the total lo 42 beds. Smith said the old portion of Ihe building thai docs nol meet current standards would be used for office and storage space. WILLIAMS SAID if the bond election passes, expansion of the building could "start sometime aflcr Ihe first of the year." The De Leon Hospital Dis- Iricl would include Precinct 4. the northwest portion of Co- manche County, except for lhat part already included in the Easlland Hospital District, Smith said. The Comanche Hospital Dis- trict would lake in the rest of Ihe county, f o 11 o w i n g Ihe boundaries of Precincts 1. 2 and 3. If approved, the Co- manche district would also have the power to levy annun! taxes at a rale nol lo exceed 75 cenls per valuation taxable property. However, Mrs. Euell Arthur, vice president of the tempo- rary Board of Directors for Ihe district, said the hospital would be paid for largely through revenue bonds the profils made by Ihe new hospi- tal. SOME COXTHOVEHSY is expected to surround the Co- manche hospital election, since Comanche already has an oslcopalhie hospital. The Comanche hospital has two physicians: Dr. Roy .Minis, who has practiced 2i 3ears in Comanche, and his son Roy Jr. Dr. Minis Sr. believes the taxpayers will vote against it. because "there is too much properly tax" already, lie added that Hie present hospi- tal, which is privately owned, has met all Medicare require- ments and has "round the clock emergency service." "Now is not the lime to sub- mil a bond issue for a hospi- he said. Mrs. Arthur, however, main- tained (here is no emergency service, but declined to com- ment further about Minis' re- marks. "WK HAD a feasibility stu- dy awhile back lhat showed a definite majority of the people of the county go to Abilene, Browmvood and other com- munilies." she said. She noted that Ihe communi- ty has a population of WOO and could probably support a Set VOTE. Pg. HA. col. 5 Tlie battleground focused on the 1'labplacbai police sta- tion, a neighborhood of com- paratively wealthy busiucss- m e n and storekeepers of Chinese origin. Police said a violent subculture of motorcy- cle gangs has grown up thut frequently erupts in gang- fights. Wfcal caused the Jafest dead- ly-violence was unclear. There has been resentment of the po- lice among many young peo- ple since police tried to quell a student rebellion las! Octo- ber jfcif toppled Thailand's military government am) brought Sanya to power, but the powerful student move- menl seemed not lo be in- volved in the lalest disorders. Sanya lold newsmen two of the motorcycle gangs, "The Eagles" and '-The were instigating Ihe violence. members, he said, had donned uniforms and were fir- ing al other youths lo .slir up hatred of police, most of whom are of Thai origin. The government declared a state of emergency on Thurs- day and brought in combat (roops with armored vehicles. Sanya urged Bangkok resi- dents of all races to slay at home but said he hail no plans yet lo impose a curfew. Snipers enlcrcd the fray for Hie first time Friday, trading fire from upper windows of the darkened Chinatown arra with tough ranger-trained bor- der police. The officers were instructed lo use low-powered carbines first and work up lo 1179 grenade taunt-here if nec- essary lo Hush the snipers from their nests. One of the three deaths re- ported Friday was blamed on sniper fire. The border police cul short rt Friday night assault on (he police station, forcing rioters v.'.io apparently planned lo fire bomb (he station lo split and scalier. They arrested three young men in mod dothcs who said they had thrown bombs al stores' about one-half mile from the station. Inside Todoy Government Rests in Ehrlichman Trial The government rests its cose in the civil rights conspiracy case against John D. Ehrlichman ond three White House "plumbers" Friday and the judge leaves open the possibility that Secretary of Stole Henry Kissinger will testify for Ihe de- fense. Pg. 6A. Fannie Atlas says she's kept so busy enjoying activi- ties at summer camp that she doesn't have time to think of loneliness or dy- ing. Fonnie's 93. Pg. ID. American Legion members in Canon City. Colo., toke a special interest in their pledge to uphold low and order. They ore inmates at the Colorado State Ptnitentiary, one of only two prison American Le- gion Posts in the noaion Pg. ID. Phlebitis, the ailment that afflicted President Nixon on his Middle East trip, is relatively uncommon but is usually painful ond may be accompanied by swelling. Pg. 5A. Unemployment remains ot 5.2 per cent of the work force; the economic and employment situation is discussed at a congress- ional hearing. Pg. 9C. Amusements Astfelosr 41 Bridge 41 Church 6B Classified 1-70 Comits 4-7C 4A Form Markets Obituaries Oil 1A Sports ToJair in History TV lo, At TV 51 Women's News ;