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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               Went "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 33 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 20, PAGKS IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Preti (If) Old Settlers' Ranks Grow At the Gap BDFKALO GAP-fn ballot- Ing by qualified old settlers in Buffalo Gap Friday, -the pre- sent slate of officers of the Old Settlers Assn. was re- elected. This year's voting was the first using printed ballots rath- er than the traditional voice vote system. Retaining their posts as offi- cers are Glenn Johnson, Buf- falo Gap, president; Ruby Purcell, Buffalo Gap, vice president; Bobby Sayies, Tus- cola, treasurer; Mrs. Tom Graham, Tuscola, secretary; and Laney Sandell, Tuscola, veleran official. Attendance at Friday's reun- ion, 406 registered old settlers, lopped last year's by 32. Long attendance record oldest visitor at flic Old 'Settlers.Reunion- in Buffalo Gap Friday JIary Ida Deal, 98, of Buffalo Gap. Mrs. Deal is said to have attended the Reunion for at'leasl the last 25 years, and most friends said'fhey couldn't remember a Reunion Mrs. Deal. Staff Photos by John Best OWest cowboy As the oldest cowboy attending the Old SeUlcrs Reunion in Buffalo Gap Friday, J. W. llay, 94, of Lawn proudly displays the trophy awarded him. May joined many other old-timers'in celebrating the two-day event. Impeachment Articles Allege Nixon Cover-Up By JIM ADAMS Assecialed Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -Arti- cles of impeachment proposed lo the House Judiciary Com- mittee Friday accused Presi- dent Nixon of direct responsi- bility for the Watergate bur- glary and cover-up and a ''pattern of massive and pcr- sislenl abuse of power for po- lilical purposes." A set of four impeachmeiit articles unsigned but appar- 'cntly drafted by "the .staff- headed by special counsel John Dflar would impeach Ihe President "of high crimes and misdemeanors in the conduct of his office" Watergate burglary, cover-up, hush ob- struction of justice, destruc- tion of evidence, allowing, of pcrjurj by aides and interfer- ence with government agen- cies for all of which "Richard- Nixon is.personally and di- rcclly responsible." of power in the mis- Revenue Sen-ice and burglary of Daniel EUsbers's psychia- trist's office.'.These were de- scribed as "part of a pattern of massive :and; persistent Skindiver Narrowly Misses Being 'Jonahized' by Jewfish CORPUS CHRIST I, Tex. (AP) Steve Withers, a 28th century Jonah, had one non- Biblical thought when he was swallowed and spat forth by :i monstrous jewfish in the Gulf of Mexico. "I just wanted to gel the hell out of he said. Withers, 25, was scuba div- ing with veteran- diver John Beard last Sunday about two miles off Malaquile Beucli near Padre Island. Beard said the two men sud- denly spotted Ihe largest jew- fish he had ever seen, perhaps four feet in diameter, near some pipeline. A jcwfish, alsn known as a grouper, normally is about six teel long and weighs up to 500 Describsd as a good game fish, it has also been seen up to 12 feel long. "I saw a shadow. I didn't even think it was a Withers said Friday, recount- ing Ihe incident. "I was gonna shoot it, but wasn't sure whether lo shoot or not. While I was thinking about it, it hit the bottom. I had a good shot at il but the safely on my speargun froze." The two men closed in as Hie fish dived repeatedly at llie bottom, clouding' the 35- foot deep Gulf waters. Somehow the fish popped up behind the men. "When rsaw him, he was about two feet away. I could have touched him. That's when he hit me. It' was like someone runnins Into you." Withers isn't sure what hap- pened next. Beard is. "He just inhaled Beard said. He said Withers was swallowed head first all tlie way up to his rubber swim lins. don't_knovr what hap- Stt JONAH, Pg. UA, abuse of. for; political "The pattern of the article reads, "has been at the direction, of Richard M. Nixon and on his behalf, act- ing both personally and direct- ly and: through his personal agents at the seat of govern- ment and their immediate subordinates." of Congress (or refusal to comply with the committee's eight subpoenas for 147 taped conversations. tax for which the article says the President was not prosecuted solely because of his office. The committee itself has taken no-action on the pro- posed articles but has sifted through evidence and listened to witnesses regarding the ac- cusations. The four articles are one of five sets of proposed grounds for impeachment before the committee. Four of the sets were drafted by committee members. The other sets include addi- tional proposed articles of im- peachment on charges of bribery in the dairy milk price increase, illegal secret bomb- ing of Cambodia, and the fir- ing of Termer Watergate spe- cial prosecutor Archibald Cox. Most members said Dour did not specifically recom- mend impeachment in pre- senting the evidence on the proposed impeachment arli- cjes to the committee bul one member said "reasonable men acting reasonably would find the President Duar told newsmen ;is hi; left Ihe hearing room lhat lie believes Ilic evidence warrants impeachment of the President. "That K my judgment as a legal mailer, lie said. The' article regarding the Watergate cover-up and the, burgliiry itself notes that Nix- on was mimed an unindiclcc! co-conspirator by the Water- gale grand jury in Die cover- up. "Kor his part in 1" the ar- ticle reads, "lie lia.s been found by a jury to have partic- ipated in ;i criminal conspira- cy lo obstruct justice, but not indicted, solely by reason of Iiis office, leaving pnr.siiil. (if justice no recourse Init through the constitutional pro- See I'g. MA, Col. S Ziegler Claims Impeachment Inquiry Becoming 'Shambles' SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) President Nixon's chief spokesman Friday ac- cused the chairman and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee of making "a tolal shambles" out of the panel's impeachment inquiry. In two sessions with news- men, White House Press Se- cretary Konald L. Ziegler was sharply critical of the chair- man, Hep. Peter W. Roclino. D-N.J., and chief counsel John a Republican, contend- ing they have been "putting aside all Ihe principles of fair- ness." Speaking out as the commit- tee began considering articles Lake at lowest Level Water Rationing Is a Possibility at Winters By KITTY FRIEDEN Rtpirter-News Staff Writer WINTERS For (he first lime in more than 30 years, r e s i d e n t s of this Runnels Counly town face possible wa- ler rationing. According to City Secretary Buford Baldwin, the'cily's wa- ter source, Lake Winters, is down lo aboul 80 lo 120 million gallons a level lhat Mayor Homer Hodge describes as its lowest since being btn'll. The lake, located five miles from.lown, has a capacily of f.pprosimalely 7C million gal- lons. BALDWIN estimated about four or five inches of rain is needed within the "nest few DPS Chief Cites Indebtedness To 'Many Fine People of Area1 By IOKETTA FULTON Repwtcr-News State BROWNWOOD The direc- tor of the Texas Department of Public Safely said Friday that he was "deeply indebted to many fine people in Brown- wood and this area" for the new area office building here. Col. Wilson of Austin was in Browmvood to dedicate the nine-room brick building located in Commerce Square. Aboul 150 citizens and top APS ttikials attended Ihe dedication and open house. SPEIR especially praised Rep. Lynn Naoers of Brewn- wood, former Rep. Ralph Wayne of Piainview and Sen. Grant Jones of Abilene, who was then a representative, for their efforts in_getting a bill passed three years ago lo help finance new DPS eonsiruction. The law allows part of the driver license fee lo go into a building fund. Speir also expressed appre- cialion to former LU Gov. Ben Barnes of Brownwood for Iiis help in getting the bill passed in the senate. Speir also expressed lhat (he people of Texas bad allowed the Department of Public Safety lo grow as much as il has. He said the departrnenl was created in 1935 with 360 persons in il. Now, he said, the DPS has persons including See DPS, Pj. HA, Cd. 4 weeks" lo prevent rationing. "This would seem to be the said Hodge, confirming the estimate. "The ground is so cracked and thai with Riese little thundorshowers we gel, we don't get any runoff. The mayor said he could nol recall Ihe year lhat Winters did have to ration water, but "il was sometime in the 30s." 3le explained that at lhat lime Ihe water supply was the Old City Lake, which is now used lor recreaiion. Lake Winters was built in IMS as a result of that ration- ing, he said. Now Ihe city is looking into the possibility of NEWS INDEX sharing another reservoir with Ballinger. The mayor said Winters Irad cr.tercd into a contract with sn engineering firm for a fea- sibility study on Elm Creek to determine an adequate water- shed for the iwo cities. 'THEY WILL probably- Mart work in Ihe near he said. In the meantime. Winters residents were nsked Friday to limit watering of shrubs i'.nd lo stop lawn and garden watering altogether. Baldwin He said a tew weeks prior lo Friday's request citizens had been asked lo cut down on Ilieir water usage, and he niit- See WATER, I'g. 14A. Col. 6 of impeachment ;igainst Nix- on, Zicglcr ulso critical of Itic Republican counsel. Albeit Jenner. Desponding lo a question, Ziegler said, "I've never hail ;i very high opinion of Mr. Jcnncr." Ziegler, wlm emphasized thai lie was talking as Nixon's spokesman, said Roclino has been "falsely presenting a pic- ture of fairness" and that Dear and others on the com- mittee staff "have shed their false cloak of impartiality." The Nixon spokesman ex- p r c s s c cl particular outrage that Doar on Friday directly urged Nixon's impeachment betorc the committee. He contended Dear was "out nf order in the extreme'' anil siumhi "severely and seri- ously challenged." Asked what lie thought proper role should bo. Zicglcr said the chief counsel should simply present the evi- dence lo the committee in a fair manner and permit mem- bers lo reach iheir own con- clusions. Longview Resident Dies, Wife Hurt in Crash Near Ballinger si 1ft 11A 4M i-sc m HoNrr SI TV BALLINGER (RNS) An elderly Longviaw man was killed and his wife injured Fri- afternoon when the car Ihey were driving smashed into a tree just easl of here. William Thomas Stamps, 73, was pronounced dead on ar- rival al Ballinger Memorial Hospital shortly after 5 p.m. His wife, lone, 63, was taken first lo Ihe Ballinger hospital and later transferred to Shan- ten Hospital in San Angelo, where she was listed laic Fri- day in guarded condition. Investigating Highway Pa- trolman James Langcy of San Angelo said the accident ap- parently occurred when tne Slamps automobile, traveling on U.K. 67, drove off the loft side of HID road and struck a tree about five miles cast of Ballinger. Stamps lost control v.as not immediately deter- mined, Langcy said. The body was token lo Allta. Davis Funeral Home in Ballin- ger pending notification of rel- atives. The body is lo lie taken In LeHoy Hader Vuneral Home in Longview. lie was a retired safely en- gineer with the Myers Construction' C o m p a n y" He was born June in Ter- rell. Survivors are his wife, lone, and a daughter. Mrs. Fw Ban- of Ritston,   

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