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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT AUG. 1974-TH1RTY-EIG11T PAGES IN FOUR Price 15 Cents Atsociated <ff) 'National Nightmare Over, Ford Declares By FRANK COHMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Ger- ald )i. Ford look office as 331 h President of Hie United States Friday, pronounced an end to "our long national night- then set about the business of shaping iiis admin- jslration. In swift succession he met with congressional leaders, with senior aides to (lie re- signed Richard Nixon, with economic advisers, diplomats, and a group of personal asso- ciates who will counsel him on selecting a White House staff. A spokesman said Ford has asked Nixon's key aides to re- main on the Job during the time of transition. Ford concluded his oath of office "so help me God" Nixon's Farewell Address, Pg. 2A Ford's Acceptance Speech, Pg. ID at p.m. EDT. Jt was ad- ministered by Chief Juslice Warren K. Burger in Uie East Room of the While House, be- fore an audience of the lead- ers of American government. Actually, Ford assumed the powers of the presidency 28 minutes when Nixon's formal resignation was hand- ed to secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. After repeating the oath, Ford stepped to the rostrum and. simple but moving eloquence, addressed the American people with "just a little straight talk among friends.'-' He promised a government of openness and of candor, and a continuing quest {or peace. He noted that he was not elected President and the American people "to confirm me as your President mtb your prayers." Fords voice was but broke for an instant as he spake of.Nixon, forced to re- signation by the Watergate scandals: "May'bur former president, See FORD, Pg. 1ZA, <M. I Historian Feels Same Sadness Elicited by 2 Assassinations The torch is passed office as the 38th as Chief Justice Warren Burger administeis Ihe oalh in (he 'hat only hours before Richard M Nixon bid laic- on Nixon Pledges to Continue Peace Work Receives Rousing Cheer in California distinguished Abilene his- torian said Friday morning that he views Richard Nixon's resignation from the presiden- cy with the same sadness as that elicited by two presiden- tial assassinations in his life- time. Dry .R u p e r t. Richardson, president-emeritus of llardiri- Simmons University, empha- sized that he is in no way comparing the resignation to an assassination, but thai tiie tsvo actions are in the same class as "JD o in c n t u o u s events." Dr. Richardson remember.? By STEPHEN FOX Associated Press Writer SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) Richard 31. ffixon was given a rousing welcome by about persons when he relumed home from Wash- ington Friday as a private cit- izen. He vowed to continue working for world peace. "Having completed one task does itot mean (hat I am going to sit in this marvelous Cali- fornia sunshine and do noth- the former president told the enthusiastic crowd at E! Toro Marine Corps Air Sta- tion, wfierc he and Iiis family landed in the presidential jet. Nixon was smiling broadly as he talked to the placard- waving, cheering crowd before getting in a Marine helicopter and flying to his San Clemcnle estate. "Over Ihe next two Nixon said, "1 can assure you that in all the time lhat I have thai can be useful I am going to continue to work for peace on all bases" and for "the op- portunity for understanding among all people in Ameri- Some in the crowd sang "God Bless while others shouted, "hip, hip hoo- ray" and "we want Nixon." The radiant homecoming was in contrast to a tearful fare- well to his staff earlier in the morning as Nixon left the White House. Then, Nixon said greatness conies not in hours of triumph but in limes of knocks, disappointment, sad- ness. "Only if you've been in (lie deepest valley can you ever know haw magnificent it is (o be on the highest Xixon said as the clock ran out on his years in the White House. Nixon was over mid-Ameri- ca central Missouri at division of sentiments there won't be a unity of he said. "There's hot now and there won't be'in the years, ahead." Or new President Gerald Kovd, Dr. Richardson, said that even though he. is assuni: ing the and through extraordinary cir- cumstances, :his support, by Ihe people will be not hurt. "I DON'T think it wilf prove any serious handicap for Jlr. he said. "Of course, lie does not have the prestige he would have had if ejected, bul p.m. EOT'when ttent Ford raised his hand for Ihe oath. The_ formal .-side of relin- quishing the position was a one-sentence letter to Secre- tary of Slate Henry A. Kissin- ger. "Dear Mr. it said. "I hereby resign the of- fice of President of the United Stales. Sincerely, Richard M. Kixon." The letter was officially re- ceived at p.m. EDT and at lhat moment Richard Nixon was, in Harry T r u in a n's words, just "Mr. Citizen." At El Toro, Nixon stressed his hope for peace. "The greatest privilege Pat and 1 have had is to have visited nearly every country in the world and you know the By School Board judge him objectively." President Ford will ptobi- bly hot exercise as much pow- er'as Nixon Dr. Richard- 'son said, partly because tiie resignation may .temporarily lessen, the. power of the o! tic e. that the. President WilV renfein Strongest executive in the, world. Dr. John Stevens, another noted historian and the presi- dent of Abilene Christian ColJ lege, said he believes people See RICHARDSON, people there aren't much different than you or 1 they all have the same dream, the dream of he said. About 200 friends greeted Nixon, his wife and their daughter and son-in-law, Tri-cia.and Edward Cox, at the. helipad outside his villa here which no longer will called the Western While House. The Nixons went to their home alone. The final trip was made in Air Force One, the official presidential plane that Nixon renamed "The Spirit of 75." To his co-workers at the While House, Nixon said that when Ihings go wrong, when a man suffers defeat, some think that all is ended. wiuiam MCMniey s death as a small boy. He said lhat Kennedy's death "seems like yesterday." THE SCHOLAR .also said that the resignation has probably provided the strongest test of the Constitution of any event in the document's history. "And it's been very Dr. Richardson said. "There has been no evidence of any violence (in the There has been acceptance of (he lav; and the constitutional procedure." Dr. Richardson said that "we can not loll" how Richard Nixon svill be judged by his lory. "I do think there will be think people now want lo Pg. 12A, Col.- 51 Pleads 51 conspiracy end per- ri'W v j in tbe. milk money 4A Pg. 6A. r. Editorials Motors, citing ris- 9 A, material and labor price OM Ik averaging or sports 51 TV Pg. 7C. Womin N.wt 31 Presley Concert Sold Out Tickets to Elvis Presley's Abilene concert schedul- ed for Oct. 9 in Taylor County Coliseum sold out at noon Friday, Joe Cooley, coliseum manager, an- nounced. A total of tickets had been ordered at prices of 85, S7.50 and Elvis is scheduled lo give one concert at p.m. on the mid-week dale. Tax Hike Tentatively Okayed Nolan County Gets Heavy Rains A low pressure (rough aloft in the upper atmosphere 'and some 30 lo 40 miles norltnvesl of Abilene was "pretty well played out" by nigliffa'lt Fvi- day, the National Weather Service reported. Nolan, Fisher, Scurry, Jones and Mitchell counties wore placed under a severe thun- derstorm warning about p.m. Friday because of Ihe trough and heavy rains were reported in the Sweelwaler- Roscoc vicinity. However, by p.m. Hie warning was cancelled and Ihe hope tor rain during the week- end stayed at 23 per cent (or Abilene residents. Rome marble-size hail was also reported in parts ol Scur- ry county aronml Snydcr. seemed barely measur- able in the area, however, as I Abilene recorded v. trace, Col- orado City had .15 inch, Hcrm- leigh received liaU an inch and Swectwater reported .10 inch. The scallered showers com- bined with temperatures in the 80s and 90s to give most of the state a sultry atmosphere. During the afternoon, a line of Ihundershowers moved northward from Southeast Texas accompanied by gusty winds and small hail. The thunderstorm and show- ers were expected to continue along the upper Texas coast and between Houston and San Antonio, and west of the Pccos River. The eastern half of Texas remained cloudy to partly most of the cni half ol the slale enjoyed clear skies. By ANN F'LORKS Reporlcr-Nws Staff Writer Tentatively endorsing a million budget for Ihe upcom- ing school year ,lhc Abilene School Hoard gave prelimi- nary approval Friday lo a five-cent tax increase. In their eighth summer budget work session, trustees also adopted an administra- tive pay scale which will put all of tiie district's 70 adminis- trators on a formal pay sched- ule and provide them average raise of alxmt 10 per cent. While approval of the ad- minislrative pay scale and lax increase wound up the board's item-by-item review of the budget proposed by Supt. Har- old Brinson, formal approval cannot'come until after a pub- lic hearing at p.m. Thurs- da yin the administration building. Final approval of Ihe budg- et, to take effect Sept. 1, must come by Thursday under stale law. THE TAX increase, if for- mally approved Thursday, will pul (he district's tax rate at per valuation based on 55 per cent. School taxpay- ers are currently taxed at per valuation. Broken down, Ihe five-cent lax increase iucdludes a Iwo- A cent hike in the interest and sinking fund tax and a three- cent hike in the operations and maintenance fund rate. The two-cent bike, built into the budget with which the board has been working all summer, is necessary for the district to keep up its pay- ment on past bond issues, Brinson explained. That increase was recom- mended by superintendent- emeritus A.E. Wells in July in one of his last presentations la the board. The remaining lliree-cenl hike was approved by trustees Friday to offset an expected J35.023 deficit in Ihe opera- tions and maintenance fund out of which almost all school bills are paid. Preliminary approval of the administrative pay schedule will put all of the district's administrators on a formal pay scale for the first time. Only principals have been governed by a pay schedule in the past, while the salaries of central office administrators have been negotiable. BECAUSE MOST of the past salaries were negotiated and differ from individual lo indi- vidual, the exact amount of raise per administrator will differ in going to the scale. Brinson pointed out, though, that the scale will provide an overall average raise of 9.78 percent. Under the scale, the salary for each administrative job such as principal, coordinator, supervisor, etc. is a certain amount over the salary mini- mum required by the state. "They (salaries) are all above the state Brinson said. "We'll be paying every- one at least five per cent above state but nobody above 12 per cent." Brinson said adoption o! the schedule will eliminate inequi- ties in the salaries paid and will boost employe morale. The new superintendent said he would seek board approval See SCHOOL, Pg. HA, Crt. J Brinson: Tax Hike Shouldn't Be Surprise By ANN FI.ORES Ilcporier-iS'cws Slaff Writer The five-cent tax increase tentatively approved by the Abilene School Board should come as no surprise to taxpayers, Supt. llrold Brinson said Friday. "I feel like most people were prepared for some small increase, and spent a lot of time trying to keep it he said. TAXPAYERS ARE currently taxed at Jl.oO per valuation based on 55 per cent. K the increase receives final approv- al at a special session Tiirusday night, the rale will go up to 31.55 per valuation. The tive-cenl increase is divided inlo a two-cent raise in the interest and sinking fund lax and a three-cent hike in the operations and maintenance fund rajc. Brinson explained that the IvvpjMt hike is necessary ,for the district to meet its payments on past bond issues. He said voters were told before last October's million bond issue for new construction and air conditioning to expect a 10-ccnt increase in the interest and sink- ing fund tax. He'indicated that another increase of aljout eight cents in the interest and sink- ing fund rate probably will be necessary next year. Brinson said the additional three-cent increase, made necessary by inflation, was in a sense anticipated by voters in April a 30'cent increase in the main- tenance tax ceiling had been Voters authorized raising it to and ine ihree-cent hike approved Friday will bring tnc maintnehace (und rate to In the absence of emergency aid from the state, a five-cent increase is meager compared what school officials had an- ticipated just weeks ago. Then, a lax hike of up to 20 cents was being considered when the apparent defi- cit in the upcoming year's budget wai Trustees avoided the need for such a large tax hike by transferring into next year's budget of unbudgeted fed- eral funds due mis school year and by budgeting an additional in federal impacted aid funds expected in the fiscal year. "We've managed to keep the lax in- crease low allhough we've had to transfer some out of our unappropriated balance (surplus) and we're taking more of a risk on our (impacted aid) Brinson said.