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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TII YEAR, NO. 55 Phone 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST .11, 1974-SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 15c DAILY 25C.SUNDAY Asks Names for VP By JANET STAIHAR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON' (AP) Presidenl Ford asked the Cabinet'to stay on, was assured of ils continuing support, and solicited scaled recommendations Saturday for the choice of a new vice president. Fovd met with his inherited full Cabinet In the Oval Office of the White House for 45 minutes and said Jie hoped that they, as well as heads of independent agencies, would all slay aboard in the new adminis- tration. Ford said he did not even want the customary formal resignations. Secretary of Stale Henry "A. Kissinger, top man in the Cabinet, responded for the entire group, saying they welcomed the opportunity to perform a national service. "Now we wish to express our unflagging support and total loyalty to said Kissinger. Ford expressed his-gratitude that the Cabinet had carried on under what he termed trying circumstances during the last several months of the Richard SI. Nixon administration. Ford said he intend- ed to meet individually and face-to-face wilh each Cabinet member when problems arose. However, Ford said, those personal meetings would be business "rather than chitchat." Jcrald F. terllorsl, press secretary to the new President who took the oath Fri- day, told reporters at a briefing that Ford underscored the importance of continuity' and stability at this point in tfie transition' between administrations. "t believe that is what the country terllorst quoted the President as saying to the Cabinet. "I think we have a fine team here." Ford was said to have stressed to the Cabinet his announced policy of openness and candor and to have urged them to be affirmative in .their relations with news media. Terllorst said that Ford would follow essentially the same process used by for- mer President Nixon in selecting a man to f'll Hie second lob in the administration. ford lias asked the Republican congres- sional leaders, Hep. John 'J. Rhodes of Arizona and Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsyl- vania, and Republican party Chairman George Bush to contact GOP congressman and party leaders across the'country to solicit their suggestions for a vice presi- dential nominee. TerHorst said Ford also plans to seek advice on whom to name from members of the Cabinet, the White House staff and Democratic leaders of Congress, Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma and Sen. Hike See CABINET, Pg. ISA, Col. C Initial cabinet session President Gerald Ford addresses members of the Cabinet Schlesinger, right, sits beside Ford'.duiing his, fust meeting with 'at the White House Saturday.'Secretary of Defense James, the Cabinet as President. (AP Elm Creek Rolls Over Banks Near Buffalo Gap ByANN-FLORES. Reporter-News Staff .Writer '.Rain-swollen' Elm Creek, re- portedly topped its banks louth of Abilene late Saturday, alter morning and evening thundershowers dumped about an inch of precipitation in the. Abilene area. The National Weather Serv- ice put out a warning state- ment for Abilene around 10 p.m. after the creek left its banks two miles north of Buf- falo Gap where almost three inches of rain fell daring the day. FORECASTER Jack Schna- ble said he alerted Civil De- fense city police and city-radio sta- tions about p.m. to the possibility of the over- flowing in town since-the water flows from south to north. An official'.75 inch of rain- fell was recorded in Abilene from showers which fell in the late morning and bctvveen'jiot and p.m. Saturday's rain brought the year's precipitation total to 11.39 inches, compared to a normal of 15.16 inches for this time of jeai Elm Cieek wasn't the only 'body of water; to catch water from the showers. The caretaker, at Lake Abi- lene reported 2 inches of :rain there and .80 iiich fell above Lake Kirbj Lake Spence neai Big Spring, whei e thiee fourth inch hail was icported about pm reportedly lose 05 foot. Widely vaijmg amounts fell at points throughout Die Big t'ountiy. Ihundei and lightning ac- companied most of the rains, and Taylor and the surround- ing counUes undei d se- vere thunderstorm.watch until 11 p.m. Saturday TO THE WEST uf .Abilene, Wcstbrook on reported 2.20 inches of rain, Snyder re- corded 1.05 inches and Merkel' netted -.20 inch. To the cast. Eastlaiul re- ported 1 20 inches, Cisco 1.30 mines and De Leon SO inch. Corman; reported 1.30 inches falling in one houi duimg the. afternoon ;anrj' Dublin mei surcd slightly more Ulan an inch in -an .early 'afternoon shower. To tlie south, Paint Rock reported l.GO inches and bail was reported at nearby Wall Colcman received l.4o inch. The activity was triggered by gulf moisture clashing with cool air rippling from the west. Schnabel explained. A -30 per cent ciiance of more pre- cipitation was listed in Sun- forecast. Temperatures were mild Saturday, lulling a high of 83 and are expected to remain that way throughMonday, A of" shbivcrs also formed froni Southwest to.. North Texas' biirigi'ng unseas- onably cool temperatures in addition to heavy rain. At Dallas, the temperature dropped 12. degrees.', iii less'., .than an hour as a frontal sys- tem approached shortly after noon. The, lams strettliejl tiom boutlwest Texas' up thiough the South Plains and across the.northern scclioti.ot the state. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect Satur- day iflenwxm foi sevexat North Central'Texas counties west of-Fort Worth. Retiring Fireman 'WouMDohAgain' By BILL HEBRIDGE Hcporter-News Staff Writer Lt. 0. R. Conway spent 32 years as an Abilene fireman without a single injury. Then, after he announced his forthcoming retirement last month, a fire hose ruptured and broke two ribs. "That's the only injury I ever Conway said of the was really in a state of shock right after that, seeing how close I'd been to accident that delayed his re- tirement for a monlh. "Of course, I was banged around a h'ltle before, but nothing seri- ous." THE FORMER firefighler signed on with the Abilene Fire Department on Dec. 15, 1911, with "Pear! Harbor still on my mind." He spent 13 months as a then advanced to fireman first class. That job, for tlie next 10 years, covered cvcrylhinn from driving fire trucks to manning hoses in the face of large fires. "The biggest one T remem- ber, Comvay-said, "Was when Abilene Hall burned nut at llardin-Simmrtns. I had a real call in llwt one." He said Hie HSU fire, which occurred Keb. 10, 1917, nearly cost him his life. "I was fighting the fire from a ladder against the front of the Conway re- "I saw I wasn't doing much pond IJirre, so d'niberi down Hie ladder to get to a belter position. "Just as I got off the ladder, a porch roof fell, covering the ladder under Ions of burning wood.'I was really in a state of shock light after that, seeing how close I'd been to death." ALTHOUGH Conway hasn't made any daring rescues or won citations for saving lives, lie has served faithfully on fi- refighting teams throughout his career that have saved many Abilenians from a fiery death. "Being a fireman isn't the best paid job in the he said, "But when you sec someone brought out alive, it makes the whole thing worth- while." The veteran fireman said the most dangerous aspect of his profession does not lie in actually fighting fires. "The most dangerous part of this job is fighting traffic going to a he said. "People have their air condi- tioners on and windows rolled up, and they just don't see or hear you. It's really danger- ous." He also cited toxic gasses emitted by the myriad of syn- thetic materials found in to- day's home as another source of danger. "In the old he said, "we just had to worry about carbon monoxide. But now, there is more plastic and vinyl in a house than wood and cloth. All these things .emit very poisonous gasses. Oxygen masks are as much a part of our uniforms as are heavy coats, knee boots and hard hats." CONWAY, who lives with his wife Hazel at 1601 Victoria, said he doesn't regret a single day of his life as a fireman. "I'd do it all over again just the same he said of his 1 Munippal Airport Total for -Year. PLAINS .DE yj'R Normal for DUBLIN 2318 River Oaks ,.68 2041 Butternut .05 1026 '1.30 2501 Dyess API? Lake .30 Lake Kirby .30 SNYDER 1.05 .10 2.20 STAGG Checking the pressure control 0. R. Conway, retiring Abilene fireman, examines the pump pressure control he was operating last month when a hose line ruptured, breaking his ribs and delaying his retirement. Conway has been with the department 32 years. (Staff Phplo by Gerald Ewing) long career. "These guys are wonderful people to work for just like one big happy fam- ily." Conway was honored Satur- day night at the Central Five Station with a retirement par- ty. He said he plaas to do some, heavy fishing in the near future. "I've always wanted to calch a big he said, "and I'm going to take my wife to Galveston and we are going after a big one." Inside Todoy A Week of History The host, haggard and worn from the avalanche that had come tumbling around him, stood to escort his three guests to the door. "I've lost he said.' "It's been very rough." A look ot Richard Nixon's final week in office. Pg. IDA. Middle America, symbolized to one-time Nixon otde John D. Ehrlichman by Peorio, HI., isn't booing its fallen hero. But Peorio's .applause, os Nixon leave's 'the presidential'stage, isn't exactly deafening: Pg. 10A. Gerald R. Ford ascends to a presidency lHat has been sfrengthenea1 by Ihe tumult of Wotergate, but he may find his experience in Congress a hindrance, says scholar James MacGregor Burns. Pg. 5A, Though he wos often viewed on Wall Street os a friend of business, Richard M. Nixon's White. House years were poor ones for the stock market. Pg. International News j Turkey ond Turkish Cypriots formally request o new polit- ical setup for Cyprus. Pg. 14A.' Features Some of the funeral homes in the Big Country may take., another look at ambulance services if new federal reg- ulations are adopted by the state, Pg. 17A Summer commencement exercises will be held at Mc- Murry College and Hardin-Simmorrs University Frictay Pp. 22, 23A. Sunday News Index Abifene Events Calendar 38 Amusements 1-48 Austin Notebook 5A Betty's Wottd 4A Big Country Colcndor......4B Books 4B Bridge 22A Business News............7C Clossificd 10-HC Ctossvotd Puitlc 22A Editorials.............. 4A fotm News 24, J5A Horoscope...............31 Hospital Patients Jumble Puzzle Markets Obituaries Oil Recording A Setting Ihe Scene SpOltj Texas This West Texa Today in History To HealtS TV Tab' Women's News 1-7 24A 22A 20A II II UC IB 41 3B 3B )-16l 1-14D
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