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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               Abilene Christian 27 f tycMfirry Collegev 55 State Collie-Arkansas fo laptistChristian 0 Tex.lutheran 30 UCU 17 W.Michigan 33 0 Tennessee 17 UTX 6 See stories in sports, Section C "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AG 17. 94TH YEAR. NO. 83 PHONE 673-4271 SUNDAY MORNING, SEPT: 8, 1974-SRVENTY-S1X PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS-' 25c SUNDAY In State. TM Associated Press NEW ORLEANS i-- Hurricane Careen ballered Louisiana's coast Saturday night, ''whipping up higli winds that' gusted'.-to ;1SO-miles an hour near I he cenler. A ereijlng weather bu- reau bulle.liri' said. Carman's eye was 90 iriiles south-south- wcsl of New Orleans, wilh hurricane winds sci earning over Grand Isle and'deserted marshes beside Hie sea At 9 p.m. CDT, the cenicl was located at latitude 2S.S north and longitude 90 9 west, and the storm hail taken a more decided turn to the National Guard spokesmen said guardsmen would be activated at dawn Suiiridy to cleaning up the damage sure (o Jje left the onslaught of the mas- sive storm' Described as extremely dan- gerous, Carmen headed inland for, an area around Houma, La., but was reported a dimin- ishing .threat .to. ilissisiippi, Alabama and Florida: er, a hurricane warning re- mained in effect from'Morgan City, La., lo Mobile, Ala. She was veering slightly west of due noilli with highest sustained winds at 150 mpft Foiuaid speed was about 10 mph Her winds built up high tides of 12 to 14 feet JD anai ea whoie five feet above sea lev cl is a hill Tens of thousands evacuated the coastal area dui ing a day of highway Iraffic which often was bumper to .bumper, at a frustrating crawl. Uov Edwin Edwaids said President Ford telephoned him from Washington to offer Inside Today Today's the Day for Evel All the hullabaliou, hokum and hype come to the fesf today in Twin Falls, Idaho, for Evel Kmevel Pq 6A Court land financial records show that a Democratic campaign committee was used to funnel contributions' to 0'number of senate candidates. Pg. 16A. An Eastland doctor relates some of his experiences while 5o missionary in Rhodesia; Pg. ISA. Abilene's business-activity increased. 16 per cent during'! the month of July. 8A. Sunday News Index Abilene Events Calendar 4B Amusement 1-48 Austin Notebook 5A Berry's'-World-.'. 4A Big Country Calendar 4B Books 4B 17A Business'News .8 A Classified ...........'8-14C Croiiwocd Puzzle.......16A Editorials 4A Farm HA Headline Horoscope........ 16A Hospital Folicnli ]1A Jumble Purift JA Markels............ '18-20A Obftuoriei ;2A Oil 20A Recordings.............. '2B Setting the Scene......... IB Sports............ 1-7C, 14C Texas................. 12A today in History .-.......4B This Week In Welt Texas 4B To Your Good Health ____ 13A TV Tab.............. 1-UE Women's News........ 1-12D And here she Miss Texas, Shirley Cothran from Demon, was named Miss America 1975 Saturday night in Atlantic City, N'.J. She's the second winner from Denton in the past four years. She is the great-niece of J. G. Cothran of Abilene. Amnesty full federal support in rebuild- ing any areas damaged by the powerful hurricane. "He is.well aware of ih'c and' has' .alerted all Ihe-federal-'agen-- ties1'in; the Ed- wards, j I lie added that'llie President asked him lo call (lie While House ,iii' case; of a. Severe e m e i1 g c n e yi However, the storm's westward veer would .case whal had been a major Had Carmen not veered west 'she could have struck '.across .Lake Pontcharlrain, ilie at New. Orleans', back door, triggering what, Army engineers said could have .been catastrophic flooding in' low lying sections. of the cily and some suburbs. A lied Cross spokesman persons were being th? fair begins housed in 200 shelters in the New Orleans' area and (iiiit lip to were, expected to evacuate their homes. "It's an' extremely danger- ous forecasters in iS'ew Orleans said. Carmen .was ruled at a strength of be- tween 3 and 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Camille, the hurricane which lefl 167 (lead on the- Gulf Coast" in 1969, rated a 5. At midaUemoon an unusual calm preceded tfie :storm. Areas along the coast reported patches of sunshine, sharp, contrast lo heavy morning rains that s o a k e d people boarding up Ihe windows-'of homes and businesses. Hurricane w a r n i ri g flags were flying from Morgan City, La., to Mobile, Ala., whore tides were predicted lo be 5 to 10 feet above normal. Squalls .with winds at gale force were exacted from Panama City, Fla., lo VcrmillioivBajvI.a. "Heavy rains, with accumu- lations of 8 lo 10 inches, will spread northward across southeast Louisiana and south- ern Mississippi ahead of Car- forecasters "A few tornadoes' are possible along the 'coast from IVilosi, Miss., to Fort Walton Beach, Ma., and 100 miles inland." stories, photos, Pp. 10, 21A Abilene High's 'Outstanding Band' 76 trombones minus 72 Tractor Contest 'Pulls in' the Fans A little drum roll Saturday morning was the lime for tlie big brass drum of liie Wylie High School Band to. shine as il helped bring in the 68th annual West Texas Fair with a boom. Twenty-five Big.Country, bands marched in the fair's parade Saturday, through downtown Abilene (Stiff- Photos by. John-Best) E) ANN fLORLS KoporleMVews SUff Writer The people came with then cunosily peaked, not knowing what to expeil What Uiey.-gof was ear- splitling .noise ol an automo- bile ch'ag rate, the flying dust of a rodeo and (he excitement of the Iwo combined. WIIKN'THKY lea the west Texas Fairgrounds late Satur- day, -they could be counted as aficionados of the rapidly? growing sport of tractor pull- ing. "f jusl came to see what it's all about. I've never been one before, just heard about said Oran Brigham, a.. Stamford cotton, fanner who sal with some friends in the stands. Brigham's motive for pay- ing the fee to see the event was shared by many or the 2.500 present, most of whom had never witnessed a tractor pull, an event new this year to the annual ffest Texas Fair. Inside the arena filed dozens of tractors of every color and make some straight from (he cotton fields of West Texas and others the likes of which few farms have ever seen. Adding to the suspense for :lhosc who did not understand the objecf o; the contest the picsenpc of a huge, tilted flatbed sled af (lie beginning of a 300-fool cliit track: I'ei c h e d atop the sled, which is part of a rig .13 a weight transfer machine, were two blight shinj fiactois scmng as weights. fl HEN Tlir PUI.L is under' way, aftei dnvei pijs, Ilie strength of-.his .machine S against Ihe weighted sled. Once the sled, has been hooked on lo the back the .driver .revs "P, Ihe engine, throwing off dust aiid often smoke, and is off willra lurch.. .The driver's head rears back as the tractor veers for- ward and he fights to keep control of Ihe steering wheel. Each tractor proceeds at a rale of about five miles per hour for alwut 50 feet before the heavy weight Iwhind it is shifted from the sled to the tractor itself, slowing the pace down. Finally, the traclor grinds lo a dusty halt when the load becomes unbearable. There the distance is mea- sured and pilled against Ihe Sec SLED, Pg. UA, 6 Retired Sergeant for Total Ampesty Vietnam Veteran Favors Public Service LEWIS CONWAY U-j'ear service veteran By JIM'CONLKV Repwler-NcVvs Slaff fl'rilcr When tore Conway came i back, from the Korean War, he was "welcomed" by' an America which made him ride home in Ihe back of a bus. As a 20-year-oid black man in 1951, the law said that was where he must ride, even though his experiences in the war had taught him lhal he was not of an inferior race. Now, at age 44, Conway looks back on his 23-year military career, having seen hypocrisy and learning what it's like to be on the outside looking in, and he favors amnesty for Die men who chose to leave the country rather than serve in Vietnam. AT ONE TIME. Conway was your lypi-. cal soldier. In fact he once planned to stay in for 30 years. And thai decision came after he had already served one lour in Vietnam. While on his second tour of duly there, however, when he wore the six stripes of an E-S rank sergeant, his views changed. He's still proud of his service, of course, bul his heart was no longer committed to an Army career. Amnesty is one of the hottest is- ,sues being discussed in this country to- d_oy. Some soy there am- nesty for draft evaders and deserters. Others say fhaf (hose who left the country have been proven right and should be welcomed. And there is a third course of conditional amnesty, an amnesty granted to those willing to work in public service for a year or two.' Reporter-News staff writer Jim Conley interviewed two men who serv- ed in Vietnam. One fovars conditional amnesty, one favors total amnesty, but both have o thoughtful and inter- esting view of situation. The change took place in 1970, when the young troop's under First Sergeant Con- way (old him 'they didn't want to fight, and pressed him for a reason America should be in a war it didn't seem to be Irving hard to .win. "I didn't have the said Con- way, Hie Training and Safely Diicc- Sec SOt.DIKR, Pg; i u, col. 6 ,i By JIM Reporter-News Slaff Writer When many young men his age were pretending lo be homosexuals or running to Canada to avoid the Vietnam era draft, Jerri" Davis of Abilene was trying to stay alive by killing Viet before they could kill him. Davis, nbw 27 and a criminal investiga- tor with the Taylor County Sheriffs Dept., told why his thought and combat experi- ences have led him lo oppose uncondilion- a! amnesty for draft eraders. The young father of two children said Thursday (hat "whether the war was a mistake or not, Hie brave men who sacri- ficed their lives should not be forgotten." However, in spite of Ihe friends he lost in combat wh'ile other men refused .to fight or even serve in (he military, Davis would accept amnesty under certain conditions. "THE OM.Y acceptable program lo he said, "would be if these people came back and agreed lo work in a mili- tary hospital or veterans hospital or sonic- thing where they assisted the country.. .maybe in an orphanage helping Wile children." Davis also said he doesn't feel that all Ihe men wfio dodged the draft or deserted were .cowards. "Some of them left wives and children when they ran he sajd. "And some of them, I'm sure, regretted leaving.. .and I imagine they would come back and work at a'hospital now that (hey are older and have changed some of their views." He feels lhal a couple of years helping lonely, wounded veterans in hospitals could not help but make (he draft dodgers better persons. For those persons who denounced their country in favor of communist govern- ments, however, Davis lias less sympathy, "f think lhat if they love Red China or Fidel Castro's little island so much, they should" go he said. DAVIS, WHO earned the Bronze Star and coveted Combat Infantryman's Badge ss a recon platoon member (a type of scout) with the 1st Infantry Division or ''The Bloody One" as he called il, said he's "totally against amnesty until it's a Sec TWO, 1'g. HA, col. I JERRY DAVIS for conditional amnesty   

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