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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas ffje Abilene Reporter''WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS ll GOES"—Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 83 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., SUNDAY MORNING, SEPT. 8, 1974—SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY + lc Slate Sale* Tai Associated Press (ZP) And    the fair begins... stories, photos, Pp. IO, 21A Abilene High s ‘Outstanding Band’: 76 trombones minus 7* And here she is .. . Miss Texas, Shirley Cothran from Denton, 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. Abilene Christian    27    McMurry    College SS Tex. Lutheran 30    UCLA 17    33 Tarleton 0 Tennessee 17 UTA    o State College-Arkansas IO Baptist Christian 0    See    stories    in    sports,    Section    CCarmen Batters Louisiana Coast NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Hurricane Carmen battered Louisiana’s low-lying coast Saturday night, whipping up high tides with winds that gusted to 180 miles an hour near the center. A late evening weather bureau bulletin said Carman’s eye was 90 miles south-south-west of New Orleans, with hurricane winds screaming over Grand Isle and deserted marshes beside the sea. At 9 p.m. CDT, the center was located at latitude 28.8 north and longitude 90.9 west, and the storm had taken a more decided turn to the northwest. National Guard spokesmen said 11,050 guardsmen would be activated at dawn Sunday to assist in cleaning up the damage sure to be left behind by the onslaught of the mas sive storm center. Described as extremely dangerous, Carmen headed inland for an area around Houma, La., but was reported a diminishing threat to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. However, a hurricane warning remained in effect from Morgan City, La., to Mobile, Ala. She was veering slightly west of due north with highest sustained winds at 150 m.p.h. Forward speed was about IO m.p.h. Her winds built up high tides of 12 to 14 feet in an area where five feet above sea level is a hill. Tens of thousands evacuated the coastal area during a day of highway traffic which often was bumper to bumper, at a frustrating crawl. Gov. Eld win Edwards said President Ford telephoned him from Washington to offer Inside Todoy Today's the Day for Eve/ All the hullaballou, hokum and hype come to the test today in Twin Falls, Idaho, for Evel Knievel. Pq. 6A. Court and financial records show that a Democratic campaign committee was used to funnel contributions to a number of senate candidates. Pq. 16A. An Eastland doctor relates some of his experiences while a missionary in Rhodesia. Pg. 15A. Abilene's business activity increased 16 per cent during the month of July. Pg. 8A. Sunday News Index kbilcne Events Calender    AB Amusements    1-4B Austin Notebook    SA lorry's World    *A liq Country Calendar    AB •ooh*  .........«• ■rid*, .    ............ lutiness News....... BA Classified    S-JJC Crossword Pusilt editorials      •A form News     *]A foartline    ......    22A horoscope    MA Hospital Patients Jumble Poult Markets Obituaries Oil Recordings Setting the Scene Sports ......... Texas todoy in History This Week In West Texas To Your Good Health . . TV Toh Women's News UA . 9A . 18*20A . 2A 20A 2B IB 1-7C, MC 12A . 4B 4B 13A 1-16E 1-12D JERRY DAVIS . . . for conditional amnesty Vietnam Veteran Favors Public Service By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News staff Writer When many young men his age were pretending to be homosexuals or running to Canada to avoid the Vietnam era draft. Jerry Davis of Abilene was trying to stay alive by kitting Viet Cong before they could kill him. Davis, now 27 and a criminal investigator with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept., told why his thought and combat experiences have led him to oppose unconditional amnesty for draft evaders. The young father of two children said Thursday that “whether the war was a mistake or not, the brave men who sacrificed their lives should not be forgotten.” However, in spite of the friends he lost in combat while other men refused to fight or even serve in the military', Davis would accept amnesty under certain conditions. “THE ONLY acceptable program to me,” he said, “would be if these people came back and agreed to work in a military hospital or veterans hospital or something where they assisted the country'.. maybe even in an orphanage helping little children.” Davis also said he doesn t feel that all the men who dodged the draft or deserted were cowards. ‘ Some of them left wives and children when they ran away.” he said. “And some of them, I’m sure, regretted leaving.. .and I imagine they would come back and work at a hospital now that they are older and have changed some of their views.” He feels that a couple of years helping lonely, wounded veterans in hospitals could not help but make the draft dodgers better persons. For those persons who denounced their country in favor of communist governments, however, Davis has less sympathy. “I think that if they love Red China or Fidel Castro’s little island so much, they should go there,” he said DAVIS, WHO earned the Bronze Star and coveted Combat Infantryman's Badge as a recon platoon member (a type of scout! with the 1st Infantry Division or • The Bloody One” as ho called it. said he’s “totally against amnesty until ifs a See TWO, Bg HA, Col. 3 Tractor Contest 'Pulls in' the Fans A little drum roll... Saturday morning was the time for the big brass drum of the Wylie High School Band to shine as it 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 (Staff Photos by John Besti Bv ANN FLORES Reporter-New s Staff Writer The people came with their curiosity peaked, not knowing what to expect. What they got was the earsplitting noise of an automobile drag race, the flying dust of a rodeo and the excitement of the two combined. WHEN THEY left the West Texas Fairgrounds late Saturday, they could be counted as aficionados of the lapidly-growing spoil of tractor pulling. “I just came to see what it’s all about. I’ve never been to one before, just heard about them,” said Oran Brigham, a Stamford cotton farmer who sat with some friends in the stands. Brigham’s motive for paying the $2 fee to see the event was shared by many of the 2.500 present, most of whom had never witnessed a tractor pull, an event new this year to the 68th annual West Texas Fair. Inside the arena filed dozens of tractors of every’ color and make — some straight from the cotton fields of West Texas and others the likes of which few1 fa nils have ever seen. Adding to the suspense for those who did not understand the object of the contest was the presence of a huge, tilted flatbed sled at the beginning of a 300-foot dirt track. Perched atop the sled, which is part of a rig known as a weight transfer machine, were two bright shiny tractors serving as weights. WHEN THE PL LL is under way, driver after driver pits the strength of his machine against the weighted sled. * Once the sled has been hocked on to the back of a tractor, the driver revs up the engine, throwing off dust and often smoke, and is off with a luich. The driver’s head rears back us the tractor veers forward and he fights to keep control of the steering wheel. Each tractor proceeds at a late of about five miles per hour for about 50 feet before the heavy weight behind it is shifted from the sled to the tractor itself, slowing the pace down. Finally, the tractor grinds to a dusty halt when the load becomes unbearable. There the distance is measured and pitted against the See SLED, Pg. HA. Col. 6 Amnesty Retired Sergeant for Total Amnesty full federal support in rebuilding any areas damaged by the powerful hurricane. “He is well aware of the impending disaster and has alerted all the federal agencies in the state,” said Edwards. He added that the President asked him to call the White House in case of a severe emergency. However, the storm’s westward veer would ease what had been a major danger. Had Carmen not veered west she could have struck across Lake Pontchartrain, the 26-mile-wide lake at New Orleans’ back door, triggering what Army engineers said could have been catastrophic flooding in low lying sections. of the city and some suburbs. A Red Cross spokesman said 25.000 persons were being housed in 200 shelters in Hie New Orleans area and that up to 100.000 were expected to evacuate their homes. “It’s an extremely dangerous storm,” forecasters in New Orleans said. Carmen was rated at a strength of between 3 and 4 on a scale of I to 5. Camille, the hurricane which left 167 dead on the Gull Coast in 1969. rated a 5. At midafternoon an unusual calm preceded the storm. Areas along the coast reported patches of sunshine, sharp contrast to heavy morning rains that soaked people boarding up the windows of homes and businesses. Hurricane warning flags were flying from Morgan City, La., to Mobile, Ala., where tides wen' predicted to be 5 to IO feet above normal. Squalls with winds at gale force were expected from Panama City, Ma., to Vermillion Bay. La. “Heavy rains, with accumulations of 8 to IO inches, will spread northw ard across southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi ahead of Carmen.” forecasters said. “A few tornadoes are possible . . along the coast from Biloxi. Miss., to Foil Walton Bea<.h, Fla., and IOO miles inland.” LEWIS CONWAY ... 23-jear service veteran By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer When Lewis Conway came back from the Korean War, he was “welcomed” by an America which made him ride home in the 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 that 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 the men who chose lo leave the country rather than serve in Vietnam. AT ONE TIME, Conway was your typical “gung-ho” soldier. In fact he once planned to stay in for 30 vears. And that decision came after he had already served one tour in Vietnam. While on his second tour of duty there, however, when he wore the six stripes of an E-8 rank sergeant, his views changed. He's still proud of his service, of course, but his heart was no longer committed to an Army career. Amnesty is one of the hottest issues being discussed in this country today. Some say there should be no amnesty for draft evaders and deserters. Others say that those 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 served in Vietnam. One favors conditional amnesty, one favors total amnesty, but both have a thoughtful and interesting view of the situation. The change took place in 1970, when the young troops under First Sergeant Conway told 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 trying hard to win. “I didn’t have the answer,’ said Conway. now the Training and Safety Duet- See SOLDIER, Pg. HA, Col. 6 ;

  • Fidel Castro
  • J. G. Cothran
  • Jerry Davis
  • Jim Conley
  • Lewis Conway
  • Oran Brigham
  • Shirley Cothran

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: September 8, 1974

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