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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT B4TH YEAR, NO. 106 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 1, 1974 PACKS IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents frta Once-Mighty Officials on Trial Moon Magi The stark face of Hie moon glares clown from the Abilene sky, shimmering with omens, signs ami portents not- quite forgotten in modern society. The moon turned its full face to Abilene Tuesday. (Staff Photo by Joe Dacy II) Abilene Not Moonstruck, Despite Old Superstitions Jiy ,10H DACY II Hcpnrlcr-News Staff Wriler Thc Moon. Throughout, history men have cow- ered beneath it, worshipped it, thrown firebrands at il and hidden their children from its face. Rut new evidence has cropped up In Abilene as to the true effective- ness of the moon's power and, since Tuesday night's moon is expected to glow like a ripe pumpkin from a full orb, if behooves us lo cast an eye at ancient .superstitions. The moon has always been the source of much study and il was supposed In affect every aspect of life on Earth. Not the least of these supersti- tions arc those involving the weath- er. "IF THE MOON changes on a Sun- day there will be a flood before the month is an old Italian prov- erb stale's. Well, non-believers, the moon changed twice on a Sunday this Sep- tember, once on the first and once on the ISIh, the latter jusl four days before the Sept. 19 flood. The new moon is notorious for inducing bad weather, and that lat- ter change was lo a new moon. Bill our sophisticated society ig- nores these signs. Taylor County ex- tension agent II. C. Stanley said Monday that even Ihe farmer, long a devoted moon-watcher, now ig- nores the silver orb. Having landed on it, if seems pointless to harvest by it. "We harvest when the crops ma- ture and when Ihe lie said- Most ancients agreed that Ihe moon was the most powerful when it w.isTullest, allowing plants lo flour- ish, except for onions wiiich grow belter as the moon wanes. THERE WAS once thought to be some scientific basis for this, thai being [hat the more sensitive plants would benefit from the moon's fee- ble light since it would make them more active. So a full moon is good for a har- vest, except on Christmas when "a dark Christmas sends a fine har- vest." The moon vyas also thought to fa- cilitate birth, especially a full moon. "We don't even look at tiie a Hendrick Hospital spokes- man said. "I've never even thought about il." As for walks in the moonlight, she said, "You might get mugged." THE MOON'S determental nature has been thought lo promote rheu- matism, consumption, palsy, colic, apoplexy, epilepsy, lunacy, vertigo dropsy. By DONALD M. ROTHBERG Associated Press Wrller WASHINGTON (A P) Once-mighty officials of the Nixon'administration went on trial" today on charges they tried the Investigation of 'the June 1972 Watergate break-in. At a.m. by :the court- room clock, U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica entered the courtroom to preside in Schools Out For Arrival Of Briscoe HASKELL School child- ren from Haskell County schools were beginning lo ar- rive nl the courthouse lawn early Tuesday morning await- ing the arrival of Gov. Dnlph Driscoe and other state offi- cials. All schools in the county closed so that the children could hear Gov. Briscoe, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, Ally. Gen. John Hill, Commissioner of Agriculture John C. Wliite and others at a dedication ceremo- ny and political rally. RP.ISCOK WAS TO arrive in Abilene about a.m. in his private plane and lie taken to Haskell by helicopter, said Ilex Fclker, manager of the Ilaskcll Chamber of Com- merce. Before the stale officials ar- rived, citizens waiting in Ilas- kcll were to be Irealed fo a band concert by the llaskell High School band directed by Wendell Gideon. Fclker said that about 700 tickets had been sold for a barbecue which will follow the speeches und dcdication-of the Herman Marcus garment plant. HERMAN MARCUS officials who will be at Ihe dedication include Richard Marcus, pres- ident, and his wife; Herman Marcus, chairman of the board; Fred Holkstra, president; aiul Mrs. Carolyn payroll department. Open house will be held at the plant all afternoon. The plant opened Dec. 12, Mrs. Amelia Perry is manag- er. Boy, 3, Living In Plastic Bubble There's a 3-year-old boy in Houston who has never known a mother's kiss or the touch of a human hand. He lives in a plastic bubble and doctors say there is no certainty he will ever live anywhere else. Story, Pic- ture, Pg. IB. Amuacmenls Bridge............ Business Mirror...... Classified.......... Comics Edilorials Horoscope......... Hosoilal Patienis Obituaries......... Sports To Your Good Heolih TV Leg TV Seoul............ Women's News........ (he case of "The United Stales versus John Mitchell, et al." Most of the seals in the courtroom were- taken by a panel of 170 prospective ju- rors. Sirica told them he would begin by asking general questions lo weed out any ob- viously unqualified and then question the remainder in pri- vate. Twelve jurors and six alter- nates will be chosen. Sirica lias said he hopes to complete the trial before Christmas. The five defendants include former Ally. Gen. John N. Mitchell and ex-While House aides H.R: Ifald'cman and John D. Elirlichman. The defense and prosecution have subponaed former Pres- ident Nixon as a witness. Neither N'ixon nor his law- yer, Herbert J. Miller, has made any public response to the subpoenas. Monday, how- ever, Dr. John C. Lungren, the ailing former President's phy- sician, said he believes it would be "at least a month, maybe three before Nixon could travel from Cali- fornia to Washington. Nixon entered Memorial Hospital Center 'of Long licach, Calif., a week ago suf- fering from a recurrence of Ihe phlebitis that troubled him during his last year in office. After he entered the hospital, doctors disclosed that a small blood clot had moved from Nixon's left leg to his right lung. While still president, Nixon was named an unindicled co- conspirator in the case. Presi- dent Ford subsequently grant- ed him a pardon for any fed- eral offenses committed while Nixon was in office. The defendants sought un- successfully to delay the trial until ncxl year on the grounds Ihe unprecedented publicity generated by Watergate, in- cluding Ihe resignation and pardon of Nixon, would make il impossible to find unbiased jurors. Federal court rules provide that the judge question pro- spective jurors and screen out those flilh obvious biases. Then prosecution and defense lawyers get lo rejccl a certain number without giving rea- sons. Mitchell's lawyers-gave Siri- ca a list of 92 questions to ask prospective jurors including: "Have you ever heard of the incident called and "are you aware of Ihe fact thai President Ford lias given Mr. Nixon a full, free and absolute Defendants along with Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehr- lichman are former Assistant Ally. Gen. Robert C. Mardian and Kenneth W. Parkinson, one-time attorney for Nixon's reelection committee. Sirica granted a prosecution motion Monday to hold a sepa- rate trial for former While House aide Gordon C. Stra- chan. However, Sirica refused to dismiss Ihe charges against Slrachan, who claimed the case against him was based on testimony he gave under what he thought was an agree- ment it wouldn't be used against him. Later in the day, lie rejected Mardian's for a sepa- rate trial. Charges against a seventh defendant, former White House special counsel Charles W. Colson. were dismissed af- ter he pleaded guilty in a sep- arate case. All five defendants are charged with one count each of conspiracy'lo obstfucl jus- lice. All bul Mardian also are charged wilh one count each of obstruction of justice.. In addition, lUilchell, Halde- man and Elirlichman are charged with lying to authori- ties investigating the break-in and cover-up. The indidnicnt. returned by a federal grand jury last March l, alleged that all five defendants conspired lo thwart the investigation of the break- in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in or- der lo hide Ihe idenlilies of Ihe adminislration and Nixon campaign officials who planned and knew about it. It alleged that all the 'de- fendants, except Mardian, ar- ranged for persons to lie to investigators and raised mon- ey to buy the silence of Ihe original Walergatc defendants. Mardian was accused of tak- ing part in an attempt to limit (he I''l5] investigation of the break-in. The indictmenl also charged dial Mitchell lied to FDI agents when he said he knew nothing about the break-in ex- cept what he had read in the newspapers and that he subse- quently lied lo a grand jury and the Senate Watergate committee when asked abnut his knowledge of Ihe incident. Haldeman was charged with lying to the Walergatc Com- mittee aboul White House meetings al which hush money and perjury by a Nixon cam- paign aide were discussed. Elirlichman was charged with lying lo FBI agents about Ills knowledge of the break-jn and twice to a grand jury. Ford Makes Veto Threat WASHINGTON (A P) President Ford'today threat- ened to veto a bill containing an amendment to cut off mili- tary aid lo Turkey, declaring the measure "would destroy any hope for the success" of U.S. efforts for peace in Cy- prus. In a written statement ho'.irs before a final Senate vote on legislation containing I lie amendment proposed by Sen. Thomas F. Eaglelon, Ford de- clared: "If the Eaglelon amendment or similar language is adopted' by the Congress, the United Stales will have lost its negoti- ating flexibility and influence. It thus hurts the very coun- tries and objectives it purports' lo help." The Senate adopted the Eag- leton amendment on Tuesday by it 57-20 vole, adding it to a resolution .which would contin- ue foreign aid at a level o[ about billion a year. "It is my intention to withhold my consent lo any continuing resolution which reaches my desk containing language such as thai found in the Kagleton Ford said. Thieu Denies Corruption Charges 8C 8A 7A 4-8C 2B HA 3A 3 A 2A I-3C 8C 8C 8C 3B SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) President Nguyen Van Thieu denied charges of personal corruption Tuesday night, annd announced, in ef- fect, he will run for a third lenn nexl year. He said over national radio and television, however, that if the people had lost trust in him he would not seek re-elec- tion. It was generally assumed lhat Thieu would run again, but the speech was his first confirmation. His second four-year term expires next October. Last January the National Assembly, dominated by Thieu. passed a constinlional amendment that would allow Thieu a third term, which would be unprecedented in South Vielnam. The South Vietnamese lead- er currently faces Ihe most serious challenge to his pow- er since he became president. A Roman Catholic, he has been criticized extensively in recent months by militant Catholic leaders for alleged corruption by himself, his family and his government. In numerous anligovcrn- ment rallies, there have been calls for Thiou lo resign or be ovcillirown. An opposition as- semblyman has called for Thieu's impeachment on cor- ruption charges. Even sonic Saigon newspapers, lightly controlled by Hie government, have vowed to disregard press laws and report anligovern- menL political developments. Thieu's position is somcwhal weakened by political instabil- ity created by the change in the United Stales administra- tion, cuts in U.S. financial aid and the looming presidential race next year in South Viet- nam. In his speech, Thieu said the charges of personal corruption were libelous and declared: "If you no longer trusl me and trust (he charges, please let me know." He then said he would not be a candidate willioul the trust, of the people. Thieu repeated thai he has ordered Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem lo eliminate cor- ruption in the national police WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF National Wealhcr Service [Vrtalher Map, Pq. 1A) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-ml'e radius) Continued lair mird af- lernocns and cool rights Ihrouqh Wednesday. Saulhcrlv winds 5 lo 15 mph. High Ihis alternoon and dav In low 80s. Lev; lon'qht in Ms- High and row lar M hours ending 9 a.m.: 71 find H'nh and lo-.v same dale lost yrar: S3 and Sunrise today: sunset toftighl: Sunrise and among civil servants by Ihe end of (ho year. Thieu's foreign minister, Vuo'ng Van Hac, talked at the United Nations lloncfay of the new anticbrruplion d r I v c. he said, "it's not just a propaganda theme but real action." He., claimed Ihe drive would be against provincial chiefs, bank presidents and important government officials as well as lower ranking South Viet- namese. Thieu also mentioned South Vietnamese army officers who collect pay for troops that ex- ist only on paper or who never show up for duty, a practice lhat with other corruption in the armed force drains aivay millions of American aid dol- lars. Last month Thieu fired two generals and 14 other dffi- cers for corruption and said 'they will face prosecution. Wet Septembers Are Nothing New Presley to Pay for Coliseum Use ELLIE IIUCKER We were sitting around playing dominoes the other night and the Elvis Presley tickets came the conver- sation. The advance sale was In cash. Al five per cent interest al any bank or savings ami loan, for a SO-day nccounl, this amounts (o per n'niiilh interest, hvo months seven fi's. Who gels this interest? Col. Par- ker, the (he coliseum or just who? A. Presley's booker gets il though not quite the fabulous figure you came up with. At least we don't know any banks lhal pay 60 per cent and upwards, inter- esl. For one month you could draw onc- Iwelflh of 5 per cent, or one-sixth of five per ccnl for two .months. Coliseum Manager Joe Cooley explained lhat lie personally deposited the money in ii bank under Ihe name Elvis Presley, to be held Ilierc until Hie show is half over. Only Cooley can withdraw it and when he does, Ihe total amount goes to the hooker who turns around and pays Ihc coliseum a rental fce thai was agreed upon in ad- vance, "We don't pay the shows, the shows pay us to use the coliseum cither a flat fee or a ccrlain percentage of the profit. The coliseum has always done business this Coolcy says. What Hie hooker does wilh the interest, we don't know, bul more than likely at least part is used lo pay Presley as the bookcr had lo guarantee him a sizeable sum of money to appear at our coliseum. Our computcrless brain figures the total take at for Ihe seals. If il were invested for one month at 5 per ncnt interssl, Ihis would add aboul 5330. 0. Recently when I started work, I was assured by IRS that money paid for child care Mas (ax deductible. Now I've also boon told that paid a maid or housekeeper for cleaning my honse while I work is deductible. True or false? If tree, to what limit? A. This is true providing you qualify for the child care exemption. You may dcducl up lo a month, according lo Dill Biondi at Ihe Dallas IRS office. Expenses for household services would include the usual services necessary to the operation of a house but docs not include the services of a chauffeur, butler, barten- der or gardener. Sorry aboul that. (J. When people can't pay (he water hills In cast Abilene and their water is shut off, some Just, pnl up outdoor toilets. What about this? Surely we have sonic kind of law against (his in [he cily Hmils? A. Yes, our cily has an ordinance to fit every occasion. If a sewer line is within a reasonable distance, you can't have your own outdoor privy. The city plumbing inspector says a reasonable distance is 100 feet. The city attorney's office will process complaints on such things as this. Q. Docs anyone here (each voice modulation (speaking voice) to help get rid of a nasal, flat (wang? A. Abilene has at least one experienced speech pathologist in priyale practice who will help you to say fire instead of far and going ralhcr than gowen. If you have a rcaf problem, she'll send you to a physi- cian, otherwise she'll jusl train you how certain words should sound. We've sent you her name. Q. I've gathered the prelllesl hatch of prickly pears from my pasture. Now I need a recipe for jelly..Some man won an award al (he fair so I called his wife and she said his recipe came from a Parks and Wildlife mag- axine bul ilidn'l know one. Can .von help? A. Slraighl oul of the Augusl 1073 ['arks and Wildlife magazine, courtesy of Mrs. Curtis Jones (Ihe game warden's comes your recipe. To get the juice, add two cups water for each six pounds of fruit after peeling. Cut pears in half, scrape seeds into a pan, pour half of the measured water on seeds and half on the pulp in separate pans. liring each pan lo a boil; simmer for 10 minutes. Cool? strain through cheesecloth, throw the seeds out for the birds. Place 3Vs cups prickly pear juice In a sauce pan, add V5 cup lemon juice, cups sugar. Mix well, place over high heat, stirring frequently and bring to a boil, stirring constantly for one minute. Remove pan from heat, skim off foam, pour into sterile containers and seal at once. Address questions lo Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, 79644. Names will not be used hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please In- clude telephone numbers If possible. ByJOK DACY If Reporter-News Slaff Writer Forecasters at Ihe National Weather Service said Tuesday lhat fair, cool weather should prevail over (he Big Co'jnlry, al least through Saturday. "We're expecting the same right through Saturday with minor day-today said weatherman D. W. Kck. AFTER A COLD, wet Sep- tember, and now in a welcome lull in weather activity, Eck characterized the past month as a record breaker for rain and low temperatures. The rain, an all-time Sep- tember high of 11.03 inches, fell on 13 consecutive days, Ihe I21h through the 2oth, causing flood waters to spill over into the city on Ihe 18Ih f and IDlh. The maximum accumula- tions, he said, were on ihc 16lh and 18lh, before Ihc flooding, wilh and 3.01 inches of water, respectively. Weather service records show that wet Septembers are nol new to Abilene. Although the overall monthly average is 2.26 inches, over the past nine years thai average has been and 6.04 inches over Ihe past four years. IN 1373, 4.65 inches fell in September. The rains also cut down on the hours of sunshine, natural-, ly, from 63 per cent of a possi- ble 371 hours. 234.8 last year, lo only-55 per cent, or 2K.3 hours, in 197-1. But Eck said Seplember was also a record-breaking month for low tcmpeaturcs. On the 14th, 2-1th and 23th, records of low maximum temperatures were broken he said. In fact, Ihc highest tempera- lure reached was only 91 de- grees on the 1st and Ihc llth, he said. The lowest was 47 on the 28th and 30lh. This compares with a 35 aria a 43, respectively, last year.': The average maximum lem- peralure was 75.3 degrees, more lhan 12 degrees below Ihe normal of B7.3. Last year's average maximum was B3.9. The average low tempera- ture was 57.2, more lhan sev-" en degrees below the normal of 64.6 and 6.5 degrees 1073's mark of 63.7. OVERALL, THE monthly average for 1074 was 9.S de- grees below the normal of 7G.1, at 66.3 degrees. This compares with a monthly av- erage of 73.8 degrees in 1973. If October is average this year, lhat monthly average will be aboul 6G degrees with highs near 77 and lows near 56. Average rainfall for Octo- ber is 2.60 inches. MaM brlnf m YOW FAMILY WEEKENDER W.nt Ad Deadline: Tbnu.-lOO P.M J MYS-M-Jrt-W IitnWw4i.lI' Each BIG SHOPPERS SHOP THROUGH FAMILY WEEKENDER ADS CASH OUT (Hi MUM nttu)   

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