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Publication: Abilene Reporter News November 1, 1974

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR AS IT. 94TH YEAR, NO. 136 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 1. PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price'15 Ccnls Associated Prws Station Operator Repaying Customers With Dime Gas CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) Gasoline at 10 cents per gal- lon? That was Bill Gallagher's price Thursday and he pumped about gallons in three hours. "I lost a few grand he said after the rush ended and police cleaved the traffic jam around his suburban Lakewood service station. Gallagher hit on the idea af- ter the Federal Enegry Ad- minislration last summer gave him seven months to repay to his gasoline custom- ers. The government figured that was what Gallagher had overcharged them-. Gallagher did nol deny he was overcharging customers' earlier Ihls year according lo ceiling prices set by the gov- ernment. But he said maxi- mum prices were unfair. So Gallagher, using, a bit .of showmanship, crudely lettered a .large cardboard sigiv read- ing "GAS 10 cenls per gal." and popped it outside his sta- tion. Customers s w a r in e d like flies on honey. "The police were going lo put me in said Gallagh- er, 56. "They asked me, 'What are we gonna do about this traffic your 1 told them, 'not Gallagher said he has-until' Feb. 15 lo by reducing gasoline prices. His standard price, is 56 cenls per gallorig-'for Lhe cheapest grade. "If I dropped only two cents a gallon I could start a' price the .balding licspccta- i cled Gallagher reasoned. Jail Terms Given for Milk Funds WASHINGTON -Two former top leaders of the na- I ion's biggest diary coopera- tive were sentenced to jail terms today for making illegal campaign donations, the first lime prison sentences have been imposed for such an of- fense since- Ihe Watergate scandals began. U.S. District Judge George L. Hart Jr. .said the jail sen- tences were handed out to de- ter others from making illegal corporate campaign donations. Hart sentenced Harold S. Nelson and David'L. Parr to three years in jail but immedi- ately suspended all but four months of Ihe lerm. He also fined them both scheduled them lo begin serv- ing their sentences Nov. 8 at the federal prison compound al-Montgomery, Ala. Nelson, of San Anlonio, was general manager of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. Parr, of Little Hock, Ark., was Nelson's top assis- tant. Both were toppled from, power, in an internal struggle al Ihe'co-op in early 1972, be- fore Ihe contribution scandals were exposed. Hart noted thai a number of persons have been fined for making illegal donations and asked. Watergate prosecutors whether candidates., who re- ceived such donations are also guilty of breaking the law. "Is Ihcre no violation by Ihe Hart asked, "Some of these even Is arc under active replied Asst. Special Prosecu- tor John Kale. Sale declined to elaborate. Nelson and Parr pleaded guilly to making illegal dona- lions to Sen. Hubert Hum- phrey, 1) Jlinn., Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., among others. In addition lo campaign donations, Nelson also admil- led authorizing a bribe for former Treasury Secretary John B. .Counally, who lias de- nied receiving the money. Connally has been charged 'with bribery, perjury and con- spiracy and has pleaded inno- cent. Parr pleaded guilty on July 23 to a single conspiracy count and. admitted making illegal 'donations lo Humphrey.Mills, former Rep. Belcher, R-Okla., Sen- James Abourezk, D-S.D., and others. Nelson pleaded guilly July 31 lo a" similar conspiracy count and admitted additional illegal donations lo Sen.- Kd- iiiniid S. Muskie, D-illnine, and former Vermont Gov. Phillip Horr. Both Nelson and Parr could have been sentenced to a max- imum of five years in prison. Lawyers tor Nelson and Parr pleaded with Hart nol to impose jail terms. Corporate officials so far have received only fines for making corpo- rate donations. Nelson's lawyer, Anlhony Nicholas of San Antonio, said Nelson is a lawj-cr, has an excellent family background and a good education and has been punished enough already. Parr's lawyer made a similar appeal. Both Nelson and Parr apolo- gized lo the judge for Ilic crime.' "I deeply regrel my participation in Hie event Ihnl led to my being here Nelson said. Parr spoke so softly that most of his words were inaudi- ble at (he rear of Ihe court- room. All that could be heard was, "I am sorry." Al the time Nelson and Parr pleaded guilly, Watergate prosecutors said in court pa- pers llial Ihe two might slill face other! criminal charges o( conspiracy and bribery in connection with President Nix- on's 1971 increase in federal milk price supports: Nelson and Pan- arc the ones wlm promised to donate million Nixon's re-election.1 According to testimony be- fore the Senate Watergate t.'oinmiltee and.House Judici- ary Committee, Ihe' White House later asked Nelson lo reaffirm llial promise hours before the 1971 price.-increase was announced. By ELLTE RUCKER Chances Said Nil For Denver Concert Q. Kalhcr recently I heard a rumor about John Denver comlnp here. If he docs, I want lo he tirst in line to mecl him. Can yon arrange an interview for me and my family which includes a wife, a Ihrcc-ycar-old girl and a five- year-old Jioy who has memortoed the words lo every one of his songs? And what are Ihe chances of gelling either Eddy Arnold or Olivia Newirjn- John here for shons al the coliseum? A. Chances are nil.for Ihe near fulure; Abilene isn'l one of Ihe stops on Denver's concert tour. But out coliseum manager has requested a'Denver concert; whether or not we get him remains to he seen. We barely missed Olivia, Newton-John. She was booked for this year's fair but before she signed the contract she took oft for Europe and Donna- Fargo sang for us instead. Eddy Arnold lias here twice, once for the coliseum opening. Coliseum Man- ager Joe Cooley doesn't think he's making personal appearances right now. How many cars are registered la Taylor County? A. As of Sept. 30, there were Of those, 50.938 are passenger cars, Ihe rest are motorcycles, trucks, trailers, mobile homes and such. County Tax Assessor- Collector Burl King says they're averag- ing 150 passenger cars a week and 40 trucks so add that to September Mais if you need to be real up-lo-dalc.

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: November 1, 1974

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