Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas Coming... .in Sunday's Reporter-News A ranch without worries A Texas ranch where the work and the worry are wore) about people thai) tie or crept hat an unuwal Den Makley and itaff wrHef Bob Campbell. 'Squares' will dance fo others walk Square dancen will donee to help Weit Texai Rehabilitee tion Confer walk. The sixth annual Square Fettivol begins ot p.m. Friday at the Civic Cen- ter. By Geraldine Sotterwhite in the Woman's Section. Nice display windows work of art A display window should be a work of art, says Clint Hamilton, designer and crea- tor of department store win- dow displays. By Alice MiHer. fhe Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 151 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SATURDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 16, 1974-FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTION Price 15 Cents Attempts to Ratify Coal Pact Snagged WASHINGTON (AP) The slaying of a United Mine Workers official Friday night and failure of the union's bar- gaining council to approve a new contract threatened to further delay efforts at ending the nationwide coal strike. Following the shooting and the'togging down of council deliberations on a proposed three-year contract, it ap- peared virtually certain that the strike would last at least three weeks. Stunned union officials planned to conduct a memori- al service at the national UMW headquarters Saturday for the slain official, Sam Lit- tlefield, Si. of Bessemer, Ala. UMW officials said it was Cougars Beat Eagles See stories in Sports, Section B Cooper 14 Bellinger Abilene 6 6 Snyder 8 Lamesa 7 Jim Ned Colorado 7 Aspermonr 14 Albany 12 Roscoe 29 Kissinger: War Unlikely in Mideast WASHINGTON (AP) Sec- retary of State Henry A. Kis- singer .said Friday reports of military moves in the Middle East were being checked here "on an urgent basis" and that he and President Ford re- viewed possible "contingen- cies" Friday morning with Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger. While apparently taking the reports seriously, Kissinger told a news conference that "in our; judgment we are not in a: situation of imminent con- He said he did not believe the Soviet Union would height- en tensions in the Middle East just before Ford is scheduled to meet with Leonid I. Brezh- nev in Vladivostock. in fact, Kissinger said, there is "no evidence that the Soviet Union is encouraging war." The report was said to nave centered on Soviet buildup in the Syria, moving of Syrian equipment near the Golan Heights as well as Israeli planning for a possible pre- emptive strike against the Ar- said he Had seen the reports and while they were under urgent study, he could not beliewjany major power would deliberately en- courage war. for the Unit- States, he said it would op- pose any idea the problems of the region can be solve4 by military means. Kissinger appealed to Mos- cow and all other parties to exercise "a restraining influ- ence." "We do not think a war is he said. Ford and Kissinger leave Sunday on a trip to Japan, South Korea and Vladivostok. Afterwards, the secretary will continue on to mainland China, where he predicted an improvement of relations with Washington, but no dramatic announcements. Kissinger brushed aside suggestions that Ford will be taking risks in facing demon- strations in Japan while Nel- son A. Rockefeller has not yet been confirmed as vice presi- dent. The secretary said the President had committed him- self to the trip and attaches great importance to it in strengthening relations with Tokyo. In the mini-summit witli Brezhnev at Vladivostock, Kis- singer said he hoped for furth- er progress toward an agree- ment limiting offensive nuclear sibility that an announcement will be made at the end of the Nov. 23-24 meeting. Kissinger said he has no plans to travel to the Middle East and that this is a time for, "quiet diplomacy." He see KISSINGER, Cel. 2 unlikely that any further meetings of the bargaining council would be held over the weekend. Union officials said Little- field was shot minutes after he returned to his hotel room from a meeting of the 38- member. bargaining council, on which he served. The council, which must ap- prove the proposed contract before it can be submitted to the union membership, had re- cessed for the second day without a decision on the con- tract. Emerging from the meeting, UMW .Vice President Mike Trbowih told newsmen, "I think we're in for a three- week strike now." The strike began Tuesday. Trbovich said there had been no discussion within the union council of reopening the negotiations. Asked if he thought :the council would ap- prove the pact when it meets again Saturday, Trnwich. re- plied: "I'm not a gambling man." Trbovich said he is still opti- mistic that the tentative agreement to end the coal walkout that began Tuesday could be approved. But he acknowledged .there serious disagreement over a number of the 31 arti- cles in the proposal, which would provide the union's members with increas- es in wages and benefits total- ing an estimated 40 to 50 per cent over three years. Union sources said the bar- gaining council would proba- bly recommend that the nego- tiating team go back to indus- try to reopen bargaining to handle what they called "house-cleaning chores." An industry spokesman con- finned there had been specu- lation the union might seek a redistribution of some of the proposed benefits in the con- tract. Such a proposal evidently would not increase the price tag of the contract, he said. NEWS INDEX Amusements............. 9B Astro-graph 5C Bridge IOC Church News 20 Cleilified 3-90 Comics 6, 7C Editorials 4A Form ................I, 10B Hcortlint.............. Markets 8, 9C Oil 7A Sports................ 1. Today in History......... 2D TV TV Scout............... Women's 2. 3C Her own table Mary has her own table in a big room shared .with Photos by Loretta Pulton) the fust and second grade pupils at Putnam. (Staff It's Tough Being Alone in Kindergarten BY LORETTA FULTON Reporter-News State Editor Swan may be the only fcindergartner in Putnam but she dies not to act like it. Mary has her own table school room warmed by a big black stove in the corner, pictures of turkeys, pump- kins and Pilgrims on the walls and a sentence printed in perfect letters on a chalkboard. Six chairs that would just hold a good sized pumpkin face the table but only one is filled. The rest of the spacious room is tak- en up with another table, a doll house, shelves filled with books with big print and bigger pictures, a teacher's desk and individual desks for the "big kids." THE BIG kids include three first graders and two second graders. Since Mary is the only pupil in kindergarten she shares the room with the upper- classmen. Mrs. Wayne Lehrer, the teacher for the three grades, spends much of her time teaching Mary new words, aiding second graders with some shaky hand- writing and serving as referee during recess games. Mary, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swan, knows she is the only kin- dergartener but is reluctant to admit it or talk about it. Her big brown eyes studied my face for a few seconds before she leveled with me. "I work like a first she said. Then she leaned back in her chair, a self-assured smile evidently like first graders wear came across her [ace and she said, "I even act like it. IF MARY had her way she would have other kids 'in kindergarten with her. But not just anybody. "Bobbi Jean Swan and Michael Nor- she answered when asked who she wanted in her class with her. "I have to play with the rougher Mary explained and gestured to- ward the first and second graders in the room. "Some of 'em make me fall down like Ronald Green and Anna Bomar. Bobbie Jean wouldn't even let 'em touch she assured me. Mary may not believe it but Anna confided to me that being in first grade is no bed of roses. "You have to do a lot of she said. In fact she would advise Mary to enjoy the luxuries of kindergarten while she can. -You didn't have to do she said, "or math or spelling or reading." Even though Mary accused Anna and Ronald of conspiring to make her fall down, Anna said she likes Mary and looks forward to having her move up to first grade next year. "I'M GONNA let her do my Anna said and burst into a big giggle. Although Mary admires first graders, what she aspires to be most of all is a second grader. "They stay.in the lines better when they're coloring and Mary in- formed me and peeked over my note- book to make sure 1 had that down right. "Can you read I asked "No." That's another reason why Mary would like to be a second grader. "They know'more words. Except I know most of Tammy's (a second grader's) words and I also know the work like a first grader... I even act like Mary Swan says proudly words she doesn't know. She knows 'window' but she doesn't know 'door.' Another enviable statistic .about sec- ond graders: "They can do writing and I can't when I'm in Mary said. Since kindergarten lasts only a half- day the interview was short so that Mary could get back to work. AS I was leaving she gave me this thought for the day. "I'd rather be an orange cow than see one." Without thinking I asked, "What would you do if you were an orange Mary looked at me with puzzled eyes. she said. Dressers: Wont YOU says Mrs. Jimmie Lane, president of the VFW Auxiliary. "Goodfellow doll dressers she adds. Persons interested in making dresses for dolls to be given away to the less fortunate children of 'Abilene on Christmas are being asked to contact one of the women who still have a large number ot dolls without clothes. They may get dolls from Mrs. Lane at 72o Ross (phone Mrs. C.L. Wharton 1957 S. 3rd (672-5720) or Mrs. E. W. Rhodes, 1118 Vogel cioodfellow doll dressing program is di- rected by the VFW Auxiliary each year, the assistance of Dyess Officers Wives Club and Dyess NCO Wives Club, and a multitude of individual C "several" hundred dolls will be distributed in the program. Chrysler Reportedly Will Close Plants During December By JONATHAN WOUIAN Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) -Chrysler Corp. will shut down its U.S. car assembly plants and some manufacturing facilities for the month of December, sources in the auto industry said Friday. Chrysler would neither con- firm nor deny the report, but an industry insider said the firm ordered "zero" parts from suppliers for next week. That would Indicate many component plant workers will likely be laid off along with assemblers, sources say. Chrysler employs about production workers. More than one-third are as- semblers. If the entire system were to shut down, sources es- timate workers would be laid off. A spokesman for the na- tion's No. 3 automaker said mounting inventories of unsold new cars had reached a "criti- cal level." "We are still going through and revising our production schedule. No decision has been made" on December lay- offs, he said. One of the firm's six assembly plants was closed indefinitely on Friday. Rumors of pending shut- downs have been swirling throughout Chrysler sys- tem for fvo days, according to spokesmen for the United Auto Workers. Sources in the industry say it is likely that Chrysler will go through with the shutdown plans. One source said he be- lieves the company may leave open its intermediate car as- sembly plant In St. Louis.