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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 292 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 5, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Asfocinttd Pren (If) By BLUE RUCKEH Westgate South Lot X' Q. Isn't there some, way to clear up the contusion In that parking lot behind Weslgale Shopping Center? It's terrible. Tie other day, I parked my car, ran Inlo Penney's for five minutes and when I returned, my car was surrounded by three other cars. There I sal. Pinned In. I had to wall until one of the drivers finished shopping, came out and moved his car. There must he sonic way to straighten out (his niess. A. There sure is. A Tew lines painted in the parking area would solve a lot of tlic problem. Shopping Center manager II. S. Iligginbolham said he'll try to get a litlle work done on the lot around the first of Slay. I saw x television social where a little pup tent was shown to burn com- pletely In one minute. Many children, mostly boys, nave burned to death in these lenls even Boy Scouls and many more left horribly scarred. I'm sure there's someone here who's in Hie business of tent [lamc-prooflug. H you could give us a clue as to Mho might lie doing this, you might save the life of a child (his summer. A. We're glad you sounded a warning. A simple do-it-yourself process involves mix- ing 8 oz. Borax powdered compound with 7 07.. of boric acid in one gallon of water. Dip the tent, get it good and wet tlicn liang it out to dry.'Kven if Ihc tent's water rcpel- Icnl, Asst. Fire Marshal C. Sncll believes it" will absorb tin's solution. This.is strictly a temporary measure anytime it's washed or rained on it'll lose its lire rclanlanl qualities. If you're wanting a commercial (ire-retardani, write Flamort Chemical Co., 746 Matoma St., San Francisco 94103. FEO Sets Gasoline Decrease in Texas Q. As i flood control measure, has any- body ever looked Inlo Ihe posslhllily of using this new type paving that lets water drain lhrtugh.il? A. Our Director ot Public Works Jerry Smith has heard of it but thinks it's not too practical for flood control. It might be feasi- ble in some areas where soil is high in sand and gravel content but water won't pene- trate our clay soil. He says dial type paving is pretty expen- sive; the city could put in a complete sewer system for tlic price of Ihe paving. Anyway, as far as he knows this paving is still in the experimental stages, lias been tested as a.lraffic safely factor on highways to prevent a film of water from building up on Ihe top of the pavement which creates hydroplaning and causes loss of control of the car. lie's never heard of it used in terms of flood control. He knows of no soil, in its natural slate, thai would accept water fast enough lo be of any real benefit from a flood control standpoint. Q. Just before Ihe' Lawrence Welfc Show I clipped a coupon from the paper, filled It out and sent It with a check for for two tickets with stipulations that I be called If they had none at the time. I was called, told (hey had none. I haven't had any word on a refund nnd don't know who to wile about II. They can lake out 25 or 50 cents, If it's re- quired, for the Iransaclion hut I'd like lo liave the rest mailed back. I don't think (hcy'rc dishonest hut I did scud a stamped envelope. A. According lo records at Hie Taylor. County Coliseum lickct office, your check was mailed to you. Wait a day or so, if you haven't received it, give us a ring and we'll check further. Q. What can we do about gelling an old street sign removed? When our street was paved last summer, (hey took the sign along with a hunk of concrete on the bottom and laid it in our yard. It's now in (he street (we didn't put It there) and il could be dangerous. A. Tlic sign has been re-sel in the ground for you. Address questions to Action Line, Box M, Abilene, Texas 7960J. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if possible. Searching Tornado Rubble Sue Bowling of Keniurnl, Intl., searches through Ihe remains of her mobile home after'it was destroyed by a tornado'. The.floor the trailer, in the was thrown 30 yards. See story, Pg. GA. (AP Wirephoto) Man Accused in 5 Holdups; AWOL Soldier Being Sought A 19-year-old Abilene men was in custody in Taylor County Jail Friday morning charged wilh armed robbery in connection with five robberies within the past month in Ihe city. Larry Joe Floyd of 5131 Taos was charged Thursday in the court of Justice of Ihe Peace- Silas Clark with armed robbery and held in lieu of bond. Police are stilj seeking an AWOL (absent without leave) soldier from Ft. Ord, Calif., Mitchell-Stems Count Dismissed By JOHN .MORGANTHALEU. Associated Press ffrllcr NEW YORK (AP) Feder- al Judge l.cc Gagliardi loday dismissed one of Ihe 16 counts against former Ally. Gen. John M. Mitchell and former. Commerce Secretary Maurice II. Slans, but denied defense motions to dismiss the rest of the case. Gagliardi reserved decision on dismissing one other count. The count he dismissed was one of three charging ob- struclion of justice. The counl on which he reserved decision on was also alleged obstruc- tion of justice. The two former Cabinet offi- cers are charged with conspir- acy and perjury as well as obstruction of juslice. They arc accused of impeding a Securities and Exchange Com- mission investigalion of finan- cier Robert L. Vesco in return for Vesco's contribu- tion to President Nixon's re- election campaign. Each of the three obstruc- tion counts covers a separate time period during which Ihe government claims the con- spiracy was active. Dismissal of the one count was based on failure of the prosecution lo support its claim that obstruc- tion occurred during Ihat par- ticular lime period. The question on the count on which Gagliardi reserved deci- sion was whelher any efforts to obstruct justice occurred in New York after Nov. 27, 1072, when an SEC civil indictmenl of Vcsco was returned. The defense was to begin presenting its case after Gag- liardi ruled. Its first witness was expected to be Edward Nixon, the President's young- est brother. Si i Two-Week 'Phone Freak' Conference Reported TACOMA, Wash. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow was patched into a toll-free "phone freak conference" a blind, self styled "phone freak" testified in U.S. Dis- trict Court. Joseph Engressia, IA, of Memphis, Tenn., said he used the facilities of the Wnidbey Island Telephone Co. lo make the call lo Moscow. He teslified Thursday in the trial of David C. Henny, own- er of that telephone company. Hcnny is charged in a H-count indictment wilh Fraud and eavesdropping in his operation of the utility. Engressia said he phoned Moscow lo talk about the Rus- sian May Day celebrations. "I pretended I was a radio announcer and asked all about the May Day celebrations he said. "The call was' patched to the (Whidtey) con- ference call so they could hear the conversalion." He said he talked to Moscow from 8 p.m. April 30, 1971, un- til about noon the next day while conference members lis- tened in. The conference lasted about Iwo weeks, during which "freaks" throughoul the coun- try could talk with each other by calling a special number thai hooked them into Whid- bey Island equipment. There were usually about four to five participants at one lime but the number some- limes reached up lo CO and continued for hours at a lime, Engressia testified. One of the conference mem- bers was "Capt. he took the name from Ihe cereal box from which he got a whistle that happened to produce a cycle lie said. The cycle tone was used lo bypass billing equip- ment. E n g-r e s s i a described n "phone freak" as a person with a compulsion to talk on .the telephone, sometimes us- ing intricate, illegal methods to avoid paying tor calls. Engressia arrested'in 1071 for illegal telephone acti- vities and later wcnl lo work for an independent phone com- pany. During a recess Thurs- day, he lold reporters the methods he used in 1971 to bypass telephone billing equip- ment are still effective, "but it's against federal law and they've been cracking down on it." The government maintains Kenny used the conference circuit to inflate Ihe number of long dislance calls while a study of the volume of traffic' on his.circuits was in prog- ress. Other phone companies paid Ilcnny's company a proportion of long distance phone charges originaling on Island lines. The more calls made, the more money his company rcceived- WASIIINGTON -The Federal Energy Office (FEO) announced loday a decrease in Texas gasoline supplies of 80 million gallons for April from the estimated March figure. This is aboul a IJ per cent drop from Jlarcli lo April, based on Ihe estimated 576.9 million gallons available in Texas Ihis month. The loss of gasoline bv Tex- as was marie by the FEO in what it called a general re- alignment lo achieve a more equal distiibatlon. Some II.l million barrels of gasoline from inventories will be tapped for Ihe April alloca- tions, increasing (he nation's average daily supply by about. Dennis Ray Brewer, about 20, in connection with the case- Brewer is believed to be in Ogden, Utah, his home, accord- ing to Patrolman Jeixy Franklin of the Criminal Investigation Di- vision. Floyd was arrested Thursday allenioon in a raid on his home at 5131 Taos by several mem- bers of CID. PROPERTY recovered in that raid included furniture said to have been taken in a March 22 the-ft at the Holiday Inn on West Highway 80 and guns from a house burglary last month in the city. Also recovered were pails of a car reported stolen last month. .A 14-year-old girl arrested in that raid is in custody pending juvenile action, but Franklin said the- girl was not implicated in Ihe robberies or burglaries. A sawed-off shotgun and long- barvel chronic-plated pistol also were seized in the raid. SIMILAR WEAPONS have been used in the robberies last month of a Colonial Food Store at 254 S. Pioneer, the Taco Biteno restaurant, the Town and Country Grocery Store, the Town and Country Drive In and the Preston Milk Slore at 1925 S. 20th. Capl. George Sntlon, chief of CID, said thai Ihe invcsligalion is continuing wilh questioning of Kloyd, but that1 no other arrests are anlicipalcd. 4 per cent, FEO said Thurs- day. The agency said the alloca- tions are designed lo ensure that every slate gets at least SO per cenl as much gasoline as il got in April 1972, adjust- ed for growlh in vehicle regis- trations since then. in order lo achieve this dis- tribution, the supply lo 12 stales plus Ihe Dislricl of Col- umbia will be cut back from the March supply, FEO said. Vermont is to receive 13 per cent less gasoline per clay and Texas 10 per cent less. Oilier slates whose dailv allocations were cut were: Arkansas, one per cenl less, Arizona 6 pet' cent, District of Columbia :i percent, Florida 2 per cenl. Georgia 4 per cent, Illinois one per cent, Kansas 4 per cenl, Louisiana 5 per cenl, Massachusetts 4. per cent, Oklahoma D per cent and Wyo- ming C per cent. per-day allocutions of Idaho ami New Hampshire were virtually unchanged. .Thirteen, states were as- sighed increases ranging from 10 to 23 per cent. They were: Alaska, 20 per cenl; Hawaii 1G per cenl, Iowa 15 per cent, Indiana H per cent, Michigan 11 per cent, Missouri 14 per cent, Montana 14 per cenl, North Carolina 29 per cenl, Ohio 17 per cent, Oregon 10 per cent, Rhode Island IG per cenl. President to Campaign For Michigan Candidate SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) President Nixon today accept- ed an invitation lo campaign Tor congressional candidate James II. Sparling Jr., who says he didn't invilc Ihc Presi- dent lo help his candidacy hut rather lo give a chance to hear Nixon explain his poli- cies. Sparling, a Republican, is running against Democrat. Robert Tra.xler in this month's special election. Vote Locations Shown on Map Voting box locations for Saturday's school board election are shown on Pg. 12-A. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as voters choose from a to- tal of 15 candidates in three places and decide whelher to raise Ihe ceiling on the maintenance or op- erations tax from 51.20 to SI.50 per valuation. Amusements 15A Business Mirror...........7 A Bridge Classified 6-I3C Comics 5C Editorials 4A Horo3-ope Me Hospital Patients SA Obituaries I 1.I3A Sports 1-4C To Your Gcod Health......5A Travsl 6 7B TV Log MA TV Seoul 14A Women's Neus "t am very pleased the Pres- ident has acepted my invita- tion to come to the Sth Con- gressional D i s t r i c said Sparling, who last summer spent 10 weeks as a While House aide. Sparling has said Ihat it he is elected to Congress he would vole for impeachment if there is any proof of wrongdo- ing by Nixon. people of Ihe Sill Dis- trict have a right to know why the President finds himself facing this terrible dilemma." Sparling said earlier this week. "In addition lo Water- gate ami its miserable ramifi- cations, our people are de- manding some tough, no-non- sense, answers regarding infla- tion, the economy anil the en- ergy crisis." The White House said Nixon to Michigan April III lo campaign for Sparling. Traxlcr today hailed Ihe President's decision lo cam- paign in Michigan. "I definitely think It (tlm Nixon visit) will benefit my the Democratic candidate said, "in Ihe sense that it will focus on the, main issue: the fallings of the Nixon administration." Jobless Rate Down Slightly WASHINGTON (AP) Un- employment dipped slightly from 5.2 per cent lo 5.1 per cent of the work force in March, the government said loday. It was the first decline in live months and raised hopes that the rise in jobless- ness that began with the Arab embargo may have lopped out. The Labor Department con- sidered Ihc drop of one-tcnlh of one per cent slatislically insignificant, but government analysis said the figures did suggest stability in Ihe job pic- lure. The. nation's unemploymcnl rale jumped from a low of 4.6 per cent in October lo 5.2 per cent in January as the impact of the fuel short- age spread through the econo- my. It held steady in Febru- ary at 5.2 per cent. The Nixon adrninislralion had forecast a sharp rise in unemployment in Ihe first half of Ihc year but wilh jobless- ness averaging aboul 5.5 per cent over Ihe full year. Some private economists bad pre- dicted Ihc rate would lop six per cent. Low Moisture Possibly Was Disguised Blessing By .IOK DACY If riepcrler-News Slaff IVritci- The fronlal system which sent sand and dust blowing inlo Abi- lene Tuesday was the same one which spawned the rash of tor- nadoes which killed 320 persons in II states late Wednesday. Forecaster Frank Cannon said Thursday tlrat the Abilene area may have been spared the dead- ly onslaught by a lack of ocean moisture, which poured into the soulh, central and northern states Wednesday lo collide wilh dry, cold air. Forty mph winds nnd brown clouds of dust were Ihe only re- sult of the storm for Abilene. Bui vice-president Gerald Ford called the destruction in other states "unbelievable" Thursday. CANNON SAID last year Ihc record number of tornadoes which struck primarily the south was caused by a southward siiift in Ihe jet stream, a high altitude current of wind associated villi tornadoes. Cannon pointed oul that this year's rash of twisters could be plotted along or just slighlly ahead of the front line which passed through Abilene Thurs- dav. Despite Hie record number of tornadoes last year, only 87 deaths were reported, 14 in Texas. This year's death toll has already surpassed dial almosl four times over. r.- 'I' The Abilene forecaster said the Abilene area is now entering the tornado season, and that any "sprvcrc thunderstorm" could trigger the deadly whirlwinds. Earlier this year, forecaster Jack Kclmabcl explainc-J the tor- nado "season" was due, in pail, lo a high pressure system locat- ed near Ihc island of licrmutla in Ihc Atlantic. WINDS SPIRAUNG out from such systems circulate in a clockwise direction. Inking mois- ture, from Ihe seas inland where it comes in conflict wilh coltt. dry air from the north and northwest. Cannon said Ihc action of Ihis Bermuda High, as it is called, was largely responsible for causing Wednesday's deadly weather in 11 states and as far north as Canada, where three deaths were reported. The Bermuda High, Sclmabel said, is a usual phenomenon for WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nallon3l Waalhir Service MJB, Pg. IA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (lO-mHe raf- lui) Fair and warmer loday inrough Solytfay. Uchr orxl vorioblti wfrsds be- coming B to 18 mph i anight, Hlgr> lodrty In me 70s. Low ton'qnt in the mfd 40i. High Solurday In the m'd EOi. Hfgn and Ifl-w 34 ending a.m.; 6-1 antf Hich and lame dale year: 63 and M. i'. Ihis rime of year. Cllmatalcgiciil patterns indicate that Ihe high should move slowly westward as spring continues. A.s il does, the circulating winds should come closer and closer to West Texas, and .so bring" more and more moisture into Ihc area. APltH.. MAY and June, espe- cially .May, arc. usually consid- ered lo he the tornado season for Ihis area. In May, Schanbel said, Ihe aclion of the Bermuda High in pumping Gulf moisture into the area is at its peak. Texas averages about four lornadocs each year for every 10.000-sqiiarc mile area, Wcalhci' Service records show. is a slight possibility we will have tornadoes anvlime we have a very severe thunder- Cannon stressed. LOCAL WEATHER for the next few days, however, should contain no clement of the vio- lence which plagued the country Wednesday. Cannon said that a warming Ircnd is expected to take hold Friday, although Ihe mercury dipped below freezing to 31 for about 20 minulrs between 6 and 7 a.m. Friday, he said. He added that clear skies and temperatures in the mid 70s and 80s should be the rii'.e, at least Ihrougti Sunday. ;