Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1970, Abilene, Texas
WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT t UiniM 1 11 IUII Ml 11 1! 11 mum niiii u mi MI n i u 11 in in in i i nun IIIIHIHIIII i iHimmiiiiminiiimii ma i: iiinii 1111 1 iiiiiLiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiuiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 89TH YEAR. NO. 301 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 16, 1970 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press (VP) lOc SUNDAY Weak Apollo Gets Charge Astronauts Using Cabin Flashlights TALLULAH FALLS MAYOR SAM MAXWELL AND KARL WALLENDA famed aerlalist plans to cross 700-foot-decp gorge on IVi-inch cable Wlwhela) Aerialist to Walk Cable Across Gorge Karl Wallenda Plans Highlight of Career By DICK PKTTYS Associated Press Writer TALLULAH FALLS, (AP) The ragged gap in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains here drops lo 700 feel at one point, and its cavernous yawn is BOO feet across. And here -near an overlook Into Tallulah Gorge, acrinlist Karl Wallenda plans lo perform what he says will be Ihc high- light o( his 50-year career on the high wire. At 3 p.m. on June 13, if all goes well, Wallenda will pick up a 46-pound balanc- ing pole and step off a platform onlo a IVi-inch-UVck steel cable lo begin a walk of more lhan 800 feet across Ihc chasm. Below him will be Ihe jagged rocks which once lay beneath the Tallulah Hivcr, now little 70 Feared Dead Under Avalanche SALLANCHES, France (AP) Seventy persons most of them tubercular boys under the age of were feared dead to- day, buried under a massive av- alrfnche that swept down on them as they slept. The Minislry of Interior re- ported rescuers hart found only nine bodies 11 hours after the wall of rock and snow 60 feet high and 600 feet wide- roared down in the darkness en two dormitories and a nurses' residence at a tuberculosis san- atorium. "There is no hope of any- one surviving under that mass of snow and said one po- lice lieutenant as hundreds of rescue workers dug wilh picks, shovels, cranes and bulldozers. 1 The huge slide also smashed into one wing of the sanalori- urn's main building, bul 14 chil- dren and three adults in Ihst se c I i o n were rescued unhurt. Helicopters flying over the area 25 miles somheasl of Gene- va reported that a second great niSss of snow was perched dan- gerously nn the adjacent moun- tainside. It threatened the main sanatorium building, and Ihe building, which houses adult pa- lienls, was ordered evacuated. Comparatively mild wealhcr this winter given the Alps one of ils most disastrous sea- sons, with at least 80 persons killed in avalanches. more than a creek because of a hydroelectric dam. There will be no safely net. According to present plans the patriarch of one of the most fa- mous circus families will stop at midwire and stand on his head as crowds watch from Ihe ridge of the gorge. The walk across the gorge will be the triumph of his ca- reer, Wallenda said in a tele- phone interview from Ohio, where he was performing with a circus. "My real reason for doing this never made a stunt like this. It will be Hie longest walk ever made in my career." Wallenda said his entire fami- ly is against the walk because of his added, "I feel pretty good aboul it. I know it's a pretty high gorge, but 1 don't Ihink I get scared when I'm on the high wire. I concentrate on what I'm doing. Holding Ihe pole for so long will be the diffi- cult part." He said the only other walk he made that could compare with the Tallulah stunt was one 48 years ago over the Danube Hiv- er in Budapest, Hungary. Mrs. Hoblcy F. Childs of Al- lanta, prime mover behind the group sponsoring Ihe walk said Wallenda selected the spot him- self. Mrs. Childs said Ihe acrialist had visited the gorge twice, hut heavy fog obscured the depths each time. "He was impressed by Hie gorge, but he exclaimed the sec- ond time, 'I would like lo see if it has a she said. By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTKR, Houston (AP) Apollo 13's astronauts recharged a weak hallcry and prepared oilier systems in their command ship today for the unique and critical maneuvers needed lo bring their crippled craft back lo earlh Friday. Jamos A. Jr., Fred W. Haisc Jr. and John L. Swigcrt Adair Plans Ranger Well Blaze Blast lUN'GKR Oilfield firefighter Red Adair of Houston was cxpecled lo blast out a wild gas well around a.m. Thursday. The well has been burning since Sunday nighl 30 miles casl of here. Attcinpls lo smotlier Ihe lire Wednesday by pumping mud down Ihe well's drilling pipe did not work out when (tie mnri apparently would not circulate down lo the fire's gas supply. Allcmpls lo kill out the hlaze w'Ui water Tuesday did not work either. IVoi-kers at the site snid Wednesday that blasting was one of the last molliods they would try in their efforts to slop the blaze, because of the damage Ihe explosion would cause. If Ihe blast does not put out Ihe fire, the oilmen will be will] Ihe problem of finding a place on lop of Ihe well-head where they can hook lip their mud-pumping equipment. But "problems are what Adair gels paid to sa'.d nnc firefighler lale Thursday night. Fighting Ihe blaze arc men from Ihe Halliburton Co. in Abilene, a crew from Abilene contractor Mac Springer of Abilene who was drilling Ihe well, 4 men from the J. M. Sneed contracting company of Eastland and other local oil workers. Brief Twister Seen On Lubbock Plains Demonstrators Protest Visit of U. Official lime near kiw ,._jy. Hitti sltemoon, tow lor Mfwuri ending 9 'Hhjh and few dlla FBI! 6i nil lodi" AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Dcmonstralors protesting the Middle East visit c[ U.S. Assl. Secretary of Slate Joseph Sisco sloped an American life insur- ance building in Amman loday, bul armed Arab guerrillas helped keep them away from the U.S. Embassy. Windows were shattered in Ihe insurance building befoie guerrillas armed with subma- chine guns could disperse the dcmonslralors. The guerrillas did manage to slecr hundreds o[ protest marchers away from slrcels leading lo the embassy and Iho march finally broke up without Incidenl. The guerrillas patrolled streets adjacent to the embassy as a company of Jordan's Hedouin soldiers protected Ihe compound itself. Coils of barbed wire were thrown around the embassy compound following a mob at- tack Wednesday on ttie embassy and the American Cultural cen- ler. The center was bombed and gutted by fire. The unified command of the guerrilla movement has distrib- uted leaflets calling for a gener- al strike Friday lo coincide wilh Sisco's scheduled arrival from Israel. Today more than banner-waving demonstrators marched through Ihc slrcels of Amman chanting "Sisco, Sisco, go home, Sisco." It was Ihc Iliird day of anli-American dem- onslralions In Ihe cily. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A tornado sprang up west of Lubbock by a pilot and indicated by radar- setting off an alarm by Ihe Weather Bureau. But within a short time it dissipated. Authorities nevertheless kept a tornado watch in effect, pre- dicting possible turbulent wealh- cr until late morning in a 140- milc-wide slrelch from near Midland norlhcastward to Chil- dress. Large hail and severe Ibunder- slorms were forecast for the area with Ihe possibility of twis- ters. Radar found a severe thunder- storm about five miles east of Floydada at 8 a.m. It moved easl-norlheast at aboul 40 miles an hour. The Weather Bureau's torna- do and storm walch covered 41 counties on the Midland Child- ress axis. NEWS INDEX Amusements 6B Business Notes 5C Bridge 7 A Classified 4-70 Comics 3D Editorials 2D Horoscope 6C Hospital Palienis........3A Obituaries............. 2C Sports..............7-1OC This Man's Arl 6B To Your Good Health 6A TV Log............... 7D Women's News........3-5B Shortly after 8 a.m., the Weather Bureau reported that the Floyrtada area thunderstorm was east of the town and called it possibly severe but weaken- ing. At that lime, light thunder- storms also covered much of a section from 10 miles west of Morton to 10 miles norlh. The moisture in oilier sections was a carryover of damp weath- er which developed as a weak Pacific cool front edged across the slafe from the west. Jr. streaked toward a splash- down in the Pacific Ocean after an engine firing Wednesday night shifted them off a course that would have left' them stranded in space. Wilh the veteran Lovell at Ihe controls, they triggered their lu- nar module engine 15 seconds and successfully changed course. Had that firing and lalcr course corrections failed, Apollo 13 would have missed earth by 101 miles and skipped off into space. Wifii that hurdle cleared, the spacemen turned all altenlirm to Friday's reentry and landing, scheduled for p.m. CST. Using flashlights to find their way in Ihe dark and chilly cab- in, (tic astronauts checked the three batlcries in Ihe command ship riial will provide the power for (he blazing dive tlirrugh Ihe atmosphere. They tounn ol tlicm at full 40 amp hour slrenglh, but Ihe third with only alxiut half that power available. On a normal re-enlry, they would require 70 to BO amp hours. So Mission Control told Ihcm to hook up a cable lo Ihe power system ol Ihe lunar mod-. _ ule and recharge Ihe weak bat- This process will lake about r5 hours and draw eight amps from the LM. Although the temperatures in I lie command ship, which was drawing oxygen from (he slurdy LiM, were down around 50 de- grees, flighl director Gerald Griffin said Ihe crafl's systems all appeared to be in good shape. The pressures and tempera- lures in Ihe plumbing system looked lie reported. 'Two of the Ministers have tempera- lures low enough so we'll have to heat them before pressurizing the system. Hut all these lem- peralures arc going to rise when we apply some power lo the command module with the bat- teries. The whole command module looks good." he said. The command ship was dis- abled Jlonday rrighl1 by an oxy- gen lank ruplure in the attached service module. The accident knocked out fuel cells which would have provided long-life power. Without Ihc cells, (he moon landing had lo be can- celed and Ihe astronauts turned to Ihc lunar module supplies lo keep them alive and bring them home. Lovell, Haise and Swigert con- tinued to ration vital oxygen, water and power as they raced closer lo earlh. They had margins in all systems lo com- plete the flighl. But they knew a sudden loss of any system would imperil them in Ihe final hours of their abortive journey. At midmorning they were miles from home and ac- celerating as earth's, gravity lugged them on an increasing speed. By the lime Apollo 13 hits the almosphere at feet Fri- day, they'll be traveling miles an hour. Special Techniques Slated for Apollo SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) Kngineors have devel- oped special re-entry techniques for the troubled Apollo 13. They are being tested in simulators, hut officials believe this lo be Ihe sequence in the hours before landing on earlh: Six hours before: The astro- nauts board Ihe command mod- ule and begin turning on ils power. Five hours: A course correc- lion is performed if needed. Three and one-half hours: The .service module, which is Ihc disabled part of the spacecraft, is jettisoned. Three hours: Begin prepara- tion to jettison the lunar mod- ule. Two hours: Seal off Ihe lunar module by closing ils halch and lhat of the command module. One hour: Jettison the lunar module. After Ihe lunar module is dis- carded, only the cone-shaped command ship is left. This craft carries Ihe crew through the at- mosphere to a parachute land- ing in Ihe Pacific as in a normal re-cnlry. Tile aslronaiils will be picked up Ihe aircraft carrier Iwo Jima and later Mown lo Ameri- can Samoa' by helicopter. They will be taken by Jet lo Ellington Air Force Base in Houston Saturday. By ELLIE RUCKER and BETTY GRISSOJ1 How the Heck Did Income Tax Start? Q. How Ilic heck did Income tax slarl? A. At this lime of year everyone is wondering. It slarted in Ihe U.S. in 1913 when the IClh Amendment to the Consti- tution gave Congress the right to lax incomes. Ancient Hebrews had lo pay taxes on one-tenth of all crops and flocks. Taxes were levied on income in ancient Greece and also in Medieval Europe. However, it was the Knglisti income tax, first levied in IW, lhat proved lliat this tax could be an impor- tant revenue for the government. Q. I have a package of brown sugar which Is hard as a hrlck. Can you girls tell me If anything can be done to soflcn It? A. Since neither of us are loo outstanding in the kitchen, we asked Home Economist Jonnic Beasley. She says, tear of[ Ihe package and put Hie sugar in an air-tight conlaiucr with a slice of apple or bread over night. This gives the sugar time to absorb the inoisliire from Ihe apple. You can also put sugar in a 2aO-degree oven for about 20 minutes bill it may be lumpy, she says. Q. you know anyone who does rewcavlng on (lid rotVcrs that had a straw or bamboo seat and high A, There are aboul sixly different types of weaving done on chairs and rockers and il's almost a lost arl bill Action Line found (wo jnen in Abilene who do (his work. Since they aren't lisled in the yellow pages of Ihe phone book and we are fairly sure they are Ihe only ones in tlie area, here are their names: F. H. Ward, phone 677-SOS9, and Kennetll Bisson at C72-20RG. Q- Is the use of pellet or BB guns permissible Mllhln the city limits? A. No, it isn't permissible. In fact it's illegal lo fire or charge an air rifle or BB gun within Ihe city limits and the fine is from fl to If a complaint is filed, the cily attorney's office will usually send a letter of warning to the guilty party for the first offense. Q. I would like to find oul where I can find a body or at least the hands and feet for an old china doll. I have the head of one I gol for Christmas 55 years ago anil would like in restore II. Tbc head is almut 10 or 11 inches around, so I SUCKS It's Ihe large size. A. Call Ola Schulzc at 677-3190, who does this as an occupation. She can make parls for your doll and completely restore it. Ola slarled making dolls in 1952 with a 525 investment. She made her first mold in the middle of the kitchen floor and since thai lime she has won many ribbons for her dolls. One doll lhat she is very proud of won first place in the World's Fair in New York, she says. Seems Ihis is a hobby of several people here in Abilene but all agree lhat Ola is the expert. Q. Could yon Icll me whal days (he following dates fell on: November 25, 1941, April IS, 1943, and February 19, 1947? These arc my sons' birthdays and I can't remember what days they were born on. I'm almost sure April 18, 1943 was on Sunday. A. You're righl, it was on a Sunday and the November date was on a Tuesday, uis February on a Wednesday. We'd like our readers lo think we just know these But for Ihe benefit of others who need similar information it may be obtained on the perpetual calendar in the Information Tlease Almanac at the Abilene Public Library. answer to a question published in the Wednesday evening edition concerning increased benefits to G. I. Bill recipients, it was inadvertently stated lhat compromise bill must be passed by both House and Senate. According lo a release from the Veteran Administration Office in Waco dated. April 10, 1970, received by the veteran service office here, Ihc bill has been signed by Ihe President and additional benefits will be rclroactive to Feb. I, 1970. The local veteran service office reporls (hat it is not necessary lo conlacl Ihc veterans administration since the additional benefits will be aulomalic. Address questions (o Action Line, 30, Abilene, Texas, 79604. Names nol be used but questions must be signed and addresses given.