Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Abilene WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 89TH YEAR, NO. 302 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79G04, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 17, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Press (JP) HJc SUNDAY Blast Harm Startles Astronauts Useless Service Module Jettisoned as Re-Entry Hears By HOWARD BENEDICT Ap Aerospace WrJIsr SPACE CENTER, Houston 13's astronauts, streaking for the safety ot their home planet after America's most dangerous space journey, got a frightening look today at the damage caused by the ex- plosion that aborted their mis- sion. Less than five hours from home, they separated the serv- ice module in which an oxygen tank exploded Monday night, knocking out the command ship's main power and oxygen sources. The damage was se- vere. "There's one whole side of that spacecraft Com- ma'nder James A. Lnvcll Jr. ex- claimed. "It's really a mess." Everyone knew there was damage, but no one believed il was EO extensive until the astro- nauts d'scavded the useless service section miles above the earth. They could see Hie dh'mage as the section moved away and they photo- graphed il for possible clues as lo what caused Ihe accident Earlier, Lovcll, Fred W. Haisc Jr.. and John L. Swigerl ,lr. powered up the command ship with re-entry bslterics and fired control jets to aim for a landing target in Ihc Pacif c. The helicopter carrier Iwo .lima maneuvered toward the intended landing zone, where weather conditions were report- ed good. As Apollo 13 accelerated to- ward Ihe planned p.m. EST splashdown, the astronauts pre- pared Ihe command vessel for Ihe fiery re-entry. They worked in 38-degree temperature just before reaching the earth's at- mosphere. The damage was the result ot the oxygen tank rupture that aborted the moon-landing mis- sion Monday night and forced the astronauts to fight for sur- vival with the resources of their lunar lander. Tlie separation of the service ir.odule came at the end of a hour of furious activity in which .lames A. Lovell Jr., Fred liaise Jr. and Jolin L. Swigert Jr. turned on the electrical pow- Bids Sought On Elmwood Manors I Sealed bids for the purchase of Elmwood Manors of Abilene will be opened al 11 a.m. May 20 at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washing- ton, according to N. E. Springer, an Abilene FHA broker. Elmwood al S. 7lh and Leggetl, contains 544 rooms in 136 units. Minimum bid is sel at Maximum mortgage available from HUD is payable over 40 years al 6 per cent interest plus an extra one-half per cenl service charge. A bid on the property must be Stale Menial Health Boss Resigns Post AUSTIN (AP) Dr. John Kinross-Wright has resigned as state commissioner of mental mental retardation, Gov. Preston Smith said today. Kinross-Wright, 47, has been under pressure from a majority of the State Board of Menial Heallh and Mental Retardation for several weeks over his dis- missal of one of his chief dcpu- lies. The British-born, Oxford-edu- caled psychiatrist was out of Ihe city.when Smith announced Ihe resignation in a one-paragraph news handout. Smith said lhal since the letter was addressed to Board Chair- man Ward Burke of I.ufkin and not lo him, he would not release it. "This morning was Ihe first notice the governor had had lhat Dr. K-W intended lo the governor said. About two weeks ago six of Ihe nine board members signed a letter asking Kinross-Wright for his resignation. Kinross-Wright has been un- der fire ever since he dismissed Dr. Gary Miller as deputy com- missioner for mental health services. Miller has challenged the action, claiming it was not valid until confirmed by Ihe board and has remained in his office. The commissioner claimed he fired Miller because of Miller's alleged inability to cooperate with Ihe commissioner and Ihe department staff. The board summoned Kinross- Wright to what had been planned as a secrel meeling March 16 to discuss his future, but the meeting was called off after Rep. Russell Cummings of Houston insisted il would violalc a stale law requiring Ihree days notice of all agency meetings. Kinross-Wright said he would Insist on opening any such dis- cussion of his performance as commissioner to the press and public. One board member, Ihe Rev. Tlnbert Tale, paslor ot First United Methodist Church in Aus- tin, tried last fall lo get Kinross- Wright fired. The board gave the commissioner a vole of con- fidence Nov. 8. WEATHER .U.S. DEFAXTMENT OF COMMERCE .E5SA WEATHER BUREAU (Wtafhtr Map. ABILENE AND VICINITY UO-rrllri radiiA) Mostly cloudy, warm and Ta-rn.d wilh scattered afternoon ar.d eve- ning lodav through Salirr H'gh inli afternoon and Salvrdav rf-ar lOj low In Ihs rflid-40s Variable wlrvdl, Around 10 m.p.h., rrcep Ihe vicinity thunderilnrmi. Prob. ability of rain loday, 40 Mr cenl; tit 60 per cenl Ionian! And Salur flav. Hloh and low for 74 he-urn e.-Jino i.m.: 79 and 14. High in low lime dale ttir: u Suniet Last night: lunrlu today: (Mi lUnMHenlfjht: accompanied by a deposit. The Secretary ol HUD said the government will accept mort- gage securing note in the amount of In be amortized in 480 monthly payments. Current average rent for each room at Elmwood Manors is per month but may be increased In without prior approval of FHA. A repair deposit is not demanded but a replacement reserve of per room per year is demanded. The apartment building is 90 per cent occupied. Springer believes the property is being offered for sale at this lime because of Ihe high occupancy, rate. Jolm Vernon, Fort Worth, regional land management offi- cial for the F11A said by telephone the FHA usually rehabilitates properties it ac- quires so that the occupancy percentage increases and. Ihe income flow makes it attractive to prospective buyers. This is what has happened lo Elmwood Manors, he said. Diamond Sells For NEW YORK (AP) The 43.38-carat Nassak diamond, which once peered from the eye of a Hindu statue, has been sold at auction for The buyer Thursday was Ed- ward Hand of Greenwich, Conn., owner of a (rucking firm, who said he collects gems be- cause he likes them and for in- vestment. The diamond 'takes ils name from Ihe lown of N'assak abnnl 100 miles from Bombay, India, and in a region of famous cave temples. Cenluries ago the diamond was an eye in a Hindu statue in one of the caves. II was laken during a raid in the 18th cen- tury, the story goes. The price was the second highest ever for a gem at an auction according to Parke- Bernet Galleries, me. The record was the that Cartier's paid last Oct. 23 for a 69-carat stone, which was then resold to actor Richard Burton who gave it lo his wife, Eliza- beth Taylor. NEWS INDEX Amusements 8B Dridoe 8A Classified.......... 12-178 Comics 1 IB Editorials I OB Horoscope 9B Hospital Palienli 1OA Obituaries 2A Spoils 13-ISA To Your Good Heollh------17A TV Log 9A Women's News 2-3B WHO'S THE LADY, CHARLEY? Prince Charles, the bachelor heir to the British throne, had a beautiful lady in his parly Thursday night when he left a London thea- ter after seeing "The Contractor." Photographers were unable to determine her iden- tity He just came back to Britain after a tour of New Zealand, Australia and1 Japan. (AP _______'________________' TOO Viets Reported Dead Survivor Says Cambodians 'Shot and Shot and Shot' TAKEO, Cambodia (AP) Cambodian soldiers fired re- pnatedly ifilo huddled masses of Vietnamese concentration camp imnalcs and left more than 100 dob'd, survivors reported loday. Blood-spallered and wounded survivors said Cambodian Iniops came in four limes be- tween 8 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. today. "They shot and shot and srtid one boy, about 16, who was weeping. Last week at least 73 were slain under similar circum- stances in Prasaut. The Takeo Vietnamese con- centration camp, as Ihe soldiers themselves call it, is one of doz- ens around Cambodia that con- tain thousands of Vietnamese residents rounded up as part of security measures -in face of mounting attacks by Commu- nisl-led forces. This camp contained more lhan 200 persons, including a few women and children. Takeo is 54 miles south of Phnom Penh. At least 13 seriously wounded Vietnamese, including a young boy, by on the blood-caked floor of a shed in Ihe camp wilh no medical altenlion. A hospilal stood only 100 yards away, yet no one came lo help the wounded, some of them obviously dying. Cambodian sol- diers stood inly nearby, walch- Ing through bullet-lorn lattice work. Ly Yang Pat, 50, one of 41 survivors, said Ihe troops first came just aflcr dark. The sol- diers fired direclly into the Vet- namese, who were silling under the shed just after Ihcir meager evening meal. Ly said there was no warning and "there was no place to hide." Thanh Kim Sia, 56, father of 10 children, saw two sons die be- fore his eyes. "Where is my wife? Where are my other children? I don't know. They look only myself and my Iwo Thanh said. "Then.the soldiers came and look away the dead. They look them in three trucks. The trucks were full." Several foreign correspond- ents arrived al Ihe scene just before dark Friday. The survi- vors begged the newsmen to slay with them. "If you go, they will kill us In- several said- Some of Ihe correspondents volunteered lo stay, including AP photographer Mark God- frey. er in the command ship and fired control jcl to aim for an afternoon landing in the Pacific Ocean. The service modulo damgc would present no problem to (lie astronauts' return lo earth. Following Ihe separation, Lov- ell reported excitedly: "There is one whole side of the thing missing almost from Ihe base lo the engine. There's a dark brown streak down Ihe side. II's really a mess." He said one whole panel, 22 Iccl long, and part of the engine bell were missing. "Looks like a lol of debris is just hanging off the Lov- ell said. "Il's near Ihe S-Band antenna." The service module contained most of the long-life oxygen and electrical power for the Apollo 13 command ship. The explosion Monday night rendered the command vehicle useless until loday when power was restored with batteries. The astronauts discarded the service module lo the command ship heal shield was to protect Iheui dur- ing the blazing re-cnlry through the atmosphere. Obiously surprised al the ex- tent of the damage, Mission Control Center: "Man, lhal's fantastic." The spacemen used a tricky "push-pull" technique to sep- arate the service module. Lovell fired the lunar module jets lo push the service section forward. Simultaneously, Swig- ert, in the command ship, fired explosive devices lo effect se- paration. Lovell quickly re- versed Ihe lunar craft lo back away so there would be no colli- sion during re-entry laler in the day. The astronauts photographed the damage. The pictures could provide possible clues lo the cause of the rupture. Earlier, Swigert slipped inlo 1he command ship cabin lo start Ihe batteries and oxygen sys- tem. These operate from a sep- arale system and are designed for use during re-entry. Lovell and Haise fired Ihe lunar craft's small jcls for 23 seconds to zero in on Ihe landing site 610 miles soulheast nf Sa- moa in the Pacific. "Righl on the Mis- sion tontrol said of the firing. Appropriate SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) The Apollo 13 astro- nauts named their command module a word which turned oul lo be more ap- propriate than expected. Webster's New Collegiate Dic- tionary defines odyssey as "a long wandering usually marked by many changes of fortune." Shotgun Pellets Hit Four As Officers Disperse 700 By LYLE W. PBICE Associated Press Writer SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Three young women and an African foreign ex- change student were hit by shot- gun pellets Thursday night as 200 officers dispersed about 700 young people smashing windows al a bank building which re- placed one rioters burned down in Februai-y. Sheriff James Webster said some of his riot-helmeled, shield-carrying deputies fired birdshot into the air, but not di- reclly at any of the protestors attacking Ihe Bank of America branch in nearby Isla Visla. He said he was investigating the woundings. The officers launched several dozen tear gas canisters in an hour-long confrontation to dis- perse the demonstrators who also smashed nearby real estale office windows and set some trash bins ablaze in Ihe street. Most seriously wounded by birdshot was Wond JTesfin, 21, an Ethiopian exchange student at the adjoining University of California campus. He was re- ported in satisfactory condilion with flesh wounds in his shoul- der, side and back. Three young women were Ireated at Sanla Barbara Coun- ty General Hospilal for birdshot wounds. One was hospitalized' two were released, Their names were not released. One student involved in 'ihe trouble later told a newsman the demonstrators attacked Ihe bank was the case in as "Ihe biggest symbol in the community of the capitalist establishment we've been fighting against for years." Jordan Asks U.S. Withdraw Envoy By DENNIS NEELD Associated Press Writer AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Offi- cial sources reported loday that Ihe Jordanian government asked the United Slates lo remove ils ambassador from Amman, apparently because he advised U.S. Asst. Secretary o( Slate Joseph Sisco to cancel his visit to Jordan. Foreign Minister Altclcl Mo- neini Hifai requested the State Department lo pull oul Ambas- sador Harrison Matthews Symmcs, Ihe sources said, be- cause the government "can find no juslificalion for his attilude and inclination as regards Ihc Arab posilion in the face of Is- aggression." A State Department spokes- man in Washington said the de- parlmenl had not received word of the Jordanian action and therefore (he department could neither confirm nor deny the rc- porls. There was speculation that Ihc Jordanian ambassador to (he Uniled Stales would deliv- er (he demand lo Ihc depart- ment during the day. Sisco, now touring Ihe Middle East, was scheduled to arrive from Israel today to talk with King Hussein. The Slate Depart- ment canceled the visit Thurs- day, reportedly on Symmes' ad- vice, after Palestinian guerril- las led violent demonstrations for Iwo days in Amman against Ihc United Slates and Sisco. Hifai protested Thursday nighl lhat Ihe cancellation was "unjustified" because Jorda- nian securily forces were suffi- cient to protect the American diplomat. The United Slales for years has supported Hussein, provid- ing him with military and eco- nomic aid in Ihc belief thai he is a force for moderation in the Arab world. Generally considered pro- Western, the king has recenlly complained that his army has been unable to obtain needed weapons from the United States. He has hinled that he might turn to the Soviet Union to get them. Symmcs, an Arabic-speaking career diplomat, was appointed ambassador lo Jordan in Janu- ary 1968, at a time of worsening relations between Washington and Amman because of Ameri- can support for Israel. Palestinian refugees, who make up more than half of Jor- dan's population, and Iheir guerrilla groups have put pres- sure on Hussein lo assume an anti-American position. They charge that Sisco's lour is part of a "conspiracy" lo impose a political settlement on Ihe Mid- dle East. Hussein's decision lo ask for Symmcs' withdrawal is seen here as an indication of ebbing power in Ihe face of guerrilla pressure. HE-ENTRY STEPS Drawings show Ihe stages of separation which the Apollo 13 spacecraft undcrwritl today fov re-entry inlo Ihc earth's atmosphere. In the first stage, the command module and lunar module were delached from the sen-ice module. Then the cone-shaped command module jcltisoned Hie lunar module and moved toward splashdown. (AP Wire- photo Drawings) By ELL1E rtUCKEH and BETTY GRISSOJ1 Post Office Would 'Look Other Way' Q- I ivnnld like (n know If it Is Illegal to send chuln Idlers through the mail, especially If tlicy a.sk for donations? For instance, chain Idler he senl through Ihe mull nsking each recipient lo mail fl (o (he IVcsl Texas HchablH- lalion Cenlcr. A. Chain leliers are illegal, but Ihis is a little different. Unofficially, the Post Office is aware that a worthy organization is in need and w o u 1 d look on Ihis wilh favor unofficially, of course. Your question traveled to Ihe "difficult Problems Dcpl." in Fort Worth who senl it lo the Inspection Service who in turn checked on Ihc WTRC and fell Ihis particular chain letter was OK since all money lhat changed hands would be going to the Center. Q. Please under what condi- tions a person can receive hencllls from the VA. A. If you've served in the military during wartime you're eligible for hospital benefits in a VA hospilal; if you have 181 days of wartime service you're eligible to draw a non-service disability or pension and you receive compensation for any scrvice- connccted disability. If, as a veteran, you become disabled lo the point of being unemployable you can apply for some monetary benefit. If ynu served after Jan. 31, 1955, you're entitled to educational brnefils, says Greely Aston, veterans service officer. Q. Help! Dots any one know of means In get rid of blrrls roosting on your pnrchV I dnn't wan! (o hurl (he birds, just want lo he Hit of Ihcm. A. Some of the Pest Control Services will place grain around lhal will get rid of the birds, and like old soldiers they won't die, they'll just fade away because the grain makes them sick. This service cosls about per month for 3 months. Or try.a home- remedy lhal even the exterminators recommend: place or hang'several 12 inch plastic snakes in Ihe areas where Ihc birds are roosting and lhcy'11 flee from fright. Sounds kookie to us, but lots of people say il works. You can buy the snakes al a dime slore or large deparlmcnt store. Q. Can you gcll me who finishes unfinished furniture? I'm Intereslcrl In getting four palm woven chairs finished In a color. I'.S. The Elks Lodge In Brcckcnridgc probably has car slickers (America, Love Her or Leave Her) if the Khvanls Club Is short on Ihcm; I noticed In a previous column that some- one wants those slickers. A. We've mailed you the name of a furnilnrc refinishcr who docs an excellent job and there are seven businesses listed in the yellow pages under Repairing and Refinishing who will gladly help you We passed along your information about Ihe car stickers lo Van Boozer, who is in charge of such (or the Kiwanis Club and he can definitely use Ihcm; they've run out and Have-a-waiting.list.