Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 52 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 8, 1974 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Priee'15 Cenls Associated Press Aide Says Nixon Quitting (A President Nixon summoned Vice President Gerald R. Ford to the While House today, inform tiim.he has decided.to Fesign from the ration's high- est office, a presidential aide said today. The aide refused to be iden- tified, but he is in a position near the Oval Office. His terse response "Yes" to a newsman came amid other strong indications that' the Republican chief execii- tive's presidency was plunging toward an immi- nent end. Official White House spokes- men continued lo refuse to di- vulge Nixon's plans. But other sources said it appeared likely Nixon would disclose his deci- sion later today. One knowledgeable White House official stopped just short of paying a final presi- dential decision had been made. "I'm ,99 and! 9-10 per cent but-'.who-really this official said: Nixon and man he picked for the vice presidency after Spiro resigned last mefatarie in'the Oval .Office. The session began at a.m.-EpT.on a grey, muggy summer day.as (tie na- tion and 'the "world'- awaited formal announcement of the embattled president's plans. Hundreds of; newsmenVand' photographers .in the smoke-filled e Hgiusc press room while wo lead- .ers guarded office 36. paces, away! Some sources said flatly Nixon had made the decision to. step aside voluntarily rath- er than' allowing.the'conslltu- t iohal machinery to grind on tqward.inipe.achmcnL. But. those .aides closest-to the President refused to make- such a flat assertion as did official spokesmen. Shortly, after Ford's, office announced, he was postponing, a scheduled 12-day political trip 'to (he Far. West, ..corre- spondents were called into the White.'House briefing room by Deputy Press Secretary Ger- ald-R. Warren. Warren then .announced that Nixon had. "askeS 'the vice president-'to'come over for a private meeting." A few' minutes later, the meeting had begun. The two leaders were alone, in- the splendid solitude of the Oval Office. Law requires presi- dential resignation be submit- ted to the secretary of state. And Secretary Henry .A; Kis- singer was called to the First Family's living quarters Wednesday night private meeting with Nixon that lasted until nearly, midnight. But offiicals denied specula- tion that the embattled.Repub- lican president had given Kis- singer a letter of resignation. relumed to the White House before S a.m. EOT but aides said lie did not ineet again with Nix-' on: A spokesman for. Ford, meanwhile, said the Western trip was still" on, arid that the By BLUE RUCKEH Jiminy Crickets! They're Sure Noisy Q. Our home is literally crawling with crickets. I mean they're walls, ceilings, closets, floors and Ihcy sing all nighl! IVc can't sleep. I'm sure the attic is one huge cricket nest. Help! A. Listen, we crickct's'hop-' ping toward the Action Line desk right now. One way. to conquer the devils, says exter- minator Almpus .McMurry, is with cricket bait sold at nurseries or feed and seed stores.' Scatter it in your the under the sink, around Uie baseboard you don't have kids around; and outside the house around the foundation. Q. If It's been illegal to set. off fire- trackers in (he city limits for several isn't it enforced? My child was awakened from sleep several limes ovtrlhe and se was I. If they're illegal, why don't issue cita- tions offenders as I hey do to other people who violate the law? As for peo- ple slocking up with firecrackers for next year, you can bet your hoolics that If I sec or hear any around here, I'm calling police. -A. Police Major C. A. Vcteto invited you 1o come down and see how many calls were turned in and investigate clover the 4th if you think police are looking the other way. He did say he's not going to file a case on kids just out popping.firecrackers. It adults are doing it or if a.nybocl ylhrowing tlicm at cars or something equally dangerous, a case might, be filed. When police see kids shooting them inside city limits, Veleto says they're asked to slop and usually do. Q. We live a( 4018 Potomac, I need lo know Ihe time and place where my son Mill ride the city hus (a IJncoln Jr. High. He needs lo be there before 8 a.m. by the way, may I add that we enjoy living in Abilene. You Tcxans have a heart as Iiig and warm as (he great I.one Star Stale. We love you! A. Well tlianks, y'all. As a transplant from flie Land of linchanlment, we think you are 100 per cent right. Now tell your son he can catch the S. 7lh Kt. bus at Potomac and Lexington between and He'll be at school by If he misses thai one, anoth- er bus stops al 8 a.m., will get him to Lincoln by Q. Where ill) we gel a city hus sched- ule for Ihe school kills' benefit and is H correct lickcls may be purchased by the Meek'.' A. Pick up a schedule al the transfer station al 180 Cedar ]nst across the street from the cily library. Or if you are like Action Line and bus schedules boggle .your mind, jusl call 677-7143 for help. Mosl every school is serviced by a city bus. Bus drivers sell a lillle yellow card with 12 numbers on it good for 12 rides for Regular price is 15 cents a ride so you have a lillle savings there. Address question (o Aclion Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 7SS04. Names will not be used hut questions must be 'signed and addresses listed. Please include tel- ephone numbers It possible.____________ NEWS INDEX Amusemenls Bridge Comics 78 Hospital Policnls Sporl3 To Your Good Hcallh 6C TV TV 68 38 vice president would leave "late tonight or- early Fri- day.'' Ford was lo attend a Itepub- lican telethon scheduled for broadcast to West Coast stales from Los Angeles tonight. That affair was put off be- cause of "the fast-changing situation in Washington" ac- cording- lo a party official. And the Ford spokesman said "That was the reason for our going today and that's the rea- son the been posl- poned." A While House spokesman also.confirmed that Nixon met until nearly midnight Wednes- day wilh Secretary of Stale Henry A. Kissinger, the man to whom Nixon would deliver a resignation it one is forth- coming. i Asked about the purpose of the Kissinger meeting in the White House living quarters, Deputy Press Secretary Ger- ald L. Warren said, "I have no way of knowing. I really have no way of knowing." Kissinger returned lo .the White House today but report- ers were told he had not met with Nixon. And Kissinger told one newsman he had not re- ceived a letter of resignation from the President, but dec- lined further questions. There was lillle change in the 'mood of anticipation throughout (he Capital. Ru- mors continued unabated that Nixon already had-decided lo end his long political career. One official close lo the Oval Office when asked about the timing of a presidential decision, said: "I wouldn't go on vacalion today if I were you." Other sources said Raymond K. Price, Nixon's top speech- writer, had.been assigned Ihe lask of drafting an "appropri- ate speech." But they said they didn't know when or if the speech would be delivered. On Capitol Hill, assistant Senate Republican Leader Robert P. Griffin of Michigan, who has urged Nixon to re- sign, said he hoped there -would be a decision by Fri- day. "I hope so and I think Griffin told newsmen- Sources said presidential speechwrilers were instructed four days ago to prepare material for a possible, resig- nation statement. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, said today Nixon would delrer a resignation speech over nalional television by Friday, bamng'a last iiiin- ule change in plans.1 The'pa- per quoted an unnamed Wnite House aide anil said Nixon's decision came after Republi- fiiii congressional leaders turned against him on Ihe im- peachment issue, and after he received recommendations to resign from trusted advisers. The News also saitl-his wife, Pat, and daughters Julie senhower and Tricia Cox "argued vehemenlly" against resignation. TV Time Expected WASHINGTON ident Nixon has asked for net- work television and radio time p.m. EDT, an informed source said today. The report came as Nixon was meeting at the- White with Vice President Gerald R. Ford, in what a top aide said was making to in: form Ford that Nixon had de; cided to resign the presidency. Chasing Nixon Rumors Was Like Being in Echo Cave by Blikler DROPOUT.. TO WHAT? minority students say they need education Discipline, Poor Homelife Factors By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer. School discipline and poor homelife may be livo of the causes of Abilene's dropout rate, which is twice as high for minority students in Ihe Abilene school system. In an interview with The Re- porter-News, four boys, classi- fied as potential dropouls by Christian Service Center coun- selor Roy Ellsworth because of their backgrounds, also in- dicated that teacher attitude- was one of the things they liked least about school. One of Ihe boys, Horiald Rig- gins, 10, of Taylor Elementa- ry, said some teachers com- mented disparagingly on the dress of economically disad- vanlaged students.' fiigRins allributed this re- mark to a teacher: "You get your stinking self home and get your mother lo give you a bath." WHETHER THIS was said in this way or not.does not bear on the problem, however. The fact that this younf; black boy believes it was said dews indicate a factor that can in- fluence (he dropout rate, espe- cially among low income stu- dents. All of the -boys, including Ronald's brother, Oscar, 11, also of Taylor; Raymond San- chez, o! Franklin, and Bil- ly Colcman, 15, soon lo enroll al Abilene High School, said th'cy Intended to slay in school but thai school discipline pro- Part 2 of 3 Paris vitled a major stumbling block for some students. Billy, who used to. attend Franklin Junior High, and Raymond both said incidents' of-racial fighting and squab- bling were common. The stu- dents, Raymond said, form small groups which pick fights and create other mischief. All of the boys told of peer group pressure, bickering and as being detrimen- tal school.atmosphere. ''Th'e squabbling is not con- fined to white and blacks, but between Mexican-Americans and blacks" and Hie peer groups or cliques themselves. THE THREE blacks and See DROPOUT, Pg. 5-A, Col. 1 By BROOKS JACKSON Associated Press Writer 'WASHINGTON (AP) Chasing reports that the Presi- dent would quit was like being in a cave full of echoes. Ev- erybody had heard something. Nobody was sure was coming It was a.bunt (or one of the news slnries of the century. Here is how it was Wednesday for reporters Who didn't find it. Two newspapers, in Phoenix and I'rovidence, said Nixon had decided to resign. White House spokesmen wouldn't give a straight answer. The game Reporters sought out Vice President Gerald R. Ford, who would be sworn in the moment the President stepped down. No clues tfiere. Ford went ahead with plans to ap- pear at a routine ceremony Thursday morning. One White House aide re- ported that Nixon would re- sign, but wasn't sure when. Nothing first-hand. A Democratic member of the House Judiciary Commit- tee Charles Rangel of New York, said he had been told by one of Nixon's Republi- can defenders on the commil- tee that a resignation might come soon. "He said, 'Don't write your impeachment speech, you won'l get a chance to use Rangel said. "I tried to pump him. but be wouldn't say anything." Intriguing, but what did it mean? There was a rumor that id- ward Cox, the President's son- in-law, had been summoned to Washington from New York. The rumor proved to be true. Then il was reported that Ihe President had met with, his family at the While House- Bui what did he tell them? Vo'yet another Repub- lican', congressman brought this response: "I've been listening lo (he radio all afternoon. Nobody will (ell me anything either." Another penioacatic jacon- gressman, Ad be named, said a senior Re- publican colleague had told him Nixon would quit Friday. Bui (here-was no indication where the information origi- nated. Various television news re- ports quoted -various sources as indicating Nixon sign.. Finally, in late afternoon, Nixon summoned .Republican congressional leaders' lo Ihe While House., Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater said after- quit, a significant' sotleriing o( his previous vows to slick out his term. He said he had told Nixon the impeachment pic- lure was "very The resignation picture re- mained very unclear. Butz Says School Children Eat Well Hike Casts Pall Over Hope for Inflation Relief WASHINGTON (A Wholesale prices jumped 3.7 per cent last month, the Labor Department reported today. This works out to a stagger- ing 4414 per cenl on. an annual rate. Tiie monthly increase was the largest since the 6.2 per cent jump last August and compared with an average monthly increase of 1.4 per cent over the first six months of Ihir. year. All figures are after taking seasonal variations into ac- count. Since wholesale price in- creases are usually translated into higher prices for consum- ers, the report cast a pall over hopes for any slackening in Ihe nation's double-digit intla- lion. The biggest wholesale jump was in volatile farm prices. A 6.4 per in July re- versed four straight months of decline. The Nixon ailminislration had lied falling or at least moderaling food prices lo ils prediclions for gelling infla- tion down to a 7 per cent an- nual rate of Increase by year's end. Consumer prices are cur- rently .11 par cent above a year ago. The wholesale increase in food prices alone was 3.6 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis, with meat pacinc the increase. Processed foods and sugar also posted significant increases. Prices for milk and fresh vegetables declined. Foreshadowing possible fu- ture (rouble for meat prices was an even larger rise 5.5 per cent for the processed foods and feeds farmers musl buy for their livestock. Auto prices, usually stable at this lime of year, also rose. Industrial commodities moved upward, although not as steeply as farm prices. The increase for the industrial commodities was 2.7 per ce-.l, compared lo a 2.2 increase Ihe previous month. Wholesale pi-ices have been increasing by more than tvvo per cent all year. The for commodi- ties was virtually across the board, with the strongest rises in iron, steel, petroleum and ils byproducts. Lumber prices, however, declined for (he third straight monlh. WASHINGTON (A P) Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz says children are eating well at school cafeterias these days despite coniplainls about menus and prices. "Everybody grouses about cafeteria food, whether they are students or Butz said today. "I hear peo- ple complaining about the caf- eteria food al the Department of Agriculture. Then I go to lunch and see those same peo- ple lined up waiting lo eat." 'Bulz's remarks were in a speech prepared for a meeting of the American School Food Service Association. He said today's school lunches are a far cry from an apple, pear, or bread-and-butter sandwich children ate in his day. "Ou the average it costs schools 74 cents to prepare each meal, Butz said. "Even if Hie students had to pay the full price they'd be gelling a good deal." The department's Food and N'ulrition Service said 1he 74-cent figure used by Butz was an average for the 1972-73 school year and that costs have climbed sharply since then. In the last school year, a spokesman said, Ihere was "a very sketchy" indication that Ihe cost of preparing a typical school lunch climbed to 84 or 85 cents. Butz said the procedure of donating government-pur- chased commodities should be abolished entirely and schools U S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (Weitfcer Map, P9. 1A) ABILENE MID VICINITY ClO-mllf rodliu) Portly cloudy wllti a 4llo.hl chance of altctnoon and ever.lr.9 Itiun- deritiovjers lo.-lay aa tt.nig.hl. Portly cloudy on Friday. Southerly winds a lo 13 mph. High, tocJoy near W. Low to- night In tppcr High Frldoy 1ft tower 90s Probability of rain 30 per ccnl today and lonlonl. High low lor "U houri ending 9 a.m.: 87 and High ond low lame dote loll tear: SunrisQ today: tonlghh lemorrow: given all cash as their share of federal aid. "With cash assistance you can plan and do your own said. "The food buying power will be spread out into (he country instead of centering il here in WashJjig- ton. "You can make savings by dealing in local markets, and just as important, federal money will be relumed to lo- cal economies where it can do Cne most he said. According to the most re- cent USDA report on school lunch participation, 24.4 mil- lion children received meals in May. Of.those, 9.1 million received free or reduced-price meals. Phantom Gains Over One Foot An upper-level low pressure trough lo the .west and a southerly flow of Gulf mois- ture may combine to produce more showers in. the Abilene area Thursday. National Weather Service forecaster Chuck Miller set the probability of rain through Thursday evening at 20 per cent. Runoff from rainfall which washed the area in the past few 'days conlributed more than 1.2 billion gallons of wa- ter lo Abilene lakes, city wa- ter department head Bill Wcchis said- Thursday. LEVELS'AT Fort Phantom rose 1.1 feet for 750 million, three feet al Kirby for 15 mil- lion and four feet at Lake Abi- lene at 450 million gallons. Wecnis called the increases "substantial" even Ihrough he said, hall or the increases would be lost by evaporation. By comparison, Wcems said Ihe cily averaged using 35 mil- lions of gallons a day in July.