Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD IT 94TH YEAfi, NO. 57 PHON E 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 13, 1974 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Cyprus Peace Talks Try Apparently Fails By OTTO DOELLING Associated Press Writer GENEVA, Switzerland A new Rtlcmpl to revive llie dcadlockpd Cyprus peace-talks apparently tailed today with the cancclalioh of a scheduled ministerial meeting that was to hear Turkey's "final, com- promise" offer on the.political future 6f the troubled island. Glafcosderides, Greek Cypriot president of Cyprus, told reporters there might lie a meeting on Wednesday. Offi- cial Greek sources said British Foreign' Minister Jamp.s Cal- laghan had proposed a 48-hour recess and that this had been accepted by Greece. Turkish Foreign Alinisler Turan -Gunes told reporters upon leaving the Geneva Unit- ed Nations headquarters, "I don't think I will come back." In Ankara, Turkish Premier Bulent Eccvit met with his chief of staff and said, after- ward m's government expected a positive or negative answer to its proposals for a Cyprus solution by midnight. ''Afterwards' we will decide whether to continue with -the he said. "By that time we shall know whether, the other side lias good intentions, whether they svant -real peace." In Athens, diplomatic sources reported U.S. Ambas- sador Henry Tasca delivered an urgent message to Premier Constantino .Caramanlis from Secretary of State Henry Kis- singer. They g a v e no details, but there was speculation liie mes- sage was concerned with the Cyprus peace nsgoiialions in Genera. U.5 .DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nntlsnil Weather service (WeaHllr Mop, P3.. 3AI ABILENE AND VICINITY Generally fair, with Ifllle change In temperature Ihrouqti Wednesday. Scutherlvwinds 8-15 mpli. The aMerncDr, high temperatures in Ihe mid-90s; to- nlflhl's low pround'70. .High and low lor It hours ending :lo o.m. 8? end 70. Hirjri and law same date last year 95 and 53. Sunrise 'today sunjet lonight: sunrise tomorrow" Greek Cypriols had planned to present a new pro- posal to the Geneva confer- ence today for the political reorganization of ituir island after rejecting a Turkish de- mand for six autonomous re- gions for the Turkish Cypriols. Details of the Greek counter proposal were not immediate- ly available. But Turkish For- eign Minister Turan Gunes said his government would not .be satisfied with a bland dec- laration of good will. He as- serted that the, Turkish pro- posal which the Greek Cypri- ols turned down would have been a "big" concession" for the Turkish Cypriots. Turkish sources said .Gunes proposed a patchwork'of six autonomous cantons for land's Turkish Cypri- ots. .the sources said these Turkish Cypriot -areas would total.about 33 per'cent of the island's .square miles. More than half of'.the Turkish territory would be the enclave captured "by the Turkish inva- sion force around the northern port of Kyre'nia. BRYAN GUILDERS, WIFE, VIEW PURPLE HEART World War I decoration 56 years lale iloll pMo by till Hmidst Medal New; Memories 56 Years Old By.BILL HKRRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer The place: on Uie banks of the River Marne in France. The time: Oct. 21, 1918. Private first-elass'Bryan Childers, a :tnachine-gunncr in Company 131st Machine Gun Battalion of the Sfith Divi- sion, was being chased by a German .soldier in the infa- mous Argonne Forest. Seeking refuge from his ene- my, Pvt. Childers jumped into a shell hole and' breathed a sigh of relief. IL was nearly his last breath, for the hole was filled with deadly mus- lard gas. GUILDERS, NOW a semi-re- tired insurance agent here, Monday received his Purple Heart by mail from Brig. Gen. Louis J. Prost, Commanding General of the U.S. Army He- serve Components Personnel and Administration Center in St. Louis, Mo; The decoration came 56 years after Childers earned it. "It was a cold October af- ternoon, about 5 Chilcl- ers recalled. "I was out of ammunition, so was the Ger- man. He fixed liis bayonet and came at me. "Since you -can't very well pill.a bayonet on ii machine gun, I'had no choice but lo run. A man; named 'Murray, who now owns a gin in Dallas, killed the German, but not be- fore I breathed the. J IIECALLINC the terrible Ircnch warfare thai typified the closing days of World War I, Cliilders said his unit went "over the lop" about three days before his injury, "You couldn't find a Ger- man within 15 miles afler we look- Ihe lie said. "But, we stalled out on Ihe Marne an dthe Germans stalled laying.in 15-inch artil- lery. That's about the time I was gassed." He said the Germans had used Ihe gas early in Ihe war, but, through a "gentleman's ceased using the deadly fumes1 until late in Ihe war, when they were losing. "I've tried to. convince the Veterans Administration and I lie Army, that I had a Purple Heart Childers said, "arid I had to write first to ,Cong. Omar Burleson, then fi- nally to Cong. Olin Teague. That brought spnie.aclion." HE SAID THAT the Army .had lost, the .portion of .his re-' cords thai' conlaiiiecl'his injury information, but his discharge .papers, .plainly indicated thai for.' the "I have the medal Cliilders said. "I don't think my life will change now (hat I have it, but I figured I earned il and wanted it to go with my French medals." He said the French govern- ment was a litlle more effi- cient in sending him his French medals, awarded lo many Doughboys who fought on French soil during The Great War. "Within six weeks. of my in- jury and return to the Childers noted, "the French sent me the French Commend- ation Medal, the French Com- bat. Medal, the Verdun Medal, and the St. Mihel Medal." AMERICAN women have wailed (or their men at war since the American Revolu- tion, and Childers' bride of 55 years is no excepli'on. "We weren't married said his wife, Ihe former I lary Claire McElroy, of Waxahach- ie, "but'we were engaged. He iriade me promise to' wail for 'him." She said, she spenl the war working for a local photogra- pher. man in dieHhg'lJeing er swas unable to answer with the same frequency. "One Mrs. Childers recalled, "I got a whole bun die of my letters to Bryan back. I knew it was over for him, that he had probablj been killed." SHE SAID she had asked Ihe Jled Cross for assistance in determining her finace's fate. "Before (hey could find any- she said, "I heard from him. He was in a hospi- tal at Camp Bowie. We were married shortly after, on May 4, 1919." Mrs.'Childers, 77, and her husband, who is 78, both say (hey are proud of their age- While Childers won't admit that his long wail for his earned decoration hasn't kept him going, he said he is glad to finally be able lo show it lo friends. Nothing to Catch Overflow Excess fluid from oil storage lanks could be a fire hazard. No firewall, ov pit to' contain Die overflow, has been dug around (he tanks, as required by a city ordi- nance. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) 75 Junior High Boundaries Set Boundary changes in the junior ligh schools for Sepf. 1, 1975 were approved by the Abilene School Board Monday night, and the changes ore discussed in a story on Pg. IB. Amuscmenls 4B Bridge XB Business Mirror 6A Clossilicd 3-6C Comics 2B Editorials 4A Horoscope.............. 3A Hospital Polients 3A Obiluarfes 2A Sports 1-2C To Your Good Health......6C 'TV Log ____.......... 4B W Scout 4B Women's News........... 38 Oil Tank Ordinance Apparently Violated By GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer A number of oil pump and slorage tank sites in north Ab- ilene are in apparcnl violation of a six-year-old city ordi- nance, cily officials have con- firmed. This reporter found about 15 violations in one afternoon of driving .around some backroad sites on the city's northsidc. City Building Official War- ron Swafford said his depart- nient has also found about 15 violations in the past two months, and he added, "I'm sure we'll find more as ire get to them-" CONCENTRATING in north Abilene on a tip from a prop-, erty owner, cily inspectors have found violations wliich usually fall into three catego- ries no firewall (a pit lo catch fluid which escapes Gas Idea Discarded at Huntsville E1JJE RUCKEH (I. The Incident in HunlsvUle brings lo mind that a special anesthetic fired IhrortRh windows or introduced Into MtdlrrMlBE would have been ol particular value. Is such a product available? Are police anywhere using such a device? A, The room at Huntsville had no win- dows; that eliminales sending gas through (he windows. The room was huge, an audi- torium converted into open classrooms with no comparimenlal walls. So llie size of the room limited effectiveness of any substance fired into it. But whatever the substance used, it had lo be something that would instantly incapacitate the con- victs where llicy wouldn't have lime to realize something was happening to them anil kill llie hoslages. Tho Texas Depart- ment of Corrections found a substance that would work quickly ami il was con- sidered but ruled out because no one was certain of the after otfecls. Q. We've got to write Mr. Presley to send him some very Important Infor- mation before he comes. What's his address? A. Elvis is in the care of Colonel Tom Parker, Box 417, Memphis, Tennessee. Q. Jnly 101 sent a money order by Western Union ta my son In Hone- Inln. I was (eld II wouW arrive the day. He tried li pick it up four different times hot was (aid it never arrived. New my sm Is home again and I sllll don't have the The Abilene Western Uilon office (old me I would have to wad three months before getting my money back. Why? I really need the money much quicker than that. A. Who wouldn't! Thai's a bunch of money. A. J. Rowell, manager of custom- er service in the Dallas Western Union office assured us you would have your money before Aug. 15. On overseas money orders like your's, the money is held for 30 days at the overseas American Express office on a will-call basis, says Tlowcll. If it's not picked up by Ihe end of 30 days, Ihe money is returned lo Itie Western Union office that sent it out in the first place. Check Ifie local office. Aug. 15.- If no money order is waiting, call us. Q. Did (he architectural firm of Tit- tle, I.nther and Loving plan and draw up (he Vera Minter Memorial Park in downtown Abilene as a public service were (hey hired? If (hey were com- mlssloned, what percentage of the S40.MO do (hey receive? A. Ed IVishcamper, president of the Abi- lene Kiwants Foundation which is develop- ing the park, said no architectural firm has been "hired" in Ihe usual meaning of the word. When the project Rained final approval of Will D. Minter, who gave the Queen Theater property for llie park; the City of Abilene, which will maintain Ihe park; and the Abilene Kiwanis Club, which as- sumed the responsibility of sponsoring il, the Kiwanis Task Force informed Jim Tit- tle of (he Tittle, Luther and I-oying archi- tectural firm, of the plan and invited his participation as a member of the Task Force for two reasons: for more than three years he has been chairman of Op- eration Turnaround of the Abilene Cham- ber of Commerce is concerned with revitalizing the central business district and all olher other business areas of the cily; and because a couple of years ago Tittle had prepared a tentative drawing which was presented to Mr. Minter show- ing how a park could be developed on the theater site. Wishcamper said Tittle and his asso- ciates have developed the final park plan which has been adopted, but no formal arrangement has ytl been made between the Kiwanis Foundation and a general contractor or architectural linn. k: Address questions (a Actloi Line, Box Abilene, Texas Names will no! he used but questions must be signed and addresses gives. Please la- elude telephone numbers II possible. from no fence around drilling sites and unchecked growth of grass and weeds around production sites. Other violations included failure to lock gates of drilling site fences and to post the op- erator's name at the site. Another possible violation is drilling within 150 feet of a building without the owner's written permission. ON JUNE t; Asst. Cily Man- ager John [fslchcl s'nt a not- ice lo half a dozen oil opera- tors in north Abilene. The two-page leltcr cited the most fresucnt, complaints and asked operators lo check their sites for compliance. "A cily inspector and a rescnlalive from the fire de- partment will visit your opera- tion sites 3d days after the mailing of (his letter. You are requested lo check Ihem prior to that time lo insure that all requirements are being Ihe letter concluded. That, notice was mailed more than two months ago. The Reporter-News check of nhoul 10 sites was made last week, and il found six firewall violalions, three Icncc viola- tions and about nine sites sur- rounded by heavy grouth of and grass. Sir.-U'KORD AND Ilatdiei say the city's team of inspec- tors is "spread pretty and it may be several weeks before alllhc sites can be in- spected. Inspectors have many other duties each day and can- not be pulled off other jobs to devote full time to oil sites, Swafford said. City lax department records show that about 20 leases have been signed by oil operators within the city limits. Most are in Ihe north part of town (just south of Interstate 20 in the Pine Street some south of the airport and some near Lake Kirby. Some leases have several wells. CITY OFFICIALS haven't decided how long lo give oper- ators lo comply, once, a viola- lion has been noted. Again the problem of hiw fast inspeclors can get to Ihe sites for another check would have to be considered, offi- cials say. But 10 dnys will probably be Ihe limil. Violalions of cily ordinances are misdemeanors, punishable by fines not lo exceed with each day's violation con- sidered a separate offense. The ordinance further pro- .vidcs that the Cily Council can revoke any permit issued, by the city.