Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 19, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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94TH YEAR, NO. 183 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEX., 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, DEC. 1Q, 1974 —FORTY-FOUR PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
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Texas Now No. 3
WASHINGTON (AP)—Texas is now the third largest state in population, the Census Bureau has announced.
The bureau said the state’s population pushed past the 12 million mark this year. As of July I, 1974, 12,050,000 persons were reported living in Texas, an increase of 222,000 since July I, 1973.
The new figures place Texas ahead of Pennsylvania.
In the 1970 census, Texas population was recorded as 11,196,730, placing the state in fourth, above Illinois.
The only states with larger populations now are California, with 20.9 million persons, and New York, with 18.1 million persons.
Soviets Reject Trade Bill Accord
Tin* Abilene Goodfellows’ drive now stands $2,000.64 away from its goal of $18,250.
Doyle Burton, Reporter-News office manager and chief accountant for the drive, said Wednesday that Goodfellows will continue to accept donations “until people stop sending them.”
Funds donated to Goodfellows go to needy families at Christmas in the form of food, clothes and toys.
Donations may be mailed to Goodfellows, Box 30, Abilene 79604 or may be turned in at The Reporter-News bookkeeping department.
Latest contributions include: In memory of
Sidney K. Boatler $20 OO Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Gray 20.00
Abigail Ann BeiTy
Chesley D A R.
Chapter of Abilene 25.00
Irvin D. Hiler 10.00
Mr. and Mrs.
Frank J. Richards 10.00
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Harris 5.00
Capt. and Mrs. Ernie M. Yoshimoto 10.00
Ann O'Loughlin 10.00
Mrs. C.A. Galbraith 20.00
Alfa Richard 5.03
Ret. T. Sgt. and Mrs.
James R.S. Austin 10.00
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Cook, Donna Dara, and David, in lieu of Christmas cards to local friends 10.00
Jesus loves you, Susan and Scott Cummings 5.00
The Bridge Club Kitty 4.25
Cindy and Elaine Sharp 2.00
Mr. and Mrs. G.R.
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Baird 4th Grade Class 3.00
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Saeret Heart Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Center 50.00 Anonymous 10,00
Men’s Bible Class of First Christian Church 25.00
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Mrs. Roy Reynolds 5.00
R\ GEORGE KRIMSKY
Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin has “flatly rejected as unacceptable” the new U.S. trade bill tied to emigration of Jews and other minorities from Communist countries, Tass said Wednesday.
Tass also quoted the Kremlin as saying there actually may lie fewer persons leaving the Soviet Union.
State Department officials and sources on Capitol Hill played down the seriousness of the Soviet report.
Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., who helped negotiate an agreement with the Ford administration on the emigration issue that broke an impasse holding up final action on the tradn bill, said he considers the Tass statement “probably in the face-saving category.”
Ile urged Congress to complete final action on the bill and called on the administration to provide its interpretation of a letter from Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in October that provided the basis for the Tass article. Tass also released a text of the letter.
State Department spokesman Robert Anderson issued a statement late Wednesday saying publication of the Gro-myko-Kissinger letter “does not in our view change the
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understandings” reached between the United States and the Soviet Union on the emigration question.
Anderson said those understandings were outlined to Jackson in a letter dated Oct.
Differing versions of the trade bill have been passed by the House and Senate and a House-Senate conference committee was considering a compromise Wednesday.
Tass said a provision in the trade bill that Communist countries must allow freer emigration in return for trade concessions, interferes in internal Soviet affairs and is “flatly rejected as unacceptable in leading circles of the Soviet Union.”
State Department officials, while wary of making definite judgments, indicated the release of the letter may have stemmed from domestic pressures on the Soviet leadership.
Other sources in Congress and the State Department noted that Kissinger testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Dec. 3, well after the Gromyko letter was given to him. His testimony was very cautious, they said, and reflected Kissinger’s belief that the Soviet Union would
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WASHINGTON (AP) -Sen-ate-House conferees tentatively approved on Wednesday a bill giving President Ford broad authority to negotiate trade agreements with other nations. Included is a provision aimed at ensuring freer emigration of minorities from Communist countries.
The action was taken a few hours after Tass, the official Sox let news agency, expressed strong disapproval of the emigration provision and said it could result in actually reducing the outflow of Jews from the Soviet Union.
Senators who have worked closely on the emigration section discounted the Tass statement as political rhetoric aimed at Soviet citizens and at influencing Third World countries.
Sen. Russell Long, D-La., a chief sponsor of the trade measure, told reporters the Soviet statement did not influence conferees’ deliberations on trade.
“We are passing a law to provide we can trade with the Soviet Union under specified conditions,” Long said. “If they want to trade with us, they’ll do it under those conditions.”
Long said the conferees are expected to give formal approval to the bill on Thursday. Other senators said the conferees already have agreed unanimously on the measure.
Formal approval Thursday would be expected to result in a final congressional vote later in the day or on Friday.
Under powers granted by the bill, the President could bargain with the rest of the
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Man's Journey to Visit Sick Son Has Tragic Ending
Goodfellows Drive Just $2,000
WEATHERFORD - A 74-year-old Abilene man died Wednesday after being taken ill in a highway patrol car near Weatherford where he had been stopped for speeding on the way to visit a sick son in Fort Worth.
Thomas B. McCoy of 3165 S. loth St. was pronounced dead at Campbell Memorial Hospital in Weatherford about 10:55 a m. Wednesday by a physician at the hospital.
Justice of the Peace Chester Causbie of Weatherford ordered an autopsy, which was performed later Wednesday at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office.
CAUSBIE said he expected a verbal report on the cause of death about noon Thursday, but no written report until next week.
Sgt. F. E. Johnson, supervisor of the Mineral Wells area Department of Public Safety office, gave the following account of the incident, based on
the report of the arresting officer, Bill Penick:
The highway patrolman had checked the speed of McCoy’s car, traveling east on IU 20, on radar at 70 miles per hour, and had difficulty stopping the driver, even though the DPS car’s flashing lights and siren were on.
McCoy pointed down the road several times when the patrol car pulled alongside, the report continued. After the car was stopped, the patrolman said, he told McCoy he would be issued citations for speeding and failing to stop for an emergency vehicle.
Although instructed to follow the patrolman to a justice of the peace office, McCoy told the patrolman he would not do so, the account said.
McCoy then started a scuffle, during which he grabbed his driver’s license and tried to grab the officer’s pistol, the report said. A passerby helped subdue the man, who was then
placed in the patrolman’s car in handcuffs.
McCoy immediately suffered a seizure and was rushed to Campbell Memorial Hospital, only about two miles away.
HIS SON, O. B. McCoy, underwent bladder surgery in Harris Hospital in Fort Worth Wednesday morning and was in satisfactory condition Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said.
The driver was first approached by the patrol car in the west part of Weatherford
and finally stopped just xvest of State Highway 121 intersection on Interstate 20, about two miles east of the radar site.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home in Abilene.
Born March 4, 1900, in Taylor County, Mr. McCoy was a farmer and longtime employe of an Abilene construction company. He married Lora Estle Self in 1917 in Jones County, and they moved to
Abilene in 1940. His wife died in 1946.
Mr. McCoy was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and Abilene Masonic Hodge No. 559.
Survivors include three sons, O. B. of Fort Worth, Lloyd O. of 1458 Ross and Roy L. of 5218 Harwood; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Gilbert of Abilene and Mrs. Rhoda Morrison of Whittier, Calif.; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
The Christmas season has come to be June-like, or so it appears from the number of weddings scheduled the next IO days.
Include among the households involved now in preparations for such an event that of the Alvin McLoughlins, 3325 Edgemont.
T3ie McLmighllns’ daughter, Brenda Sue, is to be married Saturday in the First Baptist Church chape! at Corpus Christi, the family’* former hometown. She will wed John Creswell Martin who i* in graduate school at Texas A&M.
It will he a formal wedding and you know how much preparation that calls for, particularly xvben it is done long-distance, Abilene-to-Corpus.
The preparations have, tn fact, prompted Alvin, who works here at the paper, to begin handing out cards.
His cards read:
“I am the Father of the Bride.
“Nobody’s paying much attention to me today, but T can assure you that I am getting my share of notice. The banks and several business firms are watching me very closely.”
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A friend at Temple named Carol has four children, kindergarten age to not-quite-old-enougb-to-dnve. She has two aged relatives who live in different parts of the same town and look to her for attention. She has a husband who is a busy doctor.
This sort of a family adds up to a whole lot of errands and taxi service so that Carol can put 390 miles on her car in a week and never leave the city limits.
It was, therefore, interesting, the happy, exultant note
Row Materials Cost Less, But So What?
By LOUISE COOK
Associated Press Writer
Raw materials used in everything from automobiles to carpets are beginning to decline in cost, but the decreases won’t reach buyers of the finished products for some time — if at all.
An Associated Press survey showed that prices for things such as chemicals, lumber, some metals, rubber and cotton have dropped from record levels reached earlier this year.
For example: raw cotton prices down as much as 50 per cent; certain kinds of lumber down 63 per cent since July; copper prices off 56 per cent.
Two exceptions are coal and steel. Coal prices are expected to increase as a result of tho miners’ strike, and U.S. Steel announced on Monday an average 8 per cent increase on two-thirds of its product line affecting the construction, rail and oil industries. President Ford has demanded justification for the boost.
“Prices are leveling off, but at extremely high levels,” said a spokesman for the Carborundum Co. at Niagara Falls, N.Y., which manufacturers abrasives for use in factories.
As an example of the decline, the spokesman cited raw cotton prices which have
dropped from 90 cents a pound earlier this year to 45 cents a pound.
The main reason for the decline is inventory buildup. Companies amassed large stockpiles of a wide variety of products, fearing shortages or soaring prices. The shortages never materialize’; inflation caused people to spend less; manufacturers of consumer goods reduced their orders of raw materials, and the producers of these materials found themselves with a supply that was much greater than the demand. The Commerce Department said Monday that business inventories in October rose by $5.6 billion — the larg
est monthly increase this year. About $1.8 billion of the increase was in retail automobile inventories reflecting sagging auto sales.
Thomas Murphy, chairman of General Motors, said that the company’s index of raw materials used in automobiles had finally leveled off.
A Ford Motor Co. spokesman said, “After price controls were removed, pines shot up drastically to catch up. Prices now' seem to have leveled off. Aluminum prices haven’t gone up since price controls went off in May.”
in her Christmas card.
“I’m so excited over what John (husband) is giving me for Christmas,” she wrote.
“He has promised to give me an eight-day week for 52 straight weeks.”
Manuel Esquivel, custodian at Winters Elementary School, overheard his son, Marne, 6, and niece, Patricia Waller, age 7, talking about Santa's arrival at a Thornton's parking lot in Abilene via helicopter.
“Why would Santa come in on a helicopter when he has a sleigh and reindeer?” Patricia wondered.
“Because Santa isn’t dumb,” Marne replied.
“What does that mean?” Patricia asked.
“Well, it’s deer season here,” Marne explained, an explanation whose logic you can’t beat.
Shedding light for charity
Elia Elieff. an 80-year-old Galena, III., beekeeper, is framed by candles he produces for charity. Elieff has contributed $4,217.15 to the March of Dimes, his favorite charity, from 15 years of making honey and beeswax candles. (AP Wirephoto)