Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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94TH YEAR, NO. 188 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24. 1974—36 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
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Finishing the Story
The last line was dropped off the Monday morning column. That item concerned \ ming David Kout's recital to his parents of the Christmas story:
. .and three real wealthy people came with gifts for the Baby Jesus, gold, silver and sugar. ._
So it is Christmas Eve at last and tonight all through the house not a creature will be stirring, not even a mouse and...
It is a day, on the eve of a
nacred day, to keep to traditions. And one we have followed for years is repetition at this time of one of journalism's great pieces for children and for those who love children.
It is the editorial Francis P. Church of the New York Sun wrote in 1897 in reply to s question put to him by little Virginia O’Hanlon, now deceased.
Virginia was troubled by s concern which troubles children of a certain age. Friends had scoffed at the idea of Santa Claus. So she wrote the Sun for an answer. That reply, by church, is one of the classics of Christmas. Here, at another
Christmas Eve, it is;
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Virginia, your little friends ire wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds.
All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant in his intellect, as compared to the boundless world about him, as measured bv the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge
Yes. Virginia, there Is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generositv and devotion exM and you know that they abound and give to your life its higher beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith, then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
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Not believe in Santa Claus? You might a" well not believe in fa tries!... Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign thei r Is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man. not even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart.
Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view — and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it a1! real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else
real and abiding.
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No Santa Claus! Thank Cod he lives and he lives forever. A thousand years from now. Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Wet Day for Santa?
Santa should have come to Abilene two days earlier.
But he didn’t, so he’Ll just have to bear the wet, miserable, cold weather with the rest of us.
Forecasters are calling for considerable cloudiness and cold temperatures Christmas Day, with highs around 40.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) -U.S. Steel said Monday it was rolling back its new price hikes by about 20 per cent and pledged to try and hold the lid on prices for the next six months.
The announcement came six days after President Ford criticized the increases as infla
tionary'. I S. Steel, the nation's largest producer, said the rollback on the price hikes announced Dec. 16 would be effective immediate!).
“U.S. Steel is taking this action because of its sincere desire to aid the nation in its fight against double digit inflation,” said F. B. Speer, the
Sirica Says Nixon Pardon Shouldn't Affect Trial Outcome
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.
District Judge John .T. Sirica said Monday that while the pardon granted former President Nixon is ‘too bad”, it should not affect the outcome of the Watergate cover-up trial.
Sirica said his acceptance of a medical opinion that Nixon should not testify at the trial does not give defense lawyers license to use the former President’s absence as an argument for acquittal.
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“I don’t think the fact that he is not here makes any difference,” said the judge.
Earlier, John N. Mitchell’s lawyer said the evidence in the Watergate cover-up trial has shown his client’s misguided loyalty to Nixon was rewarded by a decision to make the fumier attorney general ’the fall guy” of Watergate.
Sirica made the comments as dosing arguments continued in the trial. Mitchell’s lawyer William Hundley told the jury that Mitchell ‘ was going to be the fall guy. He wras going to take the blame for Watergate.”
When tne jury left to begin a two-day Christmas holiday, the judge asked William Prates, lawyer for John Fhr-lichman, how far he planned to carry Nixon’s absence as part of his closing arguments.
Then, the judge asked rhetorically what if the President
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He said the price reduction means the over-all increase will now be about 4 per cent. U.S. Steel said the original hike amounted to 4.7 per cent over two-thirds of its product line.
Speer also said that unless forced by unforseen major economic events the average level of U.S. Steel prices would not be increased for the next six months.
The announcement from I S. Steel followed by several hours a statement by Bethlehem Steel Corp., the second-ranked steelmaker, that it was raising its pr ices about 2% per cent to "bring them in line with the competition.”
That was an apparent reference to the price hikes ann-nounced Dec. 16 by U.S. Steel. "I am pleased with the work
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Have a Sate and Happy Christmas!
lf holiday plans are complete, you can relax. But if not, today is your last day for Christmas shopping.
that was done by the Council on Wage and Price Stability and the attitude of U.S. Steel in making this rollback,” Ford said in a statement issued Dom Vail. Colo., where he is vacationing.
Ford said Dec. 17 the increases left him "concerned and very disappointed” and asked the wage and price council to pressure the steelmakers to account for every cent of their increases.
Speer said the decision to modify the price increases came after a Friday meeting with Dr. Albeit Bees, director of the council.
In Washington, Bees said “we are pleased” by the rollback.
"While we would like to see still lower steel prices, we recognize that U.S. Steel has had
substantial cost increases over the last few months, especially rn purchased materials including coal and iron ore,” Bees said in a statement.
‘ We hope that Bethlehem Steel Corp. and CF&I Corp., who have already announced price increases, will reconsider these recently announced price increases in the light of the U.S. Steel Corp. action of today.”
Bethlehem refused comment on U.S. Steel’s ac tion.
U.S. Steel said last week It would not roll back any of its prices because they still fell short of catching up with higher costs.
On Monday, Speer said the new prices still "fall far short of covering the higher costs that U.S. Steel has incurred in recent months.”
Under Monday* rollback, U.S. Steel said it would drop its previously announced fin a ton price rise on plat** steel by $5. bringing its price to $242 a ton That compares with $237 for Jones &- Laugh;in.
Bethlehem had been charging $237, but announced a price hike of $10 to $247 — now $5 a ton more than I .S. Steel.
Bethlehem nted the rising coals of fuel, materials and lalior in announcing its price hike*. Bui the firm said the increases did not cover the rising costs of production,
“They cover only one-third of the cost increases not recovered by Bethlehem during the last five months,” I spokesman said.
U.S. Steel Heeds to Ford's Wishes
Santa Smiles Through Handicap
By ANN FLORES
Reporter-New* Staff Writer
Santa Claus came to the Sears Park Christmas pally Monday leaning on a crutch, but lie didn t lei it handicap his Yuletide .spirit.
"He must have fallen off his sleigh.” speculated I I v ear-old Hick) Chapman, a Fannin Elementary' fifth grader and one of about 2D0 children at the party.
But. Santa's condition was the result of something Ricky probably would not understand, the result of a dread disease which has been nearly wiped out in modern days.
Jim Ussery of 1433 Park, who portrayed St. Nick at the party, was stricken with polio at age three and has lived with the crippling effects ever since.
"They didn’t even know what it was back then.” the 64-year-old said, his eyes watering slightly as he patled his right leg.
Yet, in spite of his rather novel appearance, Ussery played his role as Santa well, taking youngsters upon his left knee and passing out bags of candy and fruit.
"I’m on top of cloud nine.” he beamed after the mob of children who surrounded him settled down to playing games among themselves.
"This is the first time I’ve
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Visit with bauta
Little Cecilia Morados visit to Abilene was enriched Monday by a heart-to-heart talk with Santa Claus (Jim Ussery) at the Sears Park Christmas party. Cecilia. 3, of Wheat Ridge. Colo . is spending the holidays in the Henry Davila Sr. home. (StatI Photo by Jollily Cates)