Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Ibifew "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron ?90TH YEAR, NO. 201 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 31, TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQc 25c SUNDAY Atiociated Pren Workers Locate Mine Victim By SY JIAMSEY Associated Press Writer 'I HYDEN, Ky. (AP) Rescue workers found two more bodies j deep inside a mountain today, bringing to 38 the number killed In a searing blast at a mine cil- ia ed earlier this year by federal Inspectors for safety violations. A four-Inch layer of snow hid some traces of the disaster at the Finley Coal Co. as the bod- ies were carried to the surface. II. N. Kirkpalrick, state com- missioner of mines, announced the mine was being closed until IMf'Vi'lnpMirt SCENE OF MINE DISASTER sobbing woman is comforled> T o YA> Y Bran Train Wreck Is at Least 70 Saturday morning when Inspec- tion teams will move Into (he operation. The only known survivor o( (he blast was hospitalized with minor Injuries, Incurred when he was blown back out of the tunnel. Charles Finley, co-owner of the mine, acknowledged there were "small violations" charged by federal Inspectors under the new Mine Safety Act but declined to elaborate. "I'd rather not answer too many of those Fin- ley told newsmen gathered at the headquarters for the rescue teams. Finley, sleepless after a night-long vigil, said there were about 100 miners employed on three shifts inside the nonunion plant. He said their pay aver- aged "better than a day." The original list provided by the company showed 39 men were working Wednesday after- noon when the blast occurred. But officials said one of the men apparently was not in the mine. Commissioner Kirkpalrick also said he believed all victims had been removed from the mine, five miles from Hyden. President Nixon, prevented by bad weather from flying to the site, expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims, re- laying his message through Gov. Louie B. Nunn. Nunn said the President, dur- Sec MINE, Pg. !A Indicators OH At 4lh Hour End Industrials were off 4.66, transportation was off 1.30, and utilities were off .06, at the end of fourth hour trading-Thursday on the. New York Stock Ex- change. The New York Com- posite was off .19. Volume was shares, reported the Abilene office of Schneider, Bernet and Hickman, Inc. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) A passenger train and a freight train collided today 37 miles from the Iranian town of Arde- kan, the afternoon newspaper Kayhan reported. It said 70 per- WEATHER U-S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National wcallur Stnlei (WtalMr MJp J-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY mill radiui) Fair and cod loday and ronignr. la end a lime warmer en Trail. Hgn tcdiy 60. lew lonignt Mgh Friday 70. V ligm uutncrly, dianglng li Hnttrty 10 to IS m.p.h. later loday. TEMPERATURES Wid. PJTU i-rru 31 l-.ti 3M 34 31 .5 35 a ii t.ro it a tra lor U rio JTI.: tl and High and low fcr simi eati tut year: r> am u. Sunset lilt nfchl: pm.. Sunr'it today: Su-ltt p.m. Barometer at noon: 31.27 In. Humidify at nocn: 20 per cent. sons were feared to have per- ished. The paper reported that by noon 50 bodies had been recov- ered from the wreckage while officials in Tehran have con- firmed a toll of 15. Reporting from the scene, the paper's correspondent said 130 persons were seriously Injured, "some still crying under tons of steel." Most of the 300 persons on board the passenger train were mine and railway workers head- Ing for Isfahan, 200 miles south of Tehran, for the weekend holi- day. First reports said the passen- ger Irnin had been given a green light as it passed through Sassan station but the signal op- erator appeared to have failed to notice the approach of the freight train. The wreckage at Sasson sta- tion was described as "a heap of crumpled pieces of with bodies scattered through the overturned passenger cars. Reporter-News Business Office Closed Friday While both edition! will be published ai usual Friday, New Year's Day, the neii office will be closed. If you min either paper, call 673-4271. Classified advertising de- partment will be closed, line adt to run Saturday or Sunday should be plac- ed by 4 p.m. Thursday. Two City Hospitals Make Visiting Hours P.M. Abilene's two major hospitals, Hcndrick Memorial Hospital and West Texas Medical Center, today announced new visiting hours for patients, effective Jan. L Boone Powell, administrator of Ilendrlck, and Albert Smith, administrator of West Texas Medical, said that because of the increased growth of the hospitals and the continued development of Abilene as a medical center, the need for specific visiting hours had become Imperative. POWELL AND Smith said that, Li cooperation with the medical staffs, hospital staffs, and "in the best Interest of the the visiting hours clfectlve Jan. 1 were from 2 to p.m. No children under 13 years of age will be allowed to visit. "The special needs of the patient In relation to his Immediate family and his spiritual needs will continue to be met us Powtll and Smith said. Previously, morning visits had been common. POWELL SAID visiting hours .it Hendrick for the pedialric section and obstetrical section remain unchanged. They are as follows: Obstetrical division: 3 to 5 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m. Malcolm and Mary Meek Children's Hospit.il: 3 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 8 p.m. The "right kind" of visiting, Powell and Smith said, ran be very helpful to the patient. "IMPROPER VISITING, on the other hand, Is not in the best interests of the patient's they said. They offered these hints on how to be a good visitor: Obscrvs visiting hours. This gives the patients a chance to get the rest they need between visits, and allow the staff the opportunity to care for them. Keep visits brief. Five or 10 minutes will get over the message that you're Interested in them and care about their welfare. Be optimistic and have a positive approach. Keep your own problems to yourself. O Don't give medical advise or otherwise make suggestions that undermine the patient's morale and create doubts In his mind about his treatment or hospital personnel. Do not take food or alcoholic beverages to patients unless approved by the hospital. A cardinal rule Is NOT TO SMOKE In the patient's room. For patients who have had surgery, it Is best to wait several days after the operation before making a visit. Too many visitors can disrupt the care of the patient. It Is best for the patient not to have more than two people In the room r.t one time. Following these guidelines will enable the visitor to accomplish his desired results. Both hospitals respectfully urge the public to do so and become "skillful visitors." (AP Wlnphetg) PITY THE POOR TANGLED, HOOKED PELICAN Miami boat captain untangles the bird (top) then unhooks another Boat's Skipper Spends Time Caring for Forgotten Pelicans MIAMI (AP) Stumpy and Pete are flying testimonial-, la the skill of Captain Mathcw Poggie, a 59-year-old charter boat mate who spends his spare time doctoring pelicans injured by fishermen's lines and hooks. Stumpy is a Pelican that has no feet. Poggie had to amputate the bird's big webbed toes when gangrene set in after Stumpy got tangled In a fishing line. Pete's big, baggy bill bears evilence of Poggie's handiwork with a needle and sutures. Poggie is first mate of the charter boat and he's also friend and healer tn a good portion of the local pelican population. When a pelican sees a fisher- man casting a line, he doesn't know the man is fishing, ex- plains Poggie. He says the peli- can thinks the sportsman is trying to feed him. "The says Pog- gie, "reel the pelican in and tear the hook out of his pouch. The birds come in here with their pouches torn to shreds." The captain tenderly cares for the web-footed creatures who line up at his pier, the Park Marina. Each autumn when great Tocks of pelicans leave their colonies in Louisiana and come to Florida, Poggie migrates from Connecticut. The big white birds fish in Florida's Gulf Stream, using their elastic pouches to scoop Email fish from the water. When Poggie spots an Injured Goodfellow Donors bird in the water, he reels i! in with a barblcss hook and gently grabs its legs. "You have to be careful about those he says. "A pej- can can kick like a mule." The tanned and wrinkled sea captain has been taking care of Injured pelicans for about 20 years. He says a lot of pelicans starve each year because fish- ing lines get wrapped around their beaks. He saves as many as he can. "I just like he says. "I like the way they fly and I like the way they dive for their food." Soviets Spare Lives Of 2 Convicted Jews MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union spared today the lives of two Jews convicled of treason in the Leningrad hijack case. One of them will serve his labor camp sentence under subsist- ence conditions which friends described as "slow death." The Supreme Court of ths Russian Federation ordered 15- year confinement for Edward Kuznelsov, 31, and Mark Dym- shits, 43. It decreed highly res- trictive conditions. Including a reduced diet, for Ktunotsov. It also reduced the labor camp terms given in Leningrad to three other defendants but upheld the other six sentences. The trial and sentencing of the Jews set off a storm of pro- tests in Western Europe, Israel and the United States, and a number of foreign governments and leaders appealed to the So- viet government for clemency. NEWS INDEX Amusements 5B Business Noles 15A Bridae................9A Classified........... 7-103 Comics 6B Editorials..............48 Horcicope............. BA Hospital Patients........5A Obituaries 3A Scorn 10.11A To Yjur Good Hcallh I2A TV Log.............. IOB Women's News........2.33 By ELUE RUCKER How Did 'Xmas' Ever Get Started? Q. As a Christian and church member I'm very disturbed at seeing "Merry Xmas" substituted for "Merry Christ- mas." Alter all, Christ Is what Christmas Is all about yet we sec this "Xmas" everywhere. How did It ever get started? A. It developed quite logically because "X" Is the 22nd letter in the Greek alphabet and the symbol for Christ, says a minister. Possibly your objection to "Xmas" stem? from the fact that "X'1 when used as a math term represents an unknown quantity or from the idea that people use it as an abbreviation because they're too lazy to write out Christ. But the use of "Xmas" is not sacrilegious. Q. I read that Abilene was going to have soft water In November. Do we have It already and nobody knows about It, or was this just a wild rumor? If we're getting salt water will this help keep bathroom fixtures clean specifi- cally will It eliminate bath lub ring? A. It will cut down on "bathtub You'll still have to scrub the tub now and then though; it won't perform miracles. The Water Treatment Plant was scheduled for completion last May, then moved up to November and the scheduled completion dale now is January. Bill Weems, water superintendent, said the City doesn't want to accept the plant and begin water softening until the plant meets the specifications originally called for, but he's hoping it will be in ship shape and ready to go in January. Q. Please tell me who started the March of Dimes and when was It started? P.S. Does the answer come out In the evening paper or by letter? We take only the morning paper. I hope you can answer by Idler. A. March of Dimes was founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt In 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. It financed the research that produced the Polio vaccine. The present name is National Foundation of March of Dimes which was adopted in 1958. The current goal of the foundation is to combat birth defects. P.S. Action Line answers are published in the evening edition only; what you need is a subscription to both papers. (Might as well slip in a commercial.) Call Circulation Dept at 673-1271. Q. I read In yonr column where some- one was looking for a place to hunt squirrels. I have a ranch near Balrd that a good many squirrels and I'd be more than wlUlng'lo let him hunt on my land at no charge. Have him call me anytime for directions. A. We contacted our squirrel hunter who was delighted with your generous offer. He'll be in touch with you by phone. Q. Please settle this once and for all. What Is the practice concerning removal of musk glands from a deer? When a hunter dresses (be deer In the field Is It necessary to remove them first? A. No. The practice of removing the musk glands came from the belief that secretions from the glands seeped back into the meat. They do not. They seep instead onto the hair on the skin. You're more likely to get the strong secretions on the meat from your hand or knife If you cut them out before dressing. The deer should be dressed as soon as possible. Bad taste in the meat comes from improper dressing methods or from the fact that the animal is badly shot up. Address questions (o Action Line. Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79EOI. Names will not be used hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please Include telephone numbers If possible. in Cash Is Found In Late Official's Belongings Latest Contributors: Anonymous 25.00 Anonymous 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Candy 10.00 For my brother Capt. Sam Cornelius USAF serving In Vietnam 10.00 Anonymous 2.00 Anonymous In honor of Bill and Gcnean Hull 100 00 W. H. Baglcy 10.00 Previously Acknowledged ................IS.7M.M Totillodale .1S.9U.OI Goal a uatc .......IMOO.OO h SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) More than in cash has been found crammed Into shoe boxes, envelopes and among personal belongings of Paul Powell, the late secretary of slate of Illinois. Cash totaling more than was found stuffed away In a closet of the Powell apartment In the St. Nicholas Hotel In Springfield, the executor of Powell's estate, John S. Itendleman, disclosed Wednesday. The rest of the bills were tucked Into envelopes removed from Powell's office after his death. Powell, a power In the Illinois Democratic party, died Oct. 10 of a heart attack. The money has been deposited In a Springfield bank, Itcndlcman said. He uld It will be part ol the Inventory of the Powell estate to be filed in court. Ilcndlcman, who is chancellor of the Kdwardsvillc campus of Southern Illinois University, said he was not in a position to speculate on the source of the money. He said he withheld a public an- nouncement of the discovery, made In October, to allow time to Icam whether all the cash had been found, to seek the source (if the money and to get an idea of what tax liabilities might be involved. The Cardondnle Southern Illi- noisan was first to disclose the find, In its Wednesday editions. Some of the In bills but Including other denominations and even some coins tucked Into envelopes with the amount each contained written on the outside. Other amounts were packed into strongboxes and briefcases. Itcndlcman said that on learning of Powell's dcalh he recalled the secretary of state saying some years earlier that there was "some money for emergencies" in the closet of the St. Nicholas apart- ment. He said he had no Inkling at the time of the amount and ndded that hr.d mentioned It "rather casually." At the time Powell's will was filed, Itcndlcman said the estate would total "well over million but somewhere under million.' He said Wednesday that it "wil apparently go over that" when the inventory Is filed In Circuit Court tn Johnson County, where Powcll'i family home Is located.