Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH'OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR RDES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS ir 93Rb.YEXR.NO, 234 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE.'TttXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBHUAKY 6: PAGES IN THHEE SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY1 By ELME RUCKER AF Damage Claims Perplex Housewife Q. We just moved here front Spain; my husband's in Ihe. Air Force. When our household goods were unpacked, ev- erything was covered wilh mildew. The Rlass is broken out ot niy. grandfather clotk, the rurnllure is gouged and the side is completely broken off my hutch. My 'refrigerator is damaged inside and out. I wcnl-lo the hase legal office about collecting for the damage, was given a room full of papers to fill out and told 1o gel ih touch wilh a claims adjuster. I called all (he claims adjusters but they only estimate car accidents and hail damage. The legal office says II can't 'give out names cF adjusters; I have to find Ihem tor myself. Well, now A. Sounds as if. the fates are plotting against you. But don't panic. You need an appraiser! call-'a furniture repair man. In your most desperate voice, plead for a home visit and an estimate. Whatever Hie brand of your' refrigerator, call the dealer who carries it. Ask for; a damage estimate. Call a dry cleaner about your clothing, bed- ding and other things damaged by mildew. Jf Ihcy're beyond repair, the government will have to lake your word for it and your estimate or how much Ihey'll cost to re- place, For damaged' upholstery, phone an upholsterer. Then settle in for a long wait. Last summer about 300 Air Force families arrived in Abilene. Two-thirds reported damaged goods. Furniture repair and uphol- stery shops are swamped. Once you gel the appraisals, be sure lo have the repair work done by the man who appraised in the first place. Usually your appraisal fee will be deducted from the repair bill. Q. Well, T missed Kolioutck complete- ly and hclieve me I tried hard lo find it. Do 1 sland much chance of seeing the famous Halley's comel on next go- round? I'm 65. A: It's all according to how well you take care of yourself and the family record of longevity. Halley's comet is due in 198S. It's .not at all impossible that you'll live to be 77. And since comets are pretty dependable about lime schedules, you might. see it. In Ihe 1700's, astronomer Edmund Ilalley be- came suspicious when lie read reports of a new cornel appearing every 76 years, lie .concluded the "comets" were actually one comet that kcpl returning; predicted it would appear again in 1758. Christmas Bay, 1758. right cm schedule, the cornel, showed 'jp. That's why we call il JIalley's comel. Q. Last night my ivife anil 1 wtre driving west dwvn N. 10th near (he ccm- clcry and nearly ran into a train. There were no signal lights, no bells, no gales, nothing lo indicate a train was cross- Ing. The train cars were dark, almost invisible. How might we go about gel- ling some warning signals al (hat cross- ing? A. You're not the first lo ask. If you're serious about this, you (and your friends) need lo write some letters. The man allocat- ing money for signals is B. L. DeBerry, State Highway Engineer, Austin 78701. It's federal money buL handled by the Stale Highway Department. Signals are added lo about 100 crossings a year. A few letters to llr. DeBerry could put us on Ihe list. Speci- fy Ihe crossing al N. lOlh and Bois D'Arc. Q. I'm a Meld service engineer from Milwaukee, Marking in Hie new power plan! at Lake Fort Phanlom Hill. I'm slaying al a' local mold that oilers cleaning service for dollies. I gave Ihe morning clerk five shirts lo be dry cleaned. Well, (he shirts have disap- peared and Ihe motel owner doesn't seem to want (o do anything about II. The cleaners say they didn't pick them up; Ihe mofel rioesn'l seem (o know If Ihcy did or not. In Ihe meantime I'm out five shirts- I hclieve I should be com- pensated for Ihe loss. A. All is well in the 'shirl department, thanks lo the Better Business Bureau. The motel paid you 556 for Ihe shirts. Shortly after that transaction, (he sliirts showed up. In exchange for the you now have your five shirts back. Never let it be said that we Abilcnians lake Ihe shirt off a visitor's back. Address questions lo Action Lire, Bov llfl, Abilene, Texas 79604. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please Include IcJ- cphone numbers if possible. Nixon Wants Most Controls To Be Lifted Food Store Fire Fighters Abilene firemen pour waLei1'through the [font -dow of Thursloii's Food Store al S. 20th and Bui'- 'falo Gap Road. The Tuesday night fire destroyed the store bill there were no injuries. Story, Pg. 10A (Staff. Pliolo) Japanese Envoys Seized in Kuwait By JOSEPH 1'ANOSSUN Associated Press Wrilcr KUWAIT (AP) Terrorists seized the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait lodayj and threatened lo execute diplomatic hostages unless four terrorists holded up in Singapore gel safe passage to Kuwail. .The demanded thai three hostages held by Ihe Singapore group be flown lo Kuwail. The Japanese, govern- ment agreed to the demands and said it would send a plane lo Singapore as soon a.-i pos- sible. The Singapore lorrorisls have been holed, up in a feVryboat wilh their hostages for a week after trying unsuccessfully to blow up a Shell oil refinery there.- It was not known how many lerrorjsls seized-the embassy in Kuwait. j An Associated Press news-, man telephoned the embassy, spoke with one of the lerrorisls, a woman', and Ihcn with a man who was apparently the loader of the raiders. The man, speaking rapidly in Arabic, said the hostages in- cluded the ambassador, and Ihe first and second secretaries of the embassy. "AH are but they will be expcu'Ud'if Jlie ICuwaili govcrn- iiienl attempt's any interference wilh our he said. Kuwaiti troops 'asd policiiien surrounded Ihe embassy. The Kuwaiti''cabinet mcl in an emergency .session..- The terrorist leader said three guerrilla organization "are jointly responsible1'; for Ihe Kuwait operation the, jMarxist-oricnlori Popular- Front for Ihe Liberation of Palestine, the Japanese lied Army, and Ihe Organization' of the Sons of Palestine. The terrorist made two de- mands in Ihe telephone conver- sation: Japanese government must send within'one hour a plane lo' Singapore lo transport, our comrades there to Kuwait' along with their hostages and arms." Kuwaiti government should be wise enough not to in- terfere. Otherwise we shall slarl execulion operations al the firsl sign of a Kuwaiti at- Hussein Returns To Quell Mutiny Lebanon (AP) King Hussein postponed a visit to the United Slates and re- turned from London lo Amman Tuesday night lo ruiell a mutiny in Ihe Jordanian army, trav- elers arriving in Beirut report- ed today.. The travelers said foreign newsmen 'in Ihe Jordanian-capi- lal had been prohibited from sending reports about the mul- iny. The independent Beirut news- paper An Nahar carried a de- nial of Ihe The denial was attributed to Pre- mier Zaicl Rifai of Jordan. IHU Ihe Iravclers said the mutiny occurred in Ihe garrison town of Xerqa, 15 miles northeast of and was led by units of Ihe -40th Armored Brigade, Jordan's elite tank unit. Hussein had been scheduled lo arrive in Washington on Fri- day. Officials in Ihe American capital said Monday lhat he t: Abilene Mass Transit Surveyed What's the status of mass 'f transit 'in Abilene? Inter- f views with o cily bus driver i and his passengers, along with comments by Cily Mgr. H. P. Clifton on Ihe bus system's losses are on Po. IB, NEWS INDEX Amusements 6B Business Mirror 5B Bridge 3C Classified....., .-......4-BC Comics................ ?B Editorials 4A Horoscope 46 Hospital Patients HA Obiluorics 3A Sports 1-2C To Your GMd Heollh......2A TV Loq 6B IV Sccul 6B Women's News 2-3B was expected to postpone his Irip for a week or two because Secretary of Slate Henry A. Kissinger was going to be busy Ihis weekend preparing for the international energy conference President Nixon is holding Feb. ii. The travelers attributed Ihe mutiny to discontent resulting from s o a ri n g inflation and a living allowance Ihal Ihe Iroops consider inadequate. The sources' gave this ac- count of the'mutiny: Junior officers, noncommis- sioned officers and privates rof the -iOlh Brigade in Irucks and armored personnel carriers tried Sunday morning lo enler Zcrqa from their camp norlh ot the town. Military police halted them, and a coufronlation de- veloped: Crown Prince Hassan, acting as regent while Hussein was on a private visit lo London, and the army .commander, Kielfl Marshal Ilabis Majali, rushed to Zerna lo meet wilh Hie muti- neers. The men talk wilh Ihe prince and the tield mar-' slial and waved them off.'Hut same lime Ihcy shouted demands Ihql the army chief of staff, I.I. pen. SUerirZaid bin Shaker, be [replaced by Shcrif Nasser bin Jamil..Bin Shaker is- a cousin king, and Jamil is '.the king's maternal uncle. Late Sunday, Ihe Iroops re- turned to their camp, emergency mceling was called at army headquarters. tempt, to resort lo force against us." The Japanese Foreign Minis- try said also received a tele- gram outlining-, the guerrillas' demand for. the Singapore to Kuwail flight. The Japanese Foreign llinis- Iry said the telegram declared: "The government of Japan lime from receiving this "message to issiie it.- orders publicly lo an airplane lo Singapme and, ir this hour passes without issuing the order, Hie firsl hostage. Hie second secrelary of the Japa- nese Embassy, will be exe- cuted. The Japanese Foreign Minis- try said if also had contacted Ihe guerrillas l inga-epJione at the. embassy in .Kuwait, appar- ently to say that the demands would be mel. II was not known exactly how Front Into Town A cold front puffed ils wpv into Abilene aboul 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, whipping wind gusls up to mph, said forecasters at the National Weather Service. High winds.on Tuesday were pan of Hie pre-fronlal activity. "WK'IIK STILT, in the frontal said forecaster Dale Eu- banks. Eubauks said no rain is ex- from the .front only cold Icmperalui'cs and northerly winds ranging from 15 to 25 mph. "There's finite a bit. of wind up norlh of (bis Enbanks said, adding thai Ibe gusts should diminish tonight. WEATHER Nilional Weolher Service (WCalher Mop, Pg. 11A) ABILENE AND VICINITY Cloudy and partly cloudy And much colder today. Fair and cplrf 1o- n'ghl and Thursday. Northerly winds a I 15 fo 35 mph diminisliinq loniqht ord be- coming lighl and variable Thursday. High "lEmpcraiure loday and Thursday near Low lornqhl in low Wind warninqs continue lo tie in elfecl Tor area lakts. Hiqb ana low for 74 hours ending 73 ond 34. Hioh and low some dale losl 61 and 33. Sunsel losl niqTil: sunrise sensel (onighl: A WEEKENDER many hostages the terrorists were holding. The Japanese Foreign Minis- try said Ihe hostages included Ambassador Ryoko IsJiikawa, 56; First Secretary Koichi Ki- mura, 53, SeeoJid Secretary Ilj'os'uke Ho, Third" Secre-- tary 'Askira at- tache Shuiiei Wada, Mi- employe. The embassy was seized al a.m. Three hours laler Ihe Japanese government in Tokyo announced il would comply wiih the demands. In Singapore, palrol boals and gunboals remained around Ihe captured, ferryboat imme- diately: after the Kuwait attack began to unfold. The four terrorist.1; there have said Ilieir band includes two members-of Hie Japiinese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palcsline. In -March 1973, Palestinian guerrillas seized the Saudi Ara- bian Embassy in Kharloum, Sudan, and killed Ihe U.S. am- l-nf-irforj the U.S. charge d'affaires arid the lielgian charge d'affaires. The Ihrce diplomats were shot a.flei- demands by the ter- rorists were not met. Tlie gun- men in the Khartoum slayings had demanded the release of prisoners in .several countries, including Sirhan Sirhan, Ihe convicled assassin iif Sen.-Rob- ert F. Kennedy. Ity It. GIU'XiORV MOKES Associated Prcs Wrilcr WASHINGTON (API The Nixon administration told Con- gress today it intends lo re- move all mandatory wage and price conlrols after April 30 except for Hie health and petro- leum suctions of lliu economy. If Congress agrees, it would mean the bulk of the U.S. econ- omy would be functioning con- trol free for the firsl lime since August, of 1971. Authority for prcsenl. Phase 4 controls expires April 30. Cost of Living Council piroe- lor'.lolm T. Dunlop, who out- lined the administration .plans, said consumers could expect some additional increase in prices as a result of litling of controls. lie said this would result from realignment of some 'pi-tecs that have, been held down; the removal of built-in delays on price increases by big and testing of the market by some companies lo see how high they can raise prices. DnnloH implied present con- trols had outlived their useful- ness despite the prospect ol continuing inflation. "Under Hie economic 'cbiidi- lions anticipated in the yeai he told Ihe Senati Banking Committee's- subcom- mittee on production and stabi- lisation, createi) by a full program of mamlatorj wage .and price controls weigh the contributions sucl: controls can make to price sla- failily." Dunlop said the council planned lo continue its gradual decontrol of Iho economy be- fore April 31) and would contin- ue seeking commitments for price restraints and other, in- flation-reducing actions from industries in exchange, for control during this period. The -administration also "pro- posed Hirning .the Cost ofjiiv-'. ing Council' into an umbrella economic agency lo watch'over inflation and to coordinate eco- nomic activities of federal and local government agencies. Such an agency has b e' e n TJnnlop's' pet project. Requested on Concerts Board Tuesday called on Opera-- lion Mainstream fur help. The board voted lo: ask' the llainslreamers' ;i group of hioli school students working through the Chamber of Com- merce foV civic bellenncnt to suggest ways to hold rock con- cert's ill Hie'Civic Center without problems such as those which occurred Iwo weeks ago at a performance by "Baby." MARIJUANA smoking was re- ported and (wo persons were lat- er arrested by police outside Ihe civic cenler. Five policemen were present at the concert, but Police Chief Warren Dodson said it was impossible lo deter- mine whether any individual was smoking tobacco or mari- juana without checking each person specifically. The to persons in attendance were sitting on Ihe floor of the exhibit hall to hear Die concert. Civic Cenler Manager John Chancy reported aflor the inci- dent that "we hope to do a bet- r control and Crowd control in .the future; otherwise a ban on hooking of rock'shows is-almost a cerlain- ty. Hopefully our young people. will realize Ihe situation and help us provide 'their kind o( Ihins" but clean and wole- .some." "ll'rc WANT THE Civic Cenler lo be a community-wide cen- Civic Cenler Advisory Board Chairman Dick .Tarpley said, "and trial certainly in- cludes the young people of our community and our area. For Dial reason, the board voted Tuesday afternoon (b ask the Operation Mainstreamers lo make to 'solve, the proWem. Neil 'Fry (one of the members of the board) made Ihe motion lo ask Operalion Mainstream to help, and the rest of us unanimously con- curred." College youth also are being asked for'suggestions, through Mike Blnnlon. the Abilene Chris- .tian .Col.lege student who direcls ific Mainstreamers'wnvk for the Chamber of Commerce. Simon Suggests State llic Mjre way lr> yet your Mcunqei info Ihe 15 WORDS 3 Save )2- per Additional 15 No phone Cnih in pm No BBIUN1 WASHINGTON' (AP) Fed- eral energy chief William K.. Si-, mon today urged stales beset by gasoline shortages lo iinplc-. nieni ralioning on their own: is a problem lhat re- mains of a spotty ..nature around the country. It's six or seven slates thai are presently experiencing Simon said on the NBC-TV -Today" program. Conservation measures ap- pear lo be keeping ahead of Ihe prcsenl shortages, Simon said, bul he suggested rationing to the governors of slates affected by Ihe shortages because "we cannot implement gas rationing from Washington on a regional basis." "I have urged Ihem lo imple- mcnl rationing on a slate level, which seems In be removing a lot of panic from the .situation and a lot of this seems lo be panic buying on. ihc part of Ihe consunier." The gasoline allocation pro- gram is altcmpling lo create new centers for distribution of Die fuel, "no allocation pro- gram is going lo cure any said Simon. Iteferring lo Ihe strike of in- dependent truckers, Simon said. '-We are attempting to create our own distribution sys- tems lo pump in the gasoline as rapidly as possible and Ihc irncfcrr pro.blem is hurling us here." Simon has fold congressional conferees lhal Iheir rollback in oil prices would make contin- ued production unprofitable for many oil companies. Kul tic declined lo say wheth- er he would recommend a pres- idential vclo of Ihe emergency energy bill lo which Ihe roll- back amendment was added. cosl of the product is at a higher level lhan you rollrit it back Simon said Tuesday. The amendment approved Monday" by Ihc conferees would put the price of all domestic crude oil al a barrel and prohibit thai price from rising above a ceiling of per bar- rel. Simon lold Ihc conlcrees he "could live with" a price ceil- ing of S7.88 per barrel. Simon, in a speech said his biggest problem in per- forming his job: is credibility. 'has been a year of great -stress for governmental credibility. The .fact is lhat Ihe public is ,no longer willing lo give public officials the benefil of (he he.told an au- dience al the National Press Club. Meanwhile, Massachusetts became Iho'third stale'vto adopt gasoline rationing.' Gov. Francis W. Sargenl an- nounced Ihe state will begin on Monday Ihe gasoline 'rationing system already in effec-l in Ore- gon and Hawaii. Drivers of cars with pild-numhcrcd plates may buy .gasoline on odd-num- bered days and Itiose with even-numbevcd plales'may buy the fuel .on .even-numbered days.- And gasoline lo increase as Iw'o more major marketers posted hikes. Ciiilf Oil Co. US boosted'tis prices 5.5 cents a -gallon and F.xxon Co. USA Announced an increase of 3.5, cents. The increases, attributed lo higher crude oil costs, can .lie expected lo show up on gaso- line pumps In a. matter of days.