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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1974, Abilene, Texas -V WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 'FIIONE ABILENE, TEX, 79604, SATURDAY. 9, 1974 THREE SECTIONS' Prw to Be Back i ABOARD: US'S NEW OK- jlrohauts .'overcame a- leaky Brocket 'system problem Friday arid; returned safely to earth, down in 'the Pacific 'Ocean to successfully cpm- an 84-day "mission; hisio- :i'y's longest space voyage. J'.Good to be back; glad.to he .was the report from astronauts'' Gerald P. Carr, ..William R; Pogu'e arid Dr. Ru- ward.G. Gibson minutes-after, iheir Apollo ..command .ship landed :on choppy vscas'..176 miles southwest of San Calif., and within miles of the prime'recovery ship, Ihe USS New Orleans." bhr'bf rocket thruster systems designed-'-'to control the a leak-less than" two-'hours be- fore Jsplashdpiyn (he astronauts in with only one Ihriisjer.jjyjtem oper- aling. II i s s i o n Control, worried that, fumes 'from' 'the leaking rocket the men, warned ihcm to wear oxygen masks if they detected fishy or acid'odors, the smell of the 'propellanls used in the rockets. Splashdown came at aim. CDT, 84 days, I hour'and Haskell Fete Lauds By JOHN.GANBY Staff Writer HASKELL.-- Haskell citi- welcomed three new busi- nesses into the night at the 33th annual Cham- ber "of Commerce banquet. theme of the banquet Romance With Indus- ;try." A branch plant of Her- .iiian Marcus Inc., a new Dairy Queen and a new branch of Western Texas College were recognized. Herman Marcus represented tiis-company, which manufac- tures, and has bcenyin-Haskell for six weeks; ha was. pressejl.; with' the. of IwilVcitizcns7 when thev' Dallas; and proached him abpiit bnildirig the plant.'- He 'said the repre- sentatives stayed -overnight ,in order to convince him to build the plant here.- they, want, us that bad, then that's where we are that is over-J200000 a the end pf'the run .to The citizens also heard a hu- morous speech -bv'-'. Leon a'rd Passmore, secretary and legal counsel for. the Texas Bankers Association; Passmore said he had a hard time picking'a topic for his- speech, arid- considered "Communist Infiltration of the Screwworrii Eradication Pro- "The Early Boyhood of Herbert and "Can Peaches and 'Plums make a Comeback in East Texas.'1 HE FINALLY decided to speak en a proposal to raise new revenue for the state without raising taxes. He laughingly advocated chang- ing the road signs to intention- ally confuse drivers, therefore causing more traffic fines. S'nme of the signs he proposed were by ar- resting ypiir eradicalioii" don't swat sterile flies.'-! and a large sign simply saying ''Why lell them what they arc being warned he said. The c h a m b e r also an- nounced new officers and directors of 1974. R. W. Hhilpot was named new chamber president; H. V. first vice president; 'Kenneth Parker, second president; Charles Owens, and Hex Kelker, manager. "The directors are Kenneth Parker, Jerry Hadaway, Mrs. Aldin Sherman, Mrs. V. Felker, Mrs. Jack JIcAdoo and II. V. Woodard. 16'minutes' after the Skylab 3 mission began. H was the end of an era of manned space exploration and the -first splashdown' of an American space crew in al- most a decade that was not carried liye on national lelevi- In Washington, President Nixon hailed the astronaujs and said they had completed "one of the scientifically, most productive endeavors in hu- man history. "We salute them and 'all their predecessors who have launched us on this great ad- the President said in a statement. "I feel Gibson as he stood on the deck" of the recovery ship. The astronauts were helped from their spacecraft, but a doctor said they suffered no apparent, severe effects from their Jong exposure to the 'de- conditioning effects of spate weightlessness. "They're a little bit Ihe doctor said. they're in fine shape.'1 Carr, Pogue and Gibson traveled million miles, or- bited the earth times and collected scientific information eleclronic tapes and biological samples that will provide knowledge about Ihe sun, the earth and about man himself. Officials said il will take years for experts to sort out and understand the scientific treasures. i The astronauts left the.Skyr lab since Nov... 26.-" at a.m.: when they separated their Apollo command ship to start back to earih. "It's been a good said Gibson, as they moved away from ihe space station orbiting at 272 miles. "I hate to think that we're the last guys to use it.' They guided the command module around the 118-fool- long orbiting lab for a final inspection and then conducted a series of rock el firings that brought their Apollo craft streaking back into the atmos- phere of Ihe earth. We're doing said Can-, after the final rocket fir- ing. "Happy landing, said Mission Control. Back on earth r i T v Be'anled Astroiiaut William Pogue: waves and ;siiiilesl the USS brleans following' 84 days iii orbit. NASA doc- as he'siepsfroni.'the Skylah 3 command module aboard tors assist him. (AP Wirephoto) Skylab Kow Will Be r FT fi'- SPACE Houston (AP) Its. lights luincd' off its last tenants' back .on .eartjjj.Arnej'.ica'sl.Skylab ...orbit for.seyeral'years death by fire. But eveirafter 3 1 a's t r o n a u t s had departed, NASA engineers began squcez- ing a few more bits 'of infor- mation oiil of the" S294 million space lab. jj': The earth-bound .'engineers'. -.Oii 1." some of. the systems that. caused trouble- during- three missions. As long, a's a crew's' life depended on them, the systems had to be handled with kid gloves'so as not to worsen the problems. And just in case some future space want to stop-off at' tlie: ;6rbit fifg {laixii-li- tpfyj for nostalgia's .sake, the crew left cap-. sule" of miscellaneous items. Among them are dehydrated food, camera film and. filters, electrical -devices; and fabric samples. Whether of .'not Skylab could de- p'enos '.'on stajjle it re- mains-as.it orbits the earth unpowered and. uncontrolled. Government Suits Truck Drivers Ky 'FRANCES I.FAV1NE WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration threat- ened legal action Friday as striking independent truckers considered acceptance of a tentative .settlement of Pen- nine-day tieup. Congressman Reports Hidden Gasoline TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) A New.. Jersey congressman lifted HieTcoyers off four un- derground" in an aban- doned gas -station Friday, and gallons of Rep.' James Howard, of the House sub.commiUec on Energy, said the gasoline was found firsj by committee investigators, act ing on a tip. "I'm not making charges t' g a i n s I Howard said.' "I'm just saying this gasoline should be in the tanks of cars not underground." JHe said there, was enough gasoline in the. abandoned sta- tion's tanks "lo keep drivers going.back and forlh lo work for several days." The caravan of newsmen and local officials the con- gressman led to the Cilgo sta- tion near Route 37 passed sev- oral long lines of cars'.wailing to buy gasoline. a.telegram lo federal energy chief William E. Simon, who was his high school classmate, urging him in cteloimine if there are other abandoned stations with full tanks in New Jersey or other areas hard-pressed for fuel. Howard said his subcommit- tee has several leads of its own lo track down. I.buis Christodoolou, Citgo regional sales administrator, said the gasoline was sup- posed to have been removed a month ago. Rut he said the company's trucks have been so busy delivering gasoline, one couldn't be spared for the full day he said il would lake to move the fuel. He made Ihe comment to a reporter who had been waved away from another Citgo sta- tion in the area an hour ear- lier. The operator said he was out of gas. The Citgo executive said the operator of the Route 37 sta- lioti walked out two months ago because of financial prob- lems. "The company would b'e happy lo open Hie station.lo- day and sell thai gas if we could find somebody to run he declared. He said lie didn't know of any other abandoned stations'. with gas in their tanks. He also said .abandoned stations would not normally be used for storage. Toms River Chief John l.ighilwdy said the Fire De- partment did not know the gasoline was in the empty sta- tion's tanks. He said the de- partment should have been in- formed because of possible fire hazards. Howard's subcommittee held public hearings earlier, this week on Hie gasoline situation in New Jersey after the five term representative found a surplus of gasoline on a two- day investigative trip, through three southern stales. Deal turned down, Vg. 2A Ally. Gen. William li. Saxbe said the Justice Department is invesiigating 10 potential anti- trust conspiracy cases in the strike. President Nixon was repoil- ed by his aides to have or- dered Saxbe to "get firm" in slopping violence which result- ed in several shooting deaths. One aide quoted liic Presi- dent .as don't-want a situation where truckers aren't driving, out pf fear." -.White House assistants said Nixon thinks Ihe government has moved quickly lo respond to the grievances of striking independent truckers and is surprised that the dispute has not been settled. In a 45-minute meeting with advisers in the truck dispute, he reportedly told them lo "gel'the word out in ihe truck- ers' language" on jusl what had been done. The .agreement calls for making available all diesel fuel Ihe .truckers', need and permit ling a surcharge on freight rates !o make recent fuel price increases. However, many truck driv- e r s expressed disapproval with the agreement.- At 'a meeting in Bartonsville, Pa., with Gov. Milton Shapp, many truckers said they still .want; lower fuel prices and taxes. guidance from the earth, officials i say, the cy- lindrical laboratory will even- tually start to swing this way -and thai. Then it.-will'begin to; tumble end over end, hasten- ing its spiral into the almps- _r phcre of earth' where will.. about the space- craft's" fiery- end.' f NASA speculates the station may last five jo eight years. The only American astronauts who. will fly into space during thai tiine.w-ill be the. crew of .the joint American-Soviet mis- Eion next year and tlie.men who pilot space Fliuttle, now estimated to fly toward See GHOST. 1'g. 2A, Col. 4 Inside Today Offer to Kill Alleged Mass Murderers Reported, The father of a reputed vie-" tim of the Houston mass murders said Friday that an anonymous caller hos offered to kill the two de- fendant's in the case for money. Pg. IB. Constitutional Convention's Genefol Provisions Com- mittee lakes unofficial vole on several Controver- sial issues, including a state salary commission, open beaches, gcmbling, i environment oncl private child core 5A. Amustmcnls 9A AttroEagy 8B" Bridgt................ .48 Church Ncui 13A Classified 8-13C Comics 6-7C Editorinli............... 4A Farm Obituaries 1 3C Oil 12A Sports 1-SC Today in History......-. 88 TV Log 9A TV Scout............. BA. Women'i News Public Now Quicker to Report Gas Comparison is easy It's not difficult lo make sense out of the numbers and sticker prices on gas pumps, says a federal official. Just match1 the lale'st sticker price-with the price on the pump, in-this case the 47.4 cents, to which gas station owner Joe Wolaver's index and little fingers "vt pointing. (Staff Photo by John Davis) By JIM COXI.KV Reporter-News Stall Wrilcr The public is becoming more aware of whal to look for when wondering whether gas prices are Ion high, says an Inlernal Revenue Service official from Dallas. And when violations are found the IRS is quick lo act, .said Bill Binndi, public affairs officer wilh Ihe federal agen- cy. In a telephone interview from Dallas, iSiondi pointed tfl_ the refund policy has been invoked Ihroughoul the nation (including several cas- es here in recent weeks) as evidence of .the government's sincerity in enforcing Ihe price ceiling regulations. "The explained Hiondi, lhal a cor- iiiipm-f. lln' jurl crisis tin ll'ivl Texas? riW in I ho final flory the si'rifs. slajjrr Jim C.imley ,siYr.< from llir Internal Rerrniie Serrire on the fin'i'rniin'iil's linnillhif nf fuel prices. reel ceiling price be posted on gas pumps. "THK RKGU1.ATION began in November that a gas sta- tion, as a base price whatever it charged on'.May 15, 1D73. could increase prices above dial level only in keep- ing with product cost hikes i to "lie put this price, his ceil- ing, in Hie firsl nf four, boxes provided on a slicker on his pump. He also had lo put Ihe octane rating on the pump. "In that mouth he couldn't increase his price, however, oven if he had net price increases from his distributor." .liiondi .said thai in subse- quent months service stations have been allowed to raise their prices once each month, and then only lo pass on prod- uct increases. For example, .if a station charged 34.9 cents per gallon on May lo, and the cost to Ihe station increased two cents per gallon since then, il could charge 36.9 cents, said Hinmli. But in' January stations were allowed one, cent increase, and distribulors gol a one-half ecnl increase by the Federal Energy Office above and beyond the allowed hike-..in recognition that vol- ume o' sales lind been reduced due to decrease in supply, he 'said. To Ihe interested customer. Biomli suggested lhal he only lonk at I lie most current- box on the sticker of the gas pump it should. match the pi ice being charged en the pump." SAID the refund or- ders, which make stations roll back their prices until the-y "give away'' whal extra profit they made.with .too-high prices, were started only after first of Ihe year "after ample lime to 'figure the price or call us for help." He said violations are slill being found daily al the retail level, wilh Dallas having -a healthy percentage of viola- tions.'' Smaller (owns have po- liced themselves better, added Kiondi. llul checking gas pumps isn'l all the IKS is doing about the fuel problem. "At Ihe same time, by direc- tion nf the FKO (Federal En- ergy we're looking fit the refining level, lo see that the allocations are done cor- rectly and thai there's no hoarding.'1 His office is busy, he said, as Abilenians learn if they In- to call the local IKS officie the.se. days. number in the. Abilene directory no longer gives the local an opeiator refers you to a toll- free Dallas number. Wilh en- ergy qiieslirms added to lax questions at this time, of year, IRS snirt il found it'could take the-pressure off the local of- fice by giving some of the load to Dallas. ;