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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 5, 1974, Abilene, Texas 3 STAR FINAL a rn 'lf] Nixon Defies Subpoenas Of Tapes and Documents Charred Coins, Senior Rings Become School's Nostalgia Associated Press (A3) Smoke mushrooms aloft Dense black smoke engulfed a three-square-block area around the Central Church of Christ as it burned Friday. The building, located at N. 9th and Cypress, was destroyed in a fire that firemen battled for three hours. Reporjter-News staff photographer Jonny Cates took this picture from tim roof of he Citizen’s National Bank building. Abilene Church Destroyed By Raging 3-Hour Fire By WIKE MURPHEY Reporter-News Staff Writer Fourteen Abilene Fire Dept, trucks and about 60 firemen battled a major fire for three hours Friday that destroyed the Central Church of Christ building at N. 9th and Cypress. “In my judgment, the building is a total loss.” reported Chief Joe Lockhart who was ini charge of the fire fighting team. “The total interior was gutted, and the roof fell in damaging anything that was below.” Former Sen. William B Sax-be of Ohio becomes the 70th U S. attorney general. Pg. 5A. Daylight Saving Time goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday. lf you don't like the idea, biome it on Ben Franklin. Pg. 7A. Rep Ray Hutchinson drops out of GOP race for governor, amid sudden snowstorm of press releases announcing others' political plans. Pg. SA. An unemployed stockbroker Tile cause of the fire was undetermined Friday night. The investigation had been turned over to Capt. C D. Snell of the Fire Marshal’s office. • The place is so burned out that I really don’t have anything I can put my finger on right now.” explained Snell. “This one is going to take a lot more looking.” BOTH SNELL and Lockhart said they felt the main fire had been in the ceiling and attic before the roof of the building collapsed. Snell said that his preliminary investigation Friday afternoon led him to believe that the fire had started in the general area of the east end of the main auditorium. Lockhart agr e e d. saying that “When we got there the northeast side of the building was the main fire area, but it was spreading so quickly we couldn't really tell where it began.” Lockhart said that the alarm was called in at 11:44 a.m. “We first began to control the fire about 2 p.m.” he recalled, “and we had it completely controlled by 2:45 p.m.” Two firemen were injured in the blaze, neither seriously. A fireman on the scene said that Joe Middleton had slipped from a fire engine “knocking out a couple of teeth and cutting his lip.” Bob Densman suffered a slight back sprain. CHURCH SECRETARY’ Mrs. Marion I Eunice) Evers-dyke was still working in the south side of the church when firemen arrived. An unidentified girl rushed into the building telling her there was a fire. Mrs. Kversdyke took a few of the church records with her as she left. The main fire did not destroy the offices where Mrs. Kversdyke was, and church members recovered several filing cabinets See FIRE, Pg. UA, Col. I Inside Today Saxbe Assumes New Post who set up a shoe-shine stand offering 50-cent shines and two - page career resumes says he's giving up the stand to follow up on lob leads he picked up. Pg. IB. Amtitements ............ 4A Aitiology ......... 12C Bridge    7B Classified ............ 7-1 IC Comics ............ SB Editorials    4A Form ................ SC Markets    6,7B Obituaries ......... .    4C Oil ............. BA Sports .............. 1-3C Today in History .....12C TV Lo* ...........9A TV Scout ...........  BA Women's News    2,3B SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) —-President Nixon defied Senate Watergate committee subpoenas for masses of presidential tapes and documents Friday, accusing the panel of “an overt attempt to intrude into the executive to a degree that constitutes an unconstitutional usurpation of power.” As he set the stage for a new and extensive legal battle. Nixon also announced a shuffle in his Watergate defense team, placing Boston lawyer James D. St. Clair in charge of all Watergate legal matters. In a letter delivered to Watergate Committee Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., by a White House aide, Nixon said that abiding by the subpoenas would mean “irreparably impairing the constitutional functions of the office of the presidency.” “Neither the judiciary nor the Congress could survive a similar power asserted by the executive branch to rummage through their files and confidential pro cesse *,“ Nixon wrote Ervin. “Under the circumstances.” he added. “I can only view your subpoenas as an overt attempt to intrude into the executive to a degree that constitutes an unconstitutional usurpation of power." The President told Ervin that “in the current environment. there may be some attempt to distort my position as" only an effort to withhold information ... ” But he said he was rejecting the subpoenas * in order to protect the fundamental structure of our government of three separate but equal branches.” In response to Nixon’s statement. Ervin said “theres nothing in Constitution of the United States that gives the President the power to withhold information concerning political activities or information concerning illegal activities.” In a statement issued by his Washington office. Ervin said: “All the committee is desirous of obtaining is evidence in the possession of the White House which tends to show political activities on the part of the President and his aides and on the part of the Committee to Re-Elect the President, and information in the possession of the President of criminal violation on the part of his aides...” At the same time the Western White House released copies of Nixon's letters, it announced that the White House was appointing St. Clair as special counsel “charged with the overall supervision of legal affairs associated with Watergate and related matters.” St. Clair will thus take over the duties of J. Fred Buzhardt Jr., who has been in the forefront of Nixon’s Watergate defense. Buzhardt is being named counsel to the President, a post once held by John By ROBERT HEARD Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Tex. (AP* — A publicly owned port for super-tankeis 26 miles off the coast of Freeport was tentatively approved Friday bv the Texas offshore Terminal Commission. Public hearings on the plan Jan. IO in Freeport. Jan. 15 in Austin and Jan. 17 in Dallas will precede the commission’s final vote on its recommendation to the 1975 legislature. The commission set a Jan. 24 meeting in Houston. The commission argued for more than two hours over a recommendation by its staff that the port be publicly rather than pilvatelv owned. SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (APi — President Nixon announced Friday he has pocket vetoed a bill amending the urban mass transportation act, arguing the measure would work against improving the flexibility of transit systems at a time of gasoline shortages. “Unfortunately, this bill has evolved so as to become an antitransit measure,” Nixon wrote in a memorandum of disapproval. The President complained that while the bill would allow buses knight with federal urban transit funds to be used for chartered services, it would not repeal a prohibition against such use of buses bought with federal highway funds. “It would thus undermine one of the central achievements of the federal aid highway act of 1972, tile provision giving greater flexibility to W. Dean 111, and will handle White House legal matters not linked with Watergate. Leonard Garment, a former Nixon law partner who has served as acting counsel since Dean was fired last April, was named as assistant to the President and will become a senior adviser on political and domestic matters, a spokesman sadi. Nixon’s letter to Ervin was ton’s Brown A- Root, Inc. won acceptance of an amendment asking the legislature to give consideration to private ownership. That amendment passed only after Houston environmentalist Burgess Griesen-beek and Sherman Fricks, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO. were assured the publie-ownership proposal remained the commission's first recommendation. Fricks read a statement claiming oil companies would make an $606 million profit on a S41 million investment during the life of the port if it were privately owned. Tire white-haired Brow n held a copy of Flicks’ statement six inches from his states and communities in meeting their transportation problems.” he wrote. Announcing he would ask meet his objections to the vetoed bill, Nixon said: “It is essential that our communities’ mass transit companies can use I heir buses to produce badly needed charter revenues, and I will continue to press for this balanced flexibility.” Nixon at the same time signed into law two other measures completing action on all bills passed by Congress in 1972. The} were a $1.7 billion supplemental appropriation and amendments to the Water Pollution Control Act distributing federal grants lo the states for sewage treatment plants on th^ l)asis of need rather than population. The supplemental appropriation exceeded Nixon’s request by $172 million. released more than six hours after the formal deadline had passed for a response. A White House spokesman said the committee had agreed informally to the delay. In his letter to Ervin, Nixon said he had provided “substantial numbers of materials" to the special prosecutor “for possible use with grand juries.” glasses as it was read, then turned to Fricks and said, “I think you think profit is a dirty word.” “No.” Fricks responded, “but I think $800 million profit is a little high.” CI r i e s e n b e c k opposed Brown's amendment at first because “I don’t want to compete with oil lobbyists at the state legislative level and have the (commission's ]j report say private ownership is equally good.” “I am not a government ownership man and never have been.’’ Brown said. “I don't think the private sector has been given a fair shake rn this report.” The report calls for construction of the $417 million port with bonds to be repaid through fees it charges the oil companies that use it. An alternative plan, ranked above private ownership in the commission’s proposal, would have the bonds guaranteed by contracts in which companies would guarantee to use the port for a certain number of barrels of oil. and pa} the fees even if they did no» use it for that many barrels. The best site for the super-port. the commission says, is off the coast from Brazoria County because of a balance between distances to refineries and to the 100-foot depth line. Some jumbo tankers have 100-foot drafts. The refineries are vp the coast from Brazoria, but the 100-foot line is 42 miles out from Galveston and 63 miles out from Port Arthur. Points down the coast are closer to the line than Freeport’s 26 miles, but they are farther from the refineries. The commission said the su-perport will increase the flow of crude oil to those refineries by Kl to 20 per cent. Commission Gives Tentative Approval of Su pport Plan George R. Brown of Hous- Transportation Bill Is Victim of Pocket Veto By VERLIE MCALISTER Reporter-News Staff Writer NOLAN — A few charred coins, five senior rings and two charred metal cash boxes were the only recognizable remains of the safe at Divide school Friday. A fire Thursday morning destroyed the two-story brick building which housed 75 students. OPERATIONS BEGAN Friday morning to tear down the remaining walls of the 41- The story in photos, Pg. 6C year-old structure. A large tractor with metal cables pulled the walls down as about 30 Nolan residents stood bv and watched. Don Armstrong. Divide senior. said he thought it was a bad dream when he heard about the school building burning “I never appreciated the building until it was gone. It doesn’t seem right to see /rf them tearing it down,” he said p as the front walls crumbled to the ground. Junior Ussery, a senior, said he had gone to the school for ll1 a years and thought maybe he was going to make it. “When it burned down I felt sort,of a loss. I had a love for it.”’ Id addition to the building, thejlockers, desks, football uniforms, typewriters, copying machines, and books were lost See SCHOOL, Pg. ISA, Col. i ' Without a school Nolan residents found themselves without a school structure which housed 75 students. I he school will open Thursday morning after a fire, which apparently start- Monday morning with classes being held in temporary' class* ed in tile boiler rofn, gutted the two-story brick ruoms. (Staff Photo by Don .Blakley) I    *    fWz Abilene sporter ~"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'"—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 202 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 5, 1974—THIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS ;

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