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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Abilene, Texas a INB «; - Jp {Bk \ w, - • yyVM f ■ BlH: <• jp State Troopers Weren't Slow This Go 'Round CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) —This citizen may have changed his mind about the state troopers he accused of responding too slowly to complaints. Dispatcher Mike Holstine said the man called from a tavern early Monday and used “much profanity” in registering his gripe. “He just kept cursing so I asked him if he w'ould like to be arrested for public intoxication and he said okay,” Holstine said. “As it happened, two troopers were already paroling near the tavern and they arrested him before he got out of the telephone booth.”lfie Abilene Sporter tits"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 205 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEX., 79604, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 8, 1974—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prest (ZP)Historic Convention OpensFirst Constitutional Gathering in 99 Years OMAR BURLESON . . . Arson Democrat trill, where LI. S. Hep. O. C. Fisher of San Angelo is not seeking He-election. Rep. Charles Finnel of Holliday filed as a candidate for the •Toth senatorial district, where Sen. .lack Hightower of Vernon is seeking the Lf th congressional .vat held by I.S. Rep. Bob Price L. Max Courtney of Southland tiled officially as a Democratu candidate for the state House of Representatives. District HH. whVre Hep. Bill Heath of Paducah is the incumbent. Al ST IN. Tex (AP) - Rep. Ben Z. Grant rode up to the Capital on a black Texas walking stallion Monday, ending a 10-day ride from his Marshall home to dramatize the need for a new state constitution. Grants 284-mile ride was made through some of the winter s coldest weather, but he wasn’t complaining about the temperature What he was complaining about was the “present horse and buggy state constitution,” a document written in 1875 and enlarged with more than 2(H) amendments since then. Texas legislators gather in the House chamber Tuesday as a convention to write a new constitution for submission to the voters later thi> year. By LEE JONES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN. Tex. (AP) - Texas’ first constitutional convention in 99 years begins Tuesday with pomp, ceremony and an expected floor fight over chairman-apparent Price Daniel Jr.’s power. Old antagonisms among the 31 senators and tat) state representatives who will be the convention delegates could damage the harmony which Daniel has sought. Delegates will convene in the House chamber in the Capitol at 11:20 a m. The script for owning day is so detailed that it calls for Gov. Dolph Briscoe to rap the gavel precisely three times to start the ceremonies. Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, temporary chairman, also will pound the gavel three times to call the convention to order at noon. Before a late lunch, the delegates will have elected their chairman — or “president” as he is called in the proposed rule book. Daniel, with no open opposition, was working on his acceptance speech Monday. The “reform” House speakers potential candidacy for state treasurer or railroad c o rn mission member has raised one of the convention’s early issues. Reps. Sarah Weddington, D-Austin, and Al Korioth. H-Farmers Branch, have proposed a convention rule that would require the convention chairman to resign if he an- Watergate Burglars Gain Parole; Nixon Stands Firm nourices for any statewide office. Sen. H.J. Doc’’ Blanchard, D-Lubbock, called Sunday for limitations on the chairman’s power, specifically for a rule enabling a special panel of delegates, not the chairman, to appoint convention committees and their chairmen. “If the convention chairman seeks statewide elected office. he will be interested only In getting elected and not in what happens to those whose rights will be trampled in the rush.” said Blanchard. Daniel said Ms.Weddington “just doesn’t know how committed I ain to the (constitutional i revision process.” Lawyers have told him. Daniel said, that it would be unconstitutional to require the chairman to resign if he runs for a statewide office. “I might get up and make an announcement (about his political plans or lack of them I in my acceptance .speech tomorrow,” he added. Later he said this was “only a possibility.” Blanchard claimed Daniel already had decided on five of the 13 committee chairmen. They will be, Blanchard said. Sens. Tati Santiesteban, D-El Paso: Jack Hightower, D-Ver-non; Max Sherman. D-Amaril-lo; Bill Meier, I>-Euless, and A.R. Schwartz, D-Galveston. Sen. OII. “Ike” Harris. R-Dallas, is a possibility for another chairmanship. Blanchard said. Daniel said, however, the senators named to chairmen-ships might be different from those listed bv Blanchard. “There are two I havent really thought of in terms of chairmanships,” Daniel said. He acknowledged that Blanchard s proposal, made in letters to all delegates, might stir up a floor fight. “As far as * real bitter See HISTORIC’. Pg. IRA. CM. I 'Dramatic1 Ride Ends Fourth Candidate Seeks County Post A Vietnamese youngster wears a cardboard headdress while hitchhiking a ride on his brothers hack. Both attended an outdoor rock music festival in Saigon where the cardboard hats were on sale. (Wireephotoi LaWayne (Wayne) Harris, 41. an owner of the La zee lee Golf Center Complex. Monday became the fourth announced candidate for the position of counts school super* ntendent. The office, to be vacated at the end of the year bs retiring incumbent Clive Pierce, is the only one of the ll county elective |w»sitions to be filled in 1974 which has drawn more than one candidate. Other announced hopefuls for the post are Billy G. Yarbrough, present county schools supervisor; Bob Thompson, a special education teacher; and Charlie T. Horton, a social studies teacher. Harris, of 5234 Burbank, has IO years teaching experience at Wylie High School and has taught extension courses iii mathematics and English for Cisco Junior College at lh ess AKB the past two summers. A 1950 graduate of Vi s lie High School, he attended Har-din-Simmons University and received both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Abilene Christian College. He also holds a school administrator’s certificate from ACC. A member of the South Molena Kiwams Club, Harris was named “K I w a ii I a ii of the WAYNE HARRIS . . . fourth candidate Year” in 1972 He currently serves on the Military Affairs Committee of the Chamber rd Commerce. In making his announcement Harris said. “I feel that I have the experience, not inly in ncIioI affairs, bul in business afiairs to !>e an effective administrator. I know the needs of the school children, but I also know the value of the taxpayers dollar.” Inside Today Astronomical Conditions Bring Tides For only the 21st time in more than 100,000 days, rare astronomical conditions are producing swelling tides alonq the coasts of the United States. Pg 7A. Top Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee pledged a united effort Monday in their investigation of grounds for the possible impeachment of President Nixon. Pg. 10A. AmuMHMnN    . 2A Ati»M#fy......2A ■'Mf#    IOC Oautflad ........ 4-tC Comics ............... JC Dr. Isnt    SA Editorials    (A Form    TA Markets    .    ....    4,    SC Obituaries    OC Oil    ....    4.    SA Starts    I, 2C Sylvia Porter    SC Teday in History    9A TV La,    2A TV Scout    2A Woman's Nows ....... IB Secrecy Marks GENEV A, Switzerland (AP) — Egyptian and Israeli officers had a new round of troop withdrawal talks Monday marked by a midsession break for consult at ions with home. Press reports preceding the discussions had said the Israelis were prepared to enter info detailed talks on proposals for a pullback 18 miles from the Suez Canal based on Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's talks in Washington last week. But Israeli officials in Tel Aviv discounted those reports, saying the Israeli envoys hail no new instructions and were still unprepared to go into detail. Mideast WASHINGTON (API -Three of the Watergate burglars were ordered paroled Monday, effective March 7. They will be the first men convicted in the conspiracy, burglary and wiretap ease lo finish serving their prison terms. Eugenio R. Martinez. Frank A. Sturgis and Virgilio R. Gonzalez, will have served some 15 months of their one* to-four-year terms when they leave the prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The three, all from Miami, ranked lowest among the seven who planned and executed the May 27 and June 17, 1972. break-ins at the Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate office building. They received their orders from a former (TA associate. Bernard L. Barker, who in turn was recruited by former CIA operative E. Howard Hunt. Barker and Hunt were freed last week pending a decision on their appeals from sentences of IG to two years and Vt to eight years, respectively. The U.S. Parole Board said the three must obey customary conditions, including reporting monthly to a probation officer. Hunt was the first to plead guilty as the seven men went to trial last January. Four days later. Barker, Martinez, Sturgis and Gonzalez followed suit, leaving only G. Gordon Giddy and James W. McCord Jr. to stand trial. They were convicted bv a jury after 18 davs. Liddy, sentenced to a minimum six years, eight months, also has an appeal pending while he is in the District of Columbia jail serving a term for contempt of court. McCord is free on bond while his appeal is being considered. Meanwhile, tile Wester n White House said President Nixon’s refusal to yield hundreds of documents and tapes to the Senate Watergate committee stands — despite Vice President Gerald R Ford’s suggestion that a compromise might be in the air. Ford had said in an interview Sunday that if the committee trims and refines its request “there may be — and I underline ‘may be’ - an area of compromise.” Subpoenas issued bv the committee had called for the turnover of the materials by Jan. 4. The President allowed the deadline to pass, then wrote to Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., DNP., Neither delegation in Geneva broke the strict secrecy that has marked the two weeks of off and on negotiations between Maj. den. Mor-dectiai Gur and Col. Dov Sion for Israel, and Brig. Gen. Taha el-Magdoob and Col. Ahmed Fouad Howaidi for Egypt. United Nations sources said the four broke up about midway through their five hour* of talks for consultations with their respective governments. Israeli officials said their envoys were in close comart by telephone with Jerusalem Bul they stressed that the Ge-neva talks were still in the Talks preliminary stage pending reaction from Cairo on die Israeli troop disengagement proposals agreed on by Dayan and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger during the Israeli leader’s stay in Washington. The government radio said the Geneva talks were iii any case mostly a sideshow . “The real drama is being played out in Washington, Moscow, Cairo and Jerusalem.’’ it added. Israeli commentators agreed that the government of Premier Golda Meir who was confined to bed with the flu — is offering a si/.aole Sue/, withdrawal. Young warrior that "to produce the material you now seek would unquestionably destroy any vestige of confidentiality of presidential communications.” He called the subpoena “an overt attempt to intrude into the executive (branchi to a degree that constitutes an un constitutional usurpation of power.” In Morgantown. N.C., Monday, Ervin said he would welcome a compromise on the material but that any agreement would have to be in writing, “so there could be no See BURGLARS, Pg. I0A. CM. 4 Burleson Files For Re-Election IL S. Rep. Omar Burleson of Anson Monday filed for Re-election with the State Democratic Executive Committee. The 67-year-oki veteran of 27 years in the I. S. House is scheduled to address the Legislative Committee of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce at IO a rn. Tuesday. He arrived in A!>-ilene Monday night from Washington. Rep. Burleson represents the 17th District of Texas in the House. He is currently 17th in House senority. and a high-ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. Walter Grubbs, Abilene aide to Burleson, said no activities have been planned other than the address at IO a rn. Burleson will review recent congressional action which affects the Abilene business community. A question and answer session will follow . Darrel Knight is Chamber Legislative Committee chairman. Three other persons also filed for offices with the SDKC Monday. Robert (Bob) Krueger of New Braunfels filed iii the 21st dis- Mentally III Convict Killed J U N I T I O N CITY. Ohio (AP) — Police killed one inmate and wounded another Monday night after the two men threatened to kill three women they had held hostage at a treatment center for mentally ill convicts, authorities said. The three hostages were not harmed. Police stormed the room where the hostages were held as a 7 p m. deadline drew near. The inmates had held the women hostage for five hours and had threatened to kill them unless they were given a getaway car bv 7 pm. EDT. PAGE ONE BY KATHARYN DUFF Tex Herring, the auctioneer, and bis wife were getting reads for the recent sale of discarded furnishings and equipment at the old Taylor County Courthouse. Mrs. Herring was going through some goods and needed both hands for the chore so she handed her purse to Tex with a request, “Hold this for me, will YOU?” v Tex tucked it under one arm and went about his work. Time for the auction to begin drew near and he needed to go over to a warehouse across from the jail to check on .>ome sale goods stored there. He was moving in a long lope. Out of one eye Tex noticed a deputy sheriff climbing in a car. He noticed tm* deputy was noticing him but thought nothing of It. Ile kept on loping along the sidewalk. The deputy started the car and Tex heard it roll up beside him and this official voice called, “Say, Buddy...” Then it was that Tex remembered the purse clutched under one arm. Then it was he began to sputter an explanation. “I didn’t steal it...its my wife’s...” And the moral is, if you have to carry your wife s purse, don't go loping past a policeman. * * * Jim (’oniey of our staff took his family to Dallas over the New Year's week end to visit his mother. The Dallas home was full of goodies which Mrs. Conley Sr. urged her visitors to eat. Hospitality and generosity prompted her urging. And there was another reason. She had, it seems, resolved to begin a diet on Tues day. She wanted temptations oui of sight. By New Year's Eve she was passing the candy around every few minutes. Adults understood the situation but young Steven Conley, 9. did not. F i n a 11 y, Grandmother declared with a sweep of her hand. “Please, take care of all this stuff. By Tuesday morning Eve got to get everything out of the house.” Steven, with the avance of a quiz show contestant, agreed without hesitation to cooperate. “ITI take the color television.” he said. Grandma said she was not quite ready to go that far for her diet yet. ;

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