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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 6, 1974, Abilene, Texas m AbileneReporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 19 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 6. 1974—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press (ZP) Kissinger Offers Economic Aid Promise to Italians Fighting for commission Former West Point Cadet Donald M Boyd, 23, with his wife Jodi, and 11-month-old daughter Christian stand outside their home in Lexington, Mass., Friday before Boyd’s hearing before a board of officers at West Point. WY. Officials have said Boyd was dismissed from the academy and not commissioned not for being married. but because he violated the honor code by lying about his marital status. (AP Wirephoto) By BARRY SCHWEID Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger gave assurances on Friday that the United States was prepared to assist Italy should its economic situation worsen. “We are following Italian events with sympathy and affection,” he said at a luncheon with President Giovanni Leone. “You can count on the fact that in whatever moment Italy should find itself in difficulty. wre will do everything possible to assure it stability and progress.” Kissinger then met with Foreign Minister Aldo Moro. An Italian spokesman said that he held a “general discussion” of the country’s economic problems but not about a U.S. loan specifically. There have been persistent reports that Italy was seeking a large foreign loan to help it out of its worst crisis since World War II. La Stampa of Turin, a leading newspaper, reported discussion of a U.S. loan was the principal item on the agenda for Kissinger's talks here. Inflation in Italy is running at 20 per cent a year, and the foreign trade deficit, mainly due to imports of oil and meat and other food products, stands at $1 billion a month. Kissinger was in Rome to continue his briefing of European leaders on President Nixon’s talks in Moscow. He is telling them that the United States made no commitment to a 35-nation summit meeting sought by the Soviet Union to wind up the European security conference. Russia has been in favor of such a summit. Kissinger is calling for an end to the “theological debate” that has stalemated conference negotiations in Geneva. There is no way to move ahead with 25 papers on various contested points “kicking around,“ the senior U.S. official said. The Soviets have been promoting the summit as a highly public way of legitimizing their control over Eastern Europe and the post-World War ll borders. The West Germans and other Europeans have been reluctant to commit themselves. Also, the Western nations want freer access to the Fast with books, journalists, scholars and ideas generally. The senior official told newsmen aboard Kissinger's Hight here from Paris that “we are not pushing tor a summit, but we are also not opposed.” He said the results of the Geneva negotiations would have to warrant holding one. A joint communique issued at the conclusion of the Mos-cow talks between Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev said the final stage should take place “at an early date.” It added that “both sides also proceeded from the assumption that the results of the negotiations will permit the conference to be concluded ut the highest level.” Kissinger discussed the security conference in Paris over breakfast with French President Valery discard d’Estaing. They also talked about Europe’s* energy problems, the Middle East and transatlantic relations. “I think the French are trying to get back on an even keel in their relations with us and we're prepared to do that.” said the senior official. Of all the allies. France has been the most critical of Nixon administration foreign policy. claiming especially that the Europeans are not sufficiently consulted. The official, unnamed under the briefing rules, said Kissinger had "a positive talk” with the new French president. He had dinner Thursday night with French Foreign Minister .lean Sauvagnargues. Kissinger s scheduled to meet with Pope Paul VI on Saturday. Thai Street War Subsides; Death Toll Approaches 30 By SURIN RUANGDEJ Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand <AT*) — A street war in Bangkok s Chinatown subsided early Sat urday after reinforced police units in battle gear chased young gunmen through the streets and made dozens of arrests. The official death toll in three nights of violence neared 30 and 135 persons Government Hikes Home Mortgage Interest Rate By ii. DAVID WALLAT E Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) —The government announced Friday it is increasing to 9 per cent the allowable interest rate on federally insured home mortgages. Officials said the increase to a record level from a previous rate of 8.75 per cent was prompted by the con-rates for home loans. “This continuing rise in the cost of money forces us to increase th** maximum rate KHA will insure so that prospective home buyers will continue to have access to FHA-insured mortgage s, said James T. Lynn, secretary of housing and urban development. Under the old interest rate of 8.75 per cent, the monthly payment on a 830,000 loan financed over 30 years was $236.10. At the new interest rate, the same mortgage will require monthly payments of $241.50. The government action came at the same time that HUD announced that the effective interest rates for loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration hit a record level in June. The figures showed that the effective average interest rate for new home loan commitments by lenders reached 9.29 per cent. This surpassed the record of 9.18 set in October. Since the rate was above the 8 75 maximum allowable interest rate, that meant either a buyer or seller had to pay •points." a surcharge levied by the lender to make up any difference between the government-insured late and market interest rates. On a $30,000 mortgage, the difference between the maximum allowable rate and the average effective rate would have meant a lump sum payment of $162. In announcing the increase for the allowable interest rate, Lynn said that the points system is in effect prepaying interest. Lynn said the new rate ceiling will be effective Monday. The Veterans Administration simultaneously announced the same new rate for the loans it insures. The last previous increase in the interest rates was on May 13. when President Nixon announced a three-pronged program to make home buying easier. The program included what is in effect subsidies for home loans. Lynn said enough financing for 100.000 units is still available under the program which provides home buyers with loans at a 7.75 interest rate. The difference between the interest rate the home buyer pays and the lender receives is absorbed by government secondary mortgage market operations. The failure to use all of the $6.8 billion originally earmarked under that program was. however, a sign that mortgage money is scarce, regardless of the interest rate. were reported wounded. Police said about IOO persons were arrested before the skirmishes tapered off after midnight. Premier Sanya Thammasak who blamed the spasm of rioting on Chinese motorcycle gangs, earlier took a get-tough stance unprecedented in his mne-month old administration and told all Thailand’s military forces to be ready to intervene if necessary. Sanya met earlier with Ins cabinet and King Bhumibcl Adulyadej. The premier reported to his cabinet that 25 civilians and a police officer had died in the noting between midnight Wednesday and midafternoon Friday. The subsequent deaths of a young woman caught in a cross fire. a male disaster relief volunteer and at least one young Chinese near the police station boosted the toll About 150 policemen and < i vilians were reported to have been wounded and more than 80 rioters arrested 2 Hospital Districts' Fate Rests With Voters B> KITTY FRIEDEN Deport er-News Staff Writer COMANCHE—Voters in ( o-manche County will decide the fate of two hospital districts proposed by the state legislature in elections for the DeLeon Hospital District and the Comanche Hospital District Aug. 3. The election in De Leon will determine whether or not the present hospital in that community will be allowed to continue to serve the area, according to one hospital board member. THE PURPOSE of that vote is to validate a previous election. held improperly last year. in which the hospital district was already approved, according to De Leon Hospital District board member Hiram fin it h Jr. The upcoming election also will seek voter approval of a bond issue, Smith said. He explained that the election in 1973 did not comply with new state statutes. “The previous statute said the Commissioners Court would select a hospital board and call an election. The new statute said the Commissioners Court would appoint a temporary board of directors, and they (the boardi would call the election.” Smith said. He explained that the earlier election had been called by the Commissioners Court, and that to be on the safe side a second election w as being held according to the new law. THE DK LEON election also will call for the issuance of Judge in Mass Murder Trial Overrules Self in Jury Picks By JIM BARLOW Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) — District Court Judge Preston Dial overruled himself Friday and threw off a jury panel seven of eight persons qualified Monday during a secret session of the trial of Elmer Wayne Henley, 18. After making the ruling. Dial told the court room he planned to hold session Friday night until a full panel of 32 prospective jurors was selected. Henley is accused in six of the 27 deaths of teen-age males discovered last year in Houston. The judge excluded the public and press when jury selection started Monday. Calling the press ‘a bunch of locusts.” Dial said they would contaminate the jury panel. He opened the court Tuesday when lawyers hired by five news organizations came to his court prepared to sue him. However, on Tuesday Dial refused to excuse the eight potential jurors chosen in secrecy. Friday he overruled himself and knocked off the seven. Dial said the first person qualified for the panel of 32 on Monday would stay on because the defense had not en tered its objection to the closed session until after the first person was chosen. “The court feels the first person was qualified by both sides before any objection was made.” Dial said. Will Gray, the chief defense lawyer, asked Dial on Friday to deciare a mistrial because of the secret session. Dial refused and also refused to throw out the entire panel of 201 pei>ons questioned behind dosed doors in a general session Monday. The public was not allowed in to hear the en masse ques- See JUDGE, Pg. UA, Col. 8 $490,000 woith of tax bonds for tile expansion and remodeling of the De Leon Municipal Hospital. Smith said the community faces losing its present hospital if the bonds are not approved because a portion of the facility does not meet federal requirements. “The old portion of the hospital contains the majority of beds.. .the building is * not built according to federal standards an dis not adaptable to current standards,” he said. Ile added that the hospital could be closed within six months if the bond election is not approved. If voters do approve the bond issue, the hospital district will be given the authority to levy taxes not to exceed 75 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property. Fred Williams, president of the board, said the hospital would be enlarged by 18.000 square feet and would receive an addition of 12 hospital beds, upping the total to 42 beds. Smith said the old portion of the building that does not meet current standards would be used for office and storage space. WILLIAMS SAID if the bond election passes, expansion of the building could “start sometime after the first of the year.” The De Leon Hospital District would include Precinct 4. the northwest portion of Comanche County, except for that part already included in the Eastland Hospital District, Smith said. The Comanche Hospital District would take in the rest of the county, following the boundaries of Precincts I, 2 and 3. lf approved, the Comanche district would also have the power to levy annual taxes at a rate not to exceed 75 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property. However, Mrs. Euell Arthur, vice president of the temporary Board of Directors for the district, said the hospital would be paid for largely through revenue bonds — the profits made by the new hospital. SOME CONTROVERSY is expected to surround the Co-manche hospital election, since Comanche already has an osteopathic hospital. The Comanche hospital has two physicians: Dr. Roy Mims, who has practiced 25 years in Comanche, and his son Roy Jr. Dr. Mims Sr. believes the taxpayers will vote against it. because “there is too much property tax” already. Ile added that the present hospital, which is privately owned, has met all Medicare requirements and has “round the clock emergency service.” “Now is not the time to submit a bond issue for a hospital,” he said. Mrs, Arthur, however, maintained there is no emergency service, but declined to comment further about Mims' remarks. “WK HAD a feasibility study awhile back that showed a definite majority of the people of the county go to Abilene Brownwood and other communities.” she said. She noted that the community has a population of 4.000 and could probably support a See VOTE, Pg. IHA. (el. 5 The battleground focused un the Plabplachai police sta-t on. a neighborhood of comparatively wealthy busincsa-in e n and storekeepers of Chinese origin. Police *aid a \ talent subculture of motorcycle gangs has grown up that frequently erupts in ganglion. What caused the latest deadly violence was unclear. Ther e has been resentment of the police among many young people since police tried to quell a student rebellion last October that toppled Thailand's military government and brought Sanya to power, but the pow eft ul student move ment seemed not to be involved in the latest disorders. Sanya told newsmen two of the motorcycle gangs. “TV Eagles" and “The Dragons. ’ were instigating the violence Some members, he said, had donned uniforms and were firing at other youths to stir up hatred of police, most of whom are of Thai origin. The government declared a state of emergency on Thursday and brought in combat troops with armored vehicles. Sanya urged Bangkok residents of all races to stay at home but said he bad no plans yet to impose a curfew. Snipers entered the fray for the first time Friday, trading lire from upper windows of Die darkened Chinatown arm with tough ranger-trained border police. The officers were instructed to u^e low-powered carbines first and work up to M79 grenade launchers if necessary to flireh the snipers from their nests. One of the three deaths reported Friday was blamed on sniper fire. The border polite cut short a Friday night assault on the police station, forcing rioters who apparently planned to fire bomb the station to split up and scatter. They arrested three young men in mod t lethes who said they had thrown bombs at stores about one-half mile from the station. Inside Today Government Rests in Ehrlichman Trial The government rests its case in the civil rights conspiracy case against John D. Ehrlichman and three White House "plumbers" Friday and the iudge leaves open the possibility that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will testify for the defense. Pg. 6A. Fannie Atlas says she's kept so busy enjoying activities at summer camp that she doesn't have time to think of loneliness or dying Fannie's 93. Pg ID, American Legion members in Canon City. Colo., take a special interest in their pledge to uphold law and order. They are inmates at the Colorado State Ptnitentiary, one of only two prison American Legion Posts in the naaion. Pg. ID Phlebitis, the ailment that afflicted President Nixon on his Middle East trip, is relatively uncommon but is usually painful and may be accompanied by swelling Pg. 5A. Unemployment remains at 5 2 per cent of the work force; the economic and employment situation is discussed at a congressional hearing. Pg. 9C. Amusement* Astrology Bridge Church News Classified Comics Editorials Farm Markets Obituaries Oil Sports Today in History TV Log TV Scout Women'* New* 9A 48 48 68 2-7D 6-7C 4A 7B t,9C 6A SA 1-5,IOC 4B SB SB 2,3B NCHANCE ;

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