Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gbflene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 25 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 12, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press Convicts, Police Play Waiting Game By EUJE RUCKEB Efficiency, Economy Trim Fireworks Show Q. Why was lie fireworks show al the sodium so short? It used to last an hour or longer. I was disappointed at such a short performance. Incidentally, are (he fireworks set off eieclronlcally or by people? A. By people. And a funny thing nearly happened this year. Bob JlcCathren, who was chairman of the spectacular, said usually we have a litlle wind but this year Tve had dead calm so whatever went into the air fell straight back down. Halfway through the show some lighted material fell into the grand finale carlon and we nearly had the grand finale in the middle of the show. The fireworks display was shorter this year for two same story as everything else, rising costs caused the committee to cut down on some of the smaller less spectacular shells; the fir-, ing crew was more efficient, thus fewer de- lays between -shots "and a faster moving show. The crew was told to have something in-lhe air all the time which resulted in a more spectacular hut naturally shorter pro- gram. "The longest fireworks show we've had so far was just under 30 says Chairman McCatHren. 0. Somebody asked about Carmelila I'ope. I can (ell you who she Is, I nsnt to work in Chicago, my parents still live there and I'm personally acquainted wth the Pope family. Carmellta is the granddaughter of Francois aid Aito- inclte who started a cooking school in Chicago years ago and have written many cookbooks. I'm look- ing at one that's in the 12th printing, "Antoinette Pope School Cookbook." Her grandparents hart a television show in Chicago that was more popular than Captain Kangaroo; the University ol Chicago even gave a degree In Culi- I nary Artistry to graduates of their school. I: Carmellta's riding on the fame of her [unions grandparents. She's working in Ihc cooking school now, In fact she may be the head of it. A. No wonder we couldn't identify her. Gourmet cooks in the land of chicken fried :steaks and Tcrlingua chili are just not all renowned. Thanks, Norman Esh, for all us West Texans informed of the -'finer things in life and who's wlio in the Midwest cooking world. Q. How do I get (he bitterness out my new garden cucumbers? I tried rai- ting the end and rubbing them together but (hat didn't work. A. True, that won't work. Nothing much mil even pickling. You didn't ask but we'll tell you anyway that if you'll .work some sulfasoil into the ground right now and be sure to water your garden thoroughly and oflcn, you won't have the bad taste in your next batch of cukes. some varie- ties are just more bifter than others pickling cucumbers should be harvested when they're small or they'll turn bitter as they grow larger. Q. A friend wants the address of the Oakland A's. I told him I could find It for him, now I can't find it. He also wants to know game times and prices if possible. A. Prices ranee from boy seat lo in tbe bicaciicrs. Day games and double headers are held "at night games Mon- day through Friday are 8 p.m. with twi- 'nigliters at 6 Pacific Daylight Time. Write the A's Baseball Club in care of the Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. 9JC21. Q. Seems to me (hat Abraham Lincoln quote you Were seeking can he found in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lin- coln" edited by Roy Easier "The legitimate object of government is lo do for a community of people whatever they need (o have done but cannot do, at or cannot so well do for themselves in their separate and individual capaci- ties. In all thai the people can Individu- ally do as wfll for themselves, govern- ment ought not lo Interfere." A. Thanks, you did bcltcr'lhan we. But your added comments gave us consolation. Says our helpful reader, Jolin C. Stevens, quotation is identified as part of a fragment of government in Lincoln's hand- wi-itin" but unsigned and can be found in the Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in the Library of Congress. The fragment was used in or at least intended for a lecture but if Lincoln delivered such a lecture no reference to it has been found. It may be that the individu- al who challenged (he user of the quote to "prove it" meant: that ttie words are not literally the same as the user of the quote; that there is no evidence Lincoln ever said-it in a speech or did anylhing more ihan write the words down as a sort of memorandum lo himself." Address questions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 7SSM. Names will aot be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please Inclide lel- qphone number if possible.' By JANET STAIHAR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Two convicts demanding a flight out of the country held seven hostggcs today for a second day in a basement cellblock of the U.S. District Courthouse as hundreds of heavily armed policemen played a wailing game outside. The building was closed lo the public. The convicts, "Robert Jones, 24, and Frank Gorham, 25, re- leased one hostage before dawn. Gorham and Jones, also known as Otis D. Wilkerson, were described by authorities as ringleaders in a 1972 escape attempt at the D.C. jail. At that time, 50 inmates held 11 guards hostage for nearly 24 hours. Both Gorham and Jones received additional sen- tences (or their part in thai disturbance. Chief U.S. Judge George Hart, responsible for the five- story building three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, told re- porters just after 10 a.m.: "Tilings look much brighter." He did not elaborate. Only one of the convicts was armed when they seized four deputy U.S. marshals, two Justice Department employes and two attorneys about 2 p.m. Thursday. They later ac- quired seven more guns from a cellblock locker. There was no indication how they got the original gun. One of the marshals, Bay- mond Miller, was released be- fore dawn. The cellhlock area is sealed off from the rest of the court- house, which has become a fa- miliar sight'in newspaper pho- tos and on television to mil- lions of Americans following Hie Watergate grand jury in- vestigation and related trials. The p I u m b e rs' trial, in which former White House aide John Ehrlichman is one of the defendants, was going on in the building at the time the hostages were seized. It was sliiftcd today to the Dis- trict Court of Appeals build- ing, two blocks away. "I need lo be Gorham said in a telephone interview. "I have made freedom my woman. If 1 have lo go oul of here feet first, 1 am ready. can't lose, cause either way death is escape." Mis partner, Jones, said: "There should be no reason why a lot of people should die uselessly, man, just because two men want their freedom." Both convicts were serving long prison (onus. The convicts and authorities Ixigim a waiting gamo within minutes after the hostages were seized. Kadio station WASH quoted Jones this morning as saying one oi Hie hostages, identified as attorney Anthony John Hurley, was ill and that lie wauled to release him. Hurley was said to have a history of heart trouble. Hart was asked whether he could assure that the hostages were not harmed. He replied'. "Not really. 1'ossihly some- thing could have been done to a hostage that we did ncil know about it." A relative of one hostage said they were locked in a cell but were unharmed. At one point the convicts, who were in frequent contact with the outside via telephone, told WASH they wanted to go lo V e n c u e 1 a. Authorities would not confirm this de- mand. Authorities said (iorhain. before the escape try, faced a maximum of 73 years to life in prison on a variety of con- victions, including an attempt- ed escape from a U.S. magis- tralc's courtroom. Authorities said Jones faced 31 years in prison on previous batik robbery and escape counts. Industrial Goods Send Prices Up 'ing Back in Time The Wright brothers don't, have anything on Art Anthony of Two Harbors, Minn., who put together this flying malhine. Anthony's four-hour flight from Two Harbors to Minneapolis required two gas stops, (AP Wirephoto) Jury to Start Plumber Deliberation By MIKE SHANAHAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -The jury in the plumbers trial to- day begins deliberating the guilt or innocence of John D. Ehrlichman and three others accused of plotting the Ells- berg break-in. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell is to instruct the six men and six women on how lo judge the case before dis- patching them to deliberale their verdict. The scene of the trial was shifted from the U.S. Court- house to the nearby District of Columbia Court of Appeals af- ter authorities decided to close the federal courthouse be- cause two prisoners were holding a group of hostages al gunpoint in gunpoint in basement. the the building's building's On Thursday, associate spe- cial Watergate prosecutor Wil- liam H. Merrill asked the jury to convict (he defendants of violating the rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. He described the Sept. 3. 1971, break-in as a violation of everything the U.S. Constitu- tion stands for. "This isn't Merrill said. "This is an- archy." The prosecutor said that not only were the rights of the psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis J. Fielding, violated, but so were those of the American people. "Our Conslitution was vie- Official Discounts Hubbord 'Hardness1 Although Hubbard Lake water is about three limes as "hard" as Abilcnc's current water sup- ply, Key City residents will not notice the difference once it is treated and mixed with the nor- mal water supply. City Water Department direc- tor Bill Weems said Friday that 8.1 million gallons of Hubbard water was pumped into the city system Thursday, and that full operation should begin Monday. "THERE WILL: BE some trouble because it's a big sys- he .said, adding that Ihe city has contracted for 15.5 mil- lion gallons a day; or for 40 per cent of the city's average sum- mer usage. Wcems said Ihe "hardness" of Ihe water, meaning Ihe amount of bicarhonates and sulphates, is measured in parts per million. Koi'l Phantom Lake water is 110 parts per million; Lake Hub- hard water is 332 parts per mil- lion, giving an average of 221. However, when treated, the count will bo about 160, Wcems said. Weems said this was "proba- bly not enough to make any dif- ference. I don't think anyone would notice the difference especially when they use deter- gents (for washing He added that Abilenians will not be able lo tasle any differ- ence in Ihe water. WEEMS SAID "parts per mil- lion" could Ihought of as a number of gallons in each mil- lion gallons of water. "We won't be pumping al full capacity for a little They want to'be sure everything is going he added. Merrill said of the unsuccessful attempt to obtain psychiatric records of Ells- hefg. The principal attorney for Ehrlichman, William C. Krales, characterized his cli- enl as a busy man in 1he White House who had no in- tention of doing anything ille- gal. Addressing Ihe jury in a friendly, folksy tone, Krales sought to attack the credibility of the two main prosecution witnesses, David R. Young and Egil "Bud" Krogh. Sarcastically referring to Young as "our great Ameri- Frates accused Young of -'wheeling and dealing his way into a deal with the prosecutors." Young's testimony was provided in exchange for im- munity from prosecution. Deferring to copies of White House memos Young turned over to the p r o s e c u t o r s, Prates said, "He had to have something to sell and they bought it." Daniel SchuUz, the attorney for defendants Bernard L. Barker and Eugenio R. Marti- Finds Rusty Land Mine A View farmer kicked a rusty object and discovered il was a land mine. Concern for mine, however, was quelled Thursday by a Ft. Hood explosives dispos- al team. Story Pg. IB. Amusements 7B Bridge 9A Business Mirror 5B Classified 6-12C Comics 5C Edilcriols 4A HoroscoDe 9A HcsDilol Patients 12C Obituaries.............. 12A Snorts 1-3C To Your Good Health......2A TV Loq 7 A TV Scout 7A Women's News..........2-4 B nez, said his clienls' participa- tion in the break-in at Field- ing's Beverly Hills, Calif., of- fice was the result of "a cruel fraud practiced on them by K. Howard Hunt." Ilunl in 1971 was a member of Ihe plumbers, a special While House investigative unit. Peter Jlaroulis, the attorney for G. Gordon Liddy, said the former FBI agent believed that because he was hired by the While House he acted un- der presidential auspices in carrying off the break-in. WASHINGTON (A P) Sharp increases in prices of industrial goods offset further declines in agricultural prices last month, lifting the Whole- sale Price Index another five- tenths of one per cent, the government reported today. The wholesale price rise was Hie smallest in eiidil months, marking Hie first time since November that prices had risen by less Ihan a full percentage point. In November prices rose six-tenths of one per rent. Wholesale prices dropped one-tenth of a per cent in Oc- tober. The June increase of five- lenths of one per cent, holh adjusted and unadjusted, works out to an annual rale of six per cent slill highly in- flationary by historical stand- ards. Agricultural prices dropped in June, for ihe fourth consec- utive month, plunging a sea- sonally adjusted four per cent lo a level 1.2 per cent, below 'A year ago But as farm and food prices declined, prices continued ac- celerating for a broad range o r industrial commodities. These increases in wholesale induslriaj prices point lo con- tinued high prices ahead for consumers at the retail level. The Labor Department said nielals, fuels, c h e m i c a 1 s, machinery and equipment ac- counted for aboul SI) per cent of Ihe rise in the industrial commodities index, which ad- vanced a seasonally adjusted 2.2 per cent in June following a rise of 2.7 per cent in Jlay. Wholesale prices have risen WEATHER" U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nallonaf Weather Service (Weather Mnp, pg. no ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-mlli rod ui> Clear to pnrlly cloudy with u slifjnl chance of aflernoon find everting lliu.itfershGV.-ers today through Saturday. Continued warm. Southerly winds ID to ?2 mph. Hign today and Saturday in trc mid 90s. LOVJ lonighl in the low 7Cj. Protobili- Jy of rain 30 per cenl today, tonighl and Saturday. High and for 14 hours endino 9 a m 97 and 70. Hiqh and low same (laic last year: 90 ond 70. Sunrise tcdoy sunscl tonrght: B Sunrise lomorro.v: at. a seasonally adjusted an- nual rale of 12.2 per cent dur- ing the last three months, and were 14.5 per cent higher in .lune Ihan in June 1973. The JunR increase lifted the government's Wholesale Price Index to 155.7, meaning that 11 cost lo buy the same volume of wholesale goods thai purchased in 1JHS7. Farm prices dropped a sea- sonally adjusted 8.1 per cent, while prices of processed foods and feeds declined 1.1 per cent. Afternoon Heat Showers Possible A slight break in Hie weather pattern accounls for a 20 per cent chance of heal showers through Saturday, forecasters al the National Weather Service said Friday. Tiie chance of showers had been blocked by a high pressure system for the past five days. However, Ihis system edged eastward slightly allowing suffi- cient, moisture lo enter the area, weatherman Chuck Miller ex- plained. The shift in the system should allow convective showers to edge in from Far West Texas, Miller said. HE however, thai these are the type of showers which can "rain in one block and miss the whole lown." They are caused, he cv- plained. by healing of the lower atmosphere which causes the warm, moist air to rise lo cooler levels, condense as clouds and then fall back as rain. Miller said there would proba- bly be no general relief from the nine-monlli drought because the showers should be "very widely scattered." HE mcSCKini'M) the .situation as an "80 per cent chance that it won't raiti." "What we need is one (lay of slow rain." lip said. Arson, Burglary Charged In Fire Which Killed 24 BRIDGEPORT, Conn, (API A 22-year old Greenwich man has been charged wilh setting a fire in a bowling al- ley shortly before 2-1 persons died of smoke inhalation in a" adjacent discotheque in Port Chester, N'.Y. The 24 died when fire swept a building complex straddling the Coiineclicut-New York line early in the morning of June 30. Pclcr Leonard, 22, was charged with first-degree ar- son and third-degree burglary in a bench warrant Thursday night. Me was held at I he state correctional center in Hridge- porl on bond. Stale's Ally. Donald A. Brown said Leonard was charged in a Superior Court bench warrant wilh selling a fire al Hie Carol Bowling Al- leys in Greenwich. Brown said the investigation was continuing and additional charges "relative lo the 24 deaths in Ihe discotheque re- main a distinct possibility." Leonard was taken into cus- tody by a [''airfield County detective on Thursday and was taken lo the fire site be- fore being charged in Bridge- port, authorities said. I'ire officials earlier said they were almost certain thai fire began in the bowling al- ley's nursery, which shares a common wall wilh Gulliver's discotheque. The officials said they believed smoke had been building "for some time" be- fore it was noticed. Medical authorises deter- mined Ihal Ihe 24 died of smoke inhalation, apparently when smoke was pulled from another part of the building into the sunken dance floor. A television set from tlic bowling alley nursery eavlicv had been impounded by fire officials as part of lh.e-invcs.li- An estimated 200 to 3110 dancers were in the disco rocking In music by "Crea- tion" when Ihe first wisps of smoke were detected at about I a.m. The band leader told Ihe crowd from the affluent Wcsl- chcslcr County, N'.Y., and Connecticut suburbs lo "keep and Ihe music conlin- ued lor a while as dancers made Ihcir way to exits. I'.ul suddenly choking clouds of black smoke swept Gulliv- er's from a kilclicn area, blinding the throng and caus- ing panic as they tried U> scramble from the basement disco. Firemen from surrounding communities responded to the alarm, but Gulliver's was de- stroyed. H was days before all Hie charred bodies were idcnli- lied, including two members of (he band.