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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT y 82ND YEAR, NO. 40 j O! C96T 01 H3HVH PAGE ONE one Sunday in the spring of 1961 when jeanni (she spells it with lower case let- ters) MeCombs, ex-AbUenian, drove from her El Paso home out toVthe small airport at Fa- bens to watch a friend jump out of an airplane. The friend used a parachute to ease the fall. "It looked like Mrs. Mc- Combs says. "I asked if I could make one jump to see if I liked it" She could. After a week's ground training, she did. And currently she is in Orange, Mass.. these last few weeks training with the official U. S. Parachute Team to take part Aug. 11-Sept. 3 in the Olympics of skydiving, the sixth annual World Sport Parachute Compe- tition. That first jump she made a year and a half ago called for, incidentally, Mrs. McCombs' first airplane ride. (An Abilene High graduate, Mrs, McCombs is the daughter of Mrs. Cleo Fry Bratton of 3513 N. 10th St., and R. A. Brat- ton of 1809 Marshall, Abilene. She attended Hardin Simmons and Texas Tech before moving to El Paso about seven years ago. She is bookkeeper for an El Paso firm that specializes in building swimming pools. She has two children, Melisa, 9, and Kim, 7.) Mrs. McCombs' first leap was a static line jump in which the parachute was automatically opened by a lino connected to the plane opened automati- cally because she was a begin- ner. She graduated shortly to free falls in which the jumper pulls the ripcord. Then came "delays" in which the jump- er waits a 'bit before pulling the cord. Her longest "delay" so far is 85 feconds. She has ovof 150 ]umps to her credit now. Last May Mrs. McCombs won second place in the women's National Skydiving Competition at Olathe, Kans. That win gave her a spot on the official U. S. team. She took a leave from her job and was' sent with the team to Ft. Bragg, N. C., and then on to Orange, Mass., a para- chute center, to train. The team is civilian but five of its 20 members are military men. Twenty-one countries have so far entered the international contest. How do-jyou train for para- chute competition? By jumping out of airplanes, parachutes at- tached. Trie team makes from three to five jumps each daily and between leaps the skydivers pack their, own parachutes. Mrs. McCombs snys, skydiving is a "very safe with hardly any but the newest beginners suffering se- vere harm. Two .parachutes are worn, she explains. The "spare" is-for double safety. "I've never had more than a sprained ankle, one broken toe and one black she re- ports. The black eye came about on a baton pass. And a baton pass, we learn, is made when two jumpers hop out, one right after the other, glide through the air, controlling movements with arm and leg until one of 'em can get close enough to the other to hand over a foot-long piece of broomstick! Mrs. Mc- Combs got one in the eye. Tax Cut Chance Slim This Year By NED CURRAN Reporter-News Capital Bureau WASHINGTON Chances of a :ut in. income taxes, immediately ir any time-this year, are ex- tremely slim, it was learned Wed- lesday from authoritative ources. The only thing that could trig- ;er an immediate tax slash is oncrete evidence of serious ownturn in the economy, the ources said. Otherwise, President Kennedy and top lawmakers pre- er the reduction to come in an dministration proposal overhaul- ng the entire tax structure next ;ear. The House Ways and Means Committee, in which all tax leg- slation must originate, begins a losed door study of the nation's conomic picture Thursday. High n its agenda, of course, will be easibility of a tax cut. The committee's deliberations pill be just that, it was disclosed, ind not formal hearings resulting n proposed legislation. Clue to change of committee heart vould be announcement -of open Showcase Square "ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MO! svxai svnvo IXTY-TWO PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS 3AV 3103 TfZfft 9909 xa oa saivs Troops Rally, Sweep Algeria hearings on the question. That would almost certainly presage a formal recommendation for a ic duction in personal and corporate levies. Committee Chairman. Rep. Wil- bur Mills (D-Ark.) would not com- ment in the light of the commit- tee's deliberations, but admitted personal opposition to a quickie tax cut. He also has been a long- time advocate of the more delib- erate revision downward of the tax structure. Genera! thinking among Con- gressional leaders is that the im- mediate cut would result in only a increase in the weekly take- home pay of most Americans and wouldn't be worth the trouble for the way it would tilt the federal budget. There has been considerable clamor for an immediate reduc: tion, but opposition to it has pretty well jelled in high govern- ment circles, according to the latest word. A sudden downspurt any time soon, however, could disrupt the whole pattern. Capital City Is Menaced ALGIERS, .Algiers (API-Alge- rian troops rallying to Deputy Premier Ahmed Ben Bella can- trolled three-fourths of Algeria ment, warned the new nation tbut on Thursday and moved menac- civil war threatened. ingly toward this capital city-. Ben Bella claimed bis forces defenses around the capital in aa- have achieved power over the ticipatkav of a final assault ermarket. Vernon, also in the rted River Valley, had more than an inch of rain before dawn. The Big Bend area of far West Texas, one of the driest spots in he state, had rain during the morning. Alpine reported .21 ot an inch. Wink had .20 and Mid- land .24 in six hours to noon. Lubbock reported .06. Temperatures were mild over he northwest third of Texas, but lot and humid elsewhere. A weak cool front spread across ?Jorth and West Texas, stirring up showers and an occasional thunderstorm. March. Her first child, Crown Prince will be 2 years old Oct. U ta first awl Mr K ON tintM of the ibab. State Police said more than 19 Wednesday night that the French persons were taken to hospitals in nearby Troy and in Bennington, Vt Several were reported, in crit- ical condition. The driver was identified tenta- tively as Robert J. 39, of Porneroy, Chester County, Pa. a track leased by E. BroOke Mat- lack Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa. Firemen said the truck's brakes apparently caught fire while it was coming down a steep, wind- ing, two-mile-long hill on New York 154, a short distance from the intersection of New York 22. The community of a few dozen homes is about 12 miles from the New York-Massachusetts-Ver- mont state line. Robert Moses, Berlin postmas- ter, was closing the post office at p.m. when he heard the ex- plosion, 'It was he said. "I ran toward my house. It was mass of fire." Moses' home was among those destroyed. The 150-year-old First Church also was leveled. The blast occurred in front of the home of Mr. and Mre. neth McCumber, who were inside the house at the time. They were found in a field about 200 yards behind the house, badly burned. A neighbor, Clifton Shuhart, said he was standing several hun- dred yards from the McCumber pj home. He said the house seemed to disintegrate almost at once in s-.gi sunset tonuht: a mass of flames. Premier Ben Youssof Khedda, defended by soldiers loyal to hit shaky central govern- His troops set up ward toward Algiers, roaring Bea Bella's name. Ben Kbedda also charged planned to intervene. Convoys of French troops were on the high- ways in-the vicinity-of Algiers, but it was impossible to deter- mine their aim or destination. Ben Khedda was left alone hi the capital. Members of his State Police said he was driving ernment either left to Join Bea.' Bella's camp or planned a last- ditch stand in the Kabylie Moun- tains. At a big outdoor meeting ja> See ALGERIA, Pg, 19-A, Cd.' WEATHER (Weather Map, Fate 2-A) VtdNlfY (RadfM ABILENE AND Partly cl nt temper cloudy to cloudy Ininday near 90, low K TSThighFriJiy a. NORTH TEXAS: UumoeratorM mier far anrtt HOR'_._ _________ cloudy, Mattered lale -family and Friday. Wa huriday. Hllh Thursday NORTHWEST TEXAS; scattered thunderstorm! Friday. Warmer central and sooth TOmfc day. fcijh Thursday 86-96. SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Ctea! Sunday _. 77 74 __________ 76 78 82 84 86 High and low (W M-koni 91 and 70. Mine daU last yam Sunset last nllht: nuriN Maya Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: Humidity at 9 p.m.: (7 per _ SMITH TO WASHINGTON j Brig. Gen. Crow To Head 819th Brigadier General Roger M. Crow, presently deputy com- mander of the first Strategic Aerospace Division at Vahdenberg Air Force Base, Calif., will re- place Brigadier General Pinkham Smith as commander of the 819th Strategic Aerospace Division at Dyess Air Force Base on Aug. 21, Lt. Gen. Archie J. Olds, com- mander of the 15th Air Force, an- nounced Wednesday night. General Smith, formerly chief cd the Lubbock area. Four or five of staff at Headquarters, 15th Air of the dark funnels were reported Force, became commander of the south and southeast of Lubbock, sut none apparently touched the ground. Another funnel was re- ported 15 miles from Andrews. 819th Strategic Aerospace Division on July 7, 1961. He is departing his Texas pos' for duty as deputy director for operational forces, deputy chief Of staff, Operations. Headquar- ters, USAF, in Washington, D.C. General Crow is no stranger to I5th Air Force. He was deputy corrmaiider of the 98th Bomb Empress far ah Expecting Child TEHERAN, Iran royal court spokesman confirmed Wing at Altut Air Force Baie. Wednesday that Empress Farah Okla., in 1955 and 18M; comman- is expecting her second baby next of the Bomb Wing BRIO. GEN. nmOMM MRI C. Davk-Monthan Air Arli.. from July HH, to July Bomb Wine until M? U. Zi from February 19% to August 1957, and served as chief of staff at Headquarters, 15th Air Force, from 19S7 until July when he was named commander of tbt Sl9th. Brigadier General 'Crow born in Topeka. Kan., August 1 1914, and received bis BS gree in civil, engineering Kansas State College in IMS. He was appointed a Hying cadet ie October of 19M and upon grad- uation from primary and advanc- ed flying school at Randolph Kelly Air Forco in was rated a pilot and ed a second lieutenant to My tf His first assignment M fllgt instructor at HawUph Air Force From April IM January 1M3 he Mrwd M mancuag offlwr at tfM Chflip Contract nytaf Mod at man, Tte. In IM to Air MM; uid director ol optratlOM ;