Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS.OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS it :_93RD YEAR, NO. 351 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 3, 1974 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Marijuana a Symbol for Medal Winner By DENNIS MONTGOMERY Associated Press Writer F AIRFIELD, 111. (AP) Kenneth Kays is not your gov- ernment-issue- hero, His victo- ry garden is full of marijuana, and lie is.determined to keep il as a symbol ot his freedom. won the Medal of Honor-'Hnd was honored at the While 'House for his heroism in Vietnam. A 'draft rosister-turnccl-med- ie, Kays losl a leg in bat lie in May 1970 but r c p e.a t e d 1 y crawled pasL his lines lo res- cue and treat wounded com- rades. Today his battleground is a square-foot patch near his Irailcr in this southern Illi- nois town where- he farms the illegal marijuana plants tor his own personal use. With practiced case, he swings down the rows on his artificial leg hoeing, raking arid tilling. A headband se- cures his long, sun-tinled hah- which cascades into his beard. Kays was raised in Fail- field, population and al- AP wirtoholo KENNETH KAYS; .search for 'freedom' tended Southern. Illinois .Uni-' versity.. He. was 'discharged from in. 1970, 'and has been Jiving here on. disa- bility checks since Ihen. What he did in Vietnam and what he is doing how are part of the saine personal quest for freedom and what is jus.l, the law, Kays said, finish started, a search for personaXfreedonV he.said in, an "I desire freedom to my 'Kays .resisted going into military his in- duction notice.' he left for Canada. But, unsure he .was, doing the right .thing, he reported 31 days late and vol- unteered lo be a medic.'. The medal he earned has no value of itself only the experi- ence it represent; and has of- ten been a source of. trouble, he said. "I can't handle' being a he' said, adding the accolade brings'him unwanted attention and praise. Kays has been arrested twice and''convicted, once, for possession and cultivation of marijuana. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Two weeks after, his first ar- resf, the sheriff discovered Kaiys was still growing mari- juana and arrested him again. Revocation of probation is -being sought by. the. prosecu- lor. "They see my .adherence to responsibility as'irresponsi- he said. "All they'are what they haver been Mold, What purpose is served by re- slricting "I don't wish-'to; fight, but not going to .he said. "I will trust lo "the courts' to see'that justice is done.- My 'drily.'weapon'is the truth, man has the right to dit'tale to In ahqlher brush' with 'tlic law, police-took Kays :car in- lieu of bail after ho refused to pay a traffic fine, lie was tick- eted "for. roaring [through, the town.-at '60 hour honking his horn. "I was trying to wake up he.said. "I .threw the tickets A stndent oi Oriental mys- ticism, Kays "I trust in the law of Karma; not Ihe laws of feather thong that holds up his muddy and faded trousers, Kays adds, "I'll continue lo stand up for what I believe.' By BLUE RUCKEfl Stink Creek Once Did What Name Says Q. How did Stink C r c e k get that name? A. It used lo slink. As Lance Sears lells it, in Die 1380s, somebody moved a herd of cattle into the area, using Ihe creek as a 1 watering place. A blizzard hit, the cattle died, carcasses ended up in and around the creek and began to smell things up a bit. traveling in the area on horseback and in wagons would say as they rode by, "We're gelling close lo that ole slinkin' creek, belter pass as quickly as possible." Pretly soon it became known as "that ole slinking creek." Years passed, it was shortened to Stink Creek. Because hance Sears' ranch includes part of that trcck, oldlimers passed tin's story on to him. Q. How do you figure hascball batting averages and compute team win-loss percentages? A. Figure both the same way: it's rela- tively simple. Divide Ihe number of games won by total number of. games played. For example, you played 10 games, won six of them. Divide by 10 and you come up with .600. For batting average, divide num- ber of hits by total number of times at bat. Say you've been at bat 100 times, had 30 nils. Divide 30.000 by 100 and you'll come up with a baiting average of .300. Q. About a year ago you had some- thing about an electric pecan shellcr from a company in Dallas. Can you give (he address of that company again and the price of the sheller? A. Sure. The electrical gadget is highly recommended for people with iruckloads of pecans, no lime, no energy and to shell out on a sheller. Supposedly you'll get 90 per cent halves and it's easy to use. The sheller is available through I. II. Powell, 8647 Win- gate, Dallas 75209. Q. What's 3 1921 silver dollar worth and who would buy I've got another one loo but I can't make out the year. A Since fliey issued 85 million Morgan silver dollars in 1921 and one million Peace dollars, a Morgan's worth maybe ?4 or and a Peace anywhere from ?I5 to de- pending on its condition, says coin expert D. n. Pratt. One lone silver dollar of hazy vintage is worth because that's how much silver is in il. Coin dealers make their living buying and selling coins and they're easier lo find than collectors so why .not try a dealer? Q. I've Iried for six months without success tft get a slop sign on K. 12th or some trees trimmed back at the in- tersection if S. I2tn aid Marshall. Even though you stop at the sign on Marshall, griig JM see traffic until yoi're cwnpWely lilo Ihe intersection. The street isn't Havily traveled bnt sav- ing MW life more HUB make ip the tost of tfce step sign. We've premised either a sigi S. 12th 4r the trees trimmed but far nothing has A. Traffic Engineer-Bud Taylor agrees one life saved is rforth more than a slop sign, says out there, even ..U.iUs'wTOtfgi" The city used lo hire college students lo drive around lown cutting back bushes and trees obstructing the view but it was discontinued because citizens didn't ap- preciate the boys trimming their bushes. Taylor says it takes the presence of a uni-. formed officer to get cooperation and the police department doesn't have an extra policeman lo send out on a bush (rimming' detail. i1 JJTkj.' X flB ,4, Came Tumbling Down The 97 year-old Remington Band Building in Syracuse, N.Y. is reduced to rubble in. five seconds Sunday afternoon by 210-poimds of nitroglycerin dynamite placed in 520 charges in the basement. In lop photo tlie center of the structure begins to crumble with Ihe initial blast, at center the charges take their loll and below, the former typewriter factory is reduced to wood and bricks. (AP'.Wire- phntQ) _______________________________ Rain The Li By LIZ MOORE. Reporter-News Stalf Writer The. light of dawn was layed" a while Monday morning as. Abilenians and Big Country residents awoke to dark skies and some noisy thunderstorms. The rains moved into Abilene shortly after 6 a.m. and were over by 7 a.m., leaving behind .47 inch, reported the National Weather Service. No damage or storm-related traffic problems Were reported by the Department of Public Safety. "THEY- WERE jjst welcome weather forecaster Jack Schnabel explaining that the showers were part of a -system which formed near Lub- bock at about 3 a.m. The system then moved southeast to Abilene where the storm began to dimin- ish.. It was approaching Brown- wood at 9 a.m. To about everyone in The Re- porter-News building, (lie storm seemed much worse than il ac- tually was since most telephone usage was halted. Attempts to call area correspondents and even sources within tlie city re- rulted in dead silence or nag- ging busy signals. Yet "not 25 cases" of tele- phone difficulties were reported throughout Abilene, according lo Sam Ogletree of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., and the weather-related problems with the telephones were confined to the newspaper. Ogletree explained that a crushed cable was being re- placed when the showers moved in and .the new cable got. Wet, resulting in. the interrupted serv: ice at The -Reporter-News. The storm, second1 for'' ihe weekend, brought the rain lotal up lo 6.62 for the year.. Normal precipitation through June 3 is 9.92 for the year. Abilene received only .72 inch of rain during May, more than three inches below normal. In May, 1973, thunderstorms were .reported on nine days, dropping a total of 1.38 inches. Abilerie's rain total for June, was 2-21 jnches, .which fell WEATHER U. t. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National WMrtier Service (Wwfwr Na p, fs J VICINITY ABILCNE radius) Chance of lo- nfghl and Tuesday. clear lo partly cloudy and warm 1hls alleinoon rtirough Tuesday. Soutti winds 10 to 20 mnb. HlgK this alferncon In Ih2 upper 805; row lonlghl middle 60s and high Tuesday nwr 90 Probability cf rain 30 per cent lonlgM and 20 per cent Tuesday Sunday p.m. Mondoy a.m. TEMPERATURES p.m. Msndoy i.m. 74 2.-CO (S e; !4 SI 81 77 74 Jt 73 72. tl 3OT t? W 71 7< 74 Jt High and lo.v [or U hours ending 9 a.m.: and fo. High and dole last 93 ar.a Sunsfil last nigM: sunrise todoy: sunset lonlghl: BoromeJcr reading al noon: 38.14 in. Humldily ot noon: 67 per cent Colson Admits Trial Tampering WASHINGTON (AP) -For- mer presidential aide Charles W. ;Colson ;pleaded guilty to- day lo a charge that he led an attempt to influence Ihe oul- conie of Ihe Daniel EUsberg Irial in 1971. Colson pleaded guiliy to a one-count grand jury indict- ment accusing him of obstruc- tion of justice. Olher- charges against Col- son related to the break-in at Ihe office of Ellsberg's psychi- alrist were dropped in the sur- prise court development. Indications were that charges against Colson in Hie Watergate cover-up also would be dropped. The new imHcrmtBl said Arrest Mode In Oil Pipe Case Abilene police arrested Edwin Italph Hoberls, 3318 High Meadows, 'at 10 a.m. Monday in his Petroleuni Building office on counts, of "theft of-stolen property" .and one count of "thefi by exercising control." Huberts" was indicted by a- District. Court grand jury last- week in connection with what Ihe law enforcement of- ficers have described as an or- gnnjzcd oil field pipe thefl ring. The indictment had been sealed by the grand jury, pend- ing arrest of Roberts. THE GRAND JURY had met in special session two weeks ago to interview' about two dozen subpoenaed witnesses in connec- tion with the investigation which officers said already had led to (he recovery of between and worth of stolen oil field pipe. Dist. Ally. Ed Paynter said last week the pipe theft investi- gation probably would continue for several months. The current grand jury has about three inontiis of its fcur-monUi term left. Colson attempted to Eet tlie original Ellsberg case "tried in the newspapers.'.' Ellsberg, a former Pentagon had been accuser! of leaking the Pentagon Papers tn the press. But Ellsberg was freed in early 1973 when Judge Mat- thew Byrne found misconduct by the government., in the case, citing wiretapping and the break-in at'tlie office of Dr. Lewis Fielding. The indictment to'which Col- son pleaded guilty said he de- vised and implemented "a scheme to defame and destroy the public image and credibili- ty of Daniel .Ellsberg and those engaged in the legal de- fense of Daniel Ellsberg..." Appearing before U.S.- Dis- trict Judge Gerhard Gesell, Colson said "my motives and purpose were to neutralize Dr. Ellsberg as an antiwar speak- er didn't-matler to me that he was. facing serious criminal .charges'." Colson said over the last.two years he has become "acutely aware" of what he had done. "I now know what it is lo be a defendant in a criminal case." Gesell set Colson's sentenc- ing for June 21. The maxi- mum penalty for the one-count indictment is five years in prison and a fine. Charges were still pending against Colson in the. separate Watergate cover-up case, but deputy special prosecutor Wil- liam S. Merrill said he would ask that they also be dropped. They are one count of conspir- acy to obstruct justice and one count of obslruction. Colson had pleaded innocent to those charges. Colson's guilty plea would appear to lessen the possibility thai other, defendants, known as the White House "plumb- in the Fielding break-in case could use national securi- ty as a defense. Tiey are former White House aide :John D. Ehrlich- man and three men convicted in tlie first Watergate trial, 0. Gordon Liddy, Bernard L. Barker and Eugenio A. Marti- nez. They, as Col.son was origi- nally, are accused of violating Fielding's civil rights. Ehr- lichman also faces a perjury charfc in Ihe plumbers case. during seven ays -of thunder- storms, National Weather.Serv- ice records show..' THUNDERSTORMS .tfcre con- siderably more active at1 their origin near funnels flirted close to several 'towns, ;ahcl, tftunder- storms pounded'.'hard at the Panhandle-Plains sector-in! West Texas during (lie accord- ing to Associated Press reports. The. -thundershowers, some- limes dumping-rain at rales up to two inches" pcrn" hour, ranged south: Big Bend coiintiyof. far West Texas and e.a s t d ,'ovcr'4 roughly the state. n; flewrriear Westbrook L'..'in .Mitchell ot Colo- as and eleclri- cal- characterized Ihe weekend's oilier late storm Sat- urday and early Sunday. For (he second lime within a See RAIN, Pg. 8A, 4 HMNED ABILENE Total Municipal .99 Tolal'fo'r Year 801 .20 1.00 2041 .80. 2318 River 1026 Dyess .46 ANS'ON ,60 1.76 .81 2.00 COLORADO .60 GOLDTHWAITE- HASKELL. KNOXC1TY MEHKEI, .00 NOODLE RANGER .Jd- RULE SNYDER 1.50 .50 SYLVESTER .10 2.01) Police Seize 2 At Parked Of Missing Man DALLAS (AP) Policemen lying in wait Sunday seized a man :ind a woman' (hey 'ac- cused of stalling to drive away in the parked.car of business executive Dan Bui-ney, wlio disappeared 21. Officers said a subsequent search of the couple's apart- ment turned up a set of keys which belonged lo Dan fiurney, 47, a senioi' vice president and general counsel of the LTV Corp. Detectives disclosed near midnight they also were ques- tioning a second woman, 20, to they said the man in custody linked the case. They said Hie man, 29, and his wonv.in companion, 21, were carrying a small child as officers (oak them into custo- dy during the afternoon in South Dallas. Detective C. L. Hallmaii said Ihere still were no clues to the whereabouts of liurncy. He said patrolmen first spot- ted the missing man's car about Ji a.m., chedked the li- cense plates and found Ihe lags had been issued for an- other vehicle registered in Fort Worth. Officers reported [hiding one of Ihe plales issued for Bur- ncy's car last Wednesday. They said (here was a third set of tags in the automobile when they searched it. "They're not talking and no charges have been (iled against Hallam said of (he man and woman seized in the car. Detectives said one of Hie keys on a chain identified us liurney's fit his office floor in the LTV Tower. Se- curity guards had inscribed. "Burney" on it. Investigator W. K. King of the. police missing persons unit said, without explanation, that officers suspected tlie Burney car may have been driven to Memphis; Tenn., and back during the past week. Durney's wife reported her husband disappeared last week. He was last seen the night of May 21 when he worked late at his office. A parking lot attendant told of seeing Burney drive away in his car. NEWS INDEX v Amusements 78 Business Mirror 9C Bridqs IOC Classified 5-9C Comics 4C Editorials 6A Horoscope IOC Hospilal Palients 5B Obituones 3C Spsrls 1.2C To Your Good Hcollh )OC TV t.oq 9C TV Scout 9C 3B Tardy Delegates In for Surprise AUSTIN (AP) Tardy delegates for the 2 p.m. ses- sion of Ihe Texas Constitution- al Convention today may get a sin-prise. Speaker Price Daniel .lr., convention .president, threat- ened Friday that if a working majority of delegates had nol registered in loday wilhin 10 minutes after roll call he would either accept a motion lo adjourn or a motion to put a call on the convention. A call on Ihe convention, if voted by those present, would send convention sergeants -at arms and" stale officers out looking for' absent delegates with orders to bring them into the convention hall. Such a call has never IKCII used during Ihis convention and rarely during legislative session. Daniel made his threat Fri- day as he chastised the dele- gates for their attendance ils. He said the convenlion had been starting aboul half an hour behind schedule each day because of difficiillies in gelling Ihe necessary two- thirds quorum, or 120 mem- bers, in Ihe hall. Daniel also urged Ihe dele- gates Friday to begin work at a.m. loday to Miake up for lime that has been lost by their laggard appearances. However, IJie delegates chose lo meel at 2 p.m. instead, by a 75-5J vole. When, and if, the convention gels under .way Ihis afternoon, it will continue debate on the General Provisions Article, specifically- the straggle be- Iwecn supporters of privav and public .beaches over an environmental section in the proposed new constitution.