Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH.YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH :YEAR, NO. 142 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS; 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 7, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Prnt (IP) By ELL1E RUCKER Electric Cars: 60 Years Behind Gas ELECTRIC AUTO MODEL most cost about Q. Where .would I find Information on.: electric cars or where would I write (6 find out how much (hoy cost and where (hey can be bought? A. AL leasl 20 or 30 manufacturers are struggling' to make it in. the electrical car market. Scbring Vanguard, Inc. makes a neat little Citicar.that supposedly costs you hall a cent -a mile to .drive. For information wile the sales division at PO Box 1963; Sebring, Fla 33870. Most electric cars cost around can be recharged.qverniglit, have a range or 60 miles (but some go as (ar as 100' without a re-cliarge) and can beat it down Hie highway at speeds froni 40 to 60 mph. They're most practical (or around-town driving. The electric car business today Is at the stage gasoline-povvered-autoniobiles were 50 or CO years ago, says who has a fascination lor Hie cats.and has made them his hbbb'y. Valkcnaar Is -sending you a copy of "Electric Vehicle which vrill an- swer a lot of your questions. Q. I saw Jerry Jeff Walker at the concert and would tike to know.where li> write him. Does be'have a perma- nent home residence or does be just wander from friend to friend? A. Write Jerry Jeff Walker in care of Alhena Enterprises Inc., Agent George Can-oil, 1515 Monroe St., Denver, Colo. 80200. Hopefully he has sonic sort of resi- dence. Wandering from friend to friend can be hazardous. As some wise ole guy once said, "A friend in need.. .is a pcsl." Q. Miracle Maid cookware replace- ment parts can be ordered from the home office: Miracle Maid Division of West Bend Co., 480 W. Washington Si., West Bend, WIs. 53W5. Sounds like your reader's set is pretty old; she way not find exaclly what she needs bnl anyway that's (he place to write. Tin foil on a pressure cooker, Meed. Do you know what a pressure cooker A. Well, this country was founded on the concept that if you ain't gol-iinprovise. Somehow we haven't found the knack ol locating ttiesc cookware companies but readers always help us. Thanks for com- ing Ihrough. Meanwhile, we discovered a local Mira- cle Maid dealer v.'Iio has offered to order the pressure cooker lid for the lady if she will get in touch with him. We've sent you his name and plione number. Her line of cookware was discontinued but.the local dealer knows where to get the part she needs. Q. I was somewhat concerned, lo say the least, by your statement, "Anything birds eal, humans can eat." Where dirt you get Ihls? It could mislead people Into some regrettable situations. F.lrds commonly eat poke, pokeweed or pokcbcfry. The berries are poison- ous to humans, especially children. Birds sometimes eat the fruits of mistletoe, although several deaths among children have been attributed to eating the berries. I haven't tried (hem and I don't know anybody that has and it may be the berries have been falsely accqsed. On (he other band I wouldn't recom- mend eat (hem. But there could be recent Information Indicating neither are poisonous bave missed it. This would not surprise me. A You may have a point; sometimes our' answers arc far Ihe birds and we (hank you for trying to keep Lei's start all over. GENERALLY SPEAKING, what birds eat, humans can eat Better? According to a book called "Modern Herbal" In the possession of Dr. Clark Stevens, head of biology at ACC, the poke- weed root Is more poisonous than he berry although both pokeweed and misUe- 1 toe berries are somewhat poisonous, In- slances have, been reported where chil- drch ate them in excess, causing convul- sions and too many pokebcrries can act as a purgative. But just a few of cither berry would not cause any great harm. Address questions lo Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 7JSW. Names will iot be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please In- 4udc telephone lumbers If possible. Sirica Hints at Nixon Videotape By MIKE SHANAHAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica said today that former Presi- dent Richard M. Nixon's testi- mony'in the Watergate cover- up trial may have to be taken on videotape in .California. Sirica made the comment after Nixon's attorney, Her- bert J. Miller, reported to Siri- ca it'will be at least two or three months before' Nixon can exert' any. "substantial menial or physical effort." Reporting on Nixon's health 'as required by, Sirica, Miller 'said -it will be "an indetermi- pant time" before travel any'..'significant' dis- in Long Wednesday to have contracted a slight case: of pneumonia, further complicating his condi- tion. He underwent' surgery last rwcek for a blood clotting condition, Miller s a I d lie spoke with Nixon's personal physician, Dr. John Lurigfen, .who .gave him a detailed description of Nixon's condition. Miller said Nixon is likely to remain hospitalized for anoth- er 10 days or two weeks. "Because- of the patient's weakened Miller said, "it is expected that Ihe earliest'time he could partici- pate, wjthout a serious danger to his health, in any .activity requiring substantial mental or physical effort would be two to three months." The report also noted that only members of Nixon's family ave allowed lo visit for only five minutes of each hour. "The patient is very weak and easily Miller said. Based on Miller's report, Sirica said, "it may be that someone will have lo go to San Clemente and lake his de- position on vidaolape." Sirica emphasized, however, Lhat he liad made no final decision on how-to get Nixon's testimony. Nixon has been subpoenaed by boLli the prosecution and by defendant John D. EUrlich- man. The prosecution has in- dicated that it hopes to. be able lo make its case without Nixon's testimony. Serious Illness Brings Ordeal pajn DgnArf 'Somebody Has Got to See Me' For October No Surprise 'By LIZ MOORE Reporter-News Staff Writer By 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mrs. Hoberl Bruton hoped her nightmare might be over. Most people would not view admission into a hospital for treatment of n serious illness in quite that way. For Mrs. Bruton, loo, it wasn't the end of her prob- lems. But at least she was resting quietly in bed, await- ing the results of tests and reflecting on the past week when she had desperately sought medical help with no success and much frustration. Six hours before, the 27- year-old brunette sat in her south Abilene trailer home, Ihe telephone book resting heavily in her lap. S1IK SPOKU, sometimes an- grily, sometimes with quiet desperation, her 'words inter- rupted-only, by-her-lwo-lillle uoys who fussed for her atlen- lion. "I'm waiting for'the doc- tors' offices to ppenj" she ex- plained. "Somebody has got to sec me. I'm getting weaker and dizzier and sicker and I know it's because I've lost so much blood. "I know doctors have lo make a Ihey have families to support, Mrs. Brulon said. "But Ihey do make a living and according Ui that Hippocratic oath, they're supposed to treat you whether you have money or not." Then she spilled out her (roubles of becoming ill, of trying to find a doctor who would help her get into a hos- pital and of being told by re- ceptionisls that she could be seen next January. Mrs. Unifon believes most of her problem is being poor. She and her liusband have three children and she said they are all living on J316 a month with no welfare assis- tance. The ordeal began two weeks ago, she said. "EVERYTHING was fine after I gpt.up one day unlil I began fixing Mrs. Bruton1 salo. I started hemorrhaging real Thinking .it might be a heavy menstrual cycle, she didn't worry until .after tlie seventh day. "I'd get up for two or three hours and then the same thing would she said. "I began calling doctors' of- fices and they'd say, 'I can't take you until such-and-such a time'." Then she told of her symp- toms lo a friend, a nurse at llendrlcl; Memorial Hospital wlio advised her to go to Ihe. .emergency room there be- cause, Mrs. Bruton said, (he nurse "didn't like the sound of it. "My mother Jiad Mrs. Erulon explained1. "It was the same way.with her and that's why Fin worried. "It's.not that I'm afraid lo die. Everyone, has to die she said. "But I've, got-three small .children tlie oldest.is 7 and they need me." MRS. BRUTON'S despera- tion increased after her visit to the H e n d r i c k Hospital emergency room, only add pi htk Patient ss "I saw the doctor on call there and he gave me a pre- scription for slie said. But he also said that.she probably needed-surgery and to come see him when she had the money, Mrs. Bruton re- called. She had no confidence in the MRS. ROBERT BRUTON happy to be in hospital doctor.' Tlie same doctor, she said, hail failed to diagnose her hepatitis when she was in her third pregnancy and she nearly j lost her life and her baby. She said she looked into'get- ting financial aid from, the West T e x a s Rehabilitation Cenler. "But you have lo get a tor lo refer she said. "Most .of the agencies here are the same way, and I can't even get a doctor because they're all too busy with peo- ple who'have money." She said she has known oth- er people who had troubles, similar to hers, in gelling medical help. One man, Mrs. Brutoii said, had severely injured his back, but he was told to raise the money first to get treated. This took a week, Communication Said Medical Key By LIZ MOORE Reporter-News Slaff Writer Abilene physicians and hos- pital officials expressed con- cern Ihis week over the plight of Mrs. Robert Bruton, who claimed her pleas, for medical attention were ignored. But all of the professionals said that none of her troubles should-have happened. A past president of the Taylor-Jones. County Medical Society said that Mrs. Bruton could have obtained a list of doctors who would have taken her case from the Society. The physician who treat- ed her in the emergency room .at llendrick Memorial Hospi- tal claimed he had said noth- ing about money. Two Hendrick officers said they have never turned away a patient needing emer- gency treatment because the patient lacked money. AND ALL OF the men blamed a lack of comrmniica- tion somewhere along the line in Mrs. Brulon's search for help. "I sympathize with Ihe woman, but I can't see that this should have said Dr. Wayne Ramsey Jr., Abilene radiologist and past president of the medical socie- ty. He explained that the Socie- ly's secretary maintains a list of doctors who will take on or need new patients. The list' is kept up lo dale following regu- lar surveys, he sriid. "Of course there are doctors 'who1 can't take'.'on additional patients because of their.pre- sent load or some other rea- he'said. More important, Dr. Ram- scy said, he a patient turned down at Hen- drick ;for emergency -treat- ment because of finance. He explained that the pa- tient can not ask to be admil- ted for such help, but that the recommendation of a doctor is always honored. HE SAID that the hospitals must have. some screening procedures since incliid-" ing Memorial, and West Texas Medical Center, are pri- vate. And here Dr. namsey had a good word for Ihe pri- vate hospitals. "Abilene is one of the few places where the citizens have not paid a hospital lair to sup- port a district he observed. "Abilene citizens have never had to pay this expense." Hendrick's senior vice presi- United Way Countdown Days Left Goal: Raited to date: dent, Dick Spalding, also pointed, vu ttheir sta- .that.they can no'l support "the whole charity load." "Eveiybody is accountable for his own.bill he said. "We are going to ask for deposits; we're going to ask for insurance, for whatever it takes lo show some financial responsibility. "But I don't remember one case in the face of an emer- gency that we've turned down in our 50 years Spald- ing said. lie said that they have taken many charity cases, since that is unavoidable. He explained that to reveal Ihe annual dol- lar amount of the load would be against hospital ethics. Hendrick president Boone Powell Jr. said, too, he could not remember refusing an emergency case. He also said that many peo- ple must have "a third party payer" when it comes time to reckon the bill. But there are many sources for this, he said, including the stale de- partment of welfare which maintains a table of poverty income levels eligible for fin- ancial assistance in some pro- grams. REGARDING Iho emergen- cy room episode, Mrs. Bru- ton's attending physician said lhal he would never say "one word about since his work there is part of a service operated by doctors rotating duty.' "We -do not say one word about money, because that's something we do for the good of he stated. "She.would have been asked at the desk if there was any question about her ability lo pay." Recalling [lie case, the phy- sician also said lie was con- cerned about her illness and prescribed the antibiotics for wlTat he thought might be an infection. "f gave her strict instruc- tions lo get back to me in four he said, '-but she didn't. I got no follow-up." The doctor said that a per- son should never try to find a physician by going dosm a phone book. One should check with the medical society, he advised. "Awl of he said, "we urge people to get a doc- tor before there is-an emer- gency." 1WS INDEX Amusemenls 7D Business Mirror...........8A Business Notes........... 6A Bridai: 9C Classified 3-6D "Comics................2D Ediloriols............... 4A Horoscope.....'........... 6B Hospital Poticnls 8C Obituaries 3A SpDrts 1.2.6C To Your Good Hcollh......78 TV Loq 70 TV Seoul 7D Women's News srafl phola 6y John BeiT slie said. Mrs. Bruton said she has no family left who can help her and the only person she-can depend on is her husband. HUT HOBERT Brulon [s having problems of his own. An apprentice in e c h a n i c earning an hour, Bruton was trying to get; established, in the field when he was in- jured in an automobile acci- dent in April. Brulon has not been able to work since then, although he lias been able to recuperate at home. They are hoping lo get fin- ancial relief from two insur- ance policies, but the jxilicies are tied up in court wilh a hearing scheduled for Nov. 15, Mrs. Bruton said. The Ihey get every (wo weeks is from an allotment and Ihey don't know how long it will continue. Before her pregnancy and then her illness, Mrs. Rruton was a bartender and a wait- ress. "My lillle boy gels free lunches at school, but we don't Sec PATIENT, Pg. IDA, Col. 3 WEATHER" U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National WeaUier Service (Wealher Mop, Pg. 8-C) AOILENE AND VICINITY (lO-mile Cloudy vullh a slight chance ol shoivers today, loniqht and Fnday. A litlle warmer Fridoy. Easterly and south- easterly winds 7 lo I? mph. High this c Kef HBO a in the mid 50s, tonight in the upper 40l. High FricToy in 60s. Probability of rain ?0 per cent loday IHrough Friday. High and fow lor 24 tndlng a.m.: SB end J6, High and same dole last year: tQ and 60. Sunns? today sunscl tarughl: Si-M, Sunrise tomorrow: National Weather Service forecasters issued the October- weather summary w'liipn indi- cated, that rainfall Was. 2.46 inches above nonnal. A total of 5.06 inches fell on the oily in October, almost twice the expected amount. The greatest amount in a 24- hour period fell on-the J3lli and 14lh. Rainy days: 7, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 28, 38, 31. October was also slightly cooler than normal' with an average temperature of 64.6. Normal is 66.1. No records were broken that month. Aver- age high: 74.9; 54.2 de- grees. THE HIGHEST temperature was 83 on the 9tli and '10th; the lowest, 41 on th3 16th. There were 13 clear days, five partly cloudy days and 13 cloudy days. There was sunshine for 63 pe r cent of the ivaUable'day- light hours, 229 of 352. wind speed was fastest eom- ing out of the south at 35 mph on Oct. 4. Average November temper-' a lures should be 54 degrees mean, high, 42.7 low. Rainfall normal is 1.20 bill dial was matched Thursday. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport Total for Year Normal for Year 2102 Boechwood 901 Piedmont Dyess AFB Lake Abilene Lake Phantom Hill Lake Kirby AVOCA BAIRD BA LUNGER BRECKENHIDGE BROWNWOOD CISCO CLYDE COAHOMA COLEMAN COLORADO CITY COMANCIIE CROSS PLAINS DE LEON EASTLAND aOLDTHvVAITU HAMLIN HAWLEY LAWN 11ERKEL PAINT ROCK RANGER HOCKDALE liOTAN SEYMOUR STAMFORD SWEKTWATER TUSCOLA WESTBROOK WINTERS .40 31.74 21.65 .45 .35 .35 .72 .22 .25 Tr. .50 .10 .49 16 .10 .30 1.00 Tr. .20 Tr. ..SO Tr. .70 Tr. ..IS -.20 '.20 .90 .21 Tr. .10 Tr. .10 .30 30 .10 .90 Rainfall Edges Up With Overnight .40 Four-tenths of an inch of light rain fell on Abilene through the night primarily due lo wet, warm air overrun- ning a cool air mass from the north. .The. additional .40 Inch Wednesday nighl and Thurs- day morning brought the total for the month to 1.18, just .02 inch short of Ihe normal in the first week of November. A CHANCE OF RAIN is ex- pected lo exist in the Abilene area Ihrough Friday while the rain pattern shifls sUiwly east- ward, forecasters at Na- tional Weather Service said Thursday morning. The weathermen said most of the rain, .36 inch, fell be- fore midnight with a light drizzle throughout the early morning hours accounting for Ihe remainder. The total for the year is creased to 31.74, which is 10.00 inches above the normal for the year through Thursday, 21.65 inches. Forecasters said they expect slightly warmer temperatures Friday. Thursday morning's ,low was 48, eight degrees higher than Wednesday morn- ing's low.