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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron ll: 90TH YEAR, NO. 152 PHONE 6734271 AIHLENE. TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 12, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Preu Tulsa Blast Kills 9 at Oil Test Site TULSA, Okla. (API A dy- namile explosion which erupted as an oil company seismograph crew was conducting an experi- ment killed nine men Wednes- day evening. Sheriff's and Tulsa police of- ficers began Investigating at the first light til the day. Of- ficcrs said explosives on a truck apparently were igmtrd Wed- nesday night by sparks from a high-voltage electric line struck by a crane. Only one victim was immedi- Crowds Say Good by To Gen. de Gaulle Been la Long Time Clad in his uniform and helmet-from War I, 52 years ago, this old sol- dier attends ceremonies honoring America's veterans Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington. He wears dog tags, two medals and totes a gas mask. A name lag on his tunic identifies him as Joe Ambrose. His home town was unavailable. (AP Wirephoto) Angelo Chief Fined On Guilty Plea; SAN ANGELO (AP) The trial of San Angelo Police Chief Melvin James came to a sud- den halt today when James en- tered a pica of guilty to the charge of aggravated assault was fined At the same time he submitted his resignation. James was being tried for as- sault with intent to murder in connection with the wounding nf a 17-year-old Negro youth, John T. McNelly. The tnai began in 119th Dls- trict Court before a jury Mon- day. James was to have taken the stand today. During a morning conference, the state agreed to drop the assault to murder charge and James pleaded guilty to Hie les- ser charge of aggravated assault. Glen II. Lewis a.sscssed the fine. James testified Wednesday lhat, after he had arrested Mc- Nelly for taking part in a dis- turbance at a residence in the city, Lhe youth tried lo reach fur bis gun at the police station and there was a struggle. James said he was kicked in the groin and nearly fainted be- fore he fired twice in the youth's direction. "If he would have gotten my gun, I would have been at his James said. The police chief said he feared for his life. Asked by defense1 lawyer Tom Webb if he struck McNelly with his pistol, James replied, "Absolutely, I did not." Patrolman Richard Solf testi- fied that he and other officers had discussed making their testi- mony In the trial similar to one another's. Self said he discussed the case with other officers after the shooting, but they agreed not to give similar testimony. Another policeman, Rill Mur- ray, told the jury there had been much "side taking" in the police department since the last clrc- Uon of a police chief. He had overheard several offi- cers plotting to testify alike In order In get James removed from his post. Detective I.oil Ralentlnr hff warned hy that an Invrstlgalnr for the iU- Irlft attorney might "chancr thr lalliitlcs" on cloning worn by the youth the night of the shoot- ing. The police chief said that if McNclly's mother gave her son's shirt to Charles Martin, the investigator. Martin would change the bullet holes because he did not like James, Balentine testified. Martin is a former member of the city's police department. Defective Bonnie Plummer told the court that the defendant had asked him to confiscate Me- Nelly's clothing and "change the ballistics." Grandmother Joins Ranks Of Volunteer Smoke-Eaters MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Everyone laughed when grandmother Jeanne Crcemer applied to become a volunteer fire-fighter in this San Francis- co suburb, says Tamalpais Val- ley Fire Chic'f Richard K. 05- ivald. joking subsided when she started handling an ft- pound pressure hose like it was adds Oswald, who rec- ommended accepting her ns a volunteer. The department's board of directors agreed. Mrs. Crecmer, who has two married daughters and two young grandchildren, refuses to reveal her age, but insists "Anything that comes up, I'll tackle.'1 She says her physical dimen- sions of 5-foot-7 and IE pounds, arc comparable to those o( sev- eral male volunteer firomen ;n the department. "This is no women's libera- tion Mrs. Crccmcr "I just wanted to help." She got the several months ago when she learned Inn department was short of smoke-eaters and said sh? hoped her performance would be good enough to open ;he fire- Indicators Down At 4ih Hour End Industrials were down 62.1. transportation was ('own and utilities were dawn .23 at the end of fourth hour trading Thursday on the iVw York Slock F.ichanw. The New Com. posile down .27. Volume was T.TM.om Rhsrrs, reported the Abilene office nf Schneider, llcmct and llickmin, Inc. house door to other women, per- haps eventually as full-lime fi- rewomen. Her Uoyd. manacer of a retnil lumber firm, thinks it's a good idea. "There might be some dis- turbance when the fin- alarm goes off in the house, but I'm a deep he Mid. "Hcj- sidos, it's comfnrling that some- one is around who uou'.d knii-.v exactly what to do if a fire broke out while our grandchil- dren were here." By JOHN VINCOt'R Associated Press ffrller PARIS (AP) France said goodby today to Charles de Gaulle. In the magnificence of Notre Dame Cathedral, yet with the simplicity he ordained, world leaders joined thousands of Pa- risians at an austere Mass con- cluded with the Magnificat. De Gaulle's body was not at this Church of Our Lady, where the (all general once celebrated the liberation of Paris from the legions of Adolf Hitler. The body, remained at tho home vil- lage where he lived and died. And there, a few hours later, it was committed to the soil of France. Great crowds had gathered at the village of Colnmbey les Deun Eglises, but a simple buri- al in a country churchyard re- placed the military' pomP lnat Dcdaulle had rejected for the fi- nal ritual. Nonetheless scores of world leaders, including President Nixon, made the Notre Dame service the greatest su h gath- ering since the funeral of Dwight D. Eisenhower 13 months ago. And the bells of cathedrals and churches all over France sounded a requiem. Around the world, admirers of France's grca'.est leader since Napoleon called at French em- bassies and consulates to sign condolence books. Officials, dip- lomats and private citizens at- tended memorial services in Cairo, Jerusalem, Bonn and oth- er capitals. In Paris, the monarch? and the pnnces, the president, and the premiers fat on lillle plush chairs before In? altar of the BOO-year-old calhedr-l for the Bequiem Mass celebrated hy Francois Cardinal Marty, the archbishop of Paris. DC Gaulle's name was pron- ounced only four times in 45 minutes of prayer for his soul. There was no eulogy, no playirg of taps, no symbolic catafalque. This simplicity hewed to the strong-willed general's wishes, expressed in instruction! he wrote in 1952. About of them invited into the limestone interior ef the cathedral. The h'gh vaulted ceil- ing and the mighty pillar; hold- ing up the galleries alnr.g t'-e nave were brightly lit televi- sion lights. Tho crowd pressed under the galleries, restrained hy police, and prayed aloud as the cardinal ccli-Dratcd the Mas.s. Thousands more f IVd the sur- rounding gray streeis and the esplanada in front oi the cathe- dral on the lie de ia Cite, in the middle of the Sninr. Mnc thou- sands lined the boulevards through which the olficial guests traveled to the cathedral. The world's representatives ranged from Emperor Ilaile Se- lassie of Ethiopia, a liny, aged figure in beribboncd military uniform, lo Prince Charles Britain, whose ycuth and bright complexion stood oat among the elders, many of them Da Gaulle's contemporaries. Former British Prime Minis- ters Anthony Avon Harold Macmillan. for- mer Israeli Prenv-n- David Ben-Gurion, former West Grr- man Chancellors Ludwig Er- hard and Kurt Kiesinger who had dealt with Ue Gaulle in their time in power- sat behind the chairs of the present-day president and pre- miers. Among them were Presi- dent Nixon and Soviet President Nikolai V. Podgorny. ately identified. He was David K. Ellis. :fi. Tulsa, who had been employed by the Pan American Petroleum Corp. about five months. The explosion occurred at Ihf1 Pan American's Bird Creek teeing site in northeast Tulsa County. A company official said the crew was conducting an ex- periment on an underground geologic fracture. Pan American spokesmen said they could not determine in darkness what had exactly hap- pened. "We will have lo reconstruct the whole said one company official. The blast apparently occurred shortly before 6 p.m. and shock waves were fell in a wide area. However, it was some time be- fore the source of the explosion was discovered. A Tulsa County sheriff's office dispatcher said ilic first persons on the scene were members of a power company crew looking for a broken electrical line. The truck, being used by the seismograph crew in drilling a test hole, w-as demolished. A drilling truck and a van also were ripped apart. Several sheds. used for storage of explosives, were near the site of the blast and fear of other explosions led authorities lo blockade the area for several hours. Dynamite is used by seismo- graph crews to make soundings for oil deposits. Watchers Killed As Gas Explodes By JOHN R. SKINNER HUDSON, Ohio (AP) A ser- ies of explosions in a manufac- tured gas firm here today killed four persons, including a moth- er and her two children. Police said at least 12 tanks were involved. Three plant buildings were, destroyed and five trucks cither destroyed or damaged. Although metal fragments rained down on the neighbor- hood there was no damage re- ported to nearby buildings, though residents of a five-block area around the plant were evacuated. WEATHER" U. I. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE National WfarMr strvict (Wllli-tr wig Pt. APILENE AND VICINITY in a-.ii warm Tf-uryiiy Th-rsday r H rttr m JC'I. H SI frwjly ft.VI. W n idar p m. Thunday am. ro t co W 31 X ro 11 u r, I a-o I! rfis TO at noftn There was no Immediate esti- mate of damage from the dawn blasts In this community 10 miles north of Akron. The dead were identified as Mrs. Robert Hlachly, 30. and her daughters, Audra and Pau- la, ages 2 and 1, all of Hudson. The fourth person believed trapped in tho rubble was not immediately identified. Robert Blachly. 31. the father was listed in serious condition at Akron's St. Thomas Hospital. Also in serious condition at the hospital was Donald Wil- liams, 21, a truck driver for the Hudson Fuel Gas Corp. The Blachly family was driv- ing by the plant in a small for- eign car when the auto was hit by the blr.st of nn exploding fuel tank. Hudson Fire Chief Biihard Myers said a five-bloik area nrnund the plant was evacuated before Hie flames and explo- sions were brought under con- trol. Police Chief John Fctzer said a police dispatcher received a call from an unidentified person who reported "I'm at Fuel Gas. Thorp's a fire. Oh, my dod." ard then apparently left the phone. Deputies said tho village's c-lectricity turned off to lesson the possibility nf further da ma go. area fire department? wero reported called to the scene. MRS. nioiEY succeeds late husband Boys Ranch Board Homes Mrs. Richey ToHusband'sPost Mrs. Ben Richey has been namc-d superin- tendent ol Abilene Boys Ranch and will continue In provide continuity to the Ranch operations. The announcement was made Thursday by Randall C. Jackson, president of Boys Ranch, following a meeting of the Executive Committee of Ihe Board of Directors. She succeeds her husbad. ex-city commissioner Ben liichey. founder of the boys ranch, who died Thursday, Nov. 5 alter an apparent heart attack. CONTINUING service with Mrs. Richey in Ihe operation of the Ranch will bo Mr. ard Mrs. C. J. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Hall D. Burns, Mr. and Mrs Vireil Antho-y and Jessie Mae Dairy. Mrs. Dairy has been at the ranch for 20 years. Mrs. Richey was born in Pecan Gnp moved with her family to Gainsville. where she graduated from high school. attended special educational classes at SMU in Dallas which included business a d psychology and human relations course. IIF.Il FIltST employment was with Postal Telegraph Co. in Pallas, where she met ani married Ben Richey. After moving to Abilene, Mrs. Richey worked for five years with Texas Hide and Metal Co. before joining her husbard in operation of the Abilene Boys Ranch. Mrs. Itichey is a lifetime member of the J.tycettcs. and former member of the Altrusa Club and Opti-Mrs. She is a member of the Wylic Mc'.hodist Church. IN OTHER ACTION by Ihe Executive Committee, a resolution was passed commending the late Mr. Richey and Mrs. liichey for their many years of dedication to the Abilene Boys Ilanch and the boys lhat tho ranch has served. The resolution further expressed its sympathy to Mrs. Richey, their ton David, and the Richey family. IEWS INDEX A t 12A CUSincii 1 '12-15C 1C E.JT'f hcrocnrc 9A H-lDtd r 6A On.ar.cs 6 EC Ti Yrur 2C TV Lev] 3C 2-iB NE Census Use Queried in Ratings on Wealth I5v EI.I.IK HLTKI-R 0. At work vtr use a Hagner-Cnlc In one section. It has a Wealth Haling" of each trading zinc which lists hnw uralthy n family Is. It stales at the beginning: -with the help of the U.S. Census Ilurraa data, Mock canvassing and Heal KMate each trading zone has hern ralnl according in Ihf amage of all the f.imlly residences In the 7nne." The Census form I ll'lfd nut staled all irfnrmatlon was confidential. What I want In know Is If Ilie Census Bureau Is supposed to ho sorrel, Mhy do Ihry give nut such personal Information lo illreclorlrs? A. ll's secret in that the figures aren'l broken down by Individual families, and Ihc names of Individuals aren't given to anyone nuWdc- the Census Bureau. For example, your personal family Income wouldn't lie made public InformJtlon, even though the average income for all Ihosr living In your zone or Jeriion w.is revealed. IJ. H hat HIJ Iht price ol collon Uie high and low would he sufficient between 1U5 and IMJ? A. The New York spot price for Basis Mid-llir.g "V cotton between 1895 and rnnicd from a low of 5.31 cents per pound to a high of cents. The low was recorded fon-.rtimc (luring the 1R98-M crop and the high sometime during tho ra-M season, according to the New York Cot'on I'.Ychangc. It added Ihis hit of mfn might interest you. Prior to lOll-IMh" cotton crop season related lo the 12 month periMl erded August .11. Since then it has iplated to the 12 month ponod ending .My 31. Q. I'm 1H jr.irj old and a high scnnnl dropout. I look the OKI) list and passed. Now what I nod lo know. Is thrrr anywhere I ran lake typing and shorthand? I can'I alford lo go to a Business College. Mould It he possible lor me to sll-ln on rlasscs it one ol the high schools or I want In Irarn and shorthand to I ran A. You can audit college courses half the normal tuition, hut jour is the Ad'ill High School program. Connor llotun.'on will Rive you the details; him .1 ring at A77-14II. The evening school program offers typing and shorthand at per semester por class. The next session starts in January: classes nn Monday, Tuesday and Thursday eicninss a; Abilene High. IVh.il happened lo the old rliopplng We hate three large Irm aliTpih do limbed, ready for chopping, sawing nr lowing, lying In mir backyard and no ono wanls Iliem! We've asked "I people If thry know ol someone whn could uke Ihrm for firewood. Kill KUDK. and Ihry always say, "We don't have n chain saw" or "Are Ihry or som? Foci thing like lhat. I ran remember my dad using an old saw tint man Is on ono ond and another man nn (he other pushing and pulling until (he whole hit was done. Where are all Ihe he mon nowadays'.'.' A. They're nut earning a hung and dnn't have lime left lo chop wood. Aller hearing much moaning and groaning from Mr. Action Line, who decided to chop-it.himself this >rar, we conclude that at a minimum ol VI to rent a hain .saw, it is not only I'M easier but ll's almost cheaper In buy ,1 mid and hivo II delivered In Ihe li.ick donr. Urt the other he men also decided this. Hut in case there's still running around looking for wood to chop, we'll give him jour name. Could you please tell me how IT preserve a mum? I got a beautiful double mum for my high school's recent hnmrcomnj and I'd like In Iry In prison o II, If possible. I've heard it can ho urappcil In a plastic and placed helvioen Ihe pages nl a hook, but I'm wandering If this would work. A. It won't. Plastic retains moisture and will cause the mum to rot. Place it bctwrt.i two large bonks without the plastic. Or, J you'd like lo be really professional, here's Ih" method used by florists: Hake a large pan full of sand overnight in oven, on warm. Cool it, men completely cover your mum (top and bottom) with sand. 1-ot It set for a couple weeks, when >ou remove the flower it will have Its natural color, says Harriett l.mcl.uly, Abilene florist. Aditrrss questions In Action Unr. Boi .in, Ahllcnr, Texas 7MDI. will not ho used hut qurMlons must he tlgnrd ,-inrl addresses glirn. Plrasr. Include telephone numbers If possible. I ;