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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS, OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR'WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. ,150 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Press By ELLIE RUCKEIT Photos Still Awaited AfterMay 25 Wedding Q. My husband' and I were married May la. An Abilene firm look our wedding pictures which we have re- ceived but we're having problems get- ting pictures that our friends, parents and other relatives ordered. Our very last order was sent the first week In Augnsl. It is November (12 weeks since (he last.order) and still no word concern- ing them. I called tbe owner of the photography studio before my hus- band and I moved to Huntsville, was told they should be In any day. My mother called a monlh later and was (old Ihe. same thing. We are tired of all this delay, espe- cially since all our checks have been cashed. We sometimes things get hung up in (be processing plant but 12 weeks? A. Here's the story as tola Action Line by your photographer. The negatives were sent to an out-of-state laboratory tor de- veloping. The Abilene studio has verifica- tion Hie negatives arrived at the lab. They should have been retunicd in 24 hours. They weren't, and die studio is concerned about it. A tracer will be put on the pictures by the lab since they were mailed there. "Occasionally it happens that pictures arc lost in the mail and if the package is not located thci'e's no way can replace the pictures since all the negatives arc.in the. package. But when this has happened before, we've always managed to locate tlicni one way or says the studio owner. If for some reason Hiey don't turn up, the studio will refund your money. Q. When was Abilene founded and by whom? Which side of ibo Iracks was originally the first side? A. If we say north, you're gonna say south is the "wrong side of the tracks" and vice-versa. Actually the town grew up in a cluster around the HR depot with lents and wagons and eventually houses on both sides. But the very first two lots Hold were on the north. The Abilene Re- porter-News warehouse on Pine aiid N. 2nd SI. now sits on the first lot ever sold In Abilene. T St. P Railway could conceivably be Called the founder. It was the railroad's idea. The railroad started towns every so often lo generate business. Our founding fathers were: Col. J. Sloddard Johnston who laid out the town, twin brothers Clabc and-John Merchant, S. L. Chalk, John T. Berry and John Simpson. Abilene's official birlhdate was .March 15, 1881, when the town lot sale was held, according to that great best seller. "Abi- lene on Catclaw by Hcporter- Nc-ws columnist Katharyn Duff. Q. I go bacfr and forlh on N. toward ACC Hill ami the railroad (hat crosses between Treadaway and the creek bridge sure is rough. Does (he city fix railroad crossings inside city limits or is it the railroad's responsi- bility? It's causing all sorts of trouble to cars. A. When crossings become rough tn the po'int of being impassable, section crews re-work (hem wilh new'boards', raised tracks and so forth. Apparently the rail- road people feel this particular crossing is not loo bad; it was re-worked only about six months ago. However, the stalion will report your complaint to Ihe track supervisor and he'll'take another look at it. The agent says there's just no way to take a railroad track .across a highway and keep it absolutely smooth. Address questions to Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 19601. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please in- clude Idephonc numbers if possible. Ely Boulevard Gets a Million A gronf .of over o million dollars for city streets will be used for Judge Ely Blvd. and crews are at work now on the project. Story and picture on Pg. IB. NEWS INDEX Amusements 11D .Bridge........... 6A Business Mirror -1 D Classified 2-9D Comics ...........6C Editorials .........4A Horoscope ........9A Hospital Palients 2B Obituaries 8A Sports 1-5C, 7C To Your Good Health 7 A Travel 6-7B. TV Log.......... 5B TV Scout 5B Women's News 3-4B World Food Request Rejected by President Charged in Family's Deaths H A Suffolk County, N.Y., Homicide Squad detective escorts Ronald 1. right, after he was hooked Thursday night on charges, of .murdering six members of his family. DeFeo, 23, charged with six counts of secbnd-'degree murder in the shooting deaths of his father, and two sis- ters at their Amityvillc, N.Y., home. (AP Wirephoto) Son Arrested in Sloyings Of Six Family Members ifAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) The son of an aulo service manager has been arrested and charged wilh falally shooting liis father, mother, and four brothers and sisters while Ihey slept in their ex- pensive Island home. Ronald DeFeo Jr., 23, was booked Thursday night at po- lice headquarters here on six counts of second-degree mur- der. Suffolk County Deputy Po- lice Commissioner Koberl c. Itapp said all six victims were shot from close range as they slept in their iedrooms of the family's house in Anu- lyville, N.Y. The murder weapon was not Jound (luring a search of the grounds, Amityville Creek be- hind the house, the family's swimming pool, Great Soulh. Bay nearby and garbage cans in the well-to-do residential neighborhood. However, police said "cer- tain items of .physical evi- dence" that were linked to the defendant had recovered. But no motive for Hie slayings was offered, as Ttapp declined lo discuss evidence in the case. After DeFeo. summoned po- lice lo Ihe three-slory house around 6 p.m. Wednesday, they found the bodies of Tion- aJd J. DeFeo Sr., 43, and his wife Louise, 42, in Ihe master bedroom. Each had been shot Iwice in back. In a single bedroom on the same floor was the body of a daughter Allison, 13, slain with a single bullet in the back of the head. The bodies.of Mark 11, and John, 9, were found in another sccoTid-floor bedroom that they shared. Each was shot once in the back. And the eldest daughter, IS, died ill her third- floor bedroom from a bullet lo of her head. All.the victims were clad in niglilclothes and there was no indication that Iliey put up a struggle or that someone had forced entry into the house, police said. The six apparently were slaitrin (heir sleep -between 10 ay and early Wednesday morning, said er Howard A'delnian. As police reconstructed the events, the entire family was home Tuesday night ra'n.d Eon- aid Jr. left at an unspecified time Wednesday morning to report for work at the aulo dealership in.Brooklyn owned by his maternal grandfather, Michael Briganle. The elder DeFeo was "service manager at Ihe firm. Investigators said young' DeFeo left work around.1 p.m.. Wednesday and went back to Amityvillc. The bartender at Henry's a block away Irorii Ihe home, said Ronald Jr. had several drinks Wednesday af- lernbon, left and came back around 6 p.m. By HILMt TOKOS Associated Press Wriler HOME (AP) Citing infla- tion and oilier domestic con- siderations, the White House has turned down a request for an'immediate increase of one million tons in world food aid, a U.S. official said today. The decision seemed sure to spark criticism from many participants in the World Food Conference who already feel the meeting has done .nothing concrete toward countering starvation. The announcement w a s made by. Anne L. Armstrong, counselor to President Ford and third-ranking member of the U.S.-delegation to Ihe con- ference. She said the one million-Ion grant would have a commer- cial .value of about mil- Southerly Air Seen Saturday Increasing cloudiness and milder temporal ures are fore- cast for Saturday because of the return of southerly air into the Big Country. A large high pressure dome, centered in East Texas early Friday morning, has reversed the northerly wind flow bring- ing wanner, moist air into I lie region. BECAUSE OF THE in- creased in o i s t u r e, clouds should cover the area by Sat- urday allowing wanner tem- peratures. Tile trend is expect- ed to spread eastward across the stale.as'the high pressure moves'that way. Alsq-be'cause of the souther- ly air flow, temperatures did not reach inlo the 30s as expected Friday morning) Instead the mercury dipped lo 35 and is expected to drop inlo Hie mill 40s Saturday morning, as compared lo Thursday's high of 50 degrees. WEATHER U. i. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Wealher Service (Wwitlier Mop, Pq- 2B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10 milt radius) Fafr today. Increasing cloudi- ness [onlglil becoming moitly 'cloudy today and fonight. Mild Saturday. Southerly winds ID to M mpti. High loday In Ifie Ms. Low loniaht in 1hc rnld 40s. High Saturday in 1ht mid Ms. High and lor 24 hours ending f a.m.: 50 ond 3A. High and low some date last year: 70 and a. Sun.-lsc today: sunset tonight: Sunrise tomorrow: lion, and would have boosted lolal U.S. food aid this year to million tons. Mrs. Armstrong said the House decision was based on domestic considera- tions and what such an in- crease in aid would have on inflation and prices in Ameri- ca. She said the request came at a lime when the "American housewife is having a tough lime meeting her own budget. American citizens are. having a tough time feeding Iheir own families." Tlie request that U.S. lood aid be nearly doubled in value was sent to Ford by Agricul- ture Secretary Earl L. Bulz at the lu-ging of Democratic -con- gressional leaders in Rome (or the conference. But Bulz had said Ihe U.S. government full from the start that the conference was not meant, "to spend a great deal of lime discussing Ihe immedi- ate food aid problem." llrs. Armstrong said the White House "stands by the original decision which had been gone.over and over and over before the conference." She called e request "un- just" and said in food aid the United Slates'was "second to none." The Ford administration said repeatedly it was time for the newly rich oil exporting nations to help pay the food bill their needy neighbors in Asia and Africa, Bill no such pledges have been made. Mrs. Armstrong said prcs- sure for the request was based; on a "ccrlain amount of parli--" san politics." In pressing the U.S. tion lo ask for doubling of lui-.'.'.' manitarian aid, Sen. Hubert" II. Humphrey, D-lIinn., an ob- server to the conference, hart called the request Sen. George M c R o v e r n, D.-S.D., another observer, had- said the doubling of food aid was "imperative to' give this conference the lift it needs." "Tliis conference is bringing international awareness lo the food said Agricul- ture Minister A. T. Silva of Si'i" Lanka, formerly Ceylon, an; Asian island that is among the' countries most seriously af- fected by grain shortages. "But I don't think there will be enough lime to Like con-; cretc actions for the emergen- lie added. The conference ends Satur- day. Mrs. Armstrong said the re- quest for an Immediate one million-Ion increase in world food aid amounted to Hie Ford administration being in." She. are not non- compassionate" to the food needs of others, but said the' aim of the conference was to" implement 'long-range food, policies rather than winding" up as a pledging forum. 20 Ships Weapons TEL AVIV (AP) Premier Yilzhak Rabin said 20 SovicL ships were unloading weapons in "f would like to reveal what is perhaps a secret, that at this very momrat 29 Soviet ships are offloading amis in the Syrian port of Rabin laid a luncheon of Is- raeli engineers. He accused the Soviets of building tension in Ihe Middle East and stressed the impor- tance of keeping the U.N. peacekeeping force, between Israeli and Syrian armies on the Golan Heights. TJie mandate expires al Ihe end of this monlli unless it is renewed by both sides, Unload in U. S. Deficit Shrinks By Million By R? GREGORY N'OKES Associated Press 'Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The deficit in the U.S. balance of payments shrank consider- ably to million in the third quarter this year, the Commerce Department re- ported today. The improvement from a billion deficit in the sec- ond quarter.appeared due lo reduced levels of U.S.-'bank lending abroad at. the same lime that surplus oi! dollars conlimied to flow into Ihe country in substantial ahiounls. The balance of payments measures Uic over-all flow 'of money across U.S. borders and indicates the relative strength of tlie U.S. dollar in comparison with olher curren- cies. For example, if more money is flowing into the counlry-lhan out, the dollar is in a good position. An irony of. the figures is that although (he United States is paying four times as much for foreign oil purchases now Ilian a year ago. a large amount of the money is rein- vested in this country so the net loss is not as grcal as it could be. The Commerce Department said the. United States re- ceived aboul billion in short term investment funds from countries belonging to the Organizalion of Petroleum Exporting Countries an increase of billion from the second quarter of Ihe year. These funds have lo be re- paid eventually, of course, but as long as they are in Iliis counlry they count as a plus on the balance of payments index. Tlie Commerce Department said U.S. bank lending abroad declined by billion-in Ihe third quarter to a total of billion. "The decline in bank lend- ing abroad was probably re- lated to tighlness in U.S. cred- il markets and lo a reapprais- al of lending policies by .U.S. banks following some bank failure the department said. mid Rabin said Israel wauls it renewed. Habin said Ihe Soviet Union ''has encouraged Syrian ag- gression in Ihe past and a doing so now by massive sup- plies of arms lo Syria. like lo remind Hie Soviet leaders that none of their past attempts to heighten tension'in the Middle East has profiled them." Tiabin said if the Syrians break the disengagement agreement worked out by Sec- retary of Stale Henry A. Kis- singer, "Ihey Mill find Israel strong and ready for [hem. "This applies to all our neighbors. If they force war on us, we'will fight, and we will fight well." Rabin said .peace prospects "have been restricted" since the Arab summit in Rabat, Morocco, "but Israel will con- tinue to seek a settlement wilh Egypt and even with Syria, although that appears very difficult for the moment." He said Ihe summil's en- dorsement of Ihe Palestine Liberation Organization se- verely limited peace prospecls and eliminated Jordan as a partner in peace negotiations. will manage withoul he said, adding the summit had given Israel.free- dom of action lo find other ways of solving the problems of occupied wesl Jordan and Ihe Gaza Strip. Minority Moves at 2 Schools a Success Minority Enrollment- Percentage By ANN FLORES Slaff H'riler Action taken by Ihe Abilene School Board Ihis summer to reduce the per- centage of minority group students al two elemenlaries has succeeded, slalis- tics released this week show. The action apparently is also helping lo balance the minority enrollment throughput the .district's clementaries. Enrollment figures for the first six weeks of school show that the minority percenlage dropped 10 points at Fannin Elementary and 18 points nl' Locust Elementary, laking both schools off the "racially identifiable" list. SUIT. HAROLD Brinson sairf the re- duced percentages arc due mainly to a board policy adopted this summer pro- hibiting Anglo students residing in the Fannin and Locust districts from trans- ferring lo other elementaries. The policy, which also was applied lo three oilier clcmcntarlcs above or ap- proaching (he 50 per ccnl minority en- rollment1 level, also encourages minori- ty group sludenls to transfer out of the five schools. Itedesignalion of a boundary and reassignment of one bus route.also helped cut the Fannin minority percen- tage from 73 per cent, last year's level, lo 63 per cent during the first six weeks of this school year. Minority enrollment at Locust fell from 74 per cent last year to iS per cent so far Ihis year. School trustees took the action at Ilie five schools to comply with a Texas Education A g e n cy recommendation thai Ihe district eliminate the "racial idenlifiabiltty" of Fannin and Locust. THE TEA recommendation was prompted by a 1970 federal court ruling applying to all districts in which a' campus has a minority enrollment ex- ceeding 66 per cent. "We're very Brinson sairi of the minority percentages at the two schools wliicli have dropped even more than Iho dislricl had expected. He noted lhat the previous upward Irend in' minority enrollment at the Ihree other elemenlaries covered by the board policy Lee, College Heights and Travis has halted at least temporarily. Lee's minority percentage dropped from 54 per cent last year lo 52 per cent, while percentages al Ihe other two stayed Ihe same. Brinson' said the board's action is affecting other schools as well. He noted lhat a number of American and black students trans- ferred this year from Lee lo Johnslon Klemenlary, apparently in response lo the policy encouraging minority trans- fers out of Ihe schools nearing racial .identifiability. WHILli .LEE'S minority enroll- ment dropped this year, Johnslon's rose frpni' six'tb nine percent. He said.he was particularly pleased lliiit minority enrollment has begun picking tip at schools such as Austin Elomenlary, low in minority enroll- ment. The superintendent admitted that the board's action has led some parents to fake their children out of public schools and enroll them in private schools. Hut, ho said many of these students who withdrew at the beginning of (he year have already returned.to the pub- lic schools. He said he could not esti- mate how many were involved. lie also noted lhat 18 students living in Coacnlight Trailer Park are attend- ing Iheir new school, Fajmin, this year. A number of Coaehlighl residenls protested this summer when Ihe park was redJslricted from the Jane Long district inlo tlie Fannin dislricl to help reduce the minority enrollment at Fan- nin. Most nf the Coacnlighl sludents are Anglo. Another factor helping boost minority enrollincnl al some etemcntaries was Ihe closing of Central Elementary and redistribution of its students, 35 per ceiil of whom were minorily slmlents. School Fannin College Hts. Lee Travis Taylor Valley View Milain Fair Park Jones Reagan Long Dyess Alia Vista Bowie Crocketl Bonliam Johnslon Austin Jackson Central 1974 1373 I97'J ;