Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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A ranch without crop, cattle worries
A West Texas ranch where the work and the worry are more about people than cattle or crops has an unusual story, told by photographer Don Blakley and staff writer Bob Campbell.
’ Squares' will dance to help others walk
Square dancers will dance to help West Texas Rehabilitation Center patients walk. The sixth annual Square Dance Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. By Geraldine Satterwhite in the Woman's Section.
Nice display windows are work of art
A display window should be a work of art, says Clint Hamilton, designer and creator of department store window displays. By Alice Miller.
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Attempts to Ratify Coal Pact Snagged
WASHINGTON (AP) - The slaying of a United Mine Workers official Friday night and failure of the union’s bargaining council to approve a new contract threatened to further delay efforts at ending Hie nationwide coal strike.
Following the shooting and the bogging down of council deliberations on a proposed
three-year contract, it appeared virtually certain that the strike would last at least three weeks.
Stunned union officials planned to conduct a memorial service at the national UMW headquarters Saturday for the slain official, Sam Littlefield, 54, of Bessemer, Ala.
UMW officials said it was
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Kissinger: War Unlikely in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sectary of State Henry A. Kisser said Friday reports ol ilitary moves in the Middle ast were being checked here in an urgent basis’’ and thai » and President Ford re-ewed possible “contingen-es” Friday morning with efense Secretary James R. •hlesiijger.
While apparently taking the ‘ports seriously, Kissinger Id a news conference that in our judgment we are not a situation of imminent con-ict.”
He said he did rot believe ie Soviet Union would height-l tensions in the Middle East ist before Ford is scheduled > meet with I eonid I. Brezh-ev in Vladivostock.
In fact, Kissinger said, there i “no evidence that the Soviet nion is encouraging war.” The report was said to have entered on Soviet buildup in ie Syria, moving of Syrian quipment near the Golan [eights as well as Israeli tanning for a possible pre-mptive strike against the Arbs. . -
Kissinger said he had seen he reports and while they ^ere under urgent study, he •ould not believe any major lower would deliberately encourage war. As for the United States, he said it would op->ose any idea the problems of he region can be solved by
Kissinger appealed to Moscow and all other parties to exercise ‘‘a restraining influence.”
“We do not think a war is likely,” he said.
Ford and Kissinger leave Sunday on a trip to Japan, South Korea and Vladivostok. Afterwards, the secretary will continue on to mainland China, where he predicted an improvement of relations with Washington, but no dramatic announcements.
Kissinger brushed aside suggestions that Ford will be taking risks in facing demonstrations in Japan while Nelson A. Rockefeller has not yet been confirmed as vice president. The secretary said the President had committed himself to the trip and attaches great importance to it in strengthening relations with Tokyo.
In the mini-summit wnth Brezhnev at Vladivostock, Kissinger said he hoped for further progress toward an agreement limiting offensive nuclear sibility that an announcement will be made at the end of the Nov. 23-24 meeting.
Kissinger said he has no plans to travel to the Middle East and that this is a time for ’’quiet diplomacy.” He
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unlikely that any further meetings of the bargaining council would be held over the weekend.
Union officials said Littlefield was shot minutes alter he returned to his hotel room from a meeting of the 38-member bargaining council, on which he served.
The council, which must approve the proposed contract before it can be submitted to the union membership, had recessed for the second day without a decision on the contract.
Emerging from the meeting, UMW Vice President Mike Trbovich told newsmen, “I think we’re in for a three-week strike now.”
The strike began Tuesday.
Trbovich said there had been no discussion within the union council of reopening the negotiations. Asked if he thought the council would approve the pact when it meets again Saturday, Trhovich replied: 'Tm not a gambling man.”
Trbovich said he is still optimistic that the tentative agreement to end the coal walkout that began Tuesday could be approved.
But he acknowledged .there was serious disagreement over a number of the 31 articles in the proposal, which would provide the unions 120.000 members with increases in wages and benefits totaling an estimated 40 to 30 per cent over three years.
Union sources said the bargaining council would probably recommend that the negotiating team go back to industry to reopen bargaining to handle what they called “house-cleaning chores.”
An industry spokesman con-finned there had been speculation the union might seek a redistribution of some of the proposed benefits in the contract.
Such a proposal evidently would not increase the price tag of the contract, he said.
Her own table
Mary has her own table in a big room shared with the first and second grade pupils at Putnam. (Staff
It's Tough Being Alone in Kindergarten
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PUTMAN—Mary Swan may be the only kindergartner in Putnam but she tries not to act like it.
Mary has her own table in a school room warmed by a big black stove in the comer, pictures of turkeys, pumpkins and Pilgrims on the walls and a sentence printed in perfect letters on a chalkboard.
Six chairs that would just hold a good sized pumpkin face the table but univ one is filled.
The rest of the spacious room is taken up with another table, a doll house, shelves filled with books with big print and bigger pictures, a teacher s desk and individual desks for the “big kids.
THE BIG kids include three first graders and two second graders. Since Mary is the only pupil in kindergarten she shares the room with the upperclassmen.
Mrs. Wayne Lehrer. the teacher for the three grades, spends much of her time teaching Mary new words, aiding second graders with some shaky hhnd-vvriting and serving as referee during recess games.
Mar}', 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Swan, knows she is the only kindergartener but is reluctant to admit it or talk about it.
Her big brown eyes studied my face for a few seconds before she leveled with me.
“I work like a first grader,” she said. Then she leaned back in her chair, a self-assured smile evidently like first graders wear came across lier face and she said. “I even act like it.”
IF MARY had her way she would
have other kids rn kindergarten with her. But not just anybody.
“Bobbi Jean .Swan and Michael Norris." she answered when asked w ho she wanted in her class with her.
“I have to play with the rougher kids,” Mary' explained and gestured toward the first and second graders in the room. “Some of ’em make me full down like Ronald Green and Anna Bomar. Bobbie Jean wouldn’t even lei ‘em touch me,” she assured me
Mary’ may not believe it but Anna confided to me that being in first grade is no bed of roses.
“You have to do a lot of work.” she said. In fact she would advise Mary to enjoy the luxuries of kindergarten while she can.
"You didn’t have to do writing.” she said, “or math or spelling or reading."
Even though Mary accused Anna and Ronald of conspiring to make her fall down. Anna said she likes Mary and looks forward to having her move up to first grade next year.
“I’M GONNA let her do my work.” .Anna said and burst into a big giggle.
Although Man- admires first graders, what she aspires to be most of all is a second grader.
"They stay in the lines better when they’re coloring and stuff,” Mary informed me and peeked over my notebook to make sure I had that down right.
“Can you read this?" I a>ked
That's another reason why Mary w ould like to be a second grader.
"They know more words. Except I know most of Tammy’s (a second grader’s) words and I also know the
7 work like a f irst grader...
I even act like it,'
Mary Swan says proudly
words she doesn I know. She knows ‘window’ but she doesn t know ‘door.
Another enviable statistic about second graders: "They can do writing and I can’t when I’m in kindergarten” Mary said.
Since kindergarten lasts only a halfday the interview was short so thut Mary’ could get back to work.
AS I was leaving she gave me this thought for the day.
"I’d rather be an orange cow than see one.”
Without thinking I a^ked, “What would you do if you were an orange cow?”
Mary looked at me with puzzled oxes.
"Eat,” she said.
Doll Dressers: Goodfellows Want YOU
“Help!” says Mrs. Jimmie Lane, president of
the VFW Auxiliary.
“Goodfellow doll dressers needed, she adds. Persons interested in making dresses for dolls .to be given away to the less fortunate children ol Abilene on Christmas are being asked to contact one of the women who still have a large number ol
dolls without clothes.
They may get dolls from Mrs. Lane at i2o Ross (phone 677-6102), Mrs. C. L. Wharton, 19o7 S. 3rd (672-5720) or Mrs. E. W. Rhodes, 1118 Vogel (673-2787).
The Goodfellow doll dressing program is directed by the VFW Auxiliary each year, with the assistance of Dyess Officers Wives Club and Dyess NCO Wives Club, and a multitude of individual
citizens. . m
Several hundred dolls will be distributed in
Chrysler Reportedly Will Close Plants During December
Bv JONATHAN’ WOLMAN Associated Press Writer
DETROIT (AP) -Chrysler
Corp. will shut down its U.S. car assembly plants and some manufacturing facilities for the month of December, sources in the auto industry said Friday.
Chrysler would neither confirm nor deny the report, but an industry insider said the firm ordered “zero” parts from suppliers for next week. That would indicate many component plant workers w ill likely be laid off along with
assemblers, sources say.
Chrysler employ about 100,000 production workers. More than one-third are assemblers. If the entire system were to shut down, sources estimate 113,000 workers would be laid off.
A spokesman for the nation's No. 3 automaker said mounting inventories of unsold new cars had reached a "critical level.”
"We are still going through and revising our production schedule. No decision ha^
been made” on December layoffs, he said. One of the firm’s six assembly plants was closed indefinitely on Fridav.
Rumors of pending shutdowns have been swirling throughout the Chrysler system for two days, according to spokesmen for the United Auto Workers.
Sources in the industry sa> it is likely that Chrysler will go through with the shutdown plans. One source said he believes the company may leave o)>en its intermediate car assembly plant in St. Louis.