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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH "OFFENSE WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 34TH 122 PHONE 673-4271 EVENING, OCTOBER 17, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Press Pardon Discussed With Nixon Aide WASHINGTON (A P) President Kord personally lold investigating, congressmen to- day that-there-was'no deal behind his controversial par- don: of Richard II.' Nixon. But lie acknowledged discussing with a Nixon aide on Aug. 1 the possibility that the then- president might be pardoned should he resign.' In a lengthy opening state- ment he read at a House Judi- ciary subcommittee hearing broadcast nationally by televi- sion and radio Ford said: "I assure you that there never was -at any time any agreement whatsoever con- cerning a pardon to Mr. Nixon if he were to -resign and I were to become President." Ford dclialed repeated con- tacts he had as vice president, with Nixon's staff chief, Alex- ander M. Haig Jr., and de- fense attorney -James D. SI. Glair on Aug. 1 and 2. In. one -45-minute session with Haig on Aug. 1, Ford said, Nixon's staff chief re- viewed a variety of options that included "the question of whether the President could pardon himself pardoning various Watergate defendants, then himself, followed by res- ignation a pardon lo the President should lie resign." Ford said: "Gen Haig wanted my views on the var- ious courses of action as well as my attitude on the options of resignation. However, he in- dicated :he was not advocating any of the options." Fowl went voluntarily before Ihe subcommittee on criminal justice and the chairman, Rep. William llungalc, D-Mo., said the presidential testimony "demonstrates Ills coinm.il- mcnt to be open and candid with the American people." Hungale said it was the first documented appearance by a silting president before a com- mittee of the Congress, al- though tradition holds there was an unconfirmed appcar- ancc by Abraham Lincoln be- fore a House committee dur- ing the Civil War. George Washington ap- peared before the first Con- gress in 17S9, visiting the Sen- ate chamber to discuss ar- rangements for Indian treal- ies. The President said he met shortly after S a.m. on Aug. 2 with St. Clair, who told him of impending new revelations the lawyer regarded as dam- aging that impeachment in the House was a certainty: and conviction in the Senate a high probability." On the afternoon of that day, Ford said he telephoned Haig and "told him I wanted him to understand that I had no intention of recommending what President Nixon should do about resigning or not re- signing, and thai nothing we had talked about the previous afternoon should be given any consideration in whatever de- cision the President might take." Ford said he had decided that; as vice president, he "should endeavor not to do or say anything winch might af- fect his President's (enure in office." At another polnl in his fiyc- thonsaiid-word statement, Ford "At no time after I be- came President on Aug. 9, 197-1, was the subject of a par- don for Richard M. Nixon raised by Ihe former president or by anyone representing him. Also, no one on my staff brought up the subject until the day before my first press conference on Aug. 28, 1974. At that time, 1 was advised that questions on that subject might be raised by media re- porters at the press confer- once." Insurance Board Staff Asks Big Auto Rate Jump AUSTIN (AP) A stagger- ing 16.3 per cent average statewide increase in private passenger car insurance rates was recommended today by Stale Insurance Board ex- perls. The staff recommendation compares with an 18.3 per cent increase sought by the insurance industry. Board Chairman Joe Chris- tic said the three-man regula- tory agency would carefully examine the statistics submit- ted by Ihe staff before making its final decision on new rales within a few weeks. The new rates would take effect Dec. I, the board said. "1 can assure you that the board intends lo use a .sharp pencil when we write the final Christie Tape Use Challenged By Watergate Defense Something Still Needed These dolls will soon be dressed and ready to become fine Christmas presents for children of the needy who will bene- fit from the 1974 Goodfellows campaign. Store. (Staff photo) Mrs. C. L. Wharton, chairman of the doll-dress- ing committee, lias already begun her work pre- paring hundreds of dolls for the Goodfellow Toy By DONALD M. ROTHBKRG Associated Press Writec WASHINGTON (A P) Prosecutors at the Watergate coverup trial prepared today lo play one of the subpoenaed White House tapes but defense lawyers quickly challenged whether the recording could be used as evidence. With former White House counsel John W. Dean III on the stand as the first prosecu- tion wilness, the government planned to play the lape of a Sept. 15, 1972, conversation Dean had with then-President Richard M. Nixon and H. H. Haldeman, Nixon's chief-of- staff and one of the five cover- up defendants. Bill b e f o i- c the jury entered the courtroom, John J. Wilson, Haldeman's lawyer, was on his feet chal- lenging the use of the While Doll Haberdashery Help Requested by Goodfellows Hundreds of dolls arc cold needy families in Abilene have Already, 500 dolls led over and homeless now but it won't a merry Christmas. from last year's campaign are be for long if Mrs. C. L. Whar- VFW AUXILIAKY mem- dressed and ready for (he ton lias her way. Dvcss NCO Wives store. Mrs. Wharton is chairman Officers Wives Clubs and Mvs- L J- Lane' formel' flo11 of Ihe doll-dressing project for gi-ollps wp.i dress about chairman and president of the the 1074 Goodfellows cam- 8Cfl lo ;n Ladies Auxiliary of V'fVt Post paign which will see to it lhat Toy Store sa't' scraPs Stick-Up Bungled As Bandit Applies for Job BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A the information on a scrap of robbery at Ihe Villa Nova Ho- papcrj partner suddenly lei here was bungled by a ban- realized whal Was going on dressnivilh the' nighTclerk, po- lice said. Dcteclive Edward Duggan The" 'ho pair drew guns, gave this scooped up from the cash With one man waiting out- register and fled, leaving the side in a getaway car, !wo paper on the floor, men entered the back door of "At first, we just didn't he-lhe hotel early Tuesday, told anyone would leave his the night clerk they were from real Duggan said, out of town, inquired about (he "But apparently it was just rates and asked to be shown a automatic he applying room. for a job. and he listed Ihe One of the men then asked information, the clerk about Ihe possibility Bobby Koonce. 25, hi.s- brnlh-of getting a job at Ihe er lie-hard, 19, and Wily Jack-and the clerk suggested that son, 22, all of Buffalo, were he leave his name, address subsequently arrested and and telephone number. charged with attempted first-As the man finished wiling degree robbery'. And they need some help from nal and tnm and dpll mm TIVDF Y voiumcL LIU M U or materials should call Mrs. Business Mirror 9A 65 Wharlon at G72-5720 or Mrs. Amusements 9D W. Rhodes, 673-2787, or Billie Bridge 7B tlQS Cotton 673-27M Classified 5-8D ._ THE GOODFELLOWS Comics Being Over 65 has some beinn Tuesday Hospital Poiienis 4B o senior citizens bank club lo school loys which can Sporis 1-2D here- Uz Moore writes a c an To Your Good Hcallh SB about some or trips and nnrnimcprT' TV Scout 9D plons of members on Pg. Robert Jordan, president Women's News 2-3B 1 B. the Abilene House tapes as evidence. "f want lo exalnine Mr. Dean on his memory of these tapes before they go into evi- Wilson said. .Wilson urged U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica to set a far stricter standard for ad- missibility of Ihe tapes than had been suggested by the prosecutors. In a memorandum submit- ted Wednesday to Sirica the prosecutors argued that the tapes would be 'admissible so long as one of tile partici- pants, Dean in this case, ''re- calls all (he participants la the identifies all the voices on the tapes as those of Ihe participants, and who recalls the substance of the conversations as well as many details of the conversa- tion." The prosctutors argued there was no need for Dean "to remember each and every detail of Ihe conversation." Wilson, however, argued for far more questioning of Dean's memory of details. Itclaled story, I'g. 5C said. If approved by the board. Hie staff-recommended rates would increase the average motorist's bill for a typical policy by anywhere from in liockwall County near Dal- las to in Montgomery County near Houston. Christie held out some hope [or a smaller increase than Ihe board's acluarics siiid was justified by statistics on acci- dent for medical expenses and car repairs. "In its presentation, the board staff did .not integrate the data ot the energy crisis that has rated headline treat- ment in recent months. The board will consider Uiis data in its final decision on atlopl- ing rales, to'dctermine if driv- ing driving slower ;md having fewer accidents liiis helped offset Iliis upward he said. Humidify Minus the Rain Cool, damp air continued (o moisten the Abilene air throughout Ihe early morning hours Thursday, as Ihe rela- tive humidity was ICO per cent from 2 a.m. to B a.m. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are calling for lilile change in the pattern of wet, cool mornings and mild afternoons, at least through Friday. A weak high pressure sys- tem centered over Texas con- tinues to keep the skies clear and Ihe temperatures down. The low Thursday morning was 49 degrees. Fair skies and a slow warm- ing Irend are expected. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National weather service (Weather Map, Pg. 4B ABILENE AND VlCIMlTV radius) Foir and mild lodoy through Friday. LFghi ar.d variable wiridj. H'qh lodav near EO. tcnlghl In lowar High Friday In lo.vsr 60i. HiQh and low lor 24 houri cnflrne 9 a.m.: 73 and O. High ana" some dole lait year; 72 end Sunrise foday: tonight; Sunrile Allowable Full For 32nd Month Electric Bills Mailed Every Day By BLUE RUCKEH 0. How (Joes Vest Texas utilities decide when to send nut their bills? We get ours .the 17lh or Ifilh but we are paid only once a month, the first of (he month. By that lime they've sent us an overdue notice. They bill us by post card to save postage, (hen send an overdue notice In an envelope with a 18 cent stamp. I asked (o have my hilling date chanced hut was (old It couldn't be done. Why nol? It would save (hem some mailing charges. A. As each meter is read, says Don Itevoll of figures arc turned into lhe computer for billing. With custom- ers In one (own, it would be most difficult tad Impractical lo read all of .Jhem at once. To speed the work and lo cut down on operating costs, it's necessary to bill some customers every day because the meters are ready everyday. The extra 10 cents postage is much less than sending a man out to make a special reading, especially says Revell, since few customers have to be sent a second no- tice. Q. My son has a pen pal in Arnsha, Tanzania, our sister city, so of course he's been interested in Ihe newspaper stories about !nt Arnsha citizens' visit here. We can't find out when they're coming or if (hey really are. He heard (he planned November visit had been cancelled. When are they coming? A. Sam Waldrop, chairman of the Sister City Committee, still expects them the first week in November but he hasn't heard anything definite from Arusha so lie's beginning lo wonder., night al the moment, everything's still up in the air. Waldrop's been in contact with the second vice-president of Tanzania, also the am- bassador, and has sent greetings with the American Ambassador to Arusha in hopes he can get some response. Q. What states have nol yet ratified the Womei's Equal Fights Amend- ment? A group of women a( a couity fair were lising up opposition against It and collecting slgnalures. ITasn'l It already beei voted and accepted In A. Yes. Thirty three states, including Texas, have accepted it. By of the 50 stales must ratify. Those slates which have nol yet done so are: Alabama, Arizo- na, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, N'orth Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Vir- ginia. Of course, a state which has ratified it could reverse ils decision before ihc 38 have ratified and Lhus require one extra state to ratify in order for it lo become an amendment io the Constilution. They may be why tho group nras collecting signa- tures in Texas lo ask Ihe Legislature lo nullify its earlier decision. Q. What lane is lor slow traffic and 1s it a law lhat slow traffic, la the city, keeps to Ihc right? A. Yes, Cap. F. M. Pniitl of the traffic section a't the police department says it is a law. Capl. Pruitt explains that slower Iraflic should use the left or inside lane only when slowing to make a led turn. Addnss questions to Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 796W. Names Mill not he used hut questions must he signed and addresses given. Please In- clude telephone, numbers If possible. AUSTIN', Tex. (AP) The Texas Railroad Commission set the slate's November oil production allowable today at 100 per cent of potential, the 32nd consecutive month that it has teen pegged at the maxi- mum. Commission Chairman Jim I.angdon noted the total nomi- nalions for purchases of Texas crude oil by major buvers for November was bar- rels a day, down barrels a day from the October figure. "All of you know that sim- plv is a reflection of the ina- bility of Ihe purchasers lo ob- lain all the oil they Langdon told industry repre- sentatives. "Some happier signs" are surfacing, Lnngdon said. '-The total acreage now leased in the United Slates is aboul as high as it lias been since million acres. That is 20 per cent of the Unilcd Slates area." "Sonic believe hydrocarbons underlie much of this untested he said. Another good sign, he said, was the 40 per cent increase in drilling applications. Unfor- tunately, there is an actual in- crease in drilling of only 15 per cent, he said, because of a shortage of pipes and drill- ing rigs. is little doubt this drilling effort will Langdqn said. Nominations by major pur- chasers of Texas crude oil for November, in barrels per day: Amoco Atlantic- Richfield Chevron Cities Service Continental Diamond Shamrock Kxxon (down 4.090) OuU 118.500 (down Mobile Phillips Shell Snn 'lYxacn Union of California ;