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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 127 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, 1974 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS VA Check Harder to Lose Than to DALLAS, Tex. (AP) she. related Itook it down to just said, 'Well, I don't dy Postlelhwaitc has So she telephoned Ihe Rock (postal) What else we can been in the military, but ;i misdirected Veterans Administration check has made here and Was directed lo send the stray check and .gave it lo (he she recouped! "And said. way to her doorstep for a seventh time and she can't seem to get rid of I did and.-I received it back again, .in the same Mrs. it back again. Then I took it down personally to- the Veterans one point she called the Secret Service and lold one its agenls she intended lo destroy the check. It was Tonr weeks ago (hat Mrs. PostletliwaMo first received a VA check In' the mail made out- to one 'Ronald Lee Vest. She put' it back outside' for the postman to pick up Next she, -mailed il to the Treasury Department office in Kansas .City where (lie 'check was issue'd, along with a.certi: ficd letter advising dial did not know 'this person and and I got it back, again. "Tins was last week, and (hey lold me lo mail il to (state) VA headquarters in Waco. And lliis morning I received il back Posllelhwaile said the agent lold her: "You can't de-slroy it. Thai's government property." All right, she'd keep it, slie told Hie man. And he replied, "You can't keep it. It's nol did not live here." the seventh "I got it back about four or five days later, in 'a was returned once more, different envelope. Posllelhvvaile phoned the Dallas VA! people once Postlethwaite is waiting (or further inslruclions. Price 15 Cents Associated Prea (IP) By ELLIE RUCKER Surprises Few In September Flooding Q. Dill Ihc cilj learn anything from the Sept. 18-19 Hood that it didn't al- ready know about low lying areas, (lunger spots or changes il might make to prepare for high water in the future? A. Generally no, says Jerry Sniilh or Department of Public Works, there wer- en't many surprises. "The only single item was the fact that Elm Creek didn't get out of its hanks in the Wishbone Drive area. We expected Uie whole area to be under water. This may have been related to channel work we'd done on Kim Creek from Winters Freeway lo Interstate 20. We knew it would help some but didn't think it would help as much as il did. We're slill evaluating to see if there's some other Smith said. "Every [lood is dirfercnl.lt was surpris- ing to us that Kirby Lake never Bui we have not changed our future plans as a result, of information we got from this flood. The channelization program will continue as il has every year, hopeful- ly, we'll be a little better off than the year before." "The number one priority liad been to work where we liad (he right of way and that's the way we'll continue lo Smith says, "as we can get to them, as weather permits and as we get case- ments." He didn't know where or at what points or in what amounts Elm Creek would go nut of its banks and was surprised at flooding in Whiltier Circle, Leggett Drive and Monticello Drive. "It had nol been out in the previous 10 years and we got some valuable information on how much will get out and what it docs when it gets out." The cily can't do much about flooding in those areas because they can't gel equip- ment into the creek to do any work and even if they could they don't have case- ments. "As a result of Ihis flood, some individu- als may build concrete fences lo reduce or conlrol Hooding on their own property." {J. My daughter attends (he pre- school at Rose Park. It's excelled, 1 wouldn't do anything lo destroy it or to hurt It but I'd like to suggest that a phone be Installed in the building. A week or ago one lltllc girl broke her leg. There was no phone lo call her mother or a doctor or any- thing else. I got (o thinking about how dangerous Ihis could be as my daugh- Icr occasionally has convulsions and without a phone close by I couldn't be notified. I asked about a phone, was toftf the phone that was once there had been abused by people who rentcrt the building. Couldn't a pay phone he In- stalled? Or a phone pu( in a locked closet or a phone on a jack .that could be unplugged when (he building is rented out? A. Bill Bcaird, head of Parks and Hec- rcation, was surprised lo learn there was no ptione. He will investigate the possibili- ly, see what Ihe cost would be and if it's feasible. There's a minimum fee for a pay phone; BcainI says there may nol be enough people using il and the cily would have to pay the difference. Q. I keep reading about other (owns where the refuse department will bring a load of anlirmn leaves (o peo- ple who want (o use them as mulch. Just wonder if maybe our refuse department. A. "If we had a separate collection serv- ice for brush and leaves it would work out just says Charles Nolen of city re- fuse collection, "but our city (rash service collects everything at once." Separate brush collection was terminated in 1970 as an economy measure. The cost of separat- ing would be high. Nolen has a suggestion though, drive through (he Tanglewood area or by any houses that back up to Elm or Catclaw Creek about the time leaves start falling. You'll find more leaves than you can haul away, packed neatly in plaslic bags on curbs awaiting Ihe trasli collectors. Nolen says lo help yourself. Address questions lo Action Line, BOY 30, Abilene, Texas Names will not be jised but questions must be slprncd and addresses given. Please in- tlude lelephone numbers If possible. Sentence Stirs Anger Inez Garcia (at right) and another in male of the Monterey County jail leave for transport to a Southern California prison where she will begin serving a five- year-to-life sentence for Ihe slaying of a man she said helped lo rape her. Mrs. Garcia, 30, was convicted of second-degree murder in the Oct. 4 slaying of Miguiel Jiminez whom she admitted killing af ler she said he held her down while another man raped her. The sentence was greeted with screams of anger from supporters in the courtroom. (AP Protest Area School Bombed CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) A Kanawha Counly school was bombed early this morn- ing, less than a day after the While House said it seek- ing a "constructive compro- mise" to prevent more vio- lence in county's school book protest. A stick of dynamite was thrown through a window at Midway Elementary on bells Creek, southeast of Charleston, police said. Dam- age was "very con- fined mostly to furnilure and windows In one classroom, and classes were (o be held as usual today, a spokesman for the sheriff's department said. The same school was one. of two damaged by bombings earlier this month. A fire bomb Ihrown through n win- dow at Midway caused minor damage Oct. 3 and an explo- sive was placed against the floor of West Branch Elemen- tary in the Cabin Creek area. There was some light pick- eting early today at county school bus garages, deputies said. Monday, a group of the min- isters and parents carried their protest over school text- book selection to Washington ami the White House.. Roger Senarad, special assistant lo President Kord for education and lahor, said he told them the While House would do "whatever we can lo help forestall additional violence in Charleston." Mitchell Approval Believed by Dean WASHINGTON (AP) For- mer White House counsel John W. Deart III told the Water- gale cover-up trial today Hint former Ally. (leu. Jolm N. Mitchell had indicaled he had approved (he political intelli- gence plan that resulted in Ihe Watergate break-in. Deaii testified this was when lie mel on March 28, 197.1 with Mitchell and Jeb Stuart Ma- grudcr, deputy director of President Nixon's re-election committee. Dean described the meeting near the close of more Ihan four clavs of questioning by prosecutor James F. Neal. Defense lawyers, beginning with John J. Wilson, attorney for II. R. Haldeman, former While House slaff chief, were ready lo begin Iheir cross-ex- amination of Dean. Following Wilson will be William G. Hundley, Mitch- ell's lawyer. Dean testified lhat at the March 28 meeting he lurned lo Mitchell and said, "John, I've never asked you what hap- pened All I've been able lo (lo was piece logellier Die plan was approved." This was a reference lo Hie political intelligence plan. He said Mitchell replied: "Well, John, that's prclty close. Bui we llioiiglit il would be Iwo or three times re- moved." "Two or three times re- moved from Neal asked. "F r o in the (re-eleclion) Dean responded. Dean said lhat two days lat- er he decided to relain a crim- inal defense lawyer and that on April S he met in his law- yer's office in Rockville, Md., with (he three assistant U.S. attorneys who had prosecuted Ihe break-in case. Two Systems May Wring Out Front Housing Units Shortage Seen Abilene will be housing units short in Ihe next six years, says a Cily Planning Dept. study, and middle and low priced homes are needed most. The second of four stories on housing "here is on Pg. IB. Amusements............. 8C Bridge .......v......... 2A Business Mirror 6A Comics 3C Ediroriols 4A Horoscope 2A Hospital Palienls ..........28 Obituaries.............. 6A Sporls 1-2C To Your Good Health......3A TV Log 8C TV Sccur 8C Women's News 3B By JOE DACY II Beporter-Ncws Staff Writer A persistent chance of rain may hang over Ihe Abilene area for several days because of a bailie between two high pressure systems. National Weather Service forecaster W. Eck ex- plained Ihe situation Ihis way Tuesday morning: Another Pacific cold (rout lias made its way from Jlon- tana down into soulhern Colo- rado, angling up through cen- tral Nebraska. There is a high pressure system behind, il, pushing il southward and in front of it, centered in Tex- as, pushing it northward. However, Eck said llio one centered in Texas is Ihe stronger and should cause the front to become stationary as il touches Ihe Texas Panhan- (J'l1 sometime Tuesday niglit. Thus sandwiched between Hit Iwo pressure systems Ihe can do one of three things: IT CAN WAIT for anollier cold front to come by and siiove it li. cculd move on through the stale if Ihe Texas high east- ward, nllow'ng it (o pass. Or, ii could sit where it is unlil il dissipates. Of those three, Eck said he thinks the latter is (he most probable, which means Ihe area will conliiiu-j lo fall un- ilcr a chance of sliowors. "II will also moan iha! some ol Ihe bcller uiiis will wind up occurring in if.? Texas Panhandle and in extreme West Eo> s'rid. Eck added thai there is "plenly of moislure" available for showers, but "it's a ques- tion of where tlicse showers vill fall." TUESDAY MOH.MNG radar pinpointed s li e r activity ncr North 'To.v.u between Sherman. Waco jnl Abilene., and oilier faiiiahuwoi's were scattered over the lull country wc-sl of San and near Midland. JEATRER NaliOTMt IrVtalNr (Wftcttier Mop, Pg. ]-B> ABILENE AND VICINITY (io-miit radius) Parlly lo cloudy and mild phrough Wedneidoy wiiri a diance ol Southerly lo ta ?C High loday in Iht lower 70s, lonrqhl In Itio upper 55s. Hfgh WwfneidBV In Ihc mrddle 70J. PrababHily of pretiplla M por tent today and tonJohl, csnt Wednesday. High and low For 2-1 houn ending I a.m.: 70 and 58. High and tow same Idil end 33. Sunrise fodoy: tonight. Sunrise tomorrow: Better U.S.-Cuba Relations Chance Indicated by Castro WASHINGTON (AP) Cu- ban Prime Minister Fidel Cas- tro says he rejects the nolion lhat Ills revolulion has simply meant a switch from Ameri- can to Soviet domination of the island. In an interview with CBS Television scheduled for broadcast tonight, Castro com- pared the pre-and post-revolu- tionary situations in Cuba. "The United States owned our he said. "The United Slates was llic owner of our electric power plants, our telephone companies, of Ihe main transportation com- panies, of the principal indus- (rics, o! the best lands "The Soviets do not own a single mine in Cuba, not a sin- gle factory, not a single sugar mill, not one hcclarc of land, rot a single bank, nol a single ulilily." Nonetheless, Castro indical- ed lhat Ihe time may be ripe for an improvement in Cuban-American relations. In contrast to former President Richard M. Nixon, President Ford "is nol involved wilh (he Cuban counler-revolulionary Caslro said. was personally very much involved with them. And we see in Ford a man who is above Ihis "In our opinion, we see Ford wilh a certain hope in the sense lhat he may after all adopl a different policy lo- wards Cuba, and thai at least he does not have the personal involvement thai Nixon had in this regard." However, Ford told a news conference Monday in Tubac, Ariz., that Caslro and his gov- ernment have not changed their attitude and "il was nol expected lhal our atlilurie to- ward Cuba should change" un- der Ihc circumstances. The lone prerequisite for discussions of a more normal relationship is Ihe lifting of Ihe economic blockade against Cuba, Castro said. He described Ihe blockade as "an extremely hostile act" against Cuba because it is "an act of force, an act of coer- cion which Ihc United Stales excrls against us, because il employs all its inlcrnational influence, all ils political strength and all its economic power Irying lo asphyxiate Ihe Cuban economy." On other subjects, Castro said: is "very lamentable" lhat Secretary of Stale Henry A. Kissinger might have had a role in the onsler of Chilean President Salvador Allende. But, Kissinger "is no doubl a mosl realistic politician who has made Ihe grealest effort lo find a solution to the cold war problems in recent years in Ihc United States." was an "irony of hislo- ry" lhat Ihe Cuban exiles caught in Ihe W a t e r g a I e break-in "were unable lo de- stroy Ihe Cuban revolution but they were able to destroy Nix- on." am certain of ons thing one day the social sysiems of Cuba and the Uniled Slates will meet when the U.S. changes its social regime. The capitalistic social regime is nol elernal, and will not be denial." M.il n brfeg ta TOW FAMILY WEEKENDER WOT! Ad Demflme: Thwi.-3kOO P.M. 3 (15 WcrJi Eitn WMfc-lS'.lKli BIG SHOPPERS li the Cwnlry 12-Month Inflation Rate at 25-Year High FAMILY WEEKENDER ADS CASH MLT (No ptaw briers, HUH) WASHINGTON (AP) Ris- ing prices for food, clolhing and mortgage rates pushed Ihe cost of living up another 1.2 per cent in September, making Ihe lasl 12 months Ihe worst inflationary surge in more than 25 years, the gov- ernment reported loday. Prices in September were reported 12.1 per cent higher Ihan a year- earlier. This was the worst 12-monlh increase since However, the purchasing power of the average worker increased slighlly for the first lime in Ihrce months. Itcal spendable earnings thai is weekly pay adjusted for infla- lion and laxes rose onc- lenth of a per cent in Septem- ber bul was still at the lowest level since December 1970. Price increases were spread across almost the entire econ- omy last month. Food led llie ivay, posting ils biggest rise since February. The Ford administration has predicted thai consumer prices will continue increasing al the rale of about one per cent a month through Ihe end of year, and that there would be no significant easing of inflation until some lime next year. Consumer prices have al- ready risen 9.7 per cenl so far this year. In 1973, prices rose 8.8 per cent, the worst in any year since the end of World War II. x The Labor Department said last month's 1.2 per cent in- crease, following a rise of 1.3 per cent in August, pushed Ihe government's consumer price index up to 151.9. That mean! il cost lo buy a variety of goods and services lhal cost in Ihe 1967 base period. Although most of Ihc news was bad, some prices declined in September, including such ilcms as gasoline and fresh fruits and vegelables. Over-all food prices went up an adjusted 1.9 per cenl in September compared to a 1.4 per cent increase the previous month. The index for nonfood commodities increased 1 per cent following an August rise of 1.5 per cenl while Ihe cosl of services rose I.I per cent, the same as in August. With the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, all ma- jor food categories went up last month, pushing grocery prices 1.5 per cent higher over Ihc month to a level 10.9 per cent above a year ago. Beef and povk prices were reported up instead of declin- ing and poullry prices, which arc usually unchanged in Sep- tember, also rose. Dairy prod- ucts increased for the firsl lime in four months while prices of fats and oil products continued to climb sharply. Higher cloihirg prices ac- counted (or about a fourth of the 1.1 per cent rise in non- food commodities. New car prices increased slightly in- stead of declining substantial- ly as they usually do end ol Ihc model year. f ;