Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gfoilew Reporter WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 84TII YEAR, NO. 31 PHONE G73-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 1G, PAGES IN T11KKK SECTIONS Price i5 Cents Associated Prest Beauty of the Beast A geyser of propane gas forms from a leaking lank homes late Friday. The leak was capped and under control Sal- farm'in Griffith, Incl. The potentially dangerous leak urday. (AP Wirephoto) forced the evacuation of persons from their Tells Amnesty Plan By ELLIli UUCKER Proposed TV Station Seeking Antenna Site Q. Lnsl'l heard (he FCC was pro- cessing Ilic permit (or a new television station here. I wonder if Ihc permit was ever granted and when lo expect the slaliun. A. An antenna site was selected for the Iliivd time, this time at. Nolan. And for the third time the site didn't meet FTA. re- quirements so another sile will be chosen and submitted for approval, says diet Darwin. general manager of the new sta- tion He hopes lo have everything ready to po in three months but can't really prom- ise anything until a silc is approved. Q. I wonder if it's possible lo a .stiii) sign at Ilic S. 16lh and Matador intersection? I've seen Ihrcc accidents in Ihc last month; cars go through there nrclty fast. A. You'll have your slop sign shortly. Traffic Engineer Buck Baldridgc checked il out and thinks as yon do thai it's a hazardous and heavily traveled intersec- tion. Q. With that early cold spell I'm worried about a hard, cold winter. Is there anything a person can do lo 'trees and plants in case the winter turns out to he as had as I Iliink it will? A. Toughen up your grass, trees, bush- es. 311 of it, by feeding now with a fertili- zer high in potash and phosphorus. Or just Eiu> Ihein straight potash and phosphorus, says yard and garden expert Paula Cart- er! Water the mixture in real good then hold back on the moisture, watering only when necessary. Mrs. Carter says this is man's best solution since we can't do any- thing about Mother Nature and she agreed wild your winter predictions. Can yon Icll us what the car names MG'and GTO stand for? A. Bel you'll be disappointed. MG stands for Morris Garage. It really docs. The man who started it was named Mor- ris and he had a garage. We expected something exotic and foreign. is the abbreviation for Gran Turfs- mo Omologalo, Italian for grand louring car in production. 0_. My young son and I acre oui hunting Ihc other day and managed lo shoot a priv.e rattlesnake which we skinned. We're trying to find out what lo do with HIE skin to preserve It. Do yon know somebody we could talk to or do you have any pointers on what lo do with It? A. Try soaking il in anli-froeze or nib- bing it with salt, then stretching il on a board. Nealsfoot oil, afterwards, will sof- ten il. Any shoe or leather goods si ore carries ncatsfooi oil. Billy Kniffcn was our source on this one. He's pre- served 20 or .10 snakcskins and made a few belts. He'll be happy lo talk with you if you give him -a ring ai G72-82J13. Address questions lo Acllon Line, Box 311, Abilene. Texas 73IK1I. Names till! nol he used Ijiil must be Sigurd and addresses given, i'lcase In- clude telephone numbers If possible. WASHINGTON1 (A P) President Ford told congres- sional leaders today he is sel- ling up a nine-member panel I o implement presidential guidelines granting clemency lo Vietnam-era deserters and' draft evaders. Itepublican and Democratic NEWS INDEX Amusements........... 6B Bridge IOC Business. Mirror 9A Classified..............5-9C Comics 73 Editorials 4A Horoscope 5B Hospital Patient! BA Obituaries 9C Sports 1-3C To Y-our Goad Health......4B TV Leo .................6B TV Scout Women's News 2-38 leaders emerging from a SB-minute While House meet- ing gave a few details of Ihc program Kord was to au- lalcr Ihis morning. "It is not said House GOP. "leader John Rhodes. "It forth a mecYi- chamsni under which these young men can rehabilitate themselves..." Senate Republican Whip Itobcrt Griffin of Michigan said most participants in Ihe meeting were pleased with the make-up of Ihe nine-member clemency board. But he re- fused lo disclose who the ap- pointees are. Jihodes said the board was being established to help the President in exercising his right of pardon and added he thought it was "a good idea to have this type cf board." Both Rhodes and Griffin ac- Mrs. Smith Now Official GOP Head khowledged some congression- al leaders at Urn meeting voiced opposition lo Ford's move. But ncidicr would idcu- lify tli3 names of Ihc oppo- nenls. The umucsly svouVd vc- tiuire military deserters and draft evaders to spend fi to 24 months of allei native service. H'hile House sources said'a national clemency review hoard would deal with as many as 50.00D deserters and drafl evaders on a casc-by- case basis: Tlicir period of al- ternative service would de- pend on their military and selective service record. Ford, in a surprise addition to a prepared speech delivered Aug. 19, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Chicago, voiced support for conditional amnesty. An announcement of the de- tails had been delayed several limes while Pentagon, Justice Department and While House officials ironed out details, By CARL P. LEUBSDORF A I1 Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The Republican National Commit- tee today unanimously elected Mrs. Mary Louise Smith, a veteran party organizer cho- sen 12 days ago by President Ford, as the parly's first woman national chairman. The 59-year-old Mrs. Smith, who as party co-chairman for the past six mojUhs ran a se- ries of GOP grassroots work- shops, succeeds George Bush, named lo head Hie U.S. liaison office In Ihc People's Republic of China. The clcclion of Mrs. Smith was the major item of busi- ness at the committee meet- ing, which also included a luncheon with addresses by President Ford and Vice Pres- ident-designate Nelson A. Rockefeller. There was no public opposi- tion to Mrs. Smith, though some RNC members were re- ported privately annoyed that, once again, their new chair- man had been selected by a President without their play- ing any role besides ratifica- tion. Mrs. Smith, who has been Republican national comniil- tecwomnn from Iowa since 1964, was formally nominat- ed by stale GOP Chairman John McDonald. McDonald called her "a skilled diplomat" and a bargainer" and de- clared that "her knowledge of organization lias earned her a reputation as a keen lacli- cian." Rush, in a farewell speech, predicicd I h c Republicans "will do heller in the fall elec- tions than many people think particularly in Ilic Scnale." But he said "I am not salis- .ficd at where we stand in strength of numbers of regis- tered voters or in strength of national committee." He defended his national chairmanship, in which he made many speeches defend- ing former President Richard II. Nixon. Bush contended lhat "all of us wanted to he fair'' in de- fending Nixon's accomplish- ments while protecting the GOP "from the ugly excesses and the illegalities thai he- came known by one word- Watergate." Party Treasurer 0. C. Car- michael Jr. of Indiana pre- sented, a report showing 'the nalional conimiMcc had a bal- ance of million as of Aug. 3IT having raised more than million this year, S3 per cent of it from small donors. City's Rain Gauges Gurgle Up to 3.50 Kennedy Says Chances Good SAX FRAXCISCO (AP) Sen. Edward M. Kennedy says his decision whether to run for President in 1976 depends largely on personal considera- tions. Kennedy disclosed in week- end inlcrviews that he has .studied the political situation and concluded: ''I think I've gnt a good chance to win the nomination and a reasonable chance to win the election." He did not talk about the porsoiuil factors lhat will go into his decision. But they pre- sumably would include Ihc concern lhat members of his family have expressed for his safely should he embark on ;t presidential campaign. The Massachusetts senator had been thinking of a inrgcl dale of .sometime in 1975 to announce his decision. liy JOB DAUY Ilcporlcr-Ncws Slaff Writer The skies over Abilene opened up over the weekend, dumping an official 1.% inches of rain, and causing nmoll which may eventually bring half a billion gallons of water into Lake Fort Phantom llill. Forecastcrs at the National Weaiher Service said that rain and some fog will continue at least through Tuesday. Although some areas of Abi- lene reported as much as inches, no flooding was report- ed by cither the weather serv- ice or Ilic city. "WE HAVEN'T had any poinls or said city water superintendent Bill Wcenis Monday morning, add- ing thai Catclaw Creek was "r'lnning bank full." The runoff from two davs of rainfall has already added lot) million gallons of water to Lake Fort Phantom, Abilenc's chief water supply. II may bring 350 million more, lie said. Weems said, however, that the lake is still 30.2 per cent of capacity at 15.4 feet below spillway level. Weatherman Darroll Craw- ford said Monday that most of Abilone's rain came between 1.4G and 2.4G a.m. Monday, covering all of UPC city. Wcems said Ihe other lakes, Kirhy and Abilene, did not fare as well as Phantom, how- ever, receiving only 20 million gallons and no increase re- spectively. KIRBY, HI-: SAID, is 9.4 fsel below spillway at 19.5 per cent ot capaetty; Abilene, 6.1 teev below spillway at 55.7 per cent of capacity. Weems said Abilenc's water situation was "quite a bit bet- ter than the first of July." lie estimated the net water gain at five per cent. The .05 inch recorded Sun- day and Ihe 1.91 inches re- corded at the Municipal Air- port Monday brought ihe lolal for the year lo 16.5-1. Normal through Momnday is 17.05, Crawford said. The monthly total, lie added, is 2.07 inches. Most of Ihc rain apparently fell to the north of the city, with towns to the south receiv- ing lesser amounts. An unoffi- cial report from Albany indi- cates that -d cloudburst there WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Hnlional Weaker Semite [Wialhtr P9 AI ABIIENE AND VICINITY [10 mile radius) Moslly cloudy opd mild wild o rnancc of ir.ov.-ers ond mundersTiG.vcrs through Tuesday. A lihle v.armer Tues- day end variable v.-ioas. Mian foday in rlie mid 7Cs. tonlghl In tiie 60s. Hiqn T'.csriay r.c-cr 8C. roil 70 per ceill locay, per cent tonigM and 70 per ccril en Tuesday. or.d lo.v for H hours ending 9 a.m.': or.rj V.. High end lo.v sdwe dale lasl year: II arri 43 Sunrise fsday: ?.12J; sunser Sunriie may have dropped li.oll indies overnight. THE ABILENE district of- fice of the Department of Pub- lic Safely has issued a driver's advisory for rain-slick streets and highways us a result of Monday morning's rainfall. 7-1. Jack Crownover of the DPS said Monday morning that warnings had teen issued to Texas drivers for possible flooding in low-lying areas in the Midland-Odessa area, and that Abilene area motorists are being urged lo use caution on rain-slick streets in Ihu area. "Wo tlon'l have any reports of heavy concenlralions of wa- ter in our Crownover said, "but the streets are .slick, and drivers should be careful." He added thai some stretch- es of Interstate 20 between Ab- ilene and Swcctwatcr would be .slippery, due lo excessive wear on ttic pavement. The stretch of highway is sched- uled for resurfacing in Ihc near future. Till; CAUSE of all Ihis pre- cipitation, Crawford said, is an upper-level low pressure trough in Eastern New Mexico which is pumping warm, inoisl air into Ihe area. This moisture-laden stream is overrunning the colder air on the surface, causing show- er activity, he explained. The .system, lie said, shows little movement, but should ease on through Abilene some- lime Tuesday and Ihus Lower Ihc chance for rain to 20 per cent. WHERE IT RAINED Municipal Total for Normal for year 6S2 EX lath 3.50 COAIIOMA COLORADO CITY .20 .20 NE 20-11 .N. 2nd 602 Dyess Lake Lake Phantom Lake Ylamiiv Turkish Premier Soys Hell Resign ANKARA, Turkey lAP) Premier Bulcnt Ecevit an- nounced today he would resign in the next few days because of a split in his coalition cabi- net. Eccvil said he would submit his resignation lo President Fahri Korulurk after consult- ing Tuesday with officials o[ his Republican People's party. Koruturk is expected to ask Ecevit lo remain as premier and form a new government. Kcevil, a national hero since Turkey's triumphal invasion of Cyprus, expressed belief that "new elections should be held as soon as possible.'' lie said the formation ot a new government would be easier if il were lo be in office only until election were held. Conflict between K'cevil and the allied National .Salvation parly has been brewing for some time. The premier said recently that there were "al- most irreconcilable differ- enccs" between the Salvation- ists, an orthodox Moslem par- ly, rnd his own leftist Kepubli- can People's party. Two days ago Deputy Pre- mier Necmcltin Erbakan, (he leader of the Salvationists, said his party would not en- dorse a visit Ecevit is sched- uled to make lo Scandinavia. Ecevit's party is the largest in the National Assembly with 185 of the 450 scats. The Salva- tionists have 49 scats. 'Ihc coalition was formed eight months ago alter elec- tions that failed to give any party a majority in the asscm- liJv. Japanese Terrorists Still Hold Nine Male Hostages lly DONALD FORBES Associated Press Writer THE HAGUE, Netherlands Japanese terrorists released two women hostages from the French Embassy early today, but continued to hold" nine male hosragos, in- cluding French Ambassador Jacques Scnard. "We are progressing, bnl I believe that are not yet completely in Ihe Jasl French foreign Minister Jean Siiiivagnargucs said in Paris. Two N. Ireland Judges Killed BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) Irish llcpublicaii Army terrorists assassinalcd two Northern Ireland judges in Ihcir homes today and a business executive was report- ed killed by a bomb at his factory. The (wo judges shot to death in Uclfiist were Roger "Rory" Conaghan and Martin Mc- llirney, both Roman Catholics accused by Ihc Irish Republi- can Army of collaborating with .the British. The Provi- sional IRA wing claimed it or- dered tic killings. Politicians and legal figures condemned the slayings. and courts all over (he province were adjourned lo honor the two slain judges. In Pomcroy. County Tyrone, west ol here, informed sources said a booby Irap bomb went off when businessman Michael McCourt entered his office and he was killed. The three deaths raised lo L.OG3 the official dentil loll in live years of violence in the province, Police officers said Conagh- an, 51, a judge since wns shot by a lone gunman when he answered a knock at his front door A breakfast lime. "He was shot through Ihc heart and died almost inslanl- one source said. McIJirnpy, 3G, was shot by a gunman who burst into the kitchen of his home in nearby Ilolmont Road as he was cook- ing breakfast, police said. Mrnirncy was a leading prosecutor before he was ap- pointed a magistrate in He was a former chairman of the province's Labor parly and made- an unsuccessful race for the British Parlia- ment 10 years ago. men were warned time and again that they were part of the British war ma- chine and as such were liable to suffer the .said an IltA si a lenient on ihe two judges. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, a Catholic- dominated group, declared: "Such killings never advance any political cause one iota, but can only have the cffccl of opening up yet again, the. dominates lo sectarian murder and Ijcslialilv." Unlcli Premier Joop den L'yl said in ii television jnlcrvic1-1 arc so many uncertain factors in this lhat I can't Icll you concretely. "I hare a feeling thai in the next 21 hours a series of very difficult decisions will have In be taken by us." He said "a mailer of special concern1' was lhat Ihc three terrorists and the hostages were getling tired and edgy. The terrorists seized Ihc em- bassy late Friday afternoon lo gain Ihc release cf a Japanese lied Army colleague jailed in France. France flew him lo Amsterdam airport thai eve- ning. A police spokesman said the rclciisc of Ihc Iwo '22-year-old womon'was Ihe re- sult of negotiations between the three terrorists and the IJtilch Justice Ministry. lie described Ihe move as a significant step, but he refused lo confirm or deny reports from diplomatic sources lhat a deal for Ihc remaining lifts- luges mis imminent.