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Iola Register (Newspaper) - July 21, 1978, Iola, Kansas Coal slurry pipeline plans to continue WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The defeat of a bill in the U.S. House Wednesday that would have given some companies the right of eminent domain will not change plans for a coal slurry pipeline through Kansas, a spol(esman for the firm planning the pipeline said Thursday. Fred Kimball, of Wichita, the spokesman for Energy Tranportation Systems Inc., says that the word from his San Francisco headquarters is that while national right of emineht domain would be nice, the company can get along without it. If eminent domain were granted, the company could buy private property without the owner's consent for public use. The measure icilled n the U.S. House would have allowed companies to buy land in order to transport coal slurry across the country. . Kimball says his company, which is planning to construct a coal slurry line from Wyoming to Louisiana, will try again next year to persuade the Kansas Legislature to give it the right of eminent domain in the state. Those attempts have faile^d the past four � years. \ The proposed pipeline would enter Kansas in the northwest and cross into Oiclahoma south of Wichita. Those plans have been opposed by the railroads who now ship coal. But the company has won a series of lawsuits in Kansas challenging the railroads' right to stop the pipeline from crossing its tracics in 27 counties. Sinuous objects of legal battle barred from court KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -Johnson County District Court Judge Lewis C. Smith has set Nov. 1 as the date to hear what he calls "the damndest custody case" he has ever handled. Three former business partners will go to court on that date to see who gets to Iceep an 18-foot, 350-pound Inian python. But the snalce, "Sexy Sadie," will have to stay home from the courtroom. "Her attorney might have a day in court, but they're sure not going to bring that damn snalce in here," said Judge Smith. Tim Hicltolt and his father, William, filed suit to get custody of the snalte, which is h>eing Itept in Lawrence, Kan., by Robert Clark, a University of Kansas student who also owns part interest in the creature. The three were in the business of selling snalte eggs, and could not decide who would keep the snaiie when the business brolce up. Sadie is a valuable property. Her eggs, of which she lays up to 100 a year, sell for $50 each. And she has been rented out to strippers who use .her in their acts. Junction City teen-ager missing JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) - The FBI and local authorities are investigating the July 4 disappearance of a 13-year-old Junction City girl who may have been abducted from her home. Police Chief Jim Gross said local authorities are worlcing with the FBI, but no new leads have been developed. Beverly Ward disappeared the morning of July 4. She was dressed in a nightgown when she apparently was taken through a window of her liome. A screen from a house window was found 10 feet away. Her clothing and $10 she had in her room were not missing. Beverly was described as being 4 foot 8, 54 pounds. Clavar-SlmpU-EUgant Dailgnt DUANE'S FLOWERS N. Sld� Squor* 3*5-5723 MONEYLENDERS, INC. LOANS 901 N. STATE � lOU THE TOLA REGISTER. FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1978  PAGE 3 Nameless dead convicts lie in numbered groves KING'S REC ROOM, 315 S. Stdtf, It having Its grand opohing today. Susie and Scott King, pictured bolow, told the Rec Room will be open from 10 a.m. until midnight Mondays through Saturdays. Plnboll, fooseball, pool and a |uke box will provide entertainment. (Register Photos) By HUGH A. MULLIGAN AP Special Correspondent McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Years before the computer threatened to reduce all humanity to a statistic, men liv^d and died by the numbers: 60939 12-25-1900 10-29-59 Women, too: 70376 B-F 1-16-1938 7-4-1961 Stark in their entirety, blunt as the presiding judge's gavel, these are epitaphs on the whitewashed headstones in the prison cemetery across the highway from the maximum security wing of the Oklahoma penitentiary. By the hundreds, the convict dead are lockstopped into orderly rows, each in his last narrow cell forever laid, serving the final sentence. No crosses, no sculptured angels, no uncouth rhymes implore the passing tribute of a sigh. Not even a "Beloved Father Of...," a "Loving Wife Of..." or a "Rest in Peace." All we know of 60939 is that he was ijorn on Christmas Day, 1900 and died at age 58 on Oct. 29, 1959. Somewhere along the way, melancholy marked him for her own. If he wasn't a lifer, it turned out that way. Off to the side near the unlocked gate, segregated by race and sex, 70376 B-F, a black female who died at age 23, rests in the shade of a giant Cottonwood tree. Free at last. What was her crime? How long could she have served to die so young? Was the few hundred yard journey cross the road and under the wooden arch marked "prison cemetery" her first and only trip outside those high walls since sentencing? There is no question of the fate of: W 18354 EXC White male, executed. The crude printed figures don't tell us when or why. With that low number was he hanged? Or had the electric chair come to Oklahoma by then? Time and the wind that never seems to cease blowing across these plains have obliterated the numbers on most of the other stones in "Death Row," which seems a strange designation for that part of the graveyard reserved for prisoners dispatched by the state instead of their Maker. One tombstone has its head lopped off so that only the letters "EXC" appear on the portion of stone protruding from the sod like a busted tooth. W 20391 rates yellow plastic flowers on his grave, the only evidence of .grief hereabouts, save for the keening of the locusts in the tall grass. On visitors day at the penitentiai-y, a handful of relatives may cross the road and open the gate, but perhaps months and years and decades go by without anyone pausing to remember W 11252 or B 7563. From yonder machine-gun mounted tower, sirens wail the prisoners' passing hours - get up, wash up, line up, chow up, work details, bed check -- without anymore disturbing the sleep of W 14021 or B 19722. Not ail the numbers here are nameless in death. James Whithope. Leroy Ellis, John Barber, Andrew Suggs and a few others have their names as well as their numbers on their headstones, a custom that seems to have begun around 1939, judging from the dates. Prenatal class offered Alien County Hospital is offering a prenatal class beginning July 31. Classes will run for three weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to <) p.m. in the conference room in the basement of the hospital. Lucille Hillbrant, RN, will be the instructor. The cost is $10 per couple A junior drops ouf of IHS Into college Nursing home notes Moran Manor Ruth Herrmann was a luncheon guest of her daughter, Mrs. Doris Joan Hultz. Ted Goetz accompanied his sister, Agnes Graham and husband of Tulsa, Okla. to Kansas City for the weekend to visit other relatives. Barbara Gerdsen took her mother, Louise Piatt, out for supper Friday and Wednesday afternoons. The Rev. Robert Means of the First Baptist Church conducted the Sunday morning church school. Shirley Henderson played a piano solo. Luoise Starliper, one of the cooks at the Manor is on vacation now. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burton of Paola and Charles and Betty Burton of Emporia visited their mother, Evelyn Burton Saturday. Leona Duggan s callers this week were her daughter Arlie Thompson, Colony, Lowell and Lois Swender, Blanche Green and Roy and Violet Marple of lola. Mira Kline was visited by her husband Owen and her sister, Velma McCollam of Kincaid. Phyllis M. Kinstry of lola and Cheryl Moore of Gardner visited their grandmother, Lena Main. Till and Viola Booth of Colony visited her father, Frank Cirley and Nadine Daniels visited her mother, Lena Brauer. Tuesday afternoon visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Upton were Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Ferguson. Louise West visited her mother, Nellie Hoffmeier. Wednesday Ethel Ladd went out with her daughter, Grace Thompson. Sterling Heights Manor Ida Faddis celebrated her 99th birthday anniversary Tuesday. She was honored at the Moran nursing home at noon with cake and ice cream with the other residents. Monday evening a group of close friends gathered at the Strong home to celebrate the occasion. She and Lydia Kettle, Bernice Kulp, Alice McBrayer and Ina Powell were honored at the birthday party hosted by the Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon. The movie at Sterling Heights Manor this week was "The Golden Hawk." Visitors of Ellen Knoepple the past week were Albert Knoepple, Howard and Imo Livingston and Alta Allen of Colony; her son, Al Knoepple and his wife; grandsons, Bob and Bill Knoepple and their wives and her great-grandsons,' Bobby and Rusty KpDepple, all bf Emporia; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Perry of Ottawa and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Farmer, Chanute. Frank Kenison enjoyed having his sister from Wichita have lunch with him at the Manor Saturday. Dessie Isaac had Sunday dinner with her son Don and family. Bernice Demeritt, Goldie Robinson, Frank Kenison and Whilomena Emery were out to church Sunday. Bernice Demeritt attended Senior Citizens Tuesday. Mildred Chambers attended Junior Citizens Wednesday and went iwwling Thursday. Jack Medcalf returned from the hospital Tuesday. Luverne Mary Weide entered the hospital Saturday evening. Marybell Lane brought Sunday dinner to Isaac Blake. Other visitors at the Manor this week included Mrs. Coverdalc, Ella Jensen, Charles Suffal, Mr. and Mrs Kenneth Nelson. Lester Wolf of Emporia called on his mother, Winnie Wolf. Friends of the Manor residents may visit them by telephone. The number is 365-8508. I ART SUPPLIES I PAINIS PASieiS. PENCIIS. BRUSHES PADS CANVAStS f PAPER AND MAT BOAUD IN SIOCK S t Flewkarty^ Eon Sid* ot lola Squor* 9/ lOLA AMERICAN LEGION DANCE SATURDAY, JULY 22ND MUSIC BY I SocietY deadlines: Meeting summaries 48 hours after events, ralend.ir ,in nouncements, three days in adv
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