Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 26, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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93RD YEAR, NO. 223 PHONE 073 4271ABILENE. TEX.. 79604 SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 26. 1974- FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
Associated Press (ZP)
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You just can't keep a cactus down. It will grow anywhere. This one is growing through a one-tenth of an inch space between the wire mesh screen and the frame of the fire escape of the First National Bank Parking Garage. The plant s roots take nourishment from the pigeon droppings on the lire escape. The building at the left is the First National Ely Building. (Staff Photo In John Best)
Petroleum Institute Can't Explain Statistics Conflict
By STAN BENJAMIN Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Petroleum Institute said Friday it has rechecked and partially confirmed its report of an 8 |*miHion*barrel decline in crude oil stocks for the week ended Jan. 18.
The API, an industry trade organization, said, however, that it still could not explain
the large decrease or its apparent conflict with other API statistics that seemed to indicate a stock decline of less than 791,ODO barrels.
The Federal Energy Office
pointed out the apparent discrepancy in its weekly analysis uf the API statistics and asked the API to recheck its figures.
Later in tile day, the API
Australian Floods Force Evacuation
BRISBANE. Aust ilia (AP) — Commandeered aircraft were used Friday to evacuate all but about 80 of the entire population of 600 from a flooded town in the lonely outback country of Queensland.
Authorities said those remaining were safe for the night on high ground near the airstrip.
The Queensland government ordered the emergency evacuation as Australia's worst floods this century continued to glut the island continent.
The government-commandeered private and military aircraft succeeded in shifting the people of Normunton, in the desolate Gulf of Carpentaria area.
They were flown to the coastal'city of Cairns where the evacuees were housed in public halls and private homes.
Later, an emergency helicopter evacuation was under
way in the far northwest of Queensland where th* choppers winched homesteader* from the roots of their inundated homes.
The floods have caused rn till ors of dollars of damage and destroyed thousand^ of cad of livestock.
issued a statement saying it had rechecked 14 of the 16 oil companies that .submitted the crude stock figures and ‘ each has verified the accuracy of the data submitted to us.”
The API said ii was willing to make the detailed reports available to FEO officials and it was .still trying to figure out the big decrease.
API statistical expert John Hodge* said he could not immediately explain the difference between the two figures, but would check on it quickly.
FEO deputy administrator John Sawmill and David Oliver. acting chiel of the FEO office of oil and gas statistics, told newsmen at a briefing that they expect to find the explanation in some sort of statistical reporting error and did not think the discrepancy might represent any secret stockpiling of unreported oil.
In its analysis of this week’s
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Tuition Grant Backers Win Victory
Reporter-New* Austin Bureau guage could cut off the “tui- Rights cannot be changed in monies for the “benefit of any
AUSTIN — Supporters of tion equalization plan” w'hich any proposed new eonstitu- sect. or religious society,
the “tuition equalization plan” is feeding $5 million this year tion. theological or religious semi-
and other state programs and $7,500,000 next year to pri- Religious and vocational nary.”
by which students at private vate college students. school groups had told the The Education Committee
colleges and schools get state The vote to remove the pro- committee the provision would wm complete work on the en-
Slants to help pay tuition hibition recommended by the invalidate 21 presell! laws al- . . . . dj
charges won an overwhelming Constitutional Revision Com- lowing the state to contract me o *
17-2 vote Friday in the Educa- mission found two West Texas with religious and other pri- recommendations to trie eon-
tion Committee of the Consti- senators. Jack Hightower of vate schools for services for vention floor for final debate,
tutional Convention. Vernon and W. E. (Pete) Snel- tbe mentaiiy and physically a final vote will be taken on
Actually, the vote was oil a sun of Midland, as the two handicapped. the full article before it goes
motion by Rep. Bob Vale of dissenters By excluding college*, the thP floor
San Antonio to remove the Rep. Vale moved to strike cri(': .oposal wouId have „jv. -ms makes the vote "tents-
proposal of the Constitutional the revision, saying that the J J™ . . sanrtinn tft V . ,5 I .I
Revision Commission which principle of separation of state's tuition canalization tive but the big majority in-
had called tor a prohibition church and state is adequately “ Vhth“ aTc^mfuT S^ot o rTk"a
against state aid to schools be- safeguarded in the Bdl of criticism from some cor- "n the "tam graSu to private
low the college level. Rights of the lexas Constitu- on ine sldie grams 10 pnvme
But there had been concern Hon and the U.S. Constitution. . , I( colleges and universities, yoca-
among pnvate colleges and Atty. Gen John Hill has Ole Bill of Rights prohtb.ts tmnal schools and other types
vocational schools that the lan- ruled that the slate Bill of the appropriation of slate___of non-public edacrtM.___
Judge Asks Nixon
Write Tapes Letter
WASHINGTON (APi A tapes” and the reasons that Dean III. who was then his versation he had with Dean on
federal judge on Friday asked disclosure to the committee counsel. March 21. The tapes of two
President Nixon to submit a would not be in the public in- The fifth concerns a Febru- meetings the men had that
personal letter spelling out his terest. ary 28, 1973 meeting - a time day were among those subpoe-
E of privilege on five “This statement must be when Dean said he told the naed by the Senate committee,
whit* Unite* lanpg that have j l. vt. n i , * President he. Dean, had legal along with ones of Sept. 15,
^en .uh^rhv th. 4o S,Knt<l ,h' P'eS"len'- " problems because of his post- 1972 and March 13
^e Wa W wmmitteL ’ only he can invoke the pm,- Watergate activities "and In his order. Gesetl Invited
US District Judge Gerhard issue. Gesell luled. therefore could be involved in \V atef gate prosetutoi Leo.]
A Gesetl at the same time Four of the tapes subpoe- a„ obstruction of justice." '"Tm' xnfTn.T Worn!
threw out one of the two sub- naed were among the ones , . ... probable effect that fuming
poenas the committee served given by the prosecutor and xon * sa over the five tapes to the com-
on the President demanding all are of conversations be- l^rn <>f coverup activities in nmtee would have on future
all documents of 25 White tween Nixon and John W. the White House until a con- Watergate prosecutions.
House and Nixon re-election
aides bearing on Watergate ■ ■ | Hi I I I
Hughes Fells to Show Up
July 23. ■
Gesell s order said the sub- bm ■■ Hi ■ ■
55S355 To Face Federal Charges
... and is wholly inappropriate
given the stiingent lequiie- MICHAEL MITCHELL The four others. Robert Ma- >uit against Hughes in federal
menu applicable "here a Associated Press Writer turn. Chester (' Davis. James court in Los Angeles,
hasbeen raised11”V* RENO, Nev. (AP) — Billion- H. Nail and David B Cbarney, Maheu sued Hughes after a
The committee asked the aire Howard Hughes failed to u^he^eme.ed^" news conference in
court to enforce the subpoena appear for arraignment on > bul onl> Maheu enteied 1>)S AnKejes l)unng the con-
after the President claimed stock manipulation charges in l>Iea- ference a voice, purpoiled to
executive privilege arguing federal court Friday. The Maheu |>leaded innocent to that of Hughes, said. “He
that turning over the tapes judge said he will decide next seven counts of a federal iii- i Maheu > stole me blind.”
and documents would invade Wednesday whether lo issue a dictment chaiging stock ma- '| «> iii pson said Maheu
presidential confidentiality. bench warrant tor Hughes ar- nipulation in connection with would no! have to appear in
Samuel Dash, chief counsel rest. Hughes purchase of Airw es) cuur, next ww>k for the dig.
of the Senate committee, said Hughes, charged with four Airlines lie was ordered re- missal arguments, but would
he agreed with the judge that other-men, is living in seclu- leased on a SIO. KH) personal benefit if the motions were
the documents subpoena was sion in the Bahamas. He could ^cognizance bond. successful,
vague and very broad. At the be declared a fugitive if tie The other three defendants Before Friday’* arraign-
time. Dash said, the commit- ignored a bench warrant. accepted Thompson’* offer to men!, a none to postpone the
tee didn t have enough evi- U.S. District Court Judge delay pleas until after he rules proceedings was denied by the
denee to be more specific Bruce Thompson sajd he un the dismissal motion next Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
about the materials it wanted. w()uld ^ on the ben(.h war. Wednesday. in San Francisco.
But he pointed out the deci- rard aftej- hearing pre-trial Morton (*alane. Maheu s ai jn ? move, defense
sion doest) t affect the request motions for dismissal of the tOlney, said his client entered attorneys for Hughes. Davis
for specific tapes and said a indictment against Hughes his plea so he could be free to and Nail appealed to U S. Su-
new subpoena issued bv the and ^ others. pursue his $17.3 million libel pi erne Court Justice William
committee and not yet in liti- _ - (). IMuglas for a writ which
gation was far more detailed would have stopped the ar-
m its seaith loi documentary InSIClC I OOOV raignment. bul it was denied.
Gesell ruled thai Nixon1* Tf\ f',r
r SSS? Delegates Okay $1.8 Million Budget -
( "aumail Se" sam J. En,ii Texas Constitutional Con- the popular averaqes the imhitnlent.
general' and ""nol" suihuen'th A ^8 mdl^n bud- d°Sed ** "**** I he five we,e indicted bv .
contemporaneous” to enable p ^ W°V (Bey had bequn federal grand jury in leas Ve-
the court to make a decision. as brokers pointed to "in ga> Dec. 27. t he action
I he Senate subpoena was American millers say they decisiveness and nervous- stemmed from a yeai-long Served at about the same Amerce*n v / . im/Actr,r. p curdles and Exchange Com-
limo that the spacial won t be buy.nq much ness by investors Pa. ................
Watergate prosecutor demand- Canadian wheot un ess T Ii e indictment contends
ed tape recordings of nine ,ts Pnce dnc1 Amuumenti ..... . . ha there was a conspiracy to
meetings. That issue later was costs come down rq. 4b A*»r«u*y 7* pressure directors of Airw est
decided by U.S. District Judge J . J* t«» sell to Hughe* between
John J. Sirica in favor of the Thomas and (-ranees Lau cu*«ifiW 2-7D ,June 1 an(1 ,hf
prosecutor and the tapes were ver of Modesto, Calif., Comic* *,9C (Iy> the sale was made final,
turned over — except for poi- hope their infant son— Editorials 4a Hughe> is accused of author-
tions where Sirica upheld the kidnaped one year aqo ift7nr '/mg Davis and Maheu to unprivilege claim. is with qood people who Obituor*** 2 3a lawfully manipulate the mar-
Gesell invited the President care for him Pq 12A. oy Ret price of Airwest stock by
to submit before Feb 6 a Sport* 1.5c depressing the value of the
statement “indicating whether A few issues provided most tv*!* M“,0,v stock and threatening lawsuits
he still wishes to invoke e\e< of the activity on the Tv Scour 10A against directors opposed to
utive privilege as to these stock market Friday as Wom*n'« N*w« JI the sale.
Engineers Key to Better Mileage: 'Featherfoot'
By HARRY ATKINS Associated Press Writer
DETROIT (AP) - Paul Prior’* engineering pals at Chevrolet have called him “featherfoot” for years, but in these days of gasoline shortages there is envy in their voices.
Prior, 48, a project engineer, has devoted most of his adult life to helping drivers get belter mileage from their
i'm conv.need drivers of all makes can achieve better
mileage if they observe a few basic principle*,” said Prior, who helped train Chevy drivers for competition in oil company sponsored economy runs. Drivers competed against each to determine which driver and car turned in the best fuel economy.
“More economical driving only takes practice.” Prior
said. “Basically, you have to practice being smooth, avoid hard starts and avoid unnecessary throttle movements.
“Of course the car should be tuned, with good tire pressure and wheel afignment.”
To prove his point, Prior pu* an AP newsman behind the wheel of a 1974 Impala and had him drive a 39-mile route of suburban roads A flow meter recorded the exact amount of gasoline
The normally lightfooted reporter got 12.02 miles per gallon.
Then Prior held a brief eminar on gas-saving driv-ng, gave the reporter a few ninutes practice and took him iround the course again.
This time the reporter got the help of a vacuum gauge. which shows when the car is using excess power — and
The reporter got 1.18 more miles per gallon the second time around.
Drivers can do nonmechan-cal things to help achier bet-■r mileage, too.
“Timing stop lights so you atch a majority of greens helps.” Prior said. “Don’t accelerate going up hills and observe all speed limits and you’ll save gas. too.”
Some drivers Prior has taken around the course have realized as much as a three mile per gallon improvement “The average driver drives 12.000 miles a year,” Prior said, if he got 12 nt.p.g. he d burn 1.000 gallons. But if be could get 14 m.p.g. he’d only burn 857 gallons.
“At 50 cents a gallon, which we re paying today, that s a savings of $71.30 a year,” tit said.