Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 11, 1974 · Page 1
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The Sd/fdf says: ,.i ,It's a switch: What soms voters want is Representation without Taxation, _A - V T— ..j Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn New battery opens way for electric car Two recent wire stories hold significance for the motoring public. Item One: One of the largest of the international oil companies, Shell, warns that within 30 years the world will find that the Age of Oil is about to be phased out. Hem Two: Argonne National Laboratories at Argonne, 111., announced that its scientists have developed a light new storage battery which in about two and a half years will be powering electric cars with a range of 100 miles before requiring recharging. While a 100-mile range is only half that of gasoline-fueled automobiles the Argonne announcement observed that 75 per cent of the total annual mileage run by U.S. cars is on trips of 50 miles or less. So the new battery is a scientific break-through for three-quarters of all the motoring we do. Principal components of the new battery are lithium and sulfur. It is lighter, less bulky, and cheaper than today's lead- acid batteries. Battery weight is a critical item in the development of an electric car to meet today's service demands. The laboratory announcement reported that a sub-compact car such as the Pinto weighs 2,801) pounds, but an electric car with lead- acid batteries to give it a range of 100 miles would require batteries weighing 3,000 pounds- more than the weight of the car itself. But the new lithium-sulfur batteries for a range of 100 miles would weigh only 500 or 600 pounds, plus the advantage of being cheaper. This is the most far-reaching automotive news of our generation. The electric car was fairly common around 1912, but was driven off the market by the superior range of gasoline power. As a boy visiting an aunt at Quincy, 111, in 1912 I had the good fortune to get a demonstration ride in—and drove briefly—a Baker electric coupe. In those days the electric was ridiculed as "a nice old lady's car"—but the nice old lady who was my aunt didn't buy it, despite the noisy protests of her 12-year-old nephew. That early Baker electric had a trayful of lead-acid batteries and a range of 40 miles. But the batteries were heavy, and a replacement set probably exceeded the cost of the vehicle. There have been some gains over the years in solving the problem of two-heavy storage batteries. The greatest up to now was the invention of the lightweight and long-lived (10 years) nickel-cadmium battery—which powers the electronic flash equipment for cameras, and various cordless appliances, a notable one being the cordless electric shaver. But the nickel - cadmium battery in a size to serve only a gasoline car costs in the neighborhood of $130—and the cost of a set of such batteries for an electric auto would be astronomical. So the new lithium-sulfur battery announcement is a giant step for highway transport, as we near the end of the Age of Oil. The other alternative, for long-range driving, is the steam-powered car burning vegetable oil—of which there is an unlimited supply, since it is replenished from seasonal crops. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. s ff •.. Hempstedd County- Home of the Bowie Knife VOL. 75— NO. 282 —10 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Knterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. 1374 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31. 1974—1.080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE lOc Two queens chosen in annual event I -\ ^^xta^A / FAIR QUEEN Charlene Gilbert (left), and Hempstead County's favorite Little Miss, Cheryl Lynn Flagg hold their trophies and smile for the camera. They will represent Railroad officers. 3 others indicted —Hope M'K-)'Star photo by Pod Rogers Hempstead County at this year's Third District Livestock Show which comprises 17 counties. The show gets underway Monday, Sept. 23 with a downtown parade in Hope. Misses Gilbert, Flagg will represent County WASHINGTON (AP) - Two former Penn Central Railroad officers and three other men have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to misapply $4.2 million in Penn Central funds. The Justice Department said today that the five also were charged with mail and wire fraud in a 23-count indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia Tuesday. The defendants are David C. Bevan, former chairman of the finance committee and chief financial officer of the now-bankrupt Penn Central Transportation Co.; William R. Gerstnecker, former corporate vice president of Penn Central; Fidel Gotz, a West German financier who lives in Vaduz, Lichtenstein; Joseph H. Rosenbaum, a Washington, D.C., lawyer, and his brother, Francis N. Rosenbaom. Bevan and Gerstnecker were charged with actually mis- applying the money. The indictment charged that from July 1969 until about Nov. 1, 1970, the defendants conspired to misapply Penn Central funds through a scheme involving a $10 million loan Penn Central obtained from a German bank syndicate.. The defendants allegedly arranged the loan by falsely representing the intended use of the money and then diverting $4.2 million of the loan to Gotz through a dummy Lichtenstein company, First Financial Trust. The Lichtenstein corporation also was named a defendant in the conspiracy indictment. "Under the stated terms of such loan, the loan proceeds were to be used to finance the rehabilitation of rundown railroad cars and equipment used by the Penn Central Transportation Co. in its business," the indictment said. Charlene Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Gilbert of Route 1, Washington, was crowned Hempstead County Fair Queen at the annual pageant Tuesday night at Red River Vocational-Technical school. The title of Little Miss Hempstead County went to Cheryl Lynn Flagg, five-and-a- half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Flagg of 1707 Summit Drive, Hope. Charlene, who is blonde haired and hazel-eyed, is 17 years old and a student at Hope High School. She is five feet seven inches tall, and weighs 127 pounds. She is active in Future Homemakers, and Future Business Leaders. Her hobby is piano-playing. Cheryl, a brunette, is three- feet nine inches tall, and weighs 43 pounds. She takes dancing lessons, and likes to talk about her new baby brother, Disney on parade, and kindergarten. Runner-up to Charlene in the Queen contest was Wanda Jean McJunkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McJunkins of Saratoga, Ark. She has brown hair and hazel eyes, is 20 years old, and a student at Red River Vo-Tech. Her hobbies are sewing, singing, and cooking. Runner-up to Cheryl in the Little Miss contest was Jennifer Dare Butler, three-and-a-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derris Butler of Route 2. Jennifer has very dark brown hair and eyes, weighs 29 pounds, and likes to attend Sunday School. The contest was sponsored by the Hope Optimist Club. Ray Davis was master of ceremonies. The reigning queen for 1973 was Lucie Thornton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oris Thornton. Reigning Little Miss of 1973 was Christie Gunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gunter. Boswell withdraws, McLarty stays LITTLE ROCK (AP) Dean Boswell Jr. of Bryant withdrew his name as a potential candidate for chairman of the state Democratic party Tuesday night. He then called on Mack McLarty, 28, of Little Rock to do the same, but McLarty said he would not comply for the reasons Boswell had stated. Boswell also said the party should take a position on the proposed amendment which would remove the 10 per cent constitutional limitation on interest rates. "Our party cannot hide from such an issue, and the voters are entitled to know where the party stands," Boswell said. McLarty is the choice of David H. Pryor, the Democratic nominee for governor. He also is Pry or's campaign treasurer. Traditionally, the party has named its nominee's choice to the post. The new chairman will be chosen this year for the first time under a procedure adopted two years ago. The new procedure does not provide for a formal recommendation from the gubernatorial nominee. "With both our names withdrawn," Boswell said, "our party can go into the convention concerned with controversial issues as distinguished from controversial nominees for chairman." In a prepared statement, Boswell said Mclarty "was, and is, deeply involved personally, financially and politically, in the continuing effort to achieve passage of the usury amendment. His involvement in the passage of the usury amend- ment will overshadow his other efforts on behalf of the party and its nominees." McLarty is a partner in the little Rock advertising agency which is handling the campaign for the proposed usury amendment. The proposed amendment would give the legislature power to set such limits. Mcl^arty repeated this contention Tuesday night that his partnership in the agency should not preclude his possible selection for party chairman He also has said he has not been "all that active" in the advertising agency lately and that his principle business is automobile and truck sales and leasing. If McLarty withdraws, Pryor "should permit the democratic process to take place in the selection of a new chairman," Boswell said. He added that several persons should be nominated for the party chairmanship. Boswell said Pryor's "handpicked choice for chairman," obviously, was "benefitting from a massive effort to make sure that he has no opposition for that post." Boswell said the voting public would not be "influenced by a political party that avoids democratic processes in its own affairs, nor will they be impressed by a political party that avoids taking positions on important issues." The statement was a reference to a decision by members of the Democratic Platform Committee Saturday to omit all references to the proposed usury amendment from the party (Continued »" Page Two; with 82 on board crashes CHARLOTTE, N. C. (AP) An Eastern Air Lines jet carrying 78 passengers and a crew of four crashed into a wooded hillside today as it was approach- Boycott of schools seen in Boston By DANIEL Q. HANEY Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of white parents are expected to keep their children home on Thursday when Boston public schools open under a court-ordered integration plan which requires the busing of 18,200 pupils. Even the parents of pupils who are not scheduled to be bused say they will keep their children out of school in sympathy for those who are. Officials say some schools will be virtually empty. Fran Johnnene, one of the boycott leaders, predicts that about 40 per cent of Boston's 94,000 public school pupils will skip first-day classes. Other an- tibusing spokesmen, such as City Councilor Thomas P. O'Neil predict an even higher figure. The integration plan was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity. He said the city's schools were segregated both through housing patterns and official manipulation. Of the total number of pupils to be bused, 8,500 are white and 9,700 are black. Violent opposition to busing by many parents manifested itself on Monday when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was booed and splattered with a tomato when he attempted to speak to an angry crowd of some 8,000 to 10,000 demonstrators in front of Boston's federal building. The Home and School Association, similar to the Parent Teacher Association, has led the drive to thwart the integration plan. Its strategy is to arouse enough opposition to force officials to give up on integration. Boycott organizers have asked parents to keep their children out of school for at least two weeks. They say they will map further plans after that. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has threatened legal action to enforce truancy laws if there is widespread absenteeism. Fair ticket outlets are announced A list of ticket outlets for the Third District Livestock Show activities has been announced by Royce Pendergrass, Fair manager. They are: Area-wide: Phi Beta I^ambda Club of Red River Vocational Technical School. Hope: Hope uons Club, Business & Professional Women's Club, Safeway, Citizens National Bank, First National Bank, Anderson- Frazier Insurance, House of Music, Lewis-McLarty, Deanna Drugs, Village Rexall Pharmacy, Russell's Country Store, Impson-Wood Veterinary Hospital, Double-M Western Store, Hope Melonaires (Square-Dance Club), and River City tickets only from the Hope High School Student Council. Prescott: Liberty Valu-Mart. Saratoga: Bill and Homer's One-Stop. Texarkana: G-Sharpe Music Company and the Western Store. ing fog-shrouded Douglas Municipal Airport here. There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties, but a spokesman at Memorial Hospital reported about 12 persons were brought there for treatment. William Rawlings, the airline's sales manager for the Charlotte district, said Eastern ground personnel were in contact with the jet moments before it crashed. "Our Eastern people had no idea anything was wrong. Everything appeared normal. There was fog this morning but the exact cause we do not know," Rawlings said. The DC9-30, a stretched version of the DC9, was Eastern's Flight 212. It had left Charleston, S. C., on schedule at 7 a.m. It crashed at 7:33 a.m. about two miles from the Charlotte airport. An Eastern spokesman said 71 of the passengers were bound for Charlotte. Seven others were scheduled to go on aboard the plane to Chicago, he said. Mayor John Belk of Charlotte and other witnesses who reached the scene before police blocked all traffic in a two-mile radius said the jet apparently exploded after hitting the ground. Mrs. Thomas Cox, whose home is less than a mile from the crash site, said she heard the jet as it passed her house. She said there were "three big booms when it went right over our house. I never heard it (a plane) sound like that before.". "They brought one (person) down and put him on my porch. He was pretty badly burned. He lay there for a long time'," Mrs. Cox said. The plane crashed about two miles south of Charlotte's city limits, one mile off Interstate 77. c In Miami, Eastern officials identified the jet's pilot as Capt. J. E. Reeves, 48, who joined the company in 1956. The first officer was listed as James M..Daniels Jr., 36, and the flight attendants were E. A. Kertli and J. C. Watson. All were based in Atlanta. Ervin Melton, a rescue member of the Woodlawn Fire Department, said he found four men and one of the flight attendants when he arrived at the crash. "The four men were conscious but were badly burned. The stewardess said she was okay, to take care of them," Melton said. Boots Smith's birthday marks 28 yrs. with Star fe —Hope (Ark.) Star photo George (Boots) Smith, Jr., a pressman for The Star for 28 years, celebrated his 63rd birthday Sunday, Sept. 8. He is on vacation, but the staff got this picture for the occasion. Boots joined The Star Oct. 15, 1946. Before that he was a logger for Bruner-Ivory Handle Co. His first 15 years as an adult were spent working for George W. Ware, then director of the Experiment Station east of Hope. Mr. Smith's career with The Star spans the period from old letterpress days to today's modern offset printing plant. In the old days he handled alone the Duplex flatbed press—which to the small-city newspaper business was what the DCS was to the airlines. Today's complex rotary offset press requires a crew of three: D.E. (Gene) Allen, head pressman, Danny Lewallen, and Boots. Mr. and Mrs. Smith reared five boys and a girl. They are: R.D. Smith, Baptist preacher at El Reno, Okla., where he also serves as a security guard and counselor in the federal prison. Koscoe Smith, with a Ph.D. degree, assistant director of the Independent School District at Dallas, Texas. George Smith III, employed by the Wynnewood plant in Oakhaven. James Smith, part-time barber while attending school in Dallas, and holding another jub with Braniff International. Jimmy Charles, in a trade school at Dallas. The daughter, Gwendolyn i Mrs. J.O. Elliby), is a stewardess for Braniff International and part-time supervisor of stewardesses, stationed at Harlingen, Texas. Mr. Smith is a deacon in the Kismg Star Baptist Church

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