The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 16, 1968 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 16, 1968
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Fag* Twdvt «- MythevUlt (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, January 11,186* DECKS AWASH, the USS Thomason takes on fuel from the carrier USS Kearsarge off Norfli Vietnam in the Tonkin Gulf. ^Enriched Air' Tried In Apollo Capsule By LAWRENCE LEE AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston Tex. (AP) — Pressed for time U.S. space officials begin testing "enriched air Wednesday as a safer substitute for the pure oxygen atmosphere that fed the fire which killed three astronauts early last year atop their rocket at Cape Kennedy. Pressed for money, the agency has junked a 1970 pure sci> ence research flight using secret reconnaissance photography techniques. The decision to scrap the flight was made Dec. 27 but acknowledged only Monday. The atmosphere decision was reached Saturday by a board of space scientists named after the tragedy to assure the fire safety of future American spacecraft. They acted after a dummy of the new, more fireproof Apollo command ship flunked five of 38 burn tests in which Manned Spacecraft Center engineers purposely shortdcircuited its wiring. Control panels, cables and soundproofing material blazed unacceptably. Wednesday testing resumes with the ship filled with a mix of 60 per cent oxygen and 40 per cent nitrogen, intended to keep overheated wiring from so easi-1 after a 20-month pause, and the ly triggering firesm The air we breathe is 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen and the rest, traces of rare gases. Pure oxygen is food for fire, but was used safely in pre-Apollo, Mercury and Gemini flights. NASA defended it strongly in the probe after the fatal blaze. Oxygen requires less plumbing than a mix, making for a lighter spacecraft and simpler spacesuits. The agency said Monday that "enriched air is merely an option to its scientists, and that, in any case, spacecraft will be filled with pure oxygen, once in orbit. There, a fire could be put out instantly by letting the oxygen rush into the vacuum of space. If Ide fire problems mean ma- or changes in the Apollo design, they could delay delivery of the first model, to be flown this summer in Americas first manned space venture since December, ]9GG. North American Rockwell Corp., its builder, is committed to deliver it March 15, although April or May delivery is more likely. A delay past lale spring could endanger NASAs intention to get Americans in space again moon before the end of 1969. The flight killed last month late in the planning stages was a mission devised to orbit pure science experiments. Designated Apollo Applications Program Flight 1A, its original missions included mapping (lie moon, photographing the earth and biology and astronomy experiments. The moon mapping plan was dropped because the lunar orbiter program was so successful, and because the Defense Department, which helped design the instruments to be used, argued that the peace - oriented space program might be damaged by borrowing reconnaissance techniques developed [o secret military satellites. Til same argument was used against earth photography plans. AAP, the only pure scienci jrojcct in the space program ;ol $75 million less from Con ress last year than the agency asked, and an estimated $50 nillion from the cancelled flight A will be used to maintain research for later AAP flights in vhich used-up rocket stages will Ue used as orbiting workshops and observatories. Alaska Flood Disaster Relief Politically Slanted? SB A Silent on Why of Loans By JOSEPH E. MOHBAT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The fed eral government refuses to sa; why it lent a prominent Alaski Democrat nearly all he askei for and cut in half the request o ;he state's Republican govcrno after the Fairbanks flood dam aged their neighboring motels ast August. The Small Business Adminis ration, which lent the money, would say no more than who gol how much. But it insisted poli- ics was not involved. The Budget Bureau refused to ell what caught ledgling lawyer Wilson Stak In 2-Prong es Al Move By LOUIS NEVIN Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Harold Wilson slaked (he life of his Labor government today on a two-prong drive to make Britain solvent, with slashing cuts in military spending abroad and social services at home. The program, which Wilson unveils in the House of Commons this afternoon, reportedly included withdrawal of most British forces east of Suez by 1971. four years ahead of the target announced last July, and cancellation or reduction of the billion-dollar contract to buy 50 American Fill bombers. Under pressure from Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Sin- | keep a token presence in his is| land state after 1971. Wilson's statement will be followed by a two-day debate, beginning Wednesday. At its conclusion Thursday will come a vole of confidence in which the government is assured of victory by the Labor party's Commons majority of 85 votes. But Wilson may have to accept the resignation of a misister or two wiiose favorite projects were treated especially rough. I Regardless of how Labor's ; left wing may howl at the cuts ; in the social services, no sizabl | segment of the party is going t ' precipitate a revolt which xvoul i force the government to face I general election it would be cei ' tain to lose. This means tha gapore, the Cabinet agreed to | Wilson does not have to call a ANOTHER YOUNG CHURCHILL it in the political picture ID England, reedUnf • naif century ago when (he late prime mlnlrter, left, flnt tonght a scat in Parlla- neat. HU craMton, Wtarton ChwchUL •( right, if now » Tory cuNMite ta etoctiooi Nov. & election for another three years, and he is banking in getting Britain into the black before tvien, a miracle that would insure the Laboriles another lease on the government and a bright page in British history. Wilson and the Cabinet decided to speed up the withdrawal from Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf despite pleas for delay from Washington and the four Commonwealth partners in the region—Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. President Johnson wrote Wilson privately that he did no wish to interfere but felt this was an ill-timed moment to an- naunce new plans for withdrawal. However, the . situation Commons and the Labor Party was in direct contrast to that i the U.S. Congress, where mil tary spending has priority ove domestic programs and the lat ler are Kie fist; tages in an iniliay spndng w hiiiiiata military spending were the price for the Laborite rank-and ile's acceptance of cutbacks a : ionic. The new austerty campaign s designed to back up the de- 'auation of the pound Nov. and is based on the age-old Brit- sh dictum that the island kingdom "must export or die. It was drafted against a back. [round of industrial stagnation, vith unemployment last report- Veinberg when he spotted the oans in a routine budget check nd referred them to his supe- iors. But the SBA acknowledged ft s tightening its disaster loan riteria said SBA administrator lobert C. Moot: "While the Fairbanks loans r ere not the sole factor in hanging our criteria, I must ay I saw nothing in these cases dissuade me from changing hem. "But I found no evidence of ny collusion, fraud, malfea- ance, or partisanship in these ases." The largest loan in the wake t the August flood of the Chena iver, $894,000, went to L. Don- Id Pruhs' Golden Nugget Moel. Until a month ago, Pruhs as chairman of the Democrat- central committee for th laskan interior. He's now ember of the party's stal etitral committee. Employed as a supervisor i •uhs' contracting firm is Ale Miller, Alaska's Democratic m tional committeeman. "I'm certainly not going t apologize for being a Demo crat." Pruhs said Monday afte details of the loan were mad public. "I was a Democrat lonj before the flood, and I didn 1 start the flood. Because I wa central district chairman, they look my loan and examined i ivhen it was just one of 2,500 loans. "I don't know anything abou any other loans. I submittei mine and tbal's the only one I'm interested in." The loan required no highei approval than that of the SBA's San Francisco office, but government sources reported tha 'ruhs retained a Washington at- torney to help him get it. Involved was a regular SBA loan of about $690,000— previously approved but not paid— combined with claim into a $200,000 damage a disaster loan, which carries a lower interest rate and allows the borrower an additional 20 years to repay. Across the street from Pruhs' 38-unit Golden Nugget, which opened last May, is the 106- room Travelers Inn, owned b Republican Gov. Walter J. Hick" 1. Larger and built on lower ground, it suffered— by Pruhs the eye of own estimate— greater flooe Robert M. damage. Hickel asked the SBA for $1.2 million, including the refinanc- ng of two mortgages. He got 623,400. The governor's broth- r, Vernon, who manages the Travelers Inn, said the agency Save him scant help in refinanc- ng the mortgages-and cut ack his damage request nearly 100,000 to about $475,000. Moot, with an SBA lawyer at is side, refused to confirm or eny Hickel's figures. He even efused to reveal the amount ach loan applicant asked. Whatever excited the interest f the Budget Bureau's Wein- erg— whose job is to review the BA's books to ensure that it's managing its money economi- ally— others caught the politi- al implications of the case. A reliable informant 'told The \P it was brought -to President Johnson's attention by Budget Director .Charles L. Schultze as allow ^Weinberg ta be inter-130 years to pay back the loan- viewed. But combined with Johnson's demand for fiscal restraint by federal agencies, said Moot, the incident will have considerable impact on SBA policies.For one thing, he said, the agency will take an extra day or two from now on to make sure claimants have suffered all the damage they list and have no other source of funds. ' I'll be the first to admit that in a program like this we can make some goofs sometimes," Moot said. "But when we make these loans, we have no idea whether the guy's a Democrat or a Republican. "And I must say, going down this list (of the biggest Fairbanks loans), there was plenty of partisan leadership on both sides." The SBA sent 90 men to Fair- banks'last August. By the first of the year they had approved nore than $5 million in disas- ;er loans to businesses, nearly i6 million to homeowners. In a. telephone interview, Pruhs said he estimated damage to his motel at "slightly over $200,000." But his disaster oan is for $894,000. "It's a little confusing, 1 ' WARNING ORDER In the Chancery Court, Chickasawba District Mississippi Co- mty, Arkansas. Dee H. Minion, Plaintiff, vs. No. 17472 Betty J. Minton, Defendant. The defendant, Betty J. Mm :on, is hereby warned to appear vithin thirty days in the court lamed in the caption hereof and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Dee H. Minton. Dated this 29th day of Decem- icr, 1967. GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk Slbert S. Johnson, Attorney antes M. Gardner. Atty Ad Litem. 1-2, 9, 16, 23 d at 538,000, or 2.3 per cent of ':ie working population. Wilsons aim is two-fold: to hift $2.4 billion in national re- ources—money, manpower and materials—from production for omestic consumption and ottier onesscntials to production fo xport by fiscal 1970-71 ;and to lop up $1.2 billion to f 1.4 billion domestic purchasing power In the Chancery Court, Cliick- isawba District, Mississippi Co- jnty, Arkansas. Ars. J. E. Jones, Plaintiff, vs. No. 17466 ohn W. Noble el al, Defendant. The defendants, John W. Nole, T. E. "Joggs" Miles, and ernon M. Jones, as Executors of the Last Will and Testament of John Elmer Jones, deceased; and John W. Noble, T. E. "Joggs" Mile;t, and Vernon M. Jones, as Trustees of the Testamentary Trust of John Elmer Jones deceased, are hereby warned to appear within thirty days in the court named in the caption hereof and answed the complaint of the plaintiff, Mrs. J. E. Jones. Dated this 22nd day of December, 1967 at 11:30 o'clock a.m. GERALDINE LISTON, Clerk Oscar Fendler, Attorney Elbert S. Johnson Atty Ad Litem 12-28, 1-2, 9, U the two were preparing the new budget last month at the LBJ Ranch. This report could not be officially confirmed. An administration source conceded, "It's possible—but only in a vague, 'ruhs said. "When I built the Golden Nuget, I applied for a egular SBA loan for about 690,000. The money was too ight here in Alaska for me to lorrbw it privately. "It was approved, and we were about to sign the final pa- at the 3 per cent disaster rate. An SBA spokesman said it's not unusual for the agency to refinance earlier loans with disaster money if the disaster threatens to make the borrower unable ta get out from under. 'All we want to do," Moot said, "is to make sure the man doesn't have to pay any more than he was paying before." Pruhs told The AP; "It (the flood damage) was awful. It entirely flooded my 12-foot, basement and left 18 inches on the first floor ... But, you should have seen the Travelers Inn across the street. We're built on a crown, and he's down : ldwer. He was really hit. It's owned by the governor, you know." Contacted by telephone in Anchorage, manager Hickel of the Travelers Inn recalled: "Most of our valuable property is on the first floor—restaurant, bar, 50 rooms.:We had 1820 inches on that floor. We had to replace rugs, bedding,- furniture, almost everything 1 . "We did pretty well on the reconstruction and replacement part of our loan—but they still cut us back nearly $100,000. And they just wouldn't give us,the help we needed on the two mortgages. "... I honestly don't think we were equitably dealt with. You could see it all throughtown. It was really lopsided—right down political lines. You go through this town and see who got what and who didn't, and check their :arty hookups. "What upset around here is some people that they all weren't treated by any consistent formula. There was. ho consistent application of the loan standards, if you follow me." Said SBA Administrator Moot: 'When you have a number of loan officers of varying backgrounds, you get a wide range of judgments, from liberal to tight. In the cases you're talking about, the judgments .were certainly within 1 our criteria; pers when the flood hit. With the damage, I told the SBA I'd go bankrupt if the loan weren't refinanced, the entire They agreed, $894,000 loan and was classified as a disaster loan." The interest rate on regular general way. • I small, business loans of this"type You don't bring single cases'is between 5 and 6 per cent, like this to the President." The Budget Bureau would not SBA officials said—repayable in 10 years. Now Pruhs will have THREE ENGINES, including one in the tail, will power an upcoming jetliner with a capacity of up to 300 .passengers. Each of the turbofan engines on the new Lockheed L-1011 will develop better than 33,000 pounds thrust, almost double engines in current airline use. Win-You-Over Special Plymouth Fuiy III WIN-YOU-OVER FURY SPECIALS With the following extras at a reduced price: all-vinyl interior • vinyl roof • light package • lender skirts • white sidewall tires • deluxe wheel covers • dark argent paint in body side moldings and on rear deck applique • bright seat side shields. 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