The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 10, 1971 · Page 5
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 5

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, October 10, 1971
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Hutchinson News Sunday, Oct, 10, 1971 Page 5 GIANT PINE—'The Leaning Giant of the Estivants' pine tract near Copper Harbor, Mich., has been named the new Michigan Champion white pine. The giant tree was measured by officials at 19-ft. 3 in. in girth at chest height. Deep in the Keweenaw Peninsula's inner woods, two members of the Michigan Nature Association, (Hutchinson Newi-UPI Talaphoto) which hopes to save the last unprotected pines in Michigan, admire the tree. The association is negotiating with Universal Oil Products of Chicago to purchase the remaining Esti- vant tract in order to save these last big trees. A fund drive is in full swing to raise money to save the trees. Farm and Fancy Road Watching Keeps Farm Housewives Busy By JANE BAUMAN Just being alive during this week's autumn days is like stringing shiny amber beads. Each day is a perfect globe to be rolled in your fingers and admired before you slip it on the silken thread. The sunrises alone are worth the price of admission. And nobody needed a fact-finding commission to report that last eve, when our full, orange moon turned on just above the blushing pear trees, it was almost too much. Made you feel that you should have donated more at the door. Bauman And with the whole countryside decorated in its October mosaic of copper- toned miio, fine-line, green wheat rows, brown earth, and young pheasants, it 's difficult to keep your eyes on the road when you're driving. So I guess it's lucky that most farm- wives spend more time looking down country roads from farmhouse windows than they do through windshields. Farmwives are dedicated road-watchers from away back. Watched for Lights About 8:30 last night, I stood at the stove, ate the worst-burnt of my fried potatoes and watched anxiously through the big east window for Pappy's tractor lights to come into sight. We farm land in all directions except north, so I've spent thousands of hours looking south, east, and west for tractors, trucks, combines, swathers, horses driving cattle and kids gunning go-carts or wheeling bikes. But mostly I guess I've gazed east, because Turon is east of us. Dr. Grieve's car usually came from the east when the kids hud pneumonia or measles. The yellow school bus always trundled into view too soon from the cast in the morning and its lights hove into sight too late at night when It carried the kids home from football or basketball practice. So after our hot-rodders got their own wheels, I stood at that same window a few times at 3 A.M. and peered with that parental mixture of anger and anxiety for their headlights to come zooming down that moonlit ribbon of road. Mailman Keith Welch toots up to our box from the east, too. And most . Friday nights, I watch for our laundry-laden youngest rolling down that road on his way home from K-State to help his dad with fall field work. Counting the Days Already we're counting the days until Thanksgiving vacation when from the east, we'll see little Grandson Matt and his parents galloping home from Texarkana to eat turkey with their back-bone families. Just hope we're not looking west for Pratt County snowplows then. Most farmwives don't watch the road much on week-end morns, because usually everybody who belongs at home is there- like the last two Saturday morns—listening to football scores and rainfall reports. The peak hours for farm-wife road- watching are at mealtimes, after school, or after field-quitting time. But the nice thing about it is that all the roads we watch from our kitchen windows lead to home ... However, I'm glad I wasn't watching the road yesterday at 1:30 P.M. . . I'was roll, ing my hair and listening to KFH when Gus Grebe announced: "I get letters!" and read one. "Dear Gus: Thought you'd like to know that the Voice of the Shockers comes in loud and clear down here in Texarkana on the car radio. I've spent the last four Saturday nights sitting in my car listening to the games ..." I guessed immediately it was from my second-oldest football fan, WSU grad, Mike. And it was. What's more, we have to mail the Hutch News and Wichita Eagle accounts of the games to him as soon as the mailman gets down the road with them. Ambitious Series Pools IRS Target The stenographers who get up a 10 cent or 25 cent baseball pool as part of the annual office World Series ritual will probably not run afoul of the federal gambling tax law. But the more ambitious em­ ploye who makes up the $50 or $100 pools with the announced intention of keeping 10 per cent or so of the take, may find himself losing money instead, if the Internal Revenue Service gets wind of it. If the pool is operated so that the promoter keeps part of the money he is subject to the payment of a $50 occupational tax In order to be registered by the tax men. Then he will have to pay 10 per cent of the gross amount wagered as a tax — about the same 10 per cent most of the promoters keep. Jim House, field auditor with the IRS at Wichita, said several complaints are filed about gambling on baseball or football pools each year — presumably by disgruntled losers or employers tired of em­ ployes wasting company time. "But we don't seem to find any that are operated so that the promoter gets a cut of the take," said House. "About all of them that we are asked to investigate are nickel and dime operations, where the winner gets the whole pot." House emphasized that the IRS would be interested in any pools where the promoter keeps part of the funds. "But, with paying us $50 for a stamp and then turning over the amount he would probably intend to keep, a person would have to be either big-hearted or rich to take a chance like this," House said. Family Fight Dangerous for Policemen By VIKI STONE The situation in which the local police officer fears most for his life and safety is not the search for a burglar in a dark building or the breaking up of a tavern brawl. It is the family fight —• knock down drag-outs between husband and wife. "I 've been threatened at the door with butcher knives and rifles," says Police Sgt. Ray Roberts, who has responded to many family trouble calls during his 18 years with the force. "I 'd sooner check out a building for a burglar any day," he insists, adding, "at least you have some idea of what to expect in a case like that." He explains that the danger of approaching a home in which a domestic battle is raging is the high emotions of the persons involved. Sometimes the parties will take out their anger on the officer. Probably the most perilous of such cases was one told by investigator Walter Walker. Tearing Up House A woman had called the station to ask if an officer could come to her house right away. Her husband was so furious he was tearing up the house. When Walker arrived at the house the other officer who was to meet him there had not arrived. The young officer decided to go it alone and try to smooth out the argument. The wife followed him into the house. Walker recalls what happened next: "I walked into the front room —the couch was turned over the television tube was smashed in. I could hear this noise but I couldn't tell where it was com ing from. "So I went into the bedroom— the dressers were turned upside down. In the kitchen the rcfrig erator was turned on its side— the door had been ripped off, knives were scattered all over the floor. "Then I saw him — a big wild-looking man of about 200 pounds was coming up the basement steps. "About half-way up he grabbed the electrical box and ripped it from the wall. Of course the whole house went black. I knew be was somewhere in the kitchen with me because I could hear him breathing." When the officer turned on his flashlight the man lunged at him and a wrestling match on the kitchen floor followed. A.s far as size, the two were a match, but the officer was able to handcuff him and make an arrest. Strength Increased Walker says that the man wasn't intoxicated, but that his emotional fury had greatly increased his strength. "It's usually easier to handle a drunken person than an emotional person because his reac­ tions are dull and slow," Walker said. Both officers agree that it is ordinarily best not to make an arrest in domestic cases. "It's usually just a matter of trying to get them calmed down," says Roberts. Usually the husband is urged to spend the night at a friend 's or rcla tive's home, he said. "But sometimes this backfires and adds more coal to the fire because this is just what the wife doesn't want him to do spend the night out," Roberts added. "We sometimes feel sort of helpless in these situations," he said. Walker notes that the young, single officer often finds domestic cases the hardest to handle: "Here's this young, unmarried man trying to smooth things out between a 50-year-old couple that has six kids." Whatever the case, most often the parties usually back out. of signing a complaint. "If they ever do get to court they've calmed down by that time and it's all love and kisses," Sgt. Roberts says. Two Calls a Day The police department receives an average of two phone calls a day from anxious wives or sometimes husbands who want an officer to come to the house and break up the battle. The calls become more frequent on the weekends, begin­ ning Friday night and also during hot weather. "Wo might get five or six calls in an eightrhour period during the weekend or all week in the summer," Roberts says. "Either it's payday and everybody goes out to celebrate and comes home drunk or it's hot weather and they can't stand each other because their nerves are so short." Investigator Walker pointed out that frequently a woman will call for an officer, just because her husband is getting the upper hand in an argument: "She wants us to be there so she can get her two-cents in without him wiping up the floor with her." "And then sometimes if we get too pushy with her husband she jumps all over us." He laughs and adds: "I'd rather fight a man than a woman. All you can do is restrain a woman — you can't just hit her with all your might. 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