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Twister Year' Unusual One KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the advent of cold weather the 1977 tornado season is winding down, the National Severe Storms Forecast Center reports, and it said it has been an unusual year. The center reported there have been slightly more than 800 tornadoes this year, about 125 more than the average across the past 20 years. There have been 42 deaths, well below the average of 110 over the same span. Allen C. Pearson, director of the center in Kansas City, said the tornado season is nearly over because cooler air now is dominant throughout the country and a collision of warm and cool air is a principal ingredient in the pressure cooker that spawns a tornado. But he also is quick to point out that there is no time when there might not be a tornado somewhere in the country, and he is expecting 20 to 30 more before the end of the year. Pearson, who measures the twisters by the word "significance ", said the most significant this year—so far—hit North Birmingham, Ala., on April 4, leaving 22 dead, 130 injured and 15 million in properly damage. And the second most significant tornado happening, he said, was an outburst of eight twisters in seven hours on May 4 in a rather narrow belt from Lawrence in eastern Kansas, across the south fringe of the the Kansas City area to Sedalia, Mo. Properly damage was estimated al $10 million bul there were only Ihree dealhs, all in or near Pleasanl Hill, Mo. "II was Ihe worst local outbreak of tornadoes on record," Pearson said. Almost half the states have had a significant number of tornadoes in 1977. The tabulalion shows 112 in Texas, 68 in Nebraska, 54 in Oklahoma, 35 in Iowa, 33 in Illinois, 32 in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana, 31 in Michigan, 30 in Mississippi and North Dakola, 28 in South Dakola, 25 in Minnesota and North Carolina, 20 in Ohio, 19 in Kansas, 17 in Arkansas, 16 in Georgia, 15 in Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, 12 in Pennsylvania and 10 in Virginia. 1 News In Brief Hostages Treated Well SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — About 1,500 workers holding some 250 hostages at gunpoint for the third day today inside the Labor Ministry say the captives, mostly women, are receiving food and good treatment. The government refused to negotiate with the heavily armed leftists, members of the Popular Revolutionary Bloc, and called the takeover "a conspiracy on the part of the Communist Party." In a statement distributed to newsmen late Friday, the workers said they would not release their hostages until the government raises the minimum wage for farm laborers as well as textile workers who have been on strike at three textile factories for more than a month. The workers — believed armed with shotguns, pistols and automatic weapons — seized the downtown building Thursday morning during a street protest. Two of the captives are cabinet members: Labor Minister Roberto Escobar Garcia and Economy Minister Roberto Or*'z Avalos. The group's statement said that besides receiving humane treatment, the hostages were being allowed to telephone their families. Torrijos Would Resign PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos said today he would resign if the U.S. Senate decided his regime is an obstacle to ratification of the Panama Canal treaty. "The interests of the country are ahead of the interests of General Torrijos," he told a delegation of U.S. senators who were concluding a four-day trip to Panama. Torrijos also agreed to take steps to end human rights violations in Panama, saying he hoped to enhance prospects for U.S. approval of the treaty. The general appealed to the senators for swift ratification of the treaty in exchange for his willingness to act on the humali rights problem. Torrijos said approval of the accords were needed to permit Panama to-improve its international economic position. The general said he will move immediately to abolish marshal law provisions that have *been in effect since 1969. New Orleans Vote Heavy NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cool, clear day brought a heavy voter turnout today in a runoff election for mayor between a white city councilman and the first black ever to mount a serious campaign for the office. Early returns indicated more than 70 per cent of the city's 228,000 registered voters would cast ballots in the race between Ernest Morial, 48-year-old black former appeal court judge, and Joe DiRosa, 60, a city councilman for 12 years. The winner will succeed Moon Landrieu, a former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors who is forbidden by law from running for a third term. Both Morial and DiRosa are Democrats, but their names appear without party affiliation on the non-partisan ballot. Nomadic No Longer Tumbleweeds galore provided a huge playground this week for 'youngsters In northwest Flnney County. Here Scott Blackburn leaps off a pig shed which has been almost burled with mounts of the nomadic plants. Most of the tumbleweeds blew in during Tuesday night's storm and lodged to form this compact playground. John Montre Garden City Telegram 15c a Copy Vol. 49 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 12, 1977 18 Pages -No. 11 Wrapped Up by Thanksgiving? Finney UW $23,000 Off Goa Weather Sunrise?:2l SunselS::!! C'k'ur to parti} 1 cloudy anil mild today through Sunday. Highs Sunday upper 60s to low 70s. Lows tonight upper :(us to low •10s. Winds III to 20 niph tonight. Temperatures Tor the 24 hours ending 7 a.m. Saturday. Finney County's United Way drive is about three- fourths of the way there, and officials are hoping it will be wrapped up by Thanksgiving. Steve Wilkinson, United Way president, said Saturday that so far about $65,000 has been collected. The goal is $88,450. . "We have several outstanding pledges," said Wilkinson, "and we're still optimistic about making the goal." Korean Explosion Toll at Least 52 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rescue workers dug through the rubble of 9,500 buildings in the city of Iri today looking for more victims of the huge dynamite explosion that killed at least 52 persons, injured 1,340 and caused an estimated $10 million damage. President Park Chung-nee flew from Seoul 120 miles south to Iri, where 30 tons of dynamite in a parked freight train blew up Friday night in what officials called the worst peacetime blast in South Korean history. Park ordered an estimated $10 million allocated for relief and reconstruction. Officials said the explosion left al least 14,000 of Iri's 120,000 residents homeless and 40 percent of the buildings in the city were destroyed or damaged. Most structures within one- half mile of the railroad station, the scene of the blast, were flattened or suffered severe damage. The station was razed and about 30 freight cars lorn apart. Many of Ihe injured were lisled in critical condition and hospitals were faced with a serious shortage of blood. The Korean Red Cross appealed for donations. Police said the cause of the explosion was under investigation. Witnesses said the blast, which left a crater 60 feet deep, occurred a few minutes after a man ran from a freight car about 9 p.m. screaming: "Fire, fire." Police said the man, who was assigned by the Korea Explosives Co. of Inchon to oversee its dynamite shipment, told them he saw flames ' in the ceiling of a freight car carrying the explosive and other chemicals. He said the collection pace is a bit behind that of last year, bul the money is still coming in. This year's drive was kicked off Sept. 21 and was staled to be wrapped up this week. "The economy has had an effect on it," said Wilkinson, "but I honeslly do Ihink we're going lo make it." Most of the money is spent locally, he said, and he thinks people will support the participating organizations. "I would urge people who have yel lo make Iheir con- tribulions lo do so as soon as possible," said Wilkinson. "We plan lo wrap Ihis up by Thanksgiving." This year's budgel list $21,000 for Ihe American Red Kansas Basks In Sunshine TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Thanks lo a ridge of high pressure well eslablished over the eastern parl of Ihe plains slales, Kansas basked in sunshine and was embarked on whal promised lo be a beauliful fall weekend. Temperatures were mild for mid-November wilh highs from Ihe 60s in Ihe east lo near 70 in Ihe wesl forecasl for today, and from Ihe middle 60s to Ihe low 70s for Sunday. Crosss; $2,300 for the Arthritis Foundation; $17,000 for Santa Fe Trail Council Boy Scouts of America; $2,000 for Christian Rural Overseas Program; $400 for Girl Scout Litlle House Trustees; $12,000 for Tumbleweed Council Girl Scouts; $2,350 for Kansas Children's Service League; $6,500 for Logopedics Inslilule; $2,700 for Mental Health Associalion; $6,000 for Russell Child Development Center; $4,000 for Salvation Army; $3,000 for United Cerebral Palsy; $500 for United Service Organization; $5,000 for Youth Service Committee, YMCA; and $3,700 for United Way administration. Should the drive fall short, for example by 10 per cent, all allocations lo parlicipaling agencies would be decreased by 10 per cent. Should il go over the goal, by 10 per cenl all allocations would be increased by 10 per cent. Dodge City GARDEN CITY Gnodland Russell Salina Topeka Wichita Mnx. 64 6ti 64 57 55 53 60 39 33 30 32 31 27 Prec. Garden Sass A lot of people don't exaggerate, Gus Garden says, I hey just remember big. Maytag Self-Service laundry—64 machines. On Fulton across from Wheat Land Motor Inn.—Adv. "Estee Lauder" only at Hoovers.—Adv. Rock-Pitching Phantom Of Santa Ana Captured SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A man who lived in an isolated hillside cave for more than a year, emerging occasionally to throw rocks at cars driving on the Riverside Freeway, has been Iracked down and arrested. James Horlon Jr., 42, was identified Friday by highway palrol officers as the so-called Phantom of Santa Ana Canyon, who smashed more than 70 windshields in the last year, seriously injuring two drivers. An unarmed sheriff's deputy who tried lo capture the man last May was slabbed in the neck, but not seriously wounded. Horlon was arrested at Ihe mouth of Ihe man-made 4-by 6-foot cave by a Iracking parly which followed him for more than three miles, authorities said. Horton said he had lived in the brush for more than a year because he "didn't want to be bothered by people." He was booked into Orange County jail for investigation of assault wilh a deadly weapon, violations of Ihe slate vehicle code pertaining to throwing objects at moving cars and misdemeanor trespassing, since his cave was on private property. Border Palrol Agent Jack Kearney said Horton called out "I quit, I quit," as his hideaway was surrounded. "He was very, very scared," Kearney added. Officers said Horton had been subsisting on oranges and lemons stolen from nearby groves, wild black walnuts and food salvaged from garbage cans at a nearby golf club. Finney Irrigation Well Trial Judge Says Couple Entitled to Damages By RODNEY HOFFMAN A Holcomb farm couple will probably appeal a Friday's district court decision saying they were guilty of mis representing irrigalion farmland wilh wells thai were going dry. The verdict againsl John and Marilee Miller came afler 2% days of teslimony in Finney County District Court. Afler the decision, Millers' altorney Pat Calihan said he would prepare an appeal of the case. Judge Bert Vance ruled that Carl and Cleo Nordstrum were entitled to relief after purchasing 480 acres of farmland north of Holcomb. Millers sold the land in March, 1976, for $480,000. Additional legal questions need to be resolved, Vance said, before he would assess relief due the Nordstrums. Vance said he would seek additional testimony in the case and indicated his decision could involve cancelling the contract or reducing the purchase price. The Nordstrums were seeking $110,000 in damage and the return of their $90,000 down payment. They contended they were told one well on the property produced 1,500 gallons per minute, the other 800 gallons. They testified both irrigation wells and a smaller well serving their farmhouse wenl dry shorlly afler Ihey purchased Ihe properly. Teslimony in Ihe case began Wednesday morning concerning whal Nordslrum's al- lorney Lelyn Braun called the "critical facts" in the case. The firsl wilness was groundwater geologist Bob Vincent who said the waler bearing formalion underlying Northwest Finney County was unlike Ihe sand and gravel formalions normally found in Southwest Kansas. The wells, Vincenl leslified, were drilled inlo a "cracked syslem " where Ihe waler table declines suddenly rather lhan on a gradual basis. He described one well Wt miles from Ihe Nordslrum farm lhal produced 2,500 gallons per minute when il was drilled in 1972. Now it's dry, he said. Following Vincent to the wintess stand, was Lloyd Harkness, owner of Hi Plains Drilling, who drilled Ihe wells for Miller in 1969 and 1971. Braun said the testimony of Harkness, a "pioneer" in the developmenl of irrigalion wells in Southwest Kansas, showed thai Miller was aware of Ihe groundwaler conditions. Thus, that was a key point in the case, Braun said. Harkness said after drilling the wells, he told Miller "they may be dry within the year." The Nordstrums leslified they liquidated their assets in Colorado to make a down payment on the farm. They said they didn't make an independent investigalion about Ihe life expeclancy of the water supplies but instead relied on Miller and real estate broker, Bob Legere, who showed Ihem the property. During 3VS> hours on Ihe wilness sland, Miller leslified he told Ihe buyers there was always a chance Ihe wells would go dry. He and Legere said the Nordstrums never asked about Ihe life expeclancy of the water table. Legere also was included as a defendant in the suil. Bul during a pre-lrial conference in August, Vance dismissed that complaint for lack of evidence. He ruled that Legere was only aware of what Miller had told him and was transferring that information to the Nordstrums. The Nordstrums teslified lhal Legere told them Ihe property would have adequate waler supplies for 100 years. Legere said he wouldn't make a statement like that about any piece of property. The legal principles and even Ihe circumstances surrounding Ihe case weren'l unprecedenled in Finney Counly. In his closing arguments, Braun reminded Ihe court . about the ruling of a 1920 Finney Counly case which was evenlually decided by the Kansas Supreme Courl. A farmer had purchased a Iracl of irrigaled farmland from a seller who unknowingly misrepresenled the size of the resevoir providing irrigation water. The Supreme Court ruled Ihe seller was liable even though he didn't intentionally misrepresenl Ihe facts. Before deciding how much in damages the Nordstrums should receive, Judge Vance said he would sludy income records for the farm and values of irrigated and dry land in the area at the time of the sale. Miller had lestified the property would be worth $550 lo $650 an acre without irrigation water; Nordstrum said he thought it would sell for $400. Nordstrum teslified earlier he had not made the first annual payment of the land, which was due in January, 1977. He said the payments were to be $47,000 a year for 15 years. i 4

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