Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on March 24, 1968 · Page 16
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Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas · Page 16

Brownwood, Texas
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Sunday, March 24, 1968
Page 16
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Lawman's Night Routine or Dramatic-But Seldom Du// By MAflfctfeffE GRAVES Bnlletift Staff Writer A siren screaming through the night as a patrol car escorts an out-of-town ambulance to the hospital. . . . A policeman kneeling over a dying man on a city street, trying to keep a heartbeat from slopping. ... An officer on a routine alley check discovers an unlocked dow long after closing hours. One policeman with quick and alert movements halting a fight between two and more often several individuals. . . . A patrolman literally carrying an individual who has had one too many into a waiting patrol car. . . . These ar* only a few of the events that make up an average day for any policeman, or more specifically a Brownwood patrolman. Not only tragedy and press- Ing emergencies are turned over to the patrol cars, but complaints of routine and often humorous nature, yet of great importance lo the individuals involved, are handled by police. A Bulletin reporter, out for first-hand knowledge of at least part of the life ol a policeman ' recently rode three nights in a patrol car and spent several hours at the dispatcher's desk af. headquarters. At the desk the phone rang often—in many cases just minutes apart. Complaints varied from serious to ridiculous. 7:45 a.m.—Unidentified caller wants to know what to do if you have a mother cat about to have kittens at a neighbor's house and wants to come home. Subject advised to work something out with the neighbor. 10:03 A.M.—Woman reports she has skunks under the house and doesn't know what to do. Subject, advised to get an exterminator. 10:30 a.m.—Hysterical woman calls to report, a lost boy. Police locate the boy at a neighbor's house. 11:15 a.m.—Man complains people on nearby street let their chickens out and they have been eating all the food he puts out for his cow. The police have no advice for that problem. 12:40 p.m.—Individual reports maid destroyed her private property and generally wrecked, her house on the inside. She is advised this is not a police problem. Nights with Unit 45 covered many experiences, both routine and those of an emergency nature. 7:45 p.m.—Intoxicated male Middle EasTtolk Due at K&F Club Catherine McKinney Butler of Oklahoma City, who returned from another (her fourth) investigation .trip to the Near and Middle East, will address members of the Knife and Fork club at their meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Browntown- er Seth Thomson, secretary of the club, reminded Saturday. Mrs. Butler insists that her vocation is that of housewife, and that traveling and speaking are merely pleasant avocations. Her husband is a successful attorney in the Oklahoma state capital, and Mrs. Butler has headed a number of civic drives. Dual Gold Prices Worries African By DAVID ,t. PAtfofi Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Af-j rica (AP) — Uncertainty about j the new two-tier gold market j has caused ripples of anxiety in j South Africa, the major gold; producer. j Early optimism that the newj marketing plans would bring; South Africa a higher price for its gold subsided last week with the dollar price of gold on free j markets such as Paris and Hong Kong. South African reserve bank authorities and the big gold mining groups generally are described as "quietly confident" that the outcome will be favora- ble lo this country. But finance Minister Nicolaas Diederichs is waiting for "greater clarity" before committing the government. The main question, for South Africa, is: Will the United j Stales and other members of; the former gold pool continue to j buy in unlimited quantities gold' produced by South Africa and, up to recently, offered the sale at $35 an ounce on the London market? i Above all, South Africa needs an assured market for its gold. If the present gold crisis hastens the move for special drawing rights created by the Inter- ( national Monetary Fund and a> lessening international depend-1 ency on gold. South Africa could j face the prospect of having to j rely on the vagaries of the free market. South Africa depends heavily on gold to earn foreign currency. In 1967, gold sales were worth 751 million rands or $1.051 billion, representing about 35 j per cent of total exports. A! drastic falling off of gold sales! or a lower gold price could rock j the country's economy. And? with rising costs in an industry j where the sale price of the prod- j uct has been pegged since 1934, j even a 5 per cent drop in price j could mean closing of many mines. 16A- BROWNWOOD BULLETIN Sunday, March 24, 1968 The fact that South Africa j was not invited lo Washington! last weekend for the talks on the j financial crisis resulted in a mixture of fear and resentment. The fear came from the uneasy thought that the gold pool na- | lions might be deciding to dump ; gold or at least reduce their dependence on it. Many South Africans were stunned at prices paid for gold at free market rates immediately after the two-tier system of marketing was announced. Many had thought that $60-75 gold was in sight if restraints were loosened. More than two-thirds of South Africa's gold comes ffotn rich, relatively new fields in the land* locked Orange Free State. These mines, in the Welkom-0- dendaalsrust area, have an exceptionally high grade ore. Ifl the Witwatersrand , curving through Johannesburg , _ and scene of most of South Affica''s early gold mining, the grade ot ore is much poorer and the future thus is more doubtful. South Africa has 47 producing gold mines, but a number are in marginal position because operating costs tend to overtake income. The Matsu island group, 126 miles north of Quemoy, is just three miles from the Chinese mainland. VALIANT EFFORT—Sergeant V. G. Grady puts Into practice his first aid knowledge in an attempt to save the life of a man struck by a vehicle on subject found seated inside a car parked in the middle of street. Patrolman removed man from his car and handcuffed him. The second officer drives the individual's car to headquarters while the first officer escorts the intoxicated man to the police station. 7:15 p.m.—Report of a fire. Officers go to assist with traffic. 7:30 p.m.—Man is struck by car on a highway within the city limits. Officers on the scene work to save his life before the arrival of an ambulance. 8:40 p.m.—A Rising Star ambulance transporting a sick woman to a Brownwood hospital is escorted from the Brownwood city limits to the hospital by two patrol units. 9:15 p.m. — Two intoxicated subjects are removed from private residence where they were reported to iiave been causing a disturbance. 9:40 p.m.—Routine check is marie of all downtown alleys. 10:30 p.m.—Car is stopped on West Commerce for reckless driving. A ticket is issued. 10:45 p.m.—A car is stopped for failure to yield right-of-way. Driver is warned and released. 10:50 p.m.—Report of a fight at a local club. Officers settle the argument and literally separated the two individuals who were about, to resort to violence. Officers are outnumbered about 40 to 2. 11:15 p.m.—Routine check is made through Riverside Park. 12:10 a.m.—Unit 45 and juvenile officer's car slop a vehicle driven by a teenager. The car, with three other youths riding as passengers, was being driven at over 90 miles per hour. Juvenile offi- a busy street. Patrolmen are often first ones at the scene to render aid in an emergency. (Bulletin Staff Photo) AND SO'TO JAIL—Patrolman Winfred Pittman assists a slightly intoxicated individual to headquarters. Police are often called upon several times in. one day to apprehend inebriated individuals. Many need a patrolman's help in walking. (Bulletin Staff Photo) cer speaks to the boys at headquarters, with the four warned to curb their speed. 12:30 a.m.—Report is investigated of a suspicious character said loitering on a city street. Officers checked location and no one is discovered. 2:15 a.m.—Man with severe headache calls for police assistance to drive him home following an injection he received at a local hospital. One officer drives the man home while the other officer follows. And so goes the patrol car. Ecxept for two short breaks and a supper hour, the officers comb the city all night. Contrary to an old expression, Brownwood does not roll up the sidewalk at 8 p.m. For many life just begins at sunset. In the words of one of the men in blue, an officer must be not only a "cop," he must often play the role of a legal advisor, minister, or even touch in the medical field when an emergency arises. • But routine or dramatic, an officer's night in Brownwood is seldom dull. patrol msn Minyjl Hirtnttt chisk§ a firm's fetsk degr t§ m§ke syre it is secyrely Jsskfd, S|i9t shiski threygheyt thi downtown area are made several times nightly by Brownweod ppliee. (Bulletin Staff Pheto) IF YOU WANT A WORKING JOE DIBRELL DISTRICT JUDSI o). Adv, Levities •r ! <:*»>»» %s . -- G&U.ON color 4705 BLUE Special Offer! FAMOUS COLOR • TOUCH DRIPLESS LATEX PAINT MADE EXCLUSIVELY WITH DUPONT TITANIUM PIGMENTS • DRIPLESS INTERIOR FINISH FLAT PAINT • LOOK AT THESE OUTSTANDING FEATURES! 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