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I4.A—LUBBOCK AVALANCHE.JOURNAL— Thursday Evening. April 3, 1975 Funds Not Available For Teacher Salary Hike Current Starting Pay Of $6,600 Set In 1969 By DAN MCDONALD AUSTIN, Tex. CAP) The CHESS CROWN SHIFTS—The International Chess Federation awarded the world chess crown to the Soviet grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, left, today after the United States' Bobby Fischer, right, failed to send word he would play the Russian challenger under rules voted by the federation. {AP Wirepho- to) co-sponsor of a Senate bill seek- ng to increase the salaries of Texas teachers says the money for the proposed pay raises does not exist. The statement by Sen. A.R. Schwartz, D-Galveston, came Tuesday night at a hearing of the Senate Education Committee wlicre 2,000 persons, mainly teachers, had come to hear testimony on two public education finance bills. Schwartz said it would take $979 million in state funds to finance his bill the first year and 51.3 billion the second. "This bill represents what we believe Texas needs but I want you to know the money does not exist to fund that amount," said Schwartz, who is sponsoring one of the bills along with Sen. A.M. Aikln, D-Paris. Sen. Oscar Mauzy, D-Dallas, Vietnam Action Asked (Continued From Pago One) sions in the debacle that cost it tdc northern and central parts of the country, concentrated forces in Tay Ninh Province to the northwest of Saigon and in Long Khany Province to the northeast. The government has about SO.(100 men in the Saigon area, including throe divisions and rnilita forces, and three more divisions southwest of the capital in the Mekong Delta. There is fear that if Norlh Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces move to attack Saigon, panic will break out as it did in other fallen cities, where deserting soldiers trampled over refugees to flee. In some cases it was more panic and fear that lost the cities than a ma.jor attack. Gen. Frederick Weyand, U.S. Army chief of staff, met again with Thieu and prepared to return Saturday to the United States to report to President Ford on his one-week fact-finding mission. No details were given. The Viet Cong renewed its offer of peace negotiations if Saigon got rid of Thicu and formed a new government. But des[>ilp the opposition to him that was mounting in Ihe capi-|in equipment could depend on tal itself, the president gave no indication that he might quit or that he was even listening to his opponents. In Cambodia, a Khmer Rouge night attack backed by heavy artillery fire drove hundreds of government troops into retreat northwest of Phnom Penh and increased the threat of shelling attacks on the city. The insurgents' shells destroyed two more T2S light bombers and damaged two civilian planes at the Phnom Penh airport, but the American airlift of rice, ammunition and petroleum continued. The U.S. government was marking time. Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger said the Ford administration's aid policy would he reviewed when Gen. Fred C, Weyand, the U. S. Army chief of staff, returns to Washington from Saigon this weekend. Equipment Replacement Schlesinger indicated that despite several planeloads of artillery and other military equipment flown to Saigon from the West Coast this week, large- scale replacement of the South Vietnamese army's huge losses whether Weyand thinks the Saigon forces can stabilize a defense perimeter north of the city and "how they will perform when and if the lest comes." Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller said the U.S. government at the moment can do nothing and it is up to the South Vietnamese to salvage their own situation. Officials in Washington did announce that the government would sponsor an airlift in the new few days of 2,000 Vietnamese children from Saigon orphanages run by private agencies and charitable organizations. The children will be brought by chartered planes hired by the U.S. government. j Orphan Airlift Meanwhile, World Airways president Ed Daly's private ba- bylift brought 55 Vietnamese orphans to Oakland, Calif. Daly's plans to carry 500 to 1,000 orphans across the Pacific collapsed, and the only plane he was able to load took off from Saigon without permission from the control tower. Reports on ^he progress of the North Vietnamese and Viet Vietnamese Orphans Numbering 55 Brought To U.S. For Adoption (Continued From Pago One) couple of days." The youngsters brought on to Oakland are the first real refugees of the Vietnam war to arrive in the United States, and U.S. Immigration officials gave all of them 90-day parole visas. The few children not already adopted ware parole visas. given indefinite The plane's captain was Ken Healy of San Leanclro, Calif., who flew refugees in collapsing cities in mainland China in the late 19-10's and who says Vietnam today is worse. ,.\!so aboard was an American contractor who heard the plane was leaving packed and got aboard in only 15 minutes, lie said he was convinced Saigon soon would fall into Communist hands. World Airways also expected cause it broke a lot of federal al Aviation Administration because it broke c lot of federal regulations in carrying the or- phans en a sealess cargo jet. Children and adult attendants sat on the floor for the 25-hour journey and it looked like the hold of a ship. Healy said, "I don't care of I dose my license. II would be a cheap price to pay to bring these kids from danger to their American families." Healy flew the last refugee flight out of Da Nang last Saturday, ignoring U.S. officials who warned him not to land there. His Boeing 727 was damaged during that rescue when South Vietnamese soldiers, angry because they couldn't get aboard, fired on the plane as it took off. But he managed to make it to Saigon. The plane also was hit by North Vietnamese fire. Mary Fisher of Loma Linda. Calif., who was bringing buck six of the orphans to their waiting adopted parents, told a Federal Aviation Administration official who inspected Connally Jury Hears Tape Of Talk With Nixon, Aides (Continued From rage One) Connally told the President. "Th?se dairymen arc organized; they're adamant; they're militant,' 1 Cannally said. "And they, they're amassing an enormous amount of money that they're going to put into political activities very frankly-" Urged Price Hike Connally urged Nixon to raise milk prices for 1971 and to get the dairymen not to press for any new increase in 1972. He told Nixon that his Democratic friends in Congress were about to pass a law that would raise milk prices anyway, and that the President could not risk vetoing it for fear oi losing farm votes. Assistant Special Prosecutor Jon Sale said he would show the jury a trail of bank records, hotel receipts, a chartered plane log and official appointment calendars that will prove Jacobsen is now telling the truth aryl that )i« was lying when he swore repeatedly in 1973 and 1974 that Connally took no money. Jacobsen represented Associated Milk Producers, Inc. It is the nation's largest dairy co-op. "If them you do something for this year, they think you've done it because they've got a good case and because you're their friend," Connally said on the tape. "If you waiit till next year, I don't care what you d.i for them . ,. you get no credit for it." Connally said he had received two calls from Mouse Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur Mills and a call from House Speaker Carl Albert, both urging an increase in prince supports. The tape shows Nixon accepted Connally's judgment that Congress would pass a bill to increase prices. "My political judgment is (hat Congress is going lo pass it," the President said. "I could not veto it . . . not because they're milk producers, but because they're farmers I think the best thing to do is to just relax and enjoy it." Nixon then ordered prices increased by 27 cents per hundred pounds, a de'ision that gave dairy farmer." u[i lo an estimated 5300 mp'.ion in extra income the ne:<. year. the plane at its first stop in Japan,"This is the most comfortable and friendly journey I have ever been on." The DCS and its cargo of children left Saigon Airport after a day-long hassle between local authorities and World Airways officials. One orphanage refused to send 400 children, and World Airways said ihe U.S. Embassy had advised the orphanage against the flight. The Embassy says the orphanage pulled out on its own, because the DC- S was heatless and not pressurized. Actually, the plane was warm and pressurized. The only real danger was in landing, lakeoffs and occasioal turbulence. Several American adult volunteers and the plane's crew sat with the babies on these occasions, and noe were even bumped. The excitement of the journey, the first outside the Saigon area for the children, meant multiple diaper changes for many of them. "Heck, it's diaper changing time already," sard World Airways vice president Charles F'atterson as he carried one child on board at Saigon. After the plane landed here, the youngsters were bundled aboard five buses and taken across San Francisco Bay to the Presidio, an Army facility in the city of San Francisco close by the Golden Gate Bridge. Charges (Continued From Pn^o One) the man took hr.r watch and $8 in cash, then led her into an empty hospital room where he assaulted her. When another female hospital employee entered the room, officers said, the man tied the two together and left. New from Bill E.;:,:,, for evening, are a blazer ani skirt covered with navy sequin.', and worn with a white sil'< crepe shirl. U.S. Defenses (Continued From Pair* One) for the safety of all Americans in South Vietnam. He added that he will ask Congress next week "for a firm American commitment to humanitarian assistance for the helpless victims of North Vietnamese aggression . . ." The President also made an appeal for support of his defense spending program, declaring that "only the strong are free." "Reject Prophets Of Doom" Ford said: "i reject the prophets of doom who see nothing but depression at home anc despair abroad. I will rejecl any advice to pull down Ihe Stars ?nd Stripes and sail home from the seas of the world to the safe anchorage of San Dirvo Bay. If we do so, this an- c'.ioragc will no longer be safe "Under my presidency we will neither furl the flag nor abandon hope. We will maintain constancy and credibility in American policy, at home and abroad." Cong in taking over the territory abandoned by the Saigon forces were sketchy. But there were indications that 'time was elapsing between the departure of the South Vietnamese government and 'military authorities and the arrival of the new rulers. Officials said thousands of refugees were stall being loaded aboard American ships lying offshore at Cam Ranh Bay, indicating that the Communists had not taken over that big base and deep-water port yet. Refugees Stopped North Vietnamese troops reached the beach at Nha Trang, 25 miles north of Cam Ranh, on Wednesday and stopped the flight of thousands waiting there. They or the Viet Cong also apparently were in Phan Rang, 25 miles down the coast from :am Ranh, because four rockets hit the airfield there Wednesday afternoon as Aus- iralian air force plan«s were loading refugees. The Australians suspended the flights after bringing out 1,500 refugees. The refugees toeing evacuated ay sea were being tended at Vung Tau, on the coast 45 miles southeast of Saigon. Informed sources said 'the government put up roadblocks on the highway between the port and the capital to prevent the refugees from crowding into the already packed city. The Viet Cong's military delegation at the Saigon air base claimed that life has "returned to normal" jn Hue, Quang Ngai and other areas taken over irom the Saigon forces, and said a number of former government officials had declared iheir allegiance to >t3ie new Viet Cong administration. Action Called For Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, the Viet Cong foreign minister, claimed in Algiers that 100,000 soldiers in the northern city of Da Nang had come over to the Viet Cong. She said in a statement that the Viet Cong wants :o negotiate a political settlement for South Vietnam providing Thieu is replaced. —Sen. Edward M. Kennedy called today for a cease-fire in Vietnam to provide relief for refugees and urged President Ford to send an envoy to try to negotiate a settlement. sponsor of the other bill, said the question of public education financing is the most important one facing the legislature, Callie Smith, executive secretary ot the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), said increasing the salary of teachers is the most important part of either of the two bills. "The current salary for a beginning teacher is 56,600 a year and that was set in 1969," said Smith, %vhose organization rep resents 159,000 teachers. Needs Set At $10,375 "To restore this teacher to the 1969 purchasing power would require increasing the salary to 510,375 a year," Smith said. Smith said in February the 51,000 a month starting salary is not negotiable. Mrs. Jewel Howard, president of TSTA, said a beginning teacher attempting to support a family on a 56,600 salary is operating below the poverty level. "There is intense dedication to duty among out Texas teachers, but dedication cannot be served as food to sustain the body and provide the strength which the rigors of teaching today require," Mrs. Howard said. Mrs. Carolyn Harrell, chairman of the TSTA legislative committee, said Scwartz' bill "requires spending a great deal of money, but I cannot think of any purpose for which money should be spent than in the interest of the children of Texas." Seeks IHgest Priority "To fail to provide a solution in this session of the legislature would magnify them to a degree which would make future 'solutions almost impossible," Mrs. Harrell said. Will Davis, president of the Texas Association of School Boards, said Schwartz' statement about a lack of funds was only a problem of priorities. "For too many years the priority has been away from public education," Davis said. Prices Fall (Continued From Pag« One) declining inflation rate has been due in part to the recession, which has sharply curbed consumer demand. Declines at wholesale generally result in a falling or easing of consumer prices, but are not always fully passed on at retail as wholesalers and other middlemen try to maintain or widen their profit margins. The Wholesale Price Index in March was 170.4, meaning that a statistical sample of goods which cost $100 in 1967 new cost 5170.40. Despite four straight months of decline, wholesale prices in March still were 12.5 per cent higher than a year earlier. Industrial goods were up 18.6 per cent over the 12 months; farm products were down 13.1 per cent, while processed foods and feeds were up 8.8 per cent. In separate reports, the Labor Department also said that more than 6.5 million Americans received unemployment insurance benefits in the week ending March 15, an increase of 3,400 over the previous week. In addition 538,900 new claims were filed in the week ending March 22, an increase of 1,600 over the previous week. West Germany Claimed To Be Richest Nation ZURICH (UPI) West Jermany is by far the world's richest nation, with double the monetary reserves of the United States, the Union Bank of Switzerland said today. The bank, Switzerland's largest, said Saudi Arabia is in third place, with Japan fourth and Switzerland fifth. The banks listing excluded Communist nations. The Union Bank said the industrial countries at the end of 1374 had monetary reserves totalling $141 billion, or 64.5 per cent of the world's total. Member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries had 546.4 billion dollars, or 21.2 per cent of the total, while developing countries without petroleum had 531.2 billion, 14.3 per cent. Yarborough (Continued From Page One) record low," Looney said. "The Texas Democratic Party can ill afford to return to 'political bossism' in the selection of our delegates to the national convention." Looney asserted that, "What all politicians need to realize is that the voters (of America) do not want another president with a history of big money, special interest politics." Additional information may be obtained by telephoning 7928086 or addressing correspondence to 3605 63rd Drive, Lubbock, 79413. West German reserves to- talled S32.7 billion at the end of 1974, the bank said. This was 15 per cent of the total and more than double the U.S. reserves of 516.05 billion dollars, 7.3 per cent of the total. HAZARDOUS HIDE—A Milwaukee woman braved a spring snowstorm that swept across southern Wisconsin Wednesday, and got a slushy splashing from a passing auto for her effort. The storm eventually dumped 10.2 inches of snow on the city. (AP Wire- pholo) Midwest Snowstorm Stymies Travel* At Least Seven Die A-J News Services An April snowstorm dumped six to II inches of snow across the upper Midwest, while at the other end of the Mississippi Valley residents girded for massive flooding which could surpass that of 1973. Winds howled at more than Tech Prof (Continued From Page Oue) section of the American Chemical Society in 1972, Hunt spon- ;ored the student affiliate chap- ;er of the American Chemical Society and was counselor for chemistry majors and teacher certification chemistry students. Lee, a former member of the executive committee of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, was president of the South Plains Science Council. He also was treasurer of the Wesley Foundation Board of Directors at Tech. Lee was a member of American Chemical Society of Sigma Xi, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, a Fellow of the American Association for :hc Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Lambda Jpsilon. Survivors include his wife, Svalyn, two sons, Gordon of -.ubbock and Gregory of New iaven, Conn.; his mother, Mrs. Samuel H. Lee Sr. of Galves:on; and two sisters, Mrs. Hcr- schel Anderson and Mrs. Archie Donahue, both of Texas City. The family requests memorials be made in the form of donations to St. John's United Methodist Church iMemorial Fund. Betty Ford (Continued From Page One) lusband is working very hard on the problem." Mrs. Ford said her reaction on seeing the pictures of the var orphans was "I want to adopt them." She said "I feel these children are children that have to be given the opportunity to grow like the rest of us." She added however she had not talked to her husband about adopting a Vietnamese child. "I don't think it would go too well" she said. FACES BRIBERY CHARGE—Former Treasury Secretary John B. Connally arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington Wednesday with his wife Nellie. Connally is standing trial charged wiUi accepting JIO.OOO in exchange for using his influence to get milk price supports raised. (AP Wlrepho- to) 35 miles an hour in some areas of Illinois and Wisconsin on Wednesday, making road clearing work virtually useless. Roads and airports were closed throughout northern Indiana and Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded. In Chicago, at least seven weather-related deaths were re- portd — two from traffic accidents on icy highways. The other victims sufered heart attacks while shoveling snow or struggling through drifts. Chicago reported 11 inches of snowfall, Grand Rapids, Mich., S and Milwaukee, Wis., 5. Mississippi Crest Rises The Mississippi River crest is moving rapidly toward New Orleans and water levels there could reach 19.3 feel April 19. well above the 18.6 high water mark recorded in 1973, when flood losses reached 51 billion. Some six million acres of land, from Southern Illinois down to the river's mouth, are already under water. The storrn system creating snow in the upper Midwest caused thundershowers in the Appalachians and eastern Ohio Valley. Rain also fell from the Carolinas to the central and eastern Gulf coast. Tornadoes Develop Several tornadoes developed with the thundershowers. One caused minor damage to Benton Central High School near Lafayette, Ind. Montgomery, Ala., received two and one-third inches of rain. Skies \vere mostly clear from the plains to Southern California, but temperatures were chilly. Below zero readings were recorded across the northern plains, while sub-freezing temperatures reached into Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. S h o r t !y before midnight Wednesday, a record low for April 2 of 8 degrees was set at Sioux City. Iowa. A reading of 19 at Kansas City also was a record. Freezing weather knifed as far south as Texas' midsection today and the mercury plunged to record losvs for the date at some points. Area Weather Skies were clear throughout Hie state and expected to stay that way for at least a day. A little warming was predicted by Friday. The official forecast for Lubbock and the South Plains called for fair skies through Friday, with a warming trend developing. The low tonight should be in the mid-30s and the high Friday should reach the ni'id-70s. Winds will be out of the southwest tonight S to IS mUes per hour. Wind warning flags were absent from area lakes t> day. the first day they have not been raised since Easter Sunday. Thermometers tumbled t o 27 degrees before dawn at Waco, eclipsing a 1936 record for April 3 and making this the coldest weather ever there this late in the season, and 27 also at Lubbock, erasing a 19BO mark. Insert "B" Lubbock's high reached 55 degrees Wednesday. The chill dropped readings to 23 at Amarillo and Dalhart, 25 at Wichita Falls, 27 at Childress, 30 at Abilene and Tyler, 31 at San Angelo and 32 at Dallas-Fort Worth, Longview, Texarkana and Tyler. Readings at other points ranged through the higher 30s and 40s generally but stayed as warm as 59 at Brownsville on the south tip of the state. Top marks Wednesday afternoon soared to 9.1 degrees at McAllen and 9-1 at Brownsville in the Lower Rio Grande Val- Inv 1C) . In addition to the unseasonable chill, unusually dry air enveloped the state. Official observers credited the conditions to a ridge of high pressure moving southward from the High Plains Proposed Amtrak Plan Faces Tough Sledding (Continued From Page Onu) want to pay for it." "We're delighted to run new routes where they're feasible and when we have the equipment," Bryant added. "It's not that we're trying to be negative. We're just trying to be realistic." The spokesman explained most Amtrak routes were in existence when the service began operation. The majority of Amtrak routes already had a market built up when the runs began. Amtrak's budget deficit is expected to be 5325 million this year, Bryant said. To trim that figure, he explained, the company must concentrate on Ihe routes already in existence. "What we've got to do is take the routes we're operating now that are big Joscrs and work up the market, really get them going to where our budget deficit will not be so huge." Bentsen noted in his letter to Coleman that Amtrak already has conducted a route analysis on the proposed service and cost projections were comparable to other Icng-distance routes operated by the service. "What about revenue projections, though?' 1 questioned Bryant. "You've got to consider the cost as well as the revenues in your projections in how much the train would lose in a year." The Amtrak official also noted "there's not been an Atlanta-Los Angeles train for many years. I don't know if there has ever been a through train. "In such a situation, we have to worry about dealing with railroads that arc not Amtrak members. They charge us a per mile cost for operating a train over their tracks." If suc!i a route including Luh- bock were to be established, Bryant refused to speculate on the length of time it woul take to put into service. "It's quila a way off," was his only comment. T. E. Hosey, Santa Fe Railway freight agent for Lubbock, said 'he had not heard of Bentsen's proposal. He admitted changes in the Lubbock operations would have to be made before passenger service would be feasible here. "We have converted our former passenger station into office space for various departments of: the railroad," he said. "It would mean relocating those and remodeling the building and its interior. "There's probably been 100 people ask me in the last couple of years if there was any possibility of getting passenger service re-established here," he added. "I've always said 'no.'" Regular Passenger train service, which first began in Lubbock on Jan. 9, 1910, ended on July 20, 1968, with the last edition of the twice-daily run from Clovis, N.M. lo Houston. The Clovis to Houston rua was started in January, 1952, to connect the Gulf coastal area with the Santa Fe's main Chicago to San Francisco line.

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