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GOMr "One of the reasons we are still a great nation is that we have, thus far, been unable to exhaust our resources in spite of our best efforts." —Ann Reyher (Jhc Pampa Daily NCUTG Serving The Top 0* Texas 6« Years WKATMKR Chance of late afternoon and nighttime thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, warm and humid through Saturday. High in low 90s, low near 60. Forty per cent chance of rain tonight, 20 per cent Saturday. Yesterday's high, 84. Today's low, 59. VOL.66-N0.81 Circulation Certified by ABC Audit THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 16,1972 (14 Pages Today) Week Dir I l«t 64-Nation Pilots To Strike Monday NEW YORK (API - The pilots in 64 nations, including the United States, will strike for 24 hours Monday to protest hijacking dangers, the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations said today. In Washington earlier, the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association ordered its members to take part in a worldwide protest. "This drastic action is the result of the lack of effective international measures to stem the tide of unlawful interference with civil aviation and constitutes a strong expression of deep concern and solidarity on the part of the world's aviation community," federation president Capt. Ola Forsberg, told a news conference. The action by U.S. pilots was to take effect at 2 a.m. June 19, John J. O'Donnell, ALPA president, told a Washington news conference. The international federation, representing 50,000 pilots said on June 8 it would suspend civil aviation services unless the United Nations Security Council took effective action against hijackings, "Under law, air line pilots are charged with the responsibility for the lives of the passengers entrusted to them," O'Donnell said. "When some world governments are unable or unwilling to insure that level of safety and security that we demand, and you the traveling public expect, then we can no longer sit idly by." O'Donnell said he wanted to make especially clear that the action was not directed against U.S. airlines, but against the inability of all nations to agree on the proper course of action to stop air piracy. He said some airlines already have indicated some measure of support. "We call on the rest to join hands with us in this endeavor," O'Donnell said. "We also call on our brother unions across the country and around the world to stand with us on June 19." O'Donnell said it was truly unfortunate that the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of airline passengers must be interrupted. "To those we are inconveniencing, we sincerely apologize," he said. "But, we have no alternative." Dogs DALLAS (AP) -Tears flowed as Doris Bebier and the last of her 130 purebred dogs parted company Thursday. City officials forced her to get rid of the animals because the land on which she built a kennel was not zoned to permit that use. , Mrs. Bebier, a divorcee, said it had taken eight years to build up a kennel which would support her and ther three children. The breeding stock included Afghans, Great Danes, Russian wolfhounds and Beddington terriers. She was compelled to give up the dogs, some valued up to $1.000 by another kennel owner. "I moved to Dallas from Missouri about six months ago, with the kids and 60 dogs. I leased five acres and figured I was all set. I thought if a place was zoned for agriculture, you could raise anything on it you wanted to. "I had raised those dogs since they were puppies. They all meant a lot to us." About two months ago a city employe told her separate zoning was required for a kennel. Her request for such zoning was denied, Mrs. Bebier said, and she was told to move the dogs. Meanwhile, she said, the city refused to let her sell her puppies. Commissioners OK Bond Substitution At the regular June meeting, the Gray County Commissioners Court convened both in that capacity and as a board of equalization. The latter proceedure is required by statute during the period of revaluation. In transacting county business the panel tabled a bid of $337 on the elevating grader, voted a renewal of employe hospitalization insurance, approved a substitute list of collateral bonds and paid bills. Hospitalization was renewed with Blue Cross-Blue Shield for one year at no increase in premiums or change in ^coverage The bank, as the contractural depository of county and school funds (over which the county has authority), had offered a list of municipal bonds rated grade A by Moody to be substituted for government bonds now pledged for collateral according to the depository contract. The reason for the change is that government bonds, which are usually short term, are accepted by the federal comptroller of the currency as liquid assets of a bank. As Floyd Watson First National Bank president, explained it this places the bank in a position to buy more municipal bonds encouraging growth as it comes. As a board of equalization the panel heard a report from Jack Back. Gray County tax assessor-collector, that revaluation was 75 per cent complete. Back noted that tax cards should go out to property owners on schedule. In executive session, members of the commissioners court named County Judge Don Cain and Joe Clarke, precinct one commissioner, as official board membsrs from the county to Panhandle Regional Planning Commission. Prorated on the basis of four cents per capita per year, it will cost Gray County $628.81 for membership in PRPC for the remainder of 1972. The next regular meeting of the board will be July 11 when members of Thomas Y. Pickett, the county's industrial tax advisor firm, will meet with the panel. That meeting is set for 10 a.m. Three Tax Agents Sent Naked Into Street By Memphis Man GETTING IT ORGANIZED—Cameron Marsh, principal of Pampa High School, left, and Wallace Birkes, superintendent of Wiley Hicks Construction Co., look over a set of pipes to be used during the construction of the new vocational-technical building at the school. Officials and contractors developed the layout this week. Excavation for the site is due to begin Monday for the new addition to the campus. (Staff Photo by John Ebling) Woman Compelled To Give Up In Zone Not For Kennel "That was a blow," she went on. "It's the only way I make money. I had about 130 dogs by then. I had to stop building new pens for them and scrimp in every way I could just to feed them and the kids." Her efforts to obtain financing and to lease another place failed. "It got so bad," she said, "I had to send the kids back to Missouri to stay with a friend. I couldn't feed them. I was worried about getting enough food for the dogs. They were so expensive I couldn't pay the rent. Then, Tuesday, the city told me I had three days to get out." She started telephoning people, she said, to ask if they would take one dog or more "on loan." Wes Martin, executive director here for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty for Animals, took away some of the dogs in a truck, promising to keep them until Mrs. Bebier can reclaim the animals. Another kennel agreed also to accept a truckload. "But a lot of those dogs I'm afraid she'll never see again," said Martin. "She had some puppies that were worth as much as $250 and some large dogs that go up to $1,000." Mrs. Bebier wept as she placed her dogs with new keepers. "I'm glad the kids aren't here to see this." she said. "It would kill them." Autopsy Scheduled For Area Woman BORGER, Tex. (AP)—An autopsy will be conducted today in the apparent drowning of Mrs. Ophelia Simpson, 50, of Borger. Her body was recovered Thursday afternoon in eight feet of water about 10 feet from shore on Lake Meredith. A search for Mrs. Simpson was started when she did not return after being at the lake all day Wednesday on a fishing trip. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Three state tax agents were sent naked into the street and another was held hostage for eight hours by a black businessman who demanded—and got—a meeting with Gov. Winfield Dunn over a $167 tax dispute. The businessman, identified by police as LaSaunders Hudson, 29, met with Dunn over Negro problems for an hour Thursday at a downtown hotel. He claimed he didn't owe the $167 in back sales taxes because of what he called Tennessee's wilful refusal "to deal with the needs of the black citizens of the state." After the meeting, police took Hudson, co-owner of a dry cleaning firm, into custody without charge. He was held overnight in the Memphis jail pending a police meeting today with the district attorney. Police said Hudson's lawyer requested that he not be questioned until today. Don Duncan, in his early 30s, was held hostage at pistol point until Dunn flew to Memphis from the state capital in Nashville. Duncan was treated at a hospital for hands swollen from being bound and was released. The incident began when the four agents went to Hudson's Kissinger Departs For China WASHINGTON (AP) - Henry Kissinger has embarked on yet another mission of personal diplomacy, but his fourth trip to China remained somewhat mysterious despite the public announcements. President Nixon's adviser for national security affairs left Washington Thursday night on the first leg of the trip that will take him to China Monday. He planned a weekend rest stop in Hawaii. The official statement said Kissinger would hold "concrete consultations with Chinese leaders to further the normalization of relations between the United States and the Peoples Republic of China and continue the exchange of views on issues of common interest." Two Women Hold Up Bank In Smithville SMITHVILLE, Tex. (API- Two women, one armed with a rifle and the other a pistol, held up the First State Bank iff this Central Texas town today. Bank vice president Weldon Mayes said the two women ordered employes and customers to lie on the floor while they ransacked three teller cages. Mayes estimated that the women got between $15,000 and $20,000. Mayes said the two robbers fled in a yellow car driven by a youth. The car was reportedly stopped near La Grange, about 20 miles southeast of Smithville, by a unit from the La Grange County sheriff's office. Irving, Wife Sentenced NEW YORK (API-Clifford Irving, who faked an autobiography of industrialist Howard Hughes and sold it for $750,000 to McGraw-Hill, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 2Mi years in prison and fined $10,000 for conspiracy and Church Page » grand larceny. Claiiified 13 His w '^ e ' Edith, who posed as Comici * "Helga R. Hughes" to cash the CroMword « royalty checks through Swiss Editorial ' banks, was given a two-year O n the Record 2 suspended sentence and two Sport! 10 months in prison, plus a $10,000 Women'sNews 3 fine. DBS Ban Considered By FDA WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said today it will propose a ban on the widely used livestock growth hormone DBS, which causes cancer, as a means of opening the question to a public hearing. DBS is fed to an estimated 90 per cent of the nation's beef cattle to speed growth in weight-gaining. Economists have estimated that the ban on the additive would raise consumer beef prices about $3.85 per person annually. The announcement was coupled with an Agriculture Department disclosure that it has found 15 more cases of illegal diethylstilbestrol in cattle, ra'UP-- ing the rate to nearly four times that of last year despite tighter restrictions. "It is apparent that additional action must be taken," FDA Commissioner Charles C. Edwards said. "It is equally apparent that any action with such major consumer impact must be taken only after the most careful consideration of all scientific information and regulatory alternatives. "DES clearly is a useful and effective product. Furthermore, we are convinced that it is safe when used as directed. In spite of these advantages, studies have shown DES to be a carcinogen— cancer-causing agent—and the law does not allow residues of a carcinogen in meat." Sharp Surge In Food Prices Expected Soon WASHINGTON (AP) - Representatives of the nation's food chains are telling consumer groups to expect another big rise in food prices, particularly meats, in coining weeks. The Price Commission, saying that it is concerned about a possible sharp surge in retail food prices because of an increase at the wholesale level, is scheduled to meet to discuss the situation next Wednesday. A commission spokesman said that a number of options are under consideration. A spokesman for the food chains, Timothy D. McEnroe, public relations director with the National Association of Food Chains, said that big food stores have been absorbing a wholesale increase in prices of food and meat for eight or nine weeks. He said the association's board has been meeting with several consumer groups and telling them that retail outlets are not to blame if the price of food should rise again sharply as expected. "It will be a matter of almost pure luck if they don't go up," McEnroe said. cleaning firm Thursday morning to collect back sales taxes. They returned shortly before noon after they learned the check Hudson gave them would not clear the bank. At this point, Hudson pulled a gun on the four agents and ordered three of them to remove their clothes and walk into the street, according to Vince Tuminello, one of the agents released. "He said he would kill him (Duncan) if we did not strip to the skin," Tuminello said. He identified the other two agents released with him as Lee Mullins and John Mabile. Tuminello and Mabile are in their 50s and white, Mullins is in his 30s and black. Hudson, after forcing the trio into the street naked, bound the hands of Duncan, chief of field operations for the state Revenue Department, and put him in the back of the store, police said. Hudson communicated with police through the mail slot in the door and a plateglass window until an auto arrived to take Hudson to his meeting with the governor. A spokesman for the governor said Hudson and Dunn "talked about several problems confronting blacks in the country, not just Tennessee." "The governor said he thought Mr. Hudson was frustrated because of taxes," Dunn's spokesman said. "Mr. Hudson told the governor he couldn't pay the taxes and support his family. He said he realized he had done wrong, he hadtofacetheconsequences." Echeverria Attacks U.S. Policy Toward Mexico, Other Nations WASHINGTON (AP) Mexican President Luis Echeverria began the second day of his state visit today, having made it clear he is here for more than just surface expressions of amity. A second meeting with President Nixon and speeches to the National Press Club and the permanent council of the Organization of American States highlight the activities he has scheduled today. The Mexican chief executive caught U.S. officials by surprise Thursday when he launched a broad attack on U.S., policy toward Mexico and other nations. He departed from the tradition of felicity common to such visits in a speech to Congress, but Thursday night, at a White House dinner, the tradition was observed as Nixon and Echeverria traded compliments. Nixon called the Mexican president a man "in the first rank of the statesmen of the world who I have met in this last quarter of a century." Addressing a joint session of Congress, Echeverria declared that nations like Mexico "are suspicious of the pacts between the great powers that ignore the 'rights arid interests'of the'less developed nations." He flatly accused the United States of bringing "poverty to thousands of Mexican farmers" because it has failed or refused to reduce the salt content of the Colorado River. "The damage is enormous, and Mexican public opinion is becoming increasingly impatient about this important matter that has been going on for more than a decade without any satisfactory solution," he said. Some U.S. officials were dismayed by his harsh tone, but Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield commended Ech- "everria for "frankness, honesty andforthrightness." McGovern Defends Proposals For Big Military Budget Cut WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., refused today to dilute his campaign proposals for large cuts in the national military budget. He appeared before the congressional Joint Economic Committee to insist his proposed cuts could be made without damaging national security and thus permit billions of dollars in savings to be funneled into needed domestic programs. McGovern, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said trimming the defense budget to $54.8 billion in arms spending by fiscal 1975 would retain a firm commitment to nuclear deterrents and retain "substantially more forces than required for assured destruction of the potential enemy." McGovern, who has repeatedly pledged to end the war in Vietnam, said his military spending proposal "is based on the conclusion that the prospect for further direct U.S. military involvement in Asia is extremely remote." "The first priority in Asia would be to end our involvement in Indochina just as quickly as that can be accomplished," McGovern said. "I am convinced," he added, "that all U.S. troops could be brought out, and all U.S. pris- oners of war and missing in action would be released or accounted for, within 90 days of a decision to pursue those goals." The truth is, McGovern asserted, that "we have been so obsessed with the fear of 'international communism 1 and we have spent so much of our energy and resources to feed that fear, that we have robbed and weakened our domestic society." Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R- N.Y., and other Republican members of the committee promised to give McGovern a grilling on his plans to take from the rich and give to the poor. City Private Ambulance Operation Proves To Be Economical: Wofford Inside Today's News Pages 3 ByTEXDeWEESE Private ambulance service in Pampa is proving to be a more economical operation than a municipally-owned system, according to City Manager Mack Wofford. A report from Highland General Hospital for the first nine months of operation by the Pampa branch of Metropolitan Ambulance Service of Amarillo reflects a savings over what it would have cost the city to handle its own ambulance service, the city manager said. Highland General handles all billings and administrative duties. "In addition to the economy of using the private service," Wofford said, "we have been relieved of the headaches that would have accompanied administrative duties and use of city-employed personnel." The hospital report shows that during the first nine months $8.539.20 was billed to ambulance patients and $5,922.20 was collected from ambulance patients. Under the ambulance service contract which involves the city, county and hospital, Pampa and Gray County split payment on 75 per cent of the ambulance patient unpaid bills. Each also pays Metropolitan Ambulance Service a flat rate of $1,400 a month. The city and county each has paid $14,681 during the nine months. Had the city gone the other way, to the municipal operation, there would have been a capital investment of approximately $30,000 for a building and two ambulances, approximately $30,000 a year in salaries for six additional employes, plus maintenance and miscellaneous expenses, Wofford pointed out. First year operational costs would have run to approximately $83,000, the city manager added. Over 400 N. Viet Tanks Ruined During Offensive WASHINGTON (AP) - Allied forces have reported destroying between 400 and 500- plus North Vietnamese tanks since the enemy offensive began, Pentagon sources say. The tally coincides with a sharp dropoff in reported sightings of North Vietnamese tanks operating in the battle sectors and staging areas. Taken together, these factors could indicate that the North Vietnamese have lost much of the armored power that helped them score important advances in the early stages of the offensive launched in late March. U.S. analysts estimated several weeks ago that the North Vietnamese army had sent up to 600 Soviet-built tanks into the Indochina fighting. Meanwhile, day-in, day- out U.S. bombing of North Vietnam's rail lines and U.S. minefields in the entrances of its ports are blocking replacement of armored vehicles from the Soviet Union and Communist China, officials say. The air-interdiction campaign is destroying stockpiles of gasoline and oil needed to run the tanks, which burn about a gallon a mile. Petroleum supplies are not being replaced from outside North Vietnam, according to current assessments. There are variations i,\ official estimates of the tanks destroyed. Defense sources acknowledge the likelihood of some duplication in reports and of some overly bullish claims. Nevertheless, officials say they are confident the toll of North Vietnamese armor has been very heavy. The Joint Chiefs of Staff accept as accurate the U.S. Vietnam command's count of more than 420 North Vietnamese tanks destroyed between March 30 and June 9, the last date covered by the most recent summary. Another compilation cited in an official military rundown lists better than 530 enemy tanks destroyed in South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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