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"Let us replace sentimentallsm by realism, MM dare to uncover those simple and terrible laws which, be they seen or unseen, pervade and govern," —•Emerson Oh* MHMk ^ ^ /^.S& iatta NCUTG Serving The Top 0' Texas « Years tfEATHKR Partly cloudy and a little warmer through Thursday. Slight chance of thunderstorms High near 90, low in upper 60s. 30 per cent chance of rain tonight, 20 per cent Thursday, Yesterday's high, 79. Today's low, 60. VOL. SI-NO. Circulation Certified by ABC Avdlt THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 1»12 (14 Pages Today) May Food Prices Down Rep. Celler, While Other Things Up 84, Defeated WASHINGTON <AP)- Food prices dropped last month but substantial increases for clothing and transportation contributed to the largest rise in overall living costs in three months, the government reported today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said its Consumer Price Index, measuring typical family spending, rose three-tenths of one per cent in May to 124.7. This means it cost $12.47 in May on the average for every f 10 worth of goods and services in the base period five years ago. The report said, however, that price increases in the past six months of President Nixon's Phase 2 economic controls climbed at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent, down from 4 per cent in the six months prior to the beginning of federal controls. The bureau also reported that average wages of some SO million rank and file workers rose two cents per hour and 74 cents per week to $133.21 and continued to outpace inflation. It said the average wage was up $7.72, or 6.2 per cent, per week over the past year and after deduction for the 3.2 per cent rise in living costs, purchasing power was up $3.35 or 2.8 per cent per week. However, the report added that the largest part of the rise in purchasing power was due to lower income taxes. The price report said grocery costs, which usually show no change in May, declined two- tenths of 1 per cent. The largest drop was a decline of nine- tenths of 1 per cent for meats, poultry and fish. Government officials have warned of higher meat prices to come. In other major categories of living costs, transportation rose eight-tenths of 1 per cent, clothing was up six-tenths, and there were increases of two-tenths each for housing, medical care and recreation. "Prices declined for most types of food except fresh fruits and vegetables," which rose 1.5 per cent, the bureau said. The decline in meat prices was contrary to a usual seasonal rise for beef and pork, and a one-tenths of 1 per cent drop, for dairy products was the first such decline in six months. "The increase in fresh fruit prices was smaller than usual for May," the report said. "Fresh vegetable prices, on the other hand, rose more than seasonally due to smaller supplies, especially of green peppers, celery and asparagus.'' Restaurant meals increased three-tenths of 1 per cent, it said. Most of the rise in transportation costs was due to a continued increase for used cars and a sharp upturn in gasoline prices after several months of declines, the bureau said. But new car prices declined a little more than usual for May. The prices of houses and furniture rose, the report said. Mortgage interest rates continued to decline although at a slower pace since the downtrend began last November. Property taxes increased, but at the slowest rate in nearly a year. Costs were also up for household services including electricity, telephone and home repairs, the report said. The bureau said that most of the over-all rise in living costs last month was due to items exempt from federal controls, including used cars, houses and raw farm products. Nations Asked To Take Action Against Hijacking UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously con- demand acts against air traffic safety Tuesday night and urged all governments to take effective measures against air pirates. Council President Lazar Moj- sov of Yugoslavia announced the declaration worked out in private consultations of the 15- member body. The council acted after the partial halt of world air transport Monday by pilots demanding international action against hijackers. Traffic returned to normal Tuesday. The declaration is not as strong as the United States desired, U.S. Ambassador George Bush said. But he welcomed it, as well as plans by the International Civil Aviation Organ- ization—1C AO—to call for sanctions against countries that shelter hijackers, Mojsov acknowledged thai the declaration itself could not end hijacking, but he expressed hope that the unanimity of the council would strengthen the hands of governments to act. The declaration urged all governments to expand international cooperation to insure maximum safety and reliability of air traffic and to "take appropriate measures within their jurisdiction to deter and prevent" air piracy and "to deal with those who commit such acts." The 1CAO in Montreal, a U.N. specialized agency with 124 member countries, ordered its legal committee to draft a convention obliging ils members to take sanctions against nations that shelter or fail to punish hijackers. But reports from Montreal said it would be difficult to get agreement on sanctions from countries thai had resisted taking up the question, including the Arab stales, the Soviet Union and France. In N.Y. Race NEW YORK (API - Rep. Emanuel Eller, 84, defeated by a young woman lawyer in a stunning Democratic primary upset Tuesday, entered Congress in 1923 and is now only one term shy of becoming the longest-serving congressman in history. Celler, during his 50 years in office, helped write 400 bills including the Civil Rights of 1957, 1960 and 1964, and frequently pursued liberal causes against majority opposition. Dean of his congressional colleagues, he attained the great- es influence of his career as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He had been a member of the committee since 1949. He was defeated by Elizabeth Holtzman, 30, but he is eligible to run in November on the Liberal party line. Miss Holtzman charged during the campaing that Celler had mellowed on such issues as the Vietnam war and had done too little for his 16th District in Brooklyn. Celler was born in Brooklyn, the son of a wine merchant, and himself sold wine by the barrel to work his way through Columbia College and Columbia Law School. After his election to Congress in 1922, he was never again challenged for the party's nomination until 1968, when he easily defeated Rep. Edna Kelly, who had lost her own district to reapportionment. When he finishes his term in Congress this year, he will equal the longevity record of Carl Vinson of Georgia, who served 25 terms before retiring in 1964. Among his many pieces of legislation was a bill that estab- - lished "The Star Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. Cellar's wife of 51 years, Stella, died in 1966. He has two daughters. Her familiar hat flopping and her voice booming, Mrs. Abzug pledged to her supporters to "continue in and out of the Congress to work for the defeat of President Nixon and his policies of militarism, recession and inflation." Texas Pair Pleads Guilty FRESNO, Calif. (API-Two Texas brothers have pleaded guilty to the robbery of the Community National Bank at Buttonwillow in which the wife and daughter of the bank manager were held hostage at their home. Ronnie Ray Wolf rum. 27, and his brother Carroll Wayne, 33, entered the pleas Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge M. D. Crocker, who set sentencing for July 17. Sen. McGovern Confident Of Winning Nomination IT'S ALL YOURS—Jean Martindale, center, turns over the president's gavel to Paul Brown, right, incoming Boss Lion at the Pampa Lions Club 45th anniversary and installation banquet last night in the Pampa Country Club. Dist. Gov. Floyd Sackett, left, of Pampa wound up his year as governor with the installation of 1972-73 officers of his hometown club as his last official act. (Staff Photoby JohnEbling) Local Lions Install Officers At 45th Anniversary Banquet ByTEXDeWEESE The Pampa Lions Club marked its 45th anniversary, installed 1972-73 officers and paid a memorial tribute to 17 deceased past presidents at a banquetlast night inthePainlSf Country Club. In an installation ceremony conducted by Dist. Gov. Floyd Sackett of Pampa, Paul Brown became the new club president, succeeding outgoing Boss Lion J.A. Martindale. Other officers inducted included Eddie Polnac, first vice president; Henry Gruben, second vice president; Carl English, secretary-treasurer; Bill Hite. lion tamer, and Robert Sanders, tail twister. Jimmie Enloe, Bill Monroe, W.W. Wells, Wayne Wilson, Mack Wofford and Jimmy McCune were installed on the board of directors. Frank M. Culberson, a member of the club for 45 years, reviewed historical highlights of the Pampa Lions Club during its nearly half-century of existence. These included the many community service projects sponsored by the Lions as it grew from the date of organization April 22,1927, with a nucleus of 20 members. One of those charter members, Bonnie Rose, was at last night's banquet and was introduced by Culberson. Other charter members included Otto Studer, W:T. •Frasery.F.A, Peek, W,H; Curry, Ivy Duncan. Julian Barrett, J.T. Willis. M.A. Turner, F.P. Reid, J.M. McDonald, Frank Robison, W.O. Gallon, James Eastland, Biggs Horn, C.E. Kingsberry, Porter Malone, Tom Ashby, Olin E. Hinkle and P.B.Carlson. Seven of the charter members still living are Curry, Willis, McDonald, Horn, Hinkle, Carlson and Rose. A memorial service consisting of placing a white rose in a vase on the speaker's rostrum honored the following 17 deceased pasl presidents as their names were called: H. Otto Studer, Ivy Duncan, Herb Walker, John Sturgeon, Clude Fatheree, Ray Hagan, Arthur Teed, R.B. Fisher, John Osborne, Carl Benefiel, Joe Bur'ris, Roy Webb, D.L. Parker. H. Price Dosier, H.M. Luna, Sherman White and Bunny R. Shultz. An 18th rose was placed in memory of all other deceased members of the club , Outgoing president Martindale presided at the banquet. Jim Brown led group singing, W.O. Adkins led the pledge of allegiance and E.E. Shultz gave the invocation. Dinner music was played by Sue Higdon and Gary Boyd. Entertainment was by PreDetta Chambliss, vocalist. Guests were introduced by Lion Tamer Henry Gruben and special awards were presented by President Martindale to 17 club members for service to the club. Dist. Gov. Sackett was honored by his home club with a special award. Sackett wound up his term as governor with his last official act consisting of installing the new officers of his home club. Gen. Abrams Is Named Army Chief Of Staff 65,000 State Employes Likely To Get 6.8 Per Cent Pay Hike AUSTIN (AP) - House spending bill writers agreed today to give most state employ- es a 6.8 per cent raise as they began whittling away at other spending requests made by state agencies and boards. Rep. Bill Finck, San Antonio, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, explained that if the 6.8 per cent raise is granted for 65,000 employes il will exceed the federal 5.5 per cent pay raise guidelines. If the Call The News Circulation Dept. Phone; 669-2525 Pay Board does not grant the increase, it will be appealed. At Finck's suggestion Ihe House committee agreed to leave welfare appropriations to the last because they have no ruling yet from the stale comptroller aboul extra federal monies that Gov. Preston Smith said were available for welfare administration. "As the Legislative Budget Board bill is written now it calls for financing only eight months of welfare, leaving a surplus of 115.8 million in general revenue funds for the 1973 legislature," Finck said. "If we still don't have a ruling from the comptroller when we get to the welfare section, we can add another provision to finance the other four months and it would be effective only if needed." The bill is not expected to be ready for debate before the full House until next week. A Senate committee will question the six men nominated for the State Vending Commission. This special session of the legislature was called by Gov. Preston Smith to write a spending bill to replace the one he vetoed last year. Smith could open the session to other topics. The joint committee heard a request Tuesday for a fl mil- lion program to control fire ants. Rep. Joe Hubenak of Rosenberg said aerial spraying of a pesticide called Mirex would control the ant, now infesting 20 million Texas acres, mostly in the southeast corner of the state. The federal government would contribute $1 million to the program. Another fl million each from the state and national governments in fiscal 1974 is needed to complete the program. Ned Fritz of Dallas, chairman of the Texas Committee on Natural Resources, said spraying Mirex would be like giving cobalt treatments to everyone because they help some cancer patients. The Senate Nominations Committee voted Tuesday to recall five nominees to the Texas Air Control Board for another round of questions. The committee interrogated Dr. Willie Blich of Lubbock, Charles Jaynes of Waco, E. W. Robinson of Amarillo, James Abrams of El Paso and John Blair of Kountze during a one- hour session Tuesday. Three members of the committee voted against the nominees even though the full Senate must consider them no matter what the committee does. Sens. A. R. Schwartz of Galveston, Barbara Jordan and Chet Brooks of Pasadena cast the negative votes. Also unhappy with some of the answers was Sen. Charles Wilson of Lufkin, who asked Robinson if he would classify emissions that bothered people with hay fever or allergies as "very harmful" or "minimal." "People seldom die of asth- man or hay fever," Robinson replied. The committee also questioned three new members of the Parks and Wildlife Commission—Bob Burleson of Temple, Joe Fulton of Lubbock and Max Thomas of Dallas—and forwarded them to the full Senate. Kiwanis Delegates In Atlantic City Malcolm Denson is representing the Pampa Kiwanis Club as a delegate to the 57th annual convention of Kiwanis International in Atlantic City, N.J. The convention which opened Sunday ends tonight. Mr. and Mrs. Denson were accompanied to Atlantic City by Mr, and Mrs. Cecil Denson, representing the Wheeler Kiwanis Club. WASHINGTON (AP)-President Nixon has handed Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr., U.S. commander in Vietnam, a new assignment as Army chief of staff. Abrams, a brusque, no-nonsense officer who earned fame as a World War II tank commander, will succeed his West Point classmate, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, who retires June 30. Tuesday's announcement by the White House came as no surprise. Nixon's choice had been known for several weeks but held up as long as possible, Pentagon officials said, because of the uncertain battlefield situation in Vietnam. The President also announced he is reappointing Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, 60, to a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The law permits two two-year terms. The new commander in Vietnam is expected to be Army Gen. Frederick Weyand, who has been Abrams's deputy for nearly two years. There was no indication when Abrams will leave his post. A native of Springfield, Mass., the 57-year-old Abrams has been running the war in Vietnam since he succeeded Westmoreland there in 1968. Westmoreland, 58, has not disclosed his retirement plans. As the Army's new top soldier, Abrams is expected to finish the job begun by Westmoreland of building a smaller, peacetime army of volunteers, the administration's goal by July 1973. With baggy pants, crumpled uniform and a cigar in his mouth, slouching Gen. Creighton W. Abrams conjures up the image of a veteran first sergeant. But listening to classical music is his nightly relaxation, and the military men who work with him say he is a very human person, very much concerned with people, their welfare and their safety. "He is slow and deliberate in speech," says one officer. "When agitated he does use some strong language, but not foul. He tends to pound the table. But it passes quickly. "When he is angered at people, he will go out of his way to put them down gently and not indulge in personal abuse. He reacts to the situation rather than the person who causes it. When the time comes to fix the blame or tell some one he screwed up, he does it in as gentle a manner as possible." Abrams was born in Springfield, Mass., 5B years ago, the son of a railroad man. Called Tootsie by his family, he was a 4-H Club boy who raised chickens and calves. He was graduated from West Point in 1936, a classmate of Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the man he succeeded in Vietnam and will now succeed as chief of staff. The class yearbook described Abrams as "the loudest, happiest, fightin-est man" on the football team. He played guard. He met his wife, Julia, a Vassar girl, by subbing for an friend on a date. They have six children, and two of their sons, Creighton HI and John, served with the Army in Vietnam. Front-runner Impressed By NY Primary Victory NEW YORK (API - Sen. George S. McGovern hailed his overwhelmingly victory in the New York Democratic primary as "better than even we expected" today, with the unofficial count giving him 225 out of a possible 248 elected delegates. The victory brought the front- running South Dakotan within 200 votes of a first-ballot victory at the Democratic National Convention next month. Tuesday night, long before most of the votes were counted, McGovern told his supporters: "I'm convinced now that we will win the nomination in Miami Beach." At a morning news conference at his headquarters here, before departing for Washington, the question of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts as a possible running mate came up again. McGovern said his organization had been told that Queens County Democratic leader Matthew Troy planned to announce his recommendation of Kennedy for second place on a McGovern ticket. Troy was among the first political leaders here to support McGovern and also has close ties to the Kennedy family. "I'm not going to make any judgments about a vice-presidential candidate" until the convention, McGovern said. He added, however, that Kennedy was certainly "a leading candidate." Kennedy maintained repeatedly in interviews this week that he is interested in neither the presidential nor vice-presidential nominations. He said last week he would consider the vice-presidency if that was the only way to defeat President Nixon, but added he could not conceive of such a set of circumstances. McGovern's staff put the senators delegate victories at 226, but The Associated Press count showed him with 225 delegates, 17 uncommitted, 4 for Rep. Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, 1 for Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine and one race undecided. In addition, McGovern's forces believed that at least five of the uncommitted favor their man and they expect a substantial bloc of 30 at-large delegates to be picked next weekend by party leaders. The expectation is that they will finally surpass 250 delegates here. The smashing McGovern victory overshadowed a series of hotly fought Democratic congressional races, highlighted by the Brooklyn contest in which 30-year-old Elizabeth Holtzman unseated 84-year-old Rep. Emanuel Celler, the dean of the House and long-time chairman of its Judiciary Committee. Another woman, the flamboyant Rep. Bella Abzug, lost her House seat to Rep. William F. Ryan in a district combined by reapportionment. Rep. Jonathan Bingham defeated Rep. James Scheuer in a similarly merged district. Most of the 78 Republican delegates picked Tuesday support President Nixon. The Democratic presidential primary results, a contest in which voters chose delegates without any ballot listing of presidential candidates, were a setback to Sens. Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund S. Muskie, who are trying to block McGovern's nomination. Humphrey had hoped for election of many uncommitted delegates, Muskie for some of his own supporters. But McGovern ended up winning practically all of the 237 spots for which his delegates ran. McGovern's total assured him of at least 25 of the 30 New York delegates to be named Saturday by the state Democratic committee in proportion to the primary results. Besides the spots won by McGovern, Rep. Shirley Chisholm captured four of the six delegates in her own congressional district. The other two were uncommitted, as were five delegates elected in the Bronx district of Rep. Herman Badillo. McGovern went into the New York primary with 1,077.3 assured first-ballot votes, 431.7 short of the 1,509 needed to win the nomination. Besides the 30 New York delegates to be named Saturday, 42 other delegates will be chosen this weekend—27 in Arkansas, 13 in Delaware and two in Nebraska. As McGovern celebrated his 10th primary victory in 23 contests over the past 3'<z months, he alluded to recent criticism from Humphrey and Muskie in noting that "because we do represent a new coalition of political forces in this country, there are some who have expressed fears about us. "They have nothing to be alarmed about," he added. "We want harmony justice, not bitterness and special privelege Humphrey said in New Orleans Tuesday that McGovern is the candidate of the establishment with principal support from "the affluent suburbs, and the upper income blacks and the university group," adding that McGovern's views on welfare, defense and tax reform are so unpopular they would mean a Democratic defeat in November. Muskie, meanwhile, said he has found while seeking support to revive his candidacy that party leaders are "deeply concerned" about McGovern's views on the issues. All three of the Democratic hopefuls were in New Orleans Tuesday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Humphrey, who began his career as mayor of Minneapolis, was received enthusiastically. Muskie and McGovern got much milder welcomes. The Minnesota senator then flew to Indianapolis, where he arrived after the Indiana Democratic State Convention gave McGovern five at-large delegates even though he hadn't entered the Indiana primary. Humphrey told a news conference he thought that was unfair. "He wasn't in this primary," he said. Besides the five for McGovern, the other Indiana at-large delegates were divided six for Humphrey, five for Gov. George C. Wallace, one for Muskie and two uncommitted. Phone Callers Complaining Of East End Odor City Hall has been flooded with telephone complaints about a sickening odor hovering over the east portions of town for the last couple of days. R. B. Cooke, public works director, said telephone callers were blaming a packing plant in the area. Don Bowen, purchasing agent for Western Beef Packers, speaking in the absence of Harvey Lewis, plant manager who was out of the city today, said the plant has made no changes in its daily operations in the past two months. "In fact," Bowen said, "we have not even been operating any facility that would cause an odor during the past couple of days." City Manager Mack Wofford is out of the city this week and Public Works Director Cooke said that as of today he had no answer to what was causing the odor. Jim Wilson of Amarillo, area representative of the State Water Quality Control Board, is expected in Pampa Monday for a further check on the complaints. 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