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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1966, Abilene, Texas 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT i tut Kit! 86TH YEAR, NO. 68 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 23, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS 5 CENTS DAILY 15 CENTS SUNDAY Associated Press RESCUERS SEARCH CHURCH are shown digging through rubble of the Church of God in Christ Negro church at Plainview Monday night after an apparent natural gas explosion sent the building tumbling down on an estimated 200 worshippers. One woman was killed and more than 50 injured. (AP Wirephoto) PLAINVIEW, Tex. (AP) A thundering explosion sent the roof crashing down last night on 200 worshipers in the Church of God in Christ Falling, debris killed a woman and injured 53 other persons. Twelve persons were trapped for'a time as a small fire broke out. and was quickly quenched in the concrete block and frame building. After preliminary investiga- tion Plainview's director pub- lic safety, Hoyt Curry, natural gas apparently was to blame. "Indications are that a gas leak, possibly set off an electric Curry re- ported. 'The United Baptist choir was singing when it said elder Henry Jackson, 32. ''The lights went out, then there was an explosion that blew the floor out of the building and then the top caved in. "It blew me up in the ceiling, then I fell back in the chair where I had been sitting and turned over backwards." Mrs. E. N. Givens, wife of the Negro congregation's pastor, said a capacity crowd of 200 or more filled the church for an all-musical service opening a weeklong revival, and there were 65 in the choir- loft alone. The Rev. Mr. Givens, hurled across the church and against a wall, was injured. His wife had stepped next door shortly before the blast. Rescuers plodded through mud left by two days of rain to sift said the wreckage, using a truck crane to hoist big pieces of the roof. They found the body of Mrs. byEnnis A. Dukes, about 45, of Pampa, beneath timbers which crashed down on the rostrum where she was sitting. She was district president of the church's women's auxiliary. Motorists in hundreds of cars flocked to the church on the north side of Plainview, a West Texas farming center for people. Many helped remove the injured. To help get them to hospitals, ambulances came from at least five other towns in this vicinity Petersburg, Hale Center, Olton, Lockney and Tulia. Doctors kept 28 of the injured in hospitals overnight. The rest were treated and dismissed. A falling beam pinned David Lewis of Lubbock and his wife, who were sitting near the back of the church at LIST OF INJURED PLAINVIEW, Tex. (AP) Hospitals admitted 28 persons for treatment of injuries suf- fered as an explosion wrecked the Church of God in Christ here Monday night. They listed these patients: At Plainview Hospital (from Plainview unless otherwise indi- 1. Calvin E. Coleman, Floyd- ada. 2. Texie Riggins 3. The Rev. Ollie Hines 4. Larry Williams 5 and 6. Johnny Jackson and his wife Ruth. 7 The Rev. E. N. Givens 8. Virginia Fowler 9. Ruth Randon, Arnarillo le 10. Willie McMorris, Floydada 11 Thomas Riggins 13. Sybil. Bullock, Floydada 14. Vera Lewis, Lubbock 16. Gladys Riley, Panhand- 19. 20. 21. 17. Norvella Sanson 18. Synona Shellman Ethel Shellman Ruby Minner Thelma Carter 22. Elizabeth Phillips 23. Willie Simond, Lockney At Medical Center Hospital from Plainview unless otherwise 24. Doris Lauderdale, Rails 25. Louise Ray 26. Gracey McAdoo 27. T. V; McAdoo 28. Eva Ballenton end from the pulpit, but they apparently escaped serious in- jury. Lewis said many persons escaped because the toppling roof lodged about five feet above the floor on the side including the front door. Odell Duncan, 70, a church deacon, had been -.ushering for the service. "The first I knew Duncan related, "I was up in the air, I was right near three or four feet in the air, and when T came down there were people piled right on me... "1. wiggled out from under a door and picked up three chil- dren and carried them out. Then I went back and helped three women get outside." The blast occurred about p.m. during a song ending the service. Firemen found Lois Th'urkfll of Amarillo, one of the dozen trapped in the shattered church, beneath part of the floor. She was the last to be removed and taken to a hospital. Seven Crewmen Ki When U.S. Ship Mined Ky Willing To Exchange made no contact with the Viet SAIGON, South Viet Nam Cong units believed to be operat- (AP) A Communist mine ex- jng jn the jungle swampland in plosion ripped today into the American freighter Baton Rouge Victory, laden with war supplies for the fighting forces in Viet Nam, and sank her to main deck level in the Saigon River 22 miles southeast of this CitV.. Seven of the 45 American crewmen were killed and anoth- er suffered a fractured arm as water flooded the ship's engine room from a gaping hole in the port side. The Baton Rouge Vic- tory grounded beside the south bank, where salvage crews Another Marine force had landed a week earlier 50 miles east of Saigon. Both were as- signed a blocking role in Opera- tion Toledo, a combined U.S.- Vjetnamese sweep against the Viet Cong 5th Division. quickly started work under guard. As a security precaution the Vietnamese navy temporarily closed the channel, one of ths two main channels of the river between Saigon and the South China Sea, though the ship was off to one side. Guerrilla-infested swamps line the river there. South Vietnamese troops worked ashore, and U.S. patrol boats and helicopter gun crews kept watch over river as a salvage ship and four tugs worked to transship the supplies and rig the Baton Rouge Victory for refloating. Elsewhere in the war, the U.S. military command dis- closed that a U.S. Marine am- phibious force strong land- ed unoosed on beaches 50 miles southeast of Saigon early Monday, and in the 36 hours that followed the landings had E mwjM IT HIIUII ABILENE Municipal Airport Total for Year Normal for Year 1410 Oldham 582 E. N. 23 682 E. N. 15 Dyess AFB Lake Kirby Lake Phantom ALBANY ANSON BAIRD BALLINGER COLORADO CITY HASKELL KNOX CITY LORAINE MERKEL OLD GLORY .50 13.33 15.67 .90 .50 .85 Tr Tr. 1.75 .71 .30 tr. Tr. .32 1.00 2.30 Tr. -20 1.85 .10 .10 .50 No other major ground action was reported. In the air war over North Viet Nam, four U.S. Air Force F105 Thunder chiefs tangled with four MIG17s Monday in a four- minute aerial battle 20 miles north of Hanoi. The.MIGs attacked the Thun- derchiefs while they .were bombing a road 10 miles north of the capital. Both sides ex- changed cannon fire, a U. S. spokesman said, and then disen- gaged without damage to either side. The MIG encounter came while American pilots flew 80 missions over the Communist north, striking at 12 storage de- pots and three surface-to-air missile sites, among other tar- gets. Pilots reported they severely STITH .13 .80 Tr. .20 oil depots and set off numerous secondary explosions. Among other results, pilots claimed SAIGON, South Viet Nam Nguyen Cao Ky old a New York rabbi today he s willing to exchange North Vietnamese prisoners for U.S. pilots held in Hanoi. I would even make an unev- en Ky told Rabbi Schulem Rubin, spiritual leader of Young Israel Synagogue, who spent an hour with the Vietnam- ese leader. Rabbi Rubin took Ky's re- marks to mean that he would exchange more North Vietnam- ese prisoners than North Viet rn would return. The rabbi quoted Ky as say- "I know the .prisoners issue s an emotional one, and could bring on World War III. And I know the prisoners are suffering errible humiliation and hard- ship. I would do everything in my power to get them back." Several hundred North Viet- namese prisoners are held in South -Viet Nam. .About 40 American -pilots are. known to have -been captured in North Viet Nam. barges, 9 bridges, 16 storage buildings and 5 antiaircraft sites. The Air Force said Thun- derchiefs destroyed or damaged 20 guns in one of the antiaircraft sites 95 miles northwest of Ha- noi. Floating South Hit For a third straight day, U.S. B52 bombers staged two raids today on South Viet Nam. One formation of the eight-engined bombers struck at a Viet Cong stronghold 65 miles northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian bor- der. Another wave hit a Viet Cong troop concentration 45 miles southeast of Saigon, where a regiment of Communist troops had been sighted recent- ly. j The mining of the Baton i Rouge Victory capped a week of stepped-up Viet Cong terrorism See U. S. Ship, Pg. 2-A, Col. 7 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "A foot and a half of water rushed through the hamlet of Dell City in far West Texas today, and major highways around Van Horn and Sierra Blanca still were closed after downpours of rain, unusual for far West Texas. Muddy water overflowed rail- road tracks and highways and knocked over telephone lines, cutting off communications ex- cept by radio to the usually arid West Texas towns. (Scattered showers continued to fall in the Abilene area Tues- day after rains Monday night ranged up to 2.30 inches, the amount gauged at Hawley. further rain existed Tuesday, 30 per cent tonight and 20 per cent Wednesday, said forecaster Dennis Noble at the U. S. Wea- ther Bureau here.) State police at Pecos said Dell City (pop: 5 miles from the New Mexico border was marooned with water rush ing in the streets. No injuries Motorists looking for an open oute between El Paso and Odessa and Midland, leading eventually to Dallas-Fort Worth, must detour far south to Marfa and Alpine on U.S. 90, now open at Van Horn. All traffic from far West Tex- as into the Carlsbad Caverns area of New Mexico was also cut off, where U.S. 62-180 is bad- y flooded with many portions still under water, the Highway Department said. Highway officials said U.S. 0 closed at a threatened )ridge three miles east of Van 3orn, and Texas 54 north ol Van Horn, would not be openec .oday. Motorists had stayec overnight in Van Horn waiting for the waters in the usually bone dry creeks to recede. There were similar delays for train travelers because of water covering the Texas Pacific tracks at Wild Horse Crossinj in the same vicinity, and also the Southern Pacific tracks in the area to the south near Sierra Blanca. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map Pg. 3-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile ra- dius) Mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers through Wednesdr Probability ot measurable rain today per cent, tonight 30 per Wednes- day 50 per cent. High temperature to- day 85, overnight 45-70, Wednesday W. NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST TEXAS: Cloudy and mild In north, partly cloudy and warm in south tomght and Wednesday. Late, widely scattered show- ers and a few thunderstorms in centra and north parts. Low tonight 65 to 75 High Wednesday M to NORTHWEST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers a few thunder- storms tonight and Wednesday. A little warmer Wednesday. Low tonight 50 to it. High Wednesday 72 to 88. SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Cloudy to part- ly cloudy lonight and Wednesday with showers, decreasing Wednesday. A little warmer in north Wednesday. Low 10- night 66 to p.m. to 74. High Wednesday TfMPtRATUftlf 78 71 78 78 75 W 75 2; 00 Tim. am 74 74 72 71 70 tft 70 72 72 72 75 High tow for V hours ending ami Hfeh low umc lait year arttf 75. ftwntet Itsf sunset twiHjht: Barometer reading at noon: 3I.W. MumWlty noon: Dyess Unit Rated 'Best' The 96th Combat Defense _iquadron at Dyess has been rated the best CDS group in Sec- ond Air Force. By 2nd AF Headquarters rec- ommendation, the squadron will be re-evaluated by the Strategic Air Command Headquarters at a date to be announced later, to estimate whether it is also the best in SAC. The 2nd AF evaluation of the 96th CDS-was carried on from Juntf 30, 1965, through July 1, The evaluation was based on a class number one rating. That .is, a rating which is con- cerned with a CDS group on a SAC operated .base. Amarillo AFB, CDS won the class number two for being the best CDS on a base not controll- ed by SAC; but with a SAC unit Rationed there. The evaluation consisted of observing and rating all phases of operations including law en- forcement confinement and se- curity. In all phases the 96th was noted for exceptional ability and outstanding performance. The evaluation at SAC levei will be almost the same with a few ad- ditional aspects to be taken into consideration. An emergency procedures operation may be- also. This operation is very similar to the operational readiness in- spection (ORI) conducted on the base regularly. Industrials Rise In Heavy Trading Industrials were up 2.51, rails off .15 and utilities up ,45 at the end of fifth hour trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume, according to Abilene office of Dempsey-Tegeler Co. was shares traded. Rejected Men Due NEW YORK (AP) Secre- tary of Defense Robert S. Mc- Namara disclosed today Penta- gon plans to accept for military raining in the next 10 months men ordinarily disquali- ied because of education and health reasons. He said the number would ncrease to in the next iscal year and ia succeeding vears. The men would undergo inten- sive training using facilities of .he Defense Department "the argest single educational com- plex the world has ever known" to become "fully satisfactory McNamara said in a speech prepared for delivery to ;he convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Aides in Washington de- scribed the training effort as unique and said men taken into :he program will, like draftees and enlistees, be under military authority of the services. Men for the program will come from those among both volunteers and draftees who fail to measure up to acceptance standards. Pentagon spokesmen said 85 per cent or more of such train- ees are expected to qualify for military duty. Those who do not See Draft, Pg. 2-A, Col. 3 54 Due (all In October day by the Taylor Callahan uff d Selective Service Board. The same number of men will be confined to bed with an injured BEATLES BRING THEM TO THE BRINK New York City police "snatch two teenage girls from a 21st floor setback of the Americana Hotel Monday after the girls threatened to jump "unless we get to see the Beatles." The British pop singing group was quartered in the Warwick Hotel, right back- ground, a block away. (AP Wirephoto) __________________________ Antiwar Activity Termed No Threat By CARL P. LEUBSDORF "is undesirable for more rea- HOLLYWOOD (AP) Fran- cis X. Bshman, whose virile handsomeness made him one of the screen's first great stars, died today at 83 after a fall in his home. Bushman, who entered films A draft quota of 54 men for in 1911 and was scheduled to October was announced Tues-starl a new raovje next week, f n Sund and was J drafted in September. Board clerk Mrs. Capitola Meyerdirk said that the men will be inducted Oct. 20 and 24. No number was given on the October call for. physical ex- aminations that precede induc- ,ions. The statewide October draft call will be and will be the highest since May 1953 to- ward close of the Korean War when Texans were induct- ed into the armed services. The September and October lahan County men are the high- est since the United States in- volvement in Viet Nam, Mrs. Meyerdirk said. right shoulder and hip. Another j 'all this morning proved fatal. The actor cherished the bill- ing he earned at the San Diego World's Fair in of the Movies." He retained the title through his lifetime, al- though he had not starred in [ilms since the 1920s. Bushman's heyday in films' came in the first decade of the silents, when he shared the limelight with such stars as Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and William S. Hart. Bushman was the most romantic of the new stars, a husky, towering figure with classic profile WASHINGTON (AP) Depu- ty Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark told the House Committee on Un- American Activities today that current antiwar activity -'can hardly be considered a threat" and added: "There.'is no need for new leg- islation because a panoply of laws, state and federal, present- ly protects the national inter- est." In a ment, Clark said legislation aimed at Americans who try to block shipment of troops or ma- teriel to Viet Nam or seek to send supplies to the Viet Cong' SECTION A SECTION Ncwi 3 J 7 SECTION C TV V. 7 V. 7 SICTION D sons than lack of necessity." Committee members planned to question Clark about whether Che Justice Department had prosecuted Americans who have solicited or sent supplies or money to the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. Clark said the bill, whose chief sponsor is the acting com- mittee chairman, Joe R. Pool, D-Tex., would inject federal law into "clear state and local juris- diction." He said there is r.o indication that state and local law enforcement is not doing the necessary job. And. he said that proposed prohibitions against advising, counseling, urging or soliciting activity against the Viet Nam war not add any mean- ingful protection and "would 6-7 jeopardize the purposes of tfc ibill.and fundamental rights ot j Americans by rising infringe- j ment of constitutional rights of 4-5 "Isolated instances of vain acts by a handful of extremists to aid the enemy or obstruct our i armed forces have he Isaid.
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