Abilene Reporter News, January 3, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

January 03, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1970, Abilene, Texas MlJV 3 STAR FINAL 89TH YEAR, NO. 199 PHONE 6734271 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQc DAILY-20c SUNDAY Auocbted LITTLE CITIZEN Aldred K. Bran, a former resident of Kenosha, Wis., stands behind his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Caroline, as she takes the oath of citi- zensip in Milwaukee federal court. Caroline was born in Taichung, Taiwan. Brau and his wife, Alice, live at Tachikawa AFB in Japan, where he is an official of a commercial airline. (AP Wirephoto) Rites Sunday for Lutheran Leader Dr. Hugo Haterius STAMFORD Funeral for Dr. Hugo B. Haterius, the re- tired pastor of the Bethel Lutheran Church in the Erick- dahl community who for many years was a leader in farm and community improvement pro- grams, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at his former church. Officiating will be (he present pastor, the Rev. Stan .lurgenson. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of the Kinney Funeral Home. Dr. Haterius died at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stamford Hospital after a illness. He was 82 and had retired from his pas- torate last year. He had served as president of the Luther League of the Texas' Conference of the Lutheran Augustana Senate of North America from 1919 to 1928, when he became president of the Con DR. HUGO HATERIUS 'good country' ference itself, a post to which ho board was re-elected for many years. During his presidency he also Church. Paralleling NEWS INDEX Astrology..............4B Bridge.................5A Church Newi..........9B Classified.......... 12-1 SB Comiei............. t, 7B Editorial! 8B Farm................ISA Markets...........10, I IB Obituaries 3A Oil 14A Sports 8-11A TV Log...............5A TV Scout.............. 5A Women1! Newi.......2, 3B served a member of directors of Nalional Senate of Ihe Lutheran his work in the church was his work in improv- ing the lives of his congregation. In later years he said he remembered people saying in the old days that "this is a no good country." "But this isn't so, for no coun try which God created is no good. "This is a good counlry, and we can grow feed and we can feed cattle. I'm strong for he added, whilq talking to a group of fanners and ranch- ers in 1955. The area which his prc Ericksdahl friends in 1919 called "that remote, desolate" place was by the mid 1950's being called "Ihe most productive area in our county" by the Jones county agent who added, "The community owes much of its success to Harterius." Dr. Haterius first came to Erlckedahl in November of 1919 after being offered (he pastor- ship of Bethel Lutheran Church then a small wooden church and a far cry from the presenl cathedral-like stone structure. Ericksdahl had been founded iti 1906 by a colony of Swedish Lutherans. Dr. Haterius was born in Saronville, Neb., on June 2, 1888, the son of farmer who doubled as a carpenter. In December of 1894 the family migrated lo Texas and settled in the Olivia community near Port Lavaca. At first he had ambitions to be a lawyer, then at 18 decided on the ministry. The following year he went off to Bethany College in Linsborg, Kan. After earning his bachelor's degree he went on to seminary spending a year in Maywood near Chicago, and two years a Auguslana Seminary at Hock Island, 111., until his ordination in 1916. During his first pastorate he worked with a mission serving the Fort Worth-Dallas area and Turn to LUTHERAN, Pg. 3-A U.S. Will Support Taipei, Says Agnew TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) President Spiro T. Agnew :old the Nationalist Chinese Fri- day that the United States will land by them even though it is seeking contacts wilh the Red Chinese. Earlier Agnew described liese attempts to reach the mainland Chinese as "just baby crawling motions" to see how reacts. The vice president's reassur- ance to the Nationalists that the Jnited States intends to live up o its treaty commitments came n a statement shortly after he arrived from Vietnam, Thou- sands of Chinese lined Taipei's streets, waving paper American lags and swirling around Ag- new's car with brightly colored 10-foot paper dragons. In his statement at Sung Shan Military Airport, and later in alks with Nationalist Chinese eaders, Agnew stressed that ie Nixon doctrine of Asian ielf-reliance does riot mean the United Slates has any intention of abandoning its treaty com- mitments. But in a conversation with re- wrters en roule from Vietnam, Agnew said Communist China "can't be ignored." Recent U.S. efforts to ease trade restric- ions, he added, were taken in he hope they will "lead to addi- tional steps by the Chinese Com- tiunisls to lessen the terribJe .ensions that exist in this part of the world." 'The United Slates should not sit still iii a stance of armed preparedness and make no initi- atives to develop an atmosphere that will allow us to reduce the amount of military spending and use some of the money in isome of the programs that are so desperately needed in the areas of the environment and he cities and the like at home." But the easing of trade bar- riers, along wilh the Senate's action last month in rejecting i54.5 million for Nationalist Chi- ia to buy new jet fighters, has caused considerable concern imong senior members of the Nationalist government. An edi- orial in Friday's English-lan- juage China News said Agnew vould be told that Nationalist 3hina "fears growth of the U.S. endency to compromise or ap- )ease in the matter of the hinc.se Communists." Agnew's major formal ses- a meeting Friday afternoon with Vice President K. Yen and a conference Sat-, No Rain, Ho Snow Due Here Abilene weatherman squelches any possibility of rain or snow in ;he Abilene area for the week end. It may even warm up a bit, according to the meteorological seer. Friday may have been the last of the rain and snow in the Big Country for awhile, although _oth were reported early Friday morning to the south, southeast and east of Abilene in Ranger, Dublin, Be Leon, Comanche, Stephenville, Coleman and Paini Rock. Later in" the day snow melted and reports of clear and cole prevailed, at least in Ranger. West of Abilene in Rotan, Fri day's weather was described ai "beautiful and clear." Measurable amounts of rain were recorded in Stephenville with .19; Comanche, .06; Dublin .11; and Paint Rock, .20. Abilene recorded .02 of an inch for Friday. Random snow measurement were Coleman with 1 to IV. inches; De Leon, 1 inch; Pain Rock, 3 inches; and Dublin, one half inch. urday with president Chiang Kai-shek. Chiang gave a formal state dinner Friday night for Agnew and his wife, who rejoined the vice presidential party here af- ter remaining in the Philippines while Agnew made his 24-hour visit to Vietnam. The dinner featured Chinese food served Western style. Mrs. Cliiang, who was in an automo- bile accident in August, did not attend but the Agnews visited her for'20 minutes before the dinner. Guests included top gov- ernment officials, members of Agnew's party and Sen. and Mrs. Hugh Scott, who have been visiting here. Before the dinner, Agnew and Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, the astronaut who is traveling with him, presented President Chiang with moon rocks and a Chinese Nationalist flag (hat traveled to Ihe lunar surface with Apollo 11 last July. President Chiang led separate (oasts to President Nixon and Agnew, saying he expects his talks with Agnew to have an im- portant bearing on future devel- opments in this area ana thank- ing the American people for their assistance to his country. On the plane en route to Taip- ei, Agnew said: "China is a country of 800 mil- lion people. They can't be ig- nored, but attempting to begin a meaningful dialogue with Ihem does not lessen our desire and our conviction that the Re- public of China government must be protected in accord- ance our stated treaty obli- gations. "These sleps (hat have been taken wilh Communist China are just baby crawling motions. All that's involved is a very small exercise in allowing greater communication and a very small amount of trade ini- tiative, and we'll just see how they react lo it. 'I think that initia- tives are (aken with any coun- try. We don't always want to ex- ist at arms' length with a hostile atlilude to the rest of the world." Hijackers' Aircraft Stalls in Peru LIMA, Peru (AP) The new Year's first air hijackers were stalled here Friday on their mission to fly to Cuba with the :wo small daughters of a col- eague jailed in Brazil. The ilane they seized in Uruguay failed to siart after a refueling slop. The crew of the Brazilian jet- liner said the battery used for .urning over the starting mech- anism went dead. A fresh bat- lery for the twin-engine Cara- velle was being flown here from Santiago, Chile. None was avail- able here. Inside the plane, five Brazil- ian pretty giri and four young Ihe crew and passengers at bay wilh guns and a package they said contained explosives. The plane had 23 passengers and seven crew members when t was hijacked after taking off Thursday from Montevideo, Jruguay, for Rio de Janeiro, Srazil. Two elderly persons _ iff during a refueling Suenos Aires, Argentina. Tlie Jlane then went to Antofagasta, Chile, to take on more fuel be- bre coming to Lima early Fri- lay. Ground crews refueled the aircraft and pilot Mario Amaral started one engine by using WEATHER ESSA WEATHER BUREAU U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Weather Map, Pg. 15-B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (JO-mlle radius) Increasing cloudiness Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. A little warmer IhrcHjghout the period. High expected Saturday 48 degrees with a tow around 20. High Sunday about JO. Winds light and variable. No rain or snow forecast tor the weekend. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. NORTHEAST TEXAS: Fair Saturday and Sunday. A IMffe warmer Sunday. HFah Saturday in Low Saturday night 20 north to 30 south. TEMPERATURES Frl. Frl. p.m 33............. 42 34 43 33 44 11 ...........44 34 42 34 39 34 34 34 33............. 27 37 40 _ 41 Kiori and low lor 24-houri ending 9 p.m.: 44 and 37. High and IGW same dale last year: 60 and 40. Sunsel last night: sunrise loday: sunset lonioht: Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.36. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 71 per cent. self-conlained starter equip- ment. A Peruvian pilot at the airport said the equipment was good for one start. He said Amaral should have been able lo start the other engine by bleeding off power from the run- ning engine but apparently the power drain of the first start killed the battety. The pilot then turned off the single engine and doused the lights in the cabin. The woman Hijacker and two of her male colleagues then came to the cockpit window and' tossed down mtessages to news- men and police at the airport. A message to The Associated Press said: "We are going to Cuba, having among other mis- sions, one to escort two children of 2 and 3 years of a combatant who today is under arrest and tortured in Brazil." Tlie message said the mother of the two girls was with them but it added that she, like the lii- got jackers, would return to "fight n Brazil" after reaching Cuba. The message did not identify he children, their mother or their father. The nole closed by saying: 'Down with tortures in It was signed by the "Palmares Armed Revolutionary Van- movement described as being opposed to the Brazil's military government. A short- ened version of the group's lame, from Portuguese, is Var- Palmares. The airliner is owned by the Brazilian air line Cruzeiro do Sul, which means Southern Cross. Officials at Lima's airport identified the woman hijacker as Isolde Sommers and her comrades as Ados Magnos, acting as police agents of tape- rialicm in lice showed no concern and by the Brazilian armed forces made no effort to keep reporters and camermen back from the aircraft in Lima. The hijackers periodically gave "V" signs with their fin- gers from the plane's window when movie and television cam- era lights went on in early morning darkness. One of the male hijackers said DEATH TOLL REACHES 250 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The traffic death toll rose lo 250 Friday, the halfway point of the four-day New Year's holiday weekend. The count of traffic deaths began at and will Sunday. 6 p.m. Wednesday end at midnight Governor Linked to Prison Deaths NEW YORK (AP) A for- mer superintendent of Arkansas prisons has charged that Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and the Arkansas board of corrections were "accessories, after-t he-fact to the crime of murder." The allegation was made by Tom Murton, hired in February, 3967, by Rockefeller to reform the state's prison system and fired 13 months later, following tl discovery of three skeletons in unmarked graves on prison grounds. An inmate who had told where to look for the bodies also esti- mated there were at least 200 murdered inmates also burled In the area. In a recently released book "Accomplices to the written by Murton with Joe Hyuns, a former New York Herald Tribune bureau chief, Murton charged that a state po- lice investigation following the bodies' discoveries Jan. 29, 1968, "was a deliberate fraud upon the people of-Arkansas and the inmates of the Arkansas State Penitentiary In order to suppress the truth about atrocities within the prison." "By failing to press for the ruth, for the prosecution of those who brutalized and mur- dered, the board of corrections and the governor of Arkansas in effect became co-conspirators and, as after- ihe-fact to the crime of mur- Murton said. Calling tie Arkansas state prison system the worst In the to nation, Murton said lhat after spending weeks at the floors Tucker prison farm, he dubbed it the "Tucker lime ter this institution and you go back one hundred years in pe- nology." He said of them serving long sentences for armed robbery or ried weapons and served as prison guards. Before his Arriv- al, Murton said, punishment was meted out to prisoners with a large strap, or a torture de- vice known as the "Tucker tele- phone." lie said Inmates possessed home made liquor or obtained liquor from oulside and that living conditions were unsani tary and unhuman. One ol memos to prisoners urged them use existing backhouses or bathrooms instead of barracks i. Murton described corrup- lion of prison services, Including the mails. Murton, a penologist, said the prison physician had examined records and has noted "not only a remarkably high death rale but an unusual number of young men listed as victims of organic heart disease." Murton said many death certificates had Ihe name of a former physician typed in but were unsigned and gave no cause of death. Additionally, Murton wrote, one inmate said he helped bury three inmates, one of whom was lisled officially as an escapee. When the three bodies were his unearthed, Murton said two of the skeletons had been decapi- tated and the skull of the third ''was crushed to the size of a A report by the slate palholo- gist's office of its examination of tlie three skeletons said there were no indications that the bones were those of inmates who had died violently. It also said the skeletons were many years old. Col. Ralph Scott, director of the stale police, said Friday that evidence was overwhelm- ing the from an old cemetery where many other inmates wlio had died in various epidemics or whose bodies were not claimed by relatives had been buried. "I think they can dig up as many bodies as they want them up by the he said, adding that the investiga- tion is closed. Murton compared the people in towns near the prison farm to "the townspeople of Dachau" who didn't want to find out what caused Ihe constant greasy smoke from the concentration camp chimneys. The people in towns near Tucker would not believe that men they knew could take part in murder and toiture. "They still don't to this day- and that's the whole problem In Arkansas." He asserted that the "success of reform meant the death knell of profitable exploi- tation." He said the farms were run for profit by the stale "and a few selected individuals" In what amounted to- "penal slav- ery." He called the parole sys- which men were released to work for .specific In- dividuals "indentured slav- ery.'1 HIJACKER MAKES 'V SIGN FROM'COCKPIT he was wishing for some wings Yanez Allen eno Magalhaes and Luis Alberto Silva. Peruvian police surrounded the plane but the po- Claudio Gal- Hi a five were. members of the "Joao Domingo Commando" In Var-Palmares. He said the com- mando named after a companion who "died tortured rialism in Brazil. He said the children were not was reported pre- viously in Argentina. "The children are known to us and therefore are not he said. "It is not practical for Var-Palmares to use children as hostages." Local Contractor Dies in Mexico Jerry Spires of 2017 Woodridge, who was involved in a car-pedestrain accident Mexico City Sunday, died about 10 a.m. Friday in the Santa Fe Hospital in Mexico City. Funeral arrangcmenls are pending at North's Funeral Home. Mr. Spires had gone out lo get some medication for his brother- in-law when he was struck by an automobile. Bolh legs and a jaw were fractured in tire accident. He underwent surgery for hours Sunday night and was convalescing when evidence of brain swelling appeared. A friend of the family said Mr. Spires had seemed to be doing fine when complications began lo develop Thursday afternoon. Mr. Spires, his wife, Evelyn, and their daughter, Suann, were vacationing in Mexico Cily for the holidays, A prominent housing contractor, Mr. Spires had been in Ihe home building business-in Abilene for about 12 years and was a past president of the Home Builders Assn. of Abilene and Central West Texas. Mr. Spires was an Abilene native and attended public schools and a local business college here. He graduated from Abilene JERRY SPIRES housing contractor High School in 1946 and went to work for West Texas Utilities Co. as soon as he completed his studies at the business college. Mr. Spires served with the U.S. Army in Japan In 1946 and 1M7, He was a member of the University Baptist Church. Survivors Include his wife and daughter of the home; one.son, Kelly of the home; one brother, Gene Spires of Midland; his molher Mrs. M. M. Thomason rrf 2106 JParramore, ;