Abilene Reporter News, January 4, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

January 04, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron MdlllllliillUiliiiiiiiw 89TH YEAR, NO. 200 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, 1970 -SIXTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS Associated SUNDAV Army Newscaster Says He Can't TelPfruth A military some cases off the air complete- the truth. I hone vou'll heln sloo cnarees. but that "until snrh anchor SAIGON (AP) A mmiRry broadcaster on Ihe American Forces Vietnam Network- AFVN told his television audi- ence Saturday night he and oth- er network newscasters are "not free !o tell [fie Inrth and i essence, to tell it like it is." Spec. 5 Robert Lawrence, 2V, of Atlanta, charged HID Military Assistance Command in seen lo it that all those newscasters who are dedicated lo their work are sent away to other areas, in some cases off the air complete ly. Mike Maxwell charged that there was censorship at Lawrence said, "and now he's doing menial tasks in (he record library on FM radio, in Hugh Morgan's gone, too, sent up-country and is off the air. That was another MACV re- quest. "Rick Frederickson loaves Tuesday. Rick tried to tell it like it is We have been supressed and I'm probably in trouble for telling you tonight the truth. I hope you'll help slop censorship at AFVN and any American situation under mili- tary rule." Lawrence said that as a news- man "I am dedicated to giving the public the news' and events worldwide and on the local lev- el. I am pledged to tell the (ruth at all times ami I will s.lways tell the truth either in the mili- tary or as a civilian." The military command said Sunday that an inspector gener- al will investigate Lawrence's charges, but lhat "until such time as this investigation is completed, there will be no comment concerning his action or the allegations he made." An inspector general is an of- ficer who operates outside the regular chain of command and investigates complaints or grievances of individuals groups. An inspector general's inquiry was ordered last year following censorship complaints from Spec. 5 Michael Maxwell, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, another mili- tary newscaster. It reportedly concluded that most of the diffi- culty lay with "young and inex- perienced'1 newscasters. There was no immediate indi- cation of what would happen to Lawrence. It was hard for me to do or Lawrence said later, "be- cause I'm still in the military. I don't know what the conse- following quences will be. This is a pretty serious incident. "The thing is, I was convinced were about what MACV was doing here, how much control they had over us." Lawrence, who said he had been due to go from the 11 p.m. show lo a daytime schedule and had been (old lo report back to the station Sunday, added: "I'm willing to go to jail for what I believe of speech." Lawrence said, for example, he was told he could not select film for the war segment of his newscasts because his choices slanted against the South Vietnamese government o President Nguyen Van Thieu and were. too controversial Most of the film was providet by the Columbia Broadcasting System. "For Iwo weeks, I was run ning film just about every nigh! about the Saigon black markci aclivities and reporting Ihe clos ing down of newspapers by Hit Thieu government. "They called me up one daj and I was told the MACV Offici of Information was upset am Commandos Hijack Egypt Radar Post PICTORIAL BOOTY Srriilm: armored car carry a portrait o Israeli troops in an Lebanese President on Saturday where they blew, up a guard post and re- turned with 21 prisoners. (AP Wirephoto) Charles Helen as a souvenir of their raid into Leban- Agnew Praises Thai Self-Reliance BANGKOK, Thailand Vice Presjdjint Spiro T. Agnew said Saturday President Nixon won't send U.S. combat Iroops to Asia unless there are excep- tional circumstances. Agnew also praised Thailand, a staunch U.S. ally, for ils "self-reliant attitude" !n fight- ing insurgency at home while helping in South Vietnam. He demonstrated within a 24- hour period the two sides of the Nixon doctrine. He pledged to President Chiang Kai-shek of Nationalist China that the Unit- ed States will sland by its treaty obligations. He then struck the theme of Asian self-help on ar- riving for a two-day visit in Bangkok. As he made the four-hour flight Force "I tliink that was simply a resolution to indicate tiiat (he President wouldn't move unilat- erally to engage us in any con- flict further conflict hi Asia beyond the without returning to the Con- gress for approval of such ac- Agnew said. ._._ "I think it also indicated the the administration's reasons for President's conviction that we from Two, Formosa on Air parl of it across South Vietnam, the vice presi- dent discussed with reporters supporting the congressional ac- tion last month barring use of ground combat troops in Laos or Trailand without congres- sional approval. would not become involved in any other combat activities with our troops in Asia unless some very extreme, provocalory and substantial action took place BATTLING OIL FIRE Hawley and Anson Volunteer firemen joined with Pride Refining Inc. workers to fight the blaze Saturday night at the company's plant some three miles north of Abilene's city limits on Highway 277 when a 60-foot tall "bubble tank" caught fire. (Staff Photo by Simon Benfield) Burned Man Is Critical After Pride Oil Tank Fire hat. might make it necessary or him to seek re-evaluation by the Congress. Agnew said lie doilbted he vould get into Ihe question of uture levels of U.S. forces In Thailand during talks with Thai ifficials. About of the Americans here were vithdrawh last year. Agnew's first day here fol- oived the script of earlier visits Ihe Philippines and National- st China. He was welcomed at le airport with full military onors by the Thai prime minis- cr, Field Marshal Thanom Kit- ikachom, Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman and U. 5. Are-, assador Leonard Un'ger. While greeting members of ho diplomatic corps, Agnew as surprised when a young oman greeted him 'and an- ounced she was a second cous- from Greece he had never She is Evy Vondjidis An- gnoslopoulo, who is here as ex- xmtive housekeeper of a new olel. Thai public reaction lo Ag- ew's visit was possibly the cool- st in recent memory. Saturday ftemoon shopping crowds on ie motorcade route barely aused lo see the vice president ass. Only brief reports of Agnew's isit were carried in Thai lan- juage newspapers. The English anguage Bangkok Post, which sually reflects Foreign Minis- ry views, gave a warm edito- ial welcome to Agnew. It called is visit "a welcome gesture to "hailand." After a brief stop at his hotel, gnew went to Chilrlada Palace or an audience with King Bhu mibol Adulyadej and Queen Sir! The king was presented four Jack slivers of the lunar sur- ace and a Thai flag by Cmdr. Eugene Cernan, one of the Apol- o 10 astronauts who has been By SIMON BENFIELD Reporter-News Stait Writer Vernon Click, 45, of Lucclers was in critical condition in Hendrick Membrial Hospital late Saturday night after undergoing surgery for burns received during a tank fire at the Pride Oil Refining Inc.'s plant north of Abilene. Hospital authorities said thai about 81 per cent of Mr. Click's body, which was heavily coated with oil, had been burned. The fire was confined to a 60- foot tall "bubble tank" surrounded by da-salting tanks, heat exchange tanks and a control office at the southwestern section of the plant. The bubble tank was the refinery's "main cnxto oil according lo Pride President Frank Wood, who said the lank handled about barrels each day. The tank receives hot crude oil and separates diesel oil, jet engine fuel and other gasoline fuels before passing it all on for further processing. No damage estimate was Immediately available, nor was the cause of the fire known late Saturday. Wood said an Inspection tour would have to wait until daylight. Volunteer firemen from Hixwley first answered the call with their pumper around 7 p.m., and were joined by Anson volunteers wllh their engine and two converted jeep-type units. "People went to calling on the telephone and everybody wen out said Hawley volunteer H. B. Woodward. According to Robert Brislow also of Hawley and the firs volunteer to arrive, the tank 'was burning straight througl :o the lop" whjle an unidentifiec Pride worker "was cutting the valves" to stop the outflow. Jones County Sheriff Woodrow Simmons and his deputies Joined company workers and officials at the fire, as did Taylor County Deputies Ken Hobbs and Jaci Lowe. An Elliott's ambulance from stood by In case there were further casualties, while Highway Armstrong Patrolman Oscar of Anson and his Torn to FIRE, Pf. t-A TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Is- rael acknowledged in a radio broadcast Saturday that Israeli commandos captured a "com- plete P-12 type Soviet antiair- craft installation from Egypt'1 a week ago. "It was a feat probably uneq- ualled'in modern said the state radio station's military commentator, Hairri Herzog, reserve army general and for frier head of army intelligence "It is the only operable radar o its type in the free world." Herzog said the station was designed for use with Soviet built SA-2 surface-to-air missiles and had an operating range ol 186 miles. Other knowledgeable sources said the Unit wa mounted on two trailers anc surrounded by concrete revet- ments with only the antenna ount of the radar station hi- icking. The Israeli raid into Lebanon arly Saturday produced claims a news dispatch in Beirut lat three Israeli soldiers were illed in the two-pronged attack icross Israel's northern border. At the same time, the Leb- anese government ordered its delegation to. ;the United N alion? n New York to inform the Secu rity Council of the Israeli intru sion. The government, however, dh not call for a special session. protruding above ground. In another development Salur- ay, Israeli commandos slipped nto Lebanon and came home ifith 21 Arab prisoners. The raid over theLeb- nese frontier raised tension long lhat border, already rimed for a major confronta- on between the Israelis and Vrab guerrillas. The Israelis said they mount- d Ihe attack in retaliation for hat they called a series of aggressive" border incidents, icluding the seizure of an Is- aeli night watchman on New 'ear's Day. Top Israeli leaders have gone n record with warnings to the ebanese to stop Arab guerril- as from crossing the border on abotagc missions in isk a severe military response. But significance of the raid ended [o pale in comparison ith Ihe just disclosed account f the capture of a new Soviet- uilt radar station ording to tak- n apart by the commandos and own to Israel in helicopters >ec. 26. The seven-ton radar station, eported to be worth about nillion, was hijacked by a com- nando team which crossed Ihe ulf of Suez and raided an igyptian army camp near Ras "ihareb, 115 miles soulh of lily. Informants said Israeli Jets irovided cover for (he comman- los as Ihey dismantled the ra- raveling dent. with the vice presl- After the presentation, the Ag- news, Cerrmns and Ungers sat around the upstairs sitting room and chattered with the slim, be- speclacled king and his pretty black-haired wife. WEATHER WEATHER BUREAU U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (WeaThtr Map, Pg. ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mII radius) Clear lo partly cfoudy wllh n Important temperature ctianges Sunday Increasing cloudiness and turning colde Sunday mgn-t. Hfgh Sunday' In trie lowe with a Tow reading of around 3? High Monday near 45. No rain or inow forecait, for Sunday or Monday. ur. a.m. It 33 TEMPERATURES COO Ml. >.m a 41 M 3J 44 High tow for 34 hour, p.m.: n and 35. andlnt Breck First National Plans New Facility ar station with orches before it sleel-cutting was hoisted Hrflti erjd tow FMt YMM 44 end IS, Suniet ntoMi amrlea Mtovi 7r4li loofahtj Barometer rending al t p-rru ttJT. HurnWity f p.m.! Jl per wwt aboard the heavy-duty helicop- ers. At the same time, it was earned, the Israelis captured our Soviet-trained Egyptian ra- dar technicians and Inflicted 'several casualties" on camp defenders. The story has been an open secret in Israel ever since, but mililary security prevented pub licalion until It was prinlec overseas. One clue came In a publishcc statement made to the comman dos after their return by Israel' army chief of staff, Lt. Gen Halm Bar-Lev. 'What you Bar-Lev said, "was so complicated am Involved lhal It seems Ilk' something from Ihe film worli rather than from the world o reality." According to one report, thi acetylene torches being used b the commandos to dismantle th station failed to work proper! the helicopters promptl flew to Israel and brought bac new equipment to finish the job There was no Immediate reac tin In Cairo to Israeli ac DEATH TOLL REACHES 341 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The traffic death toll rose to 341 Saturday, with another full day left in the four-day New Year's holiday weekend. The count of traffic' deaths began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will Sunday. end at midnight Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassim Majdalani said the al cged abduction of an Israeli vatchman by Palestinian guer- ;'illas two days ago did not jusli 'y Ihe "violent campaign' launched by Israel against Leb- anon. Ten of the Arabs taken prison er by the Israelis were Le banese soldiers, the militarj command Said in Tel Aviv. Witnesses reported that Ihe Israeli, task force plunged into Lebanon about midnight anc split into two groups. One blev up a guard post at Tel Nehas just north of the Israeli border town of Metulla. The Lebanese occupants surrendered witlioul fight, according to these re- ports. More prisoners were taken In the second'group's attack on the nearby border village of Qala, where the kidnaped Israeli night watchman was believed in Le- >anese custody. Members of the (ask force lat- Turn to RADAR, Pg. 4-A iad sent around a directive that wouldn't use any more silent films on the air. We voice some of them, They said It looked like ,ve were editorializing even Ihough we mentioned that CBS compiled the report. It's all Ihese things continually, the lat- est Hugh Morgan." A week ago, Sgt. Morgan, 25, University of Arizona journal- ism graduate, was transferred to Da Nang to join a production crew. Morgan said he was ransferred because his superior relieved he had criticial of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and "I was aghast." The officer in charge of AFVN, Lt. Col. James E. Ad- ams, said Morgan admitted he iad made some edilorialization 'Ml lhat he was sent to Da Nang io fill a vacancy. American Forces Vietnam Is iart of Ihe worldwide Armed forces Radio and Television Service with headquarters in Washington. The Saigon, station carries a variety of programs, including news, comedy, variety, drama and sports, similar lo most com- mercial stations. The U.S. Com- mand has denied any censorship exists al Ihe slalion. The station has carried on its newscasls such controversial stories as the alleged My Lai massacre, the Green Beret case and attacks by U.S. senators on the South Vietnamese govern- ment. NEWS INDEX Abilene Event] 1-B, Amuiemenfi 12, T3-C Astrology 5.5 Austin Notebook 3-B Berry's World IjLc Books 1 ]-C Bridge............... S-B Suiinew Outlook Clouifredf......... 9-I2-D Crossroads Report 6-B Crossword 2-t Editorials Form, Ranch Newt 5, 6, 12-D Hospital Patients 10-A Jumble............. j-B Letter to Servicemen 2-B Markets 7, J.D Obituaries........ 2 4-A O'l I2.A Recordmgi ]2-C Sports............. 1-S-D TexosI j.g To Your Good Health 3-B TV Tob (Pullott of Seel. B) Women's Newi T-10-C By NELL BILLS Reporter-News Correspondent BllECKENRIDGE (RNS) tie continuing "business boom" i Breckenridge was highlighted alurday when William A. raig, president of First ational Bank of Breckenridge, nnounced that First National ank has purchased the Bureh Mel Building and the adjoining Valker Building. "The First National board of irectors1 decision to expand has 000, Is completed the new struc- ture will be known as "The First National Bank Tower." Craig also said that detailed plans for the project will be and as structurally sound as new handled b Presto conomic growth of Brecken- nove from the present location MS not an easy decision. Every venue of expansion at the resent location was Craig said. Craig reject, said that when cost of which is Ihe esli- naled to be in excess of of the existing Burch Hotel and Walker Buildings. Both buildings have been pronounced by Geren's engineers as fireproof handled by Preston M. Geren, Architect and Engineer and Associates, of Fort Worth. A representative o[ the Geren firm estimated it will be four to six monlhs before actual on-the-job work starts. "The delay tn starting will in the planning stage for give ample lime to relocate ver a year. The board's move firms which occupy facilities on generated by the tremen- the first and second floors of the ous growth in the bank and the buildings involved. Apartment tenants will not be involved in dge and Slcphens County. The moving and current operations of all businesses operated by Hie Bureh Hotel will continue under Hie management of Eugene and Calnde Thompson Inc. until such time as remodeling Craig explained. The project will include com- plete renovnlion and remodeling buildings." New automatic speed elevator service will be provided and central year-round air conditioning will be installed. The ground floor plains include a recessed arcade under the existing structure with full length glass and bronze aluminum walls and entrances. Columns will be sheathed in marble, and space will be reworked on the ground floor to form a lobby and bank quarters. A customers' lobby area will be designed lo include a display room which will enable viewing of cxhibiis from Ihe inside and oulside under the arcade. Above the arcade a broad band of bronze aluminum will Turn to BRECK, Pg. 4-A PROPOSED BANK BUILDING IN BRECKENRIDGE First National purchasM two buildings ;