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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               3' STAR FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE.-SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 89TH YEAR, NO. 213_PHONE_673-4271 79604. SATURDAY MORNING. JANUARY 17, 1970-THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS-----lOe DAILY-20C SUNDAY Associated Defense Strategy Breckenridge drilling contractor R. Lee Thompson, left, on trial there for the June 7, 1969, beating death of his wife, discusses his Friday testimony with his attorneys, John Watts of Odessa, center, and Payne Rove of Gra- ham. Final arguments in the case begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in 90th Dis- trict Court. (Staff Photo by Roy A. Jones II) Breck Trial Goes To Jury Todny By ROY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer BRECKENRIDGE Maintaining to the end that he "never: did anything but slap" the woman he is charged with murdering, Breekenridge drilling contractor R. Lee Thompson puts his fate in the hands of an eight-woman, four- man jury here Saturday. Final arguments will begin at 9 a.m. in 90th District Court in the lurid trial in which Thompson claims the last thing he remembers about the fatal morning of June 7 is "jumping on" his wife, Helen, whom he testified was an alcoholic bi sexual who admitted having relations with a "trusted" male friend and another woman. Called as witnesses Friday by Dist. Atty. T. Jean Rodgers of Graham, the two persons Mrs. Thompson allegedly named geologist Glen Swarts of Wichita Falls and barmaid Dorothy Brown of Fort Worth both staunchly denied having any sexual relations with Mrs Thompson. Swarts, a friend of both Thompson and his wife for 12 to 15 years, said that he was "never alone with her (Mrs NEWS INDEX Amusement! 14A Aitrofosy I IB Bridge 11B Church nawj 7B Cloisified......... 12-15B Comics 8, 9B Editorials 6B Farm ...............4, SB Markets.......... 10, 11B Obituariet..........2, 3-A Oil 13A Sports TV Log TV Scout............. tU Womin'i News 2, 3B for as long as 30 minutes, but added, "I wouldn't >e surprised but what she told iim that they had iad sexual relations together. Swarts said he had seen 'Helen drink to excess on many occasions" and had seen her 'introduce someone as a 'dear, dear friend' then turn on him and cuss him for everything she vas worth." Asked by defense Attorne; were said, Payne Royc if she lesbian, Mrs. Brown certainly am not." She said tha Thompson had "accused me o but that she "didn't know why." Mrs. Brown admitted knowing Clco Miles of Breekenridge, whc Thursday had testified that Mrs Turn lo THOMPSON, Pg. 2-A Breck Pays Honor To Editor Moore By TOM PORTER Reporter-News Staff Writer BRECKENRIDGE Virgil Moore, editor of the Breek- enridge American, was named "Most Distinguished Citizen" in Breckenridge and Stephens County Friday night during the 51st annual Breekenridge Cham- ber of Commerce banquet. Special awards were pre- sented to Mrs. Minnie (Sis) Clark for her humanitarian work since corning to Breckenridge in 1928, and Mrs. Mattie Loyce Wright, for her work with 4- H programs in the county. The banquet highlight was an announcement by Mayor Dwain Tolle that Mrs. Virginia Baker Turner of Dallas had donated approximately 2V4 acres to the city as an addition to Miller Park in memory of her father, the late John Baker. Mrs. Turner and her mother, who still lives in Breckenridge, were pre- sented certificates of appre- ciation. Speaker of the banquet was Dolph Briscoe of Uvalde, who Biafrans Assured Situation Is 'Safe' LAqOS, Nigeria (AP) For- mer President Nnamdi Azikiwe, fellow tribesman ot the Ibos of liafra, returned from abroad Ylday on a mission to assure 'ar-ravaged Biafrans "that all s now well and safe." Azikiwe, who was this nation's irst president, is popularly nown in Nigeria as ounced Zeke. He had been in London writ- ng a book on Nigeria, but re- urned, he said, to tour the East 'entral core of Biaf- infuse faith in the peo- >le. He also is expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Yakubu Gowon .nd other leaders. Other developments in Nige- ia: a top government official eported the refugee situation ad settled down and an inter- ational investigating team said .Her a (our of Biafra that it ound no evidence of genocide, "'earn members admitted under uestioning, however, that their nvestlgation was not extensive. Aziliiwe said Nigeria's effort ,t national reconciliation had oeen made easier by the surren- der signed in Lagos Thursday Maj. Gen. Philip Effiong, Biafra's last leader. The former iresident urged "benevolent neutral" nations to cooperate with the federal government. At the outset of Biafra's secession in 1967, Azikiwe ex- iressed support for the split. ..ast August, he withdrew it said he backed federal.Nigeria and urged Ibos to Azikiwe, now 65, was presi- dent from 1963 to 1966. He was educated in the United States attending Storer College in Har- pers Ferry, W. Howard University in Washington, D. C.; the University of Pennsylva- nia and Columbia University in New York. In another development, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Nigeria's in- formation commissioner, told newsmen the mass movements of refugees had slopped in wha had been Biafra and relief teams had canvassed the area Enahoro predicted the emer gency would be over in a month and that after three months em phasis would turn totally to re habilitation. He said Nigerian Red Cross teams, as of Thursday, were regularly feeding per sons. Only at Uli and Newi was the army still handling relief, he added. Enahoro said Cross officials told him there was no need for airlifts of food Transport and help in re-es ablishing vital social service were more urgently needed, h said, adding that the Nigeria government had made available 8 million to the Nigerian Red Cross. e said police had taken over Trom the army in every corner of the former war zone, but said in a few places there had not yet been contact between feder- al and rebel field commanders. A general amnesty for Biaf- rans may not apply to top lead- ers who fled (lie country, main- taining they still were Biafrans. Asked about Gen. C. Odumeg- wu Ojukwti, the secessionist leader now reported in exile, Enahoro replied: "Is he out? We don't know. Where is he, do you In Libreville, Gabon, airport sources said an Icelandic pilo took off from the Portuguese is land Sao Tome and defied Nige- ria's ban on airlifts to Biafran territory. They said he flew over Ihe area of Uli Airstrip, dropped crates of food and then turned away as flak came up from Nigerian guns. The international eight men from Britain, Cana- da, Poland and a three hours in Owerri, once a Biafran center, and visited sev- eral other towns on the peri- phery of Biafra but had to pilot return to Lagos for "urgent consultations." Half returned on Monday, day of Biafra's capitu- lation, and the others came back Tuesday. news conference they had spent Askert about food in Biafra, Brig. Gen. John L. Drewry of Canada said: "Those that are stupid enough to go away from the food are going to go hungry There is enough food that they will not die in 72 hours It is already !n the ground and on the trees." The team's report said: "The observers neither saw nor heard ot any evidence of genocide in newly liberated areas The observers saw refugees at Aba, Mbawsi, Okpuala, Umudiki, Ob- iakibi and Owerri. With the ex- ception of Owerri- and environs, they appeared to be in good physcial shape. This was con- firmed in conversation with a member of the U.S. aid relief detachment in Aba and a doctor in Umudiki." Heatly Foe's Wife May Lose Job COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (AP) _ Dr. John E. Hutchin- son, head of the Agricultural Extension Service, said Friday uison said he had no "I don't see how we could cation with Heatly concerning permit her to work for a state the action. agency while her husband is VIRGIL MOORE Breck newspaperman made a strong bid for the governorship in 1968. Incoming chamber Presiden' William A. "Bill" Craig, presi dent of the First National Bank told a crowd of approximately 350 "that Breekenridge is on the move. There is a great air o Turn to EDITOR, Pg. 2-A WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WCATHER BUREAU [WMltier Mlp Pg ABILENE ANO VICINITY [JO-m radius) Partially clearing anrf warm Saturday becoming mostly cloudy High lion Saturday between _ M, with a low Saturday night near 4i Hkjh Sunday 50. Southerly winds travelli 5-15 m.p.h. shiftlna to northerly Sunday. TEMPERATUr Frl. a a a It a so a HlOtl Frl. p.m K It 5 SO ir II _ and low for 34-twurs ending p.m.: 50 and 41. High and low dale last year: and 45. Sunsel last night: lunrlsa toda tonight; Barometer reading al 9 p.m.: 26 Humidity at 9 p.m.: Si per cent. Latest 'Gold Rush' Is Back East SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) Michael James Brody Jr., a freshly minted 21-year-old mil-! lldnaire, is out to make people happy by giving away his for- tune. He found no shortage of takers Friday. News spread quickly that the mother lode was in Scarsdale and all it took was a visit, a telegram or a telephone call to tap it. Local and long distance, for everything1 from new cars to oki mortgages, the requests poured to, BrBdf.-and his bride of 11 toW a news'confer- e in New ?ork City Thurs day night he would give a piece of his inheritance, which he put at million, to any worthy person. At one point Friday morning there were more than 500 would-be worthies assembled In front of his rented home here. Inside, another 15 encir- cled the kitchen table while Bro- dy dashed off check after check. Finally it got to him. "I want everyone out of this house right he shouted. "You've got to leave ma three checks, can't write my last three a Police in this normally sedate, suburban community helped1 clear (lie house and blocked off the road. "I need a commented the fledgling philan- thropist alter the fund seekers left. "Everyone has been crowd- ing me." Asked If he knew the people he had bean writing checks for, Brody said, "I've never seen them before in my life. But if they think they need the money bad'enough to come here and ask for it, they must need it." Of course not every one could come here so quickly. But Bro- dy look care of that by giving out his home telephone numbe during the nsws conference. He stopped taking calls midmorning because "the pho is just too tied up." "We've been swamped wl calls for Michael J. Brody sin I came in at 7 sighed weary telephone company s pervisor. Scarsdale police sa their switchboard was tied with calls from as far away Texas and California. Western Union said it had ready transmitted 300 telegram to Brody and still had a backl of 200 waiting to be sent to t tiny Scarsdale'office. Leon Williams may to resign as home at Mrs. asked monstration agent because r husband is running for the exas Legislature. !Her supervisor, Miss Fern 5dge of Vernon, has told her ked' to resign. "If she does not resign vol- itarily, likely.will be Hutchinson aid; husband will oppose Rep ll Heatly.of Paducah. Hutch- Heatley is chairman of the House Appropriations Commit- ee and is considered one of the most powerful men in Texas [overnment because of his abili- ty to influence agency appro- priations. Several of Heatly's relatives at there is a precedent for have been on the state payroll ch an Hutchinson recently, including his psychia- sald she had not heen a nephew two sons, and.---.his. Gene; "We'did days ago, and then I asked Miss Hodge to check it Hutch- inson said. for state Hutch- inson said. Hutchinson said that he matter concerned conflict of nterest. "We would in effect be sub sidizing an individual running 'or a posilion which supports he he said. The Extension Service head said a demonstration agent wliose liusband, sought- a county office: several: years ago resign- ed. He also said a county agent band's plans' Until a' couple of who ran against the late Sam Rayburn for Congress quit his job before announcing his can- didacy. REP. BILL HEATLY seat Is challenged I Don't Know the By LORETTA FULTON Reporter-News Staff Writer "My wife is not campaigning; she is not seeking public Leon Williams said Friday night following an Associated Press story which said his wife might be asked to resign her home demonstra- tion post in Quanah. 'She has her position with the extension service entirely based on her own merit, and I feel that there is adequate precedent for her to continue on her said Williams in Quanah. "I cite for he continued, "the relatives of the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (Rep. W. S. Heatly) who have been on state pay- rolls." Asked his reaction, Rep. Heatly said at his Paducah home Friday night: "I do not know the lady. I do not know those people. I have nothing to say about what he had to say." Heatly is state representative from Congressional District 80 which includes Knox, Childress, Cottle, Dickens, Foard, Hall, Hardeman, Motley and W i 1 b a r g e r counties. Williams' reaction came after a Friday statement by Dr. John E. Hutchinson, head of the Agricultural Extension Service, that, "If she (Mrs. Williams) does not resign voluntarily, she very likely will be asked to resign." An Associated Press story on March 25, 19fi9, said that at one time Heatly's two sons and psychiatrist brother had held stale jobs paying some over the past six years, according to state records. The story said Dr. Heatly had worked as a psychiatric consultant to both the Texas Youth Council and the State Welfare Department. In addition to his brother, Heatly's two sons have held slate jobs. Stan worked from February to September 1968 as a clerk in the Real Estate Commission. Gene was hired Sept. 1, 1967, as an assistant attorney general and quit as of Jan. 1, 1969. Williams announced Tuesday that he had resigned his post as the Quanah Chamber of Commerce manager '.to oppose Rep. Heatley in the Democratic Primary. Drilling Rig Fire Injures Two Sweetwaler firemen battle a drilling rig fire seven miles west of Sweetwater Friday which injured two Abilene men and damaged the rig. Two fire units from Sweetwater fought the blaze with water and foam before finally extinguishing it. See story Page 14-A. (Photo by Hallmark Studio of Sweetwater) y   

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