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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 30, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" 89TH.YEAR, NO. 226 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 70604, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 30, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Press (IP) lOc SUNDAY Parole Board Decides on Estes Today By WILLIAM J. WAUGH WASHINGTON (AP) Billie Sol Esles, a one-time fertilizer tycoon wliose big-lime dealings triggered a national scandal, sought today an early release from the federal prison lhal has been his home for nearly five years. Esles, now 45, asked the eight-member U.S. Board of Pa- role for his release from prison March 5 when he will have served the minimum one-third of his 15-year sentence lor swin- dling finance companies. Largely unheard of since be- ginning his term, Kstes awaited word on his fate at Ihe federal prison camp in Sandstone, Minn., where he has spent most of liis years as a convict. There remains little ol Ihe fetes magic that made him a millionaire in his 20s and ex- tended his influence far beyond his Texas home. Estes arrived in Pecos, Tex., in 1951, in debt and toting a bal- Icred brief case but in five years lie had made his fivst mil- lion and was on the way to building a multimillion-dollar empire on fraudulent credit. The ferti- lizer, grain elevators, cotton al- lotments and a variety of other in 1DG2 and the resulting thunuer rever- berated in Washington and on Wall Street. The Bible-quoting "boy won- der of West .Texas agriculture" readied the end of the road on March 29, 1MB, when federal agenls jailed him on charges he had swindled major finance companies across the nation by Family waits, too, I'g. 5A peddling million in worthless paper. The government said Esles in- duced farmers and others to sign mortgages listing mythical fertilizer tanks as collateral and then sold the mortgages to fi- nance companies. He reputedly listed non- existent tanks, valued Hi about each, for a 11-county area that could use no more than 400. He was convicted on March 28, 1963, and sentenced to ID years in prison but actually did not enter prison until March 5, 1965, when he walked through the gates at Lcavemvorth, Kan., with liis hands handcuffed in front ol him. Behind him he left shrfmblcs. He was bankrupt. Three 'associ- ates already were in prison. Congress had investigated. Sev- eral highly placed government employes resigned or were fired. There were al least two mysterious deaths on the fringe of Ihe scandal. A government secretary was committed to a mental ward, prompting Sen. John J. Wil- liams, R-Del., to charge she had been railroaded lo a psychiatric ward "for no other reason than that she knew loo much." When the bubble burst, Kslcs said he owned million and had assets of million but be- fore he reached prison his credi- tors had forced him into rnplcy, his holdings had been siezcd and he was defendant in several civil suils seeking mil- lions. BILLIE SQL ESTES awaiting word Blast Hits Officer's ENGULFED IN THE PROBLEM New York Gov. Nelson Rocke- feller appears to be swallowed up in a glass of water as he ad- dresses Ihe New York Water Pollution Association Thursday at the New1 York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan. Actually it's a clever camera angle created by New York Daily News photographer John Duprey. Rockefeller said President Nixon's billion to fight pollution isn't enough. (AP Wirepholo) _____________' Rebuilt S. Willis Is Bumpy Now! How Come? Q. South Willis St. seemed just it was torn up and re- constructed, a few months ago. Now the street is very rough and bumpjv 'What happened? A Willis has required a lot ol patching over Ihe last few years because of moisture in the base and sub-base of the pavement. The Cily decided to replace it with "penetration" type paving which keeps'moislure out and is durable, but doesn't always result in a smooth surface says Jerry Smith, director of Public Works, lie .feels the job is acceptable the road won't come apart now but he agrees the finish is rough, more so than he expected. Q. If you arc visiting friends and limb falls on your car and [breaks a window in the car, please (ell: me who is responsible for fwlng Ihe broken window? A Thai would probably be classified as an "Act of God" although we hale to blame Him, but neither parly could really, be held responsible unless negligence is shown. We suggest you contact your lawyer if you have a particular set of circumstances involved. .Q. I have a problem. We have recently moved lo Abilene anil would like (o arc there any piano teachers within walking distance of Johnston School? My husband and I work so we can't drive our daughter lo her lessons. I've ashed numerous people to no avail, hut one did suggest I write you. Also can you loll me if there's a list of piano, ballet, baton, etc. teachers in Ihe city and IE so where can I get one? A. How about a teacher five blocks from your home close enough? We found one and she .comes highly recommended. We'll send you her By TCLLIE IIUCKER ami BETTY GRISSOM name along with the name of a Music Store on North 1st lhat keeps an up to date record of all piano, organ and ballet teachers in Abilene. .We passed along your idea of a "teacher list" to the Chamber of Commerce. They thought it was a great idea and will secure a list for future newcomers' information. Q. What Is.the average cost of a dressmaker lo make dresses for someone, else? A. Anywhere from to says a sales lady al one of (he sewing marls. The price range is wide because it depends on so many Ihings: the lypc of pattern, type of material, size of dress, lining, and the experience of the dressmaker. Q. I'd like to know how much a fighter pilot is paid. A. Depends on a number of Ihings such as rank, number of years in service, whether he's in a combat zone, and his marital status. For example a second lieutenant with under two years service, flying in a combat zone, married, his dependents living off Ihe base would make about per month. A colonel with over 20 years service lime, married, in a combat zone, dependents off base, makes about These are just examples, there are dozens of different combinations in between. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 10804. Names will not be used hut questions must be signed and address given. SAIGON (AP) A bomb ex- ploded in a rest room off the bal- cony of a downtown movie [hea- ler tonight and blew a gaping hole through a wall of a U.S. of- ficers' billet nexl door. Moments after the blast hun- dreds of young moviegoers streamed out of the theater, some of them bleeding. .Several young Vietnamese girls were crying in panic. There were no reports of any casualties in the officers' billet. A witnesses, Peter Larin, of France said: "I saw a bright yellow flash and some black smoke." About 251) pei-sons were in the theater. Police at the scene said the bomb appeared to have been a plastic device that was planted in the restroom by Ion-crisis. The force of the explosion ripped through a connecting wall between the theater and a screening room on Ihe second floor of Ihe Hex Officers' Quar- ters and Ihe biggest American billet in Saigon. The officers' quarters adjoins a building housing the U.S. Joint Public Affairs Mission in Viet- nam. U.S. Military Police al Ihe scene said no one in the officers' billet was injured. The billet, in Ihe heart of Saigon only a block from City Hall, was evacuated, while Military Police and demo- litions experts streamed through the five-story building searching for any other bombs. The blast was heard through- out the heart of the city, and minutes afterward ambulances and military jeeps raced through the city with sirens blazing. Hundreds of Viet- namese and Americans gath- ered in a light rain in a park across Ihe slreet from the thea- ter as the wounded were evacu- ated. Grounded Sub Is Refloated CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) The nuclear Polaris missile sub- marine Nalhanacl Greene was refloated Thursday night seven hours after she went aground in Charleston habor. Thick fog was blamed for the accident, which occurred at midafternoon as Ihe vefsel was returning on the surface to its home port after months at seas. None of Ihe 132 crewmen was reported injured. The Navy would not say whether the sub had missiles aboard. Police cordoned an entire half-block area while llicy searched the theater, Ihe offi- cers' quarters and the public af- fairs office.' Police attempted lo break up Ihe crowd in fear of another bomb blast. It was the first lime that the big Rex Thealer, the major movie house in Saigon, was Ihe target.of a terrorist bomb. The bomb went during an inlcr- mission as people were filing into the theater for the second show. A litlle more than a week ago, a bomb exploded in another movie theater directly below Ihe quarters of transient American men. About 58 American enlisted men were evacuated from that four-story building lo oilier quarters while Vietnamese dem- olition experts searched Hie theater for other bombs. None was found. The theater was empty and there were no cas- ualties. Spokesmen said the bomb destroyed 40 scats and blew an 18-inch hole in tha roof of theater. Allied intelligence officers have said they anticipate Viet Cong terrorism to coincide with the Vietnamese lunar new year which begins next Fri- day. Mack Brundage Rites Set Block Militants Cassius Clay Trouble ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) "You niggers give me more trouble than the Cassius Clay shouted to about 100 black militant hecklers. The' group had interrupted' Ihe defrocked heavyweight boxing lecture at Muhlenberg College Thursday night. The hecklers, some wearing African dashlkas, criticized Clay who prefers the Black Muslin name Muhammad All for buying a homein Philadelphia. "Do you want me lo buy a home in Clay counlorcd. "Why do I want lo live in a rat bin and have a rat bite my Sbnie students should lhat Clay would-ilve'lnlflrilh racial brothers II he really cared about them. Clay and his wife arc living in Ihe Philadelphia Main Line home, although financial arrangements are reportedly still unsettled. Clay, obviously raffled, paced Ihe stage'and shouted at one black youth: "Sit down! You're nothing but a nigger! Be quiet, boy, before I knock you down! You niggers give me more trouble than the Al thai, about: 100 students, both black and white, left the college audi- torium, jcrring and hooting Clay. As Clay left Ihe auditorium, he wns whisked Into an office by six police- men. One student shouted, "Let me al himi Let me at Registrations Applications Frl........... 137 1969 Total Record (IKS) Deadline.Jan. 31, HAMLIN (RNS) B. M. (Mack) Brundage, Hamlin civic and business leader, died at 1 a.m. Friday in llendrick Memorial Hospital at Abilene. He had been hospitalized about three weeks, under treatment for cancer. Funeral will be al 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Chruch with Ihe Rev. Max Brown, pastor, and the Hev. Marshall Stewart, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Graveside rites will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Fort Worth's Greenwood Cemetery, directed by llarveson ami Cole Funeral Homo there. Local arrange- ments are by Foster Funeral Home. Mr. Brundage, 71, was retired manager of West Texas Utilities in Hamlin, former mayor of the town, former president of the local Rotary Club and Hamlin Board of City Development. He was named in 1955 "Man of Ihe Year" for Hamlin, a tribute in part to his 'leadership in Hamlin's successful efforts lo solve ils municipal water problems. Mr. Brundage was born April 7, 1898, in Andover, N. Y. He was reared there and was graduated from Andover High School. As a teen-ager he went to work with Ihe natural gas di- vision of Ihe Texas Co. and was sent in 1315 to Shreveporl. He became a Texan in 1917 when Ihe gas company sent him to Baird as local manager. He was married Aug. 5, )9I8, in Baird lo Charily Dunlap of thai town. Mr. Brundage joined the Wcsl Texas Utilities organization in 1928. He was sent to Rntan as local WTU manager, a post he held two years. In 1930 he was transferred lo Hamlin which remained his home. From 19J5 he was asisislant district manager of the WTU Stamford district as well as local manager at Hamlin. He reliretl from WTU in the spring of 1963. Hamlin voters elected him to Ihe city council in April 1946. He was elected, without opposition, mayor of the town in 1950. The town's waler, sewer and fire- fighting facilities were expanded and modernized under liis adminislralion. The filler plant capacity was doubled, fire plugs WEATHER U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (WeJlher Map, Pg. IA> ABILENE AND VICINITY (40 mile radiui) Fair And a MHIe warmer today and lonlgtil' crowdy And a llrlte warmer Saturday. HtarV loday, In the upper Jtfj; low Iwiighr, In Ihe low 30's; hlqh Saturday, In the Wi. Southerly wlndi loday, 5-15 m.p.h. ending 9 a.m.: were added, new street lights installed and many blocks of pipe line were laid. As mayor, Mr. Brundage was prime mover in the drive to link Hahilin lo'1 the new lake Stamford built on Paint Creek. TTic-town.voted bonds for a 12- inch water', line- from the reservoir lo Hamlin. In addition lo his work wilh the Rotary Club, Ihe BCD and chamber, of commerce, Mr. Brundage served several years as a Hamlin school trustee a as secretary of the board. Surviving are his wife of In home; one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Worley of Richland, two grandchildren, Mrs. Hobert Hills of Seattle, Wash., and Larry Mac Worley of Richland; and a greal-grand- daughler, Kristine Hills of Seattle. Pallbearers will be Holly Tolcr, 0. D. Roland, Dili Roun- Iree, Henry Jackson, Cecil Ter- rell and Ned Moore. Police Rout Militants At MACK BKUNDAGE former Hamlin mayor NEWS-INDEX Amusements 17B Bridge................7 A Classified.......... Comics....... 9B Editorials..........'. BB Horoscope 17A Hospila! Palienls........8A Obituaries..........', 3A Sports 10-13A To Your Good Health____1 7A TV Log...............3D Women's News.........7B BOSTON (AP) nightsticks twice routed some 200 rock-throwing mililanls who attempted lo prevent a' speech by President S. I. Hayakawa of San Francisco Slate University Thursday night at Northeastern University. The demonstrators, waving Viet Cong nags and shouting ob- scenities, left the lounge floor of an auditorium littered with glass from broken windows. Rocks smashed windows in oth- er university buildings. Thirty-one demonstrators were arrested; 14 policemen were treated at hospitals for mi- nor injuries. Hayakawa, who took a hard line wilh demonstrators at his college last year, endured sleady heckling from milJtants in his audience of He was shouted down frequently, and interrupted by others telling the hecklers to "shulup." and lor 24-nours U and High and low lama lail ytir: and 43. SuniO lunrlu todayi survKt lonfiht: HAIR RAISING EVENT 'Marggi McKinncy, 17-year-old Hellgatc High School sen- ior, finishes a flying gymnastic routine with hair standing on end. Marggi was re- hearsing for invitational gymnastic meet in Missoula, Mont., when the camera caught her grand.finale. (AP Wirepholo) 1
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