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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               gbttene porter unuuv 3 STAR FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, SAT. MORNING, FEB. 7, .1970 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS liONDONDERUY, Northern Ireland (AP) Armed British roops clashed with Roman Catholic demonstrators in Lon- donderry Friday night in what onlookers described as the rocks, worst violence since last Au- ;ust. Four British soldiers and civilian were reported injured in Refinery rocked by explosion Deluge nozzles are played on a Cosden Refin- ery tank of the alkylation unit where aviation fuel is refined as fire continues to blaze under the unit to burn vapors and prevent further explosions. A total of 20 refinery employes were injured as an explosion shook Ihe Big Spring unit and surrounding buildings late Friday morning. Six employes were hospitalized, including two se- riously injured. (AP Wirephoto) Big Spring Blast Hurts 20 By JIM CONLEY RcportcrtNcws Staff Writer BIG .SPRING Two men were injured seriously and four others remained hospitalized Friday after an explosion rocked the Cosden Oil and Chemical Co. three miles east scene said the lire might con- tinue late into the night. The cause of Ihe fire also could not be determined im- mediately, but J. D. Fortenber- of here. Fourteen other men treated and released from three Big Spring hospitals. Wit- nesses at the plant said two blasts, which occurred at a.m., rocked buildings up to a thousand feet away and sent a ball of flame at least one hundred feet into the air. Most seriously hurt were Cosden employes Charlie Nipp of Big Spring and Travis Green- field of Coahoma. Nipp received burns on his face, lacerations on his hands and legs and a concussion. Greenfield was badly burned over much of his body and was said to be the most ser- iously hurt, although he re- portedly walked pital unassisted. into the hos- A late Friday night check of Big Spring hospitals showed Greenfield in "fair although still fn intensive care with burns. Nipp was in "satis- factory Listed in good condition were Willie Forman, John V. Howard.'ry, business representative of something possibly an open C. L. d C. L. Lunsford and Joe Roberts. local operating engineers J. Y. Smith, Cosden director.union, said he had heard se- of industrial relations, sald'nojveral of the men say the blast survey of damage could be made until the fire was com- pletely out. Fireman at the came from a 20-foot tower where converted to higher octane pro 1S fight the fire- rnajority of n. -i ,_. J in (lie Alkylation Un- ducts. A crev it were cleaning the tower when they noticed gas escaping. As they ran to shut off a valve, Injured Men Named flame told. ignited the gas, he was Relations director Smith said that some 300 people helped firefighters were Cosden em- ployes, who followed emergen- cy procedures which all of them have learned. The company's foam-shooting ruck was joined by Iwo simi- ar trucks from Webb Air B'orce Base, located near Big Spring. The base also sent a BIG SPRING The 20 persons injured in the Friday explosion at the Cosden planl near here included: Cnwper Clinic and Hospital Robert L. Carlile, 1000 E. 21st Big Spring; treated and released. Chester Faught, Sterling City Route; Big Spring; treated and released. James 0. Hill, 144 E. llth, Colorado City; treated for ear injuries and released. C. L. Lunsford, 3000 Caclus Dr., Big Spring; hospitalized for concussion and cuts. Charlie Nipp, 1202 Main, Big Spring; hospitalized for burns. James Pedigo, Route Box 159; Big Spring; treated for ear injuries and released. Dallas Students Take Over Hall DALLAS, Tex. applause greeted a federal judge at Bishop College Friday night when she told militant stu- dents she would meet with them Saturday morning. The students, a militant group, continued to hold the col- lege dormitory to back up 19 demands they made on the col- lege administration. U.S. Dist. Judge Sarah T. Hughes arrived at the college shortly before 9 p.m. and ad- dossed the students briefly. Comments by the judge, a mem- ber of Bishop.'s .board of trust- ees, were greeted by wild ap- plause by the more than 200 pro- testing students. The small-statured, greying woman told the students she would meet with them at 10 a.m. Saturday to discuss their demands and that she would not set any meeting. precondi lions on the There was sllll no indication, however, (hat the occupying stu- dents would leave the college auditorium. "I'm not going to let them take over this the college president had said hour earlier. just 30 minutes to vacate the a concussion and injured ear drums. Jess Looney, 611 Colgate, Gig Spring; treated and released. 0. C. Mason, 1202 Ridgeroad, Big Spring; treated and released. Bill Milliken, Box 135, Coahoma; treated and released. William Uorris, 1441 Wood, Big Spring; treated at hospital, and released. Don E. Smith, 3306 Crncll, Big Spring; treated and released. Howard A. Stevens, 2908 Navajo, Big Spring; treated at college auditorium, taken over hospital and released. at morning chapel services. The group quickly grew lo more than 200 when Dr. Milton Curry made the threat to caV in Dallas police. Only two campus policemen were in the building wilh Ihe militant students who repeated their demands over and over but remained orderly. There had been no violence. Asked about one of the de mands in which students askei! for milk with all cafeteria meals, Curry replied: "Well, we all need lo lose a little weight." Curry, apparently was in con- tact with the school's board of trustees but would make little comment about what he intend- ed to do. Asked if the students might just be allowed to stay overnight, he replied, "Tiiai's a possibility." "But it's a possibility (hat we will move In on he said. The group of militants, call- Ing themselves the "Chicago interrupted a morning address by Dr. John Coleman Three hours earlier, he harlot Langston, OMa., and took jiven about 25 militant students'over. the rostrum. rescue helicopter which Joe Roberts, 1002 E. 18th, Big rently was not needed Spring; hospitalized for shock and head lacerations. Malone and Hogan Foundation Hospital: William E. Archibald, Sycamore; Big Spring, treated and released. Willie Foreman, 309 N.W. lOlh, Big Spring; hospitalized with burns and back complaints. Travis Greenfield of Coahoma hospitalized for burns. John V. Howard. 736 E. 6th shot from 1514-B the air. Cosden is north of Interstate Highway 20, and adjacent to it. The unit where the explosion took place is about 100 yards from the highway. John Wright, a Cosden em ploye in the asphalt depart- ment, said the heat was so in- tense that he could not roll Big Spring Hospital: Doyle Gillikan, unknown address (not a Cosden treated and released Phillip Gressett, 1002 Baylor, Big Spring; treated and released. Eldon J. Grisham, 1083 Oak, Colorado City; treated and released. WEATHER DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU IWaatntr Map, Pg. ABILENE AND VICINITY UO-mlle ra- dius! Cloudy to parlly cloudy and mild Saturday ihro day ihrouBH Sunday. Htgh Salurday 70; low Salurday nlghl tilah Sunday tow 70s, Southerly winds i lo 15 miles per hour. TEMPHtATURIt 1-M ii u 65 43 55 55 M rltoh and low for Jlhouu tndlna P.m.: M and High and low lama date asl war: H and Sunset last ntehl: v.aii ivmrlw today; sunset tonWili 'Barometer reading at p.m.; M.JI, Humidity it o t7 cant. appa- The fire was brought under control in an hour during which lime witnesses estimated flames 75 to 150 feet into as ne drove along (he access road beside Ihe plant 10 min- utes after the explosion. Fortenbcrry was across Ihe highway in the union office, about yards from the ex- plosion, when "the whole place Turn to BIG SPRING, Pg. 3-A IQc SUNDAY Irish Erupt Again Worst Violence Seen Since August the hour-long disturbance in the Roman Catholic Eogside district of the city. The British troops retreated from the district under a hail o[ The violence erupted after ihe militant Protestant leader, the Ian Paisley, addressed supporters at a meeting in- one Rev. side Londonderry's Guildhall. The meeting went quietly, but a crowd of Catholics gathered outside the Guildhall and start- ed singing civil rights songs. A large force o( soldiers and police ringed the area and prev- ented demonstrators from ming- ling with Ihe Prnlestanls as they left Ihe meeting. LBJ Says Bomb Halt Was Dean Rusk's Idea By JERRY BUCK AP Television-Radio Writer NEW YORK (AP) Former President Lyndon B. Johnson says Secretary of State Dean dusk's argument that North Vietnam would not respond to a demand for a concession led him to order an unconditional bombing halt on March 31, 1968. Revealing for the first time he events behind the decision that got the Communists lo agree to peace talks, Johnson also said: He had been looking for a peace move lo tie in with his jlanned announcement of his re- tirement from office. Defense Secretary Clark Clif- ford had wanted the North Viet- namese to make a concession. -That at the same time, and unaware of Rusk's proposal U.N. Ambassador Arthur Gold berg asked Johnson to "stop at the bombing." -That he thoroughly explained to Sen. William Fulbright, a critic of the war, what he In tended to do with the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Johnson said Rusk suggested during a review of Vietnam poll cy that the bombing of North Vietnam be stopped as "a peace overture." Johnson said the gesture for also included his announcement that he would not seek "My hopes have faded away, and my dreams have not been he said in an inter- view to be broadcast Friday night on CBS. "I deeply regret 'I, but I was constantly trying, ust as I'd tried on many other auses that failed." The televised interview, de- voted to Johnson's decision to top the bombing of North Viet- nam, was the second in a series vith Walter Cronkite. It was 'ilmed last fall at the LBJ Ranch in Texas. The former president said tusk, whose advocacy of John- son administration Vietnam pol- cy had made him a target of antiwar demonstrators, argued hat the North Vietnamese would not respond to a demand Tor a concession in return for itopping the bombing. He said he was going over re-1 gested, and we and some of the others joined we slop Ihe bombing on the condition that the North Vietnamese do something. "And Secretary Rusk said, 'That won't work, this reciproci- ty won't work. We ought to just stop the bombing.' "I said, 'Get on your horses and get me a Clark Clifford was secretary of defense in the latter part of Johnson's presidency, succeed- ing Robert S. McNamara. During the interview Johnson sat hunched in a green chair across from Cronkite. He oflen CAP wirtphoio) had his elbows on his knees, but JOHNSON ON TV for emphasis he sometime? dreams not realized flailed the air with his big hands Paisley left under a heavy po- ice escort. The trouble began as the sol- iers moved Ihe demonstrators nlo the Bogside area. Windows were broken and two airesls were made by troops armed with clubs. A Catholic priest who tried to aim the demonstrators was hit m the leg with a rock but was lot injured. At one stage the demonstra- ors hastily threw up a barrl- ade. An army Iruck demol- shed il. Shortly aflcr midnight the rmy reported the situation was quid, but more than 200 troops patrolled the city. The disturbance came on the e of civil rights demonstra- ions planned for Belfast and ive provincial towns against lie Public Order Acl, which >ans the carrying of firearms nd the occupation of buildings. The law went into effect Thurs- lay. In Belfast Ihe Peoples Democ- acy organization, a left-wing group, has threatened to take iver a public building to test Ihe aw. In Londonderry and two other owns, however, civil rights groups announced Friday that hey had called off demonstra- ions planned for Saturday. commendations from his lop ad- visors in early March 19fi8 when "Secretary Rusk came back and we were evalualing these things, he said, 'Now I think the time's come where we can stopMhe bombing.' "Some of them think Secretary Clifford sug- or shook his gray-maned head Johnson did not wear his glass es during the interview. Tliej talked in the guest house at the LBJ Ranch and behind theiv was a red melal fireplace against the knotty pine walls. Johnson said he had been Turn to BOMBING, Pg. 3-A Bomb Squad Trying To Defuse Mine LONDON (AP) Bomb dis- wsal experts worked under "loodlights Friday night lo de- :use a World War II German land mine lhat could flatten half a square mile of suburban London if it exploded. The mud-coated mine, a bar- rel-like bomb nine feet long packed with pounds of high explosive, was found when workmen drained a water reser- voir at Walthamstow in north- east London. Army bomb experts floated heir equipment to the mine on i raft and then built a wooden >ridge for a quick gelaway in case things go wrong. If the tim- ng device started ticking, the men would have only nine sec- onds to escape the blast. The reservoir is ringed with a umber yard, some factories and a few homes. About actory workers were evacuat- ed. B'ew of the homes lie within the blast range, but residents were ordered to leave Ihcir win- dows open in case of an explo- sion. Police patrols kept sight- seers away. A navy team joined Ihe army experts in Ihe defusing opera- tion, working inside a wall of sandbags in the muddy bottom of the reservoir. Maj. Mike Hoskins, leader of the squad, said the mine proba- bly was dropped by parachute during a Nazi raid about 1944. "These arc one of (he most dan- e on things the Germans he Astrology 14-B 5-A y the cylinder up to 20 same army team 5-B a similar mine in suburb last fall. 7 ilh 32, was awarded Medal last year for American World War found near a gasoline dump in Brunei, North Log TV Scour Women 9-A 2, 3-1 Firefighters Injured By Blaze, Blast Two Abilene firefighters were hurt Friday night in an explo- sion during a blaze at Soulh- wesl Fire Apparatus Co. at 2513 S. Treadaway. Injured were Lt. Dennis Digger) O'Dell and Fireman ,arry Richard, neither serious- y. Fire damage was confined (o he back room of the building, )ut smoke and water damage vas heavy in the other seven ooms. Firemen, under Ihe direction )f Fire Chief Joe Lockhart, topped the fire from spreading o" nearby business, but Hack Drilling Co. and Malcolm Sup- Turn lo FIRE, Pg. 3-A NEWS INDEX Lending a Presidential ear Youngsters who were visiting the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago Friday appeared surprised when Presi- dent Nixon took time to talk with them. The president at- tended a pollution conference, then came upon the school children who were touring the museum. (AP Wirephoto)   

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