Abilene Reporter News, February 28, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

February 28, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1970, Abilene, Texas sin nini 3 STAR FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 89TH YEAR, NO. 255 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 28, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Auociated Welcome to H-SU Two veteran members of the Hard in Simmons University Board of Trus- tees, Mrs. H. A. Pender, center, and Mrs. L. H. Beckham greet Fort Worth banker Charles Brinkley, a new trustee, to the group's annual spring meet- ing Friday. (H-SU News Photo) Hardin-Simmons Trustees Okay Million Budget Hardin-Simmons University trustees Friday in their annual spring meeting adopted a budget for the next fiscal year and heard plans for an April 13 kickoft meeting of the President's Club on the campus. In other action, trustees also: the awarding of honorary doctorates to the Rev. Ect Crow, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Brown- field; Dr. Willis'JfWhitfield, Al- buquerque scientist, and the Rev. Charles Willis Bryan, Southern Baptist missions executive of Richmond, Va. Passed a motion that million in endowment funds in the school's goal in the "Profile for be designated for a faculty enrich- ment program. This would include help to the faculty in advanced study, special meetings and related activities. ixamine the feasibility of aunching a financial campaign t an appropriate date in the uture. a report from J. Ei chairman of the Juilding and G r o u n. committee. Connally said that he architectural firm of Boone Winters Honors Corroll Tatum Committee of the Executive the trustees to assist In securing the services of a professional consultant to help in planning the 10-year "Profile for Progress" program and to WEATHER .WEATHER .U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE .ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (WealhEr Map, Pg. 17-BI ABILENE AND VICINITY roprialions Committee, testi- ieu for two hours and 15 min- utes Thursday belore a federa rand jury in San Antonio. The grand jury has been in- vestigating alleged pressure in he race for Heatly's legislative xisl. In addition to leatly is facing opposition from Republican for the first time Mrs. Williams said she wa expecting the dismissal, "i view of other things that havi happened." She said she eai'lie had refused a request to resign her post. "I don't believe that I'm wrong iii my she said. She said the dismissal notic cited "conflict of interest" sine she holds a state job and he husband is running for state o fice. Mrs. Williams said (he letter dated Thursday, was signed b her supervisor, Miss Fer Hodge, district home demon stration agent at Vernon. Among 17 witnesses testifyin before the federal grand jur> here was Dr. John Hutchiso f College Station, director le Texas Agricultural Exten ion Service, which is in charg f home demonstration agenL Hutchison said in an earlie elephone interview that Mr Williams originally was aske o resign under a long standin of the Extension Servic nd that there was no pressur nvolved in the decision to as r to submit a resignation. He termed it a conflict of 1 crest. Williams said another lette ilso from Miss Hodge and da d Feb. 5, told her to resign a f Feb. 28. Williams quoted Miss Hodg is writing at that time, Feb. hat the reason for her resi nation should read: "Bccau, CARROLL E. TATUM top citizen Alderman made the announce ment and presented a large plaque to Tatum for hi contributions to the communil. and to the schools. James Cowlishaw was name president of the chamber for th coming year which begin March 1, while M. D. (Doc Citizen of the Year.' Last year's Ray Johnston president; was Mrs. named vie R aym on Turn to WINTERS, Vg. 2-A NWS INDEX Amuiementt 16, 17 Astrology 1 1 Bridge Church Nqwi 71 Cfauified 12-17 Comici 8, 91 Editorials 6 Form ISA Market! ObJtuariei 3, Oil Sporti 7-71 TV Loq 17 TV Scout 17 Wonwn't News 4, 5 conditions that made it ad- sablc for your family situa- n.' Williams then quoted this par- jraph, also from Miss Hodge's eb. 5 letter: "Gail, I know you and I will pressed by news reporters for dale of your resignation. All m should say is that you arc signing voluntarily and it is 5t your responsibility to re- ase such information. All The Associated Press presentatives have the in- formation you are resigning vol- untarily because of a policy that states a conflict of interest, so they do not need additional in- formation. If they contact you and force you, you may say it is your district supervisor's re- sponsibility and not yours." Williams said the letter re- ceived Friday also was signed by Miss Hodge and that il cited "conflict of interest" as the rea- son. "II is a dismissal Williams said flatly. He said Miss Hodge was merely "carrying out her or- ders." Williams said his wife has not resigned, "She's jusl leaving it to he said. 'If there's a conflict of In- terest here, there's a conflict of interest all over the Wil- liams said. He said he would meet with his lawyers at 10 a.m. Monday and hoped to have a plan of action by that even- ing. Williams Has said previously that he was told unexpecledlj IT RAINED BILENE Municipal Airport .......06 Total for Year l.l Normal for Year 1.91 LBANY ..................03 NSON ...................20 ALL1NGER.............. Tr. IG SPRING Tr. LACKWELL .............20 RECKENRIDGE ........08 ROWNWOOD Tr. UFFALO GAP Tr OLORADO CITY .36 OMANCHE ..............04 HJBLIN..................OG OREE ...................05 [ASKELL Tr HAWLEY ..................20 iNOXCITY Tr IORAN SUNDAY Tr 'A1NTROCK ..............If RANGER .................2 ROTAN ...................2 iNYDER Tr ITAMFORD Tr iWEETWATER Tr .YLVESTER .............1 fUSCOLA Tr VEINERT Tr VESTBROOK .............3 VINTERS Tr More Rain Might Still Be Coming o resign his post as manager f the Quanah Chamber of Com- merce. The president of the chamber if commerce was among other vitnesses who have testified to he grand jury here. "I won't have any comment o make about the situation un- il I talk to my attorneys on Williams said of the for his wife's resigna- ion. "However, I feel that what- ever action I take will be aimed at either proving there is no valid contention for conflict ot nterest, and possibly aimed at >ther conflicts of interest witiiin he legislature." He declined to elaborate but hinted that he may consider tak- ing the matter of his wife's job to court. Abilene and area towns were ight in step with the rest ot he stale Friday as far as the veather is concerned. Most towns in the Big Country eporled at least a trace of rain Beginning about 1 p.m. Friday, Maximum temperatures Fri day varied from 74 degrees ai Brownsville and 72 at El Paso down lo 56 at Big Spring, Rainfall amounts for a 24-hoiii period ending Friday night in eluded .18 of an inch at Aus nd the weatherman says there tin, Big Spring .13, Midland .3 3 a 20 per cent chance for more San Antonio .11 and Wink .17 The Weather Bureau predict ed the showers would mov asUvard out of the stale by lat aturday. hundershowcrs Sunday. Abilene recorded .06 of an inch 'ringing the yearly lotal to nclies. Normal for the year is 1.94. Colorado City recorded heaviest rainfall with .36 of an inch. Westbrook reported .32 of an inch. Showers and thunderstorms roamed vast areas of Texas Fri- day night as low clouds over- hung much of the state. Precipitation, spread from Houston to San Antonio area: and north to Dallas and west to Abilene. Olher rains moistened North- east Texas and the state's Pan- handle. El Paso was the only city un- der cloudless skies late in the evening. OF MEXICAN-AMERICANS LULAC Leader Asks for Unity By SIMON BENFIELD Hcportcr-Ncws Staff Writer "Slop back-biting" was the message for all Mexican- Americans across the country From former Houston lorporation Judge Alfred J. Hernandez, speaking at nstallation banquet Friday night of the league of United Latin American Citizens "Let us forget our petty differences and work to benefit ourselves and our community wilh bolter homes, schools better lie said. The dinner was partly a fund raising affair at and partly to install new officers for the coming year. Formally taking office as president of the Abilene chapter of LULAC was Morris Hernandez; Jesse Garcia, secre- tary; Manuel Hernandez, treasurer; Pete Ban-era, sub- treasurer, and board directors lelestiono Chia and Community Action Program Director, Joe Ramon. Pointing out Ihat LULAC wa founded 41 years ago, h acknowledged that th organization has been callc Turn to IAJLAC, Pg. 2-A SECOND DIONNE QUINT IS DEAD MONTREAL (AP) Mrs. Marie Houle, one of the Dionne quinluplets, died Friday following a briei illness. Mrs. Houle, second of the quinls lo die, was 35. She was married lo Andra Houle of Montreal. Marine Gets Life In Scurry Killing Thomas pistol SNYDER (RNS) Wesley Matthews, 18-year-old AWOL Marine, pleaded guilty in District Court Friday morning n Snyder to a charge of murder and was handed a life sentence n prison by Judge Sterling Williams. The youth, from Kulxlow, Pa., was charged with killing .lake Letson Sellars, 70, of Abilene on Nov. 5, 1969, and dumping his body near a fence beside a country road, nine-tenths of a miles west of Dermont. At the lime, Matthews was absent without official leave from the Naval Air Slation and Automated Service Center in Kansas City, Mo. Sellars was returning from a meeting of the West Texas Wa. ter Assn. in Lubbock when (he youih hitched a ride with him Matthews covered the body wilh grass after killing Sellars with a stolen lie had allegedly rom 111 Marine base. Authorities didn't suspect Matthews was involved in the nurder until his arrest the following Sunday In Houston when he tried to purchase items .n a Sears store there with Cellars' credit card. The Abilene man had been reported missing when he failed to return home the night of the meeting in Lubbock. !lis car was discovered abandoned in Robstown the day afler the murder. Matthews admitted the mvirder lo authorities and led them to the country road where the body was hidden. lie was placed in Scurry County Jail and had been held without bond since Sunday, Nov. 9. Matthews' attorney Gene Dulaney of Snyder was present when the guilty plea was entered. CITES PROSECUTOR'S REMARKS Chicago 7 Lawyer Asks Retrial CHICAGO (AP) William Kunstler, an attorney for the Chicago Seven, said Friday his clients arc entitled to a new trial because of remarks attrib- uted lo the chief prosecutor. Kunsller, in a statement, said that if reports of the speech by Thomas A. Foran, U.S. district attorney, were true, "Ihen he owes both the defendants and the law an obligation to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals lo reverse their convictions at once." He said the riot conspiracy case should be returned to the district court (or retrial. Foran, said Thursday night In a speech, that in a bloody conf' rontation during the 1968 Demo- cratic National Convention, the police "got even" with the pro- testers. KunsUer said that in the trial Foraa and prosecution wit- nesses "look Ihe position that he demonstrators had attacked he police that evening and (hat Ihe latter were only, interested in clearing the intersection to restore normal pedestrian and vehicular traffic." Commenting in New York Fri- day night in an interview on the the WOR-TV, Barry Gray Show, Kunsller said Foran "has 'just announced publicly that he knew the demonstrators didn't attack the police. "This raises all sorts of legal and ethical Kunstler said. "The main event in trial is still ahead of us." Meanwhile, In an Interview broadcast over ABC television's Evening News program Foran said his remarks were consist- ent with the position the govern- ment took the trial. "It was the government posi- tion throughout the trial ttiatl some of the police had golten out of Foran said. Another defense lawyer, Thomas P. Sullivan of Chicago, meanwhile filed a reply in the U.S. 7th circuit Court of Ap- peals, asking again (or bail for seven defendants. Five of Ihe seven defendanls were convicted of Inciting riots at the time of the 1968 Demo- cratic National Convention and were sentenced to five years in prison. All seven also were jailed on sentences ranging from months to years by U.S. District Court Judge Julius J. Hoffman. Sullivan, representing the de- fendants .OR the appeal issue, said the defendants were not "dangerous men to be and added in a footnote this contempt hat the court should not blamei hem for the scattered violence which occurred as a protest against the trial. The two trial defense lawyers, Kunsller and Leonard I. Weing- lass, also were given contempt sentences but execution of the sentences was delayed to May to allow them to handle motions for Iheir clients. In his speech, Foran also said Kunstler and Weinglass were nothing more than "mouth- pieces." 'There's no greater Insult I can give them. They were like doctors who take out gall blad- ders when there is nothing wrong with the patient." 'He said defendants Itennard C. "Rennie" Davis, 29, and .lor- ry C. Rubin, 31, continually at whispered insulting, obscene te marks ta Foran and bis assist ant, Hicliard G. Svhullz, during he trial. "Rubin is a baby, a kid who is fcry conscious of his Jewish- ness. Schullz is Jewish, too, and so liubin would fire filth at him sotlo voice so the judge could n'I Foran said. Foran also described his view of the Aug. 28, 19G8 confronta ion at Ihe Conrad Hillon Hotel )etween police and demonslra tors at the time o( the Demo :ralic National Convention. He said he was in his car at the :cene. "For 18 minutes the police moved in and got even for whai they had been taking from the demonstrators for three days After that Ihe police felt great They were smiling and waving and you could see It was a grea psychological thing lor he said. LULAC leaders convene Morris Hernandez, standing left, and Jesse Garcia, rig'nt, meet, with former Houston Corporation Judge Alfred J. Hernandez, center, at the Friday night banquet at which Morris Hernandez and Garcia were installed as president and secretary respectively of the League of United Latin Amer- ican (Stall Photo) ;