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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas                                WITHOUT OR WITH .OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT. B9TH YEAR, NO. 328 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY, 12, TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Prea (IP) lOc SUNDAY Tornado Leaves Lubbock Reeling 19 to 26 Reported Dead; 21-Story Building Appears Ready to Topple By TOM DeCOLA Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK, Tex. AP) _ A tornado so powerful il ripped great chunks, ot concrete from buildings struck this, city of with death estimates to- day ranging from 13 to 26. State authorities counted 19 bodies, while newspaper and radio surveys reached a lolal ot 2li. Texas Safety Department said some dead may still be under debris. Authorities said 300 or more suffered injuries in the Monday night disaster. Property damage whS unotlicially calculated in the millions. "There is no doubt in any- body's mind around said a veteran newspaperman, "that it is one of the biggest .and most prolonged tornadoes ever to strike Texas." All persons except rescue workers were blocked oul of the' downtown1 area; The National GuaVd called oul 300 men includ- ing a medical unit. The state safety department sent 45 units. The Red Cross dispatched six with 10 mobile vans. Cars lay flattened to within two or three feet of the pave- ment. A Greyhound bus was slammed broadside into a build- ing. The ground floor of the Lub- bock Avalanche-Journal was awash from a cloudburst which came with the twister. The width of the destruction was the greatest tornado ob- servers could remember. A newspaper executive louring the downtown area shook his head and called it a "night- mare." Others looked at the severe damage and muttered, "incred- ible." The storm left a path of de- struction eight miles long. Today, Nothing But Ruins STRUGGLE FOR A wounded Ameri- can soldier is helped to cover by two buddies after being wounded by sniper fire during at- tack into Viet Cong sanctuary in Cambodia, northeast of. Tay Ninh: Aii strikes were then called in on Cambodian village from which sniper fire had come. Photo by AP photographer Rick Merron. (AP Wirephoto) 6 Die in Racial Outbreak By RAY BELL Associated Press. Writer AUGUSTA, .Ga. (AP) An outbreak of racial violence trig- gered by the beating to death of a teen-age Negro jail inmate has left six persons dead, more than 60 injured and widespread property damage in Ihis cast Georgia city. Firemen, escorted by Nation- al Guardsmen and stale troop- ers ordered into the city by Gov. "WEATHERT JiV, and werfnesday- cl rain arourd 10 per cent. Increasing lo per lonfcht srvj Wednesday. Tujediv high IS? low near 70. Wind, southerly ending .1 9 Lester Maddox, gradually brought under control more than 50 Fires set Monday night by roving bands of Negroes. Authorities said the situation was calming early today and that sporadic sniper [ire was dying out. As dawn broke a thin pall of smoke from the dying fires hung over Ihc city. City officials and Negro lead- ers called a meeting this morn- ing to try lo calm Ihe siluation further. Some 300 more National Guardsmen were airlifted into Augusta from Savannah early today in an effort to prevent fur- ther trouble. Maddox said this morning that additional Guardsmen were being sent immediately to Au- gusta bringing the total to Approximately more troops were available if needed, a Guard spokesman said. 300 Guardsmen Called to Aid In Lubbock Area AUSTIN (AP) Up to .30G National Guardsmen have been called up for duty if needed In the stricken Lubbock area, the adjutant general said today. Elements of Cos, A and B, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry, stationed in Lubbock, were called oul Monday night by LI. Gov. Ben Barnes, acting governor. The remaining elements of Co. A were called up today by Brig. Gen. Carl Schupp II, assistant adjutant general, after Ihey were requested by Lt. Col. Jesse Barton, battalion commander and officer in charge at- the disaster scene. These elements are located nearby in. Brownfield and 'Level- land. Their main duly is guarding the downtown area and cordening off danger spots. The medical platoon of Ihe baltalion, consisting of a surgeon and 13 enlisted men from Amarillo was dispatched to the scene early today. Completing the Iroop list will be 30 drivers with 15 dump trucks from the Sweetwaler- Snydcr unit. By JAY HARRIS Executive Editor ol the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal LUBBOCK It looked like another world. Sland.ing in what than 24 hours before was one of the Southwesl's most bustling cities, one could look in every direc- tion and see nothing but ruins today, A-'15-story building appeared to have been shelled by cannon. Cars lay flattened to within two or three feet of Jhe pave- ment with debris piled on them. Powerlincs, telephone poles, drapries from coffee shops and the lobby of Ihe 15-story First National Bank-Pioneer Natural Gas Bu'lding dangled in the damp breeze. This was had been brought to Its knees at Monday night by one of the most devas- tating and damaging tornadoes to strike the Southwest since Ihe terrible twister that rocked Tornado Hit With Whomp LUBBOCK, Tex. Monday night's tornado struck, Mrs. Beverly Williams lived in an apartment house near Ihe Texas Tech campus here. Shortly alter the tornado struck, Mrs. Williams told a newsman: "I don't have an apartment lefl." When she realized the tornado was immienl, the housewife said, "I ran to put my shoes on. "I heard a tremendous whorhp. "We were going lo break into another apartment on the ground floor, but we didn't have time because we heard it coming." She and a neighbor pilert mat- tresses and various pieces of furniture on lop of themselves, she said, and wailed, oul the storm. NEWS INDEX AmuMments 2A BrJdfle................ 8B Classified 5-8B Comics 4B 2B Horoscope............. SB Hospital Patienls 7 A Odiluaries.............3A Sports............ I 0-11A This Man's Art.........2A To Your Good Health 80 TV Log 5A Women's News......... 5B Waco in 1953. As dawn broke over the down- town business section of Lub- bock, there were lornup roofs, smashed homes, shredded cars and streets that shimmered with glass. An army of officers, De- partment of Public Safely officials and National Guards- men continued to search tor victims. As one made a tour of a 5fl-lo 100-block area of the heart ol the business section, one (ell as though this was K nightmare that would end with the same type of thunder that heralded the arrival of the tornado. The Firsl National Rank fiuilding, which covers an entire city block and towers 15 stories, made of marble and glass, closely resembling the United Nations Building. Charley Pride Due At W. Texas Charley Pride, country music star, will be the feature attraction Monday and Tuesday nights, Sept. 14 and 15, at the 1070 West Texas Fair, scheduled for the week beginning Sept. 14. The announcement was made Tuesday morning at the Fair board meeting by Harvey Baker, president. The programs will be held at the Taylor County .Coliseum. Others appearing on the bill with Pride are Ihe North Singers, Alex Houston and Klmer, ventriloquist act, and singer Johnny Duncan, a native of Dublin. ,Two sliows will be given belli Monday and Tuesday nigliUs. The Wednesday night program will include the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and the Stamps Quarlet with George Beverly Shea, master of ceremonies for Billy Graham, serving as the emcee. Ever since he first stepped .before the microphone at the Grand Ole Opry in January ot 1957, Pride assumed a permanent place in that sphere of music. Charley is a line singer, an excellent guitarist and a black performer. He is, in fact, Ihc first ol his race to be recognized ES a major talent in the world of country music antl he remains one of tfie field's very few black per- formers. Pride has become one of RCA's biggest selling country artists through Ihe many hit singles, which have been near or at the top of the best- selling charts, and the half- dozen albums he has made for the label, beginning with "Country Charley Pride" and proceeding through to his first "live" recording ''Charley Pride....In which along with his recording of the Hank CHAHLKY nolcil country singer Williams classic. were runaway hils, album and single respectively, In (he early 1969 country charts. As a performer on the stage, he is one of the hottest tickets in country music, drawing sellout houses on completely booked-up tours and in Ihe top country music rooms in the nation, like Sec PRIDE, 3A Why Is Voting Demo, GOP a Must? By BLUE UUCKER and BETTY GRISSOM Q. Why docs a person have lo vote either Republican or Democratic In our elections? I have never voted a straight ticket In my lite. I believe In voting for the man or woman for office, not (he party. .There are some Democrats I would' like to vote for and some Republi- cans too but can't by Texas voting laws. Oar laws do not permit a secret vote because you rcgisler as a Democrat or republican and this doesn't leave much to secrecy! P.S. Due to the politics of the paper you probably won't print Ihls or Ihe answer. A. You should feel right at home among us Texans because we are famous for vot- ing a split ticket. Many states require a person lo slate his affiliation when he registers, bulTexas does not. You are not identified as a Republican or a Democrat on your registration certification until and unless you decide to vole in the primaries of one parly or the other. If you want to vote In a party, primary, then you in effect declare yourself to be a member of that parly and the ballot contains a pledge thai you will support Ihe winning candidates In the general election In November. This pledge may be morally binding, but many Texans do not abide by the pledge and go ahead and split the ballot in November. Your registralion certificate Is slamped when you go to the party primary polls so that you can't vote in more than one party's primary. P.S.: We answered your question, now answer ours; what are the politics of Ihe paper? 0. Could yon tell me why the down- town associallnn chose lo do away with all the benches for Ihe elderly people to sit on and rest whJIe Ihey are down- town? Saturday Is the oaly day some of the rural people come to town and they spend the day. It breaks my tearl lo pass through town and see some ef them just having to wander around. I know how my father enjoyed silting and talking lo the otter tldsters as he gol up In years. 1 think they shoald reconsider the situation aid do something about It. A. Carter Stewart, director of Ihe Ways and Means Committee ol the Abilene Jaycees says, it's difficult to arrange for the placement of benches in the downtown area. Jaycees must have approval of the owner in order lo place a bench near his business. Also, Ihe advertising on the benches lhal is sold by the Ways and Means Committee of the Jaycees must nol be competitive with any of the businesses within 300 feet of the bench. According to Stewart there are still about 10 in Ihe downtown area and the city parks department has six in the park near Ihe TiP Depot. Those elderly people probably know where every one of those 16 benches are. Q. Under what ruling are Ihe Exchange Students allowed makeup privileges? If a select few students are allowed to lake a -Tinier vacation, with makeup privileges, wky aren't others allowed the same? Tkere are many families that would like to loir Washlig- Iwi and other places (to. A. The Exchange Program Is a school- sponsored activity of Hie two high schools, says A. E. Wells, superintendent o( the Abilene Public Schools. These students not only make up their work but attend classes in Ihe schools ol (he city they are visiting, he says. An excused absence may be prearranged for any student in advance with the permission o( the school principal. But each excused absence is considered on an indi- vidual basis or situation. Q. Would a young man (hat served In the Army, Navy or Marines for six years be entitled lo VA benefits? He spent (wo weeks of each ytar on (he coast or an Island off the coast, hut did not go overseas. He didn't gel hurt In the reserves. I Just wondered If he was entitled to government hospital care, VA loans, school or VA house buying. A. No, according to Greely Aston, county veterans service officer, a reservist must have served al least 181 continuous days of active duly (other than duty for training purposes) before he is entitled lo VA benefits. For further information you may want lo drop by the Veterans Service Office in the county courthouse al S. 4th and Oak to pick up a pamphlet. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 31, Ahlkne, Texas, 7KU. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please Include lelephoBe lumbers II possible. Waco Hit Same Day 17 Years Ago By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Waco tornado which look 114 lives struck on the same ilay as Luhbock tornado of Mon- years earlier. Another tornado which also took 114 lives also occurred in Goliad disaster of 1902. The Waco tornado also injured 597 persons. A few hoars earlier, another twister struck San An- gelo, killing 11 and injuring 159. The famous Goliad tornado hil May 16, 1902. Official records list 114 killed there. But some persons who witnessed the scene said in later years the toll ac- tually may have been as high as ras. The last major tornado in Tex- as was actually a scries last April 17-18 on Ihc South Plains and in the Panhandle, killing 23 persons, most of them in a trailer camj al Clarendon. Partial List of Dead The blit z winds drilled to earth near the campus pi Texas Tech- nological University then sprang along an eight-mile roule to the heart of the city where it virtual- ly destroyed scores of buildings, sending glass shrapnd raining over the streets. Concrete slabs were ripped from buildings and were slam- med into cars and other build- ings. Al about a.m., police said they expected the 21-story Great Plains building to fall "any min- ute." Police cardoned off an area 100 yards around the building. This city of some per- sons was plunged into darkness as the maddened winds ripped down power and communica- tions lines. Pumps which supply Ihe city's walcr were knocked out and residents were advised lo main- tain strict water conservation. Gov. Preston Smith ordered and a curfew was placed over the city. Kven as the winds continued to gust in the storm's after- math, looters and pillagers be- gan working their way through the ravaged doivntown area. A temporary morgue was es- tablished at the Smiley Wilson school and homeless victims were being sheltered in the city coliseum. Over 100 airplanes at the city's airport were damaged or de- stroyed including a state police jet helicopter. The airport was closed. Hospitals began filling quickly and all off duly doctors and nurges were summoned to work. The Department of Public Safety dispatched at least 45 unils. lied Cross workers converged on devastated city from Dal- las, Wieliita Falls and Waco. Nine mobile feeding units were sent lo provide food for Ilinse whose homes were de- stroyed. A slale of emergency was de- clared by Mayor James Cran- berry who called the catastrophe massive." "We are trying to sel up some sort of evacuation syslcm for Ihc Injured. I guess we'll try lo get them Into Midland, Odessa, and he said. Two of the city's largest hos- pitals had to turn away cut and bleeding patients after hospital corridors began filling with cots slrclchers and beds. The twislcr struck near the Texas Tech campus, levelling a brick wall which crushed a num- ber of parked cars. About a dozen homes In (he price range were de- molished. The Bell Telephone System had nearly 400 repairmen and other crews on duty win flights leaving Dallas .bringing cable and other needed replacement equipment. An amateur radio operator who said the Injured could reach called Lubbock "a dead town" hours after the twister struck. Jay Harris, managing editor of the [jibbock Avalance-Jour- nal, said, however, that Ihe city reacted with calm and cool pre- cision. "Doctors, nurses, police and firemen stayed he said. "So did Ihe residents. I neither heard nor saw any hysteria." "1 heard it Harris relalcd. "I was talking to the AP in New York. The noise came In a rising crescendo and reached such a pitch that you could hear nothing else. Then all the lights went out." Hours later the power was still off. Harris said a second story wall of a major addition just completed al the newspaper plant was blown stroyed in seconds." LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) A partial list compiled by the Tex- as Department of Public Safety of the dead in Ihe Lubbock Mon- day night: 1. Unidentified while female, 45 2. Thomas Andrew Cook, no age. 3. Mrs. Henry Short, no age. 4. Frank Moreno Canales Jr., no age. 5. Jose AgulJar, no age. 6. Salvador Lopez, no age, 7. Jack Lopez, no age. 8. Kenneth Medlln, no age. 9. Mary jean Mcdlin, no age. 10. Alan Ray Madlin, no age. 11. Dusty Mcdlin, no age. 12. Mrs. Ruth Knight, no age. 13. Mrs. Esteiana Paz, 65. 14. Olela Gonzales, 44. 15. S.C, Glenn, no age. 16. John Stephen Cox, no age, .17. Mrs. Butts, no   

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