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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               :..3'.STAR -FINAL COTH YEAR, NO. 32 PHONE 673-4271 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, ,79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 18, 1970 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQc SUNDAY Auociated Up from the muddy shallow These five Abilene youngsters and Snoopy, the dog, flipped this 15-pound catfish out of four inches of mud at Elm Creek near the intersection of S. 7th and Leggett Friday afternoon using only "big sticks." Standing left to right are Karen Benson, 12, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Benson; Joe Allen, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Allen; anci Sam and Francisco Cortez, 11 and 13, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Corlez. Kneeling is Danny Benson, 10, Karen's brother. They all live in the Elmwood Manor Apartments on S. 7th (Staff Photo) The Fish Flap at Elm Creek By JIM DUBLIN Reporter-News Staff Writer Hey, better grab the nearest big stick and hurry on down to Elm Creek because the 1970 fish-flipping season opened Friday, and you're missing out on all the action. The season opened when five Abilene youngsters and a cocker spaniel named Snoopy became Abilene's first successful fish flippers. Their calch, or rather, flip, was a 15-pound "catfish which, according to the flippermen, put up quite a battle. Those distinguishing themselves In the melee were Karen and Danny Benson, ages 12 and 10, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Wal- ter Benson; Francisco and Sam Cortes, ages 13 and 11, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Cortes; Joe Allen, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Alien; and Snoopy. The whole crew lives at the Elmwood Manor Apartments on S. 7th St They had armed themselves with what were described as "big sticks" by a spokes- man Sam and had proceeded to the fish flipping mud in IBIm Creek behind the Knco slation at the intersection of S. 7th ar.d Leggett. Ostensibly, they were looking for crayfish but they were probably just trying to get an early start on the season. Anyway, it was about p.m. when Karen notified the group that she had found a suitable specimen for flipping. She used lhat time-honored female method of indicating excitement she screamed. Hurrying over wilh their big sticks, the boys (juestioned Karen. "1 turned around and saw this big tail moving in the she said. Armed with this Information they turned as one and, lo, there in the mud lay a very unhappy 15-pound catfish. Using their weapons expertly, they first ot all beat the unsuspecting fi.sh many times about the head and pectoral fins. After sub- duing the monster, they landed it by slipping Turn to THERE, Pg. 3-A Texas Official Indignant Denies Migrant Conditions AUSTIN (AP) A Texas of- ficial indignantly denied Friday a doctors' report charging that migrant farm workers in Texas and Florida are exploited in dangerous working conditions. "It's definitely said Conley C. Kemper, coor- dinator of migrant labor in Tex- as' Good Neighbor Commission. "I don't know what they're try- Ing to get at." The doctors, part of a Field Foundation team that shocked the nation three years ago with Its report on hunger and mal- nutrition in Mississippi, told in a preliminary report to a Senate subcommittee of "thousands of our fellow citizens manipulated and managed in such a way as MSA WEATHEH with UNI. I" tfwcuoh Sundiy. HiolT both tow 70. 10 rrtl" ptr hair, Frl. I 76 7S 73 70 ro n 78 IS it n n n tt n n High and tow ler f p.m Switt Ira lunwi HumHItY 11 I P.m. tgnr Mi f Related story, Pg. S-A to reduce them to sub-human status." "There is no Kemper countered. "Crew lead- ers have to 'manipulate' people in their has to be in chai'ge. Migrant farm workers are educationally siaiTed. They are not sufficient- ly educated to be sure they got their pay." The doctors reported they found medieval living quarters, dangerous working conditions and a death rate for mothers and infants up to one-third above the national average. In Texas, they said, "intestinal parasitism was a striking find- ing....Rickets, scurvy, pellagra, ariboflavinosis, vitamin A de- ficiency, and protein malnutri- tion were prominent." Dr. Henry S. Lipscomb of Ihe Baylor College o( Medicine, Houston, said three recent deaths from polio were "a strong indication of the lack of basic medical service and inocu- lations in this area." Kemper conceded that it is "safe to say" that (he migrant worker in the Lower Valley doesn't get the same medical and nutritional attention the an- glo does. But he added: "They are not used lo eating protein. Some of them may pick carrots all day ant) there is no reason why they couldn't take some they are just not used lo eating fresh vege- tables, and Ihey just won't." Dr. Ray Wheeler said one Florida camp on the edge of a swamp "was, 1 am certain, the closest equivalent to slave quar- ters lhal could exist in what we consider to be a free society." He said housing units had been hauled on trucks and set up off the ground on concrele blocks. Dr. Allan C. Mermann com- pared the living quarters at one camp near Homestead, Fla., with the prisons of (he Spanish Inquisition. He said long, cinder- block sheds were divided single rooms without heat, and contained a single electric out- let. Feds Begin To Enforce Voting Law By MARK BROWN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department, beginning what it said, will be a full and vigorous defense of the 18-year- old voting age law, filed its ini- tial response Friday in a suit calculated lo bring a swift Su- preme Court niling on the new Voting Rights Act. Justice Department sources said they hope Ihe case will be ready for the high court when it opens its fall term Oct. 5. The suit, now before a three- judge federal panel in the Dis- trict of Columbia, was filed against Ally. Gen. John N. Mitchell June one day after President Nixon signed the bill info law. Papers filed on Mitchell's be- half Friday set the stage for ar- guments, expccled to begin in early August, on the merits of the new law. But the papers give little indication of what his strategy will be. The response lo a motion in Ihe case seeks lo assure propo- nents nf Ihe lower voting age that Mitchell "is prepared to de- fend fully and vigorously the va- lidity of (the new It asked the court lo deny per- mission for a group calling itself the W.M.C.A. Vote at Eighteen Club lo intervene in (he suit on Milchcll's side. The group con- tended the attorney general would not truly represent their interests. Mitchell shares the reserva- tions about (he constitutionality of lowering Ihe voting age through an act of Congress rath- er lhan a constitutional amend- ment that President Nixon ex- pressed when signing the bill. Nixon Gives Okay For Cambodia Aid WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon has formally ap- proved another million in U.S. arms aid to Cambodia, bringing (he total so (ar to near- ly million, the State Depart- ment disclosed Friday. The State Department also: punctured reports from New Delhi thai the Soviets had proposed a now conference aimed at settling the Indochina conflict. Press Officer Carl Bartch said the U.S. embassy there advised "there is nothing to substantiate the reports con- WELLS TELLS BOARD No Tax Hike Seen For Teacher Raise By MERLE WATSON Keporter-Ncws Staff Writer The Abilene Board of Educa- tion examined at a budget hear- ing Friday a proposed teacher and principal pay scale which, if adopted, would give Abilene teachers salary increases varying from to and principal salaiy increases varying from to {or the 1970-71 school year. Last week the board requested that administration prepare a pay scale using the 1970-71 state pay scale as a base plus Superintendent A. E. Wells told board members that the proposed pay scales could be supported without any increase in taxes. He said the reason [or this is that most of (he salary increases would come from slate sources. He also explained that teachers will be going from a nine month to a ten month program this next school year. Now that a tentative salary srhedule has been proposed (a big budget board members have requested that administration present the pro- posed budget as a whole for their consideration. Even though at this point the budget expenditures appear to be within the expected budget revenues, there may be enrich- ment programs or olher items the board may include in the budget before final adoption. The state salary schedule for teachers with bachelor degrees is for the beginning Turn to TEACHER, Pg.3-A NEWS INDEX Amuiemenrs 12, 13A. Airrology............. SA Bridge 8A. Church Newi 5B Clossified 11-IiB Comics ff 7B Edirorind 10B Farm UA. MorkcH g, 98 Obituaries........... Oil 12A Sporrs 9.11 A. TV Log ...............9B TV Scout 1SB Women's 2, 38 cerning the peace initiative or whatever" which had been car- ried in Ihe local press while So- viet Deputy Foreign Minister Nokolai P. Firyubin was visiting Prime Minister Indira Ghandl. plain that it does not expect any progress soon on the Vietnam peace negotiating front. Undersecretary of State U. Alexis Johnson said the ene- my's position in Southeast Asia "has greatly deteriorated in the last year or and It might be willing to negotiate a settle- ment. But "I frankly do not see any signs at the present time of the other side being willing to negotiate the be said. a new chief of the U.S. aid mission to Vietnam. Ta- king the Saigon post will be John H. Mossier, former U.S. aid chief in Indonesia. He succeeds Donald G. MacDonald, who is returning to Washington to han- dle Near East and South Asian programs for the Agency for In- ternational Development. Nixon's decision on more aid for Cambodia was communicat- ed to Congress July 15 under the U.S. aid law requirement for presidential notification of such actions, Bartch said. The President originally allot- ted million for shipment to Cambodia of such items as small arms, ammunition, radios, trucks, trailers and parts for T training planes. That presidential action dated May 21 was stated at the time to have used up all the remaining funds available in the U.S. mili- tary assistance program for the fiscal year ended last June 30. However, administration offic- ials subsequently found an ad- ditional million still unspent in the fiscal 1989-70 program and this is what Nixon allocated in his latest effort to help Cam- bodia. Scores of U.S. Planes Rain Bombs Over Viet Positions SAIGON (AP) _ Nearly South Vietnamese and Ameri- can troops have launched one of their biggest operations in two years in northern South Viet- nam in an effort to destroy an enemy buildup, the U.S. com- mand said Saturday. Waves of U.S. B52 bombers rained tons of explosives in Laos and (he border area, lead- ing to speculation lhat South Vietnamese forces may be pre- paring for a push into Laos against Ihe North Vietnamese supply network. Some American Marines joined government troops in one of two massive sweeps southwest of Da Nang, U.S. headquarter.? said. The big op- eration into the jungled foothills and mountains kicked off Thurs- day but information was wilh- held for hvo days- for security reasons. The Marine-South Vietnamese operation was aimed at destroy- ing two major North Viet- namese base camps between TO BADMOUTH EAGLE You Weren't First, Anne WASHINGTON (AP) Prin- cess Anne, you're not the first to badmouth the American Eagle. Benjamin Franklin, too, thought it was a bad choice for the na- tional bird. He would have preferred the turkey. When you and your brother, Charles, asked House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford about the eagle Friday, he didn't know why it was chosen. Neither did a Capitol guide. You commented il seemed "rather a bad chnire." Benjamin F'ranklin agreed, a long lime ago. "1 wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as Ihe Repre- sentative of our he lo Sarah Bache on Jan. 26, 1784. "Ho is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharp- ing and robbing. He is generally poor and often very lousy. "The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and wilhal a true original native of Ameri- ca." Army heraldic experts credit George Washington wilh plug- ging for the eagle, not an unu- sual move for a military man. The eagle has been associated with power, courage, freedom and immortality as far back as the stone ages. It's been Ihe mil- itary embl-m and symbol of strength for centuries. It probably first appeared as a symbol on a Massachusetts copper cent coined In 1778, In 1787 il was on a New York cop- per and two new coppers ol Massachusetts, One of the first ncls of Ihe Continental Congress, afler the Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776, was to recognize the need for a nation- al seal. Franklin was on the original three-member commission "lo bring In a device for a seal for Ihe United Slates of America." The committee in the nature of committees then and now, nolhing was done about it. A second commission (acklcd the project in 1780 with the same result. A third committee in 17B2 came up with a design by William Barton of Philadel- Tunt to ANNE, Pg. 3-A Ihe coastal lowlands and the Laotian border. The Marines reported killing five enemy soldiers and captur- ing two Friday after spotting a Viet Cong squad and calling in helicopter gunships. There were no Marine casualties, a spokes- man said. A short time later and three miles away olher units of the 7lh Marine Regi- ment uncovered a large enemy arms cache. U.S. officers have been saying the North Vietnames might launch a major attack in the northern provinces of South Vietnam. The Enemy bases across the border in Laos were untouched while allied force were tearing up North Viet- namese and Viet Cong camps and supply points in Cambodia this spring. There ;ire Uvo sweeps in Ihe big allied opera lion, 23 miles apart. They would take Ihe South Vietnamese units to with- in striking distance of Laos wncre Norih Vietnamese rein- forcements were reported on Uie move. As part of one of the sweeps, U.S. support troops of the Amer- ical Division were rebuilding the abandoned Kham Due Spe- cial Forces camp as a forward base for the South Vietnamese only 13 miles from Laos, in- formed sources reported. Kham Due could be a jumping of! spot for thrusts into Laos if lhal is what the South Viet- namese have in mind. The camp, 54 miles southwest of Da Nang, was abandoned in May 1968 under heavy pressure by troops of the North Viet- namese 2nd Division. Kham Due lies astride Rome 14, a major North Vtelnamese inliltraiion corridor running from notih to south and tunnel- ing into the populous coastal lowlands lo the east. The South Vielname.se sweep operations are aimed at smash- ing base camps of the North Vietnamese 2nd Division used for staging attacks into popula- tion centers. Neither operation has encoun- any significant contact since the first one was launched last Sunday. On the political front, the leaders of South Vietnam and Cambodia appealed to other na- tions to rush aid to Cambodia to slem the advance of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. Tlie call emerged from a meeting in Cambodia of Presi- dent Nguyen Van Thieu and Cambodia's premier, Lon bolh of them generals turned politicians. Coleman Man Viet Casualty COLEMAN (RNS) First Lt. Nelson T. Tuttle, 24, son of.Mrs. Eula Tuttle of Brownwood, was killed in action July 15 in Viet- nam while on a military mis- sion. According to a telegram received by Mrs. TutUe, the lieutenant was killed when a hostile force was encountered. He was attached to Co. C, 1st Battalion, 27th fnf., 25th Inl Div. Funeral is pending at Stevens Funeral Home in Coleman. Lt. Tutlle was a Coleman native and had been in Vietnam eight months. He was a graduate of Coleman High School and a 1968 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University with a bachelor of science degree. He served five years in the ROTC at Hardin-Simmons and went into the Army as a second lieutenant Nov. Lt. Tullle trained at Ft. Ben- ning, Ga., and Fort Polk, La. He wns promoted to First Lieu- tenant when he arrived in Viet- nam. Besides his mother, survivors Include his grandmother, Mrs. N. T. TutUe of Sweetwaler.   

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