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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1970, Abilene, Texas 3 STAR FINAL COTH YEAR NO. 53 PHONE 673-4271 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Bold Courtroom Escape Try Leaves Judge, 3 More Dead ABILENE. TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING. AUGUST 8, 1970-THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS------lOc DAlLY-20c SUNDAY aoeiattd SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) A man with an automatic car- bine and pistols invaded a trial court Friday and touched off a gunbattle that took the lives of the judge, himself and two of the convicts he was trying to free. The intruder and the convicts held the Superior courtroom at bay for 10 minutes and forced surrounding officers, to throw Gun and dynamite W. A. Christmas holds a pistol and dynamite against Joice Redoni, one of the hostages, in an attempted break from the San Rafael courthouse Friday (AP Wrrephoto) down their arms, hut were cut down as they fled in a small van with the judge and three women jurors as hostages. All Ihe dead except the judge were Negroes. Killed were Judge Harold J. Haley, 63; the convict on trial, James D. McClain, 37; a convict witness, William Arthur Christ- mas, 37; and an intruder tenta- tively identified as Mark Cisne- ros. Deputy Dist. Ally. Gary Thomas was seriously wounded in the back. Also seriously wounded was another convict witness, Ruchell Magee, 31. Juror Maria Graham suffered an arm wound and three other persons were less seriously in- jured. McClain, a Negro serving five years to life for burglary in So- lano County, was on trial for the 1969 stabbing of a San Quentin Prison guard. Sheriff's Lt. Thomas A. Light- foot said that about 11 a.m. a slender Negro man entered the second floor courtroom where the trial was in progress. Opening a flight bag contain- ing pistols and road flares taped together to look like dynamite, he tossed a pistol to McClain and covered the crowd with the carbine he had concealed under his coat. "This is it." the invader shouted. "Everybody line up." McClain, with a pistol at the judge's head, forced deputies to remove shackles from himself and Magee, who was on the wit- 4 DIE, Pg. 2-A Futile escape try San Quentin convict James D. McClain holds a saw- the judge's, arm was R, McGee, a convict witness. Moments w'anH of Jud.Sc Harold J- Ha' later McClain and the judge were dead, and McGee wound- ipmntfr trfP A3 K ecl by Jim Sai1 Rafael- CaW-. Independent- _______tempt from the court where he was on trial. Holding Journal) Guns Silent in Mideast Israelis, Arabs Accept U.S. Plan Body a bomb A bomb squad pulls the body ot one of three men killed room and tried to free a convict on trial. Police thought tached to It (AP Wirephoto) when they entered a court- the body had dynamite at- By MARCUS ELIASON Associated Press Writer TEL AVIV (AP) Israelis taking a Sabbath stroll in Tel Aviv danced in the street and sang at the news of the Middle East cease-fire. Youths threw their hats in the air- and carried each other around Draengoff Circle, Tel Aviv's main entertainment area. Defense Minister Moshe Day- an went on national television to hail the truce as "a very impor- tant step. Dayan told the Is- raeli nation, "we have come closer to a settlement than at any time since the 1967 Middle East war." But amid the national exuber- ance, some doubts were ex- pressed. "Today I'm said a Tel Aviv youth. "Tomorrow, I'll be skeptical." Yossi Hefetz, a former para- trooper who lost an eye in the Suez fighting, also said he was "very happy about this" and then said: "But 1 am not sure it will be good for us in the long run. I don't trust all these promises that the Suez Canal will be well policed. 1 don't think we would be able to stop the Russians moving new and better weapons into the canal zone. "But I'm happy for our boys. They need a he said. An Israeli journalist who asked to be anonymous said he hopes the cease-fire "will ad- vance the chances of the peace talks that are supposed to come about. And maybe-it'will show the Arabs and Jews that they weren't born only to (Ight and SLOW TRIP Army Carefully Loads Nerve Gas Inferno Rages at Breck By NEIL BILLS Reporter-News Correspondent BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) Vicious range fires blackened Jto acres of land in the northeast part of Stephens County and the southern edge of Young County Friday. Arson was suspected. The blaze was still burning but apparently contained about H p.m. There were no reports of injuries or deaths. The hundreds who battled the flames were already tired from fighting several range fires in Stephens County during the last three days. No loss of livestock was determined immediately, and fences were cut to try to get cattle to safe areas. But one Attention FINE ARTS Schools Instructors All Arli and ichaoll wiU want to In bportor-Niwi annual dirx- torj to on Sun- day, Auftnl It ami Sunday Aus- urt 23, Muilc, dancing, eling, painting and r rtlanid will com- Into ttw moil tompl.t. di. of elq Cointry. Call 473.4371. 43 4o, for Information and rohu. Copy Aug. 12 5 P.M. rancher said there was "bound to have been some" loss of live- stock. At least a partial list of ranchers whose land was damaged included Ed Ford, Henry Wesley, C. D. Dofflemyer, A, A. Tale, H. B. Roberts, Lee Burgess, Roy Corbett, Donald Dollar and Mrs. Agnes Collins. The fire broke out on ranches along the Possum Kingdom Lake Road east of Ivan about p.m. Ranchers in the area said there was definite evidence in four places that the fires had been set deliberately. Just Wednesday acres burned on the west side of U.S. 183 about six miles west of Friday's fire. Arson was also suspected in that fire. Arson was suspected in range fire near Haskell Monday. In that instance, as well as the Stephens County fires, the fires started in several places at once. Fire units from all area (owns, numerous bulldozers, cattle sprayers, pickups loaded wilh NEWS INDEX 41 barrels of water and volunteers wilh wet sacks began fighting the blaze. Hundreds of spectators lined the ranch roads to watch. Miles of fence were down, and one rancher said, "Every post on my ranch will have to be replaced." Back fires and fire lanes slowed the fire, but in many cases flames jumped barriers, spreading northeastward as the wind rose about p.m. Dan Trigg of Breckenridge brought his bulldozer to the fire area and cut a fire lane around See BRKCK, Pg. 2-A Uruguay Leftists Nab 3rd Diplomat Edrtwrwii lei 10-13A TV Scant WOUWB'I Ntwi 2, JB MONTEVfDEO, Uruguay (AP) A 65-year-old U.S. agri- cultural expert Joined a wound- ed American security official and a Brazilian diplomat in the Tupamaro roster of kidnap vic- tims Friday in a new guerrilla move to force the release of all Uruguayan political prisoners. The latest kidnaping came only hours before the midnight deadline which the leftist group had set for the government to free'an estimated 150 prisoners in exchange for the foreign host- ages. Shortly after Claude Fly of Fort Collins, Colo., was taken from a laboratory in which he worked, four suspected Tupa- maro chieftains were seized by police in the first break since the wave of kidnaping? began last Friday. Informants said those cap- tured were Raul Sendic, a Tupa- maro founder, Raul Bidegian Greising, another ringleader, and two important women members of the guerrilla move- By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Derricks gingerly loaded tons of deadly nerve gas rockets onto railroad cars at Anniston, Ala., and Rich- mond, Ky., Friday in prepara- tion for a controversial trip to- ward, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Men in protective clothes carefully hoisted concrete and steel vaults containing the obso- lete but still-dangerous rockets onto gondola-type freight cars at Army depots near Uie two cit- ies while the furor over disposal continued. Trains are to leave the depots Monday for a slow trip through several Southeastern slates to Sunny Point, N.C., where an old liberty ship Is waiting for the deadly cargo. The rockets are to be towed to a point 283 miles off Cape Kennedy, Fla., and sunk in waters feet deep. Newsmen, at Ihe loading docks at the two Army Depots were permitted, to watch part of the operations. But first they were given physical examina- tions, gas masks and syrattes of the nerve gas antidote atropine. Army officers insisted there was no danger and that the in- structions for newsmen were just precautionary. Among the spectators im- pressed by the safely measures taken dining the loading at An- niston was Ronnie Thompson, mayor of Macon, one of the WEATHElT U.S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMCUCI WEATHER IUKEAU (WrXtiv MM ft- ISA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (Wniit. radius) Fair and hot Saturday and SundAV. High bottv davi 100. Low Saturday In mM Wj. touttxrly winds 5-15 m.o.ti. TIMMKATUIE! Frl i.m......................Prl. p.m. lowrs on Ihe route to Sunny Point. He said he had changed his mind about trying to halt the shipment through his city and would assist the Army in its ef- forts. Afler climbing aboard one of the loaded cars, Thompson said he was "certain in my own mind that there is no danger to the citizens of Macon." will show Ihem Ihey can do things without fighting. "Of course, we are taking a the journalist said, "But we take chances for win- ning wars, and we must do the same for peace.'1 Gi.'a Shakin, a Tel Aviv house- wife whose husband is in the Army Reserves, declared: "I'm all joy. I'm in goose pimples. "Sure, I'm skeptical deep Mrs. Shakin said. "But afler hearing (Israeli Prime Minister) Golda Meir on the ra- dio, I feel happy." In his television interview, Dayan said the cease-fire signi- fies "that the other Arabs, the Soviets and the are of Ihe opinion that this war has to be finished, "We are nearing the stage where the parties want to end (he war and reach Dayan said. "H is a significant change in (Egyptian President Gamal Abdcl) Nasser's attitude in (hat Kgypt agreed to a cease-fire and Nasser doesn't say at the moment that he Sec MIDEAST, PR. 2-A CLAUDE kidnaped mcnt. The women were not named. In Washington, of In- ternational Development Serv- ices Inc. expressed "extreme concern" over the fate of Fly, who was reported to bave jut USUGUAV, Pg. J-A H W p.m.: It <nd 74. M tow MX VMT: H ?7, wif p.m. t OAI ro ii IUNK MJ Ml, IAS r ef CAH n (mi tor p.m. nMlrv a p.m it i p.m.; M ptr Gas plan This map shows sites involved in the controversy oa disposal of deadly nerve gas cow located in Richmond Ky., and Annistcm, Ala. The Army plans to ship the coffins containing the deadly gas via rail to the Point Arsenal in North Carolina and load it aboard an obsolete Liberty ship to be sunk at a point in the Atlantic 282 miles east of Cape Kennedy. (AP Wire- photo)