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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1970, Abilene, Texas Siffll.IV 3 STAR FINAL 8CTH YEAR, NO. 74 PHONE 8734271 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS. 79604, SATURDAY MORNING. AUGUST 29, im IQc DAILY-20c SUNDAY CARSON, Colo. (AP) Army spokesman said Fri- fiy that 15-year-olil Walter Lee Kartln is not recognized as a two periods of service In he not enlist, was not drafted through any regular means. U.S. Atty. James Rich- 3JSs said in Denver Thursday wat the 6-foot-3, 198-pound youth had joined the Army at tee age of 12: as James J. Wil- son, went 'to Vietnam, was wounded, unmasked, and sent home. Martin somehow rejoined tSt military forces in Vietjiam again under the name S. Sgt. Al- 1 5- Year-Old Viet Veteran bert Lewis Jr., and was wound- ed again, Richards.said. But U. Col. George D. Bar- rante, public affairs and infor- mation office for Ft. Carson and the 5th Infantry Division, said Friday the Antiy does not offi- cially recognize that Martin ever served. "He was not officially in, did not officially enlist or entar through any normal method" Ban-ante said. "He was, in fact, not a soldier. He isn't a soldier. That's why he was turned over to the U.S. attorney's office." Barrante further said, "We cannot confirm he was ever wounded, because we don't know if his records even exist." He said, however, the Army has records indicating Martin was evacuated from Vietnam through a military hospital. And Martin's 17-year-old wife, Rosa Lee, said it was a "big shock" when she learned Fri- day, at home in Dothan, Ala., that the soldier she married last April was not Albert Lewis Jr., but Walter Lee Martin. She said she .met him in November 1969 and "he told me he was 22." They were married April 20 in Dothan. She said she has been getting government allotment checks, made to S. Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr., for the past several months. In Arcadia, Fla., Martin's mother, Mrs. Alma Lee Jones, said Waller first lied about his age when he was 12 to join the Job Corps and traveled to the Job Corps post at Las Vegas, Nev. "When he left here he was in the 8th she said. "I was crying. He said, 'Mama, there ain't- no use of you crying. I want to go.' Asked why she didn't tell offi- cials her 12-year-old son posed as 18 to join the Job Corps, she said, "He had got his ticket and everything; there wasn't any- thing I could do." Mrs. Jones she got letters from her son in the service, in- cluding one she said was from Germany. When letters came with the return address of S. Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr., she said, "I asked him why he changed his name like that but he never did Why didn't she notify offi- cials? "There wasn't anybody to tell. I just sat down and cried and prayed he would make it back." Martin, of Dolhan, was picked up while posing as Lewis and serving in a military police company at Ft. Carson. The U.S. altorncy's office entcrctl the case when It was deter- mined Martin filed a claim of against the government while posing as Lewis. A charge of fraud against Martin was dismissed Friday afternoon and he was freed from the El Paso County Jail where he had been held under bond, Assl. U.S. Atty. Gordon Allot Jr. said in Denver. WALTER MARTIN young veteran Income Plan Due Year Test Nixon Yields, But Presses for Action iM WkiftHTiTO t _ SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) President Nixon acceded Fri- day to Senate pressure for a year-long test of his Family As- sistance Program which he called his most important domestic proposal and the most important such measure in 35 years. Nixon agreed to accept an WEATHEfiT U. I. CerAKTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER IUREAU IWulfwr ft. ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Clear to partly cloudy and warm Saturday through sinday. Afternoon highs In low to mW 90s; low Saturday night near 70 Winds y ng n southeasterly 10 miles per hour. TEMPERATURES FH. p.m. M nosing, around n n W i-M 90 M 5? M LltUe lOLmonttold Bowen Dawn of Atlanta, Qa., rubs nose to nose with clown Bob Berbneef Jacksonville, Fla., during a mini circus put on free for children during SouUjesstern Slmne convention in Atlanta Friday. This was the first time Bowen ev- er rubbed with a clofrn and seems to love it (AP Wirephoto) a _ Hljh and lew for M-houri "tnding p.m.: n and 64. High and low name date lilt yew: and 73, Sunset last night: wnilM today: sunset tonight: Barometer reading >l t p.m.: 21.15. Humidity al p.m.: 41 per JC Signatures Fall Short ByGARYKHINO Reporter-News Staff Writer A bring the, question ot.the .establishment of a'.public junior college to Taylor County voters is signatures short announcement came Friday from members of the Chamber of Commerce and Juhlor College Task Force at a meeting of the Taylor County Board of Education, -the meeting was specially called to present the petition to the board for certification so it could be passed to the Coordinating Board, Texas University and College System, along with the junior college plan for Taylor County. still have to come Jack Gressett, executive vice president of the Chamber'said. "We have enough for the trustees, but we're just going to have to get some more (signatures) for the other petition." signatures of qualified signers are needed to pot the issue to a vote. Petition Circulators brought in Mines, at first thought to be (Efficient to meet the cut-off signers, those not registered voters or riot on the county tax and -when they, checked both we lost some we thooflt were he said. signatures were certified by County Tax Assessor Burl King and his staff plus a crew of Jaycee-Ettes. At the County School Board meeUng, Randall Jackson, chairman, of the legal and financial committee of the Junior College Task Forte, thanked, "with a red members of the board for calling the special meeting. J. G. Wilks, chairman of the board, called the signature situation "just one of those and said he did not think any of the members reacted adversely. Gressett said many people Juror Picked For Monteith Trial the names had been verified, however, only of tile signeec remained .qualified. -Gressett said to be to sign an individual bad to be a ftfcistered Taylor County voter ijf well as a county taxpayer. i'They rook off ineligible COLORADO CITY (RNS) The final juror in the trial of Robert Monteith, 23, former Abilene High School and Abilene Christian College athlete, and his 18-year-old wife, Judy, for the beating death of their 3- month-old daughter in January, was selected at 7 p.m. Friday. 'Nine jurors had been selected during the four previous days. Friday's first selection .came at pint when-attorneys were able 'to agree on Charles Ritchey, 34, Texas Electric Service Co. employe. J. W. Boyd, C, Lorajne stock farmer and truck driver, and John Stansel, 47, employe of Texas Pipeline Co.., were the next selections. Only eight jurors remained on the jury list when Stansel's selection was made. A Sneak Preview Of Marijuana Perils Is smoking marijuana really "no worse than drink- f The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has been sponsoring research into what dangers smokers of marijuana may face. Tbtir report will i but M MtttorisJ p J not be released for a few weeks, ------------------------page of today's Abilene Reporter- Newt, columnist Ray Cnmley presents a sneak preview of whit the NIMH report will say, findings "most will startle thinking Cromley says. Set his column, "Research Bares Perils of on Defense attorney Nelson Quinn of Abilene made a motion that the jury be dismissed because Uie death penalty for murder constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and said that improper tests .Were, given lo veniremen to qualify them on the death penalty. Also there were insufficient fe- males on the jury list, Quinn said. Both reasons, he said, de- nied the defendants the oppor- tunity to have a broad-based spectrum of the community on the jury as finally chosen. The motion was overruled by Judge Austin MeCloud and the opening of the trial was set for 10 a.m. Monday. The jury list included women, but many o: those were excused for various reasons before questioning began. The majority of those reaching the courtroom for questioning were disqualified on the -death penalty. The jury will include one Mexican-American, Cecil Lozano, 48, maintenance man for Colorado qty schools. With the exception of Lozano and one Mexican-American disqualified because he could not read or write, members of minority races questioned disqualified themselves on the death penalty. Jurors ..i previously selected include Lym Hamilton, 47, of Loraine; Emory Sweatt, 59, oJ Westbrcok; Eldon G. Smith, 49; Boyd, 45; Joe L. Blackard, 51; Harold G. Kruse, 44; Johnny Grnbta, 48; and Fred McKay, M, all of Colorado City. were confused concerning what it took to sign the petition. Some were confused on who they had to be paying taxes to in order to be eligible, he said, the city or the county. The problem isn't in getting the people to sign, but in making sure they are eligible to sign, he continued. Petitioners will again go looking for qualified signers and a meeting of the board and Task Force and Chamber of Commerce officials is tentatively set for 4 p.m. Friday at which time hopefully the petition will be turned over to the board. Gressett said those working on verification would check every name as it came in to make sure those signing were eligible. To collect the necessary 385 signatures should take about three days, he estimated. On the seven trustee petitions, Gressett reported each had approximately 900 signatures, far more than the 600 each needed. The trustee petitions were withheld by the junior college backers and will be presented with (he college-vote petition at the Friday meeting. amendment providing for field testing before putting the pro- gram into full operation, in or- der to win quick passage of the Family Assistance Act, which would put a floor under family incomes. In a statement and through aides, Nixon applied pressure for action. Presidential Assistant Daniel P. Moynihan, pounding his fist for emphasis, told reporters time is running out and Nixon Is "So much is at stake and so much has been achieved that to fail now, would fail the nation and fail the poor of the nation. And it must not be al- lowed to happen." The legislation passed the House by a heavy margin and has been tied up in the Senate Finance Committee, although the President said numerous proposals for changes have been made to meet objections of members. He agreed to take an amend- ment by Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, D-Conn., for field testing the program before putting it In I a full operation. Advisers are convinced the bill can clear the Senate if the Finance Committee will send it to the floor. The legislation would assure a family of four a minimum in- come of plus food stamps worth This would be figur- ed for a family with no income of its own. The maximum for a family of four, with some income of its own, would be in federal funds every year. The annual cost overall Is es- timated at billion. Nixon said that the full Senate must be given a chance to work its will on the necessary legisla- tion. And he urged the Finance Committee to "get down to the hard business of marking up a bill as expeditiously as possi- ble." In Washington, Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa., said "I applaud the President's reaffirmation of support of the program includ- ing a testing period. "I would hope that the Senate Finance Commitlee would re- port as soon as possible a bill to the floor so that it may be con- sidered and passed before ad- journment.'' Sen. Wallace F. Bennett, R- Utah, 'No. 2 Republican on Fi- nance, also welcomed the Presi- dent's statement. "The field test proposal will give the Congress and the ad- ministration the needed oppor- tunity to work out as many of the bugs as possible and to take a look at the program after ac- tual on-the-ground experi- ences." Other supporters of the plan said privately they doubted if the statement would ease the opposition of conservatives on Finance who strongly oppose the FAP. But these supporters re- mained confident, as they have along, that tho committee will approve a version of the bill and that the Senate will pass a com- prehensive measure before the 1970 session ends. LBJ Economist See Recovery STONEWALL, Tex. (AP) Two top economists in President Lyndon Johnson's administra- tion predicted Friday night the nation will make a slow but sure recovery from the current recession. Dr. Walter Heller, former presidential economics adviser, and Henry Fowler, former sec- retary of the treasury, spoke at the first of a scries of seminars sponsored and led by the former president at LBJ Stale Park, 65 miles west of Austin. "I am confident that allhough the U.S. economy !s sort of squishy now it will firm up and .move onward the next few said Heller. "However, I'm that the jobless rale will continue to rise even though the economy improves.. .1 feel we're going to have a recovery, but a sluggish one. There will be no upsurge or bounce-back." Fowler compared the average U.S. citizen wilh the passenger in the back seat of a car. "As we round the curve this fall, we may be a little more comfortable than he ,was a little ways back, but he is not likely TODAY'S NEWS INDEX Katkcll'l Indioni art picked to lucctufuHy Mttit their 7-XA dMmpiwitlrip, but race wiH MM rhh time, WM Sttmtord newcomer Ratan bath Jot, 10- A. 21 Editorial) form Oil TV U, TV Scout 11- 7 -1SB 88 7 TO- 4A 8A 14A 13A 5B 3B fo unfasten the seat belt and un- button his back pocket for a greatly increased scale of per- sonal spending and corporate in- vestment until Ihe fog lifls and the direction is more clear than it is Fowler said. Hie former president inlro- duced the two speakers, saying the seminar was an attempt "to gain some understanding of Sec LBJ, Pg, Z-A 6 GIs Killed In Ambush SAIGON (AP) A convoy at American infantrymen was am- bushed on a main highway in the junglcd central highlands and in nearly 10 hours of fight- ing six infantrymen were killed and 26 were wounded, the U.S. Command reported Friday. Al the same time, the com- mand reported the mistaken shelling of a hamlet 40 miles east of Saigon by American forces in which three Viet- namese civilians were killed and 13 more were wounded. The ambush in the relatively quiet central highlands by North Vietnamese troops was one of the worst in recent months. As against 32 Americans Wiled or wounded in the day- long action Friday, the U.S. Command said two Communist soldiers were killed and one captured. Senate Refuses to Cut Back Defense WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a vote described by one member as this year's "key test on econ- omy in the Senate Friday voted down a bid to cut 7 per cent from the billion Pentagon budget On a 42-31 roll call, the Senate refused to limit Defense Depart- ment-spending in fiscal 1971 to billion. "This is the key test vote in on economy -in govern- said Sen. William Prox- mire, D-Wls., just before ihe roll call began. "This vote win really FCO- arate the big spenders and those Who are fiscally Pnwmirr. declared. Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., uld the ap- proach at the sored by Proxmire and Sen. Charles Mathias, R-Md., was "the only way to meet President Nixon's criticism of a spend- thrift Congress." But a solid ewe of other sena- tors opposed the move and Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., said it "would decimate the de- fense budget" Proxmire and Malhlas pro- posed the genera! cut as an al- How Texans Yoled WASHINGTON (AP) _ Both Texas senators, John Tower R, and Ralph Yarbormigh, D, voted Friday against the amendment which sought to cut billion from the military authorization The amendment loft 42-31. temative lo specific item reduc- tions which they said the Penta- gon contends only defense spe- cialists are expert enough to make. They said they could point lo programs In which up to bil- I'on cnuld be cul without jeop- ardizing national defense. Proxmire said the Senate Armed Services Committee has already cut 7 per cent or billion from the Pentagon's mili- tary procurement budget. It should be relatively easy, he said, for the Pentagon Itself to Identify places where another billion or so can be trimmed. Sen. John Stennis, D-Mlss., whose' Armed Services Commit- tee reduced amount of the pbtfnrf military pncunmeoi bill to billion sharply disa- greed. He said a cut of such a would force the Pentagon to cut two million jobs; a million in the defense industry and a mil- lion inside the defense establish- ment itself. "You just can't stop the ma- chine so fast In such a short pe- riod of time." he said. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield toU the Senate it has been criticized by 'White House for spending too much on education, hospital construction and housing. "But those measure? contain peanuts compared with what we are talking MansfW.1 Mid. "There Is more money to he laved with this amendment than wiu ell the rest put togetii-