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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               Cooper 17 Big Spring 3 S. Angelo 38 Abilene 19 Snyder 47 B'wood Colo. Cily 28 28 Wea'ford 0 Easiland 18 Ballinger 7 Albany 28 KnoxCify 14 Goldlh'wl Ranger 6 Be Leon 20 Dublin 7 Hamilton 12 Winters 7 Baird 42 Wylie 24 Haskell Merkel 47 8 80TH YEAR, NO. 140 PHONE 673-427 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH Yfl tears Newly crowned 1970 Homecoming Queen at Cooper High School, Holly Lutz was in tears minutes after re- ceiving the honor at halflime of the Cooper Big Spring game here Friday night. She is a senior and the of Mrs. Robert H. Lutz of 3202 Santa Monica Ihe junior class entered the winning float. The other queen presented was the Coming Home Queen Mrs Susan Kodkc Willoughby, a 1866 graduate. (Staff Photo By Don Blaklcy) SAIGON (AP) The U.S. Army expressed grave concern Friday about an increasing number of American servicemen killed or hospitalized by narcotics abuse in Vietnam. In alone, the Army announced, there have been 25 confirmed deaths from drugs, another 84 suspected as caused by drugs and more than 700 drug related hospital cases. An official memorandum said lh.-> problem involved nol only marijuana, which always has been abundant in South Vietnam, but narcotic drugs such as heroin which are ad'tictive. Hv labeling drug abuse "a mailer of grave the Army shifted from a stand of tivo months ago when high officials claimed the increase in narcotics' usage was insignificant. The statement reported more drug-related hospital cases and more drug-caused falalilies so far during 1970 than in all 12 months last year. Of deaths reported through Oct. 18, the Army said, autopsies confirmed lhat 25 were caused by drugs and doctors suspected drugs to have resulted in the other 64 although U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map Pg, AA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (49-mile r.idiui) Conlinued lair and a little cooler Saturday and Sunday atlPrnoon, High holh ahtrnoons In the low 70s. Low -so Winds southerly 10 rnpti becoming light anrl northerly Salurday afternoon, TEMPERATURES Friday a.m. Friday p.m. 68 76 69 74 69 7A 74 W 69 53 57 46 55 JS............. 50 49............. 56 52............. 51 High and low for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 77 and 48. High and row same dale Ias1 year; 61 and 47. Sunset last nlqhh sunrise today: swset tonighl; Barometer reacting ar 9 p.m.: 3S.70, Humidity al 9 p.m.: 36 per cenl. Problem Army autopsies did not confirm such findings. For memorandum listed 746 admissions of drug-related cases lo hospitals from Jan. 1 through Sepl. 30 219 more than were reported during all of 1969. Of those this year, 241 were admitted in August and September, the Army reported, adding that 11 of the confirmed ('oaths and G4 olher suspccled drug fatalities occurred between Aug. 1 and Oct. 18. The findings roughly coiresponded with those of Sen. Thomas ,1. Dortrt. D-Conn., who claimed in Washington on Thursday that an Air Force hospital in Vietnam had reported 83 deaths from drugs between Aug. 1 and Oct. IB. Dodd was sharply critical Friday of the military for punishing drug users instead of Irying to stop the traffic in narcotics among the troops. Dodd said the Defense Department "does not really know, and may never know, much about drug addiction because drug addicts who admit their affliction, are court -martialed or receive a dishonorable discharge or are dealt with in other ways reminiscent of medieval for the insane." Dodd said that by discharging artdicls, (he military is simply releasing on the United States a drug problem with which it was unable to cope. Based on available statistics it would appear that over one million drug users are either already out of the military or are ready "to come home to continue their the senator said. "In the last few months, South Vietnam has been flooded with the most powerful heroin ever lo come to the attention of the Dodd said. Although Dodd accused military authorities of failing lo clamp down, the Army said new programs are being initiated in an effort to alleviate the problem. TODAY'S Though much of the nation is beset by financial diffi- culties, the Abilene area and the state of Texas surprised many observers by showing on economic upswing in a bonk call issued Frrday. See stories Pg, 9-C. Mrs. Lyndon Johnson had mixed emotions about LBJ run- ning for re-election as president because of his heart condi- tion. She discusses her decision in 'A White House Diarv' Pg. 7-D. T Amuscmcnrl 7B Astrology IOC Bridge IOC Clcsiilicd I-7D Comici 4, 7C Editorial) 4C Faim ID Moikrti Obituaries t, 9C 1-7S Sports TV La, j TV Scout 7b Newt 2, 3C Time ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) President Nixon said Friday night "it's time lo draw the line" against violent demonstra- tors of the sort lhat threw rocks and bottles at him and his mo- torcade in San Jose, Calif. Thursday night. Addressing a Republican rally here, Nixon called on the na- tion's volers to reject candi- dates who have condoned or ex- cused violence or tailed to speak up against it. The President said lie could assure his listeners that Repub- lican candidates seeking house and senate seats in next Tues- day's election have not been guilty of "permissiveness" to- ward either violent demonstra- tions or crime. Broadcast live in California, (he Nixon speech was aired na- tionally on television on a de- layed basis with the Republican National Committee picking up the tab. The President's decision to transform what supposedly would have been a routine speech to a California audience was prompted by the violence of some antiwar protesters who attacked him and his eaval- uable after similar partisan ap- pearance in the Kan Francisco Bay Area city of San Jose. "It was a violent demonstra-. said Nixon, adding that wks, bottles and bricks were thrown, bus windows broken and some members of his party injured. None of the injuries was serous. As he -has repeatedly done in campaign appearances this year, Nixon'said that television news programs showing "the vi- olent lew" may have given many people the false impres- sion that the violent ones repre- sent a majority of young people. miiiijmimuiiti'.tj liiiiiiiiiiiiiii'iHiiili EXACTLY AS IT S iated Press (IP) ote Tough-Nixon "My friends, 1 have good news for he said. "I can loll you lhat Ihe radical few. are not the majority of Ameri- can youth today and they will not be the leaders o{ America tomorrow." The Anaheim Convention Cen- ter audience let out a roar and leaped to its reaction typical of Nixon crowds every- where when lie has used this line. About Republican parti- sans filled the convention center for Nixon's appearance. Only a few dozen opposing ilie Vietnam war and others urging military victory on a sidewalk out- side. The security measures in ef- fect at the building were de- signed lo make certain that no vocal Nixon critics could, gain entry. The President and Mrs. Nixon spooky sftinf r ?.nnaglcnas he hlrns his 6udc'y' otha stuck> into a l I Commun'ty Center Halloween Carnival Friday Otharc both members of Cub Scout Troop 54, which entertained arnaL. Otha is the M-yewoW son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry the son Browu of 1725 Pasaclena traveled the 35 miles from the Western White House by heli- copter. Republican Sen. George Mur- phy, seeking a second term, ori- ginally was intended to be the chief beneficiary of Nixon's Southern California appearance. Murphy is being strongly chal- lenged by Democratic Rep. John V. Tunney. However, the Chief Executive transformed what was, in ef- fect, his standard speech of the 1970 campaign into an appeal for voters everywhere to back GOP candidates. Nixon said thai where the Senate is concerned this will perhaps be "the most important single election" in American history because many votes there on Nixon programs have hinged on one, two or three votes. He said thai as President he "can't do the job that needs to be done" without the support of the senate and house. He called for the election of Congress members "who will vote for Uie President so he can keep his promises to you." A White House spokesman said after Nixon spoke that the President would return to the subject of violent demonstra- perhaps deal with it more a cam- paign appearance Saturday at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Nixon will spend the day stump- ing through Arizona, New Mexi- co, Nevada and Utah. Sortie 300 uniformed police- men, sheriff's deputies and state highway patrolmen aug- mented Secret Service body- guards during Nixon's after- dark visit to San Jose Thursday night. J 423 Vote Absentee CINDY HUSTON Reservation Princess AT HOMECOMING JIM NEWTON Chief McMurry McMurry Selects Campus Favorites Cindy Huston and Jim Newton were crowned Reservation Princess and Chief McMurry by President Thomas Kim in a climatic moment Friday night of the McMurry College homecom- ing. This is the highest honor McMurry students may confer on two of fhcir own number. Runncrs-up were Lydia Miller of El Paso and Eddie Harrison of Winters. The coronation came at the close of (he annual sludcmt musical, "Where Do which packed Radford Memorial Auditorium as it has in years past. Mikcl Tubbs, Abilene junior, was master of ceremonies at )he crowning. Miss Huslon is a senior biology major. Parents of Ihe new reservation Princess are Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Huston of Gallup, N. M. Newton, the new Chief McMurry, is a philosophy major. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Newton of Brownfleld. Senior favorites were Miehele Jamison of Coleman and David Treat of El Paso. Junior favorites were Cathy Wills Biggerstaff of San Anlonlo and Moody Meixncr ol Roby. Sophomore favorites were Pamela Evans of Abilene and Ken Todd nl Oliiey. Freshman favorites were Rucli Nelson of Andrews and Moore of Abilene. Parcnls of the two Abilene fav- Sce McillURRY, I'g. Z-A The flurry of voters who rusticd to Taylor County Courthouse (o cast their absentee ballots before the p.m. Friday deadline led some officials to speculate that the turnout for next Tuesday's General Election may be a liltle better than has been forecast. "I think people have at last realized that a 'liquor-by-lho drink' question is on the one courthouse official noted as 126 persons voted absentee on (lie final day. When the deadline had passed, a total of 423 ballots had been cast over-tlie-counter in the office of Mrs. Chester Hiitclieson, county clerk. An additional 187 mail ballots had been received, making a total of 610 votes 'in Hie house." In addition, another 195 ballots which were mailed out by request will be counted if they arrive by 1 p.m. Election Day, site said. That gives the absentee box a potential vole of SOS. That is more than double the M2 absentee votes counted in 1056. In Presidential campaign, absentee ballots were cast. A check of area points did not appear as optimistic a turnout as there was in Taylor County, Several places did have heavy last-day voting, but several towns noted small comparisons with earlier years. Brcckenridge had only 50 absentee ballots cast by Friday. Ten ballots were still out to be relumed. Bill Creagh, county clerk said. "This is an exceptionally light vole, even for an off-year Creagh said, "and generally indicates a light vote on election day." Nolan County absentee votes remain at 120, but 63 more ballots were mailed out Friday. Scurry County reported 110 absentee votes, an increase of 50 over Thursday's total, and Brown County had 277, meaning a final day turnout of 71. Mrs. Lee McKclvain of Ha.skell County reported 89 ballots cast by 5 p.m. Friday as compared to 155 east in 1968. "A good absentee of 73 was reported by Runnels County Clerk Frankie Berryman. Farm Parity 30-Year Low Watson LOS ANGELES (AP) Charles "Tex" Watson, a tall Texan slated to slancl trial alona in the murder of aclress Sharon Tale and six others, was corn- milted to n mental institution Friday after a psychiatrist des- cribed him as an insane "veg- etable" who may be in danger of dying. A judge ordered him commit- ted as a "life-saving measure" and said lie would not be tried unless he regains sanity. Watson, 24, a clean-cut looking young man, has been described at Ihe trial of Charles Manson and lliree women members of Manson's hippie-style clan as Ihe leader of killer parties that killed Miss Tale and llic six oth- ers. He fought extradition f.-om Texas until after the trial of llic others began. Since arriving, he has stood silent, wilh mmitli agape, occasional smiling aim- CHAm.KS 'TEX' WATSON becoming a vegetable lessly, in several court appear- ances. The fj-foot-2 former high school athlete, described as chief lieutenant of Mnnsnn'.s clan, was not present at the hearing to rtcfermlnt! whether he is competent to stind trial. WASHINGTON (AP) 7hB government's "parity price" ra- tio showing how much farmers get in relation to expenses dropped in October to 70 per cent, the lowest level for a sin- gle month since the depression days of December, 1933. Superior Court Judge George Dell made his ruling after hear- ing (hat Watson is in serious condition in Ihe jail infirmary. A report by a psjvhialrist, Dr. Marcus Cralian, said: "Mr. Watson in the lasl week has be- come listless, (lacid and makes no movements...his lips are pursed. He is being fed by nasal tube. He is literally becoming a vegetable. He is rapidly revert- ing to a fclal slate which would bo rapidly ,'atnl." Another psychiatrist, Dr Sey- mour Pollack, lold (ha court Watson could not cooperate wilh an attorney as he refuses to sprnk. He said he shows signs of schizophrenia and is "defi- nitely n suicide possibility." A third psychiatrist, Dr. George Abe. said Watson, of McKlimcy, Tex., suffers from a catatonic type of menial illness nnd needs Immediate treatment "as a life-saving measure.1' The 37-year low point was triggered by a 2 per cent drop in prices farmers received for raw products and an accompanying rise in their expenses. The parity shrink was Indicat- ed Friday in a monthly report issued by the Agriculture De- partment. The report said lower prices for hogs, eggs, lettuce and grapefruit contributed most to the price decline. The report covered the month ended Oct. 15. On the basis of a 1910-H scale used for comparison, the Octo- ber farm prices averaged 274 per cent of the base period. This compared wilh a five-year high of m per cent just last March. Meantime, the report showed, farm expenses jumped again to a record 394 per cent of the his- torical base, thus causing Iho parity ralio to decline. Tlie October parity ratio of 70 per cent, compares with 72 in September and the five-year high of 83 per cent in February 1966. The price decline for key com- modities during the month was partly a result of seasonally larger supplies as farmers mnve in lo the fall harvest. Prices for feed grains, Including corn, still were generally above a year ago. So were prices for beef catlle, hut hogs dropped to per hundredweight, com- pared wilh in September and were almost less than a year ago.   

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