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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 79604, Hickel Fired By President 26, 1970 PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Associated (ff) WASHINGTON (AP) Claiming lack of "mutual confi- dence" between them, Presi- dent Nixon fired Interior Secre- tary Waller J. Hickel Wednes- day and named Republican Na- tional Chairman Rogers C. B. Morton to the job. Hickel told newsmen two hours later that in doing his job as secretary and being true to himself, "I had to do it my way." He refused to answer news- men's questions, but read only a short statement. nickel's dismisal was (he first outright firing of a Cabinet member in years and came in a surprise, face-to-face meeting to which Nixon summoned Hickel. An aide said Morton was on a personal business trip to Lon- don, but declared that the interi- or post "was what he originally wanted to do." The aide, Jim Allison Jr., said Nixon had promised the job to a 'Western governor after his elec- tion but asked Morion to take the Interior post should a va- cancy occur. Allison denied Morton's ap- pointment had anything to do with reports of growing friction between the White House and the Republican National Com- mittee. SHOPPING DAYS 'TILL CHRISTMAS WALTER J. HICKEL confidence lost At his brier news conference, Hickel did not discuss his immediate situation or his fu- ture but a spokesman said the dismissal apparently is effective immediately. Congressional reaction was swift and mostly critical from legislators getting ready to leave for (he Thanksgiving weekend. Lame-duck Sen. Charles E. Goodell, E-N.Y., said "a good and decent man has been purged by an administration that either cannot or will not tolerate even the slightest dis- play of independence." Goodell, who has strayed from administration policy, himself was a victim of Nixon's displeasure in the last election. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., said he believed Hickel was fired because "he trampled on too many powerful toes includ- ing people in the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Barbara oil spills." Rep. Henry S. Reus's, D-Wls., chairman of the House subcom- mittee on conservation and na- tural resources, said Hickel "was evidently fired for taking his job of protecting the envi- ronment seriously." The While House said the meeting between Hickel and Nixon began at p.m. EST. Press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Interior Undersec- retary Fred J. Russell will serve as acting secretary and Morton, a member of the House of Representatives will be nomi- nated for the post early next year and be subject to Senate confirmation. Morton, 56, describes himself as a farmer-businessman with broad experience in business management, labor relations and the armed forces. He has served in Congress from Mary- land's Eastern Shore since 1963. HtckeJ, 51, was governor of Alaska before joining Nixon's Cabinet in 1968. nickel's full remarks were these: "The President personally terminated me about two hours ago. "There's really nothing I can say at this time that would help the situation, and nothing I would say to hurt it. "Given the hostility towards me at the tune I arrived, and some of those Incredible deci- sions I had to make immediate- ly thereafter, trying to do a job for the President and for all Americans and stiH somehow survive as an individual, I had to do it my way." And with that, a tight little smile on his face, Hickel left. Turkeys the easy way Two contemporary "Pilgrims" ponder a problem not Wbodridge Drive, both seniors at Cooper High School The faced by many people which one of turkeys turkeys are the remainder of M orteinal 651WO from Gardner ranch at Americans Thank God for Blessings WEATHER Abilenians Offer by Katharyn Duff The Robert Whetstone family has moved back to Abilene alter years of the nomadic life which comes with military service. The move came alter he received a medical discharge from the Navy following hard duty in Vietnam. It was good to be home again. It was particularly good the other evening when, without realizing what he was doing, an Abilene policeman, name unknown, proved a lesson Mrs. Whetstone was trying to teach a 14-year-old son. It was cold that evening. The Whetstones had dinner and Mrs. Whetstone had undressed, put on nightclothes and robe, settled down to do nothing. Son, Mike, and a young neigh- bor had, however, a mission. They just had to go to a store to purchase something or other. They pestered, as kids do, until Mrs. Whetstone said, "OK-U you'll make It quick." She put a coat on over the robe, grabbed the car keys out of her purse, and she and the boys left. She drove to a nearby discount store. The boys spent their money as she waited impatiently. She started the drive home. And the car died. Dead, Here she was, dressed very Informally, no walllet, no money, no driver's license. Stranded "completely without dignity." It was not a good moment, she recalls. Then she looked out and saw across the way a police car pull up and park. "Thank goodness! There's a she told the boys, "Go ask him to come help us." Son Mike, who has heard and wen and read lot tiat'i been going on, was surprised at the suggestion. "You mean, you'd go ask a cop he asked. Good moment or not, this was time for a speech and Mrs. Whetstone made It, a speech about policemen helping others and so on, Mike was not exacUy con- vinced but, at his mother's com- mand, he went to the officer to ask for help. Mrs. Whetstone was just a bit dubious.. .no driver's license. The policeman came over. He checked the auto. He got it started. He made no mention of licenses, nor of the casual dress. The stranded trio headed back home. Mike remarked. "He did help." Americans offer thanks for the blessings of yesterday and prayers for the generations ot tomorrow as they pause Thurs- day to observe Thanksgiving years atfer it all be- gan. Whether their ancestors land- ed with the Pilgrims of the 1600s or the immigrants of the 1900s, the thoughts of many will turn to the Plymouth, Mass., colony where the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621. About visitors are ex- pected at Plymouth, many of whom will join in a public buffet supper at a recreated Pilgrim village featuring authentic colo- nial foods like venison, cod, eel anil, of course, turkey. In contrast, the Indians, whose ancestors welcomed the original Pilgrims, planned what they called a day of mourning at Plymouth Roclc. An organizer of the demonstrators, who are demanding return o( Indian lands in Massachusetts and Con- necticut and teaching of Indian studies in schools, said: "We mourn the fact...that that nation which says it is a govern- ment of the people, Ignores and even rejects the people of the land." The day also Is being marked by familiar celebrations in for- eign settings. On the battlefields of Viet- nam, where, because of the time difference Thanksgiving came a day early, there was turkey, dressing and mince of pumpkin pie for about servicemen. And in Helsinki, Finland, U.S. delegates to the strategic arms limitation talks invited their Russian counterparts to a tur- key dinner for Thanksgiving. At home, many Americans planned to share their celebra- tion with the less fortunate or the lonely. U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Wtilhtr Sarvtei Map, IK) ABILENE AND VICINITY mile ra- dlus) Partly cloudy -Thursday and Friday and a liute cooler Friday. High Thursday 8Q and a low Thursday ntght ol 50. High Friday 74. Southwesterly winds 15-25 mltej per rww. TEMPERATURES wed. a.m. Wad. p.m. 42 64 4? 68 41 6? 41 69 41 64 47 62 42 M .53 51 is M............. 60 High and low for 24-hoors ending 9 p.m.: 70 wid 41. High end low sama data last yeari 64 and 43. Sunset last night: p.m.I iwirlsa today: a.m.; sunset tonight: p.m. Barometer reading at 9 p.m.i 27.93. Humidity at p.m.: 40 per cent. Thanks at Goodfellows Begin Christmas Appeals Only One Paper Today, Thanksgiving.. Business Office Closed The Reporter-News will publish only one edition today the paper that annually opens the Christmas shopping season. You'll find it packed with shopping with timely news about the many things offered in Abilene stores. Save it. The business office will be closed for Thanksgiving holiday. Switchboard will be open from 6 A.M. until noon and 3 P.M. until 8 P.M. Hoppy Thanksgiving! Goodfellows Thursday begin their annual appeal for funds to pay for Christinas clothes, toys and the less privileged families of Abilene. As usual, The Abilene Kiwanis Club presented the first ?200 to start the campaign for An additional from three traditional first-givers brought the starting day total to The first day's total included: Abilene Kiwanis Club ?200 Abilene Reporter-News 200 West Texas Utilities 200 Abilene Clearing House Assn..................... 500 Total Earlier In the fall, many children in the community donated old dolls and toys to the drive, and the city's firemen repaired and painted them to look like new. VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives and NCO Wives and a host of volunteers made clothes and dressed the dolls, which included hundreds of new dolls purchased by Goodfellows. Now the task spreads city- wide. Goodfellows use the money contributed to provide clothing INDEX AmuuiiMjili ............ISA B.yja .................ISC Buiintw Chrittmat Shopplnf .............16-19C Doctor ..............6B ..............16A Firm ..................19C ...............15C Morkrti .............14.1SC ............12J3A Oil ....................13C SiorH ................I-12C rVUf..................13C TV Wwmn'i NM 1-SC and food scrip for needy families, to buy new toys and dolls to go with the hundreds of donated old toys and dolls. The volunteer organization is headed this year by Syd Niblo, vice president of First State Bank. First vice chairman is Charles Scarborough, attorney, and second vice chairman is insuranceman Leroy Bell. All, GOODFELLOWS, Pg. 2-A By LYNNA ffMiiMS Reporter-News Religious Editor As a strong West Texas wind whipped fall leaves into quick- dying whirlwinds, about 100 Abilenians "uniled in His name" gathered Wednesday night at First Uniled Methodist Church for the traditional Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Service. Many of the denominations represented by A b il e n e s churches were present for the brief service which gave thanks in choral form "for the joy of human love; brother, sister, parent, child; friends on earth and friends above; for all gentle thoughts and and in sermon form by the chaplain of Abilene State School, the Rev. Don Cauble. "Sometimes we thank God because we are not in another's Cauble said, comparing the excess of that type of thanks to the prayer of the Pharisee, Thank you, Father, because I am not like that man over there.' "Of the chaplain said, "we should be grateful for these blessings, but I am frightened that gratitude should come in this vein...that to feel grateful we have to look around and find someone in worse circumstances." First check Bob Hilt, right, president kicks off the Goodfellow check from the clubt to chairman. (Staff Photo) of the Abilene Kiwanis Club, drive by presenting a Syd Niblo, left, Goodfellow No reasonable man would find nothing about which to praise the Lord, Cauble saW... "If See THANKSGIVING, Pg. tA Wreck Kills Oklahoman COLORADO CTTY (RNS) An Oklahoma man was kilted and his wife seriously Injured In a rear-end collision on Interstate 20 near Colorado C i t j Wednesday morning. The accident occurred at about a.m., 8.5 miles east of Colorado City In Mitchell County. Dead at the scene was John Clay Thomas, 72, of Sulphur, Okla. His body was taken to Kiker Funeral Home in Colorado City. His wife, Erma Thomas, 67, was in satisfactory condition Wednesday afternoon at Root Memorial Hospital in Colorado City. She had several broken bones and cuts. The Thomas car was sitting on the shoulder of facing west, according to a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. A tractor truck with a semi-trailer, driven by Haskell Wayne Cooker of Big Spring, traveling west, struck the car in the rear, the spokesman said. Cooker was not injured. Texas Highway Patrolman Tommy Parker of Colorado City investigated the accident Most Abilene Agencies To Reopen Friday Slate and federal agencies with offices in Abilene wil] be operating on a regular schedule Friday, after Uve Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception ot the military recruiting services. Recruiters scheduled new recruits before and after the weekend to allow the service staffs a long holiday. Also, Abilene city offices will be on a regular schedule Friday, according to City Manager H. P. Clifton. Dyess personnel wtll be back on the job after Turkey Day as well, according to aa Information office spokesman.. Taylor County Couruiouw offices will also dowj CB
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