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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               V OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 90TO YEAR, NO. 194 _ ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 197Q-TWENTV-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQc DAILY-25c (ff) Christmas Story Tale of Troubled World By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer The season's sentiment tends to romanticize the event in Bethlehem, which Christians celebrate this Friday, but scholars point out that it actual- ly was charged with forebodings of straggle against woes that still beset the world. Despite the bright star, the child Jesus arrived in the midst of timeless family strains, foreign military' oppression, persecution, racial conflict, revolt and inadequate housing, Bible experts note Even his birth was in a'cave used as a stable "because there was no place for them in the inn." Modern festivities often glam- the event Ihe angelic choir, the cute creches of peace- ful animals; adoring shepherds and kingly Magi with perfumed gifts. Bill the scene really was not pretty or sweet, its details show. The imagery of hope held por- tents of trial. Israel's vassal King Herod, put in office by legions of the Roman emperor, "was troubled, and all Jerusalem with says the Gospel of Matthew in its graphic, yet omen-laden ac- count of the events. When the child was dedicated at the Temple in Jerusalem, an old scholar, Simeon, lold Mary: "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Is. rael and for a sign that is spo- ken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul thai thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." At the time, Mary and Joseph had given a sacrifice of two turtledoves, or young pigeons, the offering of Uie poor. They could not afford the gift of a lamb, which well-to-do parents presented for their children. But poverty was not their main problem. The diseased, mentally depraved Herod sought "the child to destroy him." Joseph was warned of it in a dream. The child at the be- ginning of His life became a condemned refugee. And "wailing and loud lamen- tation" arose as troops slaugh- tered the infants of Bethlehem, Matthew reports. The family of Jesus went into exile in Egypt, to a village north of modern Cairo, where they snflnt their first years, dis- placed victims of terror. Earlier, the family had en- countered personal stress and pain. Joseph, when he had first learned of Mary's pregnancy, intended to leave' her, but this attitude vanished when he was informed in a dream of the child's holy paternity. and His name shall be called Emmanuel 'God with us'." When the family sought to re- turn from Egypt" after Herod's death, violence and repressions still wracked Israel, as Herod's murderous son, Archelaus, grappled for the throne, soon to be ousted by Rome, which in- stalled its own military gover- nor. Fearing to return to Bethle- hem, as the family plainly had intended lo do, Joseph slipped his wife and the child around the western coastal edge of Is- rael and northward to the rustic province of Galilee. There, they made their home in Nazareth. But even after the rootless, migratory beginnings, the raising of the child was not without difficulties. The only ep- isode related in that early peri-, od was on a Passover trip to. Jer rusalem, when Je.sus, at age 12, left his family, without telling them, to do his own thing. For three anxious days and nights, they hunted for him be- fore finally finding him at the Temple talking with religious thinkers. "Son, why have you treated us his mother implored. He was not apologetic. "Did you not know that I inusi be in My Father's But he returned with them to Naza- reth and remained obedient, in- creasing "in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man." Nevertheless, when he first began his ministry in Nazareth with a sermon calling for dedi- cation to the poor, the captives and the oppressed and against racial prejudice, an outraged congregation mobbed him and ran him out of town. He never went back. "A pro- phet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." He was baptized by John the Baptist, who himself soon was beheaded for dissent against the ruling regime. Jesus' own ministry, although stirring an excited tide among the impoverished masses, which sometimes against His will verged on a revolutionary up- rising to make Him king, contin- ually encountered official threats. Once, warned that the Gali- lean puppet ruler sought hi? life, Jesus said, "Go and tell that fox. .1 go on today and tomor- row and the day following. .1 finish my course." But it was a lonely, roofless way. i "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the i; Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." That's how it was from the start, when on that first Christ- mas the thunder rumbled in the midst of Ihe angel song. "Be not afraid; for behold, 1 bring you good news of a great joy which I will come to all the people." Laird Will Reorganize nee WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- tary of Defense Melvin R. Laird took steps Wednesday to reorganize military intelligence activities and strengthen civil- ian control lo "make certain the constitutional rights of all inoj- viduals are protected." Under a policy statement is- sued by Laird lo go into effect no later 1, control of the vast Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) will be removed (rom the Joinl Chiefs of Staff and placed directly under the secre- tary of defense. The action comes in the wake of charges disclosed last week by Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C., thai Army intelligence agents spied on more ;tnan 800 Illinois civilians during the; past two iiir........i by Kathaffn Duff 'Tis the day before, even though the weather does not look It. There is no new-fallen snow nor old-fallen either, but that does not matter. Christmas is an event tailored to each person's concept of its meanings. West Texans must translate some of the language and some of the traditions to fit this time and clime. A young Jones Countian made such a translation at the Anson First Baptist Sunday School last Sunday. Mrs. Hal Rasor was quizzing a class of 6-year-olds un the Christmas Story and asked, "Where were the shepherds tending their Carrol Moffatt Jr. had a ready answer. "In the he said. That was a proper translation. Another apt translation of a Christmas tradition is at the Bob Green ranch home, away out there from Albany. Bob has strung a windmill with Christ- mas lights. .a West Texas Christmas tree outlined In red and green against prairie and wide sky. Murray, who teaches sixth graders at Alta Vista school, posted a translation of Christmas on a bulletin board al school. It is an "author unknown" poem which he loaned us for use on this day for which jt was written. It reads: as the night before Christ- you know Waj out on Ihe prairie (WJShout any in their cabin Weff Buddy and Sue, A-dreamin' of Christmas, Lira; me and like you. Not sjockings, but boots, At the'ifoot of their bed, For this was in Texas, What more need be said? No Paper Christmas Day In order thof our may Chrlrt- mat wtth famlliw, no millions of Report- will b. publlihed Chrlrtmoi Day. uwal Saturday Morning edition will printed at usual. T When alfyf a sudden From still night, There such a ruckus It gave me a fright! An I saw ?ross the prairie Like a sft from a gun, A buckboard Come on at a run. The driver was 'Geeih' And 'hawin', with a will. The hosses (not reindeer) He drove with such skill. "Come on there Buck, Pancho, And Prince, to the There'll be plenty of travelin' For you-all tonight." The driver In Lcvi's And shirt that was red, Had a ten-gallon Stetson On top of his head. As he stepped from the buck- board He was really a sight, With his beard and moustache So curly and white. As he burst in the cabin The children awoke, And both, so astonished That neither one spoke. And he filled up their boots With such presents gatore That neither couid think Of a single thing more. When.Buddy recovered The use of his jaws, He asked, in a whisper, "Are you Santa "Am I the Real Santa? Well, what do you And he smiled as he gave A mysterious wink. Then he leapt to his buckboard, And called back, in his drawl, "To all children of MERRY CHRISTMAS, years, including dozens of high- ranking political officials. Both the Defense Department and the Army emphatically de- nied the allegations. The Pentagon's chief spokes- man, Daniel Z. Henkin, said Laird's action was not a re- sponse to the spying charges, adding that the secretary had teen studying military intelli- gence activities for some time. Henkin said Laird's memo- randum to the secretaries of the three services, the chairman at the Joint Chiefs of Stall and the directors of the defense agen- cies will lead to a major reorg- anization rfp counter-intelligence activities in the armed forces. Military intelligence groups based in the United States will under direct DIA con- trol, according to the defense chief's directive. It was these intelligence groups that were accused of snooping on civil- ians, including Adlai E. Stevenson III, D-lil. In his memo, Laird said he wanted to be certain that Penta- gon intelligence and counter-in- telligence activities were "com- pletely consistent constitu- tional rights, all other legal pro- visions and national security needs. "These activities must be con- ducted in a manner which re- cognizes and preserves indivi- dual human he added. Laird said action had already been taken "to eliminate some past abuses" involving intelli- gence and counter-intelligence activities, but declared, "fur- ther corrective actions are nec- essary as a matter of urgent priority." :Henkin refused to spell out what these abuses were but not- ed that the Army was ordered last June to destroy files gath- ered over the past years on indi- viduals involved in civil disturb- ances. The defense secretary specifi- cally directed that once DIA is removed from military control, the Joint Chiefs do not reestabl- ish a separate intelligence or- ganization. FIGHT N. VIETS Cambodian H Deserting Ranks Tell Santa Pat Grant, 33, doctoral student Oregon, wears the traditional Santa Clatis cap as a child from the Pearl Buck Center for Retarded Childrerj makes a Christmas wish. "No one seems to care ihit I'm he said. "The kids aren't concerned about color-or faiths." (AP Wirephoto) i ANLUONG HOMEAT, Cam- bodia (AP) Red Khmers, the Cambodian Communists, are deserting enemy ranks and some were reported fighting North Vietnamese Wednesday not far from this village 15 miles south of Phnom Penh. The high command said the Red Khmers appealed to the government for air strikes in a battle between them and the North Vietnamese about 10 miles south of here. The com- mand said it could not spare the planes. By noon about 30 Cambodians had deserted from the North Vietnamese and reached gov- ernment lines, said Col. Nuon Thay, the sector commander. Another 20 appeared later. At his headquarters in a for- mer school for seamstresses in this village, he reviewed and talked with 26 Red Khmers who Suit Charges 'Legal Fraud' In Trent School Assessment By ROY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer Forty-seven property owners in Taylor, Jones, Fisher and Nolan counties have filed suit here against the Trent Independent School alleging that the tax assessments against their properties are "arbitrary, excessive and a legal fraud." The suit, which seeks an Injunction restraining the school dstrict from collecting any taxes based on the current valuations, was filed Wednesday -in 104th District Court by Attorneys R. M. Wagstaff and David Stubbeman. The suit also asks that the school district be restrained from assessing penalties, interests and costs against the plaintiffs, and that the district be required to accept the taxes which the property owners claim they have already tendered taxes based1 upon the same values which were acceptable to the school district in 1969. The plaintiffs are protesting increased values .placed on their property, by a Board of WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nttlwul WMItlir Mrvlo IWMttW Mtf 11-8! ABILENE AND VCIN1TY [W-mlle radius! Fair Thurjdty, Thursday nlghl and FrFtfav. Warming trend Thursday and Frlrfay. Hlsh Thursday a. Low Thursday night 30. High Friday S5. TEMPERATURE] WMnttdiy wtdntMiy p.m. 43 3J M JJ 31 n High and low for 74-hour) tndlra 10 p.m.: 55 and 77.. H'gn and .low rfate last Simie! -last sunrise todiy: sunsel tontoM: Biromftfr retflno tt 10 p.m.: Humidity at 10 p.m.: io pw Equalization appointed by the school district. The board valued property in the school district at 40 per cent of r.ctual cash market value, and the plaintiffs allege that it is "usual and customary" to assess real estate in the district at "approximately 20 percent of its actual value, cattle at 10 per cent; and new automobiles at 25 per cent." Other properties, including merchandise, bank stock, money in the bank, and other personal property is being assessed "at various percentages much less than 40 per cent of actual the plaintiffs allege. The plaintiffs allege that the values and assessments set by the board and to which all of the plaintiffs say they objected durin gthe board of equalization sessions "are null and void in that they are in violation of the constitutional Sec SUIT, Pg. 2-A killed North Vietnamese troops who were supposed to be watch- ing them and deserted two days ago. A glimpse of what the enemy was like was revealed by a 20- year-old detector who will be called Boun, not his real name, in order to protect his family now living under the North Viet- namese. Boun was one o! the ring lead- ers of the defection about which they began to whisper to each other about a month ago. Boun said he was drafted five months ago by the North Viet- namese, who (old him it was his duty to fight American imperi- alists and liberate his home- land. "I realized they were lying when we only saw Red Kilmers on the other Boun said. He admitted he had killed Cambodians during his days of fighting alongside the enemy but said usually he and his fel- low Red Khmers had yelled "We are Cambodians" to get the government troops to hold their fire. "The Communists didn't trust us at Boun added. "If there were 10 of us there would be nearly always 10 of them watching us. And they had spies listening to what we talked about." Boun said the enemy's dis- trust of Cambodians also includ- ed weaponry. Cambodians got only old rifles and were starved of ammunition while the North Vietnamese had modern auto- matics. He added that North Viet- namese forced Cambodian vil- lagers to dig ditches and carry ammunition as well as provide rice, fish and meat. Political indoctrination would last from 8 p.m. until midnight whenever troops, who were con- stantly on the move, stopped in a village. Finally, he and his compa- nions killed four Vietnamese who were supervising them and made a run for tfte government lines. Ill Woman Returns Scrip for Those More Needy' While monetary contributions to the Goodfellow fund continued to lag Wednesday, one Abilene woman currently in the hospital added to the year's efforts with a gift of love. The woman, who had received Goodrellow scrip to buy clothes for her family, Wednesday returned the scrip to Goodfellow chairman Syd Niblo because.she realized the fund was running short and fell people in greater need could benefit by her gift. That unselfish contribution was about the only bright spot in the GoodfeUow fund during the day because with only one day left until Christmas, the campaign's goal of Is stm away. 'The mail. Wednesday brought only to the effort aimed at making the average realities of the Christmas season, a tree, clothes, food, and toys, come true for the needy of Abilene. According to chairman Niblo, 502 families were certified to shop the Goodfellow Toy Store which closed !ast week. Food scrip was issued lo 788 families and clothing scrip was given to 728 families. Contributions may be mailed to the Goodfellows, The Abilene Reporter-News, P.O. Box 30, NMDEX Briei. 12A 9-1 28 Comk, Idlt.rf.li F.rm 121 Otitnrin 4A Oil Sfwrt. 10-11A TV Uj YiMira'i Abilene, Texas 79604. Latest Contributors: Norma Alexander 5.00 In memory of Don Jennings, Jerry Altmas 5.00 Anonymous Inquirer's Pass St: Paul Methodist Church 15.00 Mr. Mrs. Bill Willis 10.00 0. B. Stephens IJ.OO In loving memory fif our Son, Ronnie'Richard Brown Mr, fr Brown, Roscoe, Texas: 16.00 The Searchers Sunday School- Class .Christian KM F M Electronics 25.00 Grigsby's Employes 21.00 Mr. Mrs. Jerry L. Brooks 2500 Mr. 4 Mrs. C. H. Whlleaker io.no Paul L, Shellon 10.00 In honor of Abilene Friends Dr. Mrs. Paul Mani 50.00 Anonymous 1.00 Steve Darla Simpson 2.00 Anonymous 5.00 Maj. Mrs. Edward G. Verderbcr 10.00 Xi Epsilon Beta 10.00 In memory of: Mr. Mrs. Coleman Smith and Mr. Mrs. J. W. Faulks Mrs. Grace Ferguson, Clyde, Tex. 5.00 In Memory of Mrs. E. B. Kidd, Tuscola, Tex. 10.00 Mr. Mrs. Bill J. Burton 15.00 Lt. Col. Mrs. Eugene M. Jackson 50.00 Anonymous 12 5.00 Phil Randy Francier 5.00 Mr. Mrs. Geo. M. Mulkey 5.00 Anonymous 20.00 Mr. Mrs. G. L. Walker 10.00 Anonymous 10.00 In memory of Mrs. George Ayers, our precious Molher from Mr. Mrs. Bueford Knight 25.00 Anonymous (.00 Previously Acknowledged Total to   

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