Abilene Reporter News, December 26, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

December 26, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT g. 196 PHONE MORNINGTPECEMBER 26, 1970 -TWENTY-EIGHT PAGESlNTWO SECTIONS IQc DAILY-25C SUNDAY Auociattd German Consul Released By Separatists Phenomenon over Son Angelo Three "wandering stars" the planets Mars, Jupiter and Venus are shown over the early morning skyline of San Angelo as they moved closer toward a reunion on Christmas Day. This reunion occurs only once about every 800 years, and supposedly an even closer reunion occurred when Christ was born. Venus is at bottom left; Jupiter is at top left; Mars is at top right; and the crescent moon at bottom right. This photo was taken early Christmas .morn- ing by San Angelo Standard-Times photographer Bill Meeks. (AP Wirephoto) World Takes Christmas Kindly By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Christians the world over at- tended church and spent'Christ- mas Day with their families as their leaders appealed for Pope's Message, I'g. g-A peace, brotherhood and charity. A 24-hour Christinas truce in the Vietnam war ended at 6 p.m. Saigon time and the U.S. and South Vietnamese com- mands reported more than 81 enemy violations with at least 10 South Vietnamese killed. The Silent Abilene Nights Streets Empty, Roads Jammed By KIT BAUMAN Reporter-News Staff Writer The only way Abilene could have been quieter Christmas Day would have been for the National Guard to blockade the streets and Impose a curfew. Most Abilenians spent the holidays at home with their families, the only people venturing out being those who were headed for the homes of friends or relatives and the many who attended special Christinas Eve services at local churches. The police reported one of their quietest nights and the slow pace of events continued throughout the day Chrislmas. A handful of minor traffic a c c i d en t s and family disturbances accounted for the majority of entries on the blotter. Goodfellows' Drive Needing Only Christmas shoppers had almost disappeared from the streets late Thursday when (he last batch of mail containing contributions to the Goodfellow fund arrived. Auto Strikes Ivan Man -'BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) Alfred C. Whitmire Sr., 72, of the Ivan Community near Breckenridge, was dead on arrival at Stephens Memorial Hospital about p.m. Friday after being struck by a car 13 miles north of Breckenridge. The accident occurred about 100 yards north of the intersection of Texas 67 and FM 1148 which goes to Possum Kingdom Lake. According to Hghway Patrolman Tom Hefner, the man was apparently lying on the highway and there is speculation that the man was ill and possibly was dead before he was struck. was taken to Abilene for ap autopsy. Justice of the Peace John Dodds ordered the autopsy. Mrs. Ruth Curry, 56, was driver of the southbound car Involved in the accident. Funeral is pending at Sattevwhite Funeral Home. Survivors Include one son, A. C. of San Antonio; two brothers, Thurmon of Farmlngton, N.M., C. L. of Woodson; two Mrs. E. B. Milam of ElUsvUle and Mrs. Bee Regal of Graham; one grandson. Figures for Saturday show the fund short of the needed to meet the bills. Syd Niblo, chairman of the fund, expressed confidence that Abilenians would make up -the needed funds. The Goodfellow goal has been met each year since the program's inception. Contributions may be mailed to Goodfellows, Abilene Reporter-News, Box 30, Abilene. According to Niblo, 502 families were certified to shop the Goodfellow .Toy Store which clor-i last week. Food scrip was issued to 788 families and clothing scrip was given to 728 familcs. Christmas mall to The Abilene Reporter-News brought five contributions totaling Latest contributors: 9th Grade Class, St. Paul United Methodist Church 7.35 T.V. Cable, Miscel- laneous Collections 54.25 Anonymous 10.00 Girls in Office of Key City Chrysler 6.00 Mr. Mrs. Weldon H. Barnett 30.00 Total Previously Acknowledged IfsHx 11A Church.........____. 9A ClmlHtd............ 8-11B Comto 4, it MHortali 1JA Farm 10A Hoifif.1 Pitlinti 11A 7A J3-14A TV 1JA Ntwi..... 2, 31 The police dispatcher on duty Friday afternoon said he anticipated a slow evening, with the exception of complaints regarding kids shooting firecrackers, an annual Christmas complaint. While city streets may have appeared all but deserted, the highways In the area were jammed. A veteran Highway Patrolman, coming into the Department of Public Safety offices after an all-night patrol, told fellow officers that he had never seen such heavy Christmas Eve traffic, particularly on Interstate 20. U. S. 83, running north out of the city was crowded with cars from late in the afternoon until eariy Friday morning. Surprisingly, the telephone company reported business below average. Mrs. Dorothy Walden, chief operator, said that Christmas Eve long distance calls were "way under our estimate." "We didn't handle as many calls as we do on a normal Mrs. Walden said. A typical Thursday, from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday, would result in calls being placed; Mrs. Walden reported only for Christmas Eve. Generally warmer weather throughout the plains didn't hinder travel plans area families may have had. At midday Ihe mercury was in the 60s and 70s, despite' a dry norther that moved across the state in the early morning Friday: Downtown Abilene streets were quiet with movie theaters being the only businesses open Christmas Day. If the theaters were all but empty Christmas F.ve, Ihe rush of customers Christmas Day should have driven away all the blues felt by the managers. One theater, the Wcslwood, which began a run Christmas Day of an animated Walt Disney feature, reported business as "great." The general calm probably left only the city's garbagemen unhappy they'll be the ones who'll have to carry off the tons of paper and empty boxes that Saint Nicholas, with his annual lack of foresight left behind as his calling card. Nixon's Holiday, Pg. 4-A Viet Cong had proclaimed a 72- hour cease-fire that continues until 1 a.m. Sunday. Less than two hours before Hie allied cease-fire began Christmas Eve nine U.S. para- troopers were killed and nine were wounded when an Ameri- can artillery shell landed by mistake on their camp. Another world trouble spot, the Mideast, celebrated a most- ly peaceful Christmas, a three- month cease-fire helping to keep Arabs and Israelis in check. Focal point of the Christmas celebrations in the Holy Land was the tiny village of Bethle- hem, where Jesus Christ was born. Police estimated that pilgrims visited Bethlehem over Christmas, the largest number s'nce the town was captured from Jordan by Israeli troops in the 1967 war. fn snowy London, Queen Eliz- abeth told the people of the Brit- ish Commonwealth the message of Christmas is "learning to be concerned about one another, to treat your neighbor as you. would like him to treat you." Speaking in a recorded radio See WORLD, Pg. >A WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nalionaf Wealher Service (Wealher map pg. ill) ABILENE AND VICINITr radius) Fair Saturday Ihroutjh Sundav Conlinued cold nlghls. High Salurday near 60. Low Salurday n'gtil In Tower Ms. Hior. Sunday In lower Ms. Winds southweslerly 10 lo is m.c.ri. SaturdaW northerly Salurday night TEMPERATURES Friday Friday p.m. 45 44 U 53 50 50 46 a 3? 33 34 I. 30 40 26 40 _ 43 Hloh and low lor !4-riours ending 10 pm.: 54 and w. High and low same date last year: 54 and 34. Sunset last night: p.m.; sunrise today: a.nv; sunset tonight: 5-40 p.m. Baromeler reading al 10 p.m.: 2833. Humidity al 10 p.m.: 4B per cent. WIESBADEN, Germany (AP) Basque terrorists freed the West German consul to Spain after holding him captive 24 days and he arrived Friday in Wiesbaden, where he said it was the best Christmas present he had ever received. The kidnapers of Eugen Beihl said in a message that they re- leased the consul because his abduction has served its pur- pose "at least for the moment." He was seized hostage Dec. 1 when 16 Basque activists went on trial in Burgos, Spain, with the government asking the death penalty for six. The 59-year-old diplomat, hon- orary consul in San Sebastian, was freed Thursday night and driven here by West German television network executives who arranged for his release. Two employes of the ZDF net- work who volunteered to be held by the Basques "as security" until it was certain Beihl had arrived outside Spain or France were released Friday. The men, sound engineer An- dre Chambrun and assistant ca- meraman Peter Kruse, said at a French border town that they had gone to Spain for the trans- fer. "The only thing we can say tonight was that we were in they said, declining to give additional details. Beihl spoke by phone with his family in Spain. Mrs. Beihl said she and her daughter would go from San Sebastian to Biarritz in southern France on Saturday to meet Beihl at the airport. Appearing on a television in- terview, Beihl said that on Christmas Eve he found himself "in a very terrible emotional state. It was the first time that I could not count on sharing this day with my family." When he was told he would be freed, Beihl said, he "didn't be- lieve it until I was taken out of the house and driven away." He said he was forced to wear spe- cial glasses that prevented him from seeing and was accompa- nied by five to six armed men wearing masks. Beihl said he was driven to an undisclosed location and handed over to two Paris staff members of the ZDF network, corre- spondent Albert Gaum and ca- meraman Baldur Freek. When Gaum saw Beihl ap- proaching the car with two men supporting, he said he thought the consul was in poor physical shape. "He was being led to our car like a blind Gaum said. Then he saw that Beihl had to be led because he was wearing dark glasses. In San Sebastian, Mrs. Beihl and her daughter Lucia, 29, em- braced each other in Joy after hearing he had arrived safely in Wiesbaden. "This is the most wonderful day of our Mrs. Beihl said. Beihl was kidnaped.from his garage in San Sebastian by See GERMAN, Pg. 2-A Consul's Wife, Daughter Embrace SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) The wife and daughter of kid- naped West German consul Eu- gen Beihl embraced each other in excitement Friday on hearing he had arrived safely in Weisba- den, West Germany. "This Is the most wonderful day in our Mrs. Beihl said. "We are anxious to hear from him." The news of Beihl's arrival ,ln Welsbaden came while Mrs. Beihl and her daughter were decorating a Christmas tree. "How wonderful it would be if he could be with us here right said Mrs. Boihl. Black Catholics Interrupt Mass DETROIT (AP) About 100 black Catholics marched into Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Thursday night and read a man- ifesto shortly before John Cardi- nal Dearden celebrated Christ- mas midnight Mass. The group, which had pad- locked two inner city churches recently to voice protests against possibla cutbacks in Catholic school operations, did not prevent celebration of Mass. Navy Trains Porpoises for Viet War WASHINGTON (AP) A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Friday night that an experimen- tal Navy unit has been estab- lished in Vietnam "for the pur- poses of evaluating a surveil- lance and detection system us- ing porpoises." He said the unit used person- nel and porpoises from the Na val Underseas Research and Development Center, San Diego, Calif., but refused further elabo- ration on grounds Ibat "details of this project are classified." Earlier, a Navy spokesman at San Diego noted that about a porpoises were being trained at Ffllnt Miigu, Calif., but declined comment on a pub- lished report that three already are on secret war duly in Viet- nam. The San Diego Union, in a sto- ry by its military affairs editor, Kip Cooper, said: "Porpoises sent secretly to Vietnam to aid in intelligence work can retrieve 1 missiles, guide lost divers back home and distinguish between metals." The Honolulu Star-Bulletin said Friday that three porpoises in Vietnam came from the Na- val Underseas Research and Development Center al Kaneohe i Marine Corps Air Station, Ha- waii. Jesse B. Burks, a retired Navy captain who directs the center, said he could not con- J firm this. He declined to say what the porpoises were up to, j but did say, "We're In the re- search and development busl- ness, and we are evaluating a BEING TRAINED BY NAVY FOR SECRET DUTY .porpoise shows how he can turn on light from command program concerning underwater surveillance." The Undersea Re- search and Development Center supervises the prqpolse training from San Diego. Point Mugu is a U.S. naval air missile test center. The newspaper said porpoises sent to Vietnam were reported training wilh a 15-man Navy team conducting lop-secret tests in surveillance. In the previously announced Sealab II and IH "Man in Ihe Sea" programs, a porpoise named Tuffy carried mail, fools and other equipment to aqua- nauts on signal. Tuffy recovered a regulus missile cradle in 1965 after lo- cating it by the sound of a small buzzer attached to the cradle portion that falls away from a missile after the launch. The can be reused. It was the first time the Navy had ever recovered one. In 1966, Navy scientists pre- dicted the 300-pound porpoises could "some flay be used in de- lecting submarines, mines and underwater missile installa- ticns." The porpoises some day also may be trained to penetrate en- emy harbors on sabotage mis- sions and act as scouts for sub- J marines, say those who work with them. The Union account continued. Porpoises are being trained to L detect enemy frogmen and to I attach magnetized wires to tor- j pedocs and missiles lying on the ocean floor. They also are being trained to f guide lost frogmen back to U.S. ships. s Porpoises have been trained t to pick out a patch of copper j from identical patches of ntim and other metals. In recent tests, the porpoises were accu- j rate 100 per cent of the time de- j spite attempts to confuse them. They have proved they can distinguish between ball bear- Ings only 2tt to 2tt Inches In di- ameter. F ;