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   Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                 €&e gbfltnt Sporter-Jf&tos;  "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron  93RD YEAR, NO. 348 PHONE 673-4271  ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 31, 1974—THIRTY-FOUR PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS  Associated Press (ZP)  Jason Merritt^ age 4, lives at Port Worth. He is Hie son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Merritts, grandson of Mrs. Horace Armstrong of Abilene and great-grandson of Mrs. J. A. Ellison of Abilene.  Jason attends a play school while his mother works. She picked him up in the afternoon and listened as he recounted the adventures of the day.  “What did you have for lunch? 0  she asked during a pause in his recital.  “Oh, we had spinach and mashed potatoes and..Jason reeled it off.  “But I couldn’t eat the mashed potatoes."  “Why not?” his mother asked.  “Because they had grass in them," Jason explained.  Which is about the way some others feel about parsley, Jason.  • * *  Mrs. W. E. Brown was driving with her daughter, Kayla Adair, age 8, along Ambler street the other day.  As they were passing Hardin-Simmons University Kayla asked, “Just what is that?"  “It is Hanttn-Simfnons, a college,” her mother explained.  “Can I go there when I get grown?" Kayla wondered.  Her mother, who is waging that battle with inflation which has most housewives involved, replied, “Well I hope you can. I certainly hope we will have the money.”  “Oh, well,” Kayla shrugged of the subject. “They probably wouldn’t let me do my coloring anyway.”  * * •  The Abilene Board of Realtors recently sponsored amongjunior high students an essay cm est on “Whit My Home Means to Me.” Two winners were named. Sharon Evans, daughter of Sgt. and Mrs. Bill Evans of 1986 Delwood for the boys, Kerry Allison, son of the Carlton Allisons of 2610 Susan for the girls.  Sharon’s was a lovely, serious essay. Kerry took a sort of lefthanded approach.  Kerry described the “characters” in his home, a father who is “tall, dark and bald, almost.” a mother who is “tall, gray and beautiful in my eyes,” a 12-year-old sister who is “quite pretty though I’ll never tell her” and a younger sister “with big, brown eyes that see far more than they should.”  And here are some sentences from Kerry’s description of  their life together:  * * •  “Home means Dad working from 8 until 7 six days a week for our food, clothing and happiness. It means praying together at the table before each meal — which we sometimes forget but we mean well.  “Home means springtime days working in the yard. Then, in summer, home means gath -mg peaches from our trees, e t-ing far more than I put in the bucket. During fall and winter home is roasting peanuts or drinking hot chocolate in the den in front of a fireplace that isn’t there except in our hearts.  “Home means security, peace and a feeling that everything will be all right.. .respecting the rights and opinions of others.. .caring for each other and enjoying life together.. .discipline, with an ‘old-fashioned’ Mom and Dad who still believe children should be taught the Golden Rule — not the rule of gold.  “Home means understanding. W hether my problems are small or large, I know I’m surrounded by people who know all my faults but love me anyway.”  STUFFED STUDENT MARVIN STICKMAN, A PURPLE AND GOLD PENGUIN ... Stuart Kaufman adjusts Marvin’s cap  Marvin Is an 'A' Student But He's Considered 'Stuffy'  BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) -With a grade average in the 90s and a perfect attendance record, Marvin Stickman was a standout at Southwestern High School. Even his picture in the school yearbook was unusual.  Marvin is a purple and gold penguin.  “It started last fall when some of the kids found a penguin doll on a trash truck.” said Dennis Arenson. a biology teacher who helped his homeroom mastermind the prank. “They salvaged it and brought it rn as a mascot and gradually the idea came of infixing life iqto it.  “We began with tentative efforts. Using the name of Oli  via Stickman, one of the girls called in and asked that her son Marvin be sent to the office because he had a medical appointment. He was paged over the loudspeaker,” Arenson recalled.  Arenson said the next step w as to get Marvin a schedule card throujdi the school s computerized system. The teacher can ied a phony card to several teachers, all of whom were in on the joke, and they signed it. Then things began to snowball of their own accord.  “The office automatically prepared a report card and the teachers who had written the schedule dutifully put in grades.” Arenson said. Eventually the nengum was asked  Owner Files Suit Un Death of Cat!  Three little kittens have lOvSt their mommy—and their owner has set up quite a howl.  Mike Sanchez of Tarrant County has had a $2,500 damage suit filed in Taylor County Court-at-Law against Mrs. G. K. Beall of 2934 S. 3rd. alleging that she was responsible for the death of his cat, Bebe, earlier this month.  Sanchez claims that he had lett his cat and kittens at the home of his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Waits, who was to take care of them while he was out of town for the w«ek.  He further charges that Mrs. Beall, his mothers neighbor and landlady, took Bebe to Abilene’s Animal Shelter, where she was subsequently put to sleep, “leaving her three little kittens orphans.”  Because of the death of their mother, the kittens have to be bottle fed at frequent intervals, Sanchez said. He asks the $2,500 damages for himself for mental anguish Attorney W. L. (Dub) Burke Jr. filed the suite on behalf of Sanchez Wednesday.  to make an appointment to be measured for a cap and gown and had his picture taken for the yearbook.  “With a little more fina* "Tig. we could have had him gradual e,” Arenson said. "The kids went overboard w uh Harvard and Oxford.”  The teacher explained that Marvin’s application didn t actually go to Harvard and Oxford. but a group of students inserted into his school record a notation that he had been accepted by ttoe two universities.  That also brought Marvin to counselor Gertrude Harris’ attention. Arenson said she “was alarmed that someone so brilliant had escaped her notice for three years.”  John Feathers, principal of the school, said he knew about the doll for some time but had ignored it because “principals have a sense of humor, too. I thought it was right funny, really.”  Arenson said he viewed the caper as “an opportunity for the youngsters to thumb their noses at the establishment in a way both subtle and harmless.” There wa" one other facet of Marvin’s personality that helped restrict knowledge of the hoax to a select few: Ile never cut class.  “If he had cut clas.^. the administration would have found oat about him instantly,” Areason said. “The fact that he made the honor roll twice wasn't paid any attention ”  Eastland JP Quits After Jury Reports  By JAMES BOYETT Reporler-News State Editor  EASTLAND — Eastland County Justice of the Peace Precinct I L. W. (Wells) Dalton turned in his resignation to County Judge Scott Bailey Thursday after an Eastland County grand jury directed proceedings be initiated to remove him from office.  The Reporter-News had confirmed two weeks ago that Dalton was being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Eastland County Sheriff’s office and the district attorney.  The grand jury made its report Wednesday afternoon after meeting a week and a half, but the report was not turned over to county officials until Thursday afternoon.  THE GRAND jury report. Judge Bailey said, requested the Criminal District Attorney (Emory' Walton) to “commence removal proceedings against L. W. Dalton" and also asked County Commissioners to have aa independent audit of all county funds conducted and have an efficiency study on the work load of county employes.  The grand jury' interviewed a total of nine witnesses and considered 19 cases, returning 18 indictments and no-billing one person.  Eastland County Sheriff L. E. (Lefty) Sublett said his men would probably serve the warrants Friday morning.  D a 11 o n’s resignation was succinct: “Dear Gentlemen. Please accept my resignation from the position of Justice of the Peace Precinct I of Eastland County. Thank you for your consideration. Yours very Truly, L. W. Dalton.”  Dalton’s attorney, Bill Hart, confirmed that Dalton had resigned. but said he did not know if the resignation was effective immediately.  Judge Bailey said Thursday afternoon that the letter could not be officially considered by the County Commissioners Court until it meets in regular session June IO.  In his letter Dalton gave no reason for his resignation.  Dalton was not in his office for comment Thursday and at his house, his wife said she did not know where he was.  Research into Eastland County records bv Reporter-  L. W. DAWSON . . . resigns  News Sunday Editor Jim Hag-lund showed that on two occasions persons listed in Justice Dalton’s dockets as having laid out fines in jail time did not spend enough time in jail, according to jail records, to have laid out the fines. ,  Further, receipts kept by two of the persons involved show that the individuals paid amounts equal to their fines. But in neither case does the amount show' up in the record of fines collected by Justice Dalton. Such records, kept monthly by the justice, are turned in each month to county auditor C. H. O’Brien.  Dalton has been Justice of the Peace since 1963. He was defeated in the May 4 Democratic primary election by R. L. (Buddy) Rowch, who collected 800 votes to 392 for Dalton.  JUDGE BAILEY said that nomination of a person to fill an unexpired term normally is done by the Commissioner of tho precinct where the vacancy occurs. He said Danny Woods is commissioner of Precinct I.  Hist. Atty. Emory Walton would not comment on the contents of 15 of the sealed indictments. Of the remaining three, one names two young Wise County men.  The pair, 20-year-old Tommy Ray Shurratt and Leslie Reddy. 17, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, LSD. Both men are free on a $1,500 bond each set by Judge Earl Conner Jr.  Edward Raymond Goforth. 47 of Desdemona* is free on $5,000 bond set by Ranger Justice of the Peace M. D. Underwood after being indicted for assault with a deadly weapon. Goforth was charged with the May 6 shooting of his brother-in-law, R. M. Lewis. 44, who was wounded once in the left hand with a slug from a .22-caliber revolver after a family argument.  Also indicted was Ray Cleaver, 29, of Cisco, charged with the May 20 sexual abuse of a minor Cisco child. Cleaver is in Eastland County jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond set by Judge Conner.  No-billed was 0. B. Allen of Burleson. He had been charged April 9 with theft of cattie less than $10,000 in value after he alledgedly gave an insufficient check in the amount of $3,137.44 to the Eastland Auction Company for the purchase of cattie.  Intide Today  Rally Boosts Stock Market  The stock market halts its recent slide with a late technical rally. Pg. 78.  John Eisenhower, son af the late president, says the Eisenhower family was ' shaken” over the Watergate affair but is confident President Nixon will come out of it all riqht. Pg. 5A.  President Nixon reasserts his right to decide whether papers subpoenaed  for the criminal trial of former aides should be surrendered.-Pg. 14A.  UA  49  Aerology ........  Bridge ................. 49  densified ............ 4-1 IC  Comics  .....  3C  Or. Lamb.............. UA  Editorials ..........  4A  Form ....  10JIA  Markets .............. 4,79  Obituaries .........-    •    •    • 8,JA  Oil ................... *A  Starts ............  Sylvia Tartar ............ 79  Today ii* History ........ . 29  TV Lag................UA  TV Scout ............. UA  Womaa's Nows ......... 89  Racer Found Dead After Long Search in the Baja Desert  SAN DIEGO, Calif. < AP i -The body of an American druggist who lost his way during a motorycle race 13 days ago was found Thursday in the Baja California desert about five miles from his abandoned vehicle, searchers said.  A spokesman said Fred Mundy, 48. apparently walked 12 to *15 miles south and then 15 miles back to the northeast. How long ago he died in the scorching heat was not immediately known.  Mexican cowboys and off-duty l\S. Border Patrol trackers found the body, sheriffs Ll. Robert Morse said.  The search, picked up by a  Martin Claims Mail 'Misplaced' in Abilene  By DON FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer  Incumbent State Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City Thursday night issued a statement which claimed that some of his campaign literature had been “misplaced in the Abilene Post Office.”  Martin, who represents District 61 in the State House of Representatives, said he “learned of this costly holdup Tuesday when his campaign workers became concerned that District 61 voters in Abilene and Taylor County area were not receiving their maillots."  Martin and Abilene attorney Mike Young are vying for the Democratic nomination for the legislative post in Saturday’s runoff election.  The district includes Fisher, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan and much of Taylor County.  IN A SEPARATE release, the Colorado City farmer-rancher claimed that six legislators had issued an “unsolicited” statement which praised Martin’s “character and legislative service.”  The six included Reps. Tom Massey of San Angelo, E. L. Short of Tahoka, R. V. McAlister of Lubbock, Joe Hanna  of Breckenridge, Lynn Na hers of Brownwood and Renal Hasson of Snyder.  Heading the statement. .Martin said, “They are pleased to state they have found Elmer Martin of Colorado City a conscientious, hard working, honest and morally upright member of the legislature.”  Martin said of the statement, “There is no finer honor than to be recognized and respected by those with whom you work.”  Contacted by The Reporter-New's Thursday at his Austin home, Hanna said. "I think those words are indicative of  him.”  “He has been good for our area and the rural people,” Hanna added.  Hanna said that he and the other five West Texas legislators issued the statement Thursday.  The press release on the mahouts slated that the literature was found Thursday morning in the local post office by officials. It added, “Post office officials have promised that the mailing now will be Friday morning.”  “THIS COULD be a serious setback for my candidacy in the Abilene area when the mo  mentum has been recognized definitely to be increasing for my re-election,” Martin read.  Ken Barnett, mail process manager for the local post office. said Thursday night there is “no indication” that the mailouts were lost.  “It would have been mailed out Friday morning,” Barnett said. “We don’t know where the delay was.”  Martin explained that the literature, in bundles of a0 and in postal sacks, was mailed from Colorado City last Fri-  See MARTIN, Pg. 14A. Col. 5  half-dozen Mexican cowboys Monday after 30 volunteers from the United States gave up. had been centered in the Sierra de Las Tinajas about 80 miles south of the border city of Mexicali and 30 miles east of the Gulf of California.  Two \eteran trackers for the U.S. Border Patrol had joined the search, and one. Jack Kearney, said before the body was found that it appeared Mundy was getting tired despite signs that he had started off on May 18 with assurance.  “He didn't like his motorcycle boots, though.” Kearney Naid in an interview at the search scene. “He walked well up on the balls of his feet. He didn’t step down on the heels like you would with a pair of boots that feel comfortable.  “His stride was steady. Ile appeared to have picked our a peak on the mountains and wavered little from his chosen alignment He even jumped over cactus bushes, breaking the quills.”  But that has changed, said Kearney, adding that “despite the food which he found some days ago in a shack and the water he has squeezed out of barrel cactus, he is getting tired.”  A plastic water bottle found Wednesday was identified as Mundy’a by his brother Charles, 43, who hired a private helicopter to join in the search.  The brother estimates he ha-> traveled more than 1,500  miles in his camper truck since the search began. He said the elder Mundy, a former football player at Riverside City College, is an outdoors buff who doesn’t smoke or carry' matches which he might have been able to use for signal fires.  “He was a scout and tater a scoutmaster,” said the brother.  Man Has Daring Unneeded Escape  SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) — A 20-year-old San Antonio man made a daring, impre* sue. and quite unnecessary” escape from police headquarters here Wednesday.  Police picked him up for questioning Wednesday and took him to the second-floor homicide office at headquarters. While detectives were occupied elsewhere, the suspect saw his chance and took it.  He dashed to a window, jumped 35 feet to the ground landed in a heap, got up, and ran off.  A deputy sheriff witnessed the leap to freedom and alerted the city police dispatcher. A “quadrant” was ordered and uniformed officers fanned out in pursuit.  But, when homicide officers heard the manhunt was underway, they quickly called it off.  (hie detective shrugged, “Heck, we u’ere going to tiara hun loose, anyway.”   

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