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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Abilene, Texas Welt ''WITHOUT 94TH YEAR, NO. 20 PHONE Broken Window Reports Conflict No    O Hurt in Ford Motorcade in Dallas WHERE THE WINDOW WAS SHATTERED . . . near city limits of Dallas and Irving By ROD DAVIS Associated Press Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - The window of a patrol car near the end of Vice President Gerald R. Ford's motorcade was shattered Saturday, prompting a police report — later reversed — that a shot had been fired. Ford, in Texas for dedication ceremonies at the Dallas World Trade Center, said President Nixon called from Key Biscayne, Fla., to find out what was going on. No one was reported injured. The Secret Service blamed heat expansion for the incident. State police said, however, they tended to believe the window was shattered by a rock, perhaps thrown up from the roadway by another car. It was one of several conflicting reports about the incident. Ford, whose destination was the same complex of buildings President John F. Kennedy was headed for when he was assassinated in 1963, said that Nixon ‘‘had heard...what the rumors were. He called to make sure what he had heard was true. “We had about a 10-minute conversation not only about the wild rumor and unfounded story but also about other matters.” The vice president said he was told that “one of the police followup cars had a window shattered. We checked it, doublechecked it. They (the Secret Service) have worked with local law enforcement people and that's exactly what happened. “A window in a police car was shattered by the heat, not by any individual,” Ford said. William A. Hawthorne, a Secret Service spokesman in Washington, said: “A complete examination of the area and of the vehicle resulted in per th® after “all 'Case by Case' on MIAs, Ford Says By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Military Editor DALLAS—Vice President Gerald Ford said Saturday that problems arising from the more than 1.000 servicemen still missing in action must be handled on a “case-by-ca.u* basis.” At a press conference in the World Trade Center here. Ford responded to two questions concerning the MIAs, including one query about the charge several MIA families have made in recent weeks that they are being pressured to have the men declared dead in order that the government might discontinue benefits to their kin. "On the question of the Department of Defense declaring the MIAs dead, some families want it and some don’t. It has to be handled on a case-by-ease basis. In some cases they are wives and in some cases they are parents.. .so each case must be handled individually,” Ford said. Asked what the government is doing to find out the status oi the men, Ford said teams are working out of Saigon. “Particularly in tho last six weeks these efforts have resumed. but they're running into roadblocks,” he said. Before the press conference, Ford's deputy press secretary, J. W. Roberts, respectfully declined to allow the Reporter-News military editor to hand Ford a sealed letter from Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Mundt of Abilene, parents of MIA pilot Henry G. (Jerry) Mundt II. They had written a letter to the Vice President asking that efforts to determine the fate of the men not be abandoned. Roberts promised to deliver the letter to Ford. Abilene has two other MIA fannies—the wives and children of M. Sgt. Edward Parsley and Lt. Col. William L. Brooks. It was not the last time Ford was to hear of the MIA situation Saturday* He was 12 minutes late to the 1:30 p.m. luncheon and a spokesman said it was because he had stopped to talk with two MIA wives. . . . AP Wirephoto GERALD FORD . at news conference this conclusion: It was heat expansion. There was no bullet.” Some -state officials said they doubted that the 92-degree temperature, normal for summer in Dallas, was high enough to have caused the shattering of the left front window in the air conditioned car. They noted there was a large hole in the window and said it shattered inward, leaving the driver with “a lapful of glass.” The Department of Public Safety — which initially reported that a shot had been fired by a sniper — issued a statement a t midafternoon saying: “Since a bullet was not found, we lean toward the theory that the hole was caused by a flying rock, haps kicked up by a car.” Trooper Jim Bryan, driver of the car. said the window shattered three people in the car thought we were under fire and I notified the lead DPS car we were under fire." He said lie then left the highway followed by a Secret Service car. At the time, the car was about IOO yards behind the one in which the vice president was riding. Bryan told newsmen that he discounted the bullet theory after a search of the car revealed no bullet fragments. The car was impounded briefly and the shattered glass was removed. Later it was parked at state trooper regional headquarters in Dallas. Secret Service Agent in Charge Walter Coughlin said: “All this came from situate heat expansion...It was a new car, the first time it had been used.” The Department of Public Safety said, however, that the car had been put into .service See MOTORCADE* Pg. 14A, Col. 6 Ford Court Order By JIM LETHER Associated Press Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Vice President Gerald R. Ford said Saturday he assumes President Nixon would obey a Supreme Court order to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate prosecutor. “I think it is assumed any citizen — the President included would abide by a decision oi the Supreme Court,” Ford told a news conference here. “But a person involved in litigation does not go out and say publicly what he is going to do.” the vice president said. Ford held the news conference before addressing dedication ceremonies for the Dallas World Trade Center. He made no reference to an incident involving his motorcade. A shattered window in a patrol car led to police reports — later reversed — that a sniper had fired on the motorcade as it moved from the Dallas-Fort Worth Auport to the downtown area. A spokesman for the vice president said later that Ford was unaware of the commotion. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday on whether 64 White House tapes should be surrendered to Watergate .special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Nixon has said in the past that he would abide by a “definitive” decision of the court, but he has never defined that Dangling Trucker Freed From Wreckage KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -A mail truck driver dangled bv his legs upside down over the side of a highway overpass while firemen tried t<^ free him from the wreckage of his truck and passers-by supported his body wit h a makeshift stretcher fashioned from a road sign. After a hour in the precarious position. Gerald R. Olsen was freed and taken to a hospital where he was reported in serious condition with multiple fractures. Police said the 29-year-old Sedalia man's ordeal began about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when his truck and a car collided on an overpass on Interstate Highway 70. The truck veered into the guard rail. When it came to a halt, the cab and part of the trailer were hanging over the railing, 30 feet above the street that runs under the overpass. Olsen’s legs were jammed in the wTeckage of the cab, bul his body hung out of the truck. Firemen inserted a hydraulic jack between the steering wheel and the seat to free Olsen. Passing motorists stopp'd to help, and while the firemen maneuvered the jack, the passers-by took a highway and its attached signposts and held it under Olsen's body. The two-dozen mortorists took turns holding the sign posts while the firemen worked to free Olsen. “He was just hanging there, upside down,” said one motorist. William Weatherford of Des Moines, Iowa. The driver of the car involved in the collision was arrested later and charged with careless driving, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of the injury and attempting to elude police. qualification. Ford said the likelihood of impeachment has lessened in the last several weeks because the case against the President “has fallen flat in several areas.” Ford said no offense has been proved against Nixon and he doubts the President can be tied to the Watergate cover-up. On another topic, Ford said he wTas not told before Nixon’s Middle East trip that the chief executive was suffering from phlebitis that could have been fatal. Ford, noting that he was out of Washington when Nixon left for the Middle East, said he learned of the President’s ail- U.N. Official Shot, Killed SAIGON (AP) — An American official of tile U.N. development program was shot and killed Saturday by two Vietnamese robbers who escaped with his briefcase, authorities said. Police and U.N. officials in Saigon identified the victim as William V. Saussotte, OO. of Palo Alto, Calif. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, said Pierre Sales, chief representative of the U.N. Development Fund, which has 70 officials in Vietnam. men! in a phone call from presidential chief of staff Alexander M. Haig Jr., who was in a Mideastern capital at the time. In his speech at the World Trade Center, Ford urged the Senate to join Nixon's attempts to forge a new world partnership by quickly approving a trade reform bill. U.S. success in achieving history’s highest living standards carries great responsibilities, he said. “One great responsibility is the need to seek a more open and equitable world trading system.” he said. “Another is to assure a fair chance to compete in the world’s markets.” The House has approved a trade reform bill, but Senate finance committee action has been stalled because of an amendment barring U.S. trade concessions to the Soviet Union until free immigration of Soviet Jews and other minorities is assured. The Nixon administration is opposed to that provision. Without the trade bill, Ford said, trade barriers will multiply. • Trade is essential to consolidate the great strides that we have made in the last live years toward a new world partnership," he added. After the address at the trade center. Ford went to Preston Trail Golf Club in North Dallas lur 18 holes of golf with three Dallas-Fort Worth businessmen. Ile planned another round of golf on Sunday before flying back to Washington. The vice president was to spend the night in the home of Traummel Crow, owner and developer of the Dallas market center. Minus one wind ow Jim Bryan, Texas Department of Public Safety Officer, sits in the car he was driving in escort of \ Ice President Gerald Ford in Dallas Saturday. The window through which Bryan looks shattered during the motorcade’s trip through town. First reports said the window was shattered by sniper fire. The FBI said later the shattering was caused by heat expansion. No one was injured. (AP Wirephoto)__ Ex-Cadet Violated Code, Board Says WEST POINT. N Y (AP» \ board of offic ers ha^ found that ex-Cadet Donald M. Boyd violated the U.S. Military Academy’s honor code by concealing that he married v“-c retl) in his junior year. The board’s finding i' neither binding nor final. The board, chaired by Col John B. Tunzer, met tor ll Pours on Friday to hear Bird’s lawyer, Steven Hyman argue that his client should still graduate and be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Boyd was ordered out of the academy last June and his classmates graduated abou' two weeks ago. If the final decision by the secretary of the Army goes against Boyd. he must serve three years in the Army as an enlisted man. Cadets at the academy are not allowed to marry before graduation. But an academy r pokes man said that lying about Boyd s marital and not the marriage was the r-ue. immediate point at status itself Inside Today ROTC Training Tough at Fort Riley The Advanced ROTO framing sessions at Fort Riley, Kan., are touqh on everyone — instructors as well as cadets. Pq. 15A. Abilene Community Theatre presents a children's play, "The Emperor's New Clothes,' this week. Pg. ID. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday concerning the President's control of tapes and documents Pq 21 A. Horoscope Hospita Portents Jumble Puzzle Markets Obituaries 22 A BA 16A 18-20A I 0 A Abilene Events Calendar 2B Oil ....... 6C Amusement* ........ . I - 3 B Recordings ... . ti Austin Notebook 5A Setting the Scene IB Bery's World 4A Sports ...... 1-6,14C Books 3B Texas . . 4B Bridqe Business News Classified Crossword Runic Editorials Farm News 2B 20A 8-13C 21 A 4A 7C This Week In West Texas 3B Today in History 22A To Your Good Health 17A TV Tab (Pull out section Bl I -16E Women's News I -1 2D However, lls man told neus-tren:    “The whole nature of the proceeding wast a ruse. Tse issue of biffing married is obviously the core of the case “This was dearly an it* tempt to bypass a regulation and put it on ^afe ground the honor code ” Hyman succeeded last year in having a similar ban on marriage at the I S. Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, N.Y.. declared unconstitutional as violating a basic human freedom. He has already instituted a federal court suit on the same ground in behalf of Boyd. The board, which is merely a fact-finding body with no power of deed ion. declined to discuss its work. An academy spokesman said. however, the board 1< und Boyd had lied on a government form by listing Ins wife as his fiance on his government insurance form. lh man said it would take it least one month for the I .card’s proceedings to be typed and processed for pres-< ntation to the superintendent oi life academ) This probably will not take place until the present super-intendent, Ll. Gen. William A. Knowlton, has left for his new asrienment as chief of sta f of the C S. European Command in Stuttgart. Germany. In that Case, the papers will be stuffed bv his successor. Maj. Gen. Sidney B. Berry. The superintendent will then study the records and make a recommendation to Army vec-l < t a ry ll ow a rd ll. Ca I Iowa y. who will (rand down a final decision. Indians Think Frontier Statue 'Mockery By ALEXANDER G. HIGGNIS Associated Press Writer BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) -The roadside historical marker calls her a “famous symbol of frontier heroism,” but some American Indians think Hannah Huston was a bloodthirsty killer. A dozen Indians gathered around Mrs. Duston's statue on a small island in the Merrimack River on Satuiday to pay tribute to the IO Indians that legend says she slew and scalped rn 1697. The statue shows her holding a tomahawk in her right hand and several scalps in her left. “It’s a mockery." said Henry A. Smith. 35, of Concord, a descendent of Penacook and Micmae Indians. “Those IO people are buried under the statue. Indians have never built a memorial over the whites they have killed.’’ He said the Indians decided to hold the ceremony this vealier the first tune because the statue had been getting more attention from whites during the last year. A ceremony held last month to mark the statue’s 100th anniversary was attended by several of Mrs. Duston’s de-scendants. including Mis. Meldrim Thomson, the wife of New Hampshire’* governor. legend has it that Hannah Huston, the mother of eight, was kidnaped trom her family home in Haverhill, Mass., by a band of Indians. Her baby to was killed during the raid. Some say the Indians hoped sell Mrs. Dustcn and a nursemaid taken with her into slavery in Canada. On their way to Canada, the 12 Indians and a 12-year-old white boy who had been living with them for more than a year stopped to rest on the island just north of Concord. And here, at midnight on .March SI* 1697. the legend says. Hannah Huston, the nursemaid and boc arose. crept over and killed IO of the sleeping indians. Gilbert Gallant of Lowell. .Mass., a Miemac Indian who was at the ceremony, said he’s not convinced Mis. Huston was kidnaped. Arid he sacs six of her victims were children and two were women. Police guarded the area and kept non-Indians away during the ceremony. Smth. wearing a war bonnet of eagle feathers, declined to disclose much alniut the c e r e rn o n v which newsmen were not allowed to see • There s a lot of things we can’t tell you. ' he said. “It * sacred.” Smith is an organiser of the Union of Vermont-New Hampshire Indians a recently formed group that cia.ms about 130 members and seeks to gain recognition for the traditions and rights of Eastern Indians “We’re trying to get this monument removed.’ Smith said, 'It's so insensitive.*Sbtleue Importer -SBictoOR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron673-4271    ABILENE,    TEXAS,    79604, SUNDAY MORNING. JULY 7. 1974 EIGHTY-SIX PAGES IN EIGHT SECTIONS loc DAILY 25c SUNDAY - Ic Stair Sale. Tm * ;

  • Alexander M. Haig Jr.
  • Donald M. Boyd
  • Gerald Ford
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • Gerald R. Olsen
  • Hannah Huston
  • Henry A. Smith
  • Henry G.
  • J. W. Roberts
  • Jim Bryan
  • Jim Conley
  • John B. Tunzer
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Leon Jaworski
  • Meldrim Thomson
  • Pierre Sales
  • Sidney B. Berry
  • Steven Hyman
  • Walter Coughlin
  • William A. Hawthorne
  • William A. Knowlton
  • William L. Brooks
  • William V. Saussotte
  • William Weatherford

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 7, 1974

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