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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH_YEAR, NO. 27 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604. SUNDAY MORNING. JULY, 14, 1974-SIXTY.TWO PAGES IN 15c DAILY 25c SUNDAY Sikt 'And my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the da f... er... bluebells' The Lake Abilene bottomlands may not have the "jocund company" of William Wordsworth's these bluebells are probably just as jovial. The blossoms have taken over acres where water stood many feet deep before ihe current dry spell pushed the water level downward and inward. (Staff PhoU) by Don Blakley) Ford Predicts Nixon Will Be Exonerated By FRANCES LEWINE Associated Press Writer SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) Vice President Gerald R. Ford predicted Saturday that the House of Kepresenla- liveswill "come to the conclu- sion that the President was not involved in any cover-up" and will vote against impeach- ment. Ford came to the Western White House for an hour's meeting with the President on promoting a policy against in- flation. But the news confer- ence he held on the lawn relat- ed largely to Watergate mai- lers. He repeated his judgment that there is a possibility the House Judiciary Commit Ice will vote a resolution of im- peachment against the Presi- dent. Ford added, "I feel just as strongly, if not more strongly, that the House as a whole will not favor a resolu- tion of The only area where "there's any question at Ford added, "is in the area of the cover-up, and when you look at all the evidence...in my judgment there just isn't Ihe evidence to involve the President. "The preponderance of the Ford said, "is deafly on the side of the Pre- sident1" A reporter asked about a March 22, 1973, comment by Nixon in recently released Ju- diciary Committee transcripts of While House conversations. In Ihe transcripts, Nixon told his aides to "stonewall, plead Ihe Fifth Amendment, cover up if it will save the plan." Ford replied: "You can ex- Iract a sentence or a phrase or a comment and allegedly make a but the "pre- ponderance of the evidence fa- vors the President. "The House of Representa- tives has to have the broadest possible view and has to look at all the evidence and when they do, they, can't help but come to the conclusion that the President was not involved in any cover-up." Ford said some members of the Judiciary Committee "had some views even before the evidence was thai some had introduced resolu- tions of impeachment several months ago and some "made up their minds ahead of time." "Their analysis of the evidence is not as open-mind- ed as members of the House as a Ford said. According to Ford, "any objective person" would come to the conclusion "that there was no involvement by the President and therefore he is innocent by any fair stand- ard." Ford and Nixon met for al- most an hour in the Presi- dent's oceanfront office, spending just about all of the lime on the economy, Kord said. The only other thing .they talked about, said. the vice president, "was my- travels and the fact that I was spend- ing a lot of my time through- out the country, which he wholeheartedly approves of." Nixon also congratulated Foid on his 61st birthday, which is Sunday. This was Ford's sixth meet- ing with Nixon this' week. Five sessions were held in Washing- See FORD, Pg. Col. 5 Dr. Homlett, Former Pastor At St. Paul Methodist, Dies Dr. Earl Gregory Hamlctl, 79, who was pastor of St. Paul Jlethodist Church here twice (1946-50 and 1955-57) and also had lived in Abilene since his retirement in 1962, died at 5 a.m. Saturday in Amy Lynn Nursing Home after a long ill- ness. Services will be at U a.m. Monday in St. Paul Unit- ed Methodist Church. Dr. Ira Williams, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Dr. Dams Egger, Abilene district Methodist superintendent, and Dr. Weldon Butler, Amarillo district superintendent. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under direction of Elm- wood Funeral Home. He was born March 9, 1S95 in Water Valley, Ky. He came to Texas in 1WO to the Polk Street Methodist Church pasto- rale in Amarillo. After four years at the church, he be- came Amarillo district super- intendent, a post he held for I wo years before coming to St. Paul the first time. In 1950, Dr. Hamlett relumed to the superintendent's post in Amar- illo, and afler five years, re- lumed lo Abilene. After receiving his bache- lor's degree from Ruskin Cave College in Ruskin, Tenn. in 1918, he attended Emory Uni- versity Divinity School, in Al- Ihe McAllen district sunerin- lendent before retiring in 1962 due to ill health. He lived at N. 2nd St., Apt. 411 in Abilene. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Joe C. Lo- wrey of Dallas and Sirs. Bill N. Shaw of Odessa; five grandchildren; and one great- grandchild. Pallbearers will be -Clyde Grant, J. If. Clements, Ger- ald Lawler, Robert Brown, Edgar Robinson, Arthur Hall, Jack Covington and Clive Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be the Excel Bible Class at the St. Paul Church. DR. EARL HAMLETT dies at age lantu, Ga., where he graduat- ed in 1922. He married Sara Anne Dick- son in Dickson, Tcnn. in 1922. Dr. Hamlett held several pastorales in Tennessee, in- cluding Brownsville, Paris, Nashville and Memphis. He also was superintendent of Ihe Memphis district before com- ing to Texas. Alter his second pastorate at St. Paul, Dr. Hamlett moved lo First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi. He later was Eliminate Demands to Leave inside Todoy Electric Bills Shock Pocketbook Those electricity bills are begenning to hurt with substontiol increases in some places and spectac- ular rises in others. Pg. 8A. Dr. Edward Cootes, who tes- tified of lost month's "Deep Throat" trial in Abilene, is anti-porno- graphy, but not anti-sex. Pg. 17A. Armadillo World Headquar- ters in Austin is booming os a rock and country music center. Pg. 3B. Peacock, which the Census Bureau once said didn't exist, holds its annual re- union with a big crowd expected. Pg. 24A. ..ll 1-31 ferry's WwU............ 4A twht................. CknifM ____ Cmnrwd Nufc UifwMs Nrat 7C A TA 4A it A Mwttti 71-1JA Oil HA Oxner M I 1-i, IK UA Tkn In Wen 41 i" Hntorr 41 To Hctkh 1 JA TV I-HF Newi 1-200 By DONALD SANDERS Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Two armed convicts holding seven hostages in the U.S. District Courthouse dropped their de- mand for safe passage out of the country and federal offi- cial said Saturday night the standoff "can be resolved- without bloodshed now." Fifty-six hours after the con- vicls took over a basement cell-block, Christian Rice, a spokesman for the U.S. mar--' shals service, said the negotia- tions with Ihe convicts now center on' a single demand, which he would not disclose. is some talk if we meet this demand, they (the convicts) will let il ride out lo a smooth Rice said. Rice said a smooth resolu- tion would mean the release of the hostages who had been held since 2 p.m. Thursday un- der a threat of death from the convicts. The pair had sought an airplane night 1o freedom in anotherXcountry, hot Rice they no longer sought to fley> the country. George K. NcKinney, chief U.S. Marshal for the Distirct of Columbia, has been talking with the prisoners several times hourly, Rice said. Rice said the pace of the negotiations quickened late The spokesman declined to rule out Ihe possibility of a plan to fly the prisoners lo snolher, federal prison, an ides which has arisen several, times the armed .im- and which the convicts once rejected. Kiilier, the convicts and their hostages ate a supper of shrimp and fried rice. .They had also been provided toilet- ries, shaving items, soap and tinder-arm deodorant. In a briefing to newsmen outside the courthouse build- Jus, Rice said, "The issues are rnoie basic and we're more tp'.imistic." Meanwhile, relatives of both the hostages and the convicts released letters addressed lo Ally. Gen. William B. Sasbe demanding -the release, of the. two men, Frank Gorham, 25, Robert Jones. 24, also known as Otis D. Wilkerson. The first hopeful sign Satur- day that an end lo the siege might be near was the release of 14 inmates caught in the (house ccllblock when the takeover, occurred at mid- afternoon Thursday. A 15th inmate, and the only woman, Almeda Washington, 24, stayed in the cellblock; McKinney -said he did not know why.- First reports were that she had elected fo stay, voluntarily to keep the one female hos- tage company, but two sisters who talked with her later in the day disputed that. Doncila Washington, 21, and Deatrice said their, sister, told them the .convicls ic- quired her to stay. They gave no reason. _ The temporary detention center is in the basement of U.S. District Court building fa- mous for its Watergate hear- ings and trials. The U male were allowed out of the building for transfer to other jails early Saturday hi what Ihe Justice Department said was an effort by the convicts to show good faith. Some of the H had told rela- lives they rejected an imita- tion in Ihe.escape" at- tempt, ittd several said'they .feared either side, in .thevstaii doff'made ah overt move.A. "I'm not .interested in sort of Woodaifd, don't want any harm-.to' rto. the .deputies; the other hostages or Mr. Gorharn and. Mri Jones." Frank Gorham.'S, and Rob- ert Jones, 24, also Otown as Olis D. Wilkerson, took-'control of the ceUWpck with the help of a.conceated haiidgtm Thurs- day and demanded safe passage out of (he ttnartry. They several ol her grim-from i locker! in the cell Mock, Deaf-Mute Points at Accused Pair DETROIT (AP) A 18- year-oid girl, a virtual deaf- mute since birth, pointed an accusing finger at two men charged with the murder of her mother. Phyllistene "Penny" spen- cer is believed to be the only eyewitness to the stabbing and strangulation of her mother, Ruby Spencer, last January 17. Using sign language and sometimes pictures drawn on a blackboard, Penny's special education teacher translated questions put lo the girl by attorneys on Friday. Asked by -Wayne' County prosecutors lo describe the in- cident, Penny testified, "Bath- room, door, woke up, two men, stabbed, died." The girt pointed at the two defendants, Elijah Rossell, 58, and James Lawson, ft, both of Detroit, when she was asked if her.mother's assailants were in the courtroom. Her sisler, Yvonne Spencer, 8, testified lhat Penny woke her up the morning of the inci- dent and took her lo the fami- ly's bathroom, they tried to "wake tlwir nwih- l.atcr, Penny told us- ing stabbing motions and de- scribing two men, what she had seen. Her teacher, Belly Jane Carl, translated for the girl that (Jay, too'. Despite the presence of Mrs. Carl, Penny had evident diffi- culty on the witness stand, sometimes delivering confused answers. At wie point, Mre. Carl had 16 explain what a judge is, because it is a word the girt has not yet learned in school. Mrs. Carl said Penny wears a hearing aid, speaks only' a few words and her reading level is lhat o[ a stcond-grid- er. 'Although the young witness had burst into tears when she testified at preliminary hearing, she appeired relaxed Friday, especially af- ter she .was given i chocolate bar by a court reporter. On Thursday, a convict had testified that while he and Rossell were cellmates in the County jail Rossell had admitted killing Mrs. Spencer. The trial continues in TV.- troit Recorder's Couit on Mon- day.
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