Abilene Reporter News, November 28, 1974

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November 28, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT NO. 163 PHONE 673-4271 Former Executive Says Bell Requires Political Donations ABILENE, TEX., 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, NOV. 28, PAGES IN SEVEN SECTIONS Price 15 Cents By PAUL RECER Associated Press Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. executives are required, as a part of company policy, to contribute a month or more from their salaries to politicians selected by the company, a former Bell exec- utive said Wednesday. James H. Ashley, co-plain- tiff in a million suit against Bell and a former San Antonio Bell commercial man- ager, said that executives were told that money was in- cluded in their salaries for po- litical contributions. "Up until 1966, we gave a month in he said. After that, a "political contact man" for Bell would send out notices to executives telling them where to send the contri- butions. The money then was paid by personal check, he said. "We had no he said. "We were required to make these 'voluntary' contri- butions." Southwestern Bell officials immediately denied the charge. The contributions, from 142 Bell executives, amounted to about a year, Ashley said. Ashley said he knovs from personal experience that this same system was used among Bell executives outside of Tex- as. In 1966, Ashley said the Bell executives were given raises with the understanding that all or part of this money w-s to be used lor the politi- cal contributions. After that, he said, he re- ceived handwritten notices telling him where to send the contributions and for what amount. Ashley is joined in the suit with the family of T.O. Gravitt, the Bell vice president for Texas. Gravitt committed suicide in October at his Dallas home and his family claims the suicide re-. suited from the pressures of an internal investigation being conducted by the Bell security personnel. San Antonio Attorney Pat See BELL, Col. 5 Back page this section PAGE ONE BY KATHARYN DUFF Lon Nol's Backers Win Early UN Test From the dictionary: "thanksgivulg (lower case t) noun, the act of rendering thanSs, especially-to God; a prayer expressing gratitude; a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness and mercies; in the U.S., 'Thanksgiving (capital a day set apart each year for thanksgiving to God." That is what it is, this day. Add the "Three F's" with we decorate this day, Food, Football and Family, but the core meaning is un- changed. It is a time for "acts of ren- dering "expressions of "public ac- knowledgements of divine goodness." The trouble with Thanksgiv- ing Day is finding time in it for thanksgiving. There is the turkey stuffing to mix and, forgot the cranberry sauce and the parades are on television which the kids have turned too high and the good china, if on this day you use it, had better be washed be- fore the table is set. Let's have a fire in the fire- place because it is cool and that will keep Pop busy and when he goes for wood he sees those mounds of leaves to be raked and it's time for the football game to start and here comes friends on a friendly visit. Who has time for friendli- ness, either, on Thanksgiving? It is a hectic a time, almost as hectic as the sacred day of Christmas. But that is the way we are, the way in which we live. And even in the confusion there can be the act of thanks- giving. Perhaps this bustle may itself'express gratitude. few mothers would get out the good china to eat alone. Few fathers would build the fireplace fire to feed their spirit alone. This is a day to "render lhanks, especially to God." And that very act calls (or expressing gratitude to other people. Things just work that way. When you begin itemiz- ing blessings you keep running into the goodness of others. Oh, sure, people are thoughtless and boorish and selfish. They are also thought- ful and kind and generous. A smile here, a nod there, a note, a phone call such can turn a day around in its tracks. than a Thanksgiving to say, a small "thank you" for those who help this column cause along? A suggestion comes by mail. A funny story comes by tele- phone. March into the office feeling glum and here's a pleasant -from a pleasant- person. Mrs. Lois'Beard of Ballinger sends a copy of an old revival song long forgotten. So does Mary Nell Bullard, Scurfy County librarian who can re- call tabernacle revivals at Blackwell. Here are more cop- ies sent with no name. Here's a note from Rosanna Sumner telling of her experiences as pianist in a rural Arkansas church. Kind people taking the trou- ble to be kind. On Thanksgiving we will render thanks to God. And with it we express some grati- tude to others. Gratitude a simple grace too often neglected or saved for a Thanksgiving Day. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) Backers of President Lon Nol's Cambodian govern- ment won a preliminary test of strength Wednesday night in the U.N. General Assembly against those who would, give Cambodia's U.N. seat to representatives of exiled Prince Norodom Sihanouk. By a vote of 58 to 56 With 20 abstentions, they pushed through a motion .to have the assembly vote on their resolu- tion'for. all-Cambodian peace talks ahead of arrival resolu- tion that would change the Fair Weather Expected Toddy Abilenians may be thankful for the fair weather-promised by the National Weather Serv- ice Thursday as they sit down to their Thanksgiving meals. After a chill night in keeping with the late autumn season, the skies are expected to be clear and fairly warm (in the upper Anyone who ex- pects more isn't very grateful. delegation. The outcome of the prelimi- nary move was taken as a strong indication-that they had the votes to get their resolu- tion adopted. The assembly's rules pro- vide that proposals shall be voted on in the order in which they are submitted unless the assembly decides otherwise. The prorSihanouk resolution was.'put in'first; but .the as- sembly; decided to reverse the order by adopting the motion, submitted by Thailand. Before the vote, U.S. Am- bassador John A. Seal! had urged the assembly to vote down the resolution that would turn .Cambodia's seat over to a delegation from Sihanouk's Peking-based government in exile.. In his speech near the end of the Cambodian debate, Scali also denied a Chinese charge that the United States had instigated the 1970 ouster of Sihanouk in favor of Presi- See LON, Col. 7 Back page this section One turkey who's safe What better time is there Frances a three-vear-old hen turkey is one bird that doesn't have to worry about Tlianksfiivmg She's the pet of Gwen May, director of the Salinas.Society or Proven- to Animals in Saltaas, Calif. Otherwise, she might be looking at Thanksgiving from a different viewpoint. (AP Wirephoto) GoodYeMows at work in Donations Kicks Off Goodfellows Drive for Needy Goodfellows received of their goal on the opening day of the 1974 cam- paign Wednesday. The Abilene Kiwanis Club gave its customary opening start the cam- paign and three other regular first day contributors brought the total to Thanksgiving Day tradition-, ally opens the campaign, both for donations and for letters from persons who have or know of needs of persons or families. Persons wishing to contrib- ute to the campaign and those wishing to report, needs of a family or an 'individual should write Goodfellows, Box 30, Ab- ilene, Texas 79604. Contribu- tions will be acknowledged in the Reporter-News. The first day's contribu- tors: Abilene Kiwanis Club Abilene Clearing House Assn. 500 West Texas Utilities 200 Abilene Reporter-News 200 TOTAL GOAL GOODFELLOWS hope to make certain that every Abi- lene child has some toys for Christmas and that less for- tunate families are provided with food and clothes. The campaign involves nearly every citizen of the city and many interested persons outside. Much .work already has been done. Abilene firemen have been working for months re- pairing and painting toys and bicycles which have been do- nated by children who wanted to help the Goodfellow cam- paign. VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives, Dyess NCO Wives, and many volunteers have sewn and clothed dolls either given by children or purchased with funds donated to Goodfellows. The Goodfellow Store at 166 Pine Si. was donated by HCC G r edit Co. and Showcase Square owners for use during months of'December. Abi- lene Exchange Club and Abi- lene Lions Club members will help set up the store. Members of the Parent- Teachers Associations will man the store and help eligi- ble parents shop for their chil- dren from the huge number of new and used toys and dolls which will be on display there. Boy Scouts Will clean the store and the Junior Red Cross will decorate it. JUNIOR LEAGUE mem- bers, with the help of Lou Kids Sacrifice to Aid Others Two children in Abilene are riving up a Thanksgiving treat to share with others this year. Andrew and Michele Mon- ceaux, children of T.Sgt. and Mrs. Howard Monceaux of 1802 McCradeen, decided they wanted to help with delivering the Meals on Wheels thanks- giving dinner Thursday. 'T just came home and said help was needed in making the deliveries and my children and husband said they would like to Mrs. Monceaux saM. Instead of having the regu- lar three pies for Thanksgiv- ing dinner, the Monceaux chil- dren will have only one. And with the money saved, they bought fruit and made bags of fruit to give to the people. But Andrew has come down with the mumps and if he feels like it, he will only be allowed to ride in the car while the deliveries are made. "Michele hasn't come down with mumps yet and we are hoping she Mrs. Monceaux said. Meals on Wheels will pro- vide 50 to 60 Thanksgiving din- ners to needy persons who ha- ven't been Invited out ami who have no place to go for tlic holiday. Only One Paper Today, Thanksgiving Traditional with the Repor- tor-News is Thanksqiv- inq. Christmas. Shopping Save It for a gift guide look at pagel have a happy holiday! inside Today Christmas Season Approaches The Christmas season opens .with the passing of Thanksgiving and today's Reporter-News carries stories in Sec- tioris E and G about shop- ping for Christmas. Ethiopia denies that depos- ed Emperor Haile Selassie will be executed. Pg. 3A. ActiMliM ...............JO 11C AIM. Buiineii Newt........... SB Classified 8-1 ID Comic, M, 13G Dear Abby............... Or. Lamb 130 Editorioli Obituo'ics 11D Hcarrlint 60 1C 1-70 To Your Good Hoollh...... in History IS Today's Holiday For Postmen No regular residential, or business mail will be delivered Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Post- master Clyde Grant has an- nounced. Special delivery and lockbox services at the main post ol- fice will be operated, Grant said. Mall will he collected on a regular holiday schedule, which is posted on each collec- tion box. Window, collection and delivery service will re- sume normal operation Fri- day. Wayte, head of the Abilene- Taylor County Welfare Dept., and other welfare organiza- tions, will determine the eligi- bility of families .-for food, clothes and toys. They will visit homes during the .next three weeks to check on needs, numbers in the family, etc. Red Cross volunteers will visit rest homes to check on needs of persons in those homes who are eligible for gifts, and the Red Cross work- ers will then purchase the gifts themselves from Goodfel- low funds. The Abilene Kiwanis Club will write the food scrip and JayceerEttes .will write the clothing scrip lists have been drawn up Dec. 15. The Goodfellow Store will be open the following week for parents to choose gifts for children families. Ex- change Club members will help carry parents and.their gifts home if they do rot have adequate transportation. Robert A. Jordan, vice pres- ident of Abilene Savings Assn., is chairman of Goodfellows this year. L. A. (Andv) Ander- son, president of Southwest Savings, is first vice chair- man, and Abe Allen, city councilman and drug store owner, is second vice chair- man. Officers by r stotn are former presidents of the Abi- lene Exchange Club. THE CHILD Welfare Dent. will purchase gifts for needy children in foster homes, and the Salvation Army will-han- dle requests for help after the Dec. 15 deadline. Marines picked toys at the various schools after hundreds of Abilene school- children brought their no-lwiR- er-needcd toys and dolls to school with them in October. Manv of these would no long- er be recognizable following re; air and repainting by fire- men. Many will be almost as good as new under some less fortunate Abilene family's Christmas three, Jordan said, ;

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