Questions? Call (888) 845-2887 Hablamos Español

Abilene Reporter News Newspaper Archive: December 27, 1974 - Page 1

Share Page

Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date:

Get 1 more page view just for clicking

to like us on Facebook


   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TII YEAR, NO. 190 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 27, 1974-TIIIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Presi (ff) Instead of Being in an Ugly Mood, the Prisoners All Called Us Sir' By TKKKKNCK HUNT Associated Press Writer LOR'fON, Va. (AP) Right before we went lit, a prison official warned us that the rebel inmates were armed. "I want to make sure you realize that in effect you'll IK hostages." Two of (he six newsmen planning to enter the maximum security section of Lorton Heformatory pulled 'back. I de- cided to go ahead. Minutes before we started into Hie prison an At1 photographer pulled me need a mug shot of you, jiisl ill he said. I began to feel the potential danger, but it wasn't until the first steel door slammed shut behind us that 1 realty fell (he fcargiwing.. When the third and final slcel.dgor closed, I mentioned my fear aloud. My three colleagues eatti said he Jell the same. Within minutes we met a prisoner involved in the siege and capture of 10 hostages at this District of Columbia reformatory. We wailed in a. group until we were led one by one across a 50-foot yard in the darkness into a dining and visiting area, the command post for the rcliel- linn, _: I was the second newsman led across the lawn by an unarmed inmate. I ex- pected to find the prisoners heavily armed and in an ugly mood. 1 liut I was surprised. The inmates displayed no weapons in the visiting area, where I was to remain for the next 11 hpuvs during negotiations. The prisoners wanted to pour out a litany of grievances and have us-wil-" ness the negotiations. They'.were polite; and all called us "sir." .Tliey ifidn't even" look like prisoners. They wore disparate outfits of khakis, jeans, jack- et's, sweatshirt; and some hats, Inmates had'assembled five during tables into a makeshift conference ta- ble. We sat on one side as they com-- plained nf inadequate -Visiting'proce- dures, a director of security whom they called "a insufficient cduca- liunal. and vocational programs and threats that they would be transferred. oilier prisons, away from iheir fami- "lies.'. As we-listened, a guard viiio.was taken hostage was brought io the table, looking tired and drawn. He too lis- tened for a few minuter aiul said be- fore he was released, "I agree with a lot they say." The guard, Roger Porter, assured us none of. the other captives had Been banned. The inmates said they let him go because he suffers from an ulcer. At one end of the room, an inmate stood at lookout, (leering around a while cut lain for signs of any on-rnsti of police officers. A. lighted Christmas tree was at the other end of the room. The prisoners talked with emotion about their prob- lems. And some of the leaders told them to go one at a time so. we would. understand .each point; Within a halt-hour, four prison offi- cials arrived and the negotiations gan. By 3 a.m. the negotiation took some heated turns after relatives, girl friends and acquaintances of the in- mates were allowed into (lie prisons The 'Telalives sat around the sometimes urging the prisoners to take TIIEV, 1 back; page Ihls stclhm Jail Uprising Ends Quietly By JOHN LKNGEL Associated Press Writer LORTON, Va. (AP) Armed inmates released seven hostages unharmed at I.orton Reformatory Thursday after receiving'what they regarded as assurances they would not be punished -for 't'iicir role in an attempted mass escape. The end came peacefully in midaflernoon almost 20 hours after the prison uprising be- gan Christmas night. Three inmates escaped and one was killed in the attempt. About 100 were involved. Ori- ginally 10 hostages had been Goodfellows Donations Latest Goodfellows. dona- tions: Anonymous Z5 00 Kirla Eva Ailts 20 00 Sir. Airs. Joe Smith 15.00 Total NH Previously Acknowledged Total to date 1J.I8I.31 seized, but one was released around midnight and -'two. more late .Thursday morning. The rebellious inmates gave up their siege upon being shown a letter approved by the Department of 'Justice, ft 'assured them there would be no prosecution tor-offenses ar- ising out of the disturbance' without consultations with Del- herl Jackson, the director of the Department of Corrections for the District of Columbia, which operates the prison in this rural Virginia area about 15 miles south of Washington, B.C. The letter was signed by U.S. Ally. David Hop- kins. The acting federal prison director, Tloy Gerard, earlier had signed an agreement that none of .the inmates involved would be transferred to other federal prisons. j break came; the pusoners had members of their families and visitors es- corted to the middle of the prison yard. Newsmen talked with thorn- See Col. 1, back page His secifob PAGE ONE BY KATHARYN DUFF This might have been fun- nier soon after the happening. Ceilainly it would have been funnier had the pro football fates rearranged this year's playoffs ami if he who controls fates for Ihe Dallas Cowboys had seen fit Io use more the services of .the former Abilene Christian College quarterback But, with these disclaimers, here it is anyway. ACC Veep Bob Hunter got a note from Troy Sampley, for- mer Abilenian now Veep Richardson bank, which was a copy of a note Troy received from a Washington, D.C., friend after THAT game Thanksgiving day in Texas Stadium when- the Cowboys won over the Redskins in a surprise last-minute blitz. "Our nation's capital was shocked and saddened at the sudden passing; of Clint Lon- the note read. .Tames A. Griswold, M. D., lias been in Ihe practice of medicine in Ballinger for Kom'e lime. A month or so ago his broth- er, Dr. Edward Griswold, den- fist, came to Ballinger to es- tablish his practice. He set up his'offices adjoining those of Dr. James. This is not ordinary, broth- a physician and one a dentist, with adjoining offices. You might even call it ex- traordinary. But what moves the situa- tion toward the status of unique is this: James Gris- wold, M.D., and Edward Gris- wold, D.'D.S., arc twins. Furthermore they are identi- cal twins. Mrs. Manuel (Lucy) Marti- nez lias used Dr. .lames Gris- wold as family physician for several years. Rccehlly she had a dwtal problem and phoned lo make an appoinlmenl with Ihe new- dentist in town. She knew they had the same surname so might be kin. She did not know they were identical twins. was sitting in the dentist's office wailing [or her appoinlmenl and in he walks.' he said. Lucy returned the greeting from, she thought, her fam- ily doctor. "Well, you think you need a tooth pulled. .I'm ready to check the doctor "Oh, Lucy exclaimed. "You're not going to pull MY tooth." Dentist Griswold had to con: vince her he wasn't Physician Griswold. Or, as our corre- spondent Mary Sue Cottelle put it, "Yes, Lucy and all the rest of you. there are two Griswolds in Ballinger." If. B. Rodke, for a long time in the oil business as a land- man in this region, is now' in the same sort of business, in Arizona, headquartered' at Phoenix. Bob has been taken with a bronze plaque set in a wall 'in. the Arizona Capitol, adjacent to the entrance to the Gover- nor's office. It reminds him of "home" every time se sees it. The plaque memorializes "Rawghlic (cq) Clement Stan- ford; born Buffalo Gap, Tex- as, 8-2-79; died Phoenix, Arizo- na 12-15-63; Superior Court Judge Maricopa County, 1915-18, 1919 '22; Governor of Arizona, 1937-38; Justice of Arizona Supreme Court, 55." ,r. "Ole Buffalo Gap made good." Bob comments, "and should any doubt, come' call us up and I'll show 'cm." NEWSliX AslTO.jroph 1 1 A Briiso II A Classified 5-9C Comw 7t Dr. ____ 21 Hwrtlhic Oil 8B 21 J.4C IOC Sylvia Potter K in History 21 TV Si TVWt ..8A Womtn'i News 3B Reformatory entrance Lorton Reformatory's guard tower six looms above'the'-gale, right, which newsmen used to euler Hie maximum security section of; the prison early Thursday morning where inmates held The newsmen entered the prison after inmates demand- ed to talk with them. (AP Wirephoto) Lawyer Soys Ehrlichman Was to the Wolves' By MIKE 'SHANAHAN Associated Press Writer JVASiilNGTON (AP) John Ehrlichman's lawyer portrayed his client Thursday as a decent White House "square" whose frank advice to'former President Richard M. Nixon was rfiwarded by his being thrown to the wolves. Attorney' William S. Prates' final summation was among three heard Thursday by the jury in the Watergate cover-up trial. U.S. District Judge John J. said he will give his instructions to the jury on Monday, when they will begin considering the guijt or'inno- cence of the five defendants. After pressing defense law- yers to speed Iheir final argu- ments, the judge gave up on his original intention of having the jury deliberate over the weekend. Ehrlichman and four other former While House aides or Nixon re-election officials are charged with conspiring to ob- struct the investigation of the June 17, break-in at the Watergate building headquar- ters of the Democratic Nation- al Committee. The jurors have heard more than IS hours of arguments in the final summaries. The prosecution is scheduled for fi- nal rebuttal on Friday. Frates recounted how Ehr-. lichman, a former White House aide, was summoned to the presidential retreat at Camp David, lid., April 29, 1973. Krates said while officially Ehrlichman resigned, in reali- ty, "he was thrown out. He was thrown to the wolves." Frates recalled Ehrlich- man's" testimony that Nixon planned to pardon the Water- gale break-in defendants dur- ing his second term as presi- dent. The lawyer said there was nothing sinister about such a plan. "After he said, "ccr- Sec EHRLICHMAN, Col. 8 back page this section Weatherman Says The Worst Is Over A 411 per cent chance of more drizzle or light rain is in the forecast lor Friday morn- ing, keeping alive the possibil- ity of ice coating bridges, power lines and trees. But, forecasters for the Na- tional Weather Service say the worst of the ice storm grip- ping Texas is over for the Abi- lene area, and clearing condi- tions are expected to begin Friday afternoon, A FROSTV drizzle which dropped an official .2H inch on Abilene Christmas Day ended at about 4 a.m. Thursday. Forecasters recorded only a trace of rain the rest of'the day Thursday at Abilene Mil-', nic-ipal Airport. W. Eck said there is a possibility that early morning drizzle Friday and standing water left over from Wednesday night's rain may freeze over again as tempera- tures were expected to drop to the low 30s over the night Thursday. .Eck said; though, that he does not expect ice formations on power lines, and'streets to be heavy. Wednesday night's storm caused .relatively few. prob- lems in Abilene, but conditions reportedly were worse south of Abilene in Coleman and Brown Counties. EARLY MORNINO power failures lasting about two hours were reported in Cole- man, Burkelt, Bangs and San- ta Anna. One traveler reported Cole- man to lie a "'winter wonder- land" Thursday with ice up to a fourth-inch thick on trees and buildings. But, streets re- portedly were free of ice, and crews were able to repair all downed lines. Power in the liny town'61., Burketl north of Coleman. went out about 3 a.m. Tliurs-. 'day, a spokesman for West Texas Utilities in Abilene said. The failure was not reported until residents began, waking. up, but 'crews .were able.to; restore power soon after.get-: ting the initial reports. 'Southwest; of Coleman nt Santa Anna and Bangs, ice re- portedly formed on power lines and blew out fuses but no..: lines were downed. A TRAVELERS advisory was out for .Stonewall, Scurry. Fisher, Mitchell anil. Nolan Counties .Thursday afternoon and'melit'tint .'the Department of Public Safety .reported ho 'major.accidents through.'- mid-: evening Thursday.- In ice-covered tree shorted out a power', line, in the viclnily of 4IM Monti- cello and resulted, in.a power" failure which, lasted fro.m p.m. Wednesday to a.m. Thursday in an area' from South 7th Io Hartford and from Rowic Io Legged, according to WTU officials. Officials of Lone Star Gas and Southwestern Bell said they had no service disrup- tions caused by the weather, ITRAIlB 2-Day Thurs. Total ABILENE Municipal Airport TR Total Tor Year Normal for Year 2349 AVOCA TR ,3S BA1RD TR. BALMNGEK TR BIG SPRING .27 liLACKWELL .'25 BRECKENRIDGE .76 .86 BROWN.WOOD .3S COLORADO CITY .30 COMANCHE .61 DE LEON .35 .65 DUBLIN' GOLDTIIWA1TE GOREE HERMLEIGH LUEDERS JIEHKEL N'UGEXT 1'AINT CREEK JJOCKDALE ROTAN .SEYMOUR SNYDER SWKETWATEK WESTBUOOK' WINTERS .42 -..52 TR .40 TR M .30 .60 TR. .'50 TR .30 Ttl .35.. .17 r. 20 .40 'Good News Day' Law ton Residents in By TOM their combined tried to read sense of the Associated Press the stuff." commented 1.AWTON, Okla." afternoon, Kdens. news director at Christmas was' "Good not know But he said the fire Day" in Lawton, by l.awion residents traffic deaths and tion of Mayor Don residential local robberies and bur- Whitakcr 'asked the third house fire left remained unaired. news media to put out family did report one burglary, good news for a 21-hour persons died od, in keeping with the roads on Christmas wrote a story to the ef- of Christmas.- various that, 'Your police and had occ'jrrcd departments have r''The news didn't stale and awake, on Christmas said Paul McClung, four radio stations while you he re- vsislant managing editor of television station had said they had pre- L a w t o n Constitution over network a burglary in progress, Morning but they ignored that nothing was taken be- Hut the city's local and state the officers arrived in did, and until Lawtonians to prevent anv theft." Cracking-the glaze Melting icicles droop from autumn leaves Thursday afternoon as slightly warmer temperatures crack the glaze caused by Wednesday's ice storm. Warmer temp- safer driving expected Friday. (Staff Photo hy Don Rlakley)   

From 1607 To The Present

Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!

Growing Every Second

Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 130 million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.

Genealogy Made Simple

Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!

Choose the Membership Plan that is right for you!

Unlimited 6 Month

$99.95 (45% Savings!)

Unlimited page views for 6 months Learn More

Unlimited Monthly

$29.95

Unlimited page views for 1 month Learn More

Introductory

$9.95

25 page views for 1 month Learn More

Subscribe or Cancel Anytime by calling 888-845-2887

24 hours a day Monday-Saturday

Take advantage of our Introductory Membership offer and become a member for 1 month only for $9.95!

Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!

Your Membership Includes:
  • 25 page views for 1 month
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a Monthly Membership only for $29.95
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!
Subscribe for a 6 Month Membership only for $99.95
Best Value! Save -45%
Your Membership Includes:
  • Unlimited Page Views
  • Access to Over 130 million Newspaper Pages
  • Ability to View, Save, and Print
  • Articles featuring over 100 million people
  • Full Access To All Content including 10 Foreign Countries
  • Weekly Search Alerts - We search for you!
  • & Many More Features!

What our Customers Say:

"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.

"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.

"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.

Search Billions of Newspaper Articles 145 Million+ Pages and More Added Weekly!

Uncover 400+ Years
of Newspaper Archives
(1607 to today!)

Browse by Date

Research Newspaper Articles from 19 Countries
& all 50 U.S. States

Browse by Location

Explore 6,200+ Current &
Historical Newspaper Titles
and Counting!

Browse by Publication