Abilene Reporter News, December 28, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

December 28, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Abilene, Texas Coming. j'n Sunday's Reporter-News Youngsters their thing with flowers A group of young arrangers doing their own thing in prepar- ing entries for the Garden Club's flowerYhow. by John Best. Pharmacist is retired, but he remembers 1 Oswalt has retired, but rit can recall his days as a soda he studied to cornt o pharmacist, the Clinic Pharmacy tn Abi for 42 years. By Robert Campbell. .About that goose and the egg The time is nearing when trie public again will be able to buy gold, but investors are warned about the economic uncertainly in holding the metal. By Phil Shook. "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT YEAR, TEXAS, 75604, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 28, 1974 -THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN THRgEJECTIONF Price 15 Cent? Neal Asks Cover-Up Jury to 'Close Ledger' WASHINGTON' (A P) Chief prosecutor James F. Neal appealed to the jury Fri- day to "close the ledger'... on Watergate" as-, final argu- ments ended in the Watergate cover-up trial. "As the representatives of a free the prosecutor I old the jurors "you are the ones who must now -balance theiaccounts'aiid close the led- ger plates on Watergate." All that remains now in the lengthy and complex conspira- cy. trial are final instructions to the jury. and their final de- liberations-beginning ilonday morning. .Following completion 'of nearly 15 hours of final, de- fense a r g u m e n t s, Neal summed up. the government's case against the five defen sel Dean. "I couldn't have predicted any better what they would Neal said, alluding to fi- nal defense arguments. On a broader note, Xeul said, "This case is not one political party against anoth- er. 1 condemn lawlessness by one side or the oilier 'wherever it is committed." In a democracy where gov- ernment exists with the con- sent of the people, said the prosecutor, "the only, salva- tion for us all and for the re-' tenlion of our form of govern- ment is the 'faith of (lie people that thcir.high officials will fair, honorable and lawful. lie said public officials must not. play "ignoble roles, they may strike hard blows but Iliey must strike fair ones." He said o f I ic i a Is "may prosecute. (Daniel) KHsberg, but they may not at the same time engage in covert opera- tions to secure his doctor's files in order to destroy him before he even gets to the courtroom." While they may attack their political opponents wilh propa- ganda, lie said, "they may not engage in illegal entries to w i r c t a p (npposilion) head- quarters." "They may make mistakes, but they may not cover up those mistakes by misuse of gora-nmenl agencies such as ordering the CIA to stop an FBI investigation' Meal said officials may not" make veiled offers of clcmen-' cy, suborn perjury., lie under oafh, destroy evidence or make payments of hush mon- ey lo keep those will! kiiowl: edge quiet. "They may not commit crimes, they may not in an." effort to perpetuate them- selves in power assault the temples of justice in a mas-, sive conspiracy lo obstruct he said. The prosecutor said when all those things "so-- defy must call those responsi- ble to account." The jury, he said, "must now balance Die; See TKIAL, Col. I, back page this sectloi After search A begrimed and weary rescue worker talks anxious fellow townsmen as he leaves the mine where an explosion killed 41 and injured others Fridaj at lieven France. Officials-said the explosion was probably caused bj accumulations of eithei methane or coaldust, and is the worst mine disaster in France since World War Stop', Pg. 3A. (AP Wirephoto) Columnist Amy Vanderbilt Falls or Jumps to Death NEW YORK (AP) Amy Vanderbilt, whose columns on manners, romance and pro- priety were syndicated in hundreds of American news- papers, fell or jumped to her death from her nparlmenl window Friday niglil. police said. Police said a passerby found Miss Vanderbill, 66, lying in a court yard outside the building on York's Upper East Side shortly before 8 p.m. and called police. She was taken to Metropoli- tan Hospital wliere she was pronounced dead. Born in Staten Island on July 22, 1908, Jliss Vandcrbffl was the daughter of the for- mer Mary Eslcllc Brooks and Joseph Mortimer Vanderbill, an insurance broker. A first cousin of Commodore Corne- lius Vanderbill, the railroad mogul, she claimed descent from America's first Vander- hii, Jane Aestcn van der Bill. She attended the Institute Hcubi in Switzerland. Packer Collegiate Institute in Brook- lyn and studied journalism at Xew York University. .Miss Yaiulerhilt. began her career in journalism as a so- ciety and feature writer for Stt AMY, Col. 5. hack page this section AMY VANftKKRIl.T i He suggested to the juiy thej should find it stiange that a common ttuead runs among the cases put in by all of (he defendants. He accused defendants of blaming, not only each other but many others who have al- ready pleaded guilty or begun serving prison sentences lor Watergate crimes. "What they all have done is to say it was someone else, not said the' Neal in his ringing Tennessee twang. "No one has dented there was. a massive attempt to ob- struct justice in this said 'Neal. He went on, "How relieved (John Dean, (Fred C.) URue. (E. Howard) Hunl, (Herbert W.I K'almbach and yes. even (Charles W.) Colson must be thai they have con- fessed their sins and retained Ihfir dignity." The nrosecutor recalled his prediction -that the defendants would dump much of the res- ponsibility for the a (temp fed cover-im of the original .lime 17. 1972. Watergate burglary on former While House conn- NEWS INDEX Amuiementi 1A Aitrt-jfMh tt it ChurcK Neni ClMjttted 7-10C Cwniti fdrto.i.li 4A Fifm tC Hortlint 41 M.tkrti 10.1 1A Obttu'iriei 11C Oil IX Sparti 1-4C in HittMy 'A TV 9A TV W.m.n'i Newi 31 More Than 'Halfway' Serious AUSTIN, Ter. (AP) Bep. Em'mett Whitehead or Rusk said Friday he's thought of a way to get the attention of federal judges who have or rtered "reforms" in the treat- ment of juvenile delinquents and the criminally insane. The particular target of his wratli is U.S. District Court Judge William Wayne Justice of Tyler, who recenlly'ordered a phasing'out of large rural reform schools. "Halfway houses" or com- munity treatment centers would replace the sprawling institutions. Whitehead said he would in- troduce a bill or an appropria- tions rider lhat would pul the firs! halfway house next door to Justice's home. William Wavne Justice wants to turn Ihese little monsters loose, jusl dron one next door to him in the silk stocking district of Tvler...II'lI get his Whitehead said. "I hope his car gels stolen and his house burglarized. I don't want his kids molested or his wife raped, though." He said lift might introduce 3 similar bill for U.S. District .Imlge Sarah Hughes of Dallas, Set LKG1SI.ATOR. Col. 3 hack page this section Unhappy departure ilrs. M. Galis holds her children, Nedaria, 3, and 14- month-old Poppy, white waiting tote evacuated Friday at Australia's Darwin Airport. About 10.000 people were being airlifted from Darwin, which was hit by a cyclone on Wednesday. Story. Pg. 2H. (AP Witopholo) 1 Cant Believe He's Jack's Friends Say By BOB THOMAS Press Writer .'.BEVERLY. HILLS, Calif. show world react- ed in sorrow and disbelief Fri- day to the death from cancer of Jack Benny, whose gentle, self-effacing humor brought laughter to Americans for half a century. "I can't believe he's said Mary Livingstone lo Ben- ny's longtime manager, Irving Fein. She had been the come- dian's wife for 47 years and on radio nlayed his wise-cracking friend.. His fellow stars responded hi the same manner, finding it hard to imagine the entertain- ment scene without Benny and tis myth of stinginess, his Mare M Btniiy, Pg. 2A mock-serious violin playing, his interminable "takes" staring at an audience with fingers under his chin as waves of laughter responded lo his perplexity. "I didn't realize he was that sick, it happened so said actor James Stewart; "it's almos.t hard to grasp. We'll miss him tremendously, as everyone." Benny died of cancer ol the pancreas late Thursday nighl. He was 80, having proclaimed in comedy roWiiies for dec- ades that he Ws 39. He was active almost until Ihe end. While preparing for a :'benefit appearance'in Dallas on Ocl. 19 he suffered stomach cramps.; .He wanted to per- form and was annoyed when doctors would not permit it. Hospital tests in Los Angeles disclosed nothing abnormal, and he made plans lq appear in a television special and to costar with Walter Matlhau in the film version of "The Sun- shine Beys." On Nov.. 12, Benny and his oldest friend, George Burns, joined in an interview for The Associated Press and Benny appeared Ihin but fit. The pair reminisced about their vaude- ville days! and Benny talked excitedly about future pro- jects. Appearing for an award at the Hollywood Women's Press Club on Dec. 8, Benny com- plained of stomach pains and had to leave. Burns arrived to accept Die award for him. "The doctors still couldn't find anything wrong with said manager Fein, "and we all thought his pains were psychosomatic. But last Friday he had some more X- rays and the cancer was dis- covered." -Fein said tiiat doctors decid- ed the cancer was inoperable because of Benny's age. Dur-. ing the final days he was in such pain that he remained heavily sedated. When news broke of-his illness the day after Christmas, Mattlian. Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jack tammon. Danny Kayc, Edie Adams, Burns, Frank Sinatra and other stars paid visits to Ihe Benny house. Another visi- tor was Gov. Ronald lieagan, a fellow star during Benny's years at Warner Brothers. Benny was too ill to see any of Ihe visitors. They gave their sympathy to Mary Benny and daughter Joan Blumofc. "Everyone who knew him loved said Johnny Car- son of the comedian who often appeared on Ihe "Tonigjit" show, "i never heard him say an '.inkintl word about anyone I feel fortunate having my life touched by him." Learning of Benny's death in a phone call from Burns, (.'icorge .lessel said in Boise, Idaho, -if there is a place where good men live on, ihen (here will be a place for Ben- ny." Jack Benny was a rarity in show business a star univ- ersally liked by his fellow per- formers. In his radio and tele- vision character he was por- trayed as tightfistcd, vain, au- tocratic and temperamental. STOP thai1." he ex- claimed 10 the inanilios of Dennis Day or Phil Harris i. In real life he was generous wilh his money he paid highest prices to his cast and writers and time. He played benefits with regularity and especially c n j o y e d raising funds fur symphony mvhos- Iras with his tortured rendi- tions of "Tlie Unlike other comedians who were constantly Benny. was Ihe beslaiidience in town, and he roared at the jokes of Bums and Hope. Benny never seemed lo say unkind" things aboul any perforators. Funeral services have bwrt announced for Sunday in the Hillside Memorial Park Chap- el. Habbi Edgar F. Magnin will preside, and eulogies will be delivered by Hope anil Bums. Private entombment will follow. The CBS television network said it would broadcast a one- hmiv tribute to licnny en Sun- day night. ;

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