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Brownwood Bulletin (Newspaper) - October 6, 1975, Brownwood, Texas EH GOOD AFTERNOON The biggest fire here in IO years did heavy damage at White’s Mines in Brownwood Sunday night. See below. ★ ★ ★ An armed robber took an undetermined amount of cash from the Town and Country Food Store on the Brady highway here early today. See below. ★ ★ ★ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Qty officials say they believe striking firefighters are responsible for some of the 217 blazes which have erupted    since    city firefighters walked    off their jobs Friday in a pay dispute. ¥ ¥ ¥ WASHINGTON (AP) - he SupremeCourt opens a new term today confronted with the isfue of the constitutionality of the new campaign    finance    law, a question    that    could profoundly affect the course of the 1976 presidential elections. ¥ ¥ ¥ Additional funds for Brown County Child Welfare were approved by county commissioners this morning. See page 2. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a daring coordinated raid, leftist guerrillas attacked a provincial army garrison Sunday 'n an abortive attempt to steal guns, then fled in a plane hijacked by accomplices, leaving at least 29 dead by official count. ¥ ¥ ¥ Four Brownwood residents get in their two cents worth with letters to the editor today. See page 4. ¥ ¥ ¥ WASHINGTON (AP) -CIA Attempts to kill Cuba’s Fidel Castro occurred under three presidents but there is no hard evidence that any president authorized such schemes, according to the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee. * ★ A AUSTIN — Long-awaited impeachment trial of Judge 0. P. Carrillo of Duval County begins in the Texas Senate today, the state’s first such in 44 years. ★ ★ ★ The Weather Mostly fair and continued mild through Tuesday._ Attorneys deny Patty confessed SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Attorneys for both sides in the Patricia Hearst case denied published reports today that the newspaper heiress has confessed to several crimes — including a fatal bank robbery — and has agreed to turn state’s evidence. A story in today’s editions of the New York Post quoted “sources familiar with the interviews” as saying Miss Hearst had confessed during talks with court-appointed psychiatrists seeking to determine whether she is mentally competent. The Post said Miss Hearst identified several persons who harbored her as a fugitive and agreed to testify against her terrorist comrades in return for immunity or special treatment. The report said Miss Hearst, 21, decided to cooperate with authorities after her attorney, F. Lee Bailey, told her it was the only way to avoid a long prison term. “This is absolutely not true,” said Albert Johnson, a partner of Bailey’s, when informed of the Post story. “I’ve been the only attorney with her for the past week and she has not confessed to anything. “She couldn’t make a decision like that even if she wanted to because of the state she’s in.” U.S. Attorney James L. Browning, personally in charge of the Hearst case, termed the report “a wild story,” and said “she has not offered to turn state’s evidence.” “I don’t know anything about any statement that she’s made to the prosecution. I’m not aware of any cooperation that she’s extending or offering to the prosecution. There have been no plea discussions.” By FENTON WHEELER Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain (AP) -Gunmen attacked a Basque bar in northern Spain and machine-gunned the owner to death in apparent retaliation for the spectacular bombing deaths of three civil guardsmen, officials said today. Police said the incident occurred in a Bilbao industrial suuiuu a ft*» hours «*fU; polit! cal terrorists, believed to be Basque guerrillas, killed the guardsmen by blasting their Jeep with a remote control bomb, hurling the vehicle 60 feet in the air. Premier Carlos Arias Navarro called a special cabinet meeting today to consider the rising violence, but a high official predicted the government would not “overreact” by declaring a state of emergency. Police sources In Bilbao identified the latest victim as Ignacio Echave, brother of two Basque guerrillas in exile in France. They said a group of High court to WASHINGTON (AP) - With Justice William 0. Douglas participating in all but a handful of its decisions, the Supreme Court today agreed to review a Missouri abortion control law and take on the politically ticklish issue of campaign financing. Douglas, 76, who suffered a stroke last Dec. 31, mounted the bench of the nation’s highest court for the first time since April 21 when he heard arguments in a death penalty case. Douglas spent much of last term in hospitals after his stroke. Among cases which the court announced that it will hear were: —A challenge to the constitutionality of spending limits and other campaign law changes which will apply to the 1976 presidential elections if upheld. —An appeal from a lower court decision upholding a Missouri law which requires the consent of husbands or parents and imposes other restrictions on abortions. Brownwood Bulletin Twelve Pages Today Brownwood,Texas Monday, October 6, 1975 Vol. 75, No 304 Ten Cents Dally Sunday Twenty-five Cents Spanish gunmen kill owner of Basque bar men armed with pistols and machine guns shot Echave to death in his bar late Sunday evening, then fled. The attack was believed to be the work of an extreme right-wing group called Guerrillas of Christ the King, blamed for more than 80 attacks on Basque-owned businesses in retaliation for Basque separatist assassinations of police. Saying the guerrillas were losing the struggle to bring down the 36-year-old regime, the official said the three new police killings Sunday in the troublesome northern Basque region would not provoke emergency measures. “Three policemen were killed last week in Madrid,” he told the Associated Press. “No emergency was declared then. There is a virtual state of war between the terrorists and the government. Retaliation by the terrorists is terrible but we expect it. City blames striking firemen in KC blazes By ROBERT MACY Associated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -City officials say they believe striking firefighters are responsible for some of the 217 blazes which have erupted since firefighters walked off their jobs Friday in a pay dispute. Fire Director Frank Spink said there are “strong indications that arson was involved in six fires” over the weekend, and police reported one firebombing Sunday night. Spink said the city had asked surrounding communities which have mutual aid agreements with Kansas City UNITED WAY $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30 OOO $20 OO matud 1975 NOT QUITE—Brown County United Way total was still short of the $80,000 goal and stood at $37,306.47 this morning, the final day of the drive, in contributions and pledges. for firefighting assistance, but “got no’s, no’s, no’s. There we were burning, and nobody would do anything.” He said union agreements in the other cities take precedent over the mutual aid pact. Police Chief Joseph McNamara said many fires were deliberately set, “not random acts, but well-planned arsons, committed by people knowledgeable about fires.” Charles Shafer, an attorney for the Kansas City firefighters’ union, denied that any union members were involved in starting fires. And Joe McMahon, an international union vice president, said Mayor Charles B. Wheeler Jr. had “made a clown out of himself... by accusing the firefighters of arson and sabotage. This is a cheap shot being aimed at the firefighters.” Nearly 800 National Guardsmen assisted hundreds of police officers, public works employes and volunteers in battling some 50 fires Sunday — more than IO times the number usually reported. Wheeler dismissed 59 striking firefighters who refused to report for duty Sunday night, calling the dismissals a “test situation.” He said he expected to take no further action before a Jackson County Circuit Court hearing Thursday on the city’s request for an injunction against the strike. A spokesman for Local 42 of the International Association of Firefighters said its 858 members voted “IOO per cent” late Sunday to continue the strike. None of Sunday night’s fires were major, although several occurred in apartment buildings in older sections of the city and residents had to be evacuated. No serious injuries were reported, but a number of substitute firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. Police say several firefighters have been arrested on traffic violations since the strike and flammable liquids have been found in their possession. Wheeler said a grand jury will hear evidence soon on possible arson cases, and some of the BROWNWOOD AREA -Clear to partly cloudy through Tuesday. Mild tonight with lows in the 50s, high Tuesday in the 80s. Maximum temperature here Sunday 86, overnight low 48. Sunset today 7:15, auxil lac Tuesday 7.35. Tomorrow is a Blood Donor Day at the Brownwood Community Hospital Lab Noon - 6:00 p.m. Call 646-8641 ext. 372 for an Appointment witnesses to be called are striking firefighters. Union spokesman Robert Black said some 20 firefighters arrested on traffic charges have been denied release on bail until they were served with grand jury subpoenas. In seeking the injunction to end the strike, the city claims that the walkout is illegal because state law prohibits public employe strikes and because firefighters previously agreed to work through May 1976 while the city council worked on a new contract. Firefighters are seeking pay parity with city police officers, a demand first stated in 1969. Firefighters currently start at $10,200 annually and reach top pay of $12,996. Police officers start at $9,432 and earn top pay of $15,305 yearly. Masked bandit gets cash at store here A masked bandit carrying a pistol held up the Town and Country Food Store on the Brady Highway early this morning and made away with an undetermined amount of cash from the register, according to Danny Neal, Brown County sheriff. The incident occurred around 2:15 a.m. The masked man apparently entered through a rear door, ordering the attendant to lie on the floor while the bandit opened the register. According to the sheriff the store attendant said the man left through the rear door and later both Neal and Deputy Sheriff Weathermen noted tire tracks at the rear of the building where a vehicle had apparently left at a high rate of speed. THE MORNING AFTER—Smoldering debris, spattered with flames still flickering after Sunday night’s inferno at Brownwood^ Whites Mines Inc., lay in an untidy heap this morning while White’s officials and electricians tried to make some estimate of damage from the blaze. The fire destroyed the primary and secondary crushing parts of the industry. I Bulletin Photo) Blaze hits White's Mines “We had just met the state pollution standards for the state of Texas and then the whole dadgum thing burned up last night,” sighed Bob White, manager of White’s Mines as he looked over the deep crevices and holes filled with crushers, rocks, conveyers and rubble still smoldering from Sunday nights blazing spectacle overlooking southwest Brownwood. Brownwood’s biggest fire in IO years did an undetermined amount of damage to the primary and secondary eye campaign cash The court is considering which appeals to hear of those filed by a list of opponents ranging from conservative Sen. James L. Buckley to independent presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. The court is generally expected to give the campaign financing law an early hearing, aiming for a decision in time to allow candidates to know the rules before the campaign is well under way. Although the justices spent all last week meeting in an unprecedented pre-term confer ence, the term does not legally begin until today — the first Monday in October. In the campaign case, minor party representatives and others have appealed a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington upholding the Federal Election Campaign Act passed last year. Among other things, the act limits spending by candidates for presidential nominations to $10 million. Presidential candidates in the general election campaign are limited to $20 million. Limits are also placed on spending by congressional candidates, on political contributions and on expenditures by individual groups on behalf of candidates. The act also provides for partial public financing of presidential campaigns. Appealing the circuit court decision are Buckley, R-Con.-N.Y.; McCarthy, a former Democratic senator from Minnesota; philanthropist Stewart R. Mott: the Mississippi Republican Party, and the New York Civil Liberties Union, among others. crushing complex at one of Brownwood’s oldest industries. Authorities were investigating the scene this morning to see when operations can resume and at what cost. The blaze, with flames leaping into the sky, could be seen for miles around. It was first noticed by R. C. Willey, a highway patrolman on his night duties. By the time firemen reached the scene, the building was engulfed in flames. According to assistant fire chief Burl Horton who was at the fire all night, firemen could not control the blaze but they managed to keep fames from spreading to other buildings of the plant. All the water available was from the booster trucks but according to Horton, even if there had been hydrants at the site, it would have been of no avail since the fire in the building was out of control before fireman arrived. Horton said the fire could have been caused by some electrical wiring since there was electrical arcing noted during the height of the fire. But he added that the arcing could have been caused by the fire itself. No definite cause for the fire had yet been established this morning. Firemen were able to keep the blaze from spreading by climbing the conveyors and outing the belts with their knives. One fireman, Bobby Jones, fell while cutting a conveyor lielt. He was not seriously injured. Approximately 15 firemen and three trucks answered the call and a truck remained at the scene all night. There was still some smoke this morning. “It was a joint effort between See BLAZE on Page 2 Argentine rebels kill 29 in raid By ALFONSO CHARDY Associated Press Writer BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a daring coordinated raid, leftist guerrillas attacked a provincial army garrison Sunday in an abortive attempt to steal guns, then fled in a hijacked plane, leaving at least 29 dead by official count. Government troops today combed areas near Rafaela, 290 miles north of here, where the Montonero guerrillas left the plane after the raid on an infantry garrison in Formosa, a small provincial capital on the Paraguayan border 575 miles to the north. Security sources said 14 security men and at least 15 guerrillas were killed when police and soldiers repelled the assault by 50 guerrillas. At least 18 soldiers were seriously injured. The army said the government dead were two officers, ll soldiers and a provincial policeman. The newspaper La Nacion reported that the Montoneros had also tried to storm the Formosa jail where a number of leftists were imprisoned but were driven back with IO wounded. There was no official confirmation on the jail attack. The guerrillas surviving the garrison attack fought their way to the Formosa airport, where they seized the terminal and held the visiting federal governor, Juan Taparelli, and other officials captive, security sources said, but Taparelli escaped unharmed during the confusion.