Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 8, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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SOTH YEAR NO. 53 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604. SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 8, 1970-THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY-20C SUNDAY Auociated Press (P)
Leaves Judge, 3 More Dead
Inferno Rages at Breck
Bv MARCUS ELIASON Associated Press Writer
TEL AVIV (AP) - Israelis taking a Sabbath stroll in Tel Aviv danced in the street and sang at the news of the Middle East cease-fire.
Youths threw their hats in the air and carried each other around Drzengoff Circle, Tel Aviv’s main entertainment area.
Defease Minister Moshe Dayan went on national television to hail the truce as "a very important step.
“Today,” Dayan told the Israeli nation, “we have come closer to a settlement than at any time since the 1967 Middle East war.”
But amid the national exuberance, some doubts were expressed.
“Today I’m happy,” said a Tel Aviv youth. “Tomorrow, I’ll be skeptical.”
Yossi Hefetz, a former paratrooper who lost an eye in the Suez fighting, also said he was “very happy about this” and then said:
“But I am not sure it will be
By NELL BILLS
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -Vicious range fires blackened 20,000 to 30.000 acres of land in the northeast part of Stephens County and the southern edge of Young County Friday. Arson was suspected.
The blaze was still burning but apparently contained about ll p.m. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.
The hundreds who battled the flames were already tired from fighting several range fires in Stephens County dining the last three days.
No loss of livestock was determined immediately, and fences were cut to try to get cattle to safe areas. But one
rancher said there was “bound to have been some” loss of livestock.
At least a partial list of ranchers whose land was damaged included Ed Ford, Henry Wesley, C. D. Dofflemyer, A. A. Tate, R. B. Roberts, Lee Burgess, Roy Corbett, Donald Dollar and Mrs. Agnes Collins.
The fire broke out on ranches along the Possum Kingdom Lake Road east of Ivan about 1:30 p.m. Ranchers in the area said there was definite evidence in four places that the fires had been set deliberately.
Just Wednesday 4,000 acres burned on the west side of U.S. 183 about six miles west of Friday’s fire. Arson was also suspected in that fire.
Arson was suspected in range fire near Haskell Monday. In that instance, as well as the Stephens County fires, the fires started in several places at once.
Fire units from all area towns, numerous bulldozers, cattle sprayers, pickups loaded with
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Futile escape try
San Quentin convict James D. McClain holds a saw- the judge’s ann was R. McGee, a convict witness. Moments
ed - off shotgun at the throat of Judge Harold J. Ha- later McClain and the judge were dead, and McGee wound-
ley and aims a pistol at officers during an escape at- ed. (Photo by Jim Kean, San Rafael, Calif., Independent-
tempt from the court where he was on trial. Holding Journal) _
Guns Silent in Mideast
Israelis, Arabs Accept U.S. Plan
good for us in the long mn. I don’t trust all these promises that the Suez Canal will be well policed. I don’t think we would be able to stop the Russians moving new and better weapons into the canal zone.
“But I’m happy for our boys. They need a rest,” he said.
An Israeli journalist who asked to be anonymous said he hopes the cease-fire “will advance the chances of the peace talks that are supposed to come about. And maybe it will show’ the Arabs and Jews that they weren’t bom only to fight and
will show them they can do things without fighting.
“Of course, we are taking a chance,” the journalist said. “But we take chances for winning wars, and we must do the same for peace.”
ment. The women were not named.
In Washington, officials of International Development Services Inc. expressed “extreme concern” over the fate of Fly, who was reported to have just
See URUGUAY, Pg. 2-A
A bomb squad pulls the body of one of three men killed when they entered a courtroom and tried to free a convict on trial. Police thought the body had dynamite attached to it. (AP Wirephoto)
barrels of water and volunteers with wet sacks began fighting the blaze.
Hundreds of spectators lined the ranch roads to watch. Miles of fence were down, and one rancher said, “Every post on my ranch will have to be replaced.”
Back fires and fire lanes slowed the fire, but in many cases flames jumped harriers, spreading northeastward as the wind rose about 6:30 p.m.
Dan Trigg of Breckenridge brought his bulldozer to the fire area and cut a fire lane around
See BRECK, Pg. 2 A
Army Carefully Loads Nerve Gas
wife whose husband is in the Army Reserves, declared: “I’m all joy. I’m in goose pimples.
“Sure, I’m skeptical deep down,” Mrs. Shakin said. “But after hearing (Israeli Prime Minister! Golda Meir on the radio, I feel happy.”
In his television interview, Dayan said the cease-fire signifies “that the other parties—the Arabs, the Soviets and the Americans— are of the opinion that this war has to be finished.
Body a bomb
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A 65-year-old U.S. agricultural expert joined a wounded American security official and a Brazilian diplomat in the Tupamaro roster of kidnap victims Friday in a new guerrilla move to force the release of all Uruguayan political prisoners.
The latest kidnaping came only hours before the midnight deadline which the leftist group had set for the government to free an estimated 150 prisoners in exchange for the foreign hostages.
Shortly after Claude Fly of Fort Collins, Colo., was taken from a laboratory in which he worked, four suspected Tupamaro chieftains were seized by police in the first break since the wave of kidnaping? began last Friday.
Informants said those captured were Raul Sendic, a Tupamaro founder, Raul Bidegian Greising, another ringleader, and two important women members of the guerrilla move-
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Derricks gingerly loaded 3.000 tons of deadly nerve gas rockets onto railroad cars at Anniston, Ala., and Richmond, Ky., Friday in preparation for a controversial trip toward the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Men in orotective clothes carefully hoisted concrete and steel vaults containing the obsolete but still-dangerous rockets onto gondola-type freight cars at Army depots near the two cities while the furor over disposal continued.
Trains are to leave the depots Monday for a slow trip through several Southeastern states to Sunny Point, N.C., where an old liberty ship is waiting for the deadly cargo. The 12,500 rockets are to be towed to a point 283 miles off Cape Kennedy, Fla., and sunk in waters 16,000 feet deep.
Newsmen, at the loading docks at the two Army Depots were permitted to watch part of the operations. But first they were given physical examinations, gas masks and syrettes of the nerve gas antidote atropine. Army officers insisted there was no danger and that the instructions for newsmen were just precautionary.
Among the spectators impressed by the safety measures taken during the loading at Anniston was Ronnie Thompson, mayor of Macon, Ga., one of the
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down their arms, but were cut down as they fled in a small van with the judge and three women jurors as hostages.
All the dead except the judge were Negroes.
Killed were Judge Harold J. Haley, 65; the convict on trial, James D. McClain, 37; a convict witness, William Arthur Christmas, 37; and an intruder tentatively identified as Mark Cisneros.
Deputy Bist. Atty. Gary Thomas was seriously wounded in the back. Also seriously wounded was another convict witness, Ruchell Magee, 31.
Juror Maria Graham suffered an arm wound and three other persons were less seriously injured.
McClain, a Negro serving five years to life for burglary in Solano County, was on trial for the 1969 stabbing of a San Quentin Prison guard.
Sheriff’s Lt. Thomas A. Light-foot said that about ll a.m. a slender Negro man entered the second floor courtroom where the trial was in progress.
Opening a flight bag containing pistols and road flares taped together to look like dynamite, he tossed a pistol to McClain and covered the crowd with the carbine he had concealed under his coat.
“This is it.” the invader shouted. “Everybody line up.”
McClain, with a pistol at the judge’s head, forced deputies to remove shackles from himself and Magee, who was on the wit-
CLAUDE FLY . . . kidnaped
towns on the route to Sunnv Point. He said he had changed hks mind about trying to halt the shipment through his city and would assist the Army in its efforts.
After climbing aboard one of the loaded cars, Thompson said he was “certain in my own mind that there is no danger to the citizens of Macon.”
“We are nearing the stage where the parties want to end the war and reach decisions,” Dayan said. “It is a significant change in (Egyptian President Carnal Abdel) Nasser’s attitude in that "Egypt agreed to a cease-fire and Nasser doesn’t say at the moment that he
See MIDEAST, Pg. 2 A
W. A. Christmas holds a pistol and dynamite against Joice Redoni, one of the hostages, in an attempted break from the San Rafael courthouse Friday. (AP
This map shows sites involved in the controversy on disposal of deadly nerve gas now located in Richmond, Ky., and Anniston, Ala. The Army plans to ship the coffins containing the deadly gas via rail to the Sunny Point Arsenal in North Carolina and load it aboard an obsolete Liberty ship to be sunk at a point in the Atlantic 282 miles east of Cape Kennedy. (AP Wirephoto)
Gun and dynamite
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -A man with an automatic carbine and pistols invaded a trial court Friday and touched off a gunbattle that took the lives of the judge, himself and two of
the convicts he was trying to free.
The intruder and the convicts held the Superior courtroom at bay for IO minutes and forced surrounding officers to throw