Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 23, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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SOTH YEAR, NO. 68 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 23, 1970-SEVENTY PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY
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Lubbock Must Redraw District
‘MIRACLE BABY’ EDDIE AND HIS LITTLE SISTER ... at 9 he is ‘busy being a little boy’
'Slight Chance at Life' Proves Plenty for Eddie
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Assistant Editor
Eddie Jones will enroll tomorrow as a third grader at Bonham Elementary School.
A wiry, burr headed 9-year-old, he will be just one of the mob of healthy, happy kids flocking back to classes — and that is, in its normalcy, miraculous.
Eddie had small Chance to begin life and, after that medical miracle was accomplished, small chance to live it.
HE IS the son of the late Sharon Jones. He was born six and a half months after a wreck jarred his mother into unconsciousness from which she never aroused.
As infant and toddler Eddie drew the attention and concern of many. He was the central figure in a tragedy that touched the sympathies of the nation.
All that was another world.
Eddie lives now an ordinary life, far removed from headlines. His father has remarried and Eddie now has a little sister, Jackie, 4-plus, and a tiny brother, Monty Owen, about three and a half months old. The family home is at 618 Lexington.
“EDDIE’S JUST busy being a little boy,” Mrs. Jones puts it.
His family had just as soon keep it that
Back in 1961, ’62, ’63 there was publicity to
last several lifetimes. Stories and pictures of Eddie and his family and the ordeal to which they were subjected were printed in newspapers all over the world. They were news because, as far as medical records show, none had had an experience quite like theirs.
It was with reluctance that Eddie’s father decided to open here the family’s private life to further public inspection. His decision to do so came as a result of a request from a Minneapolis newspaper.
“Whatever happened to that little boy In Texas whose mother was unconscious so long?” the Midwestern newspaper asked the Associated Press at New York. The question was relayed by New York AP to Dallas, then to The Reporter-News and on to Eddie’s father.
Jack’s first impulse was to protect Eddie from any more public attention. On second and third thought he changed his mind.
“Many people do have a stake in Eddie... a lot of prayers and a lot of money gifts helped bring him through. I guess people have the right to know,” Jack reasoned.
“So go ahead. Tell them Eddie’s just fine. We’re all doing just fine.”
THE JONES DRAMA, which was Eddie’s drama, began on a cold drizzly winter day, late in the afternoon of Dec. 19, 1960, at the
See EDDIE’S, Pg. 3-A
By The Associated Press
A major development in the “desegregate now’’ drive in Texas occurred Saturday in Lubbock but another West Texas town — San Angelo — had still not reached a workable plan of integration late Saturday night.
And it appeared that the Justice Department, spearheading the drive on the 26 schools for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) was getting tough.
In at least three cases and possibly four, the Justice Department is expected to file its own plan—or that of HEW— Monday, bypassing the usual procedure of requiring a school to file a plan first. Some schools have .said clearly they will file no plan of their own.
The major development Saturday was at Lubbock, where U.S. Dist. Judge Hal Woodward ordered school boundary lines redrawn.
The judge in essence complied with much of the plan advocated by HEW in two days of court hearings, but not all.
There was some indication that redrawing the boundary lines would achieve a predominantly Anglo majority in all the schools, but some observers said there could be an opposite effect. The court appointed a committee to determine how well integration was taking place.
The judge did not close any schools, although government lawyers asked him to do so.
Neither did the judge make any changes in elementary schools. He seemed concerned mainly with the high schools and with one predominantly allblack junior high school.
The government gave up Its efforts to close 39-year-old Lubbock High School.
Tom Johnson, a lawyer for the schools, said it was too early to determine if the decision would be appealed. Bernie Shapiro, a government lawyer, said the decision was a compromise and it had not been determined whether the government will appeal.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Pp. 4-A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40mila radius)—Partly cloudy and a little cooler Sunday through Monday. High Sunday near 90; low Sunday night In upper 60s. High Monday in low 90s. Northerly winds five to is miles per hour becoming light easterly Monday.
In San Angelo, where U.S. District Judge Joe Estes Friday issued an order calling for the opening of school on schedule Monday, day of informal talks Saturday did no good.
School Superintendent G. B. Wadzeck told The Reporter-News “no decision had been reached” by Saturday night after a series of meetings with Justice Department officials and school officials.
“Informal talks will be held again Sunday,” Wadzeck said, but he noted those participating in the talks had been asked not
to release to members of the press details of the talks.
The formal tearing about desegregation in San Angelo was recessed until Monday at 9:30 a m. by Judge Estes.
The Justice Department filed suit Aug. 7 against the 26 schools in four federal district courts. The aim was to enforce HEW guidelines on the districts before cla.sses began.
The schools reacted with surprise. Many of them had received approval of federal authorities for their freedom of-choice operations or felt they
were in compliance with HEW
To all appearances, HEW scrapped earlier standards and demanded what its spokesmen called “unitary systems.”
What this means, said spokesmen. varies from school district to school district. HEW claimed, in effect, that the districts were operating one system for Negroes and another for whites despite the freedom of choice plan, and that if all-black schools remained within the district, then
See SCHOOLS. Pg. 2-A
Vice President to Reaffirm U.S. Commitments to Asia
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p m.: 97 and 73.
High and low urn* data last year; 96 and 75.
Sunset last night: 8:16) sunrlsa today: 7:08; sunset tonight; 8:15.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.08. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 85 par cant.
Nixon Shifts Running Style
By WALTER R. MEARS AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)-Richard M. Nixon, once labeled “a chronic campaigner” by his presidential predecessor, has decided the biggest favor he can do for Republican candidates in 1970 Is to perform in the White
House, not on the political platform.
But the Nixon White House is portable—and it probably will be turning up in some campaign battleground states before the Nov. 3 elections.
In Nixon’s view, state campaigns, particularly for the Sen-
U.S. Pilots Can Hit Any Cambodian Site
SAIGON (AP) - U.S. pilots are free to go anywhere in Cambodia and attack enemy troops and supply lines, informed sources said Saturday.
While this was the first time this had been disclosed, the informants insisted it represented no change in policy.
The same guideline holds as before, the informants added: That pilots are free to attack any tine that military officials believe enemy troops might pose a threat to forces in South Vietnam.
Tile informants reported that most U.S. air strikes are confined to the east of the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia, where new enemy supply lines from Laos have been established since the allied incursion in eastern Cambodia last Miring.
The question of where U S. pilots may be flying came up when correspondents asked ii
U.S. planes flew support this week for Cambodian forces battling six to nine miles north of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.
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ate, are affected by the big issues a president handles in the White House.
“He says the best way he can help is in the way he has things functioning here,” said Herbert G. Klein, director of communications for the administration.
There remains the possibility of some old-fashioned campaigning by the President late in October; the schedule then is flexible.
But for the present, Nixon’s travels will be under the heading of “bringing government to the people.”
Whatever the description, the political impact is evident.
“I believe there is benefit in bringing the White House to San Clemente or to Fargo or to Louisville,” Nixon said of his travels. “ ... I think this whole program of bringing government to the people can be served by having the White House go to the country from time to time ...’
The cause of more Republican government may be served, too, by such journeys as the one Nixon made on July 24 to Fargo, N.D. and Salt Lake City.
Not only did Republican Senate candidates from North Dakota and Utah join the President; Rep. Clark MacGregor of Minnesota came across the state line for some exposure designed to help in his Senate
campaign against former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.
At baseball’s All Star game in Cincinnati a Nixon companion was Rep. Robert Taft Jr. of Ohio, running for the Senate against Democrat Howard Met-zenbaum.
In Denver on Aug. 3, Nixon met with 175 state law enforcement officials, and took the occasion to criticize the Democratic Congress for inaction on crime control bills. “We’re
See NIXON, Pg. Z-A
SAN CLEMENTE. Calif. (AP) — Vice President Spiro T. Agnew left for Asia Saturday bearing President Nixon’s declaration that the United States plans to maintain its presence in Southeast Asia.
Both Nixon and Agnew emphasized in short statements on the lawn outside the Western White House that the vice presi-dent will tell leaders of four Asian nations that the United States will stand by its Asian commitments while lowering its Far East profile.
Their words provided at least an indirect reply to renewed Senate efforts against expansion of U.S. Asian committments and were intended to remind Asians that the administration—not the Senate—is determining U.S. policy.
Agnew then flew by helicopter from here to El Toro Marine Air Station, where Air Force 2 took off for Asia at 11:35 a.m.
Scheduled stops are South Korea, Nationalist China, Thailand and South Vietnam.
Agnew said his trip is Intended “as a distinct reaffirmation of our committment that the American presence in Southeast Asia is something we are determined to maintain and that our friends can depend upon us.”
Nixon said Agnew will toll Asian leaders that U.S. policy does not envision a U.S. withdrawal from the area.
The President said Agnew will report to him on his first-hand impression on either Aug. 31 or Sept. I.
Before conferring with the President. Agnew met with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the President's top national security adviser.
Like the 11-nation tour of Asia and the Pacific that he took earlier in the year, Agnew’s new venture is keyed to the Nixon Doctrine, the polity announced by the President a year ago which combines a reduction of the American presence in Asia with a reaffirmation of treaty committments and greater emphasis on Asian self-help.
Enroute to Asia, Agnew planned an overnight stop at the mid-Pacific island of Guam after refueling of his plane at Hawaii.
Agnew’s first Asian stop is South Korea, where the vice president is to give assurances the United States will assist in the modernization of that nation’s military forces as some 20.000 of 63.000 troops there are withdrawn.
After Korea, Agnew heads south to Nationalist China, Thailand and South Vietnam. There also have been unconfirmed reports of a quick visit to Cambodia.
The vice president will advise
Asian leaders not to be upset by the activities and statements of antiwar forces in the Senate and the nation at large.
But Agnew’s diplomatic mission has been complicated by in
creasing evidence that longtime Senate supporters of the administration’s Vietnam policy agree w ith war foes that the U.S. commitment in Southeast Asia should not be extended.
A large tree in the front yard of Miss Lois Adrian’s home at 741 Elm St. has survived quite a few storms, but Saturday afternoon’s thunderstorm finally got it. A bolt of lightning split the tree shortly after 5 p.m., according to Miss Adrian. (Staff Photo)
Snap, Crackle: Storm Victims T ree, Radio
At least one lightning-struck tree and a dead radio were attributed to the thunderstorm that hit Abilene about 5 p m. Saturday.
The U.S. Weather Bureau recorded .28 inches of rain from the storm to bring the total for the year to 13.84 inches. Normal for the year is 15.67.
Rainfall within the city w-as heavier with .48-inch recorded at 1026 Cedar and .60 at 682 E N. 15th.
Shortly after the rains began, an automobile accident occurred on N. 1st by the Bootery.
Reported I n satisfactory condition in Hendrick Memorial
Filipino Captain, 5 Crewmen Remain on Burning Freighter
Hospital Saturday night following the accident were Mrs. Arlene Davis Gooch, 56, of 1802 Walnut; Bennie Mark Jones, 19, 4033 Ligustrum and Nancy Prock, 18, of 1441 Roanoak.
According to police reports, Miss Prock was a passenger in a car driven by Jones which was headed west on N. 1st when the accident occurred at 5:12 p.m.
The other car, driven by Mrs. Gooch, was also headed west on N. 1st, when the wreck took place, police said.
Only one report of lightning damage was reported. A large tree was split by a bolt of lightning about 5:10 p.m. Saturday in the front yard of
See WEATHER, Pg. 2-A
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A determined Philippine skipper and five of his crew stuck with their sinking freighter, the Don Jose Figueras, afire in the Pacific 900 miles northwest of San Francisco Saturday.
The Coast Guard, after earlier reporting word that the entire crew of 39 and two passengers had abandoned ship to the nearby Japanese freighter Cuba Manx, said it received the later information in a direct communication from the ship.
Ca.pt. Demosthenes Gabac radioed that his vessel, her hull cracked and holds No. 2, 3 and 4 burning, was still Milking but that he and the five crewmen
“will stay on board until the last.”
Apparently moderate seas and the presence of the Cuba Mare and another Japanese freighter, the Ogishima Mare, changed the captain’s mind.
There were no reports of injuries and a circling Coast Guard aircraft reported that crewmen and passengers in life rafts had been picked up by the Cuba Mare.
Earlier, with fire roaring in three holds and a 23 degree starboard list from flooding, Cape. Gabac had radioed:
“Abandoning ship now. No recourse. No recourse. Fire beyond control. Crack in hold No. 3.”
The 466-foot, 7,673-ton vessel, only three years old, is owned by the Republic of the Philippines. It was reported en route from Pusan, Korea, to Panama, when fire broke out late Friday night.
The Figueras indicated fire started in No. 3 hold in general cargo of unspecified nature, then spread to Nos. 2 and 4 holds. Early messages said the situation was desperate almost immediately.
About midmorning, Saturday, water pumps quit working and a crack appeared in the portside hull of hold 3. Flames were reported “very atrong.”
ABILENE Municipal Airport Total for Year .. Normal for Year
1026 Cedar .....
682 E N. 15th
DE LEON ......
2-Day Total .28 13.84 15.67 .48 1.37 .60 .80 .17 Tr.
.30 . .07 ,1.00 1.40 .80 Tr.
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