Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1970, Abilene, Texas
gbttene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 90TH YEAR, NO. 174 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4. 1970-THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS IQe SUNDAY 'Auotiated Preu (ff) He Responds Like Pavlov's Dogs Prisoner of Reds Doesn't Live, But Vegetates By JULES LOII AP Neircfealures H'rller Never fully awake; never soundly asleep. Never unbeara- bly uncomfortable; never at ease. The world of the American prisoner of war in North Viet- nam Is a twilight world in which he does not live but vegetates. Gradually the treadmill of de- privation and routine flattens his wit and crushes his initiative until he responds not to ideas or even to hunger or pain but, like Pavlov's dogs, only In the sound of a gong. That, say men who have en- dured it, is the ultimate ordeal of the "Hanoi Hilton." The iso- lation and monotony of the pris- on, they say, surpasses in psy- chological horror and human degradation all the beatings and rats and diarrhea and morning emptyings of the honcybuckct. "If you think only in terms of physical torture you miss the subtlety of what we mean hy 'inhumane' said Air Force Col. Norris M. Overly, who spent five months as a pris- oner of the North Vietnamese and is now attending the Nation- al War College in Washington, D.C. "A military man can antici- pate beatings, can even expect it from someone who wants in- formation. What he can't con- tend with is the sameness. The same cell, the same soup, the same propaganda, the same everything." Other former prisoners con- cur. Even men like Navy U. Robert Frishman. Exploding shrapnel shattered Frishman's right elbow when he was shot down Oct. 24, 1957. He was taken prisoner and released 21 months later, his elbow still his weight down 63 pounds. He now is recuperat- ing in San Diego. "The actual physical thing Isn't so he said of his pris- on experience. "I was struck with rocks and had knives jabbed at me and I was slapped around and tied up with ropes on my bad arm. But it's the iso- lation, the extended isolation, that Rets you. The weeks turn into months and the months turn into years You think about all kinds of things." Air Force Capt. Wesley Hum- ble, now stationed at George Air Force Base, Calif., is another. He spent 15 months as a prison- er, calls it "the worst thing I've ever lived through" and insists "The worst thing about it was the forced boredom and the de- liberate cutting of communica- tion with the outside and among prisoners." Overly, Frishman and Rum- ble are three of nine American prisoners so far released by Ha- noi. The United Stales believes that 378 men, perhaps an many as 500, possibly many more, are being held captive among about listed as missing in Indo- china since 1964. Hanoi has re- fused to give an accounting of its war prisoners. Hanoi justifies its treatment of the rather its refusal to honor provisions of the Gene- va Convention of grounds that they are "war criminals" and thus not entitled to the convention's protections. "They certainly treated us Ike Overly said. "The Hanoi Hilton is not a camp as Americans have come to think of them. It's an actual prison, a penitentiary, a place to keep felons." Actually, Overly explained, the Hanoi Hilton is three pris- ons, all nearly identical and all in separate locations in down- town Hanoi. Overly spent time in all three and said the routine See ISOLATION, Pg. 13A By HOY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer Armed with sealed indict- ments, arrest warrants and search warrants, more than a dozen local law cnforcment officials fanned out over Abilene to make wholesale arrests in drug offenses including the sale of heroin Thursday night and early Friday. By mid-morning Friday, seven of the 10 persons named in the 2.1 secret indictments returned Thursday by a 42nd District Court grand jury had been arrested and their names released to the public. The other three persons were being sought and their names Like Leaving Hell, Freed Envoy Soys Plane Views Burning Rig A Coast Guard plane flies by the flaming miles off the Louisiana coast and about 60 Shell Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that has miles south of New Orleans. Stories on been burning out of control since an ex- Pages 14, 15B. (AP Wirephoto) plosion Monday. The rig is located 10 MONTREAL British envoy James fiii hard Cross was freed today after spending 60 days in a windowless room watched over around the clock by Quebec scparalionisls armed with submachine guns. Despite his long ordeal, a doc- tor's report said Cross was "in excellent" condition, except for the loss of 22 pounds due to the poor quality of food he was fed. Cuban intermediaries handed Cross over after the Canadian government flew his captcrs In political asylum in Cuba. Cross was driven to the Jewish Gener- al Hospital for a checkup. In a taped interview on televi- sion, Cross declared: "It's al- most like being out of haps purgatory would be a bet- ter expression." He referred to all the days since his abduction Oct. 5 when he never saw the sun. "It's a small thing and sud- denly you come out of a house and its a bright day like today and you suddenly realize how much a little thing like that, that costs you nothing, means in one's day to day he said. The British trade commission- er in Montreal described his captivity as "a state of suspend- ed animation." He spent a great deal of time watching television with his caplors and estimated he had seen more than 160 films on television. The exchange for Cross look- place at the site of the Expo 67 world's fair. Premier Robert Bourassa, who talked with Cross, said the British diplomat would fly to Europe today or Saturday. Cross has high blood pressure, but the doctors said this condi- tion was not affected by his or- deal. They said they expected him to remain at the hospital "for at least a and a more Sec ENVOY, Pg. 5A were being withheld in cooperation with law enforce- ment officials. In accordance with a grand jury recommendation, Judge Raleigh Brown set high bonds on the defendants. Bonds on the seven persons arrested by mid- morning Friday totaled including on one man charged with six offenses. At least one of the early- morning arrests presented lawmen with a bonus: In WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nalicnjl weatner Service MID PS. HA) ABILENE AND VICINITY UO-mils rad.nl Fair and warm today and tonight, a cooler on Saturday. today M'j, lew tonight, high High en Saturday about W. windi, loumerly 10 13 is m.p.n TEMPERATURES Thursday p.m. Friday a m. 77 .lea M MM 3.ra 7! 7' 76 57 .55 5J SI s.m CO I'M 55 tl lew (or 34 hours endr-g" f H low 6) J-fl 35 Sunset lail nicht: pm. Sunns- a.m. S-jnwt tenant: 5.23 p m. Barometer Ffad.rq at nnon: 11.43. Hjmidity at noon: 27 per cert. add-tion to arresting the person named in the indictment, they arrested two of his companions and later charged them with felony and misdemeanor drug charges. The man already under indictment was also charged ?pain after some marijuana and dangerous drugs (LSD) were allegedly confiscated. The two "sale of heroin" indictments returned by the grand jury Thursday were thought to be the first In the county's history. Police Chief Warren Dodson and an officer of the police department's Special Services Division expressed the opinion that the drug offenses, though many, are largely un-related and have given lawmen no indication of any sort of "drug ring'1 in operation in Taylor County. The indictments are the fruits of a period of under- cover work by Dcpt. of Public Safety not stationed in Abilene. All of the sales were allegedly made to the under- cover agents. HENRY GRADY Colemar, 31, Sec RAID, Pg. 5A Goodfellow Pleas Seek Food, The plea is simple in the many letters received in the Good- fellow campaign food, clothes, toys and shoes. "Please help me make this a joyful 2nd happy Christmas for my four an Abilene mother writes. She said that her husband had been injured and unable to work. "You are my only hope." FRIDAY MORNING'S mail brought in toward the goal the Goodfellows are seeking in order to help Abi- Bachelor Requests Social Information By ELL1K Rl'CKER Q. I recently to the beautiful city ol Abilene. Being a bachelor of 28.1 am naturally Interested In finding companionship of (he opposite sex. 1 checked different sources to sec If there were any sort of social clubs, dating son lees, etc. through which I could meet people of my age group 1 found no printed Information so decided In ask people for recommendations. Strange as II may seem no one that I asked knew of any such place or organi- zation. I then asked them If they might personally know of someone who would be Interested In dating. They knew of no one. Could .you help In this mailer? I know there are suitable young ladles In Abilene hut where or how ran 1 RO about mrcllnfi them? P.S. II you are kind enough lo print this and If there arc any responses, I'd be happy lo receive them. A. At your service, Sir l.incclol. A few weeks ago we received a letter from a young lady that read, "I think it's wonderful that a new industry Is coming lo Abilene. Industry Is needed here and this will help Abilene pov, but what we really need In this town are some young, interesting, single men! This would also help Abilene grow. Isn't there some kind of committee designed to bring single men to We'll put you in touch with the author of that letter. If she doesn't suit you, how about joining a rquarc dance club, Parents Without Part- ners Club or a church? These suggestions were given Action Line by former bachelors. Q. Are there any beginner bridge classes In Abilene that arc taught In the DAYTIMIi? A. Dy coincidence, the Fort Phantom Unit of the American Contract Bridge league has in the planning stages right now an evening teaching program and if enough people arc interested, they'll also initiate .1 daytime program. Call Mabel D. Lilius at (W2-I2.16; she'll have the latest information on the classes. Q. Whirr In this (own smack In the middle o( thr. cattle country docs om find n simple piece of teal? I'd like lo fix vral wllh chfrse sauce for my on our anniversary and I can't find vral anywhere. Why has U heroine so dllll- cull In find? P.S. What l< Ihr second anniversary In Irrms of paper, slltrr, uotHl, rlc.7 A. Second is cotton. Veal is expensive (runs around a psund) so few stores handle it because it doesn't sell. It's also difficult for stores to obtain genuine milk-fed veal. It comes out of the midwest, from dairy' farms where the calves aren't wanted. Cattlemen in this part of the country want to fallen up their calves and sell them full-grown because they can get more money for them. We're reasonably certain that you won't find any veal in Abilene. But the next lime you're in Dallas, the Cash Brothers Packing Co. at 519 Pontiac can supply you with veal. Call them a few hours in advance. 0. Cfiuld you toll me where I could qel a top hat with stars and stripes like I'nrlr Snm wears? Also, how much Mould It cost? A. Abilcne's "Uncle Lois Dunlap, jays you can find one at the Texas Costume Co., 212.i N. llarwood. Dallas, 75201. They have one used hat you could have (or if it happens to be your size, or you can order .1 new one that will fit exactly for It lakes about three weeks on the new one. Q. I live In Rrrckrnrldgr, read (he Abilene paper and for many jrars. They good news nnd fpnrk As a sports fan, I'd likr lo know why the paper can't take a little (pace and tell how the wrestling matches come out? A. They do; results are published in the evening paper the day following the match. Now and then they may be inadvertently left out-oncc the results got lost in the shuffle in the composing room and a few times the results just weren't turned in to the paper. Rut the Sports Dept. has promised to make a special effort tn get them in from now on. Q. That garden expert you quoted who said llrrplacc ashes mnkc great fertilizer ought lo lake a look at my dead hushes. For that mailer, when jnu pet home tonight, Action Line, look across the sired and see them for JOURClf. A. Okay, neighbor. Hut in all fairness now, you'll have to admit you dumped a whole wheelbarrow full of ashes in one little garden plot, and that's just too much fcrtili- 7cr. Hut thanks for giving us a chance to warn others not to gc! carried away with the ashes. They should be spread lightly (or just sprinkled) just like any other lawn "food. Address questions In Action Unr, Box 30, Ahllrnr. Tnns 7KOI. Names will not hr usnl but questions must he signed and addresses gltrn. Please Include telephone numbers U possible. lene's needy at Christmas. To date, only has been received. A 12-year-old girl writes that her father isn't working and "we need some food, clothes, toys, and shoes for Christmas or we wouldn't have any Christmas at all." "t hate to trouble you because I know you have an awful lot of another mother writes. "I have two boys, one is nearly two and the other is nine months old. I am expecting a third one in May and my husband has left us and I don't know where he is... Any help in the way of toys and clothes will be appreciated by us." CONTRIBUTIONS and requests may be mailed to the Goodfellows, Abilene Reporter News, P. 0. Box 30, Abilene Texas, 796M. Latest contributors: Mr. Mrs. .Inhn Stevens 5n.no Mary K. Pickard 25.00 NEWS INDEX Amusements 6B Brdac ................S3 Classified 10-I5B Comics................9B Horoscope Hospliol Patients....... MA Obituaries 3A Snorts 6-BA To Your Gccd Health TV Leo............. IDA Wcmrn'i 2.3B Toys Frances G. Lewis Mrs. Joe G. Cumby .Mrs. E. Clement Anonymous Anonymous Mr. Mrs. David L. Pullias Mr. Mrs. Silas A. Sheck Mr. Mrs. E M. Marsh Mr. A: Mrs. E. G. Bennett In Memory of Guy A. Smith Robert Walton Ensey, Jodie Peggy Borcn Athenian Study Club Mrs. Sterling Childers Gladys Walls Mr. i Mrs. G. L. Francis Ina Woolen Jones nonymous SSGT. Mrs. Charles III Family Bill Floyd Keeble -Mr. i- Mrs. Chas. A. Kesslcr V.rs. Juanita Frost Mrs. J. M. Hooks T. E. L. Class from Belmont Church Anonymous Previously Acknowledged Total lo Dale 5.00 10.00 2.1.00 20.00 20.00 10.00 5.00 10.00 10.00 5.00 Jr. 10.00 15.00 5.00 30.00 10.00 10.00 25.00 200.00 Day 10.00 10.00 15.00 50.00 10.00 5.00 60.00 2.7K.50 TILOHRIBTMAB All Indicators Up At 4lh Hour End Industrials were up 5.J4, transportation was up 1.14 and utilities were up, 26, at the end of fourth hour trading Friday on the New York Slock Ex- change. The New York Com- posite was up .M. Volume was shares, re ported iho Abilene office of Schneider, Kernel and llickmi, Inc.