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SOTH YEAR, NO. 194 PHONE 673.4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 1970—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated Pres, (ZP)
jtgm -v' SS?Christmas Story Tale of Troubled World
By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer
The seasons sentiment tends to romanticize the event in Bethlehem, which Christians celebrate this Friday, but scholars point out that it actually was charged with forebodings of struggle against woes that still beset the world.
Despite the bright star, the child Jesus arrived in the midst of timeless troubles—poverty, family strains, foreign military oppression, persecution, racial conflict, revolt and inadequate housing, Bible experts note.
Even his birth was in a cave used as a stable “because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Modern festivities often glam-on7'» the event — the angelic choir, the cute creches of peace
ful animals, adoring shepherds and kingly Magi with perfumed
But the scene really was not pretty or sweet, its details show. The imagery of hope held portents of trial.
Israel’s vassal King Herod, put in office by legions of the Roman emperor, “was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him,” says the Gospel of Matthew in its graphic, yet omen-laden account of the events.
When the child was dedicated at the Temple in Jerusalem, an old scholar, Simeon, told Mary:
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Is-rael and for a sign that is spoken against (and a swoftl will pierce through your own soul also.) that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
At the time, Mary and Joseph had given a sacrifice of two turtledoves, or young pigeons, the offering of the poor. They could not afford the gift of a lamb, which well-to-do parents presented for their children.
But poverty was not their main problem. The diseased, mentally depraved Herod sought “the child to destroy him.” Joseph was warned of it in a dream. The child at the beginning of His life became a condemned refugee.
And “wailing and loud lamentation” arose as troops slaughtered the infants of Bethlehem, Matthew reports.
The family of Jesus went into exile in Egypt, to a village north of modem Cairo, where they snent their first years, displaced victims of terror.
Earlier, the family had encountered personal stress and pain. Joseph, when he had first learned of Mary’s pregnancy, intended to leave her, but this attitude vanished when he was informed in a dream of the child’s holy paternity.
“... and His name shall be called Emmanuel ... ‘God with us’.”
When the family sought to return from Egypt after Herod's death, violence and repressions still wracked Israel, as Herod’s murderous son, Archelaus, grappled for the throne, soon to be ousted by Rome, which installed its own military governor.
Fearing to return to Bethlehem, as the family plainly had intended to do, Joseph slipped his wife and the child around
the western coastal edge of Israel and northward to the rustic province of Galilee.
There, they made their home in Nazareth. But even after the rootless, migratory beginnings, the raising of the child was not without difficulties. The only episode related in that early period was on a Passover trip to Jerusalem, when Jesus, at age 12, left his family, without telling them, to do his own thing.
For three anxious days and nights, they hunted for him before finally finding him at the Temple talking with religious thinkers.
“Son, why have you treated us so?” his mother implored.
He was not apologetic.
“Did you not know that I must be in My Father's house?” But he returned with them to Naza
reth and remained obedient, increasing “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Nevertheless, when he first began his ministry in Nazareth with a sermon calling for dedication to the poor, the captives and the oppressed and against racial prejudice, an outraged congregation mobbed him and ran him out of town.
He never went back. “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” He was baptized by John the Baptist, who himself soon was beheaded for dissent against the ruling regime.
Jesus’ own ministry, although stirring an excited tide among
the impoverished masses, which sometimes — against His will — verged on a revolutionary uprising to make Him king, continually encountered official threats.
Once, warned that the Galilean puppet ruler sought his life, Jesus said, “Go and tell that fox. . .I go on today and tomorrow and the day following. . .I finish my course.” But it was a lonely, roofless way.
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
That’s how it was from the start, when on that first Christmas the thunder rumbled in the midst of the angel song. “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which wild come to all the people.”
Laird Will Reorganize Military Intelligence
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird took steps Wednesday to reorganize military intelligence activities and strengthen civilian control to “make certain the constitutional rights of all individuals are protected.’’
Under a pokey statement issued by Laird to go into effect no later than Feb I, control of
the vast Defense Intell'gence Agency (DIA) will be removed from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and placed directly under the secretary of defense.
The action comes in the wake of charges disclosed last week by Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C., that Army intelligence agents spied on more than 800 Illinois civilians during the past two
‘Tis the day before, even though the weather does not look it. There is no new-fallen snow nor old-fallen either, but that does not matter.
Christmas is an event tailored to each person’s concept of its meanings. West Texans must translate 6ome of the language and some of the traditions to fit this time and clime.
A young Jones Countian made such a translation at the Anson First Baptist Sunday School last Sunday. Mrs. Hal Rasor was quizzing a class of 6-year-olds un the Christmas Story and asked, “Where were the shepherds tending their sheep?” Carrol Moffatt Jr. had a ready answer. “In the shinnery,” he said.
That was a proper translation.
Another apt translation of a Christmas tradition is at the Bob Green ranch home, away out there from Albany. Bob has strung a windmill with Christmas lights. . .a West Texas Christmas tree outlined in red and green against prairie and wide sky.
Tom Murray, who teaches sixth graders at Alta Vita school, posted a translation o Christmas on a bulletin board at school. It is an “author unknown’’ poem which he loaned
No Paper Christmas Day . . .
In order that our employees may spend Christmas with their families, no editions of The Report-er-News will be published Christmas Day. The usual Saturday Morning edition will be printed as usual.
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toras the night before Christ-
in Texas, you know Way out on the prairie (Without any snow).
Af&ep in their cabin Were Buddy and Sue,
A-dreamin’ of Christmas,
Lil& me and like you.
Not stockings, but boots,
At the foot of their bed,
For this was in Texas,
What more need be said?
When al$ pf a sudden From ouj. the still night,
There ctftne such a ruckus It gave me a fright!
An I saw moss the prairie Like a sh from a gun,
A loaded tip buckboard Come on at a run.
The driver was ‘Geeih’
And ‘hawin’, with a will.
The bosses (not reindeer)
He drove with such skill.
“Come on there Buck, Pancho, And Prince, to the right!” There’ll be plenty of traveling For you-all tonight.”
The driver in Levi’s And shirt that was red,
Had a ten-gallon Stetson On top of his head.
As he stepped from the buckboard
He was really a sight,
With his beard and moustache So curly and white.
As he burst in the cabin The children awoke,
And both, so astonished That neither one spoke.
And he filled up their boots With such presents galore That neither could think Of a single thing more.
When Buddy recovered The use of his jaws,
He asked, in a whisper,
“Are you Santa Claus?”
“Am I the Real Santa?
Well, what do you think?”
And he smiled as he gave A mysterious wink.
Then he leapt to his buckboard, And called back, in his drawl, “To all children of TEXAS, ' MERRY CHRISTMAS, you-p!”
years, including dozens of highranking political officials.
Both the Defense Department and the Army emphatically denied the allegations.
The Pentagon’s chief spokesman, Daniel Z. Henkin, said Lairds action was not a response to the spying charges, adding that the secretary had been studying military intelligence activities for some time.
Henkin said Lairds memorandum to the secretaries of the three services, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Stall and the directors of the defense agencies will lead to a major reorganization (W intelligence and counter-intelligence activities in the armed forces.
Military intelligence groups based in the United States will be placed under direct DIA control, according to the defense chief’s directive. It was these intelligence groups that were accused of snooping on civilians, including Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III, D-Ill.
In his memo, Laird said he wanted to be certain that Pentagon intelligence and counter-intelligence activities were “completely consistent with constitutional rights, alii other legal provisions and national security needs.
“These activities must be conducted in a manner which recognizes and preserves individual human rights,” he added.
Laird said action had already been taken “to eliminate some past abuses” involving intelligence and counterintelligence activities, but declared, “further corrective actions are necessary as a matter of urgent priority.”
Henkin refused to spell out what these abuses were but noted that the Army was ordered last June to destroy files gathered over the past years on individuals involved in civil disturbances.
The defense secretary specifically directed that once DIA is removed from military control, the Joint Chiefs do not reestablish a separate intelligence organization.
FIGHT N. VIETS
Cambodian 'Reds' Deserting Ranks
Pat Grant, 33, doctoral student at the University of Oregon, wears the traditional Santa Claus cap as a child from the Pearl Buck Center for Retarded Children makes a Christmas wish. “No one seems to care that I’m black,” he said. “The kids aren’t concerned about color or faiths.” (AP Wirephoto)
ANLUONG ROMEAT, Cambodia (AP) — Red Khmers, the Cambodian Communists, are deserting enemy ranks and some were reported fighting North Vietnamese Wednesday not far from this village 15 miles south of Phnom Penh.
The high command said the Red Khmers appealed to the government for air strikes in a battle between them and the North Vietnamese about IO miles south of here. The command said it could not spare the planes.
By noon about 30 Cambodians had deserted from the North Vietnamese and reached government lines, said Col. Nuon Thay, the sector commander. Another 20 appeared later.
At his headquarters in a former school for seamstresses in this village, he reviewed and talked with 26 Red Khmers who
Suit Charges 'Legal Fraud'
In Trent School Assessment
By ROY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer
Forty-seven property owners in Taylor, Jones, Fisher and Nolan counties have filed suit here against the Trent Independent School District-alleging that the tax assessments against their properties are “arbitrary, excessive and a legal fraud.” The suit, which seeks an injunction restraining the school dstrict from collecting any taxes based on the current valuations, was filed Wednesday in 104th District Court by Attorneys R. M. Wagstaff and David Stubbeman.
The suit also asks that the school district be restrained from assessing penalties, interests and costs against the plaintiffs, and that the district be required to accept the taxes which the property owners claim they nave already tendered — taxes based upon the same values
which were acceptable to the school district in 1969.
The plaintiffs are protesting increased values placed on their property by a Board of
U.S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE National Weather Sarvtca (Weather Map PR. IMI
ABILENE AND VCINITY (40-mll* radius) — Fair Thursday, Thursday night and Friday. Warming trand Thursday and Friday. High Thursday 50. Low Thursday night 30. Hlqh Friday 55.
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High and low for 24-hours pndlng IO p.m.: 55 and 27.
H gh and low aam* data last year: 63 and 32.
Sunset lest night: 5:48; sunrise today: 7:37; sunset tonight: 5:38.
Barometer reading at IO p.m.: 28.38. Humidity at IO p.m.: 50 per cent.
Equalization appointed by the school district.
The board valued property in the school district at 40 per cent of actual cash market value, and the plaintiffs allege that it is “usual and customary” to assess real estate in the district at “approximately 20 percent of its actual value, cattle at IO per cent; and new automobiles at 25 per cent.”
Other properties, including merchandise, bank stock, money in the bank, and other personal property is being assessed “at various percentages much less than 40 per cent of actual value,” the plaintiffs allege.
The plaintiffs allege that the values and assessments set by the board — and to which all of the plaintiffs say they objected durin gthe board of equalization sessions — “are null and void in that they are in violation of the constitutional
See SUIT, Pg. 2-A
killed North Vietnamese troops who were supposed to be watching them and deserted two days
A glimpse of what the enemy was like was revealed by a 20-year-old defector who will be called Boun, not his real name, in order to protect his family now living under the North Vietnamese.
Boun was one of the ring leaders of the defection about which they began to whisper to each other about a month ago.
Boun said he was drafted five months ago by the North Vietnamese, w’ho told him it was his duty to fight American imperialists and liberate his homeland.
“I realized they were lying when we only saw Red Khmers on the other side,” Boun said.
He admitted he had killed Cambodians during his days of fighting alongside the enemy but said usually he and his fellow Red Khmers had yelled “We are Cambodians” to get the government troops to hold their fire.
“The Communists didn’t trust us at all,” Boun added. “If there were IO of us there would be nearly always IO of them watching us. And they had spies listening to what we talked about.”
Boun said the enemy’s distrust of Cambodians also included weaponry. Cambodians got only old rifles and were starved of ammunition while the North Vietnamese had modern automatics.
He added that North Vietnamese forced Cambodian villagers to dig ditches and carry ammunition as well as provide rice, fish and meat.
Political indoctrination would last from 8 p.m. until midnight whenever troops, who were constantly on the move, stopped in a village.
Finally, he and his companions killed four Vietnamese who were supervising them and made a run for the government lines.
Ill Woman Returns Scrip for 'Those More Needy'
While monetary contributions to the Goodfellow fund continued to lag Wednesday, one Abilene woman currently in the hospital added to the year’s efforts with a gift of love.
The woman, who had received Good'ellow scrip to buy clothes for her family, Wednesday returned the scrip to Goodfellow chairman Syd Niblo because she realized the fund was running short and felt people in greater need could benefit by her gift.
That unselfish contribution was about the only bright spot in the Goodfellow fund during the day because with only one day left until Christmas, the campaign’s goal of $16,500 is still $1,719.00 away.
The mail Wednesday brought only $442.00 to the effort aimed at making the average realities of the Christmas season, a tree, clothes, food, and toys, come
true for the needy of Abilene.
According to chairman Niblo, 502 families were certified to shop the Goodfellow Toy Store which closed last week. Food scrip was issued to 788 families and clothing scrip was given to 728 families.
Contributions may be mailed to the Goodfellows, The Abilene Reporter-News, P.O. Box 30,
Abilene, Texas 79604.
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