Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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90TH YEAR, NO. 196 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 26, 1970 -TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Pre* (ZP)German Consul Released By Separatists
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Phenomenon over San Angelo
Three “wandering stars” — the planets
Mars, Jupiter and Venus — are shown over the early morning skyline of San Angelo as they moved closer toward a reunion on
Christmas Day. This reunion occurs only once about every 800 years, and supposedly an even closer reunion occurred when Christ was born. Venus is at bottom left; Jupiter is at top left; Mars
is at top right; and the crescent moon at bottom right. This photo was taken early Christmas morning by San Angelo Standard-Times photographer Bill Meeks. (AP Wirephoto)
World Takes Christmas Kindly
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Christians the world over attended church and spent Christmas Day with their families as their leaders appealed for
Pope's Message, Pg. 8-A
peace, brotherhood and charity.
A 24-hour Christmas truce in the Vietnam war ended at 6
p.m. Saigon time and the U.S. and South Vietnamese commands reported more than 81 enemy violations with at least IO South Vietnamese killed. The
Silent Abilene Nights Find Streets Empty, Roads Jammed
By KIT BAUMAN
Reporter-New s Staff Writer
The only way Abilene could have been quieter Christmas Day would have been for the National Guard to blockade the streets and Impose a curfew.
Most Abilemans spent the holidays at home with their families, the only people venturing out being those who were headed for the homes of
friends or relatives and the many who attended special Christmas Eve services at local churches. The police reported one of their quietest nights and the slow pace of events continued throughout the day Christmas.
A handful of minor traffic a c c i d en t s and family disturbances accounted for the majority of entries on the blotter.
Goodfellows' Drive Needing Only $977
Christmas shoppers had llmost disappeared from the streets late Thursday when the last batch of mail containing contributions to the Goodfellow fund arrived.
Auto Strikes Ivan Man
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -Alfred C. Whitmire Sr., 72, of the Ivan Community near Breckenridge, was dead on arrival at Stephens Memorial Hospital about 9:20 p.m. Friday after being struck by a car 13 miles north of Breckenridge.
The accident occurred about IOO yards north of the intersection of Texas 67 and FM 1148 which goes to Possum Kingdom Lake. According to Hghway Patrolman Tom Hefner, the man was apparently lying on the highway and there is speculation that the man was ill and possibly was dead before he was struck.
The body was taken to Abilene for an autopsy. Justice of the Peace John Dodds ordered the
Mrs. Ruth Curry, 56, was driver of the southbound car involved in the accident.
Funeral is pending at Satterwhite Funeral Home.
Survivors include one son, A. C. of San Antonio; two brothers, Thurmon of Farmington, N M., and C. L. of Woodson; two sisters, Mrs. E. B. Milam of Eliasville and Mrs. Bee Regal of Graham; one grandson.
Figures for Saturday show the fund $977.46 short of 'the $16,500 needed to meet the bills.
Syd Niblo, chairman of the fund, expressed confidence that Abilenians would make up -the needed funds. The Goodfellow goal has been met each year s.nce the program’s inception.
Contributions may be mailed to Goodfellows, Abilene Reporter-News, Box 30, Abilene.
According to Niblo, 502 families were certified to shop the Goodfellow Toy Store which clo.n''1 last week. Food scrip was issued to 788 families and clothing scrip was given to 728 familes.
Christmas mall to The Abilene Reporter-News brought five contributions totaling $107.60. Latest contributors:
9th Grade Class,
St. Paul United
Methodist Church 7.35
T.V. Cable, Miscel-
laneous Collections 54.25
Girls in Office of
Key City Chrysler 6.00
Mr. & Mrs. Weldon H.
Total ... ............... $107.60
Acknowledged ....... $15,414.94
Amusements ............ UA
Church .............. 8, 9A
Classified ............ 8-1 IE
Comics ............... A, SB
Editorials .............. 12A
Farm .................. 118
Horoscope ............. IOA
Hospital Patients ........ 11A
Obituaries..........2, 8, 7A
Sports .............. 13-16A
TV Log ............... 13A
Women's News........2, 3B
The police dispatcher on duty Friday afternoon said he anticipated a slow evening, with the exception of complaints regarding kids shooting firecrackers, an annual Christmas complaint.
While city streets may have appeared all but deserted, the highways in the area were jammed.
A veteran Highway Patrolman, coming into the
Department of Public Safety offices after an all-night patrol, told fellow officers that he had never seen such heavy
Christmas Eve traffic, particularly on Interstate 20. U.
S. 83, running north out of the city was crowded with cars from late in the afternoon until early Friday morning.
Surprisingly, the telephone
company reported business
below average. Mrs. Dorothy Walden, chief operator, said that Christmas Eve long distance calls were “way under our estimate.”
‘‘We didn’t handle as many calls as we do on a normal Thursday,” Mrs. Walden said. A typical Thursday, from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday, would result in 8,000 calls being placed; Mrs. Walden reported only 6,719 for Christmas Eve.
Generally warmer weather throughout the plains didn’t hinder travel plans area families may have had. At midday the mercury was in the 60s and 70s, despite a dry norther that moved across the state in the early morning Friday.
Downtown Abilene streets were quiet with movie theaters being the only businesses open Christmas Day. If the theaters were all but empty Christmas Eve, the rush of customers Christmas Day should have driven away all the blues felt by the managers.
One theater, the Westwood, which began a run Christmas Day of an animated Walt Disney feature, reported business as “great.”
The general calm probably left only the city’s garbagemen unhappy — they’ll be the ones who’ll have to carry off the tons of paper and empty boxes that Saint Nicholas, with his annual lack of foresight left behind as his calling card.
Nixon’s Holiday, Pg. 4-A
Viet Cong had proclaimed a 72-hour cease-fire that continues until I a m. Sunday.
Less than two hours before the allied cease-fire began Christmas Eve nine U.S. paratroopers were killed and nine were wounded when an American artillery shell landed by mistake on their camp.
Another world trouble spot, the M deast, celebrated a mostly peaceful Christmas, a three-month cease-fire helping to keep Arabs and Israelis in check.
Focal point of the Christmas celebrations in the Holy Land was the tiny village of Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born.
Police estimated that 10.090 pilgrims visited Bethlehem over Christmas, the largest number s nee the town was captured from Jordan by Israeli troops in the 1967 war.
In snowy London, Queen Elizabeth told the people of the Brit
ish Commonwealth the message of Christmas is “learning to be concerned about one another, to treat your neighbor as you would like him to treat you.” Speaking in a recorded radio
See WORLD, Pg. 2-A
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Serves (Weather map pg. 11B)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Fair Saturday through Sunday. Continued cold nights. Hiqh Saturday near 60. Low Saturday n ght in lower 20s. High Sunday in lower 50s. Winds southwesterly IO to 15 m.p.h. Saturday, becoming northerly Saturday night.
Friday p.m. ......... 45
50 .......... .. 2:00 ............. 46
50 ............. 3:00 46
50 ............. 4:00 46
46 ............. 5:00 43
40 ........... 6:00 37
37 ............. 7:00 33
36 ............. 8:00 32
39 9:00 30
40 ............. 10:00 26
40 11:00 —
43 12:00 -
Hiah and low for 24-hours ending IO
p.m.: 54 and 26 High and low same date last year: 54 and 34.
Sunset last night: 5:40 p.m.; sunrise today: 7:39 a.rn.; sunset tonight: 5:40
Barometer read:ng at IO p.m.: 28.33. Humidity at IO p.m.: 48 per cent.
WIESBADEN, Germany (AP)
— Basque terrorists freed the West German consul to Spain after holding him captive 24 days and he arrived Friday in Wiesbaden, where he said it was the best Christmas present he had ever received.
The kidnapers of Eugen Beihl said in a message that they released the consul because his abduction has served its purpose “at least for the moment.” He was seized hostage Dec. I when 16 Basque activists went on trial in Burgos, Spain, with the government asking the death penalty for six.
The 59-year-old diplomat, honorary consul in San Sebastian, was freed Thursday night and driven here by West German television network executives who arranged for his release.
Two employes of the ZDF network who volunteered to be held by the Basques “as security” until it was certain Beihl had arrived outside Spain or France were released Friday.
The men, sound engineer Andre Chambrun and assistant cameraman Peter Kruse, said at a French border town that they had gone to Spain for the transfer. “The only thing we can say tonight was that we were in Spain,” they said, declining to give additional details.
Beihl spoke by phone with his family in Spain. Mrs. Beihl said she and her daughter would go from San Sebastian to Biarritz in southern France on Saturday to meet Beihl at the airport.
Appearing on a television interview, Beihl said that on Christmas Eve he found himself “in a very terrible emotional state. It was the first time that I could not count on sharing this day with my family.”
When he was told he would be freed, Beihl said, he “didn t believe it until I was taken out of the house and driven away.” He said he was forced to wear special glasses that prevented him from seeing and was accompanied by five to six armed men wearing masks.
Beihl said he was driven to an undisclosed location and handed over to two Paris staff members of the ZDF network, corre
spondent Albert Gaum and cameraman Baldur Freek.
When Gaum saw Beihl approaching the car with two men supporting, he said he thought the consul was in poor physical shape.
“He was being led to our car like a blind man,” Gaum said. Then he saw that Beihl had to be led because he was wearing dark glasses.
In San Sebastian, Mrs. Beihl and her daughter Lucia, 29, embraced each other in joy after hearing he had arrived safely in Wiesbaden. “This is the most wonderful day of our lives,” Mrs. Beihl said.
Beihl was kidnaped from his garage in San Sebastian by
See GERMAN, Pg. 2-A
Consul's Wife, Daughter Embrace
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — The wife and daughter of kidnaped West German consul Eugen Beihl embraced each other in excitement Friday on hearing he had arrived safely in Weisba-den, West Germany.
“This is the most wonderful day in our lives,” Mrs. Beihl said. “We are anxious to hear from him.”
The news of Beihl’s arrival in WTeisbaden came while Mrs. Bedhl and her daughter were decorating a Christmas tree.
“How wonderful it would be lf he could be with us here right now,” said Mrs. Beihl.
Black Catholics Interrupt Mass
DETROIT (AP) - About IOO black Catholics marched into Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Thursday night and read a manifesto shortly before John Cardinal Dearden celebrated Christmas midnight Mass.
The group, which had padlocked two inner city churches recently to voice protests against possible cutbacks in Catholic school operations, did not prevent celebration of Mass.
Navy Trains Porpoises for Viet War
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Friday night that an experimental Navy unit has been established in Vietnam “for the purposes of evaluating a surveillance and detection system using porpoises.”
He said the unit used personnel and porpoises from the Naval Underseas Research and Development Center, San Diego, Calif., but refused further elaboration on grounds that “details of this project are classified.” Earlier, a Navy spokesman at San Diego noted that about a dozen porpoises were being trained at P-olnt Mugu, Calif., but declined comment on a published report that three already are on secret war duty in Vietnam.
The San Diego Union, in a story by its military affairs editor, Kip Cooper, said: “Porpoises sent secretly to Vietnam to aid in intelligence work can retrieve missiles, guide lost divers back home and distinguish between metals.”
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin said Friday that three porpoises in Vietnam came from the Naval Underseas Research and Development Center at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Hawaii. Jesse B. Burks, a retired Navy captain who directs the center, said he could not confirm this. He declined to say what the porpoises were up to, but did say, “We’re in the re-t search and development busi-i ness, and we are evaluating a
BEING TRAINED BY NAVY FOR SECRET DUTY ... porpoise shows how he can turn on light from command
program concerning underwater The newspaper said porpoises
The Naval Undersea Research and Development Center
supervises the propoise training from San Diego. Point Mugu is a U.S. naval air missile test center.
sent to Vietnam were reported training with a 15-man Navy team conducting top-secret tests in underwater surveillance.
In the previously announced Sealab Ii and III “Man in the Sea” programs, a porpoise
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named Tuffy carried mail, tools and other equipment to aquanauts on signal.
Tuffy recovered a regulus missile cradle in 1965 after locating it by the sound of a small buzzer attached to the cradle portion that falls away from a missile after the launch. The $4,700-cradle can be reused. It was the first time the Navy had ever recovered one.
In 1966, Navy scientists predicted the 300-pound porpoises could “some day be used in detecting submarines, mines and underwater missile installations.”
The porpoises some day also may be trained to penetrate enemy harbors on sabotage missions and act as scouts for submarines, say those who work with them.
The Union account continued: Porpoises are being trained to detect enemy frogmen and to attach magnetized wires to torpedoes and missiles lying on the ocean floor.
They also are being trained to guide lost frogmen back to U.S. ships.
Porpoises have been trained to pick out a patch of copper from identical patches of aluminum and other metals. In recent tests, the porpoises were accurate IOO per cent of the time despite attempts to confuse them.
They have proved they can distinguish between ball bearings only 214 to 2 Vz inches in diameter.