Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 26, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 26, 1974 —48 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
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Intruder Seized At White House
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A tranquil scene is set with the reflections of this West River, Md. (AP Wirephoto) country home on an early winter morning near
WASHINGTON' (AP) - A man crashed his car through a White House gate Christmas morning, sped to the entrance and stood there for four hours with what guards feared were explosives wired to his body.
After he surrendered, no explosives were found, only • wires and objects,” the Secret Service said.
The intruder, identified by authorities as Marshall Fields, about 25. of suburban Silver Spring, Md., was then taken to the maximum security unit of a mental hospital for observation. “I have no information yet on why he did it,” a Secret Service spokesman said.
At the time of the incident. President Ford and his family were 2.0(H) miles away on a skiing vacation in Vail, Colo.
According to the Secret Service, Fields’ name appears in previous files relating to the security of the President. But a spokesman said he could not elaborate on the files.
Later, NBG News said it had learned that as early as Tuesday and perhaps even before, the Secret Service and FBI knew that Fields was threatening some kind of disruptive action against the U.S. government.
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Watergate Jurors Feast
By BARTON REPPERT Associated Press VI Titer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Watergate cover-up trial jurors, sequestered away from their homes for 24 months, Joined with more than ll grandchildren and other family members Wednesday in Christmas gift-giving and a big turkey banquet.
A spokesman for the U.S.
Marshal Sendee, Horace Webb, described the mood of the gathering at Washington’s Sheraton-Park Hotel as ‘ a typical family Christmas afternoon. It was sort of like one big family coming together.” Webb said ll members of the Watergate panel, which consists altogether of 12 regular jurors and five alternates, took part in the dinner along
Now it is over. All presents were the right size and color so there will lie no problems with exchanges. AU the b. I Is were paid before the gilts were given.
Now we can get on with other matters, among them the matter of Roy Helen Mingus
and Her Two Hats.
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Roy Helen (Mrs. Bro) Mingus is a woman of many distinctions. One is that she wears hats. She has many hats. She has distinctive hats. She wears them well. And always.
Another of Roy Helen’s distinctions is that she is Girl Friday to Elbert E. Hall, investment and insuranceman. Roy Helen is wife and mother and book reviewer. But during the day she is secretary, receptionist and aide to Double E Hall.
Lately Roy Helen added a new and rare distinction to her list. She completed the college level courses and took the IO exams to qualify as a Chartered Life Underwriter. She did it in record lime thanks, she says, to Hall’s help at the office and to Bra’s forbearance as she burned midnight oil at home.
She is the lith woman In
Texas to get CLE rating, first
in West Texas.
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The CLU accomplishment did not go unnoticed. One who noticed, and appreciated its significance, was a longtime friend, Mrs. Percy Jones.
Mrs. Jones wrote Roy Helen a note of congratulations.
‘‘Now' you can wear two hats,” she suggested. ‘‘And goodness know s, let me be the first to see them.”
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After she sent the note Mrs. Jones decided she should provide Roy Helen with a second hat. It should be a distinctive one. She wanted a Gibson Girl type with a great plume. She
BY KATHARYN DUFF
searched the town, even en antique store. No luck.
She mentioned her quest to her son-in-law, rancher John Matthews.
John had an inspiration.
“Why, I know’ the very hut”’ he said. ‘Ive got one that's just right.”
John wears hats doing ranch work. His hats are right dis-t i n c t i v e, too. They.. .well, they show they’ve been worn doing ranch work.. .lots of it.
(Stock broker Dick Hailey tells about one day when be was eating lunch downtown with his late motlier. Mrs. Hailey saw this disreputable hat hanging over there by a booth. “Iliat poor man,” she remarked. “A hat like that! I’m going to get him a new one. Go see who he is. Dick.” Dick obeyed. He came back to report, “That’s John Matthews’ hat, mother, and if he wants a new one he can very
well buy it himself!”)
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It was one of John’s classic hats he chose for Roy Helen. It was so classic even he had quit wearing it. It was seasoned with blood and sweat and maybe even some rancher tears. It had been mended in one era with a scrap of tow sacking.
This hat he had gift wrapped and delivered with a note:
“Now the CLU has everything!”
Hoy Helen brought the exchange to a proper climax after she got the gift. She dressed carefully. Atop her head she put a beautiful white dress western hat someone had given her. Atop that she put John’s hat. And she went marching over to the Jones-Matt hews office in the Ely Building so Mrs. J ones ^ and John too, could be “the first to see.”
They thought she looked great. Roy Helen said she did not debate that finding.
with 31 guests and 21 deputy U.S. marshals.
The marshals were on hand to make sure there were no conversations about the trial, due to resume Thursday with final arguments before the jury begins its deliberations. 'Die jury has been kept sequestered since Oct. ll.
In a hotel banquet room dec-orated by bubbling fountains spurting champagne and cold duck, they feasted on shrimp cocktail, young Vermont roast turkey, celery’ dressing, cranberry sauce and a choice of mince pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream pie or cheesecake for desert.
The Marshals Service spokesman said the guests — among them about 20 youngsters, mostly grandchildren — began arriving shortly after 2 p.m. for the holiday* celebration and were permitted to stay as late as 9 p.m.
“Some guests did bring gifts,” Webb said. “The gifts w’ere all in the line of something the jurors can use between now and the time they go home — articles of clothing and things of that nature.”
He said the other six jurors and alternates chose to have their Christmas dinner privately, dining on the same turkey meal.
The Watergate jurors moved recently to the Sheraton-Park from the Midtown Motel, a less expensive residence closer to the courthouse. The move was aimed to make the jurors as comfortable as possible while they start final de-
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Bank Robber May Have Had Ants in His Pants
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Christmas rush bothered just about everyone, but no one probably as much as one would-be bank robber.
Police said a man walked into the downtown office of the Union Bank Tuesday and demanded money from a teller. He implied he had a weapon and gave her a paper sack to fill.
The teller told the man he would have to wait until she
was free, and continued her work behind the counter, police said. The man then informed the teller that he would shoot everybody in the bank if she did not hand over all her cash.
Police said the teller again told the man he would have to wait.
The man turned and walked out of the bank, without any cash.
WAITING GAME AT WHITE HOUSE . , . surrender conies after four hours
Christmas-Plus-One May Be Icy White'
Goodfellows' Fund Jumps Past $19,000
Latest Goodfellow donations:
Mr. Sc Mrs. I*on Thane 10.1)0
Mr Sc Mrs. Wynant S. Wilson 10.00
In memory’ of Tony Way 10.00
Cathy Brown and
Lawton Brown, Jr. 5.00
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph R.
Auringer, Sr. 20.00
Iii lieu of our Christmas cards to friends in Abilene and the Big Country’ Area—
The A. C. Sharp Family
In memory of our parents:
Mr. Ic Mrs. Levi Thornton Mr. & Mrs. John
Mary L. Wadley 25.00
In lieu of Christinas cards to Abilene friends,
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L Brewster 10.00
Iii memory of
Mr. E. A. Gentry In memory of our daughter, Esther Hammond, Mr. &
Mrs. Leroy Hammond IO OO Anonymous 20 00
Mr. i Mrs. B, W.
Head, Sr. 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J.
In lieu of Christmas cards, Dolman N. Fanner 25.00 Kristi, Kyle, and Kody Wilson 10O0
Mr Se Mrs. Max D. Hills* 5.00 Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W.
Post 2012 25.00
In lieu of Christmas cards to friends and relatives,
Mrs. Nell Middleton IO.DO Abilene Rebekah Lodge SO Abilene Postal Employees Emil E. and Clementine T. Ogden Total
Previously Acknowledged 18.710.31
Total to Date 19.120.31
50 OO 410 00
Coming home for the holidays Is one of the happiest events of the year.
But not for all. At least 12 pinons died on Texas highways during the Christmas holiday.
'Hie Department of Public Safety predicted a total a total of 14 to die by midnight Chi!>tmas. That toll, however, does not include those who die on their way home Thursday.
Hazardous driving conditions are in effect iii many pails of Texas.
If at all possible, the National Weather Semce advises travers to put off trip* home, at least one day.
Streets and highways were expected to become glazed with ice in the area south and east of Midland-Odessa area \\ ednesday and continue through Thursday. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow was expected to cause glazing of bridges and other exposed structures from the South Plains northeast to Northwest nexus and southern oklahoma.
In Abilene, freezing rain and occasional sleet, possibly mixed with light snow ts expected Thursday, with highs in the upper 30s and lows iii the lower 20s during the night.
Winds are expected to be southerly IO to 20 mph Thui s-duy, with decreasing cloudiness.
Temperatures should reach near 50 on Friday.
Several area cities reported rain, sleet and freezing rain. Ballinger reported the most precipitation in the Big Country, with one inch of rain and some sleet. Coleman, Colorado City, Goldthwaite, Baird, Comanche and Paint Rock all reported sleet and, or freezing rain ranging from a trace to .15 inch.
Abilene reported a trace of rain and some sleet.
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