Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604. FRIDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 27. 1974—THIRTY PAGES IX THREE SECTIONS
Price 15 Cents Assot lated Press (ZP)'Instead of Being in an Ugly Mood, the Prisoners All Called Us Sir'
Lorton Reformatory’s guard tower six looms above the gate, right, which newsmen used to enter the maximum security section of the prison early Thursday morning where inmates held hostages. The newsmen entered the prison atter inmates demanded to talk with them. (AP Wirephoto!
Lawyer Says Ehriichman Was 'Thrown to the Wolves'
By MIKE SHANAHAN Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -John L). Ehrliehnian's lawyer portrayed his client Thursday as a decent White House “square" whose frank advice to former President Richard M. Nixon was rewarded by his being thrown to the wolves.
Attorney William S. Frater’ final summation was among three heard Thursday by the jury in the Watergate cover-up trial.
1.S. District Judge John J. Silica said he will give his instructions to the jury on Monday, when they will begin considering the guilt or innocence of the five defendants.
After pressing defense lawyers to s}H*ed their final arguments, the judge gave up on his original intention of having the jury deli lyrate over the weekend.
Ehriichman and four other former White House a des or .Nixon re-election officials are charged with conspiring to obstruct the investigation oi the June 17, 1972. break-in at the W atergate building headquarters of the Democratic National Committee.
The jurors have heard more than 18 hours of arguments in the final summaries. The prosecution is scheduled for final rebuttal on Friday.
Frates recounted how Ehr
iichman. a former White House aide. was summoned to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Ald., April 29, 1973.
Frates said while officially Ehriichman resigned, in reality, he was thrown out. He was thrown to the wolves.”
Frates recalled Ehrlieh-man’g testimony that Nixon planned to pardon the Watergate break-in defendants during his second term as president.
The lawyer said there was nothing sinister about such a plan.
' Alter all " he said, 'cer-
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'Good News Day' Left Lawton Residents in Dark
By TOM LU KEY Associated Press Writer
LAWTON, Okla. (Apl -Christmas was “Good News Day'' in Lawton, by proclamation of Mayor Don Whitaker.
Whitaker asked the City's news media to put out only good news for a 24-hour period. in keeping with the spirit OI Christmas.
‘The news didn’t cooperate." said Paul McClung, assistant managing editor of the Lawton Constitution and Morning Press.
But the city’s broadcasters did. and until Lawtonian^ re
ceived their combin'd edition of the Const itut ion-Press Wednesday afternoon, many did not know that:
—Two Law ion residents died in residential tires.
—A third house fire left a Lawton family homeless.
—Three persons died on stale roads on Christmas Eve.
-And various unpleasant events had occurred around the state and nation.
The four radio stations and one television station had little control over network newscasts. but they ignored unpleasant local and state .stories.
•J tried to read some of the milder stuff.” commented Harry Edens, news director at KLAW. But he said the fire deaths, traffic deaths and some local lubbenes and burglaries remained unaired.
He did report one burglary, however.
"I wrote a story to the effect that, Your police and sheriff’s departments have been awake on Christmas even while you slept,’” he recalled I Kind they had prevented a burglary in progress, and that nothing wits taken be cause the officers arrived in time to prevent am theft."
Bv TERRENCE HUNT Associated Press Writer
LORTON, Va. (AP) — Right before we went in. a prison official warned us that the rebel inmates were armed. “I want to make sure you realize that in effect you'll be hostages.”
Two of the six newsmen planning to enter the maximum security section of Lorton Reformatory pulled back. I decided to go ahead.
.Minutes before we started into the prison an AP photographer pulled me aMde. “We need a mug shot of you, just in case," he said.
I began to feel the potential danger, but it wasn’t until the first steel door slammed shut behind us that I really felt the fear growing.
When the third and final steel door closed, I mentioned my fear aloud. My three colleagues cadi said he felt the same.
Within minutes we met a prisoner involved in the siege and capture of IO hostages at this District of Columbia reformatory.
We waited in a group until we were led one by one across a 50-foot yard in the darkness into a dining and visiting
area, the command post for the rebellion.
I was the second newsman led across the lawn by an unarmed inmate. I expected to find the pilseners heavily armed and in an ugly mood.
But I was surprised, the inmates displayed no weapons in the visiting area, where I was to remain for die next ll hours during negotiations.
The prisoners wanted to pour out a litany of grievances and have us witness the negotiations. They were polite. and all called us “sir.” They didn t even look like prisoners. They wore
disparate outfits of khakis, jeans, jack ets. sweatshirts and some hats.
Inmates had assembled five dining tables into a makeshift conference table. We sat on one side us they complained of inadequate visiting procedures. a director of securit y whom they vailed “a racist,” insufficient * vin a-tional and vocational programs and threats that they would bt1 transferred to other prisons, away from their families.
As we listened, a gu.ad who was taken hostage was brought lo the table, looking tired and drawn. Ile too Ins
tated with emotion about their problems. And some of the leaders told them to go one at a time so we would understand each point.
Within a half-hour, four prison officials arrived and the negotiations i>e-gan. By 3 a m. the negotiation took some heated turns after relatives, girl friends and acquaintances of the inmates were allowed int" the prison.
The relatives sat around the table, sometimes urging tile prisoners to take
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Jail Uprising Ends Quietly
Weatherman Says The Worst Is Over
A 40 per tent chance of more drizzle or light rain in the forecast for Friday morning. keeping alive I hi* possibility of ice coaling bridges, power lines and trees.
But. forecasters for the National Weather Service say the worst of the ice storm gripping lexas is over for the Abilene area, and clearing conditions are expected to begin Friday afternoon.
\ FROSTY drizzle which dropped an official 23 inch on Abilene Christmas Day ended at about 4 a rn. Thursday Forecasters recorded only .i trace of rain the rest of the dav Thursday at Abilene Municipal Airport.
Forecaster I). W Eek said there is a pos-ability that early morning drizzle Friday and standing w.iter left over from Wednesday night s rain may free/e over again as temperatures were experted to drop to the low 30s over the night Thursday.
Eek said, though, that he (hies not exoeel ice formations on power lines and streets to be heavy.
Wednesday night’s storm caused relatively few problems in Abilene, but conditions reportedly were worse south of Abilene in Celemin and Brown Counties.
EMUIA MORNING power failures lasting about two hours were reported in ('"leman. Burkett. Bangs and Santa Anna,
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Normal for Year
One traveler reported Coleman to be a ''winter wonderland" Thursday with ice up to a fourth-inch thick on trees and buildings But, streets reportedly were free of ice. and trews wpre able to repair all downed lines
Power in the tiny town of Burkett north of Coleman went out about 3 a rn. Thursday. a spokesman for West Texas Utilities in Abilene laid.
'I he failure was not reported until residents began waking up. but crews were able to restore power soon after netting the initial reports.
Southwest of Coleman at Santa \nna and Banes, ire reportedly formed on power lines and blew out fuses out no lines were downed.
V IRAN EKERS advisory wa*? out for Stonewall, Scurry, Fisher, Mitchell and Nolan Counties 'Thursday afternoon and nicht hut the Department of Public Safety reported no major accidents through midevening Thursday.
In Millen0, an ice-covered tree shorted out a power line in the vicinity of 4109 Mont!* cello and resulted in ^ powe* failure which lasted from ll 15 p rn Wednesday to 12 13 a in. Thursday in an area from South 7th to Hartford and from Bowie to Leggett, according to WTI’ official-.
Officials of Lone S'ar Gas and Southwestern Bell said they had no service disruptions caused by the weather.
I (‘lied fur a few minutes and said benim he was released, “I aglee with a lot they say."
The guard. Roger Poller, assured us that none of the other captives had been harmed. The inmates said they let him go localise he suffers from an ulcer.
At one end of the room, an inmate stood at lookout, fleering around a white cm lain for signs of any on-rusti of police officers.
A lighted Christmas tree was at the other end of the room. The prisoners
By JOHN LENGEL Associated Press Writer
LORTON. Va. (AP! -Armed inmates released seven hostages unharmed at Lorton Reformatory Thursday after receiving what they regarded as assurances they would not be punished for their role in an attempted mass escape.
The end came oeacefully in midafternoon almost 20 hours after the prison uprising began Christmas night.
Three inmates escaped and one was killed in the attempt. About IOO were involved Originally ll hostages had been
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seized, but one was released around midnight and two. more late Thursday morning.
The rebellious inmates gave up their siege upon beintr shown a letter approved by the Department of Justice. It assured them there would be no prosecution for offenses arising out of the disturbance without consultations with Delbert Jackson, the director of I he Department of Corrections for the District of Columbia, which operates the prison in this rural Virginia area about 15 miles south of Washington, DC.
The letter was signed by acting U S. Atty. David Hopkins. The acting federal prison director. Roy Gerard, earlier had signed an agreement that none of the inmates involved would be transferred to otiier federal prisons.
When the break came, the prisoners had members of their families and visitors escorted to the middle of the prison yard.
Newsmen talked with Thoni-
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This might have been funnier soon after Hie happening.
Certainly it would have been funnier had the pro football fates rearranged this year’s playoffs and if he who controls fates for the Dallas Cowboys had seen fit to use more the serv ices of tho former Abilene Christian College quarterback.
But. with these disclaimers, here it is anyway.
ACC Veep Bob Hunter got a note from Troy Bumpity, former Abilenian now- veep of a Richardson bank, which was a copy of a note Troy received from a Washington. DAL, friend after THAT game Thanksgiving day in Texas Stadium when the Cowboys won over the Redskins in a surprise last-minute blitz.
“Our nation's capital was
shocked and saddened at the
sudden passing of Clint Lon-
gley,” the note read.
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James A. Griswold. M. D. lias been in the practice el medicine in Ballinger for some time.
A month or so ago his brother. Dr. Edward Griswold, den-l st. came to Ballinger to es-t bilsh his practice. He set up his offices adjoining those of Dr. James.
'I bis is not ordinary, brothers, one a physician and one a dentist, with adjoining offices. You might even call it extraordinary.
But what moves the situation toward the status of unique is this: James Gns-wold, M.D., and Edward Griswold, D.D.S.. are twins.
Furthermore they are identical twins.
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Mrs, Manuel (Lucv1 Martinez has used Dr. James Griswold as family physician for several years.
Recently she had a dental problem and phoned lo make an appointment with the new dentist in town. She knew they had the same surname so might be kin. She did not know they were identical twins.
So. . .she was sitting in the dentist's office waiting for tier *
appointment and in lie walks.
“Hi,” he said.
Lucy returned the greeting — from, she thought, her fa nill v doctor.
Well. you think you need a tooth pulled.. .I’m ready to check it." the doctor said.
“Oh. no,” Lucy exclaimed. “YouTo not going to pull MY tooth,”
Dentist Griswold had to eon-v ince her he wasn’t Physician Griswold. Dr. as our correspondent Mary Sue Cottelle put it. “Yes. Lucy and all the rest of you, there are two
Griswolds in Ballinger."
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IL B Rodke. for a long time in the oil business as a landman in this region, is now in the same soil of business in Arizona, heaclquailered at Phoenix.
Bob has been taken with a bronze plaque set in a wall in the Arizona Capitol, adjacent to the entrance to the Governor’s office. It reminds him of “home” every time se sees it.
The plaque memorializes “Rawgjhlie (cqi Clement Stanford; born Buffalo Gap, Texas, 8-2-79; died Phoenix, Arizona 12-15-63; Superior Court Judge Maricopa County. 191 >-18. 1919 - 22; Governor of Arizona. 1937-38: Justice of Arizona Supreme Court, 194.3-55.”
“Ole Buffalo Gap made good." Bob comments, and should any doubt, come out, call us up and ITI show ’em.”
Todov in History . . .
Cracking the glaze
Melting icicles droop from autumn leaves Thursday afternoon as slightly warmer temperatures crack the -laze caused by Wednesday s ice storm. Warmer temperatures -and safer driving conditions - are expected Friday. (Staff Photo by Don Blakleyj