Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 7, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Irish Erupt Again
Worst Violence Seen Since August
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) — Armed British troops clashed with Roman Catholic demonstrators in Londonderry Friday night in what onlookers described as the worst violence since last August.
Four British soldiers and one civilian were reported injured in
the hour-long disturbance in the Roman Catholic Bogside district of the city.
The British troops retreated from the district under a hail of rocks.
The violence erupted after the militant Protestant leader, the Rev. Jan Paisley, addressed 1,300 supporters at a meeting in
side Londonderry's Guildhall.
The meeting went quietly, but a crowd of Catholics gathered outside the Guildhall and started singing civil rights .songs.
A large force of soldiers and police ringed the area and prevented demonstrators from mingling with the Protestants as they left the meeting.
Refinery rocked by explosion
LBJ Says Bomb Halt Was Dean Rusk's Idea
Deluge nozzles are played on a Cosden Refinery tank of the alkylation unit where aviation fuel is refined as fire continues to blaze under the unit to burn vapors and prevent further explosions. A total of 20 refinery employes
were injured as an explosion shook the Big Spring unit and surrounding buildings late Friday morning. Six employes were hospitalized, including two seriously injured. (AP Wirephoto)
Big Spring Blast Hurts 20
By JIM CONLEY Rcporter-News Staff Writer BIG SPRING — Two men were injured seriously and four others remained hospitalized Friday after an explosion rocked the Cosden Oil and Chemical Co. three miles east of here.
Fourteen other men were treated and released from three Big Spring hospitals. Witnesses at the plant said two blasts, which occurred at 10:35 a.m., rocked buildings up to a thousand feet away and sent a ball of flame at least one hundred feet into the air.
Most seriously hurt were Cosden employes Charlie Nipp of Big Spring and Travis Greenfield of Coahoma.
Nipp received burns on his face, lacerations on his hands and legs and a concussion.
Greenfield was badly burned over much of his body and was said to be the most seriously hurt, although he reportedly walked into the hospital unassisted.
A late Friday night check of Big Spring hospitals showed Greenfield in “fair condition,” although still in intensive care with bums. Nipp was in “satis-] factory condition”
\\ illie Forman, John V. Howard, ry, business representative of
C. L. Lunsford and Joe Roberts. JI he local operating engineers J. Y. Smith, Cosden director union, said he had heard se-of industrial relations, said no veral of the men say the blast survey of damage could be came from a 20-foot tower made until the fire was com pletely out. Fireman at the
something — possibly an open flame — ignited the gas, he was told.
Relations director Smith said
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finite late into I he night. A crew in the Alkylation Un-jL procedures wlderiifofethem
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Injured Men Named
BIG SPRING - The 20 persons injured in the Friday explosion at the Cosden plant near here included:
t’owper Clinic and Hospital
Robert L. Carlile, 1000 E. 21st Big Spring; treated and released.
Chester Faught, Sterling City Route; Big Spring; treated and released.
James O. Hill, 144 E. lith, Colorado City; treated for ear injuries and released.
C. L. Lunsford, 3000 Cactus Dr., Big Spring; hospitalized for concussion and cuts.
Charlie Nipp. 1202 Main, Big Spring; hospitalized for burns.
I James Pedigo, Route Box 159; Big Spring; treated for ear
Joe Roberts, 1002 E. 16th, Big Spring; hospitalized for shock and head lacerations.
Malone and Hogan Foundation Hospital:
William E. Archibald, 1514-B Sycamore; Big Spring, treated and released.
Willie Foreman, 309 NAV. 10th,
rescue helicopter which apparently was not needed.
The fire was brought under control in an hour during which time witnesses estimated flames shot from 75 to 150 feet into the air.
Cosden is north of Interstate Highway 20, and adjacent to it. The unit where the explosion
By JERRY BUCK AP Television-Radio Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Lyndon B. Johnson says Secretary of State Dean Rusk’s argument that North Vietnam would not respond to a demand for a concession led him to order an unconditional bombing halt on March 31, 1968.
Revealing for the first time the events behind the decision that got the Communists to agree to peace talks, Johnson also said:
-He had been looking for a peace move to tie in with his planned announcement of his retirement from office.
-Defense Secretary Clark Clifford had wanted the North Vietnamese to make a concession -That at the same time, and unaware of Rusk’s proposal, U.N. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg asked Johnson to “stop all the bombing.”
-That he thoroughly explained to Sen. William Fulbright, critic of the war, what he intended to do with the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.
Johnson said Rusk suggested during a review of Vietnam policy that the bombing of North Vietnam be stopped as “a peace overture.”
Johnson said the gesture for peace—which also included his announcement that he would not a seek re-election—failed.
Paisley left under a heavy po-
j lice escort.
The trouble began as the soldiers moved the demonstrators ! into the Bogside area.
Windows were broken and two arrests were made by troops armed with clubs.
A Catholic priest who tried to calm the demonstrators was hit on the leg with a rock but was not injured.
At one stage the demonstrators hastily threw up a barricade. An army truck demolished it.
Shortly after midnight the army reported the situation was quiet, but more than 200 troops patrolled the city.
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others joined him-the bombing on the that the North Vietnamese
commendations from his top ad-'or sbo°k his gray-maned head, visors in early March 1968 when ,,ohnson did not wear his glass-“Secretary Rusk came back and fs„ dHri.ng lhe interview. They said—while we were evaluating ^ed in the guest house at the these things, he said, ‘Now I Panch and behind them think the time's come where we was a red me,al fireplace up can stop the bombing.’ against the knotty pine walls.
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Listed in good condition were! injuries and released.
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Big Spring; hospitalized witltto°k Place is about IOO yards burns and back complaints. ^I f)TT1 the highway.
Travis Greenfield of Coahoma J”!!" 5ri,ghhJ’ * !;0;sde" em/
hospitalized for burns. P • f .. J® asphalt depart-
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John V. Howard, 736 E. 6th. tense that he could not roll
DALLAS, Tex. (AP)-Roaring applause greeted a federal judge at Bishop College Friday night when she told militant students she would meet with them Saturday morning.
The students, a militant group, continued to hold the college dormitory to back up 19 demands they made on the college administration.
U.S. Dist. Judge Sarah T. Hughes arrived at the college shortly before 9 p.m. and addressed the students briefly. Comments by the judge, a member of Bishop’s board of trustees, were greeted by wild applause by the more than 200 protesting students.
The small-statured, greying woman told the students she would meet with them at IO a.m. Saturday to discuss their demands and that she would not set any preconditions on the meeting.
There was still no indication, however, that the occupying students would leave the college auditorium. “I’m not going to let them take over this school,” the college president had said an hour earlier.
just 30 minutes to vacate the college auditorium, taken over at morning chapel services.
The group quickly grew to more than 200 when Dr. Milton Curry made the threat to call in Dallas police.
Only two campus policemen were in the building with the militant students who repeated their demands over and over but remained orderly. There had been no violence.
Asked about one of the demands in which students asked for milk with all cafeteria meals, Curry replied: “Well, we all need to lose a little weight.”j u. s. department of commerce Cun* apparently was in con-1
Colorado City; hospitalized with a concussion and injured ear drums.
Jess Looney. 611 Colgate, Big Spring; treated and released.
O. C. Mason, 1202 Ridgeroad, Big Spring; treated and
Bill Milliken, Box 135, Coahoma; treated and released.
William Morris, 1441 Wood, Big Spring; treated at hospital, and released.
Don E. Smith, 3306 Crnell, Big Spring; treated and released.
Howard A. Stevens, 2908
Navajo, Big Spring; treated at hospital and released.
Big Spring Hospital:
Doyle Gillikan, unknown address (not a Cosden employe); treated and released.
Phillip Gressett, 1002 Baylor, Big Spring; treated "and
Eldon J. Grisham, 1083 Oak, Colorado City; treated and released.
down his automobile window as he drove along the access road beside the plant IO minutes after the explosion.
Fortenberry was across the highway in the union office, about 1,000 yards from the explosion, when “the whole place
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“My hopes have faded away, and my dreams have not been realized,” he said in an interview to be broadcast Friday night on CBS. “I deeply regret it, but I was constantly trying, just as I’d tried on many other causes that failed.”
The televised interview, devoted to Johnson’s decision to stop the bombing of North Vietnam, was the second in a series with Walter Cronkite. It was filmed last fall at the LBJ Ranch in Texas.
The former president said Rusk, whose advocacy of Johnson administration Vietnam policy had made him a target of antiwar demonstrators, argued that the North Vietnamese would not respond to a demand for a concession in return for stopping the bombing.
He said he was going over re-
Bomb Squad Trying To Defuse Mine
LONDON (AP) — Bomb dis-,the blast range, but residents posal experts worked under were ordered to leave th<dr w infloodlights Friday night to de-!dows open in case of an explo-fuse a 1,500-pound World War lesion. Police patrols kept sight-
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German land mine that could flatten half a square mile of suburban London if it exploded.
The mud-coated mine, a barrel-like bomb nine feet long packed with 1,535 pounds of high explosive, was found when workmen drained a water reservoir at Walthamstow in northeast London.
Army bomb experts floated their equipment to the mine on raft and then built a wooden aridge for a quick getaway in case things go wrong. If the timing device started ticking, the men would have only nine seconds to escape the blast.
The reservoir is ringed with a lumber yard, some factories and a few homes. About 1,000 factory workers were evacuated. Few of the homes lie within
seers away A navy team joined the army experts in the defusing operation, working inside a wall of sandbags in the muddy bottom of the reservoir.
Maj. Mike Hoskins, leader of the squad, said the mine probably was dropped by parachute during a Nazi raid about 1944. “These are one of the most dangerous things the Germans dropped,” he said.
Defusing the cylinder could take up to 20 hours.
The same army team dismantled a similar mine in another london suburb last fall. Hoskins, 32, was awarded the George Medal last year for defusing American World War II bombs found near a gasoline dump in Brunei, North Borneo.
Firefighters Injured By Blaze, Blast
Two Abilene firefighters were hurt Friday night in an explosion during a blaze at Southwest Fire & Apparatus Co. at 2513 S. Treadaway.
Injured were Lf. Dennis (Digger) O’Dell and Fireman Larry Richard, neither seriously-
Fire damage was confined to the back room of the building, but smoke and water damage was heavy in the other seven rooms.
Firemen, under the direction of Fire Chief Joe Lockhart, stopped the fire from spreading to nearby business, but Hack Drilling Co. and Malcolm Sup-
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tact with the school’s board of trustees but would make little comment about what he intended to do. Asked if the students might just be allowed to stay overnight, he replied, “That’s a possibility.”
“But it’s also a possibility that we will move in on them,” he said.
The group of militants, calling themselves the “Chicago Club,” interrupted a morning address by Dr. John Coleman
Three hours earlier, he hadjof Langston, Okla., and took given about 25 militant students over the rostrum.
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Cloudy to partly cloudy and mild saturday through Sunday. High Saturday near 70; low Saturday night 45-50; high Sunday low 70s. Southerly winds 5 to 15 miles per hour.
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High end low for 26-hours endlna 6 p.m.: 66 end 39. High and low same dele last veer: 69 and 49. Sunset last night: 5:45; sunrise today: 7:41; sunset tonight; 5:49.
Barometer reeding af 9 p.m.: 79 32. Humidity at 9 p.nv. 97 per cent.
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