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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas QfWTotlfr K XlUUUlt "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE JO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 1 89TH YEAR, NO. 253 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79601, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 26, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Pros, SUNDAY Protesters Burn California Bank HAPPINESS IS for 11-year- old Dinh Tin Vinh Nuoi ol South Vietnam, is recovering from a heart operation at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis Wednesday. Nnoi wrin- kled her.nose with a big smile when someone said she had a pretty pony tail hairdo. Nuoi is one oC three Vietnamese children survived heart surgery at the hospital. Two other young- sters died following heart operations to correct defects. The children were brought to Minne- apolis by funds raised by a group U.S. Ma- rines and the Hev. Gordon Smith of the United World Mission in Vietnam. (AP Wirephoto) Five Marines Charged With Killing 16 Viels DA NANG, Vietnam mebers of a U.S. Marine combat patrol liavc been charged with murdering 16 VictnamcsG civilians in a village soulh of Da Nang a week ago, military spokesman said today. The Marines, all enlisted men in Ihe Isl Marine Division's .-7th. Regiment, were not identified, but authorities said they are being held in a brig at Marine headquarters licre. The men arc accused of killing 11 children and five women on Feb. 19 in a hamlet of Son Thang village, 27 miles south of Da Nang. The area is classified as a "contcslad" sector. Marine officials refused to give any details of how the civilians died. But officers said villagers found the bodies and led another Marine palrol to the scene. An investigation was begun, and the five men were charged with murder. Marine spokesmen said the investigation still is under way, and the findings will be referred lo'Maj. Gen. Edwin B. Wheeler, ccmmander of the 1st Marine Division. lie will decide whether to order the men to court- martialed or drop the charges. Only scattered Marine patrols and South Vietnamese forces operate in the Son Thang area, authorities said. A headquarters spokesman said Marine patrols in that area had suffered frequent casualties from snipers and booby traps, but it was not known if any sniper fire had come from the hamlet. There was no immediate comment on the case from South Vietnamese authorities. Son Thang is about CO miles northwest of coastal My Lai, where the Army alleges U.S. soldiers massacred more than 100 Vietnamese civilians March 16, 1963. The villages in the Que Son Valley are mostly inhabited, but most of them are rated in the Viet Cong-controlled categories in the government's hamlet evaluation rating system. Several sharp battles have been fought in the area in February, both by the Marines and by the. American Division's 136th Infantry Brigade. Patrols and pacification teams in Ihe area have also taken casualties. A Soulh Vietna- mese popular force was reported to have taken heavy small-arms fire in the Son Thang vicinity today. Nixon Proposes Pruning Programs WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon proposed to Con- gress today the scrapping or re- form of 57 federal programs at a saving in the coming year' of billion. In a special message, Nixon said congressional action would be required to achieve bil- lion of the savings and that he will do the rest through admin- istrative moves. The pruning operation would include reform of the 20-year- old federal program to aid to schools in areas housing large numbers of federal program Nixon Has. tried with- out success to cut in the past. The upshot of the Nixon plan in this field would be to shift more funds from relatively wealthy communities to poorer districts and at the same lime cut total annual appropriations by ?392 million. Another item oh the Nixon agenda would be elimination of a little-known board of federal tea tasters that has been in; op- eration since 1897'and costs SI million a "At one -time in the dim Nixon said, "there may have been good reason to single out tea for such special taste tests; but that reason no longer NEWS'lNDEX Amuserr.enls 6C Bridge 4B Business Notes 9A Classified 4-70 Comics................ 31} Edilorials 2D Horoscope.............5A Hospital Polienls 6B Obituaries 3C, IOC Spofts 8.9C This Man's Art 6C To Your Goad Health------4C TV Log 5C Women's News 2.3B exists. Nevertheless, a separate tea-tasting board has gone right along, at the taxpayers' ex- pense, because nobody up to now look the trouble to take a hard look al why it was in exist- ence. The general altitude was it didn't cost much, it provided a few jobs, so why upset the lea The President said such atti- tudes should have no place in government and the "taxpay- er's dollar deserves to be treat- ed with more rcspocl." Males Lose Jobs MILAN, Italy (AP) Males have lost another bastion. The municipal .council ruled that 20 of 200 traffic-directing jobs must be reserved for women. The in- .vaders of Ihe former all-male domain are to be assigned near schools. By MARTIN KUUMING Associated Press Writer SANTA nARBAUA, Calif. (AP) Rampaging demonstra- tors protesting the "capitalist establishment" burned a Bank of America branch to a skeleton today while outnumbered police and firemen watched helplessly. Police reinforcements were called in as about 800 protesters Watched the flames burn out the inside of the one-story, brick building. Then a solid phalanx of 2-40 helmeled officers swept through the campus community, Isla Vista, dispersing the crowd without a confrontation. Retreating protesters threw rocks at oncoming officers, in- juring 15 to 20 of se- said. Officers said they arrested 34 young persons for investigation .of failure. In disperse. Deputies said laler the situa- tion was "pretty much under control" and that officers were dispersing about 200 stragglers scattered along streets and al- loys. The one-square-milc Isla Vis- ta community is mainly by apartment-dwelling students from the adjacent Uni- versity of California campus six miles north of Santa Barbara. The demonstrators, number- ing Wednesday night, said they were protesting the war in Vietnam, the "capitalist estab- lishment" that financed it, and what a student spokesman called "increasing police repression aimed at stifling stu- dent dissent." One demonstrator identifying himself as Kevin McElhinny, 17, San Jose, Calif., said the bank was under siege "because it was there, it was the biggest capilalist cslnblislimcnt thing around." Another demonstrator who wouldn't give his name said the bank "is an example of Ameri- can capitalism which is killing people all around the world and in the United States." The outbreak of fires and win- dow smashing followed a cam- pus speech Wednesday after- noon by William M- Kunstler, a defense attorney in the Chicago riot trial. All the windows of the same bank branch were smashed in the starl of Uie trou- ble Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff James W. Webster had described (he situation as "com- pletely out of hand" Wednesday evening. He asked Ronald Reagan for National Guard troops, but Guardsmen were not mobilized. The bank fire was set by sev- eral protesters who rolled a gas- oline-soaked trash bin in through a smashed window, and set it ablaze against a wall, dep- uties said. Students from a nearby fraternity put out Ihe blaze, bul protesters fired it up again jusl before midnight. The nntics of today's young conic niirlcr scrutiny in this issue of The Reporter- A'rius. Articles by Knlerprisa Assncintioii' tcrit- crs on 2H, SC, 9C. O'Brien Refuses To Be Demo Chief WASHINGTON (AP) Law- rence K. O'Brien announced to- day he has informed Hubert II. Humphrey he will not accept Ihe chairmanship of the Demo- cratic National Committee. In a statement, the 52-year-old O'Brien said he has concluded "There are some within the par- ty structure and some among those with whom Ihe party tra- ditionally has had close relation- ships who do not share the view that I should return as chair- man. "Therefore, it is clear to me that the consensus I deem vital for the next chairman would not he forthcoming and I will not al- low my name to be presented for consideration." O'Brien's decision, announced while he is on the West Coast on a business trip, throws into con- fusion the decision on the next chairman, who is due to he elected next Thursday when Ihe national committee meets. Sen. Fred R. Harris of Okla- homa, who succeeded O'Brien a year ago, has resigned effective that dale. The party's governors are complaining that no one asked their views on the chairman- ship. 96th Gets Trail Award The 96th Slrategic Aerospace Wing at Dyess AD'B has won Slrategic Air Command's lop award 1969 in the combined fields of logistics, maintenance, supply, transportation and procurement. The Charles D. Trail Award will be presented to Ihe 06th in early March, Maj. Gen. T. J. Dacey, SAC chief of staff al Offutl AFB, Neb., announced Wednesday. Dyess1 SAC wing represented 2nd Air Force in competition for the honor, vying against the 72nd Bomb Wing, Ramcy AFB, Puerlo Rico, Bin Air Force; 399th Strategic Missile Wing, Davis-Monlhan AFB, Ariz., J5th AF; and 334lh Strategic Missile Squadron, Vandenbcrg AFB, Calif., 1st Strategic Aerospace Division. The %th was selected by a panel of SAC headquarters personnel within the deputy chief of staff for materiel. Last year's winner was the 341st Strategic Missile Wing at Malmstrom AKB, Mont. Commander of the %th is Col. William I1. Armstrong, who succeeded Col. Edgar S. Harris Jr. on Feb. 13. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU Ps- ft B> ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Fair and warmer today, Iwiiglir And Friday. H'gh loday, KMS; low fcnigll, J3-JJ; htgh Friday, 45-70. Southerly wirxfi, 5-15 nvp.ru High and For eroding 9 a.m.: tf and 37. High and few wire dale lail year: 74 and tl. S-jniet Mif nlghl: sun rip today: suniel lanighl: Wishcornper New Chamber President Ownership Rights 'Vested' in Trees By ELL1E RUCKEU and BKTTY GRISSOM ft. Years ago my husband planted live pecan trees In our yard between (he sidewalk and Ihe slrcct. Since his death I have cared-for these fine trees and have accj-iired a large variety of bulbs anil other flowering plants. Someone recently (old me this Is public property and that anyone Is free (o pick my flowers and pecans. I iiould like to know If (his Is a city regulation. A. That area Is considered the parkway and is owned by the city, but since you maintain the property you have "vested rights" to it and others do not have Ihe right to pick your pecans and flowers. If Ihe city should decide to widen the street or make sewer improvements, it has the right to use this parkway, but would have to compensate you for Uio trees and shrubs you've planted, says an assistant city altorney. Q. From my observations over the years, I assume that the first set of three digits In my social security num- ber Indicate a geographic or regional Index. But what do (he next se( of (wo and the last set of four digits stand for? A. Your assumption is correct, first set in- dicates the region where your number was issued. Most Texans have a number between 449 and 4fi7; the exception is for a railroad employee who would have teen issued a number in the 700 series. Those next two sets have no particular significance, except that the last number indicates the order in which your number was issued, says H. II, Tulcy of Ihe Social Security Office. Q. At the City Hall h Ihe lobby Is a gun in n case. Is this (he gun Clinton used lo ring out (he New Year? A. Thai's Ihe gun, all right. Years ago J. J. Clinlon, Ahilene's first police; chief, fear- ing the cowhands might get out of hand celc'- brating New Year's Eve, slood on Ihe corner of S. 1st and Chestnut and fired lhat pistol inlo Ihe air as a signal for the saloons lo close. He continued the custom every New Year's Eve, even after Ihe saloons were gone. After his death, his friend Jonks McGee, with Clinton's gun, kept up the tra- dition until he died in 1952. McGee's widow gave the gun to the Police Dcpt. and it's now encased at City Hall. Q. I've hern told that charcoal bri- quet I cs used for give off a carbon monoxide gas and that some- limes It contaminates the food (hat Is' being prepared. Can you enlighten me on this? A. The City Health Officer says any (lame gives off some carbon monoxide, but it has to be highly concentrated or breathed in large quantities before it's poisonous. Since you're talking about a gas, it isn't likely that more than a few molecules could gclon the meal, as gas floats Into Ihc air. So bar- bequeing with charcoal js harmless unless, of course, you're planning to burn a whole sackful inside a closel with the door closed. Q. I took my little granddaughter lo Cohb Park the olher day (o swing. Much (o our disappointment the swings were gone. Will they be replaced? I played on the swings In this same park when I was small and wistfully wish they were still there. A. Good news, by the time you read this in Action Line Ihc swings will be back, but in a new location. The new playground is across Ihe creek, northwest about 450 feet from Ihe old playground, and you'll find In addition to new swings, a tornado slide, Jack and Jill climber, animals on springs, merry go round and even more play equipment than before. Address rrncsllnns to Action Mite, lin.v 30, Abilene, Texas, 79604. Names will not he used hut questions must he signed and addresses given. By MERLE WATSON Rcporlcr-Ncws Staff Writer Kd N. Wishcampcr, editor of The Abilene Reporter-News, was elected president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce at Ihc Board of Directors meeting Thursday morning. He succeeds Harold Crawford. Named president elect was Fred Lee Hughes, president of Fred Hughes Buick Company. The office of prosidcnl-clect wSS created recently when the by-laws were amended by chamber directors. Hughes will succeed Wishcampcr as presi- dent at the end of Ihe next fiscal year, Feb. 23, 1971. Other new officers elected for Ihc fiscal year which begins March I Include Don Wright, firsl vice president, and .lohn Wriglil, treasurer. Three divisional vice presidents will be appointed by Wishcamper. A long time active chamber member, Wishcampcr has served on the bonrd and Ihc executive committee Ihc past two years, and was first vice president of Ihe chamber in the year now ending. He also served on (he Highway Committee and St a c and National Affairs Committee this year. In earlier years he lias served as chairman and mem- ber of the education committee, am) on olher chamber com- mittees. Wishcampor, who has spent his entire newspaper career al The Reporter-News, became editor in January, 1968, and was named Vice President of Edito- rial of The Reporter Publishing Co. in July of 1968. lie had joined Ihc newspaper siaff in Julv. 1936. while a stu- dent in McMurry College from which he was graduated in 1938. Except for four years of Navy service during World War II, he has been with the newspaper since. He served