Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 3, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 199 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1970—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Prttt(TP)
U.S. Will Support Taipei, Says Agnew
some of the programs that are,urday with president Chiang I Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, the so desperately needed in the Kai-shek. astronaut who is traveling with
areas of the environment and him nr esp n ted President
the cities and the tike at home.’’ chiang gave a formal state Chiang with moon rocks and a
;,e casin2 °; Jra^ bar dinner Friday night for Agnew Chinese Nationalist flag that ere, along with the Senates ^ h rejoined the traveled to the lunar surface
action last month in rejecting1 ’ J
5 million for Nationalist Chi-to buy new jet fighters, has
^ considerable concern IW lle Agnew maae n,s 24 nour
$M.5 million fw Nationalist ChLj^ce Pres“ af‘ Apf> *1“ J“*
„..... i ..... loiter remaining in the Philippines President Chiang led f
among senior members of the Nationalist government. An editorial in FYiday’s English-lan-
visit to Vietnam.
The dinner featured Chinese
....... food served Western style. Mrs. portant bearing on future devel-
guage China News said Agnew wbo was in an automo- opments in this area and thank-
would be told that Nationalist bile accident in August, did not ing the American people for China “fears growth of the U S attend but the Agnews visited their assistance to his count!y.
tendency to compromise or ap- 20 minutes before the On the plane en route to Taip-
pease in the matter of the dinner. Guests included top gov- ei, Agnew said:
Chinese Communists.” eminent officials, members of
Agnew’s major formal ses- AfipMiw’s party and Sen. and “China is a country of 800 mil-
sions were a meeting Friday Hugh Scott, R—Pa., who hon people. They can't be ig-aftemoon with Vice President bave be€n visiting here. nored, but attempting to begin
C. K. Yen and a conference Sat-! Before the dinner, Agnew and a meaningful dialogue with
LITTLE CITIZEN — Aldred R. Bran, a former resident of Kenosha, Wis., stands behind his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Caroline, as she takes the oath of eiti-zensip in Milwaukee federal court. Caroline was born in Taichung, Taiwan. Brau and his wife, Alice, live at Tachikawa AFB in Japan, where he is an official of a commercial airline. (AP Wirephoto)
Rites Sunday for Lutheran Leader Dr. Hugo Haterius
STAMFORD - Funeral for Dr. Hugo B. Haterius, the retired pastor of the Bethel Lutheran Church in the Erick-dahl community who for many years was a leader in farm and community improvement programs, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at his former church.
Officiating will be the present pastor, the Rev. Stan Jurgenson.
Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of the Kinney Funeral Home.
Dr. Haterius died at ll a m.
Friday at the Stamford Hospital after a long illness. He was 82 and had retired from his pastorate last year.
He had served as president of the Luther League of the Texas
Conference of the Lutheran DR. HUGO HATERIUS Augustana Senate of North , ^ country'’
America from 1919 to 1928, when * * * g m } he became president of the Con- served as a member of ference itself, a post to which he board of directors of was re-elected for many years. National Senate of the Lutheran During his presidency he also Church.
* I Paralleling his
The area which his pre Erieksdahl friends in 1919 called “that remote, desolate” place was by the mid - 1950’s being called “the most productive area in our county” bv the Jones county agent who added, “The community owes much of its success to Harterius.”
Dr. Haterius first came to Erickedahl in November of 1919 after being offered the pastorship of Bethel Lutheran Church, then a small wooden church and a far cry from the present cathedral-iike stone structure.
Erieksdahl had been founded in 1906 by a colony of Swedish Lutherans.
Dr. Haterius was born in Saronville. Neb., on June 2,1886. the son of farmer who doubled as a carpenter.
TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) —
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew told the Nationalist Chinese Friday that the United States will stand by them even though it is seeking contacts with the Red Chinese.
Earlier Agnew described these attempts to reach the mainland Chinese as “just baby crawling motions” to see how Peking reacts.
The vice president’s reassurance to the Nationalists that the United States intends to live up to its treaty commitments came in a statement shortly after he arrived from Vietnam. Thousands of Chinese lined Taipei’s streets, waving paper American flags and swirling around Agnew’s car with brightly colored 40-foot paper dragons.
In his statement at Sung Shan Military Airport, and later in talks with Nationalist Chinese leaders, Agnew stressed that
the Nixon doctrine of Asian
self-reliance does not mean the United States has any intention LIMA, Peru (AP) — The new,self-contained starter equip-Imitm 7 treaty com- year's fjrst ajr hijackers were ment. A Peruvian p.lot at the
„ J • ,. ,. stalled here Friday on their airport said the equipment was
ut in a conversation with re- ^55^ f0 fly to Cuba with the good for one start. He said po ere en route from Vietnam, tWQ srnall daughters of a col-Amaral should have been able CT™nISt f J1!1!? league jailed in Brazil. The to start the other engine by ■offnrt 1 ♦ aet , • plane they seized in Uruguay bleeding off power from the run-
s'art — a »“* power "drain ^of ffSM
UMaWep/by’the Chfnese Com-! The cr«w of thc Brazilian jet- killed the batter,'
munists to lessen the terrible ner sald the battery used for ™ P,lot then turned off *he tensions that exist in this part of turning over the starting mech- single engine and doused the the world ” anism went dead. A fresh bat-r'nUin
tery for the twin-engine Cara-
‘■The United States should not f11?.was £‘"8 f>own h6re ,r°T
sit still in a stance of armed . j*!"1?®0, *■ was ava'l‘
preparedness and make no initi- e>
atives to develop an atmosphere Inside the plane, five Brazil-that will allow us to reduce thc ian revolutionaries-a pretty amount of military spending £irl and four young men—held
and use some of the money in the crew and passengers at bay
-_____ with guns and a package they
said contained explosives.
The plane had 23 passengers and seven crew members when it was hijacked after taking off
hiang led separate toasts to President Nixon and Agnew, saving he expects his talks with Agnew to have an im-
them does not lessen our desire and our conviction that the Republic of China government must be protected in accordance with our stated treaty obligations.
‘ These steps that have been taken with Communist China are just baby crawling motions. All that’s involved is a very small exercise in allowing greater communication and a very small amount of trade initiative, and we’ll just see how they react to it.
‘ I think diplomacy—modern diplomacy—requires that initiatives are taken with any country. We don’t always want to exist at arms’ length with a hostile attitude to the rest of the world.”
Hijackers' Aircraft Stalls in Peru
Church News ....... . . . 9B
Comics ............. 6, 7B
Editorials .............. 8B
Markets...........IO, 11 B
Obituaries ............. 3A
Oil ................. UA
Sports ............. 8-1 TA
TV Log...............5 A
TV Scout.............. 5A
Women's News.......2, 3B ors in 1955.
work in the church was his work in improving the lives of his congregation. In later years he said he remembered people saying in the old days that ‘‘this is a no -
In December of 1894 the
family migrated to Texas and settled in the Olivia community near Port Lavaca.
At first he had ambitions to be a lawyer, then at 18 decided on the ministry. The following year he went off to Bethany College in Linsborg, Kan After earning his bachelor’s degree he went on to seminary, spending a year in Maywood, near Chicago, and two years at Augustana Seminary at Rock Island, 111., until his ordination “This is a good country, and ,n
we can grow feed and we can During his first pastorate he
feed cattle. I’m strong for worke(j wjtj1 a mission serving
silage,” he added, while talking
to a group of farmers and ranch-
“But this isn’t so, for no country which God created is no ■ good.
the Fort Worth-Dallas area and Turn to LUTHERAN, Pg. 3 A
No Rain, No Snow Due Here
lights in the cabin.
The woman hijacker and two of her male colleagues then came to the cockpit window and tossed down messages to newsmen and police at the airport.
A message to The Associated Press said: ‘‘We are going to Cuba, having among other missions, one to escort two children of 2 and 3 years of a combatant who today is under arrest and tortured in Brazil.”
The message said the mother Thursday from Montevideo, of the two girls was with them Uruguay, for Rio de Janeiro, but it added that she like the hi-Brazil. Two elderly persons got jackers, would return to ‘‘fight off during a refueling stop in,in Brazil” after reaching Cuba.
Abilene weatherman squelches any possibility of rain or snow in the Abilene area for the weekend. It may even warm up a bit, according to the meteorological seer.
Friday may have been the last of the rain and snow in the Big Country for awhile, although both were reported early Friday morning to the south, southeast and east of Abilene in Ranger, Dublin, De Leon, Comanche. Stephenville, Coleman and Paint Rock.
Later in the day snow melted and reports of clear and cold prevailed, at least in Ranger.
West of Abilene in Rotan, Friday’s weather was described as ‘‘beautiful and clear.”
Measurable amounts of rain were recorded in Stephenville with .19; Comanche, .06; Dublin, .ll; and Paint Rock, .20.
Abilene recorded .02 of an inch for Friday.
Random snow measurements were Coleman with I to 1% inches; De Leon, I inch; Paint Rock, 3 inches; and Dublin, one - half inch.
Buenos Aires, Argentina. The plane then went to Antofagasta, Chile, to take on more fuel before coming to Lima early Friday.
The message did not identify the children, their mother or their father.
The note closed by saying: ‘‘Down with tortures in Brazil!”
Ground crews refueled them was signed by the ‘‘Palmares aircraft and pilot Mario Amaral;Armed Revolutionary Van-started one engine by using guard”—a movement described
as being opposed to the Brazil’s
ESSA WEATHER BUREAU U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (Weather Map, Pg. 1S-B)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile c radius) — Increasing cloudiness Saturday, OUI Saturday night and Sunday. A
HIJACKER MAKES ‘V’ SIGN FROM COCKPIT ... or maybe he was wishing for some wings
Yanez Allen Luz, Claudio Gal- the five were members of the eno Magalhaes and Luis Albertoj“Joao Domingo Commando” in
Peruvian police and newsmen surrounded the plane but the po-
Var-Palmares. He said the commando unit was named after a companion who “died tortured
lice showed no concern and by the Brazilian armed forces
made no effort to keep reporters and eamermen back from the
expected Saturday 48 degrees with a low around 20. High Sunday about 50. Winds light and variable. No rain or snow forecast for the weekend.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS, NORTHEAST TEXAS: Fair Saturday and Sunday. A little warmer Sunday. High Saturday in 40s. Low Saturday night 20 north to 30 south
TEMPERATURES Fri. a.m. Frl. p.m.
33 .......... 1:00 42
34 ......... 2:00 43
33 ............ 3:00 44
34 ......... . 4:00 ........... 44
34 .......... 5:00 42
34 ............ 6:00 39
34 ........... 7:00 36
34 ......... . 8:00 ......... . 35
33 ........... 9:00 27
37 ............ 10:00 —
40 .......... 11:00............. —
41 12:00 . ... —
High and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: 44 and 27.
High and low same date last year: 60 and 40.
Sunset last night: 5:45; sunrise today: 7:41; sunset tonight; 5:46.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.36. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 71 per cent.
military government. A short- . ened version of the group’s a,[cra^ in Lima. name, from Portuguese, is Var-Palmares.
The airliner is owned by the Brazilian air line Cruzeiro do which means Southern
Officials at Lima’s airport identified the woman hijacker as Isolde Sommers and her comrades as Ados Magnos,
DEATH TOLL REACHES 250
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The traffic death toll rose to 250 Friday, the halfway point of the four-day New holiday weekend.
The hijackers periodically gave “V” signs with their fingers from the plane’s window when movie and television camera lights went on in early morning darkness.
One of the male hijackers said
acting as police agents of imperialism in Brazil.”
He said the children were not hostages—as was reported previously in Argentina.
‘‘The children are known to us and therefore are not hostages,” he said. “It is not practical for Var-Palmares to use children as hostages.”
Local Contractor Dies in Mexico
Jerry Spires of 2 0 17 Year’s Woodridge, who was involved in I a car-pedestrain accident in The * count of traffic deaths City Sunday, died about
began at and will Sunday.
6 p.m. Wednesday end at midnight
Governor Linked to Prison Deaths
NEW YORK (AP) — A former superintendent of Arkansas prisons has charged that Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and the Arkansas board of corrections were “accessories after-the-fact to the crime of murder.”
The allegation was made by Tom Murton, hired in February, 1967, by Rockefeller to reform the state’s prison system and fired 13 months later, following discovery of three skeletons in unmarked graves on prison grounds.
An inmate who had told where to look for the bodies also estimated there were at least 200 murdered inmates also buried in the area.
In a recently released book “Accomplices to the Crime,” written by Murton with Joe Hyams, a former New York
Herald Tribune bureau chief, j Tucker prison farm, he dubbed tion of prison services, including Murton charged that a state po- it the “Tucker time tunnel—en- the mails, lice investigation following the ter this institution and you go
bodies’ discoveries Jan. 29, 1968, “was a deliberate fraud upon the people of Arkansas and the
back one hundred years in penology.”
He said trusties—many of
A report by the state pathologist’s office of its examination of the three skeletons said there
“the townspeople of Dachau” who didn’t want to find out what caused the constant greasy smoke from the concentration
inmates of the Arkansas Stateithem serving long sentences for Penitentiary in order to suppress armed robbery or murder—car-the truth about atrocities within ried weapons and served as the prison.” I prison guards. Before his arriv-
“By failing to press for the;al Murton said, punishment truth, for the prosecution of was meted out to prisoners with those who brutalized and mur- a lar§e strap, or a torture de-
dered, the board of corrections and the governor of Arkansas in effect became co-conspirators and, as such, accessories after-the-fact to the crime of murder,” Murton said.
vice known as the “Tucker tele phone.”
He said inmates possessed home made liquor or obtained liquor from outside and that living conditions were unsanitary and unhuman. One oi his Calling the Arkansas state;memos to prisoners urged them prison system the worst in the to use existing backhouses or nation, Murton said that after I bathrooms instead of barracks spending three weeks at the I floors. Murton described corrup-j grapefruit*”
Murton, a penologist, said the were n0 indications that the:cam chimneys The oeoDle in prison physician had examined tones were those of inmates townPs near Tucker wou|d not records and has noted “not only who had died violently. It also a remarkably high death rate;said skeletons were many but an unusual number of young years old. men listed as victims of organic Col. Ralph Scott, director of heart disease.” Murton said the state police, said Friday many death certificates had the that evidence was overwhelm-name of a former physician ing the skeletons were from an typed in but were unsigned and old cemetery where many other
gave no cause of death.
Additionally, Murton wrote, one inmate said he helped bury three inmates, one of whom was listed officially as an escapee.
When the three bodies were
inmates who had died in various
believe that men they knew could take part in murder and torture.
epidemics or whose bodies were Cation.”
“They still don’t to this day— and that’s the whole problem in Arkansas.” He asserted that the “success of reform meant the death knell of profitable exploi-
not claimed been buried.
by relatives had
He said the farms were run for profit by the state “and a
IO a.m. Friday in the Santa Fe Hospital in Mexico City.
Funeral arrangements are pending at North's Funeral Home.
Mr. Spires had gone out to get some medication for his brother-in-law when he was struck by an automobile. Both legs and a jaw were fractured in the accident.
He underwent surgery for three hours Sunday night and was convalescing when evidence of brain swelling appeared.
A friend of the family said Mr. Spires had seemed to be doing fine when complications began to develop Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Spires, his wife, Evelyn, and their daughter, Suann, were
. Si IMI
JERRY SPIRES . housing contractor
vacationing in Mexico City for High School in 1946 and went to the holidays. work for West Texas Utilities
A prominent housing Co. as soon as he completed his
contractor, Mr. Spires had been in the home building business in Abilene for about 12 years and
studies at the business college.
Mr. Spires served with the U.S. Army in Japan in 1946 and
tated and the skull of the third “was crushed to the size of a
“I think they can dig up as few selected individuals” in Home Builders Assn. of Abilene many bodies as they want to— what amounted to “penal slav- and Central West Texas.
Mr. Spires was an Abilene native and attended public schools and a local business college here.
He graduated from Abilene
was a past president of the 1947. He was a member of the
unearthed, Murton said two of dig them up by the scads,’’ he cry.” He called the parole sys-the skeletons had been decapi-isaid> adding that the investigation is closed.
Murton compared the people in towns near the prison farm to
tem—in which men were released to work for specific individuals — “indentured slavery.”
University Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife and daughter of the home; one son, Kelly of the home; one brother, Gene Spires of Midland; his mother Mrs. M. M. Thomason of 2106 Parramore*