Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 17, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Situation Is 'Safe'
Breckenridge drilling contractor R. Lee Thompson, left, on trial there for the June 7, 1969, beating death of his wife, discusses his Friday testimony with his attorneys, John Watts of Odessa, center, and Payne Roye of Graham. Final arguments in the case begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in 90th District Court. (Staff Photo by Roy A. Jones II)
Breck Trial Goes To Jury Today
By ROY A. JONES ll (Thompson)” for as long as 30 Asked by defense Attorney Reporter-News Staff Writer minutes, but added. “I wouldn’t I Payne Roye if she were a BRECKENRIDGE - be surprised but what she told lesbian, Mrs. Brown said. “I Maintaining to the end that he bim (Thompson)” that they had certainly am not.” She said that
Other developments in Nigeria: a top government official reported the refugee situation had settled down and an international investigating team said after a tour of Biafra that it found no evidence of genocide Team members admitted underjson, head of the Agricultural! questioning, however, that their (Extension Service, said Friday investigation was not extensive, that Mrs. Leon Williams may Azikiwe said Nigeria’s effort be asked to resign as home at national reconciliation had demonstration agent because
Heatly Foe's Wife May Lose Job
COLLEGE (AP) - Dr.
STATION, Tex. | John E. Hutchin-i
been made easier by the surrender signed in Lagos Thursday by Maj. Gen. Philip Effiong,
her husband is running for the Texas Legislature.
‘‘Her supervisor, Miss Fern
Biafra’s last leader. The former Hodge of Vernon, has told her president urged ‘‘benevolent that there is a precedent for
neutral” nations to cooperate with the federal government.
At the outset of Biafra’s secession in 1967, Azikiwe expressed support for the split. Last August, he withdrew it, said he backed federal Nigeria and urged Ibos to abandon the fight.
‘‘never did anything but slap” the woman he is charged with murdering, Breckenridge drilling contractor R. Lee Thompson puts his fate in the hands of an eight-woman, four-man jury here Saturday.
Final arguments will begin at 9 a.m. in 90th District Court in the lurid trial in which Thompson claims the last thing he remembers about the fatal morning of June 7 is ‘‘jumping on” his wife, Helen, whom he testified was an alcoholic bisexual who admitted having relations with a ‘‘trusted” male friend and another woman.
Called as witnesses Friday by Dist. Atty. T. Jean Rodgers of Graham, the two persons Mrs. Thompson allegedly named — geologist Glen Swards of Wichita Falls and barmaid Dorothy Brown of Fort Worth — both staunchly denied having any sexual relations with Mrs. Thompson.
Swarts, a friend of both Thompson and his wife for 12 to 15 years, said that he was ‘‘never alone with her (Mrs
had sexual relations together. Thompson had ‘‘accused me of Swarts said he had seen that,” but that she “didn’t know ‘‘Helen drink to excess on many (why »»
occasions” and had seen her Mrs. Brown admitted knowing “introduce someone as a ‘dear, n Mj, . RrPckcnnd(!e wh5
dear friend' then turn on him: ttrecKenriuge, wno
and cuss him for everything she was worth.”
such an action,” Hutchinson said. He said she had not been asked to resign.
‘‘If she does not resign voluntarily, she very likely will be asked to resign,” Hutchinson said.
Her husband will oppose Rep. Bill Heatly of Paducah. Hutch
inson said he had no communi-, ‘‘I don’t see how we could cation with Heatly concerning permit her to work for a state the action. agency while her husband is
Heatley is chairman of the running for state office,” Hutch-House Appropriations Commit- inson said. Hutchinson said that tee and is considered one of the matter concerned conflict of the most powerful men in Texas interest government because of his abib-; ‘ , , .
ty to influence agency appro- would in effect be sub-
priations. jsidizing an individual running
Several of Heatly’s relatives!for a position which supports have been on the state payroll (the agency,” he said, recently, including his psychia-i The Extension Service head trist brother, Maurice, a nephew said a demonstration agent and his two sons, Stan and whose husband sought a county Gene. Soffice several years ago resign
ee did not know of her hus- ed. He also said a county agent band’s plans until a couple of who ran against the late Sam days ago, and then I asked Miss Rayburn for Congress quit his
Hodge to check it out,” Hutchinson said.
job before announcing his candidacy.
:P. BILL HEATLY seat Is challenged
Thursday had testified that Mrs. Turn to THOMPSON, Pg. 2-A
Breck Pays Honor To Editor Moore
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Women's News 2, 3B
By TOM PORTER
Reporter-News Staff Writer
BRECKENRIDGE - Virgil
Moore, editor of the Breckenridge American, was named ‘‘Most Distinguished Citizen” in Breckenridge and Stephens County Friday night during the 51st annual Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Special awards were presented to Mrs. Minnie (Sis) Clark for her humanitarian work since coming to Breckenridge in 19128, and Mrs. Mattie Loyce Wright, for her work with 4-H programs in the county.
The banquet highlight was an announcement by Mayor Dwain Tolle that Mrs. Virginia Baker Turner of Dallas had donated approximately Vh acres to the city as an addition to Miller Park in memory of her father, the late John Baker. Mrs. Turner and her mother, who still lives in Breckenridge, were presented certificates of appreciation.
Speaker of the banquet was Dolph Briscoe of Uvalde, who
Azikiwe, now 65, was president from 1963 to 1966. He was educated in the United States, attending Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W. Va.; Howard University in Washington, D. C.; the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University in New York.
In another development, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Nigeria's information commissioner, told newsmen the mass movements of refugees had stopped in what had been Biafra and relief teams had canvassed the area.
Enahoro predicted the emergency would be over in a month and that after three months emphasis would turn totally to rehabilitation.
He said Nigerian Red Cross teams, as of Thursday, were regularly feeding 700,000 per sons. Only at UU and Newi was the army still handling relief, ho added. Enahoro said Red Cross officials told him there was no need for airlifts of food.
Transport and help in re-establishing vital social services were more urgently needed, he said, adding that the Nigerian
I Don't Know the Lady'—Heatly
VIRGIL MOORE . . . Breck newspaperman
made a strong bid for the governorship in 1968.
Incoming chamber President WilUam A. “Bill” Craig, prest dent of the First National Bank told a crowd of approximately 350 “that Breckenridge is on the move. There is a great air of
Turn to EDITOR, Pg. 2-A
By LORETTA FULTON Reporter-News Staff Writer
‘‘My wife is not
campaigning; she is not seeking public office,” Leon Williams said Friday night following an Associated Press story which said his wife might be asked to resign her home demonstration post in Quanah.
‘‘She has her position with the extension service entirely based on her own merit, and I feel that there is adequate precedent for her to continue on her job,” said Williams in Quanah.
‘‘I cite for example,” he continued, ‘‘the relatives of
the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (Rep. W. S. Heatly) who have been on state payrolls.”
Asked his reaction, Rep. Heatly said at his Paducah home Friday night:
‘‘I do not know the lady. I do not know those people. I have nothing to say about what he had to say.”
Heatly is state representative from Congressional District 80 which includes Knox, Childress, Cottle, Dickens, Foard, HaU, Hardeman, Motley and Wilbarger counties.
Williams’ reaction came after a Friday statement by Dr. John E. Hutchinson, head of the Agricultural Extension Service, that, ‘‘If she (Mrs. Williams) does not resign voluntarily, she very likely will be asked to resign.”
An Associated Press story on March 25, 1969, said that at one time Heatly’s two sons and psychiatrist brother had held state jobs paying some $142,000 over the past six years, according to state records.
The story said Dr. Heatly had worked as a psychiatric
consultant to both the Texas Youth Council and the State Welfare Department.
In addition to his brother. Heatly’s two sons have held state jobs.
Stan worked from February to September 1968 as a clerk in the Real Estate Commission. Gene was hired Sept. I, 1967, as an assistant attorney general and quit as of Jan. I, 1969.
Williams announced Tuesday that he had resigned his post as the Quanah Chamber of Commerce manager to oppose Rep. Heatley in the Democratic Primary.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU
(Weather Map Pg 4A). .. .
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Partially clearing and warmer Saturday becoming mostly cloudy and cooler Sunday. High Saturday between 55-60, with a low Saturday night near 40. High Sunday 50. Southerly winds traveling 5-15 m.p.h. shifting to northerly Sunday.
50 49 48 48 47
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49 ... 12:00 .....
High and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: SO and 41.
High and low lama data last year: 73 and 45.
Sunset last night: 5:57; sunrist today 7:40; sunset tonight; 5:58.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.21. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 86 per cent.
Latest 'Gold Rush' Is Back East
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) -I Michael James Brody Jr., a freshly minted 21-year-old millionaire, is out to make people happy by giving away his fortune. He found no shortage of takers Friday.
News spread quickly that the mother lode was In Scarsdale and all it took was a visit, a telegram or a telephone call to tap it. Local and long distance, for everything from new cars to old mortgages, the requests poured in.
Brody and his bride of ll <''ys, Renee, told a news conference in New York City Thurs
day night he would give a piece i of his inheritance, which he put j at $26 million, to any worthy person.
At one point Friday morning there were more than 500 would-be worthies assembled in front of his rented $400,000 home hers. Inside, another 15 encircled the kitchen table while Brody dashed off check after check.
Finally it got to him. ‘‘I want everyone out of this house right now,” he shouted. ‘‘You’ve got to leave ma three checks. I can’t write my last three checks!” <
Police in this normally sed&ue,
suburban community helped clear the house and blocked off the road. ‘‘I need a system,” commented the fledgling philanthropist after the fund seekers left. “Everyone has been crowding me.”
Asked if he knew the he had been writing chee Brody said, “I’ve never seen them before in my life. But if they think they need the money bad enough to come bare and ask for it, they must need it.”
Of course not everyone could come here so quickly. But Bro dy took care of that by giving
out his home telephone number during the news conference.
He stopped taking calls by midmorning because “the phone is just too tied up.”
“We’ve been swamped with calls for Michael J. Brody since I came in at 7 a.m.,” sighed weary telephone company su pervisor. Scarsdale police said their switchboard was tied up with calls from as far away as Texas and California.
Western Union said it had a1 ready transmitted 300 telegrams to Brody and still had a backlog of 200 waiting to be sent to the tiny Scarsdale office.
Drilling Rig Fire Injures Two
Sweetwater firemen battle a drilling rig fire seven miles west of Sweetwater Friday which injured two Abilene men and damaged the rig. Two fire units from Sweetwater fought
the blaze with water and foam before finally extinguishing it. See story Page 14-A. (Photo by Hallmark Studio of Sweetwater) vWfc Abilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — For-government had made available
$2.8 million to the Nigerian Red Cross.
mer President Nnamdi Azikiwe, a fellow tribesman of the Ibos of Biafra, returned from abroad Friday on a mission to assure war-ravaged Biafrans “that all is now well and safe.”
Azikiwe, who was this nation’s first president, is popularly known in Nigeria as Zik—pronounced Zeke.
He had been in London writing a book on Nigeria, but returned, he said, to tour the East Central State—the core of Biafra—and infuse faith in the people. He also is expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Yakubu Gowon and other leaders.
He said police had taken over from the army in every corner of the former war zone, but said in a few places there had not yet been contact between federal and rebel field commanders.
A general amnesty for Biafrans may not apply to top leaders who fled the country, maintaining they still were Biafrans.
Asked about Gen. C. Odumeg-wu Ojukwu, the secessionist leader now reported in exile.
Enahoro replied: “Is he out? We don’t know. Where is he, do you know?”
; In Libreville, Gabon, airport (sources said an Icelandic pilot took off from the Portuguese is-1 land Sao Tome and defied Nigeria’s ban on airlifts to Biafran territory. They said he flew over the area of UH Airstrip, dropped crates of food and then turned away as flak came up from Nigerian guns.
The international observers— eight men from Britain, Canada, Poland and Sweden—told a news conference they had spent
iiut^e uouiN in uwem, unce a
Biafran center, and visited several other towns on the periphery of Biafra but had to return to Lagos for “urgent
consultations.” Half returned on Monday, day of Biafra’s capitulation, and the others came back Tuesday.
Asked about food in Biafra, Brig. Gen. John L. Drewry of Canada said: ‘ Those that are stupid enough to go away from the food are going to go hungry .... There is enough food that they will not die in 72 hours
It is already in the ground
and on the trees.”
The team’s report said: “The observers neither saw nor heard of any evidence of genocide in newly liberated areas . . . The observers saw refugees at Aba, Mbawsi, Okpuala, Umudiki, Ob-iakibi and Owerri. With the exception of Owerri and environs, they appeared to be in good physcial shape. This was confirmed in conversation with a member of the U.S. aid relief detachment in Aba and a doctor in Umudiki.”
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