Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 27, 1974, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE. TEX., 79604. SUNDAY MORNING. JANUARY 27, 1974—SEVENTY-TWO PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
25c SUNDAY +lc State Sale* Ta*Four Area Priests Don't Shrug Off Exorcism Lightly
By MIKE MURPHEY Reporter-News Staff Writer
The diabolical possession of human beings by demonic forces represents a rare, but very real, possibility in the world today, according to four Abilene area priests. The Catholic Church’s seldom-performed “rite of solemn exorcism.” they added, is a rite to be taken seriously.
The subjects of possession and exorcism have become topics of intense interest since the recent impact of the movie “The Exorcist.”
Father Steven Leven, Bishop of the San Angelo Diocese which includes Abilene, Father Herman Valladares of St. Vincent P a 11 o 11 i Catholic Church, Father James Bridges
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Father Bernard Gully of St. Francis Catholic Church discussed recent publicity about the movie, and their own attitudes toward its subject matter in interviews w ith The Reporter-.New s.
THE FOUR have not seen the movie (few in the Abilene area have since it has run in only two Texas theaters, in Dallas and Houston, and is not scheduled for Abilene until mid-summer) but they each have watched with interest the recent barrage of publicity about the graphic and violent nature of the film and its impact on viewers. They are familiar with the novel bv Wil-
Close brush with a Wildcat
The Air Force basket ball team members were tit the only ones to have a “close brush" with a Wildcat Saturday night, as Beth Mc Nee Iv, 2, shows. The young Abilene Christian College Wildcat fan tangled with her mother during the game, as she unwillingly submitted to
a hair brushing, while brother. Shawn. 5. looks on. Beth’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray McNeely of 649 E. N. 15th. Mean-while the ACC basketball players had the Air Force near tears, too. with a 68-67 win. (Staff Photos bv John Davis)
Presbyterian Leader Looks to NewTask
Enabler Evangelist to Work With Mexican-Americans
By MIKE MURPHEY Reporter-News Staff Writer
“It is not my responsibility to make Presbyterians out of the people that I will minister to, but rather to minister to tin* community needs of the Mexican-American people in this area,” explained the Rev.
Afrecki Padilla who was installed as a Hex!* can-American Enabler Evangelist for the Palo buro Union Presbytery Saturday.
Padilla was officially installed in ceremonies at the First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene, where the
Palo buro Union Presbytery held its official meeting this weekend.
“MY ROLE and the role of the church in this ministry is to go beyond just the spiritual needs in ministering to the Mexiean-American Commune
Eight Children Dead; Florida Governor Seeks Time Change
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
— Pointing to deaths of eight school children sine** Daylight Savings Time began. Gov. Reubin Askew called a special legislative session Saturday to consider turning back most Florida clocks by an hour.
Askew called the legislature into session beginning Tuesday and said he wants a law switching Florida into the Central Time Zone. An aide said Askew hopes the law is in effect by next Sunday.
The Florida Highway Patrol said then* have been eight school children killed in early morning traffic a c c i d e n t s since Daylight Savings rime began Jan. 6. It said there were two such deaths in a similar period last year when Florida and the rest of the nation were on Eastern Standard Time.
Askew said the new year-round Daylight Savings Time law, put into effect on the grounds it would save energy by spreading out periods of peak energy use, provides that states which have two time zones may switch to one if their legislatures so desire.
Florida’s Panhandle is in the Central Time Zone while the rest of the state, where 90 per cent of the people live, is on Eastern Time,
So Askew is asking the legislature to put the entire state on Central Time.
A Any disruption caused by florida being on a different
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time from the rest of the Atlantic Seaboard “would be small indeed when compared to the life of even a single child whose death could be attributed to a too-early start of his or her school day,” Askew said in a statement.
Earlier Saturday, Utah Gov. Calvin L. Rampion urged Con
gress to repeal the Daylight law, or to allow all states, not just those with two time zones, to choose whatever 4ime they want.
In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield called for repeal of Daylight time, saying it has failed to save energy and has increased the hazards for children going to school.
tv,” added Padilla. “Many
churches. in placing emphasis on the spirtual needs, have overlooked the physical needs of people that they try to assist,
Padilla will work out of
Muleshoe, concentrating on the area which includes Dimmit
and Plainview, but he will
serve the entire Palo Durn Presbytery, which takes in Abilene.
Padilla will De a communicator and a resource enabler, said the Rev. Jerry D. Boles, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dumas, and chairman of the Presbytery Coordinating Council.
“REV.. PADILLA will be available to any pastor and congregation no matter what denomination,” stated Boles. “He will help to interpret to churches the needs of the area's Mexican-American people.”
Boles added. “He will artiest PADILLA, PR. UA. Col. 5
Profile of a Troubled Richard Nixon
The citadel called Richard Nixon stands and endures, while
countless, stubborn battles rage about him. Crises march across the presidential landscape from Key Biscayne to San Clemente, and one seems to spawn another. How does a man who believes in control keep his equilibrium when his every move and motive is questioned? How does a man who delights in the spirit of battle endure battles without respite? AP Special Correspondent Soul Pett, who profiled the President in the aftermath of his smashing victory in 1972, now looks at Richard Nixon in the af-
NIXON . . . Ihe agony of office
termath of the Watergate revelations in 1973. Pg. I 5A.
Mrs. Polly Musch, a 10-year veteran stewardess with Continental Airlines, soys the new Continental advertisement "We Move Our Tails for You ' is degrading to flight attendants. Pg. 8A.
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bam Peter Blady on which the movie is based.
“I think it’s obvious that the book was written to make money,” said Bishop Leven rn reaction to publicity reports that the film sickens or lenities some viewers, “and the movie was made to make money, too. I’m sure the case is that the physical possession and the rite of exorcism is sensationalized.”
He added that other dioceses in the country have begun to experience an epidemic of people who seek to explain their physical or emotional problems as demonic possession after seeing the film.
“This is something this diocese will uprobably have to deal with, too.” he noted.
At least three of the men expressed concern that the film might have an adverse effect on many who see it. based ort publicized audience reactions.
“IT SEEMS that the film is going to cause a lot of hysteria." commented \ alladares. “My impression is that it is commercialism of the rite, and that it has no cultural or religious value.”
■ From my observations of viewer reaction.” agreed Gully. “I would certainly discourage anyone from going to see the movie. It seems that it could tx* emotionally destructive for some people.” Expressing his own concern, Leven added. “My anxiety is
that people close to the edge of mental balance may be shoved overboard by the movie. I have yet to hear of anyone who really liked it.”
I.even paused and thought out loud. “Of course statements like the one I just made, and news articles which deal with them will serve to sell more tickets.”
Bridges, however, was more reserved in his judgment. “There is no doubt that public reaction to the movie has a dimension of sensationalism.” he stated carefully. “But I think any film or book is good ti* the extent that it deals with reality and is expressed honestly. I dont think humans
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Nixon's Deduction Legal, Lawyer Says
SACRAMENTO. Calif. (AIM — The tax lawyer who handled President Nixon's claim of a tax deduction for the gift of his papers to the National Archives said Saturday the process was entirely legal.
Frank DeMarco Jr. said the papers were given to the archives in April, 1%9, before the law allowing such a donation expired. He said the deed to the papers was redrafted and resigned in 1970. after the law had expired, in order to include a full inventory of the papers which was not available when they were originally given.
California Secretary7 of State Edmund G. Brown Jr. said friday he had evidence that ti e formal documents oil file rn Washington were backdated by a full year — to March and April of 1969.
The law for such a tax deduction for personal papers expired on July 25. 1909
But DeMarco said Saturday the subsequent dating of the Geed in 1970 had no legal bearing on Nixon’s eligibility to claim tax dedjcHons of $576.00(1 for th** gift of his vice presidential panels.
DeMarco said in an interview the only evidence refilmed by tax law for the deduction was appraisal of the value of the papers and their delivery. And he said that occurred in 1909.
“In my legal opinion, that is not a backdating,” DeMarco said of the redraft ne and re-s'gning whim he said took place in 1970.
\n investigation is under way to determine if the gift
was actually made iii time to qualify tor the deduction “I had that ; ppraisal in my VII hand wnen I signed the lax return with the right. DeMarco said. Otherwise, he said "I would not have signed thy* tax return.
“The depo rt mf the papers) I- the essential thing. The appraisal can be made any time before you file tilt tax return. Trio tax law does not require a deed,” DeMarco sam The deed Msclf was executed as a formality mr the convenience of th? archives, he said The Rile nill Revenue Ser\ in and Congees.-. Joint Com
mittee on In ertial Taxation a.so ale investigating the paperwork *nv >i\ i it in the dona-i un to se- it an effort was Made to backdate the transfer to qualify for the deduction bi fore the law expired.
\n aide ta Brown said the date on the fonr.rillv recorded deed was false and constituted a violation of Hi Marco's authority as a California notary I oldie. I) wa> on that basis that Brown's office investigated the issue Min e Brown, who formally ami nin es his guber-i atonal candidacy Monday, has auth inly over notaries public.
Truck Hits House; 2 Graham Men Die
BRECKENRIDGE IHNS) Two men were killed and another critically injured when a t l ad or t ra i ler nefrigerat ion transport in which they were riding left the road arni crashed into a house two miles east of Breckenridge on U.S. Highway 130 about ll: 15 p.m. Friday.
David Anderson, 47. driver of the truck, and Vernon Ray Holm. 44, both of Graham were pronounced dead at the scene by Stephens County Justice of the Peace James Duvall.
TUE BODY of Anderson,
Dallas Orders Push Against Crime Wove
By MIKE COCHRAN * Associated Press Writer
DALLAS, Tex. (API - Police Chief Don Byrd ordered an all-out effort Saturday to solve a spree of killings and robberies that has led to the death of 13 store clerks and the shooting of several since November.
“I want those - - - - in jail bv Monday morning.” said Byrd. “I want an end to this and I want it fast.”
Slaty detectives were ordered on 24-hour duty to work on the case.
The stepped-up effort followed Friday’s shooting of one grocery clerk and the disappearance of another.
Forrest V. Fuller, a 36-year-old grocery clerk, was shot in the head Friday afternoon by two gunmen who also took the dnve-in store’s cash register. Fuller was in critical condition Saturday.
Friday night, Rita Simon. 22. apparently was kidnaped I rom the drive-in grocery where she was clerking alone.
Police said Mrs Simon’s husband. Terry, reported he last saw his wife at 10:30 p.m. when he went to the store to make a purchase. He left and returned at about ll pm. and found the store locked, with the key** in the back door and his wife missing.
Dan Pedigo, the store owner, said about $200 was missing. He said he believed Mrs. Simon lutist have been forcibly abducted. “She was very dependable.” he said. “I never had any problems with her.” The 13th person to die was Jay Mullin, 36, a clerk at a
suburban food market. He was shot Thursday “It’s unusual. We’ve had more robbery-killings in the last 90 days than we've had in four or five years,” said Police Lt. c k Burnley. “And I don’t think anybody eau give a reason.”
who was thrown from the truck and buried under the wreckage, was r e e o ve r ed about an hour and half after the crash.
Lawrence Al len Tackett. 30, of San \ntonio, was listed in critical condition in Stephens Memorial Hospital late Saturday. Tackett was in the sleeper part of the truck at the time of the accident.
Highway Patrolman James Cain, who investigated the accident. said the truck, traveling west. vet*red across the four-lane highway , sheered off a utility pole. went through a low brick wall, two mail boxes. a yard light and a large tree before smashing into the porch of the R E. Dye home. \t the time of the accident, the Dyes were out of town.
THREE PORCH pillars were demolished and diesel fuel was sprayed over the area as the tractor tore through the yard and into the porch of the house, demolishing the tractor. The refrigerator trailer broke loose and turned over In the yard.
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Hairy Guest 'Goes Ape/ Drives Family Bananas
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M.
( \P> “He was very gentle and nice until he started th inking." Amelia Roybal said of her v isitor after police took him away and put him iii a cage.
The visitor, a monkey of unidentified species and origin, walked into the Roybal home 'thursday night when Mrs. Roybal opened her front door to call her dog.
“He made himself at home and was as nice as could be." she said Saturday.
But trouble started when the monkey. 24 inches tall and weighing in ut about 25 pounds, found some cleaning fluid, then a bottle of hand lotion and some eye medicine.
Then. Mrs. .Roybal related, her guest went bananas.
“All thai stuff must have marie him drunk, because he suddenly turned wild.” Mrs. Roy bal said.
“My husband tried to take tile bottles away from him and he got mad and started throw
things at us. Ho unplugged television, threw things from the top of my china cabinet, hit us with cooking pans, turned the knobs on the washer and dryer, and .started eating our plastic fruit.” she called the sheriffs office for help and deputy Frank Garcia arrived on the scene.
“The deputy came in being real brave, but that didn’t last long,” Mrs. Roybal said.
The deputy called for help and soon there were five offi-and seven members of ioybal family trying to deal with the monkey.
“The monkey ran around the house throwing oranges and potatoes at the policemen. They just stood around trying figure out what to do,” Roybal said Then the visitor bit Mrs. Roybal’s grandson. Larry. 13, on the back, and officers finally captured the monkey by throwing a blanket over )nim. He was placed in quaintine at the animal shelter.