Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 14, 1974, Abilene, Texas
m!10j A e torttomtends may n°t have the “jocund company” of William Wordsworth s “Daffodils,” these bluebells are probably just as jovial. The blossoms lave taken over acres where water stood many feet deep before the current dry spell pushed the water level downward and inward. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley)
Ford Predicts Nixon Will Be Exonerated
By FRANCES LEWINE Associated Press Writer
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Vice President Gerald R. Ford predicted Saturday that the House of Representatives will “come to the conclusion that the President was not involved in any cover-up” and will vote against impeachment.
Ford came to the Western White House for an hour's meeting with the President on promoting a policy against inflation. But the news conference he held on the lawn related largely to Watergate matters.
He repeated his judgment that there is a possibility the House Judiciary Committee will vote a resolution of impeachment against the President.
“But,” Ford added. “I feel just as strongly, if not more strongly, that the House as a whole will not favor a resolution of impeachment.”
The only area w here “there's any question at a1!.*’ Ford added, “is in the area of the cover-up, and when you look at all the evidence...in
my judgment there just isn't the evidence to involve the President.
“The preponderance of the evidence,” Ford said, “is clearly on the side of the President’”
A reporter asked about a March 22, 1973, comment by Nixon in recently released Judiciary Committee transcripts of White House conversations. In the transcripts, Nixon told his aides to “stonewall, plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up if it will save the plan.”
Ford replied: “You can extract a sentence or a phrase or a comment and allegedly make a case,” but the “preponderance of the evidence favors the President.
“The House of Representatives has to have the broadest possible view and has to look at. all the evidence and when they do, they can’t help but come to the conclusion that the President was not involved in any cover-up."
Ford said some members of the Judiciary Committee “had some views even beiore the evidence was submitted,” that some had introduced resolu
tions of impeachment several months ago and some “made up their minds ahead of time.” “Their analysis of the evidence is not as open-minded as members of the House as a whole,” Ford said.
According to Ford, “any objective person” would come to the conclusion “that there was no involvement by the President and therefore he is innocent by any fair standard.”
Ford and Nixon met for almost an hour in the President’s oceanfront office, spending just about all of the time on the economy. Ford said.
The only other thing they talked about, said the vice president, “was my travels and the fact that I was spending a lot of my time throughout the country, which he wholeheartedly approves of.”
Nixon also congratulated Ford on his 61st birthday, which is Sunday.
This was Ford’s sixth meeting with Nixon this week. Five sessions were held in Washing-
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Dr. Hamlets Former Pastor At St. Paul Methodist, Dies®f)t Abilene"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"-Byron
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Electric Bills Shock Pocketbook
Those electricity bills are begenning to hurt with substantial increases in some places and spectacular rises in others. Pg. 8A.
Dr. Edward Coates, who testified at last month's "Deep Throat" trial in Abilene, is anti-porno-grophy, but not anti* sex. Pg. I/A.
Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin is booming as a rock and country music center. Pg. 3B.
Peacock, which the Census Bureau once said didn t exist, holds its annual reunion with a big crowd expected. Pg. 24A.
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the McAllen district superintendent before retiring in 1962 due to ill health. He lived at N. 2nd St.. Apt. 411 in Abilene.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Joe C. Lo-wrey of Dallas and Mrs. Bill N. Shaw- of Odessa; five grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Grant, J. II. Clements, Gerald Lawler, Robert Brown, Edgar Robinson, Arthur Hall, Jack Covington and Clive Pierce.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Excel Bible Class at the St. Paul Church.
Convicts Eliminate Demands to Leave Country
Bv DONALD SANDERS Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP, - Two armed convicts holding seven hostages in the U.S. District Courthouse dropped their demand for safe passage out of the country and federal official said Saturday night the standoff “can be resolved without bloodshed now.”
Fifty-six hours after the convicts took over a basement cell-block, Christian Rice, a spokesman for the U.S. marshals service, said the negotiations with the convicts now center on a single demand, which he wrould not disclose.
“There is some talk if we meet this demand, they (th<-convicts) will let it ride out to a smooth resolution,” Rice said.
Rice said a smooth resolution would mean the release of the hostages who had been held since 2 p.m. Thursday under a threat of death from the convicts. The pair had sought an airplane flight to freedom in another country', but Rice sa d they no longer sought to flee the country.
George K. NcKinney, chief U.S. Marshal for the Distirct of Columbia, has been talking with the prisoners several times hourly, Rice said.
Rice said the pace of the negotiations quickened late Saturday.
The spokesman declined to nile out the possibility of a plan to fly the prisoners to
another federal prison, an idea w'hich has arisen several times during the armed impasse and which the convicts once rejected.
Earlier, the convicts and their hostages ate a supper of shrimp and fried rice. They had also been provided toiletries, shaving items, soap and under-arm deodorant.
In a briefing to newsmen outside the courthouse building, Rice said, “The issues are moie basic and we re more cp’imistic.”
Meanwhile, relatives of both the hostages and the convicts released letters addressed to Atty. Gen. William B. Saxbe
demanding the release of the two men, Frank Gorham, 25, and Robert Jones, 24. also Un mn as Otis D. Wilkerson.
ihe first hopeful sign Saturday that an end to the siege might be near was the release of 14 inmates caught in the icurthouse cellblock when the takeover occurred at midafternoon Thursday.
A 15th inmate, and the only woman, Almeda Washington, 24, stayed in the cellblock, McKinney said he did not know why.
First reports were that she had elected to stay voluntarily to keep the one female na.v tage company, but two sisters who talked with her later iii
the day disputed that. Donella Washington, 21, and Deatrice Brown, 27, said their sister told them the convicts required her to stay. They gave no reason.
The temporary detention center is in the basement of U.S. District Court building famous for its Watergate hearings and trials.
The 14 male inmates were allowed out of the building for transfer to other jails early Saturday in what the Justice Department said was an effort by the convicts to show guod faith.
Some of the 14 had told relatives they rejected an inwta-
imfresiea in any oodsted. period.” aid. "I don’t want to come to the
Hon to join in the escape attempt, atyi several said they feared fortheir lives if either side in the\standoff made an overt move. \
“I’m not iri^erested in any sort of bloods*
McKinney said, any harm deputies, the other hostages oi Mr. Gorham and Mr. Jones.” Frank Gorham, 25. and Robert Jones, 24. also known as Otis D. Wilkerson, took control of the cellblock with the help of a concealed handgun Thursday and demanded safe plane passage out of the country. They later acquired several other guns from a locker in the cell block
Deaf-Mute Points at Accused Pair
DETROIT (AP) - A 10-year-old girl, a virtual deaf-mute since birth, pointed an accusing finger at two men charged with the murder of her mother.
Phyllistene “Penny” .Spencer is believed to be the only eyewitness to the stabbing and strangulation of her mother, Ruby Spencer, last January 17. Using sign language and sometimes pictures drawn on a blackboard, Penny’s special education teacher "translated questions put to the girl by attorneys on Friday.
Asked by Wayne County prosecutors to describe the incident, Penny testified, “Bathroom, door, woke up, two men, stabbed, died.”
The girl pointed at the two defendants. Elijah Rosseil, 50, and James Lawson, 26, both of Detroit, when she was asked if her mother’s assailants were in the courtroom.
Her sister, Yvonne Spencer, 8, testified that Penny woke her up the morning of the incident and took her to the family’s bathroom, where they tried to “wake up” their mother.
Later, Penny told police, using stabbing motions and describing two men, what she had seen. lier teacher. Betty Jane Carl, translated for the girl that day, too.
Despite the presence of Mrs. Carl, Penny had evident difficulty on the witness stand, sometimes delivering confused answers. At one point. Mrs. Carl had to explain what a judge is, because it is a word the girl has not yet learned in school.
Mrs. Carl said Penny weal* a hearing aid, speaks only a lew words and her reading
level is that of a second-grader.
Although the young witness had burst into tears when she testified at a preliminary hearing, she appeared more relaxed Friday, especially after she was given a chocolate bar by a court reporter.
On Thursday, a convict had testified that while he and Rosseil were cellmates in the Wayne County jail Rosseil had admitted killing Mrs. Spencer.
The trial continues in Pe coit Recorder s Court on Mon dav.
Dr. Ear! Gregory Hamlelt. 79. who was pastor of St. Paul Methodist Church here twice (1946-50 and 1955-57> and al*o had lived in Abilene since his retirement in 1962, died at 5 a m. Saturday in Amy Lynn Nursing Home after a long illness. Services will be at ll a m. Monday in St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Dr. Ira Williams, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Dr. Dams Egger, Abilene district Methodist superintendent, and Dr. Weldon Butler, Amarillo district superintendent. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.
He was born March 9, 1895 iii Water Valley, Ky. He came to Texas in 1940 to the Polk Street Methodist Church pastorate in Amarillo. After tour years at the church, he became Amarillo district superintendent, a post he held for two years before coming to St. Paul the first time. In 1950, Dr. Hamlett returned to the superintendent's post in Amarillo, and after five years, returned to Abilene.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ruskin Cave College in Ruskin, Tenn. in 1918, he attended Emory University Divinity School, in At-
DR. EARL G. HAMLETT . . . dies at age 79
lanta, Ga., where he graduated in 1922.
He married Sara Anne Dickson in Dickson, Tenn. in 1922.
Dr. Hamlett held several pastorates in Tennessee, including Brownsville, Paris, Nashville and Memphis. Ile also was superintendent of the Memphis district before coming to Texas.
Mer his second pastorate at St. Paul, Dr. Hamlett moved to First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi. He later was