Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 10, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 326 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY IO, 1970 -SIXTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
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Peace Clamor Placid
Tear Gas Tinges Minor Fracases
. . . staff photo by Jim Conlty
GOP CHAIRMAN ROD CANNEDY
'build a strong organization’
GOP Tries Bridge Over Troubled Water
By JIM CONLEY
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Taylor County Republicans moved to heal local party wounds at their county convention Saturday, perhaps taking recently elected County Chairman Rod Cannedy’s advice to “cool it.”
A few minor squabbles developed, but mostly in the beginning when for an hour the delegates became embroiled in deciding who would preside over the convention.
A SERIES of roll call votes, first requested on the choice of convention officers, insured that disputes were settled by actual majorities rather than voice votes.
The first question, who was to preside, arose when recently defeated county chairman Dr. Clyde Morgan announced that the executive committee had approved the rules of the 1968
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county convention for Saturday’s convention, along with the appointment of Gordon Asbury Jr. and Mrs. Betty Bacon as temporary convention president and secretary respectively.
Asbury took over but delegate Don Butler moved to substitute Scott Taliaferro and Mrs. Robert Morford as officers in place of Morgan’s slate.
Mrs. Bacon then refused to take over as temporary secretary until the matter could be decided, which it was after a roll call vote of 197-93 favoring Taliaferro and Mrs. Morford.
Asbury yielded the chairmanship gracefully, moving that the pair take over their duties “in spite of any technical questions that have been raised here.”
Dr. Rod Cannedy then urged the “ building of a strong Republican organization in Taylor County, from the Young Republicans to the Women’s groups to finding Republican candidates for local offices.”
EIGHT RESOLUTIONS were adopted but the two which were voted down caused the only other “flare ups” at the convention.
First was a resolution from precinct 7 which would have commended former President Lyndon Johnson as well as President Nixon for their handling of the Vietnam war.
The delegate said the resolution would be a non partisan show of national unity.
Opponents of the proposed resolution said the first resolution already passed, which commends President Nixon for
See GOF, Pg. 8-A
By JOHN BECKLER Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Antiwar demonstrators, 60,000 strong, held a peaceful protest rally beside a barricaded White House Saturday and found the Nixon administration in a conciliatory mood.
A few hours after the rally ended police hurled tear gas to disperse roving youthful bands, one of which tried to tip over a
AHS Play Is Second
AUSTIN—Abilene High School finished second in the Class AAAA University Interscholastic league One-Act Play competition late Saturday in Austin.
Two of the cast of “Merton of the Movies” were named to the All-Star Cast of four. They were Debbie Ates and George Berry.
Winner of the state title was Spring Branch High School of Houston, which presented “Mother Courage.” An actress from Spring Branch was named Best Actress and a male member of the cast from Waco Richfield won the Best Actor award.
David Payne, senior at Abilene High School, took fourth in spelling and plain writing competition earlier in the day.
Joey Bishop Wasn't Joking
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Comedian Joey Bishop tried to warn sr fellow golfer that his golf cart was afire but couldn’t convince him he wasn’t joking so he had to pull the man out of the cart Saturday.
Playing in the Fourth Annual Chuck Conners Charity Celebrity Invitational at the Canyon Country Club, Bishop saw smoke coming from an electric cart driven by television produ-der Harris Katleman.
“Hey Harris, the cart’s on fire.” shouted Bishop.
“Come on Joey, hit the ball and quit clowning,” said Katleman.
“I’m not kidding,” said Bishop. Then he rushed to the cart and pulled Katleman out before it burst into flames.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather map pa. UA)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mll# radius) — Clear to partly cloudy and warm Sunday through Monday. Sunday high In 80s. Sunday overnight low In low 60s. Winds variable and southerly from 10-20 m.p.h.
TEMPERATURES Sat. a.m. sat. p.m.
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66 6:00 66
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High and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: 86 and 66.
High and low same date last years 72 and 44.
Sunset last night: 1:25 p.m.; sunrise today: 6:44 a.m.j sunset tonight: 8:26
Barometer reading et 9 p.m.: 27.86. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 56 per cent.
Area Students Score Big In Most State UIL Events
Reporter-News Austin Bureau
AUSTIN — High schoolers from West Texas took honors in all contests in the University Interscholastic League final state contests Saturday.
The annual contest included debate, informative speaking, journalism, poetry inter-pretation, prose reading, ready writing, shorthand, science, slide rule and number sense.
Roscoe High School students took top honors in Best One-Act Play, Best Actress and Best Suporting Actor in Class A.
The school placed first with “Alice in Wonderland.” Denise Schneider, who played Alice, was awarded Best Actress, and a $500 drama scholarship to the University of Texas.
Waymon Berryhill received Best Supporting Actor award. He was the Mad Hatter and caterpillar in the play.
Other members of the cast
were Alice Blocker, Becky Lucas, John Drake, Jan Meares, Phyllis Haynes, Ray Don Turner, Kenny Harris, Ann Walston; stage crew, Doris Hughes, Brenda Richey, and James Jones.
Jack Meares, active in UIL work in the high school for the past ll years, directed the play.
In the debate finals, Conference AAA for girls, Barbara Carter and Kathy Martin of Snyder took first place.
In Informative speaking, second place was taken by Richard Hester of Ira, in Conference B for boys. In Conference A for girls, Mary Gentry of Knox City took first place.
In Journalism Editorial Writing, Conference B, Bob Benham of Hawley took third place.
In Poetry Interpretation,
Conference B, girls Debra Campbell of Weinert took third place. In Conference A for boys, first place was taken by Rub Shine of Coahoma and second place was taken by Steve Austin of Bangs. In Conference A for girls, first place was taken by Mary Odom of Baird. Conference AA for Boys, third place was taken by Tim Copeland of Clyde.
In Prose Reading, Conference AAA for boys, first place was taken by Joe Wilson of Snyder. Conference MA for girls,* first place was taken by Belita McCravey of Snyder.
Ready Writing results, Conference B, saw Bryan Burgess of Miles win second place.
In Shorthand, Conference AA, third place was taken by Rhonda Woodard of Haskell I n Conference AAM, Rose Cordes
bus that was part of the barricade around the White House.
Another volley of tear gas was fired at several hundred demonstrators outside the Justice Department after police were pelted with bricks and bottles.
Before the late afternoon incidents occurred, the hastily organized rally, which officials had feared would erupt in violence because of its lack of formal organization, had been as
peaceful as a picnic.
The youthful demonstrators, most of them college students who had reacted angrily after U.S. forces moved into Cambodia and four students were killed in a confrontation with the Ohio National Guard, seemed to have spent their emotions by the time the rally unfolded.
They sat or lolled under a blazing sun on the grass of the
Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument, showing little enthusiasm for the parade of speakers who mounted the platform to hurl demands for peace at the White House across the way.
The mayor s office estimated the crowd at 60,000 but sponsors claimed up to 200,000 crammed the Ellipse.
Although several senators and congressmen prominent in the
BULL SESSION — Stephen R. Bull, left, of the White House staff, talks with students gathered on the Ellipse for an antiwar demon stration. (AP Wirephoto)
Handful of Students Hear Nixon in Dawns Solitude
By DOUGLAS B. CORNELL Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to sleep, President Nixon went to the Lincoln Memorial at dawn Saturday and pleaded with young peace demonstrators for understanding of his efforts to end the Vietnam war.
Secret Service agents were horrified—in the President’s
words—that he left the barri
caded White House to confront student protesters at the Lincoln shrine.
Telling a newsman of his encounter with the young people, Nixon said:
“I told them that I know you think we are a bunch of so-and-sos—I used a stronger word to them—I know how you feel. You want to get the war over.
“Try to understand what we
Demos Belatedly Race Move
See CONTESTS, Pg. 6-A
By BRENDA GREENE
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Taylor County Democrats clicked off their county convention in an orderly fashion Saturday, the only exception being resolutions.
The apparent mix - up followed adoption of two resolutions, one supporting Gov. Preston Smith and his administration and another denouncing violence in the nation and supporting elected officials.
Howard Caver, a delegate from Prec. IO for the first time, asked to present a resolution, asking more loans through Small Business Administration to minority groups or individuals in cities the size of Abilene.
The Resolutions Committee, headed by Elbert Hall, reconvened briefly, prepared the resolution and it was adopted unanimously.
Larry Cunningham, chairman of the executive committee of Taylor County Democratic Party, said the resolution had been inadvertantly omitted from the credentials given the committee to consider.
The balance of the meeting proceeded methodically with election of delegates to the Texas Democratic Convention, headed b y French M. Robertson, permanent county convention officials, and adoptions of committee reports.
In other action, J. Neil Daniel and Mrs. Beverly Tarpley were elected permanent county convention chairman and secretary by acclamation.
DURING the committee meetings. Dr. Joe Humphrey addressed the delegation, itressing unity in the
Picture, Pg. 6-A
party, the community, the home and the nation.
The keynote speaker said, “This afternoon, we should begin to build again these United States, the county, t h e
community ... we should pull them together.”
Bryan Bradbury also spoke See DEMOS, Pg. 8-A
are doing. Sure, you came here to demonstrate. Go shout your slogans. That is all right. Just keep it peaceful.”
This was only a few hours before tens of thousands of opponents of the war gathered in the Ellipse—a tree-fringed park between the grounds of the White House and the Washington Monument—to make speeches and sound off.
The White House grounds were sealed off completely. Buses parked bumper to bumper across sidewalks and street intersections and all around the rear of the White House
grounds. Police allowed persons
with official passes through check points.
Details of regular Army
troops were standing by out of sight in near-by buildings, including the Executive Office Building next to the WTiite
Nixon’s highly unusual personal encounter with students at the Lincoln shrine perhaps had no parallel. It was a palpable attempt to try to calm the campus outcry that greeted his announcement April 30 that he
See NIXON, Pg. 6-A
antiwar movement attended the rally, none of them addressed the crowd.
From President Nixon on down, however, the administration made a determined effort to open a dialogue with the students it has been accused of alienating with its policies.
The President, unable to sleep, rose at dawn and went to the Lincoln Memorial where he conversed at length with a croup of students as the sun came up.
“It was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he said later.
Secretary of Welfare Robert H. Finch, meeting with about 40 students, was heard by an Associated Press reporter to say that Vice President Spiro T. Agnews’s “rhetoric” contributed to “heating up the climate” in which four Kent State University students were killed.
Finch later said that “neither by direct statement or by allusion have I ever indicated that any statements by the vice president contributed to the tragedy at Kent State.”
Other high-ranking administration officials met throughout the day with groups of students. At the day’s end, the White House estimated about 3,000 students had taken part rn the many discussions.
Contributing to the picnic-like atmosphere was the hot sun and the spring splendor of the flowers, shrubs and trees around the Ellipse. Most of those needing first aid were victims of the heat.
Shackelford Demos Back Nixon Actions
Backing for President Nixon’s actions in Cambodia, concern over education and state legislators’ expense accounts and expressions of party loyalty were evident in area Democratic county conventions Saturday.
Also, most conventions voted resolutions backing Robert S. Strauss, national Democratic Party treasurer and national committeeman of Texas, who has come under fire recently. Strauss is formerly of Stamford and is now a Dallas attorney.
Details of the various area county conventions can be found on Page 9-A. A state round-up of conventions is on Page. 3-A.
The Shackelford convention, meeting at Albany, endorsed Nixon's Cambodian moves and resolved that institutions of higher learning “are in a deplorable state due to left wing movements.” Several crackdown measures were proposed.
At the Haskell County convention, delegates went on record opposing large expense accounts for legislators.
Demos Not to Have Runoff; First Time in Half Century
By KOBERT E. FORD Associated Press Writer
The Texas Election Bureau said Saturday the Democratic party will not need to hold a statewide second primary runoff for the first time in at least a half century.
An analysis of the May 2 voting demonstrated clearly that Sen. Ralph Yarborough’s inability to get out the city vote was a major cause of his defeat by Lloyd Ben'tsen Jr.
Some runoffs for local offices will be held June 6 and the Democrats will name a nominee for Bist. 7 of the U.S. House in Houston—the spot once held by Republican George Bush, his Senate nominee to oppose Bent-sen.
The absence of any need for a statewide runoff was nailed down Friday when Hawthorne Phillips of Austin withdrew from what once looked like a Demo-
cratic contest for Place 3 on the Supreme Court.
A runoff had appeared in prospect for the Supreme Court until the weekend, when Texas Election Bureau final figures gave James Denton of Amarillo a majority of 2,702 votes over both opponents combined.
Robert Johnson, head of the election bureau and a veteran vote count expert, said, “There seemed little likelihood of a change in that vote” for the court for which the official canvass is made May 12.
Hie final Election Bureau figures in that race were Denton 581,830, Phillips 289,703 and Matt Davis of Texarkana 289.298.
Other vote totals in contested races:
Senator: Bentsen 812,365, Yarborough 721,627.
Attorney General: Atty. Gen. Crawford Martin 951,994, David
Land Commissioner: Bob Armstrong 697,942, Jerry Sadler 433,224. Fred Williams 196,538.
Railroad Commissioner: Commissioner Ben Ramsey 1,018,399, Connie Lawson 252,495.
Criminal Appeals Court: Truman Roberts 574.601, Earl Smtth 538,564.
Senator: Rep. George Bush 87.221, Robert Morris 12,533.
Governor: Paul Eggers 89,722, Roger Martin 6,642.
U.S. House, by districts:
I: Rep. Wright Patman 55,-372, Bill Russell 16,988.
3: John Mead 32,446, Mrs. Dorothy Bach 5,117.
5: Rep. Earle Cabell 29.837, Mike McKool 25,777.
7: Jim Greenwood 23,739,
See RUNOFF, Pg. 6-A J I I