Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Cooper 14 Abilene 12
Esiacado 20 Snyder 0
Merkel 28 Hamlin 18
Coleman 14 Albany 36 Eastland 13 Wylie
S'waler 28 B'wood 55
Dunbar 0 Stsph 7
Haskell 23 G'thwaite 28 Stamford 14 DeLeon 27Abilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
imSOTH YEAR, NO. 154 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 14, 1970—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Pre,, (IP)
U.S. Warns of Strikes to Protect Planes Keep It Quiet,
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird warned Friday the United States is prepared to strike again at North Vietnamese anti-aircraft batteries if there are further attacks on unarmed U.S. reconnaissance planes.
Laird spoke several hours after the U.S. command announced in Saigon that an RF4 recon-
Duly to God Private, Says Atheist Scout
FOSTER. R I. (AP) - To 16-vear-old Jim Clark, duty to God is a personal thing, not involved with organized religion. That’s the way he explains the views that have led him into conflict with Hhode Island Boy Scout officials who have denied him the rank of Eagle Scout because they say he is an atheist.
“I believe one should do his duty to God, whatever that is, in his mind, not what organized religion says it should be, but what one really believes, truly believes,” Clark said Friday.
National Boy Scouts headquarters, meanwhile, promised an investigation. Dwight Curtis, director of religious relationships at scout headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J., said the national organization saw the situation as “an opportunity to help a boy” think through his religious beliefs.
Robert F. Parkinson, chief executive for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said ‘‘We cannot in clear conscience allow any boy to the rank of Eagle Scout who is an admitted atheist.”
He said the youth’s father George Clark, ‘‘is an admitted athiest and he claims his son believes as he does. Obviously, neither one can be registered in the Boy Scouts of America.”
Parkinson said the application was rejected because the Scout oath pledges a youth ‘‘to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout law. That means he is reverent toward God, that he is faithful in his religious duties.”
naissance jet had been downed by enemy ground fire about 42 miles south of Vinh in North Vietnam. Its two crew members are presumed dead.
U.S. warplanes in the past have bombed enemy antiaircraft positions to safeguard reconnaissance aircraft, but there apparently was no such action
in connection with the latest
‘‘We remain ready,” Laird said, ‘‘to take appropriate action in response” to firings on unarmed American planes over North Vietnam, to any major troop incursions across the demilitarized zone and to shelling of South Vietnamese cities.
He was speaking before repre
sentatives of World Affairs Councils from around the country.
He noted there had been a recent rocket attack on Saigon and said that this sort of action, firings on U.S. reconnaissance planes and incursions across the DMZ all were ruled out under understandings with the North Vietnamese at the time of the total bombing halt just over two years ago.
The North Vietnamese have always insisted they were not party to any such understandings.
Describing himself as deeply concerned about the loss of the two RF4 crewmen, Laird said, ‘‘We will continue to take those actions necessary to protect the lives of our servicemen.”
Laird recalled that the bombing halt, ordered by the Johnson administration in its waning
days, was ‘‘predicated on the fact that the North Vietnamese would negotiate in good faith” in Paris.
But, Laird said, ‘‘to date the North Vietnamese have chosen not to negotiate in any substantive way.”
His warning came during a question-and-answer session with members of the National C’ouncil of Community World Affairs Organizations, but it appeared that he was primed to make the statement aimed at Hanoi.
The RF4 was the first American jet destroyed over North Vietnam since last May and the 10th since the U.S. bombing was halted on Nov. I, 1968. The last use of ‘‘protective reaction” against North Vietnamese antiaircraft positions occurred on Sept. 5.
Unarmed Recon Plane Downed in N. Vietnam
Dry ball handy
Bundled up against the cold and sleet, Gary Gladden, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arvell Gladden of 5274 S. 7th, yells encouragement in the direction of the Abilene Eagles at Friday night s intra-city clash with Cooper. Gary helped officials keep a dry ball on the field. See game story Page 1-D. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley)
SAIGON (AP) — A supersonic American reconnaissance plane was shot down deep inside North Vietnam Friday, and its two Air Force crewmen apparently were killed, the U.S. Command reported.
A spokesman said the unarmed RFI, equipped with sophisticated photo and electronic spy gear and accompanied by armed jet fighters, crashed 42 miles south of Vinh, in the North Vietnamese panhandle. That would place it about IOO miles above the demilitarized zone and some 200 miles south of Hanoi.
Fighter pilots escorting the aircraft saw no parachutes after the plane was hit, the spokesman said, “and the crew members are presumed dead.”
The spokesman said he did not know whether the fighters attacked the enemy firing positions or whether retaliatory air strikes were ordered.
The last time a U.S. plane was downed in North Vietnam, during the first week in May, the United States unleashed several hundred warplanes in the heaviest raids north of the DMZ s nee regular bombing missions
were halted more than two years ago.
At least 13 fighter-bombers and reconnaissance planes have been downed in North Vietnam since the bombing halt, and the United States has flown more than 60 ‘‘protective reaction” raids to prevent or silence enemy fire.
But Andi's Deaf
MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Andi Latta lived in a silent world and kept quiet about it.
“I didn’t tell anyone,” she says, ‘‘because I wanted to prove I could get along perfectly well.”
Even her fiance, telephone lineman Michael Stuart, didn’t learn Andi’s secret during their five-month romance. All along she was incapable of hearing love’s sweetest whispers.
The 23-year-old Miss Latta marches weekly with her coed auxiliary of the Reserve Officers Training Corps—ROTO— at the University of Miami.
‘•Rrrright face . . . lefttt face ... to the rearr, harch!”
She never heard anything, but kept in step anyway.
‘‘I figured I could follow the marcher in front of me,” she said Friday. “The biggest reason I joined, though, were these great guys.”
Andi punted toward 80 male cadets marching across the parade grounds. Of course, that was before she met her telephone man in such a quiet, romantic way.
‘‘He was climbing up a phone pole in my front yard,” she LATTA
said. “I looked up. he looked . (#oM fianc. down and it happened.
Miss Latta, who lives with her parents here, is the former Florida lipreading champion. Her deafness was caused by spinal meningitis at age 3. It left her soundless in one ear and barely able to hear loud noises in the other.
“I used to scream when I was a kid so I could hear myself,” she said. “The other kids would hold their hands over their ears I was so loud.”
Her voice is soft now.
As for Michael Stuart, he didn’t mind learning that his fiancee was deaf. ‘‘That didn’t upset him half as much,” she said, ‘‘as my announcement last week that I can’t cook.”
Arab Nationalist Stages Coup, Topples Syria Marxist Leader
Winning Beats Keeping Warm, Dry
By GARY KRINO
Reporter News Staff Writer
While Abilene’s Eagles and Cooper’s Cougars matched wits and tricks on the soggy, brown floor of Shotwell Stadium in FYiday night’s city championship football struggle, fans used every watt of brain power to find ways of beating slicing rain drops, whipped by typically cold gusty West Texas winds.
Yet for all the murky miseries, brought on by the worst weather night of the now-over pigskin season, underneath umbrellas, raincoats, winter outerwear, and thermal underwear, fans all had the same thoughts: Keep warm and win, not necessarily in that order.
While most partisans — no in -between for this one — filed to
their seats, all wet and some actually under water, band members from both schools huddled in small groups under the stands.
AHS junior twirler Debbie Harper sported the same pair of eye - pleasing twirling shorts she has ail year, but she hid them under a maxi coat.
Light Snow, Rain Pelt Big Country
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A quick-melting snow fell in parts of the Big Country Friday, while other towns were reporting a cold, slow drizzle.
It snowed about 30 minutes in Rotan and Sylvester, while ‘‘a few scattered flakes” were reported in Snyder.
Football-goers in Abilene contended with temperatures in the 30s, wind gusts and a drizzle which totaled .07 inches.
Between noon and IO p.m. Friday, 32 automobile accidents were recorded on wet Abilene streets. Most were minor, although there were seven unhospitalized injuries.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National weather Service (Weather Map, Pa. 7-D) ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlle radius) — Cooler Saturday with decreasing cloudiness lh the afternoon. Fair and colder Saturday night. Fair and a little warmer Sunday. The high Saturday in the upper 40s. The low Saturday night near 30. High Sunday near 55. Northerly winds IO, qusts to 25 m.p.h. and diminishing Saturday afternoon. Chance of light drizzle early Saturday
Knox City recorded the highest amount of moisture with .21 inches, while Goree and Hawley each received .20 inches.
The Weather Bureau is predicting cooler weather and drizzle for Saturday and even colder temperature Saturday night.
Fellow twirler Darlene Belcher, a junior too, tried to get the same warm, toasty effect with a cleaner bag instead of a coat. Obviously, it wasn’t working. “I’m standing here freezing to death,” she grumbled.
Down the way Cougar sophomore snare drummer Bernard McClelland commented on the prospect of drumming up some noise for the Cougs. “The only way I have to keep my fingers warm is to shake them,” he said.
Out on the side lines — cheerleader country — the girls also were taking special steps to
See COLD, Pg. 3-A
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -Defense Minister Hafez a1 Assad, fervid Arab nationalist and advocate of all-out war with Israel, staged a military coup in Syria late Friday, a spokesman for the ousted leadership said.
Assad, 40-year-old air marshal, overthrew the Marxist leadership of the ruling Baath party and arrested President Noureddin Atassi and Maj. Gen. Salah Jadid, the party’s assistant secretary-general, the spokesman told a news conference he said the coup took place one day after an emergency Baath congress adopted a resolution firing Assad.
The spokesman, a member of the party’s international command, said he drove to Lebanon to break the news of the coup.
Leftist Premier Dr. Youssef Zayyen also was arrested, the spokesman said. Assad seized control of the state radio and television and two government newspapers in Damascus, he added.
Assad, a moderate in the socialist Baath party, has blamed Jadid’s Marxists for Syria’s crushing defeat by Israel in the 1967 war. He also accused Jadid of pursuing Marxist policies at the expense of the economy and security of this nation' of 6 million people.
Reliable sources said agents of Syria’s air force intelligence service rounded up Assad’s opponents and set up a guard at
key military and government buildings.
They said there was no outward sign of tension in Damascus, capital of Syria, and that Assad had not used tanks or heavy armor to stage the coup.
Assad made his move after a month-long government crisis that grew from the power struggle between Assad’s military wing of the Baath party and Jadid’s leftists.
Candy Smith, senior physical education major from Dallas, was crowned Homecoming Queen of Howard Payne College in Brownwood Friday. See story, Page 3A. (RNS) Photo)
Drugs Gause Youths to Re-Enact'Romeo and Juliet'
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ANN BARNETT •.. killed sell
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A young drug addict awoke from a suicide attempt last month to learn his girl friend had killed herself. Now Daniel Smiler, 23, has joined her. He hanged himself Friday.
‘T’d like to be with Ann now,” Smiler had said while recovering from the drug overdose. ‘‘Now that she’s gone my life is shot.”
He was found hanging by his belt in a shower at Haverford State Hospital where he had been detained since the suicide attempt. His girl friend, Ann Barnett, 21, died of an overdose of drugs Oct. 8 at her home.
‘‘My life has been with Danny and I could never start a new one after he died,” she said in a note.
“Please forgive me for hurt
ing you this way, but my life is over. Danny could not live with his habit and there is no way for him to get help any more,” she wrote.
After finding the note, police went to a motel and found Smiler unconscious in a room there.
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Farm ................. 7D
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Smiler said in a recent interview that “I told Ann I was sick and tired of the rat race. I said I was doing nothing but hurting her.
“I had tried to commit suicide to free her. I had tried four times,” he told newsmen.
“I was sure I could kill myself this time.”
He said when he awoke in a hospital a physician told him of Ann’s death. ‘‘I became hysterical. I went nuts. She was the only thing in my life.”
Ann’s note to her parents said ‘‘we have tried everything and now that there is no way left, we will rest knowing that our love is so strong that it keeps us together always. We are sure that for us the end is really our own beginning.”
DANIEL SMILER , . . succeeds this time