Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT L 90TH YEAR. NO. 165 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER -EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS lOc DAILY-25C SUNDAY Auocieted Preu By ELLIE RUCKER What's the Date At the South Pole? Q. My husband Is stationed at the South Pole and I'd like to know what Is the difference la dates and time from ours? A. Hang on now, this gets complicated. After talking to 18 people and getting 18 different answers we wrote Reporter-News Washington Correspondent Les Carpenter, who replied, "Polar experts at the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Naval Observatory tell me your question Is one asking (or a possible rule on something which was never meant to be. The South Pole sits in the middle of every time zone. In fact, if you are there and face the IBOth meridian, if you take a step sideways one way, you would technically be in one day and if you sidestep to the other side, you would be in another day. Scientists, explorers and the like have always used Greenwich Mean Time. But for somebody on a nearby island, it would depend on which meridians that island lay between." So. .to determine Greenwich Mean Time add six hours to Abilene time. Or, 6ir.ce your husband is at McMurdo Sound, to determine the exact time there add 17 hours to Ihe local time. When it's 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 in Abilene, it's 10 a.m., Nov. 26 at Mc- Murdo Sound. Q. The eighth grade English class at Lincoln Jr. High has brought op Ihe question, what do these symbols mean? Most yomg people lay the first sign means "Peace" tart we've heard rumors that the signs are communistic re- present a broken cross signifying the rejection or Christ We've been discuss- ing this In class and we, wanting to do the right thing, would like to know the real meaning ol these symbols, A. Action Line printed this before, but can't ignore the pica of an entire English class so here we go again: The first symbol represents the semaphore for the letters N and D, standing for Nuclear Disarmament. It was designed by Gerald Holtom for a 1S5S peace march in London by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, according to Peggy Duff who was general secretary for the CND when the symbol was designed. It has become a general symbol of protest, linked to peace issues. Eliminate the circle and you have the primitive symbol for "Man Dies." The second symbol (with the circle) represents the medieval symbol for "Man." The circle symbolizes fire, eternity or an unborn child. So combined, the first circle says "Man Dies by the second says "Man Lives by Fire." Man Man Din Fire, Eternity, Unborn Child Q. Tra twelve >w old and I go to Johnston Elementary. Oai principal won't let ns wear MAMS and we want to know why? A Your principal, Kenneth Short, says Ihe only objection he has to the maxl Is that Johnston doesn't provide gym uniforms and a person can't rally participate In P.E. when wearing a maxi. It's difficult even walking to class In one, let alone doing exercises In a P.E. class. But. .he's a reasonable man, so he's changed his mind. From now, you're free to hobble down the hallways at Johnston In your favorite maxl. Address questions to Action IJne, Ilox JO. Ahllrnr, Texan 75401. Narnn not be' psrd hut questions moil be ilgnrd and iddmsn Rlvrn. Pirate Include telephone nnmbcn U possible. Beheaded by Aide Japanese Rightist Commits Harakiri By JOHN RODERICK Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) -Yukio Mlshl. ma, the flamboyant Japanese novelist who ran an 80-man pri- vate army, committed suicide In the ancient samurai tradition today to protest his country's no-war constitution. After making an impassioned militaristic speech to sol- diers in a Japanese army camp, he plunged a samurai sword into his abdomen, then one of his young followers cut off his head. Mishima climbed onto a roof at the Ichigaya military camp in downtown Tokyo and scat- tered handbills charging corrup- tion and Ineffectiveness in his nation's military forces. "Long live the he cried to officers and men in a courtyard below. Then he clared: "We will take our life to protest Japan's constitution, which prohibits Japan's rear- mament." After delivering his speech, Ihe 45-year-old author barricad- ed himself and four followers In the office of Kentoshl Masuda, commanding general of the eastern division of Japan's army. As the stunned general looked on, Mishima seated him- self and began the ancient Japa- nese harakiri rite. He drew a long samurai sword, bared his abdomen and drew the sword across it, draw- ing blood. Then, as the blsod flowed, he bowed his head and let Masukazii Merita, his 25- year-old protege, plunge a shor- ter sword into his neck. Another aide cut off the writer's head with a third sword. Morita then Mishima plunged a sword Into his own abdomen and let one of his comrades de- capitate him. Mishima died In the uniform of his private right-wing army, Ihe Tatc no Kai, or Shield. He formed the organization two years ago, and Morita had been with him from the start. The author and his four com- panions appeared to have planned their act long In ad- vance. They posed in uniform a month ago for a formal photo- graph, a Japanese military cus- tom often carried out before an undertaking that could end in deaih. Mishima telephoned Masuda Tuesday night for an appoint- ment, and arrived in the gener- al's olfice wearing a long swcrd. His four lieutenants carried short swords. The general, who had met Mishima before, was pleasant: Like many other Japanese, he dismissed the' novelist's ultra- patriotic Ideas as somewhat of a joke. Masuda said Mishima lined up his four companions at atten- tion, then said: "I have a fine word." "That's the general re- plied. Suddenly, Mishima un- sheathed his sword and rushed at Masuda with his four compa- nions, who forced the general into a chair and tied down his arms. Mishima, now pale and tense, demanded that the eastern com- mand's troops be assembled in front of the headquarters build- ing so he could address them, threatening the general with death. The scuffle alarmed the gen- eral's aides. They burst through the door and were stopped by the four swordsmen. Five were slashed, three seriously, and the others were tied up. The door was then barricaded with chairs and desks. After this, Mishima stepped out onto a balcony. The hastily assembled troops, confused about what was happening, in- terrupted Mishima's talk with boos and taunts. "Stop trying to act like a someone cried. Mishima threw some hand- bills to the soldiers, then stepped back into the room and confronted his prisoner again. "I called on Mishima to stop what he was doing." Masuda sail But Mishima refused to listen and replied: "I'm a troop- er of the self-defense forces. Brace up." Then he knelt on the floor of the office and killed himself. Mishima's suicide stunned and bewildered many In Japan, who had regarded his flirtation with right-wing militarism as ei- ther a passing fad or of no great importance to him. His reputation as an author, playwright, actor, physical cul- turist and lecturer oversha- dowed the political phase of his tempestuous life. A protege ol Japan's 1968 Nobel Prize win- ner, Yasunari Kawabata, he was expected by many foreign- ers as well as Japanese to win the award before his death. Mishima's works included "Confessions of a "The Temple of Ihe Golden Sound of and "Forbidden Colors." His death paralleled that of See SUICIDE, Pg. 2A Fiery Air Crash Claims 7 Victims NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. persons died in the fiery crash of a light plane southwest of here in rocky ranch country Tuesday night, sheriff's officers reported. II was hours later before au- thorities were able to identify the victims. Deputy Sheriff Iludy Garza Jr. in San Antonio listed them as Gery Jordan, 35, of Houston, the pilot: Jordan's wife Frances, 34, and their daughters Vickie 12, Beth, 10, and Carol Marie, 6; and two friends from Slidell, La., Jim Vennemen and his wife Tar- lie. Army Lt Jeffery F. Johns, a helicopter pilot from Ft. Hood, told Garza he saw the plane crash. "It went past me In a Johns was quoted as saying. "Then it apparently lost all pow- er, because all the lights went out just before it hit." The craft struck and exploded at a point about midway between New Braunfels and San Antonio, the helicopter pilot related. Relatives said Vennemen and his wife were celebrating the second anniversary of their mar- riage Nov. 23, and came to visit Aid Requested Claims New Invasion ROBERT SCIIAEFER WITH 'RAGS' body unclaimed for week in morgue (AP wimiwtt) Ragged Detroit Flower Man's Funeral Financed by Friends DETROIT (AP) For years, Robert Schaefer sold flowers and trifles on the downtown streets. Ragged and bearded, he died Nov. 17, alone except for his lit- tle dog Rags. For a his body lay un- claimed in the county morgue. But a number of persons soon missed the flower man, and on learning of his death, took up a collection to pay for his funeral. Henrietta Cclusnlak, a beauty shop employe and one of those arranging for the service, says she first met Schaefer when his dog was suffering from pneumo- nia. "He loved that little dog Mrs. Cclusnlak said. "He al- ways put ribbons in Its fur. The dog was sick and I drove them to the vet. He was so concerned about what would happen to the dog if he could.i't take care of him. NEWS INDEX Amuiementi ?B Bridae 7B Cuviified 4-7U Comicj 9A ttiilotioli 8A Horoscope 7B Hoipitol Palitnti 7A Obiluorlci 3A Sporli 6-7A To Your Good Hrallh___7B TV Log............. 4A Womcn'1 Ntwi 3B "Well, I got one of my cus- tomers to take him and I know she'll give him a good home so Mr. Schaefer can rest in peace." Photographer Terry Yank cf- ten had taken the old peddler's picture. "He was so proud of the pic- tures I took of him. He carried them around with him every- she said. "He used to come in and give me wilted flowers. O.ice he gave me a little vase shaped like a rooster to keep plants In. He was always doing things like that. "But the thing that hurts Is that one of the pictures I took of him won an award from the Michigan Professional Photo- graphers Association. But 1 nev- er got to tell him. He died the day after I found out." DAKAR, Senegal (AP) Guinea announced today that It was invaded again Tuesday night. President Sekour Toure called on "friendly countries" to send all the help they can as quickly as possible. Radio Conakry, the West Afri- can nation's official radio sta- tion, referred to new "enemy In- cursions." "Thanks to the vigilance of Ihe the station said, "the attempts and evil Inten- tions of the Poruguese imperi- alistic enemy were thrown back by Guincan patriots, the army and the glorious people of Guin- ea." Christmas Shopping Edition Thursday The big Christmas Shop- ping edition of The Report- er-News will be published and distributed Thursday. There will be only one edi- tion Thanksgiving Day, end it will be distributed to both Morning and Evening sub- scribers. The Reporter-News busi- ness office will be closed all day Thursday. The switch- board will be open from 6 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 8 p.m. Toure has said the invading troops, which first landed on Guinea's shores early Sunday, are mercenaries hired by Portu- gal and attacking from Portu- guese ships. Portugal has de- nied any involvement. In Addis: Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the secretary-general nf the Organization of African Unity said today that Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Libya and Alge- ria have troops alerted to go to Guinea if needed. Diallo Telli said he was re- questing in the name of Toure that figmers and bombers to be sent to Guinea "to aid in fight- ing the Portuguese submarines and warships which arc still pa- trolling in Guincan territorial waters." Zamblan Vice President Mainza Chona said In Addis Ababa that an emergency meet- ing of the OAI) council of minis- ters will be held Dec. 9 to dis- cuss the situation in Guinea. He said the location of the meeting has not yet been decided. Market Robust NEW YORK (AP) The stock market, continued Its winning ways of the four pre- vious sessions, had a robust tone at (he opening today. the Texas family because Jor- dan was an attendant in their wedding. A federal Aviation Adminis- tration official in Houston said the craft, a Cessna 206, left that city at p.m. bound for Aus- tin with six persons aboard, In- cluding the pilot. The FAA said the single-en- gine plane later took off from Austin for nearby San Antonio. It crashed about 18 miles west of here. An FAA spokesman said radio transmissions from the craft In- dicated no trouble. The first word of the crash came from other pilots in the vicinity whe reported spotting a fire on the ground, officials said. One ol the bodies apparently was hurled from Ihe plane on impact. The other bodies, badly burned, were found In the shat- tered remains of the fuselage. The Bexar County Sheriff's of- fice in San Antonio said six bod- ies were recovered. The plane crashed atop a small plateau in an isolated sec- tion of a ranch in brushy coun- try, smashing several trees as It slammed to earth. It took emergency units near- ly half an hour to find the crash site, far from any often traveled roads. Wreckage was strewn over a 150-yard area and one wing was found about 100 yards from the fuselage. TEATM U. t. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NltiMUl ttnmtr ferrlci wirmtr en H.gr, Weonevuy "SUf n- night atajt 50. The nijri tor Tnuruuy inould be In the hiph Windj are to ba joutjerly at IJ ft B miji. witn ointi UD la 40 men. Wind Karnincji art ou 01 all area lihei. The windi w.ij be Irom re en TMriday. There li no rain In me lorecail and ThankigMng Day be fair and warm TEMPERATURES Tuctday p-m. .wedneiday ajn. aioo 41 11............. 41 SI 41 41 a a a 4: 41 14 I M 41 41 4J _ 4J _ and low lcr :t-houn ending a.m.: s: 41. ard ume Bale lait year: 57 and 41. Sunier Uil nlgnl: IUTVIM ladayi lunut toniahli fljromeffi- rrtding ar 9 J.m.r 3I.CS In, Humidity at f a.m.: 34 per cent. I'm the Happiest Guy I Know7 Fed Up, Man Finds Nine-to-Fivers Really Care MIAMI (AP) Having just 1-st everything he owned, How- ard Taylor leaned back, grinned and said, "Hell, I'm (he hap- piest guy I know." Nine days ago, Taylor said he thought he was about to die and cursed Imsclf for exposing his wife Jane and their 4-ycar-old daughter Rebecca to the same fate. Their 41-foot motor sailer hung Impa'cd on a Bahamian rrcf six miles from shore and Taylor thought It was only a mailer of time before it slid Into the depths of Ihe Atlantic. "That was before tho estab- lishment saved our Tay- lor said In an interview Tues- day. "You talk about celebrat- ing Thanksgiving Thursday. Well, I've got a real Thanksgiv- ing story to tell." The story began two years ago In California. "We had Taylor said, "a good home, two cars. I had a great job as a chief medi- cal technician In a hospital. My wife had a line jol> In another one as a mlcrolilo'oglst. "Hut I got fed up. he war, (axes, politics, suburban living, materialism. You name It. I had It. So, I decided to take my fam- ily and drop out. I'm no hippie. I never was. I'd Just had It." The Taylors sold everything, bought Ihe 22-ton motor sailer and began a two-year cruijc that ended up on a jagged reef off the Island of Mayaguana. About three hours after the boat became stuck on the coral, Taylor got an answer to his ra- dio distress calls from the tour- ist cruise ship Song of Norway out of Miami. Eight hours later the Taylors perched on the cabin nf ihclr now overturned boat and watched as a crew from the Song oi Norway battled to bring a life boat through the seas churning over the reef. The crew plucked them off the wreck and Ihe life boat was hauled up the side of the cruise ship past hundreds of cheering tourists. "It hit Taylor said. "These people cared. Not 90 per cent of them but 100 per cent. They were happy for us. These were people I was fed up with two years peo- ple just like I used to bo, pmplc who I thought never cared." The passengers put together an emergency fund for the ly. Golhing appeared. Suddenly Ilebccca was wallowing In toys. A group of appliance sales- men, on holiday aboard tho ship, provided a cabin. Another passenger offered use of an apartment In Miami. "You have no Idea what It's like." Taylor said. "A little over a wtck ago, I thought we wcro dead. Now we're starting over "And Ihosc COO nlnc-to-flvers and the establishment did It. It's really a great world, you know. It really Is."