Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 27, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
SOTH YEAR, NO. 167 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 27, 1970
-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated Press (ZP)
to Knife Pope Fails
Col. J. P. Kidwell, retired to San Antonio after a career in the Army and Air Force, came across a copy of the Abilene book, the one about Catclaw, and it set him to remembering.
His memories are of an earlier Abilene—and of the town of Hawley, a community which began on the banks of the Clear-fork in the 1890s under the name of Zelo, took its present name and location when the Wichita Valley Railroad came through in 1906-07.
The colonel put down some of
those memories for us.
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“My parents and my two older sisters moved from Weatherford to Aspermont in 1898,” the colonel recounted. “Dad built a three-room house with lumber hauled by wagon to Aspermont from Abilene, In October 1903 I made my appearance.
“We moved by buggy to the great metropolis of Hawley in October 1906 T think it was as large than as it is now. Pad opened up the bank in Hawley. Henry James w’as president and Ed S. Hughes was vice president. Dad was the cashier—and
his salary was $83.33 a month.”
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The colonel’s first memory is of Hawley, his life there and in nearby Abilene, which was the “city” of his childhood.
“Hawley and Abilene were my world.” he recalls. It was a big and wonderful world and he was surprised when he learned
others did not realize this.
“I can remember when, in 1914, our troops were passing through Abilene on their way to the Mexican border all the
townspeople would be at the tinpot.
“They would give ‘the boys’ cookies and candy. I very
vividly remember one occasion.
“A soldier (on the troop train that had paused here) yelled at me, ‘Hey, little boy, what’s the name of this little town?’
“I didn’t think that it was possible for anyone in the United States not to know all about Abilene. That was really a shock to me.”
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The Army, in the Camp Barkeley days of World War II, and later the Air Force, through Dyess AFB “were to change the face of Abilene,” the colonel noted. “And those same two agencies were to change the course of my life.”
The Kidwells moved from Hawley to Oklahoma in 1918. He finished growing up there, then was accepted for training at the U.S. Military Academy. He was graduated from West Point in 1925 and went on for a career in the Army, later the Air Force.
His world got considerably bigger than it was in the days of wagons and buggies.
MANILA (AP) - A Bolivian
free-lance painter disguised as a priest tried to kill Pope Paul VI with a nine-inch knife Friday minutes after the pontiff arrived in Manila on his Asian-Pacific tour, police said.
The man, identified as Benjamin Mendoza Amor, 35, succeeded in striking the Pope’s chest with his fist as the knife went astray.
The assailant cut Stephen Cardinal Kim of Korea on the hand when the Asian prelate tried to protect the Pope.
The Pope had just alighted from his plane before a crowd of about 3,009 well-wishers when the man charged toward him.
The Pope pushed at the assailant while the knife was coming towards him, police said, and then security police leaped in and carried the man away. He was bleeding from the head.
Amor was carried bodily to a jeep and stripped of his gray priest’s clothing and Roman collar, officers said.
After interrogation, police described the man as a “fanatic”
who said he wanted to “save humanity from the, religious propaganda of the Pope.”
Manila airport police Capt. Francesco Jose added that the Bolivian told policemen interrogating him, “I w'ant to save you, you and you,” pointing to each policeman.
Police said Amor arrived in the Philippines about two weeks ago and had been staying at the district of Quiapo in the heart of Manila.
They added that he had no family that they knew of.
'POW Thanksgiving' Honors Brother
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The son of the chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific squatted inside a bamboo jail cell in Pershing Square on Thursday to eat the same type of Thanksgiving meal he says his brother had as a war prisoner in North Vietnam.
.Joe McCain, 28-year-old son of Adm. John S. McCain Jr., dug chopsticks into a rice bowl filled with pig fat, pumpkin mash and water rice. About IOO other relatives of POWS, including wives and children, gathered around the homemade cell with rice bowls in hand.
McCain, a former Navy enlisted man who served on the aircraft carrier Enterprise off the Vietnam coast, said the demonstration was intended to call public attention to the plight of war prisoners.
The San Diego-based group, Concern For Prisoners of War Inc., has gathered letters from IO million Americans to present to Hanoi’s negotiators soon at Paris, McCain said.
“We may be divided on civil rights and the war and many other things, but we’re all united on POWs,” declared McCain, whose brother John has been a war prisoner for three years.
McCain and two other civilians with POW relatives were dressed in homemade maroon-and-grey pajamas like those worn by prisoners. He told an interviewer he had this message tor his brother:
“My message would be, ‘keep the faith, John, we’re going to get you out. We’ll not rest until we get you out. After years of silence we’re going to the American people and not quit until every man is home.’ ”
HIS THANKSGIVING MEAL IS LIKE HIS BROTHER'S . . Joe McCain sits inside bamboo cage in Los Angeles
Thanksgiving Stirs Wrath of Redskins
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Following the tradition amassed over three and a-half centuries, millions of Americans celebrated Thanksgiving Day with family gatherings, football games and parades.
Some Indians, however, protesting alleged injustice to their people, chose instead to demonstrate or fast, celebrating what they called a national day of mourning.
At Plymouth, Mass., where the Pilgrims landed 350 years ago, there was a recreation of a colonial feast with venison, eel and turkey reminiscent of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 when the settlers celebrated a year of survival in the New World.
About 150 Indians were on hand for the occasion, but unlike their ancestors, who joined in the feasting, they came to
A group of about 25 Indians, some wearing headdresses, shouted and cavorted aboard a reolica of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims
Witnesses said some of the Indians climbed the ship’s rigging and tore down two 17th century British flags. The Indians left peacefully when police were
called for assistance
The Indians demanded the return of lands In Connecticut and
Massachusetts and the teaching of Indian studies in the schools.
On Alcatraz Island off the roast of California, about 90 Indians spent the day fasting.
Lanada Means, an Indian leader said, “Thanksgiving Day has been exploited for | years.. .This Thanksgiving, In
dians are celebrating a national day of mourning.”
She said the Indians gave to the white people “and they have taken from us. They’ve killed us and taken our land. We can no longer go on and feast and eat with them.”
The Indians took over the former prison island just over a year ago, claiming it as their land under an old treaty.WEATHER
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National Weather Service (Weather Map, Pg. 11-B)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-rTv!e radius) — Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday. High Friday and Saturday 84; low Friday night 55. Southerly winds 15 to 25 miles per hour.
TEMPERATURES Thurs. a.m. .. ... Thurs. p.m.
52 ............ 1:00 70
52 ............. 2:00 72
51 ............. 3:CO 81
52 ............ 4:00 80
52 .......... 5:00 78
51 ............. 6:00 71
52 ............. 7:00 69
52 ............. 8:00 67
55 ............. 9:00 65
58 ............. 10:00 63
63 11:00 —
70 12:00 . —
High and low for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 82 and 51.
High and low same date last year: 63 and 48.
Sunset last niqht: 5-34; sunrise today: 7:19; sunset toniaht: 5:34.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 27.95. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 48 per cent.
Auto Group Boosts Goodfellows' Drive
Pierce Manufacturing Destroyed by Blaze
MERKEL — For the second time in less than two years, the R. A. Pierce Manufacturing Co. has been completely destroyed by fire.
The metal parts manufacturing plant, located one mile east of Merkel, burned to the ground in about three hours Thursday morning.
The plant was closed for Thanksgiving, and no one was injured in the blaze.
Richard A. Pierce of 2317 Post Oak Rd. in Abilene, head of the company, was out of town when the fire occurred shortly before IO p.m. Thursday. He would not make an immediate estimate of damages.
Merkel fireman Bobby Womack said the Merkel Fire Dept, received a call about 8 15 a.m. Thursday and sent three trucks to the sc$ie. Womack said the fire was extinguished by about ll a.m. but the firemen stayed until 4 p.m. in case the fire started again.
See PHOTO, Pg. 2-A
Womack termed the building “a total loss” and said the structure and everything inside were completely destroyed.
“When the roor fell, it knocked the walls down and everything with it,” Womack said.
The building was made of concrete tile and brick with a wooden roof construction, according to Merkel Fire Chief Way mon Adcock.
Adcock said cause of the fire is still not known.
Adcock said the manufacturing plant had been in operation in Merkel only about a year and two months. The plant was established in Merkel after the f rst Pierce Manufacturing Co., located at 1501 S. Treadawav, was demolished by fire June 21, 1969.
Total damage of the first fire was estimated to be $125,000,
The Abilene Independent Automobile Dealers Assn. has contributed $100 to the annual Goodfellow Christmas drive which began Thanksgiving Day, bringing the total to $1,200.
The effort by the Goodfellows to bring Christmas spirit in the form of food, clothes, toys and dolls to the less privileged in Abilene got off to a good start Thursday with traditional first-givers handing in $1,100 which was boosted later by the auto dealer’s gift.
Abilene Independent Automobile Dealers Assn. $100.00 Previously acknowledged $1,100.00
Although the drive officially began Thursday with a final goal of $16,500, the work really began earlier in the fall when many children in Abilene donated old dolls and toys to the drive and the city’s firemen repaired and painted them “good as new.”
The dolls were dressed for Christmas in finery made by the VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives and NCO Wives and by a host of volunteers. The rows ofNEW S INDEX
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dolls also included hundreds of new dolls purchased by the Goodfellows.
The job of making this Christmas a joyous one now is citywide.
Goodfellows, headed this year by Syd Niblo, vice president of First State Bank, use the money contributed to provide clothing and food scrip for needy families and to buy new toys and dolls to accompany those donated.
Contributions and requests for
See DRIVE, Pg. 2-A
He was taken to Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine national police, for further interrogation.
The incident occurred on the first day of the Pope's 10-day, 25,000-mile journey to eight nar-tions, the longest trip abroad of the nine he has made in his seven-year-old pontificate.
Some expressed fear at the start of the journey that the health of the 73-year-old Pope would give way under the strain.
After the incident, the Pope joined president Ferdinand E. Marcos on a yellow canopied speakers’ stand. He calmly but gravely delivered a prepared speech in which he greeted the Philippines “in the name of the Lord, who sends us just as He sent Peter and Paul and the Apostles across the world. May the peace of Christ come down and dwell in it.”
Then, breaking into a broad smile, he shouted into the microphone, “Mabuhay Filipi-nas!” That means long live the Philippines, in the native language.
The crowd—most of whom seemed unaware of the attack —replied with cheers and waved Vatican and Philippine flags.
The pontiff then boarded a limousine and set off in a motor-
Nixon Hosts Servicemen
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prest-dent and Mrs. Nixon gave a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 98 hospitalized servicemen and 15 nurses from three Washington area military hospitals Thursday, offering them the warmth of the White House as “your home.”
The festive noontime occasion included a feast of roast turkey and the trimmings, and song and dance entertainment by a college age touring group, “The Spurriows.”
Nixon signed menus for some of the guests, many of them veterans of Vietnam. Some were amputees, who were wheeled up special ramps into the White House. One young veteran wore an eyepatch, others walked with crutches. Nixon told his guests that 35 presidents have entertained numerous famous personages in the State Dining Room where the Thanksgiving turkey was served. But he added, “I can assure you that we’ll feel there is no greater privilege that we could have than to have you as honored guests at the White House for what you have done for the nation.”
The White House was decked with huge pots of chrysanthemums. Cornstalks decorated marble columns in the entrance hall where the Marine Band played.
The president, Mrs. Nixon, daughter Tricia, and former first lady Mamie Eisenhower sat with the guests.
After shaking hands with everyone in a Blue Room receiving line with Mrs. Nixon, the President noted that they came from more than 30 states.
He said he recalled from his days on Navy duty in World War II that “being away for Christmas and Thanksgiving was the hardest thing of all.”
POPE PAUL VI . . . struck in chest
cade led by a police motorcycle escort along the boulevard that runs along the ocean and into the city.
Threats of violence against the Pope surfaced Thursday^ night. A student group an-* nounced it would conduct a pamphleteering campaign and possibly demonstrations against Pope Paul’s visit, which they criticize as an effort to shore up the “sagging prestige” of a local Catholic church they consider crass and corrupt.
A Manila tabloid newspaper even reported Thursday that armed forces intelligence had uncovered a plot by eight radical students to shoot, but not kill, Pope Paul to embarrass the government. The armed forces denied the report.
Never before on his previous eight trips abroad had violence been directed against Pope Paul.
However, a wildly enthusiastic crowd of 100,000 rushed his limousine in a wave during the pontiffs 1964 visit to India.
Bishop Paul C Marcinckus, W'ho plans the Pope’s trips, said of that incident: “We had to get him out of there fast.”
And in a cathedral in Bogota, Colombia, in August 1968, Pope Paul was so engulfed in churning masses of priests and laymen that Bishop Marcinckus described the situation as “like sitting in a milk shaker.”
The Manila airport attack, nonetheless, was not Pope Paul’s first brush with potentially serious violence. His motorcade skirted a riot last April 24 when he was visiting slum quarter of Cagliari, the provincial capital of Sardinia.
Anarchists W’ho had de-
See POPE, Pg. 2-A
Modern-Day 'Cinderella1 Goes From Rags to Riches
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Until last week, Marline, 17, sold cigarettes on the streets of Saigon and lived in a shack fashioned from flattened beer cans. Today, she is the daughter of a president and riding in a limousine.
The girl is the long lost child of Gen. Jean Bedel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic. Twenty years ago he was a noncommissioned officer in the French colonial army in Indochina.
While Bokassa was in the French garrison in Saigon, he became the father of a child by Nguyen Thi Hue. When Bokassa left Indochina he lost track of her. This year, with the assistance of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and the French consulate, a search was begun.
MARTINE BOKASSA . . . long lost child
Martine was found and her mother had documents proving she was Bokassa’s child.
Arrangements were made to bring Martine, who speaks only
Vietnamese, to Bangui, the capital of this land-locked country of 1.5 million.
When Martine arrived in Bangui on a flight from Paris at 3 a.m. Thursday, all the capital’s diplomats, civil servants and cabinet members were at the airport for her.
Her father, whom she could not remember, sobbed as he embraced her.
Bokassa then introduced her to his other children and her step-mother. The government radio, normally shut down in the early morning hours, broadcast the welcoming ceremonies.
Later at the presidential palace Martine heard tributes from tribal chiefs and a song in her honor. Her father, who speaks some Vietnamese, was able to explain them to her* Jl