Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 25, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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■ ii90TH YEAR, NO. 134 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 25, 1970—ONE HUNDRED TWELVE PAGES IN EIGHT SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated Press OF)
Lady Bird Diary Recalls JFK Death
Mrs. Johnson J ells Why She T diked Diary
By LADY BUU)JOHNSON (Fart One)
Dallas, Friday, November 22,
It all began so beautifully. After a drizzle in the morning, the sun came out bright and clear. We were driving into Dallas. In the lead car were President and Mrs. Kennedy, John and Nellie Connally, a Secret Service car full of men, and then our car with Lyndon and me and Senator Ralph Yarborough.
The streets were lined with people — lots and lots of people — the children all smiling, placards, confetti, people waving from windows. One last happy moment I had was looking up and seeing Mary Griffith leaning out of a window waving at me. (Mary for many years had been in charge of altering the c'othes which I purchased at Neiman-M a reus. I
Then, almost at the edge of town, on our way to the Trade Mart for the Presidential luncheon, we were rounding a curve, going down a hill. and suddenly there was a sharp, loud report. It sounded like a shot. The sound seemed to me to come from a building on the right above my shoulder. A moment passed, and then two more shots rang out in rapid succession. There had been such a gala air about the day that I thought the noise must come from firecrackers — part of the celebration. Then the Secret Service men were suddenly down in the lead car. Over the car radio system, I heard “Let’s get out of here!” And our Secret Service man, Rufus Youngblood, vaulted over the front scat on top of Lyndon, threw him to the floor, and said, “Get down.”
SENATOR YARBOROUGH and I ducked our heads. The car accelerated terrifically — faster and faster. Then, suddenly, the brakes were put on so hard that I wondered if we were going to make it as we wheeled left and went around the corner. We pulled up to a building. I looked up and saw a sign, “hospital.'’ Only then did I believe that this might be what it was. Senator Yarborough kept saying in an excited voice, “Have they shot the President? Have they shot the President?** I said something like, “No, it can’t be.”
As we ground to a halt — we were still the third car — Secret Service men began to pull, load, guide, and hustle us out. I cast one last look over my shoulder and saw in the President’s car a bundle of pink, just like a drift of blossoms, lying on the back seat. It was Mrs. Kennedy lying over the President’s body.
The Secret Service men rushed us to the right, then to the left, and then onward into a quiet room in the hospital — a very small room. It was lined with white sheets, I
People came and went — Kenny O'Donnell, the President’s top aide, Congressman Homer Thornberry, Congressman Jack Brooks. Always there was Rule right there and other Secret Service agent’s — Emory Roberts, Jerry Kivett, Lem Johns, and Woody Taylor. People spoke of how widespread this might ho. There was talk of where we would go — to the plane, to our house, back to \\ ashing! on.
Through it all Lyndon was remarkably calm and quiet. He suggested that the Presidential plane ought to be moved to another part of the field. He spoke of going back out to the plane in unmarked black car:. livery face that came in, you searched for the answer. I think the face I kept seeing the answer on was the face of Kenny O'Donnell, who loved President Kennedy so much.
IT WAS LYNDON who spoke of it first, although I knew I would not leave without doing it. He said, “You had better try to see Jackie and Nellie.’’ We didn’t know what had happened to John.
I asked the Secret Service if I could be taken to them. They began to lead me up one corridor and down another. Suddenly I found myself face to face with Jackie in a small hallway. I believe it was right outside the operating room. You always think of someone like her as being insulated, protected. She was quite alone. I don’t think I ever saw anyone so much alone in my life. I went up to her, put my arms around her, and said something to her. I’m sure it was something like “God, help us all,” because my feelings for her were too tumultuous to put into words.
And then I went to see Nellie. There it was different, because Nellie and I have gone through so many things together since 1938. I hugged her tight and we both cried and I said, “Nellie, John’s going to be all right.” And Nellie said, “Yes, John’s going to be all right.’’ Among her many other fine qualities, she is also strong.
I turned and went back to the small white room where Lyndon was. Mac Kilduff, the President’s press man on this trip, and Kenny O'Donnell were coming and going. I think it was from Kenny's face that I first knew the truth and from Kenny's voice that I first heard the words “The President is
See LADY BIRD, Pg. 2-A
MRS. LYNDON B. JOHNSON ... in a unique position
By LADY BIRD JOHNSON PREFACE
I began talking my White House diary into a tape recorder at our home. The Elms, two or three days after November 22, 1963.
A little of it was recorded in hotel rooms on our trips, and in my bedroom at the LBJ Ranch, but the great bulk of it was done in a small room in the southwest corner of the second floor of the White House which became combination dressing room and office for me.
I loved that room. I put my own furniture in it—my blue velvet sofa from The Elms (the back of it is faded from the sun that streamed in the southwest window), two comfortable French armchairs flanking the fireplace, and a desk that has followed me through all of my three Washington homes and now sits in the bay window in my “forever” bedroom at the Ranch.
Tho walls were covered in the loveliest Chinese wallpaper I’ve ever seen. In winter, I often recorded sitting on the sofa looking at the fire burning
merrily in the little corner fireplace.
An in the summer I reversed one of the chairs and talked into my machine while I looked out over Andrew Jackson’s magnolias to the Washington Monument—my favorite view in all of Washington, often outlined against the drama of sunset. vSometimes, I sat at the desk and looked right down into the Rose Garden and across to Lyndon’s office.
By all odds the best time to record was from about 7 in the evening till 9 or IO or whatever late hour Lyndon came home to dinner. The day’s activities were at an end, my staff had gone home, and this was “my time.”
Why did I record it? I think for the following reasons: I realized shortly after November 22, that — amazed and timorously — I stood in a unique position, a wife of the President of the United States.
Nobody else would live through the next months in quite the way that I would and see the events unroll from this vantage point. And this certain portion of time
See DIARY, Pg. 2-A
Fear Remains Despite Arrest
Inflation Battle Can Be Won With Right Soldiers—Nixon
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) -President Nixon, campaigning in a rented union hall, asked Maryland voters Saturday to “give me some soldiers” in the Senate to help fight the battle against inflation.
Urging the election of Rep. J. Glenn Beall Jr., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Joseph D. Tidings, Nixon said, “Give us a senator who will support the President in trying to cut the federal budget so you can
Nixon Rejects Report On Pornography
WASHINGTON (AP)-Presi-dent Nixon described as morally bankrupt and totally rejected Saturday the conclusions and major recommendations of a commission that urged lifting many curbs against pornography aimed at adults.
Far from embracing that recommendation of the National Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, Nixon called for increased restrictions, saying in a statement:
“Smut should not be simply contained at its present level; it should be outlawed in every state in the union. And the legislatures and courts at every level of American government should act in unison to achieve that goal.”
The commission, appointed at the request of Congress during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, made public its disputed report Sept. 30.
balance the family budget...
“If we continue to have runaway spending in the next Congress your prices are going to continue to go up,” Nixon said. “We can win the battle against higher prices. I will fight that battle.
“But I need some soldiers to fight it with me. Give me some, give me Glenn Beall.”
Nixon made his quick, helicopter-borne campaign trip to the blue-collar outskirts of Baltimore to urge votes for Beall and for C. Stanley Blair, who is running for governor.
But outside the United Steel Workers Union hall where he spoke was festooned with signs and banners backing Tydings and Gov. Marvin Mandel, a Democrat. The biggest of the lot, over the front door, read, “Hard hats for Mandel and Tydings.”
Inside, a crowd of 1,300 to 2,000 people, which did not fill the hall, cheered what has become Nixon’s standard cam-
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ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Partly cloudy and warm Sunday, turning cooler Sunday night and Monday. The high Sunday 85, low Sunda I night 50, and the high Monday 70.
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paign speech, concentrating on an appeal for Republican support for his policy in Southeast Asia, his welfare reform program, his economic course, and his law’ and order proposals.
Union officials said the hall rents for $300.
Nixon drove along Dundalk Avenue, standing to wave to people who lined the curb, usually in a single rank.
Tydings issued a statement in
which he said Nixon’s visit was a desperate attempt to revive Beall’s campaign.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -The specter of sudden, violent death remains on this green hilltop above Monterey Bay. Prosecutors say one man now in jail may have been solely responsible for the slayings Monday, but residents were arming them
selves Saturday in fear of more killings.
“Back in the woods, they’ve got loaded guns at the front door and loaded guns at the back doors, said butcher Elwood Possum. “I wouldn't want to go banging on rural doors right now, let me tell you.”
The residents remain ill at
ease though Dist. Atty. Peter Chang Jr. has charged John
Linley Frazier, 24, with five
counts of first-degree murder.
It was Frazier, alleged Chang, who went to the $250,090 flagstone mansion on Rodeo Gulch last Monday intent on murder.
The death scene was a hilltop outside Santa Cruz about 75 miles south of San Francisco.
The victims were Dr. Victor M. Ohta, 45, a successful eye surgeon: his wife, Virginia, 43, sons Derrick, 12, and Taggart ll, and Ohta’s secretary, Dorothy Cadwallader, 38.
Chang said it was possible that Frazier acted alone, and the district attorney has issued no other warrants and named no other persons as suspects.
But still the neighbors in the surrounding hills are nervous and upset, and the most obvious manifestation of this was the extent to which they were purchasing arms.
“The gun business has gone up 500 per cent,” says Peter Harris, owner of a sporting goods store in Soquel, the nearest town to the slayings. “At one store rn Santa Cruz which deals only in guns, you couldn’t even get near the counter,” he said. “They were standing three deep.”
Bill Hathaway of Soquel said,
“I never fired a gun in my life but I went down there to the gun shop yesterday and bought myself a little .410. That was money I couldn’t afford to spend, but I work n;ghts and my wrife and k ds are home alone.”
A note, withheld two days because of official fears of further anxiety it would create in an already jittery public, read:
“Today, World War 3 will begin as brought to you by the people of the Free Universe.
“From this day forward anyone and-or company of persons who misuses the natural environment or destroys same will suffer the penalty of death by the people of the Free Universe.
“I and my comrades from
this day forth will fight until death or freedom, against anything or anyone who does not support natural life on this planet. Materialism must die or mankind will stop.
“Knight of Wands Knight of Cups Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords.” The signature represented figures used in Tarot Fortune Telling.
GEORGE BUSH DURING AIRPORT STOPOVER SATURDAY . . . with GOP precinct chairman Craig Lynn of Buffalo Gap
Bush Denies Losing Independence
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High and low for 24-hours ending IO p.m.: 83 and 48.
High and low same date last year: 62 and 49.
Sunset last night: 6:56; sunrise today: 7:i50; sunset tonight: 6:55.
Barometer reading at 10 p.m.: 27.96. Humidity at IO p.m.: 53 per cent.
By JOHN THOMAS
Reporter-News Staff Writer
“Absurd,” George Bush said in Abilene Saturday on charges that President Nixon’s campaign trip to Texas next week will cost him his independence as a congressman.
Bush spelled out the word to emphasize it. “It’s a tearing down of my character to say that,” he said.
Bush's campaign plane landed at Abilene’s Municipal Airport at 12:30 p.m. for a one-hour stopover. Bush spoke to a greeting crowd estimated by Hal Sayles, Taylor County finance chairman for Bush’s campaign, at 100-125. He then moved into the terminal for a press conference.
LAST THURSDAY Lloyd Bentsen, Democratic candidate opposing Republican Bush for the U.S. Senate, said in Grand
Prairie that the trips to Texas by Nixon and Vice President Agnew have forced Bush to endorse Nixon’s policies.
Bush said here that the Congressional Quarterly shows that he has supported Nixon’s recommendations 64 per cent of the time in the House of Representatives.
Bentsen’s charges ‘‘are
unsubstantiated given my record and my friendship with the President,” Bush said. “I’ll support the President on the tough ones and battle against him when he’s wrong,” he said.
“These charges of a Piepublican power play are ludicrous,” Bush said. “I can see only great big pluses from
the President’s forthcoming has been in Texas since 1943.
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“Charges are not going to upset people in Texas. I have a basic confidence in the fairness of people — that people will not believe last-minute charges,” he said, referring to what he called Bentsen’s ‘‘negative approaches.”
BUSH SAID he thought he was winning. But the race is close, he said. He said he thinks he is gaining support from some liberals who supported Sen. Ralph Yarborough in the Democratic primary, but is keeping a basic conservative strength.
He said charges that he is a “carpetbagger’’ are making no inroads. “Such a provincial attitude has no appeal in a booming, growing state such as Texas,” he said, noting that he
IN HIS TALK to the group at
the airport, Bush said Texans must put “new stars in the eyes of our kids” by telling them what we believe in. Later, in his press conference, lie said,
“Young people in particular are turned off” by negative charges.
Last week Bentsen said Bush
See BUSH, Pg. 2-A
DID YOU TURN CLOCKS BACK?
Time marched backward during the early morning hours Sunday — and if it didn’t at your home, you’re up early.
Clocks should have been set back one hour at 2 arn. Sunday morning, the official hour for converting from daylight savings to standard time.