Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 31, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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t Snyder 47 Colo. City 28
B'wood 28 Wea'ford 0
I Eastland 181 Ballinger 7
Albany 28 Knox City 14
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milton 12 Baird 42; Haskell 47 inters 7 Wylie 24 Merkel 8
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EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 31. 1970—THMWMffyWCES IN FOUR SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated
Newly crowned 1970 Homecoming Queen at Cooper High School, Holly Lutz was in tears minutes after receiving the honor at halftime of the Cooper - Big Spring game here Friday night. She is a senior and the daughter of Mrs. Robert H. Lutz of 3202 Santa Monica. The junior class entered the winning float. The other queen presented was the Coming Home Queen, Mrs. Susan Rodke Willoughby, a 1966 graduate. (Staff Photo Bv Don Blakley)
Viet Drug Problem meriting Army
SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. Army expressed grave concern Friday about an increasing number of American servicemen killed or hospitalized by narcotics abuse in Vietnam.
In 1970 alone, the Army announced, there have been 25 confirmed deaths from drugs, another 84 suspected as caused by drugs and more than 700 drug related hospital cases.
An official memorandum said th ' problem involved not only marijuana, which always has been abundant in South Vietnam, but narcotic drugs such as heroin which are addictive.
By labeling drug abuse “a matter of grave concern,” the Army shifted from a stand of two months ago when high officials claimed the increase in narcotics usage was insignificant.
The statement reported more drug-related hospital cases and more drug-caused fatalities so far during 1970 than in all 12 months last year.
Of 89 deaths reported through Oct. 18, the Army said, autopsies confirmed that 25 were caused by drugs and doctors suspected drugs to have resulted in the other 64 although
US. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map Pg. 6A)
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radiu:.) — Continued fair and a little cooler Saturday and Sunday afternoon. High both atternoons in the low 70s. Low 40' Winds southerly IO mph becoming light and Ecf"6™00"'
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High and low for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 77 and 48.
High and low same date last year: 61 and 42.
Sunset last night: 5:50; sunrise today: 6:55; sunset tonight; 5:49.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.20. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 36 per cent.
autopsies did not confirm such findings.
For memorandum listed 746 admissions of drug-related cases to hospitals from Jan. I through Sept. 30 — 219 more than were reported during all of 1969.
Of those this year, 241 were admitted in August and September, the Army reported, adding that ll of the confirmed deaths and 64 other suspected drug fatalities occurred between Aug. I and Oct. 18.
The findings roughly corresponded with those of Sen. Thomas J. Dodd. D-Conn., who claimed in Washington on Thursday that an Air Force hospital in Vietnam had reported 83 deaths from drugs between Aug. I and Oct. 18.
Dodd was sharply critical Friday of the military for punishing drug users instead of trying to stop the traffic in narcotics among the troops.
Dodd said the Defense Department ‘‘does not really know, and may never know, much about drug addiction because drug addicts who admit their affliction, are court -martialed or receive a dishonorable discharge or are dealt with in other ways reminiscent of medieval for the insane.”
Dodd said that by discharging addicts, the military is simply releasing on the United States a drug problem with which it was unable to cope.
Based on available statistics it would appear that over one million drug users are either already out of the military or are ready ‘‘to come home to continue their habit,” the senator said.
‘‘In the last few months, South Vietnam has been flooded with the most powerful heroin ever to come to the attention of the committee,” Dodd said.
Although Dodd accused military authorities of failing to clamp down, the Army said new programs are being initiated in an effort to alleviate the problem.
TODAYS NEWS INDEX
Though much of the nation is beset by financial difficulties, the Abilene area and the state of Texas surprised many observers by showing an economic upswing in a bank call issued Friday. See stories Pg. 9-C.
Mrs. Lyndon Johnson had mixed emotions about LBJ running for re-election as president because of his heart condition. She discusses her decision in 'A White House Diary', Pg. 7-D.
Amusements ............ 7B Markets ..............8, 9C
Astrology .............. IOC Obituaries ............ 6, 8A
Bridge ............ IOC Oil .................. 1-7B
Classified ............. 2-7 D Sports ................ 1-7B
Comics ............. 6, TC TV Log..............7D
Editorials ............... 4C TV Scout .............. 7D
Form .................. ID Women'* News ........ 2, 3C
Time to Vote Tough--Nixon
ANAHHIM, Calif. (AP) -President Nixon said Friday night ‘‘it’s time to draw the line” against violent demonstrators of the sort that threw rocks and bottles at him and his motorcade in San Jose, Calif. Thursday night.
Addressing a Republican rally here, Nixon called on the nation’s voters to reject candidates who have condoned or excused violence or failed to speak up against it.
The President said he could assure his listeners that Republican candidates seeking house and senate seats in next Tuesday's election have not been guilty of ‘‘permissiveness” toward either violent demonstrations or crime.
Broadcast live in California, the Nixon speech was aired nationally on television on a delayed basis with the Republican National Committee picking up the tab.
The President’s decision to transform what supposedly would have been a routine speech to a California audience was prompted by the violence of some 1,000 antiwar protesters who attacked him and his cavalcade after similar partisan appearance in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Jose.
‘‘It was a violent demonstration.” sa:d Nixon, adding that ro- ks, bottles and bricks were thrown, bus windows broken and some members of his party injured. None of the injuries was serous.
As he has repeatedly done in campaign appearances this year, Nixon said t^at television news programs showing ‘‘the violent few” may have given many people the false impression that the violent ones represent a majority of young people.
‘‘My friends, I have good nows for you,” he said. ‘‘I can tell you that the radical few... are not the majority of American youth today and they will not be the leaders of America tomorrow.”
The Anaheim Convention Center audience let out a roar and
leaped to its feet—a reaction typical of Nixon crowds everywhere when he has used this line.
About 8.000 Republican partisans filled the convention center for Nixon’s appearance. Only a few dozen demonstrators—some opposing the Vietnam war and
others urging military victory —paraded on a sidewalk outside.
The security measures in effect at the building were designed to make certain that no vocal Nixon critics could gain entry.
The President and Mrs. Nixon
A spooky stunt
Victor Brown performs a bit of magic as be turns his buddy, Otha Stuck, into a ‘‘floating Cub Scout” at the Carver Community Center Halloween Carnival Friday night. Victor and Otha are both members of Cub Scout Troop 54, which entertained about IOO children at the carnival. Otha is the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stuck of 409 Penrose. Victor, IO, is the son of Mrs. Doris Brown of 1725 Pasadena. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton)
traveled the 35 miles from the Western White House by helicopter.
Republican Sen. George Murphy, seeking a second term, originally was intended to be the chief beneficiary of Nixon’s Southern California appearance. Murphy is being strongly challenged bv Democratic Rep. John V. Tunney.
However, the Chief Executive transformed what was, in effect, his standard speech of the 1970 campaign into an appeal for voters everywhere to back COP candidates.
Nixon said that where the Senate is concerned this will perhaps be ‘‘the most important single election” in American history because many votes there on Nixon programs have hinged on one, two or three votes.
He said that as President he “can’t do the job that needs to be done” without the support of the senate and house. He called for the election of Congress members ‘ who will vote for the President so he can keep his promises to you.”
A White House spokesman said after Nixon spoke that the President would return to the subject of violent demonstrations—and perhaps deal with it more extensively—at a campaign appearance Saturday at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Nixon will spend the day stumping through Arizona, New Mexico. Nevada and Utah.
some OOO uniformed policemen, sheriff’s deputies and state highway patrolmen augmented Secret Sendee bodyguards during Nixon’s afterdark visit to San Jose Thursday night.
423 Vote Absentee
CINDY HUSTON . . . Reservation Princess
JIM NEWTON . . Chief McMurry
McMurry Selects Campus Favorites
Cindy Huston and Jim Newton were crowned Reservation Princess and Chief McMurry by President Thomas Kim in a climatic moment Friday night of the McMurry College homecoming.
This is the highest honor McMurry students may confer on two of their own number. Runners-up were Lydia Miller of El Paso and Eddie Harrison of Winters.
The coronation came at the dose of the annual student musical, “Where Do I Go?”, which packed Radford Memorial Auditorium as it has in years past.
Mikel Tubbs, Abilene junior, was master of ceremonies at the crowning.
Miss Huston is a senior biology major. Parents of the new reservation Princess are Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Huston of Gallup, N. M.
Newton, the new Chief McMurry, is a philosophy major. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Newton cf Brownfield.
Senior favorites were Michele Jamison of Coleman and David Treat of El Paso.
Junior favorites were Cathy Wills Biggerstaff of San Antonio and Moody Meixner of Roby.
Sophomore favorites were
Pamela Evans of Abilene and Ken Todd of Olney.
Freshman favorites were Rudi Nelson of Andrews arid Sieve Moore of Abilene.
Parents of the two Abilene fav-
Sce MCMURRY, Pg. 2-A
The flurry of voters who
rushed to Taylor County Courthouse to cast their
absentee ballots before the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline led some officials to speculate that the turnout for next Tuesday’s General Election may be a little better than has been forecast.
“I think people have at last realized that a ‘liquor-by-the drink’ question is on the ballot,” one courthouse official noted as 126 persons voted absentee on the final day.
When the deadline had passed, a total of 423 ballots had been cast over-the-counter in the office of Mrs. Chester Hutcheson, county clerk. An additional 187 mail ballots had been received, making a total of 610 votes ‘in the house.”
In addition, another 195 ballots which were mailed out by request will be counted if they arrive by I p.m. Election Day, she said. That gives the absentee box a potential vote of 805.
That is more than double the 362 absentee votes counted in 1986. In 1968’s Presidential campaign, 2,146 absentee ballots were cast.
A check of area points did not appear as optimistic a turnout as there was in Taylor County. Several places did have heavy last-day voting, but several towns noted small comparisons with earlier years.
Breckenridge had only 50 absentee ballots cast by Friday. Ten ballots were still out to be returned, Bill Creagh, county clerk said.
“This is an exceptionally light vote, even for an off-year election,” Creagh said, “and
generally indicates a light vote on election day.”
Nolan County absentee votes remain at 120, but 63 more ballots were mailed out Friday.
Scurry County reported 110 absentee votes, an increase of 50 over Thursday’s total, and Brown County had 277, meaning a final day turnout of 71.
Mrs. Lee McKelvain of Haskell County reported 89 ballots cast by 5 p.m. Friday, as compared to 155 cast in 1968.
“A good absentee vote,” of 73 was reported by Runnels County Clerk Frankie Berryman.
Farm Parity Price Af 30-Year Low
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government’s ‘‘parity price” ratio showing how much farmers get in relation to expenses dropped in October to 70 per cent, the lowest level for a single month since the depression days of December, 1933.
Watson Declared Insane
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Charles “Tex” Watson, a tall Texan slated to stand trial alone in the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others, was committed to a mental institution Friday after a psychiatrist described him as an insane “vegetable” who may be in danger of dying.
A judge ordered him committed as a “life-saving measure” and said he would not be tried unless he regains sanity.
Watson, 24, a clean-cut looking young man, has been described at the trial of Charles Manson and three women members (J Manson’s hippie-style clan as the leader of killer parties that killed Miss Tate and the six others.
He fought extradition from Texas until after the trial of the others began. Since arriving, he has stood silent, with mouth agape, occasional smiling aim-
CHARLES ‘TEX’ WATSON . . . becoming a vegetable
lessly, in several court appearances.
The 6-foot-2 former high school athlete, described as chief lieutenant of Manson’s clan, was not present at the hearing to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.
Superior Court Judge George Dell made his ruling after hearing that Watson is in serious condition in the jail infirmary.
A report by a psychiatrist, Dr. Marcus Crahan, said: “Mr. Watson in the last week has .become listless, [lac e! and makes no movements...his lips are pursed. He is being fed by nasal tube. He is literally becoming a vegetable. He is rapidly reverting to a fetal state . . . which would be rapidly fatal.”
Another psychiatrist, Dr. Seymour Pollack, told the court Watson could not cooperate with an attorney as he refuses to speak. He said he shows signs of schizophrenia and is “definitely a suicide possibility.”
A third psychiatrist, Dr. George Abe, said Watson, of McKinney, Tex., suffers from a catatonic type of mental illness and needs immediate treatment “as a life-saving measure.”
The 37-year low point was triggered by a 2 per cent drop in prices farmers received for raw products and an accompanying rise in their expenses.
The parity shrink was indicated Friday in a monthly report issued by the Agriculture Department. The report said lower prices for hogs, eggs, lettuce and grapefruit contributed most to the price decline.
The report covered the month ended Oct. 15.
On the basis of a 1910-14 scale used for comparison, the October farm prices averaged 274 per cent of the base period. This compared with a five-year high of 289 per cent just last March.
Meantime, the report showed, farm expenses jumped again to a record 394 per cent of the historical base, thus causing the parity ratio to decline.
The October parity ratio of 70 per cent, compares with 72 in September and the five-year high of 83 per cent in February, 1966.
The price decline for key commodities during the month was partly a result of seasonally larger supplies as farmers move in to the fall harvest. Prices for feed grains, including corn, still were generally above a year ago. So were prices for beef cattle, but hogs dropped to $18 per hundredweight, compared with $19.80 in September and were almost $7 less than a year ago.