Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 29, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604 TUESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 29, 1970—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated Pres* (/F)Death Ends 'Stabilizing Influence' in Crisis Area
WASHINGTON (AP) - The sudden death of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser shocked and dismayed official Washington Monday, raising the gravest questions here about the future of Middle East peace efforts and stability in the Arab world.
At the State Department officials immediately began a series of conferences to analyze the impact on American interests in the Middle East.
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Bill Perry Jr., of 3473 Santa Monica, who is 7, is a thoughtful young man.
He has, obviously, applied his mind to the problems which separate generations. He tries to understand grown-ups and their thinking but he has difficulty doing it some of the time.
Oh, he is a kind young man, and tolerant of adults and their whims. But he is sometimes puzzled.
His mother discovered such a time the other evening when he and she fell into a discussion of the Good Fairy who swaps money for the teeth kids lose at about age 7.
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Bill had lost a tooth and at bedtime he was putting the tooth his pillow.
“I hope the Good Fairy does not forget to leave me some money,” Bill remarked. Then he grew thoughtful.
“I wonder about the Good Fairy,” Bill mused.
“Could It be God?” he puzzled.
Bill’s mother, who found herself in the middle of one of those conversations which puzzle parents, murmured something. At such times mothers tend to do more listening than talking.
“And, you know, I wonder about Mother Nature,” young Bill continued.
He had heard a lot about Mother Nature at school, he said.
“They say Mother Nature made the trees and the rivers and things like that.
“You know what I guess?”
“I guess God must be a ‘her’.” Now there is a conclusion to close some gaps. Some of the Libs would agree.
But Bill is right in one thing. Adult language can b e confusing. Grown-ups seem to have a lot of trouble communicating with grown-ups, the way the news reads these days. It is no wonder kids have trouble understanding. That may be a lot of what youth’s squawking is about.
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Chester Allen of Cisco tells about a little boy who developed the habit of fibbing. His mother was trying to break him of it, but the youngster’s imagination kept getting the best of him.
One day he came running into the house crying, “Mommy, Mommy, there’s a big lion out there in our front yard.”
Since a circus was playing in a neighboring town, the mother thought there just could be a lion loose so she went to see. She saw only a big yellow dog.
“Go right upstairs,” she scolded her son, “get down on your knees and ask the Lord to [ive you for telling a story. ie boy obeyed orders and in > time came back down the
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Egypt under Nasser’s rule *ave swung over the years between periods of friendliness and times of bitter dispute. But on the whole he has been regarded as a stabilizing influence in the Arab world and the man who sometimes could exert a moderating effect in times of crisis.
In the last two months he had played a key role in U.S. efforts to establish a cease-fire and arrange for peace talks among Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. And while both Israel and the United
States had accused Egypt of violating a military standstill agreement after the cease-fire took effect Aug. 8, American officials nevertheless hoped that serious peace talks would soon be started.
His death oomes at a critical moment for those hopes. The talks had first been blocked by the dispute over the alleged Egyptian violations and then Hussein’s government and Palestinian guerrilla forces.
A Jordanian cease-fire agree
ment engineered by Arab leaders meeting in Cairo—with Nasser presumably taking an important part—revived hopes for coming to grips once more with the issues of peacemaking.
From the Washington point of view perhaps the most urgent and critical question which is posed by Nasser’s death is the
question of his successor. The first reaction of authorities here was that a power struggle might result inside Egypt with an accompanying turmoil in the Arab world, for Nasser was regarded as by far the Arabs’ most influential personality not only in his own country but through the whole Arab region.
Closely related to the issue of succession is the question of Soviet influence in the country which for more than a decade has been dependent on Soviet arms and military advisers. Today there are thousands of Soviet advisers and technicians in Egypt.
Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told th* Senate that as “leader of Ute Arab world since 1952 or 1953 ai a whole his leadership has been superior to most anyone that would have been in power. . . I hope it doesn’t mean more upheaval and turmoil.”
Nasser Dead at 52
EGYPT’S GAMAL ABDEL NASSER . . . death clouds outlook for peace
Big Country Gets Fourth Rainy Day
CAIRO (AP) - Gamal Abdel Nasser died of a heart attack Monday night, and his passing pushed the Middle East into a new era of uncertainty.
The Egyptian president was 52. He was a postal clerk’s son who went into the army, led the campaign that overturned Egypt’s corrupt monarchy, and then became the leading spokesman of the Arab world. For a generation he was that violent world’s shining hero despite his setbacks at the hands of Israel.
His death came as he and other Arab leaders were struggling to deal with the backlash of Jordan’s war, and amid American-inspired efforts to bring about an agreement to end the state of war that has existed in the Middle East for more than 20 years. President Nixon, expressing shock at Nasser’s passing, said: “This tragic loss requires that all nations, and especially those in the Middle East, renew their efforts to calm passions, reach for mutual understanding and build a lasting peace.”
Nixon at the time was in the Mediterranean, almost at Egypt’s doorstep. He canceled 6th Fleet firepower exercises scheduled for T\iseday.
Cairo radio announced that Anwar Sadat, Nasser’s vice president, was becoming provisional president.
Sadat’s succession, an automatic constitutional move, was announced by Najib Hussein, speaker of the Arab Socialist Union, after a joint meeting of
U.S. DEPARTMENT DP COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather AMP Pp. 9-D)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (AO-mlle radius) — Cloudy end cool Tuesday, becoming partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday. A llttla warmar both afternoons. The high Tuesday In the lower 70s, the low Tuesday night around SS. The high Wednesday in the upper 70s. Liqht variable winds.
Misty clouds hung over the Big Country Monday, dropping traces of rain throughout the Big Country for the fourth straight day.
Receiving rain traces for the first time this week Monday were Haskell, Munday, Roby and Knox City.
The forecast for Tuesday was cloudy and cool, becoming partly cloudy and a little warmer Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, according to the Weather Bureau.
Since the rains started, parts of the Big Country have had three-day totals of almost three Inches. Eastland collected 2.70 Inches over the weekend, while Comanche caught 2.50 and De Leon had 2.19.
Abilene has caught only .38 inch in four days, including .02 Monday.
Temperatures in Abilene
varied only ll degrees Monday, from 56 to 67. Monday’s high of 67 is exactly 20 degrees lower than wi the same date last year.
The rains are expected to ease off Tuesday, but clouds are expected to stay over the Southwest, and most of the rest of the state will have partly cloudy skies.
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High and low aam# daft last yaar: 87 and 58.
Sunset last night: 7:»j sunrise today: 7:31; sunset tonight: 7:2*.
Barometer reading at IO p.m.: 28.90. Humidity at IO p.m.: 75 par cant.
Stamford CofC Told To 'Face the Issue'
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By LYNNA WILLIAMS Reporter-News Staff Writer
STAMFORD—“Wherever you are, you have to be aware there’s something you have to get done” in the way of service to the community, Rev. Kenneth Wyatt of Tulia told 250 people at the annual Chamber o f Commerce Banquet here Monday night.
The Stephenville native and McMurry College graduate told the crowd in Stamford that, “Ultimately you have to face the issue....your community has a tremendous amount of things to be done. There is no hiding from the responsibility.”
The brief speech by Wyatt, who is noted for his humor, was the highlight of an evening that was also marked by the installation of new Chamber officers.
Rev. Jerrell Sharp, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, was officially installed as 1970-71 president by outgoing leader John Martin.
Sharp, who is also a graduate of McMurry, introduced the speaker of the evening, who is also well known as an artist of Western scenes of his youth in West Texas.
Outgoing president Martin introduced his successor by
saying, “Someone told me he thought the best thing that has ever happened to Stamford is Jerrell Sharp and I agree with that.”
Martin was honored with a surprise gift for his work during the past year, a large silver tray.
Other new officers include Marvin Hinds, vice president, and Mrs. Russell Crownover, treasurer.
New directors are R. Cliff Cobb, Sharp, and Neal Oliver.
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this party and in the Cabinet.
Hussein said the provisional presidency, in accord with the constitution, will last 60 days. During this period the party will meet to elect a new president by a two-thirds majority.
Sadat had announced the death, and then radio stations started readings of the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam.
“Nasser was struck by a massive and severe heart attack after returning to his home and after finishing the last ceremonials of the Arab summit meeting,” Sadat said in somber, sorrowful tones.
The word reached President Nixon aboard the USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean. There was no immediate comment, but the event is likely to have an impact upon the U.S. Presi
dent’s current diplomacy— closely related to the security of the Mediterranean and the Middle East situation in general.
Sadat lacks the stature to speak with a commanding voice to the bulk of the IOO million Arabs, and he of course lacks the reputation Nasser enjoyed in the so-called nonaligned “third world.”
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May End Up Front for Group
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -The Arab world has lost its hero and leader and nobody knows who will—or can—take the
place of President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt.
Anwar Sadat, 52, was named provisional president for a 60-day period, during which
Egypt’s only party, the Arab Socialist Union—ASU—will meet to elect a new president by a two-thirds majority.
Sadat, Nasser’s loyal follower during 18 years of revolutionary rule, was named vice president last December.
If Sadat cannot wrest effective control of Egypt for himself, he is the most likely choice to be front man for a combination of officers and civilian politicians who would operate behind tile scenes for the time being.
Most of Nasser’s longtime lieutenants have died or been pushed into obscurity. Hussein Shafei, 51, another of Nasser’s top group, is a member of the ruling party’s executive committee but has little popular support.
There are other political figures in Egypt perhaps more
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powerful and ambitious than Sadat.
One contender is Aly Sabry, a member of the executive committee of the ASU. He is Egypt’s leading leftist politician and a favorite of Soviet Union leaders, but he was distrusted by Nasser in recent months. Sabry, however, is known to
have a heart condition and Egypt may require a more durable leader.
If the Egyptian regime decides it needs a president sympathetic to Washington, Zakaria Mohieddin, 51, could be the man. He was a vice president during the 1967 war and when Nasser briefly resigned he nominated Mohieddin as successor.
Mohieddin declined and in a later reshuffle dropped from public life. He is reported to be living in retirement in Cairo.
Egypt’s top military man is Lt. Gen. Mohammed Fawzt, commander in chief of the armed forces.
A loyal Nasser man, Fawzi was entrusted with reshaping the demoralized Egyptian military after the 1967 defeat.
A prominent Egyptian civilian not in Nasser’s top group is Mohammed Sidky SoUrnan, 50. A former prime minister, he was mainly in charge of the giant Aswan Dam, Egypt’s prestige project finally completed two months ago.
Soliman is president (rf the So-viet-Egyptian Friendship Society. As a former army officer he has an appeal to the military.
Rain sometimes catches Abilenians off guard, and they have to improvise to save their hairdos. Such was the case of two downtown employes going home from work Monday. Mrs. Judy Kotulek, 1142 S. Crockett, left, and Shara Brewster, 1701 Pasadena, found the next best thing to an umbrella to keep the rain off — cleaning bags. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton)