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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - December 25, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaOur 47th year no. 359 Only daily paper published in Eastern South Carolina Florence s. A Friday morning december 25, 1970 daily Loc sunday ise cease fires heighten Joy of Christmas by the associated press fighting ebbed on the battlefields of Vietnam and Church Bells pealed in the divided holy land As christians around the world celebrated Christmas. In Bethlehem the Little town where Jesus was born thousands of pilgrims Crew did Manger Square opposite the Church of the nativity to Mark the birth of the Prince of peace. Heavily armed israeli troops stood guard and Only visitors with special permits were permitted to enter the town through police checkpoints. The precautions have been an Nual fixtures of Bethlehem s Christmas since Israel Cap tured the town and other jordanian territories in the 1967 War. But this Christmas a ceasefire is in effect in the Biddle East keeping the Arab israeli conflict in Check for the first time since the War. A Holiday cease fire reduced combat action in Vietnam and the . Command announced 23 americans were killed in action last week the lowest weekly death toll in More than five years. This Christmas servicemen Are in Vietnam fewer than last Christmas. Gis serving in Vietnam and the families of americans held prisoner in North Vietnam received Christmas messages from South vietnamese presi Dent Nguyen Van Thieu. Our thoughts and our prayers go in particular to those of you whose husbands fathers sons and Brothers and. Now held in Captivity by the communist aggressors i n desolate jails of North Viet Thieu said in a message taped for broadcast in the United states. We shall continue to do our Best so that they could be reunited with you As soon As is humanly Aloysio marcs Bias Gorndt Claude l. Fly Giovanni Enrico Bucher and Eugen Beihl also were separated from their families. Spent Christmas their kidnappers. Tup Amaro guerrillas i n Uruguay abducted d i a s Gomide brazilian Consul july 31 and kidnapped Fly an agricultural expert from fort Collins Colo., aug. 7. Bucher the Swiss ambassador to Brazil was kid naked by terrorists dec. 7. Beihl we Consul in san seab Stian Spain was kidnapped dec. 1 by Basque terrorists. In Rome Pope Paul i celebrated a Midnight mass in the sistine Chapel ushering in Christmas As a Chance to shed eve with pessimism and contemplate be coming a new people a Good and Happy diplomats assigned to the Vatican wore among those attending. In Washington president Nixon and his family got together for a traditional Christmas with Turkey on the table and stockings hanging Over the fireplace. There was cheer in Poland where the new communist party Leader Edward Gierek promised the nation still reel ing after last week s riots pro testing increases in the Price of food that there will be a two year freeze on food prices. But there was gloom in divided Berlin where for the fifth straight year West berliners were barred from crossing the Wall into East Berlin where an estimated 800.000 westerners h a v e relatives. Mayor Klaus Schuetz of West Berlin asked his City s residents to put. Candles in their windows Christmas eve As a remembrance of friends and relatives across the Wall. Christmas goes native at is. Peter and Paul roman Catholic Cathedral in St. Thomas Virgin islands where for the first time a Calypso mass will be celebrated. The mass set to local Folk and Calypso rhythms and accompanied by percussion instruments was composed by sister Romano of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth. She said the second Vatican Council advised the culture of the people should be taken into consideration when plan Ning any form of cite slowdown in Price hikes Agency notes gain against inflation Washington a the govern rent Bright ened the nation s Christmas by reporting a sharply slowed Rise in living costs thursday. The White House cautiously called it Good news in the Long Buttle against inflation. But Iii november Price slow a from the real value of the Down to a hike of three tenths of average paycheck. One per cent half the october Mccracken indicated Little immediate Hope for easing the increase and second smallest worst unemployment in 18 months was tempered years totalling 4.6 million another drop in earnings and j americans or 5.8 per cent of the Power for millions Ofiu Swor c North South stars vie at Miami a crowd of about is expected As North South Grinders clash in the shrine All Star game at Miami. See Page Ioc. Sounds of Christmas can be cruel in a prisoner of War Camp a Captain recalls. See Page 5c. Nixon plans a quiet Christmas with his Flamily amid rum ors of daughter Tricia s engagement. See Page 4c Index ask Andy 6d classified 31 deaths comics editorials markets sports women 2a cd 2d 9c 6a Christmas is for everyone the Joy of the Sleison is not confined to children. The glad tidings of the birth of Christ lighten the hearts of Young and old staff photo by Johnny Ellis alike. It is a season to count blessings and be thankful. Here mrs. Belle Godbold and her granddaughter Belle Bailey read the ageless Christmas Story together. Bulletin traditional observances set throughout pee Dee workers. The Bureau of labor Slatis tics said last month s Rise in Liv ing posts pushed the consume pried Index up to 137.8, mean ing Jit took s137.80 a week to maintain a family Standardo livid to that Cost ?100 a week in the 1957-59 base period. The government said a big Rop in food prices caused Mosi j of the moderation of novem j Ber s Rise in living costs. This kind of news is always he predicted the jobless Rale would be substantially below the current level by the end of 1971, see living Page 3a weather sunny and cold today partly Cloudy cold tonight and saturday. High today in 50s Low tonight around 30. Details Page 3a. Colorado Springs Colo. The combined facilities Christmas Day is expected to i the religious Observance con come to the pee Dee quietly Fri Day with area residents observe of the North american air the hoi Taay n sense command Early thursday generally traditional ways. Tinted Friday at St. Pauls United methodist Church which night reported sighting an of i the most visible aspects of the scheduled a Brief morning Christmas service at 10 . Where members were urged to come As you Are bringing Jet or several objects in the j season a p p e a r e d after sky above the North pole when c o 1 o r f u 1 j children and toys tentatively identified it As a decorations began to appear and Sleigh and possibly As Christmas Day neared the j religious aspects of the season the True spirit of the season was evident also in a number of were stressed by if Tyler Church congregations Norad said final action in its sort aces in area Choches member s Cumberland United identification sequence was to methodist Church gave up part 1 several Florence churches of their Christmas morning to go scramble interceptor aircraft to make a visual Check of the objects. They relayed reports to and so the thursday with liturgies and eucharist caroling. And first Baptist Church in Florence made their Church facilities available to St. Anthony s s. Vietnam nation policy assailed by group of quakers the computer at the combat of j services and singing programs. Parishioners of rations Center Here verifying that the object was indeed a Sleigh piloted by a bearded Man in a red suit. Nohad said its planes would escort the Man and his Mammoth sack of toys and goodies across the Conti a nent. Norad said its personnel Are anxiously watching the Progress of the Driver and Sleigh As it moves from East to West across the continent As darkness Falls. Norad authorities say it May or May not be possible to see the object with the naked Eye depending on whether you be been bad or Good. J Catholic Church whose Church was burned last fall. Masses were said in the Baptist Church thursday night. Masses Christmas Day were scheduled for 8 . And 10 . In St. Anthony s school Hall and at 9 . And . At St. Ann s Catholic Church. Modern aspects of the season were also evident in the pee Dee. In Florence shoppers crowded stores for Days before Christmas and some shoppers lingered at closing times thurs Day night. Somehow things seemed to be under control in area Homes by Friday morning. See pee Dee -2a Washington a the american friends service com Mittee told their fellow Quaker president Nixon in a Christmas Eye message that his plan for Vietnam zing the War is a Dis Grace and a it asked the president for a clearly stated swiftly phased withdrawal of All . Armed forces by a Given Date in 1971." no paper saturday the news and mechanical departments of the Florence morning news will take a holi Day Christmas Friday and therefore there will be no paper printed saturday morn ing. The Day following Christmas is the Only Day of the year no morning news is published. The business and Advertis ing departments will be closed until monday morning. The circulation department will be open until 8 . Friday and will open again at 6 . Sun Day and remain open until 9 . To accept Calls. The news department will be open saturday afternoon and sunday afternoon in order to publish the sunday and Mon Day editions of the morning incas. The plan to asians and i the one Lime nazi Leader Aid them with air Power would who still is in prison. Burden our consciences and had g Page report entitled Indochina 1971" for the president. The quakers planned to stand in is Blacken our name As a people for the committee said. While about 100 quakers lined up in front of the White hour the executive Secretary of the committee Bronson Clark of Philadelphia asked to present a report to the president. A White House aide accepted it. In a sidewalk news conference Clark said the committee iad met three times with Henry Kis Singer the president s foreign policy adviser and that each time Kissinger had said give us another six while the quakers shivered on the South Side of Pennsylvania Avenue across the Street in la Fayette Park there was a differ ent sort of peace demonstration by the National socialist White party. The seven nazis carried signs ask-1 ing for Freedom for rudolf., Lent Vigil outside House Gates until the White after mid night. This Vigil is Only the second occasion in its 53-year history that the Board of directors of the american friends service committee has called for a pub Lic said an announce ment from the Aasc which was founded As a corporate expression of the Quaker Faith. The report traces the history of . Involvement in Indochina and the reasons advanced for it by various administrations. Continuation of , military intervention in Indochina is a measure of our moral decline As a the report says. The american presence in Indochina has been a disaster at Home and abroad. Said House economic chief White adviser Paul longer term evidence that Are slowly making some Mccracken after conferring with president Nixon. He cautioned against making too much of any month s report but cited we pro Gress in curbing the worst inf lation in More than 20 years. Or. Joel Popkin assistant commissioner of the Bureau said the annual rate of inflation had slowed to 4.5 per cent the past six months from 6.7 per cent the previous six months. But the Bureau s report that the average paycheck of some 45 million rank and file workers dropped 66 cents to a week in november showed that Many americans were still hav ing a Tough time making ends meet the drop in earnings because of another Cut in the work week combined with the Rise in living costs caused a drop of eight tenths of one per cent in the purchasing Power of the aver age paycheck and buying Power was 1.8 per cent below a year earlier. Average wages were up 3.1 per cent or s3.69 a week Over the year but inflation had Cut soviets condemn 2 to death for attempted plane seizure Moscow Leningrad ourt condemned two men to death and sentenced nine other persons to prison thursday on charges of trying to take Over a Jlane and Fly it to Finland. Ten of the defendants were lews including the two sentenced to death Mark Dym shits who is a former Commer Cial Pilot and Edward Kuznet Sov who was carrying a pistol when police arrested them last Une. The Lith defendant was Yuri Todorov of Moscow who re used to plead guilty with the others insisting he just wanted o go along for the ride and see Scandinavia. Oak Park Iii. A an 8-Pound, 14 ounce bundle of Christmas cheer disregarded the Calendar Ami joined the Lawrence Christmas family of Oak Park two Days ahead of schedule. Sylvia Christmas gave birth wednesday to a girl Kath critic whose birth was not expected until Christmas Day. The nine defendants spared the death penalty were sentenced to prison terms of 4 to 15 years although All had been accused of treason for trying to flee the soviet Union. The verdicts first were reported by friends of the defendants and later confirmed by Tass the official news Agency. Tass said the defendants have the right to Appeal within seven Days to the supreme court of the russian federation. The prison terms to be served in labor Camps allowed he demands of the prosecutor except in the Case of Boris pen Ion Israel Salmonson and men Del Bodny. Penson got 10 years rather Han 12 the prosecution sought. Salmonson was reduced from 12 to 8 years and Bodny got 4 in Stead of he requested 5 years. Yuri Feodorov and Losif do Yevich each got 15 years Alexei Murz Henko 14 years Ari Khanokh 13, Anatoly Altman 2 and Sylvia Salmonson is wife 10 years. The defendants were convicted by a three Man court in trial hat opened dec. 15. The group was arrested last four persons lose lives in collision near Sumter Sumter a four persons were killed in a three car crash near Sumter Chrisl Nas Kavc pushing the South Carolina traffic1 fatality toll to for the year. The toll surpasses the pre Vious High Highway fatality Mark for South Carolina of set two years ago. The Highway pal Rel said Alifi victims of the Sumter crash were James Harvin jr., 18, of lit. 1, Alcolu Juanita Brogden 38, also of lit. 1, Alcolu Harry Benton 25, of Sumter and Mose Robinson jr., 37, of nor Folk a. Five other persons were injured. The patrol said the wreck occurred just before noon about four Miles South of Sumter on . 521, it said a car driven by kale Thome Salisbury 64, of lit. 1, Sumter was struck from behind by a car driven by Rob Ert Lee Fekler 34, of Sumter. Folder s car then reportedly went Over can scr line of the Highway and hit Harvin s vehicle head on. The Middle car War knocked off the Highway and overturned in some Woods. The condition of the injured was not immediately deter mined. June just before it was to take off from Leningrad on a flight to Petrozavodsk. Dymshits and others admitted that they planned to Hijack the plane and Fly to Finland. Kuznetsov and two others however objected to being tried under a charge of treason. Friends in Moscow reported they did not regard themselves As guilty of treason and told the court the Hijack plot was forced upon them by the soviet govern ments refusal to let them Emi grate to Israel. The trial spread indignation abroad. Israel s parliament in a Resolution called the Leningrad proceedings a show trial of lews whose Only crime is their attachment to the jewish peo jewish organizations in the United states were equally out spoken. And the main Argentine jewish organization the Dele gation of jewish associations said the trial strongly recalls the tremendous farce mounted against a group of jewish Doc prs accused by stalinism of All sorts of crimes which were later proved the plot to Hijack the plane in Leningrad was broken up by to ice before the Craft could get off the ground. Tass news Agency said among evidence was a pistol ammunition knives rub Ier truncheons ropes wit i looses and gags. It said the 11 planned to shoot he Pilot of Leningrad plane after it became airborne. But a ballistics expert test t cd that the pistol carried by Kuznetsov was not in working condition and could not have icon fired. In its summation the defense asked that the treason charges be reduced to an attempt to make an illegal exit from the Sovie Union. Tie lesser charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in t labor Camp

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