The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 18, 1971 · Page 9
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 9

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Wednesday, August 18, 1971
Page 9
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CORPUS CHRISTI TIMES, Wed, Aug. 18, 1971 9A Attack Survivor Unable To Forget Knifer's Face By MIKE COCHRAN BROWNSVILLE (fl - A kiufe-scarred survivor of the California sickle siayings identified Clarence Otis Smith yesterday as his assailant and said "His face is pretty well burned into my mind." Kenneth Garbe picked Smith from a police lineup, assured a prosecutor that 'Hhat's the guy who attacked me" and later told newsmen: "When someone comes at you with a knife, and you're staring hinrin the face'while Graves May Seek New Post HOUSTON Iff! -- State Rep. Curtis Graves sajd yesterday that he is seriously considering becoming a candidate for Congress in a newly created inner-city district. The seat is already being eved by State Sen. Barbara Jordan, who served on the redistricting committee which drew the districts. Both Graves and Miss Jordan are black. "I am deeply concerned about the future of black Houstonians and the fact that they deserve adequate representation at the federal as well as the state and-local levels," Graves told a news conference. Graves clataed he could do a. better" job representing the new district than could Sen. Jordan b e c a u s e he could "function more independently than she of the Texas Demo. cratic party and its controversial bosses." Sen. Jordan, he said, has urged blacks to vote · the straight Democratic ticket, although it contained "such persons as Preston Smith, Waggoner Carr, Ben Barnes and many, many others," Graves said. He also claimed he wouid make a better congressman because he, unlike Sen. Jordan, involved himself in "all issues, controversial or otherwise, affecting blacks in the city, state and nation." Graves said he would make a firm decision about the race by the first of the year. Grayes was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Houston in 1969. . Sen. Jordan, in response to Graves' comments, said, "I am quite willing to offer myself to the black community on the basis of my record of performance. "The representation of black people does not have as a necessary prerequisite involving oneself in controversial issues. In my judgment, black people want representatives who can get things done for them, and I have worked with the deci- sionmakers of Texas in an effort to be effective and get things done." he's hacking at you, you don't forget the face tod easy," Garbe, 20,.of Applegate, Calif., a bushy haired semi-reticent eyewitness said he still had "bad dreams,"- about the July 12 attack at the scenic Bear River campsite in Nevada County, Calif. Two Californians, D o n n a Fitzhugh, 28, and John Simmons, 29, died in the nighttime assault. Garbe survived with ten cuts about the body. Smith, an enigmatic figure from Auburn, Calif., is a key in the siayings and is being he!d here under $100,000 bond as a California fugitive from prosecution for murder. He rejected yesterday a prosecutor's p r o p o s a l that called for his voluntary removal to California to stand trial for the double siayings. Two hours later, Smith appeared in a police lineup at the Cameron County jail and reportedly was unaware when Garbe identified him as the laughing, growling, grunting, knife-wielding assailant who a t t a c h e d t h e unsuspecting campers. Smith's court-appointed at- t o r n e y, Harry Lewis of Brownsville, dismissed t h e identification as insignificant, contending that any newspaper reader or television viewer could have identified Smith from news photos. Lewis said he d o u b t e d Garbe could distinguish the attacker from the photographs adding that "I still find it hard to see how a man can separate one image from another." Dist. Atty. Harold Berliner, who flew from Nevada County with Garbe, said: "Until the m o m e n t he (Garbe) made the identification it was impossible to note what his reaction would be. "We feel this was an extremely important point in the preparation of this case, but without the wholehearted cooperation of the sheriff's office here, it would have been impossible to do these things so far from our own home county." He continued, "It would be folly to conduct our investigation without the assistance of an eyewitness. Who on the' face of the earth could tell better what his a t t a c k e r looked like than the man who was on the scene? "But ultimately the significance of this identification will be decided by the court trying the case," Ocean Research Boat Donated GALVESTON Iff) 1 -- Texas AM University's oceanography department got its fourth vessel yesterday when a 38- foot cabin cruiser was donated by Mrs, Banks Moreland of Hous;on. The oceanographic department vessels are based at Morgan's Point and are used for the study of the Gulf of Mexico. EFFORTS UNAVAILING Asian Heroin Traffic By CARL C. CRAFT WASHINGTON W! -- Despite crackdown efforts, Asian heroin traffic and GI use of dangerous drugs are burgeoning while U.S. military officials are "still not aware of the nature or depth of the drug disaster," Rep. John M. Murphy charged today. The New York Democrat, inspecting facilities for treating hooked U.S. troops, said the so-called golden triangle in Laos, Northern Thailand and Burma "produces 900 tons of heroin annually, half of the world production total. "While local nations are producing this enormous tonnage, and moving it into Vietnam and other areas, the traf- fic is many times ultimately run by ex GI pushers," he said. "I found this to be true in Taiwan, Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Okinawa, and in many of our Southeast Asian military bases." In a statement from Hong Kong, released by his Washington office, Murphy said he found "numerous examples of the slick GI who gets discharged, goes home, then comes back to set himself up in the drug traffic." The chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Rep. Harley 0. Staggers, D-W.Va., sent Murphy to study military (·'rue; facilities in Southeast Asia. Earlier. Murphy looked into military cases in tne United States. riedricli room air conditioners AROUND THE CLOCK INSTALLATION CALL DA Y or NIGHT JTJ1 i*J 4lnf*f ww «r*/ MM* Yes, you can hove the world's finest air-conditioner NOW! Trade In Accepted Financing Arranged. No Down Payment - 36 Months. IKE MANNING'S Air Conditioning Appliances 10*51 U*p«r4 CALL · 241-76O1 Day or Night Let's Talk Sense COHPUS CHRI3TI INDfCriOENT SCHOOL CORPUS CHRISTI. TEXAS 794O3 About Out Schools July 13,1971 Mr. Charles L. Kuehn 4040 Sin Felipe Roid Houston, Texas Dear Mr. Kuehn: School District, e t a l , Civil Action No. 68-C-9o. B would be helpful to me If *u would provide me vyiU, the following location t Could you provide «iy OK all of 125 T^assengr «hool bases to the Corpus ChrliirMeTendSnTSohool "District by the bepnnrng of school oaA« £ ust25. 1971? If so, wtetmonlcs would you ^re«iu,« .f each bus was to travel an approximSrdlsUincyjL?ffi.iiSS.BSK^yJ. 3 If you could provide anv or.ll oUhcse services, would you ««pt a cTritracrfoT 5fTe y«??T n o t r w h a f would be your approximate con tra cFTSifui fC'me n f* "" 3 Could you provide us with the names and Cresses of busing compa n l e a .. whereby we mi E ht purchase new and useU equipment, if necessary . , Could you provide us with' the names and addresses of private «-"^« a , . In and out of the suite of Texas with whom we m.ghl contract, tf necessary 5 We would appreciate any other information and advice which might assist I,, in providing transportation for approximately 15,000 students 'Since time Is of the essence, we would appreciate your respons, as soon as possible Thank you for your attention to this matter Sincerely, Dana Williams Ir 7-K rRAh'SIT COMPAh'N f. O. BOX 22528 HOUSTON. TEXAS 77027 JA CKAfU!E KUEKJt July 21, 1971 ?-s, Sur,srinle.i!l=nb Corr-ua Chris;,! Irdo.-cndsnt School District, ? !:ort:i; Corjua Coristi, Vcxaa 7ii.',03 to yo-,jr letter ^c". cur recent tslcj-.hcna to you the Inform Won tfiicl, y ou 'h,v 0 ths .'.usiwt 23th c;te, ,ro- 2-pass:.Tcnr mises v.-^M virtually !, o i-- x)V?b^ Bewuso of tho««U, to tr,ln drive,;, p^a°th, /" ^ n: 0 v t ,a i-eqiuro.-l sr-.ccificnticnri, cot u? inWwco covr.-,^ rtr to t n \ o H ^ cp3 TM Uon rath 2 5 bucco by t!d» tL-.lS ^1 u ' v b- *? m ^' C ^ ?l3t ° f" 1 ; Fro = rA -' ?: " co;l ?«· "AW '.-ould b- ..('.00 p;r r.or.ln ;:.i r! for dMsWa tr'-s, r-d ' V 10 00 for 81^0 trips. If you ,d:,h to nd-JUmor ti lA^!^ ^° vv, I co,Ji ., BBUpa you do iiv,ry of JO ? . r ,-, SM n^r buHca b/ Au^b % « one-ycnr contract , ;ou id ba r.cco')t.,-..b]. 3 -.dth uv-d cnu5r--. n ' b««- I s-oulct WlU iP» a i,,*-^ contract if I ouppI/nU ^c^c If your district Occidos to buy t!-. 2 =o bu-jcs, th= .;r«co ''n- a ?-- S or bu 3 -..^d bo ^ j3 35.« with coa^lction oMoVv^y J = c ,.b,r. if.n 8B uior c.-,»cit y bus wuld b= Acceptable, i raaou^-jr OUSOG, you could bn r.cccr.;otoU-d by t:-, 0 c.-.d of Ai'^ aso do n o t tesi to Yours vji-y ti-uly, C. L. Kuohn 7K TRt;i;iT C Superintendent Williams knew more than a month ago that he could arrange for school bus service, these excerpts from his inquiry to the 7-K Transit Company and that firm's reply prove this. It is time for the School Board and its administration to get down to obeying the law. The law is clear. It says Corpus Christi's schools must be integrated. It also says we must provide transportation to a lot of students to do this. The issue before us is a simple one. It is, are we ready to provide our children with a first class education-- all our children Let's get on with it. Let's cut out the red herrings. They don't mean a thing. The School Board's job is to educate our children It should do its job. The School Board's -job is to obey the education laws. It should do its The School Board's job is to provide transportation for children who live more than two miles from their schools. It should do its job. Most of all, the School Board's responsibility is to provide the children of Corpus Christ! with the best possible preparation for life, to do its part in maintaining Corpus Christi's proud tradition as a dynamic healthy progressive city It Should Do Its Job! INFORMATION CENTER FOR EQUAL EDUCATION Kathrine Williams, Acting Chairman 128 N. Mesquite St. Corpus Christ! 78401

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