Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 57
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 57

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 13, 1975
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SE July 13,1975 Kidnaped Colonel Released BEIRUT. Lebanon s* - A U.S. Army colonel, kidnaped two weeks ago by Palestinian radicals, was released Saturday after the Lebanese government delivered free food and other supplies demanded in ransom. Col. Ernest R. Morgan's only statement before going into seclusion with U.S. officials was: "Tell my mother I'm fine, glad toibe free and alive. I was treated well." * * * MOSLEM LEADERS who reportedly arranged the release first brought Morgan, 43, of Petersburg, Va., to the residence of Lebanon's Premier Rashid Karami. Shortly afterward he was taken to meet U.S. Embassy officials and a spokesman announced he would be secluded at least until Sunday, presumably for a medical checkup and debriefing by American officials. Details of the release were not disclosed. Morgan was clean shaven, appeared fit and smiled broadly when he arrived at the premier's residence a little more than two hours before the deadline set by his kidnapers for his execution. He was accompanied by Sheik Abdulla- tif Ziade. a Moslem religious judge, and Mohammed Mokaddem, a leader of the left-wing October 24 Movement. Reporters were told that organization had negotiated Morgan's release. * * * THE KIDNAPERS, calling themselves the Socialist Revolutionary Action Organization, twice threatened to execute Morgan "by firing squad" as a spy if their de- Vir»o» Sow's Freedom News Brings Tears U.S. Col. Ernest R. Morgan (Left) Freed He Talks With Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami mands tor free food, clothing and building materials were not met. The first deadline set for Wednesday was extended to 9 p.m. - 2 p.m. EOT - Saturday. American officials said all efforts to win Morgan's release were left to the Lebanese government. U.S. policy is to refuse ransom payments in belief that such a precedent might endanger other diplomats and U.S. residents abroad. In Chicago, President Ford said he was "deeply relieved" about the release and in Washington State Department spokesman Robert Funseth said Morgan shortly would be able to rejoin his family. Funseth expressed gratitude to the government of Lebanon "for its persistent, resourceful and eventually successful efforts to secure the safe release of Col. Morgan." He added the release was accomplished "without concessions of any kind by the U.S. government to the demands of his abductors, consistent with our firm policy not to accede to terrorist ransom demands or political blackmail." Lebanese efforts to comply with some of the ransom demands were opposed by residents of the slaughterhouse district. When the national relief agency tried to distribute two truckloads of rice and sugar Friday, slum leaders said they didn't want "American charity." Instead they demanded "arms for the revolution." Trucks delivering building materials on Saturday also were turned back. PETERSBURG. Va. AP) - Evelyn Johnson gathered her sons and grandchildren around her and wept with joy Saturday after learning that her son, Army Col. Ernest R. Morgan, had been freed'after two weeks in captivity. "I hope the prayers for my son will also bring peace among men," Mrs. Johnson said. "I want to say that all my tears are not for sorrow -- they are also for joy from the depths of my heart." Morgan's release came just a few hours before the scheduled expiration of a second deadline for his execution by Palestinian radicals. Among his first words on emerging from captivity were ones of concern for his mother: "Tell my mother I'm · fine, glad to be free and alive. I was treated well." After Mrs. Johnson first learned of her son's abduction, she said the hours and days passed painfully. But later she said her faith in God was renewed. AFTER THE DEADLINE for Morgan's threatened execution was extended on Wednesday to Saturday, she said: "I'm not going to mourn ... I still have hope, I know I do. But I'm prepared to accept it, and I mean it..." Her faith renewed, she waited at her home Saturday as the 2 p.m. EOT deadline neared. When news of the release came -first from reporters and minutes later from the State Department -- she shouted for joy and began sobbing. "We didn't know we had so many wonderful friends from all walks of life and in every part of the country until these hours of need," she said. Ernest R. Morgan II, one of Col. Morgan's sons and an upperclassman at West Point, arrived at the modest home as the release was announced. Mrs. Johnson rushed to grab him, sobbing, "Your daddy's free -- thank God." At Mrs. Johnson's side were two other sons, Sherman and Harry Morgan, and Col. Morgan's children. Deborah and Michel, both college students in Petersburg, and Ernest. Mrs. Johnson's first husband, Col. Morgan's father, is dead. After his death, she remarried and has since divorced. Sherman Morgan said the family owed thanks to the world for an outpouring of concern, and to "a damned good State Department" for support. Petersburg, a soutbwide Virginia city of about 50,000, responded with prayers and support for the family when Col. Morgan was abducted. Hundreds joined in a mass prayer at a local church and 250 students and teachers at a nearby Army post held a similar service. Col. Morgan, a 23-year Army veteran, attended Virginia State College here from 1948 to 1952 and received a military commission through the school's ROTC program. WANT TO SELL SOMETHING? Use a low cost Gaiette-Mail Wdnl Ad. Over a 1,000 people do every day! And they get results! Just call 348-4848 and let one ot our friendly Advisors help you word your ad. There's more to banking than glass and steel. There's also the commitment to jrovide you with the Best services possible. Consolidated Statement of Condition The Charleston National Bank and Subsidiary JUNE 30,1975 Resources Cash and Due from Banks . - . , . · $56,744,474 Investment Securities: United States Government · 24,902,291 State and Political Subdivisions 37,917,745 Federal Agencies and Others 10,009,106 Federal Funds S o l d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T . 23,665,000 Securities Purchased under _ n _ Agreements to Resell Loans 148,533,338 Bank Premises and Equipment 11,900,079 Other Resources 3,058,571 TOTAL RESOURCES.. , $316730.604 Liabilities, Reserve, and Capital Accounts DEPOSITS: Demand - . . . . $140,994,342 Time 114,461,133 TOTAL DEPOSITS ' 255,455,475 Federal Funds Purchased 23,075,000 Securities Sold Under Agreements to Repurchase 3,098,326 Unearned Interest , 5,101,227 Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilites 2,374,938 TOTAL LIABILILITIES. 289,104,966 Reserve for Possible Loan Losses 2,589,197 . CAPITAL ACCOUNTS: Common Stock Par Value $10 a share: Authorized: 800,000 shares Issued and outstanding 639,354 Shares 6,393,540. Surplus 10,788,434 Undivided Profits 6,825,645 Reserve for Contingencies 1,028,822 TOTAL CAPITAL ACCOUNTS 25,036/441 JOTAL LIABILITIES, RESERVE, AND CAPITAL ACCOUNTS $ 316,730,604 Corner of Capitol Virginia Directors Early Week "SUPER BUYS" Opin Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. V A L U A B L E COUPON Fw mk Gallon Carton A $ 7 C P.'Chd'.P LIMIT ONE COUPON PER CUSTOMER ILADE CUT IEEF ----···' ---·"---VALUABLE COUPON = SUNNYBROOK GRADE "A" MEDIUM dozen carton V^ith Thu Coupon And A $7.SO ) VALUABLE COUPON" 10 C OFF LABEL 49-oz. EDWARD C. ARMBRECHT, JR. Senior Vice President, Stone Thomas FRANK A. BAER, II President, Commercial Insurance Service, Inc. W. G ASTON CAPERTON McDonough-Caperton-Shepherd-Goldsmith and Home Mortgages, Inc. MASON CRICKARD Chairman of the Board, The Bank of Dunbar WALTER B. DIAL, JR. President, Appalachian Tire Products, Inc. and Williamson Oil Co. WILLIAM W.FERRELL President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. T.A. GALYEAN President, Tag Galyean Enterprises CHARLES B. GATES, JR. President FRED HADDAD Chairman of the Board Chief Executive Officer, Heck's Inc. ELIZABETH V. HALLANAN Associate, Lopinsky, Bland and Hallanan Attorneys-at-law JOHN A. HOPKINS Vice President and Head of Trust Division ROBERT H.C. KAY Partner, Kay Casto and Chaney Attorneys-at-law JOHN 0. KIZER Senior Partner, Campbell, Love, Woodroe and Kizer Attorneys-at-law SYDNEY M. KLEEMAN President and General Manager, Franfenberger Co. STANLEY LOEWENSTEIN Senior Investment Officer Trust Division WILLIAM E. MOHLER, II Attorney-at-Low BERTRAM C. PAYNE Real Estate Broker GEORGE M.M.RAGLAND Properties and Investment Management RICHARD B.WALKER President, Cecil I. Walker Machinery Company GEORGE WARD Director, Bonk of Mill Creek President, Kentucky and West Virginia Cool and Mininc Company HENRY B.WEHRLE, JR. President, Mdunkin Corporation CHARLES C. WISE, JR. Attorney-ot-law, James,.Wise, Robinson and Magnuson oupon And A $7.50 Purchase Good Sunday, July I 3th thru ToPiday Jjly I 5th dt AP ..- Limil One Coupon Per Customer - ,·;-·- Sweet Cm ears SELF-RISING WHITE $115 Martha White Cormneal RAGU BRAND AQ Italian Cooking Sauce v w KEEBLER 3 VARIETIES 100 Count Bag Cookies JOHNSON JOHNSON $^25 Baby Powder . . . . ASSORTED AND WHITE 4 I Puffs Facial Tissue . pk ,v' AP Frozen 100% Florida Ouuuje 9tuce 12-02, can YUKON CLUB BEVERAGES 7 FLAVORS $|00 12«.c«jftr The Charleston National tccf" deposi'o" insured to S^C.OCO Member FDIC j Federal Reserve System ^ihafToucli^Dnc'Soriencr... Joan Of Arc Kidney Beans -Pillsbury Crescent Roils Stokely Gatorade Rhodes Bread Dough Frozen .. Minute Maid Orange Juice ... Belfast Cheese or X^Sf" - - Roman Meal Waffles -Nabisco Vanilla Wafers Sultana feiad Dressing ..... '$1.00 *"49c Mb $1.00 3SSI1.00 tubs Prieti Hfeetitt Sufet Jdy 13* Unu»*4«. Jil* lift ·» Betkley,W.Vo. logon, W.Vo, Oak HSU, W.Ve. Roine*e,W.Vo. Wk«viHe, Ky. WHfi«roon,W.Va. Charleston, W.Va.

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