The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 30, 1969 · Page 1
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Accused Plane Hijacker Says Unauthorized Cuba Trip Could Be 'Deadly' MONTREAL (AP) - An American writer, wanted in the United States on charges of hijacking a chartered plane and going to Cuba, said Wednesday anybody who makes unauthorized trips to Cuba these days is "out of his mind—he may wind up dead." Alben Truitt, 35, grandson of the late Vice President Alben Barkley, said he has no personal knowledge of hijackers or hijacking—claiming he was innocent of the charge—but conver- sations in Cuba led him to regard it an extremely dangerous game. He said he was guilty only of foolish conduct in hiring a Chartered plane, ostensibly for a short southern Florida hop, then paying the pilot to take him to Cuba. The pilot claimed that Truitt forced him to fly to Havana by holding an explosive device to the back of his head. In an interview, Truitt said, "I can't speak from personal experience, but from what I heard I was led to believe the Cubans take a bloody dim view" of unauthorized journeys to the Communist Island. Truitt said that though he was not in the hijacking category he was himself first held under house arrest in Havana after his arrival last Oct. 23. Then on Nov. 30 he went under solitary confinement in prison until his release late in January. "I must confess I was terrified," said the brown-haired Truitt who despite his troubles seemed full of high spirits and confidence. He said he went to Cuba in the hope of writing a book because, as a journalist, he was unhappy about the Cuban story being told to the American people. Instead he was finally placed aboard a France-bound Cuban ship, which he left at Saint John, N.B. He made a brief swing into the United States, then re-entered Canada and was detained in Montreal Jan. 17. The Canadian Immigration Department denied Truitt's application for landed immigrant status Wednesday and ordered him deported. He is appealing the ruling and his detention. There was no immediate word on where he would be sent if the ruling is upheld. Asked how Fidel Castro treats hijackers—earlier reports indicated he considered some of them, at least, a nuisance— Truitt replied: "Since I'm not a hijacker it is difficult for me to say, but. . .1 heard that hijackers were given very rough treatment indeed. Some, I was told by people of the Department of State Security, were imprisoned immediately. "Others, I was told, were sent to work camps. The only personal experience I had was to witness at an immigration office a family that I was told had arrived in a hijacked plane. The old man was smoking cigars and the others were going through immigration proce- dures. Reorientation, I think they call it." Are hijackers suspected as Central Intelligence Agency men and, when found not to be, are they sent to work in cane field or similar tasks? Truitt said Havana newspapers refer constantly to "the plots of the CIA which may or may not be natural." "I'm not qualified to judge that. I read reports of a man who was captured as a CIA agent. However, I don't think he came in a plane but in a small boat." Truitt criticized the U.S. blockade of Cuba and praised the drive and spirit of the Cuban people. But he said he doesn't Jike communism because, for one thing, it merely substitutes one class system for another. Of his life and surroundings in prison, Truitt said: "I was incarcerated in a building which I was told was security house, headquarters I believe for the ministry of the interior, which includes if I'm not mistaken the Department of State Security. "I was put into solitary confinement. The cell was clean. I cleaned it myself every day. We were not permitted exercise, nor were we permitted conversation. Or tobacco, or anything else. This was to the good—I don't smoke any more." Why was he removed from house arrest to prison? Apparently because the Cu(See HIJACKER. Page 6) The Sun Invites MR. AND MRS. L. H. HALES 1402 Narcille to the Brunson Theater. This coupon good for two tickets when presented at the Brunson Box Office Good Through Feb. 12 Now Showing "STEVE MCQUEEN AS BULLITT" aptoton OVER 50,000 READERS EVERY DAY YOUR HOME NEWSPAPER VOL 46, NO. 116 TELEPHONE NUMBER: 422-8302 Thursday, January 30, 1969 BAYTOWN, TEXAS, 77520 Ten C«nfs Per Copy Hearing Postponed A PUBLIC HEARING on U.S. Steel's application lo discharge 184 million gallons of water a day into Cedar Bayou and Galveslon Bay has been postponed by the Texas Waler Quality Board from Feb. 3 lo Feb. 28. Lack of sufficient advertising of the hearing was given as the reason for postponement. Chamber Speaker MRS. FLORA WILHITE, director of Sterling Municipal Library, will discuss the library's extended area service lo cilizens outside the Baytown city limits Friday at the weekly membership meeting of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce. E. C. "Jack" Kimmons and Bill Slrickler of the area goodwill committee, are in charge of the program. The meeting will be at Holiday Inn. Kiwanis Club ALBERT JOHNSTON will present a program on the Olympics in Mexico City at the Baytown Kiwanis Club meeting at noon Thursday at the Tower. LC Courses TWO COURSES of special in lerest lo adults are being offered at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. These are Developmental Reading and Social Problems. Registration for the LC spring lerm is underway. Late registration begins Friday. Camellia Show ATASCOCITA Camellia Club of Liberty will have its 14th annual camellia show from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Liberty City Hall. There is no charge and the public is invited. W. W. Woods and 0. A. Dyer of Baytown will enter several hundred blooms. I WEATHER \ MOSTLY CLOUDY with little change in temperature through Friday. Showers Thursday and Thursday night. Temperature range expected, upper (ios to upper 70s. GROUND Voting Registration To End At Midnight Friday Midnight Friday is the last :hance to register to vote in 1969, iarris County Tax Assessor-Col- ector Carl Smith said Thursday. The Baytown branch lax office at 307 W. Texas will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight Friday. A. B. Jollins, deputy tax assessor- collector here, said the voter registration in the Baytown area las been "very good." No exact counts are available on Baytown registration because all forms are sent directly to the county office, Collins said. They are not separated by geographical areas in the county, he explained. The League of Women Voters' assistance in registering voters has been helpful at various locations in Baytown, Collins said, and so far no one has had to wait in line at the branch tax office to register to vote. "But they may have to wait in line here tomorrow," he said. Prospective voters may register Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Citizens National Bank and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humble Oil and Refining Co.'s Baytown Refinery. Also League of Women Voters will register voters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Gibson's, Sears, Kmarl, Lee College and Sterling Municipal Library. County Tax Assessor-Collector Smith said he hopes that as many as 625,000 persons will register to vote. There were 583,000 qualified to vote in 1968 in Harris County. At midnight Friday is also Ihe deadline for paying 1968 -county and state taxes without penally. So far a total of $42,137,495.50 in 1968 state and county taxes have been collected, Smith said, which is $65.22 per cent of the levy. Rep. Allen Vice-Chief Of House Data Panel AUSTIN (Sp) — Speaker of the House of Representalives Gus F. Mulscher has appointed State Rep. Joe Allen of Baytown vice chairman of the commiltee on data processing and printing. Allen, a member of the Harris County delegation, is one of the youngest House members in the 61st Legislature to be appointed vice chairman of a House standing commitlee. In announcing Ihe appointment, the speaker said, "Rep. Allen evidenced a tremendous capacily for hard work and legislative achievement during the 60th Legislalure. I am very gralified thai he will be available as vice chairman of Ihe committee on dala processing and printing." The five-man commitlee, headed by State Hep. Carl A. Parker of Port Arthur, will have jurisdiction over matters relating lo state use of computers and data processing and mailers relating to printing furnished to the state. Allen's other committee ap- poinlmenls are particularly outstanding for a second lerm legislalor, according lo Ibe speaker. Allen's other com- mitlee assignments are conservation and reclamation, counlies, public land and buildings, and liquor regulation. In Baylown, Rep. Allen is in communily relations department for the Cilizens National Bank and Trust Co. Allen is a member of Houston Mortgage Bankers Association, Baytown Human Relations Council and Baytown Jaycees. He is director of the Bayshore Rod, Reel and Gun Club, awards chairman of Ihe Uniled Fund, advisor to the Baylown Cilizens Traffic Council and a member of the Texas Bill of Rights Foundation television panel. The Aliens iive at 5315 Bayway Drive and are the parents of a daughter, Sydney Lisa. Baytown Pioneers Recall How It Was In The 1900s LEANKCK ISGET gets an award for "Bowler of the Week" . . . Rev. Jim Brown fills in on a "moment's" notice . . . Connie Harllcib planning a big theater parly lor her DeMolays . . . Vivian Leach up to her elbows in colorful yarns. Dr. and Mrs. Jim Sammons recalling happy memories of a recent trip lo Washinglon . . . likewise, Ihe Dan Mundingers and the Jim Baileys who al- lendcd Ihe inaugural parties in Austin. Seems Nancy Mundinger was mistaken for "the press." C. W. Hastings is in the VA hospital in Houston . . . Herman Boatman's name got left out of the list of principals receiving new contracts recently . . Marky McMillin graduates from Texas Tech and drops back in on Baylown for a visit before departing for another voyage half way around Ihe world. She's off lo Ihe Oricnl Ihis time. By RON LENNAKI) Edward L. Scott and his wife Esther have lived most of their lives within a mile radius of their present address, 6330 Sjolander Road. "1 came here from Huffman when 1 was only four or five years old," Scott said. "Now I'm 74. I remember when our neighbors out here were few and far apart. This was all open prairie and cows were running all over the place." Scoll remembers when he attended the old Ellis League (See PICTURE, Page 2) School. "II was a one-room affair with a pot-bellied stove in the center. It laler consolidaled wilh Cedar Bayou. "We only had three monlhs of school a year back then ... we carried our lunch in a tin pail. It was a regular syrup can, ac- lually. We used a vaseline jar to put our lunch syrup in and we rode a horse lo school," the Scotts remember. Mrs. Scotl said there wasn't any such thing as land boundaries. "You either lived across the creek, or a patch of brush or gully separated your land from your neighbor's. And if anybody used a back piece of ground lo plant some vegetables for the family table, nobody cared . but don't try it now," she warned. Scott was honored recently for 50 years of service to Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge. "My grandfather, James W. Scott, was a charter member of the lodge," he said. The Scolts say the biggcsl thing going on in the Cedar Bayou area, other than farming, was the brick business and sailing ships. "That was our main transportation back in those days," Scott said. "It only took us eight hours lo go to Mouslon and about a day to go to Galveston. "A main product for the ships, not counting Ihe ones thai hauled )ricks, was rabbits. Boy, I've een rabbits by the Ihousand jroughl in here lo be taken to a •louslon or Galveston market. They used lo gather them up all across Chambers County and hey would use an old carbide ight to hunt them. Thai carbide .vould slink to high heaven ... all ou bad to do to get a light would ! to spit on it if you weren't No Service Charge At ... Peoples State lank FULL SERVICE NO SERVICE CHARGE CITIZENS NATIONAL Bank & Trust Co Mtmber F.D.I.C. City Tax Payments Due Friday City Tax Assessor - Collector U. M. Coe Jr. reminded taxpayers thai current tax payments are due Friday to avoid being placed on the delinquent tax roll. Coe said, however, thai tax payments placed in the mail and ixjaring a Friday postmark will be accepted by his office without penalty. Coe had no recent percenlage figures on how total tax revenues are running so far this year. On Dec. 31, some $889,475 in taxes had been paid out of expected tax revenues of $2,271,645, he said. However, he pointed out thai many tax payments have been made since Dec. 31, including lhal of Humble Oil & Refining Co., which earlier this week made its 1968 lax payment of $7-11,822.68—about 32.6 per cent of the entire city tax roll. Incidentally, Humble's tax payment does not include its industrial district payment of $274,434.76, which is handled by City Finance Director J. B. LeFevre. Humble's total payments to the city this year arc $U<JH,H00.67. This is an increase of $17,456.77 over last year's payments. • around any water." "They used to sell the big rabbits for about 25 cents each. Also, we hauled squirrels and xjssum. I used to sail Cedar Jayou boats until 1920 . . . that's ivhen 1 decided to gel married and put my wife Esther to \vork on the farm," Scott joked. Scoll said he remembered the 1915 hurricane and that "it lore hings up bad around here Several Cedar Bayou people vere.lost down in Galveston." Will Hayden owned a "com- nissary in Chambers Counly and the groceries were a litlle (See PIONEERS, Page 2) SHOP •vnnotff ALWAYS pmn Qum.rrv * 9:30 TO 9:00 BULLETIN Baylown City Councilman A. iM. "Andy" Braswell filed for mayor shortly before noon Thursday, lie is Ihe second city councilman to file Tor the post held by Mayor Seaborn Cravey. Councilman Albert Fuuest Let was first to file. Mayor Cravey has not publicly declared his intentions. NUCLEAR GROWTH Our World Today FROM AP WIRES ,,+Allen W.' Dulles, former chief of the'Central Intelligence Agency, died in Georgetown University Hospital at age 75. Death came at about 11 p.m. Wednesday from complications following an attack of flu and pneumonia. + President Nixon lells some 700 officials charged with carrying out his foreign policy Hi at there is plenty of room in his "Forward Together" administration for any dissenting views they may hold. Senators accept with some reservations this state in en l that Nixon wants their advice as well :is consent in conducting nation's affairs. + An American engineer on loan to an oil company may have been charged with espionage by Iraq when he was arrested three weeks ago, his family says. •+• "We went 55 days the last time and we'll go that long again and even longer if necessary," says Thomas Gleason, leader of International Longshoremen's Association, whose strike cripples shipping in Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. ^Sweeping Review' Of U.S. Tax Laws Planned Iraq Says Israel Jets Attack Jordan Troops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iraq said seven Israeli jet fighters attacked Iraqi troops in Jordan today but Israel denied it. An Israeli army spokesman in Tel Aviv said: "I completely deny this report. I don't know what gave rise to it. There has been absolutely nothing like this along the cease-fire line." Newsmen on the Israeli side of the cease-fire line saw no sign of any unusual air activity. A communique broadcast by Baghdad radio said the planes attacked Iraqi units east of the cease-fire line with Jordan. One Israeli jet was seen to plunge to the ground in falmes, the Iraqis said. The Iraqi communique said: "At 11:30 Baghdad time this morning, seven Israeli planes launched an air raid against our units operating on the eastern front. 'Our antiaircraft guns shot down one attacking plane. It was seen with the naked eye crashing in flames over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. There were no Iraqi casualties." At the same time, a Jordanian broadcast said two Israeli fighters had violated Arab air space over the Jordan River but were driven off by antiaircraft fire. Iraq had charged Wednesday that Israel was preparing an attack in retaliation for the hanging of 14 Iraqis, nine of them Jews, convicted of spying in Baghdad and Basra on Monday. There has been an outcry in Israel, the United States and several European countries, condemning the executions. Iraq has an estimated 20,000 troops in Jordan. They had been there since the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967. Israeli planes strafed and bombed the Iraqi forces Dec. 4, killing six soldiers, according to the Iraqis. Israel on Wednesday denied charges from Iraq that it was massing troops for an attack on the Iraqi force in Jordan. At the same time, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan cautioned his country they must give the government of Iraq no excuse to do more harm to the estimated 8,000 Iraqi Jews. Along with the official denial from the Israeli army, foreign newsmen in Israel observed no unusual troop movements. In addition, rain and snow were blanketing Israel and Jordan, imposing quietness on the cease-fire line. Dayan, one of Israel's leading hawks, also was scornful of President Charles de Gaulle's attempts to promote France as a peacemaker in the Middle East. Referring to De Gaulle's ban on arms and military spare parts to Israel, he asserted: "All this talk of justice and peaceful aims coming from France is hypocrisy. It is being used to deny arms to a nation under siege, while Iraq continues to receive French arms." Amid reports that another 35 persons, including 13 Jews, were being tried as spies in Baghdad, the U.S. Department of State disclosed that American (See ATTACK, Page 2) LC Security Officer Needed, Strahan Says "We think we have arrived at the stage where we need a full- lime security officer on campus," Lee College President Dr. Richard D. Slrahan has told the LC Board of Regents. A number of on-campus thefts, a need for orderly gatherings and meetings, including social functions; parking violators and js^l "plain old growth" has necessitated the requirement, according to Dr. Strahan. A letter to the regents, the Administrative Council recommended thai the board consider hiring a full-lime campus officer. The salary for Ihe officer would be paid from funds derived from parking permits and fines. The cash balance at the end of the current fiscal year was $13,57'J and salary for the officer would be in the $500 range. The college hires off-duly policemen to help chaperone student dances and other activities on campus at nighl. Dr. Strahan lold the regents that Ihe officer "probably serve this function as well as helping to enforce our parking regulations and attempting to reduce the number of thefts from parking areas and other campus installations." Dr. Strahan said thai if the request to hire a person for such duties is approved, the school has the authority under recenl approved stale legislation to arm him. "We would want to deputize the security officer so thai he would be empowered to make arresls," Dr. Strahan said. The officer would cover the 36- acre campus on foot and scooter and work a normal 40-14-hour week. An agency that specializes in furnishing security officers for such duties is being contacted. Committee Hearings Set Feb. 18 WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ways and Means Committee, responding to a mounting clamor for reform, has scheduled a sweeping review of the nation's tax laws. Hearings expected to last several months are scheduled to start Feb. 18 with the operations of tax-exempt foundations, already under congressional scrutiny, to be examined first. Deductions for charitable gifts will follow. For later hearings, the committee announced a wide-ranging agenda, embracing such traditionally explosive subjects as the oil depletion allowance, stock options for executives, the use of subsidiaries and trusts to reduce income and estate taxes, part-time farming losses charged off against other income and accelerated real estate depreciation. The federal tax code has not been thoroughly restudied in 15 years. Demands for tax reform have taken a bipartisan look. Two days ago the Democratic National Committee announced it is preapring legislation to provide a minimum income tax for all high income persons, even though legal deductions and exclusions would normally eliminate tax liability. And in prepared remarks today in New York, Rep. John W. Byrnes of Wisconsin, top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, added his support to reform, particularly to making all high-income recipients pay some sort of tax. Alluding to a Treasury Department report that 155 tax returns showing incomes in excess of $200,000 resulted in no tax payments, Byrnes said: "No matter by what device, no matter how laudable the nature of the deduction or exclu- (See LAWS, Page 2) MOP AC'S NEW GOOSE CREEK BRIDGE HEARING COMPLETION MISSOURI PACIFIC WORKMEN in the next week or 10 days are expected to complete this new railroad bridge over Goose Creek, which is being built with minimum interruption to rail traffic. The new crossing Is being built a section at a lime of pre-fabricated concrete, complete with ballast The work started five months ago when workmen began building concrete pillars for the bridge supports. Pre-fabricated roadbed sections were built and shipped here to complete the i bridge deck, and these are being placed on the piers a section at a time. When a new bridge section Is installed and belted together, the wooden piling is cut out, lifted by crane from the mud bottom of the creek and piled alongside the track for disposal. The 628-foot long bridge spans Goose Creek near the extension of Loop 201, which will overpass the railroad bridge. Thn old wooden structure was first built in 1926. X

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