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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1954, Yuma, Arizona THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK JONES OSIORN s I 'v THE FublUbtd, .jcopt SunUai ind holiday, .t SCO M.dlion Av.., Yum.. Ark., by th. Sun Printing Co. .nd intend >t Ihi Poll Offlc. .t Yum., Arl... Second Clasi Matter Printed Wednesday Afternoon YUMA 106 Phone 3-3333 16 PAGES YUMA. ARIZONA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1954 PER COPY 7c ARIZONA VOL. 106 Two U.S. military courts have handed down decisions in rcrcnt days which may stand lor years as guide posts. Last week, the case of Marine Col. Frank H. Schwable was dis- posed of; yesterday, the case ot Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson. The Marine colonel was tortured by his Reel captors until he signed a "confession" of germ warfare which the commies needed to hol- ster their propaganda campaign. The court found his surrender to torture reasonably justifiable, but at the same time sentenced him to never again hold a post of command or leadership. In other words, the court under stood why the officer gave in t torture, but it could not forgiv him or condone the act. Yesterday, the corporal's fat was decided: Appeals to Free Nations To t Spread of Re ression The court found him guilty o collaborating with his communis captors in Korea and informin; on his fellow prisoners. He was sentenced to be dishon orably discharged and confined tc hard labor for 10 years. These may seem like harsh sen tences, After all, torture of prisoners is an extreme hardship, and "brain washing" is a new hazard in mod- ern warfare. But what if we as a nation adopted the view that, because of these unusual circumstances, wp would forgive and forget if our men double-crossed their mates in enemy prison camps, and gave in to torture? Marine Commandant Shepherd expressed his opinion in these words: "Tha view which would place the national interest secondary to the desire to ameliorate (soften) the lot of our prisoners is not one ths undersigned can accept. So relaxed a view could quickly be extended into other areas of military conduct, with effects which are not pleasant to contem- plate." 21 Students To Be Initiated into Honor Society Twenty-one YUHS juniors and leniors will be initiated into the National Honor Society at a can- dlelight service May 5. The program will be presented in conjunction with the YUHS Or- chestra's spring concert, conduct- ed by Al Havens, in Snydcr Hall auditorium Wednesday evening at Junior initiates are Sheila Bell, Marilyn Carlisle, Tommy Cole, Virginia Copple, Joyce Engler, Olivia Gonzales, Roiuiie Harper, Wayne Hubble, Fred Joyner, San- dra Kornegay, Charlotte Salyer, Marilee Smith, Pamela Stanley, and Bob Steenbergen. Seniors are Jo Ann Beecroft, Fred Bradshaw, Hattie Corona, Leo Land. Shirley Turner, Gordon Wall, and Sharon Ziegler. Members speaking on the quali- fications for National Honor ad- mission will be Leo Corbett, serv- ice, Corinne Moore. leadership, Sherrill Robb, scholarship, and Welton Phillips, character. Eva Whaley is chairman of the Initia- tion. A trio composed of Marianne Euhus, Rowena Slocum and Cecil Carollo Crew Ready to Start Work on Yuma Sewers Engineer Offers To Start Early On Groundwork Yuma's proposed sewer bond is- sue got another push yesterday during city council meeting as en- gineer John Corollo informed the council that he had a crew in Yuma ready to start the ground- work for the sewers. Carollo explained that he had his men here for some paving district work and that, if it was all right with the council, he would keep Wost Yuma area residents newly annexed to (he city may start registering for city elec- tions starting Friday. Register- ing Is fo be done at the city hall. The books will be kept open for a short period no that the resi- dents may register and vote in Hit: sewer bond election that is tentatively set for June 29th. them here to start the work. Nor- mally the work does not start until he bond issue is passed by the but Carollo said that he was villing to take the gamble. By starting the work now, it vould save approximately two lonths on the time of the project and would also save the city some on interest. If everything works out within lie next two weeks, the wheels vill start turning for the election rocedure at the next council meet- ig and the election could be held n the tentative data previously nnounced, June 29th. In one other discussion on the mount of the bond issue, it was rought up that_the figure of ....._ _____ that the sewers and pump- seniors will be initiated into the ing station will cost, would be Stand on Housing Units Is Clarified C. H. Trigg, president of the Yu- ma County Taxpayers Association, clarified the association's request in connection with the two public housing units in Yuma at Tues- day's City Council meeting. Trigg said that he did not think it is now the time to close the two units known as the Charles Ingalls homes and the Padre Ci a r c c s homes. He said instead, that it was time to get them privately owned and put on a competitive basis with other rentals in the ci- ty. The views of Trigg were sing "I Would Be arrangements will Woods will True." Orchestral _ _ ___ include two Bach aires; 'Konim: Susser and "Sarabantle, French Baroque by Lully, "The Great Gale of Kiev." by Mus- sorgsky, and .Mozart's "Minuet in E Flat." "Little Suite for Orchestra." by Erickson, and Handel's "Song of Jupiter" will also be played by the orchestra. about over the amount al- lowed by law. State law forbids any city to bond itself for more than 10 per cent of its total as- sessed valuation. It was agreed one of the items could he left out of the bond issue and that by the time the item was needed, the city could easily pay cash out of the sales tax money now roll- ing in. As the sales tax now stands, it has raised during the first three months of the year. March was the high month according to city assessor Dave Sheridan. A total of was collected during that month. A new state law allows Yuma sales tax money to be put in a special fund for retiring bonds or in the public works improvement fund. Mesa Man Chosen Head Of Spanish War Vets MESA J. J. Lane, of Me- ga, has been elected new comman- der of the United Spanish War Veterans, Department of Arizona. Freedom Dance Many Yumans will honor the Mexican triumph over the French in Cinco de Mayo celebrations to- night. The Hacienda Club is holding a Cinco de Mayo dance at the Yuma Eagles Hall at 9 tonight. Admis- sion to the dance is one dollar pcr- person. The Sun earlier quoted this price incorrectly at one dol- lar per couple. sharp contrast to the first state- ments of the association which were presented 10 the Board of Supervisors Monday. At that time, Mrs. Pearl Manifold and M r s. Bob Sawers of the association stat- ed that their group wanted the two units closed. After some discussion at the meeting yesterday, the Council re- ferred Trigg to Jack Eastlick, di- rector of the Yuma Housing Auth- ority which runs the two units. The Council stated that there was some doubt as to whether or not the city had any control over the rent- ing of the units. In other business yesterday, the Council went into some paving dis- trict work. The assessment dia- grams on paving districts No. 37 and 38 were presented and the Council passed tile resolutions on tile districts. No, 37 is the area bounded by 16th and 20lh Streets and 8th and 12th Avenues. No. 38 is on 3rd Avenue just south of 10th Street. A new paving improvement dis- trict came up as plans were pre- sented for No. 39. This will pave between 8th and llth Avenue and 8th and 12th Streets. Cost is es- timated at The Council approved a new sub- division in the Hansberger Unit to be known as Kenneth Subdivi- sion. Jt contains 15 lots and is lo- cated just east of 24th Avenue. Final reading was given on an ordinance entering into a contract with Arizona Public Service for a new street lighting system. Anoth- er ordinance was read for the painting of the library. JAMES BKADSIIER las. A. Bradsher Elected Head of Yuma Legion Post New commander -of the H. H. Donkersley American Legion Post 19 for 1954-55 is James A. Brad- sher, elected at the regular meet- ing of the Legion Tuesday night. Bradsher, an agent with the In- ternal Revenue Bureau in Yumn, will be installed as commander at special ceremonies on May 18. Also elected to office at the Tuesday meeting were Harry Duff, of Yuma Test Station, senior vice commander; A. R. Hydeman, of Butler Roofing and Insulation Company, junior vice commander; George Lindsay, of the First National Bank, finance officer; and James B. Davis, of Arizona Pub- lic Service, and Manuel Martin ez, truck driver, as members of the executive committee. Davis and Martinez will serve a three-year Air Force Cases Against Ex-Prisoners WASHINGTON (IB The A Force will take no court m.-.rlh action against 83 former prisonei of the Reds in Korea, including .1 who made false germ warfai "confessions." It dismissed 69 of the cast "without prejudice of any sort" In raised questions of the "continue usefulness" of the other 14. The were ordered to show cause wh they should be kept in the A Force. The action was recommended b a special board of general officer and was announced Tuesday. 1 was approved by Air Force Sec retary Harold E. TalbotU and Gen Nathan F. Twining, Chief of Staff Nine of the 14 cases left open involved men who gave the Red false germ warfare confessions Charges against the other five wen not revealed. However, Air Force sources sail if the M are discharged it wil probably be under honorable dis charge conditions. The Air Forci said it does not intend to make he names public. The investigation board said lha. airmen captured in Korea were ubjecte.d to mental and physical torture "unprecedented in our mil- itary history." It also said combat personnel were given "inadequate and confusing" instructions on how to act if they were captured. The Air Force announcement came a few hours after an Army military court sentenced Cpl. Ed- ward S. mountain Neck, Va., to a dishonorable dis- charge and 10 years hard labor Dickenson, 23-year-old boy from Cracker's for collaboratinL mutiist captors on fellow POW's. with his Com- and informing STILL OH JOB Genevicve de Oallard-Terraube 29- year-old nurse who flew into Dien Bien Phu by helicopter to help evacuate wounded, is the only woman remaining in the hard- pressed French fortress. She as- sured friends by radio-telephone that she is in fine shape. Mrs. Cecile Pursley appeared be- fore the Council to ask permission for the Model Airplane Cl'in to hold their flying sessions at Uie municipal baseball park. It was indicated that the Council did not feel that the park was the proper place and suggested that the club make arrangements with the Re- creation Department to use K. C. Field. Present at the meeting were Mayor W. J. Anderson. Council- men John B. Bailey, Sr., Helen Phillips. Waller Varner and Kloyd Newcomer, City Recorder Linwood Perkins and City Attorney John B. I Wisely, Jr. Millionaire Californian Plans To Become Woman by Surgery Yuma Police Dept. Adds 3 Members Three additional policemen were added to the Yuma Police Depart- ment yesterday with the approval of the city council. The new men are former ser- geant James Birmingham to be the special investigator. The post is a newly created one and is in line with the reorganization of the force, according to Chief of Police Harold Breech. Others added to the force are William Steen. Jr. as patrolman. He has served on the force pre- viously. Gene Under win be one of the desk men as the depart- ment gets set to operate its own desk 24 hours a. day. The council also indicated that it would ask the State Tax Com- mission for permission to exceed ils budget so that two more po- lice cars may be gought. However, Dickenson's conviction will be reviewed automatically b) Maj. Gen. John H. Stokes, com nander of the Military District of .Washington, and by an Army Board of Review. It can then be appealed to the U. S. Court of Mill tary Appeals. Guy Emery. Dickenson's civilian lawyer, called the conviction "travesty of justice." He said he plans to take it to the Military Appeals Court if the verdict is not overturned earlier. SAN ANTONIO. Tex. case of Cpl. Calude Batchelor is "Basically different" from that of his fellow turn-about Korean pris- oner. Cpl. Edward S. Dickenoon. according to Batchelor's civilian iwyer. Dickenson was convicted Tues- day, of collaborating with the Com- nunists and sentenced to 10 years at hard labor and a dishonorable discharge. Coyote Attacks fclfey Farmer, Eludes Posse Fanning- took a back seat In tho icinity of Avenue D and County h Street early this morning as uma Valley farmers coy- ,e hunting. Kenneth Freeman, Rt. 1 Box 656 reported that he was baling bai ley around this morning wher he was attacked by a wild coyote Freeman said that the animal wa, probably rabid but he escapet from the coyote by climing on toj of the baler. The animal kept bin there for about half an hour be fore slinking off in the pre-dawn darkness. Freeman said, "After that, couldn't do much baling for look ing out for the critter." Under sheriff Lloyd Mabery responded to a call and he and nearby farm ers searched the area but could not locate the animal. Several farmers said that they had seen the coyote around the place for the past several days out all attempts to shoot it have "ailed. A large number of farm- ers in tho area this morning were observed carrying rifles. Jt was "eared that the coyote might at ank school children waiting for school buses this morning. lulletin! .Judge Chas. stein puled today that sogre- of Negro Students .by ?cliool In of Negro had ;.flied .nt etui! n'g evaii n'at'e'd SAN FRANCISCO John Cabcll Breckinridge, millionaire son of a pioneer California family said today he planned to go to Denmark this August for surgery to become a woman so he could return here to get married. Breckenridge, great-grandson ol United States vice-president Gen John C. Breckinridge, said a. Brit- ish doctor would perform five or six operations on him. Then, the 50-year-old international socialite, said he planned to come back to California in January "Glori anna Cabcll." b 1 o n d-haired. heavy-set Breckinridge, who has been ad- dicted to Jewelry, perfume, masca- ra and Siamese cats most of his adult life, said he has been mar- ried once and has a daughter now living in France. "I didn't like being married so I got a divorce in a he said. "Ever sinco then, I've lived like a woman. Men have always opened doorg for me and lit my as an affectation but it scrnna the natural Mng to do." Breckrldge said he felt it was "wonderful thing" that opera- tionf UM oni which trw> formed ex-GI George Jorgensen in- to a woman "have become possi- ble." "I think there are a great many men with women's souls and characters who are stumbling around in the dark in men's bod- he said. "It is these who can be helped." Brickinridge, whose home here is decorated in frills and delicate colors, explained the preponder- ance of toy bunnies scattered around the place with: "I always have bunnies around because Bun- ny's my nickname." A pink toy bunny and a yellow bunny adorn the center of his bed. Breckinridge declined to reveal the name of the mnn he said he planned to marry when he returns to San Francisco as a woman. The wealthy playboy, whose 72- ,rear-old mother, Mrs. Adelaide Kurphy Roberts, lives in England, las been placed In mental institti- ioni by her several times in the past. Last week Breckinridgc's moth- T sued him on charges that he lad failed to maintain payments of a month which he had teen ordered to contribute toward rapport, i Claudia Yowell Vies for Junior Cotton Maid Claudia Yowell. senior student at Yuma Union High School, goes to the stale capital Tuesday as "Yuma County Junior Maid of Cot- ton." There she will compete with county maids from the rent of the i state for the "Arizona Junior Maid i of Cotton" title, bestowed annually j by tho Arizona Cotton Growers Assoc. May 10-J7 is Cotton Week in Ari- zona and the girl chosen cotton nald will travel the state, making appearances at various functions is a means of publicizing the val- 1C of cotton to the .stale economy. The winner also gels in mer- chandise prizes. Contestants will be judged on good looks, poise and abilily to appear before an audience, they must have a conversational knowl- edge of cotton, he high school sen- iors, approved by their schools, unmarried. Claudia, active in church, school and <-H activities, is sponsored by the Gadsden Woman's Club. Ex- penses of her trip to I'honnix me being shared by Sturges Ginning Co., California Cotton Oil Corp.. and the U T. Maloiw Co, Controversy Develops Over Letter WASHINGTON Army McCarthy hearings were plunged into an angry new controversy to- day over the authenticity of 'a document which Sen. Joseph R. Me Earthy had described as an FBI elter warning the Army in 19C< of security risks at Ft. Monmouth, N..I. Robert A. Collier, assistant Sen- ate, counsel in the hearings, tesli- 'ied on Ihe basis of a two-hour .alk with FBI Director J, Hoover that the document was not a copy of any letter in FBI files. This led Army counsel Joseph Welch to inquire, in a question, o Collier, if it was not a "perfect ihoney." But McCarthy asserted that the document was an "accurate sum- mary" of an FBI report, and de- manded that the investigators ask .loover to verify this. Collier agreed that the three- Ipage document produced by Mc- Carthy appeared to be a summary if a 15-page FBI report deliverer o the Army in 1951 and warning if security risks at Ft. Monmouth Dispute over the purported let er from Hoover dominated pro- eedings at the 19th session of ie Senate Investigating Subcom- nittee's marathon hearing on the Vrmy'a charge that McCarthy ought special favors for his draft- d aide, Pvt. G. David Schine; nd McCarthy's counter charge lat the Army used Schine as a hostage" in an effort to halt his ivestigation of alleged Reds at Ft. Monmouth. Tile committee met in closed session this afternoon to discuss a suggestion by McCarthy that Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens be given a rest after testifying for 10 days. Welch argued that unauthorized possession of a secret FBI report was a violation of a long stand- ing presidential directive forbid- ding curiosity" to know where Me Carthy got his purported summary of the report, but he was unable o question the senator about it at this Ume because of the hearing rules. Under these rules, Stevens and other Army witnesses are to testify first, under oath, and then McCarthy and his side are to take Lhe stand. Formers Fined for Racing en 80 Two Yuma. Mesa farmers have fines in Justice Court on charges of drag racing on High- vay 80. Justice of Ihc Peace Ersel Byrd issessed the fines against Herman A. ATeinhardt. 36, and Harvey W. ianson. 30. They were arrested iy Highway Cochran. President Urges Southeast Asia Security System WASHINGTON President Eisenhower today appealed to free nations to forge now a collective security system to guard Southeast Asia against Communist aggres- lion. The President emphasized in a formal statement at his news con- ference that there is a "general sense of urgency" to fashion the alliance because it "could have an important hearing upon what hap- pens al Geneva during the Indo- China phase of the conference." The President said that countries in the area were thinking in con- structive terms, "which include the indispensable concept of collective security." Aimed At Britain "Progress in this matter has been considerable and I an con- convinced that further progress will be continued to be made, ths President declared. The President did not mention Britain's refusal to go along with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' plan for immediate "united action" in defending Indo-China and Southeast Asia againaf-Gommunist- action" in defending Indo-China and Southeast Asia against Com- outcome of the Geneva Conferen-ce. But his statement was clearly de- signed to prod Britain and any other nations to line up now. Mr. Eisenhower at the- same time: 1. Gave his complete support to Dulles and his diplomacy in the nresent critical situation. He said Dulles is the greatest secretary of state within his memory and has. lis unqualified support. He had ieen asked if he were fully sat- sfied with Dulles' handling of the Geneva Conference. Rejects Red Proposal 2. Rejected claims that Ameri- can foreign policy had suffered a defeat at Geneva. The President said a battle cannot be counted lost while It is still going on and that there is no such thing as ack- knowledging a defeat of foreign policy so far as he is concerned. 3. Rejected a Communist pro- posal at Geneva for Korean unifi- cation. He described it as a "scheme which was the Chinese copy of the Soviet scheme for the unification of Germany." He point out that this scheme was rejected Tor Germany and Dulles had told lim that the Communist plan was "equally unacceptable" to the Re- public of Korea and the U.N. mem- bers who took part in the Korean War. 4. Declared that the Geneva Con- ference has produced no surprises and that it has not turned into a five power conference, as Russia, had tried to make it by raising Red China's status to that of a. major world power. And he asserted that the Geneva Conference "has not involved establishing expressed or implied diplomatic recognition by Patrolman Louis the United States of the Chinese 'Communist aggressors." No Significant Upsets Scored In 5 States'Primary Elections COTTON' l.'lauillti Yowell, VI IIS senior, nrcrptt check for (rum Karl Putter, California Cotton oil Corp. manager. H.irnld Rilljnfrnlc.v of Stiirvos (iinninir Co. looks on. Money lor the trip provided by California Cotton Oil, Sryrgw and lr f. Ca, per con; of the total vote is required by the leading candidate to eliminate the runoff contest. A T'llnnff olerfion nlso appeared ccriain for the Denuvratir nomin- ation for governor of Kioridn. Act- ing Gov. Charley K. Johns held a narrow margin ovor si.tir Sen. Lt'roy Collins. A third candidate, J. Bradley Odham, was far be- hind. The Weather iVealhor Report at Yuma Ermynrt Highest yesterday 99 .xnvest 6t Temperature at 11 a.m. loday 81 Relative humidity at n a.m. Average high this dato D2 low this date 63 WAST fo Thursday night: Clear this nflernoon, 'tonight and Thursday. Continued warm. Ex- pected high today 99. Low tonight. 5 to