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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARMER r EVENING FINAL OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKEfGH.YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXHI, No. 199 Amucutei Frtti (AF) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 1, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY 10e 35 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT Papa Webb Hasn't Heard, But Son Is 1st '54 Baby By DOROTHY DAUGHERTY "It was a close race. Mom, but we !f babies could prob- ably what the first tyke born in 3954 would tell his mother Mrs Ilowell M. Webb. 1350 Shelton St. As .first chUd born this year, he will receive a host of gifts ranging from a mattress to tiny wool boot- ies from Abilene merchants. baby has been named How- til Graham Webb, and weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The Webb youngster was born 35 seconds after midnight Jan. 1. Second baby born this year was a boy. son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Oh'era, 441 Treadaway Blvd., at 1 a.m. Both babies vrere in St. Ann Hospital. Last year's New Year's baby also was born in St. Ann. Strange- ly enough, the very same doctor, scrub nurse, circulating nurse, and anesthetist who delivered the SO WHAT? 1954's first baby seems serene about all the fuss being made about him, in fact, he's downright sleepy. ilr. 1954 is in the arms of his mother, Mrs. Howell M. Webb of 1350 Shelton St. (Staff photo by.Don Hutchespn) 1953 baby also helped to usher In the little Webb. Only other birth on New Year's Day reported by mid-morning Fri- day was another boy. born to Mr. and Mrs. Merven John Rogers, 55S Vine St., at a.m. Friday at Hendrick Hospital. All three sets of parents narrow- ly missed out on claiming another exemption for 1953's income tax. Baby Webb's father doesn't even know of his son's birth. A salesman for the Peyton Meat Packing Company, Webb is in Alamogordo, N. M. When Mrs. Webb gave birth to her fourth child and ISM'S first baby at midnight, it was too late to send a telegram to the father, because the telegraph office was closed. Subbing for him pacing the floor of the hospital were two close friends 01 Mrs. Webb's, Mrs. W. B. Malone, 1402 Shelta St., and Mrs. B. B. Hurst, 1974 Portland Ave. The two women accompanied the expectant mother to the hospital at p.m. Thursday, and waited there until the baby was born. Mrs. Malone returned to the Webb home and stayed with the couple's three daughters, Gloria, 14. a student at North Junior High School; Delia, 11, pupil in the Fan- nin School; and Phyllis. 5. The Webbs lived in Midland be- fore moving to Abilene three years ago. Mrs. Malone was trying to con- tact the father Friday morning. He had been home last week end, and waited until the last possible min- ute to return to New Mexico, hop- ing the baby would be born while he could be with Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have been married for 15 years. Tourist Killed, 9 Hurt In 3-Car Anson Crash New Year Ushered In by Mi'd Weather By THE ASSOCIATED.PRESS The New Year began with gen- erally mild, feather iu; the United States, although there'were snow flurries in lower Michigan and the eastern Great Lakes region and light rain in the Pacific Northwest. Under a vast cloud cover rea'ch- Jng from the Pacific to the Great Lakes there Mas a considerable n arming Temperatures were 20 to 30 higher in the north and central Mississippi Yallpy and Dorttam region. Thirls -degree readings were common in places where zeio or below prevailed 24 hours earlier, particularly in Minnesota "and Wis- consin. Soviet Union Lost Numerous Bigwigs in'53 NEW YORK Soviet Un- on lost a lot of distinguishes citi- ens in 1953 through death, arrest and "disappearance." Under the heading of "disap- peared" come those who may be :ead, under arrest or who have [ropped into obscurity. All that is aiown is that their names no long- r grace the'pages of the Soviet iress. Counterbalancing the deaths and iisappearanees there were a few last -year. For example, there are the dozen >r more, leading Moscow physi- cians who were thrown into jail in 1952 and charged with plotting o assassinate leading Soviet fig- ures. Though it was announced hese men had. made confessions t was suddenly discovered after the death of Stalin that the charges vere faked. The doctors were reed, rehabilitated in professional ife and several of them have writ- en articles since their release- hough not about their prison ex- periences. Petrovsky Returns Another notable example is that of G. I. Petrovsky, an Old Bol- hevik who rose to chieftainship if the Ukraine. He disappeared in he late 1930s and it was assumed that he was another purge victim vho had died somewhere in Si- beria or had been executed in ome cellar. But a short time after Stalin's death, Petrovsky awarded an important government [ecoration foi' Ms services to. the Communist party and Soviet state. The turnover in tne personnel of Soviet ruling circles last Tear Eisenhower. GOP Aides Work on Union Message AUGUSTA, Ga. W President Eisenhower and a team of top ad- ministration officials all a bit the New Year with an early morning conference on his State of the Union message today. I tcrday Promptly at 8 a.m. Eisenhower in a cap and a green jacket denoting membership in the Au- gusta National Golf ffrom the little White House to his office above the club's pro shop. There was frost on the ground and a nip in the air. The President carried a large brown envelope. He appeared lost in thought sad a "Good morning. Mr. President" chorus from newsmen seemed to surprise him a bit. The group of officials who flew in from Washington late yester- day to aid in wriunK the State of the Union message had arrived at the pro shop from downtown hotel a few minutes ahead o[ enhower. A hit late the President and his advisers came out on the porch for the cameramen. One of the photographers re- ported three expensive cameras were taken from his hotel room during the night and Eisenhower wanted to know whether they were Insured. They wore, he was told. Another cameraman made a re- mark about plans to go bird hunt- ins and Kiscnhower said he had been told "this is the best bird year they have had around here in a long time." The holiday session was to whip into final form the annual State of the Union message which the President will deliver to Con- gress in person on Jan. 7. The administration advisers who arrived from Washington late yes- called THE WEATHER OF COMMERCE on the Thuri. P. M. M fll M fib" were guests ol the Presi- ent and Mrs. Eisenhower at a ew Year's Eve dinner in the olf club trophy room last night. The officials include Ambassador enry Cabot Lodge, chief U.S. del- gate to the United, Director Joseph :M. Dodge; top residential-aide Sherman Adams; nd several other White House as- istants. j Flemming Joins Team Aiv llth-hour addition to the earn was Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, Rowland Says Demos to Have Plenty of Time WASHINGTON Know- and (R-Caltf) said today Demo- rats will have "plenty of-oppor- unity" to propose changes in 'resident Eisenhower's foreign nd defense program, but some democrats remained skeptical of lipartisan results. Knowl'iiid, the Senate Republi- can leader, said in an interview hat although the Democrats will tot be told fully of the President's until a .lau. 5 White House nccting o[ congressional leaders, 'there will still be time to make changes" if any serious objections are raised. The President will lay down his over-all program in a State of the Union message two days l.-vter. Knov.'laml said he expects this to lie couched largely In general terms, with specific recommenda- tions to be marie later. Democratic leaders were invited by telegrams from I. .Tack Martin, presidential assistant, lo sit in for consultation only on thn foreign and defense aspects of the mcs- snge. There wns no mention of olhcr subjects. Sen. Spnrkman of Alabama, the 195'J Democratic vice-presidential nominee, said in an Interview, he regards such consultallon as a de- sirable prelude to bipartisan co- operation on foreign and defense legislation. "But we ought to know if this to be two-sided b ald, i chief of the Office of Defense Mo- bilization and author of the admin- istration's controversial program to channel defense contracts to areas of high unemployment. Eisenhower personally endorsed the two-month-old program Tues- day, and his action touched off a round of angry protests from Southern Democrats in Congress They contended the plan will take business away from Dixie firms- textile mills, for fun- nei it to New England and othei Northern communities with unem- ployment problems. Knowland Rebels The. administration's headache was intensified when Republican Sen. Knowland of of the men Eisenhower counts on most heavily to help steer his 195- program through the Democrats in criticizim: the policy. Knowland is the Senate majoritj leader. On his arrival here. Fiemmin described the program as a "good sound policy'' and said he knew o administration plans to modifj it. James C. Hagerty, Eisenhower's press secretary, said the plan to earmark only 20 to 30 per cent o defense contracts for in un employment areas still will leavi most of the business for companic; in other regions. Hagerty also has emphasize! that the companies in areas wit! unemployment problems also ar required to meet Ihe competitive low bids of other lirms. 2d New Mexican Critically Injured ANSON, Jan. 1 man was fatally injured, one vas in critical condition Friday morning and eight others were lospitalized after three cars smashed together late Thursday n U.S. Highway. 180 east of here. All were holiday tourists rom New Mexico. Samuel G. Giles, 41, tool dresser from Artesia, N.M., led at a.m. Friday in Anson General Hospital following lie crash 16 miles east of Anson on the Clear Fork of the Jrazos bridge about p.m. Larnar Haiiey Johnson, 43, Artesia, N.M., was in criti- al condition in the hospital. He was in a 1953 model car driv- n by Giles. The same auto also contained Johnson's wife, 38, nd "their children, Sharlene, 6; Wilbur, 11; and Jerry, 7; nd Giles' son, Mike, 3. Giles vas the brother of Mrs. John- on. Highway Patrolman J. Ross Cemp of Abilene said traffic on J. S. 180 was blocked for an hour fter the three vehicles slammed nto each other at one end of the ridge. Just prior to the wreck, a 1953 lodel car driven by Mrs. P.oy M. i'hitehead. 18, was traveling east. he auto also contained Mrs. White- ead's 22-year-old husband, an oil- eld worker at Hobbs, N. M. They en route to Fort Worth on a' oliday visit. Behind the Whitehead auto came 1947 model car driven by Alton i. Cohen; 21, airman stationed at Walker Air Force Base at Roswell, M. Cohen, wfaose home is in 'ort Worth, was accompanied by vo: other airmen' from the same ase. They are Thomas H. Bear- en. 22, Dallas, and Lee R. Pink- am, 25, Ellsworth, Me. They were n holiday pass and were en route o Fort Worth and Dallas, the said The smash-up began with Cohen's the -rear of tbe Leading the Soviet obitnarr no- tices of course was Joseph Stalin who, according to announcement, died in his bed after a stroke in early March. Beria Was No. 2 Close behind was the No. 2 man, deputy premier and police boss, Lavrenty Beria, who was officially reported executed for treason in December, and the world-famed composer- Sergei Prokofiev, who lied in March without even the benefit of an obituary in the Soviet press. Others who died Included: Lt. Gen. Arkadi Shvetsov, out- See SOVIETS, Page 2-A, 2 New Year Toll Remains Low By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Caution perhaps born of the trag- ic Christmas weekend was reflect- ed today in the relatively smal toll of lives in accidents duria_ the first 13 hours of the New. Year weekend. The total was 24, and 11 of these were blanred on traffic accidents Eleven died in fires. The crash o a small airplane in Montana killed a married couple, but their 5-year old daughter survived. A continuance of the rate of less than two accidental deaths ,an hour would hold the total for the 73-hour period snding midnigh Sunday not only far under the Christmas weekend's 717. but wel below the National Safety Council's estimate of 360 for traffic death: A Lake City. S.C. mother and three children perished when home burned. Two persons died in separate apartment house fires in Chicago. Massachusetts also had three de.Mhs in fires and Ohio one. Traffic deaths were: Illinois 4 Connecticut and New York 2. Ohio Pennsylvania and South Carolin; 1 each. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Reviews and previews will be featured in the Sunday Reporter News. The major previews will be of the upcoming session o the U S. Congress. The two Texas senators and four repre- sentatives who represent West Texas in Washington have filled out detailed qucstionaires submitted them by The Reporter-News telling their stand on the dozen or so major issues of the new session. On the review side will be the announcement of the to stories of Abilene and West Texas during 1953 as chosen by editors of The Reporter-Nevs. The past year willbe summarized in a day-M-day chronology illustrated by the top news pictures of the year, Along with all these there will be the usual complete news oil, women s, caurcli specialty news and reports of spot happenings by Associ- ated Press ind staff writers of The Whrtehead car. Cohen's car then lanced off.the Whitehead car arid crashed head-on into the car driven y Giles, the patrolman said. All three of the airmen were aken to the Anson hospital where heir condition was considered not erious Friday morning, attendants aid. The Whitehead couple was not ospitalized. All of the occupants of the car riven by Giles were hospitalized. Tone seriously. injured ex- ept Giles and Johnson. Two of the hildren, Wilbur Johnson, 11, and like Giles, 3. were released from tie hospital Friday morning. Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves lided in the investigation. HOUSTON'S BABY JUST SCOOTS IN HOUSTON first 1954 tiaby was born at Methodist Hospital just 17 seconds after midnight. She is a daughter of Mrs. Eva Garza, wife of Alfred Garza. lyfle Dragged ForPaiienl Waters of tytle Creek were be- ing dragged Friday morning, as the search continued for. J. M. Nanney. 28.. missing Abilene State Hospital patient. Firemen and policemen and oth- er volunteers, who joined the hunt Thursday afternoon and. who sus- pended operations at p.rh. Thursday, resumed the work early Friday. Nanney has been missing since shortly after noon Wednesday. His clothing and personal effects were found about noon Thursday under the South llth St. bridge on Lytle Creek. Youngsters playing nearby made the discovery and notified Miller Machine Shop near the scene. The hospital was then informed. The cisefc was feng dragged for the possibility that Nanney may have drowned there or in Lytle Lake. YT. TV- Kentj-Twspital -business .manager, said Fri- day that tbe patient lad act been found. Nanney, admitted to the institu- tion Nov. -9, 1948. is cf Mrs. Lula Nanney of Bishop. CPU GM.UDE BATCHELOR TRUTHFUL "Melntyre, 33-year-old Richmond, Va., automobile mechanic, commented when informed he had won tie Burlington, Wise., Liars' Club contest that "I always had the reputation of being a tnithful man The winning story told of a big wind which blew a cast iron inside out. His father is a minister. (AP Wirephoto) Mother Soys Son's Return Is Miracle KERMITj A. Kermit mother's Christmas, prayer for a miracle jsca hw been today lae- life.' f JrW' t- -ij just got to cry a little the mother of Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor said when newspapetv men tdd her Gat her son was readv for repatriation. It's the best news I hare ever the jubilant father said. Both were reached at a bus tion in Odessa last night where the west Texas oil well drill- er had gone to meet his wife, re- turning home here after a visit. Batchelor was one of 22 POWs who had steadfastly refused repa- triation during the 90-day explana- tion period. He said he had feared for his life, that many of other 21 prisoners carried daggers. At the. little frame house here where the Batchelors nobodj was at home yesterday but 11-year- old Kenneth, the POW's young brother, when newsmen delivered the news. "That's really good said the little boy. "I-sure am happy. I want Mm to come home real soon." Only a Miracle' On Christmas Eve, Mrs. Batche- lor tearfully had said that "onjy a miracle" could bring her boy home. The Batchelors spent a. sad HE'S COMING HOME Texan Changes Mind About Reds By WILLIAM C. BARNARD SEOUL Claude J. a young Texan who elected to stay with the Commu- nists, changed his mind today and said if. i.': quite possible that other unrepatFistcd American war pris- oners wUl decide to return home. Batchelor smiled broadly as he was returned to the U.N. Com- mand near Panmunjom after 31 months as a "prisoner of war. He told waiting newsmen that prisoner leaders are armed with dacgers to prevent defections and that mistrust and fear play a role in the Communist allegiance of the remaining 21 Americans, 1 Briton and 327 Koreans listed as pro-Red. The 22-year-old corporal from Kermit, Tex., approached an In- dian cuard guard at 1 a. m. and asked to return to the U.N. Com mand. fourteen hours later he was repatriated. Letters Had Part Batchelor's peiite Japanese wife, waiting in Tokyo to sec him, ap- parently played an important part in his decision to abandon com' imuiism. He said her messages, relayed to him in the Indian-guarded com- pound In Korea's 'neutral zone "hafl quite bit. to do it.' Batchelor originally was sched- uled to hold a press conference later today but it war- postponed until tomorrow. He told newsmen he now be "very very at Communist indoctrination he had been given in prisoner of war camps. He smiled broadly and spoke easily, without any apparent ner- vousness. He happily gave a thumbs up for photographers. He said he had spent a sleep- less night before deciding lo ask for repatriation. He described New Year's Eve in the North Camp as not very cheerful without much celebrating. "Will other Americans come he was asked. "Quite he said. "Will more than "Quite possibly." "Do you think you msdt a wise move in coming Batchelor answered and smiled broadly. Stories Art Similar He said he had been "quite un- comfortable" this winter but turned aside other questions as to whether ho had been well treated and well fed in Communist pris- oner camps. He said it would be hard to say what he missed ir.sat during his Ion? captivity. L Batchelor's story matched in part that of Cpl. Edward Dicken- son ol Big Stone Gap, Va., who asked for repatriation from the pro-Communist North Camp two months ago. Dickcnson also said othtr Amerl- cavis quite likely would minds. neither man named names. An Indian command spokesman said he thought it most unlikely that prisoner leaders are armei Sft PRISONER, Page 2-A, Col. 1 DAD GOES TO WORK Christmas with the bdref their son had chosen communism instead of repatriation. J -i- t fed nef bufaS" riwd hi.Odessa tod she was wined oy her didn't know a thing about what happened It's the answer to my prayers rjust thank God." She paused a minute, and then told a newspaperman by tele- phone r- "My husband and I are just standing here bawling like fads Batchelor's cute blonde sister, Dorothy, 16, was in Dallas witk the same high school band oa which, the repatriate once was a trumpet player. "TeU him I'm thrilled to the bobby soxer shouted as was surrounded by other studenti from Kermit High School's band, here to play at the annual Cotton Bowl game. Wife Is Stunned Then she and some girl posed for Associated Press pie- tures with a large "welcome home" sign for Batehelor. In Tokyo, young Batchelor's Jap- anese wife could': hardly believe the news at first. Then she asked The Associated Press to send message to her American hus- band: "I want to see you as'soon as possible. I am so glad jou are finally cominff home I love you very much." With a smile, she told news- men- "I am a very happy New Year's girl." Kyoko said her husband told her long ago he intended to stay in Japan with her but she said she wanted him to return to the Statei and see his family. "Possibly. I should like to go with she said. Back home here, the elder Batchelor said. "I never did give up. I think he w.as just brain- victim of war, ithat's all" The oil driller said life had been no_ easy thing for him in recent .months. "I almost had two -or three fights over this ne said., adding: "You know, guys poppin' off: But my friends stood by me and I really appreciate it." Kermit PW's Mom Sleeps 30 Minutes I Things wers hectic and happy New Year's day at the home of the First Family in American News, the 0. L. Bat- chelors. The excitement started late New Year's Eve when word came that their son, Cpl. Claude J. 'Batche- lor, has changed his mind and asked for repatriation. The news, which stirred the whole nation, came to the parents in an Odessa bus station where the fa- ther, an oil field driller, was wait- ing to meet Mrs. 3atche'.or, who had been visiting relatives in Biil- linger. Telephone calls and visitors (newspapers and began pouring into Uwir small Kermit home soon after they got there.- "1 got about 30 minutes sleep last Mrs. Batchelor re- ported. vtorU UJ" to let the good news about toeir son aft- er they had about given up hope. Batchelor, who wirtj the morr.- ing tour on a drilling rig, hail !o go on to his work. His wife spent the night answering new spapers. as far away as Cali- fornia and Chicago and from friends near and far. Early New Year's report- ers and photographers and friends and acquaintances began arrlTlnf to get the family reaction t> thi big story. Only a couple of t 'he happy "My husband li.mnawvd to sleep days kM, to nights "I wish I fcad to Mt the house clean ...yen know hew It gett ftten away a week and your huibaMi and IN kids hart bu
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