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Publication: Abilene Reporter News January 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas í FAIR, MILD WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10« ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 2, 1954 —EIGHT PAGES the second of the 23 Americans to ask repatriation. His story of life in the wire-enclosed compound near Panmun-jom, told during a 40-minute press conference here, conflicted at many points with reports of the Indian command on conditions in the stockade now holding 21 Americans, 1 Briton and 327 South Koreans. The 22-year-old corporal calmly faced a battery of newsmen, cameras and microphones as he made these points: 1. Both South Korean and Amer ican pro-Red prisoners in the camp are armed with daggers to intimidate any prisoner who wishes to escape. “It would be difficult at times for the Americans to get out,” 2. Chinese Communist leaders havf? “some contact” with prisoners in the neutral zone compound, despite Indian reports to the contrary. 3. “A lot of fellows there are quite mixed up and there might be others who would come out” if they had a chance. 4. All outgoing betters from the camp are written jointly and read to the other prisoners. 5. The prisoners are split into factions and the leaders of various groups sometimes fail to pass on information given them by Indian officials. Indian spokesmen have said repeatedly there are no weapons in the compound and that it would be a simple matter for any prisoner wishing repatriation to contact a guard. Batchelor’s calm and poise contrasted with the extreme nervousness of Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson of Big Stone Gap, Va., who was repatriated from the north camp Oct. 22. Batchdor repeated his statement Friday that tender love letters from his Japanese wife, Kyoko, played a major role in his decision to return home. He said a growing suspicion of Communist motives finally persuaded him about a month ago to return. Sunday morning the young corporal will fly to Tokyo for a final medical checkup and a meeting with his wife. The tiny Japanese woman wrote her husband Saturday that his decision to return home “was like a dream — a Christmas dream come true after three years.” Batchelor refused to answer many questions concerning conditions inside the camp. He said he did not want to incriminate any of the men remain-i ing, but it appeared that he might have been following the advice of i U.S. Army officers who have talked with him for hours sine? i bis return to the U.N, Command Friday. Batchelor explained how’ he gradually picked up Communist doctrines. “There were all kinds of study groups and bull sessions,” he said. “They gave us all kinds of literature on Marxism, Communist ideology, the class struggle, political economy and American aggression. Some of the books were I by Stalin.” Batchelor said he did a lot of j reading. "My mind was confused. Not all the Communist propaganda is wrong. They use a bit of truth or they could never convert anyone. “1 never thought of myself as a Communist so much as a peace fighter—I wanted to fight against war and American aggression.” But Batchelor said he nerer believed Communist charges that Americans used germ warfare and he said he no longer believes in communism or that America is an aggressor. Batchelor described himself as a leader erf the American prisoners. but acknowledged that other ! POWs who talked with Indian offi-cers at the gate faited to pass on information. This included the news that Cpl. Dickenson had returned to his home town in the I nited States and married, he said. “The Chinese told us he had been prosecuted." Batchelor said. Batchelor told newsmen Saturday he was captured by Chinese Communists in November 1950. He said he was among 30 American infantrymen surrounded and without food on a North Korean hill. In Hermit, Batchelor's parents planned a welcome home eelebra-| tion for the son they have not seen ! for almost three years, “I feel just like shouting," his mother said when she heard that he had asked to come home, j Only last we4c Mrs. Batchelor , had said that only a miracle would 1 bring her boy home. 1 “It’s the answer to my prayers, I just thank God,” she sighed. ?g*Ij53YERS ANSWERED M Mother to Welcome PO'OW os 'Lost Child' TOKYO AP—Metropolitan police said tonight at least 17 persons were killed and 41 injured under the feet of a surging throng as hundreds of thousands of Japanese flocked to the Imperial Palace to wish Emperor Hirohito a happy New Year. The newspaper Asahi estimated that 700,000 swarmed around the palace grounds in downtown Tokyo. Police said the thousands of men. women and children, dressed in their holiday best, were caught in “terrible crushes” during the afternoon. crowds hoped to get a look it n Emperor and Empress who had it. eared on a balcony seven times e «rlier in the day. Kyoco News Agency said the vast throng got out of hand at about 3:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. EST), the deadline for signing the imperial register and offering best wishes to Hirohito. The crowd swarmed toward the gates of the palace grounds as police tried to bar the entrance at the deadline, Kyodo said. Thousands who had not yet had a chance to sign the register tried to push through. Men, women and children fell under the feet of the onrushing crowd. There was no immediate word on whether any Americans were among the dead and Injured. The English language Japan News said the crowd gathered in hopes that the Emperor might make a public appearance. The News said two American Marines helped Japanese police rescue persons knocked down by the crowd and prevent a possibly higher death toll. Before the war only titled Japanese were allowed to enter the palace grounds and sign the imperial register. Since the war, however, everyone has been welcome. Each year hundreds of thousands of Japanese have made it a custom to wish the Emperor well during the new year. young man than Claude,” Mrs. Batchelor said. “He just wanted to say how happy he was that Claude could come home. Mrs. Batchelor was exhausted after many sleepless hours since she learned of her son’s release Thursday night. Her husband, after staying up all New Year's Eve night, rested Friday afternoon before going to work on the night shift at his job as an oil well driller. THANKS—Peter Orlando gets thank-you kiss from 18-month-old Steven Winkler after Orlando puled him from beneath wheels of truck when the boy and- nis mother were thrown from their auto in collision in Detroit. GLARING SITUATION By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON IF—Sen. Gillette iD-Iowa) said today he will, ask the Senate to curb broad investigative powers in the field of international relations now held by the committee headed by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis ■. “This is a glaring situation.” Gillette said in an interview. “It is someFfiTRp that was never intended and I will ask the Senate to pass on it at the coming session.” McCarthy is chairman of the Government Operations Committee and of its more widely known Permanent Investigations subcommittee Gillette said he wants the Senate to rescind authority for the Gov- SS.0 OF LIFE'S DARKdikesT MOMENTS ; kHMI. Fla. Uh — One of ' ■* sj) darkest moments came ®i|t*ight to the Florida Power ,u«W&C4ght Co. .• jjh the lights on the eom-\ r*l i s float went out just as it . , ‘ hd the courthouse during ’Ui/finnual King Orange Jambo-*IriacParade in downtown Mi- HEAVY CONFERENCES Ike's Nearly Ready To Address Congres.» Badly Hurt-In Knbimife Assault Search continued Saturday for J, M. Nanne.v, Abilene State Hospital patient who has been missing since noon Wednesday. Workers were still dragging Lytle Creek. Children found Nanney’» clothing and personal effects near a South 11th St. bridge on the creek. Dragging began Thursday. The missing man’s family arrived in Abilene Thursday after being informed of his disappear-ance. Admitted to the hospital Nov. 9, 1948, Nanney is a son of Mr*. Lula Nanney of Bishop. AUGUSTA, Ga. T - President Eisenhower, nearing completion of work on a series of messages to Congress, confers again today with administration advisers. The President scheduled another early morning session in his office at the Augusta National Golf Club. He started the new year yesterday with a four and a half hour morning conference on the State of the Union message which he will deliver to Congress m person next Thursday. Then Eisenhower went off for a round of golf while his aides worked on into evening on the document, James C. Hagerty, presidential press secretary, reported after the morning meeting that “quite a lot of progress” was made toward whipping the message into final form. Work also continued on the annual budget and economic reports to Congress. The conferences here are being attended by Budget Director Joseph M. Dodge: Ambassador Henry Cabot Ix>dge. chief U.S. delegate to the United Nations; Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, head of the Office of Defense Mobilization; Sherman Adams. Eisenhower's top assistant, and other White House aides. Eisenhower already has completed a report he will make to the nation Monday night on his administration’s first year in office. The speech w ill be carried on television and radio. The President plans to fly back to Washington tomorrow, ending a visit which began Christmas Day. Eisenhower yesterday reappointed Harmar D. Denny to a six-year term as a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board. The Pittsburgh Republican first was appointed to the CBA last April for the balance of a term which expired this week. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. The President also named throe members of a t>oard set up Dec. 16 to investigate a wage dispute between the Railway Express Agency and the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. Appointed to the emergency board were Judge Fred W. Mess-more of the Nebraska Supreme Court. William E. Brady. New York lawyer, and Allen Dash Jr., of Philadelphia, a labor arbitrator. Small Boy Sought As Scooter Hits Car Police was looking for a small boy Saturday who Friday ran his motor scooter into a car and bent its fender, Mrs. Annie Hull, 2334 Walnut St., said the accidr?«t occurred at South Fourth and Peach Sts The boy, on a ere am-colored scooter, was advised to report to the Police Department. She said he got on his scooter and rode awav. Girl Returns Home Mon, 45, Arrested Police took into custody * 45-year-oid man Saturday in connection with the disappearance here about a month ago of a 13-vear-old girl. County Juvenile Officer J. Turney Sparks reported Saturday The Latin-American, who had been sought by the sheriff’s« department for two or three week* reportedly returned Saturday from Lovington, X. M where be was said to have taken the girl. She returned with him and was restored to her family. Gasoline Reported Stolen From Truck DRAGNET SERMON THAT'S A FACT Theft erf 50 gallons of gasoline was reported to Abileix* Police Saturday morning. Charles Xapp, 1925 Shelton St.. said the gasoline was taken by removing a plug from the bottom of his truck and draining it. Xapp said he heard the car as it drove away. TULSA, Okla. -F — Dr. Allen Graves' sermon for Sunday night at the Baptist Emanuel Church: * Dragnet.’’ That s a fact, ma am* Wreck Near Anson Claims 2nd Victim Texas Highways Pass 50,000 Miles AUSTIN F Texas* highway system has grown beyond the 50-000 mile mark. State Engineer D. C Greer said yesterday. Of these state - maintained roads, 24.016 miles are farm to market highways. Greer said only 291 miles of state road in Texas are unpaved. ANSON. Jan. 2 — A New Year's t A third Walker airman, Thomas Eve traffic accident claimed a sec- j H. Bearden, 22. of Dallas, was tak-oud victim Friday night as Lamar en to Carswell Air Forte Base Hailey Johnson, 43. of Artesia. N. Hospital Friday M., died in Anson General Hosplt-j Funeral for Mr. Giles and Ma. al    j    Johnson will be announced by haw- His brother-in-law. Samuel G. reace Funeral Home here. Giles, 41. also of Artesia, had died Arrangements are pending arrival Friday morning.    of relatives. A hospital spokesman said John- Giles w as driving a 1953 car with son had a head concussion and oth-j the Johnson family and his 3-year* er injuries. He died at 1155 p.m. < old son Mike as passengers. Mike Friday.    was discharged Friday morning Four of the eight other    injured    J    from the hospital, in the wreck were still    hospitalized    ;    The smash-up happened    late in Anson Saturday.    i    Thursday night on    U, S.    Highway Mrs. Johnson, 38. and her (laugh- j    180 east of Anson    when    the    ear ter, Sharlene 16, were    reported    Ait map Cohen    was driving    crashed iu good condition. Two other John* into the back of a vehicle driven son children, Jerry. 7.    and Wil-    by Mrs. Roy    M.    Whitehead    of bur, 11 were discharged    Friday.    Hobbs, X M. Two airmen, Lee R. Pinkham, Mrs. Whitehead and her husband 25. of Ellsworth, who suffered a were not hurt, broken knee, and Alton D. Cohen, After the crash, the Cohen car 21, both airmen at Walker Air ; glanced off the Whitehead automo-Force Base in Roswell, N. M.. were bile, smashing head-on into the still hospitalized.    I    approaching Giles    car. V.S. nnvXKTMKNT or COMMI Si K HI U'HI R mm 41' ABIt.ENF AND VICINITY Fisi! and wanner today, turning cooler tonight and Sunday Maximum tvmprratur* Unlay. 6f low tonight near 55: maximum Sunday M NORTH AND CENTRAL WEST TEXAS Clear to paitiv cloudy through Sunday So important changes EAST TEXAS Mostly cloudy occa-aional light rain !» extreme south this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight > *d S in* " SOUTH CENTRAI TEXAS • Cloudy In oarUy cloudy through Sunday, a Sitile warmer iate Saturday Tl Mi l R ATI Rl * Erl P.M.    S*'    * M 60    \    »0    *y Dallas Welder Killed In Shooting Scrape DV1L\S F \ shooting that dimaxed an argument over a loud radio in an apartment house ended in death for a Dallas welder, police said last night. Clarence Ner-ren. 38. was ttead and police held a man, 13. a tenant in the apartment house. Mexico Borrows IVKKT WITH WILSON — Charles K Wilson feenterl secretary of defense, was host for * C01t%aombination business and pleasure meeting of key government officials at his home Jcar**b r Pontiac, Mich. With Wilson are (left to right) Roger M. Kyes, deputy secretary of de* isase; K. B. Anderson, secretary of the navy, Tobert T. Stevenson, secretary of the army; Adm. W. J. McNeil, assistant secretary of defense. (AP Wirephoto) MEXICO CITY tv The government oil industry has borrowed 11 million dollars from a V S bank to finance modernization of its refineries this year. iS    D    .*« Maximum wmpasauir* for JA-hour perse«! oiscfoct SSt 6 5(1 A (ÿS Minimum    fur H hour period R*rom*t*r rradms *t *    »    m. » -Y juiaûvg humKUtï *• » 30 * m. • ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: January 2, 1954