Abilene Reporter News, January 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 02, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR.FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No, 200 (Af, ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 2, 1954 PAGES PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY 106 Gl, INDIANS CLASH VERBALLY Batchelor Still Soys Others May Follow H im to Freedom SEOUL young Texas cor- of 23 American war prisoners who originally stayed with the today "there might be others who would come out" if given protection from dagger-wielding fellow POWs. Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor, who changed his mind and asked yes- terday to go home, called for an investigation of conditions inside th-j- pro-Communist neutral zone compound and said Indian guards should search it for hidden weap- ons. Batchelor. of Kermit, Tex., is PRAYERS ANSWERED the second of the 23 Americans to ask repatriation. His story of life in the wire-en- closed 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 Amer- icans, 1 Briton and 327 South Ko- reans. The 22-year-old corporal calmly faced a battery of newsmen, cam- eras and microphones as he made these points: 1. Both South Korean and "Amor- Mother to Welcome ROW as'Lost Child' By JOHN DAN1LSON Reporter-News Staff Writer KERMIT, Jan. 2 There won't be a big celebration when Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor comes home, but he'll get a warm welcome from his parents who prayed for months that he would return. ''We never did feel he was a Communist." said Mrs. 0. L. Bat- chelor; mother the youth who temporarily threw his lot with his Communist captors. "We always had a' feeling he would come home." A celebration, she said, would not be appropriate. She said she will welcome her son as she would "a lost child.'- As for other Kermit folk, most of them reserved opinions on Cpl. Batchelor, but the general attitude seemed to be: "We'll give Claude every chance." Batchelor's New Year's resolu- tion to leave the Red compound in Korea and rejoin U.-.S. forces set off a lot ol talking in this It also set off a flood of tele- phone calls and a stream of vis- itors to the Batchelors' small white house. A man who identified him- 'self as Lt. Col. Tom Hooper of Brunswick, Ga.. told Mrs. Batche- lorbv'-telephone-en New Year's Day that he-had been a POW in Korea in the camp with Claude. "He said.he. never knew ONE OF LIFE'S DARKEST MOMENTS MIAMI, Fla. (31 One of life's darkest moments came last night to the Florida Power and Light Co. All the lights on the com- pany's float went out just as it passed the courthouse during the annual King Orange Jambo- ree Parade in downtown Mi- ami. Man Badly Hurt In Knife Assault Fernando Holguin, of 816 North 10th St., was reported by police in a serious condition Saturday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital suffer- ing severe knife wounds in face and stomach. Another Latin-American man was arrested by Police Detectives at a cafe and brought to the station for investigation. City Det. Vrarren Dodson said a complaint charging aggravated assault would be lodged against him in County Court. The alleged affray occurred at GOO North Eighth St. about a.m. Saturday, Dodson said. Texas Hunting Deaths This Fall Total 23 AUSTIN'. Jan.-2 hunt- Ing fatalities during the fall season hare climbed to 23, the State Game and Fish Commission reported to- day. Executive Secretary II o w a r d Dodgon said it ivas significant not one fatality has been reported so far this year of a hunter killed in Texas when mistaken for wild game. young man than Claude." ;Mrs. Batchelor said. "He just wanted to say how happy he was that Claude could come home. Mrs. BatcheJor 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. All Hands OK As Ships Hi! SAN FRANCISCO MV-The ore ship Permanente Silverbow limped toward San Francisco under Coast Guard escort today after two of her holds were flooded in a slash- ing collision with a freighter off the northern California coast. The ore carrier, south- bound from Portland, Ore., with 40-45 crewmen, collided late last night with the Manila-bound ton freighter Colorado, about 145 miles north of San Francisco. The Colorado's forepeak was flooded but she reported. no dan- ger. The Silverbow radioed the floods ing appeared halted. A passing Standard Oil tanker, the J. N. MacGaregill, the Colorado and two Coast Guard cutters, were accom- panying the Silverbow to San Francisco, where it was expected to arrive by mid-morning. Henry J. Kaiser's Permanente Steamship Co. of .Oakland operates the ore ship and the Colorado is owned by the States Steamship Co.' of New York. 1 Search Continues For Missing Patient Search continued Saturday for J. M. Nanney. Abilene State Hospit- al patient who has been missing since noon Wednesday. Workers were still dragging Ly- tle Creek. Children found Nanney's clothing and personal effects near a South llth St. bridge on the creek. Dragging began Thursday. The missing man's family ar- rived in Abilene Thursday after being informed of his disappear- ance. Admitted to the hospital Nov. 9, 194S, Nanney is a son of Mrs. Lula Nanney of Bishop. Girl Returns Home; Man, 45, Arrested Police took into custody a 45- year-old man Saturday in connec- tion with the disappearance here about a month ago of a 13-year-old girl. County Juvenile Officer J. Turooy Sparks reported Saturday. The Latin-American, who had been sought by the sheriffs de- partment for two or, three weeks reportedly returned Saturday from Lovington. N. M.. where he was said to have taken the girl. She returned with him and was re- stored -to her family. iean pro-Red prisoners in the camp are armed with .daggers to intimi- date any prisoner who wishes to escape. "It would be difficult at times for the Americans to get out." 2. Chinese Communist leaders haw "some contact" with prison- ers in the neutral zone compound, despite Indian reports to the con- trary. 3. "A lot fellows there are quite mixed up and .there might be others who would come out" if they had a chance: All outgoing letters .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 re- peatedly 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 con- trasted with the extreme nervous- ness of Cpl. Edward S. Dlckenson of Big Stone Gap. Va., who was repatriated from the north camp Oct. 22. Batclc'lor 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 Communist motives 'finally persuaded him about a month ago to return. Sunday morning the young cor- poral 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 de- cision to return home "was like a dream a Christmas dream come true after three years." Batchelor refused to answer many questions concerning condi- tions inside the camp. He said he did not want to in- criminate any of the men remain- ing, but it appeared that he might have been following the advice of U.S. Army officers who have talked with him for hours his 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 he said. "They gave us all kinds of litera- ture on Marxism, Communist ideology, the class struggle, politi- cal economy and American ag- gression. Some of the books were by Stalin." Batchelor said he did a lot of iT "My mind-was confused. Not all the Communist propaganda is wrong. They use a bit of truth or they could never convert anyone. "I irever thought of myself as a Communist so mu-cb asia peace wanted, to fight against war and American' aggression." Batchelor said he never be- lieved 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 cf the American prison- ers, but acknowledged that other POWs who talked with Indian offi- cers at the gate faifed to pass on information. This included the news that CpU Dickenson had returned to his home town in ihe United States and married, he said. "The Chinese told us he had been prosecuted." Batchelor said. Batchelor told newsmen Satur- day he was captured by Chinese Communists in November 1950. He said he was among 30 American infantrymen surrounded and with- out .food on a North Korean hill. In Kerrnit. Batchelor's parents planned a wHcomc home celebra- tion for the son they have not seen for almost three years. "I feel just like shouting." his mother said When she heard thtt he had asked to come home. Only last week Mrs. Batchelor had said that only a miracle would bring her boy home. "It's the answer to my prayers. I just thank she sighed. MEET WITH WILSON Charles E. Wilson secretary of defense, was host for a combination business and pleasure meeting of key government officials at his home p M VvflC Honiltv fense; and Inn VIIVH combination business and pleasure meeting of key government officials at his home ear Pontiac.'Mich. With Wilson arc (left to right) Roger M. Kyes, deputy secretary of dc- onse; R. B. Anderson; secretary of the navy; Tobcrt T. of the army; nd Adm. W. J. McNeil, assistant secretary of defense. (AP, Wirephoto) New Year Death Toll TOO Behind Christmas 17 Killed, 41 Hurt as Mobs Crowd Palace TOKYO 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 swarmed around the palace grounds in downtown Tokyo Police said the thousands of women and children, dressed in their holiday best, were caught in "terrible crashes" during the. 'Fternbon. crowds hoped to get a look it. ti Emperor and Empress who had X eared on a balcony seven times r irlier in the day. Kyoto News Agency said the vast throng got out of hand at about p.m. a.m. the deadline for signing the im- perial 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 saidl Thousands who had not yet had a chance to sigh 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. 1 "The News- saidj-.two American Marines lielped Japanese police rescue. persons and .prevent a possibly higher death toll. Before the war only titled Japa- nese were allowed to enter the palace grounds and sign" the im- perial register.. Since the war, however, .everyone has been wel? come. Each year hundreds of thousands Japanese have made it a custom to wish the Emperor well during the new year. Orlando gets thank-you kiss from 18- month-old Steven Winkler after Orlando puled him; from beneath wheels o_f truck when the boy and-Ms mother were thrown from their auto in collision in Detroit. 'GLARING SITUATION' to Seek Curb on McCarthy By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON Gillette (D-Iowa) said today he will, ask the Senate to curb broad investi- gative powers in jhe field of inter- national held committee headed bv Sea Mc- Carthy (R-Wis) "This is a glaring .'.situation" Gillette said Jn _an interview It is never in- tended 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 subcom- mittee Gillette said he wants the Senate to rescind authority for the Gov- HEAVY CONFERENCES Ike's Nearly Ready To Address Congres. AUGUSTA, Ga. 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 yester- day with a four and a half hour morning conference on the State of the Union message which he will deliver to Congress in person next Thursday.. Thea Eisenhower went off for a round of golf while his aides worked on into evening on the doc- ument. 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 re- ports to Congress. The conferences here are being attended by Budget Director Jo- seph M. Dodge: Ambassador Hen- ry Cabot Lodge, chief U.S. dele- gate 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 com- pleted a report he will make to the nation Monday night on his ad- ministration's first year in office. The speech will be carried on tele- vision and radio. The President plans to fly back THE WEATHER U.S. BKrAKTMEST OF COMJtEKCK BCKEAO XB1LEXE AND VICINITY: todfty. turnine cooler tonish: Sunday. Maximum temperature tcdfty. 60: low toniirM near 35: maximum Sunday 55. NORTH AND CENTRAL WEST TESCAS- Clcar-to partly cloudy throujth Surdsy. No Important chances. EAST TEXAS Mostly cloudy, occa- sional light rain In extreme south anernoon. Partly ctoady tonight and d.y. 5OVTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy wrtly clouds' through. Sunday, little warmer iate 'Saturday. 63 47 65............ .li a.m. Ktlativi huraWHV at to Washington tomorrow, ending a visit which began Christinas Day. Eisenhower yesterday reappoint- ed 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 expired this week. His appointment is subject to Sen- ate confirmation. The President also named three members of a board set up Dec. 16 to investigate a -wage dispute be- tween the Railway Express Agen- cy and the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. Appointed to the emergency board were Judge Fred W. Mess- more ol the Nebraska Supreme Court; Wifliam E. Brady. New York lawyer, and Allen Dash Jr., of Philadelphia, a labor arbitrator. DRAGNET SERMON: THAT'S A FACT TULSA. Okla. HI Dr. Al- len Graves' sermon for Sunday night at the Baptist Emanuel Church: That's a fact, ma'am. Texas Highways Pass Miles AUSTIN O> Texas' highway system has grown beyond the 50.- cbo mile mark. State Engineer D. C. Greer said yesterday. Of these state maintained roads, 24.016 miles are farm to market high- ways. Greer said only 291 miles of state road in Texas un- pavcd. Dallas Welder Killed In Shooting Scrape DALLAS shooting that climaxed an argument over a loud radio in an apartment house ended in death for a Dallas welder, po- lice said last night. Clarence N.cr- rcn, 3S, was dead and police held a man. 43, a tenant in the apurt- mcnt house. Mexico Borrows MEXICO CITY govern- ment oU Industry has borrowed 11 million dollars from a U.S. bank to finance nuxtarniiaUoa of >U re- fineries this year. ernment Operations.. Committee "to investigate international affairs and give this solely to the Foreign Relat'ons Committee, of vjmch Gil- lette is a'member. Although tangled with McCarthv injthe made no mention jrfAhe. Wisconsin sen- ator in explaining-'why-he sought the -change. _ Relations Delicate "International relationships are delicate now and will be for an unforeseen Gillette said. "The Senate has given its Foreign Relations Committee authority in this field. "We all know that careless ac- tons or statements in this field can Jeopardize our international Gillette's proposal followed by a day- a remark by another Democrat Sen. McCarran of Nev- ada, that the investigations sub- committee in its investigations of communism "has stepped over into a" field There it was not intended to function .at all." However. McCarran in an inter- view said nothing about attempting to curb McCarthy's activities. He said on the contrary he thought the investigations subcommittee has" "done good and em- phasized there was nothing person- al in his .remarks.. He and Mc4 Carthy often have exchanged compliments. McCarren Confident The Nevadan said, however, he thought the Senate Internal Secu- rifc- subcommittee, of which he is senior Democratic member, "can do all the work necessary on. the Senate side'' in investigating sub- versive activities uteCarthy, in Miami, said yes- terdar that out commu- nism" is not the "orimary snroose" of his subcommittee and that it has been careful to check with the Internal Security subcommittee to avoid duDlicatton. He continued: "If in our investiffations we find subversive elements in rovernment which would prevent the ?oyern- ment from operating proDerly. and neither congressional group is in- vestieatin.s. then we to ahead. I have no argument' with Pat McCarran. Pat is one _of the ereatest senators we ever had and I have unlimited respect for him." 'Not Our Problem' Still another Democrat. Sen. Soarkman of Alabama, ssid in a separate yesterday. "If sumpthins should be done "McCarthy wtiv don't the 'Repub- licnns do it? It's not our Other Democrats have prooosed various rules changes that miaht limit some activities of McCarthy's subcommittee. McCarthy riled some officials last year by announcing what he said was a voluntary agreement by a group of Greek ship owners to stoD carrying cargo to Commu- nist China. He also has sent Investigators to Europe checking on various matters and has proved TJ. S. employes of the United Nations and other international organizations Senate Republican Leader Know- land of California sxio the GOP Policy Committee may study a change in rules under which com- mittees subpoena witnesses, but denied this was aimed at McCarthy. Meanwhile Sen. McClellan (D-Arkl, who led the Democratic walkout from the McCarthy sub- committee last July, said yes- terday "I don't anticipate return- ing to it regardless of ii worked out." 136 Persons Die In Heavy Traffic By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's'traffic death toll over the New. Year's week- end holidav was running behind the Christmas total by at least 100. There were 136 persons killed in highway accidents since the suAey started at 6 p.m. Thursday (local In the cor- responding period.for the Christmas holiday :the toll was 237. The violent deaths since New Year's Eve were: 180. They included 24 persons who perished in fires and 20 others who lost their lives in miscellaneous accidents. The 180 compared to 285 in the. same period during the Christmas holiday. The final Christmas traffic death total was 523. The Christmas total is included among the Natiohal'Safe- ty Council's estimated persons killed in traffic acci- dents in 1953, the same as in 1952. It was the first year since 1949 that the toll did not increase. The council said 1953 had the lowest mileage death rate in the history of traffic acci- dent records. It was estimat- _ _ 175 Killed ed at number of deaths per 100 million miles. The council had estimated 360 persons' would be killed in motor mishaps during the Year's weekend ending midnight Sunday. However, Ned H. Dearborn, coun- cil president, said if the present rate was maintained for the rest of the holiday period ths toll would be under 300, the lowest New Year's traffic death toll since 1949. 'Apparently the shock of the heavv Christmas holiday traffic toll plus the'incesasnt. emphasis placed, on safety by press. TV and -adio has sobered the. New Year '.oliday drivers into better traffic Dearborn said: There were 407 traffic deaths for a four-day. New" Year weekend last year while the record for" four days was 611 in 1951-52. A two-holiday death test survey, from' 6 p.m. Dec 3 to jnidnight-Dec._6j showed that 310 died m traffic accidents. 33. in fires and 89 in miscellaneous iccidents. The death ton by states listing traffic, fires and miscellaneous: Arizona 1 0 0' Arkansas 110; California 12 1 1; Connecticut 3 0-1; Florida 903; Georgia 330: Idaho 100; Illinois 12 3 100; Iowa 3 0 0; Kansas 002; Kentucky 200; Maine 0 1 Q; Marv- land 210: Massachusetts 5 TO; Michigan 12 0 2; Minnesota 4 0 0: Missouri 22 1; Montana 1 0 2; Nebraska 1 0 0; New Jersey 300; New Mexico 200; -New York 14 41; North Carolina 1 1 0; Ohio 510; Oklahoma 2 00; Oregon 1 0 0; Pennsylvania 10 0 2: South Carolina 1 4 0; Ten- nessee: 3 0 1; Texas 913; Vermont 100; Virginia 400; West Virginia 1 0 1; Wisconsin 200; Wyoming 2 0 0. Small Boy Sought As Scooter Hits Car Police was looting for a small boy Saturday who Friday ran his motor scooter into a car and bent its fender. Mrs. Annie 2334 Walnut said .the accidrant occurred at South Fourth and Peach Sts The boy, on a cream-colored scooter, was ad- vised to report to the Police De- partment She said he got on his scooter and rode away. Gasoline Reported Stolen From Truck Theft 50-gallons of gasoline was reported to Abilene Police Sat- urday morning. Charles Napp. 1925 Shelton St. said the gasoline was taken by removing a plug from the bottom at his truck and draining it. Napp said he heard the car as it drove away. Over Texas In Holidays By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS At least 175 persons died in Christmas New Year holiday vio- lence over Texas. That was 15 fewer than the pre- dicted 190. The 10-day count ended Friday at midnight. At le'ast 18 New Year's Day deaths closed the--period. Seven were- the traf- fic toll-to 86, of the 90 forecast- by the, -Department 'at Puttie Safety. TJie la test-deaths Judy" Bay, of at WeHs Friday, when she-was hit by alumber track.- Gomecindo" Garcif. 26, Hosen- burg, struct by a car near Devers Friday. J. W. Barber, 31, killed Friday by a freight train in Hudspefli County. Mrs. Mamie Brett, of Houston killed in a collision oa, the fog- bound Gulf Freeway in Galveston County Friday. Four deaths resulted from a one- room apartment fire late iThursday in Wolforth, 10 miles southwest ;of Lubbock. Josefina Martinez, 3, and Eddy Jr., 1. died Thursday, of burns and Olga, 4 and Nora, 1 month, died Friday. A fifth, child was in critical condition. G. R. Crim, about 65, former Lamb County sheriff, was found. in Ms pickup truck Friday about nine miles south of his home Jn Sudan. He had been shot once in the A pistol was in his hand. Silsbestre Torres, 67, of Lamesa was killed late Thursday when his car overturned, near Lamesa. Henry D. Adams, 31, construc- tion worker, was killed Friday- afternoon" when. he -fell 218 feet from a smokestack at an electric power plant near. Fort Worth. He was dismantling a scaffold. J. W. Burden, 45, of Dallas, was struck and killed by, a car Friday. Roy Hunter. 3S, Dallas, was shot to' death Friday in the tavern he operates. A woman told police she fired the shot. Charles Thompsou. 37, Dallas, was shot, to death Friday. A man, 25, surrendered. Cecil I ng r am. 31, Amarillo draftsman, was found dying of a bullet wound in his car yesterday after it had swerved out of control, crossed several lawns and stopped in a vacant lot. G. B. Ware, Ama- rillo construction contractor, was charged with murder. Wreck Near Alison Claims 2nd Victim ANSON. Jan. 2 A New Year's Eve traffic accident claimed a sec- ond victim Friday night as Lamar Hailey Johnson; 43, of M.. died in Anson General Hospit- al. His brother-in-law, Samuel G. Giles, 41, also of Artesia, had died Friday morning. .A hospital spokesman said John- son had a concussion and oth- er injuries. He died at p.m. Friday. Four of the eight other injured in the wreck were still hospitalized in Anson Saturday, Mrs. Johnson, 38, and her daugh- ter, Snarlene, 16, were reported iu good condition. Two other John- son children. Jerry, 7, and Wil- bur, 11 were discharged Friday. Two airmen. Lee R, Piokham, 25, ol Ellsworth, who suffered broken ami Alton D. Cohen, 21. both airmen at Wilktr Air Force In Hoiwcll, N. M.. were 1UM A third Walker airman, Thomas H. Bearden. 22, of Dallas, was tak- en to Carswell Air Force Base Hospital Friday. 'Funeral for Mr. Giles and Johnson will be announced by Law- rence Fui.erai Home here. Arrangements are pending arrival of relatives. Giles was driving a 1953 car with, the Johnson family and his 3-year- old son Alike as passengers. Mike was discharged Friday morning from the hospital. The smash-up happened Thursday night on U. S. Highway 180 cast ot Anson when Airman.Cohen was driving' crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by Sirs. Roy M. Whitehead of Hobbs, N. M. Mrs. Whitehead ami her biMtand were not hurt. After the crash, the Cohen ear glanced off the Whilehtad automo- bile, smtslUog htad-on into UM approaching Mr, ;