Abilene Reporter News, January 6, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 06, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND MILD fCTje Jlfiilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR'FOES WE SKETCH YO'JR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXHI, No. 204 Attfduled Frtitt (Aft ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 6, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e. SUNDAY IOC Politics in Saddle As Solons Convene By JACK BELL WASHINGTON UV-Congress re- convenes today in the political at- mosphere of campaign year and with President Eisenhower mar- shaling his administration in a drive to bolster peace and pros- perity. The two houses, meeting at noon, tchcdulcd only routine formalities, including the" swearing in of six members to fill vacancies caused bv deaths and resignations. There was the possibility they would adjourn quickly out of re- spect to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, who died Sept. 8 when Congress was not in session. The first session of this 83rd Congress adjourned the night 61 Aug. 3. Tomorrow President Eisenhower goes before a joint session with the State of the Union message outlining his program for the year. Republican congressional leaders predicted he will emphasize .that his administration is taking the initiative in far-flung activites for natona! security. The President, will be-speaking to a closely divider! Congress, ill which Democrats have one more senator than the Republicans and only four fewer House members than the GOP. 'Behind'that mere numerical di- vision lies a growing Democratic UDity heightened by GOP attacks, and the approach of the November congressional elections. Such' unity could spell trouble tor some of the Eisenhower domestic proposals but seems'unlikely to produce any ma- jor challenge to his foreign policies which may face more opposition within GOP ranks. Strenuthen Free World One Democratic senator, who didn't want to be.quoted by name, raid White House briefing of con- gressional leaders yesterday pro- duced no indication .of any "funda- mental change" in foreign policies. Eisenhower was said to be pre- paring to ..pledge further strength- ening of the: free -world's, defenses, coupled with attempt to get Rus- sia to agree to drop its aggressive tactics and to join in peaceful de- velopment of atomic energy On the home front, the president intends t" deal tomor row onlv in broad objectives, gtt ting to case- latel in mes sages on specific "ubjects In one of these, due Monday, said the President will recommend a farm program .combining flexible price supports with a move to freeze part of existing farm surpluses in a national defense stockpile. Fight Due Over Labor This can be expected to anger some Democratic and Republican supporters of rigid high-level sup- ports which Congress has favored for the last five years. Controversy is almost certain, too, over a message.on Taft-Hart- Icy labor relations act changes, scheduled the same day. Without revealing the nature of (he program. Chairman H. Alex- ander Smith the .Senate Labor ssid in an inter- view h'e 'expects the President's proposals to he "gw-ctcd 'with con-j tentions by business organizations that, he is trying to give everything to labor anil by complaints from union the amendments still would leave it 'a slave labor law.1 Democrats Unconvinced The President was said to have sought at yesterday's White HouseJ conference to get Democratic lead- ers, as well as the Republicans, behind the general objectives of his "new look" military program- aimed at increasing combat strik.-! ing power through new weapons while reducing manpower. He apparently failed to convince some Democrats, including Sen. Hussell that it would be wise to withdraw two divisions from Korea. While Hussell was publicly silent on the twchdivisioa issue, he said a review of world conditions by State Duiles was "good because it was carried on with the utmost can- dor and frankness." Dulles was described as having sounded an optimistic note on the chances for world note echoed publicly by Sen. Griswold just back from a visit.to Europe and Asia. Griswold. who did not attend the conference, said in an interview: "I have come back with the feel- the President ana Secretary o'f icg that there is not going to be a shooting war. There may be some shooting battles in small areas, but there is not going to be an all-out war between Russia and West- ern world." Minter to Head CC Program; College Promotion Proposed Appointment of a program-plan- ning committee for the Abilene Chamber Commerce and a prop- osition for setting up a central promotion organization for Abi- iene's three colleges were the main topics discussed at a meet- ing of the C-C executive committee Wenesday morning. George Minter Jr. was appoint- ed chairman of a committee to plan the C-C program of work for next year, President Elbert Hall said. The committee will be charged with setting up a more comprehen-. sive program of work for the Chamber than_has been followed during the past year or so, Hall said. The chief projects of the C-C during the past year have been winding up opening of construction on Abilene Air Force Base, work- ing with city and county officials in road bond elections, and similar projects held over from previous years, Hall pointed out. "We are now in need of new ideas and new suggestions for the Chamber to continue in its active program and justify the investment which' the businessmen of Abilene have in the Chamber." Hall said. The executive.committee discuss- ed and decided to turn over to the board of directors a proposal to set up a booster organization in the C-C for Abilene Christian'Col- lege McMurrv College, and Hard- in-Simmons Umversitv The proposal grew ouf of a meeting of Hall and otter C-C representatives with officials of the three schools in the Woolen Hotel Tuesday, he said. Present were Howard McMahon, 70 TODAY Balmy Weather Due to Linger Warm sunshine and "near 70 de- gree weather stayed in Abilene tor the seconoV straight day Wednes- day and the weatherman says.it'll be almost as warm again Thurs- day. Warm as it is, from 5 to 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, the mercury will have to gn some to top" the -75 degree high oi a year ago. tod ay. The weatherman says the mark of 75 was 14 degrees above nor- mal. The above normal readings this year are from Jan 1 Pioneer Fisher Countian Dies Jan. 6. J. R. (Jay) Cleveland, .about 65, pioneer resident of Fisher Counts', died at his farm home two miles south of Rotan at 3 s. m. Wednesday. SLAYS FRIEND Arthur E. Hanson quietly sips coffee after slaying his friend Paul Pedcrson, foreground, in San Francisco late Monday night, Hansen killed Pederson with shotgun the victim had given him as a Christina! gift. GEORGE MINTER JR. ..to plan work Frank Grimes, and Frank Nevins from the C-C: Dr. Evan. Allard Keiff, H-SU president, Doi Morris, JICC president; Garnet Gracey, business maiiager at McMurry, Bui Teague of S M Jav VMcMurry board member: and W. TR." Wright, H-SU board member. executive committee decid ed to ask the education committee a survey to try to ae- termine the economical as- n ell as the cultural value of the three colleges to the city, if board approves Hall said An organization of local business men may be set up to promote the three colleges "if it is feas- Hall said. Among things which, the com- mittee will look into is the value in terms of spending power of each student at the three schools. While much of the value of the colleges to the city cannot be de- termined in statistical terms this would give something to start with', Hall said The type of publicizing group which would be; set up has not yet been determined.Mie said. DAD SQUEALS 4 Arrested But Still Sought WASHINGTON Secret Service today picked up a man they described as a fourth suspect in the New Year's Eve theft of new bills from the Bureau of Engraving. The Sen-ice earlier had reported recovery of all but of the money. Charles Howard Nelson, 27, Negro, was brought under custody io the field office of the Secret Service in the Treasury early to- day, it said. There. Nelson was placed under questioning immediately. Nelson's address was given as 5408 Chapel Oaks Drive. Chape; Oaks, Md., near the District of Columbia line. Other details not immedi- ately available. The case broke open yesterday with the arrest of a bureau em- ploye, his wife, and a soft-spoken little Oagpole painter on a tip fur- all-night soul search- the father of the woman. The three are, Negroes. They were arrested one after the other in a day that began with a.5 a.m phone call to Virginia state.police by Irving Grant, father of Mrs. Mamie Landis. and ended with the recovery of in three sep- arate the, loot apparent- Iv smuggled from the monev printing plant in the tail of a suit jacket Those accused: James Hufus Landis, 29, an hour checker in the heavily guarded plant which makes the government's currency. The 6-foot- 1 Landis was held in bail 'on. a .currency theft charge. Landis' pretty. 26-year-old wife Mamie, whom he married i when she was 14. was held in S10.000 bail in spite of her firm denial of any knowledge the theft. William Giles, 27. the flagoole 'painter, who freely, admitted driv- .ing with the Landises to the Fan puier County. Va.. tenant cabin of Irving Grant in an effort to hid of the "hot" currency. Officials said Landis admitted stealing crackling new S20 bills from their paper coverings and stuPing plain paper in their place The dummy packages werent discovered long New fear's weekend was, over. "I did it for the future of mv family" said Giles, whose arraign ment was scheduled today. "1 can't give them, all the things I want to give them." Virginia state police said Mr. Landis' father one of his visitors produced a hide the money after Us daughter and her companions dropped in on him Sunday night. Then, till dawn, he wrestled with his conscience and fear of the law He told his; wife what had hap- pened. She had a heart attack. Finally Grant went to a telephone. He had, he told the police, "a big pile of .Treasury was "scared to death." 11 SINCE NEW YEAR'S Yeggs Top 2 More Firms, Toke Cash Burglars Tuesday night tapped Underwood's Pit Barbecue place at 2402 South 14th SL, and M. T. Cornelius' coin-operated machines establishment at 917 North 13th St. This brought -to 11 the .number of Abilene burglaries since New Year's Eve. At Underwood's an undetermined amount of cash was taken from a cigarette machine and from a nick- that both contained, Detective Lt. George Sutton said. Some cigarets were taken. "We expect to have an estimate during the day of the total cash loot." Sutton stated. From the Cornelius estab- lishment cash was stolen out of a cigar box in the office and 10 cartons of Camel cigarets were taken. Investigating the two break-ins were Sutton. Detective Warren Dodson and the identification of- ficer, Lt. Grover Chronister, Entrance to Underwood's was made through a window of the men's rest room at the north end of the building. The burglar re- moved a saddle and two guns from the inside walls and left them elsewhere about the place. The Underwood burglary occur- red between p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. Glass Smashed Entry to the Cornelius building was made by breaking a window glass on the east side and appar- ently using a screw driver to raise the window. Sutton said. Cornelius has a stock ot coin-operated cig- arct machines and nickelodeons Ridgway Says U. S. To Have 'Best Army' ANTOXIO. Tex. tfi-Gcn. Matthew B. Rldgvray, Army chief or staff, made a brief inspection of 4th Army headquarters here to- day but fcnd little to say about national affairs. After bluntly veiling newsmen, "We are going to have need of (lie finest ariny ,ln the we are going i0 havc Rldg- way would not elaborate. He was to leave here at .noon (or Himtsvllle. Ala., and Atlanta, Ga., to continue nationwide inspection of Army stored there for distribution to cafes and other places. Sution reported that the burglar left the Cornelius building by un- locking a west door. This burglary took place between midnight Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wed- nesday. It was discovered by an employe. Two new theft reports were made to police. Stovall Motors, 17C2 Butternut St.. said Tuesday that somebody stole the hub caps from a 1952 Mercury. Lar.iar Body Works reported Wednesday morning that two fen- der skirts were stolen off the 1949 Ford of L. O. Anderson. They said this happened at 641 Palm St. Laniel Slated To Win Ballot PARIS Joseph Lan- iel faced the National Assembly today in an effort to pull his crumbling majority together for a vote of support in advance of the Big Vour foreign ministers meet- ing in Berlin. He was expected to win grudging for love of Laniel but to assure France of having a for- eign minister present when the talks open on Jan. 25. Even some of Laniel's bitter enemies want France to speak up with some show of authority in Berlin. to Quit The test conies on a statement of general policy by .Laniel stress- ing domestic affairs, followed by a demand that debate be cut off. Lauicl planned to tell the special Assembly session that if he is de- feated or gets a weak majority on his demand to pigeonhole debate, he will resign. By this device he avoids a 24-hour postponement re- quired when a formal confidence vote Is posed. Adjournments and explanations by the deputies of their views on postponing debate were expected to put off the until litt Fire Levels Cisco College Building WERE MISSING 2 Abilene Soldiers Listed as Dead Parents of two Abilene soldiers listed as missing in action in Ko- rea have received, word that their sons will probably never return home from the war. Letters from the Department of Defense have informed Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gwinn, 642 Wilson St.. and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Booth Sr., 941 Cherry St, that their sons, Cpl. Vance W. (Bob) Gwinn and Sgt. Euell C. Booth Jr., are offi- cially, presumed dead. "The letter said Bob won't be coming Mrs. Gwinn. said simply. The letter for the Gwinns arriv- ed'Tuesday. The Booth family re- ceived the government notifica- tion: Saturday. "They still don't know -anything definite." Mrs. Booth said Wednes- day morning. "It appeared for awhile that they still have hopes he (Euell) will still turn up." Ended Waiting The letters ended three and one half years of waiting.for Mr. and Mrs. Gwinn, who have.seven other children. Their-sonj." who would have been 26 last-November, was first listed as missing-on July 5, 1950. He was among the first Tj S troops to enter Korea, six davs after the war began on June 25, 1950. Sgt Booth has been missing 19 months, his mother'said; since Julv 17, 1952. He left Abilene on Nov 27, 1951 for Korea. The last word she received from him was a letter postmarked July 12, she said, although his girlfriend Fort Worth received one dated Julv 16 the dav before he disap- peared into the confusion of the War. Since then the Booths have heard nuthmg definitt" about their son's fate, although one re- turned veteran told them "several different stories" about what hap- pened. He had been "shell-shocked or Mrs. Booth said, and each time the story came out differently. Wouldn't Help Much "We didn't know hardly what to Mrs. Booth said, "it might best to report it to the war department, but from the way he would tell it we didn't believe It would help much." Sgt. Booth was in Company F, 23rd Infantry. Second Division, serving near Old Baldy when he was reported missing. He was born in Abilene on May, 13, 1932, and atended school here. Before entering the Army on June 21. 1951, he worked at the Martin Linen Supply Co He was the Booths' oldest son. Other children include two married daughters, Mrs. Doris Touchstone who with, her two children is liv- ing with her parents, and Mrs. Melba Reynolds of Cad do; 14-year- old twins, Barbara and 'Donald; Sandra, 10, and Nita Sue, 19 months. Irtr. Booth is a truck driver. The family has been living here for the past 23 years. Cpl. Gwinn was born Nov. 4. 1927, in Jacksboro and came to Abilene late in the 1840's when he worked six months for a supply company. He was drafted and serv- ed about two years just after World War II, later re-enlisting on Jan. 3. 1949. He was sent to Japan the same year. In January, 1950. his parents moved to Tye and to Abilene the following year. Brother Enlisted A younger brother. Lewis, had enlisted in 194S and served in Ja- pan and Korea, but never saw his older brother while he was in the Far East. Mrs. Gwinn said. He was in Korea when the parents received word that the older son was missing. 'Another brother. Easel, has been in Korea since the spring of 1953 THE WEATHER DETHOir bring- ing criminal against four iren announced a "solution onrlv today to the attempted; assassina- tion of Walter Heutber, CIO Unit- ed Auto Workers president, in 1948. "This is the solution tut it mav DEr.uiTXF..vr or WEATHER BUREAU ENE AND VIClNlTY-Ctet'.-M.a Wednesday, Wednesday nlsht and Tnursdey. cot much to Hm.wmturr. tetnptrtture Wednesday near 70, low HUH TtmniUj- to nTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Oewrally fair this -afternoon, rental and Tniirsdaj-. Slightly warmer tia-.lttt, EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair this afternoon, and toniRfct. slUliUy warmer tcntcht. Thuisday partly clouds- ani mild. TEMPERATURES TUM. P.M. Wed. A.M. S3 35 67 37 37 37 61 S3 3S I'M W H9t............ 63 M............ H laromttor TiMliac ixw p.m. tw.tlvf humidity it 12tM p.m. Hft Mftxlmum (or ptrloU vndlni "Minimum ttuptnturt lor ptrlod nilbl a. and was in combat for a short time before the truce was signed July 27. "Basel will come back home about next March, if they" get things settled over Mrs. Gwinn said. son, Glen W. Gwinn. who will be 19- Feb. 14, is subject to the draft. He is working on the construction of the new high school now, she said. The Gwinns' oldest son, Ray- mond F. (Jack) Gwinn, 30, served in the Pacific with' the Army in World War H. The Gwinns have three other children, a 11-year-old son and two daughters i CIO CHIEF REUTHER avenged yet? MAY CO FARTHER' Four Men Charged In Reuther Shooting WIRES FOLKS Balchelor'j Homeward Bound Soon KERSIIT (fl Cpl Claude Batchelor telegraphed his folks today that he was well and coming home. "I, guess circle is com- plete, said his father OUie Batchelor. The corporal, a prisoner of war in Korea who first decided to re- main with, the Communists and then changed his.mind. said; 'Dear Mom and all. I'm back on the right side of the Bamboo Cur- tain. Feel like a new man already. Dont, don't worrv. Looking for- ward to seeing jou soon Have missed you terribly. Love to all at home; Claude." His. father immediately tele- phoned his wife in Chicago. She is to make a television appearance there tonight "She was really Batche- lor said.. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES SOUTH OF BORDER Mild looktno Jose Figusres, president of Costa Rico, is South America's newest center of controversy. Page 4-A. CAGE TEAMS beaten by Midwestern {page 10-A) while Hardtn-Simmcns is downed by New Mexio A M (Pass LAKE WATER HARDER Water from Clear Fork or the Brazos River in Lake Fort Phcn- tom Hill has increased the hard- ness of the wcter. Page 3-B. go Wajne County (De- troit) Piosecutor G e r a Id K. O'BrJen said. Two. of the accused men .were in custody. One was sought aad another is reported an inmate of a federal penitentiary. O'Brien and City Police Com- missioner Donald S. Leonard gether made the announcement of the arrests and charges. Two ol the accused men were identified as Carl Henda and his iather-ia-law, witnesses before the Kefauver Senate crime investigat- ing committee -hei-e. Rends was in custody at police headquarters was sought. Also named in.the charges-were Peter Lombardo, described as. an inmate of the penitentiary at Terre Halite. and Clarence. Jacobs, identified as a Tecumseh, Ont., television shop owner. Jacobs was in custody in- Wind- Ont. Prosecutor O'Brien did not give out full details. However, he 'We have evidence as to what actually happened. This is the solu- tion but it may go farther. There mav- be other involvements." Years of Study Warrants against the four men contained two criminal counts. One charged assault with, intent to mur- der, another conspiracy to assault with intent to murder. The .attempted killing of Reu- the attempt, also on the life of his brother Victor a little more than .a'.-.year, years of Jnvestigation. Each was shot .at his home-.vby an assassin who fired a shotgun through tlie window. Victor Blinded Whether it was the same man on both occasions police could never f say. Reuther was shot April 20, 1945. Victor was shot Jiay 24. 1949. Wal- ter lost part of the use of an arm as a result; was biiaded in one -eye. At the .time Writer blamed "Communists, man.-igeh-.cnt or a crackpot." Nothing came out of investigations to support any the- ory. Today's police announcement came as a surprise to union offi- cials. Frank Winn. the union's public relations officer, said he had had nc advance word of it. Walter Reuiher W35 in Atlantic City. N. J. Loss Placed At By Officials CISCO, Jaa. 6 Cisca Junior College administration building was completely destroyed; by an early morning fire Wednes- day at an estimated loss "of more than Girls in a dormitory nearby dis- covered the blaze about 2; a.m. and the building burned to the ground within an hour. Students and the Cisco Volunteer Fire Department who fought the fire could do little more than keep it from spreading to other build- ings. Only part of the brick walls the two-story building remained standing. Cause 'Undcrtemined Cause of the fire was underter- mrned and Fire Marshal C. R. tower was checking TO determine its origin. The administration building housed the majority of the college's classrooms, the auditorium, busi- ness offices, music and science de- partments and the library-whicli alone was valued at, more than Manv of the books that burned cannot be replaced1. _ O. L. Starney, president of the college, estimated the total loss at over The building and its contents were partially covered by of insurance. The flre is believed to be "the costliest in the. history of Cisco. Girls who discovered the fire were in a dormitory about 200 feet from the main building. About 50 students and volunteer firemen battled the blaze that spread rap- idly. Stamey reported that classes _Kter.e..beuig held as-usual Wednes- day using the dormitories, the caf- eteria and other building: on the- campus. He said ths "coHegeL "would con- tinue to operate and that rebuild- ing plans would-be made later. There are six other buildings on the campus; the boys and girls dormitories, the cafeteria, a shop building where shoo work and au- tomotive mechanics are taught, and a small class room building. The administration building was built in 1908 when Britton Train- ing School was moved to Cisco from Scranton. The school operated as the Britton Training School until World War ,1 when the whole student body volunteer- ed for service. At that time it was a school for bojs only. Early in the 1920s, the First- Christian Church, took over the property and operated the school as Cisco Christian College. About 1925, the school was re-organized as Randolph College but was still operated by the church. In 1938 the school closed and in 1939 the property was purchased by Cisco citizens. The school has been operated as Cisco Junior Col- lege since that time, by the Cisco, Independent School District. Prominent Oilman Dies at Eastland EASTLAXD, Jan. 6 (RXS) Joseph M. 71; prominent Eastland oil .man, died., Wednes-; day morning at at his home after 'a. brief illness. Mr. Weaver was born at Moundsville, W. May 24; 1882. He moved to Eastland Feb. 24, 1917, to take the oil leases that founded States Oil Corp. er was active in the development of Eastland and through Wcaver-Crim Corp. and Duquesne Oil Corp. his included oil discoveries in the East Texas and Coleman fields. ites Pending for 5 in Family Killed in Snyder Grade Crash SNYDER, Jan. S Funeral ar- rangements were incomplete Wed- nesdaj' morning for five members of a former Hawlcy family who were killed about p.m. Tues- day in an automobile freight train collision at a Snyder grade cross- ing.. Bell Funeral Home will announce the arrangements. The dead are Lemyc Buevancc Miller. 40, of Snydcr and former- ly Hawlcy; his wife, Mrs. Georgia Miller, 42; their son, 'Oary Kdmond Miller. 15; and two daughters. Linda Kay Miller, 11, and Brenda Jot Miller, 10. Only1 survivor of the immediate family Is a daughter, Mrs. Odell Youngblood of Gary, Tex. The family died at a crossing at Avenue E and about South 24th St All but Gary were thrown from the car ai it hurtled tkroufh the air. Gary was found under the but iavtaUfaUaf Beers did not know who was driv- ing the car. The car was traveling south and the Ssnte Fe freight train was coming from Sweetwater into the Snyder freight yards. There is a cross-arm sign but no automatic warning signal at the crossing. The weather was clear at the time of the crash. About S100 damage was done to the freight train but none of the trainmen were injured. The Miller family, until six months ago. hart been living at Hawley. where the father operat- ed a welding shop. Miller had been working for a construction firm at Snyder and at the time of his death was employed on a pipeline project at Colorado Cits'. The.fam- ily had been living at Snj'dcr'in Trsilertopia. J. B. Green, Snyder agent for the Sante Fe, said the train trav- eling about 30 to M miles an hour. The (liescl train pulling, 73 cars, The engineer Tom ers. All the railroad .cars and ea- gine remained upright. The crash was investigated by members of the Scurry County Sheriff's Department and Snyder Police Department, Miller and his wife, the former Georgia Estclla Underwood, were both natives of Hawley. She is vived by two brothers' whose ait dress and names are not known. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Miller of Ha-.vlcy. Hit is e retired farmer and a resident of the Uav.ley area for about M years. Miller also has a sister, Mrs, A. L. Hacidox, who lives at 31S2 Bick- ley St in Abilene. Other daughter, Mrs. YoungUood; tlM parents and the sister at Abilene, include, two T. 8. MUtr of Hawley and Paul Miller ot son; three listen, Mn. U E, Lank- ford of Denlson, Mn. DMifUi ler of New Mexico, tod Mn. Ttto Mlnga CalitonU. ;