Abilene Reporter News, January 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas POSSIBLE SHOWERS "WITHOUT OR VYItH OFFENSE TOTRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 217 Amtcimted Frett (Ati ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 19, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Weekend of Terror Ends For Young Kl SAX FRAXCiSCO wealthy young San Francisco real estate broker kidnaped Saturday and held for S300.000 ransom was res- cued unharmed early today by po- lice who arrested the suspects. The kidnaped man, Leonard Moskovitz, 36. newsrneu with a broad smile: "It's wonderful. I love the police department." Dist. Atty. Thomas Lynch in announcing the'break at 4 a.m. Identified the two suspects as Har- old Jackson, 57, and Joe Lear, 43, both of Sacramento. Calif. Moskovitz was found'shackled in a rented house at 167 Arbor St. a few minutes after two police inspectors picked up Lear as he talked with the victim's famiiv from a public telephone a few blocks away. Lynch said. Police Lt. Don Scott said Lear squealed and quickly led the of- ficers to the hideout. Kidnaping Kept Secret Newspapers, wire services and radio stations had known of the kidnaping since shortly after wor- ried members of the Moskovitz family telephoned police Saturday afternoon and reported him miss- ing. All kept it secret while the family negotiated for his release. Leonard's father. Maurice Mos- kovitz. a tiny silver-haired man. and" his sister-in-law. Mrs. William .Moskovitz. talked happily with 35 to 40 newsmen in the Hall of Jus- tice. "You're the most wonderful peo- ple in the Mrs. Moskovitz told Police Chief Michael Gaffey. The younger Moskovitr, father of two children, appeared rumpled and in need of a shave. He said the kidnapers threatened to mu- tilate him but actually did him no harm. "They kept me shackled all-the he said, "but they _ didn't harm me. They gave me water when I wanted it, and food." Glare at Newsmen He said the kidnapers never re- ferred to each other ex- cept Jackson was called "Dutch." He said they talked about a third party as if he were a boss, but I think that was just a cover up." Jackson and Lear glared at newsmen as they were led into the crowded press room at the Hail of Justice. Here is the way the case de- veloped: Moskovitz left his office on Outer Gem St. at 11 am Saturday to keep several business appointments. He..didn't keep any of them. Five hours later his family called the Missing Persons Bureau. Al- most simultaneously a special de- livery ransom demand arrived at the father's home in the exclusive Seacliff district overlooking the Golden Gate. The letter, in Leonard's hand- writing, demanded and gave directions for contacting the kidnapers through the personal columns of the Examiner. Manhunt Is On The father immediately called police and the biggest San Fran- cisco manhunt in two decades was underway. It turned up Leonard's car Sunday in a downtown public garage, but there were no imme- Cool Air Front May Trigger Showers Cooler air moving down from the north into East Texas may edge close enough to Abilene to give a chance for showers here Tuesday and Wednesday. The U. S. Weather Bureau here said there is a fair chance for showers Tuesday and Wednesday, but that no appreciable drop in temperatures can be expected be- fore, at all. The. maximum temperature Tuesdax. was to range from 70 to 75 degrees and the mercury will run up td'ajjotit 70 degrees Wed- nesday. diate developments. Late Sunday night a second spe- cial delivery note asked the family to hurry ransom arrangements. Police traced the first ransom call from a telephone booth in the Mission district and all officers had been instructed to pick up any- one using the booth. Two inspectors cruising in the area spotted Lear talking on the telephone and made the arrest. Lynch said. He called it a "natural." Just after noon oil Monday, a man telephoned the elder Mosko- vitz' home. kid is sick. We want to get rid of Then he hung up. Mutilation Threatened Two and a half hours later, a third special delivery letter, again in Leonard's handwriting, gave in- structions for assembling SSOO.OOO and threatened mutilation to Mos- kovitz. Moskovitz' wife. Lesley, and their two sons, David. 4. and Mi- CHAIN STAYS "cbacl, 6, went into seclusion with other family members at the elder Moskovitz' home. Police and. FBI agents were in the house and kept the neighborhood under surveil- lance. Leonard's home is in su- burban Burlihgame. x much can .you raise by midnight tomorrow the caller asked. "Get The family said alt the ransom were in Leonard's' hand- writing. Meshovilz his captors had threatened to castrate him and send the evidence to his family "if there is any further stalling." Following instructions again, In-. spector English placed the original ad in the Tuesday Examiner, on sale Monday night. and his brother operated the "Moskovitz Realty Co., a real estate and insurance- firm. Their lives have been closely linked, even to enlisting in the Air Force to- gether and marrying on the same day. They live in adjoining homes. U.S. Settles Dispute Out of Court WASHINGTON compro- mise settlement of the govern- ment's anti-trust suit against the AfcP food chain was announced ioday by Atty. Gen. The retail chain will not be broken up. The attorney general said a con- sent judgment, accepted by both the Justice Department and the 'real Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. was entered this morning in the Federal District Court in New York City before Judge Edward A. Conger. Brownell said the decree pro- vides that AitP must move at once to dissolve Atlantic Commission "o. its.produce buying subsidiary. The subsidiary had been accused of functioning in an inconsistent dual role as a direct buyer for AScP's retail stores scattered through 40 states, while at ,the same time acting as a selling agent for the AtP suppliers iu sales to the big chain's reil com- peitors.- The civil anti-truit action in New York was brought in September, 1949 by Atty. Gen. AIcGrath after AiP had been convicted of crim- inal anti-trust law violations in a trial held at Danvillej 111., and had paid in fines. The McGrath suit specifically asked the New York court for an order requiring that the re- tail chain be broken down into seven separate and independently owned retail food chains which would compete with each other. JACK WHEELER president .A. B. (STORMY) SHELTOM first vice president" Wheeled Shelton T New Chest Heads Jack; Wheeler, was! elected-, to head the Abilene Community Chest as president of the board of directors at a meeting of the 1953 and .1954 directors. Tuesday morn- ing at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Wheeler, an Abilene insurance man, succeeds W. M. (BUI) Bray- mer, who presided over his last board meeting .Tuesday. Other .officers elected were A. B. (Stormy) Shelton; executive vice president of The Reporter- News, first vice president: W. L. (BiUi.Blakney. district manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., second vice president; and Horn- er Scott vice president of the Citizens National Bank, treasurer; Scott has been treasurer of the Chest, which he ever since its founding. Braymer reported that the.Chest now has in the treasury after the 1953 campaign. He pointed out that S2.900 at the very-least, was still needed to fill out all commitments of the Chest. Bert Chapman has been appoint- ed- chairman v Shelly: That's not so. He askcil me for a divorce when the baby was only 11 weeks old. I told him I would come to Italy with the baby and we would live like a family and try to make it work first. Then I came and found he had another Interest. He was the oocwho kept adUng divorce. I loved the that's past tense now. Gassman said he asked for a divorce after a long, scries of quar- rels and disputes with Shelley "We never- lived together long enough for a long series of any- she flashed only stayed at my house when made a to save rent" Gnssman also denied his wife's charges that he's romantically In- terested in Anna Maria Ferrero. the teen-ager who plays Ophelia in his production of "Hamlet.'' Describing .their relations as a "professional collaboration." Vit- torio said he had "only a sincere friendship tor Anna Maria." Then why. Sielley 'wanted to know, "did he ask ,me to leave Genoa (a week ago) and tell me He didn't want me .there because he had and sentimental relationship with the "When that happened. I hit him nnd he hit she nddcd, Maria seconded Vittorio: absolutely nothing be- tween Gassnun and me. just a pure friendship and on my part a feeling of gratitude because of his help In mv theatrics! earner.'1 She added that she's not 16, as Shelley said. She's 17, "going on and Gmman art Jl. Reds Demand Indians Keep PWs Captive PAMliUNJOM Commu- nists demanded today that the In- dians "withdraw'' a decision to turn back unrepatriated war-pris- oners starting tomorrow and in- dicated they wfll not accept 345 pro-Red POWs The Reds insisted oh more time for interviews with anti- Communist Koreans'' and Chinese and that 'all prisoners be kept in neutral custody until a peace con- ference decides their fate. The Indians said they would go ahead with the transfer of anti- Communist prisoners back, to U.N. custody starting at 9 a.m. Wed- nesday (7 p.m. EST The Allies said flatly they would be freed at midnight Fridav. Pro- Red POWs.. including 21 Ameri- cans, presumably will remain in Indian custody at least temporar- ily. The Communist nine-page letter to the Indian angrily opposed the decishjn to return all unrepatriated war prisoners io their captors. An Indian spokesman quoted the Reds >as saying they will not take back pro-Communist "prisoners." And another neutral official said "The implication of the whole mes- sage is plainly that they will not take them back." The text of the letter broadcast by Red China's Peiping radio docs not say flatly that the Communists would refuse .to accept custody of the prisoners if the Indians turned them back. But the Reds appear to say so by implication. The Communists rejected any proposal which would transfer the prisoners from Indian custody -be- fore (1) they receive explanations and (2) a Korean peace confer- ence discusses their fate. Lt. Gen. K. S. Thimayya, Indian chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission, said an- ti-Red prisoners would move south- ward from stockades in Korea's neutral zone on schedule. Wild West Pioneer at Denison DENISOX, Tex. HV-Jamcs R. Walts. 98, pioneer of the Old West who saw Billy the Kid slain, will be buried here today. Watts, who said he once cleaned out the Kid in a poker game and "lived to tell about was a member of Pat Garrett's posse when the youthful bad man was slain. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEAYHCR ItCREAU ABILENE ASD VICINITY Clouds- Io partly cloudy with chunce for show ers Tursday. Tuesday nfcM HlKh temperature Tuesday W to 73 decrees. Low Tvwrtay nlsht r.ear 50. fiir.li Wednesday about 70. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly tloudr tills afternoon. tnrtlKht and nesday wtth vldelv scattered stiovtrs to. nlcht and WEST TEXAS: Cloudy Kllh scattered tonlcnt and Wednesday, and In Fccos Valley eastward this aftemoan. colder: In Panhandle Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CESTRAL TFXAS. Cloud? and warm with widely scattr'ed showers this afternoon. TKMPKR.VTURKS Mon. P.M. (KM Tues. A.M. M 53 SI 50 SI 33 53 M, 5T loan Si M 53 M Barometer readtnt at p.nt. 7I.M. Kelallvt humidity at p.m. Maximum lempcralure tor 24 hnitrs end- Inc at a.m., 10. Minimum temperature. far- 14 touti cad.' .bt at a.m., States Allowable For February Gut SOUTH TEXAS STORMY Charges Planned Against Rangers? EARLY MORNING blaze at College's maintenance shop roused city firemen at 111 am Tuesday An unidentified spectator watches firemen extinguish the flames Firemen are, left to right, Fire rtarshal Len Blackwood, almost hidden, Ota- McCoy, Station 2, Capt. D. Snell, Station 6, and Howard assistant _chief. (Staff Photo by "David Barros) jg Damage High In Residence, College Fires hat firemen "exten- sive" .damage resulted from two fires here during the past 24 hours. The Fire Department answered an alarm at Tuesday at the repair andi maintenance build- ing at McWurry College, just east of the stadium. One room of the frame struc- ture, including contents, was dam- aged. That is the plumbing and shop room. Damaged there were equipment and- two .pickup -trucks. The remainder of the building was. not damaged. Probable cause M that fire was a short in the electrical wiring outlet for the electric welder, said Assistant Fire Chief G. I. Powell. No financial estimate has been made-of the loss, Powell-said. The residence occupied by Joe R. Hale and owned by J. R. Huck- abee at.2942 .South. Seventh St. was damaged by a blaze at p.m. Monday Powell said the fire was caused by a gas heater, .located inside a dummy fireplace, as it was too close to the wall. The living room wall and furniture were damaged. There was smoke and heat damage to the furniture throughout the house except in two rooms, and slight damage was done to the roof. Pow- ell reported. ALICE Texas Hangers today prowled watchfully over this politically stormy area as rumor circulated charges might, be filed against two Rangers who figured in a courthouse brawl. with. South Texas political leader George B. Parr. Ranger Capt. Alfred AUee and Joe Bridge tangled with' Parr and his Duval County sheriff Archer Parr, yesterday in a brief, explosive scuffle. "I thought I was going to see a Mrs. Caro Brown. Alice Echo reporter who was an es'e- said. Archer Parr blamed "temper" for the incident Bridge tall quirt-tough veteran of the Mexican border country, said the trouble started when Archer "insulted" him. Three extra Rangers came to San Diego, Tex., county seat of George Parr's Duval stronghold last night as new political unrest stirred the "county. Freedom Party spokesmen Do- nato Serna said Parr's opposition force had threshed out internal differences at the meeting Satur- day night near where George Parr was accused of illegally carrying a pistol. Are United' "We are starting strong Serna said. "We are united for the same purpose." George Parr, a controversial figure in Texas politics and long a dominant political power in this predominantly Latin American area, was released under bond for Illegally carrying a pistol. His belated appearance at the county. court hearing on the charge led up to the brief brawl. In the fight Archer Parr was cuffed by Bridge and George Parr was smashed across the'ear by Alice. The Jim Wells County grand jury meets here tomorrow. Well-found- ed reports were that charges grow- ing out of the two-punch, gv.n- waving battle might be filed today. The grand jury would then be giv- en the charges. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES 'CANDIDATE SLATE Good Government League to select slots of candidates for municipal posts. Page 1-B. IM'S FIRST YIAR Past year of Republican administration evaluated by opposing party men here. Page 3-B. FACt TICM Simmons renews old rivalry with Red Raiders ot Rose Field House tonight. Page 6-A, No official or any of the'jnen involved would comment or say if it was planned to file 'charges." But enough and others connected with' the incident talking action to give the reports' weight. Parr was accused by Manuel Marroquin of-displaying a pistol as members of the Freedom Party gathered at his'drive-in in the Jim Wells half of San Diego. The Jim Wells-Duval County line splits Sau Diego. Juaa Ben-era also was charged of the same count. Jim Wells County Sheriff Halsey Wright quoted Marroquin as say- ing George Parr had said. "I'm going to get you and all of you. if you don't stop having those or words to that effect. Union Leader Talks to Panel On Health Plan WASHINGTON Aiken (R-Vt) of the Agri- culture Committee moves to put off a showdown on ihe disputed flexible farm price support plan by saying he won't seelc a vote on it until around March 1. Secretary of Agriculture Benson, who wants a sliding scale for most major federal price preps, goes be- fore the senators for the second day in a But a number of committee Demo- crats and keep- ing the present rigid, high-level support'system. Health President Eisenhow- er's health message to Congress brings both praise and criticism from some interested legislators. Others offer a "no comment" pending further details. The House Commerce Committee, continuing lengthy hearings on the subject, gets testimony from CIO President Waiter Rcuthcr. j Senate tight over a bill to allow the United States to join Canada in building a St. Lawrence seaway ncars a climax. The Senate has voted against the seaway four times over the 20 years, but this time both sup- porters and opponents say it may pass. The House must still act. Slash OK'd After Firms Urge Boost AUSTIN Texas Railroad Commission coa- tmued its fight to reduce ex- cess stocks of crude oil today, ordering a cut of 40.208 bar- rels pei dav m the Tevas al- lowable for Febi uai y This ill mean an average dailj a'Unr- able of 2 barrels Tae commission insisted on t' e reduction despite reauests for ?n inaease from a majority of oil purchasers who testified at tie statewide, proration hearins. Lowering of the oil flow will he accomplished by cutting the num- ber of statewide dais from 17 in the month of January to 15 in the 2S-daj month of February The Big Fast Tex-s fielu also will be cropped fioir 1T to 15 Warns Increase field Mill have 15 proaue- ing dajs, one less than this month. will remain on 15. Pewett Ranch have nine of flow one le" than this montn, and Pickion will remain on nine. Commission Chairman Ernest O. Thomoson opened the hediing with a w aining against possible dangers of increasing production at this tare "This certainly is a time for caution Certainly we do not "want to discount.the good work that has 1 been done and nullifV it bv pro- ducing more oil' than is needed at this season of the year he said. He welcomed the decline in na- tional stocks of crude, which stood at barrels as of Jai, 9, indicated concern ihe continuing high of gasoline stocks at barrels Must "All ot the good ttat has been accomplished in the past few months m the nay of reducing crude stocks has been pretty well offset by refiners insisting on high through-put, and it seems about the only way" to Work .off excess gasoline is to reduce crude pro- duction :iintil the gasoline stocks have been reduced to the point where they are not in excess of market Thompson de- clared. Although the Texas daily allow- able will drop barrels Feb. 1, compared with that of, Jan. 16, the rate that new wells are being brought in will add enough produc- tion to make allowable average out about as it' has for January, Thompson noted. To have granted 16 instead of 15 statewide producing days in Feb- ruary would have meant a barrel oer day increase. Two Urged 17 Days "We could drown the state in oil very Thompson said, explaining the commission's resist- ance" to demands for higher pr> duction. Sinclair, Gulf, Magnolia and Texas Co. sought 16 days of flow, both statewide and for while Sun and Shell urged the still greater production that would have resulted from 17 days, "You understand .what that would do, dov Thompson asked Joe Owens of Sun; It mean "a 230.- 000 barrel a day Owens replied. In accord with .the commission on Us decision to allow 15 days of flow were Humble, Phillips, and Stanolind. Ike Delays Farm Vote Statehood Another oft-abat- ed Issue, statehood for Hiwall comes up for a vote in the Senate Interior Cwnmltttt. WASHINGTON tfl The: Eisen- hower administration moved to- day to delay for fit least six weeks any showdown with Senate critics of its flexible farm price support program. The Senate Agriculture Comrnit- Secretary of Agricul- ture Benson for" questioning on the program but Chairman Aiken (R- Vt> said in an interview he won't push for a vote on the price sup- port issue until about March 1. Aik- en is backing the new program which President Eisenhower 'out- lined to Congress eight days In the meantime. Aiken said, he will ask the committee to consider other phases of the program. These include Eisenhower's requests for (A) authority to "freeze" bil- lion, dollars worth of crop sur- pluses" from regular markets, (B) a boost in -'fund; to support farm prices and fC) au- thority to dispose of a billion dol- lars worth of surpluses abroad over the next three years. Officials said the last point con- templates the lurphucs-would be given to non-Communist lountrles la excbaoie for ptcdfti to mkkr- ortr them." take economic projects. "When all of these have been explained and considered. I think there may be a fuller understand- ing of what the President and Ben- son are trying to Aiken said. "In six weeks it is entirely pos- sible that our differences over par- ity will be resolved." Aiken said he was "not at all discouraged" by the evident fact that a majority .of his committee now favors continuance of 90 per cent parity price -supports on ma- jor field crops.- instead of the 75 to.90 per cent flexible props pro- posed by the President; Parity is a farm price standard said by law to give farmers a fair return for their .products, in terms of things they have to buy.' ''I am'confident that we are go- ing.to get a workable the Vermont senator said. "It these surpluses can he' removed from competition on the trurkct j farmers on-have fresh they will get better out of the Prwldent's flxf would out of N per parity with the surplu.Hs utiil htnclu K< ;