Abilene Reporter News, January 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas POSSIBLE SHOWERStiftc ^Wlrne 3^i)orter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 217 Asêociated Prêté (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 19, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c CHAIN STAYS Weekend of Terror Ends u.s.settles For Young Kidnap Victim a&p Dispute Out of Court SAN FRANCISCO (¿F)—A wealthy young San Francisco real estate broker kidnaped Saturday and held for $300.000 ransom was rescued unharmed early today by police who arrested the suspects. The kidnaped man. Leonard Moskovitz, 36. told newsmen with a broad smile; “It’s wonderful. I love the police department." Dist. Atty. Thomas Lynch, in •nnouncing the break at 4 a.m. identified the two suspects as Harold 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 [wliee insix'ctors picked up Lc'ar as he talked with the victim's family from a public telephone a few blocks away, Lynch said. Police Lt. Don Scott saki Lear squealed and quickly led the oi-ficers to the hideout, Kidnaping Kept Secret Newspaper.s. wire services and radio stations had known of the kidnaping since shortly after worried members of tlu- Moskovitz family telephoned police Saturday afternoon and reported him missing. Ail kept it secret while the family negotiated for his release. I.eonard’s father. Maurice Moskovitz, a tiny silver-haired man. and his sister-in-law, Mrs. William Moskovitz. talked happily with 35 to 40 newsmen in the Hall of Justice. ‘ You're the most wonderful people in the world." Mrs. Moskovitz told Police Chief Michael Gaffey. iTie younger Moskovitz, father of two childi-en, appeared rumpled and in need of a shave. He said the kidnapers threatened to mutilate him but actually did him no harm.    ! "They kept me shackled all the tune." he said, "hut they didn't harm me. They gave me water when I wanted it, and food. " Glare at Newsmen He said the kidnapers never referred to each other by name except Jackson was called "Dutch.” ■ He said they talked about a third * part.v as if he were a bc»ss. hut 1 think that was just a co\er up " Jackson and l^ar glared at newsmen as they were led into the c rowded press room at the Hall of Justice. Here is the wav the case de- i veloped;    I l^onard Moskovitz left his office : on Outer Geary St. at 11 a.m, | Saturday to keep several business j appointments. He didn't keep any ! of them.    j 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 Seadiff district overlooking the tlolden Gate. The letter, in !>eonard's hand-wntmg. demanded $5(XriHK) and gave directions for contacting the kidnapers through the iH’rsoiuil columns of the Kxaminer. Manhunt Is On The father immediately called i jKilice and the biggest San Fran- j cisco manhunt in two decades was : underway. It turned up Leonard s car Sunday in a downtown public ' garage, but there were no imme diate developments. Late Sunday night a second special 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 anyone using the booth. Two inspectors cruising in the area spotted Lear talking on the telephone and made ihe arrest. Lynch said. He called it a "natural.” Ju.sl after noon on Monday, a man telephoned the elder Moskovitz' home. "The kid is sick. We want to get rid of him." Then he hung up. Mutilation Threatened Two and a half hours later, a third special delivery letter, again in Leonard’s handwriting, gave instructions for assembling $300,000 and threatened mutilation to Moskovitz. Moskovitz’ wife. Lesley, and their two sons. David, 4. and Mi- •fhael, 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 surveillance. Leonard’s home i.s in suburban Burlingame. "How much can you raise by midnight tomorrow night?" the caller asked. "Get $300,000.” The family said all the ransom notes were in Leonards handwriting, Moskovitz wrote his captors had threatened to castrate him and send the evidence to his family “if there is any further stalling." j ^ .u Following instructions again. In-' spector English placed the original ad in the Tuesday Examiner, on sale Monday night. I^eonard and his brother operated the Moskovitz Realty Co., a real estate and insurance firm. Their lives have been closely linked, even to enlisting m the Air Force together and marrying on the same day. They live in adjoining homes. WASHINGTON mise settlement ment’s anti-trust A&P food chain (.fl—A com proof the govern-suit against the w’as announced State's Allowable For February Cut JACK WHEELER . . . president A. B. (STORMYi SHELTON . . . first vice president Wheeler, Shelton New Chest Heads Jack Wheeler was elected to head the Abilene Community Chest .IS president of the board of directors .nt a meeting of the 1953 and 1954 directors Tuesday morning at the .Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Wheeler, an .Abilene insurance man, succeeds W. M. BilL Bray-mer. who presided over his last board meeting Tuesday.    . Other ofiicers elected were B Stormy I Shelton. exccuti% e vice president oi The Keporter-News, fir>t vici- president. W. L. •Bill Bldknex. district mana :er of Soiitnut'stern Bell Telephone Co., second today by Atty. Gen. Brownell. The big retail chain will not be broken up. The attorney general said a con-.sent judgment, accepted by both the Justice Department and the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. W’as entered this morning in the Federal District Court in New A’ork City before Judge Edw’ard A. Conger. Bi-ownell said the decree provides that A&P mu.st move at once to dis.soive Atlantic Commis.sion Co. its produce buying subsidiary. The subsidiary had been accused i of functioning in an inconsistent I dual role as a direct buyer for j A&P’s 6,000 retail stores scattered through 40 states, while at the .same time acting as a selling agent for the A&P suppliers in sales to the big chain’s reil com-peitors. The civil anti-tru. t action in New York was brought in September, 1949 by Atty. Gen. McGrath after A&P had been convicted of criminal anti-trust law violations in a trial held at Danville, 111,, and had paid $175,000 in fines.    • The McGrath suit specifically asked the New York court for an order requiring that the A&P retail chain be broken down into se\en separate and independently owned retail food chains which w’ould compete with each other. Reds Demand Indians Keep PWs Captive P.ANMUNJOM .f The Commu-nist.s demanded today that the Indians "withdraw" a decision to turn back unrepatriatcd war prisoners starting tomorrow and indicated they w^l not accept 349 pro-Red POWs. The Reds insisted on more time for Interviews with 20.039 anticommunist Koreans and Chinese and that ail prisoners be kept in neutral custociv until a peace conference decides their fate. The Indians said they would go ahead with the tran.sfer of auti-Communist prisoners back to U.N. custody starting at 9 a.m. M'ed- er Scott, vice president of the Citizens National Bank, treasurer. ! Scott has been treasurer of the Chest, which he helped organize, ever since its founding. Braymer reported that the Chest j now has S85.381.91 in the treasury ! after the 1953 campaign. He pointed out that $2.900 at the vei v least, was still needed to fill    i-c'r    , out all cpmntitotonl. of tho Che.t, I    ,hlv    ^Id Bert Chapman has been ap^voint-ed chairman for this year's campaign. His appointment was made several years ago. as is the custom. Braymer .aid. Dr. Harold G. Cooke and Sam i Hill acted as co-chairmen for the Cool Air Front May Trigger Showers i Cooler air moving down from the north info East Texas may * edge close enough tr .\bilcne to give a chance for showers hero lAiesday and Wednesday. The i-. S We.Tiher Bureau here said there is a fair chance for | sliovvers Tuesday ami Wednesday, but that no appreciable drop in temperatures can be ex{>ected lx‘-fore Thursday if at all. The maximum temperature Tuesday was to range from 70 t.i 75 degiees and the mercury will run up to A^iout 70 degrees Wednesday. be freed at midnight Friday. Pro-Red POWs, including 21 .\meri-eans. presumably will remain in Indian custody at least temporarily. The Communist nine-page letter to the Indian Command angrily opposed the decisicpi to return all unrepatriated war prisoners to their caotors. An Indian spokesman quoted the Red.s as saying they will not take j Parr, back pro-Communisl prisoners. -And another neutral official said "The implication of the whole mes-"age is plainly that they will not take them back ’ The text of the letter broadcast by Red China’s Peiping radio does SOUTH TEXAS STORMY Charges Planned Against Rangers? .ALICE .4^-Five Texas Rangers today prowled watchfully over this politically stofmy area as rumor circulated charges might be filed against two Rangers who figured in a courthouse brawl with South Texas political leader George B. —vvere talking about such action to give the reports weight. Parr was accused by Manuel Marroquin o( displaying a pistol as members of the Freedom Partv his nephew. Duval County sheriff • gathered at his drive-in in the Jim Slash OK'd After Firms Urge Boost AUSTIN (AP)—The Texas Railroad Commission continued its fight to reduce excess stocks of crude oil today, ordering a cut of 40.20(5 barrels per day in the Texas allowable for February. This will mean an average dailv allowable of 2,830.448 barrels. The commission in.si.sted on t'e reduction despite requests for n increase from a majority of oil purchasers who testified' at tie statewide proration hearing. Lowering of the oil flow will be accompli.sheci by cutting the number of statewide producin'’» da.' n from 17 in the 31-dav month of January to 15 in the 28-day morth of February. The Big Fast Te.xex fielu also will be dropped from H to 15 days. Warns Against Increase Pantcx field will have 15 producing days, one less than this montlL Kelly-Snyvler will remain on 15. Pewett Ranch will have nine da\s of flow, one les.s than thi.s month, and Pickton will remain on nine. Commission Chairman Ernest O. Thompson opened the hearing with a warning against possible dangers ot increasing production at this time. “This certainly is a time for caution. Certainly we do not want to discount the good work that has ! been done and nullify it by pro-' ducing more oil than is needed at thi.s season of the year." he said. He welcomed the decline in national stocks of crude, which stood at 270.578.000 barrels as of Jar 9, * but indicated concern over the i continuing high level of ga.soiine I stocks at 162.343,000 barrels. !    Must    Cut    Production "All of the good that has beea accomplished in the past few months in the way of reducing crude stock.s 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 production until the gasoline stocks have been reduced to the point where they are not in excess of V«    uc.uagc    n,-.wufu    irom    uvo    demand,"    Thompson    de- Irvf^? plinnid    |    " Ahtugh the Texas daUy allow- ... p an ed to file chaiges. i alarm at 1:11 a.m. Tuesday at , »We drop 40,206 barrels Feb. But enough people—officials and i the repair and maintenance build- L compared with that ot Jan. 16, others connected with the incident ; ing at McMurry College, just east rate that new wells are being E.VRLY MORNING FIRE—A blaze at McMurry College’s maintenance shop roused city firemen at 1.11 a.m. Tuesday. An unidentified spectator watcbes firemen extinguish the flames. Firemen are, left to right. Fire riKtrshal Len Blackwood, almost hid&n; Otis McCoy, Station 2; Capt. D. Snell, Station 6; and Howard Hill, assistant chief. (Staff Photo by David Barros) Damage High In Residence, College Fires What firemen termed "extensive” damage resulted from two Ranger Capt. Alfred AUee and Joe Bridge tangled with Parr and Archer Parr, yesterday in a brief, explosive .scuffle. "I thought I was going to see a not say flatly that the Communists    |    kJHing. ’ Mrs.    Caro    Brown. Mice would refuse to accept custody of    j    Fcho reporter    who    was    an eye- tho prisoners if the Indians turneci    i    witness.' said, them back. But the Reds appear to    .Archer Parr    blamed    tempin’* say so by implication    i    for    the    incident. The Communists rejected any,    quirt-tough    veteran proposal which would transfer the „f the Mexican border country. prisoners from Indian custodv be- said the trouble started when W. L. (BILL) BLAKNEY . . . second vice president HOMER SCOTT . . . treasurer Love's Labors Lost Is All Gassman, Shelley Agree On ROME ‘T Filmdom’s latest marital battlers. Snelley Winters and Vittorio Ga.s; man. sw apped hot wotd.>i across Italy last night. They agreed their 21-month-old marriage Is over, but what happens now is an>bot!y’.s gues.s. Via her attorney, the fiery actress filed suit for separate maintenance in Santa Monira, Calif., yesterday. She asked "reasonable and substantial" support from her handsome Italiijn husband, and fustiHly of iheii 11 - month - old daughter Vittoria. Gassman. in Milan, where he’s playing the lead in a st.age production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," told reporters he wanted a riivWce. He said he’ll do his duty 1 separate about family obligation.s, but ’ 1 11 never and In no case drop my right and duties as a gixMl father to my lO-month-old daughter” Should Know Ag# "Nice word.s, hut how much'”' queried Shelley in Rome, where she's making a film. She added: "As a good father, he ought to know his daughter i.s 11 months old” Though her suit mentioned no figure, Shelley has talked in Rome about $5.000 a year until Vittoria Is 18. The 300-miics-apari dialogue, rt- layed by reporters, continued like thi.«’ \ ittorio: Divorce is the only possible solubon. Shelley. He can ha\e a divorce when he agrees to support our baby and not until. I ntil then it will he only a legal separation. Vittorio I’m far more interested in art than finance. Shelley, You sure are I got two Academy Award nominations and i'm interested in finance. Sha Dofsn’t Agrte Viiiorio; I don’t think vse'U be ahie to have that traditional frieiul* ship which can exist when two people formerly in lo\ e dei ide to ShclU'> We lunev were two people in love. 1 wa.s in love with him and he was in love with him. Vittorio A di\oree was mutually agreed on in letter.s four or five months ago between myself auvl Shelley. Shelly That's not so. He asked me for a divoree when the baby was only 11 weeks old I told him 1 would come to Italv with the haby and we would live like a family and try to make it work first Then I came and found he had another inleiest. He was the one who kept iskiiig for a divorce. 1 loved the guy—4iut that's past tense now. Gassman said he asked for a ; divorce after a long series of quar-1 rels and disputes with Shelley. • We nf'ver lived together long ! enough for a long series of any- ' thing” she flashed hack "He only i stayed at my house w hen he made ' a picture probably to .save rent.” I Gassman also denied his wife’s charges that he’s romantically interested in .Nona Maria FeriTro, the teen-ager who plays Ophelia i in his production of ‘ Il.amlet ” Describing their relations as a "professional coll.a bora t ion." Vit-! torio said he h.ad "onlv a sincere friendship for \nna .Maria '* Then why. SiuHey •wanted to know. "did he ask me to leave j Geno.i (a week a got and tell me ; ho didn’t want me there because he ■ bad an important and sentimental ; relationship vsith the girl ’” "When that happened, I hit him and he hit me.” she added ■Vnna Maria secomied Vittorio: "‘There’s absolutely nothing between Gassman and me. just a pure friendship and on my part a feeling of gratitude because of | his help In mv theatrical eareer." She added iL.at she's not 18. as Shelley said. She’s 17. "going on 18.” Shelley and Gassman are 31. '.‘¡.H ”    oxpl.->nations    i    Archer -insulted" Wm. and 12> a Korean t>eace confer-    „ ence discusses their fate.    Three    extra    Rangers came to Lt. Gen. K. S. Thimayya. Indian |    ’    seat    of chairman of tlie Neutral Nations •    Parr    s Duval stronghold Repatriation Commis.sion. said an- ’    as    new political unrest ' ti-Red    prisoners would move    south-    *    the    county. : w ard    from stockades in    Korea’s    •    Freedom    Party spokesmen De- I neutral zone on schedule.    |    Serna    said Parr’s oppo.sition I -     j    force had    threshed out internal differences    at the meeting Satur day night near where George Parr was accused of illegally carrying a pistol. ‘We Are United' "We are starting strong again, ’ Serna said. "We are united for the same purfKise.” George Parr, a controversial figure in Texas iH>litics and long a dominant {wlitical jiovver in this predominantly Latin - .American area, was released under SI.000 bond for illegally carrj mg a pistol. His belated apv>earanoe 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 grant; Jury meets hero tomorrow. Well-founded reports were that charges growing out of the two-punch, gun-waving battle might Ik* filed totlay. The grand jury would then be given the charges. Wild West Pioneer at Denison DFNT.^iON. Tex. fl* -James R. j M’atts. 98 pioneer of the Old West i who saw* Billy the Kid slain, will be buried here today. Watts, who .said hr once cleaned out the Kid in a poker game and "lived to tell alrout it." was a member of Pat Garrott’s posse when the youthful bad man was slain. THE WEATHER t s. ni PSRTMVNT OF INOMMFKt F WFATHFR niKF.Xl ARILENF AND VICINITY Cl0ud> to p*;llv cloudv «nil « Uir chdnre for fr« TuKdBV. Turvdav nlRht *ntS WMhf«-Hldh ompera'.irf Tui‘id*y "0 to 7.t tleirrees Low    n'.il'.l    .^0 Hiiìi W>•l^r^'*a^lv «bout 70. NOKTU CFNTR .M 7 FN AS rlouciv Uii* «ftcrntx'n. tonisht *n,1 W«ui-n^'4kl«v wUh «trii-h    ¡ihowfrs    to- ntelii «0,1 Wi*dni'.'icl«v WKSr TKXAS ClO'.'iD «.Cl ■iC«t’-r^, vlio»f. ^ toiUthi «r’,1 W>.1ni*MÌtt\ «11(1    ■' Vcoixi    Olts    «ftfri. ' ■ Ti'rii'.rs coldff in Pftnti«nd’.e W>dn>*4'1,iv TAST AND SOITH CrSTUAt IFXZ.S Ctnudv «lid ««nil with wid»ly <,•«. -'fv shij««?rs this «ftp'iiCMin TFMI » KATl Rl S Wells half of San Diego. The Jim Wells-Duval County line splits San Diego. Juan Berrera also was charged of the same count Jim Wells County .Sheriil Halsey Wright quoted Marroquin as saying George Parr had said. ‘ I'm going to get you and ail of you if you don't stop having those meetings." or words to that efiect. Union Leader Talks to Panel On Health Plan W,\SHlNGTON    Chairman -\lken 1 R-Vt ot the SPnate Agriculture Committee moves to put off a showdown on the disputed flexible farm price support plan by saying he won’t seek a voie on it until around March 1. Secretary of .\griculturo Benson who w ants a sliding scale for most major federal price props, goes before the senators for the second day in a row. But a numlH*r of committee members both Democrats and Republicans -4avor kce{>-ing the present rigid, high-level sup{sort system of the stadium. One room of the frame structure. including contents was damaged. That is the plumbing and shop room. Damaged there wero equipment and two pickup trucks. The remainder of the building was not damaged. Probable cause of that fire was a .short in the electrical wiring outlet for the electric welder, said brought in will add enough production to make February's allowable average out about the same as it has for January. Thompson noted. To have granted 16 instead of 15 statewide producing days in February would have meant a 90,030 barrel oer day increase. Two Urged 17 Days ' We could drown the state ia oil very easily.** Thompson said, .'.ssislaiw Fire Chief G. I. Powell. I    'he    commisswo.-s    resist- ance to demands for higher production. -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 3:09 pm. Monday. Powell said the fire was caused by a gas heater, located inside a ' dummy fireplace, as it w as too clo.se ' to the w all The living room w aU ! and furniture were damaged. There ; was smoke and hear damage to : the furniture throughout the house | except in two rooms, and slight : damage was done to the roof. Posv- I ell re|KM'ted. Sinclair. Gulf, Magnolia and Texa.s Co. .sought 16 days of flow’, both statewide and for East Texas, while Sun and Shell urged the still greater production that would have resulted from 17 days. "You understand what that would do. do you”” Thompson asked Joe Owens of Sun. • Yes. sir. It would mean a 230.-000 barrel a day increase,’* Owens replied. In accord with the commission on its decision to allow 15 days of flow were Humble. Phillips, and Stanoiind. Ike Delays Farm Vote Mun P M Tufi 1 10 PT    .* .10 1 ;io «9    .....    4 .H'    ...... M    ...    S 10    , RÎ    ....    fi 10    ... .X«    ...    ”'10    ...... Ml    ....    f 10    ..... 1«    , . , . 10    .... >«    lOH' I.S    VI    10 ,\J    17    10 tf*kUuit    •!    1Î    10    p    in Z RflfiUvp humUUty    »t    ll    ,10    p ni A M S3 M M 50 51 .S3 M H St S« «.1 M W 78-' XI«*tminTi tempfr«turi tor 34    elidine «t 6 .10 * m "0    * Miiiuiium iempfr«luie lor 2* I.o.u» end-to« *t §:}0 « m., 49. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES CANDIDATI SLATt    “    „.I G'.'',»'rnmeriT : .-vigut tc sc'i'cr 't'.t*    C..n'v1iU0'e5 tiv " - !.-'ot posts Poqe 1 B IKE’S FIRST YEAR Po^f \cor of Rcpiilii. 01' adrvnniitrot'On esuluori-.'' b\ -'pp. 'i 'g poitv :>'en 'hi*ri» Pooe .1 P POKFS FACE TECH    Hat : Simmons tenets old r=,o(r% vsitb Red Raiders ot Rose Field Ho,,se tOHight Poge 6 A Health — Prosident F.i*'cnhow-er’s health mes.sage to CongrobS brings both praise and cntici'mi from some interested legislators. Others ofier a "no comment” IK'nding further details. The House Commerce Committee, coniinumg WASHINGTON — The Eisen-hewer administration moved today to delay for «i least six weeks any .showdown with Senate I'rilics 01 Its flexible farm price -upport program. 'nie Senate .Agiicullure Committee turo take economic p’cojecl; "When all of these have been explained and considered. I think tin re may be a fuller understanding v)f what the President and Benson are trying to do." Aiken .said, "In six weeks it is entirelv pos-recalled Secretary of .\grii ul- sibie that our differences over par-.’ Benson for questioning on the i ity will lie resolved” program but Chairman .\iken K-j Aiken said he was ‘ not al all Vt* said in an interview he won’t discouraged ” by the evident fact push for a vote on the price sup-1 that a majority of hi.s committee IHU't issue until about March I. .Aik- ' now favors continuance of 99    per eu is backing the new program; cent parity price supports on    ma- lengthy heanngs on the .subject, j    rresident    FHenhower    out-j jor field “rops, instead of the 7.5 gets testimony    from CIO Presuieiu Uned to Congress eight days ago. Uo 99 jh'I* cent flexible props    pro- W.alter    Keuther    the meantime, Aiken said, be I posed by the President. ;    will ask the committee to consider Seaway—The Senate tight over ¡other phases of the program. These include Eisenhower's requests for • \i authority to "freeze” 2^3 billion dollars worth of crop surpluses from regular markets. H> a billion-dollar lioost in fund.-; to support farm prices and »0 au- a bill to allow the I nited Stales to Join C'anada in building a St. l.awrence seaway nears a climax. The Sriiate has voted against the seaway four times over the past 20 years, but this time both sup-porteis and opponents say it may pass. The House must .still act Statehood — .Another oft-debated issue. statehiKxt for Hawaii comes up for a vote in the Senate Interior Committet. Parity is a farm price .standard said by law to gi\e farmers a fair return for their prrMlucts in term.s of things they have to buy. ”l am confident that w. are going to get a workable program” the Vermont senator said, "If these surpluses can be removed from thority to distmse of a billion dol- competition on the market and lars worth of surpluses abroad over the next three years Dfficials said the last point contemplates the surpluses would be given to non-Communlst countries ia exchange for pledges to under- farmers can have a fresh «tart, they will get better return« out of the President’s program than they would out of 90 per cent parity with the surpluses .sfiil hanging over them." ;

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