Abilene Reporter News, January 20, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 20, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas COLD WAVE; RAIN, SNOW Abilene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 218 Aitfcimted frett (At) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 20, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY We RANGERS IN PARR three Texas Rangers figured in the courthouse incident in which George Parr and his nephew, Sheriff Archer Parr; of DuvaV County, were struck. Left to right, they are: Ranger Jo3 Bridge, Capt. Alfred Alfee, and Ranger W. A. Russell. FOE SAYS 'Parr Said He'd Kill All of Us' ALICE Lti Manuel Marroquin showed iip voluntarily today to tell the Jim'Wells County grand jury that political boss George Pan- threatened to loll him and every- body else at a Freedom Party meeting. Parr is free under S1.500 bond on a charge of illegally carrying a gun. Marroquin made the com- plaint ifter the incident he said occurred' last Saturday night. "I came on my own to tell ihe grand jury what stubby Marroquin told a reporter today as he waited outside ihe jury room. Earr., known as the Duke of Duval because at his political pow- er in neighboring County, appeared Ho; plead.-iririo- cent to the gun-toting charge. While waiting to plead, he got into a fight with two Texas Rangers and received a-torn car. 'It Wai" Pistol' The 52-year-old, Parr said in an interview last night he was carry ing a pair of a Marroquin saw him near the meeting place. "I was close enough to be sure it was a Marroquin said today. "I was about 10 feet away "1 thought a car might be stuck or need some help, so I got out {of his car) and walked down and said, 'You people need anv He said Parr got out of the parked car and in fluent Spanish "told me he was going to kill me and the 'whole bunch of so-and-sos in there' at the meeting. "I said, 'No. thank and I got away from there." 'Get Away' In his interview, Farr said a car with three men in it drove past his parked" car as he sat in it trying to see who was at ihe meet- ing in a house behind a drive-in where Marroquin used to sell tortillas. He said the car turned around, headed back toward his car and stopped. He said Marroquin got out. Parr said he shouted at Marro- quin: "What the hell do you want? Get He said Marroquin was about 40 feet from him. Marroquin said Juan Barrera got out of the car with Parr and also had a pistol. Along with Parr, Barrera pleaded innocent Monday to the gun-carrying charge brought bv Marroquin. Allee Out For Blood Asked if he was sure Parr was carrying a pistol and not binocu- lars. Marroquin said: "Oh, sure. I was close enough to tell it was a pistol." Marroquin said there were 60 or 70 persons at the meeting Saturday night. Parr said last night that Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee intended to kill him in the court house brawl Monday. "The reason he Parr xaid. "was that Mrs. Caro Brown, the reporter for the Alice Echo, kept calling 'Alfred. Mrs. Brown, who said she "thought I was going to see a had told earlier of holler- ing. "Cap. at Alice. George Parr wns Irccd on tl.500 bond in the gun-carrying charge. His trial was set for Feb. J5. RESPECTFULLY YOURS, JUDGE City Judge A. K. Doss re- ceived 'an unaccustomed msrk of respect Wednesday the second time it's happened As he came into the court- room to begin his daily session of hearings, the audience stood up. Doss appreciated the token of regard, hut said It Is not a rule ot his court. "Maybe you're getting old and reporter iold him. I am. PARR GOES TO Parr, political boss of Duval County in South Texas, heads jail-ward in Alice. Parr has his hand on the jail door; deputy sheriff Jack Butler is in light jacket at top of steps and Juan Barrera is on walk behind Parr. DOME ARRIVES Tornado Alert Radar Station in Use Soon Abilene's tornado-warning radar] station should be in operation with- in the next two weeks, C. E. Sitch- ler, meteorologist in charge of the U. S- Weather Bureau here, said Wednesday. That means it wili be ready for use before the spring storm sea- son. The radar dome to house the equipment arrived Wednesday from Maryland. Tower and instruments are be- ing prepared for shipment from Texas College at College Sta- tion. They should get here late this week or early next, complet- ing the necessary parts, Sitchler said. Young Demos Meet Tonight Democratic Party members were to hold at least one meet- ing in Abilene Wednesday a night get-together for organization of a Taylor County Young Demo- crats Club. Rumors were that something im- portant politically would come out of an invitational luncheon at noon at the Windsor Hotel. But Jack Look, attorney in the law firm of Wagstaff. Harwell. Alvis Pope, said: "It's just a .little, private lunch- con for some friends of mine. Some of them may be Demo- cratic Parly leaders: I don't: know. Thcrers nothing important, about Ihe meeting." Roscoe Blankenship, county Democratic chairman, called the night meeting for organizing tnc Young Democrats. That event will begin at 8 p.m. in the Windsor Hotel. "Will the Young Democrats Club be active in campaigning this spring and Blnnkcn- shlp was asked by a reporter. "I don't know Blankenship answered. "It all depends on what they decide tonight." He said he "Imagined" they would elect officers. The Young Democrats Club will be open to all party members 18 to 40 years of age, BUnkenshlp announced. Weather Bureau technicians from Fort Worth will supervise installa- tion of the equipment at the bu- reau's station at the new Munici- pal Ail-port east of town. It will be placed atop the airport Admin- istration Building. Sitchler thought it probable that representatives from AiM College might also be here for the installa- tion. City Commission and Taylor County Commissioners Court voted for the joint city-county financing of the cost oTmodifylng the radar equipment to its intended use and installing it here. The en- tire set-up is estimated to be worth roughly but J9.000 ii -the only cost-to city .-and county. Storm and rain' clouds as far away as 200 miles can be. de- tected on the radar, Stichler said. "When the radar seems to indicate a storm Sitchler added, "we can contact the oil com- pany crews nearest the cloud by use of their radio systems and ask them to take a look xt the cloud and tell us how bad U seems." Texas Highway Patrol through- out the state also will watch the clouds, reporting .on their course and appearance. The original radar equipment is furnished by- the federal govern- ment. It was formerly used in bombers, but has been modified at.Texas College for weather detection. Operated By Bureau Personnel of the U. S. Weather Bureau will operate the equipment. The federal government will maintain it. Sitchler believes Abilene is probably' the.fim city to get a ra- dar weather warning station under the new set-up wherein local gov crnments cooperate with the state and federal governments in getting them installed. Houston possibly al< ready one in operation, Abilene got it1! station ahead ot Dallas, and Fort Worth, Sltchler said. Some cities already had such Ma having obtained them before Ihe current program began, be add- "I'm sure everybody Is very hap- py our radar equipment is getting In operation (head of the spring tornado Mayor C. E. Gat- lln WedatnUy. Cold Wave to Bring Freezing Rain, Snow TRANSFER SMOOTH i-Red Captives Dash for Freedom PANMUNJOM of anti Communist Chinese and Ko- rean War prisoners today streamed southward from Indian-guarded stockades in Korea's neutral zone as the deadline neared for their release as civilians. At 8 p.m. lie last of more than 7.600 Korean POWs crossed the flood-lighted border into South Ko- rea. The final group of more than Chinese was due about 1 .'American officer said all ot the Chinese would be aboard Court Upholds 99-Year-Term Of'EITurko' AUSTIN Court of Crim- inal Appeals today upheld the 99 year sentence given Mario (El Turko) his conviction of accomplice to murder in the slay- ing of Jacob S. Floyd Jr., of Alice. The San Antonio tavern keeper was convicted at Brpwnwood in the "mistake" slaying of the son of Jacob S. Floyd, prominent Alice attorney and foe of South Texas political boss George Earr: Floyd has testified in Sapet's trial Hut the bullet which killed his son in ambush at Alice had been., intended for himself-t j _t Tioyd testified'thafNago Alanfz, an Alice lawyer, had told him poli- tics was behind a plot to kill him and Sam G. Reams; then district judge in turbulent South Texas. Alaniz.has also been charged in connection with the killing of young Floyd, a University of Texas stu- dent. Floyd was cut down by bul- lets near the garage of his home at Alice Sept. S, 1952. Alaniz has not been tried. Conspiracy Existed The appeals -court .held that a conspiracy, the basis lor Sapet's indictment, was shown to exist be- tween Sapet, Alaniz and Alfredo Cervantes, the alleged gunman who was never apprehended. A major defense argument had been that the only evidence of a conspiracy was a statement, by just one of the alleged co-conspira- tors. Alaniz. Floyd had testified Alanii called him shortly before the slaying and asked him to meet him at an Alice drive-in, advising him to take a taxi. There, Alaniz related to Floyd that professional killers had been brought from Mexico to kill him and were at that moment waiting in his garage, Floyd testified. Young Floyd was shot down in the garage at about that time. Circumstances Proved It Defense attorneys had argued the state tailed to prove its charges that Cervantes-as a trigger man or that 'Cervantes fired the shots in furtherance of the agreement. In reply, the court held the con- spiracy was shown "by circum- stances.1' and the killer was "ac- tually executing his portion of the conspiracy." Overruling a defense argument that Alaniz ceased to be a co- conspirator when he divulged the conspiracy, the appeal court said: "The acts and declarations of the conspirators are all admissible as long as the conspiracy itself endures, and as long as any act agreed to therein has not yet been performed. "...as long as the killer was in danger being apprehended. Nago Alanlz's part in the conspiracv still existed." The opinion commended the trial court in its handling of the case. "This case has been carefully and painstakenly tried under the doctrine of conspiracy and. is free from material Judge Graves said. The case tried in Brown County on change of venue from Jim Wells landing ships for the voyage to Formosa by tomorrow. The U.N. Command has prom- ised all of the prisoners their free- dom at midnight Friday. Red China's Peiping radio Wednesday night repeated its warning that "any unilateral ac- tion with regard to the prisoners of war is absolutely impermis- sible." But the warning was mildly worded and officials said the Reds apparently had accepted the Indian command's, decision-to return un- repatriated prisoners as an accom- plished fact. The transfer went smoothly de- spite minor hitches and a cold, drizzling rain. At least twice the southward flow of prisoners was interrupted. No Koreans appeared for an hour early in the evening, but there was no explanation." Earlier.a over a prisoner, asking repatriation halted the movement of Chinese prisoners. IS Seek Repatriation Eighty five Chi- nese and 31 the first 13.400 returned asked to be repa- triated to their Red-ruled home- lands, the Indians "announced. This is slightly more than one half of one per cent, far Jess than the 4 per cent who asked repatriation during personal interviews with POWs late last year. A'handful of American, British and South Korean prisoners who chose to stay with the Communists remained in their neutral zone compound. The Indians planned to turn them back to the Communists, but the Reds refused to take them. U. S. Army Secretary Robert Stevens, here 'for the prisoner transfer, said any of the 21 Amer- icans who asks for repatriation Be- fore midnight Friday would be wel- come to return home. Under Allied interpretation the Korean armistice all unrepa- triated war prisoners are to be freed as civilians at midnight Fri- day. The Communists wanted them kept in custody-until a peace conference decides their future- Board U.S. Shipi The first of anti-Commu- nist. Chinese prisoners returned to the TJ. N. Wednesday were sped to Ascora City by truck. Then they boarded IT. S. landings -ships in nearby Inchon harbor and were scheduled to sail for Formosa early Thursday. The voyage will take about four days. Gen. John E. Hull, U. N. Far East commander, said they would become civilians at midnight Fri- day whether or not they are on the high seas or still in Korea. Ti-ainloads of Xorth Korean pris- oners moved southward toward the ROK army post at Kunsan where they will be held until midnight Friday. As darkness fell, U. S. troops moved huge searchlights into po- sition along the south border of the neutral zone to guide the re- turning prisoners. The Chinese and North Koreans set. some prison enclosures afire before beginning their march. A pall of smoke from burning tents hung over the Panmunjom area. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES ATOMIC first otonuc'powercd submoi'me reedy for the waves. Page 8-A. STORY year-old .German orphon flying alone to home lure. Page 1-B. CAPITAL SCINI Demos still a'omiiwte Washington's social world." Poae 3-A. ROUND'TWO Iko starts sec- ond year in office today in9 on chollengt" of big job ahead, Poge 9-A. THE WEATHER U.S. DEi-AnTMEST OF COJIMESCC WEATHEB BCKEAC ABILENE AND .VICINITY: Cold -rare wamlzs. Rain or drlnle Wednesday aftcr- nDon, cbanRbf: to frcellng and KIOW "Wednesday rjr.ht- Possibly heavy Wednesday nltht. fauinr. tem- peratures Wednesday afternoon and night. Lowest ten-.perature Thursday morning. II detrees. Continued cloudy and very cold occasional snow Thursday. Protect livestock ajralnst freezing precipitation. Hiith temperature Wednesday. 65; Thursday NORTH CENTRAL leave earning in northwest portion. Cloydr with occasional rain and turning tnucli colder this afternoon tonlsht flirt rain tura- init to frefzTnK rain or snow In extreme northwest this afternoon and elsewhere to- nlrtt. WEST wave warr.lnj: is Panhandle and South Plains and upper Pecos Villey eastward. Mostly clouds' and much colder this afternoon and tonichl with snow In Panhandle and South thts afternoon, char.Btec. to rain or freexinc. rain tonight. Lowest tonight S below to 5 above in Ihe Panhandle, i to 13 in the South Plains. 10-30 upper Pecos Valley eastward and 2WO elsewhere lonlght. Thursday, mostly cloudy and cold with occasional snow. XAST Cloudy with scattered showers.this afternoon, turning much cold- er in north portion tonight and elsewhere Thursday. Hair, chanute! W freeiin? rain or snow In extreme north tonight and north portion Thursday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy, widely scattered showers, this afternoon and tonieht. turnlne much colder in north- west and extreme north with low- est lonlsht jvtt MrOiwiwt portion. TEJU-EHATt'llKS TUM. P.M. K 87 K