Abilene Reporter News, February 4, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 04, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas _/— FAIR, MILD ®fie Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIEfJDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 233 Associated Press ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 4, 1954 —1TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10« State, U. S. Probers Delve Deep in Duval Dukedom' IT’S A NICE DOG’S LIFE—Caesar, a 90-pound Great Dane pup, hated to go outside when it was cold, so his owner, Mrs. Fred Cox of Decatur, 111., solved the problem with this scarf. Now the Georgia-born pup, also equipped with a homemade overcoat, has no objection to getting his daily exercise. $360,192 DUE U.S. Bankruptcy Asked By E. S. Prices Sr. Eldridge Solomon Price Sr., and which the government alleges the wife, Edith Wynn Price, of Ballinger filed a petition for voluntary bankruptcy Wednesday with the U. S. District Court clerk's office here. U. S. District Judge T. Whitfield Davidson Thursday morning extended until Feb. 15 a temporary restraining order which he has previously granted the Prices against Internal Revenue personnel to prevent latter from entering the Prices’ property or offering to sell it for income taxes hearing had Pilot Escapes C-Ciiy Crash COLORADO CITY. Feb. 4 <RNS) —A trainer plane from Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring crashed six miles southeast of Colorado City Wednesday about 10:20 p.m. The pilot, Air Cadet Robert C. Green, 21, bailed out at 6,000 feet when his engine failed, and was unhurt. Landing in an open field. Green walked to a nearby road and was picked up by a passerby and carried to Colorado City. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Green, Norfolk, Va., had been in training at Webb Air Force Base a little over a year. Green was on a routine training mission, his first solo navigator flight, from Big Spring to Abilene at the time of the crash. The plane crashed in a field and was heavily damaged. Armed Air Force personnel were on guard at the site Wednesday night and refused to allow a photographer to photograph the plane. couple owes. The been set for today. The bankruptcy petition gives Price’s occupation as “farmer and developer of oil and gas leases.” The couple's residence is described as 6Vs miles northeast of Ballinger. Debts of $609,119.95 and assets of $466,450 are listed. The indebtedness includes $360,192.69 1n taxes due the United States, $1,750 in wages, $53 in taxes due the states, $116,600 worth of secured claims and $130,524.26 in unsecured claims. As assets the Prices show the following: Real estate, $291,500; negotiable and non - negotiable instruments and securities, $800: stock in trade, $37,500; household goods, $3,000; horses, cows and other animals, $50; automobiles and other vehicles, $15,400; machinery, fixtures and tools, $28,000; other personal property, $2,200; and unliquidated claims, $88,000. The petitioners subtract $137,500 as property they claim is exempt. Dallas Scarborough of the Abilene law firm Scarborough. Yates, Scarborough & Black filed the document for the Prices. Deputy Clerk Gladys M. Walls referred the petition Wednesday to Judge Glenn Smith of Fort W’orth, referee in bankruptcy. Asks to Keep Property Mr. and Mrs. Price claim In their petition that they are insolvent and unable to pay their debts as they mature. The couple proposes that they be allowed to remain in possession of all real and personal property, inculding oil and gas leases, that they be permitted to use their oil and gas drilling equipment to drill for oil and gas upon the leases they own. that they be allowed to lease with the See PRICES, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1-2 McKee to Open Branch Office On AFB Dorms Robert E. McKee Construction Company of El Paso, prime contractor on airmen’s dormitories at Abilene Air Force Base, will set up branch offices in Dallas Monday to contact sub-contractors and suppliers. A letter from C. E. Kistenmach-er, purchasing agent for the company, to Joe Cooley, manager of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday told of the plans. A. W. Stillman will be in charge of the offices, which will be located at 2708 Inwood Road, Kisien-macher said. Anyone interested in sub-contracting on the dormitory projects should contact Stillman there after Monday, he said. R. J. O'Herron, engineer on the 1 $1,930,104 job, is expected to be in Abilene within the next two or three days, possibly on Monday, the letter informed Cooley. The job superintendent, W. M. Edwards, will set up offices here as soon as notice is received from the Fort W’orth district office of the Army Engineers to begin work, Kistenmacher said. O’Herron will maintain his offices in El Paso. The company will have five days after receiving notice to begin work on the project. Kistenmacher said that word was expected within the next few days. LAUDS FLEXIBLE PROPS Farm Income Rise Due, Benson Says Treaty Bill Poll Delayed WASHINGTON Senate Republican leader Knowland (Calif) said today final Senate decision on the Bricker treaty-power amendment may have to be put off for 10 days or more. As the Senate pushed ahead with its seventh day of formal debate on the hotly disputed plan, Knowland told newsmen he now is “not Auto Tag Sale Starts Friday Now you can get your new 1954 car license plate. Raymond Petree, tax assessor-collector, said he would begin issuing the new tags Friday morning. in order to avoid a rush at the end of the paying period he suggests vehicle owners obtain them as soon as possible. Deadline for issuance without penalty is March 31. The newr plates have yeliow numerals and serial letters on a black background. Petree estimated that during the issuing period about 24,000 passenger cars, trucks and other types of vehicles would be handled. WASHINGTON (¿^-Secretary of Agriculture Benson said today that the long sag in farm income *'is largely behind us” and called on Congress to adopt President Eisenhower’s “middle-of-the-road” farm program. Benson told the Senate-House Economic Committee, which is exploring measures to avert recession, that greater consumption of farm products under flexible and gradually lowered price supports would bolster farmers’ income. “The road to economic growth is through expanded production-production that finds its way into consumption and not into warehouses,” Benson declared. “The President’s proposals on the agri- ; cultural programs will help economic growth in this nation.” Even though the price support level for basic crops under the administration proposals would be governed by supply, rather than by high and rigid government supports, the support price w-ould be ! close to present levels, Benson ! predicted. This would be true, he said, because adoption of Eisenhower’s plan to set aside, or “freeze” from commercial channels, 2*4 billion dollars wrorth of government-held stocks would relieve the market of much of the overhanging surplus which now depresses the market. “The Congress should not return to the philosophy of scarcity that was tried and found wanting in the 1930s,” Benson said. “To be prosperous, the farmer must produce.” The secretary said he could noi agree w'ith the “pessimistic view” of some that the 17 per cent drop in farm prices in the past three years is the harbinger “of a general depression.” “The latest price report of the department issued last Friday showed a widespread improvement, averaging 4 per cent from mid-November to mid-January,” Benson told the legislators. SECRETARY BENSON . . . will he still smile? Assault to Murder Charged 2 Rangers ALICE (API—Investigators of state and federal agencies probed deep into the affairs of desolate Duval County today as fast-breaking developments swept the stormy hot-spot of Texas politics. These were the developments that broke around Duval County, where George B. Parr has long been the dominant political power: 1. A threat by Gov. Allan Shivers yesterday to declare martial law or send “five or fifty” Texas Rangers to Duval County to crush what he called “political thieves and ballot gangsters.” 2. Investigations by the state attorney general, federal internal revenue department and postal inspectors. 3. A probe by the Duval County grand jury. 4. The indictment here by a Jim Wells County Grand Jury of two Texas Rangers on charges of assault to murder Parr. West Set to Hear Red Election Plan BERLIN W-The Western Big Three saved their big ammunition today for the new plan for all-German elections they expect from Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov. They brushed aside as a trick his proposal for a plebiscite to decide whether the Germans conclude a peace treaty with the Big Four now or an alliance with the West. The Westerners said Molotov’s plebiscite proposal, made late In yesterday’s session of the Big Four foreign ministers conference, contributed nothing to German unity. American, British and French officials agreed that the election proposal anticipated from Molotov would have to be taken much more seriously than the plebiscite idea. Molotov was believed ready to pop his plan almost any minute. If it resembles in any way the free election proposal put forward by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, the West will certainly be surprised. Conversion of Red Spy Called 'Brilliant Intelligence Victory' As the conference went into its 10th session, with British Foreign Secretary Eden presiding in the Soviet Embassy, Western officials expressed considerable disappointment that Molotov in the previous sessions had not come to grips with the free election issue on which the Western Powers base The Duval County grand jury was to reconvene again today after questioning a former acting secretary of an independent school district last night. School Man Grilled The grand jury recessed at 9:15 hat night after questioning Diego Heras, former school district official. Jack Donahue, Houston Press newsman who is writing a series on stormy Duval County politics, was told to be on hand at this afternoon’s session. An asst tant to State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd—Frank Pineda —sat in with the grand jury in yesterday’s and last night's sessions. Pineda said he had been working “on this case for over a ; year.” their plan for German unification. . There was some feeling among j Shepperd announced earlier this American officials that Molotov i week that the use oi state school, was stalling to avoid making clear I public welfare and highway Lunds Russia's position on German elec- 1 in Duval County had been under tlons. Speculation was that he may investigation by several agencies ABOUT CONTRACT WTU Workers Say Union Colored Fads BALMY WEATHER DUE FOR 4 DAYS Little possibility was seen Thursday morning for any break in the summer-like weather which has almost reached heat-wave proportions the first three days of February. C. E. Sitchler, meteorologist in charge of the U. S. Weather Bureau, said “summer” would continue in Abilene for at least another three or four days, with no more winter weather in sight now. ”1 never saw such people for borrowing trouble as Abi-lenians are,” he muttered. “Here we are, with the most beautiful weather in the world and they keep calling to ask when it’s going to rain or snow.” too sanguine” about getting a final vote this week. That would mean putting it off until the week starting Feb. 14 because there is an informal understanding there will be no important Senate business next week when many Republican senators will be out of town to make Lincoln Day speeches. Knowland said he will try to get votes this week on all the important alternative proposals. These can be accepted or rejected by majority votes but final passage of whatever is agreed upon as a constitutional amendment would take a two-thirds vote. Knowland said it might be a good thing if a final vote is delayed 10 days or so. That would give the country a chance to study the proposed amendment in its tentative final form and make its reaction known, he observed. Knowland said he plans to hold a night session tonight, but would not estimate how late it might run. The weeks of maneuvering have split the Senate four ways and raised doubts in the minds of some senators that any constitutional amendment will actually come from the proposal by Sen. Bricker (R-Ohio) to limit the scope of treaties and to provide for congressional regulation of other international agreements. A union official’s announcement Jan. 22 of a new contract with the West Texas Utilities Co. “misrepresented the true facts,” a group of company employes said today. A statement signed by 35 employes, who said they were chosen by fellow workers as their spokesmen. referred to an Associated Press story from Fort Worth quoting Art Edwards, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Edwards had announced the signing of a new contract Jan. 11 between the IBEW and WTUC. “Several days ago your paper carried a story from Fort Worth with an Associated Press mark where this union once again completely misrepresented the true facts as they have time and again,” the workmen said. “We think the following points should be carried correctly in your columns. Wage Rates ‘HI) The Fort Worth story quoted Edwards, vice president of the IBEW Union, as saying that by the contract the union got raises ‘averaging more than 20 cents an hour.’ “Actually the company was paying top linemen, linemen - servicemen, servicemen and substation men $1.60 an hour with some getting $1.65. “Last spring, the union went to the Circuit Court in Washington and got an order making the company take away from us these pay rates which were given to us voiuntarily by an agreement with the company in 1952 after the union had refused to accept the pay rates. “We understand that Chief Justice Vinson of the U. S. Supreme Court stopped this order cutting our wages back as the union was requesting, but following his death the enjoining order was dismissed. “On or about the 20th of Oc- TOKYO !#)—Lt. Col. Yuri A. Rastovorov was revealed today as Soviet Russia’s chief Red spy in Japan and a youthful protege of Lavrenti Beria, recently executed chief of the Soviet secret police. Informed American sources said Rastovorov, who asked an American Army intelligence unit for political asylum Jan. 24, was trained on the “Japan desk” of a special Soviet Foreign Office section under direct control of Beria’s MVD organization. Once a personal courier for Beria himself, Rastovorov apparently was headed for a brilliant future in the Soviet secret service. But, the source said, a growing admiration and “weakness” for Americans, possibly Beria’s execution, and finally direct orders to return to Moscow sparked his decision to change sides. Conversion Sought His conversion, long and deliberately sought by crack U.S. Army operatives, is called by observers here (he most brilliant piece of American intelligence work publicized since the start of the cold war—and a blow at Soviet espionage in a key Far Eastern area. “Intelligence work is subterranean war,” the source said. “This is a great victory that may be decisive in Japan. It is the intelligence equivalent of a Midway or a Normandy.” Rastovorov, reported yesterday to be cooperating with American agents at the big U.S. base on Okinawa, was described as a dashing, handsome Soviet spy who moved easily in Tokyo social circles and who cultivated Americans. Moved Cautiously “He even ate and drank at American Army officers clubs,” the source said. Some of his hosts did not know whom they entertained. Some knew all too well. It also was revealed that at the time of Beria’s execution, Dec. 23, Rastovorov made contact with American Army agents who shadowed him continually and sounded He dressed in clothes of American cut—“some may have come from the Tokyo PX”—American shoes, carried £n American portable radio to the Tokyo Tennis Club and seemed interested in them out on changing sides. Much as the Army wanted him, it moved cautiously until Rastovorov—apparently in panic at personally delivered orders to go home—called the agents on the telephone and asked them to protect him as a political refugee. The unit then had no choice but to grant his request for a flight to freedom, the source said. Shock to Russians The news apparently came as a shock to the defunct Russian mission of about 35 men still in Tokyo. Last week they filed an angry protest that Rastovorov had been kidnaped by the Americans. This is a standard Soviet charge when one of their agents deserts. “It is ridiculous to say he was kidnaped,” the source said. “He fled in fear for his life.” The American source, who is well informed but who cannot be identified, said Rastovorov, 5 feet 10. blond and blue-eyed, spoke almost flaw’less American English and affected an American manner, several non-Russian women. Actually, the informant said, Rastovorov carried his Americanization so far that it began to become less of a pose than a real state of mind. “He apparently associated with Americans so much that, as an intelligent man, he could not believe all the Communist lies he had been educated on,” the unofficial source said. “He became convinced that communism itself was a fraud.” have been consulting with Moscow on precisely what line the Soviet Union should take on this issue. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES AUTO TAXIS — Next regular session of Legislature expected to be asked to end od valorem taxes on cars. — See Page 1-B. THI LONE EAGLE — A new generation sees Lindbergh, famed Atlantic flier, in a different light. -— See Page 5-B. FAR EAST WARNING —- General Weylond, head of the U. S. For East Air Force, says the combined Communist air strength in that area is twice that of the U. S.—See Page 10-A. AIRMEN HONOR GUESTS 'Wild Blue Yonder1 Theme Planned for CC Banquet The Abilene Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet March 9 will have a “wild blue yonder” air, the planning commit-lee decided at a meeting Thursday morning Gen. Curtis LeMay, commander of the Strategic Air Command, will be main speaker for the banquet, which will be held in Rose Field House. An Air Force theme will be used in all decorations, the committee decided. Allan Baird is chairman. Baird said that the CC wanted Abilene to make a good impression on the Air Force visitors and urged everyone to do his part in making them feel at home. David Castle was appointed chairman of the sub-committee on decorations, and Ed Balfanz will be in charge of the speakers platform. Frank Meyers and Fred Higginbotham head the menu sub-committee, Sam Hill and Jim Jennings are co-chairmen of the reception sub-committee. THE WEATHER j See CONTRACT, Pg. 3-A, Col. 34 1J.8. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Clear and mild through Friday. Highest temperatures Thursday and Friday, 75; low Thursday night, 45 NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Fair and continued mild through Friday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and continued mild through Friday Gentle to moderate mostly southwest winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M.    Thurs. A M. es  .......... 1:30    ............ 46 11       2;4U    ............ 44 73 ......   3:30    ............ 43 73      4:30    ............ 46 73      5:30    ............ 43 !    69 ............ 6:30    ............ 43 1    60      7:30    ............ 43 55      8    30    ........... 43 |    5*      9:30    ............ 53 51      10:30    ............ 59 48      11:30    ............ 63 46      12:30    ........... 61 Sunset last night 6:14; Sunrise today 7:32; nset tonight 6:15. j    Barometer reading at    12:30 P.M. 2831 Relative humidity at    12:30 P.M. 30% !    Maximum temperature    last 24 hours end- .ng at 6:30 a.m., 73. Minimum temperature last 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m., 42. THIS’LL TEACH YA—Monty Thomason, the sleepy fellow on the stretcher, was escort* ed via ambulance to a very early 7 a.m. board meeting of the Abilene Junior Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. He was routed out of bed by fellow Jaycees who decided ’tweren’t fair for others to oversleep. Tom Webb, left, president, and Bill Megginson, the director who drove the ambulance, help take the stret?her out. On the right are director Russell Griep and Mrs. Robert Branch, secretary, (Photo by Cockerell) for a year. The indicted Rangers, Capt. Alfred Allee and Joe Bridge, were released on bonds of $2,000 each. As he sipped his coffee, Parr told a reporter the indictments were a surprise to him. “I didn't have anything against them and I still don’t,” he said. “I'm not at ail surprised,” laughed Allee. “I was expecting it all the time.” Bridge Keeps Silent Bridge had no comment. Both he and Allee were in the office of Jim Wells County Sheriff Halsey Wright when Dist. Clerk J. L. Carlisle Jr. brought in the indictments. The indictments grew out of a court house scuffle here Jan. 18 i when Parr and a companion were i charged with illegally carrying a gun. The brawl involved the political leader, his nephew, Sheriff . Archer Parr of Duval County, Bridge and Allee. “I thought I was going to see a killing,” Mrs. Caro Brown, Alice Echo reporter who witnessed the incident said. It was Mrs. Brown’s screams, Parr said, that prevented Allee from killing him. “He was going to kill me,” Parr told a reporter after the fight. Parr received a bloody ear in the encounter. He said it was nothing but a scratch and that it was done by a Department of Safety radio mechanic. •When Things Blow Up’ Allee said he struck Parr. “When things blow up down there,” Gov. Shivers said yesterday, “they’ll blow higher than the Pendergast machine and his bunch blew.” Pendergast was a former Kansas City, Mo., political leader who went to prison on federal income tax evasion charges. “Well send 5 or 50 Rangers, or call out martial law if necessary, to break up the situation in Duval County.” the governor said. Earlier, he told reporters in Austin that all state and federal resources were being used to stamp out Duval County political trouble. He predicted the task would be completed in six months or a year and called Duval County “a cancerous growth on the good name of Texas.” Your Want Ad Charge Account Is Open! All you need do to place your Wont Ad before 144,462 readers is to Phone 2-7841, bring it or mail it and then just say “charge it.” More than 100 Want Ad classifications assure you maximum results. Circulation in Taylor and 13 other surrounding counties means quick profits to you, f 44,-462 readers ore awaiting your ad! Weekday deadline few Want Ads is 4 P. M. Place your Want Ad before noon Saturday for Sunday publication. Space ads must be received by noon Friday for Sunday publication. ;

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