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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR, MILD EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 233 Associated Press fAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 4, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe State, U. S. Probers Delve Deep in 'Duval Dukedom' IT'S A NICE DOG'S 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. DUE U.S. Bankruptcy Asked By E. S. Prices Siy Eldridge Solomon Price Sr., and Edith Wynn Price, of Bal- linger filed a petition for volun- tarv bankruptcy Wednesday with the'u. S. District Court clerk's of- fice here. U. S. District Judge T. Whit- field Davidson Thursday, morn- ing extended until Feb. 15 a tem- porary restraining order which, he 3ias_ previously: granted :-the" against- Internal' R'evenue1 ipersor? nel to prevent latter" from enter- Ing the Prices' property or offer- ing to sell it for income taxes Pilot Escapes C-City Crash COLORADO CITY, Feb. 4 (RNS) trainer plane from Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring crashed six miles southeast of Colorado City Wednesday about p.m. The pilot, Air Cadet Robert C. Green, 21, bailed out at 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 car- ried to Colorado City. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Green, Nor- folk, 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 re- fused to allow a photographer to photograph the plane. which the government alleges the couple owes. The hearing had been sec for today. The bankruptcy petition gives Price's occupation as "farmer and developer of oil and gas leases." The couple's residence is describ- ed as 6Vz miles northeast of Bal- linger.. Debts of and assets listed The indebt- edness includes Haxes due the United States; in wages. in taxes due the states, worth of secured claims and in unsecured claims. As assets the Prices show the following: Real estate, negotiable and non negotiable instruments and securities, stock in trade, household goods, horses, cows and other animals, automobiles and other vehicles, ma- chinery, fixtures and tools, other personal property, and unliquidated claims, The petitioners subtract as property they claim is exempt. Dallas Scarborough of the Abi- lene law firm Scarborough, Yates, Scarborough Black filed the doc- ument for the Prices. Deputy Clerk Gladys M. Walls referred the petition Wednesday to Judge Glenn Smith of Fort Worth, referee in bankruptcy. Asks to Keep Property Mr. and Mrs. Price claim In their petition that they are insolv- ent and unable to pay their debts as they mature. The couple pro- poses that they be allowed to re- main 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 Treaty Bill PollDela yed WASHINGTON Re- publican leader Knowland (Calif) said today final Senate decision on the Bricker treaty-power amend- ment 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, Know- land told newsmen he now is "not 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 Febru- ary. C. E. Sitchler, meteorologist in charge of the U. S. Weath- er Bureau, said "summer" would contin'j? in Abilene for it least another three or four days, with no more winter weather in sight now. "I never saw such people for borrowing trouble as Abi- lenians he muttered. are, with the most beautiful weather in the world and they keep calling to when it's going to rain or too sanguine" about getting a final vote this week. That would mean putting it off until the week starting Feb. 14 be- cause there is an informal under- standing 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 impor- :ant alternative proposals. These can be accepted or re- jected by majority votes but final passage of whatever is agreed up- on as a constitutional amendment would tisTte a two-thirds vote. Knowland said it might be fayed 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. Brickor (R-Ohlo) to limit the scope of treaties and to provide for con- gressional regulation of other in- ternational McKee to Open Branch Office On AFB Dorms Robert E. McKes Construction Company of Ei Paso, prime con- Tactor on airmen's dormitories at Abilene Air Force Base, will set up branch offices in Dallas Mon- day to contact sub-contractors and suppliers. A letter from C. E. Kistenmach- er, purchasing agent for the com- pany, to Joe Cooley, manager of the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce, Wednesday told of the plans. A. W. Stillman will be in charge of the offices, which will be locat- ed at 270S Jnwood Road, Kisien- macher said. Anyone interested in sub-con- Tacting on the dormitory projects should contact Stiliman there after he said. R. J. O'Herron, engineer on the job, is expected to be in Abilene within the next two or :hree days, possibly on Monday, the letter informed Cooley. The job superintendent, W. M. Idwards, will set up offices here as soon as notice is received from the Fort Worth district office of the Army Engineers to begin work, Kistenmacher said. O'Herron will maintain Ms off- ices in El Paso. The company will have five days after receiving notice to begin work on the project. Kistenmacher said that word was expected in the next few days. Auto Tag Sale Starts Friday Now you can get your new 1954 car license plate. Raymond Petree, tax assessor- collector, said he would begin is- suing the new tags Friday morn- ing. In order to avoid a rush at the end of-the paying period he sug- jests vehicle owners obtain them as soon as possible. Deadline for issuance without penalty is March 31. The new plates have yeliow nu- merals and serial letters on a )lack background. Petree estimated that during the issuing period about passen- ger cars, trucks and other types of vehicles would be handled. ABOUT CONTRACT WTO Workers Say Union Colored Facts A union official's announcement Jan. 22 of a nsw contract with the West Texas Utilities Co. "misrep- resented the true a group of company employes said today. A statement signed by 35 em- ployes, who said they were chosen by feilow workers as their spokes- men, referred to an Associated Presi story from Fort Worth quot- ing Art Edwards, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Edwards had announced the signing of 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 com- LAUDS FLEXIBLE PROPS Form Income Rise Due, Benson Says WASHINGTON of 11930s." Benson said. "To be pros- Agriculture Benson said today that the long sag in farm income "is largely behind us" and called on Congress to adopt President Eisen- hower's "middle-of-the-road" farm program. Benson told the Senate-House Economic Committee, which is ex- ploring measures to avert reces- sion, 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 that finds its way into consumption and not into ware- Benson declared. "The President's proposals on the agri- cultural programs will help econo- mic growth, in this nation." j Even though the price support j level for basic crops under the administration proposals would be governed by supply, rather than by high and rigid government sup- ports, the support price would be close to present levels, Benson predicted. This would be true, he said, be- cause adoption of Eisenhower's plan to set aside, or "freeze" from commercial "channels, 2% billion dollars worth 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 Juv the perous, the farmer must produce." f The secretary said he could not t agree with the "pessimistic view" of some that the 17 per cent drop in farm prices in the past three years is the harbinger "of z gen- eral depression." "The latest price report of the department issued last Friday showed a widespread improvement, averaging 4 per cent from mid- November to Ben- son told the legislators. SECRETARY BENSON .will he itill imiie? Assault to Murder Charged 2 Rangers ALICE 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 uorninant po- litical 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." 1. Investigations by the stale 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 West Set to Hear Red Election Plan BERLIN 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 plebis- cite to decide whether the Ger- mans conclude a peace treaty with the Big Four now or an alliance with the West. The Westerners said -Molotov's plebiscite proposal, made in yesterday's session the Big Tour foreign ministers conference, con- tributed 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 An- thony Eden, -the .West will cer- tainly be surprised, ._ of Red Spy Colled 'Brilliant Intelligence Victory1 As the conference went into its Oth session, with British Foreign Secretary Eden presiding in the Soviet Embassy, Western officials expressed considerable disappoint- ment that Molotov in the previous sessions had not come to grips with the free election issue on which the Western Powers base their plan for German unification. There was some -feeling among American officials that Molotov was stalling "to avoid'making clear Russia's position on German elec. ttons. Speculation was that fee may Have been consulting with on precisely what fine the Sovie Union should take on this issue. TOKYO Col. Yuri A. Hastovorov 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 P.astovorov, who asked an Ameri- can 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 appar- ently 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 execu- tion, and finally direct orders to return to Moscow sparked his de- cision to change sides. Conversion Sought His conversion, long and delib- erately sought by crack U.S. Army operatives, is called by observers here the most brilliant piece of American intelligence work publicized since the start of the cold a blow at Soviet espionage in a key Far Eastern area. "Intelligence work is subterran- ean the source said. "This is a great victory that may be decisive in Japan. It is the intel- ligence equivalent of a Midway or Normandy." Hastovorov, reported yesterday to be cooperating with American agents at tie big U.S. base on Okinawa; was described as a dash- ing, handsome Soviet spy who moved easily in Tokyo social cir- cles and who cultivated Americans. Wage Rates The Fort Worth pletely misrepresented the true facts as they have time and the workmen said. "We think the following points should be carried correctly in your columns. 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 pay- ing ton linemen, linemen service- men, servicemen and substation men SI .50 an hour with some get- ting S1.65. "Last spring, the union went to the Circuit Court in Washington and gut an order making the com- pany take' away from us these rates wfijrh were given to us voluntarily by an agreement with the company in 1952 after the union had refused to accept the pay rates, "We understand that Chief Jus- tice Vinsou of tha 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- CONTRACT, Pi. 3-A, Col. 3-4 23, Hastovorov made contact with American Army agents who shad- owed him continually and sounded He dressed in clothes of Amer- ican may have come "rom the Tokyo shoes, carried American por- able radio to the Tokyo Tennis 21ub and seemed interested in them out on changing sides. Much as the Army wanted him, t moved cautiously until Rasto- in panic at per- sonally delivered orders to go the agents on the ,elephone and asked them to pro- tect him as a political refugee. The unit then had no choice but o grant his request for a flight .0 freedom, the source said. Shock to Russians The news apparently came as a shock to the- defunct Russian mis- sion of about 35 men still in Tokyo. !jast week they filed an angry pro- .est that Rastovorov had been kid- napeu by the Americans. This is a standard Soviet charge when one of their agents deserts. "It is ridiculous to say he was 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 al- most flawless American English and affected an American manner, several non-Russian women. Moved Cautiously even ate and drank at American Army officers the source said. Some of his hosts did not know whom they enter- tained. Some knew all too well. It also was revealed that at the time of Beria's execution, Dec. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: clear and mild through Friday. Highest temperatures Thursday and Friday, 75; low Thursday night. 45. NORTH 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 south- vest winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M. Thnrs. A.H 69 43 73 73 72 69 43 CO 43 55 45 S'l 53 5t 59 (S 63 46 61 Sunset last night Sunrise today tonight Barometer reading at P.M. SH.31 Relative humidity at P.M. Maximum temperature lut it tours end- ing at a.m., 73, Minimum temperature laxt 21 court Int at a.m., U. Actually, the informant said, Rastovorov carried his American- ization so far that it began to be- come 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 be- lieve all the Communist lies he had been educated the un- official source said. "He became convinced that communism itself was a fraud." WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES AUTO TAXES Next regular session of Legislature expected to be asked to end ad valorem taxes on cars. See Page I-B. THE LONE EAGLE A generation sees Lindbergh, fam-j ed Atlantic flier, in a different1 light. See Page 5-B. FAR EAST WARNING Gen- eral Weyland, head of the Far East Air Force, soys the combined Communist air strength in that area is twice that of the U. Page 10- A. AIRMEN HONOR GUESTS 'Wild Blue Yonder'Theme Planned for CO Banquet The Abilene Chamber Com- merce annual membership banquet .March S will have a "wild blue yonder" air, the planning commit- tee 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 commit- tee decided. Allan Baird is chair- Baird said that the CC wanted Abilene to make a good impres- sion 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 plat- form. Frank Meyers and Fred Higgin- botham head the menu sub-com- mittee, Sam Hill and Jim Jennings are co-chairmen of the reception sub-committee. The Duval County grand jury to reconvene again today after uestioning a former acting secre- ary of an independent school dis- trict last night. School Man Grilled The grand jury recessed at 33t night after questioning Diego Teras, former school district offi- ial. Jack Donahue, Houston Press ewsman who is writing a series n stormy Duval County politics, was told to be on hand .at this fternoon's session. An assistant to .Stale Ally. Gen. ohn Ben Pineda in with the grand jury in and .last night's ses- lions. Pineda said be had been vorking "on this case for over a year." Shepperd announced earlier this week that the use ol state school, public 'welfare and highway funils in Buval County hafl been under Investigation by several agencies for a year The Indicted Rangers, Capt. Al- fred jind Joe released on bonds of each. As lie sipped Ms coffee. Parr told a reporter the. indictments were a surprise to him. "I rlidn't have anything against them and I still he said. 'I'm not at all aughed Allee. "I was expecting t all the time." Bridge Silent Bridge had no comment. Both IB and Allee were in the office f Jim Wells County Sheriff Halsey Wright when Dist. Clerk J. L. Carlisle Jr. brought in the 'Jndict- The indictments grew out of a ourt. house scuffle here Jan. IS s-hen Parr and a companion were charged with illegally carrying a un. The brawl involved the politi- al leader, his nephew, Sheriff Vrcher Parr of Dnva! County, Bridge and Allee. "I thought I was going to see a Mrs. Caro Brown, Alice !cho reporter who witnessed the ncident said. It was Mrs. Brown's creams, Parr said, that prevented Ulee from killing him. "He was going to kill Pan- old a reporter after the fight. Parr received a bloody ear In he encounter. He said it was noth- ng but a scratch and that it .was lone by a Department of Safety adio mechanic. .'When Things Blow Allee said he struck Parr. "When things blow up down Gov. Shivers said yester- day, "they'll blow higher than the 'endergast machine and his bunch ilew." Pendergast was a former Kansas City, Mo., political leader who went to prison on federal in- :ome tax evasion charges. "We'll send 5 or 50 Rangers, or oat martial if secssssry, o break up the situation in Duval the governor said. Ear- ier. he told reporters in Austin that all state and federal resources were being used to stamp out Duval County political trouble. He redicted the task would be ?om- in six months or a year and called Duval County "s can- erous growth on the good name f Texas." TEACH 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 'twsren't fair for others to oversleep. Tom Webb, left; president, and Bill Megginson, the director who drove the ambulance, help take the out. 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