Abilene Reporter News, February 5, 1954

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February 05, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILDWí¡¡t ^bíltne 3^ortcrevening'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIE^JDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 234 Asêociated Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 5, 1954 —SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe IN STORMY SESSION Shopping Center Verdict Deferred After a noisy session of opponents and supporters lasting two and one-half hours, the City Commission Friday morning tabled until Feb. 26 the shopping center request of Westwood Development Co. That firm (Arthel Henson and associates) is seeking zoning as Zone F for an area immediately vest of the new' high school so it can build a shopping center. One reason the city dad.s deferred action was that they are to hold a joint meeting the night of Feb. 23 with the School Board and the City Planning and Zoning Commission regarding school-area zoning in general. Room Jammed Every seat in the commission room was filled for Friday’s session, and additional chairs had to be brought in. At times the confusion generated by spatting back and forth within the audience taxed the skill and endurance of Mayor C. E. ÇraÜin in maintaining order. Highlights of the discussion included these: (1) Henson stated in reply to a question from School Board President W. E. Fraley that he is not sure he and his company will build a shopping center, even if the zoning should be granted. He may sell the property, or at least it may be developed by others, he said. (2) Three P-TA officials who have fought against having shopping centers near any school spoke in support of the Henson request. They said that since Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Reed were permitted by the city to put a shopping center adjacent to North Junior High School, they feel it would be unfair to turn Henson down. Wells, Fraley Opposed (3) Supt. A- E. Wells, School Board President Fraley and Board Vice President Morgan Jones Jr. and a number of school patrons expressed opposition to the proposal. (4) A petition was submitted against the shopping center, signed by every member of the School Board and the presidents of all the Abilene P-TA’s except the Fannin P-TA. (5)* Ten citizens who said they reside in the general vicinity <Northwest Abilene) of the new high school stood up as favoring Henson’s shopping center plea. (6) Maurice Brooks, attorney for Henson and associates, argued that areas directly across streets from school.s are not desirable for residential development, that North .Mockingbird Lane is a detriment to the property’s value for residential purpo.ses, as it is a “main thoroughfare,” that there will eventually be a commercial district near the high school, and that Henson’s shopping center W’ould be a “credit to the town.” Statement Retracted (7) Brooks retracted a statement he had made in a Reporter-News story, wherein he had said the FHA and Veterans Administration declined to finance loans for residences in the property involved. “That was on hearsay, and I have found that they will make some loan commitments,” he said, “but the land’s location would cause those commitments to be such that the residential development would be of an undesirable kind.” (8) C. R. Pennington, real estate man, came out for the shopping center, declaring that the sale values of residences across streets from schools is 25 to 50 per cent lower than they would be elsewhere. (9) C. E. Bentley Jr., executive vice president of Abilene Savings Association (which handles many real estate loans), testified that governmental agencies reduce the amount of loan commitments they’ll make on homes if they are to be facing school property or on “main thoroughfares.” (10) Fraley argued that if the Henson area (w'est of the school) is zoned for commercial purposes, the owners of the land Immediately south, east and north of the high school could expect to have theirs made commercial, too. “Then we’d have a high school completely surrounded by business property,” he said. Both Fraley and Jones contended that to allow a business development on the Henson property would break faith with the public, since the people were told before the bond issue that the school would be away from commercial areas. Mrs. W. H. Denham, mother of an 8-year-old child, was among the patrons pleading against having the shopping center near the high school. “I haven’t fund a single argument that wdll hold water to show See CENTER, Pg. 2-A, Col. 5 SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Judges, bankers, poll taxes and an old dormitory made new. Those are some of the things which will make news in the Sunday Reporter-News. A picture-story of the 11th Court of Civil Appeals in Eastland, a very important court few see in action, will be one of the Sunday features. Another will be a picture-story on old Ferguson Hall at Hardin-Simmons, now dressed up in a completely new garb. The Women’s Department will present pictures and stories on women who play big roles in West Texas finance. The news department will present the first tabulation on West Texas poll tax returns. The usual complete coverage from Associated Press, staff and territorial writers will present to Reporter-News readers the complete news picture. IKE TO TALK GOP Chief Hits Demo Doom Talk Shepperd Won’t Talk to Jurors AUSTIN (*—Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd s»ld today his plan for criminal proceedings in the aUeged misuse of public funds in Duval County does not include “at this time” his appearance before that county’s grand jury. The statement was in reply to a request by 79th District Judge C. Woodrow Laughlln of Alice that Shepperd be invited before the grand jury to present evidence on misuse of public funds. Shepperd also sent a telegram to the loreman of the Duval County Grand Jury. “If invited,” he told the foreman, *T would ordinarily be glad to appear before you to present such evidence. “However, in view of the action against Judge Laughlin now pending in the Supreme Court of Texas, I do not feel that this office nor the grand jury should be used as a possible defense to the charges leveled against Judge Laughlin and sustained in the hndings of the Master in Chancery, Judge D. B. Wood.” Meanwhile, state and federal officials pushed twin investigations into Duval County’s public finances today while the county’s grand New Pasten Named for Grace, Fairmont Methodist Churches Fi\’€ new Methodist pastors, including two In Abilene, have been assigned to pastorates in the Abilene District, Dr. H. C. (Happy) Smith, Abilene district superintendant, announced Friday. The new pastors are: Abilene, Fairmont Church—Rev. David B. Binkley. Abilene, Grace Church — Rev. E. C. Armstrong. Baird — Rev. Royce Womack. Nolan — Rev. L. M. Helm. Hawley —• Rev. M, H. Jochetz. The Rev. Binkley succeeds the Rev. Cecil Hardaway, who resigned to engage in wheat farming near Dumas. He has been serving the Trinity Methodist Church at San Antonio since last June, when he transferred from the Northwest Texas Ckmference. He has served pastorates at Roby, Baird and An- REV. DAVID B. BINKLEY • • • lint sermon Sunday son. He will preach his first sermon Sunday. A native of Kentucky, he attended Murray State Teachers College, Murray, Ky., and was graduated with the A. D degree from Lambuth College, Jackson, Tenn. He has been a member of the NW Texas Conference for 15 years and during World War II served two years in the chaplaincy, being located In England. His wife Is the daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Williams of AbUene. The Binkleys have two sons, John and David. The Rev. E. B. (Jack) Thompson, who has for three years been pastor of Grace Church in Abilene, has been transferred to Union Church in the western limits of Snyder. His .successor, the Rev. Armstrong, has been pastor of Park Place Church in Big Spring. At Nolan the Rev. Helm, who has been pastor at Y-L and Valley View, in the Plains area, will succeed the Rev. L. W. Tucker, who formerly served the O'Brien and Rochester Churches. Baird’s new pastor, the Rev. Womack, has been pastor at Coahoma for the la.st three years. He succeeds the Rev. Charles Lutrick, who was selected as executive secretary of the Conference Board of Education, a traveling position, with headquarters in Lubbock. The Rev. Womack served Fair Park Church in Abilene a few years ago. The Rev. Jochetz, whose home was in Slaton, is a McMurry College student. He succeeds the Rev. John Brown, who has retired from the mlnistery and had been pastor at Hawley for the last year and a half. The new appointments have already become effective, Dr. Smith said Friday. Most of the new min isters will be in their pulpits next Sunday, jury conducted a separate probe. George Parr’s tax returns were involved in the federal probe. Exactly what else was being invest! gated was not being bandied about. While state and federal agencies w'orked toward what Gov. Allan Shivers called a clean-up of "the Duval County mess.” the grand jury was concerned with finding out what such state officials as Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd knew about “any Duval County law violations.” It was so charged by Dist. Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin, himself the object of an ouster suit now being considered by the State Supreme Court. Earlier, the Jim tVells County grand jury had indicted two Texas Rangers involved in a court house brawl with political leader Pan* and his nephew. Sheriff Archer Parr of Duval County. Step-up Sought State officials sought to step up the probe of the Parr political empire yesterday with Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd of Texas asking federal officials to send more investigators to South Texas to look into Parr’s tax returns. Parr, the dominant figure in stormy South Texas politics, had not publicly commented following Shepperd’s action in Washington. Shepperd told Washington reporters, before he left by plane last night for Texas, that he had discussed Duval County with Department of Justice officials. “We already have gathered some interesting information,” the Texas attorney general said, adding: “We need more people down there before the court house burns down.” Brownell Comments Atty. Gen. Herbert BrowneU said at a news conference that income tax agents were investigating the South Texas political leader. Brownell said no Justice Department investigation was under way. although he recently had discussed the matter with Shivers. Shepperd, who said Monday that both state and federal agencies had been probing Duval County finances for a year, pointed out that if any federal law violation was found that the Justice Department would prosecute. WASHINGTON (Æ5-N a t i o n a 1 Chairman Leonard W. Hall told fellow Republicans today “the left wing in America regards a depression as its one-way ticket to power,” but that it talks less confidently now. The toning down Hall said was noticeable in Democratic and left-wing predictions of Republican defeat in the 1954 congressional elections has been caused, he continued, by the legislative program President Eisenhower sent Congress. Hall said Walter Reuther, Adlal Stevenson, Paul Douglas and Wayne Morse are spreading “gloom and doom” across the land, though the nation has enjoyed the most prosperous year in history under President Eisen-how'er. ‘Réckles» Uttertnces* The American people “cannot condone the reckless utterances of a mere handful of reckless men,” he said, referring to the CIO president, the 1952 Democratic presidential candidate, the Democratic senator from Illinois and the independent senator from Oregon, Hall’s remarks were made in *• speech prepared for the 146-member Republican National Committee. The GOP chiefs were called in for a two-day try at charting a winning course for the crucial November congressional elections. The party^ National Finance Committee yesterday approved a budget of $3,800,000 for the 1954 campaign, a record for a non-presldential year and nearly double the sum for 1950. Ike Speaks Tonight The money raisers will try to double the more than two million individual contributors to the 1952 campaign. The high spot of the three days of meetings will come tonight when the President speaks at the party’s big Lincoln Day box supper. In opening the strategy sessions today. Hall also said the President, while pledged, to preserve civil service, “keenly wants more and more loyal Republicans in policy-making posts of the federal service.” He gave assurance of the President's “wholehearted cooperation in thia,” but conceded to the men and women who have been pleading for patronage that this is still the committee’s big headache, “I wish I could report more progress on this front,” he said. “I can’t. Progress has been very slow.” He said there were and still are serious legal handicaps and other obstacles to getting Democratic holdovers out of the government, all “growing out of 20 years of intrenched power.” Dulles Blasts Red PlansforGermany Soviet Fears Free Vote, He Declares BERLIN iAP>—Secretary of State Dulles, denouncing the Russian plan for German unification, told the Berlin conference today Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov is trying to extend the Kremlin’s power to the Rhine. Dulle.s said Molotov had rejected a Western plan for unification of Germany through free elections because he is afraid that the 18 million Germans in the Communist zone “would overwhelmingly reject” its present Red regime.” “Mr. Molotov has good reason to be afraid,” the American Secretary said. Dulles led off the Western attack on the Molotov plan, which he said follows the “tragic pattern” by which the Soviet Union has spread Communist control over Eastern Europe since the war.    ' The cornerstone of the Russian program, Dulles said, is the Communist government of East Germany which he declares was put in office and kept there by Soviet power. It would have been “forcibly ejected” by the workers of East Germany last June, Dulles a.sserted, had it not been for “elements of 22 Soviet divisions.    — Dulles Stalls WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES WARNING—Genera! Weylond, U. S. Far East Air Force com-monder, warns that if Reds hit again the Yolu won't be the bcundory.—See Poge 7A. TREATY SQUABBLE — The Congressional browl over the Bricker amendment subsides os Senate voting on the meosure is postponed until Feb. 16. TAXES — Columnist Robert S. Allen reports that Rep. Dan Reed is 'well on the woy' in his plan for drastic tax reductions. See Poge 2B. TORNADO DETECTIVE—This huge disk, six feet in diameter, is the antenna of the weather search radar set installed Thursday in the U.S. Weather Bureau here. Revolving ht the rate of 12 times per minute, the antenna will scan the skies within a 225-mile radius of Abilene to give weather observers a ‘picture’ of any storms in the area. (Staff photo) Tornado Warning Unit Starts Tests By GEORGIA NELSON Abilene’s radar tornado warning unit — the third of its kind In the nation—W8| installed In the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport Thursday and preliminary tests of the unit were to begin today.    .    , E. R. Soltow, radar technician with the U. S. Weather Bureau in W'ashington, was here to assemble and install the unit and acquaint C. E. Sitchler, meteorologist in charge, and other personnel of the Abilene weather bureau with its operation. Establishing a network of radar detection for tornadoes by placing sets in weather bureau stations throughout Texas is a joint project of the federal government and Texas A&M College. The federal government is providing the radar sets and work of modifying them for use as weather observation units is being done by Texas A&M. The City of Abilene and Taylor County are sharing the $9,000 expense of modifying tlie sets and erecting an antenna tower. Soltow last week installed an Routine Check Brings Out Slaying of Wife SALE STARTS HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (m~An Arkansas state trooper, who stopped an ex-convict near here yesterday for a routine automobile check, said the man told him he had killed his wife at their home near Riverside, Calif. State Trooper Glenn Minton telephoned the information to officers in Riverside, who first denied that any murder had been committed in their area. “Within half an hour of the time I had called California, the call was returned,” said Minton. “Officers had checked the home of Mrs. LiUy Pearl Storts Cal^weU and found her body In the bathtub.” Minton Identified the man he ar- Identical weather search radar unit at Houston and said the next one probably will be placed in the weather bureau at Fort Wortli. The unit installed here was originally intended for Fort Worth but because changes had to be made in the building housing the weather bureau there to accommodate it the unit was brought to Abilene. Sitchler said Installation went rapidly here because adaptions for the unit were included in the new airport administration building while it was being built. Soltow, , who converted the weather search radar from a plane-detectlng radar In Naval patrol planes, said the type of unit Installed here was developed for use at Miami. Fla.. In detecting hurricanes. The first one was placed there, the one at Houston was second and Abilene% is third in the nation. The unit consists of a big metal cabinet about the size of a household refrigerator, only a little taller, and filled with wires, cables and tubes that resemble a cross between the inside of a radio and a telephone switchboard. This unit, located in the w’cather. bureau, is connected by coaxial cable with a huge antenna atop the airport Florida Gl Gels First Auto Tag THE WEATHER An Orlando, Fla., Army man was issued the first 1954 vehicle license plate by the Count]*, Tax Collector Raymond Petree Friday morning, when sale of tags began. BRly D. Adams, a technical sergeant, registered his 1953 Ford club coupe, receiving new number CJ-i700. His old number, registered here, was CF-8313. The new tag was sent to Adams by mail. Something of a mild rush to get tags toe* place Friday morning. Even before the office opened a large knot of applicants was waiting. And during tlie morning the office was farUy well fUled with oUiers who wanted to get the first tags.    * U.S. DEPARTMEKT OF COMMERiHE WF.ATHER BIREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: F»lr and mUd Friday, Friday night and Saturday. High temperatures both days, TO to 75 degrees; low Friday night, 40 to 45.__ NORTH CENTRAL. AND WEST TEXAS; Fair and mild this afternoon, tonight and ^'l^ST^AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair and mild ihw aiiernoon. tonight anu TEMPE..TUEES ^    „ Thurs. P.M.    Frl. A M. 64      L30      « 67      3.30       AS 69      3:30      A3 «8      A;30      A3 67        5-30    .. . ...---- AC 64        6:30      39 S  ....... 7:30      3» 68       S:30      A3 53    »30        as 50      10:30      55 48      11:30      62 44      12:30      «« Sunset last night 6:15 p.m.; Sunrise today 7:30 a.m.: Sun«et tonight 6:16 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 38.34. ReiaUve humidity at 1230 p.m. 37%. Maximum temperature last 24 hours, ending at 6:30 a.m.. Minimum temperature last 24 hours, ending at S:30 a.m., 39. rested as Johnson William Caldwell, 32, who recently was released from the Texas penitentiar>', where he had served a term for embezzlement. Minton said Caldwell admitted slaying Ms wife and waived extradition to California. Tfie state trooper said Caldwell told him he married the woman, a widow, on Jan. 6 at Yuma, Ariz„ and choked her to death 23 days later w'hen they argued ‘over money. He quoted CaldweU as saying that the woman owned several pieces of property, but was “tight with her money.” “I choked her and put her in the bathtub,” Minton quoted Caldwell. Identification clerk R. O. Queen of the Houston, Tex., police department said Caldwell received a five-year prison sentence for Lubbock County embezzlement in 1948. Queen said Caldwell also had served time for forgery from Brown, Travis and McLennan counties. administration building. The antenna is a cone shaped disk six feet in diameter. And this is what makes the difference between the radar unit here and about 20 others used in weather bureaus throughout the nation. Soltow said the 6-foot antenna has “doubled the power 16 times” 'Of the 27-lnch antennae of other weather radar sets. This will give weather ob.servers a clear look at what the wind and clouds are doing at any given moment within a 2^ to 221^mUe radius of Abilene. They will even be able to spo' thunderheads and rains If Sea RADAR, Pg. I-A, Col. I including tanks and armored cars.” The Western delegation claimed Molotov had pierced his own bubble by insisting that Germany could be united only as a defensele.ss. neutralized nation in which Communists would hold high posts— ready for a final Red takeover later. But they wanted to make sure all thi.s was spelled out for the public to understand clearly. Couldn’t Afford Election American officials said they felt sure Molotov had to block free aU-German elections to avoid setting off a chain reaction in the powderkeg Soviet bloc. In the American view. Molotov could hardly grant the Germans demo-craUc rights which the Kremlin has consistently refused its vassals in Eastern Europe, particularly In restive Poland and Czechoslovakia. As the futility of the wrangle over the German question grew ever more plain, British Foreign Secretary Eden had some optimistic words about the future— however distant—of Germany. Briefly visiting the West Berlin Technical University, Eden told the students: “Germany will play her part In the leadership of the world in the best sense of the mind and spirit.” Crucial Decision Due Facing the Western Big Three was the crucial decision whether to scuttle further German talk or go on with the endless wrangling. The crisi.s came in a two-hour speech yesterday by Russian Foreign Minister Molotov. He blunUy told the three Western ministers they didn’t know how to hold a free German election which would keep out Hitlerites and other “corrupt, aggressive" circles. Thus, he argued, their plan for free elections, contained in a proposal by British Foreign Secretary Eden, would only endanger the peace of the world. Red Way Only Way His argument was that the Communist way was the only safe way to assure a “democratic, peace-loving” Germany. To make certain that Western ideas would not influence the elections, Molotov proposed that aU foreign troops be withdrawn from Germany. And the Communist-controlled quarter (17 million poi>-uiatlon) would have a weighted vote equaling all the rest of the country (47 millions) in shaping a future Reich. Within the American camp a large group favored giving Molotov a quick explanation why his type of Communist government would not be acceptable to them or to Western Germany, and then teUlng him bluntly: “The subject of Germany is finished. Let’s get on with a discussion of Austria and see whether any measure of agreement Is possible.” Reply on Red Call lor Talks WASHINGTON (^Secretory of State Dulles in Berlin has stalled an American reply to Chinese and Korean Communist demands for renewal of preliminary peace talks at Panmunjom. Dulles reportedly is waiting to sound out Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov, as well as the British and French. The State Department last Saturday cabled to Dulles the draft of a note to serve as the U.S. reply. It was learned, but thus far the department has received no word on whether he approves the suggested text. Meanwhile, diplomats representing America's 16 Korean War allies are reported anxiously wondering what has happened to the note. The foreign diplomats who approved a proposed draft at a State Department meeting 12 days ago expected the note would go out last weekend in time to reply to Red demands the Korean talks bt resumed Feb. 1. The State Department news division has refused to shed any Ught on this minor diplomatic mystery despite repeated questions by reporters during the past week. State Department s{K>kesmen who last week said the note would be out within a few days now try to duck all comment on the matter. It was learned that top department officials believe Dulles wiR hold up approving the proposed reply until after he holds secret meetings, tentatively scheduled, with Molotov and the British and French foreign ministers about Asian peace questions generally. Trains Crash; Engineer Dies WILMINGTON. Del. .f»—The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad’s St. Louis-New York flyer, the National Limited, sideswiped a freight train five miles south of Wilmington today, derailing 10 of the 13 passenger cars. A B&O spokesman in Baltimore said the engineer of the shifter freight train, W. A. Jackson of Philadelphia, was killed and six train crewmen were hurt, but no passengers were injured. Democrats Send'Truth Kits' Ahead on McCarthy's Route C-City Grand Jury Probe Into 5th Day COLORADO CITY, Feb. 5.—A 32nd District Court grand jury continued to hear testimony Friday in connection with an assault with intent to murder charge against David Leach, 27-year-old Colorado City man. The grand jury started its fifth day In session Friday morning and the fourth day of probing the charge against Leach. The man is charged with making an assault on Colorado City Police Sgt. Henry Yeager Jan. 16. WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee said today it Is sending “truth kits” ahead of Sen McCarthy (R-Wls) to editors and party workers in the cities along his present speaking route. The committee said in an ac- with the idiocy of a Truman; rotted by the deceit of an Acheson; corrupted by the Red slime of a White.” • He said there were Democrats “who hold their heads high • • • | and who refused to yield,” but they were not numerous enough to comoanying letter it is providing 1 “hold the lever that controlled toe the material because erf indications that McCarthy “has been considerably more careless with the truth while speaking away from Washington than he has been in the capital, where he is under toe scrutiny of reporters who have the facts readily available to enable them to check on his claims.” McCarthy opened his Lincoln Day tour last night in Charleston, W. Va., with a charge that the era of recent Democratic administrations was “20 years of trea-son. The Wisconsin senator said the “label Democrat (Is) • . . sUched political destiny of a nation for two decades ' and the resuii was “20 years of treason.” Speaking about the same time in Cheyenne. Wyo., Democratic National Chairman Stephen Mitchell accused the Republican party of giving up its scruples and making "a new and massive attempt to win a national election through toe systematic use of slander.” Mitchell said there was a “calculated. deliberate, nationwide campaign launched by the Republicans to try to paint toe Democratic party as the party of com- j mouth. N. J., munism—as the party of treason i contempL“ and disloyalty.” He denounced also what he called the philosophy of “what is * good for big business is good for the country.” There was no immediate comment on McCarthy’s statements from the two living persons be singled out for special mention-former President Harry S. Truman and former Secielaiy of d(iai.c Dean Acheson. Harry Dexter White, who died in 1948, was the central figure in a furore that began last November when Atty. Gen. Brownell charged Truman promoted White in the face of FBI warnings he was a spy. In his speech last night McCarthy predicted that a number of witnesses he has called in his Senate investigations subcommittee probe of security at Ft. Mon-wUl go to jail for ;

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