Abilene Reporter News, February 5, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 05, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, t. 4 mil. is Sbilene Importer "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXHI, No. 234 Aaodattd Pnu UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 5, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5C, SUNDAY lOe IN STORMY SESSION Shopping Center Verdict Deferred After a noisy1 session of oppon- ents and supporters lasting two and one-half hours, the City Com- mission Friday morning tabled un- til 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 west of the new high school so it can build a shopping center. One reason the city dads de- ferred action was that they are to hold a joint meeting the night of Feb. 23 with the School 'Board and Hie City Planning and Zoning Com- mission regarding-school-area zon- ing in general...... Room Jammed Every seat in the commission room was filled for Friday's ses- sion, 3uci aciditiOuul chairs iiati tc be Drought in. At times the confusion, generat- ed by spatting .back and forth .with- in the audience taxed the skill and endurance of Mayor C, E.' Gailin in maintaining order. Highlights of the discussion included these: (1) Henson stated in reply to a question from School Board Presi- dent E. Fraley that he is not sure he and his company will build a. shopping center, even if the zon- ing should be granted. He may sell the property, or at least it may be developed by others, he laid. (2) Three P-TA officials -.who have fought against having shop-, ping 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 ad- jacent to North. Junior High School, they feel it would be" unfair to turn Hensbn down. Wells, rFraley Opposed (3! Supt.'4. E. Wells, School -Board President Ffaley and Board Vice President Morgan Jones -Jr. and a number of school pa- trons 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 :Fanniri P-TA. citizens -who said they reside In: the- general vicinity Worthiest of ffie. -nfijv- high stood: up as favoring Henson's shopping center plea. (6) Maurice Brooks, attorney for Henson and associates, argued that across streets from schoblsY'are not desirable for resi- dential North Mockingbird Lane is a detriment to the property's value for resi- dential purposes, as it is a" "main that there will eventually be a commercial dis- trict near the nigh school, and that Henson's shopping center would 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 de- clined to finance loans for resi- dences in the property involved. "That was on hearsay, and I have found that they will make some loan 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 else- where. (9) C. E. Bentley Jr., executive vice president of' Abilene Savings Association (which handles many real estate 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 (west of the school) is zoned for commercial purposes, the owners of the land immediate- ly south, east and north of the high school could expect to have theirs made commercial, too. "Then we'd have a high school completely sur- rounded by business" he said. Both Fraley and Jones contended that to allow a business develop- ment 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 argu- ment that will hold water to show See CENTER, Pg. 2-A, Col. 5 SUNDAY HEADLlNERS 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 llth 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 fi- nance. The news department will present the first tabu-. lation 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. Shepperd Won't Talk to Jurors AUSTIN (Jrt.tty. Gin.Sfohn Shepperd. sitditoday his: criminal proceedings In the alleged 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 Laughlin 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 foreman of the Duval Coun- ty Grand Jury. "If he told the fore- man, 'T would ordinarily Be glad to appear before you to present such evidence. "However, in view of the action against Judge Laughlin now pend- ing in the Supreme Court of Texas, I do not feel that this office nor the grand jury should 6e used as a possible defense to the charges leveled against Judge Laughlin and sustained in the findings of the Master in Chancery, Judge D. B. Wood." Meanwhile, state and federal of- ficials pushed twin investigations into Duval County's public finances today while the county's grand New Pastors Named for Grace, Fairmont Methodist Churches Five new Methodist pastors, in- cluding two in Abilene, have been assigned to pastorates in tiie Abi- lene District, Dr. 'H. C. (Happy) Smith, Abilene district superinten- dant, announced Friday. The new pastors are: Abilene, Fairmont 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 resign- ed 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 Conference. He has served pastorates at Roby, Baird and An- REV. DAVID B. BINKLEY tint lermon Sunday son. He will preach his first ser- mon Sunday. A native of Kentucky, he at- tended Murray State Teachers Col- lege, Murray, Ky., and was grad- uated with the A. D degree from Lambuth College, Jackson, Term. tie has been a member of the VW Texas Conference for 15 years and during World War II served 5m years in the chaplaincy, being located in England. His wife is the daughter of Mrs. Myrtle Wil- liams of Abilene. The Binkleys iiave two sons, John and David. The Rev. E. B. (Jack) Thomp- son, who has for three years been pastor of Grace Church in Abi- lene, has been transferred to Union Church in the western linv its 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 suc- ceed the Rev. L. W. Tucker, who formerly served the O'Briea and Rochester Ckurches. Baird's new pastor, the Rev Womack. has been oastor at Coa- homa for the last ttuee years. He succeeds the Rev. Charles Lutrick who was selected as executive sec- retary of the Conference Board o' Education, a traveling with headquarters In Lubbock. The Hev. Womack served Fair Park Church in Abilene a few years ago. The Rev. Jochetz. whose home was In Slaton, is SIcMurry Coi lege student. He succeeds the Rev. John Brown, who has re Ured from the mlnlstery and ha: been pastor Hawley for the last year and a half. The new appointments have al ready become effective, Dr. Smith said Friday. Most .of the new min liters will be in their pulpits nex Sunday. ury conducted a separate probe. George Parr's tax Returns were Involved in the federal probe. Ex- actly what else was 'being Investi- gates was not being bandied about, state and federal agencies worked toward what Gov. Allan Shivers called a clean-up of "the Duval County the grand ury was concerned with finding out what such state officials as 4tty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd knew about Duval County aw violations." It was so charged by Dist. Judge 1. Woodrow Laughlin, himself the ibject of an ouster suit now being :onsidered by the State Supreme Court. Earlier, the Jim Wells County grand jury had indicted two Texas laugers involved in a court house brawl with political leader Parr and his nephew, Archer Duval County. Step-up Sought State officials sought to step up the probe of the Parr political em- iire yesterday with Atty. Gen. n Ben Shepperd of Texas ask- ng federal officials to send more nvestigators to South Texas to ook 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 report- ers, before he left by plane last night for Texas, that he had dis- cussed Duval County with Depart- ment of Justice officials. 'We already have gathered some nteresting 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 Depart- ment 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 fonnd that the Justice Depart- ment would prosecute. IKE TO TALK GOP Chief Hits Demo Doom Talk WASHINGTON (R-N a t i o n a 1 Chairman Leonard W. Hall told j fellow Republicans today "the left wing in America regards depres- sion as its one-way ticket to pow- but that it talks less confi- dently now. The toning down Hall said was noticeable in Democratic and left- wing predictions of Republican de- feat in the 1954 congressional elec- tions has been caused, he con- tinued, by the legislative program President Eisenhower sent Con- gress. Hall said Walter Reuther, Adlai Stevenson, Paul Douglas and Wayne Morse are spreading "gloom and doom" across the land, though the nation has en- Joyed the most prosperous year in history under President Eisen- hower. 'Reckless Utterances' The American people "cannot condone the reckless utterances of a mere handful of reckless he said, referring to the CIO presi- dent, the 1952 Democratic presi- dential candidate, the .Democratic senator from Illinois and the inde- pendent senator from Oregon. Hall's remarks were made speech prepared for the 146-mem- ber Republican National Commit- tee. The GOP chiefs were called in for a two-day try at charting a winning course for the crucial November congressional elections. The party's National Finance Committee yesterday approved a budget of for the 1954 campaign, a record for a non- presidential year and nearly dou- ble 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 Presi- dent, 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 Presi- dent's "wholehearted -cooperation in but conceded to the men .and :Worrien who have' been "plead- ing for patronage that this is stfll the committee's big headache. "I wish I could report more progress on this 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 larrenched power." WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES Weyland, U. S. Far Eost Air Force com- mander, warns 'that if Reds hit again the Yalu won't he the Poge 7A. TREATY SQUABBLE The Congressional brawl over the Brisker amendment subsides as Senate voting on the measure is postponed until Feb. 16. TAXES Columnist Robert S. Allen reports that Rep. Dan Reed is 'well on the way' in his plan for drastic tax reductions. See Page 2B. SALE STARTS Florida 61 Gets First Aufo Tag An Orlando, Fla., Army man was issued the first 1954 vehicle licence hy tb? Tax Collector" Raymond Petree Friday morning, when sale of tags began Billy D. Adams, a technical ser geant, registered' his 1953 Fort club coupe, receiving new num ber CJ-I700. Jils old number, tered here, was CF-8313. The new tag was sent to Adams by mail Something of a mild rush to get tags took place Friday morning Even before the office opened a large knot of applicants was wait ing. And during the morning office was tartly well filled with ethers who wanted to gefthe firs Dulles Blasts Red PlansforGermany Soviet Fears Free Vote, He Declares BERLIN of State Dulles, denouncing he Russian plan for German told the Berlin con- cerence today Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov is trying to extend the Kremlin's power to the Rhine. Dulles said Molotov had rejected a Western plan for uni- jieation 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 the American Secretary said. Dulles led off the Western attack on the Molotov plan, vhich he said follows the "tragic pattern" by which the Soviet Union has spread Communist control over Eastern Europe TORNADO huge disk, six feet in di- ameter, is the antenna of the weather search radar set installed Thursday in the U.S. Weather Bureau here. Re- volving at 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 since the war. The cornerstone of the Russian program, Dulles said, is :he Communist government of East Germany which he de- clares was put in office and kept there by Soviet power. It vould have been "forcibly ejected" by the workers of East Germany last June, Dulles asserted, had it not been for "ele- nents of 22 Soviet divisions. ncluding tanks and armored cars." The Western delegation claimed jolotov had pierced his own bubble iv insisting that Germany could united only as a defenseless, nation in which Com- munists would hold high posts- ready for a final Red takeover ater. But they wanted to make sure all this was spelled out tor he public to understand clearly. Couldn't Afford Election American officials said they felt sure Molotov had to block free all-German elections to avoid setting off reaction in the lowderkeg Soviet bloc. In the American view, Molotov .could aardly grant; the Germans demo- cratic rights which the Kremlin has consistently refused its vas- sals in Eastern Europe, partlcu- By GEORGIA NELSON Abflene's radar tornado warn- ing unit the third of'its kind in the installed. In the U. S. Weather Bureau at Munici- pal Airport Thursday and prelimi- nary tests of the unit were to be- gin today. E. H. Soltow, radar technician with the U. S. Weather Bureau in Washington, was here to assem- ble and install the unit and ac- quaint C. E.'Sitchler, meteorolog- ist in charge, and other personnel of the Abilene weather bureau with its operation. Establishing a network of radar detection for tornadoes by plac- ing sets in weather bureau sta- tions throughout Texas is a joint project the federal government and Texas AfcM College. The fed- eral government is providing the radar sets and work of modifying them for use as weather observa- tion units is being done by Texas ASM. The City of Abilene and Taylor County are sharing the ex- pense of modifying the sets and erecting an antenna tower. Soltow last week installed an Routine Check Brings Out Slaying of Wife HOT SPRINGS, Ark. Ar- kansas 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 Jrooper Glenn Minton tele- phoned 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 said Mintoa "Of- ficers had checked the home of Mrs. Lilly Pearl Starts Calgwell and found her body in the balhtnb." Minton identified the man he ar- THE WEATHER VS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BOREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Fair and mild Friday night and Saturday. High temperatures both days. 70 to 75 degrees; low Friday night. 40 to KORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Ftlr and mild this afternoon, tonluht and AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair ana iziiia mis anernoon. tomgufc TEMPLATES Thure. P.M. F'i- A.M- 64 45 67 130 ___....... M 43 I? "-5 64 S............ 39 51.......... 43 53 ...i........ I.......... SS 41 62 44 Sunset list p.m.; Sunrise to- day a.m.: tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. MJ4. RelaUre humidity at 1S30 p.m. Maximum temperature last 24 hours, end- Minimum temperature laat 24 enllnit at a.m.. 31. rested as Johnson William Cald- well, 32, who recently was released from the Texas penitentiary, where he had served a term for embez- zlement. Minton said Caldwell admitted slaying his wife and waived extra- dition to California. Tne state trooper said Caldwell told him he married the woman, a widow, on Jan. 8 at Yuma, Ariz., and choked her to death 23 days later when they argued 'over money. He quoted Caldwell as saying that ,the woman owned several pieces of property, but was "tight with her money." "I choked her and pat her in the Minton quoted Cald- well. Identification clerk R. O. Queen of the Houston, Tex., police partment 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. identical weather search radar unit at Houston and .said the. hex one probably will be placed In the weather bureau at 'Fort Worth The unit installed here was origi- nally intended for Fort Worth but because changes had to be made in the building housing the weather bureau there to accom- modate 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-detecting radar In Naval pa- trol 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 AblleneHs is third in the nation. The unit consists o! a big metal cabinet about the size of a house- hold refrigerator, only a little tall- er, 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 weather, bureau, is connected by coaxial cable with a huge antenna atop the airport 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 "jsed in weather bureaus throughout the nation. Soltow said the 6-foot antenna has "doubled the power 16 times" of the 27-inch antennae of other weather radar sets. This will give weather observers a clear look at what the wind and clouds are do- ing at any given moment within a 200 to 225-mile radius of Abi- lene. They will even be able to spo'. thanderheads and rains if C-Ciry Grand Jury Probe into Day COLORADO CITY, Feb. 32nd District Court grand jury con- tinued to hear testimony Friday in connection with sn assault with in- tent 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. See RADAR, P9. Col. 1 larly In As the" futility ".of the wrangle over'ths-.German: ever more, plain, Foreign Secretary Eden had- some opti- hiistic .words about 'the hbweyer iBriefly1 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 scuttie further German talk or Ep on with the endless wrangling. The crisis came in a two-hour speech yesterday by Russian For- eign Minister Molotov. He blunliy old the three Western ministers hey didn't know how to hold a ree German election which would ceep out Hitlerites and other "cor- rupt, aggressive" circles. Thus, he argued, their plan for free elections, contained in a pro- posal by British Foreign Secretary Eden, would only endanger the peace of the world. Red Way Only Way His argument was that the Com- munist way was the only safe way So assure a "democratic, peace- loving" Germany. To make certain that Western ideas would not influence the elec- tions, Molotov proposed that all foreign troops be withdrawn from Germany. And the Communist- controlled quarter (17 million pop- ulation) would have a weighted vote equaling all the rest of tie 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 telling him bluntly: "The subject of Germany is fin- ished. Let's get on with a discus- sion of Austria and see whether any measure agreement is pos- sible." Dulles Stalls Reply on Red (all for Talks WASHINGTON W-Secre'tary of state.Dulles in Berlin has stalled n American reply to Chinese and Corean. Communist demands for of preliminary peace talks at Panmunjom. Dulles reportedly is waiting to sound out Soviet Foreign Minister well and French. The State Department last Sat- urday icahledi to Dulles the drait 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.texi.Y represent- ing War al- lies are reported anxiously wonder- ing what has happened to the note. The '.fdreign' diplomats -who ap- proved a proposed draft at a State Department meeting 12 days ago ixpected the note would go out ast weekend'in time to reply to Hed demands the Korean .talks be resumed Feb. 1. The State Department-news divi- sion has refused-to shed any light on this .minor diplomatic-mystery despite' repeated questions by re- porters during the past .week. State Department spokesmen who last week said the note would be out within a few days now try o duck all comment on the :r. It was learned that tap depart-. ment officials believe Dulles will hold up approving 'the proposed reply until after he holds secret ieetings, tentatively scheduled, vith Molotov and the British and French foreign ministers about Asian peace questions generally. Trains Crash; Engineer Dies WILMINGTON, Del. Bal- imore Ohio Railroad's St. Louis-