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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 6, 1954

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD Abilene EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 235 AootMttd ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 6, 1954 PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe AFTER FIVE YEARS Emotional Hvastc Returns to Family HILLSIDE, N. 3. Hvasta, tight-lipped and emotional, came home to the arms of his family today after five years as a prisoner and fugitive in Communist Czecho- slovakia. His family and Hillside dignitaries met the Czech-born American at Idlewild airport, then whisked him back to New Jersey for a family breakfast at a restaurant in nearby Un- ion. The 26-year-old Navy veteran from Hillside, N.J., home for the first time in more than five years, embraced his mother at Idlewild Airport and cried: "Thank God, iink God, thank God." Mrs. Michael Hvasta, the moth- er, tearfully hugged and kissed her son while other members of family and officials from his homt town crowded around to welcome TRAVELER HVASTA home free BLASTS GOP Harry Hits As of Yore NEW YOHK Presi- dent Harry S. Truman said last night that "The recession .that C.p< started on the farms last spring has already spread to' the city isf a depression would do likewise." He scoffed at the "miracles" he said promised -3 by the "Republican party. H In a speech before the Ameri- cans for. Democratic Action, Tru- man: said; 'T don't think there is any for a is clear by now a year of thel Eisenhower artminis- tration." Truman said, "and that is "the Republican party is not made up of 'miracle workers. I have .been watching and waiting for those miracles to hap- s pen that we were promised back in 1952. But there is something f" wrong somewhere. There seems to J- be a slight delay in the miracle business." Truman ripped into the present i administration's income tax cut, terming it "a rich man's tax relief measure if I ever heard of one." "It seems to me strange that the President's economic report says that there is no real reces- Truman continued, but that we are not prosperous enough or sure enough of the. future to increase the minimum wage." The income level of the farmer and working man are beginning to decline, he said, "compared to the share of the businessman and the corporations and the landlords. Our national wealth is being distributed in reverse, from the poor to the rich." Truman spoke to a nationwide (CBS) radio audience as well as to the more than persons at the ADA banquet in the Waldorf- Astoria Hotel Tlie former President called the GOP search for Communists In government "one of the biggest hoaxes ever attempted in Ameri- can history." "When the Republicans took over the government on Jan. 20, he said, "if there were any Communists in the government service they were very, very few indeed." T r u m a n accused Republican campaigners in 1952 of lying about the Communist menace. And when they took office, he said, they 'lacked the courage" to admit it. "We can be against communism without being dishonest about it." j tbe youne man. Glad To Be Home Hvasta. wearing a loose blue suit, appeared pale. To reporters, he said: "I'm glad to be home. Anybody that's been in the situation I have been in really knows what it feels like to be home." But he declined to give any de- tails of his imprisonment on espio- nage charges while studying in Czechoslovakia and his subsequent escape, his game of hide and seek with the police and his refuge in the American embassy. He said he had been "scribbling" Ms story while at the embassy and that he intended to publish it. "I intend to reveal everything I he said. Hvasta said, however, an ac- count of his escape experiences "will come soon from the em- bassy." Hasn't Heard of Wife Reporters asked him if he had been in touch with his Czech wife, GabrJella Bansova Hvasta, who has been reported missing. he said softly, his eyes filling with tears. Stephen Hvasta, 23, his brother, interceded at this point and asked reporters to refrain from any more questions. The escapee began the brief news conference by saying: "Well, listen, fellows, I want to thank anyone who has helped me in the ,past days to get out of Czechoslovakia." He said that he particularly had received help from Rep. Peter W. tL Alerts John- ambassador t, to Czechoslovakia, and George Wads- worth, former American ambassa- dor there. Czech officials granted him per- mission to leave the country from the embassy and said it was as a result of pleas from his family. Thanks Newspapers Hvasla also thanked newspapers for their work in helping him, and specifically mentioned the Newark Star-Ledger. Asked his opinion of why the Czech government allowed him to leave, he replied: It's hard to say, now." To a question whether the State Department had asked him not to talk of his experiences, he said "It's my own private version" not to make statements presently. Newsmen asked if his reticence was prompted by a desire to pro- pro iber. tect Czech underground members who helped him escape. "That is one reason and I have other for secu- he said. The bizarre story of 26-year-old John was disclosed this week by a Prague Red radio broadcast an- nouncing that Hvasta, imprisoned on espionage charges, had been "released" and ordered expelled from the country. But the State Department dis- closed that Hvasta escaped from bleak Leopoldov prison near Bra- tislava on Jan. 2, 1952, and had been hiding in Czechoslovakia until four months ago when he took shelter in the American Embassy in Prague. Hvasta is a native Czecho- slovakia but became a naturalized American citizen in 1944 and served in ilie U. S. Navy. In 1948, he-returned to his'na- tive land as a GI student and was employed briefly at the American consulate general in Bratislava. In October of that year he was ar- rested, and a Red court convicted him spying in May, 1949. Dulles to Ask Molotov Aid To Break Korean Deadlock Running Battle Of South Texas Turns to Wires SAN DIEGO, Tex. run- ning battle for South Texas had turned iuday from court house brawling to skirmish-by-telegram, all duly handed to the press. Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd refused yesterday, by telegram, to appear before the Duval County grand jury, saying he didn't intend to Up his hand in a state-federal probe of the county's affairs. The jury shot a biting reoly right back. Both telegrams were released to the press while state and federal agencies continued to delve into South Texns financial affairs, in- cluding the income tax returns of George Parr, the area's dominant political personality. Shepperd said he had conclusive evidence of criminal law violations in Duval County and was afraid the jury might use his testimony to "whitewash accused persons and Intimidate principal wit- nesses." The grand jury disagreed. "We interpreted the publicity you have given Duval County as a sincere desire on your part to prosecute law it said In a wire signed by Foreman J. C. King, San Diego auto dealer. Non-Cooperation Claimed "Since you have refused to co- operate with the grand jury in its investigation of Duval County mat- ters, it now appears evident that this publicity was only designed to aggravate sentiments in the Laughlin case which you say has already been decided by the cbni PASADENA, Calif. The sep- arate maintenance suit against James Roosevelt, In which his wife accuses him of adultery with 12 women, won't go to trial for six or eight months, a judge said today. A crowded calendar will delay the case, said. Superior Judge Kurtz .KauKman, who recessed tinued." Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin of the 79Ui District Court faces ouster proceedings, now being considered by the State Supreme Court and brought against him by a gronp of South Texas attorneys. A leader in the group is Jacob S. Floyd Sr., arch political foe of Parr. Floyd's son was slain in 1952 in what the elder Floyd said was a plot on his own life. In a statement issued in Austin yesterday, Shepperd said he had a definite schedule for starting crim- inal proceedings in Duval County. "The he said, "does not include an appearance at this time before the present grand jury of Duval County." Shepperd's Telegram The attorney general's telegram said, in part: "Additional evidence is constant- ly being uncovered. "Evidence in our hands Is con- clusive. It has been common knowledge in your county for sev- eral months that violations of our criminal laws have occurred and that we have evidence of them. "Enough material has been printed in Texas newspapers to give you ample leads to start. on. Those newspapers have examined the evidence and printed it without fear of libel action. "Judge Laughlin has said that we have been free with our lan- guage and that Duval County peo- ple should have an opportunity to be heard. I would assure you that we have not used any language that could not be supported by cold, hard facts. Those facts will be established at the proper time in appropriate criminal- proceed- ings." When or where any action would be taken Shepperd declined to say. "If and when you want to prose- cute Duval County law the grand jury iaid in its reply, "we will be at your service." NO JOB FOR HIM laborers, apparently angry over remarks one of their number made while they stormed the International border in Calexico, Calif., seek- ing US harvest jobs, pass him over their heads aiid dump him into the hands of Mexican police and U. S. border officials (right) who hustle him out of the area. FIRST Mrs. Romelle Roosevelt, right, was fkst to take stand as Roosevelt divorce trial got under way in Pasadena, Calif. At left is her husband James and his attorney, Sam- uel B. Picone. Mrs. Roosevelt's attorney requested press be barred from proceedings but request was denied.' SUIT IS DELAYED Secret Asia Talks Will Open Monday BERLIN of State Dulles has decided to ask Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov to use his influence with the Chinese Communists in an effort to break Use Panmunjom deadlock on a Korean peace conference. 1 Dulles "ill Kiske his move in Big Hour secret talks here Monday. At that time the question of Korea is to be brought up among the foreign ministers in connection with a Soviet pro- wsal for a Big Five conference, including Communist China. The United States position, diplomatic informants said, s that the American government will categorically reject any 'ive-power conference which is of such a character as to recog- nize the Chinese Communist regime as one of the great pow- ers. But it is willing to deal with Red China on specific and limited issues which can only be handled in that way. A Communist crackdown on East German workers speak- ing- out against Molotov's plan for the unification of Germany Roosevelts' Lavish Living Style Revealed in Hearing r lawyer -tried'to question Hposevelt about one of the women. Kauffman ruled such questions will be proper only when Mrs. Romelle Scheider Roosevelt's suit for monthly support actually is tried. Intimate details ot Roosevelts complex financial 'affairs family's lavish standard At. Hue were recited in tne day-long'cijiirt will delve'further into these njatters vhen the temporary support hear- ing is resumed Feb. 15. Mrs. Roosevelt's complaint names three women as corespon- dents and incorporates, a letter, signed by Roosevelt, in which he admits infidelities nine other women. Since: her- suit was filed. Ike Flays Democratic 'Prophets of Gloom1 WASHINGTON Ei- senhower has advised Americans bo ignore "prophets of gloom" and has promised them a "big brother partner in the federal govern- ment." Addressing a cheering throng of more than at a GOP box sup- per last night, Eisenhower sailed into Democratic predictions of hard times, saying "The United States doesn't need to fall." And he emphasized he wants to conduct the presidency under the Constitution the same general form" as it now stands. He spoke only 12 minutes. In that time he took on two sets of like former Presi- dent Harry S. Truman, who say the country is now in a recession, and those who have been calling for a constitutional amendment that would limit the scope of treaties and give Congress more control over international .agree- ments. "We don't have to listen to the prophets of gloom who say we are going into this or that kind of stumble or he declared as the crowd cheered. Then, without mentioning by name Sen. Bricker whose constitutional amendment on treaty powers he has opposed, Eisenhow- er said: "We must make certain that the genius of our Constitution and our government shall not perish, that it shall belong to those who come after us in the same general form that it has been received by us." Bricker, who had preceded Ei- senhower to the speakers' plat- form, touched off a roar of laugh- ter when he alluded to the "family troubles" he said the Republicans have had. "My Republican friends, I like he declared. The crowd howled approval. Bricker said there had been "honest differences of opinion" but that the GOP has "a singleness of purpose." "Let me make one thing he said. "There is not now nor will there be, any split in the Re- publican party." The President's brief sally against those who predict a further economic downturn was in line with repeated statements by ad- ministration and Republican parts- leaders that the country is under- going no more than an adjustment which wfll run a natural course without serious trouble. However, echoing the expressed views of many Democrats, Truman said in New York last night "The recession that started on the farms last spring has already spread to the city a depression would do likewise." Truman spoke at a dinner meet- ing of Americans for Democratic Action. In Denver, Democratic National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell asked, "If thioga art to tiza. why are President Eisenhower, file Fed- eral Reserve Bank of Chicago and House Speaker Joe Martin talking about recession and readjust- He said his Republican counter- part, Leonard Hall, "should get out of the White House ballyhoo atmosphere and talk to some store- keepers, farmers and ranchers and housewives. He'd find a great many people not as well off today as a year ago." Fire Hits Ballinger Building BALLINGER, Feb. 6 Three businesses and a photographic stu- dio were damaged by fire in the E. Sheppard Building in downtown Ballinger at p.m. Friday. Of unknown cause, the fire made damages estimated at The blaze was believed to have begun in the darkroom of Williams Stu- dio, said Fire Chief Charles Webb. Winfred Lee, volunteer fireman and technician at Ballinger Clinic- Hospital, was overcome by smoke and was taken to the hospital. His condition was termed as good. He was the only casualty. Firemen kept the blaze, confined in the studio, but other businesses in the building were damaged by smoke and water. The studio, the Chamber of Commerce office and L. B. Rudder Shoe Shop are located on the first floor of the building and the Al- coholics Anonymous Club is on the second floor. Cafe operator Jack Hamil- ton turned in the alarm. It's be- lieved that the building is insured. The studio owners, Mr. and Mrs J. C. Williams, left Friday for Gal- veston where he was to enter a hospital. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Clear to partly cloudy Saturday afternoon and nlgtit and Siuiday. Highest temperature Saturday, 65: hiRhest Sunday. 70. ind A tUtle colder In north portion. WEST to partly cloudy this aftertioon. tonight and Sunday. A little colder In tbe Panhandle and South Plains. her 71 73 73 71 TEMPERATURES Sunset nUtit p.m.; Sunrise to- day Sunrise tonight p.m. Barometer at p.m.: 20.41. Relitlre btimUlty. it p.m.: Maximum temperature for 34 noun eMliw a.m.: 73. Minimum for lilt 34. twuri tndlnr at a.m.: W. Roosevelt-.has "Denied- misconducl With aniv about_pne. .Gladys c-T Owshs, came just affer Kooseveil had related from iiie witness stand ihat he went to Mexico last Dec. 22 and returned early in January, on a trip .partly for business and partly for pleasure. "Were you accompanied by any one on this asked Arthur Schifferman, one Mrs. Roose- velt's lawyers. The court sustained an objection by Samuel Picone, Roosevelt's counsel. "Were you by Hadys Irene persisted Schifferman. The day-long hearing, during which Roosevelt glared at his wife and she on occasion burst into ears, brought testimony ranging !rom the price of her dresses to ftoosevelt's -assertion that he built up a deficit of in four and a half years. Some of the high- lights: Mrs. Roosevelt said her husband sold, for one dollar, his one-fourth share in business interests worth 'our million. The sale, she said, took place one week after he asked for a divorce. "Mr. Roosevelt's financial pic- lure began to change after he said he wanted a she re- marked. Roosevelt, an insurance man, referred to the business interests sold for one dollar as and observed: "I want to leave some of my money, if I ever have any left now, to my children. I guess I'm getting poorer by the minute." Introduced in evidence was a statement showing Roosevelt's re- ceipts from Jan. 1, 1948. to July 31, 1952, were while his expenditures were S338.6S4.36. Mrs. Roosevelt said her estimate i of monthly needs was based on j "the manner in which we have j lived for the past 12 years." In that period, she said, her dresses cost apiece, she and Roosevelt often dined out at for the two of them, they occupied 580 a day hotel suites when they traveled. Household expenses, she said, in- cluded S465 monthly for servants and for food. Roosevelt said his monthly ex- penses included S100 for clothing, for taxis, for insurance, payments on a loan from his mother, S135 for rent and 5100 for food. His net income, he said, is a month plus semi-annually in fees from the estate of his father, the late Presi- dent Franklin D. Roosevelt. About the note he gave his mother. Mrs. Eleanor Roose- velt, he said: "I won't receive my inheritance during her lifetime. Normally I couldn't repay her until I got mj mheriiance." He said the note was protected by a insurance policy, the premium on which is an- nually, paid by his Massachusetts firm of Roosevelt and Sargent. "Because I was not receiving a salary, Mr. Sargent agreed that I should get this amount in pre- Roosevelt testified. John Sargent, his partner, died last month. Early in the hearing Mrs. Roose- velt testified. "Several years ago Mr. Roosevelt said he was worth several million dollars, 10 we could live in a lavish manner and not have to save out of our current income." paralleled today's final ses- sion of the second week of the Big Four conference. East German police made scores of arrests. Interior Minister Willi jtopb, directing the crackdown, varned at an East Berlin rally ast night that the Red govern- ment "will sharply suppress every attempt to disrupt democratic de- of the republic." The varning came as a caution against any German demonstrations dur- ing the weekend recess of the Big 'our. Opposition Develops Outbursts of opposition, ail rel- atively feeble, developed in five scattered East German cities in the past five days. They were simply shouts of protest against speakers lauding the declaration ay Molotov that the best way to unite Germany and. prevent a re- surgence. Hitierism was to pat- tern a new united ".nation after police-dominated East'.Germanyj ;-The'Molotov plan, pegged to'.the a provisional gor ernmeut In which 'the- Communists would have an equal Voice with the West Germans, has brought Ihe Big Four parley to a near stall. The three Western ministers, with U. S, Secretary of State Dulles as leadoff man, declared that un- less Molotov was ready to negoti- ite instead of lecture and de- nounce, there was little value in talking further at this meeting about uniting Germany. The Western ministers said clearly they had had enough of it. But not Molotov. In his con- cluding word at last night's ses- sion, he demanded further dis- cussion of Germany's future. So today's final session of the second week of the conference was given over to the problem. There was little else on the day's program. By agreement, the four ministers, each with three advis- ers, will go into restricted session Monday. There, if any concessions are to be made by either side to ease world tension, they can be made on a give-and-take basis with the results to be announced afterward. Already up for discussion in the restricted session are Molofov's proposal for a five-power meeting with Red China and a disarmament conference. Today's session may or may not finish the major discussion on Germany. Largely it will be up to Molo- tov. The next item on the big four agenda Germany is Austria. The Western ministers are less hopeful now of doing anything with the Austrian problem than at the Man Drowns, Friends Escape Wrecked Car One man drowned Friday night s his two companions escaped ram a submerged car in beginning the conference. The body of Ben Jones, about 30, jf 1373 Sayles Blvd., was recover- ed at midnight, two hours after the car he was driving plunged into the creek, near bridge at the junction at TtcP Lane and old U. S. Highway 80. His companions, John Manson, 40. and Marshall Carmll, 22, of 1373 Sayles Blvd., escaped through, tie. ear's door, after it dived into the water. Funeral for Jones, an employe df the Abilene Truck Terminal, it pending and wifl be announced by Elliott's Funeral Home. The body was found about 20 feet from the bank Immediately in front of the car by Assistant Fire Chief Howard Hill and Fireman David lieddell. Jones apparently was trying to make a right turn onto the old U. S. Highway said Taylor County Sheriff Ed Powell. He had been traveling southeast on iane. Manson and Carroll told officers that the last they saw of Jones was as they were escaping through a car door. Jones was trying to .eave through a window. After they escaped, the two men went 100 yards to the J. P. Owens home for help. One remain- ed there and the other survivor went back to help in rescue at- .empts. City Oct. W. E. Clift said the man "who returned to the scene went back into the water to search ior his companion. The trio had either been on or were returning from a fishing trip, as evidenced by fishing poles lash- ed on the sides of the car. State Highway patrolmen and Sheriff Powell took the two survi- vors home. Balmy Week End The weatherman Saturday prom- ised Abilenians a spring-like Sun- day, with 70-degree temperatures. It'll be even warmer than Sat- urday, for the high for today was predicted to be oo. Hunt for Missing Girl, 8, Widened TEXARKANA Vfi A search party was enlarged this morning as the hunt continued for an Sjyear old girl whose mother said" she ran Into a wooded area to avoid a whip- ping. A group of 25 from the Red River Arsenal joined the searchers at daylight. About 50 men hunted through the night. Mrs. L. B. Hayes, the mother of third grade student Kay Dianne Colvin, said she feared the .small, plump child had been "sexually appeared into the woods. Mrs. Hayes, an expectant moth- er, said she found the girl in a thicket in a semi conscious con- dition late yesterday near the fam- ily home. She had started search- ing fcr her, Mrs. Hayes told police, after the child was late coming home from school. Usually, she said, Kay Dianne was prompt about' coming home and usually walked down a lane 200 yards from her school bus stop to the home, about five miles north of here. Bowie County Deputy Sheriff BiU. Date quoted Mrs. Hayti as laying that for some reason the child ap- parently walked into the thicket yesterday after alighting from the school bus. Dale said the mother told him that she began a search, found the child dazed and the front of her dress ripped, lying -n the thicket about lOpiyanJs from the house. She said when her husband, the girl's stepfather, approached that the child roused up and asked: "Are you going to whip "I sure the step-father re- plied, "because you got off the road." Then, the girl jumped up and ran toward the house. While Hayes helped his upset, pregnafit wife into the house, the pair told police, they saw Kay Dianne run into the wxxK The search started. More than 100 volunteers helped police, head- ed by Sheriff Bill Watlington ot Bowie County, scour the rugged area of woods and ravines. Deputy Dale said police "foul play." He said the area was combed thoroughly and every place in which the chad may have fallen had' been looked into. Her school books were feuad ISO TWls from houM. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 6, 1954