Abilene Reporter News, February 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 09, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MM Mew EVENING PI N AL "WITHOUT OR WiTH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOESWE SK ETCH YO'JR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 238 Pros (AP) AlfaLENE. TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENINOTFEBRUABY 9. 1954-EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Shepperd to Attempt Duval Jury Dismissal Probe by Another County Favored "PIRATES" INVADE TAMPA Thousands lined the Hillsborough river banks at Tampa, Fla to watch the pirate ship, Jose Gasparilla', approach for the annual invasion of the city'by make-believe holiday pirates. The black hulled pirate ship is escorted by motor launches and yachts as it goes through an open drawbridge.________________________ Pay Raise Session Likely to Be Stormy AUSTIN faded today for a quick, easy special session of the Legislature in mid-March to give Texas teachers a pay raise. The outlook now is for bitter, stormy weeks of debate on where the money's coming from. The U.S. Supreme Court yester- day lowered the boom oa optimists who thought maybe it would rule favorably for Texas in the multi- million dollar natural gas pipeline lawsuit. The court said no, the tax violates the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers faced months of unpleasantness. Have To Dig It Up .First they will have to. dig up around million dollars a year, if they vote the S402 a year base pay increase suggested as a com- promise. Then they will have to go and face the homefolks. Some will be angry, no matter what. Some wanl more taxes on certain.' folks, no! themselves. Some believe school teachers should be paid more. some think their pay is enough. Most of the lawmakers are up for reelection this summer and few are cheerful over the prospect. The gloom began spreading when the Supreme Court unanimously killed Texas' new natural gas pipe- line tax. It said in a decision de- livered by Justice Tom Texan the tax was an unconstitutional burden on com- merce between the states. Immediate reaction of high state officials and members of the Leg- islature was disappointment. Had the court held in favor of the tax, about 43 million dollars tied up this biennium would have been re- leased. That would have been a big help in financing the raise; Mot Being Fair" Hep. Floyd Bradshaw. Weather- ford, chairman of the House Edu- cation Committee, commented: "I feel that the gas industry is not paying its fair tax and" certain other industries are overtaxed in our omnibus tax bill. I feel confi- dent the Legislature will find a constitutional way to tax the nat- ural gas industry and I will support .t fully." Rep. D. H. Buchanan, Longview, chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, wanted more time to study the Supreme Court decision, but he said many legislators had told him s6mething had to be done about teachers pay. The last regular session voted a increase, then failed to pass tax measure to finance it. The net result was no raise for the teachers. Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd was not as pessimistic as some. said his staff had been study- ing the tax methods of legally setting a min- imum price for natural he believed they had some -answers that would stand iip in court. He emphasized tha't his office ,was not sponsoring anvthing, but merely stood ready to help legislators in- Courthouse Remodeling Plan Altered Architects will be asked to en- large from their original plans the size of the proposed second district court room on the present second floor of the Taylor County Court house. The action was taken Tuesday morning after recommendations were made by a committee repre- senting the Abilene Bar Associa- tion. Judge Owen Thomas of 104th District Court who thinks the dis- trict courtroom proposed on the north side of the second floor would be inadequate had recom- mended an entirely new court room equal in size with the pres- ent. But considering amount of funds available, he said increasing the size of the proposed courtroom would be better than that as planned by the architects. The enlargement will necessitate the law library being shifted from space allotted in the original plans. As agreed upon by the com- mittee and the county judge, the library will be just to the south of and covering part of the second- floor stair well. It will be L-shap ALICE State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd flew here today to try to break up the Duval County grand jury that asked him to tell what he knows about law violations in political kingpin George Parr's domain. His plane landed here at a.m. and he immediately went into a huddle with six assistants who met him. The group was to go by car to neighboring San Diego, seat of Wai County, where and federal oificcrs are isvestigst- ng public finances and officials.- Before leaving Austin, Shepperd said his purpose was to challenge" the grand jury. He had said in Gladewater last ight he would try to have it dismissed. The six assistants he met here have been working in the nvestigation in Duval County, bulwark of Parr's long recog- terested in writing bills.; Malcom to Step Down From Council, Criticises Hancock J. Floyd Malcom announced Tuesday morning in a newspaper interview that he will not seek re- election to the City Commission. He said that he doesn't feel he has been able to render tlie city as much services as he should, considering his background in the construction. business. Malcom blamed a 'lack of co- operation" on the part of City Manager Austin P. Hancock for his, Malcom's, inability to do a better job. Th? commissioner, in Place 2, (Sonth Side) is completing his first term of office in April this year. In a mimeographed letter to about 300 Abilenians Monday, Mal- com also announced his decision to leave the commission. In the same letter he called on Hancock to step down too. "Would a new city manager WATCH HE'S MONDAY in.the evening Reporter-News .lake things any worse? Do we eriously need management that knows how to produce a man our's work with one man in one the communication aske'd. Malcom declared in the inter- new Tuesday that, in his opinion, the city does not have proper and adequate supervision of its public vorks projects. Hancock Keeps Mum Hancock, informed of Malcom's innouncement and asked for a tatement, replied: "I have no comment. I have not received one of Mr. Malcom's letters." Malcom told a reporter: "I think ,e ought to have good engineer- ng and good inspection on all city public works, and I believe we don't have. I will say it is better now than it was when I went on he commission, however. There has been a marked improvement, but we have a long way to'go." He declared the "direct respon- sibility" for getting the right en- ;ineering and inspection rests on he city manager. Paving Cited Among the projects Malcom said hadn't received sufficient and ef- ficient inspection were paving and water and sewer jobs. "We didn't have any supervision of paving work until I got the new paving specifications adopt- Malcom declared. "We got, therefore, much paving' that, my opinion, is sub-standard." Malcom said the city needs "ai economical, well coorHinated" street maintenance program, be- cause the existing pavement rep- resents a "tremendous investment which we cannot replace." "We've got a" Street Department that isn't functioning as well as I think it Malcom de- clared. "I don't blame any elected city officials in any way for any acts he added. "I haven't had as much cooperation as I should have from City Man- ed. The space allotted in the orig- inal plans for the library will be used for two court reporters anc reception and .jury room for the new courtroom. .The district judg es will occupy offices on the west side, including that now -occupied by the district clerk's office and file room. The district clerk's office, under the_ plans, will be moved to space now occupied -by the sheriff's and county attorney's offices. All dis- trict and county attorney offices will be on the third (newly desig- nated The committee which met with County Judge Heed Ingalsbe Tues- day, morning consisted of Frarifc Smith, chairman; Ed King, Bryan Bradbury, and Robert Wagstaff. The new courtroom proposes a space equal to that of the county courtroom plus the space occupied by Judge Reed Ingalsbe's office. Committee members predicted Abilene's growth would reach 000 population by 1960. They fore- see two district courts in continu- ous" session, the probability of a county court-at-law, and the neces- sity for much more space for growing office-demands. Judge Ingslsbe said that the rec- ommendations and suggestions of the committee and Judge Thomas would be submitted to the archi- tects. Tucker and Lindberg, to work out new plans and specifi- cations for submission to the Tay- lor County Commissioners Court when it meets at its next session two weeks hence. State branch offices, welfare de- partments and other extra-county agencies will be moved into the basement of the courthouse, here- after to be known as the first-floor. NIXON RECEIVES STATUETTE -r- Vice President Richard Nixon receives a Boy Scout statuette from Tommy Egan, 10, of Silver Spring, Md. Tommy and other Cub Scquts of the Washington area called on high government officials to publicize the 44th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of Ameri- ca. West Asks Molotov To Prod Red China Into Korea J. FLOYD MALCOM asks Hancock to follow Suit time in my life that I was ever handcuffed was when I entered City Hall. as a representative of the peopie. I know what needs to be 1 done. I know the cure. But the handcuffs have me handicapped. I have learned you cannot get the same kind production in city operations you get in private busi- WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES POLITICS Demos snarl de-. niols that the Truman adminis- tration 'opened the gates' to Page 3A. RED TV lelevision in Rus- sia has plenty of. room for im- provement but Muscovites love Page 10.A. THE HOMETOWN Grand- sons of former Texas legislators serve together os Abilene Cham- ber of Commerce directors. See Page IB. AMPHIBIOUS 'COPTER A new gadget, half airplane half helicopter has its first tryout. 'See Page SA. ager Hancock. He's blame." the one I Malcom went in office in April, 1952. In his letter to 300 Abilene izens Malcom said: "The first Auto Mishap Fatal To Rule Girl, 20 FBI Believes Teller Left With DALLAS Federal Bureau of Investigation believes a 40-year- old payroll teller at a Dallas bank walked off with last week. The agency issued a fugitive warrant yesterday for James Elaine Sewell after he was charged with embezzling the money from the Texas Bank k Trust Co. here. RULE, Feb. 9 Al- mond, 20, was fatally injured when the car in which she was riding overturned at the.edge of Rule at p.m. Monday. Four other per- sons in the car escaped serious injury. Miss Almond was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Almond of Rule. Almond is a Rule city coun- cilman and service station operat- or. She died at p.m. Monday in Haskpl! Hospital. Funeral arrangements were in- complete Tuesday morning. Also in the car at the time of the accident were Roy Ottmers, Jerry Decker and Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Faulkner, all of Rule. Decker was treated in Rule Clinic for head cuts. The group were returning to Rule from Stamford they had attended a movie. Miss Almond was born reared in Rule. She was a graduati of Rule High School and attende :he Baptist Church here. She wa employed by her uncle, Gen Woods, in his grocery store. Survivors, in addition to he parents, are a sister, Mrs. Do Smith of Rule; two We ley of Fort Worth and Weldon c San Angelo; a grandmother, Mr Bertha Yarborough of Rule an her paternal grandparents in Okl homa. Investigating the accident were Deputy City Marshal Sonny Pit- cock of Rule and officers from Haskell. The car reportedly went off the north side of the highway after striking soft gravel and roll- ed back to the south side of the road before stopping. A Gauntt Funeral Home ambu- lance of Rule took Miss Almond to Haskell Hospital. -iiie Caucus- was to be presented to 79th District Judge J Woodrow Laughlin who instructed the grand jury also to ook into Duval County's financial affairs after Shepperd ds- losed state and federal investigators had been working in Attys. Gen. Willis Gresham, BERLIN Foreign Min-i ster V. M. Molotov leveled his big uns on the German unification today, dominating 'the 14th ession of the Big Four conference. Reports from inside the parley hamber indicated the Russian led the day's talks with a resume of .e German situation as Moscow lews it. With the necessary trans- ations, it exhausted the best part two hours. Whether Molotov had anything ew to add to the deadlocked situa- on could not be ascertained at this me. While the statesmen were grad- ally burying the German issue in ratory, Austrian Foreign Minister ,eopold Hgl arrived in Berlin by ir to present 'his nation's case for mmediate independence. The Big 'our may take up the Austrian tate treaty Thursday but in any vent have decided to tackle the uestion not later than Friday. A Western bid for the Soviet Union to prod Red Qu'na into an arly Korean peace conference was eported to have received a cool eception from Molotov. Diplomats amiliar with, yesterday's secret ession said the Korean proposition vas presented to the Soviet foreign minister then as a possible step oward ending the Indochina War. Molotov they said, made no .iromise. Instead he was reported o have stuck to his demand for a lig power conference with Commu- _iist China and for a disarmament conference outside the United Na- ions. Secretary of State Dulles Britain's Anthony Eden anc Trance's Georges Bidault turned lim down in secret as they pre- viously had in public. Finally Agree The four-hour secret session, first of the two-week-old confer- ence, produced a communique stating the four had agreed to take up the long-stalled Austrian inde pender.ce treaty by Friday at the latest. Reports today were that this was about the only thing ac complished. The conference swung back to public discussion of German uni tication today with evidence mount ing that it will end in a week or 10 days without producing any new East-West agreement of importance. In this respect, Western minis ters had looked to the secret talk yesterday for clues as to what Mdlotoy might really want to ac- complish in Berlin. If he gave any hint he has, anything in mind other than what he has talked shout publicly, it was too slight to have aroused any excitement in Western delegations so far. New Problem Coming The Western three are coming up to the new problem of how to break off the conference, since it s'liecoming more and more prob- able that nothing can be accom- ilished. Tentatively they figure another veek or 10 days should be enough, mt Molotcv may have some talk- tretching trick up his sleeve. lome Russians privately estimate lie meeting may go on two or three weeks more. In returning today to the ques- tion of Germany's unification, Vestern diplomats expected the Russians to submit some old pro- iosals in new guises but with al- vays one thing in the So- iets do not intend to leave East Sermany. Pleads With Big 4 This assessment of the position jf Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov prompted Erich Ollen- Frank Pinado, Sam Ratlifi and iarter Wheelock as those who vill accompany him on his nission. Shepperd told an audience of 225 sersons in Gladewater last night e will try to get Judge Laughlin o dismiss the grand jury to per- a grand jury in another county to take up the investigation. The purpose, he said, was to 'secure immunity the wit- nesses." Had Been Invited On Laughlin's instructions, the grand jury last week invited Shep- perd to appear before it and tell what he knows about any law vio lations in the county. Shepperd refused. He said h didn't intend to tip the hand of hi investigators by appearing befor the grand jury now. The attorney general said he w: airaid the jury-might use his.test mony to whitewash accused pe sons and intimidate state's w; nesses. 'Shepperd's speech last night wa to about 225 persons at the Eas Texas Schoolmen's Club here. No Comment Parr has hsd no comment o the three-way investigations int affairs of the county where he is known as the big wheel. The grand jury was schedule to resume its probe today. Oscar Cariilo, secretary of th Benavides-School District; Reye Ramos, Benavides hardware stor owner, and Paul Green of Free were among those summoned 1 testify. In refusing to testify before thi grand jury, Shepperd said he fear ed any information he might giv might be twisted into a defens for Judge Laughlin in ouster pro ceedings now before the State Su hauer, who leads the Socialist op- position to Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's Conservative West Ger- man government, to plead with the Big Four in a statement at least o ease trade restrictions between the two parts of the country. preme Court. A group of South Texas attorney trying to have Laughlin tossed the bench by the court. Dist. udge D. B. Wood of Georgetown, cting as the court's master in lancery, has recommended that IB court remove Judge Laughlin. He said the evidence supports the lawyers' charges that, among ;her things, Laughlin showed fa- oritism and interfered with rand jury investigation of the acob S. (Buddy) Floyd Jr. mur- er in September, 1952. Said IJt Was Mistake The elder Floyd, a political oppo- lent of Parr and Judge Laughlin, ;aid bis son was shot to death by in a plot aimed at the father. Mario (El Turkol Sapet hai been convicted ot murder in case. Nago Alaniz, Alice attorney, is still to be tried... Shepperd disclosed eight dayi 'ago that coordinated state and federal probes into the affairs ot Duval CounryEare been underway since early 1953. He said both past and present public officials and public are under investi- gation." U.S. Atty. Gen.- Herbert Brown- ell said in WasHington last Wednes- day that Parr's income tax affairs are under investigation. Gov. Allan Shivers told a news conference Saturday that continual vigilance is needed to right four wrongs in Duval Coujity. He said these wrongs are: 1. "The apparent misappropria- tion of funds." 2. "The denial of.rights." 3. "The absence of a forum" to which citizens can appeal for help. 4. "Officers who deny the rights citizens ordinarily have" when those citizens "oppose the re- gime." Parr is awaiting trial on charges he -illegally brandished a pistol at a San Diego meeting of members of the Freedom Party, which op- poses him. BURGLARIES MOUNT Lifelong Moran Woman Dies MORAN, Feb. 9. Grade Maye CotUe, 47, a lifelong resident Moran, died Tuesday at a. m. in Hendrick Memor- ial Hospital following an Unless of over a year. She was born March 24, 1907, in Moran and was married to Glen CotUe there on Nov. 10, 1927. Survivors include her.husband, two brothers, Carl Lummus of Ranger and D. C. Lummus of San Angelo. One child preceded her in'death. Funeral services will be held at 230 P m. Wednesday in the Mor- an Baptist Church. The Rev. Joe S 'Allen Baptist minister from Kermit, will officiate. Burial will be in Moran Cemetery under the direction of Wylie Funeral Home. More Policemen Put on Night Duty THE WEATHER Budget HOUSTON Harris Coun- ty's Commissioners court yester- day received a record-breaking proposed budget calling for rS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUKEAXJ ABILENE AND VICINITY: Fair and Jil through Wednesday. High temperatere both days, 75: low Tuesday night. Possibly turning cooler Thursday. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: and mild this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. WEST TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, to- night and Wednesday, turning colder in mild t Faced with handling a wave of burglaries. Abilene Police Depart- ment Tvill increase immediately the number of policemen working the night shifts. Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald said Tuesday. Four burglaries happened here Monday night, making a total of 29 since Jan. 1. McDonald, who heads the De- tective Bureau, said men will be transferred off the daytime shifts in order, to have a larger number on duty from either 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. or from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The burglaries Monday night were at the following places: C. W. Benton Service Station, 1583 South First St. (corner of Peach C. S. Cowley Service Station, 1809 South First St. (corner of Vine Hays Grocery, 109 Peach St.; and the residence of J. Brazzil, 933 Peach St. Public Asked To Aid "We beg the assistance of the public in breaking .up these bur. McDonald said. "Every- body can help by reporting "to us suspicious persons or cars." The detective captain also askec that the public be patient and un- derstanding of the police efforts in afternoon, tonight and j this campaign. good, Sunset'iast'nijhY p.m.; S n a.m.: Sunset ton ghi Tues. A.M. 53 47 45 47 46 .43 52 SO 69 73 be today p.m. _ai-omeUr reading at P m M.13. RelaUve humidity p m Wfr Maximum temperature last 24 hours end- temperature last 24 hours tno> at a.m., 43. zen happens to be stopped by a policeman, please remember that it is only a routine check in an effort to safeguard The Benton Service Station, bur- glary was discovered at a.m. Tuesday by Police Capt. Lomax Martin, as he was driving by in a patrol car. He noticed a hasp on the front door had been pulled out. InvestigaUiig, he found that an entry had been made into the building. Missing from the Benton station were in pennies, one Ray-O-Vac flashlight, two pairs of white can- vas gloves, part of a box of King Edward cigars. Capt. McDonald, 'Jt. Grover Chronister and Capt. Martin made the investigation. Window Raised Policemen Taylor and. Fancier, making their'founds .in a police car, at 4 a.m. Tuesday'discovered the, Cowley station burglary. They found a window up. The burglar, after going in the window, broke into a cigaret machine and- stole 75 p'ackages ot mixed cigarets valued at S18. McDonald, Chronis- ter and Clift this. McDonald said Taylor and Fran- cher had checked both the serv- ice stations about and a.m. Tuesday, finding everything all right at that time. Missing from the Hays Grocery Store were about S12. in nickels and dimes, and a leather zipper notebwk valued at S5.75. Police Capt. Martin had checked that place immediately after finding the Benton Service Station burglar- ized, and found everything in or- der at the Hays Grocery at that time, McDonald said. Clyde Hays, proprietor, discovered the bur- glary when he opened up Tuesday The Brazzil residence was bur- glarized some time between 7 and p.m. Monday, while the fam- ily' was away from home. The when, they returned. Entry was through an unlocked front door, McDonald said. Stolen from the residence were one beige SamsonUe handbag, cor- duroy shirt, cordiiory jacket, navy blue shirt, tan gabardine shirt, grey shirt, brown shirt, Zenith port- able radio, half chocolate caia and bottle at iwcct milk. ;