Abilene Reporter News, February 10, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 10, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas WINDY, DUSTY Che / 5f>- 3Sleporter    EVENING"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIEr-IDS OR FOES WE SK EiCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" —- Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 239Aimaat^ Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 10, 1954 -TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Ike Warns GOP Against Extreme Partisanship WASHINGTON (/P;—President Ei-, link all Democrats with Commu- senhower today counseled members of his administration to avoid extreme partisanship in their remarks about Democrats, and said he would expect the Republican National Committee to show similar tolerance. The President told a news conference the times are too serious to indulge in political partisanship to an extreme. He said too it is obvious some parts of iii.s legislative program will need Democratic support if they are to get through Congress. The President's remarks were touched off by the recent flurry of protest by Democrats, includiijg House Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas, that the Republicans have been making “dastardly" attacks on the previous administration. The Democrats had called on Ei.senhower to repudiate such attacks. The Democrats were particularly indignant over speeches by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and others which, in their view, sought to II. S. Trying To Stop Hot Indochina War nist or other treasonable activities in the past. Some suggested Eisenhower's program might suffer unless he put a stop to this.’ The President told newsmen, in response to a question, that he will counsel officials of the executive department against engaging in extreme partisanship. And, responding to another question, he said he believes that would be a good course for the Republican National Committee to follow. Only yesterday, Eiseoihower’s press secretary, James C. Ilagerty, had said he thought Republican speakers were just “giving the facts.” And some GOP members had deprecated the threat of Democratic refusal to support legislative moves they approved in the past. Sen. Dirksen <R-I11), for one, said he did not believe Republican criticism alone would cause any substantial number of Democrats in congress to oppose the President’s legislative program. Good Government League Colls Meet dent Olall) to name the nominating committee on league officers and to call the organization meeting. Present officials in addition to Hall are Jay Jameson, vice president, and Frank Meyers Jr., secretary. The new president must appoint an advisory committee, whose job it will be to secure a recommended slate of candidates for City Commission and School Board and to present these back to the whole league at a public meeting, 1 By-laws require that the advis-: oiy committee shall have at least 25 members. Last year it had 38. Positions to be filled in this spring’s annual city election—April 6 — are: Cit.y Commissioner Place 2. now held by J. Floyd Malcom; City Commission Place 4. occupied by C, T. (Tommy) Conerly; School Board Place 2, where Ollie Mc-Minn is serving; School Board Place 3, held by Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts; and School Board Place 1, occupied by Morgan Jones Jr. The league exi>ects to nominate Abilene Good Government League will start the ball rolling next Monday night toward selecting nominees for City Commission and the^ School Board, President Elbert Hall announced Wednesday. He has called a public meeting for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. n Fair Park Auditorium. All members and persons who care to join are urged to attend. . Purpose of the Monday night meeting is to organize the league for the coming year’s work. Hall has appointed a nominating committee, who will pre.sent at the meeting a »late of nominees for the league’s own offices for the next 12 nvontha. To be elected arc a president, a vice president c.nd a secretary. Nominations Invited Nominations for these offices will also be invited from the floor. The nominating committee consists of Nib Shaw, chairman; Jack Wheeler. R. B. (Babe) Leach. Walter Adams, Maurice Brooks, Albert McAlister. H. W. McDadc, Ernest Wright, J. C. Hunter Jr.. and C. M. Caldwell. In keeping with the league’.« constitution and by-laws, it is the responsibility of the outgoing presi- Parr's Supporl f V I Olida Gray Suit lOStmg Judge, Dismissed byCoun TaI J    DENVER tT»i-A million - dollar I    llll||    I lllil    damage suit by former shimmy I    ■ wli«    dancer Gilda Gray, in which she _    charged Columbia Pictures Corp. AUSTIN The Supreme Co , embarrassed her by using her ca-was told today opponents of Dis- trict Judge >\oodrow Cai ghlm    ‘'Gilda.”    was dismissed of Alice are attempting to throw ^ g District Court yesterdey. him out of office because hf »e-    dismissal,    “with    prejudice.” ceived the support of South Texas    ^    five-year    legal fight WASHINGTON — President Eisenhower said today every move the government takes with respect to aid to Indochina Is carefully calculated to keep the United Stales from getting involved In a hot war there. The President told a n^s conference he could not conceive of a greater tragedy than for America to get involved in an all-out war there or anywhere, Eisenhower made the statements after Jsen. Stennis (D-Miss) voiced fear that the sending of American technicians to help French Union forces in their fight against Communists in Indochina might lead to U.S. involvement in the fight-ting. Preventing War i’j,senhower said every step he authorizes in world affairs is taken as a means of preventing war. But everying that'can be done in international affairs involves some risk, he added. As for the recent as.signment of 200 American technicians to take care of American-provided planes in Indochina, Eisenhoweer said they will not be in combat and in any case are scheduled to be withdrawn by next June 15. Asked about statements at the Capitol that the Senate Armed Services Committee was not informed in advance about the technicians being sent, Ei.senhower said there appeared to be some misunderstanding on that point. He said he wanted to talk it over with the legislators involved before saying anything in that connection. He said he makes every effort to discuss every significant action he takes with the proper people in Congress, and declared Uiere is no attempt to can*y on any policy in the dark. Stennis. a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview he favors immediate recall of the U. S. mechanics as a move to avoid possible direct involvement in the long anti-Com-munist war there. Declaring that ‘Tm no isolationist,” he said he believes a majority of the Senate Armed Services Committee opposed sending the mechanics into Indochina. He added he favors increased American aid in money ami equipment. Reds Propose 50-Year Europe Peace Pact Sen. Byrd tD-Va», In a separate inten’iew, calted it a “risky step” to send the mechanics. He, tew, said members of the Armed Services Committee were not Informed in advance, and that they were told of the plan by Adm, Arthur W. Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a secret session last Friday. That followed publication of newspaper accounts saying 125 or more technicians had been sent. Byrd said the next steps would DEATH RODE HERE ~ This is the 1941 model Cadillac which overturned three or four times Wednesday morning fatallv injuring Joe Donald Bird. His two step - children, Laverne Pittman, 11, and William M. Pittman Jr., 6, who w?re also in the auto, were not believed seriously injured. (Photo by Don Hutcheson) STEPCHILDREN HURT Plan Would Annul Atlantic Alliance BERLIN (/P) — Soviet Russia proposed today a non-aggression pact among all the nations of Europe including both Communist East Germany and the Bonn republic. It would annul the North Atlantic Alliance. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov laid his pian for “European security” before the Big Four conference. It was his most detailed effort to torpedo the West Eruopean Defense Community. The proposed 50-year general security treaty would bind all the nations of Eurone to “peace.” Ea.st and West Germany were specifically listed as eli- Abilene Man Dies In Auto Accident gihlc as individual powers until the nation eventually is unified. Even before the Russian foreign minister unveiled it at today’s Big Four conference session, the West was sure the Molotov plan would send American and British soldiers home with their planes and A-guns and open the way—through a provisional government—for the installation of Communists commissars on the Rhine. Certain Western delegation extorts inferred from earlier remarks by the Soviet foreign miii-1 Ister that he might butter the I scheme with a .security proposal i for the whole continent, likely, counting out the United States. In effect the theme would be: “Americans go home, leave it to Russia.” "With a second secret session awaiting them tomorrow and the | Austrian independence treaty due to be taken up Friday, Molotov a.sked at the close of yesterday’s meeting for at least one day more to tell his weary fellow ministers I what a brilliant future all Europe said at one point during his 90 minutes on the floor, “The people of Europe and their li*ue friends outside Europe are interested in having security guaranteed to ail European peoples to the same extent. “The task is to secure peace and security to the people of Europe, to contribute to the strengthening of general |>eace and to make possible collective efforts of all European states which strive for the realization of these alms.” Wealthy Heir Not Own Son, Woman Says a candidate for each of the five) be requests by the Fre«ch for U.S. offices. Organized in February of lust year, the league elected its entire slate of nominees in the April, 1953, election. political boss George Parr. Sen. William H. Shireman of Corpus Christi. attorney for the 11 South Texas lawyers seeking l.aughlin’s removal, answered that the court record “is replete \yith testimony” to sustain complaints against the judge. “They Intend to infer that anybody who receives a vote and support of C^eorge Parr is unclean.” former Sen. C. C. Small Sr., Laughlin’s attorney, told the court in oral arguments. Simultaneously, Laughlin’s attorneys filed a motion for dismissal of the suit on grounds that it violated Judge Laughlin’s rights under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In Laughlin’s order to release court-impounded Duval County ballots, Shireman said. Laughlin was not concerned about destroying those ballots but with putting them in reach of George Parr so he could carry out his threat to find ! out how people voted.    1 Judge Laughlin himself sat calmly at a table in front of the Supreme Court’s nine judges during the arguments—final step before the high court undertakes to decide the history-making case. Shireman also filed with the court a request for permission to amend the original pleadings against the judge. The court told both sides to submit their new requests in writing so the respective opponent» could have opportunity to answer. Small argued three of the complaints against Laughlin are based solely on affidavits of one individual in each case and do not meet the constitutional requirement for the Supreme Court to take jurisdiction. "Any time we sidetrack the constitution because there is a clamor for the official axe for an imllvidual, I say we are guilty of something worse than he is,” Small contended. "If these parties who are destroying thi.s man had just used a little of their time to help him, this case wouldn’t be in court to- started in April 1949 by Miss Gray, then living at Larkspur, Colo. Her suit followed by three years Columbia's release of “Gilda.” in which Miss Hayworth appeared frequently on the dance floor doing what Miss Gray charged was an Imitation of the .shimmy she originated. Miss Gray now is staying with friends in Colorado Springs. p'lots and ground forces in Indochina, adding he would oppose that. Secretary of Defense Wilson told a news conference yesterday the fighting is going satisfactorily, and that he sees no need to step up American aid. Sen. George (D-Ga) of the Foreign Relations Committee said he “doubts it was a wise move” to send in the mechanics. He agreed with Stennis that if the United States should send fighting forces into Indochina, Red China probably would send in forces as it did in Korea. W'ilson said yesterday that unless the Red Chinese intervene on a mass scale, or some similar new factor enters the picture, he thinks chances are good for a military victory in the eight-year war. Republican I^eader Knowland of California told the Senate Monday night the Eisenhower administration had no desire or intention of sending combat forces into Indochina. Stennis told the Senate yesterday that Radford’s report to the Armed Services Committee caused “almost unanimous alarm and grave concern” among senators present. Joe Donald Bird, 26, of 2335 North Treadaw’ay Blvd., died at 11:25 «. m. Wednesday at flen-drick Memorial Hospital shortly after being injured in an automobile accident on a country road extension of EN 10th St. about one and one-half miles east of Farm to Market Road 1234. The accident happened at 10:30 a. m. In the auto with Bird at the time of the accident were his two step-chlldren, LaVerne Pittman, 11, and William M. Pittman Jr., 6. They were taken to St. Ann Hospital, and extent of their injuries were not known at press time. It was believed that their injuries were not serious. Bird wa' 'ien to Hendrick Memorial in .ker-, W'arren Funeral Home am fiance. A passerby carried the tw’o /liidren to St. Ann. The trio was riding in <    1941 model Cadillac and were headed tow'ard Abilene when the auto apparently went out of control. No Surpluses To Russia WASHINGTON (i"—Secretary of Commerce Weeks announced today the government will not allow the sale of government stocks or surplus farm products to Russia or her satellites. But Weeks indicated that applications for permission to sell privately owned non-strategic farm products to the Soviet bloc might get favorable consideration. Trade with Russia or her Communist allies must be approved by the licensing division of the Commerce Department’s bureau of foreign trade. Week’s statement rejected an application by Dwayne Andreas, Minnesota soybean miller, to export 3,000 tons of government-owned surplus cotton seed oil to Czechoslovakia. A BODY? NO, JUST MANNEQUIN BUFFALO. N. Y. W — Two men carried a five-foot-long object wrapped in a white sheet into the lobby of the United States Courthouse yesterday. Spectators gasped when they saw blonde hair protruding from one end of the bundle. The men w’aited quietly for an elevator. Then they rode up to the office of the FBI. A body? No. said the FBI, A department store mannequin used in a police training course. Sherlf Ed Powell who helped investigate the accident said that from apparent marks on the road and the road «houJder the auto overturned three or four times before coming to rest on its right side in a small ditch on the left .side of the country road. The road where the accident occurred is an extension of EN 10th St. and is known as Route 4. The automobile was badly damaged. According to a Navy di.scharge found in the auto. Bird was born on July 21. 1927, in Graham. Investigating the accident with Powell were Highway Patrolmen Kenneth W. Decker and C. A. Cockrell Jr. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kiker-Warren Funeral Home. Survivors besides the two stepchildren include his vrife. DALL.\S (iB—The divorced wife of a deceased Texas oil multl-millionalre says the young man could have under Soviet leadership. \ who Inherited hla 53 million estate The WeaUraers felt there wa«)l» not natural son. IHtIc that could be iundamentally new in Molotov’s propoaal, but they Mrs. William Marcus Peyton ieatified that in 1932 she took the «1“W il* A»*Uit/LUV 2S |/I    it    JI A/I4L    |    llTdleiiCrLi    WI«1L 144 A*?«#«    saaw were obliged to hear him out so no f new-born child of another woman one could accuse the West of passing up any chance of agreement. . Yesterday, a.s he had done before, Molotov referred to the European Defense Community Treaty as a divisive force covering only six nation.s — West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands—and leaving other European nations out in the cold. He contended EDC was “a preparation for war” against Russia. and pas»«fl tly baby off to her husband, a Mmla, Tex.,' oil man, as their own. Now 21 years old, the heir. William Marcus Peyton Jr., gained full control of the e.state last March from the Peytons’ adopted son, Norman Peyton. Attorneys testified yesterday William Marcus Peyton Jr.. has spent $100.000 and incurred $75,000 in debts since gaining control of the estate. Imported Judge Orders Officials Keep Records WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES SCHOOL NIIOS ■— A citizen.' odvisorv committee soys Abilene's need for new schools or additions to present schools is urgent.—See Page IB. KOREA — Syngmon Rhee declares he'll reopen war alone if the U. S, won't he'p him.—See Page 5B, TEXAS TAXES ~ Abilene's Senator Harley Sadler urges a gas purchaser's tax os the solution to the state's tax problem,J— See Page 6A. CRIME — Suspect admits slaying of Max Bodenheim, flom-boyont writer of the roaring '20's.—See Page 3A. SAN DIEGO (il'i—.An imported judge today ordered certain officials of Duval County and the Benavides Independent School District not to destroy their ‘records and to he prepared to bring them to court. Dist. Judge Arthur Klein made the decision following testimony by an Internal Revenue Bureau agent that between last Friday night and Monday morning about 8(K) canceled checks disappeared from the Duval County courthouse. The judge granted a temporary injunction against destruction or concealment of the records on a motion by Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd. Klein said he would hear arguments on a motion for a permanent injunction here Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. In another ruling. Judge Klein granted immunity from prosecution to three state witnesses whom Shepperd said had knowledge of violations including “misapplying, misappropriation, misapplication, theft, swindling, extortion and forgery.” The witnesses are Diego lleras, former official of the Benavides Independent School District: Eusebio Carrillo Jr., contractor who has done sonie^ork for the district, and Alvaro Guevara, a former school district trustee. Shepperd charged that since the state began investigating use of the school district’s funds, various books, records, accounts, canceled checks and receipts and Invoices in Duval County and the school district have disappeared. This was Shepperd’s second legal maneuver in two days in what he calls his fight to clean out “boss rule” in South Texas. The main battleground is Duval County, a ragged brush land of ranches and some oil wells whose political kingpin is millionaire George Parr of San Diego. Shepperd carried the offensive into Parr’s bailiwick yesterday with a petition seeking dismissal of the Duval County grand jury. He claimed seven of its members are tied too closely with Parr to conduct an impartial investigation. Hi.s petition today was addressed to 107th Dist. Judge Arthur Klein of Brownsville and attorneys began arguing it immediately. Judge Klein was expected to rule today. Klein w'as transferred here today, to the 79th District Court of Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin, by W. R. Blalock, presiding judge^oi the 5th Administrative Judicial District. Judge Laughlin is in Austin for oral arguments before the Supreme Court in an effort by a group of South Texas lawyers to have him kicked off the bench. The attorney general’s petition said that unless the parties he named are restrained he has reason to believe certain books, records, canceled checks land other data win be unlawfully destcoyed. The petition named the following county officials: A. Garcia Jr., Duval County clerk; F. Saenz Jr., county treasurer; E, B. Garcia, county tax collector, and C- T. Stansell Jr., county auditor. Members or officials of the Benavides Independent School District named in the petition are: O. Saenz, J. G. Garza, Santiago Garcia, Troy Carey, W. C. Kelly, T. J. Green and Ricnard Barton, all on the board of trustees: Oscar Trevillo, secretary of the district, and D. C. Chapa, district tax collector. In addition, the petition named these members of the San Diego School District: Alberto Garcia, Antonio Garcia, Armando Garcia Jr., Domingo Gonzalez Jr., Jesus OUvera and C. T. Stansell. VM. DEPi%RTMENT OF COM.MERt K weather Bl'REAr ABILENE AND VICINITY: Clear, windy possible blowlnj? dust Wednesday afternoon. Clear and coojer Thursday, High temper* , ature Wednesday, 75 to 80; low Wednesday night in the low 40‘s; high Thursday, near «0. , NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy, warmer Wi!;; afternoon, turning colder tonight and Thursday. Lowest 3M5 in north portion tonight. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy, turnln;-; colder in Panhandle this afternoon and in north and east portions of South Plains tonight and Peco* Valley eastward Thursday. Lowest tonight 28-38 In Panhandle and 35-A5 in northeast portion of South Plains EAST TEXAS — Partly cloudy, warm this afternoon. Clear Thursday and in extreme north portion tonight. Lowei,t in the extreme north tonight. Moderate to fresh south and .southwest wind* on Uie coast, shining to fresh northerly Thursda>. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Par’ly j cloudy, warm this afternoon and tonight turning colder in north and central portions Thursday. Moderate to fresh southerly wind# on the ceest. shifting to fre.sh northerly Tlmrsdav. TEMPERATURES ^_______ Mrs,    Peyton testified in a Dallas French Foreign Minl.stcr Bidault | County district court suit brought ' by Norman, 28, asking the court to order a sworn accounting of the estate and appoint a receiver. Mrs. Peyton told the court she W'as unable to liear children of hfr own. .She related that while in Baylor Hospital here in 1932 she became acquainted with a woman awaiting birth of a child. She testified she persuaded the woman to accused •lolotov of trying to wreck the EDC alliance while at the same time preserving the tight alliance of Russia and the East European satellites. Bidault did not mention it, but one of the We.st’s growing concerns is an estimate by Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther’s NATO headquarters that Russia has helped her Red ■ «.u    . u 11    ...    i give up the child and said she then effective and well-armed    troops.!    ^    ___ some    mechanized. Unless    British and American divisions are included, there is no comparable force in West Europe. “We should not think of setting, up West European states against East    European states.”    Molotov 55-Mile Per Hour Winds Raise Dust Tum. P.M 81 80 TO 78 74 70 «5 60 60 el 57 59 1.30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7.30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12.30 Wed. A M  .....5« 54 .....    53 ....    58 .....86 .....«0 .....59 .....«4 .....«8 ....    73 .....73 .....76 S'un»et la#! night 6:20 pm.; Sunrise today 7:26 a m.: Sunset «touight 7:21 p.m. Barometer .reading at 12:30 Pm- 27 82. Relative humfflitZ at 12:30 p.m. *21' Maximum temperature last 24 hour» ending gt 6:30 a.m.. 81. Minimum temperature last 24 hour» ending at 6:30 a.m., SO. AVIATRIX HONORED - Jacqueline Cochran, noted woman flier, holds the Frank M Hawks Memorial Award plaque which was presented to her by the Air Service Post, 501, American Legion, at a dinner in her honor in New York. Miss Cochran is the first woman to receive the coveted annual award, given her for outstanding feat of being the first woman to fly thrt^gh the sound barrier. Dust riding on blu.«tery winds with gusts to 55 miles per hour | blew into Abilene at 9 45 a.m. Wed- : nesday, cutting visibility at times ' to one-half mile. The wind, coming in from the i west-southwest, averaged 40 to 45 miles per hour and prevailing vis- i ihility was 2 miles but forecasters at the U. S. Weather Bureau said visibility dropped to the half-mile ; mark occasionally on the field at ; Municipal Airport. The weather bureau reported that the wind velocity started increasing rapidly about 8:30 a.m. and that dust started blowing at 9:45. Humidity during the morning was 20 per cent and expected to drop later in the day. Slightly cooler weather Is forecast for Thursday to offset an U-year record high temperature for Feb. 9 set here Tuesday. The mercury zoomed to 81 de-1 grees Tuesday, highest figure re- ‘ corded here on any Feb. since 1943 j when it hit 84 A gradual cooling is expected to i start Wednesday night, with a pre- j dieted minimum temperature in j the low 40’s as compared with a s low of 50 early Wednesday morn- | ing. High temperature for Wednes-1 day is forecast at 73 to 80 de- j grees with a high of only about ; 60 Thursday, Weatherman C. E. Silchler said 1 a cold front now in the nortliern j part of the nation would not reach Texas with any force but would have a slightly cooling effect on i the Abilene area. Court Rejects Plea For Parsons Hearing AUSTIN, 'ft-The Court of Criminal Appeals today rejected the plea of Tulsa socialite Mary Jean Parsons for a new hearing on charges of slaying her bridegroom husband. Her attorneys had claimed there was “an outrage” in trial court instructions to the jury which gave her 10 years for murder. Mrs, Parsons was convicted by a Wichita Falls jury last February, just a year after her husband of fix weeks. Army Lt. Richard O. Parsons of Pieasantvilie, N Y. was shot to death in their El Paso apartment. LOOK SHARP, PODNERS! Q TKhtig Atcnoce • THE HALFPINT OUTUW IS COMING TO •THI HAU-PINT OUTLAW IS COMING TO THI EVENING EDITION Of THE ARILENE RIPORTER-NIWS STIITIII M0IM1! ;

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