Abilene Reporter News, February 10, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 10, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas DUSTY TtTTTtT LVLlUlVh FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SK ETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No, 239 fna (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 10, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10e Ike Warns GOP Against Extreme Partisanship WASHINGTON Ei-, link all Democrats with Commu- senhower today counseled mem- nist or other treasonable activities hers of his administration to avoid in the past, extreme-partisanship in their re-! marks about Democrats, and said he would expect the Republican National Committee to show simi- lar tolerance. The President told a news con- ference the times are too serious to indulge in political partisanship to an extreme. He said too it is obvious some parts of his 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, including House Democratic Leader Ray- burn of Texas, that the Republi- cans have been making "dastard- ly" attacks on the previous ad- ministration. The Democrats had called on Eisenhower to repudiate such at- tacks. The Democrats were particular- ly indignant over speeches by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and others which, in their view, sought to 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 ques- tion, he said he believes that would be a good course for the Republi- can National Committee to follow. Only yesterday, Eisenhower's press secretary, James C. Ilagerty, had said he thought Republican speakers were just "giving the And some GOP members had deprecated the threat of Demo- cratic refusal to support legisla- tive moves they approved in the past. Sen. Dirksen for one, said he did not believe Republican criticism alone would cause -any substantial number of Democrats in congress to oppose the Presi- dent's legislative program. Good Government League Calls Meet Abilene Good Government league will start the ball rolling next Monday night toward select- ing nominees for City Commission and School Board. President Elbert Hall announced Wednesday. He has called a public meeting for p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. n Fair Park Auditorium. All mem- bers 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 a nominating committee who will present at the meeting, a .slate; of nominees "for the league s own offices for the next 12-months. To be elected are a president, a vice president urn a secretary. Nominations Invited Nominations for these offices will also be invited from the floor. The nominating committee con- sists of Nib Shaw, chairman; Jack Wheeler, K. B. (Babe) Leach, Walt- er Adams. Maurice Brooks, Albert McAlister." H. W. McDcde, Ernest Wright, J. C. Hunter Jr.. and C. M. Caldwell. In keeping with the league's con- Ititution and by-laws, it is the re- of the outgoing presl- Parr's Support Costing Judge, Court Told AUSTIN Supreme Court was told today opponents of Dis- trict Judge C. Woodrow Laughhn of Alice are attempting to throw him out of office because he re- ceived the support of South Texas political boss George Parr. Sen. William H. Shireman of Corpus Christi. attorney for the 11 South Texas lawyers seeking Laughlin's removal, answered that the court record "is replete with testimony" to sustain complaints against the judge. "They intend to infer that any- body who receives a vote and sup- port of George Parr is former Sen. C. C. Small Sr. Laughlin's attorney, told the court in oral arguments. Simultaneously. Laughlin's attor- neys filed a motion for dismissal of the suit on grounds that it vio- lated Judge Laughlin's rights un- der the 14th Amendment of the "U.S. Constitution. In Laughlin's order to release court-impounded Duval County bal lots, 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. Judge Laughlin himself calmly at a table in front of the Supreme Court's nine judges dur ing the step be fore the high court undertakes ir decide the history-making case. Shireman also filed with the court a request for permission to amend the original pleading: against the judge. The court told both sides to sub mit their new requests in writin? SO the respective upuuiiciiU CGul-u have opportunity to answer. Small argued three the com- plaints against Laughlin are based solely on affidavits one individ- ual in each case and do not meet the constitutional: requirement for the Supreme Court to take juris- diction. "Any time we sidetrack the constitution because there is a clamor for the official axe for an individual, I say we are something worse than he Small contended. "If these parties who are de- stroying tills man had just used a little their time to help him, this case "wouldn't be in court to- lall are Jay Jameson, vice presi- dent, and Frank Meyers Jr., sec- retary. The new president must appoint an advisory committee, whose job t will be to secure a recommend- ed slate of candidates for City Com- mission and School Board and to present these back to the whole League at a public meeting, require that the advis- >ry committee shall have at least 25 members Last year it had 38 'Positions "to be filled in this ipring's annual city i are: City Commissioner Place now held by J. Floyd Malcom: 3iiy Commission Place 4, occupied by C. T. (Tommy) Conerly; School Board Place 2, where Ollie Mc- Ginn is serving; School Board 'lace 3, held by Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts; and School Board Place occupied by Morgan Jones Jr. The league expects to nominate t candidate for each of the five ifflces. Organized in February of lust -ear, the league elected its entire slate of nominees in the April, .953, election. dent (Hall) to name the nominat- ng committee on league officers and to call the organization meet- ing. Present officials in addition to ftida Gray Suit Dismissed by Court DENVER million dollar damage suit by former shimmy dancer Gilda Gray, in which she charged Columbia Pictures Corp. embarrassed her by using her ca- reer as basis for the Rita Hay- worth film was dismissed in U. S. District Court yesterday. The dismissal, "with climaxed a five-year legal fight started in April 1949 by Miss Gray, then living at Larkspur, Colo. Her suit followed by three years Co- lumbia's release of in which Miss Hayworth appeared frequently on the dance floor doing what Miss Gray charged was an imitation of the shimmy she origi- nated. Miss Gray now is staying with friends in Colorado Springs. U.S. Trying To Stop Hot Indochina War WASHINGTON President Eisenhower said today every move the government takes with respect to aid to Indochina is carefully calculated to keep the United States from getting involved in a hot war there. The President told a con- ference 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 Stennis (D-Miss) voiced fear that the sending of American technicians to help French Union forces in their fight against Com- munists in Indochina might lead to U.S. involvement in the fight- ting. Preventing War Eisenhower 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 assignment 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 with- drawn by next June 15. Asked about statements at the Capitol that the Senate Armed Services Committee was' not in- formed in advance about the tech- nicians being sent, Eisenhower id 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 there is no attempt to carry on any policy in the dark. Stennis, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview he favors immedi- ate recall of the TJ. S. mechanics as a move to avoid possible direcl involvement in the long anti-Com- munist war there. Declaring that "I'm no isolation he said he believes a major ity of: the Senate Armed Services Committee 'opposed; -sending the mechanics-into He .add ed he favors increased American aid in money and equipment Sen. Byrd in a separat interriewv step" to send the mechanics He, too said members of the Armed Sen- ices Committee''were not informet in that they were told of the plan by' Adm. Arthur W. Radford, chairman'of the Join Chiefs of Staff, at a secret session last .Friday. That followed publication of newspaper accounts saying 125 or nore technicians had beeri sent. Byrd said the next steps would be requests by the French for U.S pUots and ground forces in Indo- china, 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 For- eign Relations Committee said he "doubts it was a wise move" to send in the mechanics. He agreec with Stennis that if the United States should send fighting forces into Indochina, Red China prob- ably would send in forces as i did in Korea. Wilson said yesterday that un less the Red Chinese intervene on a mass scale, or some similar new factor enters the picture, he think chances are good for a militarj victory in the eight-year war. Republican Leader Knowland o California told the Senate Mondas night the Eisenhower administra tion had no desire or intention o sending combat forces into Indo- china. Stennis told the Senate yesterda; that Radford's report to the Arme Services Committee caused "a" most unanimous alarm and grav concern" among senators pre: ent. Reds Propose 50-Year All-Europe Peace Pact Plan Would Annul .DEATH RODE HERE This is the 1941 model Cadillac which overturned three or four times Wednesday morning fatally injuring Joe Donald Bird. His two step children, Laverne Pittman. 11, and William M. Pittman Jr., 6, who we're also in the auto, were not believed seriously injured. (Photo by Don Hutcheson) STEPCHILDREN HURT Atlantic Alliance BERLIN Soviet Russia proposed today a non-ag- gression 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. Moioiov iaid his plan for "European security" before the Big Four conference. It was his most detailed effort to torpedo the West Eruopean De- fense Community. The proposed 50-year general security treaty would bind all the nations of Eurooe to "peace." East and West Germany were specifically listed as eli- Abilene Man Dies In Auto Accident Joe 'Donald Bird, 26, of 2335 Norai'Treadawav-Blvd died jit 1125 a, -m. Wednesdav at Bten- driek Memorial Hospital shortly After being injured in an automo- bile accident on a "country road ex- tension of EN 10th St. about one and oneJialf miles east of Farm to Market Hoad 1234. The accident happened at a. m. In the aulo with Bird at the time of the were his two step-children, LaVeme Pittman, 11, and William M. Pittman Jr., 6. They were taken to St. Ann Hospi- tal, and extent of their injuries were not known at press time. It believed that their injuries No Surpluses To Russia WASHINGTON of Commerce Weeks announced today the. government will net allow the sale of government stocks or sur- plus farm products to Russia or her satellites. But Weeks indicated that appli- cations for permission to sell pri- vately owned non-strategic farm products to the Soviet bloc might get favorable consideration. j Trade with Russia or her Com-' munist 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 ex- port tons of government- owned surplus cotton seed oil to Czechoslovakia. kec- were aot sens-is, jJirA TVarren an1 "i fice. A passerby carried Ujttwt fijren io St- Ann. The trio was I'dmg A.I a 1941 model Cadillac and were-hcaded toward Abilene when the auto apJ parently went out of control. A BODY? NO. JUST MANNEQUIN BUFFALO, N. Y. Tiyo men carried a five-foot-long ob- ject wrapped in a white sheet into the lobby the United States Courthouse yesterday. Spectators gasped when they saw blonde hair protruding from one end of the bundle. The men waited quietiy for an elevator. Then they rode up to the office of the FBI. A body? said the FBI A department store mannequin used in a police training course. Imported Judge Orders Officials Keep Records WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES SCHOOL NEEDS A citizens' odvisory committee soys Abi- lene's need for new schools or additions to present schools is Page 1 B. KOREA Rhte de- 'clores he'li .reopen war alone if the U. S. won't help Page-SB. TIXAS TAXES Sen ator Harley Sadler urges a gos purchaser's tax as the solution to the state's tax See Page 6A. CRIME Suspect admits Slav ing of Max Bodenheim, flam- boyant writer of the roaring Page 3A. SAN DIEGO imported judge today ordered certain offi- cials of Duval County and Uie Benavides Independent School Dis- trict not to destroy their 'records and to be 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 800 can- celed checks disappeared from the Duval County iie juuge grsulco a. 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 per- manent Injunction here Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. In another ruling, Judge ;Klein granted immunity from prosecu- tion to three state witnesses whom Shepperd said had knowledge of violations including "misapplying, misappropriation, misapplication, theft, swindling, extortion for- gery." The witnesses are' Diego Heras, former official of the Bena- vides Independent School District; Eusebio-Carrillo Jr., contractor who has done someywork 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 ranches and some oil wells whose political kingpin is millionaire George Parr of San Diego. Shepperd carried the offensive into Parr's bailiwick yesterdty with a petition seeking dismissal of the Duval County grand jury. He claimed seven its members are tied too closely'with Parr to conduct an impartial investigation. His petition today was addressed to 1070i Dist. Judge Arthur Klein of Brownsville and attorneys began arguing it immediately. Judge Klein was expected to rule today. Klein was transferred here to- day, to the 79th District Court of Judge C. Woodrow -Laughlin, by W. R. BUlock, presiding THE WEATHER 5th Administrative Judicial District. Judge Laughlin is in Aus- tin for. oral arguments before the Supreme Court in an effort by a group of South Texas lawyers to bave him kicked off the bench. The attorney general's petition said that unless the parties he named are restrained he has rea- son to believe certain books, rec- ords, canceled checks 'and other data will be unlawfully destroyed. The. petition named the following county officials: A. Garcia Jr., Du- Cniintv plprk: F. Saenz Jr.. county treasurer; E. B. Garcia, county tax collector, and C. T. Stansell Jr., county auditor. Members or officials of the Be- navides Independent School Dis- trict named in the petition -are: O. Saenz, J. G. Santiago Garcia, Troy Carey, W. C. Kelly, T.' Green-and Richard Barton, all on the board, of trustees; Oscar Trevillo, secretary of the district, and D. C. Chapa, district tax col- lector. In addition, the petition named these members of the San Diego School District: Alberto Garcia, Antonio Garcia, Armando Garcia Gonzalez Jr., Jesus Ollven and C. T. Stansell. said at one point during his 90 minutes on the floor. "The people of Europe and their true friends outside Europe are nterested in having security guar- anteed to all 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 peace and to make pos- sible collective efforts of ail Eu- ropean states which strive for the realization of these aims." Ed Powell yfho.helped in Vestlgrte the accident saifl tha maiks on the roat and the road shoulder tht auto overturned tlfree 01 four fames be fore coming to rest on its right side m a small ditch on the left aidi of the country road The road where the accident occurred is an extension of EN 10th St.. and mown as Route 4. The automobile was badly dam- aged. According to a Navy discharge ound in the auto, Bird was born in July 21, 1927, in Graham. Investigating the accident with 'owell were Highway Patrolmen Cenneth W. Decker, and C. A. Cockrell Jr. Funeral arrangements are in- complete and will be announced, by Oker-Warren Funeral Home.' gible as individual powers un- til 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 sol- diers home "with their planes and A-guns and open the a provisional the installation of Communists commis- sars on the Rhine. Certain Western delegation ex- perts inferred from earlier re- marks .by the Soviet foreign min- ister that .he might butter the scheme with a security proposal for the whole continent, likely ounting out the United States. In ffect the theme would be: "Ameri- ans go home, leave it to Russia." With a second secret session awaiting them tomorrow and the Austrian independence treaty due o be taken up Friday, Molotov asked at the close yesterday's at least one day more _______ _ _ :o tell .his .fellow ministers roE "a' deceased'Texas oil muVcV what a brilliant future all Europe 1-rmUinnaire says '.the young man could have under Soviet leadership. Iwtui inherited his roulion.: estate The JTesWraers felt there -was Vis not her natural son. -Uttli be fundamentally wiliianfTHarcns Peyton new m Molotov's proposal, but they testified that in 1932 she the obliged tc liear Mm out so no woman ofl man, Wealthy Heir No! Own Son, Woman Says DALLAS divorced wife Survivors besides the two children include his wife. step- US. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAO ABILENE AND VICINITY: Clear. possible blowing dust Wednesday afternoon Clear and cooler Thursday. High temper- ature Wednesday. 75 to 80: low Wednesday nlzht in Uie low 40's: Man Thursday, near 60. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. partly cloudy, warmer this turning colder tonight and Thursday. Lowest 3M5 in north portion tonight. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy, turnlnz colder In Panhandle this afternoon and In north and east portions of South Plains toniRht and Pecos Valley eastward Thurs- day. Lowest tonight 28-38 in Panhandle and 3M5 in northeast portion of South Plains. EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy, warm this afternoon. Clear Thursday and In ex- treme north portion tonight. Lowest in the 40s extreme north tonight. Moderate to fresh south and southwest winds on the coast._shlftinK_to fresh northerly Thursday. cloudy "warnT'thiVafternoon and tonfght turning colder in north and central portions Thursday. Moderate to fresh southerly on ahlftinj to fresh north- one could accuse the West of pass; iag up any chance of agreement. .Yesterday, as he-had done be- fore, Molotov referred to the Eu- ropean Defense Community Treaty divisive force covering only six nations West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxenv bourg and the leaving other European nations out in the cold. He contended. SDC was "a preparation for ''war" against Russia. French Foreign Minister Bidauit accused Molotov of trying to wreck the EDC alliance while at the same time preserving the tight alliance of Russia and the East European satellites. Bidauit did not mention if, but one of the West's growing concerns is an estimate by Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther's NATO headquarters that Russia has helped her Red European neighbors to build up at least 60 divisions of increasingly effective and well-armed troops, some mechanized. Unless British and American divisions are includ- ed, there is no comparable force in West Europe. We should not think of setting up West European states against East European states." Molotov as tbeir own. Now 21 years old, the heir, Vi iam Marcus Peyton Jr., gained till control of the estate last March rom the Peytons' adopted son, Sorman Peyton. Attorneys testi- :yesterday' -WfiEarh Marcus 'eytan has spent and incurred in debts since alning control of the estate. Mrs. Peyton testified in a Dallas County district court suit brought y Norman, 28, asking the court o order a Sworn accounting of the state and appoint a 'receiver. Mrs. Peyton told the court she as unable to bear children of her wn. She related that while in Baylor Hospital here in 1S32 she recarne acquainted with a woman waiting birth of a child. She tes- tified she persuaded the woman to iive up the child and said she then lassed it off to Peyton as their iffsprir.g. 55-Mile Per Hour Winds Raise Dust Taes. P.M. 81...... 79 78 ____ ____ 74 56 70 8C, 65 59 60 8JO 60 61 13 57 13 55 Sunset last niRht p.m.; Sunrise to- day s.m.; Sunset -tonight p.ir.. Birometer j-Mdtoj p.m. 'RtUtive- Maximum temperature lait 34 hours end- at a.m., SO. AV1ATRIX Jacqueline Gochran, noted woman flier, holds the Frank M. Hawks Memorial Award plaque presented to her by the Air Service Post, 501, Ameri- can Legion, at a dinner in ;her honor in New York. Miss Cochran is the first woman to receive the covet- ed annual award, given her .for outstanding feat of .be- ing the first woman to fly through the soutid barrier; Dust riding on blustery winds with gusts to 55 miles per hour blew into Abilene at a.m. Wed- nesday, cutting visibility at-times to one-half mile.. The wind, coming in from the west-southwest, averaged 40 to 45 miles per hour and prevailing vis- ibility 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 tha the wind velocity started increas Ing rapidly about a.m. and that dust started blowing at Humidity during the morning wa 20 per cent and expected to drop later in the day. Slightly cooler weather is fore- east for Thursday to offset an 11-year record high temperature for Feb. 9 set- here Tuesday. The mercury zoomed to 81 de grees Tuesday, highest figure re- corded here on any Feb. since 1943 when hit 84 A gradual cooling is expected to start Wednesday, night, with a pre- dicted minimum temperature in the low 40's as compared with a low of 50 early Wednesday morn- ing. High temperature for Wednes- day is forecast' at 75 to 80 de- grees with a high of only about 60 Thursday. Weatherman C. E. Sitchler said a cold front now In ,the northern part the nation: would not reach Texas with any force but would have a slightly cooling effect on the Abilene area. 3ourt Rejects Plea "or Parsons Hearing AUSTIN, Court of Crim- inal Appeals today .rejected the plea of Tulsa socialite Mary Jean 'arsons for a new hearing on charges of slaying her bridegroom msband. Her attorneys had claimed there was "an trial court nstructions to the jury which.gave ner 10 years for murder. Mrs. -Parsons was couvicted by a Wichita Falls jury last February, ust a year after her husband of six weeks. Army Lt. Richard O. Parsons of Pleasantville; N.Y. was shot to death in their El Paso apartment. LOOK SHARP, PODNERSi 4t Menace THE HALF-PINT OUTLAW ISCpMINSTO HALF-HNT OUTLAW IS COMING .TO THE EVtNlrW 'ibrnoN OF' THE AIILENE RIPOKTIR-NEWS ;