Abilene Reporter News, February 14, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 14, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARMER VOL. LXXIII, No, 24 Wt)t Mene _"WITHOUT    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIE^JDS    OR    FOES    WE    SK    ETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"    —    Byron SU1VDÄY Associated Press fAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 14, 1954—FI FT Y-T WO PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc ORATORY HOT Of Demo Jobs Grand Jurors Bill 22 Abilenians Fraud in VA Loan Dealings Alleged POLICE CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTANTS—Name of the Church of Christ on its build-in^ in Rome is shown before it was chiseled off by police Saturday. It was the second crackdown in 12 hours by Italian authorities against the Protestant group in the predominately Catholic country. Italian Cops Chisel Off Name Of Church of Christ Building WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (^—Republicans brought Lincoln Day oratory tonight to a climax that mingled friendly gestures toward moderate Democrats vvilh another furious fusillade of charges that the opposition party coddled Communists. Here and there. Democrats thundered back more hot protests that the GOP is trying desperately to convince America that the Democratic party is a party of communism and treason. Same Old Records In large measure, the oratorical salvos across the land sounded much like the same records the party partisans have been playing over and over for a week or more in tune-ups for what looks like one of the roughest, bitterest congressional election campaigns in many a year. Sen. Knowland of California, the Republican leader of the Senate, held out an appreciative hand to moderate Democrats in Congress” for ‘‘fine support” of Republican policies ‘‘essential to the national government.” But House Speaker Martin (R-Massi called upon the GOP to sweep back for all time the tide of waste, bankrupt spending and Communist coddling that carried us to the edge of ruin.” And Wendell B. Barnes, head of the Federal Small Business Administration, wrapped together in one .speech all the Republican accusations that have been hiking Democratic tempers to the boiling point. Communist Coddling In his prepared text, Barnes spoke, too, of Communist coddling and lit into ‘‘fuzzy-minded New Deal Democrats” as ‘‘gloom and doom people” w'ho now are peddling a ‘‘fear deal” and ‘‘scare talk.” While playing politics with human misery and the safety of the free world, he said, “they are crying all over the place and threatening to sabotage needed legislation if the President doesn’t halt these terrible accusations.” From Sen. Holland (D-Fla> came a counter blast that Republicans are trying to cover up disunity and an inability to get things done. “Hence.” he said, “for want of sound political arguments and despite announced disapproval by the President, a few of their loudest political voices are now desperately branding our party as the party of treason and corruption. “These false and intemperate charges will come back like a boomerang upon those who hurled CHILD DIES IN BLAZE — Four-year-old Carol Wagner burned to death in Syracuse, N. Y., when fire destroyed this three-story wood frame tenement building on Syracuse’s east side. Two men suffered broken- bones when they jumped from second story windows. Baptists in New Auditorium Today fate and in.suranceman of Pine St.. .\bilene, 15 count.s In one ii 4 ’tment. i.ichard Vance Davis, a partner In the Flesher-Davis Agency here, 15 counts in two indictments. W. O. Hayter, .Jr.. Abilene GI project builder and owner of a bottling company franchise here, 13 counts on one indictment. He owns Hayter Construction Co., 226 Pioneer Drive. Other Abilenians Other Abilenians charged, with the number of indictments and counts for each listed in that order: Taylor W. I^ong Jr., 1617 Green St.. 2-6. Klchaid L. Adams, 1326 Shelton St.. 1-2. DlUie Coats, 902 Merchant St.. 1-2. S. Leroy Estes, independent See INDICTMENTS, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1 ROME. Feb. 13, i.f' — Police    stone    letters    “Chiesa    di Crislo.”, was within    Its legal rights In chiseled the name of the Church of i    They    picked    up an    Associated    erecting the    sign. Ro.sapepe said Chrtet off its building in Rome to-1 Press photographer for snapping the church had applieil tor per-¡them, for the American people bc-day. A church spokesman de- | pictures of their activities, but mission in November to put upjiieve in fair play and good sports-nounced the action as a “violation    later    released    him.    the sign and had received approval s maiishlp.” of the law of the state” and said'    Giacomo Rosepepe, Rome aftor-    from Rome    city authorities on    Sen.    Lehman (Dem-Lib-NY) saw the Protestant religious group ney who represents the church, Jan. 13.    ¡in “hysterical attacks on the would take the matter to court. | said the police had violated “the:    On    Jan.    22    the    police    chief    ad-j Democratic part.v” a sign that He- It was the second crackdown in law of the state.” He said lie vised church officials if they did publicans “sense fear and defeat.’” •bout 12 hours by Italian author-: would take action against the iu-jnot remove the sign the police {Lehman suggested this: Itles on the largely Texas-financed thorities responsible in the Italian would. The police official said the; “Compare the words of .Abraham church had no right to put up the Lincoln, when he said, ‘I do not sign because the church has no' propose to question the patriotism legal basis for existence in Italy, | or to assail the motives of any and Cline R. Paden of Brow nfieUl j man or class of men’ . . . with and Lubbock, Tex., one of its {recent unprincipled pronouncement teachers, had been refused recog-1 charging the Democratic party nillou as minister of a religious: with responsibility for treason ... cult.    by Ibat newly-formed team of Leader in U. S. smear-and-run consisting of Joseph Protestant evangelical g r o u p. courts probably on Monday.    ' which ha.s been having trouble with Rosapept' disclosed that the sign the authorities in predominantly had been a cause for contention Catholic Italy for a long time. ¡since it was put up in January. I.«ast night police forced Italian    The pastor of the nearby    Roman worshippers from the small rented    Catholic Christ the King Church, hall of the church In the seaport    had objected to b. city of IjCghorn. American wor- Rosapepe said that the U.S. Em- shippers refused to leave and con- bassy, the Italian Foreign Ministry!      _    . tinned the service.    ¡and Rome’s chief of police had; The church has been seeking McCarthy and Thomas E. Dewey.” This morning police apjieared : tried to persuade church authorities recognition since it first came to Eisenhower told a news confer-with ladders at the three-story to remove the sign or replace it Italy shortly after the end of World cnee Wednesday any statements building owned by the church in with a smaller one. All were told,! War 11. It has sought intervention j M^uding to all Democrats as trai-Rome and chiseled off the 10-inch    Rosapepe added, that the    church:    of    the    U.S.    State    Department,    say-j*c*'f were    both    untrue    and    pohti- ing    the    Italian    government    has:    cally foolish.    He    said    he    would levied exorbitant taxes on church counsel administration officials nronerties    against    extreme partisanship and „ ,    ’.    .    ,,    ,    ,    i    w'ould    expect the Republican Na- Paden is now in the United    Committee chairman. Leoii- States where he plans to present!    j,al,    ^^at    advice, the church s curient situation in ; Above the noise of the political I bombing rose the soothing voice ot Today’s police action came on i Sen. George (D-Ga) saying here ONLY MAN WHO KNOWS Shepperd Asks 3 Questions of Parr AUSTIN, Feb, 13    —    The    attor ney general reeled off three questions today about Duval County events and said political wheel George Parr is “probably the only man in Texas who knows the an-•wers.” Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd’s questions dealt with things that happened during his trip to Duval County this week to carry on what he calls a fight to rid the South Texas area of “boss rule.” SEE YOU FOLKS MONDAY! Dewaii -tlx Atoflce the evening edition, ABILENE REP0RTERNEW8 Federal and state officers and the Duval County Grand Jury are investigating affairs of Parr, the county and two county school districts. Shepperd is trying to have the grand jury dismissed, claiming seven of its members have business or political ties with Parr that keep them from being fair. Parr has long been known as the “Duke of Duval,” political boss and “patron” of the county’s predominantly Latin-American population. His father. Archer Parr, had the him. Shepperd’s questions, addressed to Parr In a prepared statement, were: “I. Why did 10 Duval County and M'hool officials resign during the Duval County visit of Sheppard' “2. Where are the records which testimony of federal tax and mail officials indicated are missing from the files of Duval County and the Benavides School District*' “3. Why did Duval County Audit-tor invoke the F i f t h Amendjnent ment and refuse to testify regard-i Ing his records when called upon to do so by Dist. Judge Arthur .A. Klein of Brownsville?” Parr could not be reached for comment on Shepi>erd’s questions. Reporters who called his home in ' San Diego were told the “Duke > of Duval” was out at his ranch, i where there Is no telephone, shipping cattle and had not left word when he would» return. Shepperd said his questions covered the three most significant developments of his visit to Duval County. State Auditor C. H. Cavness and his staff were still studying the records la San Diego todijr. (See more pictures and stories on new church on Pg. f-B) direct orders from Rome police headquarters, which are under the direction of the Italian Ministry of interior, headed by Mario Scelba, who is also the country’s new Premier.    i As interior minister in previous regime.s Scelba had criticized the Church of Christ sharply and had accused it of aiding communism in Italy. Church leaders denied strongly his charges. Criticism Increases In recent weeks Roman Catholic authorities have increased their criticism of Protestant activités in Italy. In the first collective letter of its kind, cardinal archbishops of eight major Italian cities and archbishops and bishops of 11 other same nickname before j (.¡ties declared that “pernicious errors are arising in Italy from Protestant propaganda. which tends to menace the spiritual unity of the Italian people.” Terms of the Lateran Pact be-! tween the Vatican and Italy establish Roman Catholicism as the state religion. Article eight of Italy’s consitution says “all religious confessions are equal before ' the law.” The U.S. Embassy said it de-; plored the misunderstandings that in Washington that “the only people who are disturbed by what a politician says are other politicians.” NEWS INDEX SECTION A Oil news 10-11 SECTION B Pythions' annivariory ..... 1 Disaster Scropbook . . ..... 2 Book news ....... .....4 Business Outlook . . . . ... 5 Amusements .. 7-10 SECTION C Newcomers 0. L. Shultxes____ .....« Foshionobly Spooking . ..... • Campus Cbottor . . ____11 SECTION D Sports . . ... 1-3 Form news . . ____ 9 Church, Rodio-TV log ... 10 Dr. Elwin Skiles, pastor. \vill preach the first sermon in the new First Baptist Church sanctuary this morning. His sermon will open a week of special services which w'ill climax next    Sunday    with    formal    dedication    of the    new'    million    dollar building. Leaders of the Baptist denomination will be in Abilene this week to help the local congregation dedicate    its new    plant.    Theme    of the week    will be    “The    Church    Christ Builds.” Formal invitations have been i.ssued to other churches of the city and the surrounding area, to former members and friends. Members will “show' off” their new building at open houses this afternoon and next Sunday afternoon and after each evening services. Deacons will guiue visitors on tours of the structure. Today’s services will be broadcast. the morning service over station KRBC and the evening service over KW’KC. Portions of both services will be televised, the first time Abilene church services have ever been so recorded, KHBC-TV will present the sound-on-film summary of the day’s program Wednesday evening beginning at 6:45. Church leaders expected today’s DR. ELWIN SKILES . . . first in new church Seminary and a former pastor of the local church. Friday — Dr. James L. Sullivan, Nashville, Tenn., former pastor, now executive secretary of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board. Sunday — Morning dedication sermon by Dr. Duke K. McCall, crowd to ov^erflow the huge audb (.president of Southern Bapti»A The-torium which can seat around 2,400 ological Seminary, I/iulsvlUe, Ky. Services w'ill begin nightly at 7:30, There will be no service Sat- W’ith auxiliary seats. Tonight’s program will be all-musical. a presentation by the 90-voice sanctuary choir under direc-    nigni. tion of Euell Porter. Other speakers for the week will be: Monday — Dr. James N. Morgan, Fort Worth, president of the Texas Baptist Convention. Tuesday — Dr. J. W. Storer. Tulsa, Okla.. president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Wedne.sday — Dr. Millard A. Jen- Plans for con.struction of a total i giving a wide range of design and kens, Abilene, retired pastor of the of 102 houses in Elmwood West! livability, Fooshee said. By DICK T.ARPLEY and GEORGIA NELSON Thirty-seven persons, including 22 Abilenians, have been indicted by a Federal District Court grand jury on charges of defrauding the government in connection with Veterans Administration housing loans. The secret indictments were returned in Dallas Feb. 4. but were not released until warrants had been served by deputy U.S. marshals. Names of six of the 37 are still being withheld pending service of warrants. The indictments alleged that the 37 persons made “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations’’ in obtaining VA loans. District Attorney Heard L. Floore of Fort Worth said that the indictments resulted from an investigation by VA agents last year into reports that builders, real estate men and purchasers got veterans to make loans with the intent to .sell the loans immediately to another prospective homc-builder who had no GI rights. There were only nine in dictments, but they involved 72 counts. Several persons were involved in each count, u.sually. $500 Bonds Set Bond of $.>00 was set by .ludge T. Whitfield Davidson on each indictment, Bonds are returnable at Lubbock in U. S. District Court May 3. Maximum punishment for conviction on each,count, Floorc said, is $10,000 fine or five years in prison, or both. The charge is violation of the False Claims Ad. Title 18, Section 1001, U. S. Code. Floore said the investigation by the grand jury is incomplete. The grand Jury will continue Us probe at its next meeting, he said. No veterans who disposed of their rights to GI loans by giving or selling them to other persons were indicted in the case.s, Floore said. Floore said a person who “aids, abets, coun.sels, induces” or otherwise cau.ses a veteran to take part In an illegal transfer of hi.s V.A loan rights i.s Just as guilty, under the law, as a j>erson who actually take.s part in the transaction, Harde.st hit wa.s the family of Raymond Thomason Sr., of Abilene, head of Thoma.son Enfer-prtses, which includes River Oaks addition. Lone Star Lumber Co.. and Abilene and Midland building contract work. Faces 48 Counts Raymond Thomason Sr. faces 48 counts in six indictment". One son, Raymond Thomason Jr. was indicted on 15 counts in three indictments, and another son. Monty Don, was indicted on eight counts in two Indictments. Monty Don’s wife, Anetta, was indicted on five counts in a single Indictment. Helen McMurry, sl.ster-In-law of Raymond Thomason Sr. and well-known Abilene building contractor, was Indicted on seven counts in one indictment. The Thoma.son firm is one of Abilene’s largest residential developers. It has built hundreds of homes .since the war, in northwest Abilene, in an area south of South 20th St., and in other sections. The Thomasons also built extensively in .Midland, and formerly operated the city bus franchise at Midland. Four other persons were indicted on 10 or more counts. They arc; Ivan E. Duncan, of 1510 Life of America Building. Dallas, 28 counts in six indictments. Weldon L. Russell Jr., real es- Soviel Price I For Austria Is Death of EDC 102 Houses Planned In Elmwood West Area church. Thursday — Dr. Jesse Northvutt, Southwestern Baptist Theologcial Auto (rash Injures 7 Abilenian Elect’ed To Head Adjust’ers WACO, Feb. 13 (.T'-The Association of Independent In.surance .Adjusters of Texas today elected R. D. Batjer of Abilene as pre.'iident and selected Galveston for their 1955 convention, to he held the second week of February. addition have been revealed in j separate announcements by two Abilene builders. Construction is to start immediately on the first 36 hou.ses of a i 72-house project by J. B. Foo.shee. ! Nathan .Morris will build 30 houses. j Houses in Fooshee’s project will I “I expect demand to be great and huyer.s should contact me to ' choo.'-e their location,” Fooshee said.    ; Bu.vxts will have approximately , 15 kiml.s of brick to choo.se from | for the construction of the homes. The hou.ses, of low pitched roof de.sign. will have central heating inteipretalion law. of Italian internal B.ALLINGER, Feb. 13. IRNS»-' SHOp-BY-MAI L had arisen between the church and : Seven piersons were injured, three *    ^    ^ Italian authorities and added the' of them seriously, when their au-, THE NEW, question appeared to be one of tomoblle went out of control and    ^    ^    1^    %Aa a • was wrecked halfway between CON YEN I cNT VvAT! Miles a.iu Rowena on the Ballin-! ger-San Aiigelo highway about 7:30 ; p.m. Saturday. I Joe Grigsby of Winters, the driver, suffered a broken neck; IJlly Mae Lacy of San Angelo suffered a broken leg, and Ella Lee Grant of Winters had a chest Injury, j The other four suffered only bruises. All were picked up by a Newby - Davis ambulance and brought to the hospital here. They were F.rdene Banks and Lester be constructed of brick on 7.5-front foot lots, heavily wooded with na-■ dows that will never require any tive tree.s. They will be the first I painting or upkeep, Fooshee said, brick homes ever built as a proj-! He expects the first 36 house.s to ect in Abilene, he said.    lie    completed by the first part, of 'fhe first 36 w'ill include 18 houf.- the summer, cs facing east and w'est on each | A total of $233,000 in building BERLIN. Feb. 13 Ru.ssia served notice tonight its price for withdrawal of Red troops from Austria is abandonment of the American - backed European defense system. Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov refused to roll back the Iron Curtain from the Danubian republic, despite renewed appeals from the three Western Powers and Leopold Figl, the Austrian foreign minister. Red Garrison Asked Molotov cited to the foreign minister’ conference here the buildup of Americcn and Westeni strength generally In Europe as the reason for his demand that Austria, even if granted “independence", must be garrisoned by the Soviet army until the German peace treaty is signed. He added that it would facilitate matters in eventually freeing Austria “if the three Western Powers —the United States, France and Britain—were to reject their plans regarding the setting up of the European Defense Community and a resurgence of German mill-tari.sm.” The East-W’est deadlock over Austria remained unaltered despite more than four hours* argument. It followed a private talk between Molotov and U. S. Secretary of State Dulle.« this afternoon in which they failed to nail down procedure for an international conference on the peaceful pooling of atomic energy. After his inconclusive atomic discussion with Molotov, the second and last to be held in Berlin. Dulles led a Western maneuver designed to get the Ru.ssian’s approval to early Austrian independence or to shelve the topic THE WEATHER and aluminum double - hung win- l s. OtrABT.MKNT OF tO.W.WiaC« WIATHKR BlRAXl ABILENE AND VICINITY F»lr and mild Suudajr. Sunaay night and Monday Hlgli temprratura    bo.h    day» tS to SO degrees.    Low    Suud, y iiighi    id. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS ParUj side of Jefferson Dr. from the 400 | permit.s were issued by the City i    Houd^ block Into the 700 block.    i    Engineering office Saturday    to '    or thundeiahower*    m uve aa-t portioo The houses in ihe project will: Morris.    west    texas    Partly    cloudy    Sunday contain    from    1.150    to    1.240    square    Morris    will    build    30    residences |    and feet of floo;    .space,    have    three    bed-    which    will    range    in price    Xroin    $6.- Fair, Mild Weather Farecast far Sunday Fair and mild weather was forecast for Abilene Sunday and Monday after overcast skies brought • trace of rain here Saturday morning. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport said high temp-; Gary of Winters and C. H. Yancle eratures Sunday »nd Monday would' and James Duval of San Angelo. range from 75 to 80 degrees. The low Sunday night will b« near SO. Highway Patrolmen Joe Perry and St. E. Gatchtr tovtatlfauKL Ye: the new convenient ovoiloble to The Abilene Re-porter-News readers enohle ycM to moke your ourcho'-vs of the many items lectured by Abilene merchants in ecrh Sun-doy'i issue. rooms and one and a half tile baths. .Some will have double g.s 000 to $18.000 each. Six of the structures will be lo- rages and some single garages, all ' cated In the 1100 block of Jeffer- warm. tr Sunday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and warm Sunduv and Monday TEMPERATl RES The Shop. By-Mo 11 couponi op-peor in this Sunday's issue on poge 2, Section B. Adopt the hobit eoch week of shopping the odvertisements appearing each Sundoy, for convenience and to tave time. attached to the house.s. Kitchens will be furnished w'ith steel cabinets and there will be a dining area In the kitchens. The houses will have a living room, dining room combination. Fooshee »aid the houses can be bought on either FHA or GI loans at an approximate cost of between $12,500 and $14,000. One hundred per cent GI loans can be obtained on any of the houses, Fooshee said. Approximate fnmt measurement of the houses and garagea will be 80 feet. Plans for each of the houses has been drtwn Individually son Dr. They will co.st $8,000 each. Fi\e residence'i will be built in the 1100 block of La Salle Dr., and will also cost $8,000 each. Six more homes will be built in the 1000 block of San Jose valued at $8.000 each. Tea homes will be coiLstrueted in the 1300 block of Bowie Dr. at a cost of $6,000 each. One home will be built In the 4200 block of South Sixth St. at a cost of $10.000, one in the 400 block of Hawthorne for $9,000, and one in the 400 block of Lexington Dr. to cost lll.OOO. 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