Abilene Reporter News, February 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, COOL Reporter VOL. LXXI1I, No. 245 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRiENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YO'JR WORLD EXACTLY AS iT GOES" Byron Prea tAP) TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16, 1954-EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc 5 Die as Car, Train Collide fe GREENVILLE car earry- iSj lag seven children to school col- lided with a tram here today, kill- g ins the driver and four of the chil- li dren. jj The three other children were injured seriously. ?f The dead were Louis Gipson, 52, j a Greenville Negro, and these grade school children: Sandra Jean I Gipson. Rodney Gayle Beatty, Rob- i bie Ann Beatty and Janie Harda- 1 way. 3 The injured are John Wayne I Ward. Doe Armoii Beatty Jr., and James Russell Gipson. The accident occurred about a.m. Police said Gipson was driv- ing the children to school as he did every morning. As he drove onto the railroad crossing near the school grounds, his 1948 sedan was hit broadside by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Blue- bonnet passenger train, southbound from Kansas City and running about an hour late. The impact knocked the car about 25 yards and down a steep embankment. It was demolished. Report Cord Poll Count Set Tonigh Results of a questionnaire poll among all parents and teachers of Abilene elementary-school pupils regarding the present report-card grading system will be canvassed Tuesday night. A citizens' advisory committee appointed recently by the Abilene School Board to study the current reporting method will tabulate the answers in a meeting starting at p.m. The session is to be in the West Texas Utilities Co., auditorium. Chairman Paul McCarty announ- ced. A questionnaire was sent to every teacher and every home of pupils in elementary schools (grades 1 through "We hope all the answers will be in by McCarty said. "It looks as though 90 per cent of the teachers have already re- plied. We shall know how many parents responded when the blanks are picked up late this afternoon at the various schools." McCarty said teachers mailed their replies. Parents were given the choice of mailing their com- pleted questionnaires to him or sending them back to school, he added. Elementary-school pupils are graded (outstanding) "S' and" "N" (needs im- No grades are given to show the actual accomplish- ment, since the O, S, and N means the "progress" or "effort" being made. School officials are seeking learn whether teachers and pa- trons like the present grading sys- m. Parents were asked the follow- g questions on their question- aires: (1) Do you like the report ard svstem now in Abilene ele- nentary schools? (2) If so, why? 1) If not, why not? No provision was made on that .ank for suggestions of possible hanges in the grading or report- ig system. Teachers' questionnaires in- uired how long the teachers have een teaching, how many years ley have used the present ele- nentary report card, if they un- erstand the card, if they believe le card helps, hinders or neither elps nor hinders a majority of te pupils, if they like the presenl eport card fairly well, very wel] r not at all, if they would like continue, alter or discontinue te present card. "Do you believe that you can evise a better method of report- is another question asked of le teachers. Members of the citizens' com- mittee on report cards are: Me 3arty, chairman; Bob Kennedy ice chairman, Mrs. Stanley E mith, recording secretary; Mrs W. J. Fulwiler Jr., Mrs-. Mason Altaian, Judge Reed Ingalsbe Irs. I. M. Lambert, Mrs. Sheila Tiornton, Mrs. Allen Balrd, Mrs )wen Thomas, H. Milton Hix, Fan nie R. Cummings and Charles Ho- mine. Contractor Heard in Suit T. M. Lambert, who testified three hours Monday afternoon, re turned to the witness stand Tues day morning in 42nd District Cour in "the trial of a sui filed against him and his father by South Texas Lumber Co. Lambert and his father, E. M Lambert, building contractors have been adjudged bankrupt in U. S. District Court. The lumber company is suing to recover al legedly unpaid amounts due it fo materials furnished the Lamberts used In a'housing project 3or "Verna Casualty Surety Co. surety for the Lamberts on bond posted when they receiver the housing projrct contract, is als a defendant in the suit. Lambert's testimony has bee concerned with negotiations be- tween him and his father, repre sentatives of the bonding company and bankers after the contractor encountered difficulties in payin for materials supplied for the pro. ect. The bonding company ha taken the position that under Texas statute they are not liabl for any debts to the material sup pliers unless they filed mechanic liens within 90 days after the ma terials were delivered. Only other witness to testif Tuesday morning was Joe Collins executive director of the Housin Authority of the City of Borge with whom the Lamberts entere Into the contract. Red-Led Mob Attacks U.S. Office in India i NEW DELHI violent Com- j munist-led mob attacked the] United States Information Offices Library In the heart of Calcutta onight as an outgrowth of a teach- ers strike here, smashing windows apd setting fire to the iccording to telephone reports caching New Delhi. Reports (o the United States Em- >assy here from Thomas J. Need- lam of New York, consulate pub- ic affairs officer in Calcutta, said police fired tear gas in a battle to control the demonstrators. The mob surged into the U.S. Informa- ion Offices on busy Chowringhee; Street destroying books and pam-i phlets and smashing padlocked doors, Needham said. These reports said there were no injuries among American nsr- sonnel in the offices as a result of rning they had searched all tiht and found no body but that plane was on the way and they ould make an aerial search. Passed Note Police officers got in on the story hen a filling station attendant ere called them at 7 p.m. last ght saying a woman in a car that :d driven up had passed him a ote asking for help. The note said er husband had been killed and le was being kidnapped. Another oman and a man were in the car. Police got to the station before e car left and took all three per- ons down to the police headquar- rs for questioning. Police Chief Harold Wallace said the woman who told of the shoot- i ggave her name as Flora M. urgess, 35, and her home as "Ala- ama." She gave her husband's ame as Amos Clarence Burgess. Wallace said Mrs. Burgess told us story: She and her husband were pick- d up" Sunday near Globe, Ariz., y a couple in a car. Sunday night >etween Deming and Lordsburg, N.M., the two men got oat of the ar and went into the. bushes off road. She heard two shots The river of the car returned alone.. 'hey drove on about three miles md stopped and the driver took er into the bushes to make love, 'he driver's wife came up with a gun but did not shoot and they aU back to the car and drove nfll they reached Midland last ight. Told Same Story Wallace said the wife of the Iriver told substantially the same tory as Mrs. Burgess told except he said that she did not hear any hots when the two men got out f the car. The driver and his wife said they rere from Florida. The car had Alatima license plates. Police found a blood-stained shirt n the car and two guns. They also bund Burgess' papers, including nd honorable discharge from the tany. BidsonAFB Roads Asked Advertisement for bids for t building of the first Toads at t Abilene Air Force Base were an- nounced Tuesday by Col H. K. Hallock, Fort Worth district engi- neer of the U. S. Corps of Engi- Bid opening is scheduled in Fort Worth for March 12, Col. Hallock said. Under this contract approximate- ly six miles'of roads will be built. They will comprise the mam ac- cess road together with a road sys- tem to serve the dormitories, BOQ, cnapel, hangar, headquarter build- ing, maintenance shop, control tower, warehouse, communication building, and the water supply of these buildings are already i LOOT FROM George Sutton and Capt. W. B. McDonald, left to right, of the Abilene Police Depart- ment's detective bureau Took over about worth of burg- larized.merchahdise, found Monday night in an automobile and a residence attic. (Staff photo by Bill Tip Cracks Burglaries Wanted: Shepperd By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Political boss George Parr asked Tuesday for federal court protection from two Texas Rangers who brawled with him in the court house in Alice. Meanwhile, State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd said. "We found what we wanted to find" in the records of Duval County, where state and federal agents arc investigating county and school spending of public money. Public Handling of Funds The county grand jury is making a separate investiga- tion of public "fund handling. Shepperd has asked that the jury be dismissed, saying it is so dominated by Parr that it can't be fair. He said Parr was involved in handling tne funds. The grand jury has subpoenaed Parr to appear before it Wednesday. Parr went to federal court in Corpus Christi to ask for an injunction against Texas Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge. The "Duke of Duval" and his nephew, Duval County Sheriff Archer Pan-, fought with the two Rangers in the Jim Wells County courthouse at Alice Jan. 18. George Parr came out of the fracas with a bloody ear, and Arch- er Parr with his glasses knocked off. Allee said he got a promise from George Parr to stop "pistol whip- pings" in Duval The Jim Wells County grand jury later indicted the two rangers on charges of assault to murder George Parr. The light occurred while Parr was waiting at the court house to plead innocent on charges of ille- gally carrying a pistol at a rally of the Freedom Party, which op poses him. To Appear Monday Federal Judge James V, Ailre issued an .order for Alice an Bridge to appear before Fede Judges T. M. Kennedy, Allan Hannay and Ben Connolly in Hou ton at 10 a.m. next Monday Tip from a citizen, about a suspicious auto, added to an all- night police investigation, led to the solution early Tuesday of at least eight recent burglaries and "S850 worth" of the recovery of loot. Derrick Falls, Worker Hurt J. B. Fenwick, oil field worker Erom Winters, was injured about.8 a m. Tuesday when the oil der- rick he was on fell to the ground on the Santa Fe lease at Lawn. It was believed Fenwick suffer- ed a broken leg, a possible brok- en ankle, and a slight head in- ury. However, his attending phy- sician could not be contacted im- mediately for confirmation of ex- tent of his injures. The accident occurred whiie tubing was being pulled from the well. Observers at the scene said he tubing began swaying and caused the derrick to topple over. No one else was injured in the ac- cident. The well was being clean- ed out at the time of the accident. Fenwick was brought to Hen- drick Memorial Hospital by Fry Funeral Home ambulance of Tus- cola. Detective Capt W. B. McDon- ald of the Police Department made the announcement. He said four boys, including one iuvenile, were arrested, and their statements cleared seven residence burglaries and one school break- in. He expected that two more burglaries would be admitted by the same group. j Residence burglaries which had been admitted by various ones of the group up to noon were: George J Clark Jr., 1242 Hollis Dr.; Dr. Elwin Skfles, pastor of the First Baptist Church, 1434 Grape St.; J L. Brazzil, 933 Peach St., Claude Wright 1110 Palm St.; W. K. Bent- ley, 849 Ross Ave.; J. C. Brown, 1724 North Seventh St.; and C. D. Blankenship, 1742 North 18th St. All the "jobs" were done in Janu- ary and February. Also solved was the burglary I about Jan. 18 of College Heights School. i Loot Recovered Loot estimated by McDonald to be worth S850 was found in an auto in which two of the boys were arrested and in the attic of one suspect's home here. "We believe we will find a total of worth before we are through with the detective said. No show cause why Parr should n be -granted an injunction again them. Parr asked the court to com mand the Hangers and their ordinates Vote Pressed JyKnowlind WASHINGTON HI A divided nd quarreling Senate may come grips today with the controvers- al provisions of the constitutional mendment proposed by Sen. Slicker to limit treaty powers. With, no clear indications of any ecisive majority sentiment, Sen. taowland of California, the GOP eader, pressed toward a vote on a proposal which would require that treaties be made in "pursu- oE; the. Constitution. 'This White House-favored clause, however, had .to. wait in line-, until the Senate disposed first of a pro- posal to require roll-call Senate votes .on .ratification 01 treaties. This is acceptable to almostreveryr one- except -a score of i senators Andrew B. Shelton, vice president of The executive Reporter Publishing Co., who lives at 3447 South 12th St., provided the Up which broke the burglaries, police said. Shelton noticed "a suspicious car" in his neighborhood early Monday night and called In a de- scription to policS. Two of the suspects 18 and IS years old were arrested in the suspicious auto at North 12th and Pine Sts. by Police Capt. Lo- max Martin, Detective W. E. Clift and Patrolman Farris. Their car contained all of the approximately worth of loot See BURGLARIES, Pg. 3-A, Col.' 3 ling, assaulting, molesting, abus ing, beating or killing him. Parr said his rights guarantee- under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are denied him as a result of threats he said the Rangers made against him while acting under the color of state law Parr did not appear In court to file the petition. It was filed for him by a Corpus Christi lawyer and had been signed before a Nueces County notary public Mon day night. In San Diego, Duval County seat Shepperd said his investigators hac found what they were looking for in the county's records, but he wouldn't elaborate. NEW SHOES HURT SO MUCH HE CAN'T WALK STRAIGHT LINE SOMERVILLE, Mass. 45-year-old laborer told a District Court judge yesterday that he wasn't drunk, as a policeman was his shoes'that were tight. He displayed a pair of new shoes and told the.judge: "It's these new shoes. They hurt me so much I couldn't walk straight." Judge Nyman F. Kolodny noted his record of 12 previ- ous arrests for drunkenness and fined him ?15. Southern Convention Chief To Speak to First Baptists who oppose: any constitutional change. Knowland .tried to get the Sen- ate to approve this latter proposal yesterday after it, had voted 62-20 lo require that executive agree- ments, as well as treaties, must conform to the Constitution. But such a parliamentary snarl developed that. Sen. Humphrey (D- Alinn) rose to inquire at one point: How messed up and confoundedly confused, can you While there was plenty of bicker- ing .over legal points, the roll-call vote proposal was looked upon by all. sides.as a relatively minor 1s- THE WEATHER US. DEPARTMENT OF COMMEKCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND and cool Tuesday. Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday. High temperature Tuesday near 60 degrees. Low Tuesday near 10. Hltfi Wednesday 65 to 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair and cooler this afternoon and tonight icilh lowest 34-W tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and mild. WEST TEXAS: Pair, cool this afternoon. Colder In Del Rio-Eagle Pass area aod lower Pecos Valley tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy snd mild. Lowest 28-36 In Panhandle and South Plains and 33-44 else- UTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Faif cooler this afternoon and tonlghi I lowest to the 405 ID UIB interior 10- r-ieht Wednesday, fair and mild. Fresn northerly ittods on the coast, diminishing TF.MPEBATDMS M. CLEANUP AFTER POLICE porter cleans the sidewalk outside the building which houses the Church of Christ in Pome after police chiseled the name "Church of Christ" from the building. Holes in the wall above the por- ter locate the former position of the name. In Leghorn, Italy police took an Italian Church of Christ preacher into uw'iurtMe" aft- in their third action in less than .40 hours against construction work at theibase, the American-supported Protestant sect. The Church of has betn completed and will be un- j in Ttalv as a 79 Col. Hallock said. The contractor will have 270 cal-. days in which to complete I the roiJ work. der a contract, MM. Christ has been trying to obtain recognition in Italy as I religious cult for without success. vf ,5............ 69.......... CT S 62............ S5 57 Sunset last nlgU p.m. gunrlst today 7-15 a m. Sunset tonight p.m. rtadlnB at p.m. The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. J. W. Storer of Tulsa, Okla., will speak In Abilene tonight as one of the highlights of the dedicatory week with which First Baptists are open- ing their new sanctuary. Dr Storer, whose office makes him leader of 8 million Baptists In 23 states, will speak at p m.' at the new church. He will arrive in Abilene on a mid-afternoon plane and return to Oklahoma Wednesday. Monday night the president of the Texas Baptist Convention, Dr. James N. Morgan of Fort Worth was the speaker. He lauded the church for its million-dollar build- ing program, but took members to task for their poor record of soul-winning. He quoted statistics to show that less than a Third of the peo- ple in Abilene belong to any church of any denomination in the city. The First Baptist Church, largest in town, reported only 80 conver- sions last convention year, he said. Women's work in the church is being spotlighted today. Eula Mae Henderson, executive secretary of Texas Baptist women's work spoke at the church at 11 a.m Luncheon speaker was Mrs. R. L Mathis of Waco, president of the wjfltj. DR JAMES W. STORER visits in Abilene Two .special guests in Abilene for til of Dedication Week at the church are Blanche Rose Walker and Mrs. Lee Scarborough. Mis: Walker, now of Dallas, was for tist woman missionary of the 20tl Century. Mrs. Scarborough of For Worth, sister of the late Mrs George Paxton of Abilene, is widow at a Baptist leader who wai an ;arly-day pastor of the local church. A large delegation from Anson. headed by the pastor, the Rev. James Eastsrwood, attended the Monday night service. Other out-of- town visitors were from Throck- morton, Albany, Putnam, Tuscola, Stamford, Eastland, Brownwood, VIoran and Levelland. Several large delegations from other towns are expected tonight to hear Dr. Storer, Dr. Elwin Stales, local pastor, said. The Southern Baptist Convention is the association of churches located in 23 states. Dr. Storer, as president, will preside over the 97th annual session of this group in St. Louis June 2-6 Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tulsa. he has served as president of the Oklahoma Bap- tist General Convention and ai a member of the executive commit- tee of the Southern Baptist Con- vention. He is graduate of Kan- sas University and William Jewel College. Wednesday night his been desig- nated "Jenkens Night" at tht church. Speaker night will be Dr. MiUard A. Jenkens, "elder statesman" of Abilene religious life and for a third a century pastor at the church. 2 Dallas Men Post Ms in YA Home Loan Fraud Cases DALLAS Dallas resi- dents have posted bonds after be- ing charged in indictments accus- ing them of making fraudulent statements to the Veterans Admin- istrafion. Housing loans were involved in the alleged false statements, U.S. Dist. Atty. Heard Floore said. Ivan E. Duncan, named in 28 counts, made a cash bond of 52.500 before U.S. Commissioner W. Mad- den Hill. Mavis McManus, named in three counts, posted a bond. Floore said the indictments in- volved the sale or gift'by veterans of GI loan rights. A Dallas grand jury returned the indictments Feb. 4 but they were not made public until warrants for the arrest of 37 persons were obtained. Floore said most of the indict- ments resulted from an investiga- Son made in the Abilene-Midland area last summer. Most of the indictments were re- turned against Abilene residents. Woman, 20, 5 Others In Her Gang Held BALTIMORE 20-year-old woman and five members of her gang were held in a total of 000 bail yesterday for a series of assault and robbery cases. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES GRAND CHAMPION Big Spring girl shows grand cham- pion steer San Antonio. Poge 2-A; FAVORED FILM The Movie "From Kcrft to Eternity" sweeps 13 nominations in the Oscor derby. Page 5-A. CITY NOMINEES Advisory committee of Good Government League to be appointed won to seek nominees for City Com- mission and School Board, t-'ogc 1-B. GLOVERS LEAVE Abilciw Golden Gloves ttpm haves for state tourney at Fort Worth. 8-A. i ;