Abilene Reporter News, February 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, COOL Zht Sfattene Reporter EVENING FINAL 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 245 Aatociated Pres» (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c 5 Die as Car, Train Collide GREENVILLE WUA car carrying seven children to school collided with a train here today, killing the driver and four of the children. The three other children were injured seriously. The dead were Louis Gipson, 52, a Greenville Negro, and these grade school children: Sandra Jean Gipson, Rodney Gayle Beatty, Robbie Ann Beatty and Janie Hardaway. The injured are John Wayne Ward, Doe Armon Beatty Jr., and James Russell Gipson. The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Police said Gipson was driving 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 Card Poll Count Set Tonight 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 7:30 p.m. The session is to be in the West Texas Utilities Co., auditorium, Chairman Paul McCarty announced. A questionnaire was sent to every teacher and every home of pupils in elementary schools (grades 1 through 6). “We hope all the answers will be in by tonight,” McCarty said. “It looks as though 90 per cent of the teachers have already replied. 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 completed questionnaires to him or sending them back to school, he added. Elementary-school pupils are graded “0,” (outstanding) “S” (satisfactory); and “N” (needs im provement). 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 to learn whether teachers and patrons liku the present grading system. Parents were asked the following questions on their questionnaires: (1) Do you like the report card system now in Abilene elementary schools? (2) If so, why? (3) If not, why not? No provision was made on that blank for suggestions of possible changes in the grading or reporting system. Teachers’ questionnaires inquired how long the teachers have been teaching, how many years they have used the present elementary report card, if they understand the card, if they believe the card helps, hinders or neither helps nor hinders a majority of the pupils, if they like the present report card fairly well, very well or not at all, if they would like to continue, alter or discontinue the present card. “Do you believe that you can devise a better method of reporting?” is another question asked of the teachers. Members of the citizens* committee on report cards are: McCarty, chairman: Bob Kennedy, vice chairman, Mrs. Stanley E. Smith, recording secretary; Mrs. W. J. Fulwiler Jr., Mrs-. Mason Altman, Judge Reed Ingalsbo, Mrs. I. M. Lambert, Mrs. Sheila Thornton, Mrs. Allen Baird, Mrs. Owen Thomas, R. Milton Hix, Fannie R. Cummings and Charles Ro-mine. Red-Led Mob Attacks U.S. Office in India NEW DELHI (J’'—A violent Communist-led mob attacked the United States Information Offices Library in the heart of Calcutta tonight as an outgrowth of a teachers strike here, smashing windows and setting fire to the library,, according to telephone reports reaching New Delhi. Reports to the United States Embassy here from Thomas J. Needham of New York, consulate public affairs officer in Calcutta, said police fired tear gas in a battle to control    the    demonstrators. The mob surged into the U.S. Information Offices on busy Chowringhee Street destroying books and pamphlets    and    smashing padlocked doors, Needham said. These reports said tjjere were j    MIDLAND ^southern    New ™    J?    Ires,«5nt. Mexico officers today searched for .onne i    Hi«mic«jine    I    body of a man said to have inH    ™«3K    ***« shot along a road Sunday, botn American .^d na ve p    The gtory Qf thg sh00tjng    was ees when .he situation thi a ea    ^ere a woman wj10 sajd became tense.    slie wag man»s wife, she said f A TTI T1-K aan    they were P^ked up by a couple « f U.S. Library said the mob >n Arjzona and that the driver did pulled    books irom the library    sh00ting    between Lordsburg shelves and    set them on fire. The an(J j)eming,    N.M. blaze was quickly controlled.    Officers here contacted    New As he spoke, said Mitter, two . Mexico offiCers. Sheriff R. C. Rich-police vans were upset and burned ar{js at Lordsburg reported this by the mob outside the library morning they had searched all while the sound of heavy firing night and found no body but that Parr Asks Protection From 2 T exas Rangers Murder Ride Told by Woman At Midland pp» was heard as police battled thou sands of wildly shouting demonstrators. The trouble started when police used tear gas to break up a march of 10,000 demonstrators heading toward the Legislature buildings. Infuriated by this police action, the mob seized and burned two police vans, set streetcars afire, barricaded some streets, smashed street lights and shop windows and began surging across the wide Chowringhee. The mob was led by a hard-core group of leftwingers. Their protest was not directed solely at the United States, but also in support of 25,000 West Bengal school teachers who have been striking for the past five days to back up demands for higher pay and bonuses. Many of these striking teachers had staged a sit-down in the middle of Calcutta’s busiest streets when the demonstration started. As the surging throng went wild, part of the screaming demonstrators headed toward the American Library offices. Four or five Indi- Contractor Heard in Suit I. M. Lambert, who testified three hours Monday afternoon, returned to the witness stand Tuesday morning in 42nd District Court in the trial of a $45,311.81 suit 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 allegedly unpaid amounts due it for materials furnished the Lamberts used in a housing project at Bor-ger. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., ■urety for the Lamberts on a bond posted when they received the housing project contract, is also a defendant in the suit. Lambert’s testimony has been concerned with negotiations between him and his father, representatives of the bonding company and bankers after the contractors encountered difficulties in paying for materials supplied for the project. The bonding company has taken the position that under a Texas statute they are not liable for any debts to the material suppliers unless they filed mechanics liens within 90 days after the materials were delivered. Only other witness to testify Tuesday morning was Joe Collins, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Borger with whom the Lamberts entered into the contract.__ Bids on AFB Roads Asked Advertisement for bids for the building of the first'roads at the: Abilene Air Force Base were announced Tuesday by Col, H. n. Hallock. Fort Worth district engineer of the U. S. Corps of Engineers-    ,    c    i. Bid opening is scheduled in Fort Worth for March 12, Col. Hallock said.    .    . Under this contract approximately six miles* of roads will be built. They will comprise the main access road together with a road system to serve the dormitories, BOQ, chapel, hangar, headquarter bunding. maintenance shop, control tower, warehouse, communication building, and the water supply facilities.    .    ^    . All of these buildings are already | under construction or now are being planned for Abilene Air Base, Col. Hallock said. The contractor will have 270 calendar days in which to complete the road work. Under this contract the road construction will not include the top surface. This will be done after construction work at the base has been completed and will be under a separate contract, Hallock MARINES DON'T GRIPE Marilyn Wears Cut-Down Dress for Tour of Korea WESTERN FRONT, Korea UP— Marilyn Monroe's purple dress — cut down to here—was really intended for "a cocktail party or something like that’’ but there wasn’t a gripe from the 13,000 Marines who saw her in it today. The blonde actress had arrived at Seoul a few hours earlier in drab combat boots, pants and shirt—the top two buttons open. She swung down the ramp from a cargo plane that brought her from Japan for her four-day tour and met hundreds of cheering soldiers, airmen and Marines, almost all of them firing cameras furiously. So Many Men “I’ve never seen so many men in my life,” she said. “1 am just sorry Joe couldn’t come along. Husband Joe DiMaggio, ex-New York Yank, is in Japan coaching Japanese baseball teams. The plush young actress was flown by helicopter from Seoul to the 1st Marine Division for the first of 10 scheduled shows. While airmen staged a variety show, Marilyn changed into the purple dress. She said she’ll have to wear it in all 10 shows, explaining it is the only suitable one she brought. “I thought I might wear it to a cocktail party,” she said. “I really didn’t know I was coming to Korea.” Accepted Invitation Her trip to Japan was scheduled as a honeymoon. Then she accepted the military’s invitation to Korea.    ' “We’ve had them all.” one Marine officer said, “but this crowd outdrawsrihe best ever. She’s out-drawn Cardinal Spellman 2 to 1.” Marilyn sang three songs for the Marines—"Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” “Do It Again” and “Bye, Bye, Baby.” After the Marine show, a helicopter took her to the 7th Infantry Division, where she received the same, warm reception. a plane was on the way and they would make an aerial search. Passed Note Police officers got in on the story when a filling station attendant here called them at 7 p.m. last night saying a woman in a car that had driven up had passed him note asking for help. The note said her husband had been killed and she was being kidnapped. Another woman and a man were in the car. Police got to the station before the car left and took all three persons down to the police headquarters for questioning. Police Chief Harold Wallace said the woman who told of the shoot-in ggave her name as Flora M. Burgess, 35, and her home as “Alabama.” She gave her husband’s name as Amos Clarence Burgess. Wallace said Mrs. Burgess told this story: She and her husband were picked up Sunday near Globe, Ariz., by a couple in a car. Sunday night between Deming and Lordsburg, N.M., the two men got out of the car and went into the bushes off the road. She heard two shots. The driver of the car returned alone-They drove on about three miles and stopped and the driver took her into the bushes to make love. The driver’s wife came up with a gun but did not shoot and they all went back to the car and drove until they reached Midland last night. Told Same Story Wallace said the wife of the driver told substantially the same story as Mrs. Burgess told except she said that she did not hear any shots when the two men got out of the car. The driver and his wife said they were from Florida. The car had Alabama license plates. Police found a blood-stained shirt in the car and two guns. They also found Burgess’ papers, including and honorable discharge from the Army. Found What We 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 Duvai County, where state and federal agents are investigating county and school spending of public money •Probing Public Handling of Funds The county grand iury is making a separate investigation of public fund handling. Shepperd has asked that the jury he dismissed, saying it is so dominated by Parr that it can’t be fair. He said Parr was involved in handling the funds.    4 The grand jury has subpoenaed Parr to appear before it Wednesday.    , Parr went to federal court in Corpus Christ! to ask for Texas Derrick Falls, Worker Hurt LOOT FROM BREAK-INS—Lt. George Sutton and Capt. W. B. McDonald, left to right, of the Abilene Police Department’s detective bureau look over about $850 worth of burglarized merchandise, found Monday night in an automobile and a residence attic. (Staff photo by Bill Turner) Tip Cracks Burglaries an injunction against Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge. The “Duke of Duvai” and his nephew, Duval County Sheriff Archer Parr, 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 Archer Parr with his glasses knocked off. Allee said he got a promise from George Parr to stop “pistol w'hip-plngs” in Duval County. The Jim Wells County grand jury later indicted the two rangers on charges of assault to murder George Parr. while Parr Bricker Bill Vote Pressed By Knowiand WASHINGTON (#> — A divided and quarreling Senate may come to grips today with the controversial provisions of the constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Bricker <R-Ohio> to limit treaty The tight occurred while Parr! powers, was waiting at the court house to With no clear indications of any plead    innocent    on charges    of ille-j    decisive majority sentiment, Sen. gaily    carrying    a pistol at    a    rally    Knowiand of California, the GOP of the Freedom Party, which op- leader, pressed toward a vote on poses    him.    a proposal which would require To Appear Monday    that treaties be made in “pursu- Federai Judge James V. Allred s anee" of the Constitution, issued an order for AUee andl This White House-favored clause. J, B. Fenwick, oil field worker from Winters, was injured about 8 a. m. Tuesday when the oil derrick he was on fell to the ground on the Santa Fe lease at Lawn. It was believed Fenwick suffered a broken leg, a possible broken ankle, and a slight head injury. However, his attending physician could not be contacted immediately for confirmation of extent of his injures. The accident occurred while tubing was being pulled from the well. Observers at the scene said the tubing began swaying and caused the derrick to topple over. No one else was injured in the accident. The well was being cleaned out at the time of the accident. Fenwick was brought to Hendrick Memorial Hospital by Fry Funeral Home ambulance of Tuscola. THE WEATHER U.S. department of commerce WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY—Fair and cool Tuesday. Pfrtly cloudy and mild Wednesday. High temperature Tuesday near 60 degrees. Low Tuesday night near 40 High Wednesday 65 to 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Fair and cooler this afternoon aud tonight with lowest 34-44 tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and mild. WEST TEXAS: Fair, cool this afternoon. Colder in Del Rio-Eagle Pass area and lower Pecos Vaiiey tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and mild. Lowest 28-36 In Panhandle and South Plains and 33-44 else- * EAST*''AND' SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair, cooler this afternoon and tonight with lowest In the 40s In the interior tonight. Wednesday, fair and mild. Fresh northerly winds on the coast, diminishing TEMPERATURES 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 recovery of “$850 worth” of the loot. Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald of the Police Department made the announcement. He said four boys, including one juvenile, 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. 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 Skiles, pastor of the First Baptist Church, 1434 Grape St.; J. L. Brazzil, 933 Peach St., Claude Wright, 1110 Palm St.; W. K. Bent-lev, 849 Ross Ave.; J. C. Brown, 1724 North Seventh St.; and C. D. Blankenship, 1742 North 18th St. All the “jobs” were done in January and February. Also solved was the burglary about Jan. 18 of College Heights School. Loot Recovered Loot estimated by McDonald to be worth $850 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 $1,000 worth before we are through with them,” the detective said. No charges had been filed by noon. Questioning was still under way. Andrew B. Shelton, executive vice president of The Reporter Publishing Co., who lives at 3447 South 12th St., provided the tip which broke the burglaries, police said. Shelton noticed “a suspicious car” in his neighborhood early Monday night and called in a description to policé. Two of the suspects — 18 and 19 years old — were arrested in the* suspicious auto at North 12th and Pine Sts. by Police Capt. Lomax Martin, Detective W. E. Clift and Patrolman Farris. Their car contained all of the approximately $100 worth of loot See BURGLARIES, Pg. 3-A, Col. 3 HH    ,..1    I-    Il    I    ^    ,    __-    _    _    -    ,    v    .. Bridge to appear before Federal ; however, had to w ait iA line until Judges T. M. Kennerly, Allan B. the Senate disposed first of a pro-Hannay and Ben Connally in Hous- posai to require roll-call Senate -■    ‘    votes on ratification of treaties. This is acceptable to almost everyone except a score of senators who oppose any constitutional change. Knowiand tried to get the Senate to approve this latter proposai yesterday after it had voted 62-20 to require that executive agreements, as well as treaties, must conform to the Constitution. But such a parliamentary snarl developed that Sen, Humphrey <D-Minn) rose to inquire at one point: “How messed up and confoundedly confused can you get?” , While there was plenty of bickering over legal points, the roll-call vote proposal was looked upon by all sides as a relatively minor issue. ton at 10 a.m. next Monday to show cause why Parr should not be granted an injunction against them. Parr asked the court to command the Rangers and their subordinates to refrain from attacking, assaulting, molesting, abusing, beating or killing him. Parr said his rights guaranteed 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 Monday ntght. In San Diego, Duval County seat, Shepperd said his investigators had 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. (AP)—A 45-year-old laborer told a District Court judge yesterday that he wasn’t drunk, as a policeman charged—it 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 previous arrests for drunkenness and fined him $15. Southern Convention Chief To Speak to First Baptists said. wmm CLEANUP AFTER POLICE VISIT—A porter cleans the sidewalk outside the building which houses the Church oi Christ in Rome after police chiseled the name “Church of Christ” from the building. Holes in the wall above the porter locate the former position of the name. In Leghorn, Italy, police took an Italian Church of Christ preacher into custody in their third action in less than 40 hours against the American-supported Protestant sect. The Church of Christ has been trying to obtain recognition in Italy as a religious cult for ¿ears, without success.    ty «3 ............ 10:30 62 ............ 11:30 58  ......... 21:30 ............ 67 Sunset last    ntght    6:25 p.m. Sunrise    today 7:25 am. Sunset tonight 6:26 P-*n. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.48. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 4*<”r. Maximum    temperature    tor    24    hours ending at 6:30 a.m. 79. Minimum temperature lor 24 hour* ending at 6:30 a.m. 48. 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 opening their new sanctuary. Dr. Storer, whose office makes him leader of 8 million Baptists In 23 states, will speak at 7:30 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 building 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 55.000 people in Abilene belong to any church of any denomination in the city. The First Baptist Church, largest in town, reported only 80 conversions 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. early-day pastor of the local church. A large delegation from Anson, headed by the pastor, the Rev. James Easterwood, attended ihe Monday night service. Other out-of-town visitors were from Throckmorton, Albany, Putnam, Tuscola,; Stamford, Eastland, Brownwood, Moran and Levelland. Several large delegations from other towns are expected tonight to hear Dr Storer, Dr. Elwin Skiles, local pastor, said. The Southern Baptist Convention is the association of 29,000 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 j Church of Tulsa, he has served as , president of the Oklahoma Bap- Two special guests in Abilene    ¿^executive committor all of Dedication Week at the ^    southern Baptist Con* church are Blanche Rose Walker yention. He is a graduate of Kan-and Mrs. Lee Scarborough. Miss sas University and William Jewel Walker, now of Dallas, was for, College. many years a Baptist missionary Wednesday night. has been desi£ in China and the outstanding Bap- nated “Jenkens Night’ at the tist woman missionary of the 20th church. Speaker that mght will ^be Century. Mrs. Scarborough of Fort Dr. ...... Worth, sister of the late 2 Dallas Men Post Bonds in VA Home Loan Fraud Cases DALLAS W—Two Dallas residents have posted bonds after being charged in indictments accusing them of making fraudulent statements to the Veterans Administration. 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 $2.500 before U.S. Commissioner W. Madden Hill. Mavis McManus, named in three counts, posted a $1,000 bond. Floore said the indictments involved 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 erf 37 persons were obtained. Floore said most of the indictments resulted from an investigation made in the Abilene-Midland area last summer. Most of the indictments were returned against Abilene residents. DR. JAMES W. STORER . . . visits in Abilene Millard A. Jenkens, “elder Mrs, statesman” of Abilene religious third of a century; Mathis of Waco president of tie s George Paxton of Abilene, is widow life and for a ttiird c state WMU.    prtaueiu    joi * Bijrtist leader who was an ¡pastor of the church. Woman, 20, 5 Others In Her Gang Held BALTIMORE lift—A 20-year-old woman and five members of her gang were held in a total of $170,-000 bail yesterday for a series of assault and robbery cases. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES GRAND CHAMPION — Big Spring girl shows grand champion steer or San Antonio, Page 2-A, FAVORED FILM — The Movie “From Here to Eternity** sleeps 13 nominations in the Osecr derby. Page 5-A. CITY NOMINEES — Adv scry committee of Good Government League to be appointed soon to seek nominees for City Commission and School Board, r oge 1-8. GLOVERS LEAVE — Abilene Golden Gloves team feav« for state tourney of Fort Worth, Page 8-A, ;