Abilene Reporter News, February 23, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 23, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas / J/ú/í FAIRŒïje Ubitene ^porter    EVENING"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 252 Aisociated Pro*9 (AP) Ranger Tells of ‘Pistol-Packers’ ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 23, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c HOUSTON UP)—Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee was the first witness today as the defense sought to prove its contention George Parr did not enter court with “clean hands” while seeking an injunction against Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge. Allee told a special three-judge federal court there were about 200 “pistol-packers” in Duval County during the Democratic primary election campaign of 1952. Parr was sheriff of Duval County at the time. The 48-year-old Ranger also said his men “haven’t had any cooperation” from the Duval County sheriff’s department in the investigation of the Sept. 8, 1952, Alice assassination of Jacob S. Floyd Jr. Aliee was called to the witness stand immediately after the defense moved for a dismissal of Parr’s plea for an injunction ordering the Rangers not to harm him. Said He Failed The court directed that a written motion be filed for later consideration. Attorney Frank J. Knapp, Houston, told the court Parr had “wholly failed” to support his allegations. Knapp said the plaintiff failed to show clear and convincing proof he has been deprived of his civil rights; failed to establish that his life and property are in peril and failed to prove that the Rangers have threatened his life. “By the plaintiff’s own evidence,” Knapp said, “he did not come into court with clean hands. Federal and state agencies have been conducting a series of investigations in Duval County the past year. Parr yesterday testified that Allee, Jan. 18, pulled a gun on Mm in the Alice court house during a scuffle in which Parr received a bloody ear. The South Texas political boss also said Allee told him in San Diego on Feb. 9: “If I ever make up my mind to kill you there’s nothing to keep me from doing it.” Almost Constantly Allee said Rangers have been in Duval County almost constantly since being sent there on special assignment in May 1952. He said a group of Duval residents had asked that the Rangers be sent there and that Col. Homer Garrison Jr., director of the State Department of Public Safety, gave the order. “There were plans under way for organizing the Freedom Party in opposition to the Parr .Party," Allee said. “They were being molested by Parr and his deputies. George and his deputies were trying to break up their meetings.” The Ranger said he called on Parr shortly after arriving in San Diego. “I told George Parr I had complaints against him and several of his men regarding the organizing of the Freedom Party, that there had been efforts made to break up the meetings,” Allee said. “I asked him for cooperation. He said he was glad we were there and he would give us cooperation, that he didn’t want any trouble.” Why did you gG to George Parr?” Knapp asked. Because I know the conditions in Duval County. I knew that George Parr was head of the political party and that a majority of the people looked to and listened to him until the Freedom Party was organized. Feared Bodily Harm “The Freedom Party peopie told me they feared bodily harm and injury from George Parr, that they had lived under ‘Parr Rule’ so long they were sick and tired of it.” Allee said the Rangers’ second special assignment in the area was received the night of Floyd’s assassination. He said he first saw Mario Sapet, who is under a 99-year sentence for conspiracy in the murder, at a Freedom Party rally in San Diego in early July, 1952. He said Sapet was with Juan (Canate) Barrera, whom he identified as “the man known as the body guard to George Parr.” He said Sapet was a deputy sheriff under Parr at the time. Objects to Questions Arthur Garfield Hays, Parr’s chief attorney, objected to Knapp’s questioning Allee about Sapet. “They are trying to show guilt by association,” Hays said. T. M. Kennerly, the presiding judge, overruled the objection. There also were objections when Allee said “I’m informed” that Nago Alaniz, an attorney who was indicted in the Floyd slaying, now is an assistant county attorney at San Diego. Alaniz was released under bond following the indictment. Another federal court injunction hearing is scheduled for Friday before Judge James V. Allred in Corpus Christ!. The Internal Revenue Bureau has filed a plea for an order to prevent the South Texas State Bank at Alice and the San Diego State Bank from destroying and secreting records. Parr is president of both banks. 291 of 590 Risks Rehired Report Shows WASHINGTON «1—Eleven State Department employes released in 1953 were suspected loyalty risks, and out of 590 Jet go as “security risks,” 291 got jobs in other federal agencies. TTie statistics were contained in testimony made public today by the House Appropriations Committee, whose Democratic members have been insisting in budget hearings that all departments specify how many of their security cases were actually adjudged subversive. Democrats have claimed that the vast majority of the 2,220 federal employes fired or resigned under the Eisenhower administration security program were let out for reasons other than suspected disloyalty. To date, the committee has made public complete or partial breakdowns by seven agencies of their security dismissals. With approximately 761,500 employes, these departments have accounted for 1,058 security dismissals or resignations in 1953. Forty of these were listed as suspected or actual subversives. Causes of dismissal of the others Included drunkenness, homosexuality, over-talkativeness, and incompetency. The State Department’s statistics were given by R. W. Scott McLeod, administrator of security. He said that 21 employes had been discharged for cause, including 11 with “pro-Communist activities or associations” such as having relatives who were Soviet nationals. Seven of the 11, McLeod testified, had charges pending against them when the Republican administration took office. McLeod also listed in his breakdown 291 as having transferred to other agencies. He did not elaborate on the point and was not questioned about it. Thus there was nothing to indicate whether all or many of these are still on the federal payroll. McLeod said that in 99 of these transfer cases the principal security factor was “homosexual deviations.” Besides those fired for cause and transferred to other federal agencies, McLeod’s '•breakdown of the department’s 590 security separations last year included 188 who resigned, 50 released through reductions in force, 30 released at expiration of limited appointment, and 4 who retired. Aerial Hunt Pressed # For Big Spring Plane 20 Dead in Flood SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 22 UB-Australian officials said tonigh 20 persons were killed in floods that lashed 3,000 square miles of New South Wales’ coast. Damage was in the millions. SALK'S POLIO VACCINE GIVEN YOUNGSTERS AT PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH (AP)—The first group of youngsters today received their injections of Salk’s vaccine—science s new hope of conquering polio. Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the vaccine, administered the injections personally, as he will to all 5,000 first, second and third-grade pupils between now and June in 19 Pittsburgh schools. Under terms laid down by Dr. Salk names of the children were withheld. The youngsters were given no prior warning. The University of Pittsburgh scientist said he wanted them to approach the tests in a completely normal frame of mind without building up mental tensions. The first injections were given at Arsenal Elementary School. The first large-scale effort is to determine whether the vaccine will confer the hoped-for immunity from infantile paralysis. Hundreds of thousands of youngsters throughout the nation will receive injections during the spring in a campaign conducted by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Employment Here Above 1953 Level Abiiene employment showed a seasonal drop in January from December, but still remained above the level of January, 1953. That was reported Tuesday by the local office of the Texas Employment Commission. An estimated 28,500 persons were holding jobs here this January, compared to 28,550 in December and 28,050 in the first month of 1953. The number of jobless persons here registered an increase considerably larger than the drop in employment. This paradoxical situation was due to the fact that persons who had never worked in public became applicants and transient workers are being attracted into this area by the Abilene Air Force Base construction, TEC said. 1,400 Seeking Jobs The agency estimated that 1,400 persons were without jobs here in January, 1954, compared to 1,200 In December and 1,200 in January of last year. Local industrial employers forecast little change in employment in the next 60 days. Construction is expected to climb slowly as warmer weather hikes the demand for workers. No change in agricultural employment is foreseen for the period through March, as this area is still in need of rain. Batchelor, Heading For U.S., Doesn't Expect Court Action TOKYO m-Cpi. Claude Batchelor, a U. S. war prisoner who returned to the Allies after first choosing to stay with the Reds, said today he does not think he will be court-martialed when he returns to the United States. The Kermit, Tex., soldier leaves by air tomorrow afternoon for Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco, He said he does not know where he will be sent from there. “I had a pretty fair record in prison camp and didn’t inform on any of the others,” he said in an interview. “I don’t think there will be any court-martial for me.” Batchelor said he had cooperated fully with Army intelligence Units since he returned to the Allied side New Years Day. He said his Japanese wife Kyoko would not be able to accompany him home because of his abrupt departure, but would follow him later. OKLAHOMANS MEET—Jimmy Campbell of Alva. Okla., (left) shakes bands with Barnie Thompson of Thackerville, Okla., while Leon Sharp, Bronte preacher, stands in the middle. All three are in town for the ACC lectures. (Staff photo) North Wind to Keep Dust Storm Away From Abilene A little dust will be in the air here Tuesday and Wednesday, but due to north winds Abilene will miss a dust storm that Tuesday morning was blowing in eastern New Mexico and Far West Texas, the U. S. Weather Bureau said. Fair weather is forecast here for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a high Tuesday of 65 degrees and a high Wednesday of 65 to 70. A brief duster rolled through Abilene at 8:05 p. m. Monday at the rate of 40 miles an hour and visibility dropped to one mile. But winds decreased to 30 mile an hour gusts by 9:30 p. m. and by 10 p. m. visibility was six miles. Tuesday morning at 9:30 winds were due north at about 15 miles an hour with a little dust. Visibility was about seven miles. From El Paso northward to the Colorado line, visibility was down to one-half to three-quarters of a mile Tuesday morning. Trio Repeats Talks At ACC Tonight HANDLES SECRETS RALPH YARBOROUGH (i . . en route to Sweetwater Yarborough Luncheon Set Here Friday Judge Ralph Yarborough of Austin, prominent Democrat and unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1952, will be honored at a luncheon here Friday noon. Friends are arranging the event, to be held in a private dining room of Mack Eplen’s Cypress St. Cafeteria, said Dallas Perkins, one of the group. Attendance of “40 or 50” persons is expected, he said. Yarborough is to arrive by plane at Municipal Airport at 21:02 a.m. Friday. “We urge everybody who is interested in meeting Judge Yarborough to be at the airport when he gets here,” said Perkins. “All will have the opportunity of making his acquaintance.” Yarborough will be en route to Sweetwater, where Friday night he is to introduce U. S. Sen. Rob-art Kerr of Oklahoma to an area wide Democratic Party rally. Judge Yarborough is a practic ing attorney In Austin. He was formerly district judge, assistant Texas attorney general, public school teacher, and instructor in the University ot Texas Law School. McCarthy Target Red, Agent Says WASHINGTON UB-A former FBI undercover informant testified today that she had known as a dues-paying, card-carrying Communist a woman who Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) said now is handling “top secret messages” as an Army code room employe. Mrs. Mary Markward, the FBI informer, named top Army employe as Annie Lee Moss. Mrs. Markward, trim in a black suit and white gloves, testified at a public hearing called by McCarthy's Senate Investigations subcommittee. Mrs. Markward told the subcommittee that as a former Communist party official here she had known Annie Lee Moss as a Communist party member. At the time, she said, the woman was a cafeteria worker in the Pentagon. McCarthy a moment before said the woman whom Mrs. Markward was to name is, according to the subcommittee’s understanding, now working in the code room of the Army Signal Corps, “handling top secret messages.” McCarthy is embroiled in controversy with Secretary of the Army Stevens over McCarthy’s charge the Army has “coddled Communists.” Stevens was once scheduled for face-to-face meeting with the Ike's Help Sought For GOP Tax Plan WASHINGTON Wl — Republican congressional leaders are looking to President Eisenhower to help bolster public and congressional support for the administration’s beleaguered tax program. Some GOP congressmen already have discussed the prospect of a presidential broadcast to the nation with administration officials, it was learned today. Informed sources said no decisions have been made. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES OIL DISCOVERY — Prolific discovery well opens third Cambrian field in Nolan County. Page 2-A. CLOSI RACE — Two teams running neck and neck in Chamber of Commerce membership campaign. Page 1-B. UNFAIR TAX LOAD — Texas oil men “penalized" and “overburdened" with taxes, oil firm official says. Page 7-A. Dr. John G. Young of Dallas, Df. Paul Southern of Abilene and Glenn L. Wallace, of Abilene, three principal speakers at the 36th annual Abilene Christian College Bible Lectureship, at 7:30 o’clock tonight will repeat their lectures, but in different auditoriums. Dr. Young will speak in Sewell Auditorium on “Overcoming Eldership Problems”; Dr. Southern will speak in the College Church of Christ auditorium on “Overcoming Professionalism in the Ministry”; and Wallace will be in Bennett Gymnasium to speak on “Overcoming Dangers in the Work of an Evangelist.” John B. White of Lubbock, John T. Hardin of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Owen Aiken of Paris, France, will also repeat their 20-minute reports in Sewell Auditorium, the church auditorium and Bennett Gymnasium, respectively. 3,500 Attend Approximately 3,500 persons attended the Tuesday morning lectures which were conducted by Cline R. Paden and John H. Banister. Paden repeated his talk on “Italy” and Banister gave his talk on “Ways and Means of Doing Mission Work.” Panels on “The Use of Audio-Visual Aids” and “Teaching the Bible in Connection With State Schools” were given at 11 a.m. in College Church of Christ auditorium. Opening Wednesday’s program at 9:30 a.m. George H. Stephenson of Memphis, Tenn , will speak on “Caring for Orphans and Widows,” one of two special lectures, in COMPROMISE STUDIED committee today on the issue, hut McCarthy deferred the session until Thursday. Instead, McCarthy decided to go Into this ca3e which he described as that of an “alleged Communist” In the Pentagon’s “decoding room.” Convening the hearing, McCar thy said the testimony he was about to take should come as “no surprise” to the Army because "the Army had the same information months'ago.” He said he had given Pentagon officials notice some time ago that he planned to air the case publicly unless they “did something” about it. McCarthy said that “in fairness” to Secretary Stevens, he wanted to emphasize that “I doubt very much that Secretary Stevens personally knew about this case.” The hearing was the first in which Democratic members of McCarthy’s Senate Investigations subcommittee have participated since they quit the group in a row with McCarthy last July. Present today were Sens. McClellan (D-Ark) and Jackson <D-Washh The third Democrat, Sen. Symington (D-Mo) is out of the country. It also was the first hearing at which the Democrats had their own counsel, Robert F. Kennedy. Mrs. Markward testified, in reply to questions, that she had reported regularly and promptly to the FBI while a member of the Communist party. McCarthy interjected that it could be assumed that the FBI had turned over the information to the government departments concerned. And, he added, a Civil Service Commission report would be introduced to make clear the information about Mrs. Moss “was known to the Army for a long time.” Mrs. Markward’s role as an un dercover agent for the FBI £*> THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY—Pair Tuesday, Tuesday night and Wednesday. High temperature Tuesday 155. Low Tuesday night 3«. High Wednesday 85 to 70. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Slightly cooler this afternoon and tonight. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy and slightly cooler this afternoon and tonight. Wednesday, fair and mild. Moderate northerly winds on the coast, except fresh at times this afternoon. TEMPERATURES WTCC Due to Keep Present Quarters Mon. P. M. 78 80 81 80 78 73 67 62 59 57 54 50 1:30 . 2:30 3:30 . 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 , 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 Tues. A M. 50 49 47 45 48 47 45 48 51 55 57 58 Sunset last night 6:31 p.m. Sunrise today 7:14 a.m. Sunset tonight 6:33 p m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.44. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 21^. Maximum temperature for 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m., 81. Minimum temperature for 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m., 45. IF YOU MISS YOUR REPORTER-NEWS in Abilene, please dial 4-7271 for Circulation Dept, between 7 and 10 a. m. for the Morning and Sunday editions; between 5:30 and 7:30 p. m. for the Evening edition. One will be sent you on special delivery. In West Texas cities, call your local carrier or dealer. been known before. General Manager Fred Husbands predicted Tuesday that a compromise plan will be worked out, whereby the West Texas Chamber of Commerce can remain in its present quarters, even if the federal government takes back the old post office building. Under such an arrangement, the government could place part of its agencies in the same structure, and let the WTCC stay also. “I have heard in the past two weeks from officials in Washington, D. C., that such a compromise is being considered,” Husbands said. He reported that be has contacted U. S. Rep. Omar Burleson and U. S. Sen. Price Daniel In an effort to save the present space for WTCC. He was of the opinion that other WTCC officials have talked over the matter with U. S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson. WTCC is located on the first floor. City Manager Austin P. Hancock said that several months ago, some federal government men who came here told him they would recommend that the government take over the building for its own use. He said he has had no further word from them. “Plans at that time were to move the Army and Air Force Recruiting and Induction Main Station from tne old Legion building, North First and Cedar Sts., into the old post office building.” Hancock said. “The recruiters are renting their present quarters from the city, and so far haven’t canceled their lease.” General Services Administration, which has charge of federal buildings, has studied for several years the desirability of taking over the old post office building on North Third St. for government offices. That structure has been leased by the City of Abilene from the federal government for several years, and sub-leased to the WTCC and other civic enterprises. Sewell Auditorium and Richard Walker of Heidelberg, Germany, will speak in the auditorium of tine College Church of Christ on the missionary work in Germany. The Tipton Home Chorus of Tipton, Okla., will give a 15-minute program in Sewell Auditorium at 9 a.m., just prior to the opening lectures. “Tendencies in the Church Today” and "Personal Work in the Church” will be the topics for Wednesday’s panel discussions at 11 a.m. in Sewell Auditorium and the church auditorium, respectively. J. T. Marlin of Sweetwater will continue showing his film on the Holy Land at 1 p.m. in Sewell Auditorium to open the afternoon sessions. The third session of “Opportunities in New Fields” with Paul Southern, head of the ACC Bible department, presiding, will feature “The Work in New England,” a report by Alvis Bryan of Barre, Vt. Classes will meet on their 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. schedules. The ACC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John D. Anderson, assistant professor of music, will present a concert at 5 p.m. in Sewell Auditorium. Three new main lectures will be delivered Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in three auditoriums simultaneously. Three 20-minute mission reports will precede the main lectures. In Sewell Auditorium H. A. Dixon of Henderson, Tenn., will speak on “Overcoming Denominational Tendencies.” Pedro Rivas of Torreón, Mexico, will give a brief account of the work In Mexieo. Dixon is president of Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson. Rivas preaches for the church of Christ in Toreon. “Overcoming the Tendency to Phariseeism” will be the topic of J. P. Crenshaw’s speech in the College Church of Christ auditorium. Crenshaw is preaching for the ninth and Columbia Church of Christ in Plainview. Leslie Diestal-kamp of Minneapolis, Minn., will give a 20-minute run-down of “United States Missions.” Dr. Ira North of Nashville, Tenn., will speak in Bennett Gymnasium or* “Overcoming Worldiness.” Dr. North preaches for the church of Christ in Madison. Tenn., and is a professor of speech and Bible at Nashville. H. L. Barber of Terrell will present a brief account of the work and growth of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, a Ne Dust Hinders Search for 2 Instructors BIG SPRING Rescue planes flew through a dust-hazed sky today in a massive aerial hunt for a missing training plane with two Air Force instructors aboard. Capt. J. M. Jernigan of the 47th Air Rescue Squadron, Ellington Air Force Base, Houston, directed the search. The single-wing, propeller-driven craft disappeared yesterday as brisk winds stirred up dust over a vast area of West Texas. The craft, a T28, took off from Webb Air Force Base at 10:30 a.m. It was reported missing six hours later when its fuel supply normally would be exhausted. One From Texas Aboard were 1st Lt. Ray E. Badertscher, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram J. Badertscher, Shar-onvilie, Ohio, and 1st Lt. Harold E. Rogers, 30, husband of Mrs. Gay L. Rogers, Rt. 1, Vernon, Tex., and son of Allan K. Rogers, Louisville, Ky. Thirty-one T28 trainer planes from Webb took off on the search at dawn. They returned at 8 a.m. because of poor visibility caused by the dust, and took off again at 8:45 a.m. Capt. Jernigan said the plane had the number “51-37-37” stenciled on the tail, and “Webb AFB” on the fuselage. Sweetwater Included Yesterday, CAP units from Sweewater, Snyder. Lamesa, Odessa and Garden City, Tex., joined Webb AFB planes in a search that ended with darkness. Despite the fact visibility in the Big Spring area was restricted by dust yesterday, a Webb AFB spokesman said planes flew regularly from the base during the day. He discounted dust as a factor in the T28’s disappearance. Ii dust was a factor, it was the third plane to run afoul of blowing dust and sand in Texas in four days. Last Friday, during a severe dust storm which swept across the state, Robert L. Boyleu ,42, San Antonio businessman-pilot, was killed when his private plane crashed near Cleburne. Lt. Francis Anchors, 32, Atlanta, Ga., bailed out of his navy jet near Dallas when his fuel ran out. Anchors’ jet crashed without injuring anyone and Anchors himself parachuted into a tree near Sulphur Springs, 75 miles northeast of Dallas, unhurt. More Shipping Charges Made WASHINGTON Wl - Atty. Gen. Brownell announced today a federal grand jury has returned five additional indictments charging 18 Individuals and seven corporations with diverse offenses in connection with the disposal of surplus ships from World War II. Among the individuals were former Rep. Joseph Casey (D-MassL The indictments, Brownell said, were voted last April 23 but were kept sealed until the government reached the conclusion that some of the defendants, living abroad, are unlikely ever to return to the United States. The indictments, part of a series of such, named Casey for a second time during the series. The exlawmaker, who once headed a group alleged to have made immense profits in surplus ship transfers, was accused of conspiracy to breach a purchase contract with the government by sales of stock ! in the purchasing company to others without approval of the Maritime Commission. Today’s indictments similarly charged Julius C .Holmes" of New York eity, former United States minister to London, who was alleged to have participated in the Casey transactions. Other indictments announced gro college supported by mem- early this month named Casey and bers of the churches of Christ. ACC LECTURESHIP PROGRAM TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. “Working With Orphan Children”. .John B. White Auditorium “Overcoming Eldership Problems”. Dr. John G. Young 7:30 p.m. “Africa” ..........................John    T. Hardin Church “Overcoming Professionalism in Ministry” ......................Dr. Paul Southern 7:30 p.m. “France” . .  .....  ..Gwen    Aiken Gymnasium “Overcoming Dangers in Work of Evangelist”  ..........Glenn L. Wallace WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. Auditorium 9:30 a.m. Church 11 a.m. Auditorium 11 a.m. Churcn “Caring for Orphans and Widows”. .George H. Stephenson “Germany’ Richard W?alker Panel: “Tendencies in the Church Today” Panel; “Personal Work in the Church” Aristotle S. Onassis. fabulously wealthy resident of Argentina who runs a worldwide shipping business headquartered at Monte Carlo. Those indictments charged them with conspiring to defraud the government. HIT A FEW, MISS A FEW NaoiU aMy H !|C| g* missed last weed’s storm. “I am always the of unusual soil explained.    % ;