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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas (o FAIR, MILD - y - // — XL Œfje Ufatlenc toor ter-iBletité EVENING CIMAI • • • ** «r~% mi "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 253 Associated Prest (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 24, 1954 -TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Parr’s Attorney Sees Bloodshed 2 GENERALS HOUSTON OP—A civil rights attorney today told three federal judges “force and bloodshed” could develop in Duval County unless political boss George Parr receives an injunction against Texas Rangers. Arthur Garfield Hays of New York, in opening filial arguments in the three-day hearing on Parr’s plea, told the judges: “If the injunction isn’t granted you would be permitting an electrified atmosphere that at anytime could result in bloodshed. You would be bringing about force and bloodshed.” Alice Attorney Jacob S. Floyd Sr. began the closing argument in behalf of Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge at 11:05 a.m. SO Minutes Each Floyd was to be followed by another Ranger attorney, Frank J. Knapp of Houston. Each side was to have been allowed one hour but a last minute change increased the time limit to 90 minutes each. Parr’s petition alLeges events of recent months have shown “convincing proof” the Rangers want to kill him. Allee and Bridge yesterday admitted acts of simple assault but denied that they have ever threatened to kill anyone. The defendants contend Parr did not come into court with “clean hands.” The injunction suit was filed as state and federal agencies were conducting a series of investigations in Duval CVounty. Hays said an injunction can do ARTHUR G. HAYS . .. argues for Boss Parr no harm if the Rangers are sincere in their statements they do not intend to harm Parr. “You have one side before you,” he told the court. “Had Mr. Parr’s civil rights been violated. I would fight against my client just as hard as I would fight for him when civil liberties are concerned.” The three judges—T. M. Kenner-ly, Allen B. Hannay and Ben 0. Connally—have given no indication as to when their final ruling might j be expected. Before seeking to prove that See PARR, Pg. 11-A, Col. 3 TO VISIT 30 FIRMS Teachers Get Set For 'Business' Day Abilene school teachers were getting set for a little “larning” in practical business methods Wednesday on the eve of B. E. Day. That stands for Business Education Day during which teachers will attend “classes’' at about 30 local firms which have arranged special tours and programs for them. The teachers will meet at Abilene High School auditorium for an opening assembly at 7:45 a.m. with representatives of the firms and of the Abiiene Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the day Following the assembly, they will go to their respective firms to spend the day seeing the plants and hearing talks on how the business is run, forums, and having lunch with firm representatives. Teachers have been assigned to the businesses which they requested wherever was possible, T. B. Blain. chairman of the B. E. Day committee, said. All of the 375 teachers in the Abilene schools will participate. Supt. A. E. Wells and Donald McDonald, coordinator of curriculum, have made arrangements at the schools. Participating firms include: Onyx Refining Co., West Texas Utilities Co., Willis Cox Agency, Primrose Jersey Farms. Montgomery Ward Co., Hotel Windsor, Abilene Savings Association, Thornton’s, Perry - Hunter - Hall, First State Bank, T. S. Lankford and Son. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., North Park Nursery, Hotel Wooten, Popular Department Store, KRBC and KRBC-TV, KWKC, Lone Star Gas Co., The Abilene-Report- News. McKesson and Robbins, the Borden Co., Waldrop Furniture Co., Safeway Stores. F. C. Olds Co., Citizens National Bank, Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries, Foremost Dairies. Hendrick Memorial Hospital, Texas Coca Cola Bottling Co., West Texas Wholesale Supply Co., and Camera Inc. Teachers who will visit the Re* porter-News and their schools include: Mrs. Gladys Spencer, Fannin: Billy Woods, College Heights; Fay Ruth Hamilton, Fannin; Hattie Tankersley, Locust: Mrs. Elaine Brumbeau, Bowie; A. G. Craver, Central; Evelyn J. Chapman, Alta Vista; Mrs. Glenn R. Caffey, Travis. Mrs. Gladys Smith, North Jun-i^Pfiigh; Willie Cox, North Park; Anna Pechin, Houston; Billie Bailey and Selma L. Bishop, AHS Mrs. E. C. Blalock and Mrs. Jewell Harris, South Junior High. Batchelor Riding Home With Brass TOKYO UH-Cpl. Claude Batchelor, a Texas ex-POW who changed his mind about staying with the Communists, left for home today aboard a plush military plane carrying 14 officers, including two generals. Batchelor, onetime leader of a group of pro-Cortimunist American prisoners who refused to return home, boarded the plane 35 minutes before the plane took off at 2:20 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EST) Just before walking up the ramp Batchelor bade farewell to his Japanese wife, Kyoko, whose love letters played an important part in his decision to renounce Communism, he has said. She hopes to join him later. Lived at Hospital Batchelor has been living at Tokyo Army Hospital since shortly after he asked an Indian guard for repatriation New Year’s Day. The corporal said he had no idea where the Army will send him after he lands at Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco (arrival time was not announced). He hoped to go home to Kermit, Tex. “There’s no place like Texas— especially West Texas—and it will be fine to get home,” he said in an interview Wednesday. One American who deserted the pro-Communist group—Cpl. Edward Dickenson of Cracker's Neck, Va.—will be tried by court-martial on a charge of informing on his companions while in prison camp in North Korea, the Army has announced. Had Fair Record Batchelor said in an interview Tuesday he doesn’t believe he will be court-martialed. “I had a pretty fair record in prison camp and didn’t inform on any of the others,” he said. Batchelor asked the army for a two-week leave last week to obtain necessary visas to take his wife with him to the United States, but ! tne Army did not grant the leave. H£ was informed suddenly Tuesday morning that he would leave by plane Wednesday. Mrs. Batchelor hopes to follow him to the U. S. in the next several weeks. Rep. Sentell Ordered To Complete Jail Term Roosevelt lo Pay $1,435 Each Month PASADENA, Calif. (to—J ames Roosevelt, pictured by his estranged wife, Romelle, as a philanderer and juggler of finances, was ordered today to pay her $1,435 a month temporary support. She had asked $3,500. He had said his income is only about $2,200. The sum is to support her and their three young children pending trial of their separate maintenance suits. In hers, Mrs. Roosevelt accused her husband of multiple adultery. Roosevelt has charged mental cruelty. Superior Judge Kurtz Kauffman also ordered the eldest son of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pay $3,500 on account for attorney’s fees and $850 court costs. AT EASE — Shown greeting an Air Force inspection team Wednesday morning at Abilene Air Force Base is Lee R. Wilson, area engineer of the U. S. Corps of Engineers. Front row from left to right are Col. G. W. Arb, Col. J. Rob- WAREHOUSES DELAYED Bid Opening on AFB Electrical Work Set Religion Must Help Widows, Orphans, ACC Crowd Told “If our religion today is to be pleasing to God, it must be a religion caring for the widows and orphans,” George H. Stephenson declared Wednesday morning before an overflow crowd in Sewell Auditorium. Stephenson, Nashville minister, emphasized that “mercy, compassion, and love constitute the very heart of Christianity.” and that unless Christians show these characteristics in their relations to the needy, their doctrinal soundness in other matters does not comprise the whole of Christianity. 22 German Congregations Meanwhile in the College Church of Christ, Richard Walker of Heidelberg, Germany, described the opportunity for the work of the church in that country. He pointed out that 22 congregations have been established but there is still the need for more churches and preachers in that counry. Stephensn said that if the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been planted in Christians’ hearts they will open their hearts to the distress of the needy, because the very Bible definition of pure religion embraces visiting “fatherless and widows in their afflictions” (Jarnes 1:27). He said that methods for caring for the needy are not detailed in the scriptures but general principles are laid down. He cited these: (1) Caring for needy by individuals. (2)    Caring for needy by congregations. (3)    Caring for needy by cooperation of several congregations. Scriptures Quoted He quoted 2 Cor, 8:16-24 to show that. New Testament congregations work together in sending money for benevolent work. Stephenson denied however, that such cooperative arrangements are scriptural only in cases ot emergency “If there must be an emergency before these scriptures apply in regard to cooperation, then there also must be an emergency before we can use 1 Cor. 16:2 and 2 Cor. Chapters 8 and 9 to apply in regard to giving.” Stephenson said. “By what matter of reasoning could it be right for congregations to cooperate in meeting an emergency and yet it be wrong for them to cooperate in the same manner when it is not an emergency? If congregations did not lose their autonomy in working together in an emergency, why should we say they lose their autonomy in working together when there is not an emergency?” he asked. Caring for the widows and the orphans implies the need for a home, he said, and added that such a home could be provided by the congregation, or by several congregations cooperating to provide one home to serve all. “The orphan homes which have (Related story on Pg. 5-A) been operated by our brethren have been in existence long enough for us to determine if they are leading us in the wrong direction. Has there been any centralization of power given to one church. over another church? Are the congregations organized into some sort of federation and tied together in some unscriptural union?” he asked, and then denied that such had been the case in his attempt to show that no parallel may be fairly drawn between the orphan home and the missionary society. Opportunity Cited Walker said, “A great opportunity for preaching the gospel exists in Berlin because one of these days that Iron Curtain is going to go rolling back and what a fine thing it will be if there were churches in Berlin and we could go from See LECTURES, Pg. 11-A, Col. 2 Bids will be opened March 19 at the Fort Worth District office of the Corps of Engineers on a contract under which the electrical distribution system for the Abilene Air Force Base will be constructed, Col. H. R. Hallock, Fort Worth district engineer, announced Wednesday. Under this proposed contract the permanent electrical facilities to service buildings now under construction at the air base and those to be constructed there in the immediate future will be built. The successful bidder will have 150 calendar days in which to install power poles and connecting high voltage lines to the street in front of buildings. Col. Hallock also announced that the bid opening on the new warehouse to be constructed at Abilene Air Force Base, which was scheduled to be held on March 3, has been postponed to March 17 to permit certain changes to be made in the design of the building. The bid opening on the warehouse will also be held in the Fort Worth District office of the Corps of Engineers. Ten other air base projects on which the Fort Worth District Engineers are taking bids and tentative bid-opening dates are: 1.    March 12—Road grading over 3.8 miles. 2.    March 12 — About 400,000 square yards of grading, storm sewer culverts and drainage ditches. 3. March 15 — Masonry building, about 25,000 square feet area for vehicles maintenance shop. 4. April 3—Maintainance hangar, 64,250 square feet, double cantelev-er steel frame, masonry and corrugated siding. 5.    April 30 — Apron grid duct, 40 electrical outlets in apron and 450 feet of transmission line with necessary secondary feed to supply outlets. 6.    May 5 — Masonry exterior building, about 11,800 square feet, in area for BOQ (bachelor officers’ quarters) for 63 officers. 7.    May 15 — Masonry exterior, frame construction of chapel, about 8,400 square feet. 8.    May 27 — Crash and fire station, about 11,000 square feet masonry building. 9.    May 27 — Two masonry BOQ buildings, one 11,800 square feet and one 7,500 square feet. One is to accommodate 42 officers and the other 63. 10.    May 28 — Refueling hydrant system with 12 hydrants and appurtenances. Warren Intruder Arrested But Will Talk at Hearing erts, Col. G. O. Mount, Col. W. G. Booth, and Cpl. L. W. Rohr. Second Row, Coi. C. A. Dunn, Lt. Col. F. S. Smith, Lt. Col. C. D. Trail, and Lt. Col. E. S. Baldwin. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) 9 AF Officers Insped Base A nine-man team of Air Force officers inspected the Abilene Air Force Base Wednesday morning. The team remained at the base until 11 a.m. when members left by plane for Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Flying into Abilene for the inspection were Col. G. W. Arb, assistant director of material of the Eighth Air Force; Col. J. Roberts, chief of staff of the Eighth Air Force; Col. G. O. Mount, director of installations of the Eighth Air Force; Col. W. G. Booth, special assistant in developments to the commanding officer of the Eighth Air Force; Col. L. W. Rohr, deputy director of plans; Col. C. A. Dunn, director of personnel; Lt. Col. F. S. Smith, chaplain; Lt. Col. C. D. Trail, assistant chief of program planning in plans divisions; and Lt. Col. E. S. Baldwin, assistant chief air training branch. The Air Force officers were welcomed at the base by Lee R. Wilson, area engineer of the U. S. Corps of Engineers. The inspection was the first made at the base by the Eighth Air Force, which has its headquarters at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth. Abilene ((Ranks 3rd in Stale In Members Gained During Year WASHINGTON A witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Earl Warren’s nomination to be chief justice was arrested by police today but was released to his attorneys under an agreement that he would return to testify further this afternoon. Chairman Langer <R-ND) announced that the committee, after meeting behind closed doors for about two hours, had recessed until 2 p. m., when it will resume its consideration of Warren’s nomination for the nation’s highest Judicial office. Shortly alter noon, the committee had called Roderick J. Wilson of Hollywood, Calif., into the hearing room and swore him as a witness even though he previously had been described by the Justice Department as a fugitive from justice. Wilson opposes the nomination. While Wilson was in the committee room. Cant. Michael J. Dowd of the Metropolitan District police said he had been advised by police in San Francisco that a felony warrant had been issued for Wilson. 6-3 Vote Upholds Decision AUSTIN tf-The Supreme Court today ordered Rep. Frank Sentell, Snyder, back to jail to serve the balance of a contempt of court sentence. The court divided 6-3 in upholding Dist. Judge Sterling William*! who fined the legislator $100 and sentenced him to three davs in jail. Under the Supreme Court’s ruling. Sentell was remanded again to the custody of the Scurry County sheriff. S e n t e 1 l’s attorneys indicated they would ask the Supreme Court for another hearing. Notified by a newspaperman of the decision, Sentell said at Snyder: “I hadn’t heard about it before now. I don’t know right now what I’m going to do.” He hadn’t been in jail late in the morning. Sheriff Homer Whis-nand’s office said it had not yet received official word of the court decision. The 66-year-old Sentell has been 111 in recent da>s. The contempt action grew out of a stormy courtroom scene in the trial of a civil suit at Snyder last October. One lawyer in arguing the case had told the Supreme Court that the trial had produced “a stuttering record—a flow of words the reporter was unable to separate.” ‘Hard Feeling’ The majority opinion of the Supreme Court commented that the case was tried in a “background of hard feeling.” It said that Sentell, after being admonished by the trial court, had exhibited a ‘‘further contemptuous attitude" and disrespect. The dissenting opinion, signed by Associate Justices Clyde JE. Smith, Meade F. Griffin and Robert W. Calvert* said: “The trial court's judgment is void because there is no evidence to sustain it. Moreover, in the absence of supporting evidence, the judgment itself does not contain recitations of fact necessary to sustain its validity.” The majority oppinion declared: “Undoubtedly it was proper for the trial court to conclude from the conduct and appearance of the relator (Sentell), independent of what he said, that the latter was in a ‘contemptuous attitude.’ He (the trial judge) saw the relator’s attitude, expression and appear* ance during verbal exchanges quoted above, and he found it contemptuous.” Uproarious Proceeding The majority opinion had transcribed some of the exchanges that occurred during the uproarious trial court proceeding. Sentell has already served 33 hours of the 72-hour jail sentence, the Supreme Court was told when the case was argued. He had been freed on u temporary writ of habeas corpus, which he sought to make permanent. The high court denied this plea and set aside tha temporary freedom order. ACC LECTURESHIP PROGRAM WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. ‘‘Mexico’* .........................Pedro Rivas Auditorium '‘Overcoming Denominational Tendencies” .....................H. A. Dixon 7:30 p.m. “United States Missions” ..........Leslie Diestelkamp Church “Overcoming the Tendency to Phariseeism” ..................J. P. Crenshaw 7:30 p.m. “Southwestern ChrisUan College”.. Dr. H. L, Barber Gvmnasium “Overcoming Worldlineiss” ........Dr. Ira North THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. Auditorium “Germany” ......................Richard Walker 9:30 a.m. Church “Caring for Orphans and Widows”.. George H. Stephenson IX ft ttt Auditorium Panel: “Perponaf Work in the Church” 11 a.m. Church Panel; “Tendencies ¿a the Church Today” Grotewohl Rejects 'Little Solution' BERLIN Of)—Soviet Zone Prime Minister Otto Grotewohl rejected today the Western Powers’ proposal of a “little solution” for divided Germany. The Communist leader told the East German parliament: 1.    The plan of the American, British and French high commissioners to get together with Soviet Commissioner Vladimir Semyenov on trade, transport, travel and other complexities of the split nation is unacceptable. 2.    The only ‘proper solution” is for all-German talks to be organized. McCarthy, Stevens May Avoid Showdown WASHINGTON W—Secretary of the Army Stevens and Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) got together for a closed-door conference at the Capitol today. The two men, who exchanged hot statements last weekend over McCarthy’s searches for Communists in the Army, met in the office of Sen. Dirksen (R-lll). Dirksen also was present ami Vice President Nixon, then in an adjoining room, was expected to join the conference later. The hustling Membership Prospectors Club has brought 280 new members into the Abilene Chamber of Commerce during the past year to make the CC have the third largest gain in the state. General Manager Joe Cooley told the ciub Wednesday. Cooley said that Abilene ranked third in the total number of new members gained during the past year with only Houston and Fort Worth surpassing its record. He heard that report Tuesday at at a workshop in Fort Worth fqr the Texas Chamber of Commerce Managers Association of which he is president. No percentages were given, and no report came In from San Antonio, which may have run higher, he said at the sixth and last report breakfast of the year for the Prospectors in the W'indsor Hotel Wednesday. Cooley praised Chairman Briggs Todd for his “superior leadership in what has been the outstanding campaign in the history of the Abilene CC.” Top Three Honored Certificates of accomplishment were presented to the three top Prospectors and three leading team captains. Appropriately enough, Andy Anderson’s top team boasted Master Salesman Don Scrivner, who has chalked up 78 new members alone during the nine-month campaign. Second-place team was led by W. L. Blakney and had the second top prospector C. B. Hicks. The third-place team of Fred Higginbotham claims the third-Top Prospector Leroy Langston. Todd, Scrivner, and Anderson will be honored at the CC banquet March 9, when both Scrivner as master salesman and Anderson as top team captain will receive awards. “The fact that we have taken in 280 new members and increased the budget by $7.000 to $8,000 is of great immediate importance,” Todd said. “But the hundreds of calls made without tangible results will produce future benefits of immeasurable value.” He invited all Prospectors who are interested to continue in the club from year to year, but suggested they limit their CC activities so as to give the ciub thsir full time. Pfew members who have not yet received membership cards will get them during the week of March 8 when 1955-56 cards and annual reports will be mailed to them, Todd said. Final standings of the top three teams and top Prospectors at the j time of the last report breakfast were; Anderson’s team, 2.297 points for 86 new members j with Scrivner getting 2,097 points; i Blakney’s team. 2,165 points for ! 58 members with Hicks getting 801 1 points for 42 members; and Hig j ginbotham’s team, 808 points for ! 35 members with Langston draw- j ing 529 points for 22 members. 1 Some Dust Remains But Weather Clear By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Except for some dust still hanging in the air in W'est Texas, the state had clear weather Wednesday. , Temperatures, chilly during the night and early morning hours, climbed toward moderate, springtime levels during the day. Some dust was still evident, the most at Dalhart where three-mile visibility was reported. Childress and Amarillo reported four-mile visibility while Lubbock reported five. Pre-dawn temperatures ranged from 33 degrees at Salt Fiat to 53 at Brownsville, but across the state most were in the 10s. The Weather Bureau said clear skies and moderate temperatures appeared likely for the next couple of days. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES BUILDING PROPOSED — Plans for o new $250,000 Bible Building ot Abilene Christian College announced. Page 1-B. ESCAPEES INDICTED — Roby jail breakers indicted for murder attempt and burglary. Page 2-A. DEMOS DISAGREE — House Democrats disagree on tax cut strategy. Page 14-A. 1954 GOOD TURN — Choir-man named for Boy Scouts' good turn program of the year — conservation. Page 3-B. REP. FRANK SENTELL THE WEATHER U.S. UK PAST« ENT 01’ COMMERCE WEATHER BtKKAV ABILENE AND VICINITY — Fair and miid Wednesday. Wednesday ss4ght a ad Thursday. High temperature Wednesday 70 to 75 degrees. Low Wednesday night 45» High Thursday 75 to *0 NORTH AND CENTRAL WEST TEXAS: Fair this a He moon, tonight and Thursday, Warmer this afternoon. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS’ Fair and miid this afternoon, tonight and Thur»day OenUe to moderate mostly west and southwest winds on the coast, TEMPER A TV RES Toes. P.M.    Wed, A %!, 60    ............ 1:30 ............ SO 63 ............ 2:30 ............ 51 63    ............ 3:30 .................4d 64    .......... . 4:30 ............ 51 « ............ 5 30 ............ 50 61    ............ 6:30 ............ 4» Ml ............ 7:30 ............ 50 S3 ............ 8:30 ............ S3 53    .......... 9:30 ............ 5» 54    10:30 ............ «7 54 ............ 11:30 ............ 70 53 ............ 13:30 ............ TJ Sunset last ni(ht 6:32 pat. Sunrise today 7:13 a m. Sunset tonight 6:33 ,» m. Maximum temperature tor 34 hours ending at 6:30 a m. 65 Minin-am temperature for H hmtrs ♦«vita« at 6:30 a m. 48. Barometer reading at 11:30 p.m. Mil, RelaUva huaWltj *t 12:30 p.m. 7H« ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 24, 1954