Abilene Reporter News, February 26, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 26, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 26, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARM, WINDY VOL. LXXIII, No. 255 Abilene Reporter ___ "WITHOUT    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"—Byron EVENING FINA! m m • q m * mm Associated Press fAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 26, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c DEMO LEADERS MEET—Judge Ralph Yarborough (left) was greeted at Abilene Municipal Airport Friday morning by Mayor Courtney Hunt of Haskell (right). The Austin attorney was honored at a luncheon here Friday. He was to have introduced Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma tonight at a Jefferson Day Dinner in Sweetwater which was unexpectedly postponed while Yarborough was en route here. (Photo by C. C. Cockerell) Demo Rally Postponed The Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner scheduled Friday night in Sweetwater has been postponed because Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma, main speaker for the event, has been- held in Washington cm urgent business of the Senate. ' J. W. Sorrells, Jr., chairman of the organizing committee of the 24th Senatorial District, said the dinner will be held March 6 when it will be possible for Sen. Kerr to attend. Ocie Hunt of Sweetwater, arrangements committee chairman for the dinner, talked with Sen. Kerr in Washington by phone Friday morning and notified Sorrells that his appearance here would be postpbned. Sen. Kerr told Hunt that Republicans favoring the Bricker amendment had decided to force the issue Friday when different ^Democratic senators and congressmen were out of Washington on speaking engagements. Sen. Lyndon Johnson xand Sam Rayburn ordered all the Democrats to be at their posts Friday and Saturday. Sen. Knowland is calling a night session of the Senate Friday night and said there would be a Saturday session if necessary to reach a decisive vote on the issue. “We were planning for a time to have Sen. Kerr’s speech broadcast to the group tonight, but we decided that it would be better for everyone concerned to postpone the dinner,” Sorrels said. He was told that Sen. Kerr will definitely be in Sweetwater for the Jefferson - Jackson dinner March 6. In order to be there the senator has cancelled plans that date to attend the southwest regional dinner of the National Democratic Party in Miami, Fla., at which Adlai Stephenson will be the principal speaker. “If anyone who has already bought tickets for the Sweetwa ter Jefferson-Jackson dinner finds a conflict with the March 6 date and is unable to attend, their money will be refunded,” Sorrells said. The dinner will be held in the Blue Bonnet Hotel at 7:30 p.m. following a reception for Sen. Kerr from 6 to 7 p.m. Judge Orders Parr's Banks Keep Records CORPUS CHRISTI Uh—Federal Judge James V. Allred today, in an agreed order, forbade two South Texas banks headed by political boss George Parr from destroying records for the next 90 days. Neither Parr or any officials of his banks showed up at the brief federal court hearing. Judge Allred entered the restraining order five minutes after the hearing began. The order restrains the Texas State Bank of Alice and the San Diego, Tex., State Bank from destroying or secreting records. The banks had been under a temporary restraining order issued last week by Federal Judge Ben Connally of Houston at the request of Internal Revenue Bureau agents. Parr, whose inherited political power is cemented by a decade of political activity, is under attack by Gov. Allan Shivers and Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd. Shepperd was in South Texas today checking up on what his investigators have learned about Duval County and school districts in the Parr-dominated county. In the hearing today, Charles Smith, assistant U.S. attorney, appeared for the government and M. J. Raymond and Victor Woods of Laredo appeared as attorneys for the banks. Judge Allred set May 26 here as the date for another hearing in the matter. Allred’s order today merely provided an official court record of a widely-recognized law—that bank records must be preserved for federal and state bank Inspectors. He did not rule on whether microfilm records must be saved. City Postpones Action On School Zoning Plea STUDY ORDERED Probes May Get New Set of Rules Search for Pilot Ends; He walks in HOUSTON UPU.An air search for a jet fighter pilot who crash landed his plane last night was called off today after the pilot walked into the CAA navigation station at Salt Flat. Officials of the 47th Air Rescue Squadron at Ellington Air Force Base said the pilot, a lieutenant -Zieba, whose first name was not available, was injured but was able to walk several miles to the radio range station. Zieba was transferred to Biggs Air Force Base at El Paso. It was not known here how seriously Zieba was Injured. WASHINGTON UPi-The Senate Republican Policy Committee today ordered a study looking to possible changes in the rules under which Investigations, such as tho^e made by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), are conducted. Chairman Ferguson (R-Mich) announced that he had been instructed by unanimous vote of the policy group, to “make a study of the rules and of policies with respect to investigations for general guidance on committee or subcommittee procedure.” Caused By Uproar Although Ferguson declined to say so publicly, it was obvious the move was precipitated by the uproar caused by charges of Secretary of the Army Stevens that an Army officer had been "abused” as a witness before McCarthy’s committee investigating Communists in government. Asked if the issue of alleged RAIN SENDS HIM UP RIVER, BUT NOT WITHOUT HIS ORR REIGATE, England (AP)—Cold rain began to spot the shop windows in Reigate’s business district the other day and in 46-year-old George Orr something seemed to snap. George is a window cleaner. Witnesses told the judge yesterday George grabbed a beer bottle and started down the main street on a dead run, smashing every plate glass window in sight. By the time the cops got him cooled off, he’d reduced 334 pounds 18 shillings ($937.72) worth of display windows to a mess of splinters. The judge sentenced him to six months in jail for causing malicious damage. Parking Ban Voted On South First St. THE WEATHER No-parkir.g rule on South First St. from the traffic circle east of town to the west city limits was voted on first reading Friday morning by the City Commissic/. Public hearing and final vc*a will be held Friday morning, March 12, during a regular meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. The ordinance also states "all left turns and traffic movements (on South First) shall be prohibited as traffic studies warrant and dictate in connection with good planning.” This latter provision in effect calls for a study of traffic control. Any violation of the ordinance would -be punishable by a fine not to exceed $200. Provisions of the new regula-Hday ^niKh^jo^HiKh Saturday in the 70«. tion carry out a program request- et; by the Highway Committee of Abilene Chamber of Commerce as a means of hastening a start on the building of a freeway on U. S. Highway 80 from Abilene to the west Howard County line. Sewer Contract Delayed Award of a contract for engineering on the new outfall sewer line, to serve Abilene Air Force Base, was postponed one week, when Commissioner A. Crutcher U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY—Fair, warm and windy Friday afternoon, Friday night and Saturday with local blowing dust likely. High temperature Friday 75 to 80. Low Fr ■ v -----    - NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Oene rally fair this afternoon and tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy. No important temperature changes. WEST TEXAS:    Partly cloudy through Saturday. Warmer in Panhandle this afternoon. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    ParUy cloudy with no Important temperature changes this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Moderate mostly south and southwest winds on the coast. EAST TEXAS: Generally fair this afternoon and tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy. No important temperature changes. Moderate to locally fresh mostly south to southwest winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Fri. A M. Thurs. P.M. 70 73 72 72 71 66 64 67 54 51 50 51 53 55 55 53 52 57 «3 1:30    .. 3:30    .. 3:30    .. 4:30    .. 5:30 6:30    .. 7:30    .. 8 30    .. 9:30    „. .    10:30    ............ 73 50       11:30    ............ 80 50      12:30    ............ 82 Sunse', last night 6:34 p.m. Sunrise today 7:10 a.m. Sunset tonight 6:34 p.m. Maximum temperature for 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m. 73. Minimum temperature for 34 hours ending at 6:30 a.m 47. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 27.75. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 7%. Scott said he wanted more time to study the proposal. A suggested contract with Freese & Nichols, engineers, for the sewer line work was presented, but Commissioner J. Floyd Mal-com made a motion the job be given to E. B. Yeatts, Abilene engineer. He withdrew his motion and voted “aye” to Scott’s suggestion that the matter be delayed a week. The commission also: (1) Formally set the annual general city election — fox City Commission and School Board posts— for Tuesday, April 6. (2) Was assured by Manager George Page that City Transportation Co. doesn’t plan to remove its city-bus schedule from Westway Dr. A group of residents there had expressed a fear that they were going to lose the service. U.S. Inviies 14 Allies To Geneva WASHINGTON «1—The United States has invited 14 of its Korean War allies to meet with Russia, Communist China and North Korea at a Korean peace conference 'set for Geneva April 26. The State Department disclosed today that formal invitations to the parley, agreed upon at the Big Four foreign ministers meeting in Berlin lasf Week, were isfued to foreign diplomats Wednesday. Invitations went to South Korea, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines. Thailand, Turkey, and South Africa. SAME STORY Fair, Hild-But Dusty-Weather Due for Weekend Continued fair weather here over the weekend with no important temperature change is the forecast of the U. S. Weather Bureau But there’s a catch —■ more dust is likely. A cold front, which Friday morn ing was located over Wyoming, is due to arrive in Abilene about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, bringing dust from eastern Colorado, western Kansas and the Panhandle. The cold front will only lower temperatures slightly. Winds will range up to 40 miles an hour Saturday, but winds Sunday won’t be as strong. High temperature Friday was to be 75 to 80 degrees, and toe high Saturday in the 70s. Dust will be about the same Saturday as it has been toe last two days, a weatherman said. abuse of witnesses was involved, Ferguson replied "If there has been any such abuse I assume that we will look into it and all oiner matters.” Ferguson sale he has asked the policy committee staff to compile a list of rules as they now exist. Investigation committees generally have made their own rules and they are not always parallel. The Michigan senator said he will call all Senate committee chairmen together later to discuss proper changes in the rules governing the calling of witnesses, their testimony rights and the makeup of the investigating committees themselves. May Adopt Code It will have to be determined later, Ferguson said, whether the full Senate will be asked to adopt a code for investigations or whether committees will act on such a code separately. Ferguson said the move originated in the Senate and was not suggested by the White House or by Vice President Nixon, who has been acting as a mediator in the row between McCarthy and Stevens. ' From one member of McCarthy’s subcommittee there was a statement, meantime, that Secretary Stevens was correct in saying he had assurances against abuse of Army witnesses at hearings by the subcommittee. SAVES SISTER WAR’S NOT OVER — Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis), left, and Army Secretary Robert Stevens confer at the Capitol after their battle supposedly ended. Stevens agreed to give McCarthy's Senate investigations subcommittee “the names of everyone involved” in the case of Dr. Irving Pe-ress, New York City dentist. But Friday the fight was on again after Stevens restated his position with President Eisenhower’s backing. Brownwood Boy, 12, Slays Father; Funeral Saturday Draft Dodger Tarns Out to Be Lovely FLEETWOOD, England WV-The Ministry of Labor has withdrawn with blushes a threat to jail Sidney Walker, 21, as an army draft dodger. Sidney turned out to be a lovely brunette showgirl and "Miss Fleetwood” of 1953. Just o Minute, He'll Always Say MANCHESTER, England Wft— Harold Wood, 42, was repairing the StiMark’s Hospital clock 60 feet above toe street yesterday when a gust of wind blew down"his wooden scaffold. He grabbed the three-foot minute hand, hung ou and yelled for help. Workmen rescued him with a ladder. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Livestock news and sports will share the spotlight in the big Sunday Reporter-News. Farm Editor Bob Cooke’s department will be telling you all about the Abilene Fat Stock Show. Sports Writers Harless Wade and Fred Sanner will bring you the results of regional basketball tournaments at Brownwood and Lubbock. The Canyon tournament will be in the news and the Texas Conference All-Star Basketball team will be announced. These are just “extras ” Another extra will be pictures takm at big civic parties Friday night at Anson and Sny-dèx. The usual bomplete coverage of local, state, national and international news will round out the Sunday Reporter-News, your best buy for a dime. BROWNWOOD Feb. 26 (RNS) —Funeral for John D. Bartlett, 62, Brownwood farmer, will be held here at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at London-Burton Chapel. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery here under the direction of London-Burton Funeral Home. Bartlett was shot to death Thursday by his son, John Paul Bartlett, 12, who told officers he fired from point-blank range to thwart an attempt by the father to kill his 14-year-old sister. . Justice of the Peace T. H. Hart said he would return a verdict of justifiable homicide for the darkeyed, seventh grade, school pupU. The. sharp-shooting youngster, police said, wounded his father with his first two shots from a single-action .22 caliber rifle as the man chased Dorothy Jean Bartlett, 14, in a rage. Then as the berserk 62-year-old man fell to his knees still brandishing a heavy tire tool, police said John Paul calmly fired a bullet into the back of his father’s head. Cursing All Time “He was cursing all the time,” both children told police. “He said he would wipe out the whole family.” Mrs. BarUett, the wife and mother, said she and the two children had been separated from the father and that she filed for divorce Wednesday. She said her husband had threatened to kill her before. That time, she said, John Paul saved her by aiming a bow and arrow at his father a^nd threatening to shoot. County Atty. Firman H. Smith and Dist. Atty. Bill Allcorn said John Paul was "cool as ice” as he told this story: The father drove the children to his 107-acre farm near here on the pretense that their mother was there ill and wanted to see them. He had picked the boy up at ele mentary school and then picked up Dorothy Jean at junior high school. 1 Mother Not There When they arrived at the farm, about 7 miles south of Brownwood, the father took them into the back bedroom of toe home, but toe mother was not there. Bartlett grabbed' his daughter, threw her on the bed and began mauling her and cursing. He took a .38 caliber revolver from a paper sack, but it mis-fired when he aimed it at the girl’s head. As the father and daughter struggled on the bed, John Paul struck toe man over the head with a soft drink bottle. As he did, Dorothy Jean grabbed the, pistol barrel and wrested toe gun from her father's hand. She turned the weapon on the now thoroughly frightened man and pulled the trigger, but still it would not flie. Then toe lather agreed to take the children back to school. But once back in toe pick-up truck, the father grabbed for toe pistol which Dorothy Jean was holding on him. The gun became unbreeched, fell to the ground, and scattered cartridges. Runs For Rifle The girl ran from the truck and the father ran after her,* swinging a heavy iron tire tool. John Paid ran to the house for his rifle. When he came back outside, Bartlett was still chasing Dorothy Jean and had started throwing rocks at her. John Paul fired once but could not tell whether his first shot took effect. He went back for more ammunition. He fired again as he raced outside a second time, and this bullet struck Bartlett in the upper part of the body. He fell to his knees, cursing and still waving the tire tool. John Paul stepped within two yards of the crazed man, raised his rifle and coolly administered the last, fatal shot. John and Dorothy Jean felt of their fathers cheek, gathered up the guns and drove the pick-up to town for their mother. She took the children to police where they told their story. Police who examined Bartlett’s .38 pistol said It had a rusted, spent cartridge in the chamber that had kept it from firing. West German House Votes to Arm Troops BONN (*> — The West German Bundestag (lower house) today approved constitutional changes authorizing tog arming of a half million German soldiers to serve in toe proposed European army. The smashing vote was 334-144, The decision represented an important victory for pro-Western Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who based his foreign policy on linking West Germany militarily and politically to the West. Both Must Approve Both houses of toe Bonn Parliament have approved- the army treaty but Adenauer's coalition E. S. Price Creditors Open Meeting Here The first official meeting of creditors of E. S. Price of Runnels County opened in the U. S. District Courtroom here Friday morning before Glenn Smith, referee in bankruptcy. R. W. Haynie, Abilene attorney, has been named trustee in bankruptcy for Price’s estate. Several creditors, some represented by their attorneys, were present and Runnels County'Judge W. H, Rampy appeared in the interest of county tax claims against Price's property. Under questioning by his own attorney, Dallas Scarborough, and Asst. U. S. Dist. Atty. Hiram Childress, Price gave testimony concerning toe purchase and sale of various assets, including real estate, oil drilling equipment, automobiles and trucks. The hearing was recessed at noon and was to be resumed at 2 p. m, 500 Homeless SANTIAGO, Chile UB-Fire sweeping through slums on Santiago’s outskirts killed one person, injured nine and left 500 homeless last night. maintained the changes approved today were needed to end a Socialist contention in the West German Supreme Court that the treaty is unconstitutional. The two constitutipnal changes charge toe federal government with responsibility fob defense, authorize compulsory military service and declare specifically that the European army treaty and the Allied-West Gemían peace contract do not violate the constitution. They now go to the Bundesrat (upper house> where Adenauer's coalition has the necessary two-thirds majority to approve them. Then they must be ratified by the three Western occupation powers— toe United States, Britain and France—who already have given tacit approval to the amendments. Force Court Change By changing the constitution, Adenauer intends to force toe Supreme Court to throw out the Socialist suit challenging the constitutionality of rearmament. The Bundestag's vote came after a stern warning by Adenauer that the Berlin conference showed free Europe must pool its military resources to stave off the threat of massive Soviet military power entrenched in the heart of the continent. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES BIG CIVIC IVIMT — Crowd of 1,000 expected to hear Tennessee governor ot Snyder CC banquet tonight. Poge 1-B, ALL SQUARED AWAY—Democrats and Republicans each predict success os they square off for income tax fight. Page 8-8. HOUSING PROBLEM — What comes first, selling old house or buying new? Page 8-A. GIVEN HEAVE-HO — Syria's ousted dictator - president sent packing by rebel army leaders. Page 2-A, Special Board Refused City Commission Friday morning granted the request of Westwood Development Co. that it postpone action indefinitely on the firm’s application for annexation and F zoning that would permit a shopping center across the street from the new high school. The commission turned down toe applicants’ request that it appoint a special committee “to hear the facts and present a recommendation to the commission.” Any new evidence ^lich the firm may have in support of its shopping - center zoning request must be given first to the City Planning and Zoning Commission, it was ruled Friday by the City Commission. Petitions Presented Maurice Brooks, attorney and spokesman for Westwood Development Co., presented petitions from about 1,500 Abilenians asking that the commission grant toe shopping-center zoning. He said there are about 500 signatures on petitions still out.” Commissioners filed, but failed to take any action on, petitions signed by over 1,900 Abilenians and sponsored by the P-TA’s requesting that the commission adopt the following policy resolution: “That all areas within three city blocks or 1,000 feet of any school building shall be zoned residential under toe Zone B as now called for by our zoning ordinance.” The Rev. Sterling Price, president of College Heights P-TA, presented toe petitions calling    for the policy statement. Other    P-TA officials told a reporter there are “several hundred” additional signatures on petitions which are still out. The commission room was filled with persons Interested for and against the shopping-center    request. Speeches on each    side brought applause, Brooks said his clients asked that action on their zoning and annexation application be taken off of    because "there have been inaccurate and incomplete statements made,” and because there ha:s “been a great deal of publicity over this.” He said another reason is that the school officials (opposing the shopping center) have filed a brief with the commission of “good fanning.” He said his side would ;e to file one, too. Newspaper Flayed Arthei Henson, a member of Westwood Development Co., said “The Abilene Reporter-New» hasn't been fair. The reporter hasn’t tried to get the facts.” Henson stated that toe Thursday afternoon Reporter-News “Indicated that I had lied about my plans, had changed my plans.” "1 haven’t changed my plans,” he said. “I am putting houses on toe part that I told the commission would be residential. Sixteen months after we gave the high school site, I bought the land where I now propose to place a shopping center.” Mayor C. E. Gatlin and Commissioner Jack Minter told Henson’s group they didn’t think it would be proper for the commission to name a special committee to hear their case. That would be going over the heads of the City Planning and Zoning Commission, which has that regular function, Gatlin and Minter said. Mrs. W. H. Denham objected to repeated consideration of the Henson et al shopping-center request. It could bounce back and forth from now on between the City Commission and toe planning and zoning commission, she charged. Mrs. D, W. Boring appealed to Henson to drop his request on account of toe children involved. School Board President W. E. Fraley wanted to know if some “minor, insignificant change in toe shopping - center pians” would be considered “new evidence” aid get the matter back before toe planning and zoning commission. Mayor Gatlin said the planning and zoning commission is a “discretionary’’ body and could decide. Price and Fraley pointed out that the question isn't whether to approve the kind of shopping center which the applicants propose, but whether commercial zoning shall be permitted adjacent to . ny school. Both oppose such zoning. Malcolm Gray told of talking with numerous persons two years ago when the high school site was being considered. He said all told him they were for the location and the bond issue in order to get the school away from crowded conditions and zone it for protection. “The School Board is right in saying that it wouldn't have accepted the site, if it had known there would be a commercial area near it,” Gray declared. Rufus Sivley, a developer, said the commission needs to find a “solution which is best for ail.“ If F Zone is too liberal in the kind of businesses it permits, "we’d be willing to tie U down,* he said. pia like ;