Abilene Reporter News, March 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 09, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD. Abilene EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 266 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 9, 1954-SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Signs Put Up After 2 Wrecks Swift action to place stop signs at the intersection of South Sev- enth and Hawthorne Sts., scene of recent scooter accidents, was tak- en Tuesday morning by the city. City Manager Austin P. Han- cock gave orders during the morn- ing that the signs be erected, fac- ing Seventh St. He said he read in Monday after- noon's Reporter-.News that Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. McCiure, safety co-chairmen of the Bonham School P-TA, were asking for traffic controls at that corner. He stated that up to mid-morning he had not received the letter, but said he hadn't finished going through the day's mail. He went out Tuesday morning and inspect- ed the location. The MeClures sent Hancock a letter Sunday, requesting that either stop signs or mechanical control be put at the intersection. Mrs. McCiure told The Reporter- News that the accident last Sat- urday, injuring two teen-agers, ivas the second in less than a year at the same place in which scoot- er riders were hurt. She said motorists drive too fast there. Marilyn Frances Button, 4050 Richmond St., and Richard Marcus Hamrick, 1934 South 19th St., were hurt Saturday when the scooter they were riding was in collision with an automobile at that cor- ner. An overhead traffic signal light was ordered moved Tuesday from North Second and Grape Sts. to South Seventh and Peach Sts. Hancock said it was felt the lat- ter location needed such a signal, whereas the Grape St. intersec- tion didn't. Negro Park Purchase Near Purchase of a site for a new Negro park is about completed, Don Waddington, member, report- ed to the city's Park and Public Recreation Board Tuesday morn- ing. He stated at a regular meeting that only legal details concernin; the title and the property descrip- tion remain to be completed. The land, a little over seven acres, is being purchased from City Homes Inc. It lies across North Seventh St. south from Cur- tis Webb's barbecue cafe, and is at the corner of North Seventh St. and Cockrell Dr. The property is between North Seventh St. and the new Negro high school. Board members voted to ask the City Commission to advertise for bid's to sell 1.61 acres out of the old Stevenson Park, formerly the Negro park. The remainder of tha old park will be included with the new land in creating the future Negro park. J. R. Taylor, representing the Softball interests of Abilene, at- tended Tuesday's meeting. He ask ed that softball facilities be equal ly as good this year as before. I was voted that the board's rec reation committee will meet wit) softball enthusiasts and work ou plans for the summer's program The board will send Park Supt Scott Fikes and Gene Galbraith chairman of its recreation commit tee, to Dallas March 24-27 to tin Southwestern District conferenc' of the National Recreation Asso ciation. New Division Due To Enter Ft. Hood WASHINGTON March 9 Army notified Rep. Poage (D-Tex today a new armored division soo will be organized and based a Ft. Hood near Temple and Waco Tex. There will be approximately 11 000 men in the division, comprise of troops brought in pri.maril from California, Poage said. Th name and the number of the div sion has not been determinecl. The date when the troops wi move into Ft. Hood also has no been determined, but it is expec ed to be within a short time. Th new unit will be in addition to th 1st Armored Division now sta tioned at Ft. Hood. New High School Pickets Idle 75 MORE MONEY DADDY DEDUCTS Triplets born last April 29 get front-row seats when daddy, Seymour L. Meisel, an industrial engineer of Cleveland, fills out his 1953 federal income tax re- turn They are worth in exemptions. Jonathan, center, watches intently as befits a future breadwinner. Suzette, left, apparently would like to grab the pencil. Babette, right, could be wondering: "Does this all still leave room in the budget for my new Easter out- ______________ Whelsel, Rich jiven No. Ballot Spots Order in which names will ap- jear on the ballot of Abilene's 6 city election was decided "uesday morning. Candidates drew the following pots: CITY COMMISSION Place Clell Whetsel, E. A. Hooper, J. Floyd Malcom, Aldrous R. Oglesby; Place 4, W. D. Rich, C. Conerly, H. G. Reeves. SCHOOL BOARD Place 2, W. ,ee Byrd, OUie McMinn, W. A. Dick) Dickenson; Place 3, Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts, Jimmy Par- tin; Place 1, Morgan Jones Jr. Mystery Surrounds Haskell Girl's Death Baltimore Council Next for BALTIMORE "Look out Council you are next for a big shooting you low sewer rats." That was the pencil-scrawled, unpunctuated message received yesterday by the Baltimore City Council. The word "Communist" appeared at the end of the message and it was not known it was meant as a signature or a slur. 13 Workers Killed As Warehouse Falls IRAPUATO, Mexico walls of a government-leased warc- louse collapsed yesterday under lie weight of shelled corn stacked against them and 13 workmen were crushed to death. The work- men were buried under sacks of corn and the roof's heavy tiles. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Skains of Haskell were notified Tuesday morning in a telephone call from Chicago, HI., officers that their daughter, Ozella Skains. had died and that the doctor to whom she as engaged was being questioned concerning her death. The Associated Press said the body of a woman carrying the identification papers of Ozella Ann Skains. 24, Dallas, was found ear- ly Tuesday on a parkway beside a street in suburban Oak Park in Chicago. Police said the body bore no marks of violence, and first indi- cations were that she might have collapsed and died natural causes, the Associated, Press said. The possibility that she might have been put out of an automo- bile was also beine considered. A coroner's investigation was order- ed to determine death, the Associated Press said. Mrs. Skains said in Haskell that she and her husband, who is one of the largest dealers in junk in the HasfceJI area, had not known their daughter was in Chi- cago. Mrs. Skains had talked with her daughter, an employe of South- western Bell Telephone Co., by telephone on Monday of last week in Dallas, where the daugh- ter worked. Today, Mrs. Skains received a letter written in Dallas last Tuesday. Nothing in the letter mentioned a trip to Chicago. Checking with the telephone company in Dallas, the mother learned her daughter had checked out there about a week ago with two weeks of vacation due her. In Dallas a year ago, the moth- er met a doctor who was in ser- vice and to whom Miss Skains was engaged. The doctor was from Chi cago. Since then the doctor had been discharged and had return- ed to Chicago, the mother said. Miss Skains completed high school in Haskell in 1949. For a time subsequently, she attended Draughon's Practical Business Col- lege In Abilene. Later she worked ior Bell Telephone Co. in Abilene and about a year ago was trans- ierred to Dallas. Survivors in addition to the parents are a brother, Jackie, who is a student at Sul Ross State Col- lege at Alpine. Effects found in her purse did not give -any clue as to why she was in the Chicago area or where she had been staying. In her hand' bag police found the Associat- ed Press said. A building pass issued by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co was found among her papers. Of- ficials in Dallas told police Miss Skains had worked as a telephone operator since March 20, 1950. Shi had worked in a Dallas exchange until Feb. 25 after receiving a two- week leave which began officiall: March 1 the Associated Press said GEN. DEAN CALLED Mentricide Study Made by Court WASHINGTON .W A Marine Corps court of inquiry today turned to a study of "mentricide" destruction of a it moved toward a climax in the case of Col. Frank II. Schwable. The Marine air officer, who signed a germ warfare confession for his Communist captors in Ko- rea and repudiated it when freed, is expected to testify himself la- ter this week, perhaps Thursday. In the meantime, his counsel called Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo j of New York City as a follow-up witness to Maj. Gen. William H. Dean, who testified yesterday. Dr. Meerloo, a Dutch psychia- trist, specialized in the study of Communist brainwashing and de- fines its result as literally, mind-murder. He coined the word as a description of what happens to a mind robbed of its to recommend whether Schwable should be court-martialed or other- wise disciplined. Dean. who won.the Medal of Honor in Korea and was a prisoner for three years, told the court yes- terday he would rather die than submit to capture again. "If I ever go to war he said, "I'll carry along a pill which I'll take if I'm captured." He said the military rule of dis- closing only name, rank and serial number when captured is an ideal 'we should all strive for" but he said he told his captors more than hat. There must be a he said. 'But when you're being interroga- ed there is no artificial barrier you can put down and say this it The Communists won't stop anywhere." will by torture and interrogation. The court of one admiral and hree Marine generals was set up Student, 18, Pays Fine After Auto Scraping An 18-year-old Hardin-Simmons University freshman was finer S100 in City Court Tuesday morn ing as the result of a traffic acci dent which occurred on South Firs St. near Sunset Lodge last Sat urday. He was fined S75 on a charge o speeding 80 miles an hour, and S25 on failure to stop and leave his name and address. He paid the S100. He had pleaded in court that he wasn't guilty. The youth was alleged to have been traveling west on South First St. in a Cadillac, and to have struck a Plymouth driven by J. K. Wallingfprd of Abilene, as he passed Wallingford's car on the latter's right. Wallingford testified that he gave chase to the Cadillac, ob- taining its license number and de- scription. The speeding charge was listed as the second against the student, he having been convicted and fined in an earlier case. The former occurrence was alleged to have been Sept. 19. 1953- Traf-o-Teria Saving Trip To Station NORMAN. Okla. Wi Fuming rivers who wouldn't be caught less the police tation to pay a parking fine have ound salvation at last in the The little device, installed re- :ently on all parking meters here as an experiment, turns potential nonpayers of parking tickets into aw-abiding citizens. Indications are it's going over big with the laying customers. A motorist here receives a part- ing ticket and an envelope. If he puts the ticket and 50 cents into the envelope and places it in the Frai-o-teria. an aluminum box at- ached to. the parking meter, the Inc is considered paid. Wait 48 hours and the ante goes up to SI Police Chief Albert Dodd thinks the pay-as-you-drive boxes will be a bonanza in enforcement of the city's traffic codes. "Used to be." reflected Dodd, "women were pretty reluctant to come to the station, and they'd give the tickets to their husbands who chances are, would forget to pay them. Now the women pay better than men." Overtime parking fines collected in the boxes during the first month of. "Operation Traf-o-teria" totalei S400, Dodd said, a 135 per cent in over the previous take. LABOR DISPUTE Wayne McAllester of Wichita Falls and a member of the Ironworkers Local Union 592 pickets the area around the construction of the new high school buildings, North Sixth St. and Mockingbird Lane. The pickets were set up early Tuesday morning. (Staff Photo by Stuart Chilton) _______ Throng to Greet Generals Tonight Attendance at tonight's annual i were to arrive at the air base at 4bilene Chamber of Commerce 4 p. m. by plane, banquet will be the largest in People from 30 West Texas cit- organization's history, the C-C re-; ies had already reserved tickets early Tuesday morning. They rep- resent Colorado City, Anson, llam- lin, Sweetwater, Coleman, Ballin- ger, Cisco, Haskell, Albany, Big Spring, Moran, Brownwood, Fort Worth, Baird, Trent, Roscoe, Lo- ported Tuesday morning. Reservations continued to pour DEFENSE WITNESS Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, right, appears as a defense witness for Marine Col. Frank Schwa- ble left who confessed to a germ warfare charge while a Red prisoner in Korea. A Marine Court of Inquiry in Wash- ington is trying to determine if Schwable should be court- martialed for yielding to Red torture. THE WEATHER IT. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE LEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and mild Tuesday. Tuesday niRht and Wednes- day; hiRh Tuesday and Wednesday 7S-80: low Tuesdav night 50. NORTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXAS" Clear to partly cloudy and mild this after- noon and toniRht. Wednesday, considerable Cloudiness, warm and windy. SOUTH CENTRAL and EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and mild this afternoon tonight and Wediwsday. Fresh to locally southerly vrlnds on the const. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M. Tues. A.M. 4-30 I'.'...'..'.'.... Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise to day a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Ba.-ometer reading at p.m. 27.91. Relative humidity at p.m. Minimum temperature for 24 hours end Ing nt a.m.: 46. Maximum temperaturt for 24 hOUfl tac lA a.m.: Former Red Leader Acquitted in Italy MATERA, Italy Cornmu- list leader who quit the party and back from Czechoslovakia to stand trial was acquitted last light on charges of resisting pub- ic order. The court freed Matteo Massen- :io, former secretary of the local Red party unit, on grounds there was not enough evidence against lim. He had been accused of lead- ing Communists in a 194S clash with the police in which several persons were injured. Police said he had shouted dur- ing the riot: "Give me the Red flag or give me death." During his trial he testified: I'm glad to be finally rid of this incubus. I chose liberty be- cause no one knows better thai I who've seen it at first hand what the Soviet paradise really is." Habeas Corpus Draft Petition Refused WASHINGTON IB A wealth} young Texan who. countered draft notice with a habeas corpu petition was turned down yester day by the Supreme Court. The high court declined to dis turb lower court rulings agains Michael Joseph Lynch, Dell City Tex. Lynch, who had been order ed to report for induction at E Paso on April 17, 1953, assertc in the habeas corpus petition tha he was retained of his liberty b Maj. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, dire tor of SelecUvi Service. and had reached the mark arly in the day. Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, cnm- ander of the Strategic Air Com- and. the main speaker, is to raine, Cross Plains, Tuscola, Win- ead the Air Force top brass who gate, Roby, Rochester, Rule. Ro- ill be on hand. He is from Offutt tan, Lamesa, Seymour, Brady, Breckenridge, San Angelo and Sny- der. Maj. Gen. John B. Montgomery, commander o[ the 8th Air Force, Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, is to be on hand to greet Gen. LeMay F Base, Omaha, Neb. The event is to begin at 7 p. m. Hose Field House. Central theme this, the 47th, nnual banquet will be the Abilene Force Base, the S70 million omber base under construction ,st west of the city limits. Gen. LeMay and a party of three at the air base. Montgomery will arrive at 3 p. m. at the new Mu- nicipal Airport east of town. His OMBING 'NOT GUESSWORK' Gen. Lemay's SAC Constantly Alert Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, 47, tired speaker for tonight's Abi- Chamber of Commerce an- ual banquet, commands a 00-man intercontinental bombing orce capable of an immediate of- ensive in case of war. He's a man with a "slide-rule nind" who made his own way to top without West Point train- ng. His outfit is the farflung Stra- egic Air Command, under which le new Abilene Air Force Base vill operate. His headquarters are .t Offutt Base, Omaha, Neb. Associates say LeMay's preci- ion thinking (he's an engineer) accounts for the present type of irganization in SAC, designed for bombing accuracy and efficiency. Prepared for Anything Mission of SAC is: Destroy the enemy's bomb bases, smash the enemy's warmaking power by de- stroying his industries and his communications, and support the ground forces. Since taking the helm of SAC, Gen. LeMay pulled around him the men he wanted, reorganized the operations and began training his people as though war might come in the next 24 hours. SAC still operates on that prin- ciple. Crews and planes stay on ready basis around the clock. It is hammered into the men tha the loss of one hour in another war might be fatal. Their night bags are packed for take-off at any time. Their planes are under con slant care. Plans have been made there are repeated for movement to foreign bases Each crew knows its war target LeMay says there no longer is any guesswork (bout of ombing. even from feet in ny kind of weather. The accuracy mcnt and bomber efficiency. Efficiency ratings of each wing, 5roup, squadron and crew are tept up-to-date with machine tabu- ations and machines don't take excuses. Each month the SAC comptroller feeds facts and fig- ures into the tabulating machines m how personnel and equip- ment are used, how many flights are made by celestial navigation, low well the supply system works, .he number of bombs dropped vis- ually and by radar, the bombing accuracy, etc. Survival Kits LeMay insists that every crew learn how to survive in hostile country or in the Arctic if shot has improved better than 400 per cent due to better electronic equip- down. They study the findings of experts, and then go into wild mountain country to live with their 'survival kits" as best they can. This survival training has brought some interesting results The plane commander, absolute leader in the air, is not always the leader on the ground. Perhaps it is a sergeant raised in the hill country to whom the. men for leadership. As for their "get home" chances in case of war with Russia, Le- May is highly optimistic. The fig- ures are secret, but LeMay is sure all but a remarkably small per- centage of the bombers should re- turn from the 'attacks. SAC extends over the 15th Air Force at Riverside, Calif.; the 8th Air Force at Fort Worth; the 2nd Air Force at Shreveport, La.: the 7th Air Division at South Ruislip, SM SEN. LEMAY, Pa. 2-A, Col. 1 8th Air Force is under the Strate gic Air Command which LeMay heads. Also slated to attend the banquet is Col. H. R. Hallock. district en- gineer of the Corps of Engineers at Fort Worth, the organization su- perintending the building of Abi- lene AFB. After Gen. LeMay lands, the of- ficers will be escorted on a tour of the base. Greeting both generals will be Mayor C. E. Gatlin; Col. Jack Brown, 8th Air Force liaison of- ficer at Abilene AFB; County Judge Reed Ingalsbe: W. P. Wright, chairman of the C-C Na- tional Defense Committee: the en- tire National Defense Committee; and the C-C board of directors. Arriving before noon were to be two officers from Fort Robert R. Conner, Air Force in- stallations representative, South- western Division of the Corps of Engineers; and Maj. Stanley M. Dragnicb. special assistant to Col. Conner. They were to be met at the Woolen Hotel by George Min- ter Jr., president-elect of the Abi- lene C-C, and Mayor Gatlin. The four are to join the defense committee at 3 p.m. vdien Gen. Montgomery lands at Municipal Ironworkers Claim Others On Their Job A labor dupute at the new Abi- ne High School construction site ulled an estimated 75 workers off e job Tuesday. Picketing the construction of the high school buildings -e members of the Internation- Association of Bridge, Stnic- ural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Ocal Union 592. Refusing to cross the picket lines re brick masons, plumbers, elec- ricians, and sheet metal workers. R. H. Mitchell, superintendent f the Ball Construction Co. of an Aniouic, general contractor for le new high school, said only arpenters remained on the job. here are about 10 carpenters Mitchell said. According to Jlitchell, the dis- ute is between the ironworkers nd the carpenters. Mitchell said the iromvork- rs are protesting the erection of metal decking called Cofar, over concrete is poured. The Ball superintendent said the ronworkers contend that they hould erect this metal decking ather than the carpenters. Mitchell had a photostatie copy jf a telegram to Stanley Wiggins, Business representative of the Car- penter Local 1565, from M. A. lutcheson, general president of the Carpenters Union, advising Wig- gins to keep the carpenters on the ob. Wiggins declined to give any in- :ormation concerning the strike Tuesday morning. Buck Chambers, president of the carpenters local here, also declin- ed to discuss the dispute saying that he did not have any informa- tion at this time. Ben Lane, business representa- tive of the ironworkers local, said Tuesday .morning that the dis- agreement was between the iron- workers arid the construction com- pany, but he declined to say what the dispute about. Mitchell said three pickets were at the scene early Tuesday morn- ug. The sign carried by one of the pickets read, "This construction ;o. unfair, labor practice to Iron- workers Local Union 592, Please iclp us." See THRONG, Pg. 3-A, Col. 1 Only 4th of Autos Have'54 Licenses has the Automobile registration taken an upward swing in past four days, Raymond Petree, county tax assessor-collector, not- ed Tuesday. H o w ever, he estimated only about 25 per cent of the cars, trucks and other vehicles eligible for registration had so far been accounted for. "Yes. I anticipate a twelfth-hour rush for Petree said. "It has always been thus." Petree said that his office was not requiring that new Inspection stickers be applied to motor ve- hicles before registration. The tax collector's office has been pretty well filled with appli- cants for the last four days, some having to wait. He said lines are due to get longer. The deadline for registration and applying tags to cars is March SI, inclusive. GEN. CURTIS LEMAY glide-rale mtad ;