Abilene Reporter News, March 10, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 10, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas VERY WARM Abilene EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 267 Associated Pr AP) ABIL TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 10, 1954-TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Ike, Flanders Generally Agree On Senate Talk WASHINGTON' 'f. President Eisenhower tackled two hot issues today by (1) describing as non- sense the Democratic charge that the Republican party is a divided camp and (2) announcing that he will speak to the nation on taxes. In a far-ranging news confer- ence, Eisenhower also said he agreed generally with what Sen. Flanders (R-Vl) said yesterday in a Senate spsecji.Flanders accused Sen. McCarthyTTMyis) o! trying to shatter the Republican party he also said he to praise as well as to deplore in McCarthy's activities. The President used the word permitting direct quo- tation, in commenting on Adlai Stevenson's charge that the Re- publicatas are split "half Mc- Carthy and half Eisenhower." Eisenhower's announcement of a speech on his tax program came amidst efforts in Congress to cut taxes more than the administra- tion thinks can be done safely at this time. He said he would discuss his tax program on both television and radio, probably next week. He said the speech to the people will deal with the general philosophy of the program. Other matters, the President: 1. Declared he sees no particu- lar need for TV and radio net- works to grant free time to any- one other than Vice President Nix- on for a reply to Stevenson's criticism of the Republicans. Mc- Carthy is demanding time to make a reply of his own to what Steven- son, the 1952 Democratic presiden- tial nominee, said about him. 2. Declared emphatically that the United States never will become involved in any war unless such a step results from constitutional processes. He made that reply when asked what would happen any of the Americans stationed in Indochina as technicians should be captured. 3. Said his primary interest, dur- ing all his years in the Army, and since, has been for the security of the United States. That was in comment on Stevenson's criticism of the "new look" defense pro- .gram. Eisenhower declared he never will do anything he feels is against the best security interests of the United States and added with much emphasis that he was not going to demagoguge about it. 4. Repeated that he favors con- sideration of Hawaii and Alaskan statehood bills separately. There is a move in the Senate sponsored by Democrats, to tie Alaskan statehood to a pending bill which would make Hawaii the 49th state. 5. Made it clear that he does not see at the present time that any good would come out of a four-power conference of the United States, Russia, France and Great Britain. The President was told that Prime Minister Churchill ol Great Britain had again advo- cated such a meeting. Eisenhower smiled and said he has disagreed with the Prime Minister in the past on some matters. 6. Commenting on the case of Col. Frank Schwable, who "con- fessed'' during the Korean War that U.S. forces resorted to germ warfare, the President declared we should be careful to be understand- ing in judging such cases. He add- ed that he had read that it is practically impossible for anyone to endure the type of brainwashing to which some of our men were subjected as captives. 8. Confirmed that he is telling everyone he can reach, as he put it, that he wants emphasis on the positive aspects of the adminis- tration's program. Negative things, he added, never make for happiness among people. He also: Declared surplus farm commod- ities, such as butter, should be dis- posed of in wavs which are advan- tageous to the'United States. That was his answer when asked for his vie-.v on possibility of selling butter to Russia, at 40 to 50 cents a pound provided the same butter were of- fered to American consumers at the same reduced prices. Differed with 'claims by Demo- crats in Congress that they are not being consulted by the Republi- cans. Actually, the President said, the shoe is on the other foot, and has been for 20 years. WANTS TO Ralph Flanders (R-Vt) tries unsuccess- fully to reach Sen. Joseph McCar- thy (R-Wis) by phone after deliv- ering an attack on the Wisconsin senator on the floor of the Senate. Flanders said he wanted McCar- thy, who was in New know what he had to say'about him. In his speech, Flanders said McCarthy belongs to a "one-man" party and is doing his best to shatter the Republican party by "intention or through ignorance." Dust, Warm Weather Slated This Afternoon The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted swirl- Ing dust will cut visibility to three miles in the Abilene area Wednes- day afternoon and that the mer- cury will hit its highest point here in five months. The predictions, made Wednes- day morning, called for a high temperature in the afternoon of 90 degrees. The last time it was hot- ter than that here was last Oct. 10, when the mercury touched the 92-degree mark, the weatherman fai'l. The dust was expected to be blown here by strong westerly winds, the weatherman said. A1 mid morning Wednesday, dusl blew rapidly into Lubbock and dropped visibility to two miles there in about an hour, he said. Some relief from the expected heat was expected Thursday, when temperatures were expected to be la tin 70s. Dallas V A To Denver WASHINGTON Veteran Administration announced today i s consolidating its district- offic at Dallas with the one at Denve and its Atlanta office with the on at Philadelphia. The change is to be started im mediately. It will leave the agenc only three district offices. Th other is at Fort Snelling, Minn District offices handle insuranc and death claim matters. The agency's announcement sai he consolidations would result i an annual saving of at least SI in salaries and there woul ie further savings in rental costs Tost of the transfers was place at This would indicat a saving of for the firs The agency said that under th consolidation it could operate ficiently with at least 241 fewe employes than are now requiret It was figured the Dallas-Denve change will reduce personnel n quirements by at least 115 per sons, with an annual salary sa ings of The agency said it will poll a employes of the Dallas office t learn how many will accept transfer. Efforts will be made to find job ;or employes who are not tran: ferred. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex disagreed with the decision. H said in a statement: "I think the consolidation wi decrease the efficiency of servic to veterans in Texas and adjoinin states, will have an adverse effei on employment in the Dallas area and will work hardships on em sloyes who must move to Denve in order to retain their jobs. "I do not believe the facts wa: rant the conclusion that the conso idation will result in substantia savings to the government." McCarthy, iymingfon Hit Head On WASHINGTON Mc- arthy and Symington D-Mo) clashed angrily at a public earing today when McCarthy ac- used a fellow senator of misrep- esenting facts on a television pro- ram. He did not name the sena- ir. Symington said he assumed Mc- arthy's remarks were aimed at en. Jackson who was hsent from the hearing, and dded: I suggest you wait until the enator is nresent to defend him- elf." McCarthy, presiding at a ses- ion of his investigations subcom- mittee, beat a glass ash tray on the table in an effort to silence lymington. The exchange came during the tppearance of a Clifton, N. J., raftsman who refused to say whether he has ever been a Com- unist. The witness, Leo Kantro- vitz, 36, testified he had been iiven security clearance to work in classified electronics projects or the government, but said he didn't recall that any of his sosses ever asked whether he was a Communist. McCarthy asked Kantrowitz would you consider yourself a current Communist" or, "as one of the senators has suggested, an old warmed over Mc- Carthy said the senator had used he "warmed over" term in a tele- vision program, but never did spe- cifically name the senator. McCarthy and Symington, each a good, loud speaking ;oice, talked simultaneously some of the time, with the rapping of the ash tray adding to the clamor. Symington made himself heard with an observation that "I'm sure Sen. Jackson would defend him- self" if he were in the room. "I cannot force any senator to McCarthy retorted. He said all members of the sub- committee had received advance notice of the meeting, and that tie was "getting rather sick" of charges that he runs a "one-man committee." Peter A. Gragis of Levittown, N.Y., testified briefly today, naming Kantrowitz among persons he said he had known as fellow Communists while working on classified electronics projects for the government- Gragis testified last Friday he was a member of a Communist cell at the federal telecommunica- tions laboratory at Nutley, N.J., in the 1940s. He also said he had no knowledge of any espionage there; he said he broke with com- munism in 1950. Abilene Builders Fight Housing on Air Base Members of the Abilene Cham- er of Commerce and Abilene uilders Wednesday began work try to prevent or limit a Wner- housing project at Abilene Air orce Base. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Tuesday ight told a jampacked Rose Field GEESE HURRY BY; SPRING Those traditional harbingers of spring, wild geese, but in' an appearance over Abilene 11 a. m. Wednesday. Joe Jay, around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Joe Jay. a pioneer West Texan, was working in his yard at 1150 Vine St., whe he heard the honkers. They were In two V-formations, flying not very high, and headed north. "They were flying like they meant commented Jay. He estimated the flock at about 100. Couple Rents Same Apartment 8 Times DETROIT blonde with a pony-tail hairdo and her male companion were sought by police today after renting the same apart- ment eight times and bilking eight familes of S49S in deposits. The pair rented a apartment las' Friday, police said, and then advertised it for rent at only S65. They did a land-office business and fled a half hour be- fore police arrived to collect them and their rental deposits. TOP CITIZEN Mrs J C. Hunter, Jr., helps her husband, Abilene's Outstanding Citizen of. 1953, put on a gold engraved watch at the Abilene Chamber Commerce banquet Tuesday night. See story on Page 1-B. (Staff photo by Don HutchesorQ_______________ Woman Seriously Injured in Crash Mrs. F. A. Fuller, 63, Colorado City, was apparently in serious con- dition early Wednesday afternoon in Hendrick Memorial Hospital af- ter the auto in which she was rid- ing collided with a truck about a mile east of Tye on U. S. Highway 80 shortly after noon. Highway Patrolman C. A. Cock- rell said she was injured when the 1953 model auto colb'ded with Opposition To Red Control Bills Hinted AUSTIN labor's opposition to one of two proposed Communist control bills which Gov. Allan Shivers may submit at the special session was indi- cated yesterday. The bills were recommended to the governor by the State Indus- trial Commission which he appoint- ed last November to investigate charges that three unions were Communist dominated. Labor's representative on the five-man commission, State Fed- Haskell Family to Chicago Where Death Probe Slated HASKELL, March 10 Mrs. W. i E. Skains of Haskell, accompanied by her son, Jackie, left here Tues- day night for Chicago, 111., where her 24-year-old daughter, Ozella Skains, was found dead in myster- ious circumstances early Tuesday morning. A coroner's investigation was ordered to find out how Miss Skains died. The mother and son planned to arrive in Chicago Thursday morn- ing. The son came to Haskell Tues- day from .Alpine, where he is a student at Sul Ross State College.. They planned to travel by train to Illinois. Mrs. Skains and her husband, who.is a junk dealer here, were informed by Chicago officers by telephone Tuesday morning that their daughter was dead and the doctor to whom the daughter was engaged was being held for ques- tioning. The Skains had not known their daughter was in Chicago. On Tues- day they had received a letter from her written last week in Dallas, where she was anjemploye of Southwestern Bell Tclcphont Co. eratior. of Labor president William J. Harris, entered a dissent against one of the bills which would create a loyalty review board. "This proposed law not only does not guarantee trial by jury; it leaves the way open for blackening the reputations and de- stroying the livelihood of loyal, law abiding, American citizens who would never get the right to full and open jury trial which our constitution and laws accord the lowest Harris said. The other four commissioners, after submitting their proposals to Shivers, issued a statement saying they had exercised extreme care in preparing the bills and had "gone to great length to see that it does not tread upon anyone's rights, but rather upholds them.' They said this applied to the right of trial by jury as recently Reds in Eiedronics lory to Continue Before Senate Group WASHINGTON (Pi A self-styled ormer Communist goes before the enate investigations subeommit- ee today to continue his story of teds working on electronics re- earch for the government. The witness, Peter A. Gragis of Levittown, N. Y.. testified Friday ie was a member of the Commu- ist cell at the Federal Telecom- munications Laboratory at Nutley, 1. J., in the 1940s, but that he has 10 knowledge of any espionage here. He said he broke with com- munism in 1950. provided. The creation of the loyalty 02ELLA SKAINS mysterious death Holden's Funeral Home of Has- kell planned to fly the body to Fort Worth in an ambulance plane early Thursday, then bring ulc usc vl auMuiusuaLivc ucamiB the body to Haskell in a fir..'Sral to determine guilt or Innocence o coach. board has been done with caution and Its defined function and pur pose are such that no one has reason to fear it but Communists and the four com mission members said. "This legislation is directei against communism wherever i may be found, and is not to thi prejudice of any individual, fac tton, group or type of organiza tlon." Harris said his dissent was base on objections raised by L.N.D Wells Jr. of Dallas, labor repre sentatlve on a three-man legal ad visory committee which drafte the proposed legislation for th commission. Wells' objections had been ex pressed earlier In a letter to th commission in which he attacke the use of administrative hearing to 1th the queiUon of lubverslon. 1946 model trues driven by A. Underwood, 1233 Cherry St. Mrs. Fuller and her husband both ere taken to the hospital. Attend- nts said Fuller apparently es- aped serious injury, but that Ms ife probably would remain in ie hospital. Extent of her in- uries was not immediately learn- d. Prior to the accident both ve- icles were traveling toward Abi- ne. The auto, which was dam- ged on the right front side, ap- arently struck the rear of the juck, the bed of which was knock- d off. itate Industrial tead to Speak Here Principal speaker at the West Texas Chapter of Associated Gen- :rai Contractors' second anniver- ;ary dinner meeting on March 23 vill be C. E. Fulgham, chairman of the state industrial commission, lugh Welch, executive secretary if the contractors organiza- ion, announced Wednesday. Welch said Fulgham, who rorn Lubbock, was appointed to the recently formed board by Gov. Shivers. The board was created for the purpose of invest! gating Communist activities in lab jr unions in Texas, Welch said. The dinner meeting will be held in the Drake Hotel ballroom, be ginning at p. m. on Tuesday March 23. Welch announced. New officers and directors wil also be installed at this meeting, Welch said. Odessa Father Seeking Children He's Never Seen DETROIT father toda iought custody of his three chil of whom he'd neve een until yesterday. He is Arthur Laclair, manage .1 the General Motors parts plan n Odessa, Tex. The children hav een living with sisters of thei mother since her death last month Laclair explained to Circui udge Carl M. Weideman he lef his family while in the World Wa I Army after an argument wit iis wife, Edna. Eight months later, he sail :wins were born, then his wif divorced him in 1946. The twin he hadn't seen until yesterday ar Gale and Dale, 8. The other chil s Shirley, 11. Laclair remarried in 1947. said he hadn't heard of his firs wife's death until a short tim ago. "1 feel the children belong t me and to no one he sail His claim is disputed by the tw aunts with whom the children ar iving. Dale is living with Mr Cora Mae Smith and Shirley an Gale with Mrs. Eva Friga, wh aave been appointed guardians fo them. The Detroit women sa they intended to adopt the chil dren. Judge Weideman has continue the case until March 16. Postmaster Brings 100th Birthday Mail LONG BEACH, Calif. Wi-Actin Postmaster George McMillin saj "anyone who lives to be 100 entitled to have the postmaste deliver the mail on her birthday He made this statement whUe d livering the mail to Mrs. Ev Grace Emery yesterday. Amon the letters was one from Preside Eisenhower congratulating her o reaching her 100th birthday. Mrs. Emery, born in Millpor N. Y., has been a widow for years. Gen. LeMay Backs Wherry Program ouse audience at the hamber of Commerce annual banquet lat he felt that at least a limited Vherry housing project was need- d at the base to provide for the ey personnel who will be requir- d on the base at all times, and josslbly for others. The Wherry housing project is federally-sponsored building pro- ram for construction of houses n military bases for personnel ho cannot be accommodated by dequate local housing. C-C Manager Joe Cooley said he arrange some meetings on he matter with Col. D. J. Eryin. ir installations representative, ..'ho flew here Tuesday with Gen. LeMay and is remaining in town for a couple of days." In those conferences will be the C-C National Defense Committee and board of directors and con- itruction industry representatives. George L. Minter Jr., new C-C iresident, said: "We believe and the construc- tion people believe that Abilene can provide adequate housing of he desirable types for all the air jase personnel without a federal project. Gen. LeMay says he must have certain personnel residing on the base for security reasons. The Chamber ol Commerce would cer talnly want to see that the Wherry hoUses-on the base, were -kept- 1 an sfeo.lute minimum In number.' Minter stated that Abilene lead posed here ahead of the comple- tion of the Bentley added. Bentley outlined how Wherry houses are brought Into being and are operated: 'The first move must be made by the military to request the Sec- retary of Defense to declare a need for a Wherry he said. "Afterward, they determine how many units are needed. Then a contract is negotiated, meaning that the guy with the most politi- cal power gets it. The operator would lease the land for a year, and the FHA would underwrite a loan of 90 per cent of replacement value. "The Air Force then leases the entire project from the operator. ers talked privately with during the latter's visit here Wed- nesday, and expressed their con- viction that the community can furnish plenty of housing. He re- ported LeMay said Abilene has more than met its promises on all 'acllities other than housing. LeMay, commanding general of the Strategic Air Command, in his C-C speech cslimated that in ad- dition to the Wherry housing about rental units will be required 'or the personnel. He declared the present number of desirable liv- ing units is inadequate. Elbert Hall, immediate past president of the C-C, expressed the same viewpoint for that or- ganization as President Minter did. The National Defense Committee has already held discussions on the subject. Hall said: "Gen. LeMay seems to be sold on Wherry bousing for two reasons: 1. He tries to get the very best of everything for his men and their families, and 2. he feels that for security he must have some personnel living on the base." C. E. Bentley Jr., executive vice president of the Abilene Savings Association, said resolutions have been adopted by the Abilene Real Estate Board, the Abilene Home Builders Association and the lum- ber dealers' organization, asking the C-C to fight the construction of Wherry houses. "The big majority of those groups don't want Wherry in any giving him a guaranteed return on his investment. That's one objec- tion; you can see that the Air Force would make sure the houses are kept full." Gen. LeMay told his banquet au- dience that America's superiority in air power offers the only real prospect of neutralizing the mas- sive manpower and geographical advantages held by the Commun- ists. Abilene Air Force Base will play an important role in strengthening he national security at a critical time, he said. LeMay predicted that jet bomb- ers will be moved to the Abilene AFB In the winter of 1955-55, "if all goes well." "When fully developed, tire base will be manned by about he reported, "and approxi- mately of them will bring their families." More than people filled Rose Field House for (be banquet. Bentley reported, but there is a minority who think that a small Wherry unit might be jus- tifiable for security reasons." Bentley said Wherry housing projects have been "disastrous" to the local property owners in Lub- bock. Mineral Wells and Wichita Falls. Those communities cou- structed housing for the military personnel before the bases were built, and then after the bases were constructed, the government came along and provided Wherry housing. The locally-built houses were then vacated. "A Wherry project would be less disastrous here than in those places, however, because it is pro- View Man, 51, Fatally Shof Roy Van Cleave, 51, resident of the View community, was found dead lying at a roadside about 200 yards west of Butterfleld School Wedne'sday morning. A 16-gauge shotgun was lying at his feet. He had been shot through the left side the chest in the heart region. Justice of the Peace W. T. St. John who conducted an inquest at the spot where Mr. Van Cleave's body was found said, "It looks like death from self Inflicted gunshot wounds." W. F. Pennington of 1818 Sande- fer St., who delivers mail on RFD Route 3, said he discovered the body about a.m. as he was making his mail route. Penning- ton said he drove to Butterfield School on U. S. Highway 277 to report the death and met Ben Keith, a relative of Van Cleave, and told him about it. The body was taken to Laughter- North Funeral Home. Members of the family at noon Wednesday were attempting to contact a son, Acie H. Van Cleave, through the Red Cross. The son, now in sen-- ice in the U. S. Navy, is aboard the USivDelta In the Pacific Area. Survivors other than his son, Acie, include his wife, the former Flora Martin; two sons, LaWayne Van Cleave of Amarillo and Har- lejiVan Cleave of 334 EN 12th St, and a daughter, Carrol, It Sheriff Ed Powell, who investi- gated the death, said Van Cleave's car was parked south of the coun- try road which intersects U. S. 177 at Butterfield School. The car was headed west and Van body was found south of it, be- tween the auto and a fence. THE WEATHER 3 Children Badly Burned Near Rule Judge Doss Slated To Undergo Surgery City Judge A. K. Doss entered Hendrick Memorial Hospital as a patient Tuesday, and remained there Wednesday. He was to un- dergo surgery. Dan Sorrclls, city prosecuting attorney, served as judge during Wednesday morning's court ilon. HASKELL, March 10. Three Latin American children were in Haskell County Hospital Wednesday icoraing with severe burns received when an oil stove at their home near Rule exploded Tuesday evening. Linito Rodriguez, 12, and his sis- ter, Mary Sulema, 14, were both reported in critical condition and had been given several blood transfusions. Both received second and third degree burns. Their younger brother, Audelio. 9, was listed In serious condition, and their mother was released aft- er treatment for burns on her hands Tuesday evening. The fire started at p. m Tuesday as Mary was filling the oil cook stove In the kitchen he farm house where the family of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rodri- quez was living, about five miles north of Rule. The stove exploded, catching fire to the clothes of Mary and ler two brothers, the only ones in the room at the time. Mrs. Rodriquez was burned on both hands as she tried to put out the children's flaming clothing md get them .outside. Her other four children were in different parts of the house and thus escaped Injury. The small house was completely destroyed, along with all the fam- ily's household goods. The father 1: a farm laborer. The children were taken to Has- kell by Floyd Gauntt amMlance from Rult. TJ.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHEl BCKEAC ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair very warm Wednesday with strong wester- ly winds acd some dust Wednesday noon: maximum temperature Wednesday afternoon about 90; fair and cooler Wednes- day night and Thursday: lov Wednesday 45-53: ntRll Thursday In 70s. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon and ic- nlEht. Thursday partly cloudy slightly cooler. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and windy, warm this afternoon tarninB cooler tonight and Thursday. EAST acd SOOTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly clw4y aad warm this afternoon and tonlcbt. Thursday cloudy and turning sUght- ly colder interior. A few scattered showers near coast. to locally strong southerly winds oc the coast, becoming: west to corthveat Thursday. UKES Wed. A.M. S3 57 57 S3 57 U N ia .............-a M U-M............ M OUt M 57 54 sinorfcU u. :-55 a.m. tomtit fcU p.m. Baromttir Relattti h Maiimua mutnnm M T ended H. ;