Abilene Reporter News, March 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas SHOWERS, MAYBE EVENING VOL. LXXIII, NO, 273 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 16, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe French Riddle Onrushing Reds Plane Skids Across Field HANOI, Indochina Scream- jpreciable" losses out of their own Ing Vietminh shock troops surged i garrison of French, Moroccans, today to within half a mile of the heart of the Dien Bien Phu for- tress, then faltered and fell back, taking their dead and wounded with them. Masses of the Communist-led rebels staged the attack from the encircling hills in a driving rain, firing rifles, pistols and machine guns and throwing grenades and spears. French-manned American guns tore wide gaps in their ranks. A French army spokesman said thousands of the rebels were cut down. Unofficial estimates of the Viet- minh dead and wounded in the four days of battle for the wire- ringed plain, ia a strategic sector of northwest Indochina, rose to be- tween and Broken, bullet-riddled bodies of rebel dead dangled like scare- crows on the barbed wire as the outnumbered French Union forces fought desperately to keep the' plain out of rebel hands. It was the most savage battle of the seven-year Indochina war. Early today the to have a major effect on the Geneva conference next was still in doubt. The fighting which began Sat- urday afternoon raged furiously through last night as thousands wildly screaming 'Communist-led rebels, backed by artillery from Communist China, charged repeat- edly into the bristling. American- armed defenses of the fortress plain. The "do-or-die" fanatic rebel charges over the mounting bodies of their own dead resembled the .Communist onslaughts on United Nations troops in the Korean War. For the first time.In the long Indo- china war, the Vietminh aband- oned their guerrilla tactics for an all-out frontal assault. In the first 48 hours of fighting, the Vietminh wrested two northern and northeastern strongpoints from the French Union defenders. But the French high command said the center of the Vietminh- encircled plain was still intact and the balance of the outer per- imeter also was still holding. They predicted the- defenders would hold until the rebels had worn themselves out. The French said they had killed attack- ing Vietmiah and wounded many more. They admitted "ap- Vietnamese, Algerians, German Foreign Legionnaires and Thai tribesmen. Prediction Made French in Saigon predicted the Vietminh could not maintain their intense attacks of the past 48 hours longer than two more days. By that time, they said, the rebel troops and their the latter painfully trekked by coolies over the hundreds of jungle miles from Chinese dumps would be exhausted. Rainy weather, Vielminh anti- aircraft and rebel bombardment of Dien Bieu Phu's air strips re- duced the fort's airborne supply line to a minimum. Bat a number of C47 Dakotas still were able to land with medical supplies and to take off for Hanoi with the worst of the wounded. The tress, hardest attack on the for- 175 miles west Hanoi, came on its northern outpost. One section of the strongpoint gave y Saturday night; late Monday night the balance of the defenders withdrew under the cover ofj forces sent from the center. The rebels took the sector after one the heaviest artillery pound- ings they have been able to mount so far in the long conflict. French Union defenders bulked their striking power within the wire-bristling, bunkered heart of the fortress as the rebels threw wave after wave of yelling troops at the defenders. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES TO FIGHT con- troversial senator says he wil! fight any move inside his sub- committee to step aside for some other group to probe his row with the 3-A. ATOM SMASHER Science may turn up some surprising discoveries with a mammoth machine unveiled today at the University of 9-A. ABILENE'S FUTURE This question will be answered least in port by the "grand- daddy" of the modern "shopping center after his survey is com- ,1-B. KjWANIS TO FEED Flapjacks Tonight For Abilene Throng By PHYLLIS N1BL1NG i Griddles are heated to a fine sizzle, bacon done to a turn, and 185 Abilene Kiwanis Club members are ready to serve up pancakes by the thousands to an estimated guest list of persons in Rose Field House between 4 and 9 p.m. Tuesday. For 50 cents a head, the pan- cake-eaters can stuff as many flap- jacks as they like, and all in a; good cause. Money from the annual pancake supper goes to the Kiwanians boys' and girls' work. They hope to sur- pass the earned in last year's flapjack feast. Tuesday morning seven Kiwan- ians and Rotarians flew in from Lawton, more came by car to watch the Abilene club does it. They were put to work right away toting griddles and ovens, 100 tables and 800 chairs into the field house for the feast. They couldn't have 'found a club with a better "batter" average in the country, because the Abilen- ians lay claim to having started the now-widespread pancake sup- pers back in the 1920's, according to N, W. McCormick, general chairman of the supper. They are held all over the U. ,S. now, and go even as far as Ki- wanis Clubs in the Philippine Is- lands, he said. The Lawton clubs are pooling their efforts for a pancake day in their city, with both clubs enter- ing nominees for queen the club selling the most tickets will get crown its queen. Instead of a five-hour feast, the Lawton pancake-flipping will go on for 16 hours. Glen Powers, im- mediate past-president of the Law- ton Kiwanis Club, -said. They're gelling pointers from the Abilene club from setting up the tables on to cleaning'up after- wards. Profits from the Abilene supper are possible because most of the supplies from paper napkins to flour, syrup, milk and donated by manufacturers, Mc- Cormick explained. "Bacon's just too big z project for anyone to he said, "but we get it at just about .cost." Most of the Lawton visitors are planning to leave Wednesday morning, although they have been See PANCAKES, Pg. 5-A, Col. 5 MIDLAND Continental Airlines plane made a forced laud- ing shortly after takeoff iyday, skidding a half mile across a mes- quite-dotted pasture. The pilot and one of the eight passengers were slightly hurt. The other two crew members and the remaining passengers were shaken up. The plane, a 44-passenger 2-en-1 Convair 340. was en route from El Paso to Tulsa. Okla., with scheduled stops at Midland and Wichita Fails. The forced landing came about four minutes after it took off at a.m. for Wichita Falls. H.. E. Persing of El Paso, the pilot, was treated for multiple body bruises and scalp cuts. M. L. Sweeney, a Continental Oil Co. employe from Altus, Okla., had a left shoulder injury. Attending physicians said the others aboard were only shaken up. The plane came down on the Scharbauer Cattle Co. ranch three miles southeast of the airport and about eight miles west of Midland. The left wing was torn off and plane parts were scattered along the path of the half-mile skid. The plane stayed right side up. The damaged plane did not burn. Firemen from the air terminal threw a cordon around the plane because of the possibility of fire. The smell of leaking gasoline was strong in the air. 5 Escape Big Spring Jail; Pair Recaptured Suspended Teacher Files Slander Suit Against Officials HOUSTON suspended John Reagan high school teacher who aas been accused of reading "vile" literature to his students has filed a slander suit against three school administrators. Peter Jaeger, 30-year-old Eng- lish instructor, filed the suit al- leging the school officials con- spired to smear him as a "Com- munist. and as being un-Ameri- can." Assistant Supt. J. O. Webb, one of the three defendants, said the suit is a "smoke screen." "It is a smoke screen to cover the real issue and that is whether or not we should discharge our obligations to parents and students in seeing that undesirable material is not used in Webb said. Named with Webb as defendants were Reagan principal R. H. Wil- liams and Asst. Principal Harlan G. Andrews. Webb said last week Jaeger "was reading the vilest kind of literature to his students." Jaeger said he was suspended four months after he had read excerpts from D. H. Lawrence and Phillips Wylie to his 10th grade English composi- tion classes. 4 on Murder Trial Jury AtSweelwater SWEETWATER, Match 16 gil Redden who lives north of Sweetwater was chosen Tuesday morning as the fourth member of the jury to. hear the murder trial of Ivory Gibson, Jr., 19-year-old Lubbock Negro. Gibson is accused of the gun slaying of'Ralph White, a Lubbock city detective. Sept. 9. 1953. Three jurors selected Monday, first day of the triai. are Troy Norris, C. E. Waggoner and D. L. Perry. Counsel for the state and the defense questioned 31 of the 150 veniremen summoned Mon- day. The fourth juror was chosen 30 minutes after Judge A. S. Mauzey convened 32nd District Ceurt Tues- day morning. Gibson's trial was moved here from Lubbnrk on a defence motion for a change of venue. He is al- leged to have shot White while the defendant, his brothei Henry Gibson, and John were at- tempting to burglarize the Dryer and Lee Oil Co. in Lubbock. Prosecuting attorneys are Dis- trict Attorney Travis Shelton of Lubbock and his assistant, Forest Bowers, aided by Eldon Mnhon of Colorado City, 32nd .District At- orney, and Nolan County Attorney "im Pearson. Defense attorneys arc A. W. Sal- rers and Bill Tucker of Lubbock -ud Wcldcn Kirk of SweeUv.-.ter. Weather Takes New Twist; Showers Due With a recent'backlog of almost all kinds of cold, dust, wind and even a little snow Abilene area Tuesday night and Wednesday may get its me- teorological picture rounded out with a few scattered showers. This was the opinion of the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport Tuesday morning. A big high pressure area hover- ing over this area is beginiiing to move east, causing a little cir- culation on the west side of the high pressure area over the Gulf, the weatherman said. Moisture seems to be increasing, he added. YOU'RE GETTING THE IDEA' Dr. Charles Romine, right, president of the Abi- lene Kiwanis Club, greets three Lawton, Okla., civic club past presidents who are warming up their batter arms after arrival at Abilene Municipal Airport, for the Pancake Supper Tuesday night. The three, left to right, Howard Babbitt of the Lawton Rotary Club, War- ren Wolverton and Glen Powers of the Kiwanis Club, came with a group to observe the Abilene club's incidentally, Jftnd a hand. (Photo by Charles GOVERNOR Allan Shivers of Texas ad- dresses a joint session of the' House and Senate at the opening of the special session of the Texas Legislature Monday. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) __________ Red Death Pe Bill Introduced nalty AUSTIN death penalty or Communists or others who would overthrow the federal or state government by force was provided in a bill introduced in he Legislature today by Hep. Rob- ert Patten, Jasper. It was offered as bills to hoost taxes, raise teachers pay and put more heat on Communists. began rolling through the legislative mill on the second day of the special session. Patten's measure outlaws Com- munists and all others "no matter under what whose object is to forcibly overthrow the gov- ernment. It declares there is evi- dence establishing existence of "an nternational revolutionary Com- munist conspiracy" that consti- ues "a clear and present danger" .0 the state and federal govern- ments. Not Less Than 10 The Patten bill declares mem- jership in the Communist party :o be a felony punishable by 'death or confinement in the pen- itentiary for life or any term of years not less than 10." Gov. Allan Shivers has submitted Communism control as one of the topics to be acted on in the special session. He has said he personally ravors jury-found sentences up to and including death for convicted Communists, but his specific rec- ommendations on Con.munist con- xol will be given to the Legisla- ure later. Meanwhile, several' less strin- gent Communist control bills have seen introduced, or are ready for introduction. Shivers won friendly applause when .he bluntly broke the tax raise news to the lawmakers in the openins joint session yester- day. But a littio later a Senator made a personal privilege speech calling the governor "a Republican run- ning as a Democrat." The speech, by Sen. Joe Russell, Royse City, apparently had no connection with special session issues. Names Three Sources Shivers told the legislature it can raise the needed to give teachers a annual pay raise, and state workers a S10 monthly boost, with these taxes increase of 63 cents a barrel, to S2. Natural new gathering tax of one-half cent per cubic feet. Business 75 cent increase per Shivers made a fervent plea for appropriation of funds for build- ings, especially at the school for the Deaf at Austin which he called a "firetrap." He asked for for improvements there, at the dental school, Southwestern Medical and Eastham Prison Farm. He said he believed the natural 'gas gathering tax he recommended would be constitutional. H is de- signed to replace a similar levy declared unconstitutional recently by the U.S. Supreme Court. That wiped out a year in rev- enue to the state. A Mil including ttt H02 pay Another picture, story on Page 2-A raise for tea'chers and the school finance revisions suggested by the governor was introduced in the Senate by A.M. Aikin Jr., Paris. :t was set for hearing tomorrow by the education committee. Shivers said the proposed ga; gathering tax would fall to a lira ited extept on producers, but "i seems the nearest we can get however, to the long lines, and the only sound way to get a majo portion of increased revenue from someone other than the producer and royalty owner." DURING SPECIAL SESSION No Jail for Sentell; He's Immune Now AUSTIN, March IB Rep. C. F. Sentell of Snyder, who came :o the special session with 39 hours of a 72-hour jail sentence unserved, won't have to serve out lis time for several weeks, regard- less of Supreme Court rulings. The Constitution of the State of Texas so provides. Section 14 of Article 3 of the Constitution states: "Senators and representatives shall, except in cases of treason, felony or breach of the peace, he privileged from arrest during the session of the Legislature and in going to or re- turning from the same, allowing in which the Legislature is con vened." The Legislature has just opened a 30-day called session. Then, Sen tell will be immune from arres one day "travel time" for eacl 20 of the approximately 300 miles from Austin to Snyder. "That's commented when Rep. Sentel his "constitu tional protection" was brought t his attention. The legislator was sentenced bj District Judge Sterling William on a charge of contempt of court The Supreme Court upheld the judge. Sentell's attorneys are now one day for every 20 miles such I asking for a re-hearing before the member may reside from the place I Supreme Court. Figure in C-City Gun Battle Sought BIG SPRING, March 16 prisoners made a daring escape, .pparently early Tuesday morn- ng, from" the fourth floor of the Howard County jail here. Two were captured during the morning in Big Spring by city po- ".ice. The jail inmates who made the escape were: Leach, 27, Colo- rado City man, sentenced here March 3 for forgery and Involved recently in an auto chase and gun battle with police at Colorado City. (2) Randall Leon Hendrix, 21, Sweetwater, who was sentenced here March 11 to five years in the penitentiary lor murder without malice in connection with the death of his wife. (3) Jack Thompson, who given a five-year pen sentence here March 2 for robbery of E. N. Hooper, Big Spring, by assault. (4) Thomas Ray Taylor, Mld- .and, charged with armed robbery of a Big Spring service station but not yet tried. Taylor, arrested at Stanton last Friday morning by Night Policeman Walter Graves of that city, escaped from Graves, who shot at him as the suspect fled. Taylor was recaptured the same day by Midland police In the outskirts of Stanton. (5) John Springer, who was sen- tenced here March 2 to three years for theft of an automobile from P. Y. Tate of Big Spring. The two prisoners who were caught here Tuesday morning aft- er the jail break were Thompson and Hendrix. Both were wearing civilian clothes instead of the prison garb white coveralls. First discovery of the jail breal 'occurred when Big Spring city police noticed Hendrix at a servio station half a block west of thi jail on foot. They knew he should be in jail, and took him in custody Later Thompson was found b' city police in the a Ne Half ol Auto Tags Issued Approximately one-half of the passenger cars in Taylor County remain to be registered for IDS' license plates before the March 3: deadline. Taylor County Tax Collector Ray mond Petree estimates that some- thing in the neighborhood of 10.00C passenger cars in the county al ready have the new tags and hi figures a total of vehicle; are now in the county. With 11 full days and two Satur days on which Petree's office is open only until noon, an average of 750 sets of plates would have tc be issued daily for all the esti mated remaining vehicles tc get tags. Figures furnished by Jesse Walk er, deputy tax collector, show tha a total of was collected las week on passenger car license fees representing approximately vehicles, or an average of 480 each day. Passenger car fees totaled Monday on an estimated 525 autos JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE Bootlegger Out of Jail After Agreeing to Leave County By GEORGIA NELSON j A. B. (Red) Moneyhun, well- known Abilene bootlegger who had been serving three concurrent 120- day jail terms given him Feb. 3. 1954. was released from Taylor County jail Saturday. March 6. aft- er having served only 32 days of the terms. County Judge Reed Ingalsbe said Monday morning that he ordered Moneyhun released from jail after receiving a signed statement from Dr. J. M. Estes, Jr., that Money- hun's health and possibly his life was being endangered by his con- finement in jail. Judge Ingalsbe said no writ of habeas corpus was applied for or granted to gain Moneyhun's release and that no appeal was made to the Texas Board of Pard- ons and Paroles for a reprieve to be granted by the governor. Under Texas law these arc the only, legal procedures lor a person to be released from a county jail after a conviction has become fi- nal. Moneyhun's conviction three bootlegging charges to which he pleaded guilty Feb. 3 became final when the term of county court ended Feb. 13. Fines and court costs tntaling 1615 Infivt bootlegging cues against Moneyhun were paid the day he was released from jail. Records in the Taylor County Clerk's oflice show that this money was paid by his attorney, Theo Ash. Judge Ingalsbe said his decision to release Moneyhun from jail was based on two considerations: First, that a physician stated his health was endangered and, sec- ond, an agreement that Moneyhun would leave Taylor County permanently. Moneyhun has a court record here of numerous bootlegging con- victions over a period of nearly 20 years. "I told his Judge In- galsbe said, "that it didn't make anv difference to me whether he was in jail or not so long as hi would get out of Taylor County and never come back." Ingalsbe added tliat he was shown proof that Moneyhun had sold his property at 4000 Grape St., where his bootleg- Sing operations had been carried on, before he consented to release 1.1m. Judge Ingalsbe saM that Ash, representing Moneyhuu, had told him be plumed to lilt application for a writ of habeas corpus in ar effort to have him released Irom jail but that he (Ingalsbe> tol Ash that he would oppose this pro cedurc. Under Texas law a writ ol ha beas corpus can be granted by county court, district court or th Court al Criminal Appeals. Sheriff Ed Powell said he leased Moneyhun from j.tfl on ord er from Judge Ingahbe. "Whether it's legal or not, I'i sure the community will be bette off if he (Moneyhun) stays awa from Powell commented. The sheriff said that if Money hun returned to Abilene he woul be arrested again and required t serve the balance of the ja terms. Moneyhun was found guilty on t bootlegging charge March 26 IB i 1953 by a jury which assessed pun id Ishment of 30 days in jai! and fine. On appeal the Court o Criminal Appea's sfflrmed th] conviction. He was arrofted Jan 25, 19M and placed in jail to serv this 3U-day term. On Feb. 3 he entered pk-as o guilty tf. three other boctlcggin charges and was assessed 120-day jail terms to run RANDALL LEON HENDRIX escapee recaptured gro section in the northwest part of town. The prisoners made their escape from the jail by prying loose a bunch of rivets to get into the run- around and then digging through masonry to get 'from the runaround to the outside. They used mattress covers to form ropes with which to let th'emselves down to the ground from the fourth floor. jprisoners still re- maine'cr'at mid-morning. A widespread search had been launched. Leach fras Charged with assault with intent to murder in Colorado City as a result of a pre-dawn gun battle with officers Jan. 16. The pistol battle followed an auto crash involving the car in which he and H. S. (Dick) Hickman, former Colorado City police chief, and Tom Keeling, also Colorado City, were riding. Hendrix's sentence for murder without malice followed a plea of Suilty. He had been charged orig- inally with murder with malice, but pleaded innocent to that charge. He is also under a, 12-year sentence from Sweetwater for the burglary of the Charles Farris home near Lake Sweetwater; five- year ssntence at Sweetwater for theft from the R. H. Christopher residence; and five 10-year senten- ces for burglary at Abilene. Ford Tries to End Special Session AUSTIN representatives made speeches on the floor of the House today against Gov. Allan Shivers and this special session. Rep. Curtis Ford Jr., Corpus Christi, introduced a resolution to get the session ended at 12 noon today, just one day after it opened. He said "We were called here needlessly." The House sent that resolution to its committee on State Affairs by a voice vote. Ford said that it didn't matter, that he'd have a resolution every day from here on out, trying to get the session ended each day. Rep. Anita Blair of El Paso spoke against Ford's move. She attacked what she caned the gov- ernor's change of mind iiuw year about giving .the. teachers a pay increase and said, however, she felt duty bound to stay here to try to help the teachers. THE WEATHER C.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BCKEAU ABILENE AND VICISTTT aiostl- cloady Tuesday and Wednesday wiii chence for scattered light showers Tues- day nijcbt and Wednesday: high Tuesday near 60: low Tuesday night near -tS: hlsa Wednesday near 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures this tonight and Wednesday. Oc- casional Ugh, rain Wednesday. WEST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy and slow- ly rising temperatures this afternoon, to- nisht and Wednesday, scattered rasa tonight tnd Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Considerable cloudiness and slowly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight Wednesday. Occasional light rain Wednes- day. Moderate to occasionally fresh, east and southeast winds on the coast. TEXrEKATCKES Mon. Tuts. A.M. 44 44 43 43 45 41 51 45.............tiM............ 51 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise day a.m. SUUMt toBUtht p.m.: Maximum temperature, for the. 34. ended at a.m.: 59. Minimum temperature lor 34 boon ended H 4J. Barometer rtudinf mt PJB. I kWlMttV' 44 ;