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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               WINDY Abilene EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXI1I No. 274 Associated Prett (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY'EVENING, MARCH PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c A FELLOW JUST GETS FULL-UP Singleton, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Singleton, 3110 South Fifth St., paused for a breather before returning to the attack on his pancakes Tuesday night at the Kiwanis Pancake Supper. See another picture on page IB. (Staff photo by David Barros) TICKETS Kiwanis Pancakes Net Over If all the pancakes consumed at Tuesday night's Kiwanis Pancake Supper were cooked in small batches by a they'd make breakfast for an average family of four for about five years. Instead, they were put away with gusto by around peo- ple who attended the mammoth flapjack feast in Rose Field House. Not since Paul Bunyan's famous flapjack has so much pancake flour been cooked up at one time. The syrup poured on them would have Been enough to drown Babe the Blue O. Eighteen aproned Kiwanians worked for five straight hours flipping flapjacks off the griddles which stretched halfway across the gymnasium. They turned out an estimated pancakes during that time at the rate of about 254 a min- ute. The crowd jammed the field house to stuff down pancakes and listen to four one at a the three colleges and high school. Ticket sales for the supper mounted way over the goal with a total of more than the at which the Kiwanians were aiming. That will probably bring profits on the supper to as com- pared with last year's N. TV. McCormiek, general chairman said. Gross was but some SSOO in bills have to be paid from that. George Brown's Hotcakes came off with top honors in the ticket sales with a total of and Elmo Cure's Flapjacks sold Another 505 tickets were sold at the door, McCormiek said. Homer Scott was top salesman with almost 300 tickets to his credits. He was on Brown's team. Brown's team earned him the pleasure of smacking Cure in the face with a custard pie. Both team captains will also have a at the Abilene Kiwanis Club's ex-President Len Johnson. Johnson promised them that they could use him for a custard pie target if tickets went over before he left for Kerrville to take over management of the radio station there. He'll be back or the meeting next week. Originally the pie-throwing ses- ion was scheduled for Wednes- day. Abilenians took enthusiastically o the pancake feed Tuesday night, going back for several helpings. Their appetites were probably .elped along by the fact that many tood in line for as long as an our and a half to get into the ield house. Lines still reached to le door at 9 when the supper vas supposed end. Aunt Jemima, -who was on hand a red-checked signed lUtographs for hundreds of Abi- ene youngsters, arid got surprised tences from many growitups. Most of the ingredients for the upper were donated by manufac- irers, but Kiwanians has to buy le 800 pounds of bacon served. They went through that by 8 p.m. nd had to send out hastily for nother 500 pounds, much of which vas eaten. The crowds really started at :30 p.m. and at one time the ines stretched around two sides f Rose Field House and doubled p inside before going the length f the gym. Tip for next year's pancake eat- rs: Go at 4 p.m. McCarthy Says He'll Let Army Lawyers Cross-Examine Him Albany Airman Hurl in Crash Airman Third Class James L. Hogan, 19, of Albany was in Hen- dricfc Memorial Hospital here Wed- nesday for treatment of a head injury suffered when the automo- bile he was driving overturned nine miles southwest of Abilene on U. S. Highway 277 Tuesday Bight. His condition was reported by a bospital source as "satisfactory." Texas Highway Patrolman G. G. Fitzhugh, who investigated, said Hogan was traveling alone and was headed toward Bronte when the accident happened. The of- ficer said the wreck apparently occurred about 11 p.m. Details of what caused the car to overturn had not been determ- ined definitely, pending a later in- terview which will be held with Hogan when he improves from his Injuries, Fitzhugh said. A passerby brought the injured man to the hospital, the officer reported. 11 Israelis Killed .When Bus Attacked JERUSALEM, Israel Sector HI official Israeli source said 11 Israelis, including several chil- dren and two soldiers, were kffled In a bus attacked by a group o Arabi today. Judge Laughlin Is Removed By Supreme Court Action AT BRIDE'S HOME 4th Jail Breaker Caught at Midland MIDLAND caught Thomas Ray Taylor, who led an escape from the Howard County jail, at home with his bride today. Taylor was among five men broke out of the jail in Big Spring yesterday. David Leach was still at large. Captured earlier were John Springer, Randall Leon Hendrix and Jack Thompson. Taylor was found by Capt. Billy Patterson, who had arrested him last week in Stanton, and Detective Sgt. Wayne Taylor. He surrendered meekly and said lie hadn't had anything to eat until he arrived at the house about 5 a.m. Taylor and bis bride rented j the house in Midland last Thurs- day, two days after they were married in Oklahoma. Taylor said he led the way down a rope from a fourth floor window i of tie Howard County jail and slipped away alone. He said he hung around the outskirts of Big Spring until this morning, when he bitched a ride to Midland on an oil company truck. The five men slipped out of a fourth floor window in yesterday's early morning darkness. Police did not discover the break until two patrolmen stopped two men on the street they thought were acting suspiciously. They recognized them as Hendrix, convicted wife-killer, and Thomp- son, serving a robbery by assault sentence. They were quickly re- turned to cells. Springer was captured last night in a service station at the edge of town. He and another man sur- rendered without resistance. His companion was not among the jail- breakers but police held Mm for questioning, i Officers used bloodhounds and an airplane in the search yester- day for Leach and Taylor. Taylor, charged with armed rob- bery, escaped from a policeman in Stanton, Tex., last Friday and was the object of a wide search before he was recaptured and brought here. Leach was captured last Jan- uary in a running gun battle with Colorado City, Tex., police. He was serving a five-year sentence for forgery. Springer was sentenced to three years in prison theft and was also wanted in Michigan for a federal parole violation. Archbishop Over Fainting Spells BOSTON Lfl Archbishop Rich- ard J. Gushing, apparently recov- ered from a fainting spell in Wor- cester last night, was reported planning to celebrate a pontifical mass today in Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Court Won't Alter Whitaker Death Penalty AUSTIN Court of Crim- inal Appeals today refused to dis- turb the death sentence of Walter E. Whitaker Jr., in the West Texas slaying of the girl he promised to marry. The court said it found no re- versible error in the trial proceed- ings. An Air Force cadet from a pros- perous Hartford, Conn., family, Whitaker was convicted in the strangulation death Jan. 8, 1953, of pretty Joyce Fern White, 18, Lubbock. Joyce's nude body-was'found 20 days after the slaying, buried in a spot to which Whitaker led po- lice. Whitaker pleaded temporary insanity and said he had no con- scious knowledge of the killing. The appeal court said: "We think it can be safely said that the appellant (Whitaker) choked Joyce Fern White to death with a cotton cord around her neck. "As to whether or not he was conscious of the same and was in a sane frame of mind at the time was a question for the jury to de- termine, as well as the punishment accorded in the event that they decided against him." FUND WASHINGTON McCar- thy (R-Wis) offered today to let urmy lawyers cross-examine him mder oath when his investigations ubcommittee probes his battle of barge and counter-charge with Army officials. "The Army should be entitled to have a lawyer cross-examine me and all adverse te said in an interview. Under iresent rules of the subcommittee, his would not be possible, al- hough McCarthy, a member, ould cross-question Army wit- nesses. He said he would recommend hat the investigations group adopt a special rule on cross-examina- only for this probe it irdered yesterday. Present rules allow only committee members and staff to cross-examine, though others may suggest questions. The Wisconsin senator has agreed to'stand aside as chairman vhile the subcommittee looks into charges that McCarthy and his chief counsel Roy Cohn tried .0 apply improper, pressure to get special treatment for G. David Schine, a former unpaid subcom- mittee consultant who now is an Army private at Camp Gordon, To be probed at the same time are McCarthy's and Cohn's coun- tercharges that Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens and John Adams, the Army's general counsel, tried to "blackmail" them into an effort to ward off a sub- committee investigation of alleged Communists In Army ranks. Serving as temporary chairman during this special probe will be Sen. Mundt a close asso- ciate of McCarthy in past proceed- ings. Mundt said he preferred that some other Senate group not Mundt feature story on Page 10-B directly concerned with the con- troversy do the job, but he bowed to the will of the seven-man group, which voted yesterday to do its own investigating. Part of the proceedings will be in public, probably before tele- vision cameras. These hearings may come late next week. McCarthy will continue to serve on the subcommittee during the probe and thus, unless there are further rule changes, could play a dual of the investigator and the investigated. The senator has said he is "fully satisfied that no one on my staff is guilty of improper conduct or using any undue influence on the Army." He said he regards it as being of the "utmost im- portance" that the public get all of the facts in the case. Baptists to Meet STAMFORD, March 17. Next year's meeting place for the 17th District Baptist Convention will be Southside Baptist Church in Abilene, the Rev. Byron Bryant of Stamford, retiring president, said. The meeting place was decided upon at the convention held last week at Immanuel Baptist Church in Abilene. It will be held March 11, 1955. SIDELINE SEAT Talking with newsmen after a closed door meeting of the Senate investigations subcommittee, Sen. Karl Mundt left, is presiding as Chairman Joe McCarthy takes a sideline seat. Mundt will act- ing chairman, it was announced, when the subcommittee ex- plores at a public hearing the dispute between McCarthy and Army officials. I Lawyers Say Parr At Root of Case AUSTIN Supreme Court today removed C. Voodrow Laughlin as judge of the 79th District Court in the ;outh Texas political domain of George B. Parr. It was the first time in Texas history that a district judge las been ousted in a civil suit brought by lawyers who practice n his court. Political boss as the Duke of at the root of the trouble in the stormy 79th district, lawyers on both sides had told the court. Laughlin's attorneys countered he was the "innocent ictim" of south Texas politi-} JUDGE C. WOODROW LAUGHLIN Surplus Suggested For Teacher Raise .Worth legis- lator today recommende'S the leg- islature use all but of the anticipated general rev- enue surplus to give teachers and state employees salary increases until the 1955 regular legislative ession. Eep. Vernon (Gene) Smith intro- duced a bill he said would tem- porarily give teachers the and state workers the S120 a year boost proposed by Gov. Shivers in his opening message to the special session. The measure also would allot one million dollars for new build- ngs or remodeling at the school or the deaf. Smith would delay other appro- priations recommended by Shivers or construction at Southwestern .ledica! School, the University of Texas dental school and the East- lam prison farm. Not Intended to Delay He said his bill "is not designed ir intended to delay or replace either the governor's proposals or any other proposals which will be submitted during this special ses- ;ion." "But in the event no other pro- posal is decided upon it will pro- vide the basic emergency meas- ures necessary until well into the next regular session of the legisla- .ure without any additional taxa- Smith said in a statement. The general revenue surplus vhich Smith would use for tempo- pay increases became avail- able for spending when Comptrol- er R. S. Calvert revised his esti- mate of prospective income just a few hour's before the special ses- sion got underway Monday. Prior to Calvert's revised fore- cast, no surplus was in sight. Just ahead ot Smith's bill was me by Rep. Joe Burkett of Kerr- rille who is renewing his unsuc- cessful attempt of last year to abol- sh both the minimum pay scale "or teachers and the Gilmer-Aikin aws on school financing. Burkett's proposals would let lo- cal school boards decide how much o pay teachers. It also would wipe out the law creating a minimum foundation und supported by state and local contributions and the law requir- ng use of an economic index to determine each county's equitable share of the cost. Burkett would have the state ippropriate 86 million dollars a year for distribution to school dis- tricts on the basis of average daily attendance. The districts then could decide how much more they wanted sources. The House got its first look at Burkett's bill and at tax measures designed to raise money for higher salaries for teachers and state employees. The first look was a fleeting one, involving only formal reading ot the bill's caption and referral of the measure to the revenue and taxation committee. A bill to give teachers a across the board raise in base pay awaited public hearing before the Senate Education Committee at 2 p.m. Tiachers Endorse Bill Endorsed by both Gov. Shivers and the Texas State Teachers Assn., the measure expected to win quick approval on this to spend from local Pictures oh Page the third day of the 30-day specla session. Among the tax measures infro duced in the House was one by Rep. Joe Kilgore of McAllen pre- senting the governor's three-poin: revenue-raising program. The bill proposes a gathering tax of one-half cent per cubic feet on natural gas, an increase of 63 cents per barrel in the beer tax, and an increase of 75 cents per in corporate assets in the franchise tax on Texas busi- ness firms. Following a policy meeting ol the taxation committee yesterday, Kilgore sounded optimistic about the administration bill's chances of success. "I think the committee shows ihe distinct complex of being ready to get to said Kilgore, him- self a member of the tax panel. "Apparently there is not any crystallized sentiment as there was in the past session on the matter of the committee holding tax bills in it. cal intrigue. The other side contended he was a willing Darty to it. The unanimous order of the court directed that Laughlin's re- moval be effective at noon today. LauRhlin's opposition had chal- lenged his fitness to serve on ground that he obstructed investi- jation of the south Texas ambush slaying of Jacob S. Floyd Jr. They also contended the judge In his decisions showed favoritism to the jolitical parlies that supported lim, including the Parr forces. Laughlin's attorneys had replied that Parr opposition was trying o throw the judge out of office simply because Parr supported lim. They contended the opposition lad shown neither "utmost good "aith" nor "clear, positive and con- I'incing proof" in the ouster charges. The court made its action final, declaring "that no motion for re- hearing will be entertained." Laughlin still could appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. His attorneys laid the predicate for that in their briefs and arguments before the Texas high court. Laughliu could not be found by reporters seeking comment on the court's action. Jacob S. Floyd Sr., father ot the-, youth whose -slaying. was brought into arguments before the court, said he feels now "that the people in this county will get jus- tice." Laughlin among other things was charged with discharging the Jim Wells County grand jury immed- iately upon taking office, while the jury was still investigating matters involving his brother. The official misconduct or par- tiality alleged on this point also included the charge the dismissal came after the grand jury had re- turned two indictments against the judge. The court said that this alone justifies and requires Laughlin's removal from office and that "no good purposes, present or future, would be served by a discussion of the other causes" for removal. Laughlin's attorneys had argued that when he discharged the grand jury Jan. 1, 1953, he "was under the good faith belief that the grand jury had in fact completed its work and that he was justified in dis- missing it for the term." "While we should not close our See LAUGHLIN, Pg. 5-A, Col. 2 2 Youths Charged In Abilene Holdup Two young men Wednesday each Faced charges of burglary and rob- bery with firearms, after being identified by an Abilene woman as the youths who robbed, bound and gagged her at her home late Tuesday. The suspects, who gave their names at the district attorney's office as Phillip Kent Triggs, 17, of Newington, Conn., and Carl Bet- ancourt, 20, of New York City, were filed on Wednesday morning before Justice of the Peace H. F. Long. 'Judge Long set bonds of S2.500 for each of the men on the armed robbery charge and for each on the burglary charge, making a total bond of S4.500 for each man. The charges will be presented to the 104th District Court grand j'ary for investigation when it convenes next Monday. Mrs. W. L. McNeil, 1326 Hickory St., identified the men as the tsvo who she said, robbed, bound and gagged her. She said the incident occurred about 5 p.m. when she returned home alone. She had entered the house through the back door and was walking to the front part through a hallway, she said, when one youth stepped from around a corner holding a .38 caliber revolv- er. "Lady, we want your he was quoted as saying. Mrs. McNeil at first thought it was some kind of a joke and said, "I don't have any." The man replied, "We mean business." The other youth had meanwhile stepped from the living room of the home, carrying a 12-gaugc shot- gun belonging to Mrs. McNeil's son, which had been taken from a bedroom closet. Mrs. McNeil gave the youths her purse, from which they took about S13. Then they asked her if she had a car and when other members of the family were ex- pected home. She told them that her son, Jim- my, 18, had taken the car and gone to the library and that her husband would not be home until iate. The youths ripped up bed sheets, gagged and tied Mrs. Mc- Neil to a chair in a bedroom. She said they had ransacked the house, strewing contents about. "Don't call the police if you do. we'll get she said they told her. The men, who had entered the house through a back window, fled from the rear of the home. Mrs. McNeil freed herself al- most immediately and called po- lice after looking to see that the youths were gone. Detective Lt. George Sutton and Police Patrolman Allen Hatchett found the suspects from a descrip- tion the woman gave. Hatchett ar- rested them at p.m. as they walked north at North Fifth and Pine Sts. As Hatchett approached the youths, one drew the revolver. Hatchett also drew his gun and ordered him to drop his revolver and both men to lie face down on the ground, which they did. Hatchett radioed for another pa- trol car, and the suspects were taken to the city police station. The youths also had in their pos- session a hunting knife belonging to Jimmy McNeil, Sutton said. The knife and money were the only things taken from the house. Another ,3S revolver was found in a suitcase which one of the youths had checked the Grey- hound bus station. Police transferred the suspects from city jail to county Wed- nesday mornlnf. Rebels Resume Indochina Onslaught HANOI, Indochina Viet- ninh resumed their massive front- al assaults today on the French fortress of Dien Bien Phu after dragging back thousands of killed and wounded and regrouping in the surrounding hills. Despite tremendous losses in the ace of murderous fire from be- hluJ the barbed wire and bunkers of the beleaguered plain in thu strategic northern Thai country, the Communist-led rebels contin- ued to pour in more screaming attacks against the heart of Dien Bien Phu. Some unofficial estimates put the rebel losses ai high as dead and full division. The French took advantage of momentary-enemy vrltkoVawal to parachute In a fresh battalion of reinforcements. Tanks and Infan- try sallied forth from unthreatened defense positions to counterattack the enemy in" encircling move- ments. The French said the Vietminh continued to suffer heavy losses as Dien Bien Phu braced for a possible all-out rebel drive to over- run the fortress by sheer weight of numbers. The rebels, badly mauled after four days of suicidal attempts to take the 4-by-6 mile plain, its com- mand post and two air strips, pulled back momentarily in a heavy rain yesterday after driv- ing to within half a mile of the center of the fortress. Then they resumed their assaults from the hills ringing the plain. French fighters and bombers poured rockets, thousand pound bombs and machine-gun fire into enemy positions surrounding the fortress. The French expressed complete confidence they could continue to hurl back with withering curtains of heavy firepower from Ameri- can-supplied guns the wave after wave of screaming rebels sent into the biggest battle of the seven- year-old Indochina war. The French gave no figures of their own casualties, but said their losses have been "appreciable." For the Vietminh, the moment of decision seemed near. To win a decisive victory, it ap- peared the rebel commander in chief, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, might throw in an of what's leff of the to troops he was credited with having around Dien Bien Phu for one massive assault on the fortress. THE WEATHER U. I. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Mostly rloudy acd wJody Wedctsday afternoon, Wednesday night and Thursday; high Wed- nesday low Wedcesdsy njgbt high Thursday 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly cloudy with slovly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Thursday, oc- casional rain tonight and ta south portions this afternoon. Scattered taundershowers Thursday. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy this Efter- nooo. tonight and Tharsday, occasional light rain la Pecos Valley eastward this afternoon and tonight, widely scattered thucdershowers in Panhandle and Scutli Plains Iste tonlsht and early Thursday, turning a_ little cooler Thursdav. EAST TEXAS: Cloudy with slowly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonlebt and Thursday, occasional rain tonight and Thursday. Local thunderstorms !a north portion Thursday afternoon- Moderate to fresh southeasterly winds en the coast. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Cloudy slowly minft temperatures and occasional rain this afternoon And tonight. Thursday partly cloudy and warmer, scattered show- ers In north portion. Fresh southeasterly winds on the coast. TEMFEKATCKES 54 54 M 54 47 47 M Sunict lut nU6t p.m. SuariM a.m. Sumtt IMlcltt KM Maximum tcmmraturi for dtd a.m.: 39. Minimum Uamratura tor M kwn tadM at a.m.: 49. Banmnter nmttot at v.m.   

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