Abilene Reporter News, March 20, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 20, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, MILD Abilene EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 277 Aaociated Prea (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 20, PAGES_ PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe RECUPERATING Rep. Alvin M. Bentley most seriously wounded of the five Congressmen m the House shooting points to a wound where one of the bullets entered his chest Bentley said all members of the Puerto Rican Na- tionalist party should be rounded up and the party out- lawed. _______________________. High School Work To Resume Monday Work is to resume Monday on the new Abilene High School, R. H. Mitchell, job superintendent of the Bail Construction of San An- tor.io, announced Saturdry morn- ing. Mitchell said he was advised by R. F. Ball, owner of the com- pany, by telephone from San An- tonio Saturday morning to start the job Monday morning. It was not known whether iron- workers would resume work Mon- dav Mitchell said he had notified Ms brick foreman to begin work Mon- day and that other trades, carpen- ters, anti sheet metal workers were expected to go back on the job. He said he had not been able to get in touch with representatives of the ironworkers union to notify them of the resumption of work on Momlav. Work on the.buildings has been shut down since Tuesday with the exception of plumbing and electri- cal work when the Ball Co. noti- fied the trades to stop work until the jurisdictional dispute between the carpenters and the ironworkers Is settled. Mitchell said the dispute, re- 6 in Family Die as Fire Sweeps Home CEDAR CREEK mem- bers of a Negro farm family, and j probably a seventh; were burned to death when fire swept their home here early today. The dead were identified as W. C. Wilson, 54; his wife, Martha, 51; their son, Alvin, IB; their daughter-in-law, Shirley Walker Wilson, 23; and two children of the daughter-in-law, James Earl Wil- son Jr., 5, and Charles Eugene Wilson, 3. Another child of the daughter- in-law, Delores Ann Wilson, 1, was also believed to have perished in the blaze but her body had not been found. The bodies were recovered from the fire debris about 3 a.m. by the Bastrop volunteer fire department after the blaze had been reported an hour earlier by a truck driver identified as L. A. Morrow, who had been passing on the highway. Cedar Creek is a farm commu- nity about 10 miles west of Bastrop. The Wilson family had gone to a community supper last night and some members of the family had not returned home, friends said. All those who did were believed to have died in the fire. sponsible for a one-day work stoppage March 9, was whether the carpenters or ironwork- ers would install a metal corra form decking. It was being In stalled by the carpenters. Stanley Wiggins, business repre sentative of carpenters local 1565 said Saturday he and Galvin M Daniel, business representative in San Antonio for carpenters loca 14 talked with Ball in San Antonio Friday. Wiggins said he advised Ball tha according to the rules and regu lations of the National Joint Boarc for Settlement of Jurisdictiona Disputes the board can not reach a decision as long as the contrac tor has the job shut down. Wiggins quoted from a wire h received from M. A. Huteheson general president of the carpenl ers union, on March 9 which said "Regarding application 'of; corra form on Abilene High School job R. F. Ball contractors, you are t keep our members employed o the. application Of corraform an also the tack welding. H any oth er trade desires, a the may present their ease before th National Joinf'Board iri accor with the procedural, rules." Wiggins said these are the onl instructions he has received excep that he was advised by C. P. Dris coll of Houston, international rep- resentative for the carpenters 1 Texas to follow the instructions o Hutcheson. "Therefore we cannot compro mise." Wiggins said. Wiggins quoted from the rule book of the National Joint Boar which said, "In event of jurisdii tional disputes among trades an pickets by any union it is the de clared policy that all unions are ti ignore picket lines." David S. Castle Jr., architect o shutdown would do little to delay work on the school, which is al- ready four months behind sched- ule. Affected by the layoff were 60 to 75 men. He Didn't Know the Was Loaded KANSAS CITY Uf) It wasn't liquid liquor the cop smelled on his breath, it was cookie flavor, View Wreck Victim Listed Still Critical R. V. Haynes, of Lawton, Okla., as reported by attendants at :endrick Memorial Hospital Sat- rday morning as being in "crit- cal condition, but holding his vn." Condition of Mrs. Haynes and er son, Allen, 9, were listed as serious, but not critical." The family was injured about :30 p.m. Friday when the 1933 el Pontiae in which they were iding rammed into the side of a anta Fe freight train at the View rade crossing OH V. S. Highway 77. Investigating officers said the .uto smashed into the first car >ehind the engine. The train was ust getting underway after stop- ping as the View depot. The impact threw the child 10 o 12 feet to the right of the auto vhile Mr. and Mrs. Haynes re- mained in the auto. Officers said visibility on the highway was good and that the red signal lights at the intersec- tion were working. The auto was headed south and was severely damaged. The train was not dam- aged. 18 Killed in Crash Of Air Force Plane 200 Musicians Here For Strings Clinic More than 200 junior high musi- cians from Brownwood, San Ange- lo and Abilene opened a one- day orchestral clinic at Abilene High School Saturday morning. They divided into two groups for work with Julius Hegyi, conductor of the Abilene Symphony Orches- tra, and Alan Richardson, instruc- tor In cello at North Texas State College, Denton. All the students are string instru- ment players, George Robertson, orchestra instructor here, said. The iirst session was held Saturday morning and the final clinic was scheduled from 1 to 4 p. m. Sixth Divorce Only Costs Him VENTURA, Calif. HV-Sugar heir Adolph Spreckels H has a divorce from his sixth wife that cost him only in cash. Spreckels, 42, was granted a de- cree yesterday from 22-year-old Judith" Powell of Beverly Hills Calif. ?He testified she refused to maintain a home, failed in her household duties and was unac- countably absent from their Oja ranch. The marriage lasted 34 days. The young wife gets plus attorney fees, and is allowed the school, said the' temporary to keep her wedding gifts fron Spreckels, including a mink coa' and a, diamond ring. Spreckels has an appeal from i 30-day sentence for beating hi: fifth wife, actress Kay Williams who divorced him last August. Women Don't Like Shivers' Attitude PLYING THEIR TRADE Three attorneys here for the annual legal institute did some Lawyers Open Annual Legal Meeting Here Lee Jones, Jr., of San Antoni opened the annual legal inslituf here Saturday morning with a dis cussion of problems presented b joint ownership of mineral rights About 65 attorneys had regis tered when the meeting opene and they were still coming in Sat --AUSTIN spokesman for the "Old Party" women of Duval County said they didn't like the governor's "attitude that he is the Savior of all of us." Approximately 300 women of Duval County jammed into the governor's office yesterday and presented their petition asking the state to stop interfering in local government in Duval County. Gov. Allan Shivers told them that wrongs should be corrected and the truth known. After that, Mrs. Mary Joyce Mattson, a second grade teacher in Freer and chairman of the Old Party organization of women vot- ers of Duval told report- ers: "I don't believe a thing he says. ADLAI CAST AS ATTORNEY McCarthy Charges Demos With Treason on 20 Counts MILWAUKEE Sen. McCar- thy (R-Wis) accused the Demo- cratic party of "twenty years of treason" on 20 counts last night and, casting Adlai Stevenson in the role of "attorney for the called on him to plead guilty or not guilty. In leading up to his charges against the Democratic parts', McCarthy said: "Tonight I shall place before the greatest o! all juries, the American people, an indictment of "told twenty counts, picked at random Judge D P Strother which at best constitute gross A polic'eman who said he had! stupidity-or at worst, treason" followed Ross and thought his driv- ing erratic testified a whiff of breath convinced him the motorist had had a few. Ross insisted what he had was cookies at a wedding reception earlier. They were liquor-flavored, he told Judge Strother and offered to bring some samples to court. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy and cool today and :onight, warm- er Sunday. Hign today 60 to 65, low to- night 45 and high Sunday "JO. NORTH md hlgt CENTR .AL. TEX'AS: parti? cloudy to cloudy, cooler In south portion this after- noon. Cool tonight. Warmer Sunday after- noon, WEST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy, rather cool this afternoon and tonight. Wanner Sunday afternoon, ____ EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy, cooler this Coo. tonlRht. Warmer Sunday afternoon. Mod- erate north to northeast winds on the coast, becomlnn southeast Sunday, M g S8 S g 2 S 8 M .'1.......... M HUtT and low temperalurej M houri "This does not constitute the entire McCarthy said, 'but just 20 counts in the indict- ment picked at random." He said 'there is scarcely one of you who hear me but has had some per- sonal tragedy linked to these acts of infamy." "Twenty years of twenty deeds of betrayal." The senator, making a rebuttal ,o a March 6 speech of Steven- son's, accused the 1952 Demo- cratic presidential nominee of us- ng "the Communist method" of ittacking him and the Republican party. Stevenson, in Cambridge, Slass., said through a spokesman that he had "no comment" on McCarthy's speech, delivered at a banquet of the Milwaukee County Young Re- publican organization. Stevenson had told a Demo- cratic rally ia Miami that the Republican party was "dividet against itself, half McCarthy am half Eisenhower" and accuset McCarthy of sowing "slander and disunion." McCarthy, who quickly accuset Stevenson of a "vicious" persona attack on him, said in his speech last night that "Adlai turned some fine phrases it But, said The phrase drew one of the big! vations of the night from the overflow, partisan crowd of more than 400 that packed a small ban- [uet room at a downtown hotel. The senator charged that Stev- enson, in his speech at Miami, acting as spokesman and defense awyer for the Democratic party, used the officially approved and published Communist method of attacking McCarthy and the Re- publican party." The senator drew his most pro- onged applause when he referred o the late Sen. Taft He called Taft a "tower of in- egrity and strength in the Repub- lican party." "I greatly miss the moral support which I so long received from he said add- ng. "no chameleon was Bob Taft." Scattered cries of "guilty, guilty, guilty" came from the audience as McCarthy' went through his charges against the Democrats. The deeds which McCarthy which he said he had picked at from U.S. recognition of Russia in 1933 to the wartime Yalta agreement, events which he linked to the fall of China to the Communists and the Truman administration's han- dling of the Korean War. Repeated Chargti McCarthy repeated several charges he had made previously against the Democrats. He said count number one "in the indictment for treason' against the Democrats had to do with the Korean War. He said: "Let us call as witness tha greatest of all Americans, Gen Douglas MacArthur. He testiliering the Communist leader. Tog iatti, back from Moscow." McCarthy made this sam charge in a speech attacking Ste- venson late in October, 1952, as th presidential campaign of that yea was approaching its climax. Another "indictment for trea son'' in which McCarthy name Stevenson was this: "May 19, 1942, with Adlai a special assistant in the Navy De- partment, the White House rule that members of the Communis conspiracy were to be act as radio operators on eithc commercial or naval vessels." Related to Money The third count in which Stevei son was mentioned related to th transfer of money plates to Russ for the printing of occupation cu rency in subject als previously investigated. After concluding his list of "i McCarthy said: "If these 20 counts picked random from the record of t] two decades between 1933, and January 20, 195J, do no add up to treason, then I ask yo my triesif, what 'I was very 'We didn't come beti to be ctured." Two Groups Visited Two groups of Duval women ave come to see the governor. On Thursday of this week 26 omen of the United Mothers of uval County met the governor protest the consequences of eorge B. Parr's political rule in e county. They met in the glare television lights. An opposing group, the Old arty organization aligned with eorge Parr, drove up 300 strong om San Diego yesterday. Mrs. Mattson said two official jrs from the office of Duval ounty Sheriff Archer Parr, neph- v of George Parr, escorted the omen riding in some 90 cars. They milled around the capitol efore the appointment. In their roup were both Latin and Anglo mericans. Their dress indicated 1 economic levels. Half a dozen omen had children, even babies, ith them. They were jammed into the ublic reception room on the sec- nd floor of the capitol and over- owing into the corridor outside hen the governor stepped out of is private office. Manuel Raymond, Laredo attor- ey who is influential in South exas politics, introduced the gov- rnor. They clapped. Read Petition Then Mrs. Mattson read the pe- tion, which bore names. The etition said they objected to ad- erse publicity which has come to Juval County, that reports of ty- anny of local office holders there were erroneous. It continued: 'We can assure you that no such yranny exists, and that we do not eed any outside assistance in car- rying out a fair, democratic gov- rnment approved by the will of he people of our county." The petition said the people could vote the officeholders out of office 'hen they reach the point of being dissatisfied and "it ill becomes out- iiders to step in and abuse them ,the people) for exercising their imerican privilege of voting as they see fit." The governor stood listening ivhile the petition was read and then told them, "I think if I lived n Duval County, I too would regret he adverse publicity and circum- stances which caused it." He told them many things had been uncovered in Duval County )y persons not connected with the governor's with school money, use of fictitious names on school payrolls. Disap- pearance of county records and of bank they do create suspicion." Find Those Records "And the only way you good la- dies can allsy that suspicion and banish fear and right what you say is a wrong is to find those he said, adding if the charges are all wrong they should urday morning. Esco Walter, president of th Abilene Bar Association, preside at the meeting. Walter S Pope Sr., opened with the invoc: tion. Jones was introduced by Walte S. Pope Jr., a classmate at th University of Texas school of law Jones, a member of the wideb knowii San Antonio firm of Jone Fly, is a former Colorado Cit resident and has written severs articles for law magazines on o leases. Jones was followed by Judg James R. Norvell of the San An tonio Conrf of Civil Appeals, wl was Unreduced by Dallas Scarb rough. He discussed the history of sp cial Issues and types of issues f Texas. Special issues are i dividual facts presented to jurie for a decision. Slated to speak Saturday afte noon were Paul Strong of Housto and W. D. Masterson of Dallas. Croft Reported Burning in Air ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) pieces of wreckage nd parachute-draped bodies today Uttered a nearby cornfield a big fyr Force plane crashed in flames last night, kill- ig all 18 aboard. The plane, a twin-engine C119 which had left Boiling ir Force Base a few minutes earlier, was seen ablaze in the ir moments before it plunged to earth on a farm 19 miles It grazed the edge of a wooded area just off Maryland 2 and exploded at or shortly before the crash, scatter- ng its victims over several acres of the rain-soaked farm. A spokesman at the airbase aid 12 passengers and six rewmen were aboard when he ship took off at p.m. L watch found at the scene iad stopned at The Boiling Public Information ffice indicated it would be late oday before identities of ms were made known. First lere was the grim task of identify- their bodies. Then relatives ad to be notified. An official said the plane, be- onging to the 774th Troop Carrier quadron based at Ardmore, Okla., ad stopped at Boiling to refuel n a routine flight from Maxwell ir Force Base, Ala., to Mitchell "ield, N. Y. all the victims ap- >cared to have been U. S. military ersonncl. Pieces ot sailors' uni- orms were found on the fringes f the crash scene. There was also sleeve bearing the chevrons of a Marine corporal. A detachment of sailors and Ma ines from the XJ. S. Naval Acad- my at Annapolis stood guard iver the area as a group of invesr .igators from Andrews Air Force lase, Md., examined the wreckage :or clues to the cause of the iragedy. c For a radius of 500 yards piece of the plane, bodies and parts o bodies lay under the harsh glars of ambulance and fire truck searchlights. Red-and-white stripec parachutes had been spread over some of .the victims. Mrs. Robert Estcp, who lives about a mile from where the plane crashed, said she saw it burning in the air as it roared over her house. Mrs. Alice R. Ridgety, another resident, said it made "a terrible grinding a heavy truck in low gear." Seconds later she heard it crash and saw the sur rounding area light up. The whole house seemed afire, she said. Flames spread from the wreck age to surrounding brush and tim her. but a heavy rain at the tim and quick arrival of firemen frorr half a dozen southern Marylan communities prevented it from ge! ting out of hand. Dr. Elmer G. Linhardt, count medical examiner, was called o to help direct removal of the bod ies. The C119 crash came at almos the same time another Air Fore plane, a B26 from Vance Air Fore Base, Okla., crashed into swampy area to the south, nea Amelia, Va. Four persons perishe in that mishap. Wired Judge fo Take Over ForLaughlin By MAC ROY RASOR AUSTIN A retired judge rom all the way across the state ivas called yesterday to serve on the bench of South Texas' political- '-embroiled 79th District Court. Supreme Court Chief Justice ames L. Hickman, in a surprise nove. appointed Judge A. S. 3roadfoot of Bonham as an in- crim successor to ousted District udge C. Woodrow Laughlin of Mice. The appointment was for such time until the vacancy is filled by ppointment of Gov. Allan Shivers or by election. Shivers declined to comment ou the appointment but it was appar- ently the answer to his desire to tod a man for the job who has not been identified with any {action of South Texas' bitter politics. It apparently also snuffed out a battle looming in the Senate over confirmation of any appointment Shivers' might make. The interim appointment by Justice Hickman requires no Senate action. Busy District Justice Hickman said he took 'full responsibility" for Judge Broadfoot's it S a busy district." The interim appointment would avoid any delay in the court's busi- ness, he said, such as would have resulted had the court had to wait on an appointment by Shivers and the Senate's confirmation of it. "I thought I should get someone entirely removed from that situa- tion down he said. "Judge Broadfoot is from the other side of the state and is not involved in the situation in any way. He has no axes to grind and I think he will make those people a fine judge." Rival forces in the realm of po- litical kingpin George Parr had begun jostling over the vacancy immediately upon the Supreme Laughlia Great Duster Blows Itself To Gulf And on Out to Sea By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A great duster blew itself out over Texas Saturday, last day of winter, and was settling from Waco to the Gulf or blowing on out to sea. It was the same dust that 24 hours earlier browned out the top of the state as it entered on roar- ing winds that accompanied a cool front. Morning visibilities dropped to one mile in dust at Palacios, Col- lege Station and Victoria. Galves- see that light." the truth is brought to Once when the governor remark- ed Duval County had 26 or 27 paid deputy sheriffs and two to three hundred special deputies, all car- rying pistols, which he called a "private one woman said don't navt that" Lubbock Negro Gets 75-Year Sentence SWEETWATER, March 20 Ivory Gibson Jr., 19, of Lubbock, was given a 75-year penitentiary sentence here Friday in the slay- ing of Lubbock Detective Ralph White on Aug. 31, 1953. The decision was reached by the all-white jury after seven and one- half hours of deliberation. The ver- dict was returned at p.m. by Foreman Bob Horton-of Sweet- The state had sought the death penalty. Gibson's attorneys recommend cd to him that he not appeal the jury verdict since the state had pressed for the death, penalty. Giuson .showed DO emotion when he heard the jury's verdict, but his mothtr and wife both broke down in sabs and wails. His 18- month-old son was In the court- room during tit entire trial. on had IVz miles, and 2 miles was reported at Houston, San An- gelo, Austin and San Antonio. Cor- ms Christ! had 3 miles, and Brownsville had ground fog that dropped visibility to Vt mile. Chilly weather in the Panhandle produced a light freeze at Dalhart and Amarillo on the last day of winter. Dalhart had 28 and Am- arillo 32. Overnight lows included 14 in Fort Worth, Dallas and El Paso, 45 in Texarkana, 38 in Lub- bock, 54 in San Antonio and 56 in Houston. Weather men said the dust would blow on into the Gulf during Satur- day or settle in Central and South Texas..No rain had fallen in 24 hours and none was really expect- ed in the foreseeable future. Spring was to begin in Texas at p.m., CST, but no immedi- ate change in the weather was pre- dicted. Still ahead, Texans knew, was the traditional "Easter cold snap." pointment was made under state's judicial retirement Habitual Drunks Will Get Less Comfort WELLSTON, Ohio Iffl Mayor John S. Evans yesterday an- nounced he will henceforth com- mit habitual drunks to the Well- ston City jail. Instead of to the more comfortable, well heated and radio-equipped Jackson County jail at nearby Jackson. Evans said be and police con- cluded some persons, frequently convicted of intoxication and un- able to pay fines, enjoyed periodic visits to UM Jackson jail. Court's removal of Wednesday. The 11 attorneys who brought the removal action against Laughlin had urged Shivers to appoint one of their number to the vacancy. Sen. Abe Kazen Jr. of Laredo said they were all too closely iden- tified with one faction and he would do everything he could to block Senate confirmation of any one of them. t Hickman's interim appointment took the pressure off Shivers for any hurry-up appointment, leaving him with the choice of searching out an acceptable judge or passing it up entirely until a successor is determined in this year's elections. Justice Hickman said the ap- the act which permits the- assignment of. retired judges to such jobs. It was the first time in kistory, however, such an action has been taken. The appointment was made with the approval, Hickman said, of Judge W. R. Blalock of Hidalgo County, presiding judge of the Sth Administrative Judicial District which includes the 79th District Court. The court serves Duval, Jim Wells, Brooks and Starr counties. Judge Broadfoot. a 6-foot former judge of Northeast Texas' 6th Dis- trict Court, accepted the appoint- ment in a mid-afternoon conference yesterday with Justice Hickman and immediately left for home to get ready to take the assignment. His friends say "he reminds you of a small-town humanitarian more than a judge. Between court ses- sions he could usually be found on some street corner, discussing the weather or crops with the farmers of. his district. B36 Lands Safely After Jets Explode OKLAHOMA CITY HI A B38 bomber made an emergency land- ins at Tinker Air Force Base to- day after two of its Jst engines exploded feet 40 miles south of here. The Air Force giant, canrinfl a crew of 19, put down for repairs, using its rtmaialDC rtfular tafinei and tita. ;