Abilene Reporter News, March 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARM gbttene I EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXHI, No. 281 Anociaed Prta (AP) ABILENE. TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 24, 1954-TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc SUNDAY SCHOOL LEADERS R. H. Dilday, right, congratulates W. H. Souther, his Dewly-elected successor as president of the Texas Sunday School Convention Wednesday morning. Looking on are Andrew Q. Allen, corresponding secretary, far left, and Miss Ruth Waldrip, recording secretary, both of whom were re-elected. All four are from Dallas. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) Baptists Rap Corrupt Books, Elect Dallas Man President By PHYLLIS NIBLING I The Texas Baptist Sunday! School Convention closed its bigi three-day meeting in the First I Baptist Church here Wednesday inorning with election of a Dallas man as president and a resolution hitting sordid literature. Dr. Forrest C. Feezor. execu- tive secretary of the Baptist Gen- eral Convention of Texas, and Dr. H. Guy Moore, pastor of Broad- way Baptist Church in Fort Worth, speakers at the closing ses- sion. W. H. Souther, minister of mu- sic education at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, was elected president of the convention, suc- ceeding R. H. Dilday of Dallas, who presided. Re-elected to executive positions were Andrew Q. Allen, corre- sponding secretary, and Miss Ruth Waldrop, recording secretary, b'oth of Dallas. The Rev. C. Melvin Ratheal, pastor of the First Church of East- land, gave five resolutions voted by his committee, which included Miss Millie Kohn of Dallas and Darrell Mock of Big Spring. The convention voted that a committee be appointed to work with the Texas Christian Life Com- mission to educate the public to the hazards of sordid literature now available to all ages. It particularly rapped that deal- ing in crime, sex, horror and other corrupt matters as contrary to Biblical teachings. "This worthless literature should be identified by. the effect it has on this and future generations and each Christian should oppose the Kale of such literature which de- grades the morals and principles of the Christian the reso- lution read. Other resolutions dealt with thanks to those who have cooper- ated with the convention and with training and aid to foreign mis- sionaries. The Rev. Ratheal recognized the Hev. Horace Buttin, missionary for five years to Argentina, who is now home and staying in East- land. His wife is from Eastland. M. D. Rexrode of Haskell re- ported on convention plans for the next two years. Next year's con- x-ention will be in Austin, 1956's in Houston. Charles McLaughlin, superinten- dent of missions for the Tarrant County Baptist Association, gave the nomination of Souther for pres- ident In his speech to the convention Wednesday, which had dwindled to less than a thousand since many ministers had to get home for prayer meetings, Dr. Feezor dis- cussed the "revealed truth that is the Bible." There are three kinds of truth asserted philosophical, scien- tific, and revealed. "Don't be ashamed of the Bi- he urged Texas Baptists, luoting Paul's words. "Resolve to each the Book." Comparing the Bible to the sev- en wonders of the ancient world, he said the Bible embodies in it ;even wonders. These are scientific accuracy, penetration of the past, universal ippeal, remarkable unity, faithful representation of the heart, tri- umph over all opposition, and in- spiration of the world's best art, music, and literature. The Sunday school is the "great- est teaching agency on he said, but teachers must live and ove the Bible. "It's not enough to admire and know how many chapters there are and'all Dr. Feezor said. "When this Bible becSmes a part of your experience, you'll love it." Dr. Moore pointed out ihat some- times in a single incident the whole spirit and significance of an era may be pointed up as in Lu- :her's nailing his these on the ca- hedral door, John Brown's at- AirBaseBids Re-set Friday Th bid-opening session for roads and drainage at the Abilene Air Force Base has been moved back two days, Lee Wilson, area engi- neer for the Corps of Engineers here, said Wednesday. The bids will be opened at p.m. Friday in Fort Worth, he said. Originally, the bids were scheduled to be opened Wednes day. About 150 items are involved in the project, which includes roads, streets, grading and drain age, he said. The road work will be the eighth contract to be awarded for con struction of the base. The next scheduled bid opening after Friday's session will be con cerned with an Abilene AFB hang ar, Wilson said. Hangar bids are scheduled for. opening April 2. McCarthy Should Not Judge Own AT TYE UNDERPASS Highway Worker Is Electrocuted ack on Harper's Ferry, and thi A-bombing of Hiroshima. In the lift of Christ, it might be his meeting with the two thieve; on the cross, when the Savior wai set between the deep sorrow o he cross and God and the world he said. "He met sin in a terrific Strug gle on the cross and became vic- arious over sin and over man's Jiner Dr. Moqre said. :'There is a way out of man's inner enslavement through Jesus, who never backed off from an is- ue." God has always worked through a man, such as a preacher or a Sunday School teacher to reach the deep longing in men's souls, Dr. Moore said. "Stirring in man is a restless- ness that cannot be satisfied by any (animal he 'said. ''It is a desire innate in human nature that man should be set free of his bondage." Tuesday night the largest crowd ever to meet in the newly dedi- cated church crammed the sanc- tuarv and chapel. Andrew Q. Allen, secretary of the State Sunday School Conven- tion, told the congregation that there are five million Texans not enrolled in Sunday School classes. He challenged them to enlist "this great but cau- tioned that teachers must be taught themselves first. Dr. W. A. Criswell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, said, "A man and his word may be two different things, but not God and His Word, which is Ilka Himself___the same yesterday, today and forever." Dr. Criswell, pastor of the larg- est congregation mem- bers in the Southern Baptist General Convention, said that men are to walk, live, die, preach, and be saved through the Word of God. Fred M. Holland, about 3S. of DeLeon was electrocuted at a.m. Wednesday while at work near the Tye underpass on U. S. Highway SO. The accident occurred while he was working for the Hi-Line Sen-- ice Corp., Brownwood, on a proj- ect to move a West Texas Utilities Co. power line to make a wider right-of-way for U. S. 80. Holland was operating a hole digger, when he accidentally rais- ed it into a power line, L. L. Flowers, superintendent for Hi-Line Service Corp., stated. Only one other worker was with Holland when the accident hap- pened, Flowers related. He was J. W. Graham, a groundman, of Sweetwater. The other men on the job were hauling poles, the super- intendent said. An Elliott ambulance brought Holland to Hendrick Memorial Hos- pital, where he was pronounced dead. Funeral plans will be announced j by Elliott's Funeral Home. Flowers said the line removal project was started Wednes- j day morning. Holland is married and has some children, Flowers reported. Murder Trial Jury Selection Continues DALLAS selection con- tinued today in the rape-murder trial of Tommy Lee Walker, 19 Dallas negro charged in the slay ing last fall of pretty Mrs. H. C Parker. Parker. Two more jurors, to make a to tal of four, were selected yester day'after 54 --veniremeri had bee grilled by opposing attorneys. Mrs. Parker, mother of a small 'son and wife of an invalid husband, was found almost nude and bleed- ing from a deep neck wound last Sept. 19. It May Rain-But Forecaster Declines To Make It Official It may rain, but then it. may not. This was the attitude Wednes- day morning of the U. S. Weather i Bureau at Municipal Airport. I'm not forecasting any rain, but if it wants to rain it can go, quipped Clynt E. Sitchler, chief meteorologist at the bureau here. He pointed out that considerable humidity was in the Abilene area close to the _ ground Wednesday morning. He predicted a maximum temperature of 85-90 would be reached here Wednesday after- noon. The moisture in the air contribu- ted to residents believing it was unusually hot, Sitchler said. Arrival of an expected cool front through the area late Wednesday night or Thursday morning will bring slightly copier temperatures Thursday, be said. Declines Any Other Comment Red Cross Passes Haif-Way Mark Contributions to the Taylor County Red Cross drive now to- tal French Robertson, county fund chairman, announced Wednesday. The total soared past the half- way mark when was turned in from residential collec- tions, Robertson said. Funds are still coming in and contributions will be accepted through the month of March, the fund chairman said. The drive's quota is Budget Hike; Credit Asked for 3 Taylors 2 Men Still Missing At Possum Kingdom POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE A search continues here today for two men, believed drowned when their fishing boat overturned on the lake sometime Sunday. The men, E. E. Beall, employe of a Mineral Wells Brick Company, and Paul Simpson, Railroad employe at Weatherford, have been missing since Sunday. Navy Ship Showered By Radioactive Ash PEARL HARBOR liy-1 drogen explosion March 1 at Bi- kini by one con- gressional observer as so tre- mendous that it was out of con- radioactive ash on a U. S. Navy tanker carrying 92 crewmen. The Navy in a cautiously worded announcement last night disclosed the incHent but said "no apparent Injury to crewmen exists." The 14th Naval Disitrict here the tanker Patapsco had received "a slight and not a dangerous contamination of radio- active fallout." It did not say how far the vessel, cne of the fleet supporting the test task force, was from the scene of the explosion. Twenty three Japanese fisher- men were burned seriously in a shower of nuclear ashes from the same blast. They saW they were 80 milies away and outside the of- ficial hazard zone. In addition, 28 American tech- nicians and 264 Marshall Islands more than 100 miles from the flashpoint were exposed to milder radiation. Rep. Chet Holifield (D-Calif) said Monday the explosion "was so far beyond what was predicted that you might say it was out of control." He said it had blasted 'a .tremendous hole in the ocean floor." The Navy said the Patapsco was laid up at Pearl Harbor "for checking and complete decon- tamination." "It has been established that no apparent possibility of injury to crewmen the Navy said. "All members of the crew were removed from the ship and given thorough medical examinations as an extra safety measure. This ex- amination gave no evidence of any harmful effects from the slight exposure." One source said the blood count of some crewmen was low for a time but had been corrected. Lt. James W. Downing of New- ark, Mo., commanded the tanker An additional five to 10 thou- sand dollars will be needed in the Abilene Chamber Commerce budget lor the coming fiscal year, Elbert Hall, chamber vice presi- dent, told officers and directors of the Abilene C-C Wednesday morn- ing. The meeting was the first of the new fiscal year. Hall said the additional money vould be needed to meet the cham- ier's budget in the stepped-up pro- jram for the coming fiscal year. The budget for the fiscal year 1953-54 was approximately The group also approved a peti- ion to the county judge and the Commissioners Court to direct the Texas Legislature now in special session at Austin to pass a legi- .ative act officially naming Taylor bounty for Edward, James, and George Taylor. According to research done by Mrs. Dallas Scarborough, Tayior County was named for these three men who died at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. The petition also requested that en. Harley Sadler and Rep. Tru- tt Latimer "exert every means oward the successful presenta- on and passage of this important It carried six and K men The board also approved chair- len of 22 regular committees and 4 special committees. George Minter Jr.. chamber iresident, said these 36 chairmen vfll be notified of their appoint- ments and their names will be nnounced later. 'Share the Wealth' Fines Given 9 Men ALBANY, N.Y. men have been-fined a total of in connection with "share-the- wealth'.' thefts of worth of government property from Army depots at Schenectady and nearby Voorheesville. The nine, who pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges of stealing tools and clothing from the depots, were among 28 civilian employes arrested by the FBI last November. Federal authorities said the men had taken the goods from the Army storehouses and set them aside. Then, authorities said, the men would tell friends where th loot was, and the friends would pick it up. 4 Last Two Convicts From Break Caughl HOUSTON to- day flushed two escaped convicts from underbrush at Barker Dam near Addlcks. Eight of the 10 escapees from the Harlem prison farm had been captured yesterday, four hours aft- er they overpowered a mounted guard. The last two convicts caught were Fernando O. Otero, 20, of El Paso County and Eliseo G. Sepul- veda, 23, of Harris County. Otero was serving eight years for assault with intent to robbery. Sepulveda was up for eight years for burglary. Prison guards Kenneth Bolton and P. K. Goree caught the last of the escapees. Otero and Sepulveda were un- armed. Two of the convicts cauht yesterday had weapons, a shotgun and a pistol. The break came early yesterday as the convicts were planting to- matoes. C-C Offices Close For Cooley Funeral Abilene Chamber of Commerce officers and directors voted Wed- nesday morning to close the cham- ber offices Friday in honor of Mrs. D. C. Cooley, mother of cham- ber manager Joe Cooley. Mrs. Cool- ey died Tuesday night in Okla- homa City, Okla. Some chamber officers and di rectors plan to attend the funeral which will probably be held Fri day in Chickasha, Okla. on. WATERFRONT TEMPERS This was one scene at Pier 14 on New York's waterfront, close to the foot Man- hattan Island, where there were clashes, near-clashes and some arrests. Police stood ready for trouble among milling longshoremen. Here one fellow gestures with Ms fist as he makes his sentiments known. Ah independent union has been picketing the docks.____________ SENTERFSTT SAYS Texas Has Money For Teacher Pay AUSTIN Speaker Reu- ben Senterfitt said today he thinks Texas has enough money now, without new taxes, to give teach- ers and state workers pay raises, and to finance emergency build- ings. Senterfitt took the floor of the House to suggest deficit financing, if needed, to handle these costs but quickly explained he did not think such financing would be nec- essary. The speaker said he thought that the current 12 million dollar sur- plus could take care of new spend- ing until the next regular session of the Legislature, in Jan., 1955.. Deficit financing under the Tex- as constitution requires a four- fifths majority of the entire Legis- lature. The speaker's unusual action in leaving his post as presiding offi- cer to enter debate on the special session's most burning issue once more spotlighted his disagreements with Gov. Shivers. Shivers has proposed new taxes to pay for salary increases and new buildings. His program thus far has had fairly smooth sledding during the opening days of the 30- day session. Many members jumped to their feet and applauded when Senterfilt finished his speech. Senterfitt and Shivers are poten- tially rival candidates for gover- nor. Senterfitt opposed calling the Parr Convicted of Gun-Totin' But New Battles Appear Near pecial session to begin with, say- ing he thought the teachers pay nd financing issues should be held ver until the regular session next ear. Shivers called the special session o work on a compromise teachers iay and school financing plan, af- er the last regular session failed o finance more money for teach- s. Both the teachers pay and the milding expenditures proposed by Shivers have breezed through the Senate and now await House ac- tion. Senterfitt told the House that 'economic conditions do not justi- _y a permanent taxing program at this time. This is no time for a tax increase." Senterfitt suggested that money for teachers' and state workers' pay, and for buildings at the deaf school, Eastham Prison Farm, Southwestern Medical and the Houston dental schools all be writ- ten into one bill to be enacted 'at the earliest possible lime." "We have a 12 million dollar surplus now, and oil allowables will provide additional Senterfitt said. "Proposed salary increases will not become effective until Septem- ber and the total expenditure for buildings will not necessarily have to be made immediately. Recently, money paid under protest under the gas-gathering tax was refund- ed, and we still had a surplus." Then he suggested that the gency deficit financing feature be adopted to make sure the program goes through. ALICE battles loomed -Oday in the seething South Texas empire of George Parr after the political leaders conviction on a jistol-carrying charge. Parr was convicted of the mis- demeanor charge yesterday in the court of Judge Wash Storm Jr. he paid a fine plus S10 on court costs, total of which had not been tabulated. Meanwhile, at Harlingen, Dist. Judge Arthur Klein said two Texas Rangers charged with assault to murder Parr would be tried "prob- ably some time in April." Klein said state and defense at- torneys would agree on a date or. In the event they disagreed, he would set the day. The trial will be in Brownsville on a venue change. Ranger Capt. Alfred Alice and Ranger Joe Bridge were charged following a court house corridor scuffle with Parr and his nephew, Duval County Sheriff Archer Parr. Brawl Re-told The scuffle, in which Bridge slapped Archer Parr and in which Allee said he struck George Parr, occurred Jan. 18 when the political leader came here to answer the piitol-carrying charge. Parr has estified that only the screams of a woman reporter kept Allee from shooting him to death. In another action yesterday, eight Duval County taxpayers filed suit against County School Supt. L. Adame, charging illegal jractices in connection with school "unds. County and school district finan- cial affairs have been under state and federal scrutiny for more than a year. Gov. Allan Shivers and State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep- perd have said they would "clean up the Duval County mess." Personal finances of Parr have been under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department Two banks, one here and one in San Diego, of which he is president have been ordered by a federal court not. to destroy, secrete or hide their records. Charges 'Polities' Parr, long-time kingpin of poli- tics in the state's 79th Judicial District, has charged that the se- ries of actions against him were instituted by Shivers and Shepperd for their own political gain. "Just he shrugs. He says Shivers to bt a U.S. senator and that Shepperd to be governor. WASHINGTON Ei- senhower said today (a) there Is nothing in the current unemploy- ment situation calling for emer- gency action, and in response to a question about Sen. McCarthy that no man should sit in judgment in his own case. The two hot subjects were tossed to the President at a news con- ference. Eisenhower was reminded by a reporter that he had said March probably would be the key month in determining whether a slump In business and employment would be offset by new gains. The President replied that he had implied that March was sig- nificant month because there is usually an upturn in business in this month. No Promises He said, however, that he had not promised any immediate launching of large scale counter- measures by the government. In- stead, he said, he had pledged a new examination of the problem which was causing real concern. He said that always after the end of. war there was a drop in production, adding that employ- ment went down at the same time. He said unemployment has been rising since last July, but added that the reports for March are not all in. One thing that is affecting the situation, the President said, is that Easter is late this year and the ladies just haven't been buying yet. He said that nothing has yet de- veloped which would call for a slam bang emergency program be- ing applied at this moment. Precipitate .action might actually upset the -situation rather than help it, Eisenhower declared. But he said almost every con- ceivable kind of program is under consideration and study. Opinion Asked As to McCarthy, the President was asked his opinion of the Sen- ator's stand that he would not vote on matters related to his in- vestigations subcommittee's in- quiry into his dispute with Army officials but would insist on the right to cross-examinate witnesses." Eisenhower declined to express THE WEATHER After last night's conviction County Atty. Sam Burris said the six-man jury returned "a fair anc impartial verdict for both the de- fendant and the state." Parr was smiling and affable following the trial, shook hands vith Burris and said. "I thought you made a darn good argument." Manuel Marroquin, a former nrtilla maker who said he was 'orced out of business by Parr, had accused Parr of waving a pistol and threatening to kill him on the night of Jan. 16. Charges Denied Parr denied it, said it was binoculars he waved, and that he was merely trying to see who was at a meeting of the Freedom Par- ry, his political opposition. Pan- testified in his own defense. The taxpayers' suit filed yester- day charged it has long been a practice in the county to appoint school employes who related to members of the county's school trustees. The eight plaintiffs, through two attorneys, argued this was illegal. A temporary injunction against was asked. It would bar him from making more payments to lujh employes. WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy and warm Wednesday tod Wed- lESuay nijjht; Thursday partly cloudy jnd cooler; high Wednesday 85-90; low Wednesday nlcht 55; high Thursday 75. NORTH TEXAS: Partly jlotidy and irarm this afternoon acd to- ulKht, iriaely scattered thunderstorms to- nlsht. Thursday partly cloudj- and sllght- ___________i: Partly cloudy this after- noon, tonight and Thursday, widely scat- ered showers this afternoon and widely scattered thunderstorms ease portion of South Plains early tonight. Slishtly cool- er tonight Thursday. EAST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy and warm ;ltft widely scattered showers this after- noon and tco'Kht. Local thunderstorms In north portion tonifcht. Thursday mostly cloudy and warm, scattered showers and ocal thunderstorms in cast aad south wrtlons. Fresh to locally strong soyther- a specific opinion on that, but he said he was ready to go on record as to the general situation. Then be declared: When a man is party to a dispute in or indirectly should not be permitted to sit in judgment. On other matters, the President: 1. Said, regarding the tense situ- ation in Indochina, it is important to the free world to have a settle- ment there in favor of those who want to live their own lives against Communist aggression. 2. Said there is no change in the United States attitude regarding Red China, in connection with the conference to be held at Geneva next month. Red China will be represented there, but not as one of the main consulting powers. The United States so far has refused to recognize Communist China on that basis. 3. Declared that the effects of the recent hydrogen blast, in the Pacific apparently were surprising even to the Americans who con- ducted the tests. The President said things happened at the test which apparently hadn't happened before. Eisenhower said, however, as the White House did yesterday, that he will not discuss the H- bomb situation further until he has had an opportunity to confer with Lewis W. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Strauss is expected back from the Pacific area in a week or 10 days. 4. Warmly praised House Re- publicans who led a successful fight last week against a Demo- cratic move to cut personal income taxes. The President also noted taat the Republicans had the help of some Democrats and added that on the whole he believes the House [s doing a good over-all job. 5. Said he has made no decision on whether to replace Gordon R. Clapp as chairman of the Tennes- rlnds on the coast. SODTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly Cloudy and warm with widely scattered showers or thundershowers, mostly in north portion, this afternoon, tonlsht and Thurs- day. Fresti to locally airoag southerly S-.30 70 10 10 70 68 M 70 73 77 see Valley Authority. 6. Asserting vigorously that the FBI files are inviolate so far as the possibility of making them available to congressional gators is concerned. Eisenhower went on to say that there are cer- tain types of files which never will be released to Congress, and that on the other hand there might be some types which could be re- leased. 7. Said British Prims Minister. Winston Churchill was entirely V. curate in telling the House of Commons yesterday that tte United States and Britain have ar- ranged for instant consultations in the event of any attack by u fc.m. SuniM tootl-M fcS3 p.m. :sj p.m.' suriise today gressor. The President said ttvit i. ;