Abilene Reporter News, March 27, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 27, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, COOLER Abilene EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 284 Associated (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 27, 1954 PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc ONCE AN AIRPORT An airport once covered this area in Dien Bien Phu, Indochina, where French soldiers have dug deep trenches as protection from Red artillery, which kept pounding away Saturday despite French pleas for a cease- fire to move wounded out. DOESN'T WAVIR Mother, 14, Backs Murder Trial Alibi DALLAS 14-year-old moth- er did not waver in her testimony last night when prosecutors tore into her story .that Tommy Lee Walker was with her at the time Mrs. H. C. Parker was fatally stabbed. Walker, 19-yeai'.old Negro youth, is charged with Mrs. Parker's murder last Sept. 30. defense witness, Mary Louise Smith, swore that Walker with' her that nigTit'TrSni 'about until about 11 The next day, she said, she gave birth to Walker's baby. Earlier in the day, a state wit- Harry Kluge, a house- she had seen Mrs. Parker walking 50 to 100 feet be- hind Walker toward the bus stop near which she was found bleeding to death shortly before 9 p.m. Oilman Saw Walker Another state witness, Oilman R. H. Ryan, testified that he, too, saw Walker near the scene of the crime. "I noticed a colored man leaning against the telephone pole, in a slouched Ryan re- called on the stand. He added that he had remarked to his wife that the man was a good prospect for the Negro prowler. Both Ryan and Mrs. Kluge testi- fied they reported seeing the jeans- and-T-shirt clad Negro to police after they learned of Mrs. Walker's flaying. The young mother denied on the witness stand that she ever told Homicide Capt. Will Fritz that Walker had not been at her home the night of the slaying. In Smith Home Ella Lee Stewart, a neighbor of the Smiths, testified that she had been in the Smith home at p.m. on the night of Sept. 30 and that Walker was there. Early on Oct. 1, the Stewart woman added, she was at the Smith house again and accompanied the young ex- pectant mother to Parkland Hospit- al for the birth the baby. Other defense witnesses testified they had seen Walker earlier in the evening. Judge Henry King cautioned at- torneys after Asst. Dist. Atty. .James K. Allen questioned Ella 'Lee Stewart on whether she had been1 coached and each side ac- cused the1 other of "priming" and "bolstering" witnesses. Mrs, Parker, pretty 30-year-old blonde dime store clerk, was found by a motorist at a northwest Dal- las intersection. Died At Airport She died at She city's airport, Love Field, a few minutes later after managing to tell police that she had been stabbed. Laler ex- amination showed she had also been raped, but Walker is not be- ing tried for that offense. The pretty young mother's death climaxed a series of rapes, reports of nude prowlers who appeared in women's bedrooms, and rape at- tempts that had been going on for months in Dallas. After the Parker slaying, the re- ports of such 'offenses increased to- such an extent that police said women of the city were in near panic. Many slept with guns at their side and -with lights on. One husband who found.aiNegro attacking .his wife' on hisireturn home-was' slashed by Vigilante groups were formed, but there were no charges in the series of crimes until Walker was ar- rested after police ran on to him during investigation of a burglary. Stamford Crash Injures Three STAMFORD, March 27 Three men were injured, one cri- ically, when the 1947 Studebaker pickup in which they were riding overturned three-fourths of a mile south of here on U. S. Highway 277 about a.m. Saturday. Critically injured was George Cooper. 51, of Stamford, who re- ceived a possible skull fracture, Bill Davis, investigating highway patrolman, said. Also injured were L. K. DeBo.se, 36, of Judd, who was knocked out and received cuts and bruises; and Odell Smith, 43. of Stamford, who sustained a badly bruised leg, Da- vis said. All three men were carried to Stamford Sanitarium by Kinney Funeral Home ambulance. Davis said the accident occurred when the pickup which was travel- ing north toward Stamford failed to make a curve and overurned one and one-half times. With the exception of the top, the pickup was not too badly dam- aged, Davis said. Also investigating the accident were Arthur Dyson, highway pa- trolman; and Denton Black anrt Doc Plant, Stamford city police- men. Dockers Face Possible New Vote on Union NEW YORK prospect of a second bargaining elec'ion and a new series of legal actions today hung over New York's turbulent, i strike-ridden waterfront. j One legal step planned by the New York Shipping Assn. would knock out support from the har- bor's 4.000 tugboat crewmen who threw their weight behind the 23- day strike yesterday. Aid from tugboat crews came to striking members of the Inter- national Longshoremen's Assn. (Ind) at the same time their cause' suf.ered a blow in a report by National Labor Relations Board Examiner Arthur Leff. Wants Election Voided Leff recommended last Decem- ber's waterfront bargaining elec- tion, apparently won by the ILA, be set aside because of violence and threats against voters. The ILA rival, an AFL dock union of the same name, had challenged some 4.000 votes, enough to place the outcome in doubt even though the vote count gave the ILA a margin of 1.492. Leff called for a new election as soon as possible. A hearing on his recommendation is scheduled to be held in Washington Tuesday. The full board is expected to make its report several days after that. A new election would 2ive the AFL another chance to win control of waterfront labor from the ILA, which was ousted from the AFL last September for failing to get rid of racketeers. The AFL quick- ly formed the new union anil their rivalry has been the background of waterfront turmoil six months. Not Many Return A slow back-to-work movement continued yesterday but showed only a slight increase over the day before. The New York-New Jersey Waterfront Commission reported 3.854 men were at work on 39 ships, about 142 more workers than the previous day. The harbor has longshoremen, of whom about normally work. Meanwhile the ILA reported longshoremen in Boston and Balti- more had agreed not to handle ships diverted to those ports from New York, The strike continues in defiance of a no-strike injunction issued against the ILA March 4. The court order flad been obtained to :ena-plrketing asains'J on i-ertain piers. ILA members, irritated because the AFL was not included in the injunction, immediately extended their strike to Include the whole port. The NLRB has accused the ILA contempt and demanded a fine of at least S100.000. The New York Shipping Assn. announced three new. legal efforts would be made to end the walkout. One would be au appeal through the U.S. Attorney General for a new 80-day injunction against striking under the Taft-Hartley Law. The first such injunction ex- pired Christmas Eve. The association also planned to seek injunctions against mass picketing in state courts of New York and New Jersey. Charges Strike Illegal The third move would be against tugboat strikers. The shippers announced they wouid file an un- fair labor practice charge against the ILA's tusboat division, claim- ing it was conducting an illegal sympathy strike. The tugboats fell in line behind the strikers after an ILA picket boat cruised the harbor to call the crews off their jobs. Two lugs, picketed as they were bringing the Empress of Scotland to berth, turned the ship loose. Unable to dock under her own steam because of high winds, the ship anchored in the bay overnight and planned another try today. When told of the various injunc- tions the shippers planned to seek in effort to end the strike, ILA President William V. Bradley had only one comment: "My men won't work without contract." Hall Delivers Strong Anti-McCarthy Blast Joe Harms Party, Governor's Suite Will Go to Bull TYLER. Tex. Wl The Black- stone Hotel here is redecorating its governor's suite with straw and saw dust, Texas style, for a royal visitor. The guest, due in Saturday from Madison. Kan., is Prince TT 105, Aoerdeen-Angus, the bull for which two Tcxans paid for a half interest recently. Air Force Borrows Hollywood Uniform AUSTIN, Tex. Wil- liams, the nation's oldest surviving Civil War veteran, is going to be honorary commander of Bergstrom Air Force Base here Sunday. The 111-year-old former forage master in Hood's Brigade will once more be clad in the gray of the Confederate army. But this time, Hollywood had to help. The Air Force borrowed a uniform from Paramount studios and flew it here. BEST William Holden, left, and his wife Brenda Marshall adinire Oscar Holden won as "best actor" of 1953 for his role in Stalag 17." Audrey Hepburn, right, fondles her Oscar and smiles happily at the Center Theater in New York after she was named "best actress." Miss Hepburn's award was for her part in "Roman PUBLIC REACTION MOUNTS Two More Japanese Fishing Crews Get Radiation Burns TOKYO reaction to American hydrogen bomb tests mounted anew today after two more fishing boats returned from the Marshall Island area showing radiation effects. The Japanese government offi- cially informed the U.S. that, the first boat to "be affected, the Fuk- 40 jaifes. outside Ae pre st danger zone wSen It" was Show- ered with atomic ash March 1. The two latest fishing boats showing radiation were quaran- tined. However, they apparently escaped serious harm and no fears for the crew have been expressed by Japanese officials. One 780 Miles One had been operating some 780 miles from the Bikini test site and the other was about 200 miles away. The Japanese government's note handed U.S. Ambassador John M. Allison reached no it outlined a report on a govern- ment investigation. The note said "there is no evi- dence that the Fukuryu Maru re- ceived warnings, by radio message or any other means, while being in the area before the accident occurred." The new developments came as government officials began to com- pile the cost of the incident in order to give the U.S. a bill. Crewmen Improved The 23 crewmen of the "Lucky Dragon" were reported improving "on the surface." An Air Force plane was sent to Yaizu to bring 21 of the men to Tokyo for further medical care. The two most ser- Gift Puppy Produces Herd of Hereford! LINCOLNTON, Ga. M) One hound puppy and an abundance of initiative bought a small herd of Hereford cattle for a Lincolnton ninth-grader. Robert Matthews got the puppy as a gift. The puppy grew up and had more Robert sold for SI5. Robert bought a pig with J10. The pig grew up and had a litter. Robert sold the pigs and bought two calves. The calves grew up and Robert sold them. He bought two Herefords. They were already grown up and they gave him two more Herelords. Robert plans to sell one of these, a choice steer, at the fat cattle show in Atlanta April 26. iously burned crewmen are already in Tokyo hospitals. The two latest fishing boats to show signs of "radiation are the Myojin (Bright God) Maru, which returned to Shiogsma north of Tokyo, and the Kpei; XHadlant Glory) Maru.r-which1 returned to Misaki south of Tokyo. Welfare .Ministry, officials said 'thV 'offljr sflghtiy-atfected. Geiger counter check showed the radioactivity of the ship was not strong enough to prove harmful to humans.. The Koei Maru received a stronger dose. However, the news agency Kyodo reported that Wei- fare Ministry officials conclude! there was no need for the crew o 25 to receive any medical treat ment and the ship could "be used after a thorough washing. Japanese concern; over the Bi kini tests was demonstrated when another boat returned to Misak with bottle- water collect ed near Bikini at the reajiest o 'officials.' 'wWvTe'sfei wila a Geiger counter and showw no radioactivity. Japanese fishery circles were concerned that the latest incidents might further harm the fish mar- ket, already suffering as a result of the Fukuryu Maru incident. GOP Leader Says OMAHA Leonard W. Hall of the Re- publican National Committee says Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) "has lone more harm than good" in his trade of verbal blows with :op Army officials. As a result, said Hall, McCarthy's "Senate effectiveness has diminished in the past few weeks." Hall's statement in an interview last night came as one of the strongest criticisms of the Wisconsin senator yet put out by a high GOP official. Several weeks ago Hall described McCarthy as an asset to the party. McCarthy, chairman of the Senate Investigations subcom- mittee, could not be reached for immediate comment. McCarthy and subcommittee Counsel Roy Cohn have tangled with Secretary of the! Army Stevens and John G. NEXT: THE HANGOVER Researchers Finally Find Worthy Goal NEW YORK on tight, .looking for antidotes, the project you morning-after hoped to come up with a "mea- ence is on the trail of new reme- dies to chase away those hangover blues. Take the word of Dr. Selden D. Bacon, director of the Yale Center for Alcohol Studies, a new project is under way to evaluate medica- tions for shaking off a you-know- what. Bacon told the annual meeting of the National Committee on Alcoholism yesterday that, beside THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUBEAC ABILENE AND and little coler today and tonight. Warmer on Sunday. High temperature today 65 to 10. LOT tonteht 40 to 45. High Sunday in -JD- CENTRAL TEXAS: cloudy to partly cloudv thtx afternoon. tonlKht and Sunday, occasional rain extreme east Sat- urday afternoon. WEST TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonieht and Sunday, no 1m- portar.t temperature EAST TEXAS Cloudy and mild, scattered snowers and this afternoon SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Cloudy to partly cloudy and mild, occasional light rain east portion 'his TEMPERATCEES Fri. P.M. Sat. A.M. ............45 71 44 E7............ 53............ 50 49............ 48 Barometer reading at a.m. 28.26. Relative humidity at a.m. Maximum temperature during 24-hour period enClDK at a.m. 76. Minimum temperature durlEE period ending at 630 a.m. 43. surable definition" of the hang- iver. Practically hitting the nail on the big head, he described one as "how a fellow reports he feels after he's had too much to drink the night before." The doctor took a dim view of present a cou pie of quick ones at breakfast time, a shot of tobasco and oys- ters, and slapping yourself on that throbbing noggin. Discussing the effects of even light drinking, Bacon said: "We would like to know what is the function of small of alcohol in the human being. Why does it make peojle happy or sad? Is it good or bad for Other factors being studied, he Adams, assistant Army coun- sel, with: 1. An Army report alleging Mc- Carthy and Cohn sought special treatment for a former subcom- mittee aide now in the Army. 2. Mcparthy's counter charge that Stevens and Adams used 'blackmail" tactics in efforts to block the subcommittee's search r for Reds in the Army. Looking for Counsel The subcommittee is now looking for an outside lawyer to help In- vestigate the row. Asked about the McCarthy-Army exchanges. Hall said "the dispute has hurt. Any dispute hurts." His comment came just before he talked about campaign strategy at a banquet gathering of the Mid- west and Rocky Mountain Republi- can State Chairmen's Assn. "There is one person who al- ways speaks for our Hall said In his dinner speech, "and that is Dwight D. Elsenhower, Don't let anybody tell you that iktc .Washington that there is no unity and no lead- ership.' The GOP national chairman told an enthusiastic audience that the big campaign issues this year would be the economic health of the nation and the "never ending" battle with communism. Build More Jobs On the first count, Hall declared "the Eisenhower administration program, now moving through Con- gress, is designed to keep us sound economically by building more in- dustry, more jobs and a healthy agriculture." On the second, he said: "We have at long last developed a truly American foreign policy which meets the overseas Commu- nist threat head-on and lays the responsibility where it belongs in the laps of the Russians. Mean- while at home we have both the willingness and the know-how for dealing with Communist inspired subversions." All the Republicans have to do to win in 1954, Hall said, is "do what we did in out the vote." "If we do we will increase our membership in the Senate and he added. "We need them. Without stronger forces we can't carry out the President's program." include the of alcohol and and what takes place when tipsters turn into alcoholics. said, any- Ranger Crash Kills Spur Man Bacon estimated' that of the RANGER March 27 nation's 65 million persons who fereon Lee Johnson, 30 of Spur, was killed instantly at a.m. Saturday when the 1954 Chrysler take a drink four million are suf- fering from alcoholism, and add- ed: "I do not believe that alcoholism is ever going to be cured by a pill or a law." He said the Yale studies, spon- sored jointly by Yale University and Connecticut Commission on Alcoholism, also was trying to unravel the "vast amount of ig- norance" concerning alcoholism. As for the study coming up soon with a remedy for that terrible morning-after. Bacon said: "Please do not telephone (for a Not yet, anyhow." he was driving hit a bridge three miles east of the Strawn cutoff on U. S. Highway 180. The auto was going cast at the time of the acci- dent. Johnson apparently went to sleep Defense Plan Very Cosily, Senators Say WASHINGTON who know some of the top secret plans for defending this country against possible atomic or hydrogen at- tacks said today they have not been told estimated costs. But Sen. Byrd (D-Va) and other members of" the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed con- viction that the measures contem- plated would push the multi-bil- lion dollar annual defense costs upward. Russell C. Sprague, electronics engineer and manufacturer, who hss been explaining parts ;ol the overall -continental defense strat- egy, Misweiwl commltteemcn nearly three lours Evacuation fnrpcrlint The day before he had outlined plans for what was described aft- erwards as effective but not air- tight defense. It was understood that evacuation of cities.and use of guided missiles against attack- ing planes were key factors. Sprague will carry the proposals to President Eisenhower at the White House Tuesday morning ac- companied by Chairman Saltonstall (R-Mass) and other senior, mem- bers of the Armed Services Com- mittee. Byrd, after two days of secret testimony and questions, said in an interview he is confident that the Congress never would have whacked off a billlan dollars of income by cutting federal excise taxes "if they had listened to Mr. Sprague." Refers to Blast Sen. Symington former secretary of the Air Force, also made direct reference to the as- tonishing force of the latest hy- drogen blast tests in the Pacific, saying: "We have been getting trickles of information with reference to something that happened in the Pacific. "I have felt for a long time that it is important for the people of the country to be told (he truth about the great and growing men- ace of he Soviet, especially since. we know that they have exploded a hydrogen weapon." Symington also opposed the rev- enue reductions, saying if facts about "the critical security situa- tion were known "Congress would not be cutting taxes at this time. Chairman Saltonstall said that Sprague, a North Adams, Mass., manufacturer who made the inde- pendent survey with aid of all gov- ernment agencies, would be called back before the Senate committee from time to time on details of the juuusou aupateiiui went to bleep i M while driving as his automobile col- defense proposals. lided with the west end of a bridge turning the auto sideways and blocking traffic for more than an hour. The automobile was demol- Rhee Greets SEOUL Syngman ishcd. Rhee shook hands with more than, Johr.son's body was taken to persons who crowded the Boggus Funeral Home in Mineral I presidential mansion grounds to- Wells where funeral arrangements I day to congratulate him on his 79th will be announced. birthday. Senator Wants Action as Demos Jeer at Delays WASHINGTON" Lfl Sen. Fergu- son (R-Mich) called today for a speedup in action on President Eisenhower's legislative program in what he said will be the rnake- cr-break month of April. Democrats, meanwhile, gibed at the Republican leadership for what they called failure to push through the President's proposals. Ferguson said in an interview he will ask the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which he heads, to consider next Tuesday a sched- ule aimed at bringing to the Sen- ite calendar in the next five weeks ill of the bills covering the Presi- dent's m'ajor recommendations. "Unless we get these measures out of committee by May 1 till calendar where they are ready for Senate action. I am: Thus far the Senate has passed afraid some of them'ju.5t aren't only the St.Lawrence Seaway bill going to get passed before our j and an excise tax measure not scheduled July 31 he said. The Michigan senator said he thinks the present uproar over the controversy between Sen. McCar- thy (R-Wis) and Army officials is obscuring the Eisenhower pro- wholly pleasing to administration leaders, who had to accept more reductions in such levies than they would have liked. The House has set a much faster pace, but has not yet taken up measures involving the reciprocal trade program, social security ex- gram. Eisenhower has predicted that r_____ __ what he calls his "dynamic, pro- revision of the Taft-Hartley act. gressW program will bj the I Sen. Knowland of California, principal issue in the November GOP floor leader, saitl he expects elections. He said that if Congress the foreign trade program to be doesn't enact most of