Abilene Reporter News, April 3, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 03, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARMER IÆ ®i)e Abilene Reporter'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING ' FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 291 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 3, 1954—TEN PAGES y eteran Of Gray Is Dead AUSTIN. Tex, i/f) — Thoma.s Evans Riddle, private in the In the Army of Tennessee, doughty admiral in the Nebraska Navy, and proud colonel of the Confederate Air Force, is dead today. Just two weeks shy of his 108th birthday, Riddle died last night at 10:10 p.m., CST, to leave only four surviving veterans of the Civil War. The white-haired little man with the shy, pixie smile had been ill since January. First he had pneumonia, then a failing heart, but his grim battle for survival astounded doctors. They said old age killed him. He died at the Texas Confederate home for men where he had played dominoes, met old friends and newsmen, and stayed in bed most of the time since January 1950. He had wanted to live to be 110 and to die at his home in Wichita Falls, Tex. He is scheduled to be buried, his family said today, at Burkburnett, Tex. When! has not been decided.    | Got Five Bullets Riddle, for 18 months of the Civ- { 11 War, served as a private in Co. 1, 22nd Regiment, Army of Tennessee. He liked to tell of his days under Robert E. Lee and kept a picture of the Southern commander over his    bed. "Five times I    thought    my    life called. was not worth a    minute,”    he    re- “Snipers were    shooting    at    me from the tops of trees. I didn’t know I was hit, but my general says to me, ‘Thomas, you’re full of bullets.’ and I looked and had been shot five times in my side.” Besides his other mythical titles. Riddle also held colonelcies on the staffs of the governors of Texas and Ijouisiana. He proudly pointed to framed citations on the wall of his room here attesting to his various “ranks.” Parties Big Events But the biggest events in his recent years were his birthday parties, With a clean shave, a Confederate tie and polished slippers he sat on the side of his bed and cheerfully received his guests. Although he could barely hear, even with a hearing aid, he always had answers to questions. He was tickled pink when he received several proposals for marriage last year after a lawyer filed a claim for him for part of a multi-million dollar race horse fortune. 'The. petition said the old soldier was a half brother of Man O’War’s owner, the late Samuel D. Riddle. The “colonel” had been married three times. “Outlived two of them and divorced another,” he would say with shining eyes. Of the rour survivors of the bloody W’ar between the States, Walter W, Williams, 111, of Franklin, Tex., is the oldest. The others are Albert Woolson, 215 E. Fifth St., Duluth, Minn., the sole Union survivor; and Confederates WU-liam A, Lundy, Laurel Hill, Fla.; and John Sailing, Slant, Va. But They Really Cleaned Oil Tag PHILADELPHIA (if)—Patrolman Arthur Domenick ordered Louis Boccutto to clean up the dirty, illegible license plate on Boccutto’s pickup tmck. Sure, said Boccutto. He pulled out a rag, poured a little kero.sene on it, then bent down to wipe off the tag. The pickup truck, loaded with drums of kerosene, went up in flames. Boccutto and Domenick were apeechless, but unhurt. The truck was destroyed. PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c TEES OFF ON CANCER — President Eisenhower gets some expert advice on his golf grip from Babe Zaharias, famous athlete, at the White House. The President is using the “sword of hope” of the American Cancer Society presented to him by Mrs. Zaharias after Eisenhower officially opened the 1954 cancer crusade. CRIME RATE SOARS Dallas Frightened, Grand Jury Says DALLAS This city’s population is terror-stricken by a high crime rate, a Dallas County grand jury report says. The grand jury charged yesterday that the state’s second largest city—a fashion, oil, cotton and manufacturing c e n t e r—had a crime rate so high that “the majority of the people are afraid.” The Dallas County jail, the report added, is so crowded that conditions for a bloody riot are ideal. Sheriff Bill Decker agreed. He said the jail, built for 285 prisoners, usually held around 600. A “food riot” occurred several months ago. Decker said. He added that a new annex under construction would house 300 more prisoners making jail facilities still under minimum requirements. The grand jury report called for a stepped-up, overall fight against crime. Many people are afraid to move to Dallas, the report continued, because of the high crime rate. Policemen, it said, find it impossible to adequately cover their beats. Sherman Hunt Jr.. Dallas oilman, was foreman of the grand jury that delivered the report of its three-month term to Criminal Dist. Judge Harold B. Wright. The report said, “The city police department should be run in accordance with nationally - adopted police methods rather than by city council directives.” ‘‘We do not agree,” the report went on, "that police officers are paid a living wage, or a wage commensurate with the danger, Housing Fight Goes to Senate WASHINGTON OFL-Rebuffed in th« House, the Eisenhower administration looked to the Senate today to rescue its low-rent public housing program. An allegiance of Southern Democrats and many Republicans fought ahouWer to shoulder yesterday in repelling persistent efforts of Northern Democrats and Republican leaders to write at least part of the President’s public housing proposals into a general housing bill. After a two-day battle, the legislation was passed, 352-36, without any public housing feature and stripped of an Eisenhower request for the right to raise interest rates on GI home loans from the present Vk per cent maximum. In other housing fields, including alum clearance, the bill went to the Senate pretty much as the administration wanted it. Recent history gives the adpiln-istratlon grounds for hope that the Senate will come to its aid. Last year, for example, the House approved no funds for building public housing during the fiscal year. The Senate bill, passed later, provided for 35,000 units. Conferees of the two houses got together and fashioned a 20,000-unit compromise. However, the administration this year will be without the help of Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio), a potent ally of public housing supporters in past years. Taft died last summer. In one area the House gave the President even more than he asked for. Its bill would let the Chief Executive drop down payments on home loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) below the levels he suggested. Before the biU was passed, the public housing dispute was resolved by the House when it defeated on a 211-176 roll call vote a Democratic motion to give Eisenhower just what he had requested—authority to build 140,-000 new units spread in increments of 35,000 over the next four years. In this last-gasp move, 127 Democrats were reinforced by 48 Republicans and 1 independent. 'They were beaten by 150 Republicans and 61 Democrats. Earlier. House Republican leaders had sought without success to put through a compromise amendment designed to permit the administration to erect 70,000 units over the next two years. They assured the House this would be acceptable to the President and they buttressed this with a promise to take a later look at the second half of the original 140,000-unit plan. hard work and abuse connected with their duties.” Local newspapers were also criticized. “We have many times seen results of outstanding police work,” the jurors said, “yet our papers seldom mention anything but criticism.” The report called for a larger police force, said prisoners should be made to work to pay for their food, and asked state-wide reforms including more state highway patrolmen. 40 Are Killed In Pusan Fire PUSAN, Korea (iP—A three-hour fire swept through a refugee-crowded shanty section of this port city today, leaving 40 persons dead and at least 3,700 homeless. About 100 persons were injured seriously enough to require medical assistance. Nine hundred families lost their homes. Army officials said. Search crews probed for additional bodies. The flames for a time threatened the largest Army quartermaster depot in Korea. Two Korean warehouses were destroyed. The flames leveled a section of packing box shanties known • to American soldiers here as "Little Chicago,” Korean National police said the blaze started when gas escaping from a leaky main was touched oft by two carpenters. Huge Crowd Greets Returning Captives BARCELONA, Spain IP)—An estimated million persons thronged Barcelona’s waterfront last night for a rousing, emotional welcome for 286 Spanish prisoners returning from 11 years in Soviet concentration camps. Most of the internees were Flan-gists who had volunteered for the Blue Division that went to Germany in 1941 to fight against the Russians. THE WEATHER II. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BVREAC ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy, continued mild tonight and Sunday. High temperature Saturday near 90 degrees. Low Saturday night 50-55, High Sunday 85. NORTH and CENTRAL WEST TEXAS— Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. TEMPERATURES p m.    Sat.    A.M. 86 ............ 1:30    ............ eo 88      2:30    ............ 65 88       3:30    ............ 61 . 88      4:30    ............ 59 87      5:30    ............ 59 84      6:30    ............ 59 79      7:30    ............ 62 6B ............ 8:30    ............ 67 02       9:30    ........... 76 58    ............ 10 30    ............ — 64      11:30    ............ _ 61      12:30    ............ _ Sunset last night 8:50 p.m. Sunrise today 25 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:00 p.m. Barometer reading at 10:30 a.m. 38 28. Relative humidity at 10:30 a.m. 63%. Maximum temperature for 24-hour period ending at 6:30 a.m. 90. Minimum temperature for 244iour period ending at 8:30 a.m. 55. Five Convicts Escape From Central Prison No Indiclnient Made by Duval Grand Jurors SAN DIEGO, Tex., The Duval County grand jury said it could find no evidence that could support ‘‘any indictment against a public official” of the county. “Not surprised,” said State Atty. Gen, John Ben Shepperd yesterday. The grand jury added that Shepperd himself put stumbling blocks in the w'ay of Its investigations. “Ridiculous!” exclaimed the attorney general. “I feel sorry for the grand jury members,” Shepperd continued, “because they are so tied up with the political machine in Duval County and with George Parr they couldn’t do anything else.” Parr is the long-time, reputed boss of Duval County’s political and financial affairs. State and federal agencies have been probing his activities In South Texas for months. Shepperd said last night that the state probe would continue. He and Gov. Allan Shivers both have vowed “to clean up the mess in Duval County.” Both have mentioned “bossism” in the bloc voting area over which members of the Parr family have held sway for two generations. ‘Did As Predicted’ “They did exactly what I predicted Feb. 9,” Shepperd said of the grand jury report yesterday. “Whitewash the situation,” he said. “They not only wouldn’t indict anybody,” he continued, “but because of business, political, family and economic conditions couldn’t do anything . . . “At least five members of the Jury were so connected with matters under investigation that they were in the position of investigating themselves,” Shepperd has charged widespread law violations in the county, including misuse of public funds. State Auditor C. H. Cavness, called into the probe by Shepperd, reported “apparant irregularities” after an audit. The federal probes made and apparently still under way are into Parr’s income tax returns and by postal inspectors. Parr has said that the charges and investigations under way were inspired by political ambitions of Shivers and Shepperd. Shepperd, he says, wants to be governor and Shivers, Parr claims, wants to go to the U. S. Senate. Jury Dismissed A. S. Broadfoot, of Bonham, acting 79th Di.strict Judge, received the grand jury’s report yesterday and then dismissed the body. Broadfoot recently replaced C. Woodrow Laughlin, a Parr-backed candidate when he was elected. Laughlin was ousted by the State Supreme Court on the petition of 11 lawyers of the district, headed by Jacob S. Floyd Sr. of Alice. The petitioning attorneys had claimed that Laughlin put “stumbling blocks” in the way of an investigation into the shooting death of Floyd’s son. Floyd, a Parr political foe, said his son’s death resulted from a bullet meant for him. The Duval jury used the phrase “stumbling block” in saying Shepperd refused to cooperate with them. It said the only time the attorney general appeared before it was when he said he was going to try to dismiss it. Shepperd tried unsuccessfully to do that. He told Laughlin he didn’t want to give evidence to the jury and have it do a whitewash job. Laughlin. refusing to dismiss the grand jury, told it to probe deeply into Shepperd’s charges. No Missourian, bul He Had lo Be Shown NEW YORK iñ^The magistrate was not from Missouri but he still had to be shown. So blonde strip tease dancer Mrs, Dorothy Barker, accused of an indecent performance at a Queens night cldb, did her act in court—which whittled her wearing apparej down to black panties and glued-on sequins. It happened yesterday in Long Island City Court, Queens. Said Magistrate J. Irwin Shapiro; “I’m just a hick from the rock-aways fLong Island beach communities) and sometimes in the summer I stand on the beach and see girls in Bikini bathing suits As for the 22-year-oid Mrs. Barker Shapiro said her act was “disgusting and insinuating” . . . "completely in bad taste” . . . but neither obscene nor indecent within the meaning of the law. “The court reluctantly dismisses the case,” he added. SLAPPED — A striking dock worker slaps at a cop and got slapped back in a skirmish on the North River Pier 84 in New York. Another man at right, gives him moral support from a safe distance. The fight started when strikers threw rocks at a truck hauling non-strik* ers to work on the pier. No one was seriously hurt. Murderer Leads Break During Fog Stevedores Halt Expensive Strike NEW YORK    —Longshoremen swarmed back to work today, ending a 29-day strike that cost the port of New York an estimated half billion dollars. Hiring bosses stepped in front of the piers and blew their whistles at the traditional time of 7.55 a.m. The men, without pay for almost a month, eagerly formed in halfl circles to be hired,    i Police patrolled the waterfront, but the atmosphere was peac^l in contrast with the picketing, jeering and brawling of the past few weeks. The Ocean Monarch, first ship, in today, docked uneventfully at Pier 97.    I The International Longshoremens HOUSTON i^Five convicts, led by a life term killer, broke out of Central Prison Farm No. 1 at Sugar Land in a thick fog early today. Four sawed their way out of a prison lank. The fifth, the ringleader, was w'orking the night shift In the prison laundry in the same building. They met, donned guard’s clothing, then hoisted a ladder and scaled the seven foot high prison wall to freedom. The escaped convicts are: Vernon l^e Joiner, 32, serving 99 years for robbery out of ComaJ County. Serving Long Terms Boyce James Wallace. 24, serving 23 years for robbery and burglary out of Dallas County. Billy Raymond Bedford, 30, serving seven years for burglary out of Tarrant County. Robert J. Robins, 36, serving three years for burglary out of Bexar County. Virgil T. Winders, 33, tervlng 33 years for robbery out of Comal County, Pri.son records clerk J. C. Roberts said the men made the break in a chowder-thick fog. Armed guards patrol the seven foot wall, he said. “The fog was just too thick,” hf said. Using Stolen Car A 1952 two-tone Chevrolet was reported stolen early today in Sugar Land, near the prison farm, Roberts said he believes the es- French Beat Back » New Red Assaults HANOI, Indochina GT)—The weary defenders of Dien Bien Phu beat off wild new Vietminh attacks today. They held the Communist-led rebels at bay a mile from the heart of the besieged dust bowl fortress. French counterattacks, backed by tanks and heavy artillery fire, shattered every Vietminh mass assault trying to crack the key defenses of the fortress, where many fighters have gone for five days without rest. In Paris, a French news agency report said Vietminh regulars, who invaded Cambodia yesterday, captured two cities—Voeune Sai and Siem Pang—and were heading on for Stung Treng, on the Mekong River. A brief French communique said repeated Vietminh attempts last night to break through the last-ditch defenses had failed. In tidal waves of infantry, braving murderous French fire, the Communist-led rebels had pushed to within a mile of the fortress’ center in some places. The outnumbered French Union garrison clung desperately to a narrowing patch of trenches, bunkers and barbed wire. But they were in grave danger. The position’s outer defenses were wrecked —all its fortifications riddled by Vietminh artillery which poured In endlessly. Vietminh casualties soared as their Communist commanders hurled a human sea of attackers against Dien Bien Phu, trying to engulf it for the first major Red victory in the Indochina War. A French army source estimated that the Vietminh have lost 20,000 killed or wounded since.^they swept down on the fortress in mid-March. The French claimed 7.000 of those were killed. ¡Assn., independent, which spon-' sored the strike In a jurisdictional dispute with S rival American’ Federation of Labor ILA, called off the walkout unconditionally I last night. 1 Independent H.A officials said they did so because of a government notice that their union would be ruled off the ballot otherwise in a forthcoming w’aterfront bar- capeet got away in the stolen car. The ladder was found early today leaning against the prison wail. Roberts said details were not known how hack saws might have been slippied into the prison tank. “After sawing out,” Roberts said, “they picked up Joiner in the laundry, crept across the prison yard, hoisted the ladder and scaled the wall.” gaining election. They denounced the government; action as illegal but said they had no alternative but to accept. The election date has not been set. Strike leaders also were under heavy tiressure from the long.shore-men whose funds to feed their families were exhausted. The French have not announced their own losses. (In Paris, where such information is sifted and released, officials said the defenders of Dien Bien Phu had suffered “heavy” losses, but light by comparison with those of the enemy.) The most .serious threat to the fortress loomed in the northwestern sector of the dust bowl plain, where the Vietminh hold one position for launching attacks. It was feared a massive charge from there and a break through might carry the attackers into the key center area. Heavy and violent Vietminh assaults raged throughout the night, increasing in tempo in the early hours before dawn. But French guns hammered them back. The French command said its position was substantially th*' same as last night. The shipping Industry placed the port’s loss through the strike at 500 million dollars. ioddler, 2, Dies in Ocean Valua of business lost in cargo diversion from New York to other ports such as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Norfolk was estimated by the New York State Chamber of Commerce at $398,750,000. Loss in wages to the men, who get $2.27 an hour, ran to probably more than 50 million dollars. Scores of ships lay idle at a cost, in loss of business, estimated by shippers at $5,000 a day each. The trucking industry figured its loss at 25 million dollars. Approximately 2,500 drivers who ordinarily take cargo to and from piers either were laid off or worked only a day or two a week. With sugar cargoes tied up by the strike, 1,000 suga»* refinery workers were laid off. Losses in perishable cargoes tied up in the strike have not been estimated. HERMOSA BEACH, Calif, (ifi-Little Michael McDonald lived only a few houses from the beach. And yesterday was a beautiful day. Somehow the chubby, 19-month-old toddler got out of his fenced yard. He was there when his mother checked just 10 minutes earlier, she frantically telephoned police. Then Miss Beverly Murdock, 22, ran six blocks to the police station for help. She said she had seen the boy’s body bobbing in the ocean amid a clump of seaweed near shore. When she returned with officers, the body apparently had been swept out to sea. Her description of the boy’s size and clothes matched that given by the mother. Lifeguards searched the waters while the anguished parents, John and Lillian McDonald, watched tearfully at the surf’s edge. They were still there after darkness forced an end to the search. It continues today. German Ambassador, Cousin Gel Togelher ST. LOUIS UP)—The German ambassador to the United States and a second cousin got together for the first time here yesterday on a speaker’s platform. Dr. Heinz L. Krekeler was the main speaker at a meeting of the St. Louis Council on World Affairs. The Rev. Ludwig Krekeler, 78-year-oid Lutheran minister of Gillespie, 111., delivered the benediction. The two had corresponded but had not met before yesterday. The minister came to this country 57 years ago, before the ambassador was born. Both came from the German town of Hoexter, Westphalia. AOUNDED EVACUATED IN INDOCHINA—French Union soldiers of the besieged Dien Bien Phu garrison load wounded comrades aboard a waiting helicopter for evacuation from the batlefront. French sources say the Communist-led Vietminh forces have fired on hospital planes during the siege. ;