Abilene Reporter News, April 14, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 14, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas POSSIBLE SHOWERS gbtlem Reporter EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 302 Auodmted Prtu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 14, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Panel Awaits Oppenheimer Probe Results WASHINGTON (J) Congres sional groups took a wait-and-se attitude today toward the govern menfs suspension and iuvestiga lion of pioneer atomic scientist J Robert Oppenheimer on security grounds. Sen. McCarthy declin Ing to elaborate, said he has affi davits purporting to show tha Oppenheimer once was a membe] of the Communist affilia lion the scientist has categorically denied. From two other persons familiar the case came statements that the accusations against Oppen heimer had been reviewed and dis countd years ago. In notifying him of his suspension, however the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) spoke of "additional inves tigation" last year. Data Withheld The AEC said in a formal state ment yesterday that President Ei senhower had ordered "a blank placed temporarily between Oppenheimer, one of the chief de- velopers of the atomic bomb, ant secret data to which he has had access for over 10 years. Pending the report of an AEC Investigating panel headed by for- mer Secretary of the Army Gordon Gray, Rep. W. Sterling Cole (H- NY) and Sen. Hickenlooper (R- lowa) fixed a hands-off policy for the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee. And McCarthy told newsmen at Phoenix, Ariz, that while Oppen- heimer's suspension was "long should have been taken years he has no plans now to get into the case with the Senate investigations subcommittee he heads. Won't Interfere wouldn't want to interfere with anything that is being he said. "As long as the adminis- tration continues to act, there is no reason for us to move in." Discussing the Princeton, N. J., scientist's case with newsmen, McCarthy said, "I have affidavits that show that he was a member of the Communist party" and that he had "hired and recruited in- dividuals who were Communists or at least bacl been Communists to handle atomic work." The senator did not say who had the affidavits.; Oppenheimer, 49, Eas freely ac- knowledged associating with some Communists and fellow travelers years ago, but said he thinks .his experience makes him more fit to serve the government. He is con- testing the charges and has asked for a hearing. Since June 1952 he has been an AEC consultant. Complete Review First Cole and Hickenlooper said in a Joint statement yesterday that when the "orderly review" of the case is completed by the AEC, the Senate-House committee "will in a position to take whatever ac- tion, if any, may be appropriate in the public Interest." Cole is chairman and Hickenlooper vice- chairman of the group. The AEC said that "propriety re- quires that it make no further statement" pending a decision. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport 2225 Edgemont BALLINGER BLACKWELL COLEMAN COLORADO CITY MERKEL EOTAN EOSCOE STAMFORD SWEETWATER WINTERS 4-day 24 hours total trace .10 .35 .75 .67 .25 .35 .15 shower .12 .26 .40 2.00 2.75 6.64 5.00 4.57 2.35 2.35 3.35 3.00 3.05 2.29 3.40 WATER THAT GOT Colorado River at Colorado City looked this way Tues- day afternoon when the slug of water, released when the Bull Creek diversion dam near Snyder gave way, came pouring down. This water would have gone into Lake Thom- as, if the diversion dam hadn't crumbled. The head of water put the river highest it has been since the '40's. Watching the debris float by is young Tommie Goss. (Photo by T. J. Goss II) Most West Texas Lakes Catch Big Water Supplies By KATHARYN DUFF Small municipal lakes in Wes Texas are, generally, full today thanks to four days of rainy weath- r. Big lakes are up, but a long ways from full. Slow rains late Tuesday and ear- ly Wednesday brought more wel- comed moisture. Some areas got as much as three-quarters of an inch more in the past -24 hours. Abi- ene got only a trace at the Mu- nicipal Airport station, leaving the official total at 2 inches. Down- own gauges measured as much as a tenth of an inch last night, bring- ng unofficial totals for the week to around two and three-fourths inches. The front which has brought .the wiceless raiftr Sas ng north, Weatherman E." Bitch- ier said this Morning. Chances for general rain are diminishing, bu! spotted hard possible trough tonight, he said. Southern Nolan County go around .75 inch during the night Hinging the total to nearly five inches at Blackwell. Runnels and Coleman Counties continued to lead the area in total rainfall. -Ballinger got another .35 nch to hike the total since Sun- day to 6.64 inches, officially, with cattered gauges measuring an inch or so more. Winters got another .40 inch to bring that town's total to 3.40. Coleman County is very wet. An- jther .67 inch last night brings the otal to 4.57 inches. Jones and Fisher County totals are up above three inches. Generally speaking, towns which depend on lakes for municipal er supplies can look to the sum- mer with confidence. Heaviest ains, however, seemed to fall on he watersheds where there are mailer reservoirs. Here's a survey of the lake sit- ation: ABILENE Three lakes gamed stimated 330 million gallons of wa- er this week, enough to run the ity a month and a half. Phantom Hill Lake about half full. Kirby nd Lake Abilene only fraction fill- d, but city has enough water for nore than two and a half years. SWEETWATER Oak Creek Lake has gained acre feet of irater this week a total rise of bout five and a half feet. This would figure more than a billion and a half gallons of water. The ake now has about acre feet if water. It's capacity is .ere feet Trio Beats Rotan Driver ROBY, April 14 Three men who got an elderly farmer out of bed to take them to their "sick mother" in Rotan Tuesday mid- night, then beat him and stole his car were caught early Wednesday morning. Two were caught in San Angelo at about a.m. after catching bus at Robert Lee. The third, driver of the stolen car, was caught near the town at 2 a.m. They walked up to the farm home of Felix Gallon, 63. about four miles south of here, about mid- night and gave him a story about their "mother" being sick in Ro- tan. Gallon gat up, dressed, and start- ed out to take them there In his car. They were almost to the Sweetwater highway, about a quar- ter-mile from his home, when the men jumped him and stole his car and purse, Sheriff R. L. (Bosue) WilkSns said. Gallon told Wilkins that one of the men "had something long" but didn't know whether it was a gun or not. An old-style .22 six-shooter was found near the scene of the rob- bery, Wilkins said. Gallon received injuriei to his left arm and shoulder and head in the attack. A car with a Gonzales County registration in. the name of one of the robbers was found abandoned just below the cut-off to Gallon's farm. After Gallon called him at about a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Wil- kins set off In pursuit of the. rob- bers with Deputy Joe.Wetsel and J. B. Hughey, Roby chief of po- lice. They abandoned the search near Sweetwater in the rain at about a.m., Wilkins said. By that time the fugitives had been appre- hended at San Angelo. Gallon, whom Wilkins described as "an awful good citizen of this county" said he didn't know how much money was in his purse. He was at the Roby jail while Wilkins was talking to a reporter over the phone. "You Hook about as buriged-up as I did after the jail Wilkins joked. Wilkins and his deputy were get- ting ready to leave for San Angelo and Robert Lee tu pick up the captured men. He said that charges of auto robbery with firearm! may be fil- ed against them. s WINTERS City lake full. Holds acre feet, about a four-year supply, according to Water Super- intendent W. G. Waggoner. Esti- mated billion gallons of water. COLEMAN Hord's Creek Lake within foot and a half of' its all- time peak, highest since 1952. Up four feet Tuesday and creeks still running still 5% feet below flood control level, 25 feet below spill- way. Lake Scarborough within four or five feet of spillway. City's supply in two lakes enough to run town two years. BALLINGER Both city lakes full. Total capacity of acre feet. This means about 1.4 billion gallons of water' stored, enough to last two or three years. Colorado River and Elm Creek still running strong. "COLORADO CITY up an even but still 15 feet below spillway: This weetfs catch repre- sents about two months supply of water added to already ample stor- age gives good prspects for sum mer. More runoff wanted. PAINT CREEK Up only of a foot, a rise of about 500 acre feet or 150 million gallons. Nack here before Monday from 'hoenix, where he has been trying to shake off a throat ailment. .The subcommittee acknowledged that if any major hitch arises in efforts to get an agree- ment with McCarthy and the Army officials on rules for the inquiry, a new postponement of the start of wirings might have to result. ing they now had a good basis for planting. Gloomy feelings caused by the drought were knocked sky high in Dawson County. "Why, I have seen people in here smiling I haven't seen smile in eight insurance man Malcolm Harp said in Lamesa. In the North Central Texas area around Dallas crop observers called the recent rains "the most timely" ever. They said the North Texas wheat crop, reported near disaster les? than a week ago, now promises above-average yields. Crop Estimates Up Cotton and corn crop estimates in the area were re-appraised up- ward. Grain dealer Walter Blanton, Carrollton said, "This did it! We'll make a good grain crop if it doesn't rain again till after harvest time." But the Weather Bureau fore- casts indicated Blanton would not have to wait that long. Scattered thundershowers were predicted for nearly every portion of the state. Temperatures, the weather men said, were on the rise. Shortly before daybreak Wednes- day, Lubbock had light rain and fog and Del Rio, far to the south, reported a thundershower. Tem- peratures at the time ranged from 52 at Salt Flat and Marfa to 73 at Brownsville. The rains, which had the Rio Grande Valley towns of Donna, Alamo, San Juan and Pharr buf- fetted by floodwaters, 'followed three months of below normal rainfall that reached record or near record levels. THE WEATHER TJ.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Mostly cloudy with scattered thundershowers to- day and tonight; partly cloudy Thursday. High today. 60 degrees; low tonight, 65; high Thursday, 85. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy, scattered showers and local thunderstorms through Thursday. Cooler In northwest Thursday.____ WEST TEXAS Cloudy with scattered showers and local thunderstorms Wednes- day in South. Plains and Pecos Valley eastward Thursday. Cooler In Panhandle, South Plains Thursday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Considerable cloudiness and warm, widely scattered showers mostly in north portion Wednesday. wed. A.M. S3 67 67 74 MO 430 I'M 64 64 K .7 Maximum temperature for 34-hour period ending a.m.: 78. Minimum temperature lor 24-hour period ending a.m.: 62. Barometer reading at p.m. 21.03. RtlatlTl humidity aV HM p.m. France Will Join Far East Alliance Man Charged 3 Times After 3 Autos Hit Three complaints were filed Wednesday morning in Taylor County Court against William Cal- vin Burleson. 27 who police said was the driver of an auto which lit three other autos in Abilene Sunday. Charges filed are: (1) Failure to stop and render aid. (2) Aggravated assault with motor vehicle. (3) Driving while intoxicated, plus a second count of driving while under the influence of drugs. Burleson's address was listed as 2149 Hickory St. on the com- plaints. Police said Burleson was the driver of a 1951 Mercury which, collided with an auto driven by Mrs. Lilly Shepherd Rogers, 257 Carl St., about p.m. Sunday at South First St. and Mockingbird Lane. At p.m. Sunday, the auto Burleson was driving struck autos driven by Mrs. O. M. Vinson, 810 Succaneer Dr., and Theodore F. Uarsden, of Brooks Air Force Jase, San Antonio, at South First St. and Sayles Blvd., police .said. When Marsden attempted to talk to Burleson, Burleson's auto was placed in fear and struck Mars- den's auto a second time, police said. Mrs.. Rogers' is the complainant for tie failure to stop and render aid, and the aggravate assault charges. i Burleson was arrested bjr police at p.m. Sunday at South Firs St. and Sayles Blvd. 30-Day Jail Term Given Bootlegger Harrell E. McCoy, of 1019 Peach it., was assessed a 30-day jail entence by Judge Reed Ingalsbe n County Court Wednesday when he entered a plea of guilty to pos- session of whisky for the purpose of ale. Court costs of were also ssessed. GUY HOLUYDAY won't in reporters U. S. British Idea Okayed by PARIS joined Britain I uation, especially that In Indo- and the United States today in de-1 china. daring it would examine the pos-! The informants gave this ac- sibility of creating a collective de- fense in Southeast Asia "to assure the peace, security and freedom of this area." A 10-nation pact is contemplated under the arrangements announced la London yesterday by Dulles and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. No official announcement of re- sults of the Dulles-Bidault .talks had been issued by midafternoori. But informants said .Bidault ap- proved the Dulles-Eden plan be- cause it "reconciles the views of the two great European powers with those of the United States.' This morning's talks were de- voted entirely to the Far East sit- Senate Panel Takes Over Housing Probe WASHINGTON Cape-lstructing the big rental apart- hart said today his ate Banking Committee yUl ask Under the rental housing pro- for to investigateAhat he the government insures up called'enormous, excessive profits by some .builders of rental housing insured by the- government "It looks; as though there may be million to 90 per. cent of private loans made to builders covering the cos of the' project. In. another phase ot the housln; wived in tiiis wfiole that caid 'f 1> x. Capehart said the banking eoni mittee plans to conduct ,im mediate investigation of some post-World War it rental projects and all other phases of the govern ment's many-sided housing pro- gram. He said "there certainly would lave to be collusion" in the reap- ing of the "windfall profits." He did not state exactly wnere the col- usion would be found, but indi- cated it came in appraisals by the federal Housing Administration I far: above the actual cost of con- Col. Hallock to Leave District Post, Attend'Army War College Col. H. R. Hallock, Fort Worth istrict engineer since 1952 with tie U. S. Corps of Engineers, will eave Fort Worth soon to attend lie Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Col. Hallock has been in charge f getting construction underway t Abilene Air Force Base and :as visited here many times in onnection with the project. He has worked closely with the ibilene Chamber of Commerce na- ional defense committee in break- ng trail for the new Strategic Air Command base. His transfer was announced Tues- ay by the Army. Replacing him be Col. Harry 0. Fischer, who s now attending the War College. No definite date has been set or the transfer, as yet. Col. Hallock', 38, is a 1837 grad- ate of the U. S. Military Acade my and came to Fort Worth in 951 as executive officer. He succeeded Col. Delbert B. reeman as district engineer in 952. Previously, Col. Hallock had erved as engineer for the Military ir Transport Service. In 1953 he was named Engineer the Year by the Fort Worth lapter of the Texas Society rofessional Engineers. of U.S. C-C Official Due Here Thursday Lester Flesner, Houston dis- ict manager for the U. S. Cham- of Commerce, will speak bursday at a breakfast for' the bilene C-C state and national af- airs committee. Flesner will talk on "Legisla- ve Problems for 1954" at the 15 a. m. breakfast in Parlor A the Woolen Hotel. About 25 members of the com- ittee and guests are expected to :tend, Chairman L. S. (Lit) Per- y said. The committee's upcom- g program will also be discu'ss- 4o Starting Dote or Vaccine Test HOUSTON group planning ntl-pollo vaccine tests here met esterday but failed to set a start- date. Col. Hallock has been in charge of all flood control work in Texas except for that on the Pecos, Rio Grande, and Red River water- sheds. He has also been chief of all military construction in Central and Northwest Texas and of pro- curement of engineering supplies for a four-state area, including most of Texas, Oklahoma, Ark- ansas, and Louisiana. His successor. Col. Fischer, 46, is a 1937 graduate of Texas and a native Texan. He is also a graduate of the Command and Gen- eral Staff College at Fort Leaven- worth, Kan. scandal, iiave Seen charge allowed unscrupuloi] iaiesmen to cheat nil Complaints, of abuses under the Some improvement program, it has been disclosed, .were made under both the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Suspect apartment project fi- nancing occurred under the post- World War II "middle income" housing program, which expired in 350. The alleged irregularities and idministratlve laxities came to ight Monday night the White louse abruptly announced that PHA' Commissioner Guy T. O. Hollyday had resigned the post to which President Eisenhower had named him year ago.; Yesterday, Eisenhower named Gorman P.; Mason, a Massachu- ;etts lumber dealer, to serve as tcting FHA commissioner while he executive the parent Housing and Home Finance Agency and the pushes its probe. Capehart seemed somewhat mif- ed when he was told that Sen. Jyrd (D-Va) had announced his olnt Congressional Committee on Reduction of Nonessentlal Federal Expenditures would hold a hearing m the situation next Tuesday. "I don't snow what authority ien Byrd has over Capehart iaid. "There can be no question hat this is our' concern." The Banking committee has jur- isdiction over housing matters. Both Byrd and Capehart said bey had alerted government hous- ing chiefs to apparent skulldug- ery long ago. count: Bidault began with an expression of thanks to the United States for the material aid granted the French Union forces in Indochina. He explained France wishes to reach a solution of the Indochiaese conflict "as .quickly as possible in order to meet her obligations to- ward the Indochinese Associated States and suppress once and for all the dangers of Communist in- trusion in this sector so important to Southeast Asia." Dulles replied with a detailed account of his talks in London and an explanation of the 10-nation alliance which he and Eden have suggested. The French-American discussions were extremely cordial, although Bidault stressed that the French are opposed to any measures being aken before the April 26 Geneva conference on Asian problems. The foreign minister and the seer retary of state first met privately, hen were joined by their aides. After the talks, Bidault -was host .o Dulles and his aides and French ministry officials at lunch. Dulles later was to meet Premier Joseph Laniel and perhaps ex- Emperor Bao Dai, chief of state of Viet Nam. In London, the Conservative Daily Mail tagged the "SEATO" Southeast Asia- Treaty Organization the NATO-like Pacific lineup against Red Taggres- siohiwMch Dulles and British: For- eign. Secretary .Eden agreed terday they would work for.' French observers pre.ferred Pacific Treaty Organiza- the Dulles-Eden project. Philippines Included Their 10 candidates such a Three, pact were' Australia, New Ze'alandpthe Philip- pines, three As- sociated States .of Indochina et Nam, Labs and Cambodia. That proposed alliance was the esult of Dulles' search for the position of strength" he believes the Western Big Three must have vhen they meet- in Geneva April 26 with Russia and Red China to discuss peace in Korea and Indo- hina. It was the-outcome of his earlier all' for Western agreement, that united would oppose any Chinese Communist military ex- ansion into Indochina and the rest f Southeast Asia. The British and Trench feared any outright threat if specific "action" would spike any chances of negotiating peace at Geneva. In Canberra, Acting Foreign Minister Sir Philip McBride an- nounced Australia would be a willing participant in discussions n the collective defense of South- ast Asia." Foreign Minister Clifton Webb aid in .Auckland that New Zealand, ic other Commonwealth nominee, Iso was ready to enter such talks. [e added that he hoped the U. S.- ritish initiative "will give heart o the French and Vietnamese orces who for so long have borne brunt of the struggle against Communist expansionism in Sonth- ast Asia." Bankers Say Estep Juggled Accounts for Personal Use By GEORGJA NELSON Checks showing that William Es- tep used corporate funds' of the Atomotor Manufacturing Co., Inc., for personal living expenses were introduced in evidence in U. S. Court Wednesday morning. Vice presidents of Abflene and Dallas banks took the witness stand for the government to show that Estep juggled money from one ac- count to another. They were M. F. Wilson, vice president and cashier of Citizens National R. E. Morgan, assistant vice president of Repub- lic National Bank of Dallas. Wilson identified ledger sheets and signature cards of accounts with Citizens National Bank in the name of the "Estep Memorial Re- search Foundation" and of Atom- otor Mfg. Co., both in care of Wil- liam Estep, 625 Amarillo St., Abi- lene. Estep lived at this address in 1952. He is now on trial for charges of using the U. S. mails to de- fraud and violation of the Security Act of 1933 in 'connection with the sale of stock ia Atomotor Mfg. Cc. Other government exhibits plac- ed in evidence while Wilson was on the stand were two deposit slips for the Atomotor account, checks drawn on the account and a cash- ier's check issued to Estep and cashed for him. The cashier's check' was in the amount of J7.929 and dated April 11, 1952. Oat check drawn by on the Atomotor account was for and payable to Waldrop Furniture Co. Morgan identified deposits .made to two accounts in the Dallas bank. These accounts were referred to as the Estep escrow account and Estep's, personal account. Included among other checks deposited to his personal account were checks given him by at least five individuals in payment for stock in Atomotor Mfg. Co. These were Genevieve Guthals of San Angelo; Hope Lindley of La Luz, N. M.; Harry Gebhard of Waco; J. T. Clinkscales and C. D. Hanes of El Paso. These deposits totaled The government introduced 23 checks drawn on Estep's personal account in the Dallas bank for pay- ment of personal expenses. Among these were two monthly pay- ments made to Fenner-Tubbs Mo- tor Co. on an automobile. Other checks were payable to the City of Abilene Water Works; Lone Star Gas Co.; Terrell Lab- oratories; Horace Holly Motor Co. (one check for J150 noted "pay- ment on car" and another check for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co. (one check for and another for 1201.24 for "mortgage Univer- sal C.I.T. Credit Corp. (two checks for Expenditure! paid through this personal bank account a> shown by the government evidence to- taled James Thomas Clinkscales and Dr. Jeffie Halstead, both of El Paso, testified that they invested money in Atomotor Mfg. Co., re- lying on Estep's daim that the company would produce a 90 per cent fuel-less engine. Dr. Halstead said sha owns, a 600-acre farm for which she pays per month for two irrigation pumps at a cost of only 80 cents per day. Roy D. Williams, an employe, of Firestone Tire k Rubber Co., said the Atomotor would operate these pumps. She testified Estep told her from the stand that he sold Estep two tires costing a total of May 6, 1952. He installed the tires, he said, on a Chrysler car. Wil- liams stated that in payment-for the tires Estep gave him a check which he had received from R. L. Parks. This same check had previously been introduced as having been paid to Estep for stock in Atom- otor Mfg. Co. Witnesses who testified Tuesday afternoon that they bought stock In the company were B. B. Parks of 1700 South Third St.; Genevieve Guthals of San Angelo; Harry Geb- hard of Waco, C. D. Haaes and Glenn Deer of Paw. At noon Wednesday the govern- ment had used U oat ot M wit- nesses It plans to caD. Dcftftse attorneys (bout M ;