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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas F A III ram / dfje Abilene porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING VOL. LXXIII, No. 304 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 16,1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c. SUNDAY 10c NEW PUSH? TRYING FOR SIZE—NO, COLOR—R. V. Davis of 1718 Me-Cracken St. found the right size chapeau early on straw hat day. His big problem was deciding which color and model. Whether to get a business hat for Abilene wear or a sports model for a Boy Scout outing was also a problem for Davis. He was to leave as one of the sponsors on a Scout trip right after he tried on the hats. (Staff photo by Dave Brum-beau) NEAR RANGER Officer Shot While Seeking Rustlers EASTLAND. April 16 — A. C. Yaeger, 48, special officer for the West Texas Ranchers Association, is in Eastland Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound in his left side—put there, he thinks, by a would-be cattle rustler. One of seven or eight shots from a rifle fired out of the dark hit Yaeger about 10 p.m. Thursday night. Yaeger emptied his .38 Colt toward the spot he saw rifle fire. He doesn’t know whether he hit the other fellow, but he did hear him holler. The gun battle took place on U. S. Highway 80 about five miles east of Ranger, near the foot of a steep hill. Dozens of peace officers from this and surrounding counties combed the area of the fight last night and this morning, but as yet no definite clues as to the supposed gunman-rustier have been announced. Yaeger. speaking over a telephone installed in his hospital room, gave this account of the affair to The Reporter-News Friday morning: “I was coming home to Eastland last night from Palo Pinto County when I met a pickup driving slowly .. . about 10 miles an hour... along U.S. 80." Ranchers in the area have been having trouble lately with rustlers shooting cattle, often just cutting off hind quarters and leaving the rest Yaeger’s job is to help halt such. “I wondered about the slow-moving pickup. Didn’t get close enough to it to get the license number, but It w'as a black Chevrolet, ’49 or ’50 model, with cattle frames on It." Yaeger stopped to turn around and follow the truck. Traffic was heavy and he was delayed. He saw the pickup stop and a man with a rifle hop out and cross the fence over into the John Robison pasture. The pickup moved up and stopped about 600 or 800 yards away. Yaeger stopped his car about where he saw the man go into the pasture on the south side of the highway. He flashed his spotlight around, but couldn’t pick him up in the light. So he got out of his car. "For some reason. I don’t know' why, I walked in front of headlights. I oughtn’t to have done it. This fellow opened up with his rifle.” Yaeger dodged back out of the light and started firing in the direction of the rifle fire. Fifth shot he fired, he heard the man yell. He had another bullet left, so he fired it for good measure. Meantime, seven or eight rifle bullets whistled by Yaeger. Three or four left holes in his trouser legs. Only one hit him, that just above his left hip joint. It missed bones and vital organs and went right on through. His gun empty, Yaeger ran around behind the car and to the right door. He opened the door to reach under the seat for more ammunition. Pain hit him and he discovered his side was sticky. He got a small flashlight and flashed it on his side. His clothing was bloody. He radioed Ranger to get a doctor to meet him at the Eastland hospital and "flew right here.” 40,000 Red Troops Sent Into Trenches HANOI, Indochina (Æ) — The Viet-minh shoved tens of thousands of fresh troops into attack position around Dien Bien Phu today. The third round of the savage battle for the French Union stronghold appeared only days or hours away. Reliable sources said rebel Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap had rushed up at least 40,000 fresh regulars to bolster his badly battered force in the low hills encircling the fortified plain and along its fringes. With these reinforcements and replacements for the thousands killed by murderous French fire in the past five weeks came 5.000 or more youthful rookie rebels just out of training. It appeared certain here the Viet-minh ini their next all-out assault would outnumber the defenders at least 6 or 8 to 1. The Communist - led reinforcements went into forward trenches to relieve units of the four divisions which have spear-headed the hard fighting around the fortress since the first attack March 13. The veterans fell back a short distance, presumably to rest up for the next anticipated massive charge. The stoutly defended French fortifications faced more critical moments today as the garrison force tried to drive out Vitminh troops entrenched on the northern section of the main Dien Bien Phu air strip. The French, lunging at the infiltrated units with bayonets, grenades and machine guns, routed them yesterday from about half the trenches they had dug and blasted with high explosives on the pocked field. But the rebels still clung to dug-outs only 2,400 feet from the heart of the French bastion. These split the east-to-west network of defense communications on the north and posed the most serious threat to the fortified plain since the Vitminh first struck. The foothold on the airstrip was won this week after Vietminh night raiders blasted craters with nitroglycerine. Rebel troops then rushed in and furiously hacked out a system of connecting trenches. The Vietminh also kept up their steady digging around the outskirts of the Dien Bien Phu plain today, relentlessly pushing their web of trenches and foxholes closer to the French barbed wire barricades. Giap was believed to have roun-ed up his reinforcements by beating the jungles throughout northern Indochina. Apparently he even drew on the regulars who have been fanning out in repeated scattered attacks against the French and their Vietnamese allies in the vital Red River delta, about 150 miles to the east. The French gave no information on the numbers of defenders they still have at Dien Bien Phu after the five weeks of pounding. The high command here said only that none of the fortress’ six main defense positions had suffered any food or ammunition shortages. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Where does man’s fancy turn in the spring? Well, The Reporter-News thinks it turns to—LOVE. And when man’s thought turns to love—then comes thoughts of the vine-covered cottage—or the oak-studded mansion. This Sunday’s Reporter-News will tell all about homes— from cottages to castles. There’ll be articles on how Abilemans are furnishing their homes. Yard projects, like swimming pools or barbecue pits, will come in for their share of the spotlight. This will be the Sunday for those who love comfort, love a pretty home and love to see things grow’, to read The Reporter-News. Of course there will be full coverage of sports, regular news, oil and farm happenings for Sunday readers. Estep ’Guilty', Gets 5 Years City Rejects Shopping Center by High School School Officials Praise Decision By BOB COOKE The City Commission Friday unanimously rejected a plan to build a shopping center in the block west* of the new Abilene High School. Arthel Henson, developer, was not present to push action on his proposed shopping center west of Mockingbird Lane. He had said Thursday he wanted to postpone action by the commission in the case, pending some other changes. In its action Friday morning, the City Commission refused to follow recommendations of the City Zoning and Planning Commission that the area be placed in a retail zone, rather than in a residential zone. This was in line with requests of the Abilene School Board, Supt. of Schools A. E. Wells, and the City Council of Parent-Teachers Association. Schools Laud Action Following the action. W. E. Fraley, president of the School Board, expressed that body’s appreciation for the action. At the conclusion of the meeting Mayor C. E. Gatlin read a letter of appreciation for the action from the City Council P-TA, which was drawn up at an informal meeting of representatives of the organization. Two members of the commission were sw’orn in for,new' termr. J. Floyd Malcom, re-elected, was resworn to another two* year term and W. D. Rich, successful candidate in the April 6 city election, was sworn in to replace C. T. Conerly, former mavor protem, whom he de- By GEORGIA NELSON William Estep was assessed a $2,000 fine and two concurrent five-year penitentiary sentences Friday morning in U. S. District Court. A jury which heard the five-day trial found Estep guilty on seven counts of using the U. S. mails to defraud and two counts of violation of the Securities Act of 1933. Estep was indicted in connection with sale of stock in Atomotor Manufacturing Co., Inc. Purpose of the corporation which he organized was to manufacture and market a fuel - less, self-energizing engine called an "atomotor.” Immediately after hearing the sentences from Judge T. Whitfield Davidson, Estep was taken into custody by the U. S. marshal’s office. A hearing for the setting of bond was set for 1:15 p.m. A remittance of the $2,000 fine was also to be asked by defense attorneys at that time. Defense Attorney Maury Hughes of Dallas and U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore of Fort Worth made closing arguments before the jury Friday morning. Asst. U. S. Dist. Atty. Warren Logan and Defense Attorney Howard Dailey had addressed the jury Thursday afternoon. Estep was originally charged in a secret indictment containing 10 counts. Before trial of the case opened the government asked that one count alleging mail fraud be omitted. Judge Davidson assessed the defendant the $2,000 fine and five years in the penitentiary on the first seven counts remaining in the indictment and an additional five years on the last two counts, to be served concurrently with the other five-year term. At the opening of the trial Judge Davidson granted a defense motion to strike two items from one count. These items alleged Estep claimed he was a medical doctor who had discovered a method of keeping people alive forever and that he had invented a machine called the atomotrone which treated water atomically so that it would cure cancer, heart disease, arthritis and many other diseases. He is now under a state charge of felony theft at San Antonio for selling these machines at $300 each. According to a statement read in court Friday morning by Dist. Atty. Floore. Estep’s record dates from 1923. Briefly, the record is as follows: 1923 — Estep played the role of a spiritualistic healer and was reportedly arrested In his "spiritualistic Temple” in Los Angeles and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, fined $250. 1930 — Charged with obtaining money under false pretenses in connection witJh serieis of lectures given with aid of a trained monkey on “super-mind science.” Charged dismissed after restitution made. 1930 — Estep and wife charged in Detroit, Mich., for violation of insurance laws and obtaining mon- Se« ESTEP, Pg. 8-A, Col. i BRUCE FRANCIS ... ill at Austin Bruce Francis Suffers Stroke AUSTIN, April 16 (RNS)-Bruce M. Francis, 55, editor of the Texas VFW News and former Abilen-ian, has been in critical condition here since suffering a stroke April 8. He is under treatment at Brack-enridge Hospital. His physician said Friday he is responding to treatment and improving, but is not out of danger. Native of Meridian, Francis served with the Third Division in France and Germany during World War I and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with star. He worked on the Brown wood Bulletin before joining the Reporter-News Staff in Abilene in 1937. He served as city editor of the Reporter - News during World War II, and covered Camp Bark-eley and other military installations in West Texas for the newspaper. He was named associate editor of War Times, a War Department weekly publication, in November, 1944, and lived in Washington until the war ended. He returned to Abilene where he published several ex-servicemen’s books, including one for Taylor County veterans, before moving to Austin to edit the state VFW publication in February, 1947. Francis is past commander of Clayton M. Leach Post 2012, VFW, Abilene, and was adjutant of the Department of Texas, VFW, from July, 1949, until June, 1953. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Fair today, tonight and Saturday. Maximum temperature today 70- Lowest tonight 40 to 45. High Saturday 75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Fair thia afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Cooler tonight. Warmer in northwest Saturday. WEST TEXAS — Fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Warmer Saturday. Lowest 32-42 in Panhandle and upper South Plains tonight. TEMPERATURES Thura. P.M    Fri.    A.M. 75      1;30      54 76        2:30       52 72        3:30       51 72      4:30      50 71      5:30      50 60      6    30        49 67      7:30      50 65      8:30      52 64      8:30       54 62      10:30      56 81      11:30    .'........... 59 62      12:30      61 Sunrise today 6:11 a.m. Sunset tonight 7 08 p.m. High temperature for 24-hour period ending at 6:30 a.m.: 77. Low temperature for 24-hour period ending 6:30 a.m.: 49. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28 51. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 36%. feated for re-election. Rich’s first official act was to intro-! duce a motion expressing the! gratitude of the commission for the services rendered by Conerly as a member of the commission. New Tax Board The commission also: 1. Appointed the following men on the Board of Equalization: Bob Gilchrist, A. J. Eder, and Russell Howerton. 2. Approved the Wychwood Addition plat with the provision that all proposed streets would conform to its minimum 36-feet w’ide requirement, and that a block west and northwest of Catclaw Creek be designated as Zone D (residential) instead of F (retail) as proposed by the developer. 3. Denied a request of Wendell Wagley for approval of a plat for the south extension of Elmwood West pending receipt of recommendations of the City Zoning and Planning Commission. Minter Mayor Pro Tem 4. Elected Commissioner Jack Minter as mayor pro tem, succeeding Conerly. 5. Granted the request of the Safety Council of Abilene High School, made by Ann Mullins, council chairman, to erect for one week a "safety exhibit” at South First and Sayles Blvd. 6. Approved financial statement and ordered the issuance of war* rants to pay $1,343,873 on March accounts. 7. Accepted the completion reports of Norris-Hanley-Norris Construction Co. and A. T. Bontke on paving of “leave-outs” on several Abilene streets under assessment contracts awarded the contractors this year and last year. 8. Rescinded a resolution passed last Friday regarding rebates for utilities installed in new subdivisions. and passed an amended resolution. Night Buses To Remain The City Commission Friday denied, for the time being, any change in the city’s bus service after 7 p.m. George Page, owner of the City Transportation Company, requested that his firm be allowed to discontinue bus service after that hour on the Hardin-Simmons Uni-versity-McMurry route, the Abilene Christian College-South Seventh route, and the Grape and South 11th St. route. He said the figures of a certified public accountant showed that he has been operating buses on these routes after 7 p.m. at a loss of 16 cents a mile. Don Drennan, spokesman for the Student Council of Abilene High School, entered the student body’s protest against discontinuance of the buses. Mrs. V. C. Perini voiced protest, stating that it would work a hardship on domestic workers who have to go from their place of employment to their homes after 7 p.m. and are not financially able to pay the cost of taxi transportation. A number of others expressed opposition. Page said that his losses could be all are partly eliminated if some sort of ordinance could be passed to prohibit drivers from automobiles picking up potential bus passengers who congregate at bus stops and wait until a private auto comes along to give them a lift. This, he was told, is not possible. Mayor C. E. Gatlin asked Page if he would agree to work with a committee of the mayor's appointment to study the problem and report back. NEW COMMISSIONER Mayor Gatlin (left) swears in Dr. W. D. Rich 5-Mile Area Is Annexed An ordinance annexing all territory within five miles of the corporate limits of the City of Abilene was passed on first reading by the City Commission Friday. The new’ boundary limits are to be known as the “limited purposes boundary limits” of the City of Abilene. Purpose of the ordinance, as defined in one section of the new law, is for “planning and zoning” and "sanitation and health protection purposes only.” The ordinance w'ould exclude any territory within the corporate or city limits of any other city, town, or village. If passage of the ordinance should conflict in any wray W'ith the efforts of Tye, west of Abilene, to incorporate, the ordinance will be amended to remove the conflict. The extension of the city’s boundaries are not for taxation purposes. The residents of the area will not be levied for any city taxes, nor will they be permitted to vote in city elections, nor to run for city offices. But the annexation would give the city: 1. Power to control and regulate the use of property. Establish the “density of structures and the placing of structures on building sites,” 2. Require compliance wi(h reasonable zoning regulations. 3. Control and regulate the subdividing of property. 4. Permit inspection of buildings for health and safety purposes. 5. Give the right to adopt and enforce reasonable regulations pertaining to sanitation and public health in accordance with existing city and state health laws. 6. Permit reasonable charges to be collected for any services rendered in the accomplishment of the limited purposes for which the territory is annexed. 7. Place inhabitants under the powers of the city for the sole purpose of enforcing the ordinance. Marshall Boykin, an Abilene developer present, said the proposed ordinance would not interfere W'ith the development of the area, nor would it work a hardship on legitimate development. Dr. Harry Bridge, also present, said the ordinance should meet the approval "of anyone wishing to do the right thing.” Mayor Gatlin read a letter from Major General J. B. Montgomery, commander of Eighth Air Force, which follows: “Dear Mayor Gatlin: “I have recently learned that you have proposed a limited annexation of all property between your city limit and the east boundary of Abilene Air Force Base for zoning purposes. This commendable action indicates keen foresight and is highly desirable to preserve the appearance and protect the interests of the property owners in that area. "Unfortunately, near some Air Force bases where this type of zoning action was not taken in such a timely manner as you propose, a number of undesirable structures and business establishments have been erected. I feel that because of the permanent nature of our construction program and the expected expansion of your city toward the base, it will mutually serve the best interests of both the City of Abilene and the Air Force to have this area zone... Senator Shivers? No Siree AUSTIN W—Gov. Allan Shivers eliminated himself as a possible candidate for U.S. Senator today and said he would announce next week whether or not he will ask reelection to a third term as governor. He told reporters today he wanted to study the question further from a personal and public serviee standpoint before deciding what he would do. Shivers promised to make his announcement before the middle of next week. Shivers said Texas still has many problems that he would like to help solve, but that he also felt an obligation to be able to give more time to his family. Two years ago when Shivers decided not to run for U.S. Senator he said It was because he did not want to have to take his family to Washington. But today he gave no hint as to what his decision would be. Shivers said he would weigh both personal and public obligations in making his decision. The governor said there were “many reasons why I would not care to be a candidate for reelection again as governor” and the chief of them was family consideration. I Others, he told reporters at a news conference, "Include the fact j that the people of Texas have honored me beyond expectation.” But, said the governor, there were economic problems, problems of water conservation and drought, the handling of crime and the unfortunates in state hospitals that he was deeply interested in and “would like to see Texans solve in a Texas way.” Shivers said he planned to be at home at Sharyland with his family this weekend and will make his decision for announcement early next week: “Not later than the middle of the week.” Shivers said he had no other office, or appointment, in mind. He made it clear he was talking about whether or not he would run again for governor. That definitely took him out of any possible consideration as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Shivers was in a serious mood as he talked about his obligations both personal and public. He and Mrs. Shivers have four children, three boys and a girl. The governor said his was a family problem as well as that of a man in public life. A reporter asked: “How do you work those things out. poll your family?” Shivers countered by asking: “Well, how do you work out your family problems?" Progressing Weil CHICAGO W) — Adlai Stevenson was reported “progressing satisfactorily” today after a kidney operation four days ago. 685/000 Believed In Labor Camps UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. UP— Emigrant organizations estimate that more than 685,00 persons are held in labor camps in six European Communist countries—Czechoslovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Albania. They made public their figures in connection with a debate on forced labor expected early next week in the 18-nation U.N. economic and Social Council. Ike Vows to Keep Troops in Europe AUGUSTA, Ga. (if) — President! In an administration statement Eisenhower pledged today that a of policy, he messaged ail six na-i fair share” of American troops ; tions from his vacation headquar-* will be maintained in Europe as long as a threat to the security of the Western nations exists. In a six-point message to the prime ministers of six Western European countries, the President sought to assure French ratification of the European Defense Community (EDC) project by promising in effect that rearmament of West Germany would not be permitted to endanger France. France long has sought such formal assurances before joining In the creation of a six-nation army designed as a bulwark against any Russian aggression. The proposed EDC has been ratified by Belgium, West Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Only Italy and France have yet to act. The President also pledged continuation of efforts to provide for sharing with U. S. allies more information about the use and the effects of the hydrogen bomb and atomig- weapons on military and civilia, personnel« ters here that 1. The United States wiU continue to maintain in Europe, including West Germany, such American troops as may be necessary to provide our fair share of the forces needed for the joint defense of the North Atlantic area while a threat to that area exists. 2. The United States will consult with fellow signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty and with the ET ” nations “on questions of mutual concern,” including the armed forces strength to be placed at the disposal of the supreme commander in Europe, Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther. 3. The United States will encourage the closest possible integration between EDC forces on the one hand, and U. S. and North Atlantic Treaty forces on the other. 4. The United States will continue, “in conformity with my recommendations to Congress, to seek means of extending to the Atlantic community Increased security by sharing in greater measure information with respect to the military utilization of new weapons and techniques for the improvement of the collective defense. ’ James C. Hagerty, Eisenhower's press secretary, told newsmen that that pledge means sharing of information regarding the use and effects of hydrogen bombs and atomic weapons on both military and civilian personnel. The pledge does not apply, Hagerty added, to production secrets. 5. In line with its policy of “full and continuing support for maintenance and the integrity and unity of EDC, the United States will “regard any action from whatever quarter which threatens that integrity or unity as a threat to the security of the United States.” In such event, the President said, the United States would consult with the other North Atlantic Treaty nations, 6. The United States regards the North Atlantic Treaty—now a* at the time of its ratification—as a pact of "indefinite duration.” ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 16, 1954