Abilene Reporter News, April 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARM 2 A i gfailene Reporter -Betotf "WITHOUT OR Wit H OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 307 Associated (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 19, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe DOESN'T LIKE PHOTOGRAPHERS Charlotte (onee Charles) McLeod, 28, of Dyersburg, Tenn., lands on the floor of a New York hotel lobby, left, after taking an unlady- like swing at a photographer with her umbrella. The former G.I. who had just returned from Denmark where she under- went a sex-conversion operation, was still angry but co- operative when another photographer snapped her picture, at right. BREACH WIDENED New Red Assault Stabs Deeply Into French Defenses HANOI, Indochina The French fought furiously today to hold back Vietminh assault troops stabbing toward the center of Dien Bien Phu's fortifications from the northwest. The rebels were in a newly men- acing position after weekend fight- ing widened their break in the northwestern rim of the fortress' defense system. They captured a second outpost yesterday and fil- tered back last night Into trenches on the main Dien Bien Phu air- strip. Vietminh pressure also was re ported increasing against the southernmost strongpoint of the French-held plain. Bayonet-wielding French infan- trymen had driven the Vietminh from airfield entrenchments for a few hours yesterday. But the la- test infiltration re-established their Snyder Driver Dies After Drill Stem Falls on Chest COLORADO CITY, April 19 (ENS) Two men were injured, one fatally, when a truck over- turned at 3 a.m. Monday 19 miles south of here on-Hyman Road. The driver, W. L. Lollar, 48, Sny- der, died after a oil well drill stem fell across his chest. A passenger, Doyle New- ton, 25, Ira, was hospitalized with minor injuries. The 30-foot long drill stem was loaded over the cab and along the bed of Lollar's truck. Wheh the vehicle hit a gravel shoulder on a sharp curve of the dirt road, it turned over two or more times. Newton was thrown clear when the truck made its first roll, New- ton said. As the truck stopped rolling, Lollar was thrown out and CounlryClub Burglarized; Taken Between S400 and S500 in cash was stolen from Abilene Country Club in an Easter Night burglary. The thieves left several hun- dred dollars' worth of checks which were in the building. Entry to the structure was gained through an outside door on the second floor, said City Po- lice Detective Lt. George Sutton. The burglar climbed an out- side stairway to reach the door. He then pried the door open with a screw driver and a jimmy bar, Sutton reported. In the office on the second floor, the burglar forced open a cash drawer and several other parts of a cabinet, collecting the money from the various places. Sutton said that a screw driver and a jimmy bar were used to open all of the locked drawers. Sheriff Ed Powell and Deputy Sheriff Claude Herring were on the investigation with Lt. Sutton and Lt. Grover Chronister of the Abilene police. The country club is located outside the city. the dislodged drill stem fell across his (Lollar's) chest, Newton said. Newton' was shaken up and bruised. He held the drill stem off Lollar's chest with a pry bar until he (Newton) becair.e fatigued and collapsed, he said. Newton then got a support to put under the pry bar. Newton believed Lollar breathed about 45 minutes after the acci- dent. Two hours after tee accident, some people drove by. They took word about the accident to of- ficers. The body was taken to Kiker and Son Funeral Home here and then to Bell Funeral Home in Snyder. Newton was in Root Memorial Hospital Monday morning. Lollar was an employe of G. S. Taylor Drilling Co. of Snyder. He is married. Funeral arrange- ments .are pending. Pat's Parents Know 'Miracle of Easter' CITY par- ents of T Patricia .Joy Payne believe -they have expert enced first band the miracle of Easter. To Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Payne THE WEATHER U-S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair Mon- day and Monday night; partly cloudy Tuesday; dust Monday nlgbt and Tues- day; -warm Monday' iclth high of 9ft- 95; low Monday night 60; high Tuesday 90- J.ORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy today, tonight and Tuesday. Wide- ly scattered thundershowers late tonight and Tuesday, not so warm in -northwest tonight and Tuesday. WEST cloudy, cooler in Panhandle this afternoon and tonight, and In South Plains tonight and Tuesday. EAST cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. SOUTH CENTRAT. TEXAS Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon; tonight and Tuesday. TEMPERATURES Sun P. M. Mon. A. M. 82 70 85 68 87 66 87 64 87 63 78 67 73 Bt30 71 1030 74 72 79 70 81 Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. 28.10. Relative humidity at p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 88. Minimum temperature for 24 hours ended at a.m.: 62. First Roby Jail Escapee to Trial LUBBOCK, April 19 (RNS) The first of the three Roby jail- breakers went on trial here Mon- day morning on a charge of as- sault with intent to murder with malice in the beating given Sher- iff R. L. (Bogue) Wilkins during the escape last December. The case of Amos Benny -Bolt- on, 22, Dallas, was started at 10 a. m. before Judge James G. Denton in 99th District Court. After calling the docket, the Judge recessed the courtroom un- til p.m. Monday when selec- tion of a jury was to begin. The judge scheduled the trial of another of the jailbreakers, John Brent Tarllon, Jr., 21, Sny- der, to begin at the conclusion of Bolton's trial. Both defendants appeared calm in the courtroom. They watched the proceedings with in- terest. Both were clean-shaven. Tarlton wore khaki trousers and a blue shirt. Bolton wore khaki trousers and a plaid shirt and jacket. The escape took place last Dec. 15 from tlie Fisher County jail at Roby. The beating of the county's popular gunless sheriff, who was hospitalized by his in- juries, and the subsequent man- hunt lasting 43 hours attracted wide attention. The manhunt ended eight miles east of Sweetwater and half a mile north of U. S. Highway M where the trio had climbed a bet to avoid pursuing dogs, which officers on horseback were fol- lowing. Prosecutors include W. K. (Bill) Tippen, Abilene, 104th District at- torney; Travis Shelton, district attorney of Lubbock; Shelton's as- sistant, Forrest Bowers of Lub- bock; and Roy Formway, Kress, former Fisher County judge and attorney. Bolton is represented by Dallas attorneys. Clay Coggin Roby and Murray Howze of Monahans will represent Tarlton. The other member of the trio of escapees, Huey Jack Pitts, 20, Dallas, is to go on trial at a date to be set in the 72d District Court of Lubbock before Judge Victor Lindsey. of Duncan. OkliL, it was their own personal Easter miracle. Their B daiijihler stopped breath ing 'and- came to life again. Patricia was struck on the heac by a swing at school Wednesday The only visible harm was a scratch above the ear. After a while, the hurting stopped and she returned to classes. At home that evening, she as- sured her mother, "It doesn't bother me any now." She felt well enough to go to a movie. Then, with shocking suddenness, le lapsed into a coma. Thursday came. She failed to re- gain consciousness. Doctors decided to bring her here. Still another day passed and she lay unconscious. Saturday morning, the real crisis came. "I was here by myself and I saw her taie her last breath, Payne recounted. She gasped once, and lay still. "The nurses and doctor came quickly and started giving her ar- tificial he said. It was decided only an emergency opera- tion would save her. During the operation doctors said she stopped breathing again. But the surgeon found the trouble and removed blood clot on the brain. On Easter morning Patricia "came to life again." She awoke from the deep and near deadly sleep into which she had fallen four days before...... Dairy Judging Opens Show Approximately TO area 4-H Club and FFA members officially open- ed the West Texas Spring Jersey Show at Fair Park Monday morn- ing with the stiffly competitive dairy judging contests. More than 20 head of Jerseys were expected to arrive Monday morning to push total entries to more than 70 animals. Judging of some of the best junior division entries ever seen here began at p.m. Monday. A Jersey show banquet, sponsored by the West Texas Jersey Cattle Club, at p.m. Monday in the Chicken Shack will complete the day's events. Senior division entries will be judged at 9 a.m. Tuesday to com- plete the show. Leach Goes to Trial at C-City For Gun Battle With Officer COLORADO CITY, April 19. (RNS) David Leach, 28-year- old Colorado City police charac- ter, went on trial in 32d District Court here Thursday as a result of a running gun battle here Jan. 16. He is on trial for assault with intent to murder and assault with a prohibited weapon. The assault was upon Police Sgt. (now police chief) Leon Yeagar following an automobllp chase and accident near here. Yeagar escap- ed during the gun battle but was later captured at the home of Mollic Washington, Colorado City Negro. Leach was wounded in the gun battle. Questioning of the jury panel began Monday morning. Testimony was expected to begin in early afternoon. District Attorney Eldon Mahon Is prosecuting. Dell Barber de- attorney. i foothold in the shadow of the French headquarters bunkers, just 800 yards away. A terse French army communi- que said heavy flghtine in the sec- tor still raged today. French tanks and artillery blasted at the Viet- minh troops taking cover in trench- es running across the northern part of the airstrip. French Union troops charged them in hand-to- hand encounters. French army spokesmen said thus far there had been "losses on both sides." Bolstering Defxite An army snokesman said the Vietminh still in the airstrip trenches "were not in considerable strength." But they were bitterly resisting attempts !o dislodge them. The spokesmen added that the French were continuing to bolster their defense barricades in the northwestern corner of the fortress and also those in the northeastern sector. French Union patrols moving outside their barbed wire barri- cades on the eastern fringes of the fortress reported light clashes-with the Vietminh. They said they found 80 Viet- minh apparently killed by French air attacks or artillery bombard- ments. American civilian pilots operat- ing Flying Boxcars dropped tons more ammunition and war mater- ial into the fortress. Outpost Given Up The French pulled .out of the shattered northwestern outpost yesterday after they counterat- tacked and smashed back a Viet- minh attempt to wipe out the post's garrison. A French army spokesman said the loss of the po- sition was not regarded as serious. The Vietminh already, hold a key height in this same sector, and have launched several infantry at- tacks from U. The French think much of the force of the next rebel mass assault they expect at any time will come from that sec- tor. ALL IN THE WAY WICHITA FALLS, Tex., April 19 "You're i accused of hav- ing a Corporation Court Judge Steve Latham said to a Negro who appeared before him. "How do you "No, the defendant re- plied. "The other fellow was fighting. I was standing up there taking a licking." ACC Birthday Plans Studied Abilene Christian College's 50th anniversary celebration moved one more step toward reality Monday. Reports to the college's general celebration committee were being presented at a meeting oh the campus Monday. Various committees on size, scope, theme, and proposed budget nude recom- mendations for the year-long cele- bration. The event wfll be held during, the school year, 1955-56 which will mark the 50th anni- versary of the founding of the college. After hearing these reports the general committee will make re- commendations to the Board of Trustees for approval at its next meeting on May 31. If the board approves, plans will be outlined and work will begin on the project. Dr. Walter H. Adams, ACC dean, heads the sub-committee to re- commend a theme for the occa- sion. Serving on his committee tre Dr. Max Leach, chairman of the psychology department, and J. C. Rigney of Lubbock. Sub committee to recommend the scope, type and number of special anniversary days Includes Rigney as chairman; W. Earl Brown, chairman of the social science department; Frank Etter of Abilene; Joe Malone of Fort Worth; and Mrs. Essie Marie Grammer of Fort Worth. Finance sub-committee includes Chairman B Sherrod of Lubbock, oresident of the ACC Board of Trustees; ACC President Don Mor- ris; James E. Freeman, ACC fiscal agent; and Rigney.- Dust Predicted Here Tonight A weak front nosing out of the north into West Texas threat- ened to bring some duit to the Abilene area Monday evening, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Muni- cipal Airport said. The dusty front lowered visibi- lity at Clovis, N. M. to one-sixteenth of a mile. At visibi- lity was reducer, to a quarter of a mile, the weatherman said. The front had reached a point south of Lubbock by early after- noon and visibility in that area' had climbed back to one mile, he said. The forecast called for dust in the Abilene area Monday sight and Tueiday. The widespread dual beaded due touth. Bank Deposits Up Despite Drought Here's the report on deposits as of April 15, compared with totals at he end of 1953 and on April 20. 1953: BANK Citizens National, Abilene F4M. Abilene First State. Abilene 6.615.717 Merkel Home Stale, Trent 837.550 First State, Tuscola 1.261.494 NATION Force Secretary Harold E. Talbott presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to the daughters of the late Maj. Charles J. Loring, Jr., in cere- monies at Boiling Air Force Basel near Maj. Loring was -killedi during1 the fCoreari fle- Uberately his. "crippled ;plane into enemy-juiTem- placejneJrts w.hlle oh Sis-Mst-Mssion. Here's the report on loans as of April 15, compared with the end of ast year and a year ago: BANK April 15, 1954 Dec. 31. 1953 April 20. 1953 !itizens National. Abilene 10.938.042 318 Abilene 7.329.562 First State. Abilene Merkel 496.237 487.550 tome State. Trent 140.231 182 %4 First State, Tuscola 296.793 303.201 293.260 the Abilene Air Force Base. Another is the expansion of Abilene as a distribution point. The banks made their nnarterly reports today on deposits and loans as of April 15. The reports are in resnonse to state and national "calls for condi- tion" of harks on that date. The six banks in the county now have on deposit A year ago they had on deposit Every bank in the. county had n Increase. Abilene's SENATE MAY DECIDE McCarthy Insists On Right to Quiz WASHINGTON McCar- thy meeting with fellow senators on "ground rules" for Iheir investigation of his row with the Army, insisted today on the right to question witnesses at the public hearings scheduled to start Thursday. "I think that it's necessary for me to question all Mc- Carthy told newsmen just before entering the closed meeting. Includes members of my staff and the Pentagon politicians, too. "No one need worry about my questioning as long as they are telling the truth." Some members of McCarthy's" subcommittee, which.is to conduct the hearings, are opposed to his questioning witnesses. Sen. Mundt acting chairman, said the More Water, WTCCOffice Space Asked Office quarters for the West Tex- as Chamber of Commerce and a bigger Abilene water supply are subjects for meetings this week. Mayor C. E. Gatlin and City Manager Austin P. Hancock were to confer in Dallas Monday with General Services Administration officials. That is the federal gov- ernment agency in charge of the old post office building here. WTCC is how housed in the struc- ture. The government has threat- ened for many months to take over the building for its own use. City and WTCC officials have expressed confidence that an ar- rangement can be made whereby the regional organization can stay where it is. Gatlin and Hancock will be in Austin Tuesday at 9 a. m. for a water meeting. That is to be a pre- iminary discussion before the State Board of Water Engineers. Involved in the Austin parley are Abilene's request for water supply :rom Deadman Creek and the ioint application of Abilene and live other cities for waters of Hub- bard Creek. Cities joining Abilene In the Hub- >artf Creek request arc Brecken- ridge, Albany, Anson, Merkel and Trent. Eventually Tye Is expected to be included. This move could bring into be- ing a lake four or five times the size of Abilene's Lake Fort Phan- tom Hill. It could develop a co- operative water program to bene- fit residents of four counties. Abilene also plans to place wa- ter from Deadman Creek In Lake Fort Phantom Hill. That would be through a channel. issue might have to be put up to the Senate. McCarthy said he expected he would be asked to file a bill of particulars outlining his charges against the Army. "I'll file whatever they McCarthy said. He added that if he did file such a bill he would do so before leaving late tonight on a flight by private plane to Texas "to deliver a San Jacinto Day speech at Houston Wednesday. Asked whether he thought the investigation might start Thursday as scheduled, despite his determi- nation to insist on' the right to quiz witnesses, McCarthy said: "4s far as I know, yes." The Army has accused McCarthy and two of his aides of attempting to use improper pressure to -win favored treatment for a former non-salaried subcommittee consult- ant, Pvt. G. David Schine. They in turn have charged Army offic- ials with blackmail tactics to es- cape 'investigation. Hearings Thursday The subcommittee, with'Mc- Carthy temporarily turning over the chairmanship to Mundt, hat scheduled televised, public hear- ings starting Thursday in an ef fort to get at the'truth. McCarthy has insisted that, as subcommittee lie should have the right to cross-ex amine Army witnesses and has urged that the same privilege extended to the Army. Mundt has been urging him not to press the request. This is a key issue to be settled by the subcommittee in laying down. the "ground rules" for the probe. Million Gain In Abilene in Year By KATHARYN DUFF Taylor County bank accounts are now nearly million fatter than they were a year ago. That is in face of another year of the worst drought In liistory. Bankers cite several reasons for the continued financial growth. At the top of the list is oil. Next, is the beginning of April 15. 1954 Dec. 31, 1933 April 20. 1953 28.761.630 6.435.381 26.699.859 3.186.949 712.221 .three banks .have climbed Irym J62.S million a year igo to '165.7 million now. -----Drop From" Jin." 1 Total deposits now are off lame from" the first of the year, the last time conditions were reported. That's a normal situation. Tax- paying time, in January and Marco, takes a big bite out of bank accounts. One _bank, the. First State of Abilene, went against the normal trend. It has more money on de- posit now than it did Jan. 1. Declines in other banks from the first of the year were not, in most cases, as much as expected. "We're agreeably said Booth Warren, president of Merfcel's Farmers and Merchants National Bank. The first quarter drop was less than usual. Loan totals in the bank reflect healthy conditions. Some, are up a little, some dovrn. The bank reports point up these facts: 1. Taylor County's economy is on a broad enough base that it nas survived the drought with fly- ing" colors. 2. Taylor County is growing. If the weatherman repeats his rains of last week often enough, and the area gets some crops this season, the situation will really be rosy, optimistic bankers said. "The overall picture in Abilene is better than in most localities of the said Townsend Doug- las, vice-president of Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Abi- lene. i Oil Helps 'In fact, Abilene and Corpus Christi are the two bright spots in the state as far as building is con- cerned." The oil industry's bolstering ef- fect and the fact that more on concerns are moving offices and distribution centers to Abilene are having much to do with the bright local situation, Douglas said. Start of work on the air base is another important factor. "All this means more money and more bunding." Abilene is.in the midst of a strong "growth said Joe Benson, vice-oresident of Citizens National Bank. "We ara getting new people. Abi- lene is becoming more and more a distribution Benson pointed out. Oil is a big factor and the air base 'will be more and more of a Factor, said" Benson. Effect of the sir base is just now being felt, but in months and years to come it win. become more important to the, city and surrounding area. 'If we can have a good agricul- tural year, there's no, estimating what we can gauuuuOie -months Benson said. Attitude Boosti Confidence The attitude and personality of the town are not to be overlooked in analyzing Abilene's present and prospective financial condition, said Briggs Todd, president of Abilene's First State Bank. "Our growth and expansion re- ject, an energetic spirit on the part of our he said. "Others are coming to recognize Abilene as a good distribution point and are locating their dis- trict offices here. Oil activities are, of course, vital. We are begin- ning to feel the good effect of the base. "If the rain will make some grass for the livestock industry, and if we get a cotton crop, we'll really go to town." In the three out-of-Abilene hanks, oil was cited as the reason for the healthy present. Bain is the reason for the optimistic view of the future. Asked why the Xrent bank de- posits have climbed, you get a four-word -reply: "White Flat oil field." Giant new oil deposits dis- covered in that area have brought money into farmers' pocketbooks. Bobby Sayles, Tuscola bank of- ficial, cited general oil activity, plus the fact his area got fair crops last season, as reasons be- hind strong deposits. Merkel, too, is indebted to oil, said Banker Warren. Rearmament Hit BLACKPOOL, England M A conference of the Cooperative party, a faction of the Laborite opposition to the Churchill govern- ment, has voted overwhelmingly against West German rearma- ment The splinter party has IS members in the House of Com- mons: Special Treatment Requests Wilson Aides Declare WASHINGTON H) Secretary of Defense Wilson and the chiefs of the armed services have told Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) they get only "rare" requests from con- gressmen for special consideration for individuals in service. r The Wisconsin senator ii em- broiled with the Army over charges that he and his aides ap- plied pressure in an effort to get preferred treatment for Pvt G. David Schine, a drafted former un- paid member of the staff of Mc- Carthy's Investigating Committee. In the midst of preparations by his own committee for hearings on that accusation and his counter- charge that Army officials had tried to use Schine is a "hostage" to .Influence investigation of the Army for Communist Infiltration, McCarthy asked the.Pentagon for a report experience-witti tthtr members of Congress. The responses from Wilson, Army Secretary Stevens, Navy Secretary Anderson and Air Force Secretary Talbott were made pub- lic at 'defense headquarters today after the general content of the letters had become publicly known. AH took much the same line. Stevens said the Army receives more than requests and In- quiries annually from members of Congnu, patriotic organizations, the press and American citizens. "I do not suggest that the De- partment af the Army does not re- ceive congressional correspond- ence urging action which would re- lult in a particular advantage to an Individual, or requesting a par- ticular assignment, or seeking special Stevena said. "Thete occasions are rar MM. UtVlM the Department of the Army in strict accordance with established policies and procedures designed to insure fair and ethical treatment- of all military personnel. Secretary Anderson said the Navy receives about written congressional inquiries or requests in a year. "It is seldom that these trans- actions constitute a request by a member of the Congress for pref- erential or rpeclal treatment for Anderson said, asu added: "I have neither record. Informa- tion nor recollection, either on my own part or on the part of my advisors, of any case In .which a member of the .Congreu hat per- sisted in a request tot- action by the Nary Department which at equity and good cOMCienee 9koaM Mt ;