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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 20, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas / FAIR AND WARM VOL. LXXIII, No. 308 Assocwutd Press (AJ^) Wt)t Äene 3^i)orterWITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—ByronABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 20, 1954 —TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIWS Ti ■» T "umT TT mx «-■ FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c EASTER MIRACLE — Patricia Payne, 9, cuddles her Easter bunny in an Oklahoma City hospital after she “returned to life” trom a deep coma. Struck on the head ny a swing, she lapsed into a 3-day coma and Saturday, during an operation, stopped breathing twice. Easter morning she awoke from the near-fatal sleep. Her parents called it a miracle. Ex-Spy's Wife Escapes After Battle With Reds DARWIN, Australia (¿W—Blonde Mrs. Vladimir Petrov joined her ex-diplomat husband as a refugee from Soviet communism today after Australian police jerked loaded pistols away from two Russian escorts ushering her in tears back to Moscow. The 35-year-old woman's last-minute switch to the free world followed a fantastic tug of war in which Australian police wrestled wildly to disarm two of her Russian guards as her Europe-bound plane stopped here on the first leg of its flight from Sydney. The gun-toting Russians had tried to muscle local officials out of talking to Mrs. Petrov. Talks To Husband Eight hours earlier some 1,500 anti-Communists at Sydney fought with police in a vain effort to prevent her from being dragged aboard the BOAC Constellation by the Soviet Embassy second secretary and the two armed Russian diplomatic couriers convoying her home. White Russians in the crowd said they heard her screaming: ‘T do not want to go. Save me.” Mrs. Petrov was said by Au- RENTS HIGHER, TOO $65 Million Profits Reaped On Bad Loans, Andrews Says WASHINGTON (ü»i-The government’s revenue chief testified today that builders of 1.149 FHA-in-sured apartment projects reaped 65 million dollars in profits almost i entirely from borrowing more than they spent. T. Coleman Andrews presented a statistical summary to a Senate hearing conducted by Sen. Byrd (D-Va). He did not pinpoint any single project. However, Byrd said Housing officials guaranteed 24 million dollar* in loans on Glen Oaks Village in QnecTi« Ouniy, New York, although the project cost only 20 million. Rents Much Higher And Byrd declared he understood rents in the Glen Oaks project were ”15. or 20 or 25 per cent higher” due to the fact that loans to the project were In excess of construction costs, Andrews put in that not all these loans were government insured, Andrews also said the revenue service thought there was no fraud, eilher civil or criminal, involved because the builders of the Glen Oaks project had fully disclosed their Income in tax returns. Byrd said he had be«n unable to get an explanation of why this was done, and called it a clear evasion of a law that limited such loans to a maximum of five million dollars. Furthermore, tax officials have hundreds of similar examples of “unconscionable distribution of profits” and “windfalls” under federal housing programs, Byrd declared. Byrd’.s comments came as his committee on reduction of non-essential federal expenditures began an inquiry into reports of multimillion dollar scandals in the federal housing program. He said he wrote Housing Administrator Albert M. Cole March 24 asking who was responsible for these loan guarantees but has not yet had a “direct answer.” T. Coleman Andrews, collector of Internal Revenue, was in the witness chair before the Byrd group. Byrd credited Andrews with tipping off that fact that something was wrong in the federal housing programs more than 10 months ago, or June 1 of last year. He said Andrews would testify about some of the cases. Cole, who has over-all supervision over the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), also W’as due to undergt quizzing on his statements that there may have been collusion between FHA officials and builders of apartment projects wlK> allegedly pocketed as much as half a billion dollars out of oversized government-backed construction loans. Both Byrd and Andrews have claimed they got wind of irregularities under the now-defunct apartment construction program many months before the Eisenhower administration announced its own probe a week ago. From his Augusta, Ga., vacation headquarters, President Eisenhower yesterday ordered that the revenue service open its income tax fUes so the Banking Committee can look into the returns of these builders for the 1942-1953 period. Nothing was said about permitting the Byrd committee to have a look. Top Jersey Breed Show Here Urged Judging of adult exhibitors entries in the West Texas Spring Jersey Show began at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It was the closing day of the annual two-day show which drew a disappointing number of entries. Curly Hays, superintendent, said that several entries were cancelled because many of the marginal, or part-time dairymen went to work in their fields after the good rains of April 11-14. Monday night, officials of the West Texas Jersey Cattle Club, exhibitors, and directors of the Texas Jersey Cattle Club heard a plea by Jimmy Davis, Denton, field representative of the American Jersey Cattle Club, to work toward making the Portales, N. M., Plain-view and Abilene Jersey shows three of the major breed shows in the Southwest. Davis was one of the speakers at the annual show banquet held at the Chicken Shack. U.S. Won’t Join War, Dulles Says WASHINGTON tfi—Two senators, said today after a meeting withj Secretary of State Dulles that no decision to dispatch American; lighting forces to Indochina is being considered. Both senators are Republicans, Ferguson of Michigan and Bridaes of New Hampshire. Ferguson, who left the meeting •arly to keep another appointment, «dded; “I don’t think it (the decision) is in the works at all, “At present I am against sending American troops to Indochina. I know of no facts to warrant it.” The two senators talked to reporters at the State Department^ after Dulles had briefed a 15-man congressional delegation on developments in Indochina and the forthcoming Geneva peace conference which the Reds will attend. Dulles has “the situation well in hand,” Ferguson said. The secretary will leave for the Geneva conference “with the blessing of congressional leaders,” he added. Bridges said in his view "the situation looks gloomy but not hopeless.” He said any move to send American forces to Indochina “was not in the wind.” But. he added that no one could foretell what the future would hold. Bridges said In a speech last night that “we have made our decision” to hold Indochina. Sen. Cooper (R-Ky) laid today he is prepared to go all the way with the Eisenhower administra tion to keep Indochina out of Com munist hands. Dulles said yesterday after a conference with President Eisenhower at Augusta, Ga., that it is "unlikely” any American troops will be sent to the Southeast-Asia battleground. But he declined to answer an “if” question: Would he favor sending U. S. troops as a last resort if the French should pull out of Indochina? Cooper, a former delegate to the United Nations, said in an interview he hopes no American troops will have to be used in the fight against Communist-led forces in Indochina. In any event, he added, he believes that any decision on troop use need not be made immediately. Instead, he said, the United States should press the French to permit American training of native troops to fight against the Reds—a proposal which the French previously have received without enthusiasm. Chairman Saltonstall (R-Mass) of the Senate Armed Services Committee told the Senate yesterday he had been told there was “no change” in the policy against employing U. S. combat units in Indochina. He said he had been so told by Secretary of Defense Wilson and Thurston B. Morton, assistant secretary of itate. Among other speakers at the banquet were Arthur Dietrich, Grayson County Jersey breeder and president of the Texas Jersey Cattle Club; R. E. Burleson, Extension dairy husbandman; Sam Hill, manager of Borden’s of Abilene; and J. K. Webb, manager of the Central West Texas Milk Producers Association. Dietrich pointed out that in the Jersey breed the dairymen have an efficient “milk producing machine” and by using the proper tools, “testing, good herd management, good facilities,” they can make money. Manager Hill said that he had never seen a time when a dairyman with good cows, good management practices and proper equipment couldn’t make money in the business. Webb said that dairymen were caught in a price-cost squeeze which was due to become progressively worse. Much of the dairymen’s woes were blamed on Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson, who was said to be instrumental In lowering the government support price on dairy products to 75 per cent of parity, while keeping parity prices on feed crops at 90 per cent parity. Burleson said that the dairy industry faced a problem of doing a selling job on milk products. USDA figures, he said, showed a 17 per cent decrease in consumption of all milk products in recent years. With the population of Texas increasing at the rate of 100,000 a year, consumption of milk products should be climbing instead of declining, Burleson said. In the 4-H and FFA dairy judging contests Monday morning the Hamlin FFA team captured first place by scoring 960 out of a pos-.sible 1,200 points. Taylor County’s 4-H team was second, trailing by only 10 points. Members of the Hamlin team were Dowl Johnson, James Lain and Clifford Eoff. T. C. Blankinship, Hamlin VA teacher, is team coach. Jimmy Rose, Taylor County 4-H Club boy; Don Smith, Roby FFA; and Joe Helms, Hobbs. Fisher Cou ty. FFA, tied for high individual honors with 340 points each. In the cattle competitioni, Kenneth Sellers of Ralls, showed the grand champion female. Sellers’ aged cow defeated the champion junior heifer, exhibited by Sharon Dale Burris of Elida, N. M. First place winners in the dif-ferent classes of the junior show were: Heifers born since June 30. 1953 and over four months old, Jimmy Rose, Abilene, Taylor County 4-H Club; yearling heifers, not in milk. Sharon Dale Burris, Elfda; senior yearling heifers, not in milk, Sharon Burris; two-year-old cows, Kenneth Sellers, Ralls; three-year-old cows, Clifford Eoff, Hamlin; five-year old or over cows, Sellers. stralian authorities to have been heading back to Russia in the belief her husband had been kidnaped and killed. She had told reporters at an embassy news conference last week she thought he had been kidnaped. 1,500 Fight Police She made her final decision to stay after a prearranged telephone call from Darwin for her first talk with her 45-year-old husband since he fled early this month with stacks of Red espionage data from his post as third secretary and MVC (secret police) chief at the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. The riotous episodes surrounding Mrs, Petrov’s flight promised serious diplomatic repercussions between Australia and the Kremlin. Soviet Ambassador Nicolai Generalov immediately lodged a formal protest at the Australian Foreign Ministry, charging “armed assault against diplomatic couriers and detention of a Soviet official, to wit: Mrs. Petrov.” Australia’s Prime Minister Rob-: ert G. Menzies called an urgent Cabinet meeting to discuss the possibility the Russians might retaliate against the small Australian Embassy staff in Moscow. It was revealed at Canberra that Mrs. Petrov was a cipher clerk in the Soviet Embassy, handling the secret coded messages to and from the Kremlin. If she decides to follow her husband in revealing what she knows about the inner workings of that embassy, she may be as important as he In helping to track down Soviet espionage in Australia. A royal commission with Increased legal powers already has been authorized to sift the mass of documents Petrov turned over. Menzies said that data revealed a large Soviet spy network in this country. Other sources said at least 30 Australians were implicated. Menzies told reporters of the dramatic series of events leading up to Mrs. Petrov’s decision to ask asylum in Australia and declared it could “be seen Australia behaved with scrupulous care and regard for international protocol.” The Russians at Darwin claimed the action against the couriers violated their diplomatic immunity. But legal experts pointed out Australian air travel laws forbid pas sengers to carry firearms aboard a plane. They said although a country cannot take punitive action against diplomats of another country, it can take measures to prevent law violations. Once disarmed, the couriers were left alone. They and the embassy second secretary, F. V. Kis-litsin, went on to Europe with the BOAC airliner. The government announced it was throwing the same cloak of secrecy over Mrs. Petrov as it had over her husband, and there would be no interviews with newsmen. It was thought likely she would be flown back to rejoin her husband in Canberra sometime tonight. Following suspicions that Mrs. Petrov might not be a willing returnee to her homeland, Menzies set into motion the machinery to make sure she would have a chance to say whether she wanted to go on or stay. As she was hustled aboard the plane at Sydney, Menzies ordered Reginald Leydin, nortJiern territory government secretary at Darwin, to be ready for her arrival and to ask her whether she wanted to go on or stay. Police Swarm Aboard When the plane touched down here, security agents and a dozen police swarmed aboard. As Leydin approached to talk to Mrs. Petrov, the two couriers—already having used strong-arm methods during the trip to keep other passengers and crew from talking to her—muscled in. Police grappled with the couriers, V. Karpinsky and F. Zhar-kov. One of the Russians thrust his hand in his pocket. A nearby policeman grabbed his wrist and discovered the loaded pistol in the pocket. The other courier carried a similar weapon in a shoulder holster. Police said Zharkov strug gled fiercely with police before he was disarmed. One police sergeant came out of the tussle with blood on his shirt. ‘Wanted to Stay’ The air hostess aboard the plane, Joyce Bull, told reporters after talking to Mrs. Petrov: “She obviously wants to stay in Australia but seemed too scared to do anything.” While Mrs. Petrov, weeping frequently, was holding highly emotional talks for 45 minutes with Leydin at the Darwin airport, Kis-litsin protested bitterly. The po lice neither restrained the diplomat nor searched him. He protested strongly against permitting Mrs. Petrov to talk privately with her husband on the telephone from his secret hiding place. Leydin conceded, and sh( held the conversation in a crowded customs office, with Kislitsin, Australian police, reporters and others crowded around. Afterward, she informed Leydin she wished to stay in Australia. MRS. EVDOKIA PETROV .. . Red ^diplomats’ force her aboard plane 3 Abilenians Die In Odessa Crash C-C Seeks 500 New Members A goal of 500 new Abilene Chamber of Commerce members has been set for the C-C’s Membership Prospectors Club, A. M. Mc-Ilwain, general chairman, told team captains Tuesday morning. The campaign will be kicked up at 7 a.m. April 30 with a breakfast In the Windsor Hotel. The Tuesday morning meeting was the first session of the club under Mcllwain. Team captains and Mcllwain met in the C-C office. The campaign will continue until next March 1. Team captains are Dean Walter Adams, W. J. (Bill) Fulwller, Jr., Walter Johnson, Lee Moseley, Bob Springer, Jack Tucker and Ben Gray. They voted to ask Marguerite Anderson to head a women’s team. She wast the first w'oman to join the club last year. Team captains each are to appoint nine members on their teams. The team member names are to be given to the C-C on Thursday. IHEWEálHER U.S. DEPABTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BCREAIJ ABILENE AND VICINITY — Fair and continued warm Tueeday. Tuesday night and Wednesday; maximum Tuesday 90; low Tuesday night 65; high Wednesday 90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with widely scattered thun-dershowers Wednesday. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy, warmer In Panhandle and upper South Plain* this afternoon. Widely scattered thundershowers in Panhandle tonight and Wednesday. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M.    Tues.    A.M. 84 86 «7 88 87 85 80 78 77 78 74 72         _ Sunset last night 7:10 p.m. Sunrise today 6:06 a m. Sumet tonight 7:12 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 2818. Relatlxe humidity at 12:30 p.m. 43ci. Maximum temperature for the 34 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.; 80. Minimum temperature for the M hours •nded at 6:30 ».m.: O. ............ I;30 .............3:30 ............ 3:30 ............ 4:30 ............ 5.30 ............ 8:30 ............ 7:30 ............ 8:30 ............ 69 ............ M ............ 66 ............ » ............ 64 ............ 63 .......... 07 ............ 9:30 ..... 71 .......... 10:30 .......... 7Í ........... 11:30 ........... 77 ............ 12:30 ........... M JAILER DESCRIBES BEATING Was Jail Escapee Legally Held? Roby Sheriff Asked LUBBOCK, April 20 (RNS)-^ A doctor, jailer, jailer's wife and a farmer testified for the state here Tuesday in the trial of Amos Benny Bolton. The state expected to rest its case Tuesday afternoon, an attorney said. The defense said Bolton was being held illegally. Bolton, 22, Dallas, is in the second day of a trial in which he is accused of assault with intent to murder with malice. The charge grew out of his Dec. 15 escape from the Roby jail w'lth two other prisoners. During the escape. Sheriff R. L. (Bogue) Wilkins, 55, of Fisher County was severely beaten. Wilkins testified Monday, and was vigorously cross-examined Tuesday on the legality of Bolton's arrest. Dr. C. U. Callan, Rolan, testified Tuesday the sheriff suffered five head wounds, a concussion, and cuts about the arms and head during the escape. D. F, Driver, 74, Roby jailer, testified he and his wife heard commotion upstairs in the jail while they were in their living quarters downstairs. Driver said he picked up an unloaded shotgun with which he tried unsuccessfully to bluff the prisoners back upstairs. Bolton grabbed the gun and beat Driver over the head with it. Driver said. Driver was knocked senseless. When the jailer came to, he saw the sheriff down on the floor being beaten ovtr the head by Bolton with a chalfV Driver said. As the trio left the jail, a wicker chair was flung at the sheriff and the telephone was ripped from the wall. Driver said. Asked in cross-examination, if he saw the trio before they came down the jail stairs, Driver said no. Asked if the sheriff tried to stop the trio from leaving the building after they got to the first floor. Driver said, “He (sheriff) wasn’t able to.” The next witness, Driver’s wife, identified pictures taken of jail wreckage as showing the true scene. Clyde Farrier, farmer who lives north of Roby, testified he and his wife were coming to visit the sheriff and Driver at the time of the escape. They arrived just in time to hear Driver say, “Help! Help!” he said. Running immediately into the jail because he thought Driver was ill, Farrier observed what was going on, he said. He picked up the telephone. “I was planning on using it (phone), but somebody lambasted me with a shotgun,” said Farrier, adding he suffered minor cuts on both sides of his head. He was unable to say who hit him. In cross-examination, Farrier was questioned about his close friendship and political affiliations with the sheriff. At this point court was recessed until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday. Wilkins was cross-examined at length about the legal aspects of Bolton's arrest prior to the escape. The questions were asked by Bolton’s attorney, Murray J. Howze of Monahans. The questioning dealt specifically with the burglary warrant used in Bolton’s arrest, Wilkins said the warrant was issued by a Justice of the peace in Rotan. Bolton was arrested in Snyder and charged with burglarizing the C&C Drug Store In Rotan on Nov. 17. Bolton was jailed about Nov. 21. Asked if Bolton’s name and charge appeared on the warrant, Wilkins replied, “I don’t know.” Asked if the warrant was in his possession when he arrested Bolton, WUklns said, "I think so. but I’m not sure.” Asked if any alterations had been made to the warrant after the arrest was completed, Wilkins said, “I don’t know.” He testified after a jury w'as selected at 4 p. m. Monday. The trial was moved to Lubbock on a change of venue. BoKon’s attorneys are Alexander McNabb, Dallas; Clay Coggins. Roby; and Murray J. How^se, Monahans. The four were identified by the sheriff as Bolton, John Tarlton, 21, Snyder; Huey Jack Pitts, 21, Dal-’Ti; and Fioyd Gilbert, 18, Snyder. FORMER PW CHARGES Dickenson Tipped Reds About Escape WASHINGTON (iP—A former prisoner of war swore today that his plans to escape from a Korean prison camp were tipped off to his jailers by Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson. The witness, Cpl. Thomas A. Carrick of Blacksburg, Va., said at the opening of the second day of Dickenson’s court-martial that he overheard the defendant Inform on him. Carrick said he listened through a paper door at the prison camp. This testimony sent oppasing counsel into a vigorous debate on the admissibility of Garrick’s testimony. Guy Emery, defense attorney, drew from Carrick on cross examination that he had also overheard Dickenson confess that he, himself, was planning an escape. Asked why he had not mentioned this fact, the witness said: “I try to forget things, sir.” (See related story, Pg. 7-B) The witness said he saw Dickenson several times prior to Oct. 8, 1951, when they confided to each other that they were planning escapes. Then, on that day, Carrick said he was ordered to headquarters and was told by Wong, a Chinese military adviser, that he was going to escape and was asked “who were going with me.” Carrick said he told Wong he was not planning to escape whereupon the Chinese left the room. Shortly afterwards, Carrick said, he heard a conversation in an adjoining room between Dickenson and Tong, another Chinese captor, in which Dickenson was asked for the names of the men in Garrick’s group planninig to escape. Dickenson repeated “the names of my men.” Carrick said. WEEK END LOOT SOARS $471 Stolen From Abilene Residence Cash totaling $471 was stolen Monday night in a burglary of the E. J. Lightfoot residence, 1017 Wilson St. It brought to about $1,000 the amount of money swiped in Abilene burglaries during the week end. Abilene Country Club, was tapped Sunday night for an estimated $400 to $500. Two other burglaries — not Involving cash—were reported Monday, The cash from the Lightfoot home was stolen from between the mattresses of a bed. It was in a new F&M Bank sack. Lightfoot intended to deposit the money, receipts from his service station. He had been short on help Monday and unable to get to the bank, police said. The burglar cut a screen on a bedroom window, removed the screen, raised the window and crawled through. He departed through a rear door, officers reported. Lightfoot and his family were away from home when the burglary occurred, between 8 and 11 p.m. Detective Lt. George Sutton and Detective Warren Denson said the burglar may have used a knife to cut the screen. Dresser drawers and a chest were prowled. Durwood Miller, 1118 Shelton St., said his residence was burglarized Sunday night. Entry there was by cutting a hole in a window screen. Nothing was missing. J. L. Rouse, 2333 Vine St., reported that a shed at 825 Peach St., was burglarized sometime since Friday. Missing were tires and tubes, two wheels and some extension cord belonging to him. Rouse’s former home at 825 Peach St. burned recently. He had stored part of his belongings in the shed. Four suspects in the Abilene Clkjuntry Club burglary were questioned by police Monday, Lt. Sutton said. None was involved, however. Family Was On Way Back To Caliiomia ODESSA, AprU 20 (RNS)—Three members of an Abilene family were killed hnd two other persons were injured in a head-on crash near here Monday night. The dead are: Claudie Cranford Lang, 48, of 1390 Cypress St. His wife, Juanita Lang, 36. Their son, Charles Edward Lang, 15. Highway Patrolman E. J. Terrell. Odessa, said they died after their west-bound auto crashed into an east-bound pickup truck driven by George Reynolds, 42, employe ot Ba.sin Contractors, Midland. Reynolds suffered a fractured left leg and fractured and smashed left ankle. A passenger in the pickup, Dan Burris. 19, Midland, suffered numerous cuts. The pickup was owned by the Midland firm. The accident occurred about 11 p.m. Monday four miles west of Odessa on U. S. Highway 80. The Lang family was en route to California. Mrs. Lang was dead on arrival at Medical Center Hospital here at 11:30 p.m. Charles died at 1:45 a.m. in the hospital. Mr. Lang died at 2 a.m. in the hospital. The occupants of the pickup also were taken to the hospital here. -Mr. Lang was born March 16, 1906, in Buffalo Gap. He was married In 1932 to the former Juanita Farmer at Hamlin. Surviving Mr. Lang are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Lang of Abilene; and three brothers, Eugene, Oscar and Cleo, all of Abilene; a sister* Mrs. Lucille Teague, Abilene; and a sister, Mrs. Alfay Hollowell, who is In Germany and is the wife of a serviceman. Mrs. Lang was born in Hamlin. Surviving Mrs. Lang are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Farmer. Hamlin; three brothers, Floyd and Wayne Farmer, both of Fairbanks, Calif., and Warren Farmer of Georgia; and three sisters, Mrs. J. B. Harris of Clyde, Mrs. Roy Kelley of Hamlin and Mrs. BiU Schar-bauer of Jacksboro. Charles Lang was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Abilene. The only surviving member of the immediate family is the Langs’ daughter, Mrs. Bill (Hattie I^ee) Henderson, of Jacksboro. She Is the sister of Charles Lang. All members of the family were members of the Baptist church. The bodies were to be sent to Elliott’s Funeral Home in Abilene by Hubbard Funeral Home of Odessa. 10 Dallas Building Deals 'Questionable' DALLAS The Dallas cWef of the Federal Housing Administration office says 10 Dallas apartment projects have been listed among 1,149 “questionable** deals insured by the FHA between 1946 and 1950. But EUis H. Charles added yesterday that he does not know which projects are on the list He said some of them may be in the Fort Worth and Lubbock FHA districts. Charles said the projects were listed in Washington by the Internal Revenue Service. The Dallas Internal Revenue division also includes Fort Worth and Lubbock, which art in different FRUi districts. ;

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