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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR AND WARM EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIH, No. 308 Auociatod Prttt (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 20, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOc EASTER MIRACLE Patricia Payne, 9, cuddles her East- er bunny in an Oklahoma City hospital after she 'Teturned to life" trom a deep coma. Struck on the head oy a swing, she lapsed into a 3-day coma and Saturday, during an op- eration, 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 Mrs. Vladimir Petrov joined her ex-diplomat husband as a refugee from Soviet communism today aft- er Australian police jerked load- ed 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 Rus- sian guards as her Europe-bound stralian authorities to have been heading back to Russia in the be- lief her husband had been kid- naped and killed. She had told re- porters at an embassy news con- ference last week she thought he had been kidnaped. Fight Police She made her final decision to stay after a prearranged telephone call from Darwin for her first talk with her 4S-year-old husband since he fled early this month with stacks of Red espionage data from plane stopped here on the first ;njs as third secretary and leg of its flight from Sydney. TheJMvc (secret police) chief at the gun-toting tried Soviet Embassy in Canberra. ,_ i i 4. riotous episodes surrounding muscle local officials out of talk- ing to Mrs. Petrov. Talks To Husband Eight hours earlier some anti-Communists at Sydney fought with police in a vain effort to pre- vent her from being dragged aboard the BOAC Constellation by the Soviet Embassy second sec- retary and the two armed Rus- sian diplomatic couriers convoying her home. White Russians in the crowd sai they heard her screaming: "I d not want to go. Save me." Mrs. Petrov was said by Au RENTS HIGHER, TOO Million Profits Reaped On Bad Loans, Andrews Says WASHINGTON govern meat's revenue chief testified to- day that builders of 1.149 FHA-in- sured apartment projects reapec 65 million dollars in profits almost entirely from borrowing more than they spent. T. Coleman Andrews presented a statistical summary to a Senate hearing conducted by Sen. Byrd He did not pinpoint any single project. However, Byrd of- ficials guaranteed 24 million dol- lars fa Joans on Glen Oaks. Village in Queens County. Ne'w York, al- though the project cost only 20 million. Rents Much Higher And Byrd declared he understood rents in the Glen Oaks projecl 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, either civil or criminal, involved because the builders of the Glen Oaks project had fully disclosed their income in tax returns. Byrd said he had bten 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 mil- lion dollars. Furthermore, tax officials have hundreds of similar examples of "unconscionable d i s tribution of profits" and "windfalls" under fed- eral housing programs, Byrd de- clared. Byrd's comments came as his committee on reduction of non-es- sential federal expenditures began an inquiry into reports of multi- million dollar scandals in the fed- eral housing program. He said he wrote Housing Ad- ministrator Albert M. Cole March 24 asking who was responsible for these loan guarantees but has 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 super- vision over the Federal Housing Administration also was due to undergo'quizzing, on" his statements thai-there rnajvhave been collusion between FHA- offic- ials and buildefsv- of apartment projects :whd, allegedly pocketed is much as half a billion out of oversized government-backed construction loans. Both Byrd and Andrews have claimed they got wind of irregu larities under the now-defunc apartment construction program many months before the Eisenhow er administration announced its own probe a week ago. From his Augusta, Ga., vacation headquarters, President Eisenhow er yesterday ordered that the rev service open its income tax files so the Banking Committee can look into the returns of these build ers lor the 13424953" period. Noth ing was said about permitting th Byrd committee to have a look. Top Jersey Breed Show Here Urged Judging of adult exhibitors en- tries in the West Texas Spring Jersey Show began at 9 a.m. Tues- day. It was the closing flay of the an- nual 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, ex- hibitors, and directors of the Tex- as Jersey Cattle Club heard a plea by Jimmy Davis. Denton, field representative of the American Jer- sey 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 senators said today after a meeting with Secretary of State Dulles that jio decision to dispatch American fighting forces to, Indochina is being considered. Both senators are Republicans, Ferguson of Michigan and Bridges of New Hampshire. Ferguson, who left the meeting to keep another appointment, added: "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 re- porters at the State Department after Dulles had briefed a 15-man congressional delegation on devel- opments in Indochina and the forth- coming Geneva peace conference which the Reds will attend. Dulles has "the situation well in Ferguson said. The secre- tary will leave for the Geneva con- ference "with the blessing of con- gressional 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 de- cision" to hold Indochjna. 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 Eisen- hower 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 inter- view he hopes no American troops will have to be used in the fight against Communist-led forces in Indochina. In any event, he add- ed, 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 na- tive troops to -fight against the proposal which the French previously have received without enthusiasm. Chairman Saltonstall (R-Mass) of the Senate Armed Services Committee told the Senate yester- day 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 Thuriton B. Morton, assistant secretary ot itate. Among other speakers at the ban quet were Arthur Dietrich, Gray son County Jersey breeder and president of the Texas Jersey Cat- tle Club; B. E. Burleson, Exten- sion dairy husbandman; Sam Hill, manager of Borden's of Abilene; and J. K. Webb, manager of the Central West Texas Milk Produc- ers Association. Dietrich pointed out that in the Jersey breed the dairymen have an efficient "milk producing ma- chine" and by using the proper tools, "testing, good herd manage- ment, good they can make money. Manager Hill said that he had never seen a time when a dairy- man with good cows, good1 man- agement 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 prog- ressively worse. Much of the dairymen's woes were blamed on Secretary of Ag- riculture 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 in- dustry faced a problem of doing selling job on milk products. USDA figures, he said, showed a 17 per cent decrease-in consump- tion of all milk products in recent years. With the population of Tex- as increasing at the rate of a year, consumption of milk pro- ducts should be climbing instead of declining, Burleson said. In the 4-H and FFA dairy judg- ing contests Monday morning the Hamlin FFA team captured first place by scoring 960 out of a pos- sible 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 iionors with 340 points each. In the cattle competition, Ken- neth Sellers of Rails, 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, Elida; senior yearling heifers, not in milk, Shar- on Burris; two-year-old cows, Ken- neth Sellers, Rails; three-year-old cows, Clifford Eoff, Hamlin; five- year old or over cowi, Selleri. Mrs. Perrov's flight promised ser- ious diplomatic repercussions be- tween Australia and the Kremlin. Soviet Ambassador Nicolai Gener- aiov immediately lodged a forma protest at the Australian Foreigi Ministry, charging "armed assau against diplomatic couriers an detention of a Soviet official, t wit: Mrs. Petrov." Australia's Prime Minister Rob ert G. Menzies called an urgen Cabinet meeting to discuss the pos sibility the Russians might retail ate against the small Australia Embassy staff in Moscow. It was revealed at Canberra tha Mrs. Petrov was a cipher clerk in the Soviet Embassy, handlin the secret coded messages to "an from the Kremlin. If she decide to follow her husband in revea' ing what she knows about the inne workings of that embassy, she ma be as important as he in helpin to track down Soviet espionage in Australia. A royal commission with In creased legal powers already ha been authorized to sift the mas of documents Petrov turned over Menzies said that data revealei a large Soviet spy network in this country. Other sources said a least 30 Australians were impli cated. Menzies told reporters of the dramatic series of events leading up to Mrs. Petrov's decision to ask asylum in Australia and de- clared It could "be seen Australia behaved with scrupulous care ane regard for international protocol.1" The Russians at Darwin claime( the action against the couriers vio lated .their diplomatic immunity But legal experts painted out Au stralian air travel laws forbid.pas sengers to carry firearms aboard a plane. They said although a country cannot take punitive ac tion against diplomats of anothe: country, it can take measures to prevent law violations. Once disarmed, the couriers were left alone. They and the em bassy second secretary, F. V. Kis litsin, went on to Europe with the BOAC airliner. The government announced was throwing the same cloak o: secrecy over Mrs. Petrov as it hac over her husband, and there would be no interviews with newsmen. It was thought likely she would be flown back to rejoin her hus- band in Canberra sometime to- night. Following suspicions that Mrs, Petrov misht not be a willing re- turnee to her homeland, Menzies set into motion the machinery to C-C Seeks 500 New Members A goal of 500 new Abilene Cham- ber of Commerce members has been set for the C-C's Member- ship Prospectors Club, A. M. Mc- Hwain, general chairman, told team captains Tuesday morning. The campaign will be kicked up at 7 a.m. April 30 with a break- Tast in the Windsor Hotel. The Tuesday morning meeting ivas the first session of the club under Mcnwain. Team captains and met in the C-C office. The campaign will continue until next March 1. Team captains are Dean Walter Adams, W, J. (Bill) Fulwiler, Jr., Sailer Johnson, Lee Springer, Jack Tucker and Ben Jray. They voted to ask Marguerite Anderson to head a women's team. She wast the first woman to join the club last year. Team captains each are to ap- iflint nine members on their teams. The team member names are to be given to the C-C on Thursday. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair onttaued warm Tuesday. Tuesday night nd Wednesday; maximum Tuesday 90- ow Tuesday night 85; high Wednesday 90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly loudy and warm (his afternoon, tonight nd Wednesday with widely scattered thuc- ershowers Wednesday. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy. Tanner t Panhandle and upper South Plains its afternoon. Widely scattered thunder- hojrtrs In Panhandle tonifht and Wednes- TEMrERATUXES Mon. P.M. Tutt. A.M. H e> .............2130 97 ffi 88 C5 87 (4 85 80 K 87 71 71 78 75 74 77 73 M Sunset last night p.m. sunrlie todty :OS a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. 2a.ll. Relatire humidity at p.m. Maximum temperature, for the M hours nded at a.m.: n. Minimum temperature for Ux M boon ided at a.m.: O. 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, northern terri- tory government secretary at Dar- win, to be ready for her arrival and to ask her whether she want- ed to go on or stay. Police Swarm Aboard When the plane touched down here, security agents and a dozen police swarmed aboard. As Ley- din approached to talk to Mrs. Petrov, the two having used strong-arm methods during the trip to keep other pas- sengers and crew from talking to in. Police grappled with the cour- iers, 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 ser- geant 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 ob- viously wants to stay in Australia but seemed too scared to do any- thing." While Mrs. Petrov, weeping fre- quently, was holding highly emo- tional talks for 45 minutes with Leydin at the Darwin airport, Kis- litsin protested bitterly. The po- lice neither restrained the diplo- mat 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 sht held the conversation in a crowded customs office, with Kislitsin, Aus- tralian police, reporters and others crowded around. Afterward, she in- formed Leydin she wished to stay in Australia. MRS. EVDOK1A PETROV Red 'diplomats' force her aboard plane 3 Abilenians Die In Odessa Crash JAILER DESCRIBES BEATING Was Jail Escapee Legally Held? Roby Sheriff Asked LTJBBOCK, AprikM doctor, jailer, jailer's wife and farmer testified for the state heir Tuesday in the trial of Amos ny Bolton The state expected to rest its case Tuesday afternoon, an attor ney said. The defense said Bolton was being held illegally. Bolton, 22, Dallas, is in the sec ond 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 with 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-examinee Tuesday on the legality of Bolton's arrest. Dr. C. U. Callan, Rotan, testified Tuesday the sheriff suffered five head wounds, a concussion, anc cuts about the arms and head dur- ing the escape. D. F. Driver, 74, Roby jailer, testified he and his wife heard commotion upstairs in the jaU while they were in their living quarters downstairs. Driver said he picked up an un- loaded shotgun with which he tried unsuccessfully to bluff the prison- ers back upstairs. Bolton grabbed be gun and beat Driver over the head with it, Driver said. Driver was knocked senseless. When the jailer came to, he saw he sheriff down on the floor being beaten over the head by Bolton with a chain Driver said. As the :rio left the jail, a wicker chair was flung at the sheriff and the elephone was ripped from the wall; Driver said. Asked in cross-examination, if le saw the trio before they came [own 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, dentified pictures taken of jail wreckage as showing the true icene. Clyde Farrier, farme'r who lives lorth of Roby, testified he and lis wife were coming to visit the heriff and Driver at the time of he escape. They arrived just in time to hear Driver say, "Help! he said. Running immediately into the ail because he thought Driver was II, Farrier observed what was go- ng on, he said. He picked up the telephone. "I was planning on using it but somebody lambasted me with a said Farrier, elding he suffered minor cuts on Doth sides of his head. He was un- ible to say -who hit him. In cross-examination. Farrier ras questioned about his close riendship and political affiliations with the sheriff. At this point court .-as recessed until p.m. Tues- lay. Earlier Tuesday, Wilkins was ross-examined at length about the egal aspects of Bolton's arrest rior to the escape. The questions were asked by Bolton's attorney, Murray J. Howze of Monahans. The questioning dealt speclfical- y with the burglary warrant used i Bolton's arrest, Wilkins naid the warrant waa uued by a justice of the in olan. Bolton was arreited itil Snyder-and charged withlburglar- izing the CtC Drug Store in Ro- tan oh Nov. IT; 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 Bol- ton, Wilkins 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 He testified after a jury was s lected at 4 p. m. Monday. The trial was moved to Lubboc on a change venue. Bolton's attorneys are Alexand er McNabb, Dallas; Clay Cog gin's. Roby; and Murray'J. Howse Monahans: The four were identified by th sheriff as Bolton, John Tarlton, 21 Snyder; Huey Jack Pitts, 21, Dal >ns; and Floyd Gilbert, 18, Sny der. FORMER PW CHARGES Dickenson Tipped Reds About Escape WASHINGTON former prisoner of war swore today that lis plans to escape from a Korean prison camp were tipped off to his lailers by Cpl. Edward S. Dicken- ion. The witness, Cpl. Thomas A. Carricfc 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 opposing counsel into a vigorous debate on he admissibility of Carrick's tes- imony. Guy Emery, defense at- torney, drew from Carrick on cross examination 'that he had also over- leard Dickenson confess that be, 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, Pa. 7-B) The witness said he saw DIcken sou several times prior to Oct. 8 1951, when they confided to each other that they were planning es capes. Then, on that day, Carricfc 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 where- upon the Chinese left the room. Shortly afterwards, Carrick said. he heard a conversation in an ad- joining room between Dickenson and Tong, another Chinese captor, in which Dickenson was asked for the names of the men in Carricfc's group planninig to escape. Dickenson repeated "the names of my Carrick said. WEEK END LOOT SOARS Stolen From Abilene Residence Cash totaling was stolen londay night in a burglary of IB E. J. Lightfoot residence, 1017 Wilson St. It brought to about the mount of money swiped in Abi- ene burglaries during the week nd. Abilene Country Club, was apped Sunday night for an esti- mated to Two other burglaries not in- olving reported Mon- ay. The cash from the Lightfoot tome was stolen from between the mattresses of a bed. It was in a ew Bank sack. Lightfoot intended to deposit the money, receipts from his service :ation. He had been short on help londay and unable to get to the ank, police said. The burglar cut a screen on a bedroom window, removed the raited the window and rawled through. He departed trough rear door, officen n- (OftetL Lightfoot and his family were away from home when the' bur- glary occurred, between 8 and 11 p.m. Detective Lt. George Sutton and Detective Warren. Dodson said the burglar may have used a knife to cut the screen. Dresser drawers and a chest were prowled. Durwood Shelton St., said his residence was burglarized Sunday night Entry.there cutting a hole in a window screen. Nothing was missing. J. L. Rouse, 2333 Vine St., re- ported' that' a shed at 825 Peach St., was burglarized .sometime since Friday. Missing were Urea 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 Country .Club burglary were ques- tioned by: police Lt: Sut- ton said. None wat involved, how- ever. Family Was On Way Back To California ODESSA, April 20 members of Abilene family killed tad two other persons injured in a head-on crash near here Monday night. The dead are: Claudie Cranford Bang. 48, of 1390 Cypress St. His wife, Juanita tang, 36 Their son, Charles Edward Lang, Highway Patrolman E. J. Ter- rell, Odessa, said they died after their west-bound auto crashed into an east-bound pickup truck driven by George Reynolds, 42, employe of Basin 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 J.m.' Monday four of Odessa on U. S. Highway 80. The Lang family was en route to Cali- fornia'. Mrs. Lang was dead on arrival at Medical Center Hospital here at 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 mar- ried in 1932 to the former Juanita Farmer at Hamlin. Surviving Mr. Lang are his par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Lang of Abilene; and three brothers, Eu- iene, Oscar and Cleo, all of Abi- ene; a Lucille 'eague, 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 par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Farmer, lamlin; three Floyd and Wayne Farmer, both of Fairbanks, and Warren Farmer of Geor- !ia; and three sisters, Mrs. J. B. larris of Clyde, Mrs. Roy. KeHey f Hamlin and Mrs.' Bffl ;Schar- sauer of Jacfcsboro. Charles'Lang was-born Nor. 5, Abilene.... The only surviving- member of he immediate family is the Langs' aughter, Mrs. Bill (Hattie Lee) lenderson, of Jacksboro. She is the sister of Charles. Lang.. All members of the family were members of- the Baptist church. The' bodies were to tie." sent to Elliott's Funeral Home-in Abilene y. Hubbard Funeral Home of Od- ssa. 10 Dallas Building Deals'Questionable' DALLAS UB-The Dallas chief of le Federal Housing Adminlstra- on office says 18 Dallas apart- lent projects have. been listed deals nsured by the FHA between IMC and 19SO. But EUis R. Charles added yw- erday .that he does not blow which projects are on the list; He aid some of them may be In the ort Worth and Lubbock THA. tb- icts. Charles said the projects wen sled in Washington pjr the Inier- al Revenue The 'Dallaa nternal.Revenue dtritkn tn- udei Fort Worth whisk are to trlcti.   

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