Abilene Reporter News, April 22, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 22, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 22, 1954, Abilene, Texas / /? A SCATTERED SHOWERS Wi)t Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 310 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 22, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c U.S. MARSHAL REI) WILLIAMS AND EX PRISONER ... \\ Illiatn Estep (right) leaves county jail, free on bond Pressure to Help Schine Most Ever, General Says Nothing improper, McCarthy Claims Appeal Bond Posted; Estep Leaves Jail William Estep, 57, San Antonio, Thursday morning bailed himself out of the Taylor County jail by posting $7,500 bond. The bond and $2,000 cash in escrow (to cover Estep’s recent federal fine' were turned over to Gladys Walls, U. S. District Court commissioner in Abilene at 10:10 am. Estep was convicted in U. r.'. District Court here of using the U. S. mails to defraud and of violating the Securities Act of 1933. lfe was fined $2.000 and given two five-year concurrent prison sentences on April 16. His trial was held in connection with the operation of the Automotor Manufacturing Co., which he organized. He had claimed he invented a machine known as the “atomo-trone,” which would cure a number of diseases. He now faces a state charge of felony theft at San Antonio for selling the machines at $300 each. Howard Dailey, Dallas, one of Estep’s attorneys, arrived in Abilene Wednesday with Estep’s wife. Dailey said William Soltes, Dallas, had signed as bondsman for Estep. Estep’s conviction will be appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans, La., Dailey said. 'Breathing Room Only' At Televised Hearing Capt. Allee Better; Suffered Stroke AUSTIN, April 22 State Department of Public Safety Director Homer Garrison Jr. said he was advised today Texas Ranger Capt. A. Y. Allee will be permitted to return home Friday from a Brownsville hospital. Allee suffered a mild stroke, Garrison said. WASHINGTON — ' Breathing room only!” That was the sign Capitol officials should have hung today outside the caucus room in the Senate Office Building for the premiere of the new extravaganza “The McCarthy-Army Story.” Into the caucus room, measuring 72 by 53 feet—about four times the size of a normal living room— officials arranged to jampack some 650 to 700 persons. “The biggest arrangements for a single news event in my 25 years at the Capitol,’’ said Harold R. Berkley, superintendent of t he Sen ate press gallery, who care- Abilene lo Gel '58 Convention For the first time in its history, the state convention of the Royal Neighbors of America will be held in a West Texas city — Abilene. The Key City was picked as the 1958 convention site at the state meeting in Austin this week. Thirteen other cities, including Houston. San Antonio and Mineral Wells, asked for the conference. State meetings are held only every four years. Bidding for Abilene were Mrs. Myrtle Estes Carter, 525 Ross Ave., state supervisor, and Mrs. W. C. Marlow, 302 Peach St., district deputy in Abilene. They were backed by telegrams from the Abilene Chamber of Commerce conventions committee, headed by Rufus Wallingford. About 700 persons are expected to attend the 1958 gathering. Royal Neighbors of America is a 59-year-old insurance organization. The Austin convention was the 16th state meeting. Intended Soviet Slayers Give Up BONN, Germany iJft—A Russian Secret Service captain sent to West Germany to commit a political killing deserted to the Allies instead and told secrets of the Kremlin’s world-wide espionage and kidnaping machine here today. U.S. authorities identified the defecting Russian as Capt. Nikolai Evgenyevich Khoklov, 32, and presented him at their high commission headquarters in an international news conference. They announced that two East German Communist agents who were to have helped in the killing of an anti-Red Russian emigre leader were in “protective custody.” The official American announcement said Khoklov had cooperated fully with U.S. intelligence agents, telling many secrets of the MVD secret police and detailing name by name, office by office, the Red police organization from Moscow to Berlin and Vienna. An American spokesman said the two East Germans were Hans Kukowicz and Kurt Weber. The target of the assassination plot was identified as George S. Okolovich, executive committeeman of an anti-Communist Russian group in Frankfurt called the NTS. Khoklov said he received instructions on the Frankfurt assassination plan several times from Alexander S. Panushkin. who was Soviet ambassador to the United States from October 1947 to June 1952, when he became ambassador to Red China, Panvushkin was recalled from Peiping after Stalin’s death. Documents turned over to the Americans said that, while Pan-yushkin ostensibly was in the foreign service, he was actually working under the direction of the Communist Party Central Committee coordinating all intelligence-gathering activities. Panyushkin was reported given a big job in the intelligence department in July 1953. The U.S. authorities said the “stranger than fiction” pj#t to kill the Russian refugee leader in Frankfurt included special electrical weapons. Smuggled Into Germany in the battery of a car, the weapons were described by American firearms experts as ’unique in both lightness and miniaturization in comparison to silenced weapons hitherto developed outside the Soviet orbit.” There were two types of weapons —specially silenced electrica-ally fired pistols and dummy cigarette cases that would fire ietha-ly poisoned lead pellets. After special assassination training in Russia and complicated journeyings between Moscow, Vienna, Switzerland and Italy, the three conspirators entered West Germaqy last February. fully portioned out every inch of space. “The la rgest coverage of a ny n ews event we ever have done in Washington,” was the consensus of radio and television networks representatives working with Beckley. 200 Must Stand Everything was set for scores of reporters to tap out hundreds of thousands of words for transmission b y teletypewriters and telegraph to newspapers across the country. Of the 650 or more expected to get into the hearing before the Senate investigations subcommittee, more than 200 were destined to stand. There were just a few more than 100 seats available for the early bird arrivals from the public at large. The other seats were reserved for subcommittee members, witnesses and principals in the drama, newsmen, and wives and special g uests of Congress members and officials. 120 Reporters Due Beckley said there were seats reserved for 120 reporters at press tables and room for 91 persons involved in radio, television and news picture coverage. An odd-shaped mahogany table, measuring 8 by 26 feet, was at one end of the rectangular room for the seven subcommittee members. Directly in front, in the glare of floodlights and in the range of television, newsreel and news cameramen, was placed a smaller rectangular table for the witnesses. To either side ranged press tables. Behind a roped-off area at the other end of the room about 200 chairs provided seating space for other special guests and the lucky public arriving early. The not-so-lucky public had to stand. A dozen uniformed Capitol policemen were assigned to stations about the hearing room and at the wide double doors to preserve order. Plainclothesmen were spotted about the area There were 25 microphones on tables and in strategic spots. Fifteen cameramen, sound engineers and electricians manned the three live television cameras picking up the proceedings. Thirty m en w e re assigned to work 15 film cameras. Space was provided for 30 still photographers for press associations and newspapers. Sixteen persons, including announcers and engineers, were ready to handle the portions of the proceedings to be broadcast. And, at some of the tables, several stenographers were assigned space to take down the testimony word for word, working in relays. “I don’t see how’ we co u 1 d squeeze any more into the area,” Beckley said. “In fact, I only hope there w il 1 be roo m f or me WASHINGTON (AP)—Maj. Gen. Miles Reber testified today that in 10 years of dealing with Congress he had never known “greater pressure” than was applied for an officer’s commission for G. David Schine, former aide to Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis.). In the witness chair at the Senate investigation of the McCarthy - Army row, Reber said this pressure came from both the senator and Roy Cohn, counsel to McCarthy’s Senate Investigations subcommittee, but particularly from Cohn. McCarthy retorted that it was “completely false” that any improper pressure was exerted on behalf of Schine. McCarthy raised a question too of whether Reber was prejudiced. He said Reber’s brother, Sam, then acting high commissioner of Germany, made “vicious attacks” on Cohn and Schine, and had them shadowed when McCarthy sent them to Europe in 1953 to investigate the U.S. Information Service and its libraries. It was on this wrangling note that the Senate subcommittee concluded the first session of its reputations-at-stake inquiry into the charges and counter - charges swapped by McCarthy and top Army officials. Reber was the only witness heard in the 2 hours and 9 minute nationally televised session which launched what may be a prolonged series. Reber was asked to come back for more testimony in the afternoon. Reber First Witness The great controversy revolves about the Army charge that improper pressures were exerted for preferential treatment of Schine, and McCarthy’s counter charge that this issue is a false one, raised only in an effort to divert his inquiry into communism in the Army. Reber was called as the Army’.s first witness to tell of activities in behalf of Schine prior to Schine’s actual induction into the Army as a draftee. For 10 years, Reber was liaison officer for the Army with Congress. He is now commander of U.S. Army forces in Western Europe. The events he told about were last summer. He said McCarthy called him to his office to ask about a commission for Schine, and that later there were repeated telephone calls—an average of two or three a day from Cohn—as well as calls from McCarthy. McCarthy has the right to question witnesses and was so engaged when he brought up the question of Reber’s brother’s attitude toward Cohn and Schine. Jenkins Objects Ray H. Jenkins, the subcommittee’s special counsel, objected. He broke in on McCarthy to tell Reber not to answer a question about his brother. Jenkins said he must object that the question was “wholly irrelevant” to the subcommittee probe. “If I can’t show bias and preu-dice, it is a violation of every rule of law.” McCarthy protested. McCarthy said Gen. Reber had been before the subcommittee before, adding the investigating unit under McCarthy’s chairmanship had tried to get information from Reber about those “covering up” Communists. McCarthy said Gen. Reber’s testimony that Cohn had used “improper pressure” to try to get a commission for Schine, was “completely false.” Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) put in then that he was going to object if McCarthy was going to testify instead of just ask questions. McCarthy Snaps Back ‘Don’t object in the middle of my questioning,” McCarthy snapped. McClellan replied that he would not object if McCarthy were under oath, but he said McCarthy ought not to testify unless he were under oath. Sen. Mundt <R-SD>, chairman for the inquiry, observed that it was getting on toward lunch time and recessed matters there. It was then 12:44 p.m. The session had convened at 10:35 a.m. Reber, relating efforts he said were made to get a commission or Schine, said in his 10 years as liaison officer there was no case w'here he was put “under greater pressure.” 'NO SEVERE STORMS DUE' Scurry Gets Good Showers; West Texas Rains Forecast CHARLES D. AUSTIN Hamlin Sailor Dies in (rash Black clouds over West Texas dropped showers on a number of West Texas areas Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted widely scattered showers will continue Thursday and Thursday night. The weatherman at the airport recorded .03 of an inch of moisture about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. A few sprinkles fell at the airport at mid-morning the same day. A w'eak front which passed through this area about sun-up helped trigger the black clouds, the weatherman said. A sprinkle began at Merkel about 9:30 a.m. Colorado City received .08 of an inch during the night. Rain began falling “briskly” at Colorado City about 8:30 a.m. At Hermleigh the total was 1.50 inches. At Snyder the total w’as .50 of an inch. Mrs. D. T. Stray-horn, official Snyder weather observer, said. At Fluvanna, the total was .50, John Stravely, a merchant, reporteu. Black clouds in the Scurry County area sent a number of residents running to storm cellars. The Abilene weatherman said plus small    hail; Saragosa,    .04; I    Sheffield,    1.00; Ozona,    2.75    at 2 Bakersfield,    .05; Big Lake.    .31;    a.m. with    rain    continuing    into Girvin, .50; Iraan, 1.00; McCamey,    daylight    hours;    west    of Ozona, .25; Rankin,    .50; Red Barn,    1.00;    4.00. HAMLIN, April 22 (RNS>— Seaman 1-C Charles Dwayne Austin, 29, was killed Monday while driving a truck at the NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wash. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Austin of Hamlin. Seaman Austin’s commanding officer said that during a downpour of rain, the truck’s front wheels ,,  ----- f      .’:*s Jb birtS SL enlistment period expired.    I    me^Lured,    to.'TVaiifsaid! untial arrangements will be ; Rajn    Moraine    area varied announced by Barrow Funeral I from .60 of an inch to 1.00. The Home. 1 he body is expected to ar- moisture began after midnight and live this week end.    I    continued    into    the    daylight    hours. TORNADO WARNINGS BREAK UP FLUVANNA PRAYER MEETINGS SNYDER, April 22. (RNS)—Some pray for rain. But, rain last night broke up three prayer meetings in nearby Fluvanna. It wasn’t the rain, exactly, which sent three Fluvanna congregations scurrying to storm cellars. It was fear of what was in the boiling, black clouds. Lubbock television stations had broadcast tornado warnings for the Scurry area. Clouds rolling in about 8 p.m. seemed to confirm the warnings. Fluvanna got a pounding half-inch rain within minutes. There was some high wind, but no twisters. ABILENE CHECK MADE Radar's Accuracy Impresses Citizens Other survivors are his wife, one child, and two step-children, all of Oak Harbor, Wash.; three sisters, Lillie Sue Austin of Hamlin; Mrs. The West Texas Utilities Co. reported the following totals: Chilli-cothe, trace; Quanah, .40; Lake Pauline, .08; Alpine, 1.00; Balmor- B. H. White of Medford, Ore., and hea, .04; Fort Davis, 1.00; Mara Mrs. J. B. Neal of Midland. | thon, 1.00; Marfa, 1.00 in rain, 2 Traffic Lights Pul on North First Two new traffic signal lights, were erected this week on North First St. One more light remains to be installed on that street under a 1952 bond issue. The lights installed this week are at the intersections of North First St. with Poplar and Victoria Sts. Remaining signal to be erected on North First St. will be at the intersecUon of Graham St. This is an the north side of the Sayles Blvd. railroad crossing. The new North First St. signals are synchronized with the railroad safety gates. They will be synchronized also with new signal lights soon to be placed along South First St. under! the same bond issue.    1 147,683 READERS ARE WAITING FOR YOUR WANT AD! 147,683 daily readers of the Reporter-News give you quick, profitable results on your Want Ad! These results are yours for as little as 41c per day on our weekly rate. You don't have to guess about Want Ad results! Approximately 20,000 persons aie using Want Ads to advantage each month. Don't keep /our wont a secret. Dial 2-7841 md place your Want Ad now! Weekday word ad closing Ime is 4 P. M. Sunday word ads must be received by 12:00 Saturday. Sunday space ads must be received by noon Friday. Sentell Undecided On Appeal to U.S. SNYDER, April 22 — State Rep. Frank Sentell and his attorneys were pondering today whether to take a court contempt case to the U. S. Supreme Court or serve out the remainder of a 72-hour jail sentence. The Texas Supreme Court Wednesday refused Sentell a rehearing on the case in which Snyder’s 132d Court District Judge Sterling Williams fined Sentell $100 and sentenced him to three days in jail for contempt during a civil suit trial here last October. Sentell served 33 hours of the sentence before being released on a temporary writ of habeas corpus. Man Charged With Extortion of $50 William D. Price, now in county jail, was charged in County Court here Thursday with extortion. He was accused of extorting $50 from Dr. R. V. Sarrels, Abilene naturopath, of 850 Hickory St., County Atty. Tom Todd said. The complaint alleged that Price “did with the Intent to extort money, threaten. . .R. V. Sarrels; that he. . .threatened he woulo publish a statement respecting. , .Sarrels, and such statement.. .was a statement within the meaning of libel.” The complaint was signed by Deputy Sheriff Bob Ross. Todd said that Sarrels, on advice of peace officers, paid Price $50 so that a case against Price could be filed. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Cloudy to partly cloudy, not much chan*« In t«m-perature and widely scattered showers Thursday and Thursday night; high temperature Thursday 75; low Thursday night 55; high Friday 80.    * NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy this aiternoon, tonight and Friday, with widely scattered thundershowers. Scattered thunderstorms northwest portion this afternoon. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. Friday partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershowers. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Fridav. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M.    Thurs.    A    M 79    ............ 1:30 2.30 3:30 4.30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 80 81 SO 79 78 76 74 72 ........    70 ................70 ........m ........68 ................64 ....... 64 ................63 ..................63   62 70       10:30      65 76       11:M        67 71      13:30    64 Sunset last night 7:13 p.m. Sunrise today e.03 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:13 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m.    28.23. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m.    80<Zr. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6.30 a.m.: 82. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours tndad at 630 ia; m. The Texas Supreme Court in February refused to make the writ permanent, ordering Sentell to finish his jail sentence. The refusal Wednesday to grant a rehearing ends the matter as far as state courts are concerned. Judge Williams said Wednesday afternoon, “The matter is out of my hands.” The high court’s mandate, he said, would come to the Scurry sheriff, who then will take Sentell back to jail. John Sentell, brother of the leg-islator-lawyer and his attorney in the matter, said Wednesday an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court is under consideration. The high Texas court supported Judge Williams conclusion that Sentell has a “contemptuous attitude.” This decision affects not only lawyers, but witnesses, other court officials and all who might appear before a district judge, John Sentell said. “It is precedent-setting in this respect: The Supreme Court has held for the first time, as far as we can find, that a conclusion set forth in a judge’s order that (an attorney) showed a ‘contemptuous attitude’ is sufficient to support a finding of contempt,” John Sentell said. If you are a speeder, beware. Radar will trap you. This is the opinion of the Texas Department of Public Safety. I The same opinion was shared by observers who watched a radar-operated needle point to the 77-mile-per-hour mark when a black State Patrol car whizzed by with the speedometer registering 80 miles per hour Thursday morning. “It’s all right as far as I can tell,” said State Sen. Harley Sad-' ler of Abilene, when asked his | opinion of the device. “I believe the device is accurate enough to catch speeders,” said Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark of Abilene. The test took place along U. S, Highway 80 about three miles east of Abilene. It was the first appearance of highway radar in this area. The Federal Communications Commission says radar is 98 per cent accurate in recording vehicle speeds, said Sgt. P. A. Zeis-sel, Austin, a member of the safety division of the Texas Highway Patrol. “Radar is more accurate than a speedometer," he said. Speed tests were taken as a car driven by Sgt. Roger Sosebee of the Abilene Highway Patrol district passed by. The radar device was stationary along the highway. When Sosebee drove by at 30 miles an hour, the radar speed meter showed the same speed. When Sosebee went by at 60 miles per hour, the radar needle showed 58 miles an hour. With Sosebee doing 80, the needle showed 77. “We would like lo see at least one radar unit in each of the 16 State Patrol districts in Texas,” Zeissel said. Capt. George L. Morahan, head of the Abilene district, said, “I do not know when radar will be used in the Abilene district.” Zeissel said ai far as he knew Houston was the only city now using radar in Texas. Thirty-one states currently are using radar to catch highway speeders, he said. as statutes outlaws radar. Radar was recently tested in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and was found to be valid evidence, he said. No high court test has been made in {Texas, he said. The cost of one radar unit is f $850. Zeissel said. The cost of installation is minor, he added. Asked how the radar device works, Zeissel said it consists of three units: (1) a transmitter-re-ceiver; (2) a radar speed-meter; and (3) a radar graph recorder. The radar beam is aimed at the highway. The beam reflects off an auto and the returning “echo” activates the speed-meter. which is as easy to read as a standard auto speedometer. A patrolman can watch the speed build up as an auto approaches lo a peak, say, of 60 miles per hour — the daytime speed limit for autos in Texas. The radar beam picks up the auto when it is 150 to 200 feet or slightly further away from the radar device. The radar graph recorder is a device which records on paper what the radar speed-meter shows. Zeissel pointed out that the graph recorder can be used in highway traffic courts. The graph records the time each auto passes and the speed of each auto. The graph can be used to determine the total number of vehicles which pass a given point in a minute, hour or some other length of time. Plans include mounting radar devices in State Patrol cars, Zeissel said. The policy will be to inform citizens in advance when radar will be in operation in any area. Highways on which radar is being used will be clearly marked, he said. The radar car need not necessarily be parked in order to detect speeders, although the job is simplified when the radar car is parked, he said. If the radar car is moving, the patrolman can determine the rate of a motorist's speed by reading the rate shown on the radar speed-meter and taking the speed of the radar car into consideration, Zeissel said. RADAR SPEED CHECK — Sgt. P. A. Zeissel, left, Austin, and Capt. George L. Morahan, Abilene, both of the Texas Highway Patrol, use radar to check the speed of the blurred car in background. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) ;