Abilene Reporter News, April 23, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 23, 1954

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Issue date: Friday, April 23, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERS te Abilene 1 EVENING VOL. LXXIII, No. 311 Aaodatta Prew (AP) "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 23, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe HIGHFLYIN' Chase, full-blooded Indian from Oklahoma shows his champion's style in the opening round of the bronc riding at the Hardin-Simmons Uni- versity rodeo. Chase, a former H-SU Cowboy, turned in the top ride Thursday night (See story, page 1-B) U. S. PROSECUTOR CHARGES Chances of Bringing Home Frauds Into Court 'Ruined' WASHINGTON OI- ney 3rd. chief government crimi- nal prosecutor, said today the FHA has "torpedoed" any chance to prosecute builders of large-scale rental projects who ran up "wind- fall" profits of millions of dollars. OIney, testifying before the Sen- ate. Banking Committee, said that despite' apparent fraudulent esti- mates of cost filed with the Fed- eral Housing Administration by some builders, the FHA has taken the position that they "weren't de- ceived or defrauded, they were just giving the stuff away." The postwar rental-project pro- gram, now defunct, enabled build- ers to get government-insured loans equal to 90 per cent of the estimated cost of construction. FHA 'in Partnership1 "'.Windfall'' profits estimated to total a half billion dollars were made by builders whose costs were far less than the loans they got The. assistant attorney general went into the question of rental project loans after telling he in- vestigating senators that the scan- dal-ridden FHA has considered itself "in partnership with lenders and promoters" of home repairs, with "no responsibility for the vic- tims of swindlers." The apartment program and the one for home repairs have been the twin targets of charges the committee is investigating. OIney told the Senate Banking Committee that the. home repair program, financed with sured loans, has "rapidly become the means' by which swindlers, cheats and crooked salesmen have been able to cheat and defraud" unsuspecting home owners. He said the FHA has been con- cerned only with keeping its finan- cial records up to date and suffer- ing no monetary losses. Searching For Fraud OIney added that the FBI and the Justice Department are now engaged in a great search for fraud and other criminal conspiracies by "suede shoe boys replete Grandma Pokey Old But Willing to Help DENVER Grandma- Pokey is blind in one eye and her black spots are turning white with age. At 25 years of age she's a cen- by human standards. So you can imagine Mrs. Edwin L. Heim's surprise yesterday when she looked out the window and saw Grandma Pokey, a feeble Shetland pony, helping a newborn filly take Its first steps. with Cadillacs 'and dress" who "bilked a great jmany; .thou- sands" of honest owners since; the repair loan program- got started as ah anti-depression weap- on in 1935. OIney, Guy T. o. Hollyday, oust- ed last week as. head .of the Fed- eral Housing Administration and Norman P. Mason, his successor, headed a list of wit- nesses in the Senate Banking Com- mittee's probe of multimillion- dollar housing scandals. As head of the Justice Depart- ment's Criminal Division, OIney Gl Red Said Rumor Victim WASHINGTON Army maj- or defending Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson against court-martial charges said today he is con- vinced the GI vfas a victim of "latrine rumors" at a Communist prisoner of war camp in Korea. Maj. Earl V. Brown gave this opinion in an interview as the mili- tary trial moved into its fifth day. The 23-year-old Dickenson, from Cracker's Neck, Va., is accused of collaborating with his captors and informing on his buddies while a POW. He was one of 23 POWs who at first refused repatriation. Later he and one other returned to U. S. control. Brown, who was legal adviser to the Americans at the Freedom Vil- lage repatriation center in Korea last year, said he had heard hun- dreds of GIs talk about a wide- spread "atmosphere of rumor" at the Red prison camps. Dickenson's defense began ham- mering away at this point yester- day when a series of witnesses hostile to Dickenson took the wit- ness chair. has been investigating the home- loin racket for several months. 'Albert M. Cole, head of the Housing and Home Finance Agen- cy, has said'. some home owners have been charged as much as double the value of work done under FHA-insured loans. He said there were many cases of slipshod work, promises by salesmen of "rebates" that were never paid, and instances where high-pressure home improvement salesmen roamed around the country in bands using the FHA program to "exploit families inexperienced in lending activities." OIney was reported to have played a major role in a White House decision last week to break the housing scandals into the open. Since then five top FHA officials have been relieved of their jobs, by resignation or discharge. Arthur J. Frentz, assistant com- missioner in charge of the home- repair program, was fired yester- day, with a statement from Mason that he had "no evidence of any illegal activities on the part of Mr. Arthur Frentz." Frentz said he and his superiors had come to a "pleasant and friendly" parting. Hollyday, the only ousted official who had been appointed during the Eisenhower administration, de- manded a second chance to testify before the committee to "clarify the record" made by Cole last Tuesday. Cole testified that Holly- day's resignation had been asked by President Eisenhower partly because Hollyday wrote a 'lauda- tory" letter accepting the resigna- tion of an unnamed high FHA of- ficial who, Cole said, was under, in- vestigation for collecting money in return for FHA commitments and for heavy gambling. Charges of scandal and "wind- fall" profits have centered on two phases of the over-all housing pro- gram: (1) FHA-insured loans for large-scale rental housing projects and (2) insured loans up to for home repairs. City Pledges U. S. 80 Land TJ. S. Highway 80 freeway through Abilene. moved nearer a reality Friday morning. The City Commission adopted a SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Splllt! Whish! Sissz! Rrrrrrrr! The sound of jet engines, the "whish" of streamlined airplanes and the roar of heavy engines will be heard in West Central Texas skies as aircraft converge on Abilene Sunday. They'll come to help dedicate the new Municipal Airport. And the Sunday Reporter News will tell you about the fascinating-things that will it doesn't rain. Also, the mush in the political pot is beginning to thicken. Katharyn Duff, state editor, will tell you how and what politicians are doing. Sunday's Reporter-News will have the usual coverage of interest to women, oil men, EVERY- BODY! resolution, assuring the Texas Highway Department of co-opera- tion. A letter from Texas Pacific Railway showed that company's willingness to donate a portion of its right-of-way. Commissioners voted the city will do the following: (1) Provide clear title to suf- ficient right-of-way along South First St. from Oak St. to Pioneer Dr. for six-lane traffic pavement plus an extra lane for left turns. (2) Give clear title to enough right-of-way at the most Import- ant street intersections for grade separations. (3) Put in the curbs and gut- ters. (4) Provide such drainage facili- ties as may be required. The action was necessary as one step toward getting the allocation of funds for the freeway project. Land pledged by the TJtP Rail- way is almost, but not quite the amount needed from its property, the commission said Friday. Fur- ther negotiations with the are expected. i McCarthy Flays Move By Army as Indecent' Full Airport Dedication Program Set See related story and picture, page 1-B. Complete program for Sunday's dedication of the new Municipal Airport was revealed Friday morn- ing to the City Commission. Outlining the event was Hudson Smart, chairman of the dedica- tion committee of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, lie is also a former mayor. The program follows; a.m. Members of the C-C aviation and airport dedica- tion panel will meet at the big hangar to plan the day's activities in detail. Mayor and all City Com- mission have been asked to meet there too. as well as the 9815th Vol- unteer Air Reserve plus other vol- unteers. 8 to 10 a.m. Pilots' breakfast in the hangar. For all visiting fliers and dignitaries. Prizes to be awarded. Jack Hughes to be mas- ter of ceremonies. 8 a.m. throughout the ous civilian aircraft to be on static display for public view. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Model plane contest involving Key City Model Airplane Club. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open house at U. S. Weather Bureau. 11 a.m. Air Force planes to begin arriving. Various types will be exhibited. a.m. Arrival of a Pioneer Ah- Lines flight, to be met by Mayor and City Commission. hosts luncheon for visitors at Windsor Hotel. p.m. Concert by Abilene High School Band and flag rais- ing ceremony by National Guard. p.m. Fly-over of Air Force aircraft for 30 minutes. 2 to p.m. AHS band con- cert. p.m. Formal dedication ceremony, to last about 20 min- utes. p.m. Corp dusting dem- onstration by the Zigler Corp. with Jeff Hooper of Abilene as pilot. p.m. Tentative schedule of demonstration by Maj. Chuck Yeager of Muroc Air Base, Calif., first man to fly faster than sound. p.m. Arrival of Pioneer Air Lines flight 4 p.m. Grand finale; acrobat- ic show by Bevo Howard. PRIVATE Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis) holds a hand over his microphone as he has a private word with Roy Cohn during testimony by Maj. Gen. Miles Reber. BUSINESS AS USUAL Interest in Hearing Not Up to Kef Oliver :By THE ASSOCIATED; PRESS Public interest in televised ses- sions of the McCarthy-Army.hcaiv ings apparently lagggdjfarlttfflSd the enthusiasm that ness and left household chores un- done during the 1951 Kefauver crime hearings. From city after city, where daily routines were stalled by the crime hearings, came reports that busi- ness was normal during the Wash- ington hearings yesterday. However, television industry of- ficials still figured the audience was vast. It was potentially much greater than the one three years ago because of substantial expan- sion of TV broadcasting and num- ber of sets since then. Most reports agreed with one Reds Demand Geneva Become 'Big 5' Meet PARIS and the Big Three western powers fought an- other round today over whether Red China will sit at Geneva as their equal, making the Asian parley in effect a Big Five con- ference. The Russians demanded anew, in notes delivered to Washington, London and Paris yesterday, that WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES MORE gains in the post year arc reported by 35 of 55 West Texas banks. Page 2-A. BACK HOME The Abilene Blue Sox open o six-day home stand tonight. Page 6-A. SAD give a 10-year-old Abilene boy o maxi- mum of three more years to live. Page 1-B. LEARN-TO-SW1M Tne Re- porter-News' annual summer leam-to-swim program begins July 12. Page 1-B. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER ftCREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly Cloudy Friday. Friday night and Saturday; hlgb Friday K: low Friday night 65: high Saturday about n: widely scattered show- ers Friday. KORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and -warm this afternoon and to- night and Saturday, with widely scattered thundersbowers. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this af- ternoon, tonight and Saturday with widely scattered afteraoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. TEMPERATURES Thuri. P.IC. Prl. A.M. JJO 63 67 M 83 82 83............ 82 .....i....... 75 TO Sunset 'last' night 7; 13 'p.mY Sunrise to- day a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. reading at p.m. Zt.U. Relative humidity at p.m. Maximum temperature for the M ended at a.m.: 72. Ktetmam temperature toe the M kMn at the Peiping regime he given equal status with Russia, the United States, Britain and France at Geneva. As emphatically as in the past, the United States, Britain and France' replied that Red China would not sit as an equal in that consideration of how to achieve peace in Korea and Indochina. In the reply note, the Western powers said they were united in the view that the agreement reached at the Big Four foreign ministers conference in Berlin last February provided that China was to have only the status of other powers invited by the Big Four to the conference, and specifically that the invitation did not amount to recognition of Communist China. French Foreign Office sources immediately indicated they felt the new Russian note would not post- pone the opening of the Geneva talks, now scheduled for Monday. The French said the Russian com- munication does not necessarily require an answer since it merely restates a previous Soviet position. The Western Powers contend that Russian Foreign Minister Mo- lotov agreed at Berlin that Com- munist China was only "invited" to the Geneva meeting, and was not one of the major convening powers. The communique issued at the end of the Berlin meeting specified that Red China's attend- ance at Geneva would not consti- tute diplomatic recognition of Pei- Ping. The latest Russian move became known as the foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Alliance met in Paris for a confidential preview of the Western Big Three's strategy plans for Geneva. from Providence, R. saying yesterday's hearings had nowhere near the popular appeal of the Ke- fattver sessions. Business Normal Store owners there reported busi- ness was normal and some bars didn't even have the hearings turned on. Where sets were turned to the Washington sessions, there was nothing like the mobs that gathered daily to watch the crime committee. The strongest reaction was re- ported in Cleveland, where Euclid Avenue merchants noticed