Abilene Reporter News, April 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, WARM Abilene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXIII, No. 312 Associated Pnu fAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL-24, PAGES PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY IOC Soviet Recoils Envoys MOSCOW Soviet Union has severed its diplomatic rela- tions with Australia because of that country's refusal to hand back its fugitive envoy in Can- berra, Vladimir Petrov, as an em- bezzler and swindler. In a note handed yesterday to Australian Charge d'Affaires Brian Hill in Moscow, the Rus- sians accused Australia's govern- ment or a "large-scale campaign of slander" in its allegations that Petrov fled his post as third sec- retary in the Soviet Embassy at Canberra and handed over a mass of documents said to have ex- posed a Communist spy ring. It demanded that Hill, top-rank- Ing Australian envoy to the Krem- lin, leave with the five-member embassy staff immediately. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told Hill the Russians wanted the staff moved out in two or three days. To Close Embassy At the same time the Russians recalled Ambassador Nikolai E. Generalov from Australia and an- nounced the embassy there would be closed. (In Canberra, the big Soviet Em- bassy staff was busy today burn- ing documents and books in a huge bonfire in its fenced-in yard. There was no indication exactly when the Russians would leave Austral- In addition to repeating the" So- viet demand for the arrest of Pet- rov on charges of swindling and embezzling Russian embassy funds the note accused the Australian government of kidnaping Mrs. Petrov, who the Australians say was granted political asylum with her husband. Kept in Secret Australia already had rejected the demand for the return of Pet- rov when it was made earlier by Generalov, and kept Mm in a se- cret hiding place. Mrs. Petrov was reunited with him after a tumul- tuous incident in which she was taken from a plane at Darwin just as she was about to depart with Soviet agents for Moscow. In that Sonet note charged, "Australian police used violence against the second secre- tary of the embassy jected the, Soviet diplomatic cour- to forcible search with the use of physical violence." The two couriers had been dis- armed by the Australian police at Darwin after the Russians tried to bar authorities from talking to Mrs. Petrov. Just Before Geneva Moscow Radio's announcement of. the note was the first the .So- viet public had been told of the Petrov case.. It came just before the opening Monday of the Geneva Conference Far East, at which Russia and Australia will be represented. Gromyko had read the contents the note to Hill in Russian and then they were translated. After Hill's call'to the Soviet foreign office, he said: "It is not easy to vacate an embassy at such short notice. It is going to be very diffi- cult for me." The Australian diplomat immed- iately informed British Ambassa- dor Sir William Hayter, who is expected to take over responsibil- ity for Australian affairs in.the Soviet Union. 3 Persons Injured As Aufo Overturns Three persons were injured, none believed critically, at a. m. Saturday when an automobile ran off U. S. Highway 80 and overturned about eight miles east of Abilene. Admitted to Hendrick Memorial Hospital were Cleveland Arm: stead, 22; his wife, Perdall Arm- stead, 21, and Ray Freeman, 21. The Armsteads' 3-month-old baby, only other passenger in the car, was not hurt. Both men are soldiers, station- ed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Highway Patrolman G. G. Fitz- hngh, who investigated the wreck, said the car ran off the highway and overturned at a culvert. The car appeared badly damaged. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINIT? Mostly f air and warm Saturday and Saturday night. Partly cloudy and warm Sunday. Possible aeattered showers or thundershowers Sat- urday afternoon and Sunday. High Satur- day near 15, low 65; hlgh'Sunday near 85. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloud; and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight f.nd Sunday with widely afternoon ar.d evening showers Mid thunderstorms. ____ EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. TEMPERATURES fa, P.M. Sat. A.M. 71 K to so 65 It 63 71 .....i...... 77............. 71 73 71 70 H Hlfh and low temperatures for H hours at a.m. si and 63. Barometer reading at a.m. MMlta humUBy at a.m. CAROLINA DEP MOTORCYCLE HITS motorcycle with side car hits women and children as it plunged into a farmers festival crowd in Fairmont, N.C. Two clowning Shriners left the machine to bow to the reviewing stand. It lunged forward, gathering speed and careened into the crowd, in- juring five. Airport Dedication Show Pilots Arrive Pilots who will participate in the dedication show at the new Abilene Municipal Airport were scheduled to begin arriving here this morn- ing. The dedica'tion ceremonies will be held with a breakfast for'pilpts. C- The dedication win be held. Sun- day afternoon, j U. (JG) W. T. Blakney anditt. (JG) Nicholas Castriicclo to land at the "airport at Jl In a Naval trainer and; to fet-jnet by a, .group .from the Abi- lene Chamber of. Commerce Avia- tion Committee. Both men are graduates of the IT. S. Naval Acad- emy and are stationed at the Naval Auxiliary Training Station in Kingsvffle. Blakney is the son of W. L. Blakney, district manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. here. A 1912 model Curtiss pusher- type plane already has arrived at the airport, but its builder, Billy Tracy Smith, 57, Dies Here Tracy .Smith, 57, of 842 Peach St., died at a.m. Saturday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Mr. Smith was produce man- ager at the Safeway Store on But- ternut St., arid had been with the company for 10 years. He had been fll since January, and his condition had been 'serious for about two weeks. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Kiker-Warren Chapel, with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Horace Justice, E. E. Caudle, Bobby Morgan, Travis McCraw, G. R. Osborne, and Bert Hamil- ton. Mr. Smith was born March 26, 1897, in Garrison, Tex. He moVed to Abilene in and that year married Miss Willie Neel of Elmdale. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. A veteran World War I, Mr. Smith served in the St Mihiei drive and at Meuse-Argonne in France. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Troy Roberts and Mrs. J. A. Mann, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Kenneth Frost of Gra- ham; one son, James of Abilene; three brothers, Bob, Allen and George, all of San Antonio, and three grandchildren. Parker, will be unable to attend the dedication. Parker, aviation sales manager of the Pb-Uips Petrol eum Co. at Bartlesville. Okla., shipped the plane to Abilene. Air Force Maj. Charles E. Yeag- er, the first man to fly faster than sound, was to arrive at a.m. today, flying a F-86 Sabre jet from Edwards AFB, Calif. 4 Final arrangements to handle the-crowd at the show were com- pleted "Saturday. morning. Paul Taylor "County Red Cross 'Chapter chairman, said a first aid station' will be set lip in the ad- ministration bunding. Fire Chief C. Musick, county first aid chairman, will be in charge. Assistant Fire Chief G. I. Pow- ell said three radio equipped fire trucks will be on hand for emer- gencies, with 10 firemen on duty. Members of the National Guard will assist in parking cars and will take part in a flag ceremony. The Marine Corps will furnish guards. Regular Navy men sta- tioned at the Reserve unit here will assist in the open house at the U. S. Weather Bureau. City police and State Highway patrol- men wfll oversee direction of traf- fic. Volunteers from the Air Force Reserve also will assist in various phases of the dedication. Roosevelt Hits Wife's Actions PASADENA, Calif. (Si James Roosevelt says his estranged wife included the "infidelities letter" with her separate maintenance suit put of spite. The late President's eldest son, a congressional candidate, filed a memorandum in court yesterday that said "inclusion of the letter can only be 'Construed as a delib- erate act designed to cause great notoriety and publicity with- out regard to the harmful effects on the children and others." .The memorandum refers to Mrs. Romelle Roosevelt's answer to her husband's motion to strike the let- ter from the suit. The motion will be argued next Friday in Superior Court The letter concerned was signed by Roosevelt and dated Feb. 27, It lists infidelities with nine women, with names, places and approximate times. Roosevelt, denying misconduct, has said he signed the letter to avert a divorce suit. French Counterattack For Captured Outpost PUBLIC AT HEART Hollydoy Attacks Official's Charges WASHINGTON Bt Guy T. O. weren't deceived or defrauded. Hollyday, recently ousted as fed-! They just giving the stuff eral housing commissioner, has away." ..t _ The government's chief prosecu- taken issue with a top Justice De- tor g8ve senators a picture ot partment official's charge that smooth-talking salesmen who in- FHA felt no responsibility for unsuspecting householders to tecting home owners from preying is'8n repair contracts "and even a completion certificate before the repair salesmen. Hollyday told the Senate Banking job is thus permitting these "city slickers" to collect Committee yesterday that FHA their money and depart, sometimes was "greatly concerned" over the without even doing the promised welfare of home owners who use government-insured loans to refur- nish their houses. Warren Olney HI, an assistant attorney general in charge of crim- inal prosecutions, had testified earlier in the day that FHA did not regard Itself as a public service agency and that its officials quently described themselves as being in partnership with lenders and promoters." Furthermore, said Olney, "they think they have no responsibility for victims of these swindles that they can wash their hands of all the responsibilities as long as the government's financial liability is protected." Hollyday's White House-request- ed resignation nearly two weeks ago was accompanied by allega- tions of widespread irregularities in the FHA's program of insuring loans for home repair and charges that some apartment house build- ers pocketed many millions of dol- lars by obtaining government-gua- ranteed loans bigger than their con- struction costs. Hollyday himself was not accused of wrongdoing, but ra'tEef of failing to act-vigorously enough against the reported abuses. A shafceup in FHA's top echelon, which began with Hollyday's de- parture after a year in office, con- tinued yesterday as Acting FHA Commissioner Norman P. Mason announced acceptance of the resig- nation of Howard M. Murphy, asso- ciate general counsel of the agency. Murphy as the. sixth offi- cial to leave office in the shakeup. He is to appear next week at the Banking Committee investigation. Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday voted the committee to fi- nance its probe into the housing scandals. Olney was highly critical of the FHA attitude toward conditions in the apartment housing financing expired and the home repair loan program, which still is going on. He said the Justice Department looked into specific cases of apart- ment house profiteering in search of evidence for possible fraud pros- ecution. But, said Olney, prosecu- tion is not possible because: "We can't prove that the federal government was defrauded in the face of FHA's statements that they work. Home owners nevertheless had to pay off the loan, he said. Olney disclosed that under Presi- dent Eisenhower's orders, the FBI has gone looking for bands of these salesmen, who often move from city to cits'. Hollyday, a Baltimore mortgage banker, had appeared early in the committee's Investigation and he, _, returned to the witness chair after] sitoon. The new missile can use an atomic or conventional Olney stepped down. Finals of Rolan Rodeo Set Tonight ROTAN, April 24.-The second and final performance of Rotan's fifth annual Junior Rodeo will be- gin at 8 p. m. tonight at the Ro- tan Roping Club grounds. An overflow crowd of per- sons attended the opening show Friday night after a downtown parade was staged during the aft- ernoon. Contestants are entered from Snyder, Sweetwater, Roby, Asper- mont, Jayton, Clairemont, San An- gelo, BaUinger, Haskell, and Rotan.. Girard 'CORPORAL' LIMBERS Barren H. Evans, Dalton, Ga., elevates the a guided missile, into firing po- sition. The new type war-head. Court to Dismiss 'Indirect' Testimony Against Dickenson WASHINGTON Ifl-The. Army's, case against Cpl. Edward S. Dick- enson appeared today to be hang- ing on. the ability of the prose- cution to prove direct links be- tween Dickenson and men he is accused of having informed against while a prisoner of war in Korea.'- The court is on record as saying it wfli throw out all testimony which can not be tied in directly with Dickenson. The fifth day of Dickenson's court-martial recessed'late yester- day. Dickenson, 23, of Cracker's Neck, Va., is accused of squealing on his pals and collaborating with the Communists while a POW in Korea. A principal prosecution witness, Edward M. Gaither of Philadel- phia, took the stand yesterday for more than an hour. The witness, who glowered fiercely at Dicken- son, said he was "out to get" the defendant. One of the specific counts against Dickenson charges that stool pigeon activities on his part led to prolonged beatings of Gai- ther by the Reds. Gaither, a short, wiry fellow with tousled hair, told the eight- member court-martial he was beaten and put before a mock fir- ing squad several days after he had told Dickenson of his escape plans. At one point in his testimony, Gaither leaned forward from the witness chair and snapped at Dickenson: "Don't you like Dickenson displayed no emotion. Much of the testimony revolved around an air panel which Gaither said he had made for an escape effort. The panel, about five feet wide, was a strip of blue cloth which was to be laid on the ground in hopes that U.S. planes sociates made their escape from the camp along the Yalu River but were recaptured shortly-after daybreak the next morning. The three Obroff of Wheelwright, Ky., Virgil Ruther- ford of Tulsa, Okla.. and Martin Christensen of Hammond, corroborated this story. Obroff testified he and the oth- ers all were questioned but that Dickenson was questioned first Obroff said Dickenson later told him he had described their escape effort to the Chinese. The witness quoted Dickenson as telling him: "I had to tell them. They put a gun to my head and forced me." Gaither told the court that sev- eral days later, Chinese guards walked to the place where he had hidden his air panel and confis- cated it. Under cross-examination, would spot it. Gaither said Dickenson and three buddies also were planning an escape and that he showed Dickenson his air panel so Dick- enson could make one himself. The following night, Gaither said, Dickenson and his three as- Farmer Loans Urged WASHINGTON, April 24 Welker (TWdahoi and Rep. Mc- Intire (H-Maine) urged approval today of legislation to make 15 mil- lion dollars available for emergen- cy loans to farmers and stockmen who cannot obtain other credit. aaither said "seven or eight" oth- Rebels Grab Vila! Corner In Northwest HANOI, Indochina The French hurled powerful counter- attacks today at the Communist-led Vietminh in the vital northwest corner outpost the rebels had newly captured in their drive to the heart of Dien Bien Phu. A French Army spokesman said the defenders of the fortress had not succeeded in dislodging the deeply entrenched rebels from their grip on the whole northern half of the fortress' main airstrip. But he said the counterattack had given the French some added breathing space in which to estab- lish a new defense line of trenches and fortifications. Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries, heroic commander of the bitterly contested fortress, launched his counterassaults in an effort to snatch, back the outpost captured yesterday by the Vietminh in a day of furious hand-to-hand fighting. Claim Heavy Losses But the Vietminh threw in over- whelming numbers of troops' and De Castries was forced to call back the main body of his forces to the heart of the fortress. The French claimed the enemy suffered heavy losses In today's fighting. ers besides Dickenson knew where Two Vietminh battalions number- ing about men were said by the French to have been hit se- it was. Gaither said he was taken to headquarters and severely beaten. On three occasions, he." said, the Chinese put him before mock fir- ing squads in an effort to get more 'information oh' the escape. He said he refused. At one point, Gaither said, the Chinese guards told him they would let him go If he "did like Dickenson did." The witness did not elaborate on this point. Diekenson's lawyer moved to strike all of Gaither's testimony as having no direct connection with this case. The court said it would make no decision on the motion for the time being since the prosecution had not yet com- pleted Its case. The prosecution in- dicated it would finish Monday. H-SU Rodeo Finals Scheduled Tonight; Cowboys Lead Field Hardin Simmons University's Cowboys were leading the field Friday night as. the first go-around ended at the eighth annual H-SU Intercollegiate Rodeo. Next performance will be staked at p.m. today, with the final show at 8 o'clock tonight. The H-SU team took two first places, and placed third in three events to go out front with 140 points. Trailing is Sul Ross Col- lege with 130, Oklahoma with 120, and Sam Houston State College with 110. Buck McGonagill of Sul Ross and Clyde Martin of Sam Houston are leading-.the all-around champion cowboy race, each with 70 points: Behind them are David Rushing of H-SU and Dick Barret, former H-SU team member now of Okla- homa AJtM. First go-round results follow: BAREBACK BRONC RIDING: (1) Clyde Martin, SHSTC; (2) Tex Martin, Sul Ross; (3) David Rush- ing, H-SU; (4) Bfll Johnson SHS- TC. CALF ROPING Lee Cockrell, H-SU, 11.7 seconds; Dick Barrett, Okla. 12.6 seconds; Bill Teague, H-SU, 12.7 seconds; Mel Potter, U. of Ariz., 14.1 seconds. SADDLE BRONC RIDING Joe Chase. Okla., (2) Tex Martin, SR; (3) Clyde Martin, SH- STC; (4) Don Fedderson, Okla. BULLDOGGING Bobby Ran- kin, Tex, 3.2 seconds; Dick Barrett, Okla. 6 seconds Lowie Rice, Tex. 7 seconds; Dale Beckham, Okla. 7.2 sec- onds. RIBBON ROPING Buck Mc- Gonagill, SR, 12.1 seconds; Jack Bridges. TCU, 13.4 seconds; Bill Teague, H-SU, 14 seconds; Joe Thorp, Texas Tech, 14.2 seconds. BULLRIDING (1) David Rushing, H-SU; (2) Buck McGona- gill, SHSTC; (3) George Wheatleas- ley, SHSTC; (4) Clyde Martin, SHSTC. GIRL'S GOAT TYING Mary Ann Parris, Tech, 15.3 seconds; Amy McGilvary, TCU, 15.7 sec- onds; Beverly, Thorn, SR, 16 sec- onds; Charlotte Martin, SR, 17 sec- onds. GIRL'S BARREL RACE Amy McGilvary, TCU, 21 seconds; Becky Joe Smith, seconds; Mil- dred Cotfon, SR, 22.3 seconds; Bev- erly Thorn, SR, 22.5 seconds. Phone Record Seizure Still Unsettled WASHINGTON W Sen. Mundt (R-SD) said today the Senate in- vestigating subcommittee may have to rewrite what he called its "fuzzy" order for seizure of rec- ords on telephone calls in the Mc- Carthy-Army officials' dispute. With the subcommittee's national televised hearings in recess until Monday, Mundt said in an inter- view there is some doubt about the legality of making public tran- scripts of monitored conversations without the consent of both parties. "If this matter gets into the courts, we don't want the whole investigation to go down the drain because of a legal he declared. The South Dakota senator is act- ing as subcommittee chairman dur- ing the Inquiry.- :Sen.i McCarthy the regular chairman, has stepped off the subcommittee but retains the does the Army question witnesses. In session, tht tubcom- mittee's four Republican, and three Democrats voted yesterday to sub- poena "all all docu- ments, all notes of monitored con- versations as between parties in this controversy and all others that are relevant... if they are found to' be material and relevant to the issues this committee is now considering." The unanimous vote came after McCarthy threw the hearing into an uproar with a charge that the transcribing of a Nov. 7, 1953 tele- phone conversation he had with Secretary of the Army Stevens was "completely improper indecent and illegal under the laws" because he knew nothing of the action at the time. Stevens has charged McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy M. Conn, sought special treatment for drafted former committee aide, G. David) Schine. McCarthy his re- plied that 'Stevens and his aides to subcommittee into" dropping its investigation of alleged Communists in the Army. Both sides' have denied the others' charges, and the subcom- mittee probe is aimed at getting to the bottom of the maze of ac- cusations and denials. McCarthy demanded yesterday that 'all records of telephone con- versations b'e obtained by the com- mittee. Joseph N. Welch, counsel for Stevens and other Army offi- cials, announced bis clients would consent, saying "nothing would de- light the Army more." McCarthy said he would agree only if every transcript were made public, 'adding that he wasn't going to allow anyboJy who might not be a principal in th: hearing to refuse consent and thus keep conversation secret. In Milwaukee, where McCarthy flew after the hearing to pair of speeches today, the senator said further that he wants: the Army telephone transcripts in'tht record because, he said, they would show efforts to get his investigators to lay off the Army. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel, told the subcommittee it might be violating the Federal Communica- tions Act if it spread on the record any conversation where one of the two persons involved didn't consent to that action. He said committee members were taking "the'chance of getting in Jail." This squared with the opinion of government attorneys familiar with the communications law, who said that while monitoring a phone call itself was not Illegal the con- versation cannot be lawfully made public without consent ot the party at the other end of the line. Mundt said he sure tbe sub- committee would have to have an executive session next week "to rephrase, refine or at least inter- pret" the seizure motion, -authored McClellan He told newsmen the second part. of tht motion, rtUUhg to tbt In- troduction of the records subpoe- naed was "kind of fuzzy." Mundt said It is his opinion the committee has only the consent, "without of Stevens H. Struve Hehsel, assistant secre- tary of defense and John Adams, Army counselor, to the admission of such evidence. Presumably a number of other persons could be involved in phone calls connected with the case. As for McCarthy, Mundt said the Wisconsin senator had made "the significant qualification" that he would consent only if all such con- versations considered relevant by the subcommittee were introduced. Mundt said the subcommittee would start by subpoenaing all the documents called for In Mc- Clellan's motion. Then, he said, the documents will be screened to de- termine whether they pertain to the inquiry. Mundt said that if anybody should refuse to permit a moni- tored, convtrsatlon ot his to to In- troduced, "we would be in a fix." He said one such objection might block the introduction of 100 or so if McCarthy insisted that all or none be admitted. The Committee acted on the seizure order after John J. Lucas Jr., Stevens' appointment clerk, testified he had monitored tbe Nov. 7 conversation between Mc- Carthy and Stevens in shorthand, had "dropped" a few words of one McCarthy sentence, but got the full meaning of the remarks. The hassle over procedure kept the almost word for word transcript on the Nov. 7 call out of the record yesterday. But Stevens, recounting the conversation, said McCarthy told him that "one the few things he had trouble with Mr. Conn was about David Schine." Stevens quoted McCarthy as say- Ing: "Roy thinks that Dave ought to bt a general and operate from a ptBttaiM on WtUort verely" by raking fire from tanks and artillery inside Dien Bien Phu's shrinking perimeter. Meanwhile, there -was specula- tion that loyal forces marching northward from. the. Indochihese on their way to tfy to relieve1 fire7 pressure against the completely encircled fortress. French-Laotian troops- were re- ported to have reached the curve of the Nam Ou river about 18 miles south of beleagured Dien Bien Phu. But the French Army sources here would not disclose the objective of this northward movement from the Laotian royal capital at Luang Prabang. Vietminh Pauses The French counterattack inside the fortress came after the Viet- minh took time out to consolidate their newly won positions in the north corner. The French communique said tht defenders had a "calm night" after a bloody day of band-to-hand fight- Ing yesterday in which the Commu- nist-led rebels captured a vital out- post comprising the northern half of the main airstrip of the fortress. A heavy mist hung over the bat- tered fortress today. The French hoped for clearing weather before noon to permit new waves of bomb- ers and fighters to blast at the enemy. The attackers had diced through thick mazes of barbed wire and overwhelmed a third French out- post on the northwest rim yester- day. Savage counterattacks failed to stem the drive. Swamp of Mud Monsoon rains the past week turned the bowl-shaped Dien Bien Phu battlefield Into a swamp of red mud. hampering French war- planes and bogging down field armament. The French defenses still intact covered an area less than a mile across last night. This was a tiny target for planes that must para- chute in all food and war supplies. The plight of the weary defenders was considered especially acute be- cause aU escape routes from'the remote mountain position have been blocked by the encircling Vietminh masses. The first of a new contingent of oaratrooper reinforcements from France arrived at a secret Viet Nam air base yesterday, u. S. Air Force Globemasters ferried the troops on a three-day. flight which skirted India. The French News Agency said in a dispatch from Saigon more landed to Indochina today. lOOOHiflhkhooi Seniors H-SU Guests About seniors from 100 West Texas and New Mexico high schools registered Saturday mom- Ing for Hardin Simmons Univer- sity's annual Senior Day. Dr. Evan A. Relff welcomed the students at a program Saturday morning. The H-SU symphonic band, oppella choir and Cow- boy baad. entertained. Following a barbecue at MOD, One students >ere scheduled to tear the university dorms, cUtt- rooms and library. At thty were to gutsti at annual H-SU radto. X ;

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