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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               SCATTERED SHOWERS "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ___ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING. APRIL 29, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS iumrisfii i ii i __ EVEJVUVG FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc u. s. w t ASKED SLOWDOWN Stevens Feared Probe's Injustice Monette of North Adams, Mass., asks his "mother" for the week, Mrs. Stanley J. Wiggins, 874 Cypress St. Victor was host to Stan Wiggins Abilene High School senior, while Stan was at North Adams on the' exchange student program last fall, and will spend his week as a guest in the Wiggins home. See story and picture page 1-B. (Staff photo by David Barros) WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES ABANDON advisory committee urges soon- est possible obandonment of Lamar Elementary Page IB. NEW HOSPITAL St. Ann Hospital Foundation, pur- chases site" in south-- west city -for new 100- bed Page 5B. WATER, WATER Divers search for stopped up Oak Creek reservoir line that threat- ens Bronte's svater See Page 2A. Million Seen For Abilene AFB About miliipn-in constriietiqi at. Abilene .Air. Force Base" will authorized if legislation cow'before the House oi Repre- sentatives is enacted into law. This figure was provided Thurs day morning by Lt. Col. Jack Brown, Eighth Air Force liaison officer at the air base here. The newest amount Voccine Arrives; Tests Begin May 5 reached Abilene Thursday morning. Vaccinations will Twenty-iive hundred cubic cen- timeters of polio vaccine by airplane begin for 200 second-graders in Taylor Coun- ty schools Wednesday. W. W. Clarkson, senior sanitar- ian at the health unit, said the amount received will be adequate for the first two shots to be giv- en second graders. The vaccine was flown in a Pi- oneer Air Lines plane to Abilene from Austin. Upon arrival here, the vaccine was placed under re- frigeration at the health unit. Second graders will receive a total of .three shots. Vaccine for the third and final booster shots will arrive later, Clarkson said. The booster shots are to be given five weeks alter the first shots. Unless requested by or guardians, no child may partici- pate in the tests. Request forms have been distributed to children in the first three grades of school. Parents should return the forms as quickly as possible, it was urged by Dr. A. G. Arrant, medi- cal director, and J. C. Hunter, Jr., chairman for the Taylor County trials. More than children are in the second grades of public, pri- vate and parochial schools in Tay- lor County. The tests may not be made at any school where a second grad- er has developed paralytic polio within two weeks prior to the date of the tests. First and third graders will not receive vaccine shots, but records will be kept of them to provide a basis for comparing the effective- ness of the vaccine. A special advisory committee consisting of Hunter, Dr. A. G. Arrant, George Hine Jr., public in- formation director, and officials of the local health office, set the May 5 date for the start of the trials after learning the vaccine would arrive today; Full confidence in the safety of the trial polio vaccine, which will be given to second graders in Abilene and Taylor County, was expressed by members of the committee. The second shot of the vaccine will be given seven days after the first shot, and the third shot will come 28 days after the second shot, Dr. Arrant said. Physicians, headed by Dr. Ar- rant, and volunteering through the local medical society, will give the trial vaccine, assisted by nurses who also volunteered. "authorized "Wettaesday by -the "House .Armed Services Com- mittee "for' the 'fisciV year which ;begins July .1.; Previously Had authorized by Congress for the 1953-54 fiscal year. Of this amount, the Corps of Engineers had under contract as of Thurs- day, Brown waid. The House Armed Services Com- mittee bSi- now goes to the entire House for approval. A House Appropriations Com- mittee bill (a separate bill than the one passed Wednesday! mil be the next step in getting the actual cash appropriated. No action has been taken on this actual appro- priations bill yet. Authorization is the initial step in a federal appropriation. The au- thorization enables the Defense De- partment to plan construction. The appropriation enables it to let the contract. Brown said the status of the million plus for the 1953-54 year is that this money has been turned over by Congress to the Air Force's agent (Corps of Engineers) as "authorized obligations." Congress need take no' further action on this money, Brown said. Rep. Omar Burleson, Anson, said n Washington Wednesday that the new million plus will be spent as follows: Pavements and fuel storage, communications and navi- gational facilities, operational fa- cilities, aircraft maintenance fa- cilities, training facilities and troop lousing, utilities 000; real estate (land acquisition) WASHINGTON of the Army Stevens testified today he was apprehensive the Ft. Mon- mouth, N.J., commander was moving too fast against alleged security risks last October. He said it was "entirely possible" the com- mander, Maj. Gen. Kirke G. Law- ton, had been asked to withdraw some suspensions. Stevens had been confronted at the McCarthy-Army hearings with a statement by Lawton that Army Counselor John G. Adams tele- phoned him early in November urging him to "dismiss certain security cases" at radar research center. In a dramatic development, Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations subcommit- tee, produced the memorandum, "not two hours saying Lawton had dictated it in Jenkins' pres- ence. The memo was handwritten in ink. Jenkins said Captl Joseph E. Corr Jr., aide to Lawton, had taken down the general's state- ment. Jenkins termed the memo of vital importance to the contention by Sen. denied by Stevens Stevens sought to stop the senator's investigation of alleged subversive activities counsel isgncluctei 1 ammering .cross-examina- such1 a _ _ lioa of Stevens .that Joseph -N- Welch, special counsel to the sec- retary, protested Jenkins was going-at it as if it were a "mur- der trial." Stevens swore that he had no recollection of the purported tele- phone conversation between Adams and Lawton. But Stevens said it could be "en- tirely it was "con- had told Adams he had better call Gen. Lawton. Stevens said he did recall that last Oct. 31. he had talked to Gen. George I. Back, chief signal offi- cer, and told him he wanted the Army's commanding generals to exercise "careful and good judg- ment" in carrying out the govern- ment's program to weed out securi- ty risks. The secretary said he told Back he did not want the removal of employes at Ft. Monmouth to be done so rapidly that people would be suspended without sufficient evidence to support the action. PROBING Gen. Brownell said last night the auto industry is' being investi- gated for possible antitrust vio- lations. The concentration of business in General Motors and Ford is main cause of the in- quiry- Congress Decides That, He Explains WASHINGTON UB-President E senhower declared anew today tha the United States is not going get into any war in Indochina un less Congress declares it. However, the President told news conference that a propose in Congress to forbid the sendin of American troops to Indochina or any other place in the worl without prior congressional ap proval, could not fail to damaj his flexibility in handling the siti ation. The President was asked for hi evaluation of the possibility o American combat forces having t be sent to Indochina. He replied that he already has ex pressed his views on that matte rather emphatically. At a news conference about nonth ago, he recalled, he saic Jie United States would not get in o a war except through constitu tional processes. Alert Given For Tornado The Abilene area was included hi a tornado alert applying to a wide; .West Texas area from i p m pal Airport said.' :bj; New Orleans. weathermen after an "instability; line" extending from' Big Spring through West Texas and diagonally through Oklahoma developed. Scattered tornadoes are likel within 50 miles of. either 'side d tie line. the instability OirieVwere moving fronts, one west of Abflen at noon and the other in the Pan Abilene .weathermen forecas thundershowers area. for the Abilene Ex-Convict Charged Here In Sunbeam Holdup George Thomas Firth, 30-year-1 Jack Eppler in conversation on th Id ex-convict now in iail at other side nf rfm-p storage facilities, personnel facil- ties, administration and shop fa- cilities, and miscellane- ous facilities, Burleson said a more detailed of how the money would be spent was unobtainable as the Department of Tefense has the information classifit China's Policy His Too, Soviet Says GENEVA W) Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov told the Geneva conference today he agrees entirely with the Asia-for-Asians declaration of Chinese Communist Foreign Minister Chou En-lai. Molotov, in his first policy speech before the I9-nation confer- ence, said a peaceful solution of the Korean problem can be found if the delegates proceed "from the principle that the peoples of Asia have the full right to settle their affairs themselves." "Other states, the participants of the Geneva he said, "are called upon to assist the Asian peoples in this respect by their friendly efforts." Molotov spoke after Australian foreign Minister Richard G, Casey told the conference some United Nations loops may have to remain in Korea until the divided peninsu- la is unified under a Democratic government. Many diplomats here are convinced this may never hap- least not in the near future. Outside the conference hall, a French source reported talks be- tween Russia and-France for a truce at Dien Bien Phu to permit evacuation of French Union wound- ed have virtually collapsed. Informants said Molotov and French, Foreign Minister Georges Bidault exchanged heated words at a dinner last night, with the Soviet diplomat expressing sur- prise that Bidault had injected the truce question into a discussion of what parties should participate in settlement of the Indochinese ques- tion. Bidault replied that he was just as surprised that the Russians had violated confidences by disclosing his request without notifying the French beforehand. Molotov said he did so to counteract what he called tendentious articles in the world press. The Russians re- peated that a tnice should be ar- ranged here; the French said it should be done'by field command- ers in Indochina; neither tide would budge and there the matter rests, with no further meetings on schedule. old ex-convict now in jail at Fort Worth, was charged here Thursday morning with armec robbers'. City Det. Lt. George Sutton filed the complaint against Firth, charg- ing him with armed robbery of the Sunbeam Super Market at 1672 Pine St. last Feb. 10, in which was taken The complaint was one of two filed with Justice of the Peace Henry F. Long, to be returned to the 42nd District Court grand jury for investigation. One of the complaints 'charges Lee Tatum, now in jail at Albu- querque, N. M., of theft by bailee of a set of golf clubs valued at Foy Fanning, Municipal Golf Course manager, signed the com- plaint. The complaint against Firth was filed after R. H. Baber, employe of Sunbeam Super Market, iden- tified him in a Fort Worth police lineup Wednesday as being the man who was at the cash register at the time of the robbery. Firth later signed a written statement admitting the robbery. Bsber, Sutton and Texas Ranger Jim Paulk witnessed the state- ment. Judge Long set bond on com- plaint against Firth at Firth refused to identify his ac- complice in the robbery. Two men entered the supermar- ket at about p.m. Feb. 10. One went to the cash register and purchased a package of chewing gum and some cigarets while his accomplice engaged store owner other side of the store. After making his purchases, th man at the cash register Baber for a paper sack, then pullec. a gun on him and filled the sac with money, reported at He ordered Baber to walk to th car with him, so that other cus tomers in the store would not no tice anything wrong. The two men then got into th car and drove away. The car, a THE WEATHER U.3. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND YICINTTY Partis cloudy and continued warm Thursday after non. Thnrsday night and Ftiday; scatter ed thundershawers in the Thursday afternoon; low Thursday night 65-70; Mr Friday 90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly dandy this afternoon, tonight and Frida with showers and local thunderstorms mostly in east portion this afternoon. WEST TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy cooler in Panhandle this afternoon ant tonight and South Plains and upper Pew Valley eastward Friday. EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy through Erlday, becoming cooler Friday. SOUTH CENTRAL- TEXAS Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon and to- night, widely scattered thundershowers TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M. Thurs. A.M 1-30 a ...A....... 70 68 68 69 72 75 75 77 78 79 I5ht p.m. Sunrise today tonight p.m. Maximum temperature ftr the 24 ended at a.m.: 91. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 67. Barometer at p.m. 27.86. humidity at p.m.. 68 per 90 70 Sunset last a.m. tu SHE DRIVES IT FOR HELP Stith Woman Badly Hurt by Tractor MERKEL, April 29 A criti callv injured Stith woman was in Sadler Clinic here Thursday after driving half a mile for help on a tractor which had run over her. She is-Mrs. Walter Frailer, who was injured when she reached up to brush away a limb and fell from the rubber-tired tractor. The accident tooK place Thursday morning on, the Fratier place About tevtn mites northwst ef here. Her husband was away at the time. Mrs. Frazier got back on the tractor after being run over. She drove half a mile to the home of Donald Pratt. Another neighbor, Mrs. John Akins, took Mrs. Fraiier.to the hospital. At noon Mrs. Frazier's doctor said she was in condi- tion with "internal injuriw." 1952 Buick, was later found aban- doned in the rear parking lot of Hendrick Memorial Hospital, Sut- ton said. The Buick was reported stolen from an oil company in Shreve- port, La., on Feb. 5. Firth faces several federal charg- es of transporting a stolen vehicle across a state line under the Dyer Act, Sutton said. He is, being held by federal authorities in Fort Worth now. In a sjatement to police, Firth said he. drove to El Paso in a Cadillac after the Abilene stick-up, Sutton said. He would not name an accomplice in the holdup here. Firth, who has a long police re- cord in Texas and other states, and has served several penitentiary terms in Texas, was first arrested in Abilene in September, 1939, as a juvenile. Sutton said. Sutton did not think that Firth had ever maintained' residence here, however. He was arrested in Cisco, that same year, his record shows. Abijene Gels Priority on Creek Water Bequests for. priority of.--.wate lights on .Deiaman Cfeek -ail ani jjther 6ities were granted by th Stile Board of. Water Engineer In Austin Tuesday. Abilene City Manager Austin p Hancock and Marvin C. Nichols o the Fort Worth consulting engi neers firm of Freese and Nichols made, the presentation. Abilene was granted a six months priority on the flood wa ers' of Deadman Creek'by the ioard, Hancock said. Six-months priority on the flooc waters of Hubbard Creek was giv- en to the six cities of Abilene, Al- >any, Anson, Breckenridge, Mer kel, and Trent. The cities now have six months in which to start action on their espective projects, ask for an ex- ension of time, or abandon the rejects, Hancock said Abilene will probably be able to ubmit plans for the Deadman Creek project, before the six months rnns out, Hancock said. If the state board finds the Hub- ard Creek project feasible, the ities will probably take steps to orm a water district, he said. Hancock and Nichols presented he state board with certified cop- es of resolutions from the city ommissions or councils of the six ities authorizing their respective layers to request the priorities. Food Prices Down NEW YORK Wl-Wholesale food rices as measured by the Dim Bradstreet index declined slight- this week but remained near he all-time high of recorded our weeks ago. And that means, Eisenhower said, only through a declaration of war by Congress. He said this country has pro- vided technical assistance, money, and equipment to bolster the fight against communism in Indochina. That is as much as the present Foreign Assistance Law permits he added. So far as speculation on the fu- ture is concerned, the President said, he didn't want to do too much talking at this time. He noted the Geneva conference dealing with Indochina now is in session and said it would be inap- propriate for him to speculate un- der those circumstances. On other matters the President had this to say: The congressional campaign Eisenhower reiterated that he has no intention of engaging in state and local contests, but he said he does intend to get around the coun- try- to talk about his administra- tion's program. He predicted the overriding issue of the campaign will be whether the administration has made a record of accomplish- ment, he put it-Jias dilly- dallied along the way. The Oppenheimer case The: President said he always has had the greatest admiration for Dr. J. Robert J Qppenheimer from the standpoint of, his. professional and JaccorQp.lishnients, ,but that He say too much about his case while it is under investigation; Oppenheimer has been suspend-.' ed as an adviser to the vAtpmjcr Energy Commission arid barred' from access to atomic data pend- ng a hearing on whether he might >e a security risk. Farm de- clined to speculate on whether he might veto a farm bill which would continue mandatory government irice supports at 90 per cent of mrity on basic commodities. The administration wants to abandon igid price supports at the end of his year in favor of a flexible rogram which would permit sup- ports to be fixed according to whether it was desired to encour- ge or discourage production. Investigations by Sen. Williams President said he had uggested to Williams, when the enator called at the White House arlier this week, that he consult with other departments of the ex- cutive branch of the government egarding, certain inquiries WU- iams had in mind. Eisenhower aid he has great respect for Williams' quiet way of digging into things. Williams indicated after a recent Vhite House call that he had talked about federal housing scan- als, among other things. The housing why e accepted the resignation of Guy 0. Hollyday as federal housing dministrator; -the President re- :ied the whole matter is under nvestigalion with his approval so e feels he should not comment on at this time. Top seniors at Abilene High School look over their averages OK Thursday. Left to right, they are Dan Boyd, third with 95.5555; Valedictorian Claudette hbe 11, 96.5; JerrT Stringer, fourth JW-ttS- 95'0625; and Salutatorian   

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