Abilene Reporter News, May 3, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 03, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEAR, COOL Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 320 Auociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY lOc Rebels Halt Massive Attack on Fortress DEMOLISHED BY STORM Six persons were in the Otto Koerth home at La Bahia, 15 miles west of Brenham, when a tornado picked up the house, tore it in half, and threw one of the pieces end-over-end. The doors were blocked or high in the air, forcing the occupants.to escape by windows. Miraculously, no one was hurt seriously. Soviets Agree On Cease-Fire GENEVA UK East and West reached virtual agreement, today on the setting up of a peace con- ference to end the bloody fighting in Indochina. The Soviet Union agreed, French sources said, to a Western proposal that representatives of the Commu- nist-led Vietminh be invited to the conference by the Soviet Union in- stead of by Communist China. The Western Big Three foreign ministers and Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh of Viet Nam formally agreed to admit Vietminh representatives with the under- standing that this would not imply recognition of the Vietminh regime as a state. The Russians and the West al- ready had agreed that nine parties attend the Big Four, the Chinese Reds, the Vietminh and the three Associated States of Indochina, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. Smoothing out of the issue of Vietminh status came as the Ko- rean deadlock showed no sign of a break and some of the Western foreign ministers began heading for home. U. S. Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith assumed lead- ership of the American delegation as Secretary of State Dulles headed for Washington by plane. En route Dulles scheduled a stop at Milan to meet Italian Premier Mario Scelba for a talk on the stalemated European army treaty and Italy's wrangle Trieste. with Yugoslavia over Casey Leaves Too Australian Foreign Minister Rich- ard G. Casey also scheduled his departure for home today, to take part in his nation's coming parlia- mentary elections. Several other foreign ministers are expected to leave in the next week or two. The Soviet Union's V. M. Molotov was understood to have said he would be here two more weeks. Dulles' last appointment before his departure was a conference of the Western Big Three ministers with Viet Nam Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh on the pro- cedure for invitations to the Indo- china conference. North Korea's Pyongyang radio said Dulles' departure for home "proves how the United States is insincere for solution of the Korean problems." The broadcast said rth Korea would accept no other plan for Korean unification except its Foreign Minister Nam Il's dec- laration to the conference that all foreign troops must withdraw from the' peninsula and Korean-wide elections name a new government, without any foreign supervision of the vote. LUBBOCK HOTELS JAMMED VA Fraud Charge Dismissals Asked By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 3 Attorneys for defendants charged with fraud in connection with Veteran Admin- istration Musing loans in U. S. District Court here asked Monday morning that the indictments against than be' dismissed. In addition to motions for dis- missal, other motions sought a continuance and a severance of the case against Mrs. Virginia Clem- ents of Fort Worth. Her attorney, Tom Milam of Lubbock, told the court she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy and could1 not stand trial now. Davis Scarborough opened argu- ments on the motions for dismis- sal, basing his contention on a plea of the statute of limitations in the case of Curtis B. Richard- son. Bryan Bradbury followed stating that the position of his cli- ents is that "these defendants have not been put on notice with what they are charged and the indict- ments were void from the time they left the grand jury room." He argued that the indictments were invalid in that they failed to allege that any false statements made werS material. Milam also lollowed this line of argument, declaring "the courts failed to allege that there was any misrepresentation of material fact." DA To Answer U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore and his assistants, Warren C. Logan, Jr., and F. L. Hartman, were to present the government's ide on the motions at p.m londay. Defense attorneys indicated they rould have additional argumenl n these motions and offer other lotions after the noon recess. Lubbock hotels did a convention- ize business Sunday. The 45 defendants and 146 wit- esses who were subpoenaed by the overnment in the VA loan fraud ases filled downtown hotels and pilled over into tourist courts. One harassed room clerk saic he had "nearly run her legs off" ecause Sunday business isn't usu- lly this heavy and she was on uty alone. At.the Caprock Hotel uests had already been assigned o -suites and sample rooms be- ore 9 p.m. because all regular Bedrooms were occupied or re- erved. Civil Hearing First Judge Joseph B. Dooley of Ama- illo opened a four-week term of ourt Monday morning. Among the 45 persons indicted n charges of making false state- to the U. S. government in onnection with VA housing loans re 26 Abilenians. Four business irms facing indictments include ,bilene Savings Association. Of- icers of this association were among the Abilenians who arrived here late Sunday. Forty-eight of. the 146 govern- Senterfitt Quits Race AUSTIN WV-Agriculture Com- missioner John C. White and House Speaker Reuben Senterfitt took themselves out of the governor's race today. White announced he would seek re-election to the office he holds now. Senterfitt said in effect Gov. Allan Shivers' entry into the race for re-election had no influence on his decision not to run. White, the redheaded aggressive political novice who unseated the late J. E. McDonald from long tenure as agriculture commission- er several years ago, said he would file his application for a place on the July 2-! ballot for reelection later today. White some time ago he tfould not run for governor. Then he wavered as spokesmen for the liberal wing of the party in Texas brought new pressure to bear on him. Today he said the original decision would stand. White will be seeking his thirc .erm as commissioner of agricul- :ure. Earlier he had said' too many unsolved problems face Tex- as farmers and ranchers for him :o seek any other office. Senterfitt's statement said will not be a candidate for gover nor." "The ertry of any individual intc the race, or the failure of any in dividual to enter the race has no influenced my Senterfit said. Senterfitt said it had been his intention to make a vigorous rac for the office. "My plans were delayed by th long illness and death of my fa the San Saba legislator ex plained. "Later, my plans were again de layed by the special session. "I do not now have the tim necessary to present my candidac to the people." ment witnesses are from Abilene. More than this number have been called from Midland. The 13 indictments involving VA oans are in addition to the other ivil and criminal matters due to come before judge at this term of court. To take care of the heavy vol- ume of work, court attaches have been called from Abilene and Fort Worth. Dist. Atty, Heard Floore is here, with assistants F. L. Hart- man and Warren C. Logan, Jr. Two secretaries are here from Forth Army's Chief Denies Charge Of'Cover-Up' WASHINGTON UB-Secretary of the Army Stevens flared today "I'm not covering up anybody at any time" when Sen. McCarthy ;uggested someone in the Army vas "covering up" Communists. The clash came with Stevens in the witness chair on the eighth day Senate-hearings into the McCar- :hy-Army row. McCarthy was seek- ng to explore the case of Maj. Irving Peress, the Army dentist who got an honorable discharge despite refusal to sign loyalty papers. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations sub- committee, objected to McCarthy's line of questions. Jenkins said the present hearing must "steer clear" of the question of the loyalty of any individual who came under scruti- ny during McCarthy's inquiry into alleged subversive activities in the Army. Calls It 'Crucial' McCarthy argued it was a "cru- cial" matter and the "whole heart" of his controversy with Army of- ficials. He said Army officials cooper- ated in the investigation of individ ual Communist cases but threw up "every conceivable obstacle" when the committee moved into what McCarthy called the "far more im portant" field of who was respon sible for putting up a "protectivi cover" over Communists. McCarthy said Army officials threatened "smear r e p o r t s1 against his investigating commi tee staff when the committee'press ed.for the names of those respon sible for "protecting" Cornmu nists. It was then that Stevens straightening up in the witnes chair, clipped out his denial tha he was not "covering up" anyone Can't Question Loyalty In the upshot, Jenkins held tha questions about the Army's hand ling of the. Peress case were proper but that the inquiry shoulc not go into the merits of the case that is, the question of Peress loyalty. For the most part, the forenoon session was a sparring, wrangling exchange which produced little to throw new light on the basic issues in dispute between McCarthy and Army officials. The entire morning session was :aken up by questioning of Stevens 3y McCarthy and- Cohn, with a few assists from Jenkins. Jenkins repeatedly protested Stevens was not answering questions directly and intervened to get a specific nswer. But Jenkins took repeated excep tion also to McCarthy questions and at one point said McCarthy was going beyond the bounds o propriety. -Filets, Not Potatoes This-was when McCarthy ques tioned Stevens about a newspape story the senator said describee Pvt. Schine as dining- on "file mignon and champagne" at th Stork Club when he should hay been peeling potatoes at Ft. Dix N.J. Stevens said he didn't know any thing about the news story. Members of the hearing commil tee obviously are getting restles at the slow progress, and prodde the principals at the outset toda POPULATION NOW Abilene's average household has ore money left to spend after xes than has the na'iion'E aver- e household. Consumer Markets, annual mar- t data sourcebook, reports that this city the average household s a net income of This far above the national average only per household. The sourcebook also includes a eakdown of local income brack- Is, made on the basis of con- umer units. A consumer unit is any family or individual not liv- g with relatives. Abilene has such units. Of iis total, have Incomes ex- 14 Are Hurt in 5 Highway Mishaps to try for a speed up. Until he has completed his ques tioning of Stevens, McCarthy sail he cannot tell how many witnesses he will call in behalf of himself an his two top aides. HISTORY REPEATS; IT WAS COLD HERE 25 YEARS AGO The Abilene area shivered early Thursday in a 38- degree temperature which came one day after the 25th anniversary of another cold May morning. The mercury on May dipped to 44 degrees as freakish weather swept across the state. The 38 degrees of. May 2, 1954, broke a low tem- perature record for this late in the year of 47 years' standing, the U.S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport reported. The last time it was colder this late in the year was on May 4, 1907, when the mercury plunged to 33. The last time 39 degrees was recorded so late in the year was May 4, 1945, the weatherman said. The Weather Bureau predicted that the current cold spell is about over. Temneratures are expected to be- gin rising slowly, with a low of 46 forecast for Monday night. The high Tuesday is expected to be 70. Abilene Household's Income Far Above National Average ceeding 4.640 have in- comes between and have incomes between 000 and and have incomes under Retail Sales Soar It is further disclosed that city merchants currently do an annual retail sales business that amounts to million more than their 1951 total. In 1951, retail sales in this city amounted to At pres- ent, they stand at a high 642.000. This means that the'average lo- cal household has retail sales amounting to This is far above the national average of only per household Consumer Markets is used by national advertisers and manufac- turers in estimating market size, market potential, and sales ex- perience. It was published by Standard Rate Data Service on May 1, and information was re- leased to the Reporter-News. It is also disclosed that city pop- ulation has increased by more than 7.000 since 1952. In that year, estimates put the Abilene population at At present, it stands at persons living in households. Fourteen persons were injured five separate rea automobile accidents Sunday. Mrs. L. L. Dean, 44, of Tuscola nd her sister, Mrs. Looney Gibbs, 4, of Crews were the most seri- usly injured. They were in a 1947 model auto riven by L. L. Dean, 51, of Tus- ola which was involved in a head- n collision with 1953 model auto [riven by James Clark of Balling- :r.' Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Gibbs were confined to Winters Municipal Hos- jital where attendants reportec Monday morning they were, doing a "little better." Mrs. Dean's in juries consisted of a concussion severe head injuries, and possible chest injuries. Mrs. Gibbs sustained knee in- juries and possible internal in- uries. In Balltager Clinic The accident took place about 2 miles east of Winters on a arm to market road between Irews and Ballinger. Clark and his wife were taken 0 Ballinger Clinic where their con- dition was reported as being "sat- sfactory." They suffered knee in- uries. Uninjured in the Dean auto were )ean, his three children, Shirley, Sue, 11, and Norma, 14. Gibbs ustaineu a knot on his forehead iut was not hospitalized. Another accident about p.m. unday 14 miles southeast of Abi- ene on State Highway 36 resulted n slight injuries to Donald Ray ffindham, 25, of Post. Avoids Crash Windham overturned his 1954 model Mercury automobile in a itch after avoiding colliding with inother which was attempt- ng to turn off the highway. He suffered a slight cut over one his eyes and was treated here 1 a physician's office. Another occupant of the auto was A. A. Porter of Big Spring. He was not injured. Highway Patrolman Lester Strawn who investigated the acci- dent said the 1954 auto was heavily damaged. Another accident about a.m Sunday .7 miles west of Tye on U. S. Highway 80 injured William Vincent Barnett, 35, of Rt. 2, Mer- tel; John R. Collins, 59, of Mer- kel; Frank White, 47, of Stanton; and Mrs. Margaret Moffett of Stan ton. Mrs. Moffett only suffered a nose cut and was not hospitalized Barnett and Collins were taken to Sadler Clinic at Merkel where their condition was described as "fair." Collins reportedly suffered bruises and Barnett a broken hand. White was first admitted to Hen- drick Memorial Hospital here but was later taken to Stanton by am- bulance. A spokesman at Hendrick hospital said White was not seri- ously injured. Cow in Pickup Killed The accident occurred when the auto driven by White rammed a pickup truck driven by Barnett. The pickup overturned killing a Hereford cow which was being hauled in the rear of this pickup. The cow was valued at Both vehicles were heavily dam- aged. Highway Patrolman W. A. Jacobs said. Mrs. C. L. Smith, 65, of Roby was hospitalized in Sweetwater Sunday for injuries she received in an auto-pickup collision near Roby about p.m. Mrs. Smith was a passenger in an auto driven by her daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, 32, of Roby. Their auto was involved in an ac- cident with a pickup driven by Robert Ai.'en, S3, of Sweetwater. Allen, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, and L. Smith, 65, husband of the in- iiired woman, received emergency reatment at Young Medical Cen- :er in Sweetwater. The elder Mrs. Smith was admitted to the medical center for treatment of severe face and head lacerations. Both vehicles were going north toward .Roby when the accident happened.' Escape. Seven Hawley teenagers, in an auto driven by" .Donald Logston o haffowly 'escaped injurj about 4 p.m. Sunday. Logston's auto overturned at th Elm .Creek bridge on the old An sfiri Road after it collided with an auto driven by Leroy Bartholomee of Albuquerque, N. M. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND Mon- day, Monday nliht and Tuesday with slow- y rising temperatures; high Monday 55- 60; low Monday nteht 40; high Tuesday 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS ather cold this Warmer Tuesday. WEST TEXAS Fair, rather cold this ifternoon and tonight. Warmer Tuesday. Lowest 32-42 Panhandle and South Plains might. EAST TEXAS Fair this afternooa, to- night and Tuesday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. TEMPERATURES Mon. AJ4. Sun. P.M. 49 41 42 45 50 46 52 High and tow temperatures for 24 hours ended at 38 and 53. Sunset last nljht p.m. Sunrise today Sunset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 64. Minimum temperature for the 24 hoars ended at a.m.: 39. Barometer reading at p.m- 28.48. Relative humidity at p.m, 31 per cent. Laughlin Joins 'Duke'in Race For Judgeship ALICE, Tex. Woodrow Laughlin filed, today as candidate for 79th District judge, the job 'rom which the State Supreme Court fired him for incompetence and favoritism. This will put.Laughlin on the ballot as an opponent of the man with whose backing he 'was elect- ed in the first B. Parr, the "Duke of Duval." Parr announced yesterday tha he will run for the judgeship. Laughlin "could not be readier; for eomment about his candidacy His formal application for a plac on the ballot in the July 24 Demo- cratic primary was received at the Jim Wells County Democrats headquarters. Mrs. Laughlin said her husband might make a cam paign statement later in the day. There was no comment from Parr, either. In announcing yesterday that he would run, the "Duke of Duval" said he had told Laughlin "I was going to file." Laughlin was elected district judge in 1952 with the support of Parr. Last year 11 South Texas attorneys asked the Supreme Court to kick him off the bench, charging he had shown political favoritism, had not carried out his duties com- petently and had interfered criminal investigations. Before Laughlin filed as a can- didate, lawyer Jacob S. Floyd o] Alice'told a reporter he didn't con- sider Parr's candidacy "entitlec to be dignified by a comment.' But Floyd, leader of the faction opposing Parr in this politically turbulent South Texas area, wen! on to say: "George Parr could not get 1( votes that cannot be controlled His announcement is a smoke screen for the candidate or can didates to follow. French Use Lull to Send In Supplies HANOI, Indochina Com- munist-led Vietminh halted their third massive infantry assault on Dien Bien Phu last night. The breather for the weary and bat- tered French Union defenders ex- tended into today. A terse French high command communique early today said the night at the besieged northwest Indochina fortress was with only "light harassments" of key French positions by rebel ar- tillery and mortars. The French took immediate ad- vantage of the slack in the fighting to parachute tons of ammunition and supplies into the beleaguered fortress. There was no immediate ex- planation for the rebel pullback, startling development since pre- ious reports of the fighting had ndicafed the Vietminh probably ould overrun the besieged French osition whenever they threw the ulk of their much greater num-' XTS into the charge. Launched 3rd Attack the Vietminh had launched their hird wave-on-wave infantry as- ault on the fortress Saturday night. Before they broke off their wild charges from all sides of the shrunken French perimeter, the rebels had choked off three more of the strongpoints guarding the bunkered command headquarters of French Brig, Gen. Christian Castries and also overrun "Isa- an isolated outpost three miles south of the fortress defenses. A later French announcement said the defenders in..a. .violent., counterattack had recapturedjlsa' belle. The battle raged at close range for hours Saturday night and yes- terday as the garrison force, out- numbered about 6 to 1 and squeezed into a {rap less than a mile across, fought for their lives with bayonets, knives and hand grenades. The French army command said is losses were heavy but claimed Ihe enemy toll was "extremely" high. The fortress, France's last stronghold in northwest Indochina, lad withstood 51 days of constant hammering, by the Vietminh, in- cluding two previous attempts-to overwhelm it by sheer force of numbers. Bitter French counterattacks drove the Vietminh from positions held briefly on the southeastern rim yesterday, but the other cap- tured bunkers and the east, northeast and the attackers new protected firing positions. French tanks, clustered in. the heart of the fortress, were of little use in the fighting at close quar- ters. French bombers and fighters swooped over the battlefield but could not blast the rebels at dose range without killing their own troops. As in their first big attack, on March 13, and the second, two weeks later, the Vietminh opened up Saturday with a heavy artillery and mortar barrage before striking. The Vietminh infantry hit the main French positions from three sides at 10 p.m. At the same time they drove against isolated "Isabelle." _____ HAPPY REFLECTIONS mirror reflects the happy features of Raymond Etherton as he is pulled from an abandoned well by rescuers near San Leandro, Calif. Raymond; fell feet first into the steel-lined well, 10 inches in diameter. The rescuers dropped a loop over the child and talked him into pulling it under his armpits. The large mirror was used to reflect sunlight into the WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NGMIKATIONS Five slates will' hold primary elections Tuesday for top political posts. Page 7-A. INVISIBLE tors report that invisible infrar- ed light can be used to identify germs.-Page 10-A. JOB total of 783 Abilene school students in the ninth grade and high school are looking for summer jobs. Page 1-B. BUILDING PLANNED The Taylor County crippled child- ren's Society purchases site for a treatment center. Page 1-B. IF you ore a Reporter-News home- delivered subscriber, your service should always be A-l and if ever it't not, please notify us. The phone number is X-7271. ;