Abilene Reporter News, May 3, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 03, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEAR, COOL Z\)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. 320 Associated Press (AP)ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c 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 l*! — East and West reached virtual agreement today on the setting up of a peace conference to end the bloody fighting in Indochina. The Soviet Union agreed, French sources said, to a Western proposal that representatives of the Communist-led Vietminh be invited to the conference by the Soviet Union instead 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 understanding that this would not imply recognition of the Vietminh regime as a state. The Russians and the West already had agreed that nine parties would attend the conference—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 Korean 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 leadership 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 with Yugoslavia over Trieste. Casey Leaves Too Australian Foreign Minister Richard G. Casey also scheduled his departure for home today, to take part in his nation’s coming parliamentary 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 procedure for invitations to the Indochina 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 North 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 Y A Fraud Charge Dismissals Asked By GEORGIA NEI.SON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 3 — Attorneys for defendants charged with fraud in connection with Veteran Administration holising loans in U. S. District Court here asked Monday morning that the indictments against them be' dismissed. In addition to motions for dismissal, other motions sought a continuance and a severance of the case against Mrs. Virginia Clements 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 arguments on the motions for dismissal, basing his contention on a plea of the statute of limitations in the case of Curtis B. Richardson. Bryan Bradbury followed him, stating that the position of his clients is that ‘‘these defendants have not been put on notice with what they are charged and the indictments 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 wer6 material. Milam also tollowed 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 Senterfitt Quits Race AUSTIN UP—Agriculture Com- j 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 commissioner several years ago, said he would file his application for a place on the July 24 ballot for reelection later today. White said some time ago he Would 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 third term as commissioner of agriculture. Earlier he had said too many unsolved problems face Texas farmers and ranchers for him to seek any other office. Senterfitt’s statement said ‘‘I will not be a candidate for governor.” ‘‘The ertry of any individual into the race, or the failure of any individual to enter the race has not influenced my decision,” Senterfitt said. Senterfitt said it had been his intention to make a vigorous race for the office. ‘‘My plans were delayed by the long illness and death of my father,” the San Saba legislator ex plained. “Later, my plans were again de layed by the special session. “I do not now have the time necessary to present my candidacy to the people.” side on tlie motions at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Defense attorneys indicated they would have additional argument on these motions and offer other motions after the noon recess. Lubbock hotels did a convention-size business Sunday. The 45 defendants and 146 witnesses who were subpoenaed by the government in the VA loan fraud cases filled downtown hotels and spilled over into tourist courts. One harassed room clerk said she had “nearly run her legs off” because Sunday business isn’t usually this heavy and she was on duty alone. At the Caprock Hotel guests had already been assigned to suites and sample rooms before 9 p.m. because all regular bedrooms were occupied or reserved. Civil Hearing First Judge Joseph B. Dooley of Amarillo opened a four-week term of court Monday morning. Among the 45 persons indicted on charges of making false statements to the U. S. government in connection with VA housing loans are 26 Abilenians. Four business firms facing indictments include Abilene Savings Association. Officers of this association were among the Abilenians who arrived here late Sunday. Forty-eight of the 146 government witnesses are from Abilene. More than this number have been called from Midland. The 19 indictments involving VA loans are in addition to the other civil and criminal matters due to come before judge at this term of court. To take care of the heavy volume of work, court attaches have been called from Abilene and Fort Worth. Dist. Atty, Heard Floore is here with assistants F. L. Hartman and Warren C. Logan, Jr. Two secretaries are here from Forth Worth. . Army’s Chief Denies Charge Of ’Cover-Up' WASHINGTON tfV-Secretary of the Army Stevens flared today “I'm not covering up anybody at any time” when Sen. McCarthy suggested someone in the Army was “covering up” Communists. The clash came with Stevens in the witness chair on the eighth day of Senate-hearings into the McCar-thy-Army row. McCarthy was seek ing 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 subcommittee, 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 scrutiny during McCarthy’s inquiry into alleged subversive activities in the Army. Calls It ‘Crucial’ McCarthy argued it was a “crucial” matter and the “whole heart” of his controversy with Army officials. He said Army officials cooperated in the investigation of individual Communist cases but threw up “every conceivable obstacle” when the committee moved into what McCarthy called the “far more important” field of who was responsible for putting up a “protective cover” over Communists.    I McCarthy said Army officials threatened “smear reports” against his investigating committee staff when the committee pressed for the names of those responsible for ‘protecting” Communists. It was then that Stevens, straightening up in the witness chair, clipped out his denial that he was not “covering up” anyone. Can’t Question Loyalty In the upshot, Jenkins held that questions about the Army’s handling of the Peress case were proper but that the inquiry should 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 taken up by questioning of Stevens by McCarthy and Cohn, with a few assists from Jenkins. Jenkins repeatedly protested Stevens was not answering questions directly and intervened to get a specific answer. But Jenkins took repeated exception also to McCarthy questions, and at one point said McCarthy was going beyond the bounds of propriety.    ^ Filets, Not Potatoes This was when McCarthy questioned Stevens about a newspaper story the senator said described Pvt. Schine as dining1 on “filet mignon and champagne” at the Stork Club when he should have been peeling potatoes at Ft. Dix, N.J. Stevens said he didn’t know anything about the news story. Members of the hearing committee obviously are getting restless at the slow progress, and prodded the principals at the outset today to try for a speed up. Until he has completed his questioning of Stevens, McCarthy said, he cannot tell how many witnesses he will call in behalf of himself and his two top aide«. POPULATION NOW 57,300 Abilene Household's Income For Above National Average Abilene’s average household has more money left to spend after taxes than has the nation’s average household. Consumer Markets, annual market data sourcebook, reports that in this city the average household has a net income of $6,814. This is far above the national average of only $5,246 per household. The sourcebook also includes a breakdown of local income brackets, made on the basis of consumer units. A consumer unit is any family or individual not living with relatives. Abilene has 22,190 such units. Of this total, 3,750 have incomes ex ceeding $6,000 ; 4,640 have incomes between $4,000 and $5,999; 7,280 have incomes between $2,-000 and $3,999, and 6,520 have incomes under $2,000. Retail Sales Soar It is further disclosed that city merchants currently do an annual retail sales business that amounts to $10 million more than their 1951 total. In 1951, retail sales in this city amounted to $78,503,000. At present, they stand at a high $88,* 642,000. This means that the average local household has retail sales amounting to $4,990. This is far above the national average of only $3,677 per household Consumer Markets is used by national advertisers and manufacturers in estimating market size, market potential, and sales experience. It was published by Standard Rate & Data Service on May 1, and information was released to the Reporter-News. It is also disclosed that city population has increased by more than 7,000 since 1952. In that year, estimates put the Abilene population at 50,100. At present, it stands at 57,300 persons living in 17,730 households. 14 Are Hurt in 5 Highway Mishaps 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 2,1929, dipped to 44 degrees as freakish weather swept across the state. The 38 degrees of May 2, 1954, broke a low temperature 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 Mav 4, 1945, the weatherman said. The Weather Bureau predicted that the current cold spell is about over. Temneratures are expected to begin rising slowly, with a low of 40 forecast for Monday night. The high Tuesday is expected to be 70. Fourteen persons were injured —two seriously—in five separate area automobile accidents Sunday. Mrs. L. L. Dean, 44, of Tuscola and her sister, Mrs. Looney Gibbs, 54, of Crews were the most seriously injured. They were in a 1947 model auto driven by L. L. Dean, 51, of Tuscola which was involved in a head-on collision with 1953 model auto driven by James Clark of Ballinger. Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Gibbs were confined to Winters Municipal Hospital where attendants reported Monday morning they were doing a “little better.” Mrs. Dean’s injuries consisted of a concussion, severe head injuries, and possible chest injuries. Mrs. Gibbs sustained knee injuries and possible internal injuries. In Ballinger Clinic The accident took place about 12 miles east of Winters on a farm - to - market road between Crews and Ballinger. Clark and his wife were taken to Ballinger Clinic where their condition was reported as being “satisfactory.” They suffered knee injuries. Uninjured in the Dean auto were Dean, his three children, Shirley, 8, Sue, 11, and Norma, 14. Gibbs sustained a knot on his forehead but was not hospitalized. Another accident about 5:15 p.m. Sunday 14 miles southeast of Abilene on State Highway 36 resulted in slight injuries to Donald Ray Windham, 25, of Post. Avoids Crash Windham overturned his 1954 model Mercury automobile in a ditch after avoiding colliding with another aqto which was attempting to turn off the highway. He suffered a slight cut over one of his eyes and was treated here in 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 accident said the 1954 auto was heavily damaged. Another accident about 8:25 a.m. Sunday .7 miles west of Tye on U. S. Highway 80 injured William Vincent Barnett, 35, of Rt. 2, Merkel; John R. Collins, 59, of Merkel; Frank White, 47, of Stanton; and Mrs. Margaret Moffett of Stanton. 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 Hendrick Memorial Hospital here but was later taken to Stanton by ambulance. A spokesman at Hendrick hospital said White was not seriously 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 $100. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, Highway Patrolman W. A. Jacobs said. Mrs. C. L. Smith, 65, of Roby was hospitalized in Sweetwater cident with a pickup driven by Robert Allen, 33, of Sweetwater. Allen, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, and C. L. Smith, 65, husband of the injured woman, received emergency treatment at Young Medical Center 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. Narrow Escape Seven Hawley teenagers in an auto driven by Donald Logston of Hawley narrowly escaped injury about 4 p.m. Sunday. Logston’s auto overturned at the Elm Creek bridge on the old An-sbn 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 VICINITY—Clear Monday, Monday night and Tuesday with »low-ly rtfing temperatures; high Monday 55-60; low Monday night 40; high Tuesday 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS - Fair and rather cold this afternoon and tonight. Warmer Tuesday. WEST TEXAS - Fair, rather cold this afternoon and tonight. Warmer Tuesday. Lowest 32-42 Panhandle and South Plains tonight. EAST TEXAS — Fair thla afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Fair this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. TEMPERATURES Sun. P.M. 60 ..... Mon. A.M.  ......44 .    1:30    ....... 62 ............ 2:30      44 63      3:30      43 63      4:30      41 62      5:30      40 60      6:30      39 55  ........... 7:30      41 53      8:30      42 50      9:30      45 49 ............ 10:30      47 47      11:30      50 46      12:30        52 High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at 6:30: 38 and 53. Sunset last night 7:21 p.m. Sunrise today 5:51 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:21 p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 64. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 39. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.48. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 31 per cent. Laughlin Joins ’Duke’ in Race For Judgeship ALICE, Tex. (tf—C. Woodrow Laughlin filed today as candidate for 79th District judge, the job from 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 elected in the first place—George B. Parr, the “Duke of Duval.” Parr announced yesterday that he will run for the judgeship. Laughlin could not be reached for eomment about his candidacy. His formal application for a place on the ballot in the July 24 Democratic primary was received at the Jim Wells County Democratic headquarters. Mrs, Laughlin said her husband might make a campaign 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 competently and had interfered in criminal investigations. Before Laughlin filed as a candidate, lawyer Jacob S. FJoyd of Alice told a reporter he didn’t consider Parr’s candidacy “entitled to be dignified by a comment.” But Floyd, leader of the faction opposing Parr in this politically turbulent South Texas area, went on to say; “George Parr could not get 10 votes that cannot be controlled. His announcement is a smoke screen for the candidate or candidates to follow. French Use Lull to Send In Supplies HANOI, Indochina tf^The Communist-led Vietminh halted their third massive infantry assault on Dien Bien Phu last night. The breather for the weary and battered French Union defenders extended into today. A terse French high command communique early today said the night at the besieged northwest Indochina fortress was “calm,’' with only “light harassments” of key French positions by rebel artillery and mortars. The French took immediate advantage of the slack in the fighting to parachute tons of ammunition and supplies into the beleaguered fortress. There was no immediate explanation for the rebel pullback, a startling development since previous reports of the fighting had indicated the Vietminh probably could overrun the besieged French position whenever they threw the hulk of their much greater numbers into the charge. Launched 3rd Attack The Vietminh had launched their third wave-on-wave infantry assault 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 de Castries and also overrun “Isabelle,” an isolated outpost three miles south of the main fortress defenses. A later French announcement said the defenders in a violent counterattack had recaptured Isabelle. The battle raged at close range for hours Saturday night and yesterday as the garrison force, outnumbered about 6 to 1 and squeezed into a trap less than a mile across, fought for their lives with bayonets, knives and hand grenades. The French army command said its losses were heavy but claimed the enemy toll was “extremely” high. The fortress, France's last stronghold in northwest Indochina, had withstood 51 days of constant hammering. by the Vietminh, including 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 captured bunkers and trenches—on the east, northeast and west—gave the &ttackers new protected firing positions. French tanks, clustered in the heart of the fortress, were of little use in the fighting at close quarters. French bombers and fighters swooped over the battlefield but could not blast the rebels at close 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.” WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NOMINATIONS — Five states will hold primary elections Tuesday for top political posts. Page 7-A. INVISIBLE LIGHT—Investioo-tors report that invisible infrared light con be used to identify qerms. Page 10-A. JOB SEARCH—A 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 children's Society purchases site for a $75,000 treatment center. Page 1-B. av mi mm HAPPY REFLECTIONS —A mirror reflects the happy features of 2%-year-old Raymond Etherton as he is pulled Sunday for injuries she received: £rom an abandoned well by rescuers near San Leandro, .....    —m    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 dark in an auto-pickup collision near Roby about 5:15 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- IF you ore a Reporter-News home-delivered subscriber, your service should always be A-l ... ana if ever it's not, please notify us. The phone number is 4-7271. ;