Abilene Reporter News, May 4, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 04, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas / fair and WARMER®i)e Abilene Reporter -Betojsi EVENIN G"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXm, NO. 321 A$s(*ciated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, .TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 4, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Blanton, Red Foe, Asks House Seat THOMAS L. BLANTOrT . • . opposes Burleson Thomas L. Blanton, Albany, former long-time congressman, has filed his candidacy for the seat in the U, S. House of Representatives now held by Omar Burleson, Anson. The candidacy is subject to action of the Democratic Party primary July 24. Burleson represents the 17th District. Announcement was made    by County Democratic Chairman B. R, Blankenship. Blanton served 20 years in the national House of Representatives, Reds Reopen Big Attack HANOI, Indochina (/?)—Vietminh shock troops seized a new strong point today on the western side of Dien Bien Phu and held it against a strong French Union counterattack. A massive rebel infantry assault, launched by night, overwhelmed the strong point and the rebels dug in quickly, only about 600 yards from the heart of the northwe.st Indochina fortress. The French high command an-, nounced tonight that Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries had called off the counterattack after his men ran into a wall of stiff resistance, A communique today had reported “bitter combat is now under way.” But the French high command communique today indicated the rebel renewal, at least in its initial stage, might be of less magnitude than the all-out attack which began Saturday night and was suspended the next day. The last attack had come fronij all sides of the hemmed-in fortress, now reduced to less than a mile across. Before the rebels halted. their wild charges Sunday, they overran French strongpolnts; guarding the western, eastern and | northeasterir approaches to the Í command headquarters of Brig.    Upswing in construction paced Gen. Christian de Castries.    ■    the business indexes    which    reflect- Today’s communique made no' ed    Abilene’s    growth    this    April,    a mention of any attack other than I survey Tuesday .showed, from the west, one of the areas in! At least two other indexes — which the rebels scored Saturday water meters and postal receipts fortress defenses. The rebels also kept up a constant digging of trenches in the areas from which they had driven the French Union forces. Both sides had rushed in reinforcements and supplies during the lull in the fighting. American - supplied transports roared in to parachute more men and tons of war materiel as soon as the Vietminh charges suspended. The new troops included nearly 150 men who had volunteered to aid their battle - weary comrades. French pilots spotted hundreds of Russian-made Molotov trucks moving into the rebel encampments in the hills encircling Dien Bien Phu, bringing fresh troops and Chinese-supplied food and ammunition for^he besieging legions. (onstnidion Paces (liiiib In Business night and Sunday, The French said the Vietminh legions returned to the attack .shortly after midnight, charging in nearly four times as large in - showed the upward trend. Building covered by the month’s permits from the city represented full force against the western sector of the hard-pressed garrison. Savage hand-to-hand fighting vestment as those for the same month last year. The April, 1954, total was $1,113,435; the April, from 1917 to 1937. “The main reason I am running for the office now is that something must be done about saving this country from communism,” Blanton said Tuesday. Ike ‘Needs Help’ “I feel that the President needs ^ help in that fight, from somebody j who knows .something about it.’’ Blanton related that he filed a report with Congress in February, 1936, relating to the infiltration of communism into the public schools and other places. “I introduced a bill in Congress in January, 1935, to outlaw communism and make it a crime to be a communist or to advocate the overthrow of this government,” Blanton recalled. “That bill would have made conviction punishable by a $10,000 fine or 10 years in the penitentiary.” He said, “There’s no reason in the world why the national Congress couldn’t have adopted such a measure.” Blanton said two of his other main fights while in Congress were in favor of woman suffrage and against “waste, extravagance and graft.” He began practicing law in Albany in October, 1897, and today occupies the same suite of offices he did then. His career included also 28 years’ residence in Abilene. lie was district judge here ^ight years, and had residence in Abilene while serving in Congress. C. G. Whitten of Abilene has filed for Taylor County Democratic chairman. Blanken.ship said he won’t seek re-election. Mrs. Campbell in Race Mrs. L. Q. Campbell, 1701 San-defer St., has announced for county treasurer. Also filed for that ' post is the Rev. Scott Hickey, pastor of Memorial Bapti.st Church. J. R, Clark, now county treasurer, has said he will seek re-election. Mrs. Campbell has been loan librarian at Hardin-Simmons University since March 1946. She has not held public office before. She has one daughter, Mrs. Jerome Mark, a teacher in North Junior High School. Mrs. Campbell’s husband, who died in September, 1945, was dean at H-SU for a while. He also headed the English Department. The candidate came to Abilene in 1920 as a bride. She and her husband moved away, and they came back in 1936. Newberry Opposed J. H. (Herman) Rucker has filed for county commissioner of Precinct 1 against present commissioner, Claude .Newberry. Both are bf Abilene. Sam T. McLeod of Merkel filed Efforts to Shorten McCarthy Probe Fail Solon Levels New Charges at Army RE.4DY TO ‘SHOOT’ —Kenneth T. Scott, 1 aboratory director of the Abilene-Taylor County Health Unit, and Miss Clara Corning, lab technician, prepare syringes for sterilization. The syringes will be used in the polio trial immunization to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday in 21 elementary schools over the county. Behind them is an autoclave, used for sterilizing the instruments. (Roberts Studio Photo) States Rights Provision Gels Knowland Nod raged throughout the night. As ! bgure $304,007. dawn broke over the muddy plain, the battle still was in progress. The Vietminh followed their usual tactic of battering the crumbling defenses with human tidal waves. The advancing columns pressed so closely together that any gaps in the ranks were quickly filled. The attackers hurled plastic containers of nitroglycerine at the barbed wire defenses. The French fought back desperately. Wave after wave of rebel attackers were raked by murderous machine-gun and artillery fire, but still they came on. The French met the rebels at the barricades with savage bayonet thrusts. It was close-quarter action. The rebels had but a short distance to Total construction authorized to date in 1954 was $1,125,060 above the amount for the same period of 1953. These comparative figures were; $3.948,641 (1954) and $2,-823,581 (1953). Water meters served by the City Water Department registered a net gain of 101 during April. That brought the total in service to 15,778. I’ostal receipts for the first four months of 1%4 showed more than $10,000 gain over the same period of last year, Theiss Jones, post office auditor, said. The January-through-April, 1954, figure was $247,807; the amount for the same months in 1953 was $237,294.«). Jones said a change in accounting, put in effect Jan. 1. 1954, accounts for a slight drop in the Compromise On Koreans' Unity Ready GENEVA, iJV-The U.N. allies in Korea were reported today readying a compromise proposal for unification of the occupied, divided peninsula. This development was reported by a highly informed source as a delegation of five Vietminh Rebel leaders arrived today from Indochina to join the impending talks aimed at ending the seven-year war in that Far Eastern battleground. The source reporting the projected Allied proposal on Korea said it would be a “very difficult for constable. Precinct 5, opposing i ^J.ng- for Russia Red China and Luther l,and. also of Merkel. i N»?”    ‘LI"!"' IF ABILENE INTERESTED Plan far Nugent Dam Nat 'Dead' Onis W. Graham of Trent filed for constable, Precinct 7, and was unopposed. Precinct Democratic chairman candidates who have filed and who w'ere all unopposed, include the following: Ed Kniffen, Precinct 1; Frank W. Meyers. Precinct 5; W. D. (Dub) Wofford, Precinct 12; Robert A. Collins, Precinct 14; William M. Lewis, Precinct 19; and Robert Hicks of Merkel, Precinct 24. race over the rain-soaked battle-1 postal receipts in April, 1954, from field to come to grips with the ¡April, 1953: $58,367.40 compared to defenders. The latest attack was preceded la.st night by the usual stepup in the constant rain of rebel mortar and artillery fire on the shrunken $61,965.99. The accounting change also contributed toward a larger drop from March, 1954, to April. 1954. The March, 1954, total was $72,423.28. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES IfFORT CITED—The Pulitzer prize goes to a Long Island newspoper which fought a labor racketeer four years. Page 5-A. JAILIR RITIRIS—A Taylor County jailer retires öfter more than a quorter century of service. Page 10-A. POLITICS—The moyor of Lo-roine enters the roce for Mitchell County judge. Page 1-B. CAB HEARING—Two Abilen-ions report in Washington on the increosing need for air service in Abilene. Page 3-B. April Traffic Fines Hit All-Time Peak The Communists reaction to the Allied proposal, the source added, would determine whether there is any real chance of unifying the divided country and holding free elections there. Long Stalemate Since its beginning, the Korean pha.se of the Far Eastern conference has been stalemated by each side’s insi.stence on its own plan for unification. South Korea and her 15 allies here at the conference insist on U..N. supervision of voting; the Communists demand that all foreign troops get out and elections be held on a basis the West is certain would a.ssure a Communist victory. Representatives of the Associated States of’Indochina — Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia — were still in Paris. But they can get here in little more than an hour by plane once a starting time for the talks is set. These four delegations — together with representatives of the Big Four and Red China — will make up the conference, which will seek to end the bitter jungle fighting in Indochina. Who Takes Part? First, however, the group will decide whether other countries will be invited to take part. A Soviet source said Russian Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov would propose tliat India. Burma, Thailand and Indonesia be added. BEST WISHES—President Eisenhower congratulates Robert B Anderson, former Vernon businessman, after he is sworn in as deputy secretary of defense, replacing the resigned Roger M. Kyes in the No. 2 defense post. Abilene’s City Court collected the largest amount in traffic fines during April for any month in its history. Judge A. K. Doss said Tuesday. The sum was $10,662,16. Of that amount, speeding costs offenders $5,379.75. Running stop signs resulted in $553 of fines. Running traffic lights brought fines of $498. Other fines (non-traffic' collected totaled $1,427 out of a total $2,041 levied. Rest of the $2,041 was served out or worked out in jail. Waco 2nd-Graders Get Polio Voccine WACO (iP—Waco second-graders lined up today for their first injections of Salk polio vaccine. City officials said about 75 per cent of the city’s 2,800 second-graders had signed up for the tests. THE WEATHER V s. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILKNK A.N'D VICINITY — Fair and warmer Tuesday. Tuesday nSght and Wed-nestiay. high Tuesday 75-75; low Tuesday night 50: high Wednesday W. .NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS— Generally iair and warmer this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Fair and a little warmer this afternoon and tonight Wednesday, partly cloudy and warmer TEMPER.ATURES Mon. P M. 55    . Tucs. A.M. .    4.5 1:50 57      2:30      45 5«      3:30       43 60      4:3'l      42 50      5:30    .. ......... 43 58      6:30       44 ,55      7:30      48 ........... 8:30      53 51      9:30      56 4!»     10:30      59 4«    .    11:30      63 46    12:30      6.5 Sunset last night 7:21 p.m. Sunrise today 5:50 a m. Sunset tonight 7:22 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28,22. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 33 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.; 60. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.in.i 41. By KATHARYN* BtTFF Reporter-News Staff Writer MINERAL WELLS. May 4 -The Brazos River Authority’s proposal to build a dam near Nugent to create a new lake on the Clear Fork of the Brazos isn’t “dead”-— if Abilene is interested. Dr. Knox Fittard of Anson received that answer from the BRA board of directors Monday when he appeared before them to ask if such a reservoir is still considered feasible. The doctor said he had been named by the Anson City Council to represent it in study of a proposed multi-city water project on Hubbard Creek. “I find that the Brazos River Authority has studied a site at Nugent. I’d like to ask, on the record, if that plan is still considered feasible,” Dr. Pittard said, R. D. Collins, Brazos Authority’s general manager, said the BRA still believes "contrary to some other engineering reports” that a 300,000 acre-foot lake could be built near Nugent and that the water from it would be of usable quality. (Collins made passing reference to a “West Texas Utilities Co, engineering report” which he said disagreed with BRA engineers' findings and claimed the Nugent project would not be sound.) Huge Lake Seen C. R. Marks, vice-president of Ambursen Engineering Corp. which does BRA engineering, said his findings indicated the 1,640 square miles net drainage area of a dam at Nugent, would produce a lake with a capacity of 300,000 acre feet. Power installations would produce 6,750 KW power. With full power production, such a lake would produce 20,000 acre feet of water a year for municipal use. Ultimate water supply, he estimated, might be up to 40,000 acre feet annually, ( Abilene now has pumping rights ; on the Clear Fork for 28,000 acre feet per year. Pumps have been in operation about two years. They j grab flood waters when the river -is on a rise, lifting them over into Phantom Hill Lake. Present pump- j ing facilities, plus the drought, | have not enabled Abilene yet to get i its entire 28,000 acre feet it is al- j lowed to take annually.) i The proposed Ntigeni reservoir M'ould “affect Abilene more than you.” Collins told the Anson rep-! resentative.    j The lake would back water up to Phantom Hill dam. The water from it would be pumped over into Phantom. The two lakes would be worked together. “We went back to all river flow records and, contrary to reports of some other people, our ligures show we could have a lake of ,300,000 acre feet. (Phantom's cap-' acity is about 74,000 acre feet.) “Water would be of usable quality.” Collins said. When flood water came down, it would be pumped over into Phantom. Hardness checks made during recent drought years indicate water would be “good.” “We plan some power inslalla lions to help finance the dam,” Collins said. “The statement ‘there'd not be enough water to run it five days’ was made by a man who didn’t consult the Brazos Authority on how we plan to run it,” Collins said. Pamp-Back Unit Plan is to install a pump-back unit, with a smaller dam downstream to hold water which is released to generate power,” Collins said. During the night, when there is no demand for power, the water would be pumped back into the Nugent lake and be used over and over again. Marks said the Nugent lake would be a “controlled” one. The ening the hearings.” WASHINGTON (AP)~Efforts to cut short the McCar-thy-Army hearings blew up today. The Senate investigation quickly swung to a charge from the McCarthy camp that the Army allowed “friends and associates’* of atom spy Julius Rosenburg to work in a secret radar laboratory. Roy Cohn, general counsel to Sen. McCarthy, made the accusation by asking Secretary of the Army Stevens if he did not know Rosenberg associates were employed at Ft. Monmouth, N. J., until the senator’s investigations “occasioned their dismissal” months after Stevens took office. Stevens replied that none of the 35 security cases at Monmouth was a Communist “.so far as I know” and that none had pleaded the Fifth Amendment to avoid testimony. Sen. McCarthy called thati    ' “clearly false” testimony. It was on thi.s note that the in-vestigation.s subcommittee reces.s-ed for lunch. Stevens had testified for only 17 minutes. All the rest of the fore-"hioon session had gone into talk about a finally abandoned proposal to confine the hearings to testimony by Stevens and McCarthy. Announcing the committee could not agree on that. Chairman Mundt (R-SD) said the public inquiry would proceed to “the bitter end,” adding it might take two or three weeks more. McCarthy suggested that Joseph N. Welch, the Army counsel, had “welched” on his own proposal to limit principals, asserting: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s bad faith.” Welch had suggested yesterday that if McCarthy would follow Stevens lo the witness chair the hearings could be shortened. Today Welch intimated that his suggestion had been misconstrued. He would insist, he said, on calling Roy M. Cohn, McCarthy committee counsel, and Francis P. Carr, McCarthy’s staff director. Welch said he fully concurred in the belief that the hearings could be shortenetl by terminating Stevens’ testimony and calling McCarthy next, but he made clear he was not withdrawing his right to question Cohn and Carr. A few minutes earlier, Stevens had said he personally thought “every fact and every witness” should be brought out. Welch told the committee that he had conferred with special committee counsel Ray H. Jenkins thi.s morning and “we were unable to invent a magic formula for short- darn would have gates to control the flow of water. “Becau.se of discouragement” from Abilene, the BRA hasn’t pro-gres.sed uith detail«! plans on the Nugent project, Collins said. “The only question is: Is the City of Abilene, along with others in that area, intere.sted? If there is sufficient interest, we can get you more specific information,” Collins told Dr. Pittard. Abilene u'ould participate in the co.st of such a lake by contract for use of a minimum amount of water per year. No specific cost figures are yet available. McCarthy said he would accept the Dirksen proposal to end the hearings after Stevens’ and McCarthy’s testimony if it were clear WASHINGTON (4^ — Sen. Knowland of California, the Republican leader, threw his support today to a controversial states rights amendment offered to the pending Taft-Hartley revision bill. Knowland said he would vote for the amendment sponsored by Sen. Goldwater (R-Ariz> and was “inclined to believe” it would be adopted by the Senate. Goldwater offered the measure as Taft-Hartley debate got under way yesterday. It was uncertain just how much power it would give states to write and enforce their own labor laws, if they conflicted with the federal Taft-Hartley Act. States Need Control Knowland said he is in full sympathy with the proposition expressed by Goldwater—that states should have full control of all labor legislation. Knowland said he did not think an antidiscrimination amendment to the Labor Committee bill will make any difference in the Senate’s handling of the revision measure. Sens. Lehman (D-NY) and Ives (R-NY) both have proposed that the Taft-Hartley Act be changed to prohibit unions or employers from discriminating against members or employes because of race, creeii or color. Doubts Filibuster Knowland said he doubted thi.s would set off a southern filibuster. that such action would not dismiss He predicted Republicans and Former's Smart STANTON (jD—J. H. Jones has withdrawn as a candidate for Martin County treasurer. He said it has rained enough so that he can go back to farming. the charges he had made against H. Struve Hensel, assistant secretary of defense, and these charges possibly could be considered later. "If the proceedings are to end.” McCarthy said, “the Hensel matter will be a very important element in the case so far as motives are concerned.” Ilensel’s attorney, Frederick P. Bryan, balked at McCarthy's suggestion. It is Hensel’s position. Bryan stated, “that there is nothing to those charges,” and that they are not collateral to the issues. Withdrawal of the charges “without a statement from Sen. McCarthy that he is in error is not acceptable to hin..,” Bryan said in behalf of Hensel. .southern Democrats would support a counter motion to put aside the proposal on the grounds that any antidiscrimination measure should be treated as separate legislation. Chairman H. Alexander Smith (R—NJ) of the Senate Labor Committee predicted a filibuster by Southern Democrats if the amendment is called up. Sen. Lehman (D—Lib—NY' served notice on the Senate that he would “do everyting in my power to bring this proposal to a vote,” Lehman’s amendment caught the Senate by surprise yesterday as it opened debate on the revision bill, aimed at carrying out most of President Eisenhower’s labor recommendations. INDICTMENTS DISMISSED New Grand Jury to Prabe VA Loon Fraud Charges By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Stsff Writer LUBBOCK, May 4 — A new grand jury will be empaneled Wednesday in U. S. District court here to consider VA loan fraud charges against 45 defendants. A panel of 25 men of the Lubbock division of the court was selected and ordered to report Tuesday. Members of the grand jury were to be qualified during Tuesday. Federal Judge Joseph B. Dooley dismissed all the former indictments. He ordered a new jury to assemble anAinvestigate the charges. Dismissal was on a motion from the defense. Dooley announced his decision at 5 p.m. Monday after a two-hour court recess during which he studied previous cases cited by defense and government attorneys. He based his decision on two premises: 1. That an indictment for fraud must charge that the concealed information alleged in the fraud was a material fact. 2. That an indictment must definitely identify the allegedly concealed statement. Indictments Attacked Defense attorneys argued that the indictments against their clients failed to state that the alleged fraudulent statements concerned material facts and failed to state specifically on what the charges were based. U. S. Dist. Atty. Heard L. Floore announced he will be ready to start trying the cases if and as soon as new indictments are returned. However, it was not considered that cases would go to trial before Monday, May 10. The courtroom was filled to overflowing M(»Klay. Attorneys for the defendants came from Abilene, Midland, Houston and Fort Worth. Several Lubbock lawyers also appeared for some defendants. A few of the Abilene people present for the trial started home late Monday. Many witnesses were required to remain to appear before the grand jury. Nine indictments returned in Dallas Feb. 4 and an additional 10 in Fort Worth April 21 resulted from several months of investigation last year by VA agents. The indictments alleged that the defendants “made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations” in obtaining VA loans. Each indictment contained from 6ne to 15 counts. Various documents signed in the process of obtaining the loans were used as basis for the indictments. ;

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