Abilene Reporter News, May 4, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 04, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARMER Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING FINAL VOL. Lxxnr, NO. 321 Aaodated Prett (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, .TUESDAY EVENING, MAY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Blonton, Red Foe, Asks House Seat THOMAS L. BLANTOT? opposes Burleson Thomas L. Blanton. Albany, for: mer long-time congressman, has filed his candidacy for the seat in the V. S. House of Representatives now held by Omar Burleson. An- son. The candidacy is subject' to action of the Democratic Party primary July 24. Burleson repre- sents 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 shock troops seized a new strong point today on the western side of Dien Bien Phu and held it against a strong French Union counter- attack. A massive rebel infantry as- sault, launched by night, over- whelmed the strong point and the rebels dug in quickly, only about 600 yards from the heart of the northwest 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 report- ed "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 be- gan Saturday night and was sus pended the next day. The last attack had come from all sides-pf the hemmed-injfortress, now reduced to less .than 'ia mile across.-' 'Before the rebels halted their wiiay plane once a starting time fo he talks is set. These four delegations to gether with representatives of th 3ig Four and Red China wil ir.ake up the conference, whic will seek to end the bitter jungl lighting in Indochina. Who Takes Part? First, however, the group wi decide whether other countries wi be invited to take part. A Sovie source said Russian Foreign Minis ter V. M. Molotov would propcs tiiat India. Burma, Thailand an Indonesia be added. THE WEATHER 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 Waco 2nd-Graders Get Polio Vaccine WACO second-graders lined up today for their first in- jections of Salk polio vaccine. City officials said about 75 pet- cent ot the city's second- graders had signed up for the tests. VS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fai warmer Tuesday. Tuesday night and We nesday: hish Tuesday 70-75; tow Toesd night 50: hifih Wednesday 80. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS Generally fair and warmer this afternoo tonight and Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and a litMs warmer this and tonight. Wednesday, partly clou and warmer. Mon. P.M. Tues. A. 55 57 60 59 56 55 52 51 iS 63 46 65 Sunset last nieht p.m. Sunrise to- day a m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. 28.22. Relative humidity at p.m. 33 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 60. Minimum temperature ior the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 41. F ABILENE INTERESTED Plan for Nugent Dam Hot "Dead1 -r 7 i T-. t By KATHARYN" DUFF "We plan some power install: Reporter-News'Staff Writer MINERAL WELLS, May 4 te Brazos River Authority's pro- osal to build a dam near Nugent create a new lake on the Clear ork of the Brazos isn't Abilene is interested. Dr. Knox Pittard of Anson re- lived that answer from the BRA oard of directors Monday when e appeared before them to ask if uch a reservoir is still consid- red feasible. The doctor said he had .been amed by the Anspn City Council represent it in study of a pro- osed multi-city water project on ubbard Creek. :1 find that the Brazos River uthority has studied a site at ugent. I'd like to ask, on the ecord, if that plan is still con- dered Dr. Pittard said. R. D. Collins, Brazos Authority's eneral manager, said ths BRA still elieves "contrary to some other ngineering reports" that a cre-foot lake could be built near [ugent and that the water from would be of usable quality. (Collins made passing reference o a "West Texas Utilities Co. .en- ineering report" which he said isagreed with BRA engineers' indings and claimed the Nugent roject would not be sound.) Huge Lake Seen C. R. Marks, vice-president of tabursen Engineering Corp. which oes BRA engineering, said his hidings indicated.the square niles net drainage area of a dam t Nugent, would produce a lake vith a capacity of acre eet. Power installations would pro- duce KW power. With full power production, such lake would produce acre eet of water a year for municipa use. Ultimate water supply, he estimated, might be up to acre feet annually. (Abilene now has pumping rights on the Clear Fork for acre 'eet per year. Pumps have been n operation about two years. They grab flood waters when the river s on a rise, lifting them over into Phantom Hill Lake. Present pump- ing facilities, plus the drought, have not enabled Abilene yet to get its entire acre feet it is al- lowed to take annually.) The proposed Nugent reservoir would "affect Abilene more than told the Anson rep- resentative. The lake would back water up to Phantom Hill dam. The water from it would be pumped over into Phnntom. The two lakes would be worked together. "We went back to all river flow records and, contrary to reports of some other people, our figures show we could have a lake of lions to help finance the dam Collins said. "The statement ,'there'd not enough water to run it five day was made by a man who didn consult the Brazos Authority o how we plan to run Collin said. Pump-Back Unit Plan is to install a pump-bac unit, with a smaller dam down stream to 'hold water which released to generate Co ins said. During the night, whe :here is no demand for power, th water would be pumped back int the Nugent lake and be used ove and over again. Marks said the Nugent lak would be a "controlled" one. Tl dam would have gates to contr the flow of water. "Because of discouragemenl from Abilene, the BRA hasn't pr gressed with .detailed plans on th Nugent project, Collins said. "The only question is: Is tl City of Abilene, along with othe in that area, interested? If ther is sufficient interest, we can g you more specific information Collins told Dr. Pittard. Abilene would participate in th cost of such a lake by contra for use of a minimum amount water per year. No specific cost figures are y available. Farmer's Smart STANTON H. Jones h withdrawn as a candidate for Ma tin County treasurer. He said has rained enough so that he c go back to farming. en. clearly false" testimony. It was on this note that the in- estigations subcommittee recess- d for lunch. Stevens had testified for only 17 ilnutes. All the rest of the fore- oon session had gone into talk lout a finally abandoned proposal i confine the hearings to testi- lony by Stevens and McCarthy. Announcing the committee could ot agree on that, Chairman Mundt R-SD) said the public inquiry rould proceed to "the bitter dding it might take two or three weeks more. McCarthy suggested that Joseph Welch, the Army counsel, had 'welched" on his own proposal to limit principals, asserting: 'As far as I'm concerned, it's >ad faith Welch'had'suggested yesterday ;hat it McCarthy would follow Stevens to the witness chair, the hearings could be shortened; Today Wekn intimated that his suggestion'bad-been He would insist, he said, on cal ing Roy M. Colin, McCarthy com mittee counsel, and .Francis P Carr, McCarthy's staff director. Welch said he fully concurred i: the belief .that the hearings .could be shortened by terminating Ste vens' testimony and calling Me Carthy 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 though :'every fact and every witness' should be brought out. Welch told the committee that he had.conferred with special com mittee counsel Ray H. Jenkins thi morning and "we were unable t invent a magic-formula for shorl ening the hearings." McCarthy said he -would accep the Dirksen proposal to end th hearings after Stevens' and Me Carthy's testimony if it were cleai that such action would not dismis the charges he had made agains H. Strave Hensel, assistant secre tary of defense, and these charge possibly could be considered later "If the-proceedings are to end, McCarthy said, "the Hensel matte will be a very important elemen in the case so far as motives ar concerned." Hensel's attorney, Frederick I Bryan, balked at McCarthy's sui gestion.. It is Hensel's position, Brya stated, "that there is nothing those and that they ar not collateral to the issues, Withdrawal of the charges "wit! out, a statement from Sen. M Carthy that he is in error is no acceptable to Bryan said behalf of Hensel. WASHINGTON to cut short the McCar- ly-Army hearings blew up today. The Senate investigation uickly swung to a charge from the McCarthy camp that the jmy allowed "friends and associates" of atom spy Julius .osenburg to work in a secret radar laboratory. Roy Cohn, general counsel to Sen. McCarthy, made he accusation by asking Secretary of the Army Stevens he did not know Rosenberg associates were employed at 1 Monmouth, N. J., until the senator's investigations "oc- asioned their dismissal" months after Stevens took office, tevens replied that none of the 35 security cases, at Mon- mouth was a Communist "so far as I know" and that none ad pleaded the Fifth Amendment to avoid testimony.____ McCarthy called that---------------------------------: Stales Rights Revision Gets Rowland Nod WASHINGTON HI Sen. Know- ahd of California, the Republican eader, threw his support today to controversial states rights amendment offered to the pending 'aft-Hartiey revision bill. Knowland said he would vote for le amendment sponsored by Sen. Goldwater (R-Ariz) and was "in- clined 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 and their own labor laws, "if they'con- flicted with the federal faft-Hart-. ley-Act. v States Need Control Knowland said-he is fn full sym-" pathy with the proposition ex- iressed by states ihould have full control of all la- )or legislation. Knowland said he did not think an antidiscrimination amendment o the Labor Committee bill will make any difference in the Sen- ate's of the revision measure. Sens. Lehman (D-NY) and Ives ,R-NY) both have proposed that the Taft-Hartley Act be changed ;o prohibit unions or employers rom discriminating against mem- iers or employes because- of race, creed or color. Doubts Filibuster Knowland said he doubted this would set off a southern filibuster. He predicted and 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 of the Senate Labor Com- mittee predicted a filibuster by Southern Democrats if the amend- ment is called up. Sen. Lehman served notice on the Senate that 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 acre feet. (Phantom's cap- acity is about acre feet.) "Water would be of usable qual- ity." Collins said. When flood wa ter came down, it would be pump ed over into Phantom. Hardness check's made during recent drought years indicate water would be "good." New Grand Jury to Probe VA Loon Fraud Charges By GEORGIA NELSON Rtporter-Nevrs Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 4 A new [rand jury will be empaneled Wed- nesday in U. S. District court here to consider VA loan fraud charges against 45 defendants. A panel of 25 men of the Lub- bock division of the court was se- lected and ordered to. report Tues- day. Members of the grand jury were to be qualified during Tues- day. Federal Judge Joseph B. Dooley dismissed all the former indict- ments. He ordered a new jury to assemble the charg- es. 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 stud- ied previous cases cited by de- fense and government attorneys. i He based his decision on two premises: 1. That an indictment for fraud must charge that the concealed'in- formation alleged in the fraud was a material fact. 2. That an indictment must def- initely identify the allegedly con- cealed, statement. 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 re- turned. Howevsr, it was not con- sidered that cases would go to trial before Monday, May 10. The courtroom was filled to over flowing Attorneys for the defendants came from Abilene, Midland, Hous- ;on and Fort Worth. Several Lnb- bock lawyers also appeared for some defendants. A few of the Abilene people pres- ent for the trial started home late Monday. Many witnesses were re- quired 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 investiga- tion last year by VA agents. The indictments alleged that the defendants "made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and rep- resentations" in obtaining VA loans. Each indictment contained from Jne to 15 counts. Various documents signed in the process of obtaining the Iowa were used as'basis for the indict menti, ;