Abilene Reporter News, May 6, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 06, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, WARM I - _    .®fje Abilene Reporter -iBtctos EVENING"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 323 r Associated Press (.4P) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY- EVENING, MAY 6, 1954 -TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONSFINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Charges of Perjury Thicken Hearing s Air _ _......  _    wmmm' CONCRETE POURING STARTS — Workmen Wednes-    at left, electric vibrators settle    the mixture to    prevent day began pouring first concrete for Abilene Air Force    “honeycomb” defects. Below at    right, workmen    apply a Base runway. In first step, top, two double drum mixers    finish with a burlap drag to provide texture. (Staff photos stir water into the mixture and pouu* it into forms. Below    by Don Hutcheson)  _ ______ CLUBS BID TO LUNCHEON - Start    Nears Fly-Overs From Webb AFB gn Air Base To Cop Armed Forces Day Water Main Plans for Armed Forces Day in Abilene were made Thursday morning at a meeting of the special AFD Committee at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, USN, will be main speaker at the AFD luncheon in the VFW Memorial Hall May 14. All Abilene service clubs have been asked to dispense with their regular meetings next week and attend the special luncheon in- stead, Howard McMahon, committee chairman, said. Four fly-overs of T-33 s and T-28’s from Webb Air Force Base and one of B-29‘s from Randolph Field will mark the celebration, according to Lt. Cmdr. Laudius Wilkes, USN, project officer. Eight T-33's are scheduled at 10:51 a.m. and 1:39 p.m. Eight T-28‘s will go over at 9:45 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. Three B-29's will fly over at 4:01 p.m. Brownell Won’t Publish Report WASHINGTON (*>-Atty. Gen. Brownell ruled today that neither an FBI report on security risks at Ft. Monmouth, N .I., nor a document from Sen. McCarthy should be made public. He said the senator's paper made ‘‘unauthorized use” of secret material in the FBI report. Both documents have been subjects of bitter controversy at hearings by the Senate subcommittee investigating the Army-McCarthy row. Brownell made his ruling in a letter to Chairman Mundt iR-SD'. Brownell said both documents contain confidential information and it would be “contrary to the public interest” to make them public. THE WEATHER i He added that a check with the i FBI shows the FBI never author-| ized the release of any of the in-j formation, except to two generals who received the original FBI memorandum on Jan. 26, 1951. The attorney general said it is important to «the FBI’s “vital work” that the agency be free to exchange information with other government departments without fear that classified information would be made public. Publication of the documents, Brownell said, would reveal “confidential sources of the FBI” and confidential investigating techniques, and would be “harmful” to matters still under consideration. Tickets for the luncheon will be $1.75, and reservations may be made at the C-C offices. Zerk Robertson will be master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Colors will be presented by a U. S. Marine Corps color guard. Representatives of local service clubs attending the meeting Thursday included Ira Allen, Jaycees; Fred Lybrand, Optimists, A. M. Hinds, Exchange; E. A. Gentry, Civitans; Dr. Fred Boyd, Lions; Cleddie Harvey, Evening Lions; Herman McDaniel, Rotary; Tom Bratton, VFW. Miss Kate Walls of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and Mrs. Homer Hutto of the Altrusa Club represented women’s clubs participating. Committee members include Robertson, W. P. Wright, J. C. Hunter Jr., Mack Eplen, Capt. H. C. Schry-ver, Major Julien M. LeBlanc, and Col. H. F. Ricc. Frank Meyers is in charge of luncheon arrangements, and Cmdr. Wilkes is Armed Forces Day project officer. V S. DEPARTMENT OF COM MERC E HEATHER BT REAL' ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and warm Thursrta.V and Thursday nigh!. Partly cloudy and warm Friday. High temperature Thursday, near BO; low Thursday night, near 60; high Friday, near 85. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Party ckmdy. widely scattered showers mostly in east portion thia afternoon, tonight and Friday A little warmer this ufternoon. WEST TEXAS — (dear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Friday A little warmer in the Panhandle and South Plains this afternoon. TKMPERATIRES Wed 74 75 76 77 7b 75 70 67 65 P. M. 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 0:30 64      10:30 63    ............ ...... 63  ......12:30 ..... Sunset last night 7:23 p.m. day 5 48 a.m. Sunset tonight Thu is. A.M.   61 ......59 ......59 ......59  60 ......59  62 ......67 ......70 ......73 ......74 76 Sunrise to-7:24 p.m. Maximum temperature last 24 hours, ending at 6:30 a.m.: 77. Minimum temperature last 24 hours, ending at 6:%) a.m.: 58. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 2< 99. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 47 per •anU Your Want Ad Charge Account Is Now Open! J List say “charge it" when you ploce your weekday or Sunday ;    Want Ad! It's that simple. So 1    why Veeo your wants or needs a secret when as little as 41c a | day will bring you the fast results you desire. Approximately |    20,000    want ads appear in the Abilene Peporter-News each month. That means approximately 20,000 people know the power of Want Ads and are using them regularly to gain extra profit in buying, selling, renting, trading, etc. More than 100 classifications are established to be certain every Want Ad has maximum readership. Nearly 140,000 readers await your od! Phone it, mail it or bring it. And when you do just say “CHARGE IT!" Briton Runs 4-Minule Mile OXFORD. England (tf — Roger Bannister was clocked in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds today to achieve track athleticdom’s greatest goal— the 4-minute-mile. Running on his familiar Oxford track, he bettered the listed world record of 4:01.4 set by Sweden s Gunder Haegg in 1945. On the way to his fantastic clocking he equalled unofficially the 1,500-meter record of 3:43. Conditions for the race today were unfavorable. A mighty roar went up from the small gathering vriien it was announced the 25-year-old athlete, who gets his medical degree in a few months, had shattered the barrier that for many years had been deemed unbreakable. He was given hot competition by another former Oxford youth, Chris Chatterway, and Englisn steeplechaser Chris Brasher in the race which was part of a dual meet between the British Amateur Athletic Assn. and Oxford University. The “4-minute-mile” has long been the dream of all distance runners. Many have come within a few seconds of it. Building of a city water supply line to Abilene Air Force Base is to start next Monday. That announcement was made Thursday by City Water and Sewer Engineer H. D. Kelly. Unloading of the pipe has already started. The line, 16 inches in diameter, will extend four miles. lt is to tie onto the city’s existing 20-inch line from Lake Abilene at a point just south of South 28th St. Its route from there to the east property line of the air base will be in a westerly direction. Purpose of the main is to carry city water to supply the base. Doerfler Construction Co., Oklahoma City, has the contract at $84,736.50. Kelly said the city is proud of I that contract price. Original esti-! mate was over $100,000. “The project will be completed ! within 45 days,” he added. Prices Down On Gasoline Prices on several brands of gasoline were lower in Abilene this week, but some dealers said it wasn’t a “price cut.” One service station operator denied that he was engaging in a price war and another said, “My company lowered the price—I didn't have anything to do with it.” Laniel Wins Vote; Truce Talks Delayed PARIS UP! — Premier Joseph Laniel won a vote of confidence from the National Assembly today. The unofficial tally was 302 to 260. GENEVA (ft—East and West were reported split today over the chairmanship of the Indochina sessions of the Geneva conference. There were signs the negotiations to bring peace in Indochina may have to be postponed until next week. Delegates had hoped to opei) the talks tomorrow or Saturday. Vietnamese and Laotian delegates got in today. The rebel Vietminh contingent already was on hand. But the hope for quick action faded with the lack of agreement on the chairmanship and the fact delegates from Cambodia, partner of Viet Nam and Laos in the Associated States of Indochina, have not arrived in Geneva. Crisis In Paris And a Paris crisis over the Indochina war situation competed for the attention of the diplomats in Geneva. The fate of Premier Joseph Daniel’s government was | tied to a vote of confidence in the j French National Assembly. Ex Iperts predicted that, after hours 1 of debate, Laniel would win. Foreign Minister Georges Bidault de-I cided to stay on the job here, rather than return to Paris personally to combat an outburst of parliamentary criticism. U.S. Undersecretary of State Walter Bedell Smith received from British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden an account of discussions Eden had with Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov after a dinner meeting at the Briton’s villa last night. Molotov Uninterested An informed source said that Eden, acting on behalf of the United States, France and other interested countries, suggested a chairmanship rotating among Bidault, Eden and Molotov. While Molotov did not immediately reject this suggestion, it was said he showed no great interest in it. Laniel demanded a ballot of confidence. requiring him to resign if defeated, on his refusal to open Assembly debate on Indochina while the Geneva parley is under way. Some deputies demanded that the debate start May 14. Stevens Changes Some Testimony REV. SCOTT W. HICKEY . . . w on’t run against women WASHINGTON (.in-Sen. McCarthy cried "perjury” today at Secretary Stevens and Democratic senators called for prosecutions as a result of what one termed McCarthy's "fraudulent letter” episode in the McCarthy-Army hearings. In swift and turbulent sequence: 1. The Senate Investigations subcommittee voted to send a daily transcript of its hearings to the Justice Department. This was on motion of Sen. McClellan (D-Ark). 2. Sen. Symington (D-Mo), en- HICKEY OUT OF RACE Parson Will 'Let Ladies Have' Treasurer's Job The Rev. Scott W. Hickey withdrew Thursday from the county treasurer’s race. Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, the Rev. Hickey said his religious work will interfere too much with campaigning for the office. When he announced for the post, it was uncontested. Later two women, Mrs. Bobby Haile and Mrs, L. Q. Campbell, filed for the position. *> Both arc widows. Aside from his church work, the Rev. Hickey stated he didn’t wish to campaign against two women. “Let one of the ladies have it,” he said. 10 MEN ABOARD WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES WIST TEXAS OPERA—"M«-quite» Under Thunder,“ written and composed by Editor Frank Grimes and Dr. Richard von Ende, will open tonight in Rodford Memorial Auditorium. See Page 9-B. SCHOOL WALLS CRACK— .School board investigates wall cracks in three newly built elementary school buildings.—See Page 1-B. MCCARTHY — Associated Press Writer James Marlow says that the Republicans for the first time now have Senator Joe pinned down.—See Page 6-A. POLITICS—Four Jones County political posts are cohtested.— See Page 8-A. Navy Plane Missing Over Gulf of Mexico CORPUS CHRISTI GW—The Naval Air Station reported today that one of its flying boats, with ten men aboard, is missing in the Gulf of Mexico. Seaway Past First Barrier WASHINGTON W - The House gave backers of St. Lawrence Seaway legislation a major victory today by turning down an amendment to change financing provisions of the Senate-approved bill. WASHINGTON UPL-Supporters of the 20-year-old St. Lawrence seaway plan boasted of unqualified contidence today as the House called up the controversial bill for a climactic vote. The Senate has passed the measure, which would authorize the United States to join with Canada in constructing a 27-foot-deep channel up the St. Lawrence River so ocean-going ships could steam from the Atlantic to Great Lakes ports. Tlie House has never before voted on the issue. Canada has officially informed this country that if the authorization does not come this year, it will proceed to build an all-Canadian seaway on its side of the St. Lawrence. So today’s vote could decide the issue for the United States for all time. The plane, a PBM patrol bomber, was on a routine training flight. It was last heard from at about 9 p.m. Wednesday and at that time reported its position as 75 miles east of Brownsville. The Navy said an extensive search of the Gulf area is being made. The plane carried fuel sufficient to keep it aloft until 4 a.m, today. The Navy withheld the names of the ten men aboard. The Navy said seaplane pilots are supposed to report their positions hourly when over water. The 9 p.m. report was picked up by the New Orleans overseas oceanic control. At that time the pilot said he was 75 miles east of Brownsville and headed toward Brownsville and then Corpus Chris-ti. On that schedule, a Navy spokesman said, the plane would have arrived at the Naval Air Station here about midnight. About 1 a.m. today a Coast Guard plane and two other PBMs began a search...... At 5:30 this morning five more PBMs and 11 other aircraft joined the hunt. Ten more planes were sent shortly afterward to search the coast of Mexico. A flare was spotted early this morning before dawn by a Coast Guard plane but when the plane returned after daylight to search the area nothing was sighted. The PBM is a two-engine air craft and lands on water. The lower prices were the aftermath of a cut of 4.1 cents per gallon made April 8 on Conoco gasoline. Gulf, Humble and Texaco gas was selling for 1.5 cents less per gallon. Most of the price reductions were effective last Saturday. Some were made Monday or Tuesday. A spokesman at the Phillips wholesale office said that company had made a “temporary allowance of 1.5 cents to dealers” on the wholesale level. At least one Phillips station operator said he dropped his prices Tuesday from 29 and 27 cents to 27 and 25 cents —a two-cent cut. Former Prussian Princess Is Dead BAD KISSINGEN, Germany (tf-Former Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia died here in her sleep early today after a long illness. She was 67. Her son, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, head of the former German royal house of Hohenzol-lern, and his wife Princess Kyra were at the bedside. Happy Policeman Gifford Returns to Force Monday Solons to Watch WASHINGTON Wv-Congression-al leaders were invited to the White House today to watch President Eisenhower sign a record-size highway aid biiL Your Sunday Want Ad . . . deadline on space ads — ads requiring one inch or more space — is 12:00 noon Friday. Word ads will be accepted until 12:00 noon Saturday. Call now so you won't forget. 140,000 readers await your od! Patrolman Mylon E. Gifford, 32, j will return to work on the Abilene police force Monday. He’s been away several months, during which he was hospitalized and underwent surgery. Gifford, strolling about the Po- j lice Department Thursday, talked and looked like the happiest man j in the world. He repeatedly expressed thanks for the kindness of fellow city employes, the newspaper and the general public. Police and Fire Department employes made it possible for Gifford to draw his regular pay throughout his lengthy illness. They donated sufficiently from their accumulated leaves to provide that pay. Gifford received much mail. “This is the finest thing that ever happened to me,” Gifford said Thursday. “I found out that friends are the best thing you can have.” The officer was in the Big Spring veterans’ hospital from Jan, 4 to MYLON E. GIFFORD .. . thanks to public went an operation few the removal of two arteries in his right leg, ¿q. while lbete, he under ] to correct a circulatory trouble. dorsing McClellan’s move, said someone was “absolutely guilty” of violating the law in connection with McCarthy’s getting material from a secret FBI report. He called McCarthy’s document, center of a storm yesterday, “this fraudulent letter.” 3. McCarthy snapped that Symington was “trying to punish those who dare to give out information on espionage in secret radar laboratories” at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. And he charged that Symington and Sen. Jackson (D-Wash) were “part of a secret effort” to hamper his investigation of Communists in the Army. McCarthy said too he was sorry Symington and Jackson, who walked out on his committee last year along with McClellan, ever came back. 4. Secretary Stevens testified he had made an error in earlier testimony to the subcommittee. He said he had been incorrect in stating that after a Feb. 24 meeting with the McCarthy subcommittee he had gone back to the Pentagon and conferred only with his staff. Met With Other* Actually, Stevens said, he had found on checking that he met with 21 uniformed and civilian officials of the Pentagon, including then Undersecretary of Defense Roger M. Kyes, Army Chief of Staff Matthew S. Ridgway; H. Struve Hen-sel, then Defense Department counsel but now an assistant secretary of defense, and Fred Seaton, also an assistant secretary of defense. Of the 21 present, Stevens said, 17 were members of his staff. McCarthy hopped on this change of testimony with a declaration that it appeared to be a “clear-cut case of perjury.” Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the subcommittee, *told McCarthy to confine himself to asking questions of Stevens. Claimed ‘Abuses’ It was on Feb. 24 that Stevens met with Republican members of McCarthy's subcommittee and agreed to withdraw orders ho had issued that Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker and some other officers should disregard subpoenas from McCarthy. In issuing the orders, Stevens had claimed McCarthy “abused” Zwicker at a closed hearing. McCarthy denied that. Stevens’ agreement to withdraw his order was widely interpreted as a “surrender” to McCarthy. Next day, Stevens issued a statement at the White House, with President Eisenhower’s approval, declaring there was no surrender and he would not permit the abuse of officers. ‘Smear Planned* McCarthy contends that at the Feb. 24 Pentagon meeting plans were laid to issue a “smear report” against him—the report which led to the present hearings. McCarthy challenged Stevens to say whether he had decided to change his testimony after he learned that Seaton and “a newsman” had testified last night and this morning at a closed meeting of the subcommittee. “No, sir,” Stevens replied. McCarthy asked Stevens whether John G. Adams, Army counselor, had told Stevens that one member of the press “helped prepare” the Army report. Answers Again “He did not,” Replied Stevens. Under instructions from Jenkins, however. Stevens conferred with Adams and quoted Adams as saying the newsman was Joseph Al-sop, a syndicated columnist for the New York Herald-Tribune. McCarthy asked then if Adams had said Alsop helped prepare the ■ Army report. “He did not,” Stevens answered again. McCarthy demanded that Stevens check his diary on the point of whether a newsman attended the Feb. 24 conference. He suggested that the secretary do this before the transcript of today’s hearing goes to the Justice Department. McCarthy told Stevens he had complained to the secretary of “constant leaks and erroneous stories from the Pentagon reflecting upon this committee.” Stevens said he didn’t recall tlas. He said it was his policy “to do everything in my power to prevent leaks.” In today’s exchange, McCarthy charged Symington was "trying tv punish those who dare to give out information about espionage in secret radar laboratories” ;