Abilene Reporter News, May 7, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 07, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 324 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 7, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Fortress Falls to Giant Human Wave of Reds GOLFER GETS BIRDIE John Fitzpatrick, 69, Pitts- ford, Vt., shows golf bail to the still-groggy crow he hit with a 165-yard drive at a Pittsford course. Fitzpatrick not only beaned the bird but called his shot in advance to Edward Mooney, a greenkeeper who was watching as two crows landed in the fairway. Aides Threatened Him, Stevens Soys 'WASHINGTON (.W-Secretary of the Army Stevens swore today that Sen. McCarthy's aides threatened him if Pvt. G. David Schiue failed to get favored treatment. They made "exceedingly seri- ous" threats, Stevens told the Sen- ate subcommittee investigating the McCarthy-Army row. And, Stevens declared, he had a distinct impression from McCar- thy, as well as from the senator's aides, that the more the Army did for Schine the less "hammering" the .Army would be subjected to from the McCarthy committee. hi: Schine, a member of a wealthy New York family, was an unpaid consultant to the McCarthy sub- committee until he was drafted last fall. The McCarthy-Army row re- volves about Army contentions the senator and his aides made im- proper efforts to get preferential treatment for Schine and McCar- thy's countercharges the Army tried to shut the senator's in- vestigations of Communists in the Army. McCarthy hammered questions at Stevens and the usually mild- mannered secretary, in his 12th day in the witness chair, snapped back with a sharpness not dis- played before. Pressed by McCarthy to say whether Hoy M. Cohn, the McCar- thy subcommittee's chief counsel, and Francis P. Carr, its staff di- rector, had ever "threatened" him, Stevens maintained they had. He said that because of the sub- committee's search for espionage at Ft, Monmouth, N.J., "taken in conjunction with the constant dis- cussion of Schine, it was my feel- ing that they were threatening me." "If I did not do something, they were going to do Stevens said. In response to McCarthy's urg- ing to be specific, Stevens cited what he called Cohn's "declaration of war" against the Army after Cohn was denied admittance'to a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Mon mouth on Oct. 20 and a meeting he had with Cohn and Carr at his Pentagon office on Nov. 16. McCarthy said that while Cohn was denied admittance to the radar laboratories "Commies have free access." "I say Commies do not have free access to those Stevens flared. Three days before the Nov. 16 meeting in his office with Cohn and Carr, Stevens recalled, he had said at a news conference that he no current espionage at Ft. Monmouth despite--the head- lines growing out of McCarthy's probe there. Stevens said Carr and Cohn tolf im "McCarthy "felt I had pulled the rug from under him." At the meeting with the senator's wo aides, he said, "there was plenty of what was going to happen McCarthy: "You say they told vou I was Stevens: "That's correct." WHERE IT WED ABILENE Municipal Airport ...........51 1450 Clinton .................65 2225 Edgemont .............35 426 Poplar St............... .75 1829 South 8th St............60 LAKE PAULINE .............07 ANSON.........................25 BAIRD .........................50 Band Room Bids Called For May 28 City Commission will open bids FYiday morning. May 28, for con- struction of a band and choral room at each of the two junior high schools. It set that date during this Friday's meeting, after approving jie architects' final plans. School Board President W. E. Fraley and Dan Boone of the archi- tectural firm, David S. Castle Co., attended. Fraley said the two rooms are to be completed before school opens next September Bids will be opened next Friday on proposed air-conditioning of the terminal building at the new Mu- nicipal Airport. That was reported by F. C. Olds, engineer. Commissioners also: (1) Postponed a decision on whether to open Walnut St. from the 2400 block to North Treadaway Blvd., as R. W. Stuard and others have asked. (City Atty. Alex Bick- ley reported the street dedication there hasn't ever been made, and that an earlier 20-foot alley ded- ication has been lost under exist- ing legislation.) (2) Approved on first reading-an ordinance re-zoning from Zone B to E a lot at North 13th and Hick- ory Sts., as asked by Dr. J. Estes Merrick. (This would permit erec- tion of a clinic, which Merrick has in his long-range plans.) (3) Approved a plat for Treeland Addition (Marshall Boykin, own- from North Sixth .to Eighth Sts., and from Victoria St. to a point 150 feet east of Kirkwood St.) (4) Instructed City Land Man John Berry to contact owners of some property on Peach St., just north of South 20th St. on the city's possibly purchasing it. (Purpose would be to extend Palm St. north- ward there, running it into Peach to form a through street.) (5) Endowed a plat of a south- ern extension of Elmwood West Addition, presented by Wendell .Vagley. owner. (It lies between Hartford St., U. S. Highway 277 and the alley west of Pioneer Dr.) (6) Agreed to place water and sewer lines in Treeland Addition at city expense, since that area jas been in the city a long time. TYE PETITION Taylor County Attorne y Tom Todd, center, examines a petition to the Commissioners' Court to call an'election to incorporate Tye. Presenting the pe- tition are two Tye residents, Bill Mauldin, left, and Wesley Rister. The petition bears 24 signatures. (Staff Tye Asks Election For Incorporation A petition asking Taylor County tion, or 640 acres. Mr. Lewis said 4th Mass Thrust Ends Long Siege By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS Dien Bien Phu has fallen. Premier Joseph Laniel announced late today the north- west Indochina bastion "has been submerged." A little fortress named Isabelle, site of the French Union garrison's main artillery, still was holding out three miles south of the bloodied, muddied bastion that had epito- mized the Indochina war to the world for 57 days. One of the last orders Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries, the lanky commander in chief, sent to Isabelle was to fire on his own command post when the Communist-led rebel riflemen finally cut through. There was no immediate word as to the fate of Gen. de Castries, commander of the fallen garrison, nor that of Genevieve de Galard Terraube, nurse and the only woman in the besieged fort. Premier Laniel told the National Assembly counter- attacks had been launched in a vain effort to block the rebels from making a juncture in attacks from the north- east and the southwest, but CAPS .50 CHILLICOTHE ................40 CfflLDRESS ...................30 CLARENDON ..................10 CLYDE........................38 HAML.IN ......................63 HASKELL .....................03 HOBBS -25 KNOX CITY.............. shower MATADOR ....................38 MEMPHIS MERKEL MUNDAY NEINDA PADUCAH QUITAQUE ROTAN SANTA ANNA SHAMROCK STAMFORD TRUSCOTT.................. TURKEY VERNON shower WEINERT -21 WELLINGTON ..................15 Death Penally Set For Girl's Slayer DOYLESTOWN, Pa. L. Capps, a 22-year-old Army vet- eran, was convicted of first-degree a death penalty rec- night in the slaying of a teen-age neighbor girl. A jury of nine men and three women deliberated less than two hours before returning the verdict. Capps had admitted shooting 15- year-old Marta Gibbons through the head but maintained he was intoxicated and temporarily in- sane. The girl's frozen and partially clad body was found by the edge of a lake several miles from her home in the new community of Levittown last Jan. 25. Commissioners Court to call an election on the proposition of Tye incorporating as a city will be presented to the court at its next meeting, May 10. Three Tye men brought the peti- tion to Abilene Friday and left it and a plat showing the area pro- posed for incorporation with Coun- ty Attorney Tom Todd in the ab- sence of County Judge Reed Ingals- be. Those presenting the petition were the Rev. J. Temple Lewis, who has been instrumental in cir- culating the petition, Bill Mauldin and Wesley Rister. Both Mauldin and Rister were among 24 persons who signed the petition. Approval Seen Mr. Lewis said he obtained the 24 signatures between 7 and 10 a.m. Friday. He expressed confi- dence that Tye residents will ap- prove the proposed incorporation, saying he could have got many others to sign the petition. The area that would te included within the Tye city limits if the election carries is about one sec- he took a census of the residents of Tye last month and found that there are 373. Those who signed the petition for the election on incorporation were H. T. Askins, Theo Newton, Homer Laney, Jesse Chase, W. B. Lollar, L. L. Knight, Scott Mor- ris, Floyd Kimmey, R. F. England, Theo Kincaid, Ira D. Kimmey, W. H. Rister, Mrs. Lula Street, David Chase, J. C. Rister, L. W. Askins, Lula Hassey, Bill Mauldin, H. A. King, R. L.-Barrett, 0. E. Penney, Roy E. Isom and J. L. Hassey. Squall Touches Off Rain, High Winds WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES FAST human be- ing in history runs mile in less than four 6-A. first pre-fab- ricoted house in Abilene will be displayed 9-A. secretary of the army hits back after being slammed a few 12-A. FRAUD grand jury at Lubbock may take act- ion Friday in investigating VA fraud charges. Page 1-8. Winds of tree-uprooting velocity caused considerable damage in the Abilene area Thursday even- ing when a rain-yielding squall line passed through. 'The squall took only three hours to arrive fronvAmnrillo. Numerous flashes of lightning and crashes of thunder accompan- ied the squall line. The.south-bound storm dumped .51 of an inch of rain at the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Air- port, bringing the totr-1 for the year up to 5.90. .18 Below Normal The weatherman said normal rainfall through May 6 of this year is 6.06 inches. Actual rainfall was .16 of an inch below that amount, William' L. Blakney, dis- trict manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., said long dis- tinct tervice to till points as far north as Wichita Falls was dis- rupted when a grain elevator was blown over and crushed a main toll line at Hawley Thursday even- ing. The telephone company used al- ternate lines, but service was de- layed when calls piled up. The damaged toll line was back in ser- vice by mid-morning Friday, Blak- ney said. The storm caused minor tele- phone line damage between Abi- lene and Tuscola, he said. Winds blew over a granary building two and one-half miles northwest of Caps, it was reported by Clarence Thornton, owner, of 882 Clinton St. The structure pill have to be almost completely rebuilt, he said. The squall line was about 15 miles wide and about 100 miles long when it rushed though Uie Abilene area between and p. m. It quickly dropped the temperature here from 73 to 58 degrees. There was no tornado danger, the weatherman said. Rainfall was spotty squall line sped toward as the Abilene from the Amarillo area. A radar report here showed the squall line moved to near Dublin in Erath County after leaving Abilene. In the Elmwood West section of Abilene, winds jack-knifed televis- ion aerials, blew shingles off roofs and tore limbs from trees. A mo- torist said visibility sunk so low he couldn't see to drive and was forced to stop his auto until the storm abated. Powerful winds overturned a tin-roofed boat dock on Lake Fort Phantom Hill at Lake Phantom See SQUALL, ft..lint, CfL S Dr. L. F. Grubbs Dies in Florida Dr. L. F. Grubbs, longtime Abi- lene physician, died Thursday in Orlando, Fla., Abilene friends were advised today. He suffered a stroke shortly be- fore his death. Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a. m. in Americus, Ga. Dr. Grubbs, an ear, eye, nose and throat specialist, moved from Abilene shortly after his wife's death a few years ago. Dr. Grubbs, who was in his raid- 70's, practiced in Abilene about 20 years. He was a member of the Taylor-Jones Medical Society and in the former Abilene Medical and Surgical Clinic. He was a Rotar- ian. Before coming to Abilene about 1926 he lived and practiced at Americus. He was educated at Emory University School of Medi- cine and did postgraduate work in Km Yule and in Philadelphia. West Wants Parley Soon GENEVA Big Three Western powers decided today to propose to the Communists that the Indochinese peace talks begin tomorrow afternoon. The last apparent obstacle for the opening of the talks was re- moved when the French agreed to have the chairmanship rotate be- tween British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov. This was understood to be satis- factory to the Communists. The Western powers agreed to have W. D. Allen, British undersec- retary of state for foreign affairs, notify Soviet Deputy Foreign Min- ister Andrei Gromyko that the West is ready to meet tomorrow. II liad been arranged several days ago that the meeting would be convened whenever the Western delegations were ready. News of the agreement on the chairmanship came as the East West delegates returned to their deadlocked debate on Korea after three-day recess. But the two- week-old try for unification of tha war torn peninsula appeared near its expected unproductive end. Despite the Western belief th< last hurdle had been cleared foi the start of the Indochina talks, a potentially jarring note was in jected by an official spokesman for Red China, Huang Hua. Senators Kill T-H Revisions In Close Vote .WASHINGTON, May 7 Senate today voted to send Presi- dent Eise-ihower's Taft-Hartley re- bill back to the Labor Com- mittee, in effect killing it for this The roll call vote was 50-42. Southern and Northern Demo- crats, disregarding an appeal by Senate Republican leaders, voted ogether, but for entirely different reasons, to recommit the bill. Northern Democrats said the measure, approved on straight party lines by the Labor Commit- ee, failed to go to the heart of vhat they called anti-labor "in- equities" in the present law. The. Southerners were worried about an anti discrimination amendment which Sen. Lehman :D, Lib-NY) said he would call up. An agreement to limit debate on all amendments to 90 minutes would have blocked any Southern effort to filibuster that amend- ment. the defense efforts failed. Changes Nothing "The government jusl learned that Dien Bien Phu has been submerged after 20 hours of uninterrupted combat." Laniel said. Laniel said "the French reaction will be the reaction of the virility of a great nation." He added that France will con- firm its instructions to its dele- gates at Geneva without admitting that the fall of Dien Bien Phu can change anything. "France will recall to its Allies that during seven years .it hi never quit defending alone a grea region of Laniel told th Assembly. All the deputies in the Assembl. stood while Laniel announced th fall of Dien Bien the Communists. They remained seated. DEFEAT COMES ON BITTER DAY PARIS wv-The French loss of Dien Bien Phu today came on the ninth anniversary of the World War V-E day. Ger- many surrendered to the Al- lies, including France, in a ceremony at Reims May 7, 1945. THE WEATHER AND VICINITY Partly cloudy Friday afternoon, Fridav night and Saturday; hUh Friday 70-75: low Friday night 50; high Saturday chance for afternoon showers Friday. WORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Tartly cloudy, widely scattered showers or thun- dershowers this afternoon, tonight and Sat- urday. Cooler noitb and west this after- WEST cloudy, widely scattered showers or thundersnowers in Panhandle. South Plains and upper Pecos Valley eastward this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. EAST cloudy, widely -pattered thundershowers Saturday and in north portion this afternoon and tonight. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Satur- day, widely scattered thundershowers north portion Saturday. TEMPERATCBES Thars. P. M. Fri. A. M. 79 81 59 81............ 58 82 58 81 58 80 58 76 60 74 62 73 61 58 65 62 ..........11-.3U 6S 61 63 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 83. Minimum temperature for the 24 boors ended at a.m.: 56. Barometer reading at a.m. 28.30. Relative 'humidity at P4n. 43 per cent. Far Outnumbered Gen. Ho. Nguyen Giap's rebel siege forces, bidding for victory before the Geneva conference started negotiations for an end to the 7-year-old war, outnumbered De' Castries' -garrison by 4-to-l or more. De. Castries was estimated on the eve of the showdown battle to have men, including wounded, at his command.' These were Frenchmen, Foreign Legion naires, Vietnamese and North Af ricans. There were about wounded in underground bunkers of the fort. All efforts for a truce to evacuate them had failed. The fortress, sitting in a broad flat rice plain about six miles long and half that wide, was pounded by artillery and mortars during the long days of the siege. Each Went Farther Each new wave of infantrymen bit off a bit of the original fortress until when the attack started dur ing the past night, a field little bigger than a baseball diamont remained in which the defender were concentrated. Defense of the little fortress wa. made difficult by the fact that al the surrounding hills were held by the Vietminh and, to the surpris of the French Union .forces, they were strongly supplied with artil lery, for the first time in the mor than seven years that they hav been fighting the French. Beyond, that, also, they ha antiaircraft guns which som French and American officials in sisted were manned by Chinese crews, a fact .never formally es tablished. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Power for Peace. That's the theme of this year's Armed Forces Day observance in Abilene. Staff Writer John Danilsou will tell Sunday Reporter-News readers how the Abi- lene Air Force Base is shaping up as one of the nationV powers for peace. Sunday's paper also will tell you about the Armed Forces Day he was the man on the bridge when destroyers blasted Japa- nese shore batteries. And politics .are taking shape. Reporter-News State Editor Katharyn Duff will show how major races look. You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter- News "with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. Jobless Total Down 1st lime Since October WASHINGTON Wt-The govern- ment reported today unemploy- ment declined in April, the irst jobless drop since last Oc- ober. Employment increased by nearly half a million in the month. The encouraging job report was ssued jointly by Secretary of Labor Mitchell and Secretary of Commerce Weeks in a new com- jined release of data available to joth departments. In their joint announcement the two cabinet officers said that not only did employment increase and unemployment decline in April, as measured during the week ended April 10, but "there was evidence that unemployment continued to decline as the month progressed." Unemployment was reported at or less than the jobless counted in March. Employment increased by between March and April, rising from to The jobless drop was largely at- tributed to the usual seasonal pick- up of outdoor activities. Unemploy- ment has declined between March and April in all but two of the past dozen years. April's jobless, while some improvement over March, is still the second largest jobless total for April since World War n. IF you ore a Reporter-News home- delivered subscriber, your serv- ice should always be A-l and if ever it's not, please notify us. The phone number is 4-7271. Poring Assessments Voted on 3 Streets Paving activity on both the North and South Sides received a boost Friday morning from the City Commission. Commissioners agreed to run as- sessments for paving Victoria St. from North Second to Third Sts. A. T. Bontke, contractor, said this will mean Victoria St. is a paved route all the way from North First to North 14th Sts. Bontke said he is now paving Victoria St between North Third and Fifth Sts. The commission voted assess- ments for paving Jeanette St. from South Seventh to Eighth Sts.; and Vine St from South Sixth to Seventh Sts. Putlic hearing on the Jeanette and Vino St assessments was held in the same meeting. Nobody spoke for or against the proposal. Marshall Boylcin, a real estate man and developer, gave tes-, er Scott and Or. W. timony in response to City Atty. Alex Bickley's questions. Boykin said that in his opinion the paving on Jeanette and Vine Sts. will in- crease the property values as much as the paving will cost. Bontke told the commission that the owners of about 70' per cent of the footage involved have sign- ed up for paving Victoria St. tween North Secoad and Third Sts. He said they were six out of the total eight owners. The commission agreed to run assess- ments. Mayor C. E. Gatlin, presiding, asked F. C. Olds, local engineer, whether he has heard any com- plaints from people about the city's proposed "limited" aiiwSta- tion of an area extending 'five miles all around the present 'city limits. Olds (aid he hadn't. Other commission membtrj pre- sent were Jack Minter, A, .'Cratch- ;