Abilene Reporter News, May 10, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 10, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERS / ztlljc ^Mtne porterevening VOL. LXIII, No. 327"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 10, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c HOODWINKING THE PUBLIC — Above, law enforcement officers demonstrate hammer-and-nail gambling device which carnival employes used near Abilene to tnck the public last week. From left are Bill Bateman, liquor control officer; Doyle W’’oody, county jailer; and Sheriff Ed Powell. Crooked nails at right used in the device invariably bend over so that carnival patrons cannot win money or prizes shown in background of top photo. (Staff photos by Don Hutcheson). GIRLS PAY $221 Carnival Employes Fined After Raid Four carnival employes paid a total of $263 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to misdemeanors before Justice of the Peace H. F. Long of Abilene Saturday midnight. They are; C. M. Brock, 42, Jacksonville. Fla., gambling, $10 fine and plus $10.50 costs. Jame.s Carleton Aldorf, 38, St. Louis, Mo., gambling, $10 fine and $10.50 costs. Mary Humphrey, 19, Holden, Ga., indecent exposure, $100 fine and $10.50 costs. Stormey Hogen, 23. Amarillo, indecent exposure, $100 fine and Rains Strike Norih Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rains fell over the northern half of Texas Monday. Good, general rains fell mostly in North Central Texas. Denton had I’-z inches in the morning. Paris had 1.04. The ram belt extended as far south as Waco and stretched from Shreveport westward to Lubbock. One man received serious inju-rie.s when his pickup truck collided with a train at a Pilot Point crossing 18 miles north of Denton during a driving rainstorm. He was Bent Booe, 64, a Pilot Point farmer. Witnesses said they believed the windows of Booe’s pickup truck •‘logged up’’ and he did not see the approaching train. Two air masses that fought to a draw spread the thunderstorms, rain, drizzle, fog and overcast across the state. $10 .)0 costs. Sheriff Ed Powell said the quartet was arrested at a carnival operated by Alamo Shows of San Antonio. Officers raided the show about 10;30 p.m. Saturday in a lot along U. S. Highways 83-277 just across from the Park Drive-In Theater a short distance north of Abilene. The investigation began after the carnival moved here Tuesday. Powell said. Earlier attempts by a plain clothes officer to detect the “girlie show'“ were unsuccess-fun when carnival employes learned the identity of the officer. Subsequently an undercover man attended the show and the two women removed their clothing, Powell said. The gambling charge arose in connection with a hammer-and-nail device in w'hich carnival patrons drove nails into a two-by-four plank in an effort to win prizes, Powell said. Bet.s were placed in connection with driving the nails, he said. When the bets became sufficiently high, the carnival employes substituted a crooked nail for a straight nail so that the patron could not win, he said. Powell said a package of crooked nails was recovered. Efforts failed when officers tried to drive the crooked nails into the plank without bending the nails, he said. The carnival left towm after the raid. Envoy Boosf Set CAIRO, Egypt ITL-Egypt and the Vatican plan to raise their respective diplomatic representations from legation to embassy level, an Egyptian Foreign Office source said today. Ui Date for Tye Incorporation Vole Deferred Tye residents will gel an opportunity to vote on incorporation, but the election date will not be set prior to Thursday. This was reported by County Judge Reed Ingalsbe at noon Monday following a session of the Taylor County Commissioners Court. D. E. Thomas, Tye, requested at the meeting that action be delayed until Thursday so that he can determine how much of his land would be inside the corporate city limits it voters approve the proposal. County Attorney Tom Todd gave a legal opinion that the law requires the county judge to order the election, when 20 qualified residents reque.st one. Twenty-four persons requested the Tye election in a signed petition last Friday. Check on Signers Judge Ingalsbe said the petition was turned over Monday morning to Raymond Petree, county tax as-sessor-collector. Petree is to determine if the petition signers are legally qualified residents of the area. The judge said he will delay setting the election date at least until Thursday, in response to the request by Thomas. In other business, commissioners discussed financing the acquisition of a right of way in Precinct 2 (from Tye to the Nolan County line) for IF, S. Highway 80. This discussion included George Buescher, Jr., manager of First Southwest Co. in Abilene, an investment concern. Buescher discussed various ways the financing could be handled. Commissioners took no action Monday morning. Commissioners approved bills for April as submitted by County Auditor Herbert Middleton. Indochina Reds Veto French Peace Terms Ike's Guards Decide Deafh Try's a Hoax WASHINGTON - President Eisenhower didn’t know it, but i Secret Service agents spent a busy | weekend investigating a reported j threat to assassinate him. Secret Service chief U. E. Baughman says of the report now that he is “satisfied there was nothing to it.” But he reached that con-| elusion only after his men had worked long hours checking every angle, he said. The report Baughman got was that there would be an attempt on Eisenhower’s life yesterday after-n 0 0 n at Fredericksburg, Va., where the chief executive drove to place a wreath at the grave of Mary Ball Washington, mother ot the nation’s first President. Fredericksburg is about 45 miles south of Washington. The Mother’s Day ceremony, witnessed by several thousand people standing in the rain, went off without incident. Tells After Rites And it wasn’t until after the President and Mrs. Eisenhower had started back to Washington that Fredericksburg Police Chief A. G. Kendall told of the “threat” to kill the President and of the precautions taken to prevent it. Kendall told newsmen a Negro man he termed “reliable” visited ‘ Fredericksburg police headquar-ters Saturday and said he had been approached with plans to “knock the President off.” Kendall declined to name the man, saying that to do so might place him in danger. He quoted the man as saying he had been qpproached by two other men who asked him if he wanted to make $500. The police chief quoted his informant as saying the pair showed him a rifle with telescopic sights and told him they planned to shoot the President from a rooftop. Told Secret Service Kendall said the man arranged, to meet the pair again Saturday • night, then came to police with the story, and was told to keep the rendezvous. But he lost his nerve, Kendall continued, and police located him and kept him in; protective custody overnight. Kendall said he communicated with the Secret Service as soon as the man came to police. He said the informant was “questioned, questioned and questioned, but we coudn’t break his story down.” “Even now," he said, “we don’t know if his story was true or not true." MATERNITY WARD — With a discerning eye, this pigeon selected a fifth-floor fire escape just outside the maternity ward at St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis as a good place to hatch her eggs. Nurses contributed bits of cotton as nest-feathering material. Offering a drink of water to the expectant mother is student nurse Joanne Otten. De Castries Alive, Prisoner of Reds Fort's Wounded Will Be Removed GENEVA (JP) — The Communists “totally’* rejected French terms for an Indochinese armistice today. They countered with an eight-point plan of their own. The Communists agreed, however, to cooperate in quick action to remove the wounded from fallen Dien Bien Phu. The Communist armistice plan was submitted to the nine-party Indochinese conference by the deputy premier of the Vietminh, Pham Van Dong, after he assailed the French plan for an internationally guaranteed armistice. Major points of the Communist plan were; Recognition of the Communist regimes of Vietminh, Laos and Cambodia—the latter two labelled by the French as “phantom” governments. Informed quarters said British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov agreed this morning that the nine-party Indochinese Conference could go ahead without waiting for a solution of the procedural snag on Jn- TOKYO, Tuesday IÆ)—A Vietminh communique broadcast by Peiping Radio said today Brig. Gen, Christian de Castries was among those captured at the Indochina fortress of Dien Bien Phu. The communique for the first time mentioned the heroic commander by name and confirmed previous reports that he had been THE WEATHER U.S. DEPAETMENT OF COMMERCE HEATHER BtJREAC ABILENE AND VICINITY — MosUy cloudy and cool Monday and Monday n!*ht. Partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday afternoon: scattered showers throughout the period. High temperature Monday 60, low Monday night 50, high Tuesday In the 70’s. more    more      MORE NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and local thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday mostly in the north portion. WEST TEXAS — Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday with scattered thunderstorms In west portion. Warmer in Panhandle and upper South Plains. EAST TEXAS — Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and local thunderstorms mostly in the north portion. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy and warm with scattered thundershowers In the northwest portion. TEMPERATURES ARMISTICE GREETINGS — French President Rene Coty bows to greet amputee Joseph Faussone, Foreign legion warrant officer who lost both legs and suffered an arm injury in Indochina, during Armistice Day ceremonies It Paris’ Arch of Triumph. 1.30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:^ 11:30 12:30 Mon. A. M. 65 66 66 65 64 61 58 57 55 54 53 34 High and low temperature for 24 hours ended at 6:30; S3 and 53. Sunset last night 7:26 p m. Sunrise today 5:42 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:27 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.17. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.ra. ^ per cent. New Foreign Policy Urged By Democrats WASHINGTON UPi - Democratic demands for a change in America’s foreign policy flared anew today in the wake of reports of free world setbacks in Europe and Asia. Some minority party members criticized this country’s allies. Others took swipes at the Eisenhower administration’s handling of foreign affairs, which in turn was defended by Republican leaders. International problems were a possible topic at President Eisenhower’s weekly conference with GOP congressional chiefs this morning. The chief executive convened a special session of the strategy-making National Security Council Saturday, the day after word arrived of the fall of the Indochina fortress Dien Bien Phu to the Communists. Secretary of State Dulles, a Security Council member, conferred with a number of Republican senators afterwards. Today Eisenhower had appointments with Adm. Arthur W. Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense Wilson, Sen. Smathers (D-Fla) said in a speech prepared for Senate delivery today that developments in Indochina and Geneva prove that this nation’s “old allies,’' including Britain and France, no longer stand up with us in “resolute determination to oppose Com-.munist aggression." Negro Faces Dope Charge Willie McCowan, Jr., 29-year-old Negro of 896 Mesquite St., was accused of possession of marijuana in a charge filed Monday morning in the court of Justice of the Peace H. F. Long. Police arre.sted McCowan about 3:15 p.m. Sunday in an alley on North Sixth St. between Mesquite and Plum Sts. Arresting officers were Capt. W. B. McDonald and Lt. George Sutton. Judge Long set McGowan’s bond at $5,0(K). The defendant was taken to the Taylor County jail Sunday. McCowan previously had served a federal sentence for possession and sale of marijuana, the officers said. As the two officers drove up, McCowan dropped as package of 10 marijuana cigarets, the officers said. In another felony charge filed Monday with Judge Long, Charles Lee Poe, 46, Corpus Christi, was accused of second-offense driving while intoxicated. Date of the alleged offense was late May 6. Date of the alleged first DWI offense was Oct, 19, 1950, at Victoria. Placed in the 'Taylor County jail on May 6, Poe was released the following day after posting $1,000 bond. Complainant in the alleged May 6 offense was Sheriff Ed Powell. A 42d District Court grand jury, which convenes May 17, will investigate the charges against Poe and McCowan. made a prisoner. "Brigadier Gen, De Castries, commander of the French sector in northwest Viet Nam and commander of the French beleaguered bastion at Dien Bien Phu was taken prisoner by the Viet Nam Peoples Army,” said the communique as heard in Tokyo. The communique asserted that the Communist-led forces had "well treated the enemy prisoners and given them adequate care." The communique dated the start of the offensive against the northwest Indochina fortress from March 13. “According to first-hand information," the communique said, "the Viet Nam peoples forces have knocked out 17 infantry and para-troop battalions, three artillery battalions and several armored, engineering, transport, air and other units, totaling over 21 battalions and 10 companies, numbering over 16,000 crack troops." The rebel command boasted that 62 planes were shot down during the prolonged struggle, including B24, B26, flying boxcar transport planes and Navy “Helldiver type fighters” supplied “by the U.S. interventionists.” “Besides, the Viet Nam peoples army captured all enemy arms, ammunition, vehicles — including artillery pieces, tanks, trucks, etc.—and all enemy depots of ammunition and military equipment," the communique concluded. “The number of parachutes captured amounts to 30,000.” viting additional participants. Speaking for the West, Eden Tioped to get Molotov to withdraw his demand.s for the inclusion of two newly created "phantom" Red Indochinese governments in the parley. The two foreign ministers met privately in advance of the second session of the talks on Indochina later today. Western sources said Red insistence that rebel movements in Laos and Cambodia be invited to the talks might wreck the Indochina negotiations at the Far Eastern conference. American intelligence officers said the so-called governments had been created early in April for the purpose of stalling the Geneva conference. French sources describe them as scattered gangs of brigands roaming remote interior areas ot the two Indochinese kingdoms. Backed By Reds PJiam Van Dong’s demand was backed by Molotov and Communist China’s Chou En-lai. The debate following snarled the opening meeting on Indochina for almost three hours. A high American source said the next three days would tell whether there will be peace in Indochina. There was some speculation among Western sources that the Reds might be making a propaganda gesture and were not ready to stage a real fight that might disrupt the peace talks. Nine delegations were present at the opening session—the Big Four, Red China, the Vietminh, and the French-sponsored governments of the Indochina states, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. Ignore BldanU The Reds at Saturday’s session completely ignored French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault’s proposal for an Indochina truce to be guaranteed by the countries participating in the talks here. The key provisions of the French plan were: (Da halt in the fighting; (2) withdrawal of all forces from Cambodia and Laos except those of the French-recognized governments; (3) assembly of all opposing forces in Viet Nam, regular and irregular, in zones to be agreed upon by the conference; (4) liberation of war prisoners and civilian internees; and (5) international control of the execution of the agreement. Rain Heavy M Maverick; Trace Here A cool front that moved through Abilene Sunday night brought rains ranging from a trace here to about an inch at Maverick in Runnels County 15 miles northwest of Ballinger. The Reporter-News cwrespondent at Ballinger said “it looked like" a heavy shower was falling south of Ballinger at 10 a.m. Ballinger reported JtS of an inch. Bronte received .25 of an inch with a strong wind about 8:15 a.m. The correspondent there said the rain started about midnight and continued off and on until about 9 a.m. No wind damage was reported, Throckmorton reported .70. Haskell and Seymour both had a trace. Fort Worth had had more than an inch at noon and a hard rain was reported at Hamilton in Hamilton County. Other rainfalls reported were .07 of an inch at Stamford and still misting at 9:30 a.m., and a trace at Merkel with a light sprinkle still in progress at 9:43 a.m. Total rainfall for Abilene this year has amounted to 5.90 inches. Normal rainfall up untU this time is 6.06. Mercury Dives The front also lowered temperatures here from a high Sunday afternoon of 83 to a low o!53 Monday morning. At 9:30 a.m. the front was stationary about 50 miles south of Abilene, causing precipitation in an area 50 miles south of Abilene, northward to Oklahoma City, east to the Louisiana border, and 100 miles northwest of here and about 90 miles southwest of here, tha Weather Bureau said. The front is expected to move back north through Abilene Tuesday, bringing warmer weather. Tha cloudy condition should end by noon Tuesday, the Weather Bureau said. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES MORE AID—U.S. will continue to give France military assistance, respite fall of Dien Bien Phu.—Page 6-A. POLITICS — Young Democrats elect state prseident, who opposes Gov. Shivers and Atty. Gent. Shepperd.—Page 8-A. TOP COP—J. Edgor Hoover observes 30th anniversory as FBI director.—Page 12-A. CRIME—Burglors hit Runnels County bonHrfor the fifth time in obout os many years. Page 1-B. Stevens Told to Get Homes Of Men Behind Peress Move WASHINGTON t^V-Senate investigators today ordered Secretary of the Army Stevens to submit the names of Army officials responsible for giving Maj. Irving Peress—described by Sen. McCarthy as a “Fifth Amendment Communist’’—an honorable discharge. The action came on a ruling by Chairman Mundt (R-SD) of the committee looking into the Mc-Carthy-Army dispute after the group postponed until later in the day a showdown on the question of cutting short public hearings. Mundt ordered a dosed afternoon session to discuss a proposal by Sen. Dirksen (R-IID that public testimony be limited to Stevens and McCarthy and that any other testimony be taken in closed session. Dirksen’s proposal brought a protest from Army Counsel Joseph N. Welch that this would “do violence to justice and equity" and a suggestion from Sen, Symington (D-Mo) that it was an effort to sweep the charges “under the rug.” Symington said he for one insisted the inquiry be held In a “goldfish bowl," Sen. Potter (R-Mich) retorted there was no effort to sweep the matter under the rug but there was no point in "hearing the same story told 10 times in 10 different ways.” Chairman Mundt, iiklicating he would go along with the Army, said he felt no procedure should be imposed over objections from principals. Mundt said if the hearings continue as originally scheduled, it would take at least “three or four weeks more." Once the argument over trimming down the hearings was laid aside, Roy M. Cohn, general counsel to McCarthy’s subccanmit-tee, began questioning Sevens— now in his 13th day on the witness stand. Cohn demanded that Stevens give the committee the names of officials named in an inspectc»' general's report as having had a hand in the promotion and honorable discharge for Peress. Peress, a New York dentist, was honorably discharged frwn the Army last winter after refusing to answer questions from McCarthy as to whether he had had Communist affiliations. Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) sided with McCmThy in tba demand for the names and Mundt ruled that Stevens must give them to the committee, although the chairman said that they might not be released publicly. Cohn toW the cwnmittee the demand for the names was bas^ on the McCarUiy camp’s ccmten-tlon that John G. Adams, Army counselor, had said in February he would be “acutely embarrassed" by disdc»urt <rf the identity of those responsible f<a- the Peress action because Adams hadn’t “followed up" on tim case. Stevens said he did not bavt Ihe names at the mcmest ;