Abilene Reporter News, May 14, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 14, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas / Co POSSIBLE SHOWERS W(\t Abilene porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING VOL. LXXIII, No. 331 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 14, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c BUT WHERE’S HIS WALLET? — Weldon Rives, left, McMurry senior, finds his pictures. Where’s the billfold? Lt. George Sutton, center, and Ranger George Roach didn’t know. (Staff Photo by David Barros). VISITS TOLD Adams (ani Detail 'High Level Meet' Fire Station Site Bought For $36,000 Site for a future fire station was purchased by the city Friday morning for $36.000. City Commission voted the action. The tract, 140 by 150 feet, is in the southwest corner of the North Second and Mulberry Sts. intersection. It is roughly one-fourth block. Purchase was made lrom Mrs. Alice Britton Jackson, a widow, of Los Angeles, Calif., and others. The commission plans to submit a bond issue to the voters this year. Part of the proceeds would be used to build two new fire stations, including the one al North Second and Mulberry Sts. Air-Conditioning Let Contract for air-conditioning the terminal building at the Munici-, pal Airport was awarded to Henderson Refrigeration Co., Abilene. That bid was $3.089. A zoning ordinance was adopted on the first of two required readings. Public hearing and final hearing were set for June 4. This would keep all of Tangle-wood and River Oaks Additions in Zone A (one-family residences). The same type of zone would apply to the south extension ot Elmwood West. The ordinances places in Zone C (apartments) the tract to be occupied by the W’oman’s Club at the northeast corner of River Oaks, Section 2. Under the ordinance all the area now within the city limits north of North First St. and West of Mockingbird Lane will be Zone J (light manufacturing'. RANGER RETURNS 14 Abilene Collegians Claiming Billfolds The Billfold Bandit. May sound like a two-bit detective novel, but the words fit a youth who light-fingered his way through 17 colleges, collecting 120 billfolds. The stolen wallets were brought to Abilene Thursday by Texas Ranger George Roach of Stephenville, of billfolds still having identification in them took about 14 hours’ work. H-SU students, the lightest hit, were to come by the police station around noon for possible identifications. Roach and Lt. Sutton were to go to ACC at 1:30 p.m. First Abilene student to get his who’s been on the case since it belongings back was Weldon Rives, broke April 23.    a McMurry senior from Rotan. He and Lt. George.Sutton of the Because of the “Billfold Bandit,” police department set up shop Friday morning at McMurry College, where nine students finally identified their papers or billfolds. Fourteen billfolds had been previously identified by Roach as belonging to Abilene students—eight from McMurry, one from Hardin-Simmons, and five from Abilene Christian College. The ranger said that cataloging Showers Possible Today, Saturday Two chances for showers in the Abilene area were seen Friday morning by C. E. Sitchler. chief meteorologist at the U. S. W’eather Bureau at Municipal Airport. The first chance was for Friday afternoon. The second was for Saturday. He forecast “air mass showers.” Additional moisture has moved into this area from the Gulf since the recent rains, he said. But no fronts were approaching Friday morning, he added. The showers were forecast on the basis of moisture already in the area, he said. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS The rains came. And everybody said that was nice. But how nice? State Editor Katharyn Duff has asked Key City business leaders what they think the rains mean to*Abilene and Central West Texas in dollars and cents. Their remarks will be carried in this Sunday’s Reporter-News. How are Abilene school buildings standing up? Earle Walker will report this Sunday on some conditions in some of the newer schools. Pictures by Staff Photographer Don Hutcheson will illustrate the article. You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. Rives had a sad Christmas. His wallet contained $45 in cash and a $25 check when it was taken —from his bedside at night. “I usually lock my door and put my billfold in my drawer,” Rives said Friday. “That particular night I didn’t lock the door and I left my billfold on the desk top.” A double blow for him was that had the theft occurred a day later, he wouldn’t have lost as much money. He had planned to do his Christmas shopping the next day. All McMurry students looked at the picture of the youth suspected ot stealing the wallets. No one recalled ever seeing him. The youth wanted for questioning is George Chester Sewell. 21, former North Texas State College student. He was enrolled at NTSC in 1952 and 1953. He was dropped from school in January, Ranger Roach stated. Sewell also is wanted by a Dallas auto finance company. He allegedly put a down payment on a 1949 Chevrolet sedan and made no further payments. Two days after he purchased the car, he bought a tire at Dallas firm, paid a-few dollars down, but didn’t pay the balance. Rangers caught up with him when he left the car for repairs in a garage near Weatherford. When he never showed up, the trunk was opened by lawmen and the billfolds were discovefed.    m    1L*I IA A picture <if Sowell in the front BUMS ADllCIIC M3H of the car checked with his college yearbook photo. North Texas college officials also identified the picture as being one of Sewell. After his work in Abilene is completed, Ranger Roach will go to Texas Tech in Lubbock, another one of the 17 burglarized colleges. WASHINGTON (JR—An Eisenhower administration bar today shut off any detailed testimony about high-level conferences on the Mc-Carthy-Army row. but two senators related behind-the-scenes Army approaches to them—visits j Sen. McCarthy calls “blackmail” i attempts. In dramatic moments, Sens, j Dirksen (R-Ill) and Mundt (R-SD) ! stepped from their roles on the bench of the McCarthy-Army hearings to testify about visits they received last January from Army counselor John G. Adams. Both agreed that Adams poured out a story of pressure from the McCarthy subcommittee, and particularly from Roy M. Cohn, its general counsel, in behalf of Pvt. David Schine, drafted former consultant to the subcommittee. Wanted Cohn Fired Both Dirksen and Mundst said, too, their first reaction was that, if the charges were true Cohn must be fired, and that when they discussed the matter with Sen. McCarthy he declared he would not submit to “blackmail.” The committee recessed at 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. with Sen. Potter (R-Mich), another Republican subcommittee member, is preparing to testify under oath about his conference with Adams in January. Dirksen touched off the round of senatorial testimony by dramatically asking and receiving permission to be sworn as a witness. His request came in the midst of a row over the propriety of exploring publicly the roles of top White House aides and Atty. Gen. Brownell in a Justice Department conference last Jan. 21. Adams Balks Adams was a witness for his third day and had balked at telling who said what at the conference— a meeting he first mentioned on Wednesday. The Army's special counsel, Joseph N. Welch, said Adams was barred from answering such questions by orders from “the executive department .” Chairman Mundt (R-SD) ruled that Adams himself had brought up the subject and could not refuse to answer questions about it. Rut in the upshot Mundt gave Adams until after the noon recess to check back and determine whether he could say just where these instructions came from. Adams had said his instructions came to him through Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert P. Anderson. But, Adams added, he understood Anderson’s role was that of merely “transmitting the instructions.” Adams first mentioned the high-level conference on Monday. He related then that on Jan. 21 there was a meeting in the office of Atty. Gen. Brownell and that Sherman Adams, assistant to the President, suggested at that time the Army counselor prepare a chronology of the Army’s difficulties with Sen. McCarthy and Roy M. Cohn. Talks on Getting UN in War Slated (ily Manager Re-appointed; Malcom Casts Only No Vole City Manager Austin P. Hancock was re-appointed for a year by the City Commission Friday morning. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom, long-time critic of Hancock, cast the only “no” vote. Malcom made no comment. All members of the commission were present. They voted “aye” except Malcom. The other annual appointments before the commission were made unanimously. Re-named on the commission’s own motion were: Lila Fern Martin, city secretary: Alex'Bickley, city attorney: C. Z. Hallmark, po lice chief; and Dr. F. E. Sadler, director of public health. The city fnanager recommended, and the commission approved, the following other re-appointments: M. M. Anderson, city engineer: A. W. Curlee, tax assess-or-collector; Marshall Bromley, chief accountant: M. S. < Buster ( Caudle, city treasurer; Bernard Huett. purchasing agent; D. C. Mu-sick, fire chief; and Lenn Blackwood, fire marshal. Due to the ill health of Dr. Sadler, the commission voted to ask the State Health Department to supply him an assistant. AUSTIN P. HANCOCK . . . retained for year ARMED FORCES DAY SPEAKER Citizens Form Freedom's 'Life-Line/ Admiral Says Technology spells progress only when the individual human being, “the fellow' with intelligence, character, and courage,” gives it life. “It is not gadgets but people who count most. The life-line of freedom is people — individuals with a brain and a conscience.” That was Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, Abilene's Armed Forces Day headliner, speaking to a crowd of around 350 Abilene civic club members Friday. The luncheon was held in the VFW Memorial Hall. Zerk Robertson, local veterans administrator, was master of ceremonies. Adm, Crommelin stressed the responsibility and need of the individual in the overall picture of the nation’s defense. “People are our nation’s most valuable resource,” he said. He congratulated Abilene on its three colleges and its many churches. “Never underestimate the importance of molding human character if you desire frpedom to continue to exist in this nation of ours. Never forget that men who devoutly believe in something will always triumph over those who do Power Line Shocks, ADM. HENRY CROMMELIN ... Communist power great not greatly believe in anything,” he said. At present the country is faced with an international problem which “is difficult and not always understood,” Adm. Crommelin said. Thomason Fraud Trial Nears Jury Ships to Japan TOKYO UFi — Japan and the United States today signed an agreement transferring two U.S. destroyers and two destroyer escorts to Japan on a loan basis. Reds Propose Neutrals For Truce Supervision GENEVA UFi — Russia proposed today that any settlement of thé Indochina conflict be carried out under the supervision of a Neutral Nations’ Supervisory Commission. This represented a major modification in the Communist position. Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov made his proposal to the nine-pprty Indochina conference a few minutes before French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault had declared international control was an essential condition in any settlement. Molotov conceded that the earlier proposals of Communist-led Viet-minh did not provide for adequate supervision and then submitted his own proposal as a supplement to the Vietminh plan. There was no immediate word from the Western powers as to whether the Soviet proposal would satisfy them on the question of supervision. The French position was spelled out by Bidault less than 24 hours after the government of Premier Joseph Laniel received a slim vote of confidence. A source close to Bidault said he was happy about the French confidence vote but realized the slim two-vote margin of victory did not do much to strengthen his hand in trying to resist Communist peace terms. Observers in Paris, however, felt Bidault’s position at Geneva had been weakened because it was now a question whether he represents WINTERS, May 14 (RNS)-A. J. Vest, about 22, of 2442 North 11th St., Abilene was shocked and burned Thursday night when he came into contact with a power line near here. He was riding on top of a tool house which was being moved by Alexander Trucking Co. Force of the shock knocked Vest to the ground. He was unconscious when a Spill Ambulance took him to Winters Municipal Hospital. The accident happened about three miles southwest of Crews. Vest suffered first degree burns on the hands, and bruises about the head and back. He was treated and released and went home on the truck. THE WEATHER a majority of the French Parliament. Many deputies who voted confidence in the government the day before Dien Bien Phu fell cast negative ballots yesterday. There is increasing belief in French circles here that the Communists may stall the Geneva talks until the Vietminh forces launch a major offensive against Hanoi, the center of France's holding in north Indochina. French sources in Indochina have said the Vietminh could not mount an attack against Hanoi for six or eight weeks. But reports from Hanoi said between 2,000 and 3,000 rebel troops launched a heavy attack yesterday morning only 30 miles from the city. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER REREAD ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy Friday. Friday night and Saturday; chance for afternoon shower* Friday; another chance for showera Saturday; high Friday S0-S5; low Friday night 00; high Saturday »5-90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy and a little warmer thus afternoon, tonight and Saturday, widely scattered thundershower» in northwest portion Saturday. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday with widely scattered thunderstorms. Warmer In west portion this afternoon and tonight. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Generally' faLr and a little warmer this afternoon and tonight. TEMPERATURES Thurs. P.M. 68 70 70 70 70 69 65 62 60 59 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 Fri. A.M. .....56 5« .....55 .....54 .....54 .....55  60  62  66 ..... 68  70 70 58 ............ 11:30 57 ............ 12:» Maximum temperature for the 34 hours ended at *:» a.m.: 71. Minimum temperature for the M bo««« ended at S;M a.m.; 54« By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK. May 14 — The fraud trial of Raymond Thomason, Sr., Abilene housing developer, neared the jury stage here Friday. Indications are that attorneys may get started on arguments before the jury, after conclusion of evidence in the Friday afternoon session. Two Abilene college officials took the stand in the morning to give character testimony about the defendant. Thomason went on trial Wednesday on a seven-count indictment alleging fraud in connection with VA housing loans. Second Trial Hinted The government indicated it will hail Thomason, Sr., back into U. S. District Court to face charges on another VA housing loan indictment, before similar cases against other Abilenians are called for trial. Trials are expected to continue through next week. Character testimony was given Friday morning by Dr. Rupert N. Richardson, president emeritus of Hardin-Simmons University, and by Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry College. Dr. Richardson denied under oath that he had ever heard that on March 2, 1942, a seven-count information (complaint) was filed against Thomason, Sr., in the U. S. Court here, charging Thomason with violations of the pure food and drug act. Richardson denied further that he had ever heard that Thomason pleaded guilty to this charge and paid a $100 fine. This testimony came when Dr. Richardson was questioned by U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore. The H-SU professor admitted he had heard that other indictments ,have been returned against Thora- ason by federal grand juries in Dallas, Fort Worth and Lubbock. Following testimony by Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cooke. C. R. Pennington, manager of the Retail Merchants Association in Abilene, returned to the witness stand for more than an hour. He and U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore again gave each other a bad time. Pennington Prompted Pennington was on the stand when Judge Joseph D. Dooley recessed court Thursday, evening. At one point, Friday morning, Judge Dooley stepped into the fray and admonished both Floore and Pennington. He spoke sternly to Pennington, telling him to answer the questions. He stated the court “In the old days, a nation was either at war or at peace and the delineation between the two was clear. That is no longer so.” All over the world today we are engaged with a struggle for power the admiral said. The Communists, he added, are “much more powerful than many of us have real-| ized.” Military power backs up the Communist world anu the same must back up the free world as well, he stressed. The sea lanes are a vital lifeline to this nation, bringing in the materials which would be needed by our production facilities in time of war, Adm. Crommelin said. Red Navy Growing In recent years, Russian sea power has been building up strength, and their navy “is the only service that now has more personnel than it had during World War II,” he said. “Withf this growing enemy sea power, should we lose the advantage we now have upon the seas, we could not win a major conflict,” the admiral said. Progress such as the new atomic energy * propelled submarine Nautilus is symbolic of the Navy’s efforts to maintain America's sea power, he said. Abilene Christian College’s band played for the luncheon, and a U. S. Marine color guard presented the colors. Following his speech at the luncheon, Adm. Crommelin was to make an informal visit to the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center here, which is holding open house Friday. See TRIAL. Pg. 2-A, Col. 6 JETS, BOMBERS FLY OVER CITY Flyovers of jet trainers and heavy bombers are a salute to Abilene’s observance of Armed Forces Day. Two flights came over Friday morning, and three more were scheduled for the afternoon. A flight of eight T-33’s was due over at 1:39 p.m., one of eight T-28's at 3:50 p.m., and three B-29’s at 4:01 p.m. French Said Set to Meet 'Conditions’ WASHINGTON (^-United States and French officials are expected to open quick, direct talks, probably in Paris, on the possibility of internationalizing the Indochina war. Plans for these talks, it was authoritatively reported today, grow out of American statements of conditions the French would have to meet before this government could consider entering the conflict, and French declarations of willingness to discuss the terms and conditions. Apparently the talks will be conducted in the first stage between French leaders in Paris and American Embassy officials there; whether they may later involve direct contact between Secretary of State Dulles and French Foreign Minister Bidault is an open question. France i6 Anxious The State Department declined any comment on the report. French sources said France is anxious for the talks, especially now that the Laniel government has survived a vote of confidence even though it got only the shaky margin of two votes. Recent military developments, officials concede, have destroyed the Navarre plan as a basis of American and French hopes for eventual victory there. In the American as well as in the French view, the emergence of Communist forces as regular military forces able to carry on more than guerrilla operations has made this a different kind of war from the one envisioned when Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in Indochina, laid out his program. Aid Not Requested French officials and Americans alike say the French government has not formally requested American intervention yet. The political weakness of the Laniel administration, which was barely saved irom collapse by a two-vote margin in the French National Assembly last night, is described as the reason why the French have not acted more decisively up to this time. The Navarre plan, the basis on which extensive American aid was provided, was considered valid right up to the time of the big-unit assaults which finally overran the French stronghold of Dien Bien Developed about a year ago by Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in Indochina, the plan called for training of scores of new native battalions. Use of these battalions for police duties would free French, North African and Foreign Legion troops for combat duty. War Is Changed It was hoped this would achieve control over the Reds within about two years. By promising an eventual end to the Indochina war, the plan formed a basis for obtaining additional American help in military equipment to finish the job. It has been swept away chiefly by the Communist’s action in recent weeks making the Indochina war into what is now regarded here as a new kind of conflict. The Vietminh demonstrated at Dien Bien Phu that they have the training, equipment and will to fight standard military operations on a relatively large scale. Limited Annexation Touches Off Protests; Vote Delayed City Commission's proposed “limited” annexation of territory within a five-mile radius outside Abilene stirred up a hornet’s nest Friday morning. After numerous residents and property owners voiced objections at the public hearing, final action was deferred. The commission voted to continue the hearing at the May 28 meeting. Purposes of the annexation were listed in the ordinance as planning, zoning, sanitation and health protection only. No city taxes or voting rights were planned. Attorney Opposes Most outspoken opponents in Friday’s meeting included Roy Duke, Abilene atorney who ownsjproperty on Route 5; Miss Bobbie Clack, Route 2; John King, Route 2; M. Shaw, Route 5; Mrs. John Axe, Nugent Route; N. A. Estes, Route 5; and Roy Hay, Route 5. Others in the delegation opposing the merger included Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Clemmer, Route 5; Will Young, Route 5; Frank An-tilley, Abilene; John Axe, Nugent Route; Mrs. N. A. Estes, Route 5; Ray Young, Route 5; and Joe Devon port, Route 5. Duke declared the “limited” annexation would be illegal. He asked City Atty. Alex Bickley if he, Bickley, hadn't said it wasn’t legal. Bickley replied that he hadn’t made a public statement to that effect. i Duke urged the city to take in only a strip from the city to the Air Force base and around the base, since control ot conditions around the base was one reason the commission gave for annexing the territory proposed. He argued that the Sheriffs Department could look after the crime and morals matters just as well as city police. He asked City Atty. Bickley whether the annexation would create any sanitation laws not already existing (in state statutes). Bickley said, no. Duke said annexing to and around the military field would be upheld by the courts as legal. He cited a case involving the City of Wichita Falls. Miss Clack declared that under See PROTEST. Pg. 2-A, Col. I ;