Abilene Reporter News, May 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas à ? SCATTERED SHOWERSWi)t ^bflenc 3iiveporter-Bctt>^"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 332 Asêociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 15, 1954—EIGHT PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c FRENCH AND U. S. Indochina Putting Strain on Nerves WASHINGTON i/Pi — Differences appeared to be developing today between the American and French governments over Indochina as Communist gains in the war impose new strains on American and ¿"rench nerves. Diplomatic authorities here are privately concerned about the danger of injury to French-Ameri-can cooperation in Europe as well as in the Far East. The problem which they foresee is how to keep forthcoming talks on Indochina policy of the two countries from turning into exercises in blame-fixing for the unfavorable course of the fighting. The secret talks are to take place in Paris initially betw'een American officials and French leaders. A French spokesman here said it was ‘ imperative” to have the discussions in order to determine just what American policy toward the Indochina War is. The talks will be concerned with the possibility of internationalizing the war, which means bringing a number of other nations into it — notably the United States •— and with American conditions for considering intervention. Secretary of State Duties told French Ambassador Heri Bonnet a week ago that conditions which Dulles had outlined in a recent speech were basic American policy. Last Wednesday Bonnet notified Dulles that the French ernment, then facing a confidence vote, would like to consult with the American government about the whole situation. The way was cleared w'hen Premier Lanicl got a narrow confidence vote Thursday night. Earthquake Jars Seattle SEATTLE (^A jarring earthquake hit the Puget Sound area with a one-two punch early today. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The shock, which started with a rolling motion at 5:02 and ended with a jolt that aet utility poles wavering and buildings quivering, was the strongest to hit this area since the big quake of April, 1949. Prof. Howard Combs, director of j here the geology department at the University of Washington, said the quake centered within a 25-mile radius of Seattle. The Washington State Patrol said it had received reports of the shock from as far south as Olympia, 65 miles down the twisting shores of Puget Sound, and from gov- Edmonds, 16 miles to the north.   , - $150 Million in Beneiils Asked for Railroad Workers WASHINGTON i.?>-A Presidential emergency board today recommended granting health-welfare, vacation and holiday pay benefits worth 150 million dollars annually to one million railroad employes. The board turned down other demands made by the 15 rail unions in the case, most of them AFL. The board also approved a number of rail management demands. The board was named by Presi- Man Injured in Highway Accident Harley Thurman Dove. 39, received head injuries Friday about 10:40 p m. when he ran into a stalled car on Highway 277 about .4 mile north^of Abilene. Dove, who lives at 2773 Henson St., was resting well” at Hendrick Memorial Hospital Saturday morning, a spokesman said. Driver of the other car. James Edward Freeman, 16. of 2016 Kirkwood St.. had stepped out of his car to wave down a passing driver to give him a push. His car had run out of gasoline, he told officers. Neither he nor a companion, Kenneth A. Weaver, about 16. of 2318 Gree^ St., who had also gotten out, was injured. The stalled car was standing in the right lane of traffic, according to Highway Patrolmen Donald Joy and W. A. Jacobs, who investigated. Impact of the colli.sion knocked the Freeman auto about 46 feet, Joy said. Dove’s 1950 Ford had its front end badly damaged. dent Eisenhower last December to head off a possible nationwide rail strike. The unions^ had made no pay increase demands but confined their program to “fringe” requests. The case has been in negotiation for a year. Today's report to the White House was the culmination of the board’s study. The unions involved are non-operating—that is, made up of railway workers who do not actually operate trains. Included are yard, clerical, maintenance and construction workers. These were the board's principal recommendations for a settlement: 1. Hospital, medical, and surgical benefits for employes financed jointly by employes and car The unions had asked for inclusion of family Vncmbers in the benefits and that costs be paid solely by employers. 2. An extra week of annual va cation for employes with 15 years or more service. The present maximum vacation time for 15-year employes is two weeks. 3. Pay for holidays not w^orked. Employes now' get time and a half pay when they work a holiday. When bargaining 3rd graf tal6 Forgery Case Filed Against 'Billfold' Man Charges of forgery and passing a bad check were filed Saturday in Justice of the Peace Henry Long's court against George Chester Sewell, 21. Sewell, the so-called “Billfold Bandit," was charged in connection with a $5.00 check passed at Lucile’s Flower Shop Wednesday. A picture thought to be of Sewell was identified by two Abilene women as the man who passed a check at the shop Wednesday. Detective W. E. Clift filed the charges against Sewell Saturday. Sewell is under investigation for the supposed theft of 14 billfolds from college dormitories. They were found by Texas Ranger George Roach in a car at Weatherford, which had been left for repairs. The garage man identified a picture thought to be of Sewell as the man who left the car, which was registered in Sewell’s name. Charges of felony theft of over i $50 may be filed against Sewell for theft of a billfold from Mabee Dormitory at Abilene Christian College last Dec. 17, Capt. W. B. McDonald said Saturday. The billfold belonging to James .Johnson of Comanche was one of those recovered in the automobile trunk, McDonald said. At the time of the theft, it contained about $150 in cash and $60 to $65 in checks, he said. Johnson, an employe of Kimbell Abilene Co., had collected the money for the company the evening before. Three checks made out to the company were reccovered with the billfold. McDonald said. The Johnson billfold was the only one of sufficient value stolen in Abilene to rate felony charges, McDonald said. Most of the others contained lesser amounts of money. Two charges of felony theft of filed against Sewell in Denton Friday. West Studies Switch In Russian Strategy Jury Deadlocked In Ryan's Trial NEW YORK m — The trial of Joseph P. Ryan, once powerful waterfront labor boss accused of stealing union funds, has ended in a mistrial with the jury “hopelessly deadlocked.” Nearly 30 hours after the case was turned over to the jury, it filed back into court last night to announce that two jurors on the all-male panel held firmly against the other 10 blocking a verdict. Amos L. Waiden Dies Unexpectedly; Funeral Pians Pend AND THE ARMED FORCES THEMSELVES — Some of the “power” which Master of Ceremonies Zerk Robertson, in civilian clothes, center, pointed out at the head table of the Armed Forces Day luncheon Friday pose with the speaker, Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, second from left. They are U. S. Marine Capt. H. C. Schryvcr, far left, and third from right to right, Lt. Cmdr. Laudius Wilkes, Major Julien LeBlanc, and Lt. Col. G. H. Duckworth. See story on page 3. (Staff Photo) Funeral for Amos L. Walden, 52, is pending arrival of his mother from California. Arrangements will be announced by Elliott’s Funeral Home. Mr. Walden, a salesman for Carrol Dickenson Finance Co., died unexpectedly of a heart attack at 11:50 p. m. Friday at his home, 2610 Over St. Born Dec. 17, 1901 in Fisher County, he had lived in Taylor County since childhood. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Winters. Mr. Walden was married to the former Bessie Mae Carter on June 14, 1924 in Winters. He moved to Abilene from Guion in 1943. Survivors are his wife, two sons, Wade and LeRoy, both of Abilene: two daughters. Mrs. Amon Aldridge of Goldsboro, and Laurie Elaine Walden at the home; his mother, Mrs. Wylie Walden of Corona, Calif.: three brothers, Mark W^alden of San Antonio, Lindsay Walden of Denver, Colo., and David of Robstown, Ga.; two sisters. Mrs. Ruth Hardy of Glendale. Calif., Mrs. John Shirey of Mount Wilson, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Amy Kay and David Aldridge of Goldsboro. Gangster Right; He's Mowed Down CHICAGO (Av-Gangland bullets cut down a member of a huge narcotics ring last night, just as he had feared. He was slain In the same violent manner as was the leader of his gang last month. At that time.he told police he was marked for death. Police said at least two other members of the gang have received death threats and “are afraid of their own shadows.” So was Frank Coduto, 47. shot in the back of the head late last night as he drove his car in a southwest side street. His body was sprawled in the middle of the street, a few feet from his car, at 1919 W. Cullerton St. Police said he appeared to have toppled out of the driver s seat. Coduto was driving to a social center to pick up his wife, Ellen, 40. She told police she had .seer him coming and was leaving the center when she heard shots. Sh-was the first to reach him. ‘Apparently he was shot by someone he knew and trusted,” said Lt. Matthew J. Mandernack. He shot him from the back seat of the car, the same as Anthony Pape.” Pape, 40. was the alleged leader of the narcotics ring, which federal agents described as doing 10 million dollars a year in wholesale dope operations. Pape was fatally shot and his brother, James, 36, was killed on April 10 as they were riding in the front seat of James’ car. Their slayers have not been found. Thomason Denies Report of Talk NIFTY WEAPON ... Lt. Col. Howard P. Rice, professor of military science and tactics at Hardin Simmons University, and Col. Thomas Green of the Texas Military District^ Austin, look over a 57 MM recoilless rifle during annual inspection of the H-SU ROTC, Friday. Green headed the group making the inspection. The H-SU unit was praised. (Photo by Roberts Studio) By GEORGIA NEI.SON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK. May 15. — Raymond Thomason Sr. returned to the witness stand in his trial here Saturday morning on charges of fraud in connection with VA housing loans. Thomason spent an hour and a quarter on the stand late Friday afternoon, but much of this time was taken up by conferences of attorneys at Judge Joseph B. Dooley’s bench. As the fourth and possibly the last day of the trial opened, Thomason continued under cross-examination by U. S. Dist. Atty. Heard L. Floorc and then on redirect by defense attorney Davis Scarborough. On taking back the defendant, Scarborough’s first question concerned a question of whether Thomason in the summer of 1950 asked Taylor Long Jr., to alter income figures on credit reports for purchasers of houses. Friday afternoon Thomason said he had no recollection of .such a conversation but did not flatly deny it and did not deny the pos- Armed Might Shown in 22 lexas Cities THE WEATHER sibiiity that it could have occurred. Saturday morning he stated. “I didn’t have a conversation w'ith him,” Under Floore’s cross-examination the defendant continued to deny that he had instructed Mrs. Harriet Ford, one of his employes at Midland, to get from their files unfavorable credit reports they had received on veterans and to funiish other information to Long for making other credit reports. When asked by Floore whether he knew his companies were having trouble because of bad credit reports, Thoma.son asserted, “I never saw those credit reports,” and added that he had never ordered a credit report. Under questioning by Scarborough, Thomason said. “No sir, never at any time,” when asked whether he had ever asked any one to change or put anything untrue in a credit report. He said the only time he ever asked for a change to be made was on an occasion when an error in a loan applicant’s income figure was called to his attention. As court opened Saturday morning, there was speculation as to whether the trial would end today or whether it would run into Monday. The government planned to offer rebuttal testimony, and this would be followed by attorneys’ arguments and the court’s charge to the jury. French Xsk Reds Speed Repair Work HANOI. Indochina (fi — The French High Command asked the Vietminh today to speed up the repair of the shell-torn main airstrip at Dien Bien Phu so that transport planes could land there and expedite the evacuation of French wounded. The French mission, headed by Dr. Pierre Huard, flew back into Dien Bien Phu today from Laos carrying with it instructions from the French to seek agreement of the Communist-led rebels on speeding up the removal of wounded. The French had mobilized all available helicopters and light planes in order to help speed the evacuation. The first contingent of wounded arrived here yesterday. They included French paratroopers, Algerians and Foreign Legionnaires. Reds Agree To lirdochiira Supervision i GENEVA i^^Top diplomats of the Western Big Three met today in what an informed source said was a session designed to “map out strategy” for secret East-West negotiations on trying to halt th« war in Indochina. The Western delegates also took advantage of today’s conference recess to give careful study to Rus* sTa’s sudden shift in position on an Indochina peace settlement. Western sources voiced hope the Soviet switch and the closed door talks next week will bring the thrcc-week-old parley to the hard bargaining stage and discourage the Reds from using it as a propaganda forum. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov uncovered the new Russian position yesterday. He agreed to Tnlernational supervision of any Indochina peace settlement. Molotov proposed .supervision by a neutral nations commi.ssion without naming the nations he had in mind. Previously the Russians had backed Vietminh proposals for a mixed commission of Communist and non-Communist Indochinese, Western spokesmen reacted cautiously to the Russian move although a French delegation source said it represented a concession on “a most important” point. The British called it an advance beyond the earlier Communist position. An official U. S. spokesman at first labelled Molotov’s proposal a “slight change.” But later, he withdrew this and said the Amer ican delegation bad no comment. Millions Weicome Queen in London LONDON i/P> -- Weary, happy Queen Elizabeth came home today to Old London and the cheers of millions. Her 6-raonth, globe-girdling tour of the Commonwealth ended in raptures of welcome. From the deck of the royal yacht Britannia as it inched by the Tower of London, the 28-year-old monarch caught sight of her mother among the yelling crowds on th# pier and waved a cheery greeting. Prince Charles and flaxen-haired Princess Anne, who joined the ship at Tobruk, leaned over the rail alongside the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and waved too as tug whistles tooted the welcome home. Mr. Closet Not In; Leove a Message? SCHENECTADY. N Y. <jn_The Schenectady telephone directory carries a listing; "Closet. Hall, 17 Front . . . Schen 2-2100.” But there’s no Mr, Closet at that number. The listing is for a telephone installed in a hall closet at the University Club. '51 Miss America To Marry Showmon HOLLYWOOD (jp—Miss America of 1951. Yolande Betbeze, 24, is engaged to marry Matthew Fox, 40, movie and TV executive. A Hollywood spokesman for Fox said yesterday that the couple, now in New York, will be married in July. Miss Betbeze, a former University of Alabama student, is studying music on a scholarship in New York, Fox is board chairman of Motion Pictures for Television, Inc.. and a partner in United Artists, U.S. DKPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy with mild temperatures today, tonight and Sunday. Some widely scattered thundershowers in afternoon and evening today. High temperature today near «S. low tonight around 65, high Sunday M to 90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Scattered thundershowers Sunday, mostly in the north portion. WKST TEXAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. No important temperature changes. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS-Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday, Gentle to moderate southeasterly winds on the coast, becoming moderate to locally fresh Sunday. TEMPERATURES Frl PM.    Sat    A.M. 7J ............ 1:30    ............ 64 75      2:30    ............ 63 76      3:30      62 75       4:30      60 74      5:30       M 72      6:30      60 70      7:30      63 6« ............ 6:30       68 6«      9:30       72 60      W:.'»      — 5»       11:30      — 62      12:30      — High and low temperaturac for 24 boors ended at 6:30 a.m.: 77 and High and low temperatures same date Ust year: 59 and 52. Sonset la^ night 7:30 p.m. Sunrise today 5:41 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:30 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 a.m. 38.30. Relative buraidlty at t:30 a.m. «3 per C«Dt, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas had a quick look at the nation’s armed might Saturday. And some of the nation’s top military leaders had a look at Texas, where much of the military manpower is trained. Three naval craft came into Gulf Coast ports for open house. Planes roared their jet engines over a score of Texas cities. An atomic cannon, symbol of a new age in warfare, was on display at militarily important San Antonio, where United States military might for two world wars was spawned. It was a general flexing of armed force muscle from one end of the state to th# other as the armed forces sloganized “Power or Peace.” Texans learned more about the way their tax money was spent, and military brass looked into the faces of the Texans who have sent millions to battle in the country’s wars. In all, the armed forces had special displays in 22 Texas cities. Vice Adm. James Holloway Jr., chief of naval personnel, was in Dallas. Gen. Nathan Twining, Air Force chief of staff, and U.S. Senator Lyndon Johnson, Senate Democratic leader, were due in Amarillo Saturdigr. McCarthy Asks 'Full Story' Of Justice Department's Role WASHINGTON m - Sen. McCarthy iR-Wis) demanded today the “complete story” of any part the Justice Department played in triggering Army charges that he sought favored military treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former aide. And Sen. McCjellan (Ark), senior investigations subcommittee Democrat, said that if the Eisenhower administration blacks out details of a Jan. 21 top-drawer conference on the McCarthy-Army dispute it will have to “take the responsibility for denying senators the facts.” The double-barreled demand on the administration came on the heels of testimony yesterday-—the 17th day in the televised proceedings—that the executive branch of the government has clamped a secrecy lid on the now-famous huddle ip the Justice Department. Attending the January merting there were Atty. Gen. BrowneU and Deputy Atty. Gen. William Rogen^ White House Chiei Staff Sherman Adams and White House aide Gerald Morgan, U. N. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Army Counselor John G. Adams. John Adams, who testified to this Wednesday, said yesterday he has been silenced by higherups and can’t go beyond his previous statement that Sherman Adams suggested compiling a written record of the Army’s troubles with McCarthy’s office over Schine. This record later grew into part of the Army’s charges against the senator and two of his assistants. McCarthy, referring to the presence of Brownell and Rogers at the January get-together, told newsmen today: “I think it is Important to know everything that went on at that meeting. The subcommittee must know the complete story of what part the Justice Department took in getting this case started, since the department is being called on daily to pass on vital questions.” Xhi senaiflr iioted it will be up to Brownell to decide whether perjury has been committed in contradictory charges made under oath and whether there is any grounds for contempt charges. Brownell also has been asked by Sen, Mundt (R-SDL w’ho is heading the subcommittee during the inquiry, to decide whether any part of a summary produced by McCarthy of an FBI memorandum on espionage can be made public. McCarthy said he wants to find out, among other things, if Rogers was one bf the “moving forces’* in getting the Army charges rolling against him. McCarthy has accused John Adams and Secretary of the Army Stevens with using Schine as a “hostage” ip attempts to halt an investigation of alleged Communists in the Army. McClellan told the inquiry group yesterday he intends to find out if “someone higher than Mr. Adams and Mr. Stevens was directing their actions” when the decision was made to fight McCatthjf. ;

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