Abilene Reporter News, May 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERS Ittlme Importer- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 332 Aaodattd Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 15, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c FRENCH AND U. S. Indochina Putting Strain on Nerves WASHINGTON Differences appeared to be developing today between the American French governments over Indochina as Communist gains in the war im- pose new strains on American and French nerves. Diplomatic authorities here are privately concerned about the danger of injury to French-Ameri- can cooperation in Europe as well 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 exer- cises in blame-fixing for the un- favorable course of the fighting. The secret talks are to take place in Paris initially between American officials and French leaders. A French spokesman here said it was "imperative" to have the discussions in order to deter- mine just what American policy toward the Indochina War is. The talks will be concerned with the possibility of interna- tionalizing 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 Dulles told French Ambassador Heri Bonnet a week ago that conditions which Dulles had outlined in a recent speech were basic- American pol- icy. Last Wednesday Bonnet noti- fied Dulles that the French gov- ernment, then facing a confidence vote, would like to consult with the American government about the whole situation. The way was cleared when Premier Lanicl got a narrow confidence vote Thurs- day night. Earthquake Jars Seattle SEATTLE jarring earth- quake 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 and ended with a jolt that iet 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 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 Olym- pia, 65 miles down the twisting shores of Puget Sound, and from Edmonds, 16 miles to the north. Million in Benefits Asked for Railroad Workers WASHINGTON Ot-A Presiden- tial emergency board today recom- mended granting health-welfare, vacation and holiday pay benefits worth 150 million dollars annually to one million railroad employes. The board turned down other de- mands made by the 15 rail unions in the case, most of them. AFL. The board also approved a num- ber of rail management demands. The board was named by Presi- Man Injured in Highway Accident Harley Thurman Dove, 39, re- ceived head injuries Friday about p.m. when he ran into a stalled car on'Highway 277 about .4 mile Abilene. Dove, who lives at 2773 Henson St., was resting, well" at Hendrick Memorial Hospital Saturday morn- ing, a spokesman said. Driver of the other car, James Edward Freeman, 16, of 2016 Kirk- wood 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 of- ficers. Neither he nor a companion, Kenneth A. Weaver, about 16, of 2318 Green St., who had also got- ten out, was injured. The stalled, car was standing in the right lane of traffic, accord- ing to Highway Patrolmen Donald Joy and W. A. Jacobs, who inves- tigated. Impact of the collision knocked the Freeman auto about 46 feet, Joy said. Dove's 3950 Ford had its front end badly damaged. dent Eisenhower last December to head off a possible nationwide rail strike. The unionsx 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-op- is, made up of rail- way workers who do not actually operate trains. Included are yard, clerical, maintenance and construc- tion workers. These were the' board's principal recommendations for a settlement: 1. Hospital, medical, and surgi- cal benefits for employes financed jointly by employes and car The unions had asked for inclusion of family members 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 worked. Employes now get time and a half pay when they work a holiday. When bargaining 3rd graf talS Jury Deadlocked In Ryan's Trial NEW YORK W The trial of Joseph P. Ryan, once powerful waterfront labor boss accused, of stealing union funds, has ended in a mistrial with the jury "hopeless- ly 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 ali-male panel held firmly against the other 10 blocking a verdict. Forgery Case Filed Against 'Billfold' Nan 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. i Sewell. the so-called "Billfold Bandit." was charged in connec- tion with a check passed at Lucile's Flower Shop Wednesdav A picture thought to be of Sew- ell 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 1-1 billfolds from college dormitories. They were found by Texas Ranger George Roach in a car at Weath- erford, which had been left for re- pairs. 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 550 may be filed against Sewell here for theft of a billfold from Mabee Dormitory at Abilene Christian College last Dec. 17. Capt. W. B. McDonald said Satur- day. 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 con- tained about in cash and to in checks, he said. Johnson, an employe of Kimbell Abilene Co., had collected the money for the company the even- ing before. Three checks made out to the company were receovered with the billfold, McDonald said. The Johnson billfold was the only one of sufficient value stol- en in Abilene to rate felony char- ges, McDonald said. Most of the others contained lesser amounts of money. Two charges felony theft of over were filed against Sew- ell in Denton Friday. Amos L Waiden Dies Unexpectedly; Funeral Plans Pend Funeral for Amos L. Waiden, 52, is pending arrival of his mother from California. Arrangements will be announced by Elliott's Fu- neral Home. Mr. Waiden, a salesman for Car- rol Dickenson Finance Co., died unexpectedly of "a heart attack at p. m. Friday at his home, 2610 Over St. Born Dec. 17, 1901 in Fisher Cousty, he had lived in Taylor County since childhood. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Winters. Mr. Waiden 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 Al- dridge of Goldsboro, and Laurie Elaine Waiden at the .home; his mother, Mrs. Wylie Waiden of Corona, Calif.: three brothers, Mark Waiden of San An- tonio, Lindsay Waiden of Den- ver, Colo., and David of Robstown, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Har- dy of Glendale, Calif., 'Mrs. John Shirey of Mount Wilson, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Amy Kay and David Aldridge of Goldsboro. NIFTY WEAPON Lt. Col. Howard P. Rice, professor of military science and tac- tics at Hardin-Simmons University, and Col. Thomas Green of the Texas Military Dis- trict Austin, look over a 57 MM recoilless rifle during annual inspection of the H-SU Friday. Green headed the group making the inspection. The H-SU unit was praised. (Photo by Roberts Studio) West Studies Switch In Russian Strategy AND THE ARMED FORCES THEMSELVES Some of the "power" which Master of Ceremonies Zerk Robert- son, 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. Schryver, far left, and third from right to right, Lt. Cmdr. Laudius Wilkes, Major Julien LeBlanc, and-Lt. Col. G. H. Duck- worth. See story on page 3. (Staff Gangster Right; He's Mowed Down CHICAGO 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 told police he was marked for death. Police said at least two other members of the gang have re- ceived death threats and "are afraid of their own shadows." So was Frank Coduto, 47, shot hi 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 seen 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 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 mil- lion 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. Thomoson Denies Report of Talk THE WEATHER U S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILEIiE AND VICINITY Partly clondy with mild temperatures today, to. niiht and Sunday. Some widely scattered thunoershowers in afternoon and evening today. High temperature today near 85, tow tonight around 65, high Sunday 85 to to. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS -.Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Scattered thundersaowers Sunday, mostly in the north portion. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Widely scat- tered and thunderstorms. No im- portant temperature changes. __ EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Gentle to moderate southeasterly winds on the coast, becom- ing moderate to locally fresh Sunday. TEMPERATURES Fri. P.M. Sat AM. 7J 64 75 63 7S 62 75 59 li 63 6> W 72 a a 6J- High and low for 24 ton ended at a.m.: 77 and 51. High and loir temperatures MM date Ust year: a ud a. last night Sunrte to day a.m. Sunset tontfbt Barometer mdtw it a.m. IttUttn kKBUKr at a.m. per By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 15. Raymond Thomason Sr. returned to the wit- ness stand in his trial here Satur- day morning on charges of fraud in connection with VA housing [oans. 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. Doo-. ley'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. Fioore and then on re- direct by defense attorney Davis Scarborough. On taking back the defendant, Scarborough's first question con- cerned a question of whether Thomason in the summer of 1950 asked Taylor Long Jr., to alter in- come 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 Texas Cities By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas had a quick look at the nation's armed might Saturday. And some of the nation's -top mili- tary leaders had a look at Texas, where much of the military man- power 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 dis- play at militarily important San Antonio, where United States mil- itary might for two world wars was spawned. It was a general flexing of armed force muscle from one end of the state to the 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 Aim. James Holloway Jr., chief cf naval personnel, was in Dallas. Gen. Nathan Twining, Air Force chief of staff, and U.S. Sen- ator Lyndon Johnson, Senate Dem- ocratic leader, were due in Ama- rillo Saturday. sibility that it could have occur- red. Saturday morning he stated, "I didn't have a conversation with im." Under Floore's cross-examin- ation 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 :iad received on veterans and to furnish other information to Long for making other credit re- ports. When asked by Fioore whether he knew his companies were hav- ing trouble because of bad credit reports, Thomason asserted, "I never saw those credit and added that he had never or- dered a credit report. Under questioning by Scar- borough, Thomason said, "No sir, never'at any when asked whether he had ever asked any- one to change or put anything un- true in a credit report. He said the only time he ever asked for a change to be made was on an occasion when an er- ror in a loan applicant's income figure was called to his attention. As court opened Saturday morn- ing, there was speculation as to whether the trial would end today or whether it would run into Mon- day. The government planned to offer rebuttal testimony, and this would be followed by attorneys' arguments and the court's charge to the jury. French Ask Reds Speed Repair Work HANOI, Indochina at The French High Command asked the Vietminh today to speed up the repair of (he shell-torn main air- strip 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 ol the Communist-led rebels on speed- ing up the removal of wounded. The French had mobilized at available helicopters and light planes in order to help speed the evacuation. The first contingent of woundeo arrived here yesterday. They in- cluded French paratroopers, Al- gerians and Foreign Legionnaires. Reds Agree To Indochina Supervision GENEVA diplomats of he Western Big Three met today n what an informed source said vas a session designed to "map out strategy" for secret East-West negotiations on trying to halt war in Indochina. The Western delegates also took advantage of today's conference re- cess to give careful study to Rus- sia's sudden shift in position on an Indochina peace settlement. Western sources voiced hope the Soviet switch and the closed door alks next week will bring the hree-week-old parley to the hard jargaining stage and discourage the Reds from using it as a prop- aganda forum. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov uncovered the new Rus- sian position yesterday. He agreed o international supervision of any indochina peace settlement. Molotov proposed supervision by a neutral nations commission with- out 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 cau- iously to the Russian move al- though a French delegation source said it represented a concession on "a most point. The British called it an advance beyond the earlier Communist po- sition. An official U. S. spokesman at ilblotoyV proposal .pi "slight Tint -later, vhe; withdrew this and said the Amer- ican delegation had no comment. Mr. Closet Not In; Leave a Message? SCHENECTADY, N.Y. W-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. Millions Welcome Queen in London LONDON Wl Weary, happy Queen Elizabeth came home today lo Old London and the cheers of millions. Her 6-month, globe-gird- ing 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 mon- arch caught sight of her mother among the yelling crowds on 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 hus- band, the Duke of Edinburgh, and waved too as tug whistles tooted the welcome home. '51 Miss America To Marry Showman HOLLYWOOD Mi-Miss America of 1951, Yolande Betbeze, 24, a 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 Univer- sity of Alabama student, is study- ing music on a scholarship in New York. Fox is board chairman of Motion Pictures for Television, Inc., and a partner in United Ar- tists. McCarthy Asks 'Full Story' Of Justice Department's Role WASHINGTON "Hi Sen. Mc- Carthy (R-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 for- mer aide. And Sen. McCIellan senior investigations subcommittee Demo- crat, 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 responsib- ility 'for denying senators tlie facts." The double-barreled demand on the administration came on the heels of testimony 17th' day in the televised proceed- the executive branch of the government has clamped a se- crecy lid on the now-famous huddle In the Justice Department. Attending the January meeting there were Atty. Gen. BrowneU and Deputy Atty. Gen. William White. Houst Cbitl cf 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 arid can't go beyond his previous state- ment that Sherman Adams sug- gested compiling a written record "of the Army's troubles with Mc- Carthy's office over Schine. This record later grew into part of the Army's charges against the sena- tor and two of his assistants. to the pres- ence of BrowneU 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." it will be to BrowneU to decide whether perjury has been committed in contradictory charges made under oath and whether there is any grounds for contempt charges. BrowneU also has been asked by Sen. Mundt who is head- ing 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 roll- ing against him. McCarthy has ac- cused John Adams and Secretary of the Army Stevens with using Schine as a "hostage" ui attempts to halt an investigation of alleged Communists in the Army. McCIellan told the inquiry group yesterday he intends to find out if "someone higher than Mr. Adams and Mr. Stevens wu (Sttrt- ing their actions" when the deci- sion was made to fight ;