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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               SCATTERED SHOWERS VOL. LXXIII, No. 335 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT FINAL Aaodated Prea (AF) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING. MAY 18. PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS REDS FREE 18 WOUNDED AS FRENCH BLAST ROAD HANOI, Indochina (If) The Vietminh conquerors of Dien Bien Phu have released 18 more French Union wounded from the fallen fortress, the French high com- mand announced tonight. The news came after French planes resumed attacks on rebel troops streaming east- ward toward the vital Red River delta. The high command announcement did not indicate whether the casualties had been turned over before the heavy ah- assault, centered on a highway neutralized since Friday as a hospital route for the Communist rebel wounded. In Geneva, a Vietminh spokesman charged the French had sabotaged the agreement for evacuation of the wounded. The French air assault smashed at Vietminh troop and truck convoys moving along the 70-mile-long high- way No. 41 between- Dien Bien Phu and Son La, the main route toward the delta. Fighters firing rockets and machine guns raked the rebel columns crowding the highway, ripping big gaps to slow the movement of Vietminh forces eastward. The attack was centered along a stretch between Tuan Giao, 27 miles northeast of Dien Bien Phu, to Son La, 40 miles to.the east. PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Taxpayers To Vote on Site for Fair Abilene taxpayers will be askcc in a referendum whether they wish the city to donate a site for fairs and livestock shows. Mayor C. E. Gatlin said Tuesday Jhe vote is planned the same da; as the proposed city bond election Date hasn't been chosen. Land in question is in the south west section of the old Municipa Airport east of town. It comprises about 100 acres. K is something .over one-fourth of the available land in that field. The City Commission tentatively intends to schedule the bond elec tion and referendum this suinmei Bonds proposed will covet water Top Georgia Officials Hint Open Defiance ATLANTA BV-Two top Georgia officials today hotly hinted at open defiance of the U.S. Supreme Courl decision outlawing segregation in public schools. Again bitterly denouncing the ruling, Gov. Herman Talmadge re- called at his news conference a previous occasion when Georgia successfully dared the high court to enforce an adverse decision. And Atty. Gen. Eugene Cook, charging the court with usurping legislative power, said he would refuse to participate in October hearings to determine how the se- gregation ban will be applied. State School Supt. M. D. Collins taking a slightly less bslligerent attitude, predicted that it will be a half century before public school segregation is ended in then." He said it has taken this long to comply with the court's earlier decree for "separate but equal" school facilities for the races? Talmadge declined to comment directly on" how the Supreme Court might enforce its segregation rule. But for quotation, he cited an ad- verse ruling in the 1830's involving the Cherokee Indians. He said that Gov. George M. Troup called out the militia and when President Andrew Jackson was asked to intervene, the Presi- dent replied: Marshall (the chief jus- lice) made that .decision. Now let him enforce it." The upshot, he said, was that "the Cherokees were driven out of the state and settled in Oklahoma." THE WEATHER P.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Cloudy to partly cloudy with chance for scattered showers this afternoon, tonight and nesday. High temperature today, 75 de- grees; low tonight, 65: high Wednesday, 80. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thundershowcrs this after- noon, tonight and Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Partly cloudy and mild this afternoon, night and Wednesday with scattered snow- TEMPERATKRES Mon. P. M. Tues. A. M. 86 a S3 71 67 74 71 69 65 -0 67 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise todas a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. tt.20. Relative humidity at p.m. 83 per cent. Maximum temperature for 24-hour period at a.m.: ft. Minimum temperature for 24-hour period a.m.: H. and sewer improvements, street work, fire stations and possibly other things. C-C Panel Asks Site Land and Development Commit- tee of Abilene Chamber of Com- merce requested donation of the stock show and fair site. Commissioners have informally told them that a referendum will be held. Such a vote isn't neces- sary from the legal standpoint in order to make the land gift. Circumstances''copcerning the recent building of-the new Mntuei pal Airport, across the road-from the tract in question, led the com- mission to desire a referendum! When an airport bond issue was proposed and vofed, the city prom- ised the public to raise to- ward the new airport by selling the old one. Citizens at that time voted 000 in airport bonds. That, plus the old port's sale, was expected to furnish city's approximate share of the new airport's construction. The C-C committee, in asking a fair-and stock show'site, said the need is great. It urged quick action on the request. Commissioners haven't voted of- ficially to hold a referendum on Jie matter. They have agreed in- formally, however. Thieves Almost Stop U. S. Mail ATHOL, Mass. yes-- :erday came close to doing what neither rain nor snow nor dark of night cannot. They almost stopped the U. 5. mail. The robbers who stole the four wheels off rural mailman William Peacock's car delayed the swift completion of his appointed rounds. But William Kelly, a neighbor, ook over mail delivery for the day. Heavy Rains Fall in Area Flood Strikes Big Spring Cars, Train Are Stalled; House Burns BIG SPUING, May 18. Water was slowly receding th morning after the worst flood Bi Spring has experienced since 193! The high water gave Big Sprin a hectic time. Traffic was stalled on U. S Highway 80 about an hour and fo several hours thereafter vehicle made it through only with the as sistance of National Guard trucks High water on the Texas an Pacific Railway line tied up th No. 8 westbound passenger from p. m. to a. m. House Burns Down During the worst of the flood house in the middle of the vvate area burned "to the water line. A lost child at Forsan kept fron 50 to 60 men out all night on hunt. (The child, Kenneth Sole, 8 wandered in home about 5 a. m after being out in the weather al night.) About 30 to 35 homes in sparsely settled 25-30 block area mostly in the west part of town had water in them up to a foo deep. About 100 persons were evacu them an 8-weeks-ol aby and a baby. Joe Pickle, Big Spring newsman said the ram started about 8 p. m Uonday and appeared at first ti >e "just a dinky thunderstorm.' Chen, it let loose raining in ern Sst.-Meaturements. ranged from 2.5 to.4.5- inches; Pickle..said. Moisture reading af Webb Ai Force .Base, on the western' fring of Spring, was 3.88 inches at the-Big Spring HeraM office read 3.65 inches; In the east ern end of town the fall was gauged at 2.42 inches. Heavy to South The rain was heavy to the south ighter to the north of Big Spring "orsan had about 4 Inches.'At the lorth county line the measure ment was only .80 of an inch. The flood was not caused by an verflowing creek, but by terrific runoff from the Scenic- Mountain rea in the southwest part ol own. Pickle said. Two detention ams are in that region. but ley could not check the runoff. Water rushed over about six locks of West 3d St., U. S. High- way 80, in the western part of own. Traffic was halted about an our. National Guard trucks were ble to keep it open the rest ol night, towing vehicles which talleo-. At the height of the flood, fire roke out in a house in the inun- ated area. Firemen could not each it with their equipment. Pic- le said supposition was the blaze tarted from an electric short. The worst the water was in ouses and stores along West 3d rom San Antonio to Galveston treets, about three blocks. STATE ADVICE AWAITED Wells Keeps Mum On Court Ruling Supt. A. E. Wells postponed 'uesday any statement on what Abilene schools will do .about the U. S. Supreme Court's anti-segre- gation ruling. "I hesitate to say until the Tex- as Education Agency and .the tale's attorney general interpret he Wells said. "What- ever anybody else were to say now wouldn't necessarily prove re- iable." He pointed out that Texas state aws conflict with the high court's uling. City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations will discuss the ourt's finding at a meeting Fri- ay morning, Mrs. Jack Sparks, president, said. The session will begin at a.m., at the YMCA. Negro P-TA officials and prin- ipals haven't been attending the ouncil meetings. They are free o do so if they wish, Mrs. Sparks aid. Abilene public schools had 529 s'egro pupils as of April 16, a six- week report of that date showed, 'hey had white, students, 'hese are not scholastic census igures, but the totals of pupils dually attending. Part 'of those Negro students anie from Elmdale district, WelU pointed out. Abilene schools take all of Elmdale's Negro pupils. The latter district includes Carver Ad- dition, immediately southeast of Abilene's city limits. Woodson Elementary School had 344 Negro pupils in attendance dur- ing the six weeks covered by the April 16 report. Woodson High School, the Negro high school, had 185. Capacity of the Woodson Ele- mentary School is 450 pupils, and the Negro high school can house 250 to 300, Wells said. The latter building is new; it was occupied first in the middle of the 1952-53 term. U. S. Supreme Court decided Monday that states don't have the right to separate Negro and white pupils in different public schools. The vote was unanimous, 9-0. This ruling stated that such seg- regation is unconstitutional. School Board .President W. E. Fraley declined Monday to com- ment on the action. Mrs. Sparks pointed out that the P-TA doesn't determine school ac- tions. She said it is interested in supporting worthwhile policies. Negro population here is located primarily on the east side of town, in the Carver and Stevenson Ad- ditions........ TOPS FOR YEAR Allen Baird, left, receives the Abilene Junior Chamber of Com- merce eighth annual award as outstanding young man of the year from last year's re- cipient. Bob Springer. The award was given Monday evening at the Jaycees' annual banquet, where Leroy Langston was installed as new president. See storv on Paee 9-A (Photo by C.C. THE OTHER 17? 'Fringe7 Case Indictments Not to Be Urged by Floore By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 18 Abilene itizens most likely are interested in an explanation as to why fed- ral indictments returned earlier his year against 19 Abilenians were later noth- ing further being done to clear 7 of this group. Two of the group were later teared of the former charges gainst them by no-bills returned y a U. S. grand jury in Lubbock. They -are Ocie S. Leveridge of 3421-South 13th St. -and Wynn M. tephens of 2605 South 25th St. These 19 individuals were mong 27 Abilenians who were amed in indictments alleging raud and .returned by two sepa- ate grand in Dallas n February and the other in Fort forth in April. When the cases were called for rial in Lubbock May 3, all indict- ments by the Dallas and Fort forth grand .juries were dismiss- by U. S.' Judge Joseph B. ooley on grounds that they were mproperiy drawn. The court took lis action on motions offered by he defendants and then granted immediate request by U. S. istrict Attorney Heard L. Floore hat a new grand jury be empanel- d to re-consider the charges. The result of this was nine in- ictments returned against only ght of those Abilenians original- charged. One of this group, Raymond hbmason, Sr. of 1628 Belmont Ivd. has now been tried and con- icted in U. S. Court at Lubbock n one of-two indictments return- against him one week earlier y the grand jury in Lubbock. The cases of seven other Abilen- ns under similar indictments for aud in connection with VA hous- g loans have been set over until une 21. Defendants in these cases a week a month to odd the Morning edition, if you are now p subscriber to the Evening and Sunday. Delivery to rame address. Dial 4-7271 or ask your carrier. are Thomason's two sons; Weldon L. Russell, Taylor W. Long, Jr., W. 0. Hayter, Jr., Mrs. Helen Mc- Murry and C. G. Stephens. The fact that no in the form of indictments or no- taken by the Lubbock grand jury oh the other 17 Abilen- ians named in the original indict- ments leads to speculation as to why they were indicted in the first place. If they were guilty of no offense, why were they not cleared of the former charges against them-by no-bills from the Lubbock grand jury? It can be noted that most of those who were re-indicted had fewer counts against them in the original indictmenU than the de- fendants named in true bills re- turned by the Lubbock grand jury. Two of the group were named in only one count each. Nine of them had only two counts against themr In many Instances where the same defendant was named in several counts, the -separate counts were based on various documents filed with the Veterans See FLOORE, Pg. 7-A, Col. S Thomason Trial Jury Deadlocks eral jury began deliberating at a. m. Tuesday in LUBBOCK, May The jury foreman reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday that the jury had been hung, 10-2, for about four hours. LUBBOCK, May 18. A fed- here the second fraud trial of Raymond Thomason, Sr. No verdict had been returned ap to noon, when the jurors ceased de- liberating to eat lunch. They were kept together. They will not be al- lowed contact with persons other than themselves until a decision is reached. Deliberation began after the jur- ors received their charge from Judge Joseph B.' Dooley of U. S. District Court. The judge has indicated to at- torneys that it the jury returns a verdict by p. m. Tuesday, he will impose sentence at that time. Thomason, convicted Saturday on seven counts of fraud in con- nection with VA housing loans, was awaiting outcome of his sec- ond fraud trial within a week. The indictment in the second triaf has four counts. Originally, it had five. One count was struck Monday on motion of Heard L. Floore, u: S. district attorney. Four witnesses, each a veteran, I testified for the government thai Ihey sold their rights to GI hous- ing loans for each. Each de- nied having any contact with the defendant in the transactions. The veterans are Monroe Free- man of Austin, and Oran W. Huff, John E. Salmon and Edgar Ray Myers, all of Abilene. These are veterans the government sought to link in dealings with Thomason. The veterans said they were con- tacted by George Douglas Graves and Bedford Forrest Carroll about selling their GI rights. Graves, first defense witness, testified he contacted Carroll, who was to contact the veterans. Thom- ason had no part in the dealings with Ihe veterans. Graves testified. Defense Witnesses Other defense witnesses were Dr. Harold G. Cooke, MeMurry College president; Dr. Rupert N. Richardson, president emeritus of Hardin Simmons University; and Temple Morrow of Lubbock. Davis Scarborough, defense at- torney, said he will make a de- cision about an appeal in Thorn- ason's conviction in the first trial after Thomason is sentenced. The sentence is not expected before tbe conclusion, of the second trial Lake Abilene Up; .55 Falls in City By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor Rains measuring up to five inches poured down on West Texans again Monday and Monday night. But, these rains were spotted, ranging from sprinkles at Eastland and Cisco to five inches northeast of Albany and at Seminole to around four and a half inches at Big Spring. Downpours created, flood conditions at Big Spring. Hail damage was reported northeast of Abilene. Abilene got a .55, bringing the official total for 1954 here to 8.29 inches. That's nearly an inch and a quarter above normal rainfall, 7.50 for the period. Lake Ahilene's watershed was in the heavy shower "area. Elm Creek above the lake was reported the highest it has been since 1941. By- 9 a. m. Lake Abilene had risen a foot. A lazy cold front which wandered through this area late Monday, afternoon, triggered the spotted downpours. Then, early Tuesday morning the slow rain started whicl blanketed a wider area. Weatherman C. E. Sitchler sai< Jie forecast calls for scatterec showers again this afternoon, to- night and Wednesday. Three tornado funnels were sighted in widely scattered points Gainesville residents were alerte y government officials about talks within the administration concerri- ng .the controversy between .Sen. IcCarthy (R-Wis) and high Army fficials. SCHOOLS-Sen. Clements (D-Ky) ells a Senate labor subcommittee ne Supreme Court's decision out- awirig public school segregation nay make federal aid in building chools "even more -imperative." NOMINATIONS-The Senate con- rms these nominations: Lt. Gen. oseph M. Swing of California to e commissioner of immigration nd naturalization; Robert L. Far- ington of Oklahoma to be a di- ector- of-the Commodity Credit orp. WHAT'S NEWS ON NSIDE PAGES political .leaden..and.educators begin studying problems arising out rulino. Page 2-A. bear cubs set up residence in Fair VorK 1-B. bus firm will extend bus strv- ice Wednesday in Elmwcod 1-B. v   

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