Abilene Reporter News, May 20, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas I l-i A- PARTLY CLOUDY Wi)t ^Wlenej^eijorter-Bitoi! "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXllI, NO. 337 Aisociated Prea$ (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 20, 1954 —TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c JOE, STASSEN DUEL T&P RADIO TOWER ... 100 feet high Probe Into Trade With China Slated WASHINGTON (fl - Chairman Bridges (R-NH) said today the Senate Appropriations Committee will make a "searching inquiry" into the extent to which free world allies have agreed to relax bans on trade with Red China. Bridges’ plan for an investigation of this issue came after Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) told the Senate yesterday it would be "criminal folly" not to cut off U. S. financial aid to nations which ship the "the sinews of military and economic strength" to the Communists. McCarthy had barely finished his floor address before Foreign Aid Administrator Harold E. Stas-sen shot back with a statement that what the senator said was “fantastic, unbelievable and untrue." Building for Peace Stassen, who has tangled with McCarthy before, said, "We are steadily building for peace under President Eisenhower’s leadership." And in an obvious reference to McCarthy’s televised tangle TOWER ERECTED HERE Like Pilots, T&P Engineen Sing 'Over, Out' Into Radio Airplane pilots have nothing on railroad engineers now, at least where communications are concerned. PJngineers on the Texas and Pacific Railway Co. are now singing "Over and out" into their microphones same as the pilots. That is the result of a new system of radio antennas set up along the T&P tracks from Toyah to Texarkana. Abilene’s went up this week, beside the passenger depot. The towers are being set up at Weatherford, Santo, Ranger, Cisco, Baird, Abilene, Sweetwater, Colorado City. Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, Monahans, and Toyah in the western division. Thirteen just like them have been set up for some time froa Fort Worth east. It gives the railway 669 mf1«i of radio connections spanning the state. 3-Way Hook-Up With the new set-up, trainmen can talk on a three-way hook-up —engine to station to caboose. "It (is) a major technological advancement in railroading.” a I’&P spokesman said. Each of the towers stands 190 feet tall with what could pass for a TV aerial on top. Weighing 1.600 pounds apiece, the towers are set in five-cubic-foot concrete blocks which weigh 10 tons. Big as they are, the antennas may be set up at the rate df three a day by a crew, mation—telegraph, telephone, and This is possible because of their "fishing rod" construction, the spoke.sman explained. The triangu-lar-.shaped towers are made in five sections, which fit together like a collapsible bamboo rod. T-Formatlon Still Used The radio facilities supplement what railroad men call their T-for- teletype still in daily use. Railroaders can now make much faster contact with one another, the spokesman said. Not only are the wayside radio stations an aid to efficiency but to safely. They have a range of 15 to 25 miles and will be used only for railroad operations. Vietnamese Poet Taken to Hospitol GENEVA (^Vo Son Thiet, 45-year-old Vietnamese poet, w'as taken to a hospital early today in the I6lh day of his "death fast" ior Indochina peace. Vo agreed to removal from his tent after police threatened to take him to the hospital by force. P-TA Traffic Safely Plan Up for Vote IVaffic control devices recommended by the City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations will be considered Friday by the City Commission, The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Signal lights, stop signs and speed zones are included in the proposed program. P-TA council has urged the project upon the city several years. 21 Signal Lights It proposes that signal lights be placed at 21 locations on main traffic arteries traveled by numerous pupils. These lights would operate only during the hours when the most student pedestrians were passing the locations. Hours recommended for the signals’ u.se are 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. The P-TA urges that portable stop signs be placed adjacent to schools on streets which aren’t main arteries. Reduction of the 40-mile speed limit is asked on Treadaway Blvd. in areas near schools. Other items on Friday’s commission agenda include: (1) Opening bids for grazing lease on 238.17 acres of city sewer farm land, being vacated by C. M. Caldwell, present lessee. (2) Bids for purchase of one street sw'eeper. (3) Receipt of bids for purchase of fire hose. (4) First reading of an ordinance regulating trailer coach parks. with Army officials, Stas.sen declared, "Sen. McCarthy is frantically reaching for diversionary headlines after the sorry spectacle of his record in recent hearings." McCarthy, in what he said was a "painful and unpleasant” discussion of Republican "shortcomings,” called for the listing by Stassen of "every type of material which we have agreed that our allies can ship to our enemies." Bridges said in an interview today that the appropriations group, which passes on foreign aid funds, "already has taken cognizance of Stassen's statements indicating a weakening of the ban on trade with the Reds." Won’t Aid Reds "We will want to go into this matter very thoroughly and see that the aid we are giving, or its equivalent, is not directly or indirectly filtering into Communist hands,” he said. Stassen’s statement said a full accounting of the administration’s "successful administration of trade controls" was given in a report to Congress made public Sunday. In that report Stassen portrayed free world trade with the Communist bloc as a whole as declining in 1953. While commerce with Red China crept up at least temporarily, he said, "the glittering prospect of a vast and lucrative trade” which traders envisioned with the Chinese mainland "was not materializing." McCarthy told reporters his Senate speech was no "one-shot affair” — that he intends to pursue the subject further. Should Have Blockade He said Congress should withhold foreign aid funds until the administration enforces what he said would be a practical "blockade” on the coast of China by telling American aliies "they will not get one cent of American money so long as they either ship goods to Red China or allow their ships to be used to carry cargoes to Red China.” The United States has barred its traders from shipping to the Chinese Communists. "I am painfully aware—very painfully aware—of the facts that today’s suggestions for a general plan of action by the United States in the Far East will be hailed by some as ‘an attack upon the Eisenhower administration,’ ” McCarthy said. U.S. Reported Ready To Quit Peace Parley Private Meetings Hold Talks' Fate GENEVA (/P) — Top diplomats at the Geneva confer* ence held a series of private talks today which may determine the fate of the deadlocked Indochina parley. The United States was reported ready to write off the negotiations as a failure unless the Communists drastically change their line. Formal negotiations were suspended for the day. The latest snarl was due to continued Red demands that the Communist “resistance governments" of Laos and Cambodia be invited to Geneva. The Western powers regard these as phantom regimes with no following and no right to representation. One high Western .source acknowledged Western diplomats had given some thought to the question of breaking off the talks. The source said it wa.s impossible at this stage to see any sign the Communists were going to agree to anything. The U. S. delegation was represented as feeling the Indochina discussions were getting nowhere. The Americans were said to be reluctant to FIRE ROARS THROUGH BEFINLRY —A vast churning mass of flames boils skyward from a petroleum tank at the Rothschild Oil Co. refinery at Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Firemen believe the half million dollar fire started with an explosion of vapors in the refinery’s storage section after a natural gas line broke. Rescue Planes Still Shuttling HANOI. Indochina Evacuation of wounded from Dien Bien Phu had climbed today to 110 men as helicopters and light planes kept up their steady shuttle to the captured fortress. (A French PrCvSS Agency dispatch received in Paris said about more wounded were expected to arrive in Hanoi today.) Despite the slowness of the helicopter lift, the French hoped to complete in less than two weeks tlie removal of the 753 wounded the Vietminh said they would release. French military sources said they knew nothing about rebel plans to release Dien Bien Phu’s lone French air force nurse, Miss Genevieve de Gelard Terraube, a.s announced by a Vietminh spokesman in Geneva yesterday. In Saigon, the Cao Dai religious sect’s tough private army, estimated at more than 10,000 men, was formally integrated today into the growing Vietnamese national force. Ambulance Driver Critically Injured in 4-Vehicle Crash Six people were hospitalized, one | land, 14, a student at Abilene Christian High School, admitted for observation. Gayle Myatt, 20, of 1750 North Second St.. a student at Abilene Christian College, who received a “pretty severe laceration of the scalp,” but was reported in "good” condition by her doctor. He was a passenger in the Holland car. Also shaken up by the accident but not hospitalized was Mrs. Bush, who was accompanying her husband to the hospital. Bush had been injured in a drilling rig accident earlier Thursday morning. His doctor said that he might have been injured again in the later accident, but that he was not in serious condition. Walker, most seriously injured of all, received multiple rib frac tures, a concussion, and possible internal injuries, his doctor said. He was in a semi-conscious state for part of the morning before regaining full consciousness. The accident occurred M the in critical condition, following a collision at North 13th St. and Treadaway Blvd. Thursday about 7:50 a.m. An ambulance, a truck, and two automobiles were involved in the wreck. V. C. Walker, 65, of Cross Plains, driver of a Higginbotham Funeral Home ambulance, was listed as in "very critical" condition at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. At the time of the accident he was driving Clarence Bush, 45, also of Cross Plains, to Hendrick for treatment of liead injuries received in an oil field accident. Others hospitalized included: Mrs. Wilford Noack, 826 Ballinger St., admitted for observation. Mrs. W. L. Holland, 46, of 201 Meander St., who was knocked unconscious but apparently was not seriously injured, according to her doctor. Her daughter, Mary Lee Hol- ambulance was headed north on Treadaway Blvd. It was travelling with siren going and red emergency lights flashing, although the traffic light was against it, Police Officer C. V, Strickland said. The Holland car, a 1950 Buick, was headed east on North 13th St. when it collided with the ambulance. Both vehicles swerved into the Noack car, a 1951 Ford, Mrs, Noack’s auto in turn crashed into a Martin Linen Supply Co. truck driven by Harvey Frank Harwell, 19, of 1366 Locust St. Harwell was n(A injured and the truck was only slightly damaged, Strickland said. Both the Noack car and the truck had stopped on the west side of the intersection, Strickland said. The injured were taken to the hospital by ambulances from Elliott’s, Kiker-Warren, and Laughter-North Funeral Homes. Strickland and Officer E. L. Brownlow were still investigating the accident at noon Thursday. (ilizens Bank To Administer Condor Stock The U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a court order which held that Citizens National Bank in Abilene should administer Condor Petroleum Co. stock owned by the estate of the late Ellis A. Hall. In an opinion handed down at New Orleans the Circuit Court in part affirmed and in part reversed orders entered by Judge T. Whitfield Davidson in the U. S. Court for the Northern District of Texas. The opinion resulted from an appeal by Albuquerque National Bank from Judge Davidson’s rulings.    , Controversy arose over which bank should be named administrator for Hall’s Condor stock because his certificates of stock in Condor, a Texas corporation, were in a safe deposit box in the New Mexico bank at the time of Hall’s death. Hall and three members of his family died in a plane crash in Alask^i Aug. 17, 1953. His will had directed that Citizens National Bank administer his Texas holdings and that Albuquerque National Bank administer his New Mexico properties. The Albuquerque bank had sought to gain control of the Condor stock through an action filed in the U. S. Court for the District of New Mexico. Texas Corporation Judge Davidson had held that Citizens National should have control because Condor was a Texas corporation. The Circuit Court strengthened this position by stating that "a considerable part of the estate consists of income producing lands in Texas.” The Circuit Court overruled Judge Davidson’s order enjoining the New Mexico bank from continuing the prosecution of a suit now pending in the slate district court of Bernalillo County, N. M. This, in effect, held that the New Mexico district court has jurisdiction over construing the terms of Hall’s will, and that its "judgment, when fairly rendered, will be at least highly persuasive” in the court in Texas. CLOBE-TIMES CHIEF Longtime Amarillo Editor Dies at 54 AMARILLO !f)—T. E. Johnson, 54, editor of the Amarillo Globe-Times, died here today at 6:25 a.m. an active leader in civic and American liegion affair.s. He had been editor of the Globe- Johnson had been in Northwest i Times since 1951. Johnson was Texas Hospital for a month. Death was reported due to a heart ailment. Johnson was a leading newspaper personality in the Panhandle area since World War I. He was U. S.-Trained 'Spy' Is Shot MOSCOW (4^ ~ Red Star announced today the conviction and execution by shooting of a Ukran-ian exile allegedly parachuted into the Soviet Union by U. S. Intelligence and the U. S. Air Force for spying and sabotage. The announcement in the Soviet armed forces newspaper said Vasily Ostapovich Ochrimovich confessed at a trial in Kiev that he belonged to a group of Ukranian exiles and was trained at an American "espionage and subversion school” at Kauf-Bayern, near Munich, Red Star’s account said Ochrimovich named accomplices in the Ukraine but it did not specify whether any other persons had been arrested. "The military tribunal of the Kiev Military District sentenced Ochrimovich to the highest penalty-shooting,” Red Star added. “The sentence has been executed.” The military newspaper account said Ochrimovich was one of the leaders of a Ukrainian nationalist organization "which is known to have supplied German Fascists with spies, murderers and provocateurs before World War II and during the war this organization actively helped the Hitlerites in their monstrous crimes directed at destroying the Ukrainian people." widely known as a political writer and columnist. He was born in Cooper. Tex., Sept. 24. 1899, and was raised in Hall County. Johnson attended the Memphis Business College in Amarillo, and started his newspaper career on the Pueblo, Colo., Chieftain in 1917. The war interrupted his work there, but he returned after serving in the 104th Army Engineers in 1918. He joined the Wichita Falls Times in 1919 and stayed until 1921. In 1921, he moved to the Amarillo News, where he held several positions, including that of managing editor. He became editor of the Amarillo Globe in 1937. In December, 1937, he helped found the Amarillo Times, and was editor of that paper until it merged with the Globe in 1951. He was also at one time co publisher of the Moore County News, a weekly paper, and a director of the Dalhart Publishing Co. Johnson wrote the column, "These Times" for many years. His final column was one he “snuck out" of the hospital, urging people to vote for a proposed expressway in Amarillo. The measure was passed with a record vote. Johnson was a past president of the Panhandle Press Assn., and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian River Water Authority. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nelle Johnson; three daughters. Mrs. J. D. Woodell, Mrs. Hapton Stennis and Miss Marianne Johnson, all of Amarillo, and one son, Tommy, a Marine at Coronado, Calif. break up the conference, however, until the French feel all possibilities have beta exhausted. Negotiatioiw dragged to a complete standstill last night after three long .secret sessions between the nine participating delegations. A proposal by Eden for a one-day "cooling off” period was accepted. and the talks were suspended until tomorrow afternoon. Seeking Solution During the layoff in formal talks, Eden—representing the Western Big Three—hoped to find a solution in conferences with Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov and Communist Chinese Premier-Foreign Minister Chou En-lai. When the Cambodia-Laos issue first threatened to stall the conference 10 days ago, Molotov agreed in a private talk with Eden to get on with the negotiations W'ithout acting on the Red demands to invite the resistance groups The Vietminh Communist leaders raised the question again this week. Western delegates, anxious to get the discussions hack to ways of ending the fighting in Indochina, flatly refused the renewed Red proposal. Conference sources said Molotov also expressed hope yesterday the delegates could soon get down to a study of the actual drafts of armistice proposals, particularly their military aspects. This led some wesfbrn observers to believe the Communists might again drop the rebel "governments.”. Bidault Begins Fight The Western Powers tried to limit discussion to key points at the opening of the secret sessions. Bidault, however, touched off the controversy over Laos and Cambodia by demanding that Communist forces be withdrawn at once from the two Indochinese kingdoms. A major provision of tiie French pian for ending hostilities in Indochina is that the problem of Laos and Cambodia be completely separated from the proposed armistice in Viet Nam. Hundt Plans To Open Army Probe Monday WASHINGTON m — Sen. Mundt (R-SD) voiced a "guess” today that Sen, McCarthy will not boycott resumption of the McCarthy-Army hearings now scheduled for Monday. Mundt had just come from a closed door talk with McCarthy, but he said this had not been dis-cu8.sed between them. McCarthy himself has left in doubt what cour.se he might follow. He contends his side faces a "stacked deck” situation because of President Eisenhower’s ban on testimony from government officials about confidential talks within the administration on the McCarthy-Army row'. Will Start Monday Mundt said he plans now to go ahead Monday with hearings and that "I wouldn't anticipate any more recesses” as long as the current week’s one. A reporter asked Mundt about speculation that McCarthy might refuse to participate in the resumption. "Do you expect McCarthy will be there Monday?” the reporter asked. "If I were going to guess, I’d guess yes,” Mundt said, but emphasized he was not basing that on any commitment from McCarthy, McCarthy Uncertain McCarthy himself told reporters after the talk with Mundt that he still is “at a loss” about his next move. McCarthy, who calls the presidential order a "gag”, said of it: "It is ridiculous beyond comprehension to have the President and the Secretary of the Army say they want all the facta on the table in these hearings and then have them support this order.” Author, Newsman Dies in Carolina By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WILSON, N. C. - Boyden R. Sparkes, 64, author and former newspaperman who had worked on newspapers in Cincinnati, Chicago, New York and San Francisco and with The Associated Press. Born in Cincinnati. Died Tuesday. NEW YORK — Dr. Douglass Palmer, 70, a leading authority on tropical diseases. Bom in Oak Park, III. Died Wednesday. OMAHA — William J. Wilson, 70. retired design engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, who during his 48-yeai career helped design and develop early streamlines trains and diesel locomotives. Died ^Tuesday. Sieei Negotiations Starting in Earnest PITTSBURGH (-f) - U. S. Steel Corp. and the CIO United Steelworkers get down to brass-tacks bargaining today as contract talks open with three other basic steel producers. Getting under way are negotiations with Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. at Pittsburgh, Wheeling Steel Corp. at Wheeling, W.Va., and Crucible Steel Co. of America at New York. Other basic producers begin bargaining later this month. Headed by President David J. McDonald, USW negotiators met with officials of U.S. Steel for the second straight day yesterday to diseuss 1954 contract demands on the nation’s No. 1 steel producer. It is expected the sessions will continue for the rest of the week and then adjourn to permit the company to study union proposals and prepare its answer. THE WUIHER U.S. DEPAKT.MEN’T OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy with not much chance In temperature Thursday and Friday; high both days In low Wa; low Thursday night hi low 60'a. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partiy cloudy and mild this afternoon, tonight and Friday with widely scattered showers or thundershowers mostly in the southwest portion. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy and mUd with witiely scattered showers and local thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight and Friday. EA.ST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS-Partiy cloudy and mild this afternoon, tonight and Friday with widely scattered showers and thundershowers. TEMPERATURES 10:30       73 11:30       "»5 12:30      7i Sunset last night 7:33 p.m. Sunrise today 5;Ri a.m. Sunset tonight 7:34 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 21.22. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. per cent. Maximum tempo-atorc for the 24 hours ended at g;30 a.m.: tl. Minimum temp«ratura for tin 24 boiirs MKis<t M 4:3« a.m,t M. CONCERTO IN UNDERWEAR — Ferdinand Timmer-mans, one of the world’s leading carillonneurs, was dressed only in his underwear as he gave two recitals in the Detroit area. He says playing a carillon is such work he has to strip for action. He is touring the country. ;