Abilene Reporter News, May 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas Joe's Staff Requested EVENIN6 FINAL ARll.FNF. TF.YAR TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 25, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Schine Leaves 9 Ryan . n „ I IN WILL CASE STEVENS HAS WORDS WITH ADAMS—Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens, in the witness chair at the McCarthy-Army hearing Monday, turns to have a word with Army Counselor John Adams during the morning session. Left to right, Stevens, Joseph Welch, special Army counsel; Charles A. Haskings, assistant Army counselor; unidentified man; Adams, and Maj. Gen. Robert N. Young of the Army general staff. Stevens turned to ask Adams about a statement he made in previous testimony. TO COUNTER COMMIES U.S. Ferrying Military Gear To Central America Nations By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON OB—In a move to counter the Communist arming of leftist Guatemala, the United States is ferrying rifles, machine guns and other night combat gear to two friendly nations in Central America. The State Department announced late yesterday that arms are being airlifted as “rapidly as possible” to Nicaragua and Honduras, Guatemala's neighbors to the south. Moscow radio immediately called the action preparation for "an attack against Guatemala.” But Guatemala's foreign minister, Guillermo Toriello, told news-! men. “We do not believe the arms j shipment has anything to do with j us.” He pointedly sidestepped any 1 mention of Nicaragua, which has ! recalled its envoy from Guatemala. But he said Honduras is a good friend. However, the Chicago Tribune said last night that war seemed imminent between Honduras and Guatemala. Tribune staff writer ■ Jules Dubois wrote from Teguci-galpa, Honduras, that Honduran border guards captured five armed j Guatemalan Communists inside Honduran territory Sunday. He also told of reported troop and military air activity in both countries. U. S. Ambassador John E. Peuri-foy said he had heard of no such border incidents. In Washington, Lincoln White, State Department press officer, said the department had no information that a war was impending, but he added that U.S. diplomatic officials knew there was considerable tension between the two countries. Meanwhile, dispatches from Guatemala quoted long-time American residents of that country as saying they could not recall a similar strained atmosphere. There were reports of workers shouting “Go Home, Gringa (Yankee)” to North American women. Developments have piled one upon another since the State Department last week announced the arrival of a freighter-load of arms at a Guatemalan port. The department said they were loaded at Stettin in Communist Poland. That shipment reputedly was the equivalent of 70 freight cars and worth 10 million dollars. .    ,    ,    _    i    Details of the actual movement morning in the county clerks of-! cloaked in mililary secrccy, fice. Deadline is Tuesday night. Gray Estate Valued Under Half Million 16 Candidates File Firs! Expense List Sixteen political candidates filed their first sworn statements of campaign expenditures Tuesday Those filing statements, the offices for which they are running and the amounts of their expenditures are: Mrs. L. Q. Campbell, county treasurer, $70.20; Mrs. Bob Haile, county treasurer, $103.85; H. L. Gay, county superintendent, $108; Clive Pierce, county superintendent, $176.05; Reed Ingalsbe, county judge, none; R. H. (Bob* Ross, district clerk, $50; Lee Sutton, county attorney, $50; J. D. Woodard, constable, $106.70; Mrs. Chester Hutcheson, county clerk, $50; J. T. McMillon, commissioner, none; Floyd Tate, commissioner, none; Rufe Tittle, commissioner, $15; Claude Newberry, commissioner, $50; Ed Powell, sheriff, none; Raymond Petree, tax assessor-col-lector, none; H. F. Long, justice of the peace, none. It was understood the equipment had been assembled somewhere in Georgia. The exact amounts were not disclosed. (Special to the Reporter-News) MONAHANS, May 25 — The value of the Rebecca Estes Gray estate was fixed here Tuesday at less than half a million dollars as a contested will suit moved into the second day. Earlier the worth of the estate had been said to be in excess of $6 million. Under Mrs. Gray’s will, McMur-ry College of Abilene had stood to receive several hundred thousand dollars, according to Dr. Harold G. Cooke, McMurry president. Three other Methodist institutions also were to benefit. Judge G. C. Olsen of 109th District Court on Tuesday morning admitted as evidence a proponents’ report by a petroleum engineer, fixing the total value of the estate at $432,579.41. Most of the morning was taken up by arguments between attorneys as to whether the report should be admitted. Report ‘Ridiculous’ A contestants’ attorney, John Watts of Odessa, termed the figure in the report “a ridiculous sum.” Watts had' said earlier that the estate could be worth upwards of $6 million when all oil production is realized from producing wells in the estate. The question of admitting the report arose when John P. Butler, Midland, co-administrator of the Gray estate, testified. He is pres- Dulles Says Reds Planning Bastion Near Panama (anal Dies in Trenton TRENTON, Tex., May 24 i/P(-Mrs. B. P. Southerland, 79, widow of a prominent Trenton merchant, died in a Bonham hospital today. WASHINGTON UP)—Secretary of itate Dulles said today the Reds nust have shipped arms to Guatemala in order to build up a Communist bastion near the Panama Canal. Dulles told a news conference that was one possible objective of the arms shipment last week from Poland amounting to 2,000 tons valued at 10 million dollars. He said this had made Guatemala the dominant military power in Central America. Dulles also declared; 1. The United States would support an appeal to the United Nations for the dispatch of a peace Little Time to Choose God Or Chaos, McMGrads Told By PHYLLIS NIBLING Black and gold tassels were switched from right to left on the mortarboards of 56 McMurry College graduates Tuesday morning. It was the 31st annual commencement at the college. Around 600 persons were present in Radford Memorial Auditorium for the ceremonies. Honorary doctorates were conferred on four Methodist ministers and two outstanding laymen by Dr. Harold G. Cooke, McMurry president. Dr. Kenneth W. Copeland, pastor of Travis Park Methodist Church In San Antonio, told graduates that “Life is a matter of making choices—not taking chances.” Christ or Chaos The world is at one of the most crucial points in its history, Dr. Copeland said. People no longer have years to make their choice but must act now. "It is either Christ or chaos,” the minister said. “In this 20th Century, alternatives are becoming imperatives. We have no time to lose,” he said. Life does not have so many “shades" 4oday as it did in the days when people lived a more leisurely life. We are living in two worlds—the world of communism and the world of democracy, Dr. Copeland said. “We can stand for the things that are good and holy or write the last tragic chapter in the book of the world,” he said. “You and I stand at that critical place in the future of mankind.” Christianity can bring the people of the world together in the course of good as no other force may do, Dr. Copeland stated. “I do not believe God has abdicated his throne. I do not be lieve that evil will triumph.” he said. “Life is intent on something else besides just dying off at the top.” He paraphrased the words of the nurse in Lloyd ^C. Douglas’s “Magnificent Obsession” in his final words to the graduates “I’m not sure you will ever make the right choices — it may take too long, cost too much, bt too hard. But, dear God, what a chance!” Bishop William C. Martin, presiding bishop of the Dallas area and president of the National Council of Churches of Christ of the USA, gave the invocation at commencement. Scripture was read by Dr. J. See McMURRY, Page 10-A, Col. 3 observation mission to Southeast Asia. Dulles also said that the prospects for some kind of United Nations action looked better now than they had recently. 2. The United States government had made clear to the French in talks now under way the terms and conditions under which it would be possible to consider American intervention in the Indochina War. The conditions include, he emphasized, approval by Con-1 gress and the creation of an anticommunist coalition in Southeast Asia. 3. The United States is about to send a new note to Russia on Pres- j ident Eisenhower’s proposal for an international atomic energy peace pool. Dulles said that consultations are going forward with Allied countries on the note. Such countries in this case are primarily Britain and France. 4. Prime Minister Menderes of Turkey will visit the United States in the period June 1-4 to discuss economic and financial matters. Dulles discussed the Guatemalan and Indochinese situations in response to questions from reporters, after he had issued a statement noting that Guatemala is the only American nation to have received a “massive shipment” of arms from an Iron Curtain country. ident of the First National Bank of Midland. Cross-examined, Butler said total oil royalty payments into the estate amounted to $3,700 monthly from 147 oil wells. The wells have produced since 1933, Butler said. Watts suggested the engineer who prepared the proponents’ report must have expected the wells to go dry soon. Asked on the stand if he shared this view, Butler replied he did not. Hung Jury The Gray will suit was tried here last October, but the trial ended in a hung jury. Proponents said they entered the report because the contestants have been magnifying the value of the estate. Proponents added that, during last October’s trial, the contestants | indicated that Mrs. Gray was not i of sound mind. She didn’t realize how much money she had, they j said. Another proponents’ witness, Emil Rassman of Midland, testified he did legal work for Mrs. Gray, who he said, seemed capable of handling her affairs. Rassman is an attorney, who belongs to the Midland law firm of William L. Kerr, co-administrator of the estate with Butler. Rassman is a chief attorney for the proponents. Four proponents’ witnesses testified Monday that Mrs. Gray was of sound mind. She knew the extent of her property when distributing it in her will, they said. Other Institutions Other institutions named as beneficiaries in the will were Texas Wesleyan College at Fort Worth, the C. C. Young Methodist Home for Old Ladies in Dallas and the Methodist Home in Waco. In the trial, McMurry College is represented by Carl P. Springer, Abilene attorney. Testimony by the contestants was expected to begin early Tuesday afternoon after court resumed at 1:30. General Presents Prepared Charts WASHINGTON (/P)—Maj. Gen. Cornelius E. Ryan testified today the McCarthy subcommittee staff repeatedly asked special leaves from Ft. Dix, N. J., for Pvt. G. David Schine but said he had no knowledge the requests were for any purpose other than subcommittee work. Ryan, commander of Ft. Dix, gave an account of the leaves with illustrations provided by two Army-prepared charts which drew hot blasts from Sen. McCarthy. McCarthy called the charts Skies Clear; Twister Seen G. DAVID SCHINE ... ‘famous’ private AbilenianHeld In Shooting SAN ANGELO, May 25 - Benny James Johnson, 24, of 1049 Sycamore St., Abilene musician, is in county jail here on a charge of assault with intent to murder. He was arrested after a shooting here at 9:30 p.m. Monday. Charles M. Tennyson, 29, is reported in fair condition after being struck by two .38 calibre slugs in the chest. Tennyson is an unemployed oilfield worker. He gave Ballinger md San Angelo as his address. Johnson surrendered to officers ifter the shooting on a sidewalk near a downtown beer tavern. Board Asks Budget Hike City Park and Public Recreation Board decided Tuesday morning to ask the City Commission for a budget of $126,060. in the next fiscal year, O. P. Beebe, a member said. This is a 50 per cent increase over the present one. The new year will begin Oct. 1. Grover Nelson, board member, reported on plans for the city-sponsored summer band concerts. The first program will be give* the night of June 3 at Fair Park. One will be held each week there. The assistant band director of Abilene High School will be responsible for the plans. Directors from the junior highs will aid. The budget would include a large appropriation for sports and other recreation, Beebe said. Proposed $126,060 budget for 1954-55 compares with an $86,f$0 budget voted by the commission for 1953-54. Park Supt. Scott Fikes was authorized Tuesday to employ a nightwatchman for Kirby Park. C-C TO CLOSE FOR 2 FUNERALS In respect to two past presidents, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce will be closed Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. This is in respect to T. C. Campbell and George L. Min ter, who both died Monday afternoon. (See stories, pages 2-A and 3-B). Mr. Minter was president oi the Abilene C-C in 1918. Mr. Campbell was president in 1919. Their lives were parallel in several ways in business and civic accomplishments. called the charts “phony and dishonest” and “an attempt to deceive the American people.” One of his objections was that the charts depicted in large black squares the days Schine enjoyed pass privileges during his basic training, and in relatively unblemished white squares the pass privileges of the “average” inductee. Ryan Won’t Agree McCarthy tried to get Ryan to agree with him that the charts were “dishonest” but the general told bim: “1 don’t see anything dishonest about them at all. I say they reflect the truth and are not misleading or inaccurate.” And, in another exchange, Ryan said: “I don’( think anything put out by the Army is dishonest.” In the course of his iestimony, Ryan said: 1. He never heard Secretary of the Army Stevens ask Schine to pose with him for a photograph and was with Stevens every moment of the time last November when the McCarthy camp contends Steven did make such a request. 2. There was no “preferential teatment” given Schine at Ft. Dix unless passes to leave camp for McCarthy subcommittee work was to be called preferential treatment. 3. He made available at Ft. Dix a conference room to be used by Schine and the McCarthy staff but the room w^s used only once. 4. Schine made 250 long distance telephone calls during his eight weeks at Ft. Dix. Ryan said so far as he knew no other private “ever approached this record.” But he said there was nothing wrong about a private making telephone calls if he had the time and the money to pay for them. 3 Ratings 5. Schine, despite his leaves, completed his training course with a “superior” rating but was rated only “fair” on character—a rating Ryan called “very low.” 6. Members of the McCarthy staff called Ryan’s headquarters 29 times about Schine during the eight weeks training period. Ryan’s aide. Lt. John Bruce Blount, took the stand to relate telephone calls with Roy M. Cohn, chief counsel for the McCarthy subcommittee, about Schine. He said Cohn was “extremely angry” over treatment of Schine at the fort and let him know about it “in no uncertain terms.” Asked if Cohn used "abusive language,” Blount said that was a very loose term and “no swear words were used.” As introduced by the McCarthy camp, a photographic print showed Stevens and Schine alone, standing before an airplane. The McCarthy camp contended Stevens had asked Schine to pose with him, Stevens said he didn't recall it. See story on I^kes, page 10-A Skies were clearing over Abilene Tuesday morning after turbulence in the atmosphere moved to the east and southeast. This was reported by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport. The weatherman said no more moisture was in Sight. He predicted generally fair skies for Tuesday night and Wednesday. The recent moisture total of 1.70 inches in the current period hiked the total for the year at the airport to an even 10 inches, the weatherman said. Normal for the year through May 24 is 8.22 inches. Through May 31, the normal rainfall is 9.06 inches. The month of May has brought 4.61 inches of rain so far. The normal rainfall in May is 3.68 inches. While rain was falling at scattered points in West Texas Monday night, Stamford had a tornado scare. Observers reported the twister in the air 10 miles east of Stamford at 7:45 p.m. Monday. The cloud moved about 10 miles east, but failed to touch the ground. An oil rig worker reported the tornado cldbd to weathermen. No official tornado warning was issued, a weatherman said. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER B) REAC ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy Tuesday; generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday: high Tuesday 70-75; low Tuesday night 55-00; high Wednesday near 80. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy, warmer Wednesday and in Panhandle. South Piaina and Upper Pecos Valley (his afternoon and tonight. Widely scattered thundershowers this afternoon. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers this fdternoon, becoming partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershowers tonight and Wednesday. No important temperature changes. Moderate east to southeast winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M.    *    Tues.    A.M. 71       1:30      59 70       2:30        39 71      3:30       58 72      4:30       58 72      5:30      57 70       6:30       57 69      7:30      58 68       8:30      IP 65      9:30       «0 63      10.30      63 62        11:30        65 60        12:30      67 Sunset last night 7:36 p.m. Sunrise today 5:35 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:37 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.13. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 64 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 73. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 56. Grade Schools to Get ABC Report Cards; Repairs Due FROM NOW ON THEY’RE ‘DR.’—The six recipients of honorary doctorates at McMurry College commencement Tuesday morning are, left to right, the Rev. Joe B. Scrim-shire of Clovis, N. M., Paul Cates of Lubbock, the Rev. J. B. Holt of Dallas and Manila, P. L, the Rev. Timothy Guthrie of Vernon, the Rev. Jordon Grooms of Big Spring, and J. Cloyd Miller of Silver City. (Photo by Charles Cockerell) New report card, with A, B, C grades, for elementary schools was presented to the Board of Education for consideration Monday night. Members expressed tentative approval. They decided not to adopt the card formally until the citizens’ advisory committee has seen it. Form of the reports carries out recommendations made recently to the board by the citizens’ panel, headed by Paul McCarty. Trustees had appointed the committee and asked it to recommend the type of reporting to be done. Repairs of Cracks Repair of wall cracks at three new elementary schools—Bowie, Crockett and Fannin—will cost $200 in the older wings, Schools Business Manager George Stowe reported. The work will be done this summer as part of a $23,527 maintenance program throughout the school system, Stowe said. He said any repairing in the newer wings would have to be done by the contractors, since the cracks appeared within a year after the contracts were finished. The builder's bonds require them to make those repairs, he pointed out. Trustees Monday night approved a system of traffic safety devices recommended by the City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. The P-TA will ask the City Commission to put their proposals into action. Signs Proposed Among the devices to be recommended near schools are: Signs reading “Stop—School Crossing” (with well-marked pedestrian cross walks adjacent); “School Zone” signs (showing speed limit); warning signs a block ahead of the cross walks "Slow-School Crossing Ahead”; and portable “Stop” signs. Representing the P-TA at Monday night’s meeting were Charles A. McClure, spokesman:    Mrs, Jack Sparks, P-TA Council president; Mrs.’ Max Randolph, safety chairman; and P. E. Shotwell. The board Monday night also: (1) Set final inspection of the new Anson Jones Elementary School by trustees for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. (2) Heard a report on the recent visit to Abilene of high school pupils from North Adams, Mass. (Giving the account were Mrs, Kathleen Parker, teacher; and Laura McCormie, Jack Hurt and Pat Bennett, students, Abilene High School.) Cafeteria Equipment (3) Purchased the equipment for the new high school’s cafeteria from West Texas Coffee Co., for $36,258,81, the lowest bid. (4) Bought a hydraulic lift and compressor for the schools’ vehicle repair shop from Tesco Service Station Equipment Co, That\ bid, See SCHOOLS, Page 10-A, CeL 4 PARTLY CLOUDY Ifje Abilene "VA/ITWm IT AD VA/IXM Acpckicc ta cDichinc r\n rrvrc \a/c c i/cttv'lj vai id »a/adi ia cvAm \/ ac it /~r\cc"    d..— «•is* iVw •    «ri h a vi r uijb I w I iMkiivj win » vQ in. J t\u I v« i i wwin v v winl-w lAan. i t- » rw i i uvuj  oviun VOL. LXXIII. NO. 341 ? ;