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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT FINAL VOL. LXXIII, NO. 341 fnm (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 25, 1954 --EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICK DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc STEVENS HAS WORDS WITH 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, Jos- eph 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 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 an- nounced late yesterday that arms are being airlifted as "rapidly as possible" to Nicaragua and Hon- duras, Guatemala's neighbors to the south. Moscow radio immedi- ately called the action preparation for "an attack against Gua- temala." But Guatemala's foreign minis- ter, Guillermo Toriello, told news- men, "We do not believe the arms shipment has anything to do with us." He pointedly sidestepped any 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 Guatemalan Communists inside Honduran territory Sunday. He also told of reported troop and military air activity in both coun- tries. 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 infor- mation that a war was impending, but he added that U.S. diplomatic officials knew there was consider-j they could not recall a similar able tension between the two coun- tries. Meanwhile, dispatches from Gua- temala quoted long-time American residents of that country as saying 16 Candidates File First Expense List Sixteen political candidates filed their first sworn statements of campaign expenditures Tuesday morning in the county clerk's of- fice. Deadline is Tuesday night. Those filing statements, the of- fices for which they are running and the amounts of..their expendi- tures are: Mrs. L. Q. Campbell, county treasurer, Mrs. Bob Haile, county treasurer, H. L. Gay, county superintendent, ?108; Clive Pierce, county superinten- dent, Reed Ingalsbe, coun- ty judge, none; R. H. (Bob) Boss, district clerk, Lee Sutton, county attorney, J. D. Wood- ard, constable, Mrs. Ches- ter Hutcheson, county clerk, J. T. McMillon, commissioner, none; Floyd Tate, commissioner, none; Rufe Tittle, commissioner, Claude Newberry, commission- er, Ed Powell, sheriff, none; Raymond Petree, tax assessor-col- lector, none; H. F. Long, justice of the peace, none. strained atmosphere. There were reports of workers shouting "Go Home, Gringa to North American women. Developments have piled one upon another since the State De- partment last week announced the arrival of a freighter-load of arms at a Guatemalan port. The depart- ment said they were loaded at Stettin in Communist Poland. That shipment reputedly was the equivalent of 70 freight cars and worth 10 million dollars. Details of the actual movement were cloaked in military secrecy. It was understood the equipment had been assembled somewhere in Georgia. The exact amounts were not disclosed. Joe's Staff Requested Schine IN WILL CASE Gray Estate Valued Under Half Million (Special lo the Reporter-News) MONAHANS, May 25 The val- ue of the Rebecca Estes Gray es- tate 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 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 institu- tions also were to benefit. Judge G. C. Olsen of 109th Dis- trict Court on Tuesday morning admitted as evidence a propon- ents' report by a petroleum engi- neer, fixing the total value of the estate at Most of the morning was taken up by arguments between attor- neys 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 said earlier that the estate could be worth upwards of 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 Hear Panama Canal Dies in Trenton TRENTON, Tex.. May 24 Mrs. B. P. Southerland, 79, widow of a prominent Trenton merchant, died in a Bonham hospital today. WASHINGTON m-Secretary of jtate Dulles said today the Heds nust have shipped arms to Guate- mala in order to build up a Com- munist 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 tons val- ued at 10 million dollars. He said this had made Guatemala the dom- inant military power in Central America. Dulles also declared: 1. The United States would sup- port an appeal to the United Na- tions 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 morn- ing. It was the 31st annual com- mencement at the college. Around 600 persons-were present in Rad- ford Memorial Auditorium for the ceremonies. Honorary doctorates were con- ferred 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 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 the minister said. "In this 20th Century, alterna- tives are becoming imperatives. We have no time to he said. Life does not have so many "shades" -today as it did in the days when people lived a more leisurely life. We are living in two 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 he said. "You and I stand at that critical place in the future of mankind." Christianity can bring the people the world together in the course of good as no other force may do, Dr. Copeland stated. "I do not believe God has ab- dicated bis throne. I do not be- lieve that evil will 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 "Mag- nificent 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 hard. But, dear God, a too hard cbani Bishop William C. Martin, pre- siding bishop of the Daiias area and president of the National Coun- cil of Churches of Christ of the USA, gave the invocation at com- mencement. Scripture was read by Dr. J. See McMUBRY, Page 10-A, Col. 3 observation mission to Southeast Asia. Dulles also said that the pros- pects for some kind of United Na- tions action looked better now than ihey 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 Indo- china War. The conditions include, he emphasized, approval by Con- gress and the creation of an anti- Communist coalition in Southeast Asia. 3. The United States is about to send a new note to Russia on Pres- ident Eisenhower's proposal for an international atomic energy peace pool. Dulles said that consultations are going forward with Allied coun- tries 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 re- sponse 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 to- tal oil royalty payments into the estate amounted to monthly from 147 oil wells. The wells have produced since 1933, Butler said. Watts suggested the engineer who prepared the proponents' re- port 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 of sound mind. She didn't realize how much money she had, they said. Another proponents' witness, Emil Rassman of Midland, testi- fied he did legal work for Mrs. Gray, who he said, seemed capa- ble 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. Rass- man is a chief attorney for the proponents. Four proponents' -witnesses testi- fied Monday', that Mrs. pray was of sound mind. She knew the ex- tent of her property when distrib- uting it in her will, they said. Other Institutions Other institutions named as ben- eficiaries 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 Tues- day afternoon after court resumed at AbilenianHeld In Shooting SAN ANGELO, May 25 Benny James Johnson, 24, of 1049 Syca- more 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 p.m. Monday. Charles M. Tennyson, 29, is re- ported in fair condition after being struck by two .38 calibre slugs in the Tennyson is an unemployed oil- field worker. He gave Ballinger ind San Angelo as his address. Johnson surrendered to officers ifter the shooting on a sidewalk 1 near a downtown beer tavern. General Presents Prepared Charts WASHINGTON Gen. Cornelius E. Ryan testi- fied today the McCarthy subcommittee staff repeatedly asked special leaves from Ft. DLx, 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 C. DAVID SCHINE private Board Asks Budget Hike City Park and Public Recreation Board decided Tuesday morning to ask the City Commission for a budget of in the next fis- cal-year, 0. 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-spon- sored 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 re- sponsible 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 budget for 1954-55 compares with an budget voted by the commission for 1933-54. Park Supt. Scott Fikes was au- thorized Tuesday to employ a nightwatchman for-Kirby Park. FROM NOW ON THEY'RE 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 Gates of Lubbock, the Rev. J. B. Holt of Dallas and Manila, P. I., the Rev. Timothy Guthrie of Vernon, the Rev. Jordon Grooms of Big Spring, and J. Cloyd Miller of Silver City. (Photo by Charles C-C TO CLOSE FOR 2 FUNERALS In respect to two past presi- dents, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce will be closed Tues- day 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 Mr. Minter was president of the Abilene C-C in 1918. Mr. Campbell was president in 1919. Their lives were parallel in several ways in business and civic accomplishments. "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 en- joyed 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 lold him: "I 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'f think anything put out by the Army is dishonest." In the course of his testimony, Ryan said: 1. He never heard Secretary of the Army Stevens asV; Schine to pose with him for a photograph and was with Stevens every mo- ment 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. Din unless passes to leave camp fo McCarthy subcommittfe 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 bu the room was used only once. 4. Schine made 250 long distance telephone calls, during his eighi 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 aboul a private making telephone calls if he had the tune and the money to pay for them. J Ratings 5. Schine, despite his leaves, completed his training course with a "superior" rating but was rated only "fair" on rating Ryan called "very low." 6. Members of the McCarthy staff called Ryan's headquarters 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 sub- committee, about Schine. He. said Cohn was "extremely angry" over treatment of Schine at he fort and let him know about it "in no uncertain terms." Asked if Cohn used "abusive 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 be didn't recall it Skies Clear; Twister Seen Set story M Lakes, 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 Air- port. The weatherman said no more moisture was in Sight. He predict- ed 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 air- port 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. Ihe nor- mal rainfall in May is 3.68 inches. While j-ain was falling at scat- tered points in West Texas Mon- day night, Stamford had a tornado scare. Observers reported the twister in the air 10 miles east of Stamford at p.m. Monday. The cloud moved about 10 miles east, but failed to touch the ground. An oil- rig worker reported the tornado cloud to weathermen. No official tornado warning was issued, a weatherman said. THE WEATHER tr.8. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHEB BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy Tuesday; generally fair Tuesday cifht and Wednesday; high Tuesday 70-75: low Tuesday night 55-W; high Wednesday near BO. WEST Partly cloudy, wanner Wednesday and in Panhandle. South Plains and Upper Pecox Valley this afternoon and ttmigbt. Widely scattered thundershowers ibis afternoon. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL Mostly with scattered showers and ihondersbowers this afternoon, becoming partly cloudy with widely scattered thun- Jershowers ionight and Wednesday. No important temperature changes. Moderate east to southeast winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M Tues. A.M. 59 59 71 58 58 37 57 53 68 tt G5 60 63 63 62 65 60 67 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise to- day a.m. Sunset tonight pjn. Barometer reading at p.m. 28.13. Relative humidity at 12'M p.m. 64 per cent. maximum temperature for the 24 boors ended at ajn.: 73. Minimum temperature {or the 24 cwfed at a.m.: 56. Grade Schools to Get ABC Report Girds; Repairs Due New report card, with A, B, C grades, for elementary schools was presented to the Board of Education for consideration Mon- day night. Members expressed tenta- tive 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 re- cently to the board by the citi- zens' panel, headed by Paul Mc- Carty. Trustees had appointed the committee and asked it to recommend the type of reporting to be done. Repairs of, Cracki Repair of wail cracks at three new elementary Crockett and cost in the cider wings, Schools Business Manager George Stowe reported. The work will be done this summer as part of a 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 aft- er 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 Coun- cil of Parent-Teacher Associa- tions. The P-TA will ask the City Com- mission to put their proposals into action. Propwcd Among the devices to be recom- mended near schools are: Signs reading Crossing" (with well-marked pedestrian cross walks "School Zone" signs (showing speed lim- warning signs a block ahead of the cross walks "Slow-School Crossing and portable "Stop" signs. Representing -the P-TA at Mon- day night's meeting were Charles A. McCIure, spokesman: Mrs. Jack Sparks, P-TA Council presi- dent; Mrs.' Max Randolph, safety chairman; and P. E. Shotwell. The board vMonday night also: (1) Set final inspection of the new Anson Jones Elementary School by trustees 'for a.m. Tuesday. (2) Heard a report on the recent visit to Abilene of high school pu- pils from North Adams, Mass. (Giving the account were Mrs. Kathleen Parker, teacher; and Laura McCormic, 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 the lowest bid. (4) Bought a hydraulic lift and compressor for the schools' vehicle repair shop from Tesco Service Station Equipment Co. Set SCHOOLS, Pan W-A, CA 4