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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               CLOUDY, WARM EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, NO. 342 Anociated Prea (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 26, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY lOc Sen.Sparkman Hits Lagging GOP Policies WASHINGTON w Sen. Spark- man (D-Ala) said today the White House is "attempting to lay the groundwork to alibi an almost total lack of legislative progress by this Republican Congress." Sparkman and Sen. Russell  reak the will which divided Mrs. Gray's estate among four Method- st institutions, including McMur- ry College of Abilene. The relatives are termed "con- testants" in the case. They claim Mrs. Gray was of unsound mind and unduly influenced by institu- tion representatives. The Methodist insitulions and ad- ministrators of the state, called the "proponents" in the case, in- troduced their testimony Monday and Tuesday to show that Mrs. Gray was not of unsound mind when she made her will. Mrs. Carr was one of three con- testant witnesses on the stand Wednesday morning. Tuesday she had told of odd habits and un- usual customs of Mrs. Gray and termed her with a child-like mind. Under cross-examination by Wil- liam Kerr, longtime friend and attorney for Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Carr revised her opinion to describe Mrs. Gray as having "poor judg- ment" rather than being of un- sound mind. Kerr also brought out in his questioning that Mrs. Carr once asked Mrs. Gray to loan her money and Mrs. Gray refused. Dr. F. J. Prout of Monahans, who said he was Mrs. Gray's phy- sician, displayed X-rays taken ,pf the woman shortly before she died in an El Paso Hospital. Both sides have agreed she died of can- cer of the brain. But they differ on how long she had the disease before her death. Dr. Prout testi- fied he. did not notice any indica- tion of it until March, 1952. Her will was made prior to that time. A different estimate was pre- sented today on the value of Mrs. iray's estate. Testimony by the proponents was that it was worth just under a half-million dollars. G. L. Buckle, Monahans geolo- gist who specializes'in secondary recovery of oil.through water-flood- ing, estimated today that the total recovery of oil might eventually bring the value of the property in dispute to between million and 52.7 million. On by Kerr, Buckle admitted it .was difficult to make an exact estimate because of so many variable elements. He said, also, that the wells involved are in an "old" oil field and might be approaching the end of primary production. The welis are'in the North Ward Estes Field; 10 miles south of Wickett in Ward County. Judge G. C. Olsen, who is hear- ing the case, Tuesday, warned at- torneys against side remarks dur- ing heated disputes. Hottest argu- ments of Uie trial be- tween John Watts of Odessa, at torney for the contestants, am Carl P. Springer of Abilene, an attorney for the proponents. Rebels Form Big Pincers On French HANOI, Indochina roops moving east from captured Dien Bien Phu suddenly veered north today in an apparent attempt o encircle French defenses in the ital Red River delta. The shift of Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap's Communist-led legions was believed designed to form a giant tincers squeezing the delta's north- ern perimeter while other Viet- minh troops threaten it from the vest. The French sent out U.S.-sup- plied B26 bombers and Corsairs to air strike was concentrated on roops bunched near Nha Phu, about 90 miles southwest of Hanoi. In the delta itself only light ac- :ion was reported. Twelve rebels were killed, as French warplanes pounded Vietminh forces harassing outposts southeast of Hanoi. Meanwhile, the airlift of.French wounded from Dien Bien Phu con- tinued. The French command said 148 were flown out last night, wringing the total evacuated to 710. The French to wind up the shuttle today. The rebels have given permission to evacuate a to- tal of 838. The French command in Saigon said it will build up 13 new mili- tary units from the reserves of Viet Nam battalions lost at Dien Bien Phu. A spokesman said, with reinforcements expected from France, the new units will total some This is about the num- ber lost at Dien Bien Phu. The spokesman said the new units would be sent in to bolster the imperiled delta. India Gets New Aid NEW DELHI. India W The United States made another 150 available to. India Tuesday to aid in the training of workers, especially women. Bitter Union Dock Workers Voting Starts in New York GENERAL WITH Cornelius Ryan, com- mander at Ft. Dix, N. J., holds one of the charts produced by the Army as he testified Tuesday at the McCarthy- Army hearing. This chart shows, according to the Army, Pvt. G. David Schine's absences from Ft. Dix, where he took basic training. Ryan testified the McCarthy subcom- mittee staff repeatedly asked special leaves for Schine. OUT Schine A WO L, Captain Declares NEW YORK ai The bitter un- ion fight for the right to represent dock workers" reached a portwide vote today in a National Labor Relations Board election. Heavy police details patrolled the waterfront to prevent repeti- tion of the intimidation and strong-arm tactics which caused the results of a pre-Christmas election to be scrapped, Last-minute claims of victory were made by spokesmen for both the International Longshore- men's Assn. (ILA) and the rival AFL-ILA. The count will start at an ar- mory here at p.m. and the re- sult may be in Dy midnight. The NLRB assembled a staff of 191 officials from as. far away as Denver to supervise the election. With feelings running high be- tween adherents of the rival un- ions, Police Commissioner Francis W. H. Adams put 2.500 New York policemen on waterfront patrol. On the New Jersey side of the vast port hundreds of police were de- tailed on the waterfront. The ILA, which ruled, waterfront labor for decades before it was ousted from the AFL for harboring racketeers, took another body blow on the eve of the election. Federal Judge David N. Edelstein placed it in receivership yesterday. Edelstein appointed Raymond J. Scully, an official of the New York State Bar Assn., as receiver. Scul- ly's responsibilities will end if and when the ILA raises the needed to pay a contempt of caurt fine imposed for its recent strike in defiance of a federal injunction. ILA Executive Vice President Patrick J. Connolly said last night that individual members of the un- ion had volunteered to mortgage their homes to pay the fine. Con- nolly said the union hoped to get the money together before the re- ceiver actually toofc control today. The ILA's cash has shrunk to a bank account, and even that has been attached by the gov- ernment in a move to assure pay- ment of the fine. The bitter waterfront campaign for members has been waged, at ever-increasing tempo since the AFL established the AFL-ILA aft- er ousting the ILA last fall for failure to clean out racketeering elements. WASHINGTON David Schine's company commander tes- tified today Schine took New-Year's leave from Ft. Dix, N.J., in vio- lation of instructions but was al- lowed to remain at home after Roy Cohn telephoned the fort. Capt. Joseph J. M. Miller said he reported Schine as "absent without- leave" but that no discip- Unary action was taken against Schine, and Schine's service rec- ord does hot show he was AWOL. During his testimony Miller also said he never gave any "preferen- tial treatment" to Schine, and that neither Sen. McCarthy nor any of McCarthy's aides ever asked him to do so. Trip to Florida Miller's story of the New Year's incident capped earlier testimony that Schine once apparently tried to offer him a trip to Florida, and also told him he was in the service "to remake the American mili- tary establishment along modern lines." Miller said he had scheduled Schine for guard duty Dec. 31 and had specifically instructed him he was not to leave the post without Miller's authority.. Miller said he also had advised Schine that be- cause' Schine had a Christmas pass, he would not be entitled to a pass for New Year's Day. He said he considered that Schine was absent from the company area, without permission, and ordered a search for him which disclosed Schine had signed out of the fort on a pass to New York as of a.m., but 'that actually he had left prior to a.m. when the search was begun. Miller said the arrangement was- that all passes for Schine were to clear through Miller and Schine Negroes Clad School Ban Out By EARUS WALKER MIXING WHITE and Negro pu- pils in public schools will benefit both races, said most Abilene Ne- gro citizens interviewed this week. Twenty-five of them were asked for opinions on the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling that segregation is unconstitutional. That verdict ap- parently will put an end to the placing of colored and white stu- dents in separate schools. As to whether they favor the court's action, the score of Abi- lene Negroes' answers was: For the ruling, 18; against, 4: r.o com- ment, 3. Persons interviewed included cirarch pastors, a Methodist elder, parents and grandparents of pu- pils, old-timers whose children have finished Abilene schools, bus- iness and civic leaders and form- er school teachers. Those favoring the change-over said it will lead to better under- standing between the races. They felt it will make greater job op- portunities and belter education for Negro youths. One said the end of segregation is a forceful blow to Communjst propaganda. NOBODY INTERVIEWED fore- saw any trouble here as a result of the change, Several said white and Negro children will get along all right, if the adults will. A number of those favoring mixed schools expressed hope the switch will be made gradually and be worked out carefully. 'A few feared that Negro teachers will lose their jobs. Of the four speaking against the mixing of pupils, one said he didn't think Negroes are ready for that change. Another thought it would be better for Die Negroes to have separate schools, if their fa- cilities are equal to the whites'. A third said she didn't care any- thing about having Negro pupils attend white schools. A fourth thought it best to keep the schools separate, but she added, "Our Ne- gro elementary school surely heeds a lot more things, though." The three who declined comment said they haven't studied the mat- ter enough to voice opinions. They are: T. J. Stones, 749 Mesquite St.; Mrs. Allen White, 856 Mesquite St., and Mrs. Lilian Cumby, 734 Plum St. Botli of Stones' children have completed high school here, and he has grandchildren who will be in Abilene schools. Mrs. White'has a child in high school. Mrs. Cum- by is another long-time Abilenian. WILL HENDERSON, 601 North Eighth St., secretary of the Negro Chamber of Commerce, was one of the four persons opposed to mix- ing of the races in the schools. His two children were educated in Abi- lene, and are now in New York. Said Henderson: "I" don't think we are quite ready for the change. I think our Negro teachers should have better education for their jobs. I believe {he facilities for Negroes and whites should be equal. But I'm .not so anxious at the present time to make the Others against the court ruling were; Mrs. E. A. North Seventh St.; Mrs. J. M. Branch, 60S Plum St.; and Mrs. C. A. Dean, 509 State St. Mrs. Sims said, however, that the local white schools offer pupils lot more subjects than do the Negro schools. Her opinion seemed more nearly "mid- dle-of-Uie-road" than outright op- position to mixing the pupils. But she did say, "If the white people will give the Negroes the same books they have, it will be better for the Negroes to stay to them- selves in the schools." MRS. SIMS has three children in elementary, and two in high school here. Mrs. Branch has a grand- daughter in elementary school, and has lived here 15 or 20 years. Mrs. Dean has three grandchildren in Abilene schools. All the other 18 interviewed 'were in favor of mixing Negro and white pupils in the schools. They praised the Supreme Court's ruling. Mrs. Sam Curtis, 630 Washington St., is district president of the Ne gro Parent Teacher Association. She said: "By being together, pupils will get the same instruction. I believe a Negro student who bit gone through a mixed school stands a better chance of a good job. He will have passed the identical work as a white pupil. One point I won- der about, though, is whether most Negro teachers will be out of jobs when the change happens." Mrs. Curtis has three grandchil- dren in Abilene schools. Her three children went all the way through the local school system. The Rev. Joseph T. Garnet, 725 Plum St., is pastor of Bethel AME (Methodist) Church. His state- ment: 'IT IS MY opinion that Americ; possesses sufficient moral courage to solve amicably any problem with ,which it may be confronted The rfcent Supreme Court ruling is the greatest blow to Communism and anti American propaganda which could have possibly come al such a time as this. I have im plicit faith in the character o American Christianity and the spirit of democracy to see i See NEGROS, Pj. Z-A, Cd. 1-2 vas not to leave on 'any-other au hority. Qleri .said ,cSie counsel'to the McCarthy Subcbm mittee, called at 3 o'clock that aft erhoon to say Schine would be working on subcommittee busines 'throughout the weekend." Under questioning by Sen. Sy mington Miller said he considered Schine's absence was 'absence' without leave" and so reported to his regimental corn mander, who in turn reported to Gen. Cornelius Ryan, the forl lommander. Sen. McCarthy protested thai much of Miller's testimony was ir to the issue of whether he md his aides pressured for prefer ential treatment of Schine. At one point, McCarthy arose mnounced he was leaving until the 'drivel" was over, and stalked rom the room. He came" back in about 20 minutes while Miller was still testifying. Brief Hassle McCarthy and Symington CD Mo) got into a brief hassle when ilcCarthy referred to James A iVechsIer, editor the New York 3ost, as-a one-time "top official )f the Communist party." Symington said there was iustificatiori for the statement. Symington said it was his under standing Wecbsler has testifiec .hat when he was "around 17, 1 or 19 he was a member of thi Young Communist League, that hi eft that organization, and tha since then he has been more ant more active against Communism.' The McCarthy-Symington, row blew up when McCarthy ques tioned Miller about a series of ar tides in the New York Post o Schine's life at Ft. Dix. McCarthy called the Post Communist sheet." McCarthy declared the only tim Symington "raises his voice" is t defend communism. He told Symington he had a for mer Communist sitting right be hind Elizabeth Bentlej Miss Bentley, who says she was once a courier' for. "a Communis spy ring, has been a frequent wt See SCHINE, Pg. 2-A, Col. THE WEATHER U DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Part cloudy and warm Wednesday, Wednesda nijzht and Thursday; high Wednesday Jow Wednesday night 65: high Thursday 85 WEST TEXAS Partly doWly Thursday with widely scattered afterr and evening thunderstorms. Warmer .SOUTH CEJITBAE TEXAS- Considerable cloudiness and mild scatter showers and through Thurs day. Moderate mostly southeast winds the coast. TEMPERATCBES 79 Suiuet HUM p.m. SunriK I day a.tn. Sunset tonUht MKInram lenperatare for the 34 boon ended at a.m.: 71. yinimam temperature for 24 bwi coded at a.m.i K. USS Bennington Gutted at Sea QUONSET, R. I. than 100 men died and 220 ere injured early today in two explosions and a fire ward the aircraft carrier Bennington as she cruised along he eastern coastline. The craft came into this port shortly after noon today, er decks lined with tired crewmen, their faces blackened v smoke. Ens. Robert Grant of Brooklyn, Y., his own ankles bleeding, Id newsmen "all I can say, is od I'm lucky to be alive." He as directing the evacuation of the asualties as he spoke. Two Explosions Grant estimated the first of two xplosions occurred abcut m. today. He said: "I was in the forward angar bay when I heard general uarters alarm sounded. I listened a moment and suddenly it awned on me that there was no eport that this was a drill." The disaster probably was one of he worst in Naval peacetime his- jry. There were 17G rnsn missing r killed in 1952 in a mid-Atlantic ollision between the destroyer obson and the carrier Wasp. A shift of helicopters carried lany the seriously injured .shore to the Newport Naval Hos- ital across the bay from here as he Essex class carrier moved toward port. There was no immediate explan- tion of the explosions but one te- ort said nigh octane %vas in- olved. Grant said the fire evidently was caused by two .explosions, one be lore the general quarters alarm was sounded and one afterward. Grant said: "Five guys went t the hatch ;and I saw them pulling on it. Suddenly a terrific explo iion shook the ship and blew tin latch in. The five guys just van shed." Grant said the hangar suddenly filed with smoke and that'there must have been 30 or 40 men around, some choking and some oughing and others "just plain creaming." Crew Fights Blaze Grant said "we all gripped an other's hands and the lead man made his way to an.opening to the larboard side forward. "My ankles are raw and bleed he said, "but that is nothing nothing at all compared to wha happened to some of my buddies.' Grant said the fire crews rough he blaze almost as soon as i started and were .still fighting i See SHIP, Pg. Z-A, Loyally Board Investigates Dr. Bundle NEW YORK HV-Dr. Ralph J. Bunc'he, a top United Nations of- icial, spent most of yesterday and ast night closeted with a U. S. oyalty board, and the board chair- man said "no inference should be drawn from the fact." Bundle, who won the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize.'for- achieving an ar- mistice in the Holy Land, is now principal director of the U. N.'s Jepartment of Trusteeship. While Bunche was meeting with the loyalty board, two former members of the. National Commit- tee of the Communist party were admitted to the hearing room in the Federal Building. The' two were Manning Johnson and Leo- nard Patterson. After the 12-hour session ..broke a statement, given to newsmen by Pierce j-.'.Gererj.' ot Soulhport, Conn., chairman of the IT. S. International Organizations Employes Loyalty Gerety said other American citizen employed by. the 40-odd international, organ- izations to which the United States belongs, has been investigated un- der executive orders issued by for- mer President Truman and Pres- ident Eisenhower. Reports of these investigations are turned over to the Internation- al Organizations Employes Loyal- ty Board, he added, and then stated: 'Therefore no inference should be drawn from the fact that he had a. meeting with the board to- day. As a matter of policy the board does not make any comment concerning any individual. The re- ports of the board's determinations are in all cases submitted to the secretary general or the- executive head of the appropriate interna- tional agency through the State De- partment." Interest Growing In'Billfold Bandit' 'Abilene police interest in the search for George Chester Sewell, Jr., 21, is growing, Detective Lt. George Sutton said. Wednesday. Seweli 'is wanted elsewhere as a suspect in the theft of more than 100 billfolds from college 'dormito- ries. In Abilene, a total of 14 forged checks of which Sewell is the sus- pect have landed in 'city police lands. Sewell has been charged in Jus- tice of the Peace H. F. Long's court here with forgery and pass- ing of a forged check to Lu- ciie's Flower Shop, 426 Cedar St. Long set bond, but Sewell hasn't been found.' Other forged checks, apparently identical as to the name used and the passed also in Abilene on May That was the same day Lucile's Flower Shop received the forged instrument. Sutton said all 14 checks will be investigated by 42nd District Court grand jury. A felony warrant has been is- sued here for Sewell on the for- gery and passing charge. Other Abilene firms which ac- cepted forged checks May 13 were Caleb Reed's Men's Shop, Abilene Printing and Stationery Co., Sweet- briar Shop, The Mackey Co., Cam- era Inc., George Shahan Pharma- cy, Weitman's, Minter Dry Goods Co., D. 4V. W. Tire Co., Camera Center, Melody Shop, Record Shop, and the M-System Grocery Store oil South Seventh St. The forged checks-total m than Name signed to the forged checks u "Robert W. McMullan." McMullan ii a Texas Tech stu- GEORGE CHESTER SEWELL JR. dent whose billfold containing his identification papers was stolen, Sutton related.. The McMullan bill- fold was" one of the many recov- ered at Weatherford in an auto- mobile: Sewell had been driving, the detective said. The identification papers were missing, and it is believed who- ever stole McMullan's billfold is" vising his identification papers to cash forged checks. George was born in Abilene Sept. 27, 1932. His last known address was Lubbock. He is six feet tall, weighs J65, pounds, has blonde hair, brown; eyes and fair complexion. Peace throughout Texas: are on the lookout for Seweil.   

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