Abilene Reporter News, June 4, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 04, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas 3 NAIA Championships Open Tonight in Abilene FAIR AND WARMER Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron EVENING VOL. LXIII, NO. 351 Aaociated Pram (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 4, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOc VanCronkhite Says Politics Behind Probe By BO BYERS AUSTIN tft-John VanCronkhite, publicity man and former aide to Gov. Allan Shivers, today charged gubernatorial candidate Ralph Yarborough with "political conspir- acy" in the Lloyd's of North Amer- ica Insurance case. VanCronkhite made the accusa- tion in a prepared statement after leAraing that subpoenas had been issued yesterday ordering him and several state officeholders to ap- pear in court when the state tries Monday to close down the Houston insurance company. The subpoenas were issued at the request of defense attorney Herman Jones. Austin, who has supported Yarborough politically in the past. Yarborough Real Attorney? "It is my own personal belief that Ralph Yarborough is actually the attorney-for Lloyd's of North America and Halph Hammonds and is using Herman Jones merely as a front." VanCronkhite said. "Proof that this whole tangent of the Lloyd's of North America case is a political conspiracy will forthcoming at the proper time." In requesting that the subpoe- naes be issued the firm's attorney blamed the firm's discharge of VanCronkhite for the state move. In VanCronkhite's statement to- day he said he will welcome the opportunity to testify in court but OTHER CALLS LEFT OUT LOSS OF BUDDY Rick- man, 12 and Dick Hiserinan, 11, weep after they failed to rescue Eddie Crews, 10, who drowned when he waded into a river at Dayton, Ohio, in search of crawfish. A swift current swept him beyond their reach. Billion Aid Asked WASHINGTON Ol Secretary of State Dulles opens the administra- tion plea in the Senate for a 314- billion-dollar foreign aid authoriza- felt compelled to make an imme-1 (jon today, with questioning likely diate statement "now that the Hammonds Yarborough crowd i. tipped their political hands I by issuing certain subpoenas for; the permanent injunction trial of; Lloyd's of North America. Didn't Produce Hammonds, the organizer and attorney-in-fact for the insurance firm, has said he employed Van- Cronkhite last year to "get cordial relations with" the insurance de- partment." He said VanCronkhite was let go when he failed to pro- duce as expected. VanCronkhite flatly denied today he had tried to exert political in- fluence on behalf of Lloyd's ofj North America, which now is in temporary receivership. "At no time did I offer, promise, hint or insinuate, to Hammonds. I to focus on Communist-menaced Demos Don't Show So Joe Cancels Meet WASHINGTON A late-after- noon meeting of the Senate Investi- gators subcommittee was canceled yesterday after none of the three Democratic members showed up. The meeting had been called fav- or to anyone else, that I would undertake any illegal, unethical orj improper activity on behalf of Lloyd's of North he said. Didn't Use Influence Sen. McCarthy (R-Wisi. The New York Times said in a Washington that the I absence of the. three minority members was a "Democratic boy- Chairman Wiley (R-Wis) asked Dulles to appear before a public session of the Senate Foreign Re- lations Committee. The secretary has appeared previously before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has reached no decisions. These policy committees are con- sidering only an authorization. Ac- tual funds must be voted later in a separate appropriation bill. Setrtt Briefing Members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees got a secret briefing on the situation in the Far East yesterday from James A. Van Fleet, retired Army general. Van Fleet is just back from a mission to Japan, Korea and Formosa for President Eisenhower. Wiley quoted Van Fleet as saying that no formal decisions-had been reached on what the administra lion would do about the expanding Indochina Communist crisis. The President made a similar state- ment at his news conference Wednesday. Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) told the Laniel Appoints New Chief for Indochina McCarthy Ag rees to Permit Use of Calls to Officials lucuiucia o lyc-iiiin-iauv. _. j i_ but the senior Democrat on Senate no time did I exempt jf 2 parently feared to tell Congress to use anv so-called political in- c nuence with the board of insurance said sofe copfuswo had arisen commissioners, the attorney gen- ovcr where the meetmg was to eral or any other agency or person, have held- public or private. This fact can be verified by these officials." However, McCarthy yesterday summoned the subcommittee to a Jones sa'id the subpoenas after had completed its requested because he wanted tolreSular hearing. He did not an- nounce the purpose of the meeting, but it reportedly was to consider hearings on alleged Red infiltration learn "what VanCronkhite and Acers can contribute to the pic- ture. "It was clear the company did not get the boom dropped on it until after VanCronkhile's separa- tion." Jones said. VanCronkhite retorted today that "it is a fact that Hammonds threatened me with political retri- bution'' if the insurance commis- sion asked the attorney general to prosecute the insurance com- pany. Going To Yarborough The public relations man. who said he is presently unemployed, said Hammonds "told me on sev- eral occasions that he was going to Ralph Yarborough with the 'story' unless the insurance com- mission and the attorney general agreed to 'lay off his company." of defense plants during times when the televised hearings on the Army-McCarthy dispute are in re- cess. McCarthy had asked the Army's lawyer, Joseph N. Welch, and the subcommittee's special counsel, Ray H. Jenkins, to attend. However, the meeting was called off for lack of a quorum ,and Roy M. Cohn. McCarthy's chief coun- sel and a principal in the Army- McCarthy row, said the three Dem- ocrats failed to appear. Sen. Jackson (D-Wash) said he was on his way to the meeting and the public what it is for fear of losing control of Congress in the coming elections. Demands Plane "Anything as serious as war has no business in politics." Kefauver said. "The decisions before this country are far too grave for them to wait on elections." He demanded that Congress and the public be told just what is planned about intervention in In- dochina. Military representatives of five powers the United States. Great Britain. France. Australia and New Zealand opened secret talks here yesterday on measures which may be taken to combat communism in Southeast Asia. No results were announced. Foreign Aid Director Harold E. Stassen told a yesterday the news conference President should _....._ have authority to use when he met Mundt, who. Jackson requested for Indochina in the new said, told him it had been called ofl. Sen. Symington (D-Mo) said he "just didn't go." foreign aid budget in other adjoin ing areas if the Communists should overrun Indochina. House Panel Million for Abilene AFB WASHINGTON (fl-Sen. McCar- .hy today agreed to permit use in :he McCarthy-Army hearings of his monitored telephone calls with Army officials. McCarthy and Army Counsel Joseph N. Welch agreed that all monitored telephone calls between Pentagon officials and senators, in- cluding McCarthy, should go into the public record. Welch and McCarthy further agreed that efforts should be aban- doned to make public calls involv- ing other key figures in the dis- between administration officials only, and calls involving Roy M. Conn and Francis P. Carr, aides to McCarthy. Hare Confidence McCarthy and Welch had a con- ference outside the hearing room and returned to announce their understanding. Welch said the hearings subcom- mittee should recognize the "in- escapable fact" that disclosure of calls within the administration is barred by President Eisenhower's directive forbidding testimony on conferences between administra- tion officials. He said it also should recognize McCarthy has taken the consisten stand that if these calls are no: introduced, all the others shoulc not be. Joe Goes Along McCarthy said he agreed with Welch but if the other senators were going to put their calls into the record, he would agree to put in his. The upshot of the McCarthy- Welch agreement unless over- turned by the subcommitte itself or later be that calls involving senators, in- cluding McCarthy, would be made no others would be. The Welch-McCarthy understand- ing climaxed an hour's debate in the hearing room on the issue of the monitored calls. In one uproarious moment. Sen. Symington (D-Mo> shook a consent agreement for release of monitored calls at McCarthy and called on him to sign it. Muodi Bangs Gavel Chairman Mundt IR-SD) banged his gavel and called for order. "Now. Mr. Chairman, let's don't try to get anybody off the hook Symington told Mundt. Earlier Symington had asked the subcommittee to order McCarthy to give the FBI any names he has of suspected Communists in de- fense plants. A vote on Symington's motion was deferred; Cohn, chief counsel to the Me Carthy subcommittee, was in the witness chair for the sixth day bu the debates over Symington's mo- tion and the monitored calls eon sumed virtually all the forenoon session. Under questioning then from Sen. McClellan Cohn swore again that Secretary Stevens and Army counselor Adams of- ered up the Navy, Air Force and Defense Departments as "substi- ute targets" for the McCarthy ubcommittee's probe of Beds in the Army. Cohn testified too that there was o doubt that Stevens and Adams tried to get McCarthy hearings in- o alleged subversion at the secret .rmy radar laboratories at Ft. lonmouth stopped. Welch, questioning Cohn, brought ut that Schine had joined the Me- House Panel Okays Welfare's Cash but Slaps H obby on Wrist Abilene Air Force Base received a slice out of allotted for military construction by the House Appropriations Com- mittee Friday, according to the Associated Press. The big appropriation was for "previously-deferred military con- struction" in the U. S.'and Oki- nawa, AP rcporcd. But U. S. Corps of Engineers spokesmen Worth had in Abilene and Fort "no idea" immediately what the allotment was for, specifically. The construction allotment (or the fiscal year beginning July t wns supposed to be nearer million, Lee Wilson, project en- gineer, said. According to the AP story, funds Included in the allotments have al- ready been appropriated by the Congress. Only approval of the IfouM awl Committees are needed lo release them. Hallock Not NtitltM A spokesman in the office of Col. 11. R. Kallock, Fort Worth district engineer, said that the of- fice had not yet been notified of the allotment. Money for the project may have been appropriated as long ago as 1950. he pointed out. But it has awaited committee action to be released. Funds for all projects now un- der constmction or for which bids have been advertised are already available, hn said. These amount to so fnr. Construction At the base on which funds hnve not yet been allocated do not yet amount to a figure comparable to the quick survey here disclosed. Project Break-Dovi A break-down on projtcli TO far: Runways and taxiways. 000; sewer system. gaso- line storage tanks, dorm- itories, water and gas distribution, Warehouse, electric dis- tribution system. drainage and roads. maintenance hnngnr, grid-duct sys- tem (or parking apron. Radio receiver and transmitter building, crash and fire station, Bids are to be opened on the base hospital June 25. A hospital now under construction at Wolters AFB Is being built at a cost of roughly However, the Woltcrs hospital has only a 100 to 300 bed capacity, while the Abilene hospital will have a 150 'o 300 bed capacity, the spokesman pointed out. U may, run somewhat higher. THE WEATHER ABILENE AXD VlCINFTY Fair today tonight and Saturday. Slowlr rising tern pcratarw. Hlsh Today law tor 60. S-itunlay S5-M, NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Vair warmer Salurvtuy and in rwrth wfst portion this afternoon and tonUht, TKXAS Fair and slishtly In wnt port km thn atTrraoon and to nlrtt. clear to parUy clouds' and warm. KAST TKXAS Fair and mild this after- noon and tonlsht, Sliglitb' warmer Satur- M> M............ _. Sunset last nllht p.m. SunrtM to- day a.m. Sunset (onishl p.tr.. Baronwtfr rradlnK at p.m. Rclnthf humirttty at p.m. at ptr nnt. Maximum frmprrAlurt for M hours at a.m.: 71. Mlttmwm tempcrklun ttf Uw U I at a.m.i n. Carthy subcommittee staff "two or tbiee weeks" after Cohn became chief counsel. Cohn insisted Sen. not employed Schine as an unpaid subcommittee consult- ant He said this was the result of a series of conversations, and not any written application. Cohn related how Schine refused pay for his subcommittee work. But he denied a suggestion that this made Schine "not so subject to discipline." SECRETARY HOBBY chart room ucharted WASHINGTON House i Appropriations Committee voted to day to give the Labor and Welfare Departments in new cash to finance them for the fiscal vsar starting July 1. This is only or less than 1 per cent, below the amount recjuested by President Eisenhow- er. It is less than the same agencies were voted for the present fiscal year. The committee's recommenda- tions were embodied in a .bill drafted by a subcommittee headed by Rep. Busbey (R-Hl) and sent to the House floor for debate next week. It was the ninth of 11 annual departmental appropriation bills presented to the -louse. The House iias passed eight others and the Senate three. Only one has been sent to the President In a formal report accompany- ing the bill, the committee criti- cized Mrs. Qveta Cnlp Hobby, KC: retary of the' It turned down her'request for wide authority to transfer funds between appropriations and to transfer additional activities to the LIGHTS SYNCHRONIZED 30-Mile Speed Will Get All 'Green' on First Sis. The city this week completed in- stallation of a new, synchronized .raffic signal light system on North and South First Sts., City Elec- rician Alvin Barnes said Friday. One signal on South Second St. was tied in. Fourteen intersections are involv- d. Lights have been timed to where drivers maintaining 30-mile speed make them all on green, Barnes said. The following intersections on North First St. have the synchron- ized lights Graham, Victoria, Grape and Poplar Sts. On South First St. the following intersections have the synchronized lights: Sayles Blvd., Victoria, Grape. Poplar, Butternut. Cedar, Chestnut, Pine, and Oak Sts. The light at South Second and Chestnut Sts., has been tied in with the synchronized system. Texas and Pacific Railway is preparing to install safety devices at its crossing on Mockingbird Lane. Barnes said. When that is done, the city will synchronize the traffic lights at South First and Mockingbird and at North First and Mocteagbird with the railroad signals. Intersections on both North and South First Sts. now have two lights each instead of the former one. Texas Highway Department recommended that there be a light over each of the directions of traf- fic. secretary's office. It repeated an expression of dis- appointment "in the new secre- ary" contained in last year's bill and accused Mrs. Hobby of having sought more authority than did her much-criticized predecessor, Oscar Ewing. Bespite last year's committee ac- tion, the report said, the secretary messed h e r appropriations 'rnaSeftTaeFaepaffirient to finance establishment of a chart room in her office at a cost of more than No request had been made for such funds, and Congress provided no funds for that purpose, the com- mittee commented. It ordered that next year's welfare department budget be drawn to prohibit any fund transfers to the secretary's office. I Today's bill allotted the Labor Department of the it requested through the President: the Department of Health, Education and Welfare of the it requested: the National Labor Be- lations Board of the it-asked: the National Mediation Board of the it sought, and the Feder- al Mediation and Conciliation Serv- ice Of the it requested. Ely Named To Assume Twin Posts PARIS ordered Gen. Paul Ely. armed forces chief of staff, to the double-barreled job o! military and political chief in In- dochina today. By putting a new man ,in the combined command, Premier Joseph Lamel's Cabinet sought-to bolster the sagging de- fenses of the revolt-torn country. Ely, 56, replaces Gen. Henri Navarre as military commander in chief and Maurice Dejean as commissioner general of Indochina. Navarre particularly has been a major target of criticism since the fall of Dien Bien Phu. Ely recently returned from a survey mission to the Far Eastern I battleground. His report has been I made the basis of government I plans for all-out defense against I new Vietminh rebel threats to the vital Red River delta around lanoi. Minister Appointed The appointment came shortly after Lamel's shaky regime gave further evidence of its determina- :ion to fight on in Indochina. The. Cabinet yesterday named Edouard Frederic-Dupont minister for the Associated States of Indochina and raised, the post to full Cabinet rank. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Previews of some big civic doings and reviews of some big sports doings will be in the news Sunday. A picture and story of what South First will look like after U.S. Highway 80 gets its face-lifting will be one of the features in the Sunday Reporter-News. There'll be a story on the work Abilenians will do with the bond money they'll vote on in mid-July. And, there'll be a "progress report" on the Air Base. Sports, however, will be the big local news in Sunday Reporter-News with results on the NAIA meet, the gathering here of top collegiate athletes from over the nation. The Sunday Reporter-News is always your best buy for a dime. 5larc Jacquet, neld the junior min- isterial rank secretary of state. In combining the top Indochinese military and political commands the government returned to the setr up followed when the late Marshal Jean de Lattre de Tassigny hurled the Communist-led Vietminh back: from the delta in 1951- Hope for Repeat De Lattre had been given both posts after a try at dividing them, to minimize military influence on the developing Viet.Nam govern- ment, had not proved entirely suc- cessful. By again concentrating power in one man's hands, the gov- ernment obviously hoped Ely would be able to repeat De Lattre's suc- cessful offensive. There was no immediate an- nouncement of new assignments :or Navarre and Dejean. Both men lad assumed their duties in Indo- china only last year. The new Indochina chief is a thrice-wounded veteran of both world wars. A graduate of St. Cyr military academy, France's West Point, he became chief of staff last August, BIRTHDAY Army-McCarthy hearings got under way Thursday, Ruth committee secretary, presented chiirmin Sen. Karl Mundt, left, .with iwo birth- day gifts, one a box of cigirs from Sen. McCarthy. Interested spectator, right, is Sen. John McClellan Mundt is celebrating Ms 54th birthday. 'China Doll' Will Graduate PITTSBURGH (B-Betty Sheaf- fer met her classmates last night for the first time when she re- ceived her high school diploma. Betty's appearance at the nearby Stowe Township High School com- mencement program was the first time the 22-year-old girl had even been inside a school. She is afflicted with a rare dis- ease that has made her almost as brittle as a china doll. Her family says doctors have a name for it, but the simple ex- planation is that her bones art unable to store sufficient calcium. Careful as she and her family have been, she's sustained more than 100 bone fractures. Her worst mishap several years ago came when she was dropped while being carried to a taxi. That time, she suffered multiple fracture-s of her thigh and, since then, has had to be in a wheel chair. Her grandmother taught her at home for the first four years of her schooling. Then the township school board arranged to have a teacher visit her twice a week. WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE NAIA 300 top athletes will try to break ex- isting track and field records in the NAIA championships to- night in Abilene. Page 6-A. AEC BAN Own Medford Evans praises the AEC decision which bora rht security anco on Or, Oppenhoinwr. Page 1-S, ;