Abilene Reporter News, June 7, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 07, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas DUSTY Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EYEING FINAL VOL. LXIII, NO. 353 Auociatd (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 7, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PMCE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc YARBOROUGH PRESENT Politics Shadows Insurance Trial AUSTIN of jurors in an insurance receivership case with vivid political overtones began today in 98th District court. One of the two topflight political figures called as witnesses in the case was present when Judge Charles 0- Betts called the case to trial. He was Ralph Yarborough, Austin attorney and candidate for governor. Both Yarborough and Gov. Allan Shivers had been subpoenaed at the request of Ally. Gen. John B. Shepperd. Shepperd yesterday said he would not reqquire their presence this week. Court Order But Yarborough appeared today, saying the subpoena was a court order and it would take a court order to release him. He said he hoped to be in Dallas tonight for the formal opening of the campaign in which he is seeking for the sec- ond time to unseat Shivers as governor. I Yarborough had charged that the summons was an attempt to "sabotage" the opening day of his campaign. Yarborough was temporarily ex- cused to resume his 'campaigning after being sworn in as a witness. Ke planned to leave immediately for Dallas. The attorney general is seeking to place a Houston insurance firm, Lloyd's of North America, into per- manent receivership. Ralph Ham- monds, top man in the Lloyd's or- ganization, decided to fight the state's suit after the firm was placed ic temporary receivership by Judge Charles 0. Betts. 'Hammonds fired the first blast that led to the political involve- ments. He said that John Van- Cronkhite. former executive assist- ant to Shivers and publicity man for his 1952 campaign, had been hired at a month "to get cor- dial relations with the insurance department." VanCronkhite. who is still doing organization work for the State Democratic Committee, denied he tried to use any political influence on behalf of the Hammonds firm. He said he quit when he saw the firm could not get its affairs in VanCronkhite has accused Yar- borough as being the real attorney for Lloyd's, saying that Herman Jones. Austin attorney, is the "front." Yarborough called this "an infamous falsehood." Shepperd asked that Shivers and Yarborough appear as witnesses along with insurance .commission officials and other attorneys for an apparent thorough airing of the en- tire matter. The attorney general has charged that Lloyd's of North America was fraudulently organized and is now insolvent, and is asking that it must not be permitted to do further business. The Lloyd's case is one of eral involved in state court ac- tions. A grand jury here has re- turned nine indictments on crimi- nal charges at Beaumont, Paso, and Ennis. FPC Ordered to Fix Natural Gas Prices "MAC" WEDS STEVENS And the best man was Ray Jenkins. Harry McCarthy. 22. and Ann Stevens. 22, pose in Roselle Park, N. J., on the eve of their wed- ding. The couple are not related to the principals in the Army- McCarthy hearings nor is Raj- Jenkins any relation to the spec- ial counsel for the anything-but- love-filled sessions. 2nd Man Charged In Sheriff's Death MANSFIELD, La. second Houston. Tex., man has been charged with murder in the May 16 rifle slaying of Deputy Sheriff James Gamble of DeSoto Parish Charged yesterday was Darwin Crabbe, 26, following a night of questioning. Board to Re-Map Annexation Area Smaller area than originally No city taxes are to be levied, planned may be included in the and the annexed residents won't city's proposed limited annexation. mission will try Monday night to select new boundaries. These would include only the territory where such annexation is considered "urgently needed. Doyle Singleton, planning engi- neer, said the City Commission re- quested the planner panel to make such recommendation. Meeting time is p. m.. in the City Commission room at City Hail. The city had intended to annex for limited purposes an area all around Abilene and for five- lave a city vote. This is the first time in Abilene's history that limited annexation has been attempted. Such mergers have been rec- ommended to the City Commission by the City Planning and Zoning Commission for protection of future orderly growth of Abilene. Control of development around the Abilene Air Force Base was one aim stressed by the City Com- mission in favoring limited annex- mile radius from present town borders. City commissioners voted ation. Under state law cities already have the expressed power to ap- prove or disapprove plats of sub- five-mile radius merger ordinance on the first of two required read- ings. At the public hearing May 14 vio- divisions within five miles of their the i city limits. Roby Airman Near Death After Wreck BALLINGER, June 7 A Roby serviceman was critically injured and his wife believed seriously hurt when their car overturned near here Sunday afternocn. Billy Don Wilkerson, 23, of Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, and lis 21-year-old wife were taken to Ballinger Clinic Hospital. A hospital attendant said Mon- day morning that Wilkerson was in "very, very critical" condition from head injuries. Mrs. Wilkerson was believed to have a broken back, but she had been in shock and X-rays were just being made Monday morning to determine the extent of her injur- s. Mrs. Wilkerson is the former Mattie Lou Curry of Rotan, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Curry. She is a nurse at a San Marcos hospital. The wreck happened about p.m. approximately 4.8 miles south of Paint Rock on U. S. Highway 83. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson were thrown clear of the car as it over- turned about one and a half times. Highway Patrolmen H. G. Gees- lin and G. J. Matthews were in- vestigating. Because of the condi- tion of Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson, it had not been determined Monday morning which of the two was driv- ing the car. The planning and zoning pane' has argued that Abilene needs also to control the uses of property jus outside the city for health and san lent opposition was voiced by sev- j Station. eral property owners. Commission- In Monday night's, meetingsspe ers at that time voted to carry i planners will ateo: Study the rough draft by carry over the hearing until May 28. But prior to May M the City i Singleton of an ordinance which Commission announced it had postponed the hearing and final vote "indefinitely." In the mean- time, it said, efforts would be mode to reword the ordinanca so as "to make our intent clear." Purposes of the limited annexa- tion are only planning, zoning, sanitation and health protection. Cease-Fire Progress Reported by French construction projects to provide off- street parking areas where pos- hle. (2) Hold public hearing on a pro- posal to re-zone from Zone R to Zone E a 280-foot long area along he west side of Hickory St. from North 13th St. north. The strip is lalf a block deep. (3) Receive five plats for approv- GENEVA IB French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault and Rus- sia's Vyacheslav M. Molotov were reported by French sources to have had a "useful" exchange of views today on supervision Of the pro- posed Indochina cease-fire. The two met 50 minutes in what was described as "a cordial atmos- phere." but was unable to reach nn agreement on composition of a commission to police the cease- fire. The French were reported, how- ever, to have come around to the Soviet position that at least one Communist nation would have to In- included in the supervisory agency. Molotov was reported to have insisted upon this as a mini- mum. Can Be Worked Out French sources s.iid Bidault now believes something, can be worked out by taking three Asian possibly India. Pakistan and Cey- a base and adding one Communist country1 and one West- ern nation to form the commission.! Bidault was understood to have! told Molotov he was firmly op- posed to any commission on which the Communists and non-Conimu- nists would be evenly divided, such as the N'eutral Nations Supervision Commission in Korea. This body- consists of representatives of Swit- zerland. Sweden. Poland and Cze- choslovakia. nidnult nlso opposed supervision by a mixed French-VicUninh com- mission, unless such a body is lim- ited to observation roles under con- trol of an international commis- sion. Talked Brlear The French foreign minister and Molotov also talked briefly about steps to speed up the military talks now going on in Geneva between represent allves of the two high These talks, dealing with the question of regrouping the rival forces a cease-tire, understood (o have mado no prog- I CM. It was generally believed Molo- tov 's attitude, as disclosed to Bi- dault today and to the conference tomorrow, would go a long way toward determining how much longer the Western Powers would be willing to continue the talks. Another important factor in the Western position is the critical po- litical situation in which the French government now finds it- self. In Paris high political figures predicted that unless the West scores a real success at Geneva this week. Premier Joseph Laniel's Cabinet will be turned out. West- ern delegates concede that if the French government fails, the Indo- china conference may collapse. One highly placed Western diplo- mat predicted that Molotov in his speech tomorrow would try to em- barrass the Lanicl government and bring on its ouster from office. Dust to Clear Here Tonight Visibility dropped to three-quar ters .of a mile here about 10 a.m Monday as a dusty cool front mov cd through from the north. By p.m., hac climbed back to two miles and a forecaster at the U. S. Weather Bureau snid dust would clear awaj sometime Monday night. Visibility was cut to three-quor ters of a mile at Chlldress and Lubbock at a.m. as the front moved southward. Slightly cooler weather wss fore- cast. A high Monday of S3 de- grees was forecast and the high Tuesday is expected to be- tween M and US degrees. Sunday's high was H, nncl the low Sunday night 74. The low Mon- day night to be 55 degrees. A forecaster at the Weather Bu- reau uM then was no prospect o( rate. would require owners in future Filter Riant Program Set In September Dedication ceremonies for al. Dr. Grady Jolly, optometrist, re- quested the zone change on Hick- ory St.. so he can establish an office at 1323 Hickory- St. Plats coming up Monday night are: Sections M, N and P of Elm- wood West Addition; the Hilbura Subdivision north of South 20th St. between Peach and Poplar Sts.; and Section 3 of Oakwood Addition, from North Third to Sixth Sis. and extending west one block from North Mockingbird Lane to Wood- [awn Dr. Houston Fair's Financing Made HOUSTON, June 7 HV-Officials of Houston World's Fair. Inc.. an- nounced today completion of a interim financing program for the 1556 exposition. AI Parker, president, said arrangements were made with-the Bankers Life and Casualty Co. of Chicago. He said plans will begin immediately for a j long term financing program. Grimes Filter Plant will probably be held in September, Mayor C. E. GaUin said Monday. Originally the program had been tentatively set for June. To be held along with the dedi- cation will be a public tour of the Clear Fork pumping station. Both plants are parts of the city's water system. Grimes plant filters water for public consumption- Clear Fork station pumps flood waters from the Clear Fork of the Brazos River into the city's larg- est reservoir, Lake Fort Phantom Hill. J. D. Perry Sr. has been named to prepare the program for the event. He is a former mayor pro tern and ex-city commissioner. Grimes plant is named for L. A. Grimes, long-time water and sewer superintendent, who resigned a few months ago to become a water plant operator. Gatlin said the September date will permit time for landscaping around the Grimes plant. He ex- plained that the postponement was partially because Perry is to be out of town for some time this summer. THE WEATHER Bill Conies Up WASHINGTON' Inerior Department appropriation bill, car rying money for reclamation proj ects and other natural resource de- velopment programs, conies up for Senate action late today. CHEMICAL EXPLOSION INJURES ball of fire hangs over the shattered Car- bide and Carbon Chemical Company plant a t Institute, W. Va., after a series of five ex- plosions injured at least 43 workmen. The initial explosion, which ripped through a tank car, containing an "organic" compound, was felt 15 miles away, and shattered windows of homes and stores more than a mile from the scene. Eighty-five other workmen in the plant at the time escaped McCarthy Didn't Want Cohn To Know Schine Not Needed WASHINGTON- (B-Sen. McCar- thy told Secretary Stevens 'about the time G. David Schine was drafted last fall that Schine was not .indispensable to, his investiga- tions subcommittee, bnt he didn't want his chief counsel. Hoy Conn, to know he felt that way. In a monitored McCartiytSjjj} vens telephone call of Nov. 7, reSJ at the McCarthy-Army hearings to- day, McCarthy was quoted as say- ing: "For God's sake, don't tell He would go right back and tell Roy." This line was not included in the transcripts of his calls which Mc- Carthy himself released for publi- cation over the weekend. It never was disclosed who the person was that McCarthy was cautioning Stevens not to tell. Senators conducting the McCar- thy-Army hearings looked at the transcript, but decided the person mentioned by McCarthy was not connected with the present contro- versy, and that his name had just as ivcll be kept secret. McCarthy's comment that the unnamed person "would go right back and tell Roy" came after Mc- Carthy told Stevens that Schine "is one of the few things" he.had seen Conn, "completely unreasonable about." McCarthy had said that Conn "thinks Dave should be a general and work from 3. Penthouse of the Waldorf." Reported Xov. 10 Schine, wealthy New Yorker who was an. unpaid consultant to the McCarthy subcommittee; was tech- nically drafted Nov. 3 but did not actually report to training -camp until Xov. 10. He was given a week after technical drafting in which to work on McCarthy subcommit- tee business. Among other transcripts goto; into the record were those of three between Sen. McCleiian CD- Ark) and Secretarv Stevens. In one of McCleiian advised Stevens to beat McCarthy -to the punch. Stevens had telephoned McCleV Ian Feb. 20 to discuss his clash with McCarthy over alleged ahusf. of Brig. Gen! Ralph Zwicker by McCarthy's subcommittee. McCarthy "hopped on me pretty Stevens said, when, the sec- retary told McCarthy he .was not going to allow Zwicker to come back before the McCarthy snbcom- tee for the truth in a welter 0 charges and countercharges be tween its regular chairman, Sen McCarthy and his aides and top Army officials. Copies o the proceedings are being sent to the Justice Department for pos sible prosecution if any law is found violated. Secretary of the Army Stevens and Army Counselor John G Adams in sworn testimony have Court Sets Interstate Sales Rule WASHINGTON Supreme urt today greatly broadened -the ovemment's power to regulate natural gas prices. By a 5-3 vote, tie high tribunal ules that the Federal Power com- mission must frjc rates for inter- tate sales 01 natural gas by com- anies which produce and gather The specific case before the court directly involved only the Phillips Petroleum Co., but ft was generally regarded as an import- ant test case. 1m Legal Much of the gas-buying Middle- west was arrayed in the legal bat- tle against the gas-producing South- east Today's opinion also seems cer- ain to lead to a renewed effort in Congress for a law defining more precisely the FPCTs powers. A bill to exempt independent pro- cedures and gatherers who sell di- rectly to interstate transmission companies was passed during the Truman administration but rtra into a presidential veto. The gas producing stales said there are more than such in- dependent producers. The decision overturned a nil- ing by the commission that Phillips was not a natural gas company witbin the meaning of the Natural Gas Act and the agency therefore bad no jurisdiction over rates. Justice Minfon delivered the 5-3 decision. He was joined by Chief Justice Warren and Justices Black, Reed, and Frankfirter- Clark Dbmat Justices Douglas and Clark accused McCarthy and two sub committee aides proper pressures of using "im in efforts to force the Army to give special privileges to PrL G. David Schine a-former subcommittee consultant E.S. DEPARTMENT OF TOMMF.ICE WK.ATHEB BITREMJ ABILEXP AND VICLMTY Dnisy Mem- day. Fair Monday night and Tuesday. HljlJ temperature Mnaday S5 decrees. Law Mpn.1ay nUM 55. Iliich Tuesday K> to NORTH CENTRAL TKXAS Partly clocdy and turning cooler this Afternoon. Widely stuttered thunderstorms In east portion. Generally iatr tonlchl and Thursday. Cooler tonight. WEST TEXAS Generally (air thh afternoon, nfRht and Tuesday, except wide- ly soailcrrd Ihnaaersrwms In Prt-Kto- Kaele area thlr afternoon and early tonijRl. Cooler this afternoon and tonlcnt. EAST TF.XAS Partly ekindy. n-tdely scattered thunderstorms tacstly in north portion this afternoon and twighl. A little cooler In northwest portion tonUht. SOUTH CENTRAL etody this Alterncvn. tonltht and Tuesday, widely i KaUtrvd thunderstorms In northwest por- j tion tonlsnt. Not quite so warm In north, n-est tonlcht. TEMfKHATl'IlKS Sun. P.M. Mon. A.M. 7R Sunset lust nUht p.m. a.m. Sunset (otillht Barometer readtai it p.m. X.U. tl to p.m. Kilatlre humldHy >l rm. Wft. Maximum temperature for 31 hwn tn4- Ini at a.m.! M. Otttalmwm temrwrafurf tar M bwf IK il UN a.m.! li. DOG FOOD MAKES MINCEMEAT OF cars of a Southern Pacific freight train lie scattered cvcry-which-way near Dallas Tex., after the train hit a truck loaded with dog food. The truck driver and train crew escaped with minor injuries. tlrleClirfhy, told Stevens at that time that he was under subpoena to testify the following Tuesday. Stevens told JlcClellan he was willing to go before the McCarthy subcommittee at the "apropriate but was undecided whether Tuesday was that time. McCleiian suggested that Stevens consult an attorney and "beat him to the punch" by announcing that he was requested to appear before McCarthy. In a second call from Stevens to McCleiian on Feb. 21. Stevens said "I certainly appreciate the way you. Sen. Symington and Sen. Jackson have viewed this thing." McCleiian. Symington and Jackson are the Democrats on the Mc- Carthy subcommittee. Stevens pictured Sen. ilundt acting chairman of the subcommittee for the current hear- ings, as "very much distressed" over reports of abuse of Zwicker. Stevens added Mundt was anxious to see the record of the Zwicker hearings. Parts Deltted Stevens, during the conversation, said parts of the record of the Zwicker hearing had been deleted. McCleiian suggested.. that Stevens ask the official reporter for a full record. Stevens said he had affi- davits as to what happened, but wanted to give them to the sub- committee and not the press. Abo read into the record was another monitored call between McCleiian and Stevens, March 1, in which the senator said he was "surprised when you got off over there with that gang without any- body with you." This appeared to be a reference to the now famous "chicken lunch- eon" between Stevens and Republi- can members of the McCarthy subcommittee at which.a memor-j andum of understanding was reached. McCleiian told Stevens his re- marks "are not critical." adding: "We were left out of it." McCleiian also told, Stevens he took the position that it was "a Republican tjuarrel." The hearings are a publicly con- j ducted, under-oath search by thej DiEGo TEX., key Senate Investigations subcommit- the Tjuvai county political picture were scheduled to appear today before Dist. Judge A. S. Broadfoot, probably to have their trial dates' set. They are GeorKe B. Parr, the county political leader, and C. T. Stansell Jr., former Du- val county auditor. Parr is charged with assault to murder. Stansell is charged on 17 counts of forgery. Both were indicted Friday by a Duval county grand jury which has been probing the county's financial and other affairs. It was the grand jury which was pickri after Judge Broadfoot dismissed a previous jury. Judge Broadfoot was appoint ed district joAgt after C. Woodrow Lauchlia removed by the State Justice Burton'3 Mii; part's Traffic Light Check Slated Texas ffigliway Department en- gineers on June 15 will inspect :he new traffic signal light sys- tem on South Tirst St. That was announced Monday .by District Highway' Engineer Jake Roberts. The lights were erected accord- ing to THD recommendations. City Manager Hancock said. They are synchronized for 30- mile speed. At each covered intersection there are two lights, one on each! side of the divider strip. Signals on North First St. also! were revamped recently. These, i too, were synchronized for 30-mile j speed. The highway department doesn't inspect those, since North First St: isn't part of the highway system. The lights on both South and i dissent. Justice Jackson took no part in the case, which the high court had once refused to review, thus letting stand a circuit court opinion which had overturned the FPC ruling. Phillips produces and gathers natural gas in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico and carries it to 10 processing plants in Texas and New Mexico. After processing, the gas is carried in pipes for from 240 to feet and sold in inter- state commerce for; resale to five pipeline companies.' Justice Minton, for the court ma- jority, stated that "regulation of ie sales in interstate commerce for resale made on a so-called in- dependent natural gas producer is See GAS, Pf. 7-A, 4-5 iMmftCEC TEXAS UrrUiti RULING First Sis.' were financed from a 1952 street bond issue. "It took us two years to install the system, because of difficulty j in getting Hancock pointed out. "Some of the fixtures had to be built specially for us." AUSTIN, W-Tens has tak- en- the official position that regulation natural gas is a rightful power of the state, placing it in direct opposition to the view expressed today by the U. S. Supreme Court in the Phillips case. The state has claimed that present FPC control of 140 producers would grow to con- trol of Z.400 independent pro- ducers if the court held against Texas. Texas had filed a brief in the Phillips case. Otter states agreeing with the Texas posi- tion were Louisiana, Colo- rado. Mississippi, North Dako- ta, Wyoming and Kansas. Each filed a supporting brief. Parr, Stansell Trial Dates Due WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE LONG TRAIL on soldier and wife find new home in Abilene. POQP 1-B. THI WOULD or not, Oppenbcirncr still has communist pals. Page 5-A. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK Tough competition is ahead, but warst of recession is, behind, business leaders soy. Pogo 3-B. LAST ROUNDUP Old-time cowboy, who in the saddle, laid to at Colorado City. 3-A. Supreme Ccurt for misconduct. Parr is tree on R508 bond and Stansell on bond. Parr and Stansell mat to the sheriffs office Saturday to post bond. They had to wait thm teurs while papers were prepared. "This is a hell of a Parr said. "Man gets indicted and then can't get arreited." Parr declared the indictments were "so obviously" politics. The political leader, af- fairs arc belnc probed by Stale Atty. Gen. John Shtpptrd, is accustd oT atiautt to mwdtr tn Criitobal Ybwo, reUrtd can firmer. Ytttnn uU Parr rife whipped Mm lOtt Parr acond him of laafMaf Parr IT. uw. ;