Abilene Reporter News, June 18, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas HOT®ije Sbtlene Reporter ~"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron MORNING VOL. LXIII, NO. 364 Associated Prêts (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 18, 1954—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«Fugitive Slays City Policeman FrenchEieci Hearings End; Lies Charged New Premier PARIS. Friday. June 18 LP— Pierre Mendes-France, who promised to pet peace in Indochina in a month or resign, was confirmed as premier by the National Assembly early today by a thumping vote oi 419 to 47 But 154 deputies abstained. The 47-year-old Radical Socialist (moderate also pledged a new effort to compromise the deadlocked European Defense Community pact which would rearm Germany. Mendes-France rolled up enough votes for confirmation—314 even without the 99 Communists who voted for him. He had warned the Assembly he would not accept the premiership if his majority was made possible by Communist votes. Eight of the 83 Popular Republican Movement <MRP< members it jecled their party > order»to abstain and voted for him Without the eight v otes Mendes-France thus could not have been confirmed under his self-imposed rule of discounting Communist support. sixtv three Social Republicans (DeGaullists ■ voted tor him. In turning down Communist support. Mendes-France asked: "What would be the sentiments of our soldiers if they knew' our country was governed by men designated by the party which has disavowed their combat?” He said reliance on the Communist*: m making up the majority would have been a handicap in negotiating at the Geneva conference for peace m Indochina If settlement could be reached there, he said. * We do not want any doubt on the conditions of this accord ” From Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 17—The great verbal conflict between Senator Joseph McCarthy. Wisconsin Republican, and the United States Army ended Thursday night. Senator Charles E. Potter, Republican of Michigan, dropped a final bombshell. He called both sides guilty and called for the firing of “those employes who have played top roles" for McCarthy and for the "Army. Potter is a member of the committee. “There is little doubt." Potter said, “that the testimony of witnesses on both sides was saturated with statements which were not truthful ... I believe a criminal case against some of the principals might be developed if the case were taken to a grand jury room where the testimony would have to be repeated without others being present." (For a complete story of the closing day and the review of the hearings, turn to page 8-R.l___ South 1st Parking Ban Off a Month Big Bombers Given to SAC TOKYO. Friday, June 18 The Air Force today placed all its heavy bombers in the Far East under the Strategic Air Command —the nation’s atomic bomb earner—and will pull them out of Japan to Guam The change will mean eclipse for the lumbering B29 Superforts of WORLD War II and Korean combat days and the eventual arrival of swift, giant jet bombers to pro-v ¡de the striking force in the Far East. The removal of the heavy bomber headquarters from Japan to Guam will accomplish a double objective. First, the long-range bombers ran perch on Guam, protected he-hmd a vast radar screen against any surprise attack. Second, the removal of the atomic bomb carriers from Japan relieves tlie Japanese of the worry of being the target of retaliatory bombings should a major war coma to Asia. 'No-Parking’’ rule on South First St., originally due to start July l. will go into effect one month later. City Commission in special meeting Thursday afternoon set the new date as Aug. 1. Members granted a request for the delay from Dallas Scarborough, the attorney representing a group of property owners fighting the ban. Scarborough first asked for a postponement until next Jan. 1, then amended it to Sept. 1. He wound up getting only a one-month postponement. Commissioners recently adopted an ordinance ending all parking on South First St. throughout the city effective July 1. Action was taken by request of the Texas Highway Department The state agency argued that elimination of parking is necessary due to the proposed wide freeway on C, S. 80 west of town. Scarborough contended Thursday that a delay in the no-parking law wouldn t huider the highway department's project He said he would take court action unless the request was granted. District Highway Engineer Jake Roberts came to the meeting at Mayor C. E Gatlin's invitation. Roberts said he didn’t think it would hurt anything to give Scarborough's group a one month delay in the no-parking rule. Any further extension might be hazardous for Abilene’s part in the plan, he said. Roberts and the commissioners discussed the fact that the highway department hasn't made its detailed plans for the project. For that reason, they telt a short delay on the no-parking rule wouldn't do any harm. Commission members took the attitude, however, that they are committed to going ahead with the ban. They based this on an agreement signed by an earlier commission with the highway de- . partment. promising to end South First parking when the state required. | Scarborough argued Thursday , that the contract by the previous commission couldn’t bind the pres-| ent commissioners. Roberts stressed that the South First project within the city limits isn’t part of the freeway. It’s merely a ‘‘street widening job,” ; be said. He pointed out that the state plans three lanes of tralfic in each direction (east and west* on South First, and a center lane I for left turns. At present (with £ parking allowed on the smith side of Smith First > there are only two lanes of traffic going each , way. The present arrangement is a total four-lane highway, com-! pared to the proposed sev en-lane. West to Continue Stalled Peace Talk GENEVA. June 17 Lf— French' Foreign Munster Georges Bidault i today persuaded the Weal to con- j I tinue the stalemated Indochina! peace talks a little longer. ■ He first conferred w ith Commu-' nist leaders here. Then he convinced British Foreign Secretary! Anthony Eden and I. S. VUndersecretary of State W alter Bedell i Smith there is still hope for a i cease-fire and a negotiated settle- i menPtn Indochina. NEWS INDEX ! SECTION A Women i news    Page*    6,    7 Oil ntw*    ! SECTION B Sports ........... 2,    3 Editorials ........... 4 Comics .......... 5 Classified ........... 6-8 Form nows .       8 Markets  ........... 9 Radio, TV.............10 Police Chief leans over wounded officer’s bed. .    More    Pictures,    Page    3-A Candidate Denies Part in Collapse Spann Dies In Cun Duel BY STUART CHILTON AND DON NORRIS Reporter-News Staff Writers MERKEL, June 17—Abilene policeman Jimmy J. Spann was shot to death Thursday evening in a blazing gun battle here. Spann’s fellow officer said Spann was shot by Billy Gaither of Sweetwater after he was cornered at a service station here following a highway chase from the scene of a disturbance at 1976 Sayles Blvd. Gaither is in critical condition with five bullet wounds in Sadler Clinic at Merkel. Spann’s partner, W. T. Davis, who emptied his revolver in the wild shooting affray, escaped unscathed. Spann was taken to Sadler Clinic at Merkel after the shooting about 8:30 p.m. He died at 10:15 p.m. He was ’i believed to have been shot four times, once in the chest, m once in the liver and apparently twice in the right shoulder. Spann and Davis cornered the fugitive Gaither in a M Cosden service station here after chasing him from Abilene. Gaither had disarmed Davis and two other patrolmen at the Sayles Blvd. address Davis said he and Spann had caught up with Gaither at Tve. Thev followed him on to Merkel where Gaither pulled into the service station. Davis and Spann stopped. Davis went around the wert side of the station and Spann around the east side and between the service station’s pumps. Davis told Gaither, sitting in the car. to put up his hands and come out before he (Davis) counted 10 or the two officers would start shooting, an eyewitness. Billy Beaird, said. Gaither put his hands up. Beaird said, and came out of the car. Just as his hands cleared the lower edge of the car top he jerked his hand down, holding a gun. Davis said “Spann and Gaither w-ere within three feet of each other blasting away.” Davis emptied his gun in the melee that followed. Gaither’s gun was later found to be empty. Spa.in s revolver still had three shells remaining in it, Davis said. BY JOHN DANILSO.V ...    —________ the    approximately    74 people pres-j cauldron of corruption in Austin Ralph Yarborough poked fun in j ent.    is bubbling tward a boil. Abilene Thursday night at    the    j    General American is the second) “If it ever boils over, the    people charge he had helped force    the    major insurance scandal in which ¡of Texas w ill be able to    smell General American Casualty    Co.!    Yarborough has been accused of it from border to border, into a receivership.    j    being    involved. He said    his    state    campaign head-1    Gov. Shivers, while here Wed- quarters    in    Austin    will    issue    a;    nesday. accused Yarborough of being one of    the "political    law yers” for Lloyd's of North America. also scandal-ridden. "I've never represented    that company «Lloyd’s)” Yarborough told the rally. "The administration has told so many stories it thinks it can put anthing over.”    i • j    «j.:- “The governor well knows that He said,    were w’inning    tnisj    ** campaign. Tell the truth—it s stronger than any lie we can think of.” In an interview, Yarborough said: “The big issue in this campaign Spectators Told to Cet in Bui Id ino Before the two patrolmen had approached the Gaither car and warned him out of the way they motioned about six persons at the service station into the building to get them out of danger. After the shooting was over, Billy Beaird rushed Spann to the bos cumstances leading to his partner’s slaying. Abilene Patrolmen W. L. Wood and Farris had gone to the residence of W. A. Martin, 1976 Sayles Blvd.. in answer to a disturbance call. Police said Martin is Gaith- statement on the subject Friday morning. Yarborough discussed the Texas’ insurance industry during an interview at Abilene Municipal Airport and during a rally later in the Windsor Hotel. He will be in Fort Worth Friday. He said jovially' at the rally: “The General American Casualty Co. has been fleecing 120,000 policy holders. That bunch of racketeers threw in the sponge yesterday and accused me of making them go broke.” • The action    of    the    Shivers    ad-1 pital “It ^7r^Teaimed Thursday    er s brother-in-law. ministration    in    permitting    the ) • ht how c^her reached the Gaither, Davis said, was at his busted Lloyd's of North America cijnjc    brother-in-law's    home    with    a    gun ... n ,L---1.    *r -1    Tvvo women who had been in the    concerning $150 allegedly    owed to car with Gaither, his wife. Pa-    bis wife, Patricia, tricia. 26. and Rosie Mae Mose, Gaither had gotten the    drop on 18, of Pauls Valley. Okla, were Wood and Farris and disarmed them and had them sitting in the ty Jail. Davis later recounted the cir to fleece the people of Texas for 10 months after it became insolvent while John Von Cronkhite, the governor’s crony and director of his campaign against me in i ^ ^    ^    T    Ior    Coun 1952 was working for it for a'a" fee of $11,000. has shocked the conscience of the people of Texas. his statement that I was attorney tor Ralph Hammonds »head of Lloyd’s) was a complete falsehood and he only makes them | middle of the floor at gunpoint, when Davis arrived, he said. His comment drew laugher from 1 is integrity in office. The seething Yarborough Charges 'Duval Smokescreen' to try to cover up the insurance I scandal of his administration. > “Everybody in Texas know's that ! have no influence with the Shiv* j ers administration. For the gov-i error to charge me with having Disarmed, Forced to Sit on Floor Davis had gone to check on Wood men w atched Gaither leave, going and Farris when they were gone north on Sayles Blvd. in the tan 1949 Plymouth he was driving. Davis then radioed police headquarters to initiate operations to set up roadblocks. After contacting headquarters, Davis said he went to 296 Clyde St., an unusuall/ long time. HARD - CORE DEMOCRATS—Ralph Yarborough, candidate for governor, talks politic» with two long time Democrats eho oppose ShiverscraLs. From left are R. E. Btad* burv, 74. and J. S Long. 89, both ot Abilene. The> are shown at a Yarborough iiily, (Photo by Charles Cockerell) Ralph YarboiüUiù» charged in ; commission Abilene Thursday that Gin. Allan I Hulsey. C Shivers is using Duval County in his political campaign to conceal the governor’s hloe-vote power in South Texas. Yarborough denied he. Yarborough. has ever campaigned in Duval County. Shivers in a visit here Wednesday sought to link Yarborough’s name with that of George Parr, notorious political boss who has been under fire in a spectacular Du\al County scandal. Yarborough also contended that he has worked 20 years to recover the Teras tidelands, but that Shivers has only made political capital out of the tidelands without aetuallv working to recover the valuable oil and gas property. Yarborough accused the governor of following him around the state during the gubernatorial campaign to draw attention away Iront Yarborough. Shivers predicted here Wednesday that he will win the election by half a million votes or more. Yarborough said: •‘I've heard many comments by the people of Texas. I ll just let the people talk—they say he s whistling in the r, raveyard. They’ve answered hint better than I can.” Yarborough arrived at Abdene Municipal \irport Thursday atter-noon in the private plane of W arren Burnett, district attorney for Odessa and Midland. A considerable delegation of Abilene supporters welcomed bun at the airport These included Mrs. Bryan Bradbury and J. W. (Jake' Sorrells. Jr.. both members of the Texas Ik'mocratic advisory council. Stephen Mitchell, national Democratic chairman, named Mr*. Bradbury to the poet last week 1 Others were W alter S Pope, Sr.. who served on the state insurance 1 When he arrived he was disarmed by Gaither and made to join the other two patrolmen on the floor. Davis said Gaither left shortly,    , throw ing the policemen’s guns in    to pick up his partner. Spann,    who influence with    his    influence    ped-1 ^ Martin front yard.    was eating. In the meantime Wood | dler. John Ytin    Cronkhite,    borders    Gaither warned the policemen    ,    and Farris had followed the    fugt- not to follow him. threatening to    .    tive down Sayles and turned    west kill them (the pt&cemen» if they    on the San Angelo Highway to    give did. Davis said. Davis said he and the other two oo the ludicrous. “During the five years the gov- » ernor has been in ofiice, thè ad-from 1928-35' Carl i ministraiion of out insurance laws R Pennmgton. Mi*. I and the msurance commission. jàll Andy Pruit, Robert E. Ford and Dan Fergus. In an interview at the airport, Yarborough said: “The governor has profited greatly from the bloc vote in South Texas. It is strange that one who of whom are h:s appointees, has degenerated to the point that the Austin Court of Civil Appeals in an ooinion delivered May 12, 1954. and written by Justice Robert Hughes of San Angelo, an chase had he gone in that direction. Caught* Gaither ot Merkel Station „    .    -    .    .    *    —    i    that the administration of the has profited so much for so long    TfxM    msurance    laws    was    mark should denounce the source of his , ^    ^    «.fraudt    ¿f    not    criminal profits. “In the governor was running for lieutenant governor against my good friend. Boyce After getting Spann at home. Da- •. Police C. Z. Hallmark. Police Cap-vis said the two gave pursuit on tain Tom Summers. Davis, and the Highway 80 toward Tye.    ,    attending    physician. •...  The    two    patrolmen    caught up ( Spann was the father o! three able West Texas jurist, declared! with Gaither and his two female pre-school-age children. * * * -    **--    1 companions at Tye. but were un-1 He had been a member of the | able to stop him. Gaither later pull- J Abilene Police Department since i ed into the Merkel service station    iggo. I after a chase around a block J Be,fore his dealh Thursday night there, apparently to get gasoline.    -    -    - House of Fort Worth, and the gov • crnor cot all the bloc vote in South Texas in the first primary. He got so far ahead of Boyce House with the aid of the bloc vote that House was not able to overtake him in the second primary, “Mr. Shivers was elected heute See YAKBOROl GH, Pg, 3-A, Cat. 3 WANT ADS COST AS LITTLE AS 41c PER DAY! The only smofl thtrig obev.t a Want Ad its cost! In circulation. 't reaches 147,683 person dotty, tn i esulta, vcu H find no other campo» oon. There’s nothing smalt about e ther one of these facts* But you wtH go for the small cent of Want Ads Place your Want Ad or» thf 7-dov rate and re. ceive the rate of 4!c per das. Coned at any tme. ot course. Place v^'ur Want Ad now in cider to start gttttng re»uits tomorrow J J ou mov pkice your Want Ad until 4 P.M. weekdays tor pvib-hcatton the following day. Closing time for Sunday ad' »* 12:00 noon Saturday. Sunday space ads must be received bv noon Friday. laxity.” “While the amendments are 11 needed to Texas insurance law s, what is needed even more is a * change in the men administering 1 them. “Tlw best of law s will not suffice if there is no will in their administrators to stamp out cor-, ruption If 1 m elected governor, we U have a new inaurarne commission and we’ll clean up the mess in Texas — it s long over-i due.” Parr Trial Hearing Due Today in Duvai SAN DIEGO. Tex . June 17 *v-! George Parr. South Texas Polii teal | leader, goes to court here tomorrow a hearing on an assault to murder charge Atty, Gs^n, John Ben Shepperd us due to be in the courtroom, Parr is charged with beating ' Cristobal Ybanej. a member of the | Freedom party, with a rifle on a street here last August The hearing was originally set x’csterday but was delayed at the request of Dist, Atty. Raeburn Norris. Parr also had requested a delay because of the illness of his principal attorney. Manuel Raymond, I aredo. Judge Maxwell Welch denied the request. j a call had been issued for blood Davis and bparm that made the ^ donors approach on Gaither s car to make the arrest which ended in the roaring gun-bat tie. he said. \t Spann’s bedside when he died were his family, Abilene Chief of thTweather v. s. nfcpva iwkvt or • KVTHLK RIIU U* ABlLEXf' ANO VICINITY -i X 44.'    SW Krhi«j daj HtfX FtkUj *'•*> n.(M T$, tu{h Satur<»*> (NT NORTH lENTRVt TEXAS 1« partly i lonb *nd viim TYwUo *Ml SatureUo. wijst TEXAS Cletr to partly Frkl.> *ad KUunXO; «**    cha**« IB trnippraturv EAST \Nl' SOI rU CK.YTRAL TRX VS ll**r to pa rife <X»aU> and »arm Tri-Say *i<l Saturday * ulaty »cattrrod after tu»m lEuttdoi «Sv wer* »oar tSe vaoat. moderatt to toeaU» tveah *H»!Sea* and aotttX v ind* on the ooaat. tt wetR-trt res His fellow officers had swept into action at Abilene and shortly before his death had rounded up a number of men on the fores with th< same type of blood. They wor« making preparations to go to Merkel shortly before Spann died. The car driven by Gaither Mon- —-I day night was registered in the i oMwimct name of Charles E. Barbee. Route r»nj> Sweetwater. Davis said. s*tur Investigating the fatal shooting w*“** Thursday night were Abilene po-Ckar! lie*. Taylor County bhervft s repre- TW * a w is w I« Î* n 4 •t AÏ Tkttf» F W ........ ..... M ........ S*   m  , *7 1 »  . i » ....... 33d ....... 4 » vat ....... « to    ,...    .....    «• T St     ......... « a *»    ...  ..... •• *:»      * It*     ........ — Il M    ............ — __    12.lt     -    — Hit*    uw    todr umpnrnuien    tac    ta    s«»« •»and    ni    «    SO * ■» : ta    *ad    W. HK* Md u»w («mpnrttartn aant tat« Wut >t*r ita MKIN. SMum Um mit*i f-4t p «■ Suarlt# i» 41} »;St • m SutaM    1    U    t (li. «arumnlrr t#«dta* ni » » p m » 0*. K, Um* nun MM* ta * St p.a. «Ita. sent ati ves. Texas Ranger Jim I Paulk oi Abilene, and the T e x a s Highway Patrol. City police officials Thursday night were conferring with 194th District Attorney Tom Todd. The law officials were interrogating the two prisoners. Charges were to be filed Thursday night or Friday morning, a spokesman said. Ask Aid's End WASHINGTON. June 17 The House Foreign Affair» Committee recommended today that France and Italy be denied any further foreign aid until they join the European Defense Community and help create an international foreign force. ;

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