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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               HOT "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING FINAL VOL. LXIII, NO. 368 ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 22, 1954 -SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe SThomasons, Mrs. McMurry Get Hearing Related story Pg. 1-B By GEORGIA NELSON Staff Writer LUBBOCK. June 22 A pre- Irial hearing was set in U. S. District Court here Tuesday after- noon in the cases of Raymond Thomason, Sr.. his two sons, Ray- mond Jr., and Monty Don Thom- ason. and Mrs. Helen McMurrv- all of Abilene. The four are indicted for fraud in connection with Veterans Ad- ministration housing loans. Immediately after a mail fraud case that was being tried went to the jury at a.m., Dallas Scar- borough, attorney for the Thom- asons and Mrs. McMurry proposed to try all four of their cases to- gether Tuesday afternoon.. He had indicated Monday that the defendants would not ask for jury trials, but would submit their cases to Judge T. Whitfield Da- vidson. Quick Trial Opposed Asst. U. S. Attorney Warren Lo- gan opposed Scarborough's pro- posal to try the Thomason and McMurry cases on such short no- tice and Judge Davidson said he did not wish to go to trial over government attorney opposition. The court suggested a pre-trial hearing so that he could become- familiar with the issues in the esses. Each of the three Thomason indictments contains four counts and the indictment against Mrs. McMurry contains two counts. The trial of W. 0. Hayter, Jr., on two indictments is set for Wed- nesday morning. Logan indicated to the court that the Hayter trial would not last much only one day, possibly running two or three hours into the second day. The trial of Worth B. Andrews. Jr., of San Antonio was completed in one day's time without any de- fense evidence being offered. Judge Davidson overruled a de- fense motion for an instructed ver- dict of acquittal. Officers Tettifr Andrews, formerly of Snyder, is charf ed with tiling the U. S. mails to defraud. Air Force officers tes- HEARING. Page !-A. Col. I THE WEATHER r. L DEPARTMENT OF COMMEMCE BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy and continued hoi Tuesday and Scattered shawers Taesday afltrnooa. HUh temperature both days 95 LOTT Tuesday night 75, XORTH CENTRAL A.M> TEXAS to partly cJoadT ihrmuh Wednes- tiiv wtUi widttj- scattered late afternoon anrf thandershowen, Coaticocd warm. EAST AM) SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS U> ckrcdv tiroBf h Wcdnes- daj- with widely icattered thundershowers raostbr near tie coast. Continued warm. Jtoderitt to locally fresh smUieut and TEMPEEATtTEK MtK F. X. Tin. A. M. M 79 K 17 86 H SS S3 TO S-Joset nJjhi p.m. Sunrbe today a.m. SlMyiet tonight p.m. Barometer reading a: p.m. 25.19. ReUltve humidity p.m. Maximum temperature For 24 hours ending at a.m. 96. MUlmom temperature for M endbf at a.m. 74. FIANCEE OF DECEASED Maureen Ragen, 18, fiancee of deceased mail order fortune heir Montgom- ery Ward Thorne, weeps at coroner's inquest into Thome's death at Chicago, 111., as she tells Coroner Wal- ter E. McCarron that Thorne had been arrested 18 months ago as a dope addict. Earlier at the hearing police told of finding a makeshift hypodermic syringe in the room where Thorne, 20, was found dead. Officials said Miss Ragen had been named principal beneficiary of the young heir in a recently revised will. Revolver on table was found in Thome's auto. PLANNING FIRST Park Board Approves Plan For Spending Blond Money Park 'and Public Recreation Board Tuesday morning approved an agreement outlining how a pro- posed in bonds shall be spent. The plan was recommended by City Manager Austin P. Hancock. He has asked City Commission approval, too. Park and playground bonds in the amount of fwo.OOO will be on the ballot of a, July 17 city'.cMe- tion. Si-- Hancock's. plan-Jar' spendinj'eaM for a competent firm of part pffi? ners to study local park needs. It that DO bond money will be allocated until the experts proposals have been approved by- City Commission and park board. The system devised also calls for the entire program to be plan- ned before any of the money is spent. Bids for improvements under the bond issue will be received by the commission. Park board members signed the agreement Tuesday morning. 0. P. Beebe, absent member, will be contacted for his signature. Recreation Report City Park and Recreation Direct- or Scott Fikes reported on the rec- reation program. He said instruction is being giv- en in tumbling, leather- craft, metalcraft, airplane model- ing, ceramics, clay modeling, folk dance, badminton, tap dance, bal- dance, track. golf, "sum and 'volley ball. r Pikes said Uw attendanoa, at the park recreation programs from June 14 to 19 was as North Junior High, 1.050; Fair Park. 1.S8S; Carver Center, 419. Wednesday, June 23, is the date for a free Kiddy Parts' at Fair Park. The same day the golf and tennis tournaments will begin. A Fishing Derby is slated June 30. Plans are under way for a pet show. FOR NOLAN FARMER Sudden Death Ends Trip From Wedding ROSCOE, June 22 liam Madison Richey, 70, of the Champion community, was killed at 1 a.m. Tuesday when his car ran off a culvert. The accident was blamed on a tire blow-out. It happened four miles from the Champion Store. Mr. Richey was returning to Champion from Denver, Colo., McCarthy'Apostle' Defeated in Maine PORTLAND. -Maine. Republicans overwhelmingly re-! nominated Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in yesterday's primary and cut down in crushing defeat the challenger she said Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) apparently put up against here. Throughout a lackluster cam- paign and on through the balloting rfielf the only question was how big the landslide would be. And in the end it was a crunch- ing victory, by a margin of more than 5-1, over political novice Rob- ert L. Jones, McCarthy's 34-year- old apostle. GOP nomination normally as- iures victory in Maine. A early complete count, from of Maine's 636 precincts, showed votes for Mrs. Smith, for Jones. Perhaps an even more accurate gauge of the magnitude of Jones' defeat was the fact that he carried only four of those precincts, one of them his home city of Biddc- ford. In 19 others he failed to gather in a single vote and was almost shut out in many more. While th ad been destroyed; sabotage along the line between Gualan and Pu- erto Barrios has increased; a train which left Guatemala City for the port of San Jose has "simply dis- appeared." The rebels have taken over tbe rail town nf Morales, some 50 miles from Puerto Barrios. 4. A rebel plane machine-gunned and dropped grenades on San Jose. The rebels also announced that their planes had bombed Coban, a "garrison town "in central Gua- temala, from a base inside the country. Castillo Armas has proclaimed lis command the only legal gov- ernment of Guatemala and called on his countrymen to disavow tbe Ajbenz regime. Castillo Armas urged foreign countries not to recognize envoys of the Arbenz regime and said he planned to send his own represen- tatives abroad as soon as details could be worked out. City's Water Usage Tops 1953 Level More water is being used in Abi- ene this June than in the same month last year. Abilenians used gal- ons of water during the extreme- y hot past nine days. That was more than they used during the same dates of 1W3, said Curtis C.Harlin Jr., city water superintendent The pre day average was above the 1953 period. The period covered by the re- port was June 13 to 21, inclusive, lor both years. Miadaj Peak Day Monday registered the highest usage for any of the nine days reported, gallons. That approached, hut didn't., tbe ill-erne wxHnro day's consumption. The all-time high was gallons, Aug. 1SS2. Monday's usage did exceed the maximum day-of, OB, which was gallons; ofi June 23. Consumption figures for the past nine days, compared to the same dates of 1953 follow: DATE OF MONTH TSAGE ESAGE {GAttMf} 1SH lift) June a U410.MO Jw 14............ June 15 Jra U 17JXK.OM JOM 17 lt.7K.Mt Juc IS 11J1IJOC Jnc 19............ 1MC4W JIM lUKijm n............ i-.mau njm H.SJt.JW UJT7.0W Natural Gas Ruling Deadline Is Reset WASHINGTON W-At the re- quest of the states of Texas, Okla- homa and New Mexico the Su- preme Court is extending to July 2 the deadline for seeking recon- sideration of its natural gas rul- ing. The high court held June 7 that the Federal Power Commission has authority to regulate independ- ent producers of natural gas. The ruling has been widely protested in the Southwest Mundt Limits Probe Evidence WASHINGTON Mundt (R-SD) urged the Senate Investiga- tions subcommittee today to base its verdict in tbe McCarthy-Army dispute on "salient issues" only. He made tbe comment in an in- terview in advance of s closed-door meeting of the subcommittee to consider narrowing the areas of controversy as to what the eri- dence shows, Mundt presided at 36 days of televised public hearings which sifted the welter of charges, coun- tercharges aod denials which Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and Secretary of the Army Stevens and their aides exchanged. Tbe bearings wound up Thursday with Sen. Potttr (R-Mich) declar- ing that each side had proved its main misconduct charm against UK otter. Thest were: 1. By Stevens and Army Coon-' sdor John G. that Mc- Carthy and two subcommittee aides.ued improper pressures in seeking special favors in the Array for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former subcommittet consultant. J. By McCarthy aad his aides that Stevens and Adams used Schiae as a "hostage" in efforts to "blackmail" McCarthy- into hatt- ing an investigation of alleged Communists ia the Army. Mundt hat notified all subconv rattUa matnbtn that Ray H. UK. uttcial caonitl Joe UN in- quiry, has agreed, to assemble material to aid the senators m writing their report if the subcom- mittee asks him to do so. Indica- tions so far are that there will be at least two divergent sets of findings. "We're not asking Jenkins to add up the totals and say 'guilty' or guilty' for Mundt said. 'He would list the evidence for us and we would sit around tbe table like members of a supreme court and reach our own Mundt said hr. is pretty thoroughly convinced there are 'some areas where unanimous agreement would not be possible." Chances Better For Rain Today Peak temperatures are to dim to the K4egne mark Tuesday aod Wednesday, but scattered showers are forecast for the Abilene area Tuesday afternoon. A weak front moving down from the north it likely to become sta- tionary over the area Tuesday af- ternoon, causing instability weather conditions that win In- crease chances for rain. The treat won't have any effect on Mnper- atom, a forecaster at UN U. S. Weathtt ButMU tail I   

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