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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               POSSIBLE SHOWERS t- Abilene Importer "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIIL, NO. 369 fnm (At) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PBIGE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10e French, China Leaders Meet In Secret Talk BERN. Switzerland French Premier Pierre Mendes-France and Red China's Premier Chou En- lai went into a private conference here today to discuss the question of bringing peace to Indochina. The meeting began this after- noon at the French embassy just a half hour after Chou arrived in the Swiss capital from Geneva, where he has been attending the Indo- china peace conference. Mendes-France arrived in Bern early today after an overnight trip from Paris. He spent the morning conferring with leading members of the French delegation to the Ge- neva conference in preparation for his meeting with Chou. Chou arrived at the French em- bassy in a limousine Dying the Red Communist Chinese flag. The car was preceded and followed by oth- ers bearing members of his dele- gation. As soon as the cars were inside the grounds of the embassy, an attendant closed the gates. Mendes-France made clear the subject of the meeting would be the war in Indochina. "Indochina is the forefront of my program." the French Premier told reporters before leaving Paris. "That is why I am spending all my time on it." He declined to specify what pro- posals he would make to Chou. whose government is not openly involved in the Indochina conflict but has been accused by the West of supplying and equipping the Communist-led Vietminh forces. The French Cabinet decided yes- terday to seek the meeting after it was learned that Chou was leaving today for New Delhi to confer with India's Prime Minister Nehru. Mendes-France took office with a promise to resign if he doas not bring peace to Indochina by July 20. The meeting with Chou was seen as his first major move in that direction. Up to now, the French Premier has been busy centering with his own advisers, including Gen. Paul Ely, French Union commander in Indochina, and Jean Chauvel. head of the French delegation at Ge- neva. nine-party Geneva meeting will resume tomorrow. SOMETHING FOR Harry Truman stands outside the doorway to her husband's Research Hospital room at Kansas City, Mo., as she views an Associated Press Wirephoto of her daughter Margaret's stage debut at Mouniainhome, Pa. She took the photograph in to the former president, who is reportedly feeling much better after a gall bladder operation and appendectomy last Sunday. A "no visitors" sign on the screen behind Mrs. Truman bars all but the immediate family and a few close friends from the room. Testimony Starts In Hayter's Trial By GEORGIA NELSON' Reporter-News Stiff Writer LUBBOCK, June started slowly in the trial of W. 0. Hayter, Jr., in U. S. Court here Wednesday morning. Only witness to take the stand before the noon recess was Clyde A. Harris, loan guaranty officer with the Veterans Administration office here. Harris identified documents filed in connection with GI home applied for by Curtis L. Mantooth, Vogel SL. Abilene; Richard Thousands Flee Des Noines Homes As Flood Wafers Near DES MOINES UV-Under emer- gency- police orders a precaution- ary evacuation of persons from low-lying areas was com- pleted here today as the Des Moines River rose past the high mark set in 1947's disastrous flood. Officials said the total included hundreds of families who voluntar- ily left their homes yesterday and last night. About 12 square block.? which were without adequate dike pro- tection in the city's southeast bot- toms already were flooded. Elsewhere, the levees still were holding but were under great pres- sure. All threatened areas had been cleared of people except for workers and those still moving out their possessions. The raging river was more than four feet above the 23-foot flood stage and nearly a foot above the 1947 high. It still was rising with a crest of 29 to 30 feet due by to- morrow. "This city is faced with the worst flood situation in its entire his- Mayor Joseph Van Dreser said in proclaiming a flood emer- gency. The Des Moines River, swollen by torrential rains, flows directly through the center of the city, ft runs through a secondary residen- tial district and past the business, commercial and railroad areas. The main business district is out of reach of the flooding. Two major trouble spots devel- oped, both in southeast Des Moines. Water was pouring through a break in a levee left for a railroad track and workers were busy trying to plug the gap with sandbags. The second spot was near 'the Scott Street bridge, where the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers meet. Debris piled against the bridge sent the water coursing against the lev- ee, gnawing away large chunks of dirt. Dillingham. formerly of Abilene and now of Oklahoma City; James Glen Gautney, 1033 Vine SL, Abi- lene; and John L. Poor, Rt. 3. Abilene. When the trial opened Judge T. Whitfield Davidson told the attor- neys he felt that the case could be tried in one day "without ex- ceeding the speed limit" Quinei Witless After Harris identified the docu- ments under direct examination by'Asst. TJ. S. Attorney F. L. (Moose) Hartman and cross exam- ination by defense attorney Davis Scarborough, Judge Davidson took over examination of the witness himself. The court asked Harris to ex- plain step by step the process by which a veteran applies for a home loan and the VA office ulti- mately approves the loan. Hayter is charged in two indict- ments containing a toial of six counts based on various docu- ments filed with the VA office here in connection with loans ob- tained in the names of Dillingham, Poor and Gautney. The VA rec- ords introduced in evidence showed the Mantooth loan was never conpleted. The two indictments against Hayter have been consolidated by the mutual consent of the govern- ment and the defense and he is being tried on both together. Members of the jury are H. N. Watson. Rails farmer; Harry Bantley, Amherst farmer; R. 0. Sanford, Plainview laborer; Harry Martin, Dickens teacher; E. W. Reynolds. Wolfforth farmer: Bon- nie H. Morgan, Muleshoe dry goods merchant; B. V. Padon, Springlake farmer: Hershel San- ders, Springlake gin manager; 0. See TRIAL, Page 11-A. Cd. 1 'CUMBERSOME1 RULES Mundt Claims Probe Could Have Been Finished Faster WASHINGTON Hi Sen. Mundt (R-SD) said today the McCarthy- Army hearings have strengthened his "skepticism about the wisdom of having a committee investigate itself." He emphasized he does not be- lieve any other congressional com- mittee would have developed more facts, or been more thorough than the Senate Investigations subcom- mittee, over which he presided dur- ing the hearings. But he said some other com- petent commitlec could have done the job faster, and "found it easier to keep to the pertinent facts." In 36 days of public hearings ended last Thursday the sub- committee heard misconduct charges and countercharges ex- changed by Sen. McCarthy (R- its regular chairman, and Secretary of the Army Stevens and their aides. Stevens accused McCarthy and two aides of exerting improper prcuurei in seeking Army favors for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former nonularitd member of the sub- commlttct staff. McCarthy coun- lerchartfri that Stevens and Army Couutlw John G. Adams had tried to "blackmail" him into dropping a search for Communists in the Army. Mundt. who cast the only "no" rote when the subcommittee de- cided to undertake the hearings, said today he still thinks he was right. Some Democrats urged that Ihe inquiry be handled by the Armed Services Committee. Mc- Carthy insisted his own group should handle it; he agreed to step off temporarily as chairman and member. Mundt said that since it was in- vestigating its own people, the sub- committee had to work with "too cumbersome" rules permitting all of the accused the right to cross- examine witnesses. He said this made it difficult to stick to central issues, wasted time and burdened the record with a lot of surplus wordagc. He said his remarks, made in reply to reporters' were not a reply to a Senate speech yesterday in which Sen McCarran (D-Ney) denounced the hearings. McCarran said they a spec- tacle at which "communism grin- ned and applauded (while) Americanism stood still, in horror and amazement." MeCarran told his colleagues that "rightly or wrongly, the idea has taken hold. that Sen. McCarthy represents and be continued: "The tragedy of the situation is that through these hearings just concluded, it appeared to mil- lions of Americans, and to mil- lions abroad, that anticommunism was here under attack, that the forces opposing the world Com- munist conspiracy were being dis- credited. No good resulted to Amer- ica." The subcommittee at a closed meeting yesterday agreed to try to list 10 or fewer key issues in the McCarthy-Army row and fixed Aug. 1 as a goal for the reports. Special Counsel Ray H, Jenkins was instructed to prepare an index and "balance sheet" of testimony dealing with the key is sues. Jenkins said this job would take about three weeks. Mundt said direct costs of UK in- vesUjaUon are now estimated at counting the cost of printing the approximately two-mil- lion word transcript and the final report. Mystery Planes Bomb Honduras Border City CITY WORKERS DONATE TIME Spann Fund Climbs Movie to Aid Officer's Family Money donated to the Jimmy I Akin. Interstate Theatres manager Spann Appreciation Fund reached a total of by Wednesday morning. The fund is being collected for benefit of the widow and two small children of a slain Abilene police officer. Policeman Jimmy Spann was shot to death last week by-a fugi- tive whom he had overtaken at Merkel. City employes have begun a movement to donate part of their accumulated vacation and holiday time. Each who so desires may transfer days from his record to Spann's record. Spann's survivors can thus receive cash covering those accumulated days. The public may bring or mail gifts to The Abilene Reporter- News. Checks should be made pay- able to the Jimmy Spann Appreci- ation Fund. MMaif-ht Show "The Big a movie, will be shown at the Paramount Thea- tre Friday, July 9, at midnight, as a benefit for the Spann family. This was announced by Wally for Abilene. Lon Chaney, Jr., and Dell Jer- gens have the principal roles in the movie. Abilene Fruiting t Stationery Co. printed the tickets free. The tickets were turned over to Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark for sale by policemen. They are also available at the Paramount box office. Price is 75 cents each. Contributions received at the Re- porter News Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning were: J. D. James 5.00 C. L. Whiteman 5.00 Anonymous 3.00 McMahon, Springer, Smart Walter 50.00 Anonymius 10.00 P. W. Campbell 5.00 McCarrell Son Water Hauling 25.00 C. H. Boyd t Sons Tire Co. 10.00 Mrs. H. A. Fender 5.00 R. D. Whetstone 10.00 Draughon's Business Col- 20.00 lege Local Loan Service 5.00 Homebuilders Class of the Second Christian Church 10.00 Sen. Gore Sounds Warning On Delay of Trade Measure BTJ.OEHAII WASHINGTON m Gore (D-Teba) declared'today Con- gress will deprive President Ei- senhower of "minimum weapons he needs to meet and counter the growing threat of the Communist trade offensive" if it delays en- actment of his foreign trade pro- gram. Gore is leading a fight by 22 Democratic senators and Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) to substitute Ei- senhower's broader trade program Eden Suggests New Asia Pad LONDON Secretary Anthony Eden today suggested a Southeast Asian defense system that would include nonagression pacts with the Communists. Just back from the Geneva con- ference, Eden told the House of Commons: "I hope it will be possible to agree to some system of Southeast Asian defense to guard against ag- gression. "I hope we could have a recip- rocal arrangement for both sides to take part, such as Locarno, and we could have a defensive alliance such as NATO is in Europe." Locarno was a series of five treaties negotiated in the Swiss city of that name in October, 1325, between Germany on the one hand and France, Britain, Italy and Poland on the other. The aim was to guarantee continuation of peace existing territorial boundaries. It proved effective until the rise of Hitler. Eden spoke in a voice charged with emotion and some members took his remarks as critical of U.S. Secretary of State Dulles as he declared: "My belief is that, by refraining from any precipitous move toward the formation of a NATO system in Southeast Asia, we have helped to create the necessary conditions in which both systems can proper- ly be brought into being." THE WEATHER C. I. DKr.WTMK.Vt Or COMMEUCE WUTOUt WIHEAC ABILEiE AND MCTSTTY CfcM to putir ctmtt continued warn WcdMrtAT aUM Ttwndcy. POT- stbta latt or tvnthic both days. Htfti bctil days ibort SJ dtirto. Low WMMMw Hint "Met 70. TEMrEBATVKES T. M. Wrf. A. X. K 75 J1JO 71 N MO W 91 0 70 M mMt SuriM kJW i.m. MHM UMfM vMHtor M p. m. utoin MMfmtin Mr Inn M M W. Mnmi fcr ft M UB. N. ior a Hojjse-passed bill to extend the Keciprocal Agreements Act as 'is a .-year.: the law died June 12 but can be revived. last March asked Congress to give the act three more years of life and to grant him new authority to cut tariffs up to 15 per cent over that span. But Republican leaders sat on his proposal and he agreed last month to settle now for a simple one- year extension with the understand- ing that Congress would consider his basic program early next year. As Gore took the Senate floor to speak for enactment of the full Eisenhower trade plan now, an- other designed to cut down imports of farm products- was given some chance of adoption. In his prepared speech, Gore said a one-year extension of the law "means that for another year the President will not have the mini- mum weapons he needs to meet and counter the growing threat of the Communist trade offensive." Gore added: "It means that our markets abroad will continue to contract. It means that for another year our customers abroad will wonder what our long-range trade policy will be, when finally we make up our minds. "It means that the Soviet and Red Chinese trade bait will look more and more tempting to our allies as they grow more restive and uneasy, waiting for us to make up our minds." Republican leaders remained confident they could beat down a Gore substitute when it comes to a vote, nrobabiy tomorrow or Fri- day. But one' of these leaders said privately he would not bet against adoption of an amendment spon- sored by 14 farm state senators of both parties and aimed at curb- ing farm imports. Under present law, the secre- tary of agriculture can ask the Ta- riff Commission to check on wheth- er imports of a particular com- modity are preventing domestic producers from getting the price guaranteed under government sup- port programs. Mr. t Mrs. H. W. (Zack) Zachary- Special Offictr-T P Railway, El Paso 3.00 Mr. i Mrs. Robt. J. Brown 50.00 Abilene Printing t Station- ery Co. 25.00 S. Anderson 25.00 Mrs. Ted Cuzick 5.00 Mid-Tex Supply Co. 10.00 J. Pickard, M. D. 10.00 Anonymous 5.00 Anonymous 25.00 Cooper Furniture Co. 15.00 Mr. t Mrs. C. E. Johnson 5.00 Mr. t Mrs. A. C. Hudson 10.00 Anonymous 6.00 Nick Crtin Drug Co. 50.00 Lester's Jewelers 25.00 Abilene Junior Chamber of Com- merce 25.00 Forum Class-St. Paul Methodist Church 10.00 Anonymous 5.00 Electricians Union No. 920 50.00 Texas Employers' Ins. Assoc. Employees 25.00 Smith. Eolen, Bickley Pope 50.00 Fred N. Giles 5.00 B. Barrow Furniture Co. 10.00 Anonymous .65 H. D. Kelly 5.00 Wes-Tex Wrestling Club 10.00 R. M. (Bob) Cousins, Sheriff, Haskell 70.00 B. T. Gordon, Haskell 5.00 Abilene Assn. of Small Loan Companies 10.01 Modern Service 5.00 J. Gordon, Ex-Sheriff Jones County 5.00 W. W. Conner, Roscoe, Retired Dallas Policeman 25.00 Taylor County Sheriffs DepL 22.00 Employes of Commercial Standard Insurance Company 28.0C Abilene Iron i Metal Co. 5.00 Mrs. Percy Jones 15.00 Anonymous 1.00 Fidelis Class, First Christian Church 10.00 Anonymous 5.00 Anonymous 10.00 Wally Germann 2.00 Main Finance Co. 5.00 Elmwood Theater Personnel 5.50 Elmwood Theater Patrons 45.10 W. W. It Mrs. Rose, Father i Mother of Billy C.Rose 10.00 Mervyn Meeks 10.00 Total to date S5.S52.95 Heat io Continue; Showers Possible Possible late afternoon or even- ing showers were forecast for Abilene and vicinity Wednesday and Thursday. A forecaster at the U. S. Weath- er Bureau said clear to jartly cloudy and warm weather wouW continue both days. Thunoerhcads that towered OYVT the area Tuesday afternoon drop- ped rain 15 miles southeast of Abilene. Junction got 1.05 inches and Wink reported .57. Hijh temperature Wednes- day and Thursday will be near degrees and the low Wtdnesday night about 70. Monla Hood New L-Chiel Monta M. Hood became super- visor of the Abilene District of the State Liquor Control Board Wed- nesday, succeeding Leon Bowman, who was transferred to be super- visor of the Lubbork District. The two supervisors Wednesday were making the transfers, check- ing liquor and beer stocks on hand, "In all 14 counties in this dis- trict I have received the utmost cooperation from county peace of- ficers, police. Rangers and Bowman said. "I have enjoyed liv- ing in Abilene, too." Bowman came here three years ago from the office to which he is being returned. He has been su- pervisor also at Plainview seven years. He joined the SLCB May 1, 1942, as "undrcover" inspect- or. He was promoted to supervisor in 1950 and placed at Lubbock. Hood, a former Jones Count} youth and resident of Abilene, has been supervisor at Wichita Falls for one year. He served also al Lubbock. San Angelo, and Ama- rillo. He began his career with the liquor board at Waco about 12 years ago. He is a native of Rob- ertson County, but moved in 1903 with his parents, the late Mr. anc Mrs. John Hood, to Anson, where he attended public schools. He was living in Abilene, he said, when he joined the S. L. C. B. He is un- married. "I'm pleased with being back in Hood said. The Abilene District office, in the courthouse will have no other changes, it was understood. Inspectors K. O. Pierce and William Bateman wil work with the supervisor here, while W. V. will man Use Brownwood branch office. Mrs. Dixie Webster will costume as sec- retary ben. IN GUATEMALA Joseph Reridon New Mexico political figure, disclosed Guatemala's D-Day eight days before the invasion began. Ren- don, whose exact whereabouts are unknown, is believed work- ing closely with the exiled "liberation He is shown here in a photograph taken some- where In Central America and sent to a friend in Albuquerque. Ward Deputy Sheriff Dies Affer Wreck BIG SPRING, June 23 A. B. Bruce of Mopahans, Ward County deputy sheriff, died at 3 ajn. Wednesday in Malone-Hogan Hos- pital here of injuries received in an auto-truck collision Tuesday. Deputy Brace was eoroate to Big Spring at toe time of the ac- cident with blood donors for a friend at the .hospital. In the accident; which occurred near, the western outskirts of Big Spring about ajn., Bruce re- ceived an abdominal injury and hemorrhaged severely. He underwent emergency sur- gery and had been given nine pints of blood Tuesday night. A passenger in his car, Gene Qverby, was hot seriously injured in the accident. The car collided with a truck driven by Ralph Wayne Davis of Big Spring. The body was taken to Neely Funeral Home here and sent on to Monabans. Main Road Junction Is Blasted TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras The Honduran government said ast night mystery planes had bombed a town in Honduras. The report touched off speculation that nvaded Guatemala may be strik- ing back at the neighbor from whose soil Guatemalan rebels aunched their drive against Pres- dent Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's re- gime. The Foreign Ministry said the ilanes bombed the town of Santa losa de Copan, key road junction 21 miles from the Guatemalan fron- ier. The terse announcement made no mention of. casualties nor of how many planes made the raid. Guatemala has accused Hondu- ras and Nicaragua of being the bases for land and ajr "aggres- sion" against her Communist-in- fluenced government. Both coun- ries lave challenged Guatemala o prove the charges. Guatemala pressed demands in New York early, today for a .sec- ond, urgent session of the U. N. Security Council, charging Hondu- ras and Nicaragua were continu- ing to aid the invaders. Council President Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of he United States said the Organ- zation of American States, not the U. N., Guatemala could appear a "cat's-paw" for a Soviet con- spiracy-to meddle in the Western Hemisphere. CoL Carlos Castillo Annas, lead- er of the anti-Communist Guate- malan moved his headquar- ters last night from Honduras to Esquipulas, about six miles inside the homeland. The insurgent leader said his forces were- "not, the Guatemalan army -or the Guate- malan only-the Commu- nist government" of leftist Presi- dent Arbenz. He said he was not pushing the fight faster because he does not want "unnecessary bloodshed." He said there had been no heavy bat- tles with federal troops so far, but that there have been several mi- nor skirmishes and'some casual- ties. Reports from various points.last night told of scattered light action. Guatemala City reported a rebel plane strafed the California Stan- dard gasoline tanks there and ha- rassed a military encampment at the edge of the capital. Informed sources in El Salvador said an airlift of U.S. citizens out of Guatemala would begin today, but dispatches from Guatemala City made no mention of evacua- tion plans. There are some North Americans in the country. A rebel .communique said anti- Communist forces have occupied three Guatemalan villages and knocked out three bridges, two el them near the vital rail town of Zacapa. Lodge Opposes UN Talk on Guatemala UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. W The United States today firmly op- posed Guatemala's request that the U .N. Security Council meet at once to act again on the Central Ameri- can fighting. U.S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., the council president for June, last night warned Guate- mala against becoming a "cat's- paw of the Soviet conspiracy to meddle in the Western Hemis- phere." Lodge said the council by a 10-1 vote Sunday bad showed "it em- phatically believed that the Organ- iiation of American States was the place to try to settle the Guate- malan problem." The Soviet Union cast the negative vote, a veto, kill- ing the more to refer the issue to the regional organization. Despite the Lodge statement, Guatemalan Delegate Eduar- do Castillo Arriola delivered let- ter shortly after midnight to U.N. Secretary General Dag Hamrnar- skjoVd formally asking for a coun- cil meeting. Castillo ArrioJa wrote that in de- fiance of the council's cease-lire 1 voted last Sunday, "the ag- gressive acts hare continued afainst my country, in the air, on sea and on ground from airiieida and ctatcn o( situated outside Guatemalan ter- ritory." The letter renewed Guatemala's charges that neighboring Honduras and Nicaragua were aiding the "mercenary forces" invading Guatemala, and asked the council to compel the two countries to "cease all aid or consent for sach aggressive acts." The same charges against Hon- duras and Nicaragua will be dis- cussed late today by the five-nation Inter-American Peace Commission in Washington. Hammarskjold was expected to deliver the Guatemalan request for a council meeting to Lodge some- time today for action. WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE IHCTKWHIUNG Governor candidates face month of hard campaigning oheod. 5-A. KIT colls military adviwts to lay foundation for his talks with Churchill. 13-A, FARM fixed farm prlct.suports may over- rated. Pasw 9-B. STKIKI at- tempts new controci with firms. 3-A.'   

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