Abilene Reporter News, June 28, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 28, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, WARM EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE.TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIII, NO. 374 Aoociattd Prea (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 28, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10e Shivers Gives WhifakerStay Of Execution AUSTIN Allan Shivers today granted the usual SMay constitutional stay of execution for Walter E. Whitaker Jr., under death penalty for strangling his sweetheart. The clemency action changed young Whitaker's execution date from Aug. 2 to Sept. 1. Whitaker was an Air Force cadet stationed at Lubbock when he was charged with the strangu- lation slaying of Joyce Fern White, a high school girl he had promised to marry, on the night of Jan. 8, 1953. Her nude body was found 20 days later, buried at a spot pointed out to police by Whitaker. Whitaker pleaded temporary in- Banitv. His conviction after trial at Vemon, was finally upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Ap- peals June 9. Whitaker is a member of a pros- perous Hartford, Conn., family. Testimony in the trial was that Whitaker met Joyce at a Lubbock skating rink, while he was still in love with a girl in Sweden. When Whitaker learned he was to be transferred to San Antonio, Joyce begged Whitaker to take her with him. On the night of the slaying, testi- mony showed, she had told him she was pregnant. They had agreed to elope to Clovis, N.M. to be mar- ried. En route there they argued over the Swedish girl. Whitaker claimed his memory went blank at this point and he remembered nothing until he found the girl's limp body on the back seat of the car, a cotton cord twist- ed about her neck. Spann Fund Hits Latest donations to the Jimmy Rio Grande on Record Rise: 5 Die at Ozona GASOLINE FIRE AFTER REBEL roll gasoline-filled drums away from fire in oil storage depot after rebel air raid on Guatemala City June IS at start of civil war. Raid started small fires but ranks of drums in background did not burn. Picture was made by John K. Chapel of Oakland, Calk'., Tribune who> brought them out of country on perilious road journey through armed anti-U.S. peasants. President Quits Guatemala Post GUATEMALA Pres-, terms it could from Castillo Armas ident Jacobo Arbenz Guzman re-j and his rebel forces In Teguci- f galpa, capital 01 neighboring Hon- signed under the pressure of mitiBg army and military reverses last night. He handed over the govern- Fund hiked i ment reins to a military junta the total to Monday. Actually, the family of the late Abilene policeman will have J6.688.02 of that amount for their use. All debts of-the family total- ing have already been paid from .the contributions. Contributions to the fund can be mailed or brought to The Abilene Reporter-News. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. The new contributors included: Western Cottonoil Co. 50.00 Scarborough, Yates, Scar- borough Jr. Black 50.00 Anonymous 10.00 E. B. Ellis, Sweetwater 35.00 A. C. Goldsmith 5.00 Don Robinson, Snyder 5.00 Kirby Leeson Mr. and Mrs. William G. Anderson 10.00 Griswold Class. St. Paul Methodist Church 25.00 R. B. Freeman 5.00 Willauer said the change looked to him like "a maneuver to get themselves into a position where it'will not be an unconditional sur- render. (Luis Coronado, secretary gen- eral of the rebel provisional gov- ernment proclaimed by Castillo Armas, said in Tegucigalpa that the rebel fight would continue "with redoubled impetus unless the resignation of Arbenz means the acceptance of our ultimatum and the turning over of the government to insurgent leader Castillo Armas.) Mass Defections Arbeni' resignation climaxed a day of mass defections from his cause by leading Cabinet ministers, 3-00 rebel victory at Zacapa, key rail- j army officers and others who fled road center 75 miles northeast of HO the Salvadorean Embassy -in headed by Col. Carlos Enrique Diaz, 39-year-old army chief of staff. Diaz in a broadcast pledged the army to continue the war against the invading exiles led by Col. Carlos Castillo Armas, but the switch in government appeared to signal the end of the Communists' strong influence on the regime Ar- benz had led. Army leaders are known to have become increasingly opposed recently to the Reds' strong influence on the govern- ment, Rebel Victory The ouster of the 41-year-old Arbenz followed reports of a bigj _ Britain May Withdraw All Suez Troops NEW YORK Ifl The New York Timts said today the United States and Britain have agreed on a method for total withdrawal of the British troops in the Suez Canal zone. In a dispatch from Washington signed by Dana Adams Schmidt, the Times quoted "high diplomatic sources" as saving "that Sir Win- ston Churchill and President Ei- senhower were prepared to back a proposal for complete British evacuation from the zone over a two-year period." The New York Herald Tribune, i a Washington story by Ned Russell, carried a similar account. The British, the Times said, were understood to have dropped earlier insistence on keeping uni- formed military technicians at Suez to protect supplies. The plan calls for Egypt to re- place British supervisors with ci- vilian personnel of her own choos- ing. Egypt would also agree, the newspaper reported, "to make the canal zone available to Allied forces in the event of a Soviet at- tack on any Middle Eastern state." The decision to withdraw was based on the conclusion "that a great concentration of men and equipment in such a restricted area as the canal zone was of Questionable the Times said. It added that the United States will stay out of negotiations on the plan, but British and Egyptian dis- cussions will proceed "with the un- derstood backing of the proposal New Total WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES COWIOY REUNION 10.000 visitors daily expected at Stem- ford's annual rodeo celebration. See this and related stories and pictures on Page 5-A, 8-A, and 9-A. TOP and report cards on agenda for School Board meeting tonight. Page 1-B. 3-WAY SPLIT Senate Demo- crats' split on big tax revision bill likely to give Ike cleor cut vic- tory. Page 3-B. the capital. Army forces, particu- larly their artillery, were reported shattered there. News of the army reverses was Guatemala City for refuge. Anti-United States reaction spread through the city during the dav as the Communist-dominated by United FROM PEAK followed bv a rising tide of popular support for the rebels, whosej S6nt "Radio Liberation" had called j circling through the city in jeeps, Saturday for the armed forces to revolt, jail Arbenz and form a military junta to negotiate a cease- fire. With the rebels reported last night some 70 miles from the cap- ital and moving on it. the battle for Guatemala was expected here( to end within 4S hours. The Com-; of Defense: mtmists. backed by hastily armed shouting "Go home, Yanks." They also fired several shots. He and other army leaders de- cided that Arbenz must go at an all-day meeting yesterday. Then Diaz; Lt. Col. Carlos Sarti, head and trained labor groups, were ex- pected to try to keep up the fight, however. (Diplomats in Washington ulated that the army takeover was a. maneuver to give the military a chance to negotiate the best of the National Superior Council and Col. Enrique communicated their de- ision to the President. Arbcni Angry Arbenz was reported extremely ngry at their decision but finally greed to get out after the army "uaranteed the safety of himself and his family. Arbenz announced his resigna- tion personally in a broadcast at p.m. on the government radio. THAT'S WHAT THE MAN UN delegate Seymon K. Tsarapkin, right, and Guatemalan delegate Dr. Ediwdo Catillo-Aniola, left exchange a few comments just before the session of the United Nations Security Council at which Tsarapkin declared, "I am not a gen- tleman, I am the representative of the Soviet Union. The remark was made after Tsarapkin askfid. for the floor during debate ever the Guatemalan situation, and Council President Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., had queried: "For what reason does the gentleman wish to be recognized? Water Use Takes Drop Cloudiness with its promise of rain caused Abilene water con- sumption Saturday and Sunday to drop far below the same dates of last year. This followed the setting of two new all-time record highs during the past week. That was reported Monday by Curtis C. Harlin Jr., city water superintendent. Last Thursday and Friday set new all-time record highs for one day's use. Saturday, Abilenians used 4S2.000 gallons, compared to the on the same date 1953. Sunday, they used compared to the for thai date last year. Last Friday's consumption shol up to a new record high. It compared with of the same date last year. Previous all-time record higl was set last Thurs day. Harlin said cloudy weather usu- ally brings a reduction in water use. People expect rain, and quit watering their lawns. The weather is cooler, too, on such days, lead- ing to less use of air-conditioners, he said. DEL RIO, Tex. cloudbursts roused the leepy Rio Grande to its greatest flood and thundered in orrehts down dry washes today, leaving a reported five lead at the little ranching town of Ozona. One body was recovered from a rampaging draw that pilled into Ozona, 112 miles north of here. The highway latrol said four other persons were dead and their bodies unrecovered in the little Southwest Texas town. Fires that couldn't be fought be- ause of the flood destroyed three uildings there, and the highway atrol described the situation in the inundated town as "very seri- us." Helicopters continued to. shuttle tassengers away from their tranded train in Langtry, 60 miles up the Rio Grande from Del Rio. State civil defense headquarters aid the Mexican town of Ciudad icuna, across the border from Del. lio, was "completely under wa- er" and all residents had been evacuated to higher ground. KEEPING IT UNDER HIS Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower chat in the White House rose garden :before delving into the question of restoring U.S.-British unity on the problem of halting Communist aggression in southeast Asia. Daz- zled by the Capital's sunshiny-weather, Sir Winston call-, ed for his famous Homburg for protection, before re- turning to the air-conditioned White House for further conferences. 'COLLECTIVE1 JOB Winnie, Ike Plan Defense Pact BULLETIN WASHINGTON', Jane 18 Prime Minister ChorchBl nude a today for a "real good try" for peaceful co-existence with Russia to minimize the risk of i conflict which would "teare us victorious on a hup of ruins." WASHINGTON Ei- senhower and Prime Minister Churchill declared today they will 'press forward "with plans for col- lective defense" of Southeast Asia.' And they warned the Communists that "the international situation will be seriously aggravated" if the Reds maka unreasonable de- mands for a settlement in Indo- china. In a communique of their four days of talks, the President and Prime Minister did not say how or when they intended to push the collective defense project On other major points: 1. They prodded France to get on quickly with approval of the proposed European Defense Com- munity and said they are deter- mined to make West Germany "an equal partner" in the Western world and put German soldiers in the Western defenses, in any case. Again, however, they did not say how they would go about this in case the EDC fails. Instead they threw their whole weight behind an effort to get French of EDC. 2. They said they are "agreed lh.it both countries would ben efit" from technical cooperation on o and the -wording was relatively rVs H Eisenhower, hurchill also' announced: 1 We discussed the basic rinciples underlying the policy o ur two countries. An agreed de- aration setting forth certain o ese will be made available to- orrow." The wording of the communique atement on Southeast Asia was line with, advance information at Churchill and Eisenhower ad not succeeded in composing dr. sharp differences over the ming of an international confer ice to negotiate a defense treaty. The British reportedly held tc eir insistence that the Mendes Yance government a Paris mus e given until its July 20 deadline seek peace in Indochina in ne- otiations with the Reds. Eisen ower and Secretary of State ulles reportedly argued that ac on without delay was necessary. "We are both the tmmunique said, "that if eneva'the French government onfronied with demands which revent an acceptable agreemeni egarding Indochina, the interna onal situation will be seriouslj ggravated." was one of.ihree terse para graphs dealing with the Southeas See ASIA PACT, Pf. 2-A. Col. i Communist Leaflets Received By Abilene College Leaders Communist leaflets were receiv- ed through the mail over the week- end by a number of faculty mem- aers "and students ot Abilene's three colleges. The leaflet, entitled "The Amer- Way to Jobs. Peace and De- outlined a five-point program for "human welfare, democratic freedoms and peace- ful co-existence." Dr. Medford Evans, dean at McMurry College, said a great many faculty members at the School had received the leaflets and nlso heads of student organiza- tions. Similnr reports came from Abi- lene Christian College and Bar- din-Simmons University. From The leaflets, moiled from Brook- lira, N. Y.. were addressed to teachers and students at the col' 'to the fullest ex- by United States atomic energy tent allowed" law. The Communique ran only about WO words, brief as such documents THE WEATHER leges and not their home ad- dresses. Dr. Evans said the addresses and names on the envelopes in which the leaflets were mailed were apparently taken from an old college catalogue as the "mailing list" wasn't up to date. Dr. Evans said the FBI had been notified concerning the leadlets. Frank Junell, a vice president at Hardin Simmons, said the leaflets started coming in Friday. At least eight faculty members he had checked with had received the leaflets and the leaflets had been sent to students in care of school organizations to which they belong. At Abilene Christian College, President Don H. Morris and John C. Stevens, dean of students, were among those who received the communist. literature. T.S. OF COM WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND clou: a sliRht. for sKc iwoo and evenins showtrs Mwday su Tuesday. Hish twth days nc 95 Low Monday ntar 75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clc.ir Ulrts. No Impc-rtxnt cm EAST AND SOUTH TEXAS Clear W partly cloudy and warm tilis after- noon, tw.isW and Tuesday with only a few isolated shcu-ers. to bcaUy (re! joaiherb- Vinds on the eojuw. Son. P-X. Sanwt list tiVlM p.m. M day s-34 am. Sunset tonUM p.m. Maximum temperature for end for BOOT cod r Relative humidity p.m. Cloudbursts Hit Southwest Texas SP Trains Detour Over Tracks Eagle Pass, .Del Rio, Laredo and their Mexican sister cities pre- pared for .the worst the Rio. Grande could do. Water spread into iow- ying riverside sections of Dei Rio and Eagle Pass this morning. The ew residents in the low sections evacuated yesterday. The Rio Grande hit a record _rest of 40 feet here and kept ris- ing. New records were-predicted down the river to its mouth at BrownsviHe. Cloudbursts dumped 11 to 13 inches of rain over the area. Rain surging. down .dry washes that criss-cross the country around Oiona spilled Mo the town, drove an estimated 500 persons out 01 iheir homes and'spoiled the city's water. Ozona has a population of about It is-known as oue of the richest ranching towns..in West Texas. The San Standard-Times reported 20 to 30 automobiles were swept off highways Into the draws around Oional Howard Draw jusl south of the town was.described as a rampaging river. .George Russell, the .county clerk, tumbled into the draw and was swept under. Artificial respiration failed to revive him, and bis body was flown to San Angelo. At least 24 homes and 15 trailer houses in Oiona.were under water. Fire broke out in the residence of a Mrs. Casbeer, the Ozona "Oil Co. and the Mill Cafe. All three j buildings were within five feet of a water the main was i under flood waters and couldn't be used while the buildings burned down. An unidentified child was report- ed missing in Ozona, and Mr. and Mrs. Rule Everett were feared drowned at their flooded ranch nearby. Marine Reservists and National Guardsmen were dispatched from San Angelo to Ozona to help with rescue work and to guard proper- ty. Scores of boats also were sent from San Angelo along with nurses and sanitation experts. Three heli- copters were sent from Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, to Good- fellow AFB in San Angelo to work a shuttle rescue effort from Ozona. Out of the rain-laden skies of See MO GRANDE, Pj. J-A, Cri. S Southern Pacific trains were be- ing detoured through Abilene over'Texas Pacific rails Mon- day as a result of-Southwest Tex- as floods. Two crack SP passenger trains were blocked by flood' conditions Saturday and Sunday between Del Rio and Sanderson. An eastbound streamliner from Los the Sunset Limited marooned at Langtry with, its 262 passengers. Helicopters were used to evacuate the passen- gers from Langtry to a five-mile strip on U. S. Highway 90, where five Greyhound buses .waited to take them to railroad connections. SP railway originally send the buses, on into Langfry but discovered .90 bridge over the Pecos River near Comstock was washed, out. The. Argonaut arrived in Sander- son at.6a.rn. Sunday: Finding the way: blocked, it waited until noon before, backing to Alpine, where it switched to Santa Fe. tracks. The Argonaut" left Alpine ;for -San An- gelo at 4 pjri. The Sunset Limited departed froni Sanderson at pjn. Sat- urday and reached'Lantry before learning of a washout, believed to be over Castle Canyon between Langtry and Del Rio. Later a sec- ond -washout was reported; this was believed to be a bridge over Osmund Draw. Films of Graham's London Crusade To Be Shown Here Sound films of Billy Graham's recent London Crusade will be shown for. the first time in West Texas at a Tuesday night meeting of the First Baptist Church Broth- erhood. Guy Shaw, program chairman, said men of all churches of the city are invited to see the movie. Supper will be served at 7 p.m. at "the church recreation hall be- fore the films are shown. Along with the sound film of. Graham, color movies of London scenes will be shown. These were taken by C. Wade Freeman, super- intendent of the Department of Evangelism for the Baptist Gen- eral Convention of Texas. St. John's Justice Court Business Assigned to Long Justice of the Peace Henry F Long was authorized Monday to handle all the court business of Justice of the Peace W. T. St John in addition to his own justice du- ties, and to employ W. R. Sparks part-time worker in the small claims court, as his assistant at a salary of a month. The order was ussied by the commissioners court when it was learned that Justice W. T. St. John, ailing for several weeks, had been taken to Hendrick Me-j mortal Hospital Sunday for treat-; ment. St. John has-been in a sen ous condition for more than a week. It was brought out that Sparks had been receiving a day when working in the small claims court handled by Justice Long. Ths ar- rangement is temporary pending the outcome of St. John's illness. Judge Long who appears before the court mentioned'that he now has on the small claims (locket of his court claims, more than he can handle without additional assistance. Strwt Owing Aske4 i petition io close a strtlch o( W. T. ST. JOHN strkvsly ill Bridge Avenue lying between thev north boundary line of North 12th St. and' the south boundary line of .North 14th St. ;r. Wcstwood Addition, was received by the court. It must wait 21 be- HENRY F.-LONG toble duty fore action can be taken by court according to law. Commissioner Claude Newberry explained that the stretch had COUNTY, t A, Cri. 1 ;