Abilene Reporter News, July 5, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 05, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, HOT iiHje HUiime wower "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVMING FINAL VOL. LXIII, NO. 381 Asaociated Frets (AP)ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JULY 5, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SEG:H0NS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Okie's Murray Hot on Vole Sellers Trail OKLAHOMA CITY m~On the eve of Oklahoma’s primary election, set for tomorrow. Gov. Johnston Murray announced he’s hot on the trail of the “big fish’’ involved in the state’s absentee-ballot-selling radket. The vote scandal prompted Murray to throw five eastern Oklahoma counties under martial law election day. Five officers and 200 troops will supervise precincts in Adair, Leflore, Sequoyah, Cherokee and Pittsburg coiinties. “I believe we’re getting close to pay dirt,’’ said Murray, who declined to elaborate further. He said charges were being studied against an election official of one county in connection with promiscuously distributing absentee ballots without regard to proper procedures.’’ The vote sellers are alleged to have offered absentee ballots, signed by registered voters, to political candidates for a fee. Four persons already have been charged in Adair County with making false statements to obtain registration certificates. “This thing is shaping up into a definite pattern,” Murray said. “When I release the names some state-level faces are going to be pretty red.” The governor said he hoped his investigation would ferret out “a conspiracy that is behind all this.” Meanwhile, Sen. Robert S, Kerr predicted flatly he will win the Democratic nomination for a second term “with a clear majority of at least 90,000 votes.” Former Gov, Roy J. Turner, Kerr’s chief opponent, also claimed victory. At least six gubernatorial candidates predicted they would be in the Democratic runoff—reserv^ for the two high vote getters in the event no one receives a clear majority. The Democratic nomination is tantamount to election in Oklahoma. 404 Lose Death Race In National Accidents ÀDLAI STEVENSON AND SIGN — Adlai Stevenson, arriving in Portland, Ore., for a week’s vacation took this pose when photographers asked him for “a look to go with the sign” which Democrats had pasted on the side of his car. The 1952 Democratic candidate for president will speak at a party rally July 10 at Eugene, Ore._ Texas Keeps Segregation Jinmy Spann Fund (llmluloS8,94S Five more contributions to the Jinimy Spann .Appreciation Fund raised the fund total Monday morning to $8,945, Proceeds from a benefit midnight show’Friday at the Paramount Theater may swell the fund past the $10,000 mark. Theater Manager Wally Akin said ticket sales thus far exceed $1,000. Tickets may be purchased from policemen or women meter checkers. The Abilene Reporter-News Is accepting contributions. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Contributions previously acknowledged:    $8,914.92 Abilene Temple 64, Pythian Sisters Mrs. Jerry Rosser    5.00 Carlton & Peggy Wainscott 1.00 Ina Wooten Jones    15.00 AUSTIN UPl—The State Board of Education voted unanimously today to stick to present laws and practices providing for segregation of Negroes and whites until “they may be changed by a duly constituted authority of this state.” The action was taken without dissent at the 21-member board’s first meeting since the U. S. Supreme Court outlawed the drawing of color lines between Negroes and whites in the public schools. “If in the future the Texas laws should be changed, then each local district should have enough time to work the problem out.” said the resolution by member Jack Binion, Houston. W. Astor Kirk, a representative of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, told the board that while he approved the resolution, he would also suggest a statewide citizens’ advisory committee be named to study the problem. Kirk is a prcrfessor of govern ment at Huston-Tillotson College here. He said that while the NAACP recognized that' local boards had great responsibility in Texas, the state board shared it and could “set the tone” for local handling of the segregation problem. The board’s action confirmed an earlier directive to local school officials from J. W. Edgar, state commissioner of education. He had said that the schools should be conducted on the existing segregated basis pending final action by the courts. The net effect spelled “no change” in the operation of the public schools for the 1^4-55 year. Total $8,945.92 Abilene Han, 55, Dies at Bronte BRONTE, July 5 (RNS) — Thomas Marion Gray, abwit 55, died in Bronte Hospital about 4:30 a.m. Monday. He was admitted' about 3 a.m. Mr. Gray’s home is at 2118 Poplar St., Abilene. The body has been taken to Coleman by a Coleman ambulance. South Texas Murder Trial Is Postponed WACO. Tex. i^Tlie trial of Nago Alaniz, charged with murder in Texas’ most sensational recent political killing, was postponed today until Oct. 4. Alaniz underwent an appendectomy in a San Antonio hospital yesterday, and his attorneys requested the postponement. Alaniz was scheduled to go on trial here tomorrow on charges involving the slaying of Jacob S. (Buddy) Floyd Jr., son of a South Texas political leader. Alaniz, an attorney in Duval county, is charged on three counts I in the Alice, Tex., slaying. The youth’s father, a prominent political leader in the Alice area, said his son was killed by a nighttime assassin who intended to kill the elder Floyd. At the instant of the slaying, Alaniz was tipping the elder Floyd that an attempt would be made on his life. The state has named a Mexican national, Alfredo Cervantes, as the trigger man. He is believed to be in Mexico. Alaniz and Mario Sapet, San Antonio bar owner, were charged in connection with the killing. Sapet was sentenced to 99 years. This was to have been the first trial for / niz, now free on $15,000 bond. ¿'’oreman said the doctors who operated in San Antonio told Alaniz he would be hospitalized about 10 days and would be unable to be 1 about much for another 10 days. m GEN. CATES RETIRES — Lt, Gen. Clifton Cates gets back the fourth star he gave up in 1952 as he retired from the Marine Corps Thursday after 37 years service. Mrs. Cates and Gen. Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., who succeeded Cates as commandant, pin the stars of a full general on the 60-year-old veteran of both World Wars. Cates wears 10 battle stars and 27 ribbons and decorations. Foreign Policy Issue Shapes Up as Major Congress Battle WASHINGTON UP) — Angry Democrats apparently have concluded the Republicans intend to make foreign policy a major issue in the November election battle for control of Congress and are ready to accept the challenge. More than apy other recent GOP utterances. Democrats are irked by two attacks by Vice President PROBE ATROCITIES Toy lor Soys Troops To Stoy in Korco SEOUL m — Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor said today there were “absolutely no plans” to withdraw additional American troops from South Korea. Guatemala's New Military Regime Starts Red Raids French, Rebels Talk Ceasefire HANOI, Indochina — The French have finally begun cease-fiVe talks in Indochina with the Communist-led Vietminh. But the i'rench Union command made dear any final triice decision lies with the'Geneva conference. Officers of the two warring sides held their first meeting in Vietminh territory, 25 miles north of Hanoi yesterday at “neutral” Trung Gia. The session dealt mainly with procedure. The officers were scheduled to get down to brass tacks at a second closed-door parley today. At the close of psterday’s session. Gen. Van Tien Dung, head of the Vietminh delegation, hailed the .parley as “a step toward” peace. But Col. Paul Lennuyeux, chief of the French Union delegation, declared the main confer enee is in Geneva and that final decisions must emanate from there. The Trung Gia parley is sched «led to discuss such technical truce details as zones for regrouping the opposing armies in Viet Nam in case the Geneva confer-encfi manages to negotiate an end to the fighting. French Union and Vietminh representatives have been discussing that question at Geneva for weeks but there has been m indication of any ggree ment. Tha Geneva talks art rtachiryg a crucial stage. The three military cwnmisi^ons set up there to study the problem of troop regroupments are due to turn in their reports Saturday. One group comprising French, Laotians and rebels had held only two inconclusive meetings. Another made up of Vietminh and Cambodians has not met at all. (A New York Times dispatch from» Washington said U.S. Defense Department officials were considering halting U.S. arms shipments to French forces in the delta for fear they might stage a “little Dunkerque.” (The New York Herald Tribune in a Washington story said the Defense Department was weighing the wisdom of further shipments to the French on the chance the arms might fall into Communist hands.) In Saigon, reliable sources said the governors of north and central Viet Nam, Nguyen Huu Trl and Phan Van Giam, had handed their resignations to Viet Nam’s new Premier. Ngo Dinh Diem. Their retirement was in line with Diem's plans for a nationalist regime largely of persons with no previews strong connections with the French. Diem thus hopes to rally active Vietnamese support for the fight against the Vietminh. Authoritative sources said Diem would be his own foreign and interior mintitar, m well ^ j^emier« GUATEMALA (f?— Guatemala’s new military government went to work today on a program of rooting out Communists and punishing “criminals” responsible for atrocities alleged to the Red-backed regime of ousted President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. More than 1,000 Communists and fellow travelers were reported already under arrest in Guatemala City’s central penetentiary. Most of the country’s top Reds Iiad escaped so far, however.^ Col. Carlos Castillo Armas, the victorious rebel chief and No. 2 man on the five-man governing junta, in an interview yesterday said his forces were collecting “much information” on poli^j torture killings of anti-Reds in the weeks just before Arbenz’s overthrow. The information, he said, probably will be submitted to the United Nations. Officials already have blamed 60 deatks on Arbenz’s police and say the toll when finally reckoned will be much higher. Under the peace agreement signed with Castillo in Ei Salvador last Friday, Col. Elfego Monzon heads the junta until July 17, when it is scheduled to name a permanent president. Though Castillo disclaimed any desire for the presidency, his followers were openly disgruntled with his secondary position in the new setup. The tumultuous welcome more than KK),000 persons gave him on his arrival here Saturday underlined his place as Guatemala’s new public idol. Castillo told newsmen yesterday the junta’s most urgent task is to “put out all Communist influence in our country.” He demanded that Arbenz, former Foreign Minister Guillermo Toriello and former Police Chiefs Rogelio Cruz Wer and Jaime Rosenberg be punished as “criminals.” Cruz Wer and Rosenberg already have fled to Mexico. Arbenz and Toriello are refugees in the Mexican Embassy here, where officials refused to admit reporters. Amid reports Arbenz might try to leave for Mexico today, Maj. Pedro Diaz, first secretary of the junta, said he knew of no request for safe conduct for the ex-Presi-dent. Any such request, he said, could only be granted by the junta, which has said all such requests will be screened carefully to prevent escape of anyone wanted on criminal charges. Castillo’s demands that Arbenz and his associates be punished indicated the junta may be planning court cases against them. Other developments in Guatemala over the weekend included ihese; EI Salvador recognized the new junta as the country’s legal government, the first country to take the step. Roman Calhpliq Archbishop Mariano Rossell Arellano in a pastoral letter called for social reforms as the only wsy to “uproot the Communist seed, which grows and thrives in a climate of social injustice.” He blasted “those ideologies which in our country have been called conservative parties, which denied all the flourishing of social justice.” Anti-Communist demonstrations were reported throughout the country. But Red agitation and Communist-incited peasant uprisings also were reported continuing in some sections. The dusk-to-dawn curfew was lifted in the capital. Preparations were begun for the army and Castillo’s rebel forces to enter the capital simultaneously this week in a big victory parade. The army general staff announced looters would be shot on sight. The United States dispatched nearly four tons of surgical dressings and bandages by chartered plane for those wounded in the two-week civil war. There has been no official announcement of the war casualties, but informed sources have estimated that probably not more than 100 were killed. Nixon within a week on the handling of international affairs by former Democratic administrations. Fresh evidence of this came today in an interview with Sen. George of Georgia, senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who ordinsrlly doesn’t take much notice of such attacks. “i'm airaid the vice présidait fa destroying himself as a preal-denttal, candiote,” George said, referring ;tn speculation that Nixon rright be a candidate if President Eisenhower should decide not to run again in 1956. Nixon has taken the lead recently in accusing the administration of former President Truman of pursuing a “policy of weakness” in dealing with communism, particularly in Asia. He has said policies on Truman and Dean Acheson, Truman's secretary of state, lost China to the Reds and thus led to the Korean War present-day U. S. problems in Indo-china. This line is pleasing to many Midwestern Republicans who don’t think* President Ei.senhower has borne down sufficiently on this issue. Eisenhower has said he has too much tp do in the present to take time dfelving in the past. These Republicans apparently believe that the “») years of treason” theme preached by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) has vote-getting possibilities in many states, and they are obviously happy that Nixon is giving it administration coloration. There is a widely held suspicion on the part of the Democrats that the Republicans are pulling the stops out on this effort because of the discouraging turn of affairs in Indochina, where further losses to the Communists or direct American involvement might have its political effects in this country. Democrats who may disagree violently over domestic issues have been almost unanimous in supporting Truman’s decision to defend Korpa and Truman-sponsored moves to bolster the free nations of Europe. And they have shown they are not likely to accept Republican criticism of that part of the Truman record without fighting back vigorously. Worst of Holiday Travel Still Due By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation’s traffic death rate for the Tndependenci Day weekend ran well under an estimate by statisticians today, but the worst was still ahead with the homeward rush of holiday travelers getting under way. At 10 a.m. EST the toll of dead in auto mishaps had reached 240. The over-all death count from accidents stood at 404, including 115 drownings and 49 miscellaneous fatalities. Quiet Fourth Marred by 6 Minor Injuries West Texans celebrated th« Fourth of July week end in comparative quiet with only six injuries, none serious, being report- Of these, five were in traffic accidents and one was caused by firecrackers. Earlier, on Friday, Ronnie D. Snyder, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Snyder, Route 3, wa,s thrown from a runaway horse. He was admitted to St. Ann Hospltsd for treatment Saturday but later released. The National Safety Council had forecast a record 430 traffic deaths during the three-day (78 hour) holiday. Today, Ned H. Dearborn, Council president, said "We are happy, indeed, about the excellent record of the nation’s drivers during the first 64 hours. There is every rea- i son to believe that, barring a wild surge of carelessness, our estimate will prove too high. The final count should be between 50 and 100 below the estimate.” He said two factors which usually increase the rate of traffic deaths toward the end of a holiday are the heavy volume of highway travel as people head home, and irritability of drivers coping with the heavy traffic stream. In Virginia, where 21 persons died in traffic during the two-day Fourth of July holiday last year, a drastic cut in fatalities was noted, C.W. Woodson Jr., state police superintendent, credited the newly adopted radar speed detection system. Under the miscellaneous accidents heading, there were listed two deaths in a Massachusetts plane crash. Included also was the death of a 12-year-old girl struck by a sky rocket in a Chicago suburb. The rockat shot along the ground instead of into the air. Last year, only one fireworks death was reported; the year before, two. There was a strong chance that Independence Day weekend death figures would be an improvement on like figures for the Memorial Day weekend five weeks ago. Then the totals were:    traffic, .362; drowning. 93; miscellaneous, 84— total. 539. But the toll was rapidly approaching last year’s final figures for a similar three-day Fourth of July weekend—traffic, 262; drowning, 121; miscellaneous, 51—total, 434. There seemed slight chance that the number of deaths would approach records for a three-day July James David Norvell, IS, was admitted to Hendrick Memorial Hospital Sunday about 4 p.m. for treatment of firecracker burns. Norvell, who livas at 710 Palm St., was “doing ji»t fine” Monday, attendants said. weekend—366 traffic deaths recorded in 1952, and 676 deaths from all causes in 1949. The toll for a comparable nonholiday weekend, June 18-21, was 430. An Associated Press survey, made for comparison purposes, broke this down: 225 traffic, 135 drowning, 70 miscellaneous. TOLL BY STATES Alabama 9 6 0, Arizona 5 0 0, Arkansas 4 4 0, California 17 7 1, Colorado 2 0 2, Connecticut 4 0 0, Delaware 0 10, Florida 8 4 1, Georgia 11 4 0, IlllnoLs 6 3 4, Indiana 11 3 3, Iowa 4 2 0, Kansas 4 0 0, Kentucky 5*2 0, Louisiana 0 7 1. Maine 12 1, Maryland 4 1 2. Massachusetts 3 2 5, Michigan 24 4 4. Minnesota 1 2 0, Mississippi 4 3 1, Missouri 5 5 3, Montana 13 0. Nebraska 4 0 1, New Hampshire 2 3 1, New Jersey 10 2 1, New Mexico 12 0, New York 5 8 3, North Carolina 13 6 0. Ohio 15 I 4, Oklahoma 4 10, Oregon 10 0, Pennsylvania 8 2 1, Rhode Island 10 0. South Carolina 4 6 1, South Dakota 1 0 0, Tennes see 5 1 1, Texas 18 9 3, Vermont 10 0, Virginia 6 3 2, Washington 1 2 J, West Virginia 12 1, Wlscon sin 5 2 1, Wyoming 1.0 0. Jim Badgett, 65, was taken to Root Memorial Hospital with a gasb in the back of his head and -muli tipie bruises and abrasions after a car-pickup collision on U, S. Highway 80, Badgett, Mitchell County farmer, was injured about 11 a.m. Sunday on the eastern edge of Colorado City. He was crossing Highway 80 to tlie Tate Auction Barn when his pickup was struck in the side by the east-bound auto driven by Taylor Vowell, 32, of Waco, a former C-Citian. Mrs. John Henry Owens, 34, of Roscoe received emergency treatment at Root Memorial Hospital ,n Colorado City^ also after she was involved in a collision five miles east of Loralne. She was bruised and shaken up, but later was released after treatment. Frank Sasln Jr., 15, of Roscoe, driver of the dlher car, received a bloodied nose in the col- Earl Hopson, 1117 Oak St., suffered cuts and bruises Sunday when the pickup truck he was driving overturned on Highway 351 between Abilene and Albany. He was taken to Shackelford County Memorial Hospital in Albany for treatment, but wm not in serious c<»idition, according to a daughter, Earlene Hop«m, who lives at the family home. THE WEATHER U.S. OEPXaTMENf OF COMMEftCE WEATHEK BUEEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY -- Fair and hot Monday, Monday night and Tueaday. High t«mp«rature b<Ah day« 95 io 1« d«-gmtm. Low Monday nl|»t 75. NCBTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXAS — Claar to partly cloudy and warm this aft«r> noon, tonight ' and Tuesday wlUi a few isolated afternoon and evening thundn-* showers. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy «S warm this «fteniooo. tonight and Tneaday with a tew isolated thundershower*. Gentle to ^«»derate variable winds on the coast. .Maximum temperature for 24 hours ending at <;30 a.m. 97. Minimum temperature 34 hours ending at 5.30 a.m. 75. TEMPERATURES Mm. AM. n n 77 n 73 77 tl 84 HIGH WINDS HIT AIRFORT —Two airplanes were blown over a fence and acro^ a highway during a thunderstorm with 80-mile-per-hour winds which hit Meacham Field in Fort Worth last week. Damage to planes at the airport was estimated at more than 11,500,000 witti at least 25 planes demolished. Sunset last night p.m. Sunrtae today 3:37 a.m. Sunset tonight 7;50 p.m. Bafom«4er reading at ttJ® a.m. 28.28. B«iaUve humMity at 8:30 Em. sm. Mrs. Frances Parris, 1301 South Sixth St., received head lacerations in an accident at South Seventh St. and Sayles Blvd. about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Mrs. Parris was treated at Hendrick Memorial Hospital and released. She was a passenger in tha Automobile driven by her husband, Ben Willard Parris, who was not injured. Hal Windham of Oplin, driver of the otlwr auto, also escaped injury. Accidents Claim 38 State Lives—So Far By THE ASSOi^IATED PRESS The long Fourth <rf July holiday had taken at least 8 lives in Texas by Mc«day mMtiing wiOi hazard-packed return trips hcHne stUl facing thousands. Traffic had taken 18 lives. Nine perswis drowned, seven were shot and miscellaneous virient deaths forms had killed four (Ahers. Some of the recently reported deaths: The brutally beaten body .of Chere Jo Horton, 3, was fcnind Sunday in an old gravel pit near LacklaiKi AFB near San Antonio. ^ had be«B raped. Airman 3.C. Jimmy N. Shaver, 31, was charged with murder. He had taken 1^ finnn the family car parked at a cafe. Leomarso Cortes:. 47. was killed Sunday when struck by a car 1^ Aransas Pass. Albert R. Teddy. 35. was shot to death Sunday at Arp, near Tyler, following an argument. Leon RiBsi®ll, 25, Dallas drowned Sunday on the Red River about eight miles norfli (rf Texarkana. Carl Douglas Williams. 3. was killed Sunday when he fell froni a truck as Ms family was returning from church at Lufkin. The child reached for a tree limb and totted beneath tiie truck wheris. Julius Cecil Duty, 53, Crorimtt, was fatally stabbed in the Molfelt community five milef east ol Luf-kin early vaday. ;

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