Abilene Reporter News, July 13, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 13, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 13, 1954, Abilene, Texas 1'^    S'!    ^Æ FAIR AND HOT ®he ^böme íl^ortcr-'Beujiíí VOL. LXXIV, NO. 26'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES'WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron ARTI.F.NK. Texas!'TUESDAY evening. JULY 13. 1954 -TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS rvriüi\rn JU W JLlXl J.11 U FINAL(AP) PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Old Post Office Gaither Asks Remodeling Slated Murder Trial Contract for remodeling the old post office for the military services will be let at Fort Hood, July *20. That was announced Tuesday by Theiss Jones, Abilene post office auditor. The project includes the second and third floors. It will make that area ready for occupancy by the Army Recruiting and Induction Main Station and the Abilene Armed Forces Examining Station. A set of plans and specifications Is in the assistant postmaster’s office here. Prospective bidders may look at them. If builders desire copies, these cab probably be obtain^ from the Purdiasing and Contracting Office, Fort Hood, Tex., Jones said. Completion time required on the job is 18 days. The Air Force Recruiting Detachment, recently separated from the combined Army-Air Force recruiting station, had expected to move into the old ^st office. However, Maj. Julien LeBlanc, commander, said Tuesday it may go to quarters in the new post office instead. A city-owned building at North ' First and Cedar Sts. now houses all three of the military groups WTCC Move Set Sept. 1 (1) The Arm> Recruiting and Induction Main Station; (2) the Air Force Recruiting Detachment, and (3) the Armed Forces Examining Station. The latter group gives examinations to prospective entrants of all the armed forces. The U. S, government is taking over occupancy of all of the old post office building. It is reported ihat the Internal Revenue offices will be moved into the first floor. The Air Force Recruiting Detachment may take the offices now occupied in the new post of fice by Internal Revenue, an un official report said. West Texas Chamber of Commerce offices must be moved out of the Federal Building, located in the 900 block of North Third St., by Sept. 1. "nie government, owner of the building, is to convert the building into office space for government offices now scattered over the city in private establishments. “The matter of the WTCC having another home is now being worked out and something definite should develop witbin the next few days,” Fred H. Husbands, executive vice-president, said Tuesday. A deadline of July 1 had prev lously been set for evacuation but was extended by the government when the organization could not find A suitable building by that time. The first floor of the federal building is all that is now being used for offices. The government is expected to begin renova tion and redecoration of the upper floors shortly. Husbands says. The WTCC has occupied the building since Nov. 26, 1937. THE WEATHER Guard Aids Prison Escape in Paper Bag BERLIN (ÄV-A Russian zone prisoner and a Communist policeman who smuggled him out of Brandenburg penitentiary in a big paper bag were reported today to have fled to West Berlin together and asked for political asylum. The anti-Communist Infwmation Bureau West reported that the policeman. named Bock, was on guard duty at the penitentiary and learned last week he was to be relieved for displaying a “too lenient attitude” toward prisoners. Bock got together with Alfred Lauterbach, a painter serving a 25-year term imposed by a Soviet military court, to plot their flight to the West. Last Thursday, Lauterbach hid in the sack which the policeman to<A out of prison in a truck with the garbage. Swne distance away Lauterbach got out, Bock deserted the truck and both made for West Berlin. Housing Program Compromise Hinted WASHINGTON UB - Key members of the House Banking Committee were ri^rted today to be considering a compromise public housing program only for families who lose their homes in the razing of slums. A conference committee seeking to reconcile differences between Senate and House versions housing legislation was due to turn to the cMitroversial public hous ing question either today or tomor row. Peter Briola, San Antonio attorn ey representing Bill Gaither, who is charged with murder, filed a motion in 104th District Court Tuesday morning seeking a diange of venue for Gaither’s trial. The motion was filed a few minutes before 12 noon. Judge Owen Thomas was trying a civil suit and could not hear the motion before noon. Briola was to meet with Judge Thomas at 1:») p.m. Briola, who arrived in Abilene Monday to assume Gaither’s defense, said the accused man’s brother, Ralph Gaither of Healdton, Okla., contacted him Saturday in San Antonio to employ him to handle the case. Raleigh Brown, Abileye attorney, was appointed by Judge Thomas to represent Gaither and his common law wife, Patricia Edwards Gaither, during their arraignment last week. The court’s appointment of Brown was only for the arraignments or until the Gaithers employed an attorney. Gaither is charged with murder with malice in connection with the pistol slaying of Abilene Policemen Jimmy Spann June 17 in Mer,kel. He is being held without bond in Taylor County jail. Patricia Gaither is named in two indictments for armed robbery and robbery by assault. Gaither’s motion for a change of venue stated that the transfer of his case to another county is sought because “there exists in Taylor County so great a prejudice against him that he can not obtain a fair and impartial trial.” Judge Thomas had set Gaither’s trial for next Monday, July 19, and ha* ordered a 325-man venire for the selection of a jury. Notices have not yet been mailed to the veniremen by the sheriff’s office. Briola said he would be alone in handling Gaither’s defense. He has a civil and criminal law practice in San Antonio and is a former city prosecutor there. The lawyer said he practiced law in Kentucky from 1929 until 1932 when he was admitted to the Texas bar and practiced law in Houston. He went to Maine in 1933 and In 1947 returned to Texas and has been in San Antonio since then. He said that while in Kentucky he was associated in law practice with the late Fred Vinson, who became chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. Showdown on Ike's Highway Plan Asked DULLES TELLS FRANCE Asia Pact Best Peace Formula PARIS (iF»-Secretary of State Dulles arrived here today and said he considers that a collective defense organization for southeast Asia could help France get “just and honorable peace terms” inHn-do-china. Dulles flew into Paris aboard a U.S. Military Air Transport Constellation for a British-French attempt to convince him an “honorable” peace can still be won in Indochina—and that his presence in Geneva would help win it. He is scheduled to talk with French Premier Pierre Mendes-France and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. Eden and Mendes-France left Geneva earlier today to be on hand for the conference. In a statement. Dulles recalled he had come to Paris last April 13, before the Geneva conference started, to talk about forming a Southeast Asian defense pact. At that time, he said, he felt such an organization would help France. “I still feel the same way,” he added. Dulles’ flight here was in answer to an- urgent appeal from Mendes-France. On leaving Wash ington last night, the American secretary emhasized that Paris was his present destination. U.S., Russian GIs Work to Save Field VIENNA, Austria (M-American and Russian troops worked within a few hundred yards of each other outside Vienna today in an effort to save a U.S. airfield and two Austrian villages from floods. The waters of the swollen Danube River, raging downstream after leaving 70,000 homeless in Germany and Western Austria, threatened the U.S. Air Force base at Tuiln. Isolated in the Russian occupation zone of Austria, it is 22 miles northwest of Vienna’s American sector. Russian and American troops worked on the road but there reportedly was no actual co(H?era-tion between them. New Record Heat Likely Noon-Ume temperatures Tuesday bounced two degrees above yesterday’s. And the Abilene weatherman said at 12:40 p.m. he expected a new record mark of 105 Tuesday afternoon. At 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m., the Weather Bureau recorded 100 degrees. At the same time Monday, K was only 98 degrees. Later Mcmday, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., the heat set the year’s record of 104 degrees. Tuscola outstripped Abilene on the heat Monday at 4 p.m., the thenuometer registered. 112 degrees, J. H. Johnson said. The last time the Abilene temperature officially reached li^ degrees was on Sept. 27. The Weather Bureau has an extended forecast for the week through Sunday. It sees continued temperatures above average. CONFERENCE OPENS — Gov. Dan Thornton of Colorado, left, chairman of the Governors’ Conference which opened Monday at Bolton Landing, N.Y., applauds as Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of N.Y., right, came to the speak-er’j stand to address the opening session of the 64th an- e^ Î nual meeting. TUITION STILL GOOD UJL ©EPARTMEPiT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY - Contou*d fair and het today, tonight, and Wednw-day. Maximum t«mp«rature today 102-106 dtrraea. Low tonight 75 change for Wednesday. High Monday 104 degrees: low Tuesday morning 79 degrees. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: GencMraliy fair and hot ihla afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Only a few toolat^ thundershowers this afternoon. Widely scattered thundershowers Wednesday after- ”*EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS; Clear to partly cloudy and hot this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Widely scat tered thundershowers. TEMPERATURES Mon. P. M.    Tuwc A. M. 101 ............ 1:»      S lOS ............ 2:30      » 102 ............ 3:30      80 103 ............ 4:30        n 101 ............ 5:30      n 103 ............ 6:30 ..........  77 10# ............•    7:»      M 9* ............ «:»      “ 93 ............ 9:30      93 90 ............   n go ............ 11:30      100 a< ............ 12:30      100 High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 104 and 75. High and low temperaturea sama data last year: 99 and 69.    „    . Sunset Ust night 7:48 p.m. Sunrise today 5:41 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:48 p.m. .....1    p.m.    ».14. p.m. 22?S>. ay 5:41 a.m. Sunset tonlg Barometer reading at 12p.m. Relative humidity at 12:30 i City Making Plans to Care For Big Hike in Water Use By EARLE WALKER Water use by Abilenians is growing so rapidly that the city can hardly keep up with the figures to publicize the July 17 bond election. That fact is revealed in records of City Water Supt. Curtis C. Har-lin Jr. The waterworks bonds — in the amount of $3.25 millicMi — <m which Abilenians will vote next Saturday are designed to increase by 50 per cent the maximum day’s use that the system can supply. In its prospectus, the City Commission stated last month that the present maximum day’s use is 18 million gal^. Since thaftime the highest day’s use has already soared above 19 miliiiHi gallfms. -1 tribution lines to serve new areas (RelaUnl story Page l-B) City officials seek to prepare for cwnpletion of the Air Force base and the anticipated popula-tiMi hike. The maximum one day’s demand will rise to 27 million gallons, they believe. The estimated average daily water use by the Air Force base alone is 1.5 million gallons. Proposed waterworks bonds are intended to: (1) Add new sources of water supply. (2) Increase the water the city can catch from the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. (3) Hike the filtered-water storage capacity. (4) Install many additional dis- School Days Again For Officer's Widow and to increase pressure by elimi nating dead ends. Top priority has been given to the planned channeling of Dead-man Creek into the city’s Lake Fort Phantom Hill. The City Commission regards this as the first project that must be done, after toe bonds are voted. An elevated storage tank on the South Side and more filtered-water storage at Grimes Plant are two other jobs high on toe city's priority Ust. The South Side t-»nk will have 1.5-million-gallon capacity. The Grimes storage will be increased 5 million gallons. Flood waters friHn the Clear Fork are lifted via a city pumping station into Lake Fort Phan-See BONDS, Pg. 8-A, Col. 3 Mother of Eight Convicted of Beating 9'Year'Oid Daughter L(B ANGELES (fi—A young mother of eight children has been convicted of prolonged brutality against a 9-ycar-old dai^hter. Mrs. Trinidad Vera, 28, was convicted by a jury yesterday of six felony counts, including four of assault, one of mayhem and one of assault with a deadly weapon. *0101 makes her liable for a prison term of frwn 6 to 64 years. She had pleaded innocent and Innocent by reason of insanity. Trial of the sanity plea begins Thursday. During the trial the child, Celia Sanchez, and other witnesses testified that two years of mistreatment resulted in ^rmanent damage to. her vision, two skull fractures, many broken arms, loss of teeth and other injuries. Her torice-broken left arm still is in a cast despite extensive treatment that started in April when her plight was discovered. Celia’s stepfather, Jc^ Cruz Vera, 43, an ex - convict, was charged during the trial with four counts of felonious assault against CeUa and mie count of child molestation. He was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. The Veras have six children of their own. Celia and a sister were Mrs. Vera’s children by a previous marriage. Juvenile authorities said the mother told them the could give no rea^n for the beatings Investigation Indicated the other children were ncrt: mistreats. By WARREN BURKETT At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a policeman’s widow will pick up threads ©f her girlhood she dropped nine years ago. , Mrs. Jimmy Spann is going back to school. In June of 1945 she enrolled in Abilene’s Draughon’s Business College at 13171rii South First St. Tuition for her course was a gift from her parents when she graduated in May from Hobbs High School. She started taking her course in general business, holding down a part-time job to take care of other expenses. A little while later, Mrs. Spann — then Christine Driver, began working full time. To do so rhe dropped her studies. Marriage, Then Children Then in 1947, on Dec. 6, she and Jimmy Spann were married. Next came the children -- first Verda, now 4 year* old, and then Jimmy, now 10 months. Then homemaking and caring for her family. Last event in the cycle was the death June 18 of Policeman Jimmy Spann in a blazing gun battle following an afternoon of terror at gunpoint for two Abilene families. Wednesday morning, Mrs. Spann will be back where she studied that summer nine years ago when she left home for the world. She will study general business again. V. L. Shiflett, preaklent of toe college, said her schedule now iSee SPANN, Pg. 8-A, Col. 4 GIB SANDEFER near $20,000 Maxlmiiin $50 Billion ^opoul Hit By Governors BOLTON LANDING. N.Y., OB-Gov. John S. Fine of Pennsylvania prop<»ed and Gov. Goodwin J. Knight of California endorsed today a plan for a showdown cori-ference of governors with President Eisenhower on a projected 50-billion-doiIar highway program. In a point-by-point criticism erf an Eisenhower proposal laid before the 46 annual Governors Conference here by Vice President Nixon, Fine told his colleagues. We want toe federal government to get out of the gasoline and fuel oil tax field once and for all and now is the time to do it before we embark on any large scale highway program such as the President has suggested.” Suggested CooperatloR Elsenhower proposed that the federal government and states cooperate to build a system of roads aimed at providing transportation for an expected 200 million population by 1970. The President’s proposal was interpreted by Fine, a Republican supporter of the administration, as placing a “cloud” on the states* control of road building activities and as involving continued federal aid which a majority of the governors have opposed. Fine said he thinks the states should “take advantage of the President’s offer” only after a conference of the governors in Washington this fall where “we can determine once and for all what is meant by it.” Gov. Knight, also a Republican, supported the conference proposal —so long as the minting fls held after toe November elections in which he Is running. Needs Some Figuring But the Californian told his colleagues they are going to have to figure out how the states can take the gasoline tax away from the federal government and still build a system of interstate roads such as toe President suggested. Gov. Dan Thornton, Colorado Republican who is chairman of the conference, told a panel meeting Sherman Adams, chief of the White House staff, had authorized him to say that Eisenhower is asking toe governors to come up wito suggestions as to how to build the proposed system of highways. Thornton said the President agrees the “primary responsibility” rests with the states. Fine said he was glad to hear Elsenhower holds that view, but gee HIGHWAY, Pg. 6-A. Col. t GOOD MANAGEMENT, NAVY SAYS Senator Raps Navy Band Profits for Gib Sondefer By LESLIE CARPENTER Reporter-News Correspondeit WASHINGTON. July 13 — Fees earned by civilian promoters of toe U. S. Marine and Navy bands playai sour nirfoi to Sen. Jcrfin J, WUliams (R-Del>, he told the Senate late Monday. One of the promcker* involved is G. B. (“Gib”) Sandefer, formerly of Abilene, who is tour manager erf the U. S. Navy Band. The Marine Band came in for most of Williams’ criticism, but CX>NSUMPTION CLIMBS — Water usage has increased regularlj in Abilene during the past years. And (not yet drawn on chart above) already has set a mm all-toe pe^^ver 19 million galloafc STEVENS DISCOVERS HE'S KNEE DEEP IN McCARTHYS SHANNON, Ireland (AP>—U.S. Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens found himself knee deep in McCarthys yesterday when his plane stopped at this international airport en route from Paris to Washington. The secretary has been touring Army units in West Europe.    ,    . Operations officer Charles McCarthy cleared the plane for landing.    ,    ^    ^ At the control tower microphone was Jack McCarthy. 'The immigration officer who okayed Stevens to leave the plane was another Jack McCarthy. The customs officer who learned he had nothing to declare — just passing through — was John McCarthy. Stevens went to the airport post office to mail some postcards and got his stamps from Tom McC!arthy. Messenger Nick McCarthy took his order for a cup of coffee, and lounge attendant Paddy McCarthy brought said Stevens, ♦‘to he in McCarthy country.’^ luB alio took up toe Navy band. Sandier, WiUiama told the Senate, made net profits from Navy band tours of $16,874 in 1949, $19.-919 in 1950. $18,659 in 1»! and $19,994.37 in 1952. In addftk»’, Williams said, Sandefer made $25 a day whfle the tours were m. Nary Defends Sandefer But vtoile William* was com plaining. toe Nary came to Sande-fer’s defense. The Navy explained that figures quoted by Sen. Williams as Sande-fer’s salary are “substantially correct” and represent “good business” on Sandefer’i part. As twir manager of the Navy Band, the Navy explained, Sandt-fer assumes responsibility for aU of the expenses ^ Oto*big band on tour. He pay* for toe transportation, hotels, cleaning, food, otc., of all the band, the Navy said. He is permitted to ke^ all toe prdit toe baiHi makes if its toure are successful up to ^,000 a y««r. The fact that his earnings have closely a^oached toe maximiiDi “shows he is a good biainess man,” the Navy said. Sandefer, who is now at his Las Vegas, New Mexico, ranch, if ex pected back in Washington in tin^ to nk up a fail twuc <rf the Navy Band. In toe past, he has ususJiy €»nducted both spring and fail tmirs. Navy Failed Te Produce The Navy a«d Saateter waf hired after Navy pertonnd ftdled to ziiake a succm of aiTanging tours. Sandefer, who was hired in 1948 as tour manager, works under 1 ccaitr«:t whi<;h hdds him to tl» $20,000-a-year profit limit plus the $25-a-day tour fee, toe Navy said. Williams said the Navy does not permit any of its 50 uniformed msisicians which tour to make any persiHial pnrfit. But, Williams cwnpiained, the Marine Corps does spread the profit around among their luiiformed musicians. The civilian promoter for the Marine Band. 0. W. Trapp of Washing, made $11.452 in his fee rake-off in 1951, Williams said. For the same t«ir, Williams continued. Li. Col. William F. Santel-man. Marine Bawl leader, received extra pay ranging from $8? to $m a week and tour prirfits rimg-ing from $140 to The senator ealled “highly ques-ttonable” the procedure of letting SaWteimaii aepliate a contract by which hi* salary and tfeM of the band zneisibers “«•» be ®r««tJy «a-hanced.” Helps Hecnittinf The Umim Corpi said its band concerts cost the government nothing and toe corps iti^ “derives benefits." It said the concert tours are “helpful to recruiting” aiai “rerve as a legal meaas of providing bandsimm with idd^oii-ai ewmings.” “Scane means of pwrmittt^ Mi- mrn iANDEFERt Pg. I-A, Ihi. 4 ;