Abilene Reporter News, September 3, 1954

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September 03, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 79 Amoduud (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe BUSY AGAIN Ike's Back After Fine Trout Trip DENVER President Eisen- hower, back from a Rocky Moun- tain fishing trip, hopes to complete action today on bills passed by Congress during the closing days 0! the session. Eisenhower and former Presi- dent Hoover, drove back .late yes- terday from Fraser. Colo., on the western side of the Continental Di- vide, where they spent three days casting for trout and generally taking it easy at a-secluded ranch. During the stay there the Presi- dent also got in some work. He signed into law more than 100 bills, most of them of secondary impor- tance. That brought to total number of measures he has ap- proved since starting his Colorado work-and-play vacation Aug. 21. He has killed 21 bills by pocket veto. Nearly all were minor measures. Still awaiting action were about 20 other bills. Aides said he might be able to act on all or most of' those today. He bad no scheduled callers at his Lowry Air Force Base office, and a round of golf was in the works for the afternoon. Before he started back to New York aboard Eisenhower's private plane last night. Hoover was the dinner guest of the President and Mrs. Eisenhower at a downtown hotel. Hoover, pink-faced from trout stream sunburn, caught the biggest fish during the stay at Fraser and Eisenhower called him "the cham- pion." There was no word on the lize or weight- Tomorrow Eisenhower will take off early for a flying survey of reclamation projects in four states Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. McCarthy to Testify In Probe Next Week NEW QUEEN TAKES CROWN Miss Reggie Dombeck (right) mnnerup in the Miss Chicago contest, walks off with the crown after Jeannie Johnson was disqualified for failing to meet the residence requirements of six months. Miss Dombeck will now compete in the Miss America con- test. Man Suspected of Slaying r Iff I m; i n: Spouse, Son for Insurance RALEIGH, Miss. 59-year- old filling station operator of Polk- ville. Miss., is in jail at Jackson charged with murder and 'arson in connection with the death of his wife and the burning of his car Aug. 22. Sheriff A. E. Bounds of Smith county said last night the charges were filed after Ross Hawkins' story of an auto accident that killed his wife "fell flat." After Hawkins' arrest. Sheriff R. E. Harp of Morehouse Parish (county) in Louisiana reopened an investigation of the hunting death of Hawkins' 17-year-old son in 1M5. Officers said the boy was shot through the head while hunting with his father near Bastrop, La. The death was reported as an ac- cident and Hawkins collected 500 insurance. Bounds said Hawkins had 10 or 12 insurance policies on his wife, one of which was taken out about two weeks before her death. Most of the policies carried double in- demnity for accidental death, the sheriff said. A month ago. Bounds added. Hawkins' filling station burned and he accepted a settle- ment on a fire insurance policy on the station. "He told me in all he had col- lected in insurance in re- cent Bounds said. "He's never been in trouble before so far as I know, but he has been col- lecting insurance for as long as I can rememberi" Bounds said a reported auto ac- cident 12 miles south of Morton, Miss.. led to the investigation. Hawkins' version of the accident was that his car hit a tree; his wife, Jessie, about 51, was killed and he was injured, and he dragged her out of the car before it caught fire. The sheriff said the windshield of the car was not broken, the tree and the car bore no evidence of impact, and there was no blood hi the car. About 12 or 15 feet from the burned car, where Mrs. Hawkins lay, the trees were splattered with blood, the officer said. Mrs. Haw- kins had been beaten on the head, but there was no evidence of a struggle, the sheriff reported. Near the car an empty kerosene can was found and the ground un- der the car was saturated with the fuel, Bounds said, and in the car there was a remnant of a roll of adhesive tape. The sheriff said a nearby creek was dragged and a 30-inch long iron pipe, wrapped in adhesive tape, was recovered and that the tape on the pipe matched the rem- nant in the car. Estep Wins Delay In Another Battle SAN ANTONIO Es- tep, self-styled atomic scientist, cancer-healer and "fuel-less mo- tor" inventor, has won a delay in his showdown with the state of Illinois. Illinois already has convicted Estep of violating its medical prac- tices act. The conviction has been upheld in that state's appeals courts. In San Antonio yesterday, Dist. Judge Joe Brown ordered Estep extradited to Illinois. But this or- der came after a federal court or- der, obtained earlier in the day at Dallas, barred Estep's extra- dition. Dulles in Manilla For Asian Parley MANILA 01 U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles arrived today for an eight-nation Southeast Asia security conference he called "one of the most important inter- national conferences of our time." An 18-gun salute boomed as his plane landed. Two military bands began playing and a host of dig- nitaries crowded forward as he walked smiling from the big air- liner. am happy to be again in the Philippine Dulles told the crowd. "I particularly look for- ward to seeing again Mr. Magsay- say. I met him here before when he was minister of defense. Now I shall be honored to pay my re- spects to him as president." Tomorrow, U.S. and Philippines officials will meet in advance of the foreign ministers' conference opening Monday to discuss ways and means of strengthening the mutual defense pact linking UK two nations. "I am confident that through frank discussion and mulual under- itanillng we shiill find ways to ad- vance further Philippine security." Dulles declared in his statement. "Next Monday Manila will be- come the seat of one of the most important international confer- ences of our time. The representa- tives of eight free nations will meet here to discuss h ow to protect Southeast Asia and the southwest Pacific from aggression." Immediately after reading, his statement he drove to ttie resi- dence of U.S. Ambassador Ray- mond Spruance. The secretary was expected to dampen the enthusiasm of the Philippines and Thailand for a strong military alliance against communism. The United States already has indicated it is not anxious to go along with their demands for ,1 pact binding members to tastanl retaliation in the event of an at- tack against any one of them. Washington Is reported to prefer an agreement under which mem- ber nations would react to an Hi- tack agatntt another member with In the framework of their constitu- tional proctMM. Federal Judge T. Whitfield Da- idson, who issued the temporary order barring extradition, last May sentenced Estep to five years in prison and fine on conviction of using the mails to defraud and violating the Securities and .Ex- change Act. The conviction was obtained in an Abilene. Tex., trial during vhich the government said Estep lad, at various times, described himself as: 'The. world's first atomic scien- ist. the discoverer of atomic en- ergy, a medical doctor, the dis- coverer of the secret of living for- ever, a healer of cancer and other dread diseases and a victim of persecution by the American Medical Association and better business bureaus." His conviction at Abilene wasj based on sales promotions of stock in Estep's firm formed to produce an described as a 'fuel-less, self-energizing motor." Illness of one of his attorney's forced a postponement in a trial, originally scheduled to begin in Dallas this week, involving a de- vice called an The state says Estep claims this ma- chine can "treat water ntomical- ly" so that it will "cure cancer, heart disease, arthritis" and other diseases. City Sells Old House, Garage For The city's sale at auction of the old G. F. Britton home. North Second and Mulberry Sts., Friday morning brough The garage there was sold sep- arately, for John Berry, city land man, held the auction. HKe reported to the City Commission that W. 0. Kemp- ef made the successful bid for the house. He said Bud Crow bought the garage. The commission approved both sales. Purchasers will have 60 days in which to remove the buildings from the propertv. For Fire Station A new central fire station is to be built by the city on the site. It will replace the one at North Fourth and Cedar Sts. The old Brittoa home was an Abilene landmark. It was purchas- ed by the city recently from Mrs. Alice Britton Jackson, who since then has died hi California. Commissioners Friday formal- ly adoped a tax rate of on the J100 valuation for 1954. They had already agreed informally upon'this, and the tax office is preparing the statements accord- ingly. The tax is divided as fol- lows: City operating expenses, city bonded indebtedness, 20 cents; school operating ex- penses, 75 cents; and ed debt, 35 cents. The -total rate is the same as 1953. Aucxet Section 4, Southwest-Part Ad- dition, was annexed to the city on the second of two required read ings. of an ordinance. It extends from South 20th to South 2.1st Sts., and from Woodard SL westward to the alley west of Ballinger St The commission voted on the first of two required readings an ordinance changing the zoning of an area in the 1900 block of Hick- ory St. This is property of Mrs. Ethel Reagan Estes. However, the commission chang- ed the recommendation of the City Planning and Zoning Commission relative.to Mrs. Estes' property. It re-zoned from Zone B (two- family residences) to Zone F (lo- cal retail) only, the north 111 feet of the east 140 feet of Lot 4. Block 4. Parramore and Mer- chant Addition. The zoning panel had recommended that the north 211 feet be so changed. Just the Dress Shop In the Friday public hearing on the Estes rezoning, John Alvis. a neighbor, asked that the change not include the spot where Mrs. Estes home stands. He didn't ob- ject to changing enough area for her proposed dress shop building. The commission granted his re- quest. Public hearing on the amended zoning change was set for Sept. 17. W. D. Watkins was appointed a member of the City Planning and Zoning Committee in the place of Frank Meyers Jr., named last Friday. Meyers wasn't able to ac- cept. Paving of 3 Streets Ordered by City Paving is slated for parts of North Orange and Don Juan Sts. The City Commission Friday morning adopted a resolution or- dering paving by assessment on North 17th St. from Hickory St. lo Pine St.; and on Orange St. from North 21sl St. to Ambler Ave. Property owners will pave Don St from Legctt Dr. to Ux- Ingion Ave. as a volunteer pro- ject, commissioners reported. All financial arrangements been thty uM. Difficulty in Getting Right-of-way for Pipeline Reported Mayor Henry West of MerkeJ and G. W. Parkhill, Lubbock en- gineer, conferred with County Judge Reed Ingalsbe Friday morn- ing with reference to right-of-way for a water pipeline between Mer- kel and Abilene, Mayor West said the City of Jlerkel was encountermg some dif- ficulty obtaining easements west of Tye for a distance of about three miles, where highway and railroan rights of way, usually available, are narrow. He said it was possible to get easement through some private properties where owners would like to obtain water from the City of Merkel. Merkel voted bonds for a pipe- line between Merkel and Abilene to take water from the City of Abilene. Merkel has had a near water famine for several months. Tye, which recently Incorporated, take water from the Merkel line, too. Nchrii Will Visit NEW DELHI, India MV-Prlme Minister Nehru toM Parliament to, day be will make his tint Tiilt to Communist in OctoUr. SO THIS IS SCHOOL Registration for the first grade at Bowie Elementary School is a day of confusion, perplexity and wistful thinking of carefree days of the past At left is Linda Fleming, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Fleming of 1717 South 22d St. At right is Janelle Farris, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Farris, 1641 South_22d St (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) IT'S REGISTRATION DAY! Little Sis Tags Along; Big Brother Enters First Grade By PHYLLIS NIBLTXG Forrest Lane Jr. sat on a bench in Central School lunchroom with tiis little sister, Judy. He was holding a brand-new yel- low pencil. "Do you know where I could sharoen he asked a pas- ser-by. She didn't. Forrest, it turned out, was starting in the first grade. "I can't start until next Judy volunteered sadly. Cant Spell Yet Forrest pointed to his mother, who was filling out a registration slank at another table with the ielp of Mrs. Louis McRee, one of the first grade teachers. 'And that's our little Judy added, gesturing towards a "Her the black-haired" 3-year-old, name's Sharon Denise." "How do you spell stranger asked. "I don't Forrest replied, "I haven't been to class yet." "Mrs. F. H. Lane Sr., 201 Sayles Blvd., and Sharon came back then. Sharon plumped down on the bench next to Judy and an- nounced baseball. "And I'm going was going to play to pitch that ball real she added. Forrest declared scornfully that they didn't let girls play baseball. Forrest was one of a crowd of first-graders who were register- ing at Central Friday, as they were all over the city. Classes won't take up until Tuesday. IN PHILIPPINES 82 Persons Die as Logging Train Rips Down Mountain MANILA tfl A heavily loaded logging train carrying more than 100 passengers on empty flat cars careened down mountainside and piled up on a wooden bridge yes- terday, killing at least 82 persons. Most of the others were injured, many critically, in what is de- scribed as the worst railroad dis- aster in Philippines history. Cars, logs and crushed bodies hurtled from the wrecked bridge into a gorge 100 feet below. Cranes were hoisting massive logs from the gorge today and officials said additional bodies may be uncov- ered. The wreck occurred on northern Nsgros Island in the southern Philippines and authorities still were trying to iece together ex- actly what happened. Engineer Pablo Villarete. 46, said that as his train crept down a steep grade near the town of Fabrics 16 cars loaded with logs broke loose and began rolling free. In an attempt to save his train Villarete said he raced his engine and seven coupled cars down the mountain, but the runaway cars caught up. with train on the bridge. The crash derailed many cars, wrecked the bridge and tossed five cars over side. Chains holding the logs snapped sml Die huge log. hurtled off the cars, crushing many psssenijers and sweeping others in- to the gorge. Some were smashed against the mountainside. Survivors some bodies were torn apart by the logs. Others were crushed beyond recognition. Un- identified bodies were lined along the right of way. Officials said passengers on the train were mostly employes of the Insular umber Co., which owned the train, and their wives and Polke Chief Emilio V. Lica de- scribed the wreck as "the most terrible accident I evar saw in all my life." But they were meeting their teachers, learning what supplies- big red Indian tablets, heavy lead pencils, would need, and getting the "feel" of going to school Mamma in 'School' Too Maruina Harris, 6, came with her mother, Mrs. J. D. Harris, 1542 South Fifth .St.-. and little brother. Joel Douglas, 2. Maurina wasn't quite sure what she wanted to learn, but she also likes to draw. "She said she likes school so she won't have to play with her little Mrs. Harris laugh- ed. Registration in Abilene was "so different" from registration at her first school, Mrs. Harris said. She is a native of Luxembourg and met and married her West Texan husband while he was sta- tioned there in 1946. "I think over here they let you play she said. "Over there they wouldn't let the girls play with the boys or let you play baseball. It's freer here." Parents and teachers know each other better, too, she added. Mrs. Harris has just recently applied for her dtizenship papers, she said. "Talking about going to she said. "They sent me a book all about tory, I'm study- ing Brothers Tag Along A lot of pre-school children See KIDS. Pg. 3-A, 5-t Panel Eyes Remainder Of Charges WASHINGTON Si-Sen. McCar- thy probably will testify early next week as his own chief witness against censure charges. That its attendant likelihood of fireworks-took the major share of attention today as Senate investigators, their own rec- ord virtually complete on aceusa- 3ons they chose as the major ones, turned to the question of what to do with remaining counts. The special Senate committee it- self is in recess until Tuesday, be- cause of the funeral of Sen. May- sank (D-SC) today and the Labor- Day holiday Monday. But staff members were busy with closed- door studies of the 33 charges yet to be disposed of. Just what, happens Tuesday is undecided, since the committee has promised to do something with every one of 46 counts. Up to Defense "We haven't dosed the door on said Chairman Watkins But the general expectation is that the committee, perhaps after a little more tag-ends evidence of ts own, will turn matters over to the defense. "I anticipate I will be a wit- McCarthy told newsmen. Neither he nor his .lawyer, Ed- ward Bennett Williams, was dis- closing strategy. They would not say whether there will be any wit- nesses besides McCarthy himself. The only announcement from Wil- liams was that "well be ready to go on Tuesday." The hearings so far have been almost entirely, a rehasfe records and testimony. Skipped Some Charges Under orders from the Senate, the committee is considering a. resolution by Sett Flanders (R- Vt) to condemn McCarthy's con- duct as tending to bring the Senate into disrepute. Barking up the res- olution, Flanders and Senators Morse (Ind-Ore) and Fulbright (D- 4rk) aimed 46 overlapping, speci- fic charges against McCarthy. To get things started, the com- mittee skipped some charges and urnped the others into five major categories. Working with unexpect- ed speed, it finished putting into the record by midafternoon yester- day the documentary evidence, mostly from transcripts of prior learings of other committees. THE WEATHER U, S. DEPARTMENT OF COXMEKE VBATHEK BtJKEAD ABILENE AND VICINITY Generally air aad hoi this afternoon, tooiabt and Saturday. Hffi> 'temperature both days near 100 decrees; low tonight about 77 decrees. ____ SORTH CENTRAL air this afternoon, tonight and. Saturday. WEST TEXAS Generally fair except isolated thandershowers. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS- Gtnerally fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. TEMPERATURES Thmr. F. M. Fri. A. X. 97.............. .............81 98.............. ..............50 S9.............. ..............77 97.............. ..............78 96.............. ..............73 95.............. ..............74 91.............. ..............77 ..............S5 85.............. ..............W S3.............. ..............52 S2.............. ..............93 S3............. ..............S7 Barometer reading at p.m. Relative humidity at p.m. 23-3-. High and low temperatures for 24 hoars ended a.m.: 100 and 73 McCarthy, Mitchell Both Nettled at Nixon Remarks WASHINGTON W-There were at least two versions today of the language Vice President Nixon is said to have used in comparing Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and Chair- man Stephen A. Mitchell of the Democratic National Committee. Neither version appeared to pkase either McCarthy or Mit- chell. Nixon could not be reached immediately by newsmen. He spoke at a closed meeting of the GOP National Committee in Cincinnati Wednesday night. A committee source who asked not to< be named salt] he declared in effect there is not much to choose between "the blasts of McCarthy and the drawing room innuendoes of Mitchell." A Cleveland News dispatch from Cincinnati by staff writer Thomas Vail quoted Nixon as saying: "I can't see much difference between the bellows of Sen. McCarthy and the bleats of Mitchell. In fact, Mitchell is using the McCarthy techniques." McCarthy commented: "I'm sure I don't like the comparison any better than Mitchell probably will." Mjtchell told a reporter from his vacation ranch at Taos, N.M.: "You can't figure out from this report whether Nixon and the other Republican leaders finally have de- cided that McCarthy is a liability to them." Mitchell added that Nixon 'is an expert on Sen. McCarthy but I don't think he knows much about and helsaid: "I thought when you mentioned Nixon's name you were going to tell me the Republicans were an- nouncing another Nixon TV-extra- vaganza to claim the Dixon-Yates deal for private exploitation of atomic power was white as snow. "What was the name of Nixon's Mitchell has been criticizing as "a raw deal" and Republicans have been stoutly defending- an order by President Eisenhower for the Atomic Energy Commission to contract for electric power with a combine known as Dixon-Yates ir Tennessee Valley Authority ter- ritory. Nixon's office referred newsmet who asked about his Cincinnati marks to James Bassett, publii relations director of the GOP tlonal Committee, who Hid of Ux Cleveland News account: "It it M an accurate quotation." He de- clined to make public ;