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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               Portly Cloudy, Worm EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 94 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, SEPT. 18, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Batchelor Denies Informing Charges EARLY W. Woolfolk, center, and Charles Southard, right, both with The Ohio Oil Co. in Abilene, are signed up by Oliver Howard at the registration desk at the Oilmen's Party held Friday through the Chamber of Commerce. They were among more than oilmen and businessmen t o be "tagged" at the registration booth. (Staff Photo) Attend Annual Oil Party Here By SHERWYN7 MCXAIR Reporter-News Oil Editor Oilmen from all parts of Texas, and some from out of state, spent several hours Friday as guests of -Abilene businessmen at the sixth annual Oilmen's party, held at the Country Club. Described by both hosts and guests as one of the best parties ever held, the affair officially started at 4 p. m. and lasted on into the evening. Renew Acquaintances The businessmen, through the Chamber of Commerce, handled all details, furnishing the place, food and refreshments. The oil- men provided their own entertain- ment, conversing and renewing acquaintances on one of the few occasions when they are all brought together in one crowd. The guests came from as far east as Tyler, as far south as Houston from past Midland on the west and from Oklahoma on the north. I There were some present, i larger crowd than attended last year, and surpassed in number cnly .by the first party held in 1949. "I've attended four of the par- said C-C Manager Joe Cooley, "and I think this was the best one yet. Efforts Appreciated "The oil fraternity seemed to appreciate the efforts of the bus- inessmen, through the Chamber of Commerce, in staging such a party." Joe E. Benson, chairman of this year's Oil and Gas Committee which arranged the party, prais- ed his sub-committee chairman for doing their jobs well. "The parking and registration were handled better than at any previous he said. "I heard good comments from the oilmen and think it was very well received." Registration of guests started before 4 p. m., and the oilmen kept coming until time for the bar- becue dinner 7 p. m. A string band played throughout the party. SAN ANTONIO Claude Batchelor vehemently said "no when his lawyer asked in court if he ever squealed on fellow prisoners of the Communists. But the 22-year-old Texan ad- mitted in his testimony yesterday there was a time when he believed much of the Communist line. After Batchelor testified, court was recessed until Monday. He is charged with collaborating with the enemy and informing on his fellow prisoners of war while a captive of the Chinese Commu- nists in North Korea. His civilian attorney, Joel- West- brook, yesterday entered a motion denying Batchelor consorted with the enemy on grounds of tempora- ry insanity while a prisoner. Westbrook three .times asked him if he "squealed" on fellow prison- ers. Each time the answer was negative. I Witnesses Batchelor and his mother, Mrs. 0. L. Batchelor, 44, Kennit, were the only witness yesterday. But Westbrook indicated the trial would last much longer and said he would call "expert witnesses." He did not elaborate. The corporal told the court- martial he believed the Commu- nist doctrine while a prisoner. He admitted attempts to convert fel- low POWs to the belief that the United States was a warmonger for intervening in the Korean War. But he did not believe now what he once thought was the Communist aim: "A world where everyone lives in peace and plen- ty." Mrs. Batchelor testified that dur- ing his childhood her son never showed any interest in politics, that he went to Sunday school, joined the Boy Scouts and played football in POW At 18 She said he joined the Army when he was 16 and was a prison- er of war at 18. Batchelor specifically denied: He had squealed on fellow prisoners John Fields and Billy Clark for throwing a rock at a clubhouse used by "progressives" who followed the Com- munist line- That he had informed on Pvt John Megyesi for having a cam- era. That he had participated in a trial of Pfc. Wilburn C. Watsoa and recommended Watson be shot as a spy. The Army charged that Fields, Clark and Megyesi were beaten and confined because of Batche- lor's informing. Watson has been a prosecution witness. Paris Court Orders Palino Heir Return PARIS tft-A Paris court today dered the tin millionaire Patino amity to return 4-months-old Isa- Goldsmith to her ames Goldsmith, son of a wealthy ritish hotel owner. The judgment was handed down Jean Ausset, president of the ibunal of the Seine Department, e said it was effective at once. Little Isabela is the grandaugh- r of Mrs. Antenor Patino, as been holding the child at an indisclosed spot. Isabela was born prematurely, er 18-year-old mother of the ame name died of a brain tumor ast May 14. The death was a agic aftermath to the runaway imance of 20-year-old James and abela Patino the previous De- ember. The custody fight "flared into the pen on Wednesday when James omplained to police that his aughter, suffering from anoxemia ack of oxygen in the had >een "kidnaped." The father said his daughter and er grandmother Patino disap- eared from the Versailles hotel he had left Isabela while e went on a business trip to Afri- a. He filed a charge of "nonpres- ntation of child." But Mrs. Patino had already pe- tioned the civil court for perma- ent custody of the granddaughter n the ground James could not are for her suitably.-JMrs. Pa- no said the child needed "a fem- inine presence." Yesterday Judge Ausset person- lly inspected the luxurious apart- :ent Goldsmith obtained for the bild. Today, apparently satisfied the arrangements, he ruled hat Goldsmith should have the aby. Bavarian Police Charge Army Officer Was on Spy Mission GuardsSeek Pen Killer CARSON CITY, Nev. tenseness hung over Nevada State Prison today as authorities sought to find out how a guard was killed during a reckless escape by three recaptured within 10 hours yesterday. "We- are trying to get things back to said Warden A. E. Bernard. He will question the three desperadoes about the death of guard George Miller, 59. taken as a hostage when the three con- victs seized a milk truck he was driving through the yard. They forced him to smash open the rear gate with the truck. Guards on high towers opcncc fire on the truck with rifles as it ran past two steel gates and dis appeared along a dirt road. The truck was found later half a mile from the prison. Miller's body wns hanging ou1 an open door of the truck, a bullei through his head. Chief of guards Harry Fletcher said Miller had not carried n gun and that the three convicts were unarmed when recaptured. Bernard would not comment ot how Miller got shot until he and Disl. Ally. Cameron Batjcr com plele their investigation. Other sources, however, said i WM virtually certain Miller wa killed In tht heavy gunfire from the tower. MARKTREDWITZ, Germany border police said to- ay they believe one of the two .S. Army men captured yester- ay by Czech frontier guards was n officer in civilian clothes on is way behind the Iron Curtain n .an espionage mission. The .rmy said it wasn't so. "The soldier in question was a eutenant." a U.S. Army spokes- lan at Heidelberg said. "He was n civilian clothes. He was not en oute to Czechoslovakia and he did ot carry forged credentials. The eulenant was in civilian clothes ecause as an interrogation officer must interview German civil- ans on this side of the border." Bavarian border police said ear- ier that according to their own reports: (1) The two Americans were captured inside Czechoslova- kia (2) one was a lieutenant in civilian clothes en route to Czech- oslovakia on an espionage mission and (3) he was carrying forged credentials. The two Americans were "pre- sumably apprehended" by Czech border guards while on a routine patrol, the Army said last nighl in announcing the incident. It sale a third member of the patrol, who was some distance away at the time, reported that his two com- panions were "taken by surprise by the Czech guards who cam; upon them from the rear." The names of the three Ameri- ot theiH uniformed en listed withheld pending completion of the army's investi- gation. Wilson to Head University AUSTIN' of Texas egenls today abolished the'; title if chancellor and named Dr. Lo- jan Wilson administrative chief of he farflimg university system. The change was part of a com- plete administrative reorganiza- ion. Wilson, 47 native Texan, had been president of the main univer- sity here since Feb. Wilson eft the vice presidency of the Uni- versity of North Carolina to head he University of Texas. He actually succeeds Jame? P. Hart, former Supreme Court jus- ice who resigned effective Jan. 1 as chancellor. The board explained the new plnn docs not represent junking ol a central administrative setup 'but rather a clarification of re- and more complete integration for economy and effi- ciency. Top officers of an administrative staff to work with Wilson will in- clude: Dr, C. Paul Boner, physicist, vice-president for academic mat ters for the entire university sys tern including the main Mivenlty hen. Dr. L. D. Haskew. specialist in education, vice president for de- services. Lanier Cox. assistant to the pres dent. A vice president for fiscal af :airs, yet to be named. Bond Voting Pace Light af Start The number of votes oast b; a. m. Saturday indicated relatively light vote in Taylo County's bond election. A total of 419 ballots had bee cast in 11 voting boxes at mid morning. Judges at the voting boxes con tooted said they expected a big gcr Influx of voters about noo'n o afterward. Boxes contacted and the' numhe ol votes cast were: Courllipusi 30; Butternut St. fire station, 52 South llth St., 57: Fair Park, 33 Scout Headquarters, 43; Elmwoot West fire station, 43; Gold Sta Dormitory, M; School, Cedar St. fire station, 4S; fire station, Orange St lira sUUon, 57, Demos Hopeful Despite Battles Stevenson Faces Cut-Rate Dinner By JACK BELL INDIANAPOLIS HI Democrats maintained a nationally optimistic attitude today despite a bitter in- traparty battle which threatened to present Adlai E. Stevenson a cut-price audience tonight for a congressional campaign kick-off address. Stevenson, scheduled for an ap- pearance at a luncheon of Indiana' program. gain a minimum of three or four seats in the Pacific Coast-state. Mayor David Lawrence of Pitts burgh. Democratic national com- mitteeman for Pennsylvania, said his state is in the same position as Maine, which elected Edmund S. Muskie, a Democrat, as that state's first Democratic governor in 20 years. Muskie was promoted to a speaker's billing on today's FBI Arrests 3 in Bank Shortage PITTSBURGH tfl Three West 'irginians were arrested last night y the FBI one of them for the econd tune in connection with shortage of recently dis- overed at the First National Bank t Fairmount, W. Va. The trio are John Manchin, op- rator of a large furniture and gro- ery store at Farmington, W Va.; ,ee S. Ford, 46, president of the lannond Brick Co. at Grafton, Va., and John W. Meredith, ormer cashier of the bank. Fred Hallford, special agent in harge of the Pittsburgh FBI of- ice, announced the arrests. Mere- ith was re-arrested in connection vith the case. He has been free n bond since be was ar- ested on Aug. 12. At the tune he was charged with making false en- ries of the bank's records and misapplication of the bank's funds, nvolving Manchin and Meredith were ar- ested at Fairmount and arraigned lefore the U.S. commissioner in "ittsburgh. Ford was picked up in the lobby of a Pittsburgh hotel. Manchin was specifically charged, along with Meredith, with iolation of the Federal Reserve Ford and Meridith also were ointly charged. Meredith posted a bond on each of two charges of misap- >lying bank funds. Manchin, ar- raigned on the same charge post- ed bond. The FBI agent said Ford and Manchin "both admitted to FBI agents that they wrote checks drawn on the First National Bank it Fairmount, knowing they did not have funds on deposit to cover payment of the checks. These ar- rests account for all of the more hap half million dollars involved in the shortage. We don't know vet however, just how the money was spent." THE WEATHER V. S. DEPARTMENT OF COM.MEXCE WEJLTBES BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy and warm Saturday afternoon. urdxy night and Sunday. Rich temperature both days, near 55; love Saturday night, 70. INSERT WEATHER s..p NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday, Isolated iernoon and evening thundemhowers. No Important temperature changes. WEST TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday. A few belated afternoon and thundtrshcvi-ers east of ihc Feoitt No tmportaitt ature changes. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS- Partb1 cloudy Satnnlay and Sunday. Scat- tered afternoon and evening thundershow- ers, No Important temperature chances, tforferdie (o locally fresh east and south- on the coast- tTi. P.M. 90 Sat. M M M 7T HUh Nil Inr imnrMuru'hr'M iKwn M TJ. editors and a major speech to- night, had little advance notice of what appeared to be a squabble between his supporters and the Democratic organization regulars for control of the party machinery. Replace Picture This conflict had progressed to the point where Stephen A. Mit- chell, national chairman, told a reporter his organization had been forced to halt the printing of to- night's formal program, featuring) Stevenson as the principal speak- j er, to insert a picture of former j President Truman. Stevenson, former Illinois gover- j nor, was the party's 1952 presiden- tial nominee. His picture already was in the program. Frank MeKinney, former nation- al chairman, said in a separate interview that the Mitchell organi- zation, which controls the national committee, had failed to sell the seats at a SlOfra-pIate dinner the party hoped to chalk up in a drive to relieve what Mitchell has said is a financial pinch for Democratic candidates all over the nation. MeKinney, .who once was Trtt man's favorite national chairman, said that tickets for tonight's Ste- venson dinner address are being hawked without too many takers at each. He said he and bank- er friends had supplied most of the ?100 contributions tijat had been registered. Look Bad Mitchell said he had no doubt that "a former official" of the ommittee.was attempting to make him and Paul it Butler, In- iana national committeeman and South Bend attorney who may be in line to succeed Mitchell as na- ional chairman, look bad on Ste- appearance here. The contrast which Mitchell said tis critics hoped to draw was with the sell-out audience which greeted Truman here at a testimonial din- ner for MeKinney last Oct. 10. Tru- man stayed at McKinney's home and had many kind words to say about the former chairman, who is an Indianapolis banker. Mitchell said he thinks the thwarted attempt to keep Tru- man's picture out of tonight's irinted program also was intended o emphasize the contrast There was ample evidence, how- ever, that this family argument joes to the heart of a struggle be- ween divergent elements for con- rol of the party machinery after Uitchell retires shortly after the November elections in which con- rol of Congress will be deter- mined. Mitchell generally represents Jemocrats who want Stevenson for heir party's nominee in 1956. But Stevenson is not expected to be rafted candidate or to win the nomination without a fight from elements who want a new face in the race. It was considered significant in some quarters that only 29 of the 106 members of the Democratic National Committee personally an- swered the roll call at yesterday's closed session of the committee. There were 46 alternates, many of them obviously handed their cre- dentials by party leaders in Wash- ington, to fill out the ranks of what was by all odds a slimly- attended session which had been advertis'ed in advance as a kick- off drive in the campaign for con- trol of Congress. Despite all these factors, the Democrats were able to muster an outward optimism that wss not matched by. members of the Re- publican National Committee at their recent session in Cincinnati. From both sides of the continent Democrats brought-stories of what they called a resurgence of their party in congressional campaigns, senatorial races and governors' contests. Paul Zeffrln, California national committeeman, said In inter- view that be thinks Democratic candidates have .better than an even chance to win tht governor- ship and a senatorial post to Cali- fornia. He predicted ptrtj will Lawrence said in an interview that he believes Pennsylvania voters not only will elect Democrat George M. Leader as governor over Republican Lloyd H. Wood but will give Democrats a gain of about six seats in the closely- divided House of Representatives. This victory theme was echoec by Democrats from all sections, including Rep. Sam Rayburn ol Texas, the House minority leader. Ms first press conference in Kansas City since Ms serious, illness and, operation last June, former Pres. Harry S. Truman displays some of the hundreds of cards and letters he received during Ms sickness. Mr. Truman told newsmen that doctor's orders will keep him from taking as prominent a part in current political campaign as he would like. (NBA Telephoto) 9-Power Conference to Seek West German'Full Equality1 By ARTHUR GAVSHOM LONDON (H A call went out today for a nine-power conference to seek a way to bring West Ger- many into the Atlantic Alliance K the United jStates and Britain urged "full equality" lor the for- mer Reich. Secretary of State fcohn Foster Dulles and British Foreign Secre- OFFICIALS APPEAL RULING Kent County Dispute Heads For Long Battle in Courts The dispute over the Kent Coun- ty courthouse and where the coijn- ty records are to be kept was destined Saturday morning for possibly several more months of lit- igation. Plaintiffs in a suit for a writ of mandamus (24 Kent County of- ficials) have appealed from a court order given Thursday direct- ing that the county records be re- turned from Jayton to CiairemonL Judge A. S. Mauzey of Dis- trict Court at Sweetwater stayed for 60 days action on the plain- tiffs' petition for a writ of man- damus, granting the defendants (three Kent County commission- ers) 60 days in which to designate and provide a suitable temporary courthouse at Jayton, the new county seat. Judge Mauzey held that during this 60-day period the county rec- ords should remain in Clairemont and set 6 pjn. Friday as the dead- line for returning them there. The records were taken to Jayton July SO, the day a Court of Civil Ap- peals mandate declaring Jayton the new county seat was received in Clairemont The records are still in Jayton. Dallas Scarborough, attorney for the defendants, said he received notice that the plaintiffs are ap- pealing Judge Mauzey's order to the Eleventh Court of Civil Ap- peals at Eastland. This, he said, would mean at least several more months of litigation. Protests on Negro Students ToBeHeardatWhartonJC "WHARTON, Tex. LR-The Whar- ton County Junior College board met today to hear protests over admittance of Negro students. Some 16 Negroes attended classes this week. They were admitted, school of- ficials said, under a policy decision reached last June by trustees. This decision came, they said, right after the Supreme Court de- cision which outlawed segregation in public schools. The decision was reported to be semi-secret until this week when admission of the Negroes actually slarted. Wharton Mayor Jesse Martin's request caused the meeting today to be called, Dr. F. Blasin- game board chairman, said. Blasingame said the college board had been able to provide equal facilities for Negroes, al- though it has in the past operated a branch for them. He said the board is now complying with what is now the law. Blasingame said the junior col lege was not the first in Texas to admit Negroes, and added: "We admitted them because le- gally we had no other recourse. We didn't see how we could op- erate against the .Supreme Court KlDICUtOUS William Jacobs, still groggy from seda- tive administered when he was arrested early Friday in Detroit, handcuffed, circle, in Receiving Hospital lent enough to call swindling charges against him "ri- diculous." Jacobs was sought in nation-wide search oil charges of bilking victims out of about under false (NBA Telephoto) tary Anthony Eden, conferring in a long session here yesterday, de- cided that the meeting of foreign ministers should be held in Lon- don late this month. Dulles flew back to the United States last night.' The nations are slated to get together about Oct. 15 to study German rearmament. NATO bead- quarters in Paris called yesterday for the meeting but did opt set the exact time or nfcme a site. Paris has been suggested: Athens and Ottawa also have been mentioned. The British Foreign Office an- nounced it would issue invitations at once for the London meeting. They will go to the United States and Canada as well as to the six nations which had considered pool- ing their armed forces in the now- defunct-European Defense Com- munity France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The conference will be able to take up actual methods of linking Germany with NATO, diplomatic informants said, because the French government already has agreed in principle to such a tieup. The French want written guaran- tees, however, that British and American troops will remain on the continent and German rearma- ment will not be allowed to run rampant, the sources said. Eden suggested the nine nations meet to consider a substitute for EDC soon after the French As- sembly torpedoed the unified army plan Aug. 30 but the United States and West Germany indicated they were not reajjy for such talks. The agreement to hold the Loo- don conference was reached after Eden made a six day swing through key European capitals, to Bonn and London. Dulles met Chancellor Koorad Adenauer in the German capital and saw Eden and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during his ope day stop in London. A joint communique issued after the Dulles-Eden meeting said two ministers exchanged views "in the light of their recent journeys on the situation caused ty 'the French assembly's rejection of EDC" "They the statement said, "upon the need for speedy and favored the early con- vening of a preparatory conference to consider how best to associate (he German Federal Republic with the Western nations on a-bests of full equality." AlYin Crockett Rites Held in Dublin BUFFALO GAP, Sept. It (RNS) for Alvin Crockett Short was held at the Dublin Baptist Church in Dublin Thursday. Mr- Short, relative of several Taylor countyans, died Tuesday at; home in Dublin after several weeks illness. Born in Mississippi hi UN, Mr. and Mrs. Short had lived in Dun- lin many years. He was the lul of a family of six chiMreo. Mn. Short, only Immediate survivor, has taufh' school in years, Mr. had been a mem- ber the Dublin SaptM Owrth The Ret. KaritaUtfc, jw toe, officiated.   

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