Abilene Reporter News, September 20, 1954

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September 20, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas CONTINUED HOT Abilene EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 96 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, SEPT. PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Pipe Assured For Air Base Sewer Line Delivery of pipe to meet the Air Force's deadline for building a sewer line to the Abilene air base apparently is assured. That announcement was made Monday morning by City Mana- ger Austin P. Hancock. Concern had been felt by some City Commission members when the issuance of a purchase order for pipe was delayed two weeks at last Friday's meeting. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom insisted upon the taking of bids. Since that method requires ad- vance advertising, it will be Oct. 1 before the bids can be opened. The commission agreed to Malcom's plan. Hancock said he telephoned two manufacturers Friday afternoon. They agreed to a delivery schedule which would meet the construction requirements. 2 Finns to Bid Both companies will file bids for Oct. 1 bid opening. Purchases trill be awarded to whatever firm of- fers the best deal. The two concerns Hancock tele- phoned are Texas Vitrified Sewer Pipe Works. Mineral Wells, and W. S. Dickey Clay Manufacturing Co., the latter having plants in several locations. Texas Vitrified promised to meet the following delivery schedule: feet per month, beginning next Feb. 1. Dickey agreed to the following schedule: From its Mississippi plant, feet per month be- ginning Dec. 1. 1954: from the Texarkana plant, feet month- Iv beginning next April 1: and from its San Antonio plant, a month starting next April feet 1 By getting those deliveries, the city would have all of the necessary' Pipe by May 31, 1955, Hancock said. It will require the shipments by both companies or like amounts and schedules by others to fill the requirements, he added. July 1 Deadline The Air Force'has asked that the sewer line to the" air base boundirv be completed by July ESCAPEES Art Bernard, right, guards two of the three convicts who escaped from the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nev., in a "hail of gunfire" in which a prison guard was killed. Don H. Gul- onsen, 24, left, and William R. Burman, 22, center, were captured a mile from the prison after being at large less than three hours. The third escapee, Gene Liebig, 20, was also captured. The guard was shot when the trio forced him to crash the prison gates in a pickup truck. 39 Charges Open Fight AgainstChina UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. H) Laying new groundwork for its an- nual fight to bar Communist China from the U.N. General Assembly, the United States has accused the Peiping regime of 39 "warlike acts cf piracy" against ships and planes of seven nations. Chief U.S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. distributed the charges against the Chinese Reds as a pre- lude to the final.'session of the eighth General Assembly here this afternoon (2 p.m. EST) and the opening tomorrow of the ninth As- sembly. The list cited on British ships or aircraft, climaxed boundary be completed by July by tne shooting down July 22 of a I, IMSJ'V'H British airliner off Hainan Island It is to be built by the city. jn three Americans and sev- The Air Force will repay the city's I cost as a fee for- joining the j air base onto the city sewer sys-j tern. At last Friday's meeting, the j commission started to issue a firm I order for sewer pipe to Texas Vitrified. Some members felt this was necessary so as to insure delivery at the required limes. ACC Trustees Discuss Loan Trustees of Abilene Christian Hancock said Texas Vitrified College heard a discussion Mon- told him by telephone Friday af- ternoon that he needn't send a tentative purchase order. The company will assure the city of the delivery schedule, and will bid Oct. 1. Policeman Resigns To Become Deputy Patrolman Leonard C. Winters resigned Monday morning from Abilene Police Department, effec- tive Tuesday. He stated that he will be em- ployed by the Taylor County Sher- iffs DepartmenL Sheriff Ed Powell said Monday that Winters will be a deputy sheriff and night jailer. He will probably start Sept. 28, Powell stated. Winters has been with the city police since Dec. 25, 1952. day morning of a loan contract in which the college plans to en- ter with the federal government. Walter A. Koons of Fort Worth, regional counsel for the Housing and Home Finance Agency, ex- plained details of the contract. The entire morning session in- volved clarification of the con- tract. The board of trustees ad- journed at noon, and were to oegin another meeting at 1 p.m. Approval and signing of the contract by board members was j expected Monday afternoon. The contract concerns the build- ing of two dormitories, one for 312 men and the other for 210 women. Toatl cost for both would be Income from the two dorms would retire the loan, which would be for a 40 year period. Koons told the trustees that if the contract is signed Monday, ad- vertisement for construction bids could begin Tuesday. en other persons were killed or were lost. "My purpose in making public this Lodge said in an ac- companying statement, "is to show that the Hainan shooting was no isolated incident but part of a pat- Hem of constant aggressive pres- sure against the free world." There were five incidents involv- ing the United Stales, including the seizure of the small yacht with the three-Americans released only last week; two involving Denmark, two involving Panama, and one each involving Norway, France and Portugal. The list offered'the British, Dan- ish and Norwegian delegations whose governments havej.recog- nized Red China iJieWoirasiOn for voting in the Assembly "to kfcp out Peiping's representatives. Lodge, and the U.S. delegation were alert to head off any attempt by the Soviet Union or any other i Red China backer to reopen the seating question today or to- morrow. airs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, sis- ter of India's Prime Minister Neh- ru and outgoing Assembly presi- dent, prepared only a brief state- ment about the work done by the closing eighth session. No test of the China seating question was in prospect, but Mrs. Pandit in a ra- dio interview yesterday reiteratec her belief Red China should be seated now. FHA Scandals Going To U. S. Grand Jury First Gaither Juror Picked WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT ADMITTING YOU STUDY By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer ANSON, Sept. 20 B. L. Per- kins of Route 2, Merkel, became the first juror selected to try Wil- lard Franklin Gaither. Gaither went on trial in 104th District Court here Monday morn- ing for the slaying of Abilene Po- liceman Jimmy Spann last June 7. Death Demand Hinted With the first questions -asked, special prosecutor Eseo Walter of Abilene indicated the state will ask the death penalty. At the same tune, defense attorney Peter Bri- ola of San Antonio hinted at more than one defense maneuver. Briola asked Perkins questions concerning what his verdict would be if evidence showed Gaither was insane at the time of killing, and also how he felt about the law of self defense. Perkins, who is 44, lives 11 miles north of Merkel- He is a member of the Church of Christ and is the father of six children, four of whom still live with him. He said he had- no conscientious scruples against inflicting the death pen- alty. Questioning of veniremen had Negro Asks Order From U.S. Court To Enroll at UT AUSTIN A Houston Negro, John Winfield Walker, 17, today sought a federal district court or- der requiring the University of Texas to admit him as an engi- neering student. Walker's suit revealed that he. like another Houston Negro, had been accepted for admission this summer, then barred in Septem- ber and told to attend a state-sup- ported Negro college. ...Hearing on Walker's request for a restraining order to make the university recertify his eligibility and that of others was set by Fed- eral District Judge Ben H. Rice Jr. for Sept. 24 in San Antonio. The application contends that Walker was' barred solely because he is a member of the Negro race. Another Negro, Marion .George Ford Jr., was accepted for admis- sion in Julv but later notified by university registrar K. Y. McCown lhat hart horn can- and Mrs. Opal Stewart of Wil- been delayed until a.m. when Judge Owen Thomas overruled a motion filed by Briola for continu- ice. Briola gave as his reason for asking a postponement of Gai- Jier's trial the fact that some of the defense witnesses for whom ubpoenaes had been requested did not answer when their names were called in the courtroom. One stipulation dictated by Wal- ter and agreed to by Briola noted the fact that-the request for one subpoena was filed with Dis- trict Clerk Leon Thurman about 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Navy Secretary Summoned One of 19 witnesses subpoenaed by the defense was the secretary the United States Navy. The secretary was not mentioned by name, only by title, but was re- quested to bring with him Gai- ther's medical record while he was in military service during World War II. The 175 men on the special ve- nire filled the district courtroom here and witnesses had to crowc inside the door and remain stand ing as their names were called. Standing with toe witnesses was Mrs. J. F. Gaither Okla., mother of the defendant. Gaither said his father has been ill and be did not know Monday morning whether his father had come to Anson for the trial or whether he would be here. Other members of the defendant's fami- ly here are a brother, R. C. Gai- tner of Healdton. and two sis- Mrs. Iva Hope of Healdton that his acceptance had been can- celled because the required fresh- man courses are available at Prairie View College. Later, his father announced the boy had left for Wiley College, a Negro school in Marshall. Negro Juror Vanishes From Courtroom; Recess Ordered FEELING recovered from his lat- tit leiturc of hiccups, Pope Pius XII waves happily to an audience from his summer retreat home at Castel Gmi- dolfo, Italy. The Pope showed no signs of his illness as he delivered r. 10-minute talk. N A missing Negro juror in 42nd Mstrict Court Monday held up tak- ng of testimony in a per- onal injury damage suit. Addison Taylor, of 726 North Tenth St., had been selected with 1 others for the trial. All took heir places in the jury box, but were excused for ten minutes by fudge J. R. Black. When they reassembled and a witness was placed on the stand by he plaintiffs. Taylor was missing rom his front seat. The sheriffs department went out to summon lim. At a.m. when he had not ippeared, Judge Thomas recessed court until p.m. It was presumed he had mis- aken Judge Black's recess for a dismissal for dinner. Up to noon e had not been found. The jury was exceptional in an- other respect. County Attorney Le- 9nd Sul'.on was also selected as i juror. The case is expected to take atj east two days to try. Thomas L. Tale of Young Coun- ty is suing Roy R. Phillips of Eastland County in connection with a truck-pickup collision at intersection of North Treadaway nivd. and North 13th Street on last April 11. TMe alleges that, a truck owned by defcndr.nt and driven by Carl Dave Patton, Phillip's employe, crashed into the rear-end of his halted pickup while he observed a "stop" marker. Hoth vehicles were going north at the time. Tate alleges that the impact in- jured himself, his wife and two young children. The plaintiff is reixvcsentsd by Davij Scarborough of Abilene, The defendant Is rcprcscnted.by Virgil Seaborry, Jr., of Eastlnnd, assisted Icne. pleton, 1602 South 29th St.: Jesse Chapman, Route 1, Tye; Roy H. Poer. 1523 North Mockingbird Lane; Frank H. Codington, 1916 Vogel: W.D. Cook, 1810 Sandefer; Joe Scymore, Merkel; W. A. Tate, 889 Victoria; J. F. Holmes, 772 Mulberry: and Wesley Groom, 1118 Walnut St. son, Okla. Mrs. Spam in Courtroom Shortly after 10 a.m. Mrs. Jim- my Spann of Abilene and her small son. Jimmy, entered the crowded courtroom and sat down in spectators' seats. Gaither is under indictment for the gun battle killing of her hus- band. Officer Spann died in a Merkel hospital a few hours after he and a fellow officer, W. T. Davis, attempted to arrest Gaither at a Merkel service sttion. As court opened Monday morn- ing Gaither was dressed in a lighl green western style shirt, grey western trousers and cowboj boots. He was brought to the Jones County Jail Saturday nigh1 from Abilene. His wife, Mrs. Pa tricia Edwards Gaither, charged with armed robbery, is now in the .Jones County jail. HUSBAND WOUNDED Verdict Withheld In Woman's Death ANSON, Sept. 20 Official ver-j diet listing cause of the death of Mrs. Mary Ruth Edwards. 33, was awaited Monday morning. Jsistice of the Peace Joe Mat- his stated it will probably be Wed- nesday or Thursday before he renders a verdict. Only thing officially determined so far. the sheriffs office said, is that the woman died Sunday of by Alex Blcklcy, of Abl- Other members of Iho jury arc W. T. Perry, Merkd; D, H. Tenv a bullet wound. Mrs. Edwards was kill J. and her husband, Charles Edwards, Anson oil man, was wounded Sun- day at their home in the Sinclair community seven or eight mites southwest of Alison.. Anson General Hospital said Mon- day morning Edwards is doing satisfactorily. Ho is under treat- ment there for a bullet wound in his head. The hospital said his condition isn't Ed Ed- Sheriff Ifevv Reves uld wards' mother, John wards, Anson, mtlved r tele- phone call about p.m. Sunday from her son.. The sheriff Edwards told his mother his BOSTON IB Miss Nancy Plummer, 23, a Radcliffe Col- lege student from Warren, Pa., has admitted that her story of being kidnaped, doped and robbed was a hoax. The pretty graduate student was the object of a wide search from last Wednesday until late Saturday night. An alert patrolman spotted her in a garage. Her first story was that she had been taken away against her will. Later, she said she "blacked out" in a department store, but she also changed that story. Under questioning by police, she said that actually she drew 14 books from the school library and took a train to Portland, Maine, for some quiet study in a hotel. NANCY PWJMMER quiet Tater Salad Poisons 500 At Barbecue NEW TJLM, Tex. W Upwards of 500 persons were stricken with food poisoning after eating barbe- cue and potato salad at a volun- teer fire department picnic here yesterday. Doctors said the potato salad probably caused it. At least 42 remained hospitalized today in five surrounding towns. None was in serious condition. wife had committed suicide and hat he was going to do the ssme Reves said the mother called the office and Earl Russell neighbor of Charles Edwards Russell rushed to the Edwards lome and tried to knock a pisto from hand just as the oi! man had it pointed at his own j wad. Mrs. Edwards was dead when the neighbor arrived. Reves re- ported. He said that when Dr. Allen Andrus, an Anson doctor, arrived, Edwards attempted to attack the doctor. The doctor was able to ward Edwards oft. The dead woman was the for- mer Mary Ruth Padgett of Gra- ham. Immediate survivors include the husband, two children, John, in the third grade, and Mary, in the first grade: and twr parents, and Mrs. ot Graham. Funeral Is tentatively set for Tuesday the of Mn, John Edwards, Ml Brd St. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery litre under direction o( Lawrence Funeral Home. French OWer New Plans For Germany STRASBOURG, France W-Pre- mier Pierre Mendes-France called today for a new West European defense pact which he said could reduce French opposition to West Germany's entry into the North At iantic Treaty Organization. The new organization, he said, could have a "degree of supema- some of the elements of a superstate. It was partly because the six- nation European Defense Commu- nity had too much supranationality in it, he added, that it was defeat- ed in the French Parliament Mendes-France spoke before the Council of Eurote, made up of par- liament members from the coun- cil's 15 nations. The job of the new organization, which the French leader described as a changed and enlarged version of the Brussels pact of IMS, would be to set top limits the armies and armaments of all member countries. Any discrimination, he said, would be only on a "geographic and strategic basis." "Questions have he said, "about the admission of West Germany to NATO. Once the or- ganization that I have described is set up, the resistance to that in France would be greatly di- minished." The United States and Britain have been pressing for West Ger- many's entry into NATO since the French National Assembly killed the EDC plan which would have enrolled West Germans with the troops of France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in a unified army. The hospitals reported they treated and released about that many rare. No deaths were reported. Five doctors from nearby com- munities rushed here, following an emergency call, to treat victims on picnic grounds. Many of the il were placed in private homes aft er hospitals became filled. Ot. C-1 Shult: of nearby Colnin- DUS said: .1 arrived? people were doubled up and laid out all ove :he grounds. We set up behind nearby home and started givin tiypos to ease their pain and relax them. None seemed seriously il and that was about all you coul do for them. 'There were at least 300 affectei on the grounds, and no telling how many more who had left earlier and gotten sick on the way. home We treated between 250 and 300 on the grounds. The rest wen home or to hospitals. "I gave more than 130 shots my self and was there six hours.' Shult said probably bacteria if the potato salad, which was pre- pared in advance of the picnic, caused the poisoning. He said vie- ims suffered from "terrific pain accte vomiting and diarrhea." An estimated persons from the surrounding Southeast Texas area turned out for the noon bar THEWEATHBt r.s. or BOEAG ABlt-ENE AND VKSXfTY Partly doodl- ami coottiMd Dot MonJw artrr. coon. nlltll and TiMdar. trmprraUR Low ._ WEST TEXAS- iv Uitt M impirtuit lo Nitty nUM U O U H ft B bronwuir niJW f'.rc. il.H. tamUtir U U-.JO Mulm.ro Mr Mlmn Mi- he tt. Mtatawm fcr M Ul f.M tV MR. TS. MBHl Ex-Official Fint Target OIBrownell WASHINGTON (fl Atty. Gen. irownell today ordered a special grand jury convened here to in- "possible bribery and ther criminal conduct" in the ederal housing program. Brownell directed specifically that US. Atty. Leo A. Rover 'present evidence of the activities Clyde L. who resigned as assistant commissioner of the federal Housing Administration ast April 13 during congressional investigations in the agency. Mare Nation-wide Brownell announced TJ.S. attorneys in all other districts across the country are being di- rected "to present to grand juries as soon as material is available ull testimony concerning criminal conduct uncovered by the admin- stration's FHA investigations in heir districts." He said Warren 6lney III. as- ;istant attorney general for crim- inal prosecutions, was sending out these instructions. Congressional investigators have asserted that numerous builders in arious parts of the country made flillions dollars in "windfall >roGts" by getting FHA-insured oans on apartment projects which exceeded the actual cost ot the projects. Brownell's announcement made reference to this in relation' to Powell. It said: assistant commissioner. Powell had charge of the rental housing.program which operated from 1946 to 1950. This program resulted in windfalls to speculators exceeding 51 million dollars alone in the 35 eases reviewed by the special investigations office set up bv the present administration in FHA." The department announcement also asserted: who entered FHA in 1938 rose to assistant commissioner des- pite knowledge of (sic) the former administration of an arrest record, including convictionfor jewel theft" Powell, when called betee the Senate Banking Committee oecue, raises an annual affair which money for the volunteer ire department in this village o around 250 persons. The first cal or doctors went out about 4 p.m WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NEW PROFS Eight additions made to Abilene Christian Col- lege faculty for 1954-55 ses- sion. Page 3-B. POLITICS GOP starts fight for foil elections. Top Demo leaders indicate Stevenson will for presidential nomination in 1956. Page 2-A. WORLD TODAY Eisenhow- er better political prophet than Sen. McCarthy. Page 5-A. its investigation of FHA, declined to answer questions He pleaded the Fifth Amendment to the Con- stitution which provides that a man may not be forced to give evidence against himself. The Banking Committee pot into its record a statement that Powell had a criminal record. Stale of Siege Ordered in Chile SANTIAGO, Chile tS-The gov- ernment decreed a state of siege (modified martial law) in most of Chile today. The government imposed the state of siege for six months and said it took the action "because of the danger of a movement aimed at destroying our democratic way of life." The action was taken de- spite the apparent solution to the recent strike of copper miners. Last week various political par- ties expressed opposition 16 de- mands for extraordinary powers in the face of the strike. ALLURING AURORA 'Gal Bears Fight Oxer' Okayed for English Zoo LONDON Aurora, an Ameri- can polar bear with sex appeal, won the right today to work her wiles in Britain. After a hectic two-hour confer- ence today, top officials of the government board of trade decided to lift the ban Aurora's entry and let her in. Aurora was shipped here as too hot to handle from a Chicago zoo, where she stirred up five male polars to a fighting passion of rivalry. A Gift She came as a free gift to Man- chester's Bellevue Zoo, but the Board of Trade barred her entry into the country on her arrival aboard s frcifMer. While her case was debated. timely Aurora languished on the freighter, tied up at London docks. GwaU liw, BeilcvtM Zoo tuper- Board of and tptd from MarKhenw tAtt mviDinf tc protttt. Just to ihnr ht meant lie iUtBdent, called cial van to bring Aurora to her aeiv home. Said lies: "It's not as though we were paying dollars for she's a free gift." The Board of -Trade had said earlier: "Polar bears are not es- sential imports so they are ban- ned. As we do not allow commer- cial zoos to buy polar bears in America, we cannot allow them to accept them as gifts. That might lead to abuse." AffrMrt Robert Dean, director of the Chi- cago zoo, called the ban "a shocking, dirty outrage, an aifrant to the people of Chicago." Explaining the trade bwd'j change of heart today, an offlcW spokesman said: "We have, tar Iht first lime, got the full story. U ic now quite clear the bear here as a lift, we to cut right through Iht taM add let her Whereupon Ites sped to AMfcs to gtt JUitau. I ;