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   Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas                                 CONTINUED  nu i  ®f)c Abilene porter  "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron  l/  EVENING  FINAL  VOL. LXXIV, NO. 96  Associated Press (ÀP)  ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, SEPT. 20,1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS  PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c  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 Manager 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 advance 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 Firms to Bid  Both companies will file bids for Oct. 1 bid - opening. Purchases will be awarded to whatever firm offers the best deal.  The two concerns Hancock telephoned 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:  2,000 feet per month, beginning next Feb. 1.  Dickey agreed to the following schedule:    From its Mississippi  plant, 2.000 feet per month beginning Dec. 1. 1954: from the.    ,  Texarkana plant. 5,000 feet month-: LaymR new groundwork for its an- were lost  i. vxo mnina i -\nrii l- ond nual fight to bar Communist China  1     ™  IV beginning next Apr8 I. ud^  N Genera| AssemMy-   FHA Scandals Going  To  Grand Jury  ESCAPEES CAPTURED—Warden 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.  First Gaither Juror Picked  WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT ADMITTING YOU STUDY  39 Charges Open Fight AgamstChina  UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Jen other persons were killed or  My purpose in making public this list,” Lodge said in an ac-the United States has accused the 1  rompanying statement, “is to show Peiping regime of 39 ‘ warlike acts that the Hainan shooting was no cf piracy” against ships and planes * isolated incident but part of a pat-of seven nations.    tern of constant aggressive pres-  Chief U.S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. distributed the charges against the Chinese Reds as a prelude to the final session of the eighth General Assembly here this afternoon »2 p.m. EST> and the  from its San Antonio plant. 2.000 feet a month starting next April 1  By getting those deliveries, the city would have all of the recessary 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 asfced that the sewer line to the air base boundary be completed by July 1, lm’  It is to be built by the city.  The Air Force w ill repay the city's cost as a fee for joining the air base onto the city sewer system.  At last Friday’s meeting. the commission started to issue a firm order for sewer pipe to Texas Vitrified. Some members felt this w as necessary so as to insure j delivery at the required times, j Trustees of Hancock said Texas Vitrified College heard told him by telephone Friday af- day morning of a loan contract ternoon that he needn't send a in which the college plans to en-tentative purchase order. The : t e r with the federal government, company will assure the city of Walter A. Koons of Fort Worth, the delivery schedule, and will regional counsel for the Housing bid Oct, 1.    i    and Home Finance Agency, ex  — j plained details of the contract. The entire morning session  By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer  ANSON, Sept. 20 — B. L. Perkins of Route 2, Merkel, became the first juror selected to try Willard Franklin Gaither.  Gaither went on trial in 104th District Court here Monday morning for the slaying of Abilene Policeman Jimmy Spann last June 17.  Death Demand Hinted  With the first questions asked,  | special prosecutor Esco Walter of Abilene indicated the state will ask the death penalty. At the same time, defense attorney Peter Bri-ola of San Antonio hinted at more than one defense maneuver.  Briola asked Perkins questions concerning what his verdict would  Negro Asks Order From U.S. Court To Enroll at UT  sure against the free There were five incidents  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 penalty.  Questioning of veniremen had been delayed until 10:30 a.m. when J Judge Owen Thomas overruled a motion filed by Briola for continuance.  Briola gave as his reason for asking a postponement of Gaither’s trial the fact that some of the defense witnesses for whom subpoenaes had been requested did not answer when their names were called in the courtroom.  One stipulation dictated by Walter and agreed to by Briola noted the fact that the request for 1 one subpoena was filed with District Clerk Leon Thurman about 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.  Navy Secretary Summoned  BOSTON (H — Miss Nancy Plummer, 23, a Radcliffe College 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 PLUMMER , . . wanted quiet  'Tater Salad Poisons 500 At Barbecue  NEW ULM, Tex. UP — Upwards, The hospitals reported they treated of 500 persons were stricken with  and  released about that many food poisoning after eating barbe-  AUST1N if — A Houston Negro, ® ne  witnesses subpoenaed |  cue and potato salad at a volun-  more.  No deaths were reported.  Five doctors from nearby com-  3;.. preS ‘ J<^ W^id Walker, .7, today Jf g    U.    fire    departs,    picnic    her.;    „SIlSj  dents involv- sought a federal dUtnrt court o,    ^    urgency    call,    to    treat    victim,    pro*«*.    ...  Ex-Official First Target Of Brownell  WASHINGTON tfi - Atty. Gen. Brownell today ordered a special grand jury convened here to investigate ‘‘possible bribery and other criminal conduct” in the federal housing program.  Brownell directed specifically that U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover “present evidence of the activities of Clyde L. Powell,” who resigned as assistant commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration last April 13 during congressional investigations in the agency.  Move Nation-wide Brownell announced also U.S. attorneys in all other districts across the country are being directed “to present to grand juries as soon as material is available full testimony concerning criminal conduct uncovered by the administration’s FHA investigations in their districts.”  He said Warren Olney III, assistant attorney general for criminal prosecutions, was sending out these instructions.  Congressional investigators have asserted that numerous builders in various parts of the country made millions of dollars in “windfall profits” by getting FHA-insured loans on apartment projects which cost of the  There were me mciaenis mvoiv-     -     t . .    ...    ,    secretary  in; the United Slates, including the ! der requiring the University of  name, only by title, but was re  ' j salad probably caused it.  seizure of the small yacht with the j Texas to admit him as an engi-     t0    b ^ ng    w * lh     him    Gai-!  At ieasl  ^ remained hospita ue  three-Americans released only last j neering student.    ther’s    medical    record    while    he    today    in    five    surrounding    ovvns  on picnic grounds. Many of the ill Brownell’s announcement made  At least 42 remained hospitalized; placed in private homes aft- reference to this in relation to  week:    two    involving    Denmark.! Walker’s suit revealed that he.  service  was in military  openmg tomorrow of the ninth As- two involving Panama, and one !  like another Houston Negro, had \\  0 rld War II. semblv    i eaih  involving Norway, France been accepted for admission this  The 175 men    on ihe speC i a i  V e  during ! N° ne was in  serious condition.  The list cited 27 attacks on and Portugal.  British ships or aircraft, climaxed j The list offered the British, Dan-bv the shooting down July 22 of a ish and Norwegian delegations —■ British airliner off Hainan Island whose governments have recog-in which three Americans and sev- j n^ed Red China — new occasion  ACC Trustees Discuss Loan  for voting in the Assembly to keep out Peiping’s representatives.  Policeman Resigns To Become Deputy  m- ;  volved clarification of the contract, The board of trustees adjourned at noon, and were to tiegin another meeting at 1 p.m.  Approval and signing of the Patrolman Leonard C Winters contract by board members was resigned Monday morning from expected Monday afternoon Abilene Police Department, effee- The contract concerns the build-ti\ e Tuesday    i     of    tw0  dormitories, one for  He stated'that he will be em- 312 men and the other for 2in ployed by the Taylor County Sher- women. Toatl cost for both would iff’s Department.    -    j    be $1,575,000.  Sheriff Ed Powell said    Monday ; Income from the    two  that Winters will be a deputy j would retire the loan, which would Sheriff anti night jailer. He will ; be (or a 10 • year period probably start Sept. 26. Powell Koons told the trustees that If  staUHli     1    the contract is signed    Monday, ad-  Winters has been with the city vertisement for construction bids police since Dec    25, 1952.    1    could begin Tuesday.  summer, then barred in Septem-  n j re    the  district courtroom!  her and told to attend a state-sup-     arK j    witnesses    had    to    crowd  ported Negro college.    inside the door and remain stand- j  Hearing on Walker’s request    for    ing as their names were called,  a restraining order to    make    the    j    Standing with the witnesses was |  university recertify his    eligibility!    Mrs. J. F. Gaither of Healdton. •  and that of others was set by Fed- Okla., mother of the defendant. J 1-odge and the U.S. delegation  era i District Judge Ben H. Rice Gaither said his father has been were alert to head off any attempt j r  f or  g e pt. 24 in San Antonio, ill and he did not know Monday j by the Soviet Union or any other ;    application contends that morning whether his father had:  Red China backer to reopen the walker was barred solely because come to Anson for the trial or i seating question today or to- h e  j s a  member of the Negro race, j whether he would be here. Other  s  morrow    j    , najhpr     \i a ri 0 n George! members of the defendant s fami-  , Mrs. Yiiaya Lakshmi Pandit, sis-;    accented for admis- K v here are a brother *  R  Gai-  Abilene Christian !  ter of India’s Prime Minister Neh-    •    ’    liter notified bv  ther of  Healdton. and two sis-  a discussion Mon- ru and outgoing Assembly presi-i    *     1  ‘  v  MrCnwn  ters ’  Mrs - * va  Hope of Healdton  dent prepared onlv a brief state- ¡university registrar H.'.McC°»ii|     0 pal Stewart of WU-  men, about the work done by the | that hu acceptance ^d ^n can-  (     *£  closing eighth session. No test of celled because the required ire. a the China seating question was in man courses are available    at  prospect, but Mrs. Pandit in a ra- i Prairie \ lew AIM College.    -    j  ’ dio interview vesterdav reiterated | Later, his father announced the my Spann of Ab.lene and her belief Red China should be boy had left for Wiley College, a seated now.     !     Negro school in Marshall.  French Offer New Plans For Germany  er hospitals became filled Dr. C. I Shult of nearby Colum ous said:  “Wlien I arrived people  Powell. It said:  * “While assistant commissioner. Powell had charge of the rental  p  « housing program which operated from 1946 to 1950. This program  doubled up and laid out all over  r „ ulted m wtedfaUs t0  speculators the grounds We set up behind a,  exceedjn g  51  million dollars alone nearby home and started giving  m (he  £  cases reviewed by lhe   hypos 10 ease their pain and relax    investigations    office set up  them. None seemed serious.y ill, ^    administration    in  announcement  STRASBOURG, France Pre-  FHA.”  The department also asserted:  ‘Fowell, who entered FHA in 1938 rose to assistant commissioner definite knowledge of f sic) the former  and that was about all you could do for them.  “There were at least 500 affected on the grounds, and no telling how many more who had left earlier and gotten sick on the way home, mier Pierre Mendes-France called    "e    treated between 250 and 300     a( j m inistration of an arrest record,  today    for a new West European     on     the grounds. The rest went    including c o n v i c t i o n for jewel  defense pact which he said could home or to hospitals.    ;    theft.”  reduce French opposition    to West    “I gave more    than 150 shots my-    Powell,    when    called    before    the  Germany's entry into the North At-    self and was    there six hours.” {    Senate    Banking    Committee    during  iantic    Treaty Organization.    j shult said probably bacteria b    its investigation of FHA, declined  The    new organization, he said, 1     the    potato salad, which was pre-    to answer questions. He plead  could have a “degree of supema- pared in advance of the picnic ! iht *    that    a    man  tionality*’—meaning some cl the caused the poUoni*. H, said vie-    MZS  small son. Jimmy, entered the I elements of a superstate.    ;    tints    suffered    from    -terrific    pain.    I    “•    «*     forcfd     *  crowded    courtroom and sat down! it  wa s partly because    the six*    acute vomiting    and diarrhea,  in    spectators’    seats.    nation European Defense    Com mu-     An  estimated    2.dOO persons from  Mrs. Spann in Courtroom  Shortly after 10 a.m. Mrs Jim-  her  against himself.  The Banking Committee put into its record a statement that Powell  Negro Juror Vanishes From Courtroom: Recess Ordered  Gaither is under indicant for j nity had b»njuchsupra^,onal, t y |    ¿ZkTZoJbZ     1     hada^rumnairecord  the gun battle killing of her hus- = in it. he added, that it was aeteat  {     annual    affair    which---  band. Officer Spann died in a ed in the French Parliament. j ¡^7  n ° ne y  dorms  A missing Negro juror in 42nd District Court Monday held up taking of testimony in a $70,500 personal injury damage suit.  Addison Taylor, of 726 North Tenth St., had been selected with 11 others for the trial. All took their places in the jury box, but were excused for ten minutes by Judge J. R. Black.  When they reassembled and a w itness was placed on the stand by the plaintiffs, Taylor was missing from his front seat. The sheriff’s department went out to summon him. At 11:45 a m. when he had not appeared, Judge Thomas recessed court until 1:15 p m It was presumed he had mistaken Judge Black s recess for a dismissal for dinner. Up to noon he had not l>een found,  The jury w exceptional in an  .    ,    ,    ,    ,    j,    5    ,    , ,    ,, tdiacs luuuo for the volunteer  Mcrxri hospital a lew hours after Meudes-France    spoke    before    the     d    lmem    in    Uus viUa<e of   he and a fe    rib J r  Counc.l of Eukao. made up of par-     d     “     s    Thf  ■  caU   t)av, s  attempted to arrest Gaither , ; i ianwnt  members from the coup-  f  ^    »bout 4 p.m.  at a Merkel service sttion.    j     ci p s 15  nations.  As court opened    Monday morn    ^  t ^ e    new     organization, j •  pleton, 1602 South    29th St.; Jesse    ing Gaither was dressed in    a    light    j     which  ^ F r0n ch    leader described    W|J AT'C    NEWS  Chapman, Route 1,    Tye; Roy H    green western style shirt,    grey    .    ^  a change d  aiK j    enlarged version    „.    ^  A   Poer. 1525 North    Mockingbird    western trousers  and     ;     ot t he Brussels pact of 1948, would    ON    INSIDE    PAGES  Lane; Frank H. Codington. 1916 I boots. He was brought to    th** ■    limits    to    the    armies  Vogel;    W.D.    Cook,    1810    Sandefer; j Jones County Jail    Saturday night j    armaments  Joe Sevmore,    Merkel:    W.    A.    Tate,    from Abilene. His    wife, Mrs Pa-  889 Victoria; J. F. Holmes. 772 tricia Edwards Gaither, charged;    ‘ *  Mulberry:    and  1118 Walnut St.  Wesley Groom,  with armed robbery, is now in the Jones County jail.  HUSBAND WOUNDED  Verdict Withheld InWoman'sDeath  ANSON, Sept. 20 — Official ver-    wife had committed suicide and  „ - -    diet listing cause of the death of    that he was going to do the tame,  other respect. County Attorney Le-    ^ arv     R U th Edwards, 33,; Reves said the mother called the  land Sutton was also selected as     awa jj’ e( i Monday morning. sheriffs office and Earl Russell,  a I»«*-    « j us tiee of the Peace Joe Mat- a neighbor of Charles Edwards  The case is expected    to    take    at     his stated will  probably be Wed-    Russell rushed to the Edwards  least two days to try,    nesday or Thursday before he    home and tried to knock a pistol  Thomas L. Tate of Young    Coun-     ren(le r S a  verdict.    from Edwards' hand just as the  tv is suing Roy R Phillips of •  (>nlv thJng of{ j e i a u v  determined oil man had it pointed at his own Eastland County in connection ^ sheriffs office said, i head.  is that the wwian died Sunday of Mrs. Edwards was dead when  neighbor arrived, Reves  Any discrimination, he said, would be only on a “geographic and strategic basis.”  “Questions have arisen,” he said, j “about the admission of West j Germany to NATO. Once the organization that I have described ! is set up, the resistance to that j in France would be greatly di- j minished.”  The United States and Britain j | have been pressing for West Ger- j i many's entry into NATO since the j  !  French National Assembly killed  1  the EDC plan which would have enrolled West Germans with the •: troops of France, Italy, Belgium, ] the Netherlands and Luxembourg ir a unified army.  NEW PROFS — Eight additions made to Abiiene Christian College faculty for 1954-55 session, Page 3-B.  POLITICS — GOP starts fight for fall elections.  T op Demo leaders indicate Stevenson wtll  r un for presidential nomination in 1956. Page 2-A.  WORLD TODAY — Eisenhower better political prophet than Sen. McCarthy. Page 5-A.  State of Siege Ordered in Chile  SANTIAGO, Chile T'-The government 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 despite the apparent solution to the recent strike of copper miners.  Last week various political parties expressed opposition to demands for extraordinary powers m the face of the strike.  THE WEATHER  ALLURING AURORA  'Gal Bears Fight Over' Okayed for English Zoo  LONDON Jb—Aurora, an Amen j cial van to bring Aurora to her can polar bear with sex appeal.! new home, won the right today’ to work her Said lies: “It’s not as though wiles in Bntain.    |    we    were    paying    dollars for her—  FEELING BETTER—Apparently recovered from his latest seizure of hiccups. Pope Pius XU waves happily to an audience from his summer retreat home at Oastel Gon-dolfo, Italy. The Pope showed no signs of his illness as he delivered f 10-minute talk.  with a truck-pick up collision at ; intersection of North Treadaway! Blvd and North 13th Street on last April 11  Tate alleges that a truck owned by defendant and driven by Carl | Dave Patton, Phillip’s employe, crashed into th»' rear end of his halted pickup while he observed a “stop” marker Roth vehicles were going north at the time,  Tate alleges that the impact injured himself, his wife and two young children.  The plaintiff is represented by Dai is Scarborough of Abilene The defendant is represented by Yircil Staberry, Jr. of Eastland, assisted by Alex Biekley of Abilene.  Other members of the jury are \S. T. Perry, Merkel; D. H. Tern*  a bullet wound.    the neighbor arrived, Reves re-  Mrs. Edwards    was kill J, and : ported. He said that when Dr. Aden  her husband, Charles Edwards, Andrus, an Anson doctor, arrived,  Anson oil man. was wounded Sun- \ Edwards attempted to attack the ’’voKni'cEvrRu. wear mss day hi their home in the Sinclair doctor. The doctor was aale to     uU ., u     «wSy ew.»ay  community seven or eight miles I ward Edwards oft.    <*iur<*    ,-tunf*«  southwest of Anson.    ! The dead woman was the for-  Anson General Hospital said Mon* j mer Mary Ruth Padgett of tiia-day morning Edwards is doing ham.  satisfactorily. He is under treat- j Immediate survivors include the men! there for a bullet wound in husband, two children, John, in his head. The hospital said his j the third grade, and Mary, in the  After    a hectic two-hour conier-  |    ence today, top officials of the   .......................  -......■■■.............. ;    government board of trade decided  i s.    deputmixt    or    cowme*< e    I     u>  lift    the ban on Aurora’s entry  ABILENE    \”“\*civitv    -    P*«tv j    and let    her in Aurora was shipped  cloudy «ms continued hoi Mood*» after-,    ^     t(>0l     j^t     t0     handle    from a cial zoos to buy polar bears in  NH?'<f£*‘^ic T ^iwcc^ h iow    " Chicago zoo. Where she stirred America, we cannot allow them  _ j up five male polars to a fighting | to accept them as gifts. That might passion of rivalry.  she s a free gift.”  The Board of Trade had said earlier: “Polar bears are not essential imports so they are banned. As we do not allow commer-  Sttit  S3  PM  «vi important Ti MPiKUi art  Moo.  amdition isn’t critical.  Trletthoned Mother  Sheriff Dave Reves said Ed- j wards’ mother, Mrs, John Edwards, Anson, received a telephone call about 6 p.m. Sunday from her son.. The sheriff said  first grade; and her parents. Dr. and Mrs, Padgett of Graham.  Funeral is tentatively set for 10 a m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs, John Edwards, 831 23rd St. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery hew under direction of  Edwards told his mother that his t Lawrence Funeral Home.  ,, I*.»    _______  3 »    ........  .. 9:30    ........  4 30    ........  .. S 30    ........  # »  .....  .. 7 30    ........  „ 1:39    ........  .. 9*36    .......  .. 19:39    ........  .. 1I-.3Í*    .......  _    13:30    ..    .  Oatvmder rondin« 13:36 p.m. ITM, Relativ« hum Kitty at 13 30 p m 43*V. Maalmum lempvratur« for 24 hour« «uditi« at 9:39 a.m. 99.  Minimum ictnpoi ¿lure (or -4 hour« *6<i in« at « 30 a » TS.  Sunset last ntpht « 40 p m. Sunrise today C:39 a.m. Sunset tomght «.39 p.».  Si  Si>  S5  So  93  i««  S3  93  93  81  AM,  II  81  m  T9  78  T7  ?»  93  m  Mi  SI  95  A Free Gift  She came as a free gift to Manchester's Bellevue Zoo. but the Board of Trade barred her entry into the country on her arrival aboard a freighter.  While her case was debated. Umely Aurora languished on the brighter, tied up at London docks.  Gerald lies, Bellevue Zoo superintendent. called the Board of Trade ban “fantastic” and sped from Manchester this morning t< protest Just to show he meant business, lies brought along a ape-  lead to abuse.  Affront io Chicago  Robert Dean, director of the Chicago zoo, called the ban “a shocking, duty outrage, an affront to the people of Chicago."  Explaining the trade board s change of heart today, an official spokesman said: “We have, for the first time, got the full story. Since it is now quite clear the bear came here as a gift, we have decided to cut right through the red tape arid let her come ashore.” Whereupon lies sped to the docks to gri Aurora.   

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