Abilene Reporter News, September 21, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 21, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD Wija Abilene 3^eporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron </ EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 97 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, SEPT. 21, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Four Jurors Picked toTry Gaither By GEORGIA NELSON , Reportcr-News Staff Writer / ANSON. Sept. 21. - The fourth juror selected in the murder trial of Willard F. 'Bill» Gaiti.er in the lU4lh District Court was sworn in just before Judge Owen Thomas en over to clarify the question to the venireman. Judge Thomas has repeatedly urged Briola to move along, emphasizing that he wants tc gi\e the attorney ample time, but b ttmg it be known that he felt too much recessed court for noon Tuesday, j time w as being taken. He was the third juror chosen Tuesday morning. B. L. Perkins of Route 2, Merkel, was picked Monday. Selected Tuesday: Joe T. Smith, Hawley wholesale oil and gas dealer. Bence Magee, Anson farmer and a Baptist. Ray Carlile. Stamford real estate, insurance, and auto finance man. Carlile was the last juror chosen. He was the 23rd venireman to be questioned. 12 Veniremen Excused The court has excused 12 men from jury service for such reasons as I* an opinion that would re- Speed-Up Asked As one venireman left the courtroom after questioning. Judge Thomas commented, “The record shows that counsel for the defense used 30 minutes in examining the last venireman. The court is again asking counsel not to consume so much unnecc-s.sary time " Briola’s questions have gone thoroughly into the po.ssible prejudices the jurors might have if the evidence should show that Gaither was intoxicated w’hen Abilene Policeman Jimmy Spann w'as killed in a blazing gun battle at Merkel last June 17. The defense attorney has quizzed every venireman on whether he quire evidence to remove, con- ^    opinion    or prejudice scicntious scruples agt i s j against Gaither from reading newspaper accounts of the killing, and Red China Entry Fight Slows UN REFUSES TO QUIT Allred Fires New Charges at Board death penalty, and 3t various prejudices they have expressed. Special Prosecutor Ksco Waller of Abilene and Defense .Mtorney Peter Briola are quesiiomng the veniremen. Walter s questions have been ^ brief and to the point. Usually, he has asked the prospective juror no ‘ more than a dozen questions. Brio- ^ whether they contributed to the fund sponsored by the Abilene Re-porler-News for Spann’s widow and children. Defendant Calm Smith, the second juror chosen, is the only venireman, so    far, who said he contributed in    any la has exlendod his quoslion,s. and «‘V '« 'he fund. Smith said his rut such involved ones that Judse, Sunday School class gave some Chven Thomas frequenlly has lak- ‘ "'""''y-    ■ j , t j _____     —    j Gaither remained calm Tuesday ' as he did the first day of the trial. Only about three or four spectators were seated in the courtroom Tuesday morning, besides members of the defendant’s family. 6 Veniremen Excused Jack Snow Family Fund Hits $257.50 POLICE RESTRAIN WOMAN — Chicago police restrain a woman held for questioning about the shooting of her husband. The woman, Mrs. Rose Beren, 30, told police the shooting occurred during a quarrel in their hotel apartment. She told Lt. Elmer Mulvehill she fired a revolver at William Beren, 47, unemployed, after he slapped her. Noel, Batchelor Planned to Escape S.AN .ANTONIO Lf* —.Associated | months. Pi ess photographer Frank Noel to- Only one juror was chosen from i ft*^hfied that he and Cel. Gifts to thé f.iniily of JavK Snow, young father killed last week in a hou.se • moving accident, continued to pour in Tuesday.    i By 9:30 « m . 52« had bei-n added to Monday's figure of $229 50. making a total of $257 50 for the family An additional $2125 had been contributed last week by city employes. The campaign to help the Snow family is being sjxinsored by the Park .Avenue Assembly of God Church. F H Hollis and friends donated tra to the fund, and $5 in gifts was received early Tuesday. Monday. Foremost Dairies agreed to furnish three gallons ol milk each week to the family O. C. Williams, assistant manager of Foremost, worked out the plan with Police Lt Grover Ghronisier Members of the police bìrce donated $3 as their aid to the milk fund Snow’s widow IS ill. The couple had three children. Jacqueline Maye. 7, recently di.smissed from Hendrick Memorial Hospital’s polio ward: Arthur Wayne. 3. and LuUier F.ugene. 2. Family ( ar Sold The Snows had returned from California shortly hefor»' the fa-ther s death. They had sohi tlie family i;ir to buy gtHH.'cncs and were living in a trailer. Snow was unemployed until he took the jol> w ith a house • moving firm last Monday. On Tuesday he was electrocuted when he lifted an electric highline clear of the house roof. The family is now living in the home of Jack’s brother. T L. Snow. 1942 North 15th St. ! 13 veniremen questioned Monday. I The court excused six for cause, I two because they said they hud I conscientious scruples against the ' death penalty. Two others said they had formed opinions about the case which would lake evi-^ dence to change. - .At the end of the first day the stale had used two and the defense four of their peremptory challenges. Each side is allowtxl to excuse 15 veniremen without stating their reasons. Claude Batchelor made plans to escape from the North Korean pri.son camp where they were held by the communists. Noel was called by the defense at the trial of Batchelor before an .Army court-martial at Fort Sam Houston on charges of aiding the enemy while he was a POW. Noel was captured on the Korean front and was a prisoner almost three years. He Was in the same camp where Batchelor, 22. from Kermit. Tex . was held 38 AUSTIN tP-Renne Allred Jr. said today that one factor back of the insurance commission’s attempt to fire him was his determination to name a board employe in a suit charging fraud. Allred made the charge in a letter to the borrd, a copy of which was released to The Associated Press, The commission has ordered All-red discharged as attorney for its liquidator and as counsel for many firms now in receivership. Allred countercharges that only the court who named the receivers could fire him. Allred’s letter said he had twice delayed filing the suit “against all parties who had any connection with the fraud perpetrated upon innocent creditors and policyholders of Texas Mutual” at the request of two members of the board to keep the suit from becoming “embroiled in politics.” Allred said the first delay was until after July 24. and the second until after Aug. 28. Those were the dates of the first and second Democratic primaries. Conduct of the insurance commission w as one issue in the gubernatorial campaign. Defeated candidate Ralph Yarborough that the commission, named by Gov. Allan Shivers, had been lax in enforcing the insurance laws. Allred’s letter also replied to a Claims of creditors and policyholders against the defunct Texas Mutual have been estimated at around a million dollars, Leslie and Paul Lowry of Beaumont and D. H. O’Fiel of Beaumont have been indicted on perjury counts by a Travis County grand jury in connection with organization of a Texas Mutual subsidiary. The grand jury inquiry and other spotlighting of insurance affairs had followed a blistering opinion by Justice R. G, Hughes of the Third Court of Civil Appeals who had charged there had been “gross if not criminal” laxness in insurance law enforcement. Russia Due To Get Help From Indians .Dutch Diplomat Sure To Be UH President UNITED N.ATIONS, N Y. Dutchman with 35 years experience in international affairs was a shoo-in choice today for presi- Noel said he had made three attempts to escape but was unsuccessful. About Fcbniary or March. 1953,    ,    , u ju    charge by the board that he had he said he talked with Batchelor about a fourth attempt to escape. READY FOR TOUR Ike, Hall Study Republican Chances in November Vote House Pre.ss Secretary James Hagerty said in advance of today’s conference. Hall brought with him three key Bassett, publicity DENN'FR f*—President Eisen-nower and Fiepublican .National Chairman Leonard W. Hall, take a hard new look ttxiay at GOP chances for maintaining control of: Congres.>s--and at the Pre.sident’s ‘    • an es role in the campaign.    ;    Republican National Hall flew in from Washington * ^’«mmillee; Robert Humphrey, in for a summer White House confer- charge of organization; and Val cnce with the President as Eisen- > Washington, who handles relations bower made ready to start a fly-, with minority groups, ing stH'echmaking tour of the far west tomorrow The tour will take him into Montana, \\ a.shington, Oregon and Cal- .A member of the court asked i Noel whether it was a joint escape plan. Noel replied that Batchelor agreed to go along. He said they decided to make their attempt about the first of August, 1953. when the rains of the monsoon season would give a protective cover. He said he and Batchelor were going to try to get to the China Sea but thev needed a map. Batchelor got the map. Noel said. Noel said as far as he knew Batchelor never informed on him. He said about the middle of July, 19,53. the prisoners knew definitely that the prisoner exchange was coming off, so he and Batchelor did not try their escane. A former medical officer in the Netherlands East Indies .Army i testified that prosecution witnesses j against Batchelor probably ^u^ fered from “bamboo fence complex” Such prosecution testimony, Dr. Phil!in Bl.iemsa said not been cooperative. He said that as long ago as March of this year he had called the board’s attention to evidence “of grossly over-valued mortgages concerning a company that your dent of the ninth U.N. General Assembly as delegates gathered charged for their opening session this afternoon. The election of Dr. Eelco Nicolaos van Kleffens to the top Assembly post became a virtual certainty when his only announced opponent. Prince Wan Waithaya-k(m of Th'ailand, withdrew yesterday from tlie race. Van Kleffens. Netherlands minister to Portugal and head of the Dutch delegation to the 60-nation UNITED NATIONS. N.Y. (f)-A new fight over anticipated demands to seat Red China threatened today to delay — at least briefly — organization of the ninth United Nations General Assembly. Russia, India and some other Asian countries were expected to launch the new struggle to replace the Chinese Nationalists with Peiping representatives shortly after the session’s formal opening this afternoon. U.S. Secretary of State Dulles was on hand to lead the campaign for keeping up the bars against the Chinese Reds. The United States, backed by Britain, planned to ask the Assembly to shelve the Question until the end of the year. The same strategy was used last year to keep Peiping out. West Is Confident Both the Americans and the British were confident of a clear winning majority. To strengthen their case. U.S. Delegate Henry The veteran Dutch diplomat will!Cabot Lodge Jr. in a weekend celebrate his 60th birthday while the .Assembly is in session, on Nov. DR. VAN KLEFFENS . opponent retires 17. A lawyer and the son of a lawyer. his long career has often alternated between the law and diplomacy — or combined two. Van Kleffens was born in Heer-enveen. 4i small factory town in the peatbog country of Friesland. statement charged the Chine.se Communists with 39 attacks in the past four years on ships or planes of Britain, Panama, Denmark, Norway, France. Portugal and the United States. With the seating contest out of the the way, organization of the Assembly for business promised to be smooth sailing. Withdrawal of Thailand’s Prince me , Wan Waithayakon from me Assem- northern Holland, He attended the' bly presidency race yesterday left University of Leyden and in 1918. i the field clear for Eelco van Klef- examiner had found insolvent as of June 30. 1953” “This company is still doing business at the same old stand,” .Allred said. fens. Netherlands minister to Portugal and the only other announced candidate for the post. Budget Battle There was possibility that a con- NEXT ONE'S HERS-A BOY Daughters Are Presents Of Wife on His Birthday ROT.AN, Sept. 21 tRNS) -It’s almost a week after his birthday and Jearl Wilkes is still a mighty proud man over his birthday gift this year. Even his birthday gift of two ' years ago is still a source of great I rejoicing. I Two years ago. lunch over, and yesterday, i the birthday cake eaten. Mrs. ifornia—an area where there are The quartet came to Denver with Maine’s election of a Democratic governor last week still uncomfortably fre.sh in Republican minds, and with op{.visiiion criticism of thri'e imptiriant Senate races in the . t h e Eisenhower administration No\ember elections, plus contests mounting as the campaign goes for all the House seats of all four states. “The President and Mr. Hall are going to talk over the political into the home stretch. The President so far has campaigned in a restrained kind of way, strictly according to the pat situation generally, with of course tern he set out for himself month.s special attention to the states the ; ago. ( I’re.sideiil is about to visit," White City Building Inspector Quits To Take Job at Citizens Bank , C. Elliott Jr.. has re.signed Nov 19. city building iii.^pector, eftec- ”'hen he tive Oct. 1. He has said repeatedly that he would do no barnstorming for individual GOP candidates—that instead he would go around the coun- should be accepted only if backed up by similar testimony from “three or four other witnesses” IJ Col. Donald Manes Jr . court-martial law officer, ordered the opinion stricken from the record. Dr. Bloemsa said that during World War 11 POWs in Germany developed what was called a “barbed wire complex’’ while in : Asia it w as called a “bamboo fence complex." “Among other things, he said, the complex makes I”)Ws lose interest in things outside their stockage. makes them suspicious of fellow prisoners and fills them with selfishness and self pity. Bloemsa testified he believed no as On that date manager of the new Citizens Na* Lonal Bank Building L. L. Thomasson will be the city building inspector. He actually began tho.sc duties Sept. 1. and tKith lie and EUioll have carried the title since then. Elliott has been building inspector since Aug. 11. 19:”. He .slated Tuesday that lie is leaving the city job for the better salary ; which the bank building position j otfcrs. “It has been a great pleasure working lor the people here.” Elliott stated. “1 have enjoyed helping them work out their building and zoning problems. “The position with the Citizens National Rank will help me promote a higher standard ot living for my wife and two boys. That’s v.hy I shall leave the city’s employment.” Thoma.sson previously served as city building i.isi>eclor here from 1951, until June 2. 1952, ; campaign, but Eisenhower aides entered private employ- ^^re »tot inclined much to the no-mcnt. On July 22, 1954. he return-i,p would chang«- his campaign cd to the city payroll as assistant lact cs try plugging the record of his ad-. wholly exempt from the com-ministration and the Republican- pipx and added: “It makes their run 83rd Congress,    minds narrow until a man is It s no secret that some mem- practically an animal.” bers of his party would like to see (--f-------------- Eisenhower wage a more vigorous he will become, building inspector. L. L. TIIOMASsA . . . new Inspector C. C. ELLIOTT JR. . hank kuUdtng manager Lueders, Hamlin Children Admitted To Polio Ward Here Three new polio cases and one case of fHissibie polio were repori-eti Tuesday at Hendrick Memorial Hospital The four patients were admitted Monday, raisink; the number of persons in the polio ward to 23. Five {Hilio victims were released from Hendrick last weekend. Sam Massey. 9. son of Mr and Mrs. S. C. Massey of Throckmorton. was listed as a possible polio case. The children whose cases have definitely been diagnosed as polio are: Karen Smith, 3. and Karl Smith. 2, of l.uetlers, children of Mr and Mrs. G. A Smith of Lueders: and Linda Kay Watson. 11 daughter of Mr and Mrs. K. R. Watson of Hamlin. All are in the Isolation ward. Airmen Win Stinky Raise LONDON .fL-Twenty British air-' line pilots have won a pay raise because—to put it frankly—they stink. The fliers man freight transports used by the British Overseas Airways Corp. for the air shipment of such livestock as race- i horses, monkeys, pigs and cattle. Denis Fellows, a spokesman for the British .Airline Pilots .Assn., told a wage tribunal yesterday; “The.se men take their meals while flying in degrading and obnoxious conditions. Their bodies are so contaminated by the everpresent smell of animals that when they come in contact with their fellow men. they are shunned.” The tribunal awarded them $1 an hour. THE WEATHER at 23, won his degree of doctor of law. The next year he went to work Assembly, began lining up his sup- j in the legal branch of the league port on a visit here last December. | of Nations Secretariat in Geneva, Even    U.S.    support    for    Prince    Wan    quitting two    years later to work in i test of sorts    would develop for the could    not    slow    Van    Kleffens’    can-    London as    a legal aide for the chairmanship of the Assembly’s didacy.    Royal Netherlands Petroleum Co. budget committee. The Polish del- Van Kleffens came    back    to the    egation    announced last night that international swim in    1922,    as as-1    its permanent delegate, Henryk sistant director of the legal de-1 Birecki, would be a candidate for partment f the Dutch Ministry of \ the presidency of the fiscal group. Foreign Affairs. He served in the ¡This is the committee which will late '20s as registrar of the arbitra- debate whether $189,000 in dam-tion court    that interpreted the ages should    be paid to 11 former Dawes and    Young plans for Ger- i American U    N. employes who were man financial recovery.    j    fired for refusing to testify con- Was Foreign Minister j cerning alleged Communist connec-In 1939 he reached the diplomatic I tions. top at home when a Cabinet crisis I Otherwise the next major clash resulted in his appointment as, was expected later this week in minister of foreign affairs instead.! the steering committee, where Nine months later, as the Ger- Britain promised strenous opposi-mans drove toward    the    Hague, jtion to    putting Greece’s claim to Van Kleffens and his    wife    fled in    Cyprus    on the agenda for Assem- a crippled navy hydroplane to blV debate. Brighton, England. In Britain he once election of officers is out became foreign minister in exile, of the way, Dulles is expected to Remaining foreign minister after' open the fortnight of policy the liberation, an Kleffens headed : speeches frwn delegation leaders the Netherlands delegation to the * 1945 San    Francisco conference which organized the United Nations. In 1946 and 1947 he was his country’s permanent representative to the U N. From 1947 to 1950 he was ambassador to Washington, and since then has been in Lisbon. Van Kleffens was married in the Hague in 1935, to Margaret Horst-man. Her mother was American— Catherine van Cott of Salt Lake | Java Lakshmi Pandit. Sister of In-City, who married a Rotterdam dia’s Prime Minister Nehru, she oil executive. The Van Kleffens j was the first woman elected to have no children.    '    bead a U.N. Assembly. Wilkes entered the local hospital. •At 3:20 p.m. she presented her husband his birthday gift — Sharyi Lea Wilkes, That was Sept. 15. 1952. Mns. Wilkes decided the next child would be a boy and would be bom on her birthday. However— Sept. 15, 1954, and father and daughter were having their birthday party. "The cake was eaten. The dishes pul away and Mrs. Wilkes went to the hospital again. This time at 4 p m. Sharyn L>ti arrived in time to be another birthday present. Wilkes was so thrilled his second daughter arrived on his birthday that, his wife says—“He still doesn’t know whether it’s a girl or boy,” Mrs, Wilkes has one comment to make “Lll show them yet.” she declared. “The next one will be a boy and it will be bom on my birthday.” with an exposition of U.S. policy Thursday. Delegates looked for him to comment at length on President Eisenhower’s plan to set up a peace pool of atomic power, despite Soviet objection to it. 8th Ends Quickly The expiring eighth Assembly, in recess since last December, was closed out with brief formality yesterday by its president. Mrs. Vi- Europe's Reaction to New French Arms Plan: Caution I S DKrvmTMVXT or commkrck wrvTHrn Bi mrvi ABILEXK AM» VICIMTV F-if «n<l mlW . toiUiW. »nd W«rfn«'sd*v. H»*h trnu'erjtiurip todaj n»Mir »    low lonUîM iM-nr iW    hift» W^hIhmkIw near 90 NOKTH CFNTRAl. *nd WFifT TKXVS— LONDON .fv-France’s Western Prime Minister Winston Church-Allies took a long, cautious !o<rft i ill called his Cabinet to its regular today at her new plan to rearm weekly session today. The discus-West Germany. Two leading Brit- sion was expected to center around ish new spapers termed it at least j Mendes-Franee’s plan and ar-a starting point for the nine-power | rangemcnts for the nine-power con-talks opening in London next week, ference. There w’as no immediate official reaction to the proposals, outlined by French Premier Pierre Mendes-France yesterday in a speech before the European Consultative .Assembly at Strasbourg. Thev in-Fait thiss «nwKvn. xmmhi and    cluuoil    tmxig West Germany in a The French memorandum to interested governments giving full details of Mendes-France’s propos- The French plan, put forward as a substitute for the defunct European Defense Community (EDCL is similar in many respects to proposals advocated recently by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. Both call for an expaasion of the five-nation Brussels pact into <!*>; iwkr «ÄU« *«*nioaii ««d uwuiW EVST TEXAS    ch*ud.v    »nd    <\n>l ét IhlK »«eriKvn. »eatt^rrd thunder<how SOITH CENTRAL TEXAS P«rU> rk*udy.    thundrr*lw‘w#in- TKAIPmATl RFS als was still secret. The first Brit- \ an alliance of at least Britain, ish comment appeared in the in- West Germany. France. Italy. Bel-fluent ial, independent Times and j gium, the Netherlands and Luxem-the Conservative Daily Telegraph, bourg. In.stead of a common army w t«w 101 »3 I» M Tuiw *l Mt U 07 iU ts AM m 79 77 74 n n ÌÌ EM 3:30 3:30    . . 4.:» 5:»    - 7:»    .    . , I-Äi .  .. , W M .    ... UM I! » r«*dlns •* F™ R^UUvr humldlt> «t lì » V m. l»W Hwh «»d k»»    «fur«* Rv W Ih>u!> ntdloc At S;30 a.m. 101 ab4 71 deer«««. , tight European alliance that would limit the fighting forces of all member states and control their arms production. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said the Frtnch Both newspapers said the French Premier had furnished at least the basis for p*»ssible agreement. But bt»ih expressed misgivings as to the extent of British military com- 70 01 03 LS mitments in Europe France might plan is being studied but no com-1 demand as the price for consenting men! would be made immediately.! to German rearmament. A few hours later the Unitedi The Times also questiimed Slates formally accepted Britain’s; whether Britain would accept the of arms. Mendes-France would do invitation to attend the Sept. 28! loss of national sovereignty ap- i this through the enlarged Brussels U>ndon talks, called to thresh <hj1 1 parently inherent in the proposals | group; Eden proposes that thf 14-a way to enlist W^t Germans in I to contnd the size of armed forces Ration North Atlantic ailiancti Net Western defense,    land    armament production.    [the limits. as the EDC plan proposed, luem-bers of the pact would rush immediately to the defense of any other partner attacked Although the full details of neither primal have been mad« public, the chief difference seems to be in the method of controlling the size of armies and production ;