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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR Wtyt gbflene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 101 Aaocutted Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, SEPT. 25, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAYlOc VA mental patient who attempted to jump from sixth floor of hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., was frustrated by fast-moving firemen who swung ladder to window, pinning the patient to building until doctors could drag the man to safety. ________ McCarthy Report Fogged in Secrecy WASHINGTON IS A special stead to hold off the start of the Senate investigating committee ession until Nov. 8, the week at- took elaborate precautions today to guard the secrecy of its 60.- 000-word verdict on censure charges against Sen. McCarthy. A few details about the general makeup of the report came to light, but the key question was still under wraps: Do the unanimous findings declare for or against the controversial Wisconsin Republi- can? Senate leaders yesterday shelved plans for a politically explosive preelection Senate session on the censure move. They agreed in- Winters Man Found Dead In Bed Here A 55-year-old Winters man, Floyd D. Busbee, was found dead in bed early Saturday morning at the Red Top tourist court, 511 Am- bler. Mr. Busbee's wife. Opal, told officers that they had set an alarm clock for 5 a.m. but that when her husband failed to shut it off she discovered Uiat he was dead. A doctor said Mr. Busbee had been dead since about 2 a.m. Jus- tice of the Peace H. F. Long said death was due to natural causes. Mr. Busbee was born Sept. 1, 1898, near Sulphur Springs. He had lived in or near Winters since 1913. Survivors include his wife. whose address was given as Red Top Courts. Abilene: one son Floyd Jr.. 1058 Bowie Dr.: four brothers. George. Lawrence, Jim and Cleve. ail of Oklahoma City: four sisters, Mrs. Norene Morri son, Lydia Busbee and Mrs. White, all of Oklahoma City and Mrs Skidmore. Sulphur Springs; and one grandson. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sun day at the First Baptist Church in Winters. The Revs. Kmmet Brooks of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger and Rev. B. F. Shoe make, pastor of the Winters church, will officiate. Burial wil be in Pumphrey Cemetery near Winters. Arrangements are under direction of Kiker-Warren Funera Home. con- er the Nov. 2 nationwide [ressional elections. This decision promptly set off ome political sparring; with Re- }ublicans generally hailing it and )emocrats declaring they are to bring the censure issue o a showdown vote right now, if hat were possible. Report Completel The date was fixed as the in- committee, headed by Sen. Watkins completed what Watkins announced was a unanimous report of findings on a censure resolution by Sen. Flanders R-Vt) and 46 supporting charges. The charges were fired at Mc- Carthy by Flanders and Sens. Ful- bright (D-Ark) -and Morse (Ind- Orel. They accused him of mis- conduct including contempt of the Senate, slurring fellow senators abusing an Army general, and il- legal use and solicitation of secret government documents. Watkins and his five fellow com- mittee members ordered the ver- dict made public Monday, but took extraordinary precautions mean while against any "leak" as to its contents. No Cop'Kf Out Watkins said no committee mem- ber has retained a copy of the report. No copy has been given to McCarthy or anyone else, and that he feels "very certain" no mem her would give even a hint in advance to anyone about the nature of the finding. But he told a news conference offers a basis for a clear cu decision which the Senate "coul< vote up or down. This would be the final effect of the entire report Another member, Sen. Case (R SDK said he expects the repor "will be regarded as one in whicl we have faced our responsibilities.' Mew Zip Just Party's Plan Officials Say DENVER the zip 'resident Eisenhower has started Kitting into his campaign for a iepublican Congress mean the GOP, high command is'Worried about the outcome of the Novem- ler elections? Aides to the President here at the summer White House provide no clear cut yes or no answer. They and Republican National Chairman Leonard Hall conceded in advance of the four-state poli- tical tour which Eisenhower com pleted yesterday that the party's candidates were "running scared." But they also insist that doesn't mean they actually are fearful the Democrats will recapture control of Congress. They say it's good psychology to run scared to avoid ivercoifidenee. Why the Slagging? Then why did Eisenhower start slugging for the first time during the campaign in his Los Angeles speech Thursday night, after show- ing so much restraint for weeks? The answer you get in talking to men around the President here is in two parts. First, they say that with Con- gress as evenly divided politically as it is now there naturally some real concern that the Dem- ocrats may win control in Novem- ber. They" however, that the concern is by no means new and ;hat, therefore, is not a major fac- tor in the more vigorous fight Eisenhower has started to wage. They say a more important reason for the step-up in the Presi- dent's pace is in the second part :o the The entire campaign, Eisen- hower associates say, was planned the way it has been going. An easy start, gradual gathering of steam, and then the climax in the weeks remaining before Nov. 2. According to those associates, it was in the cards from the start that the President would build up tempo as he went along. They re- call he was criticized in some quarters early in the 1932 presi- dential campaign for not waging more vigorous fight. But as the duel with Adlai Steve- enspn progressed, Eisenhower be- came more outsooken. And that, apparently, is the course he is following this year in the congres- sional campaign. Quickened Pace Certainly he did quicken his pace with a rush in Los Angeles, after indicating earl'er in Montana. Washington and Oregon that he was about to do so. In these three states this week in advance of the tos Angeles ad dress, the President began naming Republican congressional candi- dates from the speakers platform for the first time. He had said months before that he would do no barnstorming for individuals. He still hasn't, bul he has begun to mention this candi- date as "my good friend" and t< speak of that candidate in terms o! a record of support of the admini stration. Until the Los Angeles speech Eisenhower had made no blunt ringing call for election of another Republican he hai tossed scarcely a brickbat at the Democrats. BIG SPRING PILOT KILLED WHEN PLANE HITS MOUNTAIN TOKYO Air Force today said Capt Dar- rell Sinn, Big Spring, Tex., was killed Monday when the bomber which he was piloting struck the side of a mountain. The crash occurred near Takayama City in the west of Japan while the B26 was on a routine training mis- sion. Gaither Fired First Shot, Attendant Says their GETTING A PLATEFUL Mr. and Mrs. Rigdon Edwards of Sweetwater get plates filled with food at the 25th annual pre-Eagle-Mustang football banquet meeting pri- or to the game Friday night. Serving up the food is Bob Barker of Abilene. Over 400 Sweetwater and Abilene Rotary Club members and their wives attended the meeting at the Women's Building at Fair Park. (Staff photo by Bob 441 Attend Rotary Fun, Food Fest Sweetwater and Abilene Rotar- ians had their annual fun and food test Friday night at the Women's Building at Fair Park, with 441 guests on hand. It was the 25th annual Rotary meeting held in advance of the Eagle-Mustang football game. An entertainment feature was the music of a hillbilly vocal quar- tet dressed in Sweetwater Mustang uniforms. George Leonard, pro- gram chairman, introduced them as "Blackout" Smith, "Noodle" Knute, "Lanky" Jones and "Light- ning" Lee. He said their musical ability was a sure sign that Sweet- water was football in favor of the finer arts. Gene Atkinson, Sweetwater Ro- tary president, spoke for his fel- low townsmen. "This annual meeting has de- veloped to where nothing could take its place." Atkinson said. "It keeps our hearts warm through." Other program features were tap dancing and baton twirling by Peggy Barnes and a ballet by Gail Meyer. State Senator Barley Sadler of Abilene was master of ceremon- NEAR NEW HIGH SCHOOL Firm Seeks Right To Build Station Westwood Development Co. Went to court Saturday morning con- tending the City of Abilene can't block construction of a service station near the new high school Westwood filed a motion in 42d District Court asking Judge J. R. Black to dissolve and dismiss a temporary restraining order issued Sept. has tied up the project. At issue is whether or not West- wood can build a service station at North Sixth Street and Mocking- bird Lane. This is in the area which was long disputed with the Dulles Due in London Tonight For Vital Meet on Rearming WASHINGTON of.ment officials say, is vague but State Dulles flies to London tonight lor a crucial meeting with French Premier Mendcs-France and other European leaders on prompt mea- sures for rearming West Ger- many. He is reported going with a slightly hopeful, yet highly cau- tious attitude about the chances of successful agreement at the nine-power conference opening Tuesday. Dulles has no detailed plan of his own, associates said. But it is understood British For- eign Secretary Eden and West Ger- man Chancellor Adenauer he feels a solution should be found by tying West Germany into the North Atlantic Trealy Organiza- tion. French It is said that Dulles docs not know whether in the showdown, Mcndcs-France will go along with this kind of solution or will insist apparently relies mainly on the ;948 Brussels, pact as a safeguard igainst reborn German militarism. Dulles' associates consider two unanswered questions of funda- mental importance: 1. Is Mendes-France sincerely seeking a quick and workable so- ution to the German problem? Or, because of deep French fears of German rearmament, is he really intent on stalling off a de cision indefinitely by engaging in prolonged negotiations? Crisis J Weeki OU 2. If Mendes-Francc wants and joins in an agreed formula, will he be able to get the French As- sembly to back him up and ratify it? The present crisis began three weeks ago when the French As- sembly shelved a plan for a Eu roneon Defense Community. The project would have pooled French on delaying NATO. Gcrmmi entry Into The'French premier has ad plan which, Slate Depart One major feature of the EDC )lan which Dulles considered of importance was its provision 'or a supranational authority step toward unity among the "rce nations of Europe. Sovereignty Needed Dulles has now decided that much as he would like to save :his feature in any new plan, the urgent need to give West Germanj sovereignty and begin the forma :ion of 12 German divisions mus take priority over everything else Informants said that Dulles prepared to use much patience in trying to get full French coopers tion. He feels that any rersonabl plan with French cooperation is far more desirable than some a nmi and German military ttrength controls In Europe, therebj giving Franct power over Germany'i future military (tovelop- acni. First Jet .ands Here Abilene Air Force Base receiv- ed its first B-47 jet bomber this lorning. It landed soon after 10 o'clock, s did two other planes which arried military dignitaries who ame to mark the first anniversary f groundbreaking at the air base Sept. 25 last year. At the air base are Maj. Gen ;ohn B. Montgomery. Fort' Worth. Eighth Air Force commander: and Col. Harry 0. Fischer, Fort Worth district engineer of the Corps of Sngineers. They were met by Abi lene civic leaders for a tour of the base and lunch. ternatlve arrangement over French objections. reachc Yet hi sides have recently spent almos half their working hours consider Ing ways or rearming German without French cooperation, if Is finally decided on, A U.S. diplomat slid that it a safe bet that Dulles would bu any plan approved by Eden and Condor Sale Sale of 46 per cent of Condor Petroleum Company's stock to the Bradley Oil Co. of Dallas was or- dered by County In- galsbe in Probate Court Saturday morning, with the transaction sub- iect to Condor's option to buy in .he stock. The Bradley Co. submitted the only bid received, an offer of m250. Involved are S.VfK shares of stock. This stock, after the death of 'ondor President Ellis Hall in Au- gust, 1953, passed to Citizens Na- tional Bank of Abilene, executor of the estate. The company's affairs have been involved in court litiga- tion much of the time since Hall's death in an airplane crash. Judge Ingalsbe. in approving the bid, said the sale would be sub- ject to Condor's option to buy up the stock at the same price within 30 days. The Bradley Co. is headed Robert Bradley of Dallas, who also is acting president of the Condor Petroleum Co. The Bradley Co is a Delaware corporation, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the San Juan Exploration Co. of Dal las. chool board, zoning, board am ty commission when Westwood build-a shopping center cross from the high school. Per lission was refused. Work Stopped. At the time of the dispute with e city, the area was outside the ty limits. When work began this week on for the service station e city asked and obtained a tern orary injunction halting worl n it. The city's petition cited that an rdinance annexing the section t he city had been passed on firs eading Sept. 10, and was slatec or final reading Oct. 15. Judge Black, in granting the in unction, set hearing on it Oct. 15 Contends No Control Westwood's motion filed by Ai orney Dallas Scarborough Satur- ay morning contends that th ity of Abilene has no contro ver the property, as it is no in the city limits; and that the citj as no control over what an ii ividual does with property ou ide the city as long as it doe. ot create a commonlaw nuisance Scarborough's motion asserts hat the city's aim is to block th tation construction until after th and is annexed, and then to ha permanently by zoning regula ions. Asks to Continue Work The motion further asks "tha the delay resulting from the unction not prevent Westwoo rom completing the building the injunction is not finally u eld, and meanwhile the city com iletes annexation. Judge Black said he probate will not act on the motion unti Oct. 2 at the hearing already EC Arthel Henson is president i Yestwood. Rufus Sivley and Nati an Morris are partners in th company THE WEATHER V, S, DEPARTMENT Or COMMERCE WEATHER ttUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY fair and continued warm. Maximum Saturday and Sunday- about 90. Low Saturday night High Friday SO. Low NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy and mild through Sunday. WEST TEXAS Ckmdy to partly cloudy Sunday. wiUi widely scattered thun- dershowert. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and miM through Sunday with ittered thunderthowers. TEMPERATURES Friday p.m. f Saturday a.m. W............ 67 M 68 67 W............ K n 70 7t 76 70 M 87 KUh and low UmperKturM for 34 hours endfd at and H. Hhrn and low tempcfaturM Mmr (Into n M. AlMX lot nlallt p.m. Svniln a.m. luiMt ImllM lUronuttlr rMdSut M Contributions Boost Snow Fund to Gifts are still coming in to th fund to aid Mrs. Jack Snow am her three children. It stood at Saturda morning, an increase of X since Friday. Among Friday's cot Iributions was from ZeniUi Cleaners employes. The fund is being handled b the Park Ave. Assembly of Go Church of which the Rev. Ra McMillan is pastor. Contribution may be mailed or brought to hi home, 1217 Plum St. Jack Snow was electrocuted las week. Wasps Kill Man GALUCANO. Italy W-Wasf attacked and killed mute drive Giovanni SUrpeUi. M, ot Spann, Witness Declares By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer ANSON, Sept. 25 Willard F. (Bill) Gaither fired the Trst shot in a gun battle with two Abilene policemen, an ye witness testified this morning. Gaither is on trial in 104th District Court for the fatal hooting of Policeman Jimmy Spann at Merkel the night jf June 17. Howard Beaird, operator of the filling station in which he shooting occurred, and an eye witness, said Gaither hot first "Gaither fired the first shot. He fired it at Jeaird testified. Describes Getting Out of Car Beaird described the manner in which Gaither backed mt of the right side of his car after the officers (Spann and Policeman W. T. Davis) ordered Mm to throw out his ;un and to get out of the car. He sard that as Gaither backed out, he held his left, land on top of the car and slid a gun along the top and down toward the back of the car. .According to Beaird's estimony, Spann was at this ime "hunkered down" be- lind the first gas pump on the east side of the station. The defense placed two witnesses n the stand out of order by agree- ment with state's attorneys in the Willard F. Gaither murder trial in 04th District Court here Saturday morning Defense Attorney Peter Briola I San Antonio called James F. Armstrong, assistant cashier of Citizens National Bank in Abilene, o the stands to present records of he bank account of Mrs. JoSeale W. E.) Martin. Purpose o! introducing the rec- ord was to show the balance of Mrs. Martin's account last June 17. Mrs. Martin testified for the state Friday that her sister, Pa- tricia Gaither, and Gaither, came :o her home on that date demand- ing Mrs. Martin said she told her sister and Gaither that she did not have the money. Ledger Sheets Armstrong, reading from bank ledger sheets, stated that Mrs. Martin's balance at the close of janking business June 16 was S205.88 and that her balance at the close of June 18 was Mrs. Martin told in her testi- mony about writing two checks and unsuccessfully trying to cash them to meet the demands for money made by Gaither and Pa- tricia. She said .that when she was un- able to cash the checks she gave them to Joe James, 1974 Santos and that he got them cashed anc returned to her home with which he handed to Patricia. The defense also called to the stand Denny (D. B.) Nichols, who owns a pawn shop at 173 Chest- nut St. Nichols testified that on June 15 he sold to Gaither two 25 calibre automatic pistols, one of German make and the other of Spanish make. Gave Sweetwater Address Nichols read from his record oi the sale that Gaither gave his address at that time as 607 Easi Third St., Sweetwater. First witness called by the state Saturday morning was Lt. Grover Chronister, with the Abilene Police He identified pictures which he said he took June 20 a the Cosden service station where the shooting occurred. The state was unable to get the pictures introduced in evidence for any purpose other than to show the position of the gas pumps. De- fense Attorney Briola objected 4rongly to introduction of pictures when Chronister- was on the stand and again when Beaird was testi- ying. State witnesses placed on the land Friday told of the terror they endured when Gaither threat- ned then- lives the afternoon of une 17, an 80-to-90 mfle-per-hour wlice chase from Abilene to ;el and the gun battle that ended Officer Spann's life. Attempted To Cash Checks Mrs. W. E. Martin of 1709 South 23rd St. related that she attempted o cash two checks after her sister, Patricia, and Gaither came o her home demanding money. Ihe returned she said, to find Gaither holding two disarmed policemen and several other per- fons, including three small chil- dren, at gunpoint. Policeman W. T. Davis, one of the policemen, described following Saither's car to Merkel, going 85 o 90 miles an 'hour at times to overtake him. When the defense attorney infer- red that a shot from Officer Da- gun may have killed Spann, ie state tried to disprove this by the size of his wounds. Dr. W. T. Sadler of Merkel testified that, 'both of Spann's wounds were made by small calibre shots" and that the wounds Gaither received "were larger." Gaither was using a .25 calibre automatic and both officers were armed with .38 cal- ibre pistols. City Ordinance Read To meet a technical point raised by the defense, the state called Lila Fern Martin, Abilene city secretary, to the stand. Defense Attorney Briola asked both Policemen Davis and W. L. Wood if they had warrants of arrest or a search warrant when they went to the W. E. Martin home. Miss Martin-read into the court record an Abilene city ordinance authorizing policemen to make arrests without warrants under "specific circumstances. Freeman Davis, Abilene gun- smith, related that on Tuesday, June 15, Gaither brought to him two .25 calibre automatic pistols to be repaired. He said Gaither returned for the guns about p.m. June 17 and before accept- ing them had the gunsmith run shells through the mechanism to make sure both guns were in working order. Mrs. Spann, widow of the slain policeman, took the stand briefly to offer proof that her husband died the night of June 17. She seemed nervous but displayed nc emotion during her testimony. wounded bodies of Chris Kanakas, left, and George Minos lit in street in Chicago after they were killed in ambush by police squad led by Lt Pape, arrow. The two robbery suspects were slain when they tried to snoot tfteir way out of a police trap.   

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