Abilene Reporter News, September 28, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEAR, WARM®lje ^Wlcne"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron MDRNING VOL. LXXIV. NO. 103 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, SEPT. 2871954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Gaither Guilty; Gets 99 Years Gunman Shows No Emotion BATTLE DUE NOV. 8 Senate Panel Asks McCarthy Censure W\SHINGTOX. Sept, 27 public and official reprimand for Sen. McCarthy was recommended today by a Senate committee of three Democrats and three Republicans. The committee said the Wisconsin Republican should be censured for londucl it described as contemptuous, contumacious, denunciatory. unworthy, inexcusable and reprehensible. Bitter Debate Due The report, which surprised many by its vigor, set the stage for what promises to be long and Gen. Taylor Visits Taipeh For Parley T.-MPEH .'^-Gen. .Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the U S. 8th Army in Korea, flew here Monday for high-level talks as .Nationalist planes and ships pounded the China coast for the 25th straight day. Taylor told newsmen he would not have time to visit Quemoy, Nationalist island base off the China coast which has been the focal j.x»int of a “vest fHKket war’’ since Sept. 3. Soon after Taylor landed, the Nationalist air force «aid warplanes sank 35 motoriied junks in the Quemoy area. The Defense Ministry said planes and ships attacked Amoy. Communist base seven miles from Quemoy. and other strongpoints from which the Reds have been shelling the Nationalist island ! bitter debate in the special Senate I session convening Nov. 8 to con- j j sider the recommendations, j In voting unanimously for censure on two of five main categories of charges, the investigating committee headed by Sen. Watkins <R-l'tah) held that: McCarthy was “contemptuous, contumacious and denunciatory” toward a Senate subcommittee which investigated his finances in 19,52. He made statements about fellow senators on the subcommittee that were “clearly intemperate, in bad taste and unworthy of a member of this body.” He treated Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker, when the general was a % itne.ss before him, in a manner that was “inexcusable” and “reprehensible.” The Watkins committee said other charges brought against the controversial senator “do not. under all the evidence, justify a resolution of cen.sure.” The.se were that McCarthy had sought to incite federal employes to break the law to bring him government secrets, and that he had improperly received and used confidential information from executive files. ‘Grave Error* But while recommending against censure in these instances, the committee said the evidence did show McCarthy had “committed a grave error” and acted Improperly, showing “a high degree of irresponsibility.” McCarthy, under treatment at the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md.. made no comment. But his lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams, said the senator will make a vigorous defense on the Senate floor that will require “quite a considerable time.” The White Hou.se kept out of the picture. Murray Snyder. President Eisenhower’s assistant press secretary, said at Denver: “That’s strictly Senate business. The White House will have no comment.” Also at Denver. Sen. Edwin C. See CENSURE. Pg. 2-A. Col. 3 U.S., Canada Make Radar Fence Plans School Board Shuns Carver Annexation Scattered Showers Fall Across State By THE A.H8(HT.%TED PRESS Showers teased the Panhandle and pleased the Coast Monday as rain clouds blew in from mountains to the northwest and the Gulf to the .south. Amarillo and I’ampa retxirted light showers and some West Texa.s points sprinkles, but the only mea.>>-urable rain came from South Central Texas and the Coast. Brownsville got the nio.<t — 1 48 inches. Galve.slon reporttxl .27, .Austin .09 and College Station .07 inch. It was still raining Monday night at College Station. Trustees of .Abilene School Monday night took no action on annexation of Carver Addition referred to them by the City Commission other than to call commissioners’ attention to minutes of their -Aug. 23 meeting with Elm-dale School District representatives. Consolidation Wanted At that time the Elindale delegation told local trustees “they were trying to sell the people on consolidation and requested Abilene schools to take their junior and senior students and Negro students for the 1954-53 school year for the sum of $12,000. “They said an attorney had been employed to draw up a petition to present the people of the district and that the Elmdale NEWS INDEX SCCTION A Worn#n's n«w» .....  4 Oil ....   4 Sport«     8-9 SECTION 8 Editorials ...........2 Comics ............. 3 Form, morkots ..........7 Radio, TV ...........8 board had agreed to call an election within 60 days” from .Aug. 23. Should the election fail to carry the Elmdale group said they w-ould swstibie responsibility for all their students after the first semester, j Edwin L. Terbush’s resignation i as a teacher in Bowie Elementary School was accepted by the board. Teachers elected Monday night were Mrs. Marilyn .Adams, Mrs. Norma Rae Clements. Mrs. Mable Collier. Mrs Buna Rickner, and Mrs. Gloria Thomas. Bids on Blinds Four bids were submitted on selling Venetian blinds for north and south junior high school band rooms. The low bid of $523.60 submitted by McDonald Venetian Blind Co. was ac'cepted. Selection of an architect for a proposed elementary school on .ACC hill was tabled until the next meeting. Late Monday night the board was discussing possibility of renting Sunday school classrooms from Fair Park Methodist Church in which to put overflow second graders at Fair Park School. Unless additional space is provided the second graders face half day sessions. WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 iJ^-The United States and Canada today announced plans to build a fence of radar stations across the top of the continent as far north as practicable in the Arctic, This new, northernmost network will be designed to give as early warning as possible of the approach of any enemy planes across the polar icecap and thus to help intercept a possible hydrogen or atomic bwnb attack on America’s big cities. It will be the third radar chain stretched across Canada. The ‘ Pinetree” chain, started four years ago. extends across the populated southern part of the dominion, generally along the 54th parallel. This was a joint Canadi-an-U. S. project. Last spring. Canada undertook to finance, construct and operate the “Mid-Canada line” of radar stations across the broad center of the country. Today’s announcement said Canada and the United States had agreed in principle that “there is a need for the establishment of a distant early warning line across the far northern part of North America.” Detailed planning has been or-i dered started at once, the announc-ment said, and what part each country will have in constructing and manning the new radar stations will be worked out afterward. “The establishment of these North American defense installations is a costly and difficult task, i which is being undertaken because our security requires it, and is being accomplished successfully because of the readiness of Canadians and Americans to work together in a common cause,” the announcement said. BACK TO SCHOOL AMTHOUT TROLBLE—Two of the II Negro pupils in the lOth grade of the high school at Milford, Del., enter the building under the guidance of a Milford policeman. Ten of the II reported for classes without incident, but a number of white pupils stayed home, because their parents either feared violence as schools reopened or because they opposed integration. By MRS. ETHEL CLIFTON Reporter-News Correspondent ANSON, Sept. 27—Willard F. (Bill) Gaither was found guilty of murder with malice by a 104th District Court jury late Monday night and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The verdict was read at 11:38 p. m. by District Clerk Leon Thurman. Jury Foreman Haskell Bartlett presented the jury’s paper to Judge Owen Thomas at 11:27. The jury found that Gaither was not insane at the time Abilene Policeman Jimmy Spann was fatally wounded by gunfire last June 17 and did not recommend a suspended sentence. The jury also ruled that Gaither had not been convicted of a felony in this or any other state. Gaither did not show any emotion at hearing the verdict. Tears streamed dowm the faces of his tw'o sisters but neither Gaither nor his sisters made any sound. Defense Attorney Peter Briola immediately gave notice that he will appeal the verdict. He said he will prepare a motion for a new trial. He did not say w'hen it would be presented. The court room was crowded {o overflowing w’hen the iurv returned after two hours of deliberation. An estimated 275 were present. About 160 can be seated in the court room. BODIES ON BEACHES Typhoon Death Toll May Reach 1,600 Air Base Bid Letting Delayed Till Nov. 1? Bid letting for the officers mess building at the .Abilene Air Force Base, originally scheduled to be let «1 Oct. 20, will be postponed I until Nov. 17. ' Col. Jack Brown, Eighth .A.ir Force liaison officer, said Monday day the postponement had been an-, nounced by the Fort Worth Corps of Engineers. Advertising for the contract was I begun Sept. 20. Few Whites Appear MILFORD, Del., Sept. 27 uB-Milford’s integrated high school reopened without undue furor today but le.ss than 30 per cent of the white pupils showed up for classes. Park Planner Suggests Change in Armory Site By DON NORRIS The battle of Fair Park broke out again Monday when a park planning expert recommended that another location be found for the construcUon of a National Guard armory. D. W. Bush, Kansas City park planner, made the recommendation to the City Park and Public Recreation Htuird. Bush is a member of the firm of Hare & Hare, park engineers, hired to assist in development of Abilene parks. The park board wrestled with the National Guard’s request for an armory site In Fair Park for several months Vfore it was approved lest fall by i one-vote margin. Okayed 99-Vrar Pact The City Conimis.sion on Dec. II last year voted its approval of a iwyear contract on alniut sewn acres of land in the park for the armory. The location and contract has since been approved by the state armory board of the National Guard and the Department of the Army at Wa.shington, The National Guard has on the basis of Uio contract approved, hired an architect and approved plans for the quarter million dollar drill site, i'ol Frank Hi>l>l>s of Abilene, ex-eiutive officer of the 36th Inlanlry Division, said Monday night he was “afraid they (the park board) are a little late on that tchanging the *’i don’t think It would ba powi- COL FRANK HOBBS a llltle late now ble to get the location changed now without taking a chance on losing it “It has gone so far It is now ready for them to call for bids. Col. Hi»t)l>s said that he had visited the site only Monday morning with Brigadier General Robert Ives, a.s.sistant 36lh Division commander. Gen. Ives was here Monday night ins|H*cUng local units of the 36th Dlvi.sion. “The general was very high In praise of the central location and of course of the fact that we had fought so long and wo% and art AUSTIN P. HANCtH’K . . . sites available now ready to let the contract on the armory. He (the general) felt good about it.” Hobbs said that a colonel from the engineers had been here last Wednesday and toured the area with Hobbs and the cily engineer. Building By Nov. t Work on the armory should “be well along by Nov f,” Ht>f>t»s quoted the engineer as saying. “If they try to chang« now someone will have to pay new fees” for engineering and architectural woik. Col. Uobba Mid be fott tho .»•tati armory board would not be favorable to this. Hobbs said he thought it would be foolish now to “turn around and go back over the road to the Pentagon” for approval of the armory. Bush said after the parks board meeting Monday that he based his recommendation on the following reasoning: 1. *’.An armory by nature should be in an outlying district. 2 “Fair Park is the only park in the center of the city. 3, "There never can be enough .space at Fair Park to take care of the needed activity. 4. “An armory in Fair Park" would be limited as to future expansion. 5 There is no immetiiate access road to the armory for military vehicles and it is not feasible to create a road. 6. Thai a larger parking area for the ariiuiry would be neesied than can be afforded at Fair Park 7 That there would be no room at Fair Park for outdoor armory activity. Feels It’s ‘Mistake* Rush said he felt it was a “mistake to use that area for an armory. On the other hand, the lH*st location for an armory is where there is plenty of roiHn for expansion and outdiKir activity *’ Cily Manager Austin P Hancock, after hearing Bush’s statement, said that he believes “that since ARMORY. Pg. 8^ CM. 4 HAKODATE, Japan. Tuesday, I Sept. 28 LfL«Bodies and debris strewed the beaches here today after a savage typhoon sank a huge ferry and killed possibly 1,600 persons, most of them in Northern Japan. Seventeen Americans—soldiers, their dependents and civilians— were among the dead. Nearly 50 other Americans were listed as missing by the U. S. Army and Japan National Railway. Worst Disaster The Americans died in Japan’s worst maritime disaster Sunday when the typhoon, which had been heading out across the Sea of Japan, turned and struck Northern Japan with winds of 100 m.p.h. The Toy a Maru with an estimated 1,200 persons aboard had anchored oft Hakodate harbor when the rush of wind and water hit. It capsized. Only 163 persons were known to have survived. Four other ferries from Hakodate were also caught and sank. The tides still were washing in bodies. Rescue wx>rkers searched the beacheji ;uk1 debris in the hope of finding more alive. The Marine Safety Board said that throughout the storm area. 12 steamships, 25 motor schooners and 312 other vessels sank. It list-eti 1.552 persons dead or missing from sea di.sasters alone. Heavy Damage The board’s figures cover an area from Southern Japan, where the typhoon first struck, to Northern Japan. It said never before in history had a typhoon wrought such damage in the seas around Japan Two U. S. Navy ships and planes from four U. S. bases in Japan launched a survivor search but stiff winds and high waves kept rescue work at a minimum The typtHxm's winds whipt)cd up a great fire that within minute.s destroyed 3.000 to 4.300 houses at Iwanai. a city of 23,mw popul.itioo 90 miles north of Hakodate. Police .said 32 were dead there and 56 missing. Police and Coast Guard estimated 600 bodies had washed ashore Related Story, Pg. 6-B were believed caught in the hull of the Toya Maru which sank only 150 yards from the shore. Some bodies probably came from the four other ferries, which earned about 300 crewmen. Police said only about 45 were known to have survived fn>m the sinking of the four. A U. S. tank landing ship, carrying 191 soldiers of tlïe U. S. 1st I Cavalry Division, ran aground dur-' ing the big blow but all aboard were reported safe. About 80 Japanese were killed, police estimated, by the typhoon j Sunday when it roared across the ! main islands of Kyushu and Hon-j shu. It then moved on north into i the Sea of Japan. The Toya Maru had set out from Hakodate for Aomori, on the northern shore of Honshu. With the hoisting of storm warnings, it anchored outside the harbor. Prosecution and defense rested their cases Monday afternoon at 1:45 after a morning of testimony in the crowded courtroom. Prepared Charge Judge Owen TTxMnas prepared the charge to the jury during the afternoon and closing arguments were heard starting at 7;42 p m. Special Prosecutor Esco Walter closed the state’s argument by asking for the death penalty. Defense Attorney Peter Briola said Gaither could not have been of sane mind at the time of the shooting because he returned three guns with shells in them to polic® before the wild auto chase and gun battle that ended Spann’s life. Judge Thomas told the jury to take into consideration the cor>-dition of Gaither’s mind at the time of the shooting and that if he were incapable of calm reflection at the time because of the condition of he did not allow such action in his court. Dr. A. N. Densmore of Sweetwater, who had done some dental work for Gaither the day before the shooting, testified in the afternoon that at that time he considered Gaither to be of sound mind. Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves and Deputy Sheriff Doyle Woody of Abilene said from the witness stand that the defendant appeared to be sane while in their custody in the jails at Abilene and Anson. Judge Thomas ruled against a defense effort to introduce in evidence the record ol a military hearing once conducted for Gaither. It was not admitted because the record, produced by Gaither’s sister, Mrs. Iva Hope, did not give the verdict that resulted from the hear- his mind and that he is guilty, then ■ ing. he should not be sent to prison for longer than five years. He told them that if Gaither is not guilty by reason of insanity Rosie Mae Mose <rf Pauls Valley, Okla., who was in the back seat of the Gaither car when the shooting occurred at a Merkel gas they must say so in their decision. | station, also took the stand. A If he is guilty and he is of sane statement that she signed mind, then the penalty shall be shortly after the shooting was life imprisonment or death He told the jury is could find Gaither guilty of murder with malice aforethought, guilty of murder without malice aforethought, guilty but of unsound mind, not guilty by reason of insanity or not guilty. Briola, in a dramatic closing, said that Gaither’s wife’s sister, Mrs. Martin, lied when she said she did not receive any money from the Gaithers. Wh«i he repeated that it was a “black lie.” Judge Thomas w’arned the attorney that not allowed to be used in the trial    because she    was    not    told that    it might be    used    for    that purpose. H. R. Price of 2649 South 20Ui unde of Mrs. W. E. Martin, was also called as a rebuttal witness for the state. He said that he and his wife arrived at the Martin home while Gaither was there the afternoon of June 17. Price quoted Gaither as saying that    they had    come    to    get $150 and he would    not leave    until they got it. Arms Pact Deadline Requested by Britain LONDON, Sept. 27 LB-British. “substantial progress in 1954.” The French idea — as outlined Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden j But at the last minute, the    }n    corridor    talk    perhaps    circu- proposed tonight the Western .Allies    French injected a new and dis-    lated    mainly for    bargaining    pur- stved up their timetable to get turbing element by spreading word, po^es — is to have the disputed, an agreement within 50 days on they wanted a Saar settlement | coal-producing Saar border state freeing and rearming W’est Ger- under Brussels Pact auspices as, put under control of the f niarged many.    | a condition for their acceptance of; Brussels alliance, the same alli- Kden made his proposal on the; West German rearmament.    |    gnce through which the Germans eve of the fateful nine-power con-; Eden’s new plan proposed post- j would eventually supply troops foe ference opening here tomorrow to    poning the NATO Council of For- bring West Germany into the free    eign Ministers, set for around Oct. world’s defense setup.    j    15. to give the .Allies time to grant Progress Asked    |    West Germany its sovereignty so U S. Secretary of State Dulles. I it could become a partner in the following talks with Eden last night and with French Premier Pierre Mendes-France this after- by Monday night. About 500 bodies ntwn, was reported insisting on HOLLYWOOD AND WYMAN Shivers Recites 3 Lines During Debut in Movies HOLLYWOt'tD. Sept. 27 Gov Allan Shivers of Texas mad« his movie debut toiiay. The scene was a flash.v Paris dress salon for Paramouni’s “Lucy Gallant.’’ The tall, handsome 46-year-old governor sat in the front row beside Jane Wyman and watched moilels walk by in gorgeous gowns. The script called for him to rise and ivngratulale Miss Wyman on the success of her en teiprise. Shivers, in a biwiiiess suit and pancake make up, carried oft his three lines with ease “He't^th« only ictiw on the aet who didn’t forgot Hit lines.” Miss Wyman said. The governor said he had acted m college at the I’ni-versity of Texas Curtain Club, but gave it up because it took too luuch time. He said he didn’t know what his salary would be for the acting stint “My agent says he’ll take 10 per cent—$0 far that’s 10 per ivnt of nothing.” he smiled His ’ agent” is Paramount boxs Y Frank Freeman, a fellow southerner. Shivers’ pay would be $70 according to Screen Actors Guild rates for one • day speaking roles He said he would give the check to du^ity. .Atlantic \IIiance. Diplon alic officials said Eden urged: Parallel Talks 1. That the conference opening tomorrow conduct parallel talks. Foreign ministers of the United States, Britain. France and West Germany should arrange for the restoration of Gennan sovereignty. The full nine-power conference would concentrate on German re-annament. 2. Experts would be instructed to work out details of the general agreements reached for the consideration of a second nine-power conference to be held within one month, presumably in London. S. If the ministers agree on the details at their second meeting, they would jointly report at a special meeting of the N.ATO Council to be held not later than mid-November .Admit Rriiublie 4. The NATO Council then would formally admit Chaiu'ellor Konrad Adenauer s West German Federal Republic as the 15th member of Um iotercontuieiital military alh-aac«. Western defense. The Saar has been linked economically to France since the end ot World War II. THE WEATHER IT. S. DKPVRTWKNT Of rOMMCaCK wa.vTHEa mas.vr ABILKNK AND V IClMTVto P«nl> ckHidj-. wi cS*n«« 10 lempari.ur«, Hi«S la K»w to*i buih Tuwulay and Wad-»4-kday Low Tu**da> aishi about 70. NORTH CE.NTRAI. TKXA.S; Partir ck>iKlj was scan«r«d U»und*r*how«ni WadiM-aday and w afttriiooa Tuvaday. Cool-•r north W>dnr*da> WKST TFW.S; Partly cloudy with widi-ly hvattcrcd thunderahowcra through WedBcaday. Cooler Panhandl« and South Plalni. WcdBei.d«y KAST TLX.AS: Cuaaidcrabla rkHidla««. S-attcrrd ahouora and thunderahuwam Wcdncaday and In aouth Tueaday, Not murh i-hansc la tcmperatur«. -SOITH CENTRAL TKXASi Cooatd««-able cTuudtneM with a^-atterod aboH«m and thundrrkhouora through Wadnoo-day Not much change la temporaturo. Ti;.VIPi;RATl'RKS MON*. A. M.    MON.    P.    M. 73      1:30      to Tl    .  ........ f:»    ............ tl 7#  ........ 3;Se      to to ........... 4;»      to 70    ............ »:»    ... ........ to 11 ............ iito       to 73 ............ 7:M      •! 7«    ............ •»    ........... to M    .......... * 30    .  ...... 71 to  ..... .    10:31    ...........    — •7    H 1«    ...... •7    13.M      — High and lou *cn«p#r«turM far M houia mdcd at • M: M and to. High and kiu teiiip«raturat ■««# «at« laal year 10& and W Sunaet laat night k:M f. to. ffwartM today 4:111 a m .Sumat tonliM 4iS| w Rarvmetar readiug at liJfp. m. ß Itatouvi hujnldity to ttW ;

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