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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, WARM EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T VOL. LXXIV, NO. 114 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE; TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc NEW MEXICO FLOOD HURLS six-foot crest of water from the flood- ed Rio Felix-hurled these Santa Fe railroad tracks off their bed near Dexter, 15 miles south of Roswell, N. M. The flood waters left the butane tank on the railroad bed. Floods in the eastern New Mexico a rea this week left four dead and 10 persons missing. Parr Name Crops Up Often In Murder Trial of Alaniz WACO name of George Parr, South Texas political king- pin, cropped up almost as often as the defendant's here yesterday in the conspiracy to murder trial of Nago Alaniz. There was a chance the trial, which started Monday, would go to the jury by nightfall. Alaniz Charged Alaniz was charged in the so- called "political assassination" of young Jacob S. Floyd Jr., whose sivorn enemy of Parr- says the bullet was meant for him. Young Floyd was shot fatally near the Floyd family's garage as the elder Floyd, a prominent Alice. Tex., attorney and politician, sat in a parked-automobile rendezvous with Alaniz. The events occurred the night of Sept. 8, 1952. a date that saw bitter hatreds and old po- litical feuds erupt anew in the South Texas area long dominated by the Parr family. Parr publicly denied any connec- tion with the ambush murder soon after young Floyd, a 21-year-old University of Texas student, died. But he acknowledged that he and the youth's father had been politi- cal foes for a long tune. The en- mity, he said, did not extend to Floyd's family. Before the slate rested its case yesterday afternoon it had attempt- ed to link Alaniz. Mario (El Turko) Ex-Red Prisoner Hits Army Judging of Balchelor Case SAN ANTONIO (XI -Robert A. Vogeler. himself a prisoner of the Communists for months in Hunga- ry, has charged that officers on the general court-martial which convicted Cpl. Claude Batchelor were not qualified to pass judg- ment on the youth. Batchelor was convicted of col- laborating with the enemy and in- forming on fellow prisoners while a captive of the Chinese Commu- nists in Korea. He drew a sentence of life in prison. Vogeler was held many months on spy charges while an executive of the International Telephone i Telegraph Co. He made his state- ment yesterday when asked to on the Batchelor case. He talked while here to address the Kiwanis club with Mr. and Mrs. 0. L. Batchelor, Kermit, Tex., parents of the convicted soldier. Vogeler maintained persons un- acquainted with the type of treat- ment suffered by Batchelor during his captivity were'not qualified to try him. "I contest their right to sit in judgment on a case where a per- son has committed irregularities such as those charged against Batchelor. He was accused of vague irregularities and given the maximum penalty." He said the court did not con- sider extenuating circumstances on passing sentence on Batchelor. "It is easy to sit in a warm room in a society you do not have to fear and pass judgement on men who have suffered under conditions not fully Vogeler said. He continued: "1 know what I'm talking about, believe me. If you want further proof, read Gen. bean's book (Maj. Gen. William Dean, who wrote of his own experiences while a pris- oner.) "There is no reason to believe Dean a coward or weak person. He has a very solid and capable backgrbunj, yet he has repeatedly said if he had to fall into the hands of the Communists again he would commit Wichita Falls Hotel Burns; 13 Missing WICHITA FALLS. Tex. (.f he blaze which started yesterday Sapet. and a shadowy figure named Alfredo Cervantes in a stealthy plot to slay the elder Floyd and former 79th Dist. Judge Sam Reams. In cross-examination of defense witnesses, the state went further and tried to link the de- fendant with Parr as his "right hand man." Sapet, accused of furnishing the killer's get-away car, has been tried, convicted and given a 99- year sentence" for accomplice-to- murder. Cervantes, claimed as the Iriggerman by the state, has never been arrested anil is believed to be in eastern Mexico. Over the almost continual objec- tions of defense atty. Percy Fore- man of Houston, the battle between diverse Duval County political fac- tions and current investigations o! ounty affairs were injected into he trial record. Witnesses Speak Much of the history of ffie :ormy, sometime bloody. South exas area unfolded in the ques- on of J. C. and Pete Saenz, oth of San Diego, the Duval ounjy seat. The first two defense witnesses n the stand attacked the credibil- :y of a Mexican alien in the United tates on a permit arranged for im by Texas Ranger Johnny Kle- enhagen. The alien, who says he vorks part-time as a bartender, s Gumescindo Moniez Gonzales. ailed by the defense a "profes- ioaal pool sharks' iviih testimony or ssle. Montez .Consoles has testified hat the mysterious Cervantes told iim Cervantes was coming to Tex- s to kill somebody. Fred Seman. defense attorney for iapet. testified he had asked Man- iv Loredo. former San Antonio po- iceman. to find Montez Gonzales md find out what he knew. Loredo. now a bar owner, said le found the Mexican alien ng in San Antonio. "He told me le didn't know anything about any- tiing. but that there were rich men n both sides." Loredo testified. Loredo said Montez Gonzales aid he would be glad "to talk Dusiness" with, the Sapet lawyer if eman would bring .55.000 to Mon- errev. Mex. Thirteen persons were unaccounted for here today after fire destroyed the small three-story Milam Hotel and four other business establish- ments. Fire Capt. Joe Counts said, how- ever, that it would be "up in the day" before it was definitely known whether anybody actually died in THE WEATHER U S. BETAHTMEST OF WEATHER HCTtKAB ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and warn Saturday >nd Sunday. Hleh turt both daft >5-90. Low Saturday night ".NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy thrown Sunday. No Important temperature chanKes. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy IhroUBh Sunday. Widely Important temperature changes. EAST TEXAS: rarity cloudy and mild SSt SS5S TEXAS: .3 ffiS KellllVf afternoon at p.m. Counts told the Associated Press at a.m. today he still had our pieces of fire equipment pumping water on the smouldering ruins. At that time, he bodies had been found. Fire Chief Eugene White earlier lad said there was a possibility persons were trapped in the blazing 75-room hotel. Of the 27 ;uests registered, more than a doz- en made their way to safety by an outside fire escape. In all. 14 guests were accounted for, Counts said. Firemen said heavy smoke and water damage to nearby busi- lesles may bring the total damage :o a half million dollars. Besides the hotel, a shoe store, barber shop, department jlore and a were demolished. Counts said two of his firemen suffered minor injuries. The four business establishments dctroyed and -the hotel were al in the same building which stood near the center o! the Wichita Falls business district. About S.COO persons, reports said jammed the streets In the vicinity to watch firemen fight the blue. But no one was when, n'ith a mighty roar, a 30-tW section of the upper two floors o the building collapsed Into the mid die ot Indiana St one uf this north Teiai clty'a main UMrnphtaM, Churchill Denounces Isolationists in U. 5. IF DEMOS WIN Cold Politics War Foreseen, by Ike DENSER, Eisen- came word Eisenhower was cut hower, vigorously pressing the Re- publican campaign for continued control of Congress, declared last night he foresees "a cold war of partisan politics" if the Democrats take over. Speaking to a nationwide tele- rision-radio audience and a cheer- ing capacity erowd of persons at a GOP rally, in Denver Audi- torium after getting a report from party congressional leaders on their plans to step up the cam- paign tempo, the President said: "History shows that when the executive and legislative branches are politically in conflict, politics in Washington runs riot." The President was interrupted at least 42 times by applause, which helped to run his TV-radio address overtime and caused him to be cut off the air about a half minute before he completed his text. The 30-minute program carried by 158 TV channels and 534 radio stations from coast to coast was paid for by the GOP National'Com- mittee, and the networks held to the time limit. In New York, a spokesman for CBS said slopping transmission- at 'the end of paid political time was "in line with long standing pro- cedure." but he said he didn't know if it had been done before in the ease of a President. From Los Angeles, however, JANITOR'S JUG COPPED BY COPS LOUISVILLE. Ky. as close to a whisky distillery was just too much temptation for James Riggs, a janitor at a Bardstoivn Baptist church. When the distillery emptied a barrel and put it the fa- ther of 11 children would get the few drops remaining in the bot- tom. Finally, drop by drop, he built up a reserve of eight gallons of whisky. But officers found it to his home. After pleading guilty in federal court yesterday Riggs was sen- tenced to six months in jail for illegal possession of liquor. off Sept. 23 when he ran over four minutes while speaking on a radio-TV hookup at a Hollywood Bowl rally. Broadcasting spokes- men in Los Angeles also said they cut Eisenhower as they would any sponsored program. In his Denver speech, Eisenhow- er, cautioning about what he called the dangers of a November elec- tion outcome putting Congress un- der Democratic rule and leaving the White House Republican, de- clared: know perfectly well that you just can't have one car with two drivers at the steering wheel 'and expect to end up any place but the when the drivers are set on going in dif; ferent directions." Eisenhower said voters who put the Republican administration in power in 1952 "got results" they wanted, and he appealed for two more years of GOP control of Con- gress to carry out the rest of his program. "A cold war of partisan politics between the Congress and the ex- ecutive branch won't give us these he declared. Eisenhower got a howling ova- tion when he was introduced at the rally here by Vice President Nixon, who voiced confidence the tlepublicans still will be in the control saddle when Congress meets in January. 'Eisenhower speakers platform by a group" of Republican congressional leaders and Colorado GOP candidates for Congress and state offices. The leaders conferred with the President for an hour before his speech and at a news conference later promised "a stepped up tem- po" in their fight for control of the House and Senate. They avoided committing Eisen- hower to more than the two ad- ditional campaign speeches he now definitely has planned. But Nixon said the president probably will make another farm speech somewhere in the midwest. House speaker Martin and senate majority leader Knowland publicly continued to voice confi- dence the Republicans will win then- battle. B-50 airman examines the remains of an Air Force B-50 weather reconnaissance plane which crashed and burned southeast of Willows, Calif. At least 11 men aboard the plane, based at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas, were killed. DEPUTIES BALK French Chief Asks Nation For Support of Arms Plan Pierre Men- des-Fran'eeShirned to the nation today for support of his demand that Parliament give him, a vote of confidence on the London plan for German rearmament. He planned at least one radio talk and a concerted effort to whip balks- deputies into line before the issue comes to a vote Tuesday in the National Assembly. Dramatically halting what threatened to become an debate. Mendes-France told the assembly last midnight it must either agree to the nine-nation plan or get a new government Staking the life of his Cabinet on the results of the vote, he warned deputies that if they voted him out they might have to face More Indictments Expected In FHA Housing Scandals WASHINGTON Lfl Chairman neat-insured loans. The committee recessed Capehart (R-Ind' said today he ex- pects "a lot more" indictments to result from his Senate Banking Committee's investigation of post- war housing financed with govern- days of hearings here late yester- day. But Capehart ordered sub- poenas for five witnesses to appear at a hearing Nov. 3. He empha- size the investigation is not con- Earlier, Capehart had indicated learings were over except for per- sons who wished to testify because they thought they were injured in previous testimony. A special federal grand jury here has been instructed by Ally. Gen. Jrownell to "inquire into bribery and other criminal conduct in the federal houing program." and grand juries also have been con- vened in other cities. Capehart said indictments are showing up almost daily and add- ed, "there should be a lot more." Brownell announced the grand TIJOU SHALT A giant, four-story-high replica of the Ten Commandments, half of them shown in above pic- ture, is moved into place on the stage of the International Amphitheater in Chicago, HI. It constructed for the world premier of the "Freedom Festival." four iury here would inquire specifically nto the conduct of Clyde L. Pow- ell, ousted last April as assistant Federal Housing Administration commissioner in charge of-' the rental housing program. Powell, three times a witness be- fore the Senate committee, used to answer questions. Winters Bank Open to Public WINTERS, Oct. 16. The Win- ters State Bank was all dressed up for company Saturday afternoon. Officers were ready to receive Runnels County citizens and visi- tors from .adjacent area at open house marking completion of a re- modeling program. The open house was scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. On hand to greet guests was to. be John <j. McAdams, man who organized the bank in and is still its president. The first bank In Runnels County to pass the million dollar mark la deposits back In 1913, tlw Winters State now hu.HM.W on He claimed constitutional protection against possible self-incrimination. The committee received testi- mony Powell had demanded and got to-increase an FHA commitment on s Washington apartment project loan and that, in a 10-year period, he had banked more than his net federal salary. Capehart said the banking com- mittee could "go on for a year with hearings like we've had." He told newsmen he would ask the Senate for authority and funds to continue the investigation all next year. So far, he said, the com- mittee has received Capehart said that while the pub- lic hearings are in recess, his staff will look into "some other irregu- larities." Three of the witnesses to be summoned to the Nov. hearing are Robert McCormack of nearby Arlington, Vs., Louis Lesser, Beverly Hills. Calif., builder, and Rocco De Grazia, described by Capehart as "a reputed gambler" in the Chicago area. The committee heard yesterday McCormack was, paid in fees for bringing clients interested in defense housing projects to a Washington lawyer. The commit- tee wants information about a cashier's check Powell allegedly sent to De Gratia. Capehart said the committee had tried without success to question McCormack, Lesser and De Graila it UM neariagi ended rettwdar, jf new national elections. The London agreements would permit West German rearmament as part of an expanded Brussels treaty organization and would give the full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Al- liance. They were drafted as suB- for the French-rejected Eu- ropean Defense Community Plan. Mendes-France took a tough line with the assembly, which has held up German since 1950. He told the deputies he would accept no resolution beyond simple endorsement of the London agree- ments and his own speeches in the debate. The issue, he said, was one of confidence in his gov- ernment. Acknowledging justification for French fears of German rearma- ment, the premier said the seven- nation European alliance proposed in the London agreements would give France more security than even EDC had offered. In his plea for national unity, Mendes-France appealed for the support of those who had favored the EDC plan. Many EDC propo- nents have expressed reservations about the new defense scheme. "Jt is a law of life." the premier said, "that nature does not move in jumps. The unification of a con- is something that takes a long time. We made progress to- ward building a united Europe at London." Although some of Mendes- France's arguments hit home, the deputies showed little enthusiasm Most of them were obviously de- pressed at the thought of voting for the rearmament of Germany, which has invaded France three times since 1870. BevanHil In Address To Tories BLACKPOOL, England Minister Winston Churchill declared today the withdrawal of the United States "into isolation would condemn all Europe to Rus- sian Communist subjugation and our famous :and beloved island to death and ruin." The 79-year-old British states- man told the annual Conservative Party Conference here that isola- ionist sentiment does exist in the United States in a policy described as America." But he assured his listeners the. "wisest forces over there, irres- pective of party, witt not allow he great republic to be turned from the path of right and duty." Without mentioning Aneurin Sevan by name, Churchill assailed he leftwing Labor leader for al- legedly taunting the Americans to "go it alone." Fatal Disaster "Six months ago a politician who has held office in a British Cabinet and who one day aspires to become leader of the Labor party did not hesitate to tell the Americans to 'go it alone.' cannot imagine any more- fatal disaster than that this evil counsellor should be taken at his word." Churchill said British-American understanding rarely in. history "reached a higher standard" than at lajt week's' nine-nation confer- ence in London which -worked out a formula for rearming West Ger- many. _ _ Churchfll's speech had been ea- gerly awaited by the delegates, who wondered whether he give 'any hint of his future plans. Hopes Fer Talk The doughty old bulldog, who will be 80 Nov. 30, said "while I have We and strength I shall persevere" in an attempt to work out some system of peaceful co- existence with the Soviet Union. This plainly meant Churchill still hopes for highest-level Big Four talks and indicated he had no in- tention of stepping down as Prime Minister, as has been frequently rumored. Churchill said in his prepared speech: "A year and half ago. Stalin died. Ever since that event I have cherished the hope that there is a new outlook in Russia, a new hope of peaceful coexistence with the Russian nation and that it is our duty, patiently and daringly, to make sure whether there is such a change or not. la Seviet Interest "It is certainrj the interest of the Russian people who have exper- ienced a- terrible half century war, revolution and famine, to have an easier and more prosper- ous generation with more food, more fun, and more friends. "While I have life and strength I shall persevere in this though I feel with Mr. Eden (Foreign Secre- tary Anthony Eden) that the Soviet attitude about Germany and Aus- tria is not encouraging. "But there is one risk that we must never" run. Our policy is 'peace through strength.' We must never wittingly, or unwittingly run the risk of 'subjugation through weakness.' "Our strength can only be found- ed on the unity, precaution and of the free nations of the world." U. S. Hits Red Alibi on Plane WASHINGTON Ifv-The United States today accused Russia of having "willfully and knowingly" lied about the shooting down of an American B50 bomber over the Sea of Japan in July, 19S3. It formal damage claim for' 785.W2.94. At the same time the United States challenged RussiaMf the Communists deny liabilities for the join in taking the dis- pute to the International Court of Justice. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen delivered the 17-page American note to the Soviet Foreign Office in Moscow today. In Washington, toe State Depart- ment made the note public and announced that U.N, Ambassador Henry Cabot Jr. has instructed to circulate the text among the members of the U.N. Secuity Council. It was the second time that the United States resorted to this ex- traordinary procedure in pressing what is dearly a campaign to set satisfaction from the Soviet Union for the destruction of American aircraft. The first Instance was two weeks tga when Washington asked some Ui million dollar! for a shot down oft Japan in October, 1K1: There have baca a number af wbtre'Svriat tighten rttx-k- ed U.S. plants near Runian bor- ders. The In today'i fonul diplomatic note occumd lart raraUad ta M Anwri-