Abilene Reporter News, October 20, 1954 : Front Page

Publication: Abilene Reporter News October 20, 1954

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas Gbv TittiMfcMi the EVENING FINAL ftl "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 124 Associated Press (AF) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCT. 20, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Fourth Trial Juror Picked ForSheppard CLEVELAND A fourth juror was seated tentatively today in the first degree murder trial of Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard. Re is Thomas J. Solli, a railroad foreman, the father of three chil- dren. Previously accepted for jury duty in the trial of the 30-year-old osteopath charged with beating his wife, Marilyn, to death, were a housewife, a steel plant timekeep- er, and the manager of a hardware store. For the second day, references to extra marital affairs of the de- fendant were voiced during the questioning of Solli. But again Judge Blythin refused to allow any detailed searching of the minds of prospective jurors as to their at- titude toward sex in relation to testimony that might be introduced later. Girl Is Named Yesterday, the name of Susan Hayes, former associate of Dr. Sheppard at Bay View Hospital in nearby Bay Village, was intro- duced. The state claims it has a state- ment from Miss Hayes, 24-year-old medical technician, that she was intimate with Dr. Sheppard more than once last spring while they were in "California. Mrs. Richard N. Sheppard, the defendant's sister-in-law, arrived as court opened and explained that Dr. Samuel Sheppard's father and two brothers, all osteopaths, were at Bay View Hospital in suburban Bay Village operating. Dr. Sheppard sat quietly, most of the time with his bands clasped but occasionally twitching his thumbs as the questioning progressed. Reports Letter Solli was the fourth prospective juror to report he .had received a crank letter regarding the case. At first-he told Judge Blythin he had received no such material. But then to a second query he said: "Oh, Yeah." The judge asked: "Did it have ainy Influence5 with Solli pay much attention." Two and a .woman have been tentatively seated to bear the first degree murder charges against Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, 30-year-old osteopath. Ten other jurors, including an alternate, re- main to be chosen. The name of Miss Susan Hayes, auburn-haired and a star prose- cution witness, popped up yester- day as defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully for permission to ask prospective jurors their views on adultery- The state claims Miss Hayes, a pretty, 24-year-old hospital techni- cian with a cute spray of freckles across her nose, has admitted she was intimate with Sheppard last March while both were in Califor- nia. Four months later, July 4, Sheppard's blonde and pregnant wife. Marilyn, 31, was found blud- geoned to death in their home along Lake Erie. THE WEATHER CJt. DEPARTMENT OF COMMENCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AXD VICINITY Continacd fair with mild temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Tharsday. The this after- noon near 85- Low tonight about 65. High Thursday about SO. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Generally fair and mild tfcte afternoon, to- nlsht and Thursday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fitr and mOd thit afternoon, to- nUht and Thursday. Gentle to moderate easterly winds nn the coast. V P. M. A- 65 66 M 72 67 -N 79 lut Btfiht p.m. Sunrise today t-M tonltht pjn. Baromder rtntaj at p.m. 28.22. Rtbtlvc humidity at pm Hlsh tow temperaxorcs fo hcmS WM a.m.: 14 the M dt- JURY PANEL GOES TO of the pan- el from which a jury was being picked to try Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard for murder leave the Criminal Courts Build- ing at Cleveland, Ohio, for lunch. The handsome osteo- path is accused in the July 4 slaying of his blond, pregnant wife. Clue Sought In Hijacking Peace officers throughout the state have been alerted to aid in finding a dark-complexioned white man who Tuesday night hijacked an Abilene oilman at gun-point of an estimated Assistance of the public in re- porting any suspicious persons was requested by the local city police. Victim of the holdup is C. S. Amos, who lives in Rio. Vista Apartments, 4038 South Seventh by-an armed man about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the' street (South Seventh) in front'bf his home. Police Detective Lt. George Eut- ton said Amos reported that the bandit took his wallet containing five 5100 bills, and a money clip from his trousers pocket contain- ing about in bills of and denominations- Wallet Found A fireman at the'South Seventh St. fire station (about a block from the robbery scene) found the empty, abandoned wallet near the station Wednesday morning. Amos gave investigators the fol- lowing description 0' the robber: About 40 years old, six feet tall, weighing 215 pounds, dark com- plexion, coarse voice, wearing a grey long-sleeved shirt, dark hat, dark trousers, and without a tie. The hijacker, apparently alone, drive away eastward in a dark- colored car. which Amos believes was about a 1952 Mercury passen- ger auto. It was too dark at that hour for Amos to get the license number, and the departing robber didn't turn on his car lights until he reached the traffic signal at South Seventif St. and Legget Dr. Amos was unable to get the license num- ber. Immediately after the robbery was reported, city police broad cast statewide descriptions of the suspect and bis automobile over Texas Department of Public Safe- ty radio. No trace of the robber had been found by noon AVednesday. Lt. Sutton. Detective Warren Dodson and Patrolmen G. H. Me- Gee and 0. R. Spross of the city police went to the hijacking scene right after police were notified. Other peace officers who joined them there were Deputy Sheriffs Leroy Arnold. Fred Ownby and L- C. Winters. The entire Abilene Police De- partment Detective Bureau was working on the case Wednesday. Amos told officers he had just irought his wife home Tuesday afternoon from St. Ann Hospital, where she had been a patient Early Tuesday night, he left his wife at home with one of her riends, while he drove to Nick Grain's Drug Store, half a block away at South Seventh St. and Legelt Dr. for some drugs. A few minutes, later, he drove jack and parked his.automobile, headed west, on St. Jhe apartment' house where he, resides. As he alighted into South Sev- enth St. from his car. a man ap- iroached him, Amos said, and or- lered him to put his hands on the op of the Amos car and keep them there. The robber held an automatic pistol on him. Amos beyed. While Amos had his hands on the car top, the hijacker frisked linv and stole his money. The getaway car of the robber iad...heen parked .immediately icross South Seventh St. from imos' residence, and was headed ast. The robber drove away to the ast. continuing eastward through he South Seventh St..- Leggett Dr. ntersection, Amos said. 'elersen Indicted H 3 Spy Counts Tax Collector's Fee For Autos Illegal AUSTIN (.fl-Estra payments to big-county tax assessor collectors for collecting auto certificate of title fees was held unconstitutional today'by the State Supreme Court. The decision affects all counties ot JO.OOO population or above, where the law requires officials be compensated on a salary, rather than fee basis. The ftatu M cents for tesubf of title on auto- mobile.. Half of it goes to tht portion not in- volved In decision today. Tht other half goes to the coun- ty. pawed In MSI provided that In counUta mm Uian JO.ooo population b. paid an extra nickel from ccnti for tlmlr trouble. That, said the court today in a case from Wichita Falls, is a fee and therefore unconstitutional. "It is to be regretted that only at this late date is the question brought before us and that some hardship is thereby said Associate Justice Frank P. Culver Jr. "But that consideration ol course can have no .influence on our decision as to the contitutioi- allty of the statute." The test case was In a dispute between Wichita County and Jim Robinson, tax assessor-collector The trial court had held the act under which Robinson received ex tra pay be invalid. The Court o Ctvll Appeals held It vtlld. Supreme Court agreed with the trial court. Va. IB-Joseph 3. Petersen was indicted today on hree charges of unlawfully han- dling government defense secrets. le promptly pleaded innocent One charge is that Petersen. 40, ong a trusted employe of the su- arsecret National Security Agen- cy, used classified information in manner prejudicial to this coun- and beneficial to another na- ry .ion. (See Story, Page 5-B) Turn Hope to Reality, Dulles Asks Meeting HAGLER FREE AGAIN Ex-Con Believed Torch Victim Now FORT WORTH Hagler 3. Lab tests were to be made ras freed from custody again at j of items taken from Hagler's sub- a.m. today as these new de- highlighted investiga- tion of the Oklahoma torch slaying of which he is accused: 1. Defense Atty Byron Matthews said the "mystery car" officers said Hagler used to get away from, the murder scene would be sur- rendered tomorrow. An investigator was sent to Huntsville to check penitentiary dental records on theory the un- identified charred corpse found in Hagler's station wagon may have been an ex-convict. Giant Player SpeaksToday For Baptists Related Story, Page 1-B FORT WORTH W-Morning and night sessions at the 69th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas were to fea- ture Dr. J. Howard Williams and baseball star Alvin Dark today. Dark, shortstop and field -capr; at-3 pm tain of the National League cham- pion New York Giants, will feature the night, session with his steward- ship testimony. A resident of Lake Charles, La., in the off-season for baseball, Dark tithes all of his in- ome. Dr. Forrest C. Feezor, executive secretary, will speak on state mis- ions. Dr. Williams was to deliver the principal address in the morning session devoted mainly to Christian education in the schools and col- leges operated by the convention. No' afternoon session was sched- uled. The convention's president, The Rev. James of the North Fort Worth" Baptist Church- told the opening session of the body last night that the tie that binds people called Baptists is in- ternal, not external. The tie, he went on, is vital rather than mechanical, spiritual rather than sacramental, Biblical rather than traditional. Meeting in its 69th annual ses- sion, the Baptist Convention of Texas is composed of co-op- erating churches with a combined membership of more than In another major address of the opening session. The Rev. Carl E. Bates of First Baptist Church at Amarillo, said. "It's high time we stopped debating what God ought to be and how He ought to act and stated proclaiming what His word tells us He is and does." urban home to see if they bore human blood. 4. Officers were deployed to Itasca and Waco to check on the scheme they say Hagler used to buy the 1954" Ford mystery auto. 5. Fort Worth detective Sgt. John Dunwoody was probing into Hag- ler's bank records here. 6. The accused man's sweet- heart, Elisabeth Bergmann, was undercover in Fort Worth after her release from 32 hours' custody in Dallas. Oklahoma officers said they expect Miss Bergmann to be charged today as a material wit- ness in Sulphur, Okla., where Hag- ler is charged with murder. Goes Free Hagler was freed at a habeas corpus hearing in criminal district court without his defense attorneys having to say a word. Assistant Dis.t. Atty. Jerry Murad explained he was held over- night on basis of a search warrant. It entitled officers not only to search the premises but also to hold the occupant if any evidence were found there, he said. "Do you want to see Elisabeth today? a reporter asked Hagler. "Yes, but it will depend on what my lawyers want" Matthews lea immediately after the hearing for Austin, where he was to represent Hagler at an ejt- The lawyer said if extradition to Oklahoma were granted, lie would file an appeal with the Court of Criminal Appeals.. Hagler was released yesterday morning on bond, then taken into custody again at pjn. Officers found stains they be- lieved to be blood on the walls of a bedroom in Hagler's home when they entered there by search warrant yesterday. "TO State Lab 'Oklahoma Crime Bureau Agent Steele Westbrook didn't say what significance the clue might have but said he was taking stained samples to Oklahoma City for a crime lab examination. Agents Golden Kennedy and Earl Sellers were to go to Itasca and Waco to dig into the method by which they believe Hagler bought the 1954 Ford last month. Preliminary investigation indi- cated he used the alias Dale W. Waggoner to buy the car at Girault Motor Co. in Itasca, financing it through a Waco firm. The petite fiancee, 25-year-old Elisabeth Maria Bergmann Was released last night by Dallas police a few hours after Hagler went back to jail here. She left Dallas with an attorney and was believed in seclusion here, her exact where- abouts unknown. The chic brunette had been held See HAGLER, Page 2-A. Cd. S HORACE W. BUSBY Horace Busby Suffers Stroke Horace W. Busby, .70, of Fort Worth, widely known Church of Christ evangelist, suffered a stroke Tuesday morning at Port Lavaca, Tex. He is the brother of Dr. Joe E. Busby, Abilene chiropractor, 132 Amarillo St The minister became ill while conducting early morning services hi a revival meeting he was hold- ing at. the Port Lavaca Church of Christ. He is undsr treatment in a Port Lavaca hospital. His brother said Wednesday that the stroke was light and that the patient is improving. Minister Busby's wife-went to his bedside from Fort Worth. Their son, Horace Jr., of weat .to Port Lavaca upM ing of his father's illness. They were to return the minis- ter to Fort Worth Wednesday or Thursday. Dr. Joe was to join them in Fort Worth. The minister has conducted many revival meetings in the lo- cal College Church of Christ and other Abilene churches of the same faith. He has been an evan- gelist "45 to 48 his brother said. In the early days of his minis- try, he served as minister of the Glenwood Church of Christ, Fort Worth, but soon went into full- time evangelism. He travels throughout the United States as. an evangelist There is only one living brother of the minister, and only one sis- ter. They are Dr. Joe of Abilene and Mrs. Otis Thomas of Fort Worth. The original family home was in the latter city. Secretary of State Dulles, arriving here by plane today from 'Washington, called upon Allied leaders to trans- orm the "hopes of London" into the "realities of Paris." Dulles arrived for a series of meetings which are expected to enlist a rearmed West Germany into the Allied defense setup as a member of a revived Brussels reaty and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In a statement at Orly airfield, the secretary cited the 'vast network 'of interrelated prob- ems incident to the restoration of German sovereignty, the joining ogether of- West Europe for a measured defense and the solid edification of NATO." The secretary will meet British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Men, French Premier Pierre Men- des France and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in the Palais de Chaillot this afternoon o end the Allied occupation of and to restore its sover- eignty to the Bonn Government Tomorrow. Dulles will attend a nine-power conference to amend the Brussels treaty, and on Friday, with other members of the NATO council, will vote on Western Ger- many as the 15th NATO member. The secretary described this se- ries of meetings as "of decisive importance from the'standpoint. of peace, security and freedom in Eu- rope." The session to .end Allied occu- pation of West Germany is ex- pected to be a smooth one, but it was learned least two mi- nor, problems Editor to Speak On Press Freedom "Freedom of the Press and What It Means to You" is the topic of an address to be made Thursday noon before Abilene Lions Club. Ed Wishcamper, managing edi- tor of The Abilene Reporter-News, will be the speaker. The event will be the dub's weekly luncheon in the Windsor Hotel. COMMUNITY'S GIFT Home to Rise in Single Day For Jimmy Spann Family Mrs, Jimmy Spann's rent-paying i "If we can get the roof deck on days are numbered! by 1 o'clock, we will have it A home for her and her two babies will rise tomorrow at 741 Westmoreland in a dramatic one- day building project. It will be a heart-warming cli- max to a community's determina- :ion to take care of the family ;eft by Policeman Jimmy Spann when he was slain in a gun battle at Merkel June 17. Start at 7 a.m. While most Abilenians will be sitting down to breakfast Thurs- day morning, crews will be start- ing work at 7 o'clock on UTe house. The crews are made up from various builders of the Abilene Home Builders took on the project at the request of the Reporter-News. The build- ers are contributing labor and su- pervision free. Gerald Lawler, secretary-trwwu rer of the aswcVion, said all the framing lumber wul be cut at the home silt today. A crew of Lawler't is pulling down the sub- Hoorlng today. Then workmen ean start im- mediately with the walli at 7 a.m he said. J. T. Smith, foreman for Law- ler Construction Co., will oversee the crew in charge of the fram- ing. Horace King, a contractor, will direct one crew that will start up with the siding. Tom Akens, another contractor, will be in charge of a second crew working on siding. All crews will pitch in raising the rafters and deckers, then turn to the flooring. lupecUrs Scere The City of Abilenr will have building inspectors on the scene throughout the day so the work can be inspected without delay as various phases are completed. The 700 block of Westmoreland ill be barricaded by police at re- quest of the builders so that traffic doesn't clog up the work scene. The public is cordialiy Invited to watch the construction miracle, but not to come inside an area roped off around the lot. Chief C, I. Hallmark said policemen will patrol UM area all Members of the builders asso- ciation are either contributing their own supervision, or work crews to the undertaking. These include Lawler Construction Co., George Steaktey, Donley Stephen- son, Burl Nash, Kenneth Mus- gravc, Art Eder, O.-S. (Ode) Lev- eridge, Rufus Sivley and Nathan Morris. Even on the eve of construc- tion, Abilene firms were still dem- onstrating their generosity to the Spanns. Childs Ready-Mix Concrete Co. earlier in the week had supplied the concrete for the foundation and walks. In the mail at the Re- porter-News this morning was the company's bill. It was for discounted MS tat payment before Nov. 3. And it was accompanied by a check to add to tht Jim- my Spann Appreciation Fund. That makes the net cast of the concrete Pert Ctntnl. TM Miracle Laboratories will give five years tf.rmit and general pest control of roaches, and aMi M M tratt tttt service that runs from yearly tar the average house. William Cameron i Co., whole- sale lumber and millwork firm, announced it will furnish the mil- work. Materials will be paid for by the Spann fund, or Mrs. Spann her- self: Practically all are beiag sold at or below cost, and many firms are donating their labor. The day after Policeman Spann was fatally shot, the Reporter- News began as appeal for fund to support the family. Generous- hearted AbUeniaas, as well as scores from all over West Texas gave a total of The SIN check from Childs Ready-Mix Con- crete Co. Uiii morning put it to Tht family debts and funeral exnetM, and a total of in cennectlon with pur- chase of the lot brought the bal- ance down to tf.NO.Ot. The con- crete bill then left a balance today of After tht bom h tak, taratton Parley Out to End German Occupation One is the definition of the emer- [ency situation which would entitle Strike Hits Big Liners LONDON IB-Striking dockers walked off the liners Queen Eliza- beth and.America at Southampton today, spreading the shipping par- alysis that now threatens this is- land nation's food supplies. Approximately Britain's waterfront working force put at London, Liverpool, Birkenhsad, Hull and Southampton. Some union leaders striving to get the men back to work say the strike is being fomented by Com- munists. Prune Minister Churchill's Cab- inet may decide later today to use troops to unload ly those with cargoes of meat, but- ter, eggs and the men don't return to work by Saturday. These vital cargoes are beginning to rot in the ships. the three Western powers to re- sume their occupation. The other concerns conditions under which the Allied troops are to remain in West Germany. Parliaments in all countries must ratify the agreements before they can become effective. Diplomats Quit Party Where Reds Attend MOSCOW IB-rA Moscow dinner party given by the Burmese am- I bassador Tuesday saw the abrupt departure ft seven Western diplo- mats. They walked out when they found the guests included represen- tatives of European Soviet satellite nations and the Chinese Qpmmu- nists. Leaving the dining "room as the Sovietskyaya Hotel were bassadors from the United States Britain, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada and Greece. "We put on our coats and said U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen. The U.S., British and ambassadors explained the action to correspondents' yesterday, say- ing they felt they forced into :a situation which'was com- pletely untenable. They said dinner was a. .national holi- day celebration where diplomats and officiate representing aO shades of opinion mingle. The entire diplomatic corps In Moscow was formally" by Burmese AmbasSldar Mating Ohn. He was not for: comment on the sudden depar- hire of some of his guests. Bohlen said all seven ambassa- dors expressed "personal regrets" to Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Moibtov for any appearance snubbing him at the dinner. WHATS NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES HAM ANp of two commodities on foot is shop- ing up into an important elec- tion day factor in Iowa. 8-A. OVttWHGHT 125 Tons of womanhood are due to fall in next three months in _ dieting campaign. Page 10-A. FARMER, OR DOG Ike lik- his nsw farm than o second term? Page 14-A. DEADMAN gets re- stricted right to Deodman Creek water. 1-B. TOTAL TOPS Chest Drive Cards Yield Higher Gifts Community -chest donations! were running 15.3 per cent ahead of last year on the SO cards which .had been turned in, Don Scrivner, general solicitations chairman, reported1 at a chest board meeting Tuesday. This year th; cards compared to last year, he added, Scrivner is expect- ing the general solicitations cam- paign to produce over this year. The 241 cards are only TSper- cent of all cards that are out. It was reported at the meeting that the employees drive had brought in of which was collected at Mrs. Bak- ery. General campaign director Ster- ling Price announced that there will be first and second prizes given to team captains who make the best percentage of their quota, and first and second priaes for In- dividual workers who nuke the best percentage of their quotas. Decisions OB tho winners will .be reached by taking the pircent- ajfj of quota and the percent- age of the cards'worked. Tuesday Wttnoon, the Com- munity office reported that and an alligator belt wfll be awarded to the two individual workers turning in the highest per- centage of quotas. CHEST CAMPAIGN GIFTBAROMETER nettod by baUtiMU dMknu, with TMt- day's receipts accounting for of that amount. Prises to given to tarn dp. taint who make the boit thowiBf Wtt'- bt 'ft tat' M ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: October 20, 1954

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