Abilene Reporter News, October 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WI1H OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS it EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 128 Associated Press (API ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 25, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Experts Due To Report on Park Program Progress report on preparations for Abilene's city parks development program is expected! Tuesday morning. City Park and Public Recreation' Board will probably receive the information from Hare Hare.! park planning firm, at its regular a.m. Tuesday meeting. That announcement came Mon- day from City Park Supt. Scott Fifces. Hare J: Hare. Kansas City ex- perts, are under contract to the city for surveys and planning of the program here. Abilenians this summer autho-j rized issuance of in city; bonds for developing parks. Armory Talk Dtw "We shall probably have some discussion Tuesday about the Na- tional Guard armory." Fikes said. He stated that he hasn't heard anything further about the con- troversy over the armory site. The City Commission some time ago granted the state a free lease on acreage in munici- pal Pair Park as the loca- tion. That was done after a long dispute among park board mem- bers, some of whom opposed put- ting an armory on city park land. Recently the commission offer- ed the National Guard a substi- tute armory site on land of the old Municipal Airport east of town.. change of site has been an-j nounced, however, by Guard offi- cials. Bids are being taken now by the State Board of Control for con- struction of the armory in Fair Park. They will be received until Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. Keftrstim Report Fifces will give the park board Tuesday morning a report on the current city recreation program. "There is good attendance at dance Fikes said Mon- day. "Enrollment in them is near Ike Extends Personal Welcome for Dulles Norther Due By Tuesday ON THE Judy Gibson of Denton pomis to the small white spot on the flank of her registered Jersey heifer which almost cost her a chance to show the animal at Jhe State Fair in Dallas. Judges ruled the heifer's registration papers would have to be corrected. Judy hurriedly sent the papers air-mail special delivery to Columbus, Ohio, where they were corrected and sped back in time for the heifer to win a red ribbon. j The season's first full-blown I norther was reported slowing i down in New Mexico Monday morning, delaying its appearance in Abilene. The noon U. S. Weather Bureau forecast put the chiller due in here sometime Tuesday afternoon. The forecaster earlier in the morning had predicted that it ..would arrive at dawn Tuesday. That was be- fore it slowed down in New Mex- ico. Occasional light rain such as has been falling in Abilene and area since about a.m. Mon- day is slated to continue today, tonight and Tuesday. Monday's high of 73-80 will be capacity, although maybe two or three more persons could be ac- cepted." He said membership in leather- craft and ceramics classes start- ed small, bul has increased. TBere are still vacancies for others who wish to enroll, he reported. Anyone wishing to join any class should cali the City Recreation Office. 3-1271; or the City Park Office. Telephone 4-6685. About 100 people are enrolled in the fall recreation classes, Fikes said. Witnesses Missing In Windham's Trial By GEORGIA NELSON Staff Writer The absence of two defense wit- nesses Monday morning delayed selection of a jury to try Ernest Windham of Baird. charged in 42nd District Coutewith murder.. Defense Attorney "Maury Hnghts of Dallas said he would ask "for "a continuance if the, "two witnesses cannot be found but he., had not filed a motion "for continuance at Plane Seen To Hit Sea PARIS U.S. Air Force C47 carrying 21 airmen has vanished on a fight through stormy weather from Rome to Lyon, France, even as the search for it was under unidentified plane was re- ported to have fallen into the Med- iterranean off Corsica today. A workman in Morsiglia, on the west coast of the French island, said he saw the two-engine plane fly at low altitude and crash the windlashed water a mile and a half offshore shortly after noon. A few minutes later, the French News Agency reported wreckage of that plane had been spotted by U.S. and French pilots searching for the missing since 5 p.m. Sunday. Three ships of the U.S. 6th Fleet were dispatched to the area. Meanwhile. U.S.. French Italian planes and helicopters still circled over the Mediterranean between Corsica and the French coast and over the Frencn alps seeking the C47, which was based at Mansion. England. See Story on Page 6-B. Grisjom Says He Won't Run Ernest Grissom, former Abilene mayor, said" today he would not enter the rate for State Senator. 24th Rep. David Ratliff of Stamford is the only announced candidate to date. Rep. Ttuett Latimer of Abilene, and former State Senator Pat Bullock of Colorado City, have said they are considering announc- ing. Grissom's possible candidacy had been boomed here Saturday by Abilene friends of which John B. Ray, druggist, was spokesman. This had been reported in a story in the Reporter-News Sunday. "f appreciate so much the thoughts and efforts and consider- ation of my friends who honored me by suggesting my candidacy for the State Senate." Grissom said. "But after thorough study of the matter. I have decided that I will not make the race." He was the second prominent West Texan to take himself out of speculation in the race. Saturday C. T. McLaughlin, Snyder rancher and oilman, had announced that noon. The missing witnesses are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Straley of Oplin. Mrs. Straley is a sister of the defendant Both Mr. and Mrs. Straley were ordered subpoenaed for Windham's first trial in Baird but the subpoenaes Tnever "served on them. Papers Issued At the request of Hughes Mon- day morning Presiding Judge Floyd Jones of Breckenridge or- dered attachments issued for them and Deputy Sheriff Leroy Arnold left immediately to serve the pa- An is a court order summoning a witness who may be taken into custody and kept confined until called to tes- tify if necessary. Windham is casrgeQ with the minder of his brother. John, at dUtrirt Uhe slain brother's ranch seven 'miles north of Clvco last Feb. 16. John died of a shot fired by Er- he would not rifn, pleadings of friends. despite the nest from an automatic pistol. In his first trial at Baird which enoed in a hung jury. Ernest de- clared he did not intend to kiU John. Defendant Calm As during the first trial, Wind- ham sat quietly in the courtroom .Monday morning. Dressed in a Vietnamese Roman Catho- brown suit, he talked with nobody unless spoken to and gave no out- ward display of nervousness. Judge Jones of 91st District Court is serving on the 42nd Dis- trict Court bench during the ab- sence of Judge J. RJ Black who Is reciiperatins from recent eye sur- gery. Judge Jones called a special venire of 200 men. The regular jury panel of 85 is to be 'used along with the special venire for the selection of a jury. This makes a total of 2S5, which equals the record size venire called in Tay- lor County for the murder trial of Fred Ohlenbusch in January 1953. of EMPTY BOAT FOUND Search Continues for Body Of Anson Slaying Suspect LAKE BUCHANAN. Oct. 25 Search continued Monday morn- ing in Lake Buchanan for the body of a possible drowning vic- tim, who may be Charles M. Ed- wards. The oilman, about M, whose home is near Anson, is charged with murder with malice in con- nection with the fatal shooting of his Sept. 19 at their resi- dence. He was freed on bond aft- er pleading innocent earlier this month in 101th District Court at Anson. Sheriff Travis Bawcom of Llano County said about 25 people took part in the dragging of the lake Sunday with grappling hooks. The search started early Sunday aft- ernoon, and continued until about midnight. Then the wind became high, and the searchers suspended until about a.m. Mon- day. DHtn Search Hangers in Austin were expected lo provide divers Mon day morning to aid the work. Edwards'" wife died Sept. 19 of a bullet wound in their home in the Sinclair community near An- spn. Edwards was found with a bullet wound in his head at the same lime. The Llano sheriff said the search began after a Lake Buchanan fish- erman, Herschel Shelby, observed an empty boat on the south side of the lake. Floating beside the boat were a gasoline can and a hat.'-Shelby was in another boat. V Bawcom theorized someone fell in the hike while re-fueling the motor of (he boat. The sheriff's conclusion was based on the fact the caps were .off both the. motor gasoline tank and the floating gasoline can. The unoccupied hid been rented by Edwards, who apparent- ly went out on the like it 7 or I Sunday. A check by the sheriff with Lake Point near Hie Juki' re- vealed Edwards registered there Saturday night. An automobile registered lo Edwards was found at the courts. Ht- was on the lake alone, the sheriff said. Water !5 Feet Deep Water .where the boat was found is JS to 55 feet deep. The boat was 100 to 150 yards from shore. The lake is about eight miles across at that point, but has no currant. Edwards' mother. Mrs, J. C. Edwards of Anson. was quoted by an Abilenian as saying Edwards left .Anson shortly after noon Sat- urday to go to Lake Buchanan. He-didn't take but did take his boat motor, she said. Arrangements, were being made for the murder trial of Edwards. John A. Wtlloughby. Abilene at- torney, Mid he hid been employed by the dead woman's relatives is special prosecutor. He will assist Dlst. Ally. Tom Todd. Davit Scirborouxh, Abilene attorney, U the defense lawyer. After the special venire list was called, absentees and excuses granted by the court left only M names on the list. Judge Jones excused ail venire- men at until pjn., awaiting the service of attach- ments for Mr. and Mrs. Straley. State Calls 33 Witnesses The state has subpoenaed 33 wit- nesses for the.current trial and the defense "asked for sabpoenaes to be issued for seven. Before calling the venire listj Monday morning Judge Jones ex- cused all witnesses until 9 a.m. Tuesday, instructing them not to discuss the case with anybody ex- cept the attorneys. Malcolm Schulz is assisting Hughes in the defense. District-At- torney Wiley Caffey is prosecut- ing, assisted by Dallas and Davis Scarborough, special prosecutors. repeated Tuesday before the north- er hits., Earlier the weather bureau had said temperatures would drop to about SO degrees in the face of the cold front sweeping down off the snow-clad Eocky Mountains. Temperatures are not expected to rise Tuesday after" the front hits. Rainfall was reported Monday morning at Merfcel, Stamford and Clyde. Rain was forecast for all sec- tions of the state as the norther moves through. An Associated Press story Mon day.morning said the norther would bring 26-30 degree cold as it struck the Upper Panhandle. Readings of 32-40 degrees were forecast for the Lower Panhandle and Upper Plains. While the norther moved toward Texas, the state was drying out from widespread rains over, the weekend. The only rainfall report- ed in the last 24 hours was .49 inch at Lufkin. Overnight minimum tempera- tures ranged from at Dalhart to 74 at Galveston. Other mini- mums included: El Paso 60, Dal- las, Houston and Tyler 68, Beau- mont and Brownsville 69, Midland 54 and Abilene 56. Catholics Sail Small Ships Away From Reds SAIGON. Indochina, If, About lies escaped to freedom from Com- munist-dominated North Indochina today by heading to sea in a tatter- ed of small rafts and junks. The mass break began yester- day from the tiny coastal fishing village of Van Ly. close to the Catholic center of Bui Chu and Phat Dien in the south of the Ton- kin delta. The move was prompted by the appearance of a small fleet of French naval vessels outside the three-mile limit. Flying the white and yellow papal flag, the refugees carried their wretched household goods and even a few water buffalo in their wild rush. French naval units, working around the clock, picked them up as' soon as their overcrowded craft crossed the ihree-niile limit The Jules Verne, a former submarine tendejr, and another French ship took many aboard. Tiro American- donated LSMs loaded each. THE WEATHER K.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WKATHER HUSEAV ABU.EXE AXD VICINITY Partly cloudy with very occasional lisht rain thit afternoon. tonight and Tuesday. Continued mild. temperature this afternoon 75-30. Low lonUht 65.' Wish Tuesday SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly warmer this afternoon. Cooler in northwest portion late tonight and in west and north portions Tuesday'. A few showers in southeast portion Tuesday. WEST TEXAS: Partly- cloudy, cooler In Panhandle thb afternoon. Colder ta Pan- handle and South'Plains and cooler la cast portion lonUht and Tuesday. Lowest 2fr32 detrces in Upper PwluiKile and JMO to Lower Panhandle ami Vppcr South Plaint tonteht. EAST AXD SOUTH CEXTRAL TEXAS: ParUj- cloudj-, warm this afternoon and tonight. A ftw showers in northwest por- Iton Moderate to fresh southeast to south, winds on the coast. HiSh and kiw for 5) hours ended at a.m. 7S ami W degrees. TEXri.HAHHES Sun. P. M. Mon. A. M. 73 W 71 73 73 70 {ISO M I? a 7i na> Him uid Inw lerttMraOrn for H koun d n.m.i n and SMWM Im p.n. SuKrlw to- a.m. SnoKl lonlttl r-W. reMmt at p.m.: St.ll. Hrirti. UM KIM Nth 4 Abilenians in Field Mishaps Four Abilene men were injured Sunday in separate oil field acci- dents. James Wood, 1312 North Third St., was admitted Sunday to Hendrick Memorial Hospital with severe bruises on the back, right arm ana left leg. He fell 25 feet from an oil der- rick Sunday on a rig near Win- ters. Co-workers said that Wood's arm was caught in a cat line which whipped him 25 feet above the derrick floor, released him, and dropped him back to the floor. A hospital spokesman said Sun- day night that X-rays showed no fractures. Second Hurt In Fall Leo Eilers. 2060 Anson Ave., was admitted to Hendrick Sunday with an injured back. Eilers, a roughneck for Norman D. FitiGerald. fell from a der- rick near Abilene. Austin Newman. 1SJ1 North 43rd St.. another oil field worker, also is in Hendrick. His sister-in-law. Mrs. T. J. Newman. 857 Cypress St, report- ed that Newman had to have his thumb amputated in Anson Sat- urday night. He was working on a rig about 12 miles east of Anson when a heavy piece of machinery fell or his hands, crushing the left thumb. Newman, a driller for Sojoumer Drilling Co., was doing "fine" Monday, his sister-in-law said. Troy Ballard. 229 Mulberry St., received gash in his head Sunday in an oil field accident. He was admitted at St. Ann Hospital, where his condition was termed "sued" Monday morning. Ballard "is a roughneck for To- ber-Coleman fc Carr Drilling Co. of Midland. Details of the acci- dent were not available. FRIEND, TRY LEAVING HOTEL TO SEE TEXAS LONDON from Dallas, a London columnist said his initial impression of Texas and Tex- ans is a very poor one. "I hate my first sight of said Rex of the Sunday Pictorial, which claims a circulation of over 5 million. He listed his objections to the Lone Star State and its citizens as.- having to pay in advance for a hotel room. Having to pay in advance for local telephone calls from his hotel. The lack of cowboys. He said the only one he found was sitting in an air conditioned bar. Hogler Buddy Says He'll Be Released FORT WORTH former business associate of David Fred Hagler Jr. was in jail at Sulphur, Okla., today. He said, "they'll find out pretty soon I didn't have any- thing to do with it and let me go." Hagler, 36, is charged with mur- der in the death of a still-unidenti- fied man whose charred body was found in a burned station wagon near Davis, Okia., Oct. 10. The former business associate is Frank A. St. Clair of Irving, Tex., near Dallas. Last week St. Clair said he followed Hagler to Oklahoma Oct. 8 for the purpose of returning Hagler to Fort Worth. He said Hagler had told him he was taking a car to Oklahoma for a new salesman in his asphalt iirm. Yesterday SL Clair showed offi- cers the route he took in Okla- homa.. Last night, he turned up Mwtity.Connty jaU in Stflptair. St. Clair told a Fort Worth Star- Telegram reporter he wants to help officers "clear up this mys- tery." He said he didn't know on what basis Oklahoma officers are holding him but "I don't need a lawyer. They'll find out pretty soon I didn't have anything to do with it and let me go." Murray County Sheriff Leonard Monger's wife confirmed early tn- day St. Clair had been held there since yesterday morning. She would give no other information except to say Monger would be in Fort Worth today. Meanwhile, Hagler was expectet to be freed ffon- county jaU here today on appeal bond fol- lowing aa extradition" order by Texas Gov. .Allan Shivers. Last week Shivers ruled Oklahoma is entitled to get Hagler in its cus- tody. The murder charge was fried in Oklahoma: Reds Say American Cleared of Charges VIENNA, Austria H! Hermann Field, a TJ. S. citizen who disap- peared in Red Poland in August 1949, has "been cleared of aD charges and released from pris- the Warsaw radio said today. The broadcast said an investiga- tion conducted by Polish authori- ties disclosed that the charges which Jed to Fields.' arrest were "framed up "by an American agent." Field will be given "full compen- sation" and action will be taken against all persons responsible for nis arrest, the report said. Fields' secret arrest was dis- closed Sept 28 in Washington by his former jailer, Jozef Swiatlo, a top official of the Polish secret po- lice until he fled to the West 10 mouths ago. Field disappeared after boarding a Prague-bound plane at Warsaw. Hermann Field is the brother of Noel Field, a former official of the U. S. State Department who dis- appeared in Prague in May 1949. Noel Field's wife Herta also dis- appeared and they later were reported under, arrest in Hungary. The broadcast said a number of Polish nationals also were freed when Field was released. MRS. SPANN GOES SHOPPING FOR FURNITURE FOR HOME Mrs. Jinimy Spann planned to go shopping Monday afternoon. A representative of The Reporter-News was to go with her, to help her pick out furniture for her new home. It won't be long until the Spann home will he ready for the-furniture. Floors should be sanded by Tuesday night Then Mrs. Spann can begin moving in. Three painters worked Sunday to finish work on the house. They were H. W. Mann, G. A. Collins and E. B. Radney. N Abilene Builders Supply, 1182 North Third St., furnished all the inside paint, Textone and joint cement. Thompson Jewelers, 1042 North First St, donated an electric clock for the kitchen. Auto Finance HOUSTON 17th annual meeting of Texas Assn. of Auto Finance Companies is underway here. Registration began yester- day. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES VIOUNT Car ore folol to 18; sting and traders ore olso lethal. 9-A. UNPOPULAR Auto .own- ers pay in taxes to city. Pajt 1-8. TtST TUII Rights of babies bom from artificial in- semination will bt jhidrtcj by Chicago Bar Ann. Post 3-8. riNCI Control of tht S4tti Congrtu may or, of not mode up ttwir mlnUs. Page S-B. Both Genera! and Major Chest Contributions to Be Reported First Cabinet Meeting Due On Radio, TV WASHINGTON a-President Ei- senhower today personally wel- comed Secretary Dulles back from Paris, and arranged for the first nationally televised and broadcast Cabinet, meeting in history to hear Dulles's report on the West Euro- pean defense agreement. The ses- sion will be at 7 p.m. (EST) Dramatizing the importance at- tached to the agreement, Eisen- hower went to the airport, greeted Dulles and spoke of "a new era in Europe." The First Time It was the first time Eisenhower has turned up at the airport to greet a returning Cabinet officer, even though President Truman nearly always welcomed Secretary of State Dean Acheson when Achesoa returned from internation- al conferences. Dulles, in subnet airport state- ment, said: "I do feel I can bring back wards of good tidings, not merely in tfs-nSs of documents signed but in terms of the spiHt which ani- mated our discussions, which marked, I believe, the beginning a new era for Europe." Eisenhower vigorously shook Dulles' hand and patted him on the back after the secretary walked' down the ramp of the special fair- engine air force transport, which flew him from Bermuda on: the last leg of Ms journey from Paris. As if to give the center of the stage to Dulles, the President then walked some 50 feet away and stood alone while Dulles spoke, briefly Tnto newsreeV radio- and television microphones at the field by some 30 photographers and: cameramen. Afterward, the President called over to Dulles: "You'd better come over here. Foster, you're missing another chance to get your picture taken." Mel by Ambassadors Dulles had been chatting, with the ambassadors of some .14 West- ern European Allies who were also at the airport to greet him. Laughlingly, Dulles hastened at the President's call over: to where Eisenhower was standing. The President grabbed him by the arm. posed for a new round of pictures and climbed into his waiting limousine with Dulles be- side Km. The President and Dulles drove directly from the airport to the White House. In the car, Dulles- handed the President a typewritten document of some 40 to 30 pages-rpresumab- ly a confidential report on the 15- nation Paris meeting.. Show Falling In Colorado DENVER UrV-Snow flurries rode into Colorado today on the wrings of a cold front moving down from Montana. It was the first official snow if the autumn for. Denver although measuring only two-tenths of one inch. The flakes melted rapidly they struck pavements. CHEST CAMPAIGN G.FTBAROMLTO Plans for publication of the to- tal amounts raised in both general and major solicitations by Com- munity Chest volunteer workers were announced at a meeting of division chairmen Monday morn- ins. Meeting primarily to discuss contributions to date as compared with the goal, general solicitation Co-Chairmen Don Scrivner and Jerry B. Morgan told the division chairmen 24 per cent of gen- eral have been worked, while about 40 per cent of the general solicitation goal has been made in arts and crafts only. ThU it increue over the (mounts received from the same contributors last year, Morgan uid. but added that this year's Is M pw cent higher than last vtar'i. Mecthf Set TMrta? Division chairmen and team captains are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mack Kplen's cafeteria for a discussion of how the general solicitation wort in the arts and crafts division can be concluded at an early date. During the Monday morning meeting, division chairman Ed Stewart, Jr., said, "I think we should all consider that contribu- tions publicixed so far do not rep- resent aB the money raised lor the Community Chest on this year's budget. "When the major sifts solicita- tion is reported, our overall pic- ture will be considerably better and will indicate much more prof- rtts than is now apparent." Goal in this year's campaim h fiM.WO far tight afiMciff. i, By Saturday, when the Commu- nity effict closed for the weekend. contribution had A ;