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Publication: Abilene Reporter News November 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas Give Th«0iiit<itWay 1-2.-3ftAbilene Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 143 Associated Press ( AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Women's Jury Duty Can Begin on Nov. 19 ABILENIANS CONVENE — Mrs. J. F. Boren, left, Mrs. L. E. Dudley, center, and Mrs. Hart Shoemaker converse during a break in the Monday evening program at the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs 57th annual convention in Mineral Wells. Mrs. Boren is editor of the Texas Clubwoman. Mrs. Dudley is TFWC president. She is seated in the chair to be placed in the TFWC headquarters in Austin in her honor. Mrs. Shoemaker is president of Sixth District. (See background story. Page 6-A). (Staff photo by Margaret Bourland) Butternut St. Widening At Top of Bond Agenda First project to be built under the recently authorized SI million in city street improvement bonds will be a bridge over Catclaw Creek at South Fifth St. But the initial major construction under the bonds will be the widen-injf and repaving ol Butternut St. all the way from South First St. to Treadaway Blvd. Those announcements were made Tuesday mwning by City Manager Austin P. Hancock. Plans are already being started for the South Fifth Si. bridge. They will harmonize with a private paving project which property owners are to finance on South Fifth St. near the creek. “Abutting property owners wiT! be asked by the city to donate necessary right-of-way for the widen- Armory Bids Resected AUSTIN The State Board of Control today rejected all bids on the National Guard armory for Abilene after discovering conflicts in specifications on which bids were called. James C. Jones, chief of the board’s design and construction division, said the date for receiv- Burglar Gets $20 At Tuscola School Between $20 and $2.5 in .small change was stolen from South Taylor High School at Tuscola Monday night, Deputy Sheriff Claude Herring of Taylor County said Tuesday. Entry was gained by removing a glass pane from a back door and breaking the lock off the door, he said. The burglar obtained the money from the coin box of a soft drink machine. The box contained nickels, dimes, quarters and pennies. The box apparently was emptied on the floor since some pennies W'ere found there, Herring said. The burglar entered the superintendent’s office by cutting a hole in a door panel, then reaching in to unlock the door. Total property damage was estimated by the officer at $25. The burglar also broke into a candy machine. ing bids will be re.set as soon as specifications are clarifed. He indicated the bid opening will be held within the next two weeks. Bids of six companies were returned, unopened today. The $300,000 armory and service center are scheduled to be constructed at the extreme south end of Abilene’s Fair Park, on property not now in use. Abilene architects have said it will require about eight months to construct the armory. Bids have been asked so far only on the armory itself and not on the $50,000 service center. The armory will house the five units of the 131st Field Artillery Battalion under command of Lt, Col. Vaiden P. Hiner and two Units of the Third Battalion, 142d Infantry Regiment — all part of the 36th Division. ing of Butternut St.,” Hancock paid. He explained that street improvement bond money will be used to pay the city’s portion on the Butternut St. project, and that the abutting property owners Will pay the remainder. It Is planned by tbe City Commission that Butternut St., now a narrow thoroughfare, will be made into a 60-foot-wide, four • lane street. Mayor C. E. Gatlin has presented to the commission recently a list of recommendations for additional street bond - issue projects. A principal suggestion he made was that bond money be used to pay the city’s part in widening Sayles Blvd. from South Ninth St. to South 20th St. and to pave South 20th St. from Meander St. to Buffalo Gap Rd. The commission will receive bids Dec. 7 for the sale of $400,000 worth of the $1 million street bonds. Final Polio Tests Here Wednesday Final phase of Salk vaccine (for poho) trial will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Crockett Elementary School, South 13th and Willis Sts. This has been announced by Abilene - Taylor County Health Unit. Blood will be withdrawn from the same children as thoise who donated two samples last spring. These children are in the second, third and fourth grades. Laboratory tests will be conducted on the blood in California to determine; il) If children who got the vaccine show more rasistance to polio than those who did not. (2) W^hat percentage of the group will show a different reaction from last spring. According to Time and Ne’*s-week, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis has purchased enough vaccine to offer a free series of shots to these children who have participated. Taking part in the project here are Dr. A. G. Arrant, in charge of the program; Dean Walter Adams of Abilene Christian College, representing the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, and Scott Hays, principal of Crockett school. Volunteers from Crockett P-TA will offer clerical assistance. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES CIGARETS AND CANCER — Science and medicine are divided over effects of smoking. Page 7-A. PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH—Sen. McCarthy fights like Henry Armstrong, never step bock, punch, punch, and forget the fancy footwork. Page 9-A. A-BOMB PEARL HARBOR—Retired Marine Corps colonel predicts war with Russia. Page 1-B. NEW CANCER TEST—Two Tex-ons reveal development of a new test for cancer. Page 8-B. Showers Fall Fasi of Abilene W’idely scattered thundershowers were believed Tuesday morning to be falling about 65 miles east - north - east, east and east - south - east of Abilene. Ranger received 1.25 inch of rain Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The rain was accompanied by light hail. Tbe weather bureau here said at 12:45 p.m. the rainfall experienced at Ranger extended north-v/ard into Oklahoma. Abilene is expected to have partly cloudy skies and mild temperature today, tonight and Wednesday, but is due no rain, the weather bureau said. The weather bureau is “watching” a front on the West Coast that could possibly bring precipitation to this area Friday through Sunday. The Dallas Weather Bureau in its five - day forecast said rain was possible in this area during that three - day period. The five - day forecast also predicted above normal temperatures Tuesday through Saturday for this area. The high here was 74 and the minimum 54 degrees. LAW WEST OF TRINITY 'S Good, Lawful Women' Christen New State Ruling By .MARTHA COLE Associated Press Writer Justice of the Peace W. E. Rich-burg of Dallas Tuesday said all he wanted was “six good and lawful women” to serve on a jury “and we’re gonna go to work in the morning.” “I got ’em too,” said Judge Richburg, thus announcing the first all-woman jury in Texas. “If the defense doesn’t complain, if the district attorney doesn’t complain and if the voters approved it—there you are.” said the JP, known often as “The Law West of the Trinity.” Effective Nov. 19 State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep-perd announced in Austin Tuesday that the constitutionai amendment approved by the voters Nov. 2 to put women on juries in Texas would be effective Nov. 19. “I’m not jumping the gun,” Richburg said. “I won’t get them out of the central jury wheel.” The ca.se involves a woman defendant charged with vagrancy. She’s hired two men to defend her. Richburg said he thought she’d “get a fair trial” from her petticoat peers. It’ll be only a six-man—rather six-woman—jury, and it won’t have to be locked up overnight. For most Texas counties the problem of accommodating women jurors won't come up until next August when the list of names for new jury wheels is made up. Some forw?,<l-looking counties in Texas already are prepared. Out in W’est Texas Howard County built a new courthouse not long ago at Big Spring and—knowing that some women were agitating to get on juries, and knowing women —built a women’s dormitory and lounge in connection with venire quarters. Ready In 1931 Up in the Panhandle at Amarillo, Potter County already has facilities to accommodate women jurors. The building was completed in 1931 but county commissioners of Potter County then looked forward to the day when women would be serving on Juries and designed the room for that pur-lK)se. The space in Amarillo Intended for a women’s jury dormitory now is used by the Slate Welfare Board. But even with facilities for women, there’s the question of the law that states that in criminal cases the jurors cannot be separated during the trial. Jurors seldcmi are required to stay overnight, however, and only during felony and capital cases. The law also states that a juror must be the head of a household. There’s many a wag who’ll lay we've been breaking the law all along on that point—pretending men were the boss at home. Epileptics With Mental Illness May Leave Abilene THE WUTHER 1.8. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy aad continued mild temperatures. Maximum temperature today and Wednesday 75. lx)W tonight 55. NORTH CE.NTRAL TEXAS:    Partly cloudy and mild this afternoon, tonight and W'ednesday. A lew light showers in northeast this afternoon. WEST TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Not much change in temperatures. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS; Partly cloudy and mild this aftermwn, tonight and Wednesday, Moderate easterly winds on the coast.    .    . High and low temperatures for 24 hour* ended at 6:30 a.m. 74 and 54 degrees. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M. 73    .. ......... 1:30 74      2:30 74      3:30 74      4:30 71       -V30 68      6:30 65      7:30 63      8:30 62 ............ 9:.30 62   10:.!0 «2 .......  11:30 ^       12:30    ........ Sunrise today 7:02 a.m. Sunset tonight ^ Barometer    reading at    12    p.m.    ^ Relative    humidity at    12:30    p.m.    62%, Tues. A.M. ......59 ......57  .56 ......55 ......55 ......55  .55  60 ......63 ......67 ......69 72 Dr. V. T. Watley, superintendent of Abilene State Hospital, said Tuesday he opposes taking epileptics out of the hospital and making it a West Texas reception center for menially retarded patients. His view opposes a plan adopted in principle Monday by the Board for State Hospital and Special Schools. Under the board’s proposed plan, epileptics with mental illnesses would be placed in mental hospitals, Abilene would become a school for the mentally-retarded, including epileptics in that category. *T’m certain this change wiU only result in epileptics getting lost in the general shuffle,” Dr. Watley said. Need Better Budget “If we could get a better budget from the Legislature, we would make improvements, regardless of what changes are made in the administrative setup,” he said. During the past summer, Dr. Watley visited hospitals in three states during a trip to the East. Upon completing the trip, he wrote a lengthy report on his views to Dr. James A. Bethea, executive director of the Texas board. Dr. Watley had receded no of ficial notice of the board’s action Tuesday morning, but felt that the state board may be aware of his views due to his report to Dr. Bethea. The Associated Press reported that the board had not given final approval to the proposals, but showed great interest in them. The committee recommended that the legislature be requested: 1. To enact a modern code of laws clearly defining the state’s responsibility for mentally retarded persons, with emphasis on coordinating the programs of the board and the Texas Education Agency. 2. To provide funds for construction to accommodate 3,000 additional beds for mentally retarded to relieve extreme over-crowding, such construction to include a new institution in the Gulf Coast industrial area. 3. To repeal all laws governing operation of Abilene State Hospital and to change the purpose of the institution from an epileptic colony to a school and West Texas reception center for mentally retarded. 4. To provide funds to build and operate a 300-crib nursery unit for mentally-retarded children under 6, admission to be determined by certification ot a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist that they believe the child could not benefit from home environment. 5. To create a commission of lawmakers, lay and professional groups to further study the problem of mental retardation and make recommendations for a long-range statewide program. Training Program 6. To provide funds for construction of eight cottages to house 25 students each for a continuous training program for 200 selected students who might return to the community as useful citizens. Other proposals call^ for designation of the Austin state school as a reception and diagnostic center, children to be classified according to the best knowledge available and transferred to the institution best suited to the student’s needs; approval of a student training program by the Austin State School in affiliation with the University of Texas; use of the Austin school to develop a pilot training program design^ to place trained students in communities; and transfer of the senile women now at Mexia State School to another institution to leave Mexia as a school for mentally retarded §n lyii Filibuster Unfavorable lo McCarthy WASHINGTON UFV-Sen. McCar thy (R-Wis). said today he wouldn’t favor any filibuster to prevent a Senate vote on the question of censuring him, and would be surprised if one developed. McCarthy’s statement was made when reporters told him there were persistent reports some of his friends might try to prolong debate until midnight, Dec. 24, when the extraordinary Senate session which convened yesterday will die automatically. Sen, George (D-Ga) also told reporters he thought the Senate could reach a vote before Thanksgiving. George said he won’t make up his mind how to vote until he hears the debate. Republican leaders planned to huddle during the afternoon on the possibility of some kind of a compromise which would avoid an of-hcial censure of McCarthy but retain a measure of rebuke for his alleged “contemptuous” treatment of a Senate subcommittee and his treatment of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker, a witness before the Senate Investigations subcommittee which McCarthy heads. Formal debate on the proposed censure is expected to get underway tomorrow. McCarthy said he expects to speak a number of times on various phasas of a report made by a special committee headed by Sen. Watkins iR-Utah), which recommended censure for the Wisconsin senator. The Senate spent today eulogizing senators who have died in recent months. Lumber Tapped Company for $553 CHEST (AMP/UGK GIFT8AS0MEIER GOAL $110,000 $100,000 $90,000 $79,705 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 Southwestern Lumber and Supply Co., 3110 North First St., owned by B. F. Horn, was burglarized Monday night of $413.60 in cash, $139.88 in checks and a Black jc Decker quarter • inch home utility drill kit. Police Detective Lt. George Sutton, who with Police Detective Warren Dodson was investigating, said the burglar used a key to open the safe. The money and checks, in a money sack, were removed from the safe. Sutton stated that the intruder found the safe key in the place where the firm keeps it hidden. No Forced Entry “There was no sign of a forced entry to the building, either,” the detective lieutenant said. The burglary happened between 6 p.m. Monday, the company’s closing hour, and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the opening time, Sutton said. Other crimes reported in the past 24 hours to city police included: f (1) Thefts of two automobiles, one of which was found along \yith four suspects. (2) Three thefts of automobile hub caps. (3) The stealing of an armature to a welding machine. 4 Escapees Caught Four boys ipatients) who had escaped from Abilene State Hospital were found Monday night in Cisco by Texas highway patrolmen. The escapees had a 1949 green Ford, which had been reported stolen earlier in the night at Sunset Motors here and which belongs to Clyde W. Ray, 341 Amarillo St. The suspects were being held in jail at Cisco Tuesday morning, while disposition of their cases was being determined, U. Sutton said. Jack Smith reported at 8:27 p.m. Monday that a two - tone green 1953 Oldsmobile sedan was stolen off the automobile lot at 750 Pine St. The theft happened after 6:30 p.m. Monday. Warner W. Griffin, Route, 3, Haskell, said Monday night that three hub caps were stolen from his Lincoln car while parked at the wrestling arena here. And More Hub Caps Leslie Hotmann, Mabee Dormitory, Abilene Christian College, said two .hub caps were stolen off his 1954 Oldsmobile Sunday night. The vehicle was on the parking lot behind the dormitory when the theft occurred. Gordon Koonce, Mabee Dormitory, ACC, said Monday that two hub caps were taken from his 1954 Ford parked at the college. James Hawthorne told police Tuesday morning that an armature of a welding machine had been stolen. City to Authorize Huge Bond Sale A special meeting of the City Commission was called for 2 p.m. today. Purpose was to vote on first reading an ordinance authorizing the Dec. 7 sale of $2.85 million of the recently voted $6.65 million in city Ixmds. Commissioners last Friday set Dec. 7 for the first sale of the new issues. McCall, Parkhurst & Crowe, Dallas attorneys, prepared the ordinance on the sale and have sent it to city officials here. Jane Powell Weds Car Dealer OJAI, Calif. WB—Movie actress Jane Powell is now Mrs. Patrick W. Nerney. She and the Beverly Hills, Calif,, automobile executive were married yesterday in the Ojai Community Presbyterian Church, They plan to fly to New YoiIe tomcMTOw and sail for a two-month honeymoon in Europe, Amendmeni Self-enacting Official Says AUSTIN (J^-Atty. Gen. John Bea Shepperd said today the recently adopted constitutional amendment to require women to serve on juries is self-enacting and becomes effective Nov. 19. Shepperd said it has been the presumption for 50 years that all provisions of a constitution are selfexecuting; otherwise the legislature would have power to ignore them and thereby nullify them. “The amendment therefore i.s self enacting. After the effective date, Nov. 19, it will be lawful for women to serve on juries in Texas,” he said. Shepperd said, however, that until counties have had “a reasonable time” to provide for the necessary facilities to take care of women jurors, it appears that a failure to include women on the jury panels would not be a valid ground for challenge. The omission of women from the Jury panel in such instances, he said, would be based on "justifiable reason” and not constitute “intentional discrimination simply because they were women.” On the matter of separating a mixed jury in a felony case, Shepperd said it would be possible for the court to work ont a lawful arrangement. “The law doe* not require that sleeping quarters be provided In the court house or jail or at any particular place,” he said. “If the attorneys agree to the separation, the judge could permit the separation but it would be neeessafy m provide a woman officer to be in charge of the women. Sleeping quarters could be provided at any place, so long as an officer was in attendance.” Shepperd noted that certain legislation would be required before women “as a matter of right” could be excused from jury service for reasons peculiar to women, such as caring for small children. Present exemptions, he said, were originally outlined with only men in mind. However, he noted that the judge has a certain amount of discretion i.i excusing persons from jury service. Shepperd’s remarks were made in a speech to the Texas Assn. of Sheep and Goat Raisers in convention here. The Nov. 19 date Shepperd referred to as the effective date for all the amendments is the date the State Canvassing Board meets to verify the vote. The attorney general said that in jury wheel counties, the names of women will not be added prior to the time for making up the list of names for the jury wheel which is Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 of next year. In jury commission counties, he said, lists of jurors selected before the effective date of the amendment will not have to be changed. Commenting on the new constitutional amendment to increase the ceiling on old age pensions ¿.nd other welfare grants, Shepperd noted welfare appropriations must be made by the Legislature each two years. The increase would not be provided until the next appropriation is made. He said the state building fijnd amendment would also require an appropriation act by the Legi.sla-ture to make the funds available for sites and construction of the two new state office buildings. Divorce Considered, Says Friend of Mrs. Sheppard CLEVELAND m - Pretty Marilyn Sheppard heard just a few months before she was murdered that her osteopath husband was “thinking of a divorce,” a witness in the Sheppard murder trial testified today. An attractive friend of the Sheppards, Mrs. Nancy Ahern, also swore on the witness stand that Mrs. Sheppard told her she understood that her husband qualified the statement by saying “they (the Sheppards) were right for each other and would try their marriage again.” Mrs. Ahern, a trim brunette in her middle 30’s, testified at the trial of Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard. He is charged wi|h bludgeoning his wife Marilyn to death in their bedroom July 4. Over defense objections, Mrs. Ahern said she got this story second hand, that Mrs. Sheppard had heard about it frcHn Dr. Randall Chapman, a Los Angeles osteopath and friend of the Sheppards, during a visit to California last March. Mrs. Ahern said Mrs. Sheppard "seemed very much in love” With her husband, but “I was never quite sure of Dr. Sheppard.” Mrs. Ahern also reported that another phase of a conversation with Mrs, Sheppard last April dealt with a watch which “Dr. Sheppard bought for a young lady from California.” The prosecution has claimed that this "young lady” was Susan Hayes, a pretty laboratory technician with whom it said Dr. Sheppard had an affair. How Did She Know? . . Mrs. Sheppard mentioned the watch, and I asked how she knew of it.” continued Mrs. Ahern. The witness quoted Mrs. Sheppard as saying she either saw Dr. Sheppard write out a check for the watch or found an exj^nse check for the watch. "I asked her if she was not upset about the watch, and she said she was.” she stated. The relating of these d^ails followed closely the testimony •! Mrs. Ahern at the inquest last summer. Defense Counsel William J. Corrigan vigorously protteted f their introdiKtion today. - ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: November 9, 1954

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