Abilene Reporter News, November 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas Give TluüntUdWaÿ -I IAtll)c SWlene 3^porter“WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 150 Associated Press f AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOV. 16, 1954 —TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Ready to Post $10,000 Tax Bond Juror's Dad Dies; Mistrial Declared SWEETWATER, Nov, 16,—Trial j She said county records show of former Martin Countv Judge that the warrant was to reimburse James McMorries for misappropri- McMorries for personal funds he NEW LAUNCHER — Unveiled at Baltimore, Md. is the new hunching equipment, above, that is being used to launch the Martin B61 guided missile. The equipment is especially constructed to operate in an area of only luu teet w'linout the use of a run-wav. Yule Season to Increase Trade Employment by 300 Christmas shopping is expected to cause a need for 300 additional workers in the trade industries here, the local office of Texas Employment Commission reported Tuesday. Aside from trade and service fields, however, no other industries anticipate hikes in employment between October and December. TEC bases its monthly labor estimates upon information regular- Manufacturing concerns had a total 100 - person gain in the number of workers, rising to 3,200 employes in October compared wdth 3,100 in September. Construction employment de- ation of county funds was declared a mistrial by Judge A. S Mauzey Tuesday morning due to the death of a juror’s father. Judge Mauzey reset the trial for 9 a.m. Monday. had used to pay Amos Jones for the fence posts. ‘McMorrle.s Called Them’ While testifying they had never ' sold McMorries any posts, Amos ¡ and Paul Jones related that Mc- Tom Finley of T.oraine, the fa- Morries had called on them at ther of T. L. Finley, member of the 32d Di.strict Court jury hearing the case, died at 7;30 a.m. Tuesday at Loraine. 14 Indictments McMorries went on trial Monday morning on one of 14 indictments accusing him of misappropriating Marlin County funds. Defendants in other indictments also charging theft of public funds are McMorries’ brothers, Whit and M. H. McMorries, and Oliver Vaughan and Stanley Lewis, former Martin County commissioners; probably decline by 150 persons ’ employers representing about 50 3.000 in October, between October and December, | per cent of the total employment. The trades retained the 7,100 fig- TEC said. All employed people here in Oc- tober were estimated to number ■ agencies such as local labor unions 29,900, the same as the month be-1 and the Chamber of Commerce. fore. TF.C predicted the total in December would be 29,750, “A .slight gain will occur in the service industries due to Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons,” the report stated. It also uses the latest census pub- ure in October that they had re-lications, TEC records and other i ported in September. Other lines combined had 14,100 employes in each of the past two October, 1954, employment in Abilene stood 1,200 above the 28,-700 figure of the same month in 1953, TEC said. Farm employment reached 2,500 j farm employment to the year’s their Marble Falls home. They I said the former county judge had ¡ asked them to say they sold and delivered posts to McMorries for ' Marlin County if they should be questioned by Martin County of-i ficials a.ssisting the grand jury * with its investigation. Martin County Attorney Ralph Caton of Stanton and Big Spring attorney Elton Gilliland are assisting 32d District Attorney Eldon Mahon with the prosecution. Gilliland was attorney for the 118th Judicial District when the: grand jury made its investigation! leading to the indictments. He has! since resigned to enter private | law practice but announced at the ¡ of resignation that he i planned to see these cases com-: pleted.    I Davis Scarborough of Abilene is attorney for McMorries. .........^      Other    members of the jury hear- October accounted for the hike in i of Martin County "funds which he ^ ‘"8 the case were W. T. Denson. Total Abilene employment will ly obtained from over 150 .Nbilene Uined from 3,200 in September to ; Joe Froman, a present commis- months. Farm Workt.j to Decline sioner; and Stanley A. Lewis, Stanton general contractor. The juror’s father was found dead in bed by his wife about 7:30 “^e a.m. He was about 74. Funeral arrangements are pending at Kiker Funeral Home in Colorado City. McMorries was being tried for Peak of the cotton harvest in | converting to his own use $337.50 2d Fraud Surprises Charge Pals — the highest level for this year. Compromise Talk Rises on Censure WASHINGTON Two Republican Senate leaders said today efforts are underway to compromise or modify the re.solution to censure Sen. McCarthy. They pre.sident pro tempore, said in a separate interview that he expects a compromise proposal to be presented “by some one who has not taken a position,” adding that he talked of a possible test vote late : would make a speech supporting this week or early next week. ! it. Son. Knowland of Caliiornia. the ; Xeithcr Knowland nor Bridges GOl* floor leader, said ‘”wo, three i gave any hint as to the nature of or four discussions are going on” about 'a compromise. Sen. Bridges <R-NH). Senate New Mexico Firm Buys Hinkel Stores compromise proposals under discussion. However, Sen. Dirksen tR-Ill) told reporters they might be “patterned after the suggestion of Sen. Case.” He added: “It would be necessary for Sen. McCarthy to go along. He is the party of interest.” Case (R-Sl)' has suggested the high. The number of farm workers is expected to drop to a minimum by December. Major cause of the October decline in non - manufacturing employment, TEC said, was that some contracts at Abilene Air Force Base were completed. “This situation is only temporary, as many more contracts are scheduled in the immediate future,” TEC stated. There were “continued layoffs” in the garment industry in October. the agency reported. Jobless persons in Abilene decreased by 150 during October. The number was 1,3.50 in September. dropping to 1,200 in October. Unemployment estimate for December is also 1,200. The jobless here in October la.st year were estimated at 200 less than for that month of 1954, says he took to replace a like: Earl G. Webb, Turner May. Del-sum of his own money that he ^ lis Dennis. Myron Wagnon, Christo used to purchase posts for the county. Didn’t Sell Posts The men from whom he said he purchased the posts testified .Monday as state witnesses. Amos Jones and his son, Paul Jones, from whom McMorries alleges to have bought the posts, both testified that they had not sold McMorries or Martin County any posts. Both witnesses are of Marble Falls. Mrs. Doris Stephenson, Martin County district and county clerk Richburg, A .A. Gapler, B. N. Eg- STARTING YOUNG — Five- year-old Susanne Blanchard, of Albany, N. Y.. was named “Little Miss U. S. A.” in a contest in New York City. Susanne won about $7500 worth of prizes ger, T. T. Brady, John T. Bryant; in the contest for young ladies and J. 1^ Cooper Jr.    I    three    to    12    years    of    age. rRAF-O-TERIAS ENTERED Boy, After 14, Freed Burglaries Police announced Tuesday the tesllfied Monday that McMorries ! ’ 14 street Taf-O-Teria boxes and three burglaries of City Transpor- was duly elected, qualified and serving as county judge at the time he is charged with converting the funds. She explained that a county warrant for $337..50 was issued to McMorries on his own authorization. WICHITA, Kan, »^Two Texas stores are included in the nine Senate might dispose of the con-stores of the Allen W. Hinkel Dry troversy without censure if Mc-Goods Co. to be purchased by a Carthy would apologize for his New Mexico corporation.    .statements about a 1951-52 Senate ' They arc the llinkel stores at Midland and Abilene.    thing McCarthy has said he doesn t . ,    , .    . intend to do. Allen W. Hinkel, chairman of the ■ Kansas corporation, said yesterday; ^ Know and and Dirksen said they that the stores were being sold to; knew of no efforts to get senators C. R. Hubbard of Albuquerque and ^'in or back any one compro- associales for about one million dollar.s. He said about half the purchase price would be in cash, effective Dec. 31, and the rest in preferred stock of the new corporation. Hubbard and associates will own all of the common stock of Hubbard-Hinkel Stores Inc. Other stores involved are two in Albuquerque and one each in Santa Fe. Los Alamos. Farmington, Roswell and Clovis, N. M. Little Effect Likely On Abilene Store Change in ownership of the Allen W. Hinkel Dry Goods Co. will probably have little effect on the Hinkel's store here. Mrs. Cleo | Tarver. Abilene manager, said' Tuesday. She*had received no word from the central office concerning the change in ownership, but doubted i! would affect the Abilene store greatly, Mrs. Tarver said. C. R. Hubbard, who bought the chain with some associates, was already president of the Hinkel corporation, she said. mise proposal at this time. “I know of no actual counting of noses,” Knowland said. Sen. Jenner (R-Ind), a McCarthy backer, said he intends to ask the Senate to kill the censure charges. Sen. Ferguson <R-Mich) predicted Jenner will fail if he does. Abilene's General To Speak Dec. 6 CHEST CAMPAIGN GIFTBAROMHER WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NEW CARS — What's new in Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto and Plymouth cars? Poges 6, 7 ond 8-A and 7-B. SCREEN LION — Death claims Lionel Barrymore. Page 12-A. LOOK BACKWARD -Hogs posed the worst problem to Taylor Coun-toins in 1881. Poge l-B. GOAL $110,000 $100,000 $90,000 $83,479 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 Im Abilene’s own general. William Oscar Senter, will be the main speaker at a Pearl Harbor memorial dinner here the night of Dec. 6. This announcement came today from Capt. Stanley G. Lindell, commanding officer of the 9815th Air Reserve Squadron. His unit is sponsoring the dinner and invited Major General Senter as the speaker. General Senter is commanding general of the Oklahoma City Air Material area with headquarters at Tinker Air Force Base. He is the step-son of Frank Grimes, editor of The Abilene Reporter-News. Born In Stamford Senter, 44, was born in Stamford and moved to Abilene as a child with his parents. He was reared here, was a star on the Abilene High School football team, and attended Hardin - Simmons University before being appointed to West Point in 1929. The Pearl Harbor dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. It is tentatively planned at the VFW, subject to approval of the VFW board of directors. Captain Lindell’s squadrcMi, with headquarters at 1235 Walnut St., includes reservists from Taylor, Runnels, Coleman, Brown, Jones, Ha.skell and Knox Counties. Air Reservists in these counties not affiliated with the squadron also are invited to attend the dinner. Military officers invited to the event are Col. Harlan A. Hodges, Lubbock, commander of the 9172d Air Reserve Group of which the Abilene squadron is part; First Lt. Maurice Reich, commander of the Sweetwater squadron; Maj. Charles Rutherford, commander of the Brownwood flight; Lt. Col. Jack 0. Brown, 8th Air Force liaison officer at Abilene Air Force Base; Lt. Col. Howard P. Rice, ROTÒ commander at H-SU; Lt. Comdr. Laudius Wilkes, command- Ier of Ü. S. Naval Reserve Training Center here; Capt. C.. I. Cobb, tation Co. Juvenile boys told investigating officers they committed the offenses, Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald said. McDonald Tuesday released a 14-year-oid boy to the lad’s mother. after the youth told of breaking into about 14 Traf-O-Teria boxes here. The detective captain said no charge will be filed. We are going to investigate one or two other boys who may al.so be involved in the Traf-O-Teria box cases,” McDonald said. Seven of the street boxes were broken into during the past week end. The suspect admitted committing those burglaries plus the break-ins of about seven boxes previously, McDonald said. McDonald and Detective W. E. Clift worked on the Traf-O-Teria investigation. The amount of cash taken from the boxes was “small,” Clift stated. Two other juvenile boys, 15 and 16 years old, have told police they committed the three recent burglaries of City Transportation Co., McDonald .said. Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves has taken them to Anson, where they are suspected of other burglaries, McDonald reported. MAJ. GEN. SENTER . . . Abilene speaker Marine Corps Reserve commander here; Maj. Julien LeBlanc, commander of the Recruiting Station; Col. Clyde Grant, instructor of the command and general staff school in Abilene, and Lt, Col. Ridgly 0. Ryan, commandant of the Air Reserve Center, Fort Worth. Other Dignitaries Civilian dignitaries invited are Mayor C. E, Gatlin, Chamber of Commerce President George Minier, VFW’ Commander Tom Bratton, Legion Commander 0. P. Beebe, Civil Defense Chairman Har ry Dobbyn, W. P. Wright and Howard McMahon, co-chairmen of the Chamber of Commerce defense committee; and George S. Anderson. Wives of the military and civil ian guests are also invited. Any friends of General Senter who wish to attend may do so, as well as members of all reserve military units. Reservations at $2 a plate mav be made by calling Tech. Sgt. Pete Sills at 2-5872. Lt. Col. Frank Conselman will be master of ceremoniei. Reves arrested one of the boys in Jones County, and brought him here last Saturday for police questioning, carrying him back to Hou'ston* said yesterday that * the HOUSTON iffu-For the second time in bis stormy career, George B Parr today faced an indictment on federal income tax evasion. The South Texas political boss, under state and federal investigation for nearly two years, was to be served with a bench warrant today, U.S. Atty. Malcolm R. Wilkey said. Although Parr said he would appear in Corpus Christi today to make bond, he surrendered himself to technical custody here about 3:30 p.m. yesterday at the request of Deputy U.S. Marshal W. W. Ainsworth of Corpus Christi. Sureties on the bond w’cre G. A Parr of Alice, Earl Felaney of Freer and Amando Canales of San Diego. Two sureties would hav-^ been sufficient, Martin commented. Unknown Caller At first reluctant to give details of Parr’s surrender, Ainsworth finally said that a man, whom he refused to identify, called him yesterday about noon and said he had heard of the income lax evasion indictment returned against Parr. Ainsworth said he had received a wire, which he said was tantamount to a warrant for Parr’s arrest. “I told him to get his bondsmen and come on over here,” Ainsworth sai'^ Marshall Waited Shortly before 3 p.m. Martin said Ainsworth called him and asked him to cwue to his office to approve bond for Parr. Martin said while he was there. Parr called and said he would be late and requested Martin wait there. He did. About 3:30 p m., Parr, his three .sureties and Luther .Jones, Corpus Christi attorney representing Parr, came into the federal court hot'.«<». .4fter Parr had been fingerprinted, according to federal regulations, ♦*ie bond was signed and witnessed. U. S. Atty. Malcolm R. Wilkev in again.st Parr in South Texas, .said the federal indictment brought the state’s fight in Duval County to t “fitting climax.” More than 100 indictments have been returned by a Duval County grand jury against Parr and several other former or present officials. The charges range from con.spiracy to conversion of public funds. Anson the same day. The second suspect was picked up here, and Reves took him to Anson Monday, McDonald said. Disposition of the boys’ cases In the City Transportation Co. burglaries hasn’t been determined. Both the county juvenile officer and his assistant were out of town Tuesday, McDonald said. Police Detective Lt. George Sutton and Detective Warren Dodson handled the investigation of the City Transportation Co. burglaries. Money was taken from a change meter at the City Transportation Co. July 26; $65 was stolen there from a wall safe Sept. 17, and $39 from the same safe Oct. 2. warrant was to be served on Parr today. Wilkey also said the ca.se will go to trial early next year in Corpus Christi. Friends of the 53-year-oId millionaire “Duke of Duval” were obviously surprised. They could not believe that the astute Parr would be “burnt” twice on the same charge. The new indictment alleged he failed to pay more than $85,000 in taxes for the years 1949, 1950 and 1953. He reported an income of $164,372, the indictment alleged, and paid a tax of $83,555. It said he should have reported $278,^4 in income and paid t tax of $169,209. State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep-perd, who spearheaded the drive Judge Flays Beer Drinking; 2 Sentenced The effect of beer was sharply criticized Tuesday morning by District Judge Owen Thomas of 104lh District Court during pleas of guilty to charges of srxiomy and second-offense driving while intoxicated. Two Abilene school hoys, age 13 and 15. related on the witness .stand during the sodomy case that their parents allowed them to drink beer at home. 2-Year .Sentence The sodomy defendant, J. D, Goats, 35, of Route 2, received a two - year prison sentence after pleading guilty. He blamed drinking beer on bis act, v/hicb involved the two boys. After Raleigh H. Brown was appointed by the court to serve as Goafs’ attorney. Goats applied fw a suspended sentence. District Attorney Tom Todd opposed the su.spension. Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald of the Abilene Police Department testified that the two boys were picked up by uniformed officers about 3 a.m. last Oct. 16 in the west part of town. The boys said they had known Goats only a short time. The younger boy admitted he drank two and one-half cans of beer Oct. 16 after a trip into Tom Green County to get it. With him were Goats and the other boy, who admitted drinking three cans of beer. ‘Remember Experience* The 1.5-year-old boy is in the 10th grade in Abilene High School, he said. The other i.s a seventh grader at Central School. Goats said he had worked as a gardener for about three weeks before the offense. “You boys better let this courtroom experience mean something to you,” Judge Thomas said stem- Sce COURT. Page 5-A, Col. S COUNTY FINANCES Red China Bound HONG KONG (J%-Nine Hong Kong and B'-itish businessmen left today for Peiping in search of orders from the Communists. Twenty-nine more will leave tomorrow. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPABTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BCBEAf ABILENE AND VICINITY — Fair and mild temperatures today, tonight and Wednesday. High temperature both day* near 75 degree*. Low tonight 45-50. NORTH CENTRAL AND WE.ST TEXAS; GeneraUy fair and mild thia afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and mild thi* afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Gentle to moderate variable winds on the coast. High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 69 and 48 degrees. TEMPERATURES Mon. P. M.    Tues. A M. 67      J'30      51 69       2:30      51 69      3:30       50 6«  ........ 4:30        49 65       5:30      51 61      6:30      51 5«       7:30      52 5«       1:30      57 55       9:M      60 53      10:30      «2 53 ............ 11:30      66 52      12:30      68 Sunrise today 7:09 a.m. &inset tonight 5:38 p.m. Barometer readhtg at 12:30 p.m. 28.04. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. St%, $100,000 in Unusable Cash Lies Uninvested in Banks fEDITOR’S NOTE: This Is one of a series of articles explaining the county’s financial situation, which during the past three years has moved from a big reserv'e to a delicate position that required a 60 per cent increase in taxes.) By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor Taylor County has $61,000, in addition to its Permanent School Fund money, invested in government bonds. But an additional sum of about $100,000 that cannot be used for general expenditures or for any other purpose at this time is sitting idle in the three Abilene banks. Auditor’s Recommendation County Auditor Herbert Middleton, in his annual report earlier this year, recommended that about $45,000 of that money be invested ill government bonds, bearing 3 per cent interest annually. But so far, no action has been taken by the Commissioners Court on the matter. Taylor County’s investments actually have declined by $20,^ during the past year. Because of the critical financial situation of the county’s main op- bonds, Road and Bridge Precinct 3 (Central Taylor County) has $5,000 in bonds, and the Jury Fund has $10,000 in bonds. A $500 court-' house sinking fund bond was cashed this year when it expired. It was not reinvested since courthouse remodeling was in progress and it was believed the money might be needed. Five Sinking Funds The funds which Middleton recommended be invested include five sinking funds for payment of bonds, some of which have already been completely paid off. The others are being paid for entirely by the state and the money in the Abilene banks cannot now be used for any other purpose. It cannot be transferred to current operating funds to pay off current debts. These sinking funds include: Highway 600M (series 1927 bond issue which expires in 1957), $32,-544.85. (The bonds are being paid off by the state and this money is of no immediate use). Highway 275M (series 1929 road bonds which expire in 1958), $1,399.85. (The state also is paying off this bond issue). Paid Off IB 1953 Highway 1 & ^ (series 1923 road bonds which were paid off in 1953), crating funds,    $^,000    in    General    ^,659.1^. Middleton says he be- Fund investments were cashed to    jieves this money can now be pay current debts. The    General    transferred into an operating fund. Fund still has    $46,000    in    invested    | but no action has been taken U> } move it since the bonds were retired a year ago. Road District No. 3, $713.81. This money has been on hand for years. Courthouse oldtimers can’t even remember where the road district is located. Road District No. 4, $829.26. The same holds true for this. In addition. Road District No. I, which coincides with commissioners’ precinct No. 1 (Northeastern Taylor County) has a sinking fund with over ^,000 in cash on hand. This should swell to about $105,000 by Feb. 1. Would Pay $1.500 Since only about $45,000 must be paid on these bonds next year, that will still leave about $W,000 in cash on hand. If $50,000 of this figure were invested, it would accrue $1,500 in interest during the next year to help the Road District No. I taxpayers pay off their $525,000 bonded indebtedness. If the money were needed quickly, the bonds are negotiable at any time. In addition, some of the 964.46 in Lateral Road Fund money could be invested, if commissioners could get together and decide how much of that they plan to use in road construction during the next year. This money comes from state gasoline tax revenue over and abpve the amount needed to pay off the county’s old road bonds. ;