Abilene Reporter News, November 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas gttriknt "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, .NO. 150 Associated Press (API ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOV. 16, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Parr Ready to Post Tax Bond Juror's Dad Dies; Mistrial Declared NEW LAUNCHER Unveiled at Baltimore, Md., is the new launching 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 100 feet without 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 Em- ployment Commission reported Tuesday. Total Abilene employment will probably decline by 150 persons between October and December, TEC said. All employed people here in Oc- tober were estimated to number 29.900. the same as the month be- fore. TEC predicted the total in December would be "A slight gain will occur in the service industries due to Thanks- giving and Christmas the report stated. Aside from trade and service fields, however, no other industries anticipate hikes in employment between October and December. TEC bases its monthly labor esti- mates upon information regular- ly obtained from over 150 Abilene employers representing about 50 per cent of the total employment. It also uses the latest census pub- lications, TEC records and other agencies such as local labor unions and the Chamber of Commerce. October, 1954, employment in Abilene stood above the 700 figure of the same month in 1953, TEC said. Farm -employment reached the highest level for this year. Compromise Talk Rises on Censure WASHINGTON Republi- can Senate leaders said today efforts are underway to compro- mise or modify the resolution to censure Sen. M c C a r t h y. They talked of a possible test vote late this week or early next week. Sen. Knowland of California, the GOP floor leader, said "two, three or four discussions are going on" about'a compromise. Sen. Bridges Senate New Mexico Firm Buys Hinkel Stores WICHITA, Kan. IB-Two Texas stores are included in the nine stores of the Allen W. Hinkel Dry Goods Co. to be purchased by a New Mexico corporation. They are the Hinkel stores at Midland and Abilene. Allen W. Hinkel, chairman of the Kansas corporation, said yesterday that the stores were being sold to C. R. Hubbard of Albuquerque and associates for about one million dollars. He said about half the purchase price would be in cash, effective Dec. 31, and the rest in preferred stock of the new corporation. Hub- bard 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 San- ta Fe. Los Alamos. Farmingtpn, Roswell and Clovis, N. M. Little Effect Likely On Abilene Store Change in ownership of the Al- len W. Hinkei Dry Goods Co. will probably have little effect on the Hinkel's store here, Mrs. Cleo Tarver, Abilene manager, said Tuesday. Shethad received no word from the central office concerning the change in ownership, but doubted if. 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. president pro tempore, said in a separate interview that hp expects a compromise proposal to be pre- sented "by some one who has not taken a adding that he would make a speech supporting it. Neither Knowland nor Bridges gave any hint as to the nature of compromise proposals under dis- cussion. However, Sen. Dirkscn (R-I11) told reporters they might be "pat- terned after the suggestion of Sen. Case." He added: "It would be necessary for Sen. McCarthy to go along. He is the party of inter- est." Case (R-SD) has suggested the Senate might dispose of the con- troversy without censure if Mc- Carthy would apologize for his statements about a 1951-52 Senate elections subcommittee some- .hing McCarthy has said he doesn't intend to do. Knowland and Dirksen said they cnew of no efforts to get senators to sign or back any one compro- mise proposal at this time. "I know of no actual counting of Knowland said. Sen. Jenner a McCar- thy backer, said he intends to ask he Senate to kill the censure charges. Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) predicted Jenner will fail if he does. Manufacturing concerns had a :otal 100 person gain in the num- ber of workers, rising to em- ployes in October compared with in September. Construction employment de- clined from in September to 3.000 in October. The trades retained the fig- ure in October that they had re- ported in September. Other lines combined had 14.100 employes in each of the past two months. Farm Workt-j to Decline Peak of the cotton harvest in October accounted for the hike in Farm employment to the year's ligh. The number of farm workers is expected to drop to a minimum by December. Major cause of the October de- cline in.-non.- manufacturing em- ployment, TEC said, was that some contracts at Abilene Air Force Base were completed. "This situation is only tempora- ry, as many more contracts are scheduled in the immediate fu- TEC stated. There were "continued layoffs" n the garment industry in Octo- ber, the agency reported. Jobless persons in Abilene de- creased by 150 during October. The number was in Septem- >er, dropping to in October. Unemployment estimate for De- cember is also The jobless lere in October last year were es- timated at 200 less than for that month of 1954. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NEW CARS Whot's new in Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto end Ply- mouth cars? Pages 6, 7 and 8-A and 7-B. SCREEN LION Death claims Lionel Borrymore. Page 12-A. LOOK posed worst problem to Taylor Coun- tointin 1881. Page i-B. CHEST CAMPAIGN GIR BAROMETER GOAL SWEETWATER. Nov. of former Martin County Judge James McMorries for misappropri- 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. Tom Finley of Loraine. the fa- ther of T. L. Finley. member of the 32d District Court jury hear- ing the case, died at a.m. Tuesday at Loraine. 14- Indictments McMorries went on trial Monday morning on one of 14 indictments accusing him of misappropriating Martin 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, for- mer Martin County commissioners; Joe Froman, a present commis- sioner: and Stanley A. Lewis, Stanton general contractor. The juror's father was found dead in bed by his wife about a.m. He was about 74. Funeral ar- rangements are pending at Kiker Funeral Home in Colorado City. McMorries was being tried for converting to his own use of Martin County funds which he says he took to replace a like sum of his own money that he used to purchase posts for the county. Didn't Sell Posts The men from jfhorn he said he purchased the posts testified Mon- day as state witnesses. Amos Jones and his son, Paul Jones, from whom McMorries alleges to have bought the posts, both tes- tified that they had not sold Mc- Morries or Martin County any posts. Both witnesses are of Marble Falls. Mrs. Doris Stephenson, Martin County district and county clerk testified Monday that McMorries was duly elected, qualified and serving as county judge at the time he is charged with convert- ing the funds. She explained that a county warrant for was issued to McMorries on his own authorization. She said county records show that the warrant was to reimburse McMorries for personal funds he had used to pay Amos Jones for the fence posts. 'MeMorries Called Them1 While testifying they had never sold McMorries any posts, Amos j and Paul Jones related that Me-] Morries had called on them at I their Marble Falls home. They said the former county judge had asked them to say they, sold and i delivered posts to McMorries for Martin County if they should be questioned by Martin County of- ficials assisting the grand jury with its investigation. Martin County Attorney Ralph Caton of Stanton and Big Spring attorney Elton Gilliland are assist- ng 32d District Attorney Eldon Mahon with the prosecution. Gilliland was attorney for the 118th Judicial District when the jrand jury made its investigation eading to the indictments. He has since resigned to enter private aw practice but announced at the time of resignation that he planned to see these cases com- peted. Davis Scarborough of Abilene is attorney for McMorries. Other members of the jury hear- ing the case were W. T. Denson, Earl G. Webb, Turner May, Del- lis Dennis, Myron Wagnon, Christo Richburg. A .A. Gapler, B. N. Eg- ger, T. T. Brady, John T. Bryant and J. 5. Cooper Jr. Abilenefs General To Speak Dec 6 Abilene's own general, William Oscar Senter, will be the main speaker at a Pearl Harbor me- morial dinner here the night of Dec. 6. This announcement came today from Capt. Stanley G. 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. Bom In Stamford Senter, 44, was born in Stam- ford 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 tenta- tively planned at the VFW, sub- ject to approval of the VFW board of directors. Captain LindeH's squadron, with headquarters at 1235 Walnut St., includes reservists from Taylor, Runnels, Coleman, Brown, Jones, Haskell 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 liai- son officer at Abilene Air Force Base; Lt. Col. Howard P. Rice, ROTC commander at H-SU; Lt. Comdr. Laudius Wilkes, command- er of U. S. Naval Reserve Train- in! Center here; Capt. C.. I. Cobb, MAJ. GEN. SENTER Abilene speaker Marine Corps Reserve command- er here; Mai. Julien LeBlanc, commander of the Recruiting Sta- tion; 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 Min- ter, VFW Commander Tom Brat- ton, Legion Commander 0. P. Bee- be, Civil Defense Chairman Har- ry Dobbyn, W. P. Wright and How- ard McMahon, co-chairmen of the Chamber of Commerce defense committee; and George S. Ander- son. 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 K a plate may be made by calling Tech. Sgt. Pete Sills at 2-5872. Lt. Col. Frank Consclman will be master of ceremonies. I STARTING YOUNG Five- year-old Susanne Blanchard, of Albany, N. Y., was named "Little Miss U. S. A." in a con- test in New York City. Susanne won about worth of prizes in the contest for young ladies three to 12 years of age. TRAF-O-TERIAS ENTERED Boy, After Burglaries Police announced Tuesday the solution of the burglaries of about 14 street Taf-0-Teria boxes and .hree burglaries of City Transpor- tation Co. Juvenile boys told investigating officers they committed the of- 'enses. Police Detective Capt. W. 3. McDonald said. McDonald Tuesday released a 14-year-old boy to the lad's moth- er, after the youth told of break- ng into about 14 Traf-0-Teria boxes here. The detective captain said no charge will be filed. "We are going to investigate one or two other boys who may also be involved in the Traf-0- Teria box McDonald said. Seven of the street boxes were broken into during the past week end. The suspect admitted com- mittine those burglaries plus the break-ins of about seven boxes previously, McDonald said. McDonald and Detective W. E. Clift worked on the Traf-0-Teria investigation. The amount of cash taken from the boxes was "small." Clift stated. Two other juvenile boys. 15 and 16 years old, have tolii police they committed the three recent bur- glaries 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. Red China Bound HONG KONG Kt-Nine Hong Kong and B-itish businessmen left today for Peiping in search of orders from the Communists. Twenty-nine more will leave to- morrow. THE WEATHER US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE ANT) VICINITY Fair and mild temperatures today, tonifht and Wed- nesday High temperature both days near 75 degrees. Low lonisnt 45-50. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Generally fair and mild this afternoon, to- niKht and Wednesday. CENTRAL TEXAS: G-nerally fair and mild this afternoon, to- night and Wednesday. Gentle to moderate variable winds on the coast. High and tow temperatnres for 24 hourl ended at a.m.: 69 and TEMTERATtniES Mon. P. 1C. Tnes. AM. 67 51 69 51 69 50 49 65 51 51 M 52 56 57 55 60 C S3 K SJ Saarise today a.m. Sonet tonlrtt mdlW X p.m. Relative hnmttltJ- at p.m. ant. Reves arrested one of the boys in Jones .County, and brought him here last Saturday for police questioning, carrying him back to 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. bur- glaries hasn't been determined. Both the county juvenile officer and his assistant were out of town Tuesday, McDonald said. Police Detective Lt. George Sut- ton and Detective Warren Dod- son handled the investigation of the City Transportation Co. bur- ilaries. Money was taken from a change meter at the City Transportation Co. July 26; was stolen there from a wall safe Sept. 17, and from the same safe Oct. 2. 2d Fraud Charge Surprises Pals HOUSTON the second against Parr in South Texas, said time in kis stormy career. George B- Parr today faced an indictment on federal income tax evasion. The South Texas political boss, under state and federal investiga- tion for nearly two years, was to be served with a bench warrant to- day. U.S. Atty. Malcolm R. Wilkey said. Although Parr said he would ap- pear in Corpus Christi today to make bond, he surrendered him- self to technical custody here about p.m. yesterday at the request of Deputy U.S. Marshal W. IV. Ainsworth of Corpus Christi. Sureties on the bond were G. A. Parr of Alice, Earl Felaney of Freer and Amando Canales of San Diego. Two sureties would hav? jeen sufficient, Martin comment- ed. Unknown Caller At first reluctant to give details of Parr's surrender, Ainsworth fi- nally said that a man, whom he refused to identify, called him yes- .erday about noon and said he had leard of the income tax evasion indictment returned against Parr. Ainsworth said he had received a wire, which he said was tanta- mount to a warrant for Parr's ar- rest. "I told him to get his bondsmen and come on over Ains- worth said. Wailed Shortly before 3 p.m. Martin said Ainsworth called him and asked him to come to his office to ap- prove bond lor Parr. Martin saM while he was there, Parr called and said he would be late and re- quested Martin wait there. He. did. About p.m., Parr, his three sureties and Luther Jones, Corpus Christi attorney representing Parr, came into the federal courthouse. After Parr had been fingerprinted, according to federal regulations, bond was signed and witness- ed. U. S. Ally. Malcolm R. Wilkey in Houston' said yesterday that the warrant was to be served on Parr today. Wilkey also said the case will go to trial early next year in Corpus Christi. Friends of the 53-year-old mil- lionaire "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 in taxes for the years 1949, 1950 and 1953. He reported an income of the indictment alleged, and paid a tax of It said he should have reported in income and paid t tax of State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep- perd, who spearheaded the drive :he federal indictment brought the state's fight in Duval County to a "fitting climax." More than 100 indictments have been returned by a Duval County grand jury against Parr and sev- eral other former or present offi- cials. The charges range from conspiracy to conversion of public 'unds. Judge Flays Beer Drinking; 2 Sentenced The effect of beer was sharply criticized Tuesday morning by Dis- rict Judge Owen Thomas of 104th District Court during pleas of guil- y to charges of sodomy and sec- md-offense driving while intoxicat- ed. Two Abilene school boys, age 13 and 15, related on the witness itand during the sodomy case that .heir 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 drink- ing beet on his art, which involved the two boys. After Raleigh H. Brown was ap- pointed by the court to serve.as Goats' attorney, Goats; applied 'for a. suspended sentence. District At- torney Tom Todd opposed the suspension. Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald if the Abilene Police Department .estified that the two boys were licked up by uniformed officers about 3 a.m. last Oct. 16 in the vest part of town. The boys said they had known Goats only a short time. The boy admitted he drank wo asd one-half cans of beer Oct. 16 after a trip into Tom Green tounty to get it. With him were Goats and the other boy, who ad- mitted drinking three cans of beer. 'Remember Experience' The 15-year-old boy is in the 10th grade in Abilene High School, he said. The other is a seventy grad- er at Central School. Goats said he had worked as a gardener for about three weeks before the of- fense. "You boys better let this court- room experience mean something :o Judge Thomas said stern- See COURT, Page 5-A, Col. 3 COUNTY FINANCES in Unusable Cosh Lies Uninvested in Banks (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles ex- plaining the county's financial situation, which during the past three years has moved from a big reserve to a deli- cate position that required a 60 per cent increase in taxes.) By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor Taylor County has in ad- dition to its Permanent School Fund money, invested in govern- ment bonds. Rut an additional sum of about that cannot be used for general expenditures or for any other purpose at this time is sit- ting idle in the three Abilene banks. Auditor's Recommendation County Auditor Herbert Middle- ton, in bis annual report earlier this year, recommended that about of that money be invested in 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 ac- tually have declined by dur- ing the past year. Because of the critical financial bonds, Road and Bridge Precinct 3 (Central Taylor County) has in bonds, and the Jury Fund has in bonds. A court- house sinking fund bond was cashed this year when it expired. It was not reinvested since court- house 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 al- ready been completely paid off. The others are being paid for en- tirely by the state and the money in the Abilene banks cannot now be used for any other purpose. It cannot be transferred to current op- erating funds to pay off current debts. These sinking funds include: Highway 600M (series 1927 bond issue which expires in 544.85. (The bonds are being paid off by the state and this money is of no immediate Highway 275M (series 1929 road bonds which expire in (The state also is pay- ing off this bond PaU Off Ii WSJ Highway 1 fc 30 (series 1823 toad situation of the county's main op- bonds which were paid off in crating funds, in General Middleton fays be be- Fund investments were cashed to licvei this money can now be pay current debts. The General transferred into an operating fund, Fund itfll has in no action bai bees taken to i t move it since the bonds were re- tired a year ago. Road District No. 3, This money has been on hand for years. Courthouse oldtimers can't even remember where the road district is located. Road District No. 4, The same holds true for this. In addition. Road District No. 1, which coincides with commis- sioners' precinct No. 1 (Northeast- ern Taylor County) has a sinking fund with over in cash on hand. This should swell to about by Feb. 1. WonH Pay Since only about must be paid on these bonds next year, that will still leave about in cash on hand. If of this figure were invested, it would ac- crue in interest during the next year to help the Road Dis- trict No. 1 taxpayers pay off their 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 mon- ey could be invested, if commis- sioners could get together and de- cide how much of that they plan tc use in road construction, during the next year. This money comes from state gasoline tax revenue over and above the amount needed to pay of J the old road ;