Abilene Reporter News, November 18, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 18, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas Give TtwVnKcdWay Abilene 3^eçortcr / EVENING FINAL'WITHOUT OR WIIH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIV'^, NO. 152 Associated Press ( AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18, 1954—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Texas Begins Probe Of Gl Land Program SWEETWATER ACCIDENT Clyde Beatty Sued For Circus Injury CLASSMATES OF ’22 — Mrs. George Likins of Abilene and Congressman George Mahon of Colorado City met at Webb Air Force Base, Big Spring, this week ai graduating exercises for 37 aviation cadets. Mrs. Likins presented a silver platter on behalf of the Daughters of American Colonists to Lt. John Anderson Jr. as the most outstanding cadet. Rep. Mahon was speaker. Mrs. Likins and Mahon were classmates at Simmons University (now Hardin-Simmons) in 1922. Prior to the commencement exercises Mrs. Likins was conducted on a tour of the base. (See story, Page 5-A) John R. Hutto, 75, Morrow Tops Circus Owner Clyde Beatty is being sued for $69,980 damages for an accident in Sweetwater Oct. 7 in a suit filed with the .Nbilene clerk’s office of the U. S. District Court. Chris Odom, hired as a roast-ahout, clairTLs that he was perma-. nently injured when a steel sec-i tion of the lions’ cage, allegedly weighing 450 pounds, fell on him during a performance of the circus at Sw'eetwater last month. Beatty is a resident of New Mexico. .Attorney for Odom is John K. Ford of Midland, .Also filed in the IJ. S. court: Knight Manufacturing Co. of Tulsa, Okla., again.st Edgar Davis of Educator, Dies John R. Hutto, 75. West Texas educator, Roy Scout leader, his- torian and benefactor of Latin Americans, died at Ir.'lO a.m. Thursday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. He had been admitted at 8:30 p m. Wednc.sday after a heart attack at his home, 1809 Sandefer St. Death was unexpected, as he had apparently been feeling all right until the sudden illne.ss. Funeral will be conducted at 2 p m. f'riday at the First Baptist Church. Dr, Elwin Skiles, pastor, will ofticiate, assisted by Dr. Millard .A. Jenkens, retired lormer pastor. Laughter - North FuneraT Home will direct burial in a local cemetery. Retired in 1949 Mr. Tlutto was*retired as principal ot tlie Latin .American Hou.s-ton Elementary School (formerly Americanization SchooD at the j close of the 1948-49 .school year. He had served eight years in that po.sition. At the time of his leaving the principalship of Houston school, he ; was «9 years old. The School j Board had adopted a policy making 65 the usual retirement age, and for that reason voted to retire him although he hadn’t requested it. More than 300 Latin American pafroms of Hou.slon school attended a mas.s meeting at their school in April, 1949, to petition the School Board to keep .Mr. Hutto as their | principal. History Of Abilem* For an ll-year period Mr. Hutto was principal of Kate Morrison School for Latin American '’hil-drcn at Big Spring. Ir his youth he tdught in a private school in Old Mexico. The last major undertaking of Mr. Hutto was hi.s service as research editor of the “History of Abilene.’’ being prepared with Hugh E. Cosby as editor-in-chief md publisher. Mr. Hutto had been engaged in that endeavor for many months at the time of his death. A portion of that book has already been printed in pamphlet form as the “History of Hardin-Simmons University.’’ Mr. Hutto was awarded in December 1946, the coveted Silver Beaver, highest honor a Boy Scout council can give to an adult worker. Chisholm Trail Council made the presentation in recognition of Mr. Hutto’s service to scouting. For many years he was Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of the L.atin American Boy Scout Troop 12, sponsored by the Abilene Lions Club. Reoeived MA Commencement exercises at Hardin - Simmons University in May. 1953, were a very special j occasion for Mr. Hutto. He re- i ceived his Ma.ster of Arts degree in Spanish and English. He was 73 at the time, and his 74th birthday was to be in September of the Taylor Ballot Juston M. Morrow, Rotan farmer dnd businessman, drew first spot on the ballot in Taylor County for the special election Dec. 11 to replace the late Sen. Harley Sadler as state senator from the 24th district. Names were drawn by County Auditor Herbert Middleton, Assistant County Attorney Allen Glo.i.i, and John Danilson, Reporter-News staff writer, in Glenn's office in the courthouse. Follow'ing Morrow were Robert F. Wasson, Snyder doctor; Cecil A. Lolief, Rotan mayor; Rep. Truett Latimer of Abilene: Dan T. Sorrells, Abilene attorney; Rep. David W. Ratliff of .Stamford; and former State Sen. Pat Bullock of Colorado City. Abilene. The Tulsa firm is suing Davk for $5.000 principal and interest of 6 per cent from Jan. 14,    1954, which they allege is balance due on two dual gas comnressors valued at $60,232. They also ask $1,500 attorneys' fees, Ungerman, Whitebook, Grabel and Ungerman of TuLsa, John T. Gib.son of Tulsa, and McMahon. Springer, Smart, and Walter of Abilene are attorneys for the firm. United States of America asainst Thomas N. Rogers and W. F. Creamer, both of Ranger. The government is asking foreclosure on a farm owned by Rogers in order to pay off $1,028.89 ; and interest of $146 84, which it j claims is still due on a promissorv’ ; note for $!,.580 signed by Rogers : on Sept. 27, 19.50, and allegedly due I Sent. 15, 1953. j Rogers gave a chattel mortgage I including all crons, livestock, and : implements on the farm to the j Federal Housing Administration ' when he secured the loan. The government alleges that between Oct. 15 and Nov. 21, 1951, Creager bought four bales of cotton from Rogers for $604.78. Deducting rental and picking charges, the government places $262.51 as a fair value on the cotton and is suing Creager and Rogers for the amount jointly and severally. The suit was filed by U. S. Attorney Heard L. Floore of Dallas and his assistant, F. L. Hartman. Bids on Big RELEASED—Noel Field and his wife, Herta, shown together in one of last photos taken of them before disappearing behind the Iron Curtain in 1949. Fields Seem Well, Hangar io Be Opened Today U. S. Envoy Says Bids were slated ^ be opened at 2 p.m. today at Fort Worth on a $2-million-plus base aircraft maintenance hangar for Abilene Air Force Base. Government estimate on the hangar with its second and third floors was $2,408.000. The building will contain 106,000 square feet of space and be located just off tWe parking apron already completed at AAFB. Anti-Red Addition Asked in Censure See TU TTO, Pg. 3-A. Col. 5-6 ÎHE WEATHER I .s. nEFARTMKNT OF COMMERCE WE.ATHER BIREAC •ABILKNE AM) VICINITY — Fair and a litiie c<K)ler today and tonight. Fair and mild Friday. Moderate to fresh northwe.st-erly winds today. High today 65. Low tonight 40. High Friday near 68. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair thLs afternoon, tonight and Friday. Cooler this afternoon and tonight. Lowest 36-46 tonight. WE.ST TEXAS; Fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Slightly cooler this afternoon and tonigtit. Ixtwest 28-35 in Panhandle and .South Plains and 34-44 elsewhere tonight, EAST AN!) SOFTH TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Cooler thi.s afternoon and tonight. l.owest in AOs north lK)rtion tonight. TEMPERATIBES Wed. P. M...........Tburs.    A.    M. 77      1:30      55 76       2:30      .54 75      3:;W       53 73       4:30      .54 68      5:30      55 64      6-30      55 60       7:30       51 60      8:30      53 58      9:30      .56 56      10:30        59 55      11:30      62 .54    12:30      64 .Sunri.se today 7:11 a.m. .Sunset tonight 5:37 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.28. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 28^:. High and low temperatures for 24-hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 77 and 50 degrees. 'WASN'T MY CAR' Boy Steals Car, Leads Police on Fast Chase A I3-year-old boy attracted the attention of Abilene police officers Wednesday night as he ran a stop sign and after a chase at high spet'd through the west part of town they caught him. “That’s a good way to get shot at” an ofticer told the boy. “I don’t care, it isn’t my car.” the lad replied. Following this statement, Patrolmen W. A. Richie and W. P. Ross, took the youth to the police station where he confessed that he had taken the automobile from the rear of the Firestone store at North Third and Cedar Sts. He also admitted prowling several other cars in the same area and WASHINGTON (/P-Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo) today asked that the Senate add to the McCarthy censure resolution a new .section condemning the Communist party in this country and urging continued investigation of it. Johnson made this move as Senate leaders consulted on whether to continue sessions while Sen. McCarthy is absent and in a hospital. The Senate convened at 11 a.m. Republican Leader Knowland (CalifI told reporters the censure debate would continue at least temporarily. Johnson is a member of the special six-man committee which recommended censure of McCarthy. His new proposal w^as seen as an effort to counter the arguments by McCarthy and his supporters that censure would be a victory for Communists and their supporters. Johnson said he had planned to make a speech today in favor of the censure report and his pro- po.sed addition but had been told by Sen. Bridges (R-NH) that Sen. McCarthy “is quite ill,” For this reason, Johnson said he would delay his statement until ; McCarthy would be able to hear it. Republican leaders were holding numerous conferences on and off the Senate floor apparently in an effort to decide whether to continued sessions in the Wi.sconsin Edward B. Williams, McCarthy’s attorney, declined to see reporters or to answer any inquiries about ; McCarthy’s attitbde toward continued sessions in the Wisconsin senator’s absence. Th^ bids w'ere to be opened by the Fort'Worth District Corps of Engineers. Leslie Miller of Fort W’orth was the apparent low bidder at $I(^,-937.35 for construction of a pump station and storage reservoir at a bid-opening Wednesday. His was the lowest of 11 bids submitted. Government estimate on the project had been $107,470.39. The contractor will have 210 calendar days in which to complete work after a work order is issued. Bids are to be opened at Fort Worth next Tuesday on a squadron operations building for the base. The following day bids will be opened on the officers mess (originally scheduled for Nov, 17) and a cold storage and meat cutting plant. Construction estimates on the second multi - million dollar project this month w'ill be opened Nov. 30. The project will be construction of 362.000 square yards of parking apron and taxiway. Training Sfarted TOK'YO {^^Iapane.se air force troops are being trained for the first time to man the radar net that guards the shores of their homeland. CHEST CAMPAIGN GIR BAROMETER had taken a pair of sun glasses. Several weeks ago he had taken another car for a “joy ride.” This time, the owner never knew that the car was missing. The car used for the Wednesday night drive belonged to Billy Douglas Grimes and Tommy Coultee, Hardin - Simmons University students. The boy was released to the custody of his grandparents and is to appear before a juvenile officer Thursday. GOAL $110,000 $100,000 light Cool Front Hits $90,000 $84,616 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 A light trace of rain about 5:30 a.m. Thursday was the only break in otherwise cool and clear weather for the Abilene area. The cool front that passed through here Wednesday dropped temperatures gradually about 10 degrees. The high yesterday was 77, the low 50. The high today will be 65 with a low tonight at near 40. The mercury will rise slightly higher Friday. A high of 68 is expected, the weather forecast said. The Abilene area can also expect “moderate to fresh” northwesterly winds today. The front through here has passed into the Gulf Coast area. A heavy cloak of fog hung over the Coast Thursday morning and several hours later was clearing but still foggy at Houston and Beaumont. The fog had made air, sea and surface traffic hazardous. College Station reported zero visibility and zero ceiling. Highway traffic slowed to a snail’s pace and was virtually impossible in spots. Other areas reporting rain Thursday were Mineral Wells, Wichita Falls and Dalhart. Contractors Meet On Apron Contract About 20 contractors’ representatives met at Abilene Air Force Base Thursday morning with Corps of Engineers and Air Force officials in a pre-bid conference on a big apron contract. Lt. Col. Carl G. Sory, executive officer to the Fort Worth district engineer, was in charge of the conference. He and 1st Lt. Arthur R. Poor, instal^tions engineer for the Air Force at the base here, answered questions on the $2-3 million project for an aircraft maintenance apron and operational apron. The projects involves about 200,000 square yards of paving. Bids will be opened Nov. 30. The new apron will be constructed immediately south of the 350,-000-square yard apron now under contract to H. B. Zachry Co. Lt. Poor will move to Abilene Wednesday from Eighth Air Force Hq, at Fort Worth to continue his w'ork on the scene as installations engineer. Yule Parade May Have 24 Floats Two new entries in the Abilene Christmas parade were filed Wednesday before deadline, and another may possibly be entered Thursday, Abilene Chamber of Commerce Manager Joe Cooley said. The two bring total for the November 29 parade to 23 floats, he said. They were entered by Foremost Dairies and Abilene Furniture Dealers Association. Desk and Derrick Club will decorate the furniture dealers’ and Foremost will do its own. The third float may be entered from Tye, Cooley said. It is not yet definite. BUDAPEST. Hungary (4^-U.S. Minister Christian M. Ravndal and First Secretary Donald Downs visited Noel and Herta Field today. Both “seem to be well off,” Ravndal told correspondents after he returned to his office. The Hungarian government announced yesterday that the American couple had been freed after five years imprisonment. The official announcement said spy charges against them had been dropped. Ravndal said Noel Field is “apparently suffering from a stomach ailment and they both are going today to enter a Budapest hospital for examination and treatment.” The legation will supply them with some American magazines and periodicals. Field’s brother, Hermann, similarly has been in a sanitarium in Warsaw since his release by the Polish government late in October. Hermann’s British-born wife has announced in London she expects to join him soon in Switzerland. The American ministec refused to put newsmen in touch with Noel Field and his wife, saying the couple had asked specifically that they “be left in privacy” and that their address and telephone number in Budapest not be given out. The Hungarian Foreign Office, which earlier had said it wouli' consider trying to arrange a news conference with the couple, joined in keeping their whereabouts a secret today. Ravndal said the couple appeared to be “awfully happy” about their Release. He would not say, however, what if anything they had told him about where they had been since their arrests in 1949 or how they were treated. Noel Field, now 50 and a prewar employe of the U.S. State Department, disappeared in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in May, 1949. His wife went to Prague in search of him and also disappeared. His brother Hermann, seeking his brother in East Europe later that summer, likewise was nabbed by the Communists. A fourth member of the family, Noel’s adopted daughter, Mrs. Robert Wallach, disappeared in East Berlin in 1950. There has been no indication that she also might be released. Following their arrest, Noel was cited at the treason trial of Hungarian Foreign Minister Laszlo Rajk. The prosecution termed the American a major American spy in Europe. In the United States, meanwhile, admitted former Communists Whittaker Chambers and Hede Massing testified to congressional committees that Noel Field had once belonged to a Red group in Washington. Some Vets Don't Know They'Bought' AUSTIN t,f)—Possible law viola- tions in the sale of land to former GIs under the veterans land program are under investigation by several state agencies. The state auditor’s office, the * Department of Public Safety, and the staff of the attorney general have been looking into some of the sales, particularly in South Texas and the so-called “Winter Garden” area of the state in the vicinity if Cuero. Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd confirmed reports of such investigations yesterday. Shepperd said, “Any criminal action will have to originate with local prosecuting officials.” He said County Atty. Wiley Cheatham of Cuero was cooperating with his office. Shepperd added that the attor- South Abilene Sewers Due All areas of South Abilene not now sei^ved by city sanitary sewer lines will receive that .service be fore long. City Manager Austin P. Hancock and Mayor C, E. Gatlin jointly announced Thursday. E. B. Yeatts, local consulting engineer, has been instructed to complete plans for sewers to cover all that territory. Hancock said he gave Yeatts the order at the request of the City Commission. The program will be so large that it will be let in a series of “reasonable - size” contracts, Gatlin and Hancock said, “We hope to award the first project .soon after Jan. 1,” the city manager reported. Money from the recently voted water and sewer revenue bonds will finance the work. The first contract is tentatively expected to consist of a big main and laterals into areas on both sides of South Treadaway Blvd., extending as far west as the Buffalo Gap Rd. That will include the Country Club Addition, A later contract will serve Over Place Addition, which lies on the west side of Buffalo Gap Rd. AH property within the city limits in the south of town is to be given sewer service under the bond-issue program, Gatlin and Hancock stated. ney general’s office could not indicate “at this time” how many veterans or how much money may be involved. Little Comment State Land Commissioner Bas-com Giles, whose office administers the program, had little comment. Under the program, a state project, veterans of World War II and the Korean War have been able to secure 40-year loans from the state to buy farms costing no more than $7,500. The state has issued 100 million dollars in bonds under the program which allows a veteran to find a farm of his choice. If state appraisers approve the asking price, the state buys the land, then re-sells it to the veteran. Tlie veteran, who can re-sell the land in three years if he chooses, has 40 years to pay for it at three per cent interest. Giles said he would be glad “to stand behind the appraisals in their entirety,” He referred to the appraisals made from his office and said they would be found to average “all they should be." Had No Knowledge Managing Editor R. K. Towery of the Cuero Record, who broke the story in his newspaper earlier this week, said there have been cases in which veterans became land owners without their knowledge. Towery charged promoters had sold large tract- of lane to groups of veterans wherein the veterans had never seen the land, had never made a payment on it, and had no means of paying for the land after the purchase was made. The attorney general’s offtce said most of the veterans involved live in DeWitt County and most of the land is in Zavala County, about 150 miles west of Cuero, Other official sources indicated land sales in Dimmit, Webb and Kinney counties may be under investigation. Sheppard Lawyer Questions Coroner Have You Placed Your Want Ad For The Weekend? If you've forgotten to call in that Wont Ad for the coming weekend, do it now! Your Wont Ad -even though it is little in size is a big thing to forget. You won't wont to miss announcing your product, service or wont to the 147,683 doily reoders of The Abilene Reporter-News. it can mean loss of profili, loss of rent, not finding that lost article, etc. A Wont Ad is a big thing to remember. So, diol 2-7841 now ond let one of our friendly od takers help you form your od. Word ods    ore    received dally until    4 P.    M.    except    Soturday when 12:00 noon is the deadline.    Space    ods    will be    received until    12:00    noon Friday    for Sun- doy publication. Coll now! The number is 2-7841. CLEVELAND (fL-Before his surprise testimony two days ago that Marilyn Sheppard was killed by a “surgical instrument.” Coroner Samuel R. Gerber gave no opinion on what the murder weapon might have been, he said today, William J. Corrigan, counsel for Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, osteopath on trial for the slaying of his attractive and pregnant wife, asked Gerber: “At various times you gave an opinion on the type of weapon used?” “No, sir,” the coroner corrected him. Previou.sly Gerber agreed with the defense attorney that the type of weapon used to inflict 27 gashes in the victim’s head was the upper-mort question in the minds of most people in Cleveland after the July 4 killing. The weapon never has been found. When Gerber testified Tuesday the pillow of the bed where Mrs. Sheppard was slain showed the bloody imprint of a two-pronged “surgical instrument,” it caught the defense by surprise. Yesterday Gerber qualified his testimony some by saying the mark looked like that of a surgical instrument but might have been made by something else. After obtaining Gerber’s em- phatie denial he ever Intimated to anyone “in any way whatsoever that the murder of Mrs. Sheppard grew out of her pregnancy,” Corrigan switched his inquiry to the bloody pillow of the slain woman’s bed. On Tuesday Dr. Gerber testified the blood stain on the pillow showed the imprint of a two-pronged “surgical instrument.” Yesterday, answering a question from Judge Edward Blythin, the coroner modified this by saying the imprint appeared to have been made by a surgical instrument but might have been left by something resembling it. Corrigan sought to prove the blood stain was a simple crease marking. “Down the middle of that blood splotch between the two markings you call the impression of an instrument, there is a line,” Corri gan told the witness. “Yes sir, that’s a crease in the cloth caused by the weight of the blade on each side,” replied Dr. Gerber. Corrigan then asked Dr, Gerber if he had ever heard of the Rorschach test. He described it as a personality test in which a blob of ink is creased in a piece of paper. The subject then opens the paper and in Corrigan’s words “sees all kinds of different images’* in Uie ink mariungt. K ;