Abilene Reporter News, November 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas loft y OÎW TIwVidtwl We»^Mene 3iiveporter m"™™"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 158 Associated Press ( AP) ÂBILENeT'tEXÀS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOV. 24, 1954~EIGHTEEN PAGES ™0 jECTIO^ PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc IN 2 AND HAIF YEARS McMorries Admits Drawing $12,000 for Travel Costs By HAMILTON WRIGHT Reporter-News Staff Writer SWEETWATER. Nov. 23 - During three gruelling hours on the vitness stand in a packed courtroom Tuesday, .James McMorries admitted that during the last two and one-half years he was Martin Counly judge he drew more than $32,000 in salary, travel and office expenses. Of the total, more than $12,000 was for travel expense. McMorries is on trial in 32nd District Court for alleged felonv theft of Grady Independent School District funds of $175.40. He is being tried on one of 14 indictments in connecli’oii with alleged financial irregularities of public funds in Martin County during his five and one-half years in office. To Jury Today The former county judge was the last witness to testify in a night se.ssion of District .Judge A. S. Mauzey’s court. Both the state and defense rested their cases at » p m. The case is expected to go to the jury Wednesday morning. Mc.Morries, who had been on the stand two hours late in the afternoon, resumed te.stifying at 8 p.m. and remained on the stand until court recessed. When asked by former District Attorney Elton Gililland of Big Spring whether a check he gave to Southwestern Fixture Co. for manikins seemed to be a deceit and a falsehood he replied, ‘T guess it did.” “R would have been better for me to have it made out to myself,” .Mc.Morries said. He admitted that money he gave in the check belonged to the Grady School but that the school owed the money to him and that was the way he got it. On re-direct examination in the night session McMorries said that during the recess he made a list of things he wanted to explain to the jury and court about things he had testified to in the afternoon. Repayment Claimed Asked by his attorney, Davis Scarborough, what the things were, he said that he had drawn his salary for a month ahead at limes, but had paid all this excess before he resigned. Some of the big expenditures mentioned in afternoon testimony were in connection with Martin County water rights. In answer to a question by Gililland. McMorries said, “Yes, the county went flat broke and couldn’t pay its road hands.” “But you could still travel with county money?” Gililland asked. He replied, “Yes.” The ex-judge said that many duplicate checks for identical amounts issued to him were mil- eage expenses of county commissioners. Scores of cancelled checks were handed him showing the bank had paid large sums for travel and expenses. These included trips to Austin and a trip or so to Corpus Christi, allegedly for “deep-sea fishing,” which he and some of the commissioners took and for which they were reimbursed out of county funds. Evidence showed that 1500 was drawn from county funds for the fishing trip and that McMorries paid $100 as his part. McMorries said that the Martin County treasurer did not make a report of county finances from Jan. 1 until May 4 but that he understood the county was in bad financial condition. The defense put 17 witnesses, including McMorries, on the stand Tuesday, the second day of the trial. Those testifying in the afternoon were Andy B. Thompson, San Angelo; C. E. Boyd, Texas Educational Agency supervisor of transportation, Austin; J. P. Gibson, Austin, employed by Martin Coun- See McMORRIES, Pg. 10-A, Col. 3 THANKSGIVING DAY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EDITION .. will be delivered Thursday morning, November 25th, to all Morning and Evening subscribers of the Reporter-News. The Evening edition will not be published this day, and the Business Offices will be closed. You will find this annual Christmas Shopping Edition a helpful guide for purchasing Christmas gifts of every kind. U.S. Protests China’s Action WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 iJwThe United States strongly protested tonight Communist China’s condemnation of 13 Americans to prison terms on what the State Department called “trumped up charges.” A State Department spokesman told newsmen the American consul general at Geneva, Switzerland, is being instructed to make “the strongest possible protest” to the Chinese Communists. The Red Chinese decision was labeled in the SUte Department statement as “further proof of the Chinese Communist regime’s disregard for accepted practices of international conduct.” Simultaneously, the Defense Department issued a statement calling the Chinese charges "utterly false.” The Peiping radio, in announcing the sentencing, said the Americans were spies Thirteen Americans were sentenced to serve terms ranging from four years to life. The State Department acted through Geneva because that is the only official contact the United MRS. BARBER W. W. BARBER States has with Peiping. It was set up during the Far East conference at Geneva. Nine Chine.se, called “former officers of the Chiang Kai-shek gang.” also were sentenced — four to death, four to life imprisonment and one to 15 years — as American spies in the same case on a charge of jeopardizing Red China’s security. Col. John Knox Arhold Jr., of Silver Spring, Md., was the highest ranking of the prisoners listed in broadcasts by the mouthpiece of Mao Tze-tung’s Red government. The commander of a B29 shot down Jan. 12, 1953, he drew 10 years. The second in command of the B29, Maj. William H. Baumer, 32, of Lewi.sburg, Pa., was sentenced to eight years. And nine others of the crew — Peiping said three died in the 1953 cra.sh — were given terms ranging from four to six years. Heavier sentences fell on two young New Englanders who the Chinese declared were captured Nov. 29, 1952, while dropping supplies to "American espionage agents in Northeast China.” John Thomas Downey of New Britain, Conn., a cousin of the nationally-known singer Morton Downey, was condemned to life imprisonment. the Peiping account said, and Richard George Fecteau, 27. of Lynn. Mass., a former Boston University football player, got 20 years. The roll of their men: Capt. Eugene John Vaadi, Clayton, N Y., six years; Capt. Elmer Fred Llewellyn. Missoula, Mont.. five years; Lt. Wallace L. Brown, Banks, Ala., five years; Lt. John Woodrow Buck, Armathwaite. Tenn, four years; Sgt. Howard William Brown, St. Paul. Minn., four years; Airman Steve Edward Kiba Jr., Akron. Ohio, four years; Airman Harry Martin Benjamin Jr., W’orthing-ton, Minn., foui y^ars; Airman John W’alker Thompson, Orange, Va., four years; Airman Daniel C. Schmidt, Portland, Ore.. four years. ACC Gets Ranch Worth $100,000 Abilene Christian College’s Bible building campaign soared Tuesday with the announcement of a $100,000 gift from a Fort Worth couple. The gift, from Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Barber, is in the form of a ranch, valued at $100,000, and located in northwest Schleicher County. The land consists of three sections in the area between Eldorado and Mertzon. Announcement of the gift came at a special meeting of the executive committee of the ACC Board •f Trustees. The college has mineral rights for aU the property except 160 acres and will sell iU share to boost the Bible building fund. Fund Hits $175.000 The $100,000 gift will bring the current statewide total in the campaign to approximately 1175,000. The drive to raise $325,000 for the new Bible building began Oct. 1. and the total stood at $60,000 at the beginning of the week. However, contributions from the Abi-Irae ATM biked tba miaouni to $75,000, alter a Monday night rally in Fair Park Auditorium. College officials are hopeful of raising the remainder of the money within the next two months in order to insure construction of the building next year ao that it may be completed by the fall semester. It is hoped that the new classroom building will be available for use at the same time the two new dormitories, now under construction on the campus, are ready for occupancy. The new dorms are slated for completion by Oct. I, 1955. Barber referred to the property as ’’the little ranch which was our nest egg and is now the last of our ranch .holdings.” The gift was made on an annuity basis. “Mr. and Mrs. Barber are representatives of the finest in West Texas ranch people,” President Morris said, “and we are grateful for their interest in the future of Abilene Christian College. ’They were born in the West and have lived to the Weet all e^tbelr livee. 3 Cuero Men Charged In Gl Land Violations 2 Already Jailed, Third Is ^ught LUCKY FLIP A- E. Wells, superintendent of Abilene schools, flips a coin and hears Pod Harric rail "tail.s.” Rut the coin fell "hcads and Abilene Austin of El Paso Coach Red Harris call “tails.’ But the com fell heads and Abilene won the toss and the bi-district championship game which will be Stadium Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Looking 9« are Hank Watkms, Oeft^^^^ coach and M. R. Hollenshead, deputy superintendent of El Paso Schools. See story on Page 8-A. (Staff Photo).______ AUSTIN, Nov. 23 (A>) — Felony charges were filed against three Cuero men today in connection with alleged violation of the Veterans Land Program. Two of them were arrested, and the third was being sought. The charges each carry a penalty of 5 to 20 years im- ‘prisonment at hard labor on Their gift is most timely because it spe^s up our Bible building campaign in a great way,’’ Barber was bom in 1874 in Burnet County, and Mrs. Barber was born in 1883 In Llano County. They were married in 1900 at Llano. They lived in Llano County during the next four years and then took up a claim at Artesia, N, M They moved to Schleicher County in 1906 and operated a ranch in the east part of the county. In 1918 they bought and moved to the ranch which they gave to ACC. They moved to Fort Worth in 1925 and are now retired ranch people. The couple has two daughters. Mrs. T. B. Daniel of Iredell and Mrs. Price Griffith, registrar of vital statistics for the city of Fort Worth. Barber is the brother of Mrs. Tom Martin of Snyder, who built one of the first homes on the ACC Hill and who in 1949 gave 739 acres of royalty in Scurry County to ACC. He is the uncle of Barber Martin. Snydar jeweler and ACC •x-studfuL First Books Received for Law Library Taylor County has received the nucleus of a county law library and new steel shelving was installed 'Tuesday. A shipment of books, costing $3,142 and to be paid for out of the county law library fund, arrived Monday. County Judge Reed Ingaisbe said the books would be unpacked and placed in the shelves Wednesday. The law library will be located in a room also used by grand juries in the new portion of the third floor of the courthouse. A fund for the purchase of books is being established by a $1 fee assessed for the filing of each case in civil and probate courts. County Auditor Herbert Middleton said Tuesday the fund now has a total of $1,045. The filing fee is to be increased to $2 effective Dec. 1. $383 For Shelves Cost of steel shelves for the library, $383.60, is to be paid out of the county’s permanent improvement fund. The shelves were bought through Shaw Office Supply Co. At their meeting Monday the county cominissioniirs voted to pay $450 to John Willoughby, Abilene attorney, for a used set of Texas Jurisprudence. This will replace a new set of the same volumes now in Judge Ingalsbe’s office and to be moved to the law library. The new books that arrived Monday were ordered from West Publishing Co. of St. Paul. Minn. In the lot are Vernon s Annotated Texas Statutes. Corpus Juris Secondum, U.S. Code, Annotated; Wilson’s Criminal Forms; Texas Digest, Slayton’s Annotated Texas Forms, Federal Reporter. Federal Supplement and Vernon’s Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. A set of the Southwest Reporter, Texas cases only, is to be moved to the law library from the county attorney’s office. Abilene to Close Shop Turkey Day Just about everything but football will close shop in Abilene for Thanksgiving. Most business houses and offices will observe the holiday and most schools will close Wedne.sday and will not resume classes until Monday morning. One exception will be Abilene Christian College, where classes will be dismissed at noon Thursday for the football game that afternoon with Howard Payne College. ACC classes will meet as COOL, CLEAR 'Foolbair Weather On Menu Thursday Cool weather and clear skies— perfect football weather—are forecast for Wednesday and Thanks-1 giving day after an unseasonal heat wave which had Abilenians shedding their coats Tuesday. Abilene had its hottest Nov. 23* since 1885 — 65 years — Tuesday when the official temperature reading reached 82 degrees at 2:30 p.m., and was still hanging there at 3:30 p.m. The nearest to that record was in 1921, when the temperature reached 80 degrees. Wednesday temperature is supposed to be about 65, with a low Wednesday night of 40. while clear skies will give those in the open a chance to make the most of the sunshine, and get a preview of what it will be like at football games Thunday. usual on Friday and Saturday. Abilene public schools will be closed from the end of the school day W'ednesday until Monday morning. Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry College will suspend classes from noon Wednesday until Monday. Taylor County Courthouse will be clased from the end of the business day Wedne.sday until Monday. AU City Hall offices will be closed Thursday. Both the post office and federal buildings will be closed Thursday and there will be no city or rural mail delivery and post office windows will be closed. Only one edition of The Repor-ter-News will be published Thanksgiving Day and will be delivered to all subscribers that morning. $663,430 Bid On Squadron HQs for Base A. J. Rife Construction Co. of Dallas, which already has contracts for four jobs at Abilene Air Force Base, was the apparent low bidder Tue.sday for construction of eight .squadron headquarters and operations buildings. Rife’s bid was $663,430,87. Second lowest bid was that of Milo J. Choate of Tyler, whose bid was $672.871.88. There were six other bids on the work. Col. Harry O. Fisher. Fort Worth District Engineer, Corps of Engineers, said that the government estimate on the work was $730.335. This was in the lower half of all bids received. Of the eight squadron headquarters and operations buildings, two will contain 15,600 square feet, and the other six will each contain 7,100 square feet. AU will be of unit masonry construction with concrete slab floors. Total cost of the iKher four projects which Rife has contracts for is more than $1,634,000 The projects are the vehicle maintenance shop, remote receiver and transmitter building, double cantilever maintenance hangar, and base communications building. When the contract is awarded on the squadron headquarters and operations buildings, the contractor will have 170 calendar days in which to complete the work. Wednesday bids on the officers mess and cold storage and meat cutting plant will be opened, Col. Fisher .said. conviction. T. A. Preus.ser and S. Ledbetter, both notaries public, were charged with giving a false acknowledgement of Instruments connected with icijid titles. Both have been arre.sled and were being brought to Austin tonight for questioning. Department of Public Safety officials said identification of the third man at this time might jeopardize their efforts to arrest him. The charges were filed in Peace Justice Paul Blair’s court a few hours after Chairman Dorsey Hardeman, San Angelo, of the State Senate Investigating Committee said criminal violations in connection with the land program had been indicated. Blair set bond in all three cases at $5,000 each. The charges were drawn by Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd’s office, signed by Investigator Cecil Rose of the Department of Public Safety and filed in cooperation with the DeWitt County Atty. Wiley Cheat-man of Cuero. See earlier story, Pf. 7-A NEWS INDEX SICTION A Obituari«! ............ k Women's news........4-5 Oil n«ws .............. 4 Sports ............. 4*^ SfCTION t Editorials ..............^ Comics ........    .    .    5 Form,  ..........' Rodio-TV log .......... • THE WEATHBt ABILE.NE AND VICINITY Qear »nd nol quite so warm today and Thoraday. High iemp«ra*ure today «5 tow about 40 Hi«h Thuraday about W. tow Thuraday ntcht about 40 NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TfcXAS —CeneraUy fair Wednaaday and 'Iliuraday, Tim. p. M. ........M .........S3  n  «0  n .........73  #1  «1 .........«4 Tnea A. St.    , ^ 45 .............. 1:30 45.............. 44 ............. ........  4:30 44 ............. S:» «.............. 4 5............. 7:90 SI ............. S:30 3*      »:30 bt ........  10:30    ............ 74      11:30    ............ 78    13:90    ..... Hish and tow uinr«rniurM for »4 hours ended at 8 30 pin.: 13 and 41 High and tow teroparaturea aame dat« lut year: 74 and 3S Sunaet laat nighi 5.35 pm diay 7:18 «.». Euaut ton^f 0 “-Saromstar rowHas «I üN P-so- »-I*- YOUR CLASSIFIED "GIFT SPOTTER" STARTS THURS.! Wortdering whot ond whore to buy thos« Chnstmos gifts for your family ortd friends . . • and how to do it the «osy, «ffortl«»s woy? It'll be eosy ttorting Thursdoy morning by just referring doily to "The Gift Spotter” in the Classified Section of The Abilene Reporter-New*' Fill thot gift list quickly, easily, relaxed through "The Gift Spotter." No searching or guessirvg. No cold-turkey looking oroond. —No waiting for solespeople! —No weoring yourself outi In your own home, in your robe end slippers, you pick perfect gifts right out of the paper. Shop 'The Gift Spotter" in Clossified, ond judge for your-self how easy it is to »implify your Christmos shopping. "The Gift ^yotter" sfotti Thursdoy. Wotch for it! MRS. MCCORMICK'S PARTY TO SEE OIL WELL COME IN TODAY A party of Chicagoans, guests of Mrs. Robert McCormick, wife of the owner of the Chicago Tribune, rived in Abilene Tuesday night and are to attend the bringing in of an oil well at Aspermont Wednesday morning.    ,    .    ,    . The well they are to visit is the property of James G. Brown and Associates, oil operators, of Chicago. Brown, a member of the party, said all members of the group “have an interest in the well.” It is being drilled by Sojourner Drilling Company in the Bissett Field north of Aspermont in Stonewall County. Members of the group from Chicago who arrived late Tuesday evening are Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Mrs. McCormick, Miss Alice Hooper, Mr. and Mrs. John V. Far-well, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Hunt and Mr. and Mrs. John Hutchins. Year-Old Polio Susped Dies Karen Ruth Clifton, 1, of Colorado City, died at 1:40 pjn. Tum-day at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. The child was admitted as a possible polio patient at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. Her physician said Tuesday afternoon that the case waa never definitely diagnosed as polio. Karen Ruth was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Clifton, who live at the Walker Trailer Courta in Colorado City. was born Oct. S, 1%3 at Gladewater. Funeral will be held sometime Thursday under direction of the Croley Funeral Home of Gilmer. Burial will be in Big Sandy Cemetery. Survivors are her parents; two brothers, Howard Lee and Byron George: a sister, Cheryl Maxine, all of Colorado City; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Barber of Big Sandy, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton of Big Sandy. Elliott’s Funeral Home handled local arrangements. Refinery B’ast, Fire iniures 2 Two men received bums Tuesday in an explosion and flash flrt at the Onyx Refinery on the Anson highway. Neither was in serious condition Dolph Tesson, 1817 Swenson St., and E. B. McBride, 1334 Lilius St., were taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital for treatment. Tesson, who suffered bums of the hands and face, waa treated and released. McBride remained hospitaUzed. Atoms-for-Peace Plan Gets Unanimous Approval in UN UNITED NATIONS. N. Y.. Nov. 23 UFL-The Western powers and Russia joined today with all U. N. members in a rare unanimous vote atoms-for-peace plan. The action took place in the U. N. Assembly’s Political Committee which adopted a resolution endorsing negotiations for an in-ternatiwial atomic agency to supervise the program and for an international scientific conference on the atom to be held next summer. probably In (¡eneva. After eight years of dreary stalemate on major issues, it was the second time in three weeks the! West and the Soviet Union had acted together on a major subject. On Nov. 4. the Assembly by unanimous vote instructed the U. N. Disarmament Commission to fo-•uma talka on Umitatioo of arma ments and on prohibittog atomic weapons. Those talks will begin in January. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., chief American delegate, who acted as spokesman for the seven powers sponsoring the approved resolution during delicate and secret talks with the late Soviet delegate Andrei Y. Vlshinsky, hailed the occasion as a “historic moment.” He said it promised to bring "enormous good to mankind.” He and his fellow sponsors, delegates of Britain. France, Canada. South Africa. Belgium aw! Australia. breathed sighs of relief when Arkady SoboWv, Soviet delegate now taking Vishinsky’s place, raised his band with them for the unanimous vote despite having been defeated in two at-tompU to ehange tba reaoiuUoiL The General Assembly is expected to follow suit quickly. Negotia-tior»s on an international atomic agency likely will be accelerated. President Eisenhower already has picked Morehcad PalUsrson, New York industrialist and former member irf the U, N. Disarmament Commission, to handle negotiations with Russia and other countries on the agency. A Russian amendment which would make the agency responsible to the General Assembly "and. in the caaes {Nx>vided for by the charter of the United Nationa. to the Security Council” was defeated this morning. 4S-5 with U countries abstaining. This would have made the agency subjeri to Ibt veto. Only the Russian bloc voted for it. Members ol the Arab-Aatoa group abatained.    ____ .c ;

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