Abilene Reporter News, November 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas f Ije Abilene "WIIHOU1 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 158 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe CHARLES CRAIG AND DR. GLENN CUNNINGHAM advice from an expert POLIO VICTIM ENCOURAGED Red Perjurer Killed With Brick in Pen McMorries Trial To Jury Today Crippled Star Athlete, 14, Visited by Famous Miler for years. He holds a PhD. For 14-year-old Charles, Dr. Cun- ningham had a special message: Don't give up. Badly Burned at 1 Dr. Cunningham knows better than most people what those words mean. When he was 7, he was severly burned and doctors shook their heads and said he would not walk again. How wrong they were has long ord in 1936 that stood unchallenged been proved. Not only did he walk Charles Craig, young Abilene track star and footballer who was pulled from the game by polio early Ihis month, had a visit from a doc- tor Tuesday. But this was a special doctor, and the medicine he brought didn't come in bottles. He carried it in his eyes and smile. He was Dr. Glenn Cunningham, the famed Olympic miler of the 1930's who set a mile rec- Airmen Due Friday For Housing Check Check-up on Abilene's supply of housing for Air Force base per- sonnel will be made here Friday by a' committee from the Fort Worth headquarters. Eighth Air Force. Maj. Jack C. Gilbert will head the delegation, which is to arrive here about S a.m. Friday. 'Purpose of the visit is to see how adequately the Abilene Air Force Base housing needs are irovided here and discuss means f filling any lack. The Fort Worth delegation will onfer with real estate leaders, tility people, the National Defense lommittee of Abilene Chamber of lommerce, builders and any thers who mation. Woman Trapped As Lawn Caves SHENANDOAH. Pa. W-A 65- year-old woman was pulled to safe- ty yesterday after her front lawn collapsed and she was plunged 75 feet into a mine breach. Mrs. Catherine Murphy of near- by Shaft, Pa., was injured critical- ly when her front yard virtually disappeared in the cave-in. Alden Hertz, member of the William Penn Fire Co., was lowered into the yawning hole and pulled the woman to safety. She was taken to Locust Moun- tain Hospital here and was re- ported suffering from internal in- juries, a fractured nose, possible fracture of the left hip and other isjuries. An old mine barrier, beneath the surface, was blamed for the collapse. There will be a meeting of the isitors and the above local graups 12 p.m. Friday ir. the C-C offices. The Air Force has reported bout living units are requir- d for its personnel, said a spokes- man in the office of Lt. Col. Jack Brown, Eighth Air Force aison officer with the local base, f that number of living units pproximately 500 will be on the ase itself. An effort will be made y the delegation visiting here 'riday to see how nearly the other ,500 units are available. Five hundred government-built ouses are tentatively planned on he base. C-C recently studied but rejected the idea of THE WEATHER US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BCKEAU 4RII.ENB AND VICINITY Fair and little cooler today and tonight. Continued fair Thursday, llinh today near 65. Low tonieht X. liish Thursday 70-75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair tbii .ftcrnoon. tonignl and Thursday. Cooler, with lowest 30-38 tonight. WEST TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, to- .isht and Thursday. Cooler in Panhandle South Plains and Pccos. Valley east- iarrf tonieht Lowest 26-36 m Panhandle MiTnpJtr South Plains and 30-M elsewhere TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, to- night and Thursday. Cooler tonight. Lowest TEXAS: Fair thi. afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cooler to- "sht. Lowest 32-42 in interior of portion. Tties. P. M. TEMPERATURES 82 12 Wed. A. M 54 52 51 46 45 'for hour can supply infor- orming a local organization uild those to Texas Gl Dies After Fist Fight TOKYO U.S. Marine Pfc. lilly J. Kelley of Jasper, Tex., lied Sunday of internal injuries iter a fist fight with a fellow ma- ine at Camp Nara, the Corps laid oday. A special Marine board is Invei- igating. Kelley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Kelley. again, but he joined the ranks of all-time sports greats. Charles, a tall, good-looking youngster, knows that he is going to have a long pull ahead. His right leg has been severely affect- ed by polio. Doctors can't say yet how bad it is, his mother, Mrs. Mary Jo Craig, explained. So far, the pain has been too severe to give a true diagnosis of the extent of muscle damage. 'So far, he has been very de- she said. "Of course, that's the way we're going to keep him." Junior Olympics Champ Last August, Charles won two firsts in the Junior Olympics at Houston. He beat other young run- ners from all over the South in the 100-yard dash and the broad jump, in which he set a 19 foot, 2 inch mark. "At the time, they told me he had set a record in broad jump (for his age group) and possibly for the 100-yard Mrs. Craig said. Bob Groseclose at Abilene High School was his coach 'for the Olympics events. This fall Charles, a ninth-grader, was co-captain and right end on the North Junior High School foot- ball team. He also plays basket- ball. His coaches, Dub Winkles and Milton Bryant, got Dr. Cunning- ham, who was in town to speak to students at the local colleges and secondary schools, to visit Charles in the Hendrick Memorial Hospital polio ward. Father Died In 1947 Charles and his mother live at 860 Hickory St. Mrs. Craig works for West Texas Utilities Co. His father, an Army veteran of Oki- nawa, died in 1947 of service-in- flicted injuries. Also active in the Junior Assemb- ly at North Junior, Charles is a member of the First Baptist Church and has worked enthusias- tically with the youth groups there. He was admitted to Hen- drick Nov. 5. Dr. Cunningham and Charles hit it off fine during the visit. "You keep up work on those the great miler advised. "By the way, how tall are he asked. "He's five feet Airs. Craig said. Charles grinned. "But I'm go- ing to be he said. By HAMILTON WRIGHT Reporter-News Staff Writer SWEETWATER, Nov. 24 A 32d District Court jury hearing the fraud trial of former Martin County Judge James McMorries was due to begin deliberation of the case about noon Wednesday. Judge A. S. Mauzey had given his charge to the jury shortly after court convened at 9 a.m. The. state's attorney began their final arguments at a.m. and were due to be followed by the defense in about an hour. McMorries is being tried one one of 14 indictments charging him with fraud in connection with Mar- tin County school funds. Grady School Funds The indictment on which he is being tried charges that he mis- appropriated and converted to his own use ?175.40 of Grady school district funds. The judge in his charge Wed- nesday morning told the jury to consider only the portion of the indictment charging theft of the Judge Mauzey said that if the jury returned a verdict of guilty McMorries would be subject to two to 10 years imprisonment. He admonished the jurors to find McMorries not guilty if he (Mc- Morries) had an honest claim of right against the school district An earlier trial of McMorries on Cooler Air Pushes Out Record Heat Turkey Day pigskin pitchin' has the nod from the weatherman. Variable light winds will prevail beneath fair skies and pleasant afternoon weather. Temperatures will hit their peak somewhere in the 70-75 degree range about the time the pigskin parade gets underway on area gridirons. Highest Since 1885 The high of near 65 today will be a far cry from the ting 82 degrees Tuesday, the warm- est Nov. 23 since 1885. Temperatures took a downward trend following passage of a weak cool front through here about p.m. Tuesday. The front brought no severe weather but did put the fall chill back into the northerly winds. Moderate to strong northerly winds were due to prevail in the Abilene area Wednesday afternoon, decreasing to variable and light Thanksgiving. The low tonight will be near 35 degrees. The low last night was 43. Some Chinook Winds points in Texas were warmed by the front that skipped through here Tuesday night. The Chinook winds, described as a cool front that actually was warmer than the area over which it blew, caused temeratures ranging from 35 at Dalhart to 47 at Dallas and a high of 58 at Galyeston before sunrise Wednesday. These points had corresponding temperatures 24 hours earlier that were about 10 degrees less. The front's arrival on the Gulf Coast and its accompanying strong northerly winds caused small craft warnings to be issued in that area. CONTESTS ON DIVIDED HIGHWAY 125 Hot-Rodders Jailed As Police Block Racing COMPTON, Calif. W-More than' 125 youths from 15 to 21 years old wsre arrested and their "souped- up" cars impounded early today as police squads sought to break up illegal and dangerous hot-rod racing on a divided highway here. Some 60 officers in 16 patrol cars converged in a mass raid on the racing strip. Raadblocks had been set up to trap hot rods at- tempting to elude sheriffs deputies and state highway patrolmen. Several ef the autot term witk police cars roaring in pursuit. Races up to 80 miles an hour developed. However, officers said, few if any of the hot rodders escaped. Officers had prepared Seir trap very carefully. All the youngsters, including 'our girls, were booked on ion of engaging in' an illegal speed contest and abetting such a con- test. Juveniles were turned over to their parents. Youths over 18 were booked as adults and trans- UM county Jtil raring Los Angeles. Sheriff's Lt. Sid Jolivette said officers were informed that races were scheduled on Artesia Stree last night. State highway patrolmen climbed a nearby hill to watch anc when the racing got under way they radioed sijc highway patro and 10 sheriffs cars which wer parked in a ring around the area In previous attempts to halt th racing, there had not been enough police cars to cover all escape nutes and often hot tutrao nother of the 14 indictments had nded in mistrial after a juror's ather died. Testimony in this trial ended at Tuesday night session. McMor- ies took the stand in his own efense and was the concluding itness. Admits Giving Check McMorries admitted having iven the check for to outhwest Fixtures Co. of Dallas or three mannequins which he llegedly used in a cleaning estab- shment owned by him in Etan- on. McMorries contends that the inds were rightfully due him as ravel expense for the Grady chool district. Scores of cancelled checks were hown during McMorries appear- nce on'the witness stand. These ere for travel and expenses, in- uding a trip or so to Corpus hristi, allegedly for a "deep sea shing" trip which McMorries and ome of the commissioners took, hey were later reimbursed ex- enses out of county funds. Defendant Testifiei McMorries was only one of 17 itnesses put on the stand Tues- ay by defense -attorney Davis carborough of Abilene. The wit- esses included former Martin bounty commissioners and mem- bers of school boards in the coun y. Testimony was primarily ceh- ered around McMorries' expenses while in office. It was brought out Tuesday hat McMorries had drawn more than in salary, travel and ffice expenses during his five and ne-half years in office. Of the otal, more than was for ravel expense. McMorries testified that at one ime during his tenure the county ad gone broke and "couldn't pay s road hands" but that he could till travel with county money. Pair Jailed In Land Fraud Bonded Out AUSTIN Ufi Two Cuero men charged in connection with alleged rauds in the state's 100-miUion- ollar Veterans Land Program were released from Travis County ail early today on bond ach. A third man also has been barged and is being sought by tate police. Arrested and later released on Dond were T. A. Preusser, 27, and Ledbetter. An investigator said both men are accountants. Preusser was jailed before mid- night last night. He was freed at a.m. after iond was posted by Charles Glad- den, and J. D. Bramlette Jr., both if Cuero. Ledbetter, who was jailed at 1 a.m., also was released at J.-3C a.m. after R. F. Blackwell and W. A. Blackweil, both of Cuero, posted his bond. Both Preusser and Ledbetter waived examining trial. The third man, whom state po- ice asked not to be identified because premature identification might make apprehension difficult s charged with uttering a forged nstrument connected with a lane itle. TJie charge relates to a 1952 ra'nsaction involving Zavala Coun- y land. He is charged with using i brged o llling hi the blanks on a lease con tract after it was signed. Preusser and Ledbetter were charged with giving acknowl edgement of instruments with land titles. WILLIAM W. REMINGTON brick in sock fatal Head Surgery Fails William Remington LEWISBURG, Pa. M-William W. Remington, former government aide serving a three-year term for perjury, died today at the federal here from an attack injuries at the penitentiary suffered in prison. R e m i n g t o n's death was an- nounced by Acting Warden Fred T: Wilkinson. He suffered head in- juries Monday when hit on the head with a sock-covered biick in his dormitory squad room. Wilkinson said the identi'y of Remington's assailant fairly well established" hut did not dis- close whether it was another con- vict, nor give the reason for the attack. Wilkinson' issued this statement: "Inmate William Walter Rem- ington died in the institution hos- pital at a.m. today. Nov. 24, 1954. On Tuesday afternoon an CHURCHES PLAN SERVICES Students Plan Busy Holiday "They're good to eat, they're dents will get Thursday afternoon good to beat, "But, sure as I am living: "They're best to run away with "The week before Thanks- The little turkey's classic com- ment on drumsticks probably would stand as most of her breed's opinion Wednesday as West Texans got ready to celebrate Thanks- giving. At least, it would lor those who were not already cold turkeys. Several 'Abilene poultry dealers reported turkey sales up from last year's Turkey Day. Sales are generally a good deal heavier on Thanksgiving than :hristmas, although that's also a jlack day for gobblers. Native Turkeys However, as one dealer pointed out, turkeys are more a year- round bird than ever before. Most turkeys that are served on Thanksgiving tables Thursday will je native West Texans, too. Of course, eating won't be the only occupation of area residents Thursday. Many will evacuate the town ror annual Thanksgiving Day foot- sail games and for the Abilene- San Angelo high school tilt.which will decide whether Abilene wins or ties for the district champion- ship. Abilene Christian College stu- Abilene Trucker's Trial Underway BULLETIN District Attorney Tom Todd Mid late thii morning ,he was preparing a motion ta dis- miss the indictment on which L. P. Alexander went on trial earlier In the morning. His motion said the Indictment was faulty. Trial of L. P. Alexander, Abilene trucker, on charge of receiving and concealing stolen property be- gan in 104th District Court Wed- nesday morning. Jury was chosen at a.m. and testimony began. Alexander, operator of L. P. Alexander Trucking Co., is charged with receiving from Johnny C. Parker two tire, tube and rim s that were stolen from A.R. Elam Trucking Co. Parker is now serving a two- year prison term for theft. He was brought back to Abilene to testify in this trial. off for the Howard Payne game which will be played here. Other- wise, they will not take a Thanks- giving holiday, but will add those their Christmas vacation. Close at Noon McMurry College and Hardin- Simmons University were to lei out at noon for the holidays. They will start classes again Monday. Abilene public schools will let out until Monday at the end of classes Wednesday. Most stores in town will be closed Thursday, as will the Abi- alene Chamber of Commerce, Courthouse, City Hall and state and federal offices here. No mail deliveries will be made Thursday, and the Post Office will be closed. County offices will be closed from the end of business Wednes- day until Monday. Only one edition of the Reporter- News will be published Thursday and will be delivered that morn- ing to all subscribers. It will be the annual Christmas edition. Union Services Union church services will be held at 10 a.m. on both the north and south sides of town. The Rev. Frank Travis, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, will conduct union services at Uni- versity Baptist Church, 2190 Beech St., and the Rev. Ed Laux, pastor of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, will conduct services at Fairmont Methodist Church, 1101 Palm St. The Rev. Leland Murphy, pas- tor of First Presbyterian Church, is in charge of arrangements. Special Thanksgiving services will also be held at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 506 Orange St. Text will be taken from the Psalms, "Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vowi unto the most High." Related Steiy Page 5-B operation was performed by an outside surgical consultant and nstitution medical officer. "The investigation by the Fed- eral Bureau of Investigation and >rison officials Is continuing and all information will be presented o the U.S. Attorney." Remington was confined in the same prison as Alger Hiss, former op State Department official, who las served years for perjury. Hiss is scheduled to be released on parole Saturday. Remington was sentenced :hree years on a charge that lied when he denied giving any- one secret classified information. He was sentenced on Feb. 4.1951 and started serving the sentence April 15, 1953. Remington first was indicted in 1950 on a charge of falsely denying o a grand jury that he ever was a member of the Communist party. He was convicted Feb. 7, 1951, and sentenced to five yean but appealed and was freed on The New York Court of Appeals on Aug. 22. 1951 reversed the con- viction, holding unanimously that U.S. Dist. Judge Gregory F. Noon- an in his charge to the jury wai "too vague and indefinite." Remington was indicted again Oct. 25, 1951, on a charge of lying at his first trial when he denied he had passed government secrets to Elizabeth BenQey, confessed courier for a World War IT Soviet spy ring. At his second trial ta New York, the defense pictured Remington ai "a gullible boy" who got fast- talked into turning secret data over to a Communist ring. U.S. Atty. Myles J. Lane called Remington a "psychopathic liar, philosophical Communist" Remington's defense was mat hi mistakenly but innocently used his War Production Board position ttt obtain government data for Miss Bentley. He later rose to a a year economist's post with the Commerce Department. He testified during his two weeks trial that he thought Miss Bentley wanted the data for a book or a magazine, which he believed would boost his own reputation and that of the WPB. The case against Remington wat not unlike the one against Hiss, who was convicted of perjury for denying that he gave State Depart- ment secrets to a prewar Red spy ring. The government offered testimo- ny to show Remington was a mem- ber of the YCL in his Dartmouth Jays and later an active Commu- nist as a clerk with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Then, having risen to the War Production Board, the prosecution continued, Remington fell in with Miss Bentley and her lover, Jacob Golos, head of the Russian tpf ring. Through them he allegedly trans- mitted aircraft production plus a supersecret formula tot synthetic rubber. Slam Red Island TAIPEH, Formosa ist Chinese warplanes returned to Toumen Island today and ham- mered Communist gun positions through a curtain of antiaircraft fire. THANKSGIVING DAY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EDITION will be delivered Thursday morning, November 25th, to all Morning and Evening subscribers of the Report- er-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. CHINESE CALL HIM A Red Chinese Military tribunal has sentenced Col. John Knox Arnold Jr., above, of Silver Springs, Md, to 10 yean in prison, with other American airmen, on espionage charges, the Pet- ping radio has announced. Arnold commandet a ported downed Jut U1MI. (Sea TA) ;