Abilene Reporter News, November 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas Give TiMUnfMdWaÿ €(je aWlene 3^eporter~3Bteto^ EVENING 'WiniOUl OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'—Byron VOL. LXXÏV, NO. 158 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 24,1954—FOURTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Perjurer Killed With Brick in Pen McMorries Trial To Jury Todoy CHARLES CRAIG AND DR. GLENN CLN.MNGILAAI ... advice from an expert POLIO VICTIM ENCOURAGED Crippled Star Athlete, 14, Visited by Famous Miler Charles CraiR. young Abilene! for years. He holds a PhD, track star and iootballer who was pulled from the game by polio early this 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 J930’s who set a 4:04.4 mile record in 1936 that stood unchallenged For 14-year-old Charles, Dr. Cunningham had a special message: Don’t give up. Badly Burned at ? 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 been proved. Not only did he walk Airmen Due Friday For Housing Check Check-up on .Abilene's supply of housing for Air Force base personnel 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 Ls to arrive here about 8 a.m. Friday. Purpose of the visit is to see how adequately the Abilene Air Force Base housing needs are Woman Trapped As Lawn Caves SHENANDOAH, Pa. im-A 65-year-old woman was pulled to safety yesterday after her front lawn collapsed and she was plunged 75 feet into a mine breach. Mrs. Catherine Murphy of nearby Shaft, Pa., was injured critically 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 Mountain Hospital here and was reported suffering from internal injuries, a fractured nose, possible fracture of the left hip and other injuries. An old mine barrier, beneath the surface, was blamed for the collapse. provided here and discuss means of filling any lack. The Fort Worth delegation will confer with real estate leaders, utility people, the National Defense Committee of Abilene Chamber of Commerce, builders and any others who can supply information. There will be a meeting of the visitors and the above local graups at 2 p.m. Friday in the C-C offices. The Air Force has reported about 2,000 living units are required for its personnel, said a spokesman in the office of Lt. Col. Jack 0. Brown, Eighth Air Force liaison officer with the local base. Of that number of living units approximately 500 will be on the base itself. An effort will be made by the delegation visiting here Friday to see how nearly the other 1,500 units are available. Five hundred government-built houses are tentatively planned on the base, Abilene C-C recently studied but rejected the idea of forming a local organization to build those ^residences. By HAMILTON WRIGHT Reporter-.News Staff W’riter SWEETWATER, Nov. 24 - A 32d District Court jury hearing j 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. Thq state’s attorney began their final arguments at 10:10 a.m. and were due to be followed by the defense in about an hour. Mc.Morries is being tried one one of 14 indictments charging him with fraud in connection with Martin County school funds. Grady School Funds The indictment on which he is being tried charges that he misappropriated and converted to his own use $175.40 of Grady school district funds. The judge in his charge Wednesday morning told the jury to consider only the portion of the indictment charging theft of the $175.40. Judge Mauzey said that if the jury returned a verdict of guilty McMorries would be subject again, but he joined the ranks of to two to 10 years imprisonment, all-time sports greats.    He admonished the jurors to find Charles, a tall, good-looking McMorries not guilty if he (Mc-youngster, knows that he is going Morries) had an honest claim of THE WEATHER I’S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMEBCE weather Bl REAr ARILENK AND VICINITV — Fair and a little cooler today and tonight. Continued fair Thursday. High today near 65. Low tonight 35. High Thursday near 70-75. north CF;NTRAL TEXAS; Fair this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cooler, with lowest 30-38 tonight. WEST TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, to-Biehl and Thursday. Cooler in Panhandle and South Plains and Pecos Valley eastward tonight. Lowest 26-36 in Panhandle and upper South Plains and 30-tO elsewhere *'*FAST TEXAS: Fair this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cooler tonight. Lowest TJ.42 in interior toniiihiv SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair Ihu afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cwler tonight. Lowest 32-42 in interior of north portion. tkMPEBATIRES Tues. P- M. «0 Texas Gl Dies After Fist Fight TOKYO UB-U.S. Marine Pfc. Billy J. Kelley of Jasper, Tex., died Sunday of internal Injuries after a fist fight with a fellow marine at Camp Nara, the Corps laid today. A special Marine board is invei-tigating. Kelley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Kelley. to have a long pull ahead. His right leg has been severely affected 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 determined,” 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 runners 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 dash,” 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 football team. He also plays basketball. His coaches, Dub Winkles and Milton Bryant, got Dr. Cunningham, 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 Okinawa, died in 1947 of service-inflicted injuries. Also active in the Junior Assembly at North Junior, Charles is a member of the First Baptist Church and has worked enthusiastically with the youth groups there. He was admitted to Hendrick Nov. 5. Dr. Cunningham and Charles hit it off fine during the visit. “You keep up work on those muscles,” the great miler advised. “By the way, how tall are you?” he asked. “He’i five feet ten,” Mrs. Craig said. Charles grinned. “But I’m going to be taller,” he said. right against the school district. An earlier trial of McMorries on Cooler Air Pushes Oui Record Heal 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 record—setting 82 degrees Tuesday, the warmest Nov. 23 since 1885. Temperatures took a downward trend following passage of a weak cool front through here about 8:30 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. Chinook Wind! Some 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 Galveston before sunrise Wednesday. These points had corresponding temperatures 24 hours earlier Uiat 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. another of the 14 indictments had ended in mistrial after a juror’s father died. Testimony in this trial ended at a Tuesday night session. McMorries took the stand in his own defense and was the concluding witness. Admits Giving Check McMorries admitted having given the check for $175.40 to Southwest Fixtures Co, of Dallas for three mannequins which he allegedly used in a cleaning establishment owned by him in Hlan-ton, McMorries contends that the funds were rightfully due him as travel expense for the Grady School district. Scores of cancelled checks were shown during McMorries appearance on'the witness stand. 'These were for travel and expenses, including a trip or so to Corpus Christi, allegedly for a “deep lea fishing” trip which McMorries and some of the commissioners took. They were later reimbursed expenses out of county funds. Defendant Testifies McMorries was only one of 17 witnesses put on the stand Tuesday by defense »attorney Davis Scarborough of Abilene. The witnesses included former Martin County commissioners and members of school boards in the county. Te^imony was primarily centered around McMorries’ expenses while in office. It was brought out Tuesday that McMorries had drawn more than $32,000 in salary, travel and office expenses during his five and one-half years in office. Of the total, more than $12,000 was for travel expense. McMorries testified that at one lime during his tenure the county had gone broke and “couldn’t pay its road hands” but that he could still travel with county money. Head Surgery Fails William Remington WILLIAM W. REMINGTON . . . brick in sock fatal LEWISBURG, Pa. (fu-William \V. Remington, former government aide serving a three-year term for perjury, died today at the federal penitentiary here from injuries suffered in an attack at the pri.son. R e m i n g 10 n's death was announced by Acting Warden Fred T. Wilkinson. He .suffered head injuries Monday when hit on the head with a sock-covered biick in his dormitory squad room. Wilkinson said the identhy of Remington’s assailant ’’is fairly well established” but did not J's close whether it was another convict, nor give the reason for the attack. Wilkin.son issued this statement: “Inmate William Walter Remington died in the institution hospital at 7:38 a.m. today, Nov. 24, 1954. On Tuesday afternoon an Related Story Page 5-B CHURCHES PLAN SERVICES Turkeys, Students Plan Busy Holiday Pair Jailed In Land Fraud Bonded Oui CONTESTS ON DIVIDED HIGHWAY 125 Hot-Rodders Jailed As Police Block Racing 82 82 80 73 70 61 61 64 60 59 57 1:30 2:30 3:M 4.30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 Wed. A. M. ......54 ...... 52 .......51 .......46 .......45 .......44 .......44 .......44 .......50 Hiih and low temperatures for 24 hours •nded at 6:30 a.m.: 82 and 43. Sunriae today 7:16 a.m. Sunset tonight *    |i30    a.m.    ».«. 52«tive bumidlty at 9:16 aoo. 473n COMPTON, Calif. (i^More than | police 125 youths from 15 to 21 years old were 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. Roadblocks had been set up to trap hot rods attempting to elude sheriffs deputies and state highway patrolmen. Several of the hopp^-up autos took off acroM bumpf witk cars roaring in pursuit. Races up to 80 miles an hour developed. However, officers said, few if any of the hot rodder.s escaped. Officers had prepared fleir trap very carefully. All the youngsters, including four girls, were booked on s-ion of engaging in an illegal speed contest and abetting such a contest. Juveniles were turned over to their parents. Youths over 18 were booked as adults and transferred to the eountqr iail in neigh boring Los Angeles. Sheriff’s Lt. Sid Jolivette said officers were informed that races were scheduled on Artesia Street last night. State highway patrolmen climbed a nearby hill to watch and when the racing got under way, they radioed six highway patrol and 10 sheriffs cars which were parked in a ring around the area. In previous attempts to halt the racing, there had not been enough police cars to cover all escape t^ies and oft«i hot rod* outran IwUco ean. AUSTIN 14»! — Two Cuero men charged in connection with alleged frauds in the state’s 100-million-dollar Veterans Land Program were released from Travis County jail early today on $5,000 bond each. A third man also has been charged and is being sought by state police. Arrested and later released on bond were T. A. Preusser, 27, and S. Ledbetter. An investigator said both men are accountants. Preusser was jailed before midnight la.st night. He was freed at 3:30 a.m. after bond was posted by Charles Gladden, and J. D. Bramlette Jr., both of Cuero. Ledbetter, who was jailed at 1 a.m., also was released at 3:30 a.m. after R. F. Blackwell and W. A. Blackwell, both of Cuero, posted his $5,000 bond. Both Preusser and Ledbetter waived examining trial. The third man, whom state police asked not to be identified because premature id«itification might make apprehension difficult, is charged with uttering a forged instrument connected with a land title. Tj?e charge relates to a 1952 transaction involving Zavala County land. He is charged with using a forged instrument—specifically, of filling in the blanks wi a lease contract after it was signed. Preusser and Ledbetter were charged with giving false acknowledgement of instruments cwinected with land titles. “They’re good to eat, they’re \ good to beat, “But, sure as I am living; “They’re best to run away with “The week before Thanksgiving!” The little turkey’s classic comment on drumsticks probably would stand as most of her breed’s opinion Wednesday as West Texans got ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. At least, it would for 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 Thank.sgiving than Christmas, although that’s also a black 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 be native West Texans, too. Of course, eating won’t be the only occupation of area residents Thursday. Many will evacuate the town for annual Thanksgiving Day football games and for the Abilene-San Angelo high school tilt.which will decide whether Abilene wins or ties for the district championship. Abilene Christian College stu- Abilene Trucker's Trial Underway BULLETIN District Attorney Tom Todd said late this morning , he was preparing a motion to dismiss 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 a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property began in 104th District Court Wednesday morning. Jury was chosen at 10:20 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 sets 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. Slam Red Island TAIPEH, Formosa (^Nationalist Chinese warplanes returned to Toumen Island today and hammered Communist gun positions through a curtain antiaircraft fire. dents will get Thursday afternoon off for the Howard Payne game which will be played here. Otherwise, they will not take a Thanksgiving holiday, but will add those their Christmas vacation. Close at Noon McMurry College and Hardln-Simmons University were to let 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 clo.sed. County offices will be closed from the end of business Wednesday until Monday. Only one edition of the Reporter-News will be published Thursday and will be delivered that morning 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 University Baptist Church, 2190 Beech St., and the Rev. Ed Laux, pa.stor of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, will conduct services at Fairmont Methodist Church, 1101 Palm St, The Rev. Inland Murphy, pastor 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 vow* unto the most High.” operation was performed by an outside surgical consultant and the in.stitution medical officer. “The investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prison officials Is continuing and all information will be presented to the U.S. Attorney.” Remington was confined in the same prison as Alger Hiss, former top State Department official, who has served 3^2 years for perjury. Hiss is scheduled to be released on parole Saturday. Remington was sentenced to three years on a charge that ht lied when he denied giving anyone secret classified information. He was sentenced on Feb. 4. 19.5S and started serving the sentence April 15. 19.53. Remington first was indicted in 19.50 on a charge of falsely denying to a grand jury that he ever was a member of the Communist party. He was convicted Feb. 7, 1951, and sentenced to five yea^'j but appealed and was freed on bad. The New York Court of Appeals on Aug. 22. 1951 reversed the conviction. holding unanimously that U S. Dlst. Judge Gregctry F. Noonan in his charge to the jury wa* “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 Bentley, confessed courier for a World War II Soviet spy ring. At his .second trial in New York, the defense pictured Remington as “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 that he mistakenly but innocently used his War Production Board position to obtain gouernment data for Miss Bentley, He later rose to a $10,000 a year economist’s post with the Commerce Department. He testified during his two weeks trial that he thought Miss Bentley wanted the data for a book or a magazine, which he believed would boost his own reputation and that of the WPB. The case against Remington was not unlike the one against Hiss, who was convicted of perjury for denying that he gave State Department secrets to a prewar Red spy ring. The government offered testimony to show Remington was a member of the YCL in his Dartmouth days and later an active Communist as a clerk with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Then, having risen to the War Production Board, the pro.secution continued, Remington fell in with Miss Bentley and her lover, Jacob Golos, head of the Russian *py ring. Through them he allegedly transmitted aircraft production chart# plus a supersecret formula fc« synthetic rubber. THANKSGIVING DAY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EDITION .. will be delivered Thursday morning, November 25th, to all Morning and Evening subscribers of the Report-er-News. The Evening edition will not be published this day, and the Business Offices will be closed. You will find this annual Christmas Shopping Edition a helpful guide for purchasing Christmas gifts of every kind.    , CHINESE CALL HIM A SPY—A Red Chinese Military tribunal has sentenced Col. John Knox Arnold Jr., above, of Silver Springs, Md, to 10 years in prison, along with other American airmen, on espionage charges, the Peiping radio has announced. Arnold commandet a B29'«r»* ported downed Jan. 12,195$. (Sea story Page 7^ ;