Abilene Reporter News, November 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas VOL. LXX1V, Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT-OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Aviated ABILENE. TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, NOV. 25, 1954-FORTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS" DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOc OOOOOOO! the next month Christmas will be the center of think- ing, planning and living and it appears from this picture that young Nancy McAden right, is going to have a hard time waiting until the great night Santa rides. She arid her .sister Ann, inspecting a tree put up by their parents, the Claud McAdens, 1502 North 21st, typify the anticipation of childhood. In keeping with the beginning of the Christ- mas season, The Reporter-News is presenting in this combined edition for morning and evening subscribers its annual Christmas Shopping issue. (Staff photo by Don Hutch- McMorries Guilty; Gets 5-Year Term By HAMILTON" WRIGHT Reporter-News Slaff Writer SWEETWATER, Xov. 24-James JIcMorries. former Martin County judge, was found guilty of thett of S175.-W from Grady Consolidat- ed Independent School funds and his punishment was set at five years in the State Penitentiary by a jury in 32r.d District Court here Wednesday afternoon. The' jury, of which Weldon Pat- terson was foreman, deliberated only 15 minutes before reaching verdict. It received the case at a.m. but recessed an hour for dinner. MeMorries hatt boen on trial here since Monday. He was be- ing tried for theft of by false pretext. Testimony showed that he had issued and signed a check for the amount made pay- able to "SWFC" for payment of manikins, coat hangers and cov- ers and other merchandise. The check was given to the Southwest Fixture Co., Dallas. H was signed by McMcrries and given on the Grady school. DcM Claimed In his McMorries laid the Grady school owed him more than that for traveling ex- penses incurred in school affairs. He testified he went out to see the president of the Grady board to get him to okay the amount. Not finding him, he returned and wro'.e the check and mailed it. A slip was attached to the check. It read: "This is for one of my schools." However, testimony showed that he used the merchan- NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obituaries Oil 11 SECTION B Giff B Editorial! SECTION C Doll Show 1 Orijtmos fatsie.......1 Womin'j 9. 10 SECTION D 1, 2, 3, 4, S Comics 6, 7 Clcisiried 9, 10 Form I U Cocnrr H Radio ITY dise in his Western Cleaners es- tablishment at Stanton and none of it was delivered to the Grady school. Testimony was concluded at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The charge was read to the jury at 10 a.m. Wed- nesday. Argument consumed about two hours. Arguing for the slate were El- ton Gilliiand, former Martin Coun- ty district attorney, and Etdon Mahon, 32nd District Court attor- ney. For the defense were John Crutchtield and Davis Scarborough, both of Abilene. McMorries faces 13 other in- dictments in connection with finan- cial irregularities while County Judge of Slartin County. One case charging misappropriation of county funds went to trial in 32nd District Court here Nov. 15. A jury was secured and testimony was being taken when the father of one of the jurymen suffered a fatal'heart attack- Defense would not agree to an 11-man jury going on with the case but asfeed for See TRIAL, Pg. Z-A Col. I Lubbock Firm Low On 2 Jobs at AFB VJiX Construction Co.' of Lub- hock was the apparent low bidder for construction of Ihe officers' mess and the cold storage snd ment cutting plant at Abilene Air Force Base. Col. Harry 0. Fisher, district en- gineer of the Corps of Engineers office in Fort Worth, said the bids were opened Wedncsrtav. ViX's bid on the oificers mess, thfi lowest of nine opened, was for Second lowest was that of Milo J. Choate of Tyler, whose bid was The contractor will have 150 calendar days to complete the work after the work order is issued. On the cold storage and meat cutting plant, bid. was 927.15. Second lowest was that of Shiflet Bros, of Wichita Falls, whose bid was The con- tractor will have 180 calendar days for the construction. Bid Dates Announced Tentative dates for advertising for, and opening, bids on several other jobs at Abilene Air Force Base were announced Wednesday by Col, Fisher in a notice to In- terested bidders. AH of the tenta- tive dates are subject to change. The jobs, dates and construction time allowed are: Aircraft wash rack Advertis- Local Rulings Asked For Desegregation ing dale Dec. 1, bid opening date Dec. 29, 120 days for completion. Laboratory building Adverlis ing date Dec. 3, bid opening date Jan. 5, 120 days for completion. Oil and fuel storage tanks, three of 15.000 gallons capacity and five of gallons capacity Ad vertising date Dec. 3, bid opening date Jan. 6, 90 days for comple- tion. Four ammunition storage build- ings Advertising date Dec. 6, bid opening date Jan. )l, 210 days for completion. Airmen's dormitories, five build- ings Advertising date Dec. 13, bid opening date Jan. 13. 270 days for completion. Warehouse, shop and administra lion buildings Advertising date Dec. 7, bid opening dale Jan. 12. 210 days for completion. Armament electronics shop, two buildings Advertising date Dec. 10. bid opening date Jan. 11 180 days for completion. Parachute shop Advertising date Dec. 22, bid opening dale Jan 6, lOu days for completion. On Nov. 30 bids for construction of an engine repair shop and the parking apron will be opened 8 the Corps ot Engineers district et tict fa Fort Worth. Scurry County Oil Deal Near FORT WOflTH, Nov. 24 Itt-A deal to sell oil properties in the selly-Snyder pool of Scurry County or cash is scheduled o be closed in Dallas Monday. W. A. Moncrief. Fort Worth oil producer, announced today he will meet with Eugene .McEIvaney, First National Bank of Dallas, to consummate the sale of the pro- perties to Ponies Oil Co., owned and operated for the benefit of Southern Methodist University. McEIvaney is treasurer of SMV. The properties consist of 42 3-3 wells in the Kelly-Snyder area. Hope, Crosby Involved Associated with Moncrief and his sons, W.A. Moncrief Jr., and R.B. Moncrief, who account for 32 per cent the ownership, in, fh> transaction are Bob Hope and Bihg Crosby of the movies, 16 per cent each; Paul Teas, Dallas, 21 per- cent; Clark and Con-den, Dallas, 8 per cent; Westbrook Oil Corp, Fort per cent; and Fred Madera, Hobbs, N.M., 2 per cent. The IB per cent interest of Hope and Crosby represents each. Part of the properties involved, a two-thirds interest in 16 wells, originaly were owned and develop- ed by L.M. Lockharl of Los Ange- les, whose interest was purchased jy W.A. Moncrief Jr. and Paul Teas in 1952, Operated by Moncriff All of the properties, except two wells owned by Westbrook, were operated hy W.A. Moncrief Jr. Crosby, it was learned, was un- willing to sell his interest in the Moncrief properties and will ex- change it for a fractional interest n the -Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators Committee. The lalter committee was formed !or unitization and operation of the productive, acres of the pool or a fieldwide water flooding sec- ondary recovery program. Ponies Oil Co. is putting only 30.000 inlo Ihe large transaction, with two oil payments reserved to cover the rest of the consideration. Originally one of these payments was IS million dollars, but other reserved interests reduced the total o which is being told jy the Moncrief group to First Dallas Charitable Corp. The latter will borrow the money from an insurance company. Sold to 20 Companies The remaining oil pay- ment is being sold to a group of 20 companies interested in SACROC. The Moncrief group, through the Rainbow Royalty Corp., purchased from Ponies an option to acquire a 40 per cent interest after payout of the oil payments and operating expenses. Closing of the deal will end a long and biller fight of lloncrief and associates againsl the SACROC unitization plan. NO. I-GOODFELLOW Since Goodfollovvs started three decades'ago, the Abilene Ki- wanis Club has had the honor of making the first contribution. Here President Garnet tiracy, right, follows a tradition almost as old as he as he hands the S25 check to Paul Hodge, chairman of the Goodfellows. (Staff ONE MONTH TO GO THE WEATHER T. I. KEM1TJIEXT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BVIFJUJ ABILENE ANT) VICIXfTV Fair "ritfi ".tir.scd TOM today, to- ifsM aM Fridav. Jfajfcnam today 65 TO. tonight HItfi Friday atect 70. XORTTI CF-VTRAL AST) WEST TEXAS Tharsday Friday, warmer Fri- day. FJST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS TharKtar and Friday, warmer Fri- day. ID moderate mostly north .inrts en (Kcoyniag variable Friday. TEMftnurcKES H.............. 5J.............. .............60 3-: 33 S7.. ..............1 and Ire for H r. It p.m.: 60 aad 42. and tow tfTr.perararM aan-.e ;r: and II ot nldit P.m. t, a.ra. SaiKl tocUM p.m. Barometer reifax at p.ra. 2> ReUtrrt humidity it p.m. H rv cni. lau Goodfellows Face Big Job; More Will Need Yule Cheer Christmas? It's only a month way, and that means the Goodfellows have a job to do. A big one. The Goodfellows figure they will have more people to help, and more cost this Christmas than ever be- fore. To help get under this burden, he old standbys paid their checks to the Goodfeilows yesterday. The Abilene Kiwanis Club through the years has had the privilege of being the first con- tributor. President Garnet Gracy delivered its fi5 check yesterday. Joining the Kiwanians as early Sivers were The Reporter-News, West Texas Utilities Co., Citizens National Bank, Farmers and Mer- chants National Bank, Exchange Club and First State Bank. Gifts Doubled Exemplifying the real Goodtel- low spirit. President Price Camp- bell of the utilities company yes- terday volunteered to double that firm's gift. "H isn't adequate for the present he said. The Reporter-News did likewise. Citi- MAYOR EXTENDS LUNCHEON BID TO EL PASOANS Abilene officialdom desires to show special courtesies to El Paso dignitaries on the day of the bi-district football game here Dec. 4. Mayor C. E. Qallin sent an invitation by telegram Wednes- day to El Paso officials. He invited the following El Paso leaders and wives to be guesis of Gatlin, School Board President W. E. Fraley and Schools Supt. A. E. Wells and their wives: Mayor Fred Her- vey. Schools Supt. Mortimer Brown. School Board President i. F. Hulse and Principal Keilh Appteby of Ei Paso's Austin High School. Gallin said the Abilenians will host 9 luncheon or simi- lar event for Ihe El Pasoans, if the latter accept the invita- tion. :ens and had done so last fear. In aE, there's Si70 in the Good- fellow till to start with. Now you other Goodfellows help It grow! ion. All offerings are freewill and can be mailed or brought to the Goodfellowf, care of The Reporter- lews. There Is no fixed overhead, n t rr AMuie 15 uo luea ovemeao ex- Paul Hodge, chairman of the c-cpt for the salarv for' kvxlfrtlmr. .m. to 10 p.m. and will open for business Thursday, Dee. is. ft will close the night of Dec. 22, ts the school kiddies will be out on holiday the nest day. The Exchange Club will recon- diticfl the building and. also han- dle the toy program, as it has for years. The Junior Red Cross will decorate the building. Next Tuesday and Wednesday there will be city-wide toy pick- up. The Marine Corps Reserve and Air Corps and Army Recruit- ing Station will canvass the city with trucks and loudspeakers seek- ing good, usable toys that can be repaired for Christmas. Open U All The Goodfellows are sponsored by The Abilene Reporter-News. Anybody can be a Goodfellow. The Goodfellows see to it that the needy and unfortunate have Christ- mas cheer, who otherwise woufd have none. Little toddlers whose parents can't buy toys, enjoy Christmas because the Goodfellows remember them. They get warm clothing, if they need it, from the Goodfellows. And there is good food on the table for Christmas dinner. It is i community-wide charity, and then it money jollciu t too big for just the volunteers to do. One person needs to be al he store full time now and keep :hings running. Other than thii small sum, every penny goes to Christmas cheer. First day contributors: Abilene Kiwanli Club Reporter-News 50.00 Citizens National Bank 50.K farmers 4 Merchants West Texas Utilities First State Bank Exchange Club Total High Court Given Brief By Brownell WASHINGTON, NOV. !en. Brownell today suggested to the Supreme Court that racial de- segregation in public schools larried out on the local level under he direction of Ihe federal District Courts in the areas involved. The plan, advanced In a brief Brownell filed with the court, wared to be in line with what 'resident Eisenhower. suggested yesterday at a news'conference. Eisenhower said the matter of de- centralizing desegregation was be- ing explored. The court ruled out "separate but equal" facilities for white-and pupils in the public in a decision early last lummer. It now has before it the matter of setting up the actual procedure lot segregation. The attorney general, in suggest- ing that the actual procedure Haadfed. in.lfw. tSrWif SuprtrnT Court mandate, emphasized hit be- _lief that the Supieme'.Coiiirt fhould retain jurisdiction5 matter "for the purpose of making such further orders, if any, as may be- come necessary Brownell proposed these steps: A Supreme Court decree declar- ing racial segregation is unconsti- lutional and that all laws requir- ing or permitting such are InvalW. A return of the test cases to 'ower courts where they were first heard for further action in liot with the high court's decision. These cases came to the Supremi 9ourt from South Carolina, ginia, Kansas, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The entry of orders in the lower courts directing the defendant school boards to submit within H days a plan for ending segregation in their sible." For Next Term Unless a satisfactory desegrega-. lion program is submitted to tad approved by the lower court, the entry of an order by that court directing that nonsegregated schools be operated at the begin> ning of the neit schpol term. Upon submission of a desegrega- tion plan, the conduct of hearings by the lower court to determint whether it provides for the transi- tion "as expediliously as the cir- cumstances permit." Browneil said no program ihooltt be sanctioned which does not call for immediate commencement the procedures necessary to bring about desegregation. During the period allowed far transition, he said, the lower court should require the defendant] in See SCHOOLS, Pf. 2-A 4 50.00 50.00 LIKES 'LOCAL LEVEL' Shepperd Opposes U.S. Jurisdiction AUSTIN, Nov. 2< US-Texas Ally. Gen. John Ben Shepperd welcomed the suggestion today of U.S. Atty. Gen. Broraell that racial desegre- gation in public schools be carried oot on the local level, hut said the proposal didn't go far enough. Shepperd said he does not agree with that part of Browncll's sug- gestion which would leave "contin- uing jurisdiction" over desegrega- tion matters with the Supreme Conrt. h Brief Brownell proposed in a brief filed with the court that desegregation in public schools be carried out un- der the direction of the federal dis- trict courts In the areas.involved. Shepperd said local school boards would be a better agency than the federal courts. "The suggestions by the Justice Department apparently ctosj'y fol- low the spirit cf the Tesas brief, except that we did not recommend juriidkUttt by UK Su- preme Court." Shepperd said h press statement. "All of the states filing friend-of- tbe-court briefs favored working onl the problem at the local lerel. "Instead of leaving it to the fed- eral courts, however, it should be left to the local school boanis who are elected by the people to do this job." Brownell'j brief, while suggesting that the actual procedure be bandied in the local districts rather than by general'Supreme Court mandate, emphasized his belief that the Supreme Court should re- tain jurisdiction in the matter "for the purpose of making such further- orders, if any, as may become necessary." On this point, Shepperd said Tex- as "would favor the normal method ol appealing individual cases to the Supreme Court rather iys- tern which would, in effect, havt the Supreme Court supervising lil iH CUM." ;