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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               Abilene S "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 160 Aaociated Prat IAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Robbery Motive In Prison Death LEW1SBURG, Pa. FBI today charged a third inmate at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary with the murder of William W. Remington, former government economist convicted of perjury, and in so doing provided the first clue to a motive. Norman H. McCabe, 28, special in charge of the Philadelphia FBI office, announced that Lewis Cagle Jr., 17, of Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with the murder of Remington on Monday. McCabe said Cagle admitted in a statement "that he, along with JlcCoy and Parker, planned to ransack Remington's room on Nov. 22 and the assault took place while they were in his (Remington's) room." The other two prisoners referred to were George Junior McCoy, 34, of Grundy, Va., and Robert Carl Parker. 21, of Washington. D.C., who were charged with participat- ing in the beating administered to. Remington with a part of brick wrapped in a sock. Remington, who was serving a three-year sentence for perjury- after denying he gave government secrets to Communists, died of a skull injury in the prison hospital Wednesday. The clue as to the motive for the slaying ended speculation that the slaying might have been an act reflecting anti-Communist feeling in the prison. The development-came less than 24 hours before these same prison gates are scheduled to open for Alger Hiss who has spent three and a half years in the jail. His wife, Priscilla, was expected to meet him at the prison gates. The 50-year-old former State De- partment official, who was con- victed of swearing falsely when he told a congressional committee he had never passed secrets to a Com- munist spy ring, is leaving on a probationary basis. He was orig- inally sentenced for five years, but he won an earlier release with a "meritorious" record. As a convicted felon, he will be without the right to vote or hold public office. Acting Warden Fred T. Wilkin- said he has had his "custom- ary talk" with Hiss. His itinerary for tomorrow is simple: Walk to Freedom Eat breakfast, check out with the library and then walk to free- dom. Prison guards have described Hiss' prison life as that of an ex- tremely cooperative inmate." They said he worked most of his prison time as a clerk on the cloth- ing issue detail: His spare time, they said, was devoted "almost exclusively" to reading in the prison library. Dozens of newsmen are expected to be on hand to question Hiss on his plans for the future. He entered the prison claiming his in- nocence and some indications are his immediate future might be de- voted to proving it. But at least two congressional committees have indicated they may ask first call on his time. Until March 21. 1956. Hiss will have to check with a parole offi- cer and report various details of his personal life. PREMIER YOSHIDA will play his way THE WEATHER T.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND today, tonight and Saturday. Mild today and cool- er tonight and Saturday. High today 75, Low tonight 40-45. High Saturday 65. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Cooler Saturday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday, turning cooler Saturday. High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at a.m.: 70 and 51 degrees. TEMPERATURES Thurs. P. M. Fri. A. M. 69 54 70 53 69 SI 69 53 66 52 62 52 58 53 56 36 53 59 56 63 55 68 55 72 Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer readin? at p.m. 2..90. Relative humidity at p.ro. 3Ki. Yoshida Threatens To Force Election TOKYO W-Embattled Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida was re- ported ready today to throw Japan into a general election unless he can either hold office or name his successor as premier. With the nation's special Diet session only four days away, lines were hardening for an all-out struggle for power among three conservative and one made up of Socialists. Beginning the seventh year of an unbroken and unprecedented ad- ministration, Yoshida faces the fight of his political life. Foes Hare Votes For the first time in his long rule his opposition has enough cer- tain votes to topple him with a non- confidence motion in the House. Yoshida, a fighter, was said by the newspaper Asahi, Japan's big- gest, to be ready with House dis- solution that will hurl Japan's 467 representatives into a bitter and expensive election campaign. Yoshida today said he would step down as president of the Liberal party in favor of Deputy Premier Taketora Ogata. The Liberals are still the country's biggest party with 185 members, despite the con- servative bolt. But he was apparently ready to fight for his at least the power to name Ogata as Bis suc- cessor to the premiership. Will Block Hatoyams. Yoshida appeared ready to do anything to block his conservative archfoe, 71-year-old Ichiro Hato- yama, from forming a govern- ment. Hatoyama, founder of the Liber- al party, bolted with his followers for the second time last week and formed the new Japan Democratic party in coalition with the Pro- gressives, led by wartime Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu. The Socialists were apparently ready to support Hatoyama in the nonconfidence maneuvers as a means of bringing down Yoshida, whom they violently oppose. U.S. Hoping China Action Is Boomerang WASHINGTON Bl-Washingion officials were hopeful today that Red China's imprisonment of 13 Americans as "spies" would boomerang against Peiping in the diplomatic struggles the cold war. Authorities here looked for two likely results: 1. Communist China will lose support for its drive to win gen- eral diplomatic recognition and a seat in the United Nations. 2. British efforts for a compro- mise between Washington and Peiping on Chinese Nationalist- held Formosa will be dropped at least for the present. British of- ficials indicated they shared this view. The 13 airmen and two captured during the Korean War and this week, according to Peiping radio, got sentences ranging from four years to life. Of particular interest in Wash- ington was the British govern- ment's sharp condemnation yesterday of the imprisonments as an "outrageous" violation of international law. In much the same vein as earlier U.S. protests. London accused the Chinese Reds of bad faith in deliberately con- cealing the detention of the 13 men for more than a year after the Ko- rean armistice. A personal Thanksgiving Day message was sent by President Eisenhower to the wives and mothers of the 13. Eisenhower pledged again that every "feasible" effort would be made to free the 13 and any other Americans in Communist hands. In New York, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., top American delegate to the U.N., issued a statement denouncing the Communist senten- ces as "a new act of barbarism" and still another reason why Red China should not be seated in the U.N. The U.S. government has al- ready laid the groundwork for delivering a stiff protest to Peiping through its representatives in Gen- eva. City to Sell Fairgrounds Land to County on Dec. 10 City land in the old Municipal Airport which is slated for a Tay- lor County livestock and agricul- tural center is to be posedly to the 10. Complying with law, the City Commission Friday morning order- ed that bids be advertised. Bid-opening was set for the com- mission meeting of Dec. 10. Offered for sale is approximately 130 acres of the old airport, east of town. The county is expected to purchase the whole amount. Holiday Burglars Net Burglars observed Thanksgiving in Abilene with four the loot totaling over No sus- pects had been arrested by Fri- day noon. Last burglary to be discovered was that at DiW Tire Co., 102 Elm St. An employe found Fri- day morning that the entry had happened. It is believed to have occurred Wednesday night. Noth- ing was stolen. The burglar knocked the knob off a safe but failed to get into SAFE KNOB KNOCKED but the burglars couldn't jet in it. How he entered the building wasn't known Friday morning. Po- lice believe it was through a back south door, which was found open Friday. City Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald, Police Lt. Grover Chronister and Police Patrolman E. L. O'Dell investigated the DfcW burglary. in Suits Biggest "haul" made by burg- lars during the Thanksgiving holi- day was the (wholesale cost) worth of men's suits and sport coats and in money from Taylor's Men's Store, 717 Legett Dr. Losses in the Wednes- day night burglary included 40 suits and 19 sport coats. Other burglaries were: (1) Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, 2250 North First St., Wed- nesday night, in which nothing was belieyed taken. (2) Lewis Cafe, 625 Plum St., Wednesday night, in which an un- known amount of money was tak- en from a juke box. Investigating the Taylor's Men Store burglary were Capt. Lomax Martin, McDonald and Chronister. Entry to the VFW was made by prying open a window on the southeast side of the building. The knob was knocked off a safe, but the safe wasn't entered, police said. Lewis afe, 625 Plum St., was entered through a back north window. McDonald and Martin in- vestigated that break in. 3 Thefts Three thefts and a possible at- tempted burglary also were re- ported during Thanksgiving. James W. Rhymes, 801 Cherry St., said somebody stole the fol- lowing items out of his home: One suit of GI khakis, one wool O.D. coat and a set of collar brass. Value was set at Margie Edwards, 1318 Orange St., reported Thursday the theft of a 26 inch Dayton bicycle from her front yard. The vehicle is a girl's model, blue and white. About 101 acres will be used for the livestock and agricultural cen- ter site. The other approximately 29 acres will be the right-of-way for the new route of State Highway 36. For Some time ago the commission .old the County Commissioners' Court that the city would be will- ing to sell the land to the county for "about A county bond issue has been approved by voters in the mean- :ime to make possible the county's and purchase and its construction of the center. .In its advertisement the city re- serves the right to reject any or all the bids. Commissioners Friday also: (1) Awarded contract to Lucian Webb Plumbing and Heat- ing Co. for installing a new heat- ing plant in old North Park School. This was done on recommendation of the School Board, after Webb assured trustees he could do the work in 45 days. (2) Appointed Ben M. Davis, accountant, to do the city's audit for the 1954-55 fiscal year., (This was a re-appointment, as Davis has done the audit for the past year.) (3) Re-appointed for two-year terms on the City-County Weffare Board S. M. Jay, Jim Ballew, Mrs. Jay Jameson and Everett Haney. (4) Heard Mayor C. E. Gatlin read letters of congratulation to its recent receipt of high credit ratings on its new bond issues. The letters came from all three Abilene banks and from Republic National Bank, Dallas. The bankers said the good rat- ing was an important accomplish- ment and will save taxpayers mon- ey in favorable interest rates. Moody's Investors Service, New York, recently gave Abilene an AA rating on its water and sewer revenue bonds and an A rating on its tax bonds. Auto Overturns; 2 Youths Killed FATAL Eden men died early Friday morning when this car overturned, pinning them underneath. The picture was taken after the car had been turned up- right. (Staff .photo by Don Hutcheson) '______________________ H-SU Exes Open 2-Day Reunion Here Preliminaries of Hardin Sim- mons University homecoming got underway at p.m. today. Officials of ex-students associa- ions began a retreat at p.m. in Mary Frances Hall that is to continue through noon Saturday. Several thousand H-SU alumni are expected to swarir the camp- us over the week_end and Fair 3ark Stadium at 2 to witness the annualgtidiron clash" pitting the Cowboys and Texas Tech's high-riding Red Raiders. One of four candidates will be crowned homecoming queen dur- ing half-time ceremonies of the 'ootbail game. In the running for the queen's role are Pat Hayter, Abilene freshman; Juanelle John- son, Elbert sophomore; Charlotte tddings, Phoenix, Ariz, junior; and Pal Schwartz, Meadow senior. A new slate of alumni officers o take office in June is due to arise from the a.m. break- ast Saturday of ex-students. Following the football game a iarbecue in the college dining hall is slated for ex-students. A brunch for ex-Cowgirls is slated for 10 a.m. in new dormi- ory No. 1 and former members if the A Cappella Choir will get ogether at p.m. in Mary 'ranees Saturday the university's board of trustees will meet at 9 a.m. in Sandefer Memorial Room. Speakers for the exes retreat hat began at p.m. were to be George E. Bushong, executive secretary of the Southern Method- st University alumni association; !x-Student Association President Jim Jennings of Abilene; Guy Shaw, Abilene attorney; Dr. R. N. Richardson, H-SU president emer- tus; Dr. Evan Allard Reiff, H-SU president: the Rev. Byron Bry- ant, Stamford; Felton Jones, edu- cational director of the San An- elo Baptist Church; and C. Ken- neth Hill Jr., executive secretary of the Hardin Simmons alumni association. Mail Fraud Charged DALLAS S. Nirrs, 35, salesman for a Midland, Tex., oil field supply firm, is to be ar- raigned on federal mail fraud charges here next Tuesday. REPORTS CONFUSED Chinese Repulse Attempted Raid TAIPEH, Formosa Reds reportedly sent an assault force against a tiny Nationalist outpost in the Formosa Strait to- day, but there were conflicting re- ports on whether they actually at- tempted a landing. The Nationalist Defense Minis- Cooler Air Due Tonight The Abilene area's dipsy-doodle weather is due to dip again Satur- day night. A probably shift in wind direc- tion led weather observers to fore- cast fair skies today and tomorrow but with cooler temperatures to- night. The high Thursday" was 70. Be- fore the wind shift tonight, the mercury is slated to nudge 75 de- grees, dropping to a maximum of 65 Saturday. The low Friday night will be degrees. The minimum Thursday night was 51. The cooling northwesterly winds will be about 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 mph. Fire Sweeps Barn On Locust Street A barn behind 733-741 Locust St. was almost completely destroy- ed by fire late Friday morning. Firemen answered the call at about 11 a.m., but the barn was almost a complete loss, Mrs. L. M. Melton, who lives at 733 Locust, said. She had an air-conditioner and vacuum cleaner stored in a small room in tha barn, but the rest was empty, Mrs. Melton said. The barn and houses belong to Mrs. Epha Bowers, Burkett Route, Coleman. she said. L. C. Warden, who lives at 741 had his car in a garage adjacent to the barn, but it es- caped damage, Mrs. Melton said. She thought the fire might have been caused by children playing in the empty section of the barn. at first announced the Reds landed at Wuchiu Island and were driven off after many Communist soldiers were captured. Later the ministry issued a com- munique saying the Reds ap- proached the island from three directions and were "repulsed" by Nationalist defenders and war- planes. The communique made no a landing, or .to the prisoners taken. The communique said the Com munists converged on Wuchiu from three directions in five gunboats and "quite a few junks" at a.m. and were repulsed around 4 a.m. It said the Nationals! air force sank five Red motorizec boats and a number of junks about 8 a.m. 'The situation on Wuchiu is quite good and we have heightened our the communique said. It was not clear whether the at- tack on Wuchiu Island was intend- ed as an invasion, a hit-and-run raid or an effort to aee what the U.S. 7th Fleet might do. Press reports said the Reds stormed ashore from motorized junks under cover of shellfire from 10 gunboats. Nationalist warplanes raced to the island and helpe< drive the invaders back into the sea. Wuchiu is a guerrilla base only a mile long and half a mile wide It is 15 miles from" the mainlam and 10 miles south of Red-helc Nanjin Island. It is 63 miles north east o! Quemoy and 66 miles south southeast of Foochow, capital of Fukien province. The 7th Fleet has been patrolling the Formosa Strait since June 27 1950, just after the outbreak of the Korean War. Its assigned task is to protect Formosa ami the Pes cadores from invasion. U.S. policy has been to keep the Reds guessinj about what the fleet might do i one of the many offshore Nation alist outposts was threatened. There was no indication that the fleet was needed today, or that the Nationalists asked for its help. President Chiang Kai-shek told interviewers just the other day that if the United States openly committed itself to defend the off- shore islands, the Reds would not dare attack them. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS What is a Jew? A Catholic? A Christian Scientist? What do Baptists believe? Methodists? Episcopalians? Sunday's Reporter-News will contain the first in a series to answer those questions. To explain the differ- ences and closeness of the different faiths. Outstand- ing authorities in each of the faiths will present their views in two installments each in this special series to be published each Sunday. Sunday's Reporter-News also will continue to re- flect the Christmas season spirit with stories of plans for the Key City as the Christmas City. The West Texas Doll Show will open next Friday. Pictures and details will present this intriguing facet of Abilene at Christmas. You can reserve extra copies of Sunday's Reporter- News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. Car Misses Curve South Of Abilene Two Eden men a newly dis- charged Navy veteran and an oil- field roughneck were killed about a.m. Friday in a post- 'hanksgiving automobile wreck ibout 12 miles south of Abilene. A 16-year-old girl riding in the car escaped unscathed. Dead are Doyle Laman Robbins, Eden oilfield worker; and Lee Roy Hudson, 23, of Eden, who had arrived home only Wednesday af- er receiving his Navy discharge. The pair was.pinned underneath he Robbins car when it overturn- ed a curve at the intersection of U. S. Highways 83 and 84. The 1947 model automobile over- urned at least twice, throwing 18- Lorec Gary of Eden clear, iruises were her only injuries. Investigators said the trio was i route to Abilene from Eden to" iring Miss Gary to visit relative! lere. Robbins and Hudson were dead when aid arrived at the wreck scene. A verdict of accidental death was returned by Tuscola of the Peace Mrs. J. L. Beard. The bodies were taken to Fry funeral Home at Tuscola. The car was a total loss. Investigators were Highway Pat- rolmeu C. A. Cockrell and D. R. Womack. Broken Rail Blamed In Wreck of Chief NEEDLES, Calif., tiovl broken rail was blamed today for the derailment of nine cars of the eastbound Santa Fe Chief as train traveled at a mile-a-minute clip across, the Mojave Desert last night. Ninety five passengers wert aboard the train. Thirty-five were reported bruised or shaken, but only two were hospitalized. Both were only slightly hurt One placsed to leave tonight and the other early tomorrow. The othert resumed their iourneys. It was at remote point near Cadiz, five miles from the nearest highway and 82 miles west of here that the Chicago-bound train, re- ported by Santa Fe to have been traveling 65 to 70 miles per hour on an uphill grade, left the tracks. Service on the main line was halted about seven hours while emergency were made. emergency repairs were made. Woman Fined for Crosswalk Violation First person fined on failure So stop for a pedestrian in a cross- walk since City Judge A. K. Doss announced recently his minimum fine policy, drew a fine this week. An Abilene woman was fined for failure to stop for a school child in a crosswalk at the sign at North Eighth and Orange Sts. Employes in the City Court tick- et office said they recalled that another woman was fined on the same offense prior to Judge Doss' announcement of his policy. 'Doss said recently that the min- imum fines he will levy for failure to stop for pedestrians in cross- walks are: (1) Where no accident results. (2) Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a violating vehicle, 1100. County Precinct Boundaries Hit Redistricting of Taylor County to give the city of Abilene more fav- orable representation on the Coun- ty Commissioners Court is desir- ed by Abilene City Commission and the city manager. That was brought out to a dis- cussion at Friday morning's com- mission meeting. No action was taken to starts a campaign. The city officials expressed a feeling that Abilene doesn't re- ceive enough financial cooperation from the county on welfare ex- penses, fire fighting and other City Manager Austin P. Hancock said this is one of the few coun- ties in Texas which don't help cities finance out-of-city fire runs. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom cited Odessa and Ector County as an area where the city's fire-fight- ing activities benefitting the coun- ty are given adequate financial help from the county. Mayor C. E. Gatlin said, and City Atty. Alex BicMey agreed, that an amendment to the sUte constitution would be necessary to make possible effective rtdatriet- inj o< a county.   

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