Monday, December 6, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas gbilew Reporter- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING VOL. LXXIV, NO. 170 Associated Press IAP> ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc WHERE'D THEY COME FROM? A few visitors at theWest Texas Doll Show look a little pu7iled over a doll in the foreign exhibit. The crowd in the background is part of persons wiio saw the show. An estim ated missed the display be- cause they were discouraged by long lines. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson) Jury Chosen For Stephens Arson Trial Testimony began late Monday morning after a jury was chosen for the arson trial of Wynn M. Stephens, Abilene building eon- tractor. Stephens, 2805 South 25th St., was indicted on three7 counts of allegedly trying to set fire to his house last March 22. He was being tried on one count. The case had been transferred to 42d District Court, but last Nov. 29 was transferred back to 104th District Court, where it was ori- ginally filed. Judge Owen Thomas is presiding. The defense planned to call these witnesses: 0. D. Payne, Ver- non Coleman, Fred OLsen Jr. and Elroy Blake, all of Fort Worth; Hoyt Cole, Austin; Mrs. G. C. Smith, 2525 Marshall St.; and Ftta Fae Williams, 426 Reading Ave. State witnesses included five Abilene firemen, Paui. Edwards, Capt. Joe Lockard, William Kid- weil, David Reddell and Assis- tant Chief G. I. Powell. Also to be called were Fire Marshal Len Blackwood and Blackwood's assis- tant, D. A. Porter. Other Abilene state witnesses are Hattie Stinchcomb of Harris Locker Appliances; Jimmy Par- tin, Abilene insuranceman; J. S. Smith, of Crow Manufacturing Co. on Walnut St.; R. D. Strong, of West Texas Utilities Co.; Ed Com- pere, 1409 Compere Place; and Mrs. G. C. Smith, 2525 Marshall St. Out-of-county state witnesses were to be Robert F. Crawford, Charles G. Smith and Holland E. Tullis, Austin, with the Depart- oieni of Public Safety. Optomelry Board Grants Hew Talks AUSTIN which would limit advertising will be recon- sidered at a hearing Jan. 3 by the State Optometry Board. Restrictive measures on adver- tising were adopted and then re- pealed by the board earlier this fall after protests and objctions from newspaper, radio and some optomelry interests. SEE EXHIBITS Bigger Doll Show Planned in 1955 Dolls that Were "oh'd" and "ah'd" over for three days in the West Texas Doll Show were being tucked away in their owners' arms Monday. From their pink and silver fairy land in the Woman's Building at Fair Park, the more than dolls were waiting to be taken home. Owners -were warned to pick up their entries by 5 p.m. Monday. The picking-up process began at 9 a.m. Cash prizes for the winners will be mailed by The Reporcer-Kewz, who sponsored the show with the City Park Board. Bigger Show Planned Plans for a bigger, better show next year were already being made Monday. A. B. Shelton, Reporter News executive vice-president, said that "we hope to make the next show twice as big, and in a location we can better accommodate the crowds." And crowds there were. Approx- imately people visited the show during its three-day display. Sunday's opening time was 2 p.m., but by p.m. lines had already formed. The lines stayed even after dark Sunday, when the chill aip made the waiting people shiver. In appreciation of the crowd's patience for waiting to see the show, The Reporter-News sent cof- fee to those outside. Servers were Reporter-N7ews employes .and city park and volunteer workers.''; 496 at i-Time Only 400 persons were allowed in the building at a time as a safety measure. At 9 p.m. Sunday, when the show was supposed to close, there were lines of people four abreast still waiting. The building was kept open as long as anyone wanted to see the dolls. Show officials considered prolonging the exhibit, but decided to close as scheduled since plans already had been made for the doll owners to return for their pos- sessions Monday. Doll lovers came from as far as Dallas and Crane just to see the show. About 60 towns were repre- sented on the registration list Sun- day. Yet there was no trouble. Shel- ton commented Monday on "how nice the crowd was and how good the children were. They nev- er got unruly." None of the exhibits were dam- aged, because it was an appreci- ative audience, Shelton said. Absentee Voting Up As Deadline Nears Absentee voting in Saturday's special state Senate election pick- ed up considerably late Monday morning. Deadline is Tuesday. County CleA Mrs. Chester Hutcheson reported eight persons voted in the last hour before lunch, bringing the total in Taylor County to 25. Reason for the pickup in absen- tee voting was believed to be the semifinal Class AAAA football game in Fort Worth Saturday in- volving the Abilene High School Eagles and Fort Worth's Poly High. Since many Abilenians will be in Fort Worth Saturday, they will have to vote absentee today or tomorrow, or they must wait and after polls open at S a.m. be- fore leaving the city Saturday morning. Seven candidates are in the race o fill the four-year term to which he late Sen. Harley Sadler was re-elected last month, shortly aft- er his death. They are Dan Sorrells and Rep. fruett Latimer, both of Abilene; 'ormer State Sen. Pat Bullock of Colorado City; Rep. David Ratliff of Stamford; Mayoy Cecil Lotief of Rotan; Juston M. Morrow, former state VFW commander and Rotan farmer and businessman; and Dr. R. F. Wasson of Snyder. Goodfellows Fund Rises Over Week end mail added to the Goodfellows fund to bring a little Christmas clieer to Abi- lene's down and out, the people who otherwise would have no ma- terial enjoyment of the holiday. This brought the contributions so far to But this only a third of the amount Goodfellows believe will be the minimum necessary to pro- vide food, clothing and toys !or the needy. Toys have been pro- vided by 9. fine contribution last week of well over items pick- ed up from homes here by Marine s dothing has money iHU I ily to buy food for Christmas >.ers. .Joney may be sent to the Good- fellows, c-o The Reporter-News. Latest contributors include: Previously Acknowledged 684.50 Mr. k Mrs. C. M: Hubbard 5.00 Dr. J. G. Dodge..............2.50 W. J. Murray 35.00 Juanita Frost.............. 25.00 Plasters Sc Cement Masons, Local 15.00 Nila Newton Hall.............5.00 Wiley L. Caffey ..............5.00 Mrs. J. M. Hooks 25.00 Mrs. Kate N. Thrann 10.90 Taylor Lyles 10.00 2S.OO Schkade Bros. Drilling Co. I U7.M Marable to Speak At Graham Tuesday Paul Marable will speak to the Possum Kingdom Lake Associa- :ion in Graham Tuesday night. Marable, a staff member of the West Texas Chamber of Com- merce, will speak on promotional ideas lor the lake. He is former manager of the Denison Chamber of Commerce and did promotions' work for Lake Texoma. County Gives Merkel Delay in U. S. 80 Vote Gen. Senter Comes Home for Speech Maj. Gen. Oscar Senter, com- manding general of the Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, was -cheduled to arrive back "home" n Abilene at 3 p.m. today. A re- :eption honoring him will be held rom 5 to 6 p.m.. and he will peak at a Pearl Harbor memorial dinner tonight at the VFW Memo- ial The general public has been in- ited to attend both events. Gen. Senter was reared in Abi- ene and played football for Abi- ene High School. Gen. Senter was to arrive at Municipal Airport at 3 p.m., with Mrs. Senter and Harold V. Banks, chief, Office of Information Serv- ces. OCAMA. Greeting Party Among those planning to meet he party at the airport were Capt. Itanley G. Lindell, commanding >fficer of the Air Reserve Training Squadron of Abilene, which is sponsoring the general's 'isit, Lt. Col. Frank Conselman, vho will be master of ceremonies at the dinner tonight, Mayor C. E. atlin, and George L. Minter. Jr., president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Frank Grimes, editor of.the Ab- lene Reporter News, and Mrs. Crimes will also be in the official welcoming party. They are Gen. Senter's step-parents. Squadron staff officers in the welcoming party will include Maj. R. C. Fry. executive officer; Maj. A. V. Womack of Anson, and Capt. J. E. Davidson, Capt James E. McCaul, Capt. J. D. Freese and 1st Lt. James Pomeroy. Following a press conference at the airport, .Gen. and Mrs. Senter were to be taken, with a police escort, to the Grimes home, 1829 South Eighth St., to visit until time '.or the reception at the Windsor Hotel at 5 p.m. Tickets Available In the receiving line at the re- ception, where coffee will be served, will be Gen. and Mrs. Sen- ter, Mr. and Mrs. Grimes, Capt. Lindell and Col. Conselman. Tickets for the dinner, at per jerson. will be available at Den- man Music Co.. 9615th Squadron Headquarters. 1233 Walnut St., and the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce, until closing time, and will also be available at the door of the VFW auditorium. Capt. Garth McLean and Maj. .ester V. Mershon are in charge of ticket sales. Members of Detachment 3. 4005th Army Reserve Army Serv- ce Unit, will be given credit for attending the banquet Monday night, Maj. Clyde Emmons. com- manding officer, said. Those who cannot attend the banquet will at- tend the unit's regular meeting at p.m. at Abilene Air Force Base. ECHO !N LOCH NESS Monster, Or Something, Spotted on Ship Screen GLASGOW, Scotland The crew of the trawler Rival claimed today they have proved the exis- tence of the legendary Loch Ness something about as their echo-sounding equipment. Their they reported, is 90 feet long and has approx- imately eight legs and the silhou- ette of a gigantic scorpion. The echo sounder charts under- water depths and schools of fish by recording the time a sound takes to echo back to the device. Peter Anderson of the Rival's crew reported the mystery object was located at a depth of 540 feet. 180 feet above the bed of the Scottish lalce where the monster is reported seen every so often. Anderson said he was at the ship's wheel, bound for the west coast fishing grounds, when "sud- denly out of the corner of my eye. I saw the graph needle of the echo sounder start to draw an as- tounding shape. "I shouted to the captain and other seven crew were down below having they came crowding up to the wheelhouse. At once we turned the hoat about and tried to track the monster again, but we must have frightened it away." The graph showed a small-head- ed thing with an ungainly body and a tail about 18 feet long. L. A. Southport, technical expert of the firm which makes the echo- sounding equipment, said the echo graph "was definitely animal mat- ter of some kind" and "certainly was not a whale or like any other kind of fish that has ever been heard of." Burglars Enter 6 Residences, Autos By EARLE WALKER Abilene's burglary score for the period beginning Thanksgiving Day and to the present stood Mon- day at 19 committed, one solved Six burglaries occurred durinj the week end, jumping the tola to 19. Residences and automobiles were the latest places tapped. Pre viously most of the burglaries hat been of business establishments A 15-year-old Abilene Negro boy has admitted committing the bur- glary last Thursday night of the Gulf Service Station. 942 Pine St. That's the only one solved thus far. Police Detective Lt. George Sutton said Monday- Burglaries during the week end were: (1) The Congetta Conner resi- dence at 526 North Treadaway Winds Ease Up Behind Cool Front By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cold winds that whipped Texas over the weekend ensed Monday. The blasts followed a cold front. The front had crossed the state Monday and winds had diminished to 5-20 m.p.h. Fair, cool weather was in store. Skies were clear. No rain was reported. Howling down from the Rockies, the winds came Saturday. They ticked up dust and spun tumble- weeds ahead of them in West Texas. Before dawn Sunday gusts reach- ed 42 m.p.h. in Dallas, where minor damage was reported. A falling tree caved in the hood of a parked car, narrowly missing a couple unloading their belongings as they moved into a new home. Dallas Christmas decorations also were damaged. One just cracked a big show window at a woman's store. Overnight temperatures ranged from 29 at Dainart; Salt Flat and Aniarillo to 53 at Brownsville. Junction had 30, Wichita Falls and Childress 31, Lubbock 32, Dallas 33, Abilene 34, Fort Worth 35, Lufkin 38 and Waco 39. El Paso had 43. Houston 46, Beaumont and Austin 45, San An- tonio 47, and Corpus Christ! and Galveston 31. A deepening chill moved througl Dixie after its leading edge touched off tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia Sunday. The great mass of cold air al- ready had enveloped most of the Midwest and eastern United States in a raw chill sharpened by gusty winds and dusted with snow. Heavy rain was mixed with snow and sleet in parts <rf North Carolina and Virginia. Freezing weather already reached North Carolina, Tennessee and and dropped tern peratures to near zero in Minnesota and Michigan. The low was 1 be- low zero at Pellston, Mich. Honor am brought Ujtt snows through New England and around the Great Lakes and rains up to a half inch along the Pacific Coast above central California. Lake Michigan moderated the chill for Chicago, which reported 30 degrees and snow 'flurries early oday. Thermometer Drops To Near-Freezing Cooler weather returned to Abi- .ene Sunday night, with a low of 34 Monday morning, ai though winter were teasing the area with the constant threat of a _ freeze. The season has gone the longest without a freeze since 1949, when the first freeze came with a low of 22 on Dec. 15. With a high of 60 to 65 forecast for Monday, the temperature was expected to drop down to about 35 again Monday night, then warm up to near 70 Tuesday. THE WEATHER U.5. DEPARTMENT OF COKMEBCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and cool today and tonight, 13 from a piggy bank. An attempted burglary happened McCarthy Opens New Investigation Of Defense Plants WASHINGTON Ml A -closed learing on Communist infiltration of defense plants was scheduled to- day in a resumption of a probe Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) has claimed was held up for months by Senate investigations of him. Several unidentified witnesses were called for questioning by the Senate Investigations subcommit- tee McCarthy heads. at Bible Hardware Co. Policeman W. L. Kirby Jr., discovered a win dow broken and unlocked. He noti tied the police station. The owner was also contacted. Police believe the would-be burglar was away. Bandit Robs Bank in Dallas DALLAS HV-A talkative man took from the Oak Lawn National Bank in Dallas today al a.m. The man shoved a note at a worker, took the money and sped away in a waiting car. Another man was reported waiting outside In the car. After a conversation that lasted several minutes the man slipped a typewritten note to Mrs. Mary Moody, 26, a teller. The note read: "This is hoilup. Given me large lills." Mrs. Moody said she filled a money bag the man was carrying with and bills and slid it back to the man. The man shoved bag back to her and said: "I want more." The teller said she then put packages of smaller bills into the iag. The man picked it up and walked out. Mrs. Moody said she did not see gun. Mrs. Moody told police the hold- up man waited until she had han- dled two customers after the bank opened. Then he walked to her window and placed one of the bank's own money bags on the outside shelf. The bank it in a neighborhood jusiness section in the Oak Lawn residential area just northwest of downtown Dallas. Appeal Due Before State Road Group By GEORGIA NELSON' Taylor County commissioneri Monday morning granted the peo- ile of Merkel time to make a last- litch appeal to the Texas Highway Commission to leave U. S. 80 on ts present route through Merke! ather than build a. by-pass around he northern edge of the city. A committee of three Merkel len. with Lester Dorton as pokesman, met with the four ommissioners in a special session n the office of J. C. (Jake) Rob- irts, district highway engineer. ;ounty Judge Reed Ingalsbe was unable to attend the meeting be- cause he was trying a criminal :ase in county court. Attending the meeting with Dor- on were Ray Wilson, Merkel tour- ist court owner, and Isadore Mel- inger, department store owner. 30-Day Delay Dorton asked the commissioners to grant Merkel 30 days in which .0 make a final appeal to Highway Commission before the county takes action on an 'order passed by the Highway Commis- sion last week. The highway commission appro- priated for the con- struction of 21.9 miles of U. S. 80 expressway from Pioneer Dr. west of Abilene to 0.3 of a mile east of the Nolan County line. A 120-day limit was given in the order for the county to accept the appropriation by agreeing to furnish the neces- sary right-of-way. Because Roberts could not tell the group exactly when the High- way Commission will meet, next, the county commissioners agreed to allow Merkel .people next commission meeting, 'which may be this month or may not be until sometime in January. Dorton said the Merkel group (in- cluding several dozen citizens) has employed an Austin attorney, John D. Coats, to represent them be- fore the Highway Commission. He said the commission has already lotified them through Coats that ;hey will be given a hearing at he next commission, meeting. Wants Highway Built "We want to Bor- on stated, "that the people of Merkel want the highway built and hey certainly don't want to be a tumbling block to keep Taylor County from getting But hey just want to do everything possible to persuade the highway epartment not to build the by- lass around Merkel." Dorton repeated a statement made by Precinct 2 Commission- Rufe Tittle Saturday that if a bond election to buy the U. S. 0 right-of-way were called in Pre- cinct 2 today it would not carry. 'If the request to eliminate the >y-pass is granted, it would give us (Precinct 2) a chance to buy our own Tittle said Monday morning. "If the Highway Commission doesn't grant the re- matter win be thrown back to the county." Tittle Opposes Plan Tittle expressed himself as un- alterably opposed to a proposition See ROAD, Page Other Killing 'Suspects' Named by Sheppard's Kin CLEVELAND Stephen Sheppard testified today he men- tioned "possibly four or five" sus- pects after his brother was ar- rested on a charge of rnurdcring his wife. "I did not accuse anyone, how- the witness said. Dr. Steve engaged in a heated verbal duel with Asst. Prosecutor Thomas Parrino as the lawyer en- tered this phase of his cross ex- amination. Dr. Steve was the first defense witness in the trial of his brother. Dr. Samuel Sheppard, who is ac- cused of hacking to death his wife, Marilyn, en July 4. When WH Fint Tine? Pan-inn asked, "When was first time you named any sm- "The first time I was asked to name any was on Aug. Dr. Steve said. "Did you name a Par- rino persisted. "I was asked about tint, but I accused no Siippard said. "Will you please answer my question, 'Did you name a sus- pect' Parino said moving up to the side of the witness stand. When Parrino asked for the name of any suspects, defense lawyers shouted objections and the judge sustained them. Sheppard said "about a half a dozen were discussed, or I was questioned about, or that I gave information about." Aiiy Otter Nanwf Parrino asked if the witness in- troduced any names other than those the police asked him about." He said, "possibly lour or five." Parrino began his questioning of Dr. Steve today with a reference to the two pairs of gloves the wit- ness said he found shortly after he arrived at the scene of the crime. Placing a chair in front of the jujry, Parrino asked Dr. Steve to step down from the witness stand, handed him the two pairs of (loves, and instructed hint to show the jury how they looked when he first found them. Dr. Steve previously testified he looked under the floor of the beachhouse and saw the gloves there. He told Parrino today that he did not touch them, but called Bay Village Chief of Police Jean Eaton. Opening Delayed The' opening of the eighth week the trial was delayed by Chief Defense Counsel William Corri- gan's demand that the judge ques- :icm the jury about a reference to Sheppard in a radio broadcast last night by Walter WincheH. Corrigan demanded that Judge Edward Blythin ask the jujrars if they had heard the reference in the broadcast and if it. would affect their judgment. Blythin described Winchell's ref- erence as and polled the jury. Two women jurors said they had heard the broadcast but replying to the judge's question, said it would not influence thtir