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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               i gtodene Reporter- "WITHOUt OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING ya VOL. LXXIV, NO. Aaociated Press TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 7, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS" FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY We BACK FOR ANOTHER of Maj. Gen. Oscar Senter's teachers when he attended Abilene High School nearly three decades ago were on hand to give him greetings at a reception for the general in the Windsor Hotel Monday. Odell Johnson, who did not teach him but knew him when he was a youngster, was another guest. The former teachers, Willie Mae Floyd and Myrtle Traritham are standing next to the general. They are both retired. Miss Johnson is presently an AHS teacher. (Staff pho- to bv Bob Gulley) 'Keep Strength To Avoid 2d Pearl Harbor' Peace through strength, partly by maintaining an Air Force "sec- ond to is the method Maj. Gen. Oscar Senter proposes to avert another Pearl Harbor. Speaking at a Pearl Harbor Me- morial dinner, sponsored by 9815th Air Reserve Squadron Abilene, Monday night at the VFW auditorium, he quoted Field Marshal Montgomery to the effect that an atomic war would mean suicide for both sides in the con- flict. Mustn't Weaken "We must never weaken our- selves, either morally or in arm- ed strength, to the extent that we would invite attack by an aggres- the general saiu. Gen. Senter, commanding gene- ral of the Oklahoma City Air Ma- teriel Area, returned to Abilene Monday for his first visit in six years. He arrived at Municipal Airport about 3 p.m., where he was met by city officials, his step- father, Frank Grimes, editor of the Abilene Reporter-News, and Mrs. Grimes, and local Reserve officers. After a visit in the Grimes home, Gen. and Mrs. Senter were honored at a reception in the Windsor Hotel between 5 and 6 p.m. The dinner started at 7 p.m. Referring back to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Gen. Sen- ter reviewed the attack and the war years which followed it, until the first atomic bomb was dropped on a Japanese city from an Air Force B-29. He especially pointed out the importance of the Japanese surrender when not one American soldier had set foot on Japanese soil. The dinner Monday night at VFW honored two-star Gen. Oscar Sen- ter. But, the general shifted the honors to an elongated West Tex- an, his step-father, Frank Grimes, editor of The Reporter-News. The banquet hall was filled with old friends of the general, old teachers, former football mates at Abilene High School and the people he played with as a.youngster in Abilene. It was a time ripe for reminiscences. But, the general, a young man for the star-spangled shoulder he has, limited himself to two tributes, one to Mr. Grimes, "the only Dad I ever the other to his half- brother, Capt. Rudyard Kipling Grimes, who died in a Japanese prison camp after surviving the Death March on Bataan. The tributes brought cheers and tears. "I was only three years old when I first boasted that I had a dad who could sit on a telegraph pole and eat off a the general reported. THE WEATHER tT.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BCKEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy today, tonight and Wednesday. High today 60 to 65, low tonteht 45. Cooler Wed- nesday, with a Siish of 55 to 60. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Increasing cloudiness and warmer this afternoon and tonight. A few showers in east Wednesday, WEST TEXAS: Considerable cloudiness this aliemoon and tonight. Wanner this afternoon. Wednesday, partly cloudy and turning cnoler- EAST TEXAS: Fair and slightly warmer this afternoon. Increasing cloudiness and warmer tonight and Wednesday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Increasing cloudiness and warmer through Wednes- day. A few sHowers in northeast Wednes- day. High and low temperatures for 24 hours tnded at a.m.: 5B and 40. TEMPERATURES Mem. P. M. lues. A. M. 55 42 57 41 58 42 57 41 55 41 50 41 47 43 Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight Barometer reading at p.m. 2C.I1. Relative humidity at p.m. 357r. BUT NOT HIS FORECASTING Gen. Senter Pays Tribute to Editor "Frank Grimes is long and lanky and honest and straightforward and brilliant. "He's the best friend West Texas ever had. "To he is Mr. Abilene in fact he is America itself. He stands for ali that I have dedicated my life to defend." Gen. Senter and Mr. Grimes took quite a ribbing from Emcee Frank Conselman and from Soloist Betty Guitar over one thing the son and father have in common- weather "forecasting." Gen. Senter made a name for himself as head of the Air Force veatber service. For him the soloisl sang, "Stormy Weather." Mr. G's 40-year running feud with the weather is well known to readers of his editorials. For him the solo was; "Blue Skies." Conselman reported the general as saying: "If you connect me with Frank Grimes' weather prophesy- ing I'll sue you for libel or court- martial you if you're in Labor Chief Opposes 'Right-to-Work' Law McCarthy Attacks Ike, U S. Policies WASHINGTON a slashing attack on President Eisenhower, ien. McCarthy (R-WisI today ac- cused the chief executive of con- ratulating senators who hold up the exposure of 'Communists and of urging tolerance for Chinese lommunists who torture American soldiers. McCarthy, who last week was condemned by the Senate for his conduct, interrupted a hearing of riis Senate Investigations subcom- mittee to read a statement which ended like this: "Unfortunately the President sees fit to congratulate those who hold up the exposure of Commu- nists in one breath and in the next breath urges patience, tolerance, and niceties to those who are tor- turing American uniformed men." The White House declined com- ment on McCarthy's remarks. McCarthy said he had not con- sulted or discussed with any of the other Republicans on, the Investi- ;ations subcommittee the state' ment he made. He emphasized that it was his own statement. Sen. Mundt who v presiding over the subcommittee hearing, said with a laugh he was glad to hear that because he didn't know what was coming. McCarthy then launched into the reading ol his statement. When he concluded it, some of the 30 to 40 spectators in the small hearing room burs into applause. Swan Song1 McCarthy described his state- ment as "something of a ierapo- swan song" as chairman of the Investigations subcommittee which he has headed 'since the Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1952 elections. He said that during that '52 cam- paign he. McCarthy, had spoken from coast to coast assuring the people that if Eisenhower were to be elected President they could be sure of a vigorous fight to expose communism. But. McCarthy added, he since has found "I was mistaken." The senator said Eisenhower lad congratulated both Sens. Wat- kins (R-ntah) and Flanders McCarthy said that both men were State Land Board Slaps New Control on Gl Farms AUSTIN State Veterans Land Board disclosed today its ap- praisers are being required to sub- mit a new "safeguard" certificate before warrants will be approved for land purchases for veterans. The certificate calls for the ap- praiser to attest that the veteran purchaser is acquainted with the property he is contracting to buy and has met with the appraiser for a physical inspection of the pro- perty. The board also said a "stop order" has been issued on all war- rants. The date of the action was not made known. The hoard held a called meeting Nov. 20. There were reports of a secret meeting Nov. 22. The Executive Secretary of the board, Lawrence Jackson reported he had received 44 of the new certificates back from appraisers on pending warrants for land pur- chases. He said they had been put in the mail Friday. Jackson said the previous ap- praiser certificate had not been specific in reflecting the veteran purchaser had met "on the ground" with the appraiser. Maurice Acers. assistant to Gov. Shivers and who represented the governor at the meeting, asked if the press were familiar with the new certificate and warrant pro- cedure. City Cuts Red Tope To Get New Officers Urgent need to fill Abilene Po- lice Department vacancies led the city's Civil Service Commission to give a special written examination Tuesday morning to three appli- cants. That explanation was given by the City Personnel Department. The police force is six men short of authorized 72-officer strength. A wave of burglaries has kept policemen busy since Thanksgiving Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark and City Personnel Director Bernard Huett have called attention to the shortage in the department's man- power in the face of an unusually heavy load of work at this time. Ordinarily, police applicant examinations are publicized in ad- vance in an effort to get nume- rous applications. However, in this instance the Civil Service Commission au- thorized a special examination without advance notice in order to qualify quickly as many recruits as possible from existing applica- tions. Men who pass the written test must then take oral interviews physical examinations and cha" acter investigations. Results of Tuesday morning's written examination were not ye determined at noes. -v "I guess they are. They seem o keep up pretty well with every-hing else that's going Board Chairman Bascom Giles retorted. Acers explained that the certificates are intended as "a supplemental safeguard to further eliminate any possibility of there irregularities" in the program. About releasing the warrants previously ordered stopped, Giles said he felt the. release order should be issued by the "constitutional members" of the board since it was they who issued the stop order. Goodfellows More Pleas, They're writing more year with little food and with now. The letters are coming clothes for us or our kids, he rate of dozen a day or my husband won be able And the dollars are picking help us this Xraas bcause he too. Contributions went over in the hospital and the Doc- Tuesday told him that he can't go to It's easy to tell when just yet. It takes weeks be- approaches- That's when the he can go back to work..." ers pick folks write, too. Letters like please. It is 3 in family, "I am writing to you for wife I and grandboy, age 16. as our home burnt and burnt old age pension check got cut ever thing we had. it burn that is why I am asking for mounth. there are 6 in my please, my age is 78, my wife ly and my daughter and 2 68." are here, they was with us needy in Abilene are nu- the house burnt. She lost They number by hun- thing to. i have 4 Or letters Blanket Husband go Bless the a "...my husband is parilized. who has "been on cruches can not work and I got three years" wrote to the Goodfel- and girl. ..and we don't have "Please help me. I need a money to buy them Christmas and a Basket of food. don't fore get me." The letters come daily to is considered the Reporter-News. Each is addressed to the Goodfellows. The letters are coming so fast they are being tied in bundles. The bundles are beginning to get bigger and bigger. Mothers write many of the necessary for Goodfellows to provide essential items such as food to make it a merry Christmas for the needy. Contributions may be sent to c-o The Reporter- "We need a mother "I have five small children Acknowledged 857.00 have not been working. And 25 00 3127 money my nusnann maNe 1500 enough. Ana unless an 5 00 uelp my children win not any thing for memory of Mrs. R.E.L. Sometimes the mothers have 10.00 their Sunday school class "I am a widow. With five Paul Methodist Church 5.00 dren I need help J Brown 20 00 Clothes for J. C. Paulk 3.00 Occasionally the husband is B Cox 10.00 "Well, these be my first E MeMurray 10.00 I write to you a Forster 25.00 laid. "Maybe you'll could help ___ 1016.27 responsible in part for holding up his efforts to expose Communists. Head at Committee Watkins was chairman of the special bipartisan Senate commit- tee which unanimously recom- mended that McCarthy be cen- sured for his conduct. Flanders was author of the original censure resolution. "Our McCarthy See MCCARTHY, Page Z-A, Col. S Burglars Ignore Death in Family Choosing a time when there had >een a death in the owner's fam- ily, a burglar Monday night broke into Elmwood Drive in Theatre on South 14th St. An undetermined amount of ChangesDue In Plans for Hubbard Lake First draft of a bill which would create an organization designed to construct and control a Hubbard Creek reservoir for Abilene and other cities was presented to Abi- ene Chamber of Commerce Wa- ter Development committee Tues- day morning. Millard Parkhurst, of the Dallas aw firm of McCall, Parkhurst Crowe, submitted the document or the panel's consideration. Recommendations were made by the committee for changes in he proposed set-up, notably in the brmation of the board of directors o effect "a more equitable" rep- resentation for the different cities. Abilene, Anson, Albany and Breckenridge would be members of the proposed West Central Tex- as Municipal Water Authority. They would have the right to pur- chaso water from the Hubbard Ireek reservoir and to control the supply and sale. A Dill mil be presented to the Texas Legislature when It con- enes in January for formation of he Authority. Parkhurst will take up with the other cities involved the changes which the Abilene C-C committee recommended Tuesday. This will >e done before the bill goes before the Legislature. When Parkhurst comes up with .he revised version, a meeting will be called of all four cities. Law requires publication of no- Lice of intention to submit the bill to the coming Legislature, In each town which is proposed as a mem- ber, 30 days before the Legisla- ture opens. The draft presented Tuesday provides that the West Central Texas Municipal Water Authority may, if it deems advisable, make an agreement with Brazos River Authority whereby BRA would build UK dam. No dam or other facilities for impounding water shall be con- structed until the plans therefor are approved by the State Board of Water Enginears. The first draft provided that member cities of or more population would have two direc- tors, appointed by their governing bodies, and that cities under would have one director; provided that when a member city goes over it will have two di- rectors. The C-C committee, joined by Mayor C. E. Gatlin, City Commis- sioner Jack Minter and State Rep. Truett Latimer, recommended the following representation on the board: Cities under population, one director; to two directors; to three; to four; over 000, five. Committee Co-chairmen Howard McMahon and Herman Bettis were present, along with commit teeman C. L. Young and C-C Pres- ident Georf I U MioUr Jr. candy and cigarets was stolen. This was the 20th Abilene burff- !ary in the period beginning with Thanksgiving Day. One in "the se- ries has been solved. City Policemen J. R. Taylor and W. H. Graham discovered the Elmwoixl theatre burglary at __ a.m. Tuesday. They found that a lock had been pulled off, and they notified police headquarters. Pvliee Detective Warren Dodson and Policeman M. R. James in vestigated. Mrs. George Likins, the theatr owner, couldn't be contacted b pplica Tuesday morning. Grave- side services and burial for Mrs Likins' mother, Mrs. R. E. L. Nor wood, were to be held Tuesda' near Burleton. Mrs Norwood died here Sunday. Four thefts (not burglaries since there was no break-in) were 're- ported to police Monday and Tues- day morning. Hank Helm, 1366 Amarillo said somebody stole his Schwinn bicycle Monday night from the porch at that address. He describ- ed the vehicle as red, cream and chrome. Mrs. G. W. Mims, Route 1, re- ported Monday that a hub cap was stolen Saturday night from her au- omobile, parked at 5J6 E. N. 15th St. D. E. Taylor, 1001 Legett Dr., said Monday that three hub caps were taken from his Chrysler car Sunday night. The vehicle was larked at St. Ann Hospital when lie theft was committed. R. W. MuUins, Dixie Courts, re- Jorted Monday that an electric ron was stolen Saturday night from his cabin. Policeman W. L. Kirby, re- ported to headquarters at p.m.: Monday that he found the rear window of Butler Shoe Store, 390 Pine St., unlocked and a win- dow bar torn loose. Detective W. B. Clift and Policeman Eugene Etockholt were assigned to help in the investigation, and the store manager was notified. The build- ing appeared to be all right, and police weren't sure Tuesday whether a burglary had been com- mitted or merely attempted. Others Bar Forced Unionization LOS ANGELES Mi-Secretary of jibor James P. Mitchell today arae out flatly against state right-to-work" laws outlawing la- or contract provisions that work- rs must become union members. Mitchell's declaration that he as opposed "categorically" to uch laws now in effect in 17 tales, mostly in the South and rest, came as a surprise in a peech prepared for the annual 10 convention. Labor unions are at much or more concerned with getting such awj repealed and preventing en- ctment of new ones in other states as they are with changing or re- pealing the federal Taft-Hartley aw. Both the CIO and AFL have outlined campaigns to have state egislatures ditch the "right-tc- 'ork" laws next year. They gen- rally make illegal any labor con- ract arrangement for the union hop or similar proviso requiring workers to join unions. Mitchell, whose speech also con- reyed "warm personal greetings" o the CIO from President Eisen- hower, practically invited ttwir re- peal of such laws by recommend' ng that they "further consid- ered" by states. will find that then laws do more harm than he said "la the first place, these -right to-work' laws do not create any jobs at all. In the second place they result in undesirable and un necessary limitations upon the freedom of working anc women and their employers to bar gain collectively. "Thirdly, they restrict union se- curity and thereby undermine the basic strength of labor organiza ions- I oppose such lavs cate gorically." The Taft-Hartley law permits union shop contract clause but spe- cifically says they are illegal in any state which prohibits them. wisdom and morality ot ompulsory u n i on membership ave provided one of the classic arguments in labor relations, nions claim that nonmembers they represent are "free riders" and get collective bargaining gains ithout contributing to the cost by aying dues. The employers stead- astly maintain it is wrong to make orkers join unions. "I said Mitchell, "that when employers and unions repre- lenting a majority of their employ- agree on a union shop they houH have the right to have me." v "right-to-work" laws arc presently in effect in Arizona, Ar- ansas, Alabama. Florida, Geor- ia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, e v a d a, Nebraska. Tennessee, exas, Virginia, North and South arolina, and North and South )akoU. Ten Survivors Of Tug Found BULLETIN See Page f-A ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. air station tare reported today later, ceptlig a message which In- dicated a CMSt Guard ntter had picket IB, II svrinn from the tot Bertha B which ssak kt mat waten (he CiH tl IBwawmswts Dillingham Buys 2 Lob For 0. D. DiUingnam, prominent Abilene businessman, haa bought two 50 foot tots oo .Cedar St. for Thii was revealed ie warranty deeds filed in Uw county derk'f office. A lease filed in the' county clerk's office discloses 100- foot tract has been leased to National Bank. Dillingham bought the lots from Sracey C. Irvine and Mr. and Irs. O. R. Colemaii. Irvine was paid for the 50 foot lot on the southeast corner of North Fifth and Cedar Sts. Coleman and lis wife got for the 50-foot ot adjoining it Both loU are 1W eet deep. President Malcolm Meek said he bank had leased the ground or future parking space. It is irectly across the alley from the ew Citizens National Bank build- ing now under construction be- ween North Fourth and North Fifth on Cypress St. Two houses now oo the lot- lavt been sold and will be mov- ed. Lee Qowan, realtor, bandied Die deals. The lease is for 10 years dating rom Dec. 1, 1964. The rental is a year, payable each six months. carries aa option of purchase within 10 years at 500 and bonus of 2 per cent per year for year that elaptes after Dec. 1, 1954. Dillingham and Meek signed the ease contract Nov. 17. Dillingham was formerly head of Banner Dairies before the firm sold to Foremost Mistrial Demand Overruled In Stephens Arson Case A private detective testified Tuesday morning he collected evi- dence to show that Wynn M. Ste- phens was in Fort Worth when the latter's house burned last March 22. The detective, J. H. Harvey, Ab- ilene, took the stand tor the de- fense on the second day of the ar- son trial of Stephens, a 27-year-old Abilene building contractor. Bryan Bradbury, defense attor- ney, said he would probably rest his case Tuesday shortly after the 104th District Court trial resumed a[ p.m. Bradbury planned to call one more witness. Mistrial Askef Wrangling between Bradbury and Alex Bidtley, prosecution at- torney, grew so hot that Bradbury moved on two occasions for a mis- trial. Judge Owen Thomas over- ruled both motions. Stephens is charged in a three- count indictment with setting fin to his house, hut went to trial on only one count. Conviction of arson would bring a term of two to 10 JTMTI a tin ptnitfctiarj. with M suspended sentence allowed. Adult probation is possible. Harvey, former identification of- ficer at the Abilene Police Depart- ment, told of inspecting the burned Stephens home at 3605 South 15th St a week after the fire. Harvey found broken window catch covered with ashes aa a Moor of the home, be said. In an experiment, be opened a window by shoving a slender, flat blade against the catch from the outsjde, be said, thus inferring that some- one could have broken into the house. Bickley objected to the inference of this testimony on grounds Har- vey's visit to the bouse took place a week after the fire and that the window catch might have been broken in the meantime. Remenber CMtetutlMT ID a vigorous tone, Bkkky ask- ed Harvey about a coavenaUoa Fire Chief D. C. Muskk Abilene. Bickley asked in substance, "Didn't you to Chief Mufjck, Harrey) what he wouM be likely a get if he was found Harvey denied remembering the onversation. Bradbury moved for mistrial, asserting the question "inflammatory." The motion 'as overruled. Dr. S. B. Thompson, McMurry Allege teacher and an ordained feiiiodist minister, testified for. Stephens concerning character. "Doctor, would it change your ipinion if you knew Wynn Ste- phens had engaged in gambling Bickley asked. Bradbury again moved for a mistrial, bat was overruled that Wynn 1L ajktd ond time. The judge WW the jury to disregard the question. Fatter TertMet C. G. Stephens, Abilene building contractor who adopted the 4t- endant at age of toM ot various busioeta euterpriMi with his dm. They worked ia buiHdag topthcr nad later he said. alao Md of ment in which defendant WML TBIAt. M. CtLl4   

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