Abilene Reporter News, December 28, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY AND COLD VOU LXXIV, NO. 192 gfottene Jlejwrter .-V "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOESM-Byran is MORNING IN LAND DEALS ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 28, 1954-SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Vets Report Funds Given AUSTIN, Dec. 27 deal promotions in which payments up to each were allegedly made to World War II veterans for (heir rights to buy land under the state veterans program were disclosed before Senate investigators today. N.K. Dixon, public safety depart- ment investigator, read into the committee's record numerous affi- davits from veterans who claimed t they received to for "signing in -Jlb program. Some thou ere selling their rights to help somebody else buy land and some thought they wero getting free land or a stale the testimony said. II, Generally, both affidavits and testimony, indicated however, that few of the veterans involved in numerous "block" deals under state investigation knew they were purchasing land themselves, .had seen the land, or knew where i was. The Senate's live-man investigat ing committee headed by Sen. Dor sey B. Hardeman, San Angelo spent all day listening to testimony principally from the state auditci attorney general department anc department of public safety. Study Alleged Fraud The committee was called into special session to dig into aliega lions of fraud in certain phases o tlie big 100 million dollar veterans land program. It has been alleged misrepresen lalions to veterans by land promol ers have stripped some ex-service men of their purchase rights undei the program and left the state hold ing the bag on expensive land pur chases. Hardeman said the committee felt it has completed its look at See LAND, ff. S-A, Col. U.S. Holiday Deaths Rise to Total of 391 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS America's motorists set a ghast- ly new Iwo-day record during the Christmas holiday weekend when 391 died in traffic tragedies and an over-all total of 514 accident victims was reported. Automobiles accounted for the "real majority of fatalities but 63 persons died in fires during 54 hour, 2-day period. Falls, bullets, drownings and miscellaneous mis- haps accounted for 60 others. That figure included one small boy who died with a lollypop wedged in his throat. The National Safely Council es- timated several days before the holiday that 370 persons would be killed in traffic. Tha over-all hourly rate of acci- deaths from 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday throughout the nation was 9.44. This compared with 7.77 deaths per hour during the catastrophic four-day observ- ance of Independence Day in 1950 when 793 persons were killer! by accidents. Traffic deaths this last weekend came at an hourly rate of 7.16 compared with a rate of 4.41 per hour during the first 10 month? of this year, and during the four- day Christmas weekend of 1952 when 556 were killed in traffic. The stepped-up rales surpassed by far those of the previous two- day Christmas holiday records of 1M8 when 277 died in traffic, and J98 frorri all accident causes. Despite the close approxiination of the Safety Council estimate, there is no such thing as a normal or predictable pattern for accident However, an Associated f ..i-vi-y for a 5-l-hour week- vriod from 6 p.m. Dec. 10 to midnight Dec. 12 this year showed 225 deaths in traffic. 39 in fires, and 67 total ot 331. In terms of deaths per day, Ihe weekend traffic toll was than three times the 51 fatalities during Safe Driving Day, Dec. 15, and nearly twice the daily average of 97 for the January through Oc- tober .period of this year. Deaths by state (traffic, fires and miscellaneous) numbered: Alabama 10-0-1; Arizona 5-0-0; Arkansas 2-14-2; California 29-3-7; Colorado 5-0-0; Connecticut 2-0-0; Delaware 1-0-0; Florida 15-2-3; Georgia 14-5-0; Idaho 2-0-0; Illinois 22-2-5; Indiana 8-1-S; Iowa 8-0-0; Kansas 4-0-1; Kentucky 12-3-1; Louisiana 10-1-2; Maine 3-0-0; Maryland 7-0-1; Massachusetts 7-2-1; Michigan 18- 3-2; Minnesota 2-0-0; Mississippi 4-0-2; Missouri 8-0-1; Monlana 1-0- 1; Nevada 2-0-1; New Jersey 11-1-3; New York 1S-S-4; New Mexico 3-0- 2; North Carolina 16-2-2; Ohio 21-1-3; Oklahoma gon 7-0-1: Pennsylvania 25-S-J; South Carolina 7-2-2; South Dakota 3-0-0; Tennessee 7-.1-0; Texas S5-4- 6; Utah 5-0-0; Virginia 1J-3-3; Washington 2-00; West Virginia 2-0-0; Wisconsin 6-0-0; District of Columbia 2-1-0. Figure for State Increases to 81 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Almost 20 persons a day have died by some form of violence- traffic accident, shooting, slabbing Texas since the holiday sea- son began at a.m. Dec. 23. The count Monday evening stood at 81 in traffic. The count will contlnua through New Year's Dav. Predicted In the n-day holiday period, the Slate Department of Public Safety has predicted that 203 per- sons will die by violence in Texas, 108 in traffic. Among the latest accidents: _George Kranklin Jordan, 45, was killed when his car and the passen- ger streamliner, the Eagle, of the Texas A Pacific Railway, collided at a crossing in Arlington Afonday. Jordan was alone aaid an officer said apparently failed to see the Hashing warning lights. In Southeast Texas, Ernest L, Morris, 36, of Houston, was killed Monday in a two-car collision just See TEXAS, Col. I PUCK DAILY fc. SUNDAY IQe Admits Germany To NATO, Debates Arms U.S. lauds First Action Of Assembly WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 American officials from President Eisenhower 6n down made no se- cret tonight of their gratification at the French vole approving Ger- many's entrance into the Atlantic Alliance. At the President's holiday head- quarters in Augusta, Ga., the White House press secretary, James C. Hagerty, told a news conference the President "is gratified at the turn Ihe proceedings have taken." No Statement But he said there would be no formal statement until the French Assembly completes action on a whole series of treaties designed :o rearm Germany as a sovereign number of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, The final package vote, following tonight's 289-251 approval of Ger- nan entry into NATO, may not come until Wednesday or even Thursday. At the Stale Department, Sec- retary Dulles was withholding offi- cial comment, too. But he was Barometer rcadinr p.m. 9.17. fcnmldlty lit P.W. 7S per fOST-CaatMBTMAS GIFT Hike 66, beams at the Ukc City air- port w he PIMM witfe his nine children six of whom htvi just arrived from Greece Hike is janitor at the Clfarfield Naval Supply depot, and his co-workers chipped in to children's fare. above to right, Mike; 17; 10; Manuel, 16; Kaliope, 18; Iraae, 14; SUyrolU, 8) Arato, 11 Airaanl-o Jaows, and By BILL TURNER Raymond C. Mohundro, 29, Abilene fell from a boat and drown ed late Monday afternoon in Fort Phantom Hill. His body was brought up from 10 feet of water at p.m. bj Game Warden J. D. Jones and Jimmy Pollan. His water-logged watch had stop- ped at p.m. Mohundro went down SO yard, from shore mid-way across Fish- ing Village Neck on the eastern side of the laie. had just taken his wife am two sons, and his brother and wife and their two boys, for rides in the boat before going out alone from Fishing Village docks. Jacket Found His mackinaw-type jacket wa found floating on the water. He was a good swimmer. After 'ailing in the water he took off his heavy jacket to swim to shore. But he sank quickly in Ihe cold water, whipped by a chill north Wind. He was wearing khaki trousers, a blue denim shirt and shoes. Mohundro went to the lake with his wife and their two sons, Charles Kay, who will be 8 in Jan- uary, and David Lynn, who will be 3 in June. With them were his brother and family, Mr. and Mrs, Thomas Mo- hundro of Arlington and sons Thom- as Jesse, and Uoyd Russell, 4. RnU Boat Mohumlro's sister-in-law said he put a new clutch in his 10- Torse outboard motor and went to the lake ta try it out. He rented an all-metal It- foot Sportscraft boat at Kishing Village docks. After be fell the Joat drove itself completely out.of ;be water on shore across the neck from the docks. His sister-in-law said she saw him fall from the boat as it turn- ed sharply. Panic stricken, she shouted to other members of the Family and ran 300 yards to get help at the Fishing Village store. Mea Ran U Docks Game Warden Jones, of Oak St., had just happened to stop at the store. He was talking to Pollan of 1201 Blair St.. who bad also just come to the after check- Upheld SAN FRANCISCO. W W- Diuniual of t suit against Howard Hughes, RKO pictures, and pvoUclly firm was upheld today by 9th (J. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The suit was brought by a UK Angeln ittwiwy, Martin Game, altering the publicity firm put out Ubelow about him in and magaiiam. The wai diamiiMd earltc? by u. S. DMrkt Cawt KflJ iog his boat and outboard motor at the docks. Also there was R. Q. Qhitley who lives nearby. His wife operates the Fishing Village store. The three men ran to the docks and Jones went out into the lake with Pollan in Pollan's boat. Whit- ley took another. Whilley grabbed the floating jack et, thinking it was Mohundro. None of the three men saw Mohundro in the water before he drowned. Firemen Summoaed Pollan, Jones and Whilley got two grappling hooks from the store and began dragging for the body. Firemen were summoned with oth- er grappling hooks. Jones and Pollan brought up the body 53 min- utes after Mohundro fell into the water. The lake is in Jones County and Sheriff Dick Reves and Justice of the Peace W. W. Wood were called from Anson. Judge Wood said Mon- day night he had not completed the inquest. He said there is no indication he will return any other verdict than death by accidental drowning. Mohundro, who had lived in Abilene two years, was a trucker for the Heart of Texas chicken concern. He i here from Cle- burne. The family home is at 1234 Jefferson St. Three Yean ta Nary He server) three years in the Navy in World War II, including two years overseas. He was at- tached to the USS California. Survivors .besides his wife and Iwo sons and his Brother and fam- ily are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mohundro of Arlington, and two sisters, Mrs. Elaine Berke'y of Salon and XTrs. Juanita Wills of Houston. His brother and family had come o Abilene an a week's vacation. The two men had planned !o go duck hunting and were at the ake to test the outboard motor Jeforehand. Elliott's Funeral Home wiU an- nounce funeral arrangements. AT END OF Q. Whitley returns to Fish- ing Village boat dock at Lake Fort Phantom Hill after helping bring up the body of Raymond C. Mo- hundro. NEWS INDEX SECTION A W Oil StCTION TV fww, 2 4 2 3' 4 7 Longview Man Dies JfARLOW. Okla., Dec. n 53-yoar-old Longview, Tex., man, Don Pittscr, was killed today when his pickup truck overturned. Hii car went out of control after hit- ting a slick patch on the highway. FAMILY WEEKLY, MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT, COMING SUNDAY Family Weekly is coming to Abilene. Yes, starting this coming Sunday Family Weekly will be added to the piany other fine features of your Abilene Reporter- News to give you a complete and well-rounded Sunday newspaper. wilt like Family Weekly. It's America's newest, most exciting full-color rotogravure Sunday maga- zine. Its articles are aimed directly at your interests. Family Weekly will bring you people, events, science, medicine, careers, cooking, home services, fashions, arts, amusements, religion, sports, fine pictures, and beautiful color pages that will make fascinating, absorb- ing reading for everyone in your home. Look for Family Weekly with your Abilene Reporter- News this Sunday and every Sunday. For convenient home delivery just call 4-7271. Premier Asks Reversal Vote PARIS, Tuesday, Dec. 2fl (APMFne French National Assembly voted late last, night to admit Germany to the North Atlantic Alliance but early today tied up Premier Pierre Mendes-Prance in a partiaaientry wrangle over his crucial proposal to take Germany and Itlay into the West-- ern Europen Union. It is under WEU that a half million Germans would armed in western defense against communism, Approved 289-251 to brinS Germany into NATO was 289-251. Mendes-France had asked for a vote of confidence on this, staking the life of his government. Then he wanted to call up for second reading the arti- cle already defeated last Friday that would have admitted Germany and Italy to WEU-and rearmed West Gemahy against the wishes of many Frenchmen. Friday's defeat bv 280 to 259, shocked Men- 7 des France and his allies of the Western world. Victory Hailed President Eisenhower, at Augusta, ,Ga., was the first among many to hail Mendes France's initial comeback vic- tory on NATO last night. Maneuvering began early today as the Assembly continued in over- night session. Mendes-France woo a tactkal victory or two in maneu- vers. Then he posed the crucial question: Would the Assembly re- verse itself and vote now to rearm Germany? If the assembly 'wooM add Italy and Germany ta the five VTEU Britain, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg-Ger- many would become a fuB shootinc psrtaer. The Assembly recetnd while its Attain rnmnlllu. met and turned Mcmtti France's bid for a Mean! reading of the defeated measure. TheiWei provide the committee mutt ap- prove before a second reading caa come up. The effect was to force the whtfe Assembly to vote on the question of giving the bill a second reading! Should the Assembly agree, then the committee would have to hold another session to give its recom- mendation on the provision itself. Mendes-France moved immedi- ately to get around this complica- tion by calling on the Assembly to suspend its meeting and come back in 15 minutes for a new session. At that time he would submit'a FRANCE, ft- M. Cat. t NoCommenf By Adenauer Koorad Adenao. er's government maintained strict official silence early today on the French National Assembly! latest action on the Paris treaties to re. West Germany. Government official! aaid they had received orders direct from Adenauer to hold np comment anta the Assembly acts the propmtsl to admit West Germany and Italy to the Western European TJnion. One high gtwernmeut official TUCSON. m Jwf (Snip- wreck) Kelly, who tin world's pole-sitting record, h to a hospital Monday after safleriaf a heart attack white trying to a new mark. Kelly. 74, climbed down from perch he had heU a dowa- towa tavern Dae. a and collapsed. on the stdewafc. He had hoped 1- -tir rm hit It iar> mf platform for O days and break KeUy said be nt record of 57 (up ui Donvar Post BaiMinJ. BIT OF EVERYTHING State's Weather i-Style Cold weather and scattered Own- lersnowers were forecast lor Act ene after snow, sleet, rain, a brief ornado warning and the highest emperature in lie United States iirned Texas' weather into a smorasbord affair Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday here will be cold and mostly cloudy, a orecaster at the AblteM U. S. feather Bureau said. There win be strong northerly winds Taes- 4y and scattered thundershowers are expected Tuesday afternoon and night. A cold front swept over northern with the wet part of Mas- lay's weather picture, and a warm rout surged up (ran the Galf with the rest. Fries The cold (rant had W miles south ritd a M at Afce, amak- that city n Bin spat cowtrjr; snow at AaBarOla, Oattdres, Md Wkhtta FaBs; skow- SAN JOSE, Cattf, Dte. J7 W- Two Navy Jets M Saa Jon Parts scattered tvtr a i IK M trs fa fcattertd rest of the state; and cold warnings in West Texas. The Dallas Weather Bantu is- sued warnlno of possible torna- does in an area across north Texas'from Sherman to Tex- arkana, bat I the threat ended at. 7 p.m. with no twisters nptrted. Howeter.' the weather here reported thai Justin, in the, storm waraiac area, had been hit by hail. Wichita Falls bad day's bit- fast moisture report with .If inch- es from a mixint of rate aod show. Mineral Web and Houston reported precipitation inch and AmariDo turned in a of .U inch at p.m. with atifl falhng. Snow sad rainimfl up threa tncats, Or UtDfctav kfW ii deajreas, wen warmafi eatttenMB, net can occasional showers Tuesday. (rant, restiaf along SSM Tyler to near Saa V lent opectod rtnch Sooth Texas Wtdneaday. By that fens It i bet mtet tts I ;