Abilene Reporter News, January 31, 1962

Abilene Reporter News

January 31, 1962

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Issue date: Wednesday, January 31, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1962, Abilene, Texas gbflew Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 22B ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 31, 1962-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Thurmond Wants Censors' Names WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., moved today to force a showdown on (he Pentagon's refusal to name the censors who struck specific anti- Communist statements from lexis of speeches by military officers. Sen. John Slennis, D-Miss.. pre- siding at a Senate investigation of Thurmond's charges that censor- ing has muzzled military men, postponed a decision on "Thur- mond's demand that a Defense Department witness be directed to tell who had censored a speech nearly a year ago by U. Gort. Arthur G. Tiudeau. The witnes was Willis D. Lawr- ence, one of the top Defense De- partment censors. Lawrence told Thurmond that Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara had directed that Pen- tagon witnesses "should not an- x'ver any question that associates any particular reviewer with any particular speech or article." Only by asking censors why they had changed a particular speech, Thurmond said, can the subcommittee gel to the real ilory. Earlier in the hearing, Lawr- ence had expressed the view that the main guidelines for censors was nol to be taken literally- saying in effect that it did not mean precisely what it said. Lawrence said a directive issued last May 31 by Secretary of De- fense Robert S. McNamara, if interpreted literally, would mean a complete ban on any discussion of foreign policy by military men, but "I don't think this is what he intended. I didn't think it was meant to be interpreted literally." "In all public discussions, all officials of the department should confine themselves to defense matters. They should particularly avoid discussion of toreign policy matters, a field which is reserved for the President and the Depart- ment of the directive said. James Kendall, counsel to the sulKommitlco, said that if literal- ly interpreted it placed a "com- plete ban" on discussions of for- eign policy, and marked a depar- ture from the rules set by the Dwighl D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman administrations. "11 it is intcrpreied literally, :his is correct." Lawrence replied, out 'irtdcd (hat he felt sure literal interpretation was not desired. I-awrenco said speech censors [earned quickly that "the main thrust" of the directive was meant to be that "our people are not to differ with our foreign policy, crit- icize it or advocate different pol- icy." Knox City Man Burns To Death KNOX CITY (RNS> Lee W. Jones, 8J, burned to death Wed. morning as he attempt- ed to set fire to a barrel of trash, using gasoline. Jones, of 203 Austin Ave was found dead shoriiy aflei 10 a.m in a neighbor's back yard nfter his wife began a search for him. Justice of the Peace Eddie Carr nf Knox City ruled accidental death from burns. Knox Coun- ty Sheriff H. C. Stone of Benja- min investigated. Mrs. Jones said licr husband went out to the alley about a.m., intending to use the gaso- line lo burn lhe trash. When he did not return slic asked a neigh- bor, Mrs. O'Pvy.'to check a nearby cafe on Central Ave., to see if he was having coffee there. The cafe is one block west of (lie Jones home. Mr. Jones' body was found in Mrs. O'Pry's back yard by neigh- bors. He svas caretaker for the Knox Cily Church of Christ and formerly was circulation agent in Knox City for the Abilene Report- er-News. Funeral plans will be an- nounced by Pinkard Smith Fu- neral Home. Ministers Adopt Ban For Castro PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay Inter-American foreign ministers formally adopted a final report today on their resolutions against Cuban communism, in- cluding a vote for ouster of Fidel Castro's Red regime by the Or- ganization of American Stales. Cubans were absent from the plenary meeting and (he report was approved 20-0 President Os valdo Dorticos and his aides were holding a news conference else where as representatives of the rest of the nations in the OAS convened. Though Secretary of State Dean Rusk's bid for unanimity on the ouster issue tailed earlier today, the Uniled Slates had mustered the necessary 2-3 majority for the vote directing the Castro regime's speedy expulsion from the coun- cils of the inter-American family. The biggest and most powerful nations of Latin America jarred the United Slates by refusing to vote for the expulsion of Castro'.'; administration from the OAS and its agencies. The vote was 14-1, with Cuba voting no and the go-slow bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador abstaining. JUDGE ZOLI.1K STEAKLF.Y Texas Supreme Court Steokley Seeks Full Court Term AUSTIN Judge Zollie Steak- ky of lhe Texas Supreme Court Wednesday announced his candi- dacy for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Place 3, in the Democratic primary. Stcakley will inn to succeed himself, seeking his first full elective term as a member of the Supreme Court. He was named by Gov. Price Daniel last January to succeed Chief Justice Hobert W. Calvert, when Calvert as- mimed the office of Chief Justice J. K. Hickmnn. Steakley's work on lhe Court has drarni praise from Ms fellow Judges and lawyers and his opin- ions, as lhe newest member o.' the Supreme Court, have received unanimous concurrence by his Associates, except for single dJsaent. Steakley, graduate of Hardln Simmon? University in Abilene, Is member of lhe Executive Com- mtttM of the Judicial Section m 8Ute Bar of Texas. Recently tw WM elected to the Ap- pellate Judges Seminar, for mem- ben Stale Supreme Courts and ITntttd Courts of Ap- pulf, to bt hdd to New York City (toiaj July. Tn annonncing his candidacy Judgt Stcakley said: "I as I said when I became a mem- ber of lhe Supreme Court, that this is (he highest responsibility lhat cnn come to a Texas law- yer. It is my purpose and desire to continue this service to the utmost of my ability and dedica- tion." Steakley engaged in the private practice of law in Sweelwater and Austin following his graduation from the Law School of the Uni- versity of Texas in 1933. He sen', ed as an Assistant Attorney Gen- eral of Texas more than three years in the early ami as Secretary of State from to 1961. He is a veteran of World War IT, having served in the United Slales Navy. An aclive Baptist layman and the current Chairman nf the Chris- tian Education Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texns. Stenkley is a pint Presi- dent of Austin Uons Club flnd a past District Governor o Two mem- slant. Then suddenly they piled I U _ J tlf_ (I____1_ f _ _ I bcrs of the famed Wallenda fam- down like a cascade.' Hansen, an engineer and ama- saw ly troupe were killed Tuesday night when three of the perform- Ieur pnotographer, said he ers fell while doing their o{ lhe men h j act on a circus high wire. I u A crowd of 7.000 children and The. mcn lheir adults gasped in horror as the ttrappcd around lhe mn- hrce men plummeted from the slender wire. Three other male performers TOO BAD, SAD LAD You'll look dejected too if you don't pay your poll tax by the midnight deadline tonight. But Bill Senior of the Abilene Junior Cham- saved themselves and the woman in the act by clinging lo the swaying wire aboul JO feet above a concrete coliseum floor. Dieter Schepp, 23, and Richard Faughnan. 29, were injured fatal- ly in the plunge. Mario Wallcnda. 22. also fell. His conriilion was described as "very critical" by a physician. Dieter's sister, Jana, 17, also sen said. "One was lying face- down on he wire, tlic olher right on lop of him. The man on the bottom had hold of both her wrists. "They struggled to hold on and keep from flipping over. They lost their grip on one of her hands and she swung in the air. But they regained their hold." Jana bumped her head on the floor after hitting the net. Her in- jury was not. believed serious. Faughnan's wife. Jenny, 33, a bor of Commerce is just showing how some folks will was others troupe member, was standing' on feel. He's already paid his. Have you? (Staff Photo) Midnight Ends Poll Tax Sales Today is "Der If you don't pay your poll taxes today tire deadline is midnight don't plan on voting in May or November. In an effort to aid "Johnny- Poll Tax Form, I'g. I2-B ocrals Club will maintain facili- ties until people stop coming in, or until midnight at the city's come-lately" poll lax payers, fire 1, 140 Mul- organizations will maintain St.: 2 441 Bullernut St.; tax booths until midnight 3. s- Highland Sis.; day. A third organization '601 Orange St.: No. 5, Ave. have a booth open until at aild EN lwh St. Uhe ACC sla- 5 p.m. and the office of Ka- s- 71h SI- 'the Klm- Counly Tax Wcsl station and No. 7, No. Burl King will be open in lbejlcth Sl- af Klm Creck- clinging to the wire, caught her as she Icil. Those who managed lo grab the wire and hold on wcr- Her- man Wallenda, 60, Karl Wallenda, 57. and Uuntlier Wallcnda. 42. descendants in a family which has kept (he troupe's name be- fore the public for nearly 90 yeais. They caught Miss Schepp and I then dropped her inlo an impro- vised nol. The injured were rushed to nearby Highland Park General hospital, where Kaughnan was dead of a skull fracture. Schepp died early today. The tragedy which marred a long and illustrious pS-foriiilng m ltl history came during the Shrine a'Sl a platform at one end of the high wire. She said her husband did not appear to have a good grip on his 35-pound balancing bar and lost his balance as he tried to change lhe grip. "Dieter called oul lhat he couldn't hold any longer." she said "He threw the pole inlo the air to grip it in the center and lost his balance. This threw ev- erybody else off balance and down they went." Mrs. Faughan collapsed after learning lhat her husband died. She was placed under sedalives. The aerialist dynasty was found- ed in 1874 in Ge-many by Karl's ;o courthouse until p.m. The Abilene Junior Chamber circus at the Michigan State fair- rounds Coliseum. Dieter Schepp and his sislcr es- caped together only a few months Commerce will have facilities at Thornton's Food Store, side the West Texas Utilities Cn. building at N. 3rd and Cypress Sts. and at Bud Gray Motors, 109 Leggett Dr., which will he open until midnight. The Taylor County Young Dem- The Abilene League of Women'ago from behind the Iron Curlain s will have ils poll tax boothl'in East Germany. Schepp was making his first ap- pearance with the troupe. Faugh- 738 I.eggelt Dr.. until 5 p.m. but may keep it open until the store the only American in the closes at 7 p.m. ;gruup. Latest tabulation shows 14 Tlle four men formed have qualified as voters, base cf ttle. Pyral.nicl wi'h below last year's total. Sheriff's Office 'Shakeup' Hinted (ect on the high wire, Karl and Herman Wallcnda were standing on long rods which ran along the younger men's shoulders. Miss Schepp was scaled on a chair on a rod on (he older men's shoul- Child Badly Hurt by Car A six-year-old child suffered serious injuries about a.m. Wednesday when he was struck by an automobile at (he intersec- tion of N. 1st and Grape Sis. Attendants at Hendrick Me- morial Hospital identified the child as Kenneth Reagan, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Reagan, 1919 N. 2nd St. Data on the type of injuries sus- ders. Suddenly the pyramid col- _____...... lapsed. Herman. Karl and Gun- oined by the boy was'noi" avafl- ther Wallcnna managed to stay j able He was in surgery at press on the wire and grab Miss time A shakeup in Taylor County Sheriff's office personnel w a s hinled Wednesday morning by Sheriff J. D. Woodard after pub- lished reports that a 101th Dis- trict Court Grand Jury will inves- tigate his office. ISchcpp. lint, moments die grand jury probe would Patrolman W. A. Paul, invcsli- theyjgaling officer, identified the !hcld her until attendants of lne car as Margaret Monroe Abbe 1426 Cottonwood St. fire anywhere." Todcl said, there's a In! of smoke." Todd announced Tuesday thaticould ng up a makeshift nelTr'om heja mat used in a tumbling act. conducted at a scheduled Feb. they dropped her into the session. jmat 111.3 Sheriff Woodard said Wednes-i. lhe the1 "There was a slight loss of bal- day morning he is looking lie 0. C some reports concerning the "operation of'speclator. "They nounccd probe. He did not indi- cate what, if any, action might be taken. Meanwhile District Attorney i 1 jail, the method in- held for an in- HIGH WIRE ACT Schepp and three members of the famed Wallenda circus family hold onto the high wire, top picture, after an accident Tuesday night, tn bottom picture the men drop her into an im- provised net. The angle of the bottom picture is due to the position of amateur photographer 0. C. Hansen He said the injured child I who was attending the performance, saw what was darted across Grape St., running happening and fired his camera quickly to catch lhe west 10 east. action. (AP Wirephoto) norlh on Grape St., Paul said. which bonds are made and cer- tain reports made in con- neclion with a criminal case lha! was later dismissed. Tom Todd responded to a state-' ment issued earlier by Woodard 'Voters to be looked inlo at on the probe. Jnii jail fowl, laundry.) "I talked to J. D. aboul a week ago aboul my plans for a grand jury investigation." Todd lold the Reporler-N'ews. "The sheriff's office was put on notice several months ago about the prisoner treatment and conduct of; the Torid added. Sheriff issued a pre- pared statement saying lie would "welcome" an investigation. Two Injured Af Lawn Site improper bond district attorney added. "Nobody is accusing Mr. .J. D. Woodard personally of anything at this ho continued, might say it is a routine tigalion "We have not said there is any Woodard said Tuesday in a pre- pared slatcment that he hael in- vcstig.ned some "misconduct suspected and lalked" about his office "V'mi s-liy WEATHER V. DEPABIMKNT OF COMMKKCK WKATHKR IfftMker Tut 2-A) AND VICINITY Generally ItlrVn'cf milVr in mid 70'M. law NOHTII CK.YTHAI. AND NORTHKAST Sonny mlM Icxlty ir.rt Thursday. Cwar aod cool tonight. Ixiw F. "I have investigated it thorough- he said. "I haven'l uncovered a single (hing (o support any of it, H's all hearsay and nobody I've talked (o a facl. "I'm sorry someone has seen fit to attack me and members of One man's foot was broken and another was injured at lhe Lawn Atlas missile sile Wednesday morning when a chain on a hoist snnppctl and whipped into them. Admilted lo Hendrick Memorial Hospital with a fractured left foot svas I.eo Kilgrove, 34. of 222 Clyde SI.. Abilene. He is tion. Billy Weeks. 3fi. of 1717 Kirk wood St., was treated and re- leased for injuries to the left HERE DURING 1959-60-61 Leggett's list' Totals MOth of All Burglaries Ex-convict James Hugh Leggclt-for assault with intent to to 4W. This is about allegedly one of lhe most active brcakin artists in the state's his- tory, apparently committed one Figures from tlie annual Uni-.per cent of the number commil- form Crime Report submitted by i led. local police lo the Federal Bureau lory, apparently commmcn one ponce in me tnireau Burglary lo oul of every 10 burglaries Investigation show that durin" (hvcojr.ir peri in Abilene in 1959, I960 and 1S6I. ithe IW9-BI period 1.744 bursaries.i0 an'oiHmatei According to a statement signed >w ere committed in Abilene. I l.ll ILIJLILIV.1 IU 1IIC I K I knows anything clboWi nand andj ;for local officers here Tuesday. admissions, if con- losses during thU have amounted ed accord- ing 10 loss reports. Detectives ini'olvtxl in the inves- tho sheriff's office Ihis way. It brings nothing but suspicion and after my investigation t figure it is designed lo brinp doubt and dis- credit on me and my men." his according wrisl. Both are employes of Brown and Hoot Construction Co. They were helping lower cotm terwcighls lhat raise and lower the silo's launch platform when the chain on the hoist broke alxnit TmH. p.m. 81 B statement continued dynamics official, 'toll. "I regret thnt a fellow-officer Taylor HlU' Mrf' few' toe riKtmi' n. HUM been contncled if there is nny proof nf anything wrong. "I, personalty, will welcome a grand jury investigation and will rlo everything 1 can to lie said. "I sny I will welcome this or any investigation because my own work for several weeks hasn't revealed anything for to be of or anything 1 want U> NEWS INDEX SECTION A l Outlook ObitiMrici 10, U SECTION Womtn'i MWI S 4 7 I TV 11 It U Leggett admitted commitling 173 firmed in a check of the investi- of Lcsgctt's confession burglaries of Abilene reports made at the time -.tin have no figure lo quote on and homes during that period. lof tlie breakins, will boost the die estimated losses attributable His admissions caught at least number of one veteran officer by surprise! and a little unbelieving. Del. Capt. C. 'I. Hallmark, who says he has known LcRgett all his life, says that if the confes- sion proves accurate, "he mustj have lied lo me." Hallmark had l.cggctt in for I questioning about a month ago. He told mn he wasn't doing any- thing wit of line in Taylor Coun- Hallmark said. Leggett was being questioned then about his activities, including, the fact that his car reportedly was seen near the scene of a! burglary across the state. I The 33-year-old Lcggctl has I been convicted and served penl-j tentisry tlnte twice on burglary MMitrfht charges. also has served time! Iknk, 12-11 mi the ex-convict's activities, but. "iOne has said it will "climb way i Pet. Sgt. .Inhn ftnlx'rts. who has ibeen working on (he Logged case, I says it will lake some lime to jpnll fi.'es on the burglaries, j check ihrm oul. and total the es- limated looses. i The total annual losiin tho 1959- dl pcricKl corresponds rmighjy with activities. That Is, in the yi-iirs he said he commilted the most burglaries, lhe cilj's loss was AcrurdiTiK to his detailed list of bie.ikins, lie cnminilted tMii'Rlarios in 1950; R5 in 1980; arxl 39 in 1961. Over the sarwi years, burglary losses amounled lo in 1939; ia I960; and H3.700 in 1961. ;