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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 333 ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAI S3ivs R PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PAGE I _ _ Katharyn Duff] The State Democratic Execu- tive Committee which met Tues- day in Abilene and which will meet again June 16 at a place to be set is, as a whole, a po- litical lame duck. Its terms of office, for com- mitteemen and officers, expire at the state convention Sept. 8 in El Paso. The lameness of the individual members remains to be deter- mined at that convention. This area's two representa- tives on the committee, Maurice Brooks of Abilene and Mrs. Mar- tin Binder of Big .Spring, both indicated Tuesday they will be in the market for another term. And the chairman of the SDEC, Ed Connally of Abilene, has not taken himself off the list of possible candidates for re-election. He has said only that it is too early to say. The executive committee, Democratic or Republican, is the official machinery set up by statute to operate party mat- ters. There's a committeeman and a committeewoman for each, state senatorial district. (Brooks and Mrs. Binder represent the 24th Senatorial Individual voters don't vole on the executive committee or of- ficers. Rather, these are select- ed through the convention sys- tem. Voters at precincts elect dele- gates to the county convention. These county conventions last Saturday elected delegates to the state conventions, Demo and GOP. And. come state convention lime, the delegates will caucus by senatorial districts to select nominees for committeeman and woman. As a rule, the conven- tion accepts these and when it doesn't there's a fight underway. When, in El Paso, the 24th Senatorial Demo delegates sit down to decide their committee- man and woman, each county will have votes in accordance with the vote it cast for the party's nominee for governor last general election. Under this setup, the 24th dis- trict will have 164 votes in itself. Of these, Taylor County has 53, Borden has 1, Fisher 8. Garza 4. Haskell 11, Howard 23, Jones 14. Kent 2, Mitchell 10, Nolan )6, Scurry 14, Shackelford 4, and Stonewall 4. The counties will have these votes to cast in any convention business. If you know the political think- ing of the various delegates elected to the El Paso conven- tion (or the GOP gathering at Fort Worth) you might be able to guess pretty accurately the political complexion of the ex- ecutive committee and officers Which will come. out of it. But there's another element to be considered. That's the in- fluence of the man who will, come Sept. 18, be the Demo- cratic nominee for governor. Traditionally with Democrats (not so with Republicans be- cause they have no Texas gov- ernor lately) the party machin- ery is in accord with the gover- nor. Sometimes governors have some trouble seeing that this comes about, but governors have come to be the "head of the party" and thus of the party machinery. The present SDEC has be- come closely allied generally with Price Daniel during his tenure as governor. But Mr. Daniel was eliminated in the First Primary. So, the Democrats are cer- tain now to have a new "titular head." Connally or Yarborough? Either way there are liable to be some changes in the party machinery, extent of which re- mains to be seen. YEAR AGO AMP NOW The shaded area, shows the approximate extent of communist penetration of Laos in May, 1961, when a cease-fire was negotiated. Black areas show the approximate added penetration in the country from then until now. (AP Wirephoto map) H1IJOM3IH Associated Preu Ex-USDA Assistant Fired in Estes Case Anti-Trust Suit Names Financier AMARILLO (AP) The Texas Attorney General's office filed a civil anti trust suit Tuesday against Billie Sol Estes and oth- ers. The suit filed in district court here accused Estes and the others of conspiracy to make unlawful agreements to sell anhydrous am- monia fertilizer and prices below cost for the purpose of driving competitors out of business. Nikita Says Reds Agree On Need of Laos Peace WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Kennedy ordered U.S. Marines into Thailand at dawn Thursday (5 p.m. EST Wednes- day) U.S. in a buildup of last week. The United States uad sought a withdrawal. The President, it was stated authoritatively, believed that a major reason the Communists did military strength there not overrun Laos in the past was aimed at preventing the Commu- fear of U.S. intervention. His new nists from swallowing up neigh- deployment of U.S. forces puts boring Laos. j American armed might with An advance contingent of Ma-1 dear notice to the Reds _ in a rine A4D and Air Force FIDO jet ittack planes was dispatched rom the Philippines to Thailand Tuesday. The Pentagon said it Had 10 word as to whether they ac- ually arrived on schedule. Shortly after Kennedy acted, vilh the statement that the Kedi hreat to Thailand is of grava or physical- em to the United States, Sovictlto further advances by the Red position to step in fast should the Communists again start up mili- tary operations. While Kennedy's statement did Army groul, now 'in Thai- nol mention the possibility.of U.S. troops moving into Laos, the movement, of military forces ob- viously was designed as a dcter- remier Khrushchev sent word Nat the. Soviet Union agrees on lie necessity for a cease-fire and rebel forces. Dobrynin said after a 35-minute meeting with Rusk that it is neces- peaceful polilic.il settlement injsary to put into effect last June's ,aos. Kennedy Khrushchev agreement The U.S.-Soviet accord Vienna on the importance of a cached at an afternoon and forming a neutral! etwe.cn Secretary of State Dtr.n independent Laos government. the Army ground Uoopi It has been general conjecture for weeks that Ally. Gen. Will Wilson would file such a suit in this area. The suit, Wilson has indicated, grew out of recent courts of in- quiry held at various places in Texas. Penalties upon conviction would range from to per day for each day the alleged conspir- acy was in effect. Named in the suit field here Tuesday were Estes and Billie Sol Estes doing business as Farmers Co., Lester Stone Co., United Ele- vators, Commercial Solvents, Inc.; Superior Manufacturing Co.; Ihree officers of Superior, Cole- man D. McSpadden, Harold E Orr and Rue) Alexander. Mc- Spadden also was named as doing business as Associated Growers of Hereford, Tex. McSpadden, Orr and Alexander were named in federal indict- ments charging fraud in connec- tion with bogus chattel mortgages when the Estes case, first broke several weeks ago. All are free on heavy federal bonds, like Es- tes, and McSpadden has since gone into voluntary bankruptcy. The suit filed at Amarillo was American forces to land bccausejjust another of several directions the multi-faceted Estes case look Tuesday. In Washington, Sen. Ralph Var- borough, D-Tex., acknowledged that Estes helped him finance a weekly radio broadcast to his Texas constituents. The senator insisted, however, that there were no strings attaciied. Also in Washington, Sen. John See SUIT, Pg. 8-A, Col. 6 of U.S. forces on combat assign- ment in Asia for the first time since the Korean War. Kennedy outlined his orders in a White House statement issued at noon as Marines from the U.S. 7th Fleet stood by outside Bangkok and Premier Sarit Thanarat an- nounced his country has invited of the Red threat. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara said the Ralph Is Third Official to Go land, a U.S. ally, will be aug- mented by these units under command of Gen. Paul D. Bar- kins, top U.S. military advioer in South Viet Nam. 1. An 7th Flee; Ma- rine battalion with its own air units. 2. Some additional Arm forces from the Pacific area. 3. Tactical units from the cific Air Force to provide cove JAMES T. RALPH undergoing training WEATHER U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMEBCE WEATHER BL'KEAU (Weather Man. PiiEC 4-B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (Ilailius miles) Cloudy In mornings nut! clear- ing in alternoon through Thursday. Con- tinued warm, humid and windy. High both days, 911. Low 65-70. NORTHWEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Wednesday and Thursday. A few isolated fate afternoon and evening thunderstorms west and north. High Wednesday 69 north- est 92 southeast. SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and warm Wednesday and Thursday wiih cattercd thundershowers mainly extreme orthwest. High Wednesday 83-95. EXTREME SOUTHWEST TEXAS: Fair i partly cloudy Wednesday and Thurs- day. Locally windy with some blowing (lust ill afternoons. Scattered alternoon and evening thundershowers Pecos Valley itward. nidi Wednesday 85 JOS. Low- _ 78 81 Hisih and low for M-hours i.m.: 89 and High and low same date la WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman fired former Asst. Sec- retary of Agriculture James T. Ralph Tuesday night in connec- tion with gift-giving by indicted Texas financier Billie Sol Estes. Ralph, who had been undergo- ing training for a post as agri- cultural attache to the Philippines, is the third department official either to be fired or to resign in connection with the Estes case. The others were Emery E. Ja- cobs, deputy administrator of the Agricultural Stabilization and Con- servation Service, who resigned, and William E. Morris, who was an assistant to Ralph. Asst. Secretary of Labor Jerry R. Holleman also has resigned in the case, saying lie accepted a gift from Esles to help meet Washington living expenses. In announcing the action against Ralph, Freeman said in a statement that he acted on the basis of reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which Investigated Ralph's connection with the case. Dr. Ralph told The Associated Press he had nothing to say im- mediately, except that Freeman's action was a complete surprise and that there was a lack of justification. 'He said he expected to issue a full statement later. All three Agriculture Depart- ment employes had been named tion with grain storage and cot. ton production operations under the department. The Agriculture involvement in the tangled affair, including charges of favoritism toward Estes, has brought strong criticism of Freeman from publican members of Congress. Several have demanded that be ousted. President Kennedy made a spe- cial point in expressing confidence in Freeman Tuesday night at a world food forum, without specif- ically mentioning the Estes af- fair. With Freeman substituting for the President as a speaker before the group, Kennedy sent message saying: "No one speaks for American agriculture today with more con- fidence or authority than Secre- tary Freeman. "I could have found no one of stronger conviction or greater dedication to the national interest to take my place tonight thaa Secretary Freeman." Detailing his action against Ralph, Freeman's statement said: "The Department of Justice has reported to me that personal long- distance phone calls were made by Dr. Ralph and charged to BU- lie Sol Estes' credit cards This activity, combined with those dis- closed in Dr. Ralph's testimony' in Texas regarding his relation- ship with Estes, does not, in my f and nding st year: I in testimony before a Texas court judgment, measure up to the high inquiry conducted by Texas [standards of conduct required for a person representing our gov- Stmse! last night: sunrise today: sunset tomshl: Barometer reading at p.m.: 2il.ll. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 57 per cent. of Ally. Gen. Will Wilson. The testi- mony told of clothing gifts to the officials. Wilson said Estes court- ed department favors in conncc- lusk and Soviet Ambassador F. Dobrynin. This led some U.S. strategists State Department press officer i Kennedy said without nammf e Lincoln White said, "both sides itne U-S" unils involved; "I hav emphasized the necessity for the believe that the heart of the maintenance of a ceasc.-lire." fms crisis is on the way 10 solu-l Washington optimism stemmed! ion, that the big powers will notjloo from reports thai .he Reds' 'hailand and to e drawn more direclly into thelhave ceased fighting in La additional element iof Ihe U.S. military forces, boU .round and air, lo proceed I n there un further orders. These forces onflict, and that American troops ill be able to leave Thailand ventually without entering Laos firing a shot. But some potentially irouble- ome gaps in the U.S.-Soviet ac- ord remained. Both sides wore nclear as to whether a cease- re, allowing the rival Laotian actions to negotiate for a nation- wide government, meant with- rawal of Red rebel forces In the that the feuding chiefs at iast are! on their way to the negotiating i. table. These developments highlighted a day of feverish activity starting with a special early morning Ken- nedy briefing of congressional leaders of both parlies. House GOP Leader Charles A. Halleck of Indiana said on leaving the White House, there were no commitments asked and none See PEACE, Pg. 8-A, Col, NEWS INDEX StCTION A WMIMU'I MWI........2, 1 4 Cmiici................ t tV Sent 10 IMfe-TVItti..........10 Firm mwi, imrktti......11 SICTION I OMtMrin 2 T 10 lines they held before, starting on j given at the closed session at their northwesl Laos offensive which Kennedy told of the jiacing Maryland Governor Renomination Seen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic Gov. J. Millard Tawes appeared headed for re- nomination in Maryland Tuesday night, while Republicans bearing the Eisenhower stamp of approv al marched off to long leads in races for gubernatorial nomina- tions in Nebraska and Pennsyl Philadelphia Mayor vania. Former Richardson Dilworlh was well ahead in his bid for another try as Democratic candidate for gov- ernor of Pennsylvania. He lost by votes in the 1950 eieclion. Rep. William W. Scranton was the front-runner for the Republi- can nomination there. Scranton was backed by former Presidcnl Dwight D. Eisenhower. Gov. David Lawrence, a Demo- crat, is barred by state law from seeking reelection. In Nebraska, Eisenhower's sec retary of the interior, Fred Seat- on, held a top-heavy lead over wo other Republicans in the race or the GOP spot on the Novein election ballot. Gov. Frank Morrison, only )emocrat to win statewide of- Ice there in 1MO, was leading two ivals in his hid for renomination. Former Hep. Frank Small ,lr. was well out in front (or the-Jte- 4 Die !nB47 Blast KNOB NOSTER, Mo. B47 jet bomber caught (ire on the ground at Whiteman Air Fore Base Tuesday and its cxplodin fuel tanks engulfed two dozen fire fighters in flames after they ap parently had the fire out. Four men were killed and 1 others were hospitalized with burns and injuries, including six reported in serious to critical con dition. Three crewmen who were go ing to take the jet up wero no voters cast their primary election I in the cockpit but were aroun publican nomination for governor of Maryland. .Races for governor drew top interest in all three states where ballots Tuesday. In Maryland candidates also were being chosen for U.S. Senate, other slate offices and a long list of local posts. All three states were choosing con- gressional candidates. Tawcs1 renomination bid, cli- maxing a rough-and-tumble pri- mary campaign, was aided by a political newcomer who apparent- ly sliced deeply into the votes foi George P. Mahoney, a Baltimore contractor and the governor's top challenger. Dnvid Hume, 45, Texas-born lawyer and son-in-law of Cleve- land industrialist Cyrus Enton showed surprising strength in his debut. Mahoney was making his third try for the gubernatorial nomina- tion. He also has lost three bids for Senate nominations. Maryland nominates candidates under n 52-year-old unit system, and the indicated count in unit votes was Wt votra for Tawes, 34 or Muhoney und 21 for Hume. Two court suits hove been filed attacking tht unit system. the plane making pre-flighl checks. They were among thosi in the hospital with less serious burns. The base public Information of- fice said most of the other casu allies were military personnel as- signed to crash and fire units. The big six-jet bomber was on the flight line, loaded with gallons of fuel and being readiet for a rouline training mission. Clark R. Mahood of Minncapo lis, a master sergeant who is as- sistant public information officer arrived at the flight line just be- fore the first of three or four ex- plosions. "The whole fuselage was cov- ered with foam and it looked as if the fire was he said. "All the firemen were there with their apparatus working around the plane. They were up in the bomb bays with some of their fire-ox- ingulshing equipment. "Suddenly there was terrific explosion and flames engulfed all he firemen within feet of the aircraft. It WRS the jet fuel ex Skelton Says OOP's Cox 'Interested Only in Cox' Related stories Pg. l-B spoke at a luncheon at a two-party system in Texas it's just propaganda." Citing the GOP turnout at the polls of some Skelton said, "Either they're ashamed of their own they don't want a two-party system. By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News Ass't Editor The GOP candidate for gover- nor of Texas is "not interested in the Democratic Party, not inter ested in the Republican Party, bul interested only in Jack By- ron Skelton of Temple, member of the National Democratic Com mittee, charged in a speech to Demo party leaders here Tues- day. Skelton meeting of the Stale Democratic Executive Committee meeting at the Windsor Hotel. His address closed out a half-day session oi the SDEC during which the party's candidates were certifiec for the run-off or for the genera' election. In the nearest thing to a con- test, the SDEC rejected Benton Musslewhite's request that it lay certification of the winner in the 7th Congressional race. The party officials thus declared Cong. John Dowdy a winner by a 41-vote margin, 31.230 to Musslewhite said in an interview after the SDEC decision that he was disappointed at the results, that he felt a delay in certification was justified since several coun- ies are in the process of re-check- ing the vote in the tight race. But, ic said, he would abide by the de- cision. If recounts locally were to show he gained the needed votes, tlusslowhite indicated-, he would go jack before the SDEC at its June neefing to ask for a change in certification. SDEC Chairman Ed Connally of Abilene presided- over the gather- ng. Canvass of the first primary vote was the chief item on the agenda. The committee will meet on days and then found to be men- ted, will vote Republican in the ernment in an overseas assign- ment." Freeman said the department is continuing its investigation. He added that the FBI and the Sen- ate Investigations subcommittee and a House Government Opera- tions subcommittee that are look- ing into the case are receiving every cooperation in their investi- gation. Freeman went on to say that, "If there is wrongdoing anywhere in the Department of Agriculture, litical hogwash about Iran1 strong Ihev Skelton said. "Derno- crats are growing faster. .When the Republicans say we've Democrat. .Then for a while general election. jl want to know about it. Prompt Skelton saM of GOP nominee for (action will be taken in future governor. Jack Cox of Brecken- "He ran two years ago as he didn't know whether he want- ed to be a Democrat or a Re- publican. Now he is a Republican. "I don't know how they can be so proud of Cox as a Republican candidate. He's not interested in the Democratic Party or the Re- Some Democrats, Skelton SKELTO.V. Pg. 8-A, Col. 5 as has been done to date." Ralph appeared before the Tex- as court of inquiry to deny that he had received clothing from Estes. He, like Freeman, also de- nied that Estes had received any favors from the department. Ralph, a presidential appointee, joined the department shortly aft- er the Kennedy administration took office last year. He had been See ESTES, Pg. 8-A, Col. 4 Washington Paper Reports Employe's 'Strange Ordeal' WASHINGTON 51-year old government of a hot controversy stemming from the Billie Sol Estes case- has told the Evening Star she does not know why she was taken from the Agriculture Department in a police patrol wagon and con- fined in a psychiatric ward. Under the headline "The Strange Ordeal of Miss Mary Kimbrough the Star Tuesday carried an interview with the secretary. It was obtained by Mary McGrory. Sen. John J. Williams R-Del., charges that Miss Jones was rail- roaded into a menial ward for refusing to cooperate in covering up corruption linked with the Estes scandal. He said she was Iraggcd off screaming, held, 12 June 16, at a place to he do- er mined, to canvass second irimary results. Connally, in opening the SDEC charges preposterous and un- mceting, scored the Republicans as a "small band of political ex- rcmists who make a lot of noise about their strength. Their prim- ary was a he said. Skelton echoed this declaration, yiiiR the GOP polled in its primary only a third trength. "They art put muttri po- tally sound. Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman called Williams' thinkable. An Agriculture Depart- ment physician said Miss Jones was so disturbed on the day in question that she did not know her own identity. for Miss Jones, she no( link her experience in any way to the Ksles Her only on the events which preceded htr rwifvd from her office April 25 is: "f guess I lost my temper a little.' A North Carolinian with gentle manners and genteel speech, she is a employe with high efficiency ratings. For the past 11 years she worked for N. Battle Hales, who has accused the Agriculture Department of favor- itism toward Estes, the Texas farm financier now under indict- ment for fraud. Hales was transferred to other floor with all that's been gela< n. "I was just standing there writ- ing for Mr. Hales, when a nun I never saw before.came in and sat down at Mr. Hates' desk and said, 'I'm a dotter and I want to talk to you.' I said something like, 'I don't want to talk to a doctor.' lie hdd his hands against the said something to the wasn't going to let me I said. 'Let me out of "I started out and Miss work in the department and his Smith or ow personnel his old office was locked. Misspent took my left arm Jones said she went to the officcjithe doctor) took my i'i April K to attend to some cm- j and he started pulling
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