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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1962, Abilene, Texas IWene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD "Tl v AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 339 ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 22, 1962 i, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Aaocattd Plot to Slay Gaulle Discovered: Arrested Staff pboto by Katharyn Duff DUVAN POLK a teller of tales PAGE ONE By Katharyn Duff I AMA Calls Medicare Plan 'Hoax' Related story, Pg.4rA BRECKENRIDGE Duvan Polk is 33, wiry, has a scrubbed look, perceptive eyes and a mind that cuts through pretense to the heart of an idea. He is, also, a collection of quiet con- trasts and an unpublicizcd success story. By day Duvan works, tempo- rarily, at Carey's Place, a beer store out on the Cisco road. By evenings he writes. Publishers buy what he writes. Since April of 1959 the Satur- day Evening Post has purchased 10 of his stones. (There you can calculate into five Last September McCall's pre- sented his "pig" story, a gently humorous tale with markings of a classic. And Polk stories have been re-sold in Australia, Eng- land, Holland, Sweden. Duvan is allergic to personal publicity, to thoughts he might "show off." But he submitted last week to an interview. He perched atop a slack of beer cases to talk, and he talks easily. But he kept scrambling down to wait on customers, brew coffee, check in salesmen's wares. What prompted this fellow from Brecker.ridge to even try to break into big-time fiction? Well, Duvan went to the Strawn school reunion in 1958. (He was reared here, finished Strawn High in '47, worked va- riously with a seismograph crew, as insurance inspector, as operator of a beer store west of town after his father, part own- er of it, died.) At the Strawn gathering Du- van encountered teacher Mar- jorie Venturi. Teacher Venturi knew firsthand and from Eng- lish teacher Sally Aguirre that Student Polk had talent to think and express. Teacher Venturi lectured. Do something, she ad- monished Duvan and his wife, Louise. Back at the beer store Duvan decided to try. Between custo- mers he began pecking on a portable typewriter. (He writes a story in from 10 to 20 hours, takes a like time to polish it.) Seven stories came forth and Duvan knew they were not good. Then came the eighth and the Post bought it. Another and another and Duvan was on his way. He sold the beer store, set up a small office at the home where he and Louise and son, Don, 11, live and began writing fulltime. (The present tempo- rary job was taken to "help out a What background did Duvan have? "I have a small and I guess that's my greatest asset. I'm stupid enough that if I had a big one I might try to impress people and words W'ould get in the way of the story. 1 just decided to use the words I know the very best 1 could." Duvan had read. He had watched and he had listened as lie studied people. "And, I guess, 11 years in a Deer joint had aged me." The stories came out, gentle stories as Duvan is a gentle man. Some are tales of the old West, un-bloody. Some are of the De- pression, bittersweet. Some are laid in which looks ike Breckenridge. Some have lumor. as the pig story. Some iave a haunting quality, as "The Two-Dollar a lender tale out of Duvan's own childhood, die stories have emotion, which )uvan emphasizes by under- stalemcnt. They have a germ of truth. What does Critic Duvan think of Writer Duvan? "I'm lousy on plot." (To the contrary, his are brilliant char- acterizations and real people live real life experiences.) "My style? (To the contrary, words flow with the ease ot the master writer and in that tricky stuff, dia- logue, he's at his best.) His is an amazing record for a newcomer in a highly com- petitive field, yet he is "de- pressed with what I haven't done" rather than impressed with what he has. He wonders about the market few fiction magazines left are threatened by rising costs and increased postal rates. He wonders if readers are inter- ested in the West, the Depres- sion of which he be, if I had been born 20 years earlier I could have made a name for myself." But he writes. Another story rolled out last week. A novel? Maybe, said Duvan, as he hopped down to sell a six- pack. NEW YORK o the American Medical Association Monday denounced Presiden Kennedy's medical care for thi aged plan as a "cruel hoax' aimed at establishing "welfare state medicine" for everyone. "Don't mistake an associa tion official declared in a paid nationally televised reply to Ken tiedy. "England's nationalized medi cal program is the kind of thing they have in mind for us eventu ally." AMA representatives said the public was in danger of being "blitzed, brainwashed and band tvagoned into swallowing" a plan that would disrupt health services and turn individual patients into impersonal "numbers." The plan would cover millions who don't need it and ignore mil- ions of others who do, said the medical group's spokesman, Dr. Edward R. Annis, of Miami, Fla., :he principal speaker. He added: "Our fees are not involved. Our iractice of quality medicine is. Your health is." In an impassioned plea, he urged viewers to consult the "one hey know and doc- or" about what the Kennedy plan vould do to American medicine. "There are only a few things vhich touch so close to God and the relationship between a octor and his patient is one ot hem." he said. He charged that he Kennedy plan seeks to under- Time this relationship. The doctors' reply to Kennedy vas filmed in a curiously ironic ettjng. It was in Madison Square Gar- len, (he same place where Ken- icdy Sunday addressed a cheer- ng crowd in a plea for support or his administration's proposals o provide medical care for the iged through Social Security. But instead of a crowd scene or a backdrop, the AMA spokes- men appeared in an empty, silent rena, its vast expanse littered ;ith paper, broken balloons and See AMA, Pg. 12-A, Col. 5 DEATH INQUIRY' District Judge John Barren, left, is shown as he gave in- structions to the Robertson County Grand Jury concerning the investigation of the death of Henry Marshall, a figure in the Billie Sol Estes case. Judge Barren and District Attorney Bryan Russ summoned a special session of the grand jury to shed possible new information on Marshall's June death. Mrs, Henry Mar- shall, widow of the dead man, rij'ht, waits outside the jury room in Franklin. (AP Wirepho.to) Disinterment of Marshall Body Ordered in Franklin FRANKLIN, Tex. (AP) A ale judge Monday ordered the sinterment of Henry Marshall ead nearly a year, in an effor determine whether his multipl looting was murder or suicide The mystery death of the De artment of Agriculture employe lomed to prominence when i as found he had been investigat ig Billie Sol Estes. West Texa nancier now under fraud indict lent and congressional investiga on. Dist. Judge John Barron said complete autopsy would bi lade by "a whole team o.' ex erts, including state chemists athologists erts.' and ballistic ex Option to Purchase Impact Land Taken An option to purchase two lots n Impact was exercised Monday y a Big Spring attorney. A deed recorded with County !lerk Mrs. Chester Hutcheson hows two transactions between ohn J. Toombs, Juan Carrion nd Hartman Hooser of Big pring. The property involved is aid by Toombs to have belongec o Carrion but the deeds were no.v- r transferred to Carrion's name, Hooser took a lease on the lots JACKSON LEASE SAID WITHDRAWN Perkins Says Annexation By Impact7Has Come Up7 Impact Mayor Dallas Perkins Confirmed Monday afternoon that his administration has discussed the possibility of adding to the 48-acre city by anncxalion. He said the possibility "has come up a numtier of times" in discussions, but he said such a move "has never been discussed "We don't have any plans to do anything he added, However, he declined to rule out any action along this line In the future. At the same time Perkins said HIP! 8an Angela liquor store own- er Roy Jackson has given up hit nn a liquor slorc in and apparently has with- drawn his long-standing request for a retail liquor license. And the mayor said the door la now open if C'CH Corporation still wants Impact to approve a retail sales oermit. NEWS INDEX UCTION A Stwrti AfitttMiMntii i i i Oil nflws KCTION I I Cemlci Koto-TV IHI TV Stcwf firm MWI, Jackson's request for a retai1 sales permit is the one known to have been pending with the State Liquor Control Board in Austin. The renucst was approved by Hie local LOB agent? in Oclober, ISfil, but approval has been withheld by state officials pending the final oiilonmc of a lawsuit attacking the validity of Impact's Incorporation, Perkins said a lease given Jack- son was forfeited "quite some time hack." He said he could not recall when the forfeiture oc- curred. As (or Jttkson's permit re- quest, Perkins said he it Is no longer awaiting action by gee IMPACT, H-A, Ctl, 1 with an option to buy about Sep- tember or October last year Sources closely involved with the transaction said Monday's action was merely exercising the op- tion. It had been speculated at one time that CCH, Inc., was interest- ed in the location for a liquor store. However, Hooser emphatically stated late Monday in a telephone interview with the Reporter-News that "I don't know what I'll do with them." Beyond the additional state- ment that "the, record (deed) speaks for Hooser declin- ed to say what he might do with the lots involved in the sale. He said at one point he doesn't know if a lease will be executed with CH or not. CCH has been prominently men- tioned in connection with the trans- action since last year. CCH originally filed an appli- cation for a liquor permit with Nancy Perkins, Impact city clerk and wife ot Dallas Perkins, principal figure in development of .he 47 acre city. The original application was rejected by Mrs. Perkins' refusal to sign the docu- ment. This was followed with the fli- ng of a writ of mandamus act Jon n 104th District Court against Mrs, Perkins and other Impact officials by Beverly Tarpley, orney representing CCH. The court action has been pending! since October, 1M1. A check on the case Monday Ret OPTION, H-A, OH. t i Related stories, Pg. 2-A Judge Barron ordered the autop sy as he and Dist. Atty. Bryan Russ convened a grand jury to look into the case. At the end of the grand jury's session, Russ announced he had received a telegram from Secre- tary of Agriculture Orville Free- man turning down an invitation to appear before the grand jury provided he had any information to give, Russ quoted Freeman's tele- gram as saying "We know of none here who may have any first ham knowledge. We are continuing to check and if any names found will advise you as we want you to have our full cooperation in this matter." Russ told newsmen he found the telegram puzzling because on April 18 an unidentified repre- sentative- of the Department ol Agriculture made a statement :hat someone in the department lad knowledge of the death. Russ did not elaborate further on this point. In connection with the grand :ury, Russ said he felt "a com- plete autopsy is warranted be- cause of some of the testimony ere." "We feel we can determine whether Marshall's death was suicide or declared 3arron. Mrs. Marshall, who sought to the case after the official WEATHER S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Man, Pare 10-A) B1LENF. AND VICINITY IHadlus 40 ABILE -Clear to partly cloudy Tuesday :ml Wednesday. Ccn'.lnued warm daytime nd a little cooler overnight Tuesday, lish Tuesday 90-99. Low Tuesday nfunl round Ki. HUti Wednesday alxrot 90. NOKTII CENTRAL TEXAS: Clear to floudy Tuesday and Wednesday. Scat- ercd thunderstorms mainly east and oitth Lite Tuesday afternoon and nlsht nd aaain In Wednesday after- oon. Not as warm Wednesday. Hllti NORTHWEST TEXAS: Fair Tuesday verdict of suicide was issued, agreed to the autopsy, said the judge. The autopsy order came the same day Barron and Dist. Atty. Bryan Russ convened a grand jury to look into the case. Texas Ranger Capt. Clint Peoples said he presented evi- dence to the grand jury that had never been revealed, -but added, "I feel that the initial investiga-, tion by law officials was ade- quate." Peoples took the rifle with which Marshall was shot for an examination last week. Marshall was the chief of pro- See ESTES, Pg. 12-A, Col. 3 French President Is in Seclusion PARIS Official sources! car contained 14 bottles of said Tuesday security forces have discovered and moved on a wide tront against a plot of the Algeria- based European Secret Army Or- ganization to assassinate Presi- dent Charles de Gaulle. Police have rounded up more :han 15 includ- ing some Paris, in the tough Mediterranean port city of. Marseille and in Algiers. President De Gaulle spent Mon- day and the night in seclusion at Elysee Palace residence in the ashionable heart of Paris. The guard was heavily reinforced around the palace compound walls. De Gaulle, who survived a gas romb attempt on his life eight months ago, had completed on Sunday a speaking tour of the >rovinces. Press reports indicated the as- sassins hoped to kill De Gaulle either with a powerful rifle fitted vith a telescopic sight or by means of highly flammable bu- ane gas bombs. At least 15 'persons were held it the headquarters of the Surete National (National Security just a few hundred yards rom the Elysee Palace. Police said that information lieced together from jnterroga- ions in the three cities involved ormed a picture of a group of :illers planning a last desperate iffort to create nationwide chaos ind thus delay independence for Algeria. Informants identified the leader f the alleged assassin band as a >aris insurance agent named Blanchy. He was arrested at his ome Sunday they said, and other lembers of the group were quick- y rounded up. Officials would give no informa- ion about how (he assassinationi ttempt was to have been carried j ut. The newspaper Paris-Presse anie out with a special edition laiming that a gun with a tele- copic sight was to have been used, t said the operation was to be gas. The gas, which is highly in- flammable, seemed to point to an attempt similar to that of last year when a petroleum bomb set a road aflame as De Gaulle's car was passing. The president not hurt. Blanchy was said to have beea an aide to Roger Degueldre, a See FRANCE, Pg. 12-A, Col. 1 nown as "chamois" (mountain because of the long shot equired. The paper gave no ource for its story. The semiofficial French News igency claimed that Blanchy's Body Is Identified As Shooting Suspect and day. Wednesday. Not 10 wai Hlsli Tuesday outhenst. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Cloui ay and Wednesday. Chance wide rreci. thumlersnowcrs extreme Tuesday. Illth Tuesday IS-95 S-lno southwest. TUPS- te Wednes- 73 northwest 90 y y scat- north except TO. 1M......... fe; M............ n Him >ml low tor 'milt awl lew MIM MM toat mr: aViml nlfllj; SWEETWATER (RNS) The decomposed body of a man, iden- tified by papers in his possession as Ocie Carey White, 56, Sweet- water painter who had been miss- ing for the past seven weeks was bund by a farm hand Monday afternoon one mile east of Sweet- water, in a pasture on the Blu- Soose Ranch. The body was discovered by An- :onio Luz, an employe on the about a half mile south of :he road where his automobile was found by police on April l, a short time after a pistol shooting n downtown Sweetwater. White had been charged with shooting and wounding his es- ranged wife, Mrs. Irene White, and Charles Eherley of Big Spring, while they were sitting in car in front of the Texas and 'acific Railroad station. Mrs. White was employed here as manager of an apartment Absentee Voting Total Past 80 Absentee voting crept past the 80. mark Monday for the June 2 Democratic primary runoff elec- tions. A total of 83 ballots have been checked into County Clerk Mrs. Chester Hutcheson'i office with the time for voting atwcntce with- in days of the May dead- line. V voted in the county cork's wltk house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Eb- erley. Eberley was waiting for the train to Big Spring when a man approached the automobile and fired five shots into the car. Both Mrs. White and Eberley were se- riously wounded, but recovered within a few weeks. Witnesses to the shooting said that the man who fired the shots See BODV, Pg. 12-A, Col. 7 Task Force Headquarters Established KHORAT, Thailand Sen. James L. Richardson Jr., commander of the growing U.S. forces charged with guarding Thailand against Communist in- cursions from Laos, is setting up lis headquarters under canvas here Tuesday. A military spokesman an- nounced the choice of this Thai staging area for the command post after Richardson held his first a officers of the units that make up. his joint task force. The unit commanders include. Brig. Gen. Ormand Simpson, head: of the Marine expedi- ionary force which landed last Thursday; and Col. William Mc- Kean, who heads the 1st Battle roup, 27th Infantry, which has- ibout men here and more coming. The task force, designated No, .16. has Air Force units attached. Aircraft include jet fighters and lelicopters. The spokesman said a brigadier general is to arrive from Hono- lulu soon to take charge of the Army trocps. This was taken as an indication that the size of U.Sj Army forces here will; be in- creased. The Marine force is based at a camp near the northeastern Thai town of Udon, 350 air miles north- east of Bangkok and only about 30 miles south of the Laotian border. Khorat is in the foothills of cen- tral Thailand 135 miles northeast of Bangkok, and well back from the sensitive Laotian miles away at the closest point, The greatest hazard for UjS. troops in the area has proved to be snakes. Soldiers of the 27th In- fantry Regiment's 1st Battle Group have named their camp Camp Cobra. In their first three days they killed about 100 snakes, including 12 cobras. Khorat is considered the most logical site for the headquarters because of its airstrip and good backstop railway communications with Udon and the other major northeastern Thai center of Ubon, about 50 miles from the frontier. Rev. Frank Foster Succumbs at 45 ASPERMONT (RNS) The Wednesday in the First Baptist Rev. Frank Foster. 45, widely, known Baptist preacher, died at p.m. Monday in the Veteran's Hospital in Big Administration Spring. He had been suffering from leu- kemia since 1938. Bom Feb. 2, 1917 in Anson, he married Sept. 2, Betty Ann Hudspcth 1948 at Cedar Gap. He lad his first pastorate at Cedar Gap after his graduation from ttardin Simmons University in 1947. Since then, he had been pastor at Catkto. Rehoboth, Swenson, and at Fullerton, N. M. He was pas- tor of the First Bapti.il Church in from UM until mi. Rev. router graduated from ataptlii Ttnolofical wfl to IMM I Church here with the Rev. Har- old Watson, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Clyde, and Rev. Lewis Price, local Baptist; church pastor, officiating. Assist- ing will be the Rev. Trott of Abilene, Baptist district missionary; and the Rev. Milton Gardner. Burial will he in Bethel Ceme- tery at Funston in Couoty with Young Funeral HWM IB charge. Survivors are IM Susan of the hone: tot urn, the home: six Packard of Chino, AUXIN MorfM C. C May Mn. Wand NeMIM, tin. HIM,
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