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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 340 PAGE ONE northern big-city press has discovered the Billie Sol Es- tes drama, and there's been of late a steady procession of news- men from afar beating the Clyde to Abilene to Pecos- to Dallas to et cetera trail of the story. The reporters touch all the ba'es. but they begin or they end et Pecos. The good folk of Pecos have been having some fun out of an eager one of these visiting news- men. In Reeves County, it seems, there's a firm with the apt if startling name of "Murder, Inc." This reporter was nosing around Reeves legal records in search of whatever he might be able to find and he found some- thing. In one file he came across one item recorded Pay- ment: "To Murder, Inc., The Easterner got real ex- cited. "You he demanded, "you can get a man killed in Texas for only Reeves Countians let the out- lander be. shocked for awhile before they explained gently, man. Bug. 'Murder, is an exterminator firm." A reader poses a problem: What do used car buyers see when they look under the hooii of a car they're about to buy? You'll note them on the car lot. They walk around the auto. They peep in and may even try out the seat. They walk around again and kick the tires. Then they open the hood, lean on the fender and look and look. The wife comes and iooks too. Even small children peer. They look at the greasy thing- uhmajigs and they must see something for they buy, But, what is it they see? Come June 1 Cisco residents are going to get an hour's jump on the rest of the state. They'll get to work an hour and get off work an hour earlier. The town will, in other words, go on daylight savings time. And why? "So We can have that extra hour in the evening to enjoy the lake, to fish, ski, swim, golf, play bridge at home or just loaf" explains Larry Milner, Chamber of Commerce man- ager. The idea for a one-city try at daylight savings grew, Milner says, out of a conversation he had with J. B. Dennings, va- riety store manager at Cisco. The idea got started and spread through the business community, and so the general agreement that on June 1 the clocks will be turned back an hour. It may he a bit confusing at first, Milner admits, but the C-C will try to publicize the change for the benefit of Cisco's trade territory. And what about the effect of the time change on the polls for the Second Primary the next day, June 2? "We'll have to foilow state time, we Milner said. Which means, when it's 7 p.m. and the polls close at Ranger, Eastland, Ballinger and every- where else including Cisco, the Cisco clocks will be proclaim- ing, "6." A Sayles citizen, reporting on the restricted parking signs which have blossomed on the edges of the street: "We'rt go- ing to re-name it from 'Sayles Boulevard1 to 'Sayles Bulletin Board'." Humidify Drops To a Low Low A weak cold front moved through Abilene al a.m. Tues- day with little effect on the tem- perature, but causing a share drop in relative humidity. Humidity dropped from 71 per cent juit before the front passed to 31 per cent shortly after the pmMge, Moisture content contin- ued to decrease and stood at 10 pw cent or less throughout the afternoon, Tht Weather Bureau reported low of 7 per cent reach- ed at Ume durini tht MM. ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MO 9qno 'WENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Prett (ff) A PONY FOR LINDA Ten-year-old Linda Brad- shaw describes the type of pony she ivants to Police Sgt. Byron Wasson, who took up a collection among fellow officers Tuesday in an attempt to buy a horse for the girl. Sgt. Wasson found Linda Monday night after she had "borrowed" a horse and told her he would try to get her a horse of her own if she would return home. (Staff photo by Jimmy Parsons) _ 4 Examiner Indicates Marshall Murdered WEATHER (Weather man, Page ABILENE AND VICINITY fair and warm tkroug: Thursday. Few, high thin clouds. Htgl Wednesday arunnd 90. Overnight low 65 High Thursday, around 95. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clear partly cloudy Wednesday and Thursday iVidely scattered thunderstorms east anc south late Wednesday afternoon and night Warmer northwest .Wednesday night. Higl Wednesday 84-88. NORTHWEST-TEXAS: Fair Wednesda and Thursday. Warmer Wednesday nigh md Thursday. High Wednesday 80-92. TEMPERATCBES Tucs. a.m. Tues. p 73 81 High end p.m.: 93 an' High and 72 ........____ low for 24-hours ending 9 low same date last yeai sunset tonight: Barometer redding at 9 p.m.: 27.90. Humidify af 9 p.m.: 26 per cent. Girl Who Borrowed Horse Will Get Pony of Her Own A petite 10-year-old girl who wanted a horse so much she "bor rowed" one from a local riding stable will have a Shetland pony of her own if the pockets of loca police officers are deep enough The girl, Linda Bradshaw o! 2001 Graham St., became the ob ject of an intensive search ny_a small army of officers and Civi Defense volunteers Monday nighl when she was reported missing 'rom her home. Searchers combed the city's lorth side for more than three lours before they found Linda at he Hilltop Service Station on far north Pine St. She was leading a big saddle lorse by a piece of wire she hac wrapped around its neck. The horse, far too big for Linda to mount, belonged to Elm Creek Stables. Officers coaxed the little girl to turn the horse over to a handler and return to her home in a squad car. But she refused to leave "her" horse. Seeing that no amount of friend- ly persuasion would part the girl and the big horse or dry tear- NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obituaries.............. 4 Sports ...............6, 7 Radio-TV (09............ 8 TV Scout...............8 Oil news................9 SECTION B Editorials............... 2 Women's news 3 Amusements 4 Comics 5 Farm news, markets 9 dren in the Simpson family. Her stepfather is a mechanic. Sgt. Wasson said if efforts to raise among fellow officers fail or fall short, he plans to turn to some business friends for some help. "And when we get the money for Ihe horse, we will have to spend a couple of dollars or so a month for feed." he said. "Linda's parents don't have the money to feed the pony, but they've got a place to keep the horse." Outside contributions toward purchase of the pony may be sent to the Linda Bradshaw Fund in care of the Abilene Police Dept. filled eyes, officers called Linda's parents. After the parents arrived, Linda agreed to get into the patrol car the horse would be led be- hind, never out of sight. Officers agreed. The horse finally was returned to its but Ihe little girl's sad eyes and quivering chin touched the hearts of the tough policemen. Especially Sgt. Bryan Wasson, the father of a little girl who has and is closely attached to her own Shetland pony. So Tuesday Sgt. Wasson began making the rounds among his fel- low officers carrying his hat be- fore him. The first sweep brought toward the Sgt. Wasson thinks will be needed to buy Linda a pony. "It just got to Sgt. Was- son said. "She just cried and cried and big tears rolled down her checks." "1 didn't know any child could want a horse that he said. Sgt. Wasson visited the girl's parents Tuesday afternoon to see if a horse could be properly taken care of. He noted a chicken wire fence in the back yard which lie said would serve the purpose if it were lengthened. Linda's mother, Mrs. Jimmy Sari Simpson, said her daughter 'went to sleep crying today. She las told everybody about that lorse." "She has wanted a horse for .wo or three the mother old a reporter, "but we've never been able to get her one. They're L oo expensive Linda is the oldest of chil- Mmc than 20U P I them standing, c: Autopsy Is Due Later in Week Belated stories, Pg. 10-B FRANKLIN Harris County medical examiner strongly indicated here Tuesday that he believed, after a partial autopsy, that Henry Marshall, a figure in the Billie Sol Estes case, was murdered. Dr. Joseph Jachimczyk, the medical examiner heading the au- topsy team probing Marshall's year-old death emphasized that a complete autopsy "will not be available until later this week when tissue tests are completed." The medical examiner would give little information on his find- ings but he said he believed "strongly at this time that this is not a suicide." Marshal! was found dead with five bullet wounds in his body at a remote section of his farm near here. Asked if Marshall could have been shot in the back, Jachimczyk replied, "I don't believe I can an swer that at this time." He said there were nine wounds in the bullet entrances and four exits. He said patholo- gists were still other bullet. looking for the The autopsy team earlier had hoped to finish its autopsy Tues- day night for a grand jury looking "because infrt rta-ith "Rut fhn j.t_j_ ____i- _ _ SAYS HE WAS FIRED C. R. (Russ) Peables told newsmen at his home in San Clemente, Calif., that he was fired as Pecos, Tex., police chief because he investigated Billie Sol Estes. Peables, a former Abi- lene policeman and police chief at Coleman, here shows a Reporter-News clipping of the announcement When he was elected as Pecos police chief. (Story, Pg. 10-B) (AP Wirephoto) Districts See Need Of Water Control Survey By JOE B. POUNS Reporter-News SSaff Writer BALLINGER Water districts located all the way from Bi; Spring to Austin are anxious to be included in a survey to deter- mine water control needs along the Colorado Hiver, it was learn- ed at a public hearing staged by he U. S. Corps of Engineers at .he 119th Judicial District Court- courtroom to tell Col. H. P. Wes of the U. S. Army Corps of En gineers about the need of wate conservation and flood prevention in their respective wate districts. In practically all reports thi plea was the same: population increases in the past or expectec in the future have caused a dir> need for water, industry will no be obtainable without it, and flood; I have caused much damage ti room here Tuesday morning. few much damage 'into livestock and persona! property and, in somi instances, caused deaths. Sonv Astricts pointed out that theii water supplies have become po] luted. All pledged their co-opera lion. The survey is under way will Col. West in charge and, as ex plained by Congressman 0. C Fisher of San Angelo. the work should be completed by some thro in 1963, probably just about a yeai from now. The public hearing held here Tuesday morning was foi the purpose of determining thi water control needs of the various districts and their attitudes con cerning the survey. At the conclusion of the meet ing. Col. West expressed his thanks for the co operation ant for the information that had been given and said that all pleas, both oral and written, will be given careful consideration. One of the first presentations, and one of the strongest, was V IN CONFERENCE Col. R. P. West of tht U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth and Congressman 0. C. Fisher conferred Tuesday in Ballinger at a public hearing in which Col West heard requests from several water districts that a survey to determine water control needs In extended to their areas. (Photo by Claude Stone) f made by County Agent Parker of Ballinger, representa- tive of the Runnels County Water Authority. After telling about the importance of water to a grow- ing county, Parker made the pre- diction that Ballinger Will not have potable water within 10 years unless some action is taken to obtain a good supply in the near future. Ha suggested that a site on the Colorado River, not far from Bal- linger and known as "the Ante- lope >ite" would be good for the construction of dam and res- ervoir. Such a project would be multi purpme in nature, and hi built to fton MO.MM acre ftet of Such (torn wuM fee tml Mr KM tctomr of Runnels County and all West Texas, Parker said. The county agent told Col. West and members of the audience about the damage that had been done in Runnels County by floods in the past, and then painted a picture of prosperity in that area into Marshall's death. But medical examiner said it would be later in the week before he could give Dist. Judge John Bar- ron a full report on the matter. Asked if the angle of the bullet entrances were a factor in his in- vestigation, the medical examiner nodded affirmatively but would not elaborate. "That will be taken care of in the final he said. Jachimczyk added that his be- lief that Marshall "was not a sui- cide" was his "tentative, personal opinion." Marshall, a 52-year-old veteran of the Agriculture Department, had taken part in some Estes farm conferences. Sheriff Howard Stegall said it appeared Marshall may have lived as long as five hours after the last shot. He did not say how he reached that deduction. Marshall was investigating the cotton allotment manipulations of Estes, West Texas financier now under fraud indictment and con gressional investigations because if the people could be his cotton and grain storage of a good water supply and couldjpractices. o c feel sure that their property and! Estes sought out farmers who See MARSHALL, Pg. 5-A, Col. 4 (AF Wireidmn DR. JOSEPH doesn't see suicide had cotton allotments but no lanS because such public works as neW lakes had make their land usable., He sold portions of his land to these farmers, they trajS ferred their allotments to Mr land, and Estes leased it from' them. The government assessed him. this practice. Estes still can ap- peal to his county farm tees. Agriculture Secretary Orvilie Freeman said recently that such information about Estes died with Marshall. Bill Mattox, a Reeves County commilteeman for the Agricultur- al Stabilization and Conservation Service, remained suspended aft- er a hearing before the state committee at College Station. Mattox first was suspended May 9 after saying he accepted airplane fare to Washington and notel accommodations from Estes about last January. He was one of three committeemen who ap- proved Esles' cotton allotment :ransfers. Mattox was subpoenaed by the Franklin grand jury. The Agriculture Department or- dered government-stored grain removed from Estes' se- vere blow to creditors who hoped government storage fees would jay their claims against the inancier. Estes' creditors gathered in El lives will not be in danger floods in the future. In his tal he stressed the point that Rui nels County is plagued wit "flash" floods. Parker declared in his ta: that there are at least 200 farm in Runnels County that must Sec WATER, Pg. 5-A, Col, 3 43 ABOARD Plane Feared Lost KANSAS CITY, Mo. Federal Aviation Agency's Fligh Control Center reported a Conti nental Airlines jet failed to arrive at Municipal Airport Tuesday T. light after reporting its position over Kirksville, Mo. The plane was reported to have 17 passengers and a crew of six aboard. The Missouri Highway Patro said it received a report someone lad found plane debris near Centerville, Iowa, and a search was being organized in that area. WASHINGTON Conti- nental Airlines jet Airliner with about 44 persons aboard vanished rom a radar screen aa it headed or Kansas City Tuesday night, a Federal Aviation Agency spoken- man "The to the poktsrnm raid, "Thert'i Sheriff not Surprised At Shooting Method FRANKLIN (AP) Sherifl Howard Stegall, who investigated controversial shooting _______________ ________ Henry said soil fed to the conclusion tftit Marshall had tried to walk and (lie now death of Tuesday he is not surprised that the farm official could shoot him- self five times. "I know a man that got shot sy another one nine times with a .22 and said the sheriff in an interview. The fact that Marshall was shot five times has led some officials to question the official ruling of suicide. They say it is unlikely: .hat a man physically could per-! 'orm the act. Marshall was a state farm offi- cial investigating Billie So! Estes inancicr charged with fraud and mticr congressional investigation 'or his cotton allotment and grain storage practices. He was shot five times in the body June 3 on his farm near his South Texas town. He was shot with his .22-caiiber, wit-action rifle which was found foot from the body. The rifle was clip fed, but the bolt must pulled back and then rammed orward and the trigger pulled jcforc each shot. lived about five hours after last shot before he died. The sher- iff said foot marks in the sandy Stegall said, "It's quite possible o shoot yourself five timej with .22-calibcr rifle. "Marshall would have to hoM he rifle planted into stomach, pul! the trigger, then ver the rifle md re-cock H fcjr stnf the bolt stumbled several times. Stegall said an extensive search of the area failed'to show any foot marks except Marshall's. Justice of the peace Lee Farm- er, after studying the case five days, ruled that the death was suicide. Dist. Atty. Bryan Russ bat agreed with the verdict and state judge John Ban opened the case this week called a grand jury into to probe it. ;'S Farmer did not call for Jto autopsy at the time of the death; Farmer has reaffirmed his diet, "on the basis of the I had." He said that if the jury comes up with more dencc, "I would like to hear "Franklin is not iike Hj Farmer said "You here all your life awt yon know the people and ttatir action." Judge Barren vinced of Hw could MM. MrnfeaU MrtM as I