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   San Antonio Express and News (Newspaper) - March 7, 1954, San Antonio, Texas                                Freeze and Frost Details in Column 4 TWO Great Separate Daily Newspapers Combined Into ONE Great Sunday Newspaper Final Edition Copyright, 1954, by Exprm Publishing Co. NO. YEAR SAN ANTONIO, SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 1954 134 PAGES IN 11 SECTIONS 15 CENTS SECTION A BIZARRE S RY TOLD; ARRESTED Aide Charges Davis Sought City Control By PAUL THOMPSON Staff Writer Charging City Atty. Jack Davis is a "two-bit political an assistant city at- torney Saturday night called on Davis to quit. Mrs. Pearl Mason, an attorney In the back tax office, said City Mgr. Ralph Winton "won't have a minute's peace until he gets rid of Davis." She charged that Davis was ringleader of "a move to under- mine-.the city manager's author- ity" and she added: "DAVIS AND A FEW political stooges want things done their at City Hall, regardless of right or wrong. They are deter- mined to get control for vicious reasons and they won't let Mr. Winton-alone." Winton said late Saturday he will "fully investigate" charges made by; Mrs, Pearl Mason in her blast at City Atty. Jack Davis. "I'll call Mrs. Mason, into my effice Monday-and get-to the bot- tom of this .whole Winton said. Mrs. Mason, the mother of four children, said Davis threatened to fire her during a hot alterca- tion In his office three weeks ago Thursday. "HE CALLED ME IN, ostensi- bly to, talk about my she said, adding: "But it turned out he wanted to pump me- for political infor- 'matlon. And when I refused to talk, he poured abuse upon me and said he would fire me when he got around to It. "I have been expecting the ax ever since, as I -told Manager Winton." ASSERTING HER interest, then as now, was to promote "good city government based on de- cency and Mrs, Mason said she believed Winton cannot attain those objectives unless Da- vis goes. "In his -office that day, Mr. Davis was nearly beside ehe said, "When I told him Mr. Winton ought to settle our differences, he See CHARGE, Page 8A JOHN W. CALDWELL sits lifeless In rocking chair after slaying at "The N. New Brannfels cafe. TALBOTT CALLED ON Deny Or Confirm AF Academy Site WASHINGTON, March 6.-Sen. eorge A; Smathers (D-Fla.) Sat- urday asked Sep. of Air Force Harold- E- Taibott "to deny or INSIDE TODAY pic- A SECnON-Local, state, tional, international news; tore page, lft-A. B news, 2, 3. 10-B; editorials, Views 'oCJ Frederick Steinberg, said Satur- day afternoon-that, latest ailment is an internal hemorrhage, and reported that "the patient is rest- ing very comfortably." WHITE WENT TO the hospital Friday night on doctor's orders. His condition then was described as not serious. The mayor suffered a mild stroke Nov. 13. He was com- mitted to The Nix at once and released Dec. 31. the News, 4-B; radio-TV supple- ment, 5 and S-B; and opinion, 7-B. C Classified advertis- ing, 1 through U-C; Religion in Review, 12-C. D Men's and sports, 1 through 5-D, 7-D; outdoor page, 6-D; farm and ranch, 8- D; oil, 9-D; business and mar- kets, IO-D. E SECTION Chatterbox, Post- script columns; weddings and engagements; club. F SECTION School Spotlight, columns and features, fashions; movies and amusements, 6 and ,.7-F. G Homes and gardens, HINotes, 8-G; real estate and b B 1 1 d I n g, do-it-yourself, 9 through H-G. H Uncle Ray's Cor- ner, fashions, medicine, gag contest, 2-H; Our Texas Towns, 3-H; books, music, records, 4- H; recipe contest, Teen-Age Mail, deg column, 5-H; travel, photography, 6-H; crossword pnnle, 7-H; Sheflaa Gniham and Earl Wilson col- umns, movie-radio-TV picture THIS WEEK MAGAZINE and two comic sections. White Death Rumor False 'r "Jack White is very much alive." Nix Memorial- Hospital so an- nounced late Saturday night after a flood" of phone calls to the While-Plaza Hotel. THE HOTEL SAO) Jt started getting the calls around 5 pjn. Some of those who phoned claimed to have heard of the mayor's' "death" over television, a switchboard operator said. She added that one woman caller, amid tears, insisted she heard a newsboy shouting the same bad news on a street cor- ner. TV Stations denied making a report. An informed-source late'Satur- day night, however, expressed grave concern; over White's con- was. placed. Friday night had not been removed. The Mayor's physician, Light Freeze, Frost Due In South Texas States Air Force academy. Predicting that the Senate will approve an air academy bill '.the Smathers: made public -a letter to 'Taibott asking about congres- sional rumors that the ,site al- ready has been HE SAID there are .other ru- mors that California, Texas, Ala- are those finally In con- sideration for the site.-Some ru- mors include Florida." Many states and localities are in competition for the site, and the decision is eagerly awaited on Capitol Hill. The. Air Force has been seek- ing its own academy for several years and in the past; has sent boards but" to survey possible sites. board -narrowed the field to seven sites. Secretary Taibott 'told the Sen- ate Amred Services' Committee this survey would be used but would HE INSISTED all appli- cations for the academy would get careful consideration. He also testified .that no- final decision would be made, until Congress dition to a reporter, adding, that-passes a bill authorizing the the oxygen' tent under he school, the President signs it and a commission has screened all applications. Senate expected dur- ing the week, would carry out a five-year-old recommendation of President Dwight D. Elsenhower, made long before he entered the White House. Following a clear and little colder night, San Antonio and confirm rumors! that a decision mav expecffrost and a airpartv heon reached" freeze Sunday morning with already Has UCGH redwjcu uu i e 01 a low of 31. the site of a. proposed new United The high will be 72 and winds Dr. ALAMO HEIGHTS GRABS SECOND STATE CROWN Alamo Heights Mules won the state AAA basketball championship the second time in three years by com- ing from behind in the sec- ond half to nip Galena Park, 67-60, in Gregory-Gym at Austin Saturday night be- fore a packed house of spectators. The Mules entered the sec- ond half trailing by six points but with..Bill Eld- ridge, Sammy Bean and Jim- my Droke hitting the bucket took the lead in the third quarter and surged to a good lead in the last few minutes.' For details see Page 3D. will be gentle and variable. Scattered frost is likely to. be found Sunday morning in the western end of the Rio Grande according to" the weather- man. The" Vialley forecast calls for clear to partly cloudy skies and slightly warmer through Sunday. That is also the prediction for South Texas. in northwest sunshine state, Meanwhile Florida, the children, ran wild through swirling flakes of a substance their parents told them was snow. It snowed almost every- where in Northwest Florida west of the Apalachicola River. Fair, and .warmer is predicted for all of Texas later Sunday, Fog may occur again in the early hours "but is not likely to be so thick-and widespread as Saturday's dense shroud. Airline flights were delayed several hours, -and motorists .slowed to a' crawl, by a dense ground fog over much of the eastern half of the state Satur- day morning. By noon a warm sun had burned it away. S.A. TEMPERATURES 5 6 a.m.. 7 a.m.. 8 a.m.. 9 a.m.. 10 ajn., llajn.. 12 noon. 1 p.m., 2 p.m.. .....41 .....40 ....39 -----40 -----45 ......50 ,....51 ......55 ..'...58 ..60 ..61 ..61 ..61 ..59 -.56 54 10 p.m.'....'..51 n 12 .3 p.m.. 4 p.m.. 5 p.m .6 pan.. 7 p.m.. 8 p.m.. -9 p.m...... Vice Officers Draw Suspensions A bizarre story by'two city vice Saturday in the arrest of Patrolman 0. R. Graves in the slaying of John Graves was jailed at 4.p.m. Just before his arrest, he was suspended indefinitely by Police Chief, George W. Bichsel. With the arrest.of .Grave's at his home' came the annpuncement that the two vtpe officers, Myron Hubble and James Siebrecht, had also been placed linder indefinite suspension. Hubble and Seibrecht accom- .0. R. GRAVES '.held in shooting of John W. Coldwcll HERE'S HOW IT HAPPENED CeldmirsDeathSetOff panied Graves to The Spot, where Caldwell, San Antonio Negro night club operator, was shot. i THE TROUBLED CON- SCIENCES of Hubble and Sie- brecht sent them Saturday morn- ing to the district attorney's' office where they asked for immunity in exchange for statements. First Asst. Dist. Atty. James C. Onion conferred with judge W. W. McCrory and immunity was granted by the Onion told Jon Ford, associate editor of San Antonio Express. This is what happened at The Spot, Feb. 23, according to the five-page signed statements given by Hubble and Siebrecht, Onion said: Graves stood outside the office with Siebrecht while Hubble talked to Caldwell. Graves, out of sight of Caldwell, thumbed out the cylinder of bis .38 pistol and ejected''the cartridges into his GRAVES FLIPPED the cylin- der into place and-went Into the office where he confronted Cald- well, seated in a chair. The patrol- man the. p'stol at Caldwell, 'ordering him to open the safe.-' 1 Caldwell repliedr'T'don't own the safe. It's not mine. It belongs to Icecream (Leroy Graves snap the The slaying of John W.' Cald- well set off a city-wide from police to district attorney's Investigators' findings and citi- zens' groups appealing to the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission. Here the events are listed In chronological order: Feb. Early on this date, Pa-trolman O. R. Graves, 25r shot and killed John W. (Jackhouse) Caldwell, of 227 Paso 'Hondo St. wifh a .38, was shot the head. The slayr ing took place at--.The Spot, a cafe'at 'N. 'New Braunfels Ave. and Burnet St. GRAVES, ACCORDING to his report, went-to the place to ob- tain evidence of the reported illegal sale of whisky. During his questioning, .Grav.es reported, Caldwell got up from His. chair in' anger when he was asked to open .a safe In..a back. .room. Caldwell lunged with a knife and he shot him, Graves said, Vice Squad Officers Myron Hubble'and James; Siebrecht, who Had told Graves of the liquor sales, accompanied' him to The Spot.. Hubble, fa his report, said he heard; Graves order. Caldwell tb.'OpenVthe safe. He- tfeh ieard a and'.then Graves came out of the officfe'and said: "He tried to cut Hub; I ble said he-.looked down rand sawv the knife' Justice of the; Ogden returned'a verdict' of. justl- ._'. FEB. The SOME BRITON JOIN IN 'OX ROAST' Stetson-Hatted Texans Toss Biggest Bhvtout Since SanJacinto 'Shoot Up' BY TOTTED PRESS DENHAM, England, March 6. Stetson-hatted Texans Including some from England ate a ton of barbecued Texas' beef: to the twang of three hillbilly bands Saturday In one ot the biggest Texas blowouts since- Sam Houston shot up San Jacinto. they yipped as the fiddles played San Antone" and "The Rose of .cooks turned destination windows double-decker buses sides of beef with pitchforks, and slapped on the sauce with mops. read the signs in the of British as t h" e y trundled through puzzled Picca- diafly crowds in London and.hit the trial for this Buckingham- shire U.S. Air Base hauling hund- reds of Texans to the Texas In- dependence Day barbecue. (The Englishmen called It an ox roast.) Before getting on with the din- ner this is how come Texans Hap- pened to celebrate independence day over here: woods are full of Texans, mostly Air .Force men. an Anglo-Texas so- ciety here, formed by British au- thor Graham Greene because he likes Texans. two got together, ac- cepted four .prime steers shipped by the Houston fat stock show, and decided" to pitch a frolic. Independence Day- was Tuesday, but to the disgust of Texas Gov. Allan Shivers the air- men had tp: stay on duty so they held the barbecue on Saturday- just four days late. A few Englishmen wearing bowlers tried hard to drawl and even-three cockney "pearly kings" from London's east'end sauntered along in their beaded suitSf. but mainly Texans crammed the big Air Base' dining! hall< wearing maps of Texas its identify cards-. The four steers dressed' put to pounds of good Texas beef that sizzled in a six foot by 30 foot pit for 24 .hours before the eating started.' W. Aid- rick got away froni'the U.-.S. em- bassy to bite into some of 'the barbecue along with the Third Air Force commander, Maj.Gen. Francis H. Griswold, while bat- teries of-newsreels-and television cameras ground away recording the curious of grinning young men who conversed 'with "yjppees" and called each'other district attorney's ofli'c.e.-an- nounced a. thorough investigation had been launched....First 'Asst'. DJst'.Atty. James Onion said" sev- eral witnesses had indteated to his office not as originally related. After this aajiounc, e'ment, Graves said he'would ask'to be indicted for .murdeiv He said he would confer with Dist. Atty. Aus- tin Anderson. Police Chief George W. Bich- sel charged "pressure by an East Side personality" has been brought to bear on the case. The chief said his investigations satis- fied'him that Graves shot in self defense. advised Graves' to seek trial. ARCHIE chairman of an East Side citizens com- mittee, charged. that Caldwell's death was not a-justifiable homi- cide. He .Justice of the Peace Ogden inquiry. Johnson said his group represented several civic organi- zation and the National Associa- tion for the Advancement of Col- ored People. Ogden stood by his verdict, de- claring that the case was closed. Dist.A'tty. Austin" Anderson- said he would ask: Graves to take a lit detector test. Graves declined comment to'the press on the ad- vice of his' attorney. ANDERSON'S ANNOUNCE- MENT came after an .East Side delegation of 23 persons appeared at city hall and his office'to-pro- test alleged, "manhandling and police brutality." Chief- Bichsel and City Mgr Ralph Winton sug- gested that- the leaders seek a public hearing before the Fire See STORY, Today's Chuckle Don't worry if Washington. takes the shirt off your they've got a ..some 'kind, to keep it in. pistol. Then, while they had turned their backs momentarily from Graves-and Caldwell, Hubble and Seibrecht heard a' "boom." They turned in time to see Cal- well slump down in to his chair. HUBBLE HAD JEN his posses- sion'a knife taken from-a man arrested earlier in, a cutting af fray. it from his pocket and- passed it 'to Graves, as they stood1 almost They then worked but :.the self- defense story on the-.spot and Grayes passed the knife to Sie- irecht dropped it" beside Caldwell, As the situation; wors.ened the following, days, rHub- ble.--pec.ame highly He and Stebrecht decided to make a clean bjreast-of .the whole thing. They: to .the district 'attor- ney's .office a.m. and re- mained two'hours. Dist., Atty. Austin Anderson then called in Bichsel to allow him the -courtesy of making -the joint" statement. THE "STATEMENT FROM Bichsel.came at a specially called press conference-in. the offic'e of Bexar County Dist. Atty. Austin F. Anderson, who announced that Hubble and Seibrecht had come fo his of- fice earlier Saturday to make voluntary statements, which prior to Saturday the detec- tives' had refused to ,do.. Asked by newsmen what charge will be. filed against fraves, Anderson replied, "murder.with malice." !He added that the case would be presented to the Bexar County Grand Jury next Wednesday. It was understood at the press inference that the two vice offi- cers made the statements- with Jie understanding that they would ie granted immunity in anything that they might say. ____ PRICE ROGERS, CHIEF in- for the office, said that the. two vice officers had "worried about it since the first day. Hubble'said he had stayed up until 3 a.m. this morning talk- ing- to -his wife about it. They said that they wanted, to tell the truth ..about It now that's the reason they gave the statements." Present at-the press confer- ence were .Anderson, Police Chief Bichsel, City Manager Ralph Winton, and members of Anderson's and Bichsel's staffs who had been assigned to the foilow-up investigation of.the much publicized vice-raid shooting. In announcing the suspen- sions and order for arrest of Graves, Bichsel said: "I have read, the two state- ments given to, the district at- torney by j Officers Seibrecht and Hubble, and on live basis of this.I have ordered indef- inite .-suspensions for Myron Hubble, James Seibrecht and 0. R. Graves. I feel it. best for all concerned for Mr. Anderson to withhold any information as to the details, which might detrimental to a fair trial." Anderson, added, "We are not in a position to release any more information. We want this case tried in court." 'WINTON INTERJECTED the statement that the case had been handled as quietly as possible on the- part of police department's investiga- tion for the good of the depart- ment. "This case should not be responsibility of all the men on the he said. !It does not reflect the actions Of all officers." In line with his promise to "tell the city council Win- ton said jie was having council members advised Saturday of de- velopments in the Graves case. "A trying to reach all councilmen by said the' manager, who was attacked last week-for "holding back" on council members. Asked if Seibrecht and-Hub- ble were- being considered for arrest, Bichsel replied 1'up to this point the only thing I can find that these two vice- of- ficers are guilty of is poor judgement." Graves: Saturday afternoon had still maintained his refusal to make a statement. Graves'remained in jail Satur- day night and his attorney, Clay- ton Thompson; said he would not attempt to. get him out on bond. Thompson explained that he wished-Graves to remain in jal aecause if Graves signed a tem- See SLAYING, Page 8A MYRON HUBBLE JAMES SIEBRECHT   

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