Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXXIII, No. 292
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Auocia^d Pre» (AP) ABILENE. TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING. APRIL 4, 1954-SIXTY-EIGHT PaWT^IVE SËCTÏÔns'
McCarthy to Answer Murrow via TV Film
NEW COLORADO CITY TRUSTEES—Dr. Oscar E. Rhode, left, and Johnny M. Moore, right, Saturday were elected to three-year terms on the Colorado City School Board. Defeated in the near record vote turnout was incumbent Dr. J. D. Williams, critic of Supt. of Schools Ed E. Williams.
BOSTON. April 3 W—Sen. McCarthy (R-Wit) said today he has completed a filmed reply to television commentator Edward R. Murrow for showing on Murrow's CBS-TV show next Tuesday night.
McCarthy said the film would show “that Murrow is (1) a liar, and (2) has been of great assistance to the Communist cause.’’ He added he would make the film available to any television station that wants to show it.
The senator’s comment was made in the course of a brief news conference at Logan Airport as he arrived to speak tonight at a closed meeting of the Beacon Society, composed of Boston business and professional men.
The film the senator referred to
McCarthy Story on Page 13-A
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C-City Voters Oust School Head Critic
By JOHN DANILSON
A near-record number of Colorado City voters ousted a school board critic of that city’s school superintendent Saturday while Trent residents were voting for a mayor and two city commissioners, Runnels County was electing two county commissioners and many other West Texas points were naming county and city school trustees.
Spirited contests resulted iu deadlocks in several communities, including Hamby where four school trustee candidates — three of them incumbents — found themselves each with eight votes apiece and ieeking the same spot.
2 Write-Ins Win At Aspermont a surprising display of write-in votes elected two men. each by larger tallies than the highest man who had filed for the ticket received.
One of the. most competitive races in the area took place in the relatively small EJmdale community where eight trustee candidates sought three available places.
James Freeman, veteran Taylor County school trustee and currently president of the county board, appeared well out In front of other candidates in his bid for re-election, according to incomplete voting returns Saturday night.
More Elections Tuesday Election of school trustees will continue Tuesday in a number of towns, although a majority of the trustee elections were held Saturday. In addition, most municipalities, including ’Abilene, will hold city council or commission elections Tuesday.
The hot Colorado City election was fanned into flames by last month’s school board differences concerning renewal of the contract of Ed E. Williams, Colorado City auperintendent of schools.
A near-record total of 922 voters elected Dr. Oscar E. Rhode and Johnny M. Moore to three-year terms with 566 and 545 votes respectively.
Dr. J. D Williams, critic of Supt. Williams, was not elected. Dr. Williams, only incumbent on Saturday’s ticket at Colorado City, last year had questioned the legality of Supt. Williams' contract renewal on the grounds that there was no call for a second to his motion to cancel the contract.
Vote of Confidence Dr. Williams received 405 votes —almost double the number he received in 1951 when elected, but not enough in 1954.
Public interest was stirred by the controversy* Jinx Powell, school board president at Colorado City, said that every board member had had the opportunity to •econd the motion.
The vote could be considered a vote of confidence in Supt. Williams, since Rhode, who led the ticket, was popularly supposed to be friendly to the superintendent. The defeated Dr. Williams was considered to be a critic of the present school administration.
Both Dr. Rhode and Moore were elected to public office for the first I time on Saturday.
Dr. Rhode, 43, served as a major in World War II. He is past commander of the American Legion, and past president of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce.
Moore, 34-year-old attorney, was formerly a member of the FBI, and served in Army intelligence in World War II. He came to Colorado City in 1927 and is g member of the firm of Thompson, Worrell and Moore.
A. T. Caffey received 202 votes and Abbie Northeast, incumbent, received 32 write-in votes at Colorado City. Nortlicutt did not file for a place on the ticket.
j Defeated candidates, who ran against Morgan and Medlock, were j John Pepper, Jr., who received 134 votes, and Mrs. Laura Duncan, who received 112.
TYE, AprU 3 (RNS) — Voters re-elected Elmer Mattingly, incumbent. and one new member, Walter Webb, as trustees of the Tye Independent School District here Saturday.
Webb received 12 votes, and Mattingly, nine. Another incumbent, D. N. Warner, lost out when he received eight votes. A fourth candidate, Marion Hufstedier, received three votes.
TRENT, April 3 (RNS) — J. M.
Stowe and Orvln Robinson were candidates were Weyman Mason,
named trustees of Trent Independ-1 * "r ’*
ent School District in balloting here Saturday. They won the posts over three others.
Wray V’. William was elected mayor and Carl Edwards and H. H.
McLeod were elected city commissioners. They were unoppsoed.
Stowe received 70 and Robinson 51 votes in the trustee race while Odell Freeman received 33, Onis Graham 12, and W. T. Willis 14.
A total of 92 votes were cast in the school election and 35 in the commission and mayor’s race.
BALLINGER, April 3 (RNSi — Two school trustees and two county commissioners were elected here Saturday.
In all, 238 votes were cast for five candidates in the trustee race and three in the commissioner race.
C. A. Bissett was re-elected trustee for the Ballinger Independent School District by 164 votes, and E. B. Underwood was elected to succeed Tom Agnew by 113 votes.
Agnew received 80 votes. Other
who got 75 votes, and Henry Carder, who received 27 votes.
Herman Price beat Wesley Wood for county commissioner of Precinct One w’ith 144 votes to Wood’s 93.
E. E. King, sole candidate for
¡See ELECTIONS, Pg. 4-A. Col. 1-2
POLITICAL POT BOILS
School-less Sylvester Elects 2 Trustees From Field of 12
SYLVESTER. Anril 3 (RNS) — One of Sylvester's most hotly contested school board elections In history' came to a boil Saturday in this small school district — which desn’t have a school.
Twelve candidates vied for the two school board posts in an election which drew a near record vote of 92, a close rival to a heavy Democratic primary vote.
The district has a population of only a couple of hundred people.
“I think nearly all of the qualified voters voted,” Mrs. Floyd J. McCain, election judge, said. “There were very lew who didn’t.”
Winners were Walter Douglas with 59 votes and Tommy Parsons with 33. Runners-up were A. C. Smith, who polled 17, and J. M. Lanning, who got 19 votes.
Heat of the election centered around the fact that in the past two years Sylvester has lost first its high school and then its grammar school.
Students have been contracted to
Touchstone Elected Jones Commissioner
ANSON, April 3 — J. E. Touchstone of the Noodle Community Friday was given approval of Jones County Precinct 4 voters for the post of eounty commissioner.
Touchstone received 404 votes in the run-off Saturday while his opponent, Herman Steele, got 269.
Jones County Judge Roger Garrett Jr., will probably appoint Touchstone now to fill the unexpired
Roby and MeCaulley schools, but many parents of small children want the grammer school brought back to the district.
A petition has been circulated around the largely-rural district, and so far parents of 45 children have signed, Mrs. McCain said.
Two other schools of thought are for consolidating the district with Roby or MeCaulley or continuing contracting students to the two districts.
Nobody has been pushing to reopen the high school, but “We do want our grade school back,” Mrs. McCain said.
She w as unable to say just which policy the two candidates stood for, but pointed out that both were fathers of small children.
is his reply *to a telecast a few weeks ago in w’hich Murrow was critical of McCarthy and his methods of investigating alleged Communist infiltration.
“It was not possible to give the complete picture of Murrow in 25 minutes,” McCarthy said. “The time is too short to give all thè documentation necessary.” He added, however, that he would follow it up and make available to those who want it the full documentation.
McCarthy was greeted by cheers hisses--the cheers predominating— w’hen he entered the airport lobby after his flight from New York. Several persons reached out and shook his hands.
As he left his plane he was heard to say that he “had to see John Fox of the Post first.” Fox is the Post publisher. He bought the paper wdth the avowed purpose of fighting communism.
Meeting with newsmen in an anteroom, McCarthy quickly flipped through a half dozen topics.
Told that Otis Archer Hood, longtime chairman of the Communist Party in Massachusetts, had been arrested today on a charge of violating the state's 1951 subversion law, McCarthy said:
“Oh. good. I know all about him. I’m glad to see him picked up. Each time they arrest one of the leaders of the Communist party it helps to pull their teeth.” Asked to comment on the appointment of Samuel P. Sears, Boston attorney, as counsel for the Senate Investigating subcommittee in its special inquiry into McCarthy’s controversy with the Army, the senator remarked:
“I don’t think I have met Sears.”
McCarthy was asked if he had heard a report that Sears had followed him over Wisconsin In 1952 attempting to raise funds for McCarthy’s reelection.
“He may well have,” the senator said. “I don’t know whether he did or not.”
McCarthy said be doesn’t know Joseph N. Welch of Walpole, chosen to be counsel for the Army.at the Inquiry.
Nor did McCarthy have com ment on the case of Army Pvt. G David Schine, former investigator for his subcommittee, who was de nied permission to enroll in an ad vanced criminal Investigation course at Camp Gordon. Ga.
The case of former Maj. Irving Peress, who figured in the row be tween McCarthy and the Army, also came up. Newsmen asked Me Carthy to comment on the Army’s action in turning the record over to the Department of Justice.
“That was long overdue,” the senator said. “But even at this late date it is good.”
Ike May Send U.S.
Aid to Indo-China
THEIR BABY LOST IN THE SEA—Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald, frantic with fear that their baby is lost m the pounding surf near their beach home in Hermosa Reach Calif
I?!0.*.6?* °ti1fr asihe? race? UP and down the beach. The child. Michael, 19 months Id, had strayed from the fenced yard of his home a few minutes before. A passerby told po ice she saw the tot in the water. The boy has not been found and presumably was
whoPlives nearby P“ takGn by Jatk GaUnt* L°S An^e,cs Tim®s Photographer
Parents Still Possess Hope For Lost Lad
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HERMOSA BEACH. Calif., April 3 Lfl—The John McDonalds wran-dered, distraught, in their fenced-in hack yard today as the search continued for the body of their baby, believed to have toddled to his death in pounding surf near their oceanfront home.
It was from the same back yard that 19-month-old Mike apparently escaped yesterday and made his way to the beach.
Members of the family said the McDonalds have about given up hope and it Is ^‘pretty well settled in their minds” that Mike drowned.
“Mike could swim in his bathtub when he was only six months old,” Mrs. McDonald recalled. “He forgot how’ later, but every time he got loose he headed for the water. He loved It.”
After a sedative-induced sleep the McDonalds visited the beach today, but mostly they wandered in the back yard.
Yesterday they stayed until nightfall, McDonald combing the beach restlessly for some sign of his son’s body. He had to be restrained by his wife and county police, at times, from plunging into the waves.
While swimmers nearby took advantage of a sunny day, crewmen of a county rescue boat dragged for the body today in and beyond the surf.
Parr's Candidates Lead Duval Race
SAN DIEGO, Tex., April 3 W George B. Parr apparently is still top-man in the rough and tumble politics of Duval County.
Parr-backed candidates were out in front by a comfortable margin in a school hoard election in the Benavides Independent school district.
The stakes w-ere smalL* three seats on the board. But the election wTas the first to be held here since state and federal agencies and citizens groups rose up to challenge the rule of the “Duke of Duval.” It was billed as test of Parr’s political strength.
At Benavides, a complete count showed incumbent board members with a better than 2-1 majority over rival Freedom Party candidates.
The count at Freer was incomplete and not expected to be known
Oil Equipment Firm Moving Headquarters Office Here
vacancy in the Precinct 4 post pany’s present store building.
caused by the death of Odell Rain water in February.
BUTTERFIELD. April 3 (RNSI— Jack Richards and John Keith were re-elected in the school trustee election here Saturday.
Rigfcards polled 20 votes and Keith 12.
DKPARTMENT OF COMMF.Kt B WEATHER HIRFAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Con*lriarable cloudiness and continued warm Sunday and Monday. High tamperature both days 85 degree«. Low Sunday night near 80
NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy to cloudy and a arm Sunday and Mandav.
FAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Considerable cloudiness and warm Sunday and Monday: chance.of a few widely ■cattered shower»; moderate to occasion»-ily fresh aoutheaet winds on the coast. IFMFKRAT t RKH
ROSCOE, April 3 (RNS) — In the heaviest voting here In years, R. L. Morgan and L. L. Medlock, with 195 and 159 vote« respectively, were elected as Roscoe school trustees Saturday.
E. W. Wiman received 222 votes while running for Nolan County •chool trustee.
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High and low temperature* for 24 hour» ended at 6:30 p.in ; 8» and 55.
High and low temprraiuies same date last year: 66 and 48.
Sunset last night 7’00 pm Sunrise today 6:24 a.m. Sunset tonight 7.01 pm.
Barometer reading at 9 30 p m. 28 17.
Relativ» humidity at 1:30 pm, S3 per cent.
Highway Bid Opening let
Bids will be tabulated April 13 at Austin by the Highway Department on highway projects 4n Taylor, Jones and Howard counties.
The area projects will be among $14 million in road work—the largest package of projects ever offered at one time In the history of the Highway Department — on which bids will be opened April 13-14 at Austin.
A joint Jones-Taylor County project calls for widening bridges on U. S. 277 and 83 from n$ar Stamford to 1.9 miles north of Anson, and from Abilene to the Jones County line, by sections.
District Highway Engineer J. C. 'Jake) Roberts said Saturday night the bridges would be widened to 38 feet to conform to the already widened highway.
The Howard County project is widening of U. S. 80 from Webb Air Force Base west of Big Spring, through town to the Cosden refinery east of there, a total of 6.2 miles. The highway, when completed, wili conform to the four-lane freeway pattern planned for U. S. 80 through this area, Roberts said.
Houstonian Picked Library Group Prexy
_ . _____ MINERAL WElG», April 3 Lf»—
horn of Breckenridge, comptroller, ^i18* Klenorg C. Alexander, super-
„ ------ Dunlgan said key employes of yisor o£ sch°o1 librarians in Hous-
11 lte I m just movin* back t0 the company are stockholders, and! JjjiJ?**, ’J«an»mous1y elected pre-
14 families my old stomping grounds,” Duni-lthat the firm operates its own re-liif,” °J Jhe Texas LlbrarY Asso-
‘tlrement plan. |Ciauon today.
Dunigan Tool and Supply Co.. i with a 325-foot front facing on one of the state’s largest oil field, Treadaway. It will be constructed equipment firms, is moving its of Norman brick, faced with Green headquarters from Breckenridge stone.
Abilene. I The modernistic structure will
This was announced Saturday by. ^ (ull olr.conditioncd and ,.e„. Jam« II. Dunigan, president of tr,ny healed and w„, h(1 furnish.
% J n u u t »» j ed wi*h all-new furniture.
Ground will be broken Monday _ , . .
morning on a new’ home office I rounded m 1919
He and a brother, E. J. Dunigan, Jr., drilled Taylor County’s first producing oil well in 1929, southwest of Tye on the Hunter lease. They still had production in that area, in addition to oil properties elsewhere. E. J„ Jr., now lives in Pampa.
Shop Stays in Breck
Dunigan said the machine shop
building in the 1500 Block of South j Dunigan Tool and Supply Co. _ _____________________
Treadaway Blvd., facing east was organized in Breckenridge in , will still be operated in Brecken-across the street from the com- and set UP tbe Rr*t oil field ridge.
until nearly midnight.
But Parr said:
“It’s going as expected. The only question in my mind had been how much strength my opponents had gained.”
He said he believed as the vote wras counted at Freer, the ballots W'ould be in hfs favor.
Freedom Party members said they were pleased at the showing they had made.
Texas Rangers patrolled voting booths as crowds turned out. There were no election day incidents.
The Parr-backed board members running for re-election stuck to their jobs in the midst of twin probes by the state and federal government into the school district's finances. Four members quit.
The candidates for both factions agreed to have the ballots impounded as soon as they were counted.
Running for re - election were Troy Carey, Paul Green and W.C. Kelley. Opposing were Bob Mayberry. Manuel Garza and F.J Sparkman.
At Benavides. Carey poled 765 votes; Green 756. Mayberry got 300, Sparkman 302, M. Garza 319.
Out of the first 100 votes counted at Freer, the six men were run ning about even.
Cosily Dock Strike Ends
repair shop in that city. It soon
I Rose Construction Co. of Abilene expanded, establishing shops In will erect the building, which will VVestbrook and the Panhandle, both house offices for about 20 of Dunl-gan’s headquarters employes.
of which later were moved.
The company carries a full line Nearer Operation’s Center of oil country supplies, including “We think Abilene will be near- drilling and pumping machinery, er the center of our Qperations,”. -The decision to leave Brecken-Dunigan ga\e as the reason for ridge was hard to make, but 1 tlie move. 1.......
He said that about and six single employes will come gan said' here from Breckenridge. Dunigan wiH move also, probably before the others . make the transfer.
Dunigan Tool and Supply Co.! now operates two machine shops, one in Breckenridge and oue In Odessa. The Odessa shop is the largest oil field repair shop in Tex-j as. *
The company also has eight stores and three branch sales offices, I hey are located in Pampa,
Fort Worth, Abilene, Houston, Midland. San Angelo, Graham, Mc-Carney, Odessa, Winters and Franklin, La.
The Abilene store has been In
?,?e«ation for about two years, with!
Cliff Ritchey as manager.
The new building win include I 4.256 square feet of floor space,!
Other officers of the company are F. A. Dunigan of Breckenridge, vice president; the president’s son, Pat of Fort Worth, secretary-treasurer; M. A. Monaghan of Breckenridge, vice president and credit manager, and W. S. Gulla
NEW YORK, April 3 W—‘This port’s longest and costliest water front strike ended today as wage-hungry longshoremen returned to work.
The shipping industry estimated that the 29-day w'alkout cost the port a half-billion dollars and expressed fear some of the business diverted to other ports never would return.
The National Labor Relations Board has called for a new bargaining election in a move to stabilize the long tempestuous water-front situation, but no date has been set.
Leaders of the International Longshoremens Assn., independent. said they bowed to an NLRB tdict that unless the walkout ended “forthwith,” their union would be left off the ballot.
The ILA called the strike in a jurisdictional dispute with the ri- ] val American Federation of Labor union. It hoped to win recognition j as bargaining agent before the AFL made further inroads in its j efforts to control the docks.
Decision Not Yet Made on Intervention
By ROBERT S. ALLEN
(World Copyright Post-Hall Syndicate.)
WASHINGTON, April 4: President Eisenhower is gravely consid-ering taking emergency measures to avert a French disaster in Red-periled Indo-China.
Final decision has not yet been made on such fateful intervention.
Various military steps are being discussed by the President and his top Pentagon and State Department advisers. They involve the possible use of U. S. air and naval forces.
Radford Favors Help
Such measures are known to be favored by Admiral Arthur Rad-|ford.
It has been an open secret for sometime that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff advocated giving this kind of combat aid to the desperately-pressed French. It was on Radford’s recommendation that President Eisenhower authorized sending several hundred Air Force technicians to Indo-China in February.
Most urgent decision facing the administration is what aid, if any, to rush to the heroic defenders of surrounded Dien Bien Phu. Fortress Doomed L’nless they get outside help, the vital fortress is virtually doomed.
Reports from U. S. sources in (he war zone give the French onlv a forty-sixty chance of holding off the overwhelming hordes of Communist att8ckers. The latter have suffered an estimated 16,000 casualties in the past week’s fightihgs, but Red commanders are continually throwing in new' units in suicidal assaults.
These “human wave” attacks have steadily overrun French positions and exhausted the surviving defenders. Also, the Reds have been able to prevent supplies an reinforcements from reaching the lortress either on the ground or by air.
Communist artillery has virtually driven French planes from the air. The French lost more than 35 combat and transport planes in the past week. At the same time, a french relief column of 5,000 troops encountered such heavy resistance that this effort to reinforce Dien Bien Phu had to be abandoned.
Jeti, Bombers Needed Military authorities say privately only jet fighters and high - flying bombers in around-the-clock battering can provide the French with the assistance that alone can save Dien Bien Phu.
The i rench has asked for such American intervention.
General Paul Ely, French chief of staff, made the plea during his visit to Washington when he con! ?Te*d ?’ith Preside«t Elsenhower,
, Radford, and other high officials.
adm^n^s,ration is consulting our Allies on this momentous decision.
***** of sta*e Dulles has dis-
AnV^i? ITla^er with ,he British, Australia and New Zealand.
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new home office for about 20 employes moving here from the company’s former headquar ic structure will ters in Breckenridge. (Architect’s sketch by Preston M. Geren of Fort Worth) will house offices