Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas
FAIR AND WARMERWi}t Mene ^^porter^-BetDii"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIII, No. 305
AstodaUtd Pres» (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 17, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Apology From Joe Demanded By Army Vet
RANGER, April 16 (RNS> — A World War 11 veteran asserted here Friday night that U. S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy should apologize to the parents of 232 Americans who were massacred by Nazi SS troops in World War 11,
If the senator refuses to apologize. for remarks he made on the U. S. Senate floor, he should not be allowed to speak at San Jacinto on April 21, W^ O. (Bill) Cooper of Dallas told a Young Démocraties Club Rally here.
Cooper is a former major of the 12th Armored Division which served in France and Germany during the war. He is a Dallas contractor and Democratic leader.
Cooper said the 232 Americans were massacred at Malmedy, Belgium.
Brown charged that Senator McCarthy defended the Nazis guilty of committing the atrocities on the floor of the U. S. Senate and urged that their sentences be lightened. The former Army officer, introduced to the rally by Hall Walker, Ranger banker and capitalist, also charged that McCarthy was elected with the help of the Communists in 1946. “The Communist Party of the state of Wisconsin ■ endorsed McCarthy in 1946” | Cooper declared, ” and when told that he was being backed by the Communists at that time, McCarthy said, “well, they’ve got votes,! haven’t they?’’ Cooper charged that McCarthy is “playing the Communist game,” destroying morale and confidence of our armed lorcgs and smearing the leadership of the United States. “This is just what the men in the Kremlin want, ” Cooper said.
The speaker, a Loyalist Texas Democrat, attacked Senator McCarthy. Senator Jenner, Gov. Allen Shivers and W’allace Savage, Shivers’ appointee who is chairman of the conservative wing of the Democratic Party in Texas.
Cooper charged that the Democratic and Republican Parties of the state of Texas are operated from the same office in Dallas — the law firm of Lane and Savage. Alvin I^ne is state Republican chairman.
•This coalition between Republicans and ShivercraU is destroying the Democratic Party of Texas and making it subservient to the Republican Party,” Cooper said, i
The Dallas man urged Young Democrats to work toward winning back integrity of the Democratic Party in Texas and accused the present leadership of the party, under Gov. Shivers, with “political immorality”.
The rally was sponsored by the Young Democratic Club of Eastland County, an Anti - Shivers group headed by Roy Tackett of Ranger.
PLAYMATES—Three orphaned baby squirrels, adopted
by a Silver Springs, Md., family, seem to be having the time of their lives as they play with Nibsie, a Boxer. Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Delavigne said their three children found the squirrels and feed them with eye droppers filled with milk. Between meals, Nibsie keeps a sharp eye on their welfare and seems to enjoy their trips over his head.
Pipeline Contract Signed at Merkel
Snyder Cook Slays Self
SNYDER, April 16 A former Ballinger resident died of a gunshot wound in the head about 8:10 p. m. Friday in Cogdell Memorial Hospital. i
The dead man is Robert Curry,' 36, cook at a drive-in eating place;
He was found shot in the headj about 3 p. m. Friday in a locked cabin at the Cozy Court.s. A .22 calibre target pistol was lying nearby. Officers found three notes.
Curry was found by his employer. Dave Miller, and manager of the courts. They rushed him to Cogdell Memorial Hospital.
.Sheriff Homer Whisnand said in his opinion Curry sustained the head wound about 10:30 a. m. He based his opinion on dryness of blood from the wound, he said.
The sheriff said Curry had been working in Snyder for “eight of 10 months.”
His parents, a brother, and a thster live at Ballinger.
The body was to have been taken Friday night to Ballinger. _
MERKEL, April 16. — Mayor H. C. West executed a contract Friday with a Lubbock engineering firm to survey and later direct laying a water line into Abilene.
Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, engineers, will probably start preliminary survey of the proposed pipeline next week. West said Friday night.
West said a bond election for whatever the estimated cost of the line would be called “just as quickly as we can” after the initial survey is completed.
A member of the firm had met with the Merkel City Council Wednesday. The contract was submitted then. The aldermen had authorized Mayor W’est to execute the agreement alter a few minor changes had been made.
-Mayor West said Friday he had signed the contract. The Lubbock firm has been notified to commence work.
Merkel proposes with Trent and possibly Tye to buy water from Abilene.
According to the mayor, Merkel’s present water situation is “critical.” Trent and Tye are also In need of additional w'ater.
He expects the engineers to com plete the initial w'ork in two weeks.
The preliminary work will in-
clude surveying the proposed route, estimating size of pipe needed. pumping equipment necessary and approximate cost. Groundwork will also be laid for Tye and Trent to join in the venture, he said.
Tye citizens last week publicly approved incorporating, primarily so that they might join in the venture.
West said he expects no opposition to issuing bonds to pay for construction of the pipeline. Abilene has also been favorable to the plan, he said. He and Alderman R. O. Anderson met with the Abilene City Commission two weeks ago.
Merkel has also agreed to participate in a program along with Trent, Abilene and several other towns in securing w-ater rights on Hubbard Creek and the Clear Fork of the Brazos River.
Merkel depends now' upon 25 or 30 “little old wells” that “don’t produce much” for its water. Restrictions have been placed on water use there in the summer. Residents also face restricted use this summer. West said.
Mayor West said he thought it -Ji^ould take four to six months to complete the pipeline after work started.
'U. S. Forces Must Save Indo If All Else Fails'
Anonymous Talk Sets Off Storm
Jet 'Brake' May Cut Landing Needs
NEW YORK (F) — A new jet engine “brake.” providing action ■imllar to that of reversible propellers used to slow up piston-powered planes, may make It possible for all types of jet aircraft to land at existing airports.
The device was described yesterday by Joseph F. Sutten, an aerodynamics engineer with the Boeing Airplane Co., which developed it.
FAIR, WARM EASTER DUE
The Abilene area will hav»» fair, tvarm weather on Easter Sunday, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted Friday night.
Residents probably will bask In temperatures up to 85 degrees with abundant sunshine, although some poasibUlty exists that clouds may drift in. the weatherman said.
No fronts are apt to affeci the AbUene area weather leene Saturday or Sunday, he added.
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS
Where does man’s fancy turn in the spring? Well, The Reporter-News thinks it turns to—LOVE. And when man’s thought turns to love—then comes thoughts of the vine-covered cottage—or the oak-studded mansion.
This Sunday’s Reporter-News will tell all about homes— from cottages to castles. There’ll be articles on how Abilenians are furnishing their homes. Yard projects, like swimming pools or barbecue pits, wdll come in for their share of the spotlight.
This will be the Sunday for those who love comfort, love a pretty home and love to see things grow, to read The Reporter-News.
Of course there will be full coverage of sports, regular new's, oil and farm happenings for Sunday readers.
Water DIslrict At (lairemont Turned Down
By OLETA PARKER Reporter-News Correspondent
CLAIREMONT. April 16 — A petition calling for the creation of a water conservation district here was rejected Friday by the Kent County Commissioners Court.
The court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the petition. Commissioners also ruled that the petition had not been sworn to, nor had any witnesses appeared in its behalf.
No witnesses were sworn in during the hearing by either side, nor was any testimony offered other than by both sides’ counsel.
Objections Raised Several oil companies and trustees of two estates affected by the district had objected to its formation. The court upheld them Friday in their objection.
Attorneys for General Crude Oil Co., Continental Oil Co., Sun Oil Co., the Percy Jones Estate, and the Wallace Estate objected to creation of the district.
Counsel for the opponents objected on the grounds that the petition was:
1. Unconstitutional in that it did not conform to the statutes regulating formation of the district.
2. It contained no definite plans.
3. 'Hiat ^2 per cent of the tax burden would be carried by the contestants and that it would not enhance the value of their property.
4. That the petition had not been sworn to.
5. That no witnesses were produced to verify it.
6. That the facts in tho petition could not be considered as evidence to support the petition.
Court was recessed once while the commissioners were deciding that the petition was pfflclent to warrant a public hearing.
The instigators of the water district had proposed its establishment to supply water for Claire-mont. Towti residents, as a general rule, now furnish their ow’n.
Hearing Twic# Postponed
Their petition had asked that the commissioners create the district and then call an election to name governing officials. Hearing had been postponed twice since the petition was introduced in January.
Representing the petitioners were H. W. Davis and his counsel, Joe Moss, Post attorney.
Representing those objecting to the district were Homer Mabry of Andrews, the firm of Kurth, Campbell & Bradley of Houston, counsel for General Crude Oil Co.; H. W. Sanders of Fort Worth, attorney for Continental Oil Co.; Morris G. Watson, Roby attorney; Tom Sharp, Dallas, counsel for Sun Oil Co.; Carlton Meredith Jr., Dallas, tax expert, representing the Jones Estate: Bilby Wallace, Clalremont rancher, for the W’allace Estate.
MCCARTHY’S IN TEXAS—H. R. Cullen (right) a wealthy Houston oil man, helps Mrs. Joseph R. McCarthy from the private airplane which brought her and the junior senator from Wisconsin to Houston. The senator is at left. McCarthy and his wife left on a fishing trip on the Gulf shortly after their arrival. Mrs. McCarthy is recovering from a broken ankle received in an auto accident. The McCarthys are expected back in Houston to visit friends before the senator’s San Jacinto Day speech on April 21.
Would-Be Sheriff Locked in Pokey
Demo Meeting Slated
AUSTIN, April 16 The State Democratic Executive Committee will meet April 24 in Dallas, Secretary George Sandlin said today.
Matters pertaining to the summer primaries, including cross filing, will bfe discussed. The question of the legality of crossing filing In primaries has been raised in political circles.
CONVICTED OF MAIL FRAUD
Estep Foils to Post Appeal Bond, Goes to County Jail
By GEORGIA NELSON
William Estep ate supper in Taylor County jail Friday.
A U. S. District Court jury returned a verdict of guilty shortly before noon and Judge T. Whitfield Davidson set his punishment at a $2,000 fine and two concurrent 5-year penitentiary terms.
The jury deliberated an hour and 15 minutes.
In a hearing at 1:15 p.m. Judge Davidson set bond at $7,500. Estep’s eforts to post the bond immediately were futile and Deputy U. S. Marshal Eugene (Red) Williams took him to the county jail at 3 p.m.
Judge Davidson ordered the bond made supersedeas, meaning that if he had posted the bond and later forfeited it, his bondsmen would be required to pay the $2.-000 fine in addition to the amount of the bond.
DA Confers With Women
Mrs. S. G. (Ethel) Hodges of 1398 Meander St. and Mrs. Alpha AUtn of 410 Victoria St. at first
were willing to sign the bond. After a conference with U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore Mrs. Allen said .she could not afford to sign It and Mrs. Hodges said she was unwilling to sign unless Mrs. Allen signed with her.
Floore explained to the two women in the presence of Estep’s attorneys, U. S. Commissioner Gladys Walls and others that if they signed the bond and Estep “jumped It” — as he has on previous occasions — they would lose all their real and personal property and any future holdings until the full $9,500 was satisfied.
Under quizzing by the district attorney, Mrs. Hodges said her property consisted of a rent house which is now vacant, four apartments which she rents for about $50 monthly, several vacant lots and a Buick automobile. She said she could not tell him the exact amount of her 1953 income but that it was not large enough to require her to pay Income tax.
Among other assets, she said
she owns $3,000 worth of stock in Atomotor Manufacturing Co.
It was the sale of stock in this corporation w'hich led to Estep’s conviction.
A 10-count indictment against him alleged use of the U. S. mails to defraud and violation of the Securities Act of 1933. Before going to trial the government asked that one count of the indictment be dismissed.
Judge Davidson assessed the $2.-OCO fine and one of the prison sentences on seven counts alleging mail fraud. The other prison term w'as on two counts alleging SEC violation.
Before returning to Dallas, Defense Attorneys Maury Hughes and Howard Daily filed a written notice they will appeal the conviction.
Estep is still under bond on a state charge of felony theft at San Antonio. This charge it based on his sale of atomotrones, a machine
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KNOX CITY, April 16 (RNS) ~ One of three candidates for Knox Countv sheriff was in jail in the Knox County jail at Benjamin Friday after being convicted of bootlegging charges.
The incumbent. Sheriff Homer T. ''Teifon o' Knox County, who is up for re-election, helped arrest the candidate, P. O. McMinn n' Knox Cit'-. end nine other Knox City and Munday residents, who also were convicted of bootlegging.
Knox Count'’ Judge L. A. Parker fined the 10 defendants a total of $3,300, plus court costs, McMinn was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and was fined $700, after pleading guilty to two bootlegging counts, McMinn drew’ the only jail term.
McMinn’s wife pleaded guilty to five counts. She was fined $1,000. Their 17-vear-old son, James McMinn, pleaded guilty to two
counts. He w’as fined $200.
One otlier Knox Citian. Nathn-nlel Reed, a Negro, was fined $200 after pleading guilty to one count.
Defendants from Munday, their fines, and the numbers of counts ^llow:
Mack Land. $200 fine, two
counts; Ray Reed. $100 fine, one count; I^roy Atkinson, $300 fine, two counts; and the following Negroes; Stella Dabnev. $200 fine, one count: Frank Willis, $300 fine, two counts; and Ezra York. $100 fine, one count.
Among those participating in
the raids, which were made Thursday night, were Melton, Deputy Sheriff H. C. Stone of Knox Coun
ty; Knox County Attorney Tom Bullington and some undercover men with the State Liquor Control Board.
McMinn, his wife, son and Reed were arrested in Knox City. The others were arrested in Munday.
V. a. DEPaXTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY - Fair and warmer Saturday and .****
urday 78: low Saturday night 8Veo, nign Sunday 85.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Generally fair, warmer Sunday In the west and north Saturday.
WEST TEXAS Generally lalr and warmer through Sunday except turning cooler Id the Panhandle late Sunday.
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: fair with moderate temperature» Saturday. Sunday increaalnf cloudlne»a aM sltghUy warmer Moderate northerly wind« on the coast becoming variable late Saturday and aouth to aouthweat Sunday.
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ended at «;30 pm.: 88 and 47.
High and low temperaturea aama data last year: 78 and 40 Sunset last night 7 08 p m. Sunrise today 8 07 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:10 p m. Barometer reading at 8:30 p.m. 88 40. ReUtlva humtdUy at 8;M p n. 17%.
BILLY FRANK MATHEWS . . . starts training July 1
Abilene Youth To West Point
Billy Frank Mathews, 18-year-old AbUene High School senior, has been accepted for training at the United States MUltary Academy.
He was notified of his appointment Friday. He received the appointment through Congressman Omar Burleson of Anson,
Mathews, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Mathews, 1934 Fulton St., will report to West Point July 1 to start his training.
He had taken entrance examinations March 1 at Fort Sill, Okla. He was among 69 taking the tests.
Mathews was born at Big Spring. He attended elementary schools In Cape Cod, Mass., San Angelo and Abilene. He will graduate in May from Abilene High School.
He moved here about seven years ago with his family from San Angelo. Ills father is owner of Mathews Printing Co., 2801 South Treadaway Blvd. Billy is a fifth year apprentice printer in his father’s shop. He works there after school.
Besides his parents, Mathew's family consists of a brother and four sisters.
The elder Mathews served as a first lieutenant in the artillery during World War 11.
WASHINGTON, April 16 (JP)—A high administration official expressed belief today that American forces should be used to save Indochina in what he called the unlikely event that all other means fail to hold it against the Communists.
The anonymous statement brought an immediate congressional storm and statements from Senator Hickenlooper (R-Iowa) and Humphrey (D-Minn) that it went beyond administration policy as they know it.
The official said that he did not believe French troops would pull out of Indochina but If they did go, the U. S. Government would be obliged to send military forces into the peninsula. He talked to new’S-men with the specification that he should not be identified by name.
Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont) demanded that the official be identified “so that Congress can question him to find out who and what he is speaking for.”
“The United States as the leader of the free world.’' the informant said, “cannot afford further retreat in Asia”—a phrase used recently by President Elsenhower.
“I think we can do it without American boys,” he added.
But if there is no other way,
“we must take the risk of putting American boys” in Indochina, even though it would put the administration in a “politically unpopular position.” The official said he would support such a move, but noted he was answering a hypothetical question.
Time It Now
“Now is the time for all of us to take a firm position to secure Indochina,” in view of its strategic position as gateway to Southeast Asia, he said.
"If we don’t,” the official added,
"it is going to be too late two or three years from now to take the risks.”
Sen. Humphrey, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said “If this is a statement of administration policy, it goes far beyond what we have been told in the Senate.” including recent briefings by SecT^tary of State Dulles.
Sen Hickenlooper said in a separate interview; "I have no indication that it would be administration policy to send troops into Indochina under any circumstances.
“If we have such a policy. I’d like to know It but I don’t think we have.”
Sen. Mansfield said, “I disagree with his statement that American troops may be needed to save Indochina.”
The official said he believes the administration “is going to take the position it feels has to be taken and bring along our allies and inform public opinion” to support what It decides is necessary.
‘Must Take Risks’
He made' these other points:
. By hindsight a “better decision might have been made during the Korean War” that would have “inflicted a substantial defeat on the Chinese Communists at that point and take the risks.”
The end of the Korean War, he said, produced the present French crisis by permitting the Chinese Communists to increase their help to the Communist - led VIetminh forces.
2. The French backed by the British, he predicted, are “going to be putting on the pressure” at Uie April 26 Geneva conference for a negotiated truce with Indochina.
This,' the source said, would be “a defeat” in his opinion that could he averted only if the Communists adopted an attitude too strong for the French to accept.
3. The proposed 10-nation alliance, now being sought by Secretary Dulles, would In the official's
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Nixon Talks Ofi-lhe-Cuif To Edilors
WASHINGTON. April 16 (;P—Sen. McCarthy (R-Wls) w’as attacked as an unreliable news source and prai.sed as a hard-hitting cru.sader in a debate today before the American Society of Newspaper Publishers.
James Kerney. vice pre.sident and editor of the Trenton (N. J.) Times, made the accusation of unreliability and criticized McCarthy for trying, as Kerney said, to “Intimidate’’ a fellow editor.
Defending the Wisconsin senator was Sam Houston Day, managing editor of the New York Journal-American, who said McCarthy should be getting more newspaper support in his efforts to root out Communists from public office and the armed services.
The afternoon debate topped another busy day of speechmaking and briefing for 400 of the nation’t editors. They also heard;
1. Vice President Nixon make an off-the-record talk.
2. Paul Bock Jr., co-publisher of the Toledo Blade, assert that secrecy on atomic developmen ta has made civil defense planning more difficult and hindered development of a continental defenso system. Bock’s message was part of a general report by the society’s committee on Freedom of Information headed by J. Russell Wiggins, managing editor of the Washington Post and Tlmes-Herald. The full report mentioned general improvement in the government’s information policies. But Wiggins said a federal law is needed to force officials to disclose nonmilitary information if they refuse to do so voluntarily.
3. Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell say that while latest unemployment figures are higher than a year ago they are “notably lower” than in 1950. Ht expressed belief “the economic downturn is slowing appreciably and may have reached a standstill.”
4. Theodore C. Streibert, director of the U. S. Information Agency, appealed for the editors' aid in the “desperately urgent job” of telling the story of democracy abroad. He said 300 American publishers are participating in this program and last year supplied 1,100 reprints of articles and ^.000 photographs for foreign use.
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3 Die in Post Plane Crash
POST, Tex, AprU 16 Three, persons burned to death shortly' before noon today when a private plane dived into a cotton field • about 5 miles west of Post.
'They were William Bullard, about 19. the pilot; James Edward Bullard, about 8, a brother; both from Post, and George J. Shields, about 19, StephenviUe.
The Bullard brothers are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bullard, textile workers of Post. William Bullard and Shields were students at Tarleton State College, Stephen-vUle, They had arrived here Ute Wednesday to spend the Easter holiday. Thii morning they took off In a pleasure jaunt in the plane, taking the younger boy with them in the two-seat single-engine cabin craft.
The plane cleared a power lint, then dived into the plowed field. Witnesses said they saw movement of aome of tha victixna t^fore all
bodies were consumed by fire, which prevented any attempts at rescue.
Charles Chandler, a Post high school senior who was driving hia father, I. L. Chandler, from Post to their home a few hundred yards north of where the plane crashed, said it did not appear to be in trouble immediately before the crash.
“It just went down from about 150 feet,” he said.
Misfortune has plagued the Bullard family. The home and possessions of the family were burned in 1952. After the fire a group of Post citizens met to discuss sending William to college and decided to establish the Post Community Scholarship Fund designed to grant aid to worthy students. WU-Uam had been attending college through the help ol the interested cltizeni. . ■