Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 22, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 310Associât«! Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 22, 1954—TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Newsman Gone Bond Today
CANBERRA, Australia, Thursday, April 22 (/P»~A strange new angle was injected into the Soviet Embassy spy ca.se today with the report that the Russian Tass news agency correspondent in Sydney had disappeared mysteriously.
Also missing was his wife, who figured Monday in the effort by two armed Soviet couriers to escort the wife of the central figure in the spy case out of Australia by plane.
These were the rapid-fire developments in the bizarre case;
1. The Tass man, Victor Anatan-ov, and his wife were reported missing this morning from their flat in the Kings Cross cosmopolitan section of Sydney.
2. The wife of Vladimir Petrov, the Soviet Embassy third secretary who asked for asylum in Australia last week and turned over docu
ments purporting to expose a Soviet spy ring in Australia, left Darwin for a destination unknown with three Australian security officers in a Royal Air ibrce plane. She pre.sumably is heading for a rendezvous in this area with Petrov, who is under heavy security guard. She had been in Government House in Darwin since being taken from the disarmed Soviet couriers Tuesday.
3. In Canberra yesterday, the Russian Embassy angrily accused Petrov of embezzling embassy funds and demanded that Australia give him up.
Petrov had been reported a frequent visitor at the Anatanov flat. The Sydney Sun said Australian security officers believed Anatanov was a key figure In the Australian spy ring.
Red-Hunting Efforts Being Sabotaged, Joe Tells Texans
HOUSTON, April 21 (^—Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) asserted today that “deviiishly clever plans” are being laid to sabotage the Red-hunting efforts of the Senate Investigating subcommittee which he heads.
He called the Senate hearings which begin tomorrow into his dispute with the Army a “television show of Adams versus Cohn.”
In a speech delivered at Texas’ San Jacinto battleground, where Texas won independence from Mexico 118 years ago today, McCarthy declared:
“Plans are now being cleverly laid—plans to make it impossible for the investigating committee to continue as an effective instrument to expose and fight the Communist conspiracy.
Knows About Plans “I know all about the plans. They are clever—devilishly clever—and some good men are being used.’’ McCarthy said the alleged plot pivots around proposed changes in the rules under which the committee operates.
He appeared before a crowd estimated by police at 9,000, clustered around the towering San Jacinto monument. The size of his audience was smaller than previous optimistic estimates. It was a warm, aunny day. Many stores and business establihment were closed in celebration of Texas’ national holiday.
He received a standing ovation when he took the rostrum.
McCarthy made four other ma-or points’
1. He quoted the FBI that there are 25,000 Communists in the United States today.
2. Fewer than 50 of these “traitors,’’ he said, could secrete atomic or hydrogen bombs in key centers of the country.
McCarthy Given Friendly Welcome
3. He said he believed the Peress case was the “string” that would unravel a long chain of Communist plotting.
4. He said the main purpose of the subcommittee’s Red inquiry in the Army was to determine who had ordered suspended persons restored to their positions in “radar laboratories.’’
Refers to Counsel His most direct reference to the subcommittee sessions that begin tomorrow came when he said: “When this television show of Adams versus Cohn is ended there will be an attempt to put into effect plans ...”
The references were to his chief counsel, Roy Cohn, and Army chief counsel John G. Adams.
Then he went on to comment on the proposed plan to change the rules of the committee. He said they are being done under the guise of “fair play.” He put these words between quotation marks in the written text of his speech.
Abilenion in Firm Askinq Radio Ouflel’
WASHINGTON (iTU-The Gunnison Broadcasting Co. applied Wednes-day to the communications commission for a new radio station on 1490 kilocycles, 250 watts power, unlimited hours of operation, at Gunnison, Colo. The company’s address was given as care of Jack G, Clark, 1166 Rodgers St., Abilene, Tex,
David P. Pinkston, trading as the Concho Broadcasting Co., Lubbock, Tex., asked permission to construct a radio station on 1260 kilocycles, 1 kilowatt of power, daytime operation, at San Angelo, Tex,
W’illiam Estep, convicted last week in U. S, Court for mall fraud and Securities Act violations, is due to be released from Taylor County jail on bond Thursday morning,
Howard Dailey of Dallas, one of Estep's attorneys, and Mrs, Estep arrived in Abilene about 7 p.m. Wednesday with a signed bond which had been approved by the U. S. Commissioner in Dallas and U. S. District Attorney Heard L, Fioore in Fort Worth.
Dailey said William Soltes of Dallas signed as bondsman and that Estep would appear before U. S Commissioner Gladys Walls here Thursday morning to sign the bond.
$2,000 in Escrow
Dailey said the bond was in the amount of $7,500 and that $2,000 in cash will be placed in escrow with Miss Walls to cover the fine assessed by Judge T. Whitfield Davidson.
Judge Davidson had directed that the bond be made supersedeas, meaning that the bondsman would be held liable for the amount of the fine in addition to the bond in the event Estep forfeited. The $2,000 in escrow will eliminate the need for the supersedeas clause in the bond.
In addition to the fine Judge Davidson sentenced Estep to two concurrent five - year penitentiary terms. One term was based on seven counts of mail fraud and the other on two counts of violation of the Securities Act of 1933,
All counts in the indictment against Estep were concerned with the sale of stock in the Atomotor Manufacturing Co., Inc. Estep organized the firm for the purpose of making and marketing the “atomotor.” a fuel-less self - energizing engine that was to be perfected so that it would take its power from the air.
Appeal Prepared Dailey said Wednesday night that he and Defense Attorney Maury Hughes of Dallas are preparing to appeal Estep’s conviction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans.
Estep also faces a state felony theft charge in San Antonio based on sale of the “atromotrone,” a machine he claimed treated water atomically so that it w^ould cure cancer, heart disease, arthritis and other diseases.
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Twisters, Hail Sweep Parts of West Texas
PW Cooperated In Appredation For Release
WASHINGTON, AprU 21 (ÆI—The Army read into the record of Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson’s court-mai> tial today a statement by Dickenson that he cooperated with the Communists “in appreciation” for being released from jail at a prisoner of war camp in Korea.
The statement was accepted in spite of objections by the defense that it was obtained illegally shortly after Dickenson’s repatriation last November.
Earlier, another returned W'ar prisoner glared at Dickenson and swore he saw him push an ailing POW downstairs after the sick man asked for food.
Challenges Statement Dickenson, from Crackers Neck, Va., took the witness chair to challenge the introduction of the statement he made last November. He is charged with collaborating with the enemy to get favors for himself.
At one point, Dicken.son testified an Army intelligence officer named “Captain Bert” had lied about the manner in which the statement was obtained.
In the statement Dickenson said that soon after his capture in November, 1950, he tried to escape, but was captured and sent to jail “where I underwent cruel and brutal treatment.”
When he was released and asked to cooperate with his captors, he said, “I agreed to go along in appreciation.”
The statement cited numerous articles written by Dickenson for Communist publications as well as admissions that he made recordings for the Reds, joined Communist indoctrination groups and signed and circulated Red petitions.
Both Came Home
The statement said these petitions were usually drawn up by Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor of Ker-mit, Tex., now under charges similar to those Dicken.son faces. Both men at one time decided to stay with the Communists but eventually came home.
The testimony alleging Dickenson pushed an ailing POW down a short flight of stairs came from S.Sgt. John A. Davis of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
REPLACEMENT — Sen. Henry Dworshak, left, Idaho Republican, poses in Washington wit|i Senator Karl Mundt, Republican from South Dakota—both men acting in temporary roles in the Senate Investigations subcommittee probe of the row between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and the Army. For this inquiry McCarthy has turned over the chairmanship to Mundt and as a member of the subcommittee, McCarthy will be replaced temporarily by Dworshak.
Army Row Guns Open Fire Today
Roof Ripped Off At Ft. Stockton
By The Asgociated Press
Twisters, hail, rain and dust hit sections of West Texas Wednesday as a cool front pushed through.
Two tornadoes dipped from a black thundercloud and spun through a farming area north of Fort Stockton, sucking the roof off a house as a farm couple huddled in their living room. The twisters also uprooted trees. Nobody was reported hurt.
There were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes in the air southwest of Midland and near the Terminal community 10 miles west of Midland.
IT'S PART OF POLICY
HOUSTON, April 21 Sen. McCarthy got a real friendly reception at his speech at the San Jacinto Battleground today.
Not a single boo was heard. Nobody jeered. More than 300 policemen looked a little^ bit self-cons- WASHINGTON, April 21 (J^Sec-cious as they stared dead pan at ^etary of Defense Wilson con-
. I r- T I firmed today that U. S. Air Force
The senators speech on San Ja-, j3„e, 3re flying French para-cinto Day had been protested by = ^ f^om France to Indochina some University of Texas students reinforce the Communist-be-
U. S. Planes Flying French Paratroopers to Indochina
and some individuals. They ques tioned his “appronriateness” as a speaker at the site and on the date Texas won its independence from Mexico.
But when the controversial chairman of a Senate investigation subcommittee drove up in oilman Hugh Roy Cullen’s big black Cadillac, a crowd estimated at from 5,-000 to 10,000 gave him a big cheer.
The people listened respectfully while he spoke, applauding or Whooping 18 times. The applause wasn’t exactly ear splitting, but it was friendly.
Enough police to handle a crowd 0f 100,000 was detailed to the affair.
sieged fortress of Dien Bien Phu.
Wilson said the move is being undertaken “at the request of the French government” and is “in line with present United States policy” of providing military aid to America’s allies.
He emphasized that the planes will land at airfields outside the combat zone to unload the French troops who will then be dropped into Dien Bien Phu from other planes piloted by French airmen or American fly-for-pay civilian pilots.
Officials here also confirmed that U. S. Air Force planes will fly additional French reinforce-
ments—possibly including famous Morocco Goum fighters — from North Africa to the Indochina war theater.
Wilson’s statement at his news conference came amid a series of other developments Indicating a sudden quickening of tension in the critical Far East situation. These included:
1. The Peiping radio charges the United States is stepping up its “military ventures” in Indochina. The broadcast did not elaborate
vey the military aid programs In the Far Ea.st—espetially in Korea and Formosa.
3. Secretary of State Dulles, arriving in Paris en route to the Geneva Big Four conference which begins next Monday, arranged to confer with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault on the Indochinese situation.
4. Chairman Wiley (R-Wis) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman Ferguson (R-Mich) of the Senate GOP Policy
on the nature of the ventures, but Committee, said in separate inter-
warned that Red China “will certainly not refrain from doing something” about what It called “armed aggression.”
2. Secretary Wilson announced that President Eisenhower has asked Gen. James Van Fleet, retired former commander of the U. S. 8th Army in Korea, to sur-
FRENCH PLANE DESTROYED — Smoke billows skyward from a burning plane destroyed on the ground at Dien Bien Phu airport by Communist-led Vietminh shells. At the beleaguered fortress thousands of French, Viet Nam and foreign legion troops are dug in to hold against the rebels. They have chalked off 152 days of desperate defense.
views they see little prospect either of uniting Korea or bringing peace to Indochina at the Geneva conference.
5, Vice President Nixon told newí5men in Chicago that U. S. policy has this purpose: “That American boys will not have to fight In Indochina or anywhere else.”
V. S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BCREAC ABILENE AND VICINITY — Cloudy and coler Thuraday. becoming partly cloudy and not ao cool Friday. High temperatura Thuraday to the 70a. Low Thura-day night «0 to 65. High Friday in high
^%ORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Widely
scattered tnunderahoafera east and aouth portions Thuriday, cocder northwegt portion; Friday partly cloudy with widely scattered afternoon thunderahowera. slightly warmer northwest portion.
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Thursday. cooler except to Panhandlt and South Plaint, widely scattered thunderstorms Lower Ptcoa Valley eastward: partly
cloudy and a little warmer Friday, with widely scattered afternoon thundershowers.
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High and low tsmperatures for M hours ended at 6 30 p. m.: 12 and 68 High and low tempf ratures tamt date last year: tS and 46 Sumset last night 7:13 p. m. Sunrise today 6 03 a. m. Sunaet tonight 7:13 pn. Barometer reading at • 30 p m. 28.14. Relatlva humidity at 6:30 R. m. 82 par cant.
WASHINGTON, AprU 21 (Ji—The ready-to-go public investigation of the McCarthy-Army row broadened at the last minute today to include new charges leveled again.st —and denied by—Asst. Secretary of Defense H. Struve Hensel.
The Senate Investigations subcommittee named Hensel, a top aide to Secretary of Defense Wilson, “a principal” in the long-heralded hearings which will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow In a blaze of television lights and worldwide publicity.
Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) charged yesterday Hensel masterminded an Army report blasting him, and tried in other ways to “discredit” the committee, so as to head off a probe of Hensel’s own “misconduct” and “possible law violations.”
Hensel caUed these charges “bare-faced lies” and dared McCarthy to repeat them when senatorial immunity wouldn’t protect him from a lawsuit. The controversy is over Hensel’s connection with a ship supplying firm while he held high posts in the Navy Department during World War II.
Today Secretary Wilson called Hensel “a competent honest man” and said “of couise not” when asked by newsmen if Hensel did, in fact, mastermind an Army report accusing McCarthy and aides of putting on pressure to get favors for a drafted associate.
At least one subcommittee Democrat Sen. McClellan i.Ark) questioned whether the Hensel affair had anything to do with the charges and counter-charges the group is supposed to investigate in the hearings.
But after two closed meetings the subcommittee announced it “regards him (Hensel) as a prin
cipal in this case” and asked him— as McCarthy, Secretary of the Army Stevens and the other “principals” have done—to file a statement of his position.
So the much publicized inquiry now has a third charge to explore, along with:
1. The Army officials’ accusation that McCarthy and aides Roy Cohn and Francis Carr tried by “improper means” to get favored treatment for draftee G. David Schine and
2. McCarthy’s c o u n t e r-charge that Secretary Stevens, Army Counsel John G. Adams and others tried by "blackmail” and otherwise to block an investigation of alleged “protecting” of Communists infiltrating the Army’s ranks.
Builders' Spokesman Calls on Committee To Avoid 'Hysteria'
WASHINGTON, April 21 Lf)-A home builders’ spokesman, denying that FHA loan abuses are widespread, called on the Senate Banking Committee today to avoid “hysteria” in its housing probe, and was charged with “trying to crucify this administration.”
Committee Chairman Capehart (R-Ind) told President R. G. Hughes of the National Assn. of Home Builders his organization should give the committee full support. Instead, he said, it had been warning against holding investigations in a “circus atmosphere.”
Winds of 40 to 50 m.p.h. accompanied by rain buffeted Terminal, No damage or injuries were^ reported.
Thundershowers which boiled up as the tront approached also dropped needed rain on Midland, Odessa, Big Spring. Wink, Salt Flat, El Paso and Marfa.
Hail Pelts Odessa
Small hail pelted Odessa and the tornado-hit area north of Fort Stockton.
Dust wafted through Dalhart, Amarillo and Childress,
The cool front, rolling southeast from the Panhandle, brewed the turbulent weather. The Weather Bureau said It would set off more showers as It crossed the state.
Midland Police Dispatcher Bill Brewer reported sudden winds and rain hit Terminal about 6 p.m.
He reported the storm moved on to Midland, but its winds decreased to about 35 miles an hour. Heavy rain started in Midland at 6:2.5 p.m.
“It’s still raining.” Brewer said hours later. “I estimated a half inch has fallen so far. Water is running In the gutters,”
The Weather Bureau put out a tornado alert for the Mldland-Odes-sa area at 5:20 p.m. It was cancelled 90 minutes later.
Wink nad .94 inch of rain. Salt Fiat .08 and El Paso .04.
Heavy rain, strong winds and hall were reported in tlie Lamesa-Gall area. State Disaster Headquarters in Austin had a report of a tornado at Gail, a small town 30 miles east of Lamesa, but this could not be confirmed Immediately-
Both Snyder and Lamesa officers reported only the rain, wind and hail at Gail. Hailstones as big as baseballs were reported six miles east of Lamesa. A severe thunderstorm hit Lamesa at 7:15 p.m. and brought 1.20 Inches of rain with some hail. The dark thunderclouds then moved on toward Gail.
To the west. Marfa had thunderstorms that brought an Inch of rain and some light hail fell there.
Record Red Budget Given to Parliament
MOSCOW, AprU 21 (B-The biggest budget In Soviet history went before Parliament for approval today. Finance Minister Arseny G. Zverev said defense appropriations —17.8 per cent of the total— “strengthen the defense capabilities of our state.”
The defense figure of 100,300,-000,000 rubles was almost 10 per cent less than the 1953 allotment, which in turn, was a reduction from 1952. But western observers In Moscow said it was difficult to measure a Soviet Union budget, especially defense appropriations. •They said this is because the state owns and operates the country’s entire economy, and fixes its own prices on any equipment needed for the armed forces.
Investment Company Indicted In Gl Housing Loan Frauds
By GEORGIA NELSON A Federal grand jury at Fort Worth Wednesday returned a 15-count indictment against American General Investment Corporation, based on allegedly false statements made in obtaining GI housing loans.
Home office of the corporation is in Houston.
U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Fioore said that this indictment is similar — with one exception — to others that have been returned against 22 Abilenians and others In Texas.
John E. Salmon Joe William E?>tol!
Cool, Dusly Winds Drive On Abilene
A tornado - spawning cold front was moving eastward across West Texas toward Abilene at midnight.
Hard winds and thunderstorms also rode with the front through We.st Texas, the local U. S. Weather Bureau said. But by the time of its arrival here, a weather forecaster said that it would have lost much of its force and no tornadoes were expected In this area.
There was to be blowing dust on winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with the front. There was a chance that thundershowers might fall here with the passing of the front, the Weather Bureau said.
Most of the dust was to be cleared out by Thursday morning. Winds Thursday will be 15 to 20 miles an hour out of the north-northeast and the weather will turn cooler.
Radar Spots Rain
The weather station here picked up rain on its radar from Midland northward to Lamesa and eastward toward Snyder. The radar showed some rain in the Big Spring area.
F. D. Wyatt, dispatcher for Greyhound Bus Lines, said C. W. Floyd, a bus driver, reported at 9 p. m. it was raining in Big Spring and blowing hard.
Mrs. Louise Tate, telegraph operator here for the Texas & Pacific Railway, said she also had reports of light rain at Big Spring and some hail at Odessa.
She said tornado warnings had been issued from Lamesa to Odessa.
The Abilene Highway Patrol received reports of hard winds blowing at Gail in Borden County and some hail there, but a report of a tornado in that area was not verified.
Trent Hunter Accidentally Shot in Aule
MERKEL. April 21 (RNS) — Charles Ambro Jr., 23, of Trent, was critically shot Wednesday afternoon in a hunting accident.
Ambro was shot through the right chest when his single-shot .22 calibre rifle bounced off a car seat and discharged. The accident happened about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday on a country lane approximately 2Mi miles east of Trent.
Ambro was alone when shot.
He summoned aid by blowing the car’s horn. Repeated bleats of the horn attracted W. A. Wozen-craft of Merkel. Wozencraft had been plowing in a nearby field.
Wozencraft drove Ambro to Sadler Clinic at Merkel In the wounded man’s car.
A hospital spokesman said the bullet entered the right chest, went
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cations. Agents of the company named in the indictments are Raymond Thomason. Sr., of Abilene;
and Ivan E. Duncan and Mavis'rious loans on which the counts ,
MacManus, both of Dallas and are based are as follows: Thom-, both assistant treasurers of the ¡as. loan application and «‘^rüfica-j corporatlon. | tion; Freeman, loan application, r“ “”
Thomason is named in 48 counts credit report and <^^**tification; i contained In six indlctmerts »uff. application, credit report and
turned against individuals. Duncan ¡ certification; Salmon, application j s Hichwav W The lld”s
faces 28 counts in six Indictments' and certification; Estoll, applica-* J* bv Skellv Oil
and Mavis MacManus three counts tion and certification; Myers, ap-.po emplo>ed b> Skellj
in two indictments. pllcaUon, credit report and certi-''""’
TTiis case, along with the indi-j ficatlon.
vlduals previously indicted, will be! Wortham Htadi Firm called for trial in U. S, District i Gus Wortham, president of Where individuals named in nine Court at Lubbock May 3. indictments returned 1 a .s t Feb-; Like the previous Indictments, ruary are subject to criminal pros-j the one against AGIC includes ecution, neither the corporation three general types of charges.
nor any of its officers, directors or These are based on allegedly land Cement Co. and a trustee of
agents will face any criminal ac- fraudulent loan applications, cred^Rice Institute.
tion under the new indictments, it reports on the persons in whosef Among directors of the cori»ra- „ t.
Only penalty that could be levied names the loans were obtained. Elkins and Sam .M STIN, April 21 ^
against the corptwation would be a ¡and certifications that all provl- Taub. both of Houston, EUuns is a, ciate justes of the Slat*- S 'o-cma fine. Lslons of the GI housing law had member of Vincent. Elkins, Court today announced in* *-•
Thomason Agent been complied with.
The Indictment alleges that the Persons in whose names the In. corporation, acting through three dictment alleges loans were made agents, made iradulent statements fraudulently are Robert E. Thomas, in connection with GX loen eppU-| Monroe Freeman, Oran W* Xluff,
Investigating ihe mishap were Deputv Sheriff Pete Petty of Merkel, Deputy Sheriff I.^nov Arnold
American General imKlmeir»' t“™'- »»4 t'i.y Mar-
Corp.. is also president of Ameri-i / uUon.
can General Insurance Co., execu-
tlve head of the Longhorn /^^sOCiQfe JusHcCS
To Run for Offico
Weems k Francis, reputedly the election, largest law firm In Texas, and A.ssociate Ju'’ik*e Few Taub is chairman of the board innounce<'- for Place I anJ
of the National Bank of Commerce of Houston.
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