Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 311Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 23, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Red on Murder Mission Talks
BONN, Germany. April 22 WPi—A They were equipped with such
Soviet Secret Police captain sent to West Germany to kill a Russian resistance leader has deserted to the West and bared some of the Kremlin’s top secrets, including new type assassination weapons.
This was announced here today by U.S. authorities, who said two veteran East German Communists and the Secret Police captain made up a three-man murder squad assigned to the killing of Georgi Sergeyvich Okolovich. a member of the anti-Soviet organization NTS in Frankfurt.
He's Staff Officer
The captain is Nikolai Evgenyevich Khokholov, 31, a staff officer of the Soviet MVD.
At a news conference arranged here by the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. Khokholov said he was deterred from carrying out the slaying by a stirring appeal from his “wonderful wife.” She remains in Moscow along with their 21-month-old son and his wife’s 14-year-old sister.
Khokhlov appealed to the free world to save his family from what he said were certain Soviet reprisals, possibly death.
At his side as he spoke, was Okolovich, the man he was supposed to kill.
Khokhlov named as his East German assistants Hans Kuko-witsch and Kurt Weber. They know German assistants Hans Kuko-are in protective custody at their own request, U.S. authorities said.
The three-man squad slipped into Germany from Switzerland following special training in Moscow.
weapons as specially silenced elec trically fired pistols and devices which fire lead pellets containing cyanide poison from a dummy cigarette case. Western experts said nothing like them had been seen in the West before.
On arriving in Frankfurt last February, Khokhlov went directly to his intended victim Okolovich and told him of the plot.
Okolovich arranged a meeting between Khokhlov and American intelligence agents outside the Opera House. Khokhlov asked for political asylum.
American agents then picked up the two Germans and collected the assassination weapons from the check room of Frankfurt’s main railway station.
The Russian told the news conference that he abandoned the assassination plot after an emotional appeal from his wife, just before his departure from Moscow three months ago on his mission.
Won’t Have Wife ‘T first thought of standing aside and letting the others (the two Germans) do the murder,’’ Khokhlov said. “Then my wife told me ‘if this man is killed then you will be the asassin.’
“She said, ‘if this takes place then you will no longer have a wife or child. I cannot remain the wife of an assassin.’ ”
“If you (the press) wdll transmit an appeal to the United Nations, to President Eisenhower and to the governments where murder is considered a crime, the Soviet government will not dare to kill my wife,” he said.
SURE ENOUGH! H-SU RODEO BRINGS RAIN TO ABILENE
Two weeks ago at a gathering of sports people planning a track meet, Athletic Director E. W. (Bill) Ledbetter of Har-din-Simmons warned them not to set it for April 22, 23 or 24. It’s going to rain one of those days, he explained.
“How do you know?” he was asked.
Because, explained Ledbetter, those are the dates of the H-SU rodeo, and rain has fallen during the rodeo for the
past eight years.
Thursday — first day of the three-day rodeo — rain fell in Abilene.
Okla. A&M Paces
The cream of the nation’s collegiate cowboys held their own against rodeo stock enlivened by chilly air Thursday night at the opening nerformance of the eighth annual Hardin - Simmons University rodec in the Carl Myers arena.
Oklahoma A AM took the lead in team eomoetition. The Oklahomans are leading in two of the threp time events. Sul Ross is leading in the third time event, ribbon roping.
The cool air put extra vigor into the 11 bulls. None of the bull riders were able to stay aboard the required eight seconds.
Second performance gets underway Friday at 2:30 p.m. Friday night’s show is slated to start at 8 p.m.
7 Riders Stay Aboard
In the bareback riding event all but four of the 11 contestants stayed aboard their mounts for the 10 seconds.
Making rides were Dick Barrett, Okla. A&&\1; David Rushing, Har-din-Simmons; Tex Martin. Sul Ross: John Gee, Colo. A&M; Bob-bv Wedeking. Hardin - Simmons; Bob Powell. Sul Ross; and Wayne Cox, Okla. A&M.
Barrett, national intercollegiate rodeo president, paced calf roping with a time of 12 seconds flat. Bill Teague, H-SU, turned in 12 7; John Leonard. Texas Tech, 14.3; and Wayne Cox. Okla. A&M, 14.5, to complete the top four.
A Texas Christian University cowgirl, Amy McGilway, took first night honors in the goat tying event. Her time was 16.7 seconds. The other contestants and their
Home Ec Float First in Parade
The Hardin-Simmons University home economics float took first place honors in the H-SU pre-ro-deo parade through the downtown area of Abilene Thursday afternoon.
Judged second best float was the Art League’s while the Colt Club was selected for third place.
Leading the prade was the H-SU Cowboy Band and the band’s six white horses.
High school bands participating In the parade were Cross Plains, Haird, Merkel, Hamlin, and Albany. Other entries included the Winters Western Riders and the Abilene Range Riders.
Riding in the parade were Barbara Stricklin, H-SU rodoe sweetheart; Dorothy Fouts, university queen; Cleta Ferrel, senior class favorite; June Matthews, junior class favorite; Norma Bernson, sophomore class favorite; Adalene Williams, freshman class favorite; and Shirley Northcutt, Brand beau-
time were Mildred Cotton, Sul Ross, 18.5; Becky Jo Smith, H-SU, 23.2, and Debby Epharim, TCU, 24.7.
Joe Chase Acclaimed
All five of Goat Mavo saddle broncs, turned lose with collegians astride, w-ere unsuccessful in spilling their riders. Joe Chase, 1953 NIRA champion saddle bronc rider while he was at H-SU, brought a roar from the crowd estimated at 1.650 on a brilliant ride on a horse called “Black Bottom”.
Other bronc riders were Don Fedderson. Okla. A&M, Bob Powell, Sul Ross; Ira Akers, Sul RosS; and Tex Martin, also of Sul Ross.
Becky Jo Smith, H-SU, set the pace in the girl’s clover leaf barrel race with 21.7 seconds.
Mary Ann Paris, Texas Tech. was second with 22.8 seconds and Charlotte Martin. Sul Ross, was third with 23.4 seconds.
Chase, Okla. A&M, came back after his top bronc ride to set the mark in the bull dogging. Chase tumbled his steer in 11.3 seconds. Mel Potter, Arizona, w’as second with 15.7 seconds; Don Fedderson, Okla. A&M, was third with 17.6, and Alton Cox, also of Okla. A&M, was fourth with 25.9 seconds.
A Sul Ross cowboy. Buck Mc-Gonagill, is leading the ribbon roping event. His time was 12.1 seconds. The next three best times were turned in by Jack Bridges, TCU. 13.4; Ray Underdown, Arizona, 17.2 and John Leonard, Texas Tech, 22.7 seconds.
Ike Urges U.S. Fight Poison Propaganda
NEW YORK, April 22 ^President Eisenhower called tonight for an American crusade against ‘‘the poisonous propaganda of the Soviets” — a crusade to win world peace and avert an age of atomic horror.
The President urged the nation’s newspapers and other news media to take the lead in a greater effort to build a “cooperative peace” while never forgetting that “aggression is still a terrible reality.” In a major address prepared for delivery at a meeting of the Advertising Bureau of the American Newspaper Publishers Assn.. Eisenhower cautioned:
“Either the nations will build a cooperative peace or, one by one, they will be forced to accept an imposed peace, now sought by the Communist powers, as it was by Hitler.”
Work for Peace
Hammering at that point, the President added:
“If this is not to be an age of atomic hysteria and horror, we must make it the age of international understanding and cooperative peace.”
Eisenhower flewr in from his Georgia vacation headquarters for tonight’s speech, which was broadcast nationwide by major television and radio networks.
He appealed for a better understanding between the governments and the peoples of the free world and declared no group can be more effective in helping to achieve that goal than his host organization, the publishers association.
The President said 75 per cent of all people on earth live under conditions where news is censored.
“Into that vacuum caused by censorship and illiteracy,” he said, “pours the positive and poisonous propaganda of the Soviets.” He added:
“We live in a small world, and only by a cooperative effort of the free peoples occupying important areas can we build security and peace. It is not a question of turning the press, radio, television and newsreels into media of sugar-coated propaganda, ‘selling’ America to the Frenchman, France to the German, and Britain to the American.
Quite Different “It is quite different from that. . . . For understanding we need the facts and the perspective in which they fit. I am sure that the free press in all free countries has made real progress in this direction.
“But I think a lot more can, and by all means should, be done.” The President called for domestic unity as well as international understanding, and he spoke out against overemphasis of personal conflicts in the news.
Polio Vaccine Field Trial Starts May 3
Related story on Page 2-A
Starting time for the polio vaccine field trail for Abilene and Taylor County is being planned for the week of May 3, local health officials announced Thursday.
“In view of the fact that the vaccine is slated to arrive in Austin April 28, we feel sure that we will be able to get our program underway during the week of May 3,” J. C. Hunter, Jr., over all chairman of the field trial, said.
3 Survive Crash Of Flying Boxcar
POPE AIR FORCE BASE. N.C., April 22 —A C119 Flying Boxcar
with a crew' of four exploded and crashed in flames late today near Goldsboro in eastern North Carolina.
Air Force officers here said there were two known survivors and another reported survivor, with no word about the fourth man.
The plane was from the 464th Troop Carrier Wing based at Lawson Air Force Base, Columbus, Ga.
'Tireless' Campaign Described By Stevens
Schine Blackmail Charge Denied
PRINCIPALS IN HEARING — Principals in the big televised senate investigations subcommittee in Washington sit at a table in the hearing room. Left to right; Army Secretary Robert Stevens, Mai. Gen. Robert Young, Roy Cohn and Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis). Army counsel John Adams leans over Stevens’ shoulder. Reporters and others are in background.
Senator's Wife Stands tor Hour At investigation
Hearing Like Slarl of Big Prize Fight
WASHINGTON. April 22 0«—In a way, it was just like the start of a prize fight.
Everything was set in Room 318 of the Senate Office Building. Most of the senators who were commit-
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WASHINGTON. AprU 22 — It was standing room only for the opening of the McCarthy - Army investigation Thursday — and Mrs.
Lyndon B. Johnson, wife of the Texas senator who is Senate tee members were in their places.
Democratic leader, was one of the The crowd was there. The lights
standees. were on.
Mrs. Johnson, one of several Tex-1 Down the marble corridor came ans at the crowded hearing in the Secretary of the Army Stevens, ac Senate Office Building’s biggest j companied by
room, arrived a little late after
all the seats were gone. Recently released from a hospital after an
illness, she stood for about an room. “Yea for the Army, hour to wratch the proceedings and yelled.
seconds and well
A faint cheer went up from those waiting to get into the hearing
*" a lady
Mrs. Price Daniel and Miss Ellen Daniel, wife and sister of Texas’ junior senator, had arrived early and had seats. They remained through #the morning session but did not return in the afternoon. The senator’s sister who lives in Austin is here on a visit.
Mrs. Robert B. Anderson of Vernon, wife of the secretary of the Navy who takes over May 1 as deputy secretary of defense, sat through the w'hole day of hearings. She was an early arrival and had a seat immediately behind the witness chair.
Other Texans morning session
Jean’s On Crutches
A few minutes later, along came Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis). By his side was his wife, Jean, still on crutches after her automobile accident. Around them were McCarthy’s seconds and well wishers.
Another cheer, louder this time. As they moved into the big room itself, more cheering, and. to make the picture complete, a few boos.
The long awaited showdawn — U. S. Army officials vs. McCarthy —was ready to begin.
There was a touch of irony right at the start.
One contention in this case Is that McCarthy and aides exerted
present at the j pressure on the Army in an at-included Rep. tempt to get a commission for G. George H. Mahon of Colorado City ; David Schine a former inyestiga-and Walter Jenkins, administrative, tor for McCarthy * t
to Sen. Johnson. Both! Yet in order to get a decent seat
stood. Neither Texas senator tended.
Living Cost’s Lowest Since July of 1953
WASHINGTON, April 22 UR — The nation’s living costs declined two tenths of one per cent between Feb. 15 and Mkrch 15, reaching the lowest point since last July.
Country Club's Remodeling To Cancel Golf Tournament
at the hearing, a visitor had to know somebody who could exert a little influence.
Long before the hearing began, the room was almost filled with wives, friends and favorite constituents.
Also in Aisles
The ordinary visitors whom had been waiting in line for as long as 2 hours and 45 minutes —finally were fitted around the room, between the big marble pillars on each side, along the back, and in the aisles.
The crowd became so dense that knowing somebody didn’t help, and even being somebody didn’t guarantee much of a seat.
Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich> got in late, and wound up sitting at a press table, making like a reporter.
FIRST WITNESS — Maj. Gen. Miles Reber takes the witness stand before the Senate Investigation subcommittee in Washington as the first to testify as the McCarthy-Army dispute hearing opened._
Rains Skip Over Area
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WASHINGTON. April 22 (/P> — Secretary of the Army Stevens gave the lie to Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) today as the McCarthy-Pentagon row flared un into stormy hearings before a nationwide television audience.
The Army secretary first accused McCarthy and his chief aides of waging a “persistent, tireless” campaign—the most strenuous one in his official experience—to get special treatment for Pvt. David Schine.
The Schine case, Stevens declared, is “an example of the wrongful seeking of privilege, of the perversion of power. ’ Then Stevens labelled as “absolutely false” McCarthy’s charge that Stevens urged him to “go after” the Navy and Air Force instead of looking for Communists in the Army s ranks. No Such Statement “I never made anv such statement.” Stevens declared. And he denied, too, McCarthy’s charge that he tried to use the Schine case as “blackmail.”
And so ended, in the kind of direct conflict that can lead to perjurv charges against somebody, the first of hearings in the short-tempered atmosphere of an overcrowded overheated hearing room-with TV floodlights glaring and spectators iammed together in a perspiring mass.
McCarthy got in some licks, too. even though he has removed himself from the Senate Investigations subcommitee for purposes of this inauirv. .
He denied anv “improper pressure by himself or his staff
on Schine’s behalf.
And he bitterly objected to Stevens’ speaking: “for^ the Armv ” He blasted the Army secretary as one of the Penta-y’ gon politicians” who are try
ing. he said, to block investigation of “communism in the
While Stevens’ lips worked in speechless irritation, McCarthy said he knows plenty of Army people from privates to generals who want H understood that “Mr. Stevens speaks only for Mr. Stevens.” , ..
Mainly, though. It was the Army’s riav. The Pentagon officials called on first to back up. if they could, their charge that McCarthy and aides Roy M. Cohn and Francis Carr sought by “impropeP means” to get favors for Schine.
Maj. Gen. Miles Reber was the lead-off witness. He testified that in 10 years of dealing with Congress he couldn’t recall any “great, er pressure” than McCarthy s of» fice turned on to get a quick commission for the about-to-be-drafted Schine.
Asks About Brother
McCarthy was ready with a counter-attack. He demanded to know if it wasn’t true Reber’s brother. Sam, had been ousted from the State Department as a security risk.
Reber, former Army liaison man with Congress and now commander of U. S. Forces in Western Europe, replied that his brother retired at the age of 50 as he was entitled to do by law. The general said he didn’t know anything about any security case involving his
McCarthy also contended Sam Reber made “vicious attacks ’ on Cohn and Schine when he was acting U. S. high commissioner for Germany and the subcommittee aides made a quick inspection trip
there in 1953. «
Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to thé subcommittee, at first ruled out this line of questioning on the ground it had nothing to do with the inquiry.
McCarthy fired back:
“If 1 can’t show bias and prejudice, it is a violation of every rule
Tells About Request
The Army side also called Walter Bedell Smith, acting secretary of state, who said Cohn once approached him in quest of a commission for Schine. He said Lohn
A $100.000 remodeling project which will cancel the 28th annual Abilene Country Club Invitational Golf Tournament ln July was announced Thursday by Carl S. Shoults, club president.
Shoults said the decision to call off the golf tournament was made at a board meeting Tuesday night. The five-day show, w-hich usually attracts 300 or more players, is one of the biggest amateur tourneys in West Texas. It ranks among the tup sports events in this section each year.
The remodeling won’t affect the first annual Abilene Open May 14-16.
Shoults said work on the clubhouse would start around June 1. Plans are in the hands of contractors now and bids will be accepted shortly, he said.
“We’ll be right in the middle of
our building program on the Fourth of July. Most of the clubhouse will be torn up. and it's too awkward trying to handle it (the tournament),” Shoults said.
The proposed remodeling wdll he the first major work on the club
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Shoults said virtually the entire structure would be affected in the rebuilding.
“It will nearly double the size of the present clubhouse,” he said.
Locker room space will be provided for golfers, the ballroom will be more than doubled, and a big family lounge will be constructed. A new dining room will be built over the present one, and the existing dining room area which extends out northward will be squared off to create more space.
The changes will extend through two stories, and the entire club will be redecorated, Shoults -.aid.
Directors of the club are figuring on the remodeling project requiring six months for completion.
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