Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXXIV, NO. 45mimm''WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 3, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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DR. CHARLES ROMINE . . . resigns
ESCOE L. WEBB . new AHS principal
AHS Principal Remine Resigns
The resignation of Dr. Charles Roniine as principal of Abilene High School was accepted by the School Board at a called meeting Monday night.
Escoe L, Webb was appointed to succeed Romine on the recommendation of Supt. A. E. Wells. Webb is presently principal of North Junior High School.
Other action by the board Included:
Moving that Bob Nail remain as assistant Abilene High School principal until the school is moved into’ the new building. At that time he will become principal of Central Junior High School.
Malcolm Anthony, Crockett principal. to be moved to North Junior as principal.
Hays to Move
Scott Hays, now at Fair Park, will be moved to Crockett as elementary principal.
The board voted to raise Webb’s ■alary from approximately $5,900 to $7,000 annually. No other salary changes were made.
In his letter of resignation, Romine stated that he plans to go to Jefferson County, Colo. His resignation here will become effective Aug. 15.
Romine began as AHS principal In 19W. While here he has completed work toward a doctor of
education degree, receiving the degree from Colorado State College of Education at Greely, Colo., in the summer of 1953.
In the new position, Rwnine will serve as principal of W’heatridge High School and director of special activities for the county.
Wheatridge is a suburb of Denver but is in Jefferson County, he explained.
Prior to his position in Abilene he served as principal of Temple High School in Temple.
Webb has been connected with Abilene school since he came here in 1948. He has been a teacher since 1930. ^
Attended North Texas
The Abilene educator attended Weatherford Junior College, North Texas State College and the University of Texas. He received his B. S. degree in 1936 and M. S. degree in 1940. He is doing work toward a doctor of education degree.
A deacon in the First Baptist Church, Webb is also active in the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club,
*T want the development of educational facilitiei to be equal to if not surpass our church develc^ ment program. We must continue to be known as the outstanding spiritual and educational center of West Texas,” Webb stated.
Shivers Keeps Ahead On Party Machinery
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Reports to state Democratic party headquarters on results of Satur day’s county conventions indicate Gov. Allan Shivers will retain control of party machinery at the state convention in Mineral Wells Sept. 14.
George Sandlin of Austin, chairman of the state executive committee, said Monday definite reports to his office show 126 counties with 3,183 convention votes were committed to Shivers.
31 Counties Ralph Yarborough, opposing Shivers in the runoff election for governor, gained backing of 31 counties with 2,022 votes said' Sandlin.
Preliminary, unconfirmed reports from an additional 30 counties indicated 14 of them would side with Yarborough, Sandlin said.
He said his information came from people who attended the county cortventions and whom he has heard from either by telephone or telegram.
*Tn cases where there were rump conventions, I credited the votes to which ever side obviously had the most strength. For instance,
I counted McLennan <Waco) and Bexar (San Antonio) for Yarborough,” explained Sandlin.
He added that he was not “prejudging” whether delegates from any of the rump conventions might be recognized or turned down at the state convention.
Nine county conventions with 303 votes committed their delegations to the winner of the runoff race tor governor.
No Coflventioo Two counties. Mills and C(Ae— apparently did not hold county conventions, but reports to that effect have not been confirmed, said Sandlin.
Fifty-eight other counties with 435 votes are yet to be heard from, and their votes would not be enough to change party machinery control, regardless of which way they might go. said Sandlin.
On the basis of confirmed and unconfirmed reports, he figured Shivers would have 3,291 state convention votes to 2,151 for Yarborough.
Disagrees Sandlin disagreed with some political obsarvers who thought a Yarborough victory in the Aug. 28 runoff election might cause delegate sentiment to swing in Yarborough's favor at Mineral Wells.
“Control of state party machin-try is by district v(rfe. The state executive committee is made up of one committeeman and one com
mittee woman from each of the senatorial districts. They are picked by district caucus and submitted for convention approval,” said Sandlin.
Solon Shows Loiter Hitting
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (Æ) — Harry H. Woodring, former secretary of war, said in a letter made public by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) today that Gen. George C. Marshall “would sell out his own grandmother for personal advantage.”
Woodring confirmed at Topeka, Kan., that he had written the letter, to Robert W. Harris of New York, in thanking Harris for sending him a copy of the book “McCarthy and His Enemies.” Woodring elaborated in his comment today to say that he had once held Marshall in high esteem but “I lost faith in him” after Marshall's mission to China following World War II. Woodring said Marshall “sold out” Chiang Kai-shek, the Nationalist leader who was later driven from the mainland by the Communists.
McCarthy asked that the letter-addressed to “Dear Bob,”—be published in the Congressional Record. He told reporters the Bob is “Bob Harris, just a fellow in New York,” whom McCarthy knows.
Marshall, reached at his home in nearby Leesburg, Va., said “I have no comment.”
McCarthy brought out the letter after Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) had urged the Senate to censure McCarthy for, among other reasons, an attack McCarthy made on Marshall in a Senate speech in 1951.
The letter was dated June 23, 1934.
It described Marshall as a man who would “sell out his policies, beliefs and standards to maintain his political and military position with the powers that be.”
McCarthy told the Senate that Woodring had “indicated” he had no objection to publication of the letter in the Congressional Record.
He told a reporter “another senator” had obtained a copy of the letter and made it available to McCarthy.
McCarthy, in his attack on Marshall in 1951, said Marshall is steeped in falsehood” and had swayed historic décisifs in favor (rf Russian interests.
Marshall was Army chief of staff during World War II and later secretary of war and secretary of state.
Woodring was secretary of war from 1936 to 1940. He broke with many of his colleagues in President Roosevelt’s Cabinet and was critical of the President after leaving the Roosevelt administration.
At Topeka, Kan., Woodring said he wrote the letter to Robert M. Harris after Harris sent him a copy of the bo<A “McCarthy and His Enemies.”
Committee to Probe
WILLIAM F. KNOWLANO • • • resolution adopted
Zoning Board Gels Quorum But Can't Transact Business
It takes five members present for the City Planning and Zoning Board to have a quorum so business may be transacted.
The board had that many members present Monday night for its regular meeting — yet it didn’t have a quorum and couldn’t do any business.
That sounds like double talk — but that’s the way it was.
Board members present were Jay Jameson, chairman; Mrs. Jack Sparks, Dr. Harry R. Bridge, F. C. (Pete) Olds, and R. C. Hoppe.
The lack of a quorum worked this way. Olds remained for a short time until he had to go to another meeting. Hoppe arrived after Olds left, thus still leaving only four members present.
At the suggestion of Chairman Jameson the board recessed until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the regular meeting will be held.
Members absent Monday night were Mrs. John Dressen, Nath White, Mrs. W. Ross Wissler, and Albert A. McAlister.
Senator Blasts 'False Charges'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (AP>—The Senate tonight ordered a special committee to investigate Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and the Communist-hunting methods for which his foes declare he should be censured.
The roll call vote was an overwhelming 75-12.
It set the stage for what may be another spectacular congressional inouiry.
An hour before the roll was called, McCarthy himself took the floor to challenge his senatorial critics to repeat what he called “scurrilous, false charges” against him, before the committee, under oath.
Most Accept Challenge If they do—and most of them quickly accepted the challenge~Lhe said they “will either indict themselves for perjury” or “prove what consummate liars they are.” Many of McCarthy’s Senate enemies fought for an Immediate showdown on a resolution to censure McCarthy now for his conduct as a senator and as chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee. So did some of McCarthy’s friends who were convinced they could lick any censure maneuver.
To the extent that both these opposing forces plugged for an immediate vote on the main issue of censure now, both lost. McCarthy himself raised no open objection to an investigation by a special committee of three Republican.^ and three Democrats, as proposed by Senate GOP Leader Knowland of California, w'hen it became obvious that that was what the Senate wanted.
SONNY BOY CAUSES UPROAR WHILE ON SPREE IN STORE
DALLAS tfl—Sonny Boy had as much fun as a mciikey when he slipped his cage lock, took over a downtown store and entertained scores of Sunday strollers.
Sonny Boy is a small monkey. He broke loose from his cage at Nicholson Feed Store and started moving about in
the best Tarzan atyle. Flower pots crashed with gay abandon. Books were torn. When store manager A1 Biggio arrived after an alarm, Sonny Boy was busy dialing a telephone.
The monkey went peacefully back to his cage. Biggio said damages totaled $20.
North Texas Water District to Expand
DALLAS, Aug. 2 (JWThe North Texas Municipal Water District today sold $9,200,000 in bonds to build a filter plant and mains to supply Dallas and 10 smaller North Texas cities with water from Lavon Lake.
A syndicate of 31 investment banking firms headed by Blyth & Co., Inc., and Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Beane were the successful bidders.
H. R, Bisby, who was elected president of the NTMWD at today’s meeting, said that construction of the project would be started in several months, and that it would take two and a half years to build.
CHARGED WITH MURDER
Jury Selected/ Testimony Opens in Ballinger Trial
By RUTH LITTLE Reporter-Nrws Correspondent
BALLINGER. Aug. 2 (RNS) — Trial of Allen Clyde Jennings. 33-year-old ex-convict, for the murder of 16-year-old Wallace Windsor O'Neal got under way Monday afternoon after the morning and part of the afternoon had been spent selecting jurors.
Twenty-two of the panel of 125, the largest called in Runnels County since the Clary case in 1948, were excused. Of the remaining number 17 were disqualified. 10 because of opinions and seven because of con.scientious objection to a possible death sentence.
The state, represented by district attorney E. C. Grindstaff, and Runnels County attorney Jack Moorq, used one challenge and the defense, represented by Paul Petty and E. B. Underwood of Ballinger and W. G. Bedford of Winters, turned down two jurors.
Jurors accepted included Walter Adami, Winters farmer. Raymon Lloyd, Winters druggist; Oliver Wood, Winters employe of an air conditioning plant; Raymond Lindsey, Wingate farmer; Robert Spill, Leland Hoppe, and Newt Stoecker, all Winters farmers; Malcolm Morgan, Ballinger businessman; Henry Peplicefc, Howena businessman; C. O. Rodgers, and I. W.
Rogers, both Winters farmers, and Fred Young, Winters grocer.
Jennings pleaded not guilty to the charge and a parade of wit-
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nesses for the prosecution began about S p.m.
First witness for the state was G. L. Cook of Brookshire, who testified that Jennings had been at his home with a young boy on May 26 and 27. Cook, who said Jennings had once worked for him a month in the summer of 1952, described the boy as being a small type whom he did not figure to be over IS years old and who talked very little. He stated that the boy acted nervous and frightened.
Sob by Second Wile “The defendant told us the boy was his son by his second wife.” Cook said, “and told us to call him junior.”
Mrs. Cook, a grey-haired motherly looking woman, followed her husband on the stand. She. too, told of Jennings having worked for them at an earlier date, and of his returning to the house for breakfast May 27 after having seen her husband on .the previous day and camped for the night near their home.
“He had a little boy with him whom he introduced as his son.” she said. “The boy was a small child, clean, neat, and very nice looking. He had dark blonde hair and small features, and seemed very nice. 1 thought he was about
See JURY. Pg. S-A. Cel. 1
Tn the end, his supporters strung along with the idea with their votes. McCarthy merely voted “present.”
The committee was ordered to report what progress It makes before Congress adjourns. That may be within the next week or two. At that time, Knowland said, the Senate can determine whether it wants to hang around Wa.shington until a report is ready and vote on the big censure issue.
It was Smi. Fland«rs <R-Vt> who brought the Issue before the Senate in the finrt place with a short, simple resolution to condemn McCarthy on pounds his conduct tends to bring the Senate into disrepute.
Flanders didn’t spell out any charges then. But Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark > followed through with six of them, and Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) listed seven.
Finally, tonight, Flanders read into the record 33 separate char-ge.s which he said were drawn up by the National Committee for an Effective Congress.
All these, plus proposals to look
See McCarthy, pg. S-A. CoI. t
HELD BY FBI — Mrs. Patricia Blau, 42, right, identified by the FBI as a Communist party leader, was arrested at her home in Los Angeles on a Smith Act charge. Others were seized in Denver, Colo. Mrs. Blau, awaiting arraignment, is shown in custody of an unidentified FBI matron.
Red Arrest Total Increases To 7 as FBI Nabs Couple
DENVER. Aug. 2 Ifi-FBI agents today arrested a man and his wife, naming them as leaders of the Ccxnmunist party in Colorado and raising to seven the number of party figures arrested in Colorado and California in tha last 24 hour«.
All seven are charged with violation of the Smith Act, which makes it a crime to advocate forcible overthrow of the government.
Charles W. Brown, FBI agent-in-charge here, said Joseph William Scherrer, 34, was arrested
this morning at his residence In Pueblo. Brown said many party meetings had been held at the residence.
Agents took Scherrer’s wife,
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Tunisia Appoints Envoy for Nation
TUNIS, Aug. X (4V-A moderate nationalist who is a friend of France was named premier of Tunisia today to talk with the French about increased self-government and bringing peace to this troubled North African protectorate.
He is Tahar Ben Ammar, one of Tunisia’s biggest landholders and president of the Chamber of Agriculture. He has close contacts with both the French and the Tunisian nationalists.
The Bey of Tunis, Sidi Mohammed A1 Amin, made the appointment. The Bey is Tunisia’s nominal ruler.
The French made It plain in Paris that any changes will be gradual. Four key posts in the 12-man Tunisian Cabinet will, for the present at least, remain in French hands. They are the secretary-gen-eralship, and the ministries of finance, education and public works. A French spokesman said, however, that the Tunisian ministers will be authorised to meet separately to plan their strategy for the talks on a new arrangement with France, One thing they will doubtless seek is an all-Tunisian government.
The last Tunisian Cabinet, headed by Premier Mohammed «Zali, resigned in June when there was an outburst of armed attacks by extreme nationalists and counterattack by French colonista. French premier Pierre Mendes • France flew to Tunis laat Saturday and offered to start talks anew.
There was no immediate sign that the terrorism would stop, despite an appeal by nationalist leader Habib Bourguiba from the farm
Big Spring Truck ' Mishap Kills Man
BIG SPRING. Tex., Aug. 2 lf)~ Ira Gene McLaughrity, about 27. of Route 1. Knott, Tex., was killed tonight when the pickup truck he was driving turned over three times about 10 miles north of here.
near Paris where he is held by the French,
A soldier was killed yesterday in a clash with a band of 50 nationalist guerrillas. French police and soldiers were on antiguerrilla raids today throughout the country, a telephone line was sabotaged and a postman was shot at Sousse.
Stamford Baby DrowiuinTub
STAMFORD, Aug. 2. (RNS)~ Nora Jewel Smith, 1-year-old daughter of Cpl. and Mrs. James L. Smith, drowned in a bath tub at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Smith home.
Artificial respiration failed to revive the child and she was pronounced dead on arrival at a Stamford hospital.
She was bom July 21. 1953 In Seymour,
Cpl. Smith is stationed at Fort Hood and was home on leave when the tragedy occurred. He is to be sent to Germany following the furlough.
Survivors, besides her parents, include a brother, James L. Smith. Jr., about 4; two grandfathers, Sam Smith of Lueders and Joe Ctoeek of Stamford; and a greatgrandmother. Mrs. Florence Henson of Red Springs.
Funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kinney Funeral Htrnie Chapel.
Officiating will be the Rev. H. E. Barnard, pastor of the Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Henson Cemetery near Red Springs In Baylor County.
Maia, 36, into custody at Stnpleton Airfield here. They declined to discuss the circumstances of her arrest,
Mrs. Scherrer is a native of Brooklyn. Her faUier was bom in Russia.
The FBI yesterday rminded up three men and a woman as they stood on the sidewalk on Logan Street, a half block from Uie Capitol building.
Held in the county jail in default of $I(X),000 bond each are Arthur Bary, 42; his wife, Anna. 29; Harold Zepelin, 28; and Lewis M. Johnson, 34, described as head of the Communist party in Utah.
In addition, Mrs. Patricia Blau, 42, formerly of Colorado, was an^ rested yesterday at Los Angeles.
Weak Squall Line Sets Off Showers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A weak squall line that moved into Texas from Oklahoma early Monday touched off scattered showers in West Texas, but over most of the state temperatures were on the rise again.
Amarillo had .25 inch of rain. El Paso and Presidio .05, Marfa .04 and San Angelo, Salt Flat and Mineral Wells reported a trace.
The only other spot reporting rain was Beaumont, which h«l 1.3S inches up to 6:30 p.m.
Temperatures ranged fr<xn Prq| sidio’s 105 to Marfa's 86.
Laredo had 102, Salt Flat Kid Childress 100 and CotuUa 101.
Guatemalan Regulars Disband Armas’ Army
GUATEMALA, Aug. 2 (ft-Dis-gruntled Guatemalan army regulars rushed to the aid of bawling military cadets with mortars and tanks today and^ forced President Castillo Armas’ junta to disband his revolutionary “liberatiwi army” in a day-long revolt.
At least six persons wert killed and an undetermined number wounded in fighting around Rooae-velt Hospital outside the capital, near the encampment of the anticommunist “liberation army” which helped Castillo Armas to victory over leftist President Jac-obo Arbenx Guzman a little over a month ago.
Starting with a brawl at dawn between 130 military cadets and the “liberation army,” the fighting was soon joined by regular army forces from Aurora Air Bast.
The regulars brought up mortars and tanks and the firing became very heavy in the hospital zone.
Then at 5 p.m. the army ordered a cease-fire and annoimced an agreement had been signed with the government junta for disband ing the "liberation” f(nx;e«.
The agreeRMmt, signed on ttnes
fixed by the regulars, provided for disbanding the ragged anti-Commu-nist “liberation army” which invaded Guatemala from Honduras in June and brought Castillo Armas to power by overthrowing the leftist regime of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman.
The fighting, which was reported to have erupted at dawn between 120 military cadets and a band of the irregulars at a hou.ie of prostitution, was supported later in the day by the regular army.
At 5 p.m. the army ordered k cease-fire, aito said the principal points of the agreem«it were:
1. A government guarantee that the rebel military cadets would not be subject to punishment or reprisals.
2. Immediate disarming and disbanding of the liberation army.
i. A guarantee by the regular army to plan's itaeif under complete jurisdiction of the govern-mi^nt junta.
Six persons were rqpiMrfev] killed and 18 wounded in various encounters during the day.
Regular troope from nearby Aih rora Air Base were Ihe thrat to come to the supp<»rt of the cadets.
Normally about 500 officers and men are stationed at Aurora.
SubseqiH»ntly regular force« seized control of the national radio station, and issued an ultimatum to the junta to disbaiul tb« "liberation” army.
Although toe communique did not say so. it was'reported unofficially the army men who seized the station threatened an all-out attack against the irregulars if they were not ordered disbanded.
A spokesman for the Guatemalan Foreign Office, meanwhile, denied an earlier report heard here that the government had charged the disturbances were part of a revolt plot hatched in the Mexican Embassy. That embassy is harb<wing as a political refugee ousted President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman and many of hit leftist and pro-Com-munist supporters.
The spokesman said the r^fwrt was made from the government station by two men who formerly operated the clandestine ndk which carried on th« propifvid« war for CllastiUo Amaas dititog Ida caiKqMdffD to drive eat tfie Commit-niit • aupported Arbenz regime.