Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 75
ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 30, 1954 —TEN PAGES
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«
Battle Slated At Convention
AUSTIN, Aug. 29 (Æ—Texas Democrats—as usual just one big unhappy family—have given Gov. Allan Shivers his third term and move now to the next inevitable battleground: the Sept. 14 state convention.
On the basis of reports received by the State Democratic Executive Committee headquarters here, the never-beaten, conservative Shivers not only won the governorship but he also has the votes to control the convention.
Gives Hint Defeated candidate Ralph Yarborough only hinted at what the iberals plan to do. Calling those
Same Party In Congress, White House
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (* — President Eisenhower, asserting “our affairs operate best" when the White House and Congress are controlled by the same political party, made a strong appeal today for election of a Republican Congress in November.
He also cited Lincoln’s oft-quoted advice against changing horses in the middle of the stream and said his party had made “good progress” in carrying out its pledges to the people. He said his program’s future success and vitality now rest squarely w ith the voters.
Special Message The President's firmly-worded
who voted for him “volunteer loyal Texas,” Yarborough’s statement conceding Shivens’ victory, added:
“You made your voices heard today. And you are a force to be reckoned with in the future of our great state.”
There could be little doubt that the Mineral Wells convention will hear from the losing side which apparently has enough assured delegations to give the Shivers faction considerable static Sept. 14.
At stake in yesterday’s run-off was control of the party machinery for the next two years, and there was no doubt that the victorious Shivers people would nail it down hard me. fast at the convention. Shivers said he was seeking the third term to guarantee conservative—or as he put it “middle of the road” leadership—in the two years preceding the next presidential convention.
Along with control of the party machinery in the next two years goes strong influence in selecting the Texas delegation to the 1956 Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention.
There was already considerable speculation on what Shivers’ political future will be after serving his third elective term. He should have little trouble getting his legislative program through since his friends will have a big majority in both the House and Senate.
Possibility of a fourth term bid by Shivers now seems remote. Neither U.S. Senatorial post will be open in 1956. Lyndon B. Johnson easily w'on renomination, and Price Daniel will still have two years to serve.
There has been some talk that Daniel might voluntarily step down and perhaps seek the governorship,
'I'M OVERWHELMED/ STATES NOMINATED BLIND VETERAN
MORRISTOWN, N. J., Aug. 29 (AP)—A blind veteran, who won the Democratic nomination for a Texas House seat yesterday, said today: *Tm overwhelmed by the vote
* g On the basis of nearly complete returns, Criss Cole, 36, of Houston, Tex., won over his opponent Ray Lemmon, 28, Houston clerk, 100,918 to 26,753.
Cole, blinded in the Pacific fighting while with the Marines during World War II, is here at the Seeing Eye Service to get a new dog, replacing one which died recently. He is married and has two boys, 5 and 7 >ears o
ag8“There are no words to explain the thrill I’ve gotten, Cole said. “It’s more than- one could expect.
1 Dead, 15 Injured As 2d B36 Falls
statement was in a special mes- | sage prepared for the campaign leaving the way open for Shivers film “Year of Big Decision,” just „ . ,
released by the National Citizens j See STRUGGLE, Pg. 9-A, Col. •-for Eisenhower Congressional Committee. ,
Eisenhower attended the film s premiere here Aug. 16. Since then several changes have been made in consultation with the White
See IKE. Pg. 9-A, Col 5
Election Bureau Reports Returns
DALLAS, Aug. 29 B—Returns to the Texas Election Bureau at p.m. from 254 out of 254 counties ii\ the state, including 223 complete, show the following totals for candidates in Saturday's Democratic runoff election:
Shivers 771,569 Yarborough 678,329 Supreme Court:
Brewster 775,771 Scott 429,917
THREATENS TO JUMP — Sid
Horvath, 16, perched on an I-beam in downtown Lansing, Mich., for 20 minutes Saturday threatening to commit suicide. He was rescued by policemen as firemen started to raise a 100-foot ladder. The youth said he was going to jump because his mother would not sign a waiver so he could get married.
Forms Threatened By F ire Near Olden
WALTER CLIFT ,.. veteran city official
District Clerk Walter (lift Dies at Breck
BRECKENR1DGE, Aug 29 < HNS i—Walter Brown Clitt, 63, Stephens County district clerk for 14 years, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in Stephens Memorial Hospital following a two-weeks illness.
Mr. Clift had suffered a stroke while working at his office in the courthouse here Aug. 15.
He had been re elected to his eighth term in the clerk's olfice, defeating two opponents in the July 24 primary. That race was the first time he had ever been opposed for re-election.
Born Feb. 14, 1891 in DeLeon in Comanche County, Mr. J *’*1 moved to Stephens County in 1900, settling in the Gunsight community. He was married tliere Aug. 24. 1917 to the former Jewel ro-
^Befort becoming district clerk he had been a barber.
Mr Clift was a Mason, a member of the Elks Lodge and the Roughneck Bible Class ot the First Baptist Church.
Funeral has tentatively been set for Tuesday from tha FW »» list Church here. The Rev. H. H. McBride, pastor, will official«. Burial in Breckenridge Cemetery will be directed by Kiker Funeral Home. Masonic graveside riles will be conducted.
Survivors are his wife of Breck-enridge, a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Farris of Dallas; two sons. Bert Clift of Hearn and Jim (lift of Nacogdoches; three granddaugh-iers; three brothers, Bruce CMt and Bert Clift, both of Dallas and Fred Clift of San Antonio; and a •iatar, Mrs W. R Keith of Dal-
OLDEN, Aug. 29 - Firemen from Ranger, Eastland and Cisco brought a grass fire under control Sunday after it had burned off several hundred acres of land.
The fire was located north of Olden, a town of about 300 persons. Olden is in Eastland County between Eastland and Ranger.
The fire was said to have started in a junk yard and spread to nearby pasture land, including the Tole Martin farm.
Eastland Fire Chief R. E. Kil
EL PASO. Tex., Aug. 29 if— Laboring with apparent power failure, a global B36 bomber try-ing to land crashed into a fierj, exploding mass here just before midnight last night, killing one and
" i^was^he second crash within 24 hours of one of the giants of the Air Force. Twenty-four crewmen were killed and three escaped in one of the worst crashes m B36 history Friday , night Rapid City, S. D.
Nine Die A B36 crashed here nine months
ago. killing nine.
Last night the bomber crashed in an unpopulated area near the International Airport oi tins der city between Texas and Mexico. In the flames 20 mm. ammunition aboard thé plane «xplocled and the towering fire was visible more than five miles The fatality wtw identified as A.2.C. Ronald A. Strassheim of
BThe°plan/w»» from Biggs Air Force base near El Paso. It was returning from a 10-hour training flight. Biggs officials said the aircraft had made one landing pas at Biggs, circled and was parting another when the power fai^nd the commander requested permission for an emerency landing at El Paso International Airport. Im* i mediate permission was granted but the men were unable to keep the plane in the air.
Skipper Praised The squadron commander, Lt
a section of land. He said there ^ ^______
were no firemen injured but that c0j Don L. Safely, Pra^s,^ a boy riding a jeep near the fire
into darknoss in thd^ city's northeast section.
Traffic Sgt. Earl Chokiski said at least a thousand spectators swarmed to the fire before police cordons could be thrown up. Police moved hundreds of cars from the area and threatened traffic tickets to get others to move.
The crash wars the second B36 smashup here in nine months. A global bomber crashed during a snow storm into the rugged Franklin Mountains three miles from El Paso Dec. 12, 1953, with a loss of nine lives—all aboard the plane.
The injured at William Beaumont Army Hospital here were:
Maj. L. D. Lanier, El Paso, the aircraft commander; 1st. Lt. J. W. Hall. Pharr, Tex . pilot; 1st Lt. B. Robertson (no address given», navigator; Capt. H. H. Muller, El Ptaso, radar operator; 2nd Lt. D. R. Mclntire. Oakboro, N. C.. observer: 1st Lt. C. Rymraz, El Paso, flight engineer; T. Sgt. C. H. Yeager, El Paso, sfecond flight engineer; A. l.C. C. C. Vroman, Ed-gerton, Wyo., first radio operator; S. Sgt. R. W. Saxvik, Decorah, Iowa, gunner; A-2C C. C. Caugh-man, Willor, Ark., gunner; A.2.C P. L. Taylor, El Paso, gunner;
A.2.C. D. D. Reichenbach, Allentown, Pa., gunner; A.3.C. Leon Arnold, Kansas City, Mo, second radio operator; Capt. C. P. Andrews, El Paso, co-pilot; and A.2.C. Jesse
B. Barham, Oklahoma City, Okla., a passenger.
Several of the injured received only bruises and minor cuts.
was hurt when he fell from the vehicle.
The boy, whose name was not available, was taken to an fcast-land hospital, the fire chief said.
An earlier report said one fireman had been injured fighting the fire.
For a while the lire threatened several farm homes and wooden oil derricks but Kilbourn said he did not believe there was exten-
bourn said the blaze burned about i sive damage.
aircraft skipper for crash-landing in an unpopulated area. A big housing project is in the area.
Biggs spokesmen said a formal court of inquiry would be held to determine the cause of the crash, but unofficial cause had been placed on failure of the huge plane's six conventional engines.
Witnesses said the four jet engines still were in operation when the plane plunged to the ground.
The plane clipped power lines over the access road to the airport, throwing hundreds of homes
Rain, Hail, High Winds Lash Ennis
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A violent storm with hail, rain, high winds and lots. of lightning swooped down on Ennis, 35 miles south of Dallas, Sunday.
The town received .8 indies of rain and was battered by a wind estimated up to 80 miles an hour in gusts.
Numerous farm outbuildings were wrecked, tree branches were tom off and plate glass windows in the downtown area were broken. Some 250 telephones were put out of commission for a short time. The electricity was cut off for a while and that in turn forced a shutdown of city water.
No one was injured and no funnel was reported.
A bolt of lightning killed a Dallas youth. Bill Maloney, 16, as he played golf at the Dallas Athletic Country Club Sunday. Two other men in Maloney’s foresome were knocked down and stunned by the lightning but neither was seriously hurt.
A storm lashed across part of East Texas. Another raced up and down the streets of Dallas, blowing dust and doing some damage but giving up little rain.
The Woodville - Livingston area had an electrical storm with heavy rain and a high wind. The storm moved south into Beaumont about dusk,
BrownsviU« got .09 inches of rain, Dallas, El Paso, Beaumont, Del Rio, and Mineral Wells re jK>rted traces of rain. Laredo had .45 inches, Presidio .18. Lufkin .50 inches, Palacios .59, Salt Flat, .14 and Wink 13.
The high temperature was 104 at Texarkana. Brownsville had the day's low maximum with 85 Other highs are: Amarillo 95, Midland 92, Dallas 102, El Paso 91, Houston 104, Beaumont 95, Del Rio 94, Fort Worth 102, Laredo 88 and Wichita Falls 101.
Partly cloudy skies with scattered showers are forecast for Texas Monday.
France T reaty
Bonn Contract Vote Nearing
PARIS, Aug. 29 (AP) — Premier Mendes-France made a blistering attack today on many provisions of the European Defense Community treaty in a speech widely interpreted as sounding the treaty’s death knell.
But he warned the National Assembly West Germany cannot be denied virtual sovereignty much longer. He said the Assembly may be called soon to approve the Germans control over their own affairs under the Bonn contract, a companion treaty.
For the first time, the premier made little effort to conceal his open hostility to many provisions of the EDC Treaty which would include 12 West German divisions in a unified army. He declared the French favor an alliance in which each party is “the--
Fellow-Captives to Testify For Batchelor, Lawyer Says
By WILLIAM C. BARNARD | clear himself with the American
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug 29 (in—Claude J. Batchelor’s attorney said today some of the corporal's fellow-captives in a Communist prison camp will testify in his defense.
Batchelor’s general court-martial opens here at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. He will be tried on charges of collaborating with the enemy and informing on his buddies while a prisoner of war in North Korea. He is 22, a native of Kermit, Tex., and he was a prisoner for 31 months.
One of t
'i ne corporal was one of 23 Americans who decided they wanted to stay with the Reds following the Korean armistice. But Batchelor and one other soldier changed their minds and came home. The other soldier, Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson of Big Stone Gap. Va., was convicted by a court-martial last May 4 of aiding the Communists and giving the enemy information concerning his companions.
Joel Westbrook, civilian attorney, conferred today with Batchelor and said, "His mental attitude is very good, considering what he has been through”
“Batchelor wants to get this business over with,” Westbrook said in an interview. “Ma is oager to
Batchelor came back to the United Nations side on Jan. 1 of PW to TesUfv j this year. At the time he was in
Westbrook said: “Some of his Indian custody in neutral Panmun-fellow prisoners-of-war are com
ing here to testify that Cpl. Batchelor interceded with the Communists to better their living con-
jem. Korea. Twenty-one U. S. soldiers who did not come back are now believed to be in Ked China. Mrs. Portia Howe, of Alden, Minn.,
Three Critical After (rash
RAPID CITY, S.D., Aug. 29 Lffl— The three survivors of a B-36 bomber crash that killed 24 crewmen were still in critical condition today.
The public information office at Ellsworth Air Force Base said there had been no change since the three were brought in following the crash Friday night.
Hospitalized at the Ellsworth base were Capt. Phillip C. Toups, Kilgore, Texas; A 1-C John W. Harvey, Indianapolis, and 1st Lt. Roger Bumps, Taftsville, Vt.
The public information office said it had no knowledge of the nature of injuries suffered by the three. The base hospital said it was not authorized to give out condition reports.
The huge propeller - driven ship burst into flames and scattered w reckage over a quarter of a mile on the ranch where it came down.
Storm Diminishes While Going North
MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 29 if»—The Atlantic hurricane was gradually losing force today but northeast storm warnings were displayed along the coast of the Carolinas as the storm inched slowly northward.
At 5 p.m. < CST», the Miami Weather Bureau reported the hurricane center was 220 miles east oi Brunswick, Ga. Strongest winds over a small area near the center were estimated at 80 miles per hour, just five miles greater than minimum hurricane force.
HOUSTON, Aug. 2» if»—Pranksters burned a bridge in the Fairbanks area northwest of Houston today. They used kerosene flares taken from a road construction job.
sole judge of its own essential interests.” He clearlv implied a belief that the EDC pact does not meet this lest.
But the premier old the Assembly in his three-hour speech that defeat of EDC would not in any way solve the question of German rearmament.
Friends and foes of ED< alike reckoned his stand meant the end of the unified army plan. The Assembly began its debate on French ratification yesterday.
Asks New Formula , Mendes-France said a new formula must be found soon to achieve German rearmament. He declared many alternate ways could be found to get guns back on the shoulders of German troops for Western defense, but declined to outline any of them.
He gave the clear impression he felt France would be falling into a trap if she voted for EDO's rat-itieation. Applause at various points indicated the premier had a comfortable majority with him.
Mendes-France bitterly recounted how he had been unable to get any worthwhile changes in the pact from the other five EDC countries at the recent Brussels conference. Of these, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have already ratified the past. Even Italy, which like France has not ratified, would not agree to the treaty changes which Mendes-France proposed to eliminate EDC's supranational features.
Mendes-France apparently was trying to refute arguments of pro-EDC supporters that he is a neutralist on the treaty question.
The premier firmly proclaimed today “the Atlantic alliance must be the base of the foreign policy of France.” He said his govern-’ ment would not accept any proposition contrary to the Atlantic pact.
Despite pleas from the floor, Mendes-France refused to give any hint of what he might propose as a replacement for the • European army plan. But he said many alternatives exist which would still permit a German contribution to Western defense. He asserted his policy recognizes the necessity for a reconciliation of France and Germany in the framework of Europe.
The Bonn Accord is a peace contract originally intended to go into effect only after full ratification of the EDC.
ditions They will tell how he the mother of one of them, Richard helped them and how he sat up Tenneson. to to San Antomojml all night with sick prisoners.
Westbrook predicted most of the first day of trial will be taken up with defense motions. In one, he will ask postponement of the case on grounds that he has not had the opportunity to prepare a suitable defense against recent new charges, filed by the Army July 30. In the new charges, Batchelor was accused of informing on his prison-camp buddies.
Palsy Unit Observes Fifth Anniversary
NEW YORK, Aug. 29 if»—United Cerebral PaLsy, celebrating its fifth anniversary, today reported it now has affiliated organizations in 47 states. A year ago it extended into only 32 states.
Leonard H. Goldenson, president of the organization, said it is hoped an affiliate will soon be organized in Montana, the one state remaining outside the organization.
intends to be at the court-martial tomorrow.
Mrs. O.L. Batchelor of Kernut, mother of the defendant, also is expected to attend the trial whfch will be held in a sheet - metal building at Ft Sam Houston.
Westbrook revealed that he will introduce' a deposition made especially for the Batchelor case by Maj. Gen. William Dean, former commander of the U. S. Twenty-Fourth Infantry Division. Dean was captured by the Reds and was their prisoner almost the entire war. The general wrote a book about his experiences. Westbrook made it clear that Dean’s deposition deals with the authenticity of events in his book. The attorney said Batchelor has never seen General Dean.
Batchelor was flown to the United States in late February and was jailed at Ft. Sam Houston March 5 on charges of aiding the enemy and misconduct as a prisoner.
President to Sign Atomic Bill Today
DENVER, Aug. 29 «JB-Uegisla-tion overhauling the Atomic Energy Act—opening the way for private industry in the atomic field-wili be signed by President Eisenhower tomorrow in Washington.
On arrival in Washington in the morning Eisenhower will go directly to the White House for conferences, first with Gov. Walter Kohler of Wisconsin on the 30 billion dollar highway construction program recetUly proposed by the chief executive. Kohler is chairman oi a governors committee which has been studying the President's plan.
After that conference Eisenhower will sign the atomic energy bill, which—in addition to providing for private industry’ development in that field—authorizes limited sharing of atomic secrets with America's allies.
Senate Contempt Charge to Open McCarthy Probe
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (*v_The starting point of the new McCarthy hearings opening Tuesday, Sen. Watkins (R-Utah> said today, probably will be a charge that the Wisconsin Republican has shown “contempt of the Senate.”
Watkins, who will direct the inquiry, told a reporter that “in my opinion point No. 1” in the numerical listing of five charges culled from 46 filed against Sen. McCarthy by three of his Senate colleagues will be the starting point for public testimony.
In its notice of hearings, served on McCarthy and mad« public Aug. 24, the special committee headed by Watkins lifted as point No. 1 alleged “incidents of contempt of the senate or» a senatorial committee.”
This is the first oi five charges selected by Watkins’ committee for initial inquiry.
The others, some of which overlap. may be taken up later. They were brought by Sens. Flanders <R-Vt>, Fulbright <D-Ark> and Morse dnd-Ore». Flanders is author of a censure resolution which asks the Senate to declare McCarthy’s conduct unbecoming a senator.
In point No. 1, the three senators contend McCarthy displayed contempt of the Senate, of its privileges and elections subcommittee, or both, during a 1952 investigation e* charges brought by former Sen. William Benton (D-Conni seeking McCarthy’s expulsion from the Senate.
They say he refused to go before the 1952 subcommittee to answer questions about the propriety of his financial dealings.
Watkins, a former judge, called his five fellow committee members to a closed-door meeting tmorrow to complete arrangements for the start of hearings.
McCarthy, who is due back from a California vacation tomorrow, has not been invited to the meeting Edward B. Williams, his lawyer, told a reporter “I don’t know whether there is anything to be gained’ by participating int it.
Also due this week—on Wednes-day—is the “verdict” in tlve McCarthy-Army hearings conducted last spring by Ihe inveiUgatlon. subcommittee headed by ben. Mundt (R-SD*.
ACROBATIC NECESSITY — It was tough for 4-year-old Stephen Mayeux, Houston, oldest of three children, to watch his brother and sister run and play. Stephen s legs have been crippled since he was stricken by polio. Eight months ago Stephen started trying to learn to walk on his hands. Stephen’s best distance to date traveling on his hands has been 15 feet, his father, Ernie Mayeux, reports.
Flash Fire Hits New Jersey Club
SEA BRIGHT, N.J., Aug. 29 * _A flash fire early today razed the Sea Bright Yacht Club, one of the main night spots of the north Jersey coast.
Damage was estimated at more than $100,000 by A1 Herman, who served as co-manager with Stewart Kaufman.__
v. S. DERABTMEHT OF COMMEECE
ABILENE AND VICINITY — C}f*L “ oartly cloudy and continued hot Monday and Tueaday. Hlih Monday B- Low Mon-
d^SOHTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS; Clear to partly rlondy Monday and TWee-day with taolated aReraoon ihunderahowera; no Important tempera-
tU£aST*A*ND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS. Partly cloudy Monday and Tueeday wi n scattered ihowere and thundershower* near the coast and Isolated evening thundershower* in the Inter»*, not much change in
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