Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 31, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, Noi 76 AuocUud ProTiAP) ABILENE, TEXAS,“TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 31, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe
AUTO IN WHICH MERKEL MAN DIED . . . Spectators watch at scene of fatal accident
Merkel Man Dies In Head-on Crash
A head-on auto crash killed one man and injured three others about 5:45 p.m. Monday on U. S. Highway 277 about four miles north of Abilene.
Charles G. Allred, about 52, of Route 1, Merkel, was killed and his brother, Clyde, of the same address, and his son-in-law, R. W. Bowlin oi Houston, were in serious condition at Hendrick Memorial Hospital Monday night.
The Allred brothers and Bowlin were in a 1953 Chevolet, driven by Charles Allred. '
James Penn Jr., 30. 309 Willow, Abilene, was also at Hendrick Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Penn was alone in a new 1954 Chevolet.
The Allred auto was traveling north and the Penn car was going south, according to Highway Patrolman W. A. Jacob who investigated the accident. Jacob said the I investigation was not complete ! Monday night.
j Both autos were heavily dam-I aged.
I Penn, an employe of Western
'Urjenl' Developmenl Won'l Stall McCarthy Investigation
WASHINGTON. Aug. 30 -
Senators who will study whether Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) should be censured decided today to go ahead with public hearings as scheduled tomorrow following a last-minute flurry over what McCarthy called an "urgent” development.
Chairman Watkins (R-Ulah) told reporters: "It was noi an important devel(n>ment.”
• McCarthy went beiore the six-man committee in executive session three times this afternoon. He said he was taking up something "urgent ... a very recent de
There ere reports that the development concerned a newspaper interview with Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo‘, a member of the committee, published in Denver last March McCarthy was said to consider the interview an indication that Johnson might not be impartial.
Watkins, asked what had happened, said:
"You will have to talk to Sen. McCarthy. He was the man who told you there was an important matter. It was not an important development.”
Chevrolet in Abilene, was delivering the 1954 automobile to the Abilene agency from the dealer in Stamford, C. M. Hubbard, sales manager for Western Chevrolet, said Monday night.
The speedometer on the auto showed only three miles but as the car was brand new, Hubbard said the speedometer may not have been connected.
Kenneth Blair, Hawley, escaped Injury just seconds after the fatal accident occurred as he swerved the pickup truck he was driving to avoid colliding with the Allred and Penn autos,
Blair’s truck turned on its side but was not heavily damaged. He was following a car directly behind the two autos involved in the fatal wreck. The car directly behind was not involved.
Allred’s body was taken to Ki-ker-Warren Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Lived on Farm Allred was a farmer and had lived on a farm near Merkel all his life.
Survivors include his wife; four children, Mrs. R. W. Bowlin of Houston. Simie Allred of Abilene, and James and Elva, both of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Allred of Route 1, Merkel; one sister, Mrs, Alice Osborn of Hamlin; and four brothers, Harvey of Merkel, Gene of Waco, William Allred, address unknown, and Clyde.
French Scuttle EDC By Delaying Debate
WHILE WOOING PWs
UN Offered Prosecution immunity, Botchelor Soys
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug. 30 If — Claude Batchelor’s defense claimed at iiis court-martial here today that the United Nations Command offered him immunity from prosecution while he was still in Indian custody.
Lt. Col. Kerlin J. Bragdort. one of the defense attorneys, stationed here at 4th Army headquarters, told the court-martial board the otfer was made Dec. 22, 1953, in a broadcast to American prisoners of war who had refused repatriation. At that time there were 22 Americans in the Indian cainp at Panmunjon in the neutral zone.
Batchelor, 22, of Kermit. Tex., Is accused of collaborating with the enemy and informing on his POW buddies during his 31 months as a prisoner in North Korea.
Bragdon told the court-martial board that the charges against the Army corporal should be dismissed because of the immunity promised in the broadcast.
Members of the board indicated the motion likely would be ruled on tomorrow. The court-martial ended its day’s work at 4:30 p.m.
Bragdon made his dismissal motion after an earlier defense request for dismissal was denied by Lt. Col. Donald L. Manes Jr., who is law officer of the proceedings— a job corresponding to a judge in civilian court.
The earlier motion had claimed
that no thorough and impartial investigation of the charges had been made and that some charges were vague.
In telling of the broadcast to the reluctant Americans, Bragdon said United Nations cited the return of Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson of Big Stone Gap. Va., in seeking to ease the fears of the POWs that they would be punished. Bragdon
See POW. Pg. S-A. Col. 5
Serious Blow, President Soys
DES MOINES, Aug. 30 (AP>—Killing of the European Defense Community by the French Parliament is a "serious setback” to the free world President Eisenhower said to* night. But he added, "We must not be discouraged. We need not dispair.”
The EDC, he said, was a device "by the French,’ to bring about security in Western Europe.
Its rejection came on a procedural vote in Paris today. Despite the setback, the President told a quietly listening Iowa State Fair crowd, the world of free nations is "still overwhelmingly strong.”
Eisenhower asserted he regarded the EDC as a necessary device” whereby the free world could check the
spread of comvunism.
"We know that today the central core of great world
problems is the aggressive, intent of international com-; munism.” he declared.
He said the "first effort ^f | communism to establish a i beachead on this continent” had been repelled by the people of Guatemala. He then ferred to the "setback” from the French Parliament.
The crowd, which gave the President a standing ovation, listened quietly as he discu?»sed international problems.
The French action shattered American hopes to ^>eedily rearm Germany with 12 divisions for a supranational European army. And the government of French Premier Mendes-France was in danger of falling. U. S. officials have been urging the French for months to approve EDC.
Eisenhower spoke with former President Herbert Hoover seated behind him on the speaker’s stand.
Before the talk, the two men spent 15 minutes inspecting blooded livestock.
Early in his infMmal, off-the-cuff address, Eisenhower noted word from Paris in today’s newspapers that of tlie death of the EDC project.
‘‘When we have a setback we are disappointed but we mustn’t be discouraged," Eisenhower declared.
He added that America will never quit in anything that is good for herself and the world.
Eisenhower told his audience the free world still is "overwhelmingly strong" compared to the Iron Curtain countries because of the intelligence, understanding and skills of its peoples.
The chief executive added that all the free world needs to be saved is a united approach to the problem of security.
DULLES MAY SPEAK TODAY
WASHINGTON, All«. 30 (If-The State Department said today Secretary Dulles "may have something to say” tomorrow about the French Assembly V(k^e which served to kill the European Defense Community plan, a cornerstone of American policy in Europe.
While most t(^ officials had about given up hope that EDC would be ratified by the French, the news still came as a keen disappointment. French ratification of — and participation in — EDC is c<m-sidered necessary for its success.
Large Reserve Needed, President Tells Legion
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (4^ — President Eisenhower told a cheering American Legion today this country must start building a big, ready-for-action. military reserve within a year to meet the threat oi a Communist dictatorship "determined to establish its sway over all the world."
Pledging this will be "a No. 1 item" in his recommendations to the next Congress, the President declared: "Wishful thinking and political timidity must no longer bar a program so absolutely essential to our defense,"
Nearly 8.000 war veterans and guests at the opening session of the Legion’s 36th annual convention gave a cheering, whistling ovation to Legionnaire Eisenhower. who flew here from Denver to address them and appeared on the platform in his blue overseas cap.
Fifteen times the conventioners, packed into the steaming hot National Guard Auditorium, applauded the President’s speech, in which he also appealed for fwelgn policy unity ami—in effect—^threw cold water on the efforts of some Republicans to link past Democratic
319-264 Vote Ends Measure
PARIS, Aug. 30 (AP)—France tonight scuttled the European army plan, refusing to allow Germany to rearm within the program backed by the Eisenhower administration and Germany herself.
The action lowering the guillotine on the European Defense Community—launched three years ago at France’s own suggestion—came on a procedural vote in Parliament. After bitter debate the National Assembly voted 319-264 to postpone debate indefinitely. The action was as clearcut as if the EDC itself had been up for decision.
‘This Is End’
"This is the end of it,” said Socialist Jules Moch. His son was killed in World War II and he became the leading foe of French adherence to EDC.
There w^as no one to dispute him. Premier Pierre
-——-———, Mendes-France said simply:
"The Assembly has expressed its will. Now there is work to be done and this time it will not take three yeirs ” German supporters of the plan were shocked. Brirish officials said talks will be arranged among the United States, Britian, France and Germany to figure out ways of giving the Bonn government its independence ■— minus the right to rearm.
The government of Premier Mendes-France wa.s again in danger of falling.
U. S. Hopes Shattered American hopes for quick rearmament (A Geitnany, with 12 divisions serving in a supranational European army, were shattered. New negotiations will be in order to find ways to build up and integrate Europe’s defenses.
Both President Elsenhower and his Democratic opponent in 1952, Adlai Stevenson, had urged French ratification of the treaty. Only last week Stevenson disclosed he had
Lightning Kills Farmer at Cisco
French Complete Release of PWs
HANOI, Indochina ufi—An official spokesman announced that French release of 527 Vietminh at Viet Tri Monday completed the return of 29.068 Vietminh captives which the French held in North Viet Nam POW camps at the Indochina cease-fire.
It compared to 5,2u6 Frencl^ Vietnamese captives whom the Vietminh had returned to the French at the end of Sunday’s exchanges at Viet Tri and Sam Son.
Judge Orders Bids On Hall's Oil Stock
B47 Power Hiked, Boeing Announces
SEATTLE. Aug. 30 !4V-Increased power for the swept-wing Boeing B47 Stratojets was announced today by the Boeing Airplane Co.
The company said the new version of "the world’s fastest operat-bomber” now has 50 per cent more power than the first B47 to take to the air seven years ago. The B47 is the jet that set a transcontinental sf>eed record by averaging 607 miles an hour on a 2,300-mile flight in 1949.
Taylor County Judge Reed In galsbe Monday ordered the exe ^ cutor in the oil properties of the laie Ellis A. Hall to advertise for bids for sale of the stock of the Condor Petroleum Co.
Bids will be received until 10 a.m. Sept. 20 with sale for cash to the highest bidder, Ingalsbe ruled.
The court then will have to confirm but will reserve sale until certain prerequisites have been met. the said.
Several Million Dollars
The oil stock of the Condor Petroleum Co. involves several million dollars.
Federal Judge Whitfield Davidson had ordered the sale of the stock on Aug. 30. but sale was deferred because the county court
fdt that interest of the State of Texas demanded that bids should be received. Ingalsbe held that the federal court had no jurisdiction with reference to the probate part of the litigation.
Ellis A. Hall, prominent Abilene oil man, was killed August 17, 1953. when the plane he was in crashed in Alaska.
12 Lawyers at Hearing Since that time the estate has been in litigation with reference to deposito»‘ies of funds and probation of the will.
About 12 attorneys were at the Monday hearing of an application for the sale of stock owned by the late Hall in the Condor Fe-troleum Co. Judge Ingalsbe was sitting in a probate court preceding.
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V 8. DEPAETMENT OE COMHIE»CK WEATHE» aCEEM’ , ABILENE AND VICIN1TY-Clt«r to mirUy cloudy with Uttto chan*« ‘".„‘•'I*' parature Tu««day and Wadneaday. ■Gattered aftanioon or ahowart. Low Tueiday nlfht 75. Hi8h both
‘**NORTH CENTRAL AND W^ TEXAS- Clear to partlv cloudy Tuesday aod WednMday with btolatad afternoon aito tvanlng thundcrahowerai not much change In temperatura».
SOITTH CENTRAI. TEXAS; Clear to partly cloudy Tueaday and W^n^ay with iaolatad afternoon and avantng thundershower»: not much change m temperature»; genUe to moderate varlaoie wind* on the Co*»t.
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High and low tcmperaturea ter 54 bourn ended at 8:30: M and 73.
High and low temperature» »am» data Sun»«t laat night 7:08 p. m Sunriaa to-last year: 88 and 6«. day 8:13 a. m. Sunset tonight 7:M p. m. Barometer reading at 8:30 p. m. 28 32. Relativa humhUty a4 8:30 p. m. *0%.
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CISCO, Aug. 30 (RNS)—Henry A. Lenz. 60. Cisco farmer and carpenter, was killed instantly about 6:30 p.m. Monday when struck by lightning.
l^enz was picking cotton in a field just east of the Cisco city limits when killed.
A thunderstorm struck the area about the time of Lenz’ death.
His body was found by his wife about 7:30 p.m. She had gone to look for him after he failed to return to his home at the usual time.
The body was brought to Cisco by Thomas Funeral Home ambulance. Funeral is pending and will be announced by Wylie Funeral Home in Cisco.
Mr. I.^nz was born May 3, 1894, at New Berlin, Texas. He was a
Twisters Smash Into East Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tornadoes smashed into widely separated areas of East Texas and the Red River valley Monday while severe thunderstorms la.«thed other parts of the state.
The U.S. Weather Bureau warned the stormy weather was expected to continue late into the night.
Twisters were reported at Kanawha and Woodland, near Paris in Northeast Texas; in Crockett of deep East Texas, and at Calvin, Okla., across the Red River northwest of Paris. Smne residents of South Fort Worth claimed a small twister hit there.
The only casualty reported was the death of Orvia C. Jenkins, 30, strudi by lightning during a roaring thunderstorm on the n<Mth edge of Dallas.
Property damage was considerable in most of the storm areas.
Surviving Quints Plan Educations
NORTH BAY, Ont. Aug. 30 The four surviving Dionne quintuplets, still mourning the recent death of Emiiie, today made known their plans for the immediate future. The 20-year-old girls will go to Montreal next month to continue Iheir education.
Marie and Annette will enter the Marguerite - Bourgeoys College, a convent providing education of college standing. Annette will soecial-izqjn Diano, while Marie will likely take a general course.
veteran of World War I.
Survivors include his wife, the former Bertha W’ilson; three dau^hte/s, Mrs. Steward Slatton of Cisco, Mrs. James Couch of Garden City, Texas, and Mrs. Tommy Partain of Cisco; two sons, H. D. Lenz of Brady and Doyle Lenz of Abilene; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Lenz of Cisco; two sisters, Mrs, Mike Berger of Cisco and Mrs. Odis Wooten of Cisco; three brothers, Walter, Alvin and August Lenz, all of Cisco; and seven grandchildren.
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administrations with alleged treason agaln.st the United States. Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), in particular, has labelled the Roosevelt and Truman regimes *‘20 years of treason."
No respomible element in this country wants to damage America, Eisenhower said. 'Then, departing from his prepared text, he added: ‘"The only treasiHiable party we have is the Communist conspiracy—happily very small."
Eisenhower’s main point was a plug for something along the lines ot universal military training, though he didn’t mention UMT by name. He did say—to the loudest applause of all—the systwn he has In mind "will not unfairly burden men who have already served" in the armed forces.
The President’s meaning plainly was that his proposed reserve force would draw ks manpower largely from young men without previous military service. Three separate manpower program« now are under study by the National Security Council.
"For a century and a hall," Eisenhower said, "the republic has prided itself on its refusal to maintain large standing military forces. We have relied, instead, upon the civilian soldier. But we have done so without being fair either to the private citizen or to the secuiity of the nation.
"We have failed miserably to maintain that strong, ready military reserve in which we have believed—or professed belief—for 150 years.
"Now at long last we must build such a reserve. And we must maintain it. Wishful thinking and political timidity must no longer ^r a program so absolutely essential to our defense. . . .
"Estabiishment of an adequate reserve—an objective for which the American Legion and other patriotic organizations have vainly fought for a generation—will be a No. I item submitted to the Congress next year.”
made his plea in a p«f«ona| letter to Premier Mendes-Fraiawe,
Churchmen Endorse Christian Unity,
Ask World Peace
EVANSTON, Aug. 30 (J^hrist-ian church leaders of 48 nations endorsed the ideal of "oneness in Christ" Monday and worked on an appeal for world peace as the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches neared its close.
The 570 delegates from 163 denominations also todc up the task of defining the layman’s responsibility a.s a witness of God in his daily work.
Overcoming widely divergent views of denominational leaders, the assembly, which ends Tuesday, cleared its most difficult theological hurdle with adoption of a report on "faith and order."
The report, in its title, gave full recognition to "our disunity as churches,” but affirmed "we set
our hope on our one Lord Jesus Christ, who comes to take control over our divided and broken estate and to heal it by his grace and
Wind, Lightning, Some Rain Pay Visit to Abilene Area
BY BILL BUTLER
Old Man Weather really kicked up his heels over Abilene and surrounding area Monday with a thunderstorm tune accompanied by lashing winds, lightning and even some rain.
And that old standby. UR-nadoes, had several Abilene citizens frightened about 2 p.m. Monday. Several pe<H>le reported what they thought to be a tornado in the vicinity Tye.
But the Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport said that a Highway Patrol unit was sent to the area and reported nothing sighted.
The Weather Bureau said that a B25 bomber from Goodfellow Air Force Base at San Angelo repwted that an unusual whirlwind column cloud was sighted by the plane crew about 2:45 p.m. north of Municipal Airport.
Bomber crew mwibers reported the narrow, black column extended up to 4.000 feet.
Abilene received its first measurable rainfall since a week ago Monday, w'hen .20 was received, with .33 being recorded at the airport although the top recording in
Abilene was .15 at 2225 Edgemont
with traces falling in other parts
WHERE n RAIHED
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of the city. Skies over Abilene were cloudy at 11 p.m. but It was not raining.
Heavier rains were reported in the atea wiUi Rule receiving 1.10 inch. Crews had 1.5 and Shep received up to one inch.
Othw reiidingi were:
Happy Valley, .60; Cisco, .60; Breckenridge, .50; Hobbs, .40: Wingate, .40; Roby, .20. Rotan, .20; and traces at Stamford, Winters, and Merkel.
Strong winds and lightning was reported throughout the area. No wind damage was reported.
One Fatality One fatality resulted iron Monday's thunderstorms when Henry A. Lenz, 60. of Cisco, was killed when struck by lightning while picking cotton near Cisco.
The Weather Bureau said the thundershowers were caused by air massM of easterly winds which have been blowing into the area for the last few days.
Forecast for Tuesday aixl Wednesday calls for high temperatures of near W with wid^y scattered afteroooo or evwiing thund«rshow-ers.