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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, MILD®ije 0Wiem toorter-jBítPíí MDRNmG VOL. Lxxm, No. 230 Wartime Influence Charged WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (i)-A Senate InvestlgatlnR unit reported today that "favoriti.sm and political influence” played a large part In the selection of persons to han-^e the affairs of enemy-owned business enterprises confiscated during t^e war. On the other hand, it said the administration of these enterprises |i and of other property “has been efficient and financially sound within the restrictive Jimits of government operation.” Ends Probe The report, from a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, brought to an end a lengthy probe of the Justice Department’s Alien Property Office and its administration of about half a billion dollars worth of seized assets in this country. The Investigation was launched In the previous Congress after Sen. Wiley (R-Wis) charged that the Truman administration had used ihe APO as “a super gravy train” to channel plums and patronage to favored friends. The subcommittee originally was headed by the late Sen. Willis Smith (D-NC). He was succeeded as chairman by Sen. Dirksen (R-III) after the Republicans took control of Congress last year. The group’s recommendations, highlighted by a proposal that private property confiscated under the Trading With the Enemy Act be returned to individuals not convicted of war crimes, were disclosed a few days ago by Dirksen. The report itself, however, was not available until today. 469 Businesses The APO acquired control of 469 business enterprises, in addition to real estate, patents and other enemy assets. The subcommittee’s 76-page report reviews the operation of these companies, the persons selected to run them and the fees paid for legal, advertising, insurance and other corporate services. “The fees necessarily resulting from these appointments run into astronomical figures and indicate the necessity for future control of similar operations,” the report aaid. _"WITHOUT    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"    —    Byron Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 1, 1954 —FOURTEEN PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Molotov Plan Leaves Diplomats in Despair WON’T BE BUDGED—Cheryl Sides, 18 months, curiously inspects Blover, a Great Pryenees dog that is the object of a court battle in Flint, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sides said they picked up Blover in Lafayette, Ind., just before Christmas. Mrs. Carl V. Michael said Blover claimed squatter’s rights at her home two weeks before Christmas. Process servers have been unable to persuade the dog to go with them to the dog pound pending a court decision. Jet Burns; Pilot Saved POLL TAX 'Last Chance’ Results Vary By Th« Associated Press Citizens in several Texas cities were given a chance to buy their poll taxes Sunday because of the Sunday midnight deadline. An Associated Press survey showed the "last chance” poll tas booths did a rushing business in most cities—but had disappointing- rushed to where the airplane By MURLE WILLIAMS Reporter-Nswf Correspondent BRECKENRIDGE, Jan. 31—A Navy jet airplane burst into flame and crashed about 17 miles east of here about 1:15 p.m. Sunday but its pilot escaped by parachute. The airplane crashed two miles east ot the Caddo community and about one mile north of U. S. Highway 180 to Mineral Wells. The craft was completely destroyed bv fire after it fell into a pasture on the Joe Winston ranch. 'The pilot. Lt. J. W. Jerell. 29. of Hampton. Va., was hospitalized In the Stephens County Memorial Hospital at Breckenridge with broken ribs, a sprained ankle, a burned leg and a cut on his face. TJie attending physician said Sunday night his condition was good. The crash was witnessed by the Rev. S. R. Grace and Marshall Thompson, both of Caddo. The pair said they saw the plane burst Into flames. The pilot parachuted soon after the flame erupted in the airplane, they said. The Rev. Grace and Thompson Army and Navy officials from Dallas flew to Bre«kenridffe and then went to the crash scene shortly after the crash to start an investigation as to possible cause. Equipment from the Breckenridge Fire Department went to the crash scene but was unable to get close enough to the airplane to put out the fire. Jy few patrons In others. At San Antonio, Bexar County Tax Collector'Assessor P.E. Dlckison brought his full staff to work on the Sabbath. He had to put them to work getUng out routine mail because only three or four persons showed up. Galveston also had a disappointing turnout. The local chapter of the Texas League of Women Voters set up a booth in a Galveston cafe and manned It for six hours. Only 152 poll taxes were sold. At Houston. Dallas and Beaumont, however, the Sunday poll tax aales were gratifying. An estimated thousand were sold Sunday at Beaumont, and the count was not in from a sub-station at Port Arthur. 'Thousands swamped Assessor-CoUector Carl S. Smith’s office at Houston Sunday. They lined up about 25 deep at 40 windows. About 3,000 took advantage of their day of grace at Dallas. About •^0 waited outside the building when Assessor-Collector Ben Gentle arrived at 8 a.m. Texas Bankers Meet in Dallas Today DALLAS, Jan 31 (^AU was optimism today as about 700 Texas bankers began arriving for a district meeting of the Texas Bankers Assn. beginning tomorrow. BANK OFFICIAL crashed in rocky and w-ooded terrain, When they arrived the pilot had landed about 150 feet from his burning craft, they said. 'The pair took the pilot about a mile to Highway 180 w’here they were met by a Satterwhite Funeral Home ambulance, which rushed the flier to the hospital. Lt. Jerell was piloting the plane from the Norfolk, Va., Naval Air Station to a destination somewhere in Utah, investigating Highway Patrolmen B. J. Davenport and Charles Swygert said. A companion plane to the one that crashed circled the area for about 10 minutes ascertaining the downed pilot was safe before proceeding on his way, the patrolmen said. GOLDEN GLOVES FINALS TONIGHT Twenty-seven championship fights and two exhibition bouts are scheduled tonight as the 17th annual Abilene Regional Golden Gloves boxing tournament closes its four-night stand at Rose Field House on the Hardin - Simmons University campus. <Story, pictures and pairings appear on Sport.s Page 2-.A) Mild Temperatures, Clouds, Forecast By The Associated Press Skies were generally fair and temperatures mostly in the 60s all over Texas Sunday. The weather bureau said temperatures are expected to continue mild Monday but clouds are expected to move into most areas. Sunday’s temperatures ranged from 73 at Browmsville to 53 degrees at Del Rio and Maria. Other readings included: Abilene 61. Amarillo 66, San Antonio 68, Corpus Christi 66, Houston 67, Tyler and Lufkin 65, Texarkana and Wichita Falls 60. The only rain reported was Brownsville .13 inch; Del Rio .01, Laredo .04 and Cotulla .02. 'Dimes' Fund Slill Believed Under Goal March of Dimes collections are expected to be between $5,000 and $7,000 short of the Taylor County goal of $45,000 even after a more complete report is made Monday, W. T. Walton, chairman of the drive, reported Sunday night. Fred Lybrand, campaign treasurer, announced Saturday night that the drive had netted about $33,000. But Walton pointed out that a number of drive projects have not yet been counted. Two more projects will either be staged or planned Monday, with a group of Abilene business men meeting Monday at 9 a.m. at Mack Eplens’s Drive-In Restaurant, 302 Hlckorj' St., and a pancake supper to be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the South Taylor High School. Tuscola. Benefit Supper Rex Reddell, chairman of the Tuscola - Ovalo Campaign, announced that the money raised by the pancake supper, sponsored by the Tuscola Lions Club, will go to the March of Dimes. Approximately 25 business men, representing the Lions, Evening Lions, Abilene Kiwanls, Key City Kiwanis. and Rotary Clubs, will plan a final cleanup of the March of Dimes Drive in the city. It is expected that the business men will recommend making available the use of acrolls which will be posted iu Abilene business houses, Waltan. said, Walton, H-SU vice president, said that the signing of tlje scrolls would afford Abilenians who have not had a chance to give to the March of Dimes, an opportunity to give and thus help Taylor County reach its goal. THE FIRE’S BELOW—Abilene firemen tear shingles from the roof of the auditorium at the South Side Baptist Church to get to the fire causing the smoke in Uie background to boil from the attic. The blaze originated in an electrical Barros) NOBODY HURT circuit. (Staff Photo by David Church Damaged By Fire in Attic Heart Attack Killed Atom Spies' Lawyer NEW YORK. Jan. 31 <^An autopsy today fixed a heart attack as the cause of death of Emanuel H. Bloch, attorney for executed atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Bloch. 52, was found yesterday afternoon parUy slumped into a filled bathtub at his home. He was discovered by Miss Gloria Agrin, another attorney, who became alarmed after he failed to keep a business appointment. Dr. Dominick di Maio, assistant medical examiner, said that Bloch died about 6 a.m. Bloch, who represented the Rosenbergs through more than two years of bitter and complex legal efforts to save them, had since been the guardian of the couple’s two children. A fire Sunday night originating in an electrical circuit damaged the roof of the auditorium at the SouUi Side Baptist Church, South Seventh and Palm Sts. Abilene firemen were called to the scene about 7:05 p.m. and had the smouldering fire in the auditorium’s attic under control In a short time. An estimated 200 persons at a Training Union meeting In the church’s educational building, which joins the auditorium on the south, were never endangered, Dr. Frank Royal, pastor, said. Dr. Royal said “four or five persons” in the auditorium of the church became aware of the fire when smoke and heat started pouring into the lower floor from the attic above. CITf OF GREENVLLE SPEED LMT ENFWffi Tuscola Rancher, O. G. Brown, Dies O. G, Brown. 75, Tuscola rancher and banker, died at 7 p.m. Sunday In Hendrick Memorial Hospital here, where he was admitted Jan. 7. Funeral wUl be held at Tuscola at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday under direction of Fry Funeral Home of that city, but the location had not been decided early Sunday night. Mr. Brown was a prominent rancher. He was chairman of the board of directors of the First State Bank. Tuscola. His survivors Include three sons, Alton Brown of Midland, Udell Brown of Bonham and Edgar Brown of Tusi*ola; four grandchildren and one brother, Norman Brown of California. Hit wife, the former Blanche Knause. died In 1949. Coming to Taylor County in 1901, Mr. Brown operated a general merchandise store at Old Tuscola, pot far from the Lemmons Gap Hi moved the etore t» the new Tuscola when the iowm was moved In 1909. He sold out in 1910 and purchased fais ranch. He brought the old store building to the ranch and painted It red. It was first used a« a home, but after a brick residence was constructed, it served as a shop and store room. For the sake of sentiment, Mr. Brown carried out several re.slor-ation projects on his ranch southwest of Tuscola. He moved to the; ranch the old Lemmons Gap School i house where his wife taught her first cchool. When Mrs. Brown died, her request to be buried in the Ixfmmons Gap Cemetery — a long-forgotten burial ground with* In sight of the Brown ranch—was fulfilled. But Mr. Brown remodeled the entire cemetery, chasing out the rattlesnakes, chopping the weeds and live oak bushes, filling in the low places. Dsiating the iron eoclosurei and ylantiiig flow tn. Oil Worker Dies in Wreck Reporter-News Service ROBERT LEE, Jan. 31 — M. Lofton, 43, an oil field worker was killed Sunday when the automobile he was driving left the highway and overturned in a field eight miles south of Robert Lee. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Robert Lee hospital shortly after 5 p.m. The accident occurred on State Highway 208. the road to San Angelo. Lofton was driving south and was alone. He apparently lost control of the vehicle, which crossed a ditch and overturned. Funeral arrangements were pending Sunday night at the Clift Funeral Home here. Lofton was a native of Robert Lee. An electric clock on the circuit from which the fire had started had stopped about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, the pastor said. An electrician was called to the church about 6:30 p.m. and left about 6:55 believing trouble In the circuit had been repaired, Dr. Royal said. The fire damaged a 5 to 15-foot wide strip of the auditorium roof from the eave up to the ridge roll, the pastor said. Interior of the auditorium was damaged by water and smoke. PLUS CLOCK $100,000 Oil Fir* Blazes at Andrews ANDREWS. Jan. 31 A costly oil rig fire on the Ander«*on-Pi ieh-ard lease 15 miles southwest of here was under control today after the blaze caused damage estimated unofficially at $100,000. The fire broke out at a Parker Drilling Co. rig late Friday night as the crew was running pipe. Mud and oil blasted out of the hole injuring five men with flash bums. None of the injuries was serious, partly because drilling mud splattered on the men and coated them with a protective muck. Thief Carries Off Family's Dinner City police are looking for well-fed, nattily attired thief. While the L. L. Vann famUy was at church Sunday a thief entered their home at 504 Elm St., taking a roaster and the roast slated to be the family Sunday dinner. In addition to the cooker and the roast the culprit took — after partaking of some shelled pecans at the scene — a man’s suit, a pink dress shirt and a pair of brown shoes. Should he become drowsy and go to sleep after feasting on the roasted meat, the burglar can awaken himself with an alarm clock he also took at the residence. Police are also looking for the person taking a fender skirt between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday from a 1951 Ford belonging to WUUam KUlougb, 1025 Cedar St. FDR Draws Russian Praise in Support Df S-Power Parley LONDON, Jan. 31    —    Moscow [radio today cited the views of the 'late President Roosevelt in an effort to back up Russia’s call for a five-power parley including Red China. An ace Soviet commentator named Timofeyev, in an English-language broadcast brimming with praise for the late President, said Roosevelt had urged constantly the need for five-power unanimity on world problems. The broadcast did not say that the Chinese government, whose participation in the world’s councils Roosevelt frequently advocated, was headed by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Communists, now accused by the free world of aggression in Korea and aiding rebellion in Indochina, did not conquer China until nearly four yearn aft jr Roosevelt’s death. Agreemenl On Germany Doublful Big 4 resume on Page 13-A BERLIN. Jan. 31 C4^—Russia’s V, M. Molotov was ready today with a pla.T for divided German>’s future which left We.stem diplomats almost in de.spair. JudgUig from a preview of the plan given last night by the Sovlet-’jacked East German government, the Big Three representatives doubted they would be able to end the division of this shattered land by any agreement with the Soviet Union in the foreseeable future. Molotov has promise<l to submit hi:» plan to the American, British and French foreign ministers soon after they head Into the second— and probably decisive — week of their conference tomorrow. The Big Four will meet for the first time in the Russian sector of this divided city, amid disturbing rumors that Communists and anticommunists might take to ihe streets in violent demonstrations to jar the talks. Calls on Citizens A Red committee "for rebuilding East Berlin” called on all citizens to take part in a reconstruction day program Wednesday ‘‘to prove Communist newspaper claims that Western ‘‘sabotage organizations” plan to incite riots in the Soviet sector this week. The ministers will assemble in the massive granite-grey Soviet Embassy on Unter den Linden where Hitler’s legions used to march. The first week’s sessions were held in the AlUfd Casttafok Authority Building In the American sector and the third week’s will be held there, too. The Communist plan is Russia’s answer to Western proposals for restoring unity, independence and freedom to German.v in a final peace. These proposals, submitted Friday by Britain's Anthony Eden, were Immediately assailed by Molotov, who demanded that a future all-German government renounce economic, political and militai^' ties with the West. Plan Outlined The East German regime—clearly acting on Molotov's orders—laid down the Communist terms for a German settlement last night The plan would neutralize and isolate Germany. The Communist demands range from immediate formation of a provisional ail-Germaa government to the holding of So-vlet-style elections only after a peace treaty Is signed. They would give the Parliament of the Russian zone, which claims to represent 18 See MOLOTOV, Pg. 4-A, Co!. 1 THE WEATHER PICK YOUR SPEED—Pick your speed, any speed as long as you can afford it, this sign warns those entering Greenville, by motor vehicle. Citv Councilman M. A, Woodard inspects one of the si^s w|ich have been erected on major highwayi near the city limits. Shivers to Receive Governmenf Award WASHINGTON. Jan. 81 lft_The American Good Government Society tod.sy named former President Herbert Hoover and Gov. Allan Shivers of Texas to receive its 1954 awards. Presentation will be made at the aociety’s annual Georga Waabinf-ton Day dinner Feb. M, V. a DKrSRTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER RCREAV ABHJU4C AND VICINITY — Xncraaiinf clcudtnau Mondajr. mosUy eloudy Monday nlffht and Tmtdmy. Conttnuad mUd botti dayi. Htyh tamparatura Monday tn the low SSa, tow Monday 4&, bista Tuasday U NORTH C»:ntRAL TSXAl* Monday Uy clottoy: warmar In tha aftaraoon. ueaday partly Moudy and mtld WEST TEXAi: Partly eiotidy Monday and TueadAv wttb no important tampar-atura etmmtt KABTTEXAS: Monday partly cloudy and warmer in the aftamooa. Tueaday partly cloudy to cloudy and nnild. Modarata to locally freah eaat and northeaat artnda on the eoaat becomtnt moatly east to aouthaaat by Tuetday. SOUTH central TEXAS:    Monday cloudy with acaUarcd ahowera In tba north portion. Tuaaday partly cloudy. Modarato to aouthcaat Tuc«<iay. TEMPERATURES Sun A.M.    Sun. P.M. 41 ............... 1 30     M 41............... S    .jO       .    M 43 ............... 1:30      .    » 43................ 4:3#      #1 41 ............... 5:3«      #0 41 ............... #30      SO 30............. 1:30       ..SO 3t................ 1:3#       4S 43 ............... » 30 .......... 4» a ......  i$M    .........I... . 4»      11:30    ................ SI    1130    .. HWh and low tamparaturei for Si-boura andlni at 1:30 p.m. 11 and 3S. Hion and low tamparaturoa aama data laat year; OB and 30. •unaet last nlfht t;ll; aunrlae today 1:34: aunaat tonight 0:13. Rarometar rtaaing at S;M P M 3S40. RalaUTf bumtdtty at t.M P M. SS*^. Dealh (laiins Nalionally Knowir Runnels Farmer, Ex-Banker WINTERS. Jan. 31 (RNS)—Robert Lee Bates. 85, nationally known Runnels County agriculturist and former banker, died at 5 a.m. Sunday a* his home in the Content comm ilty near Winters. Mr. Bates had become seriously ill Saturday night but had been in failing health for some time. Since coming to his Runnels County farm in 1888 Mr. Bates had been a pioneer in farm improvement. He is credited with building the first terrace on a Tex-aa farm in 1911. Earlier he had Inatalled the firat running water on a Runnels County farm, in 1903.1 In about 1919 he established an-' other record by being the first i man in the county to put electric- > Ity on his farm, installing the ; first Delco plant. During his many yeais as a farm leader he had won more than 200 prize ribbons for his farm exhibits at county, district, state { and world fairs. Most of the rib- veteran, freighted from Arkansas bons were won on maize and cot-' to Texas. ton.    In 1888 he moved to Mills Cmm- Mr. Rates was duhbcd "maize (ty and was married there two king of the world” in the 1930s; years later to Lillie Bell Irvto. when he won a purfdt sweepstakes j The coupia moved to Runneii ribbon at the Chicago World's: County 10 yeans later. ROBERT LEE BATES Fair, ’Live at Home’ Program Mr. Bates is credited with originating the “Live at Home Dinners” given bankers and chamber of commerce officials in the 1920s. Mr. Bates was also active in community development and    at one time was a school trustee. He was a member id Woodmen of the World. Of the 10 chUdren born to the The first dinner was prepared by ! couple, surviving art four sons, bis wife featuring ^ different va-; Roy. Frank, and W. it. Bates, ail rieties of food to show what farm- of Novice, and .Mrthur Bates of era could do from their own soil. | Winters; four daughters. Mm. 1. J The West Texas Chamber of Commerce publicized the event and it started a natton-wide “live at home” movement. Bursott and Mr». Earl Qayton, both of Novice, Mrs. Oscar Smith of Gruver. Tex. and Mm. J. A. Polk of 4Üg Spring. Ht la aUe He served as vice president of survived by 28 grandelkiiFVi. the Novice State Bank from 1910 | about SO great-graodchihh^ md to 1915 and then as president ot; two great-great-graudchUdren. the institution until it closed in i Funeral for Mr. Bats« witt be 1928. Born in Missouri Dee. 8. 1868, Mr. Bates was educated in public schools In Texas and Arkaq|as. Hit father, a Cunlederato Amy conducted at S p.m.    in the Crews Methodist duirch. attr Wlntert. Burial wtU ht in Crtwa Cemetery with Stevetm Ftmeral Home of Cokman ia fbrit. ;