Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 235
Aêiociated Presê ÍAP)
ABILENE. TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 6. 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c. SUNDAY 10c
LAST POW GETS AUTOGRAPH—Cpl. Donald Wakehouse of Iowa City, la., last of the former prisoners of war in Korea, gets a chest cast autographed by honeymooning Marilyn Monroe, bride of Joe DiMaggio. The cast was signed in a Tokyo hospital shortly before Wakehouse was started home by air. He is being treated for ailments contracted in a Red prison camp.
Car Dives in Creek Abilenian Drowns
By DON NORRIS
Ben Jones, about 30, of 1373 Say-le.s Blvd., drowned about 10 p.m. Friday night when the car he was driving failed to make a turn and plunged into Lytle Creek near a bridge at the junction of T&P Lane and old U. S. Highway 80.
Two others, John Maii'^on, 49, and Marshall Carroll, 22, also of 1373 Sayles Blvd., escaped from the car after it plunged Into the creek.
Jones’s body was recovered from the creek about midnight Friday by Assistant Fire Chief Howard Hill and" Fireman David Reddell.
Jones was an employe of the Abilene Truck Terminal hei*e.
The body was located about 20 feet from the bank immediately in
front of where the car plunged into the creek. The rescuer.s were in a boat. Earlier attempts to snare the body with grappling hooks from the bank failed.
Taylor County Sheriff Ed Powell said the Jones car was traveling southeast on T&P Lane and ran ^ff into the creek at the southeast corner of the bridge. Jones was trying to make a right turn onto old U. S. Highway 80, Powell said.
The pair who escaped told officers the last they had seen of Jones was as they were escaping through the car's door. They said Jones was trying to leave via a window, j
The two men who escaped went • about 100 yards to the J. P. Owen.s j
NO GERMAN UNITY
Russia's Ambition Blasted by West
home to summon help. One of the men stayed at the Ow'ens home wrapped in a blanket furnished by the family after help was summoned.
The other went back to help in early attempts at rescue. City Det. W. E. Clift said the man who went back to the scene had gone back into the water in an effort to rescue his companion.
Officers said the trio had either been returning from a fishing trip or were en route fishing, as evidenced by fishing poles lashed on the side of the car.
The car had been pulled from the creek about 10:15 p.m. j Sheriff Powell said Friday night he and state highway patrolmen took the two survivors home, w'here they were given dry clothes and put to bed.
The body was taken to Elliott’s Funeral Home.
'Prophets of Gloom' Lashed by Eisenhower
Truman Says GOP Red Hunt a Hoax
BERLIN, Feb. 5 '.ft—The Western powers blamed Soviet Russia’s Imperialistic ambition today for failure of the Berlip conference thu.s far to restore Germany’s unity.
Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov was accused here of seeking to extend Kremlin rule to the Rhine and strip Western Europe of its defens^.
Batchelor, Wife Hope to Leave tor Texas This Month
TOKYO, Feb. 5 Cpl. Claude Batchelor, one of the two unrepatriated American war prisoners who changed his mind and fled the Communists, hopes to head back to Texas this month with his Japanese wife.
Batchelor said today he is asking the Army for a two-weeks leave. When it ends he wants to leave for the UniUd State.s,
The corporal said they will go to Kermit, Tex., his home, but he 1* undecided whether they will live in Texas.
“Kyoko (his wife) sort of wants to come back to Tokyo and open a small hotel,” he said, “I’m thinking it over.”
Batchelor said he had $5,000 in back pay to finance the hotel.
The Texan was one of 23 Americans captured by the Reds who decided to remain with the Communists after the exchange of prisoners.
When he first returned to the allies, Batchelor said he wanted to settle down in Kermit.
••But now I’m not so suit about It,” he said.
In sharp speeches America’s John Foster Dulles, France’s Georges Bidault and Britain’s Anthony Eden told Molotov his German unification plan was totally unacceptable. The West regarded it as a scheme to rig a Communist satellite state in all of Germany.
All three Western foreign ministers appealed fb Molotov not to let his plan be his “final” answers, but instead help to end the cold war.
Refused to Budge
He refused to budge from his fundamental conditions for au all-German election un<|er Communist political and military influence, which he had submitted yesterday.
How'ever, he suggested one procedural modification. The Big Four, he said, might agree with a Red-packed provisional all-German government as to a time limit in which it would be bound to hold an election without foreign supervision. The Kremlin plan had not fixed such a date.
The foreign ministers wUl hold their 12th regular session tomorrow in the Soviet Embassy's Hall of Mirrors with the German question still up for debate. Then they go Into a secret session Monday at the Allied Central Authority Building in the American sector.
27-Ycar-Old Brunet Exiled to Texas
LOS ANGELES. Feb. 5 5 J^Miss Frances Ford, 27-year-old brunet dancer, was exiled from Hollywood to Texas under probation conditions Imposed today.
Miss Ford had been convicted of stealing $1,(XK) from a Hollywood man. The court granted three pears’ probation, but ruled today that she must return to her parents* home in Amarillo.
NEW YORK. Feb. 5 (J^Former President Harry S. Truman tonight ridiculed the Republican search for Communists In government as “one of the biggest hoaxes ever attempted in American historj.” He told a dinner meeting of Americans for Democratic Action that any Reds left behind when he quit the White House more than a year ago “were few and far between.”
“The Republicans know’, and know’ full well,” Truman said, “that they found an employee loyalty program that had cleaned Communists out of the government effectively and efficiently before the subject was ever made a political Issue.”
Owes A Duty Regarding the Eisenhower administration’s public claim that 2,200 security risks are no longer with the government» Truman declared:
T believe the President owes a duty to the American people—and especially to all the government employes whose good names are involved—to tell us just how' many Communists and other actual subversives he has found.
“If he does not do this, he will leave our government service and many loyal Americans under a cloud of grave suspicion.”
Truman bluntly accused the Republicans of lying in the 1952 campaign by picturing his administration as honeycombed with Communists.
Not Trua They knew this was not ti-ue, of course,” he said.
And he accused the White House of striving to give the impression that the 2,200 government employes included hundreds of Communists.
“It seems to me,” Truman added, “that the presidential press conference and the State of the Union message ought not to ba used for such deceptive practices as this.”
Truman needled the Ei.senhower administration for its lack of "miracle workers.”
“Along with my fellow Americans,” he declared, "I have been watchjng and waiting for those miracles to happen that we were promised back in 1952. But there is something wrong somewhere. There seems to be a slight delay in the miracle business.”
He accused the GOP adminis-
tration of backtracking on two “major blunder.*».” Truman said they were a slash in the Air Force program, and the hard money plan of managing the national debt.
And he lambasted what he called the “almost callous Indifference” of the Republicans toward the economic needs of the farmer. *
“If we learned anything in the * 1920s and 1930s,” Truman continued, “it was that we cannot afford to let any group in our nation lag behind. The recession that started on the farms last spring has already spread to the city .streets—and a depression w’ould do likewise.”
JOHN HAVASTA . . eteahes prison
5-Year Prisoner Heads for Home
LONDON, Feb. 5 LP — John Hvasta—thin and sallow but “feeling great” —took off by plane to-
nicipal committee which will be on hand at New York’s Idlewlld Airport for Hvasta’s triumphant
night for New York on the last homecoming tomorrow morning, lap of his- flight to freedom after The young Navy veteran, who five grim years of impri.sonment, i arrived in Ix)ndon earlier from escape and hiding in Red Czecho- Zurich, Switzerland,
The 26-year-old naturalized American saved for the home folks the details of his daring adventures. A warm welcome awaits him at HiUsida, N.J., home of his parents, Mr and Mrs. Michael Hvasta, also naturalized citizens.
Hillside’s mayor, John M. Malone, said he w’ould head a mu-
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS
Judges, bankers, poll taxes and an old dormitory made new. Those are some of the things which will make news in the Sunday Reporter-News.
A picture-story of the 11th Court of Civil Appeals in Eastland, a very important court few see in action, will be one of the Sunday features. Another will be a picture-story on old Ferguson Hall at Hardin-Simmons, now dressed up in a completely new garb.
The Women’s Department. will present pictures and stories on women who play big roles in West Texas finance. The news department will present the first tabulation on West Texas poll tax returns.
The usual complete coverage from Associated Press, staff and territorial writers will present to Reporter-News readers the complete news picture.
Plane, 8 Aboard, Plunges into Bay
HAMILTON AIR FORCE BASE. Calif., Feb. 5 UV-A four-engined lx)Ckheed Constellation with eight persons aboaiM crashed Into San Pablo Bay off the endT of the Hamilton Air Force Base runway at 9 31 p.m. tonight. The Air Force said it did not know if there were any survivors. ' , ,
The plane, on a training flight out of McClellan Air Force Base at Sacramento. Calif., was diverted to land at Hamilton because of poor visibility at Sacramento
It w'as coming in on a GCA (radar - controlled) approach when It went down two mllea out in the bay. —
2 BILLS AGAINST LEACH
Grand Jury Vote to Indict Ex-C-City Chief Falls Short
COLORADO CITY. Feb. 5. (RNS) — David W. l^ach, 28. of Colorado City, was Indicted fur assault with i.’itent to murder and assault with a prohibited weapon by the 32d District grand Jury.
The grand jury reported Friday afternoon after a record five-day ses.slon — four days of which were spent considering the Leach incident. which involved ex-Chlef of Police H. S. (Dick) Hickman and Tom Keeling, both of Colorado City.
Thirty-one witncsse.s were called to testify during investigation of this single case.
No charges were filed against Hickman or Keeling, with the grand Jury directing that the fol-low'ing entry he made in the minutes of the district court record:
“A motion made and seconded to indict H. S. Hickman and Tom Keeling as an accesM>ry to the crime of theft by David Leach failed to receive the necessary nine
votes required under the law to return an indictment.”
The grand jury investigation followed an 85-mile an hour chase and subsequent gun battle between Leach and Colorado City police on Jan. 16. Leach, driving Hickman’s car. failed to make a corner and overturned. Hickman was hospitalized w'lth a broken collar bou*. Keeling w’as not injured in the crash.
After Leach emerged from the w reck, he and Henry Yeager, Colorado City police sergeant, "shot it out.”
Leach was wounded and was later captured by Yeager, Police Chief Sam Hulme and Texas Ranger John Wood of Midland. Leach if under Indictment for theft in Howard and Glasscock Counties and for forgery in Howard County. He was assessed a two-year suspended sentence on a burglary charge in 1947 In Colorado City
and In 1949 was convicted of rape and given a five-year sentence. The latter charge was reversed by the Court of Criminal Appeals and the case was dropped.
Four other Indictments w’ere returned by the grand jury and included DWI, second offense, against Dreaborn Allen McGeorge, 38, of Odessa. He was arrested by the Highway Patrol on U. S. M in Mitchell County Jan. 23.
Indictments of removing mortgaged property from the county, child desertion and swindling were returned against three persons not j’ct apprehended.
J. M. Templeton of Loraine was foreman of the grand Jury. Grand jurors were Floyd Coffee, D. W. Haralson and Luther Anders of Loraine; Douglas Barber of Westbrook; E. R. Uzzle and L. A. Browne of Cuthbert; and Goodwin Simpson, Foy Webb. C. E. Welch, Wayland Webb, and Joe Dulln of Colorado City.
Duval Jury Says Sheppard Uncooperalive
.SAN DIEGO. Feb. 5 (#t_The Duval County grand jury fired a telegram at Atty. Gen. Ben Shepiierd today accusing him of refusing to cooperate with them and of try’ing, through publicity, to aggravate sentiment in the ouster case against District Judge Woodrow’ Laughlin, The jury got a telegram today from Shepperd, declining to appear before them at this time. The jury sent a telegram right back.
.Shepperd said he didn’t intend to tip his hand in an investigation of Duval county affairs by appearing before it now’.
He said he has conclusive evidence of criminal law violations and is afraid the Jury might use his testimony to “w'hltewash a«:-cused persons and intimidate principal witnesses.”
The jury framed this reply:
“We interpreted the publicity you have given Duval County as a sincere desire on your part to prosecute law violators. Since you have refused to cooperate with the grand jury in its investigation of Duval county matters, It now appears evident that this publicity was only designed to aggravate sentiments in the Laughlin case which you say has already been decided by the courts. If and when you want to prosecute Duval County law violators we will be at your service. However, we do not want to base indictments on newspaper articles as you suggest. We follow your example in giving this telegram to the press.”
The telegram was signed by the jury foreman, J.C. King, San Diego auto dealer.
Shepperd had wired the jury earlier.
He said he has conclusive evidence of criminal law violations and is afraid the jury might use his testimony to “w’hltewash accused persons and intimidate principal wltnes.ses.”
He said he thought such action might then be used to help Judge Woodrow Laughlin defend himself in a Supreme Court ouster move.
Laughlin had instructed the grand Jury to Invite Shepperd to appear.
ers at Ixmdon Airport a taste of the agility with which he had played hide and seek with Czech police.
Flanked by three Scotland Yard detectives as soon as he landed. Hvasta hurried to the Immigration office shouting to newsmen “i’m not .saying anything iintfl I reach America. At the moment I don’t want to say anything to anyone.” The Czech government accu.sed Hvasta of espionage and sentenced j him to JO ycar.s imprisonment. Early in 1952, after 30 months incarceration, he took part in a five-man break from Leopoldov Prison ne.ir Bratislava. For the next 21 months he plawd a cat and mouse game with lied police until he found refuge in the U. .S, Embassy last October.
10,831 Poll Toxes Paid in Count]^
Final, unofficial tabulation show’ed 10,831 poll taxes Issued in Taylor County and approximately 2,.500 exemption certificates for overaged and 21-year-old voters.
The tabulation was made Friday by County Tax Assessor-Collector Raymond Petree on a day-by-day count. Rut Petree said the figure may be changed by an official count later this month.
Counting the overage voters who live outside the city limits of Abilene, who do not receive exemption certificates, the county’s voting strength is estimated to be about 15,000.
SPIRIT OF COOPERATION
Cisco, Boss Work ^Hond and Glove'
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By DAVE BRUMBEAU Reporter-News Staff Writer
CISCO, Feb. 5 — Folks in Cisco w'ork hand and glove with the Boss Manufacturing Co. That was the theme of a special open house and banquet here Friday.
Which Isn’t so odd considering that the Boss Co, l.s a manufacturer of gloves and the Cisco territory furnishes workers to make the gloves.
This spirit of cooperation between the Boss Co.. city officials and the people of Cisco was on« reasuii the Bos» Co. was host to their workers and guests at a dinner In Cisco Friday night. At the dinner the Rev. I>e8lie ^ymour, superintendent of the Cisco district of the Methodist Church asked the invocation. Anton White, Cisco plant manager for Bo s Co. acted as master of ceremonies. White introduced Boss officials, city officials, and James P. McCracken, president of Cisco First National Bank. G. C. Rosenthal. Cisco mayor, gave a speech of appreciation and welcome.
Principal .speaker for Cisco was McCracken, McCracken said the significance of the dinner, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of Boss in Cisco, was important to all West Texan.s, not merely Cisco alone.
“For many years we have said industry would profit here. We said we had schools, churches, and transportation. Above all we said our people were as intelligent as any,” said McCracken,
"This dinner is justification of this faith.” McCracken said.
GOP Rally Told
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (/P)—President Eisenhower tonight struck out at “prophets of gloom” who predict the United States is headed for serious recession or a depression.
The President told a rally of thousands of thundering Republicans that “we don’t have to listen” to people “who say we are going into this or that kind of stumble or fall.”
Will Get Better America, he declared, is going to “grow stronger and better, spiritually, intellectually, economically and militarily.”
He promised, as he had done at a recent news conference, that his administration will be “liberal and human” towarii people and “conservative”
In warmup speeches before the President’s talk, other Republican.*! called on the party legions to unite behind the Eisenhower program, against “left w’lpgcrs” and the “far left.” and march to victory in the crucial 1954 congressional election.
Vice President Nixon told GOP national committeemen and party leaders from all the states America will veer to the far left unless a united GOP putS over Eisenhower’s “peace and prosperity program.”
Republican National Chairman Leonard W. Hall told them “left wingers” are, trying for a political comeback by talking depression and spreading “gloom and doom” throughout the land.
WrighI Morrow May Soon Gel Diplomalic lob
By ELIZABETH CARPENTER Raportar-Naws Correspondent
WASHJNQTON, Feb. S. (RSS)^ Wri/fhf Morrdw of Houston, whose post as Texas’ Democratic national committeeman has been in dispute between the state committee and the national committee since the last election, may soon be given a diplomatic assignment, it was learned here Friday.
Republican National Committeeman Jack Porter, also of Houston, said that a diplomatic job for Morrow is “in the works,” but Porter would not reveal the country Involved.
Porter, here with other Texas Republican leaders for the GOP National Committee meeting, said also that there is appai’cntly no doubt that Texas Republicans will hold a primary this year. It would be held on the same day as the Democratic primary.
There has been some speculalioc that the Texas Legislature In the approaciting special session might consider changing the state law to relieve the Republicans of the requirement of holding a party primary this summer. Under existing law, a party whose gubernatorial candidate polled more than 200.000 votes in the last election must hold a primary. As the GOP candidate. Gov. Allan Shivers received almost 500,000 votes last year.
“Even if such a proposal were submitted and passed — and I do not believe It would be — it would still be optional with Republicans to hold a primary,” Porter said. “We are making plans to hold a primary,”
State Finance Chairman William Francis of Houston, who is also here, disclosed that Texas Republicans have a goal to raise $UM),000 this year for the national party to help finance the cost of electing a Republican Congress. 'Dte Democratic National Committee has asked Texas Democrats to raise $70,U00 for the congressional elections.
with the people’s money.
“And don’t be afraid to use the W'ord,” he said, referring to the w'ord “conservative.”
In what could have been an allusion to the battle over the Bricker amendment to curb pre.sidenlial treaty-making power, Ei.senhower declared that “we must make certain that the genius of the Constitution and our government shall not perish’* but “go on in the same general form it has been received by us,”
“The reason L believe in the Republican party.” Elsenhower said, "is because it i.s the best political instrument to .serve the United States In this kind of a day.”
Hi.s party, he said, must make certain that every individual Amer-^ lean has “an opportunity to make I of himself what he can»“ with the j government as a “sympathetic I partner, a big brother."
< Renewed Pledge
I In his 12-minute, off-the-cuff i speech. Eisenhower renewed a gave report- j ultimately balanced
budget. He said the economy of the nation must be solvent and yet concerned with every American’s health and that the government must have tht power to see that everything that takes place will enrich the people’s lives.
Half way along in his talk, the President .said he w'asn’t supposed I to make a speech, just come In and greet the GOP meeting, a big box supper at Uline Sports Arena. Fla.shing a grin to the applauding crowd, he kept right on going.
“If i.s a growing chaUer.ge and privilege to live in this time,” he said.
While there are threats to our system from abroad, Eisenhower said, "let us lift up our chins and heads and w’alk right square into it like Lincoln would have*walked.” This reference to the first Republican President was a reminder to the audience that the box supper was held to celebrate, in advance, the birthday of thr emancipator.
Not B« Afraid
“Let us not be afraid to be humble,’* the President urged, “but let us, w'hen it comes down to the basic purpose of the Republican party, preserve this nation as it ha.s existed and make government serve all of the people, no matter what legal way that is done,”
As au orchestra .struck up “Hail to the Chief.” Elsenhower had walked Into the arena at 9:57 p.m.. escorted by his Cabinet and the usual secret servicemen. The crow’d hopped to its feet and shrieked a welcome.
.Most important speech for the glove firm w’as made by R. F. Albro, Boss vice president,
Albro said he had “no formal announcement to make on an expansion.” However, he said that company and city officials went over plans and talked expansion Friday afternoon,
“Our hopes are for a larger factory. We are planning bigger and better things,” said Albro.
Earlier in the day. B. A. But-1 ler, manager of the Cisco Cham- i ber of Commerce, helped conduct j tours through the plant. The expansion plans for the Cisco plant and the celebratio« of the 10th anniversary were described by Butler as a victory for West Texas. Butler also said there had been those who had expressed doubt that a manufacturing company could find sufficient and Intelligent labor. This celebration has proved, said Butler, that small towns In Central West Texas can be pi'ofitable to industry.
Because of the fears that labor shortages would hinder operation, the Cisco plant was opened on a small scale with 25 fmployes. It now hires 175 workers. Albro said the payroll is $7,(X)0 weekly. He believed that 30.341.508 pairs of gloves rolled off the assembly line i today.
; Ross officials besides Albro who I attended the meeting included E.
J Waller. Boss pi'esideut.
Waller and Albro are from Key-anee., lU. Dean Haralson. Texas sales representative In Fort Worth, also attended. These officials were presented bats.
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