Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
Che Abilene toorter
MORNING"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron
VOL. LXXIII, No. 2,39
ÁtMOcUsted Press fAP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 10, 1954—TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe
No Yanks Due For Indochina, Wilson Vows
WASHINGTON. Feb. 9 (iD—Secretary of Defense Wilson reiterated today the United States is not sending combat troops to Indochina, but Sen. Stennis (D-Miss) declared In the Senate "we are riding hard on the road that wdll lead to direct Intervention" in the war there,
Stennis criticized the Eisenhower administration for deciding to send about 200 Air Force technicians to Indochina without consulting the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which he is a member. .
He said there are plenty of French mechanics capable of servicing the aircraft the United States has made available to France to fight the Communist Vietminh forces. He insisted the Americans be brought back "at the earliest possible date.”
Predict French Win
Those who approve of sending Air Force technicians to the Asian battleground, Stennis said, also ought to advocate a bigger army, more taxes and extension of the draft ".so we will have the power to carry through on a policy which we are making inch by Inch.”
Wilson, discussing the Indochinese situation at a news conference, predicted the French and loyal native forces probably would win a military victory unless there is Intervention by the Red Chinese or a slmilai; change in the situation.
"The war is going fully as well as we and the French expected it to at this stage,” Wilson told a news conference, adding that he had no reason to think Indochina would become another Korea.
The secretary said he thought military victory, rather than a negotiated peace, "would be perhaps both possible and probable.”
No Need For Yanks
Newsmen interpreted his remarks as meaning that he saw no need for sending extensive American forces against the Red Vietminh army, as was done against the Communists in Korea.
Late dispatches from Indochina reported the Vietminh forces within 25 miles of Luang Prabang, the royal capital of Laos, in a fresh drive. French and Laotian forces were withdrawing under the cover of heavy air bombardment, leaving rice stocks burning behind them. The French said they had completed their major defenses in front of the capital.
Answering a barrage of questions at his news conference, Wilson said;
No Atomic Weapons
1. He thought it was not necessary to give the French American aid "at any higher level” at this time,
2. There is no intention at this time of sending any American pilots to help the French air force.
3. He would not advocate the use of American atomic w'eapons, such as the 280 millimeter cannon or tactical bombs, in Indochina because he doesn’t think "that is the kind of a place to use them and the people there don’t know how to use them.”
Ranger, Parr Man Scuffle
After Life Is Threatened
ALL TUCKERED OUT — Ch.
J’ancy Bombardier appears exhausted and bored afier winning the bloodhound class on the opening day of the 78th annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club in Madison S/ uare Garden, New York. The hound came close to winning best - in - show at the Westminster last year.
Throng Sees Cavalcade
BULLETIN Dick Edgar, blind Abilene Christian College pianist, was named sweepstakes winner at the conclusion of the Cavalcade of Talent show Tuesday night. He was awarded a gold trophy.
'We Plan ta Stay' Captain Declares
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9 (/P)—Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee said tonight when he had his scuffle with 79th District Attorney Raeburn Norris today he had gone looking for two men who were supposed to kill Allee tonight.
.Allee said a “reliable informer had told me it was decided at a meeting in Duval County last night that I would be rubbed out today or tonight.”
“I just wanted some of my men to see what these men look like. I wasn’t going to arrest him.”
Norris said Allee jumped on him, and kicked and scratched him, as he left the Windmill Cafe in San Diego. He said Allee told him “I don’t like the wayi you’re doing things.” '
AJIee said he cuffed Norris around because Norris has been j trjdng to "humiliate me ever since j I was indicted.” j
South Texas political boss Geor- j ge Parr watched the scuffle between Norris and Alice from about; a half block away. After it was | over Allee said he walked over to i Parr.
Nbt Hot Words "I told him if anything happened to me or any of niy men he was
Shepperd Hits Jury, Demands Its Dismissal
New Security Oiler Planned Today by Reds
An overflow throng watched tlie second annual Cavalcade of Talent, consisting of 35 acts, at Rose Field House Tuesday night.
Al! of the approximately 3,400 seats were taken. About 200 people were standing as the performances progressed.
Betty Joy McGinnLs, 9. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. McGinnis, Roby, won first place in the ele-
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9 (JV-While the district attorney cried "publi-going to be held directly respon- city stunt,” Atty. Gen. Ben Shep-
sible,” Allee said. perd demanded today the dismis-
Parr, when asked whether he sal of the Duval County grand jury.____ ___
and Allee had exchanged hot words, I Shepperd said seven memijers of j ' ......
said, "They weren’t very hot; we the jury are in cahoots with George i CCkJ ATT^D T A I
just had a talk.” ! Parr, political boss of Duval Coun-| V3w V CI\I^V#IV I
heard i ly, the county where Gov. Shivers
55 RESCUED FROM VESSEL—Civilians and members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary fought high seas to bring 55 passengers ashore from the Miss Birmingham, a 65*foot pleas ure boat, after the craft grounded in the surf off St. Petersburg, Fla. The boat broke up minutes after the last of the passengers were cleared.
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singing "Look What Followed Me Home.” She was accompanied by Cecil Hale. Roby, on the guitar.
Second place winner in the elementary - junior high division was Don Ferguson, Abilene South Junior High School student, who gave a monologue on punctuation.
Bill Self, Tuscola High School sophomore, won the high .school division with his piano playing. Self, who plays by ear and has been a pianist since he was about 6. i,« the son of Mr. and Mrs. Price Self,
Second place in the high school division was won by the "Star-dusters,” composed of Ronald Shirley, Dick Miller and Don Smothers, all Abilene High School students, They sang "Heart of My Heart.”
The college division was won by Dick Edgar, blind Abilene Christian College ministerial student, who placed “Sabre Dance” on the piano. Edgar won in a runoff with the "Dixielanders,” a Hardin-Simmons University student band composed of Steve Peake, Lee Page Earl Hesse and Alex S. Schroeter.
‘‘The Three Aires” of Abilene was named first place winner in the open division. They con.sist of Don Spencer, Roy White and Billy Dillcr.
Allee said that he had rumors that he w'as going to be has said "boss rule” will be ended, assassinated. The district attorney, Raeburn
The Ranger captain said he met i Norris of Alice, said Shepperd had Norris coming out of the cafc. | once sought the support of Parr.
1 "Norris said ‘Hello, cap. Hah hah; "That’s an unmitigated lie,” hah.” Allee said. ‘‘Norris has ; Shepperd answered, been sneering, and embarrassing j Norris spoke outside the grand
me, I told him ‘Don’t ever speak' juiy room where Shepperd went to to me again.’ He made a sarcastic | explain what he w»as doing and remark. He was trxdng to humiliate | why.
m« in front of everybody as he has! Norris said the attorney general been and trying to damage the res-1 was trying to break up the grand pect w hich the people down here j jury as a “publicity stunt” and hold for Rangers.” i accused Shepperd of “doing every-
Charged With Assault thing for publicity.”
Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge Relates Story
w ere Indicted by a Jim Wells j Norris said that last year at the
County grand jury on a charge of i State Bar Assn. meeting Dist.
Court Decision May Revive
Sadler's 1951 Tax Plan
BERLIN. Feb. 9 .1’^^-Soviet Russia, striving to wreck the Western defense alliance, declared tonight it will present a new plan for “European security” to the Big Four conference here tomorrow.
Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov, who had refused at a secret .session yesterday to get the Korean peace conference .started on United Nations terms, today kept the foreign ministers in a futile deadlock on Germany.
In sharply worded exchange.s with U. S. Sccretarj' of State Dulles and Briti.sh Foreign Secretary Eden, the Soviet foreign minister dl.sclo.sed he would offer a new Communist security plan in an attempt to kill off the European Defense Community.
Ignores British Offer Rehashing Communist arguments since n six-nation European army including West German units was envi.saged in 19.50. Molotov said EDC was a “preparation for war" against hl.s country.
He Ignored Eden when the latter reiterated Britain’s offer to extend the 20 - year Briti.sh - Soviet pact against German aggre.sslon beyond its expiration date in 1963 In order to allay Russian fears.
There were briefings on today's meeting, and statements of the ministers were released for publication. in contrast with yesterday’s secret session.
Anothed Booby Trap There was no expectation in the Western diplomatic camp tonight
State Sen. Harley Sadler believes a gas purchaser’s tax he advocated in 1951 may help solve the state’s tax problem when the Legislature convenes for a special session in mid-March.
Sadler, who discussed the pur-
In his prepared statement, made I posing the purchaser’s tax. In ad-j that the new' Communist security
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (iT-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex) today gave Impetus to Democratic demands for President Eisenhower to .soft-pedal Republican campaign blasts as an explosive battle erupted over GOP criticism of past Democratic regimes.
Elsenhower will have a chance to give his views on the subject at his news conference (9:30 a.m. CST) tomorrow.
Johnson, the Senate Democratic leader, deplored what he termed •‘irresponsible statements by high administration officials” on the is-■ue of Communists-in-government In bygone years.
The Texan told newsmen he did not necessarily mean to imply that recent GOP attacks would Jeopardize the President’s legislative
iirogram by depriving it of support rom resentful Democrats.
He expressed the view, however, that recent utterances by GOP chl4*ftains are not the way to encourage bipartisan support -- such as Elsenhower must have to get hlB program enacted in the narrowly divided Congress. , , ^ ^
Meanwhile, Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) accused the Eisenhower administration of resorting to “the blg-lie technique common to both communism and fa8clsm"in oonnecUon with the lilt of 2.200 federal em-ployet it says have been dropped under the security cheek system.
Johnson spoke out sfter Jsmes C. Hsgerty, White House press aecretiry. thst RepubUcsn
aoeskers who hive been Ismbsst-Ing the Demoersts In Lincoln Day apeeches are “Just giving the peo-plf the fact».**
"I don’t think they are attacks,” Hagerty said, commenting on GOP blasts on the Communists-in-gov-ernment issue.
Hagerty thus shunted aside Democratic demands that President Eisenhower disavow such "attjcks” as last Saturday’s assertion by Sherman Adams, White House staff chief, that “political sadists" are trying to foist a “Fear Deal” on the country.
Adams did not specifically identify the "sadists,” but House Mi-nority I^eader Sam Rayburn (D-Tex) told the House in a bitter speech yesterday that Democrats are getting tired of GOP salvoes on the Communist issue, and he declared:
"The No. 2 man In the administration called us sadists.”
Rayburn indirectly and Sen. Symington (D-Mo) directly called on Eisenhower either to put a slop to such talk or tell the American people whether he endorses it.
Commenting on Rayburn’s protest, Sen. vOhn.son said:
"I agree there have been a lot of irresponsible statements b> high administration officials which are not conducive to the kind of bipartisanship I should think the great crusade w’ould desire.”
At the White House, newsmen asked Hagerty whether he was going to defend Adams in reply to Democratic complaints that GOP speakers have been making "dastardly” attacks on the Truman administration.
"He doesn’t need any defenie,’* Hagerty replied.
^______ ^ _____^ chaser’s tax with Gov. Shivers
assault lo murder Parr, The in^'Judge Woodrow Laughlin of Alice | about 10 days ago, said the gov-
asked Shepperd “Why are you ' ernor told him, “This might be the jumping on me .so much?” Norris I answer, said Shepperd replied "there prob- j The senator said,
dictments grew out of a courthouse scuffle in Alice Jan. 18 between Parr, his nephew Sheriff Archer Parr, Allee and Bridge,
Jim Wells County Attorney Sam Burris said tonight an investigation was being made into the reported threats on Alice’s life.
"Me and all of my men are here to stay until this thing is over,” Allee said. "I think Company D of the Texa.s Rangers can handle the situation.
"This thing has gone on for long enough, this way of killing to keep cont^l of political power. We came down here with intentions of en-
‘It is the be-
one day after the U. S. Supreme Court declared the Texas gas gathering tax unconstitutional, Sadler said the court’s ruling came as "no surprise.”
Tlie wjllng made more difficult the I.,egislature’s problem of financing tlie propose<l $402 teachers pay hike, for which the special session is being called.
Shivers and Sadler discussed
ably wouldn’t be so much heat if lief of many outstanding attorneys j gas tax plan statement Sadler had
you could get George Parr’s vote that such a measure would be con-1 made In 1951 when Sadler w’as'a for me.” | sUtutional and would not have in-, state representative. Sadler said.
Shepperd filed a petition today terstate complications.” | He advocated at that time im
wa. o, .e .U,! ^^^CHERS' RAISE
District that includes Duval. The petition demanded dismissal of the Duval County grand jury, saying it could not be impartial in its investigation of the handling of the Benavides school.district funds because of ties of its members with Parr,
Shepperd .said he could prove that Parr was involved in the hand-
forcing the law. Never at any time have I threatened George Parr or > ling of the funds, anybody else. I never had any in- i Action Taken
tention of killing anyone. I'm not i Laughlin w'as not at the court
Lowmakers Baffled In Search for Funds
scared of this thing (reported assassination plot); I just don’t have sense enough to be scared.” Scuffle Brief Three other rangers listened as Allee spoke.
Alice’s scuffle with Norris was brief.
“1 had been having coffee with my assistant inside,” Norris said. “As I was leaving, Allee and three or four other Rangers walked up. Allee jumped on me and cussed me out. He said ’I don’t like the way you’ve been doing things.’ And then he beat and cursed me. I didn’t lift a hand. I knew all he was waiting for was for me to do it and then he’d pull a gun. I’ve got four or five big bruises on my shin where he kicked me with his boot. He scratched my face.” Scuffled With Parr Allee smilingly refused to say anything about the scuffle.
The chunky, veteran Ranger captain was involved in a courthouse scuffle with political leader George Parr in Alice Jan, 18. Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge were Indicted by a Jim Wells County grand jury on a charge of assault to murder Parr. They are under $2,000 bond each.
Norris asserted he didn’t say a word to Allee or do anything that would provoke an assault. He said he broke away from Allee at one point and was walking away when Allee renewed the scuffle.
Norris said Allee cursed him “with every cur.se word there is.’’ He said something about ‘I don’t even want you looking at us (Rangers)’,” Norris said.
house. Shepperd filed the petition with deputy Clerk H.G. Gonzalez.
No action was taken and Shepperd .said he didn’t think any would be before Thursday. He planned to remain in this area.
AUSTIN, Feb. 9 (iff—Legi.slators who will meet in special session next month to consider a $402 pay rai.se for teachers indicated growing concern today over revenue.
Talk was heard of a sales tax.
The Supreme Court struck down yesterday a gathering, or pipeline.
The grand jury met for 20 nijn-, «afural had
utes and then recessed until Friday at 2 p.m.
Laughlin is a friend of Parr. Arguments in an ouster suit brought by 11 South Texas lawyers against Laughlin w'ill be heard before the Supreme Court in«Austin tomorrow.
Shepperd flew here from Austin today, filed his petition and then went into the jury room to read a statement to the jury on what he was doing and why.
Shepperd said last week that federal and state agencies have been probing use of highway and state welfare and state school funds in Duval County for more than a year.
After that, Laughlin charged the grand Jury to make its ow’n investigation and call Shepperd or any other that might know* of any law’ violation before it. Shepperd refused to appear as a witness, saying he didn’t want to tip his hand.
been under attack since 1951, and the millions which it brought in must now be refunded to the protesting pipeline companies.
Rep. George Hinson of Mineóla, a candidate for lieutenant governor, urged adoption of a gas tax which he introduced unsuccessfully last year.
Pilot Parachutes Near Merkel
BIG SPRING. Feb. 9 tRNSi -A training plane from Webb Air Force Base at Big Spring crashed about 17 miles southwest of Merkel Tuesday evening but the pilot parachuted to safety.
Aviation Cadet Alfred M. Ya-handa abandoned the T-M trainer plane he was flying when it developed engine trouble about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Webb AFB officials said.
The plane crashed in a pasture.
Yahanda caught a ride Into Mer-kel a'ter he landed and notified bait offlciali.
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He said his "dedication tax,’* a levy on natural gas before It ever comes out of the well, is certainly constitutional.
Rep. ITorance Houston Jr., of Dallas foresaw the threat of a general sales tax.
"The day of the hidden and so called painless tax in Texas has now about come to a close.” he said.
"The general public must at long la.st face reality. The unbridled demand for or acqule.scence in unnecessary services and spending, coupled with this major loss of tax revenue, will unfortunately give encouragement to the strong undercurrent of sentiment which is developing in some quarters for a general sales tax.
Houston backed the suggestion of Speaker Reuben Senterfitt that the legi.slatlve Budget Board begin work at once on taxes.
He said he hoped Gov. Shivers, Lt. Gov, Ramsey and Senterfitt will encourage a prompt meeting of the budget board, "along with the revenue committees of the senate and house so a clear picture of the tax situation can be presented to the legislature at the proposed special session.’*
plan would be more than another booby trap to weaken free Europe.
Molotov clung tenaciously today to all his demands of last week for “neutralization** of a unified Germany with Communist* at the goverjimeuUl helm.
Their patience frayed, Dulles. Eden and French Foreign Minister Uidault sought unsuccessfully to
diilon to existing taxes on produc ers and royalty owners.
This new tax on gas “should be the obligation of those who purchase gas under long-term contracts,” Sadler’s 1931 statement said.
“This tax should be a flat tax, because the purchaser has taken into consideration the location of the gas reserves, the quality and pressure of the gas. as well as its proximity to market, when the contract price was fixed,” the statement added.
Sadler added that “the purchaser up to date (1951) has enjoyed j a free tax ride and at the same time has had all the benefits of actual ownership. i u *
“We think tliat those who hold • world armament policy.
long-term contracts, which are far'
persuade Molotov to end the hope-le.s.s East-West quarrel here over
Germany and EDC.
After renewed debate tomorrow’ on this bogged down issue, the Big Four will hold another secret session Thursday on Russia’s pro-po.sal for a Big Five conference with Red China, and divergent Russian and French resolutions for a
more beneficial than fee ownership, should bear a fair portion of our tax load,” his 1951 statement concluded.
The U. S. Supreme Court on Monday stnick dow'n the Texas tax on natural gas transmitted by pipe line companies to consumers in 38 other states. The court contended the tax was unconstitutional becau.se it raised revenue at the ultimate expen.se of citizens in other states.
In his statement of Tuesday, Sadler recalled that he had work-e<i for a measure which would tax the gas of the long-line companies serving the Midwest and East.
The theory behind the measure was that, by vitrue of long-term contracts which dedicated the gas in place for a number of years or for the life of the field, the long-line firms owned the gas in fee simple, and that as they produced gas it should be taxed in the form of a severance tax. Sadler said.
This was the amended substitute for the HuII-Vick measure of 1951, he said. It is now being studied by the governor.
“.My predictions are that some gas tax measure will be passed.
4 Hurl al Ballinger As Truck Rolls Over
BALUNGER. Feb. 9. (RNS) — Four persons were injured at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the truck in which they were riding overturned twice five miles west of BaUiuger, on U. S. Highway 67.
Minor Injures were recei'/ed by Leroy Petty, driver of the 1952 Chevrolet truck, and Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Petty and their slx-montha-old son Robbie Lee, all of Fort Stockton. All four were riding in the truck cab.
Petty was driving toward Bailin-ger from San Angelo when the brake grabbed on one wheel, he said, making him lose control of the vehicle, which w'as loaded with junk batteries.
Two of the Pettys were trapped in the‘cab. They were pulled out by two other truck drivers w-ho were passing by.
A Newby - Davis Funeral Home ambulance took the four to Bailin-ger-Clinlc Hospital. Both men were released, but Mrs, Pettv and the
child remained hoipitalized Tucs-Sadler said. "I certainly hate to day night.
see It fall on the producer and Mrs. Petty suffered hip injury royalty owner, especially when and the baby had cuts and bruise«, the oil and gas Industry is now Highway Patrolmen Joe E. Per-paying more than 60 per cent of ry and M. E. Ciotcher »aid the our state tax dollar.” he said. i truck was a total loss.
At 80, Bernorr Got Troubles But Not Little Ones os Hoped
NEW YORK. Feb. 9 (^Physical cuiturist Bernarr MacFadden revealed today that he looked forward to the patter of little feet when he last married—although he was over 80 at the time. His yearning was In vain.
His third wife, blonde Jonnie Lee MacFadden. 47, is suing him for separation after six years of an admittedly bizarre marriage, during which the couple commuted to each other’s bedroom.
State Supreme Court Justice Henry Clay Greenberg asked the 86-year*old MacFadden at one point:
"Did vou ever discuss with your wife the possibility of having a child?"
"Yes, we did,” replied the publisher and outdoor enthusiast.
"What was her reaction?"
“Were there any developments after that?” persisted the court.
"I'm sorry to say there weren’t.” replied MacFadden.
"Your w’ife testified that you like to sleep on the floor.” Greenberg went on. "Is that so”'*
“Ive done that for 20 years because of an injury to my back,” said .MacFadden. "I never slept in bed with her.”
Another witness, George Schti-bell, a friend of MacFadden for 40 years, previously had testified in his defense:
“1 have known this nian for 40 years and I have seen him tossed around by women for his money. We had hoped that when he married Jonnie Lee this would end. and there w'as even some talk at the time about her giving him a baby.’*
Justice Greenberg as’xed If Schu-bell considered this a possibility at MacFadden’s age.
"I only know’ what Jonnie told me about him,” replied the witness. "She said that he was a man of great virility.”
MacFadden denied his wife’s testimony that he tried to hit her, accused her of poisoning his food, and suspected her of opening a window in their penthouse as an invitation to a lover.
"I never struck or attempted to strike any woman in my life.” MacFadden testified. “I was poisoned by food but I never at any time accused my wife.”
He said he may have comptained alsNOUt open windows in their 15th floor apartment, but never suggested they hsd anything to do with a lover of Ma wife's.