Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 241
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Plaints Puzzle GOPers
ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 12, 1954—TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTiONS
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WASHINGTON. Feb. 11 (.i) — President Eisenhower failed to make much headway today with selling Senate Republicans his advice that the GOP soften its political punches against Democrats whose votes are needed to help his program along in Congress.
One of the President’s closest political allies, Sen. CarLson <R-Kan), took the Senate floor to say he didn’t think the Democrats “.should be crying foul” because of a political pasting from the Republicans.
The head of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Sen. î'er-guson of Michigan, said there isn’t much chance of a political armistice he said the Democrats seem to want.
Senators Still Attack
Their remarks, coupled with continuing blasts from GOP senators on the oratorical firing line, made it evident iiisenhovver was right in telling a news conference yesterday he could see no way he could tone down Republican attacks except from his own executive family.
In the light of outcries from Democrats that Republicans are trying to label all of them left wingers and political sadists stained with the red of communism, Eisenhower spoke out yesterday against extreme partisanship in these times. He said he would advise his executive family against indulging in it and that this went for the Republican National Committee chairman, Leonard W. Hall.
20 Years of Treason Yet, under the National Committee’s auspices. Sen. McCarthy (R-Wls) is still on a speaking foray in which the theme has been “20 years of treason” under the la.st two Democratic adminlstra tions.
Sen. Jenner (R-Ind), also under National Committee sponsorship is stumping his home state saying he Intends to “tell the truth regard les,s of politics.”
In addition, one of the Eiser»-hower e.xecutive family, R. W. Scott McLeod, State Department securi ty officer, is on the road on a political speaking sortie.
Carlson, who was by Eisenhow er’s side through the 1952 presidential campaign, said he was in accord with the chief executive’s policy of “sponsoring a movement to be kind to Democrats.” He told the Senate he hag many fine Democratic friends he would not want to see “unduly criticized or casli gated.”
Demos Can Take It
But he said he considered it a matter of record that previous administrations made “an effort to shield Communists” and that he hoped the GOP wouldn’t be criticized for pointing it out.
“I know our good Democratic brethren can take it, and so can we Republicans,” the Kansan said.
“I do not believe they should be crying foul at this time."
Carlson indicated his sympathy for the Democrats was a bit lukewarm because they had offered “rather liberal applause” to charges of former President Truman that the Eisenhower administration was undermining national aecurity in order to make false economies and that the GOP had sponsored “a rich man’s tax relief.”
Furthermore, he said, there was approval in some places when Ad-lai E. Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic presidential candidate, declared the Republicans had replaced the “four freedoms” with the “four fears, including fear of depression.”
Rhee Offers Aid
To Indochina War
WONDER IN ALICE-LAND
Duval 'Friendship Empire' Records Checked By State
-The freighter Harry Lurideberg lies awash on rocks at the tip of Lower California where it grounded in the early morning darkness Feb. 8. The bow of the Liberty ship was crushed aft for 20 feet and its 36 crewmen took to lifeboats.
They were picked up by another ship an hour later.
Dimes Drive Goes Shivers Asks
Over $45,000 Goo| l)ea*h Penally
It was over the top Thursday fori with the campaign in one way or! rAf I AlflltllAC the Taylor County 1954 March of | another. ■ ”1 VVlllllllVJ
Dime.s campaign. I
The drive total reached $45,042.97 i
Lybrand also prai.sed persons!
Thursday, Fred Lybrand, campaign trea.surer, reported. The goal for the county was $45,000.
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W. T. Walton, campaign chair- * man. said after the goal was ' Contributions coming in Thurs-reached, “It’s great news for ev-j^^^F were Scrolls — $150.56; W’ylie
ery resident of Taylor County. We feel deeply indebted to the generous response to the people Abilene and Taylor County.”
School — $79.95; Dimes Cards — $32.00; Test Tube Coin Collectors— in $7.51; and Points for Polio-$17.16. Lybrand said that any penson
Walton also praised the workers | still wishing to contribute to the
who devoted their time to the proj-! March of Dimes may do so
ect. He estimated that more than; sending contributions to 3,000 persons in the county worked' Box 1251, Abilene.
150 TOLD AT WINTERS:
C-C Is Vitamin; Causes Growth
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor
WINTFRS, Feb. 11 — The Chamber of Commerce is the vitamin which insures healthy growth for a town, Jim Wright, mayor of Weatherford, told the 150 persons who met here Thursday night for the annual banquet of the Winters Chamber of Commerce.
W’rlght, a young advertising man who was named recently by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of Texas’ five top young men, gave Winters his description for making this a “better than average town” with a better than average chamber of commerce. This
Pilot Belleyed Killed in (rash
DEL RIO (4’i—A 'raS jet trainer from W’ebb Air Force Base, Big Spring, crashed early today approximately 60 miles east of here.
The base said the pilot was believed killed. His name was withheld until next of kin could be notified.
The jet failed to return from a night training flight.
:ecil Davis, a rancher of the Montell Community, reported he found the wreckage a mile southeast of Camp Wood. Tex. He said papers in are debris indicated the ship was from Webb.
A crew from Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, was en route to the scene.
is possible with leadership, with vision and a spirit of willing cooperation.
Towns and people are like one of the two great seas of the Holy Land, he said. They are like the Sea of Galilee which has life because it gives back as much as it gets, or the Dead Sea which has no life because it gives forth nothing. A Chamber of Commerce, he said, stands on three legs: civics, making it a better town; industry, bringing people and payrolls; and commerce, attracting visitors, people who will produce business.
“Industry comes where it is planned for and where it is well treated.” Wright said, citing as an example the towns of Fort Worth and Weatherford which a few decades ago were the same size.
He called for a strong sense of local responsibility, pointing out that “democracy develops from the daring of small groups such as this.”
The Rev. Bruce Weaver, local Methodist pastor, was master of ceremonies. Music was by a girls trio from McMurry College, Including Jane Uuestis, Patsy King and Ruth Ann Rhodes. Mrs. Ray Horn-buckle. Winters C-C secretary, introduced guests. Charlie West, retiring president, recognized the outgoing directors. Truett Jones, incoming vice - president, present ed new directors and officers. Tommy Rougas, incoming pre.sldent, is In Massachussetts.
New directors are: Jack Harrison, Wesley Hays, Bob Loyd, E. E. Vaughan, J. C. Jarrell, Sid Anderson, and Raymond Uoyd. Homer Hodge was chairman of the program committee.
The largest out-of-town delegation came from Abilene and was made up of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Searcy Had-dox, Jasper Allbright, J. A, Mil-lerman, David Adams, Capt. H. C. Schryver, Leroy White. Joe Cooley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pruitt, Frank Melton, and Loren Walker.
f Ian Shivers proposed today a death sentence for Communists convicted in his state of Texas.
The Texas Ix?gislature meets in .special session in mid-March. Shivers had said earlier he would not object to its considering a law making Communist party membership a capital offense.
He had said that if the special session disposes of the issue of teachers pay finances, for which it w'ill be called into session, he w'OHld submit the question of tighter laws against Communism.
“I plan to ask the Legislatur® to nxake membership in the Communist party a capital offense,'* the governor told tlie Illinois Banker* Assn.
No Valid issue He said the words “traitor” and “communist” were synonymous.
“There can be no valid issue between Americans over Communism,” Shivers said. “Americans are either pro - Communist or antJ-Communlst.”
He told the bankers that those who scramble for cover behind the Fifth Amendment are “arrogant traitors” using the Bill of Rights in a manner never dreamed of by the framers of the Constitution.
“We should not permit any part of the Constitution, even if it is in the midst of the Bill of Rights, to be used as a nest in which to plant explosives that might demolish the entire Constitution and the government of the United States,” Shivers said.
“I believe the time has come to clean out the vermin which now take refuge in the Fifth Amendment. We cannot afford to let traitors go freely on their way, hiding behind the Constitution, on the one hand and destroying It on the other.
Urging Economic Bust “The Communist, with the gleam of revolution burning brightly in their eyes, are using the Fifth Amendment as an integral part of their filthy scheme to conquer America.’’
Shivers said the Communists also are trying to promote economic disaster In the United States.
“Fear is one of their principal weapons in trying to promote economic chaos,” the governor said.
“I am at a loss to explain the actions of some public officials— who — unwittingly I feel sure—are playing right into the hands of America’s enemies with their prophecies of gloom and doom.
“There are those in this country W'ho would talk us into a depression, if they could, for the simple reason that they put their party first and the country second. Their vision seems to be limited to politics as usual.”
ALICE, Feb. 11 State auditors .sifted through guarded Duval County records today and Atty. Gen. Ben Sheppcrd returned to Austin forecasting a “rebirth of justice” in this turbulent stronghold of South Texas political boss George Parr.
Except for a parting exchange between Shcpperd and Parr, this land of me.squite and oil wells had quieted down after three days of explosive legal maneuvers.
More court arguments are docketed next week.
Shepperd e.nded three days of quick legal moves with a 90 minute conference with Dist. Judge Woodrow Laughlin. Laughlin agreed to hear arguments Feb. 20 on Shepperd’s motion to dismiss the Duval County grand jury. Checking School Funds The grand jury is checking the u.se of Benavides Independent School District funds in neighboring Duval County. Shepperd ha.s declared the jury can’t conduct a fair investigation.
The attorney general said sev^h of its members are tied in with Parr, and he charged Parr is Involved in the use of funds.
Auditors headed by State Auditor C. H. Cavness were working in the Duval County courthouse at San Diego. They were poring over a 3-feet-hlgh stack of records of Duval County and the Benavides and San Diego school districts. A guard With a pistol stood nearby.
A judge brought in from another district ordered Texas Rangers yesterday to round up the records.
‘Rebirth of Justice’ Shepperd said he Is satisfied w’lth the results of his trip here.
“I feel that the legal action we have taken will result in a rebirth of justice in this area,” he said.
“We have obtained orders which will protect key witnes.ses. We plan no further legal action in Duval and Jim Wells counties within the next few days. An audit of records will continue under the supervision of Cavness.”
Shepperd said *he would probably return to Duval County Sunday night or Monday.
Parr talked freely and at length with reporters. He made a tape-recorded broadcast for Radio KTHII in Houston. In it, the millionaire, bespectacled, red-faced political kingpin again called Shep-perd’s probe “publicity”. He said:
No Duval Empire “The plan of Gov. Allan Shivers to break our political power in this country is merely to salve his own political ambitions and .so he can control and stay in power as long as he desire.s.”
Parr denied again he has a political empire in Duval County, asserting
“The only empire in this country is an empire of friendship where friends help each other.”
a i>er.sonal attack upon me.” S«*hepperd said he believes in local government, but “w'henever there is a county where government becomes a group of men instead of law*, then It is not only the concern but the business of the people of Texas and the public officials that represent them.”
D. C. Chapa, tax collector-as.ses-sor of the Benavides school district, an(f 0.scar Carrillo, secretary, resigned.
Four of the seven memi>ers of the school board also resigned yes
terday, and so did all four Duval County commissioner.s. Replacc-ment.s were named for all.
Subpoenaed before the Duval County grand jury tomorrow are Carrillo and P. J. Green of Freer, a member of the Benavides school board.
While Laughlin was in Austin yesterday for argument.* before the Supreme Court on ouster proceedings against him, DLstrict Judge Arthur Klein of Brownsville wa.s assigned to sit for Laughlin at San Diego.
Hull Says Korea Siili 'Difficult'
MESSENGER TAKES WALK;
SO DOES $100,500 IN BONDS
NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (AP)—A messenger for a Wall Street brokerage firm told police today $100,500 worth of negotiable U. S. Treasury bonds had disappeared from his briefcase.
Arthur Leonard, 65, a retired city fireman now employed by Childs & Co., said he started out this morning with a large number of securities for delivery to seven places in the financial area.
At his fifth stop, he .said, he discovered that a $100,000 bond and five others for $100 each were missing.
Police searched a two and a half block area in w'hich he made the deliveries but found no trace of the bends.
Poet's Slayer Cries For Medal for Feat
NEW YORK, Feb. II iJP-The confes.sed slayer of poet Maxwell Bodenheim and his wdfe—-in a display of “madness” which did not entirely convince police—cried out today that he deserved a medal for killing “two Communists.”
“I did the country a favor,” shouted 25-year-oId Harold Weinberg. a former mental patient. “I killed two Communists. I ought to get a medal from Washington, D. C.”
Smiling at times and again atremble, Weinberg interrupted a court appearance to break into “The .Star-vSpangled Banner.” Then he demanded of Felony Magistrate Louis A. Pagnucco:
“Are you a Communist?” Pagnucco ignored the question, and sent the ragged Greenwich Village dishwasher off to Bellevue Hospital for a mental examination. He is due back in court Feb. 26.
Is, Isn’t Crazy Police voiced suspicion that Weinberg is feigning madness to escape the electrl* chair for the savage twin killings of last Saturday night.
“They can’t execute you for killing Communists, can they?” he demanded of detectives at one point.
a dark, wiJd-haired but not unhandsome man.
After 10 hours of questioning, the district attorney’s office booked Weinberg on two homicide counts last night and announced he had signed a confession. But authorities kept the motive a secret.
How’ever, among many conflicting stories Weinberg gave the police was one in which he reportedly said he killed the Bodenheims to silence a loud pro-Communlst tirade by the poet.
Bodenheim admittedly was a Communist during the depression but claimed he left the party in 1939.
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SNYDER. Feb. 11. (R.NS) — Emile Favreau, 32, unemployed Snyder man. was in very critical condition Thursday night from injuries suffered In a head-on collision. in which C. S. Perkins. 67. prominent Sweetwater attorney, was seriously hurt.
Both were admitted to Cogdcll Memorial Hospital.
Perkins suffered fractured ribs and a fractured leg.
The attending physician said that Favreau is in very critical condition. and was still unconscious Thursday night.
Favreau had multiple fractures of the leg, jaw and head injuries.
Identification In hi* bUIfold showed that Favreau Is single, and ha* a brother in Whitesboro, and a mother In Kansas. He was unemployed at the time of the accident, a hospotal official said.
Perkins was driving a 1949 Bulck, and Favreau had a 1952 Studebaker.
The accident occurred on the Sweetwater - Snyder Highway. U. I. M. Inveattfatihf offlcera didn’t
know' cause of the collision.
Lowell Holt, office deputy in the sheriffs office here, said that the motor in the Studebaker had gone through the firewall with only six Inches of the motor left In front of the wall.
Perkins had been in Snyder Wednesday on a court case. Mrs. Perkins and son. Clifton, an insurance man here, arrived fi*om Sweetwater Thur.sday afternoon to be at Perkins’ bedside.
A married daughter. Dorothy, lives in the Rio Grande Valley.
The accident occurred on the Sweetwater-Snyder Highway, U.S. 84. Deputy Sheriff Bill lx)ve, of Snyder, investigating officer, said that the Buick apparently was traveling north and the Studebaker headed south.
Both cars were facing west after the accident, Love stated. The highway runs north and south, he said.
The Studebaker’s motor had pushed through the dash, leaving only four inches of motor under the hood, the deputy continued.
Cool Air to Stay Through Saturday
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ABILENE AND VICINITY — Clear to partly cloudy and continued cool Friday, Friday nlKht and Saturday. Nigh temperature Friday near S5 d«Kraea. Low Friday night 30 to 33 Bifh Saturday 55 to
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS —Fair and rather cold Friday; Saturday, clear Vo partly cloudy and mild.
WENT TEXAS -Fair and cool Friday: Saturday, clear to partly cloudy and mild.
LAST TEXAS-Fair and cool Friday; Saturday. parUy cloudy and mild SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and , cool Friday. Saturday, partly cloudy and partlv; mUd
Cool weather is to continue in the Abilene area Friday, hut temperatures are to begin a slight warm-up Saturday afternoon, the U. S. Weather Bureau said.
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cloudy both days. A possible light 30-degree freeze was expected here' about 6 o’clock Friday morning.'
The low Friday night will be 30. to 35 degrees. !
A weatherman said the weather won’t moderate very fast because; of a very large high pressure ai'ea still feeding down from the north.
The cool air region covers the whole eastern portion of the na-, tlon, from Ih. Cominont.l Divide
to the Atlantic Ocean. j Hl*h »nd low t«mpcr«turM ume data
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I'm crazy—yah,” jeered Wein-He accused Shepperd of waiting ' berg one moment, adding the next.
until he knew Laughlin was out of town to have another judge assigned to Laughlin’s court and then filing a number of actions.
Sheppcrd heard a playback of the broadcast and laughed.
“.Mr. Parr is exhibiting a trait that is as old as human beings or animals,” Shepperd said. “And that is, when you’re in a corner— attack, instead of an.swering the questions that should be answered or making the explanations to the people of Duval County that should be made. He again today has made
Red-Led Strikes Cripple Italy's North Industry
“I’m not crazy.”
Weinberg began the day at police headquarters smiling and seemingly at ease. But he worked up to a shouting, table-pounding pitch in the courtroom and was I taken away in a wild and trembl-! ing state. !
He demanded “a big shot lawyer i — an American citizen who believes I in the American flag.” '
And he announced in ^ourt:
“I’m for the public. The public i is for me.”
Weinberg’s display surpassed in! its lurid appeal even the realism in the w'ritings of Bodenheim, the jazz age poet of passion and violence.
Found Shot Dead Bodenheim, 58, and his 35-year-old third wife. Ruth Fagan Bodenheim. found shelter last week In Weinberg’s shabby $5 a week tenement room on Third Ave. near the Bowery.
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 UB-Dip-lomatic sources said today that Syngman Rhee. fiery' President of South Korea, has offered to send one and possibly two ROK divisions to Indochina to help the French fight CommunLst-led rebels.
Gen. John Hull, supreme commander of U. S. and Ü. N. forces in the Far East, promptly denied that Rhee had offered two divisions, but he declined comment on whether one division had been offered, Hull is here for consultations.
There uas no official confirmation of the Rhee report. Informed quarters in both Wa.‘«hington and the Korean capital of Seoul were Inclined to discount any possibility of .Soutli Korean forces joining the battle #:ainst the Red Vletminese in Indochina.
Air Power Bosted Hull told reporters the situation in Korea itself will remain difficult for some time to come. He added the Communist forces there are capable of renewing the war at any time and that they would attack “If they thought they could win”
The Reds have increased their air iMiwer in North Korea sine« the armistice, the general reported, but have made no material increase in their ground forces.
Asked what the American forces would do If South Korea resumed hostilities, Hull replied, “we will cross that bridge if we ever get to It.” He said the morale of American fîoops in the Far East is “excellent.”
A group of state governors is planning to go to Korea about April 1 to study the, situation there.
Proposed by Ike The trip was proposed by President Elsenhower, who wrote Gov. Dan Thornton of Colorado, chairman of the Governor's conference: “I am persuaded that a short visit to Korea by a select group of state executives who are constantly in direct touch with the American people would be highly beneficial. Their personal evaluation of our progress (in strengthening South Korean defenses and economy) would provide the public with the essential knowledge and broad understanding to which it is entitled.”
In Denver, Thornton said he planned to make the trip and that <îovs. Allan Shivers of Texas, John Fine of Pennsylvania, Johnston Murray of Oklahoma and Robert Kennon of Louisiana have agreed to accompany him. Other members of the Executive Committe« of the governors’ Conference ar« welcome to go along, Thornton said.
French Warplanes Pound Rebel Forces
SAIGON. Indochina. Feb. 11 (A-French warplanes ranged north of lAiaug Prabang today to pound an invasion force of 10,000 Vietminh reported less than two days* march from the Imperiled royal Laotian capital.
The planes strafed and fire-bombed the crack Commuuist-Ied 306th Division moving in north of the Nam Nga river, about 35 miles from King Sisavong's capital city which the French have vowed to defend.
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HOME, Feb. 11 ». iimmuni.st j ig20’s, reduced by alcohol to a
led strikes paralyzed Italy* in-! Qrgguwich Village stumblebum.i dustrial north today, underscoring, found shot to death in the the number one problem facing room Sunday. His wife lay dead the day-old regime of Premier | i>eside him of stab wounds in the i Mario Scelba. The Italian Reds; back.
consider Scelba their arch foe. | Weinberg, a drinking companion The wave of 24-hour general; of the Bodenheims, was arrested! W'alkouU which began yesleixlay in j at gunpoint yesterday, about a
the city at about 8:05 p m. Wednesday.
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Genoa shifted to Milan and factory rich Lombardy. They were due to hit Rome next Tuesday, only 48 hours before Scelba’a shaky government faces its first parliamentary test.
The strikes opened the Communist-led Italian Labor Federation’g vlnter offensive for higher pay. But the Communist party has threatened even more direct action against Scelba. Plans were reportedly under way for nationwide
mile from the murder scene. He ¡ said he had roamed as fsr south as Charlottesville, Va., after the. slayings but returned to New York, j Weinberg is a ne’er-do-well, an ex-convict wltli a record at a vagrant and a thief. He spent time in mental institutions and was dis-1 charged from the Army a* a men-1 tal case. Of medium build, he is
Humble Income Up
HOUSTON, Feb. 11 (B-Humble Red demonstrations against; Oil reported today for 12 months Scelba’s piemlership. Scelba fought'ended Dec. 31 net income of 1164,-both Communists and extreme 250.000 equal to *4.58 a share com-rightists In his days as interior pared with $145,2^,100 or *4.65 a minister under Alcide 4t GaspcrL I share in 1952.
TEACHER’S PET-Men of the Quantico, Va.. Marine Base would have you know this is not the usual classroom set-up,
but there are very few activities that Private Jiggs the Sixth does not share. Posing well here in the Marine Corps School
with pencil and book, the big English bull dog is a fndi-tional part of ceremouieg and sportg eveufi.