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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 27, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY®i)e Abilene toorter--iBtetDáí MDMING^'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 256 Aisociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 27, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Republicans Study Probe Methods Coleman District Clerk Given Jail, Fine for Drunk Driving Checkup Ordered On Present Rules A RARE CUB—“Auroa”, a polar bear at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her three-months-old cub are shown in their first public appearance. The cub is unnamed because the sex has not been determined. Few baby polar bears live long when born in captivity. This white, plump youngster is playful and active. Snyder's Annual C-C Banquet Turns Into 'Festival'Affair By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor SNYDER, Feb. 26. — C. T. McLaughlin, the master of ceremo- entire crowd in a mas.s .sing-sopg. Gov. Clement departed from his prepared speech long enough to nies, called the party here Friday plead the case for his state’s TVA, night “festival."    |    pointing out the benefits it had That is a more correct name brought, not only to Tennessee, than the formal title tor tlie annual Snyder Chamber of Commerce banquet, f'or Snyder filled the entertainment measure and i Sn.vder C-C’s big annual event., “something that this wonderful .sang Irish    gave    to    Sam    Houston.” He listed seven of these gifts which Texas .should offer the rest of the world) Enterprise, bigness, stick - togetherness, toughness. but to the nation. “We w'ould 1 loyalty, courage, and religious have had no atomic bomb had it not been for TVA and its power,” he said. Citing Tennessee’s close connec-heaped it up for 1,003 guests who ' tions with it.s Texas cousins, the gathered for the civic event. The ^    famous of which was the ,    ,    , T, u. ! hero common to both .states, Sam inteitainment ranged from Ilach a ,    clement    said    Texas    is    a • Chorale, to "Toolpusher from i shining example for the entire Snyder” to a mass sing-song leVi world. "Texas has something to “America cannot be the leader she could be unless she has the moral and the spiritual and the economic benefits which Texas can and should provide.” H. \\. Cargile, vice - president of West Texas State Bank, was installed as new president of the Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Herbert Feather, publisher of to the world,” he said, * the Snyder Daily News. by one of America’s outstanding 8ive concert singers, Phil Regan. '        -    n            ■!    ...................... The climax of the entertainment 1 ^ - ■ k. ■ A m ■ ■ ■■ a I ■ k. ■ ^ P* “d“oU“cLm^^    HEADLINERS cut. For good measure, Texas’ outstanding humorist, Boyce House, was on hand to introduce the governor and do a little of his famous bragging on Texas, i'or out-of-town guests, and there were hundreds, the party started at mid-afternoon with a reception at the Country Club hosted by a group of about 40 .Snyder folk, ifien at 6:45 the 1,000 - plus Snyder folk and tlicir guests filed i through the cafeteria of the swanky new high school building for dinner. Slim Willet’s Western Band from .Abilene provided music at the reception and at the dinner, then gave an abbreviated stage show when the crowd moved over into the new school auditorium for the major program. Snyder High School’s music department, a stage band and various choral groups, presented a i stage show, then Phil Regan, who was paying a return visit to the IN REPORTER-NEWS Livestock news and sports will share the spotlight in the big Sunday Reporter-News. ' Farm Editor Bob Cooke’s department will be telling you all about the Abilene Fat Stock Show. Sports Writers Harless Wade and Fred Sanner will bring you the re.sults of regional basketball tournaments at Brownwood and Lubbock. The Canyon tournament will he in the news and the Texas Conference All-Star Basketball team will be announced. These are just “extras.” Another extra will be pictures taken at big civic parties Friday night at Anson and Sny-der. The usual complete coverage of local, state, national and international news will round out the Sunday Reporter-News, your best buy for a dime. VICTORY FOR IKE Reports Say Acule Crisis on in Syria BEIRUT, I.ebanon, Feb, 26 •i’'— Telephoned report.s from military fcource.s in Syria late tonight said communications b e t w- e e n the northern and southern parts of that country were cut again today as an acute crisi.s developed between factions seeking to inherit power from deposed President Adlb Shishckly. Senate Kills Bricker Bill by Single Vote W.ASHINGTON, Feb. 26 iiT—The Senate killed by a single vote tonight the last surviving proposal to amend the Constitution and curb the president’s treaty - making powers. It was a victory for President Eisenhower, who had expressed unalterable opposition to the original Bricker amendment and had failed RISING STAR CRASH Oil Company Proxy, 2 Others Injured COMANCHE. Feb. 26. — Hous-i8.20 p.m., the spoke.sman said. ton Oilman Wallace Cammack Thompson, 55, his 21-year-old son, Jo.seph Reed, and Bill Underwi)od, The spokesman said all three are expected to survive. The wTcck occurred about 11 23, of Snyder, were seriously in-i a.m.. Highway Patrolman \V. H. jured in a head-on collision on ! Berry. Jr., of Stephenville, said. State Highway 36 near Rising Star ahortly l>efore noon Friday. All are in Blackwood Hospital at Comanche. None of the three were believed to be ‘‘critically” injured, although complete examinations had not been completed late Friday night. The elder Thompson, president of the General Crude Oil Co. with headquarters at Houston, and his son, were en route to the company’» office at Abilene. Under-woo<l was en route to Houston. A hospital spokesman Friday night said the elder Thompson received possible chest injuries and lacerations on the head and arms. His condition is "fair.” Thompson’s son was believed to have sustained lacerations of the head. He was still unconscious about 8:30 p.m. and In a “serious” condition. Underwood suffered a possible rib fracture and lacerations on the head and arms and left leg. His The hospital spokesman said the men were admitted to the hospital at noon. The highway patrolman said the accident occurred on a hill about 5‘i mhes east of Rising Star on Highway 36. Underwood, driving a 1953 Ford .sedan, was traveling southwest and apparently was trying to pass another car at the time of the accident. The Underwood car and the 1953 Oldsmobile driven by the elder Thompson collided nearly head - on, Berry said. Berry was assisted in the investigation by Sheriff Wayne Swindle of Comanche, and Highway Patrolman Ray Hatton from Eastland. The elder Thompson was recently namer president of the oil company, replacing Thoma.s Pew, who died Jan. 4 at Houston. Personnel from the General Ci-ude Oil Co. office at Abilene were at Comanche Friday night condition was “fairly good" »tiwlth the injured Thompsons. to endorse a substitute by Sen. George (D-Ga)—the only version which reached the final voting stage. Sixty senators from both parties supported the George amendment and only 31 opposed it, but the 31 were enough, .A two-thirds majority of those present and voting is required for adoption of s constitutional amendment. With the count standing at 60-30, which would have given the Senate’s approval to ^he proposal, Sen. Kilgore (D-WVa) arrived dramatically late to cast the deciding ballot against it. In a last minute development. Sen. Know'land of California, the Republican floor leader, had announced that he would vote for the George amendment, but this was not enough to swing the tide for it. The George proposal—now dead along with all the others—would have nullified provisions of treaties and other international agreements which conflict with the Con.stitution. It also would have provided that international agreements other than treaties could become effective as internal law only by act of Congress. Previously the Senate had voted 61-30 to substitute George’s proposal for another, sponsored by Knowland and other Republican leaders, which had White House support GOP Joins Demos OverridiJtg their own leaders, 30 Republicans joined with 31 Democrats to sidetrack the White House - approved measure and make George’.s version the pending issue before the Senate. Sen. Knowland, Chairman ^lilli-kln (Coto> of the conference of all GOP .senators, Chairman Ferguson (MichI of the Policy Committee and Sen. Saltonstali of Massachusetts, the whip, were among the 16 Republicans voting against substitution. They were supported by 13 Democrats, mostly northerners, and Sen. Morse (Ind-Oreu Thomas Herman Corder, Coleman County district clerk, P’riday W’as given a .S500 fine and a jail sentence of 90 days by a jury in Taylor County Court. He was charged with driving while intoxiated. It was one of the stiffiest verdicts ever rendered by a jury in County Court here for a DWI charge. County Attorney Tom Todd said. Numerous wlfnes.ses took the stand during the trial. Corder was arrested on Sept. 18. 1953, by City Policeman Beatty and Thomas on a radio call from Slate Patrolman H. L. Strawn, from a I point 10 miles south of Abilene ! on U. S. 83. It was alleged that Corder’s new 1953 Ford sides wiped a Na.sh car driven by Mns. Leslie McCormick, accompanied by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy Kendrick, both of Tuscola. j Both women testified that the I man who drove the car that side-j swiped the McCormick car did not I stop after the accident but pro-i cecded toward .Abilene. I State Highway Patrolman Ross , Kemp, who filed the complaint, said Corder agreed to take a blood te.st and they went out to Hendrick Memorial, where the blood specimen was taken. , Charles Smith, State Department I of Public Safety chemical toxicol-j ogist from Austin, te.stified that he : personally analyzed the specimen I and found it contained more than enough alcohol concentration to make Corder an unsafe driver on the highway. Corder admitted on cross-examination by .Asst. County .Attorney Ijee Sutton that he had pleaded guilty, sometime before the accident. to a complaint charging him with drunkenness, in Abilene Coi--poralion Court. “But I wasn’t guilty,” he said. Corder said the day previous to the accident, he had been in Dallas, lost a lot of sleep, and on the morning of the day the collision occurred, he had received a vitamin shot from a Coleman physician. Also, he testified that a heater in his new car had distracted his attention from the highway at the time of the accident. He said that after his car had .sideswiped the McCormick car, he looked back. “The other car was proceeding along the highway, so 1 came on to Abilene,” he testified. Corder said that he had occasionally taken a drink. The defense attorneys. R. E. Murphey of Coleman and Malcolm .Schulz of .Abilene, put on three character witnesses during the afternoon session to testify to Corder’s general reputation for being a sober man. Raymond R. Graves, chief deputy sheriff at Coleman, testified that he had known Corder about nine years. “He enjoys a good reputation for sobriety,” Graves said. Kenneth Croom. former Coleman County commissioner, testified he had known Corder from 12 to 20 years, and his reputation was “good." Delma Johnson, Coleman implement dealer, said ho bad known Corder 14 years, and his reputation for .sobriety “has always been good.’’ State Highway Patrolman H. L. Strawn described the accident, which, he said, occurred on a curve. Argument began at 1:45 p.m. The jury deliberated until about 5 p.m. The jury contained two Negroes, the largest Negro repre.sentation on a county jury probably In the history of the county. About a year WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 {M^)Scmie Republicans, meeting amid a storm over Sen. McCarthy’s methods, ordered a check-N^gro, thrfLr?o iervc‘'on Tts    i    whether rules for Senate    investigations should jury in the hi.storj' of the court,    j    be changed.    •*. u* u « The Negroes were Oscar Sims,    I    McCarthy,    declaring hc would    press    on    with his probes, 626 Ash St.. and Ix)ui.s Smith, 626 ; said: Mesquite St. The four white mem-; “Witnesses in the future will have the same consideration as in the past.” He said he    would go right on    e.xposing    “dishonesty, cor- A *<«    ft-V« W-% fl 1 hers of the jury were J, V. Ever-heart, 1333 Peach St., James F. Conlan, 834 Ijcxington St.; Stanley , V. E. Smith. 1126 w’liiis, and John ■ ruption and Communism. W. Young, 1181 Barrow St. Young " ^    •---- w'as foreman. Schulz said that the conviction would be appealed. C-C Director's Mom Wins Anson Award By STUART CHILTON Reporter-News Staff Writer .ANSON. Feb. 26 — Anson did It up big Friday night, as more than 200 Chamber of Commerce mem-ber.s and guests turned out for the annual Anson C-C banquet. Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the outstanding man and woman citizens awards of the year. Both plaques were for “outstanding work and duty to the community.” The outstanding woman award went to Mrs. E. E. Farnsworth, mother of Billie F, Farnsworth, Chamber of Commerce director. The gold plaque was presented to Mrs, Farnsworth by Mrs. E. M. Australia School Children Greet’ Queen MGtiNT GAMBIER. Australia ! —Some 6.500 schoolchildren formed a living map of Australia today toj greet Queen Elizabeth II and the: Duke of Edinburgh on their arrival here by plane from Melbourne. THE WEATHER V.n. DKPARTMKNT OF COMMtRi E WEATHER BIREAU ABTUENE AND VICINITY - Partly cloudy with llUle change in temperature Baturday and Sunday. High temperature Saturday about 80. Low Saturday night 45 High Sunday 7S to RO NORTH C^^’NTRAL TEXAS- Clear to partly cloudy, windy and du.-«ly; turning colder Saturday; Sunday, fair and cool. WEST TEXAS:    Partly    cl«>udy, «indy and duity, colder In Panhandle, South Plaltw and Pecoa Valley eaatward Saturday; Sunday, cloudy, not ao cold In Panhandle and South Plalna. EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy, scattered ■huwers near the coaat, not ao warm Batvrday: Sunday, fair and cool; freah to strong southerly wind* on the coast, ahlitlng to northwesterly Saturday. SOCTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Partly cloudv. not o «arm Saturday: Sunday, fair and cool: fresh to alrong southerly winds on the coael shifting to west and northwest late Saturda> TEMPI RATl REX Frt. AM    ri±    PM 50 ....... 1    30 ..... *5 .51 ............ a    30 . ......... «5 53 ............ 3    30 ......... »« 55 . .......... 4    30 ........  M .55 ............ 5    30 ............ 53 ............ «30 ............ 53 ............ 7    30  ....... 75 57 ............ 8 30   ....... .    75 63 ............ 9:30 ......... 74 73 ........... 10    30 ............ 8 0......... 11    30........ 81    13    30 High and low temperatures for 34 houra end mg at 6 .30    87    and 47. High and low temperaturee larne date last year M and 33. Sunset last nlghl «34 pm. Sunrise today 7 30 am Sunset tonight «35 pm. Barometer reading at 9 30 pm. 37 «3. Relative humidity at 9.30 p m. 10^*. Young Demos Hear Shepperd Discuss Duval MINERAL WELLS. Feb. 26 Special legislation increasing his powers may be needed to cope with Duval County politics. Attorney General John Ben Shepperd said today. Shepperd brought up the possibility during a panel discussion on party affairs before the state convention of young democrats. He said he hoped it would not be necessary but if so any new laws should be strictly temporary and limited to two years. Shepperd said any move he takes will have to depend on "cer tain things happening or not happening.” State and federal agencies have launched probes of Duval County affairs in a crackdown against the county’s powerful political boss, George Parr. Laws May Be Needed "It may be before we get out of this thing, we’ll have to have some legislation.” Shepperd said. “I’ve never been one to believe the attorney general should have too much power. This is one time 1 wish I had more.” The remarks came after Shepperd made a blistering attack on the Duval County political situa-i.on, comparing it with Ru.ssia. He criticized the .senior state democratic party tor having allowed tlie situation to exist for so long. “It is inconceivable to me that any party passively condoned such a condition as that in Duval County. The senior party has in effect closed its eyes to it, and on many occasions has accepted a package vote from Mr. Parr. “In 1948, George Parr was introduced to the state Democratlfe convention in Fort W’orth as the greatest Democrat in Texas.” It was at the 1948 convention that the State Executive Committee rejected the contest offered by Pittman, winner of the woman’s award last year. The outstanding man award was presented to Roy H. Mays, Gulf Oil Company agent here. His plaque was presented by Doctor J. C. Duff, mayor of Anson and recipient of the award last year. “Prof" Robert E. Jackson, professor emeritus at Texas State College for Women at Denton, kept the audience in laughter, as he me audience m laugnier, as    / demonstrated why he is known as ioutgrowth of the McCai thj- T don’t subscribe to the idea that if your own party is being embarrassed—lay off,” McCarthy .said. A charge by Army Secretary Stevens that McCarthy has abused and brow-beaten a general set off the newest controversy over McCarthy’s methods. TV Showdown Called Off    ——• Stevens at first had seemed headed for a televised sliowdown with McCarthy, who denied any abuse. This was called off after Stevens. McCarthy and other members of McCarthy’s Investigating subcommittee reached an accord, which was generally regarded as a surrender by Stevens. Aroused by this interpretation, .StevtMis yesterday is.sued a statement that he would "never accede” to humiliation of Army men. President Eisenhower backed Stevens “1»X) per cent,” It was the Senate Republican Policy Committee, headed by Sen. FergiKSon (R-Mich). which ordered a survey of the rule.s with a view to a possible overhauling. This development clearly was a one of the best humorists in the Southwest, Jackson said. "It take.s working together to make a good town. There are no little things. Everything is important. "The entire world Is looking to the United State* for leadership. When you make Anson great, you make Texas great, and In turn th# nation and finally the world.” ln.stalled as president was Cliff Good. Jones County cotton ginner ,**nd An.son resident. He succeeds Virgil Strange, former Ford dealer, and master of ceremonies at the Friday night affair. New- directors installed were Don Boyd, lumberman; WTnston Hei-denheimer, dry goods company employe; Hal Rasor, auto parts dealer; and Vernon Watts, farm implement dealer. The theme of the banquet was In keeping with the 100th anniversary of Texas Public Schools, which will be celebrated throughout Texas next week. The food for the Friday night event, held in tlie new high school cafeteria, was planned by Mrs. FMna E. Beck, and Mrs. Artie McFarland, high school home econo-mi.sts, and Mrs. C. D.^ Bingham and Mrs. A. M. Sealy, High school cafeteria dieticians. The meal was served by students of the home-making classes. Jack R. WTlson, furniture store owner, sang two songs and was accompanied by Mrs. E. F. Pitta rd. Invocation was given by the Rev. H. A. Nichols, pastor of the Anson Methodist Church, while the benediction was given by the Rev. James N. Easterwood, pastor of the First Baptist Church. New officers besides Good, the new president, Include Oran A. Dean, treasurer; and Mrs. Z. Lindsey Encke, manager. Holdover directors are J. W. Adams, Jr., Dr. J. C, Baker, Foy Hogan Easly, Bill Godfrey, Dur-wood Neville, Vernon Watts, 5trt. A. V. Womack, Mrs. Pittman, and Farnsworth. Guests attended from Haskell, Mineral Wells, Stamford, Abilene, Hamlin, and other West Texas communities. Don't Hang Out Your Wash Today! Stevens feud. Ferguson wouldn’t come right out and say so. But when he was asked whether the study would involve alleged abuse of witnesses, the senator declared; "If there has been any such abuse. I assume that we will look Into it and all other matters." The Stevens-McCarthy controversy has reached Into the Pentagon, Congress and the W’hlte House. But Ferguson said the Idea for a study of rules relating to Investigations originated In the Senate alone. | Tliore were whisperings around I the Senate, lurthcnnore, that maybe something should l>e done about curbing one-man investigations such as McCarthy sometimes has conducted. McCarthy said he had read stories that “Republicans were trying to stop me,” Those stones, he j said, are "completely untrue.” ! He dismissed the idea as "com- ] pletely ridiculous" when asked what he would do if .some Kepuhli- j cans did try to stop him. McCarthy Appears Calm Through all the talk and maneuvering among Republicans worried about the family nickus within their party, McCarthy appeared entirely undisturbed and definitely bent on pushing his investigations pretty much in his own way. McCarthy adopted a not-mad-at- ^ er.ybody attitude. He said he | hasn’t any differences with Stev-i ens or the White House. The senator, talking on the sub-, ject of one-man hearings, said he’ had asked Democratic members of; his Investigating subcommittee to attend every hearing.    | “I hope they do attend,” he said,; “I need help. 1 hope wc can quit See PROBES, Pfl. S-A, Col. 4 Fire Destroys Haskell Church Of Christ HASKELI-. Feb. 26 (RNS Haskell’s only Church of Christ building was completely destroyed by fire Friday night. 1X3SS of property was estimated at between S50.000 and $60,000 by Fred Cuslis, minister. Traffic on Texas Highway 277, which merges into Ave. E where the church was located, was halted for an hour as firemen fought the blaze. Sparks and embers threatened the Haskell High School buUdlng, which is across the street from the 1 church. Hoof damage was done to the high school, hut the fire didn t spread further. The blaze In the church wasn’t discovered until it was enveloped I in flames, around 8;40 p. m. Fri-I day. Alarm was turned in by Mrs. J. L. Collier, who lives a half block from the building. Members of the church recently had an architect draw up plans for an addition to the building, which would have doubled its size. Of framework covered with stucco, the structure was about 50-x-lOO feet. A few years ago the building was remodeled and refurnished. Cause of the fire was undetermined, but Fire Chief Ray Lusk and Fire Marshal R. A. Lane said an investigation will be held. There had been no services at the church during the day. It appeared as though the fire started rnid-way In the main auditorium, in the middle of the building, firemen said. NEWS INDEX SECTION A Oil    .    . Women'« new» Sport* ... SECTION 9 Editotioi« . . Comte» ........... Redie & TV log .... Form    ......... . 3 . 4 6-7 . 2 . 3 . . 6 . 8 .....       Lady,    don't    hang    out    that    wash Coke Stevenson to the election of | today. Lyndon John.son as U.S. senator. Johnson won the election by 87 votes, with the help of Duval County ballots. Shepperd asserted later his reference had no significance on his future political plans such as a race for senator, ”1 was just quoting the record,” he said, “and that’.s all.” Delegates Action Urged The attorney general called upon the convention to repudiate “George Parr and all he stands for.” He also urged the delegates to write to the citizens of Duval County offering moral support, which he described as their greatest need. Others on the panel were associate Justice Will Wilson of the Texas Supreme Court, state Rep. Mrs. Dorothy Gurley of Del Rio, State Sen. Searcy Bracewell of Houston and George Sadlin of Austin, secretary of the State Democratic Executive Committee. The Eastland Club headed by W. B. Wright of Cisco, was seated by the credentials committee. That is. unles* you like for your sheets to have that tatUe-tale beige look. The weatherman says, get braced for more of the dust that whipped into the city Friday and then sifted through the atmosphere for several hours. The dust storm passed over the U. S, Weather Bureau station at .Municipal Airport about 10 a. m. Then, by 1:30 Friday afternoon visibility had been reduced to about 2 miles. There were brief periods during the afternoon when the visibility was cut to a mere quarter of a mile. Tlie wind got up to 37 miles per hour Friday afternoon with gus*s to 45 miles. Temperatures will remain high Saturday, the weatherman said. He SPRING FEVER—Southern aristocrat Bow-Bells Drummer u..  ...... -______ Boy, bemused by the daffodils’ oromise of spring, sprawled predicted a high of 80 for Saturday contentedly in a flower bed at the home of his owner, Mrs, ------------ ...n,    K-    .H-K41V    Webster,    in Memphis. Tenn., to soak up some sun and nurse a bad case of spring fever. The champion is resting between dog shows, in which he has finished nine times as best of breed, once as best of show. afternoon, it will be only slightly less ths|} tbst on Sunday. Abllenlans sweltered Friday afternoon In 87-degree temperaturs during the driving dust storm. ;