Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 199Wi)t £Mene Reporter -jBrtnsi"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — ByronAuociat'd PrealTPi ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 1, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Reluctant Decides to
4 Charged In Houston Bank Case
HOUSTON. Dec. 31 —Four nun. Including a 19-year-old bank employe, were charged tonight With felony theft in today’s $37.329 robbery at the Houston National Bank.
The charges were filed shortly after the FBI and police officials v<id Donny Norris Allen, the young bank employe, had signed a confession after being questioned over 10 hours.
They are James David Mitchell (alias Jame- David Richardson'. 23. Johnny Gonzales Navarro, 24. the brother of a Houston police offuei . and Nick Mitchell, 45. an uncle of the younger Mitchell.
The charges were filed with Justice of the Peace W, C. Ragan.
One Calls Off.cers
Police pickup order; were bnoad-eavt for all three but w ithbi an hour Navarro notified police he was .it a bus station. He was arrested and denied he had any connect am with the robbery.
Anen this morning had said a i hold robber entered the basement ! vault where he worked at the' bank odicated he had a gun and escape« after demanding that , the money be placed in a briefcase. |
A veil of secrecy had surrounded] the FBI and police investigation.
\t 9 30 p.m. tonight the veil was Sited long enough for release of I a terse statement authorized by-Joseph F. Santoi&na, FBI agent in charge.
The statement said Allen had ] signed a confession saving he »as involved in the scheme and nam! ing four others a» accomplices. I The FBI said he nuned an 18-year-1 old giil but police, m filing their j charges with Kagan, took no note of her.
FBI agents s dd a federal charge i of hank robbery will lie filed im-1 mediately against Allen.
Police in filing their charges had j termed the offense a theft rather than a robbery.
First announcement of a break | In the case came earlier from Homicide Capt Frank Murray.
The earlier reports said: basement vault at the bank at 9 20 §.m . took $57,329 from Vilen and escaped without being noticed by a payday crowd in the bank build-ing
Murray said the three men being sought are known to have bought a 1953 Oldsmobile from a Houston firm shortly after the rifb-bery. paying $2.4(H) in cash.
Police broadcast a pickup order for the ear and Its occupants, say-
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ing the men in all probability are heading for Mexico.
The three aie 23. 24 and about 24 One is out on bend in a recent grocery store robbery and another. Murray said, is a brother of a Houston policeman.
Questioned 10 Hour*
Allen w as questioned for over 10 hours.
A burglar alarm was set off promptly but police and FBI agents were unable to determine positively just how the man entered and left the building.
To reach the basement stairway, the man had to pass through a door marked “employes only” and walk down a narrow aisle flanked by tellers and bookkeepers working behind windows in the bank’s main lobby.
Car Only Clue Homicide Capt. Frank Murray said the only clue police had was a 1949 green Mercury with Ixuiis-iana license plates which had been seen in the bank's parking lot before the robbery. The car was gone a few minutes after the robbery.
* We think this might have been the getaway car. ' Murray said The robbery occurred 20 minutes after the bank opened at 9 a m.
See ROBBERY. Pg. 3 A, Col. 3
SEARCH FOR BODY—Two boats ply the waters of Lytle Creek, south of the South 11th St. bridge in search for a body. Abilene State Hospital authorities feared that a patient, missing since noon Wednesday, may have drowned in the waters of Lytle Creek^or Lytle Lake. In the foreground Capt. A. A. Hughes of Abilene Fire Department and Gene McKay propel one of the small boats. In the background, Assistant Fire Chief Howard Hill pilots a motor boat. With him is D. A. Fudge. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson)
(reek Waters Searched for Missing Man
A two-day search for J. M. Nan* ney, 28-year-old Abilene State Hospital patient, was temporarily halted at 10:15 p.m. Thursday night.
Hospital officials said the search would be resumed Friday morning.
The patient has been missing since shortly after noon Wednesday.
It was feared late Wednesday night that the man may have drowned.
His clothing and personal effects were found about noon Thursday under the South 11th Street bridge on Lytle Creek. Youngsters playing in the area found tlv* clothing and notified Miller Machine Shop near the scene. The hospital was then notified.
Abilene firemen, policemen and other volunteers joined the search Thursday afternoon and night.
The creek was being dragged for the possibility that he may have drowned in its waters, or Lytle Lake, which is nearby W. W. Kent, hospital business manager, said the »*arch had been halted about 10 15 Thursday night, but would be resumed after daylight Friday.
Nannev, a patient at the hospital since Nov. 9 1948. is the son of Mrs. iAila Nanney of Bishop.
Big Spring Man, 49, Dies in Auto Crash; 3 More Hospitalized
MINERAL WELLS. Dec. 31 e Two persons were krled and tive injured when two cars collided 20 miles south of here on US. 281 today.
Dead were Grover CTcvc*and Camp. 49, Big Spring, and Paid Sanders, 58. Mustang, Okla.
Hospitalized here were Mrs, Grover Camp and her brother-in-law, T. R. Camp, also of Big Spring and Ida l>ou Camp, daughter of the Grover Camps, were hospitalized at Stephenville.
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KID '54 GETS SPEEDY START
Little Mr. 1954 came racing into Abilene at 35 seconds after the stroke of midnight Thursday.
Mrs. Howell M. Webb. 1350 Shelton, gave birth to a boy at St. Ann Hospital shortly after the New Year arrived.
The youngster apparently is the winner of the 1954 stork derby and will have a bevy of gifts showered upon him by Abilene businessmen.
The Howells have three other children. The father is a salesman for Peyton Meat Packing Co.
New Year Makes Quiel Arrival Here
New Year’s Eve of 1954 was a calm and quiet affair — except for the usual fireworks — in Abilene. and police officers, highway patrolmen and firemen were just as glad things were that way.
At 10 p.m. Thursday only minor traffic accidents with no injuries bad been reported to Abilene Police Department and the T#*\as Highway Patrol said no accidents had been reported in the Abilene area.
Abilene firemen were called to only two fires during the day and neither resulted in serious damage.
The New Year received a religious welcome in Abilene with most of the city’s churches holding watch parties which included programs of entertainment, refreshments and devotional services. I Among churches which held j New Year's Eve observances ¡ were Central Presbyterian. St. Paul Methodist. University Baptist, i First Baptist. First Methodist and the Salvation Army Citadel
The Episcopal Church of the Ilea- ; venly Rest had no New Year's Eve watch party but was to celebrate ; Holy Communion at 7:30 a m. New j Year's Day.
Weatherwise also the new* year moved in quietly. Continued fair and mild weather was forecast for Friday with a high temperature of 65 to be followed by a low reading of 35 Friday night.
Will Be Today
BLINDED AT PLAY—‘Tm sorry, Bruce,” nine-year-old David Bengert tells his playmate, Bruce Beran, 5, after an arrow from a Christmas archerv set blinded the boy in his right eye in St. Petersburg, Fla. The accident occurred during a game of cowboys and Indians. Police made no charges. (AP Wirephotoj
WATCH TAKE-HOME PAY
Reduction in Tax Bite Starts New Year's Day
By ROGER D. GREENE
WASHINGTON. Dec. 31 tf*—Tax cuts for 60 million Americans and 50.000 corporations take effect New Year’s Day.
But unless Congress intervenes, about 10 million tax payers in the lower income Brackets actually will experience a slight loss in lake-home pay because cif a simultaneous Jan. 1 boost in social security levies.
Effective tomorrow, here are the three big changes that will affect a vast majority of American workers and give a "new look'* to federal revenue structures:
1. Individual Income taxes will drop about 10 per cent for all except those in the highest brackets —cutting federal income by three billion dollars a year.
2. The excess profits tax on corporations will expire—costing the government about two billion dollars annually in revenue.
3. The social security payroll tax. levied on both employes and employers, will increase from 14 to 2 per cent—thereby swelling the special social security trust fund by almost 14 billion dollars annually. The tax is collected on the first $3.600 of a worker’s income.
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Shivers Lays '54
Hopes on Religion
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Bv ALLAN SHIVERS
Governor of Texas Written for The Associated Press
Like all Texans. I look forward to a greater Texas in the 365 tomorrows that will make up 1954.
I have the same optimism about the progress our entire nation will make in the coming year.
My deepest hope goes beyond our state and country, however. That hope is for a more stable and lasting peace throughout the world. No place on the globe can realize its best potentialities in times of international conflict.
We cannot expect peace to come to us if our thoughts are turned only toward enjo\ menl of its blessings. We must demonstrate our willingness to work and pray for a better life not only for ourselves but for ou" fellow men. Oar forefathers have set up worthy examples in both work and prayer.
If the people of Texas and Amer
ica and the world will turn their minds and hearts more and more in God's direction, the solutions to the grave problems that beset mankind will be much nearer. I see no hope for betterment in the relations of men and of nations without some kind oi re-emphasis upon religion.
Religion is the one sure antidote to selfishness and blindness at home. It is the cure for unnecessary violence everywhere. Sincere ! practice of religious principles j among the nations and peoples that still profess faith will counteract the destructive efforts of the godless disciples of communism.
The Communists rely upon spir-; itual indifferences as a strong ally I in the extension of their power and influence, j In all humility. I say. >t us j give practical expression to our faith in almighty God by our ae-■ Uons every day In 1954.
By JOHN RANDOLPH
PANMUNJOM. Friday. Jan. 1 OP—Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor, one of the 22 balky American prisoners who chose communism over repatriation. touay changed liis mind and asked to return home.
At 1 a. m. this morning Batchelor—whose mother on Christmas Eve said “only a miracle’’ could
Family Says It’s Really Good News
KERMIT. Dec. 31 OP—“Its the best news I have ever heard,” the jubilant father of an American POW who changed his mind about repatriation said tonight.
O. L. Batchelor, oil well driller, was reached by telephone at a bus station in Odessa. Tex., where he was waiting for his wife who had been visiting relatives.
“Now, I’ll have something good to tell my wife.” he said when read an Associated Press story that Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor, 22, had asked to be returned “I guess that's the biggest news we’ve had for a long, long time.’
“I’ve just got to cry a little bit,” the mother oi Cpl. Batchelor said.
Mrs. Batchedor talked to a reporter from a bus station at Odessa. She had just gotten off a bus from Ballinger where she was vis iting her mother, who is ill.
‘Feel Like Shouting’
**1 just feel 'like shouting here in this bus station.” she said. “I didn't know' a thing about what happened. It’s the answer to my prayers. I just thank God.”
There was a long pause and then Mrs. Batchelor said:
“My husband and I are just standing here bawling like kids.”
"Really.” she said, "I couldn’t give up no matter how dark things looked.’’
“I don’t know what caused him to change his mind—maybe it was something we wrote him or his wife wrote him.
•'We’ve been praying so hard for him.’*
The Batchelor* spent a sad Christmas in their little frame house here believing their son had chosen Communism instead of repatriation.
Shortly before Christmas Mrs. Batchelor said, "It looks like there is no hope” when she heard Claude was reported as rejecting a final
See FAMILY. Pg. 3-A. Col. S
| bring her boy home—told an Indian guard he wanted to return to the American side.
He will be handed over to the U. N. command later today. He will be validated by the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission at the North Camp one hour earlier.
Waiting in Tokyo for the 24-year old soldier from Kermit. Tex., is his Japanese wife. Kyoko Araki, i whom he married in a Shinto shrine almost five years ago. Kyoko I has written pleading letters to Batchelor asking him to come home. Her letters, and the soldier’s replies, were relayed by the Associated Press.
Batchelor, a former member of the U. S. 1st Cavalry, was captured in May. 1951.
He spent part of his imprisonment in the same camp with AP Photographer Frank “Pappy’* Noel, repatriated in Operation Big Switch last summer.
After his release. Noel said he did not believe Batchelor was staying behind willingly. He said Batchelor was not a Communist when he knew him in the Pyoktong camp and added they once plotted an ; escape together.
i Batchelor was taken im media te-i ly into custody by Indian troops i after he asked repatriation, j His action came shortly after I 135 Chinese prisoners asked repatriation to the Communist side during a headcount by the Indian command.
Batchelor is the second American to request repatriation after j first choosing to stay with the j Communists. Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson of Big Stone Gap, Va., requested repatritaion last Oct, 22.
With Batchelor’s return, there are now 21 Americans and one Briton still in the Red compound. All of them, including Batchelor,, refused to listen to Allied explan-tions during the explanations period that ended Dec. 23.
The other 17 Americans in Communist hands are Pfc. Clarence C. Adams, Memphis. Tenn.; Sgt. Howard G. Adams, Corsicana, Tex. Sgt. Albert C. Belhomme. Ashland, Pa.; Sgt. l.C. Richard G. Gordon, Providence, R.I.; Sgt. Rufus E. Douglas. Texon, Tex.; Pfc. John R. Runn, Baltimore. Md.: Cpl. Andrew Fortuna, Lincoln Park. Mich.; Pfc. Lewis W. Griggs. Neehes, Tex. Pvt. Samuel D. Hawkins. Oklahoma City, Okla.; Pfc. Arlie H. Pate. Carbondale, 111.
Cpl. Scott L. Rush. Marietta, Ohio; Pfc. Lowell O. Skimier, Cleveland. Ohio; Col. Harold H. Webb. St. Pierce. Fla.; Pfc. William C. White. Plumbersville, Ark.; Pfc. Aaron P. Wilson. Urania, La.; Pfc. Morris R. Willis, Ft. Ann, N.Y., and Pfc. James G. Veneris, Hawthorne. Calif.
GIs Have Happy New Year Under (old Skies in Korea
NO ONE KILLED IN CRASH—Forty-nine persons walked out of this RCAF North Star aircraft at the Vancouver, B. 0,, International airport when the big transport ground-looped and flipped over on landing. One wing mapped off. two holes were punched in the fuselage and gasoline spilled out for 100 yards but crash crews averted any tue. (AT Wirephoto)
By JOHN RANDOLPH
SEOUL, Friday Jan. 1 »' The old year died 1*1 Korea last night j under a cold, star lit sky and 1954 brought hope for the first year of real peace heie since 1950
For more than a quarter of a million Americana here in the Vrnn. Air Force. Navy and Marines, it was not one of the years big holidays but it was a happy one
There were a few celebrating Gb but tu»t mans As for the Koreans, all but a tiny handful were in bed aud asleep on this cold winter night,
Seoul citizens rem#mh*rtd. however, another New \ear * Eve just three >ears ago when the Chinese army hurled itself on the defender* of the capital On the uight oi Dee. 31, 1950.
the Chinese launched the second , stage of their great winter often- j sue. charging across the frozen lmjim River and striking across half of the Korean front.
Just four day* later, on Jan, 4, the Allies abandoned Seoul, blew the Han River bridge* and retreated 35 miles more.
Every road was a nver of refugees who suffered and died in the void In the worst human disaster in Korea's history.
This year, neither the lmjim nor the Han are frozen. It i* cold but not the cold of three year* ago.
Along the front it*elf, GIs and ROKs kept their lookout to the north. They were cold, they were miserable, they were lonely- but there was no war and there waa hope for the new year. 1
CRAMt m im:—i In* locomotive and a smashed coach oi an Auckland. N Z . bound express train lie on the north side of the Wangaehu river, 250 miles south of Auckland, wrecked after the bridge in foreground was washed out by a cloudburst. The train left the rails on the south side and hurtled across the river. Some 166 persons were killed lit the Christmas day wreck. (AP Wirephoto)