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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD VOL. LXXIII, No. 200 tlTiie Abilene _"WITHOUT    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"    —    Byron MDRNmn Astociated Pres» (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 2, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c DEMOLISHED—-Flames and oily smoke pour from warehouse of the John Stapf Construction Co. in Harrisburg, Pa., forcing 25 employes to seek safety. Fire demolished warehouse which held general contract equipment. AFRAID OF REPRISAL 'Inside Man' Admits It: 'I of Robbery, 19, Was a Chump' TIOUSTOX, Jan, 1 .f'—Donny Al- , .Mrs. Allen said she and the fathiT «iU attompl to raiie the Texas Gl Urges Probe Of Camp for Weapons Others May Want Return, He Says 7nfl Man lloar BAUGH SIGNED TO HEAD ^iiu I laii ncai HOUSTON insurance firm Death in Fatal Anson Wreck *in.«!ide man” in a $57,329 bank robbery, says he was “just a chump." The tall youth a’so fears reprisals for hi.s siRiiinR a confession last night. 10 hours after a man slipped quietly info the Houston National Bank and disappeared with the money without being ob.served. -•Mien at first said he had been robl>ed in the basement vault where he had worked the past 19 month.«. In the confession, he said he handed the money to an accomplice in a rest room at the bank and waited 15 minutes before sounding the alarm. TFm* confession led to charges being filed against Allen, three other men and an 18-year-old woman. One man. Johnny Gonzales Navarro. 24. surrendered last night. FBI and police are watching Mexican border points closely for the others. The police alert also spreads into New Mexico. Oklahoma. Arkansas. Louisiana and .Arizona. Bond Set at $50,000 Facing felony theft charges are Allen. Navarro, James T>avid Mitchell, alias Jimmv Richardson, 23. and Nick Mitchell. 42. Allen, Navarro and James Mitchell also were named ou federal robberv charges. The young woman and Nick Mitchell were named by the FBI in technKdi charges as material witnesses., .Mien and Navarro were arraigned today bt'fore U.S Commissioner Ralph Fowler, who set bonds at $50.(KI0 each. •Mien's confessiuon named James Mitchell as th»' man who apjveared at the bank yesterday morning. Allen told reporters he was a "chump” for letting two companions escape with the monev. leaving him in the hands of the law. ••Mayl>e they sn\ooth-talked me Into this but it was as much my fault as theirs. * he said "I went into this with my eyes wide oih'ii. He said he signed the confession after his conscience bt*gan to bother him.    , Uses Marihuana "I got to thinking of mom and ' dad and I spilled it all. " he said. The father. Norris Allen, is a resjiected emplo>e of an engineering firm. The mother, an employe at Houston's Federal Reserve Bank, blames l»oiinys troubles on his companions. Donny admitted to reporters he had smoked atnnit 50 marihuana cigarette.s in the past year, He had been arrestetl by jsolice but no charges were filed.    i attempt to raise bond for Donny and they w'ill stand by him. She said they had never met Donny's companions. ”We never heard of them before.” she said. "Donny had his own car and was out a lot at night. We thought he was on dates.” The .Allens moved here in 1942 from Paris, Tex., where Donny was born. Donny told reporters, “I know I'm marked as a stool picgcon. Maybe 111 get a stool pigeon’s medicine.” Allen's life is one heard many times by police and reporters. Donny had been an above-average student. “But I started running around with other guys that were out of school.” he explained. “Guys that had jobs, money and cars. I decided I d quit school and do the same *' He quit schoiil, took the job at the bank and bought himself a car. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Reviews and previews will be featured in the Sunday Reporter - News. The major pre\ iewi will be of the upcoming session of the U.S. Congress. The two Texas senators and four representatives who represent West Texas in Washington have filled out detailed questionaires submitted them by The Reportcr-News telling their stand on the dozen or so major issues of the new session. On the review side will be the announcement of the top stories of .-\bilene and West Texas during 1953 as chosen by editors of The Keporter-.News. The past year will be summarized in a day-by-day chronology illustrated by the top news pictures of the year. .Along with all these “extras*’ there will be the usual complete new.s pictures—sports, oil, women’s, church and specialty news and re^xirts of spot happenings by Associated Press and staff writers of The Reporter-News. Mankind Greets 1954 With Hopeful Hearts ANSON, Jan. 1 ~ One man remained in critical condition in Anson General Ho.spltal lv?re Friday night and funeral arrangements w'ere incomplete for another who die*d at 7:20 a.m. Friday from injuries received in a three-car sma.sh-up late Thursday night. Five other persons injured in the accidents were still hospitalized here and one had been sent to Carswell Air Force Base Hospital at Fort Worth. Still on the critical li.st here Friday night ncr L.imar Hailey Johnson, 43. of Arte.sia N. M. A hospital spok'?sman said the man's injuries had not been determined because his condition would not permit moving him for X-rays to be made. Relatives Awaited A brother of Johnson’s wife, Sam. uel G. Giles, 41. tool dresser from Artosia, died Friday morning. His body was taken to Lawrence Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday night, awaiting arrival of relatives from Artesia and from Mississippi. The Texas Department of Public Safetv said Git?«’ death was the first fatality of 1954 In the 13-county district of the Highway Patrol with headquarters in Abilene, Also patients in the hospital are Johnson’s wife. 38, and two of their three children, Shariene. 16 and Jerry, 7; Giles’ 3-year-old son. Mik*.‘, and Lee R. Plnkham. 25, of Ellsworth, stationed at Walker Air Force Base. Ro.swell. N.M. •\nolher Walker AFB airman. Thomas H. Bearden, 22, of Dallas, was taken to the Carswell Hospital Friday afternoon. OiBy one of the group seriously injured besides John.son is Pink-ham. who reorived a broken knee. Head-On Crash The accident occurred late Thursday night on U. S. Highway 180 east of .Anson. The smash-up started when a car driven by .Mton D. Cohen. 21. air-man stationed at Walker AFB. I crashed into the rear of another | car driven by Mrs. Roy M. White- j k'.ad of Hobbs. NM. Both of these cars were traveling east. Cohen’s car then careened off the Whitehead car and crashed head-on into the car driven by Giles, according to Highway Patrol, man J. Ross Kemp, who investigated. Wither .Mrs. Whitehead nor her husband, a 22-.\oar-<dd oilfield worker. was injured. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The world welcomed the arrival of 19.S4 on a note of joy and hope-tulne.ss missing in recent New Ye.ir celebrations. For .Americans, it marked the first Jan. 1 in three years that fellow fouritrymen were not being shot at on a field of battle. Police e.'^timated that one million revelers crowded into Times Square to shout a rousing welcome to the New Year—five times as inan.v a.s the previous year when the Kort'an War was still being fought. The "night iH'fore" happiness spilled over into the aftenioon as State’s Holiday Deaths Hit 170 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A splurge of violence in the fading hours Friday sent the Uh-day 'Texa.s holiday dealh toll edging up toward a predicted 190 At least 17 deaths on the last day of the long holiday penixi biought the total to 170, with several hours to go Seven of the New Year’s Day fatalities resulted fioin traffic accidents. Thl.s brought the traffic death total to 86, only four sh»»rt iW the 90 pi »‘dieted by the Depaid-ment of Publie .Saf«*ty The DPS count, tvegun at 12 01 a m 1>'0. 23. etmtimicd to mui-ntght Fritlay It was exjH'cte»! some fataJilies in less arcessil>le areas of the .state might not be rejHUied until Saturday, Highways wei-e choked with traf fie iKuind for fiHithall bowl ganu's and other hi4Ulav festivities Friday, and saMy officials again e\-pressetl hoi*e Iraveler.s w»mUI take It easy New Year’s holiday death.s re ported to 33ie Associated Press m-eluiled Mary I). Abhott, 38. Dallas, killeil when her car o\eiturned 1» ar Se.»go\Ule F^ida^ Kenn«*th Kay Stariie-», 26, iTute, Rraioria rounly, killed when his ear overturned near C'lute Friday. Diinaid 1-ewls Munn, 26, Hovd, •hot to death In Fort Woilh Fri day. No Inquest verdict had been rtiurned. John Henry Gleveland 26. .San Antonio. stabbM to death Friday. Mr.s, Mamie Brett. 35. Houston. killtHi in an auto collision on the fogdMiuiul Gulf Freeway in Gahes-t»»n Goun»y Friday Mrs. M.iiv Matilda Jones, 86. buriuni to death when her gown caught fire from a stove at her home near Luikin. Manuida Nega. 25. San .Antonio, shot to death in San Antonio Thursday night No Inquest \'-‘rdlet had Ihimi returned. Saimu‘1 Gil»*s. 41. Arfesla. N M.. kill«‘d Thursday night in a three »'ar wretk near Anson, Tex. Slam By Woman J W Burden. 45, Dallas, struek and kfil»‘d by a car Fnday Roy Hunter, 58, Dallas, shot to death Friday in the tavern he op, rates. A woman told |>olice .she fire»1 the .shot. I’harles I'homixson. 37. Dallas, shot lu death Friday. Ptdiee said a 2.V\t ar »)4d man surrendered. Judy Ann Hay 6, of Wells, {'hero keo Gouiitv was killed at \\»‘lls Frulay when she was hit by a lumlHT triu k, Gonu'iiiulo Gareia 26, Uosen-hurg, Ftu't H»‘iid County, was struck by a ear mvir Doveri, JJtwrty County, Friday, J W. llartK'f. .51, address un known. %. as klUed I liday b.v « freight train in Hudspepth County. hundreds of thou.sands turned out for traditional New Year’s Day bowl games. Churches, as well as nightspots and football stadiums, also were filled. Happiness in Kermit I.«eaders in capitals around flie j world-Moscow rncludiHl sounded! hop<‘s for peace. It was the happiest New Year j ever for Mr. and Mrs. O. !.. ' Batchelor of Kermit. Tex. They had just learned that their son. Claude, on»» of the 22 Americans who refustHl repatriation in Korea, had changtHi his mind and was back on the C..N side of the line. ■ But Happy K Newyear of Sleepy j Eye. Minn., took Jan. 1 in stride. He turned down of'ers to appear* on New York television shows and , went to church instead Kids in Kremlin    | Across the I nited States, there was a iHHiming business at bars, restaurants, theaters and night-club.x. Swank Nev. York s[H)ts th.it charged $25 a person in addition to drinks and tips found no lack »»f customei's. In Moscow, champagne Were triple those of a year ago. 'Fhe Kremlin even o^>ened its grim gates to children’.s parties. And Soviet Premier Georgl Malenkov found New Year’s a suitable tvcasion to tell IN.S CorrestHvndeiit Kingsbury Smith that he Udieves there are favorable opiwrtuidtie.s for reducing international tension in 1954 Worry in Franca British Prime Munster Sir Winston Chuiehill said ui a New Year’s me.N>age that the possibility of internatwnal con'.lict had been lYdueod. iHitgoiug President \ incent Au-riol of Fiance, a nation still tn'set by war with the I’tvmnuinists in Indochina, said jn'ace w»mld not come fixnn "talk alone *’ Except tH^.sibly in Indochina, servicemen amund the world had time off for fun and eiiteriatnment lauidon’s Plcadilly Circus had a thixmg of revelers Hofel.s and nightspots in Kim»pe as w»'ll as the Cnlte»! Stall's vei¥irted sell-out business despite ht.'h prices Fix>m at»»p 14,tW md I'ike s Peak in Colorailo a h.all of fire works welcomt'd in the New Year From S.m Francisco s Market | stnN't to Aliami'a Blsca\ue btwile-1 vard Americans wI»h»p«hI It up In I’hllailf’.phl ». the gaily costumed Miunmcr» paraded tn their j New Year’s Day traUitiou.    | NEWS INDEX SECTION A Woman's N«wi _____ 4 Sports SECTION B .... 6-7 Editorial* ■ « . . . . ..... 2 Comics ..... 4 Form ..... 7 Radio-TV . . . 4 • . . 4 • . ...... 8 Weak Cold Front Moving This Way A weak cold front is due to move into Texas from the west about midnight Saturvlay and pass through Abilene sometime Sunday. The C. S Weather Bui-eau said Friday night the cold front wa.s moving this way on a line through Sa't l»ake City. I t.ah. west through Reno. Nev . and down through San Francisco. Calif. The front Frid.iy night was still ^ too far away to predict what tem-sales I perature changes it will bring here but no moisture Is expectinl. a weather n»an said. l air weather with no imiHvrtant temiH'rature changi's wa.s forecast for Saturday and Saturday night, lavw tem}>eratiire early Saturday morning was expected to be 40 and the high Saturday <*fternoon 65 I-ow Satuixlay night will be about 40. CORSICANA </P)—An investment company head s.aid today Sam Baugh, former TCU and pro football star, will head a new insurance company now being formed in Houston Copies of a contract between Baugh and the Southwestern Fidelity Investment Co., dated Dec. 9, were released here. The investment firm proposes to invest part of its capital in the stock of a life insurance company to be known as Southwestern Fidelity Life Insurance Co., with Baugh as president. The life insurance firm is to begin operating some time in February. The contract is signed by Baugh, Linus Hardin, president of the investment company, and Avery Hall, vice president. Hardin, visiting here today, said the insurance company will deal in life insurance only. Baugh, who played 16 years for the Washington Redskins, signed a contract last year as an associate coach of the Hardin-Simmons University team. He has a ranch near Rotan. MONTH AFTER ’LAST LETTER’ Prayers for Claude Answered, Ballinger Grandmother Says She had written her 22-year old grandson in a Communist prison camp in Korea three wwks before Christmas, but gave no indication :ihe thought he might stay. "I vvroite like I thought he would be home soon, about the family and such, and told him I would be real glad to see him.” she said. (She has not seen Claude for five yearsL Wife Given Credit Mrs. Batchelor w’asn’t too sure why her grandson changed his mind about repatriation — “Urdess some of our letters got through. His wife probably had a lot to do with u, too.” she added. Bafflenie^nt had pretty well summed up the emotions of all Claude's kinsmen, according to the grandmother. "We just couldn’t understand. He was happy at home, played in the t Kermiti high school band and had lots ot friends.” "I hope my letter had something to do with it,” Mrs. Batchelor con-cludr.'d. “I would like to see him. It’s been a long time.” The repatriated .Army corporal’s other grandmother. Mrs. Vertie ■ Lew is, also lives in Ballinger, as does an uncle, H. T. Batchelor. Reds Tell Own Story Of Texan's Release ! TOKYO. Saturday. Jan. 1 Peiping Red radio today repvirted i its version of the release of Cpl. i Clauck» J. Batchelor, of Kermit. Tex , from the pro-Red compound I near Panmunjom, saying it ’’was I in sharp contrast to the terron.Ntic conditions in the south lanti-Red' camp.” The Peiping broadcast, heard here, said Batchelor was taken immediately upon release into a tent, ostensibly for a medical checkup, and apt»eared to have bexm coached by American officers for the interview which followed. ‘ .American pressmen put leading questions to the prisoner of war after he enw'rgetl from the tent.” Peiping said, "to support American propaganda distortions of conditions in the north camp.” Peiping said the Reds had tried previously to persuade Batchelor to go home but ”he insisted on staying back up to the moment he was handed ovvr. . BALLINGER. Jan. 1. — A 74-year - old grandmother’s prayers were answered here Thursday night, a month after she had written what sby feared might be a "last letter” to a grandson. About 9 p.m. New Year’s eve. Mrs. J. G. Batchelor received news that Cpi. Claude J. Batchelor, her grandson of Kermit. had renounced communism and was returning home. The d. ws was relayed by a daughter-in-law. Mrs. Alice Batchelor, who in turn had heard it over an .Abilene radio station. "1 felt all along he would come home if he could.” Mrs. Batchelor told a reporter over the tel*?phone late Friday, "I didn’t know whether he would make it or not. but I never gave up hope.” Allies Agree To Big 4 Date NVASHINGTON. Jan. 1    .V—The Western powers today accepted Russia s date of Jan. 25 for opening the Big Four foreign ministers conieivnce at Berlin and at the same time sought to avert any new delay which might anse from argument over an agenda. Similar notes were delivered by .Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen and British and French envoys to the Soviet foreign office early this afternoon. Moscow time. The American note expressed regret that the Soviet government had not accepted the opening date of Jan. 4 which the United States, Britain and France had proposed. But it went on to say that the I nited States agix'es to the date of Jan. 25 suggested in the Russian note of Dt'c. 26. The United States also made two other pnncipal t'oints in the message to Moscow -as did the British and French governments m their notes; 1. It was agreed as suggested by Ru.NSia that Üie site of the B*'rliii conference and other arrangement.'» should be di'iciissed b> representatives tvf the high commissioners of the four government.'' in Germany. But the I'nitcd Statt's reiterated its stand that the building formerly used by the .Allied Control .Authority, previously sug-gesti'd for this coiUerence by the Western powers, is a suitable one for the parley. 2. The I nited States has already stated what questions should In? , considered at the Big Four sessions and diH's not Ivclirve Ihis question of an agenda should be further discussed now since the foreign ministers will soon take it up at their eonfei'eace. SEOUL. Saturday. Jan. 2 (iP— Cpl. Claude J. Batcheloi-, a lanky Texan who yesterday ended four months of voluntary exHe in a pro-Red prisoner of war compound, told a news conference today the camp where 21 other Americans are still held should be searched for weapons and conditions there should be investigated. He said it "w’as possible” that several of the men he left behind might follow his lead and ask for repatriation. .And he hinted strongly that some are being coerced into staying with the Reds. Batchelor, 22. from Kermit. Tex., aUso told reporters he was the leader of the balky 22 .Americans in the “north camp.” But later remarks indicated there were several factions in the camp and his leadership may have been shared. To Meet Wife Again The repatriate will be flown to Tokyo at 10 a.m. tomorrow' <8 p.m. Saturday, EST', the Army said. He will probably be processed at the Tokyo Army Hospital, In Tokyo he will be reunited with his Japanese w'lfe, whose pleading letters, Batchelor admitted, played a big part in his decision to reject the Communist creed he had once embraced. When he met newsmen today Batchelor had changed from the blue Chinese unitorm he wore at the exchange point yesterday to a U. S. Army uniform. In answer to a question he declared he would recommend that the NNRC shakedown the pro-Communist compound. Wasn’t Squealer Later, under questioning. Batchelor said there were other leaders in the camp—indicating there were factions. In the Communist prison camps In the north, Batchelor »aid. he was known as "a progressive that didn’t .squeal,” By this he meant he had a reputation for believing Communist ideas but for not "telling” on his buddies. He said he was guilty of no wrongdoing against his fellows during his more than three year« as a captive. He was a member of the 1st Cavaliy Division and was captured Nov. 5, 1950. •Asked whether he thought three other Texans in the compound might also ask repatriation, he said: Escape ‘Dangerous’ "Im hopm’ they will. After I came back it’s pos^sible they nught.” Yesterday, speaking of the possibility of escape from the north camp. Batchelor said it wa.s "dangerous” because some of the .Americans had daggers. At the news conference today, he said some of the South Koreans in the camp also have weapons. Batchelor said he told Lt. Gen. K S. Thimayya. Indian chairman of th»r NNRC. that he had been ’ number one man” among the 22 -Americans who declined repatriation. Batchelor said the Chinese Communists had offered him. to decline repatriation Anything He Wanted "Travel and practically anything I vvantiid. They said I could go to Europe to help in the peace movement. They said 1 could go to South America and .Asia. They said viet Union w'as peaceful. At the time. I believed those things. Some of the things they told me I didn’t believe.” "I did not ever believe the busi-nes.s about germ warfare. "I am not afraid of incriminating myself. I have just decided to tell the truth about everything.” His decision to return. Batchelor said, was "a slow and growing thing.” He told newsmen he made up hi.s mind to return between Dec. 14 and 16 and the letters from his wife “had a lot t»< do with it.” Asked why he had written his wife that he agreed with Communist views, the repatriate replied: "The letter had to be read by everyone there in the compound before it went out, so I just threw in the stuff about communism to make it look right. In my letter, though, I kept trying to impress my wife that I wouid be back.” HELD IN FEAR Dreanu of Wife Led io Gl's Return SEOUL. Saturday. Jan. 2 jF'— lanky Texan looked forward eagerly today to t^turning to the arms of his Japanese bride after 31 months as a prisoner of the Communists—the last three in a pro-Red camp he said is cowed by dagger-armed leaders. Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor. 22, of Kernvlt. Tex., slipped out of the camp near Panmunjom in the darkness of the first hour of the New Year and said he would have come back a month sooner had he not feared harm. He thought "quite possible” others of the 21 .Americans there would follow him. Immediately* his description of conditions in the camp was challenged by Indian custodial forces. An Indian officer said his command planned no investigation of i Batchelor’s charge that some of the Americans carried daggers. Wife’s Letter Helped "If the United Nations command makes a complaint, such things are up to the Neutral Nations Repatriation Com.mission,” the officer said. Batchelor, who quickly held an emotional, tear-choked telephone conversation with his bride, Kyoko .Araki, in Tokyo, said her pleading, kiss-imprinted letters played a part in his decisum but that fear of bcKfily harm held him back. "Of course, that i.s what he says but that does not agree with the facts." an Indian officer quickly retorted ycsterd..y. "He could have notified guards of his intentions in many way» and at many times. He obviously did not wish to do so until last Thursday night." A Way Out The officer said he talked with Batchelor several days ago after the bloind. mustached soldier ap-IH'ared emotionally upset over a letter from the petite Kyuko filled I ¡ with homely re|>orts of a favored could have any kind of education ! dog dead. .» fa\ored cat having 1 wanted, anywhere I wanted it." : kittens and of her own longing for He aiUltHi:    •    him. ’ I didti t want to be a Commu-1 The officer said he told Batch«'-ni.st. 1 just w anted u» l>e a jv »ee- j lor then that if he w anted to leave fighter. I just wanted to help the Communists adv ance some of their ideas such as that .America wus an aggix'ssive nation and the So- the Communists nut feared for his satety he could hide a message NONE AT CHRISTMAS Dragging of Lytle (reek Continued ~ For Missing Man Happiness Comes Year to Batchelor See DREAMS. Pg. 2-A. Col. 4. With New Family in uiPvr.TMixr or »'»»vixir wrxTura «i«rvi    Di.xgg’ovg    of l.vUe Creek ABllKsr AND VIOINITY Fair »>.ih „^.,,.,.1, nf J M \annt v ’»S-vear- tu.    t.*mi>»>rA»urP    fh.n«r.    S.t-    « «t J- M -Naniuy, urday ntaio    satuT..*y    v*ld patient missuig fDiim Vbueiie morntn« «0 din»»»* H'.th s*turdav    '    .State Hospital .suice injoii Wednes day. continued throughout Friday. ntX'ii ivv U*« S«.ara«> ni*ht »Ihu» *0 Noun» crsvH.Ai wr.sr irxvs l’*rtlv cl.'adv RatvirdAv inul Sund«y No tnipottant tf nn**r«»ur*-    >h«n(r* TV MrHR vn KI.S Iri % M 43 41 40    ... •<t»    .... 3«    ... 17    ... '* . .... '« ..... 4S 4r» SJ M Ut»h *nd lo «ovdirg mi • .»O \\ t ri P M l 30 1 »    ...... *4 .1 h» .    .    .    »«* 4M    «.V > iO    ..    M S .10    M ? .*»*    S5 M ta    »4 ,.0    S3 10 U !0 11 30 itfutiwralur*» tor »4 hour* «a »nd IT HtgU *nd io« (>nui«rklurr* »Am* datt '.«*» ir*i al «lid 3T tfA.lins «t t .va p rn 30 1 huiivldU> at i 30 p. m. *0% W W. KtMit. hospital bu.siness manager, saul inenilvers of Nan-ney s family arrived in Abilene Thursday night after having U'en notifliHl that the man was mi'sin.o. Kent said no clue a.s to the patient-« whereab»»uts ha». lH*en dis-covemi Dragging of the waters ot Uvtie Cix'ek ami lytle Lake wa> siart-tHi I'hursday after childivn play ing near the ,'i»nith 11th St. bride on UvtJe I'lX'ek found his clothing and jH'i'sonal effects under the bridge Nanney, admitted to the st.^te hos^utal Nov 9. 1948. is the sou of Mr». Lui« Nauuey of Bishop. ' By JOHN DANILSON Report«r-N«w» Staff Wntar KFRMIT. Jan. 1 Christmas nusstnl a small, empty white house heix'. but »'U New Year’s Day happiness t1\»tn the home radiated around Uie world ' We aiT Christians and we believe m prayer. ” .Mrs O. 1. Batchelor, mother of Cpl. Claude J. Batchelor. 22. said • We have alwa.vs pravtxl for him since he left." Mrs. Batchelor w*» exhausted after many slt*epU'ss hours and constantly seeing vi.sitors a:ui answering telephone calls I'he fUnHt of inquiries In'gan after the world heaixl on New \ ear's F.ve that her oiliest son had agrei'vi to repatriation in Koix'a Gtniai Host Altluuigh worn out physuaJiy and mentally, she wa.s a genial h»»st. W hile she told of the anxiety co»v-nected with worrying for months whether she would ever s«^e her sou agaui. her other »out played ( with toy guns in the same play-i hou.se where I’laude frolicked a decade ago. Her husband, after a sleepless , New Year’s Eve. rested duimg the afternoon preparatory tor woik-ing the uight shift in an oil field wheiT he is a duller A man who ulentitied himself a« I t Col Tom Hixip» r ot Rnmswuk, j Ga . told Mrs. Batchelor by t» lt‘-^ phone on New Year s Dav that he had been a IH.)W m Korea in a camp with Claude "He said he never knew a finer young man than Claiule ’ Mrs Batchelor said He just wanted to say how happy he wa- that Claude eouUi eume horn»* iVeasionally Mrs Batifielor paused to ask lu i sons, Davul. 13. Kenneth. U, and Tei rv. 7 to quiet down MS running battles with toy guns expanded from the yard into the living room where a Christina» tree — a few days ago a symbol , of sadness .stnovl in a eurner j "We had piauued to spenJ ClirisP * mas at home, but after Claude did-n t come home tt seenu'd so dismal hei-e that we went to grandma’a," Mrs Batehelor said. Nawiman Tall Fathar The family s|H*nt Christmas Eve at Ballinger at the home of Claude’s paternal graiidmothei Mrs. J G. Kalchelor. I'he fatlu i returned to Kermit the following day with the couples 16-vear-ohl daughter, Dorothy, and David and Kenneth. After Chri.xlma» th»* mother remained until I’huradav with her younge.st son Mike. S. and Terry at the home of I lau»le » ma terual grandmutiu'r, .Mrs. Verlie l.ewis of Ballinger The couple leattied about their .son's repatriation Thuiailay night from newsmen viui'liig a trie-plume call received in an Oda».*« bus station where tha father had gone to meet Mra. Batchelor The father heard the newa flr»t, Ihmi, without revealing it. he hamled the fat FAMILY, P9, a.A. Col. I ;