Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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MORNINGVOL. LXIII, NO. 382 AuocUarA Prea (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 6, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10e
Reunion Crowd ¡fpa!î Ci,i®s„
Flooding; 79 Known Dead
BY DUANE HOWELL Reporter-News Staff Writer
STAMFORD. July 5-A new all-time attendance record was believed to have been set at the 24th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion here Monday night as more than 5.000 persons flocked to the final rodeo performance.
Despite being the smallest crowd to witness a night performance this year, the Monday night spectators pushed the total rodeo atten-
Woman Dies In Snyder Jail Alter Arrest
SNYDER. July 5 (RNS'—District lind county ofncials are investigating the death of a woman prisoner Sunday in her cell ct the Scurry Jail.
Mabel Powell, 36-> car-old Negro.
T as arrested about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at her home in Snyder, Also arrested was her common-law husband. George 'Chongo' Morris. Jr., also 36. according to Sheriff Homer Whisnand. Deputy Sheriff Buddy JNorris made the arrest Officers said both had been drinking. The woman was put in a cell bed. A trusty, Anderson Davis, was to watch over her to see if she was improving or not, ] Sheriff Whisnand said About 30 minutes after she was jaded. Whisnand said, he was called to the cell to find her lying | on the floor She was pronounced dead by a doctor and Justice of the Peace W. C. Davidson order- : eti an autopsy. It was performed early Sunday night by Dr. John Broaddus. Whisnand said.
No verdict as to the cause of death has been given by the jus- j Uce. Officers said the only sign of physical injury was a slight cut at the corner of her mouth Deputy Sheriff Buddy Norris left Snyder lor Austin Monday with specimens for the Department of Public Safety laboratory to analyze. No report had been received from Austin late Monday night.
District Attorney Renal Rosson has questioned both Moms ami her former husband, Ennis Powell He said his investigation is not completed. Morris is being held on the disturbance charge on which the couple were arrested after complaints by neighbors,
Spann Fund j Now $8,965
Contributions to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund Monday totaled $8.965.92,
Ticket sales for the beneht midnight movie Friday at the Paramount Theater continued. More than $1,000 in tickets have been sold, Wally Akin, theater manager, said. Tickets may be purchased from any Abilene policeman, women tnefer checkers, or at the box office of any Interstate Theater here.
Contributions to the fund are accepted at the Abilene Reporter-News office Check's should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund.
Contributions previously acknowledged $8,934.82
Contributions Monday were Abilene Temple 64,
Pythian Sisters 5 oo
Mrs. Jerry Rosser 5 00
E. F. Creech, Laredo, former Abilene police ygt. 10.00
dance during the five performances to almost 30,000 persons. No accurate attendance records are kept.
Attendance this year was exceptional from rural areas throughout the entire Central West Texas territory, the fringes of the South Plains, the Panhandle and New Mexico.
Farmers Caught l'p A large number of farm families who were “caught up on their work“ and had just finished harvesting their wheat crop turned out in record breaking numbers.
With prevailing fair weather a huge throng of city-dwellers also turned out for the event. Officials believe the crowd for the four-day event was possibly the best we have ever had here.“ said A. M. G. (Swede' Swenson, rodeo chairman and vice chairman of the Texas Cowboy Reunion. Inc.
Indicative of the magnitude of the crowds was the fact that all available parking space was packed to near-capacity before each night's performance. Despite the tremendous crowd however, no mishaps were reported.
New Record Set In addition to the record breaking crowds at least one other all-time record was erased Monday night. Sherry Price, representing the Price Ranch of Addington, Okla.. smashed her own all-time record of 19 seconds flat in the girls’ barrel race which she set Saturday night. Her time Monday night was 18.7 seconds.
Melinda Lou Bartlett, representing the Anson Chamber of Commerce. also bettered the previous record w ith 18 9 seconds.
Don Workman of Olton and Harold Thomas of Javton turned*in two of the night’s outstanding rides in the saddle bronc contest. For the first time during the four-day event, all the saddle bronc riders stayed atop their mounts.
Two top performers in the bare-back contest wsre Jimmy Pippin of Vernon and Jimmy Johnson of Snyder Jack Newton of Abilene won the special handmade saddle in the calf roping contest, posting a time of 14.4 seconds to go with his previous total of 27.2 seconds on two calves, hut he took a back seat to Booger Red Nixon of Breck-enridge as Nixon roped his calf in 12.4 seconds.
Nixon Wins GI Nixon also paced Monday GI ropers with a time of 14 4 seconds and Rufus Hart of Snyder was second w ith 14 8 seconds.
Less than 2.000 tans braved the searing sun Monday afternoon to witness the only matinee j>erfor-mance of the four-day show.
Day money winners in the second go-round of the show were determined in ail of the events at the matinee show.
In the cowgirl sponsors’ barrel race, all girl riders who posted marks under 21 seconds in the four preliminary rides qualified for the final race While the new all-time record of 19 seconds flat for the barrel race, erected Friday night by Sherry Price, riding under the colors of Priot Ranch, Addington. Okla.. will be recognized as the new time, unless broken Monday night It did not win the event for Miss Price, The fast time will not be figured in Sherry s performance Monday night.
Miss Price is a sister of Mrs, Florence Youree, also of Addington and also sponsored by Price Ranch, who had heid the all time record of 19 i*5th seconds until Friday night.
14 Girl Sponsors Girl sponsors who qualified for the final ride Monday night, along with their qualifying times, were: Melinda Lou Bartlett. Anson. 19 2-5ths; Gloria Stuart, Roby Lions Club, 20 4 5th; Pat McDan-
TOKYO. Tuesday. June 6 Ul— Floods spread to Hiroshima and other cities of western Japan yesterday and police reports of 32 more deaths raised to 79 the dead in the disastrous “plum rains.”
Soldiers of Japan's new army were sent to help with relief in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where the 32 deaths were reported in the floods and resulting landslides. The prefecture is just to the west of Hiroshima, site of the first atomic bombing, which also wras flooded.
Nationalist police said at least 26 other persons were injured and 1 was missing. Kyodo News Service listed 6 missing and 39 injured. These figures were added to casualty figures of the previous two weeks of floods.
Press reports said all nine members of one family were crushed to death in a landslide which engulfed their home in the village of Wada. Yamaguchi Prefecture. Eight others were buried alive in the *ame area. Hope was abandoned for seven miners trapped in a flooded coal pit.
The army took water supplies to a Yamaguchi village which had been without drinking water for 24 hours.
Police said nearly 29.000 homes were flooded in western Japan and 263 had been destroyed. Thousands of acres of farm land were under water and hundreds of roads and rail lines were washed out.
The “plum rains” usually are welcomed because they bring out the plum blossoms. The rains this year have been unusually severe. The Weather Bureau said, however. it believed the worst has past for western Japan. „
10,000 Visit Slate Park
BUFFALO GAP. July 5 <RNS>-Abilene State Park split its seams during the July 4th weekend, i Ten thousand persons visited the park Saturday. Sunday and Monday. This total topped all records I for any week end at the state j park.
“Seemed like every green «hade | tree had a family under it,“ exclaimed Jack Atkinson, the park i superintendent.
j Families began clustering for reunions on Friday, and kept pouring in Saturday and Sunday.
Eight new tables had been add-ed to the park before the holiday, but even so, every’ picnic unit was i filled.
Many visitors were turned away because there was no room for them, Atkinson said.
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CIA Scrutiny Set By Hoover Group
WASHINGTON 14* — The super-secret Central Intelligence Agency. America's eyes and ears for for-eim operations, is in line for scrutiny by the Hoover reorganization commission.
Former President Hoover, head of the commission on organization of the executive branch of the government. announced Monday retired Gen. Mark Clark would head a coirtmission “task force'’ to study piA s structure and administration. No details of the study were given.
Clark, now president of the Citadel. a military college, said in Charleston, S.C., he knew of “no connection” between the new project and last month s announcement by Sen. McCarthy iR-Wis* that his Senate Investigations subcommittee was conducting a preliminary investigation of ' what looks like a very, very dangerous situation in the CIA.”
McCarthy has several times charged that CommumU infiltrated the hush-hush intelligence organization and he has tangled with Allen Dulles. CIA head and brother of the secretary of state.
Clark »aid Hoover's job was to study ways to improve executive agencies and presumably the CIA • just happened to be next on the list.”
Dulles announced he “welcomes ’ the Hoover project.
lake its predecessor which Hoover headed in 1947-50, the present Hoover commission is charged with recommending organizational changes in government agencies to improve their efficiency, economy and service. It was not set up to investigate wrongdoing, as was the McCarthy group.
Snyder Picks Nancy Jordan Beauty Queen
SNYDER. July 5 <RNS>—Blonde, blue-eyed Nancy Jordan. 17. walked off with first place in the Kiwi anis Club Beauty Contest here Monday night.
She was picked from 17 candidates. Miss Jordan placed second in last year's competition.
The four other top beauties are Barbara Hodnett, 17. second: Colleen Soles, 20, last year's winner, third: Mrs. Maurene Burney. 20, fourth; and Betty Jo Whitehead, 19. fifth. ,
About 2,500 persons witnessed the contest. Beauties were judged on five points: poise, smile, walk, appearance and charm.
The Snyder High School Stage Band played Dixieland music before the contest and performed as the girls walked before the three judges, all from Colorado City.
Kiwanians sponsored a diving contest before the beauty event at Towie Memorial Swimming Pool.
George Chambee won first in the open class, which included eight varieties of diving. Second place went to Ken Williams and third to Johnny Mayo.
Mayo copped first ;n the com-pulsary three-dive competition which included the jack-knife, one-. and-a half gainer, and a full gain-, er.
Second in that contest was George Chamblee and Tommy Mc-Clatchey was third.
Carol Deen, Rising Star, Wins at Cisco
CISCO. July 5 RNS' — Carol Deen of Rising Star is the new Miss Eastland County.
She won over five other contestants in the county competition, held Monday night in the Lake Cisco swimming pool.
Second place went to Dorothy j Beck of Ranger and Dixie Day j of Eastland was third.
Neota Moad of Cisco and Janie i Thompson of Gorman were the other two entries.
Miss Moad was chosen as Miss Cisco Saturday night. Bobbie Lee , Sublett was second in that contest, and Faye Redwine third. Eighteen girls competed for the “Miss Cisco" title
The winner of the Eastland 1 County review adds another award to her list. Miss Deen won the Brownwood Regetta recently.
Before the contest, a water variety show was staged featuring precision swimming A fire works display was set off after the beatuy review.
Americans Ousted As Reds Retaliate
CHARGED—Airman 3-c Jimmy N. Shaver, 31, above, has been charged with murder in the rape-slaying of Chere Jo Horton, 3, in San Antonio. The tot had been abducted from her parents* car. which was parked in front of a cafe near Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio.
WASHINGTON, July 5 — The
United States disclosed today it has expelled three Russian officials from this country for “espionage and improper activities.”
Two of the three were ejected months ago. but the State Department had kept all three cases secret in what was explained as an attempt-to keep the Russians from retaliating The attempt failed, and the Russians are now ousting two American attaches from Moscow.
Russia accused the two Americans, Lt. Col. Howard L. Felchlin j and Maj. Walter McKinney, of making use of their stay in the Soviet Union “to carry out espionage work.”
The Russians who were expelled were:
Cmdr. Igor A. Amosov’, assistant naval attache at the Soviet Embassy here. He was declared per-
National Fourth of July Death Count Reaches 501
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The homeward trek of the long !
Fourth of July weekend holiday | was underway late Monday and w ith it came a mounting death toll * on the nation's highways.
Violent deaths claimed at least I 501 lives as the 78-hour Independ- j ence Day holiday neared its conclusion. An Associated Press sur-j vev showed that with less than five hours of the holiday remaining, there were at least 290 killed in traffic mishaps, 149 drownings and 62 killed in a variety of accidents.
Despite mounting highway toll,1 it appeared traffic deaths might be j lower than forecasted.
Following arc state by state totals:
Alabama 16 6 1, Arizona 5 0 0,] Arkansas 5 7 0. California 26 13 1, j Colorado 2 0 2. Connecticut 3 0 0,, Delaware 0 10, Florida 11 4 1, Georgia 12 4 0, Idaho 10 0, Illinois 8 5 4. Indiana 12 5 3. Iowa 5 2 1. Kansas 4 1 0. Kentucky 5 4 1. Louisiana 0 9 2, Maine 13 2, Maryland 5 12.
Massachusetts 3 2 6. Michigan 29 7 5. Minnesota 2 2 0. Mississippi ; 4 4 2. Missouri 5 7 3. Montana j
4 4 0, Nebraska 5 11. New Hampshire 2 3 1, New Jersey 10 2 L New Mexico 12 1, New York 5 9 3. North Carolina 14 7 0, North Dakota 0 0 1, Ohio 17 l 4. Oklahoma,
5 2 0, Oregon, 1 0 0, Pennsylvania
10 2 2, Rhode Island 10 0, South Carolina 4 8 2. South Dakota 2 0 0, Tennessee 5 13, Texas 22 9 4, Vermont, 10 0, Virginia 6 3 2. Washington 2 3 1. West Virginia 4 2 1, Wisconsin 7 2 1, Wyoming 1 1 0.
At Least 44 Die in 51ate
Waited too Long
NEWARK, N J , July 5 .K-An-drew Pawlyna. 40. owner of Andy's Luncheonette, told police today he was /lashed across the left cheek by an irate customer who complained, the hamburger is taking too long to cook ”
Texan Was Once Member Of Nazi Submarine Crew
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas' violent death toll in the long Fourth of July holiday approached the half hundred mark late Monday.
At least 44 had died. Traffic accidents claimed 22. Ten persons drowned, seven were shot to death ; and miscellaneous violent deaths I killed five others.
Traffic deaths were just nine! short of the predicted total made last week by the State Department of Public Safety. N. K. Woeme chief of the statistical division of the department, had predicted 31 persons would die on Texas highways between 12:01 a m. Saturday J and 11:58 p.m. Monday.
Latest deaths reported included: j
Augrelio Guerra Rocha, 24. a Gregory mechanic, killed early j Monday in a car-truck crash on i the Nueces Bay Causeway .
Leslie Hubbard. 36, of Dallasj killed late Sunday when his car overturned on a curve five miles west of Bandera.
A G. Weston. 68. Mullin rancher, died in a Brownwood hospital Monday of injuries suffered Sunday when his car w as struck by a San- j ta Fe freight train at a crossing ; in Mullin.
sonally unacceptable to the United States on Feb. 3 and left on Feb. 8.
Alexander P, Kovylov, second secretary with the Soviet delegation to the United Nations. He Was told to leave Feb. 3 and left Feb. 10.
Lt. Col. Leonid E. Pivney, assistant air attache at the embassy. He left on June 6 after having been told on May 29 he would have to go.
Col. Felchlin was the assistant U. S. military attache in Moscow and Maj. McKinney was assistant air attache.
“No foundation whatsoever” exists for the Russian charges against them, the State Department said, adding:
“It is obvious that the Soviet authorities have taken this action in retaliation lor the expuision in recent months of three Soviet officials for espionage and improper activities in this country.”
Officials said the ejection of McKinney and Felchlin was the first such action since the Kremlin barred Ambassador George Ken-nan in October. 1952, in protest over critical remarks he iupde about life in Moscow. He was in Germany at the time.
McKinney, who arrived in Moscow in December, 1952, is now on vacation outside the Soviet Union with his family and the State Department announced that he will aot return there.
Leaves in July Felchlin went to Moscow in May, 1953. and he will leave with his family in Ambassador Charles Bolden's airplane in July.
State Department Press, Officer Henry Suydam declined to give any detail whatsoever on the “espionage and improper activities” charged against the three Russian officials.
“We got the goods on them and out they went," was all he would say.
The Russian action against the two American officers was taken in a note on July 3 which the State Department released. It said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has jhe honor to state the following to the embassy of the United States of America.
Espionage Charged “Competent Soviet authorities have established that the assistant military attache of the I nited States.* Lt Col. H. Felchlin. and the assistant air attache of the I nited States. Maj. W. McKinney, have made use of their stay in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to carry out espionage work and have, in this manner, engaged in activity incompatible with their diplomatic status.
"In connection with this Lt Col. H. Felchlin and Maj. W. McKinley are declared to be persona non grata and the ministry expects that the embassy will take measures
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Governor Candidates Speak For Votes at Belton Festival
BELTON. Tex.. July 8 e—In an old fashioned political rally such $1 Grandpa used to know, all four Democratic candidate« for governor lit into each other today in succession from the same bandstand. It's the first t-me this year they’ve all Iveen at the same place Gov. Shivers char*etl again that Ralph Yarborough was controlled hv the Political U'tion Committee of the CIO and the National Assn. tor the Advancement of Colored People
Before Shiv ers spoke Varborough already had told the crowd ti wasn't true and charged Shivers’ administration w.t» a do-nothing one.
J 1 Holmes, Austin contractor, •poke first He promised a $62 50 monthly pension for old people Colorful old Cyclone Pav is. 73, formally Arlan Davis, his long
. white beard covering a red tn\ gn! up and said he wanted God to loess everybodv there but before they all ■ got up to the Pearly Gates he wanted them to help lutn help ] Texas help the old folks
\ crowd estimated at 3.000 i spread its pallets, slo«xt and sat under the shade of the pecan and cottonwood trees in Belton s Nettie Polk City Park and listened—quietly for the most part The flags and the hunting hung limp in the heat I and a breeze came only occasion-alls un the Nolan River where the motor boats droned
33d Celebration This was Belton's Independence Day celebration- the J.Srd annual one for the old town on the Nolan Not only were the four candidates fot governor here, but so were two candidate* for lieutenant governor George Hinson of Mineola and C T. Johnson of Austin—and a can
duiate for state attorney general- | Doug Crouch of Fort Worth and i I Venton.
The day was as American a*- onh ) a Fourth of July celebration can j be a morning parade with decora led floats and more than 6ix» horses clattering down the brics paved! streets, a rodeo tonight, firework» alter the rodeo and the Governor meeting the pretty high school girl who was queen of it all— Robin Ann Johnson
Tonight ttieir congressman, Bat' j Poage of Waco, delivered his annual report to the homefolks on what*» going on in Washington—the 18th time he has done it at Belt on s celebration
The folks came in from all the towns and crossroads around in Central Texas The kids ran around
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Hearst Executive Dies in California
BALBOA, Calif July 5 K Hen
r> S Mckay Jr , attorney and executive m several Hearst news
pa|H*r organizations, died today of a heart attack He was 62 He was a vice president and director ut the Hearst Publications Co ; vice president and general counsel of Hearst Consolidated Publications Inc ; vice president of the Hearst Corp . and coexecutor of the estate of the late publisher William Randolph Hearst.
PARIS, Tex .e—To their Paris , neighbors. W alter and Ruth Jamck are just another American couple Walter is a parts clerk for a Paris implement company lfis w fe cooks hamburgers at a dairy bar
But 14 years ago, the two were proud, robust members of Hitler's Youth
V alter joined the Nazi navy and volunteered for submarine duty They assigned him to the I'67, one of the famed Nazi marauders that prowled Allied shipping lanes I -67 had sent 29 Allied ships to tlie bottom when she was hit herself
Walter and two other crewmen were on deck and tossed into the mid-Atlantic and swam for four hours before an American destroy er picked them up From there, they were taken to Washington, for questioning, then to prison camps in Strmgtown. Okla.. and Phoenix After the war. the small, bright eyed German went home He found his refugee parents m Ansbach, Get marly He worked as a truck driver tor the American Exchange and married Ruth, an old school chum from his home town Walter worked for a division manager named Hank snvolanr oi | Paris. Ruth was the Smolarc s housekeeper. So when U»o Smolara
family came back to America, they invited the Janieks to join j them in Pans.
m November. 1952. the German couple came to the United States. Walter went to work for a Paris motor company, Ruth for the Smolarz family.
Four months of saving and they bought a 1941 car Later they swapped it for a 1950. and two months age. they drove up toj Stnngtown to visit the prison.
Ruth gave her husband a shot* j gun for Christmas. "In Germany.” grms the U-boat crewman, ‘ hunting and fishing is only for the rich. Here I hunt w hen I please and fish every weekend.”
The Jamcks are saving their money Soon her mother will join them Since the war. she has been alone in Ansbach. Ruth's father was one of the thousands of German soldiers still missings on the Russian trout “Ruth and I love this country." ! Walter >aid in perfect English. *it vs our country now Soon we hope to become citizens “Our neighbors don t ask if we are German cr Nazis They accept us as Americans. And that, we are. . .
“Yes. if there is another war,
I will fight lor my country • * ♦ America . « • M 1
HARMON AWARD WINNERS—No strangers to aviation are these two veterans of the blue. They are U.S. Air Force Major Charles E "Chuck Yeager aiui Miss Jacqueline Cochran, winners of this year's Harmon International Aviation awards as the world’s outstanding aviator and aviatrix. Maj. Yeager was honored for his piloting the X1A rocket-powered experimental aircraft to a speed of more than 1.600 miles per hour; Miss Cochran for becoming the first woman to break through the sound barrier and for many speed records.