Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXI1I, NO. 352
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FHA Declares Luxury Hems Out of Loans
WASHINGTON, June 4 wfs-The government today declared 26 home “luxury items’’—including barbecue pits, tennis courts and Venetian blinds—to be ineligible (or Federal Housing Administration loan insurance.
Acting FHA Commissioner Norman P. Mason issued the ruling in a move to prevent further “abuses” under the home repair and modernization program which erupted in •candal two months ago.
Mason also annouced that a public hearing will be held June 14 here to permit Burton C. Bov-ard, FHA’s general counsel, to testify in reply to charges of failure to perform his duties satisfactorily.
Bovard, who was placed on leave April 16, has refused to resign from his FHA post and requested the hearing.
The accusations against Bovard were made following official disclosures of the “fleecing” of householders by high pressure salesmen under FHA'a home repair program and the reaping of multimillion dollar profits by apartment house builders under the postwar middle income” housing program
Orders declaring the luxury items ineligible for FHA insurance under easy payment financing plans have been sent to the . 5 FHA field offices as one step in a “vigorous” effort to tighten up FHA procedures. Mason said.
The list includes kennels, flower boxes, penthouses, tree surgery, greenhouses, tennis courts, grading and landscaping, exterior steam cleaning, lawn sprinkling systems, outdoor hearths and fireplaces and television antennae.
Yarborough Called Insurance Probe
SILENCE FOR 'JUDGE COLT?
HERE I GO, KIDS—Every year Mary Alice Weller, kindergarten teacher in suburban Barberton’s Hazlewood school at Akron, 0., takes her little people through the North End Fire Station. And traditionally she slides down the fire pole. Her slide downward marked the third year of the adventure she and the boys and girls look forward to all the year long. _
2 Texas Banks Robbed by Youths
Car Stolen; Youth Held
City polic« Friday evening arrested a 17-year-old Slaton youth in a car reported stolen from Gordon Dudley of 3142 South 12th St.
The youth was arrested at 6 41 p. m. in the 1952 Chevrolet at the traffic circle on U. S. Highway 80 by Del. Lt George Sutton and Det. Warren Dodson.
Sutton said charges would be filed against the youth Saturday morning in justice court.
Another youth in the car was held for investigation.
Dudley had reported the car missing from in front of a pharmacy at South Ninth and Butternut Sts He said it was taken between 11 ;#) a m and 5 p. m.
The car was in running condi tion when recovered, police said
Police also reported Friday night that tools valued at $200 taken in the Thursday night burglary of the Childress Tractor Co . 1665 Pine St . had been recovered.
The owner of the tools was in formed of their whereabouts by a person who said he found them abandoned in high weeds The finder said he read of the theft in the Reporter-News
IVt Capt W. F McDonald said Friday morning the implement company was entered through a south door
Thelma Kennedy. 882 Hickory St., reported to police that some one stole two blue steel lawn chajrt at her home Thursday night They were taken from the drivfway
Prof's Widow Dies
FofcT WORTH. June 4 i - Mrs J. Willard Rulings, 63. widow of the founder of TCl”s journalism department, died today after an illness of several weeks
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Armed youths robbed two banks in Texas Friday.
A blond young man in an Air Force uniform took $1.700 from the Grapeland State Bank in East Texas at noon.
A red-haired youth in blue jeans and yellow sports shirt took $500 in 50 dollar bills from a teller in
the crowded First National Bank in downtown San Antonio about 3:10 p m.
Only two women bank workers were in the Grapeland bank when the robber, described as “just a kid. not over 19 or 20.” came in. The women had been out to lunch.
( and the bank had been closed during the lunch hour.
) The youth followed the women I back into the bank, told Mrs. Lu-j cille Leeds, about 38. the cashier, to “lock the damn door” and Edith Halton, 25. the bookkeeper, 1 to unlock the vault and knocked I her down and stepped on her stomach in his rush to get the
Duval Grand Jury Indicts 18 For Forgery, Murder Try
SAN DIEGO, Tex , June 4 (.f*>—A teaid the Court of Criminal Appeals grand jury that said “judge Colt” decision supporting Broadfoot al-is no longer the law in Duval lowed the “summary discharge of County today returned 18 indict- the Duval County grand jury” and ments. 8ave his opponents the kind of
Dist. Judge A S. Broadfoot im- hand-picked grand jury he had mediately stamped the indictments j accused of bossing.
“secret” until persons named in Parr, a millionaire who lives in them were arrested or had made a big white house in this dusty
little town, said the new grand
jury “is composed entirely from It was the nr* report oy tar ^om par|^ memb<lrs am) ap.
grand Jury chosen by a judge im- stacke<i_-
It was the first report by the
ported from North Texas into this South Texas political hot spot.
The grand jury went to work Tuesday. It recommended today:
1. That Duval County Sheriff Archer Parr instruct all special deputies and honorary deputies that they have no legal right to carry pistols.
2. That Parr cancel all outstanding special or honorary deputies’ cards and, if he sees fit to reissue then? or issue new ones, state in writing on the cards that the appointment does not carry with it the right to pack pistols.
3 That Parr instruct all special and honorary deputies that they have no more authority as police officers than do average citizens.
4. That the practice of posting armed guards around polling places be stopped.
Other witnesses today were
signatures on county fund checks were written by the same person both as to the endorser and the one issuing the check.
Get Papers Friday Deputies will begin tomorrow serving papers on the 18 persons named in the indictments. Dist. Clerk Julian Perez said it was “too late” today to get the papers prepared.
The indictments were returned
Jury Subpoenas 4 Shivers Opponent
The fistful of indictments came just three days after the jury began looking into the financial affairs of the county and its subdivisions.
Broadfoot set bonds ranging from $500 to $2.500 on the indictments.
Seventeen of the 18 indictments were for forgery, Broadfoot said.
The 18th was an assault to murder indictment, the judge said.
Witnesses before the jury yesterday was E.N. Martin, handwriting expert from the State Department of Public Safety, Earlier this year Martin filed an affidavit saying it appeared to him many > See JUDGE COLT, Pg. 2-A, Col. 2
AUSTIN, June 4 ^—Subpoenas for Ralph Yarborough, Herman Jones, John Cofer and Dent Tyler were issued on Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd’s request today in the state’s case against Lloyd's of North America.
Shepperd said he wants Yarborough, a candidate for Governor, and the three attorneys to testify to help “get to the bottom of the whole on Ralph Hammonds’ operations.”
Issuance of the subpoenas came after accusations and counter-ac-cusations flew today between a
...------------ ----- -------- former aide to Gov. Shivers and
at 4:25 p.m. after Broadfoot sent, Yarborough, each questioning the
the jury back into the chambers • « --
to tear up carbon copies of the indictments.
“I only want the original,”
Broadfoot said. ----- ------------
The judge said that in the event a statement by John Vancronkhite, persons named in the indictments | vvho used to work for Shivers.
others political interest in the now insolvent Lloyd’s of North America.
The names of Yarborough, Jones and Cofer all were mentioned in
could not be located tomorrow, reporters could get their names anyway.
The indictments were received in a tense courtroom. Some 30 persons sat silently as the grand jury
money. ( ---- ----
Mrs. Leeds ran for the police, perez and Jose Tobar, San Diego 1 1 — •* lumber dealer.
Says Jury Stacked George Parr saki yesterday the
but the robber had fled in a waiting car by the time officers arrived. The car was described both
as a blue Oldsmobile and a 1948 grand jury Chevrolet convertible against him.
Grapeland is 35 miles south of i The grand jury was convened Palestine. j after the State Court of Criminal
The robber in the San Antonio \ Appeals held that Broadfoot had j bank escaped through the rear of ! the power to dismiss an old grand
Japan Socialists Riot On Police Legislation
RALPH YARBOROUGH . . . political hayfleld?
TOKYO, Saturday, June 5 UB— An unprecedented outbreak of Socialist violence paralysed the Diet today and forced Prime Minister
Baptists Support Segregation Ruling
ST LOUS. June 4 B-The Southern Bap’ist Convention tonight urged support for the Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in public schools, declaring it is in harmony with the Constitution | and Christian teaching.
The Convention, hy a standing vote, overwhelmingly approved a report urging Southern Baptists to , adopt a Christian attitude toward the Supreme Court decision.
No action taken by the Conven- j tion is binding on Southern Baptist churches or their members, under ■, the Convention’s constitution.
Scurry County Pioneer Dies
SNYDER. June 4 <RNS>—Samuel (Mr. Sam' Jesse Casstevens.
Antonio roDoery a young man oi He replaced U vvooarow i^ugaun, Dioneer resident of Scurrv
the same description had taken a . fired by the Supreme Court for • ** Friday
the building. He pulled a 38 call ber pistol on the teller and took the money. He was described as about 23.
About 45 minutes before the San Antonio robbery a young man of
jury. , , , ,
Broadfoot. elderly jurist from Bonham, was called out of retirement by the State Supreme Court to sit on the 79th district bench. He replaced C Woodrow Laughlin.
gun from a clerk in a downtown loan company store. He was seen with two other men then.
incompetence and favoritism Broadfoot instructed the new grand jury particularly to study
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Solon Told Stevens He Favored Army
W \SHINGTON June 4 «*—’The McCarthy Army probers learned by way of monitored phone calls toduy that Sen Symington (D*Mo joined forces with the Army side early in the blazing dispute—and recommended that t lark t lifford, former top auk to President Tru man. be engaged as lawyer for the Army
touched off one of tlie stormiest scenes since the televised hearings began.
Asks Syintugton Oft’
Sen McCarthy iR-Wis' demanded that “in complete honesty and common decency” Symington take himsell off the subcommittee which is airing the conflict Symington refused and chaUeng
William P Rogers, deputy at-! ed McCarthy to take the issue be torney general in the Eisenhower , fore the Senate as a whole. He and
administration, also was linked—. Sen Jacks«» <D-Wa>h> dared through a phone call between Sym-1 the Met arthy side to let monitored
County, died at 6:50 p m. Friday in Battenfield Hospital here. He
had been in failing health for sev-
grana jury ~---- | „.i vear-
^ rnovrf to Scurry
* This area, whose people are County in 1896. He worked on the
mostly Latin-Americans. has long i Carpenter ’now the Fuller» 1Ranch
been know n for bloc voting. | north of Snyder from 1896 until
The dominant political party is 1^10. the Old Party, with which George In 1910 he moved to Snyder
Parr is allied where he owned and ooerated a
The opposition F'reedom Party hardware and sheet metal shop
was formed specifically to oppose for about 35 years. He served as
parr. j a deputy sheriff here under the
In a radio interview over station late Sheriff Wilkes Merrell and
KBKI in Alice yesterday. Parr Sheriff J. H. Byrd.
He was honored at Snyder’s 75th anniversary celebration as one of its pioneer residents.
Mr. Casstevens was born Sept 22. 1868, in Mansfield. He was married in 1893 to Mamie Minus, who preceded him in death in 1924. Since the death of his wife, Mr. Casstevens had been living at Snyder with a son, Addison B. Casstevens.
He was a Mason, a Knight Templar, and member oi the First Baptist Church.
Funeral will be conducted at $ p m. Sunday in the First Baptist Church. Bolger Funeral Home of Snyder will direct burial in Snyder Cemetery.
Surviving are the one son, Addison B. of Snyder; one grand
Shigeru Yoshida to hold up his world tour.
The Socialists began It Thursday night with a melee of fists in which 50 were injured and the speaker of the House manhandled. It took 200 police — never before called into the Diet — to restore order.
Then yesterday the Socialists massed in the corridors of the Diet, threatening force and daring the opposition leadership to try to convene. The Socialists insist the Diet ended at midnight Thursday.
Acting on the House speaker's call proclaiming a two-day exten-
Taylor is a Bandera lawyer and former Lloyd’s official.
Named By Shivers Shepperd said each of the four men for whom the subpoenas were sent out “have actual knowledge far in the 1954 political campaign«
of Hammonds’ attempt to get in which Texas insurance operat-
legal or public relations counsel, ions have become a
and the people of Texas are en- j titled to the whole story.”
Shepperd himself has been subpoenaed, along with other state
officials and VanCronkhite, as defense witnesses at the request of Jones.
“No one should be allowed to make political hay out of the tragedy to the policyholders, stockholders and creditors of Lloyd's of North America.” Shepperd said.
“Hammonds has been free with accusations in an attempt to shift the blame from himself for the operation of his company.”
Not Taking Sides The attorney general said.
“While I am not taking sides in anybody's political squabble, I believe everyone should know just whom Hammonds talked to and counseled with in the last months he was in business."
Hammonds headed the insurance
VanCronkhite started the fireworks by saying it was his personal belief Yarborough is actually the attorney for Lloyd’s of North America, is using Jones “merely as a front,” and is responsible for a “political conspiracy” in connection with the pending lawsuit.
Yarborough c ailed VanCronk-; hite's statement “an infamous falsehood.”
Senators Ask Study Of Charges AEC 'Power Fleecing'
WASHINGTON, June 4 .B-Two Democratic congressmen today
President Yahachi Kawai of the upper house to assemble that body.
Kawai refused and was said to have replied that to attempt it “would mean more bloodshed in the Diet.”
The Socialists are fighting a national police bill w hich already has cleared the lower house and is before the upper one. This bill is dead if the Diet session is over, as the Socialists insist.
Yoshida s Liberals and other conservatives maintain the speak- j er in the tumultuous session Thurs
injunction against the company operation.
The bitter exchange between VanCronkhite and Yarborough earlier was the hardest hitting thus
Price Bankruptcy Hearing Postponed
The hearing on the bankruptcy petition of E. S Price. Sr . Ballinger oilman, has been postponed indefinitely This aelian was taken Friday in V S. District Court here. Judge
lars in the next 25 years through proposed private contracts to furnish power for atomic installation«.
The charges were made m a full page advertisement in a Washington newspaper (the Post and Times-Herald» by the “Citizen« For TV A.” identified as a group in Nashville, Tena.
Reps. H oli f ied (D-Calif and Price (D-IU» urged the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, of which they are member«, to investigate contract negotiations be-uig conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission.
The committee now is consider-
hearuvg that the five Stevens Symington telephone calls which were read into the record throw “a dif- : ferent light on the situation.” He did not elaborate.
This Mundt remark prompted ; Sen. Jackson iD-Wash1. to urge heatedly that there were a lot more j calls to be put in. and that judg- j mcnt should he suspended until all
ington and Secretary of the Army Stevens with the Army's cause A third major disclosure was that Stevens told Symington in a phone call March 8 — just before
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were available Also read today were two calls between Sen. Potter iR-Mich' and Stevens, and three between Mundt and the Army secretary. They disclosed little that was new in the controversy During the course of today’s hearing, Symington said Stevens came to him w Uh his troubles over the Zwieker case, and that Sym-vice, the senator said—he would , jngtan suggested Stevens cel a c«x\i icverse his previous stand and *1 j lawyer Symington said he recommended Clifford, whom he described to newsmen tonight as “a very tine lawyer.”
McCarthy declared at the hearing that Symmgton had never told the subcommittee about recommending Clifford. And he quoted with heavy irony another statement, in a monitored phone call, in which Symington told Stevens. “You and 1 must work together on
telephone calls between Stevens ami McCarthy aides Roy M Cohn and Francis P Carr be made public.
Cohn took them up on that, the Xriny touched off the present I As the hectic afternoon session
row by tiling “pr«‘ssure” charges j ended, the 27-year old chiel counsel against the McCarthy camp—that announced—against McCarthy s ad he thought the charges were “very
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“I think It has been a hell of a low his calls to go into the record lot of talk and I don’t think there i Monday McCarthy likewise luid is too much there,” the Army sec I okayed the release of his own calls retary said, although he added that a short time earlier, he did not “have any particular Heatedly, the Wisconsin senator kttowletlge* about the situation, urged Acting Chairman Mundt <R-which involved allegations that the Sin to gtM in touch with President McCarthy camp had pressed for Eisenhower over the wtx’kend arut favored treatment for Pvt G. Dav- “implore” him to let all the Army id Hchme calls come into evidence
The “hell” in Stevens' remark As for Stevens' March 8 com was one ot several mild cuss words mcnt on the Army’s charges ol un „ edited out of the phone call trail- proper pressure on l>ehali of Pvt. U»« scripts when they were read twfore , G David Sohine, Mcv arthy declar -Re «an t conceivahl.v sit here television cameras od to newsmen afterward McCarthy cried, “as a fair judge
The production of the long secret I Knoeks Them Out aft®r he has said to Mr Stevens,
mostly word-for-word transcripts - j “This knocks them out complete q get you a top Democrat
now finally going into the rccord.lv and it exposes their whole case ’ ____________ .. ... .
alter six weeks of deadlock—! Mundt comnieotod in the open, See ILl.Lt HONK. ig. * A. Cel. 4
daughter, Mrs. Doris Say les of Brady; two sisters. Mrs. Fame Bail of Fort Worth and Mrs. Betty Ball of Lillian, three brothers,
John L. Casstevens of Little Rock,
Ark , Albert Casstevens of Fort Tex . was killed today when a pipe Worth, and Charles Casstevens of t rack fell while an oil rig was being Kirkland. 1 dismantled near Sand Draw. Wyo.
day night legally extended the Diet Glenn Smith is the bankruptcy
for two days They met last night j referee. Hiram Childers of Dallas
and a*re«i to set Yorfuda « OK represents the go. eminent. Dallas aw atomic legislation whjch -
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Both the Socialists and the conservatives held separate sessions late into the night. To make any 10-day extension stick, the conservatives would have to attempt a meeting today, possibly with police help.
They have the votes to pass the police measure.
A secondary product of the Socialists' move was the delay of Yoshida'« world tour, originally scheduled to begin yesterday.
Area Man Killed
RIVERTON, Wyo., June 4 Wayne Geeslm. 36, of Stepbenville,
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS
Previews of some big civic doings and reviews of j some big sports doings will be in the news Sunday.
A picture and story of what South First will look like after U S. Highway 80 gets its face lifting will be one of th* features in the Sunday Reporter-News. There’ll be a story on the work Abilenians will do with the bond money they’ll vote on in mid-July. And, there'll he a “progress report” on the Air Base^
Sports, however, will he the big local news in Sunday Reporter News with results on the NAÏA meet, the gathering here of top collegiate athletes from over the nation.
The Sunday Reporter-News is always vour best buy for a dime
LEG IN DRAIN —- Young David Jordan, 4, howls with
fright as fire department first aid nu n work to frfi> his leg from drain of emptv wading pool in a park in Portland. Ore David’s leg was caught up to the hip, but two buckets full of soapy water did the trick and freed David. His rescuers are Capt Earl Hollenbeck deft) and T. W. Johnson. »