Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. T XIII, No. 357
Associated Press (AP)
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Wealthy Phoenix Man’s Wife, 23, Is Kidnaped
PHOENIX, Ariz., June 10 (*) — The 23-year-old wife of a wealthy l’hoenix industrialist was kidnaped yesterday and her husband said he paid $75,000 ransom today for her return.
Police said the abductor got •way.
Mrs. Evelyn Ann Smith, mother of two children, was seized yesterday afternoon as she drove away from a beauty parlor in the car. She was returned unhurt.
Her husband is Herbert Smith, treasurer of the Smith Pipe and Steel Co.
Newspapers, news services and radio stations had remained silent about the kidnaping for 24 hours, cooperating with a police request. Police said the vicious threats in the ransom note caused them to fear that Mrs. Smith might be killed.
Delivered in Hoses
Smith, following instructions delivered to his home in a bouquet of rose buds this afternoon, drove his car into the rugged Superstition Mountains, 45 miles east of Phoenix.
The pilot of a sheriffs airplane saw him standing by his parked car on a dirt road, waiting for a contact about 5 p.m. <MST>.
About an hour later police Sgt. Clem Hoyt saw Smith driving through the city of Mesa. 16 miles east of Phoenix, with a woman m his car.
Smith and his wife arrived at their home at 6:32 p m.
Mrs. Smith was whisked into her bedroom and a physician was called
Reporters were admitted to the home for a few minutes and then forced to leave
Scratch on Foot
Chief of Police Charles Thomas *aw Mrs. Smith tor a moment and u’poited she was all right. He said she had a scratch on her foot.
Thomas said Mrs. Smith told him she was locked in the trunk ©f her car for a time yesterday.
The ransom note, found in a golf bag left at a service station yesterday, told Smith to go to Apache Junction. 32 miles east of Phoenix, at 2 p m. today and to telephone ins Phoenix home for instructions
The bouquet of roses, delivered by a messenger, contained a note directing him to drive 84 miles southeast of Apache Junction and
look for instructions at a mine marker.
The sheriffs plane pilot saw him turn off onto a dirt road leading into the Superstition Mountains.
The sheriffs office reported later it had sighted Mrs. Smith’s car in a canyon off the road.
Mrs. Smith was last seen about 1 p.m. yesterday when she drove away from the beauty parlor in J her car.
The first word Smith received about the kidnap plans was in a telephone call to his office at 4:40 p.m. yesterday from a man who, without identifying himself, told him:
“Know where Apache Junction is? You can pick up your golf clubs at the Chevron service station, Ed’s place, one-half ni le from there You wilt tind a note.”
Smith said he hadn’t used his golf clubs in three months and had forgotten they were in the trunk of his wife's car.
Smith telephoned his home at 5:45 p.m. and asked for his wife. The maid said she had not returned.
Smith notified police and the sheriff’s office.
Deputy Sheriff Paul E. Mullenix was sent to the service station, 32 miles east of Phoenix.
Service station attendant Robert J. Plucinski. 17, handed the golf bag to Mullenix. In the side pocket was a sealed note addressed to “Mr. Smith.”
Plucinski told officers the bag had been delivered by a man about 45 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing 145 pounds and wearing half-rim glasses.
Plucinski said the man told him the bag of clubs had been left in his car by a friend with whom he had played golf.
“I don’t want to drive back to Phoenix,’’ the attendant quoted the man as saying. “I'll leave it here he’ll pick it up later.”
ABOUT PHONE CALL
No Error, Shivers Says to Hammonds
AUSTIN. June 10. W — Another exchange of charges and denials between Gov. Allan Shivers and Ralph W Hammonds, top man of Lloyd s of North America of Houston, were tossed into Texas’ insurance furor today.
Hammonds, here under court order for the receivership trial of his Lloyd’s firm, said Shivers was “knowingly or unknowingly ’ mistaken of his facts recording a telephone call Hammonds made to the governor April 28.
Shivers, campaigning in Dallas, replied. “There was no mistake ” The governor injected the phone call into the insurance tempest at a press conference Monday. He said Hammonds called him long distance and threatened to “embarrass” lus administration il he didn't call off the state's fight against the Lloyds firm.
Shivers quoted Hammonds as saying he was advised to make the call by Ralph Yarborough, one of Shivers' opponents in the gov-
ernor’s race, and Austin attorney Herman Jones.
lLimmonds denied on three oc-I casions today—tw ice in news interview s and again in a prepared statement—that he had even met Yarborough or Jones at the time of the call.
“I did call Shivers from Bandera.” he said in the statement, i “I did tell him I was being per-i secuted.
i “I told him John YanCronkhite , had threatened me by innuendo if I didn’t keep him on the payroll,
, and it would be bad for my com-i pany. 1 wanted to know if Shivers knew what was going on.”
Salary: $1.000 Monthly Previously Hammonds had said he had hired YanCronkhite at j $1.000 a month to get cordial relations with the State Insurance j Commission. YanCronkhite denied he did anything improper and said he quit when he found the company could not get its affairs in iorder.
Ike Appeals to Followers To Get Behind His Program
WASHINGTON. June 10 President Eisenhower urged his followers tonight to put “less political fission and more political fusion’’ behind a legislative program he said is essential to a stronger America.
He said it is a program that includes a “potent package of protection against communism." a strong, forthright foreign policy, and a domestic plan aimed at a strong and grow mg economy shared in equitably by all citizens, The President went to bat for the program m it* entirety m an address prepared for delivery to district chairmen of the National Citizens for Eisenhower Congressional Committee. The organization is a carryover from the 1952 political campaign, directing its efforts now at mustering both the Republicans and Democrats, along with independents, behind the Eisenhower legislative blueprint.
Nationwide Broadcast The speech was arranged for nationw ide radio TV broadcast As be has said many times before, Eisenhower told his audience the policies and objectives of the administration program bet ore Congress are designed ‘ to build a better and stronger America Its military aspects, he said, are intended to build up the necessary
strength to “oppose successfully any rash aggression by the Communists.’*
On the home front, the chief executive stressed heavily his desire for a flexible program of farm price supports. Against this, the House Agriculture Committee has voted for a year's continuance of the present rigid. 90 per cent of parity support plan.
Eisenhower said he has been told it would not be good politics to try to solve the farm problem in an election year, that the sensi
ble thing to do would be “to close my eyes to the damage the present farm program docs to our farmers and the rest of our people —and do this job of correction next year.”
But he said he wants to make this one point clear:
• In this matter 1 am completely unmoved by arguments as to what constitutes good or winning politics. And may I remark that, though I have not been in this political business very long, I know that what is right for America is politically right.”
Abilenian, 81, Is Charged With Abortion
F. L. Devereaux, 81. of 154 South 22nd St., was charged Thursday with performing an abortion.
Tom Todd, 104th District attorney, filed a complaint against him in Justice of the Peace Henry F. Long’s court. The complaint will be returned to the 104th District Court grand jury for investigation June 21.
Freed on Bond
He was released from jail about 5:30 p.m. on $3.000 bond. Signing the bond with Devereaux were J. W. and T. M. Reid, attorneys, and C. C. McRorey.
City and county officers arrested Devereaux at his home about 11 a.m. Thursday within minutes after he performed an operation on a married woman in her twenties, Sheriff Ed Powell said. The woman was taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Officers making the arrest were Sherriff Ed Powell and Deputy Sheriff Leroy Arnold, City Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald, Det. Lt. W. E. Clift and Det. Lt. Grover Chronister. They were accompanied by an Abilene physician who specializes in obstetrics.
The officers confiscated a large number of medical instruments and other equipment and supplies.
Indicted Twice Before
Devereaux was indicted in 1933 and again in 1948 on charges of performing abortions. The first indictment was dismissed because of insufficient eveidence and the other is still pending.
A third indictment was relumed against him in 1950 on a charge of attempted abortion. This case was transferred to Taylor County Court and is still pending.
The penalty under Texas law for performing an abortion is from two to five years in the penitcn-tairy. Penalty for attempted abortion is a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1.000.
Ballinger Jury Indids Ex-Con In Drowning
BALLINGER. June 10-A 119th District Court grand jury Thursday indicted Allen Clyde iBuddy) Jennings. 33, on a murder charge.
Two other persons facing felony charges also were indicted.
Jennings was charged with murder with malice in the May 27 drowning of Wallace Windsor O’Neal. 16-year-old Georgia youth. The body was found 20 miles northwest of here on the morning of May 29. The suspect was arrested the same day in Pecos.
Jennings is an ex-convut The drowning victim had spent time in a Georgia reform school.
Marie Dickey was indicted for forgery and passing in connection with an $85 69 check handed to a Winters grocery store. Joe Grigsby was indicted on a charge of second - offense driving while intoxicated.
Judge Dismisses Pro - Parr Suits
midland AREA GAINS I Jury Now Can Bar
LARGEST OIL STRIKE
TULSA. June 10 (AP)—A 3,200-barrel-a-day oil well 15 miles southeast of Odessa in Midland County, was’ reported today by Cities Service Oil Co. and Forest Oil Corp.
They said in a joint release that the well, the Dora Roberts No. 1, floured 49-gravity oil through a one-inch choke after penetrating 157 feet of the Ellenburger Dolomite.
Operators halted drilling at 13,233 feet but expressed belief the pay section extends downward 200
The firms described the oiler as apparently the largest Ellenburger discovery in West Texas in recent years.
Five other wells are being drilled in the area by the two companies.
SAN DIEGO. Tex., June 10 -A special district judge today denied a suit to make an investigating Duval county grand jury let the district attorney and county attorney sit in on the jury sessions.
Judge H. D. Barrow of Jourdan-ton also tossed out a suit against acting 7th Dist. Judge A. S. Broad-foot and set for hearing June 25 a plea on one involving Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd.
The suits were brought by pro-George Parr forces in the continuing battle of Duval County.
Parr is the long-time dominant
McCarthy Denies All Army Charges
WASHINGTON. June 10 .4^-Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy <R-\Vis> declared under oath today the “improper pressure” charges against him are false and fraudulent. He said the Democrats and some high figures in the Eisenhower administration must share with Army officials the blame for the accusations being made.
McCarthy testified all day in a televised public hearing which was followed by a closed meeting of the Senate Investigations subcommittee for the purpose of deciding on further witnesses and calling an early halt to the turbulent, seven-weeks-old proceedings.
Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) said the subcommittee voted 4-3 on party lines tonight to wind up the Mo-Carthy-Army hearings when the testimony of Sen. McCarthy. Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr is completed.
Denies Testimony Specifically, McCarthy denied sworn testimony by Secretary of the .Army Stevens and Maj. Gen. Miles Reber that he sought a direct commission for subcommittee aide Pvt. G. David Sehine.
On the contrary, McCarthy said.
I he told the Army repeatedly to "lean over backwards” in avoiding any sort of favored treatment for the wealthy young Schine McCarthy pictured Stevens as a fundamentally honest” man who was "mousetrapped” by others into a blackmail plot because he failed to understand “the tremendous interwoven Communist conspiracy”
; or the “very rough politics being played down here in Washington.” The senator said Stevens plainly acted at the urging of Sen. Symington D-Mo\ one of the “judges ! in this dispute, and Clark Clifford,
one-time adviser to President Truman. as well as White House and Justice Department officials who attended a secret meeting last Jan. 21.
The senator declared, too, the charges were filed in an effort to stop him from investigating (1) Communist-clearing members of “the old Truman loyalty board” at the Pentagon and (2) those stiM at the Pentagon who “coddled a Fifth Amendment Communist major.” The reference was to Dr. Irving Peress, a dentist who was promoted and honorably discharged despite his refusal to answer questions about communism.
McCarthy went right down the line in backing up the testimony and defending the conduct of his chief counsel. Cohn, though he pleaded a hazy memory on some points, and once declared:
“I can't be dead certain about anything that happened a year ago.”
McCarthy declared Cohn had every reason to be “thoroughly irritated and disgusted” when he was denied admittance to a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth,
[ N J., last Oct. 20.
McCarthy’ described this incident
See McCarthy, Pg. 12-A, Coi. s
4 Die in Plant Blast; 32 Injured
ST. LOUIS. June 10 .P—A power-. ful explosion that sent debris sail-! ing 300 feet into the air at a drug i company plant today killed four | persons and injured 32. A fifth per- j son was unaccounted for.
Four charred bodies were pulled from the ruins of the two-story brick building of the Wilson-Keith Pharmaceutical Co. plant, which w as sw ept by fire after the blastj about five miles from the heart of! St. Louis.
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COLORADO CITY. June 10 (RNS) — Two oilfield accidents, only an hour apart injured five in Mitchell County Thursday. None of the five men were believed to be seriously injured.
“Glenn Williams, 26, of Colorado ! City, received a head injury when drilling tongs slipped, knocking him down and cutting his head. The accident occurred at the McKinney No. 2 five miles northwest of Westbrook about 12 30 Thurs- J day afternoon. Seventeen stitches were taken in his scalp at Root f Hospital in Colorado City.
About 1:15 an explosion at the Blassingame Number 1 five miles west of Colorado City, injured four men.
diaries Robertson of Colorado City, 37. believed to be most painfully injured, had cuts about his face ami hands. He also suffered eye injuries,
H. C. Blassing.uwe. Sr and Jr, the latter 1«. and J. P. Pierce, about 35, suffered eye injuries.
Robertson, and both the junior j and senior Blassmgames were given treatment at Root Hospital and sent to Big Spring, where they are under the care of an eye specialist. Pierce, whose eyes were less damaged, is hospitalised at Colorado City According to Pierce, one of the other three had opened a bleeder valve on the capped well. The well hissed and spewed blue smoke, said Pierce, and suddenly there was an explosion The cap was blown front the well. Pierce did not know whether the blast came from gas collected in the pit or from forces within the well Drilling mud was sprayed over a wide area.
plosion Fred R. Layton, 28. who had been working in the building, was dug from the wreckage and taken to a hospital unconscious. Firemen, using an electric saw to cut through heavy timbers, could hear his moans 40 minutes before they were able to rescue him.
The cause of the explosion w as unknown. Yarious persons advanced as possible causes an accumulation of dust, escaping gas and a mishap on processing of a powder mixture used in army flame throwers.
The blast shook the southside of St. Louis for miles around. The immediate neighborhood was showered with bricks, wood and glass shot skyward like a great geyser.
The wall of an adjoining laundry, the White Linen Laundry, was showered with white dust before the laundry, one of St. Louis' largest. broke into flames A residence nearby also caught fir* and was destroyed.
Five fire alarms were sounded as firefighting equipment from all directions sped to the scene. Ail a\ ailable ambulance and police patrol cruising cars were rushed there.
political boss of the county and area.
The state has been investigating the affairs of the county more than a year. Shepperd has claimed there has been misuse of public funds.
Parr has contended the investigations were “politics.”
Barrow was appointed by Gov. Allan Shivers to sit as a special judge in the case today.
Barrow said the grand jury had a right to call whom ever it pleased for advice.
Shepperd said after the judge s verdict, “This is the failure of another attempt to cover up, hide and keep the lid on the deplorable affairs in Duval County. There will be other actions—all of them of the delaying type, attempting to preserve George Parr’s bucket of whitewash. My only interest is to develop the truth.”
Names New Clerk
On June 25, Barrow w ill hear a plea of privilege involving the suit against Shepperd and also a bill of exceptions filed by the defendant's attorneys.
And the judge followed the defense’s suggestion for an acting district clerk and appointed the wife of a leader in the Freedom party, which opposes Parr.
The acting clerk was appointed because the regular district clerk, Juan Perez, was one of three filing the suit.
John Pearce, San Antonio attorney representing the Duval County grand jury’ and Dist. Judge A. S. Broadfoot. said Perez lad no right to file the papers because he was district clerk and therefore the suit should be dismissed.
Must Rectify Errors
“I’m not here for my own pleasure,' Judge Barrow said. ”1 take the stand that the case is before the court and the matters you have brought up are not fatal. The court's duty is to rectify errors and so the plaintiffs should have followed the statutes. The court holds the case is pending. If I am in error, it will not hurt you gentlemen.”
The suit was filed by Perez: Raeburn Norris. 79th District attorney, and Reynaldo F. Luna. Duval county attorney.
It asked a court ruling on whether state Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd had the right to work with the grand jury, a court ruling on whether Judge Broadfoot had the right to impound certain orders and names of jurors in Duval County and the court to declare that the district attorney and county attorney had the absolute right to be with the grand jury.
The grand jury had said it did not want the district attorney and county attorney with it because the course of its investigation would include tbesr office«
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House Ups Budget Of Labor, Welfare
WASHINGTON. June 10 t» -Overruling its own Appropriations Committee and the President's Budget Bureau, the House toil ay u>ted $1970.373.761 to finance the Labor and Welfare Departments for the fiscal year starling Jul* I.
This is $5.093,500 more than the President requested and $31,432.750 above Appropriations Committee recommendations The funds were provided in a biU passed by voice vole and sent to the Senate It was the last of the big annual appropriation bills on which the House must act this year
Only four of the nine bills passed by the House have cleared the Senate and only one has reached the President,
The House voted more funds than the President asked and the committee had recommended for national institutes doing research work on cancer, mental health, tieart disease and bhndnesa and
neurology and for grant« to states for vocational rehabilitation work.
In voting 75 million dollars for grants to stales for hospital construct on under supervision of the Public Health Service, the House boosted by 10 million the amount recommended by the committee.
It did this by standing vote of 139* 56. The 75 million wras wnat tlie President requested.
Unanimous voice votes increased by 10 million each the allotments for the health institutes, for which the Appropi lations Committee already had urged more than tne President requested.
The $1.970,378,761 provided in the hill includes $298,714,000 tor the Labor Department, $1,658,913,761 for the Department ot Health, Education and Welfare; $8.400,000 for the National Labor Relations Board, $1,217.000 for the National Mediation Board, and $3,134,000 for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.