Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXXIII, No. 261
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 4, 1954—TWENTY EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
CITY ELECTION CONTESTS DUE
School Board Race Develops; Outgoing Trío Files Again
Abilene’s political brew began bubbling Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon all three Tnembers of Abilene School Board whose terms expire in April filed their candidacies for re-election. During the morning W. A. (Dick) Dickenson, 38, of 2149 Beech St.. tiled his candidacy for Place 2 on the School Board.
Tuesday night, C. T. (Tommy) Conerly, city commissioner in place 2. announced he would seek re-election.
Abilene voters were assured of at least one race for school board membership with Dickenson's becoming a candidate and Ollie Mc-Minn, the incumbent, announcing be would seek re-election.
Meeting Thursday night of the Abilene Good Government League will probably bring out additional candidates for the five offices. The league is scheduled to name its slate of candidates at the meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Fair Park Auditorium.
Deadline for filing for the offices Is 5 p.m. Friday.
School Board members who filed for re-election Wednesday are:
Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts, in Place 3.
Morgan Jones Jr.. Place 1.
Ollie McMinn, Place 2.
For McMinn the announcement represented a change of mind. He had stated only Tuesday night in a newspaper interview that he would not seek re-election.
As a joint statement Wednesday afternoon, the three trustees told the Reporter-News:
"The schools are in the midst of a building program, and to change the personnel of the board at this time would work a hardship on the carry-over members and also on the new ones,"
Two city commissioners and the three trustees will be named in the April 6 city election. The other
Jones stated: "I believe a trustee just starts getting acquainted with the job his first term, and that it is almost an obligation to serve at least two terms. I have enjoyed the work on the board, and am very happy to run again.” McMinn said: "Because so
many of my friends have asked me to seek re-election and because my experience as a building contractor enables me to be of assistance in the problems connected with our school building program, I have decided to be n canlidate.” Dickenson, who was the first randidate to file for the city election April 6, owns the Red Cap
Products Co.. which sells chemicals, primarily for use in the oU fields.
He has resided in Abilene since 1935, when he came to attend Hardin - Simmons University: except two years in the Army Air Corps as an instructor during World War II, and one year in Amarillo as sales promotion and advertising manager for a hardware company.
Before starting his own business in 1951, Dickenson worked durtng two periods for Sears - Roebuck's Abilene store.
He is married to the former
See ELECTION, Pg. 5-A, Col. 4
House Group Okays Big Excise Tax Slash
IN AUSTIN COURT
Appeal Heard for West Texas Slayer Walter Whitaker, Jr.
AUSTIN, March 3 fiP—The Court of Criminal Appeals was told today it should overturn the death sentence of Walter Whitaker Jr., because the state failed to prove malice in the West Texas lovers' quarrel slaying in which he was convicted.
"If ever there was a death penalty murder case that should be reversed and remanded because of the failure of evidence to show murder with malice, this is it,”
"And they're saying to this boy, ‘As a reward for being honest, we're going to burn you in the electric chair' " he argued.
He complained the trial judge had delivered "one of the most astounding charges to the jury ever heard in the State of Texas," Judge's Charge The judge told the jury not to consider oral statements of Whitaker unless they found them to be j true, the lawyer said, contending
Burton Burks of Lubbock argued: this was a fundamental error, in the appeal. i "No intelligent juror could follow
Dist. Atty. Travis Shelton and ; that charge and render a legal his assistant, Forrest Bowers, both! verdict,” he argued. No corrobora-of Lubbock, disagreed. They said I tion of the statements were possi-Whitaker had had a fair and im-1 ble, he said, because there were partial trial- and the conviction! no witnesses to the incident, should not be disturbed, ! Shelton answered that Burks had
commission post is Place 2 held by J. Flojxl Malcom, 3781 Woodridge Dr.
Malcom said he might come cut for re-election to the South Side place at the last minute, and then that he might not. He said, as did Conerly, that many persons had asked him to be a candidate, ‘Can Continue Service’
Mrs. Roberts said Wednesday afternoon in announcing her candida-ey for re-election that: "I have enoyed my years on the board, and I feel this is a place where I can continue to render worthwWle community service."
Whitaker, an Air Force cadet
had a chance to object to the charge before it was delivered to
now from a prosperous Hartford. Conn., i the jury but raised no objection.
4 Changes in Altiludes on Jesus Listed
family, w'as convicted of murder in the strangulation 14 months ago of pretty Joyce Fern White, 18, Lubbock High School girl.
Whitaker, 21 at the time, had led police 20 days after the slaying to w’here Joyce’s nude body and clothing were buried.
He contended Burk’s silence then and objection now posed the question of whether Burk was "more interested in a fair trial for the defendant or in waylaying the court to get two shots at it instead of one."
The trial was held in Wilbarger
He said he remembered only a County on a change of venue.
quarrel over another girl after he and Joyce had made love in his car the night of Jan. 8. He said he later found himself on the front seat and her Jimp body, a cord twisted tightly about her neck, on the back seat. He claimed to remember nothing in between.
The defense had contended he had "blanked out” after the incident as nature’s way of protecting him from mental torment.
..Love, Then Death Burks told the court the couple
The district attorney contended malice was shown through testimony by witnesses who said Whitaker was promising marriage to Joyce at the same time he had sent a ring to another girl in Sweden. The argument that led (o the slaying, he said, had been over the Swedish girl.
Bowers told the court the state’s case was proved beyond reasonable doubt by a string of circumstances—-Whitaker’s admission to being alone with the girl, his ad-
had left her house that night with mission to finding her strangled in the intention of getting married the back seat of the car, and his after Joyce had told Whitaker she! leading officers to where her
CHAMPION AND PART OF BUYERS-^Billy Bridgford, at halter, and his district grand champion steer of the Abilene Fat Stock Show pose Wednesday afternoon in the sales ring of Abilene Livestock Auction Commission after a pool of businessmen bid $125 a pound for the 1,014-pound milkfed calf. Left to right, representing the pool, are Edgar Davis, rancher; Homer Scott, Citizens National Bank; Harold D.
ABILENE FIRMS BID HIGH
Austin, West Texas Utilities Co.; Tom Horback, Western Cottonoil Co.; Bob Park, The Popular Store; Sheila Thornton, Thornton’s; J. K. Wallingford, Wooten llotel; and Walter F. Johnson, Farmers & Merchants National Bank. Not personally represented were Windsor Hotel, Radford Properties, Fraley & Co., Ernest Grissom’s and Minter’s, other members of the pool. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson)
Colorado City Lad Collects Over $1,200 for Top Steer
See picture, Pg. 5-A
Four attitudes toward Jesus were pointed out to Hardin - Simmons University students Wednesday night as Dr. H. H. Hobbs, pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, continued with the series of revival messages being held In Behrens Chapel this week.
The attitudes, which Hobbs said might l)e thought of as progressive steps to salvation, were exemplified in the woman at the well in Samaria as recorded in the fourth chapter of John.
The woman first despised Jesus. Her contempt for him was a result of racial prejudice. The Samaritans and Jews hated each other from past relations, Dr. Hobbs explained.
After being told of her past life by the stranger, the woman began to respect Jesus. "But." said Hobbs, "mere respect for Jesus is not enough."
The third attitude indicated by the visiting evangelist was that of a veiled confession. "The Samaritan woman’s faith was not strong. She was not, at first, willing to make a complete declaration of her faith," he conUnued.
“Open confession of Jesus as Lord and Saviour was the fourth attitude of the woman who represented all mankind. This was the fulfillment and completion of salvation." said Hobbs.
Hobbs will address the H-SU student body during the three remaining services of the evangelistic cam paign. Services will be held Thursday at 9:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. and will be concluded Friday at the morning service, according to Truett Sheriff, director of religious life at H-SU.
was pregnant and that on the way they had stopped to make love.
"Does that show malice?” he asked.
Burks said the state had had to rely entirely on Whitaker’s statement for its evidence.
clothes and body were buried.
"All that taken into consideration together, the criminal act and appellant’s connection with it can clearly be seen.” he said.
No decision is expected for at least several weeks.
McMurry Speakers Urge Family Prayer
Prayer is the dynamic adhesive of marriage, Bishop Hazen G. Werner and Dr. lx)uis H. Evans told the congregation Wednesday night at the Denison - Willson Lectures on the McMurry College campus.
Bishop Werner is speaking for the Denison lectures, and Dr. Evans is the featured Willson lecturer.
"The family is important to America, because the real problems of life localize themselves in the family and this is wiiere redemption must begin,” Bishop Werner told the crowd at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. His lecture was "The Redemption of Family IJfe."
"In order to accomplish redemption of the family," he emphasized, "the adults and parents In the home must be evangelized, after which family life must receive the same treatment, followed by the redemption of the present and future of the children.
"We can do all we will about evangeli.sm,” Werner said, "but if we do not evangelize the family, we have done nothing."
"If all young couples in beginning homes, could begin in prayer, then they would have the basi# for e successful and happy life," he said.
Dr. Evans chose as his topic Wednesday evening, "Choice of a Life Partner."
, "I think it is necessai*y for us PASADENA, Calif. 'JPi—A strong to pre-think marriage as well as earthquake centered in New Guin- to re-think it after it has been ac-ea was recorded by California In- coniplished." he said.
atitute of Technology seismographs last night.
He pointed out that the things • that hold a home together come
McM LEHURESHIP PROGRAM
10 a.m.—Bishop Werner, Denison Lecturer.
11 a.m.—Dr. L. L. Evans, Willson Lecturer.
2:30 p.m.—Dr. Herbert E. Stotts, Willson Lecturer.
4:30 p.m.—Reception, Radford Center, Faculty Lounge. 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.—Bishop Werner.
8:15 • 9:15 p.m.—Dr. Evans.
under three headings; spiritual, physical and financial.
"Don’t make the mistake of marrj’ing just for love," he cautioned. "You must marry for a central reason or design, and your design is God.”
Dr. Evans pointed out that the physical marriage relationship Is a beautiful thing, as God meant it to be, but sexual compatibility in marriage depends far more on spiritual aspects than on physic«! attraction.
"When you make out your family budget," he urged the young people, "make out two columns— one, what u-e are living for, and two, what we are spending for. Never fill the latter until the former is filled."
“Start out remembering that while our hearts belong to each other, our souls belong to God," he said.
Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Joe Mickle, president of Centenary College, Shreveport, La., discussed "Christian Education Looking Toward 1960.”
Dr. Mickle pointed out that by 1960, the enrollment in private colleges will be almost double what it was In 1950, and that small colleges must be prepared for the increase.
"In order to retain their position in the modern educational process, small colleges must hire teachers and personnel dedicated to a Christian ideal, maintain a strong finance committee and follow a long - range development program," he said.
Dr. Mickle later spoke to a "Friends of Mi^lurry Library" banquet, held in tfce Iris Graham Dining Hall.
Thursday morning at 10 a.m.. Bishop Werner will further elaborate on the aspects of redemption. followed by Dr. Evans’ discussion of "The Choice of a Cod," at 11 a.m.
Dr. Herbert E. Stotts, professor of Sociology and Religion at lUff Sihool of Theology, Denver, Colo., will speak at 2:30 p.m. He will also speak at 5:45 p.m. for a Methodist Fellowship banquet in tht dimng hall.
By BOB COOKE Reporter-News Farm Editor
Abilene firms and individuals came through in good style for West Central Texas l>oys and girls who exhibited livestock and poultry in the annual Abilene Fat Stock Show, which ended Tuesday.
In the show auction Wednesday afternoon at Abilene Livestock Auction Commission arena, the grand champion and re.serve champion steer brought $1.25 a pound and 80 cents a pound, respectively, and county grand and
See complete sale pictures, page 1I-B.
Janet Vines, 16, Albany 4-H girl, appeared pleased with the 80 cents a pound she received for her reserve champion steer of the show, a mediumwelght (860 pound) dry-lot steer.
Brenda Whiteaker sold her Taylor County grand champion, a heavyweight milkfed steer, for 80 ^ „
cents a pound and the re.serve Harley Reeves, champion of the county, a heavy weight drylot, of Ronnie Barnett,
and Ackers was pushed to $125 on the county grand champion pen of broilers, shown by his grandson, Larry Ackers. The county reserve capon of George English, Merkel, brought $40 on a bid from Citizens National Bank. The county reserve champion broilers of Reppie Guitar sold to L. D. Kennedy Grain Co. for $30.
'The di.strlct grand champion broilers sold to Grisham & King, attorneys, for $25. They belonged Wcinert. 'Hiat was also the price paid by John
reserve champion calves brought ui i
80 cents a pound each. j 10, went for 80 cents to the Abilene
A pool composed of Wooten Ho- Petroleum Club.
tel. Farmers & Merchants National Bank. Windsor Hotel, Radford Properties, Western Cottonoil Co., Citizens National Bank. West Texas Utilities Co., Thornton’s Department Store, Fraley & Co., Ernest Grissom’s and The Popular Store, Minter Dry Goods Co., and Edgar Davis, supplied the money for purchase of the champion steers, except the reserve county champion, purchased by Abilene Petroleum Club,
Billy Bridgford, 16. Colorado City 4-H Club boy, was all smiles | as he led his 1,014-pound grand champion steer from the sale ring after bidding stopped at $1.25 a pound. His steer earned him $1,-267.50.
Edgar Davis, oilman and rancher who headed the efficient show sale committee that arranged for the purchase of the premium animals. joined with C. .M, Caldwell and Lewis Ackers, Abilene ranchers and businessmen, to pay $150 for the district grand champion capon, exhibited by Delbert Donaldson of Stanton.
The reserve champion capon sold to Henderson Grain Co., on a
H. DeFord, Abilene, to Donald for the district reserve champion broilers.
Top selling pen of capons was that of Obie Dee Bradford, Cochran 4-H, who got $40 for three birds from Power Feed Mills.
The district grand champion pen of rabbits sold to Hoy Parnell on a bid of $75. It belonged to Donald Hicks. Abilene. The reserve pen of rabbits brought Cecil Davenport $50 on a bid from Harley Sadler, oilman and state senator.
Swift &. Co., Fort Worth, set a
SAM HULME . . quits police job
bid of $50. It belonged to Charles 25.25 cents a pound on all
Parrish, Ballinger. i premium steers; Gooch Packing
I^wis J. Ackers, to whom the co., Abilene. esUbltshed a floor of
DKPAETMENT OF COMMEECE WEATHER BLRF.AV
ABILENE AND VICINITY - Mostly cloudy and warmer Thursday and Friday; widely scatcred showers Friday; high Thursday near 55; low Thursday night near 19: high FYlday In 60a.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Consider-able cloudiness and warmer Thursday and Friday* occasional rain In south Friday.
WEST TEXAS — Mostly cloudy and warmer Thursday; occasional rain Big Bend country and Pecos VaUey eastward Friday; mild temperatures.
EAST TEXAS — Increasing cloudinesa and a little warmer Thursday: Friday mostly cloudy and warmer with oceai-ional rain: moderate to locally fresh
northeast winds on the coast becoming cast-erlv Friday
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS -- Mostly eloudv and slightly warmer Thursday. occasslonally rain FlAday and In south Thursday afternoon or night, moderate to occaaslenally fresh northeast winds on the coast becoming east to aoutheaat
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ended at « 30 p.m.; 43 and 34-High and low temperatures tame date last year 70 and 37.
Sunse» last night f:3i pm Suiulae to. day 7:03 a m Sunset tonlgtit f 30 p m. Barometer reading at 0;30 p.m 36.SÌ. RtlaUve humidity ot t:30 p.m. at%.
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1954 show was dedicated, paid Ronnie Keith of Caps $50 for his Taylor County champion capon,
28 cents a pound on all swine, and S— SHOW, Pg. 5-A, Col. 1
FREEZE DAMAGE UNKNOWN
Rain Friday—Maybe; Fruit Survey Due
Gradually warming temperatures with widely - scatered showers Friday were predicted by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Munclpal Airport Wedne.sday night, following a freeze which sunk the mercury into thi 20s in a wide area early in the day.
While area orchardists wondered what effect the freeze had on their fruit trees, the weatherman saw the possibility of needed mol.sture developing after a low pres.sure area appeared over Southern California.
If the low pressure mass moves east, the Abilene area will have a "fair” chance for showers Friday, the weatherman said.
An orchardist, who said the mercury dipped to 22 degrees in his 40 acres of peach trees, wasn't worried Wednesday night about losing his crop due to cold weather.
The orchardist. Doss Alexander. whose trees are at Pioneer, was confident they could resist the freeze since they weren’t In full bloom. Alexander formerly had 125 acrei of trees, but the drought caused many of the trees to die.
"I was in a pecan orchard today." Alexander aald Wedneaday
night, "Pecans are not hurt. Apples are just beginning to bud a little There’ll be a fruit crop this year."
Eastland County Agent J. M. Cooper planned to make a report on freeze damage Saturday.
"You can’t tell this early." Cooper said, "I learned a long time ago not to make any predictions."
On Saturday Cooper plans to pull off 100 blooms at random and examine each one. If a bloom has been frozen. It will be black by Saturday, he said. The tiny peaches, if frozen, will be sour, he added.
Cooper said the mercury dipped to 28 at Eastland.
At Abilene the low was 24. The Abilene weatherman said it was 25 or belovY about two hours. The termperature was 32 or lower for 10 hours.
About 1,200 or 1,500 acres of orchard are in Eastland County, Cooper said. Most of this acreage is in peaches. .Apples are not yet in bloom, Cooper added.
"Twenty-eight degreea could do damage," Cooper said. "It depends on a lot of things — wind, humidity, the state of the blooms and other factors.’*
C-Cily Police (hiei Ouils
COLOR.ADO CITY. March 3 (RNSi — Sam Hulnie. who had served Colorado City as police chief since 1951, resigned Wednesday morning. City Manager Roy Dozier reported.
The resignation left Sgt. Henry Yeager — who was in the news recently after a gun battle with David Leach — as tlie lop man on the Colorado City police force. Leach, a Colorado City youth, was wanted for questioning in Big Spring.
Hulme said Wednesday night that his plans were indefinite.
The resignation of Hulme was unexpected. Dozier said. Huime'a work was satisfactory, Dozier added. Hulme began serving with the police force here in 1949.
An acting chief probably will be announced by Dozier within a days, the city manager said.
Yeager is a World War 11 veteran. He served in the sheriffs department at McKinney four years, and for three and one-half years at a military policeman.
Billion Dollar (ul Slated For 20 Items
WASHINGTON. .March 3 (4Wrhe House Way.s and Means Commit* tee today brushed aside Eisenhower administration opposition and ap;:roved almost unanimously a billion dollar annual cut in about 20 excise taxes,
Chang« on April 1
The changes, if finally enacted, would take effect April 1, presumably bringing widespread prica reductions on the articles affected.
Committee Chairman Daniel A. Reed (K-NY) who sponsored the move, said the tax cuts would spur consumer buying and thus give a boost to the national economy, now in a slight dip.
The Reed bMl also would extend indefinitely the present excise or sales taxes on liquor, tobacco, automobiles, gasoline, trucks and buses, and beer and wine. Cuts in these fields, amounlp ing to about $1,100.000,WO a year, are set for April 1 under present laws.
Final action to send the bill to the House floor was delayed until tomorrow because of a minor technicality, but the committee approved the measure section by section in voice votes which members said were almost ail unanimous.
House leaders said the measure would be brought up for formal House action early next week.
Tax Cuts Listed
The Reed bill would level off at It) per cent all excise or sales taxes now above that figure, except for liquor and tobacco. Cut to the 10 per cent figure w'ould be;
The present 25 per cent rata on long-distance telephone calls.
The 20 per cent retail sales tax on furs, lewelry, cosmetics, W'onv* en's handbsgs, luggage.
The 20 per cent excise tax on admissions to movies, sports events, night clubs, concerts and other entertainments.
The 20 per cent excise tax — at the manufacturer’s level—on cameras, photographic equipment and light bulbs.
The 15 per cent excise on rgil, bus and air passenger fares, aiKi on local telephone bilis andglomes-tic telegrams.
The 15 per cent manufacturer’s tax on pens, mechanical pencils, sporting goods, and lighters.
In its voting, the committee defeated scores of motions by Democrats for more and bigger excise cuts. Democrats also moved unsuccessfully to let the $1,100,000,-000 in reductions already scheduled April 1 take effect then. That would have made the total revenue loss in the bill more than two billion dollars.
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Latin OHicials Say Reds Pose Threat
CARACAS, Venezuela, March 3 OR—Three Latin American foreign ministers today a.ssaUed communism as a grave threat to the Western hemisphere. Then, apparently looking straight at the Umted States, they said the best answer lies in economic development Cuban Secretary of State Miguel few i Angel Campa, Peruvian Foreign j Minister Ricardo Rivera Schreiber, and Venezuelan Foreign -Minister Aureliano Otanez were opening speakers at today’s busincsa session of the 10th inter-.Amertcan Conference.
IN 'FAIR' CONDITION
Sweetwater Officer Shot Áccídentolly at Station
SWEETWATER, .March 3. (RNS) — J. O. Heflin, about 35. a veteran officer of the Sweetwater Police Department, was accidentally shot about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday in the police station here.
Acting Police Chief A. B. McGuire said the shot was accidentally discharged by a f«*Uow officer, Monte Huckabee, about 30.
Ttie officer was struck in the abdomen by a bullet that discharged from the gun, as Huckabee was putting his gun away.
Heflin waa taken to Sweetwater Hospital, where his physician said hia condition was fair. Late Wed* nesday, Heflin was said to be rtaUng fair!/ welL
Police reported that two or three officers on the night shift ivere practicing with supposedly unloaded guns.
They bad just returned from a police school Tuesday, where th^ had taken instructions on gun htar-dling, it was reported.
.After the policemen had completed practice. Huckabee cleaned his gun and was returning It to his holster. Hie gun discharged, striking Heflin, who had Juat i walked into the station, i Heflin told McGuire that "no one shomld blame the boy, because the I shooting was accidental. He was jonly putting hia gua swap.**