Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas
MILDSUNDAY"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIII, No. 264
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE. TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 7, 1954—FIETY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc
Kerr Hits Benson, Humphrey For Form, Financial Policies
By STUART CHILTON Reporter-News Staff Writer
SWEETWATER. March 6. — More than 200 Democrats from over the W'est Texas area heard Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma lash out with a blistering attack at the Eisenhower administration particularly at Ike’s farm policies Saturday night.
The occasion, the annual Jeffer-ton-Jackson Day $10-a-plate dinner, had been originally scheduled j for Feb. 26, but was postponed | when Sen. Kerr had to remain in Washington la.st week on legislation. The dinner and reception preceding the speech was held here In the Blue Bonnet Hotel. |
The Oklahoma senator began by | hitting at the Republicans, saying, | “The fact shines out boldly and clearly that the Democratic Party i is now stronger in defeat than the ! Republican Party is in powgr.” j Delving mostly on the farm poli-| cies of the Eisenhower administrt-1 tion, Kerr said, “Right here in Texas according to the Department | of Agriculture, itself, ‘Income from Texas agriculture declined $250 million in the first eight months of 1953, compared to the first eight months of 1952.”’
The senator continued, “Al- ^ though the overall national income :
Stevens Says He Will Slay In Army Job
WASHINGTON. March 6 (.?)— Robert T. Stevens formally announced today he intends to remain secretary of the Army and not resign because of “some •tormy weather” with Sen. McCar-, thy (R-Wis). I
Stevens said “nothing could be further from the truth” than reports he intended to follow the lead of one of his key assistants I and turn in his resignation as an outgrowth of his scrap with McCarthy.
Kane, Keys Resign The assistant was John F. Kane, an Army employe for seven years. He quit his $10,000-a-year job yesterday. Kane said he hoped Stevens would stay on although he contended some of the secretary’s superiors had failed to offer “full fighting support” in the “gallant battle you are trying to put up for the Army.”
Stevens and McCarthy pulled on the gloves over the senator’s methods in questioning Army officers while probing for Reds.
There was one top echelon resignation at the Pentagon today. Deputy Secretary of Defense Roger M. Kyes is quitting May 1. A former General Motors official, Kyes had agreed to serve only a year, and the year ended Feb. 2.
Both the White House and Pentagon said his resignation had no relation to the Stevens-McCarthy ruckus.
Stevens to Stay
Stevens said he intends to stay •n at the pleasure of Secretary of Defense Wilson and President Ei-aenhower.
“Having served the magnificent United States Army in two world wars and for more than a year as gecretary of the Army,” his statement said, “I do not intend to end that service because of some atormy weather that .1 personally have encountered over the past 10 days . . .
“From every part of the country and, in fact, from all over the world, I have received messages of loyal support from military personnel both in and out of uniform. My support of the Army has been apparent throughout my term of service and I do not intend to .stop my efforts to uphold the prestige, character and integrity of that out-Btandlng group of people who con-ititute the United States Army.” Stevens said Kane’s resignation was a complete surprise.
The secretary said, too that “At no time since I took office have I ever considered the matter of aubmitting my resignation.”
is up eight per cent, farm Income is down 17 per cent.”
“Of course, we warned the people in 1952 that the general knew little, if anything, about the necessities and problems of the average farmer. It is now apparent that, with no one to enlighten him but Ezra, he, in this regard has barely held liis own.”
Concerning McCarthyism. Kerr said. “The great majority of Americans are a lot more interested in check - mating and overcoming the danger created by tha live Communists in the Kremlin— than they are in resurrecting all the dead Communists of the last 25 years.”
About economic conditions the Oklahoma senator laid down a withering barrage of words against Secretary of Agriculture Benson and Secretary of Treasury Humphrey.
“The truth is we are in the midst of a Republican recession. Mr. Benson and Mr. Humphrey are its architects and it is their handiwork.
“Mr. Benson, with his program to reduce farmers’ income when their costs were at an all - time high and Increasing, laid the foundation. Mr, Humphrey—with his plans immediately installed to raise interest rates, make credit tight and money hard to get when the demand for it was at a record level — erected the recession’s framework on that foundation.”
Summarizing the events of the first year of the Republicans’ return to power, Kerr made these points, “(1) The farmer is a forgotten man and (2) the worker has become the repudiated man.” He concluded by saying “We will continue to labor for preparedness, not weakness: collective security for all free nations, not isolation; peace, not war.”
Sen. Kerr was introduced by Judge Ralph W. Yarborough of Austin, who took a slap at “Shiv-ercrats” in saying that the present state government is only Democratic in name.
Sen. Kerr presented to A. P. Moore, 94, retired Rotan farmer, a scroll for being the oldest Democrat present. The oldast Demo
crats from each of the 12 other counties in the 24th Senatorial District were also given scrolls by the senator.
Emcee for the dinner was Bryan Bradbury, Abilene attorney, while the welcome address was given by Hez Hawley, Sweetwater mayor. The invocation was given by the Rev. Bill Boyd, pastor of the Big Spring Episcopal Church.
KERR NOT HAPPY ABOUT CONTEST
Concerning the announcement of Roy J. Turner. 59. of Oklahoma City to seek the Democratic nomination against Sen. Kerr in the July primary in Oklahoma, the jovial senator had this to say;
“No comment — I just had soon he hadn’t of.”
Both men are ex-governors of Oklahoma and are also millionnaire oilmen.
OLDEST DEMOCRAT HONORED — Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma, left, presents a scroll to A. P. Moore, 94, retired Rotan farmer and oldest Democrat in the 13 counties of the 24th Senatorial District. The award was made at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Sweetwater Saturday night. (Staff photos by David Barros).
SENIOR HOWARD COUNTIAN Dr. T. M. Collins, left 85, Big Spring, oldest Howard County Democrat at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Sweetwater Saturday night, and his wife chat with Mayor G. C. Carothers of Stamford._
$84,886 LEFT IN FUND
C-C Seeks $200,000 for 2 Air Base Pools, USO
Supporters of the Abilene Air Force Base must raise more than $200,000 to meet their obligations, which include a USO in dow ntown .Abilene and two swimming pools at the base.
This amount is in addition to the $84,886.15 balance now In the
Forty 4-Bedrooin Homes Slated in Elmwood West
A $450.000 project involving con-ftruction of 40 homes in Elmwood West was announced Saturday by Lynn A. Lee, Abilene contractor.
All of the dwellings will be four-bedroom structures with
Special Air Base Fund of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Elbert E. Hall, C-C president, announced.
An intensive drive is planned to raise the money, said Hall and W. P. Wright, chairman of the C-C's National Defense Committee, in a letter to those who have pledged to the fund.
The letter included a breakdown as of March 2 of receipts and disbursements dealing with the fund.
“You will remember that in order to secure the project (Abilene AFB) it was necessary that we
agree to purchase 3,500 acres of
land and to provide certain recreation facilities,” the letter said.
“The Air Force has asked that we provide two swimming pools The homes will not all be exact- for airmen at the base, which will ly alike, Lee said. Buyers can cost approximately $150,(M)0. and a select styles from a variety of recreation building, or USD. in choices, he .said. i downtown Abilene. We estimate
—■ A new-type polka dot paint wiU 'his «ponditure wUl be approxi-
l.P-tO b. useti, he said. The paint is splat-'
•quare feet of liveable area, he tered on the wall with a spray . With these ■aid. The price range will be trom and when dry is composed of $10,450 to $10,700. three disUnct colors. When tested » i
Sale of the homes will begin |n a laboratory, the paint has last-
Sunday at Lee’s ofiice, 1333 San j gj fjye years, he said,
Jose Dr. o i r» * Financing will be 100 per cent
Locations are along ban Dr. | qj ^ ^ guaranteed $300
and I.A Salle D*’** lo«« closing cost, Lee said.
Intarsect with Waldemar St.. ^ payments will start
said. Construction was started ^v- ground $59, plus principal and In-•ral days ago. The first home wiU
be completed within two weeks.
All of the homes will be completed la about three months.
Each home will have a carport and outside storage. lA>ts are 72 by 134 feet.
With these remaining obliga-
^ can see that the $84,-
886.15 balance will not suffice and it is going to be necessary that we secure an additional $215,113.85 to meet our original obligation,”
terest, he said.
The area where the homes are being built ha.s been developed in connection with streets and util-ties, he said.
...w... L«e is a member of the Home
Vhe* fwr-bedroom homes can be Builders Association. An Abilene used so” that each contains three resident since September, he has bedrooms and a den, Lee said, j built 20 smaller homes here along Caeh homa will have a complete; Crockett Dr. in Elmwood West. He bath plus a partial bath for the has put up approximately 1,000 aaasier bPdmnn» 'homaa la OkUhom^bt aald.
i SOPRANO-BASS DEAL IS MADE
CAMBRIDGE. Mass, lF -Gene C. Soprano of Waltham sold his house to Gordon K Bass of Newton, according to a transaction recorded in the registry of deeds here yesterday.
Mrs. Ba.ss patiently told reporters, “It’s Just a coincidence.”
Stevenson Claims Republicans Split
Adlai Jabs Hard At Ike, McCarthy
the letter said.
Receipts of the Special Air Base Fund as of March 2 amounted to $804,990, which was the total from payment of pledges and other income, the letter said. Total disbursements amounted to $720,103-.85.
The letter said plans call for “an intensive campaign to secure participation by those businesses which have come to Abilene since our campaign for these Rinds and those other businesses which for some reason or other have failed to take a part in this project.”
In addition, firms which already have made pledges were asked in the letter to “re-evaluate your own part in this program” and to “consider pledging and giving an additional sum of money to the Air Base Fund this year.”
In connection with Air Base Fund receipts, the letter noted that $858,011 originally had been pledged. From improvements, $15,0:59.59 was received: from
rents, $179.69; and from refund of taxes. $165.22.
Total pledges and other income amounted to $873,395 50. With $68,-405.50 in unpaid pledges subtracted from the overall total of re-ceipt.s, %he total receipt figure .stood at $804.990.
The unpaid pledges were 7.9 per cent of the total pledged, the letter said, adding that “these losse.s have resulted from the death of pledgers, bankruptcies and withdrawal from the business life of the city,”
Disbursements follow: Land and improvements, $617,749 86; removing utilities from site. $53,000; cost of mineral rights and leases. $22,-335.89; taxes, attorneys* fees, abstractors' lets snd so forth. 128,-Wt.10,
MIAMI BEACH. Fla., March 6 Adlai E. Stevenson asserted tonight that the Republican party —"divided against itself, half Me-! Carthy and half Eisenhower”—has | deliberately embarked on a campaign of “slander, dissension and deception” in an effort to remain | in power.
Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic i nominee, declared in a speech pre-pared for the Southeastern Demo-; cratic Conference, that President j
Races Develop In West lexas (ily Elections
A longtime Haskell mayor filed for re-election at the last minute, a rancher quit the city council contest in Colorado City, and belated races developed in Hamlin and Snyder city elections Friday and Saturday as filing deadlines pas.sed In most Central West Texas cities.
Mayor Hunt Files For Haskell Post
HASKELL, March 6 (RNS) — Mayor Courtney Hum announced Saturday that he will be a ‘candidate for re-electluii in the April 6 city election when Haskell voteri will choose a mayor and three aldermen. ,
His announcement brought to eight the number of candidates filed for the four offices.
Earlier thi.s week W. L, (Bill) Richey, Haskell automobile and farm implement dealer, had filed as a candidate for mayor.
The deadline for filing was 5 p. m. Saturday,
Six candidates who have filed for the three aldermen places are Alderman FI. C. Hunter, who is asking re-election for a two-year: term, and Jim Byrd, B. B. Gilmore, Carl J. Anderson, W. P. Trice and Brooks Middleton,
Two other aldermen whose terms expire in April and who are i not asking re-election are A. M. Turner and Joe Thomson.
Mayor Hunt is completing his fifth year as Haskell’s mayor. He was elected in May of 1949 to the one-year unexpired term of W. i Q. Casey, wl o resigned when he i moved from Haskell to MUleshoe. •
Mayor Hunt was re-elected in 1950 and in 1952 without opposition.
Only One Race Due At Sweetwater
SWEETWATER. March 6 (RNS) — Bob Horton filed his candidacy Saturday morning for the April 6 city election here, creating the only race, City Secretary W. H. j Whaley reported.
He will oppo.se A. A. Wade, incumbent, who was appointed about a month ago to replace Lester Reeves, who resigned.
The only candidate for Place No.
4 is Mayor H. H. Hawley, Jr.. incumbent, Hawley and Wade filed candidacy several days ago.
Deadline lor filing was Saturday.
Rancher Quits Race Far C-City Cauncil
COlX>RADO CITY. March «. (RNS) — Four candidates were seeking the three available Council seats here Saturday in the April 6 election after Pete Ainsworth withdrew from the race.
Ainsworth, a member of the County School Board, said .Saturday he had learned he could not hold both jobs. If elected. He had filed Friday afternoon.
“One of the shortest careers in polities on record,” observed Ain.s-W'orth, a Mitchell County rancher, after withdrawing.
Still in the council race at 6 p.m. Saturday were Walter Grubbs, .Alton Moore, Trevor Crawford and Jeff Taylor
City Manager Roy Dozier said he would accept applications until midnight Saturday.
3rd Candidate Files Far Snyder Mayar
SNYDER. Maroh 6. (RNS) — Frank Bernson. co-owner of Town and Country Furniture Store, i.s the third candidate for mayor to file for the forthcoming city election, J, D. Scott, city secretary. announced.
He filed just before deadline at noon Saturday.
R. L. Terry, service station and bus line owner, filed Saturday as a candidate for election to council
Us ILICTION, Pf. »A, Col. t
Flisenhower has soft-pedaled criticism of Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) because he has been persuaded “that McCarthyism is the best Re-pihlican formula for political success.”
Lathes at McCarthy
Lashing out at McCarthy, vacationing in a nearby Miami Beach hotel, Stevenson said that the chief objectives of the Wisconsin senator and those who support him Include “not only the intimidation and silencing of all independent institutions and opinion in our society. but the capture of one of our great instruments of political action—-the Republican party.”
“The end result, in short, Is a malign and fatal totalitarianism,” he declared.
Stevcnson’.s speech was arranged before the backdrop of a Democratic harmony fest in a state the former Illinois governor lost to Eisenhower in 19.52. Party officials and office holders from almost every section of the nation came here to hear him speak as the titular head of their organization.
In what was for him a bitterly-phrased address. Stevenson took a step toward ending speculation about Democratic tactics In this year’s campaign for control of Congress.
As few Democrats thus far have been willing to do Stevenson charged Elsenhower with personal responsibility for the “McCarthyism ” 'The former presidential nominee blamed “McCarthyism” for "the bitter harvest of the seeds of slander, defamation and disunion planted in the soil of democracy.”
Ike Was Persuaded
Citing the controversy between Ei.senhower and McCarthy over the lattcr’s charges that the Army had “coddled” Communists, Stevenson said that if the Prc.sl-dent had cracked down on the Wl.sconsin senator he would have had the country’s support.
“Why, you ask. have the demagogues triumphixl so often?
“The anwer is inesrapable; be- | cause a group of political plungers has persuaded the President that McCarthysim Is the best Republl-1 can formula for political success.” He added that “clear as the issue is, and unmistakable as the support is, the administration appears to be impotent. Why? Be-cause the party which created the administra tion is hopelessly, dismally, fatally torn and rent within itself. ’’ 1
Stevenson said that Ei.senhower j had been “patronized,” the press I threatened and "our servants of j God Impugned.” The latter was a ' direct reference to McCarthy’s | employment of J, B. Matthews as an investigative aid. Matthews resigned in the furore over a maga- i zine article he wrote contending that “the largest single group supporting the Communist apparatus in the United .States today is composed of Protestant clergymen.” Declaring that there was in progre.SK a “calculated campaign ■ of deceit,” Stevenson struck out ; not only at McCarthy but other ; FHsenhower advisers he said had made demagoguery “a national movement”
“Where we looked forward to a nation united, we have a people divided,” he said. “Where we expected candor, we have misrepre-
Sea STEVENSON, Pg. 8-A, Col. 3-4
HENRIANN HUGI1B8 ... ill since July
LEUKEMIA CLAIMS CHILD
Big Yule Party Was Last For Sick Snyder Girl, 6
SNYDER, March «. (RNS)-Fu-neral for Henriann Hughes. 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Heri-ry Hughes of Snyder, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the F'ir.st Baptist Church.
The Rev. K. K. Shepherd, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be in Hill.xide Memorial Gardena under the direction of Bell Funeral Home.
The child became 111 last July with an acute attack of tonsilitls. | She bad periodically been a pa-
W.a. DKrARTMKNT OF COMMKRC'B WKATHKR Bl KEAtl ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and mUd Sundar and Monday, high both days near 70, low Sunday night near 40 NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Grnerally fair Sunday and Monday; warmer Sunday EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair and warmer Sunday, Monday, partly cloudy and mild, moderate southerly winds on the coaet becoming fresh Monday.
TEMPER ATI’RES Sat A M. Sat. P M
31 ............ 1 30 SO
31 ............ 3 30 ............ SO
31 ............ 3 30 ............ «4
30 ............ 4 30 ............ »4
3« ............ 8 30 .......... 63
30 ............ «30 M
31 ............ 7 30 ............ 53
37 ............ §30 4«
43 ............ » JO 44
47 ............ 10 30 ............
•3 11 30 ...........
High and low temperatures for 34 hour* ended at S 30 pm.; 94 and 3t High and low temperaturee tame data laat year 74 and 40 Buniet laat night » 40 p m. Sunrtaa today 7 00 a in Sunaet tonight »41 pm. Barometer reading at »30 pm. 3131. Relative humidity at 3 30 pm. 37%.
Puerto Ricans Nab Rebel Chief
SAN JUAN. Puerto Rico. March 6 (JPt—Police seized Pedro Albizu Campos, chief of Puerto Rico’s Nationalist party, and five of his aides in a blazing two hour battle of guns and homemade bombs today.
Gov. Luis Munoz Marin made plain the crackdown on the fanatically Nationalist party was the result of the shooting of five U.S congressmen by Nationalists in ! Washington last Monday. He ' pledged all out effort to “stamp out this poisonous snake in our midst.”
The governor issued orders to police to arrest 38 Nationalist party leaders. Within five hours X, including the 62-year-old Albizu and five women, were under arrest Among the women was Doris Tor-resola, a party secretary. Her brother, Griselio Torresola, was ; killed by secret Service pollc» I when the Nationalists tried to assassinate President Truman in Washington in 1950.
No lives were lost in the shooting today. There was no violence elsewhere in connection with the other arrests, and the entire Lsland was i reported calm tonight.
Alhjitt vaa la a hoapiUl under
police guard. Tear gas had been used to subdue him and the others but police said the fiery-eyed longtime radical was not Injured. When he was found upstairs In his apartment he bad gasped “I am asphyxiated.”
Albzu was jailed for a violation of a pardon given him after being sentenced to 54 years in prison following a revolt he led in 1950 which claimed the lives of 50 Puerto Ricans. Albizu. a graduate of Harvard University, had served a previous 6-year sentence in Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for insurrection. Today’s shooting will probably result In additional charges against him.
Details of Battles This was how today’s battle, in which more than 150 shoU were exchanged, developed;
Police were dispatched to the apartment ol Albizu with warrants for his arrest at about 6 a.m. Thi party headquarters is in the same location.
Officers lined both sides of the street. Then a police car roared up to the apartment entrance and three officers with guna djrawa ruahed luto the haliwayi
tient at BattenfJeJd Hospital heiw since last November when her condition was diagnosed as chronic leukemia. She died at the hoe-pltal at 8:55 a.m. Saturday.
She will be the first person to be buried in HiU.side Memorial Gardens. The plot has been donated by the cemetery.
Snyder residents raised more than $700 to go toward caring for the child. They also gave a big party for her at Christmas, as it was known that it would probably be her last.
She was born Dec. 12, 1947.
Survivors, besides her parents, include a half - sister, Mary Cons-ler, 19, of the home; a half-brother, Robert Consler, 17, whn is attending high school in Corsicana: and two brothers, 5Iike Hughes, 4. and David, 11 months, both of the home.
The Hughes have resided in Snyder since coming here in 1950 from Kilgore. They formerly lived at Tyler.
Mr. Hughes is employed by Omar E. Partaln Pipe Line Company. He took leave of absenc« from his work a week ago in order to be with Henriann.
70-Degree Warmup Due Abilene Area
Warm weather, with the mercury standing near the 70-degree mark. wUl return to the Abilene area Sunday and Monday, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport believes.
In issuing this forecast Saturday night, the weatherman pointed out that a weak cold front was in the Northern Plains states. The cloa-est to Texas in w hich the front waa located was Nebraska.
The front won’t affect Abllena for at least another two days, the weatherman said.
During the six hours preceding 9 30 p. m. Saturday only the etst^ ern part of the front in Chicago, 111., had moved southward. The central and western portions had not moved in that time, the weatla-erman aald.
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