Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 266
Associated Press (AP)
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Governor, Senterfitt Hold Confab
AUSTIN, March 8 iiP-Uk)V. Shivers and Speaker Reuben Senterfitt talked for more than hour today shortly after Senterfitt issued a statement spotlighting his differences with the governor over the special session of the Legislature.
Neither would say whether they had reached an agreement.
The compromise teacher’s pay raise plan threatens Texas with a sales or incoma tax, Senterfitt had warned earlier in a presession statement.
The compromise plan has been endorsed by Shivers. He and the speaker have been at odds on two points:
1. Timing of the March 15 special session.
2. The compromise pay and school financing plan which Senter-fitt has refused to accept.
Refuses To Talk
Senterfitt is an announced candidate for governor. Shivers has not said what his political plans are. but he is considered a strong potential candidate.
Shivers went to Senterfitfs office for their conference. When he came out he said he and the speaker had talked about the wording of the formal call for the session which the governor will issue in a day or
^"pressed for what else they had talked about, including tax plans, the governor smiled and said:
“Nearly everything, the weath-
But neither he nor the speaker would go beyond this, although questioned specifically as to whether they had talked over the teachers pay compromise.
Threat to Economy
Part of that plan calls for allocating $100 per teacher unit to school districts for buildings. Senterfitt argues this is too flexible, that the money could be used for salaries or any purpose. ,
“The so-called $100 proposals is the most vicious threat to our economy that the taxpayers of Texas have ever faced,” Senterfitt said in a written statement today.
He named two conservative House members to vacancies on the key Revenue and Taxation
See SALES TAX, Pg. 12-A, Col. I
THE PILOT ^JOKED ABOUT IT — A Navy fighter plane was ripped into three sections in Pittsburgh as its pilot, Lt. John Pini, 31, of Batavia, 111., tried a crash landing on a golf course after he ran out of gas. The propeller and part of the fuselage are shown here. Pini joked with rescuers. He suffered a broken leg and fractured pelvis^^__
IKE GIVES UP
Nixon, Not McCarthy, To Return Demo Blast
House OK Certain For Sales Tex Cut
WASHINGTON. March 8 —
The administration abandoned hope today of keeping the House from cutting excise taxes almost a billion dollars.
The strategy now is to count on the Senate to prevent a reduction which House Speakex* Martin (R-Mass) said President Eisenhower feels “goes a little too far.
The excise tax bill comes up for House debate Wednesday. And it came up for discussion today at the regular Monday conference at the White House between the President and Republican leaders m
Martin told newsmen afterward
COLLEGE TOWN HALLS TODAY
Sludenis, Business Execs Will Exchange Viewpoints
Students of Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian College will interchange viewpoints on political and economic trends with a panel of business executives Tuesday.
The discussion will take plate as the Texas Manufacturers Association presents engagements of its College Town Hall program at the two schools.
The question - and-answer forum will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the chapel of Hardin-Simmons. with the second session starting at 10 a.m. at Abilene Christian.
Participating on the first panel will be R. N. Dyer of Houston, head of Humble Oil and Refining Company’s personnel division; George Laffery of Cheatham-Brady and Company, Houston; Thomas Kass-ner, w'orks manager, LTnited States Gypsum Company, Sweetwater, and Kindel Paulk, president of the WlchiTa Falls Battery and Tire Company. Paulk is also mayor of Wichita Falls.
Dyer is due to address students of Hardin-Simmons at 10 a.m. following the panel discussion. He will describe what the personnel
representative looks for in a college graduate.
J. H. Means of Freeport will join Kassner, Laffery and Paulk on the panel at Abilene Christian. Means is general superintendent of light hydrocarbons and glycols for the liow Chemical Company’s Texas Division.
Leonard Patlllo of Houston, TM.\ director of public relations, will moderate both panels.
Sponsored by TM.\ — a 32-year-old statewide business organization with some 3000 business-industry members, and participating colleges, the College Town Halls will he the fourteen and fifteenth of the 1953-54 school year.
Programs are spontaneous and unrehearsed, with discussion coming from “off the floor” questions asked by students. Panel members answer with fact and opinion. There are no formal speeches.
Purpose of the programs, initiated almost three years ago. is to bring businessmen and students together to learn what each is thinking about political and economic trends and to answer questions on the American business system.
administration forces" will make no attempt to stop House passage of the measure. For one thing, the parliamentary situation will be such that no individual members can offer amendments, and only the Democrats can try to send the bill back to committee.
But after the legislation gets to the Senate. Martin said, the administration hopes to block some of the proposed cuts or at least keep them from going so deep.
Actually, some tax experts in Congress say Eisenhower may be on shaky ground in relying on either House or Senate to head off a reduction of a billion dollars or even more. One administration chief who didn’t want to be named said the White House will be lucky if the Senate doesn’t increase any reductions the House may approve.
Demos Seek Boost
Furthermore, the House itself might boost the amount of reductions, if Democrats have their way. They are nearly as numerous as Republicans.
Apparently to try to get the GOP to hold the line against greater cuts. House Republican leaders have called a party conference for tomorrow.
The tax biU would keep excise or sales taxes on such Jtems as liquor, tobacco, gasoline and cars at present rates indefinitely. Without action by Congress, these taxes would expire automatically .April 1, at a loss of about a billion dollars a year in revenue. Eisenhower wants the rates extended.
Ike Is Reconciled
In addition, the bill would cut in half the present 20 per cent tax on many things, such as cosmetics, admissions and luggage. This would cost the Treasury nearly a billion dollars annually. House Democrats are campaigning to change the bill so as to extend the expiring taxes for only one year and remove the admissions tax from tickets costing 50 cents or less.
Eisenhower repeatedly has spoken against any excise tax reductions at this time unless Congress made up the lost revenue some w-ay. But he indicated at last Wednesday’s news conference he may be reconciled to some cuts.
Escapees Get Venue Change To Lubbock
ROBY, March 8 (RNS) — Trial of three jail escapees was changed Monday from Judge Owen Thomas's 104th District Court here to Lubbock.
Amos Benny Bolton, 22, of Dallas, and John Tarleton, 21. of Snyder, will instead be tried in Judge James G. Denton’s 99th District Court in Lubbock.
Both are charged with assault with intent to murder f'isher County Sheriff R. L. (Bogue) Wilkins during a jail escape Dec. 15,
Huey Jack Potts, 21, of Dallas, the third escapee facing the .same charge, probably will be transferred Wednesday to Judge Victor Undsey’.s 72nd District Court, also in Lubbock.
Judge Thomas, however, was unable to contact Judge Lindsey late -Monday by telephone.
Motion for change of venue in the case was made by Defense Attorneys Roger lA'wis and Alexander D. McNabb. both of Dallas, and Clay Coggins of Roby.
They presented the motion on venue change on grounds that the alleged assault on Sheriff Wilkins and the escape of the three from jail had been given wide-spread publicity in the press and on radio.
Those factors, together with the popularity of the sheriff, would make it impossible for the defendants to have a fair and impartial trial before a Fisher County jury, the attorneys said.
Judge Thomas upheld the motion, although 12 witnesses produced by the prosecuting attorney said they believed a fair trail could be held in this county.
The witnesses were presented after the state filed a counter affidavit opposing the change.
District Attorney Bill Tippcn was assisted in prosecution by former County Judge Roy Formway of Kress and County Attorney H. F. Grindstaff.
Both sides questioned a panel of 50 jurors.
No action was taken concerning burglary charges with which the three escapees were Indicted while they were at large.
Tarlton also faces burglary charges with the fourth member of the group. Floyd Gilbert, 18. of Snyder, of the C & C Drug in Rotan on Nov. 17.
Gilbert remained in jail while the other three escapees and beat up Sheriff Wilkins.
Witnesses for the defense were Frank Pruitt, circulation manager of the Abilene Reporter-New s; Lewis Clark, Rotan constable; Red Wallace, Roby Constable; and Willard Burk, Roby farmer.
States witnesses included John Corhn, George McBeth. Hooper Shelton. A. B. Parker, II, L. Davis, all of Rotan, Johnnie Ammons, R. A. Morgan, and Green, all of Roby. Fay Dozier and Lee Brewer of Sylvester, O. G. I..ander.s of Clay-tonvillc and Tarlton Willingham of Swedonia.
Jim Paulk, Texas Ranger of Abilene who helped lead the search for the three escapees, was present during the day’s proceedings.
SPEND NIGHT ON LEDGE
Courage Pays Off For Stranded Kids
YUMA, Ariz., March 8 tP' — Calm and courage paid off today or two young sisters who wandered from a picnic and became stranded at night on a canyon ledge.
P'rom dusk until after sunup Carla Meyer. 12. and her 9-ycar-old sister. Jean, waited patiently for help to come.
“We weren’t scared," said Carla.
They were sighted first by Kenneth Hansbergcr. who with his wife had taken the Meyer girls on the picnic yesterday.
Chilled and tired but in good condition, they were carried to safety by .sheriff’s deputies who had combed Palm Canyon. a rugged chasm 70 miles
north of here, all night long.
A HELICOPTER from March Air P'orcc Base. Calif., also wa* used in the search. Two others turned back after the rescue had been made.
Sheriff Jim Washum praised the way the girls reacted to their plight. "They’re smart girls,’’ he said.
“They stayed put during the night and that probably saved their lives. If they had wandered around thev might have fallen 1.000 feet.”
Helping in the search was the lost girls’ father, Arnold Meyer. a Yuma automobile mechanic. Their younger sister, Beverly, 7. remained with the Hansbergers when Carla and Jean slipped off to explore the canyon just before nightfall.
Bids on Air (ondilioning Asked for New High School
Hall Beats Solon To Free Air Time
WASHINGTON. March 8 f.AP)—The Republican p^ty pa.ss-ed over Sen. McCarthy |R-Wi.s) today and gave Nixon the job of an.swering .Adlai Stevenson s blast that the partv is “half McCarthy and half Eisenhower.” g6p Chairman Leonard Hal! moved in ahead of Mc( artny to get free radio and television time equaling that given Stevenson. titular head of the Democrats, for his speech at Miami
Beach Saturday night. .
Then Hall announced the vice-president would appear on a combined radio-TV broadcast from 9:30 to 10 p. nj-.iCSTi next Saturday “to speak on Republican party leadership and the Eisenhower administration program.”
Nixon also will reply to Stevenson, Hall said, and the vice-
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Abilene School Board Monday night authorized architects Castle and Castle to call for additional bids on an air conditioning system for the new high school now under construction.
Tlie system was deleted from original plans. Estimated cost was $34.807.
Tlie board also passed unanl-mou.sly a motion that a physician be present on the players bench at all Abilene High School varsity and “B” team football games, and
official representative of the Republican party in this matter.”
McCarthy Won’t Quit
In Miami, where he has been vacationing briefly, McCarthy said he means to see to it that he too get.s free air time, as well a.s the National GOP committee.
•McCarthy announced yesterday he would ask the networks for a chance to answer the Stevenson speech, which he called ”a very clever political talk designed to cloud the issues."
But Hall moved first, sending telegrams to both CBS and NBC I with requests for use »f their fa-at all junior high school games . pq^gl to that given Steven-
Russia Seeks Local Colony, Dulles Asserts
LOOP DUE AT ROSE FIELD HOUSE
C-C Sets Out Vittles Tonight For Air Force's Top Brass
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Approximately 1.000 persons --j Including .some of the Air s:
top bra.ss — will be in Abilene Tuesday night. '
They’ll be here for the 47th annual Abilene Chamber of Commerce banquet, which licgins at 7 p.m. in Rose Field House.
Reservations and tickets sold for the event numbered 940 Mon-tluv afternoon, wiUi the total ex-m>eted to swell liy Tuesday night Seventeen West Texas towns will have representatives liere from their Chambers of Commerce. ,
Theme of the banquet concerns the Abilene Air Force Base.
During the night, Abilene s Top Citizen of 1953 will be revealed.
Speaker for the meeting is Maj.
Gen. Curtis I^May. commanding ceneral of the Strategic Air Command headquartered at Offutt Air Eorce Base, Omaha. Neb.
The general is to arrive in Abilene with a party of three at 4 p.m. |
Tuesday. . ,
Mai Gen. John B. Montgomery. i.nmmaii(fer of the Eighth Air Force Carswell AFB in Fort Worth, will Corps of Engineers of the
GEN. JOHN B. MONTGOMERY . . . he’ll greet LeMay
I corted on a tour of the liase.
I Greeting both generals will be i Mavor C. E. Gatlin, Col. Jack I Brown, Eighth Air Force liaison ! officer at .Miikne AFB; County j Judge Reed Ingalsbe. W. P. Wright, chairman of the C-C national defense committee; the entire committee, and the Chamber Board of Directors.
Two officens from Fort Worth are to arrive before noon. Col. Robert K. Conner, Air Force Installa-tioiLS Representative. Southwestern Division of the Army Corps of Engineers, and Maj. Stanley M. Drag-nich, special assistant to Col.* Conner. will he met at the Wooten Hotel by George Minter, Jr., and Mayor Gatlin.
The four will join the defense committee at 3 p.m., when Gen. Montgomery lands at Municipal Airport. With him will be Capt. K. 11. Semmier, aide-de-camp to the general.
An hour later, the entire group will meet Gen. I^May.
Col. R. F. Tilley, special assist-Fort aiit to the SAC commander, will take
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be on hand to greet Gen. LeMay. Gen. Montgomery is to arrive at 3 p.m. at Municipal Airport.
Also slated to appear is Col il. R. liallock. district engineer of the
Worth District. Time of his arrival the plane to
After Gen. LeMay lands at Abi lene AFB, the ofíiciís wiU be es- ‘
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CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (jP—Moscow seek.* to bring parts of the Western Hemisphere into the Soviet Orbit, Secretary of State Dulles said today.
The secretary’ urged the .American republics to take united action to thwart any such designs. He addressed the 10th Intcr-Anierlcan Conference in support of a U. S. a n 11-communist resolution and soon afterwards cancelled speaking engagements in the Unlt-d States. The explanation given was that he wanted to remain here and direct personally the U.S. campaign for the rc.‘;olution.
Dulles began by leading a stern lecture to Guatemala on the mining of international communism. Foreign Minister Guillermo Tor-iello of that Red-tinged Central American republic had said ne didn't know. "VN’hen Dulles finished, the Guatemalan said he still didn’t know.
International communi.sm. President Eisenhower’s top diplomat explained. “is that far-flung clandestine political organization which i.s operated by the leaders of the Communist party of the Soviet Union. Since 1939 it has brought 15 once independent nations into a state of abject servitude. L has a hard core of agents in practically every country of the world. The total constitutes not a theor>’. »ot a doctrine, but an aggressive, tough political force backed by great resources and serving the most ruthless empire of modern times.”
He called on the Americas to spring into united action if one on them fell victim.
Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Honduras immediately threw their support to this new “Dulles doctrine.” .Mexico submitted an amendment expanding such joint action to all forms of totalitarianism.
With a lengthy debate apparently in sight, Dulles called oit a speaking engagement at the Philadelphia Bulletin Forum Wednes-day.
Torlello sat silent while delegates gave Dulles a 2t»-second burst of applause for his definition and then said he was still unsatisfied.
He asked whether the label could be pinned on normal trade and diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, “the struggle against imperialism and economic privilege.” “the raisins of coffee prices in the United States.” or the “struggle for peace.”
U.S. officials have charged in the past that Reds occupy impor-tant posts in Guatemala and wield considerable influence with Its left-wing government.
Dulles and his aides made no secret of their uneasiness over the spread of Communist influence in the Central American republic. Today it was disclosed that this feeling is shared by the British government.
played in the future.
The motion was made and passed following a report by Abilene High Coach Chuck .Moser on expenditures for treatment of injuries to the .school system’s athletes.
Moser, reporting on the athletic fund, told the trustees he estimated the schools would have a net balance of about $8.000 in the fund on Sept. 1 of this year. There was a negative balance September of last year, he said.
Present athletic fund balance is $18.273.49, of this amount $1,495.28 is for elementary athletics. Balance of the fund on Jan. 31 was 519.428, February bill.s amounted to $2.157.64 and receipts were $1,-002.15.
Supt. A. E. Wells told the board Monday night that season football tickets were now on sale at $7 for the six home games the AHS Eagles will play here this year.
Since Sept. 1, 19.53 total disbursements by the school for treatment of athletic Injuries was $1,(KK).25. Of that amount $181..50 had been recovered from insurance policies carried on a portion of the athletes.
Doctor bills during the period amounted to $744, hospital bills $542 40. and drug lillls $32.60.
About one-half of the estimated 250 junior and high school students participating in athletics here are insured by the school under a policy costing $281 per year, Moser said.
Board President W. E, Fraley said during the meeting, and was supported by other trustees in his statement, that "it is not the expense we are worried about, we want to take care of those boys,” .Moser told the group during discussion of having a physician at all home games that, “I would like to have a doctor on the bench” and that he tried to have one when possible.
The board voted Monday night to allow Supt. Wells to notify the federal government of the schools willingnes.s to participate in the teacher exchange program.
The school had been contacted by a federal agency asking if it would favor having a teacher from one of several foreign countries to teach here for a year. Ixical schools do not have to send a teacher abroad under the agreement. Wells said.
Ahso approved was • list of textbooks for use in the schools during the year 1954-55. The list of recommended books was submitted by a panel composed of Wells and eight teachers in the local schools as required by the textbok division of the Texas Education Agen
son. titular head of the Democrats when he .spoke at Miami Beach, “This is not a matter for personal rebuttal hy any individual.” Hall advised the broadcasting chains. “We will designate our spokesmen who will speak for the party.” McCarthy Too Late CBS said it received Hall’s request first and was setting aside the i>i‘ri(Ml from 10.30 to 11 p.m. EST Saturday for the GOP. A request from McCarthy came in later. CB.S said, but would not he granted because “time already has lieen given to the GOP to answer Steven.son.”
NBC said merely “commensurate time” would he given to the party rather than McCarthy. It did not fix the time immediately.
Rules of the Federal Communications Commission require that candidates for ooliticai office must be given equal time qn the air, and while no rule covers non-election political squabbles the networks say their policy is to give “well-rounded coverage.”
The question now' raised Is W'hether Inith the GOP National Committee and McCarthy are entitled to rebuttal peritnis, and if so how the time should be divided.
Hall said Stevenson “impugned the Elsenhower administration and Its leadership in terms which demand immediate and official reply by the Republican party.” He added Stevenson .spoke in his capacity a.s the leader of the Democratic party.
Steven.son, addressing a
Won't Take No For an Answer
NEW YORK, March 8 'J*—Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisi said tonight television and radio networks would grant him free time to answer Adlai Stevenson or they would “learn what the law is.” McCarthy, arriving from Miami Beach, was told at the airport that the CBS and NBC networks already had turned down his request for free time to answer Stevenson’s Miami speech Saturday night.
He also was told that the Re-puWlcan National Committee had been given free time and that Vice President Nixon would answer the unsuccessful Democratic presidential nominee.
“I am delegating to no one the authority to defend me,” .McCarthy said. “In addition I intend to do everything I can to make the television oompanie.* live up to their obligations.”
.McCarthy said he would continue to demand time for himself “and I will not countenance anything else.
“The FCC rules provide that 1 must be given time to answer these charges.”
McCarthy said Stevenson’s speech was “an intemperate attack on the Republican party and a lengthy, vicious attack on mt personally.”
.Stevenson said Saturday that a group of "political plungers” had persuaded President Eisenhower to adopt McCarthy’s tactics for th« Republican party as a whole.
McCarthy said Vice President Nixon was “an excellent cholci’’* to answer Stevenson but added: “However. Mr. Nixon is speak-
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Republican party has embarked ^ He .said Republican National on a deliberate campaign of “slan-j Chairman la onard Hall was “en-der, dissension and deception” in | tlndy corre« t” in considering tha an effort to remain in power. ; steven.son speech an attack on the The 1952 Democratic prcsiden- Hepublican party.
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He had no other choice,” McCarthy added.
As for the networks turning down his own request, McCarthy said;
“Thev will grant me time or learn what the law is. I will guarantee that.”
Earlier, former Pre ident Harry Truman' said he thought it was “proper” for the Hepublican leadership to choose a speaker to reply to Stevenson, since the latter spoke under auspices of the Democratic National Committee.
The board Monday night voted its appreciation and thanks to the ; schools faculty for the March 4 banquet here honoring past School Board trustees.
Read at the meeting was a letter from principal of the Junction City. Kans. High School commending the Abilene High choral group for a concert it gave there on Feb. 23. The pre.sentatlon “was nothing short of -pectacular,” the letter said.
Gene Kgstney Is director of the choir.
Supt. Wells brought to attention of the panel a letter criticizing a recent Collier’s magazine story about the public schools. The letter was written by a patron of the Arlington, Va., schools which was one of the schools criticized. It called the story biased and alleged the magazine had not gotten a full picture of the school program.
16 Die in Snow
VIENNA, March 8 (ÆL-Austria*s toll of avalanche victims rose to 157 this weekend when the “white I death” took 16 lives in the Austrian ^Ips.
I)E.\N TESTIFIES—Maj. Gen. William F. Dean (right)
Monday testified he would carry poison to swallow it he were captured again, and said he would have welcometi death in captivity. He appeared before a court of Inquiry probing a false germ-war confession made by Col. l?raiiK Schwable (left). ^