Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXin No. 274■<«crinfcrf P-- HP* ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 17, 1954—TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«
MRS. W. L. McNEIL
• •. shows how she was bound
Youths Rob, Gag Woman
By BILL TURNER
Two youths, identified as the gunmen who Tuesday night robbed an Abilene woman in her home and left her bound and gagged with torn bed sheets, were captured here by police within two hours after an area - wide alarm had been sent out for their arrest.
The pair, being held in city jail, gave their names as James Allen Lane, 19, of Mc.Mlen, and Carl Petancourt. 20, of New York City.
They were arrested at 7:17 p.m. by Police Patrolman Allen Hatch-ttt as they walked north at Fifth and Pine Sts.
Mrs. W. L. McNeil identified them from a police line - up as the youths who had robbed her at gunpoint about .*> p.m. at her home, 1326 Hickory St., and fled after they bound and gagged her with ■trips of torn bed sheet.s.
She told what had happened this way:
She returned home about 5 o’clock by herself and entered the house through the back door. She was walking to the front part of the house through a hallway when Lane stepped from around a corner holding a .38 caliber colt revolver.
“Lady we want your money,"
NABBED BY POLICE — Cari PeUncourt, 20. of New York City, !■ ghown shortly after he and a companion, James Allen Lane, 19, 0# McAllen, were arrested In the armed robbery of an Abilene wcwman Tuesday night. Lane refused to pose for a picture before he and Petancourt were locked up at ctty jail. (fVtaff Pho-
Lane said. Mrs. McNeil at first thought it was some kind of a joke and said. ‘T don’t have any.’’ Lane then told her “We mean business.”
Petancourt had meanwhile stepped from the living room of the home carrying a 12-gauge shotgun belonging to her son which had been taken from a bedroom closet.
She gave the youths her purse frofn which they took about $13. Then they asked her if she bad a car and when other members of the familv were expected home.
Mrs. McNeil told the pair that her son. Jimmy, 18. had taken the car and gone to the library and that her husband would not he home until late. The youths decided it would be toe risky to wait any longer in an attempt to get a car, she said.
They ripped up bed sheets, gagged and tied Mrs. McNeil to a chair in a bedroom.
She said they had ransacked the house, going through every drawer and closet and strewing the contents about the rooms,
Mrs. McNeil said as she was bound and gagged that the youths warned her. “Don’t call the police —if you do we’ll get you.” They said they did not want to hurt her.
The youths, who had entered the house through a back window, fled from the rear of the home. Mrs. McNeil had freed herself almost immediately and called police after she had looked out to make sure they had gone.
Det. Lt. George Sutton said Police Patrolman Hatchett was able to spot the two youths from a good description given by Mrs. McNeil.
Youth Draws Gun
When Hatchett approached the youths at Fifth and Pine Sts. Lane drew the revolver. Hatchett also drew his gun. ordering Lane to drop the revolver and both boys lie face down on the ground, which they did.
Hatchett then radioed for another patrol car and the youths were hustled off to the city police station.
Sutton said one of the youths was carrying a suitcase at tke time of their arrest. Another .38 caliber revolver was found In a suitcase one of the youths had checked at the Greyhound Bus Station.
The youths also had in their possession a hunting knife belonging to Jimmy McNeil, Sutton said. The knife and money were the only things taken from the house.
Sutton said the pair will be charged with burglary and armed robbery
An area - wide alarm was sent out Immediately after Mrs. McNeil reported the burglary and robbery to police at 5:17 p.m. in the chance that the pair were two of the prisoners who were still at la ^*» at that time after a jail break at Big Spring Tuesday.
Officers from neighboring towns had come to Abilene to Join in the search and others were enroute her« when the arrest was made.
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Third Jail Escapee Is Captured
BIG SPRING, March 16 (RNS) —The third of five prisoners who escai>ed eaVly Tuesday morning from Howard County Jail was captured Tuesday night in the rest room of a service station just east of the city limits.
Acting on a tip. City Policemen C. L.‘ Rogers and L. C, W'aits closed in on John Springer about 9:15 p. m.. Sheriff Jess Slaughter said.
Springer had gone into the Reed Service Station, located just east of the city limits on U. S. Highway 80, to buy some candy, Slaughter said. After buying the candy, he had gone into the rest room.
Two of the five escaped prisoners, including a convicted killer, were captured by police Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, a manhunt for the remaining two prisoners still at large spread out over West Tex a.s.
An estimated 50 to 60 officers, including Texas Rangers and Highway Patrolman, had come from surrounding counties to join in the search Tuesday mornirrg.
One of the two desperadoes captured Tuesday morning is Randall Hendrix, convicted last w'eek of murder without malice in the death of his wife, Patricia. 14. She was shot while the two were driving from Abilene to Big Spring, Hendrix. 21, of Sweetwater, was sentenced to five years.
The other prisoner returned to jail is Jack Thompson, sentenced to five years on a robbery by assault conviction.
Springer, captured Tuesday night was sentenced to three years for theft of an automobile and was awaiting transfer to Huntsville.
Leach at Large
The two escapees still at large are David Leach, captured last January in a gun battle with officers at Colorado City and given a five-year forgery sentence; and Thomas Taylor, charged with armed robbery. Leach also was awaiting transfer to Huntsville.
Police discovered the breakout when they stopped two men on a Big Spring Street. They were recognized ars Hendrix and Thompson and were quickly returned to their cells.
The five had slipped from a fourth floor window of the jail about 12:30 Tuesday morning.
Bloodhounds and a plane were brought into the search but later abandoned Tuesday night when it was believed the escapees had left the area. However, Slaughter said officers were continuing to “comb the woods” Tuesday night.
Rayburn Assails Ike s Tax Stand as Unjust
DUST BOWL BOYS DUST OFF—The dust which West Texans had been breathing for weeks came as far south as Austin, these legislators learned. Their chairs and desks at the House had to have some special treatment before they began work. Left to right are Reps. W. G. (Cotton) Kirklin of Odessa, Omar Burkett of Eastland,
Sorinc and L. L. Armor of Sweetwater. Incidentally, more than du^ will be bothering three of these men. All hut Burkett are on the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, the panel which will have the job of weeding out tax measures to finance school and state employe pay raises. (Photo by Don Hutcheson.)
ALSO POT SHOTS AT SHIVERS
GOP Policy of Gain To Rich Blasted
WASHINGTON, March 16 (/P)—House Democratic leader Sam Ravburn of Texas told the nation tonight President Eisenhower’s tax program would give six times as much relief to upper income brackets as to the great bulk of taxnavers.
Ravburn. in a statement prepared for radio and television broadcast, assailed the Republican program as a revival of the nhilosonhv that special benefits for the wealthy “may even-tinllv trickle down to the great majority.”
But in actual practice, he said, little or nothing ever trickles down
Ü. «. DEP.'^RTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BCREAC ABILENE AND VICINITY — Mostly cloudy and windy Wednesday and Thursday. Continued mild Wednesday, turning a little cooler. Blowing dust Thursday. High temperature Wednesday 60-86. Low Wednesday night 55. High Thura-day In the 60s.
North Central Texas —Mostly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures through Thursday: occasional light rain In south Wednesday: thundershowers Thursday.
West Texas — Mostly cloudy and a little warmer Wednesday and east of the Pecos Valley Thursday: occasional light rain east of the Pecos Valley Wednesday; scattered thundershowers in Panhandle and South Plains Thursday.
East Texas — Mostly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures through Tliurs-day: occasional light rain near the coast; moderate to fresh east to southeast winds on the coast
South Central Texas — Mostly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures: occasional light rain Wednesday and In the northeast Thursday: mostly fresh aoutheast
winds on the coast
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and low temperatures for 34 hours ended at 6:30 p m ; 56 and 42.
High and low temperatures same date last year: 70 and 53 Sunset last night 6 4« p m. Sunrise today 6:47 a. m. Sunset tonight 6 4« am. Brometer reading at 9 30 p m. 28 41. Relative humdlty at 9.30 p m. 30 per cent.
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Funds Shut-Off, Reds Death Penalty Main Session Topics
AUSTIN. March 16 (^-A proposed fund shut off for Duval County, death penalty for Communists and pot shooting at Gov. Shivers took the legislative spotlight on the special session’s second day.
,A resolution to stop the flow of state money into political boss
31iss Blair was also unhappy about the call, hut said she felt lawmakers should stay and try to help the teachers.
Enactment of a $402 teachers’ pav raise, with taxes to finance it Is one of the primary purposes of the .session.
Bills to provide the raise for
George Parr’s county was intro-1 ^pgchers and state workers, to fur-duced in the Senate by Kilmer | funds for new buildings at
Corbin of Lubbock. It went to a ; prison and educational institutions,
The resolution asked that funds be halted until missing records In the Duval Investigation turned up.
It would have to be nassed by both houses to be effective.
Death for Reds Rep. Robert Patten. Jasper, offered a bill in the House providing the death penalty for Communists or others who seek to overthrow the government, state or federal,
and tax measures began flowing In volume through both houses, and recessed until tomorrow.
The teachers’ pay hill by Sen A M. Alkln Jr.. Paris, will he heard by the Senate Education Committee tomorrow at 2 p.m. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee held an organization session today.
In the Senate, scores of between - session appointments by
Se« FUNDS, Pg. 2A, Col. 2
Raising Tax Tough Task for Lawmakers
It would outlaw Communists and ail others “no matter under what name” whose object is such over-|
throw. Tougher Communism » 1 ® ,,3^^ employe
was one of the purposes for which k.uiaiA«« nf rnmmnnist.s.
the special session was called.
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-New« Staff Writer
AUSTIN, March 16. — This special session of the Texas Legisla-tax session.” They talk
Sniping at Shivers came In the hou^e from Reps. Curtis Ford. Jr., Corpus Chrlstl, and Anita Blair, El Paso.
Ford wanted the Legislature to quit immediately and go home.
pay. of buildings, of Communists. But. this Is primarily a tax session. And that’s a rough assignment for a group of lawmakers.
Gov. Allan Shivers made that plain to members in his message Monday.
It is never as pleasant a task
call by Shivers was needle. .^ assembled sena
tor and representatives. “Passing a new tax bill is always difficult. As legislators and public officials, we are rather Inclined to the same human view as various groups of taxpayers: we want to he ‘entirely fair’ — we want to ‘spread the burden’ — in brief, we want someone else to pay it.
“I believe that, through the years, I have l>een as conservative about the raising and spending of public money as any public official — but I do not believe that I have ever favored an expenditure and. at the same time, been unwilling to vote for a tax bill to meet It, I am confident that the members of this Legislature will feel the same way about the task before us now.”
Teachers' Raise Seen Charles Tennyson, chief lobbyist for teachers as executive - secre-Ury of the Texas State Teachers Association, in an Interview Monday expressed confidence that the Legislature will vote the 1402 pay
Let (or $300,000
The Texas Highway Department • about two years. This was done so 1 « * tntfliinff more' that traffic could give the road ad-
in'Taylor County^ i^p,”;;r„e"rro;%7x‘‘‘w«^ddM.''”
Amounts of the The contract for F-M 2046 calls
projects they cover are $222.^9 99 increment of a newly
for putting the Anal Permanent sur-; ^ . market road
face on U. S. Highway m «»«J of eventually will connect U. S.
of Abilene to the Eastland County gj g 277 in the south part of
line and ^^573.48 for Tavlor County, tying in with U. S.
tion of F-M Road 2046 from Brad- 277 „ear Shep. Dement’s contract
shaw 9.1 miles west. covers grading, base and surface
C. Hunter Strain of San Angelo for the road, was the lowest of 11 bidders on the other low bidders included;
U. S. 80 surfacing work. Ivan De- Brown-U.S. 67 and 84. 3 12 ^ >
ment of Amarillo submitted the miles grading, structures, flexible raise and
lowest of three bids on the F-M base and two course surface treat-1 tax measure to make it effective.
2046 job. ment west of Brownwood. Harry; “I believe any member who
Strain contracted to put a hot Campbell. AbUene, $193,112. favors a pay raise will also favor
mix asphaltic concrete surface on Ector—State 51, 302, Farm 866, a tax measure to support it,
36.1 miles of U. S. 80. When the grading, structures, flexible base commented, new highw’ay was opened to traffic: and asphaltic concrete pavement, in October of 1951 it had only a j Strain and Brown Inc.. San Angelo, temporary surface Intended to lait < $224,467.
More photos from Austin On Pages 3A, 9A and IB
rough sailing ahead as a tax program is devised.
“It’s like that old jingle. ‘Mr. lawmaker, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree’ Sen.
Moffett said. “It’s all right to pass a tax bill, if we tax the other fellow.
Moffett is not optimistic about the chances for finishing the job
See SESSION, Pg. 2-A, Cob 6
Rayhum said that is why House Democrats are fighting to amend the GOP-sponsored tax revision program to increase individual income fax exemptions for each taxpayer rtnd each dependent by $100. In the Senate, Sen. George (D-Ga) is proposing a $200 Increase this year and $400 next
Rayburn urged the $100 boost “so that you and every taxpayer in this country will pet real tax relief.”
He and two other Democratic Congress members took to the air to answer an address by President Ki.senhower last night, denouncing the Democratic tax-cutting plan as unsound and politically inspired.
Eisenhower said the nearly 2H billion annual loss in revenue from the Democratic proposal would be a serious blow to the government and would undermine the “cornerstone” of his domestic program.
The GOP is pushing a tax revision bill which would cost the Tixiasury about m billion a year as it now stands. It overhauls most of the existing tax laws and provides for more Uhtral deductions for many items ranging from medical expenses and retirement income to dividends and business depreciation.
Elsenhower contends this is as 1 far as the government should go at the present time. He says the hill would benefit millions of individuals and encourage “the growth and expansion of Industry, the creation of jobs.”
Rayburn spoke on the eve of Hou.se debate tomorrow on the critical electlon-year tax ls.sue.
He was joined by Sen. George, senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Cooper (D-Tenn), ranking Democrat on the House W’ays and Means Committee.
A few hours earlier, House Speaker Martin (R-Mass) said after a 2*4 hour closed door caucus of Republican House members he was confident the Democratic drive for an exemption Increase w’ould be beaten “by a very comfortable margin.”
Vote Slated Thursday
The House Is scheduled to vote Thursday.
Martin said Eisenhower’s api>eal last night had been “very effective” in swinging over doubtful GOP lawmakers Hou.se Republican leader Halleck of Indiana, echoing Martin, told reporters after the caucus* “The Democratic motion will not pa.ss.”
But Democratic leaders also predicted victory for their side In the big-stakes battle which was certain to resound throughout the congressional election campaigns this fall.
Cooijer said through out*-the Republican tax revision program, “The wage earner appears to be the forgotten man.”
Rayburn explained the Democratic amendment not only would propo.se an exemption increase but would knock out of the giant, 875-page revi.slon bill a proposal reducing taxes on dividends to stockholders.
He said the dividend proposal “follows the Republican party’s policy of favoring the few.” He estimated the loss in revenue from
$«• RAYBURN, Pg. 2-A, Col. 4
8 Picked for Murder Trial At Sweetwater
SWEETWATER. March 16. — ÍRNS3 — Eight Jurors have been chosen to hear the murder tria! of Ivory Gibson, Jr.. 19-year-old Lubbock youth.
Judge A. S. Mauzey recalled th« special venire panel In 32nd District Court here for 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, when attomevi will attempt to get four more Jurors and complete the 12-man jury.
State’s attorneys Tuesday said they would ask the death penalty for the Negro youth.
Three jurors chosen Tuesday were Virgil Redden, who llvet north of Sweetwater: Ix»ule C, Hargraves of Sweetwater, and C. W. Carlisle of Roscoe.
Gibson is accused of the gun .slaying of Ralph White, a Lubbock cltv detective last Sept. 9.
The trial was moved here from TiUhhock on a defen&a motion for a change of venue. He l.s alleged to have shot White while the defendant, his brother, Henry Gibson, and John Evans were attempting to burglarize the Dryer and Lee Oil Co. in Lubbock.
Prosecuting attorneys, are Dli-frict Attorney Travis Shelton of Lubbock and his assistant. Forest Bowers, aided by District Attorney Eldon Mahon of 32d District Court. Colorado City, and Nolan County Attorney Jim Pearson.
Defense attorneys are A. W. Salyers and Bill Tucker of Lubbock and Weldon Kirk of Sweetwater.
More Dust to Fog Abilene Thursday
Cool weather Is due to hang around for at least another day.
However, the worst blow th# weatherman could deal out late Tuesday night was a prediction that dust Is returning to Abilene. Blowing dust is due to roll Into this area of West Central Texas on Thursday, the U. S. Weather Bureau observer at Municipal Airport said Tuesday night.
Wednesday’s weather should b« cloudy and windy. However, th# temperature is not due to dip bo-low the 50 - mark Wednesday night.
'The mercury will b« back wp into the 60s by Thursday.
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LIKE STATE FAIR
7,500 Swarm Field House, Consume 23,000 Flapjacks
Sien. George Moffett of ChU-licothe. dean of the Senate, is one 'cd the many lawmakeri who •#«
By DOROTHY DAUGHERTY
Man. it looked like the State Fair.
Rase Field House was packed, jammed, crammed all Tuesday night with part of a total of around 7.500 people and 23.000 pancakes.
But you couldn’t see many pancakes — most of ’em were in the people.
Abilene Klwanlans happily murmured sweet things to one another about “This year’s pancake supper topped Iasi year by 2,000” •— people, not pancakes.
Another Kiwanian cook commented "We served three apiece sometimes,” — pancakes, not people.
Aid Fund Swells
With tickets seUlng for 50 cents each and refills for free, the Kl-wanians had lovely thoughts of what that money would do for their
boys* and girls’ work. SuppUet except bacon w#re donated by the manufacturers.
Last year the club made $2,850.
The supper lasted for five hours — 4 p.m. to 9 p m., "and well be here until midnight cleaning up the place.” added K. W. McCormick, general chairman of the supper.
Rose Field House had to be completely cleared by Wednesday morning for basketball practice.
At 9 p.m., when the supper was supposed to end, the line of those waiting to be served ended at th# front door.
Earlier, there had been a double line swerving to the back of th# field house.
“People’v# b#en pouring In a steady stream sinf# 5.30,” grinned McCormick.
Every minute, th# Klwanlans served 254 pancakes. By 8 p.m., ^ pounds of bacon had been eaten and a huge dent made in another hastely-purchased 500 pounds.
No Kiwanian was burned in th# line of duty, even though 18 wotk-ed on nine grills making the pancakes. Eight men made the batter, 12 cooked bacon, and six mad# th# ccrffee.
Others served as waiters snd bus
Helping th# white-aproned Klwa ians were torn# Lawton, Okla., Ki-wanls and Rotary Club memb«rt. They came her# Tuesday to get the “know-how” to stag« a 16-hour supper in Lawton.
John Reathley, Kiwanian of Lawton. helped cook the pancakes. H« wts amased at the crowd.
“Ywall sure do things la a hig way dowa here,” h« stated.