Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 281Attociated P/e« (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1954—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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McCarthy Balks At Being Put On Sidelines
By ROGER D. GREENE
WASFIINGTON, March 23 'An— Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis» today balked at Republican efforts to put him on the sidelines, without the right to cross-examine witnesses, at the forthcoming probe of his explosive row with Army of-iicials.
The Wisconsin senator insisted on the right to cross-examine, but said he would refrain from any voting in connection with the investigation.
Comments from other members of the Senate Investigations subcommittee which will conduct the televised inquiry, left in doubt vhat decision it would make on the cross examination issue.
Decision In Doubt
Sen. Symington (D-Ill) ?aid he thought McCarthy should be barred from quizzing witnesses, lie said McCarthy’s offer to cx-
SURE, HE’S PROUD—Dr. Earl Allen, right, pastor of the
oo.v. _____ First Baptist Church in Floydada, has a right to be proud
tend the same right of cross-ex-1 Advanced Standard Award given Tuesday to that
amination to Army Secretary Rob-j the Only Texas group to win the honor. Dr.
«rf T Qfpvpn« was like Mam i . * . __
maicn. iie noiuu uidt a lawver trained in cross-examination, while Stevens is a business
Andrew Allen, left, made the presentation.
Record Crowd Jams Church
ert T. Stevens was “like Snead saying, ‘I bet both ^ of us' will make a hole in three.’ ’’
Symington said it would be like pitting a pro golfer against an amateur and saying it was an even match. He noted that McCarthy is a
man. ., ^
Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) said he was not committing himself now on the cross-examination issue hiit told newsmen McCarthy should “step down’’ from an active part as a subcommittee member.
“If he should step down,’’ McClellan said, “the subcommittee
can extend him the courtesy of "7“ - .¡„x church heard
asking questions. That’s a cour- First Baptist cnurcn
tesy which is sometimes extended to other senators (at hcarings>.’’
Sen. Potter (R-Mlch) commented: . . . X »
“If Joe insists on his right of cross-examination, there is no way in the world to stop him unless the whole matter were taken to the Rules Committee and then to the Senate itself.”
At the White House, presidential Press Secretary James C. Hager-
Parr Fined $150 In Gun Threat Count
By DOROTHY DOUGHERTY Reporter-News Church Editor
The largest crowd ever assembled in the new auditorium of the ;
ALICE, Tex.. March 23 (iP— Political Boss George Parr tonight was convicted of illegally carrying a gun and fined $150 plus $10 in court costs. He paid it off in cash from his billfold.
In his closing arguments E. G. Lloyd, Parr’s attorney, said it was up to the jury to decide whom to believe — Parr and Juan Barrera or Manuel Marroquin. a political opponent.
Marroquin had also accused Barrera of carrying a gun near the meeting, Barrera testified neither he nor Parr had guns.
County Atty. Sam Burris, closing for the state, met that question with:
“Between Marroquin and the rangers were Parr and his pistol.” The wealthy. 2nd graf n31 The wealthy political kingpin of .South Texas’ Duval County testified two hours in his trial on charges of illegally packing a pistol near a meeting of the Freedom party in nearby San Diego Jan. 16. Parr was the la.st witness.
Final arguments were heard tonight.
The misdemeanor pistol - carrying charge was filed against Parr after Manuel Marroquin. once a tortilla maker and member of the Freedom party, accused Parr of waving a pistol and threatening him near the party meeting,
Parr denied this today and rechurches in Texas have no pro- peated what he has said before
Chavez by 5 3
gram of teaching Sunday School'—that he was carrying binoculars.
instructors ' ^
rirsL ^»vxxv.x _______ Criswell, who IS pastor ofi i^iarroquin
speeches by two top Texas Bap-1 the largest church in the Southern ■ ^he latter ap-
tists Tuesday night. ¡Baptist General Convention with i proached Parr’s car.
Around 3,100 of the estimated 4,-|^q oqo Dallas members, spoke on i Defense Atty. E.G. IJoyd asked 200 delegates to the state Sunday | .‘Teaching and Preaching the
School convention gathered in the | Truth.”
auditorium, completed about a jg identified with His
Word.’’ the pastor said. “A man and his word may be two differ-
month ago, and in the chapel.
Speakers were Andrew Q. Al- „uiv*
len, secretary of the sta^ | enT things.”‘but‘‘not God and His
School department f «d J/'- \ ; Word, which is like Himself.. .the
Criswell, pastor of the First Bap- yesterday, today, and for-
tist Church in Dallas. added.
ty dropped a hint that President "g^,nflay" Men are to ’
Eisenhower himself may speak out deieaatcs preach, and be saved through the
at this news conference tomorrow told tne aeitgaies. CrisweU —
on the subject of McCarthy p role | “Transforming Tex- ph a sized.
In the big showdown. I Through Teaching,” Allen con-; “Our salvation, our hope.
Dispute Breaks Open tinucd “Before Sunday School assurance is founded upon the irn-
The bitter dispute between unuea mutable, imperishable. unchang-
Carthy and top Army «^ not enrolled in ing Word of the living God.” he
broke wide open when g^^dav morning classes). they concluded.
accused M^arthy of brow-neaimg j taught themselves before The Tuesday session concluded
and humiliating high Army they can teach others.” ; two days of meetings, with the
Even so, the secretary pointed « * 1 <>
800 of the 3,478 Baptist See BAPTISTS, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1-2
with his inve.stigative tactics
This came after McCarthy
Pg. 2-A, Col. 4
Parr: “Did you point a gun at Marroquin?”
“Did you threaten to kill Marroquin?”
Lloycf then asked the bespectacled Prfrr to turn to the jury and tell it whether he had a pistol in his hand when Marroquin approached Parr’s car, parked near the meeting.
Parr said deliberately:
“I did not have a pistol in my hand. I had a pair of blnocuUr«.”
B 8 department OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bl HEAL'
arileNE and vicinity — Genfr-»ny Sy w>dne.day and Wednesday night, becoming partly cloudy and cc»l-*r Thursday. Scattered showers Wednesday. High Wednesday about 7^ low Tliursday morning 40 and high Thura-
****North Central Texas —Mostly and warmer with scattered shower* and local thunderstorm* Wednesday; Thiirs-day cloudy to partly cloudy and not *0 warm; scattered thundershowers In east
West Texas - Considerable cloudiness and mUd with scattered thunderstorms Wednesday; Thursday partly cloudy and slightly cooIm.
East Texas Mostly cloudy and warm ■catlered shower* and local thunder-Btorm* Wednesday and Thursday: ^^esh to locally strong southerly wind* on the
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Negro Billed in 2 Morìjuatio Cases
per cent.__ .
Two charges against one man of possession of marijuana were among 29 indictments returned late Tuesday by the 104th District Court grand jury.
Ernest Nixon. 26-year-<)ld Negro of 518 North Treadaway Blvd., was named in the two marijuana indictments. Nixon has been convicted several times in Taylor County Court on bootlegging charges.
The marijuana charges based on two airests made leb. 28 bv Sheriff Ed Powell and Mart h 20 by K. O, Pierce and William Bateman of the Liquor Control Board and City Policemen F. b. Isbell and E. L. Bearden. Nixon was arrested at 616 Plum St. and has been in Taylor County jaU since last Saturday.
Judge Owen Thomas set the man’s bonds at $2,000 in each case.
District Attorney Bill Tippen said particles found in Nixon's shirt pocket on the occasion of the first arrest were sent to the Department of Public Safety laboratories at Austin. Analysis showed the particles to be marluana.
Tippen said Nixon had in his possession 11 marijuana cigarets
Rep. Kimbrough Hints Race For State Agriculture Job
Reporter-News Austin Bureau AUSTIN, March 23 — Rep. John Kimbrough of Haskell may be a candidate for Texas commissioner of agriculture, a post now held by John White, in the July primary.
Kimbrough admitted Tuesday that ‘I’m looking it over."
\ farmer and oil consignee at Haskell. Kimbrough was an fH-time football great at Texas^ A&M in the late 30s. swept All-American honors and went on to play professional football.
He was elected to the Texas Legislature two years ago and has served on the House Privileges and Suffrage. Agriculture, Conservation Livestock and Oil and Gas Committees. He is on the statewide Water Resources Committee named last year by Governor
Shivers. .. x • x s \ a
His legislative district includes Baylor. IlaskeU, Knox and Throck-morton counties. . x
Kimbrough said, “It’s really just a rumor” that he’ll run for the state agricultural post, hut did aay he has received contacts on It from bU portions of the state. White has not yet said official-
REP. JOHN KIMBROUGH X . . ‘looking it over’
ly what he Mill do in this sum mer’s election. Earlier he Mas considered a possible candidate for gOVeUIMa
when he M-as arrested last Saturday.
A total of 16 individuals were named in the 29 true bills returned by the grand jury. After the jury made its report Judge Thomas excused the panel until April 5.
The grand jury returned seven true bills against Lee Beidleman, 18. of 1126 Kirkwood St.. six based on charges of nighttime burglary of private residences and one of ordinary burglary. James Ray Mc-I'arland, 17, of .South Seventh St. and Treadaway Blvd.. M’as indicted along with Beidleman on five of the charges and Calvin Gene Maxwell, 19. of 2941 Ambler Ave., on two of the charges.
Beidleman and McFarland are in Taylor County jail and Maxwell has been free on bond since Feb. 18. Judge Thomas set new bonds for the thret? at $1,500 on each charge against each man.
Nighttime burglary of a private residence carries a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment and a possible life sentence.
All three men are charged M’ith burglary of the residences of George J. Clark. Jr.. 1242 Hollis Dr., and W. K. Bentley. 849 Ross Ave. Beidleman and McFarland are accused of the burglaries of homes of J. C. BroM-n, 1724 North Seventh St.; Dr. E. L. Skiles, 1434 Grape St.. and College Heights School, North 17th and Beech Sts Beidleman is named alone in charges of burglarizing the homes of J. L. Brazzill, 933 Peach St., and Claude Wright. 1110 Palm St.
Pair Billed in Stickup Four true bills were returned against PhUllp Kent Triggs, 17. of NcM’ington, Conn., and Carl Betan cturt. 20. of Ncm’ York, on charges of burglary and armed robbery. They are accused of entering the home of Mrs. W. L. McNeil. 1326 Hickory St., March 16 and robbing her while using a deadly weapon. Armed robbery in Texas carries a possible death penalty.
’Triggs’ and Betancourt’s bondi were fixed at $2,500 on each charge against each man, making total bonds of $5,000 for each.
Others Indicted on charges of burglary and the victims of their alleged offenses are;
Willie McCowan. Jr., burglary March 7 of Wilson Hotel Drug Store. 702‘North Sixth St., owned by Ellis Harold Rogers.
Guyan Truett Rogers, 18. of 466 Clinton St., and Truett Eugene Couch. 18, of 1517 South Eighth St., burglary Feb. 9 of C. S. Com' Ity’s service station at 1801 South First St.
Tmo bills of forgery and passing forged instruments named Ernest
Stt INDICTMENTS, Pg. 2-A, Col. 4
KEEP FINGERS CROSSED; RAIN STILL SIGHTED
It still may rain, the weather bureau hazarded Tuesday night.
'There’s no doubt that a lot of moisture has been overhead for a couple of days. The humidity late Tuesday was 69 percent, which is pretty high for West Texas.
Forecasters said a cold front should move in sometime Wednesday ,and if it does, it Mill collide M’ith the moist air mass from the Gulf. It is expected to produce rain.
The same front should loMcr the maximum temperature about 10 degrees from its Tuesday high of 80 degrees.
CONTRACTORS’ INFORMANTS—Building contractors heard the lowdown on Communists md national legislation luesday from B. L. Knowles (left), their Washington, D. C., representative and C. E. Fulgham (center). Lubbock, chairman of the Texas Industrial Commission. Listening at right is J. L. Hair, Wiichita Falls, president of the West Texas group. (Staff Photo)
UNIONS OPPOSE BOARD
Builders Endorse Hospital Contract; Reds Denounced
.’Viembers of the West Texas Chapter of Associated General Contractons in a meeting here Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution against criticism of a state board that recently came under fire In Austin for its handling of a contract on Mhich one of the chapter members Mas a bidder.
The Board for State Hospitals and Special Schools was criticized by State Sen. Wayne Wagonsellcr of BoM'ie, for its handling of a contract on the State Hospital at Big Spring.
William B. Warren of San Angelo, M’as low bidder on the base bid but the contract Mcnt to another bidder Mho Mas low on an alternate.
In its resolution the chapter stated that it had “no cause to criticise or protest the contract awarding procedures...” and that no member “directly or indirectly protested or questioned the choice of alternates or method of aMard-ing” the contract.
An estimated 70 West Texas con-, tractons. associate members and ‘ guests attenned a dinner meeting
Ban on Parking Agreed to in '44, Abilenians Advised
Reporter-News Austin Bureau
AUxSTIN, March 23 — State High-M'ay Engineer DeWitt Greer told Abilenians Tuesday that the “no parking’’ rule on U. S. Highway 80 (South First Street» is in accordance M'ith an agreement made M'lth the City Commission of Abilene in 1944.
Davis Scarborough presented a protest to the HighMay Commission in behalf of merchants along the street.
Greer said that first plans for new U. §. 80 by-passed the center of toM’n. Citizens objected and the City Commission agreed at the time that, if the highway Mas routed along South First that parking would he abolished when the need for such a rule arose.
Scarborough told ihe Highway Commission there are other ways to relieve traffic congestion. He suggested that 12-foot sidewalks might be trimmed or some space might come from the Texas and Pacific Railway right-of-way.
The Highuay Commission asked Scarborough to furnish a list of the protestants.
State Senate Okays Building Appropriation by 25-1 Vote
AUSTIN March 23 (JPi—The Sen-' Phillips’ debate, Mould appropriate ate vWd’final passage today and $3,500,000 for the sent to the House over one-man; Texas .Southwestern Medical Schoo oppiJSition a bill to aPP**°Prlate, at Dallas, $1,187,5()0 for $10,687.500 for state buildings, the, branch at
second phase of Gov. Shivers’ .spe-ithe School for the Deaf at Austin.
GOP Attempt At Unsealing Meets Defeat
WASHINGTON, March 23 The Senate defeated today a Republican attempt to unseat Demo cratic Sen. Dennis Chavez of New Mexico, It voted 153-36 against invalidating the 1952 senatorial election In Mhich Chavez Mas declared the winner.
Chavez refrained from voting, but the 47 other Democrats In the Senate joined with five Republicans and Sen. Morse Gnd-Ore) to reject a resolution Mhich would have declared Chavez’ «eat vacant because of “flagrant” irregularities in election procedure. Chavez Congratulted The 65-year-old senator. Mho has represented New Mexico in the Senate since 19.35, was deluged with congratulations after the roll-call vote was announced.
Among those Mho crowded around him to shake his hand was Sen. Potter (R-Mich>, a member of the Senate Elections subcommittee Mhich drafted the ouster re.solution. Several other Republl-can.s Mho voted to unseat Chavet came up to offer their. congratulations on his victory.
“This is a proud and joyous occasion for me.” Chavez said in a statement.
“I am proud of being an American and to live in a land where justice and fair play still prevail,” Chavez* personal conduct in the campaign and election was never challenged.
But a majority of the three-man Buhcommlttee reported after more than a year of tnvesttgatlon that there wa* ao much vote-atealto* and other Irregulartty of an “ap-pailng” nature that nobody could tcJI M'hich candidate had a majority of the honest votes cast.
Chaves defeeted Republican Pet-rick J. Hurley, onetime eecretary'
I I. IJ «x.! crxxxaVar. *”<1 ambassadoF, by about
1? votes. There were two ri--
cial session program.
The vote Mas 25-1.
Sen. Jimmy Phillips of Angleton, Mho talked against the measure
$3,500,000 for the Eastham Prl.son farm.
It i.s the second phase of Gov.
three hours and 45 minutes, cast, .Shiver's program for the stH-clal
C-C Manager's Mother Dies
Mrs. D. C. Cooley, mother of Abilene Chamber of Commerce manager Joe Cooley, died Tuesday night in Mercy Hospital at Oklahoma City, Okla.
In failing health for some time, she Mas seriously ill Mhen her husband died last September. The couple lived in Chickasha. Okla.
Funeral is pending, but ser\ices probably will be held Friday morning in Chickasha.
Mr. and .Mrs. Joe Cooley and children were to leave early Wednesday morning for Oklahoma
^^Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lela Chambers of Oklahoma City, and four grandchildren.
the dissenting vote.
The Senate then adjourned until 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Phillips’ talk had shown all the earmarks of a filibuster.
He left the floor of his own accord at 4 35 p.m., urging the Senate to adopt his amendment that would have cut out the proposed $3.500.000 appropriation for ncM buildings at the University of Texas SouthMestern Medical School at Dallas.
His amendment was knocked down. 23-2. with .Sen. O. E. Latimer of San Antonio joining Phillips.
Phillips also tried to cut out of the bill $1.187,500 proposed for the dental branch at Houston. That died by voice vote.
Phillips compared the state spending to a buying spree by “Mama and Papa Splivens” Mho wanted a new car and a neM' television set M'hen they didn’t know for sure wjiether they Mould have money to pay for it.
He gave many signs that accompanied his past filibusters -a low voice, refusal to yield, and a facetious request that be not be interrupted.
The senate listened for an hour and interrupted him to go into a closed meeting on governor’s appointments,
Scott Rejected The Senate turned down the ap-IK)lntment of Dlst. Atty. William Scott of Houston, indicted by a Harris County grand jury on a charge of operating a house ot prostitution. It approved a long list of other appointments.
The hou.se quit for the day after a brief morning session, Rep. Charles Murphy. Houston, introduced a new' plan there for raising teacher salaries. It Mould provide $400 per teacher for raise* but left it up to local boards to pass out the money strictly on a merit basis. The construction blU, Urget a
ses.sion. The first phase, a pay raise for teachers, Mon quick Senate pa.Hsage yesterday.
Phillips termed the medical and dental .school buildings “semi-emergencies” that should not have first call on the state’s $11,900,000 surplus.
He said the taxpayer should not be sadcfled with any more new taxes than were necessary to bridge the gap between the surplus and the $25,600.000 required to give teachers and state employes a raise in salary.
A House resolution seeking more information on teachers pay was passed after brief debate. It asked the state education commissioner for the number of teachers in each salary bracket.
Hep, Omar Burkett, Eastland, the resolution’s author, said he wanted to know how many teachers are now at the minimum salary level in each bracket.
He attacked Shivers’ program as not reaching the majority of classroom teachers but only what he called the higher-paid “brass."
Burkett also introduced a bill to pav retired teachers a minimum jiension of $75 a month. He introduced another bill to give a raise of $120 a year to all state employes not making more than $4,800.
K. Fulgham, former Abllenlan of IxUbbock, chairman of the Texas .State Industrial Commission, and Bert Knowles of Washington. D, C., head of the legislative section of the AGC.
New officers and directors of the chapter were installed preceedlng their talks.
Fulgham said labor had opposed all the way the work.of the Texas Industrial Commission reactivated by the governor to investigate Com-rriunists in labor unions In Texas,
He Indicated laljor was kept up to date on recent work of a legal advisory committee in drawing up legislation to rid labor unions of Communists, after the committee had agreed that no Information would be revealed until bills were arrived at in thi'ir final form.
Members of tlw advisory committee at Attorney General John Ben Shepperd. representing the public; L. N. I). Wells, Jr., of Dallas, representing labor; and Martin Harris of Austin, representing Industry.
The bills arrived at were bills No. 4 and 5. Bill No. 4 outlaws the Communist Party and provide* for a fine up to $20,(KK) and 20 years imprisonment or both. Bill No. 5 provides for search warrants.
See BUILDERS. Pg. 2-A, Col. 2
TAX BILLS THICK
counts in the hotly disputed election.
Gratitude Expressed Chavez expressed his gratitude for the support given by the 53 senators, including Republicans Aiken of Vermont. Cooper of Kentucky, Payne and Margaret Chase Smith of Maine and H. Alexander Smith of New Jersey.
He had this to say of senators who sought to unseat him:
‘T am also grateful to them, for without their presentation it would have been Impossible to vindicate the honor and reputation of my state and the 7,000 election officials . . . who participated in the conduct of the 1952 election.
“For despite all allegations and despite unfair criticism in the press, New Mexico elections are as honest at any conducted in thlt country.”
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Breckenridge Air Service Reduced
WASHINGTON. March 23 UP— The Civil Aeronautics Board authorized Pioneer Air Lines today to reduce its service at Mineral Wells and Breckenridge, Tex., to one round trip daily at each point.
Smart' Money Down On Shivers' Plan
More from Austin on Pg. SB
By katharyn duff
Reporter-News Austin Bureau AUSTIN. .March 23 — Tax bills are flying thick around the Texas and Rep. Oble BrlstoM* of Big House of Representatives, but the Spring are tMO other West Texans smart money is on the governor’s
Talk is that Shiver's three-point tax measure sponsored by Rep. Joe Kilgore of McAllen will be approv-
on the tax committee Mho generally agree Mlth the governor’s program and predict it will be approved by the panel.
Klrklin Mants to keep the tax
ed bv the House Revenue and i group hard at Mork until all bills Taxation Committee -- probably I are heard, even Including Mork this week. over the week end.
The only part of it considered in "I don’t like a tax bill and tliink danger is the natural gas gather- it’s a bad time to tax m hat with ing. On that there’ll be a strong the agricultural outlook and the geo-
eral national outlotvk. But. Me have One member of the 21-man tax to meet this problem (teacher panel, a member Mho did not ! pay). It s coming, so I want to re-wlsh to Identify himself, predicted present my district as well is J
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14 votes could b« mustered in support of the Kilgore bill.
Another panel member who generally supports the Shivers program, hoM'ever, W. G. (Cotton»
can." Oil is the majof industry in Klrklln’s district, and “you can t separate the oil and gas industry.” The real fight, Ktrklin predicts, will be on proposed gas price flx-
Klrkland of Odessa, is not happy Uig as a conservation — not a tax-M'lth the gas tax section. , ation — measure.
“It doesn’t tax the ones they' Ktrklin doesn t favor this, wanted to — the long luie* out of | “They’re trj lng to put the heal Texas,” he said. Klrklin is expect-' on the Legislature." he said. “Why ed to try to amend, drastically, not go to the courts and see If the the gas tax portion of the bill. Railroad Commission doesn’t have “The tax base should be broad- the authority already to fix mini-
er. .More pcHiple >ou tax. less clamor for more taxes,’’ he said.
Joe Burkett, representative from Kerrville. Is opposed to any new taxes. He Joined Klrklin in the belief the Kilgore tax doesn’t hit long lines.
Rep. L. L. Armor o£ Swee^ater
mum gas prices under present laM-5. If they can ’conserve’ one thing (oil), they can conserve the other. They’re just trying to pats the ball to the Legislature.”
One price-fixing bill has-been tn-trLKluced and another, stronger cme. was due to be introduqed TutBdij)*