Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 320 Associated Press (AP)ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 3, 1954—TWELVE PAGES
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
MERKEL RANCHERS INJURED — William Vincent Barnett and John R. Collins, both Merkel ranchers, were injured Sunday when their pickup overturned near Tye. A Stanton man driving a car involved in the wreck was also injured. (Photo by Charles Cockrell).
Head-on Crash Injures Four
WINTERS, May 2. (RNS)—Four persons were injured Sunday—two of them seriously—in a head-on collision near Crews, 12 miles east of Winters.
A 1953 model automobile driven by James Clark of Ballinger and a 1947 model car driven by L. L. Dean, 51, of Tuscola struck head-on about 4:30 p. m. Sunday near Crews on the Ballinger farm-to-market road. Both cars were total wrecks.
Sister in Car Mrs. L. L. Dean, 44, was the most seriously injured. She is in Winters Municipal Hospital suffering from a concussion, severe head injuries, and possible chest injuries. Her condition is “very serious.”
Mrs. Dean’s sister, Mrs. Looney Gibbs, 54, of Crews, was also seriously injured. A passenger in the
Dean car, she sustained knee injuries and possible internal injuries.
Her husband was also riding in the car and received a knot on the forehead. He and Dean were not hospitalized.
Children Not Hurt The Gibbs’ three children, Shirley, 8. Sue. 11, and Norma, 14, all riding in the back seat of the Dean car, were not injured.
Clark and his wife were taken to Ballinger Clinic. Both, a hospital spokesman said, were suffering from knee injuries and were ‘‘under observation.” Their condition was “satisfactory,”
Investigating f£t accident were Runnels County Sheriff Don Adkins, his deputy, John Wilson of Winters, and Highway Patrolman Joe Perry of Ballinger.
Rebel Human Waves Storm Over French
HANOI, Indochina, May 2. UP— The Red-led masses of Vietminh, unleashing a new do-or-die assault on Dien Bien Phu, overran three strongpoints and occupied part of a fourth today in their attempt to wipe out France’s Gibraltar of the Indochina jungle.
The human wave attacks severely reduced the defenses of the staunchly held fortress on the 51st day of determined attack.
So close was the fighting that French tanks, firing from the heart of the fortress, could be used but little.
It was heavy machine guns, hand grenades, the bayonet and the knife in close quarter combat in a maze of trenches, barbed wire and dugouts. So confused was the fighting that it was hard to say exactly how close the enemy battalions had crept to Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries’ dug-in headquarters.
For a fortnight the French have been saying the situation was “very serious.” There was no official adjective to describe the situation tonight.
But it seemed far from realistic to expect the little circular fort to beat off the charging Vietminh thousands hour after hour.
The beleaguered fortress, under mounting siege more than five months, appeared in great danger of falling under the pressure of six to one enemy odds attacking in suicidal waves against superior French fire power.
The Vietminh launched their mightiest assault of the seven-year Indochina War at 10 p.m. last night local time «10 a.m. EST yesterday) after lobbing thousands of heavy mortar shells onto the main French defense complex embrac ing five strong points.
The rebels centered their heavy artillery fire upon softening up the isolated strongpoint ’'Isabelle, in the south, three miles from the heart of the fortress.
Amid shrill bugle calls, the Vietminh rose like a storm from foxholes and trenches on the rim of the French Union fortress
A French high command spokesman said ‘‘human seas of rebel forces swept into the b rench
End of Hearings Urged by Lawyers
ST. LOUIS UP—The Bar Assn. of St. Louis has urged suspension of the McCarthy-Army hearings until adoption of a code of procedure “for the sake of preserving the dignity of governmental process in the United States.
strongholds in the vital northeast sector, on the east and the west.
The fall of these outposts cut down the defenses in the main complex and radically reduced in diahieter the fortifications that yesterday covered only a mile.
An earlier Hanoi dispatch from the semi-official French Press Agency said counterattacking defenders recaptured two of the strongpoints. But Paris sources said this apparently was only part of a see saw battle for the strongpoints which finally ended in their fall.
The French Union defenders counterattacked repeatedly from the heart of their encircled bastion.
The French high command said in launching their third general assault, the Vietminh had hit heavily on the three sides at once.
At the same time, the command reported assault waves of rebels swarmed against Isabelle in the south and succeeded in occupying a portion of that strongpoint. The French said a fierce counterattack is underway at Isabelle.
Auto Dealer Hurt in Wreck
TYE, May 2. — Two Merkel ranchers and a Stanton car dealer were injured near here about 8:25 a. m. Sunday when a car rammed a pickup truck. A cow in the pickup was killed.
William Vincent Barnett, 35, Route 2, Merkel rancher, w'ho was driving the pickup.
John R. Collins, 59, Merkel rancher, a passenger in the pickup.
Frank White, 47, driver of the car and Ford dealer at Santon.
Taken to Stanton
Barnett and Collins were taken to Sadler Clinic at Merkel. Both were in a “fair” condition Sunday night.
Collins reportedly suffered bruises and Barnett a broken hand.
White was first admitted to Hendrick Memorial Hospital at Abilene. He was later taken to Stanton by ambulance. A Hendrick hospital spokesman said White was not seriously injured.
Mrs. Margaret Moffett of Stanton was a passenger in the White car. She received a cut on the nose but was not hospitalized.
The investigating patrolman said the car ran into the rear of the pickup .7 miles west of Tye on U. S. Highway 80. The pickup overturned, killing a Hereford cow being hauled in the rear of the pickup. The cow was valued at $100.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged, Highway Patrolman W. A. Jacobs said.
SWEETWATER, May 2. (RNS) —Mrs. C. L. Smith, 65, of Roby, was hospitalized here Sunday for treatment of injuries sustained in a car pickup collision near Roby.
Mrs. Smith was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, 32, of Roby. The daughter’s car was involved in a collision with a pickup driven by Robert Allen. 33, of Sweetwater. The wreck happened about 5:15 p. m. Sunday.
Face, Head Cuts
Allen, Mrs. Evelyn Smith, and C. L. Smith, 65, wife of the injured woman, received emergency treatment at Young Medical Center in Sweetwater. The elder Mrs. Smith was admitted to the medical center for treatment of severe face and head lacerations.
Investigating Highway Patrol Herman Seale said both vehicles were going north toward Roby.
Seven Hawley teen-agers escaped injury Sunday when the car in which they were riding overturned after it collided with another car.
The car containing the teen-agers was driven by Donald Logston of Hawley. It overturned after colliding with a car driven by Leroy Bartholomee of Albuquerque, N. M.
The accident occurred about 4 p. m. Sunday at the Elm Creek bridge on the old Anson Road.
W. A. Jacobs, Abilene Highway Patrolman, investigated.
George Parr to Run For District Judge
Pacific Pad Trio Conduct Secret Talks
GENEVA, May 2 tfi-The partners in the United States, Australia, New Zealand pact in the Pacific conferred secretly on the threatening Indochina situation today as Communist-led Vietminh forces there drastically reduced the defenses of the heroic Dien Bien Phu garrison by renewed mass attacks.
In Geneva an unofficial Communist source hinted at fresh efforts to get France into truce negotiations alone with Vietminh and the leaders of the French-sponsored Viet Nam state.
The informant said a direct appeal by France for a truce to evacute wounded from Dien Bien Phu — which the French have urged—could lead easily to general cease - fire talks. He insisted such talks much take place in Geneva, and not on the battlefield as suggested by the French.
Secretary of State Dulles sought the conference of the ANZUS (Australia. New Zealand, United States) partners as he prepared to fly to Italy tomorrow for a talk with Premier Mario Seelba.
SCENE OF DROWNING — Deputies Fred Ownby (left) and L. A. Arnold look over the water-filled gully near Caps where nine-year-old Charles Thomas Shipley was found Sunday. (Photo by Charles Cockrell).
4,105 Cattle on Train for Dakota
FORT WORTH LTV—Some 4.105 cows, yearlings and calves were well on way to South Dakota today aboard the largest cattle train to leave Texas on the Santa Fe railroad in more than 30 years.
SEEKS 2ND TERM
Kimbrough Soys He'll Run Again
HASKELL. May 2. (RNS)—State Rep. John Kimbrough filed here late Saturday for re-election.
The former Texas Aggie football great faces opposition from J. E. <Ed) Cloud of Rule in his bid for a second term in the 83d District post.
Kimbrough’s filing for re-election put an end to speculation that he might be a candidate for state commissioner of agriculture.
During his first time in the legislature Kimbrough served on several important committees. These included conservation and reclamation, livestock and stock raising; oil, gas, and mining; privileges; sufferages and elections.
He was also named by Gov. Allan Shivers to the nine-member water resources commission. The commission is to make a study of Texas water problems and make recommendations to the next legislature.
Kimbrough said Saturday he would make a formal statement later regarding his bid for re-election.
Caps Boy Found Dead in Cully
CAPS, May 2—The body of 9-year-old Charles Thomas Shipley was recovered about 7:25 a. m. Sunday from a water-filled gully at oid Camp Barkley.
The youngster had been missing since about 5 p. m. Saturday. He was the son of Mrs. Ruth Denney of Caps.
Caps is located 10 miles southwest of Abilene on Highway 277.
Caps residents had searched for the boy until 10 p. m. Saturday. The hunt was resumed about daylight Sunday.
Truett Biggers, 15, Caps Boy Scout, located the boy’s clothing on the banks of the gully. His scoutmaster, Billy Carpenter, said Biggers had become separated from the main party shortly before he found the clothing.
Found in Water Biggers summoned the rest of the searching party. The body was located lying in six or seven feet ot water by Carpenter, and two scouts, Joe Yarborough and Wayne Lightfoot.
The place where the body was located was about 500 yards from where the boy lived at Caps.
Justice of the Peace W. T. St. John of Abilene said Sunday he would probably render his verdict in the death by Monday.
Guardsmen in Search Judge St. John said the place where the boy drowned was “not much bigger than a living room.” Taylor County law enforcement officers had assisted the Caps residents and National Guardsmen in searching for the youngster.
Investigating besides Judge St. John were Sheriff Ed Powell, and deputies L. A. Arnold, Fred Ownby, and Claude Herring.
Had Lived in Abilene Funeral arrangements for young Shipley will be announced from Laughter-North Funeral Home at Abilene.
The youngster had been living in Abilene with his mother at 1934
Ambler until moving to Caps about 15 days ago. They formerly lived at 2133 Lilius St.
Survivors are his mother, his father, Erwin E. Shipley Sr., of Odessa; two brothers, Erwin E. Shipley Jr., 17, living in Vermont, Kenneth Wayne Shipley, 13; two sisters, Wanda Jean Shipley, 15, of Abilene, and Cam Marie, 6, of the home.
Shivers Says His Support For Ike in '52 'Was Best’
U.S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BCREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY—Fair and rather cold Monday and Monday night. Fair and warmer Tuesday. High Monday 65 and low Monday night 45. High Tuesday
about 75. __
NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS: Fair and rather cold Monday. Tuesday generally tair and warmer.
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy and colder Monday: rising temperatures Tuesday. Fresh to strong northerly winds on the coast, diminishing late Monday and becoming moderate east to southeast Tuesday. TEMPERATI RES
Sunday A. M.
JOHN KIMBROUGH ... ends speculation
Cloud, opposing the Haskell man, is former mayor of Rule, a former banker, and is presently engaged in farming. He announced in February.
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Sunday P. M. . 60 . 62 . «3
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High and l«w temperatures for 34 hours ended al 6:30 64 and 46-High and low temperatures same date last year: 80 and 48.
Sunset last night 7:21 p.m. Sunrise today 5:51 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:31 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m. 28.37. Relative humidity at 9:30 p.m. 55 per cent.
WASHINGTON, May 2 (JV-Gov. Allan Shivers of Texas, describing himself as a “stalwart Democrat,” said today he still feels his support for President Eisenhower’s election in 1952 was best for the nation under conditions existing at the time.
As to whether he might back a Republican for president again in 1956, Shivers said nobody knows what conditions would be then, and he added:
“Frankly I hope that the Democratic party can get a candidate that is strong enough and a platform that is strong enough to carry not only my convictions but those of the nation.”
The Texas chief executive gave his views in answer to questions on the NBC TV show “Youth Wants to Know'.”
He said he had always been a member of the regular Texas Democratic organization, even when he was supporting Eisenhower.
“I was supporting principles,” Shivers said.
Although Democrats in the party’s national convention disagreed with him, Shivers said ,“I felt I was a better Democrat than most of those who were opposed to me.”
In rebelling against the nomination of Adlai Stevenson as the Democratic nominee for president. Shivers said at the time he feared Stevenson was too closely til'd with “the Truman crowd” to be able to “clean up that mess in Washington.”
The ‘teen-age questioners asked Shivers several questions about Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis):
Has McCarthy’s popularity declined?
“I really haven't made any attempt to develop an opinion. I feel there has been a slight loss of popularity.”
Who has the greatest power in Texas, Eisenhower or McCarthy? “Eisenhower, I think.”
Do you think the McCarthy issue will be bigger than the Indochina issue in the 1954 elections?
“Oh, no. Indochina is an issue that is worldwide. It represents the futura of the world...”
Do you think Communism will be an issue in the next election?
“I certainly think it will be.”
Shivers denied a suggestion by one questioner that oilmen in Texas support McCarthy as a group.
“I don’t believe a group of oilmen, as such, are supporting McCarthy,” Shivers said.
Asked if he supports McCarthy, Shivers said: “I support him when he is right and I don’t when I think he is wrong.”
Seeks Job Once Held by Laughlin
SAN DIEGO, Tex., May 2 (/P)—George B. Parr, controversial political leader of turbulent Duval County, announced today his candidacy for 79th district judge.
Parr told the Associated Press by telephone from his home here that he was entering the race because of the many attacks made against ousted Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin of Alice and charges that Parr controlled Laughlin.
“My opponents said I control the district judge,” Parr said. “Why not let me be the district judge?
Then no one will control the district judge but me.”
Parr’s formal announcement as a candidate was broadcast at 12:15 p.m. today over Radio station KDKI at nearby Alice, Tex.
Asked if he expected to have a close-fought campaign, Parr said,
“No, sir. I am very confident.”
Judge Laughlin was removed as 79th judge on March 17 by the state supreme court. He was the first judge in Texas history to be so removed. The action came in a civil suit brought by 11 complaining attorneys who practiced in Laughlin's court.
A Surprise Parr’s announcement came as a shocking surprise to many people in this South Texas area, scene of bitter political feuds and unrest..
Donato Serna, a spokesman for! the Freedom Party which opposes Parr, said his group still was “very confident” that the candidate it was supporting for judge—Markel Heath of Falfurrias— would win.
* Heath is one of the 11 attorneys who petitioned for Laughlin’s removal.
Attorneys for both sides in the Laughlin controversy agreed the bitter politics of the area formed a background for the case. They also argued to the supreme court that Parr was at the root of the trouble.
Parr, a 52-year-old millionaire, has long been known as the “Duke of Duval” for his political influence in the county and district.
He and Duval County were the target for a multi-pronged state and federal investigation earlier this year. Use of county and school funds was probed. So were Parr’s income tax returns.
Parr Once Jailed Parr once served nine months of a sentence for income tax evasion. He received a full pardon from President Truman and later served as county judge and sheriff of Duval County.
The short, well-built Parr blamed “politics” for the investigations. He said they were made to further the policial ambitions of Gov. Allan Shivers and Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd, both of whom tartly spoke of the “mess in Duval County” and “bossism” under Parr.
Asked whether he expected Shivers or Shepperd to enter the campaign against him, Parr said, “I
GEORGE B. PARR , . .another surprise
See PARR, Page 3, Col. 1-2
Turkish Demo Parly Wins Top Election
ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 3 Ml — The office of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes said early today his ruling Democrat party had won a clearcut victory in yesterday’» national elections.
The Prime Minister’s office said the Democrats clinched 326 seats— or well over a majority in the 541-member National Assembly in results from 32 of Turkey’s 64 provinces.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said results from other provinces were not yet decisive.
He listed the popular vote as of midnight: Democrats 1.690,492; opposition Republicans 1,011,299.
Kasim Gulek, secretary general for the Republican party, the chief opposition, conceded the Democrat* were leading in contests for 156 seats but claimed the Republicans were leading in 146 others. He did not give out any polling figures.
Earlier the Democrat national headquarters claimed their party had won a right to rule Turkey for another four years by a two to one« victory over the Republicans in the popular vote.
Solons'Criticism Spurs Efforts To Cut McCarthy-Army Row
WASHINGTON, May 2 LB — A ' swelling chorus of senatorial complaints that the McCarthy-Army hearings are hurting the Republican party, the Senate and the country, spurred efforts today to cut them short.
But Chairman Mundt <R-SD) ruled out suggestions he said had been made that the doors be closed and that future witnesses be heard in private.
“I suggested that in the beginning but it can’t be done now,” he said.
At the same time Mundt said the Senate has found no workable formula to save time by avoiding excursions into what some members regard as strictly side issues or to reduce the number of questions asked witnesses.
And Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) would give no assurances on how long he and his chief counsel, Roy M. Cohn, intend to keep Secretary of Army Stevens under questioning.
Stevens resumes the stand tomorrow in the eighth day of televised hearings into his charges that McCarthy and his aides sought to use the power of the Senate Investigating Committee to get favored Army treatment for Pvt. G.
David Schine, a former consultant to the committee.
The 100,000 words or so of testimony and questions already poured out on these and minor issues by nine witnesses, eight senators and opposing counsel have produced crackling criticism from senators on the outside of the inquiry.
Sen. H. Alexander Smith <R~ NJ) called the hearing “perfectly terrible” and said the Eisenhower administration “will have to take hold of this thing and get legislation passed to handle Communist infiltration into defense plants and elsewhere.”
“The Republicans in Congress are casting discredit or^ the administration because of these hearings,” Smith declared. “1 think this spectacle will hurt the Republican party while the Democrats are feasting.”
Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-CoJo) called the whole affair “repulsive” and said;
“I am sick and tired of hearing anything about it. The only issue involved that I can discover is; Who is lying. For my book, they all are.”
Sen. Aiken <R-Vt> said he agrees with Smith that the hearings which
have arrayed Republican elected officials against GOP appointed officials “are not doing the Republicans any good.”
“But I doubt that they are helping the Democrats, either,” he said, adding that the televised gearings have become “a tourist attraction with many watching to see who is going to be skinned without caring much who it is.” Sen. Maybank (D-SC) said he thinks the affair is “harming the country.”
“The charges ought to be investigated but I’m against doing it as a televised vaudeville show,” he said.
Sen. Hill (D-Ala) voiced opinion that “the hearing is definitely not doing the Senate any good.”
Sen. Holland (D-Fla) took the stand that the Republicans had only themselves to blame for criticism of the nature of the hearings, saying:
“In the main, it’s a Republican controversy and it’s their business to straighten it out. I hope it will be ended soon because most of the matters in it seem to be relatively sideshows and the Senate has enough major problem* before it to consume the time and energy of all of us.”