Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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A)L. LXXIII, NO. 323
Associated Press (AP)
lëÏLÊNiTTOCAS. THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 6, 1954 TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Blanton Quits Race At Wife's Request
Thomas L. Blanton of Albany I representative from the 17th Con-withdrew Wednesday from the gressional District, race for Congress. The 81-year-old Albany man was
He told The Reporter-News he a member of Congress from 1917 was withdrawing at the request of! to 1937.
his wife. He began practicing law in Al-
"She doesn’t want to go to Wash-j bany in October, 1897, and today ington even if I were elected,” ! occupies the same suite of offices Blanton said. ‘ And, my wife comes 1 he did then, first.” His career included also 28
Blanton announced Monday, years’ residence in Abilene. He last day for filing, that he would , was district judge in Abilene eight oppose Omar Burleson of Anson ! years, and had residence here who is seeking his fifth term as while serving in Congress.
Probe Has Hurt U.S.
WASHINGTON, May 5 (ÜV-Presi- j ident said, he would back Stevens dent Eisenhower said today the j to the limit.
McCarthy-Army row has cost the United States a loss of international prestige and, to some extent, of national self respect.
He hopes, he told his news conference, that the incident will provide advantages that are at least comparable to those losses.
He took occasion also, in answer
Stevens has been testifying for 10 days before the Senate Investigations subcommittee about alleged efforts of Chairman McCarthy <R-Wis) and his staff to obtain special treatment for Army Pvt. G. David Schine, and McCarthy's countercharge that Schine was held as a “hostage” to hamper his sub
McCarthy Won't Tell Source of Secret Data
Camera Nabs Capitol Probe
ing questions, to say he knows committee's investigation of the nothing that would cause him to Army, lose confidence in Secretary of the Army Stevens’ administration of the Army. On that basis, the Pres-
Rebels Move Near Heart Of Fortress
Joe Called As Witness First Time
HANOI. Indochina, May 5 UP— Hordes of Vietminh troops dug new trenches and foxholes today within grenade hurling distance of Dien Bien Phu’s dwindling barricades. A few hundred yards away, more French Union paratroops and tons of supplies dropped through sheets of rebel antiaircraft fire to bolster the weary defenders.
Despite dense tropical rain, Flying Boxcars, piloted by American civilians, and Dakota transports swooped low to drop their precious human and materiel cargoes into the beleaguered bastion's heart. The northwestern Indochinese plains fortress has been holding out against massive Communist-led attacks for nearly two months.
As fervent preparations were pushed on both sides of the barricades for what may be the final rebel drive, U.S. Air Force Globe-masters winged from Southern France with 450 French army and air force technicians bound for In- j dochina. In a similar airlift three weeks ago, U.S. planes took 1,000 French paratroops to Indochina.
The Vietminh “mole men,” using picks, shovels, knives and their hands, bored in toward the maze of barbed wire protecting the shrinking French perimeter on all sides. Heedless of the pelting seasonal rains that have turned the area into seas of mud. the rebels narrowed to ,40 yards the distance separating them from the barricades.
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Eisenhower told his news conference last Thursday he hoped the whole business would be concluded quickly. The question came up again today in the light of indica- j lions that the hearing might go on for many more weeks.
The President said that when he expressed a hope for a quick con-! elusion to the hearings, he meant i a quick end with effective answers ; from the principals concerned to whatever the subcommittee considered to be the main issues involved.
He went on to say that our only hope now is that America may de-
France, Reds To Start Indo Peace Talks
GENEVA, May 5 (if)—France and nope now is inai aiuwivo **»aj
rive from this incident advantages the Soviet Union agreed today_t that are at least comparable to start peace talks on Indochina Fr -wtat we have suffered in loss of day if possible and certainly by international prestige and, judging Saturday.
from his correspondence, national Agreement was reached as
MYSTERY HUMP—Is there any uranium in this deposit heap from an old coal mine? If so, how much? Claude C Cole, owner of the hump, says Geiger counters “go crazy” in certain areas of the hump and near his house.
RIVAL PAPERS DISAGREE
However, newsmen—some of them—in nearby Hanger and Eastland question the presence of any uranium. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson)
McCarthy, informed of the President’s remarks, declined to comment on the possible loss of national self respect. On other points, he said “The hearings were brought on by the charges of Stevens and (Army Counsel John G.) Adams. I have no choice but to defend my staff. 1 think the hearings are a great waste of time, but I didn t call them. I can’t call them off.”
Army Revolts In Paraguay
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 5 up __ Units of the Paraguayan army were reported today to have rebelled against the government of President Federico Chaves at Asuncion. Paraguay’s capital, in a bold attempt to seize power.
There were conflicting reports on whether the government or the rebels were in control in Asuncion tonight.
Official government radio sta tions were off the air. But a private stations said loyal government forces succeeded in quelling the uprising. It added that Police Chief L. Petit was killed in the battle with the rebels.
Another account, from Clorinda, on the Argentine side of the Paraguayan border, said Asuncion was in the hands of the insurgents^ The border report said President Chaves and his ministers took refuge in the military academy at Asuncion. It added that the rebels had taken over control of all telecommunications and the main buildings of the capital.
French Foreign Minister Caorges Bidault decided to ride out his country's Cabinet crisis in Geneva.
Jean Chauvel, French ambassador in Switzerland, spent an hour with Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko discussing the impending peace parley. Both agreed it should start as soon as feasible.
Later Chauvel reported the results of his conversations to British and U. S. delegations. It appeared that only the belated arrival of delegates from the Associated States of Indochina was holding up the peace meeting.
A Vietnamese delegation of three, including Deputy Premier Nguyen Trung Yinh, Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh and Minister for Democratization Nguyen Dac Khe, will arrive tomorrow morning by train from Paris.
That Old Hump at Strawn ... Does It Contain Uranium?
BV DAVE BREMBF.AU I States Government Bureau of I 1 eonrthr thl*
Reporter-News Staff Writer * Mines said Tuesday, after inten-|su>rv auvtv STRAWN, May 5 — A red, sandy j give tests were made in that of-hump, streaked with black depo- ; fice „
sits and looking like a prehistoric monster sneaking into the hills near here is the center of mystery for people in Strawn, Ranger, Eastland and maybe even Washington.
There are those in Strawn. a town coal mining once made thriving and bustling, who think the strange hump may contain uranium.
There are those who say forget about it: “Peanuts need to be in the ground.”
In Strawn the uranium question ranges from serious viewpoints to tongue-in-cheek “so-whats.” But in nearby Ranger the controversy is more pronounced.
A man who takes a serious viewpoint on the uranium possibilities is Claude C. Cole of Strawn. He’s the man the strange red and black heap belongs to. (The hump is
The next publication date of Lee’s paper is Thursday.
Lee said Wednesday morning: “No specimen of any ore on the land of Claude C. Cole, where this all originated, has been sent to the U. S. Bureau of Mines.”
“It was sent to the Atomic Energy Commission, ’ said Lee. If you send them a sample they are not going to release the report to anybody but you. Until the U. S. government rules on this to the in-
WASHINGTON, May 5 UB-Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy took the witness stand today and, in dramatic sworn testimony, refused to name an Army intelligence officer who, he said, gave him secret FBI material warning of Russian spy danger at Ft. Monmouth, N.J.
Roaring his refusal before a tense throng of spectators at a televised hearing, the Wisconsin senator told Army Counsel Joseph N. Welch:
“Neither you nor anybody else will get me to violate the confidence of loyal people. . . • You can try until doomsday.”
Sticks By Guns Welch reminded McCarthy ol his oath to “tell the whole truth’’ and implored him to do so. But McCarthy stuck to his position and was upheld by Sen. Mundt (R-SD', acting chairman of the investigating subcommittee.
McCarthy’s first appearance as witness provided one of the highlights of the 10-day-old airing of his row with high Pentagon officials. ,
It was McCarthy’s day in another respect, too He established, through FBI Di-i rector J. Edgar Hoover, that the
Lee said his Thursday paper secret material in question was a
would bring the matter uP to date, condensed version-mostly word
° Let s wait a couple of weeks, for wor^of a spy warning the
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. . . watchful waiting
RAY JENKINS rulings uncompromising
before we print anything definite, said Lee.
The mystery of the hump looks pretty much like — well, it depends upon which paper you read.
Lee’s paper says there is Geiger counter activity. How much it is worth remains to be seen.
FBI sent to Army intelligence Jan. 28, 1951.
The Army lawyer had challenged McCarthy’s version of this material—in the form of a letter purporting to be from Hoover—as a “perfect phoney.”
Hoover sent word through a sub
The Eastland Telegram, sister committee mde tlut he never oaner ot the Hanger Times, says wrote kuch a letter. But after a
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farming and washing dishes, dream Is over.
Lubbock Grand Jury To Report Thursday
heap oeiongs iu. une uump »i u. S. grand jury empaneled j signed the txwds caused by earth removed from the . in Lul)bock Wednesday morning to. ' “„¡V Dr
YFW Editor Goes To Vets' Hospital
AUSTIN, May 5 — Bruce Francis, editor of the Texas VFW news and former Abilene Reporter News city editor, was n>pved from an Austin hospital to the veterans hospital at Temple Thursday.
Francis is still unconcious. He sultered a cerebral hemorrhage four weeks ago and has not regained consciousness since.
Francis’ son, Buck sports editor of the Pampa Daily News, reported Wednesday that his father was free of fever and that doctors l>e-lieved lie was slightly improved.
Bruce Francis will be treated at McCloskey General Hospital, his son said.
old Mount Marion mine .f Cole says those who want to put him to raising peanuts instead of investigating the uranium possibilities just “shouldn’t of ought to done it.”
“I don’t want any advise on how to make a living.” he said. “I’m 70 years old. I ve been here 50 years. I've made mine. Raised cattle. 1 never planted any peanuts before.”
Cole’s remarks on not raising peanuts was in reference to a
in LUDDOCK weuneauaj « t itefi Unllic r>r
investigate chargee of fraud in con-, bert J. Brown10» 11« •
and W. R. Echols of 765 Legett Dr. posted bonds for Hayter and Richardson. Raymond Flesher of 1101 Lexington Dr. and C. W. Rogers of 2900 South Seventh St. signed for Davis, and Horace Hawkins of 3443 South 12th St. and Ray Grisham of 1131 Sylvan Dr. are by late Thursday bondsmen for Ridlehubcr.
The complaints agamst the 10 persons allege that they “did will-
nection with VA housing loans recessed at 6:15 p. m. until Thursday morning without returning any indictments.
U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore told the Reporter • News in a telephone conversation that he expects the grand jury to take definite action afternoon.
The grand jury was called to
lising The grand jury was caiiea i knowingly and unlawfully
front'consider re-indicting some of the fully, Knowingly
page editorial in the Eastland Tel-145 defendants who were named in
egraro Tuesday that said in part: indictments that MnSsit*<ause “Should any public service or- \ Dooley dismissed Monday because
ganization mindfully employ the they had been ^i*operly dra£n-minds of the people that they will Complaints against 10 of those be rich any minute when it causes ; named in the original Huiictment>
See LUBBOCK, Pag«* 15-A, Col. 2
workers to leave the fields where crops need planting, farmers to go around looking for rocks when peanuts need to be in the ground after a good rain and housewives
were filed Tuesday with Mrs Olive Fluke, U. S. Commissioner at Lubbock. Warrants were served on the
department or commerce
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Airline Merger Would Save
U.S. $916,000, CAB Told
By LESLIE CARPENTER Reporter-News C «respondent
WASHINGTON. May 5. <RNS> — Testimony that the federal government would save $916,030 a year in the airmail subsidy assigned to Pioneer and Continental Air Lines if the Civil Aeronautics Board approves their consolidation was given today as hearings on the consolidation passed the third day.
Abilene is now served by Pioneer, and the consolidation would add the 37 cities cn Continental s routes with direct service to Abi lene. They include Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Denver, Kansas City, San Antonio and other points.
Clarence West, executive vice president of Continental, said the combined airmail pay to the two lines now is $3.305,531 a year, but according to estimates would be only $2,389,501 annually if the merger took place. Hearing on the
merger is betöre CAB Hearing Examiner Tom W’renn, formerly of Wichita Falls.
West testified it would be a more economical operation if the conso* lication were permitted, although 11 more pilots would have to he added to those now serving both lines because of the improved service planned for cities on the routes. Six more hostesses also would be
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climbing over a mountain when here Wednesday morning and they
they should be at home cooking dinner?”
From this it might be deduced that the Eastland Telegram took a rather dim view of the uranium prospecting in the Strawn and Eastland County area. The Eastland Telegram is published by O.
posted bond with U. S. Commissioner Gladys Walls.
Those posting bonds were Raymond Thomason, Sr., Raymond Thomason. Jr., Monty Don I ho* mason, Mrs. Helen McMurry, W. O. Hayter, Jr., Richard Vance Davis, Curtis B. Richardson. Weldon
and South PUun* *nd Ol the Peco*
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H. Dick and Joe Dennis, who also L Russell, Jr., Jim Ridlehuber are the publishers of the Ranger j and Glenn G. Thomason.
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required, and some $10,000 addi tional would be spent to bring better meals to passengers in flight, West said.
Still, he added, the operation as a whole would be cheaper, necessitating less federal subsidy.
During extensive questioning of W*st by an attorney for the CIO United Auto Workers who have Continental organized. West said that employes of Pioneer who would be taken over by Continental would be given the same treatment as Continental employes and brought under the same contracts.
Eugene W. Bailey, Pioneer treasurer, reaffirmed testimony previously given by Pioneer President Robert J. Smith that Pioneer could continue in operation Without any additional refinancing if the board rejects the merger.
Times. Opposition paper for the Ranger Times is the Ranger Tribune, published by Grover Lee. Lee also is editor of the Strawn Tribune.
It was Lee who first published the account that uranium hanters were prospecting in the Strawn-Ranger vicinity. Lee’s paper said: “Numerous tests taken in the area with Geiger counters, scintillometers and other precision instruments indicate that slight amounts of uranium are present in the mineral - ricl^ area.” Specimens have been sent to a government testing station, Cole and Lee said.
The Eastland Telegram poo-poohed the idea that uranium in
Bond for each was set at $1.500 ¿¡¡ft
The bonds ore returnable to the
U. S. District Court at Lubbock SuBfet lMt nigh, 7u p m. s«nri*e to-next Monday. May 10 1 “1
Lynn Lee of 1009 Bowie St. and KeUthro humidity *t P-m- 47 *** Tom Akens o4 1542 North 16th St. | ce«t.___________ .
Sugar in Constable^ Gas Tank Costs Lad $25 Fine
The gasoline tank of a constable’s auto is no place for sugar. This was learned Wednesday by
pwucu ihc txav« 4..MV __________ - Bobby Leon Redd, 17. Tuscola,
any amount is in the Strawn area, when he was fined $25 and a^e®s*
To the tune of big black headlines the Telegram said Tuesday: “Uranium Test Negative ”
ed $21.20 costs by Judge Reed In-
liuinuiu test - *. - -„„I«-*
The first paragraph in the story dumping sugar into the gasoline said: tank of the auto of Al Brice, Tus-
“Samples of ore tested for uranium from this area all proved negative. Charles Knickerbocker, head
prints. Redd was arrested by sheriff’s officers.
In another Taylor County Court action Wednesday, Dennis P. Par-due, 56, of 1117 Grape St., pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Judge Ingalsbe fined Pardue $100, and assessed $21.20 in court costs. Police arrested Pardue at ¡Tote constable. The offense took North 10th and Hickory Svx Tuox niacR Monday daV ev«nin8. when the of tense took
Sheriff Ed Powell said Redd’s j place. The fine and costs were paid
galsbe in Taylor County Court The youth pleaded guilty
Her, said Hoover told him the let ter w'as taken almost verbatim from a much longer FBI memo issued on that same 1951 day.
Then arose the question of where McCarthy got the letter.
With a showmanlike flourish. Special Counsel Ray H. Jenkins called out the name of his next witness: “Sen. McCarthy!”
There was a gasp from the standing-room-only audience McCarthy glowered at Jenkins-said he’d be glad to take the stand but insistca on one thing: That all other senators in the inquiry be made to testify under oath, too, on the sources of their information.
Then while flashbulbs lit up and spectators strained forward to watch, McCarthy strode from the committee table to the witness chair, took the oath, and summoned aides Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr to his side.
Waives Immunity He said he waived any senatorial immunity he might have.
Then, when Jenkins asked him to say in his own words where the secret FBI data came from, McCarthy took the stand from which i he never retreated:
“I will not under any circumstances reveal the sources of any information I may get as chairman of this committee.”
McCarthy is the regular chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee. He has stepped down from the post for purposes of these hearings McCarthy produced the letter in an effort to show that the Army dragged its feet in rooting out alleged subversives, although he said it had ample warning Stevens has repeatedly denied he was dilatory — and today he declared that the Army ordered a full FBI investigation of Ft. Monmouth in April 1953 - two months after he took office.
McCarthy said today the letter with the FBI material was handed to him a year ago by an Army officer — a young man, he said, who was “deeply disturbed” that in spite of repeated FBI warnings "nothing was being dime” about Communist infiltration of places like the top-secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth.
Disclosure of such FBI information is forbidden by directives issued by President Truman and kept in foice by the Eisenhower administration. But McCarthy said, speaking of the young intelligence officer:
“He felt that his duty to his country was above any duty to any Truman directive. ...”
Actually. McCarthy went on, the FBI sent 12 different warnings to the Army, “complaining of what
ROBERT STEVENS . . . testifies calmly
. what is preferential? *
ROY COHN whispers to McCarthy
tive.-Charles ivnicKerDocKtT. neau — - r~"~ * . Wednesday
of the Missouri office of the United identity was learned from finger-1 Wednesday,
See JOE, Pag® 15*A, Cels,
JOHN J. LUCAS, JR.
• . , monitored phone talks