Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 326
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING. MAY 9, 1954—FIFTY-TWO PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc
Probe Short Cut Has Opposition
WASHINGTON. IVIay 8 (ilV-Ccin-mitee Democrats and Army offi cials held out tonight against a Republican leadership proposal to cut short the McCarthy-Army row by calling Sen, McCarthy (R-Wis) Monday as the final witness in public hearings.
Sen. Dirksen (R-III) said, with the outspoken backing of Sen. Bridges (R-NH), the Senate’s pres-dent pro-tempore, that he will move in the Senate Investigations subcommittee Monday to supplant Secretary of the Army Stevens on the stand with McCarthy.
Closed Door Testimony
Dirksen explained that his proposal would open the way for the committee—if it chooses to do soto take testimony later behind closed doors from Roy M. Cohn, McCarthy’s chief counsel, Army counselor John G. Adams and other present “principals” in the controversy.
Dirksen predicted he will have lolid backing from the subcommittee’s other three Republicans, although Chairman Mundt (R-SD) said he had not been approached by his Illinois colleague about the proposal.
The Democrats, outnumbered 4-3 gave immediate signs that they would fight the move. They regard
Stonewall County Beer Sale Beaten In Heavy Voting
ASPERMONT, May 8 (RNS)—In a heavy turnout of voters Saturday, a proposition for the legal sale of beer in Stonewall County for off-premise consumption was defeated by 159 votes.
Total vote for the county was 498 for the sale and 657 against. From 1,270 eligible voters in the county, there were 1,155 ballots cast.
Voting by boxes was as follows:
Aspermont — 310 for; 342 against. Peacock — 36 for: 149
against. Old Glory — 81 for; 53 against. Swinson — 39 for; 90 against. Rhoda — 7 for; 4 against. South Side — 3 for; 6 against. Wright — 18 for; 9 against.
There were 4 absentee ballots for the proposition and 4 against.
The election was called by the Commissioners Court after a petition bearing approximately 500 names was presented asking for the vote.
r. s. DEP.iRTMENT OF COMMERCE W EATHER Bl HEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and slightly warmer with scattered thundershower* in the vicinity Sunday and Sunday night. Monday partly cloudy and continued warm. High temperatures Sunday 85 to 90 degrees. Low Sunday night «>0. High Monday near 90.
Sat. - A. .M. Sat. . P. M.
55 ............ 1:.10 80
55 ............ 2:30 80
............ 3:30 83
5.5 ............ 4:30 83
55 ............ 3:30 83
56 ............ b;30 82
.53 ............ 7:30 79
bO ............ 8:30 76
65 ............ 9:3« 74
68 ...........10:30 —
71 ............ 11:30 —
77 12:30 —
High and low temperature* for 24 hours
ended at 6:30 p.m.; 83 and 52.
High and low temperaturet same date last year: 99 and 60.
Sunset last night 7:25 pm. Sunrise today 5:45 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:26 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m. 28o4. Kelativ« humidity at 9:30 p m. 58 per •ent.
it as an attempt to end a public spectacle which they see as politically damaging to the GOP.
Sen. McClellan of Arkansas, top Democrat on the subcommittee, announced in an interview that he will vote against Dirksen’s motion if the latter makes it, as promised, at the opening of the 13th day of televised hearings Monday morning.
“All of the accusers and the accused should be heard in public hearings,” McClellan said. “They should have their day, just as Secretary Stevens has had. All the principals should be treated alike.” No A.ssurance
An influential Republican senator who has been active in the leadership negotiations to telescope the hearings, said that thus far his group has been able to get no assurance that Welch and Stevens w’ould agree to the Dirksen proposal.
This senator, who asked not to be identified by name, said, however, that White House emissaries had been urging action to end the hearing as early as possible in line with President Eisenhower’s news conference statement that it i.s hurting American prestige abroad.
French Ask Indochina
LANTEL LEAVES—French Premier Joseph Laniel puffs on a cigarette as he emerges from Elysee Palace, Paris, following a cabinet meeting presided over by President Rene Coty. Laniel called the meeting after announcing in the National Assembly that the besieged fortress of Dien Bien Phu had fallen to the Communist-led Vietminh in Indochina. Behind Laniel is an usher.
Shoplifting Wave Suspect Arrested
Taylor County officers Saturday arrested a 34-year-old Abilenian for investigation of theft in connection with a recent wave of shopliftings here.
The arrest came as a re.sult of a private investigation carried on for about a month by grocery store owner Mack Henson.
Sheriff Ed Powell. Deputy Pete Petty, and Henson recovered considerable merchandise from the man’s home Saturday morning. The merchandise is believed to have been taken from several local stores. The officers also recovered some articles from a local pawn shop and a parts store here sold by the man.
Admitted Thefts Petty said Saturday evening the suspected shoplifter had admitted taking merchandise from Henson’s grocery, Thornton’s store at South Fourth and Oak Sts. and in Elmw'ood West, Sunbeam Supermarket, and an M System store here.
Henson said Saturday night he hired his own private investigator about a month ago when shoplifting at his business increased alarmingly.
He said he secured enough information to tell the sheritf Saturday where the suspeeied shoplifter lived and in what part of his home the stolen merchandise was hidden.
Seen Taking Tools
The sheriff was called in, Henson said, w'hen the man was observed taking some wrenches from his store Saturday morning.
Deputy Petty said the man readily admitted taking the merchandise from the stores and also implicated at least one other person in the thefts. The suspect is in Taylor County jail.
Sheriff Powell said Saturday night a misdemeanor theft charge would probably be filed Monday against the suspect. Powell said if theft of over $50 from any one of the stores could be proved felony charges could then be filed.
Bonds Okayed In Mitchell Highway Vote
COLORADO CITY, May 8. (RNS) — Mitchell County voters Saturday approved $200,000 in highway bonds to purchase additional right-of-way for the four-lane freeway which will soon replace the present U. S. Highway 80.
Unofficial totals at 10 p.m., with one box at Carr still out, gave the issue about a five to one margin. Total votes for the issue were 1,-480 with 1,223 voting for the issue and 257 against.
According to County Judge Sam Bullock from 10 to 30 votes could bo expected from Carr which would not alter the election result.
The vote represented approximately 60 per cent of the eligible voters in the county.
Colorado City boxes voted 921 to 46 for the measure, with the issue losing in two boxes — tho.se at Loraine and Landers. Loraine turned the measure dowm 186 to 114 and Landers 5 to 4.
The freeway will be completed to the east and west edges of Colorado City with the gap to be completed at some future date. When completed the freeway will pass through the north edge of Colorado City.
Present right of way along U. S. 80 measures from 100 to 120 feet. The additional purchase will bring all of the route to an even 260 feet.
Voting by boxes:
Courthouse — 832 for; 29 against Legion Hut —• 89 for; 17 against. Westbrook — 95 for; 5 against. Spade — 11 for; none against. Landers — 4 for; 5 against. Cuthbert —9 for; 7 against. Loraine — 114 for; 186 against, latan — 9 for: none against. McKenzie — 8 for; none against. Buford — 29 for; 8 against. Ab.sentee ballots — 23 for; none against.
South Chino Soo
WHERE IK) THE REBELS GO FROM HERE?—Black area of this map indicates territory in Indochina now occupied by the Communist-led Vietminh rebels including the fortress of Dien Bien Phu whose fall was announced by French Premier Joseph Laniel. The big question marks now are whether the rebels will move in the direction of Luang Prabang or Hanoi French Union forces also hold other main Indochinese cities of Saigon and Haiphong, both underlined.
11 DAUGHTERS IN FAMILY
Mother^s Day Special Day For 98-Year-Old Abilenian
By STUART CHILTO.N
Mothers Day really means something to Mrs. Annie Lee of 1930 South Third St.
Mrs. Lee. 98, is believed to be the oldest living mother in .Abilene To top it all off she is the mother of 11 daughters, eight of whom are living.
Four of the daughters will be here Sunday to help her celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mrs. Lee, bedridden since July. 1952, was born Jan, 3, 1856, in Kemper County. Miss. Her madien name was .Annie Perementer. Her father was a farmer.
She recalls the bitter struggle during the Civil War. particularly the going-away of a number of her relatives to fight on the Southern side.
One incident vividly stands out in her mind: The raids of Jesae
REMEMBER?—Mrs. Annie Lee, 98, reminisces with one of her eight daughters, Mrs. Jocie Bacon. They live at 1930 South Third St. Mrs. Lee is one of the oldest mothers in Abilene. (Staff Photo by David Barros)
and Frank James through Mississippi following the Civil War.
“They didn’t bother property belonging to Southern people but would steal from the Northerners,” Mrs. Lee pointed out.
Mrs. Lee came to Texas in 1870, settling in the northern part of Bell County near the Coryell and McLennan Counties line.
“We sold out in Mississippii and came as far as Calvert in Robertson County by train where the railroad ended.”
From Calvert they traveled the remaining distance by stagecoach.
Married in 1875 On Nov. 14. 1875. she was married to John Edward Lee, a farmer, in Coryell County.
■They moved to Callahan County in 1912 and later came to .Abilene in 1923. Mr. Lee died here in 1929.
Although she has been in bed for nearly two years, Mrs. Lee still listens to her sermons.
Her granddaughter, Mrs. .John M. Cook, also of 1930 South Third St., said each Sunday she hears a church sermon over the radio.
Mrs. Lee has been a member of the Church of Christ since 1895. Her pre.sent membership is in the Highland Church of Christ.
The near centenarian has 148 descendants eight duaghters, 30 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchil dren, and 35 great-great-grandchil-dren.
4 Daughters Preseot The daughters are Mrs. W. B. Teague ol Haskell; Mrs. Kizzy Lee Wilson and Mrs. G. Z. Ryan, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Nellie Lee Simpson and Mrs. T. F. Stovall both of Dallas: Mrs. T. F.
Thomasson of Waterford, Calif.; Mrs. Elizabeth Garrett of San Francisco, Calif.; and Mrs. Jocie Bacon of ls30 South Third St, Mrs, Lee says she's “not much on celebrating anything,” although Mrs. Teague, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Stovall, and Mrs. Bacon will ba here for Mother's Day.
Tha last time all of the daughters and Mrs. Lea got together was on her ^d birthday in 1948 in Dallaa.
Highway Contracts Biggest in History
Contracts to be let this month for road projects in the 13-county Abilene highway district will include a total expenditure higher than for any contract letting for the district in the history of the State Highway Department.
The cost will be approximately $2 million. Jake Roberts, district highway engineer, said Saturday night.
The May contract amount is equal to what has been spent in any previous 18-month period, Roberts said.
Bids Open May 18-19
Tb" estimat'.d $? million is a part of nillion in higi way projects on which Js 'vlli '-»e opened at Austin May 18 and 19.
Included is a 166-mile seal-coating job in the Abilene area.
Total mileage for the state in the May projects is 1,463, of which 1,264 is on state and federal highways.
A 10.88-mile completed section of the U. S. Highway 80 freeway will be built from the Martin County line to near Rig Spring. The work will include grading, structures, base and surfacing. The freeway is to run from the east Taylor County line to the West Howard County line
The 166-mile seal-coating job will be in Shackelford, Borden, Fisher. Callahan. Jones, Howard, Taylor, Mitchell, Scurry and Kent Counties.
A summer seal coat — one more coat of asphalt and stone to seal water out of the base — will be put on by sections on U. S, Highway 180, State Highways 92 and 350, Ranch Road 33, and Farm Roads 601, 57, 611, 880, 707, 669, 700, 606. 644, 1082, 603. 604. 605, 576, 1063, 1085, 1228 and 1584.
Another contract will be for construction of Farm-to-Market type roads in Callahan and Shackelford Counties including grading, base, asphalt surface and drainage.
There will be 12 miles of road constructed from south of Putnam to the Eastland County line; from 5.5 miles north of U. S. Highway
80 to U. S. Highway 380; and from 7.5 miles west of Moran to 4 miles east.
Road to Be Rebuilt Also in Shackelford County under another contract, 15 miles of U. S. Highw'ay 380 will be com-
See HIGHWAY. Page 4-A, Col. 4
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Bidault Request Heard at Geneva
GENEVA, May 8 (/P)—French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault, his voice choking with emotion, asked for a ceasefire in Indochina in the Geneva conference today, 24 hours after the fall of Dien Bien Phu.
He ran immediately into a Communist blocking action. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov, pointedly ignoring the French proposal, tied the conference up in a procedural knot by asking for the admission to the talks of Red representatives of Laos and Cambodia—part of Indochina not directly connected with the current fighting.
BULLETIN HANOI, Indochina, May 8 (fl —Brig. Gen. Christiaa de Castries, heroic commander of Dien Bien Phu. died at hhi poet, French Array headqaarters announced today.
A military spokesman said de Castries refused a Vietminh command to hoist a white flag over the fortress in the last hours of the savage struggle Friday night.
Planes Sight MenMaiching Front Forlress
SAIGON, Indochina. May 8 if)— French planes sighted columns of men marching north from Dien Bien Phu today and Gen. Henri Navarre said they were apparently French Union forces taken prisoner after the fortress fell to the Communist-led Vietminh.
Navarre, the F'rench commander in chief in Indochina, said planes dropped food and medical supplies over the stilled batUefieJd this afternoon. The pilots saw the parachutes picked up.
Tlie last three battalions in Isabelle, the diehard southern strong-point, made a bold attempt early today to smash their way to freedom. But the overwhelming pres-of rebel opposition forced
F'rance has called the so-called Communist governments of Laos and Cambodia “phantom regimes” France and the United States promptly rejected the idea of issuing any bid to them.
Molotov then tried to bring Red China into a proposed Big F'our dhscussion of the proposed invitations. This the United States rejected.
Huang Hua, press .spokesman for Red China, said Bidault’s proposals for a cease-fire were “not rea-.sonable.” He said they amounted to “dissolving” the Communist-led Vietminh army and the “resistance governments of Khmer (Cambodia) and Pathet-Laos (Laos).”
The United States reserved its position on the Bidault proposals. An official spokesman said the United States would “do its part toward achieving restoration of peace in the discussions which follow.”
Bidault addressed the representatives of the nine delegations which make up the Indochina section of tlie Geneva conference as they assembled for the first time in a small room in the old League of Nations Building. He asked that the cease-fire be guaranteed by the nine delegations.
After the cease-fire, Bidault said, the political problems between Viet Nani and her Vietminh foes could be tackled. But, he added, these problems could l>e carried out only through free elections carried out in comrJete independence.
Bidault was seated for the first time with representatives of France’s Communist-led Vietminh enemies headed by F'Dreign Minister Pham Van Dong.
Present for the opening of the talks were representatives of the Big Four, Red C.hina, Vietminh, and the three Associated States of Indochina — Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia.
What Price Pcace*Si Bidault’s early statement of France’s position was designed to find out what peace in Indochina will cost. But there was no immediate answer from the other side. The Vietminh delegate in his first speech asked only for admittance of Communist representatives from Laos and Cambodia. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov immediately backed him.
Bidault asserted, “We are here to discuss questions of peace, not the question of phantoms, but of human beings, human beings who are sheduiiig their blood.”
U. S. I nder Secretary of Slate Walter Bedell Smith proposed that the Big Four take up the question.
See FRANCE. Page 4-A, Col. 4
them back and there was no doubt that they had bowed to superior strength.
Peiping radio claimed the “annihilation’' of 2,000 French Union forces at Isabelle when they tried to smpsh their way out.
B'rench observation pilots said only deathlike stillness reigned over the battle area today.
It was *o Brig. Gen. Rene Cogny, the F^renv commander at Hanoi, thui De Castries addressed his last words.
He told Cogny that “the enemy have infiltrated into the entire central forlress. Our munitions are in-.sufficienl. The resistance will ba drowned out.
“Tlie Vietminh are a few yards from the radio over which I am talking to you. They are every-
See FORTRESS. Page 4-A, Cel. 4
6 ABILENIANS CLEARED
10 Loan Froud Indictments Returned by Lubbock Jury
A I'. S. grand jury at Lubbock Saturday returned 10 indictments naming eight individuals and one corporation in connection with Veterans Administration housing loans.
Six Abilenians were cleared of previous charges against them. Two men were no-billed and complaints filed last Tuesday against four others were dismissed.
Named in no-bills absolving them of any previously alleged guilt were Ocie S. Leveridge of 3421 South 13th St. and Wynn M. Stephens of 2603 South 25th St.
Eagles Win State Meet
(see page 1-D)
Those against whom complaints had been filed and were dismissed were Richard Vance Davis of 1718 McCracken St.; Jim Ridlehu-l>er of 1533 Westmoreland Ave.; Glenn G. Thomason of 4134 Richmond Ave., and Curtis B. Richardson of 1409 Westmoreland Ave.
mond Thomason, Sr., and W. 3. Hayter, Jr.. were each named in two indictments. The others wera named in one indictment each.
U. S. Judge Joseph B. Dooley recessed court Saturday until Tuesday. He set hearings on any mo-
, tions that defense attorneys may One 12-count indictment was re- j p ^ Tues
day. A jury panel has been summoned to report for duty Wednes-di»y morning.
The grand jury which returned
turned against American General Investment Corporation, which has its home offices in Houston.
Individuals indicted are Raymond Thomason, Sr., Raymond Thomason, Jr.. Monty Don Thomason, Weldon L. Russell, Jr, Taylor W. Long Tr., W. O. Hayter. Jr., Mrs. He:en McMurry and C. G. Stephens.
Ail of the individuals indicted were under bonds posted after complaints were filed against them last Tuesday, with the exception of C. G. Stephens. Stephens posted bond of 11.000 Saturday afterrnxm and the others were not required to post new b(mds.
Named TogeUier Russell and Long were named together fji oat vBtUctnieoL. Eajf-
the indictments Saturday was empaneled la.st Wednesday after Judge Dooley dismissed 19 previous indictments against 45 persons and four business fimis because they were improperly drawn.
Judge Dooley recessed 11» grand jury Saturday after they repwted to the court they had completed the work before them. Judge Docrt-ey instructed tlie grand jurort they were recessed until 'Itiuni-day, May 13. and that if they were not recaUod before then
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