Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXIII, No. 327Auociaud Pnu (4P) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 10, 1954—TWELVE PAGES
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Attempton Ike’s Life Is Reported
WASHINGTON, May 9 (if-J-Secret Service Chief U. E. Baughman said tonight his agents "thoroughly checked" a report there would be an attempt on President Eisenhower’s life today, “but I’m satisfied there was nothing to it.’’ Baughman said the report was that there would be an attempt to assassinate Eisenhower at Fredericksburg, Va.
The President visited Fredericksburg this afternoon to place a wreath at a monument honoring Mary Ball Washington, mother of the nation’s first President.
Police on Duty The Mother’s Day ceremonies went off without incident, but the Fredericksburg Police Department put 60 officers on the job to watch for any possible trouble.
Baughman told a reporter he was informed by A. G. Kendall, police chief at Fredericksburg, that an attempt on the President’s life might be made.
Kendall told newsmen after the President left that a "reliable” Negro man reported being offered $500 by two other men to help them "knock the President off.’’ The officer said that he and aides laid a trap, with the help of his informant, but failed to catch the two men at a rendezvous point early this morning. Kendall declined to name his informant.
"The chief (Kendall) did get such a report containing certain information as to an alleged threat against the President’s life," Baughman said. He added;
"Our agents thoroughly checked into it and questioned the source oi the report.
"It’s a question as to the reliability of the source because the information could not be verified by our agents, and, as you know.
nothing happened at Fredericksburg.
"The point is that the men who reportedly were planning to show up did not do so.”
Baughman said he had agents in Fredericksburg who worked all last night trying to run down the report.
‘Nothing to It*
Then he added that he now is satisfied "there was nothing to it.”
Baughman said he had "only a couple of extra men” on hand at Fredericksburg today so far as the Secret Service was concerned. He said, however, that in addition to the 60 Fredericksburg police officers the Mary Ball Washington College in that city sent about 60 women’s auxiliary police.
Kendall said the Negro man he called "reliable” came to police headquarters yesterday afternoon and told about being approached with plans to "knock the President off.” Kendall said he would not make the man’s name public lest it place him in danger.
Kendall said the man told police he had been in a restaurant yesterday morning when two men approached him and asked if he would like to make $500. The man told police he answered that he would, and that he was taken outside to a car. He described the men as being either "awfully light • skinned Negroes or Puerto Ricans,” Kendall said, and added that he had trouble understanding them because they spoke with accents.
Inside the car, the man said, the two showed him a pair of black bags. He told police that one bag was opened, revealing a .32-20 caliber rifle with telescopic
See IKE, Page 12. Col. 1
TALLY IN TAFT-HARTLEY LAW VOTE — Leading Senate Democrats, who defeated administration efforts to revise the Taft-Hartley act this session of Congress, check the vote in the Senate in Washington which sent the measure back to committee, killing chances of action. They are, left to right, Senators George A. Smathers (Fla), Lyndon Johnson (Tex), Democratic floor leader, and Lister Hill (Ga).
Young Democrats Elect Officers
SAN ANTONIO, May 9 i^Uyal-ists Young Democrats passed resolutions severely critical of Gov. Allan Shivers and elected new officers today in the closing session of their 2nd annual state convention.
One resolution opposed the governor’s candidacy on the Democratic ticket. Others sharply denounced, alleged labor employment pVac-
STAMPS, PISTOL MISSING
Safety Deposit Boxes Found After Wingate Bank Robbed
Geneva Meeting Appears Stalled
WINGATE, May 9 fRNS>-The privately owned Wingate Security bank was robbed of a dozen safety deposit boxes, $3 in stamps and a pistol Saturday night but the burglars failed in their efforts to (^en
the inner money vault.
The safety deposit boxes were found Sunday along Highway 70 by a Sweetwater man, Jasper Moore. He spotted gunnysacks along the road and stopped to investigate.
Mom Gels Commie Son's Leliers on Molher's Day
ALDEN, Minn., May 9 (^Letters from her prisoner of war son who chose communism instead of repatriation brightened Mother’s Day for Mrs. Portia Howe.
A letter from Pfc. Richard R. Tenneson, dated March 28 and postmarked Tiyuan, China, arrived at the Howe farm Saturday. Another. somewhat shorter note from Tiyuan was delivered to Mrs. Howe’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jensen. Clark's Grove. Minn., about the same time.
In his letter to his mother, Tenneson said he was in good health. He said he was resting and would go to work shortly. Just where he had been since January, the last time Mrs. Howe heard from him, was not mentioned, nor did Tenneson say when he would write
"There was no indication in his letter.” said Mrs. Howe, "as to how he is being housed or fed. These ar« things a mother would like to know.” Still, cheerful and pleased with this latest contact, she said, "It makes this a much nicer Mother’s Day.”
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Tenneson said he wrote the letter after attending church. No mention was made of any of the other 21 Americans who refused repatriation, but Tenneson used the term "we” when referring to the impending work.
Mrs. Howe, 43, flew to Japan last Dec, 9 in a dramatic but futile attempt to win young Tenneson back from the Communists.
She got as far as Tokyo, where the United Nations Command forbade her to go to Korea, She returned home to spend Christmas with the family.
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Masked Man Robs Grocery
COLEMAN, May 9 (RNS)-A masked gunman took $300 to $400 from Ratjen’s Grocery here Sunday night.
The robber, armed with a rifle and his faced masked in a black handkerchief, robbed the store about 8.-30 p.m.
The owner, Mrs. W. C. Ratjen, was alone in the store at the time. She said the gunman walked in and stuck the rifle across the counter and said:
"I want the money ”
Mrs. Ratjen later told Chief of Police Les Taylor that she opened the cash register and the man scooped out the bills. After taking the money the bandit turned and went out the door, she said.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hodges drove up to the store just as the robber was leaving. Hodges noticed the mask and surmised the store had been robbed.
Hodges later said he intended to follow the gunman but was stopped from doing so by Mrs Hodges. Hodges then went on into the store and notified police.
Roadblocks were thrown up in the Coleman area Sunday night by the local sheriff’s department. Highway Patrol, and Texas Ranger Jim Paulk of Abilene.
The masked man had not been apprehended at 10 p.m.
The sacks were found five miles south of Sweetwater.
Taken From Desk
Duncan Hensley, president-cash-ier of the bank, said he didn’t believe any valuables were lost from the boxes. There was no report on the $3 in stamps or the pistol that was taken from Hensley’s desk in the bank.
It was the fifth time in the past five to seven years that the community bank has been burglarized.
But each time the burglars have either failed to take anything or have escaped with little loot.
The break-in was discovered about 7 a.m. Sunday when Hensley was on his way to pick up mail. He noticed a screen missing from a window. The burglars evidently entered through the window.
Knob Knocked Off
A knob had been knocked off the safety deposit vault door, Hensley said. An inner vault door appeared to have been tampered with but was not opened.
Investigators included Runnels County Deputy Sheriff John of Winters, State Patrolman Joe Perry of Ballinger, Ranger Ralph Ro-hatsch of San Angelo and Dub Gunn ot the San Angelo police department.
Fingerprints were to be taken Sunday.
Wingate, a town of about 200 population, is located 12 miles northwest of Winters.
tices on his Sharyland farm in the Valley and Withdrawal of Texas Rangers from Galveston County.
The governor was vacationing at Point Clear, Ala., and was not immediately reachable for comment.
Dea n Johnston, an English instructor at the University of Houston, was named president in a light race with Charles Grace, San Antonio, law partner of state Rep. Maury Maverick Jr.
Johnston, who recently helped swing Harris County’s senior party executive committee to Liberal, told the convention, “the state Democratic party has been knocked in the head by Allan Shivers.”
"We can revive it,” he said, "if work together and fight like hell for our ideals and oiu: princi pals,”
Despite its criticism of Shivers and sessions yesterday that closely resembled a pep rally for Ralph Yarborough’s candidacy for governor, the convention refused today even to urge a study of issues in the summer primaries.
The Young Democrats’ national constitution bars direct endorsement of a primary candidate.
Without discussion. Houston Clinton Jr., Dallas, moved to table it and the motion carried on a voice vote.
Clinton also tried to table the resolution opposing Shivers’ candidacy on the Democratic ticket but that effort failed on a roll-call vote, 123-77.
One proposed resolution had urged citizens to "make a careful study” of platforms of candidates and to support those whose platforms best bear up under study.
The resolution said that Shivers had repudiated the Democratic Party by supportiftg the Republican presidential nominee two years ago. It said, if permitted to run at all. Shivers should be sponsored by the Republican Party, "whose platform and candidates he supports.”
Other state officers elected included Bernard Lifshutz, San Antonio, vice president; Merrell Frazer Jr., University of Texas student from Tyler, secretary; Wanda Durst, North 'Texas State Teachers College student from Dallas, treasurer; Oscar Mauzy, Dallas, national committeeman; and Mrs. Jack Butler, McAllen, national commit-teewoman.
Ike Creates New Security Unit for U.S.
WASHINGTON, May 9 (jn_The White House today announced the creation of a new Division of Internal Security in the Justice Department, designed to speed the prosecution of spies and other subversive elements.
President Eisenhower tomorrow will nominate William F. Tompkins of Maplewood, N, J., as an assistant attorney general in charge of the new unit, which presumably will handle all cases dealing with espionage, treason, sabotage, infiltration of defense plants, loyalty of federal employes, and kindred matters.
Officials said the new division will be carved out of the present Criminal Division, headed by Asst. Atty. Gen. Warren Olney III. The effect will be, they said, to “centralize and fix responsibility” in the department for the handling of subversive activities.
The new division will take over prosecution of cases under the Smith Act, which makes it a crime to conspire to teach and advocate the overthrow of the government by force, and of cases before the Subversibe Activities Control Board which is trying to compel the registration of Communist-front organizations.
Eisenhower’s choice to head the new division has been fighting gamblers and racketeer* a* U. S. attorney for New Jersey since last June. He is 41.
AMERICAN MOTHER OF THE YEAR — Mrs. Love McDuffie Tolbert, right, of Columbus, Ga., American Mother of the Year, receives a diamond pin and citation at a luncheon of the American Mothers Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation in New York. Mrs. Harold V. Milligan of New York, president of the foundation, makes the presentation. Mrs. Tolbert, 65, a former Georgia legislator, has five sons. She has been active in civic and social service work and now is school librarian in Columbus.
Paris Crowds Riot At De Gaulle Visit
PARIS, May 9 (JF)—A number of gathered around the big circular civilians and 11 police were in- plaza in the center of which is jured in a fight that broke out on the arch and the tomb.
the Champs Elysees today after Gen. Charles de Gaulle paid a ceremonial visit to the tomb of France’» Unknown Soldier at the Arch of Triumph.
About 15,000 spectators were
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Mystery Veil Cloaks Fate Of Dien Bien Phu Wounded
SAIGON, Indchina, May 9 (4V-WTiat has become of the wounded at Dien Bien Phu?
An observation plane which flew over the shattered fortress today dropped medical supplies but
KING AND QUEEN — Happy king and queen of the eighth annual Hi-Y carnival are Dilworth (Buizy) Sellers and Claudia McReynolds. Sellers, 1301 Elmwood Dr., is from the Princeps Club and Miss McReynolds. 4025 Waldemar St., is from the Amote Club. Crowning took nlace at a ceremony late Saturday night. (Photo by Bob Gulley).
Brownwood Business Leader Dies
BROWNWOOD, May 9 (RNS)— Lee Watson. 90, prominent Brownwood businessman and civic leader. died Sunday morning in a hospital here.
He was active head since 1893 of Weakley-Watson. Brownwood hardware firm. The firm, one of Brown-wood’* largest, was established in 1876 by J. C. Weakley, Mr. Watson’s father-in-law. Mr. Watson became a partner and manager of the business in 1893. He was active in the firm until he was hospitalized several weeYs ago.
Born July 18. 1868, in Accomac County, Ark., Mr. Watson came to Texas in 1883. He was employed at Paint Rock. Abilene and Ballinger business firms before leaving a Ballinger bank in 1888 to settle in Brownwood. He was first employed here as bookkeeper and shipping clerk for a hardware bus-iiiess.
He was a fonner city councilman. Chamber of Commerce president, and a founder of the Brownwood County Club, which started as the Brownwood Hunting and Fishing Club more than 50 years ago.
He hit the first ball when a golf course was added to the club in 1920 and the name changed to country dub. Until recent years he played 18 holes of golf at the course each week.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Weakley Watson whom he married in 1893; two sons, Walter W. Watson and W. Lee Watson, and a daughter, Mrs. Clay P. Car ey. all of Brownwood.
Funeral service* will be conduct ed at 4 p.m. Monday in Davis-Morri* Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Leo Bujnowski, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be ia Green-leal Cemetery.
brought back no word to Gen. Henri Navarre, French Union commander in Indochina, on what happened to the wounded after Red-led rebels overwhelmed the northern Indochinese stronghold Friday.
No Word The wounded, estimated at 800 to 1,000, lay on litters in an underground hospital as the 57-day siege reached its climax. No word of their fate has reached the outside world. Nor has there been any word of the French nurse, Genevieve de Galard Terraube, who had been caring for them.
The rebels turned a deaf ear to French appeals for an armistice during the siege to permit removal of the battle casualties by plane. Any word on the disposition of the wounded now will have to come from the Vietminh. Whether any prisoner exchanges can be worked out is a questiwi for the future.
Military men here said the rebels’ past practice has been to leave F'rench and Vietnamese wounded on the battlefield after administering elementary first aid. Then the French were allowed to pick them up.
A French High Command spokesman in Hanoi said he doubted whether the rebels now would mount another general offensive in northern Indochina before the seasonal monsoon rains hit their peak at the end of June.
"Their battle corps is broken,” the spokesman said, referring to heavy rebel losses in the long fight to crush Dien Bien Phu.
Rebel Losses Higb Overall Vietminli losses in that fight since the first human wave assault March 13 have been estimated as high as 35,000. Gen. Navarro, however, puts the figure at about 18.000.
No word had been received up to noon today on the fate of Dien Bien Phu’s commander, Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries. The*French command was unable to say today whether he is alive, dead, w a prisoner. An Associated Press report from Hanoi during the night said De Castries had died as the rebels swarmed into his command post in the final onslaught. This report was never confirmed and was later withdrawn.
Another unconfirmed report yesterday said De Castries and two of hi* top officers had been captured. A Vietminh radio broadcast then said Dien Bien Phu’s commander was among the captured, but he was act identified by nam«.
The area was swarming with an almost equal number of police ordered out in expectation that a population, tense about the loss of Dien Bien Phu in Indochina, might pick the time for a demonstration.
The first part of the ceremony went off quietly. Throngs cheered in moderation as an automobile carried the tall and greying soldier up the Champs Elysees.
It was .sometime after he left that a crowd of about 400 broke through the barrier at the Place Franklin D. Roosevelt, halfway between the arch and the Place de La Concorde.
Police blocked them and a fight followed, with police clubs swing-
f here seemed to be no ordered direction of the crowd which clashed with the police.
There were a few cries of "On to the Assembly” during the attempted parades which formed after De Gaulle left.
U.S. Asks Free World For Adion
GENEVA, May 9 (^The United States today called anew for collective action by the free world to stem the surging tide of communism in Southeast Asia. Tha Geneva Conference appeared stalemated on both Korea and Indochina.
Walter Bedell Smith, undersecretary of state and chief of the American delegation here, emphasized Washington’s desire iof Western unity in a formal statement summing up his impressions after a week’s work.
Indo Talks Stall The Indochina talks between East and West seemed stalled by Soviet, Red Chinese and Vietminh demands for a voice for "governments” in Laos and Cambodia which France has described as "phantom” regimes. The Korea talks were equally snagged on conflicting plans for elections.
"We in America.” said Smith, see clearly that our own future, our own prospects of remaining at peace, are directly related to a basic principle—collective security . . . The significance of Korea and Indochilla is worldwide. Powerful forces are behind the complex influences that make these two areas the focus of potential war.”
Smith said Secretary of Staia John Foster Dulles’ plans for a Southeast Asia security pact wera forced upon the U.S. by Communist offensive*.
"We stand ptn^)ared to piedga our resources to tin» constructiva puiposes of peace,” Smith said. "We shall be compelled to build more alliances for defensive security only if there is a continuing menace to our national safety and to the safety of all the nations whose interests arc bound together with ours in the common objectives of peace and freedom.”
In speaking of the Geneva Cwi-ference, the American diplomat said "we are here to prevent the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. We are here to bring closer together the free nations of the world.”
American leaders, meanwhile, carefully avoided further comment on the plan for a supervised cessation of hostilities, followed by internationally controlled elections.
See GENEVA, Page 12. Col. t
H. O. Cassie, Dies
HAMUN. May 9 fRNS)—H. 0. Cassle. 75, Hamlin businessman and pioneer citizen, died at 4:45
а.m. Sunday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital at Abilene.
Mr. Ca.ssle had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday to undergo surgery.
He had lived at Hamlin since 1906. Early in his residence here he had farming and stock raising interest* and was also a grocer for many years. He later entered the real estate and insurance business, in which he was active until entering the hospital.
Deacon of Chorch
Mr. Cassle was active in civic, club and church work. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church as well as superintendent of its Sunday School’s junior department.
He had also served as a city commissioner and president of the Hamlin Rotary Club.
Mr. Cassle was born at Lipan in Hood County. Dec. 8. 1878 and was married to Oma Davis, Sept.
б, 1896 in Erath County.
Surviving are bis wife, two sons,
W. Arlie Cassle of Hamlin, and H. 0. Cassle Jr.. of Wichita. Kan.; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Pitzer of Chickasha. Okla., and Mis. Duffield Smith of Dallas; his mother, Mrs. John B. Cassle. 92, of Rule; four brothers. J. A. Cassle of Abilene, Ural Cassle of Portland, Ore., Virgil Cassle of San Antonio, and Lonny Cassle of Bremerton, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. M. D. Ellis of Stephenville, Mrs. Mary Cox of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Myrtle Hawk of Waco, Mrs. Olin Carutbers and Mrs. Morris Neal, both of Rule,
H. O. CASSLE
Final rites for Mr. Cassle will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church here. The Rev. Houston Walker, pastor, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Henry Littleton ef Lueders, and the Rev. Miles B. Hayes of Hamlin.
Deacons of the First Baptist Church will serve as active and honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers win be Tate May, J. C. Turner, Delma Shelburne. Horace Brown. J. W. Hiaet. A. C. Tidwell, W. C. RusseU. and I. It Hueh* imm.
Burial will be in East Haralia Cemetery with Barrow Funeral boine ¡0 chariN*-