Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXX1II, No. 331Laniel Wins Slim French Faith Vote
PARIS, May 13 (PI—’The French National Assembly tonight gave Premier Joseph Laniel a slim vote of confidence, 289 to 287. The closeness of the vote left Laniel’s prestige and position sharply reduced despite the nominal victory.
The vote came on Laniel's plea to the assembly to defer a debate on his government's Indochina policy and to continue him in office. The vote came a week after the fall of the Indochina fortress of Dien Bien Phu.
•With the fate of his government and a bearing on the Geneva conference at stake. Laniel defended the strategy of the vain battle to hold Dien Bien Phu. He said the fort’s defense served to delay Viet-minh attacks on the Red River Delta around Hanoi and on the Indochina Kingdom of Laos.
Shortly before the critical test vote two ministers, members of a party of De Gaulle followers, resigned from the coalition Cabinet. Three others said they would follow suit if the majority of their party deputies voted to oust Laniel. A preliminary party caucus voted 32 to 27 to vote against Laniel but did not bind the deputies on Whe final voting.
Associated Press (AP) ABILENE TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 14, 1954 —TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10cEden Gives West Plan For Korea
GENEVA. May 13 m — British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden laid down today the “absolute minimum’’ of Western requirements for a formula to unify Korea.
He urged action upon them by
the 19-nation conference on Korea, but most of the principles Eden cited have been rejected already by the Communists. The Reds were not expected to change their views.
No End Soon
With Eden’s declaration the effort here to find a plan for unifying Korea moved out of its primary stage. Despite sharp East-West disagreement a British spokesman said the talking on Korea “may last a long time yet.”
Two of the points made by Eden today—free elections supervised by the United Nations and proportional representation of North and South Koreans on any unification organs—are absolutely opposed to the Communist program for Korea.
Eden made three other points in his listing of “basic principles” for solution of the problem—elections for the formation of an all-Korean government, universal adult suffrage and a secret ballot and absolute freedom in balloting. They drew only silence lrom the Communist seats. Universal adult •uffrage seemed to be the only idea acceptable to the Communists in the present atmosphere.
“WELCOME, ADMIRAL”—When Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin (right) landed in Abilene Thursday afternoon, he was greeted by civic leaders. Left to right are George Minter, Jr., Chamber of Commerce president; Howard McMahon, chairman of the C-C Armed Forces Day; C. E. Gatlin, mayor of the city; and Crommelin. (Staff Photo by David Barros)
Admiral to Review Defense Problems at Luncheon Here
“National Defence Problems” will be analyzed Friday for an estimated 350 Abilenians by Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, guest speaker at the city’s Armed Forces Day luncheon in the VFW
Master of ceremonies for the occasion will be Zerk Robertson, local Veterans Administator, who will introduce the speaker.
During the noon meal, the Abi-
Wide Open Spaces Impress Admiral
Adams Denies Bribe Attempt
The “wide open sp|ces” and “Texas hospitality" were the first impressions of West Texas related by Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin who flew into Abilene Thursday from Washington, D. C.
Admiral Crommelin came to town to deliver the main address at Abilene’s Armed Forces Day luncheon Friday in the VFW Memorial Hall.
“This is my first real visit to Texas,” the Navy officer said, although he said he had passed through the state numerous times in his coast-to-coast travels.
After reception formalities at the airport, he was taken on a tour of the Earl Guitar ranch on U.S. Highway 80.
Admiral Crommelin’s official position is assistant chiei of naval operations in charge of personnel at the Pentagon. This, he explains, means that he works in the division responsible for determining manpower needs and quotas.
Actually, the wide open spaces are nothing new to the admiral because he was reared on a farm outside Montgomery, Ala.
He joked that he couldn’t get much attention at his home in Washington because everyone seemed to be glued to the television set and the McCarthy hearings.
The admiral’s family includes his wife; one son, Henry, Jr., a freshman pre-med student at Dartmouth; and three daughters, Diane, 22; Susie, 15; and Harriet 8, “wlfb wants to own a honse,” he laughed.
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lene Christian College Band, will play. A U. S. Marine Corps color guard will present the colors at the luncheon.
Invocation will be given by the Rev. E. D. Landreth. pastor of the St. Paul Methodist Church.
The Navy is furnishing this year’s speaker. Previous speakers represented other branches of the armed forces. In 1952 the speaker was an Air Force man, and last year an Army man.
Frank Meyers is serving as luncheon arrangements chairman, and Lt. Comdr. Laudius Wilkes of the Navy is Armed Forces Day project officer.
Open house in connection with the Armed Forces Day observance will be held Friday at the Army and Air Force Recruiting and Induction Main Station, Maj. J. M. LeBlane. commander of the station, announced.
Open house will also be held Saturday at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center here.
Theme of the 1954 observance has been designated “Power for Peace.” Armed Forces Week runs from May 10-15.
Flyovers of jet trainers and heavy bombers Saturday will wind up the celebration here.
Colorful Parade Opens 3-Day Show
HASKELL, May 13. <RNS>— Perfect weather following generous rains the first of the week provided an ideal opening day send-off for the 3-day Rice Springs Roundup here Thursday.
Overflow crowds jammed sidewalks around the courthouse square and several blocks in the
SO LONG SONNY—Breckenrid; Jolting temporary ride on “Cry by David Barros)
je bronc rider Sonny Sparks comes out for spine-3aby” at Haskell’s Rice Springs Roundup. (Staff Photo
business section for the roundup parade at 5 p.m. which was followed by seven rodeo events at Rice Springs Arena at Fair Park.
Adding color to the parade of cowboys and cowgirls and headed by the Haskell High School Band were five visiting riding clubs. They were — Santa Rosa Palomino Club of Vernon, Seymour Remuda Club, Olney Riding Club, Fisher County Sheriff’s Posse, Lynn County Sheriff’s Posse, and more than 50 members of the local* Saddle Tramps Riding Club which is sponsoring the three-day roundup.
A near-capacity crowd filled the seats at Fair Park for the opening perfomance. The night’s first rodeo event was bareback bronc riding. Top contestant was Jimmy Moore of Post who turned in a perfect ride on a horse named Gotch.
Another top rider was Ronnie Colvin from Fort Worth who turned in a good ride on Broken Box.
In calf-roping the best time was made by Jimmy Bird of Post. He tied his calf in 14.5 seconds. Jack Newton of Abilene was second with 22 seconds flat.
A total of 306 contestants are entered in the rodeo for its three-day stand.
17. S. DEPARTMENT Or COMMFKCE HEATHER HI KI M ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and n-.tld Friday and Saturday. High k-mperalure Friday near So dearer*. lx>w Friday night near 60. High Saturday 80 to 83.
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High and low temperature* (or 24 hour* ended at 6:30 p m : 71 and 50.
High and k>w temperature* *ama data laat year; 41 and 43.
Sunset laat night 7:28 p.m. Sunrtee today 2:42 a.m. Sunaat tonight 7:30 p.m. Barometer reading at 8:20 p.m. 28.11. Relative humidity at 8:20 pm. 7« perTruman Says U.S. Suffers III Economy
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 13| (.T) — Former President Trumani said today the nation's economyi is sick with a Republican ail-j ment — “creeping McKinleysim.”> He offered his own six-point cure.
“I’ve been watching . . . what’s been happening to our economy.” Truman said “and I don’t like what I see.”
The “economic recession has already been too big. It has already lasted too long. It has already inflicted too many cruel hardships upon too many people. And now' it is time to do something about it.”
The former President spoke at the biennial convention of the CIO Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. The 1.500 delegates gave him a roaring welcome. They whistled, cheered, stamped their teet, sang and applauded for eight minutes before he started his address.
Truman said unemployment is up and industrial production down.
“We now need an annual rate of output of about 379 billion dollars to maintain full employment and full production,” he said.
“Instead, we have a rate of 359 billion dollars. This means we are running a national economic deficit of about 20 billion dollars.” •
But the Eisenhower administration, he said, “is not telling us how to rub out” this deficit. “Instead, it seems to be merely hoping and praying that things will not get still worse.”
Meanwhile, he said, the Republicans appear to be harking back to the late 1890s and the economic policies of President McKinley.
The nation needs a program immediately “to stop this creeping McKinleyism, which is the cause of our troubles.” Truman said.
That program, he said, should call for:
1. Boosting federal spending by three billion dollars a year to strengthen defenses against aggression and meet the nation's needs for power development, public works, education, health and housing.
2. Raising personal income tax exemptions from the present $600 to $800, or combine some such increase with “equitable readjustments” in tax rates.
3. Tossing Secretary of Agriculture Benson’s plan for flexible farm price supports “out of the nearest window” and replacing it with a program to “support true parity’ of income for the farmer.
4. Raising wage levels, including the federally required minimum wage.
5. Widening the employment insurance to provide “broader coverage, payments for a longer period and larger benefits.
6. Vastly expanding the federal housing program “to double the annual rate of home building as rapidly as possible."
“AND THE TEARS FLOWED . . . ’’—Everything was watery down at Pier 90 in New York City and Leslie James Neale III, returning from a European Visit, added his share. His mother didn’t want her 17-month-old youngster to get lost, so she tied him to a trunk.
U. S. Explodes More H-Bombs
WASHINGTON, May 13 (PU-The United States exploded its fourth— and perhaps its fifth—hydrogen bomb of the year during the past few days, it was reported tonight
The Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Defense jointly announced successful completion of the 1954 series of “Thermonuclear weapons” tests in the Pacific.
There was no mention in the announcement of how many explosions there were. But three blasts previously have been reported—on March 1, March 26 and April 6. And it was understood there has been at least one more blast during the past week or so.
The time lag since April 6 was sufficient for at least one more explosion. And there were indications that, while the fourth explosion of the year went off at the Bikini proving ground, a fifth shot could have been made at Eniwetok Atoll.
The joint announcement declared the tests in 1952 were successful in the development of thermonuclear weapons. Further,
it called these tests essential to national security and said they “contributed materially” to the security of the United States and the whole free world.
The announcement came in a joint statement from Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson.
The statement said:
“The 1954 series of thermonuclear tests at the Atomic Energy Commission’s Pacific proving ground has been completed.
“The tests were successful in the development of thermonuclear weapons. They were essential to our national interest and have contributed materially to the security ot the United States and the free world.
“The tests being concluded, within a few days sea and air traffic may be safely resumed within the ‘warning area’ which was set up for safety purposes for the time when the tests were taking place. Official notice to airmen and mariners will be published.”Admits One Allegation Is Truth
WASHINGTON, May 13 -
Army Counsel John G. Adam« denied under oath today he ever tried to buy off a McCarthy investigation of the Army by offering tips on homosexuality or subversion in the Navy or Air Force as “bigger bait.”
This is one of the more serious charges hurled at Adams by Sen. McCarthy (R—Wis) and aides. Calmly, in a day of rapid-fire crossexamination, the Army lawyer denied that one and also a volley of similar charges, among them:
1. That Army officials gave special treatment to Pvt. G. David Schine to curry favor with the McCarthy committee and halt its investigation of alleged subversive activity at Ft. Monmouth, N.J.
2. That Adams “leaked” to the press a series of charges against McCarthy aides—mainly against Roy M. Cohn—to block subpoenaing of Army Security-Loyalty Board members. Adams acknowledged, however, he discussed these charges with five newsmen.
3. That Adams tried to sponge a free prize fight ticket from Schine and did accept free theater tickets from Cohn. Adams testified he paid Cohn back for the theater tickets and “I never asked Dave Schine for a stick of gum."
4. That Adams tried to wangle •a $25,000 a year law partnership through Cohn. Adams said such a thing never was mentioned except in a “for amusement only” vein and he said Cohn knew this perfectly well.
Allegation Accepted The high strung but low-voiced Army lawyer did accept the truth of one allegation—that he telephoned Maj. Gen. Kirke Lawton at Ft. Monmouth, N.J.. and asked him to withdraw security risk charges against nine persons.
Adams said he did so because Pentagon screening officials felt there wasn't enough evidence against these individuals to justify a case before a loyalty-security board.
The meat of Adams’ testimony came in a three-hour afternoon session, after he had freely acknowledged going out of his way to be nice to McCarthy staff inem-bers but insisted he did nothing to hamper their probe of alleged Communist infiltration in the Army.
But Adams testified, as Secretary of the Army Stevens did before him, that they wanted the “type of hearings" McCarthy was conducting ended. Stevens has said this kind of hearing amounted to “hammering" the Army on the head and creating an untrue impression of Widespread espionage at Ft. Monmouth.
Adams underwent cross-exami-
See ADAMS. Page 2-A, Cel. 5O’Brien Oil Worker Dies Of Injuries
Special to the Reporter-News
SAN ANGELO, May 13 — A 31-year-old O’Brien oil field worker, who hovered on the brink of life and death almost two days, died here Thursday, boosting the Tom Green County 1954 auto death toll to live.
James Alvie Thomas, 31. critically injured in a car-truck accident at 1:15 a. m. Wednesday about a mile and a half northeast of Harriett on U. S. Highway 67, died at Shannon Hospital at 4:10 p. m. of head and internal injuries.
Oscar Galloway, 43. of Stamford, other occupant of the auto, remained in serious condition at Shannon Hospital, sufiering head and possible internal injuries.
Funeral is pending but will be conducted in O'Brien.
Survivors are his wife. Mrs. Lucille Thomas; one sOn, James Paul Thomas; two brothers, Darrell and Jerry Thomas, all of O’Brien; and one sister, Mrs. Mallory Tennick of Fort Worth.
Ex - Employes, Credit Official Testify in Thomason Defense
By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer
LUBBOCK. May 13. — Four witnesses testified for the defense Thursday afternoon in U. S. Court here in the trial of Raymond Thomason, Sr.
Fourteen witnesses were sworn I in by the defense imediately after the noon recess and several others who are to be called were not among those given the oath. This indicated that the trial will last at least through Friday.
To Try Others
Thomason is on trial on one of two indictments alleging fraud in connection with VA housing loans. The government has indicated that when the current trial ends Thomason will be tried on the other indictment against him before similar cases against seven other Abilenians are called for trial. The trials are expected to continue through next Wednesday.
Among those testifying for Thomason Thursday were Mrs. Sarah G. Weaver, formerly of Abilene and now of El Paso, and Mrs. Mary Haff, also of El Paso and formerly of Midland. Both were subpoenaed as witnesses by the government but were not called to testify for the prosecution. Both art former employes of Thomason.
Other defense witnesses Thurs
day were Mrs. Raymond Thomason. Sr., and C. R. Pennington, manager of Retail Merchants Association in Abilene.
Dr. Richardson to Testify
Dr. Rupert Richardson, professor and former president of Hardin - Simmons University, was sworn in as a defense witness. Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry College, was not sworn in but was in the courthouse and is to be called by the defense.
Mrs. Weaver testified she worked for Thomason at Abilene Real Estate Exchange from Nov. 28, 1949, until Dec. 18. 1952. She was employed as bookkeeper, she said, and served in the capacity of office manager.
Her testimony principally concerned Taylor W. Long and Retail Credit Co., which at that time rented an office in Thomason’s building. She said she knew Long was with Retail Credit Co. but could not state positively that he was the Abilene manager.
Under cross • examination she testified that Retail Credit furnished credit reports to Thomason and that bills for this service were received from the firm’s home office in Atlanta. Ga. Checks in payment of bills, she said, were sent to Atlanta.
Mrs. Haff testified to delays Thomason’s office encountered in getting credit reports from Retail Merchants Association in Midland. She said there were “delays practically all the time.” In December, 1952, she contacted Retail Credit Co. in El Paso with regard to obtaining credit reports for Thomason’s customers.
On cross - examination she admitted that some of the delays were caused by the veterans wishing to buy houses failing to contact the Retail Merchants Association. Also on cross - examination, she said that delays in receiving five credit reports that had been admitted in evidence did not hold up the loan applications of the veterans.
Mrs. Thomason testified that she knew Taylor Long to be employed by Retail Credit Co. She said she was under the impression he was at the head ef the Abilene office but when asked pointedly on cross-examination she said she did not know who the Abilene manager was. She insisted she had never heard of a man named Dempsey in connection with Retail Credit.
Monty Thomason, son of the
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