Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 332
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‘PROPER UNIFORM—Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, USN, adjusts his U.S. Navy tie after being given a Stetson—Texas Navy headgear—by Lt. Cmdr. W.D. (Dub) Wofford, right, commander of the local Naval Reserve. C. G. Whitten, left, holds the rear admiral’s commission as an honorary admiral in the Texas fleet which Gov. Allan Shivers sent Friday.
Abilene Training Excellent
For Military, Admiral Says
'Don't Talk' Orders Cut Army Testimony
SAYS U. S. STRONG
Ike Hits Capital 'Unworthy Scenes'
By PHYLLIS NIBLING j with a Stetson hat at the Armed Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin \ Forces Day luncheon where Ad-who already has a full spectrum miral Crommelin spoke, of honors from the U. S. Navy C. G. Whitten served as the gov-pinned on his chest got a new one j ernor’s proxy in giving him the from the mythical but tradition- framed commission. “Little did I packed Texas Navy Friday. think when I was a lowly Gl...
Gov. Allan Shivers made the ad- that I would ever have the honor miral an honorary admiral in Tex- of presenting a naval commission as’ non-existent fleet. to a rear admiral, Whitten
It was presented Thursday along quipped.
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS
The rains came. And everybody said that was nice. Rut how nice? State Editor Katharyn Duff has asked Key City business leaders what they think the rains mean to Abilene and Central West Texas in dollars and cents. Their remarks will be carried in this Sunday’s Reporter-News.
How are Abilene school buildings standing up? Earle Walker will report this Sunday on some conditions in some of the newer schools. Pictures by Staff Photographer Don Hutcheson will illustrate the article.
You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents.
Billfold Bandif Seen in Abilene
A 21-year-old youth accused as the college billfold bandit was believed to have been in Abilene Thursday.
George Chester Sewell, Jr., North Texas State College student wanted for questioning in connection with theft of 120 billfolds from dor mitorics on 17 college campuses. WAS identified by an Abilene woman Friday.
She told Police Det. Lt. George Sutton and Texas Ranger George Roach that Sewell was the yout> who made a purchase in her store Thursday. She identified him from a picture the officers showed her.
Roach, of Stephenville, was in Abilene Friday returning billfolds to 14 college students — one at Hardin-Simmons University, eight at McMurry and five at Abilene Christian College.
Roach said the total amount of cash taken from the 14 billfolds here amounted to about $290. Also in the billfolds was an undetermined amount of checks.
Some of the checks were found with the billfolds in Sewell's automobile at a Weatherford garage but none of the money was recovered. Roach said.
Weldon Rives, McMurry senior from Rotan, was the first to have his billfold returned Friday.
His wallet contained $45 in cash and a $25 check when it was taken from his bedside at night last December, he said.
Rives recalled that the night his billfold was stolen he didn't l>ck his door and that he left the bil fold on top of a desk.
Roach said Friday according to records in Austin Sewell was born in Abilene. His present address at the Denton school is Amarillo, the ranger said.
Sewell is listed as being 21 years eld, 6 feet tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has distinguishing marks or scars on his face.
He was enrolled at NTSC in 1952 and 1953 but was dropped from the college’s rolls in January.
Two charges of felony theft of ever $50 were filed against Sewell in Denton Wednesday.
He fw last heard of about the
middle of April when he called the garage at Weatherford saying he was in El Paso and was on his way to Weatherford to pick up his repaired automobile.
Sewell is also wanted by a Dallas auto finance company. He allegedly made a down payment on a 1949 Chevrolet sedan and made no further payments.
Two days after purchasing the auto he allegedly bought some tires at a Dallas firm, paying a few dollars, but never making any more payments.
Roach said he spent about 14 hours cataloguing the billfolds as to their proper owners. All of the billfolds had their identification cards ripped out.
Roach was to go next to Texas Tech, another one of the 17 burgh rized colleges.
Curiously enough, Admiral Crommelin had referred to the Texas Navy — of Sam Houston's day — in his speech to the luncheon group just before the commission was awarded him. He was not aware then of his new “title.”
Good Men Vital The admiral pointed up the importance of the individual to national defense in his speech to about 300 luncheon guests in the VFW Memorial Hall.
“The source <of all national power» is the individual human being —two-legged, two-fisted, vocal, rational man — the fellow with intelligence, character, and courage,” he said.
The nation needs men with the same qualities wanted by private industry to man its lighting and technical jobs in the armed forces, Admiral Crommelin declared.
But they must be offered the same advantages and means to live as their civilian equivalents if the military services are to be able to hold them, he said.
“No scientist can invent a gadget which pours out leadership, loyalty, courage, and character,” the admiral said. “These are the qualities of God-made men ... dependent »for development) on the American family, church, school, college ... and business world.
Churches Essential “Abilene is fortunate in that it is rich in those things which make good leaders," he added. “Do not underestimate the value of your churches and colleges and your university w’here the inspiration of God is present and recognized.” Admiral Crommelin said that each American must be prepared to stand up against the aggression of Russia.
The Navy is vital to the defense of this nation today just as it has been throughout history, he pointed out.
Not only is control of the seas a means of transporting troops and supplying them and industry at home with needed materials but also it is a way of denying these to the enemy, he said.
He stressed that Russia’s advancing communism and powerful navy threatens America’s lifeline: 50 items must be imported to the United States. North America, rich as it is in natural resources, still must import such critical items as tin, bauxite, manganese and chrome, he pointed out.
Russia Builds Navy Since World War II, Russia has built up its Navy until it is now the only service with more person-
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WASHINGTON, May 14 iff -President Eisenhower declared tonight the heart of America is sound “even if at times our attention is diverted by unworthy scenes in our national capital.”
The President’s remark in an informal speech touched off a rousing ovation at an Armed Forces Day dinner at the Statler Hotel.
Eisenhower did not elaborate on his statement about “unworthy scenes in our national capital.’’ But his remarks apparently were interpreted by many in the audience as an allusion to the row between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and Secretary of the Army Stevens.
At the same dinner Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert B. Anderson said it is of “transcendent importance” that there be collective effort by the United States and its allies to prevent any further Communist gains anywhere in the world.
Anderson did not specifically mention Indochina, but his remarks were timed to the American endeavor to muster big power help to keep communism from taking over Southeast Asia.
Eisenhower, too, made no men tion of Indochina and the rest of Southeast Asia. But he did declare: “Free men can do anything when they are united in a common cause and set their hearts to that
The President cited the dictatorships of Genghis Khan. Hitler and Mussoline and declared they are ‘all gone.”
Then he said he wanted to speak of one more thing.
“Never forget,” Eisenhower declared, “the strength of freedom and the free world. We know how much we value the right to worship as we please and to choose our occupations.”
He went on to say that, “We know the value we place on those things,” and that “even if at times our attention is diverted by unworthy scenes even in our national capital, ... we still know that we are Americans — that the heart of America is sound.”
The President got a standing ovation when he was introduced. But his audience, made up mainly of servicemen, really cut loose with applause when he remarked about “unworthy events" in the capital.
COVER UP—Gambler Frank Costello forces a smile as he emerges from the Federal Court House in New York after hearing a guilty verdict convicting him on three of four counts of income tax evasion. The figure involved was $39,015. He faces a possible maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Wounded Evacuated From French Fort
Anderson expressed his view s in a prepared address for the Armed Forces Day dinner.
Eisenhower, in his brief informal talk, reminisced in a mellow mood about his days in the Army. He recalled it was 43 years ago this month that he entered West Point as a cadet.
As he spoke, however, the President became quite serious. He referred to the “terrible power of destructive weapons” and “the uncontrolled ruthlessness of un-
HANOI, Indochina, May 14 Iff— The first of seriously wounded French Union soldiers were evacuated from captured Dien Bien Phu tonight, the French Command announced.
The initial group of the 450 who are expected to be brought out by agreement with the Communist-led Vietminh arrived by plane at Hanoi just before ll p.m. They included eight men—French paratroopers, Algerians and Foreign Legionnaires.
The French command said the helicopter which flew to Dien Bien
Phu to bring out the first load was “blocked in” by stormy weather for hours after landing, delaying the evacuation operation.
The delay had caused rumors that the Vietminh was placing fresh political demands as its price for carrying out the evacuatic agreement reached at Dien Bien Phu yesterday when a French doctor headed a mission to the former French fortress 175 miles west of Hanoi.
The French spokesman had denied knowledge of any such demands being made by the Vietminh, however.
Administration Curtails Probe
WASHINGTON, May 14 (/P)—The Eisenhower administration today clamped a secrecy lid on a now-famous meeting which helped prepare the way for the Army’s challenge
to Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis).
The “don’t talk’’ edict brought swift protests from Democrats on the McCarthy-Army Investigations sub-committee. They demanded that top federal officials—up to but not including President Eisenhower—be called if necessary to find out whether the Army’s actions were masterminded at the highest level of government The meeting in question was-held Jan. 21 and was attended by Sherman Adams, the President’s top assistant; and Atty. Gen.
Army Counselor John G. Adams testified Wednesday that Sherman Adams advised him at this meeting, held in Brownell’s office, to keep a written record of the Army’s troubles with McCarthy’s office over Pvt. G. David Schine.
Later publication of this record led to the present blazing row.
Today Democrats on the subcommittee pressed for more details of the meeting, and down over the televised hearings came the administration’s secrecy lid.
Joseph N. Welch, counsel to the Army officials, said Adams had been instructed to say no more about the meeting. These instructions, he said, came from the acting head of the Defense Department, Robert Anderson. Welch added that he understood Anderson was transmitting them for somebody else.
That pointed to the White House.
And at the White House. Asst.
Press Secretary Murray Snyder.
Only 2 Slay On Mounts At Haskell
Thomason Denies Knowingly Giving VA Untrue Report
r. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER B(READ
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and warm Saturday and Sunday. Widely scattered afternoon and evenlnK showers both days. High Saturday 85. Low Saturday night 60. High Sunday in the 80s.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly
cloudy and a litUe warmer Saturday with widely scattered thundershowers in northwest; Sunday partly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers and no important temperature ehangea.
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy with
widely scattered thundershowers and local thunderstorm! and no Important temperature changes through Sunday.
TEMPERATURES Fri.-A. M. Fri.-P M.
56 ............ 1:30 ............ 73
5« ............ 2:30 ............ 75
55 ............ 3.30 ............ 71
54 ............ 4:30 ............ 75
54 ............ 5:30 ............ 74
55 ............ 6:30 ............ <2
60 ............ 7:30 ............ 70
b i .......... 8 30 ............ *«
66 ............ 9:30 ............ 66
68 ........ 10:30 ............ — .
70 ............ 11 30 ............ —
76 ......... Util ............ —
High and low temperatures for 14 hours
ended at 6 30 p.m.: 77 and 53.
High and low temperatures same date last year: 59 and 43.
Sunaet last night 7:30 p.m. Sunrise today 5:41 a.m. Sunaet tonight 7:30 p.m.
Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m. 26.13.
Relative humidity at 9:10 p m. 74 per cent.
By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer
LUBBOCK. May 14. — Raymond Thomason. Sr, Abilene and Midland housing developer, testified in his own defense here Friday against charges that he filed fraudulent credit reports on seven veterans to obtain V A housing loans for them.
His testimony is expected to continue Saturday morning, which will be the fourth day of the trial. Thomason is on trial in Judge Joseph B. Dooley’s U. S. District Court. He is being tried on one of two indictments returned against him last week. His trial on the second indictment is expected to start as soon as the current trial ends.
Thomason denied that he had ever knowingly furnished to the Veterans Administration any document containing untrue statements.
Paid $100 Fine
The defendant admitted having pleaded guilty and paid a $100 fine in 1942 to a federal misdemeanor complaint charging him
with violation of the Pure Food and Drug Law. He was a partner in the Southwest Products Co. The complaint alleged that he sold baking soda under labels claiming the product had medicinal values. However, Thomason denied that he personally had anything to do with packaging the product.
He related the same story that numerous other defense witnesse had told from the witness stand —that in 1952 and the early part of 1953 his housing development in Midland suffered setbacks because of delays in getting credit reports on veterans wishing to buy houses.
On cross - examination by U. S. District Attorney Heard Floore, he denied that his companies had any trouble because the credit reportr they were receiving contained unfavorable information about the veterans’ credit ratings.
When shown three credit reports received from Retail Merchants Association in Midland on which three counts of the indictment are based, he replied: “I’d say
EYES RIGHT!—Johnnye P. Estes, Abilene, cadet captain, leads “A” company by the reviewing officers in Paramore Stadium, Friday. The review was part of the annual inspection of the ROTC at Hardin-Simmons University. James Dewbre, Morton, is the guidon bearer. See story page 2-A). (Photo by Roberts Studio)
there are some sub-standard items there.”
Better Reports Later
More favorable reports on these same veterans were later prepared by Taylor Long of Abilene and submitted by Thomason’s companies to the VA with applications for housing loans.
Thomason said he had lived in Abilene since 1936 except for year and a half that he lived temporarily in Midland During the early years he was in Abilene he was in a partnership with Clyde Rutledge of Lubbock in the wholesale drug business. Later he operated a small wholesale sund*-business which he said was liquidated.
After this he entered the real estate business and in 1946 built his first house.
In 1947. Thomason said, he “built a few more houses” and 1948 made some progress in quantity, “building a few more.” By 1949, he continued, he was getting into the building business and by this time also owned a lumber business.
He testified that 1,500 was a slight exaggeration of the number of houses he has built in both Abilene and Midland.
Bought Back Houses When asked by Floore if he had “in a number of instances, made arrangements to buy back some of the houses that had been sold,” Thomason replied, “Yes, I'm sure we bought a few equities.”
Floore inquired if he did not have a conversation with Long in the summer of 1950 in which he asked Long to insert higher income figures on credit reports for loan applicants.
“I remember nothing about such a conversation,” he replied, but would not flatly deny this.
After having difficulty getting credit reports from Retail Merchants Association in Midland. Thomason said he again started getting credit reports from Retail Credit Co. through Taylor Long in January of 1953. He said he nev-
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when asked if the order originated there, would say only: “I have no information to give out.”
Welch tried and failed during the noon recess of the hearings to get some explanation in writing for the investigators. Reluctantly. the Democrats agreed to give him the weekend to make a further attempt.
But Sen. McClellan (Ark), senior Democrat on the investigating unit, declared he means to find out “if there was someone higher than Mr. Adams and (Secretary of the Army) Stevens that was directing their actions” when the fight with McCarthy was developing.
Demos Want Answer
With Senators Symington (D-Mo> and Jackson (D-Wash) voicing like sentiments, McClellan declared that unless he is shown some law to the contrary he will insist on questioning any top level officials who directed the Army’s actions.
“I will not ask the President of the United States to come—no.” McClellan said. “But as to others who participated in it, I think they are appropriate witnesses if their testimony is relevant to any issue that is now before this committee.” John Adams has said those at the Jan. 21 meeting—besides himself, Sherman Adams and Brownell—were Gerald Morgan of the White House staff, Deputy Atty. Gen. William P. Rogers and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., who is ambassa-
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HASKELL, May 14. (RNS) - A near - capacity crowd turned out Friday night for the second show of the Rice Springs Roundup. Spectators saw some of the roughest broncs yet to come out of the chutes in the show and also observed the best time to date in the Brahman calf roping contest.
Only two of the 13 contestants in the bareback bronc riding were able to stay aboard their bronc for the required eight seconds. They were Joe Collier of Holliday who kept his seat on Sky Chief and “Little Joe” Smith of Abilene who turned in a good ride on Skeeter.
In the call roping contest L. T. McCoy of Fort Worth turned in a fast 12.6 seconds for the show’s record to date. Sonny Gibbs of Ballinger caught and tied his calf. in 14.1 seconds and the third best time of the night was made by Rufus Hart of Snyder who got the judge's flag in 14.2 seconds.
The best time in calf roping Thursday night was by Jimmy Bird of Post who posted a 14.5 second time.
Fifteen ropers worked Friday night to complete the first go-round in calf roping. The last go-rounds will come during a Saturday afternoon show and the final performance Saturday night.
In the cutting horse contest lour entries performed Friday night.
They were: G’s Bandy owned and ridden by Jess Josselet, Shorty owned and ridden by Charles Burnett, Cindy owned and ridden by Scott Greene, and Sonsan, owned and ridden by R. T. Landess. All were Haskell horses.
An exhibition of Roman riding presented by Wilma Standard of Arlington preceded the final three events scheduled Friday night, cowgirls barrel race, cowboys double mugging, and cowboys Brahman bull riding.
The two Saturday performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A special feature at 9 a.m. Saturday will be an oldtimers jackpot calf roping contest for men 55 or older. _______
Strike Action Set
HOUSTON, May 14 (ff-Union action on a wage strike threat by Houston’s 806 bus drivers has been postponed until Monday night.
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Top-Level Talks On Indo Planned
WASHINGTON. May 14 (ff-The United States and France have arranged high-level talks to discuss specific conditions under which American and other Allied forces might intervene in the war in Indochina.
Diplomatic officials said these secret conversations would start within the next few days, probably in Paris, an answer to an urgent French appeal for hard information about American intentions.
Both French and American authorities say France has not yet asked direct U.S. intervention.
American authorities emphasized that the agreement to talk with France did not constitute a U.S. commitment to enter the war.
President Eisenhower, with the
approval of Congress, will decide this, they said, if and when France meets conditions Secretary of State Dulles laid down in a speech cm Indochina a week ago.
Dulles has informed French Ambassador Henri Bonnet, it was said, that the views set forth in this address were not just his own but represented clear-cut American government policy.
The Secretary said flatly lhat “the present situation does not provide a suitable basis for the United States to participate” in the seven-year old fight in Indochina.
Foreign Minister Georges Bidauit will represent the French government and Ambassador Douglas Dillon, and possibly other top officials, will speak for the United States in the forthcoming talks.