Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 341
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 25, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
TO SEE AND BE SEEN — Up at the crack of dawn for a look at Scotland, Prince Charles and Princess Anne turn a window of the royal train into a frame for a royal portrait. The youngsters, on their way to a Scotch vacation, provided an early morning thrill for passengers on the Aberdeen railway platform.
Schine Given Extra Leaves
WASHINGTON, May 24 UD — Maj. Gen. Cornelius Ryan testified today Pvt. G. David Schine was “a man set aside” in the eyes of fellow soldiers at Ft. Dix— a draftee who arrived in a blaze of publicity and got four times as many passes as the usual GI.
The Ft. Dix commander de clared, however, that stories of “red carpet” treatment for the millionaire private and former McCarthy subcommittee aide are not true.
Ryan took the stand in the McCarthy - Army televised hearings —back in business after a week’s layoff—in the wake of these developments:
Stevens Denies Orders
1. Secretary of the Army Stevens and John G. Adams, Army counselor, denied under oath that the Army’s actions in its row with Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) were dictated by the White House or by any other administration higher-ups.
2. McCarthy said Stevens was guilty either of perjury or of a bad memory. Stevens hotly protested he was telling the truth, and rejected the senator’s charge he was trying to “cover up” for top administration figures.
3. Adams wound up his testimony-indicating the Army is near the end of presenting its case—by saying he followed “suggestions” from White House and Justice Department officials, but insisting the Army’s actions were the responsibility of the Army alone.
4. A source on the McCarthy side said Vice President Nixon was the high administration official at whose suggestion Sen. Potter (R-Mich) asked the Army for a copy of its charges against McCarthy.
Wall (racks Repair Costs Told to Board
Both McCarthy and Potter referred to such an official, without identifying him, during Stevens’ testimony. Nixon was not available for comment.
Until Ryan took the stand, the day was mainly devoted to legalistic verbal wrestling over President Eisenhower’s order blacking out testimony on talks between the Pentagon and “higher ups” in connection with the McCarthy - Army row.
McCarthy Comes Back
McCarthy renewed his attack on the presidential order, calling it “completely improper” and asserting the investigations subcommittee which is holding these hearings is not bound by it.
The Wisconsin lawmaker drew fire from Adams by suggesting the Eisenhower directive conferred a sort of “Fifth Amendment privilege” on Army witnesses.
Adams said he claimed no “Fifth Amendment” shield but was merely carrying out orders from the President of the United States.
The McCarthy - Army inquiry shifted to less complicated — but just as controversial—ground when Ryan was called to testify about the Army’s treatment of Schine.
He said Schine got 16 passes in his eight w^eks of basic training —compared with three or four for the average draftee.
U .5. Shipping Aran to Two Latin Lands
WASHINGTON, May 24 tfV-The United States is flying guns to Nicaragua and Honduras, neighbors of leftwing Guatemala, which is being armed by the Communists.
Reports of the Central American airlift were confirmed today by a State Department press officer,
Lincoln White, who said a special effort is being made to speed up the shipments because of the 70 freight carloads of Red weapons just unloaded in Guatemala.
A Defense Department spokesman said C124 Globemaster transports are flying small arms, ammunition, jeeps and three-quarter ton weapons carriers to Nicaragua and Honduras. He said the equipment is of the type used by light infantry troops.
The State Department did not indicate how much U.S. equipment will go to Nicaragua and Honduras. Nor did it give routing details.
But it is reported the shipments are being flown out of Mobile, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.
An unconfirmed report reached Washington today that five fighter planes, either American - made Mustangs or British Spitfires of World War II vintage, were included in the shipment from Poland.
There were also rumors circulating that two more shiploads of arms are en route^o Guatemala from behind the "Iron Curtain.
There was no official confirmation from the State Department, which said Saturday the rumors were current in Guatemala.
Honduras Reports Guatemala Strife
CHICAGO, May 24 (JV-The Chicago Tribune said tonight in a dispatch from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, that war between Honduras and Guatemala appeared imminent.
Honduran border guards yesterday captured five armed Guatemalan Communists who had crossed over into Honduras, the dispatch by Jules Dubois, Tribune staff writer, said.
Guatemalan Says Arm Trade All Right
GUATEMALA, May 24 f/P»-Guat-amala’s foreign minister said tonight in comment on U.S. shipment of arms to Honduras that the United States and Honduras—like Guatemala—have the right to buy and sell arms.
But Foreign Minister Guillermo Toriello pointedly ignored mentioning Nicaragua which has recalled its envoy from Guatemala.
Toriello declined to give any official statement on arms shipments mer examiner.
“because of our policy of noninter-1 The grand jury talked with three vention,” he said. 1 notaries public this afternoon.
Abilene Civic Leaders, Minter, Campbell Die
Molotov Swings Geneva Toward Political Grounds
By EARLE WALKER Reporter-News Staff Writer
Repairs of wall cracks at Bowie, ., .
Crockett and Fannin Elementary sa,d haPP*"s here this w«k
GENEVA, May 24 m — Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov, apparently shifting his ground in the negotiations for a quick ceasefire in Indochina, snarled proceedings today with a demand for political discussions.
A reliable informant said Molotov raised the issue at today's secret session as the Geneva conference went into its fifth week. British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, just back after high level talks with Prime Minister Churchill and other Cabinet ministers in London,
Schools will cost $200, George
Stowe, school system business manager, told the Board of Education Monday night.
may be decisive.
Molotov, after presenting the conference Friday with a five-point agenda for getting down to His estimate bore out a publish-1 business on a ceasefire, proposed ed statement by F. C. Olds, an en- today that the nine-party discus-gineer. The latter's'firm had en-j sions be devoted to a permanent gineering supervision of construe- political settlement. The ceasefire, tion at all three of the new schools.! he said, should be handled directly The board approved the tenta- by the “two sides”—France and the new form for elementary- the Communist-led Vietminh. school report cards returning to French Protest
A. B, C grading. The informant said French For-
Stowe stated Monday night that ejgn Kipister Georges Bidault im-his repair estimate covers only the | mediately protested, refusing to
older wings of the three schools. He said contractors are responsible for whatever repairs are required on the newer wings, since the cracks appeared within a year from the completion of the contracts.
Crack Discovered Multiple cracks of inside walls were reported in The Reporter-1 News edition of May 16. Also &1 crack was discovered in an outside wall at Fannin’s old wing.
An outer wall of Bowie's new wing had cracks, as did an exterior wall of the new wing at Crockett.
Stowe said the $200 estimate for gee CRACKS, Page 7-A, Col. •
discuss political aspects of the dispute until a ceasefire agreement had been achieved. As a result, what had started out as a promising discussion on an agenda fixed by Molotov himself ended in confusion.
A communique on the secret session said only:
“The nine delegations discussed again the restoration of peace in Indochina. They will meet again in restricted session tomorrow.”
On Friday, Molotov, as chairman, suggested the delegates approach the problem of peace with an agenda limited to military subjects. These included a ceasefire, assembly zones for grouping op* selves.
posing army units, the question of foreign reinforcements, supervision and control of the ceasefire, and guarantees of any agreements reached.
Two More Points
The informant gave this account of today’s developments:
When the session opened, Bidault asked that two more points be added to Molotov’s list. These were the disarming of irregular fighting elements in Indochina and the immediate liberation of war prisoners and civilian internees.
Pham Van Dong. Vietminh foreign minister, also proposed a seven-point agenda. His subjects resembled Bidault’s in some re-
Rites Wednesday For Store Owner
George L. Minter, who played a major role in Abilene’s civic, religious and business life during his 62 years of residence, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon.
He suffered a heart attack at 4:30 on the main floor of the West Texas Utilities Co. and was pronounced dead after being taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Minter, 78, was a partner in Minter s Dry Goods Co., one of the city’s pioneer business firms.
His health had declined in recent years and he had restricted his activities, but he continued going to the store in the mornings.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Laughter-North Memorial Chapel. Mr. Mintel* had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church since shortly
afier coming to Abilene in 1892.
The Rev. Leland Murphy 1 pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the family lot at Masonic Cemetery under direction of Laughter-North Funeral Home.
Minter’s department store at 244 Pine will be closed today and until noon Wednesday.
Mr. Minter was born Sept. 12, 1875 in Pocahontas, Tenn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Minter. He came to Texas at the age of 15 with his father, after his mother’s death.
He lived a year with his father in Eastland, where the elder Minter operated a general mercantile store.
On moving here in 1892, he entered Simmons College on the first day the school opened. He studied a business course.
Worked in Store He later went to work for J. A. Rushing A Son Dry Goods Store, an early-day AbJIfcne firm. He once said laughingly that he was sold along with the stock when Rushing sold out to the Star Store.
Minter Dry Goods Co. was founded in 1900 by W. A. Minter, Jr., a cousin of George L. The latter was with the firm from its beginning, and before the end of the first year’s business had joined his cousin as a partner in the firm.
He had been active in the store since and had seen it develop into one of the largest and most widely known in West Texas. He saw it weather two wars, two serious depressions and many droughts. Married in 1909 Mr. Minter was married to Mabel Lockett June 29, 1909. The ceremony was performed in the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. J. Owen Shelton.
Mr. Minter, with W. A. Minter, Jr. and J. M. Radford, established the first gas company about 1910 They sold the business after two or three years.
Throughout his life Mr. Minter was active in the Presbyterian Church. He was chairman of the building committee that built the present First Presbyterian Church. For many years he was a member of its board of elders.
Many Contributions Mr. Minter's contributions to Abilene’s growth were many. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1918, and had the satisfaction of seeing his son, George Jr., hold the same post this year.
He also was a president of the Abilene Lions Club and was active
BOTH MEN LED ABILENE C-C
The Abilene Chamber of Commerce will be closed Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday -afternoon out of respect to two of its past presidents.
Funeral for T. C. Campbell will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and for George L. Minter at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Ironically, the two senior citizens of Abilene whose careers were so closely parallel, died the same day two hours apart. Mr. Campbell died at 2.30, Mr. Minter at 4:30.
For years they had lived a block apart.
Mr. Minter was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1918, and Mr. Campbell followed him in 1919. George Minter Jr., is president of the Chamber of Commerce this year.
Both were prominent and successful as department store executives and were friendly competitors. Both were instrumental in the growth of their community.
In their young days, they both worked in the Minter store for a short time before Mr. Campbell began his own business.
T. C. CAMPBELL ... dies at 79
GEORGE L. MINTER ... suffer« heart attack
AUSTIN, May 24 «P»—A Travis County Grand jury investigating possible criminal violations of Texas insurance laws wants to talk with State Sen. William T. Moore of Bryan who has welcomed a ^robe of his insurance activities.
Moore was sent a subpoena today to appear tomorrow.
Other witnesses called for tomorrow included the State Insurance Commission chief examiner, L.W. Blanchard; examiner Lee Pheffer-kom; and Virgil Thompson, a for-
Tornado in Air Skips Stamford
spects, but he differed on the question of a definition of a guerrilla.
Molotov then stepped in with his revised plan for taking up political questions, and the meeting ended in a snarl.
Eden, today’s chairman, had arrived from England less than an hour before the meeting started. Before leaving London, he told reporters at the airport:
“I am now returning to Geneva where I shall continue to do my best to reach an acceptable and peaceful settlement in the Far East. I think it likely that our discussions during the next week or two will be decisive”.
French Troops Halt Little Dien Bien Phu
SAIGON, Indochina, May 24 I** —-French Union forces outnumbered three to two beat off a six-day pocket-size Dien Bien Phu type siege by the Vietminh in northern Laos near Red China’s border, the French high command announced today.
The French-Laotian post, Nam Tha, is only 18 miles south of China's Yunnan Province and 100 miles west of Dien Bien Phu. The defenders, who were subjected to continual mortar and machinegun fire beginning May 18, finally forced 400 attacking rebels to lift their siege.
The French and Laotian garrison were able to keep up the fight through parachute drops by French planes. They reported they knocked out 55 Vietminh while suffering ‘very light” losses them-
VaJlant nurse of Dien Bien Phu released. Story on Page 7-B, Col. 2.
Nam Tha has strategic significance, guarding a spot near the junction of China, Laos, and Burma.
Maj. Marc Charlet, a French | mine expert, flew to Dien Bien Phu today to help demine the airstrip there so larger planes can remove the casualties faster. The rebels, who accused the French of “traitorous acts” in bombing roads along which Vietminh has been moving thousands of troops and supply convoys from the fallen fortress toward the Red River Delta, agreed nevertheless to let the French fly out 858 of their wounded instead of the 753 previously set.
See MINTER, Page 7-A, Col. S
V. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers Tuesday. Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday. High temperature Tuesday 75 degrees. Low Tuesday night 65. High Wednesday 85.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly
cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers Tuesday and Wednesday. No important temperature changes.
WEST TEXAS: Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thundershowers through Wednesday, mostly Pecos Valley east. Little warmer Wednesday.
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers through Wednesday. No important temperature changes. Moderate to locally fresh east southeast winds on coast.
Msa. A. M.
72 72 70 69 68 65
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High and low temperatures for M hours ended at 6:30 p. tn.: 73 and 67.
High and low temperatures earns date last year: »8 and 72.
Sunset last night 7:36 p. m. Sunrise today 5:35 s. m. Sunset tonight 7:37 p. m. Barometer reading at 9 30 p. m. 2« * Relative humidity at 9:30 p. m. 67 per OCfiL *
By BILL TURNER Reporter-News Staff Writer
A tornado was reported in the air near Stamford Monday night after overcast skies brought more rain at scattered area points.
The tornado was sighted about 7:45 p. in. 10 miles east of Stamford by an oil rig worker, who reported it to the weather bureau here.
The cloud, which never touched the ground, traveled about 10 miles east before it dispersed.
The weather bureau here said no official tornado warnings had been issued.
A forecaster said more scattered showers are expected Tuesday, but Wednesday will be partly cloudy and mild.
Two and a quarter inches of rain fell in 30 minutes at the Dee Surn-erlin farm four and a half miles south of Rotan on State Highway 70. The rain hit about 6:15 p. m. and covered a three and a half mile area.
Roby got .60 of an inch Monday evening and .10 fell at Rotan bringing the two-day total there to .40.
Light rain also fell at Hobbs and Hamlin got .55 of an inch to bring the total for the period there to .97.
Sweetwater reported heavy showers between 5:30 p. m. and 6:30 p. m. with an estimated half inch falling during the hour. It was still drizzling there at 7:45 p. m.
Cloud Over Munday
A heavy low cloud cover over Munday brought a 1.65 inch rain there. Aspermont got .37 Monday afternoon to raise the town’s total to 1.30.
A trace of rain was reported in downtown Abilene Wednesday evening but the weather bureau at Municipal Airport said no additional rain had fallen to change the 1.70 total reported up to noon.
Curtis Harlin, city water superintendent, said Fort Phantom Hill Lake has risen .4 of a foot by 6 p.m. for a catch of 400,000,000 gallons. *
Lake Kirby had risen $.6 °f * foot adding 240 million gallons. Lake Abilene caught 50 million
Funeral Today For Businessman
T. C. Campbell, 79, Abilene resident 58 years and one of its leading merchants most of that time, died at 2:30 Monday at his home, 1546 North Fifth St.
Mr. Campbell died of cancer. His health began to fail in June, 1953, and he underwent surgery in September 1953 at Hendrick Memorial Hospital.
Funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Laughter-North Memorial Chapel. Dr. Elwin Skiles, pastor of the First Baptist Church of which Mr. Campbell was a member, will officiate. Dr. Willis P. Gerhart, rector of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church, will assist.
Pallbearers will be men who were long time business and civic associates and friends, Floyd Hardin, Will Minter, Winfield James, Paul Scott and Russell Howerton, all of Abilene; and Mac Bacon of Sherman.^
Born in Arkansas Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
The family asked that friends make contributions to the Taylor County Cancer Society instead of sending flowers to the service. Donations may be mailed to Briggs Todd at the First State Bank.
Mr. Campbell was born Aug. 23, 1874, at Arkadelphia, Ark., the son of a farming couple, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Campbell. He came to Texas with his parents when about four years old. The family settled near Lewisville north of Dallas.
Mr. Campbell did not have the benefit of a formal education on which to build his career. Instead, he learned by experience. Altar a few years of grammar schooling, he left home while in his early teens. He went to Dallas and worked in department stores several years.
Worked In Store Mr. Campbell moved to Cisco in about J894. There he worked in a dry goods store owned by B. W. Rose until 1901 when he came to Abilene.
He was married in Cisco on July 7, 1898, to Miss Alice Hawkins of Terrell.
When Mr. Campbell arrived in Abilene in 1901, he went to work for the Morgan Weaver company, one of the city’s first general merchandising firms. That business was sold after a few months to Minter Dry Goods Company, another pioneer institution, and Mr. Campbell was employed by that store for a time.
T. C. Campbell entered the dry goods business for himself in 1903 with J. W. Bogar and Lafayette Sellers as associates. The store was known as Bogar-Campbell-Sellers and was located at South Second and Chestnut St., at the present site of Schultz Dry Goods Co.
Bought Store In 1907 the store of S. W. Grimes and Company was bought, the partnership dissolved and Mr. Campbell became sole owner of the former Grimes store. It was located at South First and Chestnut Sts.
Late in 1912 Mr. Campbell moved his store to North Second and Pine Sts., to the present location
See CAMPBELL, Page 7-A, Col. Z
gallons in a half a foot rise.
Three pumps on the Clear Fork were put into operation at 10:30 a.m. and by 6 p.m. had pumped 46 million gallons into Fort Phantom Hill Lake.
16 Feet Deep
Wiley Norwood, who lives near Elm Creek bridge on South 14th St., reported that at 10 a.m. Monday the creek was running 16 feet deep and remained there the rest of the day until Monday night when it had risen to 17 feet.
Rains Sunday, night and Monday morning dumped up to 2.75 inches on Abilene but the official reading at the weather bureau was 1.70. This brought the total for the year here to 9.62 as compared with the normal rainfall through May of 9.06.
A seven inch rain was reported in Dickens County with other reports of three to five inches being measured in the territory.
Wheat harvesting was brought to a halt in some areas and the rains will delay planting for a few days.
Heaviest rainfall in the Abilene area Sunday night and Monday morning was six inches at Bethel. Ballinger, six miles from Bethel, received only 1.05 inches.
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Woman’s nawt Paga 4
Sports.........Pagas t, 9
Classified.......Pagas 4, S
Farm & Markets .... Paga 7
•tedio, TV ........ Paga •
4 Witnesses Say Mrs. Gray Sane
(Special to the Reporter-News)
MONAHANS, May 24 — Four proponents’ witnesses testified in 109th District Court here Monday that Mrs. Rebecca Estes Gray was of sound mind and knew the extent of her property and how she was distributing it in her will.
Mrs. Gray, who was 63 at the time of her death, willed the bulk of her estate to be divided equally among four Methodist institutions, including McMurry College in Abilene.
The case is being contested by members of her family on grounds that she was not of sound mind when the will was made ami that she was unduly influenced by members of the institutions.
The first trial of the suit contesting the will ended in a hung jury last October.
Miss Helen Devlin, special nurse to Mrs. Gray just before she died, testified Monday that Mrs. Gray
lin’s mind that Mrs. Gray knew what she was doing up until the day of her death.
Miss Devlin, who had been a friend of Mrs. Gray’s in addition to being her nurse and who had known her several years, was cross examined by Abner Lipscomb of El Paso, one of the contestants’ attorneys.
She denied that she had ever told one of the contestants that Mrs. Gray had the mind of a 10-year-old child and also denied she had said in reference to Mrs. Gray’s property that what the preachers and churches didn't get some of Mrs. Gray's friends had gotten.
Edward Presswood, hospital attendant who helped care for Mrs. Gray just before she died and who also was a witness to the codicil of her wUl, testified she was of sound mind, but later when he w&> cross examined he said he had no medical training to judge the sanity of a person, He said
had a sane, sound mind and that there was no doubt in Miss Dev-[ See MRS. GRAY, Page 7-A, Cat 4