Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 26, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 342ABlLiNE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORNING. MAY 26. 1954-TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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CHAKT GETS ATTENTION — Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis) and his aides, Roy Cohn, left, and Francis Carr, study copies of a chart the army brought to the session of the McCarthy-Army hearing in Washington, D. C. An enlargement of the chart, labeled a record of absences of Pvt. G. David Schine from Ft. Dix and Telephone messages to the commanding general about him, is at left. The chart covers the period from Nov. 3, 1953, to Jan. 16, 1954.
McCarthy Attacks Chart on Schine
Reds May Be Fixing Fortress Near Canal
Geneva Reports Peace Progress
WASHINGTON, .May 25 WV-Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), twice accused by the Army of producing doctored exhibits in the past, turned accuser himself today and charged the Army with bringing forth a “dishonest” and “phony” chart.
Three Army witnesses—a general. a colonel and a lieutenant—testified they saw nothing dishonest about the chart, a big black and white checkered affair purportedly showing Pvt. G. David Schine’s absence via passes from Ft. Dix, N.J.
But McCarthy contended to the end of a hectic day that the calendar-type chart was deliberately calculated to give the television audience a false impression that Schine had “black marks” against his record.
The Schine chart showed black rectangles or squares denoting Schine's passes from the fort. A companion chart had white squares with black lines in them to show the much smaller number of leaves granted to a “typical trainee” at Ft. Dix.
One contention of the McCarthy camp was that the same sort of symbolism should have been used in both charts to give the TV audience a fair impression.
Joe Grabs Crayon In showman like fashion. McCarthy seized a thick black crayon and proceeded to make blacked-out areas, together with a bunch of X’s, on the chart of the “typical trainee,”
The Wi.sconsin senator brought down a gale of laughter on himself —and joined in it—at one point ■ when he asked a witness, Lt. John B. Blount, if he didn’t agree that this use of “black marks” and “white marks” was intended to fool the public.
Blount, aide to Maj. Gen. Cornelius Ryan. Ft. Dix commander, hesitated only an instant before replying
“I can give only my personal opinion, sir. In my opinion it’s just for comparative purposes—like a prize fight on television. One fighter wears dark trunks and the other fighter wears white trunks.”
When the burst of laughter subsided McCarthy, still grinning, told (he witness, who comes from Kingston. R. I., and won a purple heart in Korea:
“Now 1 can see why you were ielected as an aide to the general.” Ryan himself denied seeing anything “phony” about the charts. He said he supplied the information for them himself, and declared: “I don’t think anything put out by the Army is dishonest.”
D«niei Aay ‘Stigma’
T'inally Lt. Col. John F. T. Murray took the stand and, under McCarthy’s cross-examination, took responsibility for preparing the
charts and said there was no intention to suggest that the black marks on the Schine chart carried any sort of “stigma.”
Murray said the chart for the “average trainee” looked whiter because it was a rush job and there wa.«;n’t time to fill in squares with black ink, let the ink dry and do white lettering on top of the black, as was done in the previously prepared Schine chart.
McCarthy wouldn’t buy that, said he had assurance the black ink would dry in 10 minutes. He said he was sorry to see Murray “covering up” for the real authors of the charts—something Murray said he wasn’t trying to do.
“I don’t like to see you taking the rap for this,” McCarthy repeated. And he declared that “the milUons of television watchers— the real jury in this case—have got intelligence enough” to see an attempt has been made to dupe them.
On that note ended another day of hearings in the Senate inquiry
to determine whether (1) McCarthy and aides Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr sought by “improper means” to get preferred treatment for Schine, a former subcommittee aide, or (2) the Army used Schine in an effort to blackmail the McCarthy subcommittee out of an investigation of alleged Communist infiltration.
There were these other highlights in the testimony, as the Army neared the end of its presentation:
Chairman Karl Mundt announced an executive session will be held at 1:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow in the hope of reaching agreement on another problem—the release of the records of monitored telephone calls between Ste%'ens* office and McCarthy or other connected with the present controversy. A series of legal obstacles, and some disagreements among subcommittee members, have blocked the use of these records up to now, although they were subpoenaed soon after the inquiry opened in late April.
GENEVA. May 25 (JV-East and West, for the first time in more than four weeks of wrangling on procedure, today began to talk about concrete steps necessary to end the fighting in Indochina.
Some Western sources reported “some progress” had been made at the day’s session, the sixth held in secret. Another diplomat described the meeting as “definitely encouraging.”
Much of the optimism apparently could be attributed to the fact that Soviet Foreign Minister V.M, Molo-
Oddities in Life Of Mrs. Gray Told
Belgian, Poilugese Officers Among 9 To Visit Abilene
Abilene will host nine Army officers today including a Belgian and Portugese officer from Fort Bel-voir, Va The officers are in the Engineer’s Officers Advanced Class at the Virginia post.
They will arrive here about noon by special bus from Fort Worth to visit Abilene Air Force Base. They will be honored with a luncheon at 12:30 p. m. in the Wooten Hotel by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Naticnal Defen.se Committee. Chairman of the committee is W. P. <Dub» Wright. Vice chairman is Howard McMahon.
•rhey will spend the entire day here, then wiU leave Thursday for vtriU to other bates in the aouth-vaft. .
Special to the Reporter-News
MONAHANS, May 25 — Oddities in the personal life of Mrs. Rebecca Estes Gray were told in testimony Tuesday afternoon during the second day of proceedings in 109th District Court of a suit contesting Mrs. Gray’s will.
Mrs. H. B. Carr, a widow who had been a neighbor of Mrs. Gray and visited with her a great deal, testified that Mrs. Gray had a child-like mind and did not understand the nature and extent of her property.
Estate to Be Divided
Mrs. Gray, who was 63 at the time she died, willed the bulk of her estate to be divided among four Methodist institutions, including McMurry College in Abilene.
Relatives are contesting the will on grounds that Mrs. Gray was not of sound mind when the will was made and that she was unduly influenced by members of the institutions.
Judge G. C. Olsen admitted as evidence Tuesday morning a proponents’ report by a petroleum engineer. fixing the total value of the estate at $432.579.41.
Most of the morning was taken up by arguments between attorneys as to whether the report should be admitted.
Papers for Shades
Mrs. Carr testified that despite the 147 producing oil wells included in the estate. Mrs. Gray used old newspapers for window shades. She said Mrs. Gray didn’t buy a hot water heater for three years, but heated her bath water on the kitchen stove.
She said Mrs. Gray didn't buy a piano, although she was an excellent player and enjoyed playing pianos belonging to other people.
Mrs. Carr said in her testimony that Mrs. Gray had told her she couldn’t afford these things.
Mrs. Carr also testified that Mrs. Gray had frequent headaches and
More Rain May Invade Abilene Area
More showers were forecast for the Abilene vicinity Thursday afternoon by the U. S. Weather Bureau.
Wednesday is to be partly cloudy and mild, but a low pressure trough moving into the area from the west Thursday will set off an -nstable condition favorable for rain, a forecaster said.
The weather bureau at San Angelo reported 1.02 of an inch of rain for the 24-hour period ended at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rains thus far this week at Abilene have increased the water supply in the city’s three lakes by 1.59 billion gallons. This amount brings the total storage in the lakes to 20.35 billion gallons.
Curtis C. Harlin, Jr., city water superintendent, said Lake Kirby and Lake Abilene have apparently caught all the water they will get until more rains fall.
However, he said, three pumps on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River at 6 p.m. Tuesday were still pumping water into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. The pumps had put 194 million gallons of
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a car or replace light bulbs.
Proponents’ attorneys did not cross examine Mrs. Carr in order that Dr. Roy Sloan, who is superintendent of the state mental hospital at Big Spring, might testify and return to Big Spring.
The contestants’ attorneys offered a long list of situations to Dr.
Sloan, which were alleged to describe Mrs. Gray. Some of them were situations to which Mrs.
Carr had testified and others the attorneys said would be brought out in testimony of other witnesses.
Asked if a person who would do all of these things would be sane or insane, Dr. Sloan said such a person would be insane.
William Kerr, long - time friend and attorney for Mrs. Gray, gave Dr. Sloan a long cross examination.
Kerr asked Dr. Sloan if everybody that had dizzy spells and
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Harlin said at least one or two of the pumps would probably be in operation through Tuesday night.
Totals on Abilene’s three lakes as of 6 p.m. Tuesday was as follows:
LAKE FORT PHANTOM HILL —Total rise thus far this week, 1.2 feet, equal to 1.2 billion gallons; total water in storage, 17.1 billion gallons; capacity, 24.8 billion gallons.
LAKE KIRBY—Total rise thus far tliis week, 2.2 feet, equal to 330 million gallons; total water in storage, 1.45 billion gallons; capacity, 2.85 billion gallons.
LAKE ABILENE—Total rise thus far this week, ,6 of a foot, equal to 60 million gallons; total water in storage, 1.8 billion gallons; capacity, 3.225 billion gallons.
Abilene’s average daily water consumption in 1953 was 7*4 million gallons.
tov did not repeat his demand of yesterday for the discussion of political questions.
The West, willing to discuss political aspect.s of an Indochina settlement, insists that military questions be settled first.
Pham Van Dong, the Vietminh deputy prime minister and foreign minister, discussed at length the military problems involved. The conference was adjourned until Thursday, when a debate on the question of assembly zones will be held.
These are the areas into which the opposing troops in Viet Nam would be withdrawn pending final settlement of the dispute. Delegates of Laos and Cambodia have expressed opposition to establishment of any such zones there. They insist Vietminh troops on their ^il are “invaders” and must be withdrawn forthwith.
French Form New Indochina Forces
SAIGON, Indochina, May 25 íAV-The French High Command said today it will build up 13 new military units to battle communism in Indochina from the reserves of Viet Nam battalions lost at Dien Bien Phu.
Along with reinforcements expected from France, the new imita
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Peoce Danger Cited by Dulles
WASHINGTON, May 25 (AP>—Secretary of State Dulles said today the Communist shipment of 10 million dollars worth of arms to leftist Guatemala may be a move to set up a Red bastion near the Panama Canal.
Guatemala is about 750 air miles from the vital canal link between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Commenting on mounting tension in Central America, Dulles reemphasized the warning of the 1954 Caracas resolution with a formal statement declaring:
The extension of Commun-
MEMPHIS. Tenn., May 25 (fl A sign in Doc Wicker’s barber shop here reads:
“No service to known Communists — except shaves! And I am very nervous.”
AF Plane Crashes; Crewmen Escape
NEWARK, Del.. May 25 (^A twin engine Air Force C45 training plane crashed in a downtown luml^r yard in this Delaware community tonight, exploding on impact and starting a huge fire visible as far away as Wilmington. Both crew members parachuted to safety. Air Force officials said and there were no immediate reports of any civilian casualties.
NYC Board Halted
NEW YORK. May 25 (B-The New York Central Railroad failed today in a two-pronged legal appeal to .spike Robert R. Young’s guns at tomorrow’s stockholders’ meeting.
FRANK PACE , . . Ex-Army secretary
Pace Speaks At Big Spring Base Today
BIG SPRING, May 25 — Frank Pace of New York City, fonner secretary of the Army, will be in Big Spring today to address a graduating class at Webb Air Force Base.
An open house and jet acroba-Uc show will be staged at the base dufiiig^iwTnoming, Col. Fred M. Dean, wing commander, announced. Civilian guests are Invited.
After his appearance here. Pace and Col. Dean will go to Snyder where they will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McLaughlin at the Diamond M Ranch.
Open House at Webb AFB will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a. m. The aerial show by the Thunderbirds, Air Force precision jet team, will be at 9 a. m.
Accompanying former Secretary Pace will be his former ass^tant, Fred Korth. They will take^part in graduation ceremonies for Aviation Cadet Class 54-J.
Pace is now vice - chairman of General Dynamics, a holding company for manufacturers of military and defense equipment.
Haymes Deporiation OrderSuspended
WASHINGTON. May 25 (iPV-The Board of Immigration Appeals today suspended a deportation order standing against actor - »inger Dick Haymes. husband of actress Rita Hayworth.
The board ordered the Immigration Service to re-open Haymes’ case for further hearings.
Grange Flooded, Twister at Dollos
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A tornado, white and “shaped like an ice cream cone.” danced across farmland 35 miles northeast of Dallas late Tuesday.
The tornado, which formed as thunderstorms along the Texas coast deluged Orange and poured good rains onto the Beaumont area, apparently did no harm.
“I watched it for about 10 minutes,” said C. R. Jackson, fireman at Royse City. He said it coiled out of a black thunderhead about a half mile east of Royse City about 6:30 p.m. “Lots of people here saw it,” Jackson added. “Suddenly it seemed to vanish.”
Thunder boomed and there was a colorful display of lightning but none of the usual heavy rains accompanied the tornado. Royse City got a sprinkle.
Water skiers tied ropes to cars
and skimmed down the main street of Orange on foot-deep water.
More than six inches of rain fell on the city in the southeast corner of the state by 2 p.m. and showers continued.
Houston had 1.34 inches in an hour, and the deluge flooded Preston Ave. underpass, closing it for a time.
A squall line hovered off the Gulf Coast.
Scattered thundershowers hit the rest of the state a fourth straight day.
In North Texas, a downpour drenched Gainesville with 1.25 inches in 20 minutes.
^te highways were closed 19 miles nwthwest of Uvalde at the Nueces river, 9 miles west of La Pryor at a creek and south of Juno at the Devils River cr(»sing. Farm roads were closed near Juno, ^Uvaldt and Poth.
MAKINGS FOR MUD PIES — Small boys weren’t the only ones who had fun letting mud ooze between their toes after 9-inch rains in the Newlin, Tex., area turned the parched, wind-blown Plains into a veritable quagmire. Enjoying the unique experience for the first time in several years, Patsy Daws wades in her back yard with mud half way to her knees. Damage to crops and terraces is forgotten.
ist colonialism to this hemisphere would . . . endanger the peace of America.”
Dulles spoke out at his news conference amid a scries of nervous reactions arising from (1) the shipment of 2,000 tons of arms from Communist-run Poland to Guatemala and a State Department announcement that U.S. arms are being rushed by airlift to Guatemala’s neighbors, Nicaragua and Honduras.
Moscow CrltlciseR IT. S. Moscow radio denounced the U.S. action as preparation for “An attack against Guatemala.” Airlifting of guns for the two Central American countries began today. The Military Air Transport Service at Mobile, Ala., announced that two giant Cl 24 Globemasters were en route there and would be processed during the day for flights to Central America.
Dulles’ statement at his news conference drew praise from Nicaraguan Ambassador Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa who described it as a timely account of the significance of the Guatemala crisis “as it relates to the threat to the security of tJje Americas.”
In Guatemala. Foreign Minister Guillermo Toriello said Dulles’ remarks were “exaggerations on fantastic things.” He said the purchase of arms by his country was a domestic affair which would not properly be considered by the organization of American States, which was set up to deal with hemisphere problems.
CoBgressmen Disturbed On Capitol Hill, several lawmakers expressed concern over the possibility that Red military aid to Guatemala might be the first overt step toward a Moscow-directed grab In Latin America.
Rep. Boggs <D-La> told the House that Guatemala has long been the “beachhead” for Soviet plans to take over all of South America.
Declaring the United States should consult with other American nations and take coliective action, Boggs said hfc feared the sliipment of U.S. arms to Honduras which borders Guatemala on the south, might be a ca.se of “too little too late.”
Similarly, Rep. Sikes (D-Fla) told the House the United States should invoke the Monroe Doctrine. This was the doctrine set forth on Dec. 12. 1823 by President James Monroe warning that the Western Hemisphere was no longer open to colonization and that if any European power tried to interfere with American governments, the United States would consider it an unfriendly act “dangerous to our peace and safety.” The Doctrine has since been amplified by numerous mutual defense pacts among the American republics.
MRS. FRANCES JONES
Mrs. Jones Diesal 105 InColenian
COLEMAN, May 25 — Mrs. Frances Ruth Jones, 105, Coleman County’s oldest citizen, died here about 11 a. m. Tuesday at her home.
She was born March 28, 1849, in Cincinnati, Ark.
Funeral will be held at 3 p. m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church here with the Rev. J. D. F. Williams, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Coleman Cemetery under the direction of J. E. Steven« Funeral Home.
Survivors include one son. Sam H. Jones of Temple: three daughters, Mrs. W. D. Nowlin of Glen Rose in Somervell County, Mrs. R. D. Johnson and Mrs. Edna Childress, both of Coleman; and a number of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and great - great grandchildren.
Mrs. Jones moved to Chalk Mountain in Erath County in 1876 and to Coleman In 1924.
She was married to R. B. Jones in Kansas when she was 19-years-old. Mr. Jones died in 1892.
When she was 103-years-old. she was carried tc the polls in an ambulance here and voted her first Republican ticket for President Eisenhower.
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Police, NLRB Guarding Vote
NEW YORK. May 25 I^The boiling, bubbling New York waterfront-largest and rowdiest in the world — chooses anew tomorrow between two bitterly rival unions that covet its 25,000 longshoremen. A previous election came to naught.
Re.sults of the National Labor Relations Board vote probably will not be known before late W'ednes-day night or early Thursday morning.
At stake is the 62-year waterfront reign of the old International Longshoremen’s Assn.. a once-sturdy union enfeebled by internal corruption and now bankrupt and orphaned. It was thrown into receivership today.
The ILA is fighting for life against a new AFL union of tlMS same name, born during a painful labor period after the ILA’s ouMer from the AFL eight months ago.
The polls open at 6 a.m. lEDT) and close at 7 p.m.
There will be 191 NLRB agents supervising the election to determine which union bargains for the waterfront.
Also on hand will be 2,500 New York City cops, on the alert for any of the skull cracking disordeia that marked a similar election last Dec. 22-23.