Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 344
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RODNEY AND MOTHER PLAY—-Rodney Dee Brodie, Siamese twin operation survivor, holds trumpet to mother's mouth and teases her to toot it as they play in the yard of thè Brodie home at Ferris, Illinois. Rodney, not yet three, loves to hear music. While in the hospital he moved his legs to its rhythm. Rodney’s brother died following the operation that separated their skulls. Since then he has had several operations to provide a skin covering for his brain. He wears a crash helmet to protect his head.
gray will case • _ Breckeiiridge
Lawyers Fuss as Rancher Dies Doctor Testifies Under Tractor
Special to the Re porter-News MONAHANS, May 27 — The Rebecca Estes Gray will-contest, in its fourth day, resolved into a great deal of repetitious testimony and hair - splitting arguments here today, and all court principals appeared to be suffering from combat fatigue.
Attorneys wrangled endlessly during the afternoon, the jury appeared tired, and Judge G. C. Olsen once cut off contestant counsel John Watts, who in turn charged the judge was commenting on weight of the evidence.
Ex-Army Doctor Most of the afternoon was taken in testimony and cross - examination of Dr. J. J. Hornisher, an Army doctor from El Paso who does civil practice as a sideline.
The doctor did not know Mrs. Gray during her lifetime, but is a contestant witness who studied her medical records and gave opinions on their meanings.
He said dizzy spells, memory defects, distrust of people, and other symptoms related by contestant witnesses indicated Mrs. Gray had the bone cancer, of which she died, for possibly several years before her death. Contestants contend this ailment made her mind unsourd at the time she drew up her contested will in June, 1951. She died in September, 1,952.
The doctor said a long list of odd things she allegedly did made him believe she was of unsound mind. In cross - examination, he denied that any of the things singly indicated insanity, but that taken together, they did. He said ahaky lines of her signature on
the will and a later codicil also indicated she had a mental ailment.
In cross - examination, proponent attorney William Kerr elicited from the doctor that he had testified in three cases in which contestant attorney John J. Watts had been involved In the last three weeks, examined eight more cases recently for Watts, and averages a $200 fee for the more difficult cases.
The doctor tended to give lengthy answers to questions, and several legal hassles resuited from attorneys charging his answers were not responsive to questions.
During one lengthy answer, proponent attorney Carl Springer objected to it as non-responsive, Kerr said in an aside to “let him lecture,” Watts accused Springer of “heckling” and “growling” at the witness, and said the proponent attorneys were afraid of “this great psychiatrist who confronts them.”
Under cross-examination, Dr. Hornisher testified most of his work was of a consulting nature. He did not profess to be a brain or cancer specialist, and he had never “touched or talked to” a person with the rare bone cancer of which Mrs. Gray died.
He staunchly maintained, however, that the records indicated the tumor had been in her skull for some time, and was exerting pressure on the brain.
One repetitious bit of testimony has been that the allegedly oil-rich Mrs. Gray once picked out
See GRAY, Pg. 2-A, Col. 3
BRECKENR1DGE, May 27 (RNS) — Ottis Guy Compton, 45, member of a prominent Stephens County ranching family, was crushed to death Thursday when a tractor overturned.
Compton had been building a dam with a shovel-equipped farm tractor on a ranch owned by his father, Henry Compton. The elder Compton ranches about 18 miles northwest of Breckenridge near Moran. Ottls Compton ranched about 4 miles east of his father. Apparently Overturned
Stephens County Sheriff Tom Of-field said Thursday night Compton was killed about 1:30 p. m.. He was building a tank dam when the tractor apparently overturned, crushing in the right side of his face, his neck and head.
The tractor overturned at about the top of the 20-foot dam. Of-field said. The tractor rolled back upright.
Compton was found by a cousin. R. H. Compton.
Compton was born March 11, 1909 in Stephens County and had spent his entire life there.
Son in Army
Survivors include his wife; a son, Glenn B. Compton, stationed with the Army in Germany; a daughter, Mrs. Gail Payne of Fort Worth; his parents, Mr, and Mrs. Henry Compton: two sisters, Mrs. Ola Mae Whitfield and Mrs. Ora Blanche Morris, both of Moran; and a grand-daughter, Judy Payne of Fort Worth.
Funeral arrangements are pending arrival of the son stationed with the Army in Germany. They will be announced by Kiker Funeral Home.
City to Vote July 17 On $6 Million Bonds
Peace Formula Problem Given To Experts
GENEVA, May 27 <ff>—The Indochina conference failed today to find a formula for putting opposing armies into cease-fire assembly zones and turned the problem over to a group of experts.
Legal and constitutional experts from the nine delegations trying to achieve an Indochina peace settlement will meet tomorrow. If they can agree on a draft, it will be considered by military specialists who will work out the technical military problems involved.
Several new proposals on the controversial question of assembly zones were submitted at the secret session today but no common ground could be found for agreement.
French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault, in outlining the French position on assembly zones, consented to talks on a military level here between French and Vietminh high command representatives. But he said agreement on the principles should be reached first.
Bidault required all his diplomatic finesse in presenting the French view. Viet Nam Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh is unalterably opposed to any assembly plan which would lead to partition of his country. Delegates of the other two Associated States on Indochina, Laos and Cambodia, have said they would walk out of the conference if the independence and integrity of their countries were not respected.
Water, Streets, Parks to Benefit
Bv EARLE WALKER
Bond issues totaling more than $6.25 million will be submitted to Abilene voters by the city July 17.
Date for the election was set by the City Commission Thursday afternoon.
In another action, commissioners voted to ask the Par-ent-Teacher Associations to join the city in a campaign this summer against “blind corners.”
Water, Sewer Bonds
Already slated to be proposed are the following:
(1) Water and sewer bonds in the amount of $5 million.
(2) Street improvement bonds, $1 million.
(3) Bonds for fire stations and equipment, $250.000. Another issue—for parks and playgrounds—will be included. That figure will be
$5 Million McM Expansion Okayed
Special to The Reporter-New s
AMARILLO. May 27-Recommendations for a $5 million building and permanent expansion program for McMurry College were approved by delegates to the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference here Thursday.
The education report was approved for McMurry’s expansion, with acceptance of the following recommendation:
1. Laying the groundwork and development of specific plans for a $5 million building and permanent expansion program. It is expected to take at least two years to lay the plan for such a com-paign.
2. Continuance of the program of living endowment for support of McMurry. For this program the conference set a goal of $100,-000 for the conference year beginning June I.
Each church “is expected to accept its fair share of this program."
30 Students Per District
3. Assumption by each district In the conference of a quota of 30 new students each year to be sent to the college. Every charge (pastorate» is expected to be represented where possible. A district committee for student promotion was urged to be appointed by tho district superintendents to
work with the college in this program.
The recommendations included the statement that McMurry College renders a service to this conference proportionately to the number of youths that are served.
Gordon Bennett, executive vice-president, spoke in behalt of the college. He stated that as we graduate more and more students, more of our pastors will be from McMurry.
He emphasised the idea that they have two students of this graduating class going into foreign service in Africa.
Also speaking for the college was J. H. Crawford of Lamesa and he said the main reason for encouraging students is what it can do for them.
He said that if you encouraged students to go to McMurry you would not be embarrassed by their opinion of the school.
O. P. Clark of Abilene also spoke concerning the college. He expressed strong interest in its program.
Also present during the day were other McMurry officials J. Dean Williams, director of living endowments; Jerome Vanney, registrar; the Rev. George, Steinman. pro fessor of Bible; Dr. Medford Evans, dean; and Dr. Will Mathis-Dunn, chaplain.
About 55 McMurry College graduates and officials attended an allcollege banquet Thursday night.
McMurry trustees re-elected were M. L. Boyd of Plainview, R. B. Bryant of Stamford, H. M. Harrison of Abilene, J. O. Haymes of Plainview, Eugene Slater of Amarillo, A G. Waugh, Ellis Lock of Miami, E. R. McDaniel of Abilene, George Waddill, Mrs. L. M. Touchstone of Merkel, and H. Clyde Smith of Abilene. Their terms will expire in 1957.
Butman Camp Plans The board of education of the conference approved and commended the adoption of a campaign for the long-range development of the Butman Camp property near Merkel.
This plan provides for a six-year campaign to raise $120,000 at the rate of $20,000 per year to be allocated in district quotas. Development of this program is to meet the standards and functions of camping in the program of Christian education. It is said to be designed to “make invaluable contribution in Christian growth and committment to the children and youth and their adult leaders.”
Tho trustees of the Methodist Hospital in Lubbock were named
Bee McMURRY. Pg. t-A. Cel. 1
BRIDE WEEPS, GUESTS SNICKER (HE FORGOT RING)
CHICAGO. May 27 l/B-N. professor is going to approach Robert Edward Calek, 26, of suburban Lombard as “most absent - minded man of the year.”
Calek s marriage to Roselyn Marie Benzel, 23, was delayed two hours today. The wedding march was about to begin when the minister asked Calek for the license. He'd forgotten it.
Checking closer he found he’d forgotten the ring too. While the bride wept and the guests snickered, his father dashed back to their home for the missing essentials.
Cohn Denies Stevens’ Story
WASHINGTON. May 27 ¡4’v-Roy M. Cohn contradicted under oath today the sworn testimony of Secretary of the Army Stevens and Army Counsel John G. Adams on six major points.
Cohn, chief counsel to the McCarthy investigating subcommittee and top aide to Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), flatly accused Adams of “blackmail,” and said the Army lawyer admitted he would “stop pt j nothing” to kill an investigation of j alleged Communist infiltration in! the Army.
‘Take Heat Off*
The McCarthy aide’s most serious charge was that Stevens on one occasion—and Adams three different times—tried to “take the heat off” the Army by proposing investigations of the Navy and Air Force.
The intense, 27-year-old Cohn testified Adams offered to supply material for an investigation of the other services — including the location of an Air Force base where there was, “a large number of sexual deviates.”
Both Stevens and Adams cate
gorically denied they did or ever would try to divert the inquiry to the Air Force or Navy. The record of the televised hearing is going to the Justice Department and could form the basis for perjury action against one or more wit-
See COHN. Pg. 2-A, Col 4
r. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Clear to partly cloudy and hot Friday and Saturday. with possible late afternoon thundershowers both days. Hiih temperature both deye near #5 degrees. Low Friday night 68
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy Friday, becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday. Cooler Saturday.
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Friday and Saturday except becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms and cooler in Panhandle. Sooth Plains and eatt of Upper Pecos Valley Saturday.
EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy FrIdny. Saturday mostly cloudy with scattered thundershower«.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS; Partly cloudy Friday and Saturday with »cattered thundershowers extreme north portion Saturday. Not much change in temperatures.
TEMPERATURES Tbars. A. M. Thurs. P. M.
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High and low temperatures for 34 hour! ended at 6:30 p. m.: >1 and 63.
High and low temperatures same date laat year: 94 and 71.
Sunset last night 7 35 p. m Sunrise today 1:94 a. m. Sunset tonight 7:30 P m. Barometer reading at 5 30 p. m. 27.15. Relative humidity at 5:30 p. m.55 por
Dogpalch Gun Battle Leaves Feuders Dead
DOGPATCH, Okla., May 27 iff»— An old-fashioned mountaineer feud that boiled over into a double killing brought officers to this tiny community today trying to unravel the mystery from close-mouthed hill folk.
The principal antagonists, Billy Peters, 19, and Marshall Stroud, 24, lay dead. They were shot to death at Stroud’s Tavern last night in a violent climax to the bad blood which began when Stroud divorced Peters’ older sister, Judy.
Down on Knees
Sheriff Walter Irons said Peters entered the beer parlor last night and ordered his former brother-in-law down on his knees to beg for his life.
Irons said young Peters, dis-charged from the Army a week ago, coldly fired a first bullet into the pleading man's hand, then triggered the fatal shot when Stroud started to rise.
Details of what followed were hazy, the sheriff said. He theorized Stroud may have got a weapon before dying and shot his assailant. He also had a report Stroud's present wife rushed into the room and tired in defense *of her husband. The central figure of the feud — Peters’ sister — was not there.
Smouldered For Months
The bitter feeling back of the shooting has smouldered for months in Dogpatch, which is only a couple of beer taverns in southeastern Oklahoma near the Arkansas border.
The sheriff's office said there wasn't a telephone in this end of the county.
determined after the Park and Public Recreation Board plans the issue and the commission approves it.
This is the first time bonds for park and playground purposes have ever been proposed in Abilene, Dallas Scarborough,, former mayor, said Thursday night.
His wife, who was out of town, is a longtime member of the park board. She is one of the members who have fought for city bonds with which to make the capital improvements in the park system.
Water Revenue Bonds
Revenue bonds will be issued tor the water and sewer projects, according to the proposals.
Tax obligation bonds are to be issued for street improvements, fire stations and equipment, and parks and playgrounds.
Repayment of the $5 million water and sewer revenue bonds will be made from the water and sewer revenues of the city.
The bonds for other purposes will be repaid from property taxes.
No taxes can be levied to pay off the revenue bonds.
It will be necessary to increase the city tax rate to pay the street improvement, fire station and equipment, parks and playground bonds. The commission estimated Thursday that to pay these, with exception of the park and playground bonds, may require adding 9 cents on the $100 valuation. Amount of the park and playground issue isn’t known yet.
Voters will vote on each of the five proposed bond issues separately: Water, sewer, street, fire station and equipment, park and playground.
It isn't planned to issue and sell all the bonds at one time.
“Unless interest rates are much lower than now, not more than a third of the bonds would be sold this year,” the commission said in a prepared statement. “The balance would be sold over a five-year period, or as needed.”
Main projects in the water bond issue are: Diversion of Deadman’s Creek into Lake. Fort Phantom Hill, building gates on the Clear Fork channel dam, a 1.5 million-gallon elevated storage tank on the South Side, putting in three additional 50-million-gallon daily Clear Fork pumps, a 24-inch line from Sayles and South Fifth to Potomac and Pioneer, a loop to the new Municipal Airport, elimination of “dead ends,” and filtered water storage at Grimes plant.
Warehouse and shop improvements and many other distribution lines are also in the water program.
Principal sewer jobs planned are; Purchase of sewage treat-
Se* BONDS, Pg. 9-A. Col 5
PRAYER OF THANKS — Eyes closed, Mrs. Joanne Chene (center) of Norton, Mass., sobs a prayer of thanks at word from her brother-in-law James Chene (right), that her husband survived the tragedy aboard the carrier Bennington. Sharing the good news is Mrs. Jacqueline Boudreau, also of Norton.
'Freak' Effects Found on Ship
5 TEXANS KILLED ON BENNINGTON
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The explosion and fire aboard the aircraft carrier Bennington Wednesday killed five Texans and the husband of a Texas girl.
One Texan was injured.
A total of 91 were killed and 201 injured in the disaster.
Ens. L. C. McNatt, East'* land, son of Mrs. L. C. McNatt.
Lloyd Coleman, son of Annie Mae Coleman, Dallas.
Lt. j.g. Robert Paul Inge, husband of Jane Moody Inge, Houston.
Lt. j.g. Roger E. Barnes, 28, formerly of Denton. His twin brother, Howard G. Barnes, lives in Trvtng.
QUONSET POINT, R. t, May 27 UP—Adm. Robert B. Carney, chief of naval operations, said tonight he found “freakish and unique” effects from the explosions and fire that killed 93 men of the- big carrier Bennington as she cruised at sea.
The naval court of inquiry whose job it is to try to determine the cause of the tragedy set its first formal session for 9 a.m. <EDT) Saturday.
The admiral flew in from Washington, toured the torn and smoke-blackened compartments of the 32,-000-ton ship and visited with the 100 injured victims in two hospitals. A total of 201 men were injured in one of the Navy’s biggest peacetime disasters—40 of them remain in critical condition.
Pressed for more detail on this statement, he added that there were explosions in areas where there \$as no heat and that unique vacuum effects were evident where the blasts occurred. Some fabrics and structural parts, he said, showed signs of terrific heat while others at the same area showed none.
The chief of naval operations said he is unable to speculate on the cause of the tragedy which struck as the big vessel cruised 75
Winters Sailor Safe on Bennington .
WINTERS, May 27 (RNS> -Don-aid Woodfin, who was aboard the
ill-fated USS Bennington, has wired his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Woodfin of Winters, that he is safe.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodfin received the telegram at 2 p.m. Thursday. It said, “I am fine. Do not worry. Letter follows.”
Woodfin, who is beginning his 12th year in the Navy, worked in the captain's office aboard the carrier. He recently completed a year’s tour of duty in Alaska and visited his parents not long before sailing on the Bennington,
miles off shore en rout* from Norfolk, Va., to her home base in New port, across the bay from Quonset Point.
The naval inquiry court met briefly today only to be sworn in and then deferred an inspection of the Bennington until the arrival of the chief of naval operations.
Vielminh Close To River Outpost
HANpi, Indochina, May 27 Vietminh troops surrounding Yen Phu cut closer today to that key Red River Delta post only 30 miles south of Hanoi. Hdavily outnumbered French Union defenders prepared for another “little Dien Bien Phu” battle.
Yen Phu guards Phu Ly. western anchor of a defense arc stretching through Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, important rice center. The French narrowed their lines on that sector, blowing up their own post at Ame, 12 miles north of Thai Binh, and pulling its 80-man garrison back to that town.
LOYD MCNATT •. . aboard Bennington
Eastland Man Dies in Blast
EASTLAND, May 27 — Word is awaited here by Mrs. L. C. McNatt concerning the death of her son. Ensign Loyd McNatt, 32, in th« W’ednesday tragedy aboard the aircraft carrier Bennington.
McNatt is a former Abilenian. He was born at Abilene and attended schools there until he was 15. He graduated from Brackenridge High School at San Antonio.
He had been in the Navy since Sept. 12, 1939, and saw action in World War II.
He had been assigned to the Bennington lor five years.
His wife and daughter, Linda, 10, live in Brooklyn.
Other survivors are two brothers, Chad McNatt,, in the Navy at Brooklyn, and L. C. Jr., of Fort Worth; and three sisters. Mrs. M. B. Riggan of Lamesa, Mrs H. T. Jones of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs J. K. Line of Burbank, Calif
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