Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 345
Associated Press (AP)
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Asian Military Meet
Set in United States
Gun Aid Called Intervention
t ommijnist POW VIEW This picture was handed out in Geneva, Switzerland, by
Wilfred Burchett Australian-born correspondent for the London Daily Worker, with ^caption^aying the men ar^ French Uni/n prisoners of war- capturedIby theCommun-
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McCarthy Investigators In 'Battle of Subpoenas'
WASHINGTON. May 28 (^-Senators investigating the McCarthy-Army row subpoenaed some of their own files today in a topsyturvy sequence linked with the Mc-Carthy-Eisenhower clash over secret information.
Before the contused session ended, Acting Chairman Mundt < D-SD ) halfway withdrew the subpoena. And Sen. McCarthy ( R-Wis) came up with a demand that the Army be forced to produce a host of its own files.
er’s cause, blew up as McCarthy aide Roy M. Cohn was under cross-examination, and it left him sitting silent on the witness stand for much of the afternoon.
Earlier Cohn denied under oath that he “declared war” on the Army in a fit of rage because he was barred from a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth, N.J.
Carr Available In the day’s other major develop-announced
ment, McCarthy announced another of his aides. Francis P. Carr. This new storm, which found j will be available for questioning Democratic senators staunchly i later in the investigation championing President Eisenhow-I The four Republicans on the sub-
Names 2 Officials
c. H. Denning, business manager of Hendrick Memorial Hospital, Friday night was named assistant administrator of the hospital.
He succeeds Fred Higginbotham, who recently was named administrator of the Baptist Memorial Hospital at San Antonio.
Denning was appointed by the Hendrick Hospital board of direc- j tors Friday night.
The board also appointed Guy Hamilton as administrative assistant. Hamilton will be in charge of the business office.
Denning, as assistant to Administrator E. M. Collier, will be in charge of non - professional departments and accounting.
Denning. 30, was born at Graham and graduated from Seymour High School. He attended Draugh oil’s Business College and worked at the college for 44 years following h.s graduation as an instructor and accountant.
During World War II he served with the 34th Infantry Division, including nine months in Italy.
Denning began working at Hendrick Memorial on July 16. 1951. He is married and the father of two children, Glenda Sue. 7, and Rebecca Lynn. 19-months. Mr. and Mrs. Denning are members of the University Baptist Church and reside at 1481 Fannin St.
Hamilton. 33. has been an employe of the hospital since No\.
Woman's Nows Poge *
Sports Nows Pages 6, 7
Oil Nows..........P«9« »
Comics ........... Page J
Farm, Markets......Page »
Radio, TV ........ P«9« 8
C. H. DENNING . . . replaces Higginbotham
25, 1947. He was born in Yuma. Ariz., and came to Texas at the age of 4. Hamilton graduated from Coleman High School and served with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1942-45. He was overseas in the European Theater of Operations for 28-months.
Hamilton received his BBA degree from Hardin - Simmons Lni-versity in 1949. He and his wife are members of the University Baptist Church and reside at 1971 Beckham St. They have two children, Rickey, 6. and Janis Lynn, 10-months.
Wreck Kills Seven In Harwood Area
GONZALES, Tex.. May 28 <4V-Seven persons died in a terrific three-car smashup two miles West of Harwood. Tex., late today.
Names of the dead were not available. There were no survivors of the accident on U.S. 90.
Highway patrolmen said two of the cars bore Texas license plates, registered in Houston and San Antonio. The third was registered in Oklahoma.
All the dead were taken to Lul-
Housing Bill Ready; Demo Attack Seen
WASHINGTON, May 28 3-A comprehensive housing bill was completed by the Senate Banking Committee today readied for the Senate floor, where some Democrats are expected to try to knock out a key section.
Sen. May bank (D-SC>, with strong Southern support, plans to offer an amendment which would strip all public housing authority from the bill. He took his itand against any more public housing projects about a week ago after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling which Maybank interpreted as banning segregation of Negroes and whites in such projects.
committee voted earlier this week to drop all charges against Carr and to dismiss him as a witness.
Special Counsel Ray H. Jenkins — and Democratic senators — wanted to see some evidence that Schine really did do subcommittee j work during the 16 leaves he was granted in the eight weeks of basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J.
Cohn offered to produce some j reports and memoranda. But Me-Carthy said the subcommittee would have to subpoena them. So Jenkins hastily dashed off a subpoena.
Taken by McCarthy
It was served on Cohn. But McCarthy, lunching with Cohn, accepted it himself—as the regular chairman of the subcommittee. And he refused to produce all the files it called for—because, among other things, he said that would let the Democrats see the names of his confidential informants.
The latest development in the battle had been;
1. McCarthy’s call yesterday to the host of federal workers in the executive branch to channel secret information to him about “graft, corruption, Communists, treason” —any presidential secrecy order to the contrary notwithstanding.
2. A statement issued today by Atty. Gen. Brownell, with President Eisenhower’s backing. This said that under the Constitution, the executive branch has the sole responsibility to enforce the laws.
It said “that responsibility can’t be usurped by any individual who may seek to set himself above the laws of our land or to override orders of the President of the United States to federal employees . .
McCarthy declared at the hearing that his position makes him an “authorized person” to receive information even “if some little government bureaucrat stamps it ‘secret’ to protect himself.’’
Refusal To Demos In the meantime, said McCarthy, he will not allow the Democrats to see the names of his informants since their intention, he said, is to “jail those who expose Communists and let the Communists go free.”
Sen. Symington (D*Mo) disputed this interpretation of Democratic intentions. He also announced he would fight on the Senate floor for the right to see all committee records.
Mundt, meantime, agreed the subpoena slapped on McCarthy— or rather on Cohn, and taken over by McCarthy—was too broad and didn’t mean what it said. So a Jenkins aide dashed off a new one and McCarthy said he’d comply with it.
In its final form, the subpoena called for all data dictated or prepared by Schine—except data containing the names of informants.
Cohn, speaking up for the first time in an hour, said, “I would have produced that material without a subpoena.”
When Cohn got to testify again, he denied any knowledge of a
WASHINGTON, May 28 ¡.fL_Sen. Smathers (D-Fla) said today the shipment of Communist arms to Guatemala is “Russian intervention in Latin-America and emphasizes a challenge this nation has no choice but to meet.
“We face the ugly and infuriating fact that we now find Russian intervention in this hemisphere on an alarming scale, in violation of the Monroe Doctrine,” Smathers said.
“The diabolical scheme of the enemy has become apparent, and challenges not only us in the United States but all members of the great organization of American States.”
Smathers spoke out as the Swedish freighter that carried 2,000 tons of Red arms to Guate-
400 Catholic Bishops to See Pius X Sainted
Bennington's Dead Now 99; Probe Starts
QUONSET POINT, R.I., May 28 <an—Twin scourges of ravaging burns and shock pushed the death list higher today as Navy doctors worked to save the lives of fellow-men of the sea trapped in Wednesday’s explosion on the aircraft carrier Bennington.
The number of dead stood at 99 after eight crewmen of the big carrier succumbed since the disaster at Newport Naval Hospital across the bay from this naval air base.
Of the 70 remaining in the hospital about 30 still were in critical condition. Every medical skill is being utilized for the men, many of them swathed in bandages like mummies. They are all together in two compact wards.
Cause of the blast that took the heavy toll of dead and injured will be the subject of investigation by a naval court of inquiry that opens hearings here at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The sessions will be open to the press except when classified subjects are involved.
The Navy has not forgotten the Bennington dead, meanwhile. On Monday—the Memorial Day holiday—when the nation honors its hero dead, a special service will be held on the flight deck of the 32,000-ton carrier on which the victims had been taking a routine coastal cruise. All Navy personnel at this big base have been invited to attend.
Many of the survivors are expected to testify before the court of inquqiry which is headed by Adm. John Hoskins, Quonset Point Air Fleet commander.
The cause of the explosion and fire below decks still was a mystery after the chief of naval operations, Adm. Robert B. Carney, made an inspection with other top-ranking officials.
Pfc. James Stanford, USMC, husband of Mrs. Luella Stanford, Gadsden, Ala.,, was the 99th to die.
The 98th victim to die was Willie Williams, husband of Elizabeth Williams, of Memphis, Tenn.
mala changed course and put in at Key West, Fla. to enable U.S. State department officials to question her captain and crew.
Government officials flown from Washington went aboard the 4,600-ton freighter in Key West Harbor at 8 a.m. and the State Department said:
Questioning Voluntary The officers and crew members who are being questioned are cooperating on a purely voluntary basis.”
In a statement issued by Press Officer Lincoln White, the department said the Swedish ship, the Alfhem, had put into Key West in accordance with instructions issued to the captain by the ship’s owners.”
The freighter had been scheduled to take on a cargo of sugar in Cuba, but proceeded to Key West instead and anchored during the night about two miles offshore. She was escorted into the harbor by Coast Guard craft and the U. S. destroyer escort Loeser stood by while Washington authorities went aboard.
A Key West dispatch identified the Alfhem’s skipper as Capt. Johan Henry Lind.
Same As In Europe Smathers, in a speech prepared for the Senate, said the “pattern of intervention” in Guatemala is the same as Soviet agents used in bringing West European nations under Moscow’s domination.
Secretary of State Dulles told his news conference on Tuesday that the 10 million dollar cargo of arms shipment had arrived at Puerto Barrios under conditions of extraordinary secrecy and he wondered why this was so if the transaction was “above board and honorable.”
Meanwhile it was learned that a search of the French freighter Wyoming, which was halted at the Panama Canal, has turned up seven cases of rifles and pistols, three of them bound for Guatemala. The remaining four cases
VATICAN CITY. May 28 3 -More than 400 bishops from manj parts of the world assembled toda; for the canonization of Pius X, the 258th pontiff of the Roman Catholic church and the 6th in 1,000 years to become a saint.
By tomorrow, when Pope Pius XII is carried on his portable throne into St. Peter's Square to preside at the solemn ceremony, the number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops is expected to be about 500.
In addition, there will be thousands of priests and nuns and hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful on hand to honor the humble man who is to be sainted only 40 years after his death on Aug.
Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York, arrives tonight at the head of an American pilgrimage of nearly 200 persons.
OFFICIAL picture of Pius X, made in 1908, five years after he was elected.
Mrs. Gray 'Sane,' Doctor T estif ies
See G DNS, Page 5, Col. *
Special to the Reporter-News
MONAHANS, May 28 - A close inend of Mrs. Rebecca Estes Gray, and her principal attending physician in the 4 1-2 month hospital stay preceding her death, both contradicted large portions of previous contestant testimony Friday as the contest over Mrs. Gray’s will completed its nrtn day.
Dr. Jack Postlewaite was the internal medicine specialist who supervised Mrs. Gray’s medication during the hospital stay before her death in September, 1952.
He said he usually saw her twice daily during that period, sometimes for two hours at a time. T e tumor of which she indirectly died was rapidly growing, she probably had it only six months before her
Methodists Admit B'Spring Brothers
Twister Reported In Waco Vicinity
DALLAS. May 28 3 — The Weather Bureau issued a severe weather warning tonight, saying numerous severe thunderstorms and a tornado or two may occur from 30 miles west of Waco, to 40 miles northwest of Malden, Mo., from 9;:30 p. m. until 1 a. m.
See McCarthy, Page 5, Col. 1
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V. S. DEPABTMENT OF COMMEBiE WE4THEB BUBEAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Clear to partly cloudy and mild Saturday and Sunday. High temperature Saturday SO degrees. Low Saturday night 60. High Sun-
^NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly
cloudy through Sunday. Not ao warm east and south Saturday.
WEST TEXAS: Generally fair Saturday. Sunday, partly cloudy. No important temperature change*. .
EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy through
Sunday. Cooler north Saturday. .Moderate, moatly south, wind* on coaat.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly
cloudy through Sunday. Not much change in temperature. Moderate to freah. mostly south, winda on coast
Frl. A. M.
73 ..... 73 .....
Fri. F. M.
83 ............ 10:30 ............ ~
S7 ............ 11:30 ............ -
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High and low tempeiaturea for 34 hours ended at 6:10 p. m.: «7 and 6*.
High and low temperature« iami date last year: S3 and 68 Sunset last night 7:3» ». m. Sunrise today 3:36 a. no. Sunaet tonight T:SS P * Barometer reading at 9 SO p. m. »7.8*. Relative humidity at 3:30 p. m 69 per cent*
Special to the Reporter-News
AMARILLO. May 28 - Two brothers, Richard Louis and Charles Wesley Deats, both of Big Spring, were admitted into the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference, meeting in Amarillo Friday afternoon. Church leaders say this is an unusual, if not a unique happening.
In addition to the Deats brothers. the following were admitted on trial:
Merriel Howard Abbott, a student at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas; R. L. Bowman of Forsan; Evan Vance Brian of Tuscola, Fred Stiles Cox, Brown-field circuit; Robert Seldon Ely, McMurry. Roy Robert Havens, Tye; Hershel Harold Homer, Levelland; Richard Burnett Hughes, a Yale student; Joe Bob Johnson, O’Brien; Ollen Curtis Lee, a student at Southern Methodist University, Cecil Eugene Matthews. Lubbock; Robert Har-mond Meixner, Avoca, Guy Welch Patterson, Plainview; Manuel Washington Reynolds, Tell; William Weiden Rives, McMurry Stu dent; and Jarrell Howard Sharp, Amarillo.
Cookr Admitted ADmitted into full conference connection were Byron Palmer Cavnar, Ama rilio; Charles James Cooke, Abi lene, Robert Otis Cooper. Denton; Hugh Bolin Daneil, Perkins Student; Raymond Albert Elmore, Woodson; Walter Cornell Hadley, Goree; Lynward Harrison. Wilson; Charles Ray Kelly. Texline; William Drury McReynolds, Abilene; Jim Ten Eyck Pickens, Canyon; C. Bourdon Smith, Channing; Vir gil Henry Smith, Perkins student; Houston Dwight Townsend, Iliff School of Theology student. Den ver, Colo.; and Darrell William Taylor of Sweetwater.
Reach Age Limit
Another feature of the afternoon session was the service for retired ministers.
M. A. Walker of Lubbock, rt-
tired because of health.
Retiring voluntarily after reaching 65 years of age or older were
G. C. Williams of Denton-Oplin;
H. A. Longine, O’Donnell, Marvin Brotherton of Rotan; and George Montgomery of Fort Worth, who had taken supernumerary relationship earlier. Having reached the 72 year old age limit for active ministers were O. P. Clark ot Abilene; and Cecil Fox of Westbrook.
Early in the afternoon, ministers and lay personnel met in individual groups for their annual discussion of subjects pertinent to each group.
Sixty pastors, laymen and educational workers attended a luncheon at the church at noon sponsored by the conference board of education. Lilia Mills of the General Board of Education in Nashville Tenn., was the speaker. Following her presentation, a discussion was held concerning the relationship of educational workers to the staff and leadership of local church. Concern was expressed that the request for workers qualified as directors of religious education for exceeds the available workers.
Kane Kern of the host church, was named chairman of a committee to compile findings and recommendations concerning the work of these in the educational field. This study will be forwarded to the local directors, pastors and lay leaders of the conference.
$139,13« Raised During the morning, reports were heard from the Board of Missions and the Board of Lay Activities. O. P. Clark of Abilene, retiring director of the superannuate endowment campaign, reported a total of $139,136 raised, four homes given for use by retired ministers, the will to another, the promise of four more homes and 1-4 interest in a section of land valued at $16,000. Future campaign prospect« are bright, said Clark.
death (two months before her hospital entry May 1, 1952), and there was no evidencs Mrs. Gray ever suffered any brain injury. he said. There was nothing to indicate insanity in her case, and he considered her alert almost up to her death, he testified.
Contradicted Doctors This contrasted with previous contestant medical testimony from two Army doctors who cited hospital records and contestant testimony as indicating the tumor was slow spreading, that Mrs. Gray have had it since 1947, and that her actions indicated she was of unsound mind.
Chief Contestant Counsel John Watts lashed into Dr. Postlewaite as “prejudiced” and “uncooperative” during cross-examinations. Watts wanted the doctor to assume a lenghty hypothetical situation similar to situations which contestant medical witnesses said indicated Mrs. Gray was of unsound mind.
The doctor said he couldn’t logically assume things he didn't believe, and that from his experience with Mrs. Gray he didn t believe she had symptoms such as Watts described. Watt’s questions revealed the doctor had charged a $500 fee for testimony in the previous, undecisive trial of this contest.
Quoted Textbooks As he had with an earlier proponent medical witness this morning, Watts quoted paragraphs from several medical textbooks which told of patients, with the same rare type bone cancer of which Mrs Gray died, living for several years Dr. Postlewaite said anyone could write a book, and the four cases which he has treated advanced rapidly. He said there are only 35 reported cases of the rare malignancy.
There was a later legal hassle over whether Watts should be able to inspect notes which the doctor was consulting in his testimony. Watts was finally given the notes by Chief Contestant Attorney William Kerr, after he removed what he called “personal letters” which both he and the doctor said were only attached to the note pad and not part of his testimony notes Watts inferred Kerr had “run off” with part of the file, and said
See GRAY WILL, Page 5. Col. 3
Top Nations Coming Here On Thursday
WASHINGTON, May 28 —Mili
tary chiefs of the United States, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand have agreed to meet next Thursday to chart possible joint action to block the Communist drive for strategic Southeast Asia.
The State Department, in announcing the Washington military talks, said only that they “will survey the military situation in the Far East.”
The British Foreign Office stressed and the State Department later confirmed that any plans devised by their top soldiers "will be without commitment” by the five governments.
The purposes in scheduling the high level meeting at this time appeared to be:
1. To confront the Communist world with advance notice that unless it agrees to an acceptable Indochina cease-fire it might have to count on intervention in the Indochina war by the United States and other anti-Communist governments.
2. To devise specific battle plans to carry out such intervention, providing the governments decide to take this step later.
3. To lay the groundwork for military steps to bolster Thailand and possibly other neighbors of Indochina, even if an acceptable truce is agreed upon at Geneva which would end the seven-year-old Indochina conflict.
Korea Allies Ride , With U. S. on Vote *
GENEVA, May 28 (J4-Six nations whose soldiers fought under the United Nations flag in Korea rejected one by one today^ the Communist plan to unify Korea with what the West calls “rigged” elections.
Led by the U.S. Undersecretary of State. Walter Bedell Smith, the delegates demanded that the United Nations supervise any elections in divided Korea, as proposed by South Korea. Colombia, Turkey, Thailand, Australia and Greece followed Smith in rejecting the Communist formula.
Smith referred to a denunciation of the United Nations by Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov two weeks ago and to similar declarations by Red China's Foreign Minister Chow En-lai and North Korea’s Foreign Minister Nam II. Smith observed:
No Regard for Peace?
‘What the Soviet Union, through its delegate, is telling the world from Geneva is that it rejects the principle of collective security, that it intends to do as it pleases without regard to truth or justice or peace.”
Smith described the South Korean proposals as “clear, moderate and reasonable” In addition to all-Korean elections supervised by the United Nations, the South Koreans are asking that Red Chinese troops be withdrawn from North Korea a month before the elections and that U N. troops remain in the south until the election has been certified. South Korea wants the United Nations to guarantee a united Korea.
V. K. Kirshna Menon, Indian envoy who has been talking to top delegates here this week presumably in the hope of finding compromise solutions for the Korean and Indochina problems, goes to London tomorrow. He dined with Chou tonight and will see Molotov tomorrow. Previously he has seen Eden, Smith and Bidault.
Headed for Wedding, but He Ends Up in Hospital
SWEETWATER. May 2$ (RNS) — A motorcycle accident Friday afternoon disrupted the wedding plans of a ’»• year-old Sweetwater youth and his fiancee who were to be married Saturday.
Hodges Fomby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fomby, who live about 10 miles north of Sweetwater, was in Sweetwater Hospital for treatment of two fractured vertebrae in his neck.
Fomby was reportedly thrown from his motorcycle when it hit
a rut as he was leaving hom» about 2 p. m. to come to Sweetwater. The wedding rehearsal was scheduled Friday night.
He was to be married Saturday to Miss Sandra Hale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Hale of Sweet* water- She graduated from high school here last Monday and Fomby is a student at Texas Tech.
Relatives sakl the youth will probably be in the hospital a week to 10 days and in a cast foi about six months.
The wedding was postponed.