Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 346
Aisociated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 30, 1954 -FIFTY-TWO PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
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Solons Hit McCarthy's
WASHINGTON, May 29 (AP)—Two prominent Senate Republicans spoke out today against Sen. McCarthy’s appeal to federal employes to disregard security orders in giving him information.
Sen. Knowland (Calif.), Republican floor leader, said the Eisenhower administration is just as anxious as Congress to catch traitors and that the Wisconsin Republican is on “dangerous and doubt-
French Troops Slab Through Rebels' Siege
ful ground” in his tussle with the executive department.
Sen. H. Alexander Smith (NJ>, !n a statement dictated to his office here from Princeton, N..J., said he was deeply shocked by what he called. “defiance of the executive in this crisis.”
Wants No Dictators ' “We can not tolerate one-man government either in the executive or in our legislative bodies,” Smith asserted. He added that McCarthy’s statement was “beyond belief” and described yesterday’s clash of statements as “an execu-tive-McCarthy contest” instead of an “^executive-legislative” one.
Smith, one of Eisenhower’s earliest backers, is chairman of the Senate Labor Committee.
Smith also took issue with McCarthy for refusing to give information in his subcommittee files to Democratic members of the subcommittee. “Every member of that committee is entitled to access to all evidence and all information that the chairman is entitled to receive,” Smith said. Hearing Recessed Knowland spoke out in an interview as McCarthy and some principal actors in the Mc-Carthy-Army dispute went on a holiday until televised hearings are resumed Tuesday.
McCarthy asserted before he left that “no power on earth” could force him to divulge the names of government employes who keep him informed about communism, corruption and espionage. He said federal workers are “duty bound” to give him such data and can not let “loyalty to a superior” interfere.
On that point, Knowland sided with Atty. Gen. Brownell. The latter, in a statement approved by the White House, said the executive department has the responsibility for enforcement of security laws and orders, and this responsibility can’t be “usurped.”
Highly Doubtful Speaking of the McCarthy appeal for information, Knowland said:
“I think it gets into highly dangerous and doubtful ground to a.sk employes to violate the law or their orders to turn over security information. I would not make such an appeal.
“In my opinion, the Eisenhower administration is just as interested in cleaning up corruption, communism and espionage as Congress,
I believe the executive arm is interested in taking any necessary steps tp eliminate these threats to our security.”
Although he said that no one formula can be made to apply to every case, Knowland said he thinks federal employes who learn of espionage or corruption should
See SOLONS, Pg. 6-A, Col. 8
HANOI, Indochina, May 29 LfL-Five thousand French Union troops, including mobile artillery units, today broke the Vietminh siege of Yen Phu in the biggest offensive by the French since the fall of Dien Bien Phu.
The rebels scattered into the hills around Phu Ly, 30 miles south of Hanoi, under heavy air, artiller>' and groiuid attack.
Yen Phu. a Strategic defense post six miles from the big communications center of Phu Ly, had been under siege for 18 days in what was called a “little Dien Bien Phu.” Its defending garrison of only 160 men had been supplied by air.
Aid Small Posts
French pilots dropped arms and supplies to two other small delta posts which have been under rebel siege for about a week. They were Xathi and Tayam about 2.5 miles southwest of Haiphong, the big port city which receives most of the American supplies for the Indochina fighting.
Tanks, armored cars and infantrymen drove from the Nam Dinh and Phu Ly sectors to relieve Yen Phu. After breaking the siege the infantry fanned out to take a hill position the rebels had used for observation purposes. This was Khenon Mountain, whose top is about 1,000 feet higher than the surrounding limestone hills which serve as rebel hideouts.
The French foot soldiers quickly dispersed eight rebel “contact points” on the mountain.
Mobile American - supplied 155mm long range guns lobbed hundreds of shells into Vietminh hill positions.
Heavy concentrations of rebels were spotted on the Day River Just west of Phu Ly and Yen Phu. The rebels were heavily strafed and bombed. In addition, the F'rench sent amphibious units into the river to supplement the air assault.
French military authorities say the Vietminh have around 12 battalions—up to 7,200 men—in the Phu Ly sector, while the French number about a division.
Capture of Phu Ly would slash French communications with the rice-rich southeast sector of the delta and would enable the rebels to step up attacks the vital road-rail link between Hanoi and Haiphong.
lease Owner Says Woman Sane in '52
Special to the Reporter-Newn MONAHANS, May 29—Rebuttal testimony continued here Saturday in the Rebecca Estes Gray will contest. The trial was expect ed to last through Tuesday, Hottest testimony Saturday came from J. W. White, superin tendent of production for Richardson Oil Co. in Monahans.
White testified that he held a grass lease on Mrs. Gray’s place and that his last grass lease was executed the same day Mrs, Gt’ay signed the codicil to her will. This was on Aug, 9, 1952, White said.
He said that when the grass lease was signed Mrs. Gray seemed sane.
Threatened to Cancel Wliite said that while holding the grass lease he once subleased it to a member oi Mrs. Gray’s family. When Mrs. Gray found out about it, she threatened to cancel the lease, saying that she didn’t want any one of her family on that land because if anything happened to her, the relatives would claim her property.
White quoted her as saying that before she struck oil none of her relatives would have anjlhing to do with her and therefore she didn’t want them to have any of lier property.
Contestant lawyers attempted to counteract White’s testimony by saying his grass lease would be invalid if Mrs. Gray was proved insane.
Jack Edwards, Monahans rancher, said he had known Mrs. Gray several years and had worked with her on the building committee of the First Methodist Church here.
He said that Mrs. Gray was quite talented and always appeared sane to him.
The contestant lawyers intimated on cross-examination that Mrs. Gray was probably appointed on the building committee because of her money.
Edwards denied this and said she was chosen because of her good judgment at all times.
Warren CaT, who lived in Mrs. Gray’s home several monUis before she died, testified that she was alert and a good conversationalist. He also said her home was well-furnished—which contradicted previous testimony that “newspa-liers were used as shades to cover windows.”
Opinion Respected He said that he felt she was sane at all times.
O. G. Rudy, Chamber of Commerce president here; Mrs. Daphne Pearson, a friend of Mrs. Gray; and E. S. Scrimpshire, store owner, all testified that Mrs. Gray was very alert, and of sound mind. They also said she always readily expressed her opinion and that her opinion was respected.
2 Overpasses Slated Along South First St.
Prospects of Rigid Crop Supports Dim
City Hall Beat...........1
Books page............ 5
Editorials ............. B
Jr. Service League ...... 1
Fothionombly Speaking 4
Amusements ....... 10-11
Sports .............. 1-4
Ex-Convict Held In Ballinger Death
WASHINGTON, May 29 (jn-Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), chainnan of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today the chances for an extension “of high level rigid supports on farm crops are very remote.”
At the same time Aiken conceded there might be a congressional deadlock with no action on presi dent Eisenhower’s flexible price support proposals.
If that happens, Aiken said, a 1948-49 flexible support law will go into operation on next year’s crops. It differs from the Eisenhower proposal in that its flexible supports would be lower, especially for cotton and wheat.
Backs Flexible Props Aiken has been an ardent supporter of the flexible supports /asked by President Eisenhower and Secretary of Agriculture Benson.
His forecast concerning congressional action contrasted with a prediction made by Chairman Hope (R-Kan) of the House Agriculture Committee after Hope had breakfast Tuesday with President Eisenhower.
Hope said he is confident that “a good sound compromise farm bill” will be worked out by his committee and passed by the House,
It is known that the House group opposes the lower flexible supports and favors exteosioD of the mandatory fixed supports now scheduled to expire at the end of this year.
Hope’s reference to a compromise may have been to a one-year extensirfh of these 90 per cent of parity supports on cotton, wheat, com, tobacco, rice and peanuts. Parity is a price intended to give a farmer a purchasing power described in farm law as fair to producers and consumers alike.
' Will Urge Veto Secretary Benson has made it dear he will recommend a presidential veto if the wartime price supports are extended again. Aiken also appears confident of that but he also raised the possibility of a
HEIDELBERG, Germany, May 29 (IV-The U.S. Army is establishing a religious retreat house in Berchtesgaden — the Bavarian town in which Hitler had his “eagle’s nest.”
Senate-House deadlock “witli no legislation.”
That could put the 1948-49 flexible act into operation for the first time. After approving it. Congress has prevented its use by periodically continuing the mandatory wartime levels.
Although some supports would be lower than under the Eisenhower plan, Aiken said he believes Secretary Benson has ample authority to make the 1948-49 program operate successfully.
ROBERT ANDERSON . . . basically, together
Anderson Blosts Wild Emotionalism
DALLAS, May 29 (JPt-Deputy Defense Secretary Robert B. Anderson said today “blind emotionalism” in public debate can undermine the nation’s democratic processes.
The Texas-born official spoke at a luncheon after receiving Uie annual Texas Award presented by A. Harris & Co.
“We who believe in the democratic propositktm.” Amieraon «aid, “know that the function of public debate, in which differences are aired, vmm are challenged and
Rattlesnake Bites Abilene Farm Youth
Dwain Higgins, 17, son of W. 0. Higgins, is reported to be gradually improving from a rattlesnake bite he suffered about mid-mom-ing Saturday.
Higgins was plowing on his father’s farm several miles northwest of Abilene on the old Anson road when he was bitten. He had gotten off the tractor to remove weeds from the plow when the snake struck.
He was rushed to Hendrick Memorial Hospital where doctors reported that he will not be out of danger until about noon Sunday.
Windsor to Build Huge Motor Lodge
BALLINGER, May 29 (RNS> -An ex-convict was charged with murder with malice by drowning after the body of a 16-year-old boy was found Saturday in the Colorado River near here.
Jack Moore, Runnels County attorney, said the charge was filed against Allen Clyde Jennings, 31, who got out of the penitentiary last fall after serving a burglary sentence.
Fishermen found the body of Wallace Windsor O’Neal, Blue Ridge, Ga., 20 miles northwest of Ballinger at 8 a.m. The body had become entangled in a trout line across the river.
The body apparently had been in the water since Thursday, Sheriff Don F. Atkins of Runnels County •aid.
Billfold oa Bank
The buy was tentatively identified by a billfold found on the river bank. His body was clothed in underwear. Other clothing, presumably, tha boy’s, was found near an Army pup tent along with the billfold and camping equipment.
Footprints llwng the bank Indi
cated the boy perhaps had tried to flee from someone, the sheriff said, Jennings was arrested Saturday in Pecos after officers there were alerted. He was the last person seen with the boy, the sheriff said.
Jennings was to be returned by the sheriff to Ballinger, where the murder charge was filed with Justice of the Peace B. G. Sharp. Bond was not immediately set.
The fishing party which found the body included J. C. Carter of Bronte.
Apologised for Burglary The drowning scene was near the Luther Nixon place. Nixon served on the grand jury which billed Jennings for burglarizing G. L. Cook’s place
The sheriff said Jennings and the boy visited Cook Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. During the visits, Jennings apologized to Cook for the burglary.
The sheriff added that the pair visited the home of W. L. Caudle, neighbor of Nixon. As they were leaving, the boy told Caudle’s 20-year-old son, J. W. Caudle, that a fishing trip was in prospect, the sheriff said.
I Also Thursday, the pair was j seen in the Orient, a tavern in ! Tom Green County, the sheriff said. The pair traveled in a Ford station wagon.
Later Thursday afternoon, Caudle’s son visited the river fishing site to check on the pair’s luck, the sheriff said.
Coaling out of the water, Jennings told the Caudle youth that the boy had drowned, the sheriff said. Then Jennings began dressing.
“Aw, you're kidding,” Caudle said.
“That’s right, ” Jennings was quoted by Caudle. “Pm just kidding.”
Subsequently, Jennings left the camp. He visited a number of area homes, telling 'several different stories about the boy, the sheriff said.
Officers cwitacted the boy’s father, J. T. O’Neal of Blue Ridge, Ga. The father, due hi Ballinger Sunday, said his son had been gone about a month and was believ'ed to be is Texas.
Abilene is going to get an ultramodern, 90-room motor lodge.
0. D. Harrison. Shreveport. La., owner of the Windsor Hotel, and Cecil Warren, manager, announced Saturday they are planning to build a big motor hotel on the northwest corner of the intersection of U. S. Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market Road 1234 about a mile east of Abilene. The contractor will be announced later.
It will b« named the Thunder-bird Hotel.
Cost of the building is expected to be $500,000, exclusive of furnishings. Construction will get underway sometime in June and will be completed in about six months.
Harrison and Warren plan to make the motor court as modern and up-to-date as any in West Texas. they said.
A swimming pool, with a wading pool, and a children’s playground are included in the plans.
The building will have a Spanish tile roof, with walls of roman brick to the level of the windows and redwood siding above the b^ck.
All rooms will be the same, 16 feet, one inch by 15 feet, 10 inches, and each will be provided with a private bath, which will have a tub and shower c<»nbination. Each bath will be finished in ceramic tile and will have a formica top dressing table,
Wall-to-v;all carpeting will be provided in every room. A central air conditioning and heating plant will be installed.
The coffee shop, which will have a seating capacity of 85 persons, will be walled in on two sides with glass windows. H»e wimlows will overlook the swimming pool on one side and Highway 80 oa the other.
A two-car garage is to be provided for each room. The four-acre grounds will be landecaped and the driveweyi paved with asphalL
Harrison and Warren have planned to build the motor court for some time, but until recently could not find a location.
“We feel that by providing better accommodations for tourists and guests, Abilene will have a stronger bid for larger conventions than we have had here before,” said Warren.
truth is relentlessly sought, is crucial to the democratic process.
“But we also know that when blind emotionalism rules, when men rather than ideas become the issue, when self-interest is substituted for national interest in a widening circle of hysteria, hatred and mistrust, then discord and insolidarity may indeed become the product of the process.
Thg lanky former Vernon mi-deiU, «aid that “while we may differ, as thinking men do, yet we are cohesive in fundamentals.” Andanoa ttrgwd “« platform of calm assurance and determination” in combattiag “the greedy thirst for power of a few men in the Kreirdin.”
“We must see our own’ responsibilities for leading the free world community, in patience and understanding, toward the ultimate goal of freedom for all men, everywhere,” Anderson declared.
The award was presented Anderson. recently promoted from secretary of the Navy, by Arthur Kramer Jr.
The award, started in 1950, recognizes Texans who have “appreciably contributed to the advancement of the best we know in American life in any of the fields of arts and sciences.”
Huge Highway 80 Program Okoyed
By JOHN DANILSON
Money is available to build highway overpasses oa South First St, above Sayles Blvd. and Mockingbird Lane.
Most of South First St. (U.S. Highway 80) in Abilene will be widened to seven lanes. U.S. 80 will be widened to four lanes from Big Spring, except where it passes through major cities—Big Spring, Colorado City, Sweetwater and Abilene.
AH Contracts by 1956
Nearlv $6 million has been made available for this work, J. 6. (Jake) Roberts, Abilene district engineer, announced Saturday. The state hopes to let all contracts by 1956.
Funds are also provided for a start on construction of Abilene’s western by-pass.
The federal government will supply a substantial part of the money. Texas tax-
Clyde, Oplin School Districts Merged
CLYDE. May 29. (RNS — Residents of the Clyde and Oplin school districts Satuiday voted overwhelmingly in favor of merger of the two districts.
In the maintenance tax issue, 106 votes were cast for the tax and 10 against. For the assumption of bonded indebtedness, 102 voted in favor of the proposal with 17 against.
Clyde school district residents paid $1.25 per $100 valuation prior to the election and Oplin district residents paid $1 per $100. Tax under the consolidation will be $1.25 per $100 valuation for each.
money, payers will pay the rest.
The estimated cost — $3,995,000 — is the greatest ever designated in a lump sum for Abilene district projects, Roberts said. Taylor' County’s $1,945,000 is greater than I any of the other five counties in-; volved.
The West Texas sum is dwarfed by the $211 million total designated for the entire state for highway work in 1955 and 1956, however. This amount, to be spent on 2,662 miles of state highways, is the greatest amount ever designated by the Texas Highway Commission in a lump sum.
7$.7^MUes in S Cottatles
The Abilene district work will affect 79.7 miles of highway« in six counties <— Howard, Mitchell Nolan, Taylor, Jones and Scurry.
Abilene’s two new overpasses wUl cost about $350,000 each. The South First St. widening will cost about $270,000. These amounts do not include right-of-way costs.
The two overpasses will be simi-liar. Thefr pbrpose is to separate through-traffic from local traffic.
Both the Mockingbird Lane and Sayles Blvd. intersections with South First are congested, Roberts said. About 30,000 vehicles daily enter the Sayles interesction. Mockingbird’s intersection is fast approaching the same count, he said.
The overpasses will lift east and west-bound traffic over the now-busy intersections. Traffic on Sayles Blvd. and Mockingbird Lane will flow under the overpass to the north and south sides of town.
Lanes Through City
South First St. will be widened to seven lanes between Pioneer Dr. fwest city limit) and Cherfy St. just west of the Treadaway Blvd. traffic circle — a distance of 2.9 miles. Three lanes will be for east-bound traffic, and three for west bound. The center (seventh lane) will be used by vehicles making left turns.
Each of the two overpasses will be (our lanes wide. Interchange systems beneath the overpasses wil linclude one street-level lane on South First on both the north and south sides of each overpass.
The street-level lanes will give east-west motorists a choice 6t continuing over the overpasses in the through-traffic stream, or of turning off on Sayles or Mockingbird Lane in the local traffic flow.
Current right-of-way on Smith
See OVERPASS, Pf. B-A. Col I.
Tornadle Wind Slams 2 Rigs; 12 Men Hurt
By THE ASSOCIATED PRES6
Tornadic winds spun across tha oil-rich Permian Basiq of West Texas late Saturday, smashing two rigs and injuring a dozen men.
Four of the 12 were seriously hurt.
A small twister «mashed tlie workshed of an oil well drilling rig near Andrews. Tornadic winds smashed another rig 14 miles west of Crane, strewing wreckage over a 19-miie area.
The rig near Andrews was smashed first. The one near Crane was blown apart about 6 p.m.
Seriously hurt near Crane were C. W. Hopson and C. J. Gotthardt. Scratched and bruised were J. V. HUIier, W. A. Hiilier and W. C. Scott. ^
Hopson, in the derrick of the rig when it jyas blown over, suffered two broken legs and other injuries. He and Gotthardt were brought to hospitals in Odessa.
D. «. DErAKTMEVr OW COMMEaCB WEATHER BOREAV
ABILENK AND VKriNTTY — Partlr cloudy and warm Sunday and Monday with aaarnooR or night thundersh«w-•ri Ukely; high Sunday. M to 95. low Sunday night 65 and high Monday about 90.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy and warm with widtly acatterod thundorstorms through Monday.
WE.ST TEXAS — Partly cloudy with widely Bcattcrod tbundorahowori Sunday. Warmer Panhandle and South Plains.
TEMPERATtRCS A. M. P M.
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High and low tomiiaraturea for 24 hours oodod fU 6:39: M and 59.
Hl^' and low tempcraturos same dato Inst yoar: 97 and «7.
Sonaet last night 7.M p.m. Auriso today 5:33 a.m. a.m. Sunsst tonl^ 7:49 p.m.
Barometer rendisg at 9:30 p.m. 27.97.
Rolativo humidity at 9:30 p.m. 69 cent.
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