Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 8, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO, 142
Associated Press ( AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, NOV. 8, 1954 —TEN PAGES
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«
DEMOCRAT FLAYS NIXON
Party Chairmen Exchange Angry Post-Election Blasts
WASHINGTON. Nov, 7 UP - The national chairmen of the two big parties tossed out angry post-election blasts today over what Democratic Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell called the Republicans' “calculated use of the smear as a campaign weapon."
Mitchell called on Vice F^resi-dent Ni.xon to “retract and apologize for his campaign excesses." II Nixon continues his attacks, the Democratic chairman said, “I hope that the President will lake the opportunity to disassociate himself from such a character as-«assination by public disavowal."
Counter Charge Leonard W. Hall, the GOP chairman, countered with a charge that Mitchell was reviving “his pre-
I election vituperation" at a time when responsible leaders in Congress are pledging cooperation.
“This is in the worst possible taste and in the worst possible public interest," Hall said in a statement replying to Mitchell’s statement.
Mitchell said, “Republican leaders, led by Vice President Nixon, spread defamations from one end ot the nation to the other during the closing days of the campaign, when it became clear that the Eisenhower "record was not good enough to win the election."
Statement Too Strong Noting that Eisenhower told his news conference last week that his earlier campaign contention that election of a Democratic Congress
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Winters Lutheran Church Celebrates 50th Birthday
Bv DOROTHY DAIGUERTY I Reporter-News Church Editor I WINTERS, Nov. 7. - St. John’s ! Lutheran Church had a birthday party Sunday and there were 4.50 i people here to help celebrate it.
Among the guests, many of V horn were from out of town, were some of the members who started the church in the early ^ 1900's. I
Bright sunlight streamed through stained gla.ss windows as old-timers listened attentively to their former pastors’ sermons.
It’s Always Young Children squirmed in their ; seals, proving that no matter how i old a church is, it's always young, j Two services were held Sunday, i one in the morning and one in ’ mid - afternoon. Speakers were | the Rev. C. N. Roth of Seguin, and the Rev. L. D. Braun of McGregor.
Officiating was the Rev. Henry Flathmann. pastor of St. John’s Lutheran since January, when the Rev. Braun went to McGregor.
In his Sunday morning address, the Rev. Roth told the congregation that “while we are celebrating in thanksgiving and praise, we should admire the courage our forefathers had when they built this church from scratch.”
History of Church He commended the former pastors of St. John’s and gave a brief history of the church. The Rev. Roth, who was pastor from 1934-46, worked with this congregation
REV. HENRY FI \THMANN ... St. John’s pastor
longer than any other minister.
He presently is president of the Texas District of the American Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Braun, pastor from 1S46 - 1954, advistd the chuich to “go forward in faith.”
He said “the church which is timid or frightened by obstacles that stand in its way and won’t go forward will find its doors shut to the Lord."
The pastor continued, ‘‘The
See WINTERS, Pg. 10-A, Col. 6
could lead to a “cold war of partisan politics" was “too .strong” language, Mitchell commented!
“The test of his sincerity is not only what he does him.self from now on, but what he does to control the slanderous activities of other administration Republicans like Nixon . . .
4’How can Mr. Nixon hope to carry out his constitutional duties effectively and harmoniously if he devotes himself to vilifying senators over whom he presides*/"
Nut Sour Grapes
The Democratic chairman said he held up his statement until he was sure of Democratic victories “so that my comments could not be dismissed as sour grapes," and until the heat of the campaign could cool somewhat. But, he said, a continuing Democratic protest “was not merely campaign oratory on our part."
“A Democratic victory has not lessened our concern over the ultimate consequences of employing treason charges as a political weapon,” Mitchell said.
Hall’s reply said:
“What us Mr. Mitchell trying to do? Does his segment of the Democratic party want to plunge the country into a period of foment and disunity? Let Mr. Mitchell pau.se and consider which comes fiist — the welfare of all our people or the polilical fortunes of his left wing portion of the Democrat parly.”
Hall said Nixon had authorized him to ask Mitchell again “to name the time- place or circumstances of any ‘vilification’ of any senator.”
“Far from ‘vilifying’ the Democrat party or any individual for ‘treason,’ as Mr. Mitchell alleges," the GOP chairman said, “the vice pie.sident correctly sought to inform the American people concerning the vital issue of internal security and the relentless threat of Communist infiltration and subversion.
“It is regrettable that some leaders of the previous administration, because of ignorance and blindness rather than disloyalty, failed to meet this grave issue properly. It is equally regrettable that the Mitchells and the Stevensons today still refuse to recognize the danger — and constantly attack the persons and programs that seek to solve this problem."
Hall said MHchell himself had called Nixon “a ‘liar’ for exposing the record" and tried “maliciously to impunge the integrity of President Eisenhower.”
U. S. Plane Shot Down By Soviet-Built Jets
THREE FROM KEWANEE — Only Paul Brashear, left, Cisco Chamber of Commerce manager, was an “outlander" at this confab at the Cisco C-C banquet Saturday night The speaker, second from left, Illinois State Sen. Frank P. Johnson, and his hosts, C-C President and Mrs. Anton White, all hail from Kewanee, 111. (Staff photo). _____
THFV WATCHED IT GROW — Seven charter members of St. John’s Lutheran Church were honored Sunday at the church’s 50th a nniversary. The founders of the chur<^ are, Ipft to right C F Ernst Mrs. Ernst, Mrs. W illiam Minzenmayer Sr., Mrs. George Onken sf! Mr"*AnSe cSt. GeoFge dnken Sr. and G. A. Pruser. (Photos by W. E. UtUe of Winters.)
Sailor Charged With Killing Wife, Baby
NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 7 ¡.ff» ~ Murder charges were placed today against a young Navy electrician’s mate who kept a gruesome three-day vigil over the bodies of his 17-year-old wife and infant .son in their apartment here before discovery early last night.
Tonight the accused man, Harry Roland Lockhart. 21, sat on his cot in the city jail in the same dazed condition in which he was found about 6:15 p.m. yesterday by Irving Bowden, son of the apartment owner. Bowden had gone upstairs to investigate reports by tenants of “mysterious noises" iri Lockhart’s second-floor apartment.
Lockhart was nude and talked calmly but unintelligibly when police arrived. The apartment in which he had kept watch over the two bodies was in wild disorder with food, kitchen utensils, papers and clothing strewn everywhere.
The body of his wife, the former Grace Marie Cordell of Brooklyn, N Y., was found lying in the center of a double bed, the lower part of her face covered with blood. The body of Lockhart’s 6-month-old son, Harry Jr., lay in a crib beside the bed.
Medical Examiner C. 0. Barclay said both had been dead for almost three days.
When Lockhart was led from the house, his legs wobbled beneath him and, officers said, he repeat* edly asked if the day was Nov. 25. His dazed condition had not improved by tonight and police questioning gained little useful information. Barclay said gas detected in the apartment may have injured his brain.
6 CHILDREN DIE
Ten Killed by Gas Fumes in New York
NEW YORK. Nov. 7 — Ten
persons — a family of eight and another couple gathered to celebrate the christening of the youngest baby — were killed in their sleep early today by fumes from a faulty gas water heater.
'The tiniest victim, a 4-months-old girl, was dressed in the pink baptismal dress that was to have been used in the church ceremony this morning.
Shocked city officials began an immediate investigation.
They said the water heater was faulty, the gas pressure was too high, and the appliance had been misused to heat the apartment.
Although two windows were partly open in the three-room tenement flat, one official said enough carbon monoxide had been formed to “kill of an entire .squadron of men in half an hour."
The victims were Edubirges and V’ictoria Gonzales, in their late 20’s, and their six children, ranging from 4 months to 10 years in age. Their guests were Domingo Matos, 31, and his wife, Armen-
The Matos’ three young children were orphaned by the tragedy,
! Their parents had left them with relatives when they went to spend their last night with the Gonzales family.
The apartment — at 435 W. 46th I St.—is in the slum district known I as Hell’s Kitchen, west of Times I Square. It is an area of so-called I cold water flats in which the landlord provides no heat or hot water to the tenants. Kerosene and gas heaters are common.
lAtng before dawn today, another tenant in the building smelled smoke. Police and fire departments were called.
The tenant pushetl open the door of the Gonzales flat and found the kitchen full of smoke and steam. The steam came fiom overheated water in the tank.
A mop lying under the heater had caught fire and was smoldering. adding to the noxious fumes.
Besides the baby, there were two more girls and three boys in the family.
One Yank Crew Member Killed
TOKYO, Monday, Nov. 8 (AP) hoto-maping plane crashed
A U.S. Air Force RB29 ye.sterday on Hokkaido
fsland after It was fired upon by ‘‘two Russian-built MIG-type fighters,” the Air Force said here today.
All 11 crew members of the four-engined plane hailed out. One died and the other 10 suffered minor injuries, the announcement said.
In Washington, the State Department said a protest had been sent to Moscow.
The Air Force said both attacking jets made two pass* es at the U.S. plane, ‘‘setting it afire.’^
U.S. ‘‘crew members did not fire at the MIGs,” the Air Force said.
The announcement did not say where the encounter took place.
A report from Washington said it was on the east coast of Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese Lsland, near disputed territory claimed by'
HE'S NOT EVEN TIRED
Latter-Day Lindbergh Flies Light Plane Across Atlantic
GALVESTON, Nov. 7 — The
Texas Farm Bureau’s 21st annual convention began here today with some 1500 members attending.
An opening hearing on resolutions that will guide the organization will be held tomorrow.
I’.S. DEPARTMENT OF f OMMERCE WEATHER Bl REAI ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cluudy and rontinutKl mild Monday and
Tufaday. High temperature both dayi 70 to 75 degrees Low Monday night 45 to 50.
NORTH CENTRAL AND WE.ST TEXA.S —Generaity fair and mild Monday and
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS
—Generally lair and mild Monday and
Sun A. M. Sun. P. M.
51 .. 1:30 ■ 74
50 5:30 76
48 ............ 3 M ............ 76
46 4:30 70
4T ............ 5:30 70
40 «:30 «3
45 7:30 63
51 6:30 6ti
II ........... 9:30 iO
M ....... 10:30 58
68 ......... 11:30 —
71 « 30
High and low temperaturaa for 94 houra ended at 6:30 p.m.: 76 and High and low temperaiurea aaroa data laat year; 53 and 3S. gunact Uat night 8:44 p.m Sunrtaa today
7:02 a.m Sunaat tonight 5:43 p.m.__
Barometor reading at 9 30 p.m. ».*1. KaUtiva humidity at 9:30 p.m. 84'Ai.
PARIS, Nov. 7 (ifi—Max Conrad, a latter-day Lindbergh and father of 10 children, landed a light two-engined plane near Paris today after a non.stop flight of 22 hours, 23 minutes from New York.
“I’m not tired,” said the 50-year-old San Francisco song writer and veteran solo flier as he climbed happily from the cabin of a Piper Apach "I just need to relax a bit."
He nonchalantly bounced a grapefruit in his hand, all that was left of the slim provisions of toast, fruit and soft drinks with which he started out from New York’s Idlewild Airport at 11:27 a.m. EST yesterday. He landed at Toussus le Noble Air Field near here at 9:50 a.m. EST. It was his fifth solo flight across the Atlantic, in a light plane, but his first nonstop.
The plane has a normal capacity of four passengers. Some of this space had to be used to store extra gasoline. Special tanks holding 300 gallons fitted in place of the rear seats and 72-gallon wing tanks gave the craft a 25-hour range.
Hurrying indoors out of the light rain that grec‘ted him, Conrad, formerly of Winona, Minn., sipped champagne while describing his flight as uneventful He said the weather was generally good, adding:
“I ran into a belt of bad weather over the North Atlantic and had to go through some snow and ice. Most of the time 1 was without radio contact."
He was met here by Robert Goemans, aircraft representative who accepted delivery of the plane. Goemans also had a bottle of champagne ready for tlie traditional Paris welcome.
“Now I’m going to eat before anything else," Conrad said. "During the crossing gasoline fumes made my toast inedible."
He consumed two bottles of fruit juice on the crossing.
Conrad said he considered the flight more or less routine. He looked the part—wearing a dark busine.ss suit and a casual high necked sweater.
Russia, and that the parachuting crewmen landed in the water.
A State Department spokesman said the RB29 did not at any time leave Japane.se territory.
The Air Force said here 10 ef the 11 crewmen landed on the ground and the eleventh “was found dead."
The Air Force said the RB29 was on a photo-mapping mission and crashed on Hokkaido 10 miles east of the town of Kinebetsu.
Its previous report listing 12 crewmen was incorrect, the Air Force said.
The 10 survivors were taken from the scene of the crash by Air Force truck and C47 to their home station at Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo, where hospital authorities said they were “in excellent conditions." Their names were not disclosed.
Only a narrow strait separates the northeast tip of Hokkaido, where the RB29 crashed, from Russian-occupied islands. Hokkaido is about 350 miles east of the area where Soviet MIGs shot down a U.S. Navy Neptune plane Sept. 4.
Tight military secrecy was clamptKl about the area of the RB29 crash. An air re.scue squadron officer said the survivors were tight lipped and refused to discuss the cause.
Tokyo’s big newspaper, Asahi, said its Hokkaido reporters and photographers were barred from the area and from talking to survivors, a procedure in marked contrast with past handling of routine crashes.
The four-engined plane crashed into a farmhouse 40 miles inland from Nemuro about noon Sunday.
Japanese residents and police said the plane was seen over the water, trailing a long stream of white smoke, while some crew members bailed out.
The stricken plane apparently bored inland after crewmen jumped. NHK radio network said crew members were found across the narrow neck of land, extending into the Pacific, on which Nemuro is located.
Silsbee Landmark Destroyed by Fire
SILSBEE, Tex., Nov. 7 of» — Fire destroyed this East Texas city’s oldest land mark, the Kirby Hotel, this morning.
A business building east of the hotel also was destroyed. Damage was estimated at more than $50,-000 with only partial insurance.
Scooter, Car Wreck Injures H-SU Student
A member of Hardin • Simmoni University’s Cowboy Band was hospitalized Sunday night for treatment of injuries Inflicted when his motor scooter and a car driven by a fellow student collided.
Lloyd Gonzales, 19 • year • old sophomore from Sinton, was taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital, where a doctor said his condition was “pretty good.” The youth was being treated for abrasion! and lacerations about the face and head and a puncture wound of the right knee joint.
Police said the accident occurred about 5:58 p.m. at Ambler Ave. and Hickory St. Driver of the car was Lonnie Dean Kliever. Both Gonzales and Kliever stay at the New Men’s Dorm at H-SU.
Gonzales is a flute and piccolo player in the Cowboy Band and Is majoring in music education.
Threatened Atom Strike is Averted :
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 7 (B-A threatened strike against key atomic plants at Oak Ridge and Paducah, Ky., was averted today when company and union officials reached agreement on a package wage proposal.
Under its terms 3,500 Carbide k Carbon Chemicals Co. employes here and 1,000 at Paducah will receive a 6-cent-an-hour wage increase retroactive to April 15, an additional 4 cent increase effective next Jan. 15. and an improved holiday schedule.
The retroactive pay will total an estimated $315,000. The government will have to pay this as well as the salary increases as Carbide operates the plants for the Atomic Energy Commission on a cost-plus basis.
The agreement was reached at the end of a 20-hour marathon mediation session between Carbide officials and leaders of the CIO United Gas. Coke and Chemical Workers Union.
Malenkov, U.S. Envoy Hold Lively Talk at Celebration
MOSCOW. Nov. 7 (jf - U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen and Soviet Premier Georgi Malenkov held an animated conversation in the full glare of a big Kremlin party celebrating the 37th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution tonight.
For a solid hour, too, diplomats, newsmen and their women guests gaped with curiosity as first Communist party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev and then Malenkov held a similarly vigorous talk with Yugoslav Ambassador Dobrivoje Vidic.
The three became so engrossed in their talk that they let several toasts go around the table unnoticed.
These talks completely overshadowed the traditional military parade in Red Square. This time the parade was short, the massed display of civilian marchm greatly
curtailed and the usual air show canceled because of bad weather.
Though the reviewing officer. Marshal Nikolai Bulganin, speaking from the top of the Lenin-Stalin tomb, declared Russia must build her armed forces to a new peak of modern efficiency because of the activities of “warmongers." his speech was miid in that it hurled none of the usual barbs at the United States.
Talks Come Nest Then followed the Ulki at the Kremlin party given by smUing. genial Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov for 2.000 guesU at which Bohlen and Malenkov sat down at the same board together for the first time.
Their half hour talk afterwards was the first time the American ambassador bad had a chance to converse seriously with the head of the Soviet government.
Bohlen Uter refused to t«U newt*
men what was talked about. He said “no business was transacted."
But some optimists among the staring diplomats present said It might lead to high level conferences among Malenkov, President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Churchill.
(While the Russians were playing host, the U.S. State Department in Washington announced that a protest had been fired to Moscow over tlie shooting down of an American R29 o nthe coast of Hokkaido Island, Japan, by two Soviet fighters. Ten of the plane's crew of 11 were rescued, but one crew member died.
The guesU were acutely aware that at this anniversary celebration all Soviet speeches Indicated great interest in reviving friendship with Yugoslavia, the former member of tha Soviet bloc which belted in 1941.