Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 143 Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, NOV. 9, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c. SUNDAY 10c
McCarthy Angrily Flays Investigation as Tmbecilic
REDS OVER JAPAN, U. S. SAYS
Yanks to Fire Next Time
GRIEF-STRICKEN MOTHERS — Two grief-stricken mothers embrace as they sob out promises to pray for each other’s children—one slain, the other charged as the slayer. Mrs. Peter S. Makarewicz, Sr., left, mother of accused youth, and Mrs. Joseph Annese, mother of slain Geraldine Annese, console each other.
Two Mothers Sob At Funeral, Court
NORWOOD. Mass., Nov, 8 Geraldine Annese, 15, was laid to rest in Highland Cemetery today while Peter Makarewicz. her 15-year-old neighbor and alleged slayer, pleaded innocent to a charge he strangled her Thursday night in a darkened garage.
The mandatory plea of innocent was recorded in nearby Dedham District Court a few hours after the boy went to confession and received Holy Communion from the Rev. Hippolyte Zawalich, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where the lad had been an altar boy.
The mothers of both the boy and girl were near collapse.
Mrs. Mary Annese flung herself on her daughter’s casket just as a priest was about to read committal prayers. She was led away by relatives.
Mr.s, Adrienne Makarewicz sobbed quietly and contiimously during her son’s arraignment in the crowded courtroom and, aided by her family, was just about able to walk from the stone building.
The innocent plea was entered after Judge Gilbert W. Cox Informed the youth he had the right to petition Superior Court for counsel and continued the case until next Monday on request of Norfolk County Dist. Atty. Myron N. Lane.
However, Louis Goldstein, a Boston attorney, spoke up and explained he had been engaged only this morning by the Makarewicz family.
The degree of murder in the
case is not specified and, under Massachusetts procedure, is determined by a trial jury which also is empowered to recommend death or life imprisonment in a first degree conviction.
The youth of a defendant is not a bar to electrocution.
The young defendant, who hung his head in his hands while awaiting arraignment, was returned, without bail, to the same cell where he has been since his arrest Saturday.
Earlier Lane said the boy signed a statement that he hid in the garage—near both families’ homes which are separated only by a vacant lot—until the girl returned from a double date about 10 p.m. Thursday and called her as she walked toward home.
Lane said the girl’s clothing was scattered on the floor and that there was evidence of a "terrific struggle" when the body was found Friday morning.
TOKYO, Tuesday. Nov. 9 (Æ) — U.S. Air Force officers charged yesterday that two Soviet MIGs swept 20 miles beyond a demarcation line to w’ilhin less than three miles of Japan's coast while shooting down their RB29 Sunday off northeast Hokkaido.
The photomapping plane had guns which it failed to use in retaliation but the RB29 group commander solemnly warned that all his planes would shoot back if attacked in the future.
The incident drew a strong pro test to Moscow yesterday from the United States against the attack "over Japanese territory," coupled with demands for "moral and material reparations.”
Didn’t Order Fire Capt. Anthony F, Feith, of Chester, Pa., 35-year-old commander of the downed plane, said that he had authority to order firing back but did not use it in the mistaken belief the RB29 could finish its photo mapping mission.
Feith’s group commander, Col. Albert Welsh, of Dalton City, 111., gave newsmen the impression he may have been personally disappointed that the RB29 did not shoot back but emphasized that was a matter for Feith to decide. He said he "would compliment before I would criticize” Feith.
Then he added that any MIGs who might try it again would "get
Woman's nows......... 4
Oil news............. 8
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Major Discovery Announced by Shell
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8 The Shell Oil Co. announced an oil discovery of apparent major proportions Monday near Bluff, in southeastern Utah.
S.F. Bowlby. Shell vice president, announced the discovery at the firm’s Desert Creek No. 2 Well, in what is known as the Paradox-Salt Empayment, about 15 miles southeast of Bluff.
FOUR CANDIDATES SO FAR
Rep. Ratiiff First to Pay Fees for Special Election
a different reception.”
Both Capt. Feith and his 24-year-old co-pilot, Lt. David N. Oliver, of Corvallis, Ore., said the two bullet-spitting MIG jets screamed inside Japan’s three mile limit on the last of four firing passes.
They said the MIGs approached within two to three miles of Naga-fushi on the coast of Hokkaido’s Nemuro Peninsula.
All 10 survivors, red-eyed and haggard, plotted their course to newsmen on Air Force charts marking Russian waters to the east of Hokkaido as "closed to all aircraft.” They pinpointed a spot more than 18 miles from Russian waters as the plane’s clo.sest approach and said the firing MIGs chased them more than 20 miles on the Japanese side of the demarcation line.
Wanted to Finish Feith said "we did not fire back —as much as I would have liked to — for one reason.”
The reason: During the first firing pass, he still thought the RB29 could finish its mission.
"We did not get our mission «c-complished and either I or someone else was going to have to get those pictures,” he said.
"I thought we might be able to finish it if we found out how badly damaged the plane was.”
The Air Force said Sabrejets protected another RB29 which completed the photo-mapping mission Monday "without incident.” Moments after Feith elected not to fire back, the big plane began to waver so crazily that it look two men to control it. Bullets had crippled one of the four engines and damaged the tail.
Waiting for Order "I was waiting'for an order from the aircraft commander to fire,” said the tail gunner. Airman IC Earl W^ Weimer, of Elkins, W.Va., "but he did not say anything.”
The right gunner had a good
target had the order been given.
"When they started firing, I was looking straight up their jet intake pipes and the cannons underneath the pipes,” said Airman 2C Walter K. Lentz, of Astoria, Long Island, N.Y.
Co-pilot Oliver broke radio silence and called for fighter help. Feith ordered a mass bail-out. It took place along a 10-mile strip before the crippled plane sma.shed into a farm shack 20 miles inland on northeast Hokkaido.
The second man out, an officer whose name was withheld, drowned. He was found tangled in his chute.
Gen. John E. Hull. U.S. Far East commander, said in a statement the attackers "plratically pounced” on an American plane peacefully engaged in a routine mission and the direction of its fall “completely negates” any possible Soviet claim it was over Russian territory.
OKLAHOMA’S MAID — Oklahoma’s Maid of Cotton is Delxiis Faulkner, 20, Oklahoma A&M senior who won the title over 20 finalists in Oklahoma City.
AUSTIN, Nov, 8 (A*>—Rep. David W. Ratliff, Stamford radio station owner, was the first to pay his filing fee to the Secretary of State today in the special election in the 24th Senatorial District.
Other candidates who have announced their intention to make the race include former state senator Pat Bullock, Dan Sorrells and Jus-ton Morrow. The fee filing deadline is Nov. 12,
Ratliff has been a member of the House of Representatives for two terms and was elected last week to a third term.
The election was called for Dec. 11 to fill the vacancy created by
the death of Sen, Harley Sadler of Abilene. The district includes Dickens, Garza, Kent, Stonewall, Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, and Taylor counties.
Gov. Allan Shivers today also made Dec. 11 the official date for a special election in El Paso to fill the vacancy in the House of Representatives created by the resignation of Rep, Frank Owen III of El Paso.
Shivers had indicated the Dec. 11 date last week but awaited arrival of Owen’s resignation, Owen was elected state senator last week in a special election.
Official County Vote Gives Shivers 3,217, Johnson 3,154
The official canvas.s of the Nov. 2 general election Monday by Taylor County Commissioners Court confirmed unofficial returns that showed nine of the 11 proposed constitutional amendments were approved and the other two failed to carry in Taylor County.
Official election figures reported by the commissioners left Taylor County’s vote for Gov. Allan Shivers at 3.217. The vote for Lyndon B, Johnson as U. S. senator was put officially at 3,154. Unofficial returns had given him 10 more vot?s.
The vote for Tod R. Adams, Republican candidate for governor, remained unchanged at 240, as did the 344 reported unofficially for Carlos G. Watson, Republican listed for U. S. senator.
Sadler Gets 3,141
The late Harley Sadler, who died Oct. 14, received 3,141 voles for the office of state senator which he had held two years.
A total of 26 write-in votes were scattered among nine persons as a successor to Sadler. They included one vote for his^wife, Mrs. Billie Sadler.
Pat Bullock of Colorado City, former state senator and now an announced candidate for the office, received 15 write-ins. the largest number for any one person. The name Truett Latimer, state rep
resentative, was written in three times for the office of senator and David Ratliff of Stamford, announced candidate for the office, received two write-in votes. Ratliff is the only one of four announced candidates who has paid his filing fee to get on the ballot in the special election called for Dec. 11 by Gov. Shivers.
Others who received one write-in vote each for stale senator
were A. John. Ernest Grissom, Bryan Bradbury, Justin Morrow of Fisher County and Arthur Compere.
Write-ins gave one vote each for state representative to Dan Sorrells and Bob Wagstaff, both Abilene attorneys. Sorrells has announced he will run for the senate position.
Ralph Yarborough, defeated by See OFFICIAL. Pg. 2-A. Col. I
Ike Appoints New Yorker To High Court
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 iJV-President Eisenhower today picked U. S. Circuit Judge John Marshall Harlan of New York to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Harlan would succeed the late Justice Robert Jackson.
The White House announced the President will send the nomination to the Senate tomorrow, and at the same time will nominate Joseph Campbell, now a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, to be comptroller general.
The comptroller general’s office has been vacant since Lindsay Warren retired last spring because of ill health.
The comptroller general is the watchdog for Congress over federal spending. The post pays $17,500 a year.
Both Harlan and Campbell are Republicans, the White House said.
Harlan, 55. whose home is in New York City, now is a judge in the U. S. Court of Appeals which has jurisdiction over 'Vermont, Connecticut, and New York.
Harlan was born in Chicago May 20, 1899. He is a graduate of Princeton, and also received a jurispreduce degree from Oxford University in England and a law degree from the New York Law School.
Talked to Harlan
James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, said Eisenhower conferred with Harlan before picking him for the $25.000-a-year high court post but declined to say just when the conference took place.
Harlan has been serving as U. S. circuit judge since March 4, 1954 —his only experience on the bench. He was appointed to the circuit court by Eisenhower.
As a circuit judge he has received $17,500 a year.
Harlan is Eisenhower’s second appointment to the high court.
The other was Chief Justice Earl Warren, who was governor of California at the time of his appointment.
Harlan is a Presbyterian, is married, and has one daughter.
Hagerty said Eisenhower has known Harlan personally for some time, but could provide no details.
3 'VERY SERIOUS'
45 Students, Two Officials
Injured in Schoolroom Blost
ALLEN, Okla., Nov. 8 Cfi—Some 45 high school students and two school officials w'ere injured today in a thunderous classroom gas explosion. Supt. J. N. McKeel, one of the injured, told newsmen tonight: "I assume I set off the blast in an attempt on my part to find a gas leak” with a match.
The high school wing of the one-story brick school building, occupied by 150 students, was demolished. An explosive pocket of gas apparently had accumulated under the building.
Twenty of the injured remained in hospitals tonight. Three were
reported in "very serious” condition. Principal Freeman Pickle. 48, who was teaching English, and a student were unconscious.
McKeel, while accepting blame for the explosion, added: "I had no reason to think that there was a general gas leak.”
Students had high praise for the superintendent, who helped hold up a collapsed ceiling so that the injured could be removed.
McKeel suffered shock, cuts and abrasions.
Charles Rhoades, of the Ada New's, said several members of an algebra class informed him there
Dixon-Yates Signing Held Up
WASHINGTON. Nov. 8 iJ’t - A snag developed today in the expected signing of the controversial
Dixon-Yates power contract. The Atomic Energy Commission reported to Congress that maybe the contract with the Dixon-Yates private power group will be signed by Thursday.
After getting that word, the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee went ahead anyway with hearings on the contract, although members had indicated last week they might be suspended until the names actually were on the document.
Chairman Colt (R-NY) told
newsmen the hitch was over a comparatively minor provision in the contract as well as terms of an accompanying ‘ agreement of understanding” interpreting the meaning of the contract. He predicted a "meeting of minds soon.”
The proposed contract between AEC and Dixon-Yates calls for construction of a 107-million-dollar generating plant at West Memphis, Ark., to sunply power to the Tennessee Valley Authority to replace TVA power used by AEC.
'The contract was a prime target for the Democrats during the election campaign. 'Tied up in it is the old issue of private versus public develt^ment of power re
The Senate - House committee cannot change the term.« of the contract, cancel it, or veto it. About all it can do is hold up for a while the effective date when the contract goes into effect.
Under the law, the document cannot take effect until the committee has studied it for 30 days of a COTigressional session — unless the committee agrees to waive part er all of the 30-day requirement. And without a signed contract. nothing technically is before the committee.
Actually what the committee is considering is an AEC request to waive the 10-day ftudy period.
Russia Seeks A-Pool Talk, Vishinsky Says
UNITED NATIONS, N. Y.. Nov. 8 (JY-Russia’s Andrei Y. Vishinsky says Moscow is willing to continue talks with the United Slates on President Eisenhower’s atoms for peace plan.
Speaking today in the U.N. Assembly’s Political Committee, Vishinsky charged an attempt is being made to pillory the Soviet Union by representing the Russians as against the Eisenhower plan.
He spoke out specifically against a claim by U.S. Delegate Henry
4 YEARS OLD
'Hard Luck' Girl Heads For Albany
MUSKEGON. Mich., Nov. 8 Little, Sheryl Ann Kolbe, the "hard luck” girl, left today for Texas and the sunny climate doctors hope will bring her the health that has eluded her most of her four years of life.
With her were her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. James Kolbe, and her l-year-old sister, Debra The family is moving to the Southwest in hopes that Sheryl won’t have to go back in the hospital again with pneumonia.
The day before her fourth birthday early in September. Sher>i was released for the 33rd time from Hackley Hospital here after recovering from her 28th case of pneumonia. She also has been hospitalized with measles, meningitis and a severe case of polio which left her tiny body encased in a brace from her hips to her chin
With the approach of winter doctors advised the Kolbes that their daughter needed a warm, dry climate.
So Kolbe. 25, an office equipment repairman, began looking for a new job. Last week he was promised work as a carpenter in Albany. Tex.
Cabot Lodge. Jr. Friday that Russia’s replies were "essentially negative.” He also lashed at western delegates and others who said Russia had taken the position it would cooperate only if the United States agreed in advance to ban atomic bombs.
This was the third time since September that Vishinsky has taken pains to deny, and with some heat, that Russia has rejected the Eisenhower proposals.
Last week the White House announced a note to Russia asking resumption of negotiations. President Eisenhower and Lodge have said the United States will go ahead with plans for the peaceful pool regardless of Russia’s* decision.
Vishinsky observed that the United States had asked for ideas. He said the Russians replied with their long-standing view that atomic weapons should be prohibited; pending that there was little hope of progress with peaceful uses of atomic energy.
"Where do you find any inkling that we refuse to engage in negotiations in regard to the proposal of the United States?” he asked.
U. 8. DEPABTMKST OF COM!BEB< E WEATHEB BI BEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly rioudy and conUnuad mild Tueadty and Wedneaday High tamperatura boUi daya 70 to 75 degrcat Low Tueadajr night S3
‘“north CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and continued mild Tueaday and Wednesday WEST TEXAS -- Partly cloudy Tuesday and Wedneaday.
EAST TEXAS — Partly cloudy and continued mild _
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy and conttnuad mild
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55 .............. 6:30 6S
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62 ............. 8:38 83
83 ......... ... 8:30 «3
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High and low ta.-nperatuna for 34 hours
ended at 1:30 pm.i 74 and 51.
High and low tamiwraturM aaiM data laat yaar: 45 and 33.
Sunsat laat night 5:43 p m Ainrtot today 7:03 am Sonaat tonight 5:43 p.m. Barometar reading at t:30 pm 3131 RalMlva humidity at •;3t p.m. u par
was an overpowering odor of nat ural gas, even though windows were raised. 'The students said everything blew up in their faces at 2 p.m. when McKeel held the flame on the north side of their room.
It was the adjoining English classroom to the north which caught the greatest force of the explosion Grade and high school sections of the building escaped major diynage.
Dale Plunk. 18-year-o!d algebra student and a .sergeant in the National Guard, said of McKeel:
"He touched one to the stove— which was reported not burning— and nothing happened. Then he struck another match. There was a flash and the explosion ”
Most of the walls were razed. The few that remained standing threatened to crumble at any time.
Witnesses said desks were blown with such force against the ceiling that they lodged there in broken plaster. Students were blown upward, leaving bloodstained impressions on the ceilings.
Ambulances and fire trucks were dispatched from Ada, 18 miles southwest of Allen, a town of 1,200 population in east central Oklahoma.
Bill Kobert, Donaldson, Mo., photographer, one of the first passers-by on the scene, said the high school wing was "just blown apart.” Windows were riiattered and floors torn up.
WASIHNGTON, Nov, 8 (fV-The “Joe McCarthy session” of the Senate opened in an angry uproar before packed galleries today.
In top oratorical form, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis) hurled such terms as "imbecilic” and "fantastic” at a propo.saI to rebuke his conduct. And he blasted as “completely improper” a last-minute change in the report of the special committee which recommended censure for him.
Chairman Watkins (H-Utah> of the special committee refused at first, white with anger, to show McCarthy the alteration. In the end he produced it, however, and another committee member. Sen. Case <R-SD), slapped the revised report down in front of McCarthy with a force that scattered papers.
McCarthy Okays It The altered passage turned out to be technical in nature and McCarthy told reporters he couldn’t see that it made any major difference.
Thus in an atmosphere of flaring tempers and much confusion began the unprecedented extra Senate session which must decide whether to vote censure of McCarthy on charges of contempt of the Senate and abu.sive treatment of an Army general who once testified before him.
There was talk among some Republicans of modifying the censure resolution—of maybe writing into it some praise of McCarthy’s Communist investigating.
Possibility Dim But the angry turn taken almost from the outset seemed to dim any such possibility for the time being at least.
Today’s se.ssion was supposed to be mainly formal, with the swearing in of new senators and the presentation of the Watkins committee’s censure re.solulion. Debate wa.sn't supposed to begin Until Wednesday.
But it started with a roar and with the gallery crowds leaning forward tensely but quietly, when Republican Majority Leader Know-land of California announced the Watkins group wanted a little more time to make “changes” in its resolution and also in its report.
‘Highly Improper’ McCarthy, standing next to the 67-year-old Watkins, declared it would be “highly improper” to make any changes now in a report which was supposedly completed and made public last Sept. 2.
“I would strenuously object to any changes in the report at this time.” McCarthy declared. “They’ve made their bed and now they’ve got to lie in it.”
Watkins told him the changes were ^mostly of a typographical nature, with one exceptiim: The committee, lie said, wanted to strike from the report four or five lines that were “obviously in error.”
Air Base Adds 372 to Schools
By EARLE WALKER Reporter-News Staff Writer
Three hundred seventy-two pupils, out of a total enrollment of 10.529 have already been added to Abilene public schools by the Air Force base construction.
That report was given to Abilene School Board Monday night by Supt. A. E. Wells.
“The increase to date is sufficient to fill a l2-dassroom building,” Wells said.
He predicted tha the local school system will qu. '*fy for federal financial assistance both tm construction costs and operation and maintenance expenses during the 1955-56 term.
An Air Force representative is expected here soon to confer with school and Chamber of Commerce officials. Wells said. The meeting is being arranged by the C-C. The Air Force men will be asked for infwrniation on how many pupils the air base will add by the end of the calendar year 1956.
Laws which have provided federal financial aid to achool districts where federal activities have increased tnroUmenU have expu>
ed They are expected to be reenacted early next year, Wells said.
Those laws have permitted a maximum of $1,000 government aid per pupil for construction of school facilities for pupils living on bases. They allowed “about $500” per pupil for construction of facilities for those living away from the base but brought to the community by the base.
Provide Federal Funds
Other measures provided federal funds toward operation and maintenance expenses. To qualify for that aid. a school district must show that five per cent or more its enrollment is due to a governmental activitiy, W’ells reported.
Enrollment and average daily attendance the first six weeks of the current school term Increased more than 1,000 over the same period last year.
Wells’ report revealed 10,529 enrollment this term, compared with 9,499 at the fiTst of last session. It listed 9.987 74 average dady attendance this year, compared with 8.948.M the same weeka ef laat scixxd term.