Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 144
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOV. 10, 1954—TU'ENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SCNDAY 10c
McCarthy checks changes—sen. Joseph McCar-Ihy (R-Wis) checks with Sen. Francis Cas:e (R-SD) on changes made in the Watkins comrCttee report between its original publication and the special Senate session. McCarthy’s objection to changes brought sharp debate at the session (See story, Pg. ILB). (JP)
Eastland Soaked; SHPOffAir Here
A black cloud that loosed 1.10 inches of rain in Ea.stland within 30 minute.s was the center of showers in an area east of Abilene Tuesday.
Lightning that blew out a transmitter fuse at the radio tower kept the Abilene unit of the Department of Public Safety off the police airways more than four hours.
The disruption occurred shortly before 5 p.m. and broadcasting was not resumed on a full basis until 9 p.m. One highway patrol car unit was arranged to contact other police units in Abilene but could not reach cars outsiile of town.
The rainfall tapered off to the west and only .05 of an inch was
WHERE IT RAINED
Municipal Airport .........05
857 EN 13th.....................25
Buffalo Gap .................. 1 00
Rising Star ....................73
t'. 8. DEPARTMKNT OF COMMKRCE WKATHEK BlREAt ■ ABILENPT AM) VICINITY - Partly cloudy Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures expected both day« from 70 lo 75. low Wednesday night. 50.
NORTH CP:NTRAL TKXAS — Considerable cloudine.ss and mild with widely scat-tcied thundershower« through Thursday.
WHLST TPiXAS - Clear to partly cloudy .ind mild through Thursday. Widely scattered thundershowers east ot Pec-os VaUey
'^^"c^**^CKNTRAL AND FAST TEXAS —Considerable cloudinc-ss and mild with widely scattered shower«.
TE.AIPERATI RES lues. A.M. Tues. P.M.
.59 ............. 1:30 71
57.............. 2 30 ............. 59
3«.............. 3:30 57
55 ............. 4; 30 ..............57
55 ............. 5:30 57
55 ............ 6:30 56
55.............. 7:30 55
SO ............. 8:30 52
63 ............. 9:30 52
67.............. 10 30 ..............
69.............. 11:30 ..............
72 ............. 12:30 ..............
High and low temperatures for 24 noun ended at 6:30 pm : 72 and 54 High and low temi>eratures same date last year: 63 and 29.
Sunset last night 3:43 pm. Sunrise to-dav 7:04 am .Sunset Uinlght 5:42 pm. Barometer reading at 9:30 p m. 28 40 Relative humidity at 9:30 p m. 95 per cent.
measured at Abilene U. S. W'eath er Bureau.
The area that received rains extended to Coleman and Robert Lee on the .south, Stamford and Breckenridge on the north.
Thunderstorms also dotted other parts of Texas.
Moist, iin.stable Gulf air swirled acro.ss the stale, and the storms boiled up in it. Moisture stretched from Austin to Ardmore. Okla.
Radio Transmitter Kayoed i e liw rnomf Eastlaetao *to Eastland’s storm blew in from the northeast. Lightning knocked a radio transmitter off the air twice Eastland and Cisco were the only points reporting electrical disturbances. At Cisco, where .60 of an inch of rain fell within 15 minutes, lightning struck two trees but no residences.
The heavy shower.s sent creeks running full between Cisco and Putnam.
Rain.s were reported as far east as Fort W’orth and Graham.
North of the Eastland storm area .28 of an inch of rain was recorded at Breckenridge and an estimated .10 fell at Coleman to the south.
Rain started falling at Rising Star at 2 p.m. and three hours lat er .75 of an inch was recorded.
One inch of rain fell at Buffalo Gap but onlv light showers in the Lake Abilene vicinity.
Haskell ginners said the one hcTlf inch of rain there may have damaged some cotton remaining in the fields, but that most of the crop has been gathered. There wa.s ahso light hail near Haskell Heaviest hail reported was near the B, B. Barry home four miles south of Clyde where .90 of rain was recorded. The hail caused no crop damage.
More than two inches of rain fell alonk Bull Creek in southwest Llano County and light hail pelted the Lackland Air Force and Camp Bullis areas in San Antonio but did no damage.
Lightning killed a football player, Harry Rexin, 16. of San Antonio, as he and his teammates were leaving the practice field when the storm started there.
In West Texas, Sonora reported 1.21 inches of rain and Buchanan Dam 1.02. Lighter rains fell at Rowena, San Angelo, Ballinger and Mason.
A shower at Eiectra dropped .31 of an inch in 45 minutes.
Rainfall was also reported at Austin, Wichita Falls, Mineral Wells. Victoria, Brownsville end Dalla.s.
South Beats North Siders in Simulcast
Abilene's “Simulcast” raised $442.01 for the Community Chest Tuesday night.
In a contest between the South Side and the North Side of town, the South rose again, defeating the Northerners by one penny.
Totals: North, $221. South,
This amount will added to the Chest’s present total of $80.223 'i5.
The two local radio stations and the televesion station joined forces for the program to stimulate in terest in the Chest fund camoaign.
KRBC and KWKC, tied together at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., broadcast from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., with announcers challenging both sections of Abilene to defeat each other.
KRBC-TV’ had a telecast from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The station took no donations, refeni’'g its audience to call the downtown offices.
Ingalsbe Speaks Judge Red Ingalsbe was the introductory speaker on both, programs. He subs*^ituted for Dr. Sterling Price, Chest chairman, who was out of town.
Ingalsbe told the radio-TV audiences that “Statistics are alway.s cold, but behind every statistic there is a human heart.
“Every ragged, hungry child in Abilene is the direct responsibility of every responsible adult God has gifted most of us with a little surplus over what we actually need.” he continued.
The county judge asked listeners to “share that surplus with our less fortunate brethren.” Kiwanians at Mike Key City Kiwanians took over .sponsorship of the “Simulcast” as a project. George Brown III had charge of the program.
Garnet Gracey. ©resident of the Abilene Kiwanis Club, was master of ceremonies on KRBC-TV. Others on the television program Included Raymond Thomason Jr. and Joe Bob Jay.
Key City Kiwanians who announced on the radio program Included Dan Sorrells, Leon Reese, John Stevens, Raymond Thomason, Jr.. Dan Van Hook and Phil Kendrick.
Dqnors’ names will be turned over to the Community Che.st Wednesday so that the Chest can collect the money. The contributors were announced over the air as they called in.
Several persons spoke in behalf of the Chest.
On Tuesday, donations to the Chest (not counting the “Simulcast”) totaled $1,260. Major gifts division contributed has chalked up $43,675; employes, $7,827.06, and residential, $2,987.28.
GIs Gypped by Texas Insurors, Writer Says
SUICIDE DESCRIBES DEATH
It’s Clouding Up Fast...
LAKE WALES, Fla., Nov. 9 (4>u. An unehnployed hotel clerk turned on the gas in his apartment and wrote 25 pages detailing his reactions while waiting to die.
James Hance, 49, was found in his gas-filled apartment Monday after he had written that he had only 10 minutes more to live. He died on the way to a hospital. Hance turned on the gas at 11 a.m. and was found two hours and 20 minutes later.
In a farewell letter describing
the sensatiorLs of approaching death, he wrote:
The first fumes caused a burning sensation in the eyes and nose, but, ‘‘It’s not bad. The smell is not at all distasteful.”
“It is now noon and I can begin to smell it.”
“I’m smoking my last cigarette and I don’t want to blow the place up.”
“12:45 and my eyes burn like hell.”
Then he wrote of getting a head-
ache and at 1:05 of becoming dit-zy. At that time his heart began pounding heavily and his ears buzzed.
Later he wrote of groggine.ss and being unable to hold a pencil in his hand.
“It is clouding up fast ... I figure I have about 10 minutes more so the time will be about 1:30. I am almost losing my nerve. ... I think there’s enough gas in here so I’ll try to turn it off. Got it off now so all I have to do is sit and wait.”
LEGAL NOV. 19
Jury Call for 10
Not to Get Months
By GEORGIA NELSON
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Although Texas Attorney General John Ben Shepperd has ruled the constitutional amendment requiring women to serve on juries becomes effective Nov. 19. there may not be any women called for jury duty in Taylor County for another 10 months.
This is because Taylor County juries are selected from a jury wheel containing the names of county taxpayers. Texas law requires that the jury wheel be filled once each year—between Aug. 1 and 15. The wheel was filled two months ago and will not be
filled again until next August.
Heretofore the names of women taxpayers were not placed in the jury wheel. However, it has happened that women’s names were inadvertently included by typists copying names from thff tax rolls. Formerly, these were mitomalical-ly discarded when the names Were drawn for a jury panel.
Any Names by Error?
Nobody knows whether there are now any women's names in the jury wheel. They weren’t supposed to be put there when the wheel was filled, but if there are any in the wheel they cao legally be called for jury service Nov. 19.
Germans Plan Arms Budget of $2 Billion
BONN, Germany (4^—The West German government said Tuesday it will budget $2,186.000,000 for defense costs during the year beginning next April 1.
Unveiling the government’s new $6,611,000.000 budget at a news conference, officials of the Finance Ministry said the defense item Is the limit West Germany can spend next year.
The NATO powers are scheduled to meet next year to consider West Germany’s financial contribution to Western defense. This meeting will be held after the Germans start building up a 500,000 man defense force under the Paris agreements which still must be ratified.
West Germany’s present budget provides for defense costs of $2,-237,000,000 to help finance the Allied armies in Germany. The Allies, however, have been collecting only $1,713,000,000.
Mendes-France Wins Vote on New Budget
Asian Marshall Plan Being Considered, Dulles Reveals
WASHING'rON, Nov. 9 MfV-Sec-retary of State Dulles said today the Eisenhower administration is considering a sweeping new Far East aid program to bolster the area against communism.
He told of the plans at a news conference in which he also expressed confidence that Russia, despite its vast military power, does not intend to start a war against the free world at this time.
“As long as we continue strong, united, and ready to fight if necessary, I think that we have a very substantial deterrent against general war,’* he said.
Dulles said the Western Allies must continue developing their military might in order to convince Russia’s rulers that “their best interests will not be served bj a general war.’*
**I believe that we are doing that effecUvely,*' he said, "and that
probably the result of it is that they calculate that a general war would not serve their best interests at the present time."
DuHea revealed the possible hew American-sponsored aid program for the Far East in discussing a speech yesterday by Japan’s visiting Premier Shigeru Y(»hida.
In a National Press Club address, Yoshida proposed an Asian “Marshall Plan” involving four billion dollars annually to help build up anti-Communist nations. “There is not much time,” he said. “Let us act now.”
Dulles said it would not be practical to attempt to spend any such big sum annually for such a program. at least not at the start. Far Eastern needs, he said, «re considerably different than the situation confronting the United States in Europe, which led to financing the multibillion-doUtr
Marshall Plan there.
He said Marshall Plan funds for West Europe were used to repair and modernize highly developed industrial countries to recover from war damage. In the Far East, no such comparable problem exists.
The United States, however, is urgently discussing the problem with Yoshida and other Far Eastern leaders in order to determine how much to contribute within practical and workable limits.
Other officials reported the Eisenhower administration was cihi-sidering whether to scrap the present administration aid programs which involves spending about 600 million dollars annually in the region. The idea would be to substitute a regional approach which would call for about twice as much money to begin with, provided member nations would lower trade barrierf and contribute what they could, aa Eurc^an members did.
PARIS, Nov. 9 — Premier
Mendes-France won a vote of confidence today from the French National Assembly, opening the way to what may be a long, hard battle over the budget for 1955.
The vote was 321 to 207, the smallest he has received, but it was another victory for Mendes-France before he leaves on a trip to the United States for talks with President Eisenhower.
The main opposition consisted of an unusual and largely accidental alliance of the Communists and Catholic Popular Republican Movement (MRP).
Budget l8 Lower The budget amounts to about 9Mi billion dollars. This is $1,220.000,000 less than the estimate for the current year, but many of the deputies want greater spending — not less.
They particularly want more spent on wage increases and pen sions in the Communications Ministry, the subject of today’s vote.
The government’s victory was on a question of procedure. It rejected a committee report that called on Mendes-Fr?n''e for new and increased estimates. He told the Assembly this was only a way of getting around the constitutional provision that bars proposals of new spending while the budget is under discussion.
Little Contest Today’s vote indicated that a majority of the As.sembly would not contest his argument, at least not to the point of voting him out of office four days before his scheduled departure for a visit to the United States and Canada.
There are 627 seats, and it w'ould have taken 314 deputies — one more than half — to force his resignation.
Comparatively little interest was shuwn in the vote. Only about 200 deputies showed up for the short discussion that preceded it. The rest left proxies.
During the one interval in the debate, Mendes-France sat in his place chatting and reading a newspaper instead of lining up potential supporters in the corridors.
The discussion gave him a chance to defend his budget against the charge that it had nothing new to offer.
“I maintain that this budget clearly shows the way in which the government means to use the nation’s” resources, he said. “There is more expenditure on housing, investments, farm equipment, schools and public health, and less on unproductive items.
“That is the way you judge a budget. And the deficit will be 100 billion francs (about 286 million dollars) less than last year.”
Inyder Woman Dies in Wreck
SNYDER, Nov. 9 (RNS) -Mrs. Martha Hardee, 24, of Snyder was killed in an auto accident nine miles south of Snyder on the Colorado City highway about noon Tuesd/iy.
According to Gaither Bell of Bell Funeral Home, Mrs. Hardee was killed when her car crashed into a bridge. She was returning from Dunn after taking her young son to her parents’ house.
She was the former Martha Del-phine Lee and was born Nov. 17, 1929.
Survivors include her husband, one son, Gary Randall; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lee of Dunn; two sisters. Opal Lee of Snyder, and Billie Mae Lee of Hermleigh: and five brothers, Melvin and Elton of Snyder, J, P.. Dwyene and Gaschol, all of Hermleigh.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Bell Funeral Home of Snyder. Burial will be in Ira Cemetery.
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Pelrochemicals Due Greal Growlh
CHICAGO, Nov. 9 ~ Petro
chemicals, the youngsters of the petroleum industry, are in for a 150 per cent growth, yet even that will not be enough to alter present petroleum marketing patterns, oil men heard today,
T.G. Hughes, president of Oro-nite Chemical Co.. San Francisco, said the field has had swift and widespread growth since it started in the 20s.
This field, he explained, includes synthetic detergents, fibers and rubber; plastics—everything from squeeze bottles to sports car bodies; paint* inse^cides ami medicines.
It is possible that women will serve on juries in Jones, Fi.sher, Shackelford and Callahan Countic.s before in Taylor County. These i are the * other counties served by the two di.strict courts that also serve Taylor County.
Because of their smaller populations the jury lists in these counties are drawn by jury rom-mi.ssioners appointed by the district judge, in contrast with the jury wheel .system used in Taylor County, where the names of all taxpayers arc included. In jury commissioner counties jury lists are selected before each term of court rather than once a year.
However, Judge Owen Thomas of KMth District Court, said jury lists have already been compiled for the next term of court In Jones County, scheduled to open Jan. 3, 1955, and the next term in Fisher County which will open the third week of February, 1955.
Likewise, Judge J. R. Black of 42nd l)istrict Court, said lists of jurors have been drawn for the next terms of his court in Shackelford and Callahan Counties.
But for the following terms of court in all four counties it is possible women will be listed for jury service.
Facilities Needed It will be up to the Taylor County Commissioners Court to decide what provision will be made for women juror.s to be kept over I night. But County Judge Reed Ingalsbe said he feels sure the commissioners would ask for the advice and consent of Judge Black and Judge Thomas before making a decision.
The present jury dormitory In Taylor County courthouse could not feasibly be partitioned to make separate dormitories. It is now barely big enough for 13 beds. (A deputy sheriff is required to stay with the jury.)
The possibility has been suggested for quartering women jurors In hotels. But an opinion from the at torney general’s office may be required before this is done. Texas law specifies that a jury must not be separated during trial of a felony criminal case.
In any event, Attorney General Shepperd’s statement Tuesday confirmed an opinion previously expressed by both Judge Thomas and Judge Black—that a matron deputized by the sheriff should be required to stay with any women jurors.
However, it is only in criminal cases that the jury must be kept together and in the past the number of criminal trials in Tayloi
PAUSE FOR AN OLD COM-RADE — General Eisenhower stops, bareheaded, to read inscription on the statue of the late Gen. George S. Patton on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Patton commanded the Third Army under Supreme Allied Commander Eisenhower in World War II. The President was in Boston to address the National Council of Catholic Women. (41
Abilene Firm Bids Low on AFB Project
Balfanz Construction Co., 1(X)1 Chestnut St., was the apparent low bidder Tuesday on a contract for construction of the crash and structural fire station for Abilene Air Force Base.
The Balfanz bid of $95,137 wa.s the lowest of seven submitted and opened Tuesday afternoon by the District Corps of Engineers at Fort Worth. Highest bid submitted was for $108,000.
Col. Harry 0. Fischer, district engineer, said Balfanz Construc-struction Co. will have 140 calendar days in which to complete the contract after a work order is issued.
The bids are being examined and the work order will be issued shortly, Col. Fischer said.
Next bid opening will be on Nov. 16 on construction of two wing headquarter buildings.
Army Post Stores Hit By Wifness
CINCINNATI, Nov. 9 (f)-Amerl-can soldiers and their families in Europe are swindled out of eight million dollars a year, writer Mike Stern told a congressional committee today.
They are cheated, he said, in post exchanges and in purchase of whisky and life insurance.
He testified before an open hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Defense Activities with Rep. Hess (R-Ohio) presiding.
Stern said a group of 14 life Insurance companies, 11 of them from Texas, had a stranglehold on the sale of policies to GI’s and their families overseas.
•Worst in Nation*
“Texas, which places a premium on superlatives, has the worst insurance laws in the nation,” said the European correspondent for Argosy magazine. “In the last 16 months, 10 Texas companies have gone broke and others are tottering. Ninety per cent of all insurance sold to GI’s in Europe — and this amounts to 50 million dollars — is sold by Texas insurance companies.’*
He said the European Assn. of Life Underwriters dictates policies and it in turn was run by Walter O’Haire. of Pitlston, Pa.
Small Capltallxation Stern said some of the Texas companies wene capitalized on as little as $25,000 yet wrote policies totaling 10 million dollars,
Stuart Reichstein of San Antonie, Tex., testified he was a licensed salesman for two Texas companies. But when he .shifted to the Great Western Life Insurance Co. of Washington State and declined to join the underwriters association, he was denied a license, he said.
Stern said the insurance companies are “permitted by Army practices, not regulations, to sell insurance to soldiers,”
He named as the 14 companies doing business in Europe as:
The American Investors Life Insurance Co., of Dallas; American Savings Life Insurance Co. of Fort Worth; American Standard Life Insurance Co. of Fort Worth; American United Service Insurance Co. of Houston; Bankers Life Insurance Co. of Dallas; Gibraltar Life Insurance Co. of Dallas; Great Northwest Life Insurance Co. of Spokane, Wash.; Great Southwest Life Insurance Co., of Phoenix, Ariz ; International Fidelity Insurance Co. of Dallas; Life Insurance Society of Birmingham; Mid-Continent Insurance Co. of Fort Worth; National Educators Life Insurance Co. of Fort Worth; Pioneer Life Insurance Co. of HoustiMi, and Service Life Insurance Co. of Fort W'orth.
These are the only companies licensed to do business in German/, Stern said.
Sheppard Denied Slaying at Time
See WOMEN, Pg. ^A. Col. Ï
Tougher Traffic Laws Are Urged
AUSTIN, Nov. 9 (/N—A legislaivc program to strengthen the fight against traffic accidents on Texas highways was pubUshed today by the Highway Safety Council ot Texas, a private organization.
The council will advocate that the Legislature increase the size of the highway patrol and raise patrolmen’s salaries, include the steering mechanism as one of the parts required to be inspected under the auto Inspection law, require all types of trucks to use mud guards ot flaps in all types ci weather, and strengthen adm nls-tratioo d tht driver’s Uceosing law.
CLEVELAND. Nov. 9 (Jf* - Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was pictured in sworn testimony today as crying “Hell, no” to a relative’s blunt question whether he murdered his wife, Marilyn Sheppard. That was shortly after the discovery of the body.
The 30-year-old osteopath is on trial for his life in the slaying.
J. Spencer Houk, mayor of the little community of Bay Village 12 miles west of here, testified he was summoned to the murder scene last July 4 in an excited phone call from Dr. Sheppard.
Houk and his wife were the first outsiders to get there.
Houk said he was on hand when Sheppard’s eldest brother, Dr. Richard N. Sheppard, airived and examined Marilyn’s bloody and battered body.
“Dr. Richard bent over Dr. Sam,” Houk related, “and I heard him say, ‘She’s gone, Sam.* or words to that effect, and Sara slumped further down in his chair and said, ‘Oh, my God ’
“Richard said, ‘Did you do this or have anything to do with it?* and Sam said, ’Hell, no * ’*
Houk’s testimony followed that of a plump little suburban matron.
Related story. Pg. 11-A
who said Dr. Sheppard was talked out of divorcing Marilyn only a few months before her murder. This witne.ss said she wasn't sure Sheppard loved his wife.
Houk is a tall man. His deep-set eyes and sho<* of black hair gave him an owlish look at times. He spoke de^ly and so slowly and hesitantly that Asst Prosecutor J«hn J. Mahon had to drag some of the answers from him.
He was the state’s fourth wit-neu. He was Sheppard’s family meat dealer, and one of the osteopath’s closest friends.
Houk told how Dr. Sheppard telephoned him shortly before 6 a.m. July 4 and then testified:
“He said, ‘Get over here quick. I think they’ve killed Marilyn.* I said, ’What?’ and be said, ‘Oh, my God, get over here quick.* **
Houk and his wife got there five minutes later and found Sheppard slumped in an easy chair.
“I immediately went up to him and asked what happened,** Houk continued. "He said. *I don’t know exactly but somebody ought to try to do somethiQg for Marfiyn.*