Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 14,6
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DR. JAMES (JIM) MINOR ALEXANDER , . . hung shingle out in 1889
'Dr. Jim' Is Dead Rites Set Friday
Senator Hits 'Abuse Given by McCarthy
FAMILY FRIEND TESTIFIES
ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, NOV. 11, 1954—THIRTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
Jel Fighters 'Halted' Alter Three (rashes
WASHI.NGTON, Nov. 10 The Air Force said today it has grounded all FlOO supersonic jet fighters as a result of three crashes, including one in which a British air officer was killed.
A spokesman said the grounding was a “precautionary measure pending completion of thorough investigations” into the causes of the crashes.
Air Commodore Geoffrey D- Stephenson, commandant of the Central Fighter Establishment of the Royal Air Force and former aide de camp to Queen Elizabeth was killed Monday at Eglin Air Force Base. Florida, when the FlOO he was flying crashed after going into a steep spiral.
Yesterday, the Air Force also said, another crash occurred at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The pilot of that plane, Maj. Frank N. Emory of Mount Vernon. Wash., parachuted with only minor injuries. This accident occurred while Emory was engaged in gunnery practice.
The first of the series of crashes occurred on Oct. 12 when an FlOO flown by Chief Test Pilot George Welch of North American Aviation Co. crashed near Lancaster. Calif.
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
State Says Sheppard Haw ta 'Fake' Head
An era in West Texas medicine; ended quietly Wednesday afternoon with the death of Dr. James (Jim) Minor Alexander, at his home. 602 Victoria St.
The retired pioneer physician, 87. died at 2:30 p.m. He had been in (ailing health for some time, but had not been seriously ill.
Born Sept. 18, 1867 in Spring
From then until his retirement in 1949. Dr. Alexander became widely known in Abilene and the surrounding area, first as a doctor, and later also as a rancher.
Funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Fridav in the Laughter-North Memorial Chapel. Dr. Willis P. Gerhart, rector of The Church of Heavenly Rest. Episcopal, will offi
Hill, Tenn.. “Dr. Jim” came to I dale. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Abilene in 1889 to hang out his | Cemetery.
shingle as an M D. when he was Survivors are two sons, Minor
22. He was Abilene's 19th doctor Alexander of 1158 Elmwood Dr^ at that time. ! and Sidney Alexander, 1538 North
PEP RALLY AND SNAKE DANCE TO OPEN AHS HOMECOMING
Abilene High School’s homecoming festivities get underway in earnest Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with a pep rally on the Texas and Pacific Depot lawn.
A snake dance through the downtown area will follow. Three candidates lor homecoming queen will be introduced at the rally and again Friday at a 9:30 a.m. rally at Abilene High.
Before the game Friday night a car parade will form at Lion Hardware, North Sixth and Cypress Sts. and proceed to Fair Park Stadium. The procession begins at 6:15 p.m. and will be led by the queen
candidates. . , ,
A. E. Wells, superintendent of schools, will crown the queen at halftime ceremonies of the Lubbock-Abilene High game Friday night at the stadium.
All Abilene High ex-students are invited to attend special functions and sit with students at the game Friday night.
Ike Takes Calm Stand an Plane
WASHINGTON. Nov. 10 OP -President Eisenhower took a calm and nonbelligerent stand today on the latest Russian plane incident. He said it occurred in a disputed border area and that the Russians seem more conciliatory this lime.
Eisenhower nevertheless said the American photo bomber shot down off Japan last weekend by Red fighters had a right to there.
He said he approved the protest which the Stale Department has made.
On other matters, the President said at a news conference he expected no trouble on bipartisan foreign policy from the Democratic leadership in the 84th Congress, and talked approvingly of the idea of government scholarships for scientific students.
The first question dealt with the
Apple Juice Toasir Prepared for Queen
OTTAWA. Nov. 10 (f)—The toast to Queen Mother Elizabeth of England at a civic luncheon here Nov. 16 will be in apple juice.
Mayor Charlotte Whitton said today her city board of control has approved unanimously a ban on •Icoholie beverages at tba lunch eon. . _
shooting dou'n of the American plane, and whether there is anything that can be done to guard against such incidents and to force reparations.
In reply, Eisenhower said that this was a very complicated, tricky problem. He said that the world these days, even in the sort of peace that exists, is very watchful of its borders. He said there were some cloudy features in this newest incident.
He located the scene as the Habomai islands, some of which are as close as two miles from Japan. He said that when the Kurile islands were given to Rus sia they claimed the Habornais were part of the Kuriles, and it is a disputed area. The Russians are very jealously holding onto the area, he said, perhaps on the theory that possession is nine points of the law. He added that the United States and Japan have not recognized the Reds’ claim to the Habornais.
Also, Gen. John E. Hull, top U. S. commander in the Far East, has charged the Russians were lying in saying the American bomber crossed their borders. Ben. Knowland of CalifOTnia, Republican leader, urged anew last night that the United States break relations with Russia.
Sixth St.; one daughter, Mrs. Lur-line Niblo, 2040 North Sixth St., and six grandchildren.
Born in Log Home Dr, Alexander was a farm boy, born in a two-story log home. Before his death, he had acquired a fortune in West Texas realty holdings, built the first hospital between Fort Worth and El Paso and constructed the seven-story Alexander Building at Pine and North First Sts.
CLEVELAND, Nov. 10 (J*) — The state, seeking to knock down Dr. Samuel Sheppard’s alibi in his wife’s slaying, drew from a woman witness today that he knew a head injury “was the hardest to evaluate.”
The implication, in the state’s own words, was that he knew how to “pretend” such an injury.
The osteopath is being tried in the July 4 slaying of his pregnant wife, Marilyn. 31. He claims she was killed by a stranger who knocked him out and seriously in-Jureo his head and neck.
Says Injuries Trivial It is the state's claim that any injuries Sheppard suffered that night were very trivial — although he wore his neck in a brace for weeks afterwards.
Mrs. Esther Houk. a Sheppard family friend, testified as a state witness that a sister of hers was in an accident last spring. The sister’s auto was damaged but she was unhurt. The sister’s insurance I did not completely cover the dam-! age.
She said she discussed the situation with Sheppard, and Asst. Prosecutor Saul Danaceau asked:
“Did he participate in a conversation with the subject of which was how to pretend a head injury?”
Hard to Evaluate
“He said that, as a doctor, he knew a head injury was the har. -est to evaluate,” replied Mrs. Honk over strong defense objections. ‘‘It pertained to the insurance in the case of an accident and, where there no obvious injury, a head injury be easily claimed as far
injury could very easily be claimed.”
Mrs. Houk. a thin-faced, nervous witness, testified that Sheppard and his hazel-eyed wife quarreled occasionally—about cars he Ixiught and about a dishwasher she installed when he was out of town.
Mrs. Houk’s husband is mayor of Bay Village, the suburban community 12 miles west of here where the Sheppards lived. She was followed to the witness .stand by Patrolman Fred F. Frenkhan. one of the village’s seven-member police force. He was the first policeman on the scene of the murder.
Drenkhan identified two black and white pictures of Marilyn’s battered body on her blood soaked bed. Then the trial recessed over the Veterans Day holiday until Friday. The jury went home with the vivid horror of the pictures as
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the final impression on their minds.
Under cro.ss-examination. the defense bore down on two fishermen who claimed to have seen two figures on the Sheppard beach early the morning of the slaying. The osteopath claims he tussled on the beach with the bushy-haired stranger, who finally knocked him out.
HOSSEIN FATEMI , . lashed to stake, shot
Former Mossadegh Aide Is Executed
TEHRAN. Iran, Nov. 10 —
They lashed Hossein Fatemi to a stake before a mud wall today and riddled him with 16 bullets for being a traitor to the Shah.
Thus ended on a windswept barracks rifle range the life of the fiery pint-sized ex-foreign minister who had been the right hand man of former Premier Mohammed Mossadegh.
Executed In Secret He was executed in secret by a four-man squad just before dawn. Gen. Teimour Bakhtiar. Tehran’s military governor, a witness, said the blindfolded Fatemi shouted as ' he stood tied to the stake:
All during his boyhood, it was
his ambition to become a doctor, ^
even though there wa.s only one | insurance was concerned.
doctor, his mother’s brother, in the family.
He first moved to Texas in 1884 and worked for two years in the j Bond Drug Store at Hillsboro, ^ which was owned by the husband of his mother’s sister.
In 1886 he took his savings and | went to Louisville, Ky., to attend I the Louisville Medical College, which has been the Transylvania Medical School, one of the first schools of medicine ever established in the United States.
Then he studied at the Kentucky School of Medicine in Louisville, and later re-entered the Louisville Medical College, from which he graduated in 1889
Delivered 2.000 Babies He delivered the first baby of an estimated 2,000 when he was about 20 years old, and was an undergraduate at Louisville Medical College. He performed the delivery in an abandoned tobacco factory in one of Louisville’s poorer districts, where a poverty-stricken family had taken up residence.
It was the custom in those days for poor families to call on the medical school for “doctors” to help out when children were about to come into the world, and the school would send out the medical
Before he graduated from medical school. Dr. Alexander had delivered several more babies, “learning by doing.”
After graduating from school in 1889, he went to Victoria, Tex,, for a few months, and then moved to Abilene on Dec. 1. 1889. When he located in Abilene, his
See DR. JIM. Pg. S-A, Cols. 2-3
“Dr. Sam said in that particular case he knew as a doctor a head
Michigan Famiiy To Reach Aibany Today or Friday
ALBANY, Nov. 10 — A family moving to Texas for the health of a four-year old daughter will arrive in Albany either Thursday or Friday, according to Everett Ingels, who has hired the girl’s father.
James Kolbe and his family left Muskegon, Mich., Monday, about a month after the daughter, Sheryl Ann, had suffered her 28th case of pneumonia in the northern climate. They are traveling by auto.
Ingels moved to Albany some time ago for the health of his son.
4 Per Cent Rise in Demand For Oil Forecast al Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 10 ¡4»)—One economist predicted today a 4 per cent growth in general business next year while another foresaw a 4.3 per cent rise in the total demand for oil.
They addressed the American Petroleum Institute,
Allyn Evans, president of Lionel Edie and Co.. New York, predicted business growth would be about 4 per cent over this year.
Drop in Exports John Boatwright, of Standard Oil (Indiana), said an increase of 4.3 per cent in total demand for oil would mean 8.460.000 barrels a day.
An estimted 18.6 per cent drop in exports, he said, should be offset by a 5.3 per cent gain in domestic consumption.
Secretary of Interior McKay said the first .scale of oil leases in the outer continental shelf was “an overwhelming surprise to many.” The high bids totaled almost 130 million dollars.
This sale, and those to follow, will benefit every individual in the
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United States by adding large sums from the bonus bids and the royalties to the federal treasury,” McKay told the oilmen earlier.
52,000 Square Miles He said the outer continental sbjlf off the shores of Louisiana and Texas included an estimated 52,000 square miles of land covered with water.
H, J. Rathbone, president of Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), said he could see little prospect for the industry’s returning to full capacity operations.
He said spare refining capacity is now variously estimated at 15 to 20 per cent.
“Product demand this year.” said Rathbone, “will probably be only about 2 per cent over 1953. In 1955 demand is expected to increase about 5 per cent over 1954.
BLOWS OUT CAJSDLE—Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower, wife of the presiilenl, blows out a lone candle on a big cake in Washington at a pre-birthday party for her. Mrs. Eisenhower will be 58 next Suntiay. Holding (:andles in backgroiRKl are Mrs. Herbert Brownell, left, wife of the attorney general, and Mrs. George Humphrey, wife oi the treasury secretary.
Couilhouse, U.S. Offices fo Take Holiday Today
Taylor County Courthouse, the post office and most federal offices will observe a holiday Thursday, Veterans Day.
Abilene business houses, the City Hall and Texas Employment Commission will remain open as usual.
The district engineer’s office of the Texas Highway Department and the Social Security office will be closed.
No city mail delivery will be made and post office windows will be closed all day.
The business office of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. will remain closed.
“May God protect you!”
Other army w'itnesses said he cried out “This is Britain’s work!" and “The British are murdering me!" before four volleys ended his life.
Fatemi was an uncompromising supporter of Mossadegh’s extreme nationalist policy under which the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. was nationalized in 1951.
Fatemi, 40 was sentenced to death by a m . y court a mo-'th ago for his pari in plotting to overthrow Shah Mohammed Reza Pah-levl in August, 1953. His old boss, the aged and ailing Mossadegh, now is serving three years in soli tary confinement for the samt offense.
Wrote Will, Message Bakhtiar said Fatemi had spent the last pre-dawn hours before the execulion writing his will and addressing messages to his family. Then he was driven in a heavily guarded army car to the rifle rang at Ghasr Barracks. He walked to the stake without trembling. The four-man firing squad shot four volleys.
The body was taken to a public graveyard for the Moslem washing ceremony. Then it was delivered to Fatemi’s family by army authorities. Weeping relatives buried Fatemi at the nearby .shrine of Ibneh Baboieh.
21 Already Executed Fatemi’s execution was as unexpected as it was secret. Twenty security officers and one civilian convicted of helping a Red military spy ring have been executed publicly in recent weeks. Sources at the royal court had said the Shah and army authorities favored postponing Matemi’s execution until he was fully recovered from a stomach ailment that had kept him in bed during most of his imprisonment and trial.
Only Doing Duly, Case Dedares
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 WF^A member of the Watkins committee, which has been accused by Sen. McCarthy of being a tool of Communists, hit back today with a declaration that senators doing their duty should not be subjected to “personal abuse."
Sen. Case (R-SD), a member of the committee which recommended censure of McCarthy, spoke out near the end of the Senate’s first day of debate on the hotly controversial censure question.
The day also saw McCarthy (R-Wis) swap accusations with Sen. Watkins (R-Utah). Committee chairman. McCarthy accused Watkins of twisting facts and the Utah legislator countered with a charge that McCarthy has violated his obligation—if not his oath—as a senator.
Failure to Appear
Watkins was referring to Mc-Cathy’s failure to appear before an investigating committee which looked into his affairs in 1952. This is the basis for one of the censure counts aganst him. The other charges he abused Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker when the general appeared before McCarthy’s Investigations subcommittee.
Case, In cautioning against “personal abuse” of senators, was replying to McCarthy’s statement that the Watkins committee acted as the “unwitting handmaiden” of the Communist party In making its censure recommendations.
McCarthy made the charge yesterday in a speech he said he would deliver in the Senate today. As it turned out he didn’t actually deliver it but put It into the Congressional Record—with Case and others insisting It be described there as a statement and not a
Refered to Count No. 1
Case declared, his voice rising: “I don’t want the senator from Wisconsin to prove unintentionally to the country that count one is
The first count in the two-count censure recommendation of the Watkins committee is that McCarthy showed contempt for another Senate committee.
Case said the Watkins group is trying to make it possible for senators to accept committee assignments in the future without laying themselves open to “personal abuse.”
Right to Serve
“We hope,” he declared, “to preserve for the Senate of the United States the right to serve on a committee. go into the facts and make
See SENATOR, Pf. *-A, Col. I
Public Power Not U.S. Job, Ike Says
Widow of Pioneer Attorney Dies
Mrs. J. F. Cunningham, 91, resident of Abilene for 60 years, died suddenly of a heart attack at 7:15 p m. Wednesday at her residence at 518 Cedar St.
She was the widow of the late J. F. Cunningham, pioneer Abilene attorney, who died in 1933.
Mrs. Cunningham was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs, Maud Zarns of Sundown, Mrs. W. V. Ballew of Dallas and Miss Natalie Cunningham who lived with her mother; one son, Oliver Cunningham, of Abilene, and 12 grandchildren.
Arrangements will ba announc-§d by ElUott’a Fuoaral Uoma.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 President Eisenhower said today he does not believe it is in the best interests of the country to saddle the federal government with “a continuous and never-ending re-sponsibUity” to provide new public power.
He set forth his power philosophy in a letter urging the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee to allow swift execution of the Dixon-Yates private power contract If the committee finds its terms satisfactory.
For Generattaf Plant
The controversial contract is for a 107 million dollar generating plant at West Memphis, Ark., to pour private power into the lines of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The power would take the place d! electricity TVA is furnishing to plants of the Atomic Energy Commission.
There had been proposals that TVA bu i id government-owned plants to supply the extra power needed in the valley but Congress declined to underwrite this plan.
The President’s letter, addressed to Rep. W. Sterling (^e (R-NY), chairman of the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, was released towarf the end of a day in which Eisenhower forces won a big round in the Dixwi-Yates fight. DemocraU on the committee lost, 16-8, a move to bar immediate signing of the contract.
Clear aad Simple
“It seems to me,” tl» Pre—aent wrote, “that there has been a very great deal ol talk and argumeotr-
much of it partisan—about Issues that are really clear and simple.
“No one in this administration has any intention of destroying ®r damaging TVA or of diminishing its effectiveness in any way.
“But this Is not the same thing as fastening on the federal government a continuing and never-ending rtisponsibilily which I (rankly do not believe is logical nor, in the long run, in the best interests of the country."
Read in the context of the whole letter, it was clear that by “responsibility” Eisenhower meant responsibility to build generating plants and distribute public power.
Condor Sfock Suit Settled in Dallas
DALLAS, Nov. 10 m—A suit involving the sale of 27 million dollars worth of stock in the Condor Petroleum Co., of Abilene, to the Bradley Petroleum Co. of Dallas was settled out of court today.
Attorneys advised that a suit filed by Dallas oil broker Lyl« Brush for $270,000 he sind was owed him for helping negtAiaie the sale had been settled.
Brush sued Robert Bateman el Houston, co-agent with Brush in arranging the sale, who was alledged to have failed to pay Bush his half oi some $540,000 in commissions and oveiTidet. Ttm amount of the settlement wm Bot disclosed.