Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THUKSDAY MORNING, NOV. 18, 1954—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIO^
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Tumbler Fighting Gamely for Life
It’s a hard story to tell, this one about 15-year-old Gordon Kirby.
Because the main ingredients are faith and hope and courage. There are facts, all right, but they don’t tell the story.
The biggest fact now is that Gordon is fig’nting for his life in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. He has been there since Nov. 6 when h/e was critically injured while tumbling. He suffered a broken neck, severed spinal cord and a severe brain concussion.
Obviously slim, the doctors say, but one added Wednesday night that he has shown improvement. He was quick, however, to temper any optimism by noting that Gordon wasn’t out of danger yet.
Gordon’s chances would seem even slimmer when considering that he has been afflicted with acute diabetes for two years.
Mother Realistic Mrs. W'idna Kirby, his mother, is realistic about the matter. So 1 a brother, Richard, a freshman at Abilene Christian College.
*T still have hope for my son, but I have no false hopes. He has two hills to climb — first, to live, and then, if he is granted life, to overcome the handicap of almost complete paralysis,” Mrs. Kirby said.
Carl Spain, minister of the Graham Street Church of Christ and a close friend of the family, describes Gordon’s spirit as a “beautiful manifestation of faith,
' hope and courage and deep appreciation of every service rendered in his behalf.”'
“Gordon has shown no expression of bitterness; in fact, his sense of humor and his strong faith have been of immeasurable comfort to his mother.” Spain said.
Gordon, Richard and Mrs. Kirby are all members of the Graham Street congregation.
From Alabama The Kirby family’s decision to come to AbUene last summer was reached when Richard decided he wanted to gecome a gospel preacher. Richard felt the Bible training and Christian education available at ACC would contribute to his preparation. Mrs. Kirby and Gordon agreed and so they moved from their long-time home in Enterprise, Ala,
Mrs. Kirby’s husband and the boys’ father. J. 0. Kirby, died 24 years ago. He served as the chief of police in Enterprise until his death.
The remaining three members of the Kirby family came to Abilene on a “financial shoestring,” since the income from the property they sold back in Enterprise amounted to very little.
Mrs. Kirby, a pretty brunette of 37, Secured employment in an Abilene department store; Richard enrolled at ACC and got part-time work at a grocery store; and Garden began working at a drug store. They settled in an apartment in Barracks 8 on the ACC campus.
Gordon earned and saved enough to buy a motor scooter for trans-
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GORDON KIRBY , . . before accident
Dr. Cooke Named Drys' Board Chief
DALLAS, Nov. 17 t^Dr. J. Howard Williams, president of Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, today was re-elected president of the United Texas Drys, Inc., an affiliate of the National Temper ance League, Inc.
Other officers elected at the annual convention included Dr. Harold Cooke, president of McMurry College in Abilene, chairman of the board, and Mrs. Grover Johnson of Wichita Falls, vice president for women.
Cool Front StaBs East ot Abilene
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A cool front pushed into Texas Wednesday, kicking up dust and touching off showers at Dalhart and along the Texas-New Mexico border.
The front moved east and south, then stalled between Abilene and Mineral Wells. It was still there at nightfall.
Presbyterian Women Meet Here in 1955
BROWN WOOD, Nov. 17 (RNS) Abilene was chosen for the 19.55, meeting of women of the church, j Mid-Texas Presbytery, at the annual meeting in Brownwood Wednesday. ’
Some three hundred women from 38 churches attended the all-day session in Brownwood’s First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Floyd Thompson of Talpa was elected president, succeeding Mrs. Harris P. Moore, Fort Worth.
Othens elected were Mrs. E. A. Saunders, Ballinger, corresponding secretary; Mrs. T. H. W'il-lis, Abilene, spiritual growth chairman; Mrs. Jim Bob Daws, Throckmorton, stewardship chairman; Mrs. John C. Sheffield, Fort Worth, Christian education chairman, and Mrs. Donald Hoakaday, Mineral WelLs, annuities and relief chairman.
Holdover officers are Mrs. B. D. Greer, Sterling City, vice-president; Mrs. C. A. Glenn, Cleburne, recording secretary; Mrs. W. Grady Mitchell, San Angelo, treasurer, and Mrs. P. R. Warwick, Cisco, historian.
Abilenian on Program Featured speakers included Mrs. William F. Pruitt, who has served with her husband as a missionary the past ten years to the Belgian Congo, Africa; Rev. Charles G. Bruce, pastor of Fort Worth’s St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, who reported on the World Presbyterian Alliance, and Dr. Frank M. Taylor, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Grapevine, who reported for the Presbyterian Synod of Texas, U. S.
Program participants included: Mmes. S. Gardner Endress, H. P. Moore. Harry W. Williams. M. L. Earp, G. R. Goodrich, Flynn V. Long and William J. Nolte of Fort Worth; Mrs. R. R. Milstead, Abilene: Mmes. D. K. Longley and A. J. Bittick, Brownwood; Mmes. Charles A. Harris and S. B. Har-bison, Graham; Mrs. W. C. Cooper, Coleman; Mrs. F. M. Taylor. Grapevine; Mrs. R. L. Foulks, Austin College, Sherman; Mmes. John W. Cunningham and Oliver C. Anderson, Dallas, and Mrs. J. A. Little. Wichita Falls.
McCarthy Injury May Delay Censure Fight
Illegal Land Deals Hinted
AUSTIN, Nov. 17 (iT>_Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd confirmed today that members of his office, the State Auditor’s Office and the Department ~of Public Safety have been investigating possible law violations in connection with the sale of land under the veterans land program in South Texas.
Shepperd said the investigation has been in cooperation with Dewitt County Atty. Wiley Cheatham of Cuero and has been underway “for the past several weeks.”
Allegations have been made concerning misrepresentations made to Negro veterans concerning purchases under the veterans land program, Shepperd said.
First public disclosure of the investigations was made by the Cuero Record. Managing Editor R. K. Towery said in a story earlier this week there have been cases in which veterans became land owners without even knowledge that they had purchased the land.
He also said there have been sales of large tracts of land by promoters to large groups of veterans wherein the veteran had never seen the land, had never made a payment on it, and had no means of paying for the land after purchasing it.
The attorney general’s office said most of the veterans involved live in Dewitt County and most of the land is in Zavala County.
Elbow Swollen After Handshake
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (/P)—An elbow bruise reported inflicted by a vigorous admirer sent Sen. McCarthy R-Wis) to the hospital today, ’ -‘-•i.
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T AIN’T GOT NO BODY’—What puzzles Patrolman Lloyd Maddox of the Abilene Police Department, is to whom does the skeleton of this arm belong. It was found hanging in the mail box in front of the Metropolitan Hotel, 1058V<2 North First St.. Wednesday night by J. E. Mays, who lives there. (Staff Photo)_
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Tax Men Disciplined For Political Activity
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 more Internal Revenue Service employes in southern Texas have been disciplined for illegal political activity, the Civil Service Commission announced today.
All of the six have resigned their jobs. They are being recorded as dismissed from federal employment or barred from civil service positions for one to two years.
In Austin, Tex., yesterday, it was announced 12 employes had been suspended for 90 days without pay.
Found Guilty All 18 were found guilty at corn-mission hearings of engaging in politics in the spring of 1950 in violation of the Hatch Act. Each was charged with selling tickets to a Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner.
Frank Scofield of Austin, former
Abilene's Good-Will Trippers To Shake 2,000 Hands Today
head of the Southern District, was acquitted last June in a federal court on six counts of violating the Hatch Act.
The Civil Service Commission today said the severest penalty was dealt Virgil F. Dupree of Taylor, Tex., supervising deputy collector for the region when he resigned Jan. 10, 1952. His resignation is to be recorded as a dismissal.
Barred for 2 Years
Barred from employment in federal competitive service for two years are James T. Garrard, Beaumont, division chief at Beaumont at the time of the violations: Paul C. Edmiston, Corpus Christi, supervising deputy collector, and Joe W. Bragg, Austin, zone deputy collector.
Barred 'for one year from employment in federal service were Clyde A. Dabbs, Victoria, deputy collector, and Robert T. Haynes Yoakum.
Dabbs’ address was given as 1507 East Virginia.
Bu.siness men who are scheduled to leave Abilene at 7:15 a.m. Thursday on the sixth and last businessmen’s tour expect to shake hands with about 2,000 persons before they reach Abilene
again at 6 p.m.
The trippers will stop in Sweetwater, Roscoe and Colorado City before having lunch in Snyder. During the return trip, they will stop in Big Spring and Merkel.
Handing out gaily colored yardsticks and other souvenirs as they go, the trippers contact their personal friends in every town, as well as shaking hands with greeting committees and others who turn out to welcome them.
Those who are scheduled to go on Thursday’s trip include:
D. L. Eubanks of Kraft Foods Co. Gilbert Pechacck of Lion Hardware Co.. Everett Haney of Farmers and Merchants National Bank. Mel R. Thurman of Camera. Inc.. Bert Twomey of Texas Coca-Cola Bottiing Co.. Neal C.
Harbim and Charles Zenor of McKesson and Robbins, Bill Ross of the Borden Co.
Frank Moore and Foy Weathers, both of West Texas Wholesale Supply Co.. Hamilton Wright of the Abilene Reporter-News. Jim Jennings of Sun Electric Co., J. E. SmlUi of the First State Bank, Owen Ellis of the Citizens National Bank, Ivan Flynn of Morrison Supply Co., Adrian Grumpier of Cummins Supply Co., Buck McCarty of Foremost Dairies. Pete Bennett of Mrs. Baird’s Bakery, Wally Grogan of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Jack Reese of Western CottonoU Co., E. L. Turner of Lest You Forget Service, Bill Griffith of Acme Fast Freight, J. S. Steadman and Leroy Everett, both of Abilene Chain Link Fence Co.. Marvin Lewis of Royal Crown Bottling Co., and Bob Pointer of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
CLEVELA.ND, Nov. 17 (J')—Dr. Samuel Sheppard’s lawyers angrily and vainly demanded today the Cleveland police report that first labeled him a suspect in his wife’s murder.
‘Why don’t you want me to see it?” shouted defense attorney William J. Corrigan during cross-examination of Coroner Samuel R. Gerber. “Are you reluctant I should read it?”
The state objected vigoriously that the police report was not a public record within the control of the coroner’s office, although Dr. Gerber had received a copy. Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Blythin directed the jury to disregard Corrigan’s remarks.
Won’t Press Matters When court recessed for the night, Corrigan indicated he was satisfied he had gotten his complaint aco.ss to the jury and would not press the matter. He resumes his cross-examination of Gerber tomorrow.
Dr. Sheppard is on trial for the July 4 slaying of his wife, Marilyn.
Corrigan brought out in a duel of wits With the coroner that the state is holding a batch of letters found in the dead woman’s desk. The lawyer also got on record the defense claim that some morphine capsules were missing from Dr. Sheppard’s bag after the «slaying.
Dr. Gerber. 60, is the fiye-foot, five-inch coroner who claims to have found the bloody outline of a surgical instrument on the under side of Marilyn’s death pillow. He softened this testimony somewhat
Wards to (lose 14 Stores Next Month
CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (AV-A shutdown of some 14 of its 580 retail stores effective Christmas Eve is planned by Montgomery Ward & Co., huge retail merchandise firm.
John A. Barr, vice president and secretary, said the planned shutdowns are "part of a general program of concentrating on larger stores and better locations.”
He said “a few” of Ward’s smaller stores — the exact number has not been determined — would be closed when their leases expire at the end of the year.
Another company official who asked to remain anonymous gave the number as 14 and the shutdown date as Christmas Eve
Abifenians Leave Today to Make B!d For TCP! Meeting
during the day, saying if it wasn t a surgical instrument, it at least resembled one.
The state still is trying to find aii instrument that may have left such a print.
In Kalamazoo, Mich., the Orthopedic Frame >Co. disclosed the state has asked whether the firm has sold such an instrument to Bay View Hospital, where Sheppard practiced 12 miles west of here on
For one breathless moment today it appeared a new sensation was in the making. Dr. Gerber testified two orthopedic brace cutters were turned over to his office.
“Do they in any way fit those marks in the pillow shown to the jury?” Corrigan asked as a deep hush settled on the stuffy courtroom.
“No, sir,” replied the coroner. There'was a perceptible gasp of released supsense from spectators.
Dr Gerber thus far has played the'star role in the prosecutions efforts to put the 30-year-old osteopath in the electric chair for the murder of his pregnant wife. In addition to being a physician. Gerber holds a law degree although he never practiced.
Pitted against the coroner in the deadly cat-and-mouse game ot cross-examination was Corrigan. 67, defender of Sheppards innocence and his life.
Earlier, the coroner had testified Marilyn tore a finger nail in her death struggle and that it was not torn In the morgue; that her wristwatch wJs not removed from her wrist until some time after she
^‘sheppard is accused of beating the 31-year-old Marilyn to death as the outgrowth of a love affair another woman. Sheppard
DALLAS, Nov. 17 (^The Society of Exploration Geophysicists convention opened tonight wfth regi^ tration beginning for an expected 1,000 delegatei.
Mayor C. E. Gatlin will leave Abilene by plane about 3:45 p.m. Thursday for Corpus Christi, where he and others will make a formal bid Friday for the 1956 convention of the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Bob Pointer of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce staff will leave at 6:22 p.m. Thursday to fly to Corpus Christi, where he will represent Rufus Wallingford, chairman of the C-C conventions committee.
Supt. A. E. Wells, who has offered the high school auditorium, could not make the trip because of a very busy schedule.
Mrs. Jack Sparks, president of the Abilene chapter of the TCPT. and other Abilene and Taylor County delegates to the convention are already in Corpus Christi.
The bid for the convention will be made before the officers and directors of the state (xrganizatioD Friday afternoon.
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says she was slain by a bushy haired prowler who knocked him unconscious.
Wore Faint Smile Dr. Gerber wore a faint smile as Corrigan put him under cross-examination that promised from the outset to run well beyond today. The coroner had Corrigan thrown out of Marilyn’s jnquest last July when the lawyer insisted on putting remarks in the record.
Corrigan and Dr. Gerber played their roles quietly, took their time in phrasing a question or an answer.
and there was talk of call-censure fight.
Sen.'Case (R-SD), a member of the Watkins committee which recommended censure of McCarthy, said “some consideration” undoubtedly will be given tomorrow to recessing the debate unless McCarthy is able to attend by that time.
Serious Questions Case told reporters McCarthy’s absence “raises rather serious questions both of the Senate’s courtesy and Hs attitude toward a fellow senator.”
He noted McCarthy was represented on the floor today, however, by the presence o his lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams, and by Sen. Weker (R-Idaho) whose often interrupted pro-McCarthy speech filled most of the day.
Welker, floor manager for the McCarthy side, chal-enged the key findings of the Wattins committee as “absurd” and as “contrary to our whole theory of government.” McCarthy failed to appear at today’s session and it was not learned until late afternoon that he had been admitted 0 the nearby Bethesda, Md., Naval Hospital, where a hos-)ital spokesman said he may remain for several days.
Mrs. Mary Driscoll, McCarthy's secretary, said he hurt his elbow in Milwaukee last Saturday when an enthusiastic supporter shook hands so hard it rammed I the elbow against a glass table top. The hospital officer said a contusion resulted and the elbow has now grown swollen and painful.
“We think he will be in the hospital probably several days,” he said.
Sen. Jenner (R-Ind), a backer of McCarthy in the censure debate said he would look favorably on a proposal to call everything off until McCarthy became “physfcafly able to return to his own defense.”
Senate Republican Leader Know-land of California indicated, however he doe.sn’t think McCarthy’s hospitalization need delay action.
Knowland was reported to believe preliminary voting might begin Friday.
.McCarthy’s hospitalization came as the move to censure him headed for a possible early showdown.
With the main body of debate apparently nearing an end. Sen.
Dirksen (R-IID, long friendly to McCarthy, disclosed he would attempt to offer a substitute tomorrow for the pending censure resolution.
This compromise move could
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FOR 84TH CONGRESS
Federal Pay Raises Put High on List by Rayburn
WASHINGTON. Nov. 17 -
House Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas today put pay raises for all federal employes and new farm and tax measures high on a legislative priority list for the 84th Congress.
Rayburn will resume his former post as speaker when Congress convenes with Democrats in control on Jan. 5.
Other matters slated for early House consideration, Rayburn told newsmen, include a three-year extension of the recipocal trade program and possible pay raises for congressmen and federal judges, Rayburn predicted the House
will pass a bill to restore farm price supports to 90 per cent of parity. The 83rd Congress replaced the old 90 per cent law with one providing for ■ sliding parity scale.
Parity Is a price declared by law to be fair to the farmer in relation to his necessary costs.
AUo, Rayburn said the entire tax structure will be reviewed with a view to removing any inequalities that may be found. The last Congress enacted a tax law which Democrats claimed gave preferred treatment to business and high-income groups.
Ike Appeals For Continued Bipartisanship
WASHINGTON. Nov. 17 (ft ~ President Eisenhower appealed to congressional leaders of both parties today for continued bipartisanship on foreign and defense policies, in "the best interests of our nation."
Top Democrats, who will be leaders in the new Congressi indicated agreement with the President’s view that such an approach is “essential” — provided they are consulted ahead of time on major, critical decisions.
Sen, George (D-Ga), slated to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Elsenhower promised such advance consultation “so far as that was practical.”
For 2V* hours, the President, Secretary of State Dulles, Secretary of Defense Wilson and 22 Democratic and Republican congressional chieftains explored America’s present and future course in the fields of foreign affairs and national jSecurity. They conferred in the White House Cabinet room at Eisenhower’s invitation. Those present included House Speaker Martin (R-Mass), Rep. Rayburn (D-Tex), who will succeed Martin as speaker in January, Republican and Democratic floor leaders and whips of both Senate and House, and top Democrats and Republicans on the Foreign Affairs. Armed Services and Appropriations Committees.
Various participants described the meeting as entirely harmonious. They said no mention was made of the position of Senate Republican Leader Knowland of California or of Knowland’s Senate speech Monday urging a congressional review of foreign and defense policies.
Knowland said it should be determined whether “a basic change” in the direction of American foreign policy is desirable.
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