Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 153
U.S., Russia Agree on Plan For Alom Pool
UNITED NATIONS. N. Y.. Nov. 18 WV~The Western powers and Russia reached virtual agreement today on a compromise plan endorsing and advancing President Eisenhower’s atoms-for-peace program.
Only one point of difference remained and diplomatic quarters predicted this would not stand in the way of unanimous appro'^al of the plan by the U. N. ,
Tt was the second time in this General Assembly session that the j Russians and the United States have agreed on an important proposal. Onlv two weeks ago today the .Assembly approved unanimoas-ly a resolution instructing the Disarmament Commission to make another attempt to regulate armaments and banning atomic weapons. The commission will meet at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The 60-nation political committee will meet at 4 p m. tomorrow and hopes to reach a vote on the revised resolution put before it today by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., United States delegate.
Just One Difference
The only difference outstanding between the Ea.st and West now Ls a Western stipulation limiting invitations to a scientific conference to members of the U. N. and its specialized agencies. Russia wants no restrictions, apparently with the intention of including Communist China if pos.sible.
The resolution provides that the scientific conference be held next iummer. The United States and Britain favor holding it in Geneva. The Soviet Union yesterday agreed to serve on a committee to advLse the secretary general on preparations for this conference.
The new East-West agreement reached after long and involved conferences was contained in the resolution sponsored by the United States. Britain. France, Canada. Aastralia, Belgium and South Africa._
Top U.S. Red Nabbed by FBI
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 i^The Department of Justice said tonight Junius Irving Scales, 34, identified as the leader of the Communist party in North and South Carolina and Tennessee, had been arrested at Memphis, Tenn.
The arrest was made by FBI agents.
Scales had been hunted for over three years.
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI. said in a statement that Scales has been running the party’s activities in the three Southern states from the underground after his disappearance from his residence at 36 Carr St. Carrboro. N.C., on Oct. 6. 1951.
Hoover said Scales has been charged with violating the membership provisions of the Smith Act. The Smith Act outlaws any conspiracy to teach and advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. ,
If convicted, he could be jailed for 10 years, fined $10,000 or given both. .
He was arrested on the basis of a warrant sworn out at Wilkesboro, N.C.
The FBI said Scales once provided local new'spapers with a notarized statement in which he made a public avowal of his Communist party membership.
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Recess Called McCarthy Censure
Co-existence Called 'A Poison Gos'
WASHINGTON. Nov. 18 I^Sen. Jenner <R-Ind) told the Senate today the idea of peaceful coexistence with Russia is “a poison gas” which is spreading over the
United States. . ,
“The minds of our leaders are falling asleep,” he shouted.
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SHOTGUN BROUGHT TO TTllAL — Without explaining his purpose. Coroner Samuel R. Gerber showed up at the Sheppard murder trial in Cleveland, 0., with a shotgun, a riding crop, a large bdlt and a two-foot length of pipe. The shotgun, he said belongs to the accused osteopath, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard. (AP)
Weapon Mark ‘Just Blood’
CLEVELAND, Nov. 18 (JV-Dr. Samuel Sheppard’s lawyers argued today — on cue from him — that a purported weapon mark on his wife’s death pillow was nothing but blood creases.
“Oh, no.” shouted Coroner Samuel R. Gerber, who testified the mark was left by a twin-clawed instrument, probably a surfica! instrument.
At the same time, defense attorney William J. Corrigan cross-examining Dr. Gerber, sought to show that authorities looked for various murder weapons ^ including a big rasp and a golf club — before fixing on the surgical instrument theory.
Looking for Everything
“Everyone was looking for everything.” the coroner testified during his second day under defense questioning. A state witness, he was in charge of the original investigation into the slaying of Sheppard’s wife, Marilyn.
Dr. Sheppard, 30-year-old osteopath, is on trial for his life in the July 4 slaying of his 31-year-old wife. The state says he had had an affair with another woman.
In pleading innocent, Sheppard said a bushy-haired prowler beat his wife to death and twice knocked him out. Marilyn was the mother of a 7-year-old son and was four months pregnant with her second child.
No murder weapon ever has been produced by the slate.
On Tuesday, Dr. Gerber testified an imprint on the underside of Marilyn’s pillow was made by a surgical instrument, or something resembling a surgical instrument.
Dr. Sheppard is an osteopathic surgeon and the defense obviously considered this testimony potentially harmful.
The osteopath, himself, creased some ink in a sheet of paper that day to show his lawyers how it left a dual image when unfolded.
In a renewed cross-examination in which both men lost their tempers at times, Corrigan put the death pillow on the ledge of the witness stand today. Time after time the state stopped him—once physically—as he began to mark the pillow with pen or pencil to call certain areas to Dr. Gerber’s attention.
Matching Blood Stain Corrigan also directed the jury’s attention to a matching blood stain on the inside of the pillow case. Then turning to the stain on the outside of the pillow case, he continued:
“Down the middle of that old splotch between the two markings you call the impression of an instrument. there’s a line.”
“Yes sir.” Dr. Gerber replied. “Thai’s a crease in the cloth caused by the weight of the blade on each side.”
“And of course the w'eight of the blade you’ve now seen was
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Kansas Trucker Critically Hurt
ROTAN, Nov. 18. (RNS) - A Great Bend. Kan., truck driver was in critical condition at Callan Hospital here Thursday night as the result of a highway accident in the south part of Kent County.
J. F. Denny, about 35. was brought to Rotan at 6 p.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. still had not regained consciousness and remained in severe shock.
The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. on Slate Highway 70, about 25 miles north of Rotan. Kent County Sheriff John Montgomery investigated.
The truck Denny was driving overturned in a borrow ditch and he was pinned beneath it.
British House Okays Arming Of Germany
LONDON, Nov. 18 iJV-Britain’s House of Commons tonight by a vote of 264 to 4 approved the Paris agreements for the rearmament of Germany for Western defense.
Under parliamentary procedure the vote assured that the pacts will be ratified automatically by Britain, but the formality must await 21 working days of Parliament.
Mistake to .Mix In the two-day debate that preceded the vote Prime Minister Churchill told Labor questioners it would be a mistake to mix the process of ratification with talks with the Russians. “I cannot think of anything that would be worse,” he declared.
Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, pleading for unanimity, urged that Britain’s decision be made “clearly so that the whole world can understand it.”
Clement Attlee and his moderate Labor party faction voted with the government and warned that a vote against the agreements would be ^ serious breach of party discipline, involving possible expulsion.
Gave Permission But at the last minute Attlee gave permission for Labor members to abstain, and most did so. Four defied the warning and voted no. The four are:
Victor Yates, who has strong pacifist views.
S. 0, Davies, former Welsh coal miner who once said American airmen were the "most imperialist gang the world has ever known.” George Craddock, former trade union official.
E. A. Fernyhough, former coal miner.
In addition two Labor meipbers defied discipline by accepting appointments as tellers of opposition votes, thus in effect joining the rebels. These two are Emrys Hughes and Sidney Silverman. Both have long Left WMng records.
Bevan Abstains One of those abstaining was Aneurin Bevan, Left Wing Labor leader who bitterly attacked the agreements which he called “the most ignominous surrender in modern British diplomacy.”
Attlee’s support was only halfhearted. He told the House “this is a risky thing, but there is no safety first policy in foreign affairs. I have not found so far any alternative suggestion that did not expose us to more dangers and difficulties than these present proposals.”
GREET THE QUEEN MOTHER — The Gill youngsters, Alexandra, 6, Douglas 11, and Elizabeth, 8, of Teaneck, NJ., stand right up front to glimpse Great Britain s Oueen Mother Elizabeth as she arrived at Pier 90 m New York to board the liner Queen Mary for the return voyage home The children are those of the assistant marine superintendent of the Cunard Une. The grownups are unidentified. (AP) ^
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McKee Low On Hangar, Apron
Chemistry Lab Blast Kills One
HUN'TSVTLLE, Nov. 18 GP—An explosion shattered the Sam Houston State Teachers College chemistry laboratory late today, killing one student and critically injuring another.
Dead was Miss Lavonne Wilson, 20, a senior from Conroe.
In critical condition with unde-
Robert E. McKee General Contractor, Inc., of El Paso was the apparent low bidder Thursday on both the base and alternate bids for construction of a maintenance hangar and apron at Abilene Air
The firm’s base bid was $1.959.-700 and its alternate bid $1,905,-200. The base contract would include construction of a deluge fire extinguishing system that would not be included in the alternate contract.
Government estimate on the base contract was $1,934,626 and on the alternate contract $1,890,036.
13 Firm« Bid
Bids were submitted by 13 firms, including firms of Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso. Highest base bid was $2,276.000 and the highest alternate bid $2,-224,000.
McKee previously was the successful bidder on contract« at the base totaling $6.524,662. These include a $1,939,682 contract for seven dormitories and two mess and
administration buildings, a $411,i>80 warehouse contract, a $2,495,800 hospital contract, and a contract for $1,677,600 for five more dormitories.
The contractor on the maintenance hangar and apron adjoining it will have 360 calendar days to complete the work after a work order is issued. The hangar will contain 106,000 square feet of floor space.
•llie bids were submitted to the
Force officials in a pre-bid conference on the aircraft parking apron contract.
The $2-3 million dollar project wiU include about 200.000 square yards of paving.
Lt. Col. Carl G. Sory, executive officer to the Fort Worth district engineer, was in charge of the conference. He and 1st Lt. Arthur R Poor, installations engineer for the Air Force at the base, answered questions about the project.
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Fort Worth district office of the ^v’ednesday from Eighth Air Force
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Corps of Engineers.
Bids will be opened on Nov. 23 for construction of a squadron headquarters and operations building. on Nov. 24 for an officers’ mesvS and also a cold storage and meat cutting plant, and on Nov, 30 for two contracts for an engine repair shop and an aircraft parking apron.
Pre-Bid Parley About 20 contractors’ representatives met at the base 'Thursday wich Corps of Engineers and Air
Headquarters at Fort Worth to continue his work at the base as installations engineer.
Apparent low bidder Wednesday for construction of a pump station and storage reservoir was Leslie Miller of Fort Worth. His bid of $108.937 35 was lowest of 11 bids submitted.
Government estimate on the project was $107,470.39. The contractor will have 210 calendar days in which to complete work after work oi^er is issued.
Bonus land Probe Starts
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Puzzling land sales to Texas veterans under the state’s veterans land program were the target of a multi-pronged investigation Thursday.
Reports from Cuero, Yoakum and Gonzales told of ex-soldiers signing up for what they thought was a free bonus of land. They discovered later they’d bought land with down payments they'd never made.
The state auditor. Department of Public Safety, attorney general and Dewitt County Atty. Wiley Cheatham were investigating alleged irregularities.
Wholesale Purchases Generally they were looking into wholesale purchases by corporations which processed applications for veterans, sold them land r.nd agreed to lease the land back for three years at enough rental to pay principal and interest on the
They were also checking appraisals under which such deals would be passible.
Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd said “any criminal action will have to originate with local prosecuting
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Shepperd said he could not “at this time” indicate how many veterans or how much money was involved.
Cheatham said his investigation revealed “a rotten, stinking mess that ought to be aired out before
He said Thursday he rould not be specific as to details right now,
but added: ^
“I don’t see how somebody kept from making a lot of money.” Under the veterans land program. World War II and Korean action servicemen have been able to secure 3 per cent, 40-year loans from the state to buy farms of their choice at a price not to exceed $7,500
termined injuries was Robert D. Thomas, 22, senior from Houston.
College officials said the two were working after school hours at the lab when the explosion took place at 5:15 p.m. It shattered the interior of the lab and blew out most of the building’s windows.
Miss Wilson was killed instantly, hospital officials said, when struck by flying glass.
Fire following the blast was extinguished with little damage.
J. C. Stallings, chemistry professor, said he had left the lab about J5 minutes before the explosion. He said he had been conducting experiments with ether, and had warned the students to “be careful of that ether.”
Stallings said it was his belief that fumes from the ether caused the explosion.
Companions of the two students said both spent much of their spare time in the chemistry lab.
Veteran professors at the college said it was the first incident on record of a death or serious injury on the 76-year-old campus.
Stall on Final Vote Is Denied
WASHINGTON. Nov. 18 (/P)—The Senate today called off its McCarthy censure debate until Nov. 29 because of the hospitalization of Sen. McCarthy—and the Wisconsin Republican’s backers blocked a move to require final action in this session of Congress. „ , ^ j
Some Democrats and Sen Morse fInd-Ore) accused the McCarthy side of trying to stall a final vote on the question of censuring McCarthy until after the Dec. 24 deadline for action at the present Republican-controlled session.
Vote Totals 76-2 Both the McCarthy camp and the Senate’s GOP leadership sharply denied any such intention.
The vote in favor of the 11-day recess—which will leave less than four weeks for consideration of the censure move —was 76-2. Only Sens. Lehman (D-Lib-NY) and Fulbright, (D-Ark) voted against it. ^
The vote, preceded by sharp debate, came after the Senate’s physician reported McCarthy’s elbow injury and infection will require treatment which will make it inadvisable for the senator to leave Bethesda (Md.) Naval Ho.spit-al before Nov. 29.
Otherwise, Dr. George W. Cal-ver said in his written report, a permanent injury to McCarthy’s right arm might result. McCarthy reportedly suffered the injury when an overzealous admirer caused him to bang his elbow against a glass table top last Saturday night.
Makes Proposal Fulbright proposed that the Senate bind itself to complete action at this session on the resolution calling for censure of McCarthy.
Such an agreement required unanimous consent, however, and a McCarthy backer--Sen. Jenner (R-Ind)—promptly offered an cto-jectlon. while other supporters of the Wisconsin senator smiled broadly.
Then Lehman forced a vote on a motion that the Senate recess only until next Monday, then decide on the basis of day-to-day medical reports when the session could be resumed with McCarthy present.
Wants to Be Merciful Lehman said he wanted to be “merciful” to the Wisconsin senator, but declared he feared continuing delays and, “I do not think we should temporize further.”
McCarthy’s lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams, also reported that in his judgment the Wisconsin senator “is not in a positiim to conduct his own defense” at this time.
Williams, whose report was relayed to the Senate by Knowland, said McCarthy himself did not seek a postponement, and in fact expressed hope the debate would continue.
Morse was more pointed than Lehman and Fulbright in suggesting McCarthy’s illness might be used as a device by his backers to stall on final censure acti(Hi until the 83rd Congress had to go out of business.
“I don’t know who they think they’re kidding,” he declared. “Is it part of their strategy ... to
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MRS. BOB HAILE , . « appotntment due
Mrs. Bob Haile To Take Oalh As Treasurer
Mrs. Bob Haile, Taylor County treasurer-elect, will be sworn Into office at 10 a.m. Friday.
Mrs. Haile was elected treasurer in the Nov. 2 general election and was scheduled to take office Jan. I, but the office became Vacant Saturday with the death of J. R. Clark who had not run for re-election this year.
County Judge Reed Ingalsbe, who returned from a hunting trip Thursday, called the commis.sion-ers immediately on his return and asked them to meet in a called session Friday morning to appoint Mrs. Haile to fill Mr. Clark’s unexpired term.
Ingalsbe also contacted Roy Skaggs and asked him to prepare a bond for Mrs. Haile to execute so that her appointment could take effect immediately.
Mrs. Haile recently spent about a week working with Mr. Clark in the treasurer’s office to familiarise herself with the work.
Homlin Boby Being Treated far Palia
Rita Sue Reynolds of Hamlin, 15 months old, was admitted to Hendrick Memorial Hospital’s polio ward at 8:30 p. m. Wednesday;
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Reynolds of Hamlin.
Rita Sue was admitted as a possible polio patient and Thursday her case was definitely diagnosed as polio.
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Continue Anti-Red Fight, Daniel Asks
By LESLIE CARPENTER
WASHINGTON. Nov. 17 — An amendment to the McCarthy censure resolution which could be interpreted as praising Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) for his opposition to communism was Introduced Thursday by Texas’ Sen. Price Daniel.
Daniel said it was his purpose to word the amendment so that it might be constructed two ways— either commending McCarthy for his role in the anti - ccmimunism fight or not commending him for it.
The pertinent section of the sentence of the Daniel amendment is: “...The Senate commends every member of Congress and each committee which has contributed to the exposure of this deadly meance (communism)”
Said Daniel: “I wanted each person to interpret it his own way. Some would say that he has contributed to exposure of communists; some would say he had not.”
Daniel said he felt it a good siAi'Jtitute for a “compromise" Republican amendment to the censure resolution which calls McCarthy by name in praising him
for his role in combatting communism.
Daniel, who left for his home in Liberty by train Thursday night after the Senate recessed until Nov. 29. had little hope his amendment will pass.
A better chance is predicted here for another amendment along the same general line—but stated in very general terms — which was introduced by Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (R-Colo.), a memt>er of the special bi - partisan Senate committee which drafted the McCarthy censure resolution. Daniel joined in the Johnson amendment as a co-sponsEH*.
Both the Johnson amendment and the one offered individually by Daniel declared the “sense of the Senate” to be that the fight should be kept up against communism by committees of Congress. The difference was that the Johnson amendment said nothing which could be construed as complimenting McCarthy.
Text of AmeBdment
Here is the text of the Daniel amendment; “Recognixtog that the Communist Part of the U. S. is a part of the international com-
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