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Oath of Office
AUSTIN, Nov. 19 (Æf—C. Woodrow Laughlin of Alice today took the oath of office as district judge of South Texas’ 79th District Court, simultaneously declaring he has assumed the office.
He said he would actually again take the bench, from which he was ousted by the Supreme Court last spring, next Monday. He was reelected in the general election and the results certified today by the State Canvassing Board.
The oath of office was administered by Notary Public Joe Wheeler in the office of the secretary of state.
His commission was issued over the signatures of Gov. Allan Shivers and Secretary of State C.W. Fulgham.
Laughlin’s attorney, former Sen. C.C. Small Sr.. of Austin, said the issuance of the commission was "strictly ministerial.”
He said the law is clear on the matter of election becoming automatically effective upon canvass of votes in a race for an unexpired term.
Both Laughlin and Small said there had been no prior discussion of the matter with Shivers.
‘T just knew that it would be done. There is no discretion,” said Small.
Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd, who for the past several years has been investigating affairs in South Texas and has been highly critical of Laughlin, said he hopes the judge “will stick to his pledge to serve impartially and not answer to any political bo.ss or machine."
Laughlin had made the pledge in his campaign for reelection.
‘‘The people of Texas will watch his judicial acts for evidence of the sincerity in his public statements,” said Shepperd in a prepared statement. *‘0f course, my office rau.5t remain active in Duval County until our job is finished there.
‘T believe Judge Laughlin understands that the state of Texas will
not stand idly by and see the freedoms we have restored again taken away.”
The development followed quickly on the heels of another change on the South Texas front. Earlier, Jim Walls County Atty. Sam Burris resigned that job and became an assistant attorney general until he takes over as 79th district attorney Jan. 1.
Burris has been a key figure in the state’s investigations into irregularities in South Texas.
Shepperd said Burris, as one of his assistants, will be assigned to work with the new Duval County grand jury and will prepare lawsuits for recovery of more than a half million dollars in public tax moneys improperly taken from school, county and state funds.
Laughlin said he intended to cooperate with Burris as his district attorney. He said he would "cooperate with everybody.”
Until the general election. Laughlin had the backing of South Texas political boss George Parr. Just before the election, however, it became apparent there had been a break between Laughlin and Parr.
Injured Palrolboy Awarded $4,250
A compromise settlement filed In 42nd District Court Thursday awarded $4,250 damages to James Edward Davis, 11-year-old school patrolboy who was struck by an automobile Oct. 19,
The boy’s father, C. E. Davis of 850 EN 11th St., filed suit for him as next friend, naming Roy Franklin Sherwood, 850 Orange Bt., defendant.
Sherwood was the driver of the car that hit the Davis boy when he was standing on a sidewalk parkway at North Eighth and Orange Bts.
A petition asking $5.500 damages, the defendant’s answer and the compromise settlement in which Sherwood agreed to pay $4.250 were all filed at the same time.
Webb, Sorrells, Schulz and Ford were counsel for Davis. Wagstaff, Harwell, Alvis and Pope were attorneys for Sherwood. A. R. Archer, Jr., was named guardian ad litem for the boy.
Giles Defends Land Program
AUSTIN. Nov. 19 (JV-State Larid Commissioner Bascom Giles said today that if he is going to be blamed for any bad appraisals in the veterans land program, he wants credit for the good ones too.
Giles stood firm in defense of the program as Atty, Gen. John Ben Shepperd confirmed that state investigation into land sales under the program has been expanded*4o include Bexar County.
Shepperd said three of his assistants are working on alleged irregularities there and in other South Texas counties.
Previous reports from Cuero, Yoakum. Gonzales and Karnes City have quoted ex-soldiers as saying they had signed up for what they thought was a free bonus of land. They said they later discov-ered they had bought land with down payments which they had no personal knowledge of making. Questioned by reporters, Giles repeated his statement of earlier this week that he will “stand behind appraisals in the state as a whole.” Asked if he would stand behind appraisals in individual counties, Giles said: “If you’re going to blame me for the bad ones, I want credit for the good ones as well.”
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19 WV-Asso-ciated Press experts on Russia and ! the Far East said today American prestige abroad has slipped a great deal in the past two years and something needs to be done now to revive it.
The writers, Robert Eunson and William L. Ryan, told newspaper editors attending the Associated Press Managing Editors Assn. convention that the American press could help in this effort by keeping the public fully informed on world affairs.
Directing Campaign They said the Kremlin is direct-ing a skillful propaganda campaign everywhere in the free world designed to create turmoil and poison minds against Americans, and that the United States needed to do a better propaganda job of its own.
Ryan. AP’s foreign analyst who spent some time in Moscow, offered this explanation for the general decline in American prestige: "When the war was over people concluded there would be a great new world in which the United States would help everybody.”
“On top of that the Soviets have built up tension over talk of American belligerency, and in Indochina and a few other countries we have been represented as having ambitions toward colonialism.
Fear is Enemy "All boiled down there is this thing of fear. Fear is the greatest enemy that is militating against us.”
Eunson, AP chief of bureau for Japan and Korea, said that on the surface there was anti-Americanism in Japan, but that this inas more noticeable in Tokyo than In rural areas of Japan,
Japan and its vast industries, Eunson said, are the big plums sought by the Soviets in the Far East. But he said Communist efforts there are unlikely to succeed.
“The Chinese are not going to be pushed around as much as other powers,” Ryan said.
Paris Pact Approved By Adenauer Cabinet
Five Ministers Cost 'No' Votes
BONN, Germany, Nov 19 (/P) — Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s Cabinet overrode a rebellion by five ministers today and approved the Paris agreements to bring West Germany into the Western Defense alliance. j* *
Bills to ratify the agreements were sent immediately to Parliament amid predictions by Adenauer and his party leaders that ratification will be completed by niid-January. But there were indications of rough sailing ahead.
Four Say No
Four Cabinet ministers of the Free Democratic party (DFP)—West Germany’s third largest—and a member of Adenauer’s own Christian Democrats (CDU) stood up and said “No” when the Cabinet
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SAN DIEGO. Calif.. Nov. 19 Ens. James Ray Sears. 22. Henderson, Tex., was the pilot of the Cutlass jet that crashed into Uie Pacific near here yesterday, the Navy reported today.
New Yorker Named APME President
TAMPA. Fla., Nov. 19 (^Vincent S. Jones, news director of Gannett Newspapers, Rochester. N.Y., was elected president today of the Associated Press Managing Editors Assn.
He succeeds Wallace Lomoe of the Milwaukee Journal.
Other new officers named were V. M. Newton Jr.. of the Tampa Tribune, vice president; Frank Eyerly of the Des Moines Register and Tribune, secretary: and Murray Powers, Akron Beacon Journal, treasurer.
Mistreating GIs Causes Discharge, Loss of Allowance
AUGUSTA. Ga.. Nov. 19 —
Second Lt. Charles C. Anderson, 24-year-old Korean combat veteran, was convicted by court-martial today of mistreating Army trainees at Camp Gordon and dismissed from the service.
A general court-martial also ordered him to forfeit all allowances.
He was convicted on the following charges of maltreatment: that he ordered Pvt. Jesse A. Wyatt. 18, of Bessemer, Ala., hung by the ankles from a tree; ordered dirt thrown on the prostrate body of Pvt. Rodney R. Steele, 24. of Montgomery, Ala., and caused a wooden cross to be placed in his mouth; ordered Steele to take a sand bath: ordered Steele to climb a tree and repeatedly shout an obscene phrase; forced Pvt. Paul T. Ferguson, 17, of Coatesville. Pa., to take a sand bath; ordered Ferguson to dimb a tree and shout obscene phrases; but was acquitted of charges that he oppressed Pvt. Alvin A. Gates, 18, of Cana. Va.. by requiring him to perform excessive strenuous exercises without justification.
F W&D to Expand Facilities Here
The Fort Worth & Denver Railway Co. has announced plans to expand its Abilene facilities.
A. E. Drake, general agent here, said the railroad is planning to build a new freight station here and rearrange its team track.
The expansion, Drake said, is
Navy Cancels Big Jet Plane Orders
WASHINGTON. Nov. 19 (^t-Con-tracts for 372 million dollars worth of jet fighter planes were cancelled by the Navy today.
The Navy announced the order was issued because of delay in the development program of one of the plane types and both engines.
The cutback affected a 75-million-dollar contract for 96 A2U1 Cutlass attack fighters to have been made by Chance Vought Aircraft. Inc.. Dallas, and a 75-million-dollar contract for the J46W18 engines to have been made for them by Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Hospitol Says McCorthy's Canditian 'Little Impraved'
WASHINGTON. Nov. 19 The condition of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, whose ailing arm is holding up Senate consideration of a move to censure him, was reported "a little improved" today.
There still was no definite word from Bethesda Naval Hospital, however, how soon the Wisconsin Republican will be well enough to leave the hospital.
Halt Called The Senate called an 11-day halt In the censure debate yesterday on the basis of a medical report saying McCarthy’s elbow injury had resulted in “traumatic bursitis” and treatment would keep him hospitalized until Nov, 29.
Senators split sharply on whether there now will be any final action on the censure move at the now-interrupted special session of the Senate, which must end Dec. 24. 8«B. Knowland of CallfcHiu»
Republican leader, said there is “no doubt in my mind that the issue will be resolved” before the Christmas Eve deadline.
But Sen. Fulbright (D-ArkL one of the two senators who voted in favor of shortening the current recess, voiced disagreement in a separate interview.
Fulbright Doubtful "I doubt very seriously that we will ever be able to get the censure resolution to a vote,” Fulbright said, “We certainly will not be able to do it without the full cooperation of the Republican leadership.”
Fulbright is one of the three senators who originated the move to censure McCarthy on grounds of contempt toward a Senate subcommittee and “repeated abuse” of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker before McCarthy’s subcommitte. One of the various rumors floating around wta that McCarthy is
Security Conference Okayed by Finland
HELSINKI. Finland (ffl—Finland Friday accepted the Soviet proposal for a European security conference, provided other invited nations participate. Finland was the first natitMi outside the Iron Curtain to answer Russia’s proposal, made a week ago.
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due to an increase in business and to the present and anticipated growth of Abilene. FW&D traffic during the past five years here has doubled, Drake said.
Drake announced the expansion plans Friday after a visit to FW&D general offices at Fort Worth. The plans are still in the formative stage.
Drake said at present the line plans to build a new freight station on about a block of property It owns between Cherry and Locust Sts. and South First and Second Sts.
The railroad presently has a freight and passenger station on the property. Its present team track has become insufficient under the growing traffic and will be arranged to care for the growth and any future expansion, he raid.
The property on which the railroad plans to build now has on It two buildings, one of which Is being moved and the other will eventually be moved, Drake feels.
The FW&D, a part of the Burlington System, presently runs one train each way daily between here and the terminal point at Wichita Falls. At Wichita Falls connection is made with the main line from Denver, Colo., to Fort Worth.
The line was built in 1906 by a group of Abilenians as the Abilene and Northern Railway. In 1907 H became the Wichita Valley Railway and remained under that name until 1951 when it became the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Co.
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critically ill but a Naval hospital spokesman denied that one.
“The senator is not critically ill,” he said, “but it Ls not known definitely how long he will be in the hospital”
The .spokesman added he did not mean to give the impression McCarthy would be hospitalized beyond the Nov. 29 date.
This spokesman said McCarthy, whose elbow reportedly was hurt when a well - wisher banged it against a table, "seems to be a little improved” and spent a restful night.
Bursitis is an innammation of the bursa, a sac-like cavity. Traumatic bursitis — that is, bursitis stemming trom an injury, sometimes is called “miner’s elbow” or "shower bath elbow” becau.se it can result from striking the elbow against a mint wall or a shower staU.
Released Prisoner Disappears While Rejoining Family
ZURICH, Switzerland. Nov. 19 ilPi —Hermann Field reached the free world today after five years in a Communist prison in Poland and immediately disappeared one# more from view.
With the aid of Swiss and U.S. officials he was whisked away to an undisclosed place for a long-awaited reunion with his wife, Katy, and sister. Dr. Elsie Field of Urbana, 111.
Police here said Field. ■ former Cleveland. Ohio, architect, had “gone into hiding in a Zurich hotel” with his family and they were under strict instructions not to say which one.
Hermann was released frwn prison three weeks ago. He had been spending some time in a Warsaw sanitarium,^ His brtKher, Noel, and sister-in-law, Herta, released this week by the Hungarians, were in Budapest recuperating. Hermann disappeared while searching for Noel and Herta.
This made the vote 13 to 5 for the agreements with 1 minister absent.
The official Cabinet communique did not disclose the split vote but the Free Democratic ministers who attended the session later Informed their party colleagues of the five negative voles.
First Rebellioa This was the first open rebellion in Adenauer’s Cabinet on a major foreign policy issue and it made the Cabinet decision a questionable victory for the 78-year-old Chancellor.
The opposition of the five ministers was directed against the controversial French-German agreement to make the German populated Saar a "European” territory. 'This agreement is one of the Paris accords. .
The Free Democrats maintain the strategic industrial Saar will be lost to Germany permanently if this agreement is ratified. They approve the other Paris agreements to restore German sovereignty, create a West European Union and admit West Germany into NATO.
Opposition Exists The refusal of the Free Democratic ministers to budge and the defection of Christian Democratic Minister Jakob Kaiser disclosed that Adenauer must reckon with powerful opposition over the Baar when Parliament votes on the Paris agreements.
Vice Chancellor Franz Bluecher joined with Justice Minister Fritz Neumayer, Housing Minister Vic-tor-Emanuel Preusker and Minister Dr. Hermann Schaeffer in voting against the agreements. All are Free Democrats. Jakob Kpiser, the Christian Democratic minister for Eastern affairs, also voted no.
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This came to light today in connection with a careful, diplomatically worded, joint announcement by Ottawa and Washington. The announcement said the two countries had decided the "Distant Early Warning” line should be built—a 3.000-mile long string of radar “eyes” intended to give a six-hour warning to American cities if Soviet bombers head in over the polar cap.
Unofficial estimates of building the DEW line in the remote, uninhabited and frozen Arctic have ranged from two hundred million to one billion doUari.
Abilene Geologist Speaks at Dallas
DALLAS, Nov. 18 ifL-Activity along the “Cambrian Trend” has been the highlight of recent oU explorations in West Texas, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists was told today.
Frank B. Conselman, Abilene consulting geologist, told the closing session of the two-day convention that the extension of the trend north and south and the discovery of similar fault systems in the area “should provide an incentive for continued exploration."
Conselman described the trend as extending from the White Flat Field in Nolan County to the Bronte Field in Coke County. He said the principal Cambrian formation is the WUbems Sand.
India Delays Vole by UN On Mom Plan
UNITED NATIONS. N.Y., Nov. 19 UB-India’s V. K. Krishna Men-on today delayed a U N. vote endorsing President Eisenhower’i atoms-ior-peace plan by a last-minute move to enlarge the circle of nations taking part in preliminary negotiations,
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., chief U.S. delegate, said he couW not agree to have this provision written into a c(Mnpromis# resolution already agreed upon by Russia and seven sponsoring Western Powers.
Lodge promised the U.N. Political Committee, however, that the views of every country wishing to be heard on the proposed international atomic agency would be considered before it was submitted for final ratification.
Menon drew support from Ecuador. Burma, Yugoslavia and others. The Political Committee room was tl.e scene of unusual activity and conferences of the excited delegates as several speakers advocated a broadening of what some have privately called a “closed club.”
Menon handed the committee an amendment suggesting that “member states able and willing to participate in such an agency to cooperate in its early establishment by entering into consultations and negotiations wUh those states which already are so engaged.” Lodge said this woiUd permit more than 60 nations to take part.
Tom Kinnebrew of Odessa, father of M. L. Kinnebrew of 565 EN 16lh St., died Friday afternoon in Andrews of a heart attack. He was a traveling salesman for a wholesale firm.
M. L. Kinnebrew is deer hunting near Marfa, and had not been located early Friday night.
Mr. Tom Kinnebrew’s body is in the Ritz-Parr Funeral Home in Odessa, where funeral arrangements are pending. Burial will be in Electra.
Sheppard Says Slain Wife Spurned 'Patential Lavers'
CLEVELAND. Nov. 19 (8»—Dr. Samuel Sheppard once suggested in a signed statement to police that his slain wife had spurned “potential lovers” and that one of them may have murdered her. The osteopath is on trial for the slay-ing.
"How many of these potential lovers did she have?” the handsome osteopath was asked last July 10 during police questioning.
“Three that I know of." was Dr. Sheppard’s reply, “and 1 am pretty sure more. I am certain there were more."
Men Net Named
The men were not named, in a statement signed by Sheppard and read into the record of his first degree murder trial today by De
tective Robert T. Schottke, of the Cleveland homicide squad.
Earlier, Schottke testified a bouse guest was rumored to be infatuated with the attractive murder victim. MarUyn Sheppaid. but that Dr. Sheppard shrugged off the report.
The guest was Dr. Lester Hover-sten, a Glendale, Cal.. osteopath and friend of the Sheppards. He spent three days with the Sheppards and left the day before Marilyn was slain last July 4.
Lie Detertw Test
Hoversten look a lie detector test after the slaying and police here absolved him irf any connection with the crime.
He has returned to Cleveland from California. After the trial was rMassed for the wMkend. the aUte
said Hoversten will take the stand after Schottke and a fellow detective are finished—probably early next week.
Schottke testified at Sheppard’s first degree murder trial thaf he asked him about rumors of Hover-sten’s Infatuation.
“He said he had heard the rumors.” Schottke added, "and that they might be true but that he didn’t pay any attention to them because he knew his wife was faithful."
The vague theory was mi further explained. However, it jibes with defense suggestions at the trk> al that a maniac could have worshipped Marilyn from afar and killed her in a mad rage when he learned she waa to bear a aecond ,child.