Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 22, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV NO. 156
U.S. Industry Set lor War, Panel Reports
WASHINGTON. Nov. 21 U«u-The Senate-House Committee on defense Production reported today that the indu.strial mobilization started after fighting began in Korea is now *‘a long way toward achievement.”
Large-scale expansion of privately financed defense capacity is nearly completed and minimum goals in strategic materials stockpiles have been reached in a number of vital areas, the committee (aid.
But with this favorable review It coupled r e pe a t e d w'arnings against allowing the U.S. industrial complex to slip below ‘‘maximum readiness for any emergency." Must Maintain Base In its fourth annual report on the itate of national defense production and controls, the committee said: ‘‘The huge industrial expansions during the last four years have been aimed at overcoming shortages so vital to our defense economy. Adding new capacity can be futile, however, unless the mobilization base, built at great cost, is maintained in the maximum possible state of readiness.”
Outlining the present status of defense mobilization, the committee reported that more than 155 billion dollars have been appropriated for military procurement and construction since Korea.
Production Up Of this total, about $92.900,000,000 worth had been delivered as of last June 30.
The committee said delivery of guided mi.ssiles during the year in-crea.sed 104 per cent, ammunition 23 per cent, ships 6 per cent, electronics 6 per cent and aircraft 5 per cent. Decreases, largely through shifts in emphasis, have come about in deliveries of tanks and automotive equipment, textiles clothing, construction and weapons.
Estimated deliveries for the 12 months ending next June 30 are $21,700,000.000, which the committee said indicates ‘‘the tremendous volume of defebse items our government still has under ^ contract to meet nulitary objectives.** Capacity Increased “Large expansions in basic industries have materially increased the country's capacity to produce both for war and for peace.” the committee said.
As examples, it cited increases in steel production capacity since 1950 from 100 million to 124 million tons, doubling of aluminum production in the past three years, expansion of electric power capacity by 35 million kilowatts
Associated Press ( AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 22, 1954—FOURTEEN PAGES
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOC
Priest Admits Killing Niece, Locates Corpse
HE'LL FIGHT IT
Reed Con See Only Failure for Tax Cut
VERA ELLEN MARRIES OILMAN — Dancing actress Vera-Ellen walks from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, Calif., with Victor Rothschild after their marriage. It was the first marriage for Rothschild, a w'ealthy oilman, and the second for the bride. Each is 31. They will honeymoon in Palm Springs. (AP)__
Watkins' Censure Charges Favored
WASHINGTON. Nov. 21 (fft-A move to substitute for pending charges a new' censure count accusing Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) of maligning the Watkins inquiry com-mktee was reported gaining headway among senators today.
Such a proposal has been discussed as a possible bipartisan action by senators who have made no pubiic commitment on the current charges that McCarthy treated an elections subcommittee with contempt and “repeatedly abused” Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker, a witness before McCarthy’s Investigations subcommittee early this year.
It is figuring importantly in be-
Wreck Injures Four At Throckmorton
THROCKMORTON, Nov. 21 — Four motorists of Throckmorton were injured in a car-pickup wreck near here Sunday.
The injured, taken to Throckmorton .Memorial Hospital, were: Cleo Lawrence. 41, and his wife, Marie, 35.
Jimmy Cook, 18.
Billy Ray Fowler, 19.
Lawrence had lacerations and a slight concussion. Mrs. Lawrence had a broken rib and lacreations.
Neck. »Spine Injuries Cook had neck and spine injuries. He was conscious, but could not comprehend.
Extent of Fowler’s injuries was not immediately determined.
The car and pickup collided 1.2 miles we.st of Throckmorton at 2 p.m. on State Highway 24. Highway Patrolmen E. J. Terrell and
C. L. Swygert investigated, assisted by Sheriff Garland Shaw of Throckmorton.
Lawrence, driving the pickup, had turned off Farm Road 823 and was traveling toward Throckmorton. The right front of the car, driven by William Shirley Hitch, 17. of Throckmorton, struck the left rear of the pickup.
Examined Then Released Cook and Fowler were riding with Hitch, who was taken to the hospital also, but released after examination.
Swygert said the pickup was knocked 113 feet by the impact, overturning one and a half times. The car traveled 145 feet from the point of impact, overturning once and then coming to rest on its top.
Both vehicles were demolished, Swygert said.
hind-the-scenes discussion while the Senate itself is in recess until Nov. 29. The recess was ordered Thursday after McCarthy entered Bethesda Naval Hospital for treatment of an injured elbow.
The hospital said today that McCarthy’s condition continues satisfactory.
Sen. Bennett (R-Utah) has said he will propose a third censure count, based on McCarthy’s accusing Sen. Watkins (R-Utah) of cowardly actions and saying Watkins’ six - man committee had served as the “unwitting handmaiden” of the Communist party in recommending censure.
Demo Want« Censure
A Democratic senator who asked to remain anonymous said he believes a majority of the Senate thinks McCarthy should be censured for those statements.
This Democrat said his surveys indicate the Zwicker count has lost support steadily since Sen. Case (R-SD), who drafted it as a member of the Watkins committee, announced he would not back that portion of the censure resolution.
The Democratic senator said he himself would not vote to censure McCarthy for his treatment of Zwicker because he believes any such action might indirectly affirm a right of the executive department to silence witnesses before congressional committees.
Expressing a similar view, a Republican senator who said he had made up his mind n<H to support either count in the pending resolution, said McCarthy’s attack on the Watkins committee had put a different complexion on censure, 80 far as he is concerned.
“McCarthy has lost support by criticizing Watkins and the committee,” said this GOP senator.
WASHINGTON. Nov. 21 (4>L-Rep. Daniel A. Reed (R-NY) today predicted a failure for a Democratic drive to revamp the mammoth tax revision program passed by Congress earlier this year.
The Democrats indicated their strategy will be to hold off most major changes until 1956—then try to push through a big income tax cut for everybody.
Reed was one of the architects of the Republican-sponsored act which rebuilt most of the tax laws, providing about $1,377,000,000 in annual tax cuts chiefly through bigger deductions. He gives way to Rep. Cooper (D-Tenn) as chairman of the tax-writing House W’ays and Means Committee when Democrats take control of congress in January,
More Taxes, He Say*
Taking note of Democratic pledges to make a searching review of the whole tax structure, Reed declared in a statement:
“The American people found out what a Democratic Tax revision program means more taxes, new taxes, and higher taxes. The American people do not want any mo»e of that kind of tax revision.”
Rep. Sam Rayburn (D-Texas), slated to be House speaker, has listed a new tax revision effort as “Must” on the Democratic program in Congress. He said Democrats will look for inequities and try to correct them.
Several Democrats explained today, however, that they probably would have to “study” effects of
this year’s vast. 950-page revision act during most of 1955.
Then, they predicted. Democrats will launch a fight in 1956 for a new income tax cut—probably by increasing individual exemptions— and other changes.
They said the budget outlook presumably will be more favorable in 1956. President Eisenhower has predicted a deficit of about five billion dollars for the fiscal year
See REED, Pg. 5-A, Col. *
THURMAN PRIEST • •. suddenly remembers
ATOM STUDY DUE
11-Year-Old Girl Shot in Temple
LEBANON, Mo.. Nov. 21 (AP) — Thurman Priest, 48-year-old Texan, tonight led officers to the hody of his 11-year-old niece, Jeannette Earnest of Fort Worth, whom he has admitted slaying. , j
The body was found four miles east of Lebanon and about 50 yards off U.S. highway 66 in some woods.
Officers said the girl had been shot in the right temple. Her face was bruised. She was fully clothed and the body was not buried. »
The discovery climaxed an intensive five-day search for the girl, who was abducted'
NATO's Leaders Open Meeting
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 Military diiefs of the NATO nations gather here tomorrow to begin a periodic reassessment of the mutual defense system, including the effect of new atomic era weapons on the composition and deployment of Western Europe’s forces.
This will be the 10th session of the Military Committee, composed of the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or their representatives from each frf the North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries.
Th« United States’ top strategy agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
U. s. Rejects Red Move To Hobble Atomic Plan
UNITED NATIO.NS, N. Y.. Nov. 21 (jf)_The United State* sharply rejected today Soviet Russia’s new move to clamp Security Councd veto power on President Eisenhower’s atoms-for-peace plan.*
A U. S. delegation spokesman said the move is as unacceptable a.s it was when Russia’s Andrei Vishinsky first argued for it last week in the U. N. Assembly main political committee.
The Russian maneuver, jarring what looked like new East-West «mity, came in the form of an •mendment picsented by the Rus-iians some hours after Vishinsky conferred with U. S. Chief Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. on the Eisenhower program Saturday.
The amendment proposed that an International atomic agency to deal with the atoms-for-peace goal should ba responsible to the U. N. General Assembly, as weU aa to Om U. N. Security CouocU, “in
cases provided for by the U. N. charter” 8 meaning questions touching on threats to peace and security.
Some U. S. sources expressed surprise Vishinsky had changed his pitch so suddenly. Late last week the Soviet deputy foreign minister hinted he would go along with a revised resolution brought in by the
TOKYO, Monday, Nov. 22 m— Peiping radio said today 26 British businessmen arrived in the Red China capital yesterday to discus# trade problem.*.
Hoover 1*0 Germany
NEW YORK. Nov. 21 UPV-Former President Herbert Hot>ver left today for a six-day good will visit to West Germany aboard President Eisanbower’a plane, tibe Columbine.
United States and six cosponsors to set up the atomic agency and provide for a world scientific conference on atomic energy next year.
Vishinsky clearly suggested then he would agree to negotiate later on just how the proposed agency should be linked to the U. N. He appeared to have dropped his insistence that the atoms-for-peace program be linked directly with disarmament.
The new Russian proposal presumably explained in the Lodge-Vishinsky talk but not made public. not only took the question back a few paces but jolted any idea that a vote would be reached Monday.
Some Western sources still voice hope the Russians, spurned on the veto question and expecting defeat on a move to get Red China and East Germany invited to the scientific congress, still would vote for the broad outlines of the Eisenhower proiram.
Burglar Suspected In Sheppard Death
CINCI.NNATI, Ohio, Nov. 21 ■—'“olice tonight quoted a middle-aged man as saying a companion he knew only as “Pal” may have killed Marilyn Sheppard, whose osteopath husband now is on trial for his life.
The man, identified as Henry Fuehrer, 44, was questioned tonight by patrolmen from Bay Village, the Cleveland suburb where the slaying took place.
Bay Village patrolman Fr€^ Drenkhan said Feuhrer told this story:
He and “Pal,” whom he met in a Cleveland bar, were in the vicinity of the Sheppards’ lakefront home the night of July 3. intending to commit a burglary. They separated, “Pal” going into a house.
Then Feuhrer heard terrifying screams coming out of a house, and fled on foot, leaving a car behind.
He never saw “Pal” again.
Patrolman Drenkhan said Feuhrer described his companion as about 6 feet S.
Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, charg^ with clubbing his wife to death in her bed, has insisted she was killed by a tall, bushy-haired intruder who knocked him unconscious w’hen he ran upstairs to aid
Drenkhan said Feuhrer told him that after leaving the scene of the screams, he went to Toledo, somewhere in Michigan and then to Chicago.
Feuhrer, Drenkhan continued, b^ lieves he can point out the bar in which he met “Pal” as well as the spot where he heard the screams. He is being taken to Cleveland for more questioning.
It was not immediately learned whether Feuhrer showed up volun
tarily for questioning. Bay Village police were notified of his story by Police Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick of Elmwood Place, a Cincinnati suburb. He had been living fn a hotel in the suburb.
Earlier today, Cleveland police announced a lie detector test had cleared another man of any connection with the murder case. The test was given to Phillip A. Schilling of Detroit at his own insistence.
Schilling, 38, once lived in Bay Village where he had been a patient in Bay View Hospital, operated by the Sheppard family.
He was brought here at the request of members of the Sheppard family to establish his whereabouts during the early morning hours of last July 4 when Marilyn Sheppard’s body was found.
U s. DEPARTMKN'T OE rOMMERCE WEATHER BI^Al'
ABILENE AND VICINITi’ - Partly cloudy with not much change in tempera-turea Monday and Tuetd.iy. High hoih daya near 65. Ix»w both nights near north CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS-Clear to partly cloudy with no important
Sun. A. M.
Sua. P. M.
High and low Umperatura* for 54 hour« ended at 6:30 p m.: 66 and 43.
High and low temperatures same date last year: 61 and 35. „ , . ^
Su^ last night 5:36 p m. Sunrise today 7:15 a.m Suneet toni«ht Si35 p.m. Barometer reedln* »tjFJO p.m. 31.37. Beutiva koiokUlY st lilO tan. 4S».
GOV. WILLIAM BEARDSLEY . . . auto crashes Into truck
Iowa Governor Killed in (rash
DES MOINES. Nov. 21 (iB-Gov. William S. Beardsley of Iowa was killed in an automobile accident a short distance north of Des Moinea tonight, doctors at Iowa Lutheran Hospital here said.
First reports said the car in which Beardsley and his wife were riding ran into the rear of a truck on State Highway 60, about two miles north of Des Moines.
The governor died at the hospital a short time later.
Mrs. Beardsley was reported seriously hurt in the accident but doctors at the hospital said aht waa resUng oomfortabljr.
met in a Sunday session today to consider a variety of matters, including affairs in connection with the se.ssion of the NATO Military Committee.
Gen. Nathan Twining, Air Force chief, returned from a European trip Saturday, two days ahead of his schedule, to be on hand for the Sunday meeting in the Pentagon. Adm. Robert Carney, chief of naval operations, delayed an overseas trip for the special meeting.
However, a spokesman emphasised ihai no emergency situation had prompted calling of the Sunday session. It was explained that in addition to discussing matters that might come up at the NATO Military Committee sessions the Joint Chiefs had a number of routine subjects to consider, including preparation of material for pre.s-entation to congressional committees when the new military budget is taken up.
First Since Paris
The two-or-three-day serie.s of meetings of the NATO committee will be the first since the recent Big Power meetings in Paris at which a broad understanding for inclusion of Western Germany was reached. Althousdi this agreement is still subject to ratification by the individual governments, the effect of the creation of a German armed force on NATO military planning and organization will be a major item on the committee’s agenda.
British Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, deputy supreme commander of Allied forces. Is due in Washington this week while on a visit to the United States. There was expectation he might attend scmie of the Pentagon meetings.
The Unied States has augmented sharply the last year its atomic potential for European defense. In addition to medium bombers and jet fighter-bombers capable of dropping tactical-size A-bombs, the United States has sent or is sending to Eur(H>e medium range guided missiles capable of handling atomic warheads and unguided, ballistic tjT>e bombartment rockets with the same atomic capabilities.
Several batteries (probably about 30 individual weapons) of the Army’s 280 mm. canntm, which can fire a nuclear shell about 30 miles, have been in Euri^ since early this year.
The continuing increase of available atomic weapons presumably is having effect not only on the numbers of ground troops required for initial defense of Western Eur<^ but also on plans for their location, disoersion and movement with the fire support of nuclear weapons.
HUNTER BAGS $ BUT NO GAME
Royce G. Peterson of Abilene went squirrel hunting with his brother and came back $1.50 richer.
While beating the brush south of Merkel near Elm Creek. Peterson spotted a plastic balloon lodged in a tree. A note attached to the balloon said it had been released at the opening of a drive-in grocery store in Dallas Oct, 22 and was worth $1.50 as a prize.
Peterson will collect the $1.50 — but he didn’t get any squirrels.
He lives at 112S Crockett.
in Fort Worth by Priest Tiies day afternoon, Texas officers said.
Sheriff Bill Decker of Dallas County. Texas, said Priest admitted the killing while he was being taken to Miami. Okla., in a vain search for the body. Decker said Priest told him the girl was killed between 4 and 5 a.m. Wednesday. He added that Priest continued to be vague in his answers to all question.*.
Suddenly Recalls It
After leading authorities on the fruitless trip to Miami. Priest told them he suddenly recalled disposing of the body along U. S. Highway 66 between Rolla and Stanton, Mo. The officers immediately headed for that area.
Priest led authorities to Maimi after suddenly telling investigators today: “It all came to me and 1 can lead you to the body.” Previously, from the time of his arrest late Wednesday, he had steadfastly denied any knowledge of the girl’s whereabouts.
Decker said Priest still seemed confused about where the slaying atetually occurred. Earlier today. Priest had led investigators to believe the girl was killed near Baxter Springs, Kan., where indications were that two persons slept at a tourist cabin rented by Priest early Wedne.sday.
Cut Lip. He Says
Priest also threw new light this afternoon on blood stains found in a tourist cabin at Irving, Tex., where he was reported to have checked in Tuesday night. He said the Earnest girl stumbled and cut her lip there.
Decker said that after Priest told officers of disposing of Jeannette’s body between Rolla and Stanton, the accused man declared:
“When you see her, it’s awful, awful”
..Rolla is about etc., 7th graf ta85
Priest's sudden statement today came as officers and Priest were backtracking the latter’s reported route from Baxter Springs. Kan., to Mount Vernon Wednesday.
Baxter Springs is near the Missouri border in southeast Kansas, about 30 milas north of Miami.
Officers had feared the girl was dead. Blood stains and one of the girl’s earrings were found in a cabin at Irving. Her stained cotton blouse was found hanging on a bridge railing near Lebanon, in south central Missouri.
I.,ast night Priest told officers,
See PRIEST, Pg. 5-A, Col. 4-5
Christmas Decorations lining Here
Mild temperatures and bright sunshine were the order of th# day Sunday as workers, some in shirt sleeves, began stringing Christmas decorations over Abi* lene’s downtown streets But Yule season weather wasn’t far off. Snow was falling over the Breckenridge area.
With the mercury here climbing to 66 degrees as the Christmas decorations went up, 27 - degree weather and snow were reported over Breckenridge — by a pilot 7,000 feet up.
But more snow if any was due to stay aloft. A forecaster at the U, S. Weather Bureau said Monday and Tuesday would be partly cloudy with not much change fn the mild temperatures.
Installing of Christmas decoration.* and lights in the downtown section is expected to be ctMnpIet-ed by Thanksgiving night when th# lights are to be turned on.
Frank Hobbs is chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce committee in charge of having th# lights and decorations installed. About $l,0t)0 has been spent this year to replace decorations damaged last year.
Lawmakers Probing Spanish Cotton Sale
M.ADRID, Spain, Nov. 21 (ffl — Four U.S. congressmen arrived here yesterday to investigate reported American financial losses in the sale of cotton to Spain and delays in building a new U.S. Embassy.
The four-man International Operations subcommittee, headed by Rep. Charles Brownson (R-Indi, was met at the airpwt by Ambassador James C, Dunn and otlier American officials.
Other members of the subcommittee are Reps. Katharine St. George <R-NY), George Meader (R-Mich) and Harrison William# (D-NJ).
FORMER FISHER BANKER
Perennial Candidate 'Cyclane' Davis Dies
DALLAS. Nov. 21 (Jl—Arlon B. (Cyclone) Davis. 73, picturesque, bearded Texas politician, died today after a long illness.
Davis, who often campaigned unsuccessfully for high state offices, entered the hospital about two weeks ago for treatment of a kidney disorder.
Between his numerous election campaigns. Davis operated an auto repair shop in Dallas.
Davis’ most recent political campaign was In the first Democratic primary last July. He and another minor candidate forced a bitter, hard fought runoff between Gov. AUan Shivers and Austin Attorney Ralph Yarborcugh.
The veteran campaigner was easy to spot at a political rally or walking the streets to shake hands. He wore a big hat pulled low to shade his weakening eyes and his flowing white beard reached to his tie clasp.
He made few—if any—enemies io his political campaigns and often at rallies would get more applause than his onnonents combined. He was never without a wonJ to say.
The name “Cyclone” came frwri his lather. Jame# Harv#y ((^ycloo#)
CYCLONE DAVB ... loag earcer »ver
Davis, who served as congressman at large from Texaa. Th# elder Davis took the name when a Kentucky newspaper spdte of him a# the "cyclone from Texas” after a fiery speech in 1894 upholding tii# cause of farmers.
The son began his political carter
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