Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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Priest Can't Say Why He Slew Girl
THURMAN PRIEST . .. after confession
LEBANON. Mo., Nov. 22 Thurman Priest said today he, too, is seeking the answer to the mystery of why he kidnaped and killed the 11-year-old niece he vowed he loved "better than anything,'^anybody.’’
"I don’t know what they call loving something so much that you kill it,” the slight 48-year-old Texas auditor told newsmen.
"Just blame it on being crazy, I guess.”
Texas and Missouri officers also were seekiiijg to learn why the weak-appearing Grand Prairie, Tex., man shot and killed the girl. Jeannette Earnest, on a trip from Texas to Ohio.
Priest made the statements m an interview immediately after being arraigned on a first-degree
Columbine III Due
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 —
President Eisenhower’s sleek new private plane, a speedy Super Constellation, will be christened by his wife Wednesday with a bottle of water frem a Colorado trout stream he fished last summer.
Then the chief executive will make his first flight aboard the new aircraft—to be named Columbine III. He and Mrs. Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Viscount Bernard Montgomery will fly to Augusta, Ga., for the Thanksgiving holiday.
James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, told newsmen the President and Mrs. Eisenhower left the naming of the plane up to their three grandchildren—David 6, Barbara Anne 5 and Susan 2— when the children were with their grandparents in Abilene, Kan., earlier this month.
"They voted unanimously that it should be called Columbine III and the President and Mrs. Eisenhow-•r said, ‘That’s if.” Hagerty said.
The Columbine I was used by
Eisenhower while he was supreme commander of the North Atlantic Treaty forces in Europe. Since his inauguration as president, he has used Columbine II, which is now being returned by the Air Force to Military Air Transport Service.
The White House announced that Mrs. Eisenhower will christen the plane at National Airport at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, shortly before the presidential party takes off for Augusta.
The new Columbine is 115 feet long—19=^4 feet longer than the Constellation being retired. It is 60 miles-an-hour faster, cruising at 335 miles an hour as compared with 275 for the old ship.
The new aircraft. Hagerty, said, carries all the latest safety and communication devices. For example, it has both a radio telephone and a radio teletype for quick communication while in flight with government officials almost anywhere else in the country. The old plane had a radio telephone but no teletype device.
WEBB LOW BIDDER
Board Recommends Heating Contract
By EARI.E WALKER Reporter-Newi Staff Writer
Abilene School Board tentatively decided Monday night to recommend that the City Commission award contract for a North Park Elementary School heating plant to Lucian Webb Plumbing and
Webb was the lowest bidder, that offer being $10,3.50.
The board will a.sk the commission to give Webb the job, if the firm can complete the work
in 45 days.
Contract for better heating in the gymnasium at North Park school was let last Friday by the commission. The project now being considered for awarding is for installing a new heating plant in the remainder of the permanent building.
Other bidders were J. C. Carr Plumbing Co., $10,775: R G. Cog-dell, $10,895, and Abilene T>iumb-ing and Roofing Co., $11,611.
A hot water system of heating, using a series of radiators, will be installed. ^
H. Leo Tucker and Paul Lind-berg, architects, presented the bids to the board.
Fred Lybrand Jr., president, and
Trustees took under study a request from Bonham Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association. The P-TA asked the board to have a sidewalk built 340 feet long on the Buccaneer Dr. side of that school and share expense of erecting a fence 1,013 feet long on the South Seventh St. and Buccaneer I>r. ildei of the school.
Mrs. T. 0. Massey Jr., budget and finance chairman, represented Bonham P-TA.
Lybrand estimated the sidewalk will cost $374, and the fence about $1,700.
Bonham P-TA expects to pay one-half the cost of the fence, Lybrand said.
He stated that safety of pupils is the main reason for the sidewalk and fence. Children have to walk in the street due to lack of a sidewalk, risking danger from traffic and in rainy seasons walking in w’ater as the street doesn’t drain well, he said.
Fence requested is a nine-gauge, six-foot type.
Board President W. E. Fraley told the P-TA representatives that the schools didn’t have the side-w'alk and fence in this year’s budget. He asked whether it w'ould be satisfactory to include them in the budget for the next school term.
Lybrand urged that the fence and sidewalk be provided now, especially "since South Seventh St. is becoming such a problem” due to heavy traffic.
The board promised to give serious consideration to the plea.
Supt. A. E. Wells and the trustees expressed dissatisfaction with the cafeteria kitchen floor in the new' Abilene High School. They said the concrete floor has cracks in it. All agreed to inspect the condition, and they will decide what measures to take toward correcting it.
The soft-spoken Priest confessed the killing yesterday after a four-state search for the girl. Then he finally directed searchers to the oak thicket just off a highway east of here where the body was found last night.
There, sprawling on a carpet of oak leaves, her head in a pool of blood, lay the body of the girl who had been the ol.ject of a four-state search since la.st Tuesday. It was that day she was kidnaped near a self service laundry in her home town of Fort Worth, Tex.
Murder Charge Filed
A warrant charging Priest w'lth first degree murder was filed today by Prosecuting Atty. Eddie Mayfield. The prosecutor said he had kept federal authorities advised on developments. He could not say whether an'effort would be made by federal authorities to bring Priest to trial under the Lindbergh Kidnaping law’. A coroner’s jury viewed the girl’s body today. The inquest was recessed until Wednesday.
Today officers took the 48-year-old auditor from Grand Prairie, Tex., on a tour along Highway 66 in a search for the death weapon. To Help Find Pistol
Haggard from lack of sleep. Priest had promi.sed when questioning was called off at 1 a.m. today he w'ould tr>’ to help officers locate the .32 caliber automatic pistol he said he slung to a shoulder of the road as he drove away from the scene of the slaying.
The search was unsuccessful but continued.
The mild-mannered Priest added little new today, officers said, to his strange storv of idolizing the girl—as a daughter — and then leading her to her death.
Prosecutor Mayfield said Priest repeatedly insisted his love for the child, who matured early and easily could have passed for a 17-year-old, was like that of a father. He denied he had any sex relations with Jeannette.
Dr. Paul Jenkins, comnleting autopsy tests today, said the examinations could not show whether the child had had intercourse or had been raped.
Questioning officers held two snapshots brought here by Dallas (Tex) County Sheriff Bill Decker. One showed Jeannette sitting on Priest’s lap; the other showed them reclining on a bed. In both pictures, the girl wore pajamas. Priest only pajama trouser.s.
The officers reported that Jeannette’s mother and Priest’s wife, who are sisters, recently restricted the girl’s visits to Priest’s home, and nuoted the auditor as saying:
"I had a feeling all along that my wife and Jeannette’s mother were jealous of my love for her.” Curbs Drove Him
Officers expressed the view that these restrictions may have driven Priest to the kidnaping. Priest himself said he had been drinking heavily the past two weeks and could remember few details.
Except for his frequent lapses of memory, or the blackouts he professed, Mayfield said. Priest seemed to be eager to answer questions "and get it over with.”
High Court Postpones
GRANDMOTHER JURORS—Mrs. Lloyd West, left, and Mrs. Vester Gibson, both of Aspermont, ioined male jur-
ors Monday in Texas district courts. Other members of
the jury in Aspermont’s
Relief Cases Brawl to Gel Surplus Food
LAWTON, Okla., Nov. 22 Fist fights broke out here today between 400 old age pensioners and relief clients over distribution of drought emergency food rations.
City and county officers struggled for nearly 40 minutes before bringing the disturbance under control.
County Commissioner Emil Woesner declared the near riot resulted from misunderstandings over who was eligible for the food which is federal surplus stocks being given by county and state officials to persons made destitute by the autumn drought in this region.
Woesner had announced yesterday there probably wasn’t enough food to go around and declared it would be distributed this morning on a "first come, first served” basis.
Four hundred persons showed up —about evenly divided between state old age pensioners and needy relief clients. The fighting flared over who was to receive the food first.
There were no serious injuries reported and officers made no arrests.
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IKE SENDS 'BEST WISHES'
Ex-Coleman Couple Observe 74lh Wedding Anniversary
BROWNW’OOD, Nov. 22 (^President Eisenhower, Gov. Allan Shivers and hundreds of others today joined in "best wishes” on the 74th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shore.
"Like kids at Christmas” was the reaction of the pair to the message from the President.
MR. AND MRS. J. W. SHORE
... “like kids at Christmas’’
Shore, 97, and his wife, 93, observed the anniversary quietly. Mrs. Sho•• • is recovering from a broken left shoulder that she suffered Sept. 1 in a fall at her home. Her husband has been ill.
Cakes with ‘74’
Friends and neighbors dropped by with cakes bearing the numerals
The air-mail, special delivery message from the President, said: "Best wishes for many more years of happy companionship.”
Shore prides himself on being a “Methodist, Mason and Democrat.” He was greatly surprised and thrilled at the President’s letter. He was a staunch supporter of Eisenhower in 1952.
The couple married Nov. 22. 1880 in the Brown County ranch home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Y. C.oss.
Met at Meetings They had met nearly two years before—at a camp meeting. Shores said it was love at first sight, but that he had a hard time convincing rancher Cross of his dependability. He took a job on the Cross ranch to prove it.
The Shores reared seven children on a ranch, but moved to Coleman in 1926 after oil of the Fry Field was discovered on fheir land in 1926. They lOved here in 1949.
Six of the children are ilill living.
Queen Theatre are front
'CAN'T BELIEVE' SUMMONS
row left to right: Eston Galloway, Don Metcalf, Claude Owens; second row: T. Houston Ward, Tom Alls, John L. Garner, Owen Welch; third row: L. R. Moyrer, Miles Ellison and Buster Tredeymer. (Staff Photo).
2 Aspermont Women Moke History os First on Jury
By DON NORRIS Reporter-News Staff Writer
ASPERMONT, Nov. 22 — Two Aspermont women took the juror’s oath in 39th District Court Monday, ending the reign of male domination of Texas court juries just as law and order had done away with six-gun law.
Mrs. Lloyd West and Mrs. Vester Gibson, the first women to ever serve on a district court jury, were sworn in at 12:30 p.m. by 39th District Clerk J. Darvol Driver.
The women are members of a jury hearing the trespass to try title case brought by Donald G. Pierson, et al, against Wayman D. Smith, et al.
556 Acres of Land
The suit involves possession of 556-acres of potentially oil - rich Stonewall County land about three miles south of county seat Aspermont.
Warren W’. Frazier, the first West Texas sheriff ever to call women to court duty, said the seven women he ordered to report for jury service Monday "booger-ed a iittle” but were ea.sier to gather in the long run than the males.
Both women are grandmothers.
Mrs. W’est, whose husband Is an Aspermont trucker, is a longtime resident of Stonewall County, She and her husband have made their home at Aspermont for over 20 years.
Moved From Snyder
Mrs. Gibson is the wife of the assistant superintendent of the Skelly Oil Co, at Aspermont. She has been living at Aspermont for about 214 years. She and her family moved here from Snyder, but were originally from Oklahoma.
Presiding over the trial is 39lh District Court Judge Ben Charlie Chapman. He had ordered Sheriff Frazier to summon the women after attorneys for both the plaintiff and defense requested that the
jury be composed of both and female members.
Sheriff Frazier quoted Mrs, West as saying: "You really mean
that?” when he told her Monday morning that she was to report for prospective jury service.
"You CAN’T mean that” was Mrs. Gibson’s reaction, the sheriff recalled.
The other four women reacted in much the same manner, he said. One of the women turned to her hasband and had him telephone all over town to sec if she could actually be called.
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Frazier was at one place the woman’s husband called. He took the phone and told the man that "that was no joke, she better get on down here.”
Wife of Pttbllsher The other four woooen among the 36-man venire called were Mrs. Louise Welch, wife of the Aspermont Star publisher: Mrs. George Calvin Kennedy Jr., Mrs.
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Bonfire Climaxes H-SU Torch Parade
Hardin-Simmons University bonfire was held at H-SU rodeo grounds Monday night. The midnight bonfire climaxed a torch parade that started at the campus and ended at the huge fire.
A preliminary to homecoming activities Saturday, the bonfire was 65 feet high and 400 students and faculty members attended.
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Heart Attack Kills Andrei Vishinsky
NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (f)-Andrei Y. Vishinsky died of a heart attack today while preparing for one of the most important del ates in his career as the Soviet Union’s leading orator. His blistering voice and brilliant mind had lifted him from the role of obscure bureaucrat to world fame in the East-West cold war.
Vishinsky was 70. He died at 9:30 a.m. EST today, the Soviet delegation to the U.N. announced, at its headquarters on Park Avenue here. He had collapsed earlier, after attending a dinner given last night by the French delegation.
He was the Soviet Union’s first deputy foreign minister, with permanent assignment as chief delegate to the U.N, He had spent some of his last working hours getting ready for a renewal of the debate on the atoms-for-peace plan with which President Eisenhower challenged the Soviet Union to prove its peaceful intentions to the world. The debate was postponed, as were all other U.N. sessions except a meeting of tribute to the colleague known as the "no” man of the U.N.
Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, chief U.S. delegate to the U.N.. saw Vishinsky just before last midnight at a dinner given by the French to visiting Premier Pierre
Triplet Girl Dies at Anson
ANSON. Nov. 22 (RNS)—Anita Faye Wolvcrton. one of triplet girls born here last March 20 to Mr. and Mrs. William Wolverton. died at 10 a m. Monday in Anson
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The baby had been ill three days.
Funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lawrence Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James Easterwood, First Baptist Church pastor, officiating. Burial wiU be in Mwint Hope Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to the parents are the other triplets, Juanita Ray and Norlta Mae; two other sisters. Delia Frances and Bonnie Ruth Wolverton; the paternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wolverton of Anson, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B. B CarroU of Greenville.
Mendes-France. Vishinsky was "In fine good humor, laughing and talkative as always,” Lodge said.
"Mr. Vishln.sky represented one of the world’s greatest powers with extraordinary energy and resourcefulness,” Lodge stated. "We who vigorously disagreed with him respected his forensic talent. The sympathy of the U.S. delegation goes out to his widow, his daughter and the Soviet delegation.”
Vishinsky had been a spectacular performer on the world stage since he prosecuted Stalin’s blood purge two decades ago. He was a master of withering scorn and searing satire. His rapier-like wit won the admiration, however grudging, of his colleagues.
Fire Again Hits Wichita
WICHITA FALLS, Nov. 22 (81 — ’The fifth major fire In downtown Wichita Falls in the last tiro and a half months swept through the two-story Monaghan’s Home Appliance Co. tonight, doing damage estimated by an owner at over $100,000.
The fire was first reported about 6:45 p.m.. about IS minutes after the last employe left the st<xre.
Firemen brought it under control temporarily about 7:15, but it blazed again and wasn’t extinguiab-ed until about 10 p.m.
2nd McMomes T estimony Opens
BY HAMILTON WRIGHT Reporter-News Staff Writer
SWEETWATER. Nov. 22-Seven state witnesses Monday in 12nd District Court gave testimony In a Martin County Independent School District felony theft case,
James McMorrles, former Martin County judge, is being tried on one of 14 indictments charging misappropriation of county funds.
The trial of McMorries on a felony theft indictment began after Judge A. S. Mauzey re-set the case of McMorries which last week ended after two days in a mistrial when a juror’s father died of a heart attack.
He is being tried for the alleged theft of $175 40 from the Grady Independent School District funds while as county judge he was also ex-officio county superintendent. The indictmenl alleged that he gave the Southwest Fixture Co., Dallas, a check in payment for a bill of goods for McMorries’ W’estern Cleaners establishment at Stanton, The check was actually made payable to "SWFC” and signed by McMorries as ex-officlo superintendent. Among the articles in the purchase were two window manikins, clothee hangers and coat covers. The check was dated May 26. 1954.
Defendant claims that the Grady Independent School District owed him expenses incurred in trips to
WASHINGTON. Nov. 22 GW-Th* Supreme Court decided today to wait until it has a full membership of nine justices before hearing arguments on bow and when to end segregation in public schools.
Arguments scheduled to begin Dec. 6 were called off “in view of the absence of a full court.”
A vacancy was created by tho death of Justice Robert H. Jackson on Oct. 9. President Eisenhower has named Judge John Marshall Harlan of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York to fill Uio vacancy but the Senate will not act on the nomination before January.
The court set no new date tor the argument. This will be done after Uie ninth justice takes his place on the high bench.
In a unanimous decision last May 17, the court ruled that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The decision, however, left unanswered—pending further arguments—the question of how and when desegregation must be carried out.
Opiwnents and proponents of segregation already have filed their legal briefs—the basis for oral arguments—with the court Southern states took Uie position that an abrupt ending of segregation would be dangerous and would disrupt their educational systems.
North Carolina spoke of the possibility of "bloody race riots” in the event of a sudden mixing of the races In the school.
The court disposed of a number of other cases today.
In a sweeping, unanimous decision, it said federal and state legislatures have almost unlimited powers to order redevelopment of slum areas. Speaking for the court. Justice Douglas wrote:
"Subject to specific constitutional limitations, when the legislature has spoken, the public interest has been declared in terms well-nigh conclusive.
Austin and elsewhere In connection with a school consolidation program in Martin County. Davia Scarborough addressing Ihe jury panel said that McMorries had committed a "technical enor,” but had done a good job, the county was benefited, and he should be reimbursed for expenditures he paid out for the county.
The case that consumed one day last week and then was declared a mistrial, in which McMorries is alleged to have paid himself a sum of money for cedar posts he allegedly bought, was re-set by Judge Mauzey for Dec. 6. A motion by defense that defendant be discharged from further prosecution in that case was overruled. The defendant contended because of the mistrial and issues Involved he was "placed In jeopardy for the lame offense ef which he is now being prosecuted.” It was alleged by defense that Eldon Mahon, 32nd District atty., had informed defense atty. Scarborough that the Grady School case would be tried first, instead •! the trial that ended in a mistrial.
Testimony in the case began about 1:40 after a jury had been draw’n. ’Thost who testified durli^ the afternoon were BAra. Dorii Stephenson, county and district clerk of Martin Comity, Kurt Heu-
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