Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 159
Associated Pres» (aF) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, NOV~ 25, 1954-FORTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
0000000’ CHRISTMAS!—For the next month Christmas will be the center of ing, planning and living and it appears from this that young Nancy
right, is going to have a hard time waiting until the great night Santa rides, and her sister Ann, inspecting a tree put up by their parents, the Claud McAdens, 1502 North 21st typify the anticipation of childhood. In Keeping with the beginning of the Christmas season, The Reporter-News is presenting in this combined edition for morning and evening subscribers its annual Christmas Shopping issue. (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson). __
Gets 5-Year Term
By HAMILTON WRIGHT Reporter-.News Staff Writer SWEETWATER. Nov. 24—James McMorries, former Martin County judge, was found guilty of theft of $175 40 from Grady Consolidated Independent School funds and his punishment was set at five years in the State Penitentiary by a jury in 32nd District Court here Wedne.sday afternoon.
The jury, of which Weldon Patterson was foreman, deliberated only 15 minutes before reaching a verdict. It received the case at 11:55 a m. but recessed an hour for dinner.
McMorries had been on trial here since Monday. He \»as being tried for theft of $175.40 by false pretext. Testimony showed that he had issued and signed a check for the amount made payable to •‘SWKC’ for payment of manikins, coat hangers and covers and other merchandise. The check was given to the Southwest Fixture Co., Dalla.s. It was signed by McMorries and given on the Grady school
Debt Claimed In bis testimony.» McMorries laid the Gradv school owed him more than that for traveling expenses incurred in scIkhiI affair.s. He te.stified he went out to see the president of the Grady board to get him to okay the amount. Not finding him, he returned and wrote tlie check and mailed it.
A slip was attached to the check. It read: “This is for one of my schools.” However, testimony sliowed that he u.sed the merchan-
dise in his Western Cleaners establishment at Stanton and none of it was delivered to the Grady
Testimony was concluded at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The charge was read to the jury at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Argument consumed about two hours.
Arguing for the state were Elton Gilliland, former Martin County district attorney, and Eldon Mahon, 32nd District Court attorney. For the defense were John Crutchfield and Davis Scarborough, both of Abilene.
McMorries faces 13 other indictments in connection w'ith financial irregularities while County Judge of Martin County. One case charging misappropriation of county funds went to trial in 32nd
District Court here Nov. 15. A jury was secured and testimony was being taken when the father of one of the jurymen suffered a fatal heart attack. Defense would not agree to an ll-man jury going on with the case but asked for a
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V&N Construction Co. of Lubbock was the apparent low bidder for construction of the officers’ mess and the cold storage and meat cutting plant at Abilene Air Force Base.
Col. Harry 0 Fisher, district engineer of the Corps of Engineers office in Fort Worth, said the bids were o|)cned Wednesdav.
V&N's bid on the officers mess, the lowest of nine opened, was for $140,599.60. Second lowest was that of Milo J. Choate of Tyler, whose bid was $141,735.38. The contractor will have 150 calendar days lo complete the work after the work order is issued.
On the cold .storage and meat cutting plant, V&N’s bid was 1153,-927.15. Second lowest was that of Shiflet Bros, of Wichita Falls, whose bid was $159.640.20. The con-tractor will have 180 calendar days for the construction.
Bid Dates Announced Tentative dates for advertising , and opening, bids on several other jobs at Abilene Air Force Base were announced Wednesday by Col. Fisher in a notice to Interested bidders. All of the tentative dates are subject to change.
The jobs, dates and construction time allowed are:
Aircraft wash rack — Advartia-i
Local Rulings Asked
$20,986,000 Scurry County Oil Deal Near
ing date Dec 2, bid opening date Dec. 29, 120 days for completion.
Laboratory building — Advertising date Dec. S. bid opening date Jan. 5. 120 days for completion.
Oil and fuel storage tanks, three of 15.000 gallons capacity and five of 10,000 gallons capacity — Advertising date Dec. 3, bid opening date Jan. 6. 90 days for completion.
Four ammunition glorage buildings — Advertising date Dec. 6, bid opening date Jan. 11, 210 days for completion.
Airmen’s dormitories, five build-I ings — Advertising date Dec. 13,
I bid opening date Jan. 13. 270 days for completion
Warehouse, shop and administration buildings - Advertising date Dec. 7. bid opening date Jan 12. 210 days for completion.
Armament and electronics shop. Iwo buildings - .\dvertising dale Dec. 10 bid opening date Jan 11, 180 days for completion.
■ Parachute shop - Advertising date Dec. 22. bid opening date Jan. 8. 100 days for completion.
On Nov. 30 bids for construction of an engine repair shop and the parking apron will be opened at the Corps of Engineers district office Ib Fort W’orth.
FORT WORTH, Nov. 24 »4»»—A deal to sell oil properties in the Kelly-Snyder pool of Scurry County for $20,986,000 cash is scheduled to be closed in Dallas Monday.
W. A. Moncrief. Fort Worth oil producer, announced today he will meet with Eugene McElvaney, First National Bank of Dallas, to consummate the sale of the properties to Ponies Oil Co., owned and operated for the benefit of Southern Methodist University.
McElvaney is treasurer of SMU.
The properties consi.st of 42 2-3 wells in the Kelly-Snyder area.
Hope. Crosby Involved
Associated with Moncrief and his sons, W.A. Moncrief Jr., and R.B. Moncrief, who account for 32 per cent of the ownership, in the transaction are Bob Hope and Bing Crosby of the movies, 16 per cent each; Paul Teas, Dallas, 21 per cent; Clark and Cowden, Dallas, 8 per cent; Westbrook Oil Corp, Fort Worth. 5 per cent; and Fred Madera. Hobbs, N.M., 2 per cent.
The 16 per cent interest of Hope and Crosby represents $3,368,360.30 each.
Part of the properties involved, a two-thirds interest in 16 wells, originaly were owned and developed by L.M. Lockhart of Los Angeles, whose interest was purchased by W.A. Moncrief Jr. and Paul Teas in 1952.
Operated by *Moncrief
All of the properties, except two wells owned by Westbrook, were operated by W.A. Moncrief Jr.
Crosby, it was learned, was unwilling to sell his interest in the Moncrief properties and will exchange it for a fractional interest in the Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators Committee.
The latter committee was formed for unitization and operation of the 47,429 productive acres of the pool for a fieldwide water flooding secondary recovery program.
Ponies Oil Co. is putting only $50.000 into the large transaction, with two oil payments reserved to cover the rest of the consideration.
Originally one of these payments was 15 million dollars, but other reserved interests reduced the total to $13.273,773.92, which is being sold by the Moncrief group to First Dallas Charitable Corp. The latter will borrow the money from an insurance company.
Sold to 20 Companies
The remaining $5,936,000 oil payment is being sold to a group of 20 companies interested in SACROC.
The Moncrief group, through the Rainbow Royalty Corp., purchased from Ponies an option to acquire a 40 per cent interest after payout of the oil payments and operating
expenses. • ...
Closing of the deal will end a long and bitter fight of Moncrief and associates against the SACROC unitization plan.
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High Court Given Brief By Brownell
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 Wl-Atty. Gen. Brownell today suggested lo the Supreme Court that racial desegregation in public schools b« carried out on the local level under the direction of the federal District Courts in the areas involved.
The plan, advanced in a brief Brownell filed with the court, appeared to be in line with what President Eisenhower suggested yesterday at a news conference. Eisenhower said the matter of decentralizing desegregation was being explored.
The court ruled out “separate but equal” facilities for white and Negro pupils in the public schools in a decision early last summer. It now has before it the matter of setting up the actual procedure for ending segregation.
NO. 1 GOODFELLOW — Since Goodfellows started three decades ago, the Abilene Ki-wanis Club has had the honor of making the first contribution. Here Piesident Garnet Gracy, right, follows a tradition almost as old as he as he hands the $25 check to Paul Hodge, chairman of the Goodfellows. (Staff Photo).
ONE MONTH TO GO
Goodfellows Face Big Job;
More Will Need Yule Cheer
It’s only a month *away, and that means the Goodfellows have a job to do. A big one.
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The Goodfellows figure they will have more people to help, and more cost this Christmas than ever before.
To help get under this burden, the old standbys paid their checks to the Goodfellows yesterday.
The Abilene Kiwanis Club through the years has had the privilege of being the first contributor. President Garnet Gracy delivered its $25 check yesterday.
Joining the Kiwanians as early givers were The Reporter-News, West Texas Utilities Co., Citizens National Bank, Farmers and Merchants National Bank, Exchange Club and First State Bank.
Exemplifying the real Goodfel-low spirit, President Price Campbell of the utilities company yesterday volunteered to double that firm’s gift. “It isn’t adequate for the present need,” he said. The Reporter-News did likewise. Clti-
MAYOR EXTENDS LUNCHEON BID TO EL PASOANS
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Abilene officialdom desires to show special courtesies to El Paso dignitaries on the day of the bi-distrlct football game here Dec. 4 Mayor C. E. Gatlin sent an invitation by telegram Wednesday to El Paso officials.
He invited the following El Paso leaders and wives to be guests of Gatlin, School Board President W. E. Fraley and Schools Supt. A. E. Wells and their wives: Mayor Fred Her-vey, Schools Supt. Mortimer Brown. School Board President J. F. Hulse and Principal Keith Appleby of ¥A Paso’s Austin High School.
Gatlin said Uie Abilenians will host a luncheon or similar event for the El Pasoans, if the latter accept the invitation.
In all. there’s $270 in the Good-fellow till to start with. Now you other Goodfellows help it grow!
Paul Hodge, chairman of the Goodfellows, said the budget has been estimated at $6,675 this year. There never is a fixed goal for the Goodfellows. as there is no way of knowing until after Christmas what the total cost will he. But Hodge said the directors are confident the costs will approximate the budget estimate. Last year the total biU was $5,622.18.
This year’s budget is broken down as follows; clothing $2,250; toys $1,250; food $2,500; contingent fund $250; packing $100; decorations $100; salary $225.
Shop OB Walnut St.
Hodge said the Goodfellows will set up shop this year at 377 Walnut St. The phone number is 3-1222. The toy store will have open house Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will open for business Thursday, Dec, 16. It will close the night of Dec. 22. as the school kiddies will be out on holiday the next day.
The Exchange Club will recondition the building and also handle the toy program, as it has for years. The Junior Red Cross will decorate the building.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday there will be a city-wide toy pickup. The Marine Corps Reserve and Air Corps and Army Recruiting Station will canvass the city with trucks and loudspeakers seeking good, usable toys that can he repaired for Christmas Open ta All
The Goodfellows are sponsored by The Abilene Reporter-News. Anybody can be a Goodlfellow. The Goodfellows see to it that the needy and unfortunate have Christmas cheer, who otherwise would have none. Little toddlers whose parents can’t buy toys, enjoy Christmas because the Goodfellows remember them They get warm clothing, if they need it. from the Goodfellows. And there is good food on the table for Christmas dinner.
It is a community-wide charity, and tber« ii bo money toliclU-
tion. All offerings are freewill and can be mailed or brought to'' the Goodfellows, care of The Reporter-News.
There is no fixed overhead, ex-cfept for the $225 salary for one month for a full time helper. The Goodfellow job long since grew too big for just the volunteers to do. One person needs to be at the store full time now and keep things running. Other than this small sum, every penny goes to Christmas cheer.
First day contributors:
Abilene Kiwanis Club Reporter-News Citizens National Bank Farmers & Merchants West Texas Utilities First State Bank Exchange Club
The attorney general, in suggesting that the actual procedure be handled in the local diatricts, rather than by a general Supreme Court mandate, emphashuid his belief that the Supreme Court should retain jurisdiction in the matter “for the purpose of making such further orders, if any, as may become necessary ...”
Brownell proposed these steps: A Supreme Court decree declar» ing racial segregation is unconsti» tutional and that all laws requite ing or permitting such segregation are invalid.
A return of the test cases to lower courts where they were first heard for further action in lint with the high court’s decision. These cases came to the Suprem« Court from South Carolina, Virginia. Kansas, Delaware and the District of Columbia.
The entry of orders in the lower courts directing the defendant school boards to submit within 10
days a plan for ending segregation in their districts “as soon as feasible.'’
For Next Term
Unless a satisfactory desegregation program is submitted to and approved by the lower court, the entry of an order by that court directing that nonsegregated schools be operated at the beginning of the next school term.
Upon submission of a desegregation plan, the cwiduct of hearings by the lower court to determiiM whether it provides for the transition “as expeditiously as the cir-cuinslances permit.”
Brownell said no program should be sanctioned which does not call for immediate commencement of the procedures necessary to bring about desegregation.
During the period allowed for transition, he said, the lower court should require the defendants in
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LIKES 'LOCAL LEVEL'
U. S. Jurisdiction
AUSTIN. Nov. 24 (Pi-Texas Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd welcomed the suggestion today of U.S. Atty. Gen. Brownell that racial desegregation in public schools be carried out on the local level, but said the proposal didn’t go far enough.
Shepperd said he does not agree with that part of Brownell’s suggestion which would leave “continuing jurisdiction’’ over desegregation matters with the Supreme Court.
Proposed la Brief
Brownell proposed in a brief filed with the court that desegregation in public schools be carried out under the direction of the federal district courts in the areas Involved.
Shepperd said local school boards would be a better agency than the federal courts.
“The suggestions by the Justice Department apparently closely follow the spirit of the Texas brief, except that we did not recommend conUnuinf JurisdKtioo by the Su
preme Court,” Shepperd said tat a press statement.
“All of the states filing friend^f-the-court briefs favored working out the problem at the local level.
“Instead of leaving it to the federal courts, however. It should be left to the local school hoards who are elected by the people to do this job."
Brownell’s brief, while suggesting that the actual procedure he handled in the local districts rather than by a general Supreme Court mandate, emphasized his belief that the Supreme Court should retain jurisdiction in the matter “for the purpose of making such further orders, if any, as may become necessary.”
On this point. Shepperd said Tex as “w(Hild favor the normal method of appealing individual cases to the Supreme Court rather than a system which would, in effect, have the Supreme Court supermini all stigei ef all casef.**