Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. ?7
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPT. 1, 1954—TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10«
PRESIDENTIAL Gl’ESTS — President Eisenhower and former President Hoover, an Iowa native, leave the Des Moines. Iowa, airport for an appearance at the Iowa State Fair. The two men. on their way to Colorado for a fishing trip, were in Washington earlier where the.President addressed the American Legion national convention. Eisenhower spoke at the Fair. .
Whitaker Executed In Electric Chair
Bl I LETIN m .NTSVILI.E. TEX.. Sept. I (Wednesday) Walter F.. Whitaker Jr., convicted of the 1953 murder of Joyce Fern White of l.ubbock, Tex,, died today at 12:06 a.m. (CST) in the Texas prison system’s electric chair.
The former .4ir Force eadet entered the death chamber at 12:02 a.m.. received the first shoi'k at 12:04 a.m.. and t»as pronounced dead ju.st two minute* later.
With all signs of previous bravado gone, the 23*year-old Connecticut youth was ralm but appeared deiecled, a reporter who witnessed the execution said.
"I want to thank everybody who has helped me in any way,” Whitaker said as he was being Strapped into the electric chair. He hesitated and added: “Well, I guess that’s about it.”
HI N'l'SVIl.LK. Tex.. Aug. 31 Walter E Whitaker Jr , schetluled for execution .shortly after midnight tonight, didn’t give up hope until the sun of his last day began set* tuig.
Thus morning he asked a newspaperman to get him “just 10 more days” of life. He said his family needed more time to reach all members of the jury which convicted him of murdering a West Texas high school girl.
So New Fvideaee Whitaker seemed t^imistic.
This afternoon the newspaper man, Don Reid Jr., of Huntsville, called on Whitaker in hus Texas prison death cell after talking to i^ate Panlon Board memt>er L C. Harris. The word from Harris was that no new evidence had been presented which would wai rant “re (H>ening the case”
Whitaker wept. But he said it apparently was God’s will that he die in the prison's electric chair.
His mother. Mrs. Walter E Whitaker Sr, and brotlier, Bruce, 19. arranged to fly hack to their home in Wetherfield. Conn.. a suburb of Hartford. Their plane wa.s to leave Houston at 6 p m., six hours before the execution was .scheduled They had arranged for Whitaker’s body to be sent to C mnecli-cut.
“This will be a different way of going back to >nneclicut than I had hoped for.” hitaker told Reid. “I had hoiH'd to go back with a wife and habv hut 1 guess it wasn’t God’s will. GckI didn’t want it that way and I’m ready to acceiH his way.”
Whitaker wa.s convicted in the strangling death of Joyce kern While. 18, l.ublMH’k High School student, in January, 1953 His mother and bnither had made several ainn'uls »n 'Whitaker’s behalf They went before tlie State Board of I’ardons and Paroles yesterday to make one more plea for com-muUlion of the death sentence to
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life, and the plea was denied His father has been here but had to go back to Hartford on business.
•i'm not In.sane. I don’t want anyl)ody to prove that I am.” Whitaker told a newsman today. “I can be rehabilitated, but not through the electric chair.”
Share With 2 Other*
For his last meal Whitaker chose fried chicken. F'rench fried potatoes. hot rolls, lemon pie, vanilla ice cream and lemonade He asked to share it with two <Aher men in death mw—Donald Brown, convicted murderer from Dallas, and Willit* Sampson, convicted murderer from Houston.
Whitaker was an Air Force cadet at Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock when he met Joyce Fern at a skating rink and they started going together.
Whitaker testified at his trial that when he told Joyce he was being transferred to San .Antonio for further training she begged him to marry her When he refused because officer candidate.s are n<H permitted to marry, he said, she told him that she was pegnant.
The slim youth testified he then agreed to take Joyce to Clovis, N M . and marry her. But on the way, he said, Joyce told him she was not pregnant and then quarried with him about a Swedish girl who had sent back hiS engagement ring.
Whitaker said they slapped each other and his mind went blank. He Siiid that when he came to and found Joyce strangled to death w ith a cotton cord he buried her in the prairie and then lost all memory of what had happened.
About two weeks later, Whitaker said, he remembered burv’ing the body and levi officers to the grave.
Death Toll Mounts to 3 7
As Hurricane Lashes East
Reach 105 MPH
Dulles Calls North Atlantic Council Meet
WASHINGTON. Aug. 31 LB-Sec-retary of State Dulles called today for an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Pact Council to determine what must be done to bolster defenses against communism now that France has killed the EurcH>can army plan.
In a major policy statement deploring the French action as a tragedy, Dulles also:
1. .Announced the United States wiU begin “to reappraise its foreign policies, particularly those in relation to Europe,” to take into account tlie “new situation now created.”
2. Pledged the Eisenhower administration "will act” to restore sovereignty to West Germany and consult with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to help his government rearm to defend European security
3. Reassured jittery European allies the "agonizing reappraisal” of foreign policy will not lead the United States to ‘Turn to a course of narrow Lsolationism,”
4. Promised the five nations who were ready to join France in the European Defense Community that America would support any new plan which might rise from “those foundations” of the ill-fated European army project.
Dulles spoke out in a carefully drafted statement a few hours fore he was to leave for Manila to link the United States to an eight-naiion alliance which will try to block any new Red advance in Southeast Asia.
He gave no clue about when he wanted the 14-nation North .Atlantic Pact Council to meet in Paris. Bui officials said, in view of the secretary’s cwnmitments to visit the Far East and then attend the Uniteii .Nations Assembly session, that October appeared to be the earliest date for any such meeting.
Without mentioning French Premier Pierre Mendes - France. Dulles voiced some of the hottest criticism he has yet .“t the
French for scutUiiig the European army plan yesterday in a vote by the French Assembly.
“It is a tragedy that in one country nationalism, abetted by communism. has asserted itself so as to endanger the whole of Europe,” be said.
At another point he termed the French move "abrupt” and “ill considered.” saying it has created "grave anxiety” throughout free Europe.
“France thus disassociate* herself.” he added “not only from her own proposal but from her prospective partners who have stood unitevl at the recent Brussels conference.”
McCarthy faces investigators —sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis), lower left, back to camera, faces members of a special Senate committee across a table in Washington at the start of the newest inquiry into McCarthy’s conduct. McCarthy’s lawyer, Edward B. Williams, sits beside him. Across the table, from left, are committeemen and counsel: Sen. Samuel Ervin (D-NC); Sen. Francis Case (R*SD); Guy de Furia, assistant counsel; Wallace Chadwick, counsel; Sen. Arthur V. Watkins (R-Utah), chairman; Sen. John Stennis (D-Miss) and Sen. Frank Carlson (R-Kan). Another member. Sen. Edwin Johnson (D-Colo), is not shown. In lower right are reporters. A no smoking sign is on the table.
PROBE REPORTS GIVEN
No Improper Influence, But McCarthy 'Criticism' Asked
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 UB—The | full documents themselves became four Republican senators who in- availahle.
vestigated the Armv-McCarthy row Besides hitting it McCarthy tlie said tonight Senator .McCarthy <R-itrio of Democrats said Secretary Wis) exercised no improper influ-1 of the .Army Robert T. Stevens ence personally on behalf of Pv’t.; and Cohn also merited “sev«^ G. David Schlne, but the three criticism “
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both McCarthy and Cohn merited severe criticism for their “inexcusable actions.”
As for Stevens, the Democrats said that lui “pursued a course of appeBWfBBlfit** in the Schine affair in an effort to “to placate” McCarthy.
Avoid Basic Training Concerning Cohn the Democrats asserted:
"It is clear to us that Mr.
BOSTON, Aug. 31 (AP)—Vicious Hurricane Carol battered and lashed the Northeastern states today, taking at least 37 lives in wind furies unknown here since the mulit-million dollar hurricane of 1938..
The Caribbean-born hurricane whipped across Middle Atlantic seacoasts and burst into New England with w’inds up to 105 m.p.h. and raging high tides.
Damage in Millions Damage estimates ran into millions of dollars as summer homes were smashed to kindling, hundreds of yachts were splintered on rocks and shore and power service was severed completely in at least 33 communities. Serious crop damage also resulted.
Most of the storm stricken communities were declared disaster areas and the Red Cross dispatched all-out aid-food, shelter and know-how-to centers in battered Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. ««
The reported death toll included: two killed in Pennsylvania 17 in Rhode Island; seven in Massachusetts; three each in New Hampshire and Maine, two in New Jersey and each in Vermont, New
NEW HURRICANE 'DOLLY' EXPECTED
MI.AMI. Fla., Aug. 31 ly»— There are good possibilities that Hurricane Dolly will b« bom within 36 hours, the Weather Bureau reported today.
An easterly wave moving across Puerto Rico, with one end in the Caribbean Sea and the other in the Atlantic, provides the potentialities of a new hurricane, said Grady Norton, chief storm forecaster in the Miami Weather Bureau.
IN BATCHELOR TRIAL
Judge Rules Army Made No Promises
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SAN ANTONIO. Tex . Aug. 31 tfi—The Army, trying to get reluctant Americans to come hcMme from their Red captors in Korea, did niH promise immunity to them, a trial judge ruled today.
The ruling was made in the general rourt-martial of Cpl. Claude Batchelor, who at first chose to stay with the Retls and then changed his mind and returned to the Allied side last Jan. 1.
Batchelor, 22, from Kermit, Tex., WHS among the original group of 23 .American* who decided not to come back. His trial on charges of coliaborating with the enemy and telling on hi.s fellow American prisoners began at Fort Sam Itiuston here ye.sterday.
His defense attorney said the Army made a loudsiieaker broadcast at PanmunjiMii l)ec 22, while the uniepatriattHl Americans were in Indian custtxly, to persuade them that they would not be punished if they returned U. Col. Donald L. Mane* Jr., law offit'er, or "judge,” in batch-elor’s court martial, said he found in the broadca.Ht “at most a promise that the prisoner* of \.ar would not be punishec because they had not elected to return sooner” During afternoon arguments the pwsecutor, Lt. Col. lhand* R Boyles, said: “The articles under which the dsfendant is chargod art
trea.'ionahle in nature—but I do not say the defendant is charged with treason "
The prosecution may present the first of its 15 witnesses before noon tomorrow. The defense made a series of motions t(xlay, most of them asking dismissal of specific charges, but all wei-e turned down. The defense said it has two similar motions to present tomorrow.
The court recessed from 4:15 p m to 9 a m tomorrow. j
Manes turned down a defense | motion that all charges against > Batchelor be dropped. !
The defense then made three j other motioiis which, If granteti, j would have resulted in dropping, of the charges.
These were di‘nied also. They were based on the defen.se contention that the Geneva Convention requires a prisoner on war to communicate with his captors in many ways and that a POW urder the Geneva Convention falls under the authority or jurisdiction of the capturing power RatcheUir sat in court in the uniform of the 1st Calvary Division in which he sc‘rved in Korea,
In the crowded courlroom—a sheet-metal building or iht fort-sat his mother, Mr*. O.L, Batchelor. 44, of Kermit, with Mrs Portia Howe, also 44. of Alden, Minn Mr* Howe is the mother of Rleh-aixl Tenneson. an American POW who staye<i with the Reda and pre-
staff They raid Roy ,\I. Cohn, resigned chief counsel to the McCarthy Investigating subcommittee. was “unduly aggressive and persistent” in seeking preferential treatment for Schine,
The four Republicans making the rep<.>rt were Sens. Mundt <SD), Potter (Mich), Dirksen «III) and Dworshak (Idaho). Potter and Dirksen abo fil«?d supplementary statements on their individual views.
In New York, Cohn issued this statement:
“The American people have seen and heard what took place at these hearings They are the jury. Their decision is what counts. And they have given me tremendous support in Hus controversy and in my work in the prosecution of (Communists and spies. It is now apparent that anyone who associate* himself with the cause of exposing atheistic Cwumunist infiltration has to contend not only with the smears of CiHumunlsts but with partisan politics as well,”
The minority report was filed by Sens. McClellan «D-Ark). Symington (D-Mo' and Jackson >D Wash). Highlights from both documents were reed to nevi’smen before the
it described as Cohn’s “improper restraint from Sen.. McCarthy, actiwis” on behalf of Schine. a ; some means by which Mr. Schine
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The Democrats also said McCarthy “may have violated the law in receiving and making use” of a 2V* page summary of a secret FBI rt^rt on dangers of Red espionage at Ft. Monmouth. N.J. Mc-Lbrthy has said he got the document from an Army intelligence source, but the Army declared it doesn’t believe that was the source.
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NEW ROUND OPENS
Out of Order, McCarthy Told
WASHINGTON. Aug. 31 (#« — A new round of Senate hearings on the conduct of Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis> opened today — and recessed with Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) gravelling the protesting McCarthy into reluctant silence.
Pale with anger, Watkins flailed the cwnmittee table with his gavel and endeif the session when McCarthy pressed for clear statement whether (me of the senators invM-abii.k:xk - V.«. w tigating him-Edwin C. John (D-
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“We are not going to be interrupted by these diversions and sideline* We are going straugbt down the line The committee will be in reces*!”
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So ended, on a hurly-burly note reminiscent of the McCarthy Araty bearings, a session maiked up to that point by courtroomJikt doooi-utii. Tho six'iivan seleci vumOhR
too it invostigatiftg (iv# grouf« of charge* by ihroo otimr •enatoi'i who want the Senate to vote censure of McCarthy *• acüvltlea.
McCarthy and hia lomym, IM-ward Benmtl Williams, called tbe committee's attention ye«tetd«]f lo
a March 12 Denver Post article qu^ing Johnson as saying in a telephone interview that “there is not a man among the Democratic leaders oi Congress w ho does not loathe Joe McCarthy.”
Today Johnson, who is retiring from the Senate to run for governor of Colorado, read a formal statement asserting:
“I did not say on March 12 or at any other time that I personally loathed Sen. Joseph McCarthy. In response to a telephone call from Denver I agreed that some of my Democratic colleagues did not lUie Sen. McCarthy . . .
“I have full faith in my ability to weigh the charges which have been made against Sen. Mc<!arthy, together with whatever evid«mce that may be preeented, without prejudice.”
McCarthy’s lawyer. Williams, told the eonunittee he wasn't challenging Johnsoo’t Impartiality—at this point, anyway—but did want lo know wheUi^ Johnson made the statements attributed to him by the newspaper.
j Watkins ruled this had nothing lo do with the inquiry. His two feUDw Republicans. Sens. Case (S^) and Carlson* (Kans) quickly backed up the chairman Then McCarthy-who had let Williams carry the ball for him up to that point—took over, and the spirited clash with Watkins followed Watkins told McCarthy at the outset that he would have to choose beweeo speaking out himself and lotUiii bis lawywr iqieak for him.
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Landmarks Fall Famed landmarks fell with homes and tiny cottages. The Newport, R. I., Casino was wTecked. The steeole of Boston’s Old North Church toppled. Exclusive seacoast summer communities in Rhode Island w^ere demolished.
Many more persons were feared
dead in the wake of the storm. Eight auto loads of people were unreported since they fled cottages in South Kingston, R. I.
•111© storm, much <rf its fury spent, moved north into New Hampshire and Maine and on to the Canadian border where it diminished in force to such an extent that the Weather Bureau no Iong«r classified it a humcane.
In Connecticut, damage was fairly general in a 25-raile belt bordering IxRig Island Sound.
East and West of New London. Conn., trains of the New Haven Railroad ground to a halt when flood waters covered the tracks between New London end Wester-ily. R.I, About 2.000 train riders i were stranded for a time but were taken to their destinations by buses, The railroad right of way will be clogged for some time.
New York City escaped major damage. There were the usual transportati(n snarls and felled power lines.
Many sections of Rhode Island and Massachusetts were without power tonight. The Narragansett Electric Co. which serves most (rf Rhode Island, shut down completely. Repair crews were summoned from as far away as Pittsburgh.
A historic shrine that felt the fury of winds reaching gusts of 125 miles an hour accompanied by sheets of torrential rain was the famed (rid North C!hurch in Boston’s North End. The ancient steeple irocn which Paul Revere received the signal to alert “every ■ Middlesex village and farm” toppled at the rtiMTO’s height. A »core of old elms on historic Boeton Com-1 moo also fell.
The Coast Guard found no trace ; of three boys reported missing in ' Quincy Bay.
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Swirling waters rose to four feet in Provkieoce and five feet in Westerly. R. I. In W'«terly’s main street sev«*al automobile* were covered completely as they stood parked. At Atlantic Beach. Westerly, 200 summer homes were reported swept away.
Declared emergency areas were Cape Cod. Mass.. New Lomion. Conn.. Providence and Westerly.
A group of 1.000 vacationists quartered in a “tent city” at Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod, had to seek shelter elsewhere when their tents blew down.
Scores of yacht* were dashed in splinters at City Point, South Boston. which houses three yacht club*.
Sev«^ radio and ttrievision towers were blown over in the Greater Bostoii area
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The cities of New Bedford and FiOl River, each with a popula-tioii oi more than 100,000. had no «aectric power.
•Hie path of the storm, which made up off Florida, moved across Umg Island Sound aarly today and hit the Connecticut and Rhode Island coastline with Increased intensity. In «Nirly sJlertloon the leather Bureau placed the center between Boston and Worcaster with its eourai northeastwaixi to New HamiMhirt and Mama.
Radar Shows Rain (irde
Abilene Tuesday was suntMinded by a circle of widespread thundershower activity.
The Weather Bureau at Municipal Airp(w4 reported radar observations had indicated showers in all directions from the K^ City from about 3 to 7 p.m.
However, Colorado City’s .11 inches Tuesday afternoon was the only r^rt made to tbe Reporter-News on area rainfall.
Heaviest showsrs apparenUy fell 70 to 110 miles southeast of Abilene in the Brownwood area. The Midland area was also reported scene of rain showers Tuesday.
Other showers were observed OB the radar from 30 to 90 miles north and east.
Possibility of rain in the immediate area has dissipated and a warm-up from Tuesday’s high of 90 degrees was forecast. Any thunderslKmers will be widfly scattered and light, the bureau said.
Duval Judge Resigns Post
AUSTIN. Aug. 31 (J»-The rasif-natioQ of Judge A.S. Broadfoot aa acting judge of the 79th District Court in I>uval County was ^ nounced ttxlay by Chief Justice J.E. Hickman <A the State Supreme Court
Hickman, after questioning by a reporter, released copies of Broad-foot’s Aug. 25 letter reqiuistmg retirement and the Aug. 26 <MxJer issued by Hickman granting Broad-loot’s request.
Broadfoot’s return to retirement, effective tomorrow ends five months of service by the Northeast Texas judge on 79th DisUrii^ bench.
He was appointed March 20 hy Hickman when Uw Supreme Court ousted District Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin, friend of South Texaa political leader George Parr.
Hickman said he understood Gov, .Allan Fhivers may name a judge to the p<Mt sumetime alter So^. 11. If that u not done, Hickman eaid he will again try to find another retired judge to take tha poet.
Houslon Mon Dias Of Htol Exposyra
HOUSTON, Aug. II tP ~ Thomas Hugh Williams Jr.. 44. coHapeed from heat prostration todty «*4 was dead upon arrivsl at a hospl« tal.
WiUianw ooUapsed whUii deiihw»* Ing ctrcukure.