Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV. NO. 91
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPT. 15. 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Bank Robbed Of $111,170
ATJ3UQITERQITE, Sept. 14 IB-A
“polite, calm" robber dressed in GI fatigues robbed a southwest Albuquerque bank of $111,170 today.
He forced six employes and a customer to lie on the floor and at gunpoint directed Manager A. R. Salazar of the Five Points Branch of the Bank of New Mexico to turn over the money.
Ed Dozier, vice president and cashier, supplied the exact figure.
Locked the Doors Manager A R. Salazar of the Five Points Branch Bank said:
"He held a pistol and made me lock the doors and all tho other employes and the customer lie down on the floor. Then he made me empty the cages and the vault. Then he* locked all of us in the vault."
Police said the stodty, B foot 8 man abandoned his car inside the city, and all roads leading out of
Callahan, Eastland, Comanche Road Bids Total $162,680
Bids were tabulated Tuesday at Austin by the Stale Highway Department on twQ highway projects in Callahan, Eastland and Comanche counties—for a total of 1162,660.
The Callahan County project is for replacement of two narrow bridges Farm Road 604 about •IX miles south of Clyde. Harry Campbell of Abilene submitted the low bid of $30,330.
■Assistant District Highway Engineer George Smith said Tuesday night the bridges were left on the farm road when it was paved. The new structures will be 24-feet wide, he said.
Work on the FM 604 bridges •hould start in about 30 days and be completed in about 80 calendar working days.
The Eastland-Comanche counties project is for grading, structures and paving of 8 1 miles of F. m Roads 567 and 1477. A portion of FM 567 is unpaved from Rising Star in F.astland to Sipe Springs in Comanch« County. There is an unimproved portion at the south end of FM 1447 in Comanche County. The road connects Sipe Springs with State Highway 96.
B. G. Brown and Co., San Angelo. and J. A. Pruit, Abilene, were low bidders at $132,350.
the city were blodked.
Asst. Mgr. William Gill »aid:
"He made us all lie down in back of the five tellers cages. Then he held a pistol on Mr. Salazar.
"He locked us in the vauK with instructimia to stay there a half hour.
"We stayed five minutes and then qpened the vault from the inside, which he apparently thought we couldn't do. Then we called the police.”
Took 15 Minutes
Gill said the robbery took leM than 15 minutes.
Out of the excited .clusters of employes talking to the FBI and police, Mrs. Sadie Renfro, a teller, spoke up. She said:
"I was very scared. After ht toW us to lie on the floor and we were lying there, one of the other girls and I rai.sed our heads and could see him in a mirror in the safe putting currency in bags,
"When he came out, he saw ue lo(Aing at him and said very poIRely. ‘Girls, don’t look at m«. Put your heads on the floor.’
"The bandit said we were covered from the back and front of the building.
"He was very pcrfite and courteous and calm. He said, ‘I’m sorry I had to do this. Something led me to it.’
"After he got the money, he said, ‘Thank you.’ ”
Sheriff’s officers picked up a young soldier for questioning. Bank employes said the soldier definitely was not the bandit.
Open Medical Forums Slated Here in 1955
McCarthy Oppanant Leads in Wiscansin
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14 i^A veteran Republican secretsuy of state who is a critic of Sen. McCarthy iR-Wis) and who also has been repudiated by his own party organization, took an early lead tonight in his bid for renomination.
Fred R. Zimmtrman. 74, • tor* mer one term goveinor and secretary of state for 10 years, led Joyce M. Larkin. Milwaukee, -a former weekly publisher.
A series of public medical forums will be staged in Abilene early in 1955.
This announcement came last night after a meeting of the Tay-lor-Jones Medical Society at Hendrick Memorial Hospital.
The forums will be sponsored jointly by the medical society and The Abilene Reporter-News.
Details will be announced later, but the forums are tentatively planned for next February.
Members of the medical society will discuss vital health and medical questions which the public will help to select through questionnaires to be published in The Reporter-News. The discussions wiU be held in an auditorium to be announced later, and will be c^n to the public.
A symposium on public relations featured the medical society’s monthly meeting last night.
Dr. C. E. Adams, public relations chairman of the society, was moderator.
Members of the symp<»lum and the subject* Htey discussed were Dr. R. W. Varner, organization;
Dr. J. P. Gibson, fees; Dr. 0. E. Harper, medical ethics; Dr. J. P. Webster, doctors’ exchange; and Dr, L. J. Pickard, cost of medical care.
‘The society voted to stage again its annual essay writing contest j x for high school students. Pupils of any high school in Taylor and Jones Counties may enter The essay subject is "Socialized Medicine." Cash prizM wUl be awarded the first three winners.
State Demos Demand Stronger U.S. Voice
DR. D. M. WIGGINS , . . te reiriace Welker
GUY CALDWELL . • . f «r S-year term
REV. BYRON BRYANT to replace Campbell
BOSTON. Sept. 14 (iB-M chusetts Democrats showed today a strong preference—in early primary returns—for their convention choice for nominaticm for gover-nw, state Rep. Robert F. Murphy the party floor leader in the Massachusetts House.
Auto Peeled Back; Driver Badly Hurt
Morris Lee Smith. S3, of 525H Sumet Dr., received multiple Injuries about 5 pm Tuesday when the car he was driving sideswiped an asphalt-ladm tractor • trailer near the Tye underpass on U. S Highway 80.
The left - hand side of the Smith 1950 Pontiac, from the front door past the back bumper, was ’’peeled” open when it struck the trac-tor-trailer near the rear truck wheels. All metal and the rear wheels of the car were sheared off and left a crxunpled mass at the
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rear of the car. Smith was alone in the car.
Smith was treated for concussion. kidney contusion aad multiple lacerations at Hendrick Memorial Hospital He was taken there by an Elliott’s ambulance.
The atteiKiing physician said Smith’s condition was "seriou*. but no< immediately dangerous."
The tractor-trailer driver, Thomas B. Rousseau, 31. of Haskell, was uninjured. The trailw-tractor is ‘owned by C. Hunter Strain of San Angelo. It was damaged near the rear tandem wheels.
Investigating Highway Patrolman Jack Shields said the aixident happened near the construction detour just west of the T>'e underpass. Work is underway there on an overpass over the Texas A Pacific tracks.
The Smith car was traveling west and the truck east. Shields said.
Shields said hui investigation was Incanplete Tuesday night.
CpI. Batchelor's 'State ot Mind' Called Essential
8AN A.NT0N10, Sept. 14 UB-A description of Cpl. Claude Batch-elor't "state o< mind” during his North Korean imprisonment was said today to be csseiRial to his defense against charges of colUrtxMr-atkig with the enemy.
"If the defendant’s state of mind is not material,” argued Joel Westbrook. attorney for the boyish-looking West Texan, "there’s no use putting on any defense at all.
"Our defense is that the accused can’t be guilty unless it can be shown that he believed what he was doing was against the best interests ol the United States."
The attorney indicated he wifl attenHX to bring out that Batchelor feh his actions were bringing improved living conditions to the
McLaughlin steps out
Wagstaff, Mrs. Read On State Committee
MRS. BERNARD HANKS ... for 3-year term
By ED HARTS Asslstttit PttbUsher, Saa Aagelo Staadigd-Timet
MINERAL WESaLS. Sept.
R. M. Wagstaff of Abilene Mrs. Norman H. Read of Bf ^>ring were elected to the executive committee of senatorial district 24 at a convention of the ! State Democratic Party held Tuesday at Mineral Wells.
Wagstaff becomes a new member of the Executive Committee
4 New Trustees Proposed at H-SU
POW campe and further that, un der the "tr«nendous impact” of Communist literature, he thought what he was doing was the best for world peace, his country, and his fellow prisoners.
2 Abilenlans Get State GOP Posts
Ronald R. Herme» and Mrs. John Dumont, both of AMlene, were elected memi)er8 ot the Republican State Executive Committee at the state GOP convenüon held in Fort Worth Tuesday.
Hermee was re-elected to his fécond straight two-year term.
Mrs. Dumont and Hermee are Executive Committee members representing senatorial district 24.
CMher West Texans elected to the Republican State Execuüve Committee were E. S. Mayer of Sutton County» Mr*. C D. Bruce of Colem*n County; John Grambling of El Paso County; Mrs. E. C. Bunch of Ector County; Gen Lowell of Wichita Cixinty: and Mrs. W. H. Lobaugh of Young County.
Dr. Frank E. Royal, pastor of Southside BaiHist Church, was reelected moderator of the Sweetwater Baptist Association Tuesday at its 70th annual meeting here in the First Baptist Church.
The 400 represenUtive* of 38 churdies in Taylor and Nolan coun-tie* recommended nominees to the board of trustees of Hardin-Simmoos University at the meeting-including four persons new to the board.
Dr. D. M. Wiggins of Lubbodt was recommended for nomination to replace Hall Walker of Ranger, who rpcently resigned, (m the H-SU board.
Rev. Bryaot Named
The Rev. Byron Bryant of Stam-fwtl was recommended for nomi-natioo to fill the unexpired term of the late T. C. Campbell Sr. on the board. Walker’s term expires in 1955, Campbell’s in 1956.
Others recommended fw nomination for terms expiring in include John H. Alvis, Guy Caldwell, Mrs. Bernard Hanks. Dr. Elwin Skiles, W, P. Wright, and Dr. Sterling Price, all of Abilene; Fred Swank of Fort Worth; J. E. Johnson cd Temple; Dr. J. Ralph Grant of Lubbock; Arthur C. Hoover of Oxona; Jess A. Rogers of Amarillo: and C. R. Simmons of Sweetwater.
Caldwell and Mrs. Hanks are the only new members recommended for full S-year terms.
The nominations will be voted on at the Texas Baptist General Con-
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ventioD in Fort Worth October 19. 20. and 21. However, the recommendations are almost always approved by the geoeral conven-ti<m.
Trustees for Hendrick Memorial Hospital will be nominated and elected at the meeting. Dr. Royal said.
The Rev. HoUi* Yellding of Abilene was named vice moderator of the associatioD. and Miss Ima Petty was re-elected derk-treasur-
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reports to the association on their institutions* activities during the past year.
Main speakers during ths day were ths Rev. L, L. Trott, district missionary, and L. H. Tap-scott of Dallas, secretary of the Brotherhood of Texas.
Next meeting of the association will be Sept. 11 and IS. 1955, at Southside Baptist Church here.
The Rev. Melvin Byrd of Abilene wiU deliver the annual sermon with the Rev. C. C. Herrington named as alternate epeaker. Missionary setnon will be given by Dr. Elwin L. Skiles, First Baptist pastor, with the Rev. Buren Higd«i as alternate.
Association offldals named Tuet-day include:
Calvin J. Clenuner of Abilene, re-elected Sunday school superintendent; Sam Tullock of Merkel,
Training U^nion director; Homan Johnson, Men’s Brotherhood president; the Rev. Roy DavkUoo of Nolan, re-elected vacation Bible
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and succeeds C. T. McLaughlin of Snyder who served two consecutive two-year terms.
Mrs. Read was re-elected to h«* second straight two-year term.
Sen. Harley Sadler was permanent chairman oT the 24th senatorial district delegation. Other irfficers were Roy Arledge, Stamford, credentials; Douglas Orms. of Howard County, resolutions; J. Carter King of Albany, canvassing returns; Elmer Wright of Sweetwater, organizatira; and Harold Bennett of Snyder, nominations.
In the only test vote of the eon-vention. several of the West Central Texas counties voted do, which was anti-Shivers.
Counties voting no were Cram, Fisher. Garza, Dawson, Dickens, Mitchell and Knox.
District officers were nominated and elected at the caucus held in the Baker Hotd at Mineral Wells.
Mrs. V. C. Periol. Jr., of Abilene, R. E.'^Jracey of Roscoe and Harley Sadler <rf Abilene were among the vice-chairmen of the convention who were dected as permanent vice-diairmen.
Other West Texans elected to the Executive Committee were: Eari Rudder of Brady; Mrs. Mark Callaway of Brownwood; Fred Brown of Mineral Wells; Mrs. Frost of Eastland; Frank Wood
Situ Sutton Cojinty; Mrs. W. E. Hall of San Angelo; 0. B. Ratliff of Lubbock; Mrs. Albert Morrow of Morton; Eugene Smith of El Paso; and Mrs. John Mitchdl of Odeesa.
George Sanlin of Austin was renamed chairman of the Executive Ctxnmlttee and Mrs. Hal Peck of Midland m Tice-chairman.
Shivers Given Howling Ovation
MINERAL WELLS. Sept. 14 (AP>-Texas Democriti Joined Gov. Shivers today in a new two-year war for a louder voice in national party affairs.
They ended a sometimes tense but unusually orderly six hour convention with a shouting, standing ovation for Shiv^ when he asked them to unite in a fight for independence within the party.
Conservatives led by Shivers held an overwhelming nuh jority throughout and it appeared doubtful that the liberal majority would give him much help in his crusade. They voted against him on every ^
Convention Sets Record For Neatness
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MINERAL WELLS. Sspt 14 This sUte Democratic conventioa may not have been ths most belligerent. or the noisiest, but it cei^ tainly was the neatest
issue, but they staged no bolt and ^ere was never a threat of a rump convention.
"We believe that the Democratic party is not the property of any clique w segment.” the platform adopted by the convention said. "We believe there is room in the party for disagreement and that advocates ot thought control must not prevail in their deliberate attempt to erase from the party all those who do not conform to their radical views.”
PosKloa Leadership The platform declared that "Texas has assumed a position of leadership in the true Democratic party.” Tighter labor control laws were urged, including one requiring that pickets be recruited only from personnel of the employer directly affected. That was obviously aimed at the Port Arthur strike situatioa, a key factor in Shivers’ campaign.
"Every l^al means" to continue Texas public scho<^ on a separate but equal bashi wert urged in the platform.
Rapping Northern and Eastern leadership. Shivers said the party belongs to 13» people, "not any geographical segment”.
"We hart srritten into tha history of our sUte the promiae that wh«i
Wins in Varmant
MONTPELKIR. Vt.. Sept 14 m Joseph B. Johnson. 61-year-okl industrialist who sotsred stats politics only nine years ago. won ths Republican ncanination for governor today—srhich is tantamount fea election.
leaders stand up and fight for principle ths Demoo-ats of Texas will support them,” Shivers said. ‘‘We have made it plain for once and'all that independence will not be punished.”
Refers is Deflaaes Shivers referred to his defiance of party line traditions and lùs repeated calls on Texas Democrats to put "principle above party” in slugging it oitt with the national party organization which he says disregards rignts of ths South.
In ths convsntiott. %iv«a had swamped his opposition on the state convention's first teat vots nearly three to one.
Shivers had demanded that he be given a StaU Executive Com-mittea 100 per cent back of him.
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Third CanvanHoffi Out ta Get Johnson
AUSTIN, SepL 14 iS^-WhUe Democrats and Republicans held conventions elsewhere, another party held ita convention here today.
It was the Constitution party, eight delegates strong.
Ths delegates votsd to put IS names on ths November ballot but agreed that the only major office holders they really want to ourt are Sen. Lyndon Johnson and Agri-cuhura Commissioner John C. White.
Probers Reject McCarthy's Plea
WASHINGTON, Sept 14 iP-Sen-ators weighing censure charges against Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis' late today unanimously turned dovm Mci'arthy’a challenge of the falmesa of the investigating committee's legal staff
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leage against Ciiadwkk and Ds Furia. He said there is an addi-tionai objection too—that "if the motion were granted it wooW, In effect, probably delay for several weeks the final report to the Senate" because of the difficulty at finding unprejudiced man willing to strve. and tha timt H would taka newcomers to familiarise themMlvM with the testimony Meet Af all Taday
Watk.'os said the conuniUee will meet agaui tomorrow moming and probably wiU be in session all day. He was asked if the committee's report would he made public before it is submitted to the Senate on its return.
"That I can’t laswec," Watkuis said "I don’t know whether we would have any right to mak# it public ”
Watkins told n^xirters at midday them la "a possibility” Uis eommittss wiU oooiplets its rsfiort bafort Oot L
No fighta-HK> it wasnH tha inosk belligerent.
You could hear the apasches sa it wasn’t the noisiest Only 21H cigar butts stomped into the floor-ao R certainly was the neatest. The half cigar counted was one smcAed to less than an inch and tapped out instead of smariied.
Presence Thrsslni About the only belligerence—and a lot of the noise—was by tba Harris and Jefferson Coun^ delega-tkms during the keynote speech bf Galloway Calhoun of Tjiar.
These two groups wem oppossd to Gov. Shivers and is A dsfinite minority.
The Credentials Committee later told Edwin Smith, chairman of tha Harris County group, that if he didn't make his delegation behave it was going to get booted out.
. Smith said bn had some "high H>irited” delegates that didn't take easily to a baiter but he promiasd to sec what he could do.
ParklMnse Left Since noost agreed they would da what the governor wanted, there wasn't much room for argument.
So the delegates sat back and enjoyed themselves in neighborly fashion.
About tha only real show of temper can» when a woman who began to tell state Sen. Geoitie Park-house of Dallas a few thin;^ and from a woman who began ta tell
that w(»nao a few things.
Parfchouse disappeared k a ry. leaving the two women to centrate on each otbor.
Twenty mioutm after the eon-ventk» ended, d» hall was emptf.
11 Disirid Judges Named
MINERAL WELLS, SepL 14 MB-Tbe state Democratic coaveatkn IMcked 11 new district b*dges today. all solid comervatlvea wfae backed Gov. Shivers.
TechnicaUy. the convention certA fled these names to appear on the ballot of the general election. Ne R^iublicaa candidates were expected.
A one-time Texas attorney g«»* eraL William McCraw of Dallas, was ons of ths new judges. Hs will bs judge of the special criminal district court sf Dallas Coimty. Other selections;
Special Criminal Court of Bexar County: Joe Brown.
Special STUi District Court: Eugene Williams of Bejiar County.
Special tnd District Court; James Moore of Angelina County.
Special 25lh District Court: Willis Ellison of Gonzales County.
Special District Court of Midland County: Peiry Pickett of Midland County. For district attorney of that ctHUt; Jooeph Minu of Mid-land County.
151st District Court: Sears McGee of Harris County.
152nd District Court: John fhitU Jr., of Harris County.
Special 138th District C!ourt: R.A. Garcia of Cameron County.
Special iwth District Court: Fendindo Guerre* of Hidalgo CkMm-ty.
Fur district attorney of Uw Sod Judicial District: Bob Murphy sf Nacogdocbws County.
John Dsvenport of Wichita FaUi waa namsd to succssd Judge Alas Haley of the 88th Disliiet Geurt UkiV rekgned. sffecttve Ool, Ml