Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 105
Army fo Up (ombal Force 5 Divisions
WASHINGTON. Sept. 29 (iTV-The Army announced today it will in-1 crea.se the number of its combat-' equipped divisions to 24 during the next two years. i
The five additional divislon.s will be composed of present training divisions which will be given the structrual organization, equipment and designation of combat divisions—but which will not be at anything like full combat manpower .strength.
The plan, the Army said, will entail no increase in overall manpower strength.
The reshuffling also will include the formation from several regiments of two divisions to replace two Army divisions which are being returned to state National Guards. The net result of this, however, will be to leave the .Army at its present 19 combat division strength.
The program was disclo.sed at a news conference held by Army Secretary Robert Stevens. Gen Matthew B. Ridgway. the chief of staff, and other topranking Army officers and civilian officials.
In connection with the division plan. Stevens also announced what | he called “a completely new plan of overseas rotation” for the .Army’s personnel I.abeled “Operation Gyroscope” the program calls for replacement ol entire units overseas by similar units. Under the current system, in operation since Korean War days, a unit is kept in position and its personnel rotated on an individual basis.
The program will apply to divisions. separate regiments and separate battalions.
About eight divisions will be rotated each year—four sent overseas and four broght home Nearly three years will be required to complete a rotation cycle of all divisions.
The overseas tour of duty will be approximately 33 months, that for the United States about SI months.
Each division will return to its original base in the United States between tours of overseas duty.
The Army officials said the rotation program would be made po6-sibla by the increasa in the number of divisioDS.
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, SEPT. 30, 1954 —THIRTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
French Agree Indochina Terms
Twisters Seen In North Texas
OUT EARLY—Pro-Giant signs foretold the opening results of the World Series as 1,200 fans lined up at 7:15 a. m. to get bleacher seats. See story of game, Page 6-B.
Witness Missing In Red Spy Scandal
PARIS. Sept 29 JU-The leakage of French official secrets, already threatening to become a major political scandal, took a dramatic turn today. It
fense documents he was not supposed to have.
Questioned for hours on the night of Sept. 21. Baranes arranged a
of the key witnesses undeilnv“! a m. meeting with his wife
ligation has disappeared.
Andre Baranes. formerly a political writer for the fellow’ traveling Paris newspaper Liberation.
near the Paris Opera.
“He was very depressed, and we walked the streets until 7 o’clock in the morning,” Mrs.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thunderstorms boomed across Texas Wednesday night and torna-dic winds danced over North Texas, In the Panhandle a tenderfoot cold wave thawed out.
One death could be attributed to the stormy weather shoved northward across Texas by water-laden clouds surging in from the Gulf of Mexico.
It continued hot over most of the state. Cotulla, in South Texas, had the highest temperature with 99 degrees. Dalhart, in the Panhandle, had the coolest — 80 degrees.
The cold front really wasn’t very cold, but it was supposed to send summertime temperatures skidding as much as 40 or 50 degrees. But the cold air hung still on the edge of the Panhandle. There was a chance it might start moving late Wednesday night.
5:55 p.m. 20 miles north-northeast of Dallas.
There were no reports of damage or injuries.
The death that could be attributed to the weather occurred at Franks-ton, Tex. There, DeWitt Ramsey, 60, a farmer, was electrocuted as he attempted to pull a faulty ground wire away from his house during a rainstorm.
Ramsey’s wife said the wire shorted out and set fire to the house. She said she and Ramsey beat the flames out and then he cut the wire. When he took hold of it to pull it away from the wall of the house, he was electrocuted.
No big amount of rain had been recorded up to 6:30 p.m. from the thunderstorms and showers that fell over the state.
W’ichita Falls. Fort Worth, Dallas, College Station, Tyler, Long-
America to Furnish
$700 Million Aid
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (A>)—The United States and France announced agreement late today on a broad neW plan to save Indochina from further Communist conquest. American officials said it called for more than 700 million dollars annually in U. S. aid.
The French agreed they would keep military forces in southern Viet Nam for the time being, withdrawing troops ; from their 10 divisions only gradually—as native forces are built up to fill the gap.
Three funnel-shaprf olou^ were; pj
reported in North Texas between i the Dallas - Fort W’orth area and
was reported not to have been seen | Baranes said.
since he was released after ques-1 reported her husband has
tioning by counter-espionage offi- home since and she has
cers a week ago.
Barapes was named as an informer for police commissioner
no idea of his whereabouts.
Maj. Jean de Resseguier, who is investigating the complicated
Senators Asking AEC To Delay Power Pact
Jean Dides. who headed an anti-1 the government, has smm-
Ccmmunist intelligence network nioned Baranes to appear before until he was suspended last week , him tomorrow. If he fails to ap-after being caught with secret de- a warrant for his arrest may
News that secret information has been leaking from the National De-
the Red River.
The Perrin Air Force Base in the Denison - Sherman area said it spotted a funnel 20 miles west of the field about 6:40 p.m.
The weather bureau at the Fort W’orth airport quoted a pilot as saying he saw a tornado funnel 40 miles west of Lake Dallas at 5:43 p.m.
The Dallas weather bureau said it saw a funnel-shaped cloud at
San Angelo and Childress got some rain.
More showers and thunderstorms were forecast Thursday.
JOVIAL MOOD—Novelist James Street, above, is shown in a jovial mood as he handed out awards at an Associated Press Broadcasters meeting in Chapel Hill, N. C. Street, author of “Tap Roots” and other best sellers, collapsed and died from a heart attack shortly after this picture was taken. His last book was “Goodby, My Lady.”
Fight Starts On Successor To McCarran
RENO, Nev., Sept. 29 '.fl — A legal battle broke out today over
WASHINGTON. Sept 29 J^-Sen-ate investigators today asked the .Atomic Energy Commission for the second time to hold up the politically explosive Dixon-Yates power contract until they complete a widening probe of it.
Sens. Langer <R ND> and Ke-fauver (D-TennL making the request for the Senate Monopoly subcommittee, also called for additional testimony from AF!C Chair
Temperatures Fall But Rain Drops Few
fense Council into Communist the naming of a successor to Demo- _____ _
hands broke just six days ago and cratic Sen, Pat McCarran. even | v^ jnds accompanied the downpour
Abilene and surrounding area possibly had its first taste of fall weather W’ednesday as temperatures dropped a few degrees and weak thundershowers were genial throughout the area.
In Abilene, the showers were very weak with only .02 inch of rain being recorded at the Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport.
Heaviest rainfall reported was at Cisco which received 1.5 inch of rain Wednesday afternoon. High
has created a sensation. Investi gators have disclosed the leaks started during the previous government beaded by Joseph Laniel and have c<mtinued since Premier I’lerre Mendes-France took over in June.
There have been these develop-
Power & Light Co,
The witnesses swore that they knew at least two sets of books are kept cm the earnings of the state companies, but a Middle ments:
.'^uth attorney said he had an au-1 last night told news cor-
djtor’s statement disproving the resiwndence he had evidence that j,j,arge Roger Wybot. top counter-espioft-
L.inBer. chairman of both the
, self a Communist sympathizer.
subcommittee and its parent Ju-; suspended police commissioner diciary Committee, said hearings sajj had given evidence to this man I.ewi.s L. Strauss and Budget, probably would continue through-1 effect—based on a card from the Director Row land Hughes. : out the w eek. : Communist party files—to Resse-
Negotiations ordered by Presi-; He and Kefauver. the only two guier, the examining magistrate, dent Eisenhower are under way, rnembers of the five man subcom-1 Wybot reported the card Dides but .still incomplete, between .AEC j mittee present today, decided to introduced was a forgery which and the Dixim-Yates group of two broaden the probe over the pro- thought the suspended commis Southern utility companies for a' tests of Sen Butler iR-Md ’ who
as members of the veteran lawmaker's family planned burial rites for Saturday.
State Democratic Chairman Keith Lee challenged Republican Gov. Charles Russell over whether he has the right to appoint a successor to fill the remaining two years of McCarran’s fourth term in the Senate.
Lee. insisting that Nevada law
at Cisco and unconfirmed reports of a small tornado outside of town were reported. No reports of damage were received.
Breckenridge recorded .52 inch of rain Wednesday afternoon. Winters had .30, Rising Star, .25. Stamford, .11. and Aspermont received just a trace.
San Angelo had .24 inch of rain.
.Abilene’s Weather Bureau said that the showers were scattered
consisted mostly of blowing dust which was mixed with a few* drops of rain. But a cold front which became stationary in the Panhandle caused temperatures In Abilene to nose-dive to a cool higB of 88-degrees Wednesday with the low being 72.
Forecast for Thursday calls for possible thundershowers with temperatures expected to stay about the same.
WHERE IT RAINED
nt w 107 million dullar ,>team pl.int to serve Memphis. Tenn over the lines of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Two witnesses told the subcommittee that .Middle South Utilitie.s, Inc., one of the.^e companies, is extracting “tribute” m the form of unearned dividends and high rates from power u.sers in Mississippi and Arkansas Middle South controls the Mississippi Pow
IS alU’iuling Uie hearing as a “guest." Butler, frankly representing the administration, is a member of the full Judiciary Committee.
He contended that the investiga-tiiMi IS worthless because the final Ihxon-Yates contract will have to be review tnl by the Senate-House Atomic Energy Cominillee anyway.
He said the Senate had refused
sioner had forged himself. Then Wybot went to the Paris Civil Court and demanded five million francs ($12.‘285) in damages.
clearly provides that an election be held in November, called his • over the state except for far West State Central Committee to meet j Texas.
Friday and name a candidate. ' Weather in Abilene Wednesday
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Hunt for Teachers?
AUSTIN. Sept. 29 uf»—Proposals for a statewide teacher recruitment program to relieve the critical teacher shortage in Texas will be discussed by the Slate Board of
, , . , ; , Examiners for Teacher Education
er L Light Co. and the Arkansas approve a requesttni $75.000 for tomorrow night.
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WASHINGTON. Sept 29 Cf^Her-mann Field, an American whose secret arrest in Red Poland five years ago was disclosed only yesterday, once tried to kill himself in his prison cell near Warsaw and twice went on hunger strikes, his former jailer,reported today.
Jozef Swiatlo. a top official of the Polish secret police until he fled ten months ago. also expressed the belief that Hermann's brother Noel and Noel’s wife Herla, arrested in Hungary in 1949.
Nevertheless, the State Department said nckes have been sent
to Hungary demanding release of
STATE RAINS MIDL.AND CORPUS CHRISTI
France Near Agreement On Rearming
LONDON, Sept. 29 — The
United States and Britain, with a threat and a promise, tonight brought jittery France near a long sought agreement to rearm West Germany in defense against C<xn-munist attack.
First Secretary of State John Foster Dulles warned the nine-nation conference discussing the problem that American tro<^ may have to be pulled out of Europe if France rejects plans to line up German land, air and sea forces within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Next F<»«ign Secretary Anthony Eden announced a British offer to keep four divisions, plus a tactical air force, on the European mainland indefinitely provided the c(m-ference agreed on bringing a rearmed Germany into NATO.
The British-American broadside appeal^ carefully timed to assure iJto success of the conference, which had been called to figure out ways of freeing We«t Germany and rearming her as a full and equal 15th member of NATO.
Adenauer. 78, told the newsmen:
“I think we can take a deep breath if the rest of the conference takes its expected course.”
That course was unofficially indicated by officials attending the talks;
1. The United States, Britain and France probably will announce their intention to end the occupation of West G«rmany, restoring to the federal republic virtually full control over its internal and external affairs. Die Germans in turn will issue a counter-declaration offering to join NATO and a new seven-nation European alliance—where they will be allowed to rearm within clearly marked limits.
2. The Brussels alliance of 1948 —a 50-year Brilish-French-Beigian-Dutch-Luxembourg pact against aggression—will be revised to admit West Germany and Italy, both enemies of the Allies in Worid War 11. Experts of the seven natioo’i will be assigned to write a protocol —or supplement—to the treaty giv-mg the alliance some powers to
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Man's Body Found In Gasoline Car
MEXICO CITY. Sept 29 fU-The btniy of an unidontifunl man w'a.s found tiKiay in a lank cur ol aviation gasoline which arrived from Baytown. Tex, Police. tr>ing to identify the man, said he might have .nought a ride in the empty tank, been overcome by fumes, and .stitutional amendment to pronurte
7-Point Water Plan Tpld by West Texan
AUSTIN. Sept 29 (f(-Seven general recommendations to the coming l.egislature to help solve Texas’ water problem.«: were announced liKiay by Sen I>orsey Hardeman, chairman of the Texas Water Resources r'ommittee.
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then drownetl when the tank was lilled before being shiptH'd here.
.SENATOR DIKH-Sen Pat McCarran, DenuH-rat who served Nevada In the upper house for 23 years, died at Hawthorne, Nev., a few moment* after a vigorous speech aimed at •trengtheninii his waning grip on •tate tic circ' He ditnl
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water conservation projects was brought forward hy Rep Harold Parish of I’ortland.
One of the seven recommendations outlined by Hardeman also calls for a constitutional amendment to provide state financial assistance to iHtlitical sulxltvlsions of the slate In the con.struction ot projocts for the conservation, do-velopmeiit and utilization of water
Hardeman said details and mechanics to carry the recommendations into efftH‘1 will be given further consideration before tne Water Resources Committee makes its final report Other matters which could lead to subjecU for legisla-
tlonViU be taken up at the c<mi-mittee’s meeting here Oct. 7-8
In addition to the constitutional amendment, the committee will suggest the I.egi.slature consider the following matters:
I. En.abling legislation to carry the constitutional amendment into effect imnuHlialely if adopted by the voters.
2 Reorganization of the Board of WvHler Engineers to give greater representation to various geographical areas of Texas and to include features of other state commissions.
3 Legislation to clarify present law on obtaining permits to construct water projt*cts
4 Amendment of present law to allow cancellation of unused certified filings, which 'were obtained prior to 1916 and gave the holders the right to appropriate state water.
5 Legislation requiring each wa-9m water plan. Pg. I-A. CeL I
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The agreement was announced in general terms in a joint communique by France and the United States, capping three days of conferences here. American officials said representatives of the three Indochinese states — Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia—had been consulted and were "very much pleased” with the new arrangements.
Although details of the plan are yet to be worked (Hit, the significance of it is that American officials apparently have found a new conviction that chances are good that further Communist conquest in Indochina can be blocked, and they are willing to pour more millions of American money into the effort.
After the Geneva truce agreement on Indochina ended the fighting there, but gave northern Viet Nam to the C(Knmunists, some Western sources expressed ctmcem whether the rest of Indochina— notably southern Viet Nam—could be held for the free world.
There was a question whether the United States should continue to spend millions on what might have been a hopeless cause.
As a result of the three days of conferences ending late today, however, American officials were said to believe a soUd basis has been arrived at for bolstering the three Red-threatened states.
The <:(Hnmuniqiie stnmgly am-phasized the contention oi both France and the Unrted States “to support the c<Mn|dete independ«ica of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam . . to assist (Uiem) in their ef-forti to safeguard their freedom.”
To contribute to the security of the area, the communique said, France will retain military forces, concentrated principally in southern Viet Nam, in agreement with the Indochina states. Vietnamese sources have said they hope native troops can be built up sufficiently to permit withdrawal of all the French units by March 1956—four months befiM-e critical elections are scheduled in southern Viet Nara under the Geneva truce agreement
French and Am«ricaB officials said no deadline for the withdrawal of French troops has been "final-iied.” but French officials said they hoped this would be possible by March 1956.
The comrouni<iue announced that American eoon«nic aid and other assistance will be given directly to the three liKlochina stales. In the past most American support has been channeled through France. This was cwisidered a sig* nificant move to bolster the free governments <rf the three states.
Military aid was cut off during the recent Indochina crisis and then was strictly limited to re-placemwnt materials by the truce agreement.
Guy Lacharabre, French minister for the Indochina states, told a news conference he was confident the new plans would keep order in Indochina and build up confidence in the local govern-menU so that free world forces would win the 1956 election.
Election Called To Fill Texas Congress Vacancy
AUSTIN. Sept, 29 (f» — Acting Gov. Ben Ramsey today called a special election on Nov. 2 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation ot Sen. J. T. RuUierfocd el Odessa.
Rutherford resigned after winning Democratic nomination for Congress against the incumbent. Rep. Ken Regan oi Midland.
Three men already have announced their intention to run for the 29th Senatorial District post They are Rep. Frank Owen lU, and Woodrow Bean, both of K1 Paso, and Fred Wemple of Midland.
Secretary of State C. E. Fulgham set Oct. S as the final date few filing of candidates for tiie office. Ali-sentee balloting wil oegin Oct. U. The special election will be held hi conjlunctioa with the Nov. i geosral elecUuo.