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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - February 20, 1954, Florence, South CarolinaThe weather and thunderstorms today and tonight. Mostly fair and cooler tomorrow. High to Day 71, Low 40. Details Page 7. Published in the heart of the pee Dee farm area in the Palmetto state readers tip the Timmonsville girls won the District 7 class b basketball championship at Manning last night. See details on Page 6. Vol. 338 Florence s. C., saturday morning february 20, 1954. Daily 5c sunday Loc weekly 35e High winds dust slam Midwest Young rum heir kidnapped rescued servant slain in escape try Santiago Cuba feb. 19 a cuban rum for tune heir 8-year-old Facundo Bacardi was kidnapped today and dramatically rescued tonight. Then the Bacardi family chauffeur was shot dead by army men after being accused of conspiring in the abduction. The army said the chauffeur was shot Down while trying to escape. Another Man accused by the army As the actual kidnapper was held under heavy guard at army Headquarters. Army officials said the chauffeur identified As Guillermo Rodriguez a former cuban naval rat ing with a dishonourable discharge was taken to a Rural area to re enact part of the kidnapping. They said he suddenly made a dash for Liberty and was shot Down. Rodriguez 23 years old took the boy from his Home on the Way to school this morning and later re ported that the youngster had been abducted. The boy was rescued by an army lieutenant in the my bulbs vuly to night from a Man who ran when the officer called out the boy s name. The Man who fled was captured and identified As Manuel Echevar Ria. 20. He was brought into Santiago under guard and confessed the army said that he and the chauffeur plotted and carried out the kidnapping. The boy was unharmed but Hun Gry after a Day of roving with his abductors in the suburbs. The Rescue came by Chance and with dramatic suddenness As the Bacardi family made vain efforts to pay the demanded ran som. Only one of the Kidnap gang was reported with the boy at the site of the Rescue in suburban Melgarejo. An army lieutenant Riding in a jeep saw a youngster walking with a Man and on a Chance yelled out Facundo the boy turned and said. I am the Man with him fled out was overtaken by the lieu tenant and brought to Santiago. The child a member of one of the wealthiest families in the Caribbean area was taken Home examined by two doctors. They pronounced him in Fine shape. The boy complained Only that he was hungry. It seems As if we had been walking All Day in the he said. The Only thing about it was that they did not give me anything to eat. The men did not harm me in any Way but i did get tired of walking around in the country so Auto crash near Kingstree kills 1 by a staff correspondent Kingstree feb. 19 John Weldon . 49. Williamsburg county Farmer tonight was killed in an automobile Accident 12 Miles from Kingstree Highway. Another passenger on the Andrews in the car Kenneth Boya 29. A Cousin of. The victim was taken to Kelley me Morial Hospital. He was reported to to slightly injured. Dip. Sheriff Buford Boyd who investigated along with sheriff Pear less Lambert and patrolman r. M. Sullivan said Weldon Boyd was the oxen from the car and killed instantly As it apparently left the Road. No other Auto was involved. The injured Man operates a i rucking business and a farm near Giambone s meditations by Aller miss Lucy Saf in Tor a of a Weah a ovum coat. 5. Law Facundo Bacardi a prize. Demo opens action for tax slash Washington feb. 19 eran sen. George a a launched a democratic move in the Senate today to slash individual income taxes by an estimated 4vfc billion dollars this year and by 10 billion dollars next year. The senior Democrat and former chairman of the tax handling sen ate finance committee told the Senate if we Are courageous enough to take this Forward look ing step before the Economy Falls Flat on its face we can be of some service to the country. He introduced a Bill to raise personal exemptions for each tax payer and each dependent from the present goo level to 5800 this year and next year. That would give Low income and Large family groups the biggest proportionate tax cuts. J a democratic Leader promptly predicted almost All Senate democrats and Many republicans would support George s proposal. George told the Senate he a not an alarmist nor a Prophet of doom b it tip Felt his plan would be the proper approach to Ward off a serious economic downturn. Tornadoes hit in two areas by the associated i Ress the worst dust storm since the raid 80s whipped the Midwest from Nebraska to the mexican Border Friday with winds up to 80 Miles an hour. The stifling dust Cut visibility 1o Zero in some places closed schools slowed traffic to a crawl and piled dust deep in the streets. The High winds uprooted Trees in roofed Small buildings and flattened radio towers and television antennas. The dust storm turned into a full scale blizzard for Jbv night in the southwestern Kansas dump ing eight inches of Snow at Scott City and five at Garden City. Southwestern Bell Telephone co. Officials reported 218 Telephone circuits were knocked out isolating 1c towns. Tornado funnels were sighted in the South Central Kansas area Friday but none reached the ground. At least one fatal traffic winds slam radio Tower across Street High winds that blanketed Lubbock tex., with dirt Sand and a Light rain slammed this 80-foot radio Tower across a main Street. Falling Tower hit car owned by an employee of the company. A wire photo attacks on Warren bared High court chief called a marxist Washington feb. 19 Batch of unevaluated charges against chief Justice Earl Warren were made pub Lic Tod ii by a subcommittee headed by sen. Langer r and amid an angry storm in which Republican leaders denounced the accusations As fantastic and Langer s action As the charges said Warren Fol Lowed the marxist appointed dishonest judges when he was governor of California and once was under control of a liquor one of the charges was1 mailed to the Langer subcommittee by a Man described by Deputy atty. Gen. William p. Rogers As a fugitive from vice president Nixon called the accusations completely fantastic and patently sen. Knowland of California the Senate Republican Leader denounced the subcommittee proce Dure by which the charges were spread on the Public record As the most shocking event i have observed in my eight years in the the statements against Warren which came from various sources were read into the record of a Public meeting of a Senate Judici Ary subcommittee headed by Lan Ger. The meeting broke up in a Row when sen. Watkins a Utah protested that the charges were the biggest lot of Tommy rot Ever brought before a Senate commit Knowland broke in at one Point finer Carolina county prizes go to Marlboro Raleigh. N.c., feb. 19 North carolinians won nil three first prizes for individual Farmer Competition in the 1953 finer car Olina contest but both the county prizes went to a single county in South Carolina. Tie Carolina Power Light co., contest sponsor announced the winners today. Marlboro county in South Caro Lina took for the largest acre age entered by any of the go eligible counties and also took for the greatest percentage 23.1 per cent of its total acreage participating in Llie contest. Winners of the three first prizes of each were miss Georgia p. Yeatman. Operator of the 43.773-Acrc open grounds farm in Carteret county thigh a Osterwyk who runs a 98 acre bulb farm near Castle Ila Ync and m. L. Simmons of Newport whose Carlo Rel county farm totals 37 acres. Pope causes concern Vatican City feb. 19 my there still was deep concern to night or the health of Pope plus during the Reading to say i would t submit a town marshal to this kind of later Knowland went to the sen ate press gallery and read to re porters a statement expressing Shock at the procedure followed today and describing the charges against Warren As unworn irresponsible and Nixon put out a statement Sug Gesting that rather than wasting its time investigating the charges Langer s subcommittee could Well spend some time investigating those who made Warren having been appointed when Congress was adjourned is now serving on the High Bench but Lis confirmation is pending before Langer s Senate judiciary subcommittee. 500 escape As buildings tilt crazily Windsor ont., feb. 19 the Earth started swallowing buildings of a big chemical Plant today on an old Salt mine Shaft site in wind Sor s West end. Employees of the six million Dol Lar Canadian industries Ltd. Plant and nearby industries were hastily withdrawn As some of tie build Ings almost vanished and others tilted crazily. The Freak Cave in apparently resulted from heavy Rains weaken ing the soil Structure Over tie abandoned mine shafts. Floods erupted from the mine Workings and swirled around the buildings. The Canadian industries Plant is less than a mile from a 45-million Dollar Ontario province hydroelectric Plant. All plants of the company have been closed and 500 employees evacuated for safety reasons. The nearby Canadian closed Down and workers. Salt sent co. Also Home its Alpheus. Bethea farm Leader Dies Dillon feb. 19 Alpheus Victor Bethea 68, a member of one of Dillon county s most prominent families died at his Home near Here today following a Brief be con illness. Funeral ducted from the main Street meth Odist Church at 3 p. Sunday. Burial will follow in the family or meter at Dothan. He was a son of the late or. J. Frank and Hannah Jane Bethea and a grandson of the late Alfred w. Bethea one of the signers of the ordinance of secession. He was graduated from Clemson College in 1907 and was married to the former Mattie Cooper of Mucins in 1310. One of tile most extensive farm ers in the state he was for 22 years a director of the South Caro Lina Cotton growers Assn. In 1928 he was voted a master Farmer in South Carolina and in 1937 Clemson College presented Liim with an honorary scroll for distinguished service to agriculture. Or. Bethea was one of the Pio neers in establishing a tobacco Market in Dillon and had operated warehouse with his sons and others for a number of years. Actress Safe after overdose of pills Hollywood feb. 19 w actress Anne Sterling was reported out of danger today after being found unconscious from what her doctor called an accidental Over dose of pills. In june. 19-15. Miss Sterling was hospitalized in new York after Tak ing an overdose of sleeping medi Cine. He served on Many committees in connection with the marketing of tobacco in the South Carolina Belt and was Well known Over the Bright Leaf Belt area. Or. Bethea was a member of the Dothan methodist Church in his Early life and later of the main Street methodist Church Here. For 30 years he was a member of the Board of stewards of the Church. The family requests that no flow ers be sent. Donations May be sent to Epworth orphanage in co Lumbia. Or. In i revived by his widow two sons. A. V. Bethea or. Of Latta and Tom Cooper Bethea of Dillon a daughter mrs. Lucinda Bostic of Sumter and a brother Fitshugh Bethea of dil Lon. Accident was attributed to the blizzard. A westbound greyhound bus was blown off the Highway by a gust of wind estimated at so Miles per hour and toppled on its Side. The Driver and 17 passengers escaped serious injury. The mishap occurred near Hutchinson in South Western Kansas. Winds of Hurricane Force ripped at 80 Miles an hour through West Ern Kansas smashing windows and Trees. A Highway near Gar Den City was blocked by wind blown tumbleweeds that piled up to the height of a car. A Tornado struck two Miles West of Conroe tex., near the coast. And injured two persons. At Pine Bluff ark., a Small Tornado wrecked three Rural Homes. There were no injuries. Tornado warnings were issued for the area Between Mcalister okla., and Little Rock. Ark. Swirling snowstorms and Rait showers that accompanied the Dusl at Many Points were due to be come general throughout a wide area by saturday. A easier Bureau and soil conservation officials warned that the High winds and the prolonged drought could result in severe Ero Sion but they said that a recur rence of the dust bowl Days of the mid 1930s was unlikely. Friday s dust storm was blamed All Motorist did was sneeze but , n.c., feb. John a. Edwin sneezed today causing a. S500 damage to one Auto. 2. S200 damage to another Auto. 3. A bruised knee. 4. And Drew a traffic charge of failing to yield the right of Way. Patrolman h. A. Galtis said Erwin while driving his car Sud Denly sneezed As he approached an intersection. He slowed into a car driven by Luther l. Bunn. Bunn suffered a bruised knee and his car was damaged to tile tune of s500. Erwin s car got s200 Worth of battering. By the weather Bureau on a deep of pressure area Over Oklahoma that was moving eastward. Snow storms and rain showers accompanied the High winds raging Over Western Nebraska Eastern Colo do or Stern Kansas Western Oklahoma Eastern new Mexico and Western sections of Texas. Temperatures in that area were near the freezing Mark. The eerie dust storm was mingled with rain and snowstorms for weird weather pattern throughout tie Midwest Friday. In Western Nebraska falling Snow was turned a Light Brown by the dust while in the Eastern Section of the state Rains and Light snows ranging up to one half inches brought the heaviest moisture of the year from a single storm. At Garden City kan., merchants shovelled piled up Silt three inches deep from the sidewalk. Later the sidewalks became quagmires As a heavy rain turned the Silt to mud. Stores were closed and employees were put to work covering up Mer Chandise to protect it from the dust. Dulles asserts Asia conference what we want Washington. Feb. 19 rotary of state Dulles returned by plane from the Berlin conference tonight saying the terms for an asian peace conference at Geneva arc. "300 per cent what we have there have been critical rum mings Here that the big four agreement in Berlin involved a of the reds. Dulles plans a radio to report to the nation next week to explain the american position. In a communique issued by the state department the Western big three blames Russia for failure to make Progress on re unifying Germany and signing a peace treaty for Austria. But the com Munique said the United states Britain and France will continue their efforts to reunify Germany and secure an austrian pact. The three governments remain the joint communique said to take adv Anauo of and further Opportunity which May arise to promote by renewal of the contacts established at Berlin or by other Means a solution of the German and austrian prob see Drummomd column on a Sec 4 related news on rage three expos testify Schwable did t appear in his Washington. Feb. 19 were transferred from one Corn to another on dec. Three former pos testified to Day that col. Frank h. Schwable was acting strangely about the time he confessed that the unit cd states was waging germ War fare in Korea. A response to a direct question pfc. Melvin j. Gaynor of Tell City. Ind., told a Marine court of in Quiry that Schwable did not appear to be in his right mind at the time. Gaynor and Cpl. Eugene r. Vavruska of Tindall. S. A. Told of Riding when in a they truck with and other Schwable Monist Camp at one Point during the ride he jumped up and cried i m sur rounded by and Vavruska said it of his own sgt. Don t worry Honey tears quickly dry for pie she s crying with Joy by Verlcy Jones Icett screams with Joy As she clutches mrs. Austin Moyle As Utah girl won National Cherry Pic baking contest Ai chichi you. A Wir photo Chicago feb. 10 a a Brown eyed Ogden Utah High school girl Crest fallen at being told she was in the wire Ner s Circle by mistake burst into tears today As she was acclaimed the National Cherry Pic making Champion. Beverley Jones is who plans to attend Brigham Young University next fall was named Champion of the 22nd annual National Cherry pie baking contest sponsored by the National red Cherry Institute. The final bake off contest Between the winners of the slate contests was held in the grand ballroom of he Morrison hotel. Names of the regional winners and run nors no were called off and As the girls walked to the platform it was noted that Liei c was one girl too Many. League City. Tex., testified that Schwable appeared pretty badly shaken up emotionally and some both men said the flying co Onel j times twitched like a punch drunk appeared extremely nervous and prize to j i rile ride came shortly after Schwable. Who had been under intense grilling in solitary con red guards silenced him. Raid i Finema it. Made the statement Gaylor who now is stationed Aerov warfare he did not great lakes Iii. On reaching tie new ramp they were taken into a mud Shack to ble r c d Tii Livido in Blix. Another former pow William n. Another member of the group Shockley of Denver said none of 1 c Perason 0. Porter of the u. B. Prisoners in the Camp a a lie was confined believed Schwabie s confession when they heard about it. I Don to believe anyone in the j Camp believed the United Stales using bacteriological War Shockley said. The inquiry being conducted by three Marine generals and a Navy Admiral is to determine whether the year old much decorated Schwable should be tried by court martial for submitting to communist demands that he sign the confession which he repudiated on being released. Schwable who was the highest ranking Marine captured by the Heads in Korea has said the confession was extracted through extreme he said he hoped to remain alive Long enough to Able to Tell the world How the communists treated their prisoners. Maj. Roy ii. 40. Ana calif., who was shot Down and captured with Schwable while they were making n Deconna Isacc flight on july 8, 1952, told of by liar tortured Inlo signing a similar confession. Kicked beaten starved and threatened with execution Llcy said he was mentally Ami physically broken when he ii Nelly gave in. Beverley s face fell As she was asked to return to her stove. After presentations to the regional winners a Evrley again was called to the platform amid cheers from the audience and tears streaming Down her face to be named Champion. I did t know what to Bever Ley said of being told to leave the plat from. Her , mrs. Austin Moyle of pleasant Grove Utah said she squeezed Beverley s hand and told her Don t worry Honey. There s More to she received n ?100 prize and the Range on which she baked her winning pie. Also she will Fly to Washington and will pre sent the winning pastry to mrs. Patricia Nixon wife of the vice president in her Home on Washington s birthday anniversary monday

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