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WEATHER FORECAST NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS No important temperature changes. Mexia area parti? cloudy, warm, low neat 68. Datta THOUGHT FOB THE DAY Pro0rew it th* law of Hit; mtii I* net men M yet—flab<M Btvw< fling, 1112-ff. k ._ 4 , -A HOME-OWNED. INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPCJI SERVING THE PEOPLE M YEAItf.- VOLUME LVII UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE MEXIA, TEXAS. TUESDAY, MAY 24, 19SS NEA COMPLETE FEATURE SERVICE KUMiER lit All Around The World With UNITED MUM WASHINGTON. D. C. — Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy says he may oppose President Eisenhower as a candidate for reelection unless the Dcmoc7-atic party picks a candidate "as far to the left as Adlai Stevenson." Sen. McCarthy also said he has no plans "at this time" to run for president himself next year and "doubts very much" that his name will be entered in any presidential primaries. He said his political plans are "very fluid." * # * ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. — A resolution endorsing negotiation between the United States and Communist China for a cease- fire in the Formosa Strait was offered today to the American Baptist Convention at its annual meeting. The resolution stated the church realized the risk involved in such negotiations, but added the church believes such negotiation "is not. a sign of weakness, but of strength." * * * WASHINGTON. D. C Secretary of State John Foster Dulles says the U. S. government rejects the neutral role proposed for Germany by Russia. The West Germans had wondered whether an Eisenhower news conference statement last week meant the United States might support neutrality for them. * * * ROME—Soviet Russia has intensified its drive to establish a "neutral" Italy by warning that "grave consequences" may follow if the United States carries out plans to base American soldiers in Italy. There were reports that American troops would be shifted to the north of Italy from Austria when four-power occupation of Austria ends. * * * CHICAGO — The National Pickle Packers Association has proclaimed this "national pickle week" to make people pickle conscious, though pickles already arc at the peak of popularity. According to Bill Moore, secretary of the pickle packers, pickle sales last year topped all other canned fruits and vegetables. The American public consumed an all- time high of 715.2 million jars of pickles of all varieties in 1954. * * * MUNICH. Germany — Six Am crican soldiers and several Germans were arrested Monday in what customs officials called the breakup of the biggest post-war liquor smuggling ring. Authorities refused to identi fy the arrested persons, but German sources said officers confiscated 10,000 quarts of smuggled liquor. * * * BERLIN — The West Berlin city government has put up another $250,000 to pay excessive Communist tolls imposed on shipments of food and other supplies to this city, isloated 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain. It brought to a million dollars the sum paid out to the Reds since they imposed their "pocketbook" blockade of West Berlin on April 1. * * * NEW YORK. N. Y. — Wavy and civilian shipping officials said today that Mrs.. Patsy Page, wife of Navy Chief Yeoman Robert Page, of Seguin, Texas, died aboard the American export liner Constitution en route to Europe. Steamship line' officials said Mrs. Page had been found dead in bed last Friday. The ship arrived at Naples Monday. The cause of Mrs. Page's death is not known yet in New York. o • STRIKING TRUCKERS HALT WEST SHIPPING LOS ANGELES — (UP) —The AFL Teamsters Union threw picket lines around two more trucking firms today as a six-day truAers strike virtually tied up all long-distance hauling throughout the west. Negotiations collapsed a week ago when management refused to meet demands for an immediate 10-ccnt-an-hour wage hike and eight cent increases the next two years. Q THOUSAND PERSONS SEEK MISSING GIRL KALAMAZOO, Mich. —(UP) Nearly 1,000 persons from the Kalamazoo area joined in a mammoth land and air search today for a missing eight-year-old crippled girl police fear might have fallen victim to a sex deviate. The hunt was launched on a big scale when little Jeanie Sin gleton failed to show up at schoo this morning. She failed to returr \iroin school yesterday and police searched throughout the nigh without finding her. Sun Oil Company Employes Honored Over 100 people attended a barbecue given recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bonnet Smith near Jewett for employes andfamilies of the Sun Oil Company and other guests. Sun Oil has been drilling in the area. Among those attending were the members of a Sun Oil Company seismograph crew. Standing (left to right) are J. C. Massengale, L. M. Golson, R. E. Beam. C. R. Meints, B. W. Jordan. C. O. Bethel, and L. K. Ledbetter, party chiefs. In the front row (left to right) are J. R. McKissack, claims adjuster; E. B. Stubblefield, J. D. LeLeux, E. J. Meeche, Sidney Raymond, and L. B. Johnson. Mr. LeLeux was presented with a 10-year service pin during the barbecue. (Mexia Daily News hoto.) Rains Have Left Texas; Mexia Gets Three-Tenths By United Press A wide belt of thunderstorms moved on out of the state today after producing heavy rainfall and violent windstorms, mostly in the coastal and East Texas sections, but causing no heavy damage. Mexia received three-tenths of DYNAMITER KILLED LAMARTINE, Wis. — (UP) — AK'in Palmer, 58, was killed yesterday when nine sticks of dynamite exploded as he examined t^o charge to find out why it i Joann Henry, failed to explode a few moments earner. New Theft Charges On Bascom Giles Total $33,500 By United Press Five new 'criminal indictments naming former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles, stemming from veterans land program investigations, were returned by a Travis county grand jury late yesterday a few hours after Giles' trial for bribery was postponed. District Attorney Les Proctor of Austin said the state would seek an early trial on the new indictments, possibly as early as June 2. The new indictments accuse Giles and Brady land promoter B. R. Sheffield of stealing and conspiring to steal $33,500 in state funds in Veterans Land Board transactions. The grand jury at Austin returned these five indictments, plus two others that named Sheffield singly. They charged Sheffield with forgery and uttering a forged instrument in connection with a land title. The new indictments concerned sale of Kinney county land under the $100 million veterans land program which Giles administered as Veterans Land Board chairman. At San Antonio a few hours earlier, a bribery trial of Giles was postponed for the second time. A Bexar county grand jury had indicted Giles at San Antonio on a charge he accepted a $30,000 bribe to give favorable consideration to a Veterans Land Board block transaction promoted by C. V. Wynn and Arthur McKenzie, San Antonio land operators. Wynn and McKenzie were indicted for offering the bribe. Giles was indicted earlier at Austin on a charge he plotted with Sheffield to steal $83,500 in state funds under the veterans land program. o Forest Glade Students Plan Program Tonight Students of the Forest Glade school will present a three-act comedy in the auditorium of the Forest Glade school tonight at 7:45. There will be no charge for the play, which is entitled "Look Me In the Eye." It is being presented under the direction of two teachers, Miss Melva Harvey and Mrs A. L. Fowler. Members of the cast include Carolyn May, Don Posey, Joan Jones, Jimmy Waters, Harvey an inch of rain in the 24-hour pe- •iod ending at 7:30 a.m. today. Yesterday's high temperature in Mexia was 84 degrees and the low today was 67. Partly cloudy skies and continued warm weather is predicted. Benefits from recent heavy rainfall over most of the state are being enjoyed by farmers as well as by such cities as Dallas which need water for their residents. 'The, three lakes holding the Dallas water supply now contain 49 billion gallons of water—the most since July of 1951. City officials figure this is a 16-month supply. Most of the rainfall Monday occurred in East Texas, with Texarkana reporting seven-tenths of an inch during the night. Waco reported .67, Dallas .02 and Fort Worth .01. 104 ai Laredo Temperatures soared to the highest of the year in the state Monday when the mercury reached 104 at Laredo. Low readings during the night ranged from 51 degrees at Dalhart up to 80 at Corpus Christi. A muggy heat wave, sparked by savage electrical storms and street-flooding rains, stretched across the nation's eastern half today. Downpours and ripping winds hit from Wisconsin to southern Louisiana as an advancing cool front battled with a vast blanket of hot, moist, air. In the heart of the storm belt, Greenwood, Miss., was swamped by 4.7 inches of rain and Shreveport, La., had 4.65. Some streets were washed out in Tyler, Tex., Vicksburg, Miss., and Shreveport. At least one tornado corkscrewed out of the thunderheads, ripping across a farm and wooded section near Arcadia, La. One person was injured, four tenant houses were destroyed, and timber was leveled. —o- Government Issues List ol Companies With Big Contracts WASHINGTON, D. C.—(UP)— The Defense Department has announced the names of 100 companies receiving the largest military contracts under the Eisenhower administration. They show that well over half of all orders placed have gone into the nation's air power buildup The long-awaited list covers the period from July 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1954. The 100 companies received contracts with a net value of $11, 109,100,000. : The top five companies were United Aircraft Corp., Douglas Aircraft Co., North American Aviation, Boeing Airplane Co. and Lockheed Aircraft Corp. The Defertse Department prepared the list at the request of the House Small Business committee and the Senate Banking and Currency committee. It was seen as an answer to Senate complaints during the 1954 congressional election campaign that General Motors had been favored by the Defense Department under Sec. Charles E Wilson, former president oJ General Motors. General Motors remains the top military supplier for the period beginning with the Korean war. Since July, 1950, General Motors contracts have totalled $6,638,900,00 compared with Boeing, the No. 2 company, which received orders valued at $5,167,800,000. FRIENDLY GIRL GETS OKLAHOMA FORTUNE OKLAHOMA CITY — (UP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court today ruled that a pretty 20-year- old Marietta, Okla., girl can keep the $40,000 a lonely bachelor willed to her because she smiled at him. Relatives of the bachelor Robert H. Shellenberger, had con- US Is Urged To Untangle Polio Snarl Cities Postponing Inoculations As Confusion Reigns ^ By United Press Calls for government action to end the confusion over Salk anti- iolio vaccine increased today as .hree cities cancelled their mass noculation programs. Ah Idaho man died of bulbar jolio after his two children had •eceived Salk shots, and a United 3 ress survey showed that 99 children have come down with polio nfter receiving inoculations. The inoculation of school children was halted in Brockton, Vlass., Milwaukee, Wis., and Alameda, Calif. Los Angeles and at least 10 tales have already postponed ;heir programs. In each of the three latest cities which acted, confusion and indecision were named as the causes. The AJameda program came to halt when 24 doctors said indecision on the part of government officials had created confusion, and the public had not been properly informed about the vaccine. At Brockton, city health officials said parents of from 600 to 2,000 school youngsters had withdrawn their children from the program. Officials Critical Milwaukee officials also had harsh words^ for the Eisenhower administration of the vaccine program. Some vaccine manufacturers described the government's proposed new safety standards for Salk shots as "fantastic" and "impractical." Meanwhile, officials of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the American Medical Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers were summoned to a secret conference today in Washington to try to decide the future of the vaccination program anc end more than 40 days of confusion for American parents. In Austin, Dr. Henry H. Holle Texas state health officer, said he believes ."strict" federal contro of distribution of the polio vac cine would lead to "considerable 1 confusion and dissatisfaction." "Moreover, I am convinced," he said, "that before the end of the present poliomyelitis season, adequate amounts of vaccine will be available and no further need for such controls will exist." ATTORNEY CHARGED ON MORALS COUNT DALLAS — (UP) — A Dallas attorney faces charges of operating a bawdy house and carrying a concealed weapon. He is Horace Walker, 47, who was freed on bond after being charged in Dallas. He had .previously been involved in delinquent tax collection litigation in Eastland county and settled the case by paying the county $17,000 after being sued for $107,000. CALIFORNIANS~FIND MISSING MONEY AMARILLO — (UP) — A Van Nuys, Calif., family was happily en route to Detroit today after recovering nearly $7,000 left in an Amarillo tourist court. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dare left the money mostly in traveler's checks, in Mrs. Dare's purse when they left the Arnarillo court. Williams, Barbara Kennedy, Kathy Lanningham, Freddie Gilbert, Kenneth Lanningham, Linda Miller, Mickey Green, and Horace Sheffield is principal of the Foret Glade School. Kerr Is Elected Board Chairman By Methodists Thurman Kerr has teen elected chairman of the Official Board of the First Methodist church, with C. C. Edgar as vice-chairman, and Mrs. Ben Wiggins, secretary. They were elected at a called meeting of the board held last night. The board also decided to employ Billy Hailey, of Hillsboro, as full-time youth director for the church for the summer months. Mr. Hailey is now President of youth work and is president of the Junior class ut Texas Wesleyan college, Fort Worth. Other phases of church work were discussed at last night's meeting. The stewardship educational program was described as successful. 174 ARE KILLED ' IN TEXAS TRAFFIC AUSTIN — (UP) — Traffic accident in Texas claimed the lives of 174 persons during April, the Department of Public Safety reported today. The figure compared with 183 fatalities recorded during the same month last year, and brought the total for thus far this year to 728, slightly under the comparative 1954 toll of 744 for tested the will. Mr. Shellenberger left hi: ranch, cattle, and oil royalties to Virginia Dell Michael, then an 18- year old drug store fountain worker. He had never dated Miss Michael but had told friends she was "nice to me and smiled a< me" when he was a customer in the drug store. Grand Jury Indicts Joe David Pounds On Murder Charge Mortician Says AMERICANS DIE ON MOUNTAIN FT. WILLIAM, Scotland—(UP) —Two young American mountain climbers were found dead today in a deep gully of Britain's tallest peak, 4406-foot Ben Nevis. The dead men are Frederick C. Hadden of Pasadena, Calif., and Bert Woodburn of San Gabriel, Calif., both 21-year-old students at the University of Edinburgh. Russians Will Not Believe US Has Atomic Submarine the same period. By CHARLES M. McCANN UP Foreign Alalysi Russia seems to have made up its mind about the United States atomic-powered submarine Nautilus—there just isn't any such thing. Prof. Vladimir Leshokovtsev, discussing accounts of the Nautilus and of American research into atomic propulsion for planes and surface ships, was quoted as saying in a Moscow radio broadcast: "As has happened more than once, the Americans are trying to intimidate the world with weapons which have not yet been built." This somewhat surprising statement is interesting for two reasons: For one thing, it shows the astonishing extent to which the Soviet government is able to blind its own people to developments in the free world. For another, it indicates that Mexia Plans Teenage "Road-E-0" Forty-one students of Mexia High school took written tests yesterday at the high school to determine entries in a teenage "Road-E-O" that will be held in Mexia Saturday. Eighteen of the students made 80 or more on the tests and will participate in Saturday's event, a test of driving skills. Among the students who took the test were (left to right) Jay Gatlin, Anita Vaughan, Delores McSwane. and Carl Cannon. (Fowler-Hitt Photo.) 20 Contestants Entered In Mexia Lions Talent Show Twenty or more people have agreed to partiripate in the amateur show to be held in Mexia at 7:45 on the night of June 3 under the sponsorship of the Mexia Lions club. The program will be held at the city auditorium and tickets arc 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for students. Among the early entries are Fannie Mae Wright, Groesbeck; Donna McCoslin, Jewett; Tommy Roberson, Mexia; Edward Ware, McGregor; Bobby Lewis, Mexia; Clute Brothers of Jewett; Audis licnson, Groesbcck. Also, Teresa Carroll, Mexia, Roger Tolson and his stringed band from Point Enterprise; Martha Westbrook, Mexia; June Whisenhunt, Mexia; Harvey Cox, Kenneth Cox, and Eddie Troy Martin, all of Shiloh, and Charlotte Peeples, Blake Erskine Jr., and Patricia Crow, all of Tehuacana. Tickets can be obtained from members of the Lions t club and the Jaycees. Committees Busy On Civic Work For Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce committees are planning work for the next 12 months in meetings to be held this week. The membership committee, headed by Carl Nolcs, met this afternoon to continue plans for a membership campaign to start on June 6. Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. the pubic relations committee, headed by Gordon Tyner, will meet at he conference room of the Sou- hwestern Electric company. On Thursday at 10 a.m., the rude development committee, of which John Latham is chairman, will meet in the Southwestern Slcctric conference room to plan retail sales activities for the fu- Russia's own progress in the field of atomic power development is lagging. Prof. Leshkovtsev spoke vaguely, in his broadcast, of Soviet projects for atomic submarines, locomotives, ships, and airplanes. Americans know that our own Navy already has an atom-powered submarine. We know that a second atom- powered submarine, three times as powerful as the Nautilus, is to be launched in July. We know, too,, that President Eisenhower announced on April 25 that this country is developing an atomoc-powered merchani ship. Russia talks big about the peaceful utilization of atomic ure. —o- PUBLIC INVITED TO GIRL SCOUT SUPPER A reminder was issued today to the public that a "New England" supper will be served at the Western Grill tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. under sponsorship local Girl Scout troops to help raisu money to pay for the Gir Scout house. Supper will b,e $1.25 for adults and 75c for children, with profits to go to the Girl Scout housi fund. Tickets can be bought a the Western Grill and need no be purchased in advance. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS WILL MEET TONIGHT Members of Travis Lodge No 20 Knights of Phythias will wori in the rank of Knight at a meet ing tonight at 8 o'clock at Castl< Hall. Chancellor Commander Claude E. Smith asks that ' energy. A lot of the talk is bunk, members ,be present. Trinity River Bill Under Senate Eye; New Taxes Studied AUSTIN -1 The Texa Senate opened debate , today o House-approved legislation crcat ng a Trinity River Authority, ex ending from the Gulf of Mcxic to Dallas and Fort Worth. • Approval of the proposal, : cm bracing parts of 14 watershe counties, was temporarily stallei when Sen. Doyle Willis, of For iVorth, proposed an amendmen allowing Tarranl county the righ o vote on whether it will parti :ipatc in the program. Sen. Willii'nn Moore, of Bryan aid he wanted the same "privi cge" for the people of Navarro Anderson, and Freestone coun ies, all of which are in his sen- torial district. A bill raising tuition t'ces for tudents at state-supported col- eges and universities from $25 to 50 a semester has won final ap- iroval of the House, meanwhile The measure goes to the Sente. The proposal carries the rec- mmendation of Gov. Allan Shir ers. , A tax bill faces the Senate after aining committee approval Mon;iy, but it is some $25 million shy f meting the state's money needs No immediate solution to the ritical tax-and-spending prob- em is in sight. - o - . Guaranteed Wages Discussed By Auto Men, Unions DETROIT, Mich. — (UP) eneral Motors Corp. and the CIO Jnited Auto Workers began day ong negotiations today for th irst time since talks on a guar ntecd annual wage started las month. The company's negotiators ha been meeting with the union fo July a few hours at a time pre iously. Ford Motor Company and the union negotiators have held sev eral all-day sessions on the an nual wage issue. Ford's contract with the unior expires June 1 while the Gem-raj Motors pact has been extended until June 7. The union announced that General Motors workers throughout the nation have approved a strike should the talks fail to reach an agreement. TWO TEXANS PIE IN AUTO CRASH SAN JUAN - (UP) - Two Edinburg men were killed when a tire on their automobile apparently blew out as the car was a truck, and the smaller vehicle hurtled off the road and overturned three times. A highway patrolman said the speedometer of the automobile was struck at 95 miles an hour when it came to rest after going out of control. Harry Dunlap Was Hit Twice GROESBECK — (Spl) — Joe David Pounds, 18-year old Mexia outh, was indicted on a charge of murder today by the 77th District grand jury at Grocsbcck. In addition to returning three ndictmcnts, the grand jurors investigated the fatal shooting of Sheriff Harry Dunlap by a former mental patient near Thorn- Ion. Rumors had spread throughout he county that Sheriff Dunlap was shot twice and a Grocsbcck funeral director verified this an a act. Original reports had said hat he was shot only once by N. J. Tynes, farmer near Thornton. W. C. Shclton, of the Shclton Funeral Home, stated that the sheriff was shot twice in the forehead with a small caliber gun. The holes were just above .he right eye and were one-quarter to one-half inch apart, he said. Neither of the bullets that struck the sheriff emerged and they were not removed before ha was buried. The grand jury took no action concerning the sheriff's death, and apparently the original official version of his killing at the hands of Tyncs is to stand. Rumors Unfounded The grand jury apparently placed no credence in rumors that two bullets of different caliber had struck the sheriff. In the Pounds shooting in Mcxiu, Joe David is charged with murder in connection with the death of his father. I. D. Pounds. ut the Pounds home on the evening of May 15. Mr. Pounds, 56, 4to4 instantly on .the front porch Of his home when he was shot through the heart with a .22 caliber rifle. The bullet also passed through his right hand. Murder charges were first filed against the youth after an inquest held shortly after the shooting before Mrs. Earl Jones, Mexia justice of the peace. He waived examining trial and his bond was set by Mrs. Jones at $1500. Youth In Hospital Last Thursday, Joe David entered a ncuro-psychiatric clinic in the John Scaly hospital at Gal- vcston and a Mexia doctor stated today that he is still there under observation. Services of Carl Cannon, well- known Grocsbcck attorney, have been secured by the youth's mother. County Attorney L. M. ,• Scay said this morning that he ' does not know when the Pounds trial will be held. Also at Groesbcck, the grand jurors returned indictments against Billy Parrott, on a charge of burglarizing a KOSS.C store, and Carl Singleton, who is charged with giving a $51 hot check in Coolidgc, Mr. Sqay says. ' The grand jury dismissed charges of rape against a Cool- idgc; man, and asked the county court to handle a case against L. T. Evans, who had been charged with assault with intent to murder. Mr. Scay says the charge against Evans was changed to aggravated assault and he was fined $25 and costs. The fine was assessed by County Judge Norton Fox. RAILROAD WORKERS MEET IN FORT WORTH FORT WORTH — (UP) — Rail workers and union chiefs will begin arriving in Fort Worth tomorrow for the 24th annual Texas-New Mexico meeting of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engincmen. Two subjects for discussion include, a minimum wage rate for men in road service and the new national transportation policy changes before Congress. BAYTOWN (UP) — The >ody of Thomai M. Itoscgrant, 33, who had been missing since Monday while QQ a fishing trip, was found floating today at the northwest end ol Trinity JJay. HI Maopr U....«. by OUn Miller TbtftlUr that cwi't N* a c • b • r wktn

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