The Mexia Daily News from Mexia, Texas on May 29, 1955 · Page 1
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Mexia, Texas
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Sunday, May 29, 1955
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WEATHER FORECAST North Central Texas — Generally fair Saturday night and Sunday. Mexia area clear to partly cloudy through Sunday, low near 58. uiia Attend tilt ChM* of Your Chokt -A MOME OWNED, INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER SERVING THE PEOPLE M YEARS- VOLUME LVI1 UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE MEXIA, TEXAS, SUNDAY, MAY 29, 1955 NCA COMPLETE FEATURE iEHVlCE KUMttt* It* Death Toll On Roads Runs High Autos Killing Most As Holiday Crowds Take To Highways By UNITED PRESS The death toll began to mount Saturday as millions of holidaying Americans jammed the nation's highways to take advantage of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. A United Press survey showed at least 37 persons dead in accidents. 29 of them traffic victims. Four persons drowned, and four died in miscellaneous mishaps. The National Safety Council has predicted that 360 persons will die in highway crashes over the weekend, starting at 6 p. m. Friday and ending at midnight Monday. Officials mapped p'ans to crack down on reckless motorists and to keep traffic on clogged highways flowing smoothly. National Guard troops were called out for the second straight year in Michigan to help police at critical danger points. In Iowa, Gov. Leo A. Hoegh said that if motorists failed to heed his call for a "voluntary" 60 mile an hour limit, he would enforce it through a broader interpretation of reckless driving. In New York, a huge exodus choked highways, railroads, bus lines, and airports. Highways were jammed both ways since many people also poured into the big city for a long weekend. In San Francisco, four official investigations began Saturday after the fiery crash of a furniture van that killed seven persons and demolished 10 cars on a downtown San Francisco street. All Around The World With UNITED PRESS AUSTIN — A 100 million dollar tax bill which would balance the state budget was passed by the Texas Senate late Friday, but it appears to be sure of a hostile reception in the House of Representatives. The Senate solution to the state's financial problem includes increases of one cent per puck on cigarets, one cent a gallon on gasoline, and one cent per bottle on beer. * * * LOS ANGELES — The University of Southern California student body president is leading a move to boycott June 11 commencement ceremonies, at which Gov. Allan Shivers of Texas is scheduled to address 3,000 graduating seniors. The student senate has expressed unanimous opposition to Mr. Shivers selection as commencement speaker, primarily because of his stand favoring continued segregation of races in schools. Student body President Bill Van Alystyne, in a letter to the seniors, said "Governor Shivers will not inspire graduating seniors to recognize the importance of tolerance, integrity and intelligence." * * * WASHINGTON. D. C. — A reliable source has told United Press that President Eisenhower will name Undersecretary of the Treasury Marion Folsom to be Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare to succeed Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby. * * * * BRAZZAVILLE, French Equatorial Africa — A giant gorilla .stole a one-year-old child from his moher's arms Saturday and curried him into the jungle where the mutilated body was found hours later. —, o Edd Copps Funerol To Be At Union Sunday Afternoon Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Unioai church for Edd L. Capps, 55 year old Box Church farmer who died Friday in Dallas. F. H. Wolf, of Groesbeck, will officiate at the funeral and the Riddle Funeral Home will be in charge. Mr. Capps is survived by his wife and two sons and two daughters: Edward Capps and Earl Capps, both of Groesbeck; Mrs. D. E. Krulger, of Dallas; and Mrs. Louise Bullock, of Grand Prairie; and also two sisters and five brothers. Burial will be in the Union .cemetery. Inriine is made from kelp or ashus oi burnt seaweed. Mexia Negro Girl Wins Essay Contest Harold Price, district manager for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, presents a $25 savings bond to Vinella Baker, of Mexia. for winning an essay contest sponsored by the telephone company. Vinella is a Senior at Dunbar High School. The title of the essay was "What the Telephone Company Means to the Community." (Mexia Daily News Photo.) Hundreds Expected At PI. Enterprise Homecoming Sunday People have already begun arriving in the Point Enterprise community for the third annual school homecoming that will be held this Sunday. Over 500 former residents of the community and their families are expected to attend and participate in " the program which starts at 10:30 a.m. Leaders of the community have borrowed flags from the Mexia Jaycees and will decorate around the community building and school early Sunday. Ellice Lightsey, chairman of the Point Enterprise Homecoming Association, will preside at the business session starting at 10:30. Speakers for the homecoming will be Joe N. Sherrill, a Wichita Falls attorney who formerly resided at Point Enterprise, and the Rev. W. A. Cockrell, former pastor of Baptist churches at Point Enterprise, Mexia, and Tehuacana. Special music will be provided by people of the community under the direction of Alvie Sellers and Roger Tolson. The latter is director of the Point Enterprise stringed band. Lunch will be spread on tables in front of the community building at noon. Everyone is asked to bring a basket lunch. Barbecue will be provided by the Homecoming Association. Among the special guests will be T. C. Richardson, Texas Farm editor of the Farmer-Stockman magazine. This magazine sponsors an annual community improvement contest in which Point Enterprise lias participated in recent years. NO WEDDING BELLS FOR DEBBIE IN JUNE NEW YORK, N. Y. — (UP) — There will be no June wedding bells for Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynjold:|, although Eddiyef says He and Debbie still are engaged. The wedding is postponed indefinitely, but he refuses to say why. Prices Are Firm, Demand Good At Livestock Auction GROESBECK — (Spl) — Prices were firm and demand was good on all classes of livestock at this week's cattle auction in Groesbeck, at which 1,100 head, were sold. More packer buyers attended than ever before, according to J. F. Jackson and Irvin de Cordova, owners of the auction, and there were also numerous stocker and feeder buyers present. Prices paid included the following: Good and choice fat cattle $18 to $21 with fancy creep fed kinds $21 to" $22.60; medium to good $13 to $18; low grades $9 to $12. Grass fed yearlings $11 to $16. Fat cows $11 to $13.50. Heiferettes to $14.50. Canners and cutters $7 to $10.50. Bulls $11 to $14. Good quality stocker steer calves and yearlings brought $17 to $21 with more demand than usual on plain grades, selling from $13 to $17. Plain heifers going to packers were $10 to $14. Cows with calves by side $75 to $150, according to age, quality, and size. The Groesbeck auction is held on Thursdays of each week. o ITALIAN TEACHERS STRIKE FOR MORE PAY ROME — (UP) — Italian school teachers went on strike for 'higher pay Saturday, giving thousands of pupils a reprieve from final exams. The walkout was staged by 91,600 teachers in almost 4,000 secondary schools instructing students between the ages of 11 and 19. IKE ASKED TO LOOK AT DEFENSE PROGRAM WASHINGTON, D. C.—(UP)— Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson called on President Eisenhower Saturday to take a personal look at the defense program to be sure "we are doing enough, fast enough." Communist China's Boss Suffered Broken Romance By EDWARD R. KENNEDY NEA Special Correspondent TAIPEI, Formosa — (NEA) — A frustrated love affair when he was a university student turned Chou En-Lai to communism. That soap-opera twist in the life of .Red China's leader was revealed by his sister-in-law, a tiny, 44-year-old refugee. She prefers to be known by her maiden name, Ma Sheun-yi. Mine. Ma does not conceal the fact that her husband—who had her father killed -10 years ago and then put her in jail as well—is Chou En-lai's brother and private secretary. Her sons, 24 and 27, are somewhere on the mainland. Chou was adopted as the eldest son of a wealthy family in Che- kiang Province, she said. While in college, he i'ell in love and dsk- ed an aunt to arrange the mar- riagu, but beiorc this could be accomplished, the girl was married to someone else. Frustrated with the old system that denied him his chosen bride, he embraced communism. Chou was married in the 1920s in Canton, and has no children. Mine. Ma didn't meet him until 1931, shortly after her marriage to his brother, when the future boss of Red China lived with them for three months. She didn't know he was a Communist until several years later when she read in the newspapers that both he and her husband were Reds. Today, Mine. Ma would rather not talk about her father's death and her own imprisonment. She lives in Taipei with her 18- year-old daughter and works tirelessly at the headquarters of Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek's Anti- Agression League and as a prop' ayanda broadcaster. Final Salk Inoculation Of Younger Students Might Be Mid-August WASHINGTON, D. C. —(UP)— Surgeon General Leonard A. Scheele is convinced there will be enough vaccine to finish inoculating the nation's nine million first and second graders before the polio peak begins in mid-August. He is less certain about how soon first injections can be given to seven million other children in the top priority group of five through nine years. He is hopeful that they, too, can be taken care of before Jerry McGee Wins First In Road-E-O Jerry McGee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest McJGree, of the Point Enterprise community, won first place in a teenage "Road-E-O" in Mexia Saturday morning. The "Road-E-O," a test of automobile driving skills, was held on Red River street in front, of the Mexia High school building under the sponsorship of local Jaycces. Calvin Prowell, youth activities director of the Jaycees, was in charge of the event. A written test, taken by the students earlier in the week, countd 40 percent, and the driving test counted 60 percent. McGee scored 403 points out of a possible 500 points in written and driving tests combined. Other winners and the number of points they scored were Jerry Coffee, 371; Noah New, 370;; and Jerry Don Whitton, 370. Jerry will receive a $25 savings bond from the Mexia Lions club and will go to Dallas on June 11 to compete in the state teenage "Road-E-O." The other winners will receive safe driving certificates from the Jaycees. Other students competing in the contest were Jay Gatlin, Mona Jo McBeth, Carl Cannon, Richard Perkins, Delores McSwane, Eldred Neel, Lynn Roy Weeks, and Larry Williams. Judges were Gilbert Smith, Bill Pollard, Raymond Jenkins, Joe Pike, and C. R. Noles. J. C. Killingsworth was scorer and Gill Goswick directed the construction of the driving hazards. Jaycees "sponsor such contests all over the country in an effort to encourage young drivers to learn traffic safety rules, and to practice what they learn. Such projects are credited with helping to prevent and deaths. many accidents Memorial Day Program Set For Monday Tribute will be paid to deceased veterans of all U. S. wars at 8 a.m. Monday at the Mexia City cemetery, on Memorial Day, with the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary in charge of the program. t The public is invited to attend the ceremonies. Following is the program which will be held. Call to order by Mrs. Mary Cogdell, Auxiliary president; song, led by Lodis Stanford; invocation by Dr. A. R. Corn, of Tehuacana; and introduction of Gold Star mothers. Also, roll call of veterans who have died since the last Memorial Day; duet by Mrs. B. M. Davis and Mrs. John Bennett; Memorial Day address by Owen Friend Watkins; playing gf Taps; and benediction by the Rev, Cecil Ellis. Most business firms, both banks offices, government agencies, the Mexia Daily News, etc., will be closed all day Monday in observance of Memorial Day. o Mosquito Invosion Hits New Orleons; III Wind Is Blomcd NEW ORLEANS, La. — (UP)— A badly outnumbered half-million human beings are scratching and swatting the worst mosquito invasion in New Orleans in modern times. Misquitoes are in every office and home, on the streets and playgrounds, and one heavy detachment of mosquitoes descended on the bare flesh of Bourbon street strippers. "Every inch of me is bitten," moaned nightclub stripper Alou- ette, king-sized "tassel girl." Alouette said she was able to keep the show going only by rubbing insect deterrent all over her body. The mosquitoes, described variously as "big as horseflies," and small enough, somehow, to "fly through screens," descended on New Orleans two nights ago, borne on a breeze from nearby suit marshes. many months. Dr. Scheele told a news conference that some vaccine will be released next week. In another two weeks, he said there should be "a rapid pickup" in the flow of shots for the limping vaccination program. He made the statements after making public the stiff new safety standards for Salk shots which the government ordered into effect Friday. These call for an increase in the number of safety tests required for federal approval of vaccine. Agreement on the standards will permit full-scale resumption of vaccine production and a step- up in the inoculation program. Officials also hope it marks the end of 46 days of confusion and anxiety. Dr. W. H. Sebrell Jr., director of the government's National Institute of Health, conceded that an "unfortunate delay" in inoculations will occur during the next two or three weeks. Manufacturers have indicated it will be at least six weeks before the mass immunization program can be fully resumed. The shots scheduled for clearance next week represent previously approved vaccine which was held up for double checking three weeks ago. It will mark the first release of shots in two weeks. Dionne Quintuplets Reach Maturity; One Sister Is Dead CALLANDER, Ont, Canada— (UP)—The four surviving Dionne quintuplets became adults Saturday, celebrating their 21st birthdays in a surprise reunion. Papa Oliva Dionne smuggled three of his daughters —Annette, Yvonne and Cecile — home from Montreal Friday night to be greeted by Marie and their mother. The surprise was well guarded but also well planned, It was the first birthday celebration—always a big event in French-Canadian families — that saw the famous circle of five broken. Emilie died of suffocation during an epileptic attack last August. One big problem was the question of birthday presents. The quints have practically everything they could want, their needs are small, and they have more money than they can spend. They automatically received a million dollar fortune with their coming of age. BAYTOWON CRASH KILLS TWO BOYS BAYTOWN — (UP) — Two teen-aged boys were fatally injured and two others slightly hurt Friday when their automobile overturned as they were returning from an outing celebrating the end of school. The two victims were Wayland F. Spear Jr., 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayland F. Spear, and Robert Sam Turner, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Turner. o There are about 70 mild relatives of our present-day tobacco. o Vesicular exanthema is a virus infection that attacks swine. •"• • ^^B«^ ^^B^l^ ^^ Confesses Fort Hood Soldier Murder Of Waco Airman —-.. .. _ i__ . , ._. .A. Much Evidence On Negro In Brutal Slaying Triplets Visit Mexia Grandparents Master Sg" near Nashvillt, Tennessee, are visiting in Mexi* with Mrs. Walker's parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stephens, at 719 East Milam street. The Walkers are accompanied by their five daughters, including these triplets. The little girl on the top deck a Jeannette. The others are Jeanne (left) and Joanne. They were born at Stewart Air Force base on Oct. 13, 1954. Their older sisters are Kathy, 2'/a. and Judy. 10. About the middle of next week, the family will move to Washington. D. C.. and Sgt. Walker will be stationed at Andrews Field. (Mexia Pally News Photo.) Epidemic Of Tornadoes Lashes Mid-West States By United Press An epidemic of tornadoes that already has taken 117 lives and terrorized residents of seven states moved eastward Saturday. Forecasters warned more may be on the way. The spiraling funnels, some dipping to the ground, whirled through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri and then swept northeastward across parts of Indiana and Michigan. At least 38 new tornado funnels hit or were sighted in ^Oklahoma, Kansas, and Mis- SHERIFF APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY Sheriff Jack Bothwell has appointed Conred'Spivey, of Prairie Hill, as one of his two deputies and Mr. Spivey will take up his duties on June 1. The other deputy sheriff is Bud Pippin. DELMA POSEY PLEACHES AT CHURCH OF CHRIST Delma Posey will preach twice this Sunday at the Church of Christ on McKinney and Hopkins streets, the morning service starting at 10:30 o'clock and the even- service at 7:30 o'clock. Northside Baptists Enlarging Church Members of the Northside Baptist Church of Mexia have started • project to remodel and enlarge their church building on North Kaufman street. Workmen under the direction of Coy' Guest are connecting the original building (shown at right) to the new building. The newest portion aod the original building will be used for Sunday School rooms. The Rev. John Douglas k pastor of the church. (Mexi* {fay KIWI Photo.) souri during the night and early Saturday. Horrified residents fled in panic to storm cellars in Oklahoma and Kansas, which took the brunt of the week's series of twisters, as funnel after funnel towered overhead. Meanwhile, a cool front from the Pacific Northwest ripped through Texas Saturday, plunging temperatures some 10 degrees, setting off scattered thundershowers and bringing relief from sticky, hot weather that has been plaguing the state. Temperatures dropped from 85 to 70 degrees at Dalhart Friday night as the front hit the Panhandle. The mercury is expected to plunge to 38 to 48 in the Panhandle Saturday night. The forecast for the Mexia area is clear to partly cloudy through Sunday with a low Sunday morning of near 58 degrees. Atmosphere Chilly In Belgrade Tolks Between Ex-Allies BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (UP) —A second and probably final session of the Russian-Yugoslav talks opened at the ornate Guards Hall Saturday io an atmosphere of frigid protocol that chilled the Soviet mission of forgiveness. Tension has hung over the conference since Soviet Communist party boss Nikita Krushchev dropped a diplomatic brick at the very outset. Khrushchev attempted to shift the talks from foreign policy and interstate relations, as desired by Yugoslavia, to political issues the Yugoslavs-were determined to avoid. Khruschev's efforts caused a swift drop in temperature in what might have become a cordial reunion of old friends. The short pipes in a pipe organ the high WACO — (UP) — A Negro soldier has confessed the lover's lane murder of Airman Henry Poole, who chose to be killed rather than let his sweetheart be raped. Dist. Attorney Tom Moore revealed Saturday. The Negro is Sgt. Marion Andrew Washington, 28, of Fort Hood. Besides the murder of Airman Poolc, 23, of Spartanburg, S. C., he is charged with rape and four counts of armed robbery. Poole was murdered last April 3. He and his fiancee, Dorothy Papcndorf, 20, were parked in a lover's lane when a Negro appeared with a gun and demanded his money. He then ordered them out of the automobile and announced ho was going to rape Miss Papcndorf. "Over my dead body," Airman Poolc said, and charged the 'Negro, who shot Poolc with a .45-cal- ibcr pistol. The Negro fled and Miss Pap- cndorf escaped. Marks on two cartridge, cases found at the scene matched the marks on cases fired from, a pis/* tol found on Washington when he was arrested. ' " The rape with which he is charged is that of a Women's Air Force member at Connally Air Force Base, Waco. Washington is believed to be the phantom bandit who has terrorized parking spots around Waco for months. ; Cat* to Grand Jury Mr. Moore said that as soon as he gets a 'few loose ends tied up" he will ask the grand jury to take the case. >. Washington was arrested as a suspect in a filling Miss Popendorf Force woman idcnti police lineup. Was! he was "not at all s 1 police stopped him. Additional evidence against Washington is that ballets fired from his pistol match the one which was taken from Airman Poole's body. The bullets were matched under a microscope in a ballistics test at Austin. Also, Washington was found to be wearing a class ring which had been stolen in a holdup and in his locker at Fort Hood was found a pawn ticket for a wrist watch which had been stolen in another armed robbery. holdup, the Air him in a n said when Additional Thievery Charged To Giles And Land Promoter AUSTIN — (UP) — Five more ndictments growing out of veterans land program transactions lave been returned against former Land Commissioner Bascom Giles by a Travis county grand jury. The five new indictments were landed up only four days after :he grand jury returned five»sim» ilar true bills against Giles. Those returned Friday charged >ilcs and land promoter B. R. Sheffield with theft and conspiracy to steal $32,075. Eight other indictments named Sheffield singly and charged forgery. Sheffield is from Brady. On Monday, the Travis county grand jury, had returned five indictments naming Giles and Sheffield, accusing them of stealing a total of $33,600 in Veterans Land Board transactions. Giles previously had been indicted in Austin on a charge he plotted with Sheffield to steaj $83,500 in state funds undev the veterans land program. , A Bexar county grand jury in San Antonio, had* also indicted Giles on a charge he accepted a $30,000 bribe in return for giving favorable attention {o a Veterans Land Board transaction. < • e ^ tv(Xii>Min«rl Don't _.»k« A:^* •fM4lMifp v«c«tioa

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