The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on December 2, 1954 · 1
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Thursday, December 2, 1954
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SOLffi tbh nrfRt indoor wtteh dot. 'Mr Utered toy Manchester tail DUDUJ. Ph. 7018. DIAL 4-4567 The Fast Magte Action "Number Want Ads Can Hlp You, Too : Published Daily And Sunday In Alabama's Capital City 127th Year Of Publication Price 5 Cents: 127th Year-No. 288 stUM Oay. Micht as SuMay Barvlaa Montgomery, Ala., Thursday Morning, December 2, 1954 Pages By Tl AtMaiate The Weather Alabama: Considerable cloudiness with a few showers in central portion. Not much change in temperature. Gentle to moderate variable winds on coast. Joe Convicted. On One Count WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (AP) The Senate condemned tonight by a vote of 67-20 the conduct of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy on the first of three censure charges against him and cleared the way for final action on two other counts tomorrow. The action amounted to a vote of guilty on the charge Prison Official Faces Charges Of Short Casl 1 Shortage Of $3,000 Found By IJxammer In Atmore Accounts An official of the Atmore State rrisoh was charged yesterday by the Alabama Department of Public Accounts with the misappropriation of more than $3,000 belonging to inmates of the prison. Chief Examiner Ralph Eager-ton released sn audit yesterday cn the token fund of the prison charging J. W. Stacks, account clerk, with a shortage of $3,-255.64. The report further charged at a hearing on Ncv: 15 Stacks failed to show "good and sufficient cause" why he should be relieved of the charges against him. Eagerton said a copy of the audit would be forwarded to the attorney general for action in enforcing the collection. A second copy will be sent to the circuit judge of the 21st district for presentation to the grand jury. . Wrong-Doing Denied Stacks denied all wrong-doing in a telephone interview last night. "I don't know what to say, or what kind of statement 4o make," Stacks said. "All I know is that I wasn't the only one who knew the combination to the sale, where the money was kept. The token fund money is kept in a drawer under a small lock; some of the convicts could have picked it easily." "If there is a shortage of money, I do not know the reason for it," he continued. "There was certainly no wrong-doing on my part." Stacks added there had been three audits performed on his books during 1953 by L. G. Mayo, chief accountant of the Alabama Board of Corrections. "All three of those audits showed we had an overage of money in the token fund rather than a shortage," Stacks said. The audit released yesterday (See PRISON, Page 6-A) Pilot Locates Elmore Tot, 4, After 24 Hours A weary, happy four-year-old Negro boy. Jerry Holtzclaw, was back home last night after more than 24 hours of roaming in cotton fields and woods of Elmore county looking for his mother. Except for the loss of a new pair of shoes, he was fit as a fiddle but his mother said he was "very, very sleepy." Elmore County Sheriff Lester Holley said more than 150 white and Negro people took part in a searching party looking for the Titus boy Tuesday and yesterday. Jerry wandered from his farm home at 2 p.m. Tuesday to look for his mother who was washing clothes for a white family. Sleeping By Log The bo was found at 2:15 'p.m. yesterday by Capt. Emmett S. Davis of Montgomery who was piloting an Air National Guard helicopter. Davis said the boy was sleeping beside a log in a cottonfield about three miles from his home. "We were about to give up our search from the air when we spotted him." Davis said. "We landed and he saw the helicopter and began to run away. We told him we had come to take him home and you never saw a happier bov in your life. He was (See PILOT, Pag 2-A) Cooler Wcalher Hits Montgomery Clearing and cooler is the weather outlook for Montgomery today. A high of 62 is forecast for this afternoon, following an expected early morning low of 40 according to the weatherman. Yesterday' high and low wert 68 and 35. Northern Alabama, in the grip of a cold snap, was sprinkled,by light rain yesterday. Tuscaloosa reported .19 of an inch, Muscle Shoals ,10 and Birmingham .05. The lowest temperature recorded in the state yesterday was 3J at Evergreen and Anniston. Highest was 75 at Mobile. ' tlAVK WHF TOO PLEA KB, TRAVEL V COVTORT. ARP1VE REFRESHED. GO T RAILWAYS. FH. 4-5329. Ud.) McCarthy obstructed the Senate and acted contrary to its traditions in failing to help a subcommittee which investigated him in 1951 and 1952. and in "abusing" the group's members. McCarthy did not vote on the censure resolution but denounced it as "a foul job" and said the American people know "I am being censured because I dared to do the 'dishonorable thing of exposing Communists in government." The Wisconsin Republican also got a wholly new investigation started by charging that forgery and suppression of evidence have been used against him. Committee Named In an outgrowth of this charge. Sen. Knowland of California, the Republican leader, named a special committee to look into the alleged checking of senators' incoming mail by unauthorized persons. All the Democrats present and 23 Republicans joined in voting to "condemn" McCarthy's behavior toward the Hennings-Hayden-Hen-drickson subcommittee which investigated his financial and other affairs in 1951 and 1952. Knowland and 19 other Republicans backed McCarthy. The vote came after a series of attempts to spare the Wisconsin senator from censure were defeated by similar lopsided margins. Still On Tap Still to be disposed of are charges that McCarthy: 1. Abused Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker when the., general appeared as a witness befpre McCarthy's Permanent Investigations subcommittee. He's likely to get more than 20 votes on that count. 2. Abused the Watkins committee which recommended he be censured on the two other counts. McCarthy has called the committee an "unwitting -handmaiden of the Communist party." Sen. Hickenlooper (R-Iowa). one of the 20 Republicans who voted for McCarthy on the first censure count, announced he would propose a new amendment to the censure resolution tomorrow. The Senate recessed early in the evening until 10 a.m. tomorrow. First Direct Vote Tonight's first direct vote on the censure resolution came at 6:40 p.m. and was something of an anticlimax since its outcome was clearly indicated by the resounding defeat of earlier short-of-censure proposals by Sens. Dirksen (R-Hl), Mundt (R-SD) and Bridges (R-NH). The galleries were haif empty and McCarthy, his bandaged arm in a sling, had left the floor.. He had been at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital for treatment of his in-(See JOE CONVICTED, P. 6-A) SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS III. i " . : r : J I n - - i y 1 --'- . - '.J ' ' " I i . o - . . r. . . s : V - 'I - j . '. l - BABY TEETH Dr. Martin Miller, dentist, removes teeth of little David Williams who was born Friday night in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, Pa., with two teeth in his lower front gums. The teeth were 3-8 inches long. Mother and baby are doing nicely. So is the father. i ' y. f '.J ,V r ' " Kr t . - i j f i i --I ft -A..-.. .111 ELMER REESE Reese Resigns Public Office In Phenix City THENIX CITY, Ala.. Dec. 1 m City Commissioner Elmer Recuse, who was mayor of Fhenix City during the heyday of vice, resigned today with a public apology for "any mistakes I may have made." A short time later, by agreement with state authorities, the 48-year-old druggist was fined $400 for wilful neglect of duty and violation of Alabama election laws. He pleaded guilty to both indictments. The decision to resign after 14 years in office came as he was called to trial on the neglect of duty charge. In conference with vice prosecutors, he agreed to vacate his place on the city commission and pay a $200 fine on that indictment and another $200 on the vote fraud charge. Impeachment Halted The resignation automatically halted impeachment proceedings pending against him and set for hearing next Wednesday. Both the criminal charge of neglect of duty and the ouster proceedings were based on charges the former mayor permitted gambling dens to operate unmolested. Another defendant. former Deputy Sheriff Aaron Smith, who last night became the first to win an acquital during the vice trials pleaded guilty today to three of the remaining 10 indictments pending against him and was fined $500 and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail. The other seven charges were dismissed. Meanwhile, a grand jury heard (See REESE, Page 2-A) Advertiser Today aek Hwiw .-C Movie .3-D Class. Adl..S.I.?-D O&.tuariM S-A Comics 4-D Passing Throng S Crossword 3-C Radio-TV 3-D Editorial 4-A Society .3.4.S.7.S-B ridlor t-D Sports ...4.S.S.T-C Hamkom 3-D Wtathtr Mao S-D Marks .Z-p Columnists: Lyons. Altops. Davidson, Drummond. Tucksr Pags 4-A. Two Maxwell Captains Killed In Atlanta Crash Of Jet Plane ATLANTA, Dec. 1 W-Two Maxwell Field Air Force base captains died in the explosion of a T-33 jet training plane over a southeast Atlanta residential section today. Most of the plane wreckage fell in a small wooded area bordered on all sides by residential streets but parts of the craft showered yards in a mile wide area. Maxwell Field officials identi- AP Wircphoto Jones Refuses To Involve Bar In Segregation Association Leader Rejects Selma Plea To Denounce Councils PHENIX CITY, Ala., Dec. 1 UFi Special Judge Walter B. Jones, in his capacity as president of the Alabama Bar Association shrugged off a suggestion today he denounce a Selma attorney's plan for opposing desegregation. Mobile attorney Vincent F. Kilbonx had telegraphed Jones asking that he speak out against a proposed movement to apply economic pressure to Negroes who advocate mingling of the races. Replying to Kilborn, the bar association president noted segregation is a controversial issue and members of the association are entitled to different viewpoints on it. ". . . .-The State Bar Association is always concerned with the rights and privileges of our people," Judge Jones said. "Segregation is a controversial issue in our state today. Those who oppose it are using, as they have the right to do, all legal means within their power, and the forces of such social, political and economic, pressures as they are able to mobilize. Privilege Of All "Those who favor scgregatoin likewise will doubtless use all legal, social, political and economic weapons at their disposal in order to hold firm what they conceive to be their individual and community rights. The lawful exercise of those measures is the privilege of all such citizens. "Neither side to this controversy can expect to be unopposed by counter measures so long as measures taken by either side are within our constitutional framework, no one can rightly complain. "The bar of the state of Alabama includes all shades of political opinions and sects and races. Those favoring the abolition of segregation have been unhampered by bar association pressures or pronouncement in their political, economic and social movements looking to its abolition. "Regardless of my feelings with respect to the matters to which you called my attention, I do not feel that I, as president of the bar association am author lzed to censor them unless I, as such president, should also take unto myself the right to censor poltiical, social and economic activities looking to the abolition of segregation. "If, when all facts are at hand, (See JONES, Page 2-A) fied the victims as Capt. Robert F. O'Brien and Capt. Clinton E. Pardridge. They were students in the squadron officers course of the Air University in . Montgomery. - The Air Force said Capt. Pardridge, 35, was a resident of Miami, See Picture, Page 2-B Fla., and Capt O'Brien a resident of, St. Petersburg, Fla. The older officer had flown 111 combat missions in World War II and Korea, and had been awarded the air medal with 16 clusters and the distinguished flying cross with one cluster. Capt. O'Brien. 28, was also a veteran of World War II and Korea and was the holder of the distinguished flying cross and the air medal with three clusters., The wives of the two airmen (See TWO MAXWELL, Page 2-A) Panama City Man Kills Wife, Goes Bach To Western On TV Sooclal To Tho Advartisar PANAMA CITY, Fla., Dec. 1-Chet Ferris, 55, told officers he interrupted a Western television movie last night to shoot his wife and then returned to watch the Western again until the police arrived. Police Chief George McCall said today. He was still engrossed in the thriller when officers arrived. Investigators said Ferris fired two shots into the chest of his wife as she cooked supper. She staggered to the front door before she died. . Sheriff M. J. Daffin today placed a first degree murder charge against Ferris. Ferris told officers the couple had not quarreled immediately before the shooting. But officers quoted him as saying, "You would have done it too if you had the troubles on your mind I have had for a long time." He did not elaborate. The family moved here five Mamma MaB Y""1' T ' " ' """" r-'- " - z ; " ?: jf r IBsmWMli f "f I-' I ; . - : -v..- ' : 1 s J i . i h.- -:- - ' ' ."-Ji.: ; . . : W- ' , -. I lawainiSS ;- y- . -..Wf. -;.-.-:- ,y. .V . - ... i " ' t ' ' ji (f) I; - . .-. - .:.-.Jr-.. .-,v-- J, SYLACAUGA METEORITE A Sylacauga, Ala., tree surgeon, Hewlett Hodges, has developed a hassle with the U.S. Air Force in demanding the return of a meteorite which crashed through the roof of his home Tuesday. Air Force officials say the meteorite was given to them by Sylacauga city officials and hint it will probably be re-Ail' Force On Notice 'Gimme Back That Rock, 9 Sylacauga Man Demands ' By WESLEV OWENS Maxwell Air Force Base officials last night disclaimed responsibility in "taking" the now famous meteorite from Sylacauga, while Hew-lett Hodges, whose house it struck, has set today as- the deadline for returning his "rock." A spokesman for Maxwell Air Force Base, where the meteorite was first taken, said they were given the object while investigating reports of an explosion in the area. They said they landed a helicop Susan Hayes Describes Illicit Romance As State Rests Case Against Sheppard By ARTnUR EVERETT CLEVELAND. Dec. 1 WV-Pretty Susan Hayes detailed in a near whisper today a 1 -month illicit love affair with Dr. Samuel Sheppard climaxed by a week of sharing the same California bedroom. She also testified that the hand- years ago from Riverdale, Md., near Washington, D. C. Ferris is a civilian machinist at the Navy Mines Countermeasures station in Panama City. Dulles Admits China Blockade Possible If Peaceful Means Fail To Protect U.S. WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 WT-Sec-retary of State Dulles said today the United States might blockade Red China if peaceful means fail to protect the rights of citizens like the 13 Americans jailed by Peiping on spy charges. He said he was confident, but not certain, that peaceful means would be sufficient. Dulles made the statement during a news conference which he SeeiD) Milit turned after ter at the Sylacatiga school and were met by city officials who "gave them the object." The spokesman added the Air Force did not specifically request the "rock," although they are naturally interested in any object which falls from the sky. Hodges plaims'Air Force officers who received the meteorite promised to return it the next day (yesterday) but have not yet done so. Maxwell officials v said they are some osteopath gave her a ring, professed his love for her, and spoke of divorcing his wife, Marilyn, before her July 4 murder. Dr. Sheppard is accused of the slaying. "I remember him saying that he loved his wife very much," Susan said, "but not so much as a wife. He was thinking of getting a divorce." Their intimacies began late in 1953, Miss Hayes said, as a series of stolen moments of love in his automobile and in an apartment he maintaiped outside his home. She conceded under cross-examination that throughout the affair she was always aware she was surrendering herself to a married man. - As the final witness for the state opened by announcing agreement with Nationalist China on a mutual defense treaty pledging the United States to retaliate, probably against the Communist-held China mainland, if the Reds attack the Nationalist .stronghold of Formosa. The treaty, Dulles . said, would be signed sometime this week. He said it is "another link in the system of collective security" against FT H 11? U-O- iLegai it mm being investigated by the Air De-. fense Command. "Meanwhile Hodges "had retained a lawyer to help him get his rock back. The meteorite was photographed at Maxwell AFB before being passed on to the Air Defense Command. It weighed about nine pounds and is about seven inches in diameter. not equipped to evaluate the object and have passed it on to the Air Defense Command,- whose duty it is to study and evaluate all objects which fall from the sky. Headquarters for this unit is located in Colorado Springs, Colo. Meanwhile Hodges has become irate at the disappearance of his rock. He has employed a law firm at Talladega to represent him and assist in securing its return. He says he believes he has (See GIMME BACK, Page 2-A) at Sheppard's first degree murder trial. Miss Hayes was demure and modest-appearing a chic, attractive 24-year-old brunette. Often she bowed her head in emotion. For her kiss-and-tell appearance on the witness stand, she wore black, with a perky white collar, (See SUSAN HAYES, Page 6-A) Church Organizes, Flourishes In Midst Of Honky Torik Row A non-denominational church has been organized in the center of honky tonk row on the Mobile highway. Located in a building formerly Communist aggression in the Western Pacific. Dulles remarks about blockading Red China came when reporters sought clarification of his statements in a speech Monday night at Chicago. The secretary said then the United States would "exhaust peaceful means of sustaining our international rights and those of our citizens." He ruled (See DULLES, Page 2-A) General Ready ToWageBattle AgainstFolsom State Amendment Shapes Up As Key In Court Struggle By BOB INGRAM . A knockdown fight with no holds barred between two old masters in the art of brawling Gov.-elect James E. Folsom and Adj. Gen. Walter J. (Crack) Hanna loomed as a certainty last night. ' The Advertiser learned late yesterday from sources very close to Hanna he is now making extensive preparations for a legal fight to defend his position as head of the Alabama Military Department. Folsom announced last week ha would appoint W. D. (Billy) Part-low Jr. of Tuscaloosa to the position of adjutant general for the next administration. The announcement of -Partlow'a appointment immediately touched off speculation of a possible legal fight between Hanna and Folsom over a rather vague constitutional amendment passed in 1951. Changed His Mind However, in the days following the Folsom announcement, the normally fiery Hanna refused to make any comment. It was first indicated Hanna would not fight for his Job, but in the past few days he has apparently changed his mind. One reason for this apparently is the tremendous public support given Hanna for his handling of the National Guard troohps in Phe-nix City, Also to his credit is an almost incredible armory construction program he has spearheaded during, his term in office. Close associates .of Hanna pointed put also if a governor can succeed in removing an adjutant general, then the positions of all other guard officers also are in jeopardy. - It has been previously reported a number of prominent attorneys had volunteered their services to the adjutant general to help him in his fight Admendment Key The constitutional amendment which will be the key issue in the apparent, upcoming fight has been interpreted by many people as making it impossible for a governor to remove the military department head for purely political purposes. The amendment says in part: "Officers 'of the state military (See GENERAL, Page 6-A) : Folsom Names 7 To Clerical Staff CULLMAN, Ala., Dec. 1 IP-Mrs. Mabel Amos, Montgomery, will continue as recording secretary at the executive office there, Gov.-elect James E. FolaDm announced today. Folsom also said the following will hold clerical positions in his administration: Mrs. Kate Simmons, Montgomery; Mrs. Roy Grimmett, Birmingham and Gulf Shores; Mrs. Orpha Black, Montgomery; Miss Gloria Loegler, Cullman; Mrs. Floy Fite, Montgomery, and Mrs. Ruth H. Johnson, Birmingham. Previously announcements from Folsom said that O. H. Finney Jr., Albertville, would be executive secretary; Murray Battles, Cullman, legal adviser, and Ralph Hammond, Arsb, press secretary. occupied by the Casa Loma Club, the Friendship Church is reported to be growing in membership and contributions. Among its top supporters is Commissioner Dave Birmingham who is helping the new church obtain hymn books and chairs. Location of the church in the center of the night club strip has caused some raised eyebrows as it has been the policy of the city commission for soeme years to check on the location of churches when issuing or re-newing whisky and beer licenses. H. A. Kirksey; owner of Kirk-sey's Motor Court on the Mobile highway, is one of the deacons and organizers of the new church. He figured prominently in a suit which he brought agairist the Spur Night Club in Circuit Court three months ago. Kirksey claimed the club was a (See CHURCH, Page 2-A) Your Money or Your Life! You M Bv Both Wbea You Trsvel Trail?. FhoDs 4-332S 4dTj

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