Abilene Reporter News, January 4, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 04, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR MILD Abilene EVENING "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byrqn FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 202 Amacirtid frtm (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 4, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY lOe -.--TV .-v r'--' x s ,v: CLOSE Blanton, left, and Charles A. Ellison ran for safety from this pick- up tn-fk that stalled on the railroad tracks here Monday morning A freight tram that the men did not notice until it was almost upon them smashed the truck broad- side, knocking it 50 from the crossing. (Staf- Pair Runs To Safety An Abilene man and Hamlin man ran for safety from a pick-up truck stalled on the railroad tracks -here Monday morning and escap- ed injury as a freight tram smash- ed the truck broad-side, knocking it 50 feet from the crossing. James Blanton. 53, Hamlin dirt contractor who was driver of the truck, and passenger Charles A. Ellison. 53. employe at the wreck- ing jard of Texas Auto Parts, 3635 South First St. said they did not see the approaching uest bound freight until the engine was almost upon them The accident occured about 1115 a m. at the wrecking jard in the 4000 Hock of South First St The men were entering the wrecking vard that cro'sed the tracks from the street. Blanton said the truck motor died as the truck straddled the railroad tracks. He and Ellison had been busy attempting to.start the motor for a short time before the train approached. Blanton said the train engineer told him the train was not ly damaged. with the possible ex- ception oC a step leading to the engine cab. and the train continued on its way after about a half-hour dela> The truck was knocked 50 feet without turning over, and a par- tially-filled butane cylinder in the rear of the .truck rolled approxi- mately 53 yards farther, coming to rest in a fence row. 8 Children Die In Two Blazes OLD ORCHARD BEACH. Maine young children perished today in two separate fires, five in their dwelling at this ocean resort and three in a flame-swept cot- tage at North Sebago, 20 miles to the northwest. The two mothers W'ere burned" in futile rescue ef- forts Four brothers and a sister, cnu- dren of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Whiicomb, were trapped in up- stairs bcdroor: 'r two-story home at AUoni- here. At North Sebago, three pre- school a ee children of Mr..and Mrs. .Paul Metzger, died in their winterized cottage near the shore of Sebago Lake. NEXT GOAL: TEXAS Botchelor, bride Set 2nd Honeymoon TOKYO SM-Cpl. Claude. Batehe- lor and his -Japanese wife Kyoko happily planned a second honey- moon "and an evening of dancing at a Japanese night club when they had a two-hour reunion at Tokyo Army Hospital today Kvoko's love letters tn important in Batchelor's de- cision to ask repatriation from a pro-Red prison compound in Ko- rea She said she planned to write tonight, at-.her husband's request, to.three other'Aniericans-who stay- ed with the Communists Batchelor arrived here jester- dav after renouncing his decision to stav with tne Reds He and Jiis wife were together for four hours soon after his arm al at the hospi- tal and she returned, for a two- hour reunion today Kyoko said her husband will be given a pass Wednesday and plans to have a dark blue suit made to take her dancing. Then, she said, they plan to Tisit a resort for a second honeymoon. She said they discussed- plans and decided to MSI! Batchelor s parents in Texas, then decide where to live. "Per-onallj. I think he will want to come back to she said. Batchelor asked his wife whether she had written letters to three American prisoners he said might THE WEATHER DEP MtTMKST OF COMMERCE WEVTHFR BUREAU J.SD VICINITY Fur Mo da nlcnt srfi High o temperature Mondav 5a to 70 desrree Lo Mom! -i ntllrt 3i HlBh 35 to 60 I.OKTH CiNTRtL TEXAS clouav and mUd sRemoon. cooler and portions tonlpht. Tuesday ?alr cloiiiy. cooler md South Plains panhandle and coolc'.- WEST TEXAS: Partly tonisht and tn Panhandle Ihls alternoon. Lowest and Sooth Plains tonUrht. Tuesday Salr and TEMPER VTOIIES Sun PM 63 10 ,53 TO Si 67 3 30 67 510 52 630 ....X 11 51 .TO 52 il 9.30 53 SS 54 63 63 Maximum temperature -for. 24 hours indinc at a.m. 67. Minimum temperature, for 34 hours endine at a.m. 50. be persuaded to return home. "I. answered no, that I stayed awake -last night thinking about what to WTite them." Kyoko said. "Be said 'Okay, there is no big hurry.' But I think I will Write tonight.' Batchelor asked his wife not to tell the names of the three Ameri- cans. "One has a in the United States, one mother there and one is a lone person with no fam- she said., Abilene Bank Deposits Hit New Record High Brisk Home Building Due Here in 19 54 A healthy Abilene business pic- ture-'painted- by all-time record bank deposits'took on even rosier hue Monday with annual reports of the city's two savings and loan associations. In the vaults ''of Al'Uene banks on Dec. .31, 1953, was in i deposits. To further undergird the econ- omic structure, Abilene Savings As- sociation and Southwest Savings and Loan Association combined had assets of The two had a total in savings and investment shares Optimism Voiced Executives of .both .associations took a confident look at 1954 and pronounced prospects for business good. A surprisingly brisk start for 1951 residential building was as- sured in a statement of C. E. Bent- ley, executive vice president of Abilene Savings Association. "Our builders from the stand- point of mortgage loans scheduled in December, 1953, for 1954.have a program of home building that equal or exceed.our activity in mortgage lending for all of he declared. Bentley said the association has "nearly in loan commit- ments lined up tor 1954 Atthe Southwest association. No- ble Loving, president, said "I am ery optimistic for 1954 Conditions leveled off somewhat, but we had that .coming and I am sur- prised it was not more serious than it has been. For.iliiSl I ex- Sec LOANS, Pa- 3A, Col. 4 SEAS DIE DOWN Europe Dikes, Sea Walls Stand Firm Against Tides LONDON Western Europe's dikes and sea walls, .age-old bastions against the raging oceans, stood strong and firm today after 24 hours of battering by gale-churned seas. Anxious watchers, remem- bering when flood waters burst through the dikes 'and wrecked vast areas of the Low Countries and "Eastern England last February, sighed with -relief as they watched the seas die down today. In England, police and Coast Guards kept an all-night vigil in low coastal areas, then left their watch as weath- ermen reported soon after 10 a.m. that the crisis hour of high tide had passed 'safely. In the Netherlands, where overnight water levels were the highest since last winter's floods in which persons died, the situation was report- ed nearly back to normal. Rites Set at Trent V For Crash Victims TRENT. Jan.: 4 side rites were, to be. held at 4 pm Monday in Trent Cemeterv for a' Trent father and son who burned to death in an automobile crash near Brownwood Sunday evening. George L, Price, 77; and his son, Cullen H. Price, 34, died in a flam- ing two-car collision in w-hich four Bangs High. School students were injured. ThA Rev. Dwayne Welch, Bap- tist pastor at Trent, was to offi- ciate at the services: Burial was to be under the direction of Star- buck Funeral Home of -Merkel. Father and son were en route to Galveston at the time of tha acci- dent. A daughter of the elder Price. Mrs. Jim Smith of Merkel. was scheduled to undergo surgery at John there. They died in the flaming wreck- age of their 1951 Chevrolet after it collided with another car on U. S. Highway S4 about midway be- tween Brownwood and Bangs. Four high school boys in the oth- er-car were injured, .none serious- ly, and were admitted to Medical Arts Hospital at Brownwood. .They' were James Scgrist. 17, Ronnie Bauer. 16, Bobby Sikes, 16, and Marion Alexander, 1C. Segrist, Bauer and Sikes sre'all prominent in athHtics at Bangs High School, vyhorv '.il but Segrist. a junior, are sophomores. Alexander was treated for a broken finger and possible concus- sion of the brain, the others for UN Vows to Free All PWs by Jan. 22 MUNSAN, Korea' U. N. Commander, Gen. John E. Hull, today blnmcd the Communists for thc breakdown of prisoner expla- nations and said without qualifica- tion that jill anti-Red prisoners will be freed at midnight Jan. 22. To drive home the UNC demand that the captives be released "as ef a.m. Jan. 23." U. S. Ma- rines and engineers began string- ing miles of barbed wire fences'to channel the prisoners from neutral compounds to rail heads. South Korea'Si.Forelgn Minister Pyun Yung Tal hilled Hull's stand as "just Hull reiterated the U. N. Com- mand's position in a strongly worded letter to U. Gen. K. S. Thlmayya, Indian chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Com- The il. N., commnndcr blasted as one-sided, and- slanted a report by and Czech niem- of i-eitatrlaUon commls- sion that accused the UNC of maintaining control over the Kcd prisoners. "The U. N. Command." Hull de- clared, "categorically denies any implication that we have attempt- ed, in any way, to exercise con- trol to the slightest degree over" the prisoners. He said the. Communist high command caiiscdllbe collapse of the explanation program by: 1, Unreasonable and changing de- mr.iKis for explanation .facilities. 2, Refusal to accept reasonable numbers of willing prisoners .tot explanations 3, Tlic Reds' rejection of avall- able explanation time unless the JJNRC and Indian custodial troops approved all their In- cluding the use of force to make POWs Olsten to explanations. Hull told Thimayya the UNO Is ftilly prepared to handle NorlU and CbincM IV crs who refuse to return to their Red-ruled homelands. U. N. officers said rail car and truck convoys Will be waiting south of the demilitarized zone for freed ar.ttComnninist prisoners and that ships at Intihon will be readied to carry any of the Chinese who may wish to go to Formosa. Other officers have said the TJXC is prepared to move all pri- the Murisan area in two to-three da.vs. Neither the Indian command nor the has made a firm: decision the Jan. 22 release rtatt! Thlmayya, after reading Hull's statement, commented' to news- been the Indian position that the two sides must agree to any: detention of prisoners aHtr Jan. K, U the two sides: do not of course, have to devise some means of releasing cuts and bruises. .Bauer was driv- er of the 1951 Dodge. The two cars collided head-on oh a slight incIUe along a straight stretch highway at about 6 p.m., investigating officers said. The Price car burst into flame immediately, and both men were dead by.the time the fire was ex- tinguished by the Brownwood Fire Department. Their burned bejond rec- ognition, were first taken to Darts- Morris Funeral Home at Brown- wood and later to Starbuck Funer- al Home at Merkel. The accident, which occurred in the San Angelo District of tlie Texas Highway Patrol, brought the highw-ay death toll for the Abilene area during the Christmas New- Year's holidays to 10. George Price, a retired farm- er, lived about one-half mile east of Trent He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Callic Price; five daughters. Sirs. Hoy Buchanan, airs. Jim Smith, and Mrs. Doris Farmer, all of Merkel. JMrs. W. D. Crawiord of Midland, and Mrs. Wade Davis of Abilene; two sons, Nolan -Price of Compton, Calif., and Lonzelle Price of Bel uardec. Calif.; a brother Wil' i rice of Santa two sisters. Mre. Frankie' Vf'ftite of Caddo Mills .and Mrs. Emma: Aills of Gilmer; 15 grandchildren and great-grandchild. Cullen H. Price is 'survived by his wife, the former Berncda Keyes of Merkel, and a son, Jerry. 9. A pumper and ganger for Skelly Oil Co. for the past five years, vounger Price was a veteran of World War II. Barn July 25, 1919. at Pittsburg, Tex., he was mar- ried in June. 1943. Officers" investigating the acci- dent included Brown County Sher- iff Ray Masters and Deputy W. A. Middletoh, Texas Highway Patrol- man H, G.' Palmer, and Texas Ranger Doyle Currington of Aus- tin. Parents of the injured boys arc Mr. and Mrs. Exccll Segrist. Mr. and Prcn Bauer, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sikes. and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Alexander, all promi- nent Bangs residents: fatalities on area highways during the holiday period included: Mr. and Mrs. William Leon Blan- toa and William. Franklin 'Davis, all of Mites, killtd when thcir.car was struck by a freight train on Christmas Eve Henry Addison Nelson of Big S'liing. pedestrian strack and killed by an auto In Big Spring Christmas Eve. Samuel G. Giles and Lamar Hail- cy Johnson, both ql Avtesla, N. M., who died result of. injuries; received in-a New Year's Eve col- lision of three cars on U. S. High- way W of Anson. Jesse J. Stagncr and .Justice of the Pence J. D. of Post, Who died of Injuries received when their car collided with a San- ta Fe train In Post Friday near Half of Air Force Bombers Now Jets Total Rises Million Over '52 By ED N. WISHCAMPER Reporter-News Managing Editor Abilene began 1954 with an all-time record in deposits and forecasts from bankers that the new-year will be a good one businesswise. The report on deposits was m response to a national and state call for condition of banks as of Dec All three Abilene banks registered healthy increases in deposits, and all three set new all-time records. _ The was a 249 gain over the 579 of Dec. 31.1052, which at that time was a new rec- ord. WASHINGTON 131 The Air Force, racing against the growth of Russian air power, now has at east" halt its fleet of strategic'me- dium bombers composed of swift, high-altitude jet craft. And by the end of this year the ast of the World War H design, conventional-engined B29 and B50 bombers may be gone from the medium wings, replaced by the atom bombing Boeing B47 jets. These developments "apparently figure in the recent decision to rely less on manpower and more on air power to maintain the'U. S. military position in .the Far East. In 1953. deluenes of all.types militarv planes Jrom the aircraft industry totaled about _ Accelerated deliveries coupled with crew training during recenl wntBs. it was today, harp enabled the Strategic Mr Coin mand to- raise; to between 8. and Ifl the number of mpdium bombef wmgi equipped with B47s A wing of that type normally contains 45 planes. Four B3S Wings The rapid increase In the Soviet Union's operating air fleet of jet and rocket-powered interceptors lias .made more urgent the con- version of the U. S. strategic fleet from the slow (400 miles an hour) jet planes. For long-range heavy bombard- ment, the air force at present has about four wings (30 planes each) of Convair B3S bombers. These luge planes can carry 40 ton- of jombs of any-kind, including hy- drogen weapons, at moderatp ranges and operate over a radius of more than'5.000 miles with les- ser Their speed has been stepped up to above 435 MPH by adding-four jet engines, to the six piston engines. which give the somber its ultra-long distance. Faster Than B47 Delivery of production items of the Boeing B52 heavy, all-jet bomber is expected to start next fall. That plane, while lack- Ing the range of t'uc piston-engined B36. flies faster than even the me- dium compensate tor the high of .the jet engines, the B52 is being equipped for mid-air refueling from tanker planes, thus extending its range substantially. Presumably it was with these 'actors in mind that President Ei- senhower spoke last week of "our growing nations! air which iie said possesses greater mobility striking: power thsn ever be- fore. In that same statement an- nouncing the planned withdrawal of two Army divisions from Korea he warned that, if the Asiatic Com- munists should break the truce in Korea, in all probability it would not be possible to confine hostilities to Korea. Air Forci Hesitated That strongly implied warning lhat American air power would be loosed upon the homeland of the Chinese Reds to event of truce vio- lation was in marked contrast to policies expressed when.the Korean War was' at its height. Top Air Force officials then ad- vised both the Defense Department and Congress that it would be un- wise to attempt bombing Manchu- ria. The reasons giveii wore two that in such an operation Soviet- made jet fighter attacks could be expected to cause heavy loss of U. S. bombers, and that there was a lack of profitable targets for the use of atomic bombs. But the Eisenhower statement mesumably reflected a substan- tially changed picture. It includes these elements. 1. Full-scale production has been attained which could replace air- craft lost with modern, jet-powered bombers. 2 The use of jet bombers reduce the percentage of losses to enemy, interception. 3. If atomic weapons were used in strategic. ItUci the ad- WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES Abilene Garden Club plons to ooen-new Goiden Center m tote Jamiory or February. Pcge 1 -B. DiATH TOLL Forty three persons died in violence in Texas' New' "Year's holiday period. Pooe S-B. UCfttT VISIT U. S. senat- ors' visit to Gourenko bienketed in secrecy; 2-A. TKOOP ocrots to quii Ike on his dc- cision to withdraw two divisions from Kortc, Post 5-A. Pinkish Greetings -BEBLIN, n'n 4 Pre- mier Malenkov has sent East Ger- "fflSars'Bflffie Minister Otto Gr wohl his new year's greetings pressing hope that 1954 will brush off the "danger of a rebirth of German militarism.'' irimstration has made it clear that would be done if circumstances warrant) few-er aircraft would be needed to produce the same bomb- ing results. If fewer planes were sent out on a mission, fewer would be lost 4 Whether a target is "profit- able" .is relative It depends on the availability of bombs Two jears ago atomic bombs were still critically few. Today production of bombs, of varied type, has been vastly stepped up with increased discoveries of raw material and un- proved refining and production methods. Eisenhower, in his address be- fore the United Nations Assembli iasr_ month, commented that the atomic, weapons has been" such tnat they "have virtu ally achieved -com status It was an over the on de- posit at the third quarter call Sept. 30.1953. Taylor County's other three Merkel. Trent and Tus- showed deposit gains iver a year ago Their totals now ire as compared to a year ago. The county's total deposits as compared to S71- 425368 a year ago. Here are the deposits for Taylor bounty banks F4M _____ First State Tuscola -Home State. Trent within our armed services That appeared to refer, la" the justification for theih well as to then- numbers and types. NOTTHE DROUGHT Here's What Caused Rain Average Drop What has happened to Abilene's rainfall? Residents of this area of West Texas are aware that there hasn't been ah over-abundance of rain the last three to five years, but some have been startled by the sharp drop in official figures re- cently released representing Abi- lene's and -Taylor County's aver- age annual -rainfall. And they're doing their best to give the lie to Mark Twain's charge that nobody does anything about the weather. Rainfall figures listed in The Texas Almanac, accepted in Tex- as as being authoritative, dropped from an annual average of 25.17 inches for Abilene in the 1952-53 edition to 22.55 in the edition re- leased within the last two months. The controversy started when statistically minded Abilenians 'fig- ured that even1 the extended drought of recent years wouldnt have that much effect on the city's average rainfall ovfer a period of 63 years, the length of.time of- ficial weather records have been kept here, and they started sharp- ening their pencils to prove it. Almost every mathematician who tried his hand came up with a different answer. Throughout the clamor one man who should know most about Abilene's weather, C. E. Sitchler, meteorolo- gist in charge of the U. S. Weather Bureau ,here, kept his silence. Now, in a letter directed to Ed- itor Frank Grimes of The Report- er-Jfcws. he has come forth with an official answer, as follows: "A year or so ago my Powers That Be instructed me to compute new normals for temperature and rainfall based on a more recent period of time acd to use the records for the period 1921-1950. "I had records for the town office for the years 1921-1943, and records for the airport sta- tion for the years 1939 to 1950. Since the normals were to be for the airport location, I used the per- iod 1939 to 1943 during Which time records were available for both lo- cations to determine as closely as possible what temperatures and I rainfall were at the airport for the years 1921 to 1938. Having- deter- mined the mean yearly rainfall and temperature for that period, I: merely got the total for the entire 30 years and divided by 30. "To forestall wear and tear on adding machines over the city. I would like'to point put that if one adds..the rainfall, for us- ing the amounts given in your pa- per a he still won't get 22.55 inches for a mean. The ta- ble of rainfall is record for the city office from; 1885 to 1943 and for the airport from "I might add also that the prac- tice of uiinf the mean tor a num- ber of years for a "normal" ses a certain amount of bickering among those weathermen having a statistical bent. Some .maintain that the should be that amount which occurs most fre- quently during a period of jears. "While we are on the subject Weather records. I feel inclined to remark that the decision to close the downtown office and start weather record making at the air- port was not mine. air. W. H. Green, meteorologist-here from 1909 to 1944, was and still is oppos- ed to the idea'. He' maintains that 90 per.cent .of the.people, of Taylor County and for that reason, records 'should' be maintained downtown.. If I were not respectful of my elders, I would carry the argument a little further and say maintain the rec- ords in the kitchen, that's where the really important'people. Abilene spend a. great portion of their 3 JOO rf3 3 333 5 1.3MJM 1.219 m Loans and discounts were as fol- Ipws- CitiieEj.. Abilene s UK 499 2 8Z7 1.193 152 State Tuscola- 303J01 2a07a3 Trent H0.138 la and discounts in Abdene on Dec 31" comgared with. OTT5 5SS on Sept 30, and a _ __ With the Dtaer three county banks added, the county's total loans .discounts were compared with 569 on Sept 30, .and J21 on Dec 31. 1952 Oil, Crop Rnponsibie- The all-time high in was attributed by bankers to con- inueii Inely oil exploration, tne irst crop in several years, over- all healthy economic conditions in a growing- area, and brisk Christ- mas business. The year ]ust ended, bankers observed was undoubtedly the best in Abilene hlstorj for business as viewed overall, and they expect continued healthy volumes in 1954 Nothing hut confidence and opU- mism vis reflected in their lews Malcolm Meak. president uC Citizens, said deposits were at a new record "of the continued growth of this section of country industrially and con- iinued exploration for oil And this is the first year in several we've d any of a crop in this area That shows nhat agri- cul'ure means to this countrj." He added: 1953 prooably was ie banner Year alUbecause -we finally reached the peak in spenfir ing for defense purposes. Xo-v >n tning to compare with 1S5J, ots of peoDle are wrong it was the peak jear, and on i See Deposits, Pg. 3A. Col. 3 PLANE PATTERN This unusual view of Piaiherjeti and Skyraiders on the flight deck of the aircraft cantor USS Kersage was taken from the top of a cargo crane by aa ambitious navy photographer at KokMBka, Japm, station. ;