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   Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas                                 il  FAIR  Ki)t Abilene Reporter ~J&etasi  "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron  EVENING  FINAL  VOL. LXXIII, NO. 209  Atsociated Prêts /  ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 11, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS  PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c  Ike Calls for Flexible Crop Props, Freeze of Surpluses  Foreign Markets  WEATHER KILLS 7  State Gripped By Snow, Sleet  GOOD FOR A LAUGH—Former President Harry S. Truman laughs and jokes with a newsman as he strolls past the “Perfect Alibi” restaurant in New York, while on his regular morning walk. Truman, in New York for a television appearance, has said that it was a reporter and not he who referred to congressional spy hunts in 1948 as a “red herring.”  BLIZZARD IN GOTHAM  Below-Zero Cold, Snow Covers East  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • N ew Jersey, as well as sections  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Plant-killing cold that was a real threat to the citrus trees and young vegetables of the lush Rio Grande Valley was forecast for Texas Monday night and early Tuesday,  The year's first norther had dropped temperatures below freezing over the weekend, brought snow, sleet and stinging winds and caused at least seven deaths.  A low of 18 to 26 degrees was predicted for North and Central  Snow, sleet and sub-zero cold hit ; many portions of the nation today. ;  New York City had its worst snowstorm in five years, with nearblizzard conditions. Eight inches of snow had fallen by 7 a.m. <EST and the weather bureau predicted a tall of more than 15 inches before the storm subsides early Tuesday  Southern New England was expected to get a foot of snow, and from four to six inches were predicted for northern New England. The weather bureau predicted four inches of snow for upstate New York  Strong to gale winds, resulting In deep drifts were forecast for the northeastern states. The temperature tumbled to 23 below zero at Caribou, Maine, and was well below zero in parts ut New York state.  Snow fell as far south as Jac kson aud Vicksburg, Miss. The snow belt in the southern states extended from Mississippi northea tward into Eastern Kentucky. Parts of Southern Illinois had four to eight inches of snow,  \ sail of 8 to 12 inches was predicted for Washington. D. C,; Charleston. W. Va. had more than 5 inehes since last night, and Harrisburg. Pa.. 4 inches.  Sleet hit much of Virginia and  Boys Collect $100 For Fake Group  PERTH AMBOY, N.J. * -Three teen-age boys Friday collected $100 for the “town south organization” before they were arrested by police.  The police charged them with collecting for an organization that doesn't exist and released them in the custody of their parents  While raising funds the boys told donors the purpose of the nonexistent charity was to help wipe out juvenile delinquency '  Texas Monday night;    15-25 in the j Vi    *    oa  Panhandle and South    Plains;    20-30     ilouston     - u -  in East Texas; 22-30 in the interior of South Central Texas and 28-34 along the Gulf coast.  Eight to 12 hours of 25 degree weather was expected in the Valley.  Associate County    Agent    Bill  Friend of Edinburg    said    three  hour» of 27 degree weather was a danger point for citrus trees.  Trees May Be Burned  Considerable late fruit on trees may be lost.  Chief Forecaster John Hagan at Brownsville warned citrus growers of the expected Ireeze.  There was a chance thousands of old fruit trees might be burned in an effort to generate enough heat to save young ones.  Four persons burned to death in the weekend cold. Two died in wrecks on slick highways and one was killed by lightning.  Before dawn, the thermometer sank to 5 degrees at Dalhart. Snow j blanketed the Panhandle and fell as far East as Paris in North j Texas.  Brownsville, on the Texas-Mexi-<‘o border, had the low» maximum before dawn—a chill 38 degrees.  Skies were mostly clear Monday.  The Weather Bureau said an inch oi snow still lay on the ground at ! Amarillo. Lubbock and Wichita Falls.  Ends Balmy Spell  The norther howled into the Pan-I handle Saturday with 25-mile-an- ;  hour wind gusts, cutting short j balmy weather over the state. It up widespread thunder-  from fire. Ilenry Hailey, 61, and his wife Ruby, 43. were found dead in the bedroom of their small rented home after a blaze leveled it about midnight Saturday. Luther Lane. Dallas, burned to death when fire destroyed his home Saturday.  Other morning readings: Wichita Falls 21, Amarillo 18, Lubbock 14, El Paso 27, Abilene 21, Dallas 23, i Marfa 24. Tyler 23, Lufkin 25,  of Mississippi and Kentucky Snow and ice covered virtually all of Arkansas and there were moderate falls in many parts of Tennessee. The first “sticking” snow in three years fell on Memphis with 4 inches in prospect.  Driving conditions throughout the snow and sleet belt were hazardous. Four persons were killed in Kentucky and four in Pennsylvania last night in traffic accidents on slippery highways.  Korean Pad Urged by Ike  WASHINGTON ? President Eisenhower was ready today to ask the Senate to ratify a mutual security treaty with South Korea.  The President's plans were dis- j kicked closed by Republican congcession-    j storms    as    it    pushed southeast  al leaders after they had met for    | through    the    state.    Behind it,    frigid  nearly two hours with Eisenhower! polar air rolled in and then came  at the White House.  House Speaker Martin told a news conference after the White House seS'-ion that the proposed pact with South Korea would go to the Senate later in the day.  Sen. Knowland <R-Calif>, the Senate majority leader, added it was his understanding that the j East and South Texas, topped by  the snow .  The snow fell in a wide Northwest, North and East Texas area early Sunday, ranging from up to 2 inches over the Panhandle to flurries at Dallas. Fort Worth and Texarkana,  The rain spread over most of  1.60 inches at Beaumont and 1.20 at Texarkana.  Icy Roads Reported  Greyhound bus drivers Sunday night reported snow on the ground from Lubbock north into Oklahoma and icy highways from Mineral Wells north to Turin, Okla. \ four-inch snow on the ground at Plainvievv and Lubbock melted Sunday afternoon.  In East Texas, ice began form-progi am. Knowland i ing Sunday night at Tyler when a measure dealing j temperatures fell to 27 at 4 p.m.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to start hearings on the pact Wednesday.  Martin said the House has no legislative business ready for the floor this week, and that activity will be concentrated in the committees.  Knowland said tin* Senate is ready to get right to work and plans for today's session included action on scores of minor bills.  Next on the said, will be with cotton acreage, approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week.  Hard Freeze Hits Abilene;  Warm-up Due  Abilene awoke Monday morning to find its roofs frosted over with a heavy layer of ice and left-over puddles of rainwater in the streets frozen hard.  But the cold weather was on the wane, without the area receiving any appreciable amount of rain or much of a share of the snow* heaped sparingly on the northern part of the state.  And this area needn’t get its hopes up for any moisture within the next few* days, either, the IT. S.  Weather Bureau said. Skies are going to be fair.  Saturday night saw winter take a brief snap at the Abilene area  !  when .08 inch of rain fell, mixed j with snow and sleet, but its teeth didn’t sink in.  Truck Slams Station However, ice-coated V, S. Highway 80 was blamed for an accident near Baird when a pipe car-rier truck crashed into the M. L.  Hughes service station west of j  t f t  Duroose there at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday. | eounly t0J taX  Johnnv Vaughan. 31. Anson In a three-to-one vote the com-truck driver for Dunn Brothers, | missionera court agreed to the escaped injury in the accident. No | contract after hearing Truett*Pnt-estimate of damage to either 1 chard of Odessa, representative of truck or station had been made Sunday night.  But elsewhere over the area highways appeared to be free of ice Saturday night Grevhound Bus Lines dispatcher here said drivers encountered no icy roads.  Sunday’s low was 23 with a high of 35 at 1:30 p.m. Monday  Growth Stressed  WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower recommenu-ed today that two and a half billion dollars of present farm sur-; pluses be “frozen” from regular markets ana that the government move into a flexible farm price support program.  In a special message to Congress, the President said the j agricultural problem is as “serious and complex” as any confronting the legislators.  “Immediate action is needed.” he told them, “to arrest I the growing threat to our present agricultural program and to prevent the subsequent economic distress that could follow in our farming areas.  As he did in his State of the Union message last week, the President said a flexible price support plan must be the backbone of new farm programs.  Eisenhower also said special emphasis in the future must be placed on efforts to develop foreign markets for agriculture’s greatly expanded productive capacity.  Under his proposal to “freeze” certain surpluses, the ex-! cess supply of these commodities such as wheat and corn would be isolated from the market so as not to have a depressing effect on prices.  Under the flexible program, government price guarantees would be high in time of shortages to encourage production, and low in times of surpluses to encourage consumption and discourage over nro-  wm  ‘AJWOL* IN WHEEL CHAIRS—Charles Somerville. 21, left, of Point Pleasant, W. Va., and John Mershon, 23, of Otway, Ohio, AWOL from Crile Veterans Hospital in Cleveland, pose after being ejected from Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Kennedy officials say that the men. both injured in auto accidents while in the service, could not remain because they allegedly left Crile without permission. They indicate they will make another try at gaining permission to stay in the hospital of their choice.  County Votes Oil Tax Value Survey  Taylor County entered into a contract Monday morning with Pritchard & Abbott oi Fort Worth, valuation engineers, for the firm to survey oil properties and oil field supply inventories in the  * S.  Chinese Propose Parley Resume  PANMI NJOM r The Commu- POW problem nists t.<lav proposed reopening oi Meanwhile, the high -ouree who the broken-off preliminary uego- told oi the Indian prisoner plan Rations for a Korean peace con* j Said it may offer a w ay out for ferenee    the Indians, who me caught in a  State Department representative] blazing crossfire between Allies Kenneth Young said he received ami Reds.  the request in a letter from the. The source, whose name and na-  I ttonalitv cannot be disclosed, said  io  Communist* this afternoon.  He said he relayed the Red letter Washington and added “I am awaiting official reaction. \ny decision w ill have to come from Washington Red China’s Peiping radio said the Communist letter asked for a meeting of liaison ofticers at Pan* munjom Wednesday to discuss a time for resuming the negotiations.  The Red move tame as India officially requested that the I . N, General Assembly reconvene in New York “at an early date” to discuss the Korean question.  Indian officials insisted the action was not intended to delay fleeing of some 22,500 war prisoners, A spokesman said:  ‘That is a matter for the two commands to settle and as tar as India is concerned. Jan. 22 is the deadline for their release under the agreement of those commands.’’ And in Seoul, a high source said the Indian command is considering a new plan to solve the critical  the formula is designed to bypass the issue of ubother the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission iNNRC' will free some 22,500 prisoners at midnight Jan, 22.  The source said the Indian plan is to turn the auti-Red prisoners back to the Allied side and the pro Red prisoners back to the Communists. They would he held until the two command* agree to I their disposition or until another t neutral body is set up to handle the problem.  The source said 1?. Gen K S Thimawa, Indian chairman of the NNRC, will stipulate that should either side relea *e its prisoners the commission would be in no w ay j to lilnmo.  The source said the Swedish and j j Swiss delegates on the NNRC i would vote with him, outnumber-j ] Ing the CommuuHt Czechs and Poles.  Earlier the commission took up the issue of what to do with the POWs.  follow ing a light rain, Only three out of possibly a score of planes landed at Tyler Sunday because of poor visibility and low clouds. ;  At least 40 minor traftic acci- | dents wete reported on ice-coated Amarillo streets during the day.  Showers Widespread  As the norther's leading edge reached Ventral Texas, thunderstorms clapped at Waco, Vustin. \bilene. Mineral Wells. Fort ¡ Worth. Dallas and Sherman, Austin’s power was knocked out for a short time by lightning.  Another bolt killed Alfred t rre-¡ tía, 31-year-old father of eight, at San Marcos. He was holding the j ground wire on a radio set when i the lightning struck. The same bolt temporarily paralyzed Jose, 10. one of bis children, from the waist j down,  Lubbock County reported the ufth death of a <hild from burns in 10 days. Carmen Luna, lri years I old, w as fatally burned and two small brothers seriously burned when fire destroyed their home at New Deal, near Lubbock.  Dallas reported three deaths  the firm, explain how the survey would be made and that all valuations placed on property would be subject to approval by the commissioners.  Tittle Opposes Rufe Tittle of Merkel was alone in opposing employing the valuation firm Floyd Tate of Buffalo morning's temperatures dipped to j Gap seconded a motion offered by a chilly 19. but a high of 45 was Claude Newberry of Abilene and forecast this afternoon. The ther- J. T. (Jake* McMilion of Lawn mometer will only drop to 25 Tues- voted with them in approving the day morning, the weather bureau contract.  predicted,    |    Pritchard    explained    that the  Freeze Causes Fires    purpose of the survey is to equai-  The 19-degree weather froze wa- ize taxes and to make sure that ter pipes in some homes here, all taxable property is carried on causing at least two fires when the county's tax rolls. Cost to the residents tried to thaw out the county for services rendered by pipes by holding flames under Pritchard A Abbott will be 4 cents them.    |    for each $100 valuation of oil as-  Firemen answered an a’.arm at sets and related property on the 4 16 p.m. Sunday at the residence tax rolls,  of 11 R Griffin, 610 North 16th' Tittle raised two points to »up-St., where a fire under frozen port his opposition to entering the pipes ignited a wall, causing minor damage It took about five min-1 ute« to put out the blaze, firemen j said,  A similar blaze at a garage apartment at 304'’ Pine St. had been put out by the ttme firemen arrived at 5 ,50 p.m. The wa 1 ! had been ignited by blazing newspapers.  Onlv snow reported in this area over the week-end was trace at Stamtord Ssb.trJav night, which had almos* all melted bv noon Sun-i daw and about ,50 r»in mixed with snow at Cisco •rite’* midnight through t p m Sunday.  would deal exclusively with royalty' and working interests m oil properties and personal property used in oil production.  Pritchard said one man with the firm who has been working in Jones County is now in Abilene and that there will be five men here before the end of this week and that the survey will be started immediately.  The contract signed by Pritchard and Taylor County covers a period of one year.  Pritchard sfipplied the commissioners with a list of the 67 counties in Texas along with numerous cities and school districts where his firm is now engaged in making surveys. Among nearby counties where the firm operates are Fisher. Haskell, Jones. Kent, King, Knox, Nolan, Shackelford. Stonewall and Throckmorton Counties.  In other action Monday morning the commissioners agreed for the county to pay ail of the 4 per cent social security tax for coun-; ty employes, without any of the cost being assessed against the employes They also voted to pay Si per hour for tune worked New Year’s Da\ by W. W. Faulkenber-ry, Claude Wright and Blake Cox in helping install new files in the county clerk » office  contract. He said a similar survey authorized by the Merkel    school  district caused dissension among tax payers and he also objected on t the ground that two men are al- j ready employed by the county to ! Days in a make a survev of valuations,    too hot for  Nudist Film Too Hot for Projector  OKLAHOMA CITY T — “Ten Nudist Camp * proved a theater’s movie pro-  To this latter objection other s jeetor. commissioners pointed out that the Firemen said tne film aceident-survey now underway in concern-j ally caught fire while being shown ed only with real estate and not with personal property.  The Pritchard A Vbbott survey t projection equipment   1  and heavily damaged about $35.000 worth of supposedly fireproof’  duction.  The government supports prices of farm products by stepping into the market and buying whenever the price drops to the support level, or by making loans to farmers at the support level.  Price Drops Vary The farmer's crop is security for the loan. If prices go down, he can elect not to pay the loan, leaving the crop to the government. If prices go up, he can pay off the loan, take back his ] crop and sell it.  i Under the President’s program, price props on major crops would vary between 75 and 90 per cent of j parity. Parity is a standard for ! measuring farm prices, declared by law to be lair to larmers in relation to prices they pay.  The President said adjustment to a new farm program must be j accomplished gradually in the in- ; terest of farmers and in the in- ' terest of the economy ot the nation as a whole.  Wool Plan New As to specific crops, the program outlined today offered little that was new, except in the case of wool. For this commodity, the President suggested the use of production payments as a method oi assuring producers fair income. Such payments were a feature oi the controversial farm program advanced in 1949 by President Truman's then secretary of agriculture, Charles F. Brannan, but ne\-er accepted by Congress.  The idea is that prices of domestically produced wool would be permitted to seek their level in the marked, competing with other fibers and with imported wool.  Direct Payments The government would make direct payments to domestic producers in order that these, when added to the average market price tor the season, would raise the average return per pound to 90 per cent of parity.  For »uch commodities as meat animals, dairy product», poultry and eggs, tobacco, soy beans, coi-tonseed. flax, fruits and vegetables, and >ugar, the President proposed no changes from present programs.  the flexible prue support plan, under which price guarantees i would move up or down with changes in supplies, would be ap* plsed to wheat, cotton, rice, corn, and peanuts.  In urging flexible supports for cotton and wheat, the President said the major problem is to develop a program which will help farmers gain foreign buyers. He said present high rigid supports stimulate competition by foreign producers and reduce U. S. ex-] ports.  IHE WEATHER  2 Americans Among 35 Feared Dead in British Jet Crash  WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES  BATTLE BEGINS    Ike alteaJv  in midst of fiQht tor 'dynamic pregram on wbtcH he stok's suctes« of His party, I'oge 5-A.  CAGE CHASE Indians cress town to.vflht to meet Wtlu cats ¡n 1954 Texas Conference opener, Page o A FORGET 'EM    M's Prans  d'aprn' N rl »ovs forget 21 American non - repatriates »n Korea 30,000 other boy» di*d over the'o Pans ’ A CITIZEN OF *53 Will he he rancher, professional man or businessman? Page 1 6  V. S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE WFVTtltK R4 RSAC  ABILENE AND VICINITY Pair Mondwv and Tue-,1«'. High trmperstare Monday O low Moruias nigh! 35: high Tuesday, 5>  NORTH CKNVRAt TEXAS Fair and <*c- I ,    ,    ...    ,  tinned cold tht-    afternoon tonifht    and J feared dead ill aie crash of a  west texas    Fair    ihi»*afternoon, to-    British C ontct jetliner in the 1 v r-  JSSSat 1 ».»' uSShL rM * , * T    fcft,SniH%n ' i rhenian St*a oIf Elba’s Point Cala-  FAST TEXAS.- Fair and eontinued c>4d m't\ this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday south oFNTRAt    i FXAs Fair    and    a fishing boat recovered 15  cold thia    ^    bodies yesterday. Planes and ships  Sun pm    Mon am kept up the search today for the  other 20 aboard the Slngapore-  PORTO AZZCRRO. Elba T --Two \mei scans were listed today among the 35 persons missing and  n  30  30  30  30  3’.  29  Ft  ÎS  34  i 50 3.30 3 *0  : 30 « 3» 1 *0 * 10 » so  10    30  11    <0 13 ■ >0  Sunset ta-r night VII v  « i Sunrise to  day 1:41 a m ; Sunset temlaht 5 IS n r. Raromater feeding at 13 50 p.m 30 *4 Relative bumtdtt? a' 13 30 J».Wl 44% Maximum temperature for 34 hours ending at » 10 a w .35    „    ,  Mínimum temperature fur the 24 hours ending at I 30 a tu , SO.  to-London pride of British air transport. The airship plunged into the sea yesterday morning between Elba. Napoleon's island of exile, and the Isle of Monteeristo. off the northwest coast oi the Italian peninsulA,  The government-owned British Overseas Virways, operator of the comet, identified the American passengers as Mrs. Dorothy Baker of Wilmette, 111, and H. E. Sehueh-  mann, of the MacMillan Publishing Co. of New York.  It was not immediately known 1 if then* bodies had been recovered.  There were 29 passengers and a crew* of six aboard, This morning British Overseas Airways tBOAO had not officially given them up ior lost, but a top airline official in Rome said: “1 believe there are no survivors.  Fishermen here said even if anyone survived the crash, they could not have lived long in the frigid wa tors,  Though BO AC officials in Rome and London were skeptical, a preliminary investigation today indicated the aircrast exploded in the , air. killing those aboard in the blast.  One farmer told of hearing the explosion and seeing pieces faring toward the »ca.” followed by another explosion and a flash of i light, Elba s chief suigeon, after  14 Labor Law Changes Asked By President  WASHINGTON  r  —President Eisenhower today asked Congress to adopt 14 amendments to the Taft-Hartley labor law\ including a provision that w*orkers must vote  l approval of any strike before it can go into effect.  On the strike proposal the President recommended that before a union could order workers off their jobs the workers be required to approve the action in a secret, government-held election.  Eisenhowers proposals contained some changes suggested by management and some asked by labor.  States More Power  Among the presidential propos-aLs was one that would give states more jurisdiction in labor disputes. Others would require employers to submit non-Communist affidavits as well as union leaders, and would remove some of the present restrictions against union boycotts and strikers.  Eisenhower called on Congress to make a “thorough study’’ of union welfare pension funds “with a view of enacting such legislation as will protect and conserve these funds for the millions of working men and women who are the beneficiaries.”  There have been numerous suggestions from management and Congress members that such funds should have public supervision, similar to insurance regulations now in effect.  Taft - Hartley 'Sound*  The President reiterated his con viction that the Taft-Hartley Act is sound legislation ” But he said experience gained during the seven years the law has been in effect, indicates that changes are needed ‘to reinforce its basic objectives * The President’s recommendations appear to steer a middle course between the expressed de-dires of labor and management.  The proposal for a pre-strike poll of workers is not without precedent in American labor law.  Hopes for Promptness The Snuth-Connally act of World War II required assent from workers before they could legally go out on strike.  In his message the President expressed his hope that the changes he suggested “will be enacted by Congress promptly, for they will more firmly establish the basic principles of the law.”  Employer groups have advocated a much tougher law, or at least j no lessening of present restrictions on unions. Organized labor, on the other hand, has demanded repeal or drastic revision.  Enacted in mid-1947 over the veto of former President Truman, the law has been changed very little during the nearly seven years in which it has formed the basic ground rules for unlon-management conduct.  Annual Problem  The law still contains the primary principle of the New Deal’s Wagner Act. which it replaced. It requires employers to bargain on wages and working conditions with labor organizations chosen by employes. Despite bitter union objec tions that they were hamstrung by the law union membership has continued growing.  Annually since 1947 Congress has wrestled with the problem of trying to satisfy employer and union wishes fortmhange. never succeed-  examining the recovered bodies, said they died from a concussion, with the force coming from below, and were already dead when they hit the water.  “All their faces were serene and ink calm repose,” the surgeon said.  “They showed no look of terror.  Death must have come without w*aming.”  The Italian Air Ministry and a six-man commission from London began an investigation.  BOAC said 10 of the passengers were believed to be children returning to British schools after spending Christmas with their parents abroad.  One of the bodies recovered w as tentatively identified as that of Chester Wilmot, 4z-year-old Australian war correspondent and,     t .  author whose controversial book, j    ^iiain this    year,    a    deadlock  “The Struggle for Europe,” was i in    Congress may    prevent    amend*  » an international best seller,    j    ment.   

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