Abilene Reporter News, January 11, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 209 Amaeiuttd frtm (AH, ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY II, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS EVENING FINAL PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY lOe Ike Calls for Flexible Crop Props, Freeze of Surpluses WEATHER KILLS 7 State Gripped By Snow, Sleet GOOD FOR A President Harry S, Tru man laughs and jokes with a newsman as he strolls ;past Monday the "Perfect Alibi" restaurant in New York, while on his The "year's first norther ha. regular morning walk. Truman, in New York for a televis- ion 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 Ey THE ASSOCIATED'PRESS Snow, sleet and sub-zero cold hit many portions of the nation today New York City had its worst snowstorm in five years, with near- blizzard conditions. Eight inches of snow had fallen by 7am (EST) and the weather bureau predicted a fall of more than 15 inches be- fore the storm subsides early Tues- dav Southern New England'was ex- pected to get foot of snow, and from four to six-inches were pre- dicted for northern New England. The weather bureau predicted four inches of snow for upstate Isevv York Strong to gale winds, resulting In deep drifts, were forecast for the northeastern states. The tem- perature tumbled to 23. below zero at Caribou. Maine, and was well below zero in parts of New York state. Snow fell as far south as Jackson Vicksburg. Jliss. The snow belt in the southern states extend- ed from Mississippi northeastward into Eastern Kentucky. Parts of Southern Illinois had four to eight inches of snow. A fall of S to. 12 inches was pre- dicted for Washington. D. C.; Charleston. W. Va. had more than 5 inches, since last night, and Har- risburg. Pa., 4 inches. f Sleet hit much of Virginia and Boys Collect For Fake Group PERTH AMBOY. N.J. teen-age boys Friday collected S100 for the "town youth organi- zation1' before they were arrested by police. The police charged 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 non- existent charity was "to help wipe out juvenile delinquency." New Jersey, as. well as sections of Mississippi and Kentucky. Siiovv 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 Mem- phis with 4 inches in prosoect Driving conditions throughput the snow and sleet belt were hazard- ous.' Four persons vvere killed in Kentucky and four in Pennsylvania last night in traffic accidents on slippery highways. Korean Pact Urged by Ike WASHINGTON W Eisenhower was ready today to ask the Senate to ratify a mu- tual security treaty with South Korea. The President's plans were dis- closed by Republican congression- al leaders after they had met for nearly two hours with Eisenhower at the White House. House Speaker Martin told a news conference after the White House session that the proposed pact with South Korea would go to the Senate later in the day. Sen. Know-land.. the Senate majority leader, added it was his understanding that the Senate Foreign Relations Commit- tee plans to start hearings on the pact Wednesday. Martin said the House has no legislative business ready for the Door this week, and that activity will be concentrated in the com- mittees. Knowland said the Senate is ready to get right to work and plans for today's session included action on scores of minor bills. Next on the program. Knowland said, will be a measure dealing with cotton acreage, approved by. the Senate Agriculture Committee last week. Chinese Propose Parley Resume 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 had dropped temperatures below freez- ing 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 Texas Monday night; 13-25 in the Panhandle and South Plains; 20-30 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 Val- ley. Associate County Agent Bill Friend of Edinburg said three tours-of. 27 degree weather was a danger point for 'citrus trees. Trees May Bs Burned Considerable late fruit on trees may be lost. Chief Forecaster John Hagan at Brownsville warned citrus growers of the expected freeze. There. a chance thousands of old fruit trees might be burned n an effort to generate enough heat to save soung ones Four persons burned to death in the weekend cold Two died in wrecks on, slick highw aj s and one iras killed by lightning Before dawn, the thermometer sank to 5 degrees at Dalhart Snow blanketed the Panhandle and fell far East as Pans in North Texas. Brownsville, .on the Texas-Mexi- co border had the low maximum before chill X degrees Skies vvere mostlj clear Mondaj. The Weather Bureau said an inch of snow still lay on the ground at Amarillo, Lubbock and Wichita Falls. Ends Bilmy- Spell The norther howled into the Pan- landle Saturday, with 25-mile-an- lour wind gusts, cutting short ialmy weather over the state. It dckeS up widespread, thunder- storms as it pushed southeast hrough the' ststs. Behind it, frigid wlar air rolled then came the snow. The snow, fell in a wide North- vest. North and East Texas area early- Sunday, ranging from up to 2 inches over the Panhandle to lurries at Dallas, Fort Worth and Texarkana. The rain spread over most of last and South Texas, topped by 1.60 inches at Beaumont and 1.20 at Texarkana.. Icy Roads Reported Greyhound bus drivers Sunday night reported snow on the ground Lubbock north into Oklahoma and icv highways from Mineral Wills north to Tulsa, Okla. A 'our-inch snow on the ground at Plainvievv- and Lubbock melted Sunday afternoon. In East Texas, ice began form- ing Sunday night at Tyler when .emperatures fell to 27 at 4 p.m. following a light rain. Only three out oi possibly a score of planes landed at Tyler Sunday because of poor visibility and low clouds. At least 40 minor traffic acci- dents were reported on ice-coated Amarillo streets during the day. Showers Widespread As the norther's leading edge reached Central Texas, thunder- storms cla; Worth. Dallas and Sherman. Aus- tin's power was knocked out for a short time by lightning. Another bolt killed Alfred Urre- PANMilNJOM WV-The Coinmu- nists today proposed reopening of the broken-off preliminary nego- tiations for a Korer.n peace con- ference. State Department representative Kenneth Young said he received the request in a letter from the Communists this afternoon. He said he relayed the Red letter to Washington and added: "I am awaiting official reaction. Any decision will have to come from Washington." Red China's Pciping radio said the Communist letter asked for a meeting of liaison officers at Pan- munjom Wednesday to discuss a time for resuming the negotia- tions. The Red move came as India officially requested that the U. N. General Assembly reconvene in New York "at an early date" to discuss the Korean question. Indian officials insisted the ac- tion 'vvas, not Intended to delay free- ing of some war prisoners. A spokcsmiii ssldt "That Is matter for the two commands to settle and as far as India is concerned, Jan. 22 is the deadline for Iholr release under the agreement of those commands." And in Scowl, a high source'said the Indian command is cwnnldering new nlnn to solve the critical -problem. Meanwhile, the high source who told of the Indian prisoner plan said it may offer a way out for 'he Indians, who arc caught in a mazing crossfire between. Allies and Reds. The source, whose name and na- tionality cannot be disclosed, said the formula is designed to bypass the issue of whather the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission officials say that the men. both injured in auto accidents while in the service, could not remain because they allegedly left Crde without pernus sion. They indicate they will make another try, atvgaming permission to stay in the hospital of their "choice Taylor County -entered luto a contract Monday morning. with Pritchard i -Abbott of Fort Worth, valuation for the firm to survey oil properties and oil field supph countv for In a three to-aae i ote the com- would deal exclusively with royal- ty and working interests in oil properties and personal property used in oil production. Pritchard said one man with the mCeatones in firm who nss been working in Jones County is in Abilene, and that there will be five men missibners court agreed to the contract hearing chard of Odessa representative 01 the firm, explain how the survej would be made and that all valu- ations placed on property would be subject .to approval by the com- missioners. Tittle Opposes Rufe Tittle of Merkel was alone high of 35 at p.m. Monday morning's temperatures dipped to a chilly 19. but a high of 45 was forecast this afternoon. The ther- mometer will only drop to 25 Tues- day morning, the weather bureau predlctwi. Freeze Causes Fires The 19-desree weather froze wa- ter pipes in some homes here, causing at least two fires when residents tried to thaw "out the nipes .by holding flames under them. Firemen answered an alarm at p.m. Sundav at the residence of H. R. Griffin. 610 North 16th St.. where a -fire under frozen pipes ignited a wall, causing min- or damage. It took about five min- said. to put out the blaze, firemen A similar blaze at a carage smi-rt at Waco i aPar'menl at 3042 Pine St. had Mfncril Fort Put out by, the time firemen .vuneiai 111 s. rori__. r _.___ _, tia. 31-year-old father 'of eight, at San Marcos. He was holding the ground wire on a radio set when the lightning struck. The same bolt temporarily paralyzed Jose. 10. one of his children, from the waist down. Lubbock County reported the fifth death of a child from burns in 10 days. Carmen Luna, years old. was fatally burned and two small brothers seriously burned when fire destroyed their, home at New Deal, near Lxibbock. Dallas reported three deaths arrived at p.m. The frail had been ignited by blazing newspa- pers. Only snow reported in this area over the week-end WPS a trace at Stamfo'.'d Saltirdav nisht. which had almost all melted by noon Sun- day, and shout .50 with snow at Cisco nfie- midnight through 4 p.m. Sunday. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES IATTU IEGINS Ike already in midst of tight for "dynamic" program on he stakes success of his oartv. Pope 5-A, CAGI CHASE Indians cross town tonight to meat Wild- cats'in 1954 Texas Conference ooener. Pagft 6-A, FMGET 'EM AP's Frank (PajiipyVr-be! aavf ferjst 21 Anwicon non repotriotes in Korea other boys over there. Pasia 7-A. .CITIZEN Of Will he rancher, professional man or businessman? Page 1-B. THE WEATHER tion firm. Floyd Tale of Buffalo Gap seconded a motion offered by Claude Newberry of Abilene and J. T. (Jake) McMillon. of Lawn voted with them in approving the contract. Pritchard explained that the purpose of the survey is to equal- ize taxes and to make sure that all taxable property is carried on the county's tax rolls.'Cost to the county for services rendered by here before the end of this week and that the survey will be ed immediately- The contract signed by Pritchard and Taylor County covers a per- iod of one year. Pritchard slspplied the commis- sioners with a list of the 67 coun- ties in Texas along with numerous cities and school districts where his firm is now engaged in mak- ing- surveys. Among nearby coun- ties where the firm operates are Fisher. Haskell. Jones. Kent. King. Knox, Jfolan. 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 oE the cost being assessed against the employes. They also voted to pay pluses to encourage consump- tion and discourage over pro- duction. The government supports prices of farm products by stepping into the market and buying whenever the price drops to the support or by-making loans to farm- ers 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. govern- ment. It prices go up, he can pay off the loan, take his crop and sell it. Under-the President's program price props on major crops vary between 75 and 90 per. cent ol pann Pantr is a standard for measuring farm prices declared by law to be fair to farmers in relation. to prices they pay 7i.e President said adjustment to a new farm program must be accomplished gradually in the in- terest of farmers and in the in- terest of the economy of the na- tion as a whole. Wool Plan New As to specific crops, the "pro- gram outlined today offered little that was new, except in the case of wool. For this commodity, the President suggested the use of pro- duction payments -as a method of assuimg producers fair income Such payments were a feature of the controversial farm program advanced in 1949 by President Tru- man's then secretary of. agricul- ture, Charles F.- Brannan, but nev- er accepted by Congress. The idea is that prices of do- mestically produced wool would be permitted to seek their level in the market, competing with other fibers and with imported wool. Direct Payments The government would make di- rect payments to domestic pro- ducers in order that these, when added to the average market price 14 Labor Law Changes Asked By President HI Eisenhower todav asked Congress to adopt 14 amendments to the Taft-Harflev labor including provision. that workers must vote approval of. any state before it can go into effect On the stake proposal the Presi- dent recommended yfaat before union could- off -their jobs the workers be required to approve the action in a secret, government-held election. Eisenhower's proposals con- ained; some changes suggested by management and some asked by labor. States More Power Among the presidential propos- als was one thatrwould give states more jurisdiction in labor disputes. Others would require employers to submit non-Communist affidavits well as union leaders, 'and would 'remove some of the present re- strictions agsiaot union boycotts and strikers. Eisenhower called on Congress to make a 'thorough study" of union welfare pension funds "with a view of enacting such "legisla- tion as will protect and conserve these funds for the millions of working men and women who are the beneficiaries." There have been numerous sug- gestions from management and Congress members that such funds Pritchard Abbott will be 4 cents j SI per hour for time worked New for each SIM valuation of oil as- Year's Day by W. W. Fauikenber- sets and related property or. the i ry; Claude Wright and Blake tax roils. Tittle raised two points to sup- port his opposition to entering the contract. He said a similar survey authorized, by the Merkel school district caused dissension among tax payers and he also objected on the ground that two men are al- ready employed by the county to make a survey of valuations. To this latter objection other commissioners pointed out that the survey now underway is concern- ed only with real estate and not with personal property. The Pritchard Abbott survey Cox in helping install new files in j programs. for the season, raise the j should have public supervision. similar to insurance.; regulations now in effect Taft- Hartley 'Sound' The President reiterated his con- tonseed. flax, fruits and -vegeta- j a'at- Tait-Hartley: Act hies, and sugar, the President pro- is' "sound legislation." But he said posed no changes from present 'experience gained during the seven average return per. pound to 90" per cent of parity. For such commodities as meat j animals, dairy products, poultry and eggs, tobacco..soy beans, cot- j the county clerk's office. Nudist Film Too Hot for Projector OKLAHOMA CITY ID "Ten Days in a Nudist Camp'' proved too hot for a theater's movie pro- jector. Firemen said the film accident- ally caught fire while being shown and heavily damaged about S35.000 worth of supposedly "fireproof projection equipment. The flexible price support plan. years the law has been .in 'effect. indicates that changes are needed "to reinforce its 'basic objectives." under which price guarantees would move up or down with The President's recommenda- changes in supplies, would be ap- Uons appear to steer a middle plied to wheat, cotton, rice, corn, I course between the expressed de- and peanuts. djres Of labor and management. In urging flexible supports for cotton and wheat, the President said the major problem is to de- velop a program which will help farmers gain foreign buyers. He The proposal for a poll of workers is not without prec- edent in American labor law. Hopes for Promptness The Smith-Cpnnally act of World i ports. XJ. S. BKrAKTMEXT OF COMMERCE WEATHKR Ill'RKAtT ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair Monday and Tuesday. Ktsh tfmpprmtare Monday. 45: low Momlsy ntpht, 35: hiRh Tuesdfty. 33. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fulr timtcd cold this ftdemoon. tontfht tml TuMitty. tontsht. WEST TEXAS: Fair this mftcnuxin. to- night Tursdny. XVurmer this nfteinocm. Lowest 1S-25 tonight. EAST Fair t-oMtnucd coid this' tonight and Tuesday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: and cold this altprp.oon. ton'uht Tuesday. 5-30 tat 33 Sunsftt nltht p.m.; Sunrise to- day SMnsft tonliht rfudtnit at p.m. Rrlauvi humidity >t (S.m. Maximum temperature Nr hours ?na- Int at a.m.. 35. Minimum tvmpcratura tor ttit 34 houii tndlnt. >r a.m.. M, 2 Americans Among 35 Feared Dead in British Jet Crash PORTO -AZZURRO. Elba Two Americans vvere listed today among the 33 persons missing and feared dead .in the crash of a British Comet jetliner in the Tyr- rhenian Sea off Elba's Point Cala- mity. A fishing boat .recovered 15 bodies yesterday. Planes and ships kept up the search today for the other 20 aboard the Slngapore- to-Londnn pride of British air transport. The airship plunged into the sea yesterday morning between Elba. Napoleon's island of exile, mid the Isle of Montccvisto. otf the northwest coast of the Italian peninsula. The govcrnment-ovvncd British Overseas Airways, operator of the comet, identified the American passengers as Mrs. Dorothy Baker oi WUmctte, 111., and H. Schuch- mann. of the MacMHlan Publishing Co. of New York. j It was not immediately known if their bodies had been recovered. There were 29 passengers and a crew of six aboard. This morning British Overseas Airways (BOAC) had not officially given them up for lost, but a top airline official in Home said: "1 believe there arc no survivors." Fishermen here said even if any- one survived the crash, they could not have lived long in the frigid waters. Though BOAC officials in Rome and London were skeptical, a pre- liminary investigation today indi- cated the aircraft exploded in the air, killing those aboard in the blast. One farmer told of hearing the explosion and seeing fall- ing toward the followed by another explosion and a flash of light. Elba'i chief surgeon, alter said present high rigid supports War H required assent from vvork- scimulate competition by foreign ers before they coald legally go out producers and reduce U. S. ex-1 on strike. In his message the President ex- pressed 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." Ejnployer groups have advocated a much tougher law. or at least 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 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 hvcalm the surgeon said. "They showed no look of terror. Death must have come without warning." 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 re- turning to British schools after spending Christmas with their parents abroad. One of the bodies recovered was tentatively identified as that of Chester Aus- tralian war correspondent and author whose controversial book, "The Strugflt tor was an International best tttter. of fonner President Truman, the law has been changed very little during: the nearly seven years in which it has formed the basic ground rules for union-management conduct. Annual Problem The law still contains the pri- mary 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 eiil- ployes. Despite bitter union obJeC' lions iliat they were hamstrung :by the law union membership continued growing. Annually since 1947 Congress wrestled with tlie problem o( try- ing to satisfy employer and twin wishes [arichangc, never ing. Again this year, dtidSMk in Congress may ratnt. ;