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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               CLOUDY, COLDER "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YO'JR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 210 Aaocimifd Prat (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS EVENING FINAL DAILY Se. SUNDAV lOe More Than TOO Killc In Austria Avalanche .DIG OUT jeep scrapes snow from in front of White House as Washing- ton area dug out from under four-inch blanket that tied up traffic and closed schools Italy Orders 6 Ministers Back to Ul ROME A Church of Christ evangelist, said today that six other American preachers of the church whose visas expired have been ordered to leave this predom- inantly Roman Catholic, country. The order was disclosed by Cline R. Paden of Brownfield, Tex., one of the first group of preachers to come to Italy after the war to establish-the Church' of Christ here. Paden is en route to the United States to; report on what he de- scribed as the "continued difficul- ties" in Italy. Since his arrival he and other members have been involved almost constantly with Italian police authorities and the interior ministry .in efforts to reg- ularize their activities. The Texan expressed hope, how- ever. that 'Italmn authorities would change their- decision and permit the six to remain in Italy. He said his oun permit expired last had just been renewed The imerican evangelist scheduled to sail f-om Le Havre for the United States Jan 25 He has planned a tour in- cluding lectures at. Abilene Chris- tian College, AbUene, and at Brown- field. 2 Former Students At ACC in Group Olan L. Hicks, editor ot the Chris- tian Chronicle, published in Abi- lene. said two of the six ministers of the Church of Christ who have been reported to have been or- dered to leave Italy are former students of Abilene Christian Col- lege. Iticks named the six as Carl Mitchell, Howard Bybee, Melvin Pownall, Carl Hecker, Dayl Pitt- man and David Lavender. Carl Hecker is a 1950 graduate of ACC and minister of the Church of Christ at Winters for 28 months. He is superintendent at the Frascati Orphans Home at Frascati. Italy. Dayl Pittmau. whose mother and step-father are Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Vaughn, 333 Highland Ave., was a special student at ACC last year. Carl Mitchell is supported in Italy by the Harris and Irving Street Church of Christ at San Angelo. He did not attend ACC but has been on the program of annual ichool. David Lavender is supported by the Church of Christ in Ponca City, Okla. Melvin Pownall and Howard Bybee are not from this area and Hicks said he did not know their background. do department stores always wait until a day like this to put in such cool looking shiv- ers Earl J Roberts m Fort Worth Roberts haireason to fce bitter after a week of spring-like weather was brought to an abrupt end with overnight low 20 temperatures.________ Northeast Digging Out Of Blizzard NEW YORK, Northeast dug out of its worst snowstorm in five years today, as clearing skies brought a forecast of increas- ingly -cold weather. The storm, which started Sunday afternoon, caused at least 60 deaths snd deposited up to a foot of snow in some sections. The Weather Bureau here said the storm was moving in a north- easterly direction along the New England coast and out to.sea. However, the bureau warned that a wave of freezing air was; waiting to move la on: the area from the Northwest and Canada as soon as the'snowstorm is gone. Sleet extended.-as far south as Korth Carolina yesterday. There was snow in Georgia Many More North'of Washington, D. .C., the sleet coated heavy snowdrifts with a treacherous icy surface, crippled traffic and brought accidents on roads; and sidewalks. Add- ing to the death toll were sledding attacks-as many persons bucked the snow and sleet afoot or tried to shovel It. Todav, this'was the state-by-state death toll- Washington, D. C., area 7, Mary- land. 2, Pennsjhama, 16, New Jersey, 15, New York, 5, Con- necticut, Island, 2; Mas- sachusetts, 6. -Snow flurries still drifted dowTi on parts of the area early today but the Weather Bureau sam i would end in the New Cirj area in the forenoon and'some- what -later as :the storm moved out to sea Mercury Plungci Up to a foot oftsnou piled up in some places jesterda} Phila delphia had 10 inches, its heavies in seven years New York recorded a 9 8-inch blanket as of midnight the most since a 15-inch fall in 1949. Temperatures plunged, MtUrig 2? fcelov Tern one spot in Maine The northern section of the Mid- PLEADS INNOCENT spring lectures at the Airman's Statement Read to Arson Jury BRECKENREDGE Wl Airman Wichita County Deputy Sheriff Orville Miller's statement that he set fire to a Wichita Falls planing mill was read to the 90th District Court here today over strong ob- jections of the defense council. The 19-year-old airman from Decatur, 111., said he set three fires in Wichita Falls because the town was dull. He wanted excitement He pleaded innocent yesterday. He is being tried on the first count of a three count indictment. This is a charge of setting the S25.GGG Quality Planing Mill ablaze March 7: 1953. The trial was moved here on a change of venue. The statement was witnessed by CAPITAL STOCK DOUBLED Bank Elects Minter to Board Will D. Minter. well known Abi- Directors will meet Saturday to lene merchant and civic leader. eiect officers. was elected !o the hoard of direc- tors of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank Tuesday morning. The action was taken in the an- nual meeting of stockholders President Walter F. Johnson an- nounced. The stockholders also approved the doubling of capital sloe'.: of the bank by .declaring a 100 per cent stock dividend. The capital w-as raised from to S750.000 by declaring the slock dividend from surplus, Johnson explained. Final approval of the action will be sought from the Comptroller of Currency, Treasury Department, Washington. Capital of the bank, if Tuesday's action is approved, will consist of the capital stock, surplus. undivided profits of about Directors Renamed In addition to adding Minter to the board, the stockholders re- elected all present directors, Tlwy are George S. Anderson, Tbwiuerid Douglas, B. L. Ellis. Fleming James, S. M. Jay, Johnson, John A. Matthews, Carl P. Springer, Jesse F. Winters nnd Don Wool- en, all of Abilene; and Roy Klddcl. Lubbock. a partner in. Dry Goods Co., Abilcne's oldest de- partment store. It was founded by Charlie Sells and Air Police Sgt Vaugh Sell. It read, in part: "I spotted the wooden frame building (Quality Planing so I decided it would make the best fire and cre- ate the most -Sells and Sett testified they took the young airman to Austin for a lie detector test, and that Miller made the statement after the test.. Reading of the statement follow- ed a 30-minute protest by defense counsel. Miller's statement described in detail how he took kerosene-soaked rags, ignited them and tossed them tliroush a partially opened window of the mill building. It described how he drove around town in a taxi while he waited for the. fire alarm to be turned -in. Clarence Casscy, a Wichita Falls watchmaker, who lives next door I to the mill, told the court how Mill- er used a neighborhood phone to crll the fire chief at Sheppard Air Force Base and tell him of the Miller told the Sheppard fire chief he better come help direct the fire figfiting. He is also under indictment and is to be tried later on charges ot setting the Nov. 3, 1952, blaze which destroyed the North Texas Furniture Co. and adjacent stores with a loss, and a Feb. 5, 1953. fire at the United Electric Service Co.'s Magicaire division with a loss. The trial was moved here on a change of venue. Fire Marshal Ben F. Van Pelt Jr.. Wichita Falls, was one of the first witnesses yesterday. He saic the section of the planing mil' where the blaze started flared up again after firemen had wet i down. He said the fire could have been caused by "use of volatile liquids." Asst. Fire Chief Jim Juliuson testified the fire flared agait. after apparently being extinguished. Hi said no electrical connections in the area could have caused the blaze, On cross examination, Fire Chic Kugene White said it was possibli the flare up was caused by "liquid: .or real hot timbers wiih resin coming out of them." Asst. Fire Chief William A. York of Sheppard Air Force Base test! fled that Miller assigned to the base fire, deiinrtmciit In" June 1952 Riid look H course In the han- dling of volatile liquids. get-together to push stalled car up in cline at a main intersection on Grand Central Parkway in New York Monday. Heaviest snow-storm in five years snarled traffic in Metropolitan area. Cold Weather Rain 'Chances Good a low of 32 degrees below zero :t International Falls, Minn. The arctic air extended over wide areas if the central part of the.country with subzero readings over the Northern Plains and the upper Mississippi Valley. It was around zero in Chicago. i Strong northerly winds added i liscomfort to the cold air in most of the Midwest but only a few' areas reported heavy falls of snow. Only light snow was reported in sections of Michigan and northern eastward into northern Ohio. Temperatures were below freez- ing as far south as the central 3ulf with the freezing line extend- ing from the Carolinas westward hrough southern Alabama and Mississippi to central Texas. In the West, snow fell in the northern Rockies and rain show- ers or snow hit sections of Cali- fornia. Abilene can look forward to con- tinued cold weather, cloudy skies, and a "pretty good chance' for run the rest of the week. Part of the same cold air mass that is causing blizzard conditions in the" Northeast" will lold tem- jwratures below normal here for several days, a U S Weather Bureau forecaster said Tueadaj morning. "But it won't be nearly so cold here as it is up he said Winds will be mostly..from the and there's a strong likelihood of rams late tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. There's not much danger of the rain freez- Nobel Prize Winner Attacks McCarthy SCHENECTADY, N. Y. Harold C. Urey, atomic scientist and Nobel winner, last night criticized the congressional probe of alleged espionage at Ft. Mon- mouth and said. "I don't believe the U.S.S.R. has better igcr.t in this country than Sen. Mc- Carthy." Urey made the remarks in reply to questions from an audience at- tending a lecture sponsored by the Schenectady Freedom Forum. THE WEATHER V, S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE TVF.ATIItR B CUE ABILENE AND VICINITY CinUdj" this tftcrnooh. tonight utd Wednesday, Occasional light likely lute toaljftt and wwlncsdfty. Colder .ihlt afternoon: highest temperature. 40; lowejt tonight, 30: highest NORTH CENTRAL, TEXAS Cloudy and rAther cold ttieraoon, tonight and ednerdny. WEST TEXAS Cloudy this afternoon, tonight Wednesday. rain tonight and Wednesday, except mow.in Lowest 32-33 tn north, EAST TEXAS cloudln and rftther cold thin afternoon tontvht. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Ctou4? and cold this afternoon, ta- ntcM and Wednesday, GOP Senators Gripe a! Ike's Flexible Props WASHINGTON dissat- isfaction with some aspects of President Eisenhower's farm pro- gram was voiced today at the first 1954 conference of all Republicaa senators.. The' conference was closed doors. Chairman Millikin (R-Colo) declined to discuss the farm debate in detail except to say- that some GOP senators "did not feel happy about the general farm situation." However, it was learned that Sens. Young (R-NDi, McCarthy Thye (R-Minn) and Jen- ner (R-Ind) told ot serious doubts about the flexible price support plan offered by Ei- senhower in his farm message yes- terday.. Young reportedly told the con- ference that the party must face what he called the facts of political the farmers generally, the big farm organizations and a majority in Congress wanted con- tinuation of high level mandatory price supports. lie said that even if a flexible price support bill was brought to the floor, amendments would be offered to continue the present 90 per cent of parity floor on basic crops. "And who is going to vote against the North Dakotan is under- stood to have demanded. McCarthy, who first brought up the farm question at the confer- ence, reportedly assailed the flex- ible price support plan in the .President's message as a "tremen- dous blunder." in? as it mts, since the low fore- cast for is 30 'degrees "It -could the forecaste said "but it's more apt to b ut several, appropriations subcom- mittees are meeting to get an early start on money bills for a munbr of federal agencies Senate committee ference of all Republican Senators gathers to act on a lommittee re- organization plan, worked out yes- terday by GOP leader Knowlsnd (Calif) and Democratic leader Lyndon Johnson (Tex) which would put Republicans in con- trol of ail major conunjrtees of Defense Arthur W -Rad- forti, ciairmiiT of the joint ot before a .closed sion of the Senate Armed Serv- ices Committee: to brief .Senators on military developments since Congress recessed last August. House Armed Services Committee meets to consider its 1951 legisla- tive prog! am. Paul Magnuson, mer medical director of the Veter- ans Administration, takes the wit- ness stand to tell, the House Com- merce Committee his viewsonhow best to help people meet the costs of svknesSi Industrialist ifienry. J. Kaiser yesterday testified in favor of government backing for private financing of inv-stments in the medical field. FarmSolons Oppose Ike ENID, Okla. U) Touring con- gressional farm leaders indicated today they believe both the House snd Senate will reject the flex- ible price support features of Pres- ident Eisenhower's sweeping new farm law proposals. Members of ,the House Agricul- tural Committee, scheduled to hold a hearing today in 'their nation- wide tour to sound oat farm senti- ment at the grass roots, foupd themselves squarely at odds with the President's proposals. Mon. P.M. 133 SJ SJ 530 TUM A.M. 35.. 34 35 51 11 M nuromeiw 'iridint RtlMlv. humidity p.m. Maximum tor. 34-hour led >t m., S3. Minimum lempnMurt lor 54-lwur Jwr- lod ttxlmj >t m., M. per- WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES 'BOOM ADJUSTED' Stable real cstote business seen for Abi- lene, though "boom" period ap- parently over. Page 2-A. POPULAR PRINCESS New lionws oppeor on list of Princess Margaret's suitors." Page S-A. JINX ry Cogers defeat ACC en oppon- ent's homt court. Paaf 8-A, SCHOOL STUDY BEGINS Board of. Educolion named chair- men of two commitlMS which will iludy report cards and pansion problems of the city's schools. Page I-B. 2 OFFICERS PROMOTED Wotkins on Board Of Citizens Bank One new director was elected] for Citizens National Bank and the others re-named at the an- nual meeting of stockholders Tuesday afternoon. Two officers drew promotions, at a session of'the board after the stockholders' get-together. Other officers were re-elected. D. (Windy) Watkins was ad- ded to the board of directors? The Abilenian is a'ssistant general manager of the Southwest Division of Western Cottonoil Co., u subsidiary of Anderson Clay- toil. His territory covers western Oklahoma, West Texas. New Mex- ico and eastern Arizona. Fred Lybrand Jr.. was promoted to vice" president He has been an assistant vice president. Leroy Lxngslon. now assistant cashier, was elevated to assistant vice president. President Mulcolm M. Meek, in hit annual report to the stockhokt- ers. said 1953 was the best year in the bank's history and included reaching an all-time high in de- posits. Meek reported that the bank looks forward to beginning con- struction in the next few months of its new banking house and of- fice building at North fourth snd Cypress Sis. He said the present banking quarters, it North First Pine Sts., arc "entirely inadequate" to take care of the increase in busi- ness volume expected with com- pletion of the Abilene Air Force Base and with the continuing growth of the city. Re-elected to the board of di- rectors were: Joe C. Benson, C. M. Csldwell, W. J. Fulwiler, Ed Gris- som, H. Harrison, t, L. Harwell, J. C. Hunter Jr., Meek. Gilbert Pcchacek. John B. Homer H. CITIZENS, ft. J-A, Cel. 1 They said Congress would Uvot continuing the current rigid price supports for several more years: The President recommended the gradual abandonment of price sup- ports at 90 per cent of parity in favor of a system of flexible sup- ports at between 90 and 75 per cent. Under a flexible program, government price guarantees .would be high in time of shortages to encourage production. But they would be low in times of surplus to discourage produc- tion. Chairman Hope key figure in any future farm legisla- tion, said i only that "there are wide differences of opinion over this proposal." but he-is known to favor continuation of rigid sup-, ports. Most members declined to be quoted by name but left little doubt of their .attitude. Rep. Jlclntire (S-Me) summed if up when he adminis- tration's "long-term planning will have to square with short-term re- alities.'' With an election coming up this fall, some Republicans contend that the present political and eco- nomic "climate" is not _ favorable for a sudden shift to a new price support system. They also remem- ber ISMS, when the 89th Congress compromised on price supports Democrats '.von. There was no doubt where ail or most committee Democrats: stand on the President's proposal. "We don't favor a flexible de- clared Rep. Gainings adding: "Farmers are going to need it least 90 per cent parity; for ,biulc commodities. So far anyew I've talked to is coneerutd, the opinion Is that Congress It foiaf to continue rigid price supporta." After today's hearings, the com- mittee will fly to Waco, to- morrow and to Memphis TnurxUjr befora reluming to wail'   

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