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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               WARMER Abilene worter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKEFCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" .Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 212 frmt ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOe 80 Sick Af ACC Of Food By PHYLLIS SIBLING Abilene Christian College had SO.mighty sick students on Jts hands Thursday morning, but physician assured them that the shade of green visible on their faces wasn't indelible. All SO had got hold of some, sort of contaminated food at a com- mercial cafe and were affected with severe nausea which put them to bed Wednesday night and Thurs- day. However, although two girls were iospitalized, none of the students were In serious condition, the doc- tor said. They will probably be feeling like facing food again in another day or two, he indicated. None of them were showing any particu- lar desire to eat Thursday, though. For college authorities thought that it was a virus of some type, since none of the students had eaten at the same dining hall 60 the campus. 'Food Traced said that he had trac- ed it all to one place, however, that it definitely was food -poisoning. something we saw a lot of in the he said. "We-call It a virus for lack of anything to call It. You may see it two or.three times a year." -As '-near- as doctors can tell, the is .caused by someone with an infected hangnail or simi- lar infection that they don't even notice, making up a large batch of .food like potato salad, say. It isn't served right away but put Into the refrigerator to cool for several hours, giving the staphylo- coccus germs a chance to incubate and spread through the mixture. When" eaten, it causes violent nausea such as the ACC students were experiencing, but it isn't par-, ticularly .dangerous and has no lasting effects. "It isn't a slam on the cafe." the doctor said. "It's not actually food it tastes all right and looks all right. The manage- ment couldn't know the dif- ference." that particular batch of food a gone, erj thing is all right again, he said. The germ ould ha to-.be re-introduced -into an- other batch of food to cause an- other rash-Of nausea, and that is unlikely. Not The doctor said he had never Snown anyone to die- from that sort of food poisoning, but reports frcci the ACC dorms Thursday morning showed that some stu- dents felt like they were going to. Some students came down with the nausea Wednesday afternoon, others get sick after church that evening, and still others were bee coming sick early Thursday morn- "f- IBoth John Stevens, dean of stu- dents, and Mrs. W. C. Sikes. dean of women, were called in just after midnight to help "play nursemaid" to the increasing group of vomit- ing students. Mabee Dormitory reported "be- tween 25 and 30" men students ill, and McKensie Hall had about 25 girls sick out of 215. ZeUner Hall with 160 students had another II sick girls, and McDonald Hall had a dozen of its 145 girls ill. 1 Most of them were feeling much better Thursday morning, to the relief of Stevens and Mrs. Sikes. "When you've been up most of the night taking care of sick girls. you know how to appreciate it when thev get Sirs. Sikes sighed. Patients Reassured The flurry of sickness seemed to be passing, although Mrs. C. L. Smith, wife of the Mabee super- visor, said that some boys were Set FOOD, Pg. 3-A, Col. 4 DEATH CAR Patrolmen Donald Joy and C. A. Cockrell assist Elliott's Funeral Home attendants in removing the body of one of two persons killed in an automobile wreck shortly before noon Thursday in Callahan County. (Staff Photo by Dave Brumbeau) SITTER OUT 4 Children Die in Fire GAMBRILLS, Sid. W! A 14- year-old baby sitter stepped out to the corner store yesterday, and while she was gone the house caught fire. Four young children died. State Police Cpl. W. R. Caidwell said one of the victims was 4-3Tear- old Norma Dorsey, the daughter of James and Dorothy Dorsey, who owned the five-room frame house. The other dead were three cous- ins of the Dorsey girl. William Thomas Sellman, 8 months; Wil- helmina Sellman, 4, and Mildred Regiqa Sellman. 2. All were Ne- groes- Mary Anne Washington, a sister Sellman children, reached when she looked back, and saw the .flames. apparently, started. an overheated oil stove. 2 Killed In A man and woman, tentatively identified by papers in their pos- session as Victor Hansen and Anna Hansen of New York City, were killed Thursday when their automobile slammed off U. S. High- way 80 into a dry gulch about one mile east of the Callahan County line Thursday. Witness to the wreck was Rob- ert G. Curtis of a truck driver for J. A. Towbridge of Baird: Curtis said he was driving east on Highway 80 when he saw the car plunge off the liiglmax. The Hansen carr a lote .model .Olds- mobile, crashed off the road through a.barbed wire fence and Rites Set of Lawn For Train Victim Jan. 14 Funeral serv- ices were to be held here Thurs- day at 3 p.m. for Andrew Mitchell Sanders. 58-year-old victim of a blazing car-freight train collision Wednesday night. Sanders died when the truck which he was driving slammed into a Santa Fe freight train at the intersection of the tracks with Farm to Market Road 604. also Lawn's main street, about p.m. The Rev. A. H. Williams. Bap- tist minister at Lawn, was to con- duct services in the Lawn Meth- odist Church, assisted-by the pas- tor, the Rev. Travis McXair. Burial was to be in Rogers Cerii- etery under direction of Fry Fu- neral Home of Tuscola. Signals Working The Taylor County stockiarmer and truck driver was travelling west when he collided with the southbound freight. The swinging signal light and bells were work- ing. A. E. Collins, Sante Fe night agent, said. Sanders is survived by his wife, 'NORMAL' WORK Plumber Proves Church 'Firebug' Probe of recent "attempts to burn the building" at Univer- sity Baptist Church came to an end Thursday-on an unexpected note. was officially ruled that a plumber and not a firebug caused the bulk of the damage and that a prankster did .the rest. And that under the circumstances ev- erything that happened was "only normal." All except one of the mystery burned places in the structure were made' by a plumber in removing old water pipe. City Fire Marsh- L. A. Blackwood stated Thurs- Tor the type of job which the plumber was doing the damage was unavoidable, the fire marshal added. The remaining burned spot Blackwood attributed to i prank- ster "probably some mischiev- ous child." The church's members called in Police and Fire Department in- Tuesday night to study possibility that attempts were btlnr rrnde to burn the building. Thty had discovered (he third burned In two months. Fire Mirshal JMnclwood report Thursday thai he made a thor- ImpicUon of the bulldlni found "ill or eight" burned places in addition to those the church members had lo- cated. 'All but one were very definite- ly caused by removal of some old copper water pipes which had lead joints, Blackwood ruled. "The plumber had to use a torch to melt the lead in the joints, in order to remove the pipes. IB so doing he scorched places in the building. That was just normal pro- cedure for such a job." The only burned snot which Blackwood did not blame on the plumbing job was in a rest room. Church members had found re- niains of a burned paper there, and Blackwood decided that place was burned by a prankster with no idea of destroying the building. "U looks like a natural prank for some he said. The fire marshal reported that he was able to trace the location of the old water pipes .and that nil the burned spots except the one in the rest room were this pipes had been removed. Blackwood quoted church repre- sentatives as saying the plumbing project took place several months ago. He reported to the Police Department hit dlafnoilt ot the burntd ipoti, j the former Millie Smallwood: his mother, Mrs. Maggie Sanders of Lawn: one brother, Otis Sanders of San Antonio: two nieces and two nephews. He was born Dec. 19. .1895, near Lawn. He and Sirs. Sanders were married on Sept. 12, 1922. Tiey made their home about six and a half miles east of Lawn. Two Abilene men who said they had crossed the track just a few seconds before Sanders pulled his lifeless and burning body-from the truck cab, where it was hanging haflway out. C. A. Mitchell, 1010 Albany St., and A. G. Vaughn. 295S South Fourth St., discovered a'hose at the water tower and put out the flames which were consuming the gasoline from the track's tank. Earlier Mitchell had tried to smother the flames in Sanders' gasoline-soaked clothing with his overcoat, but had no luck, he said. Meanwhile the Lawn telephone operator had called fire- men, who left Abilene at p.m. in a pumper and a booster truck. The fire had already been cx- tinquishcd. however, by the time the Abilene firemen arrived, Chief D. C. Musick, who followed the trucks with Assistant Chief How- ard Hill. said. The burst of flame was the first that Train Engineer ,1. K. Nesmith of Brownwood saw of the truck, he told Mitchell later. He did'not sec it coming, he said. The train went on down the track for about 300 yards before stopping. Lawn Constable H. Eubanks said. He 'was 'the first investigating officer to Damage to the train was slight. Nesmith said. Jto crewmen were injured. Mitchell said that he and Vaughn heard the "thud'' of the truck hitting the train and direct- ly afterwards saw a sheet of flame burst above the train, ap- parently from the gasoline tank of the truck exploding. The 70-car freight was travelling about 45 miles an hour when the collision occurred, -Collins said. The track, which belonged to Emmitt Keeling; operator of the gin where Sanders worked, was demolished. The motor was knocked out of the truck and against the water tower, about 15 tect from the tracks, and the front wheels were joltBil loose. Investigating the accident were Eubanks, Texas Highway Patrol man W. A. Jacobs Tavior County. Deputy Sheriff Claude Her- ring, both of Abilene. The investigation was completed >and the tracks cleared sufficiently to allow train to proceed by into the ditch led to a con- crete culvert. The Hansen car was traveling west; ran off the high- way on the left side. Curtis said he was never in dan- ger of being struck.by the car as it approached him headon. How- ever, he said he was close enough to see the driver and occupant of the car before. it went into the ditch. Driver. Asleep: "He ithe driver) looked like he was asleep. He sat just-as straigh! and never did seem- to said Curtis. Highway Patrolmen C A. Cock- Tell and Donald Joy ot the Abilene patrol station were the first of- ficers at the scene of the accident. Joy said the time of the acci- dent was placed at about a.m. Cockrell found drivers li- censes in the vehicle. that listed the names of the .Hansens. The address on the licenses was 2304 Grand Ave., New York City, N. Y. His birthday on the license was given as Jan. 5. 1887; Her's was April The bodies were taken to the Elliott Funeral Home here. A fu- neral home spokesman, said im- mediate action was being taken to contact New York sources for positive identification. The automobile was smashec so badly it took several minutes to extract the bodies from the front seat Suitcases and other evidences of travel were in the car. License tags on the automobile were from New York state. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES TRANSFUSION REFUSED Eight-day-old boy dies as par- ents reject blood transfusion. Pags 9-A. TALKS MAY PRODUCE COACH tv.eeting of the Texas College athletic council brings possibility of naming new foot- boll coach. Page 10-A." BRIDGE IN PLACE New rail- rood bridge put inio place at Sweetwoter. Page 1-B. Mercury Starts Rise to 60 Here Warmer weather began movin; back into the Abilene area Thurs day and the weatherman said the thermometer may even reach 8 by Friday afternoon. He' discounted the possibility a prolonged cold spell by predict ing a gradual warmup for the nex few days. He said there is no col( weather sighted here and that a cold mass now in Canada will prob- ably be cut oft before getting to Texas. The high of 3S degrees Wednes- day was one of the winter's lowest" highs but didn't beat the high of 3! recorded Dec. 23. Ike Wants Social Security Widened Bid Opening On Air Base Dorms Today Bids on seven dormitories and wo mess hall-administration busld- ngs for Abilene Air Force Base were to be opened at Fort Worth Thursday, Orren.J. Bower, acting area engineer, said. This is to be the fourth bid- opening session for the" base. Contractors may bid on con- crete-frame construction of the seven dormitories or submit alter- nate bids for load-bearing clay masonry. The work area will cov- er one-half of one Abilene AFB block. Blocks at the base are consider- ably larger'than Abilene city jlocks. Each dormitory will be three stories high and contain about 72 bedrooms. The mess hall -.administration wildings each' will be roughly square in shape, with shoulders. Each will contain mess hall fa- cilities and offices for such per- sons as mess officers and supply officers. Next bid-opening session is ten- atively set for Jan. 21 on the wa- :er and gas distribution systems. Barley Underway On Sewer Rate Conference on the sewer- rate proposed by .-the city for the Abi- lene Air Force Base was under way.here..Thursday morning Ma] John P Connally and O A "VIoore both from headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. Oma- ha, Nebr, were talking with May- or C E Gatlin, Cityilacager Ausx tin P. Hancock and S. G. Endress." The latter is from. Jflch ols. Fort Worth engmedV. The Air Force has accepted the city's suggested water rate but is still studying -the sewer charges proposed. MaJ. Connally said the SAC vis- itors here Thursday would not make a decision during their vis- it, but would carry information back to Omaha. GOT SOME SPARE MEASLES? THIS GIRL, 2, WANTS 'EM HENDERSON, Ky.. got a case of red measles they'll share with Shirley Ann Thurmond? The girl is suffering with nepbrbsis, a kid- ney disease, and-her doctor thinks measles would help combat the more serious malady. But Henderson County doesn't have a single ease of red measles in the infectious stage. The child would have to be exposed to a case during the incubation per- iod. Her father, Eugene Thurmond, said: "We would take her any place if we could find a case in the right stage." 16 Persons Die In Plane Crash Larger Benefits Proposed ROME smoking four-en- gine Philippines Airline plane :rashed and exploded to the popu- lous outskirts of Home today asC all 16 persons aboard were killed. The DC6 hit a vacant lot not far from a big apartment building, [t was coming in.for a landing on a flight from Beirut, Lebanon, one leg in its regularly scheduled trip from Manila to London! .An witness said the left engines' were smoking as it approached Ciam- pino airport outside Rome. It ap- peared to for ithe build- ing, then banked and plunged into the lot with a tremendous roar! Among the seyenx' passengers aboard was the airline's Euro- pean manager, Royal H Jordan a native ot Boston who has lived in Rome several years The pilot ot the nine-man Ira Broome of Warren Ark, head pilot for the airline The co-pilot Identified as Wil- liam Hose of Alton HI. who, fnends said, lived with his wife ia Rome, airs Rose reportedly is expecting a baby. It was the first fatal accident in the airline's international opera- tion. Philippine 'Airline'was given a safety award last October at an international air conference. Airline officials said the cause of the crash was as yet unknown. SLIP AT SOAP WORKS Safe Theft Plenty Safe- Rubber Checks Only Loot An investigation was launched im- mediately. The officials speculated he pilot chose to plunge his, smok- ing plane into the open'.area rath- er than crash into the crowded apartment buildings nearby. Abilenian'sKin Among Victims The crash of a Philippines Air- line plane hear Rome, Italy, Thurs- day that killed all 16 per- sons aboard included'-the brother of an Abilene nurse. Mrs. H. E. Houston. _ Mrs. Houston's  ayments if earnings are more han a month. Similarly, a widow of an insured worker loses her payment if she takes a job and.earns more than S75 a.month: 3. The increase in the monthly >enefits_ which Secretary Hobby is o .detail later. 4. Broadening of the current bast of the. Social security is levying on the first of in- come. 5. Computation of the benefits fort a fairer basis." The President said ite level of old age benefits now is related to an average of a worker's past earnings, and that under the present law terms of abnormally low earnings or none at ail. are averaged in with peri- ods of normal earnings, "thereby reducing 1he .benefits received by the retired worker." He recom- mended a new formula for com- putation 'of benefits to provide what he called a fairer return. Under this formula, the four lowest years oi earnings would be eliminated when calculating .the earned payments. 6. Protection of the benefit rates of the disabled. Eisenhower recom- mended that- the benefits of a worker who has a substantial work record in employment covered by social security insurance, and who becomes totally- disabled for an sxtended time, be maintained-at the amount he would have re- ceived had he become 65 and re- tired on the date his disability began: :v.-; v'; Ths President said he had been informed by Secretary Hobby that the net additional cost of the pro- gram the administration presented to Congress be. on a long- term basis, about one-half of 1 per cent of the sub- ject to old age insurance.-taxes. He made no actual dollar and cents estimate of the cost. Cost Not Obstacle The President said; the cost would be met for at least the next 15 to 25 years under the future increases in taxes already provided in'the law. After setting out his six-point program, Eisenhower also dealt at some length with the public assist- ance programs. Under such programs, states and localities provide assistance to the needy aged, dependent children, blind persons, and the perma- nently and totally disabled, with the federal government sharing In the cost. (Police pholo by tt, ChrenUler) DAMAGED, RANSACKED SAFE M seen after burglary HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX? Polls Paid Wedwvlay ....111, Polls Paid to Polk) PaU LMt 'Poll. PaU In Days Otadibw   

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