Abilene Reporter News, January 14, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 14, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 14, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARMER - J ¿4 Abilene J\fpnrfrr "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron i:\f.\i\i; N mm ,m m »im m «*. m ««. ,4» «I WL,.sm FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 212 Associated Press ( AP/ ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 14, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c 80 Sick At ACC Of Food By PHYLLIS NIBLING Abilene Christian College had «bout 80 mighty sick students on Its hands Thursday morning, but a physician assured them that the shade of green visible on their faces wasn’t indelible. All 80 had got hold of some sort of contaminated food at a commercial cafe and were affected with severe nausea which put them to bed Wednesday night and Thursday. However, although two girls were hospitalized, none of the students were in serious condition, the doctor said. They will probably be feeling like facing food again in another day or two, he indicated. None of them w’ere showing any particular desire to eat Thursday, though. For awhile, college authorities thought that it was a virus of some type, since none of the students had eaten at the same dining hall on the campus. Food Traced * The doctor said that he had traced it all to one place, however, and that it definitely was food poisoning. "It’s something we saw a lot of in the army,” he said. “We call It a virus for lack of anything else to call it. You may see it two or three times a year.” As near as doctors can tell, the "poisoning” is caused by someone with an infected hangnail or similar 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 staphylococcus germs a chance to incubate and spread through the mixture. rii Bid Opening On Air Base Dorms Today 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. Md. ft — 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 When eaten, it causes violent I died. 2 Killed In Wreck nausea such as the ACC students were experiencing, but it isn't particularly dangerous and has no I lasting effects. “It isn’t a slam on the cafe.” j the doctor said. “It's not actually spoiled food — it tastes all right [ and looks all right. The management couldn't know the difference.” After that particular batch of \ food is gone, everything is all right again, he said. The germ would ! have to be re-introduced into an-! other batch of food to cause an- j other rash of nausea, and that is i unlikely. Not Fatal—Yet * The doctor said he had never known anyone to die from that sort of food poisoning, but reports from the ACC dorms Thursday morning showed that some students 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 be* coming sick early Thursday morning. Both John Stevens, dean of students, and Mrs. W. C of women, were called in just after midnight to help ‘ play nursemaid’* to the increasing group of vomiting students. Mabee Dormitory reported “between 25 and 30" men students ill. and McKensie Hall had about 25 girls sick out of 215. Zellner Hall with 160 students had another II sick girls, and McDonald Hall had a dozen of its 145 girls ill. Most of them were feeling much better Thursday morning, to the relief of Stevens and Mrs. Sikes. “When you’ve been up most of State Police Cpl. W. H. Caldwell said one of the victims was 4-year-old Norma Dorsey, the daughter of James and Dorothy Dorsey, who owned the five-room frame house. A man and woman, tentatively identified by papers In their possession as Victor Hansen and Anna Hansen of New York City, were killed Thursday when their automobile slammed off lT. S. Highway 80 into a dry gulch about one mile east of the Callahan County into the ditch that led to a con- The other dead were three cous- :    Thursday, ins of the Dorsey girl. William * Witnela to the wreck was Rob-Thomas Sellman, 8 months; WB-! ert G. Curtis of Baird, a truck helmina Sellman, 4. and Mildred j driver for J. A. Towbridge of Regiqa Sellman, 2. All were Ne- Baird. | Curtis said he was driving east Mary Anne Washington, a sister; ... , of the Sellman children, reached I on Highway 80 when he saw the the store when she looked back rar plunge off the highway. The and saw the flames — apparently j Hansen car, a lote model Olds-started from an overheated oil mobile, crashed off the road stove.    I    throligh a barbed wire fence and you know how to appreciate it when they get better." Mrs. Sikes sighed. Patients Reassured The flurry of sickness scented to be passing, although Mrs. C. L. Smith, wife of the Mabee supervisor. said that some boys were See FOOD, Pg. 3 A, Col. 4 'NORMAL' WORK Probe of recent “attempt« to bum the building” at University Baptist Church came to an end Thursday on an unexpected note It 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 everything that happened was “only normal.” .Ml except one of the mystery burned places in the structure were made by a plumber in removing old water pipe, City Fire Marshal L. A. Blackwood stated Thursday. For the type of job which the plumber was doing the damage was unavoidable, the fire marshal added. The remaining burned spot Blackwood attributed to a prankster — "probably some mischievous child.” The church’s members called in Police and Fire Department investigators Tuesday night to study the possibility that attempts were being made to burn the building They had discovered the third burned place in two months. Fire Marshal Blackwood reported Thursday that he made a thorough inspection of the building Vodaeaday. Ht found “six or Rites Set at Lawn For Train Victim LAWN, Jan. 14 — Funeral serv-! the former Millie Smallwood: his ices were to be held here Thurs- ] mother, Mrs. Maggie Sanders of day at 3 p.m. for Andrew Mitchell | Lawn: one brother. Otis Sanders of Sikes” dean I Sanders, 58-year-old victim of a j San Antonio; two nieces and two blazing car-freight    train    collision    ’ nephews. Wednesday night    j was born Dec. 19, 1895. near I Sanders died when    the    truck    i,awn He and Mrs Sanders were * which he was driving slammed into married on Sept. 12. 1922. They! ° r ~ r    .......* 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* i seconds before Sanders pulled his j lifeless and burning body from the 1 truck cab, where it was hanging hallway qut. C. A, Mitchell. 1010 Albany- St.. and A. G. Vaughn. 2958 South j Fourth St., discovered a hose at the water tower and put out the flames which were consuming the gasoline from the truck’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 Abilene firemen. who left Abilene at 7:39 p.m. in a pumper and a booster truck. The fire had already been ex* tinquished, however, bv the time the Abilene firemen arrived. Chief D. C. Musick. who followed the trucks with Assistant Chief Howard Hill. said. The burst of flame was the first that Train Engineer J. K Nesmith of Rrownwood saw of the truck, he told Mitchell later. He did not see it coming, he said. The train went on down the track for about 300 yards before stopping. Lawn Constable W, H. | Eubanks said. He was the first j investigating officer to arrive. Damage to the train was slight. a Santa Fe freight train at the intersection of the tracks with Farm - to - Market Road 604, also Lawn’s main street, about 7:35 p.m. The Rev. A. H. Williams. Baptist minister at Lawn, was to conduct services in the Lawn Methodist Church, assisted by the pastor, the Rev. Travis McNair. Burial was to be in Rogers Cem- Bids on seven dormitories and tw'o mess hall-administration buildings 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 thé base. Contractors may bid on concrete-frame construction of the seven dormitories or submit alternate bids for load-bearing clay masonry-. The work area will cover one-half of one Abilene AFB block. Blocks at the base are considerably larger than Abilene city blocks. Each dormitory will be three stories high and contain about 72 bedrooms. The mess hall - administration buildings each will be roughly square in shape, with shoulders. Each w'ill contain mess hall facilities and offices for such per-sons as mess officers and supply officers. , Next bid-opening session is ten-crete culvert. The Hansen car was tativelv set for Jan. 21 on the wa traveling west: it ran off the high- I way on the left side. Curtis said he was never in danger of being struck by the car as J it approached him headon. However, he said he was close enough j to see the driver and occupant of the car before it went into the ditch. Driver Asleep: “He the driver looked like he was asleep. He sat just as straight and never did seem to notice,” said Curtis. Highway Patrolmen C. A. Cockrell and Donald Joy of the Abilene patrol station were the first officers at the scene of the accident. Joy said the time of the accident was placed at about 11:30 a.m. Cockrell found drivers licenses in the vehicle that listed the flames 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 1. 1891. The bodies were taken to the Elliott Funeral Home here. A funeral home spokesman said immediate action was being taken to contact New York sources for positive identification. The automobile was smashed 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. ter and gas distribution systems. Parley Underway On Sewer Rate Conference on the sew-er« rate proposed by the city for the Abilene Air Force Base was under way here Thursday morning. Maj. John P. Connally and O. A. Moore, both from headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. Omaha, Nebr., were talking with Mayor C. E. Gatlin, City Manager Austin P. Hancock and S. G. Endress. The latter is from Freese & Nichols. Fort Worth enginedp. The Air Force has accepted the j city’s suggested water rate but is still studying the sew-er charges | proposed. Maj. Connally said the SAC vis-itors here Thursday would not make a decision during their visit, but would carry information back to Omaha. GOT SOME SPARE MEASLES? THIS GIRL, 2, WANTS 'EM HENDERSON. Ky. (AP)—Anybody got a case of red measles they’ll share with Shirley Ann Thurmond? The 21/2-year-old girl is suffering with nephrosis, a kidney disease, and her doctor thinks measles would help combat the more serious malady. But Henderson County doesn’t have a single case of red measles in the infectious stage. The child would have to be exposed to a case during the incubation period. 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 ROME (ft—A smoking four-en-. An investigation was launched im-gine Philippines Airline plane j mediately. The officials speculated crashed and exploded in the popu-jthe pilot chose to plunge his^smok-lous outskirts of Rome today a*** | ing plane into the open area rath-all 16 persons aboard were killed. I er than crash into the crowded j The DC6 hit a vacant lot not | apartment buildings nearby, far from a big apartment building Larger Benefits Proposed Abilenian’sKin Among Victims WASHINGTON OF—President Eisenhower proposed bringing 10 million more Americans under social security, increasing benefits all along the line, and raising to $4.200 the amount of income subject to social security taxes. In a special message to Congress the President said the average benefit payment to retired workers is now $50 a month, w'ith a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $85. For social security to “fulfill its purpose of helping to combat destitution. these benefits are too low,'* Eisenhower said. Both the maximum and minimum should be increased, he said, but proposed no figures. A formula on that will be presented later by Secretary of Welfare Hobby, he told legislators. Immediate Hike Boosting to $4.200 the amount of income subject to social security j taxes, as Eisenhower proposed, would mean an immediate $12 a year tax increase for workers earning that much or more. Employers’ nay rolls would also be increased that amount for each worker in the $4.200 a year bracket or above. At present, the first $3,600 of income is taxed. The rate this year went up to 2 per cent. It had been Vi per cent on worker and em- The crash of a Philippines Air- j Plover.    « line plane near Rome. Italy, Thurs- i The President set SLIP AT SOAP WORKS Safe Theft Plenty Safe - It was coming in for a landing on a flight from Beirut, I^ebanon, one leg in its regularly scheduled trip from Manila to London. An eyewitness said the left engines were smoking as it approached Ciara-pino airport outside Rome. It appeared to be heading for »the building, then banked and plunged into the lot with a tremendous roar, j line plane near Rome. Italy, Thurs-1 The President set forth a six-Among the seven passengers    day that killed all 16 per- Point    program    for “improvement” aboard w*as the airline s Luro-    sons aboard included the brother 1    social    security svstem. pean manager. Royal R. Jordan.    0£ an Abilene nurse. Mrs. H. E.    **    Expansion    of insurance protsc- a native    of    Boston who    has    lived    Houston.    Hon to about ten million more in Rome    several    years.    The    pilot    j    ^rs Houston’s brother was    Ira    People not presently covered— in- —chief    of    the    nine-man    crew    1    Broome, pilot of the plane    and \ eluding self* employed farmers: chief pilot for the airline. He    had    Tany morp farm workers and been with the airline several years,    domestic workers:    doctors, den Mrs. Houston, a nurse at St. Ann Hospital, said her brother visited in Abilene about five years ago. The Associated Press story of It was the first fatal accident in    the crash gave his home town as the airline’s international opera-    Caro. Mich., but Mrs. Houston said tion. Philippine Airline was    given j    her brother's home is in Warren, a safety award last October    at an    Ark. She said he had be?n living in    Hred    workers    to earn    more    at international air conference.    Rome    recently.    regular part time jobs without dis- Airline officials said the cause; The Houstons live at 1518 Green j qualifying themselves for Lsocial se-of the crash was as yet unknown, i    Street here. They have lived here    cui!f>    benefits.    »    for the past seven \ears. He is an j At    present, a man    or    woman employe of Western Cottonoil Co. The fatal crash was the first in the airline's international operation, according to information from the Associated Press. aboard—was Ira Broome of Warren Ark., head pilot for the airline. The co-pilot wi|s identified as William Rose of Alton, 111.. who. friends said, lived with his wife in Rome. Mrs, Rose reportedly is expecting a baby. * tists, lawyers, architects, accountants, and other self employed professional people; members of state and local retirement systems and clergymen, on a voluntary* basis; and several smaller groups. 2. Liberalization of the present “retirement test” to permit re- tbe night taking care of sick girl*«, j    under    direction    of    Fry    Fu neral Home of Tuscola. Signals Working The Taylor County stockfarmer and truck driver was travelling ; west when he collided with the southbound freight. The swinging i signal light and bells were work- j ing. E Collins, Sante Fe night j agent, said. Sanders is survived by his w ife, WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES TRANSFUSION REFUSED — Eiqht-dov old bey die« as oa*"-en*s reject blood transfusion. Page 9-A. TALKS MAY PRODUCE COACH — A meeting of the Texas A&M College athletic council brings possibdity of naming new football coach. Pag# 10-A. BRIDGE IN PLACE — New roii- rood bridge put into place at ; Sweetwater. Page I B. Rubber Checks Only Loot Lodge Explains Red Difference Burglars Wednesday night cut j carried from the building and left into a safe at Bass Soap Co.. 301 beside the cutting torch equip-Rose St.. by using a torch. Police ment. Apparently they had intend-Detective W. E. Clift reported. ed to take the tire and wheel with Only loot believed to have been ! them, Clift said, taken from the safe was a bunch j The detectise was of the opinion of “insufficient funds" checks the that something scared the burg-company had received and had j iars away, causing them to leave Plumber Proves Church 'Firebug' eight" burned places in addition to j those the chuirh members had located. “All but one were very definitely caused by removal of some old copper w ater 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. In so doing he scorched places in the building. That was just normal procedure for such a job." The only burned spot which Blackwood did not blame on the plumbing job was in a rest room. Church members had found remains of a burned paper there, and Blackwood decided that place was burned by a prankster with no idea of destroying the building. “It looks like a natural prank for some child.’* he said. The fire marshal reported that he was able to trace the location of the old water pipes ami that all the burned spots except the one in the rest room were whqjt the pipes had been removed. Blackwood quoted church repre-sentatives as saying the plumbing project took place several months a Ho, He has reported to the Police Department his diagnosis of the burned spots. Mercury Starts Rise to 60 Here Warmer weather began moving back into the \bilene area Thursday and the weatherman said the thermometer may even reach 60 by Friday afternoon. He discounted the possibility of a prolonged cold spell by predict-Nesmith said. No crew men were !    in*    *    gradual    warmup    for the    next injured    j    ^ew    da>s,    Be    s«hl    there    is    no    cold Mitchell said that he and    Mght<\d    here    and    that    a Vaughn heard the “thud” of the «ft1.    f    *J!ada    *15    ^ truck hitting the train and direct- j ly afterwards saw a sheet of flame burst above the train, ap- ! pa re n fly from the gasoline tank of the truck exploding. The 70-ear freight was travelling about 45 miles an hour when the j collision occurred. .Collins said. The truck, which belonged to Emmitt Keeling, operator ot the gin where Sanders worked, was demolished. The motor was knocked out of ! the truck and against the water tower, about 15 feet from the I been unable to cash. Elsewhere in the building the burglars took $3 to $4 from a drink dispensing machine, which they broke open. Entrance to the building was made by breaking a window on the northeast corner, and the burglars unfastened a door on the east side from the inside to bring in their cutting torch. Clift said. Detective Clift and Police Iden-i tification Officer Lt. Grover Chron-j Uter discovered the torch lying on j the east side of the building across a railroad track, with hose and the gauges for the torch, and two oxygen drums and one acetylene drum, left by the burglars. A truck tire and wheel had been their belongings on the scene. Three employes discovered the burglary about 7 a.m. Thursday, when they reported for work. The burglars cut a large hole in the door of the safe and crawled into the safe, but did not get the door open, Clift said. DALL \S. Tex F - Vmbassador Henry* Cabot Lodge Jr., the United States’ chief delegate to the United Nations, in Dallas last night gave the difference between him and \ndrei Yishinsky, the Russian chief delegate. “Yishinsky is an individual who follows instructions regardless of their nature." Lodge said. “He is very closely held." “I’m told Now. Lodge, you know what the policy is. Don’t be running to Washington all the time.’ ” ably be cut off before getting to Texas, The high of 3S degrees Wednesday was one of the winter’s lowest highs but didn’t beat the high of 3! recorded Dec. 23 Jebb Thinks China Hay Be Le) in UN BALTIMORE ft — Sir Gladwyn Jebb, British delegate to the Unit-.    .    .    ed Nations, said last night he tracks, and the front wheels were I thinks Red China eventually would jolted loose.    i    ho admitted to the U N. under Investigating the accident were these conditions; Eubanks, Texas Highway Patrol- l If hostilities do not resume in Are Hunters Blind? WINTHROP. Mass. ft — Rep. Key, a member of the Massachusetts House, has filed a bill which would allow the state to issue free hunting licenses to the blind. THE WEATHER t s mrvRrviNT or commerce WlATHtK BlRlM ABU ENt AND VICINITY    PartU cloudy »mi msrm«v (odi> tonl&Xt »till Friday High tempera:arc today JAM low j    40.    Hteh Friday about 80. NORTH CFNVRAl. TEXAS Mostly doudy this »fterwsw with »cattertd lisbt i rain to smI portion. Partly cloudy to* i cwtht and Friday, a little warmer. WEST TEXAS Tartly cloudy ,th:* aftcr-j noon tonight and Friday, warmar this j afternoon and fast IFXVS Scattered 1UM rain this afternoon, partly cloudy tonight and Frt-j d«\. warmer north ix>riior Thursday night SOUTH CENTRAL TFXAS Mostly j cloudy thi* afternoon, aith scattered tight I rain north portion ti uri * ITHIKS Wed T M    Thu:    >    «    M 32    V!0 3 30    31 33 34 34 3J> .15 35 35 man M v Jacobs and Tawlor County Deputy Shenff Claude Herring. both of Abilene. The investigation was completed and the tracks cleared sufficiently to allow the train to proceed by 8 SO p.m. Korea 2 If it can be shown that Red China is not preparing to take part in further aggressions. 3. If she appears willing to settle her differences with the outside world in a peaceful manner. 48 4 30 5 30 ....... *    30    ...   t    30 I 30 35    ...    ....    9    30 35    10    30 3*    it    o 36    12    0    4S Sur .ft last nuhi 5 54 p m fuaris* «*- day 141 am Sunset tonight 5 55 g to. Barometer reading at 11:30 v m 3* W ftalati*# humidity at H ;o p m so » Maximum temperature for period ending « 3i> am. 3* Mir.imum temperata;« for parkxi «luius* • Jtì a m., 2« DAMAGED. RANSACKED SAFE ... as seen after burglary over 65 years of age, and under 75, cannot draw social security payments if earnings are more than $75 a month. Similarly, a widow of an insured worker loses her payment if she takes a job and earns more than $75 a month. 3. The increase in the monthly benefits which Secretary Hobby is to detail later. 4, Broadening of the current basa of the social security tax—that is levying on the first $4.200 of income. 5. Computation of the benefits **00 a fairer basis." The President said the 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 all. are averaged in with periods of normal earnings, “thereby reducing the benefits received by the retired worker.” He recommended a new formula for computation of benefits to provide what he called a fairer return. Under this formula, the four lowest years of earnings would be eliminated when calculating the earned payments. 6, Protection of the benefit rates of the disabled. Eisenhower recommended 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 extended time, be maintained at the amount he would have received had he become 65 and retired on the date his disability began. The President said he had been informed by Secretary Hobby that the net additional cost of the program the administration presented to Congress would be. 011 a longterm basis, about one-half of 1 per cent of the annual payrolls subject 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 w ith the public assistance programs. Under such programs, states and localities provide assistance to the needy aged, dependent children, blind persons, and the permanently and totally disabled, with the federal government sharing in the cost. HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX? Polls Paid Wednesday ... 181 Polls Paid to Date ... 3,656 Polls Paid Last Year ... 7,093 Polls Paid in 1952 .,..18,090 Days before Deadline  .....18 ;