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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               PARTLY CLOUDY m Mi EVENING "WITHOUT OR TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKEFGH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 213 Pnm (XPi ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PUCE DAILY Sc. SUNDAY lOe REPORT CRITICAL City Admits Own Inspection Insufficient on New Sewers Abilene's City Commission voted officially Friday morning that there was insufficient city inspec- tion on several recent major sani- tary-sewer line installations. It acknowledged that the contractors did not completely follow the spe- cifications. The action, which included re- ceipt and filing of a critical re- port from Joe E. Ward. Wichita Falls consulting engineer, repeat- ed warnings which had been'made during progress of the Jobs by Ctly Manager Austin P. Hancock and A. Grimes, then water and sew- er superintendent. A written report from discussing the Ward comments, was also .made a part of Friday morning's official record. Contractor To Pay Bill Commissioners adopted Grimes' written recommendation that the contractor. Clous? Brothers or V. douse of Kerrville. be required to repay the city the cost of the Ward investigation. That amount is Sl.384.23. The commission also agreed with Grimes that the Clouses shouldn't be charged the cost of recent removal of sand from tfce mains as it wasn't their fault. Practically all the saniisry-sew er work complained of in the Ward Survey was done by the Clouses. It included principally the West Side interceptor Sewer Line, which runs edge of Abilene and out to the: sewer farm sewers in North Park and Over Place, and those in the new Tin glewood Addition. Commissioner J. Floyd Malconi said. Grimes concluded his letter with this statement: "This report (the Ward report) reveals what we. along; that we did not have sufficient in- spection. was discuss- ed with the city manager and the City Commission during the con- struction. "When most of the sewers-were laid, we found it impossible to employ sufficient competent' help needed. At one time there were several curb and gutter and pav- ing crews and considerable other work going on. This should be, and I believe will be. avoided in the future, as during the past few months we have been able to re- cruit additional personnel." Motion to accept -Ward re- port and. the' Grimes suggestions was made by Commissioner Jack Minter and seconded by Commis- sioner. A. Crutcher Scott.- It car- ried unanimously, with all mem- bers present. Specifications Ignored Winter's motion also instructed Grimes to contact Cloiise for a fi- nancial settlement of another point in the Ward report: That six-inch sewer pipe was laid at one point where eight-inch -was required in the specifications, Grimes, who is still a filter plant operator and consultant to the pres- ent water and sewer superinten- dent, was! the" superintendent of the department when the lines were being installed. He recommended Friday that the check which the Clouses of- fered the city some time ago in repayment of the city's expenses of cleaning sand from some new sewer mains be returned to the Clouses. "In my opinion the contractor was not responsible for the sand entering the sewer system, Grimes .wrote. '.'Evidence shows sand entered the sewer system thro'jgh an opening in a manhole in the. upper portion of the system, which was not caused by the contractor." Engineer Ward's investigation re- port charged the following failures .See SEWER, Pg. 3-A, Col. 5 Lawmakers Eye Raise By ED CREAGH WASHINGTON and House nembers were invited todaj to vote themselves a S12 500 a year pay tocrease. This would boost their salary to a year. special commission set up to stud} salary problems also recom- mended a J14.500 a A ear increase for Supreme Court justices, com- parable raises for other federal judges and higher evpense allow- ances for the Mce president and speaker of .the.Hbuse. Tlie committee's report to Presi- dent Eisenhower made 'other rec- ommendations: 1. A government-provided official mansion for Vice President Nixon and his successors in the post 2. A further study of pensions for the widows and dependents of the various officials. It said there is no such for survivors of justices and. other judges sail "inadequate" provisions .lit con- gressional families, Up To Congrest It's up to Congress itself to de- cide whether to vo'e these in- PRICE, THAT IS Coffee Shooting Up Like Jack's Bean Like Jack's magic.bean, the cof- fee bean is shooting only it's carrying a price tag rath- er than leading towards a pot of gold. Coffee prices have been taking another upward spurt within the last few weeks) arid two brands sold locally are now at a record 97 H cents a pound wholesale. Another brand was unofficially reported to be up to cents a pound; and anotlfer was clinging precariously to cents a pound wholesale price. Bob Rice, district representative for Folger's Coffee, reported that his coffee has risen 6 cents a can wholesale within the last two weeks, from 91H cents to 97V4 cents. Duncan Coffee has had to boost prices on its two major brands lately in an upward trend of the coffee market which started last November, Bob Nuckols, district representative o! the company, iaid. Admiration is now 96 cents a pound in lots of 30 cases or over and 971i" cents a pound in four- case lots, he said. Maryland Club is 98 cents in 30-case lots and 99Vi cents in four-case lots. Neither expressed much nope that the upward band would stop soon. W. F. Cawyer. Waples-Platter representative here, said that his White Swan Coffee "definite- ly would have to come up but declined to say how much. "That's the question." he said y The boost in coffee prices start- ed with a disastrous freeze in the coffee-growing regions of Brazil, where the major part of the world's coffee comes from. Rice said. Instead of its normal 20 million bags a year, Brazil expects to ex- port only 15 million this year. Rice said. Each bag holds-132 pounds of green coffee beans, for which the company pays cents a pound. Roasting causes 20 per cent shrinkage, he added. The freeze started the price rise, aided by the fact that world con- sumption has almost doubled since World War II, Nuckols added. It's predicted to double again by 1960. Another Coming Nuckols reported that the first price hike on his company's cof- fee probably reached consumers See COFFEE, Pa.'. 3-A, Col. 4 Minor Alexander New Director Of Southwest Savings Loan Minor Alexander, native Abilen- lan, was elected as a director of the. Southwest Savings and Loan Association during a stockholders meeting Thursday. Directors re-elected were Arch D. Batjer, Maurice Brooks, Robert J. Brown, Ed Grissom, Morgan Jones. Jr., Nobel Loving, and Jack Wheeler. Batjer was re-named chairman of the board at a directors' meeting held following the stockholders' con- ference. Other officers re-elected were No- bel Loving, president; Wheeler, vice-president; and Gussie C. Me- Dermett. 'assistant secretary-treas- urer. Morgan Jones, Jr., was named yice-prssident for the first time and Maurice Brooks was newly- elected secretary treasurer and general counsel. Southwest Savings has been In operation for year, ami hm total lUbllitiei of J753.0S3.03, with total tsstit of Savlngr and Investment accounts with 375.37 of that amount loaned prin- cipally to Abilene and territorial fcomeowwrt. Alexander, ion of pioneer, iur- fnn Dr. J. M. Alexander, tnulrt oil and ranch hoUInf i In Teias and New Mexico. Hi educated In Abilene pub- ttt icbMto, tfct at the MINOR ALEXANDER South at Sewance and (he Univer- sity of Texas. He Is member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Presently he is operating holding! of the Alexander Trust Estate which includes oil and ranch lh( interests. Alexander wife, the for- mer Ruth Guitar, havt three chil- dren, Jim, Jane and The family at IIM Klawwd Drive. creases or settle for smaller ones or none at all. The resolution creatmg the 18- merhber nonpartisan commission gives the legislators 80 days to make up their minds There is nothing to stop them from extend- ing that period, howexer. And. with election coming up this jear for a third of the Senate and all the House members it may take them quite a while to decide whether it would be politically wise to give themselves the increase al- most all of them want. An early sampling of congres- sional opinion indicated the Senate may well vote for some sort of in- crease The outlook in the House is more doubtful. Whatever they do about taeir own par, the legis- lators are almost certain to raise judges' salaries Difference! Over Size The commission, headed by Ber- Sezal, an attorney of Philadelphia, agreed unanimously that members of Congress and fed- eral Judges should get higher salaries it a meant, of "assuring the nation top-flight leadership" There; was some difference of opinion, however, as to how big the increases should be. The recommenda- tion if finally adopted would cost the taxpayers a total of a year. Some four million dollars of this, however, would be paid back in the form of income tax. The proposed salary scale would give associate justices of the Supreme Court a year, com- pared with the present The chief justice would continue to get an extra Federal district judges.would be raised from to Appeals Court judges from to Congress' last increase in com- pensation was in 1946. At that time the lawmakers raised them- selves from a year to 000. The commission took note of the higher cost of living nowadays aad said in addition that legislative and judicial salaries are inade- quate, out of balance with the re- sponsibilities of the offices and the pay of other officials and execu- tives in private industry. The commission said the pres- ent, pay scales "tend to confine these important positions to per- sons of independent wealth or out- side earnings." The commission proposed, among other things, that the tax- payers provide the .entire cost of six trips home each yezr for leg- islators. At present, the lawmakers are 20 cents a one round trip each ses- sion. Boy, 4, Tired of Life, Jazzes it Up TUCSON, Ariz. Tired of the quiet life, a 4-year-old boy tod- dled into the corridor of an apart- ment house and: Filled a dozen mailboxes with dirt, ripped up letters and switched all the others. Tipped over a garbage can and broke milk bottles. "I can't believe he did all his mother told police. THE WEATHER U.S. OF COMME1IC1S WEATHER RVREAV ABILENE AND Partly cloudy mild todw turnlnt coM- lilr Sitordw nfleroowi. Hifh low Hlsh "ottTK CENTRAL with occmlonltl few .thundeishowers tlmiuRt! Turntot much colder WEST TEXAS: Turninf much with occAiitnnftl snow m r-mnhiindW Friday and In Panhandle and South Plains Colder KAST TEXAS: Cloudy with occasional rain and a It w ihundershowers Friday. SOUTH CENTKAI. TEXAS: Cloudy rain, mostly In north portion P 41 I M 130 55 3 30 4' M 4 I3t I'M tl 47 t 41 II M 41 M 90 4T 10 W 4- 11 30 M 41 V Sumirt tort nlcKt P.M.; awirtie 'o- O.j 7 41 A M Snnnt tnnliM i M P H Biromtler nnllm P.M., W.M dumMH; >t P.M., U. Minimum for ptrM tnitof it. tor ftrM Speedy Okay of Social Security Program Set HELICOPTERS AID SNOW SLIDE -VICTIMS Austrian police carry a litter patient from the helicopter which flew injured to Lsudesch, Austria, from Blons, an Austrian Alpine hamlet hard mt by avalanches which struck in four countries '.Fresh snow, rain and alarms of new avalanches hampered rescue efforts in snow-buried Austrian valleys. City Plans Crackdown On Car Tax PATROLMEN PUZZLED City at termirsed "effort- ft collect from all s alike any unpaid ad val- orem taxes on motor vehicles. That pollcv was laid down Fri- day morning bj the City Commis- sion at the suggestion of City Atty. Alex Bickley Bickley pointed" out that, letting some car owners off without trying to enforce payment merely pena- lizes those -persons who voluntar- ily pay. City Manager Austin P. Han- cock said he wishes "the state would: enact legislation whereby lie -annual motor vehicle registra- tion fees could be split with the cities. He thought this would.be letter for city governments than levying ad valorem taxes on motor vehicles. Hancock said the City Tax De- partment incurs much expense in landling the taxing of automotive terns Ben M. Davis i Co.. Abilene certified public accountants, were re-employed Friday morning by commission to make .the annual city audit in 1954. That firm's aud- it in 1953 cost the city J3.000. Pay- ment is figured on a per day amount for each of Davis' em- ployes working on the project. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES WOMEN SIT eight-women hove been named, to policy-making pasts in Wcsh- inaton. Paae 4-A. EAGLES FACE ROUGH Abilene High School's basket- boll team plays touch Borger, Pompa next. PaQe 6-A. DORM (IDS for Abilene Air Force Base build- ings under Page 1 -B. TEACHER REACTION Stand on school pay problem favor-, able, Gov. Shivers scyj. Page 7-B. French Singer Plans To Wed Doris Duke NEW YORK, Jan. 15 singer Charles Trenet said today he will marry Doris Duke, former wife of Porfirio Rublrosa and one of the world's wealthiest women. This came only two weeks after Rubirosa's wedding to the former Barbara Button, another of the world's richest women and a friend of Miss Duke. Trenet is appearing at an upper East Side cabaret here. Miss Duke in Switzerland. "Miss Duke reputedly inherited 30 million dollars. Trenet said she told him that people .without money get married and that she saw no rea- son wh> people with monev should not Further, he said he haf on. hit own. HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX? Polls PaW Thursday 198 Paid to Date Polls Paid Last Year PolU Paid In 1952 Days beton DiadUat II Young Sailor Hurt In Five-Car Mixup BAIRD, Jan 15 19-j ear-old sailor 'Bedford, Va was in- jured Friday about S 45 a m near Clyde in a multiple-incident acci dent involving five vehicles Highway patrolmen were franfclj puzzled about the accident _oc- curred, but preliminary mvestig; lion showed that it seemed to have ipjrened something like this (1) Neil_Fiezer, about 19, of Bed- ford, Va w as headed west in a 1950 Ford when he was involved in accident with another vehicle of unknown make sad: driver about ;VVG miles -nest of Gjde on U S Highway 80. (2) Apparently the second car had left the scene when a 1951 Mer- cury driven by -Lloyd Jeakias of Andrews came., over the slight rise beaded east and collided with Fiezer's car, which apparently had been knocked sideways to the high- ivay (3) -While Jenkins and Fiezer were trying to get the cars off lie highway, another unknown car along and apparently hit Fify jer: while he WES standing on the highway. The vehicle then left the scene of the accident. (4) Jhis happened, they think, before a 1952 Studebaker driven by Lowell' Young, 241 Clyde St, Aoilene, also h'caded east, topped the. rise'and collided with Jenkins' car. Apparently the five-way accident occurred in the rain and visibility was obscured. Patrolman Otho Lusk of Baird said. It was still dark at that hour. Neither Young nor Jenkins were able .to give i him a description of either of the missing cars Fri- day morning. The first had evi- dently left the scene before Jenkins arrived. Lusk- said. Flezer was'in Callahan County hospital Friday with lacerations: of the scalp and a compound frac- ture of both bones in his right leg, a physician said. He told the doctor that he had been home to Virginia and was headed for. his station with the Navy in San Francisco, Calif.. the time of the accident. A passer-by took him into the hospital before the patrolmen ar- rived on the scene. Lusk said. Pa- trolman George Clark of Baird also investigated. None else was injured in the ac- cident that the patrolmen knew of. Fiezer apparently received his I injuries only when struck by the second missing automobile, Lusk said. Lusk said they thought that the original accident iSa- a sideswipe TWn knocked the Tord sideways on the highway The Mercury ran into its side, he said The Ford was the worst-damaged of the three autos at the scene, he said. The accident happened on a slight rise, so that cars approaching from the west, as did Jenkins and Young, were, unable to see the until got right on top of it, Lusk said. ".'I'm kind of mixed.on this deal he. said. "Well be a :lit- tle :whfle.straightening this one out, am afraid.' Imeshgabon continued Fridav afternoon. No charges .had been filed. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport.......... J9 909 Hickory St............ .20. 2225 Edgemont .35 1829 S. Sth ...................30 ANSON.......................03 BALLINGER ...................22 BUFFALO GAP .25 CLYDE .41 COLORADO CITY .30 MORAS .......................06 ROBY .........................35 KOTAJC.........................SO SAN AKGELO................ .40 SNYDER STAMFORD ....'.......-........24 TDSCOLA.................... .25 AUSTIN ......'.................11 DALLAS .24 HOUSTON .27 SAN ANTONIO ...............08 WACOi.........................21 DEL RIO BONHAM....................1.20 FT. WORTH.................. .21 WICHITA FALLS .23 TEXAKKANA................ ,.73 LUFKIN MINERAL WELLS.............50 MARFA.........................34 Little Argument On Ike's Proposals WASHINGTON Congress appeared set today to delayed But enthusiastic approval to President Eisenhower's plea for bigger benefits and more taxes under a social security system covering almost the entire population. Seldom, in fact, has a White House message on such a vast and controversial subject produce! so little vocal dissent as the program sent to the Capitol yesterday on Old Age and Survivors' Insurance. House Speaker Martin (R-Mass) gave this appraisal today: "There isn't any question but that this Congress will enact legislation substantially carrying out the President's pro- gram" A kpy Democratic leader, asking not to be Quoted by name, said, bet your bottom dollar that "few Democrats will oppose it" _ n _ Chairman praised the program and said his House Ways and Means Com- mittee will go to work on it, probably in early March. Reed, who has fought the Presi- dent on other points and who has opposed plans of past Democratic liberalise social: security, introduced two bills to cany out Eisenhower's proposals One bill embraces the main pro- posal for extending coverage, rais; mg benefits and increasing from to S4.200 the individual in- come limit on wliich the 2 per cent social security tax would apply Would Change Benefits The other would put into effect is expected to be the more controversial part of the presiden- tial of federal contributions to states for direct relief to person! not covered, in- cluding some needy aged, blind. disabled persons and dependent Reportedly Reed divided the leg- islation so that, if opposition makes it security expan- sion can be putted without fit coming involved In any fight over the welfare program. Monthly benefit increases would go to those aiready retired or re- ceiving survivors' payments and m larger measure to becom- ing eligible in toe future. The in- creases would range from J5 to, C3 50 or more for fam- ilies. Adding Farnwrt Coverage also would be extend- ed to almost the entire working million additional per- sons, including doctors, lawjers and, farmers. The like effective date for in- creased benefits to some six mil- lion persons already eligible would be just before the November con- gressional elections Hep. Kean a .Ways and Means Committee member who specializes'in social security, pre- dicted today. Congress would ac- cept the President's program "sub- stantially .as proposed." He foresaw little opposition to the benefit increases, or to a pro- posal permitting retired to earn up to annually and still draw social benefits. The-present law forbids such pay- ment to a worker" between 65 and 75 for any in which he earns as much as Kean said the American Medi- cal Assn. would fight expansion of .coverage to include doctors, and a-proposal to give, permanent- ly or totally disabled persons full benefits their period .of work, not counting the period when they would be forced out of cov- ered employment. But he said he thought these. sections would be approved. Democrats on the Ways and Cleans Committee generally praised the program and noted that it included several features proposed by former President Tru- man but rejected by Congress. ELMO CURE on Park Board City, County Posh Filled Appointments made. Friday morning by tie City Commission to fill on "three city boards and one city-county panel. Named to five-} ear terms, be- ginning Jan. 1, Park and Public Recreation Board .were Elmo Cure and C L Young. latter was a re-appointment Cure takes the place formerly held by Mrs. Morgan Jones Sr. Alien and Paul Bomue were re-named to the Board of Electrical ExaminersriTheir terms, starting this Jan 1, will run two years. Re-appointed to Ihe Board of Examiners and Appeals were E T. Compere B F. Horn and C. E. Bentley Jr The place formerly held by George W. Morgan was filled by naming Charles Landers. Morgan has moved to Dallas. The two-year terms'also began Jan. 1. The commission approved the suggestion of the Taylor County Commissioners Court that Maebefle McDamel and A. B. Shelton be named to the City-County Child Welfare Board. However, the city commissioners did not approve the officials' -nomination of Cure for lhat board, since the city desired his services on the Park and Public Recreation'Board. A recommendation of Mrs. V. Z. Mathews for the remaining vacart- cy on the City-County Child Wel- fare Board will be made by the City Commission to the County Commissioners Court. Solons Touring NAIROBI, Kenya W six- member delegation from the Brit- ish Parliament headed today for the battle areas in against Mau Msu terrorists. Spe- cial security precautions taken. Sorry; U. S. Has Plenty of Storage .FARMTWJTOX.'X. M. Local Shrlncrs recently wired President Eisenhower jokingly offering use of the Shrine 'clubhouse as a store- house for A-bombs "in exchange for one small atomic charge to use in our program for the ensuing Then a letter over the sig- nature of AEC Chairman Lewis Strauss. It read: "The AEC sufficient availa- ble storage space to handle the present supply of! fissionable ma- terial furthermore ths security procedure that must follow makes it impossible for us to store such material! with private-organ- ItaUoiw. We 'regret we cannot houor jNHir requeit" Rain Wets Section; More Cold Coming A slow rain that lasted all night in some sections .gave West Central Texas moisture ranging from little more than a traci at Anson to half an inch at Rotan Thursday night and early Friday. The rain bad stopped at most points in the Abilene area by a.m. Friday. Clearing weather was reported at Colorado: City, Stam- ford and Abilene. The state weather bureau warn- ed of a wet norther that is speed- ing toward' the Panhandle from Wyoming and Nebraska. The norther was due to slap all of Texas with snow or rain Satur- day: and send temperatures tumb- ling, Light snow and freezing rain was in prospect for north ce'nlral Texas and practically all of the rest of: the state: was due more rain. started at Stamford at Thunday nl4ht M of M inch had fallen by Friday morn- ing when it stopped. Skies were clearing at Colorado City by a.m. after an all-night rain that totaled .30 of an loch. South Plaint The drizzle dripped on the state from the lower Pecos Valley east- ,ward and most erf Texas except the upper South Plains and the Pan- handle had either rain or heavy fog. Low ceilings and zero visibility played havoc vath airline sched- ules. Flights out of Dallas and Mid- land were held up about au hour Friday morning according to the Pioneer Airline office in'Abi- lene. Rainfall totaled .19 at municipal airport aad tlijhtly nan in the bad Buffalo Gap .25, Clyde .41, Mono Roby. 35, San Anftlo M, ud Tutcola JB. Some rain or snow was said pos- sible in the Panhandle Saturday. Cooler weather but no rain wat in light for Abilene. Rain in other Texas was reported at Dallas, Fort Worth, Texarkana, Tyler, Austin, Sac Antonio, Del Rio, Paso, Wink and Marfa. Most of the fog wat concentrated from the coast Texarkana. Dallas, Fort Worth- Tyler, Lufkin and Texarkaiia had to, heavy fog. Kerrville had its wont fog to yean in a radius of 7J around the Visibility waa Un- ited 'to 50 feet. t Temperatures ringed from ttw lower 2fe in the the upper Na In aouttunimoat TWai, Dalkart had the low'cl a ant high of Ahi- a.m. Fridajr.   

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