Abilene Reporter News, January 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY watt Sabtlene ^porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YO’JR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 213 Atsociated Prêt» (AP/ ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c REPORT CRITICAL City Admits Own Inspection Insufficient on New Sewers Abilene's City Commission voted officially Friday morning that there was insufficient city inspection on several recent major sani-tary-setver line installations. It acknowledged that the contractors did not completely follow the specifications. The action, which included receipt and filing of a critical report from .Toe E. Ward, Wichita Falls consulting engineer, repeated warnings which had been made during progress of the jobs bv City Manager Austin P. Hancock and ‘L. A. Grimes, then water and sewer superintendent. A written report from Grimes, 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. Clouse Brothers or V. Clouse of Kerrville, be required to repay the city the cost of the Ward investigation. That amount is SI,384.23. The commission also agreed with Grimes that the Clouses shouldn’t be charged the cost of rec nt removal of sand from tf.e mains as it wasn’t their fault. Practically all the sanitary-,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 along the western edge of Abilene and out to the sewer farm: sewers in North Park and Over Place, and those in the new Tan-glewood Addition. Commissioner J, Floyd Malcom said. Grimes concluded his letter with this statement: port and the Grimes suggestions was made by Commissioner Jack Minter and seconded by Commissioner A. Crutcher Scott. It carried unanimously, with all members present. Specifications Ignored Minter’s motion also instructed Grimes to contact Clouse for a financial 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 present water and sewer superintendent. was the superintendent of the department when the lines were being installed. He recommended Friday that the $975 check which the Clouses offered 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 write. “Evidence shows that this sand entered the sewer system through an opening in a manhole in the upper portion of the system, which was not caused by the contractor.” Engineer Ward’s investigation report charged the following failures See SEWER. Pg. 3-A, Col. 5 Lawmakers Eye $12,500 Raise By ED CREAGH WASHINGTON W-Senators* and House nembers were invited today to vote themselves a $12.500 a year pay increase. This would boost their salary to $27,500 a year. A special commission set up to study salary problems also recommended a $14,500 a year increase for Supreme Court justices, comparable raises for other federal . ...    .    (judges    and higher expense allow- icjKu' (the Ward report' ances for the vice president and all along; { speaker of the House. reveals what we knew that wc did not have sufficient Inspection. This matter was discussed with the city manager and the City Commission during the construction, “When most of the sewers were The committee’s report to President Ei enhower made other recommendations: 1. A government-provided official mansion for Vice President Nixon laid, we found it impossible to and his successors in the post, employ sufficient competent help 2. A further study of pensions for needed. At one time there were the widows and dependents of the several curb and gutter and pav- various officials. It said there is ing crews and considerable other ; no such provision now for survivors work going on. This should he, of justices and other judges and and I believe will be. avoided in j “inadequate” provisions for con-the future, as during the past few gressional families. months we have been able to recruit additional personnel.” Motion to accept the Ward re- Up To Congress It’s up to Congress itself to de- ; clde whether to vote these in- ! PRICE, THAT IS Coffee Shooting Up Like Jack's Bean Like Jack’s magic bean, the eof-. fee bean is shooting skyward-only it’s carrying a price tag rather than leading towards a ix>t of gold. Coffee prices have been taking another upward spurt within the last few weeks, and two brands sold locally are now at a record 974 cents a pound wholesale. Another hi and was unofficially reported to be up to $1.024 cents a pound, and another w as clinging precariously to 944 cents a pound wholesale price. Bob Rice, district representative for Folger’s Coffee, reported that j his coffee has risen 6 cents a can wholesale within the last two weeks, from 914 cents to 974 -cents. Duncan Coffee has had to boost prices on its two major brands ! lately in an upward trend of the Neither expressed much hope that the upward trend would stop soon. W. F. Cawyer. Waples-Platter representative here, said that his White Swan Coffee "definitely would have to come up some,” but declined to say how much. "That’s the St>4 question." he said.    t The boost in coffee prices started 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 export only 15 million this year. Rice said. Each hag holds 132 pounds of green coffee beans, for which the rompanv pays 744 cents a pound. Roasting causes 20 per cent shrinkage, he added. The freeze started the price rise. creases or settle for smaller ones or none at all. The resolution creating the 18-member nonpartisan commission gives the legislators 60 days to make up their minds. There is nothing to stop them from extending that period, however. And. with election coming up this year 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 almost all of them want. An early sampling o? congressional opinion indicated the Senate may well vote for some sort of increase. The outlook in the House is more doubtful. Whatever they do about their own pay, the legislators are almost certain to raise judges’ salaries. Differences Over Size The commission, headed by Bernard G. Segal, an attorney of Philadelphia, agreed unanimously that members of Congress and federal Judges should get higher salaries as a means of "assuring the nation top-flight leadership.” There was some difference of opinion, however, as to how big the increases should be. The compromise recommends- Speedy Okay of Social Security Program Set Little Argument On Ike's Proposals HELICOPTERS AID SNOW SLIDE VICTIMS — Austrian police carry a litter patient from the helicopter which flew injured to Leudesch, Austria, from Blons, an Austrian Alpine hamlet hard nit by avalanches which struck in four countries. Fresh snow, rain and alarms of new avalanches hampered res:ue efforts in snow-buried Austrian valleys. City Plans Crackdown On Car Tax PATROLMEN PUZZLED Young Sailor Hurt In Five-Car Mixup City of Abiienfe will make a determined effort to collect from all owner» alike any unpaid ad valorem taxes on motor vehicles. That policy was laid down Fri-tion if finally adopted would cost day morning by the City Commis-the taxpayers a total of $11,336.000 sion at the suggestion of City Atty. a year. Some four million dollars Alex Bickley. of this, however, would be paid Bickley pointed out that letting back in the form of income tax. some car owners off without trying The proposed salary scale would to enforce payment merely pena-give associate justices of the j lizes those persons who voluntar coffee market which started last aided hy the fact that world con- November, Bob Nuckols, district representative of the company, said. Admiration is now- % cents a pound in lots of 30 cases or over and 974 cents a pound in four-case lots, he said. Maryland Club is 98 cents in 30-case lots and 994 cents in four-case lots. sumption has almost doubled since World War II, Nuckols added. It’s predicted to double again hy 1960. Another Hike Coming Nuckols reported that the first price hike on his company’s cof-! fee probably reached consumers j See COFFEE, Pg. 3-A, Col. 4 Supreme Court $39,500 a year, compared w ith the present $25.000. The chief justice would continue to get an extra $500. Federal district judges would be raised from $15.000 to $27.500. Appeals Court judges from $17.500 to $30.500. Congress’ last increase in compensation was in 1946. At that lime the lawmakers raised themselves from $10,000 a year to $15,-000. The commission took note of the higher cost of living nowadays and said in addition that legislative and judicial salaries are inadequate, out of balance with the responsibilities of the offices and the pay of other officials and executives in private industry. The commission said the pres- j ent pay scales "tend to confine these important positions to per- j sons of independent wealth or out- j side earnings.” The commission proposed, ily pay. City Manager Austin P. Hancock said he wishes the state would enact legislation whereby the annual motor vehicle registration fees could be split with the cities. He thought this would be better for city governments than levying ad valorem taxes on motor vehicles. Hancock said the City Tax Department incurs much expense in handling the taxing of automotive items. Ben M. Davis & Co., Abilene certified public accountants, were re-employed Friday morning by BAIRD. Jan. 15 — A 19-year-old Lusk said they thought that the sailor from Bedford. Vs., was in- original accident was a sideswipe jured Friday about 5 45 a m. near which knocked the Ford sideways Clyde in a multiple-incident acci- on the highway. The Mercury ran dent involving five vehicles. 1 into its side, he said. Highway patrolmen were frankly I The Ford w as the worst-damaged puzzled about howr the accident oc-1 of the three autos at the scene, he curred, but preliminary investiga- j said. tion showed that it seemed to have The accident happened on a slight happened something like this:    rise, so that cars approaching from <1> Neil Fiezer. about 19, of Bed- the west, as did Jenkins and Young,    ______^    ____ ford, Va., was headed west in a were unable to see the accident I ultimately. $23.50 or’more forfam-1950 Ford when he was involved until they got right on top of [Res. in accident with another vehicle of it. Lusk said, unknown make and driver about j “I’m kind of mixed on this deal two miLes west of Clyde on U. S mvself.” he said. "Well be a little while straightening this one out, I am afraid.” Investigation continued Friday afternoon. No charges had been filed. WASHINGTON (tf1) — Congress appeared set today to give 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 produced 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 hut that this Congress will enact legislation substantially carrying out the President’s pro* gram.” A key Democratic leader, asking not to be quoted by name, said, “You can bet your bottom dollar that few Democrats will oppose it.” Chairman Reed fR-NY) praised the program and said his House Ways and Means Committee will go to work on it, probably in early March. Reed, who has fought the President on other points and who has opposed plans of past Democratic administrations to liberalize social security, introduced two bills to carry out Eisenhower’s proposals. One bill embraces the main pro-j posal for extending coverage, rais-i ing benefits and increasing from $3.600 to $4,200 the individual income limit on which the 2 per cent social security tax wbuld apply. Would Change Benefits The other would put into effect what is expected to be the more >, controversial part of the presiden- 1 tial program—revision of federal contributions to states for direct I relief to persons not covered, in- 1 eluding some needy aged, blind, I disabled persons and dependent I children. Reportedly Reed divided the legislation so that, If opposition makes it necessary, social security expansion can be pushed without becoming involved in any fight over | the welfare program. Monthly benefit increases would go to those already retired or re-* ceiving survivors’ payments and i in larger measure to those beeom-{ing eligible in the future. The increases would range from $5 to, ELMO CURE . on Park Board City, County Posts f illed Highway 80. <2> Apparently the second car had left the scene when a 1951 Mercury driven by Lloyd A. Jenkins of Andrews came over the slight rise headed east and collided with Fiezer’s car, which apparently had been knocked .sideways to the highway. *3* While Jenkins and Fiezer were trying to get the cars off the highway, another unknown car came along and apparently hit Fie-zer while he was standing on the WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE the commission to make the annual highway. The vehicle then left the city audit in 1954. That firm’s aud- ¡scene of the accident, it in 1953 cost the city $3.000. Pay- 14‘ This happened, they think, ment is figured on a per day before a 1952 Studebnker driven amount for each of Davis' em- by Lowell W. Young. 241 Clyde St.. ployes working on the project. Abilene, also headed east, topped j the rise and collided with Jenkins’ '    car. WHAT'S NEWS among other things, that the tax- j au ikicine payers provide the entire cost of j    rMVSil six trips home each year for legislators. At present, the lawmakers are compensated—at 20 cents a mile—for one round trip each session. Minor Alexander New Diredor 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 w as re-named chairman of the hoard at a directors’ meeting held follow ing the stockholders’ conference. Other officers re-elected were Nobel living, president: Wheeler, vice-president; and Gussie C. Me-Dermett, assistant sec reta ry-t rea s- urer. Morgan Jones, Jr., was named vice-president for the first time and Maurice Brooks was newly-elected secretary - treasurer and general counsel. Southwest Savings has been in operation for a year, and has total liabilities of $753.063.03, with total assets of $753,063.03. Savings and investment accounts number $620,979.56. with $585,-375.57 of that amount loaned principally to Abilene and territorial homeowners. Alexander, son oí pioneer surgeon Dr, J. M. Alexander, has extensive oil and ranch holdings In West Texas and New Mexico. He was educated in Abilene public acbools, the University of the ibi MINOR ALEXANDER Boy, 4, Tired of Life, Jozses It Up TUCSON, Ariz. T Tired of the quiet life, a 4-year-old boy toddled into the corridor of an apartment 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 this.” his mother told police. THE WEATHER r s. »reA*TMKVT or comhkecr WKATHKR BCRtXI ABILENE AND VICINITY PzrUy cloudy and mild today and Saturday, turning colder late Saturday afternoon High today about SO low tonight near *0 High Saturday near SO      .    ... NORTH CENTRA! TEXAS Cloudy with occasional rain and a few thunderaho*era through Saturdav. Turning much colder Saturday WEST TEX AS: Turning much colder with Occasional light snot in Panhandle late Friday and in Panhandle and South Plalna Saturdav Colder Saturday. EAST TEXAS Cloud> with occasional rain and a few thundershower» Friday SOUTH CENTKAl TEXAS Cloudy with occagionat rain, mostly In north portion throuah Saturd»' Tl MPt R m ils South st Sewanee and the Univer sity of Texas. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Presently he is operating the holdings of the Alexander Trust Estate which includes oil and ranching interests, Alexander and his wife, the former Ruth Guitar, have three children, Jim, Jane and Jerry The family Uves at 1158 Elt^wood Drive. Thursday P M S3 ...... S3 ...... SO  ..... 50    ...... 4A ...... 47    ...... 47    ...... 4*    ...... 47 M. Friday A M  .....47 .....47 ..... 47 ......    47 ......4* ......4« ......4« ......    4» ......90 ......    S3 ......35 ,, .    57 SunrU* today 7 41 AM Sunaet tonight 4 5g PM Haromatf r reading at 13 30 P M a# 03. Relative humidity at 13 30 PM . «I Mav.mutu temperatura for period ending at « 30 a m., 55. Minimum temperatura for parlod andini at S.JO a m.. 45.    ; 1 30 % -30 3 30 4 30 5 30 6 30 7 10 a to 9 so io 70 47    I»30 47    ...    12    30 Sun»»t laat night 5 S3 PM WOMIN SET RECORD -Thirty- eight women hove been named to policy-making posts in Washington, Page 4-A. EAGLES FACE ROUGH FOES— Ab-lene High School's basketball team olays tough Berger, Pampa next. Page 6-A, DORM BIDS OPENED -Bids for Abilene Air Force Base bu*ld-inqs under $2,000 000. Page LB. TEACHER REACTION — Stand on school pay problem favorable, Gov. Shivers says. Page 7-B. French Singer Plans To Wed Doris Duke NEW YORK. Jan. 15 French singer Charles Trenet said today he will marry Doris Duke, former wife of Porfirio Ruhirosa and one of the world’s wealthiest women. This came only two weeks after Rubirosa's wedding to the former Barbara Hutton, another of the world’s richest women and a friend of Miss Duke. Trenet is appearing at an upper East Side cabaret here. Mtss Duke is in Switzerland. Miss Duke reputedly inherited 30 million dollars. Trenet said she told him that people w ithout money get married and that she saw no reason why people with money should not. Further, he said, he has wealth on his own. HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX? Apparently the five-wav 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 him a description of either of the mussing cars Friday morning. The first had evidently left the scene before Jenkins arrived. Lusk said. Fiezer was in Callahan County hospital Friday with lacerations of the scalp and a compound fracture 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 w ith the Navy in San Francisco. Calif, at the time of the accident. A passer-by took him into the hospital before the patrolmen arrived on the scene. Lusk said. Patrolman George Clark of Bail'd also investigated. None else was injured in the accident that the patrolmen knew of. Fiezer apparently received his I injuries only when struck by the second missing automobile. Lusk said. Municipal Airport ......... 79 909 Hickory St. ... ...........20 2225 Edgemont — ...........35 1829 S. 8th ....... ...........30 ANSON ........ .......... .03 BALLINGER ..... 22 BUFFALO GAP .... ......25 CLYDE ..... V..Ï..Ï,. ’41 COLORADO CITY .......... .30 MORAN ............ .......... .06 KOBY ............ ...........35 ROTAN ........ ........... .50 SAN ANGELO ...... .......... .40 SNYDER .......... ...........18 STAMFORD ........ ..."....... .24 TUSCOLA .......... .......... ,25 AUSTIN ............ ...........11 DALLAS ............ ...........24 EL PASO........... ............09 HOUSTON ......... .......... .27 SAN ANTONIO .... ...........08 WACO ............. .......... .21 DEL RIO ........... BONHAM ...... .......... 1.20 FT. WORTH...... ...........21 WICHITA FALLS .. ...........23 TEXARKANA ............73 LUFKIN ..... .......... ,77 MINERAL WELLS . ............50 MARFA .......... Adding Farmers Coverage also would be extended to almost the entire working force—104 million additional persons. including doctors, lawyers and farmers. The like effective date for increased benefits to some six million persons already eligible would be just before the November congressional elections. Rep. Kean (R-NJ), a Ways and Means Committee member who specializes in social security, predicted today Congress would accept the President’s program “substantially as proposed.” He foresaw little opposition to the benefit increases, or to a proposal permitting retired workers to earn up to $1,000 annually and still draw’ social security benefits. The present law forbids such payment to a worker between 65 and 75 for any menth in which he earns as much as $75. Kean said the American Medical Assn. would fight expansion of coverage to include doctors, and a proposal to give permanently or totally disabled persons full benefits based on their period of work, not counting the period when they would be forced out of covered employment. But he said he thought these sections would be approved. Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee generally praised the program and noted that it included several features proposed by former President Truman but rejected by Congress. Appointments were made Friday morning by the City Commission to fill vacancies on three city boards and one city-eounty panel. Named to five-year terms, beginning Jan. 1. 1954. on the Park and Public Recreation Board were Elmo Cure and C. L. Young. The latter was a re-appointment. Cure takes the place formerly held by Mrs. Morgan Jones Sr. J. D Allen and Paul Bonine were re-named to the Board of Electrical Examiners, Their terms, starting this Jan. 1. will run two years. Re-appointed to the 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 Maebelie McDaniel and A. B. Shelton be named to the Citv-County Child Welfare Board. However, the city commissioners did not approve the county officials’ nomination of Cure for that board, since the city desired his services on the Park and Public Recreation Board. A recommendation of Mrs. V. Z. Mathews for the remaining vacancy on the Citv-County Child Welfare Board will be made by the City Commission to the County Commissioners Court. Solons Touring NAIROBI. Kenya —A six-member delegation from the British Parliament headed today for the battle areas in Britain’s war against Mau Mau terrorists. Spc cial security precautions were taken. ptills Paid    Thursday ..... 198 Polls Paid    to Date ...... 3,254 Polls Paid    Last Year ... 7.093 Polls Paid in 1952 ..,.18,090 Days be tor* Deadline ......18 Sorry; U. S. Has Plenty of Storage FARMINGTON, V M. Local Shrincrs recently wired President Eisenhower jokingly offering use of the Shrine clubhouse as a storehouse for A-bombs “in exchange for one small atomic charge to i use In our program for the ensuing ! year ” I Then came a letter over the sig-. nature of AFC Chairman Lewis ; Strauss, It read: J “The A EC has sufficient availa-1 ble storage space to handle the ( present supply of fissionable material; furthermore the security i procedure that we must follow { makes it impossible for us to store such materials with private organizations. We regret we cannot honor your request.” Rain Wets Section; More Cold Coming \ slow rain that lasted all night m some sections gave West Central Texas moisture ranging from little more than a trace at Anson to half an inch at Rotan Thursday night and early Friday, The rain had stopped at most points in the Abilene area by 8:30 a.m. Friday. Clearing weather was reported at Colorado City, Stamford and Abilene. The state weather bureau warned of a wet norther that is speeding toward the Panhandle from Wyoming and Nebraska. The norther was due to slap all of Texas with snow or rain Saturday and send temperatures tumbling. Light snow and freezing rain was in prospect for north central Texas and practically all of the rest of the state was due more had fallen by 8:30 Friday morning when it slopped. Skies were clearing at Colorado City by 7:30 a.m. after an all-night rain that totaled .3» of an inch. South Plains Skipped The drizzle dripped on the state from the lower Pecos Valley eastward and most of Texas except the Some rain or snow was said possible in the Panhandle Saturday. Cooler weather but no rain was in sight for Abilene. Rain in other parts of Texas w as reported at Dallas, Fort Worth, Texarkana. Tyicr, Austin, San Antonio, Did Rio, El Paso, Wink upper South Plains and the Pan- and Marfa. Most of the fog was rain. Rain started at Stamford at 11 15 j Roby. 35. San Thursday night and .24 of an inch | Tuscola .25. handle had either rain or heavy fog. Low reUiugs and zero visibility played havoc with airline schedules. Flights out of Dallas and Midland were held up about an hour early Friday morning according to the Pioneer Airline office in Abilene. Rainfall totaled 19 at municipal airport here and slightly more in the city. Ballinger had .22, Buffalo Gap .25. Clyde .41. Moran .06. Angelo .40, and concentrated from the coast to Texarkana. Dallas, Fort Worth Tyler, Lufkin and Texarkaua had Ught to heavy fog. Kerrville had its worst fog m years in a radius of 75 miles around the hill country. Visibility was limited to 50 feet Temperatures ranged from the lower 20s in the Panhandle to the upper 60s in southernmost Texas. Dalhart had the low of 23 and Brownsville the high erf 68, Abilene had a high of 52 up until 6.30 a.m. Friday. ;