Abilene Reporter News, January 22, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 22, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 22, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND \Ai A n i^rn J —    ^ W ^Wlene ^Aeporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIE^4DS OR FOES WE SK ETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron F¥P¥T¥R JLI « JJ XI Ji. 11 U FINAL VOL. LXXIIl, No. 220 Auociated Preu (AP> ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 22, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY'5c. SUNDAY lOe 35 TODAY Thaw Gets Underway The winter’s toughest norther was playing out here Friday and a slow’ warm-up was forecast through Saturday. The weather will lie fair with considerable high cloudiness Friday night and Saturday, with slowly rising temperatures, the U. S. Weather Bureau here said. Snow’. sleet and freezing rain that fell throughout the area after a norther roared in Wedne.sday afternoon wa.s due to melt under 35-degree temperatures F'riday. Tem{>erature dropped to IG degrees early Friday—two degrees higher than Thursday—as below-freezing weather covered most of the state for the second sti’aight j, m. HfcNDRICKS Abilene Man Drops Dead night. The low w’as eight degrees at Dalhart in the Panhandle, The low here Friday night will be 20 to 25 degrees, weathermen said, and the high Saturday in the 40s, The snow' and sleel that hit shortly before m'’night Wednesday. caused a number of dented fenders and a few bad traffic accidents. Friday, the sun was expected to crack loose ice that still clung to North and East Texas highways. Valley Escapes Damage Tender Rio Grande Valley crops were safe again. The norther dropped Valley temperatures to near freezing Thursday night, but enough wind blew to keep frost from settling. In the Abilene area, the .65 of precipitation was a boon to grain crops. Sunshine and clear skies Friday followed one of the worst winter days in Abilene since 1949. Rio Grande farmers had gone into Thursday mght fearful that a freeze would kill young tomato plants and damage carrots, lettuce and onions. But the lower valley temperature was 33 degrees at Edinburg. A 15-mile-an-hour wind kept the atmosphere stirring and free of frost. Elsewhere, overnight lows included; Amarillo 9, Lubbock 9, Childress 12, Lufkin 20. San Antonio 29. Corpus Christi 30, Galveston 29, Texarkana 19, Waco 19. Palacios 28. San Angelo 29. Laredo 34. Alice 30. Wink 22. Wichita Falls 15. Marfa 29, Houston 26, Austin 24, Tyler 14, Dallas 13 and Fort Worth 13. Icy East From Abilen# Icy conditions were reported i from .Abilene and Wichita Falls cast and from Corsicana north as the sun began making a comeback. .All the state was clear Friday except for parts of East Texas.    By    WILBUR    MARTIN    !    .lack Butler; Ed Loyd. Parr’.s at- That section was expected to clear \LICE f   Political leader torney; and Oscar Carrillo, one of ■„ th. »h. ¡George Parr, who brawled in the i-500 bond Some rural schools in the Abi-*    *    ’    .    .    on a pistol-toting charge. lene area were closed Thursday £5>urt house hereMonday with,    corridor battle Plea to Hold Tax Line Faces Fight TABOR SWEARS HE'LL SLASH Both Sides of Fence Aim Heavy Fire at New Budget FINE PORT IN A SNOW STORM ~ The ducks will not go hungry—cold and snow notwithstanding—if Jane Swanson keeps up her good works. The 5-year-old girl took the situation in hand in Amarillo Thursday when a light snow covered the park near her home. The temperature was 10 degrees. RUMORS CLAIM Parr, Allee May Face Grand Jury James McCoy Hendricks. 74- because of the road conditions, year-old Spanish American War The highway deoartment report-veteran. a retired plumber and    Austin    that court house here Monday with Texas Rangers Alfred Allee and Joe Bridge, may .face the Jim ed from Austin that    road 'cond!-    i    Wells County grand jury today. ...    I tions were improving    in extreme    ;    Speculation also spread last former    Taylor    County    jailer,    died    xorthwest Texas but    said many    I    night that Allee would be called Friday    morning    shorUy    after he    highways elsewhere    were slick    j    before the investigating body. too. and unsafe.    NTne    persons    met    with    the    grand WASHINGTON — Portions of President Eisenhowei^s unbalanced 65^2-biIlion-dollar spending budget for the next fiscal year today appeared to face some stiff bipartisan congressional trouble. “Too much,“ said Chairman Taber (R-NY) of the House Appropriations Committee. Rather risky, commented House Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas, referring to a cut in planned national security spending. Many Congressmen, however, praised the emphasis on air power and new' weapons. Rayburn agreed it was proper to put emphasis on both. Some Republicans and Democrats joined in commenting that the President’s stand against cuts in corporation and excise tax rates was likely to face severe fire from a Congress anxious to cut taxes in a year when many^ members face re-election campaigns. Unhappy Over Deficit There w’as some criticism of plans for continued heavy foreign aid spending and, from a few Dem-I ocrats, of proposed cutbacks in 1 ,\rmy and Navy manpower. 1 And there was bipartisan unhappiness over the fact that the budget > projects a federal deficit through the 1955 fiscal year starting July 1. The reduced spending estimates ; came in for general praije, al-; though there was some criticism of specific cuts. I The bulky document picturing the government’s financial plans going to pull that figure down to $3,300,000,000 in the next 5’2 months.’’ “High corporation profits in 1953 are a major factor in reducing the size of the prospective deficit.” Douglas said in an interview’. “Nevertheless, this estimate is much too optimistic. It is sinvily incredible that they can cut the deficit down by 6‘2-billion dollars In less than six months.” Douglas, a former economics professor, also took issue with Eisenhower’s statement that estimates of receipt.s for the next fiscal year “are based upon the continuation of business conditions. personal income and corporation profits at substantially the present high levels.” Douglas said the budget contains no hint of any administration program should the forecast prove wrong. left his home at 709 Chestnut St. He was stricken at Sixth aivi Chestnut SUs. and died before he could be taken to a hospital as passersby, on their way to work, »topped to give him aid. Funeral arrangements w ill be announced by Elliott’s Funeral Home. Mr. Hendricks was discharged from the Army a.s a 2>year-old \eteran in 1ÍKL’. During the Spanish \meriean War his parent,>. moved to Jones C’ounty from KiUs County and the di.'vhar.ged infantryman Came to \bilene to live. He was married to Nola Newberry on Feb. C 1903. at HtKli » s. He went into tne plunbiii;. husmes> m .Abilene in 1910. in 1940. Mr. Hendricks suffered a light stroke. In 1946 he took the job as Taylor County jailer Mr. Hendrn ks is survived by his widow, four daughters. Mrs. Berta Farnngion. D.allas, Mrs. Jessie Stagg.s, 765 EN 11    ;    Mrs.    Ester t'osier. San Diego. C'alif : and Mrs. Dons Bentley. Riverside, Calif , SIX sons. Henry, .Airarillo; I.ee. Compton, Calif.. F.d. tlardena. Cal-j the If.; Johif! Fort Wurth; .Jerry Vernon. Artesia. N. M.; .and Sgt Raymond B Hendricks. Hopewell. \ a-: four brothers, J.iy, Corpus Cbn.^ti; Fred. Rorhester. N V., Je»se, Amarillo, and Dave. Merkel; 19 .grand- here Monday also Included Sheriff Archer Parr of Duval County, a nephew* of the political king-pin. RHdL nnMf^Arrhe?>frr    headed    the BHds® put it, Archer Psir insult^, ed” Bridge. High winds hid blown snow* Jury yesterday, from highways in all directions Mrs. Caro Brown of the Alice from Amarillo.    Daily Echo, talked with the jurors Roads were oj>en in the Abilene | for an hour and 15 minutse. area and elsewhere Friday morn-1 Others questioned included Coun-ing. but still were dangerous w’lth ' ty Clerk C. H. Holmgreen; County slick Bridge slapped Arhcer. Mr.s. Brown's eye-witness account said Archer made a motion toward hi.s gun but wa.s quickly disarmed by Allee. Georfe Parr grabbed Allee’s arm. The Ranger captain stepped i.Atri’. Sam Burris: Deputy Sheriff ‘ hack with his pistol drawn, saying, “Em tired of the way you are COORDINATION URGED Malcont Fires New Criticism At City Street Department House Appropriations Committee, the first step toward congressional approval or revision.    | *raber. w’ho always has insi.sted “there never was a budget that couldn't be cut” said his committee ought to be able to trim at least three billion dollars from the 56 1-4 billions in new appropriations requested for the coming year. He’s to Be Convinced That, Taber told newsmen, might “get rid of the deficit,” which the President estimated would be $2,928,000.000 for the year SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS What will the compromise teacher pay hike proposal, agreed on by "both sides" this week in Austin mean to Taylor County teachers? Àn analysis of the new plan, expected to go before a special session of the Legislature soon^ will be presented in the Sunday Reporter-News. It will be written by Kath-aryn Duff, state editor, who covered the 1953 legislative session for The Reporter-News. This is just one of the special features coming to you in the Sunday paper. Others are designed to interest" all members of the family—dealing with such varied subjects as West Texans’ stake in the public housing program, an Abilene firm which makes soap for Puerto Ricans, the first in tl^ series for your civil disaster scrapbook, pictures and stories from Saturday’s hea\7 slate of livestock shows, and the latest in sports events and so on and on. Editorials by Frank Grimes will, as usual be one of the outstanding features of the Reporter-News. The big Sunday paper will bring you the latest news, specialty news and general news, from local and territorial writers and from The Associated Press. Demo, GOP SolonsAII Itch for Cut WASHINGTON ’-m — President Eisenhower’s plea to Congress to hold the line agaimst any further cuts in major tax rates smacked into strong opposition today. Several key Democrats planned a floor fight in the almost evenly divided House for a plan to slice •'It there should be a serious I “’'y"    ?»>•- drop in business ronditions ” he | said, "not oniy tvill that inrrease |»W P’y-the deficit at existing rates of tax- .    .„h ««nfi D«,r,..Kii« a t-, atlon but it will raise the further 1 question as to whether we should not give a stimulus to employment HuoHnnc in    tT by increasins! the personal exemp- j    tax rates, tion for income tax purposes and    _ . Endorses Rewriting Eisenhower, in his annual budget message yesterday, strongly endorsed a project for rewriting almost all the nation’s tax law’S. His proposals w'ould reduce revenue two billion dollars annually when they reach full effect, but this would be done through many changes in various deductions, allowances and other technical points—not through major rate changes. Republicans generally applauded this program, but Rep. McCormack of Massachusetts, the assistant Democratic leader, accused the President of “political insincerity.’’ “Instead of appealing to the people to make sacrifices for greater national defense.” McCormack said, “the President is appealing to their bo' es for tax reductions. ’People Need H’ “But apparently the only ones being considered in the President’s program are corporations and large stockholders. If President Eisenhower thinks we can have by some positive program of public works.” running things in Duval County. I'm damn well fed up.” Mr.«:. Brown said she cried, “Cap: Cap’.’’ Says Killing Intended “He was gqing to kill me.” said ' ending in mid-1955. the .52-vear-old Parr. “The onlv i Told that Budget Director reason ’he didn’t was that Mrs. Joseph M. Dodge, the President’s Brown hollered. ’Alfred. .Alfred.’ ” chief fiscal aide, had said such a The scuffle occurred as Parr was would have to be made 'at the expense of essential activities T don’t see any chance of the Citv of Abilene’s ever getting i'lty Commi.ssioner J. Floyd Mai- j weather, and ought to be carried com renewed Friday morning his soon, he said, earlier charges that the City Street Department does not proi>erly coordinate its work to get the most results from equipment and men. He made his statements during ; waiting for a hearing on a charge that he was illeeally carrying a gun near a meeting of the Freedom Party Saturday night. The ; Freedom Party has vowed to un enough money to replace its pav- seat him as South Texas political ing.” Malcom said, “and it cer- boss. Commission's regular City meeting. City Manager .Austin P. Hancock replied that he has instrocied City Engineer M. M. Anderson to devote more time out.side inspecting children and seven great-grand- i the various jobs to see that better children Mr. Hendricks was hrs divi.sjon’.s No. 1 sliarpshooter aiui tuiee as a Spanish American War scout pre-\ented the eseai'e of prisoners by pinpoint shooting. tainly is imixntant that we protect the investment we have in paved streets.” Drinks One Cup Of Coffee, Dies i coord,nation-1.x .xecured f,-om iho 5    ™d’dr.,i Slrr^, D..par,n.cn, and other a cafe ho,-e ,oxle.xi,y «„bed on, vtew.s.    ,    to    his    car.    cot in and died.    ^-«.i. »-.i. Parr denied al’egation.s in a complaint filed by Manuel Marroquin that said he brandished a pistol : and threatened to kill Marroquin i and all “those so and sos" at the , meeting. ! The so-called pistol. Parr has i s.aid. actually w as only a pair of binoculars. Tells of Threat Marroquin appeared before the of the government.” Taber replied: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” Sen. Douglas ¡D-Ill» meanwhile predicted a federal deficit of “at least five billion dollars” for Lhe current fiscal year and chided the administration for an “altogether too optimistic” estimate. Eisenhower estimated a year-end deficit next June 30 of $3,300,-000,000. Need High Profits Douglas said the Treasury Department reporteri a deficit earlier this month of $9.822.000,000. and added; “They now say they are Leg Severed, Skull Fractured in Crash S’VA’EE'TVV.ATER, Jan. 22 — Mrs. . hunt received a broken collar Joe Conners, injured Thursday in! bone and left rib and bruises, a taxicab-train accident here, re-' The accident occurred about mained in “very critical condi-;6.15 p.m. at the Sam Houston St. tion” in Sweetwater Hospital    Fri- j grade    crossing in    the    west    part day.    : of the    Sweetwater    business    sec- Mrs. Conners’ skull was frac- tioD. tured and her right leg severed The southbound cab in which just above the ankle when    ^^he yii., Conners and W’as thrown from the cab onto the railroad track in the collision Thurs- tax reducffoaa. the people generally should hémit:* Eisenhower said the program he proposed, in its first year, would relieve individuals of .585 million dollars in ta.xes and corporations of 630 millions. McCormack added his “present inclination” is not to vote to extend pre.sent rates on corporations and excises. Eisenhower urged Congress to cancel three billion dollars in cuts in these fields, now set automatically for .April 1, and to prevent losses in revenue from other excises not involved in the April 1 changes. The corporate income tax rate, now 52 per cent, is due to drop to 47 per cent on April 1 unless Congress changes the law. BULLETINS Mrs. Whisen- j hunt were passengers was invoH’- i day night.    ^    ® collision with an east- j The skull fracture    was the "most    =    ^und Texas and Pacific freight important injury." her physician ; train, w hich was not damaged, said. Although her condition was \    Alone    In    Back    Seat too critical    to undergo    surgery    t    Mrs. Whisenhunt was riding on Friday, the    doctor    said    more of    the front seat w ith White, and Mrs. \ HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX? Polls Paid Thursiiay , . ,    175 PoiL Paid to Date .......  4.66»8 Polls Paid I nst Year ......7.093 Polls Paid in 195:'     18.090 Davs before Deadline ....    9 Malf’om charged that sometimes two or three pieces of Street Department equipment arrive on the scene of a job and have to “stand around and wait" for delivery of caliche (gravel*. By putting the caliche on the location in advance, thi.s delay would be saved, he .said. “The Street l>epariment practically wastes Saturday mornings.” Ma’.com declared. Alalcom urged that something be done right now alwut a sizable maintenance project to patch and preserve existing paved streets. It can't be done satisfactorily in hot to his car. got in and died. Peace Justice Martin L. Lilly quoted a waitress as saying Huffman commented that his doctor said Incarcion Pena. 79th District Court interpreter, told him, “Don’t come to my barber shop in San had advl.wl him apainst    I    TmpJ ooffoa. The «■ai.rex., reported Huff-!Kver, tSa, he "iuat man ordered a cup ap.Mvay. Ul.v .    .    Marroquin'    to    «0 aome ..aid. Huffman s body »as found in    j.-Phls    harberwork done. The red light is on him now his ear in front of the cafe. The justice ruled death from natural causes, Huffman, of Houston, was sales manager for McCullough Tool Co.. which has a branch here. Company officials said Huffman had suffered from heart trouble. Crackdown Ordered on Blind Corners and Double Parking . I’m a member of the Old Party and he’s a member of the New Party. . . You know how it is, 1 don't want no trouble.” Both Parr and Juan Barrera, his companion S.4turday night, are free under Sl,5tX) bonds on the pistol-carrying changes. THE WEATHER { lackdown on two tralfic hai-ards blind corners and double parking was ordered Friday morning by the City Commission. The war against the former will be waged ahead of springtime, since the increa.sed foliage of shrubs and trees heightens the danger.s in the .spring. “F.Uiid’’ eorner.s are those intersections where the vision of motorists is blocked by an.vthing » moh as a fence, a sign, a shrub or a tne City Atiy. Alex Bickley was fold to examine thr nance against blind eorner.s and to bring to the commission next Frid.ay morning a revised version if the extsting one i.s not .strong enough. City Manager Austin P Hancock. Mayor C. E Gatlin and Mayor i’ro lYm rominy Conerly were n.sked by tlie commission to call on Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark and urge the police to enforce strictly the ordinance tgainst double parking. Discussion of that problem was brought up in Friday’s meeting by Mayor Gatlin. The commissioners agreed with his views. “Double parking is a problem that we must face,” said Gatllii. “Trucks and other \ehicles line up along the streets, double parked; I think some of the drivers go Inside for coffee ” City Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom re{>orted some motorists are leaving cards on their ears, telling why they have double p.Hiked. thus .nvoUlIng traffic tickets, ihis present ordi- i doesn’t excuse them according to the law, but "they are making it work,” Malcom ass.'rted. Commission members discussed what they consider a blind corner existing at Albany and Bickley .Sts Abilene’s rule ag.Hinst blind corners i.s a part of the City Zoning Ordinance. U provides th.si no hedge, tree, shrub or other growth shall he planted in the area between the street curb and the front proi»erty lint (or ’parkway") tx* ccpl according to the provisions of the ordinance or the appro\al i..-sued thereunder. It requires that a permit be secured from the city building inspector before any growth Is planted in the parkway. No iH*rmtt shall be issued for a planting which would create a traffic hazard by ob.striu ting the view. On a lot on whi, li a front yard is required by the Zoning Ordinaneo, no wall, fence or other structure shall* be erected and no hedge, tree, shrub or other growth or any .strueture be maintained in such location so as to obstruct the view. Any fence, wall, hedge, shrub-Irery, etc.. higher than leet at the front property line and sloping to feet at the depth of the required front yard i> decUired an obstruellon tor blind rorner’' except single trees, having single trunks which are pruned to a height of se\en leet ilw\e walk gradt. WTUC Workers Win Pay Hike, Other Benefits FORT WORTH .B -West Texas Ctilities Co. electrical employes, operating in 49 counties in West Texas, were working under a new contract today, giving them, among other things, an average of 20 cents an hour more in pay. The contract was revealed by An Edwaixis, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Flec-tncal Workers, with headquarters in Fort Worth. i Edwards said 270 linemen were affected by the new contract, signed Jan. 11, The contract climaxes eight \ ears oi" negotiaUons. he said, and during that time issues were re- the injured leg may have to be amputated later. Also injured in the accident were the cab driver, Malcolm White, 34, and another passenger, Mrs. Mattie Whisenhunt. 51. Conners was alone in the back seat. Policeman Bob Powell, one of the investigating officers, said. The cab was knocked about 105 feet by the train and Mrs. Conners was thrown another five feet AlUtough both were admitted for ! fw ith her right leg treatment, neither w as in serious ! landing on the track right in the condition, the doctor said. Neither Path of the moving train, which was thrown from the cab.    ¡severed    it above the ankle. White suffered minor Injuries in- j The entire right side of the car eluding bruises and cuts about the ! w as caved in and it w as eonsider-faee and arms, and Airs. Whisen- i ably damaged, officers said. ALSTLN — The Texas State Teachers Assn. today joined Gov. Shivers in promising strong support of a eom-promise plan to raise base pay of school teachers by $402 a year. Shivers said he will indicate tomorrow the date of a special legislative ‘session on the raise. (See earlier story, Pg. 3-A.i PANML NJOM. Saturday uP— The Korean war prisoners who stirred worid-wide controversy by refusing to go home were tuined loose today. The group —21 Yanks, a Briton and 327 South Korean — were abandoned by Indian guards at 12:01 a.m. (9:01 a.m. Texas Timei. They said they’d stay put.' (See earlier story, Pg, 7-B.) \ S IUI’\RTMIM or (OMMlRCr W» STHI R m RV SI    i ARU KNK .AM VU'IMI'Y    with    «-on-, qUlrr*blr t.U '' »-uvaaHir.'s FruUy *ft»;'■■'»■»r . i fcrrcd to authorities as high as the aeiiffs 1-'» Krum.v ui«hi 30 -o w Hii'.i i g Supreme Court for decision. S*iurci»y In tl\f 4«'    _ NORVH . VXTU.Al. T1 XAS Fàii .old    iHTi-f.-’,’- Uns    »friTiu»'!', *nd tosnihi, ; » st Axiu •iKÎn .S*'.-ard»y i*li ln *ftfrrnv>n WKST TF'X.AS F'*l! not o C'W thl« «C-ftnoon •oin*,t'.l *nd Säiu:. '> t.o^r-a t.'-r.mht liP*r'.iindle «•ul ' Ai rssr TlX.A.S F.»; «"..l ooLI uns «iter- roon tmd toiiigb'    14--4    iiottb «nd XV to •i.'oth Ov'rUons t»'t SOV ru CF N I K M, F X    F Air «nd rol vln- «fti'îtv-'M »n.; toniKi-t l-»p-i îO-,iû ■ Xi't>t ;;0 t*    «ontti Tt Ml’F R ATI Kl S l'tjU! i '.*1 J4 V M \ :0 .; 0 4 ,Ä> ■'S Kl 5 n» ' 0 8 U» :--o Iv Ul \ u> i;; -.0 ,,ot VT i Edwards summed up the new contract this way: Wage tncrea.se averaging more than 20 cents an hour, and reti'O-active for at least three months I’nion recognition I.oca is 8^ at ^ j San .Angelo, 920 at Abilene and 1040 d ! at Quanah recogni ed as the sole b.argaimng agent for the electrical w orkers. Vacation with pa\. *;ick leave, hoiidas.s, and full cvvojH’ration Lw-iween company ami union. Confirmation of signing of the contract was giv en by headquarter? officials of W ri’t at VbiUnie. .A M n n n I« I« I« 11 -ri> Muv.el l«»t sili I F i'3 V tv Siiivivp uk-d«\ 7.1« «m .Suo'Pt I. '.Hi'.' F ÜJ r I" St«Mmuni I’pnivx* «lure Un 3« houli fiut-hl« «t F it) « m 34. Mîniiv.um    r    J4    huar»    tnid- Itu «t « 70 « nt . I«. Bftremettfr i»«dti',s «t 13.10 p ¡tv y* .SJ KelkUi« bumldliy «l IJ .70 p ai. «l’T* Borger Firm Low Tl 1.8A .P A Borgei. Tex . firm, Host Tex Constnictiou Co.. was appaivnt Uv.v bidder esteixiay at $:t96.2'g> for building a ho.spital ad-I dtlion at Amarillo Air Foret Base. A-Sl'B TAKES FIRST DU*—The atomic-powered submarine USS Nautilus hits th«» witer in the Thames River at Groton, Conn., Thursday at the official launching. Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower had christened it moments before. ;