Abilene Reporter News, February 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 02, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WQRLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron .VOL. LXXIII, No. 231 Associated Prea IAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2. 1954-SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e, SI Budgets Built on Rich U. S. WASHINGTON of the Treasury Humphrey testified to- day that President Eisenhower built his new budget on an as- sumption of national prosperity only fractionally below the record levels of 1953. Opening month-long public hear- ings of the Senate-House Economic Committee, Humphrey said the ad- ministration's estimates revenue were based on expectations of busi- ness profits of 43 billion dollar; a year and total personal income of 285 billion dollars. -'Our income estimates assumes a. high level of business activity, a good volume of production, good employment at high wages, and reasonable corporate Humphrey declared. To Keen Prosperity The secretary said the Presi- dent's program of tax legislation and other economic measures was aimed at inducing "high-level pro- duction and employment." Corporate profits of 43 billion dollars, before taxes, in the fiscal year starting July 1 would be only 2.3 per cent below last year's esti- mated earnings. Total income of 285 billions would be only 1 per cent below the peak rate of 287% billion dollars achieved last July before the business decline began. Humphrey said the basic pur- pose of billion dollars in actual or proposed tax cuts this year is to bring "more jobs, better jobs, and higher and better standards of living." With this tax program, Hum- phrey said, he is confident "this nation can make the transition to a period of less costly military preparedness without serious in- terruption in our economic growth." Defense of Taxes '-Humphrey's testimony be- fore the Senate-House Eecpnomic Committee amounted to a vigorous defense of the Eisenhower admin- istration's lax program, under fire from some Democrats on charges it "favors big business and corpora- tion stockholders. led a procession ol Cabinet members, business and labor leaders who will testify over the next few weeks on President Eisenhower's economic message to Congresi.' Tie president said the current busmess "dip likely will end m a few months and the econom; then should turn up again, bu any economic .troubles must no be treated Humphrey said the administra- tion permitted five billion dollars in annual tax cuts to take effect Jan. 1, even though the federal budget is not balanced, "to transm- fer billions of dollars which the government will not be spending back to the taxpayers so that there will not be any sudden disloca- tion." The cuts eliminated the excess profits tax on corporations and reduced individual income tax rates an average of 10 oer cent Notes Other Benefits The Cabinet member noted tha millions of individuals would ben efit further from a proposed gen era! tax revision program provid ing better tax treatment for work ing children, child care expenses for doctor's bills, for annuities and some pensions, and from easier procedures In filing returns. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES STATE funds in politically turbulent Duvol County under investigation. Page 7-A. EXTENSION Taxless mergers to city proposed. Page 1-B. QUESTION How many Reds fired since Ike took over? Pcgc 3-A. CLEAN-UP TIME Wife at cleaning time knows no agony os untidy man forced to clean off his office desk. Page 8-A. TAKE A HITCH, Cliff Landers had to pay more attention to Abe Watson's shorts than the boxing in the first round of the high school division heavyweight bout at the Golden Gloves last night. With the Knox City boy wearing borrowed H-SU shorts that proved too large, it was a toss-up who was worried most about or Landers. Finally Landers yanked his shorts to the roar- ing delight of the crowd. Alert Photographer Don Hutche- son was on the money to get this picture. Almost hidden by Watson is his opponent, Benton McClure of Abilene. Oh yes, Watson won. Reds Open Heavy New Offensive in Indochina U. S. SAYS Withering Blast BERLIN of State Dulles told the Big Four foreign ministers conference today the Soviet bloc and its one-man rule is the real danger to world peace, not the Western defensive alliance. This was the American states- man's answer to Soviet Minister Molotov's charges that the West- ern powers are promoting war in trying to unify Germany within the family of European nations. In stinging language, Dulles hurled Molotov's own spoken after the 1939 Nazi-Com- munist partition of at him. At that time, with Moscow and Berlin in a booty-hungry partnership, Molotov called it "not only senseless but criminal" for the Western nations to war against Hitler. Molotov, in challenging the West- ern world's motives about 'peace now, is just as wrong today as he was then, Dulles asserted. The secretary led the Western broadside against the Russian as a retort to Molotov's unyielding position yesterday. Molotov had stressed that Russia would settle only for a neutral Germany un- able to have any link with the West and saddled with Commu- nist influence. Said Dulles: "Perhaps Mr. Molotov would ad' mit that he then (in 1939) made a all make mistakes. That fact should lead us not to be so confident of our judgment that ve throw across the table accusa- tions of criminal indent." Dulles said Molotov had "ac- cused us yesterday of being the enemies of peace." Terrifying Situation 'The greatest danger to world Dulles said, "lies in the 'act that in some cases a vast military establishment can be made to attack by the decision of a single nation, sometimes by the decision of a single man. That is situation that is understandably terrifying." He leit no doubt that he was talking about the monolithic Soviet regime. Dulles lit into Russian's de- mands for East German Commu- nist participation in any all-Ger- man deal and declared the Soviet Zone Red regime has been im- posed on 18 million helpless people. What more proof does one need, he said, than the fact that a million East Germans have fled west since Bitter Cold Hits Europe "LONDON worst winter] In seven years turned Europe into one vast icebox from the Urals to the Mediterranean today, spread misery among the homeless in the big cities, and covered the play resorts of North Africa with snow. Trains were stalled. Rivers (urned into giant ice ponds. Over- worked electric lines broke down. Hundreds of villages were cut off. The weatherman said ever, low- er tempelrtuuea GIi Already, more than 45 people have died. In North Africa, many parts of Morocco had their first snowfall 3; Meknes. three feet of "snow was reported and the hills around capped. Algiers were ice- London had its coldest night in seven years with the temperature tumbling to 23 degrees for 12 hours running. Nearly 100 villages were cut off by snowdrifts in the Italian High- lands. A howling windstorm with gusts of hurricane force lished at Trieste, injuring at lost sever people. Public "warming rooms" were to Frankfurt, Germany Solon Kept Wife, Friend On Payroll WASHINGTON govern- ment prosecutor told a Federal Court jury today that Rep. Ernest K. Bramblett had his wife on the congressional payroll for a year and also employed a clerk who did no work but "kicked back" her entire salary to him. .Asst. U.S. Atty William Hitz, made the statement in outlining the government's case to the jury. Bramblett went on trial today on charges of putting two women on his office payroll in a scheme to collect "kickbacks" from them. The specific charge is that he made false statements'to the disbursing office of the House of Representa- tives. The indictment alleges he collected in "kickbacks." Pleaded Innocent A jury of eight women and four men was slated to hear the case within an hour after the trial open- ed in U.S. District Court. Bramblett, 52, is serving bis fourth term in the House. He was indicted last June and pleaded in- nocent. Hitz told the jury that Bram- blett put Mrs. Margaret M. Swan- son of Arlington, Va., on his pay- roll in. Aug., 1S49, when it was suggested to him that having his wife, Lois, on the payroll might cause him political embarrass ment. He said Mrs. Swanson remained on Bramblett's payroll through Dec.. 1950, at a basic salary of a year. Hitz said the suggestion that Mrs BrambMt Bc-taken-lrfMJir payroll was made by Irving Swan- son, then Republican clerk of the House. He said Swanson suggested that Mrs. Swanson be put on the bayroll instead, assuring Bramblett he would see that she "returned to you every nickel she receives out of your payroll." Wife Paid, Too Hitz said Mrs. Swanson's pay- hecks were deposited in an Ar- lington bank and that Swanson re- turned to Bramblett the full a- mount of her paychecks. During the whole year of 1950, Bramblett nevertheless had his vife on the payroll although the Iwansons did not know about it, Hitz said. ALL OUT FOR were standing in line Tuesday morning to attend the opening session of the Abilene Sales Promotion Clinic, high-point Week in Abilene About 200 people have signed up for the course, conducted by Howard J. Wise- haupt of Red Bank, N. J. and Daytona Beach, Fla., for an hour each morning this week in the Queen Theater. Reservations are still being taken at the Abilene Chamber of Com- merce. '_____ Rains Spot Area; Fair Days Ahead and Paris, and shivering homeless ammed the Paris subway station. o escape the freezing wands. German officials predicted the Rhine River would be frozen solii rom the North Sea to Switzerlam >y the end of the week if there i no let-up. At Lorelei it was already 'rozen for more than three miles. River traffic was at a virtual standstill throughout Germany and cebreskers were out on the River Elbe at Hamburg. Two piauvii Hew a and a half of food into the island Juist, where 400 children were marooned at a rest camp. The lowest February tempera- ture in 20 below zero- was chalked up at Basic, Switzer- land The Netherlands had its cold- est night of the year with 1.4 de- grees below. In Britain, water pipes froze and many homes were without water. Trains running into London from the north were up to two hours late because iced-up switch points. Power lines cracked under the weight of snow and ice, break- ing electric service to many Brit- ish areas, and hospitals and offices started emergency genhu, the heavily fortified plain, where the French keep a toehold n the Thai mountain country at Laos' back doorstep. Two hundred miles to the east, troops of Vlttminh division No. 320 infiltrated the Bed River delta, the key defense of French Union, forces ajainst; the sweep of 'communism into south- east Asia, and opened attacks on guard pofti in the Nino. Bmh ud Wain Cinh sectors Rejistance'Tnreateni 5. In the southeast Viet Nam, rebel resistance stiffened against a French drive to oust the Viet- minh from the rich coastal strip of 220 miles between Cap Varella and Faifo. But the Vitminh soldiers, with all their strength in the Bed Hiver delta and with the aid of perhaps irregulars and guerrillas who have infiltrated the delta, ap- peared to have no chance of smash- ing the tens of thousands of French Union defenders or seizing any sig- nificant number of the forti- fications they man. The Vietminh seemed to be seek- ing Instead to put as much territory as possible under their Red flag before the spring rains to convince the war-weary French 4) negotiated peace is the best way to end -tin seven-year-old conflict. Evening It Up DENVER (S-Already the moth- er of six daughters, Mrs. Mary Armstrong. 39, gave birth to her sixth son yesterday. Pope Reported Much Improved VATICAN CITY Vatican announced today that ailing Pope Pius has shown "notable ment" but is still hiccuping inter- mittently. Private fears that the Pontiff might have been suffering from cancer were dispelled by word that medical tests had been In its most definite communique thus far on the Pontiff's week-long gastric illness, the Vatican press office said tests had shown the 77- year-old Pope to be suffering from a "Neuro-digestive" disturbance. It said the tests had produced "happily negative results." The strength-sapping stomach condition has afflicted the since Jan. 26. Mon. P.M. Tues. A.M. 51 81 49 threaten all of western Europe. "The only way in which nations can obtain necessary defensive strength without themselves be- coming an aggressive menace is by community efforts.. 1-30 59 67 330 66 45 65 43 65 42 52 40 SO 40 58 44 52...........1. 47 52 51 52 M Sunset last nlRht p.m.: Sunrise to- day a.m.; Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading p.m. Relative humidity at p.m. 49% Maximum temperature for 24