Abilene Reporter News, February 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 02, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas (o ñ- I FAIRChe Abilene porter ~JBteU)fí 'without Ok with offense to FRiElwDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T GOES" — Byron VOL. LXXni, No. 231 Aêêociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Budgets Built on Rich U. S. WASHINGTON (if!—Secretary of the Trea.sury Humphrey testified today that President Eisenhower built his new budget on an assumption of national prosperity only fractionally below the record levels of 1953. Opening month-long public hearings of the Senate-House Economic Committee, Humphrey said the administration’s estimates of revenue were based on expectations of business profits of 43 billion dollars 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 profits,” Humphrey declared. To Keen Prosperity The secretary said the President’s program of tax legislation and other economic measures was aimed at inducing “high-level production 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 estimated earnings. Total income of 285 billions would be only 1 per cent below the peak rate of 287Vi billion dollars achieved last July before the business decline began. Humphrey said the basic pur pose of 6V4 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, Humphrey said, he is confident “this nation can make the transition to a period of less costly military preparedness without serious interruption in our economic growth.” Defense of Taxes Humphrey’s testimony before the Senate-Hou.se Eeconomic Committee amounted to a vigorous defense of the Eisenhower administration’s tax program, under fire from some Democrats on charges it favors big business and corporation stockholders. Humphrey led a procession of Cabinet members, business and labor leaders who will testify over the next few weeks on President Elsenhower’s economic message to Congress. The President said the current business dip likely will end in a few months and the economy then should turn up again, but any economic troubles must not be treated complacently. Humphrey said the administration 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 dislocation.” 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 that millions of individuals would benefit further from a proposed general tax revision program providing better tax treatment for working 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 PROBE—Public funds in politically - turbulent Duvol County under investigation. Poge 7-A.    , EXTENSION — Taxless mergers to city proposed. Page 1-B. $64 QUESTION — How mony Reds fired since Ike took over? Page 3-A. CLEAN-UP TIME — Wife at cleaning time knows no agony as untidy man forced to clean off his office desk. Page 8*A. Reds Open Heavy New Offensive in Indochina U. s. SAYS TAKE A HITCH, CLIFF—Referee 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 it—Watson or Landers. Finally Landers yanked his shorts to the roaring delight of the crowd. Alert Photographer Don Hutcheson was on the money to get this picture. Almost hidden by Watson is his opponent, Benton McClure of Abilene. Oh yes, Watson won.    _ Dulles Delivers Withering Blast BERLIN (.f(—Secretary 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 statesman’s answer to Soviet Minister Molotov’s charges that the Western powers are promoting war in trying to unify Germany within the family of European nations. In stinging language, Dulles hurled Molotov’s own words— spoken after the 1939 Nazi-Communist partition of Poland—back 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 W’est-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 unable to have any link with the West and saddled with Communist influence. Said Dulles; “Perhaps Mr. Molotov would admit that he then (in 1939) made a mistake—we all make mistakes. That fact should lead us not to be Bitter Cold Hits Europe { LONDON (J'!—The 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 turned into giant ice ponds. Overworked electric lines broke down. Hundred.*? of villages were cut off. The weatherman said even lower uemperatmes were on the way. Already, more than 45 people have died. In North Africa, many parts of Morocco had their first snowfall in 35 years Near Meknes. three feet of snow was reported and the hills around Algiers were ice-capped. London had Its coldest night in seven years with the temperature tumbling to 23 degrees for 12 hours running.    . Nearly 100 villages were cut oft by snowdrifts in the Italian Highlands. A howling windstorm with gusts of hurricane force lashed at Trieste, injuring at least seven people.    „ Public “warming rooms were opened ki Frankfurt. Germany, and Paris, and shivering homeless jammed the Paris subway stations to escape the freezing winds. Gorman officials predicted the Rhine River would be frozen solid from ihe North Sea to Switzerland by the end of the week if there is no let-up. At Lorelei it was already frozen for more than three miles. River traffic was at a virtual standstill throughout Germany and icebreakers were out on the River Elbe at Hamburg. Two Dani.sh planes flew a ton and a half of food into the island of Juist. where 400 children were marooned at a rest camp. The lowest February temperature in 20 years—7.5 below zero— was chalked up at Basle, Switzerland. The Netherlands had its coldest night of the year with 1.4 degrees 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 of iced-up switch points. Power lines cracked under the weight of snow and ice, breaking electric service to many British areas, and hospitals and offices started emergency generator«. so confident of our judgment that we throw across the table accusations of criminal intent,” Dulles said Molotov had “accused us yesterday of being the enemies of peace.” Terrifying Situation “The greatest danger to world peace,” Dulles said, “lies in the fact 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 a situation that is understandably terrifying.” He lett no doubt that he was talking about the monolithic Soviet regime. Dulles lit into thè Russian’s demands for East German Communist participation in any all-German deal and declared the Soviet Zone Red regime has been imposed 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 the last so-called East Zone “elections” in 1950. Cop For Every 80 “In the Eastern Area there is an armed force of 250,000 to keep order,” he continued. “That is one guard for 80 persons. In West Germany there is one policeman for 330 persons. Does this shocking discrepancy prove that the East Germans freely accept the order that their rulers impose?” The essence of Soviet proposals for Germany is that the Big Four should accept the East German regime as a principal instrument for solving the German problem, Dulles said, but “we cannot accept that position.” He urged Molotov to “agree to create quickly by free, all-German elections a German government which can genuinely speak for all of Germany.” Dulles then recalled that Molotov had charged that the U.S. Congress had appropriated 100 million dollars for “subversive activities within the Soviet satellite countries.” Totally Untrue Dulles said this had been rejected when Russia raised it in the United Nations and “I refute it again as being totally untrue.” Russia dominates a military bloc of 800 million people, Dulles continued, yet seems to be afraid of other nations uniting for their owm defense. He argued that if any one of w'estern European nations was strong enough to defend itself alone against possible attack from the Soviet bloc it would endanger both its internal economy and the security of its neighbors. He said that is the answer to Russia’s proposal for a Germany rearmed for its own defensive needs. WASHINGTON A government prosecutor told a Federal Court jury today that Rep. Ernest K. Bramblett (R-Calif) 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 Representatives. The indictment alleges he collected $4,036 in “kickbacks.” Pleaded Innocent A jury of eight women and four men was slated to hear the case within an hour after the trial opened in U.S. District Court.    ! Bramblett, 52, is serving his j fourth term in the House, He was indicted last June and pleaded innocent. Hitz told the jury that Bramblett put Mrs. Margaret M. Swanson of Arlington, Va., on his payroll in Aug., 1949, when it was suggested to him that having his w'ife, Lois, on the payroll might cause him political embarrassment. He said Mrs. Swanson remained on Bramblett’s payroll through Dec., 1950, at a basic salary of $4,700 a year. Hitz said the suggestion that Mrs. Bramblett he taiien off the payroll was made by Irving Swanson, then Republican clerk of the House. He said Swanson suggested that Mrs. Swanson be put on the payroll 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 paychecks were deposited in an Arlington bank and that Swanson returned to Bramblett the full a-mount of her paychecks. During the whole year of 1950, Bramblett nevertheless had his wife on the payroll although the Swansons did not know about it, Hitz said. ALL OUT FOR COURTESY—People were standing in line Tuesday morning to attend the opening session of the Abilene Sales Promotion Clinic, high-point of Courtesy 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 m the Queen Theater. Reservations are still being taken at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.    _ Rains Spot Area; Fair Days Ahead MARCH 28-30 WTCC Annual Parley Set Annual convention of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce will be held March 28, 29. and 30 in San Angelo. Date for the convention was set Tuesday at a meeting of the convention committee at the WTCC, General Manager Fred Husbands announced. Members from the 132-county region covered by the WTCC will attend the convention. Fred Brown of Mineral Wells, district vice president of the WTCC. is chairman of the convention committee. Committee members attending the Tuesday meeting include R. Wright Armstrong of Fort Worth, WTCC president; Art Jordan of Amarillo, district vice president; Bill Collyns of Midland, di.strict vice president and new Midland C-C president. Representing the host city were Herbert Wilson, San Angelo director of the WTCC, and Dick Post and W’oody Forrester, San Angelo C-C staff members. By BILL TURNER Bright sunshiny weather greeted the ground hog Tuesday morning in the Abilene area after light showers fell at scattered points during the night. The ground hog saw his shadow and crawled back into his hole, a warning of six more weeks of winter weather, but the U. S. Weather Bureau here said at least the next two days would be fair and mild.    ^ The weather station at 'Munici-oal Airport here reported .08 of an inch of rain fell during the night, but rain gauges within the city showed from .10 to .15. Showers also fell at Anson. Clyde, Colorado City, Haskell. Merkel. Moran, Roby, Rotan, Rule, Sager-ton, Stamford, Tuscola and Winters, The showers were light and measured half an inch or less at all points in the area. Fair weatlier was forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday with a high temperature both days of 60 to 65 degrees. Low Tuesday night will be around 40. The moisture brought hope to farmers and ranchers that the WHERE iï RAINED Abilene Still Having Gains, IndexesShow THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY—Fair Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night and Wednesday. High temperature both days 60 to 66 degrees. Low Tuesday night about 40. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair and mild th<Æ afternoon and Wednesday A little cooler with 32-42 tonight. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair this afternoon, voiiigio and Wedi.eiiii,.. CooU* ix* cept In the Panhandle and South Plains tonight, Lowest 30-42 tonight. EAST TEXAS; Par.ly cloudy and mild this afternoon. A few showers near the coast SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Mostly cloudy and mild thlR afternoon. TEMPERATURES Mon. P.M «8 Tucs. A M,  ......51 ‘‘If Germany had national forces Strong enough to defend itself frorn : external attack,” Dulles said, “it. would be so strong that it vould j threaten all of western Europe, j “The only way in w'hich nations can obtain necessary defensive strength without themselves becoming an aggressive menace is by community efforts.. • .    1:30    ....... <»      2:30    ............ 51 67      3:30    ............ 48 66      4:30    ............ 45 65      5:30    ............ 43 65      6:30    ............ 42 82      7:30    ............ 40 60      8.30    ............ 40 58      9:30    ............ 44 52      10.30    ............ 47 52      11:30    ............ 51 52      12:30    ........... 64 Sunset last night 6:12 p.m.: Sunrise today 7:33 a.m.: Sunset tonight 0:13 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28 4«. Relative humldtty at 12-30 p.m. 13% Maximum temperature for 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m. «9.    ^ Minimum temperatura for 24 houra and-im M i-JB SA M, Airport Area Zoning Topic For Hearing Public hearing on proposed zoning of the area within a two-mile radius of the new Municipal .Airport will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Conducting the meeting in the City Commission room at City Hall will be the joint City - County Airport Zoning Board. A proposed ordinance will be up for the public’s consideration, to regulate the heights of all buildings, radio towers, TV installations and other structures located within two miles in any direction from the airport’s center. Puriwse of the regulation will be to prevent chstructions to flying. The City Commission appointed two members of the joint zoning board. Taylor County Commissioners Court named two others. Then those four members selected a fifth. Kenny Kerfoot and Clyde Em-rnon* w*»rR appointed by the city; Walter S. Pope Jr., and R. M. Wagstaff by the county. Those four appointees named A. M, Hinds as the fifth member and chairman of the panel. The ordinance wUl be read to the crowd at Tuesday night’s meeting before the hearing gets under way. ABILENE Municipal Airport  ........08 909 Hickory St................14 2225 Edgpmont ...............10 1829 South Eighth .............15 ANSON .........................07 CLYDE ..................••......18 COLORADO CITY  .......04 HASKELL.......................25 MERKEL........................10 MORAN .........................45 ROBY ...........................21 ROTAN......................•    .30 RULE ................••.........40 SAGERTON .....................50 STAMFORD.....................25 TUSCOLA.......................25 WINTERS .......................10 prolonged drought W'ould continue to totter in 1954 as it did in the last half of 1953. The weatherman said 19.54 was off to a good start as the January rainfall total was more than for any January since the drought began. The .93 January total was .05 above normal. Below' normal rainfall had been recorded for the past three years. In 1953 a January total of .10 was .78 below normal. In 1952 a January total of .71 was .25 below normal and in 1951 a .05 total was .91 below' normal. The January rain total greater than last month was in 1950 when .96 of an inch of rain W'as recorded. The January total in 1949 W'as 1.78, but in 1948 was only .01. Earlier Tuesday, before the ground hog stirred, light rain fell in a 100-mlle wide area from the Davis Mountains in West Texas to the Austin-Waco area. A weak cool front which was stalled north of Lufkin about an hour before dawn brought the rain which fell lightly over a great portion of the Texas midlands. Pre-dawn temperatures ranged from just below freezing, 28 at Dalhart, to mild and comfortable, 63 at Brownsville and 62 at Corpus Christ!. Month-end reports of postal re~ ceipts and utility meter connections Tuesday morning indicated that Abilene is still enjoying a steady growth in population and business activity. Only postal receipts showed a slight dip from the level of January, 1953, and Postmaster Clyde Grant explained that actually receipts are probably higher but a lower figure had to be reported because of a new system of accounting that has been used by the post office department the last several month.s. Grant said the fact that stamp sales during last month were $4,-022 more than those of the first month in 1953 indicates that postal receipts are up correspondingly. Postal receipts reported were $61.-.564,2.3 as comparedi with $61,745.,54 for January, 19.53. Building permits issued by the city engineer during January totaled $460,891. Water meters made a gain during January of 114, making a total of 15.563 water meters at the end of January, an Increase of 1,056 over the same time in 1953. West Texas Utilities Co. reported a gain of 94 electric connections during January, for a total of 18,384 meters at the end of the month, an increase of 943 over the total at the end of January, 1953. New meters installed during January of 1953 totaled 42. Ixine Star Gas Co. reported an additional 75 gas meters during January, making a total of 17,047 meters at the end of the month, as compared with 16,372 at the end of January, 1953. Evening It Up DENVER (if!—Already the mother of six daughters. Mrs. Mary Armstrong. 39. gave birth to her sixth son yesterday. Laos Drive Threatening Capital City HANOI. Indochina if)—Vietmlnh attacks in five separate sectors shajied up today as parts of a general offensive apparently aimed at ovenunning enough territory to give the Communist-led rei>el.s a IMiwerful talking point for ending the Indochina war by negotiation. A new invasion of Laos threatened Luang Prahang, the royal Laotian capital. Ho Chi Minh threw virtually all his eight regular divisions—trained and equipped by Red China—into the winder campaign. 'Phe war picture looked like thus; 1. Vietminh Division No. 308. detached from the siege of Dien Bicn Phu. crossed the border from northwest Viet Nam into northern Laos, overran French-garrisoned Muong Khoua after a 30-mile ad-vanre and headed on toward Luang Prabang, 85 miles to the south. In Old Theatei 2 In central Laos, a war theater for six weeks, other rebel troops battled Fresich forces in the Mekong River area north and east of Thakhek, a town the Vietminh W'on during Christmas week and then gave up without a fight. 3. Three Vietminh dtvi.sions including No. 316, a heavy weapon« outfit called the Iron Division, maintained pressure on Dien Bien Phu, the heavily fortified plain where the French keep a toehold in the Thai mountain country at Laos’ back doorstep. 4. Two hundred miles to the east, troops of Vietminh division No. 320 infiltrated the Red River delta, the key defense bulwark of French Union forces against the sw'eep of communism into south-ea.st Asia, and opened attacks on guani posta in tlie Ninh Binh and Nam Dirih .sectors. Resistance Threatens 5. In the southeast Viet Nam. rebel resistance stiffened against a French drive to oust the Vietminh from the rich coastal strip of 220 miles between Cap Varella and Faifo. But the Vitminh soldiers, with all their strength in the Red River delta and with the aid of perhaps 60,000 irregular.s and guerrillas who have infiltrated the delta, appeared to have no chance of smashing the tens of thousands of French Union defenders or seizing any significant number of the 1,200 fortifications they man. The Vietminh seemed to be seeking instead to put as much territory as possible under their Red flag before the spring rains to convince the war-weary French a negotiated peace is the best way to end the seven-year-old conflict. Pope Reported Much Improved VATICAN CITY ‘iB-The Vatican announced today that ailing Pope Pius has shown “notable improvement” but is still hiccuping inters mittently. Private fears that the Pontiff might have been suffering from cancer were dispelled by word that medical tests had been negative. In its most definite communique thus far on the Pontiffs week-loiig 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 Pope since Jan. 26. BergsVrom Pilot Killed in Crash AUSTIN, Feb. 2 (^—Lt. Ronald Carlson was killed when his F84 thunderjet from Bergstrom Air Force base crashed on Matagorda XiiAad tía» Gia¿ CELEBRATION—The Badgett quadruplets of Galveston celebrated their 15th birthday Monday with a small dinner party for 12 girl friends. For their birthday presents, they received two new sets of furniture for their oversized room at the W Ellis Badgett hxme, JUfl to right Jeanette, Joan, Jeraldine, and Joyce. ;