Abilene Reporter News, February 11, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND COLDER®|i Abilene"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 240 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 11, 1954—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5et SUNDAY 10c Big 4 Meeting May Be Ended Within Week BEK LIN (4*1—The French delegation here is thinking in terms of a breakup of the Berlin conference in a week, it was learned today. MRS. GEORGE SWICK 97-Year-Old Woman Dies At Hospital Mrs. George Swick, 97, of 848 Cypress St., died at 5:35 a. m. Thursday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since Jan. 2. Death was due to pneumonia and heart ailment, a member of the family said. Funeral plans were incomplete at noon, but will be announced by Elliott’s Funeral Home. Burial will be here. Mrs. Swick, member of a pioneer Indiana family, was herself a long time Texan. She had resided in Abilene the past 40 years, and in the state 47 years. Since 1925 she had lived in the duplex home which she owned at 848 Cypress St. Prior to that, she occupied another home of her own on North Seventh St. at the corner of Cypres« St. Her husband died here in 1930. He had owned interests in brick yards in Indiana and at Rosenberg. Tex., the couple’s former home. Mr. and Mrs. Swick moved to Abilene from Rosenberg 40 years ago. Mrs. Swick’s father was the Rev. Henderson Ball, one of the early-day missionary Baptist preachers at Indiana. She was born Freela Katherine Ball in Indiana on Dec. 18, 1856, but moved from that state to Rosenberg, Tex., in 1907. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Frank Meredith of Santa Monica, Calif., and Mrs. Tom C. Mullane of 3341 South Fourth St.; two sons, G. R. Swick of Bartlesville, Okla., and R. D. Swick of Arkadelphia, Ark.; five grandchildren. 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. A son-in-law, Tom C. Mullane, is employed in the City Tax Department here as collector of delinquent taxes and in charge of the personal property division. Mrs. Swick was a member of the United Brethren Church at Akron, Ind. Western ministers in the Big Four meeting have said the subject of German unification and European security has been exhaustively discussed. The general assumption is that Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov’s proposal yesterday for an all-European security treaty, to split Western Europe from the United States, is his last major pronouncement on the issue, regardless of how much more talking is done. The West rejected the Molotov plan. Met In Secret The Big Four met in secret session today on the possibility of Asian settlements and on disarmament conference proposals. Tomorrow the ministers will tackle conclusion of an Austrian independence treaty with Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl invited to sit in. Western delegates estimate three or four days of discussion should be enough to wind up talk, and any action which may be possible, on the Austrian issue. Thus there is wide speculation here on a breakup sometime next week. French officials believe it will come by Thursday, Feb. 18. Molotov’s security pact offer appeared loaded with considerable popular appeal for West Europeans —particularly Frenchmen—despite its rejection by the Western diplomats. Some nibbling at it may develop long after this Big Four session winds up. French observers deemed the Soviet proposal’s clause calling for the neutralization of Germany would mean fresh trouble for Foreign Minister Georges Bidault in , his fight to get the six-nation' European Defense Community J Treaty ratified by France’s balk-1 ing Parliament. The Soviet foreign minister’s avowed aim is to do away with ' oth that treaty, which would arm West Germans along with French, Italian, Belgian, Dutch and Lux-embourgers under unified command, and the 14-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Woman Injured In Freak Car, Train (rash COLORADO CITY. Feb. 11, <RNS)—One person was slightly injured in a train-auto collision 14 miles west of Colorado City about 6:15 a.m. Thursady. Mrs. A. A. Pollard, 16, of Fort Worth was taken to the Root Memorial Hospital in Colorado City, where she was treated for bruises and a bump on the forehead. Unhurt were A. A. Pollard, 19, and his brother James, 16, also of Fort Worth. Pollard is a Marine stationed at El Toro, Calif., and was returning to duty at the time of the accident. Mrs. Pollard was driving and lost control of the car, which left U. S. Highway 80, plunged through the borrow ditch, apparently struck a utility pole and crossed the Texas and Pacific tracks to come to rest against the switching tracks south of the main line. A T&P freight with Guy Burrow of Big Spring as engineer struck the automobile and carried it about 20 feet before coming to a stop. Burrow said that the auto had been seen shortly before the collision and that the train was coming to a stop as it hit the automobile. Mrs. Pollard said that she lost control when her husband woke suddenly and “grabbed the wheel”. He must have been dreaming, she says. The accident was investigated by Highway Patrolmen Dan Nowlin and Rip Allen. FREEZE DUE AbHenians Dust Off Coats Again As Mercury Dips Abilenians who wore short sleeves and blinked at wind-borne dust Wednesday had to dust off their coats again Thursday morning when temperatures were about 20 degrees lower than the unseasonable highs recorded the last several days. From a high reading of 77 degrees Wednesday, the mercury dropped to 41 early Thursday morning as compared with the low of 50 recorded Wednesday morning. *The maximum expected Thursday and again Friday is 50 to 55 degrees, with a low of about 30 degrees forecast for early Friday morning. The weather bureau said the lower temperatures did not really constitute a cold front but was merely the fringe effect of colder weather farther north. Winds out of the west which reached peaks of 57 miles per hour Wednesday switched to the north between 8 and 8:30 p. m. Wednesday. Thursday morning wind was from due north at 20 to 25-mph. Day of Dust Blows Away By The Associated Press Crisp, cool air blew eye-reddening dust out of Texas Thursday. A weak cold front pushed to the coast, clearing skies of a dust storm reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. At mid-morning only Laredo in South Texas reported haze, but visibility was six miles and improving. Stiff winds Wednesday whipped up blinding grit that shrouded the state like a choking fog. The dust caused several car wrecks. Temperatures behind the front dropped slightly. Morning readings dipped to freezing ancl below in only one section, the Panhandle. Dalhart had 22 degrees, Amarillo 24. The wind, which caused property damage around San Angelo. calmed.    . As the dust settled or drifted away, the only clouds in Texas skies were over Beaumont and Galveston, which also had fog early Thursday morning. Highways Closed The choking dust was blamed for a 9-car pile-up yesterday near Rankin. In the San Angelo area several highways were closed when the flying sand became so thick automobile lights could not penetrate. Gusts of wind up to 60 miles an hour buffeted the San Angelo vicinity, blew down a wall on a $40,- Ederfo Build 42 Residences Near New AHS Plans to build 42 homes on Fannin St. just north of the new high school this year at a cost of at least $350,000 wfere announced Thursday morning by A. J. Eder. He took out permits for the first six from the City Engineering Department, to be in the 1100 block and cost $7,000 each. The entire project will consist of residences on both sides of Fannin St. from North 12th St. to State St. Eder is constructing the houses for sale, and estimates he will ask $10,000 to $14,000 each. Each house will have three bedrooms and a total of six or seven rooms. The residences are to be frame and rock trim. of 000 county building, cracked a screen at a drive-in movie, and whipped up dock-shattering waves on Lake Nasworthy. Eight fires broke out in San Angelo at the height of the duster, the most serious destroying two buildings at the city’s municipal airport. Light rain fell at nightfall over several East Texas points including College Station, Lufkin and Texarkana. The dust came on a day when temperatures had reached midsummer levels in many places. Dallas had an 85 - degree reading, its second record in two days. But it was a sultry 95 at Alice, 92 at Laredo on the Mexican borer, 90 at Cotulla, 82 at Tyler and 80 at Victoria. Cold Front Weak Predawn thermometer readings reflected the path of the cold front, a weak affair not to be dignified by the Texas term, ‘‘norther.” At 4:30 a.m., the front had passed Tyler in East Texas and was between Abilene and Junction in West Texas after passing Austin in the central part of the state. Temperatures at that time had dropped to 50 at Dallas, at Dalhart and 30 in Amarillo. Lufkin was the only point still reporting dust as dawn neared. Temperatures w'ere expected to reach for spring-time levels again Friday as the cool front dissipated. % Stick-up Pair Being Hunted Two men who committed an armed robbery Wednesday night at the Sunbeam Supermarket, 1672 Pine St., were still being sought Thursday morning. Peace officers, hunting over a wide area, reported no developments early in the day. Between $500 and $1,000 was stolen in the holdup, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. The robbers wore described as 35 to 40 years old. They were believed to have fled in a 1952 Buick. City, county and state law enforcement officers joined in the search for the bandits. Their efforts Wednesday night were concentrated mainly on highways north and east of town. Store Owner Jack Eppler said the robbers came into the store and bought cigarets and other items. Then one of them asked for a little paper bag. When Clerk Dick Beber gave it to him, the robber pulled out a pistol and said: “Now put all the money in it.” Eppler was unaware that the holdup was going on. He was talking to the other robber in another part of the store. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Clear skies Thursday, Thursday night and Friday. Colder today and tonight. Continued rather cold Friday. High temperatures Thursday and Friday. 50 to 55; low Thursday night 30. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair, colder through Friday. Lowest Thursday night 25-35 In north. .12-42 in south portion. WEST TEXAS: Fair, colder Thursday afternoon and in all but Panhandle and south plains Thursday. Continued cold Friday. Lowest Thursday night 20-30 in Panhandle, 25-35 in South Plains and 32-42 upper Pecos Valley eastward. EAST TEXAS: Fair and colder Thursday afternoon and night. Continued cold Friday. Lowest Thursday night 25-35 in extreme north and 32-42 in central portion. Fresh to locally strong northerly winds pn the coast. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair and colder Thursday afternoon and night. Continued cold Friday. Lowest Thursday nlRht 35-45 In north and west portions. Fresh to locally strong northerly winds on the coast, TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M 76 Thurs. A.M. 51 1:30    ........ 78  ........... 2 30 ............ 50 76      3:30      47 75      4:30      45 74        5:30      43 74       6:30      41 73      7.30      40 67      8:30      40 63 ............ 9 30 ........... 42 59      10:30      44 55      11:30      47 54    .    12:30      49 Sunset last night 6:21. Sunrise today 7:26. Sunset tonight 6:21. Maximum temperature last 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m.. 77 degrees. Minimum temperature last 24 hour» ending at 6:30 a.m.. 41 degrees. Barometer reading at 12.30 p m. 28.39. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 25f*. Fire Takes Third Life At Hamlin in 24 Hours Man, 72, Dies In Blazing Home NEW MOVE IN POLITICAL ROW—Texas Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd, right, files a petition in San Diego Tuesday seeking the dismissal of the Duval County grand jury in the continuing South Texas political turmoil which has gained notice throughout the Southwest and brought on federal investigation of some phases. H. G. Gonzalez, deputy district clerk, records the papers. Behind Gonzalez is Mrs. Juanita G. Reyes, another deputy district clerk. Shepperd charged that seven of the jury’s 12 members are tied too closely with George Parr, political kingpin of Duval County, to conduct an impartial investigation. FIGHT OUSTER—Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin of Alice, right, talks with Dist. Atty. Raeburn Norris of Alice, left, and Austin attorney Clint Small Jr. following oral arguments in the Texas Supreme Court in Austin in proceedings concerning possible removal of Judge Laughlin from his South Texas bench. The proceedings are only one part of the turbulent South Texas political scene which already has seen one person killed, several fist fights and charges and countercharges. IN DUVAL COUNTY ((Enrolls 11 New Members The Abilene Chamber of Commerce Membership Prospectors Club has signed up 11 new members since their last report breakfast Jan. 20, Chairman Briggs Todd announced Thursday. That brings the total for the eight-month-old drive to 276 new members, Todd said. The club hopes to round off that total to 300 by the last report breakfast of the fiscal year on Feb. 24, he said. New members, with recruiting Prospectors in parentheses, include: V. H. (Pete) Willis, Bacon Building (J. C. Hunter Jr.); Louis N. Thomas, CLU, district manager of Great Southern Life Insurance Co. (volunteer). Thomas Graves Co., Highway 80 East (Don Serivner); Galloway Brothers, 2425 Jeanette St. (Jack Johnson); M. G. Hoover Bookkeeping Service, 2066 Butternut (Johnson). Drake Hotel and Texas Hotel, both managed by Walton Strange (C. B. Hicks); Brundred Enterprises, 1189 North Second St. (Hicks). Ralph Duncan, West Texas Chamber of Commerce (Hicks); O. B. Woodrum, Box 567; Cullar Pfeifer Corp., 1349 Butternut St. (Nib Shaw). HAMLIN, Feb. 11—For the third time within 24 hours, fire has taken a life here with the death of a 72-year-old man Thursday at about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday morning two children, Helen Ruth and Bobby Don Blevins, died when flames destroyed the farmhouse in which they were living with their parents and four small brothers on the outskirts of Hamlin. Rhriley Nelson Shelton, 72 died in his blazing home on the northeast side of town Thursday morning before the fire was*discovered. Firemen, responding to a 5:20 a.m. alarm turned in by a passerby, found Shelton lying halfway across the back door of the house where he had evidently collapsed while trying to escape, according to Justice of the Peace Joe Mathis of Anson. Mathis said he would return a verdict of accidental death by burns in the case. Smoking Blamed Fire Marshal Macon McGuire of Hamlin attributed th# fire to smoking in bed. A son-in-law, John Russian of Hamlin, said that Shelton had seemed in good health Wednesday night when he was at his house, Mathis said. Shelton had walked as far as the railroad tracks with Russian when he left about 10:30 p.m., Mathis said. He thought Russian was the last person to see him alive. The alarm was turned in by a Negro man who passed by on his way to work, Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves of Anson said. The house to the north of Shelton was vacant, and there is a vacant lot between Shelton’s house and the ¡neighbor to the south, Reves said. | Mathis said that he thought Shel-\ ton lived in a four-room house. He lived by himself. Funeral services will be held Friday in Sylvester at the graveside. Barrow Funeral Home of Hamlin is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include a son and two daughters. Shelton was a retired farmer and laborer. He was born May 9, 1881, in Grayson County. Other Investigating officers included Police Chief J. A. Foster, and Policeman Earl Hines. Texas GOP Hears McCarthy Tonight DALLAS (/PL-Sen, Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin comes here today to rally the Texas Republican Party, make a speech and eat a $l00-a-plate dinner. The Republicans expect 850 persons at the dinner in the Baker Hotel. They hope to gather in a net of at least $90,000 to give the Republican National Committee. Shepperd's Bid to Dismiss Jury to Be Heard Feb. 20 ALICE IM—Dist. Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin today set Feb. 20 as the date arguments' will be heard on State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd’s motion to dismiss the Duval County Grand Jury. The judge docketed the hearing during a 1%-hour conference with Shepperd in Laughlin’s office in the Jim Wells County court house here. He gave Shepperd until Feb. 17 to file a written brief on his petition. Shepperd has declared he wants the grand jury in politically stormy neighboring Duval County dismissed because it couldn’t conduct a fair investigation of use of Benavides Independent School District funds. Shepperd said seven of its members are tied in with Duval County political boss George B. Parr. He claimed Parr was involved in use of the funds. Rangers in Round-Up Meanwhile, at San Diego, the Duval County seat 10 miles west of here, state auditors continued sifting through Duval County records. An imported judge yesterday ordered Texas Rangers to round up the records and bring them into court. They were placed under armed guard. Arguments on the motion to dismiss the grand jury will be heard a day after a hearing on a temporary injunction to prevent records of Duval County and two Duval County school districts from being secreted or destroyed. For a time it appeared a hassle might be shaping up over who would hear this injunction request. Dist. Judge Arthur Klein of Brownsville, sitting on Laughlin’s bench at San Diego yesterday, granted a temporary restraining order against destruction of the records. That’s when he ordered them brought to court. Klein set Feb. 19 to hear arguments on w'hether the restraining order should be made a temporary injunction. He directed the hearing would be in district court at San Diego. Klein is from another district. He was sent here by Dist. Judge W. R. Blalock of Edinburg, administrative judge of the region. Laughlin was absent because he spent the day in Austin, where oral arguments on ouster proceedings against him were heard in the state supreme court. A decision on that isn’t expected for several weeks. Laughlin declared today it was his intention to hear the injunction arguments. Klein told The Associated Press from Brownsville if Laughlin is in San Diego on that date he’d let Laughlin hear the case. “i have no intention of intruding on Laughiin’s territory when he is there,’’ Klein said. “I went there yesterday because I was assigned. However, I’ll talk to Judge Laugh lin, and if he should want me to go up there I’ll go.” "It Is my understanding of the law,” Laughlin said, "that I am district judge and will hear all matters pertaining to my district I w'as not here yesterday, and Judge Klein sat in my absence. 1 will be present in the court room at San Diego on the 19th and be available to sit.” If Law Allows Laughlin added he would preside at the injunction hearing "if I’m allowed to under the law.’’ “Being back in the district makes me take over on all matters,” the judge said. .Shepperd had "no comment” on whether Laughlin could sit in view of Klein’s order. “That will probably be a matter to be discussed by Judge Klein and Judge Laughlin and Judge Blalock,” said the attorney general, who has said he wants to clean up "the mess” in Duval County, Laughlin also set Feb. 20 to hear any answer from the grand jury to Shepperd’s petition. Dist, Atty. Raeburn Norris said. "Under the law I am the legal adviser to the grand jury.” But he said he didn’t know' whether he would file the grand jury's answer or whether the panel would get someone else to do it. Norris also said he and Shepperd were going to discuss an incident Tuesday. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES POLITICS—Demos run to Eisenhower with complaints that the Republicans are calling them names.—See Page 9A. CONGRESSIONAL MAIL—We.t Texans write their Congressman fetters on myraids of subjects— Rep. Mahon of Colorado City gets a good sample.—See Page 12A. DOMESTIC PROBLEMS Columnist Hoi Boyle muses on the pasttime of goldfish watching to keep husbands and wives from getting restless. — See Page 6A. THE HOMETOWN — Civic Music Association ticket soles running ahead of those for lost year.—See Page 3A. YMCA SPEAKER—The Rev. W. Jack Lewis, executive director of the Christian “Faith and Life” Community House at the University of Texas, will be main speaker at the YMCA banquet here Thursday at 7 p.m. Family Will Bury Second Child Today HAMLIN, Feb. 11    - Funeral services were to be held Thursday afternoon at the Hamlin Church of Christ for the 12-year-oid daughter of a Hamlin couple who were burned out of their home Wednesday morning. Helen Ruth Blevins died at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in Hamlin Hospital of burns received when her tamily’s home was destroyd and her 10-month-old brother perished in the flames. Graveside services were held Wednesday at East Cemetery for Bobby Don Blevins who was left behind through a mistake when his family fled from their flaming home at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Barrow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The children’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Blevins, formerly of Chickasha, Okla., and four small brothers escaped through a window w'hen doors to the four-room farm house were blocked. Mistake Discovered Both the parents thought that the other had the baby boy, and it was (oo late to save him when they discovered their mistake, Blevins said. His body was recovered from the ashes Wednesday morning after daylight. Apparently the fire started when Helen Ruth poured kerosene on a fire in an open oil drum used for a bedroom heater, the father said. He awoke to find her clothing ablaze and Mrs. Blevins trying to beat out the flames. Mrs. Blevins was holding their 2-year-old son, Charles Arthur, Blevins said. Helen Ruth had got up to care for the baby while her mother tended the older boy, both of whom had been ill, he said. The little girl had been holding Bobby Don when she put wood on the fire and poured on the kerosene, but set him down when her clothes caught fire. Blevins said that he got members of the family out of the house by kicking out a window after he discovered that three of the house’s doors were jammed. Helen Ruth ran outside, and was later found to have suffered burns on all her body but a small spot on her back, according to Wesly Nail, hospital administrator. Blevins, who said he had been picking cotton all day and was hard to awaken, had Jimmy Lee, 4, with him when he kicked out the window. The little boy ran back into the blazing room and received a burned foot and hand before being retrieved. The other children, Frank Stanley, 6, and Ruben Goddard, 9, escaped serious injury, but Mru Blevins was treated at Hamlin Hospital for minor bums and shock. Blevins also received minor burns. The family has been in the Hamlin area picking cotton for about three months. The house where they were living belonged to Charlie L. Adams of Hamlin, Jones County Sheriff Dave Reves of Anson said. 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