Abilene Reporter News, February 11, 1954

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February 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND COLDER 11 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 240 Auociated Prea (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 11, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY Big 4 Meeting May Be Ended Within Week BERLIN French dele- Cation 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 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 had' lived in the -duplex home which she owned at 848 Cypress St. Prior to that, she occupied another home of her own on St. at the corn- er of CypreSs "SC Her husband died here in 1930. He had owned interests in brick yards in Indiana and at Rosen- berg, 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, tut 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 Bartles- ville, Okla., and H. D. Swick of Arkadelphia, Ark.; five grandchil- dren, 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. A son-in-law. Tom C. Mullane, is employed in the City Tax Depart- ment here as collector of delin- quent 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 sub- ject of German unification and European security has been ex- haustively discussed. The general assumption is thai 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, re- gardless of how much more talk- ing is done. The West rejected the Molotov plan. Met In Secret The Big Four met in secret ses- sion today on the possibility of Asian settlements and on disarm- ament conference proposals. To- morrow the ministers will tackle conclusion of an Austrian independ- ence treaty with Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Fig! 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 break- up sometime next week. French officials believe it will come by Thursday, Feb. 13. Molotov's security pact offer ap- peared loaded with considerable popular appeal for West Europeans its rejection by the Western diplo- mats. 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 For- eign Minister Georges Bidault in his fight to get tlie six-nation European Defense Community Treaty ratified by France's balk- ing Parliament. The Soviet foreign minister's avowed aim is to do away with hoth that treaty, which would arm West Germans French, Italian, Belgian, Dutch and Lux- embourgers under unified com- mand, and the 14-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization. FREEZE DUE Abiienians Dust Off Coals Again As Mercury Dips Abiienians who wore short sleeves and blinked at wind-borne dust Wednesday had to dust off their coats again Thursday morn- ing when temperatures were about 20 degrees lower than the unsea- sonable highs recorded the last several days. From a high reading of 77 de- grees Wednesday, the mercury dropped to 41 early Thursday morning as compared with the of 50 recorded Wednesday morn- ing. maximum expected Thursday and again Friday is 50 to 55 degrees, with a low of about 30 degrees forecast for early Fri- day morning. The weather bureau said the low- er temperatures did not really con- stitute a cold front but was mere- ly 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 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-redden- ing 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 im- proving. 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 and below in only one section, the Panhandle. Dalhart had 22 degrees, Amarillo 2i The wind, which caused property damage around San Angelo. dust settled or drifted away, the only clouds in Texas skies were over Beaumorit and Galveston, which also had fog ear- ly Thursday morning. Highways Closed The choking dust was blamed for s 2-car pile-up yesterday near Rankln. In the San Angelo area icveral highways were closed when the flying sarid became so thick automobile lights could not penetrate. Gusts of wind up to 60 miles an hour buffeted the San Angelo vi- cinity, blew down a wall on a 000 building, cracked a screen at a drive-in movie, and %vhipped up dock-shattering waves on Lake Nasworthy. Eight fires brnke cut in San An- gelo at the height of the duster, the most serious destroying two buiidings at the city's municipal airport. Light rain fell at nightfall over several East Texas points includ- ing College Station, Lufkin and Texarkana. The dust came on a day when temperatures had reached mid- summer levels in many places. Dallas" had an 85 degree reading, its second record in two days. But it was a sultry 95 at Alice, 02 at Laredo on the Mexi- can borer. 90 at Cotulla, 82 at Tyler and 80 at Victoria. Cold Front Weak Piedawn thermometer readings reflected the path of the cold front, a weak affair not to be dignified by the Texas term, "norther." At a.m.. the front had pass- ed Tyler in East Texas and was between Abilene and Junction in West Texas after passing Austin in the central part of ths state. Temperatures at that time had dropped to 50 at Dallas. 28 at Dal- hart' and 30 in Amarillo. Lufkin was. the only point still reporting dust as dawn neared. Temperatures were expected to reach for spring-time levels again Friday as the cool front dluipated. Woman injured In Freak Car. Train Crash COLORADO CITY, Feb. 11, person was slightly injured in a train-auto collision 14 miles west of Colorado City about a.m. Thursady. Mrs. A. A. Pollard, 16, of Fort Worth was taken to the Root Mem- orial 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 re- turning to duty at the time of the accident. Mrs. Pollard was driv- ing and lost control of the car, which left U. S. Highway 80, plung- ed through the borrow ditch, ap- parently 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 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 He must have been dreaming, she says. The accident was investigated by Highway Patrolmen Dan Now- lin and Rip Allen. Ed er to Bui Id 42 Residences Near New AHS Plans to build 42 homes on Fan- nin St. just north of the new high school this year at a cost of at least were announced Thursday morning by A. J. Eder. He took out permits for the first six from the City Engineering De- partment, to be in the 1100 block and cost each. The entire project will consist of residences on-both sides of Fan- nin St. from North 12th St.. to State St. Eder is constructing the houses for sale, and estimates he will ask to each. Each house will have three bed- rooms'and a'total of six or sfeven rooms. The residences are to be of rame and rock trim. Slick-up Pair Being Hunted Two men who committed an armed robbery Wednesday night at le Sunbeam Supermarket, 1672 Pine St., were still being sought Thursday morning. Peace officers, hunting over a wide area, reported no develop- ments early in the day. Between S500 and was stolen in the holdup, which occur- red about p.m. The robbers were described as 35 to 40 years old. They were believed to have fled in a 1952 Buick. City, county and state law en- 'orcement officers joined in the search for the bandits. TL'heir effnrts Wednesday night were con- centrated mainly on highways north and east of town. Store Owner Jack Eppler said he robbers came into the store and bought cigarets and other terns. Then one of them asked for a ittle paper bag. When Clerk Dick Beber gave it o him, the robber pulled out a pistol and said: "Now put all the money in it." Eppler was unaware that the loldup was going on. He was talk- ng to the other robber in another part of the store. THE WEATHER V.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 hrough Friday. Lowest Thursday night 25- 35 in north. 32-12 in south portion. WEST TEXAS: Fair, colder Thursday afternoon and in all hut Panhandle and south plains Thursday. Continued cold Friday. Lowest Thursday night 20-30 ID Panhandle. 25-35 In south Plains and 3242 upner 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 o locally stror.g northerly winds on the coast. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Fair ana colder Thursday afternoon and night. Continued cold Friday. Lowest Thursday night in north and west portions, to locally strong northerly winds on he coast. TEMPERATURES Thi.irs. A.M. 76' 51 76 50 76 41 75 45 74 43 74 41 73 40. 67 40 63 42 59 44 55 47 54 Sunset last night Sunrise today Sunset tonight Maximum temperature last 24 hours end- at a.m.. 77 degrees. Minimum temperature last 24 end- ing at a.m.. 41 degrees. Barometer reading at p.m. 24.39. XtUUvt humUllj at p.m. Fire Takes Third Life At Hamiin in 24 Hours NEW MOVE IN POLITICAL 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 South- west 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 dist- rict 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. FI.GHT C. Woodrow Laughlin of Alice, right, talks with Dist. Atty. Raebara Norris of Alice, left, and Austin attorney Clint Small Jr. following oral arguments in the Texas Supreme Court in Austin in pro- ceedings 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 CC Enrolls 11 Hew Members The Abilene; Chamber of Com merce Membership Prospectors Club has signed up U new mem bers since their last report break fast Jan. 20, Chairman Briggs Todi announced Thursday. That brings the total for the eight-mocth-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 Build- ing (J. C. Hunter Louis N. Thomas, CLU, district manager of Great Southern Life Insurance Co. Thomas Graves Co., Highway 80 East (Don Galloway Brothers, 2425 Jeanette St. (Jack M. G. Hoover Bookkeep- ing Service. 2066 Butternut (John- Drake Hotel and Texas Hotel, both managed by Walton Strange (C: B. Bnindred Enter- prises, 1189 North Second St. Ralph Duncan, West Texas Chamber of Commerce O. B. Box Pfeifer Corp., 1349 Butternut St. (Nib Shepperd's Bid to Dismiss Jury to Be Heard Feb. 20 ALICE Judge C. Wood- row Laughlin today set Feb. 20 as the date arguments' will be leard on State Atty. Gen. John Jen Shepperd's motion to dismiss the Duval County Grand Jury. The judge docketed the hearing during a conference with Shepperd in Laughlin's office in he Jim Wells County court house lere. 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 .dismiss- ed because it couldn't conduct a 'air investigation of use of Bena- vides Independent School District 'unds. Shepperd said seven of its members are tierl in with Tjnval County political boss George U. Parr. He claimed Parr was in- volved in use of the funds. Rangers in Round-Up Meanwhile, at San Diego, the Duval County seat 10 miles west of hore, state auditors continued sifting through Duval County rec- ords. An imported judge yester- day ordered Texas Rangers to round up the records and bring them into court. They were placed under armed guard. Arguments on the motion lo dis- miss the grand Jury will he heard a day after a hearing on a tempo- rary injunction to prevent records ol 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 recr ords. That's when he ordered them brought to court. Klein set Feb. 19 to hear argu- ments on whether the restraining order should be made a temporary injunction. He directed the hearing would be in district court San Diego'. Klein is from another dis- trict. He was sent here by Dist. Judge W. R. Blalock of Edinburg, administrative judge of the region. Laughiin was absent because he spent the day in Austin, where oral arguments on ouster proceed- ings 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 Laughliu's territory when he is 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 Laughlin said, "that I am district judge and will hear all matters pertaining to my district I was not here yesterday, and Judge Klein sat in my absence. I will be present in the court room at San Diego or, the 19th and be available to sit." If Law Allows Laughlin added he would preside at the injunction hearing "if I'm i allowed to under the law.'" "Being back in the district makes me take over on all mat- the judge said. .Shepperd had "no comment" on whether Laughlin could sit in view of Klein's order. "That wDI probably be a matter to be discussed by Judge Klein and Judge Laughlin and Judge said the attorney gener- al, who has sairl 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 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. Man, 72, Dies In Blazing Home HAMLIN, Feb. the third time within 24 hours, fire has taken a life here with the death of a 72-year-old man Thursday at about a.m. Wednesday morning two children, Helen Ruth and Bob- by Don Blevins, died when flames destroyed the farmhouse in which they were living with their parents and four small brothers on the outskirts of Hamiin. 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 a.m. alarm turned in by a passer- by, found Shelton lying halfway across the back door of the house where he had evidently collapsed while trying io 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 rlamlin attributed the fire to smok- ing In bed. A son-ia-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 p.m., Mathis said. He thought Russian was the last person to see him alive. The alarm was turned in by Negro man who passed by on his way to work, Jones County Sher iff Dave Reves of Anson s'aid. The house to the north of Shelton was vacant, and there is a vacant' lo between- Shelton's house, and the neighbor to the south, Reves salrj Mathis said'that he thought She' ton lived in a four-room house. H by himself. Funeral services will be hel Friday in Sylvester at the grave side. Barro.w; Funeral Home o Hamiin Ms-In charge of arrange ments. Survivors include a son and two daughters. Shelton was a retiree farmer and laborer. He was born May 9, 1881 in Hrayson County. Other investigating officers eluded Police CHief J. A. Foster, and Policeman Earl Hines. Texas GOP Hears McCarthy Tonight DALLAS Joseph Mc- Carthy of Wisconsin comes here oday to rally the Texas RepubU- an Party, make a speech and eat a dinner. The Republicans expect 850 per- ;ons at the dinner in the Baker Hotel. They hope to gather in a net of at least to give the Republican National Committee, WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES run to Eisen- hower with complaints that the Republicans are calling them Page 9A. CONGRESSIONAL Texons write their Congressman letters on myraids of Rep. Marion of Colorado City gets a good Page 12A. DOMESTIC PROBLEMS Col- umnist Hal 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 sales running ahead of those for last Page 3A. YMCA SPEAKER-The Hev. W. Jack Lewis, executive director of the Christian "Faith Life" Community House at the Univer- sity of Texts, will be main speak- er at the YMCA banquet here Thursday at 7 Family Will Bury Second Child Today HAMLIN, Feb. Funeral services were to be held Thursday afternoon at the Hamiin Church of Christ for the 12-year-old daughter of a Hamiin couple who were burn- ed out of their home Wednesday morning. Helen Ruth Blevins died at p.m. Wednesday in Hamiin Hos- rital of bums received when her amily's home was destroyd and ler 10-month-old brother perished n the flames. Graveside services were held Wednesday at East Cemetery for 3obby Don Blevins who was left jchind through a mistake when Us family fled from their.flaming home at about 4 a_.m. Wednesday. Barrow Funeral; Home was in charge arrangements. rThe; children's parents, Mr. and F.- Blevins, formerly of Chiekasha, Okla., and four small brothel's escaped' through a' win- dow when doors to the farm house were blocked. Mistake Discovered Both the parents thought thar the other had the baby boy, and it was too late io s.ave him when they, discovered their mistake, Blevins said. His body was recovered from lie ashes Wednesday morning aft- er daylight. Apparently the fire started when lelen Ruth poured ire in an open oil drum.used for a bedroom heater, the father said. He awok? to find her clothing ablaze and Mrs. Blevins trying to beat out the flames. Mrs. Blevins vas holding their 2-year-old son, Charles Arthur, Blevins said. Helen Ruth had got up-to care or the baby while her mother tend- ;d the older boy, both of whom had been ill, he said. The little girl had been holding Bdbby Don when she put. wood on the fire and en. the kerosene, but et him down when her clothes aught fire. Blevins said that he got mem- lers of .the family out of the house ly kicking out a window after he liscovered that three of the house's doors were jammed. Helen Ruth ran outside, and was ater found to have suffered bums n all her body but a small spot n according to Wesly Vail, hospital administrator. Blevins, who said he had been icking cotton all day and was ard to awiken, had Jimmy Lee, with him when he kicked out- he window. The little boy ran lack into the blazing room and a burned foot and hand aefbre being retrieved. The other children, Frank Stan- ey, 6, and Ruben Goddard, 9, es- aped serious injury, but Sirs. Blevins was treated at Hamiin [ospital for minor burns and shock, (levins also received minor burns. The family has been in the Ham- n area picking cotton for about iree months. The house where ley were living belonged to Char- "e L. Adams of Hamiin, Jones :ounty Sheriff Dave Reves of An- on said. After the family was out of fhs ouse, Blevins walked about See BLEVINS, py. 2-A, WANT ADS GET RESULTS FOR 41c PER DAY! It's o fact! Your Wont Ad, when placed on weekly basis, costs only per day! 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