Abilene Reporter News, February 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARMER ®be Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron <D f~h EVENING RIMAI m m m mm mm VOL. LXXIII, No. 241 Associated Press fAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 12, 1954 -TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Austria Calls on UN Restored Freedom DESPITE PROTEST Pakistan to Get Arms From U. S. WASHINGTON, (Y — Diplomatic ! after Pakistan and Turkey officials said today the United | a broad defense, economic States has decided to give sub-1 cultural agreement, these sources stantial military aid to Pakistan! said. regardless of India’s angry pro-    Secret    Negotiations tests.    The two countries are reported sign and I An American military survey mission, they said, will go to Pakistan to look over its armed forces and determine the amount and type of military equipment needed. An announcement of the decision probably will be delayed until FIRE AND HIGH WIND—San Angelo, Tom Green County and Mathis Field firemen prevent damage to the large hangars at the airport near San Angelo Wednesday despite blowing sand and winds from 40 to 65 miles per hour. The fire started in a frame building and spread to two others. One of the houses was occupied by the J. T. Williams family, who escaped unharmed. Damage was estimated at $5,000. (Standard-Times Photo) South Korea Offers Army to Indochina SEOUL ¡.Y- South Korea said today it has offered a full army division to fight communism in Indochina and it ask#d for help from retired U. S. Gen. James Van Fleet. The government information office. in a statement indirecUy critical of the United State», said it had been asked to help fight the Beds in ‘‘two urgent appeals signed by the cabinet minhster of the Laos government,” one of three states of Indochina. A Communist Vietminh force of 10,000 men is driving south towarcf Luang Prabang, capital of tfaos. South Korean Foreign Minister Pyun Yung Tai said in an interview that his country has offered a division to anti-Communist forces in Indochina fighting under the French Union banner. A source in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris said it had no information of such an offer. In Tokyo, the Japanese newspaper Nippon Times said American Air Force units are Hying small-scale support airlifts for French troops in Indochina, from Japan via Formosa and the Philippines. Shortly after the Pyun interview President Synghman Rhee’s government issued a sharply-worded statement declaring: “From the United States we ask only that it give us the services of its great soldier, Gen. Van Fleet, who achieved such miracles in creating the Korean army and in fighting the Communists in Greece. “We want Gen. Van Fleet to City Makes Final Payment On Sewers come and help us organize our own forces and at the same Ume train and organize the armies of Indochina, He could, with his tremendous energy, do both jobs, and we would cooperate by providing our own army officers to help in the training of the Indochinese.” As commander of the U. S. 8th Army until his retirement late in the Korean War, Van Fleet supervised the training of South Korea’s army. \ BICKLEY DOUBTS LEGALITY Burglars Pull 33rd Job Here Related Story on Pg. 7-A. 'Limited Annexation1 Under Study by City City Commission Friday morn-1 report to the commission his de- Burglars tapped two more Abilene places — a cafe and a school —Thursday night, bringing to 33 the total break-ins since Jan. 1, Police Detective Capt. W, B. McDonald announced Friday. He said police have already solved “about 12” of the 33, however. No suspects had been found early Friday in tlie Thursday night burglaries. Jack and Ina's Cafe, 1042 South Second St., and the new Woodson High School, North Fourth St. and Cockerell Dr.. were burglarized Thursday night. Nothing was taken from the cafe, although the burglar beat on the '■igaret machine and other articles. He failed to get into the cigaret machine. Loot from the school building was estimated “maybe as high as $60” in money. The cash was taken from a candy machine and a drink-dispensing machine. McDonald said entry to Jack and Ina’s Cafe was made through a skylight, which the burglar broke. * He reported that no place of entrance was located at the school. There was a program at the school Thursday night, and McDonald reasoned that somebody hid in the building until the crowd left and then committed the theft. McDonald said four autos have been stolen since the first of the year but that police have recovered all of them. ing referred to City Atty. Alex Bickley for study a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission that th«^ city adopt “limited annexation” of outside areas. Bickley stated that he doubts the legality of such mergers. The City Planning and Zoning Commission wrote a letter, urging city commissioners to bring about limited annexation for purposes of planning, zoning, sanitation and health protection. No additional taxation would be placed on the territory brought in under those circumstances. The proposal was based upon a provision in the charter of the City of Austin. City Atty. Bickley is to investigate the legal angles involved and Boy Hurt in Crash Leaves Hospital William M. Pittman Jr., 6, who was hospitalized at St. Ann Hospital following an automobile accident Wednesday which killed his stepfather, Joe Donald Bird, was released from the hospital Thursday. The boy had been hospitalized for possible abdominal injuries. His sister, LaVerne Pittman, 11, who was also in the auto at the time of the accident, was released from the hospital Wednesday with knee bruises. Funeral for Mr. Bird was held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Throckmorton at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Throckmorton Cemetery. cision on the validity of such a rule, The planning panel suggested that the program he established here either through an ordinance or an amendment to Abilene’s charter. Its letter reads in part: “The authority now exercised by the city in approving the subdivision of land within five miles of its corporate boundaries does not afford sufficient control in the proper development of said territory. “It has been demonstrated that the policy of full annexation of such territory has many objectionable features.” It would be difficult to determine whether any legal opposition will develop to Austin's “limited annexation” charter power, the planning board said. “As of this date the City of Austin has annexed no additional areas for limited purposes under this provision,” the panel wrote. Doyle Singleton, Abilene’s city planning engineer, stated in a recent speech to a civic club here that more control over the development of fringe areas is needed. V. Clouse, contractor, was voted by the City Commission Friday morning the final payment of $1,949.25 on the sanitary - sewer jobs recently probed for the city. Joe Ward, Wichita Falls engineer, was recently employed by the commission to investigate whether Clouse did the work according to city specifications. A Ward employe found that the city had overlooked paying the contractor $1,949.25. The investigator also reported several instances of faulty work on the sewer installations, and the commission voted recently to admit there was insufficient citv Inspection. Friday's action also authorized returning to Clouse a $975 check which he had offered the city some time ago for the expense involved in cleaning dirt from one of the lines. Investigation by L. A. Grimes, former water superintendent, showed Clouse’s work did not cause the dirt to get in the line. The commission voted Friday that Clouse must pay Ward the fee which he charged the city for his investigation, since some faults were acknowledged by both Ward and the commission in the installation. Error Noted Former Water Supt. Grimes Friday stated in a letter to the commission that the Ward report was in error in saying that the city had paid Clouse for some eight-inch lines where six-inch were laid. The payment was for six-inch size, Grimes said. Sewer projects involved in the Ward investigation were the West Side Interceptor (along the western edge of Abilene); and some lines in North Park, Over Place and Tanglewood. Clouse offered to repay the city any damages due it, even prior to the ordering of the probe. Grimes recently told the commission. to be negotiating the pact secretly., with U.S. encouragement. The j agreement is expected to be announced formally within a matter of days. Pakistan officials are said to be eager to conclude it before next Tuesday’s important provincial elections, hoping an announcement would help Premier's All’s party. Any American move to arm j Pakistan would be certain to provoke bitter objections from India's Prime Minister Nehru. He has been mobilizing Indian public opinion against any such Ameri-can-Pakistan military tieup on the ground it would upset peace in Asia. Want to Go Ahead Top American State and Defense department leaders, after carefully weighing Nehru’s views, are reported to have decided to go ahead with military aid to Pakistan. They are represented as SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Sunday is Cupid’s very special day and The Reporter-News will pay just tribute to that very important person with an extra-special Valentine presentation in the Woman’s Section. Sunday is also the day Abilene’s largest auditorium, and one of the largest church auditoriums in the state, will be opened. The Sunday Reporter-News will present pictures and descriptions of this sanctuary, the First Baptist Church building, and a report on the week-long dedication ceremony which will officially open it. Baptists, especially, will want to order extra copies of the Sunday paper to send to friends and former mem-. bers of the congregation. The complete news picture—local, state, national, sports, oil, farm and society—will be presented readers of The Reporter-News in the big Sunday edition. Reds Want Trieste Included Minter New Head of George Minter Jr., Abilene merchant, was elected president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Friday at a meeting of the Board of Directors. Retiring president Elbert Hall concluding that any backing down {will become vice president of the by the United States now would CC. in accordance with the by-reinforce India’s position in Asia 1 laws. as a potential leader of a bloc of Fleming James, director and countries neutral in the contest cashier of the Farmers and Mer- between the Communist bloc and the free world. Encouragement of the Pakistan-Turkey negotiations reflects belief that Nehru can object less to chants National Bank, war, elected treasurer, and Joe Cooley was reappointed general manager of the CC. Directors heard a report from American arms aid if it goes to Oliver Howard, chairman of the re-evaluation program committee, that the program has brought in $14,381.50 increased dues since it support an anti-Communist military alliance. begun last September, i» looked upon as the nucleus fori      ~i**__ a larger Middle Eastern defense alliance which other anti-Communist countries, including India, would be invited to join. Man Drops Dead Telling Life Story EUREKA, Calif. 1*1—While telling the story of his life to members of the Fortuna Rotary Club yesterday, 75-year-oid Bert Morgan dropped dead. He had been telling of his experiences in this area’s Iogging-camp heyday. The committee still has to contact about 50 firms to ask that they increase dues, Howard said. Plans for the 46th annual CC membership banquet March 9 were discussed by the directors. General Curtis LeMay, commander of the Strategic Air Command, will be main speaker. j to follow his father as a CC presi-Tickets for the banquet will go dent, on sale Monday at the CC office { George Minter Sr. served as CC GEORGE MINTER, JR. , . . new C-C president for $3.00 a person. An Air Force theme will be used. Second Son In Post Minter, recently elected to his second term as a CC director, is the second son in the CC’s history president in 1918. Father and son are two of the partners in Minter Dry Goods Co. In 1951 J. C. Hunter Jr., Abi- Sea OFFICERS, Pg. 2-A, Col. 1 WIFE DIVORCES ‘GARBAGE MAN' DETROIT — Mrs. Dorothy Roe got a divorce yesterday after testifying that her husband Gene complained her potato peelings were too thick and constantly inspected the garbage to see if she threw away anything edible. Duval Jury Takes Up Study Of School District Money Pair Badly Injured In Head-on Crash SNYDER, Feb. 12 — Two men by the fact that the motor in the SAN DIEGO W — The Duval j County grand jury today resumed a study of how Benavides School District funds were spent—despite State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep-perd’s charge that it’s not qualified to conduct the probe. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in this dusty town of 3,400 citizens— home of South Texas political power George B. Parr—had quieted after three days of explosive legal maneuvers by Shepperd. The attorney general has said he wants to clean up “the mess” in this area. State and federal officers are checking the use of public funds. The Internal Revenue Service is looking into Parr’s income tax returns.    # In the court house, State Auditor C. H. Cavness and seven assistants plus two men from the State Comptroller’s office pored over guarded records of Duval County and the WM Benavides and San Diego school districts. Got Imported Judge Shepperd got an imported judge to order the records hauled Into court by Texas Rangers. Parr has called Shepperd’s quick-stepping activities "polities.” The grand jury was to reconvene at 2 p.m. after a two-day recess. Three witnesses were subpoenaed. Shepperd has asked that it be dismissed. He says it can’t do a fair job because seven of its 12 members are tied in with Parr. A hearing on Shepperd’s petition is set in district court here Feb. 20. The attorney general returned to Austin yesterday, predicting a “rebirth of justice in this area.” Plans to Return But Shepperd planned to be back in Parr country Sunday or Monday to prepare for next week’s court battles. Meanwhile state auditor C. H. Cavness and seven assistants studied Duval County and school See DUVAL, Pg. 2-A, Col. 2 CAB FARES CHANGED Coffee 30 Cents A Cup in Tokyo TOKYO (,?)—Coffee high back home? Well, it’s 30 cents a cup here, $2.24 a pound or $1.40 for a tw'o-ounce jar of the instant type. If you pinch pennies, you can buy a cup of bitter, unrecognizable brew for 17 ceofab WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES HOMETOWN BOY—Moj. Gen. William O. Senter, former Abi-lenian, named commander of Tinker Air Force Base at Oklahoma City.—See Page IB. POLITICS—Vice President Nixon emerges as peacemaker, tries to get Republicans to stop calling Demos names.—See Page 6A. ARMAMENTS— Armed forces request $3 billion far purchase of guided missiles.—Page 11 A. DENNIS THE MENACE — Car-toonist Hank Ketcham got his idea for the 'holy terror' soon to be introduced to Reporter-News readers from his own son, Dennis Lloyd.—See Page 12A. remained in serious condition in Cogdell Memorial Hospital here Friday morning following a head-on collision on U. S. Highway 84 at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Most critically injured was Emile Favrçau, 32, unemployed Snyder man, who suffered multiple fractures of the leg and jaw and a concussion. C. S. Perkins, 67, prominent Sweetwrater attorney, was in serious condition with a fractured leg ani ribs and a seriously injured eye, w’hich his physician said he might lose. Favreau was reported “improved,” having regained consciousness at times, and Perkins was “doing very well for a man of his age,” a doctor said. Perkins was driving a 1949 Buick and Favreau was driving a 1952 Studebaker at the time of the accident, which occurred between Snyder and Sweetwater. Investigating officers from the Scurry County sheriff’s office assigned no cause to the accident. Motor Through Firewall Force of the collision was showm Studebaker had gone through the car’s firewall with only six inches of the motor left in front of the wall, according to Deputy Lowell Holt. Perkins had been in Snyder Wednesday on a court case. His wife and a son, Clifton Perkins, Sweetwater insurance man, arrived to be at his bedside Thursday afternoon. A brother of Favreau arrived in Snyder Thursday night from Whitesboro. Identification found in Favreau’s billfold showed that he was unmarried- His mother lives’ in Kansas. He was unemployed at the time of the accident, a hospital spokesman said. Perkins has a married daughter, Dorothy, living in the Hio Grande Valley. When the accident occurred, the Buick w'as apparently headed | north and the Studebaker south. Deputy Sheriff Bill Love of Snyder said. Both were facing west following the accident, he said. The highway runs north and south. Last Skips to Be Paved in Streets BERLIN Y—Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov demanded again today that the explosive issue of Trieste be included in consideration of the Austrian independence treaty. Specifically, he said the Big Four should spell out a clause that the disputed territory at the head of the Adriatic be demilitarized. It is now occupied by British, American and Yugoslav troops but the Western Powers said last October they were ready to pull out and turn over administration of their zone to Italy. Yugoslavia reacted bitterly. The Russians tried once before to link Trieste with the Austrian question. The West rejected the idea then. ‘New Proposal’ Then Molotov made what his top aides had described beforehand as new proposal” on Austria soon after today’s Big Four session got to this last point on their agenda. Austrian Foreign Minister Leopold Figl appealed to the four powers to restore Austria’s independence without delay. In the years since drafting of an independence treaty began in 1946 the points of difference have been narrowed to five. Molotov’s proposal seems certain to cause further delay. Figl made his appearance at a Regular session late in the afternoon which followed a secret meeting on Asiatic questions. The mild-mannered Austrian made an impassioned plea to restore his nation’s sovereignty and deliver its seven million people from occupation for the first time since 1938. He asked that the economic terms of the draft treaty be revised "in a sympathetic and generous spirit.” THese terms would benefit Russia as the treaty now stands. They provide for a/ payment of 150 million dollars over a six-year period by Austria for the redemption of factories in the Soviet occupation zone which were seized as German assets. They would also give Russia the lion's share of Austrian oil production for a period of 25 to 30 years. Figl argued tkat the disposal of the country’s mineral resources is “an inalienable right for every free people.” There was strong indication that if Molotov would drop his insistence on a Big Five parley including Red China, U. S. Secretary of State Dulles would be willing to reverse the previous American position that Russia should attend the proposed Korean political conference only as a partner of Red China and North Korea rather than as a nonbelligerent. Following today's secret session, the conference secretariat released only this information: “The ministers continued their discussion on Item 1 (Russia’s Big Five conference proposal) of the agenda and their restricted session at the Allied Control Authority Building ended at 1:15 p.m.” Western officials said the use of “continued" to describe the discussion indicated it was not terminated today and would be taken up in a fourth secret meeting at a time as yet not fixed. The Western ministers made plain to Molotov in yesterday's secret session, it was understood, that they have no intention whatever of accepting bis five-power conference demand, but that they are deeply interested In having the Berlin meeting break the Communist-U. N. Command deadlock over arrangements for a Korean peace settlement. Progress along this line could lead directly into negotiations for peace in Indochina, Molotov reportedly was told. NOT TOO CONCERNED— George Parr, south Texas political boss, doesn’t seem too concerned about proceedings as he sits in his office in San Diego while state auditors check tax books of his political domain. Paving of the last skips in paved streets w>as ordered Friday morning by the City Commission in voting the assessments of cost against property owners. Twelve skips and as many owners are involved. The commission also: (1) Delayed until next Friday its consideration of an amended ordinance defining and prohibiUng “blind” corners, so that more work could be done on the wording, (2) Adopted on final vote the changes in taxicab fares. (3) Set a meeting in the City Commission room at City Hall for March 11 at 7:30 p.m. to confer with plumbing contractors over the possible adoption of the National Plumbing Code here. (4) Received one bid on policemen’s and firemen's summer uniforms, and referred it to Commissioner Jack Minter. The bidder was Neely-Barnes. Land Bid Spurned (5) Filed and said “not interested” to a letter from representatives of defunct Abilene Development Co., which stated that they might bid $350 an acre for v the old Municipal Airport land should the city advertise it for sale and should furnish good title to it. (The company at one time offered $180, 000 for the 377 acres, but a question on the title of a portion caused the deal to fall through.) (6) Voted to pay T. W. Flanagan $150 damages to his North Park property when the city crossed it with a sewer line and in exchange for an easement from him. Those who signed the tentative offer for the purchase of the old airport land w?ere S. M. Jay, E. L. Thornton, T. C. Campbell, Jr., Morgan Jones Jr., F. C. Olds and Hudson Smart. The commission said it wasn’t interested at the price offered. Skips to be paved under Friday's action, and the owner of each, are: 1028 South Sixth St., Ann Herman; South Fifth and Meander Sts., Mrs. Tina Christian; South Eighth St., W. C. Shaw; South Eighth St.. G. M. Carter; South 14th St., J. D. Sherrod; 1147 Victoria St., Stella Tarp-ley, 2001, 2009 and 2017 Swenson! St., H. H. Toombs; 1002 Mulberry*! St., A. C. Kyle; 1226 Pine St., I. P. Rogers; 934 Pine St., Stuart Wagstaff; South Ninth St.. Mrs. J. H. Davis, 3502 South 14th St., Mrs. Rosa Fulcher.    I THE WEATHER V. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY:    Fair ami »lightly warmer Friday, Friday night and Saturday. High temperature Friday 60 to 65: low Friday night. 35 to 40: hifi Saturday , 65 to 10. NOHfil CENTRAL TEXAS; Fair an* cool this afternoon, not so cold in axtrem» northwest tonight Warmer m atternoor Saturday. WEST TEXAS: Fair, not so cold in Panhandle and South Plains and upper Feeos Valley eastward this afternoon and tonight Warmer In afternoon Saturday. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS. Fair, cool this afternoon and tonight. Warmer in afternoon Saturday. Moderat* to fresh northeasterly winds cm the coast becoming moderate southensierly Saturday. TEMPERATURES Thur*. P. M.    Frl. A U 56    ............ 1:30 ........... 33 53       2:30    ............ 33 53       3:30    ............ 11 S3 ............ 4    30       39 51    ............ 5:30    ............ 30 4«     :..    «30        » 45       7.30    ............ 14 41       8    30       3t 38       9    30        1« 37        10:30    ............. 42 36      11:30    ............ 50 33      12:30    ............ 53 Sunset iast Right 8:2! Sunrise today 7:23. :unset tonight 6.22. Maximum temperature iast 24 hours end* me »t 6:30 a.m.. 54. Minimum temperature last 24 hours ending at 6:39 a.m., 28. Barometer reading at 13 30 p.m. 28.44, Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 20%, é Í ;