Abilene Reporter News, February 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas WIND, DUST AND COOLER Went EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 248 Anocirttfd Prea (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 19, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC BERLIN ROUNDUP Koreans Denounce Big 4 Agreement SEOUL Korea tonight angrily denounced the Big Four agreement to hold a Korean peace conference in Geneva and declared it "cannot give anyone a blank check" to write a peace treaty. The ROK government, in its first official reaction to the decision reached in Berlin, called it "fun- damentally incompatible with, the Korean armistice agreement." However, government spokes- man Karl Hong Ki did not rule out eventual South Korean parti- cipation in a political conference on terms agreed to by the United States, Great Britain, France aud Russia at Berlin yesterday. March Allowable Given Big Boost Commission today ordered a whop- ping increase of barrels per day in the Texas oil allowable for March. It set the permissive flow at barrels daily. The increase will be achieved by allowing 18 days production statewide and in the big East Tex- as fiejd, three more days than for the short montn of February. Chairman Ernest O- Thompson laid the predicate for the big boost with an opening statement at the statewide proration hearing. He pointed to what he called the good condition of overall stocks of crude and products, except for gasoline. 'He noted that all the nation's major oil producing states except March 5 Deadline For Candidates Deadline for candidates to file in the April 6 city election will be 5 p.m. March 5. It was set 'Friday morning by the City Commission. -Two city commissioners and three school trustees are to be elected. Te.X3S and Wyoming arp producing more than their proportionate share as measured by their per- centage of national reserves of crude. The large increase was ordered despite the request of a majority of the oil purchasers for only 17 producing days. Ralph Dietler of Tulsa, bourd chairman of Stanolind Oil Purchas- ing Co. made the strongest objec- tion to more than 17 producing days. "We urge no more than 17 days be allowed because, historically, refineries reduce their output from March through he told the commission. Dietler feared a producing pat- tern of more than 17 days for March would mean a cutback in April. "You mean the refiner can't re- sist running if he's got asked Thompson. "That's right" replied Dietler. "The only way to keep the refiner from running is to keep crude away from him. Like keeping candy away from a baby." t At the other extreme from ler's position, Joe Owens of Sun1 Oil Co., -plugged-for. 19 days, Joflfii statewide and in East Texas. Although highly critical of the Big Four action, nowhere in bis 400-word statement did Karl say South Korea will refuse to attend the April conference. "There are good reasons to be highly suspicious of the whole Karl said. He charged the Berlin statement could be looked on as giviag Com- munist China "a special invitation to become one of the principal in effect, a Big Five meeting that is deigning to permit the Republic of Korea to attend its own peace conference." The government statement con- tinued: "The indication in the Big Four communique that this does not con- stitute recognition of Communist China is difficult to reconcile with the usual practices of international law. "In effect, the proposed confer- ence at Geneva is fundamentally incompatible with the Korean ar- mistice agreement which provides for a conference between the bel- ligerents." Karl also repeated that South. Korea "can never accept any set- tlement'1 that does not uaify Ko- rea and provide.lor "expulsion of the Chinese Communists" from the North. Tornado Smashes Two Buildings at Gorman SAFETY RECORD SET Employes Board Train For Big Spring Celebration From Fort Worth oa along the line, employes of Texas and Pa- cific Railway Co. Friday were getting aboard a train' bound for Big Spring and a celebration of a division safety record that is the lowest of the railway's history. About 90 Abilene workers will attend the banquet in the Big Spring freight warehouse Friday, O. T. Daugherty, local freight and passenger agent, said. In all, about employes and their wives are expected at the celebration during which the .west- ern division will receive the W. G. VoUmer Safety Trophy. The four foot high trophy, presented annually by Pres- ident Vollmer to the division with the best safety record, will be displayed in Abilene sometime dur- ing the next year, Daugherty said. "Of course, (this division) is go- ing to try to hold on to he said. 619 Tickets Sold For CC Banquet One thing the Abilene Chamber of Commerce is having no trouble selling is tickets for its annual banquet March 9. In the first five "days they have been on sale, 619 reservations have been made at the CC offices. That's over half the- original es- timate of people that CC of- ficials hope to have there. People who want to go will be wise to get their reservations into the office as soon as possible, CC Joe Cooley said. The western division received the award for cutting down personal in- juries during the past year to a ratio of 7.8 man hours lost per one million -man hours worked. What few accidents there were in the division were very minor, Daugherty said. The tally of acci- came from J. H. Williams of Dallas, superintendent of safe- ty. In the past quarter of a century the has not had a single pas- senger fatality, Daugherty pointed out. "We're very proud of he said. injuries among employes were cut by 50 per cent during the past year. The division set a safety record for the whole system during 1953, Daugherty said. There are two other divisions. The western in- cludes all trackage from Fort Worth to El Paso. The banquet will be held in the freight warehouse at Big Spring which was emptied of freight, painted, and given a lighting and heating system for the occasion. "They don't have a Rose Field House he said. The ware- house was the only place they could find big enough to hold people. Special cars have been added to the regular passenger train to Big Spring to accomodate the employes and their wives going to the ban- quet.- The program at the banquet will include brief speeches from officials and a special musical program. W. C. Foster of Big Spring, di- vision superintendent, will receive the big trophy from VoUmer, who is giving the banquet in honor of the division's employes. Commission Votes Paving Assessments Commission Friday morning voted assessments against proper- y owners for- proposed paving on 0 streets, but for a time it looked as though the final vote would have to be postponed two weeks. Threatened delay was caused by Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom's reframing to vote at jrst for sus- lending the rules and allowing the lecond reading of the ordinance to 96 votett at the same meeting as te first reading Malcom later relented and [or the rules suspension, but still declined to vote either way on the ordinance levying the assessments. His reluctance came about as the result of objections from Howard Syle, 2202 Sayles Blvd., to the pro- posed paving project on South 22nd it. from Ssyles to Buffalo Gap Ed. Kyle questioned that the' owners of 75 per cent of the'front footage on the 22nd St. project had sign- ed up for the paving. The com- mission has a policy but not a aw that where as much as 75 per cent is signed up, It will levy assessments and proceed with pav- City Atty. Alex Bickley checked on the signatures, and reported that the signed property lacked about two front feet of being 75 per cent, meaning, he said, that about 74.5 per cent was signed. He explained to Kyle that the 75 per cent pro- vision is not a law but merely a commission policy, which the com- mission has authority to change, or override as it pleases. The assess- ments were "perfectly legal" even if two front feet were lacking on the 75 per cent idea, he said. Malcom explained he wasn't vot- ing on the assessments because of See PAVING, Pg. 6-A, Col. 2 WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES PAY HIKE SOUGHT City Manager recommends pay in- crease for policemen end fire- men. Page 2-A. CLOSE HARMONIE Eight barbershop quartets hone up best tunes for Porade of Quar- tets here Saturday. Page 9-A. NOMINEE SLATE Good Gov- ernment League selects prospec- tive candidates for April 6 city election. Page 1-B. Parking Ban Voted On South First St. Garage Operator Slightly Injured GORMAN, Feb. 19. winds demolished two buildings near downtown Gorman and severely damaged at least a half dozen houses early Friday morning. The storm rumbled .through the town about a.m. following a flash rain. "Everyone I talked to thought it was a big oil truck j going through Eugene Baker of the Gorman Progress, iaid. A sheet-iron fire truck garage beside the town's fire sta- ion hall was a total loss. The Capers Garage, a sheet-iron wilding two blocks away, also was demolished. Capers, operator of INSPECT STORM and Mrs H C Grice of Gorman are shown as they in- spect damage to their home after tornadic winds hit the town early Friday morning. The enure roof of the home was carried away and a back wall collapsed. Mr and Mrs Grice were asleep in the front part of the house when the storm hit. (Photo by Eugene SAN DIEGO Freedom arty members charged today olitical boss George Parr had bused th'em, and asked for fed- ral protection. Two the five -charged Parr ad hit them; two said he had jined their businesses, and the tth said'Parr had tongue-lashed m. The five asked to be allowed to itervene in Parr's suit asking for n injunction to keep two Texas angers from killing him. Federal udge James V. AUred ruled they ould intervene in the injunction earing'at Houston Monday, sub- ect to legal objections then. Whether the Freedom Party mem- will be granted an injunction gainst Parr will be up to the udges presiding at that hearing. They said Parr didn't need pro- All parking will be removed from South First St. from the traf- fic circle east of town to the west city limits, the City Commission promised Friday morning. It agreed to a three-point pro- gram requested by the Abilene Chamber Commerce Highway Committee to speed up the start of construction on a freeway on TJ. S. Highway 80 from here to the west Howard County line. The other two parts of the pro- gram are: (1) Get additional right-of-way from Railway along South First St. (21 Set. up city-engineered traf- fic controls on South First St. The commission instructed City Atty. Alex Bickley to prepare the necessary ordinance on the South First St. parking ban. First reading and vote will be held in the Feb. 26 meeting of the commission, Jesse F. Winters, chairman of C-C Committee, was spokesman for his group at Fri- day's session. Sixteen other mem- bers accompanied him. No Opposition Nobody spoke in opposition to the plan. Winters said that even now, be- fore the proposed four-lane free- way has been built west of Abilene, Highway 80 traffic coming into South First St. from the west has difficulty traveling the street. "It's like trying to shoot a 12- gauge shell out of a .22 he declared. "It gets blocked." He reminded the commission that the city several years ago made a contract with the Texas Highway Department to eliminate parking .on South First St. at such time as the department requested. The THD has repeatedly asked for the parking ban. "Every time Abileniani appear before the highway commission with request, we are asked whether we have (at rid of park- ng oa South Winters re- ated. He quoted H. M. Harrison, man- ager of the Radford Properties, as saying he doesn't object to the re- moval of South First parking When the issue came before the City Commission several months ago, Harrison opposed the ban. Commissioner Jack Minter madi the motion that the commission adopt the program asked by the CC committee. Commissioner C T. (Tommy) Conerly seconded and the vote was unanimous. A! members were present excep Commissioner A. Crutcher Scott who arrived later. Other members of the CC High Committee present were: C A. Galbraith, Curtis Head, T. B McAlister, M. B. Moore, J. E Morton, George Page, Paul Scot Ernest Veatts, Homer Scott, And Anderson, B. SheHon, A. C Etter, H. J. Bilhartz, Walter E Jarrett, M. M. Anderson and Mo rey Freedom Party Members Ask Federal Protection From Parr tection against the Rangers but Freedom Party members needed protection against Parr. Meanwhile, Dlst. Judge Arthur Klein granted an injunction sought by Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd. He ordered officials of Duval Coun- ty and the Benavides Independent School District to make sure their records are neither concealed nor destroyed. At the same time, Judge Klein granted a motion by Shepperd that all records taken from the officials for study be returned, except for material to be held as evidence In three sealed manila envelopes. The envelopes, containing bonds and other data, were placed in the custody of the district clerk. The injunction hearing here last- ed only five minutes. The injunc- tion was granted by agreement of CHURCH DEDICATION HEARS to Speak To First Baptists state and defense attorneys. It re- placed a temporary restraining or- der granted by Klein last week. political boss whose fi- nancial affairs are under investi- gation along with those of the coun- ty and school an affa- ble spectator in the courtroom. He and Shepperd shook hands heartily- and exchanged pleasant- ries. Shortly before this exchange, five Freedom Party members ask- ed in federal court In.Corpus Chris- See FREEDOM, Pg. 6-A, Col. 3 Clyde :he garage, was taken to Blaekwell Sanitarium for treatment of a minor throat cut. Capers was sleeping in his school las-converted trailer home beside he garage when part of the build- ing fell over on the bus. The bus was "bounced around" con- Baker said. Fire Station Roof Collapses A front section of the fire station ball roof was caved in but only minor damage was reported to two fire trucks parked inside. The fire station tall, located one block from the town's main street, s a converted army barracks, with the fire station in the front part of the building and a recreation and meeting hall in the rear part of the building. Only minor damage was reported to a city work truck in the fire station garage where equipment and tools are kept The roof of the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Grice was completely torn off, but Mr. and.Mrs. Grice, who were asleep at their home when the storm .hit were not in- jured. The residence of Nettie Cole- man, located next door and about 10 feet from the Grice home, was j moved three feet off its foundation. She was "in Houston at the time. Baker said at least six homes were severely damaged and number of others damaged slight- ly- Electric service was knocked out for a short time. Baker said, but most of the damaged lines had been put back in operaSau'by Tex- as Electric Service workers by mid-morning. Some lines of the Gorman Tele- phone Co. were also knocked out. "Damage will run pretty Baker said, but no estimate of the total cost of the storm in wreck- age to buildings, houses and 'elec- and phone lines was immedi- ately available. The storm, believed to be a came from the south- west and went through the town to. the northeast The town's water tower only 50 feet from the fire truck garage was not damaged. The flash rain that preceded the storm measured half an inch. Black Duster Shrouds City; Visibility Low A black duster rolled into Abi- lene from the west at a. m. Friday morning tutting visibility from 15 miles to one-hall mile in 41 minutes. Winds were blowing at 40 miles an hour with gusts up. to 53 miles an hour, the U. S. Weather Bureau Siid at p 64 E3 930............55 63 64 59 K............ 58 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise' today :18 a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at 1230 p.m. 27.88. Relative humidity at -p.m. Maximum temperature for 24 hours end- iaa at a.m. 78. Minimum temperature for 24 hours ng at a.m. 50. DR. JAMES L. SULLIVAN closes week-night services night that he had delayed seeing the interior of the new building until he entered behind the choir to present his sermon. 'It is hard to express a joy that is almost he saicY'and that's the kind of joy I feel in being in this new church tonight" He reminded the members, how- ever, that "there are many things more important than buildings.... than great numbers of people.' "One of these he said, "Is' tie spirit of the church. The church s Gospel SULLIVAN, Pfl. 3-A, Col. Billowing Dust Rolls Into Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A billowing dust storm engulfed sections of Texas and four other plains states Friday, cutting visibil- ity to zero and piling silt in banks liks black snow. In some Texas and New Mexico towns, real snow or light rain min- gled with the grit, concocting a nasty paste that dung to' the sides of vehicles crawling through the dusty gloom. The dust blew from Colorado and Kansas as far south as in the middle of West fore noon. Forecasters predicted it would sweep to the Mexican border by Friday night or Saturday morn- ing. Dust also blinded much of Okla- homa Visibility dropped to zera at times throughout the-dust area. City lights cast wan gleams through the black pall that shut SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Spring's peeking around the corner and that means it's time to pack away those winter clothes and get your- self all decked out for the new season. A style every member of the family ana the house, be the big news in the Sunday Re- porter-News as Abilene merchants draw back the curtain and show whai's coming in the way of Spring fashions. There'll be dozens of pictures of Abilene folk modeling these new clothes. Church of Christ folk will be interested in the presen- tation of the complete program on 'the annual ACC lec- tureship opening Sunday, an event which draws thousands of visitors to Abilene annually. Then, there'll be in the Sunday tne usual complete news coverage, local, national, interna- tional and specialty news of interest to all members of the family. out the sun. Cars and buses nosed cautiously along streets and nigh- ways', headlights stabbing feebly into the dust. Airplanes were grounded. Meanwhile, thunderstorms rat- tled in North Texas. The Oklahoma 2ity weather bureau in a tornado aiert. But Ms warning was not matched by Texas forecasters responsible for the area. The turbulence accompanied- a western cold front that moved across the state. The dust swirled into the Pan- handle from Colorado and Kansas, where businessmen at Garden City shoveled dirt off their, sidewalks like heavy snow. The black duster headed south at a 35 clip and was expected to reach the Mexican border by Friday night or Satur- day morning. Gusts up to 65 miles an. hour marked its southward sweep. The dust storm blacked out Borgcr, AmartUo, Dumas, Perry- ton, Clarendon, Lubbock and Plain- view. An Amarillo re-porter said; 'We're in a complete blackout. Street lights are on, and cars are barely creeping. It's like mid- night." Forecasters in Amarillo said the sky should clear and wind diminish about sundown. Visibility was reported iero from south to midland.. At Seraiixue ttoe chut mixed with misting rain tad with light MOW Martb LWUefieM. The duster late Bnfw If IMtf. It ttw ;