Abilene Reporter News, February 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas WIND, DUST AND COOLER Abilene Reporter ~ ''WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron_ EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 248 Associated Pres» (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 19, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c BERLIN ROUNDUP Koreans Denounce Big 4 Agreement SEOUL Ufc—South 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 spokesman Karl Hong Ki did not rule out eventual South Korean participation in a political conference on terms agreed to by the United States, Great Britain, France and Russia at Berlin yesterday. March Allowable Given Big Boost AUSTIN til—the Texas Railroad Commission today ordered a whopping increase of 159,266 barrels per day in the Texas oil allowable for March. It set the permissive flow at 2,982,416 barrels daily. The increase will be achieved by allowing 18 days production statewide and in the big East Texas field, three more days than for the short month 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. Texas and Wyoming are producing more than their proportionate share as measured by their percentage 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, board chairman of Stanolind Oil Purchasing Co. made the strongest objection to more than 17 producing days. “We urge no more than 17 days be allowed because, historically, refineries , reduce their output from March through April,” he told the commission. Dietler feared a producing pattern 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 crude?” asked Thompson. "That’s right,” replied Dietler. j “The only way to keep the refiner from running is to keep crude away from him. Like keeping candy away from a baby.” At the other extreme from Diet-ler’s position, Joe Owens of Sun Oil Co., plugged for 19 days, both statewide and in East Texas. Although highly critical of the Big Four action, nowhere in his 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 proposal,” Karl said. He charged the Berlin statement could be looked on as giving Communist China “a special invitation to become one of the principal powers—creating in effect, a Big Five meeting that is deigning to permit the Republic of Korea to attend its own peace conference.” The government statement continued : “The indication in the Big Four communique that this does not constitute recognition of Communist China is difficult to reconcile with the usual practices of international law. “In effect, the proposed conference at Geneva is fundamentally incompatible with the Korean armistice agreement which provides for a conference between the belligerents.” Karl also repeated that South Korea “can never accept any settlement’’ that does not unify Korea and provide for “expulsion of the Chinese Communists” from the North. Tornado Smashes Two Buildings at Gorman Garage Operator Slightly Injured SAFETY RECORD SET T&P Employes Board Train For Big Spring Celebration From Fort Worth on along the line, employes of Texas and Pacific 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 T&P workers wiU attend the banquet in the Big Spring freight warehouse Friday, O. T. Daugherty, local freight and passenger agent, said. In all, about 1,100 employes and their wives are expected at the celebration during which the western division will receive the W. G. Vollmer Safety Trophy. The four - foot - high trophy, presented annually by T&P’s President Vollmer to the division with the best safety record, will be displayed in Abilene sometime during the next year, Daugherty said. “Of course, (this division) is going to try to hold on to it,” he said.    _    __ (19 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 estimate of 1,000 people that CC officials hope to have there. People who want to go will be wise to get their reservations into the office as soon as possible, CC 'Manager Joe Cooley said. The western division received the award for cutting down personal injuries 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 accidents came from J. H. Williams of Dallas, superintendent of safety. In the past quarter of a century the T&P has not had a single passenger fatality, Daugherty pointed out. “We’re very proud of that,” 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 includes all T&P 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 there.” he said. The warehouse was the only place they could find big enough to hold 1,100 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-qliet. The program at the banquet will include brief speeches from T&P officials and a special musical program. W. C. Foster of Big Spring, division superintendent, will receive the big trophy from Vollmer, who is giving the banquet in honor of the division’s employes. Commission Votes Paving Assessments City Commission Friday morning voted assessments against property owners for- proposed paving on 10 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 refraining to vote at first for suspending the rules and allowing the second reading of the ordinance to; be voted at the same meeting as the first reading. Malcom later relented and voted for the rules suspension, but still declined to vote either way on the i ordinance levying the assessments., His reluctance came about as the result of objections from Howard, Kyle, 2202 Sayles Blvd., to the proposed paving project on South 22nd St. from Sayles to Buffalo Gap Rd. j Kyle questioned that the owners j 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 INSPECT STORM DAMAGE—-Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Grice of Gorman are shown as they inspect damage to their home after tornadic winds hit the town early Friday morning. The entire 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 Baker)      ___. Freedom Party Members Ask Federal Protection From Parr SAN DIEGO (/Pi—Five Freedom. tection against the Rangers but Party memb€rs charged today, Freedom Party members needed ______    _    political boss George Parr had j protection against Parr law — that where as much as ^¡abused them, and asked for fed-per cent is signed up, it will levy    protection.    , assessments and proceed with pav- ^.wo 0f the five charged Parr ing.    S    had hit them; two said he had City Atty. Alex Bickley checked ruined their businesses, and the on the signatures, and reported that, flfth gaid parr had tongue-lashed the signed property lacked about him two front feet of being 75 per cent,    five asked to be allowed to meaning, he said, that about 74.5 per cent was signed. He explained to Kyle that the 75 per cent provision is not a law but merely a commission policy, which the commission has authority to change or override as it pleases. The assessments were “perfectly legal” even if two front feet were lacking on the 75 per cent idea, he said. Malcom explained he wasn’t voting 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 increase for policemen and firemen. Page 2-A. CLOSE HARMONEE — Eight barbershop quartets hone up best tunes for Parade of Quartets here Saturday. Page 9-A. NOMINEE SLATE — Good Government League selects prospective candidates for April 6 city election. Page 1-B. intervene in Purr's suit asking for an injunction to keep two Texas Rangers from killing him. Federal Judge James V. Allred ruled they could intervene in the injunction hearing at Houston Monday, subject to legal objections then. Meanwhile, Dist. Judge Arthur Klein granted an injunction sought by Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd. He ordered officials of Duval County 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 Whether the Freedom Party mem- and other data, were placed in the bers will be granted an injunction custody of the district clerk, against Parr will be up to the; The injunction hearing here last-judges presiding at that hearing.; ed only five minutes. The injunc-They said Parr didn’t need pro-1 tion was granted by agreement of CHURCH DEDICATION NEARS Parking Ban Voted On South First St. state and defense attorneys. It replaced a temporary restraining order granted by Klein last week. Parr—the political boss whose financial affairs are under investigation along with those of the county and school district—was an affable spectator in the courtroom. He and Shepperd shook hands heartily and exchanged pleasantries. Shortly before this exchange, five Freedom Party members asked in federal court in Corpus Chrls- See FREEDOM, Pg. 6-A, Col. 3 GORMAN, Feb. 19. (RNS>—Tornadic winds demolished two buildings near downtown Gorman and severely damaged at least a half dozen houses early Friday morning. Thè storm rumbled through the town about 5:30 a.m. following a flash rain. “Everyone I talked to thought it was a big oil truck going through town,” Eugene Baker of the Gorman Progress, said. A sheet-iron fire truck garage beside the town's fire station hall was a total loss. The Capers Garage, a sheet-iron building two blocks away, also was demolished. Clyde Capers, operator of I the garage, was taken to Blackwell Sanitarium for treatment of a minor throat cut. Capers was sleeping in his school bus-converted trailer home beside the garage when part of the building fell over on the bus. The bus was “bounced around” considerably, Baker said. Fire Station Roof Collapses A front section of the fire station hall roof was caved in but only minor damage was reported to two fire trucks parked inside. The fire station hall, located one block from the town's main street, is a converted army barracks, with the fire station in the front part ol 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 injured. The residence of Nettie Coleman, located next door and about 10 feet from the Grice home, was moved three feet off its foundation. She was in Houston at the time. Baker said at least six homes were severely damaged and a 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 operation by Texas Electric Service workers by mid-morning. Some lines of the Gorman Telephone Co. were also knocked out. “Damage will run pretty high,” Baker said, but no estimate of the total cost of the storm in wreckage to buildings, houses and electric and phone lines was immediately available. The storm, believed to be a “twister,” came from the southwest and went through the town to the northeast THE WEATHER 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 Abilene from the west at 10:15 a. m. Friday morning butting visibility from 15 miles to one-half 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 s&id at 12:45 p. m. The choking storm followed a squall line that moved through the city at 2:20 a. m. Friday, bringing .05 of an inch of rain and cooler temperatures. Other rain reports Friday morning included .71 of an inch at Rising Star and .50 of an inch at Gorman. The squall line developed in this area, or it was possibly a little to the west where it actually built up, a weatherman said. South-southeast winds of 42 miles an hour before midnight, and 30 to 35 miles an hour after midnight swung to the west and decreased in velocity as the squall line moved in. There were no severe winds here with the squall line, but temperatures dropped 10 to 15 degrees— from the middle 60s to the low of 50. High temperature in AbUene Friday was to be near 60 degrees. The low Friday night will be 30. High Saturday in the 50s is expected. Dust was to decrease Friday night and Saturday but the weather was to continue cool. Sullivan to Speak To First Baptists All parking will be removed from South First St. from the traffic circle east of town to the west city limits, the City Commission promised Friday morning. It agreed to a three-point program requested by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee to speed up the start of construction on a freeway on U. S. Highway 80 from here to the west Howard County line. The other two parts of the program are: tli Get additional right-of-way from the T&P Railway along South First St. (2) Set up city-engineered traffic 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 th« C-C Highway Committee, was spokesman for his group at Friday’s session. Sixteen other members accompanied him. No Opposition Nobody spoke in opposition to the plan. Winters said that even now, before the proposed four-lane freeway 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 rifle,” 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 Abilenians appear before the highway commission with a request, we are asked whether we have got rid of park-1 rey Millerman ing on South First,” Winters related. He quoted H. M. Harrison, manager of the Radford Properties, as saying he doesn’t object to the removal of South First parking. When the issue came before the City Commission several months ago, Harrison opposed the ban. Commissioner Jack Minter made the motion that the commission adopt, the program asked by the CC committee. Commissioner C. T. (Tommy) Conerly seconded, and the vote was unanimous. All members were present except Commissioner A. Crutcher Scott, who arrived later. Other members of the CC Highway Committee present were: C. A. Galbraith, Curtis Head, T. B. McAlister, M. B. Moore, J. E. Morton, George Page, Paul Scott, Ernest Yeatts, Homer Scott, Andy Anderson, A* B. Shelton. A. C. Etter, H. J. Bilhartz, Walter E. Jarrett, M. M. Anderson and Mo- The leader of Southern Baptist Sunday School work, Dr. James L. Sullivan, will preach at the closing week-nighl service of Dedication Week at the First Baptist Church tonight. Dr. Sullivan will be in a dual role, as representative of the Sbuthern Baptist Sunday School Board of which he is executive secretary, and as a former pastor of the church. He was local pastor during the time most of the construction work on the new sanctuary’ was done. He resigned the local post last summer to take the South-wide Sunday School leadership. He and Mrs. Sullivan came to Abilene Wednesday evening and will be here through the Sunday morning service. Another former pastor. Dr. Jesse Northcutt of Fort Worth, spoke Thursday evening to a large audience which packed the lower floor of the vast building and partially filled the balcony. Hundreds of visitors were in the audience. Largest out-of-town delegations were from Ballinger, Sweetwater and Cisco, * Difficulties in adjusting the sound equipment to the big building have been worked out, Dr: Elwin Skiles, pastor, said, members of the congregation are now able to hear distinctly in all 1 portions of the auditorium. Dr. Northcuit, who was pastor here when the building committees were named and the first drafts of the new sanctuary plans were drawn, is now on the faculty of the Southwestern Baptist The- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY-Windy and cooler with widespread nust Friday. Decreasing winds and dust and continued cooler Friday night and Saturday. High temperature Friday near 60 degrees. Low Friday night 30. High Saturday In the 50t>. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clearing Friday afternoon. Fair, colder Friday night and in southeast portion Saturday. Lowest 3(M0 tonight. ^WEST TEXAS: Generally fair through Saturday, except considerable cloudiness In Panhandle Friday afternoon. Colder with lowest 2O-30 in Panhandle and upper South Plains and ‘26-48 elsewhere Friday night. Windy- Friday afternoon and night, i SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Scattered thundershower« near the coast Friday afternoon. Fair and colder Friday night and Saturday. Lowest 35-45 In Interior Friday night. Strong shifting winds on the coast »ecomlng northerly TEMPERATURES Billowing Dust Rolls Into Texas DR. JAMES L. SULLIVAN .. closes week-night services Thurs, P 72 .. 75 .. 77 ... 77 .. 75 .. 72 .. 68 .. 64 .. 63 Fri. A. M 64 ....    1:30 *....... ....    2 30 ............ 64 ....    3:30    ............ 62 ....    4 30 ............ 62 ....    5:30 ............ 65 ....    6 30 ............ 53 ...j.    7:39 ............ »0 ....    8:30 .......... 51 ....    9:30    ............ 55 63 ........  10:30    ............ 57 64 ............ 11:30 ............ 59 64 ........... 12 30..........58 Sunset last night 8.28 p.m. Sunrise today 7:18 a.m. Sunset tonight 6:27 p m. Barometer reading at 13:30 p.m. 27 88, Relative humidity at 12:30 p m. 37%- . Maximum temperature for 24 hours ending at 6:30 a m 78. Minimum temperature for 24 hour* ending at 6.30 a.m. 50. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A billowing dust storm engulfed sections of Texas and four other plains states Friday, cutting visibility to zero and piling silt in banks like black snow. In some Texas and New Mexico towns, real snow or light rain mingled with the grit, concocting a nasty paste that clung to the sides of vehicles crawling through the dusty gloom. The dust blew from Colorado and Kansas as far south as Midland— in the middle of West Texas—before noon. Forecasters predicted it would sweep to the Mexican border by Friday night or Saturday morn-ing. Dust also blinded much of Oklahoma Visibility dropped to zera at times throughout the dust area. City lights cast wan gleams through the black pall that shut ological Seminary in Fort Worth. He confided to the audience last 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 y„rj that is almost inexpressible,” he said,“and that’s the kind of joy I feel in being in this new church tonight.”    * He reminded the members, however, *that “there are many things more important than buildings . .. than great numbers of people.” “One of these things,” he said, “is the spirit of the church. The church Christ builds has a Gospel, Set SULLIVAN, Pg. 3-A, Col. S 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 yourself all decked out for the new season. A style preview—for every member of the family and the house, too—will be the big news in the Sunday Re-porter-News as Abilene merchants draw back the curtain and show what’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 presentation of the complete program on the annual ACC lectureship opening Sunday, an event which draws thousands of visitors to Abilene annually. Then, there’ll be in the Sunday Reporter-News the usual complete news coverage, local, national, international and specialty news of interest to all members of the family. out the sun. Cars and buses nosed cautiously along streets and highways, headlights stabbing feebly into the dust. Airplanes were grounded. Meanwhile, thunderstorms rat-tled in North Texas. The Oklahoma Citv weather bureau included Gainesville in a tornado alert. But this 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 Panhandle 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 mile-«n-hour clip and was expected to reach the Mexican border by Friday night or Saturday morning. Gusts up to 65 miles an hour marked its southward sweep. The dust storm blacked out Borger, Amarillo, Dumas, Perry-ton, Clarendon, Lubbock and Plain-view. An Amarillo re-porter said; “We’re in a complete blackout. Street lights are on, and ears are barely creeping. It’s like midnight.” Forecasters in Amarillo said the sky should dear and wind diminish about sundown. Visibility was reported zero from La mesa south to Midland.. At Seminole the dust mixed with misting rain and with light snow at Martin and Littlefield. The duster blew into Borger early Friday, it swept rapidly the Panhandle. Wink. El Paso and . Midland storms Thursday clearing there but the new invasion dust threatened those Light showers and from Dallas to Corpus ;