Abilene Reporter News, February 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

February 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas ®f)e Mem porter-JBUtasi ________ "WITHOUT    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"—Byron FAIR, DUST VOL. LXXIII, No. 254 EVENING Final Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 25, 1954 -TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Dust Whips Across State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Another dust storm blew up in the Texas Panhandle Thursday and whipped southward across the state with a weak, dry norther. M. C. Harrison, meteorologist-in-charge of the U. S. Weather Bureau at Dallas, said Texas will have recurring dust “until we get a good general rain.” No rain was in immediate sight. The cool front entered the Panhandle shortly before dawn. Gusty winds sent surface dust boiling into the air as gritty haze. At mid-morning the duster had cut visibility at Dalhart to % mile. Northwest winds up to 25 miles an hour swirled the fine particles. You could see only one mile at Amarillo and two at Childress. Temperatures dropped approximately 10 degrees behind the dust-laden norther, it w* ■ due in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 1 p.m. Harrison said it would take a good rain to tamp dust from last week’s big storm into the ground. No rain in the past 24 hours in Texas and the cloudless skies, drying winds and dust Thursday morning accented these developments: 1. Falcon Reservoir was reported dropping rapidly while Mexico increases its requests for water from the border country lake. 2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that moisture reserves in West Texas were being rapidly depleted by the strong dry winds. 3. In Mexico City, border state Gov. Raul Garate of Tamaulipas said the lack of rain was threatening spring planting in the Rio Grande Valley and the situation WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES DECISION DUE — City Com. mission will vote Friday on controversial zoning near new high school. Page 1 *B. TAX HOLIDAY—Oil firm official says Texas oilmen deserve a holiday from tax increases. Page 6-A. MAIL RATES — Seven Democrats, 1 Republiccan denounce House's endorsement of postal rate boost. Page 12-A, PLUMBERS NEEDED — Army Information leaking out to McCarthy. Page 8-A. was “particularly serious” in the Reynosa, Matamoros, and Camar-go areas. 4. In Washington, the U. S. Agriculture Department ordered extension service representatives in drought states to furnish continuing surveys on direct and indirect effects of 1954’s drought. A spokesman said Wednesday night such reports had been ordered from Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. 5. The U. S. Agriculture Department directs its Farmers Home administration to expedite processing of loan applications from areas still designated as drought disaster areas. In its regular weekly summary of crop conditions, the USDA indicated that any hope the long Texas drought was over had been false. Duster Moves Into Abilene More dust rolled into Abilene Thursday with the arrival of a mild cool front from the northwest at 10:30 a.m., the U. S. Weather Bureau said. Visibility dropped to three miles for about two hours and then rose to seven as the front moved on southeastward. Dust will continue here into Thursday night with winds up to 40 miles an hour, but will begin decreasing Friday morning and visibility will be “pretty good,” a weatherman said. Visibility here at 9:30 a.m. Thursday was 15 to 20 miles as compared to a normal of 30 or more. There was still a little residual dust left in the air from other recent dust storms. The mild cold front will drop temperatures only slightly. A high temperature of 75 to 80 degrees was forecast for Thursday and Friday’s high will be 70. ACC's 36fh Lectureship Ends Tonight (Photos on Pg. 6-A, 8-A, 12-A) Coffee to Visitor OKLAHOMA CITY — Mrs. Johnston Murray, wife of the Oklahoma governor, has announced the Sand prize for the 50,000th visitor the mansion expected Thursday at the regular open house Will be— a pound of coffee. IN GUIDED TOURS Abilene Christian College will wind up its 36th annual Bible Lectureship at 7:30 o’clock tonight with the lest group of evening lectures. The addresses will be repeats from Wednesday’s program, with the speakers switching auditoriums. In Sewell Auditorium, H. L. Barber, Terrell, will speak on “Southwestern Christian College,” and will be followed by Ira North, Nashville, Tenn., discussing “Overcoming Worldliness.” Pedro Rivas, Torreon, Mexico, will address the College Church of Christ assembly on “Mexico,” with H. A. Dixon, Henderson, Tenn,, giving the second lecture. Dixon’s topic is “Overcoming Denominational Tendencies.” Phariseeism Decried On the program at Bennett Gymnasium are Leslie Diestel-kamp, Minneapolis, Minn., to speak on “United States Missions,” and J. P. Crenshaw, Plainview, to speak on “Overcoming the Tendency to Phariseeism.” In the lectures Wednesday night, J. P. Crenshaw of Plainview said in the College Church of Christ that Christians must manifest true love for the Lord to overcome the problem of Phariseeism, which he defined as “separated in a religious sense.” Speaking in Sewell Auditorium, H. A. Dixon of Henderson, Tenn., condemned “Denominational Tendencies in the Church” as contrary to the “teaching of the Holy Spirit and the inspired men who wrote the Bible” and hindering progress of the Gospel. “Christians must realize there is sacrifice connected with Christianity today as much as it was in the first century,” Dr. Ira North of Nashville, Tenn., told an audience in Bennett Gymnasium. Worldliness is in sharp contrast to the Christian’s spiritual life, he pointed out. Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Richard Walker repeated his lecture on “Germany” in Sewell Auditorium, and George H. Stephenson spoke again on “Caring for Orphans and Widows” in the church. Two panels, “Personal Work in the Church” in the auditorium and “Tendencies in the church Today” in the church, were held at 11 a.m. Teachers Learn Business ABC's ABC’s for Abilene teachers Thursday might have been anything from auditing to bushings to carburetors as they visited local firms. The firms, more than 30 of them, were participating in Business Education Day, a sort of turnabout occasion when businessmen take school teachers to “class.” Divided into small groups of from five to 25, the teachers spent the day at one firm learning how it operates from a worker’s eye view. The day’s program at most places included conducted tours of the businesses, talks by firm executives, lunch, forums, films, and other entertainment. In all, 375 teachers from all the Abilene schools took part. They assembled at Abilene High School early Thursday morning before starting their day’s tour and were welcomed by Frank Nevans, chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce education committee which is sponsoring the day. Businessmen’s ‘Partners’ CC President Elbert Hall told them that businessmen “figured they were in partnership with the teachers” and wanted to show them how they worked and what they did. “You certainly impart to young people the ideas you have your* selves,” he said. ' As businessmen we’re eager that you be sold on the economic system (under which the country lives).” School Supt. A. E. Wells spoke for the teachers and administrators in inviting businessmen to come back to school later on. He suggested that they .might take over classes while teachers were visiting businesses. Teachers visited the following firms: Western Chevrolet, Western Cot-tOLOil, Central Texas Iron Works, Onyx Refining Co., West Texas Utilities Co., Willis Cox Agency, Primrose Jersey Farms, Montgomery Ward Co. Abilene Savings Association, Windsor Hotel, Thornton’s, Perry-Hunter-Hall, First State Bank, T. S. Lankford and Sons, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. North Park Nursery, Wooten Hotel. Popular Department Store, KRBC and KRBC-TV, KWKC, Lone Star Gas Co., the Abilene Reporter-News, McKesson and Robbins, the Borden Co., Waldrop Furniture Co. Safeway Stores, F. C. Olds Co., Citizens * National Bank, Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries, Foremost Dairies, Hendrick Memorial Hospital, Texas Coca-Cola Bottling Co., West Texas Wholesale Supply Co., Camera, Inc. Cisco Girl, Í 5, Badly Injured In Car Wreck BRECKENRIDGE, Feb. 25 — Beulah Jean Smith, about 15, of Cisco was critically injured and Arthur A. Mosley, 18, also of Cisco received lesser injuries in a one-car wreck Wednesday evening near here. The car Mosley was driving overturned on U. S. Highway 183 about 4 miles south of Brecken-ridge at 10:45 p.m. j Investigating Highway Patrolmen said the auto, moving south, evidently left the pavement and went onto the right hand shoulder. The driver apparently lost control and the vehicle skidded back across the pavement and overturned once or twice in a pasture. Both Mosley and Miss Smith were thrown from the wreckage. Miss Smith, whose family lives at 504 West Sixth St. in Cisco, ! was still unconscious Thursday morning. She received severe head and internal injuries. She is at Stephens County Memorial Hospital. Mosley, whose father is C. P. Mosley of Cisco, was treated at the hospital but released Thursday morning. Big Spring Hospita Contract Probe Due Juggling Charged By Wagonseller READY FOR DEMO RALLY—Three long-time Democrats of Taylor County receive tickets from J. W. Sorrells, chairman of the 24 th Senatorial District Democratic Party organizing committee, for the Jefferson-Jackson dinner to be held Friday night in Sweetwater. From the left are John Hembree, S. G. Tipton, Sorrells, and Mrs. J. S. Long. (Staff Photo) Stevens Afler Ike’s Support Or He'll Quif WASHINGTON (tf)—Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens was reported today to be seeking a public expression of support from President Eisenhower in his dealings with Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), and to be prepared to resign if he doesn’t get it Sources close to Stevens said the Army secretary had been in touch with top White House aides, and had told them he would insist on one of the two following courses of action: 1. A statement from the President that Eisenhower agrees with Stevens that he did not “capitulate” during yesterday’s secret sessions with McCarthy on the questions with McCarthy on the for testimony in McCarthy’s inquiry into what he calls the Army’s “coddling of Communists.” 2, Agreement from the President that Stevens can say in a statement that Eisenhower is in full agreement with the secretary’s position. Stevens was reported to be angry and indignant over some phases of his go-round with McCarthy. Further, he/vas said to be troubled over the possible effect on Army morale. The secretary went to his office early and launched into a series of conferences with top advisers. Dallas Precinct Votes to Stay Dry GRAND PRAIRIE 1* — Dallas County Justice Precinct Six remains dry after an election here yesterday. The dry forces polled 63 per cent of a large vote. FROM TAYLOR COUNTY 3 Long-Time Demos To Attend Dinner By BILL TURNER Three long-time Democrats    of Taylor County will be present when the spotlight is turned    on senior members of the party    at tending the Jefferson-Jackson dinner Friday night in Sweetwater. J. W. Sorrells, chairman of the 24th Senatorial District organizing committee, said the oldest Democrat from each of the 13 counties APPLES FOR THE TEACHERS — And maybe with the idea of keeping the doctor away, too. They were given to teachers visiting Hendrick Memorial Hospital on Business Education Day. The teachers are, left to right, front row: Martha Bradshaw, speech therapist; Louise Self, Abilene High School; Mrs. Juanita Seli, Bowie; Mrs. Marilyn Scott, Fair Park; Shirley Sowell, special education teacher at Bonham. Second row: Mrs. Ernest Harber, Alta Vista; Mrs. Katherine Alford, Travis; Bobbie Duncan, AHS; R. M. Hix, Central; Mrs. Eileen Faulks, Locust. Back row: Mrs. Tommie Prbck, Locust; Mrs. R. M. Hix, South Junior High School. Round Three Of Parr Fight Slated Friday By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - The next round in the bitter battle embroiling the dukedom of George Parr is scheduled Friday In Corpus Christi before Federal Judge James V. Allred. It is the third of a series of court actions set in motion by State Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep-perd in an effort “to clean up the mess” and wrest from Parr control of the 79th Judicial District. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has been asked for an order restraining the Texas State Bank of Alice and the San Diego, Tex., State Bank from «¿¿sLoying and secreting records. Parr is president of both South Texas banks. Officials of one of the banks, owned largely by the Parr family, said microfilm records over the last five years had “disappeared.” Parr’s income tax records have been under scrutiny of the U. S. Treasury Department. State officials, as well as the Duval County grand jury, have been looking into the financial affairs cf two Duval County independent school districts. Already, two court hearings— one a federal action — have been held. Parr won what could be called a victory in the first, when 79th Dist. Judge C. Woodrow Laughlin refused to dismiss the Duval County grand jury. Atty. Gen. Shepperd had contended it was not in a position to conduct its business fairly because several members were obligated to Parr. In the other court action, before three federal judges, a decision is awaited after the jurists Wednesday took under advisement Parr’s plea for an injunction restraining Texas Rangers from taking his life. The three federal judges—T. M. Kennerly, Ben C. Connally, and Allen Hannay — gave the state two more days in which to file a brief. There was no indication when the court’s decision would be announced. Further delay was hinted in mention of crowded court dockets. Parr, who inherited the political reins in the South Texas area once lorded over by his late father, chimed in his petition “convincing evidence” that Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee and Ranger Joe Bridge want to kill him. in the district will be honored with a scroll signed by Sen. Robert S. Kerr of Oklahoma, speaker of the evening. The three Taylor Countians are S. G. Tipton, 92, of Merkel; Mrs. J. S. Long. 75, of 849 Hickory St.; and John Hembree, 74, of 1610 San-defer St. Votes Ticket 71 Years Tipton has been voting a straight Democrat ticket for 71    years—a span from the outdoor speaking days of Grover Cleveland and William Jennings Bryan to the radio fireside chats of Franklin Roosevelt and TV campaigning of Adlai Stevenson. Mrs. Long, who was in the thick of the fight for woman sufferage and who considered herself a Democrat long before she was first permitted to vote in 1920, has now only to pick up the nearest newspaper to read of women in high government office. Hembree has watched the seesaw of political fortunes as a Democrat voter for 54 years. He hasn’t missed a precinct or country convention since 1900, and has attended most of the state conventions since that time. The first presidential election in which Tipton voted was in 1884 when Grover Cleveland won by a narrow margin of a few hundred votes over James G. Blaine. Cleveland was defeated in the following campaign but was elected again in 1892. In the bitter campaign of 1896. Tipton supported William Jennings Bryan but William McKinley won the election with help of Marcus A. Hanna’s quiet leadership and fund raising ability. Hembree first voted in a presidential election in 1900 when McKinley ran for a second term. Hembree attended the congressional convention in Mineral Wells that year. He said of all of the precinct, county and state conventions he has attended shice 1900 that the “hottest” one was year before last when Lyndon Johnson won out over Coke Stevenson b$ 73 votes. First Vote for Cox Mrs. Long first voted in 1920 for James Cox who was overwhelmed by Warren G. Harding in a landslide at the polls. When the Congress finally submitted the woman sufferage amendment to the state legislatures for ratification in 1919 the race was on to get ratification of the amendment before the 1920 presidential election. Mrs. Long, who was living in New Mexico at the time, “worked awfully hard” with the wife of the governor of that state for the woman’s vote. Mr. Long, 86, also is a life-long Democrat, but is out of town and will not return in time to attend the Sweetwater Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Long lived in New Mexico for 15 years before returning to Texas in 1927. While there he was nominated and w'on the primary election as candidate for state representative but withdrew from the race when nominated for superintendent of public instruction. He was defeated but continued to remain active in political affairs. AUSTIN C0—A special investigating committee of the State Hospital Board has ordered a full report on construction contracts awarded the past five years to determine validity of Sen. Wayne Wagon-seller’s charges of “juggling specifications.” Claud Gilmer of Rocksprings. committee chairman, told the board’s executive director yesterday to complete the report as soon as possible. At the same time, Gilmer said he did not think Wagonseller had offered evidence to substantiate his charges, The committee chairman also said he thought Wagonseller had failed to present any facts which would justify the senator’s recommendation that board architect Walter Moore be fired. Wagonseller said circumstances surrounding recent award of a contract for work at the Big Spring State Hospital were an example of what he was criticizing. He said he preferred not to cite other specific examples until, and unless he goes before the Senate Investigating Committee. Gilmer asked if Wagonseller could provide “anything concrete” in support of his “serious implication” that "we’ve got anybody connected with the (board’s) administration who is interested In a contract.” “I have evidence,” said Wagonseller. “But you’re asking me to give testimony when I don’t have power to subpoena witnesses to testify under oath.” “If you’ve got some proof, let’s go to see the district or county aiorney. Would that he allright'?” atotrney. Would that be all right? Gilmer asked. “I'm going to take my evidence to the Senate Investigating Committee,” answered Wagonseller. He said the Big Spring hospital contract—for a ward building and central kitchen—-was an example of how the board can make use of alternate specification bids to award contracts to someone other than the lowest bidder. Dr. James A. Bethea, the board’s executive director said the Big Spring contract went to the builder who was “lowest on what we wanted.” Gilmer said the Big Spring contract could not be used as an isolated instance to back up Wagon-seller’s charge the board has repeatedly failed to award the contract to the lowest bidder. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY -Fair Thursday, Thursday night and Friday except for dual Thursday afternoon and night. High temperature Thursday 75 to 80 degrees. Low Thursday night 45, High Friday 70. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Generally fair this afternoon tonight and Fridav. Slightly cooler tonight and in northwest this afternoon. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair thla afternoon. tonight and Friday. Cooler In Panhandle and South Plains this afternoon and In Panhandle, Sonth Plains and upper Pecos Valley tonight EAST TEXAS: Generally fair thla afternoon, tonight and Friday. Slightly cooler In north portion tonight. Moderate to occasionally fresh southerly winds on the coast, becoming northwesterly tonight. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Generally 1 fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Slightly cooler In extreme north portion tonight. Moderate to occasionally fresh southerly winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES “Do you deny it?” asked Wagonseller. “For myself. I deny it,” Gilmer replied sharply. “Sir, I challenge you here and now to go out there and show me we’ve repeatedly awarded contracts to other than the lowest bidder.” “I accept that challenge,” said Wagonseller. Garrison Visit Here Cancelled By Parr Hassle Business in connection with the South Texas squabble between George Parr and the Texas Rangers prevetned Col. Homer Garrison Jr.. director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, from attending the conference here Thursday of the West - Central Texas Law Enforcement Association. Chief Joe S. Fletcher, assistant director of the TDPS, Austin, represented Garrison and was to make a talk early in the afternoon on “Public Relations of a Peace Officer.” Seventy-six persons had registered by noon for the one - day meeting of the 14-county organization at the Wooten Hotel. They included city, county, state and federal of Hews, prosecuting attorneys and judges. One of the biggest attractions was a shooting demonstration by Capt. Don Lawrence of the Texas Highway Patrol, Austin, as a luncheon feature. He split a .45 slug on an axe blade, breaking two clay pigeons on either side, Luke E. Robinson, Austin, chief legal examiner for the Texas Liquor Control Board, spoke during the morning on “Searches and Seizures.” Dist Atty. Eldon Mahon of Colorado City spoke on “Investigation of Crime and Preservation of Evidence.” Ernest Kuhnell, special agent in charge FBI, San Antonio, was to speak during the afternoon. County Atty. Jack Moore of Ballinger, association president, presided. Those registered were from Abilene, San Angelo, Anson, Ballinger, Lubbock, Stamford, Rotan, Sterling City, Sweetwater, Asper* mont, Coleman, Merkel, Brady« Colorado City, Winters, Cisco, Eastland, San Antonio and Austin. " Wed. P. 76 . 78 .. 78 # M 77 73 66 63 64 63 61 60 1:30 2:30 3 30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8 30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12 30 Thur*. M Sunset last night 6 30 p m. Sunrise today 7:11 a.m. Sunset tonight 6 34 p.m. Maximum temperature for 24 hours end* Ina at 6:30 a n. 79 Minimum temperature for 34 hours ending at 6.30 am. 54 Barometer reading at 12 30 p.m. 28 02, Relative humidity at 12 30 p.m 24r.,. Ike Nominates San Angelo Man For U. S. Marshal WASHINGTON (B-President Eisenhower today nominated Hobart K. McDowell of San Angelo, Tex., to be U.S. Marshal for Northern Texas and Charles P. McKnight Jr., of Houston to be U.S. Marshal for Eastern Texas. Both are Republicans. McDowell will succeed James R. Wright, resigned. McKnight will take the place of Stanford C. Stiles, whose term expires in three days. McDowell operates the City Storage Co. at San Angelo. He is 56 and a native of Childress, Tex. McKnight is now executive assistant to H. J. Porter, Republican national committeeman for Texas. He is 29. a native of Alva, Tex., an Air Force veteran and a former Texas legislator. (onlrad for Air Base Sewer Line Before Council Friday (Related story on Pg. Ï-B) Contract with Freese & Nichols, | < Fort Worth, for engineering on the proposed new' sewer outfall line ;    ....    ,. _    _    obtain licenses and    approval from for Abilene Air Force Base wffl ]ura; an(j sjaje be considered Friday morning by the City Commission. Signature of S. W. Freese, partner in the engineering firm, has already been placed on the document, which awaits signing by Major C. E. Gatlin. Under the terms included, Freese & Nichols would receive an engineering fee equal to 6 per cent of the total construction cost. In addition, they would be paid the actual payroll cost of resident supervision. The contract calls for the firm to perform the preliminary engineering services, make the field authorities, assist in awarding construction contract, and oversee the construction . The new outfall line will extend from the boundary of the Air Force base to an existing city main on Anson Ave. Approximate cost of building it has been estimated at $360,000. City Engineer M. M. Anderson said. According to the city's proposal for furnishing sewer service to the base, the Air Force has been asked to pay the full cost of the new outfall line as a connection fee. Elimination of parking on South First St. from the traffic circle surveys, supervise the boring, test east of town to the west city bat-pits and foundation explorations, i its will be up for first vote, ;