Abilene Reporter News, March 3, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 03, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, COLD gfoilem EVENING! FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SK ETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIII, No. 260 AuocUted Prett (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 3, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY Freeze Damages Area Fruit Crop Some damage to early fruit rrops in the Abilene area was be-1 lieved to have resulted from freez- ing night-time temperatures that followed a speeding norther that blew itself out in the Gulf of Mex- ico Wednesday morning. The mercury here dropped to the freezing mark at a.m. Wed- nesday and still had not climbed above the SMegree mark at a.m., the U. S.. Weather. Bureau said. Coldest temperature was 24 de- grees recorded between 7 and 8 a.m. Wednesday. "I'm sure the freeze did' some damage to the fruit crop, but just how much would be hard to esti- mate at this II. C. Stanley, county agricultural agent, said. "Of all the early varieties of fruit trees bloomed out, I'm sure there would be a high percentage of the fruit crop killed." "The weather was hard on ewes that were lambing and brood sows that, were farrowing, but I don't believe it was cold enough to hurt our small grain." Stanley said" that the 25-degree low forecast for Wednesday night would not do any more damage than has already been done. Much of the East Texas fruit cirop mostly peaches and plums safe for a day, the As- sociated Press reported. Winds frost from forming Tuesday night. But the weather bureau said if Wednesday night is still and! cold, frost might form and do some damage. Winds at Abilene all Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning averaged 15 miles an hour from the north. Temperature dipped to freezing Tuesday night as far south as Junction, Austin and College Sta- tion. There was a hard freeze in the Panhandle, South Plains, West Texas and the Red River Valley. Weather Bureau spokesman said the cold front actually two northers that merged in the Pan- handle early Tuesday has pass- ed out of the state. It was part of a cold wave that blanketed much of the nation Tuesday night. Behind the big norther the Up- per Panhandle remained snow- covered and cloudy, but the rest of the state except for the mid- die and lower Gulf fair skies Wednesday at dawn. There had been no precipitation during the night and none -was in- dicated in forecasts for the day. The forecast at Abilene called for fair and cold weather Wednes- day and Wednesday night with in- creasing cloudiness and a little warmer weather Thursday. High temperature here Wednes- day was to be 40 degrees, and the high Thursday 50 to 55. CONERLY ANNOUNCES League to Reveal Ticket Thursday Abilene Good Government League will announce its slate of candidates for City Commission and School Board offices in a mass meeting Thursday at p. m. in Fair Park Auditorium. President James M. Binion gave this statement to the press Wednesday morning. He said the public is invited. "We hope the citizens will show enough interest in their local gov- ernment to fill the Binion said. Names and backgrounds of the JUDGE E. T. BROOKS Judge Brooks Dies Suddenly Judge E. T. Brooks, prominent Abilene attorney, died unexpected- ly at his home at 426 Grape St., at p.m. Wednesday. Apparently in good health, Judge Brooks was preparing to go to Anson on legal business when he was stricken with a heart attack. He died 40 minutes later. Funeral arrangements will be an nounced by Klker-Warren Funeral Home. Surviving are his wife, three sons, Maurice, and Meryl, both of Abilene, and Aubrey of Lubbock; and one daughter, Mrs. Jack T. Anderson of San Angelo. League's candidates will be given it the meeting. Other developments on the politi- al scene Tuesday were as" follows: (1) City Commissioner C. T. Tommy) North Sixth St., said he would seek re-election to the North Side commission post. Malcom May Run (2) City Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom, 3781 Woodridge Dr., stat- ed he "might come out for re-elec- tion to the South Side-place at the ast minute, and then I might not.' Mmlcom'.added that if he doesn't itiiiv :l't demonstrate that an nrdinaxy citizen has power to delve into municipal operation and ioefG ciencies and do something abou correcting them." Both Conerly and Malcom said many persons had asked them to be candidates. "This seeking re-election woulc not even be considered unless I was influenced by the will of the said Conerly. He stated that he will not wage an active campaign, as he is leaving town Sunday for a three-week vacation Malcom told a reporter he doesn't want "the good people o Abflene to think I am letting them down by not running." "Another Malcom said 'I don't want City Manager Han cock or others to get any foolis] ideas they have forced me out o service." Malcom said he would prefer stay out of the race because he spends so much time at being a city commissioner. "It costs me a year to be a commis sioner, besides the loss of slee] and general annoyance I gi Malcom declared. Friday at 5 p. m. is the deadlini for filing of candidacies with the city secretary. THE WEATHER US. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and told Wednesday and Wednesday lUgii Increasing cloudiness and a little warm Thursday. High temperature Wednesday 40 degrees. Low Wednesday night 25 HlRh Thursday 50 to 55. NORTH CENTRAL .TEXAS: Fair and continued cold this afternoon and to- night. Lowest tonljfht 22-32. Thursday, part- ly cloudy, warmer in afternoon. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy, warmer in Panhandle this afternoon. Rather colt again tonight with lowest 15-25 In Pan handle, 20-30 In South Plains and 30-40 elsewhere. Thursday, partly cloudy and warmer. EAST TEXAS: Generally fair and colt this afternoon and night. Lowest tonight 20-30 In interior and 30-36 near the coast Thursday Increasing cloudiness and a little warmer. Fresh to strong northerly winds on the coast, becoming moderate to fresh 4S 28 44 26 41 Jj 37 27 IS 30 35 32 34 38 33 38 Sunset iMt ndnht p.m. Sunrise to- d.y Sunset lonlgM P-m. B.romtler re.dir.8 o.m. S8.M humidity p.m. 335S. Maximum temperature for 24 hours end fciK at a.m. 47. Minimum temperature fcr 21 hours IM at a.m. 34. U. S. Payroll Down 18th Month in Row WASHINGTON HI A Senate House committee said today th federal civilian payroll dropped in January for the 18th consecutiv month. Hits Unfair Probe Tactics WASHINGTON President; Eisenhower today hit out at "dis-i egard for standards of fair play" j m congressional investigations. He cknowledged the Army made j ious errors" in a case of an Army major whose honorable discharge roused the ire of Sen. McCarthy The President said in a news :onference statement that the Army was "correcting the proce- [ures" to avoid such mistakes in the future, but declared: "In opposing communism, we are defeating ourselves if either iy design or through carfessness, we use methods that do not con- orm to the American sense of jus- tice and fair play." McCarthy fired back a statement if his own: "It is important to remember that this silly tempest in a teapot arose because we dared to light he cold, unpleasant facts about a ifth amendment Communist Army officer who was promoted, given special immunity from duty out- side the United States, and finally Jiven an honorable discharge with he full knowledge of all concerned hat he was a member of the Com- munist party. Appears as Sacred Cow "It now appears that for some reason he was a sacred cow of certain Army brass." The exchange was over the case of Maj. Irving Peress, New York y dentist, and the ramifications which brought a clash between Mc- Carthy and Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens two weeks ago. McCarthy had Peress before him in his investigation of what the senator terms "Army coddling of -ommunists." Peress declined to answer ques- tions as to whether he had sub- versive affiliations and McCarthy demanded that the Army court- martial the major. Peress was given an honorable discharge and McCarthy called Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker, who was the commanding officer, be- fore him to ask why. They had a hot session and Zwicker protested to Stevens. Stevens tingled .with McCarthy over .what was "abuse" of Taylor County Chosen For Polio Serum Test VISITORS NOW Visitors to the gallery overlooking the House Chamber have their passes checked by doorman and a guard under new security measures put in- to effect Tuesday. The visitors were escorted to the gallery door by their congressman. Rep. Sid Simpson The doormen and guards are, from right to left, Capitol Police- man A. S. Rodgers, Doorkeeper Wallace Dales and Doorkeeper Joseph Sullivan. Puerto Ricans 10 Texas Areos i In National Plan i program to try out the Silk vaccine for poliomye- litis George W. Cox, state health officer, announced in Austin Wed- nesday morning. Other counties are Tom Green, (San Nueces, (Corpus McLennan Or- ange (Orange) Wichita (Wichita Dallas, (Dallas) Tarrant, (Fort Worth1. Harris and Bexar, (San Local health officers will meet with state officials and representa- tives of the National Polio Foun- dation Friday to work out de- tails, Dr. Cox said. Eligible Approximately Texas Chil- dren are eligible to take part in the trials of the vaccine, hoped to be an effective agent against polio. Onlv second grade children in the state's public, private and par- ochial schools, whose parents sign request forms, will receive the trial vaccine. The trials are sponsored by the National Foundation for Infan- tile Paralysis. Dr. F. E. Sadler. Taylor County health officer, Wednesday morn- ing said that he welcomed the selection of this area for polio vac cine trials and pledged full co- Pfimtd for Eisenhower was primed with-a statement'on the matter when he met with reporters today. In it, the President took obviou: shots at McCarthy..without calling the senator by name. And he declared that no one has been "authorized to suggest that any subordinate, for any reason whatsoever, violate his convictions or principles or submit to any kind of personal humilitation." The President said it is up to Congress to see that its procedures are "proper and fair" but for the government employes under him he set out these rules: 1. "Every governmental employe to the executive branch, whether civilian or in the armed services, is expected to respond cheerfully and completely to the requests of Congress and its several commit- tees. It is. of course assumed, that they will be accorded the same respect and courtesy that I require that they show to members of the legislative bodylL 2. "Officials in the branch of the government will have my unqualified support in insisting that employes in the executive branch who appear before any type of executive or congressional investigative body be treated fair- ly." McCarthy promptly called a news conference at the Capitol to read his own statement. he said, "the President and I now agree on the necessity of getting rid of Com- munists. We apparently disagree only on how we should handle those who protect Communists." 1st Candidate Files For City W. A. (Dick) Dickenson, 38, 2148 Beech St., filed Wednesday morning his candidacy for Place 2 on the Abilene School Board. -He is the first candidate to file, for the city election on April 6. He owns Red Cap Products Co., which sells chemicals, primarily for use in the oil fields. Dickenson has resided in Abi- lene since 1935, when he came here to attend Hardin-Simmons Un- iversity; except two years in the Army Air Forces as an instructor during World War II and one year in Amarillo, where he was sales promotion and advertising manager for Amarillo Hardware Co. He has been employed during two periods with Sears Roebuck's Abilene store. The first time was from 1936 until Dickenson entered the Army Air Forces in 1942. The second period was after he left the military service and after he had spent a year, flying chartered service for Abilene Aviation Co. At the time Dickenson left Sears for military duty he was head of the furniture department. During his second association with that store he was in charge of major appliances. He went into the Bed Cap Pro- ducts Co., for himself in 1951 and has operated it since. W. A. (DICK) DICKENSON school boird cindidate He is married to the former Mary Ruth Sanders, She is daughter of file late C. L. San- ders, who formerly worked with Co., and the late Mrs. Jennie Sanders, who worker Stl CANDIDATE, Pg. 2-A, Col. i Facing Swift Indictments WASHINGTON prosecutors went before a federa grand jury today to ask for indict ment of four Puerto Rican fanatics iin connection with a wild pistol attack upon the House of Repre- sentatives Monday. U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover and his assistant John Conliff, in charge of the criminal division of Hover's office, said five or six witnesses would be called. indicated they expected to complete the testimony today, pos- sibly within a few hours. Rep. Paul W.! Shaver (R-Mich) was listed as a principal witness. Conliff said Shaver, an eye wit- ness, would be the only House member to be called. Other witnesses include doctors who treated the five wounded House members and police officers who questioned the four Puerto Hicans who are under arrest and jailed in default of bond each. The five House members felled by the fusillade from the visitors' 'allery apparently were reeover- ng, although one of them, Rep. Alvin M. Bentley re- mained in critical condition. A bul- et pierced his lung, stomach and iver. The others wounded. Represen- tatives Clifford Davis Ben. F. Jensen George Fallen (D-Md) and Kenneth Ro- berts were less seriously mrt and are recovering satisfac- :orily. Oddly, Rover, then a practicing attorney here, was assigned by the court to defend Oscar Collazo when le and another Puerto Rican Na- ionalist .tried to assassinate for- mer President Truman in 1950. Dollazo was sentenced to die, but Truman later commuted the sen- :ence to life. The four involved in Monday's incident are charged with assault with intent to kill. There are charges for each of the five House members shot down, making the maximum penalty upon conviction 75 years in years on each count. Those held are Mrs. Loiita Le- bron, 34-year-old divorcee and ac- knowledged leader of the quartet; Rafael C. Miranda, 25; Andres F. Cordero, 29; and Irving Flores Rodriguez, 28, all of -New York City. Their avowed purpose in invad- ing the House with pistols and shooting wildly was to call atten- tion to the Nationalists' campaign for Puerto Rican a cause which Puerto Ricans have rejected at the polls several times. Rep. Bentley Taken Off Critical List WASHINGTON Bentley one of five congressmen wounded in the House chamber Monday, was removed today from the critical list at Casualty Hospi- tal. Dr. Joseph Young, chief of staf at the hospital, told reporters th.r while Bentley still is not out o danger, he thinks "it is safe" to remove him from the critical list. WHERE CONGRESSMEN WERE This is view taken in House of Representatives chamber when President Eisenhower spoke to Congress last month. Circle at upper corner of gallery indicates area from which men and a woman fired pistols. Numbers show approximately where the five wounded congressmen were located on floor at time of shooting: (2) Alvin Bentley of Michigan; (3) Clifford Davis of Tennessee; (5) Kenneth Roberts of Alabama; (4) George Fallen of Maryland; (1) Ben Jensen of Iowa. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES IMPORTANT ex- hibitors have big day as their livestock, poultry go on sale block at fat stock show. Page 1-B. GOLF TOURNEY VFW votes to sponsor Open Golf Tournament here in May. Page 3-B. THi WORLD TODAY row raises question of Congress setting rules for its committees. Page 3-A. TEACHER PARLEY Oilbelt teachers to hear national lead- ers at convention here. Pago 10-A. Hart Spikes Hint He May Seek Office HUNTSVTLLE, March 3 mer Chancellor James Hart of the University of Texas publicly spiked Tuesday talk that he might run for governor. Addressing ex-students of the uni- versity. Hart said: "So far as political office is con- cerned I intend to remain an I have no intention whatever of running for any political office." Hart, a former associate justice of the state Supreme Court, left that post several years ago to be- come chancellor. He resigned as of Jan. 1 to resume private practice of law in Austin. A SPECIAL SERVICE is maintained to deliver Reporter- News subscribers who may miss their paper on reflulor delivery. In principal West Texas cities, please call your local Reporter- News carrier. In Abilene, dial 4- 7271 for Morning and Sunday between 7 and 10 a. m.; for the Evening edition, between and p. m. Secularism Flayed By McM Lecturer In his second Denison lecture Bishop Hazen G. Werner at 10 a.m. Wednesday told some 900 students, friends and alumni of McMurry College that you cannot take a msn from his culture, make_ him a Christian, and then toss' turn aside. Dr. Louis H. Evans, principal speaker for' the Vvillson Lectures, who spoke at 11 a.m. said that unless 'we turn to Christianity and the teachings of Christ we may destroy civilization on earth. -At p.m. Wednesday Dr. Joe J. Mickle, president of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., was to speak on "Higher Education Looking Toward 1960." He will appear again before Friends of McMurry Library at an annual dinnar at p.m. in Iris Graham Memorial dining hall. Both Dr. Evans and Bishop Wer- ner will speak on love, raarriage and the home Wednesday nigh beginning at in Radford Mem orial auditorium. God Neglected In his lecture on "Redemptioi and Secular.Society" Wednesda; morning Bishop Werner cautione that Americans are rapidly com ing to the point where they material answers to spiritual prob lems instead of turning to God he said, is a characteristi of the secular society. "If we are going to be victoriou with our Christian he de dared." we must understand sec ularism and renew our awarenes to Christian teachings. 'When we understand secular ism, then we must attack from all angles: in the home, o street comers, in trailer camps on radio, newspaper, and tele vision." He continued by saying, "W send missionaries to' foreign land to bring men to Christ but whe it comes to America we forget a of that. We need to apply the mis sionary technique To whip secularism Werner sai we must become possessed of SM LECTURES, P9. 12-A. Col. 2 OR. JOE J. MICKLE ifUrneon Itcturtr iric project." Dr. Sadler said his office win jpervise the tests and wffl can pon local doctors, nurses, volun- eer citizens and representatives the National Foundation for as- istance. George Hine, Jr.. who will di- the polio vaccine trial infor- ation for Abilene and Taylor .aunty, said that more than hlldren in the second grade of ublic, private and parochial chools in Taylor County will re- vive the trial vaccine upon wrlt- ;n requests of their parents. Hine, public information officer ind who served as publicity di- rector for the recent March of Dimes drives, said that health rec- jrds of pupils in the first and third grades of the same schools vill be used for comparison to evaluate the vaccine's effective- ness in preventing paralytic polio. Tests Endorsed Dr. Sadler pointed out that the ;est has been endorsed by scien- Jfic and medical groups, includ- ing the American Academy of Pediatrics and an Advisory Com- mittee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. He also emphasized the safety precautions surrounding the test. "The National Foundation wiH not make the vaccine available until three elaborate and separate safety tests have been made on every batch be ex- plained. Local doctors assisted by nurs- es will administer the trial rac- cine to pupils in the second grade whose parents sign a re- quest form. Each child wftt re- ceive one CC of the trial Taccine (a pinkish watery solution) in the arm; One week later a second one CC shot will be given and. at least weeks later a third or booster dose also one CC will complete the series. "We of Taylor County are privi- leged "to take an important part in See VACCINE, P9. 12-A, Col. S House Group Votes Excise Tax Slashes WASHINGTON House Ways and Means Commitee today overrode a late-hour Eisenhower administration plea and voted for a wide range of excise tax cuts. But the committee did not com- plete action, before a recess, on all the provisions in a bill bv Chairman Daniel A. Heed (H-JfY) which altogether would cut excises about one billion dollars a year. The committee approved about 14 of the 20 proposed cuts before it recessed. It was to meet later today to take up the others. Approval of the Reed proposal seemed certain, and the only question was whether even deeper excise cuts might be voted for some items. Reed's bill would cut to 10 per cent, effective April 1, these pres- dent excise rates: The 25 per cent tax on long- distance telephone calls and leased wires, saving taxpayers an esti- mated 250 million dollars a year. 20 per cent "luxury" tax on furs, jewelry, cosmetics, women's hand- bags and luggage, saving an addi- tional 250 million. 20 per cent tax on admissions to movies, sports events, night clubs and other entertainments, saving 175 million. 20 per cent tax on cameras, photographic equipment, light bulbs, club dues and safe deposit boxes, saving about 57 million. 15 per cent tax on local tele- phone bills and domestic tele- grams, saving about 123 million. 15 per cent tax on rail, bus and air passenger fares, saving 37 million. 15 per cent tax on pens, mechan- ical pencils, lighters, and sport- ing goods, saving about 7 million.- McM LECTURESHIP PROGRAM WEDNESDAY Joe J. Mickle, Willson Lecturer. "Christian Higher Education, 1960" of McMurry Library Dinner, Ins Graham Memorial Dining Hall, Dr. Mickle, speaker. Werner. Evans. f ;