Abilene Reporter News, March 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas DIRTY EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXII1, No. 269 Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 12, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOc OPENING SESSION Pictured just before they went into the first session of the Oil- _._. -n -i _ TW HTillioi-n ft belt District 7 teachers convention Friday morning were (left to right) Dr. William R. Ross, president of Colorado State College of Education at Greeley, Colo., who gave the morning address- Miss Laura Sheridan of Sweetwater, past president of the Oilbelt District; A. E. Wells superintendent of Abilene schools; and Dr. Charles Romine, Abilene High School principal and president of the Oilbelt District. Additional picture on Page 3-A.' (Staff Photo) Teachers Hear Their Profession Rated at Top By STUART CH1LTON More than 2.000 teachers from the Oilbelt District heard Dr. Wil- liam R. Hiss, president of Colo- rado State College of Education, describe their profession as "the highest calling outside of the min- istry." Extra chairs were placed in Abi- lene High School auditorium which normally seats and Dr. Ross's address was piped by public ad- dress system into the school study hall and library for still more teachers to hear it. Dr. Charles Romine, president of the Oilbelt District.7 of Texas State Teachers Association and principal of Abilene High School, who' presided, said this was by far the largest number of teach- ers ever to attend an opening ses- sion of a district meeting here. Abilene School Superintendent A. E. Wells extended a welcome to the visitors and Tom F. Webb, Americanism chairman of Parra- more Post No. 57, American Le- gion, led the teachers in giving the pledge of allegiance. Music was by the Abilene High School Band, directed by Robert Field- er and his assistant, Kenneth As- ton. Speaking on "My Defense of Gen- eral Education." Dr. Ross declared that education and educators i are "being kickSd around especially by popular magazines" and called the attacks bitter and unfair. He advised the teachers that the "best way for schools to counteract these attacks is by teaching better rather than trying to strike hack." He referred to newspapers as being friends of the schools. Dr. Ross urged classroom teach- ers to strive for what he termed "balance." By this, he said he meant that they could render bet- ter service to their pupils by branching out into other fields rath- er than keeping narrowly'to their only particular subject. For example, a history teacher Dust, Cold Front Slated To Move On By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cold front moved across Texas Friday trailing dust behind it but also cooling off a March heat wave. Snow flurries were forecast for the upper Panhandle in the after- noon and a low of 18-28 was fore- cast for Friday night. A low of 25-33 was forecast for the South Plains. Temperatures 2 to 6 degrees be- low normal, with maximums be- tween 56 and SO were forecast for the state in the long-range outlook through March 17. The U.S. Weather Bureau said both the front and the dust would be down to the coast by nightfall, but neither would be very formi- uable. The dust Tuesday morning was worse in the area around Lubbock. It spread up to Amarillo, over to Dallas, south to Junction and over to San Angelo and Marfa. It wasn't as bad as previous dust storms this year. At 8 a.m. visibil- ity was' of a mile at Lubbock, at Childress, 1 at Amarillo, 2Vi at San Angelo, 3 at Marfa; Fort Worth and Dallas and 4 at Midland and Abilene. Winds were generally 35 miles an hour in the dust zone with gusts up to 45 and 50. Texas was getting just the south- ern edge of a storm over the plains, centered in Kansas. Some sections of Nebraska had visibility zero because of blowing snow. The dust started blowing in West Texas Thursday. U was partially responsible for a traffic accident near Plains, Yoakum County, in which George McGee of Abilene was killed. His panel truck slam- med into the rear end of an oil pipe truck which had slowed down. The cold front dropped tenipcra- fures 10 to 15 degrees from Thurs- day's record-breaking heat in many Texas cities. The cooler temperatures fol- lowed record-breaking heat in many Texas cities Wednesday and Thursday. Laredo reporter! 100 de- grees Thursday. It was 97 at Alice, 87 at Waco, 91 at Daiias, and 93 at San Antonio. "Galveston, cooled by the Gulf, had a 70-degree read' tec. It's Cool, But Dirt Still Flies A mild cold front which arrived in Abilene at a. m. Friday merely changed Ahilene's weather from "hot and dusty to cool and dusty. Meteorologist C. E. Sitchler said Friday morning he was "keeping my fingers dust could become as thick today as it did three weeks when Abilene experienced one of the worst dust- ers in its history. His forecast was "dirty'1 weath- er Friday afternoon and night, fair Saturday. The mercury rose to 82 degrees Thursday and dropped only to 56 before a. m. but arrival the cool front started pushing the temperature readings down. It had dropped to 52 by a. m., when visibility in Abilene was one and one-half miles. Sitchler said dust had been thicker northwest of Abilene Thursday and that winds coming from the northern part of New Mexico was bringing more dust into the Abilene vicinity. He gave no promise whatever o! rain to settle the dust. Humidity stood at 17 per cent at and the dew point was de- gree to which the temperature would have to drop before pre- cipitation would result. A maximum temperature of 60 is forecast for Friday, with a of 38 early Saturday to be fol- lowed by a maximum of 50 de- grees. Warmer weather is expect- ed Sunday. should not.hesitate to teach geo- graphy, English or other subjects should the occasion arise in the listory classroom. "When you finish your Dr. Ross concluded, "I hope the Mas- :er Teacher will place Ms -mark of approval alongside yours." Platform guests during Dr. Ross's address included past pres- dents of the Oilbelt District and chairmen of sectional group meet- ings during the convention. The second general session of the convention will begin at p.m. Friday, also in the high, school au- ditorium, with a speech by Dr KeniieQT Wells, president of Free- dom Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa Dr. Wells' topic will be "Your Challenge and Mine Atomic Year 12." Immediately following the second general session a reception will be leld in the Abilene High School cafeteria. The affair is being spon- sored by the Abilene Classroom Teachers Association. Preceding the night general ses- See TEACHERS, Pg. 5-A, Col. 3 THE WEATHER VS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER P.CREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY: Dirty this afiernoop. and tonight. Saturday fair. High temperature Friday, 60: low Friday night. 38: high Saturday. 50. NORTH- CENTRAL TEXAS: Windy and cooler this afternoon. Fair and cooler tonight and Saturday. Lowest tonight WEST TEXAS: Windy and colder, snow flurries in upper Panhandle this afternoon. Fair tonight and Saturday. Colder with low- es.tlS-28 In Panhandle. 25-35 la South Plains arid 30-42 elsewhere tonight. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clcarlne and turning cooler Interior this afternoon. Fair ar.d colder tonight and Saturday. Lowest tonight 35-45 in north. 42-52 in south portions. Fresh to locally strong shifting winds on the coast, becorn- tan ..jrtherly tonight. TEMPERATEKES 3. P.M. 68 60 62 57 53 52 54 56 65 Sunset last night Sunrise today Sunset tonlfiht Barometer reading p.m. 27.84. Relative humidity at p.m. Maximum temperature last 24 hours end- inn at a.m.. 82. Minimum temperature lilt hours tntf- Roaring Winds Lash Sections of U.S. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hearing winds whipped snow, dust, rain and sleet across broad areas of the nation today. Snow whirled from Montana and Wyoming eastward to the Missis- sippi valley. The weather bureau reported blizzard conditions had developed in western Nebraska and northeast- ern Colorado. Wind gusts exceedec 30 m.p.h. Blowing snow limiWd visibility to about 150 yards in some sections. Winds that caused gusts of 100 m.p.h. Thursday east of Albuquer- que. N.M., kicked up dust in much of the plains area and the south- west today. Seven inches of snow fell at Havre, Mont., and Chardron. Neb., and the fall measured six inches in the Newcastle, Wyo., area. The temperature dropped to 2 Police, Firemen Given Monthly Raise NEEDS BICYCLE ON JOBS Goodfellows' Gift Stolen From Boy W. O. Jowers Jr., 12, went out- side his home today and found iis bicycle missing. Maybe for a lot of kids something more: It was a means of adding something to the fami- ivould mean nothing but some :ears, but for W. O. and Ms fam- ly it was somewhat more serious. W. O.'s father has been ill and inable to work for sometime and iis mother is kept home caring for his father and a little brother who's not in school yet. They live at 1917 Murphy St. The bicycle was a Christmas present from the Goodfellows, and ly's income, that "He's the oldest of our four chil- Red Jeis Turn Tail When Me! at Line SEOUL a Four southbound Communist jets turned tail at the Korean demarcation line today and fled north when American Sabre jets streaked up to meet them, the Air Force said. No shots were fired, added a spokesman for 5th Air Force. The Red planes apparently were headed toward Inchon, port city for Seoul IE South Korea, the spokesman said. But there was no way of knowing if the Communist pilots actually intended to cross into South Korea or were testing Allied radar and air alert prac- tices. It is possible the planes were off course. The Seoul-Inchon had H-minute yellow air raid alert. dren. so you can see it's pretty mportant that he helps Mrs. Jowers explained. O. has been selling garden and flower seeds after school, and ast week he started selling a weekly household paper. He's loping to get a daily paper route >oon. Without the bicycle, he'll have I hard time geting around. He was starting out Friday morn- ing; since there was no school be- when he found the bicycle miss- cause of the teachers meeting, ing. "We thought maybe if you put something in the paper, somebody might decide to return it, if they tnew how important it Mrs. Jowers said. Their phone number! is 2-fi911. The bicycle, repainted by the Goodfellows last fall, was a bright ;reen and beige. She thought it lad beige wheels. It was a size 26 with balloon tires. W. O. is a sixth grader at Bowie School. He has two younger broth- ers. 10 and 5, and a little sister, 8. His father, who does yard work when he feels up to it, Is recuper- ating from pneumonia. Chances for Burned Girl Called 'Slim' HASKELL, March 12 Doctors held out .little .hope .for Mary Su- lema Rodriguez, 14-year-old Lat- in American girl burned over 85 per cent of her body in a fire at her home Tuesday. The girl's condition remained largely unchanged, a doctor said. She is conscious and are no complications "so he added. She will remain in critical con- dition for the next few days at any rate, he said. "The chances of her making it are not too he added. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES DUST CAUSES way death of Abilenian George McGee credited to blinding dust. See Page 1-B. Eagle track- men poised for preliminaries in the Border Olympics at Laredo. Page 10-A. NATIONAL Assocfat- ed Press Columnist James Mar- low says Ike's statement about involvement in war is clear only to Ike. Page 8-A. INTERNATIONAL Society scandal jolts Italy'! already shaky Poge 8-B. NAMED Charles S. Thomas, Los Angeles, now an assistant secretary of Defense, poses after he was nominated by President Eisenhower to be sec- retary of the Navy. Thomas would succeed Robert Anderson of Vernon. Tex. named to he deputy secretary of Defense in place of Roger Kyes, who is leav- ing May 1 to return to private business. Minimum Salary Will Be By EARLE WALKER All policemen and firemen were voted a straight "acrosi the board" pay raise of per month Friday morning .by the City Commission, effective April 1. This brings the minimum salary for the 'lowest rank officers in both departments up from S225 to S250 a month. Chiefs Both Raised -Police Chief C. Z. Hallmark and Fire Chief D. C. Musick were included in the each having his monthly pay hiked from to ?450. The motion for the increases, made by Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom, carried out the recommendation given to the commission recently by City Manager Austin P. Hancock. Malcom and Hancock have been in outspoken, bitter dis- agreement over past issues. _______________ '_ Also included in the Han-. COCk proposal and adopted in [to S1.35 an hour.'and heavy the motion were pav increases I chinery operators up to an for about 60 other City em- j recommendation in- ployes. I ciudcd raising the common labor- Thursday Hancock had ndded to ers to per hour in the Street his original recommendation raises of Water Department meter read- ers. The chief meter reader was increased from S250 to S265 a month, and three other readers from W5 to S2SO per month each. 10-Onts an Hour Malcom added to the motion a 10-cent-per-hour wage increase for machinery (Operators of the Street Department. That brought the light machinery operators up City Delays Parking Ban Vote; U.S. 80 Work Halted City Commission Friday morn- Ing tabled untlpAprfl 2 Its final vote on an ordinance which would remove all parking on South First St. from Treadaway Blvd. on the east side of town to the west city limits. Dallas Scarborough, local at- torney representing several South First St. property owners and bus- inessmen, asked for the delay. He told .the commission he plans to visit the Texas Highway De- partment and try to get that agen- cy to agree on some other plan than a parking ban for the South First St. traffic problem. He didn't reveal details of his strategy. Scarborough declared that if the commission removes parking on that street it will so reduce the value of the business buildings that the city will have to pay the owners for the property. Halts U. S. 80 Work District Highway Engineer Jake Roberts, informed of the tabling of the no-parking ordinance, Fri- day morning advised County Com- missioner Claude Newberry to Murrow Accused Of Aiding School WASHINGTON McCar- thy (R-Wis) has accused commen- tator Edward R. Murrow of having been connected with a Moscow school described as revolutionary, and Adtai Stevenson of dealing in untruths. Murrow said he actually was an adviser in an international educa- tion experiment the Russians can- celled in 1935 before any school sessions were held. The accusations came irf the first installment of McCarthy's reply to recent criticism. He' has said his real reply will be made a week from today. But last night .e fired some preliminary broad- ides at Murrow. who devoted his _BS television show Tuesday to a ritical review of McCarthy, and jtevenson. Democratic presiden- tial nominee in who spoke against VMcCarthyisnv" before A meeting of Democrats in Miami Beach Saturday. McCarthy spoke last night on a question and answer program with 'ulton Lewis Jr. on the Mutual Radio Network. Saying that after week. Blackmail! Joe Cries at Army WASHINGTON Mc- Carthy (R-Wis) cried "blackmail" today at an Army report he and his chief counsel, Roy Conn, ap- plied pressure for special treatment of a drafted aide while from other Senators there were demands for a quick investigation. Four members of McCarthy's own permanent Senate Investiga- tions a Repub- for an early meeting of the group to consider the report. And the Senate Republican lead- ership indicated a least for the leave the matter in the subcommittee's hands. Sen. Potter (R-Mich) said Conn should be removed if what he called the "shocking charges" as to the chief counsel were true. The report said Conn voiced threats that Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens w.ould be "through" and the Army "wrecked" if Schine were sent overseas. Potter said he wanted a meeting today to go into "all the facts." He called reporters to his office and issued a statement. The three Democratic members McClellan of Arkansas, Symington of Missouri, and Jack' son of out a joint statement saying "we assume1' McCarthy will call an early meet- ing. Potter and the three Demo- crats constitute a majority of tht seven-member group. There was no immediate reac- tion from McCarthy himself. The Wisconsin Senator was not in his office and members of his staff said he would have no statement before early afternoon. McClellan read the Democratic members' statement at an im- promptu news conference In his office. Symington was not present, but Jackson sat beside McClellan. The text of the statement: "Pursuant to the request made more than a month ago by minori- Coffee Becoming Top Truck Cargo Target NEW YORK on-Coffee was re- ported today as becoming the No: 1 target of truck cargo and hijackers, suggesting a developing black market in some areas. The report came from toe Cargo Protection Bureau, which geU re- ports from Insurance and law en- forcement agencies. It said an es- timated to S7S.OM worth of coffee wai itoltn In February. ty members of the Senate Investi- gating subcommittee, the Depart- ment of The Army yesterday re- leased a 34-page chronological re- port of conversations and events incident to the service in the Army of G. David Schine, a former mem- ber of the subcommittee staff. "If the information and state- ments contained in the report are correct, theif its revelations should engage the prompt attention and consideration of the permanent subcommittee on investigations. "We assume the chairman will call an early meeting of the sub- committee to discuss the report and determine what action should be taken by the subcommittee." McClellan was asked if he agreed with Potter that Cohn should be fired if the Army report is correct "I believe in hearing both sides when charges are McClel- lan replied. "If there is a defense or an explanation of what the re- -port reveals, then it should be made to this subcommittee." Jackson said, "I concur with tha statement." McClellan then added, "I think thta report raise; an issue that should engage the attention of the committee to the of other .mitten now programmed.'' Murrow "week feels that he must ,mear McCarthy sug- gested, "maybe Mr. Murrow is vorried about the exposure of ome of his friends." McCarthy, saying he was quot- ng from a copy of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telagraph for Feb. 18, 1935, read a listing of Edward R. Mur- ow, assistant director. Institute of nternational Education, as a member of the National .Advisory Council of the Moscow University summer session. He quoted the newspaper as saying Moscow Uni- versity taught "the violent over- throw of the entire traditional social order." Murrow in New York, termed the broadcast statements "Mc- Carthy's latest reckless handling of the truth." In a statement, Murrow said that he had been -assistant direc- tor of the propaganda school, which he described as an organization arranging inter- country exchange of students and professors, and in that capacity was a member of an advisory committee for a summer, school in Moscow. But he said the school was called off by the Russians before it began, and all that took place was a tour of Russia, in which he did not participate. i As for Stevenson, McCarthy j centered on the 1952 presidential I candidate's statement that the! new administration had turned up only one alleged active Commu- j nist among more than two million i federal employes.' f Strictly Untrue That, McCarthy said, "of course is strictly untrue and either Adlai j knew that or should know it." The j senator said a long list could be i made. He cited uie names of three "Le- vlne" and said were MUHROW, Pg. 11-A, Col. 1 defer buying right-of-way for the U. S. 80 freeway project until the city does cut out St. parking, Newberry said. Newberry has been securing right-of-way between Pioneer Dr. and the first underpass west of Abilene on U. S. 80. Texas Highway Department has been, insisting for several years that the commission vote the parking ban on South First St. due to the heavy volume of through traffic that travels it. Abilene Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee and the high- way department a few days ago made the request again. This time they said the no-parking rule is needed to hasten a start on build- ing a freeway on U. S. 80 west from Abilene. Urges Parking Ban Dr. T. B. Bowen, owner of El Corral Motel on South First St., took issue with other property own- ers and tenants present. He urged that the no-parking ordinance be adopted. "Unless Abilene provides three lanes for traffic on each side of South First St., the freeway will go around Bowen declar- ed. "Tourists leave close to S4 mil- lion a year here." Mayor C. E. Gatlin told Scar- borough, that plans for the free- way are 'developing and that is why the commission wants to dispose of the parking ban ques- tion soon. He suggested April 2 as the new date, and Scarborough said his group would try to1 com- plete its efforts in the meantime. Scarborough had asked for 60 days' postponement earlier in the meeting. Other South First St. business- men speaking against the proposed parking ban included Roy Jack- son, owner of Alamo Motel; and Slaurice Garrett, a traveling man. of 807 Willis St. Not In Amarillo Garrett said that in his travels See PARKING, Pg. 11-A, Col. 2 Department from SI and S1.05, so o equal the truck drivers. Other raises were: City manager's secretary, from S225 to S235; city secretary, S300 prosecuting attorney. clerk of court, ilerk-typist in Purchasing and Per- onnel Department, S200-S210; chief accountant, S450-S500; cirj; reasurer, accounts pay- hie clerk in Accounting and Aud- ting Department. S215JS235; pay- oil clerk, S215-S235; two bookeep- ng machine operators in Account- ng and Auditing Department, S235 each; office manager of Tax Department. cashier in Tax Department, steno- grapher-clerk in Tax Department, two custodians at City Hall, each. Parking meter superintendent, painter, attendant, S2254235; sign "at- tendant, Superintendent of Sanitation De- partment, bull dim hour. Head librarian, J225-S240. two li- brarians, S1954210 each; one li- brarian, one librarian, S1754195; one library custodian, Custodian .at airport, 90 cents an hour. Sexton, S2654270. Water and Sewer Department of- !ice manager, billing machine operator In that depart- ment, S2254250; assistant billing machine operator, con- Tact clerk. S2104225; assistant clerk, S180-S190; cashier, posting clerk, complaint man, Water production superintendent, 53304350; one plant operator, plant operator. plant operator. plant operator, Water Distribu- tion foreman. Water Construction Foreman. Meter repairman in Water De- partment, sewer fore- man, S285-S300; assistant sewer foreman 52454250; sewage dis- posal foreman, S2654285. Other Police Department raises S200-S210; steno- grapher, SI904200; clerk-typist. Retired Colonel Gets Draft Notice MONTICELLO, N. Y. Col. William Hones, 61. now a Mathewt County, Va., farmer, retired from the Army in 1952 after 41 yean of service, disclosed yesterday that he got a draft board ques- tionnaire. It is a routine query sent over-age men for of their draft status. Hones "If my number Is up I'm. anx- ious to Dr. Stewart Gay, a member of the Sullivan County draft board, said Hones formerly lived in the county at Roscoe. N. Y. He could not explain how Hones' name got into draft board records. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Remember Friday the 13th of March, 1953? People in Knos and Haskell Counties won't be for- getting that day soon, for that was the day a brutal mid- afternoon tornado brought death to 16 persons, injuries to scores and property damage for hundreds. How does the storm'area look a year later? How have survivors, who lost all or part of their families, rebuilt then- lives? Reporter-News Staff Writer Georgia Nelson and Pho- tographer Don Hutcheson went to O'Brien, Jud and Knox City this week to get a "year-after" picture-story for read- ers of this newspaper.' Their stories and pictures will be one of the top fea- tures of the big Sunday paper. Another feature will be the first report on how Texas lawmakers feel about the proposed teacher pay hike. Katharyn Duff, who will report legislative hap- penings for The Reporter-News, has polled the legislat- ors to find out if they do or do not favor the proposed pay boost for teachers. Results of thta pou will be printed Sunday. ;