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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR gftlew VOL. LXXIII, No. 272 Xssoctated (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 15, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe DRAGGING IT if paying up wasn't bad enough, dozens of Abilenians waited in the hall outside the Office of Internal Revenue Monday to see income tax officers Mon- day noon. (Staff photo by Phyllis Nibling) HungerKeeps Burglars Busy Burglars in Abilene seemed to oe hungry over the week end as two cases of food burglaries were being investigated by Abilene police. Buster's Gulf Service Station, 790 Pine St., was burglarized some- time Sunday night, police said. Missing were some candy, crack- ers, and two or three quarts of oil, Del. Capt. W. B. McDonald said. Entrance was made through a rear window, McDonald said. Another burglar, who also was apparently hungry, entered the apartment M. D. Craig, 151T Korth 10th. early Sunday night and made off with a pound of bacon and three slices of bologna. Craig discovered the bur- glary when he returned home about 9 p. m. after finding the front door open and a light left on in the apartment, officers quoted him as saying. C. R- Rogers. 426 Hawthorne St., reported to police Monday morn- ing that his golf equipment, con- sisting of a cart, bag, clubs, and pair of brown and white shoes, were missing from his garage. Edgar Head. 233 Hawthorne St.. reported to officers Sunday that his brown leather billfold contain- ing papers and S23 in money had either been stolen or lost by him sometime Saturday. Officers were also investigating an attempted burglary of the C. E. Hicks1 Food Store, 241 Peach St. Police said the padlock on the front door had been jimmied and that a screen was pried loose on a rear window. No entry was made and nothing was missing from the store, police said. Gus Strauss to Head Group at Session AUSTIN7 W 260-pound Sen. Gus Strauss of Hallettsville today was nominated as president pro tern of the Senate. SCORES IN LINE Abilenians Sing Blues of March 15 Eoctor, lawyer, merchant, chief maybe even a few begger- men and thieves were all lined up outside the Office of Internal Revenue as March 15 ticked wear- ily past. Late income-tax filers bad until midnight Monday to get their re- turns to the office, and it looked as if plenty of Abflenians had put them off until the last minute. Collection Qfficer Herbert W. Patterson said he hafl given re- turns or advice to 153 people In the first hour, and that appeared to be a pace-setter for the office. "It will be about the same all day Henry C. Broaddus, group supervisor for the Abilene division, said. "They jam in here, FACTS, FIGURES ON THE SESSION AUSTIN Wl Facts and figures on today's special ses- sion of the Legislature: Call to order 12 noon. Length of days, set by Constitution. Presiding officers Speaker Reuben Senterfitt; Senate, Lieut. Gov. Ben Ram- sey. New members 5; Miss Maude Isaacks, El Paso; Jim Moore, Arlington: Charles D. Kirkman Jr., Cleburne; George D. Ford. Bogata; 0. H. Scnram, Taylor. Senate, none. Vacancies House 2, Dis- trict 22, Place 7 Houston; Dis- trict 60, Place 4, Fort Worth. Senate, none. Purposes of session ers and state workers pay raises; new taxes; tighter Communism laws; new prison and educational buildings. Special Session Lawmakers Get Million Good News AUSTIN Legislature to- day got worth of good news from State Comptroller Rob- ert S. Calvert. He estimated the special session would have that much to spend from the general revenue fund, new taxes. That means the session will be called on to raise only new money for teachers and state employe pay raises. The comptroller issued his esti- mate of income as the Legislature met in special session to finish a job it left dangling a year ago: boost teachers' and state workers' pay, and find the money for it. Gov. Allan Shivers will recom- mend that the lawmakers spend about for buildings at Southwestern Medical, Dallas; the deaf school, Austin: the dental Houston; and Eastham prison farm. If the Legislature follows his suggestions, it won't have to raise anybody's taxes for that part of the governor's program. In addition to the pay raises and buildings, the session opening for- mally at noon was called to adopt x get-tougher policy toward Com- munists. The general fund bal- ance was attributed by Calvert chiefly to increased revenue from the oil production tax brought on by crude oU price gains, and from a carryover of unexpended funds. Shivers has suggested a new tax on natural gas gathering and in- creases on beer franchise lev- ies to finance new, recurring ex- penses. He hopes a general fund can pay for the buildings. Tbi last Legislature wrangled 135 days and got nowhere on teachers pay and taxes. The law- makers voted S600 increase that added up to a string of zeros when they couldn't agree on a tax bill. None ever got beyond committee study. Whether the legislators can get together in the 30 days allotted to a special session remains to be seen. This time they will have before them a compromise trimming the teachers pay raise to S402, plus a revised ratio between state and local spending for schools, plus a flat footed tax recommendation from the governor. Shivers and the teachers, who slugged it out during the regular session, are on the same side this time. In a pre-session statement call- ing the compromise plan the best answer to the growing needs of public schools for good teachers and places to teach, Shivers lined up with Mrs. Kate Bell, president of the State Teachers Assn., and State Education Commissioner J. W. Edgar. The compromise plan recognizes the principle of 'local control at the local they said. It does not saddle the state with any un- usual burden of providing class- room space, and it establishes a fair ratio between state and local finances, the three argued. House Speaker Reuben Senterfitt has been sharply critical of the compromise plan. He especially hit the provision giving credit for each teaching unit to local dis- tricts, saying it was too flexible and would pile up enormous build- ing costs at ttate Upense. and we get them out as fast as we can." Actually, though, he added, it's not much different any other year. "The people who have a re- fund coming get their returns in as soon as possible, the people who owe money are always Broaddus said. The office will be open until 6 p.m. to help people prepare their returns. After 6 p.m. it will be open to receive returns only. The office has been pretty crowded for the past few days Bxoaddus said, but .things have been going'.very easy this time "Good employes." he added. All morning long, there, were a least 25 to 30 people seated oui in the hall while another dozen or more waited inside for their turn Six officers and three Internal Revenue agents were on duty at the office Monday, including Broaddus. Although some tax-payers were inclined to term the office "in- they had sympathy from the group supervisor. "Nobody likes to pay Broaddus said. Texas Gas Tax Plea Denied Court Story on Pg. 3-A BULLETIN WASHINGTON Supreme Court today denied a Texas re- quest that it reconsider a decision holding invalid a Texas tax on nat- ural gas shipped by pipe line com- panies to consumers in 38 other states. Justice Clark, a native Texan, announced the court's unanimous decision on Feb. 8. Attorney General John Ben Shep- perd of Texas in a petition asking reconsideration contended, among other things, that the activity in- volved "is of such a local nature as to be amenable to a state tax. The Supreme Court's opinion said the Texas levy was an unconsti- tutional burden on the free flow of commerce between the states. Warmer Weather Due After Low of 26 Rising temperatures and an end to the current cold spell were pre- dicted Monday morning by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport. The forecast followed a 26-degree dip by the mercury early Monday. The high Monday was expected to be 60, to be followed by tem- peratures in the 70s Tuesday, the weatherman said. THE WEATHER US. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair with rising; temperatures Monday, Monday night Tuesday; high Monday 60; low Moo- day nlRht 35-40; high Tuesday in 70s. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Increas- ing cloudiness and slightly warmer this afternoon, toniftht and Tuesday. Lowest 3CMO tonight. WEST TEXAS Increasing cloudiness and slightly warmer this alternoon. tonight and Tuesday. Occasional light rain west Of Pecos Valley Tuesday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy to cloudy and slightly warmer this nflemrxm. tonight and Tuesday. Moderate to fresh northeasterly winds on the; coast, becomlnpc southeasterly by late Tuesday. TEMPERATURES 46 32 49 32 49 31 29 50............ 29 be made after the return of his mother, Mrs. C.rrie Smith ot Abilene, here from El Paso. Other survivors of Mr. Smith include hi. filter, Mrs. Bobby SM AIILENIAN, en, i
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