Abilene Reporter News, March 19, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 19, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1954, Abilene, Texas DUSTY, MILD Ifflene EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 276 Associated Press (At) ABILENE. TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 19. 1954-SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Clouds of Dust Move Into Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 Rolling clouds of thick, choking dust Bushed deep into Texas Fri- day in the wake of thundershowers and a tornado scare. Northeast Texas, which the weather bureau said was in a pos- sible tornado area Thursday night, had heavy thuadershowers but no tornadoes. By late Friday morning the dust clouds had reached eastward all the way to Texarkana and south to Athens, Waco and Abilene. Dur- ing the day the dust, driven by winds from a mild cold front, was slated to spread even deeper into the state. Visibility was cut sharply by the dust. At Lubboek late Friday morning it was one-half a mile. Childress, Abilene, Fort Worth, Dallas and Wichita Falls had three-quarters of a mile, Sherman and Tvler one mile, Texarkana miles, Dalhart two miles and Amarillo five miles. Tyler received the heaviest rain Thursday inches. Tex- arkana received .65 inches, Lufkin -05 and Galveston .02. Rains up to 1.50 inches were reported in Henderson County. Cloudy weather prevailed over the southern part of the state Fri- day but no new rain was reported. Early morning temperatures ranged from 32 at Lubboek to 67 at Brownsville. The breath-taking Texas dust was just one convulsion of blustery weather which marked the last full day of winter in the middle half of the nation. Spring begins at a.m., CST, Saturday. Snow, rain and strong winds struck the mid-continent as other parts of the country enjoyed spring like weather. Snowfalls measured nearly a foot in Wyo- ming and were predicted Friday night in Colorado. Snow and high winds were general throughout South Dakota, Western Nebraska, Northwestern Kansas, Northeast- rn Colorado and Eastern Wyoming. East of the Mississippi and most sections west of the Rockies re- ported fair weather for winter's dying hours. Tornado Threat Dies While the dust swirled through Texas, threats of tornadic voiced by the Weather Bureau Thursday A cold surge of Pacific air had swept towering clouds across the state as warm, moist air pushed up from the Gulf of Mexico. The Weather Bureau said tem- peratures were not expected to drop much during Friday and would start a spring warmup by Saturday afternoon. A pleasant week end, first of the spring, was xpected, late forecasts indicated. Temperatures at a.m. Fri- lay ranged from 33 at Dalhart o 69 at Houston. Between were Amarillo 40. Lubboek 38, CMldress 8, Dallas 55, Brownsville 6S, Gal- eston 65, Lufkin 63 and Longview 60. The weak cold front at the same nour stretched from Fort Smith, irk., to just north of Abilene, Tex., .nd south of Lubboek. As dust storms continued to jlague the Central Plains, farmers n Eastern and Southeastern Colo- ado estimated millions of dollars damage to crops. Winds hit 82 m.p.h. at Colorado Springs and 56 m.p.h. at Denver. Colorado said t was its worst dust storm in ears. Wind velocities of 30 to 50 m.p.h. vere general throughout the Great lains with gusts exceeding 70 m.p.h. in many areas. Brisk winds pushed the dust hrough Texas. Cut in State Taxes Asked in Fisk Bill Blind Corners Banned; Public Hearing Set "Blind corners" were spelled out and forbidden in a new ordinance which the City Commission voted on first reading Friday morning. They were declared traffic haz- ards. Final reading, along with a pub- lic hearing, will be held the morn- ing of April 2. The regulation prohibits the following: (1) Any wall, fence or other structure- or any growth where it will cut off the view of drivers or pedestrians. (This applies only to areas in which the Zoning Ordi- nance requires a front yard.) (2) Any structure, growth other obstruction higher than base line extending from three feet above the street grade at the pro- perty line to a point four and one half feet above the street grade a a depth of 20 feet back of the pro perty line in zones where front yards are required by the Zoning Ordinance. (Exceptions are single trees having single trunks which are pruned to a height of seven feet, and necessary traffic control signs, signals utility posts.) (3) Any growth planted in the parkway which is more than two and one half feet tall except sin gle trees with single trunks pruned to a height of seven feet. Kansas Dust Cuts Visibility To Half-Mile Dry Kansas dust drifted down on the Abilene area Friday morn- ing, cutting visibility here to about j one-half mile at 9 a.m., the U. S. i Weather Bureau at Municipal Air-1 port said. The outlook was for continued dust during the day. with a "grad- ual improvement" Saturday, the weatherman said. j Friday's dust was from a dif- ferent area than Thursday's dust, the weatherman said. The dust of Thursday here cut visibility to a minimum of two and one-half miles. The dust blew in here from points as far west as New Mexico. Some dust was picked up in Texas by the winds from the west and west-southwest Thursday. The dust layer was about feet deep Thursday. Friday's dust began drifting down about a.m. after strong winds stirred up dust in Kansas, the weatherman said. The nexv dust came here behind a front which passed through the Abilene area about a.m. The Kansas dust, after reaching the Abilene area, was to feet deep. AUSTIN opposition to Gov. Allen Shivers' spending and axing program for the special ses- sion shaped up today in a bill slashing virtually all state taxes 0 per cent. Hep. Jack Fisk, Wharton, said he thought the Legislature ought a pass his bill and go home with- out voting to spend a nickel more of state money. His tax reduction measure was filed with the clerk of the House iris morning and will be formally introduced when the Legislature comes back into session Monday. Fisk said he would slash every tax now on the books, except the ,joll tax. a straight 10 per cent and save a year'instead of spending the approximately Shivers has proposed for teachers and state workers pay and for buildings at state institutions. Fisk said his proposed tax cut go into effect Jan. 1, 1955. Thus the entire question of spend- ing and taxing would be deferred until the next regular session of the Legislature. He called the special session "unnecessary." Fisk was recently appointed to the House Eevenue and Taxation Jommittee by Speaker Reuben Senterfitt, who also has opposed Shivers in calling the special ses- ;ion. f Shivers and Senterfitt are poten- tial rival candidates for governor. The governor's program yester- day drew direct fire from Sen. Jimmy Phillips. Angleton, who said in essence that Shivers' friends were using pressure to push his program through the Senate. This charge was brushed off by Shivers' Senate friends. Shivers called1 the special session to provide money for teachers and state workers pay raises after the regular session a year ago failed to. He also recommended new buildings for several state institu- tions, and submitted tighter com- munism laws as a topic for the 30-day session to consider. Fisk said his plan would not im- WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES NEW DUVAL FIGHT Next Duvol County tussle may be cen- tered around successor of ousted Judge C. Wcodrow Lcuahlin. Page 5-A. NERVE WAR Communist Party presses "war of nerves" against former FBI undercover agent who helped convict Reds in U.S. Page 8-A. MORE urges channeling of Deadman Creek into Lake Fort Phantom Hill to increase Abilene's water sup- ply. Pane 1-B. ORGAN Boyle says the organ, with electronic glarnorization, is making a big musical comeback. Pace 7-B. 5th Escapee Captured Near Colorado River Leach, Unarmed, Found by Sheriff )air any present state service. He said that when the Legislature meets next January it can trim state spending by 10 per cent, with nothing vital lost. "I'll not support any spending bill that conies before the Fisk told reporters. "I don't think :his special session is necessary." Fisk said that the U.S. Supreme Court may rule pust any Monday on the segregation issue and it 'probably will rule against the South." "If so our educational system would have to be he added. Fisk said in a written statement that his bill was not an attack "on any plan, but it is an attack on a serious burden of taxes that Texas citizens want re- lief from." "In view of our state economic condition, lower cattle prices, cot- ton acreage cuts, and many other signs of a levelling off period, I feel that we should by all means do everything in our power to bring about this tax Fisk said. Over Contributed To Red Cross Incomplete totals of the current Taylor County Red Cross drive reached S13.032.01, French Robert- son, fund campaign chairman, an- nounced Friday. Robertson said the response from the public in Taylor County has been good. He urged solicitors to turn in their money as soon as possible as the drive officially ends Saturday. Quota for the county in the drive is Largest amount of money turned in so far is from the advanced gifts division. Their total is 336.88 which is a little more than 60 per cent complete in coverage, the fund chairman said. Other divisions reporting are: Business Rural with Potosi the only town omplete S235.65. Colleges S159.19. Special, which includes clubs, chools and public employes 796.75. Negroes S117.65. Doctors Residential S75.50. Robertson pointed out that the esidential drive got underway only this week. Totals are very incom- lete. U.S. Proposes Plan To Soviets for Use Of Atomic Energy WASHINGTON United States proposed to Russia today "a concrete plan to further the peaceful development and use of atomic energy." The plan was handed to Soviet Ambassador Georgi N. Zarubin by Secretary of State Dulles in a five-minute meeting In Dulles of fice. A State Department announce- ment said also that Russia has given the United States "certain proposals" on atomic problems, and that these are under study. Presumably the Soviet proposals are for some-kind of international agreement to ban atomic weapons. Senate Committee Approves Tax Bill WASHINGTON Senate Finance Committee today ap- proved a House-passed excise tax bill after adding about 50 million dollars to the 912 million in cuts already in the measure. Businessmen Plan Small Spending Cut WASHINGTON plan to cut their spending on new plants and equipment this year but expect 1954 will be the second biggest business expansion year on record, the Commerce Depart- ment says. Legality Questioned but City May 'Annex1 Air Base Area City of Abilene may try to vote "limited annexation" for an area adjoining the Air Force base west of town. Mayor C. E. Gatlin and Com- missioner J. Floyd Malcom urged that action during Friday morn- Boy Forgives Chum For Killing Him KALAMAZOO, Mich. WV-Before dying of an accidental gunshot fired by his companion, Robert Pratt, 15, forgave his chum, Wil- jlam Woodhams Jr., also 15 yes- terday. "Don't be hard on William. He didn't mean Robert said to a policeman. The boys were Urget shooting In dump with small-calibre ing's City Commission meeting. City Atty. Alex Bickley gave an opinion that the move would be CITY DADS GIVE PAY TO OFFICER Mylon E. Gilford, Abilene policeman ill in a Big Spring hospital, received an unexpect- ed windfall Friday morn- ing. All five members of the City Commission endorsed their semi-monthly city pay checks each) to Gifford. The act, to help along the ailing policeman, was inspired by the news that Police De- partment employes had donat- ed part of their vacation pay to Gifford. illegal. He said cities which havi voted such annexations have some- thing in their charters saying they have the power. He reminded that no court tes has been made of the legality o "limited annexation" even wher city charters do provide it. Abilene's charter does not giv the commission the authority. Gatlin and Malcom are con cerned about heading off undesir- able development around the ai base. 'Limited annexation" usuall provides for control of zonini health and other hazards. 1 doesn't include added taxation. Bickley was told to prepare a ordinance, which the commissio will consider, for annexing a area near the air base. The boun daries haven't been determine yet CIGAR AND HANDSHAKE Cigar in hand, Gen. Douglas MacArthur shakes hands with President Eisenhower as they pose outside the White House after lunch Thursday. Among the other guests was Sen. William Knowland visi- ble between Eisenhower and MacArthur. ___ Crash Kills C-City Girl, Loraine Youth COLORADO CITY, March 13 persons were killed nstantly in a two-car crash about our miles east of Colorado City bout 2 a.m. Friday. Two others injured and were in Hoot lemorial Hospital here. The dead are: Mrs. Trudy Phar- ss Adams, 19, of Colorado City, nd Don Wright, 21, of Loraine. Both were in the back seat of a 950 Ford driven by Kenneth Dan Burns. 18, of Snyder, who was ospitalized with cuts about the ace and other possible injuries. Alpheus Jones, Jr., 29, Dallas, Driver of the other car, a 1953 Chevrolet, was east-bound at the time of the collision. He is suffering from cuts about the body and cuts and bruises on the face. Neither of the survivors was believed to be seriously injured. The three in the 1950 Ford were west-bound on U. S. Highway 80 when the crash occurred. High- way Patrolman Rip Allen said that the accident is still under investi- gation by himself and Dan Nowlin, also a highway patrolman. Mrs. Adams is survived by her father, O. R. Phariss of Colorado City, a 6-months-old daughter, Cathey; five brothers, O. R. Phar- iss, Jr., of Kermit, Jack, Jimmy Dean and Lloyd, all of Colorado City, and Willis Ray of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Juanita But- City Allots To Clean Catclaw A fund was voted Friday morning by the City Commission o finance cleaning out Catclaw Creek. Purpose of the project, already started, is to improve drainage and reduce the flood danger. Work was reported under way oetween South Fifth and Seventh 5ts. The creek will be cleaned out at :hose spots where the owners of adjacent property give per- mission, and only in those areas. Commissioners also: (1) Approved the spending of up to toward expenses of the. Municipal Airport dedication. in April. (2) Accepted with regret the resignation of Mrs. L. E. Dudley PARTY LINES HOLD FIRM THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair, dusty mUd Friday. Friday nlfht and Sat- urday: hljh Frldav 6M5: low Friday night 35-MI: hleh Saturday 65-70. NORTH CENTRAL Generally fair Ihrousil Saturday. Colder tonight. Not so cold In northwest portion Satur- day afternoon. Lowest tonlRht 35-45. WEST TEXAS: Generally lair this after- noon and tonlgnt. A little colder tonlsht IncreastoK clouitecss clth no Important temperature chanRea Saturday. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Qenerally fair Uvroueh Saturday. Cooler tonight and Jn south portion Saturday- Moderate to fresh westerly winds on the coast, becoming northerly tonight and diminishing Saturday. TEMPERATURES Ihurs. P. M. Fri. A. M. 66 54 g-i M 68 50 67 51 67 65 efore 3 a.m. Friday in an abandoned tent on the riverbank vest of Colorado City. Leach, who had been at large since Tuesday morning, vas unshaven and tousled and showed the effects of three days of dodging the law. Cadillac Found He was unarmed. His capture ended a two-day search in Mitchell County, begun when an abandoned Cadillac was 'ound near Colorado City. The Cadillac was stolen from Charley Blaylock from Garden City Tuesday night. Leach said ha't Thomas Ray Taylor, another escapee picked up Wednesday in Midland, had stolen the car. Leach aid he had gone to Midland with Taylor, that at Midland he (Leach) the car and came to Colo- rado City, then hid out in the rough country southeast of Colo- rado City. 'Okay, Dickie' Gregory said that he and Mc- Guirc were walking up the banks of the Colorado River when they leered into Leach's tent through loles in the cloth. Gregory heard a stirring in the tent and Leach called out, "Okay, refer- ring to Gregory- Leach, a Colorado City man, knew Gregory well and had been in the Colorado City jail on several occas'r The .ent door was locked anu came out through a hole in the cloth. He had entered through a hole in the back of the tent. Leach and four others, Jack Thompson, Randall Hendrix, John H. Springer and Taylor, broke out of the Big Spring jail early Tues- day morning. The first three-were recaptured quickly in Big Spring and Taylor was arrested in Mid- land Wednesday morning. After his capture, Leach said, "I feel pretty adding, how- ever, that his leg. where he was wounded In a pistol battle with Colorado City police in January, was bothering him some. Bloodhounds Fail The Mitchell County sheriff's de- partment, Colorado City police de- partment, and Colorado City highway patrolmen had been tak- ing tips on Leach's whereabouts throughout the day. Officers searched a large area along the Colorado River Thursday afternoon and raided several houses in Colo- rado City Thursday night and ear- ly Friday morning. Deputy Sheriff Tom Bowen of Pyote and his bloodhounds assisted in the Thurs day afternoon hunt, which proved unsuccessful. At the time of the break. Leach was being held on two four- year sentences, on forgery and theft convictions. He is the adoptee son of the late A. D. Leach and Mrs. Leach and served in the Ma- rine Corps during World War II receiving his discharge in 1946. He is charged with assault with In- tent to murder in connection with his gun battle with Colorado City police and is charged with thefl of fence wire in 1952 from a Gar- den City hardware store. Ike Chalks Up Tax Victory But Senate May Be Tougher was shaping today. With party WASHINGTON Wl President Eisenhower chalked up a big vic- ory in House passage yesterday of a major tax revision bill with- out a personal income tax cut he opposed, but an even tougher fight up in the Senate lines holding un- usually firm, the House beat down 210-204 a Democratic move to slash income taxes a year by raising the personal exemption for each taxpayer and dependent from S600 to S700. The President went to the coun- ry by television and radio Mon- day night to urge defeat of this proposal. He said it was politically inspired and would be a serious blow to the government's finances, even endangering national de- fense. The whole tax issue is certain to be aired at length in- the com- ing campaign for control of Con- gress. There were sharply vary ing appraisals House action. of yesterday's Rep. Kirwan of Ohio, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that as a result he has raised from 45 to 60 his estimate of anticipated Democratic gains in the House in November. His Republican counterpart. Rep. Richard M. Simpson of Pennsylvania replied that the tax will bring votes to the GOP. He predicted Repub- lican gains of 25 House seals. Ai the battlt over blfhcr exemption proposal shifted to the Senate, the administration ap- peared to face an even tougher fight than it had in the House. One GOP Senate leader conced- ed privately he believed the S100 increase in exemptions would pass the Senate, where there are 48 Democrats to 47 Republicans. In that case, the final version would have to be worked out in a confer- ence between the two branches. Just before the House vote yes- terday. Republican Leader Halleck of Indiana implied in a speech that Eisenhower would veto the revision bill if the Democratic pro- posal won. In the showdown, only 10 of the 211 Republicans voting supported the exemption increase. Nine Democrats opposed it as com- pared with 193 who voted "aye." The lone independent voted for it The House afterwards passed by a 333-SO vote the 875-page tax revision bill to which the Demo- crats hart tried to attach the re- duction In income levies. This measure would rewrite the entire (ax code for the first time in 70 years. It covers such a broad range of subjects that Senate floor consideration of it may not come for two or three months. Senate Democrats believe they have a big asset in that veteran Sen. George dean of the Senate, is leading the battle in that branch for the boost In ex- emptions. George li the DemocraU' ItiA- DAVID LEACH loses out again Main Arteries Through City "Blueprint'' of future thorough- fare development in Abilene %vas adopted Friday morning by the City Commission. The plan, submitted by City Planning Engineer Doyle Single- ton, specified the streets which are to be "major arteries" and which to be "secondary arteries." extendina those streets ng tax expert and has been con- sidered a conservative in financia" matters. His plan would boost exemptions to S800 for this year, at a revenue cost of billion dollars, and in 1955 and thereafter, with an annual revenue loss of 8 bil- lion. George said in an interview today he knew of some firm sup- port for his proposal on the Repub- lican side. through new subdivisions a min- imum right-of-way SO feet wide will be required for the "major arter- and future paving will be at least 60 feet wide. Minimum right-of-way for the "secondary ar- teries" will be 60 feet wide, and the paving will be at least 40 feet wide. The commission action adopted the plan merely as a future guide. It was voted that the details could be changed whenever the com- mission thought advisable. Commissioners voted thanks to Singleton and the City Planning and Zoning Commission for their work of preparing, studying and recommending the street plan. Listed as "major" were the fol- lowing streets: Pioneer south of the Willis. Barrow, North Mockingbird Lane, Sayles, Palm, Grape, Oak, Pine, North and South Treadaway, the proposed highway loop all around the citv, Anson, Ambler. North 10th. North Sbcta, North First, South First, South Seventh, South 14th, South 20th, South 32nd, Industrial Blvd. "Secondary'1 arteries are: Leg- ett. Elmwood, Ross, Pioneer north of the Butternut. Hick- ory as far north as Hardin-Sim- Beech, T-P Lane, Cedar Crest, Cockerell, Cedar. Cypress, Walnut, Mesquite, Huckleberrv. Vo- gel. North 18th, North 14th." Col- lege Dr., North 13th, North Third, North Fourth, North Second, South Third, South Ninth South llth. South 23rd west of Buffalo Gap RdJ, and" South of SUNDAY HEADLiNERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS This Sunday's Reporter-News will be of interest to many people in many places in the circulation area. Geor- gia Nelson will begin a series of articles to explain plans for the U.S. Highway 80 freeway. There will be a story about a Coleman woman who has helped shape the destiny of her town. The Women's Department will feature a page of new homes at Winters. The Sports Department will bring complete coverage of the Southwestern Recreation track and field meet at Fort Worth where Abilene High School, McMurry and Hardin- Simmons University are competing. Also, there will be re- ports on the four-way meet at Austin with the University of Texas as host to Abilene Christian College, Howard Payne College and Southwest Texas State. ;