Abilene Reporter News, March 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas / CLEAR; COOLERChe Mene l^eporterr ! N A L VOL. LXXIII, No. 282 Associated Press {APÌ ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 25, 1954 —TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Sleet, Wind Rain Pound Parts of U.S. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms, snow, sleet, whipping winds and torrential rains hit broad areas of the nation today. A day of wild weather followed a night in which at least seven tornadoes whirled in Texas and Oklahoma. A tornado' struck two miles south of Ccnterton, Ark., today and then dipped down again two miles north of the community. Thunderstorms were scattered in an area from Texas and Louisiana to the Ohio Valley and other parts of the Midwest. Downpours drenched many cities. Rains scaled up to 4.29 inches in Bradford, 111., and 3.51 in Glenview, a suburb northwest of Chicago. A 2.30 inch fall in Chicago flooded basements in hundreds of homes and 27 underpasses. The rain exceeded two inches in Grand Rapids, Mich., and South Bend. Ind. Winds of gale force caused widespread damage in the St. Ix)uis area early today. The Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma tornadoes resulted in property damage but no deaths were reported. Storms threatened other sections. The Weather Bureau at Indianapolis said there is a possibility of tornadoes in an area extending 30 miles on either side of a line between Evansville, Ind., and Cleveland, Ohio. The Weather Bureau at Jackson, Miss., said there is a chance of occasional tornadoes along a belt extending 30 miles on either side of a line from Greenwood, Miss., to Corinth, Miss., to Nashville, Tcnn. Snow fell from the Sierra Nevada to the northern Rockies. Austin, Nev., reported 8 inches of snow. Grand Canyon 6 inches and Billings, Mont.. 9 inches. Snow and sleet fell from the northern Rockies to Minnesota. Showers were reported in California and the southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Rain fell as far east as Pennsylvania. State Senate Outlaws Communists in Texas SEALED WITH A KISS Five-year-old Karen Albrecht of San Antonio, the 1954 Easter Seal Girl, kisses her dog, Freckles, moments before the pup is placed in the box and taken aboard a plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York bound for Chicago. Karen, also a passenger aboard the same plane, is scheduled to make personal appearances in the midwest city. Later she’ll fly to Washington to be the guest of Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower at the White House. ARMY PROBE ROW Mundt Still Hopes For Quick Start WASHINGTON LfS—Sen. Mundt ^ Sen. Mundt told reporter.s “I ,R-SD. said today he still hopes to hope_ a„d_^^ejpeer^the COP Regroups Against More Excise Cuts WASHINGTON -Senate Republican leaders regrouped forces today against any further floor cuts in excise taxes after losing a test in which a lOO-million-dollar reduction was voted on household appliances. The GOP leadership lost control last night and, when that became apparent, agreed to accept the household appliance cut. The vole for it was 64-23. There remains a good possibility the appliance tax cut, from 10 to 5 per cent, will be knocked out in conference with the House, which voted no such reduction. Sen. Milli-kin (R-Colo), chairman of the Finance Committee, expressed belief the House would stand firm against going below the 10 per cent level on most excises this year. Millikin predicted to newsmen today that other key amendments to the excise or sales tax bill sponsored by a group of Democrats would be beaten. He said the Senate may complete action on the measure today. ... o tee will pick    ------ launch next week a public Sen    inquiry by this weekend. investigation of the heated row, between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and top Army officials. He outlined a quick-pace schedule he wants to follow as presiding officer of the inquiry. CONVICTS RECAPTURED — Fernando Macias, 23, of Travis County, Texas, the leader of a 10-man Harlem Prison Farm escape, talks with a reporter following his recapture near The drafting of suggested ground rules for the inquiry has been assigned to a sub-committee headed by Sen. Dirksen tR-IlD. Dirksen said he regards the question of McCarthy’s right to JiS,000 Motel To Be BulH Here A $65,000 motel will be built soon at 3201 Soutli First St.. city building permit records revealed Thursday. Covey & McCord took out the permit for the 22-cabin project. The one-story structure is to be of brick, with a Spanish tile roof. Ray Young Construction Co., Abilene, has the contract. An employe of the City Engineering Department, which issued the permit, said the site is reported ready for inspection. Construction will begin immediately thereafter. It calls for swift selection of a question witnes.ses as special counsel and agreement on one” to be solved, ground rules under which the Sen-: ate Investigations subcommittee ! will look into:    i 1. An Army report backed by Secretary Stevens accusing McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy M. Cohn, of trying to get favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, an unpaid sub - committee aide until he wa.s drafted last fall. McCarthy and Cohn have denied the charge. accusations by Me •the major of the reduction amendments. Sugar Land. With him are Jose Gomez, 18, of El Paso County, center, and Alejandre Landm, '    ^    ^    '---23 Webb County, right. An unidentified Texas prison guard, left standing, ana Byron w. Frierson, Texas* prison system assistant manager, are in background. The other seven escapees were also recaptured following the break from the farm in tort Bend Count_ French Claim 28 More Rebels Slain In Fresh Attacks HANOI, Indochina W — The French army claimed today its sor planned to ask fir.st today for a vote on a proposal to cut the excise tax on autos from the present 10 to 7 per cent. This would slice the tax by 275 million dollars a year. Douglas says the cut would save about $50 on the price of a $2,000 car. The tax is levied on the manufacturer, but is passed on to car buvers.    ' The third amendment offered by Douglas would chop in half the present 10 per cent excise on television and radio sets and phono-graph.s. This would be an 80-mil-llon-dollar annual cut.    I With the appliance relief Includ-' eel, total cuts in the excise bill now have passed the billlon-dol- j lar mark. The House originally voted a wide variety of reductions totaling'*’®“®** Twister Hits Area; Radar Gets 1st Test A tornado-spawning front which I the Walter Zenkner ranch about fl„„, ™uddy ram and «u». -r seven a wide West Texas area Wednes-^    admitted    to ;day evening put storm-detecting Shackelford County Hospital at Al-equlpment at the U. S. bany for a facial cut and an in- Car.h?\'S"coh,r.haTSmv?L and tanka and mobile units killed 28 J,S"a‘’VeT ThT 3    at Municipal Air- tured arm. Ills condition «as not his associates tried to ‘‘blackmail” i Vietminh rebels in a fresh clash j down to a maximum 10 per cent port to its first stiff test under,"    Below Normal the committee into dropping its    southern    sector    of    besieged    level    all    excises except those ®** , conditions of a big storm.    |    Following    the .storm, the 1954 Tornado Strikes Arkansas Town CENTERTON, Ark. (lîî—A tornado hit two miles south of this iiorthwe.st Arkansas town early this morning, then jumped over the community to strike again two miles north of here. Two houses, two barns and a number of outbuildings were destroyed. No injuries were reported. ON INSIDE PAGES WHAT'S NEWS PRICE SUPPORTS—Question of price supports on cattle meets opposition in Washington. Page 2-A. TRADE IDEAS—Moscow conjures up idea to obtain 800 million trode customers from Germany and Indochino. Page 5-A, PIE IN EYE—Abilene Kiwonis Club members heave pies os oftermoth to recent Pancake Supper. Poge 1-B. SYMPATHETIC—Possible Atlantic Coast waterfront tieup looms QS longshoremen sanction outlaw strike in Port of New York. Page 12-B. The radar at mid-afternoon revealed what apparently was a hail storm 160 miles away in Lawton, Okla., Clynt E. Sitchlcr, chief mel-leorologist, said. At 9 p.m., the ra-; dar screen revealed a storm front which stretched from 152 miles to the committee into dropping its    southern sector of besieged l<?'el all excises except those *>** , conditions of a big storm, inquiry into alleged Communists mi    liquor and tobacco. Some are now itsug?” s'ove^s’icplLTtharm;    aeeoud    time in three “\i;‘fse“,?a?e ’nnan«'Committee. nhsrijp vvas “fantastic.”    days the French hM reported a chiefly by hiking the relief for Hi .If ♦* M ipr« hp> is think    ''*^    ^^***'*^****^®i^    I    movie theaters, boosted this total Mundt told    enemy inside the southern penme-■    958    million before sending    the ing in terms    ot    five    busy    dajs    m    ^er of the northwest Indochma i    hiu to    the floor taking testimony, declaring, 1 fortress. They claimed 175 enemy | jhe cuts'are scheduled to take i    .    ..... can’t see anything in the Pjcture ^g^^j    ^ig    clash Monday.    effect a week from today. April 1.    ’ now that would take    Intensive    fire    bombings by Senators Byrd (D-Va) and Wil-j^® he said unexpected devel p - American-supplied planes contin-' liams ¡R-Del) pul in an amend- Undetected by the on-duty in the testimony Itself could plunge    meanwhile    to    take a heavy iment to knock out all of the cuts weatherman, who was kept busy the subcommittee into a much long- ;    ^j^g j,pf3gjg digging in around except those on movie tickets and answering a steadily-ringing tele- er job.    Dicn Bien Phu for new mass as-;    other    admissions. But this    ap-    phone    which    kept    mm    from    tne Still awaiting    decision    in    writing    saults on the fortress. Even Flying;    peared    to be a forlorn gesture iclrsd®*“ screen    at    a    critical moment, the ground rules is the exact role, goxcar and Dakota transport the present mood of the Senate. "®^ ® t®****®“**^ "***** which McCarthy may play when his sub- pj^^^gj, ^,gj,g uj^g^j jettison blaz- In arguing for the appliance cut, committee, under Mundt’s to***P9*'": ing jellied gasoline bombs on the ary chairmanship, starts the in- ^nemy. Roiry.    ‘    .    .    i In the 13 days of this first ma3or McCarthy has said he will *bsist;    ^j^g    seven-year Indochina on the right to cross-examine wit-,    prench    estimate more nesses, and is willing to submit |    15,000    Vietminh troops    have to questioning by Army I’epresen- ^    killed and wounded, tatives when he    Around-the-clock    bombings and He says he is willing to s p .    barrages    are believed to the sidelines on all other matters in the inquiry, to the extent of refraining from voting on any matters involved in it or appointing a .successor to cast a vote. Some veteran senators said McCarthy probably cannot be denied the right to question opposition witnesses in the forthcoming investigation, which is to be carried by radio and television networks. Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich), who has urged McCarthy to step aside, said it will be up to the investigations subcommittee itself to decide on procedure. be claiming hundreds each day. Democrats hammered at the theme that the hill already cut taxe.s on such luxuries as furs, jeweli*y and night club admissions. They said household necessities should get relief too. On the vote, 35 Democrats, 28 Republicans and the 1 independent said “aje”. Fifteen Republicans and 8 Democrats voted “no”. CITY SPEEDING FINE CUT FighI With Policeman Costs PulnamMan30DaysinJail Ray Austin Ingram, 26, of Putnam, was sentenced to 30 days in Taylor County jail Thursday iTiorning for making an agra-vated assault on H. L. Zim-iiierman, Abilene city policeman. Ingram pleaded guilty to the charge. Three other persons entered pleas of guilty to charges, one of which had been appealed from a conviction in Abilene City Court. Zimmerman, who signed the complaint against Ingram, said the man started to fight him when the officer tried to arrest him Richard Temple, 23. of 759 Cypress St. was assessed a $100 line and $21,20 court costs and a 30-day probated jail sentence. Deputy Sheriff L. A. Arnold signed a complaint against Temple alleging DWL Temple had not paid the fine at noon Thursday and was in county jail. Hay Manning Foreman of Odessa drew a 30-day jail terra on a complaint of possession and sale of beer. K. O. Pierce of the Liquor Control Board .signed the complaint against Foreman. An appeal by Leo Carl Watson shorUy after 7 p. m. Saturday in i of 901 Portland St. on a city court the 200 block of Chestnut    St. I conviction was dismissed because Zimmerman said he arrested Ingram because he was drunk and fighting. Victor E. Holladay of 3434 Pine St. paid a $1 fine and court costs of $18.60 on a traffic violation con-xiction appealed from city court. He had been assessed a $40 fine Oct. 28, 1953 on a charge of speeding and appealed it. the material witness for the prosecution was unavailable. Watson had been charged with failure to yield right-of-way and assessed | a $20 fine in city court. Curtis Burns was charged with theft of a tire and wheel valued at $45 from Western Chevrolet Co. City Detective George Sutton signed the complaint against Burns, aged several buildings and injured one person while roaring through the Albany and Throckmorton areas between 6 45 and 7 p.m., Sitchler said. “We can’t tell from the radar if a storm is actually a tornado,” .said Sitchler, who asked the public to report twisters as soon as they arc sighted by observers on the scene. “Someone called us about last night’s tornado about 10 p.m.” The outlook for Thursday was I for clear weathef, the weatherman said. The Wednesday night storm roared into Abilene about 6 p.m. bringing a dense cloud of dust which quickly dropped visibility to Following the .storm, the 1954 rain total at the Weather Bureau in Abilene was 1.11. This com-parres with the normal total of 2.91. The month of March has had .05 so far this year, compared to a normal total for the month of 1.12. Strongest winds recorded at the j W’eather Bureau station were 43 ; miles an hour, with the average 3.5-40 miles an hour, the weatherman .said. The showers fell here when a cool front from the west collided with warm, moist air in this area, which was on the western edge of the moisture belt. When a tornado forms, it usually does .so at the western edge of the moisture belt, the weatherman said. Loyally Board Bill Abandoned AUSTIN i^Thc Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill outlawing the Communist Party m Texas. The 30-0 vote for the mea.suri came after Its author. Sen. Rogers Kelley. Edinburg, abandoned efforts to Include "all other subversives” in the outlawing measure. Efforts to set up a .state loyalty review board in another bill have been abandoned, Kelley Indicated. But he said he would attempt to salvage other parts of the bill that would outlaw subversive organizations other than Communists. The measure is now with a Senate subcommittee for study. “I believe the Senate is not ready to go for the loyalty board,” Kelley said. Tighter Communist controls was one of the purjwses for which Gov. Allan Shivers called the special session. Two tests loomed later today on the question of who will foot the bill for any new spending that may l>e voted by the lawmakers. New Sjiendlng, propo.sed new taxes, or no taxe.s at all arc other session issues. When debate was first called on the anti-Communl.st bill. Kelley was ready with 10 amendments. He said they would have *‘tran.s-planted” all the provisions of the controversial "loyalty board” bill except those parts creating such a board and prescrllflng court procedure tor appeals from the board's findings. That would have left provisions outlawing all subversive organizations. providing for search and seizure, and other related matters. One after another, senators began raising bbjectlona to KeUey’i amendment efforts. "What you have to do is guess, or wish ,that you are right when you vote on these amendment.s,” said Sen. Warren McDonald, Tyler. "You don’t have the benefit of the recommendations of a committee or a subeommlttee. I think it is a dangerous policy." ,Sen. Carlos Ashley, IJano, told I the Senate the second Communist I bill Kelley was attempting to in-i corporate in the first "will in due course be before this Senate ” "We should wait for it without "We have lots to learn about forecasting tornadoes,” he added. Rain totals varied over the West Texas area. Some totals follow: Clyde, .15: Brownwood, .70; Lake Brownwood. 110; Breekenridge, .32. in the tornado area, .70: Wowl-.son, .20; Ci.sco. trace: Moran. .50; I'utnam. .75; Eden, .50. Wind-driven hail at Brownwood broke :i65 panes in a greenhouse. The tornado damaged 600 bales, of hay in.sidc of barn owned by; Ch.rlio Schk,-.de »fter blowing | roof off. The barn was near Zcnkner’s place. A hen house was uprooted five and a half miles north of Albany. The structure was owned by August Schkade. ! Sheriff Jack Moberley of ' Shackelford County said the storm hit about three miles north of Al- Kelley then withdrew his pending amendment and said he would not offer the others. He said he would seek to have the subcommittee work on the second anti-Com-munist measure over the weekend and take it back to the committee next Monday. The Senate, with little further bany. It traveled about two and a debate, then ru.shed the Commu- half miles northeast and then nist Party outlawing measure to northwest for about eight miles, final passage and sent it to the he said. The storm area was about 1 House. a mile wide, he said. LOSS UNKNOWN Parking Meter Key Lost; Thief Takes Cash From 4 \ lost key seems to account for a serie.s of recent thefts from parking meters, Police Detective Lt. George Sutton said Thursday. Four meters were unlocked zero m some locations, including i Tuc.sday night. They were in the (ureau. Spotty rain 800 blocks of North Third and North Fourth Sis. That brought to a dozen the number opened in the same manner recently, Sutton .said. the Weather Bureau, Spotty showers fell through the dust. The Weather Bureau recorded only a trace of moisture, but at 1829 South Eighth St. .12 of an inch was measured. Injured in the small tornado was Airman First Class Charles J. Zenkner, 24, who was struck by a piece of flying sheet metal on All the meters apnarontly were opened with a key, and were undamaged, Sutton reported, A meter attendant several months ago lost a key which unlocks the city’s parking meters, the detective related. The officer added that evidently someone has found the key and is using it to rob meters. Amount of money taken cannot be estimated. REINFORCEMENTS — French reinforcements parachute into a perimeter area of the beleagurecl fortress of Dien Bien Phu in Indochina to reinforce the French Union defenders against the giant ground attack unleashed by the Communist-led Vietminh. In the foreground are some of the area’s (te-feiiders. THE WEATHER I’.S. DEPARTMENT OF COM.MF-Rt E WEATHER Hl'REAl ABILENE AND VICINITY—Clear Thur-s-day. Thuraday night and Friday; cooler Thursday and Thursday night; high Tlmrs-day 10; low Thursday 40-45; high Friday 70-75 NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and colder this afternoon and tonight, lowest 3S-48 tonight. Friday fair and mild. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair and cooler this afternoon and tonight, lowest 35-35 Panhandle and upper South Plalni and 34-44 elsewhere tonight. Friday fair and mild. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS; Generally fair and cooler this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Moderate to fresh northerly winds on the coast. TEMPER ATI RES Thuri. A M ....    1:30      60 ..    .    2 30      5« .....3:30      5« .....    4:30      54 .....5:30      53 .....6:30       50 .....7.30      51 .....6:30      57  9:30 ............ 61  10 30       64 .....    11:30    .    ...    .    66 „     '    12:30    «7 Sunset last night 6:53 p m. Sunrise today 6:37 a.m. Sunset tonight 6:54 p m. Maximum temperature for the 34 hours ended at 6:36 a.m.; m. MtQltKium    for    Iht    J4    hours ended at 6:30 a m : 4». Barometer reading at Xs:M p m. ^19. Relatlv* humidity »1 U:30 p.m. n%. Westg Narth Texas Sforin Damoge High Rep. Joe Kilgore, McAllen, «rpon-sor of Shivers’ tax plan, abruptly proposed a boost in the gas production tax instead of the governor’s proi>osed gathering tax on natural gas. The committee took no action and decided to meet again today to have a look at another proposed levy on gas production. None of the big long-line transmitting companies appeared to oppose the proposed gathering tax.* Attacks came from independent gatherers and operators of gasoline proces.sing plants. The governor’s proposed spending program moved nearer debate on the floor of the House when its appropriations committee approved Senate-passed bills for state employes* pay raises and emergency buildings. CHy to Open South Side Paving Bids By The Associated Press Sections of West and North Texas counted storm damage Thursday running into thou.sands of dollars after a night of twisting winds and thunderstorms that left one person dead. Hardest hit were communities in Denton, Collin and Fannin counties in North Texas and Albany in Shackelford County in West Texas. There was only one death and few injuries despite the fury of the winds which unroofed buildings and homes in several towns. At least eight tornadoes boiled from a line of thunderstorms that extended from south of Abilene across North Texas into Oklahoma and Arkansas. The greatest damage in Texas was in CoOin and Fannin counties. McKinney and Honey Grove and a number of nearby communities reported many roofs cither blown off or badly damaged. The one death occurred in Denton County at Argyle. George D. Franklin, drive-in theater owner, was crushed to death when high winds toppled a wall oa hint. Bids for paving parts of tw® South Side streets Wfill be opened A tornado that struck Honey Friday morning by the City Cora-Grove ripped through part of the 1 niisslon. Farmers and Merchants Colton ; ^ To be paved are \ me St. from Compress, knocked out several South Sixth to he\enilL and Jean-plate windows and demolished two I    South Seventh to small homes and several barns. Eighth. Strong winds accompanied by rain also swept Fort Worth and Dallas. No great damage was reported. In Oklahoma damage estimated vicinity of East Abilene, at $100,000 was caused at Tulsa.; A. E. Wells, superintendent of Lesser damage was done by twist-: schools, will prosent some chan^ em in three Oklahoma farm com-! orders on the Abilene High School Commissioners plan to authorize advertising for bids on two pieces of city property. To be sold are a vacant lot on Butternut St. and 1.61 acres in the Stevenson Park munities, south of Alfalfa, north of Newkirk, north of Enid and in Shawnee. Burleson, which had 2.36 inches of rain, reported one of the heaviest thunderstorms in the state. Other rainfall totals reported included Rosser 1.02, Ferris ,97, Fort Worth .47. Dallas .41, T>ler .05, Wichita Falls .42, Sherman .02, Texarkana ,25. Austin .11. Lufkin .11, Mineral Wells .26, Beaumont .05, Port Arthur .05, Cdlege Station .03. Houston .03, Corpus Chrls-ti .01, El Paso .02, and Corsicana construction job. Tlie meeting begins at 9 a.m. in City Hall. IF. you ore a Reporter-News home-delivered subscriber, your service should QI wavs be . . . A-1 . . , it ever it's not, please notifv us. The phone number i$ 4-7271. ;