Abilene Reporter News, March 25, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

March 25, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEAR; COOLER dPhe Abilene EVENING VOL. LXXIII, No. 282 Aaocimttd Press (AP) ABlTENE TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 25, 1S54 -TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Sleet, Wind Rain Pound rteofU.S. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms, snow, sleet, whipping winds and torrential rains hit broad areas of the nation today. A day or wild weather followed a night in which at least seven tornadoes whiried in Texas and Oklahoma. A tornado" struck two miles south of Centerton, 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 cit- ies. Rains scaled up to 4.29 inches in Bradford, 111., and 3.51 in Glen- view, a suburb northwest of Chi- cago. 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 wide- spread damage in the St. Louis area early today. The Texas. Arkansas and Okla- homa tornadoes resulted in prop- erty damage but no deaths were reported. Storms threatened other sec- tions. The Weather Bureau at Indian- apolis 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, Tenn. Snow fell from the Sierra Ne- vada 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 .Cali- fornia and the southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Rain fell as far east as Pennsylvania. Mole! To Be Built Here A S65.000 motel will be built soon at 320T Solith First St., city build ing permit records revealed Thurs day. Covey McCord took- out th permit for the 22-cabin project. The one-story structure is to be of brick, with a Spanish tile roof 'Ray Young Construction Co., Abi lene has the contract. An employe of the City Engineer ing Department, which issued thr permit, said the site is reportei ready for inspection. Constructior will begin immediately thereafter Tornado Strikes Arkansas Town CENTERTON, Ark. do hit two miles south of thi northwest Arkansas town earl this morning, then jumped ove the community to strike again tw miles north of here. Two houses, two barns and number of outbuildings were de- stroyed. No injuries were reported. State Senate Outlaws Communists in Texas SEALED WITH A KISS Five-year-old Karen Albreclrt of San Antonio, the 1954 Easter Seal Girl, kisses her dog, Freck- les, 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 Mundt, Sen. Mundt told reporters "I IR-SD) said today he still hopes to; launch next week a public Senate investigation of the heated between Sen. McCarthy and top Army officials. row (R-Wis) itee will pick a special counsel the inquiry by this weekend. The drafting of suggested ground rules for the inquiry has been as- He outlined a quick-pace sched- ule he -wants to follow as presiding officer of the inquiry. It calls selection of special counsel'and agreement on .one- ground rules under which the Sen- ate Investigations subcommittee will look-.into: 1. An Army report backed by Secretary Stevens accusing McCar- thy 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 was drafted! last fall. McCarthy and Cohn have denied the charge. 2. Return accusations by Mo signed to a sub-committee headed by Sen. Dirksen Dirksen said he regards the question of McCarthy's right to question witnesses as "the major to be solved. French Claim 28 More Rebels Slain in Fresh Attacks HANOI, Indochina Cfl The French army claimed today its GOP Regroups Against More Excise Cuts WASHINGTON Re- 'Ublican leaders regrouped forces oday against any further floor cuts in excise taxes after losing a est in which a 100-million-dollar reduction was voted on household appliances. The GOP leadership lost control ast night and, when that became apparent, agreed to accept the icusehold appliance cut. The vote :or it was 64-23. There remains a good possibility >he 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- kln chairman of the Fi- nance Committee, expressed be- lief the House would stand firm against going below the 10 per cent level on most excises this year. Miliikin predicted to newsmen to- day that other key amendments to lie excise or sales tax hill spon- sored by a group of Democrats would be beaten. He said the Sen- ate may complete action on the measure todav. Sen. Douglas chief spon- sor of the reduction amendments, planned to ask first today for a vote on a proposal to cut the ex- cise tax on autos from the present 10 to 7 per cent. This would slice the tax by 273 million dollars a year. Douglas says the cut would save about S50 on the price of a car. The tax is levied on the manu- facturer, but is passed on to car buyers. The third amendment of fered toy Douglas -would chop in 'Half''the present 10 per cent excise on tele- vision and radio sets and phono- graphs. -This would be an 80-rtil- lion-dollar annual cut. With the appliance relief includ- ed, total cuts in .the excise bill now have passed the billion-dol- lar mark. The House originally voted a wide variety of reductions totalin jSI SKL2 CONVICTS RECAPTURED Fernando Marias, 23, of Travis County, Texas, the leader of a 10-man Harlem Prison Farm escape, talks with a reporter following his recapture near Sugar Land. With him are Jose Gomez, 18, of EL Paso County, center, and Alejandro Landin, 23 Webb County, right. An unidentified Texas prison guard, left standing, and Byron W. Frierson, Texas prison system assistant manager, are in background. The other seven escap- ees were also recaptured following the break from the farm in Fort Bend County. Twister A tornado-spawning front which flung muddy rain and dust over a wide West Texas area Wednes- day evening put storm-detecting radar equipment at the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Air- Carthy and Cohn that Stevens and tanks and mobile units killed 28 912 million "a year. This brought his associates tried to "blackmail" i Vietminh rebels in a fresh clash I down to a maximum 10 per cent' p0rt to its first stiff test under its jn the sector of besieged the committee into dropping me S0uuiein Inquiry into alleged Communists in Dien Blm Pho_ the Army by using Schine as Jf days the French had reported a battle with the Communist-led "hostage." Stevens replied that the charge was "fantastic." Mundt told reporters he is think- cnemy inside the southern perime- ing in terms of five .busy days of i ter ot the northwest Indochina declaring, I fortress. They claimed 175 enemy taking testimony, can't see now that he said anything in the picture' dead in" a big clash jjonday. by contin- level all excises except those on j conditions a big stOrm. liquor and tobacco. Some are now Finale' Committee, veiled what apparently was a hail chiefly by hiking the -'relief for The radar at mid-afternoon re- movie theaters, boosted this total to 958 million before sending the bill to the floor. The cuts-are scheduled to take effect a week from today, April 1. Senators Byrd (D-Va) and Wil- liams (R-Del) put in an amend- ment to knock out all of the cuts ,r .3 l.mfTa JimellUdU-auplJlleU JJIducs l.ullllu- in the testimony itself could plunge, ugd meanwhile to take a neavy uuu _ _ _ the subcommittee into a much of digging in around except those on movie tickets and er job. iDien Bien Pnu for new mass as- Still awaiting decision in writing saults on the fortl-ess. Even Flying the ground rules is the exact role Boxcar Dakota transport McCarthy may play when his werc used to jettison blaz- cornmittee, under Mundt's tempor-l ing gasoijae bombs on the encmy: ON INSIDE PAGES WHAT'S NEWS PRICE of price supports on cattle meets opposition in Washington. Page 2-A. TRADE con- jures up idea to obtain 800 mil- lion trade customers from Ger- many and Indochina. Page 5-A. PIE IN Kiwanis Club members heave pies as oftermoth to recent Pancake Supper. Page 1-B. At- lantic Coast waterfront tieup looms os longshoremen sanction outlow strike in Port of New York. Page 12-B. ary chairmanship, starts the quiry. McCarthy has said will insist on the right to cross-examine wit- nesses, and is willing to submit to questioning by Army represen- when he testifies himself. In the 13 days of this first major battle of the seven-year Indochina war, the French estimate more than 15.000 Vietminh troops have been killed and wounded. Around-the-clock bombings and muuiiu-uie-ciuuK uuiiiuiiigs auu He says he is willing to step tp barrages are believed to all other matters liry, to the extent of refraining from voting on any matters involved in it or appoint- ing a successor to cast a vote. Some veteran senators said Me Carthy probably cannot be denied the right to question opposition witnesses in the forthcoming inves- tigation, which is to be carried by radio and television networks. Sen. Ferguson who has urged McCarthy to step aside, said it will be up 'to the investi- gations subcommittee itself to de- cide on procedure. CITY SPEEDING FINE CUT Fight With Policeman Costs Putnam Man 30 Days in Jail Hay Austin Ingram, 26, of Put-] nam, was sentenced to 30 days in Taylor County jail Thursday morning for making an agra- vatcd assault on H. L. Zim- merman, 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 shortly after 7 p. m. Saturday in the 200 block of Chestnut St. Zimmerman said he arrested In- gram because he was drunk and fighting. Victor E. Holladay of 3434 Pine St. paid a court costs of on a traffic violation con- viction appealed from city eourt. He had been assessed a fine Oct. on a charge of speed- Ing and appealed it. claiming hundreds each day. other admissions. But this ap- peared to be a forlorn gesture ic the present mood of the Senate. In arguing for the appliance cut, Democrats hammered at the theme that the bill already cut taxes on such luxuries as furs, jewelry and night club admissions. They said household necessities should get relief too. On the vote. 35 Democrats, 28 Republicans and the 1 indepen- dent said Fifteen Republi- cans and 8 Democrats voted Diehard Temple. 23, of 759 Cy press St. was assessed a fine and S21.20. Lourt costs and a 30- day probated jail sentence. Dep- uty Sheriff L. A. Arnold signed a complaint against Temple alleg- ing DWI. Temple had not paid the fine at noon Thursday and was in county jail. Ray Manning Foreman of Odes- sa drew a 30-day jail term on a complaint ot possession and sale of beer. K. O. Pierce of the Liquor Control Board signed the com- plaint against Foreman. An appeal by Leo Carl Watson of SOI Portland St. on a city court conviction was dismissed because the material witness for the prose- cution was unavailable. Watson had been charged with failure to yield right-of-way and assessed a J20 fine in city court. Curtis.Burns was charged with theft of a tire and wheel valued at from Western Chevrolet Co. City Detective George Sutton sign- ed tht complaint ifilnst Burns, i. Okla., Clynt E. Sitchler, chief met- eorologist, said. At 9 p.m., the ra- dar screen revealed a storm front which stretched from 152 miles to ie south to 155 miles to the east, said. Undetected weatherman, by the on-duty who was kept busy answering a steadily-ringing tele- phone which kept him from the radar screen at a critical moment, was a tornadic wind which dam- aged several buildings and injured one person while roaring through the Albany and Throckmorton areas between and 7 p.m., Sitchler said. 'We can't tell from the radar if a storm is actually a said Sitchler, who asked the pub- lic to report twisters as soon as they arc sighted by observers oh the scene. "Someone called us about last night's tornado about 10 p.m." i The outlook for Thursday was j for clear weather1, the weather- man said. The Wednesday night storm roared into Abilene about 6 p.m. bringing a dense cloud of dust which quickly dropped visibility to zero in 'some locations; including the Weather Bureau. Spotty rain 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 the Walter Zenkner ranch about seven miles north of Albany. The airman was homefon leave from Japan. He was admitted to Shackelford County Hospital at Al- bany for a facial cut and an in- jured arm. His condition was not serious. Rain Below Normal Following the storm, the 1954 rain total at the Weather Bureau Abilene was 1.11. This com- pares 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 Weather Bureau station were 43 miles an hour, with the average 35-40 miles an hour, the weather- man 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. "We' have lots to learn about forecasting he added. Haln totals varied over the West Texas area. Some totals follow: Clyde, .15; -Brownwood, .70; Lake Browmvood, 1.10; Breckenridge, .32; in the tornado area, .70; Wood- son. .20; Cisco, trace: Moran, .50; Putnam, .75; Eden, .50. Wind-driven hail at Brownwood broke 365 panes in a greenhouse. The tornado damaged 600 bales of hay inside of barn owned by Charlie Schkade after blowing the roof off. The barn was located near Zenkner's place.- A hen house was uprooted five and a half miles north of Albany. The structure was owned by Au- gust Schkade. Sheriff Jack Moberley of Shackelford County said the storm hit about three miles north of Al- bany. It traveled about two and a half miles northeast and then northwest for about eight miles, he said. The storm area was about a mile wide, he said. Loyalty Board Bill Abandoned AUSTIN Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill out- lawing the Communist Party in Texas. The 30-0 vote for the came after its author. Sen. Rogers Kelley, Edinburg, abandoned ef- forts to include "all other subver- sives" 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 organiza- tions other than Communists. The measure is now with a Sen- ate subcommittee for study. I believe the Senate is not ready to go for the loyalty Kelley said. Tighter Communist controls was one of the purposes 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 be voted by the lawmakers. New spending, proposed new taxes, or 10 taxes at all are other session ssues. When debate was first called on he anti-Communist bill, Kelley vas ready .with 10 amendments. He said they would have "trans- planted" all the provisions of the controversial 'loyalty board" bill except those parts creating such a board and prescribing court pro- cedure for appeals from the board's findings. left provisions outlawing all subversive organiza- tions, providing lor search and seizure, and other related matters. One after another, senators be- gan to Kelley'i imeiidnieht efforts. "What" you have to do is guess, LOSS UNKNOWN Forking Meter Key Lost; Thief Takes Cosh From 4 A lost key seems to account for a series of recent" thefts from park- ing meters, Police Detective Lt. George Button said Thursday. Four meters were unlocked Tuesday night. They were in the 800 blocks of North Third and North Fourth Sts. That brought to a dozen the number opened in the same manner recently, Sutton said. All the meters apparently were opened with a key, and were un- damaged, Sutton reported. A meter attendant several months ago lost a key which un- locks 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. or wish ithat you are right when you vote. on these said Sen. Warren McDonald, Tyler. "You don't have the benefit of the recommendations of a committee or a subcommittee. I think.it is dangerous policy." Sen. Carlos Ashley, Llano, told the Senate the second Communist bill Kelley was .attempting to in- corporate in the first "will in due course be before this Senate." "We should wait for it without cluttering up this he said. Kelley then withdrew his pend- ing amendment and said he would not offer the others. He said he would seek to have the subcommit- tee 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 debate, then rushed the Commu- nist Party outlawing measure to final passage and sent it to the House. Rep. Joe Kilgore, McAllen. spon- sor of Shivers' tax plan, abruptly proposed a boost in the" gas pro- duction tax instead of the gover- nor's proposed 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 trans- mitting companies appeared to op- pose the proposed gathering tax.- Attacks came from independent gatherers and operators of gaso- line processing plants. The governor's proposed spend- ing program moved nearer debate on the floor of the House when its appropriations committee ap- proved Senate-passed bills for state employes' pay raises and emergency buildings. J. Zenkner, 24, who was struck by j a piece of frying sheet metal on' THE WEATHER REINFORCEMENTS French reinforcements parachute in- to a perimeter area of the beleagured fortress of Dien feien Phu in Indochina to reinforce the French Union defenders gainst the giant ground attack unleashed by the Communist- ed Vietminh. In the foreground are some of the area's de- a led fenders. l'.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND Thors- dsy. Thursday night and Friday: cooler Thursday and Thursday night; hiRh Thurs- day 70: low Thursday 40-45: hiRh Friday NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Gfr.crally fair and colder this afternoon ana tonight, owest 38-48 tonlRht. Friday lair and mild. WEST TEXAS: Generally (air and cooler Jlls afternoon and tonight, lowest 25-35 Panhandle and upper South Plains and 34- 44 elsewhere tonight. Friday fair and mild. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and cooler this afternoon. tonicht and Friday. Moderate to fresh northerly winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M. Thurs. A.M. 85 60 S3 58 55 84 54 M 53 It 50 70 51 57 ff7 61 M M 64 H 63 ft Sunset last night p.m. Sunrue today am. gtiniet tonight KM P.m. Maximum temperature for the 34 .hours ended it a.m.: M. Minimum temperature for the J4 houra ended at a.m.: 49. naromeltr readmit at p.m. 3t.l Ktlatlv. Humidity at 1130 p.m. O West, North Texas Storm Damage High By The Associated Press Sections of West and North Texas counted storm damage Thursday running into thousands 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 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 Collin and Fannin counties. McKinncy and Honey Grove and a number of nearby commun- ities reported many roofs either blown off or hadly damaged. The one death occurred ir. Den- ton County at Argyle. George D. Franklin, drive-in theater owner, was crushed to death when high wlndj toppled a wall on him. A tornsdo that struck Honey City to Open South Side Paving Bids Bids for paving parts of South Side streets will be opened Friday morning by the City Cora- ;rove ripped throughi part of the I mission. _ Farmers and Merchants Cotton To be paved are Vine St. irom South Sixth to Seventh: and Jean- ctte SL from South Seventh to Eighth. Compress, knocked out several plate windows and demolished two small homes and several barns. Strong winds accompanied by rain also swept Fort Worth and Dallas. No great damage was re- ported. In Oklahoma damage estimated at was caused at Tulsa. Lesser demage was done by twist- ers in three Oklahoma farm com- munities, south of Alfalfa, north, of Newklrk, north of Enid and in Shawnee. Burleson, which had 2.36 inches of rain, reported one ot the heav- iest thunderstorms in the state. Other rainfall reported in- cluded Rosser 1.02, Ferris .97, Fort Worth .47, Dallas .41, Tyler Wichita Falls .42, Sherman .02, Texarkana .23. Austin .11, Lufkir. .11, Mineral Wells .26, Beaumont .05, Port Arthur .05, College Sta- tion .03. Houston .03, Corpus Chris- ti .01, Paso .02, and Corsicaaa Commissioners plan to authorize advertising for bids on two piec- es of city property. To be sold are a vacant lot on Butternut St. and 1.61 acres in the Stevenson Park vicinity of East Abilene. A. E. Wells, superintendent of schools, will present some change orders on the Abilene High School construction job. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. la City Hall. v IF you art a Rtporter-Ncws hertw- delivered subscriber, your should always be A-l if tvtr it's not, ptattu notify us. Ttw-phont number to 4-7271. ;