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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR; WARMER 7; gbflme Ikporfer-' WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENIfG FINAL ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 2, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS VOL. LXXIII, No. 290 Associated Press (AP) PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Reds Throw New Attack HANOI, Indochina of fresh Vietminh troops smashed into a French outpost about a mile northwest of the center of besieged Dien Bien Phu today and the French launched a heavy counterattack, supported by tanks, in an attempt to regain the position. Other rebel forces crashed at the French Union fortress from the southeast in a gigantic pincers movement aimed at the heart of the bastian. The seriousness of the situation was accentuated by-the fact that the Vietminh in attacking the northwest were using one division against the French Union defenders who for four days and four nights AiSafc: GEN. HOYT VAMDENB; RG second chief dies CANCER? Vandenberg Dies at 55 'AVASHINGTON Hoyt s. Vandenberg, Air Force chief of staff from 1948 until his retirement from service last June, died today. He was 55. Death came at p.m. "General as he was known to airmen everywhere, had been a patient in the Army's Walter Reed Hospital here since "last October, when he was admitted "for obser- vation and check up." He was in virtual seclusion during the last months of his illness, too sick to receive many visitors. The Air Force declined to state the nature of his illness but pri- vate physicians who attended him in a 1952 operation said it was found then that he was suffering from cancer of the prostate gland, and that subsequently the malig- nancy spread to the hips, spine and other bones. The second man to hold the job of Air Force chief of staff, Van- denberg succeeded Gen. Carl (Tooey) Spaatz. In that role, he led the fight to rebuild the U.S. Air Force, dismantled after World War II, into a position of world air leadership. It was Vandenberg who decided to concentrate the nation's air might in long-range, speedy planes capable of striking deep into the heart of any enemy anywhere in the world. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES STRIKE UNENDED Amnesty for 65 blackballed dock workers is refused at New York as walk- out continues. Page 3-A. BIRTHDAY The North At- lantic Treaty Organization will observe its fifth birthday Sim- day. Page 5-A. DEADLINE NEAR Highway patrolmen will begin enforcing the safety inspection law after the April 15 deadline passes. Poge 1-B. Abilene Seeks Wafer Rights With 4 Others Five West Texas cities, includ- ing Abilene, will ask for rights to waters of Hubbard Creek, located near Breckenridge. The City Commission Friday morning voted to join Brecken- ridge, Albany. Tye and Merkel in making the request. Freese Nichols, engineers, will file the application as soon as pos- sible with the State Board of Wa- ter Engineers. Austin. The move is part of Abilene's long-range water supply efforts. Joint campaigns with other cities are more likely to get additional water rights than for Abilene to go j it alone, S. W. Freese, member of the engineering firm, recently told the commission. Freese sug- gested at that time that Abilene' allow Merkel and Tye to join onto Abilene's system and work with this city on getting water rights. No decision has been made about furnishing Abilene water to Tye and Merkel. In other actions Friday the com- mission: (1) Set for its May 21 meeting the consideration of a traffic con- had been without rest or sleep and have had to depend upon parachuted supplies. There was savage hand-to-hand fighting as the French forces re- peatedly beat back the rebels t-v- ing to break through into the plain's headquarters center. Fighting Is Furious As the second major Vietminh attempt to overwhelm Dien Bien Phu raged on into its third day, the fighting was so furious the French had no chance to estimate the losses on either side. They had i said earlier that the rebels lost some of their estimated 000 attackers in the first 48 hours. The attack on the northwest was the first in that sector ot the cur- rent drive on the French fortress, though the rebels in their first mass frontal attack on the plain three weeks ago had taken two posts in the center of the northern defense perimeter. In the current attack, until to- day, they had kept a division of some men poised on the. plain's western fringes while two I other divisions attacked repeatedly on the east and southeast. Heart Untouched The French admitted last night they had lost three eastern out- posts but said the heart and main arteries of the bastion were still intact. Fighting raged in that sec- tor off ond on throughout yester- day as the black clad rebels, armed with containers of high ex- plosive, rushed through withering machine gun fire to the barbed wire barricades-.. ._____ The desperate French Union North Africans, Vietnamese, Thai tribesmen and Foreign hand to hand with those who broke through the fire. The French hit back also with six tank-led coun- terattacks into enemy hill positions around Dien Bien Phu. Morale Is High Despite the violent attacks, the garrison commander. Col. Chris- tian de Castries, radioed army headquarters in Hanoi last night that his troops' morale was high and he believed they could hold on although outnumbered 4-1. j (In Paris, the French press agency reported that De Castries: had appealed for more reinforre- French bombers and fighters.. _ _...........___ also made a record number of sor-j ended af a.m.: 53. Parking to Be Banned July 1 on South First Man-Made Rival of Sun (2) Approved the application of C. Wyman Jones for a permit to operate a public skating rink at 1402 Matador St. t3i Passed on second and final reading an ordinance defining "blind corners" and forbidding them. (41 Took under advisement a pe- tition presented by Joe Duckworth and 4 other citizens that the city pave the street from the southeast corner of Cedar Hill Cemetery to the southwest corner of the ceme- tery. The P-TA's safety program is the same one which it presented to city commissioners in 1952. It calls for traffic lights at various places with time clocks on them so they will operate only during the hours children are going to and from schools. J. W. Heilhecker was spokesman for the P-TA Fri- day. Mayor C. E. Gatlin proclaimed April 5-9 as Student Government Week. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Pair and warmer Friday afternoon: mild Friday nieht and Saturday: high temperature Friday 80: low Friday night 55: high Sat- urday B5. KOHTH CENTRAL TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday, warmer Friday afternoon and niKht- WEST fair and mild this afternoon and night. Saturday, partly cloudy, turning colder in Panhandle in TEMPERATURES Thurs. P.M. Fri. A.M. 65 55 69 70 71 in 60 58 9'30 57 .....1...... 74 55 80 54 82 Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise to- day a.m. S'jnset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 72. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours 62 56 60 ties yesterday. p.m. 28.24. Relative humidity at p.m. 14ft. March Unemployment Reaches WASHINGTON W-The govern- ment reported today that un- employment increased by 54.000 in March to a total ot It was the smallest monthly increase in six months. The Census Bureau, in releasing the figures, said unemployment "leveled off." And officials said "it looks like unemployment is stabilizing." They said the figures indicated cause for hope that a turn in the em- ployment situation is coming. KIDS, DOGS LIKE HIM After Miles, City Postman Hangs Up Bag After almost 31 years as a mail carrier during which he has walk- ed something like -miles or more, Boyd V. Harvey hung up his mail bag for the last time this week. His retirement officially began Thursday, and he's looking for- ward to just resting after years of 100 pounds of mail on a route that averaged 42 blocks. Harvey said he wore out a pair of shoes every 10 months as a carrier. "And I mean they're work shoes, not the kind you wear on the he said. Harvey has lived in Abi- lene since 1919 when he came out here with his father, contractor for the science building at Simmons College. He attended college there for a year before joining the Post Of- fice in September, 1923, as a car- rier. Being a carrier was enjoyable, Harvey said. You meet lots ot nice people on your rounds. "Guess I've got more dog friends and kid friends on the he said. "Don't know why dogs and kids like me, but they do." Hitvey, called "Skinny" by lome While the March increase was small, the total is the highest job- less figure in four the in March, 1950. The Census Bureau figured that persons had jobs in increase of over February. It reported a 171.000 increase in agricultural employment to 000. and a decline in non- agricultural jobs to Despite the gain in employment, there was an increase in unem- ployment because the bureau calcu- lated the labor total of people willing and able to work- increased about There is a constant, gradual rise in the labor force as a result of the population increase. Seasonal factors also enter into its size. Youngsters in school in winter, for instance, come into the labor force when they seek jobs in summer. There normally is an unemploy- ment decline between February and March. Administration officials said while unemployment this year increased slightly, contrary to the normal trend, the new figures are encouraging. Lateness of Easter this year was blamed in part for lack ot more improvement in the March em- ployment figures, but officials said they were encouraged anyway. BOYD V. HARVEY after miles of his fellow carriers, is a mem- ber of the Abilene Club and vhe First Christian Church. He and Mrs. Harvey make .their home at 749 Cedar St. They have one son, Harold Boyd Har- vey of Lubbock, and one grandson. VIEW OF FIRST HYDRCWJEN the world'sIfirst Tiyarogen explosion taken motion7 picture the 1952'test in the Pacific.'TlMthuge cloud is mushrooming shortly after the detonation. The churning fireball reached 3 miles in diameter and the island on which the test was made Vanished. Reds' Radio Joins Worry Over H-Bomb LONDON radio said today the hydrogen homo has in- creased the need for an internation- al ban on atomic warfare. The broadcast, quoting the Com- munist party organ Pravda, linked Russia's surprise March 31 bid to join NATO to "the fact that the destructive power the atomic weapon is incessantly increasing ant" in addition to this the hydro- ;en weapon has appeared whose power surpasses many times the the atomic weapon." Russia has long clamored for an immediate ban on atomic weapons but has refused to agree to Western demands that it be preceded by establishment of an effective sys- tem of inspection to ensure com- pliance. In Asia. Indian Prime Minister Nehru called on the United States and Russia for an immediate "standstill" on hydrogen bomb ex- plosions pending progress toward elimination of mass destruction weapons. In a speech to the lower House of the Indian Parliament, he also demanded an immediate meet- ing of the long-deadlocked XJ.N. Disarmament Commission on the question. In anxious Britain, Prime Mhi- ister Churchill called a cabinet meeting for Monday at which the government will decide its attitude toward a Labor party motion urg- ing an immediate high-level con- ference between Britain, the United States and Russia. The Laborites believe such a con- ference should discuss a reduction and control of armaments. The Churchill government is believed ready to go along on the principle of such a meeting but is undecided on the advisability of calling it right now. Churchill has repeatedly said hej still wants an informal get-together of world leaders to ease but at the proper time. AN H-BOMB DID THIS This paoto, made from about feet 50 miles from the detonationisite, shows a mush- room cloud formation following the hydrogen bomb explos- ion in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific in the fall of 1952. Two minutes after Zero Hour the cloud rose to feet and ten minutes later, as it neared its maximum, the cloud stem had pushed upward about 25 miles, deep into the stratosphere. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS This Sunday's Reporter-News will contain a special section on Abilene's industry its importance and a tribute to civic leaders who have named the first week in April as Industrial Week. Another important event to local readers will be given full the city and school election. Earle Walkor, Reporter-News expert on city and school politics, working in cooperation with the League of Women Vot- ers, will bring you the full story of the coming election. Besides these extras, there will be the regular full coverage of local, state and national spot and feature new. All Night Buses May Be Cut Out Abilene will not have any city-i The city buses give only hourly service now in the evenings. They run until p.m. bus service after 7 p.m. daily. If the City Commission grants a re- quest made Friday morning. George Page, manager ot City Transportation Co., asked permis- KSllAif I 3CI sion to cut out all service after JI DOlEVlJ VQJl that hour. He said small revenue j for the night schedules was reason. Public hearing on Page's re- quest was set by the commission for its regular meeting the morn- sentee votes by noon Friday in in City Election Thirty-ore persons had cast ab- ing of April 16. 3rd Educational TV PITTSBURGH WV-The nation's third educational television station on Channel go on a regular five-day-a-weelc schedule of five hours a day next Monday. Abilene's April 6 city election. Deadline for such voting Is 5 p.m. today. Persons planning to be out o! town on election day may mark absentee ballots before the dead line in the city secretary's office at City Hall. I May Work Out Alternate Plan All parking on South First St. from Treadaway Blvd. east of town to the west city limits was cut off, effective July 1, in a unanimous vote of the City Commission Friday morn- ing. The delay in the enforcement date was provided4n order that property owners may work out, if possible, a compromise plan which their attorneys outlined Friday. Davis Scarborough, attorney, said the sidewalk along the south side of South First St. could be cut back eight feet. This would provide a lane for the parallel parking of vehicles and still give enough roonvfor the moving traffic, he said. Scarborough's plan also called for allowing parking in only every other one of the spaces, with the intervening spaces as "loading zones." He believed this would enable cars to get in and out of the parking areas without disturbing moving traf- fic. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom and A. Crutcher Scott pointed out that every other space would have to be labeled parking" rather than 'loading in order to keep vehicles out of them. Commissioner Jack Minter made he motion that parking be ban- ned, effective July 1. He said the Texas Highway De- >artment needs that assurance in >rder to resume activity toward building the proposed U. S. High- way 80 freeway. He pointed out Jiat all right-of-way work has been suspended to await the no- larking rule's adoption, as request- ed by the Texas Highway Depart- ment. Minter said the period from now until July 1 will give the South First property owners time to try to provide the sidewalk setback as an alternate plan. The motion was seconded by Commissioner C. T. (Tommy) Con- erly. After the first passage of the ordinance, Scott moved that the second and final adoption be votec in the same meeting. Conerly sec- onded. Both motions were unanimous. Malcom made a motion that the city "co-operate ia every way pos- sible" with the properly owners :oward working out their alter- nate solution. Minter then got acceptance of an amendment which said that 'the city is not assuming any fi- nancial obligation." The motion as amended, and seconded by Scott, was adopted unanimously. Commissioners didn't commit he. city to any expense in carry- ng out the proposed sidewalk set- lack program. Scarborough said he thought the iroperty owners would give the space but didn't know how much of the paving they would be willing to finance. He related that he and other op- ponents of the parking ban had appeared recently before the high- way commission and told that group they were trying to work out a different solution. He be- lieved the highway panel would consider it kindly. Jesse F. (T-Bone) Winters, Abi- lene Chamber oE Commerce High- way Committee member, said he )elieved Scarborough's plan would re favored by the state highway officials. "So long as it doesn't cost the he added. City Grants More For Baseball City Commission Friday morn- ng voted to allot toward a ighted field for teen-age baseball. This, added to which the city's Park and Public Recreation Soard granted from its existing" mdget a few days ago, makes a otal in municipal funds for the project. The park board also is working with the Teen-Age Baseball League n trying to locate and provide suitable grounds in the park pro- perty. Harless Wade, president of the league, told the commission Fri- day that the whole project will cost an estimated not in- cluding the land. He said other in- terested individuals and firms are making donations. Three members of the park board were at the commission meeting: Grover Nelson, Gene Gal- braith and Elmo Cure. They back- ed the league's request for the ad- ditional money. They said their board is 100 per cent behind the move. 'Wade first asked the commis- sion for an allotment at Ga'.bralth thst the fig- ure be upped to since the expense of operattnf the Held (light bffli, etc.) had to be con- LT. CMDR. LAUDIUS WILKES Navy speaker this year Mikes Heads Armed Forces Day Activities Lt. Comdr. Laudius Wilkes, com- manding officer of the Navy and Harine Corps Reserve Training Center in Abilene, has been ap- pointed project officer for this year's Armed Forces Day observ- ance in Abilene May 10-15. President Eisenhower has issued proclamation setting the nation- al observance of Armed Forces Day for May 15, Wilkes said. This year will mark the fourth observ- ance of the day nationally. Wilkes was appointed by Hear A.dm. T. G. W. Settle, while Set- le was commandant of the Eighth "Javal District with headquarters n New Orleans. La. Recently Set- le was made commandant of the Davy's amphibious forces in the Pacific, with headquarters at Cor- onado Calif. The commander of the Eighth tfaval District is project officer or a territory which includes Tex- as. New Mexico, Cklanoma, Ark- ansas and Louisiana. Wilkes said. In Texas, the Navy has primary responsibility for the observance n the cities of Abilene, Corpus Beaumont and Orange, he Wilkes' next step in arranging observance in Abilene will be o appoint an Armed Forces Bay chairman, who will be a prominent ocal civilian, he said. The civilian chairman will plan and organize the observance here. A local committee will be named o work with the chairman. Aiding the committee will be assistant iroject officers to be appointed by he Army Air Force. Marine Corps and National Guard. The observance in past years has included a luncheon, at which there was a speaker from the De- partment of Defense. By rotation this year, the speaker is to be a Navy man. Other phases ot the observance have included fly-overs of military aircraft, a parade, static displays of aircraft, and open house at the facilities of local mil- itary units. In previous years, Navy planes have not been displayed in Abi- lene during the observance. This year attempts will be made to dis- play Navy aircraft, and jet air- craft from various branches of the armed forces, Wilkes said. Your Sunday Want Ad deadline on space ait- ads requiring or-mow spoci is noon Friday, Wcrd adj bs sCMptes wttH noon Saturday.: Coll so you won't await your od!   

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