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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR; WARMER ®l)e Mme ^ejporicr "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 290 Associated Press (AP) TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 2, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Reds Throw New Attack HANOI, Indochina (AP)—Thousands 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 bastion. 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 GEN. HOYT VANDENB't RG . . . second chief dies CANCER? Vandenberg Dies at 55 WASHINGTON {m~Gcn. 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 1:05 p.m. “General Van,” as he was known to airmen everywhere, had been a j patient in the Army’s Walter Reed Hospital here since last October, when he was admitted “for observation and check up.’’ He was in virtual seclusion during the la.st months of his illness, too sick to receive many visitors. The Air Force declined to state the nature of his illness but private 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 subsequenUy the malignancy spread to the hips, spine and other bones. The second man to hold the job of Air Force chief of staff, Vandenberg succeeded Gen. Carl (Tooey) Spaatz. In that role, he led the fight to rebuild the U.S. Air Force, dismantled after World W'ar 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. 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-rwatediy beat back the rebei.s 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 said earlier that the rebels lost some 2,000 of their estimated 40,-000 attackers in the first 48 hours. The attack on the northwest was the first in that sector of the current 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 today, they had kept a division ol some 10,000 men poised on the plain’s western fringes while two other divisions attacked repeatedly i on the east and southeast. Heart Untouched The French admitted last night they had lost three eastern outposts but said the heart and main arteries of the bastion were still intact. Fighting raged in that sector off ond on throughout yesterday as the black - clad rebels, armed with containers of high explosive, rushed through withering machine - gun fire to the barbed wdre barricade.s. The desperate French Union forces-—French, North Africam», Vietnamese, Thai tribesmen aa<l Foreign Legionnaires—fought hand to hand with those who broke through the fire. The French hit back also with six tank-led counterattacks into enemy hill positions around Dien Bien Phu.    ! Morale Is High Despite the violent attacks, the garrison commander. Col. Chri.s-tian de Castries, radioed army I headquarters in Hanoi last night: that his troops’ morale was high and he believed they could hold on although outnumbered 4-1. (In Paris, the French press agency reported that De Castries had appealed for more reinforcements.) French bombers and fighters also made a record number of sor- ^ ties yesterday.    I Abilene Seeks Water Rights With 4 Others Five West Texas cities, including Abilene, will ask for rights to waters of Hubbard Creek, located near Breckenridge. The City Commission Friday morning voted to join Breckenridge, Albany. Tye and Merkel in making the request. Freese & Nichols, engineers, will file the application as soon as possible with the State Board of Water 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 it alone, S. W. Freese, member of the engineering firm, recently told the commission. Freese suggested 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 I and Merkel. I In other actions Friday the com-i mission: <1) Set for its May 21 meeting the consideration of a traffic con-I trol program recommended by the ^ P-TA Council safety committee, (21 Approved the application of C. Wyman Jones for a permit to operate a public skating rink at 1402 Matador St. (31 Passed on second and final reading an ordinance defining “blind corners’’ and forbidding them. (41 Took under advisement a petition 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 cemetery. The P-TA's safety program Parking to Be Banned July on South First Man-Made Rival of I ---- -    ......    is the same one which it presented to city commissioneis in 1952. It calls ior 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 Friday. Mayor C. E. Gatlin proclaimed April 5-9 as Student (Government Week. THE WEATHER U.S. DKP.4RTMKNT OF COMMFRCE VVK.^THER BFRE.ilU ABII.ENF: and vicinity — Fair and warmer Frkia.v afternoon; mild Friday night anti Saturday; high temperature Friday ftO; low Friday night 55: high Saturday 85. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday, warmer Friday afternoon and night. WEST TEXAS—Oenerall.v fair and mild this afternoon and night. Saturday, partly cloudy, turning colder in Panhandle In afternoon or night TK.MPEKATrRES VIEW OF FIRST HYDROGEN EXPLOSION—Here s a view of the world’s first hydrogen explosion taken from official motion pifcture of the 1952 test in the Pacific. The huge cloud is mushrooming shortly after the detonation. The churning fireball reached 3 1-4 miles in diameter and the island on which the test was made vanished. Thurs. P.M. 65    ...... Fri. A M. ...    55 ........ 1:30    ., 69      2:30      56 70      3:30      5,5 71      4.30      54 70      5:30      53 68      6:30      53 62      7:30      .55 60      8:30      60 58    ............ 9:.30      68 57    ., ......... 10:30      74 55      11:30       80 54     :    12:30      82 Sunset la.st night 6:59 p.m. Sunrise today 6:27 a.m. Sunset tonight 6:59 p.m. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 72. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 53. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.24. Relative humidity at 12 30 p.m. 14'y'r. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES STRIKE UNENDED — Amnesty for 65 blackballed dock workers is refused at New York os walkout continues. Page 3-A. BIRTHDAY ~ The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will observe its fifth birthday Sunday. Page 5-A. DEADLINE NEAR Highway patrolmen will begin enforcing the safety inspection law offer the April 15 deadline passes. Page 1-B. March Unemployment Reaches 3,725,000 WASHINGTON (J^The government reported today that unemployment increased by 54,000 in March to a total of 3,725,000. 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 employment situation is coming. KIDS, DOGS LIKE HIM After 30,000 Miles, City Postman Hangs Up Bag After almost 31 years as a mail carrier during which he has walked something like 30,000 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 forward 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 street,” he said. Harvey has lived in Abilene 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 Office in September, 1923, as a carrier. Being a carrier was enjoyable, Harvey said. You meet lots of nice people on your rounds. “Guess I’ve got more dog friends and kid friends on the route,” he said. “Don’t know why dogs and kids like me, but they do Harvey, called "Skinny” by some While the March increase was small, the total is the highest jobless figure in four years—since the 4.123.000 in March, 1950. The Census Bureau figured that 60.100.000 persons had jobs in March—an increase of 45,000 over February. It reported a 171.000 increase in agricultural employment to 5,875,-000. and a 126.000 decline in non-agricultural jobs to 54,225,000. De.spite the gain in employment, there was an increase in unemployment because the bureau calculated the labor force—the total of people willing and able to work-increased about 100,000. There is a constant, gradual rise in the labor force as a result of the population increase. Seasonal factors also enter into its size, i Youngsters in school in winter, for instance, come into the labor force when they seek jobs in summer. There normally is an unemployment 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'of more improvement in the March employment figures, but officials said they were encouraged anyway. Reds' Radio Joins Worry Over H-Bomb LONDON (yP—Moscow radio said today the hydrogen bomb has Increased the need for an international ban on atomic warfare. The broadcast, quoting the Communist party organ Pravda, linked Russia’s surprise March 31 bid to join NATO to “the fact that the j destructive power of the atomic weapon is incessantly increasing anr’ in addition to this the hydro- | gen weapon has appeared whose power surpasses many times the power of the atomic w'eapon.” 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 system of inspection tc' ensure compliance. In .Asia. Indian Prime I\Tinister 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 i House of the Indian Parliament, he ' also demanded an immediate meet-, ing of the long-deadlocked U.N, | Disarmament Commission on the ; question.    ! In anxious Britain, Prime .Minister Churchill called a cabinet meeting for Monday at which the government will decide its attitude toward a Labor party motion urging an immediate high-level conference between Britain, the United States and Rus.sia. The Laborites believe such a conference 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 he.-still w ants an informal get-together i of world leaders to ease tensions—! but at the proper time. AN H-BOMB DID THIS — This p'nolo, made from about 12,000 feet 50 miles from the detonation »site, shows a mushroom cloud formation following the hydrogen bomb explosion in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific in the fall of 1952. Two minutes after Zero Hour the cloud rose to 40,000 feet and ten minutes later, as it neared its maximum, the cloud stem had pushed upward about 25 miles, deep into the stratosphere. BOYD V. HARVEY .. . after 30,000 miles of his fellow carriers, is a member of the Abilene Club and ’¿he First Christian Church. He and Mrs. Harvey make their home at 749 Cedar St. They have one son, Harold Boyd Harvey of Lubbock, and one grandson. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS This Sunday’s Reporter-News will contain a special section on Abilene’s industry — its importance and growth—as 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 coverage—it’s the city and school election. Earle Walker, Reporter-News expert on city and school politics, working in cooperation with the League of Women Voters, i^ill 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 news. All Night Buses May Be Cut Out Abilene will not have any clty-| The city buses give only hourly bus service after 7 p.m. daily, If service now in the evenings. They the City Commission grants a request made Friday morning. George Page, manager of City Transportation Co., asked permission to cut out all service after that hour. He said small revenue for the night schedules wa| hli reason. Public hearing on Page’s request was set by the commission run until 11:45 p.m. 31 Ballots Cast In City Election Firms Moy Work Out Alternate Plan All parking on South First St. from Treadaway Blvd. east of town to the west citv limits was cut off, effective July 1, in a unanimous vote of the City Commission Friday morning. The delay in the enforcement date was provided in 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 hack eight feet. This would provide a lane for the parallel parking of vehicles and still give enough room for the moving traffic, he said. Scarborough’s plan also called for allowing parking in onlv every other one of the spaces, with the intervening soace.s as “loading zones.’’ He believed this would enable cars to get in and out of the parking areas without disturbing moving traffic. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom and A. Crutcher Scott pointed out that every other space would have to be labeled “no parking’* rather than “loading zones,” in order to keep vehicles out of them. Commissioner Jack Minter made the motion that parking be banned. effective July 1. He said the Texa.s Highway Department needs that assurance in order to re.sume activity toward building the proposed U. S, Highway 80 freeway. He pointed out that all right-of-way work has been suspended to await the noparking rule’s adoption, as requested by the Texas Highway Department. 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 j second and final adoption be voted : In the same meeting. Conerly sec-! onded.    | Both motions were unanimou.s. I .Malcom made a motion that the city “co-operate in every way pos-.sible” with the property owners toward working out their alter-1 nate solution. Minter then got acceptance of an amendment which said that “the city is not assuming any financial obligation.” The motion as amended, and seconded by Scott, was adopted unanimously. Commissioners didn’t commit | Marine the city to any expense in carrying out the proposed sidewalk setback program. Scarborough said he thought the property 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 opponents of the parking ban had appeared recently before the highway commission and told that group they were trying to work out a different solution. He believed the highway panel would consider it kindly. Jesse F. (T-Bone) Winters, Abilene Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee member, said he j oiiado believed Scarborough’s plan would be favored by the state highway officials. “So long as it doesn’t cost the "State,” he added. LT. CMDR. LAUDIUS WILKES ... Navy speaker this year Wilkes Heads Armed Forces Day Aclivities ! I Ll. Comdr. Laudius Wilkes, com-j manding officer of the Navy and Corps Reserve Training Center in Abilene, has been ap-IK)inted project officer for this year’s Armed Forces Day observance in Abilene May 10-15. President Eisenhower has issued a proclamation setting the national observance of Armed Forces Day for May 15, Wilkes said. This jear will mark the fourth observance of the day nationally. Wilkes was appointed by Rear Adm. T. G. W. SetUe, while Set-tie was commandant of the Eighth Naval District with headquarter* In New Orleans. La, Recently Settle wa.s made commandant of the Navy’s amphibious forces in the Pacific, with headquarters at Cor-Calif. The commander of the Eighth Naval District is project officer for a territory which includes Texas. New Mexico. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, Wilkes said. In Texas, the Navy has primary responsibility for the observance in the cities of .Abilene, Corpus Christl, Beaumont and Orange, he said. Wilkes’ next step in arranging the observance in Abilene will be to appoint an .Armed Forces Day chairman, who wiU be a prominent local civilian, he said. The civilian chairman will plan and organize the observance here. A local committee will be named „    .    .    „    to work with the chairman Aiding City Commission ^iday morn-^ the committee will be assistant J «    /    53.W0    towani    a    i project officers to be appointed by lighted field for teen^e baseball. . the Army Air Force. Marine Corps This, added to $2,000 which the and National Guard, city.«! Park and Public Recreation ! The observance in past years Board granted from its existing | has included a luncheon, at which budget a few days ago, makes a \ there was a speaker from the Detotal $5,000 in municipal funds for i partment of Defense. By rotation City Granii $3,000 More For Baseball Thirty-one persons had cast ab- the project. The park board also is working with the Teen-Age Baseball League in trying to locate and provide suitable grounds in the park property. Harless Wade, president of the league, told the commission Friday that the whole project will cost an estimated $8,000, not including the land. He said other interested individuals and firms are making donations. Three members of the park board were at the commission meeting: Grover Nelson, Gene Galbraith and Elmo Cure. They backed the league’s request for the ad- by noon Friday In;    „„„y.    They    said their ing of April 16*    AhilAnA’c    Anril    A    Mi\j    i    iaa      t.    _ 3rd Educafionat TV Abilene’s April 6 city elecUon.    j    board is 100    per cent behind the Deadline for such voting Is    51    move, pm. today.    |    Wade first    asked the commis- Persons olanninc to be out of    aUotment    of    $2,000. PITTSBURGH (J’t-The naUon’s !,    * ,    1    Galbraith    suggested    that    the    fig- third educational television station    election day may mark m-e be upped to $3,000, since the —WQED on Channel 13—will go on a regular five-day-a-week schedule oi five hours a day next Monday. absentee ballots before the dead expense of operating the field line in the city secretary’s office at City Hall, (light biUs, etc.) sidaredto had to be con- this year, the speaker is to be a Navy man. Other phases of the observance have included fly-overs of military aircraft, a parade, static displays of aircraft, and open house at the facilities of local military units. In previous years. Navy planes have not been displayed in Abilene during the observance. This year attempts will be made to display Navy aircraft, and jet aircraft from various branches of the armed forces, Wilkes said. Your Sunday Wont Ad . . . deodline on spoce ods — ods requirir^ one Inch or mor* space — is 12:00 noon Friday. Word ods will be accepted tmtll 12:00 noon Soturdoy. Call now m you won't forget. 140,000 reoders await your ad! "'r"   ...................................................................... ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 2, 1954

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