Abilene Reporter News, April 7, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 07, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas MrtWTOrtït**. Of HC £6 «Ult Htuit StOR« oc TAit vn>ßc* DUST; COOLER m Stirne jii //" 13-/ lo /I epor ter -Senté ^fÍnal"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 295 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 7, 1954—TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Air Base Water Short; City to Build New Line The drought and work performed by an increased number of contractors have caused a water ihortage problem at the Abilene Air Force Base on which construction is underway. This was the topic of a discus-*ion held Wednesday morning at the base by Abilene city and Chamber of Commerce officials, representatives of the Corps of Engineers and contractors. Lee Wilson, area engineer for the Corps of Engineers, said the problem arose because the drought has caused a need for more water than has been supplied by the city in the past. The increased number of contractors also has caused a need for more water, he said. The need for an increased amount of water has been developing during the past 30 days, Wilson said. Mayor C. E. Gatlin told Wilson that the City Commission plans to open bids Friday and let a contract the same day on a water RICH IS ONLY NEWCOMER 4 of 5 Re-elected; Canvass Set Friday City commissioners will canvass votes in Tuesday’s city election Friday at their regular meeting, and new commissioners will be «worn in the following Friday. Four of five incumbents running for two City Commission and three School Board posts were re-elected Tuesday. Only new commissioner is Dr. Wr. D. Rich, who defeated incumbent C. T. (Tommy) Conerly for Place 4 on the commission by a vote of 1,840 to 1,105. J. Floyd Malcom, city commissioner for Place 2, was re-elected by a whopping majority over three opponents. School trustees, all of whom were re-elected, are Morgan Jones Jr., Place 1, unopposed: Ollie Mc-Minn, Place 2; and Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts, Place 3. They will be sworn in again at the next School Board meeting April 19, Superintendent A. E. Wells said. 3,456 votes cast Tuesday were counted. South Junior High School tallied 930 votes, North 16th and Orange Sts. Fire Station 808, and the YMCA 570. Jones, Mrs. Roberts, and Dr. Rich were all endorsed by the Good Government League. Two of the League’s candidates lost, however. They were E. A. Hooper, seeking the commission post won by Malcom, and W. Lee Byrd, who went down to incumbent McMinn for a place on the School Board. line from Lake Abilene to the base. This line would supply all the additional water the base needs, he said. No immediate relief in the base’s water problem is foreseen, unless it rains, since the line likely won’t be completed before June 1, Gatlin said. If there is difficulty in procuring pipe, the line may be completed after June 1, he said. State Senate Passes $25-Million Pay Bill All winners registered decisive victories with each winning candidate posting a winning margin of at least 600 votes. Commissioners will be sworn in and votes canvassed on the appointed dates set down by the city charter, Mrs. E. E. Marvin, secretary to the city manager, said. Voting was heaviest at the Fair Park box, where 1,148 ef the Jones, who polled 3,341 votes, got a little competition fiom write-in votes. Slim Willet led the write-ins with three votes, and School Superinendent A. E. Wells and C. A. Henson were second with two each. Other write-ins went to Nib Shaw, Horace (Sparky) Mahan, A. K. Doss Jr., Joe Etheridge, Hollis Manly, and J. L. Crow, each of whom received one vote. For Place 2 on the School Board, See ELECTION, Pg. 13-A» Col. 8 Rain would do more to relieve the water situation now more than anything else, Wilson said. Gatlin said the contractors are welcome to haul all the water they need from Elmwood West. Hauling water by tank truck, the only additional, immediate city source seen, is a possible solution, but contractors do not want to obtain water in that way if they can avoid it Wilson said. In the past all of the water— aside from rain water—received at the base has been supplied by the city through an old line of various sizes ranging from eight to 12 inches, City Engineer M. M. Anderson. who did not attend the meeting, said. This old line was used during World W’ar II to supply water to the old Tye Air Base, he said. Wilson said the Abilene AFB has been receivingroughly half a million gallons of water daily from the city, but that with the increased need the Abilene AFB should now receive roughly 750.000 gallons dally. Gatlin said the new Lake Abilene line will have a capacity to supply the base with more than enough water to fill the present need. The line will have a 20-inch diameter from the lake to just outside the southwest part of the city, then will have a 16-inch diameter from that point to the base. Attending the water parley were Gatlin, City Manager Austin P. Hancock, City Commissioner Jack Minter, and L. A. Grimes, former city water superintendent, who now is a city advisor. Joe Cooley, manager, and George Minter, Jr., president represented the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Wilson and his staff represented the Corps of Engineers. About 25 base contrac tors attended. Aspermonl Mother, Girl ASPERMONT, April 7 (RNS)— Mrs. Coy Preslar. 29, and her daughter, Ginger, 6, both burned Tuesday in an explosion at their home, died in Stamford Sanitarium Wednesday. Ginger died at 2:57 a.m. Wednesday, and Mrs. Preslar died at noon. Die of Burns New High School Shopping Center Calls for Buffer Park By JOHN DANILSON A highly-controversial shopping center west of the new' Abilene High School will be the largest in the city — if present zoning plans are approved by the city. This is the belief of Arthel Henson, president of Westw'ood Development Co., which has proposed to construct the center. The shopping center, itself, will represent an investment of $400.000 to $500,-000, he said. The one-story building will be 400-feet long and 100 feet wide. Four smaller one-story business buildings also planned for the «hopping center property will boost the total by $150,000 to $200,000, Henson said. Fight Possible The developer won approval for the project Monday night from the City Planning and Zoning Commission, an agency w’hich makes recommendations to the City Commission. A fight over the proposal has been indicated for the City Commission meeting — possibly this Friday. Several school and P-TA officials oppose the shopping center’s location so near the high school, even though revised plans approved by the zoning board on a 3-2 vote now calls for a buffer park fencing off the shopping center from the high school area. Previous plans, flatly rejected by School Board, Zoning Board and City officials, had called for the shopping center to be located immediately across Mockingbird Lane from the high school without a buffer zone. The property involved is now outside the city limits and is bounded on the south by North Sixth St., on the east by North Mockingbird Lane, on the north by State St., and on the west by Woodlawn Ave. North Mockingbird Lane is the street between the shopping center property and the high school. The street consists of a 60-foot wide paved surface on a 100-foot wide right-of-way, Henson said. This puts the west curbing 20 feet east of Henson’s property line, the developer said. 770 Feet Away The high school is under construction just east of North Mockingbird Lane and just north of North Sixth St. Both bodies were taken to Spring er Funeral Home at Aspermont Funeral for Ginger bad been sched uled earlier for Thursday, but plans remain indefinite. Burial will be in Aspermont or Lawn. The mother and daughter are survived by Preslar, warehouseman for Skelly Oil Co. here, and by Mrs. Preslar’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Falyers of Sterling City. Ginger was in the first grade at Aspermont. The mother and daughter were blown outside of their home Tuesday at about 3:20 p. m. when an explosion ripped the house apart and destroyed it in flames. It was believed to have been caused by an accumulation of bu tane gas. Mrs. Preslar had just returned from bringing Ginger home from school and was changing the child’s clothes in the kitchen of their home w'hen the explosion occurred, igniting their clothing. Aspermont volunteer firemen were unable to save anything from the ensuing blaze which enveloped the house. Walls were blown out by the force of the blast. The house w'as located in the Skelly Oil Company camp in Aspermont about a mile east of the downtown «ection on the Stamford Highway. Mrs. Preslar’s husband was working at a company warehouse about 200 yards from the house at the time of the blast. Funeral for Ginger wdll probably be held at Aspermont Thursday under direction of Springer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Aspermont or Lawn. Ginger was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Preslar. Final Passage Appears Certain AUSTIN (AP)—The Senate today passed the 25 million dollar tax bill to pay for teachers and state workers pay raises, 265*    M    1 There was virtually no new debate as the measure vital to Gov. Allan Shivers’ program for the special session won Senate approval. It must return to the House for concurrence in amendments. , The Senate then adjourned until tomorrow. The House went into session with the Communist control measure passed earlier by the SEARS EXPLAINS — Samuel P. Sears, left, explains his withdrawal as special counsel in the McCarthy-Army fuss as he sits beside Sen. Karl Mundt (R-SD) at a Washington news conference. Sears, who gave his resignation at a closed door meeting of the Senate investigations subcommittee, said he was leaving “in view of the discussion and controversy which followed my retention as counsel and of the allegations which have been made, most of which are without foundation.” The nearest academic building on the school property will be about 770 feet from the nearest shopping center building, City Planning Engineer Doyle Singleton said. The distance from the school gymnasium and auditorium will be about 475 feet from the nearest shopping center building, Singleton said. Henson explained that shopping center plans call for two separately-zoned strips of property running parallel to each other and parallel to North Mockingbird Lane, between North Sixth and State Sts. See CENTER, Pg. 13-A, Col, 3 Thoughts of Vacation .. . bring us to this annual on. nounce-ment . . . Let The Reporter-News follow you, for two weeks or two months. OR . . . use our Vocation Package Plan ... we save your issues of The Reporter-News and deliver them to you upon your return. For either service, please coll 4-7271, or write the iCrcula-tion Department. Mundt Says New Attorney Found Senate at the top of its calendar. Two other key bills were on the verge of final action with apparently no significant opposition to block their way. The Senate needed only to concur In House amendments to bills to raise salaries of teachers and state employes. Quick House approval was expected on Senate changes in the tax bill. Senate votes cast against the tax measure were by Sens. Searcy Bracewell, Houston:    Dorsey B. Hardeman, San Angelo; Wardlow Lane, Center; Jimmy Phillips. Angleton; and R. A. Weinert, Se-guin. Once the major bills are finally wrapped up, Gov. Shivers was expected to throw the door wide open to dozens of other matters for legislative consideration as he promised to do at the outset oi the session. More than 70 bills have been introduced in the House against that possibility. Senators, by agreement, have not yet introduced theirs but are waiting the i go signal.    ; The legislature would have the remainder of this week for committee work on their new subjects. Bills not out of committee by Saturday, however, would be cut off from final passage by adjournment rules. Automatic adjournment of the 30-day session falls at noon next Tuesday. Senate advanced the tax HOW WEST TEXANS VOTED ON BILL AUSTIN, April 7 — Sen. Dorsey Hardeman of San Angelo was one of five senators who voted against final passage of the major tax bill voted out of the Senate Wednesday. Voting in favor of final passage were other West Texas Senators. Harley Sadler of Abilene. Kilmer Corbin of Lubbock and J. T. Rutherford of Odessa. 3rd Nuclear Test Revealed The WASHINGTON UPl-Sen. Mundt) Samuel B. Sears, the Boston    v^s?e?daTebutePfaiiediinbyI (R-SD) said today a lawyer has    trial lawyer hired for the poat    *muster the necessary agreed tentatively to serve as    April 1, resigned yesterday aftey    f    fifths majority for immediate special counsel in the McCarthy- questions had been raised about    action The vote was 24-7. Army investigation. He refused to whether he could be    i    measure tmeses higher tav disclose the man’s name.    neuuai.    ;    rates on natural gas production, Mundt said the lawyer is "not; Tells Misunderstanding    beer and franchises, well known nationally,” adding:    He insisted he could be, but he    Senate    changes included exemp- "I’m sure Joe McCarthy never    quit, he said, because he "would    tjon    for    natural gas condensates. .__j    ihu Aforiihtmv nf th* nrn- a(jjUStments for what sponsors called "tax inequities” in oil and gas well drilling operations and in the trucking industry, striking out of a House-approved tax on merchandise stamps, and moving the effective date of the new tax rates from next month to Sept. 1. An effort to limit the new tax rates to one year was voted down. heard of this man.”    not want the credibility of the pro- Mundt said the man was inter-    ceedings to be handicapped from viewed secretly this morning by    the very outset by any alleged the Senate Investigations subcom-    w<*r£* deed or commitment that I mittee, conducting the probe.    might have uttered in the Past- Mundt said he would not say    . He told a news conference there that the man has been "tentatively    haci !)eer?, a g v°us misunder- accepted” by the Senate Investi-    standing. gâtions subcommittee, which will He said he was thinking only of conduct the inquiry, but that the McCarthy’s current row with the    w    „7-    ------  -    , man has tentatively agreed to take    Army officials when he declared    but    approval    was given    to cutting the job    last Thursday, the day he took the    the    proposed    natural gas tax    rate "We were led to believe,” Mundt    job, that he never had taken a    from 9 per cent of    market value said ‘‘that if we could tell him    stand publicly or privately on the    to 8 per cent after    one    year    and that we made a complete check subject of McCarthy or "McCar-j then to 7 per cent after two years and are completely convinced thyism.’’ (that the man is the right one for He said he was not trying to the job' he would say yes."    deny    or conceal earlier public dec- Selection of a counsel has been    larations praising McCarthy for a holding up the start of public hear-    "great job” of fighting Commu- ings voted March 16.    mists. WASHINGTON <JPL-The government announced today that another test of nuclear weapons was carried out yesterday at the Pacific proving grounds and described it as "successful.” "Information of great importance to national defense continues to be derived from this test series.” Chairman Lewis L. Strauss of the Atomic Energy Commission said in a statement. He added: "As in the previous instance in preparation for these tests the Naval and Air Force units attached to the task force carefully searched the area both visually and by radar for possible shipping.” The brief announcement did not specifically identify this test as a thermonuclear, or H-bomb, test. However, it was described as the third in the present series. The two earlier ones—on March 1 and March 26—involved H-bomb devices and this third one presumably did so also. Hearing Set Today In Loan Fraud Case Also voted down were efforts to exempt liquid hydrocarbons and to set aside one half of the state's general revenue fund surplus each year to create a water conservation fund. A hearing to determine whether the cases of seven Abilenians charged with defrauding the government should be moved from Lubbock to Abilene was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today In Fort Worth. U. S. District Judge Joseph B. Dooley set the hearing to hear arguments by Davis Scarborough, attorney for the defendants, and U. S. District Attorney Heard L. Floore who said the government would oppose the move. Defendants seeking change of venue in their cases are Raymond Thomason, Sr.; Raymond Thomason, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Monty Thomason. Helen McMurry, R. V. Davis and W. O. Havter, Jr. They are charged in indictments with making fraudulent statements in obtaining Veterans Administration housing loans Their bonds are returnable to Federal Court at Lubbock May 3. They are to be tried at Lubbock unless Judge Dooley grants the motion for the cases to be moved to Abilene. PLANNED FOR WEST ABILENE—This architect’s sketch shows how an 80-foot deep tlanted strip between North Sixth and State Sts. would separate the shopping center uildings, proposed by Arthel Henson, from the new Abilene High School, at extreme left. Plans include a barrier, such as a fence (show n on the sketch) or a hedge along the east tide of the planted strip which runs parallel to North Mockingbird Lane.THE WEATHER in* V.S. DEPARTMENT OF COM MERC« WEATHER BUREAU ABILF.NK AND VICINITY — Fair fi-cept for dust Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night; Thursday fair: cooler Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night: high Wednesday *5-90: low Wednesday night 50: hlfh Thursday 15. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudv and turning cooler this afternoon and tonight. Widely scattered thundershowers in extreme southeast portion this afternoon. Thursday fair and mild. Lowest 45-55 tonight, WEST TEXAS — Fair, windy and turn-_.g cooler this afternoon. Consider able blowing dust Fair tonight and Thursday, Cooler tonight with lowest 35-45 m Panhandle and South Plains and 45-55 else-wheie    ,    , EAST TEXAS — Partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershowers this afternoon and near the coast tonight, turning cooler tonight and extreme north portion this afternoon. Thursday mostly cloudy and cooler SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly* cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Widely scattered thundershowers m northeast portion tonight. Cooler tonight and Thursday. Fresh to locally southerly winds on the coast, shifting to northerly late tonight. TEMPERATURES Tues, P.M. 17 T30 2:30 3:30 4 30 5:30 6 30 7,30 8 30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 Wed. A M. IS 13 It m m as 10 74 78 81 t& » Sunset last night 7:02 p.m. Sunrise today 6:20 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:03 p.m. Barometer reading at 13:30 p.m. 2*10. Relative humidity at 12 30 pin. »<**. Maximum temperature for ute 24 hourt ended at 6:30 a m,*, 9«. «emnArahira Inf iha 14 kâurs ;