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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               WINDY; SHOWERS Abilene Reporter ''WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, NO. 298 Aaociated Prat (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 10, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5C, SUNDAY IOC 'LIFER' WENT STRAIGHT World Crumbles for Texas Free 18 Years TOLEDO, Ohio Columbus Howard Bennett worked hard as house painter during his past 18 years as a Toledo resident. His wife said the slight, grey- haired man was a fine husband and a wonderful father to their children. The 59-year-old painter's only recorded scrape with the law was a traffic summons for having no muffler on his automobile. But last March 25. Bennett's 14- year-old son admired a S15 toy fire-engine. That started1 the paint- er's world crumbling, and last Eight his world fell apart. Police say .the to his family and neighbors only as really Christopher Co- lumbus Howard Hair, who escaped from a Huntsville, Texas, peniten- tiary where he was serving a life term as a habitual criminal. Inspector Anthony A. Bosch said Bennett admitted he escaped from the Texas prison in 1936, and that he had successfully deceived his family about his past. In tears, Bennett was quoted as telling po- lice: "I swore to myself I never would do anything to disgrace my won- derful wife and our children. And now it all came tumbling down." Bennett first came to the atten- tion of authorities two weeks ago. He was out driving with one of his sons. While Bennett was get- ting water for his car's radiator, the boy noticed the toy red fire- engine on a sidewalk nearby. A man poked his head out of a house and yelled that the boy was steal- ing the engine. Bennett's boy dropped the toy and ran to the car. Bennett drove off, but the angered man took down his license number and noti- fied police about what he thought was an attempted theft. Detectives called at Bennett's home, and after questioning the father and son, booked Bennett on a charge of contributing to the de- linquency of a. minor. Police recorded and circulated Bennett's fingerprints as a matter of routine. Last night, they re- ceived a telegram from Texas au- thorities describing Bennett's prints as those of Hair, who was given the life sentence after a series of burglaries. Drizzles Fall Downstate; West Called'Dust Bowl' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Light rain and drizzle moved to. East and South Central Texas Sat- urday. The rains that pounded the Rio Grande Valley Friday slacked off. High winds, some up to hurri- cane force, whipped spots of the Valley. Rains ranged up to 11 Inches at Donna and nearby Ala- mo Between 25 and 40 homes were damaged. Water ran from 8 to 10 inches deep over miles of Valley high- ways and high waters forced the closing of school at Edeouch-Elsa. The reservoir backed up behind Falcon Dam on the Rio Grande rose a foot, and more water was expected. While the Rio Grande Valley re- joiced over rain, West Texaxs could point only to scattered showers. A U.S. Soil Conservation official termed a huge portion of West Texas of dust bowl status. E. A. Norton of the Soil Con- servation Service said in an inter- PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Stork Brings Third Set Of Twins in Three Years SALEM, Ohio sets of twins in 3% years! That's now tfie record read after Mrs. Raymond Salter, 24, gave birth at Centra! Clinic here Thurs- day to Joe Jay, 5 pounds, ounces, and Joy Kay, a half-ounce lighter. "I Wasn't at all said Mrs. Salter. "I just figured that with my luck I'd have twins again." Cowboys Plan '54 Reunion At Stamford STAMFORD, April 10 Pioneer cowboys here are looking forward to the Texas Cowboy Reunion and officials are busy with plans for the Stamford occasion although it is almost three months July 1. 2, 3 and 5. Each year, between 400 and 500 old timers of the range gather to greet former associates, swap stories, do some square dancing and domino playing and eat chuck- wagon fare. The sprier ones com- pete in the old timers' calf-roping contest. Some bring bedrolls and sleep out under the sky. The early- day cowboys are guests at the big rodeo which is a feature of the reunion. Quite an elaborate plant has been constructed since the reunions began back in 1930 Roundup Hall, scene of a nightly square dance; the Pavilion, where more modern dances are presented each night; the Bunkhouse, where busi- ness sessions of the Texas Cow- boy Reunion Association are held; the chuckwagon area where visitors are fed. Then there is a sparkling lake, a guest bouse and the rodeo arena and grandstand, with a seating capacity of approx- imately W. G. Swenson of Stamford manager of the SMS Ranch, is president-manager of the Texas Cowboy Reunion, which Is host to the cowboys and produces the ro- deo. Otto F. Jones of Colorado City, manager of the Spade Ranch, is president of the old-time Cow- boys' association. To be eligible for membership, a man must have been a cowboy who worked on the range at least 35 years ago. The annual celebration is a four- day affair, climaxing on the Fourth, but as that date falls on Sunday this year, there will be no rodeo that day but there will be afternoon and night performances on July 5, with night performances on the first three days. Attorneys to Set Aianix Trial Date BROWNWOOD (fi Attorneys met today to set the trial date for Nago Alaiiiz, Alice attorney charged in the "mistake" slaying of Jacob S. (Buddy) Floyd Jr., In Alice in 1952. The attorneys were scheduled to eonfer with 35th Dist. Judge A. 0. Newman. Alanlz, now free on bond, Is charged with murder and to murder. All her twins are boy-girl com- binations. The first, John 'Henry and Su Lin, were born Oct. 9 1950, Last May 4, Penny Lou and Paul Lee arrived. It counts up to a Salter family of 10, for there are also Raymond Jr., 6, and Jet Ann 5. Shirley Has Baby SANTA MONICA, Calif. mer child star Shirley Temple of the movies, now Mrs. Charles Black, has given birth to her third child. Her second daughter was born last night 'by Caesarean section. The Blacks have a son, Charles Jr., 2. A daughter, Susan, 6, was born to Mrs. Black by John Agar, whom she divorced in 1949.. Come in, Please MCALESTER, Okla., W "Pa, you better get the elderly woman told her husband last night. "There's somebody in the living room.'' him- self from a deep sleep and found a strange automobile in the house. The automobile, driven by Georg" York, 23, missed a curve and demolished part of the four- room frame home. York was hospi- talized with undetermined injures. "I thought the world was coming to an said Ferguson. 50-Year Bargain CHICAGO S70 suit Alfred F. Arndt, 68. got from clothier Max Hyman sealed a bargain they had made 50 years ago. Arndt, as a youth of 18, had com- plained to Hyman for charging him S15 for a suit back in 1904. "Come back in 50 years and I'll give you one Hyman told him. Arndt. one of Hyman's steady customers, was at the store yes- terday to hoid Hyman to his bar- gain. Hyman. now in his 80s. re- membered and invited Arndt to pick out a S70 suit for free. "It would have been in Arndt told Hyman. "Come back in 50 years and we'll do it Hyman told his fa- vorite customer. view at Amarillo that a great slice of Texas from Western Lub- bock County south to Midland County and northwest to Tucum- cari, N.M., had reached dust bowl status. The new dust bowl area is gen- eraUy south of the old dust bowl region of the 1930s. Two Gashn Carved Norton also said: 1. Drought and high winds have carved two great gashes from the fertile soil of the Southern Great Plains. 2. Ruined fields in a six-state area total square miles. 3. Damage to 16 million acres in the six-state region is so great as to reduce the future productiv- ity of the land. Another soil conservation man, H. N. Smith of Temple, said a million acres of rangeland were heavily damaged and three million acres of cropland were in such shape that the land should be re- seedcd with grass and used only for-grazing purposes.- The conservationists listed as most severely drought damaged the following Texas counties: Bailey, Cochran, Hockley, Yoa- kum, Terry, Dawson, An- drews, Martin, the southwest two- thirds of Lamb, west half of Lynn, west fourth of Lubbock, north half of Midland, north quarter of Ector, and west fourth of Howard. Rain 80 Per Cent Off "Meanwhile, in Austin, the State Board of Water Engineers reported that Texas .rainfall was only one- fifth of normal in March. Water storage, the engineers said, de- creased in six of the state's nine major reservoirs. No McCarthy Man ALBUQUERQUE Uft-A. "wanted to rent" ad in the classified section of Albuquerque's Journal and Tri- bune Friday gave this information: "Single gentleman, 39, just moved here, seeks room in cultured home that would ordinarily not take roomers. For sake of peace, prefer family opposed to Senator McCarthy." Interested parties were asked to write Albuquerque Publishing Co., Box A-13. If Might Bain, but Stress the 'Might' It might rain in Abilene Satur- day afternoon or night. The weatherman said Saturday morning there was a "slight chance for he stressed the "slight." If the day's heat builds up mois- ture in clouds, rain may come. Another chance is a cold front coming to Abilene from the north- west, from Amarillo. The front won't drop tempera- tures much; but it may cause a Rogers Runs Again BORGER Walter Rog- ers of Pampa filed for re-election yesterday from the 18th (Panhan- dle) District. BIGGEST ARREST IN LONG TIME City hall haa a taste the Old West early Saturday morn- ing. A sorrel horse was seen tied outside the police station. Police picked up the animal on Pine St. late Friday night and hauled it to the station. It was later transferred to the city barn. Police said Sat- urday they thought the animal had already been claimed. Judge Orders Railroad Foes To Tell Secrets NEW YORK, W) A State Su- preme Court justice has ruled that rival groups fighting for control of the vast New York Central rail- road must exchange certain infor- mation they sought to withhold from each other. The two groups one beaded j by Robert R. Young and the other; by Central president William White must answer pre-trial questions each had sought to avoid. Judge Samuel di Falco decided yesterday. The questions stem from a suit filed by Young to prevent present directors of the Central from using railroad funds to fight Young's bid for stockholder support. He asked the court to declare it improper for the Central to hire a public re-1 lations firm and a proxy soliciting j UNITEB NATIONS, N. Y. IB- organization. Senator Fights Late Money Bills West Backs Arms Talks; Reds Wail Later a spokesman for Young said the complaint would be recent U. S. hydrogen bomb tests injecting a "new note ur amended to include a charge that gency." the West today was solidlj the Central wrongly used its cm- behind a proposal for private talks ployes to solicit g Big Four and Canada Young seeks to oust the present] directors at the. stockholders' an-1on world disarmament. Russia nual meeting on May 26 and have' asked for time to study the pian a new board elected with himself The dramatic proposal to take as chairman. such arms discussions out of the In connection with the suit, Young asked the right to question The UAT. The Central replied to Young's Sjon Disarmament Commis suit, saying it was obliged to Keep stockholders informed about the is- sues and show why it felt a victory for Young would be harmful to their best interests. The railroad also sought to question 
                            

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