Abilene Reporter News, April 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas RAIN 7 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, NO. 300 AaocUted Pna (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 12, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Anti-Red Bill Sent to Shivers West Texas Gets AUSTIN (S-A bin cracking down on Communists and other subversives vent to Gov. Allan uesk today after flnal Pas- sage by both the House and Sen- ate. The Senate adopted a conference committee report on the bill writ- ing heavier penalties for convicted subversives into the state law by voice Vote. The House vote was There was half an hour debate REUNITED Reds Free Young Sons Of American FRANKFURT, Germany (ffi Romania today freed the two young sons of Valeriu C. Georgescu, a Romanian-born in the House in which opponents renewed arguments that the bill threatens constitutional freedoms. Rep. Fred Meridith. Terrell, said such arguments against the bill represented "phony exaggerations of fear of what the bill does to constitutional rights." Proponents have said the measure will help idrive Communists out of Texas. The proposed law sets up jail terms of from one to 20 years and fines up to J20.000 for convicted subversives. A joint Senate-House conference committee .got together on con- flicting versions of the bill Friday night. Proponents believed sena- tors and representatives would ac- cept the rewritten version. Red Bill Revised The Communism bill in its re- vised form reduces the appropria- tion for the internal security divi- sion of the Department of Public Safety from to It also would prevent use of the pro- posed new law in labor disputes Big hurdles faced the new money bills. They were up against "dwindling cash or cash prospects in the state treasury, plus stringent rules gov- -----------erning legislation in the closing American who had refused to be j hours of a session. -the-se Ws have been Misty-eyed, the father and sons were reunited in West Germany. It was the first time Georgescu had seen the boys since when he and his wife left Bucha- rest on a two-month visit to the United States. "As a representative of Ameri- can capital (he was president of the Standard Oil Co. of New Jer- sey in Romania) they wouldn't let me come he said, "and refused to let our sons join us." The boys are Constantin, now 19, and Peter 15, who smiled as they talked with their father. Mrs. Georgescu remained in New York. "I hardly recognized them." Georgescue said, "they have grown so much." He said the boys were allowed to leave Romania because of the help of the U. S. State Department. He said he would rather not di- vulge details. "All I want fo he said, "is that we're most grateful to those who helped us." The State Department said last May 26 that Christace Zambeti, legation first secretary of the.Ro- manian drfegatiplirtrietf to- subvert Georgescu into spying for the Com- munists. "The price for this collabora- the State Department said, "was to be the welfare" of the two ions. But Georgescu refused. After Zambeti's visit, Georgescu report- ed the incident to the State Depart- ment, which forced the recall of the Romanian diplomat. Zambeti passed by the House, and compan- ion measures were approved in a. rapid-fire session of the Senate Fi- nance Committee Saturday night. Sen. Jimmy Phillips, Angleton, who had demanded the public hear- ing, failed to show up. The com- mittee lost no time hearing a few witnesses for the measures, then shoving them out for Senate de- bate. Calendar Heavy Both houses had heavy calendars in the session's final hours. The House worked until midnight Friday to approve 58 bills, but only a few on final passage. Pft legis- lation was rammed through as most lawmakers prepared to go home and run for re-election. The 30-day session automatically ends at midnight tomorrow. Its chief work: Raising teachers and state workers pay, providing for emergency 'state buildings and finding new "money, was clean- ed up last The last-minute rush of anbUtiori- al spending came when Gov. Allan Shivers, his .'.'must" program vir- tually complete, submitted 17 new :topics fer. legislation.'" left, complaining he had been framed. A State Department spokesman said, in answer to questions, no concessions were given the Red Romanian government to obtain their freedom. All he said, were based strictly tarian grounds." on "humani- Gulf Stevedores Join AFL's Union LAKE CHARLES, La. resentatives from 11 dock workers locals In Louisiana and Texas to- day are members of a council or- ganized to operate within the AFL's new International Long- shoremen's Association. Walter R. Mayo, vice president .of the old independent ILA before he resigned after union leaders were accused of racketeering, said local representatives came from Lake Charles, Orange, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Port Neches, Tex. Walker Trial Dismissed Two criminal charges against Horace Walker, formerly of East- land, were dismissed in U. S. Dis- trict Court Monday morning and two other men were sentenced to penitentiary sentences. Receiving the sentences were Robert L. Dunnavant, 30, two years, and Louis Diaz, 19, 13 months. Dunnavant was charged with theft of a letter from U. S. mails and with'forging an endorsement to a U. S. Treasury check. The offense allegedly occurred in Wich- ita, Kan. Diai was charged with transport- ing a stolen motor vehicle across a state line. He recently received a five-year suspended sentence in 42nd District Court when a jury found him guilty as charged with statutory rape. Walker, who lives in Dallas, was charged in two indictments with using the U. S. mails to defraud. The offenses allegedly occurred in connection with his employment several years ago to collect de- linquent Eastland County taxes. re TWO ESCAPE WATERY and Mrs. R. B. Rags- dale spent more than three hours trapped in the car above with flood waters reaching halfway up the wind shield about one hour before being rescued Momfay morn- 9 MAROONED PERSONS ESCAPE ing at 4. The auto was swept off farm road 382 about eight and one-half miles east of Ballinger. (Staff Photo by David Barros) Occupants of Submerged Auto Near Winters Sought -T" _' T i' WADE Reporter-News Staff Writer WINTERS BALLTNGERj April 12 At least nine persons .narrow- ly escaped drowning when four automobiles were swept off two separate highways early Monday morning near Winters and Ballin- ger. Persons in one other car known to be completely submerged in the turbulent waters have not yet been accounted for. Seven of the nine known to have escaped were swept off Highway 53 about six and one-half miles east of Winters. Two were in autos swept off Farm Road 382 some eight miles east of Ballinger. The car carrying persons yet to be identified is trapped in the same area as the three that carried the seven persons who escaped. Persons" who were trapped and escaped were Mr. and Sirs. R. B. Ragsdale of Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Ruel Crow of Brownwood, Mr. and Mrs.' Tom Beard of Brownwood, and T. M. Martin of Brownwood. Highway patrolmen reported puli- ng two others from possible wat- ery graves, but their identity in unknown. The Ragsdales were marooned 'or more than three hours in cold waters that forced them at times o hold.their heads against the top of their car to keep from drown- ing. The Crows and Martin, riding Courthouse Work Partially Called Off AUSTIN Court of Crim- inal Appeals was asked today to set aside District Judge A. S. Broadfoot's order dissolving the Duval County grand jury and dis- charging the jury commission that named the panel. Broadfoot had taken the action declaring the commissioners "did not use duer care and diligence in selecting fair and impartial grand and petit jurors." Attorneys for the three grand jury commissioners want a writ to irohibit enforcement of Broadfoot's Harch 31 order, a mandamus com- lelling him to test the qualifica- ions of the jurors, and a writ forc- ing him to produce records they said he will not give up. Remodeling of the Taylor Coun- ty courthouse was called off Mon- day for creation a few more offices on the top floor. Commissioners discussed the pos- sibility of adding a new wing to the courthouse instead of a major ren- ovation of the present structure. County Judge Heed Ingalsbe told the commissioners that court of- ficials with whom he had discussed the renovation plans believed the remodeling would service only tem- porarily for five years, when ad- ditional space would be needed. Ingalsbe said other court officials had suggested the new wing the same width as.the present struc- ture be placed on the east side of the courthouse to take care of all the courts and to have space for a commissioners' assembly room. No date for this addition was discussed. Indications were that the new wing would be plan- ned in the indefinite future. Hufe Tittle Merkel, commission- er, and Floyd Tate, Buffalo Gap- Tuscola commissioner, wanted to know if the county would have to pay for the architect's fee on the present plans. Judge Ingalsbe said that the plans would not have to be altered to provide for about eight offices over the present high-ceil- inged district courtroom, "These rooms are needed any- the Judge said. The commissioners then agreed to ahead with flans for the in- stallation of the offices, but tb do nothing toward providing an tra district court room, county law library and re-modeling of the dis- trict judges offices. "The present emergency need can be taken care of by this ar- Judge Ingalsbe told the commissioners. The court also took the follow- Chained to Tree. Returned Gob Says It's All Good Joke EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. Wl Garrison of Denton, Tex., thinks it's'a good joke that five fraternity brothers .left him chain- ed to a tree near miles from home. "I learned to take it in the he said, laughing, after freeing himself, yesterday and only in the T-shirt, black shorts and-tennis shoes they left a nearby farmhouse. 'The boys were just having fun." The 22-year-old Garrison ex- plained he had Just finished a three-year Navy hitch and that he and hii fraternity brothers drove to Kansas City to celebrate his return to Denton's North Texai State College. ing action at the morning session: On motion of Tittle, seconded by Tate, purchased a fogging machine for Taylor County com- munities. The old one was burnt last year at Wylie. The machine will be secured from. Public Health and Equipment Co., San Antonio. Ordered printed on the minutes of the commissioners court a copy of the Senate Passed BUI which officially named Taylor County for the three Taylor boys Edward, James and George Taylor, who died in the Alamo. This instrument was adopted March 30 and signed by Ben Ramsey, Senate head. Put a 30-mile an hour speed limit on Roosevelt St., outside, the Abi- lene city limits, on the west one- half mile. This street runs from Grape westward. Accepted low bid of Tractor Parts and Equipment Co. of Abilene for a 10-ton truck shovel and truck, for a total of The shovel will cost and the truck 250, with an added for mount- ing. The shovel and truck are to be used in Commissioner Tate's Precinct. Guy Shaw was named Election Judge in Precinct No. 5 and Lee Byrd election judge in Precinct 8 for the general election pn the first Tuesday in November. The law firm told Judge' Ingalsbe that they would close their law offices on that.day to take care of that portant task. in the saine carTTeaped from their car and formed a hand-in-hand chain link and waded water waist high 'to escape being swept down current with Crow's 1951 Nash se- dan. The Ragsdales, returning to Coleman from a Sunday trip to San Angelo, were caught in wa- ter running over the highway about a. m. and swept ap- proximately 300 feet down stream. After being trapped, the Rags- dales decided to stay with the car and pray that' help would rather than take the. danger of trying to reach dry land. Mrs. Ragsdale could not swim. Three Abilene oil field workers, George Thomas, Bob Butler and Bob Foree, who were attempting to get to the South Crews Field, spotted the pair at about 4 a. m. and rescued the couple. Butler and Thomas tied a tele- phone wire that was broken down to the bumper of Thomas' car and swam out and rescued the couple. Duval's Jury Panel Wants Order Waived WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport 2.00 909 Hickory 2.04 2225 Edgemont............ 2.65 1829 South 8th 2.50 ...2418 .2J 857 EN 13th 1.55 2233 Walnut 2.80 LAKE ABILENE.......... ALBANY.................-... 1.75 ANSON 1.40 ASPERMONT 1.64 BAIRD 4.80 BALLINGER 6.21 BIG SPRING 2.00 BLACKWELL 3.75 BRECKENHIDGE 2.11 BRONTE.................... 2.05 BUFFALO GAP..............2.50 CAPS........................ 1.80 CISCO 3.00 CLAYTONVILLE 2.50 CLYDE 3.00 COLEMAN 3.50 Hord's Creek Lake 2.57 COLORADO CITY 2.05 CROSS PLAINS 3.00 EDEN.......................65 EASTLAND 1.69 FUNSTON................. 1.60 GORMAN 4.50 from the district clerk's office and HASKELL..... now holds them, refusing to per- H..... mit attorneys for the jury com- missioners to make certified cop- KNOXCITY The petition charges that Broad- foot then appropriated records HAMLIN.............. 150 .a, ................I'M 1.70 1.50 2.10 2.19 7.50 0.35 1.50 .0.85 1.20 plus 1.00 2.19 2.00 The attorneys also alleged that the court reporter of the 79th Dis- trict court of Duval County bad been ordered by Broadfoot not to make available a transcript of the proceedings or of the recording of the proceedings. They charge these actions were unlawful and ask that the order entered by Broadfoot be vacated. The action was brought in behalf of J. A. Tobin, Tyson Summy and Jose Angel Heras, members of the 4.70 The court can accept jurisdiction jnry commission and in behalf of n the three actions and set them j members of the grand jury -panel, for hearing, or it can refuse to accept them and take no further action. No immediate decision was reached. The actions were filed by attor- neys Bruce Votaw and W. J. Bald- win, Beaumont.' The 'application charges that Broadfoot headed only seven wit- nesses in his hearing in chambers and at the conclusion of the. hear- alxesl was ng entered an order discharging 104trDistrict Court Mon- thp commissioners and the juror Sheriff. Sued For A suit asking for false arrest-was opened in Judge Owen LAWN MATADOR MILES'.: MENARD MERKEL MEMPHIS MIDLAND MORAN MCCAMEY MONDAY NORTON OPLIN OVALO .t 2.00 PADUCAH 175 PUTNAM z'n RADIUM the commissioners and panel, 16 of whom were not present and had no opportunity to testify. THE WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Cloudr and rain today, tonight and possibly Tuesday: Pleasantly cool with maximum temperature toeaysSs uesrees; tow tonight, High Tuesday, 65-70. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonmht and Tuesday with scattered showers and local thunderstorms. No important temperature changes. SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST Mostly cloudy this afternoon. tonUtht and Tuesday, with scattered and thun- dershowers. TEMPERATURES SUN T. M 13 83 67 61 _________ MON. P. M. 60 SunriK testy CM m. Suuet lonldit 'Maximum temperature for 24-hour period endlnj a. m.: to. Muilmuin umperatnrt for 24-bow period endue m.: 57. SanmeUT nwlliil >t 5. m. RtUtlve humWltr at UM t. m, M fur- RANKIN s'25 RISING STAR 325 ROBERT LEE ROBY 2TTI ROTAN 3oo ROSCOE 165 ROWENA RULE 4-g SAN ANGELO 2'lO 6 Mile East 325 SEYMOUR IM STERLING sm SNYDER SONORA STAMFORD STANTON JH SWEETWATER 179 TALPA a THROCKMORTON- j TUSCOLA i'on VALERA 2 VIEW f WEINERT WINTERS 3.50 day. The suit is filed against Ed Pow- ell, Taylor County sheriff, and Lloyd Rogers, chief of police at Sweetwater. The suit was brought by Wallace T. Williams of Abilene. Williams was called as a wit- ness against Powell and Rogers Monday morning. I Theo Ash is attorney for Wil- liams. Attorneys for Powell are] Bryan Bradbury and Alex Bick-j ley. Roger is defended by Charley! Briggs of Sweetwater. I Ash said his client alleges that Powell, the Talor County arrested him in the Sweetwater: bus station. Rogers is named in the case because Williams alleged- dedicated a new S65 ohn head ly was held in his jail overnight quarters and then released. Ash said no Martin charges were made and that Wil- tor of th Mams was "released next morn- the ith no fine, no bail, no noth- done by M county jn Texas. He said the society served Crippled Children's Building Dedicated ing wit! ing." Ash said Williams would contin- ue testimony Monday afternoon. Reds in Indochina TAIPEH, Formosa ist Chinese, government news out- crippled children last year and tint the number is growing annually. Certificates of award for 25 years service in behalf of crippled ________ children. were given members at lets today carried reports that up ceremonies at the new headquar- to Communist Chinese sol- ten, Including G. A. McCullough of dlers are in the rebel Vietminhl Amarillo and Mrs. Hal Horton of area of Indochina. -'Greenville. Deluges Raise Farmers' Hope By KATHARYN DUFF Glory, Hallelujah! It finally rained in West Texas. When it did, it rained all Wink and Salt Flat on the west to Texarkana and from Junction on the south to the Panhandle. v And, it gentle 2-inch "cotton planting" rains up to 7-inch cloud bursts. More Due The rain isn't over either, the weatherman said. More is expected. The heaviest downpours came in a broad belt southwest, south and southeast of Abilene. Samples of the rain were: Miles, 4.70 to 7.50 inches. Ballinger, rain gauges overflowed at 5.50 inches; official measurement, 6.21 inches; unofficial reports, up to 7 inches. Kobert Lee, 4.70. Baird, 4.80 inches. Oplin, 4.50. Elm Creek overflowed at Ballinger, putting water over City Park and up into the park keeper's home. Highway Closed The Ballinger-Crews highway closed by high water, the Highway Patrol reported. Lake Baird was overflow- ing and water was backed up over the local road to Admiral. Water was two feet deep over the bridge near Admiral. -Motoriss were marooned east o! Winters. Rotan, which had been praying for rain, gave thanks to God this morning in a community thanks iivini. wrvice-ji t the first JBaptis Church. One tragedy .was reported from the downfall this morning. W. IT. (Bob) Burleson, 55, of Rankin was drowned when a wall of water came down a normally dry arroyo. Scattered showers fell in various >arts of West Texas Sunday af- ernoon, but the heaviest rains came during the night. At mid- morning it was slill raining, gently n most places. C. E. Sitchler, Abi- ene's chief weatherman, said the leayy, water-laden clouds are due o linger through tonight and pos- sibly Tuesday, promising more rain. Farmers Helped The rains are life-savers for 'armers and ranchers. It's a ion yet whether the moisture came n time to save the wheat crop. Host area; reported the bulk of the wheat crop is lost, but rain will rescue some. There's no doubt, though, that he slow, steady fall means mois- ure for planting cotton and feed. The official measurement in Abilene, taken at "Municipal Air- port, was 2.00 inches, but gauges vithin the city showed" up to 2.80 nches. The rain fell "lust most owns reported. Ground was soak- ed at all to farmers' and ranchers' delight. And, there was enough water to fill stock anks throughout most of West Cen- tral Texas. The downpours put several mu- nicipal lakes o'n good rises. Sweelwater's Oak Creek Reser- 'oir was up from four to five feet at mid-morning and water was still running in. Kaisep Creek and Oak >eek, both of which flow into the '.ake, were bankful about 10 a.m. officials estimated they had already gained acre feet of water. i With water still flowing into Hord's Creek Lake near Cole- man, that town already had gam- ed a six-months supply of water by midmoming, Newsman Dick Reavis reported. The lake was up three Bainiall at the lake was .gauged at 2.57 inches. Pumps Adding To Phantom City pumps on the Clear Fork of the Brazos were due to be turn- ed on shortly after noon Monday o lift flood water over into Abt- ene's Phantom Hill Lake. Curtis Harlin, water and sewer iuperintendent, said at noon today t was still too early to estimate he catch in the city's three lakes. Greeks which supply the three res- ervoirs were "running but lope'for the most water was pinned on the Clear Fork pumps. The city uses the pumps to catch flood waters. The Clear Fork was rising steadily at mid-morning, fed by runoff from heavy rains in Fish- er and Nolan Counties. Streams on the Lake Abilene ivateushed were running strong this morning. Cedar Creek, pouring into ake Kirby, was two-thirds full. Jim Creek was five to six feet deep as it entered Phantom. Harlin said that Abilene had ibout 13fe biliion gallons o! water itored in its three lakes before this rain. Based on average evapora- ion and present.consumption, this would last an estimated two and a half years, he said. Before today's catch. Phantom lill had 12.4 billion gallons of wa- er against a capacity of 24 bil- lion gallons. Lake Kirby, with a capacity of had 700 million gallons in Lake Abilene, which could hold gallons, had only XX) gallons. WEATHERMAN C. E. SITCHIA he'i toftqr ;