Abilene Reporter News, April 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas ('O '9- RAINWift Abilene 3^tJ)0rttt--jBettii EVEJVIMG VOL. LXXIII, NO. 300 Aiêociated Pm$ (AP) 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron _ABILENE,    TEXAS,    MONDAY    EVENING, APRIL 12, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Anti-Red Bill Sent to Shivers AUSTIN    —A    bill cracking down on Communists and other su^bversives went to Gov. Allan Shivers desk today after final passage by both the House and S^en- adopted a conference o" ^he bill writ-ing heavier penalties for convicted subversives into the state law by a^ voice Vote. The House vote was _    was    half    an hour debate reunited Reds Free YoungSons Of American 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 thrive Communists out of Texas. The proposed law sets up jail terms of from one to 20 years and fines up to $20,000 for convicted subversives. A joint Senate-House conference committee got together on conflicting versions of the bill Friday night. Proponents believed senators and representatives would accept the rewritten version. Red Bill Revised The Communism bill in its revised form reduces the appropriation for the internal security division of the Department of Public Safety from $87,000 to $75,000. It also would prevent use of the proposed new law in labor disputes. Big hurdles faced the new money bills. Dry West Texas Gets Rains; More Due Deluges Raise Farmers’ Hope f RANKFURT, Germany UPi — Communist Romania today freed the two young sons of Valeriu C. Georgescu, a Romanian-born ernlng legislation in American who had refused to be hours of a session. SeiTelelse    "‘"I    »ave    been Mistyped,- the father and sons I They were up against dwindling cash or cash prospects in the state treasury^^ plus stringent rules gov-the closing were reunited in West Germany. It w'as the first time Georgescu had seen the boys since 1947— when he and his wife left Bucharest on a two-month visit to the United States. “As a representative of American capital (he w’as president of the Standai^d Oil Co. of New Jersey in Romania) they wouldn’t let me come back,” he said, “and refused to let our sons join us.” The boys are Constantin, now 19, and Peter 15, W'ho smiled as they talked w'lth 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 w'ould rather not divulge details. “All I want to say,” he said, “is that we’re most grateful to those who heli>ed us.” The State Department said last May 26 that Christace Zambeti, legation first secretary of the Romanian delegatioll, tried to subvert Georgescu into spying for the Communists. “The price for this collaboration,” the State Department said, “was to be the w'elfare” of the two ions. But Georgescu refused. After Zambeti’s visit, Georgescu reported the incident to the State Department, which forced the recall of the Romanian diplomat. Zambeti left, complaining he had been framed. A State Department spokesman said, in Answer to questions, no concessions were given the Red TRomanian government to obtain their freedom. All pleas, he said, were based strictly on “humanitarian gcfiunds.” ion measures were approved in a rapid-fire session of the Senate Finance Committee Saturday night. Sen. Jimmy Phillips, Angleton, who had demanded the public hearing, failed to show up. The committee lost no time hearing a few witnesses for the measures, then shoving them out for Senate debate. 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. P^t legislation was rammed through as most lawmakers prepared to go home and run for re-election. The 39-day session automatically ends at midnight tomorrow. Its chief work; Raising teachers and state workers pay, providing for emergency state buildings and finding new tax money, was cleaned up last wtek. The last-minute rush of additional spending came when Gov. Allan Shivers, his “must” program virtually complete, submitted 17 new topics for legislation. TWO ESCAPE WATERY TRAP—Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Ragsdale 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 Moncray 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) Gulf Stevedores Join AFL's Union LAKE CHARLES. La. (if)—Representatives from li dock workers locals in Louisiana and Texas today are members of a council organized to operate within the AFL’s new International Longshoremen’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 Dismiued Two criminal charges against Horace Walker, formerly of Eastland. were dismissed in U, S. District 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 Wichita, Kan. Diaz was charged with transporting 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 delinquent Eastland County taxes. Occupants of Submerged Auto Near Winters Sought WHERE IT RAINED By HARLESS WADE Reporter-News Staff Writer WINTERS - BALLINGER, April 12 — At least nine person.s narrow'-ly escaped drowning when four automobiles w'ere swept off two separate highways early Monday morning near Winters and Ballinger. 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 W’inters. Two were in autos swept off Farm Road 382 some eight mUes 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. Person.s who were trapped and escaped were Mr. and Mrs. 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 pulling two others from possible watery graves, but their identity is unknown. The Ragsdales were marooned for more than three hours in cold waters that forced them at times to hold their heads against the top of their car to keep from drowning. The Crows and Martin, riding Courthouse Work Partially Called Off Remodeling of the Taylor County courthouse was called off Monday    —except for creation of a few more offices on the top floor. Commissioners discussed the possibility of adding a new wing to the courthouse instead of a major renovation of the present structure. County Judge Reed Ingalsbe told the commissioners that court officials with Whom he had discussed the renovation plans believed the remodeling would service only temporarily for five years, when additional space would be needed. Ingalsbe said other court officials had sugge.sted the new wing — the same width as the present structure — 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 planned in the indefinite future. Rufe Tittle, Merkel, commissioner, 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 hlgh-ceil-inged district courtroom, “These rooms are needed anyway,” the Judge said. The commissioners then agreed to go ahead with plans for the in stallation of the offices, but tb do nothing toward providing an extra district court room, county law library and re-modeling of the district judges offices. “The present emergency need can be taken care of by this arrangement,” Judge Ingalsbe told the commissioners. The court also took the follow- Chained to Tree, Returned Gob bys It's All Good Joke EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo. im —Nelson Garrison of Denton, Tex., thinks it’s a good joke that five fraternity brothers left him chained to a tree near here—460 miles from home. “I learned to take it in the Navy,” he said, laughing, after freeing him.self yesterday and walking—clad only in the T-shirt, black shorts and tennis shoes they left him—to a nearby farmhouse. “The boys were just having fun.” The 22-year-old Garrison explained he had just finished a three-year Navy hitch and that he and his fraternity brothers drove to Kansas City to celebrate his return to Denton’s North Texas State College. ing action at the morning session: On motion of Tittle, seconded by Tate, purchased a $859,50 fogging machine for Taylor Ciounty communities. 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 Bill 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 ^mile an hour speed limit on Roosevelt St., outside the Abi-le.ne city limits, on the west one-half mile. This street runs from Grkpe westward. Accepted low bid of Tractor Parts and Equipment Co. of Abilene for a 10-ton truck shovel and truck, for a total of $14,355. The shovel will cost $9,855 and the truck $4,-with an added $250 for mounting. 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 Uiat day to take care of that important task. in the same car, leaped 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 sedan. The Ragsdales, returning to Coleman from a Sunday trip to San Angelo, w'ere caught in water running over the highway about 12:30 a. m. and swept approximately 300 feet down stream. After being trapped, the Ragsdales decided to stay with the car and pray that help would arrive, 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 telephone wire that was broken down to the bumper of Thomas’ car and swam out and rescued the couple. Duvars Jury Panel Wants Order Waived AUSTIN ii«—The Court of Criminal Appeals w'as asked today to set aside District Judge A. S. Broadfoot’s order dissolving the Duval County grand jury and discharging the jury commission that named the panel. Broadfoot had taken the action declaring the commissioners “did not use due care and diligence in selecting fair and impartial grand and petit jurors.” Attorneys for the three grand jury commissioners want a writ to prohibit enforcement of Broadfoot's March 31 order, a mandamus compelling him to test the qualifications of the jurors, and a writ forcing him to produce records they said he will not give up. The petition charges that Broadfoot then appropriated records from the district clerk’s office and now holds them, refusing to permit attorneys for the jury commissioners to make certified copies.    • The attorneys also alleged that the court reporter of the 79th District court of Duval County had^ _______ been ordered by Broadfoot not to 'memphTs ."      o 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 ABII.ENE Municipal Airport ......... 2.00 909 Hickory ................ 2.04 2225 Edgemont ............ 2.65 1829 South 8th ............. 2.50 2418 North 18th ............ 2.15 857 EN 33th  ............ 1.55 2233 Walnut ............... 2.80 LAKE ABILENE .......... 2:00 ALBANY .................... 1.75 ANSON ...................... 1.40 ASPERMONT ................ 1.64 BAIRD .................... 4.80 BALLINGER ................ 6.21 BIG SPRING ................ 2.00 BLACKWELL ............... 3.75 BRECKENRIDGE  ........... 2.11 BRONTE .................... 2.05 BUFFALO GAP..............2.50 CAPS ........................ 1.80 CISCO ....................... 3.00 CLAYTONVILLE ............ 2.50 CLYDE ...................... 3.00 COLEMAN .................. 3.50 Hold’s Creek Lake ........ 2.37 COLORADO CITY .......... 2.05 CROSS PLAINS ............. 3.00 EDEN .......................65 EASTLAND ................. 1.69 FUNSTON .................. 1.60 GORMAN .................... 4    50 HAMLIN ..................... 1    50 HASKELL.................... 1.10 HERMLEIGH ................ 170 KNOX CITY..................1.50 LAWN ..................  2.10 MATADOR  ............... 2.19 miles ................ 4.70    -    7.50 MENARD  ................. 0    35 MERKEL .......   1.50 85 By KATHARYN DUFF Glory, Hallelujah! It finally rained in West Texas. When it did, it rained all over—from Wink and Salt Flat on the west to Texarkana and from Junction on the south to the Panhandle. And, it poured—from 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. Robert 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 was closed by high water, the Highway Patrol reported. Lake Baird was overflowing 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 of Winters. Rotan, which had been praying for rain, gave thanks to C*od this morning in a community thanks- MIDLAND ...........   1.20 MORAN ................ 2    -    plus MCCAMEY .............. 1    00 MUNDAY ................ ’    219 NORTON ................”■    2 00 OPLIN .................. "    4^0 OVALO....................::.2:òo PADUCAH ............. 1    75 The court can accept jurisdiction jury commission and in behalf of in the three actions and set them 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 attorneys Bruce Votaw and W. J. Baldwin, Beaumont. The ‘application charges that Broadfoot headed only seven witnesses in his hearing in chambers and at the conclusion of the hearing entered an order discharging the commissioners and the juror Jose Angel Heras, members of the, PUTNAM .    ...... o 75  ----.    .c    radium .. .'.V.V.V..........150 RANKIN ............ ..... 3 25 Sheriff Sued For$12,000 RISING STAR ........Ì oì ROBERT LEE ...............4 70 ROBY.............;;;....... ROTAN .....    Von ROSCOE ............V.V"“'    iS ROWBNA ............. ..... 4 RULE ..................V.V    1I5 SAN ANGELO .......  1.36    « 2.10 6 Mile Ea.st    .........    ^ 91? SEYMOUR  ....... ....... ; « A suit asking $12,000 for false STERLING .........’V.VV’.' arrest was    opened    in    Judge    Owen    SNYDER ..............  V70 Thomas’    104th    District    Court    Mon-    SONORA ...........1 25 ine uuiiiimssiuiicio anw    , Sv‘ The suit is tUed against Ed Pow and had no opportunity to testify.    county    sheritt,    and THE WEMHER ABILENE AND VICINITY — Cloudy and rain today, tonight and possibly Tuesday: pleasantly cool with maximum temperature today 60-65 degrees; low tonight. 55-60. High Tuesday, 65-70. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS:— Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday with scattered showers and local thunderstorms. No important temperature changes. SOUTH CENTRAL AND EAST TEXAS:— Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, with scattered shower* and thundershowers. TEMPERATURES at SUN P. M. «3    ..... .MON. P. M. , 60 .. 1:30    ........ 83      2:30    ............ 60 80      3:30    ............ 60 67      4:30    ............ 60 68      5:30    ............ 60 69      6:30    ............ M 66      7:30    ............ 58 64      8:30    ............ 57 63      9:30    ........... 58 63      10:30    ............ 59 63      11:30    ............ 60 61      12:30    ............ 60 Sunrise today 6:14 a. m. Sunset tonight 7:06 p. m. Maximum temperature for 24-hour period ending 6:30 a. m.: 85. Minimum temperature tor 24-bour period ending 6:30 s. m.; 57. Barometer reading at 12:30 p. m. 21.44. Relative humidity at 12:30 p. m, 95 Per* cent. Lloyd Rogers, chief of police Sweetwater. The suit was brought by Wallace T. Williams of Abilene. Williams was called as a witness against Powell and Rogers Monday morning. Theo Ash is attorney for Williams. Attorneys for Powell are Bryan Bradbury and Alex Bick-ley. Roger is defended by Charley Briggs of Sweetwater. Ash said his client alleges that Powell, the Talor County sheriff, arrested him in the Sweetwater bus station, Rogers is named in for STAMFORD ..    o'ox STANTON  VV.......... ffr SWEETWATER ... ........ J 7« talpa ....... ..... THROCKMORTON‘VV!  ion TUSCOLA  ..... ....... 2^ Mvintt aerviee at the First Baptist I Church. One tragedy was reported from the downfall thJ.s morning. W. IJ. (Bob) Burleson, 55, of HanJtin was 1 drowned when a wall of wafer | came down a normally dry arroyo. 1 Scattered showers fell in various parts of West Texas Sunday afternoon, but the heaviest rains came during the night. At midmorning it was still raining gently in most places. C. E. Sitchler, Abilene’s chief weatherman, said the heavy, water-laden clouds are due to linger through tonight and possibly Tuesday, promising more rain. Farmers Helped The rains are life-savers for farmers and ranchers. It’s a question yet whether the moisture came in time to .save the wheat crop. Most areas reported the bulk of the wheat crop is lost, but rain will rescue some. There’s no doubt, though, that the slow, steady fall means moisture for planting cotton and feed. The official measurement in Abilene, taken at Municipal Air-I>ort, was 2.00 inches, but gauges within the city showed up to 2.80 inches. The rain ieii "just right,” most towns reported. Ground was soaked at all points, much to farmers’ and ranchers’ delight. And. there was enough water to fill stock tanks throughout most of West Central Texas. The downpours put several municipal lakes on good rises. Sweetwater’s Oak Creek Reservoir was up from four to five feet at mid-morning and water was still running in. Kaisep Creek and Oak Creek, both of which flow into the lake, were bankful about 10 a.m. City officials estimated they had already gained 4,371 acre feet of water. With water still flowing Into Hord’s Creek Lake near Coleman, that town already had gained a six-months supply of water by mldmomlng, Newsman Dick Reavis reported. The lake was up three feet. Rainfall at the lake was gauged at 2.57 inches. Pumps Adding More Waler To Phantom City pumps on the Clear Fork of the Brazos were due to be turned on shortly after noon Monday to lift flood water o%'er into Abilene’s Phantom Hill Lake. Curtis Harlin, water and sewer superintendent, said at noon today it was still too early to estimate the catch in the city’s three lakes. Creeks which supply the three reservoirs were “running good,” but hope 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-raoming. fed by runoff from heavy rains in Fisher and Nolan Counties. Streams on the Lake Abilene wateo.shed were running strong this morning. Cedar Creek, pouring into Lake Kirby, W’as two-thirds full. Elm Creek was five to six feet deep as it entered Phantom. Harlin said that Abilene had about 13^2 billion gallons of water stored in its three lakes before this rain. Based on average evaporation and present consumption, this would last an estimated two and a half years, he said. Before today’s catch. Phantom Hill had 12.4 billion gallons of w'a-ter against a capacity of 24 billion gallons. Lake Kirby, with a capacity of 2,850,000,000, had 700 million gallons in storage.. Lake Abilene, which could hold 3,2^,-000,000 gallons, had only 550,000,-000 gaOoHS. VALERA ......... ....... VIEW............... If. WEINERT ....... ....... WINTERS .....  ^ 2 - 3.50 Crippled Children's Building Dedicated DALLAS Uf)—The Texas Society the case because WUliams aUeged- 'dedicaM'”'? mw‘’'$65,0w’‘he‘'aY. ly was held in his jail overnight quarters    -»w.uw    neao- and then released. Ash said no Martin charges were made and that Williams was “released next morning with no fine, no bail, no nothing.” Ash said Williams would continue testimony Monday afternoon. Ricker, executive director of the society, said the headquarters will head up the work done by 95 county affUiates in Texas. He said the society served 4,627 crippled children last year and that the number is growing annually. Certificates of award for 25 years service in behalf of crippled given members at Reds In Indochina TAIPEH, Formosa if)—Nationalist Chinese government news out- children were lets today carried reports that up ceremonies at the new headquar-to 100,000 Communist Chinese sol- ters, including G. A. McCuHougb of diers are in the rebel Vietminhi Amarillo and Mrs. Hal Horton of area of Indochina.    >    Greenville. WEATHERMAN C. E. SITCHUX ... he’s all smiles today ;