Abilene Reporter News, April 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas ¡'2 -V - S-U, FAIR Wi)t smilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 303 May Oil Ration Slashed AUSTIN F—The Railroad Commission today ordered the state oil allowable for May slashed 192,-915 barrels per day, placing the' permissive flow at 2,903,341 barrels daily. The big cut will result from one less producing day in May for both statewide and East Texas field. The flow schedule will be on a 17 day pattern.    * The cutback came after a 45 minute statewide proration hearing which produced a minimum of testimony from the industry. All but three of the big oil purchasers were in agreement with the 17 day •chedule set by the commission. National Stocks Early Chairman Ernest O. Thompson quoted statistics showing national stocks of crude had jumped 6,613,-000 barrels in the last four weeks to total 268,547,000 barrels. He noted that gasoline stocks are still high at 179,674.000 barrels. The commission issued a statement based on reports from refiners showing that a majority considered their stocks of gasoline satisfactory. Ralph Dietler, Tulsa, board chairman of Stanolind Oil Purchasing Co., was the only purchasing representative who elaborated on the number of producing days he considered desirable. The first to advocate 17 days for May, Dietler said the statistics read by Thompson “indicate to us that from the nearly ideal position in which the industry found itself on the first of March, we have deteriorated very badly.’’ Hope Stocks Reduce “It is time to stop, look and listen,” said Dietler. “We would recommend no more than 17 days in May and hope that perhaps gasoline stocks will be reduced in the early months of the consuming season.” Companies favoring the 17 day pattern were Stanolind. Humble, Magnolia, Shell, Texas, Cities Service. Continental, and Tidewater. Sun Oil advocated 19 days; Sinclair and Gulf, 18. H. P. Nichols, Tyler, speaking for the East Texas Oil and Gas Assn., wanted 18 days for the East Texas field. Fields on less than the statewide schedule in May will be Pantex, 16 days; Pickton, 9; Kelley-Snyder, 15; and Sandusky, 13. Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 15; 1954 —TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c FRANKFURTERS IN FRANKFURT — Lovely Beverly Pack, 20-year-old Maid of Cotton from El Paso, samples weiner at Frankfurt’s Rhein-Main airport following her arrival there Sunday to appear in West German fashion shows. Ike to Open Tax Books To Aid Housing Probe Judge Denies Estep Motion for Acquittal Without hearing argument from i Act of 1933. These counts state government attorneys, Judge T. that Estep “did unlawfully, wilful-1 Whitfield Davidson denied a .de- ly, knowingly and feloniously make fense motion for acquittal at noon use of U. S. mails to sell certain Thursday in the trial of William securities. . .there not being in ef-Estep.    feet    a registration statement as Defense attorney Howard Dailey to the securities.” offered the motion for acquittal im- The last piece of evidence of-mediately after the government fered by the government before rested its case at 11:35 a.m. Judge Davidson excused the jury from the courtroom before the motion was offered. it rested its case was a certification from the Securities and Exchange Commission showing that Estep never registered the stock of After hearing Dailey’s arguments Atomotor Manufacturing Co., Inc., on two motions submitted, Judge with that federal agency. Davidson announced, “I believe we will submit both issues of the law to the jury.” Dailey contended that the government had failed to make out a case on any of the mail fraud counts in the indictment against Estep. A second motion pertained Government witnesses who testified Thursday morning were J. B. Dalton of 1142 Mulberry St., owner of Abilene Machine Co.; J. Willis Gunn, assistant vice president of Republic National Bank in Dallas; Emery C. Swogger, mechanl- to counts of the indictment which'    J1?J*?“ n^‘Lcrarft allege violations of the Securities • »’ Grand Prairie, and H. G. s    Erickson,    director    of    engineering Airmen Building Emergency Water Line to Abilene AFB About 50 airmen from Wolters Air Force Base were laying an emergency water pipeline from Abilene to Abilene Air Force Base Thursday. The invasion-type, above-the-ground water pipeline was expected to be completed early Friday. The engineering detail began work Wednesday afternoon and were due to complete the project in less than two days. The six-inch line is strictly an emergency measure, W. P. (Dub) Wright, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce national defense committee said. The committee had asked Col. Elliott, commander of the Air Force engineers at Wolters, to alleviate the critical water shortage at the air base here by constructing the emergency line, Wright said. The new line will add 300 gal- MORE CHECKS SLATED Uranium in Strawn Coal Mine? Geiger Counter Says It Is the ' mining was shut down in the 1920s. con- Cole said he was with an inde- EASTLAND, April 15. IP—j Cole said more tests for “Uranium ” the magic word to atom-age metal are being ducted today and if sufficient    show pendent geologist when the    first modern Pmfmtora»««Pt £ pre5ent. Specimens will he rush- test was made. today with’    a ranch« a announce-    ed ,0 a 1 s- government    labor-j The rancher said the geologist mem that some ore from    an »ban-    at°7 Ior ,'inal ,anal-vsis;    _ . told hint ' there is bound to    be cloned coal    mine showed    positive1 The rock that caused the    Geig- j some uranium there.” The    ques- on a Geiger counter check. er counter to “cut-up” came from tion unanswered as yet, the ranch-C C Cole a rancher in the dump of the old Mount Mar-jer said, is whether precious metal Strawn community of Palo Pinto ion coal mine, one-half mile south- is there in commercial quantities, county, told the Strawn Tribune west of Strawn, Cole said.    The rocks tested came from the that a geologist’s Geiger counter j The abandoned pit is one of four; depths of the abandoned coal pit, “sure cut-up over some of these formerly operated by the Strawn rocks.”    I    Coal    Co.,    in    the    early    1900s. Coal 14-YEAR OLD DIES Burns Finally Win Out In Battle With Rule Girl HASKELL, April 15. (RNS)— Mary Sulema Rodriguez, 14, of Rule, lost her battle for life Thursday. She died at 3 a.m. in Haskell Hospital from second and third degree burns over 80 per cent of her body. For more than a month, since March 9, she clung to life, fighting what doctors called “tremendous odds.” Her physician told the Reporter-News that he “had never seen burns so deep on a child.” She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rodriguez of Rule. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Gauntt Funeral Home of Rule. Mary and two brothers, Linito, 12, and Audelio, 9, were burned March 9 when an oil cook stove exploded in their farm home five miles north of Rule. Linito is still in Haskell Hospital, where he is in “satisfactory” condition. The 14-year-old girl was filling the stove when flames caught her clothing on fire. Her mother suffered deep hand burns as she attempted to beat out the flames enveloping the girl and two boys. The entire house was destroyed. Four other children escaped injury. the rancher said. BULL STARTLES NORTH-SIDERS A Brahman bull s break for freedom this morning ended in a quick trip to a packing house. The bull rammed his way out of a trailer on the east end of North Seventh St. as he neared the Abilene Livestock Auction where he was to be sold. He rambled about a mile and a half through Abilene streets before he was finally roped by Alton Faulks at North 15th and Cypress Sts. He was promptly carted back to the livestock auction and sold to a packing house. Left behind were many surprised Northsiders who couldn't believe it when they saw the wandering Brahman. “I just saw a Brahman bull at North 13th and Walnut,” said one tipster who telephoned the newspaper. “And, honest, I’m not drunk.” Ions per minute to the air base supply. The City of Abilene last Friday awarded a contract for a 16-incn permanent line from a 20-inch main near the Buffalo Gap Road and South 27th St. to the air base. But City Manager Austin P. Hancock said this line will not be completed until June 1 or 15. The emergency line will be removed when the permanent line is completed. The engineers’ pipeline is of very light construction and is all above ground except for road crossings, where the pipe is being buried. For the airmen, it is a training maneuver, but will alleviate a water shortage that could have slowed construction at the air base, Wright said. The new 16-inch pipeline will add 1,400-1,500 gallons of water per minute to the air base supply. Previously the base has received water from a 12-inch main that dwindled to 10 inches and later to eight inches before reaching the base, Hancock said. Rain alleviated the condition at the air base temporarily, Wright said. Without the new pipeline, however, water needs would have been as great as before the rain within a week — unless more rain fell. Much of the work has been halted because of the rain, but is due to resume now. The temporary pipeline was connected to an Abilene main at the intersection of Danville and Hartford Sts. In West Elmwood West. The visiting airmen are bivouacked at the air base. Airman Injured In Tractor Fall Daniel R. Radcliff, airman from Wolters Air Force Base at Mineral Wells, was injured Thursday about 7 a.m. at Tye. Radcliff was riding ft tractor when he turned too short, and fell off the tractor, which ran over him, according to a police report. He was brought to Hendrick Memorial Hospital by Capt. Harry G. Mundt, Radcliff’s commanding officer. Radcliff received injuries to his right shoulder and head. INDOCHINA CALLED DISASTER for Temco Dalton, Swogger and Erickson all said from the stand that they told Estep the machine he wanted them to help build would not work. Dalton said he worked on the project about two months and that tests on the engine resulted in failure. He related that Estep told him Temco got “remarkable results” in the work they had done on the engine. However, Dalton added that when he later went to the Temco plant with Estep he learned they had also been unsuccessful. Dalton testified he refused to sign an affidavit at Estep's urging to the effect that the machine, when completed would be worth $40.000 I to $50,000. He said Estep told him he wanted this affidavit to show his clients and interested persons. Erickson testified that he was unable to get any of the 75 engineers at Temco to work on the atomotor “without coercion because they didn’t want to have anything to do with it.” Temco employed an outside person, Swogger, to work on the machine. Swogger said that when he was shown a machine he told Estep it would not work and repeated this opinion ‘“after I had worked out the system the best I could.” Gunn denied that he had sent Estep to see a patent attorney, as earlier witnesses had testified Estep had told them. Gunn said he refused Estep’s suggestion to buy stock in Atomotor Mfg. Co. and rejected a proposal that he be made president of the company. Opened Phone Book The Dallas banker said Estep asked him about a patent attorney and that he merely opened a telephone book and showed him the patent attorneys listed in Dallas. On direct testimony under U. S. District Attorney Heard Floore, Gunn said he questioned Estep about the checks made out to Atomotor Mfg. Co. which he was depositing to his personal bank account. Cross - examining Gunn, Defense Attorney Maury Hughes asked, “It wasn’t any of your business if he kept his money in a cigar box, was it” Gunn replied that a federal banking law prohibited the mixing of company and personal funds In the same bank account. Funds in Own Account Government evidence offered Wednesday indicated that Estep had placed corporation funds in his personal bank account and had then written checks on the account to pay personal expenses, including mortgage and automobile payments, residential gas and water bills. GOOI) OLD DAYS?—A spin in this ancient wicker buggy failed to enchant 19-month-old Carolyn Miller, but to grandfather, John W. Hedberg of Minneapolis, it represented a long-time desire. Hedberg bet his children he would give their children a ride in the buggy, which once carried Hedberg’s wife. SECRET QUIZ SLATED Army Counsel Fires One of Legal Aides WASHINGTON UR — Frederick G. Fisher, 6ne of the special lawyers picked to help the Army In drawing of the j its flaming row with Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), is out of the job because of former membership in the National Lawyers Guild. J. N. Welch, chief of the battery of lawyers retained by the Army Dulles Home. 'Satisfied SYRACUSE, N.Y. Secretary of State Dulles returned to the United States today and said he was “well satisfied” with the results of his talks in London and Paris on Indochina. He added that he believed the Geneva conference would advance the cause of freedom in Southeast Asia. Dulles termed the Indochina War and the general situation in Asia a “disaster.” “This disaster would be compounded if Indochina were lost,” he said. Dulles read a statement to newsmen on his arrival at the Syracuse Airport from Paris en route to his hideaway retreat on Duck Island in Lake Ontario. He said a more serious disaster “can be prevented if the free nations are united—that unity of purpose depends on full understand ing. Dulles said the possibility of a 10-nation alliance similar to NATO, proposed for the Southeast Pacific, “has been enhanced by my talks.” The proposed alliance would aim to stem Communist expansion in Indochina and the rest of Southeast Asia. Dulles discussed the matter this week in London with British Foreign Secretary Eden and with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault in Paris. Dulles said “our common purpose” was set forth in joint statements issued after each of those talks. He pointed out that Thailand already had agreed to participate in the proposed 19-nation alliance and added “now President Magsaysay of the Philippines has indicated acceptance in principle.” Dulles said he believed the proposed 19-nation alliance would head off Communist ambition to control Southeast Asia. He declined to answer any questions and said “I now have another very important engagement.” He referred to his visit to his Lake Ontario retreat before going to Washington and returning to Paris early next week. He left for Main Duck Island in a two-engine amphibian aircraft, piloted by Richard K. Benson of Chaumont, N.Y. Mrs. Dulles accompanied the secretary. In Paris, American sources conceded formal negotiations for the proposed alliance probably could get underway before the Geneva conference on the Far East, scheduled to open April 26. State Department aides in Washington said “working parties” would be set up within a few days to chart specific steps toward forming the UDited front in the shortest possible time. Dulles was reported anxious to get talks on the Pacific pact started as soon as possible to help counter any expansionist ambitions the Russians and Communist Chinese might bring to Geneva. Britain’s opposition Labor party split wide open over possible British participation. Aneurin Bevan, fiery leader of the faction’s left wing, quit the party’s high command group because its moderate leadership had not opposed the project. British observers figured most of his followers would join him in the revolt against former Prime Minister Clement Attlee, the party’s leader. In France, already almost over her head in the Indochina war, the proposed alliance seemed likely to stir little heavy opposition except from the Communists. Indian newspapers bitterly criticized the Dulles-Eden-Bidault proposal as a blow to any chances of progress at the Geneva conference. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT of commerce WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Fair thii afternoon, tonight and Friday. High temperature today, about 80 degrees; low tonight, 55; high Friday, 75-80. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Partly cloudy, showers and local thunderstorms east aad south this afternoon and southeast portion tonight. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy, scattered showers and local thunderstorms lower Pecos Valley eastward this afternoon. Cooler tonight. EAST TEXAS — Cloudy, thundershowers this afternoon and tonight and In south portion Friday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers this afternoon, tonight and Friday. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M.    Thurs.    A    M, 70 ............ 1 30 ............ 66 73      2:30      68 73      3:30      65 74      4:30      65 74      5:30      64 71      6:30      «4 69      7:30      65 67 ............ 8 30 ............ «7 67 ............ 9:30      70 67      10:30      71 67      11:30      72 67       12:30      73 Sunrise today 6:11 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:08 p.m. Maximum temperature for 24-hour period ending 6:30 a.m.: 75. Minimum temperature for 24-hour period ending 6:30 a.m.: 63. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.04. | Relative humidity »t 13:30 p.m. 46%. Abilenian Dies After Accident On Tractor Frederick D. Cummings, 43, died Thursday at 4:10 a.m. of tetanus contracted when he was injured a week ago while plowing a yard at North 18th and Walnut Sts. Mr. Cummings was operating a small yard tractor equipped with a revolving spader in the yard of the J. O. Brown home at the time of the accident. He had almost finished the yard when the tractor tipped over, catching his leg and mangling it. Nobody was at the house at the time, but Mr. Cummings managed to get his leg free, and crawled half a block to the Bud Crow Wrecking Yard for help. He was taken to St. Ann from there. Mr. Cummings worked on contract for F. D. Mims, 618 Walhut St., who owned the equipment. He was born March 18, 1911, in Hopkins County, and had lived In Abilene for the past six years. He was a member of Sears Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; four children, Dorothy Marie, 7, Mary Jo, 5, Danny Gene, 3, and Randy Dean, 14 months; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cummings of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Jack Williams of Cooper; and one brother, Andy Cummings of Lubbock. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced from Elliott's Funeral Home. for the public airing of the dispute, confirmed the shift—and the reason for It—today as witnesses were called for secret questioning to lay groundwork for the planned open hearings. Welch said he dropped Fisher after learning of the former guild membership, because “I didn’t want a diversionary affair.” The lawyers guild has been described by the House Un-American Activities Committee as “the legal J bulwark of the Communist party.” The collision between McCarthy and the Army is a side development In the senator’s hunt for subversives in government, which recently has centered on the service. The man picked to take Fisher's place. Welch said, is John Kimball Jr. Like Fisher he is a lawyer with Welch’s Boston firm. Welch said the shift took place over the weekend immediately following the April 2 announcement that Fisher had drawn the assignment, and Fisher never did actually go to work on the case. The closed door quiz session with witnesses was ordered after top Army officials filed their “bill of particulars” with the Senate Investigations subcommittee yesterday, detailing their accusations that McCarthy had used improper pressure techniques. An informed source said the new outline was “stronger against McCarthy” than the original report which set off the Inquiry. The subcommittee, putting on all the speed it can to get the public hearings started a week from today, would not name the witnesses to be questioned by staff members, nor even tell just where or when the session would be held. Mundt said he will call an extraordinary Easter Sunday meeting of the subcommittee to explore that w'ith McCarthy if the Wisconsin senator returqs by then from his trip to Arizona and Texas. Tri-Pronged Inquiry Due Into Scandal WASHINGTON UR — President Eisenhower was reported ready today to order government tax files opened up for the Senate Banking Committee’s probe of multimillion-dollar housing scandals. Some committee members nonetheless felt strongly the inquiry would at least slow up Eisenhow’-er’s housing program — and perhaps kill it altogether for this session of Congress. Sen. Capehart (R-Ind), Banking Committee chairman, said he talked to the White House and expected to receive shortly a list of at least 251 firms or individuals “who were beneficiaries of big windfalls” aggregating 109 million dollars. Get Worst Ones “We'll get the worst ones up here and put them under oath,” he said in an interview. He also said he would “probably” confer with Atty. Gen. Brownell, at Brownell’s request, on possible Indictments which might come out of parallel probes by the administration itself. the Banking Committee and the Senate -House Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures, headed by Sen. Byrd 'D-Va). The Banking committee had planned to start final work on a housing bill next Tuesday. But what senators called “shocking exposures” indicated close scrutiny of both old and new sections in the House-passed bill and grave doubts whether the job could be finished in time for action during this Congress. * One senator said the committee was "In no mood to write up « housing bill.” Byrd told the Senate yesterday the housing program had been marred by extravagance and irresponsibility “if not actual fraud and graft.” He said “criminal prosecution may result” if evidence shows government officials acted deliberately in such cases. Sen. Williams (R-Del) said oa the Senate floor that indictments were “pending in the federal courts.” .Capehart’s committee was reported preparing an announcement that it would start public hearingi next Monday. School Zoning Plea Delayed The proposed shopping center near the new Abilene High School plant will not be considered at the Friday meeting of the Abilene City Commission. Arthel Henson, president of the Westwood Development Co. which proposes to build the center, said today he will not present the matter Friday as originally scheduled. He is delaying his presentation because of several amendments in his petition for annexation of six blocks to the city. Abilene school trustees Monday night voted unanimously to oppose zoning the area to allow the shopping center. Plat for it has been approved by the zoning commission. Henson said changes to be made are in conformity with the agreement reached with the zoning commission. They concern restrictions which prohibit pinball machines, slot machines and pool tables in the area and prohibit forever sale of intoxicating liquors. Other details being worked out are on the 80-foot buffer zone Henson proposed to put between the school and shopping zone. He did not say when he would make his formal request for action by the commission. Rain Called Off; High of 80 Due Cancel the thunderstorms which were scheduled for Abilene Thursday. Weatherman C. E. Sitchler said at 10 a.m. that the “trough” ahead of a cold front moving in had already passed, “swept things clean,” it is drying up and the chances for thunderstorms are gone. Fair, mild weather is in prospect for thb next two days. The front was due here about noon, but the mercury is still due to get to about 80 this afternoon. Low tonight will be about 55 degrees. Oil Rig Falls, Kills Worker One man was killed and two in-; The rig was being moved from jured Thursday morning when a a wildcat test which was being rig owned by the Cache Creek; abandoned. The well was drilled Drilling Co. fell at a drilling site on the Moore farm about three northeast of Abilene.    8    and    a    half    miles    north    of    Phantom Carl Kilpatrick, 48, of Temple, Hill Lake. Okla., was dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Two other of the eight men working dismantling the rig were injured. John Moates, 24, of 1934 North 19th St., suffered a broken arm. Bill Sanders, 25, Temple. Okla., had a slight Injury when the falling equipment brushed an elbow. The two were treated at Hendrick Memorial Hospital and released. Moates said he believed Kilpatrick was killed instantly when he was caught under the falling rig. Crew members drove Kilpatriek and the injured men to the A, H. Kelly home on Nugent Route. The Kellys, who live about three miles from we rig site, had the nearest telephone. A Laughter - North Funeral Home ambulance met them and brought the victims to town. ;