Abilene Reporter News, April 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas 5 FAIR Slje Mew Reporter-Betos; mms FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, No. 303 Auocifted Prat (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING. APRIL 15; 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe May Oil Slashed AUSTIN HC-The Railroad Com- mission today ordered the state oil allowable for May slashed 815 barrels per day, placing the permissive flow at 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 hear- ing which produced a minimum of testimony from the industry. All but three of the big oil purchasers v.'cre ii agreement with the 17 Jay schedule set by the commission. National Stocks Early Chairman Ernest O. Thompson quoted statistics showing national stocks of crude had jumped 000 barrels in the last four weeks to total barrels. He noted that gasoline stocks are Jtill high at barrels. The commission issued a state- ment based on reports from refin- ers showing that a majority con- sidered their stocks of gasoline satisfactory. Ralph Dietler, Tulsa, board chairman of Stanolind Oil Purchas- ing 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 said Dietler. "We would recommend no more than 17 days in May and hope that perhaps gas- oline stocks will be reduced in the early months of the consuming Companies favoring the 17 day pattern were Stanolind, Humble, Magnolia, Shell, Texas, Cities Serv- ice, Continental, and Tidewater. Sun Oil advocated 19 days; Sin- clair 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 lets than .tie statewide schedule In May will be Pantex, 16 days; Pickton, 9; Kelley-Snyder, 15; 'and Sandusky, 13. 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 fromiAct of 1933. These counts state government attorneys. Judge T. that Estep "did unlawfully, wilful- Whilfield 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 Estep. Defense attorney Howard Dailey offered the motion for acquittal im- mediately after the government rested its case at a.m. Judge Davidson excused the jury from the courtroom before the mo- tion was offered. After hearing Dailey's arguments on two motions submitted. Judge Davidson announced, "I believe we will submit both issues of the law to the jury." Dailey contended that the gov- ernment Had failed to make out a case on any of the mail fraud counts in the indictment against Estep. A second motion pertained to counts of the indictment which allege violations the Securities 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- water pipeline was expect- ed to Ire completed early Friday. detail' began work Wednesday afternoon and were due to complete the project 1 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, command- er of the Air Force engineers a1 Wolters, to alleviate the' critical water shortage "r the air base here by constructing the emergen- cy line, Wright said. The new line will add 300 gal- MORE CHECKS SLATED Uranium in Strawn Coal Mine? Geiger Counter Says It Is EASTLAND, the modern prospectors, April 15. Wl- magic word to swept through the Ranger-Eastland area today with a rancher's announce- ment that some ore from an aban- doned coal mine showed positive on a Geiger counter cheek. C. C. Cole, a rancher in the Gtrawn community of Palo Pinto county, told the Strawn Tribune that a geologist's Geiger counter "sure cut-up over some of these rocks." Cole said more tests for the atom-age metal are being con- mining was shut down in the 1920s. Cole said he was with an inde- ducted today and if sufficient show. pendent geologist when the first is present, specimens will be rush- ed to a U. S. government labor- atory for final analysis. The rock that caused the Geig- er counter to "cut-up" came from the dump of the old Mount Mar- ion coal mine, one-half mile south- west of Strawn, Cole said. The abandoned pit is one of four formerly operated by the Strawn Coal Co., in the early 1900s. Coal 14-YEAR-OLD DIES Burns Finally Win Out In Battle With Rule Girl HASKELL, April 15. Mary Sulema Rodriguez, 14, of Rule, lost her battle for life Thurs- day. She died at 3 a.m. in Haskell Hospital from second and third de- gree 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 Rule. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Gauntt Fcneral 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 Hospit- al, where he is in "satisfactory" condition. The 14-year-old girl was filling the stove when flames caught her clothing on fire. Her mother suf- fered deep hand burns as she at- tempted to beat out the flames enveloping the girl and two boys. The entire house was destroyed. Four other children escaped in- jury. test was made. The rancher said the geologist told him "there is bound to be some uranium there." The ques- tion unanswered as yet, the ranch- er said, is whether precious metal is there in commercial quantities. The rocks tested came from the depths of the abandoned coal pit, the rancher said. BULL STARTLES NORTH-SI DERS 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 near- ed the-Abilene Livestock Auc- tion, 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 sur- prised Northsiders who couldn't believe it when they saw the wandering Brahman. "I just saw a Brahman bull at North 13th and said one tipster who telephon- ed the newspaper. "And, hon- est, I'm not drunk." Ions per minute to the air base supply. The City of Abilene last Friday awarded a contract for 16-incn permanent line from a 20-Inch main near the Buffalo Gap Roac and South 27th St. to the air base But City Manager Austin P. Han- cock said this line will not he completed until June 1 or 15. The emergency line win be removed when the permanent line is com- pleted. The pipeline is of very light construction and is all above ground except for road crossings, where the pipe is be- ing buried. For the airmen, it is a training maneuver, but will alle- viate a water shortage that could Eiave slowed construction at the air base, Wright said. The new 16-inch pipeline will add gallons 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 sase, Hancock said. Rani alleviated the condition at the air base temporarily, Wright said. Without the new pipeline, how- ever, 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 biv- ouacked at the air base. Airman Injured In Tractor Fall Daniel H. Radcliff, airman from Wolters Air Force Base at Mineral Wells, was injured Thursday about 7 a.m. at Tye. Radcliff was riding a 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 Me- morial Hospital by Capt. Harry G. Mundt, Radcliffs commanding officer. Radcliff received injuries to his right shoulder and head. INDOCHINA CALLED DISASTER securities.. .there not being in ef- fect a registration statement to the securities." The last piece of evidence of- fered by the government before it rested its case was a certifi- cation from the Securities and Ex- change Commission showing that Estep never registered the stock of Atomotor Manufacturing Co'., Inc., with that federal agency. Government witnesses who testi- fied Thursday morning were J. B. Dalton of 1142 Mulberry St., own- er of Abilene Machine Co.; J. Wil- lis Gunn, assistant vice president of Republic National Bank in Dal- las: Emery C. Swogger, mechani- cal engineer with Temco Aircraft Corp. at Grand Prairie, and H. G. Erickson, director of engineering for Temco. Dalton, Swogger and Erickson all said from the stand that they told Estep the machine he want- ed 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 re- sults" 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 unsuc cessful. Dalton testified he refused to siga an.affidavit at Estep's urging to the'.effect that the machine, when completed would be worth to 'He said Esiep 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 en- gineers at Temco to work on the atomotor "without coercion be- cause they didn't want to have anything to do with it." Temco employed an outside per- ;on, Swogger, to work on the ma- chine. Swogger said that when he was shown a drawing of the machine he told Estep it -would not work and repeated this opin- on 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 Es- tep had told them. Gunn said he refused Estep's suggestion to buy stock in Atomotor Mfg. Co. and re- jected 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 tele- phone book and showed him the patent attorneys listed in Dallas. On direct testimony under TJ. S. District Attorney Heard Floore, Gunn said he questioned Estep about the checks made out to At- omotor Mfg. Co. which he was de- positing to his personal bank ac- count. Cross examining Gunn, De- fense Attorney Maury Hughes ask- ed, "It wasn't any of your busi- ness if he kept his money in a cigar box, was it" Gunc replied that a federal bank- ing 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 lad placed corporation funds in us personal bank account and had hen written checks on the account to pay personal expenses, includ- ing mortgage and automobile payments, residential gas and wa- ter bills. Dulles Home, 'Satisfied SYRACUSE, N.Y. Wt-Secretary of State Dulles returned to the United States today and said he was "well satisfied" with the re- sults 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 com- pounded if Indochina were he said. Dulles read statement to news- men on hit arrival it the Syracuse Airport from Paris en route to his hideaway retreat on Duck Island in Lake fenUrio. He said a more serious disaster "can be prevented if the free na- tions are unity of pur- pose depend! on full understand- 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 woek in London with British For- eign Secretary Eden and with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault in Paris. Dulles said "our common pur- pose" was set forth In joint state- ments issued after each of those talks. He pointed, out that Thailand al- ready had agreed to participate in the proposed 10-nation alliance and added "now President Magsaysay of the Philippines indicated acceptance la principle." Dulles said he believed the pro- posed 10-natioa alliance would head off Communist ambition to control Southeast Asia. He declined to answer any ques- tions and said "I now have an- other 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 sec- retary. In Paris, American sources con- ceded formal negotiations' for the proposed alliance probably could get underway before the Geneva conference on the Far East, sched- uled to open'ApiO 26. State Department aides in Wash- ington said "working parties" would be set up within a few days to chart specific steps toward forming tht united front in the shortest possible time. Dulles was reported anxious to get talks on the Pacific pact start- ed as soon as possible to help coun- ter any expansionist ambitions the Russians and Communist Chinese might bring to Geneva. Britain's opposition Labor party split wide open' over possible Brit- ish participation. Aneurin Bevan, fiery leader of' the faction's left wing, quit the party's high com- mand group because its moderate leadership had not opposed the project. British observers figured most of his followers would join 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 like- ly to stir little heavy opposition except from the Communists. Indian newspapers bitterly criti- cized the Dulles-Eden-Bidault pro- posal as a blow to any chances of progress at the Geneva conference. THE WEATHER TJ.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AtfD VICINITY Fair thll afternoon, tonight and Friday. High tem- today, about H degrees; low nlsht, 55; high Friday, 13-90. KORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy, showers and local thunderstorms east aad south this afternoon end south- east portion tonight. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy, scatter- ed showers and local thunderstorms lower Pecos Valley eastward this afternoon. Cool- er tonight. EAST TEXAS Cloudy, thundershowers this afternoon and tonight and In south portion Friday. SODTH CENTRAL TEXAS Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thun- dershowers this afternoon, tonight and Fri- day. TEMPERATURES 67 67 Thurs. A.M. 66 Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature [or 94-hour ptrlod ending a.m.: 75. Minimum tempevatnw for 34-hour period endlnr A.m.: 63. Barometer' reading at p.m. H.04. R.latlTi aumldlty-at p.a. GOOD OLD spin in this ancient wicker buggy failed to enchant 19-month-old Carolyn Miller, but to grand- father, John W. Hedberg of Minneapolis, it represented a long-time desire. Hedberg bet his children he would give tlieir children the; buggy, which once carried Army Counsel Fires One of Legal Aides WASHINGTON W) Frederick G. Fisher, 6ne of the special law- pers picked to help the Army in ts flaming row with Sen. McCar- thy is out of the job be- cause of former membership 'in ttie National Lawyers Guild. J. N. Welch, chief of the battery if lawyers retained by the Army Abilenian Dies After Accident On Tractor Frederick D. Cummings, 43, died Thursday at 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 he J. 0. Brown home at the time if 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 ime, but Mr. Cummings managed o get his leg free, and crawled lalf a block to the Bud Crow Wrecking Yard for help. He was taken to St. Ann from here. Mr. Cummings worked on con- ract for F. D. Mims, 618 Walnut St., who owned the equipment. He was born March 18, 1911, in lopkins County, and had lived in Abilene for the past six years. He was a member of Sears Bap- ist Church. Survivors include his wife; four children, Dorothy Marie, 7, Mary o, 5, Danny Gene, 3, and Randy Dean, 14 months; his parents, Mr. nd Mrs. W. A. Cummings of Dal- as; one sister, Mrs. Jack Wil- liams of Cooper; and one brother, Andy Cummings of Lubbock. Funeral arrangements are in-: complete and will be announced rom Elliott's Funeral Home. Rain Called Off; High of 80 Due Cancel the thunderstorms -which were scheduled for Abilene Thurs- day. Weatherman C. E. Sitchler said at 10 a.m. that the "trough" ahead of a cold .front moving In had al- ready, passed, "swept things it is drying up and the chances gone. for thunderstorms are Fair, mild weather is. in pros- wet for the next two days. The rent was due here about noon, tut the mercury is still due to get o about 80 this afternoon. Low tonight will be about K degrees. for the public airing of the dispute, confirmed the the rea- son for 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 de- scribed by the House Un-American Activities Committee as "the legal bulwark of the Communist party." The collision between McCarthy and the Army is a side develop' ment In the senator's hunt for sub- versives in government, which re- cently has centered on the serv- ice. 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 Inves- tigations subcommittee yesterday, detailing their accusations that Mc- Carthy had used improper pressure techniques. An informed source said the new outline was "strong- er 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 to- day, would not name the wit- nesses to be questioned by staff members, nor even tell just where or when the session would be held. Mundt said he will call an ex- traordinary Easter Sunday meet- ing of the subcommittee to explore that with McCarthy if the Wiscon- sin senator returns by then from his trip to Arizona and Texas. In-Pronged inquiry Due Into Scandal WASHINGTON Ml President Sisenhower was reported ready today to order government tax iles opened up for the Senate Banking Committee's probe of multimillion-dollar housing scan- dals. Some committee members none- theless felt strongly the Inquiry would at least slow up Eisenhow- er's housing program and per- laps kill it altogether for this ses- sion of Congress. Sen. Capehart Banking ommittee chairman, said he ;alked to the White House and ex- pected to receive shortly a list ol at least 251 firms or individuals 'who were beneficiaries of big vindfalls" aggregating 100 million dollars. Get Worst Ones "We'll get the worst ones up lere and put them under said in an interview. He also said he would "probab- y" confer with Atty. Gen. Brown' ell, at BrownelTs request, on pos- sible indictments which might come out of parallel probes by the administration itself. the Bank- :ng Committee and the Senate House Committee' on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expendi- tures, headed by Sen. Byrd CD- The Banking committee had planned to start 'final work on a housing bill next Tuesday. But what senators called "shocking ex-' 'postures" indicated close scrutiny of both old and new sections in the Houses-passed. bill and grave doubts whether the job could finished in time for action during this -Congrtss. up a was housing bill Byrd told the Senate yesterday he housing" program had been marred by extravagance" and ir- responsibility not actual fraud and graft.'' He said "criminal irosecution may result" if evi- dence shows government officials acted deliberately in such eases Sen. Williams (R-Del) said on he Senate floor that indictments vere "pending rin the federal courts." .Capehart's committee was re- rarted preparing an announcement that it would. start public hearingi next Monday. School Zoning Plea Delayed The proposed shopping center lear the new Abilene High School lant will not be considered at the Friday meeting o! the Abilene Commission. Arthel Henson, president of the Vestwood Development Co. which reposes'to build the center, said oday he will not present the mat- er Friday as originally scheduled... "e is delaying his presentation be- ause several amendments in us petition for annexation of six locks to the city. Abilene school trustees Mon- ay night voted unanimously to ppose zoning the area to allow he shopping center. Plat for it has been approved by Hie zoning com- mission. Henson said changes to be made re iri conformity with the agree- ment reached with the zoning com- nission. They concern restric- ons which prohibit pinball ma- iiines, slot machines and pool ta- les in the area and prohibit for- ver sale of intoxicating liquors., )ther details being worked out are n the SO-foot buffer zone Henson roposed to put between the chool and shopping zone. He did ot say when he would make his ormal request for action by the ommission. Oil Rig Falls, Kills Worker One man was killed and two in- jured Thursday morning when a rig owned by the Cache Creek Drilling Co. fell at a drilling site northeast of Abilene. Carl Kilpatrick, 48, of Temple, Okla., was dead on arrival at Hen- drick Memorial Hospital. Two other of the eight men work- ing dismantling the rig were in- John Mpates, 24, of 1934 North 19th St, suffered a broken arm. Bill Sanders, 25, Temple, Okla., had a'slight injury when the fall- Ing equipment brushed an elbow. The two were treated at Hen- driclc Memorial Hospital and re- liued. The rig was being moved from a wildcat test which was being abandoned. The well 'was. drilled on the Moore farm about three and a half miles north of Phantom Hill Lake. Moates said he believed Kilpat- rick was killed instantly when he was caught under the falling rig. Crew members drove Kilpatrick and the injured men to the A. H. Kelly home on Nugent .Route.- The Kellys, who live (boat three mild from life rig site, had the near- est telephone. A Laughter North Funeral Home ambulance met then, and brought tht to ;