Abilene Reporter News, April 26, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 26, 1954

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Issue date: Monday, April 26, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERS VOL. LXIII, No. 313 Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Associated Prett (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 26, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe GIANTS ROAR 10-engined B-36, the Air Force monster, thrills thousands of West Texans as it passes over Municipal Airport Sunday. (Staff photo) Throng Watches Jet-Age Planes Thousands of curious spectators turned eyes to the sky Sunday for a preview of sights to be seen when the Abilene Air Force Base is completed. The occasion was the dedication of the new Abilene Municipal Air- port. Estimates of the turnout rang- ed from to people.! The attractions were numerous. The main drawing cards were jet- age Air Force planes which hurtled through the sunny air at low alti- tudes at speeds estimated at 600 j miles per hour. The silver planes approached 'si-1 lently. Then spectators heard a low! whistle, which mounted to a' scream and finally to a thunder- ing blast as super-heated gases escaped from the "stove pipes" in the tails of the jets. The display of air might now novel and strange is destined to become a familiar one to Abi- lenians when B-47 medium jet bombers move into the Abilene AFB. The dedication Sunday marked the landing of the plane of Pioneer Air Lines at the Mu- nicipal Airport on the east side of town. The landing was made after eight years of-Pioneer service in which passengers were car- ried away, and arrived GIRL IS StRUC K Week End Burglars Net in Loot Three more burglaries were re- ported to city police during the week end. Loot exceeded in value. One occurred outside Abilene, and one of the three was "in the last few days." Chester Hilburn said his cabin at Lake Fort Phantom Hill was broken into Friday night. Missing were four rods, six reels, one mo- tor and some gasoline cans. Loot was valued at Lone Avila, 16-year-old girl, avas struck a blow on the head by an unidentified burglar who jerked a screen off a bedroom window to enter her house. The incident was reported to police at a. m. Sunday. No suspects were listed. Police didn't list anything as stol- en. Mrs. C. M.' Sumpter, 1401 Orange St., said that some time in the last few days six white bed sheets and one grey suit coat were stolen out of her home. Four additional thefts and a stabbing were the other main week end reports. Marie Anderson, 240 Grape St., laid Saturday someone stole her. purse from the Holly Shop good. afternoon. She said the theft oc- curred when she left her purse near the front door and went to try on dresses. The long red leath- er purse contained a brown bill- fold with about Also among the contents were two sets of car keys and personal papers. McCarroll Sons Trucking Co., reported the theft of a Goodyear tire and an International wheel. Value was Spencer North Sixth St., said Sunday that his bi- cycle was stolen while he was in Safeway Store, North 12th and Pine Sts. The vehicle is a 26-inch Schwinn, red and cream. Mrs. John Cherry St., said Monday morning that the bicycle of her son, Freddie, was taken from their home Sunday night. It is a J. C. Higgins, red and white, 26-inch. Tony Sanchez, 42, of 509 Mes- quite St, was stabbed in the left breast Sunday night in a fight, po- lice said. Another man was book- ed for aggravated assault. The in- cident happened in Northeast Abi- lene Sunday night. At Hendrick Memorial Hospital his condition was described Monday morning as all without mishap to a.passenger or plane. The dedication also marked the completion of a dream started un- der the city administration of Hud- son Smart, former Abilene mayor, who was in charge of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce committee which directed the dedication. Con- struction of the airport began when I Ernest Grissom was mayor. Mayor C. E. Gatlin of Abilene made a short dedication address after the scheduled speaker, Cliff Green, Texas director of aviation, was called to the bed-side of an ill relative. Green left in an airplane during the dedication. GaUin dedicated the airport to the continued progress of the 51- year-old aviation industry. He re- ceived a horseshoe of roses from San Angelo's mayor, who remark- ed he hoped San Angelo can' do as well as Abilene in getting a new airport. A concert by the Abilene High School directed by Robert Fielder, started the afternoon's ac- tivities. This was followed by a flag-raising ceremony by the Abi- lene National Guard. Tiny power-driven model air- craft put on an all-day show in a contest'sponsored by the Key City Model Club at the new model airplane airport at the big airport: Entrants came from as far away as Ohio. Speeds of the tiny craft ranged upward to about 150 miles per hour in speed trials. There were many crack-ups. An open-house at the U. S. De- partment of Commerce Weather Bureau gave many folks an op- portunity see for the first time where Abilene area forecasts originate. The most spectacular part of the show was the fly-overs. Col. Jack Brown, Eighth Army liaison of- ficer for the Abilene AFB, said these Air Force planes participat- ed: (1) B-36 bomber, the largest in the Air Force, with six engines and weighing pounds. (2) B-50 bomber, with four en- gines. This plane flew over with two engines stopped to show it See AIRPORT, Pf. 9-A, Col. 1 Panel Passes Defense Budget of Billion Billion Slashed BUT NOT FROM FEAR Stevens Asked Joe to Lay Off WASHINGTON (fl-Secretary of peace with Sen. McCar- the Army Stevens agreed today he once suggested that Sen. McCarthy lay off his probe for Communists at Ft. Monmouth, N.J., and let the Army handle it. He denied, however, that he was "afraid" of the Wisconsin senator. Stevens made the statements under hammering cross-examina- tion by special counsel Ray Jenkins at the third day of hear- gs into the row between the Wisconsin senator and high Army officials. A little earlier, the ordinarily quiet spoken secretary testified that McCarthy's "publicity tac- tics" at Ft. Monmouth had caused telling newsmen that there was thy" after Washington "current espionage" at Ft. Mon- mouth. "No, Stevens said, laugh- ing. Jenkins recalled that Stevens had testified two McCarthy aides had told him the senator was dis- pleased with Stevens news confer- ence statement. Why then, asked Jenkins, "did you go traipsing off to New York to make peace with this man if you were not afraid of Stevens said he did not go to New was last Novem- he was afraid of Mc- Carthy, but because it was "in "a great deal .of misinformation and excitement." But Stevens con- line with my policy of cooperat- ceded McCarthy did "speed up" some suspensions. Jenkins demanded to know whether Stevens had not gone to New York City last November to French Planes Plaster Reds HANOI, Indochina (ffl French newly arrSrSiijASierican supplied Cor- sairs in action for the first time- today laid down the heaviest air strikes of the entire Indochinese war against Communist-led Viet minh troops threatening to smash into the French Union fortress at Dien Bien Phu. The French High Command, an- nouncing this tonight, did not dis- close the number of sorties but said they were far hi excess of the previous one day's record of 136 missions early this year. The war- planes dropped hundreds of tons of 500, and bombs on rebel troops concentrated in the hills surrounding the fortress. Vietminh entrenched along the fringes of the bastion also were heavily hit by bombers and for hours were peppered with thou- sands of machinegun bullets from low flying fighter planes. The tightly packed French Union defenders, driven into a cluster of fortifications less than a mile and a quarter across, were in an "extremely serious but not des- perate" position, the French re- ported last night. Today they said the situation was "unchanged." Informants in radio contact with the isolated, encircled plain said the morale of the garrison troops was "sky high" as they braced themselves for the bloody hand- to-hand fighting they hoped des- perately would hold back another all-out enemy attempt to sway the Geneva conference on Asian prob- lems. ing with Congress." He denied ths trip was to get McCarthy to call off his probe. Jenkins asked him if the secre- tary had not discussed turning the investigation over to the Army. replied Stevens. "I said I didn't like the constant ham- mering of the Army in the head- lines. That's what I objected to." What he told McCarthy, Stevens continued, was that the Army wanted to take over the Ft. Mon- mouth inquiry, make "progress re- and then if it failed to do 'the- -jobT "So at no time did I ever want him to cease and Stevens asserted. Jenkins said the situation added up to asking McCarthy to suspend his investigation "and let you carry on." "That's agreed Stevens. "You merely wanted to get it "That's right." Jenkins asked if Stevens might not have wanted the suspension to run a long time. "I suppose said Stevens. Jenkins asked if a suspension in such a case would not be a stop- page. responded Stevens, "I wouldn't think so." Stevens denied he was trying to minimize the worth of McCarthy's investigation, but testified the Ar- my's own probe for suspected sub- versives at the big radar center would have reached the same end if McCarthy had stayed out of the picture. Six persons had been suspended before McCarthy came into the Ft. Monmouth picture, he said, and .later there were 27 more suspen- sions. Of those suspended, Stevens said, 13 have been put back to work in non-sensitive positions pending fur- ther investigation. Sixteen cases have been heard and boards are in process of making reports. Six cases remain to be heard. CROWD GATHERS This aerial view, looking north across the new shoulder on the field. The old airport, in background was jammed with Abilene Municipal Airport, shows early arrivers and Air Force planes parked cars. (Staff photo by David Barros) which were displayed Sunday. A little later people stood shoulder-to- Off Ike's Request WASHINGTON Defense Department cash budget of was recommended today by the House Appropriations Committee, with ear- marked to finance "the greatest Army ever maintained by :his nation on a full year basis in the absence of actual war- :are." The total is less than President Eisen- hower asked for tte Army, the Navy and the Air Force and related activities for the fiscal year starting next July 1. But the cut imposed by the committee in a bill sent to the House for debate starting Wednesday was actually less than half as large as it appears. Committee cuts were about 541 million dollars, the balance of the reduction having volunteered by the SENATOR JENNER will quiz Snyder Treasury Kept Exposed Reds, Jenner Claims WASHINGTON W Sen. Jenner (R-Ind) said today that "repeated exposures by the FBI of subver- sive activities by several top Treasury Department officials tailed to -result in the firing of a single one of them." He made the statement in con- nection with the publication ol Senate internal security subcom- mittee hearings oh the Harry Dexter White case and others 4enner_ris-: subcommittee, chair The volume includes last fall's testimony of Atty. Gen. Browriel and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover about the appointment of White, a former Treasury Department of- ficial, as U. S. director of the In ternational Monetary Fund in 1946 The subcommittee has an nounced it will question former Secretary of the Treasury John W Snyder ijbaut the case. Last November Brownel! assert ed that former President Truman promoted White, knowing him to be a Russian spy. Truman deniec doing so, and said White was shift- ed to another job so that the FB: could keep an eye on him. Hoover told the subcommittee the shift made it more difficult to keep White under surveillance. In referring to what he called repeated exposures by the FBI oi a number of Treasury Department officials, Jenner said in his state- ment: "No less than 28 such reports were made to key government of- ficials by the FBI on Nathan Gregory Silvermaster before he was allowed to resign in Novem- ber 1946." 2 Election Judges Named by County In a brief meeting Monday morning, Taylor County Commis- sioners Court named two new election judges and voted approval of publishing a notice of dates the board of equalization will meet. Malcolm Schulz, Abilene attor- ney, was appointed election judge of Precinct S, the Elmwood West voting box. He replaces Lee Sut- ton, previously appointed, when his announcement as a candidate for county attorney disqualified him as an election judge. Theo Newton of Tye was ap- pointed judge for the voting box in Precinct 21, replacing E. D. Thomas. THE WEATHER TJ.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHEK BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy Monday afternoon. Monday night and Tuesday with scattered afternoon show- ers or thunderstorms; high both days about 85: low Monday night 65. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly and warm this afternoon, tonight ar.d Tuesday. Widely scattered thunder- storms. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this tonight and Tuesday. Widely scattered thunderstorms in west and ex- treme east portion of South Plains Tuesday. TEMPERATURES Sun P.M. Mon. A.M. M 71 85 70 85 69 85 68 M 68 81 67 79 69 71 73 73 73 74 7J 75 Sunset last nlfht p.m. Sunrise to day a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature for ghe 24 noun at a.m.: W. Minimum umpcraun lor DM M bmn M. been armed services or being in the nature of bookkeeping savings. The new cash supplements an estimated 48 billion dollars avail- ible to the services from previous .'ears' appropriations, in effect giv- ing them with which o operate. An additional 000 in carryover funds was res- cinded by the committee, the sum including 500 millions from army irocurement and production funds and 550 millions from stock funds of all the services. Here's Split Here's how the new cash would )e split up, if the House and the Senate follow the committee's rec- ommendations': Army: a cut of from what the Presi- dent requested and less than was appropriated for the present year. of, but an increase of over current year ap propriations. Air Force: a budg- et cut of and a reduc- tion of from 1954 funds. National Security Training Com- mission: the amount re- quested. Office of the secretary of de- fense millions, a budget cut of one million and less than was provided this year. Inlerservice activities: 000, a budget cut of 20 millions and a reduction of from 1954 funds. These activities include financing atomic tests, for which the committee recom- mended 25 millions of the 35 mil- lions requested. For the overall activities of the defense department. Eisenhower had requested The committee said its 4 per cent cut would not retard the buildup of the "new look" defense program based on improved weapons and greater reliance on expanded airpower. War's End Helped The committee said reductions were made possible because the Korean War has ended and be- cause Allied European and Korean armies have been built up. The committee said the average military strength to be maintained during the fiscal year starting July 1 would be about less than the strength last Dec. 31 but slightly more than double that of June 30, 1950, about the time the Korean War started. By services, here's how the man- power for the coming year would be allocated: Army Navy, Marine Corps Air Force The Army was given mil- lions, a cut of 10 millions, for re- search and development. School Board Plans Election Of Teachers Teaching staff for the Abilene public schools' 1954-55 term, will be elected Monday night. Starting time for the school board's regular meeting is p.m. It's to be in Supt. E. A. Wells' office at the high school. Of the entire 398 teachers in the system, Wells said 170 are up for election Monday night. The others have already qualified for continu- ing contracts and therefore don't require annual re-election. When a teacher has taught satis-- elected "io a: continuing contract. Thereafter his name doesn't come up for annual tinues on the staff until'Taniifii-' less his work becomes unsatisfafr tory. Some teachers whose names will be presented Monday night will be considered for election to con- tinuing contracts. Salary schedule for next term hasn't been set, Wells said. He explained that the board hasn't met since the Texas Legislature adopted the teacher pay raise. He doubted that the matter would be settled at this meetisg, although there may be a discussion. "We may receive from the archi- tect tonight final plans for the junior high band Wells announced. A band room will be built at each of the two junior high schools. Plans call for completion before school opens next This is in line with a recommendation to the board from a citizens' advisory committee headed by Sam Hill. State X-Ray Group To Meet in Abilene The Texas Society of X-Ray Technicians will hold its 25th an- .nial convention in Abilene in 1955. Eddie Bull, Abilene, second vice president of the state group, said 250 delegates are expected. Abilene was selected for the sil- ver anniversary convention be-, cause the Abilene society is the oldest member of the state group, Bull said. The meeting place was selected during the 24th convention April 22-24 in San Antonio, Bull said. About nine Abiienians attended that meeting. Mrs. Rema Price, is president of the Abilene society. Drought-State Heads Meet With President WASHINGTON W-Governors of five Southwestern states met here today at President Eisenhower's invitation to discuss dust storms and drought relief problems. The governors of Texas, Okla- homa, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado were asked by Eisenhow- er to talk over methods of prevent- ing and controlling dust storms. In some parts of the Southwest these storms have been reminis- cent of Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s. A White House assistant and some high agricultural officials are expected to attend the meeting p.m. The President will drop in to greet the governors, a White House aide said. While recent raim have helped the Southwest, more moisture is said to be needed before hot sum- mer days begin. A move is underway in Congress to help combat the wind erosion. Senate Democratic leader John- son (D-Tex) told the Senate Friday an amendment to increase soil con- servation funds by 15 million dol- lars is expected to be offered to an appropriations bill by Chairman Bridges (R-NH) of the Senate Ap- propriations Committee. Separate bills to provide imme- diate appropriations of that amount were introduced recently io Senate and House. The money would be. used to pay up to an acre for listing, "chiseling" and ether wind erosion prevention practices.'BoUi bills are pending in the appropria- tions ;