Abilene Reporter News, April 28, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 28, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEAR; WARM Abilene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIII, No. 315 Auociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc WATER REPLACES DUST U.S. Highway 80 west of Colorado City is flanked by rippling water instead of rip- pling sand dunes after 1.50 inches of rain fell Tuesday. (Photo by T. J. Goss II) HEARING LIGHTENS Spectators Laugh At Schine Antics WASHINGTON W-Sen. McCar- thy exploded with violent protests today against questions as to whether Pvt. G. David Schine hired fellow soldiers to clean his rifle and told his commander he was in the Army to modernize and streamline it. Kay H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations sub- committee, was putting the ques- tions to Secretary of the Army Stevens at the televised hearings on McCarthy's row with Army of- ficials. And Stevens, with some laughter, was nodding, "I heard it." McCarthy shouted that Jenkins' questions were "completely unfair" to Schine, wealthy New Yorker who worked for McCarthy before he was drafted. McCarthy said Jenkins might create the impression that the questions were facts. McCarthy said that if charges were to be made against Schine, a central figure in the controversy, he should be made a party to the Storms Hit 3 West Texas Areas; More Rain Unlikely Fair, warm weather was fore- cast for the Abilene area by the U. S. Weather Bureau Wednesday morning after Mother Nature ran wild in West Texas Tuesday af- ternoon. More rain was not ex- pected. The boiling, black turbulent skies spawned tornadoes, rain, hail and lightning. In the Abilene area, the storm was over as suddenly as it began. During the supper hour, residents could see the setting sun peeping from a band of blue in the west while rain continued to patter east of town. Two twisters were reported in the air near Big Spring. At least one small tornado reportedly touch- ed the ground about 10 minutes near that city about p.m. High winds, called tornadic by observers in the area, caused dam- age to buildings in the Rochester and Ballinger areas at 4 and 5 p.m. respectively. At Rochester, one ob- server said he saw a funnel from the cloud, as is common with tor- nadoes. (See story, page Rainfall of .30 of an inch was recorded by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport.' This hiked the total for April to 2.48 inches. The normal rainfall for the entire month is 2.47. Big Abilene AFB Construction Voted BULLETIN WASHINGTON House Armed Services Committee today approved a new au- thorization for Abilene (Tex.) Air Force Base. Of this amount, had ben authorized pre- viously by Congress. The money would provide various new facilities. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Another bill, actuaHy appropriating the money, still must be handled by the House Appropriations Com- mittee. S3 Million Bond Vote Possible C. E. Sitchler, chief meteorolo- gist at the U. S. Weather Bureau, said the storm occurred in this area as a long strip of clouds about 10 miles wide passed through. As the cloud strip progressed to the southeast, it became 40 miles wide, le said. Squall lines developed in the cloud cover. The first squall line visible on Abilene weather radar stretched from Big Spring to Sweetwater and moved slowly to :he north. The radar showed another squall line stretching from San Angelo northward to Rochester. Turbu- ence built up on both ends, of this line "With our radar, we know ex- actly where this stuff'is Sitchlef said. "We don't have to excite people unnecessarily when they are not in danger." Weathermen at New Orleans, La., issued the first tornado warn- ing at 3 p.m., affecting approxi- mately a 50-mile wide belt from Abilene to Midland. Subsequently, the New Orleans weathermen issued a tornado warning to a triangular area rough- ly bounded by Abilene, Dallas and Vernon. Abilene weathermen sounded the "all dear" for both areas at p.m. The high winds in the Ballinger area broke numerous windows in the city and blew down television aerials. On the south side of Bal- linger, winds damaged several more buildings. Plans for calling a multi-million- dollar city bond election this year will be discussed Thursday, Mayor C. E. Gatlin said Wednesday. Bulk of the proceeds from such an issue would be earmarked for a long-range water and sewer pro- gram. City Commission in an informal meeting Thursday afternoon will hold the discussion. Gatlin said the bonds, if pro- posed to the voters, will total "S3 million or more." Street improvements and the con- struction of two more fire stations probably will be included in "the. bonds, Gatlin said. Water-supply projects expected to be financed include: (1) Channeling Deadman Creek water into municipal Lake Fort Phantom Hill. (2) Building detention dams on Mulberry Creek and gates at the Clear Fork pumping station. (These would be for detaining flood waters on Mulberry and re- leasing them gradually into the Clear Fork station for pumping into Lake Fort Phantom Hill.) (3) Additional overhead storage facilities for water. (4) Laying of many new distri- bution lines. Principal sewer job planned with the bonds is the removal of the sewage disposal farm from the Lake Fort Phantom Hill water- shed. Broad irrigation method is used for disposing of the sewage. Part of the sewage sometimes flows into Phantom Hili, the city's main reservoir, and that's the reason for the planned move. Preliminary plans for the var- ious bond projects are being pre- pared by the City Engineering De- partment and Freese Nichols, consulting engineers. The commission hasn't decided ivhether to call a bond election, but advance preparations are un- derway. Most of the proposed bond issue would consist of water and sewer revenue bonds. These would be paid off through water and sewer reve- nue. Hearings Top Capital Scene WASHINGTON W The Mc- Carthy-Army row continues to pro- vide the fastest-paced drama on Capitol Hill as Secretary of the Army Stevens for the fourth day takes the witness stand in the Sen- ate probe of the controversy. Senate Banking Committee resumes public hear- ings in its inquiry into. multimil- lion-dollar abuses under some loan- insurance programs of the Federal Housing Administration. The com- mittee calls as witnesses three veteran FHA officials who quit or lost their jobs in the wake of scan- dal revelations. House debates a defense appropri- ation bill. Rep. Coudert (R-NY) proposed amending the money bill to deny President Eisenhower au- thority to send American troops to Indochina without prior approval from Congress. FOREIGN James B. Conant, U. S. high commission- er for Germany, testifies at 8 closed session of the -Senate For- eign Relations Committee. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport.............30 1829 South 8th ...............80 909 Hickory St............... .73 1450 Clinton St................55 2225 Edgemont...............35 2232 Walnut St................55 18th...................65 857 EN 13th...................61 Lake Abilene...........55 Aspermont Baird...........................05 Big Spring.....................Tr. Blackwell 2.50 Bronte........................1.50 Brady ..........................70 Cisco ..........................60 Clyde ..........................35 Colorado City 1.37 Cross Plains ...................25 Crews 1.50 Eden 2.50 Fluvanna..................... .30 Fort Chadbourne .............2.50 Hamlin ..'.......................28 Hatchel .................50 to 1.00 Hermleigh......................40 Hpbbs .........................50 Lueders.........................40 Mason .........................21 Melvin..........................50 Merkel ........................25 Menard.........................75 Miles 1.00 Munday...................... 1.1' Neinda .........................45 Norton...................50 to 1.00 Rising Star.....................50 Robert Lee 1.50 Roby Rochester 1.00 Rotan...........................3( Rowena San Angelo .....................0; Santa Anna.............50 to 1.00 Snyder .........................50 Sylvester.......................51 Tuscola.........................55 Weinert .................i..'.. .4 Wilmeth 1.00 Wingate 1.00 Winters 1.00 Wylie investigation. This, McCarthy shouted, would permit Schine to engage counsel and cross-examine witnesses. Schine in Cab? Jenkins also had asked whether Stevens ever heard that Schine while at Ft. Dix, N.J., "almost invariably rode in the cab of the ruck" while other soldiers were packed in the truck "like cattle ir sheep." "I never heard Stevens eplied. When McCarthy protested. Jen- kins said he had no knowledge as o the truth or falsity of the ques- tions he asked. McCarthy said alleged favors to Schine while he was taking basic raining at Ft. Dix had been in- vestigated by the Inspector Gen- eral of the Army. He demanded hat the report be put into evi- dence. McCarthy complained that Schine was being "smeared" by Jenkins' questions by asking Stevens "have you learned this" or "have you learned that." He'll Be Called Chairman Mundt (R-SD) broke in to say that Schine would be called as a witness "in due course." Mundt ruled the questions were entirely proper under the commit- :ee's purpose of seeking light and truth on the charges and counter- charges in the case. Jenkins' questioning progressed .hrough a buildup of laughter from :he jampacked committee room. Sis early questions brought titters which exploded into loud laughter when he asked: "Mr. Stevens, did you know that Schine had a company commander at Ft. Dix named LT. Miller and .hat he put his arm around his shoulder and drew this officer to one side and told him he had been sent there to modernize the Ameri- can Army and streamline it along modern lines." He's Heard It Stevens said he had lean! some reports to that effect. Jenkins also asked, 'whether Stevens had heard that Schine did not wear his regular uniform es caped kitchen duties, got more leaves and passes than other sol- diers. McCarthy's complaint that it was "improper" for Jenkins to be ask- ing questions as though they were facts, without any evidence being introduced to show they were facts, drew retorts from Democratic sen- ators. Both Sens. Jackson (Wash) and McClellan (Ark) said that earlier in the hearings McCarthy, had asked whether career diplomat Samuel Reber left the State De- partment while under investigation on security charges. McCarthy Did It The two Democrats said Mc- Carthy had put that question at Maj. Gen. Miles Keber, the first witness called by the Army, with- out any evidence being offered in support of the charge. The two Rebers are brothers. McClellan said Jenkins' question- ing was "absolutely relevant" to the Army's charge that preferen- tial treatment was sought for Schine and obtained. McCarthy said when he was chairman of the investigating sub- committee he insisted on a rule that no one would be publicly ac- cused unless he was in the com- mittee room and had a chance to "step up and answer" immedi- ately. Before the row over this line ol questioning by Jenkins, Stevens had testified he never heard Army Counselor John G. Adams olfer to furnish McCarthy with information about "a large number of homo- sexuals" in the Air Force. Wanted Basic Waived The McCarthy camp charges that Adams did make such an offer in trying to divert McCarthy from hunting for Communists in the Army to a probe of the Air Force or Navy. Sen. Potter (R-Mich) questioned Stevens about this. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Clear and warm Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday; high Wednesday 90: low Wednes- day night 65: high Thursday 90. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and warm with widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this alter. noon, tonight and Thursday. Widely scatter- ed thunderstorms In Panhandle and South Plains. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Partly clcudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. TEMFE2ATCRES Toes. P.M. Wed. A.M. U. S. Vetoes Red Korea's Proposal PARATROOPERS COLLIDE IN MID-AIR Two para- troopers of the 82nd Airborn Division collide as an emer- gency chute (white) opens during a mass jump over Fort Bragg, N.C. The third chute, lower, shows a man crumpled up as they untangle and glide down safely. Some troops jumped in exercise "Flashburn." CONCERT AT AHS New Englanders Due Here Today Those North Adams, Mass., high school students must really have dug the spurs into their bus on their way to Abilene. Wednesday their sponsor called Mrs. Kathleen. Parker at Abilene High School to say that they will arrive here Wednesday afternoon instead of Thursday morning as previously scheduled. They were to leave Oklahoma City, Okla., early Wednesday and estimated their arrival here at around 5 p.m. A caravan of students will greet the New Englanders on the Albany highway northeast of Abilene and bring them into the city. Last fall Mrs. Parker and Ern- M 59 6S 72 74 78 K Sunset last nuiht p.m. Sunrise to. day a.m. Sanset toniiht p.tn. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours mitt >t Minimum for the 34 hoars it St. BaroMter M p.m. 17.M. Senate Okays Drought Fund WASHINGTON wt-The Senate gave speedy and unanimous ap- proval today to a 15-million-dollar emergency fund to begin a federal program to end dust storm damage in drought areas. The money was added to a catch- all supplemental appropriations bill after a dozen senators from states hard hit by recent dust storms spoke of the need for emer- gency aid. The House is expected to give quick approval later. Sen. Bridges (R-NH) offered the amendment. He explained that the secretary of agriculture could use the money to make payments to farmers and land owners this and next year who follow emergency soil conservation methods for pre- venting or modifying serious wind erosion. Payments can range up to a dol- lar an acre for the millions of acres in Texas, Oklahoma, Colo- rado, New Mexico, Kansas and other states hard hit by drought and blowing dust. est Sublett. AHS drama teacher. :ook a group of AHS students to Drury High School at North Adams for a week. The Abilenians are now prepar- ng to repay their downeastern hospitality with some southwest- ern entertaining. The New Englanders will stay in jornes of Abilene students who stayed with them in Massachusetts last fall. The Abilene High School band will play and the Student Council has provided a welcoming par- ty at the high school this after- noon. The Massachusetts students will be guests at the Baird parade and rodeo Thursday, beginning at 6 p. m. Saturday afternoon at the visitors and hosts will be guests of the National Honor Society on a visit to the Watt Matthews ranch near Albany. A chuck wagon supper is sched- uled and Bob Nail, well-known Al- bany Fandangle director, will pro- vide some entertainment. Monday afternoon, after school, the group will tour the Onyx re- finery north of Abilene. Several luncheons are also plan ned. The 30 Massachusetts young- sters left home Sunday and plan- ned to visit Niagara Falls, Can- ada, Chicago and Tulsa on their way south. Jump Saves Pilot of Jet CLINTON, Okla. IAV-A jet fight cr pilot who bailed out of his dis- abled plane during a violent thun- derstorm over western Oklahoma last night was found safe early to- day by a farmer. The pilot, Maj. Hubert C. Van trease, was battered and bruised by hail stones, suffered a wrenched back and exposure from the night spent in wind, rain and bail. Dulles Urges Old UN Plan Be Used GENEVA of State Dulles today re- iected North Korea's peace proposal as "a scheme designed :o destroy the authority of the existing Seoul government and to replace it by a Communist puppet regime." At the same time, Dulles called on the 19-nation Far Eastern conference to back up the 1948 United Nations plan calling for general elections under U.N. supervision. Implementation of this program, he said, would require the Chinese Communists "to withdraw their forces of ag- gression and occupation from North Korea so that the United Nations can omplete its task in an atmosphere free of menace." l The secretary of state said the United States does not wish its own troops to remain in Korea indefinitely. Meanwhile France's Georges Bidault and Russia's V. M. Molotov held a second private talk, increasing optimism that a formula can be found to set up a big-power confer- ence on halting the Indochi- na war. Representing the Western Big Three, the French foreign minister went to the Soviet delegate's lake- side villa this morning just a few lours before Secretary of State Dulles was scheduled to unveil the U. S. government policy declara- :ion on Korea to the 19-nation Far Eastern conference. A French spokesman hailed the continuing informal talks on Indo- and Molotov met first a sign that the critical question would not have to wait for disposition of the virtual- ly deadlocked Korean problem but might actually be: considered by the conference simultaneously. Agnenuit Doe Soon 'While the formal meetings of the 19 nations are, dealing -with pro- posals 'for unifying Korea, the Bidault-Molotov talks so far were limited to composition of a con- ference on Indochina. French sources expressed belief that agreement might be reached with the Communists soon on this, per- mitting invitations to the talks to go out. The arrival in Geneva today of France's minister for Indochina, Marc Jacquet, also was viewed as another indication of French op- timism. Reportedly he was called in to advise Bidault on the attitude of the three native governments in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, the Indochinese Associated States. Though there was no definite word, observers believed some formula was in sight to permit the seating of the Communist-con- trolled Vietminh rebels at the ta- ble with the Associated States. This has been a serious stumbling block since the Viet Nam chief of state, ex-Emperor Bao Dai, had indicated his representatives would not negotiate with represen- tatives of the VieUninh's Moscow- trained leader, Ho Chi Minh. A highly informed source said these three possibilities were con- sidered during yesterday's talk be- tween Molotov and Bidault: 1. A nine-party conference lim- ited to France, Britain, the United States, the Soviets, Communist China, the three Indochinese states and the Vietminh. 2. An 11-member parley those nine plus Thailand and Burma, both neighbors of Indochina. 3. A 14-delegation 11 plus Australia, India and In- donesia. Abilene Polio Test Officials Go to Austin Health officials from Abilene were in Austin Wednesday to check with state health officials concern- ing the availability of Salk polio vaccine for tests in Taylor Coun- ty. Local health officials have ex- pressed confidence the tests will begin in Taylor County next week, if no second graders. develop a case: of paralytic polio. The exact date is to be announced. The NaUonal Foundation for In fanute JParalysis has ruled that Salic vaccine tests may not given-in-any school' In which sec- ohd graders have developed para- lytic polio in the two-week period preceding the date of the test. A survey on Tuesday showed no second graders in the county had developed paralytic polio, health officials said. The first permission blanks re- turned with parents' signatures in- dicated a majority of parents fa- vor the vaccine. More than half of the blanks have been returned. A spot check of the returned blanks showed 75 per cent of the parents favor the vaccine. Slightly more than second graders in Taylor County will re- ceive vaccine shots under the pres- ent plan. Records also will be kept of first and third graders to de- termine the effectiveness of the vaccine. First and third graders will .not receive shots. Premier Waste Pronaaanda QUEBEC Communist says Provincial Pre- mier Maurice Duplessis of reports that Quebec's auditorium operators are afraid he'll shutter them if they let six touring Soviet artists appear. That was the province chiefs only comment on statement yes- terday by John Boyd of Toronto, manager of the current tour through Canada by the six music- ians and dancers from Moscow. Boyd said he hadn't been able to hire a hall in Quebec because the owners feared action by the Pre- mier, well known for his anti-Com- munist sentiments. Deadman Creek Farmers May Fight Abilene Channel Farmers living along Deadman Creek may protest the city's pro- posed channeling of that stream into municipal Lake Fort Phan- tom Hill. Whether they do object will de- pend upon information they win seek Friday from the City Com- mission. Bryan Bradbury, local attorney, is to represent the delegation at Friday morning's regular meeting. The session begins at 9 a.m. Purpose of the appearance is to find out all the facts possible and'to request a later conference with the commission, Bradbury said. "These farmers are sympa- thetic with Abilene's problem, but are anxious that their only water, supply Isn't taken the at- torney said. Annual appointment of depart- ment heads is also tentatively on Friday.'! ajnda. The City Commission appoints each year on its own motion a city manager, city secretary, city attorney, police; chief, city judge and health officer. It has the final approval on the city manager's naming of persons to the following positions: City engineer, tax assessor-collec- tor, chief accountant, city treas- urer, purchasing agent, fire chief and fire marshal. Both groups of appointments are expected to be considered Friday. The city is preparing to ask the State Board of Water Engineers for rights to Deadman Creek wa- ter. It proposes to channel water from Deadman into the city's Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Bradbury said 'the farmers whom he represents live north of the proposed diversion point. Deadman Creek is their only wa- ter supply, he quoted them as say- ing. "They say that they can't even get water by drilling he reported. The lawyer stressed that the group isn't entering a protest at this time. The farmers wish first to get-all the facts about the pro- posed city diversion project, he said. Twenty to 25 farmers are in- cluded in the group he represents, Bradbury reported. He said one of their spokesmen is Charlie My- att. Preliminary discussion of the Deadman Creek project has been held between city officials and the State Board of Water Engineers. The latter win set formal hear- ing, at which all interested par- ties may express their riewi. Freese t Nichols, cwoultiof engineers, are to furnish ing daU m part at the formal ap- plication. ;