Abilene Reporter News, April 30, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

April 30, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas COOLER EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL.LXXIII, No. 317 Auodeted Prat (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 30, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICS DAILY 3c, SUNDAY lOc CITY TO RESTORE PORTRAIT OF EARLYDAY POLICE CHIEF Abilene's city government Friday officially recog- nized the services of the late John Clinton, earlvday po- lice and fire chief. Commissioners voted to have his oil portrait re- stored by a local artist, Willie Reed Rowe. They allotted ?100 to pay for the work. The picture hangs in the Police Department. Clinton was police chief nearly 40 years, and for many years was also fire chief. Wording attached to the portrait states that he was police chief from 1885 to 1922. He was a Confederate soldier and government scout. INFORMAL TALKS SET City Delays Vote On Top Officials City Commission' Friday post- poned annual appointment of de- partment heads. Mayor C. E. Gatlin announced that he would like to hold an in- formal discussion among the com- missioners prior to the action. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom then asked Gatlin to wait at least until the Friday, May 14 .regular Meeting. Malcom explained that he will be out of town next Friday, and wishes to be present when the ap- pointments are made. The commission appoints the city manager, city secretary ,city attorney, police chief, city judge and health officer. It also has the final approval et the manager's recommen- dation for the following positions: 2 More FHA Officials Fired WASHINGTON W-Housing Ad- ministrator Albert Cole today an- jjounced suspension of two -hous- ing "officials: "in 'Philadelphia be- cause, he said, they .have failed to reply under oath to a question- naire concerning "acceptance of from persons with whom they did housing business. Deputy Housing and Home Fi- nance Administrator William F. McKenna, appointed by Cole to in- vestigate FHA after recent charges that loans insured by the agency had been abused, said the two em- ployes were: John P. McGrath, chief ap- praiser for the Housing Adminis- tration at Philadelphia. Wilmer Russell, FHA inspector at Philadelphia. Cole said the two have been given five days, from today, in which to show cause why they should not be fired. Cole's announcement said Nor- man Mason, acting FHA adr--.'ius- trator, ordered the two to answer questions under oath on April 20, after receiving allegations of "ir- regular practices." Texas Western's President Named Maryland U. Chief "BALTIMORE wnson H. Elkins, president of Texas Western today was named the new president" of the University of Maryland. He will take-over the job Sept. 1. He will succeed H. C. Byrd, long-time president who resigned last January to become a Demo- cratic candidate for governor of Maryland. City engineer, tax assessor-collec- tor, chief accountant, city treasur- er, purchasing agent, fire chief and fire marshal. Both groups of appointments probably will be made at the same meeting. In actions Friday morning, the commission: (1) Closed Washington St. from Park Ave. to Forrest Ave. by both readings of an ordinance. (2) Voted recognition to'the Abi- lene Chamber of Commerce for staging "a good dedication cere- mony" last Sunday at the Muni- cipal Airport. (3) Leased the Municipi.; Air- port cafe for one year Horace H. Hardin. (4) Heard from Commissioner W. D. Rich that a traffic hazard is created at South llth St. and Sayles Blvd. by occupants of an apartment house parking at the curb. (5) Received from Commission- er Malcom a suggestion, that the city inspect all paving jobs at the end of a year after their com- pletion. Malcom said this would enable the city to determine whether the contractor should make repairs under his mainten- ance bond. (6) Asked the city attorney to check the legal aspects on the re' quested opening of Walnut St. from the 2400 block north to Treadaway Blvd. The lease on the airport cafe runs for one year from May 15, 1954. Hardin was given also an op- tion to renew it for another year on the same terms as any third party might offer. Hardin won't have to pay any rent or utilities under his first year's agreement. However, if the net profits exceed his next contract will be negotiated and a rental determined. No action was taken on Rich's report concerning the South llth and Sayies parking problem. Com- missioners discussed possibility of cutting back the center parkway on Sayles to give more room to vehicles turning onto Sayles from llth. Commissioners asked City Man- ager Austin P. Hancock to check with the City Engineering Depart- ment to see whether inspections are being made on all year-old paving jobs. The contractor on each paving project is placed under a maintenance bond. This is to guar- antee that all paving done will be properly maintained and any de- fects caused by faulty work or materials within 12 months after completion will be remedied by the contractor. Malcom said inspections should always be made. Then the city should either notify the contractor in writing what repairs he must make or give him a written re- lease, Malcom stated. Winds Slam East Texas Property Damages High Hanover Woman Hurt by Twister WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport 1450 Clinton ................1.65 1829 South Eighth ..........1.80 222S Edgemont..............1.90 857 EN 13th................2.00 2418 North 18th..............1.70 2233 Walnut .................1.55 2943 Swenson Ave...........1.75 MKE ABILENE 3.40 Watershed................. 3.00 PHANTOM HILL LAKE ......1.60 KIRBY LAKE................2.00 LAKE PAULINE...............68 ALBANY 1.75 ANSON....................... 1.00 BAIRD .75 BALLINGER...................50 BRECKENRIDGE showers BRONTE .....................50 BUFFALO GAP 3.00 CAPS 1.80 CHILDRESS.................. Tr. CHILLICOTHE.................25 CISCO .'........................03 CLYDE 2.05 CROWELL................... 1.10 EDEN........................52 ELECTRA.....................50 GOREE...................... 1.00 HASKELL .....................80 KNOX CITY .................50 Nearby.......................75 LUEDERS....................1.80 MASON 2.00 McCAMEY.....................01 MENARD 1.25 MERKEL sprinkle MILES ........................50 MUNDAY .....................76 NORTON 1.00 PAINT CREEK QUANAH ......................75 RED SPRINGS.....i......... 1.00 RISING STAR 121 ROCHESTER.................. 80 90 SANTA'ANNA................ .50 SAN ANGELO .................68 SEYMOUR ...................18 SHAMROCK In town 3.00 In area 3.00 to 5.00 STAMFORD 1.00 VERNON.......................50 WEINERT .....................40 WINTERS 1.90 WYLIE.......................2.00 THE WEATHER WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Clear to partly cloud? Friday afternoon. Friday night and Saturday; cooler with high 65-70 Friday afternoon; low Friday night 50; high Saturday 80. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy with scattered thunderstorms mostly in east portion and cooler this afternoon. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight and Saturday. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy to cloody this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. A little colder tonight with lowest IB upper EAST TEXAS Thunderstorms thij af- ternoon and tonight. Mostly cloudy with showers and thundershowenr Saturday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and local thunderstorms, mostly with showers and thunderstorms Saturday. TEMPERATURES Thnrs. P.M. Fri. A.M. 80 71 80 69 SO 60 76............ 61 75 60 65 61 65 58 C9 57 72 58 73 61 73 63 frt Sunset last night p.m. Sunrise to- day a.m. Sunset tonight p.m. Barometer reading at p.m.: 27.96. Relative humidity at p.m. 75 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 34 noun ended at a.m.: 81. Minimum temperature for the 24 hoars ended at a.m.: 59. McCarthy Investigator Says He Ordered Photo'Cropped' WASHINGTON W-James Juli- ana, an investigator for the Mc- Carthy committee, testified today he ordered the printing of a con- troversial "cropped" photograph showing Secretary of the Army Stevens and Pvt. G. David Schine alone. He acknowledged the print was from a more extensive picture showing also Air Force Col. Jack T. Brafley. Juliana said he had ordered en- largements of both the picture of Stevens and Schine alone, and a picture showing the two with Brad- ley. Juliana said he delivered the photograph showing Schine and Stevens alone to the Senate com- mittee investigating the McCarthy- Army row, because be thought that was what the committee wanted. Prodded by Chairman Mundt (R-SD) M "specific di- cision" it WM to bring to the in- the picturt showing only Stevens and Schine, Juliana replied: "That was my decision." Juliana said he instructed Don Surine, assistant counsel for the McCarthy committee, to prepare enlargements. Juliana was called to the witness chair after Sen. McCarthy had spoken up at the hearings on his row with Army officials and de- clared that Juliana had altered the picture. In other developments: 1. Army Counsel Joseph N. Welch demanded that McCarthy be called to the witness chair as soon as Secretary Stevens finishes his testi- mony. Mundt told Welch the com- mittee would determine the order of tbe proceedings. 2. George Anastos and Mrs. Frances Mims, staff employes oi McCarthy, both swore they knew nothing about toe "cropping" of the photograph. There was some conflict, however, between tbttr of bow pbotognph was handled at the staff offices. 3. Schine, in brief testimony, said that after refreshing his mem- ory overnight he thought he had given an accurate account yester- day of his part fa the photo epi- sode. That part was chiefly to furnish the original picture. Schine was excused from the witness chair but is to come back later for more general testimony. Juliana insisted he was just try- ing to meet what he considered the wishes of the committee when be supplied the photo of Schine and Stevens alone. He said he understood commit- tee Counsel Roy Jenkins wanted "a photograph of Mi-. Stevens and Private Schine." He said these in- structions could have come either from Jenkins or Roy M. Cohn, chief .counsel for the McCarthy committee, or both. "I to believe that was what you wanted in tht he told Jenkins. "I didn't know why you wanted tt." OVER THE TOP Lytle Lake begins to flow over its spillway about 10 20 "a m Fri- day., .following hard rains Thursday and early Friday morning The water runs into Ly- tle Crssjfc en.ipute tp Cedar Creek and lake Fort PhantoritHiU.." (Staff -phQto'bj Don __ _ _ Rains Put City's Total Over Normal By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An army of small but vicious tornadoes mauled more than a dozen cities and towns in the east half of Texas Fri- day. The marauding twisters came closest to producing a disaster at a country school in the Beulah community, 12 miles south of Lufkin. The tornado smashed the building and injured 13 of the 40 pupils'inside it.- One of the in- jured children was known to have a broken leg. The spinning winds also pounded Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Bryan, Tyler, San Antonio, Mineola, Grape- land, Franklin, Coupland, Kyle, Taylor, Byersville, Eloise, Brempnd and the communities of Cause, Jones Prairie, Min- erva, Hanover, Splawn and Lone Star. Heavy rains drenched the tornado wreckage. Mrs. Raymond Dees received cuts and bruises when a twister flattened her home in the Central Texas community of Hanover. The series of storms left a trail of smashed buildings and fallen power poles, trees, signs and TV antennae. The twisters spun out of a thunderous collision of twin cold fronts that locked horns and moved eastward across the state. Bryan Air Force Base described the destructive winds that hit sev- en miles southwest of Bryan as a possible tornado. The storm flat- tened the Negro church and near- by buildings. Power Disrupted Rural power service was disrupt- ed 10 miles west of Bryan ,near ed 10 miles west of Bryan, near Mooring. Four power poles were blown over three miles northeast of Bryan in still another surge of windy violence. Heavy gusts also pounded Bryan At Dallas. ttie winds showed sev- 'eral houses'in the Oak Cliff section into the-street; the weather bureau said. Police said fdur houses re- ceived heavy damage. Fallen pow- er poles and timbers flipped out of the Oldham Lumber Yard littered the damaged area. Fort Worth's damage appeared to be centered in the north part of town. "Moving in with a the Runoff from heavy rains flowed swiftly Friday" morning, sending Lytle Lake its spillway and causing Elm Creek to crest at 22 feet, six inches. v The rains fell Thursday after- noon and early Friday in a wide area. The black clouds curled into twisting tornado fingers at several points, but none caused any cas- ualties. Minor property damage occurred. The effectiveness of the mois- ture's punch at the prolonged drought was revealed by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Air- pert. Weathermen said rainfall was above normal. This is the first time the Jan- uary-through-April total has been above normal since 1949, when 6.66 inches fell. The total in 1954 through noon, April 30, was 5.39 inches; The nor- mal for the first four months was See picture and story, page 8-A. 5.38. April had a big margin over the normal. Actual rainfall in the month was 4.01, compared with a normal of 2.47. Lytle Lake began flowing over its spillway about or a.m. The excess water flowed into Ly- tle Creek, then into Cedar Creek and on into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Mrs. J. W. Cagle, 2917 Grand Ave., reported a storm early Fri- day blew down a shed on the C. J. Henson place, on Hensoh St. four blocks west of Grape St., and tossed the shed on top of another shed. A third shed was blown against the other two sheds. During this scramble, all of Hen- son's pheasants, turkeys, and pea "fowls were released. All of the birds, except one turkey and CREEKS STILL RUNNING Lakes Catch 860 Million Gallons Abilene's three reservoirs as of 9 a.m. Friday had caught 860 mil- lion gallons of water from the rains Thursday and Friday a two month's supply. This was reported by Curtis C. Harlin, Jr., city water superinten- dent. The three lakes at 9 a.m. con- tained 14.12 billion gallons an estimated 2% years supply. Water continued flowing into all three lakes. All were higher Fri- day morning than at any time since the heavy rains of July, 1953, Harliii said. Lake Fort Phantom Hill, the larg- est of the three, had risen of a foot. The second largest, Lake Abilene, had risen about 2.5 feet. The third, Lake Kirby, had risen 1.C feet. Pumps had transferred 91 mil- lion gallons of water from the Clear. Fork of the Brazos to Fort Phan- tom. Elm Creek continued to run as deep at the lake as it had when rain first fell Thursday. Total rise of Fort Phantom likely will be at least one foot, Harlin estimated. When the raui began, the gauge at Lake Abilene was out of the water. Therefore, no accurate check can be made of this lake's catch, Harlin said. A rain gauge at the lake revealed a total rain- fall of inches. Portions of the lake's watershed got rainfalls of Lake Kirby's watershed received good rains, Harlin said. The lake keeper drove into the watershed Friday morning. Much more wa- ter will run into the lake, Harlin predicted. The total 14.2 billion gallons in storage was sufficient to last Abi- lene many months, Harlin said. During the maximum usage month in 1953, the city used gallons. This was in June. The minimum usage month was February, when the city used gallons. The average daily consumption in 1953 was million gallons. This was the lake situation as of 9 a.m. Friday morning: LAKE FORT PHANTOM HILL- .6 foot rise; total catch of 600 nil- 1'on gs'Jans; water 11.40 feet below spillway; total capacity of 24." bil- lion gallons; total water in Jake, 12.7 billion gallons. LAKE ABILENE estimated 2.5 feet rise; total catch of 130 mil- lion gallons; water 19.6 feet below spillway; total capacity ol 3.225 billion gallons; total water in lake, 650 million gallons. LAKE.KIRBY 1.8 foot rise; total catch of 110 million gallons; water 1G.S feet below spillway; to- 'tal capacity of 2.85 billion gallons; total water-in lake, 770 million fallow. one pheasant, subsequently were recovered. Clyde residents, who have suf- fered two destructive tornadoes 12 years apart, received a scare Thursday evening. Residents said a tornado dipped down out of a cloud, but failed to touch the ground. Many residents fled to storm cellars until the danger passed. Area residents reported several tornadoes in the air and on the ground below a swirling black cloud cover which passed over the area. There were no casualties report- ed and little property damage. Telephone service was knocked out temporarily in the Lake Fort Phantom Hill and Buffalo Gap areas. Heavy rains dumped water into creeks which flowed into Abilene municipal reservoirs. As of 6 a. m. Friday, giant pumps had trans- ferred from the Clear Fork of the Eraios into Fort Phantom, Curtis Harlin, Jr., city water superintendent, reported. Catches also were made by Lake Kirby and Lake Abilene, but no figures were immediately available. Wiley Norwood, 3782 Westridge Dr., said Elm Creek at the South 14th St. bridge crested at a height of 22 feet, six inches, at a.m. Friday, then began to recede. Dur- ing heavy rains in July, 1953, the creek crested at 24 feet. Observers reported at least three small tornadoes near Abilene Christian College Thursday even- ing. Tornadoes also were sighted near Nugent, Elmdale and Clyde. No damage was reported. Most of them apparently stayed in the air.' Abilene police said Catclaw Creek ran bank full Thursday evening. The creek jumped its banks at North 18th and North 15th Sts. and at Ambler Ave. Lytle Lake at 9 a.m. Friday lacked eight inches of reaching the top of the spillway. Cedar Creek, which runs out of the lake, was carrying considerable water into Lake Phantom. Heavy rains up to three inches fell on part of the Lake Abilene watershed. Creeks ran strong into the lake. Elm Creek washed out fences below the lake. The creek was one-half bank full in that area Friday morning. Merkel received only a sprinkle of rain not enough to measure. Two separate rains fell at Abi- lene, weathermen said. The first was Thursday afternoon. sec- ond lasted from 2 to 4 a.m. Friday. A south-bound front which passed a.m. triggered the second thundershuwcr. The front envied off -area tornado funnel was spotted about 6 a.m. by Charlie Mauck and W.W. McCrory, a city policeman. Inch in an Hour More than an inch of rain fell in less than an hour. Trees were toppled, windows smashed, TV an- tennae knocked down and roofs damaged in all sections of the city. A bottling company plant in east Fort Worth reported to 000 damage, with a small building demolished and two other corru- gated metal structures damaged. A Baptist church under construc- tion in north Fort Worth was blown down, and the tower of radio sta- tion KWBC collapsed, the paint scorched as if by lightning. High winds whipped, heavy rain through Denton. The rain meas- ured 1.9 inches and 'water piled up eight feet deep in an underpass iriside the city limits. At Austin, .83 inch of rain fell and winds as high as 47 miles an hour uprooted a few trees and caused some power failures. Four witnesses saw a funnel- shaped cloud whip through north- east Fort Worth and then lash the community of Smithfield. Nancy Bernstein, 15, was struck by flying glass and Jesse B. Coch- ran, 52, was treated for a back, injury received when a small building blew down on him. Mrs. J. B, Tarwater said the twister "roared something awful... It was terrible. The air was blue black and roaring." At Smithfield, the twister picked up a 15-by-40-foot barn and drop- ped it 50 feet from its foundation. Toppled trees, disrupted power service, broken TV aerials, smash- ed windows and damaged roofs were common in all sections of Fort Worth. Soviet Wants India loAttend Peace Parley GENEVA An informed source said today Russia "lias de- manded India be invited to take part m Indochina peace talks com- ing up here Such a proposal is certain to throw another obstaclt in the path of the Indochina, tafe The source said the. might aisu even ajk that Indonesia and Burma be invited. The United States is understood :o be firmly opposed to including India on the grounds the confer- ence should be held to as small a circle of interested nations as pos- sible. InoV i Prime Minister Nehru re- cently announced to his own Par- Jament in New Delhi a program for an end lo the seven-year-old tadoohina war, iucluding an im- mediate cease-fire, a noninterven- tion pact by the big powers and direct negotiations between the French and the Communist-led- Vietminh rebels. The report of Russia's move to bring India to Geneva came short- ly after it was revealed that Viet Nam's chief of state Bao Dai had agreed to sit down at the confer- ence table here with representa- tives of the Vietminh. Until the reported new Russian demand, Bao Dai's previous op- position to rebel participation had been the major obstacle prevent- ing organization of the Indochina talks after conclusion of the pres- ent debate'on Korea. It was reported earlier the East and West were virtually agreed on including nine parties at the Indo- china conference. These would be the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Red China, the Vietminh and the three French-sponsored Indochinese states of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. If the talks were to be expand- ed at all, the United States was reported at the most to favor only the addition of Thailand and Bui'- ma to the conference, since those two countries border on Indochina. The importance of early agree- ment on the Indochina conference became apparent yesterday when Thailand's Prince Wan Waithaya- kon, one of the three chairmen of the general Far Eastern con- ference, said the general debate on Korea probably would be com- pleted by the end of the week. SUNDAY HEADL1NERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Not bricks, not cement, not steel, but men build cities. This Sunday's Reporter-News will tell you about the the organizations 'that have had a hand in building 'Abilene. Whom has the Society for Mental Health in Taylor County picked as man of the year? His name will be revealed in The Reporter-News Sunday. Sports Writer Fred Sanner will journey to Dallas with the Eagle, track team as part" of the.full-coverage given by the sports department. There will be news for and about news, farm news and just news in general. You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter- News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. ;