Abilene Reporter News, May 11, 1954

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May 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEARING TONIGHT VOL. LXXIII, No. 328 /-Wi)t atotlme ¿Reporter —Jtensf'"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron EVENING FINAL ¿«ocinied Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 11, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10cDrought Killer Rain Falls VETOED BY STEVENS Moves to Shorten Probe Foil Again WASHINGTON Ufl—Sen. Dirksen (R-IH) today offered a revised plan aimed at cutting short the McCar-thy-Army hearings, but it ran into immediate opposition from the Army and from Democratic senators. A vote was delayed until this afternoon. From the witness chair, Secretary of the Army Stevens said the Army believes the hearings should continue in public and that "all the facts” should be put on the table. Stevens said he thought the com mittee and the public should get a chance to see the witnesses on the stand, just as he has been sub jected to 13 days of public ques tioning, “All witnesses necessary should come before the committee in public hearings,” he said. Airlift Rushed SAIGON, Indochina tm — Rebel Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap broadcast over the Vietminh Radio today his agreement to a meeting with French army representatives on the airfield at Dien Bien Phu to arrange for evacuation of the wounded from that fallen fortress. Gisj agreed to the quick evacuation of the fortress’ 1,300 wounded after G?n. Henri Navarre, French Union commander, had addressed a message to him which was dropped on the battered fortress by a French plane early this afternoon. The French commander also made an attempt to contact Giap by Radio Hirondelle, the voice of the French forces in the Far East at Hanoi. Speaking over the Vietminh radio, the victorious Communist commander proposed the French and Vietminh representatives confront each other at the northern portion of the Dien Bien Phu airfield. The helicopter carrying the French should, he stipulated, be plainly marked with a red cross. The date of the encounter will be fixed a day in advance by French Commander Gen. Henri Navarre. The Communists agreed at the Geneva conference yesterday that the French could fly out 1,300 seriously wounded troops the Reds said they had captured when they seized the northwest Indochina bastion Friday after 56 days of repeated attacks. Once arrangements with Giap are made, the big problem will be landing facilities for the French transports. Dien Bien Phu is 175 miles northwest of Hanoi, nearest hospital center big enough to handle such a large number of cases. The fortress’ two airstrips were churned to rubble by rebel mortars and artillery. The besiegers’ ever-encroaching trenches pocked them repeatedly. Before the planes can land there, the strips will have to be repaired. Dirksen’s proposal would suspend the public hearings after Sen. McCarthy testified, and they possibly would not be resumed. Chairman Mundt (R-SD) postponed a vote on the Dirksen proposal until the afternoon session, starting at 1:30 p.m. EST, to give the investigating senators and the principals more time to consider it. These were the main differences from an earlier Dirksen proposal: 1. Once the public hearings were suspended, there would be closed hearings for any rebuttal witnesses the principals to the dispute insisted should be heard. Transcrips of the closed door testimony would be made public. 2. With suspension of the public hearings, Sen. McCarthy would be freed to resume his own hearings on Communists in the government but with the restriction that he could not look into military installations or personnel. He’s Restrained Now By present rules, McCarthy is restrained from conducting his own investigations pending the conclusion of the inquiry into his row with Army officials. Dirksen said he was offering his plan because he felt strongly it would be “in the public interest in this time of tension ... to get these hearings recessed.” He added he sincerely hoped all parties could agree. As did his earlier pians, Dirksen’s new proposal provides for Committee Counsel Ray H. Jenkins to interview possible witnesses other than McCarthy and Stevens, or direct rebuttal witnesses called by the principals, and provide a summary of their statements by June 10. The subcommittee then would decide which, if any, of them should be called for public testimony. Democrat Protests Dirksen’s new plan ran immediately into a protest from Sen. Jackson (D*Wash), a subcommittee member, that principals in the case other than McCarthy and Stevens—who might be questioned in closed hearings—would be limited to rebuttals answering testimony of Stevens or McCarthy. Jackson said each of the principals, in their original statements, had filed charges and countercharges “of an affirmative nature,” and should testify and be questioned about these charges. iif§ ' ‘    VV<^'    tob    H    *'ÁV    Í3B?H H II ¡¡¡IB! CATCLAW CLOSES CROSSING — The rains came Mon-day night and Tuesday morning to Abilene and West Central Texas. And what used to be a dry-crossing, where WHEAT AIDED IN SPOTS Ambler Ave. makes its way across Catclaw Creek, suddenly showed a need for a ferry. (Staff photo bv Don Hutcheson). Pastures Best Since 1949; Sub-Moisture Is Plentiful By DUANE HOWELL Reportcr-News Farm Writer Crop-boosting rains Monday have put pasture conditions in West Central Texas in better shape than at any similar period since 1949, according to area county agents. Wheat prospects in some sections are the brightest of several years, while in other areas the rains came too late to help the crop. Elated farmers throughout the area have more sub-soil moisture for cotton and grain sorghum plantings than has been present since 1949. Applications for emergency feed in Taylor County have practically stopped with the improved pasture conditions, says A. H. Jefferies, ASC office manager. Wheat in some sections of the Rotan Man Shot; Brother Charged ROTAN, May 11. (RNS)-A charge of assault with intent to murder was filed here Tuesday morning against Ben Claxton, 59, Rotan day laborer. His brother, Dave Claxton, who YOU COULD ALMOST BE SURE OF RAIN MAY 11 NEXT YEAR Prediction: It might rain on May 11. 1955. Twenty-six years ago on May 11 hard rains of six to seven inches fell, raising the supply in lakes by a considerable amount. Last year on May 11 hard rains added an estimated year’s supply to Abilene’s three municipal lakes. Buffalo Gap had a flood. Also on May 11 last year, tornadoes struck Waco, killing 114 people, and San Angelo, killing 11 people. At mid-morning this year on May 11, abundant rain was falling, indicating lakes will make another good catch. Next year: Well, it could rain on May 11. ASIA FOR ASIANS' Molotov Hits Asia Defense Pact, Backs Chinese Plans GENEVA (iP—Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov today assailed the Western-proposed Asian defense pact as an American scheme to preserve and perpetuate colonialism. The Soviet foreign minister told the 19-nation Korean Conference: “The plans of such a nature cannot correspond to the interests of peace and cannot enjoy the support of the peoples.” Instead, Molotov said he supported the proposals of Red China’s Premier Chou En-lai that the Asian countries settle their own problems. The Molotov speech came during a recess in the Indochina peace talks and the Soviet diplomat ranged over the whole Asian problem, as he did in his opening speech on Korea two weeks ago. Again he declared Red China is here as one of the big four powers and that it has the same status as the Big Four, The West has rejected this stand. During today’s lull on Indochina talks, a French spokesman said France was willing to discuss Communist armistice proposals even though it still opposed heir major provisions. The spokesman made it clear France had no intention at present of breaking off the Indochina talks in Geneva despite the apparent East-West deadlock. Western leaders saw little chance“ of ending the Indochina fighting with the price the Reds set for peace. A French spokesman said Communist proposals put before the conference yesterday appeared designed to “set the stage for the Vitminh to swallow up all of Indochina.” The Indochina phase of the conference was In recess today. The 19-nation Korean discussion was scheduled to resume. The Communist and non-Commu-nist delegations were tightly deadlocked on the problem of Korean unification, with no prospect of agreement. The conference, now in its third week, was not expected to break up immediately. Most diplomats here felt they must explore every possibility before giving up. The French-sponsored government of Viet Nam, largest of the three Indochina states, was reported working on a third peace plan that may differ sharply from that of either the French or the Communists. In addition to other provisions, the Viet Nam delegation has indicated it would ask for complete independence of the three Indo-chinse states of Indochina—Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia—now classified by France as associated states within the French Union. The French say the states are already independent or are approaching that status. Many Vietnamese say the French still hold the power in key field*. is in his early 60s, was in Callan Hospital here after being shot through the neck with a .22 caliber rifle. He was in “satisfactory” condition, attendants said. Police Chief B. H. Connally of Rotan said he was told by Ben Claxton that the shooting took place about 6:45 a. m. Tuesday in the house in which the brothers have been living together here. Fisher County Attorney H. F. Grindstaff took a signed statement in which Ben said he and Dave have been having trouble for several months concerning property management. The assault charge was filed in the court of Justice of the Peace H. S. Bridges here. Ben was in custody of sheriff’s officers Tuesday morning. Bond was not immediately set. The charge will be investigated by a 104th District Court grand jury. Hospital attendants said Dave was suffering from two wounds on the sides of his neck. Ben related that he had lived with his mother 27 years before she died about five years ago. Dave moved in with Ben after their mother died. Dave is a concrete worker. The shooting was reported the police chief by Ben. to county, said Jefferies, will now make 15 to 20 bushels per acre Although recent rains and cool weather have been a tremendous boon to wheat and pasture conditions, they have been detrimental to large acreages of grain sorghums that have been planted in the area. Much of the grain sorghum that is not already up will have to be planted over and the cold weather is retarding the growth of what is up. Nolan County farmers and ranchers are “really smiling now,” said M. B. Templeton, county agent. The county was one of the hardest hit sections in West Texas by the drought. “Our cultivated land is in the best shape of four or five years' and our range conditions are certainly much better than at any time since 1949,” he said. Templeton said very little wheat would be made in the county., “We couldn't be in better shape,” said Shackelford County Agent Jack Vines. “Weather the last three weeks has been perfect for pasture and wheat.” Weeds are beginning “to take” a lot of the grain sorghum crops, Vines said. Mitchell County Agent Jack Burkhalter predicts a yield of 8 to 20 bushels of wheat for that county. “The rain has been ideal for our wheat because it was in the dough stage and will now head out and make a pretty good crop,” he said. Burkhalter added that pasture conditions in the county would be “tops” in three to four weeks. Runnels County pastures are “really going along where there was any grass at all present, reports County Agent John Barton. WHERE IT RAINED Carthage Man Dies LONGVIEW (ffl—A highway accident took the life yesterday of Frank Rogers Sepaugh, 46, Carthage. He died when his car left the road and plunged down a steep embankment. WET BIRTHDAY GETTING TO BE HABIT FOR HER The M. E. Davidson family didn’t need a watherman to tell them it would rain today. Their daughter, Eualice is 17 years *old today and it has rained on 1§ of her birthdays. Mrs. Davidson reported they had planned a barbecue dinner at the Abiiene Christian College all school picnic, slated for today, to celebrate. Eualice is a freshman at ACC. Anyway, it’s a pretty nice jinx to have in this country, Eualice agres. North Wichita River Bridge Washes Out Traffic was being detoured around through Benjamin and Crowell from U. S. Highway 83 Tuesday morning after the bridge over the North Wichita River was washed out. The bridge was on Highway 83 between Guthrie and Paducah, according to Orville Rumsch of Abilene Northern Coaches. Driver H. B. McCoy reported the wash-out. Highway patrolmen said that the wash-out had caused no accidents. It was discovered about daybreak. Smaller Stripe OK for Prisoners HELENA, Mont. UB—After 30 years, the Montana Board of Prison Commissioners took official note yesterday that state prison inmates no longer wear those zebra-striped convict suits. The prisoners last wore the suits in 1924. Now, under a newly adopted rule, it’s correct for them to wear overall suits with white stripes down the seam of each trousers leg. ABILENE Municipal Airport .......... 1.79 426 Poplar.................. 2.70 2826 Grape..................2.75 2942 Swenson................2.25 909 Hickory St...............2.49 2225 Edgemont..............2.60 857 EN 13th ................2.60 1829 S. 8th..................2.90 2233 Walnut ................ 2.55 ALBANY .....................2.00 ANSON ...................... 1.60 BALLINGER ................ 1.06 BLACKWELL............1.50-2.00 BRONTE .....................2.00 BUFFALO GAP...............2.00 CAPS ......     2.20 CISCO ....................... 1.00 CHILLICOTHE...............2.60 CLYDE.......................1.45 CHILDRESS..................2.90 COLEMAN....................1.50 CLARENDON.................2.40 CLAYTONVILLE.............2.50 COLORADO CITY .......... 2.88 CROWELL....................3.05 EASTLAND .................. 0.65 EDEN ....................... 0.25 FORT CHADBOURNE 1.50 HAMLIN .................... 3.00 HASKELL....................3.20 HATCHEL....................1.00 HERMLEIGH.................2.50 KNOX CITY ................. 1.88 LAKE PAULINE ............ 2.03 LORAINE .................... 2.91 South of Loraine............3.35 LUEDERS....................4 00 MATADOR .................. 3.73 MEMPHIS ................... 2.51 MERKEL .................... 1.75 MEMPHIS....................2.50 MUNDAY.....................1.87 PADUCAH....................3.40 PAINT CREEK .............. 3.02 QUANAH.....................2.00 RISING STAR................1.05 ROBERT LEE................1.50 ROBY ........................ 3.00 ROTAN.......................3.00 RULE ........................3.00 SANTA ANNA ............... 1.50 SEYMOUR....................2.04 SHAMROCK ................. 2.50 SNYDER ................  3,00 STAMFORD..................3.16 SWEETWATER...............2.00 TRENT ...................... 3.00 TUSCOLA .................. 1.50 TURKEY.....................2 00 VERNON .................... 3.00 WELLINGTON .............. 2.10 WILMETH ................... l oo WEINERT ................... 2 48 WINGATE ................... 1.00 WINTERS  ........... l.oo Wide WCT Area Wet By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor This one did it! Our drought seems to be history. From one to three inches more rain soaked West Texas yesterday, last night and today. It was still raining in most places at mid-morning Tuesday, but clouds were expected to begin clearing early in the afternoon. Total moisture recorded by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport was 1.79 for Monday and Tuesday. This hiked the total for the year to 7.69, which was 1.03 more than the normal total through May 11 of 6.66. A squall line moved through the area about 3 a. m. today. Several points received good showers Monday, but the buik of the fall came Tuesday before noon. Creeks everywhere in this part of the state are running good. Some are lapping out of banks. Catclaw Creek was swollen in Abilene. High water at Ambler caused part of that city street to be baracaded this morning. Water was over the Farm-Market Road 618 southwest of Haskell in three places, over FM 617 between Weinert and Rochester in several places and over State Highway 283 four miles north of Rule at 8 a. m. Spotted hail fell in several places when the squall line moved and there was some wind (gauged in gusts at 58 miles per hour at Abilene) through, but no extensive damage was reported. Chimney Collapses Jimmy Stewart, who lives a mile south of the Abilene Country Club, Admiral Due To Fly Here On Thursday Rear Admiral Henry Cromrae* reported a corner of his house had I bn, USN, Armed Forces Day blown in and a chimney collapsed j speaker, will arrive in Abilene by from high wind early this mom- Pioneer Air Lines Thursday at ing. No one was injured, The house is occupied by the H. O. Stewarts and the Johnny Stewarts. During one part of the mid morning storm in Abilene, a bolt of lightning struck a building at North Sixth and Mesquite Sts., tearing off about 10 feet of its gable, it was reported by A. W. Harrison of 1526 Chestnut St. The 1.79 inches recorded at Municipal Airport raised Abilene’s total for May to 2.30. Normal rainfall for the first 11 days of the month is 1.28. Rainfall downtown for the two days was gauged up to nearly 3.00. The fall was generally heavier north of Abilene and lighter to the east last night. 3.20 At Haskell Haskell has got a total of 3.20 inches during the two days. Newsman Lon Pate reported, and it was still raining hard at mid-morning. This is more already than the average for May, 3.07 inches. Fisher County was soaked, Mrs. Alton Parker at Rotan reported. The total was 3 inches at both Roby and Rotan and it was overcast and drizzling at 9:30 this morning. Sweetwater’s Oak Creek lake was up another foot at 6:30 a.m. and creeks were running full, Newsman Roy Scudday reported. Every foot in the lake at this stage means about 13,000 acre feet of water, Scudday said. Sweetwater Soaked Rain around Sweetwater to 8 a.m. totaled about 2 inches, all but a drizzle of it from the night rain. This same two-inch measurement was general over the Oak Creek watershed in the Maryneal country. Lake Trammell, which hasn’t been much of a water source for a long time, now has 17 feet of See DROUGHT, Pg. 10-A, Col. 4-5 3:21 p. m. Among those greeting the admiral at the airport will be Mayor C. E. Gatlin and Chamber of Commerce President George Minter Jr., Howard McMahon, chairman of the AFD committee, said. Plans for Admiral Crommelin’s stay 1 ere include a visit to a cattle ranch, which he requested, McMahon said. He will also make an informal visit to the Naval Training Center here following his speech at the luncheon in the VFW Memorial Hall Friday, McMahon said. He will also be the committee’s guest at the second annual Abilene Horse Show in Range Riders Arena Friday afternoon. The ad-miral is planning to leave on the 6:52 p. m. plane Friday. Admiral Crommelin is to be main speaker at the AFD luncheon Friday. Several local civic clubs are planning to attend It for their regular meeting. Other plans for the day include fly-overs from Webb Air Force Base and Walters AFB and the parade and annual inspection of the ROTC Corps at Hardin-Sim* mons University Parramore Stadium. Water Flow Aided On Catclaw Creek Flood control apparently was greatly aided by the city’s recent improving of Catclaw Creek, Mayor C. E. Gatlin declared Tuesday morning. He made the statement after touring the area along the creek following the heavy rain. Gatlin reported he didn’t see Catclaw or any other creek out of its banks in the city. THE WEATHER C.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER HI REAL' ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy to cloudy thi* afternoon, clearing tonight; talr and warmer Wednesday. High temperature today, 60 degrees; low tonight, 50; high Wednesday. In the 70’s. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Showers and locally severe thunderstorms thU attention and in east portion early tonight. Wednesday mostly cloudy. WEST TEXAS—-Considerable cloudiness, scattered thunderstorms in Panhandle and South Plains and east of Pecos Valley this afternoon and early tonight, TEMPERATURES Mon. P. M.    Tues.    A.    M. 55      1:30    ............ 60 56      2:30    ............ 62 55      3:30    ............ 62 57      4:30    ............ 34 5®      5:30    ............ 52 » ............ 8:30    ............. 52 60      7:30    ............ 53 60      8:30    ............ 52 60      9:30    ............ 52 60      10:30    ............ 52 60      11:30    ............ 54 60      12:30    ............ 58 Sunset last    night 7:27    p.m.    Sunriae    today 5:43 a.ir. Sunset tonight 7:27 p.m. Barometer    reading at    12:30    p.m.    27.88. Relative    humidity at    12:30    p.m.    92 per cent. Maximum temperature for 24-hour period ending 6:20 a.m.: 88. Minimum temperature for M-bcur period endusg 6:30 a.m.; 90. Water Pours Into 3 Abilene Lakes Five hundred and forty million gallons of precious water had been added by noon Tuesday to Abilene’s city lakes from the morning rainfall. The creeks were still running into all three. “I believe the main force of the rain, in creek runoff, hasn’t yet reached Lake Fort Phantom Hill,” said Curtis C. Harlin Jr., city water superintendent. All three pumps at the city’s Clear Fork pumping station were operating at noon, lifting flood waters from the Clear Fork into Lake Fort Phantom Hill, the largest city reservoir. Two of the pumps were turned on at 5 a. m. Tuesday and the third one at 7 a. m. All three ran throughout the morning. Harlin gave an opinion that most of the water being pumped out of the Clear Fork had entered that stream from Mulberry Creek. About noon Lake Fort Phantom Hill had caught a total .3 of a foot, or 300 millions gallons from the rain. Lake Kirby had received .4 of a foot, or 60 million gallons. Lake Abilene Rises At Lake Abilene, usually dry or very low, a rise of 2.4 feet already had been registered. That added 180 million gallons to that lake. Prior to the rain the three lakes had in storage the following amounts: Phantom Hill 13.1 billion gallons; Kirby 810 miiiion; and Abilene 620 million. At that time, Harlin had estimated the stored water at a two and one-half year's supply. He said Tuesday that he would prefer to work out a new estimate after the lakes receive all they are going to from the present rainfall. ;

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