Abilene Reporter News, May 11, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 11, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLEARING TONIGHT Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. Aamated Frew (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 11, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY lOc Drought Killer Rain Falls VETOED BY STEVENS Moves to Shorten Probe Fail Again WASHINGTON Dirksen (R-II1) 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 sena- tors. A vote was delayed until this afternoon. From the witness chair, Secre- tary 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 pub- lic he said. Airlift Rushed SAIGON, Indochina B) 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. "Slits agreed to the qoicfc evacu- ation of the fortress' s-e-js after Henri Navarre, French Union cymmeuider, had addressed a message, to him which dropped oh the battered fortress by a French plane early this after- noon. The French commander also made an attempt to contact Giap by Radio Birondelle, the voice of the French fortes in the Far East at Hanoi. Speaking over the Vietminh radio, the victorious Communist commander proposed the French and Vietminh representatives con- front each other at the northern portion of the Dien Bien Phu air- field. 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 ser- iously 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 I7a miles northwest of Haniii, 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 sus- pend the public hearings after Sen. McCarthy testified, and they pos- sibly would not be resumed. Chairman Mundt (R-SD) post- poned a vote on the Dirksen pro- posal until the afternoon session, starting at 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 dosed hearings for any rebuttal witnesses the principals to the dispute in- sisted should be heard. Transcrips of the dosed 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 instal- lations or personnel. He's Restrained Now By present rules, McCarthy is restrained from conducting his own investigations pending the conclu- sion of the inquiry into his row with Army officials. Dirksen said he wss offering bis plan because he feit strongly it would be "in the public interest in this time of tension to get these hearings recessed." He added he sincerely hoped all par- ties could agree. At did his earlier pisns, Dirk- sen's new proposal provides .-for Committee Counsel Ray H. Jenkins i to interview possible witnesses j 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 immedi- ately into a protest from Sen. Jack- son a subcommittee member, that principals in toe case other than McCarthy and Ste- might be questioned in closed be limited to rebuttals answering testimony ol Stevens or McCarthy. Jackson said each of the princi- pals, in their original statements, had filed charges and counter- charges "of an affirmative na- and should testify and bo questioned about these charges. vu i.i f "_ Jr- 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 denly showed a need for a across Catclaw Creek, sud- ferry. (Staff photo by Don 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 esterday, last night and today. It was still raining in most places at mid-morning Tues- ay, but clouds were expected to begin clearing early in IB afternoon. Total moisture recorded-by the U. S. Weather Bureau Municipal Airport was 1.79 for Monday and Tuesday, his 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, everal points received good showers Monday, but the bulk f the, fall came Tuesday before rioon. Creeks everywhere in this part of the state are running ood. Some are lapping out of banks. Catclaw Creek was swollen in Abilene. High water at caused part of that city street to be baracaded this morning. Water was over the Farm-Market Road 618 southwest t Haskell in three places, over FM 617 between Weinert nd Rochester in several Postures Best Since 1949; Sub-Moisture Is Plentiful WHERE IT RAINED By DUANE HOWEIA, Reporter-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 sec- tions are the brightest of several years, while in other areas the rains came too late to hdp the crop. Elated fanners 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 pas- ture conditions, says A. H. Jeffer- ies, ASC office manager. Wheat in some sections of the Roton Mon Shot; Brother Charged ROTAN, May 11. charge of assault with, intent to murder was Bled 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. Twentv-six years ago on May 11 hard rains of six to seven inches fell, raising the supply in lakes by a con- siderable 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, kill- ing 11 people. At mid-morning this year on May 11, abundant ram was falling, indicating lakes will make another good catch. Next year: Well, it could rain on May 11. 'ASIA FOR ASIANS1 Molotov Hits Asia Defense Pact, Backs Chinese Plans is in his early 60s, was in Callan Hospital here after being shot through the neck with a .22 cali- ber rifle. He was in "satisfactory" condition, attendants said. Police Chief B. H. Connally of Rotan said he was told by Ben that the shooting took place about a. m. Tuesday in :he 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 lave been having trouble for sev- eral months concerning property management. The assault charge was filed in the court of Justice of the Peace 8. S. Bridges here. Ben was in custody of sheriff's officers Tues- day morning. Bond was not im- mediately 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 his neck. Ben related that he had livet with his mother 27 years before she 'died about five yeats ago Dave moved in with Ben after their mother died. Dave is a con Crete worker. The shooting was reported to the police chief by Ben. GENEVA w-Soviet Foreign' Minister V. M. Molotov today as- sailed the Western-proposed Asian defense pact as an American scheme to preserve and perpetuate colonialism. The Soviet foreign minister told Bie 19-nation Korean Conference: "The plans of such a nature can- not correspond to the interests of peace and cannot enjoy the support gf the peoples." Instead, Moiotov said he _sup- ported the proposals of Red China's Premier Chou En-Iai that the Asian countries settle their own problems. The Molotov speech came during recess in the Indochina peace talks and the Soviet diplomat ranged over the whole Asian prob- lem, u he did in his opening ipeech on Korea two weeks ago. Again he declared Red China ii here as one of the big four powen wd that it has the same status as ths Big Four. The West has re- jecttd this tland. During today's lull on Indochina :alks, a French spokesman said ?rsnce 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 iittle 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 In- dochina." The Indochina phase of the con- ference was In recess today. The 19-nation Korean discussion was scheduled to resume. The Communirt and non-Commu- nist were tightly dead locks! on 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 govern- ment of Viet Nam, largest of the three Indochina states, was re- ported 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 in- dicated it would ask for complete independence of the three Indo- chinse states of Nam, Laos and classified by France as associated states within the French Union. The French say the states are already independent or are ap- proaching that status. Many Viet- namese say the French still hole the power in key fields. county, said Jefferies, will now make 15 to SO bushels' per. acre Although recent rains and cool weather have been a tremendous boon to wheat and pasture con ditions, they have been detrimen- al to large acreages of grain sor- ghums that have been planted in he area. Much of the grain sorghum that s not already up will have to be planted over sad tha cold weather s retarding the growth ot what is IP- Nolan County farmers and anchers are "really smiling aid M. B. Templeton, county agent. The county was one or the hardest hit sections in West Tex- as by the drought. 'Our cultivated land is in the best shape of four or five years and our range conditions are cer- ainly much better than at any time since he said. Tempieton said very little whsal would be made in the county., "We couldn't be in better said Shackelford County Agent Jack Vines. "Weather the ast three weeks has been perfec for pasture and wheat." Weeds are beginning "to take' a lot of the grain sorghum crops Vines said. Mitchell County Agent Jacl Burkhalter predicts a yield 8 to 20 bushels of wheat for tha county. "The rain has been ideal for our wheat because it was in the doug! stage and will now head out and make a pretty good he said Burkhalter added that pastur conditions in the county would b "tops" in three to four weeks Runnels County pastures ar "really going along where ther was any grass at all present, re ports County Agent John Barton Carthage Man Dies LONGVTEW highway acci- dent took the life yesterday of Frank Rogers Sepaugh, 46, Car- thage. 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 nild today and it has rained on 16 of her birthdays. Mrs. Davidson reported they had planned a barbecue dinner at the Abilene Christian College all school picnic, slated for to- dny, to celebrate. Eualice it a freshman at ACC. Anyway, it's s pretty nice jinx to have hi thil country, Eualice igrcs. North Wichita Rive Bridge Washes Out Traffic was being detourec around through Benjamin an Crowell from U. S. Highway 83 Tuesday morning after the bridg over the North Wichita River wa. washed out. The bridge was on Highway 83 between Guthrie and Paducah, ac cording to OrviUe Rumsch Ab lene Northern Coaches. Driver E B. McCoy reported the wash-out. Highway patrolmen said tha the wash-out had caused no acci dents. It was discovered daybreak. Smaller Stripe OK for Prisoners HELENA, Mont. 30 years, the Montana Board of Pris on Commissioners took officia note yesterday that state prison inmates no longer wear those zebra-striped convict suits. The prisoners last wore the in 1924. Now, under a newly adopted rule, it's correct for them to wear overall suits with white down the seam'of east ttousm leg. Municipal Airport..........1.79 426 Poplar..................2.70 2826 Grape..................2.75 2.25 909 Hickory St............... 2.49 -2MS ISO 857 EN 13th................3.60 1829 S. 8th.................. 2.90 2233' VfOant-i...............2.5 ALBANY -v.................. ANSON 1-60 BALLINGER................ 1.06 BLACKWELL............1.50-2.00 BRONTE ..-...................2-00 BUFFALO GAP...............2.00 2.20 CISCO 1-00 CHILLICOTHE ...............2.60 CLYDE.......................1.45 IfflLDHESS..................2.90 :OLEMAN....................1.SO CLARENDON.................2.40 ILAYTONVILLE.............2.50 COLORADO CITY 2.88 CROWELL....................3.05 EASTLAND..................0.65 EDEN FORT CHADBOUENE........1.50 HAMLIN.................... 3.0C HASKELL....................3.2 HATCHEL....................1.0C HERMLEIGH.................2.50 KNOX CITY................. 1.88 LAKE PAULINE ............2.0 LORAINE....................2.9 South of Loraine............ 3.3a LUEDERS....................4.0C MATADOR 3.7 MEMPHIS 2.5 MERKEL.................... l.T MEMPHIS....................2.5C MUNDAY.....................1.8 PADUCAH....................3.40 PAINT CREEK..............3.0 RISING STAR................l.ft ROBERT LEE................1.5 ROBY ........................3.0 ROTAN.......................3.0 SANTA ANNA............... 1. SEYMOUR....................2.0 SHAMROCK 2.5C SNYDER.....................3.01 STAMFORD..................3.1 SWEETWATER...............2J> TRENT...................... 3.9 TUSCOLA 1.51 TURKEY.....................2.01 VERNON.................... 3.00 WELLINGTON 2.1 WILMETH l-Oi 2.' WINGATE................... 1.00 WINTERS....................1.01 THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COHXEKCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partis cloudy to o'lOBtty afternoon, clearin tonlebt; fair and wanner Wednesday, H temperature today, CO degrees; low tonigh 5B; alsh Wednesday, in the NORTH CENTHAL TEXAS Showers nd locally severe thin af ernon and ia portion early twiight, Wednesday moftly cloudy. WEST TEXAS-COBsMerabJe thunderstorms la Panhandle an South xod cast ot Pecos Valley tb afternoon and early toaicht. TEMPEXATUfcES 130 5S 57 52 53 52 bat nijbl p.m. SuiriM tote i-.a SwMTtocUfht f.m. BannMter nadtac U VM ftnttKr p.m. n nr Minimum Minntw tor likeur ptfM flrftt XWBW ttnwentet M wriod laces and over State High- 'ay 283 four mUes north of lule at 8 a. m. Spotted hail fell in several plae- when the squall line moved and here was some wind (gauged in gusts at 58 miles per hour at Abi- ene) through, but no extensive amage was reported. Chimney Collapses Jimmy who lives a mile south of the Abilene Country Club epovted a corner of his house hat plown in and a chimney tram high wind early this morn ing. No'bne waTinjured, ThJe nous is occupied by the H. O. Stewart and the Johnny Stewarts. During one part of the mid morning.storm in Abilene, a bol of lightning struck a building a forth Sixth and Mesquite Sts. tearing off about 10 feet of its gable, it was reported by A. W Garrison of 1526 Chestnut St. The 1.79 inches recorded at Mu- licipal Airport raised Abilene's otal for May to 2.30. Norma rainfall for the first 11 days of the month is 1.28. Rainfall downtown for the two days was gauged up to nearly S.oo. 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 nches during the two days. News- man Lon Pate reported, and it was still raining hard at mid-morning This is more already than the aver age for May, 3.07 inches. Fisher County was soaked, Mrs Alton Parker at Rotan reported The total was 3 inches at both loby and Rotan and it was over cast and drizzling at this morn ng. Sweetwater's Oak-Creek lake wai up another foot at a.m. ani creeks were running-full, Newsman toy Scudday reported. Every foo in the lake at this stage mean about acre feet water Scudday said. Sweetwaier Soaked Bain around Sweetwater to 8 a.m totaled about 2 inches, all but a Smile of it from the night rain This same two-inch measuremen was general over the Oak Cree watershed in the Maryneal coun Iry. Lake Trammell, which hasn' been much of a water source fo a long time, now has 17 feet o See DROUGHT, Pg. 10-A, Col. Admiral Due To Fly Here On Thursday Rear Admiral-Henry Cromme- lin. TJSN, Armed Forces Day speaker, will arrive in Abilene by Eioneer Air Lines Thursday at 3-ZtpTri. Among those greeting the ad- miral at the airport will be Mayor C. E. Gatlin and- Chamber of Commerce President <3eorge Minter Jr., Howard MeMahon, chairman of the AFD committee, said. Plans for Admiral Crommelin's ;tay ten: include a visit to a cat- ie ranch, which he requested, Mc- Vlahon said. He will also make an informal visit to the Naval Training Cen- er here following his speech at the luncheon in the VFW Mem- orial Hall Friday, McMahon said. He will also be the committee's iest at the second annual Abi- ene Horse Show in Range Riders Arena Friday afternoon. The ad- niral is planning to leave on the p. m. plane Friday. Admiral Crommelin Is to he main speaker at the AFD lunch- eon Friday. Several local, civic dubs are planning to attend it for :heir 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 Stad- ium. Water Flow Aided On Caiclaw Creek Flood control apparently was greatly aided by the city's recent improving of Catclaw Creek, Mayor C, E. Gatlin declared Tues- day 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. Water Pours Into 3 Abilene Lakes Five hundred and forty million gallons of precious water had been added by noon Tuesday to Abilene'? city JaVes 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 said Curtis C. Harlin Jr., city wa- ter superintendent. All three pumps at the city's Clear Fork pumping station were operating at noon, lifting flood wa- ters from the Clear Fork into Like Fort Phantom Hill, the larg- est city reservoir. Two of the pumps were turned on at S m. Tuesday and the third one at 7 a. m. All three ran throughout morning. Harlin gavt an opinion that moat of the water being pumped out of the Clear Fork had eattrtd 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 A ot a foot, or 60 million gallons. Lake Abilene Rises At Lake Abilene, usually ii-y or very low, a rise of 2.4 ieet al- ready had been registered. That added 180 million gallons to that lake. Prior to the rain the three lakes had in the following amounts: Phantom Hill 13.1 bil- lion gallons; Kirby 810 million; and Abilene '620 million. At that Harlin had esti- mated the stored water at two and one-half year's supply. He said Tuesday that ha would pre- fer to work out a aew estimate after the lakes receive ali they are going to from the present rain- fall.. ;