Abilene Reporter News, May 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, COOL / cx (T VOL. LXXIII, No. 329 ®f)c Abilene Reporter _"WITH°UT    0R    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"—Byron T* I r T* TIT T IT n ti V x SI i ill ü FINAL Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 12, 1954 -THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS WE’RE ON SCHEDULE — George Simonizh, farmer of 4042 Grape St., jovially demonstrates his plight early Wednesday when flood waters inundated his barnyard (Staff photo by Don Hutcheson). TWICE IN 24 HOURS 2 Creeks Flood Crape St. Area By JOHN DANILSON Pre-dawn flood waters turned homes into wooden islands along Grape St. just north of the Abilene city limits Wednesday. The cold, muddy water lapped at residences on the west side of Grape St., but crested before soaking floors. It was the second time within 24 hours that the area had been Elm threatened by rain-swollen and Catclaw Creeks. The water spread out on a low district just northeast of the confluence of the creeks. Grape St. became a dam. Land east of Grape St. was not flooded. “We’re in a corner out hoFe,” said G. A. McGee of 4200 Grape St. “Catclaw came in yesterday. Elm got us today.” 5 BOLD BANDITS HOLD UP NIGHT SPOT FOR $35,000 TULSA, Okla. (/P) — Five bold bandits, their faces covered with stocking masks, terrorized patrons of a Creek County night spot for V/2 hours last night, then made a clean getaway with $35,000 in cash, jewelry and miscellaneous valuables. Authorities theorized the gang may be the same one which has staged similar holdups throughout the state preying on plush clubs and gambling spots. The bandits, brandishing sawed-off shotguns and pistols entered Bernie’s Supper Club about 9:15 p. m. They robbed and bound each patron as he walked into the club. After the holdup men left, one of the customers wiggled loose and telephoned for help. Witnesses said they escaped in a blue car with a cream top. City Lakes Catch 8-Months Supply Abilene’s three city lakes held lion, 400 million gallons. three years and two months’ water supply late Wednesday morning. That estimate came from City Water Supt. Curtis C. Harlin Jr., at 10 a.m. It included eight months’ supply added by Monday’s and Tuesday’s rain. Creeks were still running into all the lakes. All three pumps at the city’s Clear Fork pumping station continued in operation. They were lifting flood waters from the Clear Fork into Lake Fort Phantom Hill, largest municipal reservoir. All were expected to continue running throughout Wednesday and Wednesday night. Despite the pumping, the water was running over the pump station dam 2 1-2 feet deep. Additional pumps there would have enabled the city to catch more of the flood water. Two of the pumps were turned on at 5 a.m. Tuesday, and the third one at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Since 7 a.m. Tuesday all three have operated continuously. Total water which Abilene had in storage at its city lakes at 10 a m. Wednesday was 16 billion, 520 million gallons. Lake Fort Phantom Hill had caught 1.6 feet from this week’s rauns, or a total increase of I bii- Lake Kirby had received 2.1 feet, or 300 million gallons gain. Lake Abilene had caught 4 feet, equal to 290 million gallons increase. That means that the combined “catch” from this week’s rains was 1.99 billion gallons. Abilenians consumed 2,656 billion gallons for the whole year 1953. Situation at each lake at 10 a.m. Wednesday follows: In    Total LAKE    Storage (Gals). Cap. (Gall.) Phantom Hill .... 14.5 billion 24 billion Kirby........... 1.11    billion    2.85    billion Abilene    .910 million 3.25 billion Lytle Still Runs Over Spillway Lytle Lake continued running over its spillway about lour inches deep at noon Wednesday. That was reported by Charlie Wilson, long-time keeper. The lake, owned by West Texas Utilities Co., was about three feet below the top of the spillway before this week’s rains. It has been running over the spillway since early Tuesday morning, Wilson said. The lake has had some water since May, 1953, when it filled, he reported. The rains Monday and Tuesday filled it again. r f The high water mark Tuesday was reached about mid-afternoon; then the flood receded. Water began rising again about 3 a.m. Wednesday and had crested for the second time about four hours later. Skies To Clear The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted partial clearing would begin in area skies Wednesday afternoon. No additional rain was expected. A drizzle was observed during the night, totaling .03 of an inch of moisture at the airport. This brought total rainfall for the current wet spell to 1.84 at the airport. C. E. Sitchler, chief meteor-oligist, reported. Abilene rainfall totals Wednesday morning included 2.92 inches anT^nt^™ at 1829 South Eighth St. and 2.51' ranchers-at 909 Hickory St. Mrs. Faye Welch, swept 100 feet down swollen Lytle Creek Tuesday, narrowly escaped death before being rescued by Jessie Banks of 545 Carver St. She had stepped from her stalled car on ES Fifth St. Preparations to evacuate the Carver Addition due to rising Lytle Creek were canceled when the waters began to recede. Residents along Grape St. said that flood might have been prevented with proper drainage facilities. “Grape St. is just a dam,” McGee said. “There’s no water on the east side of Grape. “We’ve begged the county for culverts on Grape.” McGee said he has been flooded six times in the seven years he has lived in the area. After a flood one year, about 50 residents petitioned the county for flood control facilities, but without results, McGee said. Car Moved Out Another resident, G. A. Simonizh, 4042 Grape St., reported he awakened at 3:20 a. m. Wednesday in time to remove his car from hi« premises so the vehicle wouldn’t be stranded. "Boy, she <the water) was there!” exclaimed Simonizh. Simonizh and his wife have put their place up for sale. They own an irrigated farm at Plain view and plan to move there. “I guess we have irrigation here now,” said Mrs. Simonizh, glancing at the expanse of muddy water surrounding their place. Additional rain Tuesday night bolstered totals at many West Texas points. Among the totals for the current period were: Colorado City, 2.93; Aspermont, 3.00; Ballinger, 1.95; Breckenridge, 2.78; Bronte, 2.00: Clyde, 2.00; Hamlin, 3.60; Haskell, 4.35; Rising Star, 1.70; Rochester, 4.75; Rule, 4.50; San Angelo, .19; Seymour, 3.30; Snyder, 3.00; Weinert, 3.29; and Winters, 1.30. Minor Floods Hit in Spots; Sky Clearing By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Minor flood situations developed at widely scattered spots in Texas Wednesday as continuing drought-breaking thundershowers began to worry fanners in some sections. At Vernon in Northwest Texas the Hillcrest Golf Club grounds were inundated when the Pease River spread out of its banks for about a mile. The rise was caused by a 4.55-inch rainfall since Sunday. The rain let up after an overnight fall of a half inch. The river stage was the highest since 1935. A section of the U.S. Highway 281 approach to the river bridge was under water, but cars were fording through. Big Spring Wet Farmers at Sherman in North Texas said they have had just about enough rain. Stock tanks in that area are full. A fall of 1.83 inches the past 24 hours brought the three-day total to 3.62 inches. County Agent Durward Lewter at Big Spring in West Texas said planting moisture in that area was the best since 1949. Ranges have shown a surprising recovery, he said. Stock water supplies now are more than ample. Similar reports were made for other West Texas and Panhandle areas. A two-inch rain fell Tuesday night at Kilgore, bringing a two-day fall there to 3.94 inches. The fall at Dallas increased to four inches as showers continued Wednesday morning. The fall at Fort Worth so far this week measured 3.70 inches. Streams Over Banks Small streams around Corsicana were out of banks. Nearby Rice had a 24-hour fall of 3.50 inches. The fall for the same period at Corsicana was 1.49 inches. Houston received 2.20 inches of rain in less than six hours early today. Rains reported farther south along the Gulf Coast varied from a trace at Alice to an estimated 2 inches at Riviera. Corpus Christi got 44. leaving the city 2.93 inches behind average so far this year. The King Ranch and Kleberg County area reported “ideal” rains last night. Along the coast in that area 1.20 inch was reported. Other reporting stations in the area include Kingsville .30, Falfurrias 1.42, Aransas Pass 1.76, Sinton 176, Taft 1.5, Odem .75 and the Ricardo Community one inch. Austin Total Lags At Austin, despite 1.18 inches so far this week, the total for the year still lags 9.03 inches behind average. Austin has had only 4.40 inches of rain since the beginning of the year. East and south of Austin, this week s rainfall has been heavier than in the city itself, and was regarded as a lifesaver by farmers PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Passing Secrets Wrong, Ike Says "my,~ : Wt 0*1«*» Mk ipE*» .»Ml** RINGLEADER — Sgt. Lou Yank of Monticello, N. Y., police arrests Mrs. Estelle Schulman, left, who police say was one of ringleaders in parade of women protcst-mg husbands attempts to grow beards for city’s coming 150th anniversary celebration. West of the capital the rain was lighter, but still of great benefit to grass lands. The district office of the Texas Highway Department reported that Farm Road 27 was out between Wortham and Fairfield in Freestone County. The road was under construction, and several detour bridges were washed away, causing an estimated $10,000 damage. 43 at Dalhart Temperatures ranged from 43 at Dalhart to 77 at Brownsville still ahead of a cod front that was due to pass there at mid-morning. The changing weather followed days of wet weather, thunderstorms, electrical disturbances and tornado threats. Tornado warnings were lifted at 9 p.m. Tuesday after giving a wide area from Del Rio to Lufkin the storm jitters. But no tornado struck. Nine persons died in traffic accidents attributed to the weather. Second Polio Shots Given Second-graders came back for seconds in the polio trial vaccinations Wednesday and found them not nearly so bad as the first time. Most of the 781 children who took the first shots last Wednesday returned for second helpings, according to Dr. A. G. Arrant, director of the local field test. “Nobody cried,” he said. “They were all fcood children.” Any child who missed the second shot but received the first may make it up Friday at 9 a.m., Dr. Arrant said. Abilene children will go to the City-County Health Unit at 125% Chestnut St. Make-ups for Tye, Merkel, and Trent will be at the Merkel Elementary School. The next shots will be given June 9, when ail second-graders are to return to their schools at 9 a.m. for their third and last vaccination in the series.    j Adams Swears Cohn Declared ’War' on Army WASHINGTON (Aft—Army counselor John G. Adams swore today Roy M. Cohn exploded “This is war” when Cohn was barred from a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. last Oct. 20. Telling of the incident from the witness chair of the McCarthy-Army hearings, Adams said: “He became extremely upset. He said ‘This is war,’ and ‘Wp‘11 really investigate this place now.’ “He said ‘They let Communists into this place but they keep me out—I’ve got security clearance to go any place in the world.’ ” Adams was supporting the Army’s contention that Cohn, 27-year-old counsel to Sen. McCarthy’s investigations subcommittee, made threats against the Army. Jenkins Questions The Army charges also that Cohn used the subcommittee’s power in seeking preferential Army treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, wealthy New Yorker who was an unpaid consultant to the subcommittee before he was drafted last fall. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel for the inquiry into the row, asked whether Cohn had said at Ft. Monmouth that he had access to FBI files. “He didn’t say that to me but he said that to other persons,” Adams replied. Leading up to his story of the Monmouth incident, Adams testified: Told to Cooperate 1. He was under instructions from Secretary Stevens to cooperate “completely and wholeheartedly” with the McCarthy subcommittee's investigation of alleged subversion at Ft. Monmouth. The McCarthy camp contends Secretary Stevens gave Adams the assignment of trying to halt the Monmouth inquiry. 2. McCarthy once told him G. David Schine was “not much use” to the McCarthy subcommittee and McCarthy hoped Schine would be drafted. Adams said as he recalled this conversation with McCarthy took place about Oct. 14 during a subway ride in New York City. He said Mrs. McCarthy also was present. Thomasons Trial Opens By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 12 — Testimony opened at 19:30 a.m. Wednesday in U. S. Court here in the trial of Raymond Thomason Sr. Thomason is being tried on one of two indictments alleging false and fraudulent statements filed with the Veterans Administration in connection with obtaining GI housing loans. In the present case he faces seven counts, based on credit reports filed for seven veterans. The credit reports were filed with die VA to obtain loans for Robert Kenneth Patterson of Midland, De Asia Hasn’t Fallen Yet, He Declares WASHINGTON (AV-President Eisenhower today called it reprehensible for any Army intelligence officer to have supplied confidential FBI data to Sen. McCarthy without authorization. The President also told his news conference, in a comment on the international scene, that the free world ought not to write off Indochina. At the outset of the conference, a reporter told the President that Sen. McCarthy had testified last week that an Army intelligence officer supplied him with classified FBI material. The newsman went on to say that Atty. Gen. Brownell later said the material should not be made public. Eisenhower then was asked to comment on the “propriety” of the Army intelligence officer’s delivery of such data to McCarthy without authorization. The President recalled that he said at his news conference last week he was thinking of taking a vacation from replies to questions dealing with McCarthy. He added he was not going to comment on the aspect of the question as it related to McCarthy. The President then went on to discuss the principle of the situa-tion raised by the reporter’s question. He said that in a case where AT SWEETWATER Rain Activates Geiger Counter The rain was good — but was it radio-active? V. D. Harris, Sweetwater brick mason and amateur scientist, told the Sweetwater Reporter that his geiger counter reacted violently to samples of rain Monday and Tuesday and to dirt at the top of the ground which was soaked by rain. Dry ground below the moisture level did not show radio-active. The geiger counter at the Hard-in-Simmons science lab was broken and could not be used this morning in a check here, A H-SU prof, however, said it was “highly improbable” that the rain was radio-active. Highlights In Congress WASHINGTON UP - The Senate Investigations subcommittee, having failed to cut short its public inquiry into the McCarthy-Army row, meets in closed session to consider the possibility of holding night hearings. The senators discuss the question an hour before resuming public, televised meetings for the 15th day. Of the seven subcommittee members, only Sen. Everett Dirk-sen IR-Ill) voices opposition to night sessions. SOUTHEAST ASIA-Secretary of State John Foster Dulles briefs in secret the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his plan for a ‘united front” against Communist aggression in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, Dulles briefed the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. John M. Vorys <R-Ohio>, member of the House group, says he doubts that administration plans for a “united front” call for any immediate use of American forces or a large expenditure of money. WIRE TAPPING—A Senate Ju-diciary subcommittee takes testimony on Atty. Gen. Herbert Brownell’s request that use of wiretapped evidence be made legal in federal courts in national security cases. The House has passed such a measure, but with the proviso that wire tapping be done with advance court approval. Loss M. Grayson of Midland, Jack j a,n mcimdual officer gives away Tranum of Midland, R. D. Moure I cIaBsined information, it is most re-of Kilgore, Leroy Nichols of Dick- < Prehens>hle. enson, Rufus Harvey Overby Jr. of Midland and James Robert Holley of Midland. VA Officer Testifies Clyde Harris, loan guaranty officer with the VA district office Eisenhower said that was especially so in the case of security material which must be kept secret. The President said that when enlisted men enter the armed for- in Lubbock, was the first witness I ces they take an oath to obey the to take the stand. He identified -----,*1'—    “ ■* • documents that were filed with the VA in Lubbock to obtain loans for the seven veterans. Government and defense attorneys reached an agreement to stipulate concerning the documents for all of the other veterans after those for the Patterson loan were introduced in evidence. Documents for each veteran were: A letter of transmittal sent by Thomason to the VA office, an application for a home loan guaranty, and a credit report. Thomason had signed the letter of transmittal as agent representing American General Investment Corp., the lending agency. Telegram. Letter Read Earlier, a telegram and letter signed by H. Arthur Littell, assistant vice president of AGIC, were introduced by the government. The telegram and letter stated that Thomason’s signature was authorized as an agent for AGIC. Jurors are: Charnell Jobe, La-mesa; A. B. Reid and Marvin Struve, both of Abernathy; J. C, Womack, H. L. Cowart and J. A. Evans, all of Tahoka; J. V. Mor- See THOMASON, Pg. 7-A. Col. 5 regulations and their superiors. Eisenhower then asked whether we are to assume that an enlisted man can adopt one kind of loyalty and an officer another kind. Answering his own question, the President called that perfectly ridiculous. He added that whenever we get to that kind of a situation in the armed services, we had better disband them. Later in the news conference, the President said in reply to another question he did not know whether any investigation was being made to try to locate the intelligence officer who McCarthy said provided him with the FBI data, The Army has said it is conducting such an investigation. Korean Candidates Arrested by Rhee SEOUL Uf)—Two candidates for South Korea’s National Assembly are under arrest on charges of using abusive language in criticizing President Syngman Rhee’s government. National Police Chief Kim Chang Hung announced today. JUST LIKE HE ASKED THE WEATHER U.8. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and cool Wednesday. Wednesday night and Thursday except some warmer Thursday afternoon; high Wednesday 60-65; low Wednesday night 50; high Thursday in 70», NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Cloudy to partly cloudy and »lightly warmer, some light rain in east portion this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday. W’EST TEXAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Slowly rising temperatures in the west portion. EAST TEXAS — Mostly cloudy with some light rain this afternoon. Cloudy to partly cloudy tonight and Thursday. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS - Partly cloudy and slightly cooler this afternoon and tonight. TEMPERATURES Tues. P.M. 58 58 39 62 60 38 57 36 36 55 55 54 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 Wed. A ,M. 54 54 53 53 54 53 53 53 53 54 54 95 Sunset laet night 7:27 p m Sunrise today 5:43 *.m. Sunset tonight 7:28 p.m. Barometer reading at 12.30 p.m. 28.12. Relative humidity at 12 30 p.m. 90 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 24 hour« ended at 6:30 a m : 63. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours «ded at 6.30 turn,-, 82, Admiral Crommelin To See Ranch Here Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, USN, will be shown a Texas cattle ranch just like he asked during his visit to Abilene for an Armed Forces Day speech. The admiral will be shown around the Earl Guitar ranch on U. S. Highway 80 by a group oi Abilene Chamber of Commerce representatives, Howard McMahon, chairman of the special Armed Forces Day committee, announced Wednesday. Mayor C. E. Gatlin, C-C President George Minter Jr., and McMahon will head a delegation greeting Admiral Crommelin at Abilene Municipal Airport Thursday at 3:21 p.m. when he arrives by Pioneer Air Lines plane. The admiral is scheduled as the main speaker for the AFD luncheon Friday in the VFW Memorial Hall. Zerk Robertson, Veterans Administration director, will be master of ceremonies. So far, 326 reservations for the luncheon have been received at the C-C, The Abilene Christian College band will play for the luncheon, and a U. S. Marine Corps color guard will present the colors. Invocation will be given by the Rev. E. D. Landreth, pastor of St. Paul Methodist Church. Also planned for Admiral Crom-melin’s stay are an informal inspection tour of the Naval Training Center here and a visit to the second annual Abilene Horse Show after the luncheon. He will leave Friday at 8.52 p.m. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES UNION FINED—Federal ¡udg, levies $92,500 in fines against union currently struggling for control of New York dock workers.—Page 6-A. UNHAPPY—Comploints about poor drainage spring from k-'orth Abilene after hard coins Page 1-B. GRADS AIDED—Uncle Sam will help 1954 high school graduates find jobs with booklet on job opportunities. Page 15-B. ;

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