Abilene Reporter News, May 12, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 12, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, COOL 7 Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES -WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 329 Associated Prea CAP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 12, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Sc, SUNDAY lOc WE'RE ON SCHEDULE George Simonizh, farmer of 4042 Grape St., jovially de- monstrates his plight early Wednesday when flood waters inundated his barnyard. (Staff photo by Don TWICE IN 24 HOURS 2 Creeks Flood Crape St. Area By JCHN DAN1LSON- Pre-dawn flood waters turned homes into wooden islands along Grape St. just north of the Abi- lene city limits Wednesday. The cold, muddy water lapped at residences on the west side of Grape St., but crested before soak- ing floors. It was the second time within 24 hours that the area had been threatened by rain-swollen Elm and Catclaw Creeks. The water spread out on a low district just northeast of the con- fluence of the creeks. Grape St. became a dam. Land east of Grape St. was not flooded. 'We're in a corner out said G. A. McGee of 4200 Grape St. "Catclaw came in yesterday. Elm got us today." 5 BOLD BANDITS HOLD UP NIGHT SPOT FOR TULSA, Okla. Five bold bandits, their faces covered with stocking masks, terrorized patrons of a Creek County night spot for hours last night, then made a clean getaway with 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 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 I B B M Abilene's three city lakes held 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 con- tinued in operation. They were lifting flood waters from the Clear Fork into Lake Fort Phantom Hill, largest mu- nicipal reservoir. All were expect- ed to continue running throughout Wednesday and Wednesday night. Despite the pumping, the wa- ter 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 op- erated 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 taught 1.8 feet from this week's rains, ot total increase 1 bii- t lion, 400 million gallons. Lake Kirby had received 2.1 feet, or 300 million gallons gain. Lake Abilene had caught 4 feet, equal to 290 million gallons in- crease. That means that the combined "catch" from this week's rains was 1.99 billion gallons. Abilenians consumed bil- lion gallons for the whole vear 1953. Situation at each lake at 10 a.m. Wednesday follows: In Toial LAKE Storage Cap. (Cab.) 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 nmning over its spillway about four 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 be- fore 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. V I The high water mart Tuesday was reached about mid-afternoon; then the flood receded. Water be- gan rising again about 3 a.rn. Wed- nesday and had crested for the second time about four hours later. Skies To Clear The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted par- tial clearing would begin in area skies Wednesday afternoon. No ad- ditional 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 cur- rent wet spell to 1.84 at the air- port, C. E. Sitchler, chief meteor- oligist, reported. Abilene rainfall totals Wednes- day morning included 2.92 inches at 1829 South Eighth St. and 2.51 at 909 Hickory St. Mrs. Faye Welch, swept 100 feet down swollen Lytle Creek Tues- day, narrowly escaped death be- fore 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 Ly- tle Creek were canceled when the waters began to recede. Residents along Grape St. said that flood might have been pre- vented with proper drainage facil- ities. "Grape St. is just a Mc- Gee 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 con- trol facilities, hot without results, McGee said. Car Moved Gut Another resident, G. A. Simon- izh, 4042 Grape St., reported he awakened at a. m. Wednes- day in time to remove his car from his premises so the vehicle wouldn't be stranded. "Boy, she (the water) was exclaimed Simonizh. Simonizh and his wife have put their place up for sale. They own an irrigated farm at Plainview and plan to move there. "I guess we have irrigation here 'said Mrs. Simonizh, glanc- ing at the expanse of muddy wa- ter surrounding their place. Additional rain Tuesday night bolstered totals at many West Tex- as points. Among the totals for the cur- rent 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, Rule, 4.50; San Angelo, Seymour, 3.30; Sny- dcr, 3.00; Weinert, 3.29; md .Win- ters, 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 farmers in some sections. At Vernon in Northwest Texas the Hillerest Golf Club grounds j were inundated when the Pease River spread out of its banks for about a mile. The rise was caused by a 4.55- mch 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, bat cars were fording through. Big Spring Wei 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 ram 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 trad a 24-hour fall 3.50 inches. The fall for the same period at Corsicana was. 1.49 inches. Houston received 2.20 inches oE 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 bounty area reported "ideal" rains last night. Along the coast in that area 1.20 inch was reported. Other reporting stations in the area in- clude Kingsville .30, Falfurrias 1.42, Aransas Pass 1.76, Sinton 1.76, Taft 1.5, Odem .75 and the iicardo Community one inch. Austin Total Lags At Austin, despite 1.18 inches so ar this week, the total for the year still lags 9.03 inches behind aver- age. Austin has had only 4.40 inches of rain since the beginning Passing Secrets Wrong, Ike Says RINGLEADER Sgt. Lou Yank of Monticello, N. Y., police arrests Mrs. Estelle Sciiuiman, left, who police say was one of ringleaders in parade of women protest- ing husbands' attempts to grow beards for city's coming 150th anniversary celebration. if the year. East and south of Austin, this veek's rainfall has been heavier than in the city itself, and was regarded as a lifesaver by farmers and ranchers. West of the capital the rain was ighter, but still of great benefit o grass lands. The district office of the Texas Bghway Department reported that rarm Road 27 was out between Vortham and Fairfield in Free- tone County. The road was under and several detour bridges were washed away, caus- ing an estimated damage. 43 at Dalhart Temperatures ranged from 43 at Dalhart to 77 at Brownsville., still ahead of a cool front that was due to pass there at mid-morning. The changing weather followed days of wet weather, thunder- storms, electrical disturbances and tornado threats. Tornado warnings were lifted at 9 p.m. Tuesday after giving a wide area from Del Hio to Lufkin the storm jitters. But no tornado struck. Nine persons died in traffic acci- dents attributed to the weather. Second Polio Shots Given Second-graders came back for seconds in the polio trial vaccina- tions 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, ac- cording to Dr. A. G. Arrant, di- rector of the local field test. "Nobody he said. "They were children." missed the sec- ond shot BuWeeetved 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 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 all second-graders are to return to their schooli at a.m. for their third and last vac- cination ia tie Adams Swears Cohn Declared 'War' on Army WASHINGTON W-Arroy counse- lor John G. Adams swore today Hoy M Cohn exploded "This as war" when Cohn war barred from a secret radar laboratory at Tt Monmouth, N.3. last Oct. 20. Jelling of the incident from the witness chair McCarthy Army hearings, Adams said: "He became extremely upset. He said 'This is and really investigate this place now.' said 'They let Communists mto this place but they keep me 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. Mc- Carthy's investigations subcommit- tee, made threats against the Army. The Jenkins Questions Army charges also that Cohn used the subcommittee's pow- er in seeking preferential Army reatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, wealthy New Yorker who an unpaid consultant to the subcommittee before he was drafted last fall. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel or the inquiry into the row, asked vhether Cohn had said at Ft. Mon- mouth that he had access to FBI iles. "He- didn't say that to me but le said that to other Adams replied. Leading up to his story of the Monmouth incident, Adams testi- ied: Told to Cooperate 1. He was under instructions rom Secretary Stevens to cooper- ate "completely and wholehearted- y" with the McCarthy subcom- mittee's investigation of alleged ;ubversion at Ft. Monmouth. The McCarthy camp contends Secre- ary Stevens gave Adams the as- signment of trying to halt the Monmouth inquiry. 2. McCarthy once told him G. )avid Schine was "not much use" o the McCarthy subcommittee and McCarthy hoped Schine would be drafted. Adams said as he recalled his conversation with McCarthy ook place about Oct. 14 during a subway ride in New York City. He said Mrs. McCarthy also was present. 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 Tues- day and to dirt at the top of the ground which was soaked by rain. Dry ground below the moisture evel did not show radio-active. The geiger counter at the Hard- m-Simmons science lab was brok- en and could not be used this morning in a check here. A H-SU >rof, however, said it was "high- y improbable" that the rain was radio-active. Thomason's Trial Opens By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBQCK, May 12 opened at Iff-SO.am. Wednesda; Court here in "the trial of Raymond Thomason Sr. .Thomason is being tried on one two indictments alleging false and fraudulent statements filed with the Veterans Administration fa Highlights In Congress WASHINGTON Ml The Senate nvestigations subcommittee, hav- ing failed to cut short its public nquiry into the McCarthy-Army ow, meets in closed session to onsider the possibility of holding night hearings. The senators discuss the ques- ion an hour before resuming pub- ic, televised meetings for the 15th day. Of the seven subcommittee nembers, only Sen. Everett Dirk- en (R-H1) voices opposition to light sessions. SOUTHEAST ASIA-Secretary of itate John Foster Dulles briefs in ecret the Senate Foreign Rela- ions Committee on his plan for a 'united front" against Commu- nist aggression in. Southeast Asia. Yesterday, Dulles briefed the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. John M. Vorys member of the House group, says >e doubts that administration ilans for a "united front" call for any immediate use of American orces or a large expenditure of money. WIRE Senate Ju- iciary subcommittee takes testi- mony on Atty. Gen. Herbert Brow- icll's request that use of wire- apped evidence be made legal in ederal courts in national security ases. Tha House has passed such a measure, but with the proviso that wire tapping be done with ad- ranee court approval. THE WEATHER U.S. OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly toady and cool Wednesday. Wednesday nighi and Thursday except some warmer Thursday afternoon; high Wednesday ow Wednesday night 50; high Thursday in 70s. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy !o partly cloudy and slightly warmer, some ifiht rain in east portion this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy this after- oon, tonight and Thursday, Stowly rising temperatures in the west portion. EAST TEXAS Mostly cloudy with some light rain this afternoon, dowry to artly tonight and Thursday. SOOTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy and slightly cooler this afternoon and tonight. I TEMPERATURES Tues. P.M. Wed. AJI. 5i 54 53 53 54 53 53 53 53 54 54 55 Smart nltht p.m. SrariM lo- W Swatt tonifht PJO. Barometer rudlna: at p.m. 31.12. KtlatiTe humidity at p.m. M per Mailimun tenipiratart fur UK M boon tOlt at a.m.: (3. MUilnram temp.-riUrt Mr ttt 14 km M till M.; H. connection with: obtaining GI nous ing loans. In the present case he faces sev en counts, based on credit reports filed for seven veterans The credit reports were filed wit the VA to obtain loans for Sober Kenneth Patterson of Midland, De Loss M.Grayson: of Midland, Jack Tranum of Midland, R. D. Moore of Kilgore, Leroy Nichols of Dicfc- enspn, Rufus Harvey Overby Jr. of Midland and James Robert Hol- ey of Midland. VA Officer Testifies Clyde Harris, loan guaranty of- icer with the VA district office in Lubbock, was the first witness o take the stand. He identified documents that were filed with the VA in Lubbock to obtain loans for the seven veterans. Government and defense attorn- eys reached an agreement to stipu- ate concerning the documents or all of the other veterans after hose for the Patterson loan were introduced in evidence. Documents for each veteran were: A letter of transmittal sent Thomason to the VA office, an application for a home loan guar- anty, and a credit report. Thomason had signed the letter if transmittal as agent represent- ng American General Investment Corp., the lending agency. Telegram, Letter Read Earlier, a telegram and letter igned by H. Arthur Littell, as- istant vice president of AGIC, were introduced by the govern- ment. The telegram and letter stated that Thomason's signature was tuthorized as an agent for AGIC. Jurors are: Charnell Jobe, La- mesa; A. B. Reid and Marvin Struve, both of Abernatby; J. C. Womack, H. L. Cowart and J. A. Evans, all of Tahoka; J. V. Mor- Sw THOMASON, Pg. 7-A, Col. 5 Asia Hasn't Fallen Yet, He Declares WASHINGTON Hl-President Ei- enhower today called it reprehen- ible for any Army intelligence of- icer to have supplied confidential 'BI data to Sen. McCarthy without uthorization. The President also told his news onference, in a comment on the nternational scene, that the free 'orld ought not to write off Indo- hina. At the outset of the conference, reporter told the President that en. McCarthy had testified last veek that an Army intelligence tficer supplied him with classified 'BI material. The newsman went on to say iat Atty. Gen. Brownell later said lie material should not be made lublic. Eisenhower then was asked o comment on the "propriety" of he Army intelligence officer's de- ivery 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 McCartto The President then went on to discuss the principle of the situa- tion raised by the reporter's ques- tion. He said that in a case where an individual officer gives, away' classified information, it is most re- jrenensible. Eisenhower said: that was espe- cially so in the case of security material which must be kept se- ret. The President said that when enlisted men enter the armed for- es they take an oath to obey the egulations and their superiors. Eisenhower then asked whether re assume that an enlisted man can adopt one kind of loyalty nd an officer another kind. Answering his own question, the' 'resident called that perfectly rid- culous. He added that whenever we get a that kind a situation in the rmed services, we had better dis- and them. Later in the news conference, le President said in reply to nother question he did not know any investigation was be- ng made to try to locate the in- elligence officer who McCarthy aid provided him with the FBI 2ta. The Army has said it is onducting such an investigation. Coreon Candidates Arrested by Rhee SEOUL candidates for South Korea's National Assembly re under arrest on charges of sing abusive language in criticiz- ng President Syngman Rhee's overnment. National Police Chief 3m Chang Hung announced today. JUST LIKE HE ASKED Admiral Crommelin To See Ranch Here Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin; USN, will be shown a Texas cat- tle ranch just like he asked dur- ing 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 of Abilene Chamber of Commerce rep- resentatives, Howard McMahon, chairman of the special Armed Forces Day committee, announced Wednesday. Mayor C. E. Gatlin, C-C Presi- dent George Winter Jr., and Mc- Mahon will head a delegation greet- ing Admiral Crommelin at Abi- lene Municipal Airport Thursday at p.m. when he arrives by Pioneer Air Lines plane. The admiral is scheduled as the main speaker for the AFD lunch- eon Friday in the VFW Memorial Hall. Zerk Robertson. Veterans Ad- ministration director, will be mas- ter of ceremonies. So far, reservations for the luncheon have been received at the C-C. The Abilene Christian College band will for Ute Uutctew, 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 in- spection tour of the Naval Train- ing Center here and a visit to the second annual Abilene Horse Show after the luncheon. He will leave Friday at p.m. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES UNION judge levies in fines against union currently struggling .for control of New York dock 6-A. about poor drainage spring from North Abilene after herd rains. Page l.B. GRADS Sam will help 1954 high school graduate find let on job opportun'rtws, Pogt 15-B. ;