Abilene Reporter News, May 13, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 13, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 13, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY / ®fie Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 330 Associated Pressf (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 13, 1954—TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c 500 WHERRY UNITS C-C Directors Study Plan I Adams Denies Effort To End Joe's Probing To Build Air Base Housing A plan for the Abilene Chamber of Commerce to build and manage 500 Wherry housing units at Abilene Air Force Base is being studied by the board of directors. The plan was submitted Thursday morning to the board by a special committee headed by French Robertson to study the housing requested by the Air Force. Also at Thursday morning’s meeting, Mayor C. E. Gatlin discussed bond issues under consideration by the City Commission for water and sewer facilities and street improvements. Robertson’s committee included W. P. Wright, chairman of the national defense committee, C. E. (Sonny) Bentley Jr., and Elbert Hall. Discussed in Capital While he was in Washington, D. C., in connection with the Continental - Pioneer Air Lines merger recently, Robertson discussed the plan with FHA authorities and Col. Hal McCord, USAF project officer in charge of Wherry housing. The colonel seemed very interested in the C-C ownership plan and is planning a visit to Abilene soon to discuss it with the board, Robertson reported. It would be the first time that any such scheme has been put into effect by a chamber, Air Force » Tye Incorporation Vote Set June 1 Taylor County Judge Reed In-galsbe ordered an election held June 1 to determine whether Tye will become on incorporated city. This action was taken Thursday morning. Sheriff Ed Powell was instructed to post three notices within the proposed incorporation to notify residents of the election, the judge said. Under the law, the notices must be posted at least 10 days preceding the election. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the election day. Tye School will be the polling place. Theo Newton was appointed by Courthouse Contract Let Balfanx Construction Co., Abilene, was awarded a $30,000 contract for general remodeling of the Taylor County Courthouse by the County Commissioners Court Thursday morning. This was reported by County Judge Reed Ingalsbe. The firm was the lowest oi three bidders. The amount was about the same as estimated by the court’s hired consulting engineering firm. The electrical contract for the remodeling went to Roy Willis Electric Co. of Abilene on a bid of $2,373.50. No bids were received Thursday on plumbing and heating, the judge said. Time for receiving bids was extended until 10 a.m. May 24, since several interested firms indicated they had been too busy with other jobs to prepare bids in time to meet the Thursday deadline, he said. Time for starting the remodeling was uncertain Thursday morning. Judge Ingalsbe said the starting date will be determined after he confers with the two district judges in Abilene concerning district court trial schedules. About half the remodeling work will be done in and above the district court room, Judge Ingalsbe said. The remodeling work will have to be arranged so that it does not interfere with holding district court trials, he said. the* judge to be election judge. Newton is to appoint two assistant judges and two clerks. The judge instructed Newton to have ballots printed at county expense, although the law doesn’t require the county to pay that cost, the judge said. “Since Tye isn’t incorporated now, there’s no one else to bear the expense,” the judge said. 300 Ballots Planned The judge said about 300 ballots probably will be printed. About 220 people live within the proposed incorporation area, he said. Newton was informed by the judge that residents must be at least 21 years old and have lived in proposed incorporation area at least six months before the election to be quailfied to vote. Other requirements are having paid a poll tax, or obtained an exemption certificate, he said. Following the election, ballots will be returned to the county judge. He will declare the election results. officers told Robertson, he reported to the board. Under the plan the C-C would construct the 500 permanent brick housing units with a loan from the FHA, and rent from the houses would go into financing industrial development around Abilene. Original financing \fould not be too heavy with the FHA loan, C-C Manager Joe Cooley pointed out. Permanent Buildings Sought “The C-C national defense committee has made every effort possible to get ail buildings at the base of permanent construction,” Cooley said. “The C-C is interested in seeing that housing also is of permanent brick construction.” Last March the Air Force signified the need for at least 1,900 units of housing for personnel. It agreed to ask 500 on-base units if the remaining 1,200 were guaranteed in the city of Abilene or its vicinity. “The plan is only being considered now, and the board will discuss it further,” Cooley stressed. Main purpose behind the C-C sponsored housing project would be to keep as many business benefits from the base with local concerns, Cooley said. This is, of course, in view of the number of businessmen who subscribed to the land fund for the air base, Cooley added. “We’re trying every conceivable way to keep these benefits in the community,” he said. Money for Development Money in rent from the housing project would not be used to operate the C-C but strictly for promoting industrial development in the city, Cooley said. Land for the housing would be leased from the government. Mayor Gatlin explained a bond issue to finance the diversion of Deadman Creek, construction of a new sewage disposal plant away from the city’s watershed, and ad- See C-C, Pg. 2-A, Col. 5 City, C-C Group To Greet Admiral Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, Abilene’s Armed Forces Day speaker, was to arrive in Abilene this afternoon aboard a Pioneer Airlines plane. After his reception at Abilene Municipal Airport, the admiral will be taken on a lour of the Earl Guitar ranch on U. S. Highway 80. That was* a special request of his to his hosts at the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, Howard McMahon, chairman of the AFD committee, said. McMahon and a group of city and C-C dignitaries will greet the admiral at the airport. The delegation will include Mayor C. E. Gatlin, C-C President George Minter Jr., W. P. Wright, chairman of the national defense ¿ommittee, and Lt. Cmdr. W. D. <Dub> Wofford, USNR, commander of the local Naval Reserve surface division.' Adm. Crommelin will be the main speaker at the Armed Forces Day luqrheon in the VFW Memorial Hall Friday at noon. Several local civic clubs have cancelled their regular weekly meetings in favor of the AFD luncheon, McMahon said. Reservations are now at 360. All reservations should be made at the C-C offices by 10 a.m. Friday, he reminded. Tickets arc $1.75. Frank Meyers is in charge of arrangements for the luncheon and Lt. Cmdr. Laudius Wilkes, USN, is AFD project officer. The Abilene Christian College band will play, and a U. S. Marine Corps color guard will present the colors at the luncheon. Zerk Robertson, director of the local Veterans Administration, will act as master of ceremonies. Invocation will be given by the Rev. E. D. Landreth, pastor of St. Paul Methodist Church. Flyovers of jet trainers and heavy bombers are planned during the day. The Hardin-Simmons University fROTC group will hold its annual inspection and parade at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Parramore Stadium. Abilene Wafer (afch Rises to 1-Year Supply Abilene's three city lakes had caught a year’s water supply from this week’s rains by 10 a.m. Thursday. This brings the total in storage to a 3Vz-year supply. City Water Engineer Curtis C. Harlin Jr. made the estimates. He said the total “catch” this week stands at 2.7 billion gallons. The amount now stored is 17.23 billion. What the lakes are now receiving from the latest rains is coming through the Clear Fork pumps, Harlin stated. The creek runoff is over. All three of the Clear Fork pumps were still operating at 10 a.m., lifting flood waters into Lake Fort Phantom Hill, the largest municipal reservoir. Water Over Dam Water was still running over the dam at the Clear Fork pumping station nearly four feet deep. “We could probably operate the pumps three or four days yet,” Harlin said. Lake Fort Phantom Hill had caught 2.6 feet, or 2.1 billion gallons, of water from the week’s rains by 10 a.m. Thursday. Of that amount, 325 million gallons had come from the Clear Fork pumps. The three pumps have operated continuously since 7 a.m. Tuesday. Two of the three have run since 5 a.m. Tuesday. Lake Kirby had caught 2.2 feet, or 310 million gallons, up to 10 a.m. Thursday. It had apparently got all it would get from the rains to date. Lake Abilene had received four feet, or 290 million gallons. It wasn’t expected to benefit any further from the latest rainfall. Condition at each of the city lakes at 10 a.m. Thursday’ was: In Storacr Capacity LAKE    (Gal*,)    (Gals.) Phantom Hill .    13 2 billion    24    billion Kirby ........... 1.12 billion    2.85    billion Abilene .......... 910 million    3.25    billion FOG LIFTS Cool Weather Due To Continue Today Scattered clouds in a blue sky were seen in the Abilene area Thursday shortly after fog cut visibility to one sixteenth of a mile at 6:30 a.m. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted partly cloudy skies with cool temperatures for the rest of the day. Friday will be a little warmer, the forecast said. After rising at 5:42 a.m. the sun was visible for a while. The fog moved in about 6 a.m., obscuring the sun. The sun was visible again about 7:15 a.m. The mercury varied only nine degrees during the 24-hour period which ended at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The high was 59. The low was 50. Bayar to Remain ANKARA, Turkey MP) — Celal Bayar was assured today of another four-year term as Turkey’s president following his nomination by the majority Democrat party. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT Or COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and continued cool Thursday afternoon and Thursday nl*ht; little warmer Friday; low Thursday 55; high Friday near 80. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS - Generally fair, warmer this afternoon A little warmer in north and west tonight. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy, warmer in west portion this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Widely scattered thunderstorms in Panhandle. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS— Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M. 55    ..... Trading Favors' Untrue, He Says C. E. SITCHLER AND VICTOR D. HARRIS  Sweetwater got a bigger charge out of the rains RAIN TO BLAME? WASHINGTON i/B-Army counse-lor John G. Adams insisted today the Army had no desire to stop the McCarthy subcommittee’s investigation of Ft. Monmouth although he conceded it was pleased when the prospect of a suspension arose last fall. And he denied the Army (1) ever engaged in “trading favors” for Pvt. G. David Schine in an effort to get the investigation stopped, or (2) sought to “appease” Sen. McCarthy. Adams said any special consideration for Schine stemmed only from the McCarthy subcommittee’s picturing him as essential to its work, and that any special deference for McCarthy, was a matter of trying to avoid “open hostility.” Adams was hack in the witness chair at the McCarthy-Army hearings for the second day—this time for cross-examination. At the outset, he swore Secretary Stevens never instructed him to try to hall the McCarthy inquiry into alleged security risks at Ft. Monmouth and that he never attempted to stop it. But he said, as Stevens did earlier, that they wanted the “type of hearings” ended. Stevens had characterized those hearings as “hammering” the Army on the head. For the rest of the forenoon session, Ray H. Jenkins, special coun Abilene Dirt Less Radioactive Than Sweetwater's, Test Shows By PHYLLIS NIBLING Victor D. Harris set his Geiger counter down in the puddle of rainwater Weatherman C. E. Sitchler had just dumped out onto the cement slab. A yellow light flashed erratically on and off and the counter’s gage needle bounced back and forth. “That’s about 100 counts a minute,” Harris explained. “About 25 or 50 of that’s background.” When he moved the counter to the ground, the needle jumped up past the 10-mark, fell back, jumped again. The light flashed more frequently. Harris estimated the count at 130 there. But the Geiger counter really started jumping when it was laid on some surface dirt scraped from Harris’s backyard in Sweetwater. It hit 200-300 counts a minute, he guessed. Harris was demonstrating radioactivity he claims the rains early this week contained. Needle Starts Dancing An amateur scientist and prospector, Harris first noticed the counter’s reaction to the rainwater and mud last Monday. He and a friend were out in the country when he noticed his counter needle dancing up and down. “The counter reacted so violently I thought it was shorting out,” Harris said. The next day he went back and found a count of between 200 and 300 blips per minute. On his way home he checked at points along the road with the same result. After reading in the Wednesday’s Thurs. A.M. 53 THE LADIES MEET THE EMCEE — Miss Kate Walls, right, and Mrs. Homer Hutto, center, greet Zerk Robertson, left, master of ceremonies for the Armed Forces Day luncheon Friday, at an Abilene Chamber of Commerce parley. Mrs. Hutto’s Altrusa Club and Miss Walls’ Business and Professional Women’s Club are two of the civic clubs participating in the AFD observance. (Staff Photoj ..    1:30 56       2:30       52 57      3:30       53 58      4:30      54 59 ............ 5:30      53 5»       6:30       53 59       7:30      54 58      8:30      58 58      9:30      58 58      10:30        61 55      11:30      63 53      12:30      65 Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 59. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a m.: 50, Sunset last night 7:28 p.m. Sunrise today 5:42 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:» p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.19. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 57 per cent. 147,683 WANT AD READERS ARE WAITING! Moss circulation coverage of 147,683 readers in Taylor and 14 surrounding counties practically guarantees results when you turn to Want Ads to rent, hire, buy, sell, exchange, etc. It's really that simple for you to obtain quick results with Want Ads at a cost as low as 41c per day. Where else can you buy such coverage at such a low price? And it's so simple to place a Want Ad. Simply dial 2-7841 and let an experienced Want Ad writer help you. If you live out of Abilene simply moil, if in.    1 The V/ant Ad market is the world's greatest. You're losing money if you're not letting Want Ads work for you! Want Ad closing time is 4 P.M. weekdays, and 12:00 noon Saturday for Sunday publication. Friday noon is closing time for oil Sunday space ads. afternoon Reporter-News that a Hardin-Simmons University professor was unable to test radioactivity here because his counter was broken, Harris decided to come to Abilene and make his own tests. “My wife said it was just foolishness,” Harris added. “But if there is radioactivity I thought people ought to know about it.” On his way over, he tested the counter west of Trent, between Trent and Merkel, and just west of Abilene. The Trent and Merkel readings were about the same as Sweetwater, but they lessened in strength closer to Abilene. Those taken at the Weather Bureau were about the same strength as those west of town, he said. “There’s a little difference in soil over hejje,” he said. “Trent’s reading was about as strong as those Tuesday.” To show the difference between surface and deeper readings, Harris dug out about three inches of See TEST, Pg. 2-A, Col. 6 Witness Clarifies Testimony Change By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer LUBBOCK, May 13 — Mrs. Harriet Ford Thursday morning in U. S. Court here removed a cloud that appeared over her testimony Wednesday afternoon in the fraud trial of Raymond Thomason, Sr. of Abilene. When she testified Wednesday, a question arose as to whether she had altered her testimony between the time she appeared before a grand jury in Fort Worth about a month ago and in the trial Wednesday. On direct examination, Thursday morning under Assistant U. S. Atty. Warren Logan, she said she had discussed the case with Defense Atty. Dallas Scarborough and “he told me to tell the truth.” Thomason is accused of seven counts of fraud in connection with obtaining Veterans Administration housing loans. The trial opened Wednesday. ,Mrs. Ford, who worked for him in Midland, was called by the government as a witness. Government Rests The government rested its case at 11 a.m. Defense testimony was to begin after the noon recess. Under cross-examination by Scarborough, she said she had approached the defense attorney in a hotel coffee shop here and told him she wanted to talk with him. government has wholly failed to show this defendant knew that Long was making those reports on his own authority only, and not on that of the Retail Credit Company.” Taylor W. Long, Jr., Abilene, who formerly worked for Retail Credit Company in Abilene, had testified Wednesday in detail about making the credit reports for See TRIAL, Pg. 2-A, Col. 4 sel to the Senate Investigations subcommittee, pressed questions which turned largely about these contentions. Jenkins climaxed this phase of his cross-examination by asking whether Adams was saying the Army had “no desire, however slight” to stop the McCarthy investigation. Jenkins asked for a yes or no answer. Adams hesitated.^ He asked that the question be read back to him by the stenographer. When it was read, he said “the answer is in the negative” and went on to make an explanatory statement as to the desire for an end to the “type of hearings.” Disturbed by Cohn Leading up to this point, Jenkins; 1. Recalled that Adams had testified yesterday he was disturbed when Roy Cohn, general counsel to the McCarthy subcommittee, became enraged at being barred from a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth last fall. He noted Adams had said his concern was because he felt Cohn had the power to prolong the investigation. Jenkins asked if that wasn’t “an admission or confession” that Adams wanted the investigation terminated. Adams declared it was not. He said McCarthy had volunteered previously that the subcommittee investigation was about complete: that it was preparing to turn it over to the Army. Other Circumstances 2. Recalled that Adams had testified a Nov. 6 luncheon at the Pentagon, attended by Stevens, Adams, McCarthy, Cohn and Francis P. Carr, staff investigator for the McCarthy subcommittee, ! was arranged to “further pursue” McCarthy’« earlier statement that the hearings might be terminated. Jenkins suggested that indicated the Army wanted the hearings end. Adams insisted that was not a “fair assumption;” that other circumstances figured in the luncheon. 3. Jenkins asked if it wasn’t “appeasement” when Adams and Stevens reversed Maj. Gen. C. E. Ryan, commander at Ft. Dix, N.J , and ordered Ryan to give a weekend pass to Schine, former McCarthy aide and son of a wealthy New York family who was drafted last fall. Just ’Pleasant* Adams objected to the word “appeasement” and insisted he and Stevens were anxious to keep relations with the McCarthy subcommittee as pleasant as possible. 4. Jenkins turned to a press release issued Nov. 13 by Stevens which said the Army knew of no “current espionage” at Ft. Monmouth. Adams said this “upset” Cohn, with the upshot that Stevens suggested that he and his aides go to New York on Nov. 16 for a conference. That, asked Jenkins, was “for the purpose of mollifying and placating” Sen. McCarthy? “Yes, sir,” agreed Adams with some hesitancy. Truman Flays ‘McKinleyism’ ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. Uh -Former President Truman accused the Eisenhower administration today of following an economic policy of “creeping McKinley-ism.” He suggested six steps he said would/’carry us far toward full employment within a year.” In an address prepared for the CIO Amalgamated Clothing Workers annual convention, he said the administration seems to be “merely hoping and praying that things will not get still worse,” and recommended: 1. Increasing federal spending She said Scarborough told her■ by about three billion dollaVs a she had as much right to talk with him as with the government’s attorneys and “he told me to tell the. truth.” Judge Joseph B. Dooley overruled a defense motion for an instructed verdict during Thursday’s session. Scarborough declared that the jury “cannot find without a reasonable Gcubt on this evidence that Raymond Thomason was in any way connected with the reports Taylor Long made. We think the year to strengthen defenses against aggression and to meet needs for power and resource dedevelopment, public works and roads, education, health and housing. 2. Raising personal income tax exemptions from the present $600 to $800, which would cut taxes about 4W billions yearly, or combining some such increase with “equitable readjustments” in tax rates. 3. Tossing “out of the nearest window” Secretary of Agriculture Benson's plan for flexible farm program to “support true parity” ot income for the farmer. 4. A “clear-cut policy” favoring a rising level of wages, including an increase in the federally required minimum wage to bring the standard “into line with present-day conditions.” He said also the government should not try to “weaken collective bargaining by repressive labor legislation.” 5. Expansion of unemployment insurance to provide broader coverage, payments for a longer period, and larger benefits. He said the administration program consists merely of exhorting the states to do what everybody knows they will not do without federal action. 6. A greatly expanded housing program, including federal leadership to double the annual rate (A home building as rapidly as possible. He said the administration goal of a million houses a year is about equal to the number of i houses built in 1925. ;