Abilene Reporter News, May 13, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 13, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS.IT EVENING FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 330 Associated Press (AF) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 13, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICK DAILY 5e, SUNDAY lOc 500 WHERRY UNITS C-C Directors Study Plan To Build Air Base Housing A plan for the Abilene Chamber of Commerce to build and manage 500 Wherry housing units at Abi- lene Air Force Base is being stud- ied by the board of directors. The plan was submitted Thurs- day morning to the board by a special committee headed by French Robertson to study Hie housing requested by the Air Force. Also at Thursday morning's meet- ing. Mayor C. E. Gatlin discussed bond issues under consideration by the City Commission for water and sewer facilities and street improve- ments. 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 Con- tinental Pioneer Air Lines mer- ger recently, Robertson discussed the plan with FHA authorities and Col. Ha! McCord, USAF project officer in charge of Wherry hous- ing. The colonel seemed very interest- ed hi the C-C ownership plan and is planning a visit to Abilene soon to discuss it with the board, Rob- ertson 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 an 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 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 poll- ing place. Theo Newton was appointed by Courthouse Contract Let Balfain; Construction Co., Abi- lene, was awarded a con- tract 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 ol 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 S2.373.50. yo bids were received Thurs- day 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 dead- line, he said. Time for starting the remodel- ing was uncertain Thursday morn- ing- 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 dis- trict 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 ex- pense, although the law doesn't re- quire the county to pay that cost, the judge said. "Since Tye isn't incorporated now, there's no one else to bear the 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 elec- tion to be qualified 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 elec- tion 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 FI1A, and rent from the hous- es would go into financing indus- trial development around Abilene. Original financing would not be too Jieavy with the FHA loan, C-C Manager Joe Cooley pointed out. Permanent Buildings Sought "The C-C national defense com- mittee has made every effort pos- sible to get all buildings at the base of permanent Cooley said. "The C-C is inter- ested in seeing'that housing also is of permanent brick construc- tion." Last March the Air Force signi- fied the need for at least units of housing for personnel. It agreed to ask 500 on-base units if the remaining were guaran- teed in the city of Abilene or its vicinity. "The plan is only being consid- ered now, and the board will dis- cuss it 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 sub- scribed to the land fund for the air base, Cooley" added. x "We're trying every conceiv- able way to keep these benefits in the he said. Money for Development Money in rent from the housing project would not be used to oper- ate the C-C but strictly for pro- moting 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 oE 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 Adams Denies Effort To End Joe's Probing City, C-C Group To Greet Admiral Rear Admiral Henry Crommelin, Abilene's Armed Forces Day speak- er, was to arrive in Abilene this afternoon aboard a Pioneer Air- lines, plane. After his reception at Abilene Municipal Airport, the admiral will be taken on a tour of the Earl Guitar ranch on U. S. Highway 80. That a special request of his to his hqsts 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 May- or G. E. Gatlin, C-C President George Minter Jr., W. P. Wright, chairman of .the national defense committee, and Lt. Cmdr. W. D. (Dub) Wofford, TiSNR, command- er of the local Naval Reserve sur- face division.' Adm. Crommelin will 'be the main speaker at the Armed Forces Day lunfheon in the VFW Mem- orial Hall Friday at noon. Several local civic clubs have cancelled their regular weekly meetings in favor of the AFD luncheon, McMahon said. Reser- vations are now at 360. All should be made at the C-C offices by 10 a.m. Fri- day, he reminded. Tickets are S1.75. 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. Ma- rine Corps color guard will pre- sent the-colors at the luncheon. Zerk Robertson, director of the local Veterans Administration, will act as master of ceremonies. In- vocation 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 ROTC group will hold its annual inspection and parade at p.m. Friday in Parramore Stadium. 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 Photo) Abilene Wafer Catch Rises fo 1-Year Supply AbHene's three city lakes had caught a year's water supply from this week's rains by 10 a.m. Thurs- day. This brings the total in storage to a 314-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 sto.red 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 mu- nicipal 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 Harlin said. Lake Fort Phantom Hill had caught 2.6 feet, or 2.1 billion gal- lons, of water from the week's rains by 10. a.m. Thursday. 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 S a.m. Tuesday. Lake. Erby 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 fur- ther from the latest rainfall. Condition at each of the city lakes at 10 a.m. Thursday was: In Storage Capacity E (Gals.) (Gab.) Phantom Hill 15.2 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 vis- ibility to one sixteenth of a mile at a.m. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport predicted partly cloudy, skies with cool tempera- tures for the rest of the day. Fri- day will be a little warmer, the forecast said. After rising at a.m. the sun was visible for a while. The fog moved in. about 6 a.m., obscur- ing the sun. The sun was visible again about a.m. The mercury varied only nine degrees during the 24-hour period which ended at a.m. Thurs- day. The high was 59. The low was 50. Bayar to Remain ANKARA, Turkey Ifl Celal Bayar was assured today of, an- other four-year term as Turkey's president following his nomination by the majority Democrat party. THE WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMENCE HEATHER HI-REAP ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy and continued cool Thursday after- noon and Thursday night: little warmer Friday; low Thursday 35; high Friday near 80. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Generally fair, warmer this afternoon. A little warm- er 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 Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. TEMPERATBKES Wed. P.M. Thars. A.M. a 51 58 ____ 55. S3 Maximum temperature for the 24 hoars ended at a.m.: 59. Minimum temperature for the 24 hours ended at a.m.: 90. SurtMt liK nlctlt p.m. Sunrise to- day Suiuet tonlcht p.m. Barometer .reading at p.m. 21.19. Relative aimWttr X P.m. 57 p cent. C. E. SITCHLER AND VICTOR D. HARRIS .....Sweetwater got a bigger charge out of the rains RAIN TO BLAME? Trading Favors' He Says WASHINGTON Ifl-Army counse- lor John G. Adams insisted today Lhe Army had no desire to stop the McCarthy subcommittee's in- vestigation of Ft. Monmouth al- Jiough 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. Mc- Carthy. I Adams said any special consid- eration for Schine stemmed only from the McCarthy subcommittee's picturing him as essential to its work, and that any special defer- ence for McCarthy, was a matter of trying to avoid "open hostility." Adams was back in the witness chair, at the McCarthy-Army hear- ings for the second time for cross-examination.' At the outset, he swore Secre- tary Stevens never instructed him to try to halt the McCarthy in- quiry into alleged security risks at Ft. Monmouth and that he never attempted to stop it. But he said, as Stevens did ear- lier, that they wanted the "type of hearings" ended. Stevens had char- acterized, those hearings as "ham- mering" the Amiy on the head. For the rest of the forenoon ses- sion, Ray H.. special coun- Abilene Dirt Less Radioactive Than Sweet water's, Test Shows By PHYLLIS NIBLING Victor D. Harris set his Geiger counter down in the puddle of rain- water Weatherman C. E. Sitchler had just dumped out onto the ce- ment 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 min- 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 fre- quently. Harris estimated the count at 150 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 radio- activity he claims the rains early this week contained. Needle Starts Dancing An amateur scientist and pros- pector, Harris first noticed the counter's reaction to the rainwa- ter and mud last Monday. He and a friend were out in the country when'he noticed his coun- ter needle dancing up and down. "The counter reacted so violent- ly I thought it was shorting 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 re- sult. After reading hi the Wednesday's WANT AD READERS ARE WAITING! Moss circulation coverage of readers in Taylor and -14 surrounding counties prac- tically 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 Wont Ads at a cost as low as 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 ah experienced Want Ad writer help you. If you live out of Abilene simply moil, if in. i 'The Want Ad market is the world's greatest. You're losing money if you're not letting Want Ads work for you! Wont Ad closing time is 4 P.M. weekdays, and noon Sat-'. urday for Sunday publication. Friday noon is closing time for all .Sunday space- ads. afternoon Reporter-News that a Hardin-Simmons University pro- fessor was unable to test radio- activity here because his counter was broken, Harris decided to come to Abilene and make his own tests. "My wife said it was just fool- Harris added. "But if there is radioactivity I thought peo- ple 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'Sweet- water, but they lessened in strength closer to Abilene. Those taken at the Weather Bu- reau were about the same strength as those west of town, he said. "There's a little difference in soil over he said. "Trent's reading was about' as strong as those Tuesday." To show the difference between surface and deeper readings, Har- ris 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. Har- riet 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 Wed- nesday. On direct examination, Thurs- day 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. Vlrs. Ford, who worked for him in Midland, was called by the gov- ernment 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 ap- proached the defense attorney in a hotel coffee shop' here and told him she wanted to talk with him. She said Scarborough told her 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. Booley overruled a defense motion for an instructed verdict during Scarborough declared that the 'jury "cannot find without a reas- onable doubt on this evidence that Raymond Thomason was in any way connected with the reports Taylor Long made. We think the 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. S-A, Col. 4 set 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 wns saying the Army had "no desire, however slight" to stop the McCarthy in- vestigation. 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 n explanatory statement as to the esire for an end to the "type of. earings." Disturbed by Coha Leading up to this point, Jenkins: 1. Recalled that Adams had'testi- icd yesterday he was disturbed Roy Conn, general counsel o the McCarthy subcommittee, be- ame enraged at being barred rora a secret radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth last fall. He noted dams had said his concern was ecaiise he felt Cohn had the row- r to prolong the investigation, enkins asked if that wasn't "an dmission or confession" that Adams wanted the investigation erminated. Adams declared it was not. He said McCarthy had volunteered jreviously that the subcommittee JiyesUgation was about complete: that it was preparing to turn it over to the Army. Other Circumitucei 2. Recalled that Adams had tes- tified a NOT. 6 the Pentagon, attended Joy Sterensr. Adams, McCarthy, Francis P. Carr, staff investigator for the McCarthy subcommittee; was arranged to "further, pursue" McCarthy's earlier statement that he hearings might be terminated. Jenkins suggested that indicated he Army wanted 'the hearings end. Adams insisted that was not "fair that other circumstances figured in the Jncheon. 3. Jenkins asked if it wasn't "ap- jeasement" when Adams and tevens reversed Maj. Gen. C. E. Ryan, commander at Ft. Dix, N. J., and ordered Ryan to give a week- nd pass to Schine, former Mc- Carthy aide and son of a wealthy few York family who was drafted ast fall. Just 'Pleasant' Adams objected to the word "ap- icasemc-nt" and insisted he and itevens were anxious to keep re- ations with the McCarthy subcom- nittee as pleasant as possible. 4. Jenkins turned to a press re- ease issued Nov. 13 by Stevens ch said the Army knew of no 'current espionage" at Ft, Mon- mouth. Adams said this "upset" Cohn, with the upshot that Stevens sug- gested that he and his aides go to