Abilene Reporter News, May 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas THUNDER SHOWERS Abilene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIH, NO. 340 Auocieted Prea "ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5C, SUNDAY IOC FRENCH INDO- CHINA iBATTLE FOR DELTA area on News- jnap indicates where fighting is concentrated in the Red Stiver Delta area of Viet Nam, heartland of Indochina. The French command has announced An Xa, "little Dien Bien Phu" that guards the approaches to the Hanoi- Hiaphong life line, has been overwehlmed, as has Yen Phu, strategic outpost south of Phu Ly, key crossroads cen- ter which controls coastal highways to the south.______ Courthouse Work Delays Discussed Taylor County Commissioners Monday morning a plumbing contract bid, appointed a new county attorney and heard a plan for hospitauzation insurance for county employes. The commissioners accepted the resignation of County Attorney Tom Todd who has been appointed attorney of the 104th Judicial Dis- trict and named Lee Sutton to suc- ceed him as county attorney. But- ton has been assistant county at- torney, the past year. -Todd and Sutton will assume the flutiti of their new position! Wins Bid J. C. Carr Plumbing Company of 915 South First St. submitted the lower of two bids for the con- tract on plumbing in connection with remodeling the courthouse. A general contract for the re- modeling was let May 13 to Bal- Carr's bid on the plumbing was for the base bid plus for one alternate and for an- other alternate. The commission- ers accepted the base bid and the second alternate, making a total of A bid submitted by Lucian Webb Plumbing and Heating, including the base bid and second alternate, was The plumbing to be installed un- der the contract will be for heating additional office space to be cre- ated above the district courtroom and adding a men's rest room to the top floor of the building. The system will be operated from the present boiler but will convert ffom steam which is used to heat the courthouse now to a hot-water heating system in the new offices. The alternate bid accepted by the commissioners will provide fans for air circulation. If the courthouse is air-conditioned in the future the fans could be used for this purpose as well as heating. County Judge Reed Ingalsbe said Balfani has inquired as to when he can start work on the remodel- ing. Ingalsbe also reported to the commissioners that District Judge Owen Thomas has expressed op- position to remodeling work being done while his court is in session. Ingalsbe said he had offered to let Judge Thomas use the county courtroom while the work is under- way He added that in order to do this he would be willing to recess County Court or hold County Court in one of the two justice court- rooms in the courthouse base- LEE SUTTON new county attorney Judge J. R. Black's 42nd Dis- trict Court is now in session and is scheduled to close June 5. In- galsbe told the commissioners Judge Black had said he would be willing to dismiss the last two weeks of his term or hold court in the county or justice courtrooms if necessary. He said Judge Black also suggested the possibility of trying cases in the Callahan Coun- ty courthouse during this period if lawyers in cases set for trial at that time are willing. Ingalsbe asked Architect Paul Lindberg to contact Balfanz to see whether he would be ready to start the work next Monday, May 31. The remodeling work is ex- pected to take about six weeks. Kenneth L. Dart and W. L. Mc- Neil of Great American Health and Life Insurance Co. appeared before the commissioners court to suggest a group plan for health and life insurance for county em- ployes. They discussed one plan for the cost to be shared by the county and the employes and an alternate plan with the county pay- ing all of the cost. SHARP WORDS Secretary Denies Any 'Cover Up' WASHINGTON (SI Secretary Stevens assumed full responsi- bility today for the Army's charges against Sen. McCarthy and, in a sharp exchange with the senator, denied this was a "cover up" for higher officials in the Eisenhower administration. The Army secretary was back in the witness chair of the re- sumed McCarthy-Army hearings and tussled with the senator re- peatedly. McCarthy hammered hard to de- velop his contention the charges were really "instigated" by White House aides, and the two men re- peatedly swapped sharp words. Sarcastically. McCarthy sag gested at one point that Stevens had had a long rest and shoult now be able "to tell the truth." He Resents Remark Stevens, his voice rising, leaned forward in the witness chair and said: "I resent that remark. I tell the truth. I don't think the chairman ought to allow that kind of statement to be made." McCarthy asserted that Stevens had given "completely contradic- tory" testimony about the incep- tion of the charges against the sen- ator and his aides. He asked that the official re- potter type up this morning's testi- mony so he could point out dif' ferences from statements Stevens had made earlier in the hearings. McCarthy was still pounding away at Stevens when the hearing was recessed for lunch. Just Consultation The secretary acknowledged he had consulted with high adminis- tration figures about the Army's difficulties with McCarthy's in- vestigations subcommittee but in- sisted the Army alone was re- sponsible for bringing the charges. "You can't cover up for anyone by accepting the McCarthy stormed. "I'm not trying to cover up Stevens retorted. "There Isn't any body to cover up." Stevens objected each time Me Carthy referred to the Arms charges as "smear charges." Thi secretary said he didn't maki "smear charges" and insisted hi always tells the truth. "I stand squarely on that, Stevens told McCarthy when askec whether he stood on his statemen today that "decisions and acts" ir the McCarthy-Army controversy were the Army's alone. McCarthy's Weary McCarthy said he was "gettin. awfully weary" trying to "get an swers to some simple questions.' It was, McCarthy said, "like pul! ing teeth." At one point, Stevens told Me Carthy "everybody in the Penta gon" agreed the Army should fil its charges against the senator McCarthy said Stevens knew long time ago" that the charge were prepaired with the assistanc and advice of White House aides. 'No, I dont' know it." replie Stevens. Were they prepared on his ow orders? McCarthy asked. "Yes." said Stevens, saying he gave the order some time after he arrived back from the Far East early in February. The charges Rains Up to 7 Inches Poured in West Texas METHODISTS GET College's Baccalaureate service Sunday nifiht at Radford Auditorium gave a number of Methodist ministers and educators a chance to chat informally with Bishop William C. Martin, of Dallas. Pictured above 1 to r) are Dr Will-Matthis Dunn, pastor of Aldersgate Methodist Churcn; Bishop Martin-" Rev Howard H. Hollowell, pastor of the Oak Cliff church, Dallas, and Mc- Muny's baccalaureate speaker; Dr. H. Clyde Smith, superintendent of the Abilene Dis- trict; and Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry. Streets Flooded In Area Cities By BILL BUTLER Heavy rains lashed with strong winds thoroughly soaXed Abilene and the surrounding area Sunday night and Mon- day morning, dumping up to 2.75 inches on the city Boiling thunderstorms produced from a cold air mass off the Pacific Northwest coast caused a rainfall of up to seven inches over the West Texas area. The seven-inch fall was measured in Dickens County with other reports of three to five inches heing'measured in the territory. 400 Million Gallons Abilene's city water supply was already increased 400 million gallons by the rains, according to a report by Curtis Harlin, city water superintendent. Fort Phantom Hill Lake had received 200 million gallons bV noon Monday with the water still running in. Lake Kirby reported an increase of 150 million gallons with more to come and Lake Abilene took in 50 million gallons. Lake Abilene is not expected to gain any more from this He said that the lakes are at the highest level since 1951 and insures Abilene of a three and one-half year water upply. WHERE IT RAINED 2 Die as Plane Goes Down Near Kerryille SAN .ANTONIO .least two men dieb" in a crash of an Air Force C46 whose. wreckage was found at mid-morning today be- tween Center Point and Comfort. Searchers phoned Kelly AFB that two bodies have been recov- ered and that the three other crew members were injured. Kelly immediately dispatched helicopters and ambulances to the scene. The site is about 50 miles north of San Antonio and some 15 miles east of Kerrville. It's in rugged, hilly country. The plane was from the Indiana Air National Guard at Columbus, Ind. The a C46 flying .from El Paso to San Antonio, disappear- ed last night. A resident at Medina, 23 miles south of Kerrville, reported he heard the plane over Medina with its engine cutting out. Residents of Kerrville reported they heard a low-flying plane about 11 p.m. Low clouds early today delayed the start of the search. The pilot of the missing plane had reported last night he was fly ing through rainy weather and a low ceiling. The Civil Air Patrol set up head quarters at the Kerrville Airport to direct the search. MRS. BERTHA BARBER Mother of Abilene Grid Stars were sent to members of Congress March 10. Stolen HOLLYWOOD thief shoved a curtain rod through an unlocked window to lift a purse and contents valued at yesterday from the apartment of actress Leslie Caron. He wasn't caught. term of Judge Thomas' 104th District Court -.rill open here June 21. ________ Jurors Questioned In Contest of Will Girl, 5, Dies Here of Polio Judy Williams, 5, of Ervin, died at a.m. Monday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. She was the granddaughter of Buck Milner of Pioneer. it was the first polio fatabty recorded here this year. Three other polio cases were ad- mitted at Hendrick Saturday and Sunday. They are Raul Guerrero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jot Guerrero of Santa Anna, who was admitted at p.m. Satur- Siisan Annette Adams, 4, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. David A. Ad- ams, 809 Grove St., admitted at p.m. James H. Carter, S, an Anson farmer, admitted at l p.m. Sun- Special to The Reporter-News MONAHANS, May ants, of-the late Mrs. Rebecca Es- tes Gray's -will began question- ing prospective Monday morning as the case's Second trial got underway. Mrs. 63 at the time of her death, willed bulk of her' mil- lion estate to be divided equally among four Methodist insti- tutions, including McMurry Col- lege. The case is being contested by members of her family on grounds that she was riot of sound mind when the will was made and that she was unduly influenced by members of the institutions. The first trial of the suit con- testing the will ended in a hung jury last October. Proponents endend questioning of prospective jurors with se- lection of 24 out of 37 late in the morning. Questioning was to continue through the noon hour. Thirteen of the Yeniremen were excluded because of acqunintance- I- ship with the contestants or pre- udice. Proponents questioned on two points: (1) Right of a person to dispose of his property by will as sees fit. (2) Acquaintanceship with the principals of their rela- tives. Contestants also questioned on fhether the veniremen would be prejudiced because of the nature )f the institutions involved or be- cause of church affiliation. Other institutions besides Mc- Murry are Texas Wesleyan Col C Old Ladies in Dallas, and the Meth odist Home in Waco. Dr. Harold G. Cooke, presiden of McMurry, has estimated tha each institution's share of the legacy would amount to severe hundred thousands. Carl P. Springer, Abilene attor ney, is serving as McMurry's coun set in the case. The case is being tried in the 109th District Court at Monohans before Judge G. C. plsen. iege at Fort Worth, the C. Young Methodist Home for Mrs. Bertha J. Barber, 2638 Sim- f.ons Ave., an Abilene resident more than a quarter of a cen- ury, died early Monday at Scott- Tiite Clinic in Temple. She was She had undergone surgery at le clinic, where she had been a atient about three weeks. She was elieved to be making satisfactory ecovery when she died unexpect- dly about this morning. Funeral will be held at 'Univer- Jty Baptist Church here at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Sterling rice, pastor, officiating. Burial be in an Abilene Cemetery nder direction of Kiker and Son "uneral Home of Colorado City. A widow for 41 years, the bur- en of rearing seven children Jell n her in 1913 when her husband, Baptist minister, died at West- jrook. In the rearing of her family, she :ompiled an unusual record. Bet- er than perhaps anyone else in Abilene, she knew the thrill of he high school winning a state oo'tball championship, for leasl one of her. sons was on the squad each of the three years the Ea- ;les won the title. That was in 1923, 1927 and 1931. Her oldest boy, Bob, was on the squad in 1923, Perry and Truetl were stars in 1927 and 1928, and Pete in 1931, 1932 and 1933. Moreover, Mrs. Barber saw to it that each of her seven children received a college education, am some earned more than one de- gree. Four of her five boys are now lawyers. Asked how his widowed mother could see seven children through college, a son, Dell, of Colorado City, said "She and the good" Lord did it on faith. She could do any thing if she knew the Lord wa: with her." Mrs.'Barber was born at Hub bard in Hill County. In her earl; years she taught school at Spade in Mitchell County. She was mar ried to the Rev. Oscar Barber a i olorado City in the early part of ie century. After their marriage both at jnded old Simmons College, now [ardin-Simmons University. When the Rev. Barber's health ailed, the family moved to New Jexico for his health. He was a minister at Monument when his eath came in 1913 during a visi Westbrook. Mrs. Barber lived in and nea Lbilene at intervals before mov ng here from Winters in 1927. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Myr e Ware, wife of a Baptist mis ion worker, died in 1948 a Brownsville- Survivors are Bob Barber, awyer at Tucson, Ariz.; Dell, Co rado City attorney; Mrs. D. W Adah) Haralson, Loraine schoo eachef; Perry, Colorado City a orney; Truett, Corpus Christi a orney, and C. R. Tucson Ariz., real estate man. Grads Become exes At McMurry McMurry's graduating .seniors rill officially enter the college's Alumni Association 14 hours before they actually grad- uate. .McMurry's 1929 graduates will be honored at 8 tonight along with the 1954 class. The annual spring Alumni Association banquet will >e held at Iris Graham Memorial Dining Hall. The Rev. J. B. Holt, pastor of Methodist Church in Manila, 'hilippine Islands, will speak at the banquet. He is on leave from lis pulpit and is serving as a pro- fessor at SMU. A 1937 graduate of McMurry, the Rev. Holt is to receive an honor- ary doctor of divinity degree at iIcMurry's commencement exer- cises at 10 a. m. Tuesday in Radford Memorial Auditorium. Len Johnson, Kerrville radio of- ficial and president of the Me- lumni Association, will be ceremonies wnight. Main business of the session will >e election of new officers. Murry Alun master of Knight Considering Hourly Oil Wage DENVER W-Three dollars an hour wouldn't be "too much" for oil workers, the president, of the CIO Oil Workers International Un- ion declared yesterday.. 0. A. (Jack) Knight confirmed he plans to recommend a wage program at a special June 1 con- vention in Cleveland. It was called to ratify entry of the OWIU into the new Oil and Chemical Work- ers Union, but Knight said there also will be a national policy com- mittee meeting. Oil workers now receive an jjaias at Roby average hourly wage in excess of In Abilene the official reading at the Weather Bureau was 1.70 nches. Rain gauges in other parts of the city recorded from 1.84 inches on the north side to 2.75 inches on the south side. Winds averaged from 35 to 42 miles an hour between 8 and 9 p.m. Sun- day. Two bridges were under water in Abilene Monday, as heavy rains swelled Catclaw and Cedar Creeks Ambler Ave; closed at Cat claw Creek, and East North lot St. was closed at Csdar Creek. Hardy St. was reported impas- sable about 8 a.m. after a ditch caved in on the 2600 block. Lights Go Out Streetlights went out on Pine St. between Ambler and Anson Ave., apparently caused by the wet weather disrupting the photoelec- tric cells which operate the according to the West Texas Util- ities Co. dispatcher. Other major damage reported in Abilene was KRBC-TV broadcast- ing equipment on Cedar Gap Moun- tain. The station went off the air shortly after 8 p.m. and later re- ported it would not resume opera- tion Sunday night. Station spokesmen said Monday morning that the power line had been repaired and the program- ming will be on schedule Monday night. Rainfall over the area ranged from just a trace to heavy down- pours. Rain-hungry farmers who usual- ly welcome any rains were report- ed not too happy with last night's heavy downpour. Wheat harvest- ing which is under way in some areas was brought to an abrupt halt. The new rains- will delay planting for a few days but no crop damage was reported. The Weather Bureau warned of tornado conditions Sunday but no twisters were reported in the West Texas area. In the Abilene area the heaviest rainfall was measured at Bethel where six inches fell. Ballinger, six miles from Bethel, received only 1.05 inches. 5 Inches At Dale Winters, which got the heaviest rains Sunday afternoon and night, reported 3.30 in all by mid-morn- ing Monday. But southeast of town in the Dale community the fall totaled over five inches on the Bill Mayo farm. Other rainfall ranged from four inches at Lawn to just a trace, .20 ABILENE Municipal Airport ..........1.70 Total for Year..............9-62 Normal through May...... 9.06 909 Hickory St............. 1.81 2225 Edgemont 2.20 1450 Clinton................2.35 1829 South 8th.............. 2-M 2.75- M33 .Walnut'. 2418 North 18th 2.05 ALBANY...................... -92 ANSON 1.60 BAIRD BALLINGER 1-05 BETHEL BIG SPRING.............. trace BRONTE .................shower CEDAR GAP ................3.27 CHILLICOTHE.............. 3.00 CISCO ........................90 CfflLDRESS 1-50 CLARENDON 1.25 CLYDE 1-30 COLEMAN ...................60 COLORADO CITY........... .03 CROSS PLAINS ...............63 CROWELL 3.70 EDEN 1-25 ESKOTA.......................50 HAMLIN IIASKELL....................2-40 HATCHELL..................5.00 KNOXCITY..................1-24 LAWN........................4.00 McADOO 6.00 MASON...................... 1-00 MATADOR 1-25 MEMPHIS 1-28 MENARD.................... 1-75 MERKEL 1-75 MORAN -75 MUNDAY...................1.60 PADUCAH 3.44 PAINT CRKEK.............2.10 QUITAQUE 2.15 QUANAH.....................4.15 ROBY...........................20 ROTAN........................30 RULE 2.10 SPUR 2.00 SEYMOUR 2.10 SNYDER .70 STAMFORD..................1.59 SWEETWATER ...............15 TRUSCOTT 3.70 VERNON.....................3.06 WEINERT 1.25 WINGATE.....................40 WINTERS ....................3.30 Reds Finally Release Dien Bien Phu Nurse HANOI, Genevieve Indochina (Si Lt. i helicopter from Dien Bien Phu to- de Galard Terraube, the heroic nurse of Dien Bien Phu, arrived by plane today and said she was in good health. She flew into beleaguered Dien Bien Phu. March 27 to aid the wounded and was unable to leave because of rebel advances. She remained, tending her hundreds of charges, until the fortress was overrun May 7, the only woman in the post. Although a prisoner, she was permitted to remain at Dien Bien Phu to do her work until freed today. More than 400 of the wounded men in the fort have been flown out ahtau her. Sha told newsmen at Bachmai Airport hen was taken by day to Luang Prabang, the Laotian capital, and then brought here by plane. The attractive young'French air force nurse posed for press and television 'photographers. "I have nothing to say and I've made tip my she told reporters. THE WEATHER Stolen From Angelo Firm SAN ANGELO UB-A safe con- taining in cash, checks and government bonds was carted off by burglars from the Modern Way Food Market here etrlj yesterday. D.1 DEPAKIMEST OF WEATHEK BCBEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Partly cloudy to cloudy and mild today, tonight and Tuesday. Thundershowers this after- noon and tonight. Hish Monday and Tues- day 75-BO. low tonight about __ NORTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXAS- Mostly cloudy afternoon, tonight and Tuesday with scattered thundershowers. No important temperature changes.__ EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS- Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, wlth'scatterrt showers and unin- dersbowers. TEMrEsUTUCEft Sun.P.14. 67 SC 59 1 ll a 60 U 66 Laugh. Will Up Your VACATION Big Spring Postal Chief Is Confirmed WASHINGTON HV-The senate today confirmed these postmaster nominations from Texas: Elmer C. Boatler, Big Spring; John H. Reinicke, Corkcett; Paul P. Berth- elot, Victoria. 6S 12: nifh and low temperature for 14 hours ended at a.m.: 87 and M. Hilh and low UmperaturK SUM date last year: M aad-72. Snuct lut Ilfftt ay >JO. day >J Buomtfr SSatlvt h ant. T.m. Sweetie Pie likes the friends she hot met in Abikne, colling for all the readers of The 'Abilrrw Re- porter-News to take her along on vocation. 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