Abilene Reporter News, May 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas SCATTERED SHOWERSŒfje ^toilette Reporter -gettisi >''WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"--rByron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 340 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 24, 1954 —TWEVLE PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Wilson Going To Philippine Defense Talks MANILA, Monday, May 24 UP)— U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson was en route to Manila today for two days of important talks on implementing the United States • Philippines mutual defense pact. Concerned with the worsening situation in Southeast Asia, President Ramon Magsaysay's administration requested the meeting to learn U.S. views on the defense of these islands. A government spokesman said the Wilson-Magsaysay talks will seek to determine the best possible ^ manner of strengthening United States-Philippine security in this critical area. Remember Japanese The Philippines, remembering the ease with which the Japanese overran those islands in World War II, are expected to ask the United States “to lay its cards on the table’’ regarding the mutual defense treaty. ” The Filipinos reportedly want a firm commitment from the United States as to what it will do in the event of a Communist attack. Red conquest of Indochina would leave the Philippines in an extremely dangerous position. The Ufiited States has an important stake in the Philippines. It maintains huge air and naval installations that could be prime targets for the Communists. The U.S. 13th Air Force headquarters at Clark Field, 65 miles north of Manila, already is providing an important airlift for supplies to the battered French in Indochina. U.S. aircraft cariers on “clear weather” maneuvers in Philippine waters are using Manila Bay as#an anchorage. In the light of recent developments in Southeast Asia, many Filipinos feel the mutual defense agreement reached between the two governments in 1951 is “vague.” They want much clearer assurance of help from the U.S. in the event the reds strike the island republic. Magsaysay is expected to point out to Wilson the success his administration is achieving in coping with the Communist menace internally where others have failed. Only last week Luis Taruc, considered number three leader of the Red-directed Huks but the most popular dissident among the masses was forced to give himself up after he was cornered by the army. T    vT-V-Tv*" ■ ' • HUK LEADER REUNITED — Luis Taruc, Philippine Communist Huk leader, is reunited with his 70-year-old mother, Ruperta Mangalos Taruc, at Philippine Army Headquarters outside Manila after the rebel chieftain surrendered. Taruc eluded government forces for eight years. Rain, Hail # Hits Winters Area French Lift More Injured From Fort 1,000 AT CEREMONY Ballinger Church Building Started Bv DOROTHY DAUGHERTY Reporter-News Staff Writer BALLINGER. May 24 - About 1,000 people sweltered in mid-afternoon sunshine here Sunday, but no one seemed to care. The day marked ground breaking ceremonies for the First Methodist Church’s new building, to be located on Broadway on the west part of town. Pastor of the church, the Rev. Wayne Reynolds, estimated the crowd at 1,000 persons — counting those who sat in their cars during the exercies and listened over a loudspeaker system. Construction of the building— which will cover a whole block and will have only one story—is 1 expected to run over $335,000. Death Mel Badman Barrow In Louisiana 20 Years Ago DALLAS. May 23 (At-Twenty years ago today Bad Man Clyde Barrow and his cigar-smoking girl friend Bonnie Parker came to the end of the road. It was a dirty, dusty road near Arcadia, La., where the law caught up with the gun-toting killer and his bold, tough sweetheart. The law didn’t miss. Undertakers couldn’t even count all the bullets machine guns sent pumping into the pair. Barrow went for his gun. officers who waited hidden by the road said after the shooting. Barrow and his one-time sidekick Raymond Hamilton, grew up in tough West Dallas. They started playing hookey at the age of 6, almost as soon as they started to school. From that beginning they wrote their records in pages of the police blotter: Fights, thefts, petty crim^ Barrow was the most feared criminal in the Southwest during his reign 20-odd years ago. Nobody will ever know just how many men were killed by the tough boy who became a man with an itchy trigger finger. Nobody will ever really know how many banks he robbed, how many jails he broke out of. He had a gang of sorts, or anyway a lot of tough friends. One jail Barrow helped Hamilton break out of was the Texas State Prison Eastham Farm. He and Bonnie, armed with machine guns, showed up and blasted Hamilton free-    ...    J    o Barrow and Hamilton, and Bonnie Parker, were a feared trio. But then Hamilton dropped out. Later. Hamilton was jailed Dallas. Barrow sent him a letter that was intercepted. It said: “Two wishes I have for you punk. The first: That you live long enough to see what I do when I’m cornered, to see if I throw up my hands and reach for the sky. The second: That you die in the electric chair like the rat you really are.” Hamilton was in the death house at Huntsville when Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed—at 9:15 a.m. May 23, 1934. He escaped, was recaptured, and executed. The lot and the building are being donated to the church by Mrs. J. F. Currie and Mr. and Mrs. Conda Wylie, all of Ballinger. All the congregation has to provide is the furnishings and landscaping. Will Warner of San Angelo is contractor. Construction engineer is Elmo Curry. Only two steps will be in the new structure, which will feature a sunken garden between the banquet hall and the sanctuary. Begins Monday Work on the building was to begin Monday, and the contractor has 320 days to complete construction. Invitations to the ceremony were sent to all former church pastors and members. Congratulatory telegrams were wired to the church from those unable to attend. Telegrams also came from the presidents of Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Methodist - sponsored colleges. Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry College, attended with Mrs. Cooke. They also attended Sunday morning church services. Former Pastor Present Only former pastor who was able to be present was the Rev. H. B. Loyd, now superintendent of the Brownwood district. In his address to the crowd, the Rev. Loyd compared today’s church with the church of tomorrow and yesterday. See BALLINGER. P. 7, Col. 4 HANOI, Indochina. May 23 UP— French army headquarters announced today helicopters and small planes slowly evacuating French wounded from smashed Dien Bien Phu have brought out 115 more, for a total thus far of 291. More than 100 more were expected to reach Luang Prabang, Laos’ royal capital, during the day. The French said they hope the Vietminh rebels soon will make further repairs to the pockmarked airstrip at the fallen fortress. This would permit landing of Dakota transports to speed up evacuation of the remaining 1.300 to 2,000 French Union casualties. Agreed To Aid Red China’s radio at Peiping broadcast Sunday night that the Vietminh chief, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, had agreed to a May 17 offer of aid by the French to repair the airport. Giap called on the French to send in engineers to remove mines on the strip, allowing the larger Dakotas to land. The broadcast said the Giap turned down an offer of French planes to help evacuate wounded rebels, as part of the bargain, and that the Vietminh general also protested French bombing of Highway 41, a supply route. Giap asked for a cessation of bombings around Dien Bien Phu until all wounded are evacuated from the area. Giap also rejected a French proposal for a mixed commission to decide what traffic should move on Highway 41. (The original French offer was broadcast to the rebels over the French radio last Monday night. Giap’s reply said the totalwounded to be released was 858—and listed Vietnamese, French North African soldiers and numerous nationalities in the French Foreign Legion among that number. French fighters and bombers continued today to heavily hammer Vietminh troops moving east from fallen Dien Bien Phu. B26’s Corsairs, Privateers and fighters from land and carrier bases concentrated their assaults on provincial Route 41 over which the Vietminh are continuing to shift heavy forces, artillery and antiaircraft batteries toward the western defense perimeter of the delta. Bombers cut the road again between Tuan Giao, 27 miles northeast of Dien Bien Phu and south- See WOUNDED, Page 9. Col 1 GLENN L. WALLACE . . . plans indefinite Winds Put TV Station Off Air By DON NORRIS Rain, high wind, thunder and lightning and some hail invaded Abilene and area Sunday night. A squall line that formed to the west of Abilene brought with it warnings of possible tornadoes, and covered most of the area with rain. Rainfall was heaviest in the Winters area. Measurement there was 2.60 inches from 4:45 to 9 p.m. High winds and dampness knocked out some Winters phones and some hail also fell. In Abilene, only damage reported was KRBC-TV broadcasting equipment on Cedar Gap Mountain. The station went off the air shortly after 8 p.m. and later reported l would not resume operatioi Sunday night. Reported high winds tore loose COMPLETES EIGHT YEARS College Church of Minister, Wallace, Missing Texas Tot Found in California SAN DIEGO. Calif., May 23 <*-The FBI said 3-year-old Mariz Gonzales, missing from her home at El Paso, Tex., since Tuesday, had been found in California with Catherine Cassiano, 20. employed as a barmaid at Ripley, near the Arizona border. Galen Willis, FBI agent in charge, said Miss Cassiano Admitted taking the child. Miss Cassiano was taken to county jail at Riverside. Willis said a complaint would be filed against her by the U. S. Attorney at El Paso. Resignation of Glenn L. Wallace as minister of the College Church of Christ was announced to the congregation Sunday at the morning worship service. Wallace will have completed eight years as minister of Abilene oldest and largest Church of Christ when his resignation becomes effective Aug. 15. He said Sunday night his future plans are indefinite, although, he does plan to move from Abilene, letter to Church Wallace, in his letter, dated May 20, to the church’s elders, said: “After eight pleasant years of work with this congregation, I feel that I should enter some other field of labor and the Cause of Christ will best be served by someone else at this place ” Both Wallace’s letter of resignation and a resolution passed by the board of elders when it met to consider his resignation were read at the Sunday morning service. The resolution, read by Elder R. W. Grimsley, said: “Brother Glenn Wallace has la- WEST TEXAS BOUNCES BACK: NO. 4 'Prospects' in Jones County All Sunshine After Roins in Three Polio Cases Hospitalized Here Three persons suffering with polio were admitted Sunday to Hendrick Memorial Hospital. One was from Abilene. Judy Almedia Adams, 5, of Erwin, granddaughter of Buck Milner of Pioneer, was admitted at 8:50 a.m. James H. Carter, 35-year-old Route 2, Anson farmer, was‘admitted at 3 p m. Susan Annette Adams, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David A Ad ams, 809 Grove St., entered the hospital at 8:10 p.m. By MRS. R. F. MAHOOD Reporter-News Correspondent STAMFORD, May 23 (RNS)— “Prospects are all we could ask for,” T. A. Upshaw, president of the First National Bank declares. Upshaw is not by himself in that opinion as far as Stamford and Jones Countqy is concerned. Farmer, rancher or merchant — all agree the crop and business prospects are best since 1949 after these recent rains. Stamford has received about 4*4 inches rain in a two week period, bringing the total, so far. this year to 9.36 inches, slightly above normal. Lake Stamford, which already had enough water to supply Stamford and Hamlin and all its other uses for five years, gained better than four feet. Stamford people can look forward to using all the water they need this summer without fear of enforced rationing. “Bsuiness outlook in Stamford is the brightest in several years as a result of the wonderful spring rains,” Cleburne Huston, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said. “In general Stamford business men are not disturbed by reports of business decline in other parts of the country. They are confident business in Stamford is going to be good.” Worth Million Or 1« Billion? “Taking a conservative view, the rains should be worth a million dollars to Stamford and its trade territory,” Lee Walker, manager of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, said. His estimate is far too low for W. G. (Bill) Swenson, vice president and manager of Swenson Land and Cattle Co. “Ten billion dollars these rains were worth to this part of West Texas. I counted it up this morning,” Swenson said facetiously. “Seriously, though, the rain is of unbelievable benefit to the grass and farm crops. While they could have come earlier, they caitie so opportunely and fell slowly enough to seep in the ground, and the grass is growing fine. We weren't suffering for stock water, but those who were got good stock water out of these rains, too. The ranchers can really tell the difference after these rains.” 86,000 Bales “Prospects are better at this time than any time since 1949. Remember that was the year that around 86,000 bales of cotton were made in Jones County,” Bill Lehm-berg, county agent, said. Since prosperity in all phases of West Texas life goes back to the farmer and his condition, Upshaw said, “I feel there is no doubt this area will make a real comeback. Business will have a little waiting period before it can feel the full effects, but buying will be freer with the prospects of more coming !n. Lots of people had just quit buying everything they did not actually need. That means there is bound to be a lot of potential customers right now.” The oil industry has been a big boost to this area during the drought-period, Upshaw dedared. Merchants Get Set “Farmers and most everybody else have been doing without things they needed during the drought years so thpt now there else have been doing without things they needed during the is a large build-up market for goods in our area,” Huston said. The wheat crop will bring a considerable amount of cash to the Stamford area and provide the first important stimulus to business. However, the mere fact that farmers of this area will be busy from now until fall planting and cultivating maize and cotton, harvesting wheat and breaking stubble land means that they will require extra supplies ami equipment from Stamford merchants right on through the summer. Then, if present crop prospects See JONES COUNTY P. 7. Col. 3 4 French Kill 5 In Tunisia Row TUNIS, Tunisia. May 23 (A*» — French army and marine troops killed five Tunisian nationalists, wounded one, and lost two of their own men and three wounded in a two-day battle for a mountainous peak in a lake near Bizerte, it was announced today. It was part of a renewed outbreak of violence, which saw 13 casualties, in this uneasy French protectorate. Nationalists attacked telephone lines and set up road blocks. They also killed a French forest ranger and wounded a customs officer. The battle started yesterday, was halted for the night and renewed today before the French succeeded in capturing Djebel Ich-keul, a rocky peak in a lake. THE WEATHER U.S. department or commerce WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY- Partly cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Scattered «how era or thundershower* Monday. The low both days near 60. High around 75-80. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Moatly cloudy and turning cooler. Showeri and local thunderstorms east and south Monday. Tuesday cloudy to partly cloudy and cool, scattered showers southeast. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and cooler Monday with acattcred thundershowers east of Pecos Valley. Tuesday, partly cloudy and warmer in Panhandle and South Plains.    .    .    _ EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy, ahowera and local thunderstorm* mostly in north Monday and mostly in south Tuesday, turning roolcr in extrom« north Monday and In central portion Tuesday.__ SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS:    Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers through Tuesday, turning cooler in extreme north Monday night and Tuasday. Moderate to fresh mostly southeast winds on ooasC _____, TEMPERATURES * PM. .......1:»     «4 .......1:10     ST ...... 3 30       ..ST    , ...... a .to .....  »5 .....  3:30      *3 ........ 6:30      SO .......7:30      73 .......8:30     67 ...... 9:30     65 .......10    30    ..............  11 » ..............  12:30 ... High and low temperatures for M hours ended at 6:3» p.m.: 87 and M. High and low temperature« same date last year: 100 and 76.      ’ Sunset last night 7:3« p.m. Sunrise today 3:36 a.m Sunset tonight 7:31 p.m.. Barometer reading at 9:36 pan. 3i.ll. Rtl&tivg humidity at 1:3« p.m. II per bored for the past eight years as evangelist for the College Church of Christ. During this time he and his good wife have endeared themselves to the entire congregation. He has rendered faithful and devoted service. During his ministry the College Church has shown its greatest growth and its program of work, both locally and outside of Abilene, has approximately doubled.” Came ms Freshman Wallace. 45, first came to Abilene as a freshman at Abilene Christian College where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1931. After college, his first church was the Southside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kan. During his six years there he did graduate work at the Friends University. He later served the Central Church of Christ in Cleburne and the Central Church in Los Angeles, Calif. He came to minister the College Church in August of 1946 from Springfield. Mo., where he had been minister of the South National Avenue Church of Christ for two years. When Wallace came to the church here in 1946, it had been meeting for 40 years in the ACC auditorium. New Church Built In his fourth year here a contract was let for a new church building at the corner of Avenue E aiui EN 16th St. The edifice cost approximately $500,000 when completed and furnished. Membership of the church in 1946 was about 450 resident members. It has increased to approximately 800 residents plus about 500 student members in his service here. Active in local, state and national Church of Christ affairs, the minister was also a Kiwanian here for five years, a civic interest he had to relinquish because o{ health reasons. He has, each year, been a featured speaker at the annual lectureships sponsored by ACC. In 1949 he spent four months in the British Isles and Europe on an evangelistic tour for the church. Brother Also Minister Born and reared in Montague Christ Resigns County, Wallace comes from i family which has produced ministers for three generations. He is a kinsman of the late Foy E. Wallace Sr., Cled E. Wallace, and Foy E. Wallace Jr., nationally-known in the church. A brother, G. K. Wallace, also is a minister and ACC graduate. Wallace succeeded , A. Hugh Clark as minister of the College Church. Wallace said Sunday he “regrets leaving Abilene — a good city and a good community. I feel pretty close to Abilene as a town. I’ve been associated with the people for about 25 years. It’s one of the finest towns in Texas.” Wallace and his wife, the former Leola Duckworth, also a graduate of ACC, live at 666 EN 16th St. Their son, Glenn L. Jr., 21, is aboard a Naval destroyer in the Far East. The minister said Sunday night the next two months of his final time here will be spent in evangelistic work. He is scheduled to speak at revivals at Childress, Pecos, New York City, and Richland, Wash. Sitter Gels Blrd-With Electric Light BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 23 (if*—A baby sitter has hatched out a bird—with an electric light. Mary Aqj Varga, 2, baby-sits with Bruce. 9, and Elsie, 5, children of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Kw-wain. About two weeks ago Bruce found a bird egg in the froqt yard. He took it inside and insisted that Miss Varga rig up an incubator. She did, putting a small electric light bulb inside a cookie tin. Yesterday there was a chirp in the cookie tin. The baby sitter, now a bird watcher, thinks the little puff of brown feathers is a meadowlark. She feeds it mashed potatoes and egg yolk with an eyedropper every eight minutes. a cable on the station’s transmission tower. Water damage to the studio and transmission equipment was also reported. Rain in Abilene ranged from .13 inch on the north side to .25 inch on the south side. Measurement at Municipal Airport at 9 30 p.m. was .18 inch. Flood gates at San Angelo’s Lake Nasworthy were opened after rises on the North and South Concho rivers which feed into the lake. U. S. 83 between Ballinger and Winters was closed by high water. So was U. S. 82 northwest of San Angelo for about 3 hours. Farm roads were flooded around Ballinger. Ihch at Clyde East of Abilene, both Clyde and Baird reported precipitation. Clyde received an estimated one inch by 10 p.m., Baird had .65. Dark, threatening clouds and electrical storms were threatening rain to he north. Stamford had only a trace, as did Anson. Heavy fall was occurring about three miles west of Anson. Rotan and Roby were expecting rain at any time about 10 p.m. High winds and lightning were lashing the area. Weathermen at Municipal Airport said the rain came from the squall line that formed ahead of a cold front to the north. It passed through Lubbock Sunday night and was expected at Abilene about 3 a.m. Monday. IS Miles Wide The squall formed on a line from Menard through San Angelo, Abilene, Guthrie, Childress, and on into Hobart, Okla. The line was 10 to 15 miles wide in most places. Rainfall was general along that line, weathermen said. The forecasters said Sunday night the squaU line was “hanging” in this area and would probably bring scattered shower^ and thundershowers Monday. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport ...........18 Total for Year ... ......... 8 47 Normal for Year ....... . 7.30 2225 Edgemont .. 1450 Clinton ...... ...........15 1829 S. 8th ...... ...........25 Anson .............. ......... Tr. Aspermont.......... ..........Tr. Baird ........... Ballinger ........... ...........87 Big Spring ’.......... ..........Tr. Clyde ............... ... Ext. 1.00 Rule ............... . 1........07 San Angelo ........ ......... Tr. Stamford............ ..........Tr. Sweetwater ......... .......... Tr. Wingate ............ Winters —......... Wylie .............. STATE RAINS: Amarillo ........... Lubbock ........... Panhandle Crops Damaged by Hail AM. Tl.. 78 70 bl 68 b> 71.. 75.. 76. 78 82 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms battered West Texas and the Panhandle in a hopscotch pattern Sunday, dumping crop-battering hail and rain as much as seven inches in places. Seven inches of rain beat down on tiny Dumond in the Panhandle. Nearby Guthrie got 5 inches. Up to 5 inches was reported east of Plainview, while 1 to 5 inches was recorded in Wheeler County. Lubbock had an inch of rain in an hour, turning streets into tiny creeks. Oltan got two inches. Scattered Ratios Predicted Scattered rains were preuieted for most of Texas Sunday night. Bad damage to wheat was reported east of Plainview from the hard rains. In Wheeler County, six bridges on country roads were washed out. Hall turned the ground white at Hereford, and some farmers reported tneir hay ruined, At Olton, water ran over two highways, slowing traffic to a crawl. Dawn, iik Deaf Smith County, got 3 inches of rain. Amarillo had scattered showers. Tornado Threat Die A threat of tornadoes slowly died. The Weather Bureau had warned the severe local thunderstorms could produce the dread twisting winds. But in the storm area, where the rain beat down hard and fast and then faded, little wind was reported. In Lubbock, the flash storm stalled automobiles in streets and some minor damage was reported. Sterling City, in die San Angelo area, got Y* inch of rain. Hail was reported between San Angelo and Sterling City. A tornado warning for 50 miles around Vernon was reported by State Disaster and Relief Headquarters at Austin. The Weather Bureau had warned isolated twisters might come in any area and along a line 55 miles south-southeast of Childress and up to Hobart, Okla., until 9 p.m. Twister warnings for five northern Oklahoma counties went out from the Oklahoma Weather Bureau. These warnings were until midnight Sunday. ;

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