Abilene Reporter News, May 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas THUNDER SHOWERS /- s~/b■®he Abilene Reporter-BetoáFINAL'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIII, NO. 340 Asêociated Preas (AP) ABILENE. TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 24~ 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10C SHARP WORDS BATTLE FOR DELTA GROWS—Shaded area on News-map indicates where fighting is concentrated in the Red River 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 center which controls coastal highways to the south. Courthouse Work Delays Discussed Taylor County Commissioners Monday morning accepted a plumbing contract bid. appointed a new county attorney and heard a plan for hospitalization insurance for county employes. The commissioners accepted the resignation of County Attorney Tom Todd who has been appointed attorney of the 104th Judicial District and named Lee Sutton to succeed him as county attorney. Sutton has been assistant county attorney the past year. Todd and Sutton will assume the duties of their new positions June 1. Carr Wins Bid J. C. Carr Plumbing Company of 915 South First St. submitted the lower of two bids for the contract on plumbing in connection with remodeling the courthouse. A $30,000 general contract for the remodeling was let May 13 to Bal-Carr’s bid on the plumbing was $4,054 for the base bid plus $1,026 for one alternate and $1,226 for another alternate. The commissioners accepted the base bid and the second alternate, making a total oi $5,280. A bid submitted by Lucian Webb Plumbing and Heating, including the base bid and second alternate, was $5,510. The plumbing to be installed under the contract will be for heating additional office space to be created 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 Balfanz has inquired as to when he can start work on the remodeling. Ingalsbe also reported to the commissioners that D'strict Judge Owen Thomas has expressed opposition to remodeling work being done while his court is in session. Ingalsbe said he had oitered to let Judge Thomas use the county courtroom while the work is underway. 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 courtrooms in the courthouse basement.    , A term of Judge Thomas’ 104th District Court will open here June 21. _ WASHINGTON UR — Secretary Stevens assumed full responsibility 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 resumed McCarthy-Army hearings and tussled with the senator repeatedly. McCarthy hammered hard to develop his contention the charges were really “instigated” by White House aides, and the two men re peatedly swapped sharp words. Sarcastically, McCarthy suggested at one point that Stevens had had a long rest and should 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 contradictory” testimony about the inception of the charges against the senator and his aides. He asked that the official reporter type up this morning’s testimony so he could point out differences 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 administration figures about the Army’s difficulties with McCarthy s investigations subcommittee but insisted the Army alone was responsible for bringing the charges “You can’t cover up for anyone by accepting the responsibility, McCarthy stormed. “I’m not trying to cover up Stevens retorted. “There isn’t anybody to cover up.” Stevens objected each time McCarthy referred to the At m y charges as “smear charges." The secretary said he didn t make “smear charges” and insisted he always tells the truth. “I stand squarely on that,” Stevens told McCarthy when asked Rains Up to 7 Inches Poured in West Texas Streets Flooded In Area Cities By BILL BUTLER Heavy rains lashed with strong winds thoroughly soaked Abilene and the surrounding area Sunday night and Monday 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 being'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 rain. METHODISTS GET TOGETHER—McMurry College’s Baccalaureate service Sunday night 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 Church; Bishop Martin-’ Rev Howard H. Hollowell, pastor of the Oak Cliff church, Dallas, and McMurry’s baccalaureate speaker; Dr. H. Clyde Smith, superintendent of the Abilene District; and Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry. He said that the lakes are at the highest level since 1951 and insures Abilene of a three and one-half year water supply. 2 Die as Plane Goes Down Near Kerrville LEE SUTTON ... new county attorney Judge J. R. Blank’s 42nd District Court is now in session and is scheduled to close June 5. Ingalsbe 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 County 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 expected to take about six weeks. Kenneth L. Dart and W. L. McNeil 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 employes. They discussed one plan for the cost to be shared by the county and the employes and an alternate plan with the county paying all of the cost. SAN ANTONIO 1«—At least two] men died in a crash of an Air Force C46 whose wreckage was found at mid-morning today between Center Point and Comfort. Searchers phoned Kelly AFB that two bodies have been recovered and that the three other crew members were injured. Kelly immediately dispatched helicopters and ambulances to the whether he stood on his statement scene. today that “decisions and acts” in i The site is about 50 miles north the McCarthy-Army controversy; of San Antonio and some 15 miles were the Army’s alone. McCarthy’s Weary McCarthy said he was “getting awfully weary” trying to “get answers to some simple questions It was, McCarthy said, •Hike nulling teeth.” At one point, Stevens told McCarthy “everybody in the Pentagon” agreed the Army should file its charges against the senator. McCarthy said Stevens knew “a long time ago” that the charges were prepaired with the assistance and advice of White House aides. “No. I dont’ know it.” replied Stevens. Were they prepared on his own 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 were sent to members of Congress March 10. east of Kerrville. It’s in rugged, hilly country. The plane was from the Indiana Air National Guard at Columbus, Ind. The plane, a C46 flying from El Paso to San Antonio, disappeared 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 flying through rainy weather and a low ceiling. The Civil Air Patrol set up headquarters at the Kerrville Airport to direct the search. Grads Become Exes Tonight At McMurry MRS. BERTHA BARBER Mother of Abilene Grid Stars Dies $250 Stolen HOLLYWOOD W—A thief shoved a curtain rod through an unlocked window to lift a purse and contents valued at $250 yesterday from the apartment of actress Leslie Caron. He wasn’t caught. Jurors Questioned In Contest of Will Girl, 5, Dies Here of Polio Judy Williams, 5, of Ervin, died at 9:57 a.m. Monday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. She was the granddaughter of Buck Milner of Pioneer. It was the first polio fatality recorded here this year. Three other polio cases were admitted at Hendrick Saturday and Sunday. They are Raul Guerrero, 8-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joa Guerrero of Santa Anna, who was admitted at 1:10 p.m. Saturday;    ,    ... Susan Annette Adams, 4. daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. David A Adams, 809 Grove St., admitted at 8:10 p.m. Sundry; James H. Carter, 35, an Anson farmer, admitted at S p.m. Sun- «hwr- 4 Special to The Reporter-News MONAHANS, May 24.—Contestants of the late Mrs. Rebecca Estes Gray's will began questioning prospective jurors Menday morning as the case’s Second trial got underway. Mrs. Gray, 63 at the time of her death, willed bulk of her $6 million estate to be divided equally among four Methodist institutions, including McMurry College. The case is being contested by members of her family on grounds that she was not 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 contesting the will ended in a hung jury last October. Proponents endend questioning of prospective jurors with selection of 24 out of 37 late in the morning. Questioning was to continue through the noon hour. Thirteen of the veniremen were excluded because of acquaintance ship with the contestants or pre judice. Proponents questioned on two points: (1) Right of a person to dispose of his property by will as he sees fit. (2) Acquaintanceship with the principals of their relatives. Contestants also questioned on whether the veniremen would be prejudiced because of the nature of the institutions involved or because of church affiliation. Other institutions besides McMurry are Texas Wesleyan College at Fort Worth, the C. C. Young Methodist Home for Old Ladies in Dallas, and the Methodist Home in Waco. Dr. Harold G. Cooke, president of McMurry, has estimated that each institution’s share of the legacy would amount to several hundred thousands. Carl P. Springer, Abilene attorney. is serving as McMurry’s counsel in the case. The case is being tried in the 109th District Court at Monohans before Judge G. C. Qlsen. Mrs. Bertha J. Barber, 2658 Simmons Ave., an Abilene resident for more than a quarter of a century, died early Monday at Scott-White Clinic in Temple. She was Tl. She had undergone surgery at the clinic, where she had been a patient about three weeks. She was believed to be making satisfactory recovery when she died unexpectedly about 6:30 this morning. Funeral will be held at University Baptist Church here at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Sterling Price, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in an Abilene Cemetery under direction of Kiker and Son Funeral Home of Colorado City. A widow for 41 years, the burden of rearing seven children fell on her in 1913 when her husband, a Baptist minister, died at Westbrook. In the rearing of her family, she compiled an unusual record. Better than perhaps anyone else in Abilene, she knew the thrill of the high school winning a state football championship, for lit least one of her sons was on the squad each of the three years the Eagles won the title. That was in 1923, 1927 and 1931. Her oldest boy, Bob, was on the squad in 1923, Perry and Truett 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, and some earned more than one degree. 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 anything if she knew the Lord was with her.” Mrs. Barber was born at Hubbard in Hill County. In her early years she taught school at Spade, in Mitchell County. She was married to the Rev. Oscar Barber at Colorado City in the early part of the century. After their marriage both attended old Simmons College, now Hardin-Simmons University. When the Rev. Barber’s health failed, the family moved to New Mexico for his health. He was a minister at Monument when his death came in 1913 during a visit to Westbrook. Mrs. Barber lived in and near Abilene at intervals before moving here from Winters in 1927. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Ware, wife of a Baptist mission worker, died in 1948 at Brownsville. Survivors aro Bob Barber, a lawyer at Tucson, Ariz.; Dell, Colorado City attorney; Mrs. D. W. (Adah) Haralson, Loraine school teacher; Perry, Colorado City attorney; Truett, Corpus Christi attorney, and C. R. (Pete), Tucson, Ariz., real estate man. McMurry’s graduating seniors will officially enter the college’s Alumni Association tonight-14 hours before they actually graduate. McMurry’s 1929 graduates will be honored at 8 tonight along with the 1954 class. The annual spring Alumni Association banquet will be held at Iris Graham Memorial Dining Hall. The Rev. J. B. Holt, pastor of Methodist Church in Manila, Philippine Islands, will speak at the banquet. He is on leave from his pulpit and is serving as a professor at SMU. A 1937 graduate of McMurry, the Rev. Holt is to receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree at McMurry's commencement exercises at 10 a. m. Tuesday in Radford Memorial Auditorium. Len Johnson, Kerrville radio official and president of the McMurry Alumni Association, will be master of ceremonies tonight. Main business of the session will be election of new officers. Knight Considering $3 Hourly Oil Wage DENVER OB—'Three dollars an hour wouldn’t be “too much” for oil workers, the president of the CIO Oil Workers International Union declared yesterday. O. A. (Jack) Knight confirmed he plans to recommend a wage program at a special June 1 convention in Cleveland. It was called to ratify entry of the OWIU into the new Oil and Chemical Workers Union, but Knight said there also will be a national policy committee meeting. Oil workers now receive an average hourly wage in excess of $2.25. In Abilene the official reading at the Weather Bureau was 1.70 inches. 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- i day. Two bridges were under water in Abilene Monday as heavy rains swelled Catclaw and Cedar Creeks Ambler Ave. was closed at Cat claw Creek, and East North 10th St. was closed at Cedar Creek. Hardy St. was reported impassable 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 photoelectric cells which operate the lights, according to the West Texas Utilities Co. dispatcher. Other major damage reported in Abilene was KRBC-TV broadcasting equipment on Cedar Gap Mountain. The station went off the air shortly after 8 p.m. and later reported it would not resume operation Sunday night. Station spokesmen said Monday morning that the power line had been repaired and the programming will be on schedule Monday night. Rainfall over the area ranged from just a trace to heavy downpours. Rain-hungry farmers who usually welcome any rains were reported not too happy with last night’s heavy downpour. Wheat harvesting 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 inches at Roby. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport ..........1.70 Total for Year ..............0.62 Normal through May ......9.06 909 Hickory St............. 184 2225 Edgemont ............ 2 20 1450 Clinton ................2.35 1829 South 8th ..............2.30 426 Poplar...........  2.75 2233 Walnut ................ 1-98 2418 North 18th ............ 2.05 ALBANY .......................92 ANSON.........   1-60 BAIRD ..............   *    50 BALLINGER ................ 103 BETHEL .................... SO® BIG SPRING .............. trace BRONTE ................. shower CEDAR GAP ................ 3 27 CHILLICOTHE .............. 3.00 CISCO ........................90 CHILDRESS ................ 150 CLARENDON ............... 1 25 CLYDE ...................... 1-30 COLEMAN ...................60 COLORADO CITY............03 CROSS PLAINS ...............63 CROWELL .................. 3.70 EDEN ...................... 125 ESKOTA .......................50 HAMLIN ............. 42 HASKELL....................2 40 HATCHELL .................. 5.00 KNOX CITY  ..............1-24 LAWN........................4.00 McADOO .................... 6.00 MASON ...................... 100 MATADOR .................. 129 MEMPHIS .................. 1£8 MENARD .................... 1 75 MERKEL .................... 1 75 MORAN ...................75 MUNDAY ................160 PADUCAH ................. 3.44 PAINT CRRFK............2.10 QU1TAQUE .................. 2.15 QUANAH.....................4.15 ROBY...........................20 ROTAN .............   30 RULE ........................ 2 10 SPUR ........................ 2.00 SEYMOUR...................2.10 SNYDER .......................70 STAMFORD..................159 SWEETWATER .........  15 TRUSCOTT .................. 3.70 VERNON ...............  3.06 WEINERT ................... 125 WINGATE ..........  40 WINTERS ....................3.30 Reds Finally Release Dien Bien Phu Nurse Indochina 3 HANOI, Genevieve 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 ahead of her. She told newsmen at Bachmai Airport here she was taken by — Lt. i helicopter from Dien Bien Phu to 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 up my mind > about that,” she told reporters. THE WEATHER Big Spring Postal Chief Is Confirmed WASHINGTON W—The senate today confirmed these postmaster nominations from Texas: Elmer C. Boatler, Big Spring; John H. Reinicke, Corkcett; Paul P. Berth-elot, Victoria. BA. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY - Partlv cloudy to cloudy and mild today, tonight and Tuesdav. Thundershowers this afternoon and tonight. High Monday and Tuesday 75-80, low tonight about 60. NORTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXAS— I Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and j Tuesday with scattered thundershowers. No important temperature changes. EAST and SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS-Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, with scattered shower« and thundershowers. - Laughs Will Ptp Up Your VACATION $23,000 Stolen From Angelo Firm SAN ANGELO 13—A safe con taining $23,000 in cash, checks and government bonds was carted off by burglars from the Modern Way Food Market here early yesterday. TEMPERATURE* Sun. P.M 67    ... 6« ... 59    ... 5» ... 58    ... 58    ... 58    ... 5»    ... 60 ... 64    ... 66 ... 69 1;» 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 High and low temperature for 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 87 and 58. High and low temperature« same date last year: 98 and 72.    „    . Sunset last night 7.36 p.m. Sunrise today 5:36 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:36 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.20. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 71 per cent. Sweetie Pie likes the friends she has met in Abilene, so she's colling for all the readers of The Abilene Reporter-News to toke her along on vacation. She'll give you a laugh every day if you'll coil 4-7271 and hove the paper moiled to your vocation address.    > Ì ;