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Publication: Abilene Reporter News June 2, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARM DUSTY FINALWITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXUI, NO. 349 PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 2, 1354 -TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Press (AP) Army Made Attempt To Halt Probe: Cohn Information of the city’s proposed bond issues totaling more than $6.25 million will be given to five key committees of Abilene Chamber of Commerce and to its board. That move was among public iniormation measures planned Wednesday morning. A special meeting was held at th^ C-C offices for the purpose of studying how' to acquaint citizens with the bond proposals. Abilenians are to vote July 17 on $3.25 million in water bonds, $1.75 million sewer bonds, $1 million street bonds, $250,000 fire station bonds and a park bond issue. Material on the bonds will be given to the following C-C committees:    Water,    Sewer, Park, Street, and Sanitation. Improvements planned under the bond issues concern members of those panels. Talks Planned Further to publicize the proposals, women’s groups will be asked to make talks. City officials and other local leaders among the men and women will speak to civic clubs and women’s organizations. Newspaper, radio and television coverage ahead of the bond election will bring out facts involved. Other groups included in the information plans are the medical society and its ladies* auxilliary, and the three local colleges. Revenue bonds are proposed for the total $5 million in water and sewer projects. These would be repaid entirely from water and sewer revenue: no tax could be levied for them. Tax obligation bonds would be issued for the remainder of the improvements. The information group which met Wednesday will hold another session June 16 to check on progress of its plans. Attending were: Joe Cooley, C-C manager: George L. Winter Jr., C-C president; Mayor C. E. Gatlin: Bro Mingus, Radio Statical KRBC; Bob Pointer, C-C staff member; Jack Minter. mayor pro tern; Bob Kennedy, West Texas Utilities Co.; A. C. Etter and Seal-e> Smith, both from Radio Station KWKC; and Earle Walker, Abilene ReporterNews. “Urging adoption of these bonds shouldn't be pitched on the idea that the projects are needed for future growth of Abilene.” Kennedy declared “It ought to be pointed out that the improvements ure needed right now. for the people already malting Abilene their home. “We missed a serious water crisis only by the grace of the Good Lord.”Stevens, Adams 'Did Their Best' WASHINGTON UH - The United States has started to withdraw some 200 Air Force technicians rushed to Indochina to help maintain French warplanes nearly three months ago. The Defense Department, however, is .reported considering allowing some American servicemen to volunteer to assist French ground crews in servicing planes bla: away at Communist -led rebel forces near Hanoi. Diplomatic officials who reported this today said the evacuation of American Air Force personnel in no way should be regarded as a lessening of American interest in the future of Red - threatened Indochina. The withdrawal, they emphasized, is being carried out in accordance with pledges to Congress that the 200 technicians sent to Indochina last March would be pulled out by June 12. A substantial number, they said, already have been returned to U.S. bases in the Far East. These officials said some 47 American B26 bombers, loaned to the French air force about the same time, will be kept in Indochina to bolster air assaults against advancing Communist armies, especially ip the critical delta area. These disclosures came as top military chiefs of the United j States, Britain. France, Australia ! and New Zealand began gathering here for secret strategy conferences to examine the possibility of outside intervention to aid the hard-pressed French Union forces. The talks start tomorrow. Somewhat more than 100 U.S. technicians were reported continuing to serve in Indochina but most i of these, it was said, have orders to leave within the next few weeks. 5 Officials said France has sent in I numerous air technicians in the past three months to replace the Americans. WELCOME HOME—Lt. Genevieve de Galard Terraube, French nurse who remained at Dien Bien Phu throughout the seige of the Indochina fortress before it fell to the Vietminh rebels, receives a welcome home kiss from her mother, right, following her arrival in Paris. The heroine of the fallen bastion, released by the rebels last week, was met by about 100 newsmen but a police detail kept them from questioning her. WHEAT RUINED Storm Hits Knox Town A plate glass window of the Weiss k Co. store at Vera blew in and six inches of water was standing in the store. The Baptist and Methodist churches at Vera were badly damaged and also the Church of Christ at Red Springs. Several metal-type graneries were blown awav and parts of one was scattered over about three acres about five miles west of Red Springs. At Vera the wheat harvest is over. The crop is completely destroyed. The harvest was about a third finished when the rain and hail beat the remainder of the crop into the ground. Power Knocked Out Telephone and electric power was knocked out at Vera. Telephone service had been restored at 10 a m. Wednesday but power had been out since 9 30 Tuesday night. Bomarton in southwestern Baylor County had heavy hail and Seymour got .85 inches of rain. VERA. June 2. (RNS^-Two homes were destroyed and 18 others damaged here Tuesday night ;n a rain and hail storm that wiped out the wheat crop in a nine-mile wide area 13 or 14 miles long. Almost every- home in this Knox County town got some damage from w ind and hat! that measured up to the size of golf balls Three inches of rain fell in 30 minutes beginning about 8:50 p. m. The storm struck a strip from four miles northwest of Vera m Knox County to Red Springs in western Baylor County, nine miles east of Vera. It also hit 14 miles southwest of Vera m the Rhineland community. Buildings were damaged ami thousands and thousands of acres of wheat were lost. No injuries had been reported by 10 a. m, Wednesday. Homer T. Melton, Knox County sheriff said. AEC BARS SCIENTIST Ike Won't Comment About Oppenheimer WASHINGTON P—President Eisenhower refused today to voice his opinion of a Security Board's split decision barring Dr, J. Robert Oppenheimer from the nation’s secret atomic files. The president said the case is still going through a quasi-judicial >rocess. T exas T ornadoes Kill 1, Hurt 14 TICKETS ON SALE FOR 3RD ANNUAL NAIA MEET HERECotton Congress Opens Thursday fJL DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bl RE At.' ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly chMKb wsrm atKl dussy Wednesday afternoon Partly cloudy and cooler Wednesday night «ad Thursday High temperature Wednesday sear 90 degrees. Low ttedtoes-day nigh! near $5. High Thursday near 31' NORTH CENTRA! TEXAS — Parti* cloudy , local thunderstorms this afternooa and in southeast early ion*sht. Cooler tonight aad in northwest this afternoon. Thursday clear to partly cloudy and not m warm. WEST TEXAS —■ Clear to partly cloudy and turning cooler this alteraoon .«nd tonight. widely scattered thunderstorms to lower Pecos Valley east« ard this afternoon. Thursday generally fair and nuid. EAST AND SOI TH CENTRAL TEXAS— Panl' cloudy. local thucderstorms in interior this afteruooa and tonight, cooler m northwest tonight TtiurMUy partly cloudy with scattered thundershower* near the coast. Not so warm m mterior. Moderate to locally fresh southerly winds on the coast- beoomiax northeast to east Thursday afternoon TEMPER ATT‘RES Tues. P M.    Wed.    A    M. The third annual National Intercollegiate track and field championships will be unreeled at Me Murry Stadium Friday and Saturday nights with over 306 entries from all over the United States competing for national honors. Tickets for the meet are on sale at the Melody Shop, Record Shop, Athletic Supply, the Mac key Co.,Thornton’s. the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and at the business offices at Hardin-Simmons, McMurry and Abilene Christian College. Ticket prices for Friday night s show are 25 cents for public school students and 75 cents for adults. Saturday night prices are 50 cents for students and $1.25 for adults. hurt. The storm did some damage to the ripening North Texas w’heat crop. Dead at Paducah was Ida Pla-: cincio, 3 months old. The child's mother and five brothers and sisters were injured. Other tornadoes were reported at Bakersfield, 110 miles west of San Angelo, and to the west of j Paducah. A windmill near Bakers- j field was twisted into pretzel j shape Preceded By Sand Preceded by biting, wind-blown sand so thick residents could hardly see across the street, the twister j which sw iped the west edge of J Paducah took its greatest toll when ; it struck the Placmcio home 18 miles southeast. The Placincios lived on the Jack Parnell Ranch. All were in their house when it was crushed by the tornado. Injured were the mother, Mrs Isabell Placincio, and five children: Olivia. 9. Alejandro, 7, Ysa-bel. 6, Abraham, 4, and Adan. 3. Olivia, with chest and leg injuries. was most seriously hurt, Truman Havins. 25. and Dorothy Havins. 23, brother and sister living in the Chalk community near the Placincio home, were hurt when the twister picked up the truck m which they were fleeing toward a storm cellar. Truman was pinned under the truck more than an hour with a broken hip and leg Dorothy Havins suffered a broken arm Mr ami Mrs. Joe Richards, who live fix e miles southeast of Paducah. were thrown against a barb wire fence as they ran for their storni cellar. About lit miles northeast of Iowa Park near Wichita Falls, the tornado -demolished two houses and injured three people. They were Mr and Mrs W. A Stowe ami their daughter. Faye, whose house was picked up and moved about 20 feet. Nearby, Mr. and Mrs. John Harrell and their daughter, linda, 13, strangely escapes! injury although I See TORNADOES, Page It A» Col. I CORPUS CHRISTI, June 2 UB— The 3-day 15th annual session of the American Cotton Congress starts here Thursday. Representatives from the cotton belt and foreign countries are expected. The theme is “Cotton’s Current Problems.” Burris Jackson of Hillsboro, Tex . general chairman of the Congress, will give the keynote address. J Earl Coke, assistant secretary of agriculture for federal-state relations, and Samuel Anderson, as-sistant secretary of commerce tor internal affairs, will be among speakers the first day. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A baby was killed, 14 persons were hurt and crops wire damaged by tornadoes which whip! a shed West and North Texas Tuesday night, Half the City Hall roof was torn off at Paducah, where the one death and 11 injuries occurred. Much South Plains cotton, only recently revived by rains, was hurt by had and high wind. Hail covered the ground like snow at Paducah. At least two homes were flattened near Iowa Park in North Texas, where thrtA' persons wereYANKEES BEWARE Saiwwt last ».«ht 7;4l p m, SunrtWf today 5:32 a.m. Suaset ton.*!*« 7:43 p.m. Barometer rwdfflj at 11:38 p m W 41. Relative hunuJh) at II:30 p.m 4« per cent Maximum temperature tor 24 hours eaa-ioi at *:3# a m *5. Minimum temperature tor 24 hour» fading at 5:30 a.m. "3, BRICE’S CROSSROADS, Miss. P—The Rebels are getting ready to whip the Yankees again but no one wants to be Yankees, especially beaten ones. Mississippians just naturally don’t like blue A new type enlistment was devised to fill the Union ranks for the second Battle of Brice s Crossroads Sunday, 90 years after Gen. Nathan Redford Forrest routed a Union force of superior numbers. Volunteers lor the battle re-enactment have no choice whether they would look better in blue or grey They just enlist. “Then we assign them to one of the armies,” said Claude Gentry, author of a book about the Civil War battle and u sponsor of the re-enactment. “You can’t find anyone who wants to enlist as a Yankee ” “The ones that can run the fastest will be the Yankees,” he said, recalling how Union forces were routed and fled back to Memphis. Tenn,, in 1864. A practice battle was scheduled for today to whet the Rebels’ appetite and give the Southern “Yankees ’ a rehearsal in backward movement. An enlistment booth is signing up soldiers in the Baldwyn post office «federal that is). “Enlistments are coming in pretty good,” Gentry said He predicted 200 fighters in homemade uniforms would refight the battle, with perhaps 25.000 watching. Baldwyn is a town of about 1,600 in scantily populated northeast Mississippi. The battle site is nearby The Yankees lost about 2.200 killed, wounded or captured in the battle. Gentry said. Forrest lost about 500 killed or wounded The battle had no appreciable effect on the war Vicksburg had fallen the year before, cutting the Confederacy in two. Jim O. Ballew will be the City of Abilene’s contact man this summer to seek elimination of “blind” corners. The principal of Bonham Elementary School was employed by the City Commission at a special meeting Wednesday morning His work will be in connection with the Parent-Teacher Association and city campaign against “blind” corners Those are intersections where shrubbery, fences and other obstructions hinder tno-toitot.C vision. Safety committees of the various P-TA’s will locate “blind” corner." in their school districts They will report these to the safety committee of the City Council of PTA’s. The fatter panel in turn will bring the corners to the attention of the City Commission. P TA assistance in solving this problem came about at the invitation of the commission Ballew’s salary* was tentatively fixed at $300 a month He will serve only during the summer. It will be his job to follow up reports of “blind” corners by con-tinting property owners and occupants to ask them to remove obstructions. Abilene to Hold Full Scale Disaster Rehearsal June 14 Abilene will hold a “dress rehearsal'' Monday. June 14. at 7 p m. for the handling of disasters. Announcement of the alert w as made Wednesday by Harry W I>ob-byn, chairman of civ ¡1 defense and disaster relief All parts of the organization are urged to complete preparations and hive personnel alerted Plans for the event were made this week m a special meeting. Attending were the mayor, the city manager, police and tire chiefs, the panel board of civil defense and disaster relief and division heads of the organization. Block wardens will have meetings of all the people in their respective blocks during the June 14 alert.WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE NUMBER TMREE »not ■ runwov due et \b ene Munte-pai Aìrport, Pea* ¡-S. BANNER SIGN—LVspde economie decime record travet predicted. Po.;e 7-B. LISTIN GRAOS — Bovi* ptvex odvtce tu Mr. Jo* College Page 1 4 A CSC A PII TALKS—-Redx pori in Kereon a<r war revected. Page 11 R JIM O, BALLEW „ ... to contact property owners Mrs. Lucille Burleson was named Wednesday by the commission as city vital statistics registrar That job has formerly been held by Dr. F. E. Sadler, director of AbilentTaylor County Health Unit, who dud Tuesday. Mrs. Burleson is an employe of the health unit. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: June 2, 1954

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