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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               SCATTERED SHOWERS gfoflew EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron Auecitud (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 29, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe SPECIAL APPEAL Red Cross Opens Flood Aid A special appeal has been launched by the Red Cross in Tex- as for funds to aid victims of the Southwest Texas floods which have forced more than 600 families from their homes. Paul Hodge, chairman of the Taylor County Red Cross chapter. was notified the appeal Tuesday morning by Walker L. Millner of St. Louis, manager of the Midwest- ern area of the Red Cross. Jack director of field lervice for West Texas, reported from hard-hit Oiona that the Red Nudging Jimmy Spann Fund Mark The Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund crowded the mark Tuesday with contributions bring- ing the gross total to However, debts paid off out of the fund totalling brought the net total down to J87.47. In addition to the money collect- ed through the Reporter-News, In- terstate Theater Manager Wally Akin reported that around worth of tickets already have been sold for a midnight movie bene- fitting the Spann family. Tickets to the movie sell for 73 rents and may be purchased from any member of the Police Depart- ment or from the Paramount, Queen or Park Drive-In theaters. The movie on July 9 will be a brand-new release, "The Big Chase" with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Lon Chaney Jr. Contributions to the fund may be mailed or brought to the Abi- lene Reporter-News. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Previous total acknowledged: 6.00 Abitone. Dairy Queen Excel Bible Class St. Paul Methodist Church 25.00 Grace Lutheran Sunday School Bosch and Sons Employees 13.00 D. M. Clinton Sen-ice Station 4.00 Home Builders gate Methodist Church 5.00 H. R. Stevenson 5.00 Mrs. Kate N. Thrane 10.00 Richard C. Merchant 5.00 Lefevbre Goulding 10.00 Ralph N. Hooks 25.00 Dr. W. Hubert Seale 10.00 j West Central Drilling Co. 25.00 Texas Pacific Railway j Employees 50.00 Related story w page 1-A Cross has established a shelter in the high school gym there. A flash flood caused by 10 to 15 inches of rain Sunday ripped through Ozona Monday leaving 12 persons dead, five- mising. 100 homes destroyed and another 100 with major damage and 500 fam- ilies homeless. Bed> Rushed !a One hundred beds and es and 800 blankets were rushed in from Goodfellow Air Force Base and 500 cots from Fort Hood. In addition, at the Mexican town of Villa Acuna also inundated by the floods, the Red Cross in coop- eration with the Army is supplying emergency medical supplies, food and water to the 2.500 flood vic- tims there. The Red Cross arranged with the Army for 12 helicopters to evacuate passengers from the Southern Pacific streamliner stranded Sunday at Langtry and also motorists in that vicinity, and supplied the evacuees with supper Sunday night and breakfast Mon- day moraing. Tuesday Eagle Pass and Laredo were girding themselves for the expected onrushing waters. In Ea- gle Pass water was already in the business district and an additional four-foot rise was anticipated. The Red Cross has sent in 500 cots and blankets to a shelter in Eagle Pass High School to accom- modate the 300 families already evacuated. The Air Force flew two C-47s loaded with 200 cots and 400 blankets for the Red Cross shelter in Laredo should evacuation of families become necessary there. ft Workers Am As of Tuesday morning. 27 na- tional Red Cross disaster workers were in the stricken areas and more are to be assigned if the sit- uation becomes worse. In announcing the fund appeal, Bassett explained that the Red Cross finances its disaster nlief program which includes cy aid such as shelter, food, cloth- ing and medical care. Following the present emergency the Red Cross will accept applications for rehabilitation assistance to rt-ei- tablish homes, supply household goods and meet.other of families who require help. He said disaster sufferers are expected to use their own resourc- es for their The Red Cross will give supplemental help to provide essentials of living. Contributions to the flood relief fund may be made to "Red Cross Disaster Relief at the local Red Cross chapter. Total THIS FIRST. If your Reporter-News carrier's service is prompt and sotisfcc- .tory, pay him the same way. And, if you're not reading BOTH "editions, odd the ether and lend him on to Son Antonio It's a wonderful vocation trip for carriers who sell their quota of reodezs. SOME FENDER DENTIN' DUE If one driver was Rushing and another Denton. you could expect some dentin' if their fenders collided. That's about all that resulted in an accident between a car driven by Charles Fannin Rushing. 1M1 Mulberry St.. and one driven by Ronald George Denton. 1G33 Clinton St. Neither driver was injured in the accident at South Seventh St. and Ssyles Blvd., police said. It happened about a.m. Policeman Edwin L. Odell investigated. Mighty Rio Grande Flood Rushing Toward Laredo River Roars 4 BRIDGE GOING UNDER The International Bridge between Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna. Mexico, was beat to kindling by flood waters of the Rio Grande River about 9 p.m. Monday. Last portion of the bridge to be sub- merged is shnwn (circle) in the aerial view as seen about 4 p.m. Monday by pilots flying food andmedical supplies between the two cities. More flood pictures on pages 7-A and 3-B. (Photo Courtesy San Angelo Standard-Times) Miles in Width LAREDO greatest flood in history rolled relent- lessly down the Rio Grande Rio, past Eagle Pass and on to Laredo. Behind it 15 were reported drowned at Ozona, not from the Rio Grande floodwaters but from the cloudbursts that turned creeks and arroyos into mighty and awoke :he sleepy Rio Grande. The American Red Cross reported sii known dead at Ozona and nine missing and probably dead. The highway patrol identified 12 dead, and the Associated Press had a report of another known dead not on either list. Eagle Pass Awake All Night A crest of 64 feet was'expected at Laredo tomorrow even- g. But already water had inched up into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, across the river from here. Eagle Pass, lOO'miles up the river, stayed awake last night. All night long, the trucks shuttled back and forth evacuating those in trouble or just scared, helping carry out merchandise from the stores down by the river, where water came to the top of the parking meters. Four houses and a big gasoline transport .truck from nobody knew where were jammed with the other debris against the part of the inter- national highway bridge still left Pass. Four patients at the Eagle Pass iospital, including a young mother who gave birth to a baby at mid- Ozona Flood Leaves 12 Dead, 5 Missing AUSTIN state Defense and Disaster Relief Office lists 12 persons as dead in the Ozona flood: Janice Bedlack, 3. Ozona. Donna Jean Clapp, 14, Tulsa. Okla. David Eugene Clapp, S, Tulsa, Okla. Mrs. Hazel Maundy, 55. Unidentifed white male, 5. Mrs. Mary Golden, 25, Crowefl. Larry Dean Golden, 5, Crowell. Willie Tate. 76. Ozona. Grover C. Martin, 73. Oiona. Donna Jefferies, 11 months, Ozona. Harry P: Holley, 14 months, Ozona. Unidentified white girl. 3. The defense office said five per- sons are missing. Mrs. R. A. Harrell, Crockett County Red Cross disaster chair- man, said 100 dwellings in the area were destroyed and 100 others suf- fered major damage. Approximate- ly 150 other dwellings, she said, suffered minor damage. Mrs. Harrell said that because DIPLOMATIC SOURCE SAYS: Cease Fire Arrangements Being Made in Guatemala MEXICO CITY W-A diplomatic source in Guatemala City reported today that arrangements were being completed for a cease fire in Guatemala. The cease fire would provide an amnesty for political prisoners ex- cepting known Communists. This report came a few hours after Guatemala got its third gov- ernment in three days. A new junta headed by an anti-Communist dis- placed the government formed by Carlos Enrique Diaz Sunday night. Diaz, in turn, had taken over from the pro-Communist President Jacobo Arbcnz Guzman. The rebels under Castillo Armas had threatened to keep up their fight against the regime headed by Diaz. The Guatemalan radio said yesterday afternoon rebel planes had bombed Guatemala City, the capital. Then the station went off the air. A communique from the rebel headquarters made no men- tion of the bombing. former army chief ol slatf. took over Sunday night after the army-forced resignation of left- wing Jacobo Arbenz Guxman. The new military regime promptly outlawed the Communist bat this the anti-Red rebels driving toward the capital from the Honduras border. Associated Press Correspondent Jack Rutledge. in a dispatch from Guatemala City delayed 18 hours by censorship, reported that the junta had started a roundup yester- day of Communists. He said two Red members of Parliament had taken refuge in the Mexican Em- bassy. H? said among the first acts of the new military regime had been a shift in the top police command, with Jose Luis Morales Melgar named to succeed Rogclio Cruz Wer as chief of the civil police and J. Antonio Saravia supplanting Jaime Rosenberg as secret police chief. Heavy (iuanl Arbenz, Rutledge said, was con- fined under heavy guard yester- day to his private residence in the suburbs of Guatemala City, with an armored car stationed in front. However, the Guatemalan govern- ment-radio in a broadcast later yesterday said the ex-President was flying to exile In Argentina. The Argentine government an- nounced In Buenos Atm last night that Arbeu'i wite tad chil- dren had been given asylum in its Guatemala City embassy. Rutledge messaged that develop- ments in the capital yesterday were "so rapid that general con- fusion reigns." He said censorship, lifted Sunday night after Arbenz's resignation, had been clamped back on tight, "due mainly to the confusion." He said U. S. Ambassador ,John Peurifoy was scheduled to confer with Diaz sometime yesterday. Meeting Called In Washington, the council of the Organization of American States (OASI called for Western Hemi- sphere foreign ministers to meet in Rio dc Janeiro July 7 to con- sider means of stemming Red pen- etration into Guatemala. The coun- cil decided to go ahead with plans for the meeting despite Guatemal- an declarations that the party had been banned. The Inter-American Peace Com- mittee, a body within the OAS, prepared to go to Guatemala to- day on a fact-finding mission. The Guatemalan Embassy in Washing- ton assured the committee it would not be barred from the fighting area, dctpite UM change in govern- ment. of conditions there was no estimate yet as to the number of farm buildings damaged. She listed 30 business buildings here as sustaining major damage with 20 others getting minor dam- age. There was no doflars-and- cents estimate of the damage in first figures. The Red Cross listed as hospital- ized here: Mrs. Annie Robertson, about 76. condition fairly good. Thomas C. Golden, 31. condition good. Donella Crank, 18 months, condi- tion good. Mrs. Betty Jeffers, 30, condition fair. M, T. Holley, 33. condition fair. Mrs. Francis Bedlack. 30, condi- tion good. Thirteen other persons. Red Cross reports said, had been treat- ed at the Crockett County Hospital and released. Red Cross field workers here from over Texas and from St Lon- Lamesa Hit By Cloudburst By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A West Texas cloudburst flooded Lamesa Tuesday, creating lakes in sections, and an- other rain storm stalled cars in the streets of Midland. About six inches of rain fell at Lamesa. in the cattle and cotton- growing plains, between a. m. and mid-morning, and rain still came down. Midland, south of Lamesa, caught 1.37 inches of rain and resi- dential streets were flooded. There were no knovm casualties. Water piled up roof-deep in a Abilenian's Cousin Hospitalized; Two Children Missing Mrs. Leo Davis, 1042 Victoria St., was awaiting news Tuesday of a cousin. Mrs. Betty Jelfers, whose two children were reported lost in flooded Johnson's Draw near Ozona. Mrs. Jcffers was reported by the Associated Press to have been hospitalized and in "fair" condi- tion Tuesday, according to a Red Cross release. Earlier she had been reported drowned along with her two chil- dren, a son, 2, and an Infant daughter. Sadler Gets Clean .Bill of Health Sen. Harley Sadler has returned to Abilene after a month's absence for rest and medical check-up. He was first at San Angelo, then Temple. Doctors in both places gave him a clean bill of health, he reported, lie returned to nil oil office Monday. three-block section of fashionable homes and in the Latin-American section on the east side of Lamesa. Elsewhere in the city, water filled streets up to the floorboards of automobiles. The number of evacuees was un- counted. Boy scouts, firemen, po- licemen and volunteers went in boats to help flooded-out residents. is headquarters had high praise from Mrs, Harrel! who lives on a ranch south of here. They said she used a game war- den's radio-equipped automobile to direct the establishment here of the field kitchens and emergency facilities in the high school gym- nasium. She talked with Supt of Schools L.B.T. Sites, the field workers said, and their long dii tance conversations got things in readiness in a hurry. Later, when receding flood wa- ters allowed. Mis. Harrell rushed into Oiona. Some 100 volunteers from publk welfare unite and from over Crockett County wen helping. Red Cross workers had particu- lar praise for Charley Butler, own- er of the flooded Hi-Way Cafi Butler moved what equipment tw could from .his drowned-out busi- ness establishment to the gymna sium and there supervised the cooking and feeding of the flood victims. Mrs. Harrell quoted Water Snpt W. D. Cooper as saying that the Ozona water supply was safe for drinking purposes earlv todav. She said a total of 500 families suffered loss in the flood and that 'approximately 300 persons had been fed in the emergency shelter at the gymnasium. night, were evacuated after water rose to a depth of eight feet all around.the hill on which the hos- pital stands. Slnt Water was ankle deep this, morn- ing on the main street of Eagle Fast. The entire town shut down operations yesterday. During -the night 130 persons were taken to the higher Eagle Fast airport in National trades and in boats. Sixty National Guards- men wiffi. heavy equipment patrol- led the city. W. H. Brown, engineer at Eagle Pass, estimated that the Rio Grande crested at 55 feet early today there. But nobody could be surel The river was a mighty, roaring lake between three and fonr miles wide; What still was coming down, the rirer, nobody could safely say. All with Lang- try up the river and on the Derfl'i River south of Ozona were gone. All ranch gauging points on the Rio Grande, the Pecos River and the Devil's Ridge above Eagk Pass were under water Twc-Thirds trader Water Across the river from Eagk Pass, two-thirds of Piedras Segras appeared to be under water. The highway and railroad bridges at Eagle Pass went out Thousands of persons on both sides of the river, from Del Rio to 155 to the safety of higher ground Flood stages 5 to 15 feet higher than ever before were expected in the border cities today. But an International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) spokesman, after a plane flight over the river, said: much the river -will rise after this crest passes is any- body's guess." The IBWC had lost contact with See RIVER, Pf. 1-A, 4 12 SP Trains Going Through Abilene Daily Twelve Southern Pacific trains per day are traveling through Abi- lene on Texas .t Pacific Railway tracks due to Southwest Texas floods. W. C. Foster, TltP division su- perintendent. Big Spring, that information Tuesday. He said. "We don't have any idea how long this will continue." Foster said, two SP; passenger trains and four freights travel east from El Paso to Fort Worth on the TiP lines daily.'He said two SP passenger train and four freights also travel west on lines each day from Fort tforth to El Paso. V This emergency routing began Sunday. First SP train to pass through Abilene did so late Sun- day afternoon, Foster said. That was the crack Sunset Limited pas- senger train, going west The SP trains are traveling be- tween Fort Worth and Houston on SP's own tracks: Del Rio, Ciudad Acuna, Oiona, Eagle Pass and Langtry are prin- cipal areas where the Rio Grande, other rivers and rain-swollen draws hare overflowed. Property damage and loss of lives ban been reported. OZONA DAMAGE upturned ear jammed 'against a pole with wrecked buildings a backdrop depict part of the estimated onemuUon dollar .dam- after flash waters receded from town Monday aftmooB. (Photo CourtwySan Colorado City Gels Drizzle A three-hour drink was repart- ed at Colorado City Tuesday morn- ing and the TJ. S. Weather Bu- reau here forecast thst widely scat- tered showers would continue in the Abilene area tflroogh Tuesday and Wednesday. A slow drizzle began at Colo- rado City at 5 ajn. and was stiD falling at I a.m., when the rainfall total there measured Jl of an inch. About an inch of rain feU three and a half miles northwest of Win- gate in Runnels County Monday afternoon. A total of .45 el an inch was reported for Sunday and Monday at Wingate. A few drops of rain tefl at Mu- nicipal Airport here Monday after- noon but not enough to measure even as a trace, the Weather Bu- reau said. 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