Abilene Reporter News, June 30, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

June 30, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARM IKrilene EVENING FINAL OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Auoduud Pnm (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENINQ, JUNE 30, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Paxton New Sweetwater Postmaster After denying it for four days, tha Post Office Department Wed- nesday told the Abilene Reporter- News Washington Bureau that Charles Paxton will be the new postmaster at Sweetwater, replac- ing M. J, Sweeden, who resigned, The department had stated re- peatedly since last Friday that no one has been designated for Sweeden's place, both to the Kc- porter-News Washington Bureau and to Rep. Omar Burleson of the 17th District. Wednesday the Post Office De- partment announced that Paxton had been designated several days ago, according to the Reporter- News Washington Bureau. Burleson's Telegram But at Sweetwater. where Postal Inspector WUlard Foster of Abi lenc, had gone to install Paxton as acting postmaster, a telegram from Rep. Burleson a slight- ly different light on the Post Of- fice Department's actions. The telegram to W. S. (Bill) Chennault of Sweetwater, stated: "Post Office Department just now admits designation action postmaster at Sweetwater. Claim only last night did they know here such action to be taken. Mr. Sweeden wrote me March 8 re- signing because of health. Noth- ing regarding political angle." Time Extended Meanwhile. Inspector Foster told a group of Sweetwater citizens tie grant them an extension of time to obtain signatures on peti- tions asking that Sweeden be re- tained as postmaster. Chennault was spokesman for a group who met with Foster in Sweeden's office at 10 a.m. Others attending the meeting were J. W. A. Jackson. 84. who described him- self as a life-long Democrat: Jack Dunlap, who has been with Gulf Oil Co. 25 years: and Claude Wil- son, lumber company manager. Other friends of Sweeden who called at his office earlier were Bryan Buck, paint and wallpaper dealer. Mart Nichols, insurance man, and Roy. DeBusk, Sweetwa- ter city commissioner now running for county commissioner. Postponed Foster told the group he would postpone installation of Paxlon as acting postmaster uniit Sunday. July 11. subject to the agreement of Sweeden and Paxton. He was conferring with the two men at a.m. Chennault read to Foster a pe- tition addressed to the Postmaster General and said that the severe; copies of the petition obtained about 120 names. All of these were obtained since 2 p.m., Tuesday, Chennault said. Move' Charged Chennault late Tuesday released the text of a telegram which he sent to Burleson in Washington. It stated: "Have information post office in- spector to be here tomorrow. June 30. to check out incumbent Post- master Sweeden and check in Charles E. Paxton. temporary post- master. This is obviously political move by Republicans to d splace CHARLES PAXTON appointee Area Scouts Start Trip To Canada Thirty-two Abilene area Boy Scouts left by special bus today for Ely, Minn., jumping-off point for a 10-day canoe trip into Can- ada. Stops will be made at Chicka- sha, Okla.; Abilene, Kan.; Sioux City. Iowa: and Little Falls, Minn., enroute to the canoe base- On the return trip, the boys will stop in St. Louis to sec a baseball game between the Cardinals and the New York Giants. Return stops will be made at Lacrosse. Wis.; Burlington. Iowa; St. Louis, Mo.; Miami. Okla.; and Dallas. Scouts making the trip from Abilene are: Don Maness, Jerry Dehoff, Benny Pilcher, Jimmy Massey. Homer Rosenbaum, Ron- ny Schuchard, Eugene Pendery, Wayne Dye. David Webster. Lloyd Rosenbaum. and John Koegl. Other scouts on the trip are: A. A. Barnett. Joe Ed Burnam. John Dale Lewis. Allyn Barnett. Ker.ae'h Burnam, Jimmy and Duar.s Purcell, all of Cole-1 man: Billy Thomas. Jerry Bob iiatthews. Donald Sazama, Ronny i Rogers, all of Albany; Donald Roach, Pat Vaughan. Jimmy Glenn. Tommy Mayhew, Mack Young, and Jerry Irvin. all of Winters; Doyle Brinegar and Johnny Freeman, both of Hamlin; Billy Blackburn and Wilbur Cox, both of Stamford. Settlement Nay Be Near In Trieste BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Italian-Yugoslav settlement of the long and bitter Trieste dispute is expected momentarily by responsi- ble diplomats here. Barring a last-minute hitch. they say, announcement of agree- ment should come within the next two weeks. A settlement would end one of Europe's thorniest posbvar prob- lems. Coming at this time, it also would realize a desire of the United States and Britain to put the Italian-Yugoslav feud aside be- fore Yugoslavia. Greece and Tur- key conclude a proposed Balkan military alliance. Tiie "Little Three" foreign ministers are scheduled to sign the alliance in Yugoslavia's summer capital of Bled between July 13 and 18. Fi- nal negotiations on terms of the pact are now under way in Athens. Set Up to 1947 Trieste Free Territory, an area about the size of metropolitan New York City, was set up in 1947 un- der terms of the peace treaty with Italy. At the time the Allies were unable to determine whether it should be given to Italy or Yugo- slavia. For purposes it was divided into two zones. Zone A. including the big port city of Trieste, was placed under British- cover the family's debts. Net total Laredo Isolated; ZO Dead in Border Town V.O CD Spann Fund Tops The Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund inched over-the Wednesday with new contribu- tions of MS. Still not added to the total was proceeds from the special Para- mount midnight movie July 9. Ticket sales have already reach- ed to around Interstate Man- ager Wally Akin said. They may be purchased from members of the Abilene police force or at In- terstate Theaters. The movie will be "The Big Chase" with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Lon Chaney Jr. The Queen Theater will be opened to take care of an overflow crowd. Akin said. The total includes which was paid out to American control and is occupied by..7.000 British and American troops. Zone B about two thirds of the whole territory but only one third of the population of was placed under Yugoslav control. Both Italy and Yugoslavia claimed the whole territory. Dulles to Review Guatemala Situation WASHINGTON IB-Secretary 'of State Dulles tonight will review the Guatemalan situation in a tele- vision-radio report to the nation. He will speak for 15 minuts, starting at p.m., EDT. ECLIPSE SEEN HERE This photo of Wednesday morning's partial eclipse of the sun by the moon, at its maximum, was made by R. B. Edmundsou. 1849 North Eighth St. He said it was visible from to a.m. Edmundson made the picture with an Exakta 35-millimeter camera with H-inch telephoto lens. He used for filter an eye piece from an acetylene welder's goggles. An amateur photograph- er and astronomer, Edmundson is employed in the transmission department of West Texas Util- ities Co. (Story on Page FIGHT OVER IN GUATEMALA incumbent with excellent record and good standing in community. Petitions being circulated Post Office Department retain Sweeden in office. Urgently request you try persuade Post Office Department withhold action and clarify ques- tion of disability in view fact Swee- rieji is able and is performing du- ties of In an interview Monday. Nolan County Republican Chairman LQ- land S. Howard of Roscoe. would only say. "No comment." when asked about Paxton's appointment Both Attend Meeting GUATEMALA Ul S-ieeden was hospitalized sev- was over today in Guatemala's j junta. The general feeling was that cral months ago but has been 112-day civil war, and the U.S. em-1 Castillo Armas could dictate his attending to his duties in recent bassy hailed the outcome as a vie-1 own terms. is Contributions may be mailed or brought to the Reporter-News. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. Previously acknow- ledged Broach Music Co. 10.00 Kimbell-Abilene Co. 10.00 Mrs. L. B. McMasters Jr. 21.00 Alpha Omicron Chap- ter, Betta Sigma Phi 10.00 A. L. Carter 10.00 J. B. Yawn 5.00 Alamo Motel 5.00 Mr. and Mrs.. George B. Burgoon 5.00 TOTAL W.M8.92 Heavy Rains Fill In Southwest Texas West Texas Utilities Dispatcher in Abilene reported Wednesday morning that heavy rainfall had been recorded at threa Southwest Texas stations. Heavy lightning accompanied 2.75 inches of rain at Marathon. Ft. Daia's reported 2 inches while the Balmorhes rain gauge showed .75. 30-Plone Squadron To Patrol Lowlands LAREDO squadron of 30 airplanes under the command of Major Bob Deats. commander of the Laredo Civil Air Patrol, started a patrol of the lowlands south of here today. Deats said last night his planet would search for persons maroon- ed by the flooded Rio Grande. 6 More Missing In Ozono Area LAREDO brown waters of the Rio Grande's mightiest flood completely isolated Laredo today, and 100 miles upstream 20 were known dead at the Mexican town of Piedras Negras. Dr. Rodrigo Andalon. chief of the hospital at Piedras Negras, said there were 20 known dead there. Earlier, there had been rumors of 200 to drowned in the Mex- ican town of about across the border from Eagle Pass. The Rio Grande's flood waters surged down two creeks and split isolated Laredo in half, separating the old town and business district from a section of newer homes and Laredo Air Force Base. Tracks Under Water Highways and railroad tracks north of Laredo were under water, and it was impossible ANOTHER ONE of the series of bridges on' the Rio Grande has gone out as the swollen river sweeps everything before it. This bridge is the one con- necting Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico. The picture was -made looking toward Mexico. Ike Paves Way For 2nd Appeal U. S. Embassy Hails End Of War as Win Over Reds The fighting join in still another new governing v.-ecks. Monday both he and Pax- ton attended a district meeting of postmasters in Abilene. Before becoming postmaster in SweetWBter about five years ago, Sweeden was in the plumbing business. During World iV'ar II he volunteered for service in the Seabccs. He is now in his early 60'J. Paxton recently retired from service with Gulf Oil Co. at the company's refinery in Sweetwater. He is a veteran of the U. S. Navy during World War 1. He. too, is believed to be in his 60's. tory over communism. The new military regime called on all civilians to surrender any arms in their possession. It pre- pared for talks with the anti-Com- munist insurgents on the future WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE mon control the weather? Since a scientist breathed into o home- type freezer and started a btti- zord much progress has been mode in weather control. Page 2-A. MARRIAGI IT MAIL A 9- month littor.writing contest end- ed in o draw this .month when the wrltws got morricd. Page I -B. House leod- ore looklnt) for a compromise .form plan In hopes of overtinrj o pqrty-splittma fight over Ike's form program. Page 9-B. Kound Launched Monion's four-man junta, which took over in the capital before dawn yesterday, already had launched a roundup of Commu- nists. Arbenz and most of the top Reds escaped for the moment, tak- ing refuge in the Mexican Embas- this Central American republic. j sv'_ Manj. iesser and fellow Col. Carlos Castillo Armas' rebel travelers were among the first to forces announced that a cease fire would remain in effect pending formal armistice negotiations. Former President Jacobo Arbcm Guzman was reported to have taken refuge in the Mexican em- bassy here, along with Communist and leftwing leaders who had sup- ported his regime. to Surrender Col. Elfcgo Monion, the leader of the new junta, called on all persons to surrender their arms or face severe punishment. The Ar- hciu, government was said to have distributed arms to farmers and workers prior to his ouster on Sun- day. Monzon and Castillo Armas were expected to inett today OT tomor- row in neighboring El Salvador to work out details nf both ita armi- stice and a new government. Diplomats here in the Guate- malan capitdl believed the two anti-Communists both would denounce communism and cheer. "We have won." (The rebel's rear headquarters said late yesterday Castillo Armas was ready to discuss truce terms but insisted on assurance that the anti-Communist drive would con- tinue. 1 The Vatican's nuncio to Guate- mala. Msgr. Gennaro Vcrolino, agreed to be the third party at the armistice conference. Though no formal cease-fire had been proclaimed from either side. all fighting was believed to have halted. Latest information in the capital said the rebels held the state of Zncapa and Chiqulmaln, as well as Puerto Barrios, the country's chief port on the Carib- bean. Rtltetance U was generally conceded that the army's resistance Io Castillo't forces had collapsed. U.S. Ambassador John Peurffay, who played a major advisory role in the rapid government shifts, de- scribed the outcome as "our first victory" against communism in the Western Hemisphere. Sleepless and haggard sfter the long conferences, he told newsmen last hight he was "greatly encour- aged by the present government in its determination to eliminate communism." The Mexlcsn Embassy bulged with leftist and Communist refu- gees, just as El Salvador's diplo- matic home here had been crammed with fugitives from Ar- beni's government before the army forced him to resign Sunday night. Other Reds and former gov- ernment officials holed up in the Argentine Embassy. U.S. Embassy sources Tsaid that along with Arbenz, those in UK Mexican compound included for- mer Foreign Minister Guillermo Toriello, former Interior Minister Charnaud MacDonaW and such top Communists as Jose Manuel For- tuity. Victor Manuel Gutierrez and Julio Estraoo. Otter Memktts Also reported in the Mexican Embassy were two members Monzon was" the third of the 36-hour-old junta which supplanted Arbeni Sunday night and was it- self replaced yesterday. The fagi tivf members wen Col. Carlos En- rique. the Presi- dent and army chitf of staff undtr Arbeni, and Col. Jose Angrl San- choi. WASHINGTON Ei- senhower said today the govern- ment will entertain an appeal by J. Robert Oppenheimer if the atomic pioneer decides to try for reversal of the 4-1 vote refusing him secu- rity clearance. The Atomic Energy Commission yesterday "found that Oppenheimer is unfit to handle America's nu- dear secrets because of "defects of character and dangerous associations." That decision closed out a long and wordy legal battle involving the 50-year-old physicist. Eisenhower, on whose orders the security clearance was suspended last December, refused at his news conference today to comment on the AEC decision. But if Dr. Oppenheimer wants to appeal, the appeal of course will be Considered, the President said. Hasn't Studfed- And if that course is taken. Ei- senhower said he would go to the attorney general to find out what his prerogatives and responsibili- ties are in the matter. The President said he has not studied the AEC findings, having merely read about them in the papers, but he added that they were made undr normal proc- were made under normal proce- dures by men whom he trusts. He declined to answer a question whether he felt the country, "was safer and more secure now that Oppenheimer is no longer working for us." Such question, the President said, should be addressed to the AEC. Neither Oppenheimer nor his at- torneys have said what steps, if any, they now contemplate. The physicist appealed after his security clearance was suspended six months ago. The AEC then set up a special security panel to con- sider the case. This panel heard S3 witnesses, including Oppenhcim- er, and on May 27 voted 2-1 against him. Openheimer, in New York last night after the commission re- leased its decision upholding the board's ruling, had no direct com- ment on the majority report. But he voiced confidence in the will of America's scientists tn "work faithfully to preserve and strengthen this country." And he praised Dr. Henry D. Smyth, only commissioner to recommend reinstatement of his security clear- ance, a> having rendered a considered statement." The majority report was signed by AEC Chairman Lewis L. Strauss and CommUsioaens Eu- fem M, Zuckert awl Joseph Cemp- MI, both of whom appended sMt- menu of their own. Commissioner, Thomas E. Mup raj-, agreeing with them, that Op- penheimer should be denied access :o.secrets, wrote a separate opiiion "Dr. Oppenheimer was disloyal" in the. sense that he dis- regarded security regulations. But Mr.. Smyth, a Princeton scientist "who worked With Oppen- leimer. in wartime .development of the atomic bomb, strenuously dis- agreed with his four colleagues. "He is completely wrote Smyth, "and I do not believe he is a security risk." In Congress, Rep. W.. Sterling lole i.R-NYi, chairman of the Sen- ate-House Atomic Energy Com- mittee, said he sees no reason to challenge the commission's deci- sion. He said there had been no request for any njpve by the com- mittee, which keeps tabs on com- mission activities. Oppenheimer, now director of a private research group called the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, N.J., winds up his ca- reer as an AEC consultant today, with expiration of his contract. Red Cross Sends 2 Nurses to Ozona Taylor County Red Cross Chap- ter has sent two registered nurses Mrs. May Krantz and Mrs. Sam Houston, Jr., to.Ozona to assist in flood relief operations. .Local -disaster Chairman -Ksrr> Howard took! the nurses to Crock- ett Memorial Hospital in Ozona. Request for the nurses was re- ceived at the Abilene Red Cross office from the American National Red Cross office in St. Louis, Mo. THE WEATHER V.S, PKrAKTHKST OF COMMEXCE WEATKEK BCKKAr ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair tMa rols M aod Thursday. both days tow tcalcM NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS dear to iwrtly ckiatiy and warm throoih Thursday a itv isolated Uiandershowers. WEST TEXAS Partly cVwdy throujh Thursday, with scattered thiuwiershowers mostly to wai. No Important EAST TEXAS Io partly cloudy j and warm Thursday, with widely CO" to reach air fields because of higtf water. Laredo had no .drinking water and a mounting sanitation prob- lem. Tension had eased at Eagle Pass when the crest of 33.9 feet passed yesterday at a.m., but con- cern continued for Piedras Negras' residents. State disaster and relief control headquarters estim- ated from" to home- less there. Another cloudburst hit west Tex- as yesterday at Lamesa. 300 miles north of the Kio Grande. Some 40 families were evacuated and water rose to rooftops in two residential sections. But there was no report- ed loss of life. After, an air surrey upriver al- most to the -head of the Devils River and the Pecos River, the International Boundary Commis- no-more big water was coming behind the erest The commission, listed some ot the major, losses: The Rio. Grande drove at least SOOlfiore from (heir Domes here, making a total of evac- uated. Backwaters from the flooding river threatened to surge down a creek and encircle the city. The water-plant was in danger of being knocked out of commis- sion. Xotwdy Cai Tell Both the railroad and auto bridges between Laredo and its sister city, Nuevo Laredo, Mex., were believed torn the water was-.so deep nobody could tell for sure what the damage was. Jfueyo Laredo, on lower ground, lay silent and seemingly deserted, with water standing in the streets six or eight blocks in from the river. About 100 persons were seen being lifted from rooftops by heli- copters. There were no communi- cations between the cities, which have about residents each. Neariy 100 mlies north of Del Rio at Ozoaa. the latest count showed IS persons dead and one still missing in a flood that flashed down dry washes after a cloud- burst Sundav night. Victim Reported Another victim of the cloudbursts reported today- was Pvt Roy Christiansen, drowned when a RIVER AT DOORSTEP (Related story Page bridge over the Pecos River west of Del Rio went out. Six more persons missing at Pandale, south of Oiona. Neither here nor at Nuevo La- redo were there any reports of loss of life. At Eagle Pass, across from Pi- edras Negras, highway patrolman R. B. Goodrum said there were hundreds of rumors about the sit- uation in the Mexican town ot He said rumors of the dead ranged from down to I can't confirm, any o{ them." Officer Scene "We just don't know. We fiareu't been able to get over -there he said, "and I don't know when we can make it'' An officer identified only Ss Captain Poatton, from Laughlin Air Force Base at Del Bio, .flew over Piedras Negras.- Where. water has receded, he said, only a thick layer of filth can be seen from the air and it is See LAREDO, ci' i f Brunsdale Leading North Dakota Vote FARGO, N.D. Norman Brunsdale, seeking a third term, today led his Nonpartisan League- backed opponent.-Wallace E. War- ner, in North Dakota's GOP pri- mary election contest With ballots counted in 875 of precincts Brunsdale had 421 and Warner WATER ROUTS HOLDUP MAN BALTIMORE a George Frantum, a service station at- tendant, told police he was washing a car yesterday when a man approached him from behind and said, "Gimme your money." Frantum said he whirled around and squirted water in the man's face. .The would-be boldup man gave a yen and fled. Laredo Sleeps Despite Flood SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Generany fair and warm through Ttttir5day. 74 Xaibnitm for fcMra rtd- at a.m.: SO. Mtetauim tor tal It a.m.: Ha rctMter rradluc at UltlUn MBUttr a! f.m. LAREDO. Tex. IB-Most of Lar- edo's residents shrugged off the worst flood threat in history and slept soundly last night with the hungry Rio Grande gurgling at their doorsteps. At p.m. radio station KVOZ relayed official advice to the ef- fect that the muddy, debris-choked river, gorged from upstream cloudbursts, had reached 58 feet and was not expected to exceed 60; feet in the next few hours. The nonchalant Laredoans could go on to bed and to sleep. Most of them did. On a drive around the residential area a reporter saw only darkened homes aad no signs of panic or even mild fear, "It's the calmest place I ever saw." said Highway Patrol Sgt. W. S. Butler, state disaster liaison officer. "There's been no exodus, no pan- ic. Everybody seems to be taking it in stride." Owners GanMtag There was little sandbagging or moving of goods from downtown business bouses became most of the store owners were gambling that the river would not rise tin; five or six feet it would take to put muddy witer in the downtown streets. But for perxni in UK WO families who have been evacuated from homes near the river, trou- ble wasj piling up. They were housed and fed in four schools thrown open for refugees.; Many of them were like 14-year- old Benigno Layton, who lived with his father and mcfter, seven brothers and a sister or, San Leon- ardo Street, less than a stone's throw from the roaring river. They moved to a basement room in Central School yester- day, bringing only some of their furniture. Senigno works in a tor- tilla his father is jobless, and their adobe (mud brick) borne has been devoured by the river. Survived Others Benigno said it was pretty tough but his family had come through other floods. Mrs. Ray Stubbs, co- chairman of the Webb County Red Cross relief committee, with Mrs. Harold Pugh put him to work set- ting up cots and running errands, and he was still on the job at 2 a.m. while his family slept. Out on State Highway tbt last remaining auto link bel.tveen Laredo and the outside world, via Freer and Uuval County, a few Latin-American 1 a m i 1 i e were camping. One, father, mother and two children slept in their blanket! ;