Publication name: Abilene Reporter News
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas
FAIR, HOT 0 Reporter- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXin, No. 377 (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 1, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Se. SUNDAY Ue End as French Quit Delta Areas Eiiiw's title: Larry Alien has been covering Indochina fighting from the battle areas, where a tight censorship is in effect, for about two years. The following dispatch, from Singapore, was not subjected to censorship. By LARRY ALLEN SINGAPORE IE-Much of-'the Bed River Delta, key prize in- the bitter Indochina war, was falling into the'hands of; the Communist- led Vietminh tonight without a fight. French Union forces were evacu- ating swiftly from their "liard-to-. hold centers in the Delta area.Hie end to the savage (-year-old strug- gle appeared to be not far off. The French Union were generally withdrawing to their last raUway and .highway linking the war capital of Hanoi with the seaport cf Haiphong, M miles "to" the east. An Indochina DuuXerque may come soon at the end c( this'road most dangerous road in the world." Haiphong is France's last beachhead in northern Viet Nam. It from there'that they will have to make the attempt to evacuate tens of thousands of troops, whether as a result, of a cease fire or after fighting their way through from Hanoi. The French, today announced they were pulling out of such im- portant and heavily populated cen- as Phat Diem, Thai Binh, Nam Dion, and Nina Binh, all within 55 to 75 miles south and southeast of Hanoi. That automatically meant an area embracing thousands of vil- lages peopled by around'four mil- lion Vietnamese were dropping into the hands of the troops of Vietminh fen. Vo Nguyen Giap. It also meant that while these millions were being, abandoned to the French soon would be shakily controlling only the lifeline between Hanoi and Haiphong and a strip of territory in northeastern Indochina in- cluding the town of Moncay on the Chinese border. That too, however, may soon be given up as the French concen- trate all their defensive power in the Hanoi and Haiphong. Barring a cease fire, the Viet rainh are expected quickly to hit the lifeline with-sVmasshre human sea attack that could crush the French Union forces. Whether the Delta then is swept by monsoon rains will-make little difference. The Vietminh usually hare staged their heaviest dur- iog rainstorms because they im- mobilize French armor and war- planes. There is also danger of a possible civil uprising as the Vietminh sweep into thousands of the ap- proximately where seven million Vietnamese live. Throughout the war the sympath- ies of these Vietnamese rice-grow- ers have been with the of Moscow-trained Ho Chi Mini and not with the French or the budding Vietnamese national army. For weeks since the Vietminh smashed the French fortress of Dieo Bien Pbu on May 6 of Vietnamese in Hanoi and else- where in northern Indochina have been almost chanting "Long live Ho Chi To these people the fall of-Dien Bien Phu. meant the French could not last much longer. Vietnamese in the Delta rarely have demonstrated any patriotic streak. .They have been interested only m having enough rice to eat. They have never liked the French, who have fought to pro- tect the fledgling nation of Viet Nam from the sweep of commu- nism. They have' not feared Ho and communism because they have never- experienced it. Thus, if the French have to quit Hanoi and make a fighting with- drawal to a last beachhead ai Hai- phong, they may find their way barred not .only by six to eight Vietminh drrWons but by the Vietminh hidden side the heart of the Delta and aided by tens of thousands of civil- ians who want the French crushed. Since 1990, when the French were driven all the way from the Chi- nese border, they had managed to bold onto their wedge-shaped Delta perimeter covering square of Delta, lands rich in rice, minerals and manpower. Virtually com- mander has dedjttd: Delta foes, to JOBS ladochia and aB of watfcM.tA.ta.-TJifcK Indochina conference IB Genera the sbootiag, toe vUt appear heerily la tke oto the of the VMntt. IB Paris the French Van Agency announced ftattht mitth had already OCCQBMQ Diem, the big Catoohe cater 75 miles southeast of h'wwf. THs was accomplished at am. jutenfay. The British have warned h Commooweath dtfans U he ready to leave Hanoi ea a SOD- ment't notice. Fear Hundreds Dead In Fallen Adobe Huts DEBRIS, MUD L TAKE TO ROOFTOPS IN people took to roofs and balconies jo. Pjtedras -Negras, Mexico, across PiedrasNegrosCity Of Death, Filth the rivet from-Eagle Pass, as the Rio'Grande swept past, inundating By ROBERT H. JOHNSON Jr. PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico- (ft! 'today was- a crumbled town of mud, filth, mud- dy-water, little children drinking street puddles.and, .campers, mobbing food trucks. The count of' dead' in 'the 'flood of the Sio GrariuV Still "Stood offi- cially at 38. But my personal opinion is that it's much more. Water still 'is three, andifour feet deep downtown, and that's the only' place you can go because there are the only payed streets. Out frop knows how many are.dead. You'just can't get there because of the mud. And what's buried under- -the mounds of- dirt and. stones, that once were homefc-you just don't know. WadeThrough Barefooted Mexicans waded through the mud and water to start digging through their crum- bled homes. They are, mounds ten or twelve feet high There's no organized effort Families simply are working on theit own houses The city has no water supply at all The government is trucking in water from Nava and Viente, o .little inland towns But Alfonso ArnioZ said even when the A aler trucks come in, the people don t have containers to take wa ter and the ones who do already have contaminated them with flooawater There's an emergency hospital at the village of Villa Fuente, about seven miles inland where doctors are giving emergency treatment. I-asked a more dead'' 'Aw, be replied, 'but I don't know The doctor said at least 200 came for treatment this Just come in and go out The doctors are giving the people Ejections, and the people don't mow what is happening to them They floor and scream- ed. It took six men to hold seme of them. I don't know what the njections couldn't settle the word'in Spanish. Air are flying food and water over. They -went over" this morning with' canned milk.- The Mexican army .picked it up and drove to the hillside camps. But; there everybody just went and grabbed. People stifl are camped all over the hffls.! Downtown the water. mark 'Is from S feet to over the tops of the buildings. The water rushed through town wRh-such force that it bent the 'steel -post- of- a> street light- Misery huddled at -the: airports See FILTH, PS. CoJ 1 THE WEATHER Hi DEFAKTMEVT OF COMMEM.fi and (oto. Sight per tare w'n a t iri evening IMlHenhow-n Tbors- much chantt a ten. TEXAS o.r 10 itto and fair Ulte afternoon tonight and Fiway. IKE DECLARES AREA OF FLOOD DISASTER ZONE WASHINGTON OB Presi- dent Eisenhower today .declar- ed the Rio Grande flood areas in Texas as a major disaster 'zone eligible for .federal re-; lief. i The amount of aid be al- loted will be fixed after a sur- vey by'the-federal Civil De- fense Administration. '.The'President; acted on a re- quest byand mod left after yester- day's Si-foot plus record crest. Tbe water-was down to approx- imately 41 feet this morning. Laredoans lined up for mass ty- phoid inoculations as many refu- gees returned to their homes with shovels and brooms to scrape away the mud left by the Rio Sraride's flood. All backwaters 3iat crept into the city's residen- tial area bad drained away this morning. Officials of both evo Laredo, aero-- the IM in Mexico, against disease u i -cf in the wake of the fkad. Officials of neither city were willing to estimate-the damage, but they united in thanks that there was no loss of life in the torrents of water that battered their river- fronts and'inundated hundreds'of residences. They and high state officials in- cluding Gov. Allan Shivers of Tex- as also renewed demands for swift action on _a .proposed upstream dam which they believe would have 'tanied the flood. While no one would be quoted on the amount of damages, they agreed a dam would have paid for itself in re- straining this one'flood. Officials also agree1 tbe two full days of warn, f js a smoothly functioning team of lo- cal, state, and federal officials had held .the, casualty, list to lero'and expedited evacuation and care of refugees Tbe two cities have a combined population ot about 120, 000. Homeless; Toll to 55 PICKET ROB DtJGAN Bell workers won't cross Up at Bell Western Electric phone install- ers put up picket lines around Southwestern Bell Telephone Co here Thursday at 10.43 am and sent phone workers the. job. The Bell .workers, member of a sister Communications Workers of America union, ,were all ex- pected to be off the job by about 2 p.m. Thursday, Mrs. Bessie Sbel- ton, local unon bead, said. After 11 a m, Bell workers be- gan leaving the building for lunch with no plans of returning. HIT Sbelton said. TBe' Bell Vorkert 'wuT FUND'HITS Abilenians to Meet Spanns on Telecast Abilenians will meet Mrs. Jim- and her two chikjren, Ruth and'Jimmy, on television Thursday evening. The Rev. Sterling Price, pastor of Miversity Baptist Church, will interview -Mrs. Spamrand "present the two children, from to 7 p.m. over KRBC-TV.' The profram is being made pos- sible by tbe Citizens National Bank of Abilene. Mrs. Spann was widowed and tire children left fatherless June 17 when her husband, Policeman Jimmy Span, was shot to death m a fio battle near MerkeC West'Texam rallied the fam- uy's aid wtth dooatwci. of mooey mat totalled Ttanda; Part Ml mewj hM ben to per eff fto tmv fcVi detfa. Helifct The fund will be further swelled July 9 by a special midnight'show at the Tick- ets, available from members of the Police Department and Inter- state Theaters, have already sold past-the mark, Manager Wally Akin said. Besides gifts in cash, fellow city empioyes have been generous m donations of vacation-time pay to the family. Contributions seat Reporter-News' and' checks should be made out to tbe Jimmy Spain Appreciation VmA. are tssptinf n tbe rmd'i New contributions' McBwaia Motors Mr.