Abilene Reporter News, July 16, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 16, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas ' W0. restraints CONTINUED HOT i> Abilene Snorter ^    ^    ^    ^    ^    -vr    -HT    -r    W EVENING •Mfc.8 A • rinas. WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES”-6yron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 29 Atsociated Pro* (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 16, 1954 3WTODW PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 1W ■ PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Fireworks Plant Blast Gives Up 2 Victims Truck Restriction Ordinance Tabled POPPING OUT ALL OVER—For story and map on where and how to vote in city bond election Saturday, see page 5-A._______ Lake Fences Protested Lot leases at Lake Fort Phan tom Hill will be canceled by the city, if the lease holders have fences below the high water line. The City Commission voted Friday morning to cancel these leases, unless the offending fences are removed in the next 10 days. Commissioner A. Crutcher Scott brought up the discussion. He said many lessees “have built fences so close to the water that the public can hardly get to the lake.” Other members made similar reports. Structures below the high water line are hazards to the safety of the public, the commission said. Scott made the motion for cancellation of leases where such fences exist. Commissioner W. D. Rich seconded. The vote was unan imous. Road lo Air Base Hay Be Relocated II Cost loo High Ordinance to keep heavy-truck through traffic off Abilene streets was tabled by the City Commission Friday morning. Commissioners indicated they will try some other method of solving the truck problem. Possibility was voiced that the County Commissioners Court might be asked to adopt regulations which would in effect remedy the situation. City Manager Austin P. Hancock told a reporter that the county has more authority in that matter than the city does. City Atty. Alex Bickley told the commission that it cannot legally exclude through trucks without also excluding all others carrying the same amount of load. Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom then suggested tabling the ordinance and seeking some other remedy. He made a motion for the tabling, and it carried unanim ously.    _ Relocation of the main access road to Abilene Air Force Base may be considered if the cost of right-of-way for the access road as now planned is too high, County Commissioner Claude Newberry laid Friday morning. Present plans call for the access toad to lead from the northeast comer of the air base and connect with U. S. Highway 80. This route would be eight-tenths of a mile long. It would require a 260-foot-wide right-of-way and a wider area at the junction with U. S. 80. Newberry said he has not yet received from the State Highway Department the right-of-way deeds that property owners would be required to sign and he has not contacted the property owners. Newberry said that if the cost of right-of-way for the road as now planned is too high the air base access road could connect with the proposed route for U. S. 277-83 around the west side of Abi lene and lead to the east side of the air base. Wave Blunted But Dallas Hot By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Texas heat wave lost a little of its scorch Friday but Dallas headed toward its 12th straight day of 100-degree plus temperatures. Dallas was the hottest point in the Weather Bureau’s pre-dawn list of temperatures with a warm 83. Most other points had temperatures in the 70s. Dalhart had a 66, Marfa 65, and Lubbock 68 as exceptions to “prove” the rule. THE WEATHER Tentative provisions of the or dinance would have removed heavy through truck traffic from all Abilene streets except those which are state highways. City Manager Hancock said Thursday this would mean such trucks could use only South First St. and North and South Treada-way Blvd. A delegation of Interested citizens was in the Friday meeting, to inquire about the proposal. Hancock said, in response to a question from one of the visitors, that “it would be all right with us for the trucks to use North Mockingbird Lane, also.” Can’t Get To Lodge In the delegation were Nib Shaw, Texas Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; W. 0. Hayter Jr., Dr. Pepper Bottling Co.; Paul Graham, McAlister Trucking Co.; and Mrs. Eddie Cockerell, Grande Lodge. They pointed out that exclusion of trucks from most streets would work a hardship upon them. Mrs. Cockerell’s Grande Lodge Is at North First and Victoria Sts., and she said her trucker lodgers couldn’t evfn get to that address if the ordinance were adopted. Graham said his trucks could get westward out of Abilene much more easily by following South 14th St. and Pioneer Dr. than South First St. He complained that “all those traffic lights” on South First St., retard his trucks. Mayor C. E. Gatlin pointed out that the purpose of the ordinance is to give property owners some relief from the noisy trucks that “pass every few minutes.” and to stop the heavy vehicles from “tearing up our paving. Oil Allowable Cut 121,652 Barrels Daily AUSTIN WPV—Worried about a declining market for Texas crude, the Texas Railroad Commission today ordered a big cut in allowable for the second straight month, dropping the permissive flow for August to 2,721,104 barrels daily. That will be a .reduction of 121,642 barrels per day. The curtailment will force allowable Texas production downward to its lowest level in more than two years. The last time it was lower was in July, 1952, when daily permissive output was 2,707,276. With purchasers in almost unanimous agreement that Texas production should be lowered, the commission effected the cut by lopping one day off the producing schedule both statewide and in the big East Texas field. That will mean 15 producing days in both instances during Au gust. The Pantex field will continue on 15, KeUy-Snyder 15, Sandusky (in Grayson County) 13, and Pickton, 9. Culberson pointed to the West Coast as the logical customer. “I am deeply concerned with the recent press release citing the necessity of California refiners to ‘wildcat’ in Peru and Canada to meet their crude oil deficiency while Texas is forced to make an other rastic reduction of allow ables for August following a 190.0(H) barrel per day reduction in July, Culberson said in a prepared statement which he read as the hearing got underway. nrMinv’ NO BATHS — A heat wave, combined with a water shortage, has put the 43 SSZn it the Turlev Home on short rations for drinking and bathing. During the SE thev are Mvtae to line up for a drink. Residents of Turley. Okla. located near Tulsa, have helped by sending some of their own short supply to the orphanage^ Ike Thinks Texas Owns Tidelands to 3 Leagues Abilene Air Base Money Bill Okayed WASHINGTON Wl - The House Appropriations Committee today approved these military construction projects for the year which started July 1: Research and development: Texas: Abilene AFB 617,393,000. WASHINGTON UFl -The White House confirmed today that President Eisenhower still believes Texas is entitled to offshore lands reaching three leagues, rather than three miles, into the Gulf of Mexico. The President’s press secretary, James C. Hag^rtV, said in answer to an inquiry that the President had authorized Sen. Daniel (D-Tex) to make his position known yesterday. Daniel told newsmen after talk- SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS Wham! More growth for Abilene.    „    .    . This Sunday’s Reporter-News will tell the exclusive story of the opening of the Petroleum Building, Abilene’s newest office building. But aside from business stories there will he articles for everybody—like another exclusive story about a Lutheran pastor who has not only tended to the spiritual needs of his flock but has led them in adopting advanced methods of dry-land farming. Local news. World news. News for women, sportsmen, politicians—nowhere except in The Reporter-News is this coverage of West Central Texas offered. You can reserve extra copies of The Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents a ing with the chief executive yes terday that the President has not modified his view on the three league question. Confirming this, Hagerty said Eisenhower has not changed the position he has always held that the historical boundaries of Texas extend three leagues—about 10ft miles—off its coast. "N Texas Atty. Gen. John Ben Shep-perd said yesterday, after Daniel’s statement, that U.S. Asst. Atty. Gen. J. Lee Rankin has challenged Texas’ claim to the offshore lands beyond the three-mile limit. Neither Rankin nor Atty. Gen. Brownell would comment today. Texas is the only state claiming the three league limit Its officials say this distance was guaranteed by the treaty which brought Texas into the Union. The other coastal states have title, under the offshore bill passed early in the Eisenhower administration, to three miles off their shoreline. Jet Panics Turkeys To Head for Creek CHEHALIS, Wash. UP—A Chehal is farmer reported yesterday that a low-flying jet plane frightened his turkeys into a stampede that killed 529 birds and injured 205. Ted Goebel said the birds were being transferred from one field to another when the jet came over. In a panic, they plunged into a nearby creek and piled up. Some drowned and others smothered. Goebel estimated his loss at $2,500. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PACES BiNFIT — Joycees collect paper and rags to raise funds to aid diabetic children. Page 1-B. FALL STYLES — Women can loosen their belts a notch, take off waist cmchers and enjoy life. Page 8-B. WORLD TODAY—Getting half of Indochina would be victory for Reds. Page 2-A. SCHOOL BIDS—City to call far bids on Bonham school Aug. 6. Page 7-A. Man, Woman First Found; 275 On Job CHESTERTOWN, Md. M - Rescue workers fought their way into the blazing ruins of a fireworks and explosive plant about 1:25 p.m. today and brought out bodies of a man and a woman, not identified, A 90 minute series of explosions had rocked the Kent Manufacturing Co. plant earlier today. It was known that 275 persons were at work, but flames and continuing explosions prevented rescue operations for hours after the first blast. Fireman had succeeded in getting two hose lines into play after 1 o’clock. The fire had been confined to the plant site and did not endanger the business section of Chester-town. There had been no panic despite the rush to leave town. Tom Small, a worker who said he was in the first building that went up, reported seeing one dead person. He could not identify the man. Firemen and police cleared all houses in the area in fear the explosions and fire would reach large stores of high explosives. Sheriff Bartus Vickers moved to dear the whole town but the explosions began to diminish after noon. Among the 20 injured brought to Kent-Queen Annes Hospital were six listed as seriously. The explosions grew in intensity as they spread through the plant, made up of 30 to 40 small buildings and two larger assembly houses on a 20-acre site. Firemen reported at I p.m. that the fires were worming their way to eight small buildings where lead azide is stored. Lead azide is a white detonating powder. Chicago Fireworks Factory Explodes CHICAGO (J5—A series of explosions in a fire works plant today shook the western suburb of Schii* lur Pârk. The desk sergeant at Schiller Park police headquarters said he had received a report that at least one person was killed. Several others were reported injured. The explosions and fire des-stroyed the factory. One of the injured persons was reported in critical condition. The other was not hurt seriously, police said. Shepperd Closes Houston Risk Firm AUSTIN ifl—Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd today announced tosu- ce company—the Commercial eurity Insurance Co. of Houston, fhe company was licensed only reporter makes boat trip Sewer Farm Just Up Creek, But Abilene Water Is Safe WjL DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABILENE AND VC IN H Y- -Mostly fair and hot Friday and Saturday. High temperature both day« near 100 degree«. Low Friday night 75. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and hot thia afternoon, tonight and Saturday    ..    .    .    , WEST TEXAS: Generally falr thU after-noon, tonight and Saturday Widely seal* tered thundershowers, mostly weat of Pecoe Valley, thia afternoon. No impor- ^EA^AW^SOim*'"CENTRAL TEXAS: Generally fair and warm this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Gentle to moderate variable mostly »outh winds on tha coaat. TEMPERATURES Thur*. P. M. 93 ..........  1:30    ...... 95 ............ 2:30    ...... Vt ............ 3:30    ...... 96 .......  4:30    ...... 97 ............ 5:30    ...... 95  .....-    C    M    ...... 91 ............ 7:30    ...... 90 .........  «    SO    ...... 87 ............ 9:30    ...... 84 ............ 10:30    ...... «2 ............11:30    ...... Sunset lut night 7:47 p.m. Sunrtae today 5:43 a.m. Sun«et tonight 7:47 p.m. Barometer reading ft 1*30 p^. 28.24. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.cy **•-temperature for 24 hour* end fetg at 8:30 a.m. 97. Minimum temperature for 24 hour« end Mg at #;» *.». 73- Fri. A. M  »0  78 ...... 76  77 ...... 75   75  80  84  87  90  92 94 By DAVE BRUMBEAU Hate a glass of water. Cool, clear, sparkling — Abilene water. Drink up. Drink all the water you want. Abilene has lots. Curtis C. Harlin, Jr., city water superintendent, estimates Abilene has from three to three and a half years’ supply of water. This water is safe to drink. Make no mistake about that It is tested regularly to make sure it is fit for human consumption. It is safe. So, water the yard. Have a drink of water. Enjoy it. On Cedar Creek But out northeast of town there’s the city sewer farm. On Cedar Creek. How about your visiting Fort Phantom Hill Lake, Abilene's major source of drinking water? See where Cedar Creek flows into the lake. Go on up the creek to the sewer farm. See for yourself whether you think water and sewer bonds should be voted Saturday so that the city sewer farm may be moved away from the Fort Phantom Hill watershed. To move the sewer jwUl be possible.) farm away from the source of i So let s continue our the city water supply, $1,378,500 has been earmarked in the proposed bond election. See for yourself. Get into a motor boat on the east side of the lake and head south. On your left you’ll find the intake station for city water, where it is drawn out of the lake. Take a deep breath and follow your nose southwest up Cedar Creek, one of the major tributaries of Fort Phantom Hill Lake Boat Up The Creek This is the creek fishermen sometimes call “Stink Creek.” Approximately four miles from where this creek pours into the city water supply is the city sewer farm. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Reporter-News this week sent an expedition to Fort Phantom Hill Lake to see if a boat could navigate from the city pump station to the city sewer farm. The answer is; It can. However, the water is very shallow* and if the creek drops a few more inches the Drip no longer trip up this creek fishermen, some of them, call “Stink Creek.” Don’t let your imagination run away with you. The scum floating on top of the water isn’t necessarily connected with the sewer farm and just because it looks bad doesn’t mean it’s been anywhere near the sewer farm. In fact, it probably hasn’t. Four Mile« Up Creek About four miles up Cedar Creek is the city sewer farm. You can get there, when the lake is up, by motor boat The banks of Cedar Creek rise abruptly to meet the gentle slope of the sewer farm. This is a portion, 1,288 acres, of the watershed for Fort Phantom Hill Lake. But when it isn’t raining there isn’t any water draining off the land into Cedar Creek and into the city water supply. And at no time is any solid material likely to flow into the creek from the sewer farm. This to because raw Bee SEWER, Page SpA, CeL 4 PASS UNDER THE BRIDGE — Your stomacn may turn » mu« w*™ « hfiat trin uD Cedar Creek to the city sewer farm and pass under this bridge X from\e farmW.ter under the bridge i. glazed on top with surface scum. (Stai Photo by Don Hutcheson) —. - Tne compaf] anee of a restraining order to halt ^ April 20. operations of another Texas insur- J shepperd said the restraining --der was signed by 53rd District urt Judge J. Harris Gardner te yesterday but announcement is withheld ending service of the company of-;ials and other defendants. The attorney general charged e company was fraudulently or-inized, claiming $200,000 of its ■iginai $250,000 capitalization was jrrowed money in violation of the ate’s insurance laws. The restraining order prohibits ie insurance company and all of s officers from disposing of any nancial assets of the company ntil a hearing can be held on a ¿mporary injunction July 24. The suit was brought at the re-uest of the State Board of In* urance Commissioners, Shepperd aid. Officers of the company named s co-defendants were Ben B. [igh, president and director; Har-y A. Wiberg. vice president and lirector; Carl J. Hilland. treasurer md director; Fred W. Hoffstetter, lecretary and director; Henry iehneider, assistant treasurer, ail A Harris County; C. B. Smith, director, of Travis County; Roy Maness, director, Jefferson County; and Bernard J. Wieiaod, director. Ei Paso County. Five banks where the company has assets were restrained from releasing any of the company’s assets. They include the Citizens National Bank Waco; City National Bank, Houston; Second National Bank, Houston; Continental National Bank. Fort Worth; and East End Slate Bank, Houston. ;

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