Abilene Reporter News, July 17, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

July 17, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, HOT Abilene Reporter EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXX1V, NO. 30 ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, "JULY 17. 1954 PAGES______________ -___________ PBICB DAILY 5e, SUNDAY IOC 2 Plans Ready For Dry Area Drought Aid WASHINGTON W-The Agricul- ture Department, under mounting pressure to provide drought relief, had separate surveys on today to chart what can be done for parched lands. The department said decisions OB how to act may be reached when two high-level officials now the West return to Washington. The two are asst. Secretary Hoss Rizley, who is in Wyoming talking to state officials, and Harvey Dahl, a member of Secretary Benson's staff, who has been in Colorado and surrounding states for 10 days. Dahl now has gone to Texas for a survey there. Officials are going through the books to find out just what author- ity and funds are available for drought aid. They looked particularly to the Agricultural Surplus Act, recently signed by President Eisenhower, which increases Benson's authority to make available government owned livestock feeds at reduced prices. Heretofore, an authorization has been necessary before feeds could be sold to fanners at cut rates to enable them to maintain their basic herds. The House Agriculture Commit- tee requested Benson-yesterday to use to the fullest extent the au- thority and funds available to him to ease the results of the wide- spread drought. Last year Congress appropriated 150 million dollars for drought aid. This included 40 million for losses in the sale of government-owned feeds at reduced prices and in emergency loans. Two governors, Dan Thornton of Colorado and Edwin Mechem of New Mexico, gave Undersecretary o! Agriculture True Morse reports yesterday da the drought in their Thornton reported pastures were dry, that many farms and ranches have hay crops below normal. He also said irrigation water ii short Gas Rule May Bring New Congress Drive BALLOT CAST Miss Harriet Evans, 426 Mulberry St., casts her vote Saturday morning at the YMCA building in the city election for or against a proposed ?6.65 mil- lion in bond issues. Looking on is Mabel" Reeves, 220 Mul- berry, who is working at the YMCA voting place at N. Second and Beech Sts. Voting boxes will remain open until 7 p.m. tonight POLLS OPEK UNTIL 7 Bond Voting Off To Brisk Start Voting got off to a brisk start lutes about 128 persons had votei at the Precinct C box in the Worn Saturday morning in Abilene's million bond election. Polls opened and will close at 7 p.m. In the first hour, and InNewDuval Jury Action SAN DIEGO (ffl per- sons have been charged with con- spiracy in new indictment by the Duval County grand jury. Two indictments charging Sett over also were returned yes- .terday. None of the 16 persons were identified at- once. Rumor indicated something "big" was in the air. Witnesses yesterday included employees of the Texas State Bank at Alice, depository for the Duval County funds. Asst Dist. Atty. King Haney of Harris indictment in town at the equest of State Atty. Gen. John Ben Sheperd. Robert Leo, chairman of the three-man auditing committee, ap- peared before the grand jury at his own request. He told the jury many county records were missing. And in San Antonio a new crisis shaped up in the drive of some static officials to "clean up the Du- val County mess." The Court of Civil Appeals there was to hear Asst. Dist Atty. J. G. Gonzales' plea that he be allowed to prose- cute indictments by the new Duval County grand jury. The indictments include an as- sault to murder charge against political boss George Parr and several felony theft and conversion indictments against county and school districtl officials or ex- officials. Wetbacks Leaving Dally During Round-up EDMBURG Mexican laborers were pouring back across the Rio Grande at the rate of more than per day today as the wetback drive continued along the Texas border. The combination of enforced de- portations by the Border .Patrol and voluntary departures has sent a steady stream through ports of entry. Around persons a day lave been sent through El Paso by bus, where Mexico is reported making arrangements to return the deport- ees to their homes deeper in Mex- :p. Fletcher Rawls, head of the Val- ley Border Patrol area, said the government is paying bus fares to El Paso. As the wetbacks left, orders rose steadily for legally authorized workers from Texas points. More than orders had been re- ceived by noon yesterday at the Texas Employment Commission office here. at the Precinct C box in the Worn an's Building at Fair Park. Precinct A, located in the Nort 16th and Orange Sts. fire station and Precinct B in the YMCA re ported.an estimated 60 votes more during the same period. other polling place for Pre- cinct .C, is located at South Junio High School. Sixty four absentee ballots wer cast liefore.the deadline for th type of voting p m Tuesda The bond issue jwould funds for waterworks, samtarj streets, fire stations an parks and playgrounds Johnson, Shivers Attack Gas Rules By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS I producers from this regulation. Sen. Lyndon Johnson and Gov. hv I Allan Shivers led the attack Satur- ay on the Federal Power Com- mission's decision to freeze well- lead prices of natural gas destined or interstate distribution. The FPC was flayed by Texas fficialdom and members of the il and gas industry. They issued trong denunciations. Johnson said, "I don't know how the small producers will be able survive." He went on: "It is difficult to understand Ibis action by the Federal Power Com- mission. It gives the impression of almost frenzied haste. "The commission acted without vaiting for the Supreme Court to tear a Texas motion for a re- learing. It acted without waiting OT the President's reply to my request to establish a commission :o consider the whole problem. Blow Texas "This decision will certainly mean confusion and red tape com- pounded in the natural gas indus- iry. It will be. a distinct blow to Texas and other producing states. "I certainly hope the Federal Power Commission will reconsider this order. It was taken without sufficient deliberation and without granting the industry an opportun- ity to assess the new situation and adjust its operations accordingly." Gov. Shivers declared Congress must correct the situation that al- lowed the FPC action. "It's the type of thing we've been battling against in all this federal Shivers "It makes necessary further ac- tion by Congress, because the Na- tural Gas Act specifically exempts 'It is a further attempt by the Supreme Court and the FPC to in- vade state control. It might even necessitate a special session of the Texas Legislature. I think congres- sional action is the first necessity I am hopeful that Congress will take the necessary action. like New Deal "This, along with the Supreme Court decision in the school segre- gation case, is further evidence that the old New Deal, Fair Deal is still prevalent in court decisions "Congress corrected the tide- lands decision. It can and must correct this decision." Other comment included: Att. Gen. John Ben Shepperd ol Texas: "The order means financial ruin for a large segment of the Texas natural gas industry." Ernest Thompson, chairman ol the Texas Railroad Commission "The order is a tragic blow." Harry Bass, president of Texas Mid-Continent Gas 4 Oil Assn.< "Intersectional extortion has been legalized and put in official decree with today's order. Private proper- ty in one section of America is being socialized for the benefit'o" voting masses in another section.' Jack Woodward, president of the Texas Independent Producers k Royalty Owners Assn.: "The order is an unprecedented discrimination against one segment oE the Indus try." Atomic 'Giveaway' Scored by Morse 'Prisoner'' Wife Is Given Divorce LOS ANGELES Lois Beth Huard, 28, had a divorce de- cree today on this testimony against her husband, Dr. George Stedman Huard, 31, a physician: "He cut my entire wardrobe into little bits He kept me like a prisoner. I was not allowed to use the automobile or 'even leave the house..." Mrs. Huard. also testified yes- terday her husband smashed her valuable figurines and poured her perfumes down the bathtub dram. ELLIS PRESTON, 51 Electric Firm Manager Dies WASHINGTON Wl Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) charged today that an atomic "giveaway" is "being rushed through the Congress without adequate consideration." In a speech prepared for the Senate, Morse declared a bill to carry out President Eisenhower's atomic policies is "designed to turn over the power features of the atomic energy program to pri- vate industry He called instead for a "positive program of atomic power produc- tion by the federal to prevent the people from becom- ing "the victims of monopoly pow- er practices." For the third straight day, the Senate was at 10 a.m. EOT to continue debate on an om- nibus bill designed to allow private industry into the atomic field and to authorize disclosure of limited nuclear secrets to allies.. Morse yesterday blocked an at- tempt by Senate Republican Lead- er Knowland of California to bring the bill to an early vote, by refus- ing to accept any limitation on de- bate. Knowland immediately served notice that the Senate, now on a 12-hour day, faced more overtime to meet the July 31 target date for adjournment. Morse and several Southern Democrats argued that the session should .be extended. Sen. Gore a leader in the opposition to the administration measure told newsmen that South ern Democrats were not conduct ing a filibuster in their speeche Ellis L. Preston, 51, manager of Graybar Electric Co., died about I a.m. Saturday in St. Ann Hos- pital after an illness of several months. He entered the hospital Friday night. Mr. Preston was born in Mc- Lean, Neb., on June 3, 1903. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and went to work for the Graybar company the same month he graduated 29 years ago. He has been with the company since, having been at Dallas, Fort Worth, Beaumont and Hous- tM before coming to Abilene in He was a member of the St. Paul Methodist Church. He was married to Thelma Arm- bruster OB July 7, 1928, in Lexing- ton, Neb. Survivors include his wife and one daughter, Jane Alice Preston both of the family home, 218 High- land Ave.; two sons, Charles Wil- liam Preston of Austin and Lynn Ellis Preston of Shreveport, La.; one grandson, Stephen Ellis Pres- ton of Shreveport; and two sisters, Mrs. William Snell of Santa Moni- ca, Calif., and Miss Eunice Pres- ton of Lincoln, Neb. Funeral will be at Mon- day in Laughter-North Memorial Chapel. Dr. E. D. Landreth, pas- tor of St. Paul Methodist Church, will officiate. Mayor May Give 'Dope' Statement HOUSTON W-Mayor Roy Ho heinz who has had "no comment on the Houston police' narcotics scandal now indicates he may BOO have a statement. The mayor suggested yesterda that detective W: Pool shoul be called before the grand jury there is any, question about th suicide verdict rendered in th death of detective M. A. Bfflnitze on'June 3. Pool identified himself yesterda as the person who asked feder investigation of the scandal. H also said he does not believe tha Billnitzer killed himself. far directed primarily against a esidential directive to contract r new private power facilities the Tennessee Valley. The disputed White House diree- ve would have the AEC contract r a new private steam plant to rvice the Memphis, Tenn., area ver Tennessee Valley Authority mes. TVA power thus replaced ouW be shunted to the atomic ant at Paducah, Ky. Opponents of the plan have ham- icred away at AEC's authority to ake such a contract. On another aspect of the bill, Rep. W. h airman Sterling of the Cole Senate House tomic Energy Committee, said on television program last night the measure "specifically prohibits the isclosure of any information re- ating to the design, the fabrica- ion, the inside of the vital part of the (nuclear) weapon." "That we consider even our military consider as our most essential secret in our national se- urity Cole said. Morse's speech was devoted pri- marily to the peacetime atomic power sections of the bill and was he prelude.to at least one other by Sen. Lehman (D, Lib- Morse said the bill fails to con- tain adequate safeguards against monopolies. Army Studies Blast Scene CHESTERTOWN, Mfl. W-Ann demolition experts today studied the problem of removing highly sensitive lead azide from the seen of the blasts that yesterday too at least 10 lives and wrecked and munitions plan here. Persons living in nearby areas will be evacuated, Army spokes men said, if the removal is a tempted. JUad azide, an extreme! sensitive nitre-glycerin compouni is used in the detonator fuses mac by the Kent Manufacturing Co. a this Maryland Eastern Shore com munity. Yesterday's blasts, estimated b one company official as doin damage, came in grim c incidence with a fireworks factory explosion in Chicago. Three were killed and one jured in explosions in the Melros Fireworks Co. building in subur ban Schiller Park. In Chestertown, one person wa unaccounted for and it was fearei the list of 10 dead might be lengh ened by one more life. Swim Is Fatal PARIS, Tex.t Ifl-Joe Stephen 35, Direct community farmer drowned Friday while swim ming in the Red River. HEAD START Kenneth Benbow, 17 week old son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. slr-ws how he can stand alone as he steadies himself on his finger She scys he started unusual tction two weeks ago. Head-On Collision Fatal for Seven MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. W) Two cars collided head-on in a mass of mangled steel on Rt 206 early to- day, killing seven persons, includ- ng all six occupants of one of the vehicles. A third car crashed into the wreckage, but none of its four oc- cupants was seriously hurt The crash occurred in Vincen- town, five miles south of here, on a two-lane highway that feeds the South Jersey seashore area, and tied up traffic for almost two hours. Ironically, state police said, one of the victims, riding alone in a convertible, had been warned just before the accident to be more careful. The victim, identified as W. 0. Harold S; Moran, J7, etationed at nearby Ft Dix, narrowly missed colliding with a fire engine and, state police said, the firemen warned Moran to take it easy. Others killed in the accident, all occupants of one car, were iden- tified as: Eugene about 80, of Bedford, the driver; Mrs. Margar- et Laughlin, 35, his widowed daugh- ter, Bobby Laughlin, 12, her son: Jean Laughlin, 9, her daughter; Airman 2 C James Fleming, Mc- Qusre Air Force Base, Ft. Da; and Phyllis Fleming, his wife, who was expecting a baby in two months. Machine Gun Kelly Dies hi Prison Of Heart Attack LEAVENWORTH, Kan. Wl George (Machine Gun) Kelly. 59, serving a life'sentence for tee kid- naping of Giarles F Urschel, wealthy Oklahoma City on man, died in the federal prison hospital today after a heart attack TWs was Kelly's birthday. Kelly and an accomplice, Albert L. Bates, armed with a machine gun and a pistol kidnaped Urschel from his palatial Oklahoma City home shortly after midnight July 22, 1933. Urschel was released July 31 after payment of ransom. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO Yarborough, Duel Senator Kerr Says Order Call for Laws WASHINGTON W-A Federal Power Commission (FPC) order setting up procedures for regulat- ing rates of independent natural gas producers seemed likely today to bring on a new drive is Con- gress for a. ban on such regulation Sen. Kerr long a foe of US. control in this field, said the order points up "the need for cor- rective legislation by Congress at an early date Kerr's reaction was typical of that from legislators representing gas producing states Lawmakers from states which are heavy users of natural gas ap- plauded the commission's move Sen Humphrey (D-Minn) said any new bill to remove the federal agency's power to regulate the rates will be "opposed vigorous- ly." Ltttte Cfcaaee New Kerr acknowledged there was lit- tle or-no chance any legislation could be put through this .session, with adjournment due perhaps by the end. of the month. The commission announced the order yesterday to a surprise move It was in compliance with a June 7 Supreme Court decision n the Phillips petroleum case The effect of the court ruling was to place Phillips and about other independent gas pro- ducers under federal jurisdiction m their dealings with pipeline Com- panies, including setting ol rates The FPC previously had nela the producers out subject to such regulation. It moved yester- day to implement tfee -Supreme Court decision without waiting for the formal mandate to- come down. The FPC order requires the pro- ducers to apply for certificates by Oct. 1 to authorize them to trans- port and sell natural gas in inter- state commerce Hates are frozen at the wellhead price as of June 7 No increases can be made unless filed with the commission, which can then sus- pend the higher rates and require hearings. AppUe.UlDdM.wdMU The order applies to independent producers The non those affiliated with interstate pipeline firms-already under federal regulation Kerr sponsored a in W50 to make certain that regulation of the independent producers would be solely the of state commissions. Congress passed it after lengthy debate but former President Tru- man vetoed it The FPC then took the position it should not regulate the produc- ers, thus adopting the policy called for in the Kerr Bill. The Supreme Court's decision directed the agen- cy to reverse its stand Sea. Ferguses whose state was one of those asking the high court to approve broader fed- eral regulation, said he was "de. lighted" with yesterday's order. believe this action will have real meaning to Michigan consum- ers of natural gas m preventing rate he said. Sen. Douglas (D-Dll said, This is the Erst sign of We I've seen in the Federal Power Commission hi several years I'm glad to wel- come me resuscitatMB of the dead." THE WEATHER C J. EEFABUCENT OF COMMZCCZ WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Generally fair and continued hot Slturiw uijhl md Sania. Bijh tempentore both dajl near (Mreei. Low Satardtr "NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: doody lad hot throush Sunday. WEST TEXAS: Partly ctody and wjrm through Sunday. Widely scattered thtmder- ahowers of Pecot Valley. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy and -warm through Sunday. A few Isolated thondenhowen. Gestie to moderate Kratherly' wind! on the coast. Maximum temperature for M noon end- liui at a-m. 99. .Minimum temperatire for M Henri tod- Oxer Segregation Issue 75 75 II. M H ,tt SUM! bat bat today Swft Umlltt :0 .JO. wf ml BnwMUr mow at MMfre kunildltr at By CLAYTON JHCKERSON Associated Press Staff Gov. Shivers and Ralph Yarbor- ough had fresh predictions of vie tory out Saturday as they faced the final week of their hot cam- paign for governor. Shivers said in DaEas: be would win his third term by a big ma- jority. Yarborough asserted no combination of "so-called Demo- crats and Republicans" could beat him. Both were in Dallas Friday night fcr television appearances after winding up campaigns in East Texas. Shivers again charged Yarbor- ough had not taken a definite stand on segregation. Yarborough slid he had. that he favored the con- tinued color line advocated by the State Board of Education. The governor also repeated five questions he said Yarborough bad not-answered and dared not an- swer. They concerned the Texas tidelands, the CIO's Political Ac- tion Committee, the Duval County; cleanup; and state's rights to streams and riverbeds, and segre- gation Yarborough repeatedly assaued Shivers' party loyalty record and accused Shivers of "double talk" on segregation. Shivers was in West Texas Sat- urday. Board Chairman Rutledge Hill of the Texas State Hospitals said, "No better service can be rendered to the state hospital program and its help to the people of Texas in general than the re-election of Gov. Allan In Providence, R.I.. two rfcral poupt of Texas Young Democrats fooght for recognition. They were in Providence to present contra- dictory claims before the creden- tials committee of the Young Dem- ocrats' National Executive Com- mittee. Dean Johnson of Houston and Oscar Mauty of Dallas represent- ed the faction loyal to AdUi Ste- venson in 1952 J. W. McCormick Junior, Wichita FaHs oilman, leads the conservatives with the backing of Shivers. At Luflcin, former VFW Com- Bwndar J. V. FoiUr said of Ysir- borougn't promise oi veterans' boras that be felt MOB of the major veterans onuuxaBom have adopted this of their program. Foster Yarbor- ough of ming the bonus pUa tt u llth boor yioraise to "influence the patriotic men ud women this state" Proposal for 153 Air Base Housing Units Abolished Keperter-Newi Wsshtafta WASHINGTON, July 17 "Ibe House Armed Services Committee m an economy move Friday abol- ished the 155 housing units ft had proposed earlier this year for Abi- lene Air Force Base, according to the Reporter-News WasnmjtoB Bu- reau. Meanwhile, Joe Cooky, AUtaM Chamber of Commerce said an Air Force representative it expected to ben MOB to discuss with C-C members tbt enment'1 pnmal to build IN ttw km. just Few Hours Until Have You Voted? ;