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Publication: Abilene Reporter News July 31, 1954

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 31, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byronr»17-PTITTHTn FINAL VOL. LXXIV, NO. 43 Ai$odtaed Prcsf (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING. JULY 31. 1954—EIGHT PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Storm Ebbs Over State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A dying tropical storm that dumped cloudburst rains around Houston, chasing 100 families to emergency shelter spread lighter showers and watery clouds through North Central Texas Saturday. Since 4 o’clock Saturday morning 3.06 inches of rain has fallen in Mineral Wells and the rain is continuing. Most of the drought - easing moisture would miss West Texas, Clouds Cool Area Bui Rain 'Tenlallve' Heat-ridden West Central Texans raised hopeful eyes to clouds which blocked out the sun for a little while Saturday morning. Some rain was reported to the east of Abilene and the Weather Bureau tentatively predicted some for Abilene Saturday afternoon and evening. It will all be gone Sunday, they added. Radar at the Abilene station showed showers to the east of Abilene stretching from Olney to Brownwood and from just east of the city to Mineral Wells, where .08 inch was measured. Rising Star reported .41 inch of rain, which started in the night and rained off and on throughout the morning. The clouds are probably an effect of Hurricane Barbara which hit the Texas coast in mid-week, causing 14 inches of rain Friday in Harris County north of Houston, according to an Associated Press report. But the weather observer here held out no h(^ that it would break the long stretch of dry weather. It is just a cooler, dropping the temperature out of the lOO’s to the low 90’s fw a change. Snyder Man Dies On Golf Course SNYDER, July 31 (RNS)-Ar-tliur Howell Lawless, 51, an employe of Magnolia Petroleum Co. for 26 years, died Friday afternoon when he had a heart attack while playing golf at the Snyder Country Club. Mr. Lawless, foreman of a Magnolia station here, had moved to Snyder a year ago from Shreveport, La Survivors include his wife, Christine; one son, Howell Stephen, 9; two daughters, Mrs. J. B, Moss of Houston and Mrs. J. T. Cruce of Arlington; and his mother, Mrs. Willy Lawless of Waterproff, La. the Weather Bureau at Dallas said. Tropical storm Barbara, secwid of the season, had whirled out ot the gulf into the Louisiana coast, lost its punch and veered into Texas. It packed enough force, though, to spawn torrential rains around Houston Friday. Its cool gulf air also broke the heat wave in Texas’ eastern half Gentle Fade-Out Before dawn Saturday, Barbara had faded to a gentle flow of moisture-laden air curving out of the gulf. Light rain was general in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Mineral Wells area, and overcast blanketed North-Central and East Texas, Scattered showers and thundershowers were forecast through Sunday. An oil cwnpany pipeline station at Satsuma measured 14 inches 20 miles northwest of Houston. Nearby Cypress and Fairbanks had 13 inches. North of Houston, Green’s and Hall’s bayous jumped their banks, and some 100 families fled homes. Nearly 250 homes were threatened. Twenty five refugees went to an emergency shelter set up at the Orange Grove School. Others moved in with friends and relatives. Flee From Bayou White Oak Bayou, northwest of Houston, forced some other residents to flee. Sheriff’s Capt. A. J. Nichols said some 200 homes had been flooded between Green’s and Hall’s bayous. Water lapped over some roads, but no highways near Houston were closed. Early Saturday Houston reported no rain. No casualties were reported around Houston. However, Mrs. Katie Wainauskis, 52, of Chicago was killed when the car she was riding in skidded on rain-slick pavement and overturned on U.S. 81 eight miles south of Austin. Lighter rain dampened other big patches of Texas. Through midnight Dallas had received .13 inch. College Station 2.25, Tyler .07, Lufkin .79, Austin ,67, Corsicana .30, Beaumont ,12, Fort Worth .03, Galveston ,16. Morning fog cut visibility to % miles at Lufkin. The rain was welcomed by farmers and ranchers, especially in Central Texas—parts of which have been declared a drought disaster area. “Just call it a billion dollar rain,” said Harris County Agriculture Agent Dan Clinton. He said area farmers will now have enough moisture for fall pasture. The rain was probably too late for corn crops, but will help other crops, he added. It got to 106 Friday at Presidio, the state’s hottest spot. But Dallas and Tyler had 82, Waco 83 and Houston 84. Dallas’ temperature was the coolest since June 3. Corsicana had 87, breaking 26 days of 100-degree temperature. Democrats Hold Meetings Today MYSTERY DEATH GIRl — With her husband, William, Faye DeMand, 29, is shown a few days before her $6,000 convertible plunged into a canal at Scottsdale, Ariz. Her death, believed by drowning, came less than an hour after V.D. Frederick, 38, city councilman and DeMand’s neighbor, was shot to death. DeMand was held^_ Airline Service Cut; Pilots. Begin Strike CHICAGO (ft — Airline service was curtailed today in 91 cities across the nation as some 1,200 AFL pilots struck against American Airlines in a dispute over flight schedules. The airlines strike which began at midnight last night (local standard time) will force cancellation of all American’s 970 daily flights on 12,000 miles of routes. The line is the nation’s largest domestic carrier, handling an estimtaed 20,-000 passengers daily. Company officials said service will end today with 32 flights by pilots returning to their home bases. The AFL Air Line Pilots Assn. called the strike to enforce its demand that pilots on American’s transcontinental flights shall not be required to fly more than eight hours continuowe flying time in one day. The airline, in newspaper ader-tisements, called it a “strike against better airline service.” But Clarence L. Sayer, president of the pilots’ union, said it was a battle “for preservation of safety regulations and the public interest.” The dispute came to a head sev- Yarborough Attacks Ike's Statenients Boby Killed, 7 Hurt In Roscoe Accident ROSCOE. July 31 — In a two-car collision about 6:30 a.m. today in west Roscoe city limits, a 3-months old child was killed and seven persons injured. The child was Sandra Lou, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin S. Bagley of Monahans, theatre people. Bagley, his wife, Sarah Bagley, their son John Terry and a relative, Wade H. Lewallen of Black-well, received cuts and bruises but the extent of injuries could not be ascertained Saturday morning. They were all in Loraine Hospital. The other car involved was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Spencer of Oakland, Calif., and driven by Jimmie Jackson Williams, U. S. Navy, whose home is in Goldsboro, N. C. The Spencers and Williams were taken to Sweetwater Hospital. State Highway Patrolman Rip Allen, assisted by Noland County Sheriff Ted Lambert, had not completed an investigation Saturday morning. The 19M automobile driven by Bagley (going west) and the car driven by Williams (going east) were demolished, Allen reported. Snyder Man Freed Of Murder Charge SNYDER, July 31. (RNS)—A district jury Thursday night found George (Chongo) Powell Jr., 36, Snyder, not guilty of murder in the death of his common-law wife, Mabel Powell, 36. The jury was instructed to choose between guilty of murder, guilty of aggravated assault, or not guilty. The death occurred on July 4. Mabel Powell died in Scurry County jail after she and Powell were arrested. The trial lasted all day Thursday and the verdict was not returned until 10 p. m. that night. District Judge Sterling Williams presided until afternoon when illness forced him to retire. Snyder lawyer John E. Sentell took over for Williams, It was erronously reported Saturday morning in the Reporter-News that Powell had been found guilty. eral months ago when American started a coast-to-coast nonstop service. The company .scheduled it West-East trips for seven hours 35 minutes and East-West flights, against prevailing winds, for eight hours 35 minutes. The ALPA said many of the New York-to-Los Angeles flights during June were in the air more than nine hours. Whitley P. McCoy, director of the Federal Mediation Service, said yesterday in Washington his agency is trying to settle a total of 145 strikes idling more than 170,000 workers across the nation. He said mediators also arc stepping up efforts to stop strike threats in these Industries: Electrical—Mediators will meet in New York Monday trying to break a stalemate in bargaining between General Electric Co. and the CIO Electrical Workers. Copper—The Independent Mine, Mil! and Smelter Workers Union is bargaining with the Kennecott, American Smelting, Phelps Dodge and Anaconda Copper Companies. Rubber—CIO workers at Goodrich, Firestone and United States Rubber Companies may decide at any time to join , about 25,000 fellow workers idled at Goodyear Co. plants. COUNCILMAN SLAIN — V. D. Frederick, 38, city councilman of Scottsdale, Aria., was shot to death shortly before the apparent drowning of his wealthy neighbor, Mrs. Faye DeMand, 29. Drought Meeting Planned Monday At Brownwood Control of Party Convention Matter AUSTIN UR-Drought hearings are set for 10 t.m. Monday in 15 Central Texas towns to explain the federal-state drought hay program to local agencies and stockmen in the 23-county area designated for emergency relief. State Agriculture Commissioner John C. ’^ite announced the meetings yesterday along with time limits set by the federal government on the hay program. White expects to have the hay program underway by Monday. Eligible stockmen can apply only for a 60-day supply of hay and approved orders must be contracted or purchased by Sept. 30. Claims f 0 r reimbursemeit of transportation costs must he submitted to the State Department of Agriculture before midnight Oct. 30. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ralph Yarborough says Presi dent Eisenhower “has willingly in-ected himself” into the Texas governor’s role. Yarborough. Austin attorney in a runoff election campaign agaiiist Gov. Allan Shivers for the gover nor’s chair, told an Austin press conference Friday he doesn’t think Texas Democrats “want any pres-dent, Republican or otherwise, to tell them how to vote.” That caused repercussions in Yarborough, who has hammered on’the point that Shivers supported Eisenhower in 1952, said he had noticed Eisenhower “has willingly injected himself into this fight in Texas. At Corpus Christl Friday, Jim Stickler resigned as chairman of the Nueces County Republican Committee. He said he does “not approve the action of President Eisenhower in endorsing a Democratic candidate for governor when we have a Republican candidate in the race,” Todd Adams of Crockett is the GOP candidate. Shivers and Yarborough have traded warmup blows for runoff campaigns expected to hit full stride next week. Shivers was to make his first public talk since he got into the runoff at the state American Legion convention in Fort Worth Saturday. There was no indicaticBi whether Shivers would talk poU tics. At his press conference, Yarbo-nsgh ptó himself on record favoring segregation of Negroes and By BRUCE HENDERSON Associated Press Staff Texas Democrats met in county conventions Saturday. The outcome was expected to decide whether conservatives kf»p control of state party machinery or liberals take over. whites in Texas public schools. He said he thinks Shivers has tried to stir up a “hate war” between the races with a "fictitious issue. Rifle Taken While Resident Vacations Mrs. T. A. Price, of 1226 Park St., reported to police Friday night that when she returned from her vacation Friday she found her house had been entered. Missing, police reported, were three corduroy shirts and a .22 Remington rifle, valued at $25. Guard Jails Phenix Cily's Top Official BIRMINGHAM, Ala. iB-Mayor Elmer E. Reese of Phenix City, Ala., was roused from his sleep, in a Birmingham hotel early today and arrested on a charge of wU ful neglect of duty. The warrant, served on Mayor Reese by Lt. Col, Jack Warren military sheriff of Russell County under the limited martial law which has prevailed in Phenix City the past nine days, charged the city official with permitting the operation of slot machines. Col. Warren himself swore out the warrant and then drove 150-miles from Phenix City to Birming ham to serve it. Waking the mayor he instructed him to dress and return to Phenix City with him. Reese was in Birmingham as spectator to attend today’s meeting of the state Democratic Executive Committee at which an attempt was to be made to nullify the nomination of three RuneU County officials because of discIosur«i of fraudulent voting in the recent Democratic primary. The Democratic Subcommittee voided the nomination of one member of the legislature in the same primary and recommended that the full state committee take similar action in the other county races. The charge of wilful neglect of duty against Reese resulted from recent gambUng raids by National Guard trwips in Phenix City which yielded virtually every form of gambUng device ranging from slot machines to lottery tickets, some of the latter dated as recent as last week. Control of the state party apparently hung (Ml the outcOTie becaus# county conventions name delegates to the state conventicm at Mineral Weils Sept. 14. The faction that wins at Mineral Wells will have a big say in Tex,is* future relationship with the nation-Democratic parly. At present, relaticms aren’t too good. Conservatives helped swing Texas to Republican presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower in 1^2. Also, the big goal of both fac-tions is to hold contrd when the state convention names delegates to Hie 1»56 presidential convention. Liberals, or “loyalists,” made inroads into conservative strength in precinct conventions last Saturday. But conservative forces were still believed dominant. The county cimventions overshadowed a separate struggle between Texas liberal and coni^rva-tlve Democrats—the runoff election campaign between Gov. Allan Shivers and Ralph Yarborough for governor. Shivers and Yarborough were forced into the runoff in last Saturday’s first primary because neither got a majority of the total vote. The second primary election is Aug. 28. Both candidates are again firing charges. Close battles for control of county conventions were in prospect at many poinis. Here’s how sOTne key areas shaped up; As for the precinct cwiventions, a cffliservative pro^hivers Dallas County leader. Alien Wight, estimated there was a 20 per cent shift in the loyalists’ favor in Dallas County conventions. But conservative leaders there believed they would control county conventions. Spokesmen for the two Dallas County factions held an informal “peace conference” Friday and predicted a minimum of friction at the county convention. County Chairman Ed Drake, whose conservatives control the county machinery, guaranteed liberals a certain number of delegates to the state convention if they do not resort to rump convention tactics other obstructionist meas- France Grants Tunisians Power to Rule Country Duff Bucks McCarthy Attack; Iowa Solon Calls It Improper By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (IB — A Senate move to censure Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis) won support today from Sen. Duff (R-Pa), a fervent backer of President Eisenhower, but Sen. Hickenlooper (R-Iowa) called it an “utterly improper approach.” Duff spoke out in an interview, Hickenlooper expressed his views as the Senate formally voted to consider the resolution by Sen. Flanders iR-VT), which charges McCarthy with conduct unbecoming a senator. After discussing the subject for several hours last night, Hie Senate acted formally by voice vote today to take up the Flanders resolution. Several "no” votes were heard. Battk on HU! Flanders appeared to be facing an uphill battle in his censure effort. and lengthy debate was expected en Iris motion m tiM wake of charges by Sen. Dirksen (R-Ill) last night that the attack against McCarthy is Commuftist-support-ed. Republican leader Knowland of California told reporters he plans to let the Senate go on to some decision on the censure proposal rather than sidetracking it for other pending legislation. “I don’t know how long it will take but this wiU be the Senate’s business until it is dbposed of in some way,” Knowland said. But he called for an unusual luncheon recess—from 12:30 to p.m. (EDT), because he said he considered the matter of such importance that senators should have an opportunity to hear all the debate. The Senate normally does not recess for lunch or dinner, although Individual m«nbers are free to k ivt tilt chamber at any time. The morning round started slowly, Only 10 senators, seven Republicans and three Democrats, were at their desks for the opening prayer. The absence of a quorum was suggested by Knowland, and the clerk began calling the roll. Galleries Filled But the galleries were filled early in anticipation of lively debate. An added attraction, with Washington facing 100-degree heat, may have been the air cooling in the Capitol building. Hickenlooper said he must be absent from the Senate later today and that if a vote came he wanted it to be “perfectly clear as to my attitude.” “I shall vote against the motion,” Hickenlooper said, adding that there was no charge or specification by Sen. Flanders “of any violation of the rules of the Senate or the committee of ^ich (Mc-Csrtby) is the chainnan.” TUNIS, Tunisia iJV-France gave Tunis control of its internal affairs today—with a few strings attached—in a lightning effort by Premier Pierre Mendes-France to end the terrorism in this troubled protectorate. * Acting with the authority of his Cabinet, the Premier told the Bey of Tunis that îf he desired, a new government could be formed which, except for defense and foreign affairs, would be empowered to negotiate with France the terms of the new internal sovereignty. The statement was made to the Bey within two hours after Men-des-France’s suriH'ise flight from Paris to outline the new proposals approved by his cabinet yesterday. Speaks lo Bey “The internal autonomy of the state of Tunisia is recognized and proclaimed without reserve by the French government Mendes -France told the Bey in a formal statement. ‘"The high quality of the Tunisian leaders justifies ‘hat the people should be called upon to direct their cwn affairs.” Mendes-France told the Bey French colonists have every right to remain in Tunis. He said: “The French, in exchange for their past and present services, for the role that they can and ought to play in the future, have acquired the right to live and work in Tunisia, the right which nobody would dream of denying them. It is not a questioq only of defending the situations that they have already acquired. In truth, they ought to continue, themselves, their sons and the sons of their sons, a task which meets the interests of the country and of all the people.” Framework Later In Paris, a siwkesman for the French Foreign Office explained that the framework of the new government which must be wst up would be mitlined later. He laidi it could be expected thiri a Tunisian Assembly would be chosen and empowered to legislate on all internal measures within the limits of the agreement reached in ne-giHiations between the French and the new Tunisian government. “I, like yourself, have the right to hope that violence will now come to an end,” Mendes-France told the Bey. “If it takes ro^re means to handle the situation, the French government would not hesitate to send all necessary reinforcements. If it must resort to such Draconian measures to restore public order, the government is ready, although regretful. Tf new outbreaks should further sadden this country, I must say frankly that rigorous sanctions will be taken. We have the duty, do we not, to speed the hour of the conciliation and reforms in a manner which will leave no room for discord among us.” To Restore Order It was a sharp warning to the Tunisians that France was going to restore order in Tunisia before moving very far in giving them internal sovereignty. Already France has sent the first contingent of 8,(X)0 soldiers who will be deployed immediately in Tunisia to suppress terrorists who have been disrupting the life of the protectorate for several years. Heretofore the Bey has had wide authority to issue decrees and regulations because in theory he is a supreme sovereign. In practice, however, none of his decrees «iuld become effective except when approved by a secretary general in his gcvernment who was always a Frenchman. “The old idea of cosovereignty is abandoned,” a French spokesman said. Four important cabinet posts, finance, interior, economic and public instruction, «mce held by Frenchmen, arc expected to revert to Tunisians. Technically any French proposals must be approved by the Bey, who is titular head of the protectorate, although actually subject to French will. ARMED HARVEST — French soldier« use armored vehicles to protect the h^estin^ of wheat in Tunisia. Police are constantljr on the al^ against possibie acta (A terronsm from nationalist gro^ “or ures.” Loyalists were believed to have a thin edge in Harris County. But the (Hitcome was uncertain. Dallas and Harris counties are plums because they have the most delegate to the state convention. A battle for control seemed certain also in Travis County’s convention. Last reports said conservatives controlled a majority of precincts, though. And a pro-Shivers county chairman, Trueman O’Quinn, was named. Democrats Elect Delegates Today Taylor County Democratic Convention at 2 p.m. today was to ba almost all out for Gov. Allan Shivers. The convention is at South Jun-gates to the State Convention. Shivers force* are conceded 90 to iS i^r cent of the 500 deiegatoi elected by precinct conv«itions. The nonvention is at South Junior High School. Only two precincts —Merkel and Woodson School in Abilene — elected Ralph Yarborough delegates. Roscoe Blankenship, county chairman, will preside. C. G. Whitten, attorney, will become chairman m 1955. THE WEATHER VM. omPSJiTiiBirf or commxMM VUAtUm* SVSKAfT    _ ABnXNe AND VlCINiTY — MimKIy cloodY tW» nficmoMi and    P*»- ctbte iAotboob asd ovnttef thuitdarriwinra. Partly ckxidY and wanner Sonday. Higti today SS'SS. Low tmtglit 75. BtgS StmAmf M-9S. NORTH CENTRAL aad WEST TEXAS— Ckmdy to fHir elmidy with acattered DMwtly alterwMW and ev«Uii« e*ow«f» and thondershowers llite ^emooa. toiiiht and Sunday. No ImpotUm temperatar* «^aiicea. 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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: July 31, 1954

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