Abilene Reporter News, September 9, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

September 09, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas PARTLY CLOUDY 1-34 EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 85 AuocimtfA (APJ ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, SEPT. 9, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc I BY RULING MOTHER EMBRACES DR. Kenneth B. Small, acquitted slayer of his wife's admirer, is embraced by his mother after being freed in a sanity hearing at Ionia, Michigan. Shaking hands with the Detroit dentist is his brother, Dr. Robert Small. '_____ Tittle Has U. S. 80 Deeds, Judge Says County Judge Reed Ingalsbe came out with both fists flying Wednesday after County Commis- sioner Rufe Tittle of Merkel brand- ed as "misleading and untrue" statements by Ingalsbe concern- ing the .-Status of U. S. 80 right- of-way in Precinct 2. Ingalsbe returned to the fray by declaring that although Tittle has had in his possession prepared deeds to the right-of-way between Trent and Merkel since Nov. 6, 1953 "he has never bought a foot of it" except one-half mile that was needed for the Trent over- pass. "I have had many, many phone calls from citizens of Precinct 2 over the past months asking what has happened to the U. S. 80 ex- pressway program in Precinct 2." Ingalsbe declared, "and I am get- ting tired of taking the rap and trying to explain what has stalled it. I'm going to bring it out in the open and let the people judge for themselves who is to blame." Tittle had said Wednes- day morning that he has been un- able to buy the U. S. 80 right- of-way in his precinct -because the State Highway Depart- ment has not turned over to him the necessary deeds. A spokesman at the district highway engineer's office in Abi- lene said that-all right-of-way deeds for U. S. 80 in Taylor Coun- ty have, been prepared and con- firmed Ingalsbe's statement that the deeds for land between Mer- kel and Trent were given to Tit- tle in November, 1953. Available District Highway Engineer Jake Roberts, at Texas AiM College attending a short course for high way engineers, said in a telephone conversation with The Reporter- News that in highway funds for construction from Pio- neer Drive on the west edge of Abilene to the east edge of Mer- kel and from the west edge of Mer- kel to Trent" are on hand and ready to be contracted. "We are most anxious to get un- der contract that part of the U. S. 80 expressway between Abilene and Roberts said. He added that present plans do not call for a revision'of the route through Merkel, The expressway would end on the east and west edges of Merkel, but would circle to the north around Tye and Trent. Eventually the expressway is ex- pected to be routed through the north edge" of Merkel. Ingalsbe said that when Precinct 1 (Abilene! voted bonds in October of 1953 to. buy TJ. S. 80 right-of- way. Precinct 2 was invited to join in on a combined bond issue vote, "Even though this would have put 90 per cent of the tax burden for the joint bond issue on the cit- izens of Precinct he said, "Tittle turned down the invitation." McCarthy Slapped Down Again WASHINGTON W Senators weighing censure charges against Sen. McCarthy refused today to let the defense testify about the use of secret government informa- tion by other senators, and Mc- Carthy's lawyer said this ruling bared the "very heart and soul" of the defense on this issue. Edward Bennett Williams. Mc- Carthy's lawynr, offered a brief which can'cadcd 1221 Vice Presi- dent Nixon. Sen. Ferguson (R- Mich) and others had taken stands that Congress members had a right to use information which the White House sought to withhold. Williams suggested Nixon and Ferguson could be called as wit- nesses if there was any, question as to their positions. No More, Sedpuths But Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) ruled the committee would not go into activities of any legislators other than McCarthy. If this was done, he said, the Congress mem- bers would have to be called and the hearings could go on indefi- nitely. In a brief closed-door session, the committee upheld the chairman's ruling. Watkins said the action was unanimous. Dramatically then, Williams de- clared "we cannot go forward with our defense" on the two censure counts dealing with McCarthy's al- leged attempts to incite govern- ment employes to give him secret information. Williams, his voice rising, tried to state for the record what he said McCarthy had expected to establish in h-s defense. Niioa Sime Positloi He declared that McCarthy had eyecied to show especially that "the chief policy makers of the President Nixon, the chairman of the Republican Folicy Committee and you, yourself, Mr. tak- en "precisely the same position time and again" on issues in which McCarthy is now involved. Watkins interrupted with asperi- ty to state the committee was pre- pared only to give judicial notice to official actions of the senate. "You can't go around quoting every individual member of the Senate as a Watkins said, observing that sometimes members of Congress were on both sides of the same question. Williams said Watkins' ruling had prevented McCarthy from an- swering the charge of improperly soliciting government employes to reveal wrong-doing because Mc- Carthy's whole case rested around another Senate precedent On the matter of the FBI memorandum, Williams said, McCarthy was prevented from Picket Lines Stopping Work on 8 AFB Jobs FROM 24TH DISTRICT Wogstoff Backed For Demo Post R. M. (Bob Wagstaff, Abilene attorney who was local campaign manager for Gov. Allan Shivers in the recent primaries, will be nominated for the State Demo- cratic Executive Committee! from the 24th Senatorial District. He will be nominated next Tues- day the Mineral Wells state convention by the present District Committeeman, C. T. McLaughlin of Snyder. McLaughlin, contacted Abilene Reporter-News by The at his what was an "almost action by Congress in showing identical 1MB." This action, Williams said, was taken by Vice President Nixon while .a member of the House Un- American Activities Committee in a-case involving Dr. Edward U. Condon, then director of the U. S. Bureau of Standards. IN 1956 Abilene's 75th Birthday To Be Rip-Roaring Affair Abilene will be 75 years old in 1936, and the Chamber of Com- merce Thursday launched plans to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in a rip roaring way, The celebration may open with the arrival of an old time steam engine in the city if one can be located. Chairman Bob Tiffany said. Climax of the arrival might evtn 800 Feared Dead In Algerian Quake ALGIERS, Algeria W-A tre- mendous earthquake struck north- ern Algeria today, blasting the town of Orleansville and wreaking a unofficial reports put at approximately 800 dead. The French National Defense Ministry saW in Paris that it knew si al least 200 deaths. Eyewitnesses reported ihat the city o! looked as. if it had gone through a heavy air bom- bardment At the Strasbourg Observatory, the ahock was timed at a.m. Scientists there said H was the worst hit Algeria 40 years. a modem French town, Mtt M an ancient Roman ttM of AKJert on UN main Oran. ttii tht cwUr of farming raltaf. wai Barracki, rtwUum, pntofflce, al, hotels, police dam and a Catholic oattMdral an collapsed or suffered heavy dam- age. About 40 travelers were buried alive in their beds when the Hotel Baudoin fell in on them. Electric power was out and com- munications were cut Troops and ambulances were rushed to the area. Gov. Gen. Roger Leonard hur- ried to take command of rescue operations on the spot The area worst hit "a between and be- the Mediterranean Miliana, about halfway tween Tenei and Orleasville. All were reported heavily damaged, with Vauban, Duperre and Roulna among the wont hit An airlift for the injured wat up between Maliwr airport at Algiers and earth- quike area. Among the Bret vic- 16 arrive, many were witter- ing from fractured A m-bed AeU hoepttal wat Orteamvilla, aod Nf were teat fcom Alglera. a train robbery in good West Texas badmen tradition, he said. By contrasf, highpoint of the celebration will probably be dedi- cation of Abilene Air Force Base, newest of the Strategic Air Com- mand's strongpoints. The jubilee committee will work closely with the retail merchants acitivites committee and the na- ional defense committee on plans, Tiffany said. No dates have yet been decided upon, but the celebration will be a week-long affair. Other plans include an histori- cal pageant to be held on three nights, Tiffany said. The committee is requesting that no events be planned for Sunday, be added. It is also considering the pos- sibility of getting Evangelist Bil- Graham to come here during the week for a religious obser- vance. All plans of the committee so far are only general, Tiffany said. Any suggestions for other events in connection with the celebration will be welcomed by the committee. Committee members include Ha Sayles, Frank Meyers, Dub Wot- fort, John R. Hutto, the Hev. Le- land Murphy, Don Morris, Escoe Webb, Frank Junell, Dr. Gordon Bennett, Sid Pass, Frank Grimes and Dub Woolen. Civk Loodtr DIM BAR HARBOR, Maine Chaun- cey Chicago civic leader and buslnenman and a frantfcon o( WIHlam S. McCotmick of the nwadert ot tbe MoCor- mick Reaper Co- Bom fa Chicago, DM Grand Jury Returns 32 Indictments The 42nd District Court grand jury returned 32 bills of indict- ment at a.m. Thursday and were recessed by Judge J. R. Black until Oct. 11. The jury returned one indictment for murder, ten for forgery and passing, three for forgery, six for second-offense driving while intox- icated, six for burglary, two for felony check swindling, two for felony theft, one each for theft by bailee and child desertion. Nib Shaw was foremanl of the group. Judge Black thanked the group or their faithful work; it a.m. Tuesday and had been B "continual session since then. The following are the offenses amed and the persons indicted! Murder with malice: Albert Aron Vrmstrong, on Aug. 13, killing Evey Armstrong by shooting with a pistol. Forgery: Ruby Frances Tucker. 'hree bills. One instrument to afeway on July 13 for One to iutlers Shoe Store on Aug. 6 for 1; third. Franklins for J6.76 on 5. Forgery ladictments Forgery and passing: Ira Dell Rogers. Two bills. One on April for Second on April 6 to .-D. Rogers for Alvin Dean Golden. Two Bills. One on Aug. for to Willie Earl Jackson, lecond on August 6 for to Wil- ie Earl Jackson. Claude Lee Nor- is on Aug. 14 to Claude Lee Nor is for Lawrence Arthur Ling, r. and Lee James Pbarr, on July 12 to Carl Eastmore for Lee ames Pharr and Lawrence Ar- tar Ling on July. 1954, to Robert Tucker for Dorothy Jean Ste- rtienson, on Feb. 13 to Abilene )ptical Co., Ruby Frances Two bills. One on July 30 to Thornton's for The sec- ond on August 5 to Thornton's for Driving while intoxicated, sec- Mid offense. J. G. Mullins, on July 25. Prior conviction alleged in Stephens County Jan. 18. 1S6S. 0. Beach, on July prior alleges n Stephens County May 25, 1953. Price Bradberry. on Aug. I; with prior alleged on May 5. 1949, in Taylor County. Sam McDowell, on S. with prior alleged on Oct. i, 1951, in Taylor County. Herbert J5S Bowers, on Aug. M, with prior alleged on Dec. 9. 1946, in Taylor bounty. Oscar Ray Gladden, on Sept. 2, with prior alleged on Oct 18. 1948. in Taylor County. Burglary: William Norman Ken nedy, four bills. On Aug. 1, house ot Max Elias; second, on-July 30 louse of Leo Walter; third, on July 25, house of G. E. Reeves Fourth, on July 11, house of Alfred Weese. Alvin Dean Golden, on Aug. 5, house of Denny Nichols William Donald Allen, on Aug. house of C. W. Almond. Felony check swindling: Armor, on Aug. 28. Check to Wink ler Motor Co. for and Mrs Charles L. Muskk, on January M, check to-Mrs. Williams Grocery for Theft: Howard Calender, theft of an auto valued August 25, from Lucille Thomas Theft by. bailee: Allen Carter on Auf. 14, an auto valued at from Ray Simmons. Child DewrOon: Hubert Spoon on Jan. 1, K4, four children in- volved, all under M. One other indictment U (or theft two men. cvtody M bttd, bt aach in Colorado Thursday, said e plans to nominate Wagstaff as successor. "I have served two terms, thr ustom in this party Mc- aughlin said. "I feel I have done iy that the party has one its duty. I strongly favor Bob 'agstaff because it will be nice ecognition for the great work e did for Governor Shivers and Because I feel he is an extremely apable man." Wagstaff will be going to Min- ral Wells as chairman of the Tay- jr County delegation. Caucus of delegates from all the j ounties in the 24th District will K-obably be held at Mineral Wells te Monday or early Tuesday be- ore the convention proper gets underway, T. 'N. Carswell, secre- tary of the delegation 'from Taylor ouaty, announced Thursday, ime and place of the caucus will le announced at Mineral Wells. Carswell said he knew of no ther candidate for the eommit- eeman's job from this 24th Sen- iorial District Mrs- Norman Read of Big pring, the district committee- Ionian, is expected to be re- amed. She has served only one ?o-year term. No other nomina- cns for committeewomen from this district have been announced. Members of the executive com- nittee for Texas Democrats, one man and one woman from each senatorial district, are nominated y the! caucuses of district dele- ales. They are formally elected ry. the .convention as a whole. Naming of Wagstaff as execu- tive committeeman would give representation from the two ex- tremes of thV district, Mrs. Read rom the west and the Abilenian from the east, Carswell said. R. M. WAGSTAFF C. T. McLAUGHLfc retire Texas Democrats had better ave a Solomon or two around hen they open their, state con- ention in Mineral Wells next uesday morning. There are going'to be many more delegates -on hand than here are seats for them. Word came Thursday morning G Taylor County Democrats that .hey will be allotted only 22 seats the auditoritan housing the tate party gathering. That news came shortly after N. Carswell, secretary of the 'aylor County delegation to Min- eral Wells, had checked the-.list f about 200 official delegates named county convention. He found that about 100 planned o go to Mineral WeUs. "We'll figure out something at a caucus after we git down Carswell said. ''Maybe Wichita Falls Fire Destroys 4 Structures WICHITA FALLS raced hrough a row of buildings in the southern portion of the Wichita Falls business district early today, iestroying automobiles, f a r m goods, auto parts and a neon sign company. No injuries were reported. Destroyed were the one-story iraynham Building which housed arm. implements, auto parts and grain and seed products; a new car warehouse belonging to Mat- tingly t Grace Buick Co. in which were nine new Buicks and 19G4 model Buick: the Mims Bearing Co.; and the Gto-Lite Neon and Manufacturing Co. A complete estimate of the dam- age could not be obtained but it appeared several hundred thou- sand dollars would be correct Fire Capt. Joe Counts said the >iaze apparently started some- where in the Traynham Building. 3e said "some sort of explosion' tad blown windows out of the building by the time firemen ar- rived. A watchman had checked the building at last night. The first alarm was turned in at p.m. The last piece of Ere fisntinj equipment left the scene it a.m. J. W. Mims estimated damage to his building and merchandise lit about Bob Tompkins, own- er of the sign company, said his loss was about J. C. Trayn ham refused to make any estimate of dameg to his goods. Cooler Weather Due Here Friday Cooler weather is expected here Friday. A weak cool front is movini down from the Panhandle and South Plaint; to expected to keep Friday's high temperature at W No rata to ptwHeted day Afternoon wat only reported fa the area. WMi accompanying tat a etad fa a Tfaindar't hlfh VM feneHt at 1QO Taylor Countians to Vie For 22 Seats at Convention WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES SHOWING MONEY? Most -people dcn't shop around for money, but some loans of- fer "bargains." Page 9-A. AIRPORT COST Abilene's hew municipal airport cost c little over SI.2 million. Page 11-A. we'll draw straws, or something." In the meantime, he is mailing to the 100 countians who o so ribbons which will designate ten as official delegates from the county. The jam came about because .000 delegates' were certified over he state to the Mineral Wells convention, said R. M. Wagstaff, chairman' of the county delegation. "There are only two or. three towns in Texas who could fortably take care of a conven- tion of that Wagstaff said. The .Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce has assured delegates they will have places to stay. Pri- vate rooms are being reserved throughout the town. Carswell said the state commit tee-has figured ratio of. seats for delegates from each county on the basis of the number of delegates to which entitled. Taylor County will have 52 votes, based on its balloting in 1952. The Taylor or up to the 100, whoever gets seat- cast the 52 votes as a unit Each Taylor Countian going wil' arrange for his own housing at Mineral Wells, Carswell said: Reservations may be made through the Mineral Wells Cham- ber of Commerce. 3 Firms Hit; Absenteeism Takes Jump By DAVE BRUMBEAU Picket Lines halted construction M> the Abilene Air Force Base in several areas Thursday. Eight projects were momentarily affected. Some confusion over which pro- ects would be entirely closed [own still existed by noon, tinder "exas law, contractors may hire either union or non-union labor- ers. Those projects not covered union contracts expected to re- main active. However, high ab- senteeism was reported this morning when workers arrived. McKce First Sources at the air base said the itrike'began at the McKee Con- struction Inc. W. M. Edwards, su- for the McKee pro- ects, said at noon today he had no statement to make. Asked what time the strike oc- curred; Edwards said "This is not really a strike." He said he could Dot tell how arge a payroll the work stoppage would halt W. H. Upton, superintendent for J. Rife Construction Co., whose work was stopped also; said oa- on workers were "somewhat eon- fused" Thursday morning, and did not continue work on-his pro- jects. However, he said, the un- ion was not boycotting him, and. that work would resume on his projects Friday morning. B. E. Adams, who is superin- tendent of the Quisle Construction Co., was not available for com- ment. Office manager for H B Zach- 17 Construction Co. said the strike had not affected his firm. Bit Fnjecte JUtoM The work stoppage for McKee, Rife, and Quisle would halt con- struction on a contract for seven dormitories and two mess halls, warehouse, hospital Work is stopped on Rife's ean- tracts for J236.H7 vehicle main- tenance shop, receiver asd transmitting building, 844 maintenance hangar, and 806 base communications building. Quisle has work halted on a contract for the chapel. Although onion officials had not been contacted at noon, Lee Wtt- soo, project engineer for the U. S. Corps of Engineers, said the strike involved day laborers on a ma- jority of the projects. H Hwrij Wage The laborers ace now getting SI an .hour. Unofficial information was that the laborers are asking an hour. Upton said the wage rate -for laborers on government projects is set by taking a survey of the existing wage scales in the area. Be said it is mandatory to pay.this minimum wage in all the. He said if onion members de- sired a higher wage scale, they, should send representatives to make known their -wants at the time the survey is made, or at least before contracts are let Upton said after contracts are' let, it works a hardship on the contractor to strike for higher wages, because he has made his bid oo the basis of the existing rate. Bwfaf BeU Union and management offered conflicting testimony July 31, 1953 OB what wage scale should apply to the construction of the Abilene Air Force Base. The question at that time 'was "Should the wage scale used by H. B, Zachry Co. .doing construction of the new Mu- STRIKE, Pf. J-A, t FOR CHILDREN'S SAKE-One of the new type traffic Signs the city is installing near the schools is viewed by Mrs. Max Randolph, safety chairman of the City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. The council brought about adoption of the new signs and painting of the cron- to protect thousands of school children. J. W. Heilhtokw, A. McClure and Pete Shotwell were the P-TA engineerin subcommittee who planned the THE WEATHER U.S. PETHimiEMf Of WKATBXX 1UBEMJ ABILENE AND VICEnTY PuUr with hicli Itmperatart of H ttfmt. tow loolfM 74 Mom. HUfc Frldv. M defrtK. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS TtrOr ntfr amah FrHw tacW alunroM ud Uwmkow- A BBH note- fc atmM KnUnmt. WEST TEXAS Partly dMrty TUw wtt Kuttand ttaxNnhmn. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL Oaaufk Frtdw wHk KM- A. M, MI n ;