Abilene Reporter News, September 9, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas r® PARTLY CLOUDYClje ^Mme jwporterEVENING'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES'—Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 85 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, SEPT. 9, 1954—TWENTY^SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c BY RULING WASHINGTON iiH - Senators weighing censure charges against Sen. McCarthy refused today to let the defense testify about the use of secret government information by other senators, and McCarthy’s lawyer said this ruling bared the “very heart and soul” of the defense on this issue. Edward Bennett Williams, McCarthy’s lawwer, offered a brief which contended that 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 \l5ithhold. Williams suggested Nixon and Ferguson could be called as witnesses if there was any, question as to their positions. No More Sedpuths But Chairman Watkins tR-Utah) ruled the committee would not go into activities of any legislators other than McCarthy. If this was done, he said, the Congress members would have to be called and the hearings could go on indefinitely. In a brief closed-door session, the committee upheld the chairman’s ruling. Watkins said the action was unanimous. Dramatically then. Williams declared “we cannot go forward with ! our defense” on the two censure counts dealing with McCarthy’s al- Picket Lines Stopping Work on 8 AFB Jobs FROM 24TH DISTRICT Wagstaff 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 Democratic Executive Committee from the 24th Senatorial District. ranch in Colorado Thursday, said he plans to nominate Wagstaff as his successor. “I have served two terms, thr custom in this party office,” McLaughlin said. “I feel I have donr my duty—and that the party has He will be nominated next Tues-1 ¿one its duty. I strongly favor Bob day -«t the Mineral Wells state convention by the present District Committeeman, C. T. McLaughlin of Snyder. McLaughlin, contacted by The ; capable man. Wagstaff because it will be nice recognition for the great work he did for Governor Shivers and because I feel he is an extremely Abilene Reporter-News at his MOTHER EMBR.\CF.S DR. SMALL—Dr. Kenneth B Nmall, acquitted slayer of his wife's admirer, is embraced | employes to give him secret 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 Grand Jury Returns 32 Indidments information Williams, his voice rising, tried to state for the record what he said McCarthy had expected to establish in hri defense Nixon Same Position He declared that McCarthy had    j    •.    »    j    t e- x-1«) to show especially that i    J. The 42nd District Court grand jury returned 32 bills of indictment at 11:20 a.m. ’Thursday and R. the chief policy makers of the Senate—Vice President Nixon, the chairman of the Republican Policy I Committee «Ferguson', and you, yourself, Mr. Chairman"—had taken “precisely the same position The jurv- returned one indictment for murder, ten for forgery and passing, three for forger>’, six for second-offense driving while intoxicated, six for burglary, two for County Judge Reed Ingalsbe j News that “$919.000 in highway j and again” on issues in which felony check swindling, two for came out with both fists flving i    for    construction from Pio-i McCarthy is now involved    felony theft, one each for theft i neer Drive on the west edge of; Watkins interrupted with asperi- by bailee and child desertion. Wednesday after County    ^ sioner Rufe Tittle of MerktJ brand 3 Firms Hit; Absenleeism Takes Jump By DAVE BRUMBEAÜ Picket Lines halted construction on the Abilene Air Force Base in several areas Thursday. Eight projects were momentarily affected. Some confusion over which projects would be entirely closed down still existed by noon. Under Texas law, cr^tractors may hire either union or non-union laborers. Those projects not covCTed by union contracts expected to remain active. However, high absenteeism was reported this morning when workers arrived. McKe« First Sources at the air base said the strike began at the McKee Construction Inc. W. M, Edwards, superintendent for the McKee projects. said at noon today he had no statement to make. Asked what time the strike occurred, Edwards said “This is not really a strike.” He said he could not tell how Carswell said he knew of no j There are goiig to be many the county.    ”    !    large    a payroU the work stoppage other candidate for the commit- more delegates on hand than i ae jam came about because would halt, teeman's job from this 2«h Sen-j there are seats for them.    6,000 delegates were certified over    B, Upton, superintendent fw atorial District.    Word came Thursday morning ; the state to the Minerai wells . A. J. Rife Construction Co., whose Mrs- Norman Read of Big to Taylor County Democrats that i convention, said R. M. Wagstaff, j work was stopped also, said un Spring, the district committee- they will be allcrfted only 22 seats chairman of the county delegation, wcwnan, is expected to be re- at the auditorium housing the “There are only two or three named. She has served only one state party gathering.    towns in Texas who could con\- two-year term. No other nomina- That news came shortly after j fortably take care of a conventions* for commitleewomen from T. N. Carswell, secretary' of the ■ tion of that size,” Wagstaff said, this district have been announced. ; Taylor County delegation to Min-; The Mineral Wells Chamber of R. M. WAGSTAFT . . . nominee C. T. McLAUGHLfiv ... to retire Wagstaff will be going to Mineral Wells as chairman of the Taylor County delegation. Caucus of delegates from all the counties in the 24th District will probably be held at Mineral Wells late Monday or early Tuesday before the convention proper gets underway. T. N. Carswell, secretary of the delegation from Taylor County, announced Thursday. Time and place of the caucus wUl | ieSioiTln Mrierd'Well^ be announced at Mineral Wells. | Tuesday morning. 100 Taylor (ountians to Vie For 22 Seats at (enventien Texas Democrats had belter we’ll draw straws, or something.” have a Solomon or two around | In the meantime, he is mailing when they open their state con-1 to the 100 countians who n!- o next: co ribbons which will designate them as official delegates from ion workers were “somewhat confused” ’Thursday morning. and did not continue work on his projects. However, he said, the union was not boycotting him, and that work would resume on his Members of the executive com-; eral Wells, had checked the list Commerce has assured deleg^es; projects Friday mwTiing. mittee for Texas Democrats, one of about 200 official delegates | they will have places to stay, Pri ty to state the committee was pre- kel to Trent’ ed as “misleading and untrue statement,* by Ingalsbe concern- ready to be contracted ing Ih# status of U. S. 80 right-of-way in Precinct 2 kel and from the west edge of Mer- pared only to give judicial notice group. man and one woman from each oamed at the county cwivention. vate rowns are being Nib Shaw was foreman of the j senatorial district are nominated ff® f®und that about 100 planned throughout the town. res«*ved by the caucuses of district dele-' fe to Mineral Wells. (tmwÆk. Mit ervrì are on hand and to official actions of the senate. Judge Black thanked the grouplgates. They are formally elected “You can’t go around quoting ; for their faithful wMk. They met' the conv«ntioii as a »11016. • 1-        L..    ^    eW    A    f    -    I    M    -      rm    ...j____  Jtx__Jtt_. I* Carswell said the state cwnmit- nignt. B. E. Adams, who is superintendent of the Quisle Construction Co., was not available fw com- We are most anxious to gel un-    every    individual member of the [    at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday    and had been der contract that part of the U. S.    Senate    as a precedent,” Watkins )    continual session    since then. Ingalsbe returned to the fray    by 180 expresswav between Abilene    said,    ohsersing that sometimes;    The following are    the offenses declaring that although Tittle has' and Trent,” Roberts said.    i    members of Congress were on botn named and the persons indicted.* had in his pos-st^smn preparetl, He added that present plans do; of the deeds to the right-of-way between not call for a revision of the route ; ^'dkams    ^ Trent and Merkel since Nnv, 6, through Merkel. The expressway i bad prevented 1933 “he has never bought a toot uould end on the east and west;    _ «nvernment empfoves to of it" except one-half mile that edges of Merkel, but would circle;    irong-doing becaus¿ Mc- Naming of Wagstaff as executive committeeman would give    '" . representation frtHn the two ex-, WHAT'S NEWS was needed for the Trent overpass Carthy’s whole case rested around to the north around Tye and Trent. "I have had many, many irfione    peeled to be routed through the    matter    of    the    2»-4-page caUs from citizens of Precinct 2 north edge of Merkel.    pgj    jnemorandum.    Williams    said, over the past miwths a.sking what    Ingalsbe said that when Precinct McCarthy was prevented    from hai hapi>ened to the U. S. 80 ex-    l .-Xhilene' voted bcKids in iKHober ptessway program in Precinct 2,”    of 1933 to buy U. S. M right-of- Ingalsbe declared, “and I am get- way. Precinct 2 was invited to ting tired of taking the rap and join in on a combined bond issue trying to explain what has stalled vote “E\en though this would have put 90 per cent of the tax burden for tbe joint bond issue on the citizens of Precinct 1.” he said, “Tittle turned down the invitation.” ti. I’m going to bring it out in the ot*en and Irt the people judge for themseivei who is to blame.” Tittle had said Wednesday morning that he has been unable to buy the S 80 right-of-way in his precinct because the * State Highway Department has not turned over to him the necessary deeds. .A, spokesman at the district highway engineer’s trffiee in Abilene said that* all right-of-way deeds for U. S. 80 in Taylor County have been prepared and confirmed Ingalsbe’s statement that the deeds for land between Merkel and Trent were given to Tittle in November. 19.33 $919.000 Available District Highway Engineer Jake Roberts, at Texas A&M College altending a ^wrt course for highway engineers, said in a telephone conversation with The Reporter- showing what was an “almost identical action by Congress in 1948 ** This action. Williams said, was taken by Vice President Nixon while a meml>er 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 1956, and the Chamber of Commerce Thursday launched plans to celebrate its Diamond Jubiiee 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 evfn 800 Feared Dead In Algerian Quake ALGIERS. Algeria    tm mendous earthquake struck northern Aigtria today, blasting the town of Orleansville and wreaking a toil which unofficial reiwrts put att approximately 860 dead. The French National Defense Ministry said in Paris Uiat it knew of at least 280 deaths. Eyewitnesses reported that the city of 32.500 looked as if it had gone through a heavy air bombardment. At the Strasbourg Observatory, the ahot'k was timed at 1:07 a.m. Scientists there said it was the worst to hit Algeria in 40 years. Orleansville, a modern French town, built on an ancient Roman •ite. U«a about lOO miles west of Algiera on the main rail lint to Oran. It is the center of a rich farming valley. Some reports said it was 20 per cent demolished. Barracks, stadium, postoiflce, |»rl*on. hospital, two hotels, police headquarters, a small dam and a MW Roman Catholic cathedral aU collapsed or suffered heavy damage. About 40 travelers were burled alive in their beds when the Hotel Baudoin fell in on them. Ek*ctric power was out and cwn-municoUons were cut. Troops and ambulances were rushed to the area. Gov, Gen. Roger l.eonard hurried to take command of rescue 0(>erations on the spot. The atx'a worst hit is between the Mediterranean coast and Miliana, about halfway between Irenes and OrleasviUe. All villages were reported heavily damaged, with Vauban, Duperre and Rouina among the worst hit. An airlift for tJie injured was set vtp between Maison Blanche airport at Algiers and the earth-qu^e area. Among tlie first victims to arrive, many were suffer ing from fractured skulls. A tOO-bed field hospital was set up at Orleansville, and five surgeons were soxt from Algiers. be a train roW>ery in good West Texas badmen tradition, he said. By contrast, highpoint of the celebration will prob^ly be dedication of Abilene .Air Force Ba.se, newest of the Strategic Air Command s slrongpoinls. The jubilee committee will work cloeiely with the retail merchants acitivites committee and the national defense committee on plans, Tiffany said. No dates have yet been decided upon, but the celebration will be a week-long idfair. Other plans include an historical pageant to be held on three nights. Tiffany said. The committee is requesting that no events be planned for Sunday, he added. It is also considering the po.s-sibility of getting Evangelist Bil ly Graham to come here during the week for a religious observance AU plans of the committee so far are only general, Tiffany said. Any suggestion.* for (Aher events in connection with the celebration will be welcomed by the committee Committee members include Hal Sa.v!es. Frank Meyers. Dub Wofford, John K. Hutto, the Rev, Le-land Murphy. Don Morris, Escoe Webb. Frank Junell. Dr. Gordon Bennett. Sid Pass, Frank Grimes, and Dub Wooten, Civic Leader Dies BAR HARBOR. Maine — Chaun-cey McCormick, 89, Chicago dvic leader and businessman and a grandson of William S, McCtwnilck one of the founders of the McCormick Reaper Co Born ki Chicago. {Died Wedneeday. tremes of the district, Mrs. Read Murder with maiice: .Altert Aron    Abilenian .Armstrong, on Aug. 13, killing Evey ;    Carswell    said. Loreiia Armstrong by shooting ;------------- with a pistol. Forgery: Ruby Frances Tudser. Three bills. One instrument to Safeway on July 13 for $4. One to ^ Butlers Shoe Store on Aug. 8 for' $1: third, Franklins for $6.76 on Aug. 5. Forgery ladictments Forgery and pa.*sing: Ira Dell Rogers. Two bills. One on April | 5 for $39 %. Secoixl on April 6 to I.'D. Rogers for $27.50. Alvin Dean Golden. Two Bills. One (m Aug. 6 for $35 to WiUie Earl Jackson. Second on .August 6 for $35 to Willie Earl Jackson. Claude Lee Norris on Aug. 14 to Claude Lee Norris for $63. Lawrence Arthur Ling, Jr. and Lee James Pharr, on July 12 to Carl Eastmore ior $48.50. Lee Janies Pharr and Lawrence Arthur Ling on July. 1954. to Robert Tucker for $47. D<M*othy Jean Stephenson, cwi Feb. 13 to Abilene (h>tical Co., $7.50. Ruby Frances Tucker. Two bills. One on July do to Thwnton’s for $4. The second on August 5 to Thornton’s for $2,50. Driving while intoxicated, second offense. J. G. Mullins, on July 25. Prior convicti<Mi alleged in Stephens County Jan. 18. 1%3. 0. L. Beach, on July 8. prior alleged in Stephens County May 25. 1^. Price Bradberry, on .Aug. 2: with prior alleged on May 5. 1949, in Taylor County, Sam McDowell, on •Aug. 8. with prior alleged on Oct. 8, 1951, in Taylor County. Herbert Lee Bowers, mi Aug. 29. with prior alleged on Dec. 9. 1946. in Taylor County. Oscar Ray Gladden. Sept. 2, with prior alleged on Oct, 18. 1948. in Taylor County. Burglar>*; William Norman Kennedy. four bills. On Aug. 1, house ot Max Ellas; second, on July 30. house of Walter: third, on July 20, house of G. E. Reeves. Fourth, on July 31, house of Alfred Weese. Alvin Dean Golden, cm Aug. 5. house of Denny Nichols. William l>cMiald Allen, on Aug. 1, house of C. W. Almond. Felony check swindling; Robert Armor, on Aug. 28, Check to Winkler Motor Co. for $350. and Mrs. Charles L. Musick, on January 23, check to Mrs. Williams Grocery for $240,07. Theft: Howard Calender, theft of an auto valued at $1,000 on August 25, from Lucille Thomas. 'Theft by bailee: Allen Carter, on Aug 14, an auto valued at $150 from Ray Simmons. Child Desertion: Hubert Spotm, on Jan. 1, four ehildrtn involved. all under 16 One other indictment is for theft against two men. Neither being in custody or out on bond, oamei eanEiui be puWahed. We’ll figure out something at j tee has figured ratio of seats for a caucus after we    down    {    delegates from each county on the there.” Carswell said. “Maybe j basis of the number of delegaies to which each is entitled. Taylor County will have 52 votes, based on its balloting in Wichita Falls Fire Destroys 4 Structures WICHITA FALLS UB-Fire raced through a row of buildings in the southern portion of the Wichita Falls business dirtrict early Bxiay, destroying automobiles, farm goods, auto parts and a neon sign company. No injuries were reported. Destroyed were the one-story ’Traynham Building which housed farm implements, auto parts and grain and seed products; a new car warehouse belonging to Mattingly & Grace Buick Co. in which were nine new Buicks and a 1904 model Buick; the Mims Bearing Co.; and the Glo-lite Neon and Manufacturing Co. A complete estimate of the damage could not be obtained but it appeared several hundred thousand dollars would be correct. Fire Capt. Joe Counts said the blaze apparently started somewhere in the Traynham Building. He said "sc«ne smt of explosiwi” had blown windows out of the building by the time firemen arrived. A wirfehman had checked the building at 11:15 last night. The first alarm was turned in at 11:^ p.m. The last piece of fiie fighting equipment left the scene at 7:10 a.m. J. W. Mims estimated damage to his building and merchandise at about $75,000. Bob Tompkins, owti er the sign company, said his loss was aboiK $15,000. J. C. TVayn-ham refused to make an^»’ estimate of dameg to his goods. Cooler Wealher Due Here Friday Cooler weather is expected here Friday. A weak cod front is moving down from the Panhandle and South Plains; it is expected to keep Friday’s high temperature at 90 degrees. No rain is predicted. Cisco’s half-inch of rain Wednesday afternoon was the only moisture repcMtod in the area. Winds accompanj'ing th# rain demdished a shed in a vacant lumber yard there, Thursday’s hiidi was forecast at 06 (h^reea. ON INSIDE PAGES SHOPPING POP MONEY? — Most people don't shop oround for money, but some loons offer "bargains.” Poge 9.A. AIRPORT COST — Abilene's new municipal oirport cost o little over $1.2 millicwi. Poge 11-A. Office manager for H. B. Zach-ry C<Mistruction Co. said the strike had not affected his firm. Big Projecta Afledei The work st(^page for McKee, 195J. The Taylor delegates-22 „r Ri'e- »d up to the 100, vrttoever gets seat-; s‘ro>-'t‘on “» * »1,930,104 contract ed-»ill cast the 52 votes as a    dormitories    and two mess halls, $405,700 warehouse. unit. Each Taylor Couniian going will arrange for his own housing at Mineral Wells, Carswell said. Reservations may be made through the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce. $2.495,800 hospital. Work is stc^:^)ed m Rife’s contracts for $236,647 vehicle maintenance shop, $108.931 receiver and transmitting building, $1.214.-844 maintenance hangar, and $78,-806 base cdnmunicaUMis building. Quisle has work halted m a contract for the $151,316 chapel. Although union officials hiwi not been contacted at no<m, Lee WU-son, project engineer for the U. S. Corps d Engineers, said the rtrike involved day Id)wers on a majority of tlie projects. $1 Hoorly Wage The laborers are now getting $l an hiwr. Unofficial information was that laborers are asking $1.25 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. He said it is mandat(»'y to pay tois minimum wage in all the contracts. He said if union manbers desired 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 we let, Upton said after contracts are let, it works a hardship on the contractcHr to sWike for higher wages, because he has made his bid on the basis of the existing rate. Hearing Held Union and management offered conflicting testimwiy July 31, 1953 on what wage scale slKHiid apply to the OMistruction of the Abilene Air Force Base. The question at that time was “Should the wage scale used by H. B. Eachry Co. doing construction of the new Mu- See STRIKE, Pg. S-A, CoL * THE WEATHEK IT.». DCPAKTMENT OF rOMMEKC* WCATHEK Brat;Al' ABILEN« -AND VICINITY - Partly ekwd}’ today, with h«h toroperaturt of »5 ûagrtm. tow UuitSht 74 degrees. High lem-pcreture Frtdny. » degr**«. NORTH CENTRAL TEX.AS — Partly etou^ through Friday with widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers. A lltOe cooler in extreme northweal. WEST TEXAS - Partii* cloudy through Friday with scattered thundershowers. EAST AND Stil'TH CENTRAL TEXAS-Partly ctoudy through Friday with scat-teied thundershowers. TEMPERATURES FOR CHILDREN’S S.4KE One of the new ty^ traffic Mgns 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 crosswalks to protect thousands of school children. J. W. Heilhecker, Charles A. McClure and Pete Shotwell were the P-TA engineering sub-committee who planned the I program. (Staff photo) Wad P. M. Ì2 H 1:30 . r.m 3.30 SM ............ 4:30 M ............ 3    .30 « ............ i    .30 tt ............ 7:30 S3 ............ i:30 83 ......  »30 83 .........10:30 *1    .    11.30« 7*    11:30 Barom«!«’ raadlng at 13:30 p.m. 38,18. ReUtIv* humidity at I3;M B.at. tT%. High and tow tamparaturw for 34 hodfi mm 1:30 g-m. M and 7« ItoirMh. Thur A. M. 78 7« 7» 77 7» 74 77 •1 M M •1 in ;