Abilene Reporter News, September 17, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAJR AND WARM Mene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 93 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, SEPT. 17, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Million City Budget Approved City Commission Friday morn- ing adopted a municipal budget of for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 1954. The amount set up for expen- ditures was above that origi- nally recommended by City Man- ager Austin P. Hancock. Increases included added to the park and recreation allot- ment and a hike in the pub- lic libraries' outlay. The raises brought the park and recreation appropriation up Jo 000, and the libraries' to There are two city-operated li- braries Carnegie (for whitest and Eugenia Pickard Memorial (for WHO'LL BE of these Abilene High School students will be the Flashlight Queen this year. They are; left to right, Lucinda Prather, senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Prather, Portland Ave.; Ann Hills, junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Prestin, 3501 Edgewood- and Sarah Walker, sophomore, daughter of Mr and Mrs. J. P. Walker, 574 EN 20th St. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) High Schoolers Pick Class Officers, Beauty Nominees Abilene High School students picked their class officers Friday ciuring special class meetings. Flashlight queen nominees also were selected. The whole student body will vote later on each can- didate in a contest sponsored by the Flashlight, school annual. New presidents are Rufus King, sophomore; George Barnett, jun- ior, and Don Burks, senior. Other officers: Sophomore class: Stewart Peake, vice president: Elecive Blair, secretary treasurer; Vir- ginia Rice. treasurer: David Hughes, student council represen- tative. Junior class: Roger Whitehurst, vice president; Ann Shults, sec- retary treasurer; Ruth Ann Polk, reporter: Danny Owen, student council representative. Senior class: Twyman Ash, vice president Patsy Vaughn, secretary treasurer; Frank Scar- mrough" reporter; Jack Grumpier, student council representative. THE WEATHER TGS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE H'EATHirK BUREAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair wj no important in temperature to- day tonight, or Saturday. Hlch today and Saturday 55 degrees; low tonight 65-70 NORTH CENTRAL and WEST TEXA! Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, to- nleht and Saturday, with a few Isolated afternoon and eveninK Uiundershowers SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudy with widely scattered showers and Than. P.M. 93 93 ___ ___ ___ to K n 79 77 75 Barometer reading al p.m. 38.11. Relative humidity at p.m. Oilmen's Party To Draw The Abilene Chamber of Com- merce pays tribute to the oil in- dustry today in what looms as the largest annual Oilmen's Party ever held here. More than 1.200 guests are ex- pected for the affair, which wil' be held at the Abilene Country Club beginning at 4 p.m. This will be the 'sixth annual party, and. like previous ones, is being staged to show the city's appreciation for at the oil industry has meant to the area economy. Many oilmen from out of town among the 1.094 persons who had replied to invitations Thurs- day. A total of 293 host tickets had been sold, with 197 Abilene busi- ness firms doing the buying. The tickets, costing each, finance the annual party. Some 150 oilmen will get the party rolling shortly after noon with" a golf tournament. An arra> of prizes has been donated b> businesses for winning golfers An open air dinner will be served late in the evening, with a string band furnishing entertain ment. The party this year was ar ranged under the direction of Joe Benson, chairman of the Cham School Board Gels Carver Annex Plea Elmdale's reques_t that the city annex Carver Addition for school urposes was referred Friday orning to Abilene School Board. That action was taken by the ty Commission. An Elmdale delegation present- its plea during the regular com- isspn meeting. Carver Addition is a Negro area. is now part of Elmdale Corn- on School District. It lies just utheast of Abilene. Members of the commission d not express enthusiasm for the oposed merger. Annexation Opposed Supt. of School A. E. Wells said dlene School Board heretofore s opposed annexing Carver Ad- tion alone. He said local trus- es aren't anxious to accept a erger with the whole Elmdale istrict. but agreed to do so. The Elmdale delegation told the immission Friday morning they m't consider the education of ost Carver people hold jobs bilene. If Elmdale district could be rid the Carver pupils, it could fin- ice its white children all right, pokesmen said. They stated the farmers in Imdale district are "barely get- ng by" and haven't made any loney in several years. They can't and any additional taxes, the Imdale group said. Due to low tax income. Elm ale district has been paying Abi- ene school district only about er year (grand total) for educat- ber of Commerce Oil and Committee. Gas 3 ISSUES AT STAKE Bond Vote Opens Tomorrow at 8 The issues are three in Taylor County's bond election Saturday: 1. for an Agriculture and Livestock Center. 2. to remodel the coun- ty courthouse. 3. to complete the top Buors of She county jail. Polls will open at 8 a. in. and close at 7 p. in. Staffers of (he Abilene Kcporter-News. KRBC and KWKC radio, and KRBC-TV will be at each polling place to collect returns for their co-oper- ative election bureau. Judge Reed Ingalsbc laid Friday anyone may vote who: 1) has real or personal property on the tax rolls. 2) has lived in Texas a year and the county si> months, and '3> has a paid poll tax or an exemption. All bond issues arc to lie voted separately. Imalsbe, Commissioners Rule Tittle, Jnke McMlllon. Floyd Talc Claude Nowucrry, and Auditor Herbert Middlcton said Thursday that npprovnl of the bonds would not increase the lax rale of Where Jo vote Pg. 1-B cents on the valuation. When commissioners set the ta rate this year, they increased rom 50 cents to tr.Vc care of th oond issue, and solve current fin ancial problems. Of the increase 15 cents will care for the thre xmd issues, Ingalsbe said. If the bond issues arc vote down, that much could be' take from the tax rate, the judge stated But he said that the reductio would not be effective until IK when another rate-setting mtetin, is held by the court. Construction on the Ajriculta and Livestock Center is to start immediately, if the issu is approved by tho election. Absentee voting on the bond sue totaled 23 when the fell Tuesday midnight. The bond issues have been dorsed by civic lenders. arver Addition Negroes ale's responsibility. They JElm- said Amount of money set up for all purposes in the new budget is less than estimated to have been spent during the fiscal year just closing. ComptwniK Accepted The only olher change in the budget as originally proposed by the city manager was in the amount of money to be added to the Schools Interest and Sinking Fund. That's the fund provided for payments on the school bonded debts. -Hancock had recommended transferring of the schools' accumulated surplus in operation and maintenance funds to the School Its Fund. Supt. A. E. Wells and Abilene School Board objected in earlier discussions to the transfer. They argued the sur- plus might be needed to complete the present building program. Commissioners Thursday after- noon agreed to the compromise transfer. Just before voting to add to Hancock's recommended allot' ment for parks and recreation, :he commission held a vote on a proposal to make the increase 000. Voting for the hike were Commissioners J. Floyd Maleom and A. Crutcher Scott. Voting "no1 to the increase were Mayor C. E. Gatlin and Commissioners Jack Minter and W. D. Rich. Vote was unanimous "aye" on the motion for a raise, after :he motion had failed. titaring Ipiomi A public hearing held on the budget earlier in the meeting fail- ed to attract any attendance. One visitor was in the commission room, but he didn't speak about the budget. During the same meeting the commission: (1) .Officially set on Snal read- g the 1954 tax rate at on each valuation, the same as in 1953. This is divided as folr lows: City proper, schools, (2) Awarded a paving contract to Bontke Bros, on their bid of (the lowest for paving North 17th St.. from Hick- ory to Pine Sts., and Orange St. from 'North Hst St. to Ambler Ave. (3) Purchased three Chevrolet four-door sedans from Western Chevrolet Co. at each, less a trade-in for three old vehicles totaling net cost to city of (4! Bought from Mcllwain Motors four Ford four-door sedans at each, less a trade-in of four old vehicles totaling a net cost to city of Dulles, Eden Call Rearming Parley Equality for Free Germany on Slate FOR 1955 COMPLETION ig Elmdale white high school Purchased "from Inter-nation- ansfers and all its Negro pupils. I al Harvester CD. two three-fourth- Cost Not Covered pjckup at each Abilene school officials say tjus and two pickup trucks an acks about per pupil of cov- at }ljl63.o4 each, less trade-in ring Abilene's expense on the four pickup totaling ame students. j a net cost to city of S3.88S.22. Supt. Wells said Friday Re-Zoniat amby and Tye pay fully for the j (6) fmal re.70ning of Mrs. ransfers they send to Abilene. He Ethe[ Reagan property in aid they would have a right to eque'st the same favorable finan- ial treatment Elmdale has had. Abilene School Board agreed re- entfy to accept the Elmdale trans- ers again until mid-term. A group rom the Elmdale School Board romised to hold an election with- 60 days on the question of con- olidating with Abilene Independ- nt School District. Unless the merger is voted by lid-term, Elmdale will have to lake other arrangements for its ransferred pupils. Elmdale doesn't have any Negro chool. Its white school goes only irough junior high. If the district joins Abilene, it mist accept the same valuations nd tax rate as Abilene. In the Elmdale delegation here Friday morning were 0' J. John- on. school board president: Har- ison Blackburn, W. H. Black- burn Jr., Wendell Foreman, Charles H. Foster. M. C. Miller. Tom and Joe Antilley, Elmer and Roy J. Griffith, F. A. Tutt. John and Mr. and Mrs. Homer lemmer. Carver Addition was annexed re- cently to Abilene under a "limited That was only for zoning, sanitation and health pro- ection. No city or school (axes are to be levied' the 1900 block of Hickory St. from Zone B (two-family residences) to Zone F (local (7) Referred bids for winter uni- forms for policemen and firemen and for furniture at the Municipal Airport to city committees for study. The motor vehicle purchases were made on the basis of bids opened last Friday and held over at that time for study. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES OKLAHOMA? It's reolly Arizona. Page 2-A. NUMBER Blue Sox ore out to moke it three to- night. Page 6-A. MORE employment is expected to in- crease by 700 peoont. 1-B. SCHOOL hard dollors, the school bueks up the economy. 2-B. Truman Says Ike Needs Aid By JACK BELL INDIANAPOLIS UH -J- Former .'resident Truman called today for the election of Democratic Con gressjo help President Eisenhower down in history as a success ful President who helped to save he free world." Truman said in a letter to Demo- cratic National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell that "it seems to me Jiat President Eisenhower shouk 3e secretly wishing for Demo- cratic Congress" because "he i pledged to a foreign poljcy of co- operation with other free nations but a majority of his party leaders are against it." Mitchell made public the letter in advance of closed session the Democratic National Commi tee here to map campaign strategy in the battle with the Republicans for control of Congress. Truman recalfcd that he had tabbed the Republican HtH Congress the "secohd worst" history; "But'.ft now has been surpassed -in wiwn! dirtttion-by the Republican he declared. "The Nth Ccogrcn was a nothing' Congrea; the Hrd 'do wrong, give Conjmt." STYLISH Sheriff Doyle Woody, left, and Sheriff Ed Powell, right, exhibit what the well-hatted officer wears" on Felt Hat-Day. Across section of new styles and colors available at Abilene stores wairpreseiit- ed in Thursdayls Reporter-News.; (Staff Photo) AFB Sewer Pipe On Rush Order Steps to rush construction of a sewer line for Abilene Air Force ase were begun Friday morn- ing by the City Commission. Members voted to give an mergency sewer pipe order to exas Vitrified Sewer Pipe Works, lineral Wells. Given without taking bids, the rder is made "subject to bids the commission will open )ct. 1." Commissioners understand that i- getting a purchase order to the lineral Wells concern by next Monday, delivery of the pipe can e had as early as required. The Air Force, has asked, that be sewer line (to the base boun- ary) be completed by July 1, 955. City officials have been com- municating in the past few days ith pipe manufacturers in an effort to get delivery commit- ments. Delivery 'Big Problem' Mayor C. E. Gatlin told the commission Friday that difficulty n getting early delivery of pipe s the biggest problem about meet- ing the Air Force deadline. He said a two week delay in pur- chasing pipe might delay the completion date from two to four months. The commission was on the Terge of giving the Mineral Wells company a firm order for the >ipe. But Commissioner J. Floyd rtalcom insisted that bids be aken. I Mayor Gatlin and Commissioner Jack Minter argued that the Air Force is to pay for the project, and that the Air Force is anxious to rush the contract. The order for pipe was finally worded to make it subject to bids, to be taken 'Oct. I. Minter said that if the Mineral Wells company won't assure the delivery schedule under the tenta- tive purchase, the commission ought; to hold a special- meeting and make it a firm order. Gainesville's Circus to Die FORT WORTH tft-The Gaines- ville Community Circus will foil its tents after this year, possiblj for good. Morton Smith, program directo of the circus, said during its per forrnance here yesterday that the decision to disband was made due to competition and the high cos of operation. The circus will lease its equip- ment to professional circus men next year in an attempt to raise enough money to resume operation sometime in the future, according to Morton. "There's a chance it might open again he commented. Six. totes remain on the circus agenda. LONDON, Sept. 17 Secretary of State John Foster Dulles agreed today with the Churchill government to press for an early Western conference designed to bring West Germany into "full equality" with the other Western nations. LONDON Foster Dulles flew into London today for hurried talks with Prime Minister Churchill and Anthony Eden on Britain's new plan for rearming West Jermany. The British foreign secretary met the U.S. secretary of state soon after Eden reported for 90 minutes to Church- 11 and the Cabinet on his own flying ;tour of West Europe ;o drum up support for his plan. Dulles flew here from Bonn, where he conferred witn Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on German sovereignty and re- armament. In a joint airport statement in Bonn, Dulles and A.aen- auer made no specific mention of Eden's plan to link a re- armed West Germany to the Brussels Pact and NATO. Eden told reporters last night he lad reached a "wide measure of aer-eement" in his talks with the eiders of France. Belgium, Hol- and, Luxembourg. Italy and West 3ermany. But he cautioned that the "pfac- ;ical aspects of Uie enterprise are far from simple. A good deal of work remains to be done before solution can be presented to the world-" i Must Ease French The main hurdle Sden faces is t.i try to reconcile Trench anxiety fcr controls over German rearma- ment with U.S.-backed German de- mands for full sovereignty. The British, plan for rearming West Germany was drawn up after tie French NaUonai Assembly fclled the Europea.! Defense Com- munity Treaty to ssi iip a six- nation unified European army. It hinges on two main points: 1. Bringing the Germans and Batchelor's Mom Says He Was Good Boy SAN ANTONIO' Claude Batchelor's mother .testified today that as the Texas soldier accused of coUsboratiug with- the Commu- nists grew up he was good boy who went to Sunday school and never talked about politics. Batchelor is being tried by -a general court-martial at Ft. Sam Houston on charges that he played along with, his captors in Korea and informed on fellow prisoners Italians both wartime inio a streamlined version of the HMS Brussels alliance of Britain, Prance, Belgium, the .Netherlands and-Luxembourg. Each ally would be pledged to aid another under attack, and the new grouping would 'form a basis for promoting the political unity of Western Europe. Germany in NATO 2. Giving the Geiir.ans full mem- i :_ A war The 22-year-old solliEC- from Kermit, in West Texas, was" one of 23 Americans who decided to stay with the Reds when the So-. rean War ended. Last New Year's Eve, he changed his mind and came back- Mrs. 0. L. Batchelor, his moth- er, said Claude was brought up to follow the principles of the Bible and frequently attended Baptist Sunday school. For years he was a Boy Scout and a good boy, she bsrship in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization subject to cer- tain safeguards designed to block'j runaway German rearmament. These saleguards would'aim at stopping the Germans from mak- ing atomic and hydrogen bombs aiid other weapons of mass de- struction. They also would limit the size of German forces and gen- erally ward off any thance o! new German aggression. Eden said that details of the pro- posed alliance would be taken up at a conference informants said would be held in London in about two weeks. Representatives of the seven West European nations are slated tox attend alcmg with the United States, Canada and possi- bly Norway and Denmark. As a high. school student, she testified, there was nothing out- standing about him, but he played some football and was a trumpeter in the band. He showed no interest in politics. Mrs. Batchelor said he quit school at the age of 16 before finishing the llth grade. She did not say why. "When he was 16 Batchelor en- listed in the Army. In 1950 Mrs. Batchelor received a long, pencil- written letter, announcing his mar- riage to a Japanese girl in a Shinto ceremony in Tokyo. The letter, introduced in evi- dence, asked his-mother to send her notarized permission for an American-style wedding and said, "people are people the world over. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS Which way will the voters go in Taylor County's bond election Saturday? Sunday's Reporter-News will have the full story. Women who write the news will be "in the news'" for a change. The Women's Department will present its readers the story of the women who gather news on the local level in the Reporter-News far-flung circu- lation area. Feature stories, editorials, full coverage of "your" football written especially for you will fill the big Sunday edition. _ You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter- News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. States Oil Ration Cut AUSTIN Railroad Com- mission today cut allowable oil production in Texas for October by 59.131 barrels per day, dropping the permissive flow to a total of barrels daily. Tne moderate reduction was in line with recommendations of tually all the major purchasing companies head at today's state- wide prorstion hearing which pre- ceded issuance of the October or- der. Only three companies suggested an increase, and two of those said they were willing to go along with the recommendation of the major- ity. The cut will result from continu- ation of a 15-day producing sched- ule both statewide and in the big East Texas field. Because October is a Si-day month, use of the same number producing days at in September means a smaller aver- Ht daily allowable. Commission member Olin Cul- berson said he was happy to note that national stocks tl crude oil at the first of this month stood at down about from a year earlier. However, he continued, the trim- ming of excess stocks has not been as great percentagewise as the decline in demand. "Another situation that looks Culberson said, "is that gasoline stocks are about 8.1 per cent higher than a year and we are now going into the season when they increased rapidly." He said he still feels as he did last spring, that oil refiners are mainly responsible for failure of the industry to solve its over-sup- ply problem. "I am perfectly frank to say they (the refiners) have not met the burden of their Culberson declared bluntly. Spokesmen for Humble and Mag- nolia said their own companies had a firm market demand that would justify 16 days but in view of ma- jority sentiment and "in the light of the current market situation" they would trim their requests to IS producing days. Ml H1LI UIKII; i -----------1 Let Your Vote Help Decide Bond Issues Saturday ;