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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR, MILD ft "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T EVENING FINAL I' VOL. LXXIV, NO. 99 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING. SEPT. 23, 1954-TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Safety Slicker Drive Catches Dozen Autos The drive which Abilene police began Monday to enforce the ve- hicle safety inspection law result- ed in several tickets by Thursday morning. The ticket office at the police station estimated there were about a dozen charges filed. Policemen were alerted by Chief C. Z. Hallmark to watch for cars which didn't bear inspection stick- ers on the windshields. Fine for not having the stickers usually will be upon conviction, ticket officers said. One motorist who received such a ticket was fined due to ex- tenuating circumstances. Two oth- er tickets have been dismissed. Persons who received the rest of the tickets still have several days in which to appear in City Court. Each defendant is given 10 days from the date of ticket in which to make an appearance. Acting City Judge Dan Sorrells has set at So the amount of bond for persons wishing to post bond on this offense. 27 VENIREMEN LEFT Deadlock Holds On Gaither Jury By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer ANSON, Sept. 23 The num- ber of jurors selected in the mur- der trial of Willard F. (Bill) Gaith- er still stood at eight at noon Thursday. That was the same number as there was when a Wednesday night session ended. The 100th venireman was called at mid- morning. Prosecution and defense at- torneys questioned 11 veniremen Thursday morning without ob- taining any more jurors. Eight of those questioned were excused by the court for various causes. The state challenged one. and the defense used two peremptory challenges. This made a total of 11 peremptories used by the state, and 13 by the defense. Each side is allowed to dismiss 15 venire- men from jury service without stating its reasons. Judge Owen Thomas at noon Thursday said he had given no thought "to calling any talesmen, and that he hoped the jury could be completed Thursday afternoon. Twenty-seven men remain oa- 2 LETTERS, 5 NUMBERS City to Get New Telephone Numbers All Abilene telephone numbers I Dallas will handle all long dis- wfll be changed in the near futun in a nationwide overhauling of numbers to speed up long dis- tance calls. This message was given mem- bers of the Abilene Kiwanis Club at their Wednesday noon luncheon at the Woolen Hotel. The speaker was Glen E. Scott of Dallas, pub- lic relations man for the South- western Bell Telephone Co. After the luncheon, George Brown, local manager, estimated that the conversion of Abilene numbers' might begin in 18 to 24 months. But he emphasized that is just a guess. All j. .Bell Telephone numbers throughout the United States will be changed to have two letters and five numbers. Abilene now uses five digits. The compnay has just complet- 'ed changing all numbers in San Antonio. Scott described the mechanical developments the telephone com- pany is introducing which will make it possible to dial long dis- tance from Abilene to New York on anywhere in the country with- out involving an operator. An amazing package unit in tance calls from this area; switch- ing them to the proper lines and destination. West Texas and the Panhandle will all be in the same switching area. When the new system is in operation, an Abilenian can dial a station in AmraiUo as simply and quickly, as he now dials across town, Scott said. 30-Secood Cmntction This arrangement will apply on- ly oh station-to-station call where the customer knows the number he is calling. If a call is person to person, or is collect, or if in- formation is needed, an operator will still be involved. When the new system is in op- eration, the average long distance call will go through in 30 sec- onds or less. Scott said in 1920 the average call took w minutes to complete. This had been cut to. two minutes in 1930, and to one minute in 19M. When the new system is in ope- ration, Scctt continued, the custo- mer won't get "the circuit is bu- sy" answer. The switching mech- anism in Dallas will keep casting about until it finds some circuit open to the city called. IN MERKEL SCHOOLS Water Cans Break Classroom Drought MERKEL. Sept. 23 Going out into the hall for a drink is ended at Merkel grade schools. Each classroom now has it's own can of water, iced. When school started, each student brought his own water. Some still do. Reason Tor this is that Merkel, 18 miles west of Abilene, has about half as much water as it needs. School Supt. Mack Fisher said Thursday the water barrels are working out pretty well. There is one in each room of the elemen- tary schools. High school students get their water in the halls. Paper cups are available for [he older stu- dents, but grade schoolers bring their own glasses. Pressure Boosted Fisher said the sanitation prob- lem is solved by the city turn- ing extra pressure into the sys- tem by using an extra pump. Mayor Henry West of Merkel sees fast progress on laying 11 miles of 12-inch pipe to Abilene lo solve the shortage. Citizens liavo voted worth of bonds to finance the line to carry Abi- lene water. An engineer from Parkhill, ,'niith. and Cooper of Lubbock was T Merkel this week. West said. The engineer told West that right- of-way was near enough (o being that survey work could by the first of next week. Ridding could be opened in about six weeks. West said. The original water system was i'-slalled nt Merkd in 1909. In W19. the city voted JlOO.IMO in 1'inds to expand water distribu- tion. Fifteen wells now provide mound 100.000 gallons a day, mine i-' which reaches Mcrkel's lone MO.OOO. gallon overhead I-nk on the south side. An M.OOO gallons Is in a sur- atoraje tank lor (ire use. Pressure during the day u tucklo In the lower places in the system. It is almost nothing in the higher places in the city. May- or West said the shortage has been with the city for the past 10 years, but reached a crippling stage within the last two. During the summer months. West said the city could have used 2SO.OOO gallons if it was available. Rationing in on watering and car washing, and the city has used rates as high as for gallons. (he special venire list for fhe selec- tion of the last four jurors. Judge Owen Thomas Thursday again rebuked Defense Attorney Peter Briola of San Antonio for consuming so much time in ques- tioning the prospective jurors. At this point, Briola had spent 30 minutes examining J. L. Mor- row, Hawley pipeline gauger. Brio- la continued his examination of Morrow nearly 15 minutes after offering two challenges against him: 1) because of the answers Morrow had given to questions on the point of insanity, and 2) the fact that Morrow said he had overheard part of discussions of the case since called as a venire- man. Challenges Overruled The court overruled both chal- lenges, and the defense attorney took exceptions to both rulings. Judge Thomas asked Briola if he could not speed up the reading of questions, and eliminate lengthly discussions of answers given. Briola stated that he was doing everything he could to save the time not only of the court, but also the witnesses and ve- niremen. The first eight jurors were pick- ed from 95 veniremen. Lon Baucom, Anson farmer and laboratory technician at the Onyx refinery, was the eighth juror picked. Attorneys agreed em him at p.m. Wednesday night. Fifty six men were questioned Wednesday. The court excused 45 for various reasons, and the state used peremptory challenges to dis- pose of seven. Defense attorney challenged three. Several veniremen said they read newspaper accounts of the trial each day since it opened. Judge Thomas had instructed them Monday not to discuss the case or read news stories about it. Gaither is charged with murder with malice in the June 17 slay- .ing of Abilene Policeman Jimmy Spann. Gulf Oil to Shut Down Sweetwater Refinery FIRST PHASE OF PROJECT are pictured as they excavated for foot- ings of a building at North Sixth St. and M oddngbird Lane. The structure was to be built by Westwood Development Co., of which Arthel Henson is president. Partners in the company are Henson, W. Rufus Sivley and Nathan Morris. -All are building contractors, and are co-operating on the co nstruction. Henson said excavation began the first part of this week. Staff photo by D on Hutcheson) 22 Persons Killed As Tank Explodes BITBURG. Germany trV-Bitburf police said 22 persons were killed near here late today when a TJ.S.- Air Force gasoline storage tank exploded. There was no immediate Air Force confirniation. Police said several persons were injured. They said that they did not know whether any of the dead were Americans. Is Your Want Ad Partner Working With You Today? Are you one of the many persons who has joined in partnership with Want Ads for results, or ore you stilt just wishing ror results? If your Wont Ad partner isn't working with you, it simply means you are missing pros- pects doily for your product, ser- vice or need. Even a portion of these prospects could moke a big difference, couldn't they? Why not put this partner t? work for you now. Why not reop prof- its when it con be done so easily? All you need do is dial 2-7841 and let the friendly ad taker help you frame your od. Put the whole team to work for more re- do it now. Word ads wtfl be received until 4 P.M. each day except Saturday when noon is closing time. Space ads will be taken until noon Friday. senatewonr Building Near Reconvene for Several Days WASHINGTON Republican Leader Knowlsnd of California advised Senate, officers ioday that it may be several days before a decision is reached on when the Senate will reconvene to consider proposed censure of Sen. Mc- Carthy. Mark Trice, secretary of the Senate, gave this statement to reporters: "I have just talked over the telephone with Sen. William Know- land, majority leader, and he in- forms me that further consulta- tions are necessary before a deci- sion can be reached in regard to the reconvening of the Senate. Several days may be required before a decision is reached in the matter." Trice had indicated earlier he was expecting instructions mo- mentarily from Knowland and Sen. Johnson of Texas, the Democratic leader, to issue a formal call for the Senate to convene. He waited in his office until late last night to hear from Knowland. The censure resolution, filed by Sen. Flanders accuses Mc- Carthy of conduct tending to cast disrepute on the entire Senate. Mc- Carthy declined to say what steps he will take to defend himself in the special session. Construction of a business build- ing near the new high school was halted Thursday morning by court order. Judge J. K. Black granted to the City of Abilene a temporary restraining order against Westwood Development Co. of Abilene, Inc., and its president, Arthel Henson. Black set a hearing for Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. on the city's applica tion for a permanent injunction. City Atty. Alex Bickley filed the injunction suit Thursday morning in Black's 42nd District Court. Both the development company and Henson are named as'defend ants. The project which the city seeks to prevent is on the west side of Snyder Woman Dies OfWreck Injuries SAX ANGELO Ernes- tine Price James. 26, Snyder housewife, died in a hospital today of injuries received earlier in an automobile accident near Eden. A son, Melvin. 5: was in a criti- cal condition. Also injured when the pickup truck overturned were her husband, Freddie other two 'children; Norris Alton, 6. and Willie Eae, North Mockingbird Lane at North Sixth St. It is across the street from the new Abilene High School Excavation for the building's foundation is under way. Permit "Denied Henson was denied a city build- ing permit recently for a service station on that 23, Block A, Westview Park Addition. The city bases its injunction suit on the fact that the City Commis- sion is already in the process of annexing the site into the city. An ordinance for the merger was passed on the first reading Sept. 10. Final reading and public hear- ing will be held Oct. 15. Zoning for the property is set in the ordinance as Zone B, two-fam- fly residences, which zone doesn't permit buildings. In asking an in- junction, the city attorney said the Henson structure is apparently to be a business building. Area being annexed extends from the south line of State SL to the south line of North Sixth St., and from the; west line of North Mock- ingbird Lane to the alley WestvieW St Henson and associates recently lost a battle of many months with the. city in their efforts to gain permission to build a shopping cen- ter in this same general area. That project was also to be across North Mockingbird Lane from the new high school. The School Board fought against the issuance of the shopping center permit, and the City Commission denied the permit. School trustees have opposed any business structures adjacent to public schools. Not Paying Way, Official Reveals SWEETWATER, Sept. 23, Oil Corp. an- nounced today it will shut down its Sweetwater refinery Nov. 21 "for an indefinite period." Apparently it meant for all time to come. The action cuts out one of Sweetwater's largest in- dustries- and payrolls. There are now 96 persons on the payroll.. The announcement by B. H. Barnes of Pittsburgh, gen- eral manager, manufacturing department, confirmed rum- ors that had been on the on streets here some time. The corporation said the action was necessary because the refinery was not paying its way. Barnes issued the following statement, which also was re- leased simultaneously at noon at the company's headquarters in Pittsburgh: "Gulf Oil Corporation will close its Sweetwater refinery Nov. 21 for an indefinite period. The local re- finery has been operating at a loss for several years. The plant is not equipped to make fuels for increasingly high compression, en- gines. The decision to dose the refinery here.was a difficult one and was made with regret; CwdiaT relations with Sweetwater always have been cordial and from the very beginning we have en-: Joyed the wholehearted coopera- tion of local government and civ- ic groups. "Gulfs employes have been competent and willing, and we have made plans to provide work, separation allowances 'for all employes with five or more years gtservice." While Sweetwater is suffering the loss of a big industry, it bis the comfort of having also a big water supply Oak Creek Gulf win help to pay for. Sweetwater set out to build a new water supply in 1946, J. C. Pace Jr., former mayor and com- Ike Denounces Public Power Threat to U.S. MCNARY DAM, Ore. Si-Presi- dent Eisenhower, carrying his campaign for another Republican- Congress into the Pacific North- west, declared today any trend to- ward "conversion of local- regions into federal satellites poses a threat deadly to our liberties." "The administration in Washing- the present leadership in are unalterably opposed to such malignant growth of bu-" tie President said in defense of administration .policy calling for more local participation' in development of the nation's power resources. Address His views on an issue figuring large in the congressional election campaign were set forth in a ma- jor address prepared for cere- monies dedicating !ar McNary Dam on the Columbia River -here. Eisenhower huge boflt with federal money example of national respon- sibility properly assumed by the federal government." Eisenhower, on a four-state fly- missioner recalled. -mg tour Par West_ got a About 1850 the city dosed a con- 1 musing welcome on his arrival in tract with Gulf providing that Gulf would pay a certain stand-by charge over a period of 30 years to help finance the lake.. That was at a time when Gulf was planning to expand, not abandon, its refin- ery here. It needed more water for the expanded operation. SB.ttt Per-Mttitb Specific details of the contract could not be obtained at mid-morn- ing. .But Pace recalled that the Stand-by charge was per month for the first 10 years. That includes principal and interest and amounts to roughly a million and a half dollars. Then for the next 20 years Gulf is to pay a smaller standby charge See REFINERY, fg. 11-A, Cut. 2 SUMMER BOWS OUT QUIETLY Summer bowed out quietly Thursday morning before fall- like temperatures which ar- rived Tuesday. Official end of summer was ajn. Temperatures climbed no higher than 87 de- grees Wednesday, and dupped to 57 degrees early Thursday. The high predicted for Thurs- day was 33 degrees, and con- tinued mild through Friday. Some increasing cloudiness was forecast by the weather- mw-, but no rain either Thurs- day or Friday. Leaves for London KARACHI. Pakistan Minister Mohammed Ali left Wed- nesday by air for London en route to Washington to meet President INJURED IN FALL Eisenhower. Ali was accompanied j bv bis wife and officials of the For- eign Ministry. this aea last night. He left the summer White House in Denver yesterday afternoon on a three-day trip taking him into Montana, Washington, Oregon and Califorma- AddrtSMs 3MM In Missouia, Mont., last night, he addressed an applauding audience which police" estimated at persons. The administration's bas- ic policy, he said, is that American citizens generally are better quali- fied to look after themselves "than is some bureaucrat in far-off Wash- ington." And that was the main theme of his McNary dam speech today. Immediately after that speech, the president was flying on to Los Angeles where tonight he ad- dresses a big political rally in Hollywood of the Re- publican drive to maintain control of Congress in the November elec- tions. Tomorrow morning in Los Angeles he will speak informally at the .annual convention of the American Federation of Labor, which has been critical of the ad- ministration, As has been his policy all along in his campaign talks on the road, the President in his McNary dam speech did no out-and-out plugging for election if GOP candidates for Congress. But he did have kind words for Republican Sen. Guy Cordon of Oregon, who is bidding for reelec- tion in a hard fought contest with Richard L. Neuberger, the demo- cratic candidate. Missing NJH Pupil Regains MWEAm Consciousness, Walks Home DEPAKTVEXT COMVKIf K f ._______________OF COMMEKCE WEATHER KFlKAi; ABILEN'E A3SD VICINITY Fair with mild and potsibty Increasing cloudiness. Maxinmn temperature today S3 ton- tonhfM decrees: hifh NOKTH CENTRAL TEXAS _ fair and warmer Thursday Bight. Friday, partly taleFri- a giitte cvobr in mtrthwett dw. WEST TEXAS Fair, a Wely scattered tnundenthowefs. EAST. TEXAS Clear W partly ck-ucty. warmer- la interior Thursday SOUTH TEXAS Partly P.H. a Thurs. A.M. M M a OLD WATER graders in Mrs. Elsie Nash's room at Merkel Elementary School gather at their own version of "the old water holt" la their classroom. Be- cause of the city's water shortage, each daasreom in the grade school has its iced water can, (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) K! S tMM ft mt r.m.'it.n. at f.m. he M Unn Jim Bob Gray, IS, didn't know it. but he played hide-and-seek Wednesday afternoon. While the police department, school officials and his father combed a field for the boy, Jim Bob was unconscious atop a hay stack in the same field. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. 1. R. Gray, 1664 Mesquite St. The North Junior High School student had slipped on a bar of soap in a shower at school hit- ting his head. Dazed by the blow, he couldn't remember where his locker was. Schoolmates helped him dress and told the school nurse about the accident The nurse told Jim Bob she'd take him but WDM the kit him a few minutes, the boy wan- dered away from school to {he nearby field. He found the hay stack and crawled on top of it. When Jim Bob could not be found at school, the. police geparUneot was called in on the search.. The boy regained consciousness after the searchers had given up on the field. He walked home- alone. Jim Bob was taken to Htndrkk Memorial Hospital. His ptyskiaB said he had suffered a mild cere- bral concussion. Thursday morning the doctor said the lad was doing "jut but would be kept in On OMpttal for observation for about tM tayi.   

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