Abilene Reporter News, September 23, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

September 23, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 23, 1954, Abilene, Texas // ft FAIR, MILD mtt Abilene 3^ei)orter-Betoá EVEN FINAL ii JL xm "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES»-Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 99 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE. TEXAS. THURSDAY EVENING. "SEFT. 23, 1954-TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONj^ PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Safety Sticker Drive Catches Dozen Autos 27 VENIREMEN LEFT Deadlock Holds Gulf Oil to Shut Down On Gaither Jury The drive which Abilene police began Monday to enforce the vehicle safety inspection law resulted 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 ears which didn’t bear inspection stickers on the windshields. Fine for not having the stickers usually will be $5 upon conviction, ticket officers said. One motorist who received such a ticket was fined $2 due to extenuating circuni.stance.s. Two other tickets have been dismissed. Person.s 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 $5 the amount of bond for i^rsons wishing to post bond on this offense By GEORGIA NELvSON Heporter-News Staff Writer ANSON. Sept. 23 — The number of jurors selected in the murder trial of Willard F. <BilD Gaither still stood at eight at noon Thursday. That was the same number as there was when a W’ednesday night session ended. The 100th venireman was called at midmorning. Prosecution and defense attorneys questioned 11 veniremen Thursday morning without obtaining 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 veniremen from jury service without slating 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 oiv 2 LETTERS. 5 NUMBERS City to Get New T elephone Numbers All Abilene telephone numbers will be changed in the near future in a nationwide overhauling of numbers to speed up long distance calls. This message was given members of the .Abilene Kiwanis Club at their Wednesday noon luncheon at the Woolen Hotel The speaker was Glen E. Scott of Dallas, public relations man for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co After the luncheon. George Bn>wn, local manager, estimated that the conversion ot Abilene numbers might begin in 18 to 24 months. But he emphasized that IS just a guess. •All Bell Telephone numbers throughout the I'nited States will be changed to have two letters snd five numbers Abilene now uses five digits. The i'ompnay has just completed changing all numbers in San .Antonio Siott described the mechanical developments the telephone company IS introducing which will make it possible to dial long distance from .Abilene to New York on anywhere in the country without involving an opt'rator. An amazing package unit in Dallas will handle all long distance calls from thi.s area.* switching them to the proper lines and destination. i West Texas and the Panhandle will all be in the same switching * area. When the new system is in oj>eraUon. an Ahilcnian can dial a station in Amrsillo as simply : and quickly as he now dials across town, Scott said. 1    30-Second    Connection I This arrangement will apply on-, ly on station-io-statioD call where i 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 1 will still be involved. When the new system is in oj^-eraiion. the average long distance call will go through in 30 seconds or less. Scott Said in 1920 the average call took 14 minutes to complete. This had l>een cut to two minutes in 1930. and to one minute in 1940. When the new system is in ope-rutiun. Scott continued, the cuslo-imer w‘»n’t get ‘'ihe circuit is busy’* answer The switching met'h-anism in Dallas will ktvp casting 1 al>out until U finds some circuit 1 open to the ciU’ called. the special venire list for the selection of the last four jurors. Judge Owen Thomas Thursday again rebuked Defense Attorney Peter Briola of San Antonio for consuming so much time in questioning the prospective jurors. At this point, Briola had spent 30 minutes examining J. L. Morrow'. Hawley pipeline gauger. Briola 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 venireman. Challenges Overruled The court overruled both challenges. 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 veniremen. The first eight jurors were picked from 95 veniremen, Lon Baucom, Anson farmer and laboratory technician at the Onyx refinery, was the eighth juror picked. Attorneys agreed on him at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday night. Fifty - six men were questioned I Wednesday. The court excused 45 for various reasons, and the state used peremptory challenges to dispose 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 thej case or read news stories about' it. Gaither is charged with murder with malic'c in the June 17 slaying of Abilene Policeman Jimmy Spann. Sweetwater Refinery T I Not Paying Way, Official Reveals SWEETWATER, Sept. 23, (RNS)—Gulf 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 industries and payrolls. There are now 96 persons on the payroll. The announcement by B. H. Barnes of Pittsburgh, general manager, manufacturing department, confirmed rumors that had been on the 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 released simultaneously at noon at the company's headquarters in Pittsburgh: Ike Denounces Public Power Threat to U.L "w ♦    VÎH    sJ FIRST PIHSE OF PROJECT ■— Workmen are pictured as they excavated for foot-iiigs^of a building at North Sixth St. and Mockingbird Lane. The structure was to be built bv Westwood Development Co., of which Arthel Henson is president. Partners in the company are Henson, W. Rufus Siv ley and Nathan Morns. All are building contractors, and are co-operating on the co nstruction. Henson said excavation began the first part of this w^eek. Staff photo by D on Hutcheson) “Gulf Oil Corporation will close;    ^    „    . its Sweetwater refinery Nov. 21 for | MCNARY DAM, Ore. ^Pr^i-an indefinite period. The local re-Eisenhower, carrying his campaign for another Republican Congress into the Pacific North* finery has been operating at a loss for several years. The plant i    r .    ,    ...    .    j    . is not equipped to make fuels for    '»• ; on    conversion    of    local    regions increasing^ high compression en- . fofjp-ai cotpHftfK a threat gines. The decision to close the    'Liv refiner,- here was a difficult one -‘'»'rt'«- 22 Persons Killed As Tank Explodes BITBl'RCi. Germany J*—Bitburg police .said 22 persons were killed ^ near here late today when a U S. i Air Force gasoline storage tank i exploded.    j There was no immediate .Air. Force confirmation. Police saM several persons were injured They said that they did not know whether any of the dead were .Americans. Senate Won't Building Near Reconvene for Several Days School Halted Construction of a business build- j ing near the new high school was Republican;    Thursday    morning by a court order. IN MERKEL SCHOOLS Water Cons Break Classrcom Draught .MERKEL. Sept. 23 - Going out into the hall for a drink is ended at Merkel grade .schools Each clas.sroom now has it’s own can of water, iced When .'vchool started, each .student brought his own water Some still do. Reason for this is that Merkel, 18 miles weft 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 ls one in each room of the elemen- ■ tarv schools.    i High school students get their water in the halls. Paper cups, are available for the older students, but eaade schoolers bring their own gia.sses. rres!*ure Boosted FLsher said the sanitation problem is solvwl liy the ciiv turning extra pressure into the sys-t >m hv u.'inc an extra pump Mayor Henry West of Merkel '.ees fast progress on laying 11 miles of 12-inch piix' to Abilene 1* solve the shortage Citizens luive voted $275.(KM) worth of boiuls t» finance the line to carry Abilene water. \n engineer fnim I'arkhill, imth, and Coo|ht of Lublmk was f Merkel this wfck. West said. ’’ le engineer told West that right-oiway was near enough to being iDmpietwPthat survey work could »•'uin by the tir.st of next week Raiding could lu' oinnied in about s \ week.s. West said The original water .system wa.s •'s..ilkMl at Merkel m 1909 In PM9, the city vottHl $ltKl.o<M) in i nids to expand water ifustnbii tan. Fifteen welLs now provide around lOO.OOt) gallons a day. none » which reaches Merkel's lone 0.000 gallon overhead storage f Ilk on the south side. An addl-t onal 50.000 gallons is in a .surface ilortge tank tor tire use. Pressure during the day w a t,*ckle in the lower places in the system. It is almost nothing in the higher places in the city Mayor West said the shortage has been with the city for the pa.st 10 years, but reached a crippling st.ige within the last two During the summer months. ; W est said the city could have i ustHl 2r4i.noo gallons — if it was: available. Rationing In on watering ; and car washing, and tlic city has used rales as high as $1.50 for 1,000 gallons. Is Your Wonf Ad Partner Working With You Today? WASHINGTON -J^ Leader Know land of California advised Senate officers today that'    j r. Black granted to it may be several days before a | £^xy of .Abilene a temporary decision is reached on when the ;    order against Westwo<xl Senate will reconvene to consider \ Development Co. of .Abilene, inc.. proposed censure of Sen, Me- jtg president. .Arthel Henson. Carthy.    Black    set a hearing for Oct. 2 Mark Trice, secretary of the at 10 a.m. on the city’s applica-Senate, gave this statement to lion for a permanent injunction, reporters;    City    Atty.    Alex    Bickley    filed    the Arc you one of the mony persons %*ho has joined in partnership v%ith Wont Ads tor results, or ore you still just v^ishing for results? If your Wont Ad portner isn't v^orking v»ith you, it »irnpfy meons you ore missing 147,683 prospects dotlv for your product, service or need. Even o portion of these prospects could moke o big difference couldn't they^ Why not put this partner t# work for you now. Why not reop profits when It con be done so easily? All you need do is dial 2-7841 ond let the friendly od toker help you frame vour od. Put the wh lie teom to work for more re-ults but do It now Word ads will be received until 4 p.M eoch dov except Soturdoy when 12 00 noon Is dosing time Sooce ods will be token until 1 2 00 noon Fridov. “I have just talked over the telephone with Sen. William Know-land. majority leader, and he informs me that further consultations are necessary before a decision 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 that he was expecting instructions momentarily from Knowland and Sen. j Johnson of Texas, the Democratic \ leader, to issue a fwmal call for 1 the Senate to convene. He waited in his office until late last night to hear from Knowland. The censure resolution, filed by Sen Flanders R-Vi . accuses McCarthy of conduct tending to cast disrepute on the entire Senate. McCarthy declined to say what steps he will take to defend himself in the special session. injunction suit Thursday inorning m Black’s 42nd District Court Both the development company and Henson are named as détendants. The project which the city seeks to prevent is on the west side of Snyder Woman Dies Of Wreck injuries SAN ANGEI.O —Mrs. Ernestine Price James. 26, Snyder housew ife, died in a hospital today of injuries received earlier in an automobile accident near Eden. A son. Melvin, 5. was in a critical condition. Also injured when the pickup truck overturned were her husband. Freddie James: and their other two children, Norris Alton. 6. and Wilhe Rae. 8. North Mockingbird Lane at North Sixth St. It is across the street irom the new Abilene High School. Excavation for the building’s foundation is under way. Permit Denied Henson was denied a city building permit recently for a service station on that property—Lot 23, Block A. Westview’ Park Addition The city bases its injunction suit on the fact that the City Commission 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 hearing will be held Oct. 15. Zoning for Ihe property is set in the ordinance as Zone B, two-family residences, which zone doesn't permit buildings. In asking an injunction. the city attorney said the Henson structure is apparently to be a business building. Area being annexed #»xtends from ; the south line of State St. to the-south line of North Sixth St.. and | from the west line of North Mock-; ingbird Lane to the alley west of Westviev» St. and was made with regret. ‘Relations Cordial’ Our relations with Sweetwater always have been cordial and from the very beginning we have enjoyed the wholehearted cooperation of local government and civic groups. “Gulfs employes have been competent and willing, and we have made plans to provide work, pensions or separation allowances 'for all employes with five or more years of service." While Sweetwater is suffering the loss of a big industry, it has the comfort of having also a big water supply — Oak Creek Lake—which Gult will help to pay for. Sweetwater set out to build a new water supply in 1946, J. C. Pace Jr.. former mayor and commissioner recalled. About 1950 the city dosed a contract 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-eiy here. It needed more water, for the expanded operation. $12,666 Per Month Specific details of the contract cobld not be obtained at mid-morning. But Pace recalled that the stand-by charge was $12.666 67 per "The administration in Washington—and the present leaderfhip in Congress—are unalterably opposed to such malignant growth of bureaucracy,” the President said in v defense of administration policy calling for more local participation in development of the nation’s power resources. Major Address His views on an issue figuring large in the congressional election campaign were set forth in a major address prepared for ceremonies dedicating 286-mlIIion-doI-lar McNary Dam on the Columbia River here. Eisenhower called that huge project—built with federal money —"an example of national responsibility properly assumed by the federal government." Eisenhower, on a four-state flying tour of the Far West, got a rousing welcome on his arrival in this aea last night. Hfe left the summer White House in Denver yesterday afternoon on a three-day trip t^ing him into .Montana, Washington. Oregon and California .Addresses W,066 In Missoula, Mont.. last night, he addressed an applauding audience which police estimated at 30,000 persons. The administration’s basic policy, he said, is that American citizens generally are better quali- month for the first 10 years. That fied to look after themselves “than includes principal and interest and is some bureaucrat in far-off Wash-amounts to roughly a million and > ington” a half dollars.    i    And    that    was    the    main    theme    of Then for the next 20 years Gulf j his McNary dam speech today, is to pay a smaller standby charge Immediately after that speech. See REFINERY. Pg. ll-A. Col. f SUMMER BOWS Henson and associates recently; QUT QUIETLY lost a battle of many months with    ^ the city in their efforts to gain permission to build a sho-'ping center 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 Commi.ssion denied the permit Si’hool trustees have opposed any business structures adjacent to public schools Leaves for London KAR.ACHI. Pakistan UB-Prime Minister Mohammed Ali left Wednesday by air for Ixindon en route to Washington to meet President Ei.-^enhowor. .%li was accompanied by his wife and officials of the Foreign Ministry Summer bowed out quietly Thursday morning before fall-like temperatures which arrived Tuesday. Official end of summer was 7:56 a.m. Temperatures climbed no higher than 87 degrees Wednesday, and diopped to 57 degrees early Thursday. The high predicted for Thursday was 93 degrees, and continued mild through Friday. Some increasing cloudiness was forecast by the weatherman, but no rain either Thursday or Friday. the president was flying on to Los Angeles where tonight he addresses a big political rally in Hollywood Bowi—part of the Republican drive to maintain control of Congress in the November elections 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 administration. 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-ont plugging for election # GOP candidates for Congress. But he did have kind words for Republican Sen. Gu>’ Cordon of Oregon, who is bidding for reelection m a hard fought contest with Richard L. Neuberger, the democratic candidate. INJUOED IN FALL IHE WEATHEP I »t:iV%KTWVXt or CtiMWKRCK WKATIir.R Bl RK.Vr .XBILKNK .AND XICIMTY F*ur with mild ti*mi>er»tLir«i. »ad Plvmìi14.\ Int'ONMkmg rkHidin««» M.*\imuoi t^mp^raturv toda.v 93 lü-itw», kiiik UvUfM AS    iûgti \ Krwrti> »à d*'«rw Missing NJH Pupil Regains Consciousness, Walks Home OLD W.\TF.R HOLE—First graders in Mrs. Elsie Nash s room at Merkel Elementary School gather at their o\\n version of “ihe old water hole” la their classi’ooiu. Be* cause of the city’s water shortage, each classr^m in the grade school has its iced water can (Staif Photo by Don Hutcheson) NORTH CKNTH XI. TEX.XS >'*ir »»d l-hur».!*.' aviiht Fr*d«y. pmniy fkiuti,' « luUif Lwl<*r in mtrthw«« Utie F"!!-d«,' W»T TKXAS Kn«-. • lull* 'inirnwr, wuK-li SL'*Ui*wl lhund«‘isho\»qMr» t;WST TFX.XS CU'Ar to t>*itb ikHntJ. wnrmor i» iiKeiKu Thursday nt«ht SULTH CENTH.XL TK\.x>    Parilj rkMxO. viidrLv    Uwo'«Txhowm TrMPKRAtt ass Ttiurs. X XI ..    I;»    .    -    t>4 J;«l    M .    .    3.»    « ......    4;»    a: ________5..X0    ...... «> ......   ..    57 ,    ...    f.j»    ............ ......•»     ..... 73 •      ,.77 . ... ia:3U    ...    ^79 ..    «:»    . .    t2 tt:3t    M Jim Bob Gray, 13. didn’t know him a few minutes, the boy w^-it. but he played hide-and-seek dered away from school to the Wtxlnesday afternoon    nearby field. While the police department. He found the hay slack wd ; school officials and his father! crawled on top oMt When Jim i wrnbed a field for the boy. Jim Bob could not be found at school. a hay Wfd P M $3 ««> •7 I Bob was unconscious atop I stack in the same field. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. U R Gray. 1664 Mesquite St The North Junior High School i student had slipt>ed on a bar of ! sixap in a shower at school hitting his head the police department was called in on the search. The boy regained consciousness after the searchers had given up on the field. He walked home— ali>ne Jim Bob was taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital. His physician St B»rt*m«4w    *t    !t    S.*    p.m » ÎS KfUUvt humi<nt> «I i; » p m W>" Huck »»a k>i* UinMratur*» (or 34 )i •luiad at t;3t ft.ra R aad ST 6otus D ized by the blow. he couldn’t i said he had suffered a mild cere-even remember where his locker I bra! concussion.    ^ ^ was. Schoolmates helped him, Thursday morning the d^ dress and told the school nurse said the lad was doing just fine. abtml the accident. The nurse told Jim Bob she d take turn hflane. but when she toil but would be kept in the hospital for observation for about two days. ;