Abilene Reporter News, September 24, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

September 24, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas COOLER SATURDAY Wk llbüene -ù>.rT ✓ EVENING FINAL'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO, 100 Associated Press ( AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, SEPT, 24, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c Terror Reign in Home Told by Gaither's Kin Johnson Is Ready For Special Meet Pt)ST-RlOT SHAKEDOWN—Three officers frisk one of the last prisoners to be re moved from troubled cellblocks at the Missouri State Penitentiary at Jefferson City, Mo., after end of the riot there. Two stretchers, one with the blood stained image of a man on the canvas, lean against a nearby truck. (AP) ___ AUSTIN yP) — Senate Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson said today he has informed Majority Leader Knowland (R-Calif) that Senate Democrats are ready to meet to consider censure charges against Sen. McCarthy as soon as the special committee report is ready. “We are ready to meet the issue as soon as the report is submitted,” Johnson said. He said Sen. Watkins (R-Utah) has indicated the report of the six-man special committee will be ready by Monday. “I have conferred with a large Work Stopped On SIructure Near School 17 SERIOUSLY HURT Deputy Sheriff Fred Ownby at 9:15 a m. Friday servwi a ttmipo-rary restraining order and stopped construction of a business building near the new high school. •Nfler trying urivsuccejisfully to Toll Rises to 31 in Gasoline Blast; Sabotage Suspected Rv TO.M STONE BITBI RG, Germany (,P - A fire fighting demonstration which backfired and blew up a 120,000-gallon tank of .American jet fuel left 31 dead and 17 seriously injured today. Investigators sought , , „    ■    ,    to    determine    whether    sabotage locale Arthel Henson, against j    involved but sai"' whom the court order had been j evidence presently at hand suggest-issued, Ownbv served the paper on cd an accident. Henson's secreury. Christine Wal. | There were no .American casual, drop. This was done at Henson's j >'es m the hb.st here in the French ^    -    jone    yesterday,    near    the    Luxem- tanks. the 1.000 frantic French. German and American fire fighters pumped a million and a half gallons of fuel from nearby tanks into the Nims and Sauer rivers. The officials speculated that the test fire had ignited fumes in the exhaust pipes of the bank. The Bitburg officials said the demonstration was being staged The blast oc'curred during a fire by an international company en fighting demonstration watched by gaged in NATO air base work, in- bourg border. The colony of big tanks, at the end of a N.ATO pipeline from France, stores six million office on North Mockingbird Lane. Ownby then w ent to the con- sU'Uciion site at N^'rth Sixth St    .................... and Mockingbird Lane and stoppetl;    q/    Kiei    'for'"l”s. air force the workmen. He allowed them    to ,    interceptors and fighter place boanis over    the holes    ; t>ombt'rs stationt>d at Bitburg. had excavauxl for    tootin.o, as    a I    known dead included 22 safety measure. Work was stopped j    ^ Frenchmen. Another    18 persons were injured at a m.. Uwnby re{H>rted. Judge J R Black of 42nd Dis tricl Court issued a restraining order Thursday in re.'ponse to the filing of a suit by the City of Abilene He set a hearing for 10 a m. (X’t 2 on the city's application for a permanent injunetum. The City s injunction suit names as defendants WestwiKxi l)eveIoi>-menl Co. of Abilene. Inc . and us president, Henson Partners in the companv are Henson, W. Rufus Sivley and Nathan Morris. Excavation was under way this week for the proiHiseri building It is acro.ss the street from the new-high school Henson was denied a city pt'r-mit recently for a service station at that address. The city believes the foundation now being excavat-e<l IS for a service station or other business building. Annexation of the area to the city is under way, and the zoning in the merger ordinance is Zone B. two-family residences. No business buildings are innmitted in such a zone. The annexation ordinance has lieen voted at one reading. and the final vole will be Oct. 1,5. seriously $2 Million Damniage Military proi>erty damage in the di.saster was estimated unofficially at more than two million dollars. To keep the blaze away from other French officials and German em ployes at the fuel depot. German federal police, joining French security agents in an investigation, said the “possibility of sabotage” would be explored thoroughly. French Army engineers and German police ringed the burned out tank today. It was the second worst explosion in West Germany since the war. A blast in July. 1948, at the I G. Farben Chemical works in Ludwigshafen killed 207 persons. Bitburg municipal officials said as part of the fire fighting demonstration, gasoline was poured on top of the tank's concrete roof and lighted. The fire fighting apparatus was supposed to pul out the test blaze almost instantly, but instead the tank underneath exploded. eluding the installation of fire ex tinguishing equipment. The tank farm is operated by a company of French soldiers under NATO auspices. The explosion sent a column of black smoke nearly two miles into the air. Flames shot up 1,000 feel. The flames were brought under control three hours after the explosion but black smcrfie still drifted over the disaster area today. number of the Democratic senators, and we are ready to meet now—as soon as the report is presented,” Johnson said. I have so informed the majority leader.”    « The Senate resolution providing for possible consideration of the report on censure charges involving McCarthy calls for five days notice to Senate members before they are called back for a special session on the matter. Johnson indicated he would be agreeable to any “reasonable” time suggested by Knowland for the session—such as the first week in October or possibly the first week in November. The general election falls Nov. 2. Johnson made it plain he considers the issue of acting on the McCarthy report one that must be met by the entire Senate on a non partisan basis. He also indicated he does not want to argue with Knowland about the date for the Senate session so long as Knowland proposes a time Johnson considers reasonable. The censure charges against McCarthy deal generally with whether his conduct has been unbecoming for a senator and such as would tend to bring the Senate into disrepute. AMBITION SATISFIED — Johnnie Lee Carroll, 25, Hawthorne, Calif., yearned for 13 years to catch a fish ‘ big enough to put my head into.” He succeeded off LaJolla, Calif., where he shot this 2031/,-pound black sea bass while skin diving with a gun he designed and built himself. (AP) DUE MONDAY McCarthy Hearing Report Completed Cool Front May Bring light Rain Two Rob New York Bonk of SI 00,000 MOUNT VERNON. N Y LP—Two holdup men forced employes to open the vault of a bank today and escaped with approximately $100,-000. They tied up the manager and three tellers of the Fulton Ave. drive-in branch of the County Trust Co. shortly before the bank was scheduled to    at    8 am. Branch manager Edmund Tiehenor managtnl to roll over to a floor button and sound an alarm to police headquarters after the robbers fled with the money, intended for payrolls. Police and FBI men launched a BY 6 CITIES Extension Asked On Water Rights City of Abilene Friday morning joined five other cities in asking a six - month extension on their application to the State Board of Water Engineers for permission to study a possible water - supply project on Hubbard Creek The other towns are Brecken-ridge. Albany, Anson. Merkel and Trent The project is of such magnitude that additional time lor engineering and financial studies is necessary all six towns stated. Hearing on the original presentation was held by the State Board of Water Engineers April 27. 1954. The applu-ation was ordered IiUhI and lo iH* effect for six months iroin date of filing Arr«mpUshmeiit.*i Cited In a.sking, for an extension of time, the cities set out that the following work has been done to (P Frc'ese & Nichols, consuUIng^ enginwrs, have made preliminary investigations and surveys of the area.    ,    ^    , (21 Steps have been taken toward having the basin area mapi>ed by the U. S. Gwlogical Survey. (3) The Air Force has agreed to photograph the greater part of the basin area (4» McCall. Parkhurst & Crowe, D.allas attorneys, are preparing a bill setting up a water district of the memlH'r cities for present,ation lo the Legislature in January. A committee has »mm formed of member cities to advise with Hie tmgineers and attorneys and keep ptMipIe of the member cities infornmi on progress. (6» Freese A Nichols have been employed to continue their investigations and surveys. The huge reservoir would be located in west t'entral Stephens County between the confluence of Hubbard Creek with the Clear Fork of the Brazos ItiNej* and the crossing of U. S. Highway 180 across Hubbard Creek. City commissioners Friday votwi to purchase new uniforms for all firemen and jwUcemen from Neely-Barnes on the low bid of $3,5T7.15. The award was made on recommendation of Commi.ssioner Jack Minter and City Purchasing .Agent Bernard lluett. who has l>een as signed by the commission to study the bids. widespread search It was the first bank robbery in the history of Mount Vernon, a New York suburb adjacent to the Bronx. The two men were wailing outside the rear door of the bank when Tiehenor arrived ct 7 30 a m. Do you know Fran Warren, the singer?” one of them remarked. Tiehenor said he did not. “Well, it doesn’t make any difference ” said one. pulling a gun. "Get inside.” They followed Tiehenor into the bank and forced him to turn the combinatitm on the vault. However. there are two combinations on the vault, with Tiehenor knowing only one. The robbers bound him up and waited for Mrs. Jean Beebe, a teller, w ho knows the second combina-When she walked in at 7:40 a.m., they forced her lo complete the unltK'king of the vault. But a time device on the vault dws not permit it to open until abi>ut 15 minutes after the unlocking. so the roblH’rs had to wait In the meantime two other tellers arrived and were bound up. They are William Strasser and George Kastin. both of the Bronx. The robtiers, after binding the four, forced the men to lie on the floor and Mrs. Bt^ebe on a couch. THE WEATHER I'.S. m;p.%RTMf:NT or i'ommkrck HK.%THrn BVRK41 AB1I.KM-: ANl> VTCINTTY 4 k)u<Lv to p«ril.v    «nO mild Usduy and tonlghti partlv cUwdy «nd    S«u»ixt»y    with chanc* lor llsht showrr*. Hifh t#mp«>r«tur* today 90 degr**»; K»w twsght 65 dogrwa high S«turda.v thlhS degre*» NOHTH CFXTRAl TKXAS - Partly cloudv through tomaht Saturday. wk1*ly •calt*r«sl thund*r*how*r*. cwlar In north and w*»l In aftrrmnw. WKST TKXAS Partly ck»udy. utdrly icattenHl Ihundei show era StMTH CKNTRAT. TKXAS Partly cloudy w hlaly »cattcrad ihundcratuiugra Htgh and k»u tfmporaturoa lor »4 hour» ended at a in «9 and M» degree». TtMPKBATlBKS Thur». P M. m    1 30 i?    .      2:30    ..... M      S»    ...... »8    ....... .... 4 » ...... W    ............ S»    ••• U     .....  »    ..... 7«    ....    7.«    ... 73    ....  ..... •    ..... 7t  ...... 9» TO    ........ 10 30    ... U    11 » 67    Vi» ÍY1. A M. 64 6.3 a 64 63 64 65 75 77 »0 U M Baromeitr readiof at U 10 p.m. ».St Council Votes For Off-Street Parking Areas ,\11 new or substantially altered buildings must provide off - street parking and loading areas, if the City CAimmLssion completes adoption of an ordinance started Friday morning. Commissioners voted the measure on its first reading. Public hearing and second, final reading will be held Nov. 5. .Adoption was on a motion by Commissioner J. Floyd Malcom. seconded by Commissioner Jack Minter. It was unanimous. The measure would require building permit applicants to show provisions made for adequate off-street parking and loading. Included are all types of buildings as to use, 9-Pa*e Document Set out in the nine • page, typewritten document are the amounts of off - street parking and loading space to be required of each kind of building. Provisions of the ordinance would apply to new or substantially altered structures. They would not affect existing, non-conforming buildings unless their use is so changed as to create a need for an increase of more than 15 per cent in the number ef off-street parking spaces. In cases where strict enforcement would cause unnecessary hardship or deprive an owner of the lawful u.se of his property or where suitable land or facilities are not available at a reasonable cost, the Board of .Adjustment may reduce the requiren^nts. Conviction for violation of any provisions carries a fine of from $5 to $50. For one and two-family residences, multiple dwellings, apartments, apartment hotels and tourist camps, one parking space per family dwelling unit would have to be provided. Places of assembly (churches, for instance» would have to have one parking space for each four seats of the total seating capacity of the main assembly room. Stores in retail sales business in which a majority of the cujdomers enter the premises, and public eating places would have to provide one parking space for each 150 square feet of gross floor space oj>en to public use. The ordinance gives the require ments in detail br various other ty pes of buildings. W.tSHIN'GTON e-Scnators who j Staff aides.said it would be sign- conducted hearings on censure ' ed this afternoon and sent to the    „    .    . charges against Sen McCarthy Government Printing Office during    weekend. virtually completed their report to-1 the afternoon or early evening, but    ^    Abilene    and Dallas weather day.    Sen.    Watkins    (R-Utah»    said    it j    that printed copies—the ones to be    stations forecast cooler weather definitely    “will    be    ready    for    filing j    fUed with the Senate and made    for football fans, and some mois- Monday’ morning” and will be; public-will not be received untU ture^ for farmers. made public toen.    |    The    ram^    «    to .■^^VhSh^thT^ral. wuTr!;    committee    continued    its    ses-    have'    been    re: tion of whether the Senate will re-    closed doors after re-    Brownsville    and    El    Paso. ceiving the typed di-aft.    ^    ^red    in    the    Rocky There was re{»rted to be a sharp |    ;yjountains is moving slowly dowm division of sentiment among sena-    a(.j.o§g Arizona, New Mexico, and tors as to whether the Senate    (Colorado. It is expected to bring convene before or after the election to act on the report. Senate Republican and Etemocratic leaders will make the decision jointly. Watkins, chairman of the special J should meet before or after the    the    mountains    tonight,    and censure study committee, declined; election to consider the censure is-to give any hint as to the nature sue of the group’s decision. When he talked with reporters at noon, the committee had just received from a corps of typists I made what may be the final draft of the delay report. Sen. Flanders (R-Vt), author of the censure resolution, said he would not protest if a decision was ‘on reasonable grounds” lo action until after the election. Cost of Living Drops a Bil Because of Food Price Cuts WASHINGTON UP—The cost of 1 were cheaper, but the price drops living dropped 0.2 per cent last i —21 per cent for tomatoes. 17 per month because of marked down' cent for sweet potatoes and green ; lowest temperature ptice taas on food-especialiy, beans. 27 per cent for peaches - ; Friday morning - 51 degrees, meals-and clothing, the Bureau of were mainly adjustments from the a light freeze over the northern portions of Colorado. Weathermen expect the front in Abilene sometime Saturday morning. While they forecast high temperatures around 90 degrees Friday afternoon, the high Saturday afternoon was expected in the lower 80’s. The low early Friday morning was 60 degrees, and the low Friday night is expected to be around 65. Recent heavy showers on the Llano River watershed in the Hill Country put two feet of water in the river, nearly dr>* for more than a month. Lufkin in East Texas had the in the state Labor Statistics announced today. In each of the preceding three months the figure had edged upward. The August consumer price index dropped to exactly the same level as in August, 1^. at 115 per cent of the 1947-49 average. Food prices dipped 0.6 per cent in August, the bureau smd. and weakness in food prices in the early weeks of this month indicates the September average be at least as low. Food shoppers found price decreases for every cut of meat, reflecting bigger shipments of livestock to market. Pork showed the biggest decline: bacon, pork chops and leg of lamb were about per cent lower than in July. Fresh fruits and vegetables also high July prices resulting from drought in many areas. The dry weather’s effect on food prices was the main reason for the slight advance in costs in July. Parents outfitting children for school found that children’s shoes Dogs Voccinafed HOUSTON. Sept. 24 tfv-Vaccina tion of dogs in Harris County continued full scale Thursday in an effort to break what the U. S. Public Health Service has called the na were up an average of 50 cents a tion’s highest incidence <d rabies. pair in .August although clothing costs generally were down. The cool weather coincided Texas with the arrival of fall. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES FEATHERS, HORSES^ -EogI« feathers oixi Mustang Hooves mix it up tonight on tho Fair Park gridiron. Page 8-A, STOCK SALE —Stock in tho Condor Petroelum Co. of Abiten« will be on sole for bids to be opened Soturdov morning. Poge 1-B, WILL SURVIVE We re betting on Sweet\vot#r to drive oheod, even without their refinery. Poge 2-8 CANCER CLUE?—Ovofies of the lowly starfish moy aid in finding o sure cure for concer. Page 8-8. San Saba Guard Shot SAN SABA yr* —Nightwatchman Bob Graham, was critically the bank attacked him. He said he w as hit on the head with a shot early today in what officers flashlight and a struggle began for believe was an attempt to burglar- his gun. In the struggle the gun iie the City National Bank. i was fired and Graham was Two men were arrested shortly afterwards in the Ft. Hood maneuver area east of here and taken to Austin for lie detector tests. No charges had been filed. Workers in the office of Sheriff Brantley Barker said Graham, who also is the town constable, became suspicious when he saw a car parked behind the bank. He took down the license number and the number of a Ft. Hcvod license sticker on the car. Then. Graham told officers, two “boys” who had been hiding by tha back door of was fired and Graham shot in the abdomen, Graham drove to an all night filling station and asked the attendant to notify the sheriff, then he drove to the hospital. He remained conscious long enough to give Barker the license number. The car with two men in it was stop^ shortly afterwards near Inks Dam near Burnet. Officers found the bank had not been entered but a nearby hardware store was burglarized. Two guns, two watches, two knives and 18 were taken. By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer ANSON, Sept. 23 — Mrs. W. E. Martin, sister of Patricia Walker Gaither, was the first witness to testify Friday in the murder trial of Willard F. (Bill) Gaither in the 104th District Court. Mrs. Martin took the stand at 10:20 a.m. and remained there until 11:50. She described an afternoon of terror at her home at 1976 Sayles Blvd. last June 17. Mrs. Martin said she and her husband had since moved to 1709 South 23rd St. in Abilene. Under questioning by Special Prosecutor Esco Walter of Abilene, she told of a visit that her sister, Patricia, and Bill Gaither made to her home when they asked her fpr $150. She said that when they arrived, a friend of Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Joe James, and her two small children were visiting her. She related that she tried to call her husband, and was unable to reach him by telephone. When she tried to call the police, Mrs. Martin said. Patricia held the phone down and wouldn’t let her call. Referring to Gaither, she said: ‘Pointed Gun’ “He told us to sit down and be quiet. He pointed a gun at us, and said he was going to kill us. He said he was going to get money.” Mrs. Martin said while Gaither and Patricia were at her home, her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Price of 2649 South 20th St. in Abilene, came to the house. She went on to tell that Gaither ordered her to write two checks for $75 each, and to go cash them. She said she and Patricia left the house with the checks, and went to three grocery stores and a service station, but later returned home without being able to get the checks cashed. Mrs. Martin stated that while they were going to the store, her sister, Patricia, went into the places with her, always staying behind her and holding her (Patricia’s) hand in a pocket. She said that when they left th§ house, Gaither told Patricia. “You have a gun, and you know how to use it.” PoUcemea On Flotw Mrs. Martin related that when they returned to the house, two policemen were in the living room and two guns in holsters were lying on the floor. She said Gaither was sitting on the couch, with a bottle of whisky, which he had sent Patricia to get frtan his car, between his feet. She told of Gaither’s disarming Policeman Davis when he arrived at the house. This was after she and Patricia returned. She said Joe James drove up in his car, and remained outside. When she went out to ask James if he could get the checks cashed, Patricia went with her. Mrs. Martin said James took the checks, saying he thought he could get them cashed. James later returned with the money, she said. Took Money She added that when he walked in the house, Patricia was standing at the front door, and took the money from him. Mrs. Martin also told that when Gaither, Patricia, and Rose Mae Moose, who had come with them, started to leave, Gaither told the IKilicemen that if they followed him. he would kill them. She said Gaither pointed the gun at her husband, and said: “I ought to kill you.” On cross - examination by Defense Attorney Peter Briola, Mrs, Martin said Patricia had given her $150 about two years ago, while she was living with the Martins at their home in Hobbs, N. M. She said her sister had given her the money “To help us pay some of her bills.” 12ih Juror Picked Mrs. Martin denied that she had tried to keep Gaither and Patricia from entering her home on June 17. On cross examination, she repeated her direct testimony that Gaither struck her while she was trying to call the police, knocking her to the floor, and breaking her glasses. The I2th juror was picked Friday morning from the first venireman examined. He was C. H. Graves, an Anson merchant. He was sworn in at 9;35 a.m. After Graves was accepted fof m ;

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