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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               COOLER SATURDAY the Abilene EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 100 Associated ABILENS, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, SEPT. 24. 1954 -EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Terror Reign in Home Told by Gaither s Kin Johnson Is Ready For Special Meet POST-RIOT 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 Senate Minority Leader Lyndon Johnson said today lie has informed Majority Leader Knowland (R-Calif) that Senate Democrats are ready to meet to consider censure charges against Sen. McCarthy is soon as the spe- cial committee report is ready. "We are ready to meet the issue as soon as the report is submit- ted." 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 Structure Near School Deputy Sheriff Fred Ownby at a.m. Friday served a tempo- rary restraining order and stopped construction of a business building near the new high school. After trying unsuccessfully to locate Arthel Henson, against whom the court order had been issued, Ownby served the paper on Benson's secretary, Christine Wai- drop. This was done at Reason's office on North Mockingbird "Lane. Ownby then went to the con- struction site at North Sixth St. and Mockingbird Lane and stopped the workmen. He allowed them to place boards over the holes they had excavated for footings, as a safety measure. Work was stopped 8t a.m.. Ownby reported. Judge J. R. Black of 42nd Dis- trict Court issued a restraining order Thursday in response to the filing of a suit by the City of Abi- lene. He set a hearing for 10 a.m. Oct. 2 on the city's application for a permanent injunction. The city's injunction suit names as defendants Westwood Develop- ment Co. of Abilene. Inc., and its president. Henson. Partners in the company are Henson. W. Rufus Sivley and Nathan Morris. Excavation was under way this week for the proposed building. It is across the street from the new high school. Henson was denied a city per- mit recently for a service station at that address. The city believes the foundation now being excavat- ed 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 busi- ness buildings are permitted in such a zone. The annexation ordi- nance has been voted at one read- ing, and the final vote will be Oct. 15. 17 SERIOUSLY HURT Toll Rises to 31 in Gasoline Blast; Sabotage Suspected By TOM STONE EITBURG, Germany UB A fire fighting demonstration which backfired and blew up a gallon tank' of American jet fuel left 31 dead and 17 seriously in- jured today. Investigators sought to determine whether sabotage might have been involved but sai-' evidence presently at hand suggest- ed an accident. There were no American casual- ties in the blast here in the French zone yesterday, near the Luxem- bourg border. The colony of big tanks, at the end of a NATO pipe- line from France, stores six million gallons of fuel for U.S. air force jet interceptors and fighter bombers stationed at Bitburg. The known dead included 22 Germans and 8 Frenchmen. An- other IS persons were injured seriously. R Million Dammage Military property damage in'the disaster was estimated unofficially at more than two million dollars. To keep the blaze away from other tanks, the frantic French, German and American fire fight- ers pumped a million and a half gallons of fuel from nearby tanks into the Nims and, Sauer rivers. The blast occurred during a fire fighting demonstration watched by French officials and German em- ployes at the fuel depot- German federal police, joining French se- curity agents in an investigation, said the "possibility of sabotage" would be explored thoroughly. French Army engineers and Ger- man police ringed the burned out tank today. It was the second worst explo- sion 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 dem- onstration, gasoline was poured on top of the tank's concrete roof and lighted. The fire fighting apparatus was supposed to put out the test blaze almost instantly, but instead the tank underneath exploded. The officials speculated that the est fire had ignited fumes in the exhaust pipes of the bank. The Bitburg officials said the iemonstration was being staged iv an international company en- ;aged in NATO air base work, in- luding the installation of fire ex- inguishing equipment The tank arm is operated by a company ol French soldiers under NATO auspices. The explosion sent a column of black smoke nearly two miles into he air. Flames shot up feet. The flames were brought under control three hours after the ex- plosion but black smoke still drifted over the disaster area to- day. Two Rob New York Bonk of MOUNT VERNON. N.Y. IB-Two holdup men forced employes to open the vault of a bank today and escaped with approximately 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 open at 8 a.m. Branch manager Edmund Tichenor managed to roll over to a floor button and sound an alarm to police headquarters after the robbers fled with the money, in- tended 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 magni- tude that additional time for engi- neering and financial studies is necessary a" s'x 'owns slated. Hearing on the original presenta- tion was lield by the State Board of Water Engineers April 27, 1954. The application wns ordered filed and to be effect for six months from dnte of filing. Accomplishments died In for an extension of time, the cilics set out that the following work has been done to date: (1) Frccsc fc Nichols, consulting tnginecrs, have made preliminary investigations and surveys of the (2) Steps have been taken toward having the basin area mapped by U. S. Geological Survey. (I) The Air Forct agreed to photograph the greater part of he basin area. (4) McCall. Parkhurst Crowe, Dallas attorneys, are preparing a bill setting up a water district of the member cities for presentation :o the Legislature in January. (5> A committee has been formed of member cities to advise .with :hc engineers and attorneys and keep people of the member cities informed on progress. (6) Freese Sc Nichols have been employed to continue their inves tigations and surveys. The huge reservoir Would be lo- cated in west central Stephens County between the confluence of Hiibbard Creek" with the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and the crossing of U. S. Highway 180 across Hubbard Creek. City commissioners Friday votec to purchase new uniforms for all firemen and policemen from Neely- Barnes on the low bid of The award made on recom- mendation of Commissioner JacV Minter and City Purchasing Agent Bernard Illicit, who has been as signed by the commission to stud) (be bldf. widespread search. U was the first bank robbery in the history of Mount Vernon. a Vew York suburb adjacent to the 5ronx. The two men were waiting out- side the rear door of the bank then Tichenor arrived st a.m. "Do you know Fran Warren, the one of them remarked. Tichenor said he did not, "Well, it doesn't make any dif- erence said one, pulling a gun. 'Get inside." They followed Tichenor into the >anfc and forced him to turn the combination. on the vault. How- ever, there are two combinations on the vault, with Tichenor know- ng only one. The robbers bound him up and waited for Mrs. Jean Beebe, a tell- er, who knows the second combina- When she walked in at ajn., Jjey forced her to complete the unlocking of the vault. But a time device on the vault does not permit it to open until jbout 15 minutes after the unlock- ing, so the robbers had to wait. In the meantime two other tell- ers arrived and were bound up. They are William Strasser and George Kastin, both of the Bronx. The robbers, after binding the 'our. forced the men to lie on the floor and Mrs. Beebe OB a couch. THE WEATHER DEPAKTMEXT OF COMJIEUCK HFICAll ABILEXE AND VIC1NITV T- Cloudy to partly cloudy and mild today and tonight partly cloudy and cooler Saturday with Hianrt for Kent Hijch today desrees: low tonight C5 cttr hUh Saturday AtfTtrt. XOBTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partis cloudy through' tonight. Saturday, widely iratterrd thundershotttrs. cooler In north and west In afternoon. WEST TEXAS Partly cloudy. scattered SOUTH CENTRAL TKXAS Partly cloudy. widely scattered thunderahowers. Hurt and tow for M ftoun ided at a.m. and H detrcet. Tf.MPFRATlKES number of the Democratic sena- .ors, and we are ready to meet soon as the report is pre- Johnson said. "I have so informed the major- ity leader." i The Senate resolution providing for possible consideration of the report on censure charges involv- ing 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 as the first week in October or possibly the first week in November. The general election falls Nov. 2. Johnson made it plain he con- siders "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 ses- sion so long as Knowland proposes a time Johnson considers reason- able. The censure charges against Mc- Carthy deal generally with whether his conduct has been unbecomini for a senator and such as woulc tend to bring the Senate into dis- repute. DUE MONDAY AMBITION SATISFIED Johnnie Lee Carroll, 25, Haw- thorne, Calif., yearned fpr 13 years to catch a fish "big enough to put my head into." He succeeded off LaJolla, Calif., where he shot this black sea bass while skin diving with a gun he designed and built him- self McCarthy Hearing Report Completed Council Votes For Off-Street Parking Areas All new or substantially altered buildings must provide off street parking and loading areas, if the lily Commission completes adop- ion of an ordinance started Friday morning. Commissioners voted the meas- ure 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 build- ings as to use. S-Page Document Set out in the nine page, type- written 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 substan- tially altered structures. They would not affect existing, non-con- forming 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 enforce- ment would cause unnecessary hardship or deprive an owner of the lawful use of his property or where suitable land or facilities are not available at a reasonable cost, the Board of Adjustment may reduce the requirements. Conviction for violation of any provisions carries a fine of from to For one and two-family residenc- es, 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 scats of the total seating capacity of the main assembly room. Stores in retail sales business in which a majority of the customers enter the and public eat- ing places would have to provide one parking space for each ISO square feet of gross floor space open to public use. The ordinance gives the require mtnls In detail for various other of buiMingt, WASHINGTON who conducted hearings on censure charges against Sen. McCarthy virtually completed their report to- day. Sen. Watkins (R-Utah) said it' definitely "will be ready for filing Alonday morning" and will be made public then. Still up in the air was the ques- tion of whether the Senate will re- convene before or after the election to act on the report Senate Re- Hiblican and Democratic leaders rill make the decision jointly. Watkins, chairman of the special censure study committee, declined o give any hint as to the nature of the group's decision. When he talked with reporters at noon, the committee had just received from a corps of typists what may be the final draft of the report. Staff aides.said it would be sign- ed this afternoon and sent to the Government Printing Office during the afternoon or early evening, but that printed ones to be filed with the Senate and made not be received until about 9 a.m. Monday. The committee continued its ses- sion behind closed doors after re- ceiving the typed draft- There was reported to be a sharp division of sentiment among sena- tors as to whether the Senate should meet before or after the election to consider the censure is- sue. Sen. Flanders author of the censure resolution, said he would not protest if a decision was made "on reasonable grounds" to delay action election. until after the Cost of Living Drops a Bit Because of Food Price Cuts WASHINGTON av-The cost of living dropped 0.2 per cent last month because of marked down price tags on clothing, the Bureau of bor Statistics announced today. In each of the preceding three months the figure had edged ward. The August consumer price in- dex dropped to exactly the same level as in August, 1953, at 115 per cent of the 1947-49 average. Food prices dipped 0.6 per cent in August, the bureau said, and weakness in food prices hi the early weeks of this month indi- cates the September average will be at least as low. Food shoppers found price de- creases for every cut of meat, re- flecting bigger shipments of live- stock to market. Pork showed the biggest decline; bacon, pork chops and leg of lamb were about 4Vi per cent tower than in July. Fresh fruits and vegetables also WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES FEATHtftS, fea- thers ond Mustang hooves mix it up tonight on Fair Park grid- iron. Poge 8-A. STOCK in the Cond- or Petroelum Co. of Abilene will be on sale for bids to bt opened Saturday mominfl. 1-B. WIU betting on Swtrtwottr to drive ahead, even without ttwir refinery. 2-B. CANCIR of lowly starfish may aid in finding a Jure cure for cancer. 8-B. were cheaper, but the price drops per for tomatoes, 17 per cent fpr sweet potatoes and green beans, 27 per cent for peaches were mainly adjustments from the high July prices resulting from drought in many areas. The dry weather's effect on food prices was the main reason for the slight ad- vance in costs in July. Parents outfitting children for school found that children's shoes were up an average.of 30 cents a pair in August although clothing costs generally were down. Cool Front May Bring Light Rain Rain is in prospect all over the state this weekend- Both Abilene and Dallas weather stations forecast cooler weather for football fans, and some mois lure for farmers. The rainfall is not expected to be any drought breaker, however Only light showers have been re- ported at Brownsville and El Paso A cool front, bred in the-Hocky Mountains is moving'slowly dowi across Arizona, New Mexico, an< Colorado. It is expected to brinj snow in the mountains tonight, am a light freeze over the northern portions of Colorado. Weathermen expect the front in Abilene sometime Saturday morn- ing. While they, forecast high temper atures around 90 degrees Fridai afternoon, the high Saturday after noon was expected in the lower 80's. The low early Friday morn- ing was 60 degrees, and the low Friday night is expected to be around 65. Recent heavy showers on the Llano River-watershed in the Hil Country put two feet of water in the river, nearly dry for more thaa a month. Lufkin'in East Texas had the lowest temperature in' the state Friday morning 51 degrees. Dogs Vaccinated HOUSTON, Sept. 24 tion of dogs in Harris County con- tinued full scale Thursday in an el fort to break what the U. S: Publii Health Service has called the na lion's highest incidence of rabies The cool weather coincided in Texas with the arrival of fall. San Sab a Guard Shot SAN SABA tit -Nightwatchman Bob Graham, 59, was. critically shot early today in what officers believe was an attempt to burglar- ize the City National Bank. Two men were arrested shortly afterwards in the Ft. Hood ma- neuver 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. Hood license sticker on the car. Then, Graham toM officers, two "boys" who bad beta aiding by UK back door the bank attacked him. He sai he was hit on the head with flashlight and a struggle began for his gun. In the struggle the gu was fired and Graham was shot in the abdomen. Graham drove to an all nigh filling station and asked the at teadant to notify the sheriff, the he drove to the hospital. He re- mained conscious long enough t give Barker the license number The car with two men in it Wtt stopped shortly afterwards near Inks Dam near Burnet. Officers found the bank had IK been entered but a nearby ban ware store was burglarized. Tw guns, two watches, two knives aw tt were taken. Mrs. Martin 1st Witness To Testify By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer ANSON, Sept. 23 Mrs. W. E. lartin, sister of Patricia Walker Gaither, was the first witness to estify Friday in the murder trial of WUlard F. (Bill) Gaither in the 04th District Court. Mrs. Martin took the stand at a.m. and remained there un- til She described an after- noon of terror at her home at 1976 Sayles Blvd. last June 17. Mrs. Martin said she and her msband had since moved to 1709 South 23rd St. in Abilene. Under questioning by Special 'rosecutor Esco Walter of Abi- ene, she told of a visit that her sister, Patricia, and Bill Gaither made to her home when they asked her fpr S150. She said that when they arrived, a friend of Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Joe James, and her two small chil- dren were visiting her. She related that, she tried to call her husband, and was unable o 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 Ber home, her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. 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 each, and to'go cash them. She said she and Patricia left the touse with the and Went :o three grocery stores and a serv- ice station, but later returned iiome without being able to get the checks cashed. Mrs. Martin stated that while hey were going to the store, her sister, Patricia, went into the places with her, always staying behind her and holding her (Pa- tricia's) hand in a pocket. She said that when they left the bouse, Gaither told Patricia, "You have a gun, and you know how to use it" On Floor Mrs. Martin related that when they returned to the house, two policemen were in the living room and two guns in holsters were ly- ing on the floor. She said Gaither was sitting on the couch, with a bottle of whisky, which he had tent Patricia to get from his car, be- tween his feet. She told of Gaither's disarming Policeman Davis when he arrived at the house. This was after the 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, said. Took Money She added that when he walked in the house, Patricia was ing 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 policemen that if they followed him, he would kill them. She said Gaither pointed the gun at her husband, and said: "1 ought to kill you." On cross examination by De- fense Attorney Peter Briola, Mrs.: Martin said Patricia had given her about two years ago, wh.ilev she was living with the Martins at their home in Hobos, N. M. She said her sister had given her the money "To help us pay some of her bills." Juw PfcM Mrs. Martin denied that she had tried to keep Gaither and Patricia from entering her home on 17. On cross examination, she re- peated her direct testimony tkat Gaither struck her while she wai trying to call the police, knodtbg her to the floor, and breakiog glasses. The llth juror wai picked M.' day morning from the tint venire- man examined. He was C. H. Graves, an Anson merchant. was sworn in at a.m. After Graves wai accepted fct   

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