Abilene Reporter News, October 6, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 06, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas POSSIBLE SHOWERS Abilene EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOB WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. Ill Associated Press (AP) ABILENE TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCT. 6, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc NEWSMAN THWARTS PLUNGE Reporter John Seigenthaler of .The Nashville Tennessean stretches for Gene Bradford Williams, 55, who threatened to leap into the Cumberland River 100 feet below the bridge railing at Nashville. Forty minutes of questioning gave Seigenthaler a chance to inch close enough to grab Williams as the jobless man moved to jump. (AP) Cold Front Hears; Showers, Fog Due A cold front that had been stalled in the Panhandle started moving south again Wednesday morning and was expected to bring drizzle, fog and more scat- tered showers to the Abilene area Wednesday night and Thursday. The front at p.m. Wednes- day was moving slowly southward 35 miles north of Abilene. It was due to pass through Abilene some- time during the afternoon, the U.S. Weather Bureau said. A weather observer said it will take the edge off unseasonable hot weather, but won't mean any brisk The maximum tem- perature here Thursday is ex- pected to be about 10 degrees be- low Wednesday's high. General-la. Area Light to heavy showers were general over the Abilene area Tuesday. Tuesday night and early i had extended into southern Kan- sas. Temperatures, in North Da- kota had dropped to 25 degrees. The cold front rolling through Texas touched of scattered show- ers as it traveled southward. Be- fore' dawn Wednesday, ram fell at Dalhart and Lubbock.. Pre-dawn showers were also reported at Corpus Christi and Brownsville from a dying Gulf squall that drenched the area the past two days. Liana _ Houston. Wink, Hankin and southeast, west and west central portions of the state, re- spectively had .the most rain Tuesday, and it was still raining Wednesday at Wink. Rainfall at Llano measured 3.S5; Rankin 1.30. Wink 1.50 and Hous- ton 2.86. Cloudy skies prevailed Wednes- Wednesday morning. A total of .941 day nt" Abilene. Midland, Fort Worth. Mineral Wells, Dallas, Aus- tin and San Antonio. But the sky was clear at Waco, College Sta- tion, Lufkin, Tyler, Galveston and Longview. Rains in the Abilene area varjed from very light to over an inch. of an inch of rain was recorded at the weather station at Municip- al Airport but readings ran as high as l.YO within Abilene. C. M. Caldwel! said rains total- ing 2.20 bad "washed things away" at his farm three miles northeast of the city. The weather bureau said the cold front stalled Tuesday morn- ing about 50 miles south of Ama- rillo, then moved back to 20 or 30 miles north of Amarillo Tues- day afternoon. Front Gets An outbreak of cold air from Canada gave She front a Wednesday rwrning, sending it southward again. It was expected to reach as far south as Beau- mont by day break Thursday. The cold air from Canada, actu- ally a second cold front, was cen- tered Wednesday morning over North Dakota, but its leading edge WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport ...........94 Total for Year.......12.40 Normal for Year 18.10 909 Hickory St......1.19 2225 Edgemont .....1.30 1450 Clinton.........1.50 1S29 S. Slh..........1.30 Cedar..........1-70 ALBANY................1.89 JANSON 1-00 ASPERMOXT..................42 At Least 2 Die in Crash FT. BRAGG, N.C. IS-A C-119 Flying Boxcar crashed in flames here today and killed at least two men. Heroic action by the pilot was credited by witnesses with saving the lives of a number of construc- tion workers in the path of (he falling plane. The big plane crashed in a bar- racks street at this sprawling mili- tary reservation shortly after. a takeoff for Olmstcad Air Force Base, Pa. iBALLINGER...................11 j BUFFALO GAP................91 iCEDAR GAP l.WI i CISCO .75 CHILDRESS ...................23 j COLORADO CITY..............04 KNOX CITY ...................08 LUEDERS 1.20 MERKEL....................-. .70 ROBY .........................38 ROTAN -75 SANTA ANNA .................50 SAN ANGELO .................W STAMFORD....................53 TUSCOLA 1.00 WINGATE .50 WINTERS..................... .40 STATE RAINS LUBBOCK 2.39 MIDLAND .....................71 AUSTIN .......................H WICHITA FALLS Albany reported a measurement of 1.89. Mrs. Loy Jackson said lightning shattered an REA pole about p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson home on Abilene Houte 5 east of Elm- dale School. Only a splintered five foot sec- tion of the 25 to 30-foot-high pole remained standing after the bolt hit, she said. There were no lines attached to the pole as it had served a house that had been -njoveaV. The soaking rains were "just what we've been waiting for." Soil Conservationist J. B. Harlan said. Harlan said the rains won't help the '34 crops, but will enable farm- ers to plant soil building and cover crops which will be the ba- for successful '55 crops. Only a small grain and cover crops have been sown in the area, Harlan observed, primarily because of the dry conditions. The rains, he said, will permit farmers to plant wheat, oats, win- ter peas and hairy vetch as soon as things dry up. Good for Grain Mrs. R. G. Edwards, Reporter- News correspondent at Eula, said: ''The rain will be just the thing for a lot of grain dusted in for small pastures. It will help, too, bundle feed unless we get a frost in the next 10 days or two weeks. It will hurt cotton what there is of it." One of nature's first sure signs that the fall season is at hand was witnessed early Wednesday morn- ing by Mrs. W. A. Boyd. 1741 North Efghfh St. Mrs. Boyd reported seeing a "huge flock'' of geese headed southward over Abilene about a.m. Housing Deals Given Special Prosecutor Tax Money Rolling Into City Coffers Payment of 1954 current city ad valorem taxes is off to a good stat. Assessor-collector A. W. Curlee. reported Wednesday. During the first five days, Oct. 1-5. the collections on the current roll were above those of the same days last year. The amount paid the first five days on the 1954 roll was 74.. compared with for the same "period of 1953. Conlan First to Pay James A. Conlan was the first person to pay his 1934 city taxes, Curlee said. His payment repre- sented taxes on the personal pro- perty of Conlan Tractor Co. The tax statements for the year have been mailed. Total assessed valuations for 1934 rose about million over those of 1953. Assessed values within the city limits this year total S107.526.490, compared in 1953. The assessed values throughout the school district (which includes the city limit area and territory on the outside; total for 1954, compared win 520 last year. Amount of taxes levied for 1954 is S2.616.121.21. compared with the of 1953. owners must pay ail of their 1954 tax by Jan. 31. 1955, to avoid penalty'. Curlee said, un- less they adopt the split payment plan. Those ffho choose the split-pay- ment method must pay the first, one-half by Nov. and the last one-half by May 31, 1955, to avoid penalty. An S per cent penalty will be added Feb. 1, 1955, to unpaid 1954 taxes except for those persons us- ing the split payment plan. An S per cent penalty will be added June 1, 1955, on unpaid accounts under the split payment method. Interest of 1 per cent will be added every two months after the 8 per cent penalty has been applied and until an account is paid. BRIDE'S RELATIVES HELD Honeymooning Texon Shot 20 Hours After Wedding BECKLEY, W. Va. W-A young ex army corporal was shot to death 20 hours after his wedding and state police said the father and brother of the bride would be charged with murder. The victim yesterday was An- drew Garcia Miramontez, 13. of Lubbock, Tex., who formerly was stationed near Beckley with the 1428th Army Engineer Co. Mira- montez and the former Nina Eva Woicehovicb, 21, of nearby Lanark, i were married Monday night in the First Christian Church here. State Trooper C. M. England said the bride's father, Charles Hurricane Hazel Heading to Sea MIAMI, Fla. Hazel headed out over open waters of the Caribbean Sea today after whirling through the Windward Islands dur- ing the night. The latest official advisory placed the storm center about ISO miles north of the coast of Vene- zuela and 460 miles south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are no land areas in its immediate "path. Woicehovich, 64, and his son, Joe Woicehovich 31, orally admitted the shooting- The father and son, both coal miners, were placed in Raleigh County jail here last night after lengthy questioning by state notice. England said a grand jury would be asked to indict both on murder charges. Investigating officers said Mira- montez and the Woicehovich girl wanted to marry while he was still in the Army but that her parents objected. The officers said Miss Woicehovich has a 14-months-old baby and that Miramontez is the father. State police gave this account of the shooting: Came to Marry Miramontez returned here Sun- day to marry Miss Woicehovieh. After the wedding, the couple spent the night at the home of an acquaintance of Miramontez, While they were packing there late yesterday afternoon, the bride's father and brother appear- ed, state police said. Several shots were fired and Miramontez ran into the street and fell dead. Officers said he WES shot several times with a .38 caliber pistol. Group Opposes City's Plan __ To Divert Deadman Creek Residents anc" property owners along Deadman Creek will oppose the City of Abilene's request to the state at next Monday's hearing for permission to channel that stream into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Nineteen of them have joined in a protest, which they have Sled with the State Board of Water Engineers. They claim the diver- sion project would deprive them of a water supply. The board is to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Austin oo the city's application. Abilene is asking for rights to Deadman Creek water and permis- PURLOINED PANTS CASE UNDER PROBE The case of the purloined pants was entered on the crim- nal docket of Taylor County Court Wednesday morning. A complaint filed against Clarence Archibald Johnson and Margaret Johnson alleges that they stole seven dozen pairs of of the three-cornered variety. Hugh E. Cosby, who oper- ates a diaper service, signed the charge against the John- sons. The complaint states that they took seven dozen pairs of diapers valued at and one laundry bag valued at 50 cents. Cosby said he has traced the Johnsons and learned that they live in Beaumont. TRIAL BY THICKS Prankster's Field Day Is Rough on Housewife Mrs. John W. Mayfield, 2134 North 18th St., lioncs she doesn't ever have another day like Tues- day. She related to cily police detec- tives Wednesday a scries of pranks that were pulled on her. First, a man came to her home Tuesday and asked it she was ready to move. Ho was from a transfer company, been told she wanted the firir to move her things. She hud no in- tention of moving. A minutes later an ambu- lance backed Into her driveway. "We've come to take the pa- tient lo Hcndrick at- tendant Informed her. There wasn't any pnllenl there, bul the ambulance had been di- rected to that address. Next a man arrived from a serv- ice station. "I brought the gasoline you wanted for the Cadillac." he announced. Mrs. Mayfield hadn't ordered any gasoline. She doesn't have a Cadillac: she has a Ford. Shortly afterward, Mrs. field's 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, took a telephone call from the Fire Department. Firemen, had been notified there was a fire at the Mayfleld home. Nope, no fire. Detective Lt. George Sutton and Detective Warren Dodson Inter' viewed Mrs. MaytleM Wednesday morning. They didn't know where to look for a suspect, they said, sion to divert it into Phantom Hill lake for the city supply. The City Commission plans to open bids Friday, Oct. 15, _for construction of the diversion chan- nel. Opponents of the project filed then- protest through the Abilene law firm of Bradbury, Tippen t Brown. Hearing Monday It is expected that they will be represented at next Monday' hear- ing in Austin- Going-. to-the hearing in support of the city's application will be several persons. Those expected to go include Mayor. C. E. Gatlin, City Manager .'.ustin P. Hancock, S. W. Freese and Marvin Nichols (consulting engineers planning Abilene's water development pro- and Howard McMahon, Re- porter-News publisher. McMahon is chairman of Abi- lene Chamber of Commerce's Long- Range Water Development Com- mittee. The opponents stated in their written objection that the creek furnishes the only water supply for domestic and ranching pur- poses of persons living along the stream. They said the creek doesn't have a normal flow but that water holes are filled during flood stages. Wa- ter from these holes supplies the people along the creek, the op- ponents said. If diverted, the creek won't pro- vide an adequate water supply, they said. Seira.se Plant Opposed Those protesting also cited the city's plans to locate a sewage disposal plant on Deadmaa Creek watershed. They said sewage would likely escape from the plant and into the creek. Making the protest are: Harry L- Rice, Nugent, Abilene Route; Mrs. Charlie Smith, Nugent, Abi- lene Route: Emmet Whatley, Abi- lene; Robert Manly, Route 1, Abi- lene; J. E. Manly, Route 1, Abi- Mrs. Dennis Manly, Abilene; Arthur Betterton, AGdland; C. T. Myatt, Route 2, Lueders; 0. N. Myatt Jr., Route Abilene; S. R, Coxr Jr., Abilene; Mrs. George W. Abilene; Maiie G.'Haryey, Route ers; B. B. Manly, Boute 2, Lued- ers: H. C. Harvey. Route 2, Lued- ers; N. B. Harvey, Route 2, Lued- ers: B. C. Harvey, Koute 2, Lued- ers: H. P. Harvey, Route 2, Lued- ers; Nelson. Myatt Route 1, Abi- lene, and C.- F. Hill, Nugent, Abi- lene Route. THE WEATHER AND to partly cloudy with passible showers Wed_ nesday. Cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday with drizzle, iojt and scat tered light showers. High temperature Wednesday 80 to So degrees. Low Wednes- day go to 65. High Thursday 70 to 13. WEST TEXAS: Mostly dondy with scat tered showers and tiHrooershowers this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Xot much change in temoeratures. TEMPEKATOIES Tots. fJS. 73 71 70 70 68 69 79 temperature tor 24 hours end- ing at ajn. 78. Minimum, temperature for 24 hoars end- ins at a-in. 6S. Barometer reading at p.m. 28.30. Relative humidity at p.ra. 60-K Final Juror Selected in Trial For Duval Youth's Murder ALAMZ ON Texas attorney Nago Alaniz, 42, is shown seated in district court in Waco, Behind him is defense attorney Percy Foreman. Alamz is charged on a three-count indictment in the ambush slaying of Jacob Floyd Jr. at Alice, Texas, Sept. The father of the slain youth blamed politics for the ambush which he said was intended for him. Tlie elder Floyd is a South Texas political leader. (AP) WACO jury for the con- spiracy to murder trial of Nago Alaiiiz was completed at a.m. today. The state began presenting its case against the Duval County lawyer after reading of the indict- ment which accuses him of being a conspirator in the death of a South Texas political leader's young son. The jury was completed when >oth sides accepted Charles B. 3riffin. 42. a salesman. He was ihe 12th man questioned out of a special venire of 50 brought to today to complete the jwry- The original venire of 250 men was used up last night with 11 men selected to decide the guilt or in- nocense of Alanii. The slaying has been described previously in as a bungled political ambush. The first -11 men questioned to- day were excused because of ob- jections to the death penalty or because they said they did not Relieve in a suspended sentence in a murder case. One of them was Jack Wilson, Baylor Univer- sity backfieW coach, jtho was ex- cused because he sakl he was against suspended sentences in It was disclosed that the defense last night a formal motion for suspoidcd sentence in event Alanir is convicted. The judge alto announced that he over- ruled defense motion for post- ponement rf Utt trial HI jroundi that two witnesses are unavailable. The district courtroom was about three fourths full of people waiting for the state to begin presenting evidence- against Alanii. The former law partner of 79th Dist. Atty. Raeburn Norris is charged in the 1952 ambush slay- ing of young Jacob S. (Buddy) Floyd Jr., son of an Alice, Tex., political leader and arch-enemy of George B. Parr. Dist. Judge D. W. Barlett. hear- ihe trial which was moved here from Brownwood on a second change of venue from Jim Wells County, had excused. 115 of the original panel and ordered 50 more prospective jurors rounded up from which to choose the 12th man. The name of Parr, long-time (political master of the South Texas area in which the shooting of young Floyd occurred, figured prominently in selection of jurors yesterday. One potential juryman was ex- cused when he said, "If George Parr's got anything to do with this, I've got an opinion." Several were excused when they said they did not approve of drink- ing intoxicants. Bribe Charge To Be Given Grand Jury Related Story Page 2-A WASHINGTON L3> Atty. Gen. Brownell today created, a new unit in the Justice Department's criminal division to handle a mounting number of cases arising from scandals in the Federal Hous- ing Administration. At the same time, the attorney general said he is assigning Max H. Goldschein, a top criniinal- prosecutor in the department, to assist U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover in presenting housing matters before a special grand jury opening here today. The department said the special jury will "inquire into brib- ery and other criminal'conduct in the federal housing program, and. specifically into the conduct of Clyde L. Powell, ousted assistant HA commissioner. Through his attorney, Daniel B. Maher, Powell filed papers chal- lenging the validity of the grand jury. He had been" scheduled to appear before it this morning. Maher's petition asked the U.S. District Court to "take judicial no- tice of countless predictions in newspapers and political forecast- ers that there would be political indictments returned against mem- bers of the former administration prior to the November .election." Today's developments came in. (he wake ot testimonybefore the Senate Banking Committee yester- day that Powell demanded and re- ceived from a Washington architect before he would approve an application for increasing an FHA-insured loan on an apartment project here. The committee also heard testi- mony that Powell banked almost three times his salary over a peri- od from 1945 through last April, although he reported only his salary on federal income tax re- turns. Maher, in addition to contesting the validity of the special grand jury, specifically asked that a sub- poena for Powell's appearance be quashed. The new housing scandal unit in the criminal division will be headed by Nathaniel E. Kossack, depart- ment attorney who will have the assistance of a half dozen other specialists from the criminal di- vision. Goldsehein, a special assistant to the .attorney general, recently directed a lengthy grand jury in- vestigation into labor racketeering in St. Louis. That investigation brought several indictments and a number 'of convictions in cases al- ready brought to trial. Goldschein in recent years has also directed investigations into Communists on the federal payroll in Colorado and California, an in- quiry into organized crime in Mi- ami, Fla., which the department said broke up the greatest opium smuggling ring in history in 1949', and also handled a special crime investigation in Kansas City, Mo., which resulted in eight tax indict- ments in 1960. It's "GREATER ABILENE WEEK" t prcipraxivc merchants together fo jirr you Greater Values Cherk earn IJSHS of The Abilene Reporter-News opportunity van bti -every Jns< 'I more days! SF Train Derailed GAGE, OUa. Santa Fe passenger train was de- railed 2Vi miles east of here today, causing minor injuries to more than two dozen persons riding in a chair car which overturned. Ralph Foster, telegrapher for the Santa. Fe at Shattuck, Okla.. said as far as he could learn no one was hurt seriously. He said the major injuries were broken legs, suffered by two ivcsnen pas- sengers. Most of the injured received cuts or bruises, he said. The train was Santa Fe's No. 4 en route from Albuquerque to Kan- sas City. It had left Shattnck on time at a.m. Roy Stout, a flagman of the train crew, said a broken rail apparently, caused, the wreck. More than 150 yards of mainline track were torn up. Foster said five cars of the train jumped the tracks, bat the rtaif car was the eeiy twe wWdi. ever- turned. All of the injured were in thit car. The injured were takin to New- man Memorial HotoHal M Stut- tuck for etimlmtlia. ;