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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               PARTLY CLOUDY A Reporter- "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 112 Aaocuaed Pres, (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY EVENING, OCT. 7, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS EVENING FINAL "PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY IOC Rains Flood Roswell More Sandbags Sent ALANIZ, FLOYD SEEN TRUCK GOES THROUGH Merle Griffith, vice president of the International Guards Union, stops a truck leaving the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City. The truck later went through the picket line. Guards are asking a 40-hour week and a pay raise. Pen Strike a Flop, State Leader Says MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. tfl-A walkout of guards at the. Indiana State Prison failed to affect the smooth operation of the big peni- tentiary today, and a stale official said. "The whole strike is a flop." The opinion came from Hugh P. O'Brien, chairman of the State Cor; rection Department, who added that the walkout "had frizzled out." However, pickets paraded for the second day at the prison's two main gates, and Merlin Griffith, t'ice president of the International Guards Union, said, "We'll whip O'Brien one way or another." Griffith said he was satisfied with the way tilings were going and added, "if picket lines stay in operation as they have been we'll gain five men a day." An undisclosed number of guards assigned to the midnight to 8 ajn. shift entered the prison on schedule last night by some entrance other than the picketed gates. Prison officials had said a full shift of guards went on duty on schedule at 4 p.m. yesterday. They could not be reached ea-ly today for a report on the number working on the midnight shift. The guards at the big prison, which houses inmates, are seeking a 40-hour week, improve- ment of working conditions and reinstatement of four guards fired last week. State officials, however, have refused to meet with the union, citing a state policy against official recognition of a union at a state institution. Forty-six guards who refused to sign pledges of loyalty to the state or failed to show up for work on the day shift yesterday were sus- pended or fired. However. O'Brien said five were reinstated after they telephoned to say they were absent because they were afraid to cross the picket lines. The suspensions, given guards with more than six months' em- ployment, become dismissals in 10 days unless the cases are appealed to the State Personnel Board. O'Brien said 'IS applicants for guard jobs were being processed as rapidly as possible to fill va cancies. MOTHER, DAD, NEW SON ALL 'DOING FINE1 "Mother, father and baby all doing fine-" That was the unusual bit of Stork News telephoned to The Abilene Reporter-News Thurs- day morning by St. Ann Hos- pital. Mrs. Ed G. Perkins, wife of the superintendent of schools at Putnam, gave birth at the hospital Sunday night to a baby boy. Supt. Perkins was admitted lo the same hospital Wednes- day afternoon. He had suf- fered a broken nose while coaching and playing with his basketball team. The Perkins couple has one other child, a 414-year-old son. HELD SINCE MAY 10 GIs in Stockade Trials staff judge advocate of Webb Air Force Base gave asurance from the witness stand in U. S. Court here Thursday morning that three men charged with marijuana violations would be given trials within 10 days or two weeks. Capt. Waiter D. Williams, a brother of playwright Tennessee Williams, promised Judge T. Whit- field Davidson that he, as pros- ecutor, would see that the men received prompt trials at the con- Irrigators Protest Creek Change Plea South Texas rice irrigators will oppose the City of Abilene's ap- plication for a state permit to channel Deadman Creek into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. That was revealed Thursday in that American Canal Co., Pearland, Tex., had filed a protest with the State Board of Water Engineers. The board is to hold a hearing in Austin at 10 a.m. next Monday on Abilene's application. Residents Against Plan Nineteen residents and property owners along Deadman Creek have previously filed with the board their written opposition to Abilene's proposal. American Canal Co. states that it is engaged in diverting water from the Brazos River from a point near Rosenberg, Tex. Many days during the rice irri- gation season there isn't enough water at the diversion point for the company to get the amount it and is entitled to under its state permit, it contends. The company asks that the City of Abilene's application be denied. Deadman Creek is a tributary of the Brazos River. The water Abilene would take from the creek through its proposed diversion project would be taken before the Brazos River reaches the rice growers. The residents and properly own ers along Deadman Creek said ir their protest that if Abilene di verts the creek, they will be de prived of an adequate water sup- ply for domestic and ranching pur- They said Deadman Creek s the only water source they have. Sewage Plant Opposed Objection to the city's plan for lacing a sewage disposal plant n Deadman Creek- watershed was expressed also by the resi- ents and property owners along the stream. They complained that ome sewage would probably get nto the creek. Channeling of Deadman Creek nto municipal Lake Fort Phantom Hill for additional city water sup- ily is the first project Abilene in ends to build with the recently -oted million bond issues. Bids are to be opened by the City Commission Oct. 15 for con- itruction of the diversion channel. Delegations favoring and object- ng to the city's application for itate permission are expected to Hurricane Haxel Brushes Islands MIAMI, Fla, W) Hurricane Hazel, small but violent, brushe< by'the Dutch West Indies Island off the coast of Venciuela today pointed westward In the Canb bean Sea. Continuing its forward movemen it tt mites an hour, the season tilhlh tropical storm was expeclec to inoreut slightly In Intensity and sin dnrlM the next hw attend the Monday. Austin hearing next Gun, Bullet Shown Jury In Trial for Duval Killing venience. of the defendants am their attorneys. The defendants, all enlisted .air- men, appeared before Judge Dav- idson on their petition for a writ of habeas corpus. They have been confined to the Webb AFB stock- ade since last May 10. Testimony was to be continue; at p.m. The defendants are William Roy Stephens and LaFayette Cooper Negroes, and Dennis Richard Es trada. They are represented Clyde E. Thomas and George T Thomas, Big Spring attorneys. Assistant U. S. Attorney William 0. Braecklein is representing the [overnment. Colonel Testifies Colonel Fred M. Dean, Webb! AFB commanding officer, testi- fied that since their confinement the three men have been required to do the same type of manual labor as other prisoners after their conviction. Stipulations agreed upon by the attorneys showed that original charges filed against the men were later ordered "withdrawn" and new charges, more specific in the allegations, were filed against them. Captain Williams emphatical- ly denied that he had ever enter- tained any thought of dismissing the charges. Records entered in evidence showed that Stephens enlisted June 8, 1950 for a period of four years in the Air Force. The new charges were filed against the men on Sept. 8. three months after Stephens' period of enlistment had expired. WACO state today laid ts physical evidence hi the "mis- ake" slaying of Jacob S. (Buddy) Floyd Jr. before a 54th District Court jury. The gun it claims was used by the mysterious Alfredo Cervantes o do the shooting and the mashed mllet it claims killed the 21-year- ild University of Texas law stu- dent were introduced. Trial as Accomplice Nago Alaniz, 39-year-old Duval County attorney, is on trial here as an" accomplice in the two-year- old shooting that triggered burning feuds in politically stormy Duval and Jim Wells counties. Witnesses also were heard who had seen Alaniz and Jacob S. Floyd Sr. at a drive-in eating place the" night of the shooting. The elder Floyd claims Alaniz told him he was scheduled to be murdered by professional killers taported from Mexico "now" be- cause of "politics." Officers on Stand Witnesses testifying today were Manuel Soliz, Fred Pendergrass, Kingsville chief of police, Jack Butler, Jim Wells deputy sheriff, and Mrs. Jewel Gutschke. Soliz told of dispatching a taxi- cab to the Floyd home at p.m. the niaht of the shooting, and Mrs. Gutschke testified she saw Floyc Sr. and Alaniz talking in Alaniz automobile at the rear of her eat ing place. Pendergrass described how he found a pistol in a garbage can in the alley back of the Floyd home, and Butler described how he found the mashed bullet in pool of blood in the driveway of the Floyd home shortly after dawn the day" after the shooting. Killed In Driveway Young Floyd was fatally wound ed by gunfire in the driveway o the Floyd home as he approached the family car to follow his father, the elder" Floyd testified, to a ren- dezvous with Alaniz. Floyd snapped an angry "no1 when Foreman asked: "Isn't it f fact Nago Alaniz warned you o a plot against your life because rase appeared three times into e testimony as Floyd said he had memory of: 1. Recommending to Gov. Coke Stevenson that Alaniz be ap- linted a special Duval County dge to hear an estate case. 2. telegraphing Alaniz in re- onse to a request for a loan hile Alaniz was In the army in attle Creek, Mich- in 1943. 3. Throwing to Alaniz a "good eal of law business." Floyd told the jury that before e shooting Alaniz, dapper ex-law artner of 79th Dist. Atty. Raeborn orris, came to him and said he as afraid he was going to get in trouble with a "Parr judge" ir doing his duty. 'Call Me' "I fold him if they ever put you in jail for doing your duty, you all me day or night and I'll come and get you Floyd said. That was why, Floyd testified, e made the statement: "Nago, ve always told you if you ever eed me, I would come" when yaniz called the night of the shoot- ing. In yesterday's DEPARTMENT OF COMME3CE WEATHER BCKEAli AND ViaXTTY-MMUy dtnid Thursday mornins with fos and Urtole. be. alternoon portion. A little cooler In south an centra! portions this afternoon and wmgh WEST TEXAS: Coasideraole ctouduiM with scattered showers and thundershowers this aileraoon and tonight. Wanner in Pan handle and South Plains. Fridar, para. SS 63 -1 7! 70 fS Sunset last nisht p.m. Sunrise toda. 6-1S a m Sunset tonight p.m. Maximum temperature for 24 hours end ins at a.m. S4. .Minimum temperature for 24 hoars end Ins at a.m. 62. Barometer reading at p.m. 2S.43. Relative humklity at p.m. Owen Lattimore Indicted For Denying He Aided Reds WASHINGTON HV-Owen Latti- more, controversial Far Eastern specialist, was indicted today on charges of falsely denying he had been a "follower of the Communist line" and a "promoter of Com- munist interests." The new two count perjury in- dictment was returned by a federal grand jury before U.S. District Judge Edward A. Tamm. In effect it substitutes for parts of an ear- lier indictment which had been thrown out by the courts. U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover told re- porters he will move to the new indictment consolidated with the five remaining counts of the older indictment returned afainst Lattimore in December 1W2. Two of the seven counts ot the original Indictment were dismissed by the courts. One of the dismissed the key one-alleged Lattimore falsely denied before the Senate InUral that he had bean a Communist sympathizer or promoter of Red causes. The courts held the word "sym- phatiier" was too vague. The new indictment nowhere uses the word The new allegation is that Latti- more "knowingly and intentionally followed the Communist line in public and private statements, in his conversations, and in his wide- ly disseminated writings, both in the United States and other parts of the world." The indictment further charges that his statements, conversations, correspondence and writing "con- tain several hundred Instances de- noting that the defendant was 'follower of the Communist Lattimore, a resident of Balti- more, hat been called K Commu- nist agent by Sen. McCarthy (R- Wisl and by the Internal Security subcommittee formerly headed by Sen. McCatran OWKN LATTIMORE KMtottr te u had been his friend, counselor d But the "I don't remember" opening testi- mony, the state at one point ob- ected to what it called Foreman's ramatics. Foreman objected to what he called the "sympathy ap- peal" of Floyd to the jury. It was during this period of the trial that 54th Dist. Judge D. W. Bartlett denied a defense request for a mis- trial Bitterness Shows Bitterness was exhibited in near- ly every sentence of Floyd's testi- mony. "If he (Alaniz) had gone to the law as he should, he would have saved my son from being mur- Floyd said. 'Isn't it a fact that Alaniz risked his life to tell you of the murder Foreman asked. the father answered. "He said he would be killed if 'they' knew he told me what he told me. He tried to keep me from going to see Halsey Wright (Jim Wells County Foreman then quoted Floyd's testimony at the Sapet trial in Brownsville and asked, "didn't he ask you not to go see Halsey but to telephone "I don't remember Floyd said, using the phrase for the fourth time. He said Alaniz told him "the new part of Starr Coun- ty" was the "they" he referred to as behind the murder plot. The-state has qualified the jury on the death penalty. The defense has filed a motion for a suspended sentence. VEILED PROPHET QUEEN Barbara Anne Whittemore smiles after being crowned Veiled Pro- phet Queen in St. Louis in one of the major social events the year in the United States. She will reign over St. Louis society for the coming year. Rainfall Fades to Drizzle; Deluge Hits Monahans Area Drizzle and fog replaced soak- ing rains in the Abilene area Thursday morning. The U. S. Weather Bureau at lunicipal Airport recorded a trace f moisture. A weather forecaster said the oupy weather would dissipate, he- Doming partly cloudy Thursday afternoon, night and Friday. The rain and drizzle extended rom the Abilene-Midland area up into the Amarillo-Lubbock sector. Wednesday's rains, the weather jureau said, were caused by a low-moving cold front that crept in from the north. The front by mid-moraing Thursday was south f San Antonio. The rains ranged from a report- ed nine-inch deluge in the hans area of West Texas to nu- merous light drizzles in East Tex- s. Lubbock Soaked Lubbock's 2.66 inches totaled at I p.m. Wednesday, was the South Plains city's heaviest pre- cipitation in a year. Weather over the state was ex- lected to start warming up again Iriday. A high temperature of 75 degrees was anticipated at Abi- ene Thursday, with a maximum- Friday of SO degrees. The high here Wednesday was 84. Other rainfall total at pjn. Wednesday included 2.61 at Van Horn, 1.08 at Wink, 1.90 at Browns- ville, and .78 of an inch at Midland. Other reports from the South Plains, mostly unofficial, told of rains ranging from two inches to more than three inches. Twenty four hour rainfall to- tals Thursday included: Browns- ville .77, El Paso .11, Amarfllo .39, Laredo .65, Lubbock .22, Childress .06, Victoria .18, and Wichita Falls and Abilene a trace. Low overnight temperatures ranged from Dalhart's 44 degrees Ike to Increase Stress on Politics DENVER President Nixon announced today that Presi- dent Eisenhower has decided to step up his personal campaign for election of a Republican Congress to the extent of making at least one more major political speech than he had planned. Nixon disclosed this at a news conference at the Denver White House after a half-hour discussion of the political situation with Ei- senhower. Is Your Want Ad Partner Working With You Today? Are you one of the mony persons who hos joined in partnership with Wont Ads for results, or ore you still just wishing for results? If your Wont Ad partner isn't working with you, it simply means you ore missing pros- pects doily for your product, ser- vice or Even o porticn of these prospects could moke o big difference, couldn't they? Why not put this partner to work for you now. Why not reop prof- its when it con be so easily? AH you need do is dial 2-7841 and let the friendly od taker help, you frame your od. Put team to work for more re- do it now. Word ods will be received until 4 P.M. each day except Saturday when noon is closing time. will be taken until noon Frldoy. to 76 at Galveston and Corpus Christi. Overnight low in Abilene was 64 degrees. The minimum tempera- ture here Thursday night was ex- pected to be 60 degrees. Editor Hugh Cooper of Mona- hans said the rain that hit his city was general 18 miles to the south. The heavy rains in the Mona- hans area sent draws out of their banks and washed out a section o! track near Fort Stockton that de- railed a freight train and injurec two crewmen. Deep water still covered some runways at the Brownsville Airporl but rain in 'that area had stoppec at least temporarily. As much as a foot of water stood in some sec- tions of Texas' southernmost city. A Brownsville engineer said sew- age and water facilities were func- tioning well despite the standing water. He said the storm drainage system there was functioning but that runoff was slow. Three Other Towns Are Threatened ROSWELL, !OL wall of water seven feet high in places swept through the western edge of this southeastern New Mexico City today and similar flash floods hit at least three other communi- ties in the rich irrigated Pecos valley. National guardsmen and others- moved in as Gov. Edwin Mechem declared a state of emergency- are conducting evacuation opera- ions here, in Artesia and Hager- man and are watching Dexter closely, Born of a steady 24-hour rain in the mountains to the west, the lash floods cut communications and roads in a wide swath througS he entire southeastern portion of the state. A 27-foot crest roaring down Rio Hondo which hits Roswell in the western section, sent a finger of ts force into the city about 9 a.m. Rescue workers waded deep to get families to safety.. Most communications and roads were cut to Artesia, Hagerman and Dexter, all down the valley irom here. Arroyos were reported running :ull and there are possible flood hreats near Hatch, in the lower Xio Grande valley to the west of here, and further down the Pecos valley. Creeks, rivers and normally- bone-dry arroyos all through this area are running, many of them over their banks. .__ The corps of engineers district office in Albuquerque reported 000 sandbags en route to. this .raUey to bulwark already: in' place along the edges of tte Ria Hondo, but proving In Artesia, water two feet-deep was reported in the major part of the business section' and the- entire new Vasswood section has been evacuated. Heavy rains in the Hope area was sending in new water. Water was nine feet deep to some tow places on TJ.S. Highway 283 which threads through this rich irrigated valley leading to and potash sections to the, south- east The Pecos River through the valley was rising and had caused Prominent Rotan Ranchman Dies ROTAN, Oct. 7. (RNS) J. C. Stribling, Sr., 89, prominent Fish- er County rancher, died Wednes- day at p.m. in Callan Hospital here of a heart attack. He became ill at his ranch, north of Rotan. early Wednesday eve- ning. His grandson, Clay Fowler, a rancher near Mr. Stribling's ranch, brought him to the hospital. Funeral will be held at the But- tery Funeral Home at Llano Fri- day at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Llano. Survivors are two sons, John Stribling of Alamosa, Colo.: and J. C. Stribling, Jr., of Muburn. Okla.; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Among the grandchildren is Ruth Fowler of Rotan, who ranches with her brother. Clay Fowler, here and at Llano. Miss Fowler also teaches in Rotan public schools. Mr. Stribling's wife died Augi-11. 1950. in Rotan. Weathersbee Funeral Home of Rotan will take the body to Llano. Mr. Stribling been a rancher practically all his life. 1 fc Oil He made two fortunn in oil, los- ing most at both during the depres- sion. Later he almost made a for- tune in an Arizona foM mine. When he made a fortune in oil neat Houston, be (are a sixcable gift to Mary Kardia Col loft. Tat KJMol and Uw money to a bridge near closed to traffic. Carlsbad to build Ruth Stribling Hall, a unit o the girls' dormitory, named for Mr. Stribling's only daughter, Mrs Ruth Fowler, who died severa years ago. In 1917 ami J.918 Mr. Stribling made two and one-half million dol- lars in the oil business on leases around Houston. About the same time he and a partner paid for acres of government land north of Tampico, Mexico. On a river abore Tampico they had another acres, which de- veloped into an oil field, making Mr. Stribling another fortune. Only he didn't keep the 'Mexico land or the oil wells; the Mexican gov- ernment stepped in and took over the land. Mr. Stribling started life on his father's ranch in Fayette County. He managed a ranch for his father in Llano County at the age of 16 and went into business for him- self at 18 by herding cattle and trafficking in cattle, horses and mules. He 'Jras a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Clayton Stribling He was born Oct. 14, 1864, near Winchester, Fayette County. He would have been 90 on Oct. 1 this year: Fiwh 1876 to 1886 Mr. Stribling dealt in the sale and trade of horses and mules, traveling far wide war 12 Homes Costing Planned On Over St. Block Twelve residences win be built soon in the 3100 block of Over St. costing a total City Engineering Department has issued the permits. Gerald Lawler, veteran builder, is to construct the frame and brick-trim, one-family homes. Nine of the residences will cost each to bufld. One will cost another 111.000, and an- other Nathan Morris has received city permit to erect a frame, one- family residence at 734, Carver St. Cost is estimated at W. H. Eyssen was authorized to alter a frame storage room, Elmwood Dr., J. C. SSUBUMb   

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