Abilene Reporter News, October 8, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

October 08, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1954, Abilene, Texas WARMER EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIV, NO. 113 Aaociattd Prat (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, OCTOBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc BATTERY Mahan, above, was chos- en "Miss Front Page" in a contest sponsored by the Bat- tery, Abilene High School newspaper, to promote sub- scriptions. Runners-up, below from the left, were Bar- bara Ross, Janet Walter, Laura MeCormick and Natalie Morris. Editor of the Battery is John Hobbs, who an- nounced results of the two-week contest in today's edi- tion of the paper. IN HIGH GEAR Hurricane Hazel Wheeling Toward Texas Gulf Coast By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hurricane Hazel wheeled her might toward the Texas Gulf Coast Friday but her 115-miles-an-hour winds were still more than miles away. The powerful hurricane in the Southern Caribbean was moving toward the aimed at the-Yucatan "slot" at about is miles per hour. It was the aftermath of such a tropical hurricane that brought fitorrential downpours to Southwest Texas and Northern Mexico during the summer. One of the greatest, most damaging floods in Rio Grande Valley history resulted. There was no immediate alarm on the Texas coast as the storm turned its power in a direction that might eventually rake the Texas-Louisiana coastal areas, but in from one end to the weather pre- vailed. Towns were flooded, roads were closed and air flights can- celled. Tampico, an important Mexican oil port, was paralyzed Thursday night by 72 hours of steady rain. Water was five feet deep in some sections of Tampico and an esti- mated 50.000 acres of farmland were inundated. Crop losses were' reported heavy, but there was no known loss of life. Drizzle, fog and heavy cloudiness again was darkening the Pan- tiandle-Plains country of Texas. But in South and East Texas most- ly clear skies were, reported. Fri- day. Lubbock was cloudy and report- ed light drizzle and fog. It was about the same way at AmariUo and Childress. Dalhart reported a 60-degree thermometer readin: and fog. II -vras Bie fifth straigh day of moisture for the section of Texas perhaps hardest hit bj the drought. Fanners and ranch ers were breaking out in smiles that had become rare in recen years. Occasional rain was in the fore casts for West Texas and the North and South Central regions of th state for Friday and Saturday East Texas was expected to re main dry and only partly cloudy No important changes in tern peratures were foreseen. The. ranged from the 90's in South Tex as Thursday to 65 degrees at Dal hart and Childress in the Pan handle. DENVER Eisen- lower, pictured in a fighting mood a tough battle, makes a 'straight from the shoulder" na- ionwide television-radio appeal to American voters tonight to keep tepublicans in the congressional [rivers' seat. The party's high command, pri- ately concerned about the out- come of the November elections, is oping the President's speech will Vice President Nixon puts it "a tremendous shot in the arm" toward a GOP victory. The Denver White House is faili- ng the address as "the greatest ingle effort" of the campaign to leep the Democrats from recap- uring control of Congress for the next two years. GOP Gets Tab Toward achievement of that goal, the Republican National Commit- ee is footing the bill for putting Eisenhower's address on 158 TV channels and 534 radio stations rom coast to coast. The speech will be carried live over an augmented CBS-TV net- work and over the NBC and Mutu- al radio networks at p.m., EST. Other TV and radio networks will play back recorded versions at various times later in the even- ing. The White House says the TV ive coverage is the most extensive or any political speech in history. Eisenhower and Nixon will speak rom the stage of Denver's seat Municipal Auditorium at a big political rally arranged by the Col- orado GOP organization. Murray Snyder, assistant White louse PPHS secretary, said that in addition to the general public, iome party workers and recruits will be tuned in to the address at about "Precinct Workers Day" rallies all around the country. 'The President's address will be hi? hardest hitting of the cam- paign and straight from the shoul- said .Snyder. He said it will be patterned after Eisenhower's Sept. 23 Hollywood Bowl speech in Los Angeles, which has drawn enthusiastic praise from Republican leaders. In that talk the President slugged hard for the first time in the campaign, saying a Democratic victory. inrJSovember would lead to "stagnation" in gov ernment and a political "field day'' in Washington. After a conference with Eisen hower here yesterday, Nixon an nounced the President has agree) to step up his personal campaign to the extent of making at leas one more major address than he bad planned. That address will be some time between Oct. 22 and election day Nov. 2, at a ii the Washington to be chosen. The only other Eisenhowe: political speech now planned i scheduled for election eve, Nov. 1 Bank Deposits Rise to Ail-Time Peak Total Just Under Million Mark Airmen Co Back to Webb AFB Stockade Three Air Force enlisted men 10 were refused a writ of habeas rpus in U. S. District Court here' hursdav were returned to the ockade at Webb AFB at Big wing to await court martial trials i n marijuana charges. i The three airmen petitioned udge T. Whitfield Davidson for e writ of habeas corpus and eir freedom, contending they had seen illegally confined by mili- ary authorities. The men are La- ayette Cooper, William Roy Ste- lens and Dennis Richard Estra- They had been hi the stockade mce charges were first filed ;ainst them last May 10. Evi- ence showed that the charges ere ordered "withdrawn" July and new charges were filed gainst them Sept. 8. George T. Thomas, Big Spring torney representing them, argu- they were illegally reld be- ween these dates. The govern- ent took the position that a withdrawal" is not the same ling as dismissing a charge and iat tae men. were under charges t all time. Thomas gave notice of appeal om Judge Davidson's ruling in tephens' case because military uthorities continued to hold him in confinement after his period o! enlistment expired on June S. In refusing the writ, Judge Dav- dson pointed out that anotfier man who was court martialed, on similar charge received one ear sentence. He added that if tephens, Cooper and Estrada were found guilty of the marijua- a charges in a civilian court the linimum term they could receive ould be two years. Sun Dries Up Fog; Warm Weekend Due Bright sunshine dispersed Abi- lene's fog Friday morning and the U. S. Weather Bureau said partly cloudy and warmer weather was due during the day and Saturday. The murky weather Thursday night dropped visibility to three- 5ixteenths of a mile at 10 p.m. A trace of moisture was recorded at Municipal during the 24-hour period ending at Friday morn- ing. High temperatures Friday md Saturday were expected to rise to the mid-80s. The high Thursday- was 72 degrees. A light drizzle was reported Thursday at Merkel and .11 recorded at Snyder. SUNDAY HEADLINERS N REPORTER-NEWS Sunday's Reporter-News will be with BIG news about a BIG subject that has done BIG things for West Central Texas. It will be the OIL PROGRESS EDITION, packed with information on the petroleum industry of inter- est to oilmen and laymen alike. There'll be stories, pictures, maps showing how and why this area has become one of the nation's major regions. There'll be summaries of oil progress during 1954 in every West Central Texas county. And there'll be features on many of the area's lead- ing oilmen, plus stories about what's happening every- where in the oil industry. The Reporter-News can mail copies to your friends and business associates to any address in the United States for 15 cents. Dial 4-7271, or write the Circula- tion Department to order copies mailed. Or reserve them for 10 cents in Abilene and West Texas. State Cotton Estimate At Bales WASHINGTON tfl-The Agricul lure Department today estimate! Texas cotton production at same as a month ago The Texas figure was part of a national estimate of bales of 500 pounds gross weight. Italian Chief Gets Vote of Confidence ROME Minister Marl Scclba easily won a Senate vot oi coiiiidencc tonight on the Italian Yugoslav settlement of the Trlcst Free Territory problem. The vot was 122 to n. Files Divorce Suit SANTA MONICA, Calll. new divorce suit is on file by slni tr Ella Logan against her husbant Hollywood producer Freu Flnkc hell. City Hires Water, Sewer Engineers Engineering and supervision con-! iract for the bulk of the million >ond issue water and sewer pro- jects was given Friday morning :o Freesc )t Nichols. Their fee will be 5 per cent of actual construction costs. It was stipulated that part or all of the water distribution sys- tem improvements might be giv- en to someone else. A number of projects weren't listed at all In the contract. Con- sequently they will be up far en- gineering contract letting later. Specifically given to Freese t Nichols, Fort Worth Abilene consultinr; engineers, were: (1) Desdniwi diversion into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. (1) Gain on the Clear Fork dam. (I) South Side elevated water Jtorsge tank. I French Face Arms Vole PARIS Pierre Men des-France faced a cross fire..o questions today in the French Na ional Assembly on the London agreement to rearm West Ger many. But prospects were good fo a favorable vote at the end o he debate. Government supporters sough agreement on a resolution satis ying as many deputies as possible It was considered virtually certaii he final text would endorse th 3remier's work in London and ex press the Assembly's confidenc turn with ms vehicle wnue n hi. ahiiiK- tr, nwntiate the ncc- a continuous red signal light. ByEDWISHCAMPER Reporter-News Managing Editor When Abilene's banks closed Thursday they had on de- posit highest in the city's history. This was reflected Friday as the banks responded to state and national calls for statements of condition at the close of business Oct. 7. The deposit total is above the previous all- time Abilene record of reported on Dec. 31, 1953. It is higher than the on depos- it on June 30 this year. What is more significant, the current deposits repre- sent a growth of over the comparable period of a year ago, Sept. 30, 1953, when there was on deposit. These consistent gains were made in the face of the fourth year of damaging drought This could only have resulted from important commercial growth of the city, bankers feel. Deposits at all three banks gained over both June 30 and a year ago. Here's the story: Oct. 7, U54 Im 1S5X Sept. 9. IKS Citizens S32.092.036 S2SJ45.3K8 f. I M. 3-555.571 Fint State 7.7IMXM 7JW.K3 FOR THE Texanna, who was 113 years old on Sept.. 15, sits quiet and happy in a rocking chair, waiting for to claim her. The aged Trinity. Tex., Negro woman says the spirit came to her recently and told her "the next time I come I'm going to take you unto Loans and discounts: Oct. IMt Im U54 Sqt. USt Ciiilau J10.7M.060 S11.797.7H1 F. t M. IJW.Oi 9J45.115 1.327.507 First State NEXT WEEK Police to Enforce Right-on-Red Ban Enforcement of the city's "no right turn on red signals" rule will begin about the middle of next week. The City Commission Friday morning formally adopted an ordi- nance establishing the regulation. It voted-the measure on both re- quired readings. Effective time of the ordinance is immediately after it has been published three ays, City Attjr. Alex Bickley said. Conviction for violating the rule will be a fine not to exceed The ordinance states that it shall be illegal for a driver to make a turn with his vehicle while facing n his ability to negotiate the nec- essary formal treaties. The vote may com? late tonight. llendes-France asked for a jlanket endorsement of the prin- ciples of the London agreements, which provide for inclusion of West Germany in the Brussels mutual defense alliance, admission of the Bonn government to the North At- lantic Treaty Organization, and West German rearmament under the control of the Brussels group and NATO. The Premier also demanded au- thority to negotiate the treaties carrying out these agreements at ministerial conferences io be held later this month. After the pacts are drawn up and signed, the As- sembly must vote on them. The same general endorsement Mendes-France was given overwhelmingly, yesterday to the Only exception provided is where the signals bear signs stating that right turns may be made on red after complete stops. The commission Friday also: (I) Approved the contract with the government whereby the city provides water an. sewer service to Abilene Air Force Base. (Only change from the contract the gov- ernment had offered was that the completion date for a sewer line to [he base was made July 31, 1955, rather than July 1, 1955.) (2) Awarded to Norris Hanley Norris a contract to pave a hangar apron at Abilene Municipal Air- port. (Their was the lowest of the three submitted.) (3) Had as visitors Mary Ann Herrington. Gale Moore, Carol Al- len. Charles CraJg and Kenneth Cook. They are ninth grade social studies pupils o Mrs. C. G. Brad- ford, North Junior High School. Plate Approved (4) Approved plats or replats of six subdivions. To finance cost of constructing the sewer line to the air base, the government will pay the city 139. This will be fee for connect- ing the base to the city sewer sys- m. Several weeks ago the commis- sion -ordered right turns on red lights eliminated. Since that time police have en- aged in an educational program, informing drivers of the rule. Strict enforcement is planned be- ginning the middle of next week, as soon as the ordinance has been published thr.ee days. Totals 24.S5M59 The decline in loans and dis- counts from June to October was attributed in part to government cotton loans in the mid-year to- tals. There were rosy forecasts for the continued growth of Abilene and its economic base. Major factors cited by bank presidents for the somewhat sur- prising record set in deposits in- clude brisk construction activity, industries, growth of the colleges and expansion of wholesale dis tribution. Cited "Vigorous building activity the air base, commercial construe tion and residential building, plus increased enrollment and enlarge- ment of oar local colleges and urn versiry have combined with oi developments to stimulate growt and progress of our local econo- said Briggs Todd, First Stat president He added: "Abilene's wholesale trade ani distribution of national products is being felt continually.' These positive factors have more than ofi set the losses on agriculture whic have been evident this fall. With See BANK, Page 11-A, Cifc S-7 Water Line Will Belaid ToMolelSile Agreement was reached Friday morning" for construction of a wa- er line to serve the future fhun-: derbird Motor Hotel on East High- way' CO. City Commission agreed that he city will lay the'line from Washington St. south to and across the motel property. It was agreed that the owners will pay the cost of a six inch main. The city may lay a larger line because of probable future development If so, it will pay the difference above the sit inch size. Cecil- Warren and p. p. Harri- son, owners of Thunderbird Motor Hotel, felt that a six inch line would be sufficient for their pur- pose. Their property is outside the ci- ty, feet from the east city limit. Warren said. He told a reporter that construc- tion of the motor hotel probably will be started this month. "B. F. Horn is the general contractor. The project will contain 90 rooms a coffee shop, a swimming pool and possibly quarters for a pri- vate club. Location is feet west of the intersection of U. S. High- way 80 with Farm Road 1234. Originally the owners planned to place the motor hotel right on ths intersection. Warren explain- ed Friday that they moved the site west feet because the count- ty will need the intersection pro- per as right-of-way for Highway 36. v Ike's Plan lor TVA Private Plant HeadsforSenateProbe London plan by lower house of Bundestag. West Germany's Parliament, the (4> Improvements at Grimes F [ration Plant. (These include fill plant extension, filtered water sto ige, replacement of 620 feet of line and high service pump.) (5) Vcnturi meters at Lake Fort Phantom Hill station. (6) Outfall sewer main, lift sta- tion and force main. (7) Sewage treatment plant. Intercepting and collecting se- wers planned under the bond is- sue (and estimated to cost 600> weren't included in the Freese Nichols contract. Neither were warehouse and shop improvements (estimated at Of the million bonds voted for water and sewer projects, another POO.OOO will used to purchase "pay-back" contracts open. THE WEATHER WASHINGTON Ei- senhower's plan to send electric power from a private plant over Tennessee Valley Authority public 'lines headed today into dual Senate inquiries which may run si- multaneously. The Atomic Energy Commission confirmed yesterday it has ABILENE AXD Purtly cloud? and warmpr FrMay afternoon. nlRht and Saturday. High temperature Friday 65 de- Uiw FrWw nUM 65. HUH Salurdw 'NORTH CENTUM. TEXAS; Tartly cloudy Ihlt afternOMi. tcnlsht and Saturday. Warmrt In nortawwt arUrnwn. WEST TEXAS: Cloudy this afternoon, to. nlcM and Saturday vttft widely Kltlend thundersNmers. Warmer In Fanhandfc mid South Plaint this afternoon. Thun. P. M. Frl. A. M. 65 M M n 73 SUMM nUtit P.m. S a.m. Mutam knnliiM lw S4 Mutam Mta Swrix lodar How tor S4 Angry protest came from Sen- ators Langer (R-ND) and Kefau- ver who disclosed plans to step up their investigation of the project as members of the Antimooopoly subcommit Senate tee. approved the form of the Dixon- quiry Oct. IS, five flays alter Yates contract to put the politi- tentatively scheduled start of 7 Believed Dead In Roswell Flood cally controversial plan into op- eration. WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES fines un- poid, jail terms vmsetvcd. 1-8. FOOTIAU Eagles open I- MAA clay with play with Borgtr here tonight. 10-A. YOUR of a day osked for Ttxos legislators, 6-A. ATOM German army btlng-doiflrwd for A-war. Poot 2-A. Langer and Kefauver said they will resume their now-recessed in- quiry Oct. JS, five days after the tentatively scheduled start of An- other review of the proposal next Wednesday by the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee. Langer and Kefauver said the AEC had not shown "proper respect" for their inquiry. Sen. Hickenlooper who will preside at the atomic com- mittee's hearings, is doe back to- day from a trip to South America. He may confinn or change the tentative hearinf date. Eisenhower's proposal has been buffeted in public n. private pow- er debates in and out CoofrtM tor months. He directed AEC to negotiate a contract with tva privately owned power companies hwdtd by Edpr H. Dixon ad X, A. Yates, ROSWELL, N.M. U! Search crews in boats and on horseback today sloughed through the mud and debris of the most devastating flood in years in the rich irrigated Pecos seeking traces of nine missing persons. The savage waters, pouring off the eastern slopes of the Sacra- mento Mountains, also left four known dead. It hit, to some degree, half a dozen communities and an untold number of farms and ranches. One of the-missing is Frank Thomas, general manager of the New Mexico Transportation Co. which operates in New Mexico and West Texas. One of the .dead is James McCutcheon, nephew of the owner of the firm. They were swept away yesterday as they attempted to aid overdue busses. The other known dead are Willie Salo. and Maauel Hernandez, and Ben Tolliver, t-year-old boy from Salina, Texas. Still missing are Mrs. Minnie Juarez and her three children, 11- year-old Eva, 5-year-old Tony and 3 year-old Helen, all in the same house with Salo and Hernandez; and three Mexican national farm workers. Except for McCutcheon and Thomas all the dead and miss- ing were ia tot Hagennan area south of here. More than 151 men have Joined the HaftRMii search, launched at waters cooOmud to over the IHnUe stretch of the valley appeared cannot yet i mated, hot it wffl to mO- FLOOD AlEA-Map locates New Mexico cities of Roswtu, Artesia and Hagennan, flash floods occurred. lions. Prolonged-heavy rains tent waters tumbling into the Pecos Valley, bringing swollen creeks and arroyos bubbling into parts of Roswell. Carlsbad, Dexter, Hagerman, Artesia and Lake Ar- thur. BT nightfall last the flood threat had eased considerably Md the nwHy watar btfM to subside. But trwh rate it mousUiMM to tat ben wm rtported UU Ust night tad officials witch. ;