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   Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas                                 FAIR,  WARM  ®he ^biltne Jleporter-Betusi  ^ ^ FÌ*NAL  "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR WES WE SKETCH YOUR^WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"-Byron  VOL. LXXIV, NO. 116  Associated Press (AP)  ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 11, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS  PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c  County's Tax Values Rise $5 Million  Taylor County Tax Collector Raymond Petree announced Monday morning that the county's tax valuations have increased more than $5 million in the last year.  Figures pre.sented to the county commissioner.s by Petree show that the 1954 valuations for countv taxes totaled $4l.97l..194. The 1953 valuations were $3G.8f).5.ti04.  The increase is $5,105,790 — a rise of 13 8 per cent.  The new valuation figure is almost $3 million above the $40 million estimate on which the 1955 county luidget was based.  Tn addition to the county valuation.s. a report submitted to the commissioners for approval includtxl valuations, a report submitted to the commissioners for approval included valuations of $31,574.464 for state tax purposes.  Total tax assessment for 1954 county {axes is $335.771 and slate tax assessments totaled $132..584. County schpol taxes are $43.(Ht6 and a special tax of $49,434 for road bonds in Precinct 1 the total county taxes $.560,8.56.    I  Following is a break-down show-1 ing valuatioas of the various type.s j of property on which county taxes | are asse.ssed; liPnds t rural)  City property I’ersonal property Railroads Telegraph.  telephone lines Pipelines Banks  A statement submiued to the commissioners Monday morning by Pritchard & Abbott, tax valuation engineers, showed that Tay  Rains Flood Chicago  Traffic Blocked  POLITICAL ISSUE  1,743 'Subversive' Workers Fired  COMPOUND TROUBLE—A weak bridge and a heavy  1 will makes load left truckdriver Billy Joe Collins, 31, Carrollton, s for 1954 i Tex., in this mess of trouble near Dallas. A wooden and steel bridge collapsed under the weight of his semitrailer truck loaded with the bulldozer. It took workmen eight hours to get the bulldozer from the creek bed, where it is shown above. (AP)  WASHINGTON iif)-The Eisenhower adminijstration relported today it now lists 6,926 persons — 1,743 of them with “subversive data” in their files — as taken off the government payroll as a result of its security program.  Of the total, 2.611 were li.sted as fired outright and 4.315 as having resigned before final determination of their cases.  The program is aimed to reach  The count has become a hot political issue.  Vice President Nixon has said repeatedly the administration has removed “Communists, fellow travelers and security risks” from the government payroll, “not by the hundreds but by the thousands.”  Challenge to Nixon  Democratic National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell has challenged Nixon to name a single Communist  4.3.5ib41 I 26.149.6.56 6,619.6‘H» 1.996.445  1.128.070  770,890  948,239  Hurricane Hazel May Flood Haiti  MI.XMl. Fla. 'P'—Hurricane Hazel this is possible with the storm  .... -......... -    .swung slowly into a critical posi- moving so slowly, would carry the  lor County'.s present valuation on today where for the first time wind-and-water threat to eastern oil and gas properties is now $3.-    areas were under direct Cuba, where the biggest city is  54,460 This includes oil and gas {j^,eat from the violent, six-day-« Santiago de Cuba and, farther east,  iroduclion and royalties as well as > storm    ^    ^  loyalty.  Tabbed as in the latter group are the 1,743 the administration  a  production and royames as u personal proptmty such as oilfield ;  giant tropical Oisturbance Guantanamo Baj.  May 28. 1953.  equipment.  THE WEATHER  rs m-rARTMVNT Ol (OMMFKLF Ml STHFR «I R> xnni NK vsn vicim iv    m    s,  a..v *itrrms>r. Mumli.v mtîhi hiiiW tt-mp*rAlure    niiO't    >0.    hi.n  r.r.U  «'k»ud'i AfMt '»arn’ th** «fiernrn n. li-.1». ■  -nd Tuisd«.' wtU» widet> st'.«Ofrrtl thvmun  TFX VS rurULv «X n<H*.    AHd    Tu.-.da>^.th    «idt-h  »,.ai«*rp<l ihiindtTSlHunrni OiiA  'Vd    »nü    «    »’"'V'”' 'I* '"J“'''  riatm «nd •• s*    rur»<l*.v.  VA.ST AMI SlH TH ILMHM Vl X ss r.iHb Clwiav «arm thu    10  «Uh* and    'cuttrred  Lhwid»»«!'“*' • I '  ÎI SU’FKATVKI s  V M  \1..  A M  so  M  P>  Sl  "T    1-    a  11 .ü>    ►■*  v.iurl l.d r -hi - i ’ I'-ir-^ ÏÜ am V, > .t    -hi    .    ' V    ^  Mjximuiu uiri'*' our.'    L*r    Ou    :*    hou.<  '"ÀlTtiin'linl frmcTAtuiP    í"i    th«*    h‘-ur>.  f lid. d al ^ .*■' a »1    •    1  ' changed course trom its previous west-norihweslerly path and struck off toward the northeast during the night It was moving slowly, at only al>out eight miles an hour, with peak winds of 115 miles an hour whirling around its center.  .\t 10 a. m.. it was centered 7.50 miles southeast of Miami, Threat to Haiti The Negro Republic of Haiti on tlie island of llispanol.T. which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, was under direct threat. Port Au Prince, the Haitian cap-ital. W.1S 230 miles to the northeast of the center.  •Tlurrtc.ine winds should be felt In Hahi during the day unles«: the vtarm OLain comes to a h-dt or L'hangos cuiir>e.“ said 1 con.ard J’ardue. meteorolot.-'t in the Mi-anv Weather Bureau • More important to Ha^ti is the prob.ability that torrential rains in it< moun*auis will c.ause serious fuHhis Most of Haitis cilie.s and t..wns are a' N.illey.s protected from the wind but wide open to fb‘odwater rushing down out of the hilR  A slight change m course, anil  Tools From Stolen Car Recovered  Twls kit in 3 car stolen Fri-^ day night at Fair Park were recovered m a mesquite pasture i we'-t of town by Abilene ixjlice ; Monday marning. Detective George Su(ton said.  Rut the c.ar. a 19.50 gray Olds-, mobile ‘'88 ' sedan l^Ionging to, Fdian PiHu-. 1141 Danville Dr . was ' still misstng.  A ditch - digger w ork mg on a street about four bUnks west of  COPS'FENCE IN' FENCE BREAKER  i The drunk might Have been tr\mg to haul the fence off to o ferice—or he iust might not have liked being fenced in (or . ut).  Av^omon ot 1118 South!read-OV.OV Blvd. coded police and said that Q drunk wos teonng her fence opart Sundoy evening.  Pohce brought him do-An to the citv |Q‘l to sleep off his bottled cloustrophobia.  Coffee Price Hike Illegal,  Says FTC  CHICAGO (/PI—Widespread flooding in the wake of a record six-inch rain numbed Chicago today with a partial paralysis which disrupted routine for hundreds of thousands, and jolted the city s vital commerce and industry.  No one knew for certain the dollar loss to business as water from the choked Chicago River spilled into basements and subbasements, stopped rail traffic at Union Station, cut power output, and threw scores of thousands out of work.  Thousands of householders in the city’s south and west sections, and in suburbs, were marooned as lakes were spawned throughout neighborhoods.  Transport Crippled City transport was badly crippled by flooded underpasses which necessitated rerouting of bus and auto traffic. Outside the city, highways were cut by flood waters.  The 32-hour rain which began Saturday evening had pelted the city with 6.21 inches of rain early this morning when it stopped. Unofficial measurements in some localities indicated as much as 10 inches of fall.  Surprisingly, only one death occurred which appeared to have resulted from the flooding. Patrick McNichols, 51, was found lying in three feet of water in his flooded basement apartment, apparently the victim of a heart seizure.  The bulk of the damage resulted * from the overbrimming of the Chi-: cago River in the area just west ; of the Loop business district. There, water spilled into the basements and subbasements of the Union Station, inundating tracks and bringing operations of four ' railroads to a halt, f u 11    Slowdown    at    Dearborn  slruction engineer, was .Abilene’s i field, general rnanager o *    .    \\ater    also    impeded    operations  first witness. He was stiU on the ;R Young, an Albany oil    the    Dearborn    Station,  stand at 11:30 a.m.    South Texas Vvater    poured into the sub-  Freese testified that, in his    ^    basements    and basement of the  n#>iiniiK 01*1^.»J    nion the proposed diversion t Alex Pope, ForklAorth attorney.    News    building.  Le far wanting to take water Deadman into Lake Fort PbantonA epresenting the latter    soaking    stor^    newsprint    and    ma-  j uai    nnt    hurt    the    rancers    nce    irrigators,    said    be    haunt he- .. and into the works of  drunks, loose-talkers and people let out under the program. Mitchel with records as law' violators as contended Nixon is lumping real well as Communists, fellow trav- subversives with such persons as elers and persons of questionable | loose talkers and drunks.  The new tabulation listed the 1,743 “separations” as cases in  .....  ,    which the employes’services were  said had subveisive data in their | “terminated.” or w'ho_ resigned, files. This figure compares with , v^’ith their files containing “infor-383 when the adminLstration last malion indicating, in varying dereleased statistics in March.    grees, subversive activities, sub-  ! The 6.926 total of those who were versive associations, or member-I fired and those who resigned while ! ship in subversive organizations.’  ■ under investigation compares with i Altogether, the new tabulation  the March total of 2.4^.    .    showed 2,611 cases of ‘ termination i ^. » m«i^MnDT Af Fl’xn PpHt Ross0T iuilior  The number nas reported by the .„formation under 8 -A..” Thai | NATIONAL MEMORIAL FtND-Fcll^^^    jumor  Civil Servieo Commission as ot; reference was to the section of the , vice-coinmaiider of Abilene s Clavton  last June 30 and covered the period I Eisenhower security program cov-; post 2012, handed Cooper Holt of Chattanooga, lenn., a  since President Eisenhower’s new : ering such matters as sex perver-!    -    -    --«-w  security program went into effect ,    felonies and misdemeanors,  and all other types of derogatory material, along with information relating to subversion.  check Saturday night for $2,0d4 toward building a VFW memorial building in Washington, D. C. The post s contribution of f 1 per member was the first m the nation. (Staff Photo)    ____  More Protests to Deadman Creek Water Rights Loom  BULLETIN Al’STIN, Oct. 11. — Dr. J. C. Dttff, mayer of .Anson, testifying la today’s water board hearing, bitterly assailed Abi-  from Deadmaa Creek.  He sharply criticized AhUeae for opfMMing the coastrttellon of the .Nagent Dam on the Clear Fork as suggested by the Brazos River Authority. He said the Nagent project would give adequate water for Abilene. Merkel and .Anson.  By EARLE WALKER Reporter-News Staff Writer  AUSTIN. Oct. 11 — Hearing on  2 CLAIMS FILED  North MiK'kin..‘l.ird Lane discov  eryd the tools. .Sutton said    ,    W    ASHINGTON    The    Fetleral  A ttxil kit. found along with elee-    rommisston today charged  tnoal tools and a step ladder.    Coffee    and    Sugar  had Poor’s name on it.    (Exchange has unlawfully re-i  Poor reported the car stolen Iinternational trade in cof-: day ni,aht «hen he got out    i    a„d    thereby    “promoted    sub-;    Abilene’s    application  football ¿tame at Fair I’ark Sta-    increases”    in    prices.    ;    deadman    Creek    water    got    un-  . dmm. Sutton said. Its license num- ' complaint naimxi the New derway at 10:35 a.m. Monday be '    CK4721.    y^j.^    y„d    Sugar    Exchange  Juveniles Arrested  Inc.. four of its officers and eight  County Approves New F-M Rood  commissioner.^ truck, a 1953 Ford bobtail He said    prowler    took    a    reil    swivel-  Other police activity Sunday in-    members,    and    also    the    New  eluded arrest of four juveniles who    -    '    -    -  admitted breaking into eight soft-cirink machines at local filling stations and two others in connection with theft of hub caps.  A G, Hack. 8:« Crockelt Dr..  I reported shouting at a prowler, j who subi equently made off in a about 12. tw am. Monday  Hill would not hurt the rancers _ rice irrigators, said he naan i ae-    and    into    the  below the diversion dam.    i cided definitely whether to pro-; large Commonwealth Edipn  If there is a flood above the    -    power    generating stafions,  dam the water holes below the i John Sellingstoc. Houston aifor ciiy s electrical ouipiie by one dam’would still fill up. despite the j ney. entered a protest on behalf    qya^ter.    .4- , ,  dh^rsion Freese said    ‘ of F. G Coates, Houston, trustee    The utility    immediately    an-  B..c8 ,V.(    a.    -  City Attorney Alex Bickley ask-    '    thousands    of    workers.  e<T Freese whether the ranchers    Board    Opened  below the diversion dam don’t re- One    when    the    havoc    of    the    river  ceive water also from Spring board,    ^    ^    overflow    became    apparent,    the  Creek and Long Creek and pos-, absent. He had been caned out ot  i;;e7he State Board of Water En- sibly other triutanes of ‘    ^  situation. The river level was two  ‘    ^    f    .    '    sates    of    the    lock    at    its    Lake    Michi-  '“cha“l .t/B¿lc"rand 8an end we«    to_re.ie«  gineers.    man.  The small hearing room was com-    Freese said yes  wk 77‘fer‘and“suga'r Clearingi pUnelv filled, and most of those'    Freese Qttizied    BecKwonn    ; the turgid flood waters were per-  A^sn Inc    present were either for or against ; Bryan Bradbury, Abilene attor- the f    milted to flow into the lake five  Tn iis ” port    on    th.s study, the    ; 5Sle»'. pr«P«.L    ney representing a group of raneh- reaches any dect^on today »m ^  -Ilia    itict    Tulv    that the sharp    i While only two pi  in coffee prices during    filed prior to the hearing, it ap-1 ed Freese  inert ases in coitee P -    ,    »»-»»    ,>^,.<»>01    mArp    misht    ■ u hAthoi* 4  and early 1954 “cannot be, peared  car,  While only two protests had been , ers along Deadman,  i ed Freese on be peared that several more might whether Abilene  explained in terms »f  petitive laws of supply and de-,    pwse, Fort Worth con-  mand.”    '    ’_------  1953  Tajlor    heard    two    re-    a    property    owner has al^o ®sLed , lantern of Hacks with him  '’“'’‘‘'■^rThn^I^lindt.rcom.. :hin. to restore about l.St, feet of  . ..A r.,-. imm»Hhatt> action fencing that was torn out whtn ____ ^  the accident occurrtHl,    ^    ^    eonnt'ction    with    theft    of hubcaps  A. P. Rollins were Present    i^7'a'hove    that    of    the    lake,    and  Beckworth told a reporter that  IHip Ul rauLii- icavuxrc     _..... •    ;  .au, cross-examin- depend on how vigorous the prm ^igan^hiie, the outflow was the question of tests are. The reporter had asked    *    the    sanitary dis-  ’s proposal would him whether Judge Dent s absence    ^5    niiles    southwest of  Two ''ouths were arrested in  r Ù. «    aciion    ; fencing that waa torn out  • ’    the accident occurr*HÌ    ..................  A. B. YoungbliHKi. whose land    ^    at    Fair    Park  ciindcmncd for use as i^giurday night. Detective Warren  ac     ^    ^    ^    ^       Ahiiene    .AFB,  for a  to run from the end ol K-M 2046. | .,ercs ul land at $500 per acre In nine rniUN west of Bnui'^baw.; gjyjtum to this award, the com-northwest to U. b, 277 a distance •    voted to pay \oung-  of 6 6 milc.s Construction of the;j^j^„^^| ^20 for movin,g two barns new road is contingent on the    property and $.56 for mov-  I'ountv’s t^daiiung the 1 ight-of- g fence. The second .award wav The order *'■’‘=''^‘'‘1 bv the  i„ k„ lUn    inners car-  on either.  Thev also gave approval to a  Texas Higbwav Commission order    has been    _  new farm-io-m;iiket road m    the acc*ss road to Abuone AH .  the southwest part of the county,    asked the coinmissioners etther to.    t>y    the car’s  ordered final payment tor remod- pay him $UX) or build 4(Ki feet of    r,odb*>e. 1540 Syca-  elinu of the c*)urihou,se and n.imed'    on    his land,    more St.. who surprised them re-  a new election judge for Voting    a jury ‘‘i’    moving the caps The boys got  B    ;    mended payment of $l,.R3 to    ^    Godbee    look  The new F M road IS designated YouiigblotHi for two and one haR ,    number and police  later tractni it.  Tlie 16year-old Merkel Iwy was toriied over to juvenile authorities. and his l9 \qpr-old companion was to be chargiNl in city CLiiu't. according to Detective Capt.  \V B 'UlhD McDonald.    j  The toui youngsters arrested in s eonncclum with thv soft - drink | .    ...    .    .machine thefts were turned over;  Estimatbd cost of construction t o«inty soeeifications.    |    juvenile authorities.    j  .set at $76.tHXi    I    ^A'cly    was    appoint*^    *‘*^5,’i i osier Berg reportetl to police!  Kalph '‘‘''‘‘'''f"    ‘“f,    !('■"    "    "’.’■'‘‘i fu ,    '    Ihal'lNvu hub cups had been stolen ,  nut .St apiHuared nfor    «yrd.    who    h.ad    suhm.tled    his    ^    f„,nt'  missioners m hojH    resignation    i    of hi^ home. 1930 North Fifth St.,  reimbursement for    J;    ,    '    ‘ District Highway Engineer Jake    Sunday    morning.  truck. Vundeveer said ttu . «obcrt.s and Wade Crawford, res-    ........-2-  ages    re.sulted when    lu^^^    engineer,    consulted    vvith    the  acros.s    a    ,, ,oad    '    commissioners    on a    problem    ui-  broken. The    ,    '    Ansun    i volving the water line that is to <  that intersects with    ■    ,    Ahiiene    to    Merkel.  ,    .    1.    ,v u.>r    for    '    Roberts said    he had    learnetT    that  Vandeveer.    who hauls    watci    toi    ,    iv  household purposes, told the conv that the bridge was middle and  Push the Chest  hiMhvvay commission directed the ^    priiviiio    that    Youngblood  district’ engineer to prm'ml with;    .,nd    the    county  surveys and plan.s tor the    ^vill    build    the    fence    according    to  WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES  missioners broken down  m the  the water line is to be laid on the edge of the present U. S, 86 right-of-way. If this is done, he said.  under  S run- 1 u»v      -    ‘ I* I * u  driving    two lane section of high-,  way to be constriictiHl, Precinct 2 Commissioner Rule Tittle agreed consult with Merkel city of-oncoming the route the  Ü;;;,'»;» no «■«mms o( ils oon-ilho ii,„> nouhl 1h- .hroctly  dition. He .sold he was dii about 40 or 45 miles t'er hour at the time.    ,  ""d foî  RECORDS KEPT -The pro secjre QQtion leader ir* Dele^o.t refuse!; to reveal tinaneiqI records tage ? A  BIRTHDAY -Mrs Ekonor R.vrse volt observes her 70th biitKlay. Page 8-A  CHIST- - The hrst of eight atones about Comrminivt Chest agencies deals with the Bov Scout pivsgr.vm. Pope IB  Over the Top!  project would make any differnce. i Pc.adman Creek in excess of the    stream's    which normally  Bradbury asked    Freese whether    j normal flow. The    flow into    'the waterway north    oi  it were not true that the ranchers    for an amount not to exceed    3,000    Lockpwt    backed up.  who drill vvelLs are unable to get | acre feet per year.    .    ;    The big Texas Co. refinery north  water    anywhere    except right    on    j    Freese said theat the diversion    ^ Lockport was shut down after  the banks    of    the    Deadman.    *    project would add about 60 square    jj^m^dation    by overflowed Big Run  Freese said he didn’t know* about i mjies of drainage area to .Abilene’s    santa    Fe    main line tracks  that.    water supply, or would mean an    washed    out    at Lockport.  Freese was asked by Bradbury | increase of one * sixth in Abi- ^ h e emergency compounded what Abilene plans to do with the; jane’s present drainage area. ; trouble. Tlie Lockport dam gates water    to    be    diverted from    Dead-1    He said that the drainage area jq hg    closed at the height of  man,    ;    which Abilene proposes to divert    i^e flood    Sunday to permit re-  He answered that it is for mu- af>out three - fourths of the , nioval of two barges which broke nicipal purposes of Abilene and Deadman Cret'^k drainage area loose and lodged against them. And that Abilene will    also sell water    t g^ove the proposed    d.am.    ' the rise    of water put six    sewage  to Merkel    *    I Freese said that    the    project    .^umps out of commission    at    the  City Attorney Bickley drew from | ¡-hould provide .Abilene an average sanitary district's Racine Av. Freese the statement that Merkel j jidditional water supply of 2 6 mil- pumping statiwi. eliminating a ’    ■    ’    "    ‘    valuable impetus to the drainage  The city proposes to channel the flow of the river.  8    nil.       -......... I    auuuunmi vv anri  is extremel.v short on water sup- ? gallons per year, ply and that the Abilene Air Force | -phe city proposes to  Base, when completed, will also Deadman Creek water into Lake i sanitary district's Racine be a substantial additional user i phantom Hill. The diversion :    Telephone    service    was hard hit  Ave.  of Abilene water.  point IS  to be 6.5 miles norlh-  Albany Rancher Represented    Abilene    and    three-fourths  Ed Reichelt. Fort Worth attor- \    ^    ¿«e    east    of    the    lake’s  i^y. is representing J. E Nail Jr.. j  Ilf.,    .  Albany rancher, on the Clear Fork of the Brazos His questions to Freese con  pump station  Bids Called Frida.v for construction of the channel and the  Bids  as underground cables were shorted by water soakage. Phone service at the huge Cook County and Presbyterian Hospitals was knocked out for a time. Phone crews were busy today in an effort to restore service to 4,000  Ills qufSLLw» » 11.WV    ---- XIXM)-foot long   ........  cerned the possible effec^^ the j    be    opened    by    ! phones slill out o( order.  proposed diversion on the Clear’     „^xv*    Fi-ianv    !—■ ~.........'    ...........~  ,    ,    the City Commission next Friday.  cr^v' i:, *.br    * .*bt“S >nSr    | John Davenport  of the Clear fork of the Brnito    city Mann-i    '  ger .Austin P. Hancock. City Attorney Bickley, City Commissioner Jack Minter. Howard McMahon and Herman Bettis, co-chairmen of the Abilene Chamber of Com-  River. Protests that had already been filed against Abilene's application were:  D From 19 ranchers and property owners on Deadman Creek., who are represented here by Brad  Wichita Falls Judge  AUSTIN Ufi — Appointment of John Davenport of Wichita Falls as judge of the 89th District Court was fumounced  -reo waler devolopin™, -nril-  2' .American I anal U _.    Suoermlendent Cur- The appoinlment wiU be <  land, Tex., a rice-irrigating firm.  Other protests which appear^ pos!<ible. are from Merrick Davis. 1 LlWan,' T-nni-har* Al\d G. P, Crutch-  Citv Water Superintendent Cur-1 The appomUnent wiU De effec-tis C Harlin Jr., Roy Skaggs, jtive Oct. 15. Davnwort will sue-memtwr of the C-C committee, and ceed Judge Alan B. Haley, who  Aibanrranchen    P    Crutch-1 C-C Manager Joe Cooley.    resigned.   

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