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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR, MILD Wt)t ¡UbilcTic ^¡Xfpoitet ‘’'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS »T GOES Byron s/ EVENING VOL. LXXIV, NO. 122 Associated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 18, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS FINAL PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c C-C Turns Down Air Base Housing Project AFTER CONSERVATIVES IN '56 RESCUED FROM ‘HAZEL’—Rescuers drag an unidentified man into a lfieboat as they patrol the flood-swollen Humber River near Toronto, Ontario, after “Hazel,’ hurricane of the season, caused one of the w orst storm disasters in the history of the Canadian province before moving on towa rd Hudson Bay. (NEA) ii 11» i'll« ini miw i iw Canada Hunts New Victims Of Hurricane TORONTO UP—Disaster workers renewed their hunt today through crushed homes and water-filled cellars for victims of the last lethal blow of Hurricane Hazel, known to have killed 57 persons in Canada. Thirty-six others were missing. The death toll for the hurricane in Canada and the United States, with 98 fatalities, rose to 155. As confusion cleared in the flood-stricken Humber River Valley, 28 persons listed as missing were found safe. Most of the 2» had been included in a list of 21 announced at midnight by officials in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, where the Humber flood took its heaviest toll. Estimates of the damage from the flood in the Toronto area run as high as 100 million dollars. Hurricane Hazel, the worst storm, in Ontario’s history, struck this it^ea Friday night. Stirred in the Caribbean, it earlier lashed Haiti and then cut a wide swath across the Carolina« and the eastern United States. Most of the deaths In Canada occurred along the Humber River, which flows along Toronto's western outskirts into Lake Ontario. More than 7 inches of rain Friday night turned the river into a raging torrent that trapped victims In homes and automobiles. At one point the river swept across a bend in its course and roared through Etobicoke Township. Nineteen homes were swept away on a single street there. Authorities said last night ghouls were reported searching bodies for jewelry and money in the outlying areas of Woodbridge, Thistle Town and northwest York. Squadrons of police and military guards were rushed to the area. Fifty-three of the dead had been identified last night. All but a few of the known casualties were in the suburbs of Etobicoke. Woodbridge and \Seston, all along the Humber. The city of Toronto proper suffered no casualties. Sandlin Picks SI Advisors For Grass-Roots Control By DAVE CHEVENS AUSTIN WV-The State Demo-, cratic Executive Committee today expanded its statewide organization to push plans for a conservative Texas delegation to the 1956 national presidential convention. In an unprecedented action. Chairman George W. Sandlin of Austin named 31 advisors who will work with the committee in the grass-roots efforts by Gov. Allan Shivers to maintain firm control of party affairs. The advisors included such top today were Howard Hartzog of Port Lavaca, former member of the Legislature; Horace Blalock of Marshall, longtime conservative Democratic leader in East Texas; Howard Carney of Atlanta, former state senator and secretary of state; Charles W. Duke of San An- ‘HAZEL’ WENT TO CHURCH — In Richmond, Va., where she knocked the top off the steeple of 200-year-old Old Trinity Church, modeled after Boston’s Old North Church, whose historic belfry fell under the fury of Hurricane Carol earlier in the season. At left, steeple bends in 100-mile-per-hour-plus blasts. At right, tip of steeple begins its fall to the ground. (NEA) Ohio River Flood Threatens Towns Jury Hearing Testimony on Man's Sanily A sanity hearing for George Thomas Firth, charged with armed robbery, opened in 42nd District Court Monday morning before Judge O. L. Parish of Ballinger. Firth is under indictment for the robbery of R. H. Baber, employe of Sunbeam Super Market, 1682 Pine St.", last Feb. 10. Barber was robbed of $900 in cash while being held at gunpoint. Barber picked Firth out of a police line-up in Fort Worth as the man who robbed him. Bert Ashby, Dallas attorney representing Firth, .placed three witnesses on the stand in an effort to show that the man has been of unsound mind virtually all of his life. Dr, Thomas W. Grice of Fort Worth, who said he is both a medical doctor and a specialist in psychiatry, testified that he examined Firth last Saturday after political figures as Claude Gilmer : tonio; Curtis Douglas of Pampa; Reservoir On Hubbard (reek Asked Construction of 500 Wherry houses on Abilene Air Force Base won’t be sponsored by Abilene Chamber of Commerce, directors voted unanimously Monday morning. The board also decided unanimously to recommend to the City Commission that the city push construction of a huge water reservoir on Hubbard Creek. In the other action of the morning, directors voted that the approximate $2.000 profit the C-C realized from this year’s oil men’s party be placed in a special reserve fund. It will be earmarked for use toward expenses of next year’s party. Decision on the Wherry housing was an endorsement of a recommendation made during the meeting by French Robertson, chairman of the C-C committee on Wherry housing. Assistance Pledged Directors authorized Robertson’s committee to inform the Air Force of the C-C’s decision to keep hands off the construction of the base L A Chapman, 48. former Colo-1 His other activities included Boy j housing The motion stated, how- The "advisors w-ilf help us keep ! rado City Chamber of Commerce ; Scout district commissioner Li- V er, that the C-C “stands ready and Snvder resident, ons Club and Woodmen of the to lend our full assistance to ex- ' Sunday in a World offices, Red Cross fund pedite the letting of a contract drives. Young Democrats and the; for the construction of the houses of Rocksprings, former speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and leader for the Democrats for Eisenhower organization in 1952. Sandlin also announced another brand new gimmick in Texas politics: the committee itself will meet every 90 days between now and May, 1956, when the state, presidential convention will pick delegates to the national convention. Shivers has made it plain that he wants Texas to send a conservative delegation to the national convention to fight for states’ rights— not only for Texas but for all 48 j states. He is making a bid for support in his new states’ rights crusade from every section of the nation. Tom Sealy of Midland, chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas. Also among the advisors were Johnnie Herrington, Palestine; Michael Elliott, Sherman; E. H. Thornton Jr., Galveston: J. Stanley Monroe, Denton; R. H. Coffee, Vernon; L. A. Douglas, San Antonio. Ex-Colorado City C-C Manager Dies in touch with what is going on in the districts. We have selected peo- | pie who have been helpful to us in county and precinct conventions Sandlin said that future meetings of the committee would be held in widely separated parts of the state in order that the committee could keep in close touch with political affairs everywhere in Texas. Today’s meeting of the executive committee was the first since the 100 per cent pro-Shivers group was named at the September 14 Mineral Wells state convention at which Negro Pupils Return to Own School MILFORD, Del .P-Ten Negro pupils, ousted from Milford's all- v\hite high school, today obeyed an order from the Delaware State Board of Education and reported for classes at the all-Negro high school at Georgetown, 16 miles south of here. The state board had ordered them to the William C. Jason School yesterday and arranged for transportation. James Webb, principal of the William C. Jason School, said their enrollment was only on a temporary basis. He said they will go there only until the controversy over attending the all-white school here is m tiled in the courts. MARIETTA, Ohio (JT - Flood | crest of the rain-swollen Ohio River passed this city today, causing little damage. But it swept on downstream threatening other communities after chasing thousands from their homes in Pennsylvania. Ohio and West Virginia. The State Highway Patrol reported at 9 a. m. that the river was stationary here at 37.55 feet, about a foot and a half above flood stage. Water Rising In the Belpre, Ohio, and Parkersburg. W. Va., area. 15 miles downstream from here and 184 miles downstream from Pittsburgh, the water was rising at dams 17-18-19 But the worst of the flood appeared over. The river crested at Wheeling. W. Va., at 44 7 feet yesterday, that city’s biggest flood since March 8, 1945, when the Ohio reached 47.3 feet. The patrol said it did not have to evacuate any families in the Marietta area, although some 25 families had moved out of the low*-lands to higher ground. Merchants in this southeastern Ohio city of 16.000 hoisted stocks from basements to upper floors, and several roads were closed. Some schools along the river were closed because of flooded roads. At Parkersburg, W. Va., the river stood at 36 7 feet this morning. was rising at the rate of a mg, was rising at the rate of a tenth of a foot per hour against a flood stage of 36 feet. At Pomeroy, Ohio, the river was at 38 8 feet, rising a tenth of a foot an hour. At Dam 28 below Huntington, W. Va., the river stood at 38 feet, rising at the rate of 529-enths of a foot an hour against a flood stage of 50 feet. The final flood threat is expected at Dam 22. about midway between here and Huntington. W Va.. where the River is scheduled to crest at 45 feet tomorrow, stage is 44 ft. Flood damage at Wheeling was estimated in the millions by Col. J. L. Person, Ohio River division engineer. More than 400 families left homes in Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties in Ohio over the weekend as rain water sent over Pennsylvania mountains by Hurricane Hazel filled the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Those rivers form the Ohio at Pittsburgh. The Ohio crest at that point Saturday night was 32,5 feet—more than 5 feet above flood level—but damage reportedly was light. Col. Person credited flood control systems installed above Pittsburgh with saving that city some 80 million dollars. Without these controls the flood would have been one of the greatest in the history of the Ohio, he said. At least four persons were killed by turbulent waters in the Pittsburgh area. There have been no other reports of Ohio River flood casualties. Some 400 persons evacuated homes in Wheeling, Farther downstream, the Wheeling News-Register reported, 2 000 families evacuated. About one fifth of Bellaire. Ohio, was under water, and 60 families left homes there. Clarington, Ohio, an agricultural community of 500 about midway between Wheeling and Marietta, was coverced by 6 feet of water. Some 100 families left their homes. ammeu rirui oaiuiuay noon and found that his -general Shivers nailed down hisrtrtory refleses indicate mental derange- the governor s race byfaking over ment " Dr. Grice termed Firth a : full control of the state party ma- chinery. Sandlin named Earl Rudder of Brady, chairman of the organization committee. Its advisors include Gilmer, Jack Finney of Greenville, and W. R Beaumier of Lufkin. H. H. Coffield of Rockdale was named chairman of the finance committee. Mrs. F. E. Holman of Taylor, chairman of the functions committee, and Elmer Ware Stahl of San Antonio, chairman of the legal committee. Also among the advisors named WANTED A MOTHER NO. 2* “Dying Wife Okays For Mom, Maybe Mate schizophrenic and a victim of dementia praecox. The doctor stated that Firth’s j mother had told him that seven j months before Firth w as born she Flood contracted a disease and had a j difficult time during his birth. Dr. Grice said he has found that a mother’s mental condition before and at the time of a baby’s birth has an effect on the child's mental state. Minister. Wife Testify The Rev. and Mrs. E. L. Dorris of Big Sping testified they have known Firth since babyhood and that they believe him to be of unsound mind. Mrs. Dorris is Firth’s maternal aunt. Mr. and Mrs. Dorris gave similar accounts of Firth’s “unusual and anti-social’’ conduct throughout his life. Both said he was moody and melanchly in childhood and that he has never wanted to associate with other people. They told of his having been in court at about 14 or 15 for taking a pair of rubber boots. In brief questioning of the three witnesses District Attorney Wiley Caffey attempted to show that Firth knows the difference between right and wrong. In answer to his questions Mr. and Mrs. Dor ris said Firth had refused to tell them where he got the boots and that later they learned from of ficers that he had taken them from • warehouse. After a hypothetical question in which Caffey outlined the dr cum stances of the robbery of Baber last February. Dr. Grice answered S that he thought the man "would have had some definite plan in mind” to commit the robbery. If the jury hearing Firth s sanity trial finds him insane he will not be tried on the robbery charge, If the panel returns a verdict that he is sane he will stand trial before and her jury. manager died at 10:30 p.m. Guymon, Okla., hospital. Mr. Chapman had been manager of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce since December, 1952, when he resigned as executive director ot central division ot the U. S. Highway 80 Association. He was the father of C. B. Chapman, 734 Chestnut St., and a brother of Bert Chapman, 818 River-crest Dr. He had been in failing health for about a year and a half. He had been in the hospital at Guymon since suffering a heart attack about a week ago. Funeral for Mr. Chapman will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Guymon, Okla. He was born in a log cabin on a Masonic Lodge. He was an orig-1 Action favoring the multi-citv inal stockholder of the Scurry Hubbard Creek reservoir carried County Rodeo Association. out a recommendation from the Mr Chapman took over the C-C C-C Water Development Commit-manager’s job at Colorado City in ' tee. presented during the meeting May, 1946. and served until De- Co-chairman Howard Mc- eember. 1951. He resigned to be- .\iahon. come executive director the j Earmarking of the oil men’s par-U. S. Highway 80 Association. ty profits for use on the same He served the highway associa- e ‘ vent i n the future came as ap-tion until December. 1952, when he p r oval of a recommendation from resigned to go with the Guymon 1oe Benson. He was chairman of Chamber of Commerce. Besides the son and brother living in Abilene, he is survived by his wife, the former Willie Fay Whitworth; another son, John Chapman, a senior at Texas A&M College: a daughter, Teresa Chapman of the home; his mother. WHAT'S HEWS ON INSIDE PAGES WORLD TODAY— Secretary of Defense Wilson is in politia up ♦o his neck, Poge 5-A. 'MODEL T' CURB—Street curbs go down in a step up fof Abilene. Page IB MURDER TRIAL—Drama-pocked trial of Dr. Sheppard for his wife's murder begins. Poge 7-B. I Trinity County farm, later moving ^ rs r l. Starkey of Bryan; and | to Fisher County and graduating a s j s ter, Mrs. M. T. Reese of Cal- from Rotan High School. j vert. He cotton - farmed for about five ; .........-.......... - ■ years in Fisher County and at one _ _ time ran a suburban store near AbllGVIG MSR 0631611 He moved with his family to Snyder in 1936 where they livedj for 10 years before gomg to Colo- s rado City as Chamber of Commerce manager in 1946. At Snyder he was active in church and civic affairs, serving j as secretary, vice - president and as a director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was also ac-tive in the senior chamber there A Methodist, he was a steward in the Snyder Methodist Church St. for six years and for 25 years had taught a Sunday School class of teen-age boys. He was a member of the church choir. this year’s party. Robertson said his committee was convinced that the ^ C-C shouln’t sponsor the Wherry houses’ construction for three reason: (1) The last session of Congress [so amended the Wherry Housing Act that it is "practically impossible for anyone to make a profit ! out of the construction.” $450.000 Required ; <21 Under the terms of the law, as now written, the cash requirements would be prohibitive for an entity sponsored by Abilene C-C. ¡It would be necessary to raise about $450.000 among Abilene citizens, "and the chance for profit ; would be small.” An Abilene man has reported to t3) Congress has passed a law local police that he was beaten recently amending the original GI and robbed of SIM by three per-! Bill, whereby men still in mili-sons during the weekend at San ’ tary service can get government Angek>. | help on financing to build or buy He is Dee Hutton, 1342 Orange 1 their own homes. Robertson’s committee was auth- Hutton went to Abilene police j orized Monday!U) inve:^aie*wr. headquarters about 4:25 a.m. Mon- al plans which loca j >mr ; day to make his report Police- And Robbed ol $150 By San Angelo Trio Man Admits Seeing Hagler in Ft. Worth men said he was bloody and had a black eye. The man said he met two white elsewhere have used for aiding military men on their bases to build or buy homes. At Lincoln, Nebr,. the C-C created a $25.000 fund which can be used men and a white woman at the , * *^L*the homes frora mi H Wayside Inn m San Angelo bun-. P^ nne l who are unable tc i.a>. They beat him and robbed th*m anywhere else. pan A ngeio aun-, ^ ^ who are unab i e to him and robbed of them anywhere else. At Plattsburgh. N. Y., private citizens have a tentative plan whereby they donate choice lots FORT WORTH ttfc-aA Fort Worth j Worth that afternoon, picked up man today said he was with David j some men as drinking companions Hagler in the late afternoon of the! amJ ej)ded day Hagler said he left here for Oklahoma. Hunt LONDON trt—'The advertisement read “Wanted- mother No. 2. In about 18 months, according to doctors. mother No, 2 might become mother No, I.” Mrs. Kathleen Ford, 42, explained today her husband, Jack, placed the ad in a shop window with her loving approval. Mrs Ford has tuberculosis Doctors giVe her 18 month* to live. And, she said, "before I die 1 vi ant to know there is someone to I take my place as mother—-and perhaps as wife.” While Mrs. Ford lies in a hospital bed, her husband looks after himself in their two-bedroom apartment. Sheila, their 8 * year - old adopted daughter, has to live with foster parents. "It’s not much of a life for either Sheila or Jack,” said Mrs. Ford "Someone has to look after them >1 can’t—to why should I stand in the way of someone taking my place.” Jack, • house deoqrator «aid THE WEATHER Our main thought is for Sheila Before I can have her home I must have someone to look after her while I am at work. “About three weeks ago my wife said 1 ought to find a woman to help In the home. Then a neighbor suggested the advertisement. 1 talked it over with Kathleen and she agreed If 1 could get someone to be a real mother to Sheila l would hope eventually to marry her. “You see,** he said, “I have already cried my tears for my wife,” rs. department or commerce RRATHER RVREAV AHILEN E ANO VICINITY Fair «d nv.ki today. tonuSM tamparatur* txHh day» naar tt. L** *®- "iwOHTH CENTRAL ANO WEST TEXAS: GaiwaUy lair and mtkt thU aftarnoon. *» mjîhi and TursrtUy East ano south central tkxas. Ganara!!? talr and mlkJ thU eight and Tuesday t.aoM* te mode*at# southeaster!’» wind* on Ot* *®*R> TEMPERATI RRS John Smith. 47. told a Star-Telegram reporter that Hagler tried to hire him as a driver on a trip out of town in a station wagon. This was late Saturday afternoon. him of $150. he related. Abilene Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald quoted Hutton as saying he wasn't acquainted with ¿"' ser vi ce!n en who want to build the three assailants. He vvas un- j ^ omes on the base, able to furnish police with their j s , >me (>ther places have a pro-up in Southern Okla- names and addresses, McDonald J gram w hereby home sites are do- dumped frora his station said. j nale <j to military personnel, and Hutton told police that the worn- the donors erec t shopping center* an held a revolver on him while | m middle, the two men beat him. The inci- j Abilene and Five other West Tex-dent occurred in San Angelo, he j as C ities — Breckenridge, Albany, said. Anson, Merkel and Trent — are One of the men was about 18 to 5tu dying the feasibility of building 20 years-old, and the other was a huge water reservoir on Hub- homa, wagon and robbed. One of the men he says he picked up was Smith. Hagler says he met Smith and another man in a down- ------- . town bar. Smith, he says, needed Oct. 9, the day Hagler says he left a rj(Je t0 his ho me in Arlington, for Oklahoma. j Hagler offered to drive him there about 32, Hutton said. The wpman Hagler, 36, charged with murder. m - hij§ sUtion wag00> i was 18 to 20, he stated. contends that he got drunk in r ort j <p 0 g e ther with the other man he ........ ' Hagler says he See C-C, Page 3-A, Col. 3 Sun. P. M • 1 *4 as .... St .... «1 .... 7§ .... *7 .... *4 .... al .... f* .... *tf .... #1 Mm. », I V ........ », s .« .. ? « ... .. 4 .» ........ ., $ S« ........ • » ........ ... T:J0 ........ ... ISO ........ ... 9:30 ........ ... M M ..... ... 11'30 ...... 12 .48 ....... • Rarumaiar raaiitu* at I* ■*> »■ ^ w Urlati.» humid tty at 17 » P* ftiih and I'* taniparatura tor a* »mri ^nciad at a 90 »•»■ M and M dafraa* A M 63 « 3» St 3S ES M f* n n Chest Drive Hits $7,264 Community Chest contributions reached $7.264 25 early Monday morning. The total through Saturday had been $6,763 50. The group of solicitators headed by Jim Jennings was still leading in contributions turned in with $1.458. His group is handling architects. contractors, engineers electrieal equipment firms, hardware stores, barber shops and transportation companies. Don Scrivner is chairman and Jerry Morgan co-chairman of the general solicitation division of the Chest drive, Chest goal this year is $110,000, met in the bar. Hagler says drove Smith to Arlington and left him at his home. Then, he says, he and his other drinking partner met a third man in a bar near Grand Prairie. It was this man. paired with the drinking companion from the Fort Worth bar, who robbed and stole the station wagon. Hagler contends. The station wagon was found burning Oct 10. with a charred corpse of a man inside. Smith Monday disputed Hagler’s story on several points. He gave this account: He did not meet Hagler in a bar. “I met him on a street corner— Main and 15th, I believe—while waiting for a red light He struck up a conversation and then said he was looking for a driver. “He said he wanted someone to drive for him on a trip out of town —to several places. He didn’t mention Oklahoma. IF TEST GOOD Free Polio Vaccine May Go to Texans AUSTIN l?*—Plans were announced here today to provide cost-free through the March of Dimes enough Salk vaccine for every first grader and expectant mother in Texas if the vaccine proves effective in protecting against polio. Dr. H A Press of San Francisco, regional medical consultant for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, disclosed the plan Dr. Press said the foundation has contracted to purchase with March of Dimes funds 25,000,000 cubic centimeters of the vaccine for use before the 1955 polio season, if the vaccine is declared effective. With 2,000,000 cubic centimeters on hand from the 1954 tests, the foundation can make available enough of the vaccine to give shots to 9,000.000 individuals, he »aid. * Results of last summer*» tests at a meeting of volunteer leaders 1 are now being studied at the Un.-mapping next January’s March diversity of Michigan Outcome Will Dimes appeal. I be made known next spring.
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