Abilene Reporter News, October 27, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1954, Abilene, Texas 8- Htnlene Importer "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 130 AaoriatedPreu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCT. PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe Rains Soak Wide Area; 1.75 Here The norther that was supposed to chill Central West Tex- ans instead brought with it heart-warming rains Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The cold was there but was tempered as rains averaging an inch or more fell. The fall was apparently concentrated on a line extending west to east through Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan and Eastland counties. Reports to the north and south of Abilene' indicated lighter precipitation in those areas. Rainfall in Abilene ranged from .70 at Municipal Airport to 1.75 inches in Abilene proper. the area rains ranged from light showers at Winters and Coleman and little more than a half-inch and Roby and Rotan in Fisher County to I __ Bolts Hit 2 Homes, Kayo TV Broadcast in McCul- 4.05 at Melvin loch County. Hail and lightning accom- panied the rain. Most severe electrical disturbance ap- peared to be on the outskirts of the heaviest rainfall. Light hail was reported at Sweelwater. Loraine, Ranger, Mo- ran, and Colorado City. At the latter point, it hailed for about one half hour. Xo damage from the hail was reported. Along the line of the rain. Colo- rado City had 1.40. Sweetwater .50. Merkel .90. Tye .75. Baird 1.41. and Ranger 1.5 inches. The rainfall was general over Taylor and Callahan counties. Ris- ing Star had .40 and five miles north of lown on Uie Cisco highway at the Criswell store, 1.5 inches fell. At Okra eight miles northeast of Rising Star 1.5 inches was also reported. Creeks Running Breckenridge had .35 at the city water plant, with the rain ranging up to .90 at Lake Daniel, the city water supply. Creeks were starting to run at Blackweil and Moran. Oak Creek Lake was experiencing some catch. Hubbard and Deep Creeks near Moran were running for the first time in several months. They had been dry all summer. The Weather Bureau at Munici- pal Airport said the showers would continue through Wednesday morn- ing, clearing up in the afternoon. Tonisbt. The forecast was for clear to partly cloudy in the afternoon and RAW, Page 2-A, Col. S Lightning knifed the rainy over- cast over Abilene and its area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It disrupted telecasting here and damaged two homes. Lightning was cited as respon- sible for knocking out broadcast of KRBC-TV Tuesday from until p.m. A West Texas Util- ities Co. spokesman said the fuses were knocked out at the Tuscola sub station, cutting off power to the TV station. Lightning hit the Raymond So- losk, home at 442 South Mocking- bird Lane at about 1 a.m. Wed- nesday, damaging a television set and electrical wiring. N'earby cur- tains caught fire from the bolt. After "playing around ail over the house" a bolt of lightning knocked a hole in the kitchen floor of the Mrs. Josie Hitt home at Rotan. One Rotan street light was also; struck during the electrical storm. Report was received of disrupt- ed electrical service in scattered parts of Abilene. WTUC said this was probably caused by blown fus- es 'in transformers. Area rain reports indicated elec- trical disturbance accompanied the rain in most of this vicinity. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport.............70 Total for 13.66 Normal for Year..........19.92 2225 Edgemont...............85 1026 Cedar..................1.55 1829 S 8th 1.45 4th Plum.................1.44 426 Poplar..................1.75 2233 Walnut...................42 HVSay'es..................1.50 LAKE ABILENE ...'............41 ANSON.........................40 BAIRD 1.41 BALLINGER Tr. BIG LAKE -Tr. BLACKWELL.................1.00 BRECKENRIDGE .............90 BRADY 1.00 COLEMAN' 1.00 COLORADO CITY............1.40 CROSS PLAINS ...............46 EDEN ..........................05 EULA 1-00 GORMAN 1.00 HAMLIN ......................05 HASKELL......................30 HOBBS.........................25 IRAAN ........................03 LORAINE.................... 1.3U MASON Tr JICCAMEY .02 MELVIN 4.05 MENARD.....................1.25 MERKEL .90 MORAN..................... 2.00 RANGER.....................1.50 ROBY .75 ROCHELLE 1.00 ROTAN ........................40 SANTA ANNA................. .75 STAMFORD ....................30 SWEETWATER ................50 TYE .75 WINTERS Tr. STATE RAINS MIDLAND......................32 DEL RIO.......................01 CORPUS CHR1STI............Tr. WACO ......................-----06 AUSTIN .22 FORT WORTH................ .44 DALLAS .......................27 4 Men Believed Dead In C-City Hotel Fire JERRY ROE half an eye helps sec gifts Adenauer Due To Discuss New Powers By EDMOND LE BRETON WASHINGTON (J) Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of West Ger- many in Washington today to talk publicly of how Germany will use her almost-attained sover- eignty and privately of how she hopes to scale the last obstacles to obtaining them. Adenauer and his hosts, Presi- dent Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles, have plenty to talk about in the less than three days allotted for his Washington visit: 1. The need to have the agree- ments reached in Paris only four days ago approved by the Western parliaments, notably the French and German. 2. What Russia may do as an ultimate blow at the thing she has fought hardest in ation of a strong, armed, pro-West Germany. Withdrawal of Russian troops from East Germany is a would not have to go far. Or the Soviets might offer, for a price, some other big con- cession on reuniting the two parts of Germany. There could well be talk here of what Adenauer's gov- ernment and that of the United States might do in such circum- stances. Adenauer's schedule allows am- ple time for diplomatic work be- tween the formal entertainments. After going from the airport to- day to Blair House, home for dis- tinguished guests of the govern- ment, he is the guest of Secretary and Mrs. Dulles for dinner. Marilyn Says Joe Refused to Talk BULLETIN SANTA MONICA, Calif. Marilyn Monroe today von a divorce from Joe DiMaggto, sobbing thai he gave her onl.r "cwlness and indifference" and sometimes wouldn't talk lo her for II days at a time. (Set Story Page I5-AI HOSPITAL GlrT PARTY Boy, 9f Almost Blinded by BB Has 'Christmas on Halloween' "It's just like Christmas on Halloween." Jerry Roc, 9. said as he opened packages spread out on hir bed in Hcndrick Memorial Hos- pital Wednesday morning. Kvcn though he has only partial vision out of one eye at this lime. Jerry could enough of tne color books, new pajamas, T-shirts and other Items which members of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of Crescent Helgtili Methodist Church had sent him to ippreclate the gifts. The ion of Mrs. Bethel Roe of Blnckwcll, Jerry was admitted to Hendrick on Oct. 2 after a BB, which bounced off a rubber ball, struck him in the left eye. His right eye was injured by a rock in Ual. WSCS members went- (mio ac- tion Tuesday afternoon, making telephone calls and planning Wed- nesday morning's party, after they heard of tin boy and his plight. His widowed mother has an ar- reited can of tuberculosis, and was only recently released from a state TB hospital. She must get lots of rest. Jerry and the other two chil- dren in the family have been cared for moist of the time by a grand- mother. Jerry's mother has been in Abilene with him. but had to return to Blackweil (o help lake care of the children and to get needed rtst. Mrs: H, K. Cook, 1510 Park St., and Joe Stout, 11M Green St, took the fids tip to Jerry at UK hospital Wtdnwday rooming. Ike Against Meeting Reds At This Time WASHINGTON IS) President Eisenhower spoke out today agaiiis! any meeting of the Western powers with Russia at this time, but left the way open for a con- ference later. The President stated his position at a news conference in which he also said that in his opinion there is better reason today to hope for lasting peace than there has been in the past. He did not pin that view directly to the new agreements for West- ern European defense with West Germany in the lineup, but related it to that development along with others in the past two years. He was specific, however, in Bay- ing it is his opinion this is not the time for any meeting of the United States, Great Britain and France with the Soviet Union. He added that whenever this government has reason to believe the Russians are sincere about wanting to build an enduring world peace, the United States will be ready to confer at any time. Eisenhower's remarks were in response to a reporter's request that he state his position regarding the possibility of an Eisenhower conference with Premier Malenkov of Russia, either before or after ratification of the Paris agree- ments on Western European de- fense. The questioner called Eisenhow- er's attention to British Prime Minister Churchill's statement yes- terday that he is willing to meet with Malenkov at an appropriate time and place but riot before [rati- fication of the Paris agreements. Eisenhower did not link his an- swer specifically to the possibility of his meeting face to face with The President dealt in more general terms with the possi- bility of conferences between the Western powers and the Soviet Union. At_ his first news conference since' Aug. 17 the President also dealt with these other matters: said he would like very much to make an llth-hour campaign trip before next Tuesday's elections, but that no decision has been reached. He said he would like to get out on Friday and try to do something about what he called voter apathy. The chief executive said he doesn't understand that apathy, but that it does exist. He added that one explanation given to him by party leaders is that the American people have got what they want in a Republican administration, so why worry. Eisenhower said if he does make a campaign trip it probably will come Friday with about four stops at airports. He gave no indication of what states he might visit POWER CONTRACT-The Pres- ident said the government is per- fectly and splendidly protected under the proposed Dixon-Yates power contract with the Atomic Energy Commission. Strongly de- fending the controversial proposal, Eisenhower said the Federal Pow- er Commission has declared the contract to be proper and fair and that the Tennessee Valley Author- ity has found it satisfactory. Congress, Eisenhower added, will have the last word on the matter, and pending its evaluation he will have nothing further to say on the subject for more definite information regarding his cam- paign statemenls that the admin- istration wants to cut taxes further, the President replied ne is not in a position to give any detailed picture on that at this time. He went on to say the fiscal situation seems to bar any great reductions. Eisenhower said he sees some possibility of some more savings in the defense field without en- dangering national security, but he went into no detail. The President emphasized, how- ever, that any savings which can be made will be passed on in the form of tax reductions. NATIONAL hower said the reduction in unemployment he reported Mon- day night is the result of a gen- eral uptrend in the entire economy. He made the remark in response to a question M to whether- the reduction figure was not due to people leaving the labor force, rather than general upturn in the employment picture. CIVIL JOBS-The President PRESIDENT, Pan 1 FATAL FIRE is the Colorado Hotel, after fire raged through it late Tuesday night and early Wed- nesday, destroying a Colorado City landmark and claim- ing two and possibly four lives. (Photo by Man Blows Self Up In Valley Courthouse .EDINBTJRG, Tex. A man carrying a box was blown" to piec- es today in an explosion that wrecked the second floor of ths Hi- dalgo County courthouse here and shook the downtown Edinburg dis- trict. Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Win- gert of Hidalgo County said the man blew himself up. The sheriffs department said it was obvious that the box the man was carrying was loaded with dy- namite or some similar explosive. The man was identified as Hen- ry Miller, about 60, of Realitos, Tex. Was Under Strain Former Edinburg Mayor Ches- ter Blodgett, who knew Miller, said Miller had come to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and had been under some sort of strain and had threatened to commit suicide on several occasions. Two women were reported in- jured by flying glass and the court- house switchboard operator suf- fered severe shock. Several hundred persons normal- ly in the building at that time of d'ay apparently escaped with only minor or no injuries. Less than an hour after the a.m. explosion, sheriffs deputies found a second unexploded bomb in the lobby of the courthouse. Officers said Miller apparently took the elevator to the second floor, went into the 92nd District courtroom fr a moment and then left. The exlosion followed imme- diately. THE WEATHER c.5. DEr.wnresr or COMMCTCE BFREAV ABILENE AND YIONTrY Cloudy to partlr ctoudj- acd continued tool today. Clwr lo partly cloudy mi rather cbM to- atflit. JioiUr fair and cool Thorjdjy Hish ttxlar Low tomrtt 35-W. Hlsh Than- day In the NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: dirtiness. scattered thuodfrshowezs m soath portion this atlerwxw and in sosta. west portion tonight: Coaler thfa and tonkhl. Continued cool Thursday. Low- est In the 40S in the wrth portion. WEST" TEXAS: Partly ctoody. conttaawl cool this afternoon. troUht and Thursday. Scattered thuodershowtrs Pecos alley eastward this afternoon and tooytht. EAST TEXAS: Considerable clMidtMSS and cooler this attention and tonight. Con- 1 tinned cool Thursday. Scattered thunder- 1 showers in sooUi portion this aftenwon and in extreme south portion tonijtht and Thurs- day. lowest lernpwatune la I In extreme north. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: OwsMwrtJfj jHttlMvd lAiUKjtrshowcrs tonlfht urn! Thursday and In north portion thte attermxtfu Cookr twifcht and in north portion this afternoon and in soath. Thurs- day HUh and low for 21 hours ended at The -blast Mew open the door of the courtroom, and a portion of Miller's body sailed into the room. Prank Hester, city secretary of nearby Donna, said he saw Miller walk into the back of the court- room and sit nervously for a mo- ment. Hester said that while the terrif- ic noise and sevee shock startled everyone in the courtroom, no panic ensued. Hesier said he look- ed out into the corridor and saw the man's head on the floor and his legs aBut 20 feet away. Cecil Holman, business manager of the Weslaco school district, said he was standing in the hall only a few feet from where the blast oc- curred. He said at the moment of the explosion he dropped to the floor and escaped serious injury. He, too, told of seeing the man's body blown to pieces. The courthouse is a five-story modernistic structure costing 1% million dollars. It was dedicated only a few months ago. Sirs. G. C. Brock, the courthouse telephone operator, was seated at her desk inside the main entrance and suffered serer shock from th blast which came down the broad staircase from the" second floor and threw her against the marble wall on the oQier side of the main floor corridor. The two-story high glass front of the.building was wrecked. Portions of the man's body were found even outside the building. Miller had been in a compensa- tion hearing in the 92nd District Court, seeking additional awards following an accident in which he was hurt He had been working on a pipeline-and a dynamite ex- plosion too near him caused his Blodgett. who had been repre- senting Miller, said his client had been carrying a bag the last sev- eral days and he thought he had been carrying his lunch. Blodgett said Miller had been under a doc- tor's care for a psycho-neurotic condition. P.M. 65 A.M. a W H M StinrlM todv Mutt Chest Funds The Community Chest general solicitation drive rolled on Wed- nesday with a total of in the till. Chest workers met Tuesday with drive general Chairman Dr. Ster- ling Price. Major additions Tuesday were tl.JU from UM oil and gas group, and SOJ.M from employes divi- sion. Major gifts division chairman Price Campbell reported Tuesday that only a few "blf filt canto arc still undMcktd." Lightning Sets Building Aflame COLORADO CITY, Oct. men are known to have died in a fire which Tuesday night burned the Colorado Hotel, Colorado City's oldest hotel. Lightning struck the building during a midnight thunder- storm. Two bodies were recovered by firemen early Wednesday. One victim was tentatively identified as Lonnie Mize, 29, windmill repairman. Body of a second man was being re- moved about a. m. but hadn't been identified. The second body reclaimed may have been one of the men who were still listed missing after Mize's body was found. They are: Al Cate, 52, local cafe man; H. E. Ladd, 73, operator of a second-hand store, and A. R. Trice, 71', a retired, farmer. Mize's body was taken to Kiker Son Funeral Home here. Location of the hotel is on Oak St., between Second and Third Sts., across from the courthouse." Lightning strncfc the building shortly before midnight, according to residents of the three-story ho- tel, and immediately flames shot down hallways and roared through the building. "I heard the blast as the bolt said J. C. Barkley, "and pulled on my pants and opened the door. Flames came into the room from the hallway, and I shut the door quick and jumped from my window to the roof of the next building. Barkley said that he and others were trapped on the adjoining roof- top for 'several minutes until res- cued by the fire department At the time a chill rain was pelting down and hotel residents who escaped uV nightgowns ant pajamas, were wet and cold as they watched flames eat up the building, taking their clothes, mon- ey and personal possessions. Few were able to save coat or other outside clothing. Thirteen of the hotel patrons were known to be saved and were at the homes of friends, other ho- tels, and the county jury room. One, W. W. Hudson, -was hospital- ized from shock. Hudson was one of those who heard the concussion as lightning struck the building. Hudson says that flames swept the length of the third floor hallway in a flash. Firemen, who fought the blaze in a downpour of rain and hail, were still unable to enter the smouldering ruins until early Wed- nesday morning to search for the missing men, according to Fire Chief Leonard Henderson. The Colorado Hotel was built as the Pacific House in 1884. It was later known as the Alamo Hotel and renamed by Mrs. M. L. Be- bout. present owner. Mrs. Bebout acquired the 54- room hotel in 1945, and said Tues- day night that the loss was only partialy covered by insurance. She estimated UK value of the building at although, she said, "It would take to replace it." Mrs. Bebout has no faith in the adage concerning building was struck by lightning two years ago. The lightning struck the back of the building and melted my light meters so that they had to be replaced." CHEST CAMPAIGN GIFT BAROMETER Condor Stock Fee Suit Filed DALLAS av-A suit against Rob- ert J. Bateman of Houston for has been filed here by Lyle Brush, Dallas oil who claims that is the amount due him for helping to negotiate a 27 mil- lion dollar oil "company transac- tion. In his petition Brush alleges that Bateman, his co-agent in the sale, has not turned over his half of the in commissions and over- rides for arranging the sale of the Condor Petroeum Company of Abilene to the Bradley Petroleum Company of Dallas for 27 million dollars.....'. Bateman, in an answer filed with the court here, denies Brush's at legations. Race Restriction On Prize Fights Unconstitutional AUSTIN HI-The 3rd Court of: Civil Appeals today held unconsti- tutional a state law prohibiting prize fights between whites and Negroes. The court reversed judgment of 126th District trial court and or- dered a new trial for I. H. (Sporty) Harvey, San Antonio Negro prize- fighter. Holding the state law to be fn vioation of Use 14th amendment of the .U.S. constitution, the appeal court said it is and void." State Commissioner of Labor Statistics M. B. Morgan, who ad- ministers state boxing and wres- tling regulations, said he would appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court Food Costs Move Higher NEW YORK W-aiWholesale food costs as measured by Dun Brad- street moved up sharply this week, recovering all the ground lost in four successive weeks of decline. At the Dun Bradstreet wholesale food price index for week ended yesterday was up 1.8 per cent from the previous figure of and back to where it was Sept. 28 when the drop started, The latest index was 3.4 per cent higher-than the J6.49 reported at the same time last year. Seventeen components of the In- dex moved higher, including flour, wheat, oats, hams, lards, coffee, cottonseed oil, tea, cocoa, eggs, potatoes, rice, currants, tteers, togs and Iambs. Only four were lower: corn, rye, barley and butter. The index represents the total cost at wholesale of 31 commonly used market-basket items. WMATS NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES SCARED the publkons ronnlnfl 'scored? Pogi 3-A; SUHTITUTI MR Hal Bayfe finds a writtr with a "morbid interest in hunting a substitute. 10-A. 'Y' OOtW Contraction start! an YMCA Uotth dub quarters. 1-8. ITtlNfiTH' KM A Quten Mattnr U.T; Canada. 1-1. ;