Abilene Reporter News, November 5, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 05, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas Ghn Ttw Vnltcd JÍKÍie ^Wlene 3ívepcirter-i^tt(B¡ EVENING'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 139 Associated Press ( AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 5, 1954 —EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c DAVID RATLIFF PAT BULLOCK JUSTON MORROW Vote Called Dec. 11 To Select Senator Special election to select the state senator from the 24th District Friday was set by Gov, Allen Shivers for Saturday, Dec. 11. The announcement was made Friday morning. It was called to fill the vacancy created by the death of Senator Harley Sadler on Oct. 14. Sadler, running for his second term as senator, was unopposed on the general election ballot. The 24th District includes Dickens, Garza, Kent, Stonewall, Bor- Vote Delayed On Off-Street Parking Rule Opponents of the proposed off-street parking ordinance Friday morning received from the City Commission a share of the responsibility of solving the parking problem. Commissioners postponed the final vote on the ordinance, which would require off - street parking and loading spaces to be provided for all new or substantially altered buildings. They asked that a committee be formed by Abilene Chamber of Commerce, the Abilene Ministerial Alliance, downtown property own-owners and anybody else those groups wished to include and that the panel recommend to the commission a revised version of the ordinance. Substitute Invited The C-C and a group of downtown property owners had stated they objected to the proposed regulation and asked for the commission to give it longer study. Abilene pastors had voiced opposition to the portions affecting churches. After listening briefly to statements from the opposition, Mayor Gatlin asked opponents present if they would be agreeable to forming their own committee to propose a substitute. Several answered they would. Nobody in the audience objected. Commissioner W. D. Rich then made a motion for postponement of the final vote on the present proposed ordinance pending re-■''eipt of a recommendation from le citizens’ panel. Commissioner Jack Minter seconde<l, and the vote was unanimously favorable. Dr. Elwin Skiles, pa.stor of the First Baptist Church, was spokes man for the Ministerial Alliance. He said pastors consider the pro posed ordinance a handicap to the churches’ plans for expansion. Minter Speaks George L. Minter Jr., president of Abilene C-C. spoke for his organization, requesting that the commission delay action for further study. T. C. Campbell Jr., one of the protesting downtown property owners, expressed a fear that a later commission might come along and pass the present ordinance on final reading. City Atty. Alex Bickley replied that it can be picked up and passed on a final reading any time. den. Scurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, and Taylor counties. A special election couldn’t be called until after Tuesday’s general election. Three men have announced their candidacy as senator. They are State Rep. David Ratliff of Stamford. former senator Pat Bullock of Colorado City, and Juston Morrow of Rotan. The senatorial seat will be for a full four-year term beginning in January. It will take a plurality vote to win — a majority vote isn't neces.sary since no runoff is allowed. Ratliff First Rep. Ratliff was the first of the three to throw his hat into the state senator’s race. He announced Oct. 17. on Ratliff, a senior member in the House, was re-elected representative for his third term in Tuesday’s election. He was unopposed. •I’he representative is a radio station owner in Stamford. Ex-senator Bullock made his decision to run on Oct. 28. Presently he is in the lease and royalty and real estate business in Colorado City. Bullock served the unexpired two years of John Lee Smith’s state senate term when Smith was elected lieutenant governor in 1942. Bullock then served two full terms, retiring in    without making the race. While a senator, he was on every major senate committee. Morrow, a native of Rotan and a former member of the City Council, announced his candidacy on Oct. 29. He is a prominent cotton farmer and businessman. Morrow is immediate nast commander of the state VFW. Typhoon Pointed Toward Red China Shivers Says Election Didn't Repudiate Ike Abilene (-( To Ask 1956 TCPT Parley 1956 MANILA (AV-Typhoon Pamela, with winds up to 150 miles an hour, lurched into the China Sea today and took dead aim at the Communist Chinese coast. The Philippine Weather Bureau said the storm was moving West-northwest at 14 miles an hour and might slam into the Red mainland south of Hong Kong within 24 hours. Pamela, whipping up wild winds on a 400-mile front, passed between southern Formosa and the northern Philippines earlier today. City to Bonds Sell First Dec. 7 on City Commission plans to sell $2.85 million of the recently authorized $6.65 million in municipal bonds on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at a special meeting. It set that date during Friday morning’s regular session as the time to receive and open bids. The timing of the sale — which will be the first under the newly approved issues — resulted from a conference at Dallas Thursday with bond attorneys and bond buyers. To be offered in the Dec. 7 sale are $2 million of water and sewer revenue bonds and $850,000 of the tax bonds. The tax bonds to be sold that date include $250,000 fire station, $200.000, parks, and $400,000 street improvement bonds. Commissioners will hold a special meeting next Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the purpose of adopting an ordinance authorizing the Dec. 7 sale. Abilenians last summer voted authority to the city to issue $6.65 million in new bonds. The total issues approved include: $5 million in WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES Sra PARKING. P«. 7.A, Col. < 'GET A REQUISITION'—Are Ook Ridge bees the property of the United States givernment? Page 2-A. CHARITY BOWL ABANDONED ■—Abilene Lions will not hold tHsiir onnuol street-corner funds drive this Christmastime. Poge 1-B. BUTTERFLY BOYS—Youths wear long hair, loud clothes give Soviets o juvenile problem. Page 7-B. Korean Dumps Red From Plane Agent SEOUL m ~ Pak Choon Kwan, a South Korean Army pilot, picked up a hitchhiker Tuesday. The man, dressed in a ROK Army uniform and carrying complete identification papers, wanted to ride with Pak from a Seoul airstrip to Pak’s base near the old front lines. About 30 miles out of Seoul the hitchhiker, sitting in the back seat of Pak’s L19 liaison plane, attacked the pilot and threatened to kill him if he refused to fly to a North Korean field. Pak refiLsed. The hitchhiker began hitting him over the head with a club and tried to strangle him with a necktie. Pak threw his plane into a quick, steep turn. His passenger, thrown off balance, fell out of the plane and plummeted 500 feet to his death. The ROK Defense Ministry, disclosing the story today, said the hitchhiker had been identified as a 30-year-old Communist agent. water and sewer revenue bonds, $250,000 in fire station (tax) bonds, $1 million in street improvement (tax) bonds, and $400,000 in park (tax) bonds. The revenue bonds will be paid off exclusively with revenue from the Water and Sewer Department. The tax bonds are to be paid off with tax money. Confer in Dalla.s Mayor C. E. Gatlin, City Commissioner Jack Minter, City Manager Austin P. Hancock and Chief City Accountant Marshall Bromley conferred in*Dallas Thursday with McCall, Parkhurst & Crowe, the attorneys handling legal phases of the bond sale; and First Southwest Co., a bond firm, which is negotiating on behalf of the city the substitution of new refunding bonds to owners for outstanding City of Abilene revenue bonds. Exchange of the outstanding (meaning “unpaid”) city revenue bonds is a legal requirement before new revenue bonds can be issued. The substituion will be accomplished succes.sfully. City Manager Hancock said this week. Dec. 7 was decided^as the date for first sale of new bonds because First Southwest Co. and the law firm advised that as a favorable time. The two concerns checked on the scheduling of other large bond issue sales over the country, and gave the opinion that Dec. 7 (or any time around the first of December) would be favorable for Abiiéne’s offer. Brochures Prepared Brochures for prospective bond buyers, and ordinances calling and holding the sale are being prepared, Mayor Gatlin announced. The city still hasn’t heard from three New York City rating firms whom Gatlin, Minter and Hancock recently asked for a higher credit rating on Abilene’s bonds. Moody’s Investors Service, Dun & Brad-street, and Standard & Poor were the firms with whom the local officials held personal interviews in New York. The city already has BAA rating on tax bonds, which is described by bond buyers as a strong credit rating. Abilene’s revenue bonds have no official rating as yet, because it has been so many years since the city issued such bonds. McCaM, Parkhurst & Crowe and First Southwest Co. told the Abilene officials in Dallas 'Thursday they believe both the tax bonds afid the revenue bonds will be given a still higher rating than BAA Mioter.jia^. A bid from Abilene for the state convention of the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers is to be submitted by the City of Abilene. Four representatives of these groups will fly to Corpus Christi Nov. 15 to make the bid before the state board of the TCPT oo Nov. 16. Those who will make the trip are Mayor C. E. Gatlin, Mrs. Jack Sparks, president of the Abilene City Council of the Parent-Teachers Association, Bob Pointer, who will represent Rufus Wallingford, chairman of the C-C conventions committee, and Paul Platt, committee member. New School Available “The TCPT convention normally attracts about 2,(KX) people,” W’allingford said. “We ha^e the assurance of Abilene school Superintendent A. E. Wells that we may use the new high school auditorium, which seats 2,000 at full capacity, for the meetings.” These facts, as well as other material about Abilene, will be presented to Mrs. Leon S. Price of Dallas, state president of the TCPT. Wallingford said that the convention committee has been trying to build Abilene’s reputation as the convention city of West Texas. Services offered to anyone bidding fw a convention include letters, telegrams and personal bids, where feasible, and a banner and other materials to take in bidding for a convention. “When a convention is set for, Abilene, the committee will counsel with interested persons in program and recreation planning and publicity, will assist in registering delegates, and will furnish a secretary and typewriter, as well as helping in other ways,” Wallingford added. THE LAW'S GETTING AWFUL SEVERE IN DALLAS NOWADAYS DALLAS (AP)—Police held a 27-year-old Mount Pleasant man today who: 1. Robbed a downtown liquor store of $30. 2. Forced his victim to call a taxi for his getaway. 3. Robbed the cab driver of $5 and then kidnaped the driver. 4. So frightened the driver with a death threat that he jumped from the cab, which then smashed into a concrete wall.    ' “I guess I’ll have to go to jail for this,” the Mount Pleasant man opined as police arrested him a block from the wrecked cab. Patrolmen Frank Learner and B. J. Martin decided that was the understatement of the year. Armory Stays At Fair Park National built on planned, Abilene’s $300,000 Guard armory will be Fair Park, as originally Mayor C. E. Gatlin said Friday. Maj. Gen. Carl P. Phinney, commanding general of the 36th Division, Texas National Guard, “refused to entertain the idea of a proposed change in sites,” the mayor reported. The refusal took place during a conference which Gatlin held In Dallas Thursday with Gen. Phinney. Purpose of the meeting was for Gatlin to offer from the City of Abilene a substitute armory location in the old Municipal Airport land east of town. Jeopardize Armory “Gen. Phinney said changing the site would jeopardize our getting an armory at all,” Gatlin stated. “He thought it would take 18 months to carry the proposed change through all necessary channels.” Gatlin said he doesn’t plan lo make any further efforts toward getting the Guard to accept the substitute site. The City Commission several months ago gave the state a free 'Neither GOPs Nor Demos Won' AUSTIN iiP—Gov. Allan Shivers said today he considers the national election a victory neither for the Republicans nor the Democrats. "I don’t think it spelled out anything particularly,” he told a news conference. "Most of the races were decided on either local or personal issues rather than naticnal issues.” Two Party System Shivers, who won an unprecedented third term as Texas’ gover-on the Democratic ticket in nor 99 - year lease on about seven acres of municipal Fair Park as the armory site. The lease is still in effect. After getting its own title to the old airport land cleared in court action recently, the city decided through its City Commission to offer eight acres of that property to the Guard instead of the park land. Open Bids Tuesday Bids for construction of the Abilene armory have been called for by the State Board of Control. They will be opened next Tuesday. Architects’ plans on which the bids are based were made for the Fair Park site. In a normal situation it will take eight months to build the armory, Dan Boone, chief designer for David S. Castle Co., the architects, said recently. Local Guard officials declined several weeks ago to express on opinion for or against the city’s proffered substitute site at the old airj>ort. They referred city officials to the State Armory Board, of which Gen. Phinney is a member. Undesirable'U.S. Secretary's Wife .eaves Moscow FREEZE MISSES MOSCOW iJ>i-Mrs. Karl E, Som-merlatte, declared an “undesirable person” by the Soviet government after a workers club scuffle, left Moscow today for the United States. Accompanied by her husband, the second secretary of the American Embassy, Mrs. Sommerlatte boarded a Russian plane enroute to New York. U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen and other top embassy officials saw them off, as did representatives of many other Western and Asian embassies. Mrs. Sommerlatte showed no visible regret at her departure. The Russians had accused her of “hooliganism,” charging she struck a workman in an argument Oct, 25 over where to take pictures of some Russian children. Mrs. Houston Stiff, wife of the assistant U.S. naval attache, said she actually hit the workman in an effort to free Mrs. Sommerlatte. The Soviet Foreign Ministry asked that Mrs. Sommerlatte leave the country and was adamant to strong representations by Bohlen, The State Department said the Soviet secret police had illegally detained the two embassy wives and subjected them to personal indignities.” Sommerlatte has been given new assignment in Washington. Jack Frost Makes First Visit of Year The freeze predicted for Abilene and area early Friday morning failed to materialize but Jack Frost made his first visit of the year. Both the weather bureau and Assistant County Agent Warren Woods said the frost was heavy enough to kill growing plants in low places. The low temperature recorded early Friday morning at the the election, said the election of a Republican congre.s.sman in Dallas indicated “a growing realization of a two-party syistem in Texas.” He said he could not figure out Democratic candidate Wallace Savage’s defeat in the election but added that “a lot can probably be attributed to Savage’s friends failing to take the opposition seriously.” No Repudiation The governor, whose support of President Eisenhower in 1952 wa.s a major issue in this year’s Texa.s Democratic primaries, said he saw no repudiation of Eisenhower in any of the elections either in Texas or nationally. “Where the issue wa.s Eisenhower,” he said, '“The candidates most favorable to him won. I thi^k.” Shivers said the national elections did indicat e “a moderate approach” by voters. On the matter of the 19.56 presidential race prospects, he said: “There are a lot of good candidates on the horizon whose views are moderate.” He mentioned Frank Lausche of Ohio as a possibility for “some spot” on the ticket. Johnson? No Comment When asked about presidential prospects of Texas’ senior senator and Democratic party leader Lyndon B. Johnson, Shivers changed the subject. Also on the race. Shivers .said much would depend on selection of a successor to National Democratic Chairman St e p hen Mitchell. “If the (Adlai) Stevenson forces successful in dominating the are selection of a successor to Mitchell,” he said, "I think the CIO-PAC combine will be successful in taking over the Democratic party.” Johnson and Rayburn Talk Demo Strategy CHEST CAMPUGN GIFTBAItOHrER Reds Agree to Free Nazi War Criminal BONN. Germany WPS - The West accepted today Russia’s change of heart proposal to free Konstantin von Neurath, Hitler’s foreign minister, from Spandau War Crimes Prison. Neurath, 81, is suffering from a heart condition and acute rheumatism. He is nearly blind. The Western powers have long been in favor of his release but until this week the Russians had refused. He has seven years left to serve of a 15-year sentence by the International War Crimes 'Tribunal at Nuernberg. He would be the first of the major Nazi war criminals to be released. SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER NEWS Sunday’s Reporter-News will recall memories of Nov. 11, 1918, when the war to make the world “safe for Democracy” came to its grinding halt. There will be pictures and stories of how the folks at home celebrated in anticipation for the time when “Johnny Will Come Marching Home.” American Education Week also will color this Sunday’s Reporter-News. There will be pictures of faculty wives at the three institutions of higher learning as well as stories and pictures about what public schools will do during the event. You can reserve extra copies of Sunday’s Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. weather bureau was a 34 at 6:30 a.m. This area normally reieives its first frost about Nov, 13. The earlie.st frost on record was Sept. 27, 1942. Easterly wind pushed the freezing cold out of the Abilene area. Temperatures dropped to 23 at Junction, the state low, and to 28 degrees at San Angelo. The high minimum was 51 at Brownsville. Other overnight minimuma included: Dallas, Fort Worth and Lufkin 33, Mineral Wells 32, Dal-hart and Waco 34, Houston 41, El Paso 42, Victoria 43, Del Rio 36, Salt Flat 29, and Lubbock The frost extended from Junction, southeast of San Angelo through the Panhandle. Forecast by the weather bureau for this afternoon, tonight and Saturday was for warmer temperatures. The mercury is due to hit 65 this afternoon and push up to 68 on Saturday. The low tonight will be 40. The weather forecaster said temperatures in low places in Abilene proper may have fallen below the freezing mark early Friday morning. This could have been caused by buildings obstructing wind and concentration of cold air. GOAL $110,000 $100,000 $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 BONHAM, Tex. m-The Democratic leaders of the 84lh Congress discussed their plans before a wood burning fireplace in a North Texas farm home here today. After the 15-minute conversation. Sen. Lyndon Johnson and Rep. Sam Rayburn refused to detail their strategy but both were optimistic that the new session would be a harmonious Congress. It’s Up to Ik« John.son, upped from minority to majority leader for the January session by Tuesday’s election, flew here from his Austin home to talk with the veteran Bonham congressman who will become speaker of the House for the third time. “Our program will be to maintain a united country rather than to have constant bickering among different groups,” Johnson told reporters. “Cooperation will depend quite a bit on the attitude of the administration,” said Rayburn. “If they want to go along with us, the Democratic House will go full force on all measures for the benefit of the country.” No Ceremony There was little ceremony In the brief meeting of powerful legislators. Rayburn met Johnson at the local airport in his family automobile and drove him back to the Rayburn country home near here. They talked briefly in the living room, then met reporters on the front porch. Rayburn drove Johnson back to the airport for a return flight to Dallas. The program which Johnson and Rayburn were to discuss in their meeting today, outlined several times during the campaign for congressional control, includes: 1. Support of a true bi-partisan foreign policy, 2. All-out support of the nation’s defenses against Communist aggression. 3. “Reasonable” farm legislation. Democrats have been extremely critical of the present sliding scale on farm supports. 4. Revision of the Atomic Energy Act to strengthen safeguards against monopoly. 5. “Improvement” in the labor laws. 6. A coordinated reclamation plan for the West and for development of all the nation's resources. 7. Encouragement for a prosperous economy. $20,000 $10,000 Fire Destroys Athens School ATHENS, Tex, (/Pi — The main building of Athens High School was destroyed by fire last night. Firemen said the blaze started about 9:») p.m., apparently in Um boiler room. THE WEATHER Ü. s. DEFABTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bl'REAU ABn.ENE AND VICINITY — Clear and • little warmer today, tonlAht and Satur. day. Hi£h temperature expected today ftS. Low tonight 40. High Saturday M. NORTH CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS —Fair Friday and Saturday urtth moderate temperatures. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS-Generally fair and coo! FrMay. Wanner Saturday. Moderate northerly wtnda oa coast, becoming variable Friday night and Saturday. High and low temperaturea for 94 hmira ended at g;30 a.m.; 45 and 34 degrees. TEMPERATURES Tbnrs. F. M.    Fri. A. M. « ...........  1:30      36 51 ............ 2:30      37 53  ......... 3:30       M 55 ............ 4:30        35 53 ............ 5:30      35 50 ............ «30        » 47  ........... 7:30      36 4« ............ t:30      AS 47 ............ »:30        53 39 ........  10:30       SS 37 ............ 11:30      «1 36 .......... 12:30       «5 Sunrise today 6:Si a.m. Sunset toaij^ 5-46 p.m. Barometei* readiag id U:36 p.m. 3S.Ai. Relative tmnUdttjr al 12:30 ».a. REto Ï WOMEN RAISE $2,100 Chest Drive Spurts Past $70,000 Mark Community Chest contributions had reached $70,416.31 by Friday morning, not including the money collected in Thursday’s neighbor-to-neighbor campaign. Mrs. Ross W. Wissler and Mrs. A. C. McDavitt, co • chairmen of the residential drive, estimated that about $2,100 had been collected by housewives in the two sections of town. At the Community Chest office, workers had not had time to count the money which had been turned in there from that part of the campaign. Both co - chairmen said that there were still a number of envelopes out, including those from Abilene Christian College. On the south side, Mrs. Wissler said, the Bonham School district did not hold its campaign until Friday morning, because so many of the residents had other engagements Thursday. A woman who had been missed Thursday called Mrs. McDavitt Friday morning to tell her about it, then made a special trip to turn in a check for her contribution. “Our volunteers who were supposed to start the envelopes often found themselves having to take the envelope on when housewives refus«! to pass it along,” she added, giving special praise to the volunteer woriters. Contributions Thursday totaled $l,442;20, raising the major gifts division total to $42,416.31. and general division gifts to $27.541.31. Sach division is seeking to raise $55,000 to msdte up the drivt qinAa of IliO.OOO.    ^ ;