Abilene Reporter News, November 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas Gift Tfct Wiiy Abilene Reporter EVMMB VOL. LXXIV, NO. 149 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS !T ited Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, NOV. 15, 1954 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe ON TARGET IN THE Barr, right, hunt- ing with B. E. Sievert, trains his shotgun on a mallard drake at opening of the duck season on Sullivan Lake, Volo, 111., in this photo taken by Elliott Robinson of the Chicago Daily News. Case Reneges City Given Second Best Credit Rating On McCarthy BULLETIN WASHINGTON Case (R-SD) announced today he will vote against one of the charges upon which he joined as a mem- ber of the Watklas Inquiry com- xnittee in recommending cen- sure for Sen. McCarthy (R- This Is Hie count of al- leged abuse of Brig. Gen, Ralph W. Zwicker. WASHINGTON-3fe-Sen. McCar- thy accused Sen. Watkins (R-Utah) today of being "derelict in his duty" in saying he didn't know if anyone was at fault in the Peress case. Watkins fired back: "I don't believe you can ever be satisfied unless you can find some- body who could be shot or hung." The two big figures in the Mc- Carthy censure row confronted one another at a suddenly called hear- ing of McCarthy's Investigations subcommittee. McCarthy said he scheduled it to find out whether Watkins could throw any light on who was re- sponsible for the promotion and honorable discharge of Maj. Irving Peress, an Army dentist who had refused to say whether he had Communist connections. Credit rating of AA second highest possible for any munici- pality to receive has been given the City of Abilene's forthcoming water and sewer revenue bonds by Moody's Investors Service, New York. The firm is still studying Abi- lene's city tax bonds, and expects to complete the rating on them this week. City officials have received this information in a letter from Mat- thew P. Maloney, of the Municipal Department of Moody's. "The AA rating is as high as any Texas municipal bonds, to the best of my City Manager Austin P. Hancock said Monday. Prior to the new rating, Abi- lene's revenue bonds didn't have a rating established with Moody's. The reason was that the city hasn't issued revenue bonds in many- years. On tax bondsjgeneral obligation bonds) the city already has a BAA rating from Moody's. However, the New York firm has been asked by city officials here to reveiew Token From Cafe in Burglary Cash totaling plus a S3 50 check, was stolen in a week end burglary at Big Burger cafe, 1309 Butternut Si., Police Detec- tive Capt. W. B. McDonald said Monday. Discovery of the burglary was made by Police Capt. Lomax Mar- tin at a.m. Monday, as he made his rounds on his official duties. He found that the glass had been broken out of a north front window. The burglar or burglars carried the safe to the back room of the building and jarred loose the knob to open it Two other burglaries, a wide variety of thefts and some van- dalism also were reported to police during the week end. Parking Ticket Money Stolen Seven Traf-0-Teria boxes were broken into. They are located at 806 North First St., 905 North Fifth St. 1006 North Fifth St.. 1005 North Fifth St., 1106 North Fifth St.. HOT North Fifth St., and 805 North Third St. Police had no way of knowing how much money was removed from the boxes, since nobotly knows how many overparking fines had been deposited therein. Traf-0-Teria boxes have been placed in all blocks where there are parking meters. They are for convenience of motorists, who may drop overparking tickets and fines into the boxes. Burglary of Elmwood Drive-in Theatre was reported to police by the owner, Mrs. George Likins. She said the concession stand was broken into, and a "small amount" of candy, gum and cream taken. W. B. Johnson, 1023 Graham St., reported Sunday the theft of a boy'j Schwinn bicycle from North Park School. C. Pi Brogan, 758 Jefferson Dr.; said'Sunday that a tire cover was stolen off his station wagon. Gilbert Pechacek, partner hi ,ion Hardware Co., reported Sat- urday that a Sunbeam elec- .ric razor was stolen at the store. Mrs. Barbara Waddington, 417 Kirkwood St., said Saturday that .he following articles were stolen out of her automobile: One over- night make-up kit, one pair of rub- ber gloves, three bottles of medi- :ine, the key to a Chevrolet pick- up, a red leather billfold contain- ing her identification papers anu 520 to in money. Mrs. James Evins, 758 Pecan St., said Saturday that several boxes of dress material were sto- en from a house at the rear of her address. She said they be- longed to another woman. A. G. Hack, 833 Crockett Dr., reported Saturday night that from 40 to 50 cents was stolen from the glove compartment of his auto- mobile, parked at Fair Park Audi- torium. Hub Caps Recovered Mrs. W. G. Harmon of Sweet- water received back the two hub caps stolen here Saturday night from her 1953 Buick. A 23-year-old Abilene man posted bond after being charged with the theft. His bond was forfeited in City Court Monday morning. The hub caps were stolen from 1610 Clinton St., where Mrs. Har- n was visiting. A neighbor wit- nessed the theft and notified po- Sce THEFT, Page 8-A, Col. 6 the city's financial structure and raise that classification. BAA is regarded as a good, sound rating, according to First Southwest Co., a bond firm, being only fourth from the top. Mayor C. E. Gatlin, City Com- missioner Jack .Minter, City. Man- ager Hancock'and GeorgevL. Min- ter Jr., .Abilene Chamber of Com- merce president, recently called on Moody's in New York. They pre- sented financial information about Abilene, for use of Moody's in determining the credit ratings for the local bonds. The letter from Moody's reveal- ed the result of the conference, with relation to the city's water and sewer revenue bonds. Infor- mation is expected this week on the rating determined for the tax bonds. The higher credit rating a city has from Moody's on its bonds, the lower interest rate it has to pay because bidding for its bonds is more competitive. Hancock expressed satisfaction with the rating given the revenue 30nds. Moody's gives the following rat- ings to cities, from highest to low- est in the order named: AAA, AA, A, BAA, BA, B, CAA, CA, and C. Abilenians this summer authoris- ed in an election the issuance of S5-million worth of city water and sewer revenue bonds and ?1.65 in :ax bonds. First sale of the new issues is slated by the City Commission Dec. 7. Bids will -be opened that WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES TEXAS VIOLENCE Seventeen killed in week end of shooting, cor wrecks. Page 2-A. KIDS, KIDS, MOKE stork is foster than Abilene school builders. Page I-P. OLDEST VST 'Col. Williams' starts 113th'''year with birthday party. Poflt 8-8. CHEST CAMPAIGN GIFT BAROMETER GOAL day for sale of of the George Moore, water and sewer revenue bonds and worth of the tax Donds. Included in the tax bonds offered for sale that date are 000 for fire stations, for parks and for street im- provements. Friends, Relatives Honor Mamie's 58th WASHINGTON, few rela- .ives and close friends joined Pres- ident Eisenhower last night in a salute to his wife Mamie on her 58th birthday. Among the First Lady's relatives attending a White House birthday supper were her mother Mrs. John S. Doud and her sister Mrs. Fire Hits Honolulu HONOLULU, spectacular fire, punctuated by booming ex- plosions, destroyed a block of build- ings in Honolulu's industrial area last night. U S. Indicts Parr For Tax Dodging Rains Boost Area Water, Crop Picture Rain up to 3.40 inches Sunday mers in that area and in most of brought relief to parched Central West Texas and gave municipal and agricultural water supplies a shot in the arm. The downpour over the area started before daybreak. In many instances the initial downpours were accompanied by violent light- ening and thunder that soon gave way to gentle rain. No heavy damage was reported from the electrical storms. Paint Creek near Stamford re- ceived the heaviest fall 3.40 inches. Other towns in the area getting more than three inches were Clyde with 3.20 and Baird 3.10. Precipitation in Abilene varied from 1.45 to 2.30 inches. The of- ficial reading at the Weather Bur- eau at Municipal Airport was 1.54. This Brought the total for the year to 15.41 inches. Normal is 20.73. Rain Moves Eastward The wet skies that covered the area have moved eastward. Before dawn Monday the overcast stretch- ed from the Red Hiver south, and rain fell at Dallas, Austin, Waco, j Lufkin, Beaumont and Tyler. West i Texas was clear. Lufkin was hammered by a 3.61- inch rain as a south-bound cool front tangled with'warm gulf air over East Texas Monday. Today, tonight and Tuesday the Abilene area will be clear to partly cloudy. Temperatures" wiU range frdrn a low of about 45 de- grees tonight to a high Tuesday of near 70. Area points receiving two or more inches of rain Sunday includ- ed Albany Aspermont, Haskell, Knox City, Moran, Rule, Stamford and Wylie. At Haskell, some of the cotton made there had been baled with- out a drop of rain from the time it was planted. A good many far- THE WEATHER WEATHER BUREAU U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair to partlj- cloudy today, tonight and Tuesday. High today near 65. Low tonight near 45. High Tuesday near 70. KORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy this afternoon, becoming generally fair tonight and Tuesday. A little cooler in east and south portion Monday night. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair this after- noon, tonight and Tuesday. Warmer in Panhandle and South Plains this afternoon. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight. generally fair Tuesday. A Jittle cooler tonight. Moderate northwesterly rinds on the coast, becoming variable Tuesday High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at a.m.: 59 and 48 degrees TEMPERATURES Sun P. M. Mon. A. M. 55 53 56 S3 55 52 56 51 55 55 55 55 54 54 54 oi. Sunrise today a.m. Sunset tonight 5-39 p.m. "Barometer reading at p.m. 28.20. Relative humidity at p.m. 667c. County's Bonded Debt Low, But Shows Sharp Increase (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is of a series of articles ex- plaining the county's financial situation, which during the past three years has moved from a big reserve to a delicate posi- tion that required a 60 per cent tax By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor Taylor County's bonded indebt- edness is one of the lowest per capita in Texas. Despite this, the outstanding debt is several times as high. as it was two.years ago. Except for two bond issues vot- ed in the past two years, the bond- ed debt of Taylor County consists of only in county wide road bonds which are being entire- ly paid for by the State, and 000 in Precinct 1 road bonds (for which is already in the county coffers to help retire that This makes a total of only But Road Districtl, (Northeast- ern Taylor County, including Abi- lene) voted for road bonds in 1953. MdTt And the county as a whole vot- ed this for an agri- culture center, courthouse and jail improvement bonds. The full SS50.000 in bonds has been sold, but only half on the Road District 1 bonds have been sold. With ot that still left unspent (as oi Nov. it is unlikely the other will be sold at least until next year. With the sale of the in bonds, the county -vide debt is now (of which is being paid entirely by the an! the Road District No. 1 debt is This makes a total debt in the county of To Pay Road District No. 1 is scheduled to pay off of the principal of its' debt during 1955. Over is already on hand to make the payment of including interest. The remaining debt ot the 1947; road bond issue is due to expire' in 1962 and the new issue of 1953 is to expire in 1971 i The state is due to pay ?34.00C princina1 and interest M the old county wide 1927 rat! bonds during 1955, and principal and interest on the old cotffl-l ty wide 1929 road bonds. Actually the state has accepted responsibility for only 56.02 per of the indebtedneu in the Series 1927 road bond issue and 64.28 per cent of the debt in the Series 1929 road bond issue. But in actuality, the state pays the entire amount. This is true, because the debt is paid for out of gasoline tax revenue laid aside for that purpose. Since Tay- lor County's debt is so small, its share runs considerably more than the state's percentage of its debt. So the rest of its share is used to pay the county's portion of that old debt. What is then left over goes into the county's Lateral Road Fund, for use in new road construction here. Money on Hand The 1927 bonds will expire in 1957 and the 1929 bonds in 1958. Actually, in case the state gaso- line tax should fail to cover the full amount of the annual pay- ments, Taylor County has on hand in fisheries 1927 sinking fund and in its series 1929 sinking fund to help in making 'hose annual pavments. County Auditor Herbert Middle- ton said the figures on how much is due in 1855 on the W50.000 road bonds has not been calculated. But the tax rate was increased this year in order to provide for that payment. West Central Texas had dry-sowed wheat, oats and small grain which will benefit from the rain. "Need More" "We still need a lot more than we've had." but Sunday's rains will help small grains and cover crops that will help hold any more moisture that falls, according to J. B. Harlan, soil conservationist. At Albany, 2.71 fell, putting "two to three feet" in Albany Lake, Shackelford County Sheriff William Muse said. Shackelford County ranchers had been hard-put for stock water and will probably get considerable relief from Sunday's rains. Other area points getting an inch or more of rain Sunday included Ballinger, Bronte, Cedar Gap. Cis- co, Eastiand, Breckenridge, Ham- lin, Hermleigh, Merkel, Munday, Nolan, Ranger, Rising Star, Rotan, Santa Anna, Truscott, Wingate and Winters. 60-Day Water Supply Caught In City Lakes Abilene's three city lakes .caught 60 days' water supply from Sun- day's rainfall. City Water Supt. Curtis Jr., said Monday WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport 1.54 Total for Year 15.41 Normal for Year 20.73 909 Hickory St............. 1.48 1026 Cedar 2.00 2225 Edgemont 1.65 1450 Clinton 1.45 1829 S 8th 1.65 No. 4th Plum 1.80 857 EN 13th 1.70 2233 Walnut 2.30 1702 S. 23d 1.60 ALBANY 2.71 ASPERMONT 2.03 BAIRD 3.10 BALL1NGER 1.00 BRECKENRIDGE 1.00-1.37 BRONTE .75-1.25 CEDAR GAP 1.90 CHILLICOTHE ................10 CISCO 1.50 CHILDRESS ..................20 CLARENDON ................10 CLYDE 3.20 COLORADO CITY .70 EASTLAND 1.70 1.30 HASKELL 2.20 HEDLEY.......................50 HERMLEIGH 1.50 KNOX CITY 2.00 LORAINE .....................75 MERKEL 1.00 MORAN 2.00 MONDAY 1.30 NOLAN 1.50 PADUCAII ....................20 PAINT CREEK QUANAH.......................10 RANGER 1.45 RISING STAR 1.75 ROBY ......................61-.90 ROTAN ...................61-1.00 RULE....................... 2.40 SANTA ANNA .....i.--....... -1.M morning. However, a good rise on the Clear Fork Sunday was allowed to run on downstream for benefit of ranchers and other residents of the Albany area. Abilene did no pumping of this rise into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Harlin believed the Clear Fork water was sufficient to fill up the dry water holes for the ranchers. To Aid Ranchers What effect the rain would have on Albany ranchers' request that Abilene release water from its Lake Fort Phantom Hill to them wasn't known here Monday. Catch" of the three Abilene municipal lakes from Sunday's rain was 470 million gallons, Har- lin said. This brought the total amount in storage to (14.485 bil- lion) gallons. Harlin reasoned that tte stored water now totals about a two and one-half years' supply. He made that estimate by figur- ing three and one-half billion gal- lons as the average annual water consumption and allowing also for normal evaporation. The estimate doesn't take into account the pos- sibility of future rainfall. 350 Million Gallons Lake Fort Phantom Hill caught .4 of'a foot rise, or 350 million gal- lons. That brought its stored water to 13.3 billion gallons, compared with its 24-billion gallon capacity. Water in that lake was 54 feet See WATER, Page 8-A, Col. S STAMFORD SWEETWATER In County 1.15 THROCKMORTON............1.04 In County 1-1.50 TRUSCOTT 1.30 TURKEY.......................15 VERNON .....................10 WINGATE 1.20 WINTERS 1.00 WYLIE .......................2.25 MIDLAND .....................01 MINERAL WELLS.............86 FORT WORTH.................07 SAN ANGELO .09 SEYMOUR.....................71 2.50 ...........63 Charges Say Duval Duke Shy HOUSTON ai-George B. Parr. Duva! County political boss, was indicted by a federal grand jury loday for evasion of more than in income taxes. The three count indictment against Parr charges that for 1949, 1950 and 1953 he reported an in- come of and paid a tax of However, the government charges that his actual income was and the tax should Jiave been Federal Judge Allan B. Hannay issued a bench warrant for Parr's arrest and set a bond of Monday's indictment climaxed almost a year's probe by govern- ment agencies of Parr's activities in the turbulent county. The grand jury investigation actually covered a period of a month. More than 30 witnesses 'ere heard and numerous records of Parr's former banks and of Duval County were carted in for the juror's investigation. The indictment was filed for the Corpus Christi division of the southern district and Judge Han- nay ordered that it be forwarded there. The witnesses before the jury were mostly officials of the county and of the two state banks which Parr formerly controlled. Also called were his former wife, Mrs. Thelma Parr ot Corpus-CBristl, and his brother, Givens Parr of Alice. Parr was not available for com- ment. In 1938 he was convicted on an income tax evasion charge and served a 9-month term in the federal penitentiary. Red Boys Guilty BERLIN East German court has convicted eight Commu- nist youths of rape and attempted rape. The state charged the at- tacks were inspired by "Western trash literature." Ex-Stanton Judge Goes on Trial SWEETWATER, Nov. 15 (RNS) of prospective jurors began in 32d District Court here Monday in the first of a large number of indictments against sev- en former members of the Martin County (Stanton) Commissioners Court. Former County Judge James McMorries was called to trial first on an indictment for embezzlement of county funds, which McMorries claims he used to buy fence posts for fencing right-of-way. The state alleges the posts were never de- livered to the county. The posts allegedly were bought fr.om Amos Jones of Marble Falls. Defense Attorney Davis Scar- borough of Abilene did not an- nounce ready in the case, follow- ing a mix-up on witnesses, some of whom were subpoenaed to be present today and some Tuesday." District Judge A. S. Mauzey or- dered trial to proceed, saying that he believed the witnesses could be obtained. Former "District Attorney Elton Gilliland of Big Spring, who was DA when the indictments were brought, is being assisted by Dist. Atty. Eldon Mahon of Colorado City: and by Ralph Caton, county, attorney of Stanton. Those charged and the number of indictments against each in- clude: James McMorries 14; James Herdon 3; James Froman 3; Stanley A. Lewis 2; M. H. Mc- Morries 1; Whit McMorries 2; and Oliver Vaughn 2. EAGLE DUCAT Eagle football fans jammed the Mackey Co., 1152 North Second St., early Monday morning to get tickets to the critical AHS-Midland game at Midland Friday night. About 35 persons were lined up when this picture was taken 20 minutes after Mrs. Clyde Satterwhite opened the ticket office. Shortly after noon all but 18 of 611 tickets available had been sold. The woman purchasing tickets at tLdit is Mrs. Dave 466 Clinton St. (Staff Photo) ;

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