Abilene Reporter News, November 15, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 15, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas Cive The United Way Wt)t Abilene Importer rJ&ttosi "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron / EVEKING FINAL VOL, LXXIV, NO. 149 Assrn'iatëd Press ( 4P) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, NOV. 15, 1954 —TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c y y ■>,. . - Hli ON TARGET IN THE MARSH—Warren Barr, right, hunting 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 On McCarthy BULLETIN WASHINGTON OMten. Case (R-SD) announced today lie will vote against one of the charges upon which he joined as a member of the Watkins inquiry com-* mittce in recommending censure for Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis). This Is the count of alleged abuse of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker. WASHINGTON Sen. McCarthy accused Sen. Watkins tR-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 he satisfied unless you can find somebody who could he shot or hung.” The two big figures in the McCarthy censure row confronted one another at a suddenly called hearing of McCarthy’s Investigations subcommittee. McCarthy said he scheduled it to find out whether Watkins could throw any light on who was responsible for the promotion and honorable discharge of Maj. Irving Peress, an Army dentist who had refused to say whether he had Communist connections. Best Credit Rating Credit rating of AA — second highest possible for any municipality 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 Abilene’s city tax bonds, and expects to complete the rating on them this week. City officials have received this information in a letter from Matthew 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 knowledge,” City Manager Austin P. Hancock said Monday. Prior to the new rating, Abilene’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 bonds (general 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 $421 Taken From Cafe in Burglary Cash totaling $421.30. plus a $3.50 check, was stolen in a week end burglary at Big Burger cafe, 1309 Butternut SI., Police Detective Capt. W. B. McDonald said Monday. Discovery of the burglary was made by Police Capt. Lomax Martin at 4:25 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 jarreci loose the knob to open it. Two other burglaries, a wide variety of thefts and some vandalism also were reported to police during the week end. Parking Ticket Money Stolen Seven Traf-O-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.. 1107 North Fifth St., and 805 North Third St. Police had no way of knowing how much money was removed from the boxes, since nobody knows how many overparking fines had been deposited therein. Traf-O-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, 1025 Graham St., reported Sunday the theft of a boy’s Schwinn bicycle from North Park School. C. P. Brogan, 758 Jefferson Dr., said Sunday that a tire cover was stolen off his station wagon. Gilbert Pechacek, partner in CHEST CAMPAIGN GIFT BAROMETER $100,000 $90,000 $82,788 $70,000 $60,000 Lion Hardware Co., reported Saturday that a $29.95 Sunbeam electric razor was stolen at the store. Mrs. Barbara Waddington, 417 Kirkwood St., said Saturday that the following articles were stolen out of her automobile: One overnight make-up kit, one pair of rubber gloves, three bottles of medicine, the key to a Chevrolet pickup, a red leather billfold containing her identification papers and $20 to $25 in money. Mrs. James Evins, 758 Pecan St., said Saturday that several boxes of dress material were stolen from a house at the rear of her address. She said they belonged 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 automobile, parked at Fair Park Auditorium. Hub Caps Recovered Mrs. W. G. Harmon of Sweetwater received back the two hub caps stolen here Saturday night from her 1953 Buick. A 23-year-old Abilene man posted $25 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. Harmon was visiting. A neighbor witnessed the theft and notified po- See 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 Commissioner Jack Minter, City Manager Hancock and George L. Minter Jr., Abilene Chamber of Commerce president, recently called on Moody’s in New York. They presented financial information about Abilene, for use of Moody’s in determining the credit ratings for the local bonds. The letter from Moody’s revealed the result of the conference, with relation to the city’s water and sewer revenue bonds. Information 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 bonds. Moody’s gives the following ratings to cities, from highest to low- Mr»*»#**    CQiL est in the order named: AAA. AA.    Mamie    S    !>Bth A, BAA, BA. B, CAA, CA, and C.    , WASHINGTON,    Itf-A    few    rela- Abilenians this summer author!'-    ^ives    an<*    U°se friends    joined    Pres- ed in an election the issuance of, ick‘nt Eisenhower last night in a $5-million worth of city water and j salote to his wife Mamie on her sewer revenue bonds and $1.65 in 58th birthday, tax bonds.    j    Among the First Lady’s relatives First sale of the new issues is ! attending a White House birthday slated by the City Commission j supper were her mother Mrs. Dec. 7. Bids will be opened that John S. Doud and her sister Mrs. day for sale of $2-million of the George Moore, water and sewer revenue bonds G 0 A l $110,000 . Indicts Parr For Tax Dodging Rains Boost Area Water,Crop Picture Rain up to 3.40 inches Sunday I mers in that area and in most of brought relief to parched Central West Central Texas had dry-sowed West Texas and gave municipal! wheat, oats and small grain which and agricultural water supplies a will benefit from the rain. WHERE IT RAINED $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 Friends, Relatives shot in the arm. The downpour over the area started before daybreak. In many instances the initial downpours were accompanied by violent light- j ening and thunder that soon gave way to gentle rain. No heavy damage was reported from the electrical storms. Paint Creek near Stamford received 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 official reading at the Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport was 1.54. This Vrought the total for the year to 15.41 inches. Normal is 20.73. Rain Moves Eastward The wret skies that covered the area have moved eastward. Before dawn Monday the overcast stretched from the Red River south, and rain fell at Dallas, Austin, Waco, Lufkin, Beaumont and Tyler. West 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 in the Abilene area will be clear to partly cloudy. Temperatures will range from a low of about 45 de- a kte*1 ^sdayj day’s rainfall. City Water Supt Curtis C. Harlin, Jr., said Monday “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, Cisco, Eastland, Breckenridge, Hamlin, Hermleigh, Merkel, Munday, Nolan, Ranger. Rising Star, Rotan, Santa Anna, Truscott, Wingate and Winters. 60-Day Water Supply (aught In City Lakes Abilene’s three city lakes caught^ SANTA ANNA 60 days’ water supply from Sun-1 SAN ANGELO 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 BALLINGER ........... ..... 1.00 RRECKENRIDGE ...... . 100-1.37 BRONTE ............... .. .75-125 CEDAR GAP ........... ..... 190 CHILLICOTHE ......... ...... .10 CISCO ................ .....1.50 CHILDRESS ........... .......20 CLARENDON .......... ......10 CLYDE ................. ..... 3.20 COLORADO CITY EASTLAND ............ 1.70 HAMLIN................ HASKELL ............. 2.20 HEDLEY ............... HERMLEIGH .......... ..... 1 50 KNOX CITY ........... ..... 2.00 LORAINE .............. .......75 j MERKEL .............. MORAN ................ 2.00 MUNDAY .............. NOLAN ................ ..... 1.50 PADUCAH ............. .......20 PAINT CREEK ........ , 3.40 1QUANAH ............... ........10 RANGER ............. 1.45 RISING STAR ......... ...... 1.75 IROBY ................. iROTAN ................ .. .61-1.00 RULE ................. ...... 2.40 of near 70 Area points receiving two or more inches of rain Sunday included Albany Aspermont, Haskell, Knox City, Moran, Rule, Stamford and Wylie. At Haskell, some of the cotton made there had been baled without a drop of rain from the time it was planted. A good many far- THE WEATHER sewer revenue and $850,000 worth of the tax bonds. Included in the tax bonds offered for sale that date are $250,-000 for fire stations, $200,000 for parks and $400,000 for street improvements. Fire Hits Honolulu HONOLULU, (JPG-A spectacular fire, punctuated by booming explosions, destroyed a block of buildings in Honolulu’s industrial area last night. WEATHER BUREAU U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ABILENE AND VICINITY - Fair t<» partly cloudy today, tonight and Tuesday. High today near 65. Low tonight near 45. High Tuesday near 70. NORTH 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 afternoon. tonight and Tuesday. Warmer in Panhandle and South Plains this afternoon. EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS. Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight, becoming generally fair Tuesday. A little cooler tonight. Moderate northwesterly winds on the coast, becoming variable Tuesday. High and low temperatures for 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 59 and 48 degrees. TEMPERATURES p. M.    Mon.    A.    M. ...........  1:30      53 2:30      53 3:30       52 4:30       51 5:30      50 6:30      50 7:30      48 8:30       52 9:30      56 Sun 55 56 55 56 56 55 10:30      60 11:30      62 12:30      65 Sunrise today 7:09 a.m. Sunset tonight 5:39 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 28.20» Helative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 66%. County's Bonded Debt Low, But Shows Sharp Increase 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, Harlin said. This brought the total amount In storage to 14,485,000.000 (14,485 billion) gallons. Harlin reasoned that the stored water now totals about a two and one-half years’ supply. He made that estimate by figuring three and one-half billion gallons as the average annual water consumption and allowing also for normal evaporation. The estimate doesn’t take into account the possibility of future rainfall. 350 Million Gallons Lake Fort Phantom Hill caught .4 of a foot rise, or 350 million gallons. 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. 5 .......... 1.25 ............09 SEYMOUR .....................71 STAMFORD ................. 2.50 SWEETWATER  ............63 In County ................. 1.15 THROCKMORTON............ 1    04 In County ................ 1-1.50 TRUSCOTT ................  130 TURKEY.......................15 VERNON .........  10 WINGATE .................. 1.20 WINTERS................  1.00 WYLIE .......................2.25 MIDLAND .....................01 MINERAL WELLS  ........86 FORT WORTH .................07 Charges Say Duval Duke $85,000 Shy HOUSTON (JPg-George B, Parr, Duval County political boss, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for evasion of more than $85,000 in income taxes. The three count indictment against Parr charges that for 1949, 1950 and 1953 he reported an income of $164,372 and paid a tax of $83.555. However, the government charges that his actual income was $278,284 and the tax should have been $169.209. Federal Judge Allan B. Hannay issued a bench warrant for Parr’s arrest and set a bond of $10,000. Monday’s indictment climaxed almost a year’s probe by government agencies of Parr’s activities in the turbulent county. The grand jury investigation actually covered a period of a month. More than 30 witnesses were 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 Har,-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 Christi. and his brother, Givens Parr of Alice. Parr was not available for comment. In 1938 he was convicted on an income tax evasion charge end served a 9-month term in the federal penitentiary. Red Boys Guilty BERLIN (iW—An East German court has convicted eight Communist youths of rape and attempted rape. The state charged the attacks were inspired by “Western trash literature.” WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES TEXAS VIOLENCE — Seventeen killed in week end of shooting, car wrecks. Page 2-A. KIDS, KIDS, MORE KIDS—The stork is foster than Abilene school builders. Page 1-B. OLDEST VET — 'Col. Williams starts 113th year with birthday party. Poge 8-8, (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is oue of a series of articles explaining the county’s financial situation, which during the past three years has moved from a big reserve to a delicate position that required a 60 per cent tax hike). By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor Taylor County’s bonded indebtedness 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 voted in the past two years, the bonded debt of Taylor County consists of only $173,000 in county - wide road bonds which are being entirely paid for by the State, and $175,-000 in Precinct 1 road bonds (for which $80.000 is already in the county coffers to help retire that debt). This makes a total of only $348,000. But Road District 1, (Northeastern Taylor County, including Abilene) voted $700,000 for road bonds in 1953. $850,000 More And the county as a whole voted $850,000 this fall for an agri culture center, courthouse and jail improvement bonds. The full $850.000 in bonds has been sold, but only half ($350,000' on the Road District 1 bonds have been sold. With $210 000 ot that in the Series 1927 road bond issue and 64.28 per cent of the $65,000 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 still left unspent (as of Nov 1), it out of gasoline tax revenue laid is unlikely the other $350,000 will aside for that purpose. Since Tay-be scld at least until next year. | lor County’s debt is so small, its With the sale of the $850.000 in share runs considerably more than bonds, the county - wide deb* is the state’s percentage of its debt, now $1.023,000 <of which $173,000 is j So the rest of its share is used to being paid entirely by the state*, pay the county’s portion of that anl the Road Dis rut No. 1 debt old debt. What is then left over 13 $525.000, This makes a total debt | goes into the county’s Lateral in the county ot $1,548,000.    :    Road Fund, for use    in new road To Pay $35,000    i    construction here. Road District No. 1 is scheduled Ex-Stanton Judge Goes on Trial SWEETWATER, Nov. 15 (RNS) —Questioning of prospective jurors began in 32d District Court here Monday in the first of a large number of indictments against seven 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 delivered to the county. The posts allegedly were bought from Amos Jones of Marble Falls. Defense Attorney Davis Scarborough of Abilene did not announce 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 ordered 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 include:    James McMorries 14: James Herdon 3; James Froman 3; Stanley A. Lewis 2; M. H. McMorries 1; Whit McMorries 2; and Oliver Vaughn 2. to pay off $35.000 of the principal of its $525,000 debt during 1955. Over $30.000 is already on hand to make the payment of $44,970.17, including $9,970.17 interest. The $175,000 remaining debt ot the 1947 road bond issue is due to expiie in 1%2 and the new $350,000 issue of 1953 is to expire in 1971 The state is due to pay $34.000 principa’ and $4,095 intetes* m the uld county - wide 1927 mad bonds) Money on Hand The 1927 bords will expire in 1957 and the 1929 bonds in 1958. Actually, in case the state gaso-ine tax should fail to cover the full amount of the annual payments, Taylor County has on hand $32,544 in its series 1927 sinking fund and $1,399 in its series 1929 sinking fund to help in making hose annual payments. County Auditor Herbert Middle- during 1955, and $15,000 principal: ton said the figures on how much and $2,875 interest on the old coun-l is due in 1955 on the $850.000 road ty - wide 1929 road bonds.    bonds has not been calculated. But Actually the state has accepted the tax rate was increased this responsibility for only 56.02 per year in order to provide for that edit of the $108,000 indebtedness!payment. EAGLE DUCAT BOOM—Avid 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. Snortly after noon all but 18 of 611 tickets available had been sold. The woman purchasing tickets at tjymi is Mrs. Dave Wilkins, 466 Clinton St. (Staff Photo)    4 ;