Abilene Reporter News, November 30, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

November 30, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas f à- dvTha VtOtaa W«yi-%-í4-lo fiWiit SWIme Importer-SBtetDá EVENING'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 164 Associated Pres$ (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 30, 1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c PRESENT—This is a portrait of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill painted by Graham Sutherland for presentation to the statesman on his 80th birthday Nov. 30 by past and present members of the House of Parliament. Sutherland says he suspects the Prime Minister, a noted amateur painter himself, of adding a daub or two of paint on the canvas between sittings. NOT RETIRING Churchill Expects Future Service LONDON — Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 80th +)irthday today with the fervent hope he still has "some service to render.” The Prime Minister, always a man of many sides, was both jovial and somber as the nation paid tribute to him and millions of admirers, at home and overseas, marked the anniversary as a per-ional affair. I.x>oking especially fit for his age. Churchill heard eulogies from all factions in the House of Commons at a new session of Parliament opened by Queen Elizabeth II with a speech from the throne declaring — in his words — that w’orld survival depends on a continued intimate association of Britain and the United States. He accepted the eulogies “with pride and humility.” And to those looking for a hint of his future plans, the old warrior de.scribed himself as "a party pol itician who has not retired and may at any time become involved in controversy.” He made only one reference to his age in the House: "Ladies and gentlemen. I am now nearing the end of my journey. Î hope I still have some services to render. However that may be and w’hatever may befall, I am sure I shall never forget the emotion of this day—this wonderful hcmor done me.” WTiile former Prime Minister Clement Attlee, leader of the opposition Labor party. lauded him, Churchill shifted restlessly in a chair almost like an embarra.ssed schoolboy. Lady Churchill beamed proudly and patted Sir Winston’s hand. Visibly moved by the birthday reception tended him oy Conservative friends and Laborite foes, Churchill called it the “most memorable public occasion of my life." 1911 Carnegie Hero, S. J. Plowman, Dies Samuel J. tJack) Plowman. 71, H’inner of a Carnegie Hero Award in 1911 for saving the life of a welldigger, died Tue.sday at 4 a m. at his home here, 2102 Swenson Ave. Mr. Plowman, a retired farmer, had lived in Abilene since 1930. He had been in ill health for the past four years and in serious condition for five months. Born April 6. 1883, at Jackson, Mis.s., he married the former Frances Schuler in Rusk County in 1906. He moved to Taylor County’s Colony Hill community in 1920 and five years later moved to Jones County. « He was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1911 for saving the life of G. N. Eames, 50-year-old well-digger, at Overton on Sept. 28, 1911. Mr. Plowman, then 28, had himself lowered to the bottom of a 37 - foot well and tied a rope around Eames. who was unconscious from gas fumes. On the way up, the ropes became snagged and broke the windlass lifting the two men. Mr. Plowman managed to brace himself against the walls of the well until it was repaired and then bring the rope tied to Eames to the sur-iace. Eames was drawn safely to the ground again and revived. Mr. Plowman was given a Carnegie plaque and $1,000 for the exploit. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Elliott’s Chapel of Memories. Dr, C. A. Powell, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Crowell and former pastor of University Baptist Church, where Mr. Plowman held his membership for many years, will officiate, assisted by E. R. Harper, minister of Highland Church of Christ. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Survivors include three sons, Travis L. Plowman, 1117 Elm St., Clifton D. Plowman, 2041 Swenson St., and Leonard J. Plowman of Fort Worth; two daughters. Mrs. Delnion Mashburn. 918 Green St., and Mrs. Nick Duchscher of Rugby, N. D.; four brothers, Bazie Plowman of View, Henry Plowman of Coleman. Merrit Plowman of Weatherford, and Clement Plow-■tOB of Tulsa; three sisteri» Mrs. Mrs. and of Arp: 14 one great- Richard Pool of Tyler. Noolie Gilstrap of Marshall. Mrs. Luther Baker grandchildren and grandchild. S. J. PLOWMAN . • • retired farmer diet McAlister low Bidder On Armory AUSTIN <44-Albert A. McAlister of Abilene was the apparent low bidder today on a National Guard armory for the city. The state Board of Control announced that it had received seven bids, with Mc.Nlister’s base bid hsted at $167.240. Board officials said it would be at least several weeks before a contract could be awarded. The State Armory Board had set aside $240,000 for construction of the Abilene armory, but bids frequently have been considerably below the quthorized figures, officials said. The bid does not include pav-Lng or landscaping costs. At a later date bids will be taken on a $50,000 service center to be built near the armory on land leased to the Guard at the extreme south end of Fair Park. McAlister reported in Abilene that the specifications call for work to be completed in 210 calendar days iseven months) after the contract is awarded. The building includes a 120-by-60 foot drill hall, classrooms, storerooms, locker rooms, shower rooms and offices. Opening of bids came about 14 months after the first announcement by the state that money would be authorized Abilene for construction of an armory, providing the City of Abilene provide, without cost, a suitable site. Abilenian Geis Clothes, Flees Hespilal Arrest A former Taylor County jail Inmate, facing felony and misdemeanor check .swindling charges here, has set off a manhunt In Trinidad, Colo, The Associated Press Tuesday reported that Graves L. Bibb, 37, of Seymour and Abilene. wa!!<ed away Friday from a Trinidad Colo., hospital where he was being treated for a leg infection. He had been arrested on confidence game charges. Sheriff's officers of Taylor County said Bibb was arrested at Rochester Oct. 28 to answer a misdemeanor check swindling charge here. This charge, filed Oct. 25 in Taylor County Court, alleged Tom Ellison of the ICllison Service Station, 3009 South 14th St.. was handed a $18.60 check by Bibb last Sept. 15. Ellison gave gasoline and cash for the check. Rifle Obtained After Bibb was jailed, sheriff’s officers of Trinidad, Colo., informed local officers that they had a felony arrest warrant for the suspect. The Colorado charge alleged Bibb obtained a valuable rifle from a Trinidad store with a worthless check. Bibb was extradited to Trinidad Nov. 9. After Bibb left, Ellison notified local officers of receiving a $65 check last Sept. 18 from Bibb. As a result, a charge of felony check swindling was filed Nov. 9 in the court of Justice of the Peace H. F. Long. The Associated Press Tuesday said Bibb’s leg infection developed after he injured a knee in jail. He was transferred to the hospital at Trinidad. Officers took his clothes but left him unguarded. Officers believed an accomplice provided Bibb with clothing. Powell said Bibb was not injured while in Abilene. Tom Todd, 104th District attorney, said Bibb was a carpenter and had worked as a sub - contractor here. 15 of 40 Men Die As Wind Sinks Ship ‘JOLLY OLD ELF...—Santa Claus, surrounded by youixg choristers, brought squeals of delight from little folks all up and down the line of Monday night’s parade when he appeared at the end of the long line of floats. The float was decorated by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Western Chevrolet Co. (Staff photo by Bob Gulley) (For story and other pictures, see Pages 1-B 2-A, and 3-B.) AS POLICE CRACK DOWN Burglars Take Holiday During Christmas Parade There has been a lull in Hie past 24 hours in Abilene’s burglary wave, while police and the publi? cooperated in efforts to combat < Despite the fact that thousand.^ of Abilenians left their homes to witness the Monday evening Dry Cold Front To Follow Dust Dust driven by blustery winds should precede a cold front due in here about dark tonight. The dry, cold front may bring the Abilene area its first fall freeze. A Weather Bureau forecast revised from Monday night indicated the mercury would dip to the low 30s tonight. Insufficient moisture ha§ virtually ruled out any rain. 41-MPH Gusts South, southeasterly winds gust-ing up to 41 miles per hour buffeted the area Tuesday morning. The winds were due to shift to the west ahead of the front and slowly die out as the cold enveloped the area. Highest temperature Wednesday will be in the middle 40s, becoming warmer 'Thursday and colder again Friday, the weatherman said. The Abilene area missed its chance for precipitation today because the moist Gulf air and cold air aloft won’t collide here. The warm front apparently swerved to the north of Abilene, lessening any chance for rain. The low Is expected about daybreak Wednesday morning in this area. The Panhandle and South Plains area is due a freeze from the front. State weather forecasters said the rainfall would probably be limited to the Panhandle-Plains region. Brownsvillfe's .12 of an inch of rain late Moiuiay night was the first measurable rain in the state since Nov. 17 when .04 of an inch fell at Dalhart. Jenner, Flanders Tangle Over Soviet 'Brothers' WASHINGTON if» — Sen. Jenner (R-Ind) angrily took Sen. Flanders m-Vt) to task in the Senate today for a broadcast in which Jenner said Flanders referred to the Soviet ;^ples as "brothers.” Flanders snapped that Jenner "has taken leave oi his intelligence.” The hot clash came as the Senate was moving into the final stages of its long debate over proposals to censure Sen. McCarthy. Under a unanimous cwisent agreement, voting is to begin tomorrow afternoon. Leaders fo»-i»cast that amendments would be disposed and a final vote reached by some time Thursday. Flanders and Jenner have been leading figures in the controversy over McCarthy’s conduct. Fland era introduced the original resolu-tioo eensure. Jenn« hu bat tied against censure. When today’s session opened, Flanders put into the Congressional Record the transcript of a Thanksgiving Day broadcast he made over the government’s Voice of America radio network. About half an hour late., while Sen. Brown <R-Nev) had the floor for a speech opposing censure of McCarthy, Jenner arose and asked permission of Brown to make a statement. Jenner, speaking with Flanders sitting only three seats away, said Flanders had referred to the Soviet peoples as “brothers” at a time when Russia was shooting down American planes and Red China was imprisoning U. S. military men on "trumped-up charges.” Flanders, replying immediately, said "the gentleman is beside him self. He has taken leave of his intelligence.” As he attempted to continue his reply. Jenner repeatedly interrupted him, demanding that Flanders answer the question as to why he used the terms "brothers” and “friends" in speaking of the Soviet peoples. Sen. Cotton (R-NH) who was presiding, pounded his gavel in an effort to halt Jenner, but the Indianan paid no attention. Flanders told Jenner that essentially what he was trying to do in the broadcast was to make an appeal to the Russian peoples for friendship over the heads of the Russian government. Flanders said the broadcast was based on a two-year old script embodying a message he had been trying for a long time to get «croM to tbt Russian peoplo. > J.M.Hardie, Pioneer, Dies J. Morgan Hardie, 72, pioneer Abilenian, died at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. He died at the home of a brother. Robert C. Hardie, 637 Merchant St. Mr. Hardie had made his home here at 1118 Highland St. He was born July 23, 1882 at Crystal Springs, Miss, and moved to Abilene with his family in 1893. For about 15 years he was with the clainis department of the old Orient Railroad of Wichita, Kans. In 1925 he returned to Abilene to work for the Abilene Savings and Loan Association in the abstract department. He was em ployed in 1949 by the West Texas Abstract and Title Co. until his retirement due to health in 1953. Funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. in Laughter-North Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Leiand Mur phy, pastor of the First Presby terian Church. Burial will be in Maswiic cemetery. Pallbearers will 1» T. 0. Massey Sr., T. 0. Massey Jr., Horace Roberts, Vic Payne, A. C. Pratt, and Will Murray. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Jesse W’alker of 1118 Highland St and Mrs. Hennis Sleeper of Waco; two brothers. Dr. James F. Hardie. Pre.sbylerian minister of San Saba, and Robert C. Hardie of 637 Merchant St; one niece and thrws nephawA Christmas parade downtown, no re.sidence burglaries were reported. Kenneth Paynter’s grocery store. 941 Walnut St.. had an un-.succe.ssfu! attempted burglary Monday night. A lock was cut, but no entry made. .Scared Off Paynter felt that the would-be theft was scared off. At least 11 burglaries have occurred during the past week, the loot exceeding $2,500. Police Chief C, Z, Hallmark Monday canceled all holiday time of policpnten, until the burglary wave is halted. He issued special orders for greater vigilance, Detective.s Tuesday continued their investigation of the recent break-ins, but Detective Lt. George Sutton said no arrests had yet been made. Another failure at burglary was reported Monday, Lightfoot Service Station, 1600 block of Pine St., said somiebody broke a lock on the washroom Sunday night but didn’t’t get in. Public Reports Suspicions Evidence of public cooperation in the burglary outl reak was reflected in reports to police Monday and Tuesday morning. Three informants called attention to "suspicious persons.” Three "suspicious automobiles” were listed. No clues resulted. Policemen turned in numerous reports to headquarters of (he con-ditlon.s they found around various building.s during the night. Officers W T. Davis and C. M Farris, in a patrol car. reported at 10:32 p.m. .Monday they found a ladder again.st the side of the •‘Connally - Stephens” huildi -South Third and Butternut Sts. Wheat Tire Co is now located at that address. The officers said the building checked out all right and doors were all secure. They took down the ladder and left it on the north side of the building. Better Lighting Two stores had conferences with police regarding better lighting and other measure* the estaunnv ments could dtake to make burglaries less likely. One addidtional applicant asked Monday for a job as a policeman. That made a total of two applica- mom. w. m. tions pending. City Personnel Director Bernard Huett has issued a call for more applicants, since the Police Department is six men short of its authorized 72-man strength. Among the orders he issued Monday were for greater attenti<Mi to the checking of doors and windows at all downtown stor^ at night and throughout holidays and Sundays. LONDON if» - The British freighter Tresillian sank in the Irish Sea today under the hammering of wind.s of hurricane force and at lea.st 15 of her 40-man crew were drowned. Other ships plucked 19 survivors and 3 dead men from the water in perilous rescue operations and reported sighting 12 more bodies floating face down. Hope fo the half dozen others alward was slight. One of the bodies recovered was that of the master of the 7,373-ton vessel, Wentified as a Capt. Winter. The known death toll of seamen m the five-day storm that sank four other ship® in waters around the British Isles mounted to 37, The Tresliiian xx 4th graf »8 .. The Tresillian, bringing a cargo of grain to England from Canada, heeled over and went down 44 miles off Cork, Ireland. The crew of 40 went over the side into mountainous waves. The ship’s owners, the Peninsular k Oriental Sleamshit» Co., said there were no passengers aboard. Rescue Ship Crippled The 1.044-ton Scottish ship Ard-glen radioed thaf she picked up three bodies and six survivors before her own engines bri^e down, leaving her at the mercy of the sea. AncAher rescue vessel, the 6.47$-ton Ixmdon tanker Llparv», picked up 13 survivors, seven of them injured, and made for Cork, the Coast Guard reported. While winds with gusts of up to 100 miles an hour whistled from Ireland to the Netherlands, two other ships were mussing and feared to be in serious trouble. THE WEATHER U. i. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE WEATHER BI READ ABILENE AND VICINITY -- Partly cloudy, mild and windy thi* afternoon and lonisht, lurninR rolder late tonisht or Wedneaday Duaty thia atternoon and tonight. Partly cloudy and colder Wedneaday. High thIa alternoon 70-75. Low tonight In low 30s. High Wedneaday middle 4(H. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS ~ Occasional rain and warmer thia altemc-on. Scattered thunderahowera tonight and in aoutheaat portion Wedneaday. Colder Wedneaday and In northwest portkto itontcht. WEST TEXAS - Partly cloudy and windy thia afternoon and tonight. Much colder in all except extreme aouth portion tonight. Loweat 18-28 in Panhandle and upper South Plalna tonight. Scattered thunderahowera In eaat portion of South Plalna and eaat of Pecoa Valley tonight. Wedneaday, partly cloudy and colder. TEMPERATURES tvm A. M. 1:30 .......... 54 2:»  ....... 54 3:30  ....... 54 4:M       54 5:30 ............ 54 6:30 ............ 54 7:30       55 8-30 .........  51 9:30 ............ «0 10:30 .........  63 11:30 ............ 6» 12:30 .    72 Sunrtae today 7:22 a.ra. SunMt tonight 5:34 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:39 p.m.i 38.19. Relative humidity at 12.30 p.m.; 60 %. High and low temperature« for 34 houra ended at 6:39 a.m.s 99 and 53 de-gre«a. 5« 59 59 58 3« 54 50 52 53 54 55 34 Second McMorries Trial Postponed SWEETWATER, Nov. 30 - Trial of former Martin County Judge James McMorries «1 the second of 14 indictment alleging fraud of county funds has been continued indefinitely. The case was originally set to be heard Monday. It was continued due to the absence of a witness, 32d Di.striet Attorney Eldon Mahon said Tuesday. McMorries was found guilty last week by a 32d District Court in trial on the first indictment ~for theft of $175.40 of Martin County school funds —and was sentenced to five years in prison. ONLY $318 CONTRIBUTED Mother Asks Food For Christmas Wichita Possibte Pampa Reptacement HOUSTON {^4—Pampa won’t operate in the West Texas-New Mexico League next season and prospects are good that Wichita Falls will replace the Oilers. Hal Sayles, president of the league, is calling a meeting late today to discuss the situation. Sayles also said Juarez, Mexico, might b« taken into the league. "Will you please bring us some Christmas " "I am a widow...” "I have two brothers and three sisters and we need your help...” Letters are pouring in as Christmas approaches. The messages are to the Goodfellows. Each is from a family which might not have a merry Christmas, except for one thing: 'The Goodfellows are hurrying to the rescue. Each letter is individually checked by Welfare workers but the Goodfellows need a lot of help. Only $318 So Far On Tuesday, the contributions totaled $318. That’s far from the $2,500 the Goodfellows hope to spend on food this year. Hie Good-«Ilows need another $2,250 for ?lothing and $1,250 for toys. Nobody solicits for the Goodfellows. Nobody knocks on anybody’s door asking for cash. Those who give do so voluntarily. Checks can be made out to the Goodfellows and sent to The Re-oorter-News. The funds will be converted into Christmas happiness for needy families. "I am writing you fw help at Xmas,” « letter sakL "1 am r mi^her of 9 children. 6 are at home, ages 4 to 12, My husband isn’t making enmigh to pay all our bills, feed k clothe us. I have one girl at home and 5 boys. I don’t want to ask for many toys, but please for food k clcM:hing, I don’t want my children to go hungry on Xmas. Everything that can be done will be deeply appreciated.” Another letter said: Sevea Children "I am just writing this few line* to ask y<Hi if you be good to m* and send me some food, clothing and toys on Christmas Day, I have 7 children from 9 years to 10 months. My husband works but doesn’t emed enough for 7 children. We been paying to much doctor bills, hospital bills and we still have a little boy to have an operation, and another that doesn’t bear and doesnt talk. So I hope yo* remember me.” Latest contributors to the Goodfellows are: Pr«vto«*ly «ckiiowkd^wd .......... E. V. S«Uért    ........... Mary Booth, M. D. .............. Mrs. Joe M. Milisa»  ........ Abuea« Ptumbiiuf Supply .......... Edwm B. Hopüo« Jr. TOTAL s.m .! 15.94 ... 3.M Sa SUS.M J ;