Abilene Reporter News, December 27, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY COOL Reporter EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS 5T Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO, 191 Anocialtd Prett (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, DEC. 27, PAGES PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 11 Plans Okayed For Bui Id ings At Ag (enter Taylor County Commissioners Monday morning approved archi- tects' plans for the Woman's and General Exhibits Buildings at the Taylor County Agricultural Center. It was the last regular session of the calendar year. The court expressed appreciation for the services of Claude Newberry Com- missioner of Precinct No. I, whose term expires at the end of De- cember. He has served six years. "I am glas I have served with you." Newberry responded. "There hasn't been a better bunch of men anywhere to work with." His post will be taken Jan. 1 by J. H. Rucker, who was present at the session familiarizing himself with the routine of a commission- er's session. Holiday Saturday The court voted to close the courthouse Saturday, Jan. 1, 1955, in observance of New Year. Court- house offices will close at 5 p.m. Friday and not re-open until Mon- day morning. The court officially designated a lane leading off from the Buffalo Gap Highway (FiM 613) west- ward three miles as "Curry Lane." It has been so known for many years. The request was made by Miss Lucretia Curry. The court entered into the min- utes the fact of transfer of a sec- tion of U. S. Highway 80 to the county which was recently aban- doned when new construction was finished. It is between Abilene and Trent. The transfer was annoue- ed in a letter from Jake Roberts, Abilene district engineer of the the Highway Department. Other business transacted dur- ing the forenoon: Transfer of from High- way 1 and 30 (Now U. S. 80 and 83-84) sinking fund into the general fund of the county. Moner Transferred Approved transfer of from the general fund to the fifth class pauper'i fund. Tucker and Lindberg spread out plats containing final plans for the Building, the Gener- al Exhibits BuHdtnjr'ahd for the third and fourth floors of the coun- ty jafl. Tha General Exhibits Building, Leo Tucker said, would contain ap- proximately square feet and the Woman's Building abou iqasre feet. County Judge Reed Ingalsbe and the four commissioners termed the "excellent." The report of county treasurer Mw. Robert Haile showed a No- vember balance of with being paid out during the month. The court adjourned at noon. Pampa Ball Team Sued in Collision An echo from an accident in which brakes failed on a basebal bus was heard in 42nd Distric Court Monday. A. D. Coats, 2443 South Fifth St. entered suit against Pampa Base ball Team, of the West Texas-New Mexico Baseball League, for damages to his automobile on Sept. 13. In his petition, Coats said tha he was driving a 1950 Dodge east on South First St. At the intersec tion of South First and Sayles a bus driven by I. B. Palmer, agen for the defendant club, collidec with his car. The ear value immediately prior to the acciden at and immediately afterward at Tom Webb, Abilene attorney represents Coats. New Pay Hikes For GI Technicians WASHINGTON Asst. Secre- tary of Defense Fred Seaton say administration proposals for mil tary pay raises would not affec the ordinary private but would air at keeping skilled technicians uniform. STORAGE WELL BURNS Ten men were burned when a Gulf Oil Corp. underground storage well for gas at Fan- nett, Tex., caught fire. The fire developed as workers sought to shut off the escaping gas. The flames are reflect- ed in a water-reservoir in the Fannett Field. Death Toll Climbs To 74 for Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Violent deaths in'Texas since the holiday season began Dec. Jlroii to 74 -of them firfrrf- ic. .The state count'began shortly after midnight Dec. 23. In a separate count just for the Christmas weekend, Texas led all other states in the number of vio- lent deaths. From 6 p.m. Friday, Jhristmas Eve, to Sunday at mid- night, Texas had 41 violent deaths of them in traffic. California was second. The State Department of Public Safety forecast 203 violent deaths in Texas during the 11-day period. Gunfire claimed 7 lives. Fire kill- ed 6. Three victims were stabbed [o death. The other deaths were from other from pecan trees and drilling rigs, a man run over by a bulldozer. The latest fatalities Donna Sue, 2, and Miles Burnas, 6 weeks old, children of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Arnett of Odessa_, were killed Sunday in a two-car' crash in downtown Odessa. The parents were injured. Richard Crawford, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arbin Crawford of Car- thage, was killed Sunday and eight people, including the parents, were hurt in a two-car crash on High- way 190 west of Woodville. Lloyd Eater, Seminole employe of Magnolia Petroleum Co., fell about 60 feet from a drilling rig Sunday after his safety belt caught in a moving drilling line. Suicide verdicts were returned in the deaths of Mrs. John Pope elderly resident of Alvarado in forth Central Texas, who placei -paper bag over her head and i' gas hose in the'bag, 'ani f Spencer Vaughen, 51, of near Alice, who connected-a garden ose to his car's exhaust and diet nside the machine. On a rain-slick highway near asper in East Texas Sunday, Sid ey and Michael McNair, 10 and 7 'ere killed when their car skiddec into a pine tree. The parents, Mr and Mrs. H. F. McNair of De- luincy, La., were hurt. The body of Larry Nelson, 9, was ecovered late Saturday from th errell County Club lake north o errell. The boy had gone boating arly in the day and drowned. Burns TOKYO IB Wind-driven flames estroyed most of a small Japa ese hospital today but all 100 pa ients were carried to safety with ie help of Americans from nearby U.S. Air Force bases. Wingate Blaze Kills Baby, Badly Burns Grandmother Mastodon Tooth Is Fine Present For a Schoolboy WATERLOO, Iowa B! How'd you like a mastodon molar for Christmas? Young Jerry Mead of Waterloo got one this year ard it was just what he wanted. He's been studying mastodons in school. So he told his grandfather recently he'd like part of one of the prehistoric animals. It wasn't too hard for grandpa to meat the request. He's Dr. Warren Mead of Belmont, Mass., former head of the geology depart- ment of Massachusetts Institute ol Technology. FIREWORKS WARNING 'Candy' Explodes; Ronnie Severely Burned on Mouth Four-year-old Ronnie Miller suf- fered injuries in a freak fireworks accident Sunday and his mother. Mrs. L. A. Miller, has a warning for motheri of other small chil- dren. While visiting Ronnie law what he thought to candy started to eat a piece. When bit the round, bright colored ob- ject, it txploded in hU mouth, burning him Miverely. What Ronnit had taken to be Christmu etady wii piece fireworks that explodes when step- ped on. Ronnie was reported Monday to be responding well administered by a doctor. 'I wanted to report the acci said Mrs. Miller, "so tha other mothers will know to keep such fireworks out of reach o small children who might not be able to distinguish them fron candy." She added that she Iiates fireworks of any kind. The Millen live at 1990 Woodard at Blast Shatters Pane's' i In Downtown Odessa VetsSoldGI Land Rights. Solon s Told AUSTIN of vet- rans that they had sold their as purchasers of lands under the state 100 million dollar pro- [ram for each were read into Senate investigation committee record today. The affidavits, taken by Depart- ment of Public Safety investiga- ors, generally related that if the 'eterans ever actually acquired any land they had never seen it and don't know where it is. N. K. Dixon, department investi- ;ator, read the affidavits taken rom Latin American veterans at Brady who said they had been paid each by L. V. Ruffin of Brady, or their GI rights under the land irogram but that they did not be- ieve they had actually purchased any land. The land involved was ocated near Catarina in Dimmitt County. State Auditor C. H. Cavness told he committee Ruffin had acquired 447 acres of land for Most mprovements Cavnass said, were on a 47 acre tract which Ruffin retained, and the other 400 acres were sold to the state for resale to 12 veterans it cost totaling Cavness said Ruffin paid for hii original purchase of the tract ou of money paid for the state pur chase. The Senate committee was told six tracts of land la Zavalm County sold to veterans for each are carried on the county tax rolls a each. Also called witnesses were Rep. Tom Cheatham and his son Dewitt County Attorney Wyli Cheatham, both of Caero. The Cheathams had been the first to report alleged frauds in the land program to state agencies The white-haired lawmaker told the committee his first knowledge of the situation came a year ago when a client brought him a check sent to a Negro acquaintance a a refund on land the Negro sah he had never brought. Cheatham said he came to Aus tin to see Veteran Land Board Chairman Bascom Giles about it He said Giles kept the See LAND, Page S-A, Col. 1 SNOW JN PANHANDLE Chances for Slim; Colder Due Abilene has only a "bare chance the front, light snow and sleet fell if the local Weather Bu- said Monday morning, des- >ite predictions by the Dallas Veather Bureau for occasional mow in the Panhandle and South 3lains Monday afternoon and reeling rain in North Central Tex- as late Monday night. Cold air rolling down from Can- ada and sultry winds from the Gulf collided over Texas Monday o cause general forecasts of rain and cold. Before dawn the front stretched from Ardmore, Okla., south of Abi- ene and into New Mexico. Behind Abitenian Stabbed In Stomach; Gun Stolen From Auto A stabbing and two thefts were reported during the week end to city police. Percy Young, 43, of 1633 North 21st St., was treated at Hendrick Memorial Hospital for a stab wound in the stomach. A 29-year- old Abilene man reportedly did the stabbing with a pocket knife in an argument Saturday after- noon. Police Detective Lt. George Sut ton said a charge of assault with intent to murder would be fill during the day. Bill Bostic, 512 Forrest Ave. said Sunday that a blue steel .25 calibre foreign make automatic gun was stolen from his car. The theft happened while the vehicle was--parked at the Truck Ternii nal. Bostic said the gun has a black handle and the letters on the handle. It was in a leather, hand-tooled holster. A. A. .McDole, 1702 Portland Ave., told officers Sunday that a 26 inch bicycle wheel and tire were stolen off a bike in his front yard Saturday night. Amarillc for two hours before stopped, but one to three inches f snow was predicted for the Pan- andla and upper South Plains by arly Tuesday. Stockmen were sein'g advised of the situation. High temperature today in Abi- ene and vicinity was expected to in the low 50's, with a low to- ight of 35 to 40. and a high Tues- ay in the upper 40's. High and low temperatures for he 24 hour period ended at .m. Monday were 74 and 44. Freezing Rani Doe In the northwest part of entral Texas, the Dallas Weather ureau predicted occasional rain colder temperatures tonight and early Tuesday. Oklahoma apparently is going to et most of the snow this time, ccording to predictions that hea- fy snow would fall there. Mountain points in Colorado and Wyoming were near zero Monday lOrriing. and Denver got four inches of snow, heaviest this year, while two inches fell at Colorado springs. Holiday Rates... to The Abilene Reporter-News, By by carrier delivery, are now in effect. Convenient and saves you money A post Christmas fire Sunday eveled the C. E. Hamilton farm lome northwest of Wingate, killing a granddaughter and injuring five ithers. Ginger Hamilton, 1, was burned 0 death in the blaze. Her grandmother, Mrs. C. E. Hamilton, was in critical condition Monday morning at Hendrick Me- morial Hospital, but was "resting airly well." The fire began about ajn. Sunday when a family member at- empted to start a fire in a wood stove with kerosene and the kero- sene exploded. Ginger was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hamilton of Fol- ett in Lipscomb County. Funeral plans are indefinite. In Winters Hospital Both parents were taken to Win' ters Municipal Hospital, -where Hamilton was treated and releas- ed. Three of the family remained hospitilized in Winters Monday. They were: Mrs. W. B. Hamilton, who suf- fered burns on her face, arms, and hands; Patricia Ann Hamilton, VA, daughter of the W. B Hamiltons; Glenn Hamilton, 20, of Dalhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ham- ilton, who had burns on his legs All three are suffering from first to second degree burns and may be released in about three days C. E. Hamilton was treated for burns on his right arm at Hen drick Memorial Hospital, but was not admitted as a patient. Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hamilton hat four other children at home at the time of the fire, but they were no burned. They were Richard Wayne, U; Timmy Darrell, 18 Kenneth, 15; and Nancy, 7. 1 The family WM getting up Sun ay morning, C. E. Hamilton when the fire occurred. Kenneth using kerosene to start a fire in a wood stove when the kerosene xploded. Ginger's grandmother was hold- ing her near the stove when they were hit by the explosion and nocked to the floor, the elder lamilton said. Force of the explosion ripped the :erosene can out of Kenneth's lands and knocked him against he wall. Flames spread out in the oom toward the grandmother and child. Hamilton said that the house was quickly enflamed. He said he grabbed for the baby, but was tnocked down in the confusion. He then attempted to pick up his wife, but she was so badly burned he could not. He rolled her to a door. The fafiier of the baby tried three times to rescue his child, but each time was stopped by the flames. Her body was recovered a few hours later from the wreck- age of the five-room house. Neighbors tried to get water to the flaming house, but the home was quickly destroyed. Harvey Hooton and J. A. Hoo- ton, oil well suppliers, brought wa ter trucks. Lloyd Collingsworih and Ben Hale, neighbors, got a tank from Planters Gin with wate and chemicals, and then brough water from Wingate. Autos Destroyed Glenn Hamilton and W. B. Ham ilton had their cars parked nea the home, and both autos were de- stroyed. C. E. Hamilton's car was farther iway and was saved, h said. The family had been in Mile See FIRE, Page 5-A, Col. 4 THE WEATHER IT OF COMVEBCE WEATOCfc BL'KEAU ABILENE AND VICINITY Mostly ckxidy ud cool today, tooicM and day. with a bare cfauee of lUht rain. temperature today ie low SO'i. low t B to 10. BUfc TuMday fat upper NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy with occasional rats and few thunder- itorms this afternoon. Occasional rain and colder tonltbt and Tuoday. wttb frMzbic rain In late tonifat and Tuesday. Lowwt 15-31 toalfht. WEST TEXAS Occasional maw in tht Panhandle this afternoon, spreading south- ward and to South Plains toclght tad occasional rain In Pecuc Valley eastward witn some freeziaf rain In upper Valley eastward, otherwise partly cloudy. Colder with lowest 15-3 in Pan- haadle and South Plains and else- where tonlfht. Tuesday ckrody and cold. One to three Indies of snow In Panhandle and upper South Plata! by early Tuesday. Advise stockmen. EAST TEXAS Showers and local thun- derstorms, mostly in north this afternoon and tonijht. turoinf colder toaUhL Lowest 32-40 In north tonight. Tuesday mostly cloudy and colder, with occasional rain. Fresh to southerly wiads on the coast, shiftier to northerly toolfht. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS Mostly cloudy this afternoon, scattered showers and a few thunderstorms and turniof cold- er tonight. Lowest In middle :0's In north- west tonight. Tuesday mostly cloudy and colder with occasional rains. Fresh to strong southerly winds, shlftinf to north- rly tonight. High and tow temperatures for K hours ended at a.m.: 74 and 44. TEMPERATURES Sua. P.M. 71 30 55 52 Sunset last nilht 90 >JQ. Sunrise to- tonUbt p.m. Barometer reading at p.m. ZB.03. Relative humidity at PJn. 'WANTED PLACE TO SLEEP' Burglary Suspect Nabbed in School A man who identified himself as Hinman William (Bill) Parker, 30, formerly from Camila, Ga., tolrj city police he broke into Travis School, South Ninth and Sycamore Sts., Sunday night to find a place to sleep. He made his statement to Police Detective Lt. George Sutton, Det- ective barren Dodson and an Abi- ene Reporter-News reporter. He signed it. Sutton said a burglary charge will be filed during the day with Dist. Atty. Wiley Caffey. The 42nd district Court grand jury, to meet in January, will investigate, Sutton said. Parker told the police detectives and the reporter that he was re- eased Dec. 23 from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester, after completing a two year term :or forgery. He said he previously served a three-year term for for- ;ery ia the Florida State Peniten- iary. The suspect stated he arrived in Abilene Sunday night. J. T. Cheek, janitor of Travis School, found the man asleep in the boiler room of the school abou 8 a.m. Monday, when Cheek wen ts work. Cheek notified Frank E ter, principal, who called police. Lt. Sutton said nothing w; stolen in the burglary. Parker stated he went up the fir escape on the south .side of th school to the second floor. Ther he broke a window glass, reachel in and unlatched the window, open ed it and crawled through into a classroom, he said. He said he kicked out a glass door and crawled through it fi. the classroom to a hallway. He proceeded then to the boiler room where he went to sleep. Parker was arrested by Sutton Dodson and Patrolman John Bos tick. The investigation was being con tinued Monday by Sutton, Dodson and Lt. Grover Chronister. Abilene has had a long series of burglaries, beginning with Thanksgiving Day. There have been more than 30 break ins dur ing that period. In addition to the Travis School See NABBED, Page 5-A, Cel I 150 Pounds Of Dynamite in Storage ODESSA stored in small metal shack on a prairie hree miles south of here blew up ast night, smashing windows here, ushing one house from its founda- tion and jolting a big patch of West 'exas. Officers said they were sure no ne was killed. They said 150 pounds of dyna- mite stores blew up. Two hours before the explosion he Piper Lumber Co., occupying a city block in Odessa, burned to he ground. There was no known connection between the incidents. The only casualty reported early oday was a woman knocked down rtien her door was blown open. he was treated for bruises and released. Officers said they searched the area around the blast thoroughly nd found no bodies. They were ure" no one was killed. What caused the blast remained mystery. v Deputy Sheriff Frank Williams aid the main explosion occurred ibout p.m. Vi mile off State {ighway 51. A metal structure 5 eet square and feet tall hous- ng the dynamite and dynamite aps vanished. The blast started a small grass fire quickly put out by the Odessa fire department The dynamite actually went up in two blasts, but the first was de- scribed as a small thump. It pre- ceded tHe main explosion by about two minutes. The explosion left a fele eight 'feet in diameter and four feet deep. An unofficial count showed 14 plate glass windows in downtown Odessa smashed. One house was shoved off its foundations. Burglar alarms all over the city were set to clanging. Police said damage was centered in a 30-block radius Tom the center of Odessa. The magazine was owned by the f. D. Tripp and Sons oil and itruction firm. It stood all by it- ;elf. The nearest thing to K were houses a mile away. FAMILY WEEKLY, MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT, COMING SUNDAY Family Weekly is coming to Abilene, Yes, starting this coming Sunday Family Weekly will be added to the many other fine features of your Abilene Reporter- News 'io give you a complete and well-rounded Sunday newspaper. You will like Family Weekly. It's America's newest, most exciting full-color rotogravure Sunday maga- zine. Its articles are aimed directly at your interests. Family Weekly will bring you people, events, science, medicine, careers, cooking, home services, fashions, arts, amusements, religion, sports, fine pictures, and beautiful color pages that will make fascinating, absorb- ing reading for everyone in your home. Look for Family Weekly with your Abilene Reporter- News this Sunday and every Sunday. For convenient home delivery just call 4-7271. Leader Pleads For Rearming PARIS Premier Pierre bluntly called on the National Assembly tonight for decision on the future of the iVestern defense alliance. He said the future of the alliance would depend on the-outcome of a pend- ing confidence vote in his fix- month-old government. Taking the floor before a jammed Assembly chamber in the midst of debate on West German rearmament, the Premier ap- pealed for an endorsement of West Germany's entrance into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization under the London-Paris agreements. But, be told assemblymen, to do so they must reverse the Assem- bly's vote last Friday against West Germany's entrance into a seven- nation Western European Union based on a revived and expanded Brussels-Treaty. He said the Assembly could not vote one without the other, and he warned them that tonight's bal- lot must be the crucial, decisive one. CHARRED PRESENTS Only twists of a tricycle and other Christ- mas pitts remained Sunday after fire destroyed the C. E. Hamilton near Wingtte. None of the tons' cars parked Bear tht flaming house were moved, and flames also gutted the autos. (Photo hy W, S. Little of Winten) ;