Abilene Reporter News, December 30, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1954, Abilene, Texas FAIR AND WARMER VOL. LXXW. NO. 1M y 3li Mififfw y "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT it AT) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, DEC. PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY Se, SUNDAY lOe Crucial Vote on Rearma ment shrubbery and Snow combine to paint one 6f nature's most beautiful pictures in otherwise drab Will Hair Park. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) Snow Departing; New Front Sighted Injures Bright sunshine Wednesday be- fan melting Central West Texas' big snow, boosting agricuaursj prospects .'as Ueeoed moisture welt- ed into dry crop and joiturt lands. But freezing night after the made driving sl4H hazardous. The mer cury hia dropped to fi de- frees as early at p.m. A gradual warm-up was to con- tinut Thursday after a predicted overnight low of JO degrees. The low Wednesday morning was a chill 16. Fair weather during Bus Crash 5 RANGER, Dec. 28 persons in a Greyhound bus were injured, none believed serious- ly, when the bus overturned Wed- nesday about two miles west of Brad In Palo Pinto County. J. W-.QuaUlebaum, bus driver, said the accident occurred as he was attempting to pass an auto on U. S, Highway MO while en route to Fort Worth. To avoid a collision, the driver pulled the bus onto the muddy shoulder of highway, he said. The bus went into and over a cul- vert, rolled almost over onto its top, them flopped back on Its side, injured passengers were taken to a Mineral Wells hospital. Woman Hurt After Attending Funeral SNYDER, Dec. lira Wren, who was return- ing to her home in Dallas after attending the funeral for her mother at Snyder, was one of the passengers injured in the bos wreck Wednesday near Mineral Wells. She was taken to Naxarene Hos- pital at Mineral Wells and her condition had not been learned here Wednesday night. Mrs. Wren attended the funeral Tuesday for her mother, Mrs. G. II. Garner of Snyder, who died Monday. NEWS INDEX SCCTKN4 A Subscribe Pay fervour AMene Heportef-New. by year end eive money. See yew iecel the day and a ttawing high were due largely to first, big stprm Thursilay. MoW cojd' weather was fore- cast, sometime late. Friday. The forecKrtefat the U. S. Weather Bureau here said the thermometer would probably crest at W degrees Friday after- noon before the new front arrives. The new front was in Montana Wednesday night. R was still loo early, the forecaster said, to tell exactly when it will hit Abilene or what it will bring. A Dallas forecaster said it may miss most of the state. Jake Roberts of the State High- way Department at Abilene said Wednesday night ill highways in this area were open. But be warn- ed motorists that dropping tem- peratures were icing highways over again after the maw, espec- ially on bridges, making driving still dangerous. Soon.after dark Wednesday, high- ways; in the Wichita Falls area btgaa glaiing over and U, S. isj between Wichita Tails Elec- aftd; If. S. from Wichita Falls to Seymour were' Mosed to traffic. Straedet at Seynxmr All roads out of Sevmour were blocked Tuesday night and about SCO snow-trapped travelers ed inlo the town. Some pour- of them were taken into homes, while 300 others slept, as much as pos- sible, in cafe booths, in their cars, in garages and even in jail. A crew worked at the Seymour Chamber of Commerce office find- ing aad assigning beds for the trav- elers. Between four and five inches of snow brought ,S4 inch of moisture to AbJleoe. The snow brought the year's pre- cipitation total hers to 15.97 inches See SNOW, Ft. 7-A, Col 1 Storm Claims 9 Lives, Halts Cars All Over VERNON, Dec. 29 UB Winter hammer-locked a band of the wheat belt from north Texas through Oklahoma and Kansas in- to Missouri with snow, ice and bitter cold today. The death toll was nine. During the day the storm moved out of Texas northeastward and left sparkling sunshine on the snow-covered prairie land where i.OOO motorists had been stranded overnight. Oklahoma had seven deaths blamed on the killed on slick highways, one stricken while shoveling snow at Tulsa and another stricken in a stalled car near Oklahoma City. Sayder MM Ktoti Texas had farmer, Luther Edmonson, 65, who died from exposure in U-degree tempera- tures when he became lost over- night In his field near Snyder in West Texas. Kansas had Eliza E. Ross, 50, of Heston, killed when a car skidded off the highway and overturned near Lawrence. Traffic was paralyzed most of the day in a belt across Oklahoma, with all roads blocked from Tulsa, Oklahoma City; BarUesville, Paw- huska, Chickasha, Ardmore and Lawton. Stranded bus passenger? filled bus stations, hotels and motels.' Oklahoma motorists stranded Ughwan ..eww an m leches te The- snowfall ranged from and Inches in north Texas to inches by afternoon in Fort Scott, Kan. Some factories and industries closed In Oklahoma and Kansas. Wheat farmers called it their "million-dollar snow." Most of them in Texas and Oklahoma fin- ished their winter planting last week and moisture was what they wanted..But no one was saying anything about a big dent in drought. A mass exodus of can jammed the highways of oorth Texac as roads wera cleared during the day. In Pittsborg, Kan., hundreds of cars were abandoned oo the streets. in The JANUARY 2nd Issue of FAMILY WEEKLY You'l! Find Don't Try to Remake Your Husband Are You Capable of Mature Love? Holmes Is Where the Heart Is Is Your House Wired for Today? Your Family Weekly Cookbook Frame Your Face for Beauty Step info rfw New Year in Penny-Bright Silks Junior Treasure Chest How to Patch That Plaster Patty Johnson's Column Crossword Puzzle Patterns Family Weekly Magazine will be a new feature of The Reporter-News beginning Sunday. Solons Reaffirm NATO Decision PARIS, Thursday, Dec. 30 (AP) The French National Assembly re-affirmed early today its decision to let West- ern Germany into the North Atlantic Alliance but still shied away from a crucial vote on rearming the West Germans The vote to rearm half a million Germans was put through a parliamentary a session sched- uled to start at 5 p.m. (11 a.m., The rearming factor is in the highly controversial measure to take Germany and Italy into the five-nation Western European Union and is considered the key issue in the whole complex network------ Abilene Business Due to Be Highly Satisfactory in'55 By ROGER W. BARSON Business in Abilene is just round- ing out another extremely good year, with noticeable improvement over recent months. Looking through the doorway in- to 1S35, I do not hesitate to fore- cast that Abilene is entering an- other highly satisfactory annum, with general activity promising to match, or very nearly match, the impressive rate of 1954. It it toy opinion that the Grit itz or months win 'see the setting; as' into its tag-end months. i expect to witness further bet- terment in the petroleum industry, which should benefit your locality considerably. Certain other local lines should also hold to healthy levels during 1955: work clothing, candy, ice cream, fishing equipment, cotton- seed products, and public construc- tion. As for retail trade, I feel that your variety and .department stores will do about as well as they did in the outstanding year just closing. It would not surprise me to have food outlets enjoy an even greater turnover daring- WSS than fa There may well some grad- ual strengthening of employment Business Cains Forecast In First 6 Months of 55 (EDITOR'S NOTE: Roger W. Babson's annual forecast of business and financial condi- tions in the United States la IMS It primed below. Babeon's predictions hava been M per cent through years.) By ROGER W. BABSON 1. GENERAL BUSINESS. Of- spite walls from some quarters, 1954 saw a drop in the average Physical Volume of Business oC 5 per cent from the record year of 1453. 1965 could sot a rise of about the same amount. Cer- tainly, the direction of business until mid-1955 will be upward. 1. BUSINESSMEN WILL WAKE UP. During many business- men rediscovered the meaning of the word "competition." So'w will continue to be nude only with real effort in most lines. CONSUMPTION OUTLOOK. Consumption in a number of lines has been proceeding at a more rapid rate than has production. I forecast better record in early for both steel and automo- biles. 4. TEXTILE' INDUSTRY. Tex- tile Industry operated extremely low tords throughout most of CM! sad' railroad equipment also a strong dowppull. I fore- it that sad coal hv dnstries win im i raccvtry phsM sttor thrir to UN CONSTRUCTION, IW cowtmeUom wID ht what ta UN thu UM. but thh bavoriut todustry shmU stfll should mean a risa in the output of cement. 7. AGRICULTURAL EQUIP- MENT. This industry has been suffering from a decline in de- mand, but should now improve. Government sponsored planting curtailment and crop loans have re- duced free supplies, and may make (or higher agricultural prices later in 1935. ARMAMENT INDUSTRY. The armament industry will still be one of the main floors beneath tht economy. The electrical and chemical Industries will move at a rale close to that of .1954. Optimistic M CMhhig OTHER INDUSTRIES. I am somewhat optimistic on clothing, aircraft manufacturing, airline transportation, office equipment, electricity output, petroleum pro- duction, natural gas, and shoes. I also fairly bullish on rubber, paper, electrical equipment, cer- tain types of building, and non- ferrous metals. WEATHER CONDITIONS, It 1s foolish for me to attempt to fore- cast rains, droughts, frosts, for any special section. However, taking naUoo a- whole, I took lor better weather In 19SS. II. KETAIL SALES. I forecast kfaat the outlook lor retail salts Is at least through titt 9nt half of U PROFITS. Stiffening is chipping away at the margin. Return on Is In r luc-tarm down TW first few yean sJier WerU War H were the gotdtn far UM In lor the bMffklent. ThoWdiyi an CSM tar awule. competition, will continue during 1955. I forecast a high degree of selectivityv ta the effect of mis trend on individual activities and companies. Victory will be for nimble and for the strong! 14. DIVIDENDS. Recent high ex- penditures, for new plant and ma- chinery have left some concerns with very high depreciation charges. As new capital commit- ments are cut and depreciation remains high, cash inflow could expand. Such companies should be able to pay out IB dividends a high- er percentage of earnings in 1955 than in recent years, notwithstand- ing a moderate profits shrinkage, 15. INVENTORIES. Inventories have been permitted to run down during 1K4. As total business ex- pands, there will i tendency to replace reduced stocks, especially during the first half 1S65. Total manufacturers' Inventories, how- ever, may bulk) up more rapidly than total business inventories. I forecast that total wholesale and total retail Inventories wilt show mile change from levels. 16. PRICES OF MANOTACTIJR- KD GOODS. Even with the espect- ed pickup in demand, I see no sharp markup la industrial prices next year. Over-all sopplles are generally ample. Hence, r forecast that Industrial prices ta wiD show HttJe change from recent levsta. Farami 17. FOOD Feed may firm Mar IB. The streog move Into Oovermneat roe 1Kb year has free supplies of most agricultural Kerns torn burdensome. I forecast that new aracrasas by other greet feed dletribXon tanners, stock rakon. sumer will hold at satis- factory levels. Most goods should readfly-toto consuming chan- nels.. LTVINO COSTS. I forecast that during UM living costs will show tittle from present There may be some firming during the first naif, but toe months may again wit- ness a minor softening. m. RENTS, ETC. I forecast rent- al expenses may somewhat higher; clothing costs should be steady to moderately higher. There is smalt chance that food caa be greatly reduced. H. MONEY SUPPLIES. I fore- cast money supplies will be ampta for all legitimate business needs during UK. With little like- lihood of business gating out of hand M the upside, credit easing is more likely than credit cur- taUmeet in lass. laftattM Udftrtr INFLATION. Fears, or per- haps hopes, of an Inflationary boom should be buried. Barring out- break of war, our productive capa- city is sufficiently large to meet all demands for goods. I forecast that DO runaway inflation Is prob- able, even if the money mana- gers supply of nooey or credit. a. INTEREST RATES. Uskil Treasury finds a way to the hoM bosiawi at high levels and aeemploymeut at a mtakDon. I SMt d Ufher interest rates, M. BOND PRICES. Wrts the possible exceptiei ef tax-free bonds, I M reasoa (or Increas- ed bond ia MM. I lerecast tie ef lax-free m, rrooc during the First half of the coming year, and certainly no critrcal job- lessness until at least the latter months of 1955. Average earnings, now setting new records, are not likely, to reflect any dips in the coming year, which will mean a ticon to businessmen and merchants dependent upon high purchasing power. The cost of jiving will mark: little change during the course of 1955, although, there may be some softening in certain cate- gories near year's end. Everything considered, I look to business worW. even be more dif- ficult to gain as competitioB be- steadily stiffer. WALTER iset today Banker Heads Dimes Drive Walter F. Johnson, president of the Farmers and Merchants Na- tional Rank, wiB head the 1951 March of Dime- ia Taylor County. His appointment was announced yesterday by board of direc- tors of the Taylor County Chapter, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Dr. Walter H. Adams is chairman of the board. Johnson has called a meeting at o'clock this morning of key peo- pla to assist him in the roads' cam- paign to be held is January. The session will be in the direc- tors room of the FftM Bank. Formal goals are not set ia March of Dimes. However, Dr. Adams pointed out that need for money Is greater now than a year ago, whea more than was- raised. IB addition to this, more than was obtained in an emergency fund drive beid last summer. Expenses will heavier this year became several polio cases are being carried over for contin- ued treatment. Dr. Adams said. 3MeiS..ffocate hHNsalralor MAXtFA, Tex., Dec. W-Three driffing a water weU W. C. UBS Raach 'at the la. aorta ri here' were Jound dead today la their tightly closed trailer. Justice ef (he Peace Barry tco- bee returned a ef el death asM ?T uvji, iicuruz A. of accords for defense against communism Rwfflrnu Appreral The vote reaffirming France's approval of Germany as a NATO partner was 287 to S6. It was posed as a vote of confidence in Premier Pierre Mendes-France's troubled government. i The NATO measure had been ap- proved in r.n article-by-article vote, 289-251, last Monday night. Today's vote was on acceptance of the whole measure. In calling for an immediate final vote on entry of Germany into NATO, Mendes-France said it waa important not to appear to be wasting time on procedure. News Keegh "There is not one he said, "who. If he reads the dis- patches from foreign countries as I am obliged to do every day and saw the critical, and sometimes malicious judgment from abroad which has been passed on the Na- tional Assembly for its delay in voting on a question which now has been deferred for a week there a oat deputy wauM rotfef jftotter tune m discussion of Before the postponement on WEU, the Premier said that logical- ly tho Assembly should give the project more votes than it gave the treaties to put West Germany into NATO and to end the occu- pation of Germaay. He said the Atlantic affiance would be plunged, into a "grave crisis" i! the whole series of trea- ties should be rejected and warned that other members of NATO would cot agree to reopen nego- tiations with France again the West German rearmament ques- tion. "West Germany would OMB be rearmed without our control, as Eastern Germany has been already rearmed by the Soviet Mendes-France said. 'Fat four years now rearm- ament of West Germany baa ben under continued, "and the Soviets have nude no move to justify its postponement Hearing Due On Sheppard Mistrial Move CLEVELAND, Dee. mayor of Bay Village, a newspaper reporter and three inembers of jury which convicted' osteopath Samuel H. Sheppard of second de- gree murder were subpoenaed to- day to appear tomorrow at a hearing on a mistrial motion. The mayor, J. Spencer Honk, was a close friend of Sheppard and Sheppard's wife, Marilyn, found bludgeoned te death is her bed last July The newspaper reporter was George Dallas of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one of the first news, men to reach the scene ef the slay- ing.'. were James C. Bird, the jury nmiii i There is, hence, no reason to delay ratification of which will put the European peoples in a stronger position to negotiate." Skeckee- WsrU The Assembly turned down the WEU project last Friday, JK-SS, in a vote that shocked Mendee- France and his Western allies. Postponement of a showdown vote oe WEU came after a half-hour recess about midnight and after the Premier warned that, "The country would not understand a negative vote." spoke shortly before the half- hour recess. During the recess the Steering aad Rules committees met to art their advice OB VWStiOB. dered the subpoenaes, were not immediately available for com- ment as tb their reason. Sheppard. has beaa sentenced te life irnprisonmrai, inVch means he will not be eligible for parole (or 19 years. He spent his 31st birthday in the county jail today and, like his fellow prisoners, ate' a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Judge Edward Btythin, the jurist who sentenced Sheppard, will pre- side tomorrow at the hearing em tha motion tor a new trial. THEWEATHS AM) VICINITY _ Tfcnxlur, cbc4r Fridw Hid lay W I'T Lew Ttaniay fclstft Ik rrttaj 0. M. BKk rrttaj _. .HOBTH CKNTSA1 Ute THdv Frtdw iD SOUTH CENTBAI. TKIAS- m....... IT....... "w wnfcrMHrM rm p.m.: IS ud IS. el U4 XI. tat .MW v State's Highway Death Rate Eases By TSK ASSGOATU) FBKSS Highway deaths la Texas Ml off Wednesday from the rate reported since two days be- Fore Christmas as bad weather and highway warnings kept motorists off ice and roads. Oaty one traffic death was re- pertod ia period from midnight Wednesday, Mrs. I axing. May. beak, whea bar eeer- tened eiflM mOes MM ef Csatom. was the wife ef Dr. A, T. Jeaaiss, physkiam. TM TW state hoUdey traffic toB at Wednwday aight. part of tetal ef Sahty effidals hare predicted vioent dwths le toriag thekotlde, Mb? after New wttk aaa- cold wtather which blanketed most of the top half of Texas Tuesday night and Wednes- day. r Luther Edmonson, 15, died after being found in a field northwttct of Snjder. Edunaoa had appansiUr becomi near his farm hotrx doring the Temperatarei the_anHr M to n after o'elock Teesday afch Otner recot eluded; aXcett B wat burned Ms wh mi LSBBI 0. n ef ;

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