Abilene Reporter News, December 31, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

December 31, 1954

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Issue date: Friday, December 31, 1954

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1954, Abilene, Texas ami WEEKLY Starts Sunday in The Reporter-News "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSF TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron VOL. LXXIV, NO. 195 Associated Pros (Af) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 4 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS ______________________ PRICE DAILY 5c. SUNDAY I0e 44000 GIs Early Discharges WALTZ ME AROUND Gen. Yemen E. Megee, deputy commanding general of U.S. Marine forces, Pacific, waltzes with 6-year-old Melanie Johnson flower girl at the wedding of the general's daughter, Nell La- Verne, to Alfred T. Broad at Pearl Harbor. The bride watches in the background. EMPLOYE DUE SURPRISE Christmas Bonus on Way -From Dead Letter Office Notice to a local drilling com- pany employe who's wondering what became of his Christmas' bon- us check: It's on its way. The bonus check for turned up on Postmaster Clyde Grant's desk Thursday morning along with the regular payroll check. It had spent Christmas in the dead-letter office at the Dallas Post Office. Apparently the two checks, which were in a Christmas enve- lope marked only "Greetings." had gotten mixed up with some out- going mail at the Lamar H. Moore Drilling Co. on Dec. 19. Anyway, the envelope was sent out with only the name of the em- ploye on it. No 'address, no return address. It wasn't supposed to have been mailed at all. It couldn't be delivered bv the Abilene Post Office, so it was sent into the Dallas dead-letter office. Grant said. When it was opened there, the drilling company's name found. Who the check goes to is still a mystery Lamar H. Moore Sr. said Friday at noon, before he could get to the post office. It was one i of "75 or a 100" that were to be j handed out at the office Christ- mas week. Nobody had complained about not getting his semi-monthly sal- ary, be said. But he thought it must be for T. L. Sellers, a part- time pumper who lives north of town and doesn't know, apparent- ly, that he is getting a bonus. Yule Moil Cracks All Records Here This Christmas broke all the records on volume at the Abilene Post Office, according to Postmas- ter Clyde Grant. More mail came in and more went out this year during the Christmas season than ever be- fore. Grant said. Outgoing letters will number more than two million when they are totaled up. Grant said. Post Office records show 400 cancellations on letters and cards through Thursday afternoon. Eight Port Arthur Stores Settle 59-Week-Old Strike PORT ARTHUR at eight stores in Port Arthur were pulled down today by "mutually satisfactory, agreement" .in a strike that is 59 weeks ild. Ten stores still are struck. Pickets went up at 22 stores here Nov. 15, 1953.-The strike has been an iss.ue in ever sill.ce- fig- Lellans variety, Woolworths, three uring in the political campaign last summer. f Neither side made any amplifi- cation of the agreement. k George Cowarf. director of the CIO Industrial Union 1314, said "an agreement mutually satisfactory to i< employers and employes was reached late Thursday evening. Jj! "This agreement is in strict com- pliance with federal and state laws governing labor-management rela- tions and in accordance with an agreement, picketing will be dis- continued Friday morning." Cowart said that pickets were pulled down at "Franklin's womans wear, Mayfair womans wear, Mc- Beall Brothers department stores, the Fair store, C.R. Anthony de- partment store and Lanz Jewelers. He said "No other person con- nected with local No..1814 has any authority to issue statements in- volving this matter." Qucntin Keith of Beaumont, an attorney representing the eight stores, said "The management of BOWLS TO BE WARM Balmy Weather Awaiting Kid '55 on Arrival Here New Year's revelers will have fair and mild weather in which to welcome Kid 1955, according to the U. S. Weather Bureau. The low temperature here Fri- day night will be 35 degrees and there's no rain or snow in sight. High temperature here New Year's Day will be 60 degrees. Fair and mild weather were also forecast for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The near blizzard that swept the Abilene area earlier in the week liad slipped into history Friday with only crop-valuable moisture behind. Wheat fanners were jubilant and called it their "million dollar snow." No general rain was in sight, although spotted light showers could fall over a wide area of East Texas, the Weather Bureau said. Pre-dawn temperatures ranged from the 20s in the Panhandle and far West Texas to the 30s in the Abilene area and to the 40s in the Dallas area and on into the lower 60s deep in South Texas. Corpus Christi Thursday had .12 inches of ran. Placios .15, College Station and Houston .02, Austin .01 and Lufkin and San Antonio a trace- Minimum temperatures during the night ranged from 10 degrees at Dalhart to 64 at Brownsville. Amarillo had 16, tubbock 24. Wichita Falls 28, Abilene 34, El Paso 19, San Antonio 54, Houston 51, Texarkana 40, Dallas 43 and Fort Worth 41. the eight stores involved is happy at the restoration of industrial peace hi their stores. The ending of the strike in these stores should do much :to improve business in the community with more jobs for all. "The respective stores pledged themselves to comply with-every law, state and national, governing their operations. There will, of course, be no discrimination among employes or applicants for employment because of union af- filiation or lack thereof. No present employes will be discharged to make room for any applicants nor will any applicants be denied em- ployment because of participation in legitimate strike activites. "The -espective stores will con- tinue to recognize rights of their employes to bargain collectively when they follow the orderly pro- cesses of the law. H, ss snd when a bargaining agent is collective in accordance with law, the respec- tive stores involved will bargain in good faith. "Each store pledged itself to the maintenance of harmonious rela- tions with its employes under the laws of this country- "There will be no amplification of this statement, and no one else is authorized to speak for any of the stores on this subject." SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS What's in store for you in 1955? Will it be a good year to buy a home? New furni- ture? A car? Sunday's Reporter-News will attempt to answer some of the questions about what the Abilene economy will be in the new year. Those interested in oil development will find a spec- ial story and map on the oil page about a new discovery in Nolan County. Sports readers will find stories about the Cotton Bowl classic written especially for The Reporter-News by Sports Writers Harless Wade and Fred Sanner. You can reserve extra copies of Sunday's Reporter- News with your dealer or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents. Weeks, Mitchell See Rosy Future for U.S. in 1955 WASHINGTON IB-Looking to next year, Secretary of Commerce Weeks forecasts "a moderate up- swing in business activity high over-all employment and a rise in the standard of living." And Secretary of Labor Mitchell. in a companion yearend statement issued yesterday, said, "We will have to have an increase in factory production and employ- ment in 1955, simply to maintain consumption at the past year's level." iioth Cabinet officers stressc-l the economic resurgence in the lat- er months of 1954. Mitchell spoke of "the strength- cning in employment and produc- tion which has occurred 'in recent months" and he said "high levels of purchasing power have resulted in both record savings and heavy heavy that consumers bought more goods in 1954 than factories produced." Weeks, reporting a "very good" business outlook for 1955, said the nation's economy "is gathering steam for steady growth in the years directly ahead." He acknowl- edged there was "some increase in unemployment" during the past year, but he said the percentage dropped in the waning months of 1954. v Joblessness in 1954 averaged about million 5 per cent of the civilian labor force. Unlike Weeks, various business and labor groups have forecast some increase in uaemployment next year because of population growth and rapidly rising worker output. Listing favorable economic trends, Weeks said industrial pro- duction has advanced, housing con- struction still is "rising employment is up and businessmen have reported plans for continued heavy outlays for new plant and equipment through early 1953. Construction Soars to New All-Time Peak That is 62.700 more than last year, he said. In addition, approximately 716 letters went through the post- age meter which were not counted among the cancellations. (That is about 14 per cent of the cancelled mail volume. Grant explained.) 5 Per Cent Increase This ivas an increase of 5 per cent or about more than 1953 for the metered mail. For parcel post, sacks were sent out during 1954, where only were shipped out in 1953. In addition, there were 937 parcels too large for sacking in 1954, com- pared to 736 in 1953. Incoming mail exceeded the out- going, as usual, But no accurate count is kept on that. This year the Post Office had to destroy fewer undeliverable cards than last year, Grant said. Partly, this was due to more complete addresses on cards and partly to the fact that more peo- ple were careful to put their re- turn addresses and a three-cent stamp on cards where they were not certain of the address. Where a card7 could not be de- livered on the first try. it was generally turned over to an ex- perienced distributor to see if he could find the address. Sometimes a second delivery was tried, and if this failed, cards with two-cent stamps were de- stroyed. Those with three cent stamps were sent on to the dead- letter office in Dallas where they were opened in an attempt to dis- cover the address of the sender. "Every piece of mail we get we try to Grant stressed. The post office still has some undelivered Christmas packages on hand that people have not pick- ed up. Second notices were sent out Wednesday. If another attempt to deliver them fails, they will be returned to the sender eventually, Grant said. Abilene chalked up in 1954 a brand new record high in volume of construction authorized by building permits in a single year, Mrs. Lucille Stewart, assistant to the city building inspector, an- nounced at noon Friday. The year's total was compared with the previous all- time high, in 1950. Permits issued by the City En- gineering Department during the month of December, 1954. alone totaled worth of con- struction. Taylor County Society for Crip- pled Children took out a permit Friday morning for construction of the crippled children's center. The building will be erect- ed on Hartford St. Mrs. Stewart said. The year's building permit books were closed out at noon. THE WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Fair and mild Friday afternoon. Friday night and Saturday. High temperature Friday 55 de- grees. Low Friday night 35. High Saturday near 60. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Partly cloudv W cloudy and warmer with some light rain in southeast this afternoon 2nd tonight Partly cloudy, windy and mild Saturday. TESIFERATURES P- M. Fri A. M. 40 3? 37 38 42 44