Abilene Reporter News, March 21, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO -FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD E) 81ST YEAR, NO. 277 PAGE ONE Katharyn Duff] A do-it-yourselfer reports a on the changes Vhich have come to West Texas way ollife. Up and down Abilene streets he drove and Into this and that business establishment on a fu- tile search. Ho was trying to buy some coal wilh which to stoke his workshop forge. Nary a piece could he find for sale. The coal business, once big business, is now shot for sure in these parts. But that's not to say coal and the pot-belly stove in which it burns have disappeared com- pletely in this era of natural gas. The Santa Fc station at View has a pot-belly two. in fact. One sits smack in the middle of the waiting room, a captive of the winding stovepipe which pins it in place. The other glows red in cold weather warming the office. The Novice station has coal stoves, too, and no telling how many others. "Hoi as a depot stove" is an expression you can still use. Everybody knows about wood fires the fireplace is a status symbol. But, let's see, how do you start a coal fire? Kindling? Coal oil? Newspapers alone won't do the job, will they? J. B. Evans, Santa Fe agent at View who doubles as station admits he "cheats" a little. Ho starts the. coal by dousing it with refuse diesel oil. Somewhat citified. But strike a match and there she goes. Air is important, too, Evans says from experience. Get plenty of air underneath. "Oh, I can build a real good coal he reveals under questioning. And, no, the Santa Fe coal is not for sale and it isn't bought locally. Tho railroad brings it in from Oklahoma. The View pot-belly dominates waiting room, its pipe snak- ing upward and over to a flue. The poker hangs where it should hang, its tip caught in a hole left for it on the stove's lower rim. The scuttle is near- by for the re fueling process. A stove about like (his one (it seemed larger at the time) once warmed a one-room, frame church in Fisher County. As churches then seemed to be, this one was T-shaped, Sunday school rooms for children curtained off the branches of the T and through the drapes there always filtered the strong- voiced lessons being taught grown-ups out in UK "auditor- ium." The coal stove sat In the mid- dle aisle, about midway of the T's stalk. Al church services on cold days the decision was: I. Sit close and roast; or, 2. Sit on the fringes and freeze. There was no comfortable in- belween. One chilly Sunday the service was underway. (Many Method- ists and many Baptists attend- ed each other's preaching on alternate Sundays for each was a "half-time" In late came a devout rancher, Brother Ed. As usual he had come horseback while his family came on nhead in the tour- ing car. As usual lie wore spurs that he ever used them. And, as usunl, he did not re- move them. Down Ihc aisle he jangled, a familiar figure with his paren- thesis-shaped legs, n familiar rattling sound as he tiptoed. As he passed the pot-belly stove one spur got caught in the han- dle of the coal scuttle. He and the scuttle danced about until he got his balance on the other foot. The trapped hoot he kicked scuttle and all. The worshippers, no matter church affiliation, were sprin- kled. A black baptism. NEWS INDEX SECTION A AmutetMKh 4 Obkuorin t OH MWI 10 SECTION I mwt Cemlci TV Scout ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 21, IN TWO SECTIONS THAR SHE BLOWS Diane Cornwall of Swenson St. could attest to the fact that the wind was blowing a mite stronger than usual at Fort Phantom Hill Lake Tuesday afternoon. Winds gusting up to 33 miles per hour were recorded during the day by the Abilene Weather B ureau, which means that girls with full skirts had a problem. (Staff photo by Henry Wolff Jr.) Algiers Moslem Crowds Shelled By ANDREW BOROWIEC ALGIERS (AP) Five mortar shells smashed into Moslem crowds at Ihe foot of ine ancient of Algiers Tuesday, killing !our persons and wounding 67. It climaxed a day of terror that saw Moslems in cities, towns and clash with Europeans and French soldiers. The mortar attack, one of Ihe nloodiest in Algiers' bloodstained history, was blamed on the sec- ret army of right-wing Europeans .rying to wreck the precarious French-Moslem cease-fire pro- claimed Monday. More than 200 persons have aeon killed or wounded since the scores of dem- shootings in smaller places, the most serious was at SI. Doiiis du Sig where 54 persons were killed in sporadic clashes bclwecn Moslem auxiliary cease-fire. Among onslrations and soldiers in French service and "Calm reigns in western Al- Moslcm crowds. gcria." Alarming reports from many But a few hours earlier belated parts of the countryside told of Moslem crowds marching on Eu- ropean villages wills green and white nationalist flags and shout- ing, "Freedom for In many instances tense troops fired on the rioting Moslems. The demonstrations and blood- shed came as President Charles de Gaullo informed a special ses- sion of Parliament in Paris that he will submit the Algerian agree- ment (a a national referendum on April 8. The referendum among the French will be separate from that in Algeria by which the Al- gerians probably will choose in- dependence. At a news conference in the government building guarded by half-tracks and armored cars, a French spokesman claimed, Downtown Shop Center Named 'Showcase Square' Showcase Square is the new name of the downlown shopping center being constructed between N. 2nd and N. 3rd and Pine and Walnut Streets. Gilbert Pechacek, president of Downtown Markels, Inc., the or- ganization building the cenlcr, said Tuesday afternoon that Ihc name was recommended lo the organization by a committee con- sisting of D. F. McCarly, Garnet tract. Total construction cosls Grncy, Jimmy Isaacs, Wilton 0. Davis, Dan Castles and Hob Ken- nedy, all of Abilene. The directors of Downtown Markels, in session Tuesday, adopted the name. In arriving al Ihe name, Ihe Stein's, J. C. Penney Co., and G. Murphy Co. Others may be named later. Alright Parking Co. will handle :he roof parking at Showcase Square. Capacity is 315 automo niles. Contract for the construction o] the downtown center was signed June 20, 1961, with Shiflet Bros, of Abilene getting Ihe general con Wcsl Texas Utilities retained J. Hichard Brown of "Name Con- Dallas, as consultant lo the local committee. Also, the sen ifir public relations class at the University of Texas submitted a list of names for Ihe center on request of Ihe local committee. The name was chosen, Pccha cek said, because it gives distinc tion lo the cenlcr. He said the name is new and dignified for a market place and suggests Ihc showing of Interesting merchan disc. In the meantime, the cenlcr is 80 per cent completed nnd is ex pected lo open hy June IS. One of the tenants, Lcc Optical, nl ready.Is doing business In Show' case Square. Other lermnls to be moving In within the few monlhs include, Walgreen Drug, Thorn McAn, Zflle's Jewelry, Bob's Snack Andies Candles, including electrical work, plumb- ing, air conditioning, and genera! construction amount to more than million. Counling lam and gther cosls, Ihc lotal expend! lure is expected to go over million. Troop Release Seen Aug. 25 All Would Be Out By Sept. 25 By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon reportedly is planning 25 as the dale to start re- easing more than reserv- sis and National Guardsmen called info uniform last fall al the height of the Berlin crisis. Informed sources said Tuesday night the aim would be to have all or virtually all, the reservists and guardsmen back home by about Sept. 25. That would be just short of the one-year limit Congress author- ized for their active service tou' Sources emphasized that the plan still was tentative. Release much earlier than ihis is considered unlikely, largely be cause of the continuing Commu- nist threats in Berlin and South Viet Nam. Earlier, George H. Deck- er, Army chief of staff, made pub- ic a stern letter to his top com- manders in the United Stales, saying this country was "hi a very real sense at war" and that prompt steps must be taken to make reservists understand why they must remain on active duly v. )ecker's letter was prompted by a new rash of "we-want-out" activity among some Army re- servists at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and others attached to the 49th Ar- mored Division, a Texas National Guard unit based at Ft. Polk, La. HERBERT JOHNSON a good listener CITY CANDIDATES JOHN TREANOR sparked by editorial TRUMAN KIRK mutual benefit Differences, But No Big Disputes By CLYDE FOSTER Reporter-News Staff Writer for the discussion held at the city ibrary. Bud Gray represented the Abilene's five city commission Jaycces and Mrs. Sam Portnoff candidates expressed their views represented the League of Wom- and answered questions from a en Voters. sparse audience Tuesday night at of the five candidates a rally sponsored jointly by the made a short speech, limiled to Abilene League of Women Voters seven minutes, discussing his rea- and Abilene Junior Chamber of sons for making the race for the Commerce. commission and his feelings con- No major disagreements among sov- the commissioners developed iri the session. There was some mi- nor variance in opinion in a num- ber of issues, particularly in the ernmcnt. order of their appearance, main points of the candidates in their brief talks included: news had come from high sourc es of the outburst of fighling in St. Denis du Sig in western Al geria. There was iiltle peace else where. In Oran a two-hour gun battle made a bloody no-man's-land o busy boulevard dividing Moslen ind European sections. Weapons from pistols and machin to cannons on armored cars. The clash was the biggest sin- lie action since the day-old cease-fire. French armored cars moved into Ihe skirmish, pointing .heir guns at both Moslems and Europeans. At least two Europeans and six Algerians were killed. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Algiers, Etienne Duval, issued a dramatic appeal lo the popula- to stop the bloodshed. He said, "The. rebirth of terrorism appears lo be conducting Algeria toward the worst of calas- trophes." Troops fired on Moslems in Rouiba east of Algiers, wounding 24. In the wine-growing town of St. Aoueli, west of the city, 40 Mos- lems were wounded by gunfire. The soldiers sal'1 they were fired on first by the demonstrators. In Algiers, hundreds of Mos- lems milled around on Govern- ment Square on the outskirts ol Ihe ancient Moslem quarter. Five 60 mm mortar shells were lobbec into the crowd. Within seconds, the large square was filled with people ly- ing on the ground crying for help A coffee stand was shattered and a Moslem pastry vendor and his pushcart were cut to pieces. SAN ANTONIO FIRM BUYS BALLINGER BONDS BALLINGER (RNS) Ballingor City Commis- sion Tuesday passed .an ordinance authorizing the issuance of in community center bonds. They were sold to Dittmar Co. of San Antonio, the interest rate being 3.75 per cent. The bonds will begin maturing in IflOG and will be paid out in 3974. The center, to be located on Crosson Avc. near Ballingor City Park, was approved by a 24-vote margin on Feb. 24. The masonry building, measur- ing 80 x 160 feet, will be air conditioned. Coimcilmcn also employed H. D. Travis Jr. to pre- pare an audit of city books for 1061. They also au- thorized necessary repairs on city and awarded contract lo Crause-Hincs of Dallas. Work will begin immediately. no means Decker wrote. "On the contrary, tension )as actually been increasing as he Soviets have been making daily efforts lo degrade or deny access through the air corridors." He said the situation in South Viet Nam was also very serious. The Army chief of staff said :hat when reservists would go lome depends on Ihe way the in-ernational situation developed in 'he next few months and the time Die regular Army would need lo replace (he combat power that they represent. President Kennedy hinted at an August release target date at his news conference Feb. 15. Kennedy told a questioner he could not say with any precision when Ihe reservists might be released. But he noted that "we arc building two new permanent divisions which will be ready in August and September." About Reservists reported for duty in late September, but the great mass came in during about on Oct. 1 and another on Oct. 15. About donned uniforms on Nov. Of the total, nearly were Army guardsmen and reservists, were Air Force and nearly Navy. In ordering an end lo reservists' demonstrations, Decker said, "It is obvious that liie situation is not completely under control throughout all commands." Demonstrations staged by men of Ihc 49lh Armored led the unit commander, Maj. Gen. Harley B. West, (o ban sirch of an effective slum clearance program, but il did not reach major proportions. Answers to the question concerning slum clearance ranged rom a statement by George Kaer-wer that "I believe there will come a time when Abilene has no slums" to an opinion by B. D. Pete) Gooch that "history shows hat slums grow with a city ano no real answer to preventing or them has been found." Herbert Johnson said "I don't ike the word slum. If it means a place where poor people live, they have lo live somewhere." Expressed Hope Truman Kirk and John Tveanor Mth expressed hope thai progress can be made in slum clearance, particularly in areas where the slum conditions result in a rea icaith hazard. Gooch and Kaerwer are oppo-lents for the north side seat on the commission. The other Ihree candidates are seeking the south side seat in Ihe April 3 election. Bryan Bradbury was stressed his experience in city government white serving 18 months In the city attorney's office here and in Odessa. He said he will have time, as a beginning attorney in private practice, to devote (o city business "and 1 think it would be mutually beneficial." Gooch said he had been asked by a number of friends to run as a civic duty. "I have not campaigned for the post for which 1 have offered my he said. "I think the city is a service institution which should render the best service at the lowest cost. If elected I will use the best of my ability to make Abilene a better place to he said. Not 'Asked' to Run Treanor said he began thinking of making the city commission race after reading a newspaper editorial in which the civic responsibility of citizens was pointed out. "No group asked me to See CANDIDATES, Pg. 7-A, Col. 7 IT Municipal Airport S2 Total for Year 1.27 Normal for Year RANGER 30 RISING STAR 25 ROBY 60 E. N. 23rd 1.05 E. N. 15th 91 942 E. N. Sandefer 90 4401 Capitol 1.10 426 Poplar 1.00 517 Glenhaven 1.00 430 Kirkwood 80 ALBANY 1.31 ANSON (W HOSCOE 1.5D RULE 60 SNYDER 58 SWEETWATKR 1.90 SYLVESTER 78 TRENT 1.10 TUSCOLA 20 WEINEUT GO Lawman Will Return Donna To Stand Trial BIG SPRING, Tex. Sheriff Daniel Ringer of Belleville 111., ndviscd Big Spring officials Tuesday he would como to Texas within week lo return 14-year-old Donna Marie Slone to Illinois to stand trial for a double snlying. The Chicago girl and her 32-year-old boy friend, John Edwin Myers, also of Chicago, are accused of four slayings. Myers was given the death penally last week in Rusk, Tex., for the murder of Lee DeKraai of Oltumwa, fowa, DcKniai was shol and his body dumped in a field near this West Texas city as he was hitchhiking lo California, The Stone girl, 13 at the time of the slnyings, will be tried tn the shooting of Georga Bollard 47. and his dauzhlw. Carole. W WINTERS 30 SPRING Usl By Rain, C Varied weather from rain to ha'l to duslslorms ushered springtime in lo Central West Texas Tuesday. Moislirrc, ranging up lo l.M inches at Sweelwater, was accompanied by pea-size hail at Bainl and Rising Star. Winds churned up dust during Ihe (fay, gust ing as high as 35 miles per hour. 60 BRECKENRIDGE 71 BUFFALO CAP Cisco CITY 1.05 DECKKFl 70 HAMLIN 40 11AWLBY CITY 1 1 arrived at p.m., skies were cloudless and (he winds had died down lo 10 miles per hour, occasionally Busting to 15. Fair weather Is e.xpocled Wednesday with recurring show- CREEK PETE GOOCH not campaigning GEORGE KAERWER enjoying tiie race WEATHER U. S. nFTMRTMUNT OF COMMERCE WK.XTMER miRE.Ul iWrathrr map. 3-A} AIIII.KNK V1CIMTV I radius 40 miles) Generally fair thmtch Wednes. day cloudiness Thurs- day. .1 Uale cfinjer nieht. nesday. low Wednesday ninht Thursday Irj Ihc 60s. lish Wednesda. 0. hiah Thursday Irj Ihc NORTHWEST TEXAS: Fair IncrcnsiUK Thursday. Cool- er" Wi-Jnesi'M Illuli Wwlni-sdiy 58-68. Tf.Ml'KIt >IUHKS 3 LOO sa.......... 65.......... S7 Kind and low 3 am! b'L Hisri .mil lo for 2! KOUTS et same Tvles. p.Irt, 69 M ti5 Una 9 p.m. last jear: rise today; ntgtilL stmsol lunifiht: tlarnnu'ler rfartinR rtl 9 "27.W. t Xuniirtny at 9 pm. 23 por ers possibility Thursday or Fri- day, a Weather Bureau spokes- man at the Abilene Municipal Air- port said. Tho .fi2 of nn inch of rain meas- ured overnight Monday at the air- port brought Abilene's total for the' year lo 1.27 inches, still more Dun an inch below normal. Taylor Courtly ARcnt H. C. Stan- ley snid the rain "brightened outlook as Inr as agriculture Is concerned." Following on heels of last week's snowfall, the mm replenished surface '.V ;

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