Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 7, 1954, Abilene, Texas
FAIR AND WARM
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VOL. LXXIII, NO. 295 Associated Press (AP)ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 7, 1954-TWENTY TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
DR. W. D. RICH City Commission, Place 4
J. FLOYD MALCOM . . . City Commission, Place 2
MRS. THOMAS E. ROBERTS . . . School Board, Place 3
OLLIE McMINN School Board, Place 2
3,456 GO TO POLLS
Rich and Malcom Win 3 Trustees Re-elected
By STUART CHILTON
Four of five Incumbents were returned to their posts Tuesday as AbUene voters registered active interest in the city election.
Re-elected were Morgan Jones, Jr., School Board, Place No. 1; 01-lie McMinn, School Board. Place No. 2; Mrs. Thomas E. Roberts, School Board, Place No. 3; and J. Floyd Malcom, City Commission, Place No. 2.
The only new candidate elected was Dr. W. D. Rich who defeated Incumbent C. T. (Tommy) Conerly for City Commission, Place No. 4.
Fair Park Heaviest
A total of 3,456 votes were cast with the heaviest being at the Fair Park Box where 1,148 votes were registered.
Three of the five winners were endorsed by Abilene s Good Government League. They were Jones, Mrs. Roberts, and Rich. Two of the League’s candidates lost. E. A. Hooper, seeking the commis.sion post won by Malcom, was defeated and W. Lee Byrd was defeated by incumbent McMinn for school board Place No, 2.
None of the races were close with all winners registering decisive victories.
All school board members were re-elected.
In the School Board, Place 2 elec-
3 Persons Die At Big Spring
BIG SPRING, April 6 A car and a loaded gasoline truck collided today near here, killing two women and a child.
Gasoline spilled on the highway but did not catch fire.
The victims were Mrs. Willard Anderson, 30, Lamesa; her son, Willard III, 18 months: and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles Anderson. All were in the car.
Mrs. Charles Anderson had been staying with her mother-in-law, Mrs. . . Anderson Sr., in Tyler and had been in Big Spring for the weekend. Her husband is in the aervice in Massachusetts.
The truck driver, Ehryn Scitern, 27, Lamesa, was shaken up. He said he touched his brakes when another truck passed him and cut in sharply. He said his own truck swerved. He was driving a truck of the McGuire Oil Co., Lamesa, toward Lamesa.
ELECTION AT GLANCE
SCHOOL BOARD South Fair 16th A
Place 1 Junior YMCA Park Orange Totals
Morgan Jones, Jr........ 902 551 1,112 776 3,341
Ollie McMinn.......... 459 320 545 489 1,813
W. J. Lee Byrd......... 312 160 419 191 1,082
W. A. Dickenson ....... 140 81 167 117 505
Mrs. T. E. Roberts 562 358 671 499 2,090
Jimmy Partin .......... 351 200 462 292 1,305
CITY COMMISSION Place 2
E, A. Hooper........... 121 80 190 134 525
J. Floyd Malcom........ 604 315 637 436 1,992
A. R. Oglesby.......... 165 155 296 195 811
Clell Whetsel........... 32 14 19 21 86
Dr. W. D. Rich......... 476 308 573 483 1,840
T. E. Conerly........... 322 184 421 178 1,105
H. G. Reeves........... 115 73 130 134 452
tion McMinn received 1,813 votes, W. L. Byrd, 1,082 and W. A. (Dick) Dickenson, 505.
The other contested school board election in Place 3 was retained by Mrs. Roberts who registered 2,090 votes to 1,305 for Jimmy Partin. C. A. Henson received seven write-in votes in this contest.
Jones was unopposed for Place 1 of the School Board but seven write-in names appeared on various ballots from the four polling stations. Jones’ total was 3,341 votes.
Slim Gets 3 Votes
W'rite-ln votes went to Slim Wil-let with three votes, A. E. Wells two votes, and Nib Shaw', Horace (Sparky) Mahan, A. Henson, A. K. Doss, Jr., Joe Etheridge, Hollis Manly and J. L. Crow, one vote each.
In the City Commission, Place 2 race Malcom was re-elected with 1,992 votes. His closest opponent was A. R. Oglesby who registered 811 votes. Next was Hooper with 525. Clell Whetsel had 86.
The other city commission post. Place 4, was won by Rich who had 1,840 votes. Conerly who was seeking re-election to the commission received 1,105 votes and H, G. Rfeves 452.
Total votes from the four boxes were Fair Park, 1,148, South Junior 930, 16th and Orange Sts. Flrt Station 808, and YMCA 570.
Senate Approves Governor's Tax Program by Huge Margin
Grant Asked For Abilene AFB
AREA RACES HOT
Rotan and Haskell Exhaust Ballots
By DON NORRIS
City elections Yti'» day in the Abilene area — many of which followed spirited campaigns —-brought an estimated 9,000 citizens trouping to the polls.
At Rotan and Haskell all-time records were set in voter turnout. Election judges in both cities had miscalculated in ordering ballots and were forced to send out emergency orders for additional ones to allow everyone to vote.
Upsets were also the order of the day.
Two candidates for the mayor’s post at Ilermleigh were spurned by the voters who elected a third man on write - in votes.
Besides Rotan and Haskell, heavy voting was reported Saturday at Cross Plains, Big Spring, Coleman, Bronte, Aspermont, and Seymour.
A total of 138 votes were ca.st in the election.
COLORADO CITY, April 6 IRNS)
— A moderate vote returned two of three Incumbents to the city
See WESTEX, Pg. 5-B, Col. !
COURTNEY HUNT . third term at Haskell
TO AID INDOCHINA
AUSTIN. April 6 (JWGov. Shivers’ 25 million dollar tax program to finance proposed emergency state spending won top - heavy Senate support today but fell one vote short of a four-fifths majority necessary to rush it to immediate final passage.
The vote meant almost certain final passage tomorrow.
Action in both Senate and House brought Shivers’ entire special session program within sight of success.
The spending measures, pay raises for teachers and state employes and money for emergency state buddings, rolled rapidly to House approval. i
Edward Levi Thornton. 75. a re- Senate amendments to the House | •ident of Abilene since 1906. died' tax measure, increasing levies on
Retired Carpenter Dies at Home Here
More from Austin, Pg. 10-B
provisions to make the new tax rates effective Sept. 1 instead of next month as the House suggested. There were also technical corrections designed to adjust what Senate sponsors called “tax inequities’’ in oil and gas well drllliag and in the trucking industry.
The vote to suspend rules to take final Senate action was 24-7.
The Senate voted to exempt condensates from the natural gas tax increase.
The Senate beat down efforts to
at his home, 133 Meander St.. at 10:45 p.m. Tue.sday after an illness of several w-eeks. He was a retired carpenter.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Laughter - North Funeral Home.
natural gas, beer and franchises, may force the bill to a conference committee. It was possible the House would accept the changes and send the bill to the governor after final passage in the Senate.
Among the Senate changes were
Aid Slashed By $1 Billion
WASHINGTON. April 6 (^ President Eisenhower made a new move toward bulwarking Indochina today by earmarking nearly one third of next year’s eutdown billion dollar foreign aid budget for the Asian war.
The President slashed over one billion dollars 58 per cent Loni European aid funds in a $3,497,700, 000 overseas program for the year ending in mid-1955. He sent the measures to Congress today.
The overall program is the smallest since global foreign aid got underway in 1948 and is more than one billion dollars less than the $4,726,000,000 voted by Congress last year.
But it include.s $1,122,000,000 for military and economic aid to Indochina, the largest single item in a budget that otherwise reflects a marked scale down in funds for arms.
-Foreign Operations Administra-ier Harold K. Stassen, outlining the ■rogram to the House Foreign Af-ndrs Committee, said Indochina is earmarked for 300 million dollars In arms. 800 million in milltary-aupporting expenditures and the balance for economic help.
He said this budget is based on the belief that Indochina must be held and that the war there can be won In two years.
This is about the same total as current expenditures—but the new request comes amid fresh concern over the outcome of current bitter fighting.
In all, the Far East and the Pacific are bracketed for a total of $1,768,900,000, a little over half the entire measure. This is a higher percentage than last year but about the same total.
Kumpe i.s cut fi-om $2,300,000,000 to $947.700.000. Much of this. Secretary of State Dulle.s told the committee yesterday, reflects a cut-down of new funds for arms to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Dulles said the cutback was due to a revision of ground force goals, under the “new strategy” of emphasizing massive retaliation, and “.substantial progress’’ made al-NATO forces.
On a global basis, the President requested nearly two billion dollars less for guns, tanks and other arms than last year $1,.580,000,000 compared to $3,180.000,000.
At the same time. Pakistan and Japan are being added to nations receiving military aid and more appropriations are sought for Spain. Stassen said holdover funds would be used to start equipping Pakistani troops under a recent mutual aid treaty.
Mercury Hits Season's Peak
More warm weather was forecast for Abilene after the mercury Tuesday afternoon climbed to 96 degrees, the hottest day thus far this year.
A high of about 95 degrees is expected both Wednesday and Thursday, the U. S. Weather Burea said. The low Wednesday night wUi be 65.
Tuesday’s 96 was no record breaker, a weather forecaster said. The hottest weather ever recorded for the month was 102 degrees on April 18, 1925.
101 At Seymour
The mercury climbed to 101 at Seymour as moisture-devouring southerly and southwesterly winds swept across the state.
There was no rain over the state Tuesday, and for W’ednesday the only forecast of rain was for widely scattered thundershowers in the southeast portion of i^ast Texas.
Temperatures Included 99 at Presidio and Childress, 98, at wichi-ta Falls, 97 at Laredo, 96 at Abilene and Mineral Wells, and 95 at San Angelo, WMnk and Junction.
In East Texas temperatures rose into the 80s.
The five-day outlook issued by the weather bureau calls for temperatures 5 to 8 degrees above normal. Fair weather is to continue at Abilene Wednesday and Thursday.
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limit the tax increase to one year, to exempt liquid hydrocarbons, and to set aside one half of the state’s general revenue fund surplus each year to create a water consei;'va-tion fund.
Sen. Carlos Ashley, Llano, proposed the creation of the water fund, arguing that “the crying need in this state is for a water program that will conserve w'ater resources.’’
Opponents contended the proposal was not pertinent to the tax proposal and would not actuallv appropriate any money for water purposes. The vote against It w’as 18-13.
The Senate al.so voted down an effort by Sen. Dorsey Hardeman, San .Angelo, to add a section designed to bring about a court suit to test constitutionality of a tax on natural gas dedicated to long pipe lines. The vote was 22-9 against it after opponents warned it might bring a court contest against the entire gas section of the bill.
Both the salary bills for teachers and state employes returned to the Senate for action on amendments added by the House.
The construction measure went to the governor. The state comptroller has already said state surplus will cover that part of the governor’s spending proposal.
The bill appropriates $10,687,5(X) for improvements at the Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, the University of Texas Dental School at Houston, the Eastham prison farm and the State School for the Deaf.
By lopsided votes, the House pushed aside pleas of Rep. Jack Fisk, Wharton, to cut individual allocations in the measure and then sent It to the governor, 131-6.
V. s. l»t;PARTMKNT OF COMMERCE WEATHER RI’RKAIT ABILENE AND VICINITY: Continued fair and warm Wednesday and Tliuraday. High both days about #8, Low Wednesdaj night 88.
WEST TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy through Thuraday. cooler Panhandle and South Platni Wednesday
TEMFERATt RES Tuei. A M. Tues. P M
73 ............ 1 30 93
71 ............ 2 30 94
73 ............ 3:30 ............ 95
70 ............ 4 30 ........... 99
n ............ 3:30 ............ 03
87 ............ 6 30 93
70 ............ 7 30 89
72 ............ 8:30 ............ 78
7« ............ 9:30 ............ 80
81 ............ 10:30 ............
88 ............ 11:30 ............
90 13 30 ...........
High and low temperatures for 34 hour« laat year: 88 and 81.
Htffh and low temperatures same data ended at 8 30 p.m : 98 and 67.
Sunaet laat night 7 03 p.m. Sunrise today 6:30 a m Sunset tonight 1:03 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 pm 3101. RalaUvt bumldlt/ at 0:30 p m. 19%.
ROTAN. AprU 6 (RNS) — Two incumbent city councilmen were reelected here Tuesday in a city election which drew an all - time record vote following sharp exchanges between the mayor and City Council during the past week.
Voting was so heavy that election officials ran out of printed ballots at 5:40 p.m. on the 490th ballot and had to call in typists to prepare an extra supply.
Election Judge Ed Patton extended the poll’s closing almost half an hour past 6 p.m. to make up for lost time. Final vote tally was 549 exceeding even any recent Democratic primary vote.
When the votes were counted the rifts between the councilmen and Mayor Cecil Lotief became apparent.
Incumbents O. B. Cave and C E. Leon kept their seats on the council by margins of less than 30 votes. Cave got 283 and Leon 280
Political newcomers Clifton Thomas and M. F. Garland, candidates backed by Mayor Lotief polled 263 and 257 votes resepctiveiy.
The election fracas, remarkable for the number of old people who voted, according to election judges, grew' out of an exchange of charges by Mayor Lotief and counter-charges by the councilmen in last week’s Rotan Advance.
Mayor Issues Statement The mayor Issued a statement charging the council with malfeasance of duty, inefficiency, non-co-operation, and extravagance in the police department.
Councilmen issued » rebuttal signed by all five members in which all the mayor’s charges were answered. They further charged him with trying to seize too much power in city government.
The newspaper statements appeared Thursday. On Friday circulars were distributed around town repeating the mayor’s charges and backing Garland and Thomas on grounds that the council “needed new blood.’’
Councilmen countered Monday with a circular of their own in which they again denied the mayor’s charges.
The council claimed that during the past two years — since Leon and Cave took office — the city’s budget had been pulled out of the red and Improvements to sewer and water facilities made.
They said that the mayor, contrary to his published statement, had asked at a public meeting Jan. 21 for mayor and councilmen and for a revision in the city charter which would reduce the council from five to three members and increase the mayor’s powers.
BRONTK. April G (R.NS‘ — E. E. Ivey was elected mayor of Bronte In 'Tuesday's city election, defeating incumbent H. O. Whitt and A. F. Ball.
Ivev polled 131 votes, Whitt, 52, and Ball 23.
Elected councilmen were Ben Oglesby with 163 votes, J. G. Wilkins with 106, and Charley Boeck-Ing with 123. Wilkins was running for re-election.
Other candidates for council places were J. A. Perciful, who received 49 votes, B. G. Thomas with 72, and W. W. Millikln with 81 votes.
A total of 207 ballots were cast.
WINTERS. AprU 6 IRNSi — A light vote here Tuesday elected O. B. Raper, Ellis Zane Moore, and Harvey Dale Jones as city aldermen.
John Waddell, received 60 votes and was defeated In his bid for re-election.
Raper who also was seeking re-election received 121 votes; Moore, 107, and Jones 122.
LONDON, AprU 6 (ilP)—The United States has called on Britain, France. Au.stralla and New Zealand to join in issuing a stern warning intended to protect war-torn Indochina and the rest of Southeast Asia from further Communist aggression.
The British Foreign Office said terms of the declaration have not yet been completed, but are being hammered out in Washington at conferences between U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and ambassadors of the other countries which would sign it.
Australian government sources in Canberra said the United States has also asked that country. New Zealand and Britain to give all possible aid to France to prevent Indochina falling to the Reds.
Authoritative Washington reports said the United States was aiming at a Southeast Asian regional grouping which could counter Red threats to that area.
All these moves were evidently part of Dulles’ campaign to save Indochina and the rich Southeast Asia territory by “united action’’ of the Free World.
Britain appears ready to join in some form of declaration concerning Southeast Asia, but the Foreign Office does not want to say so officially until a mutuaUy satisfactory draft is reached.
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Paris some Asian governmentts also would be asked to join in the formal warning. The Philippines and Thailand presumably were the most likely to be approached.
The French spokesman said Dul-lues had broached the idea to French Ambassador Henri Bonnet in Washington last Saturday. France Is now studying the proposal..
1955 Funds May Exceed $17 Million
Congress has been asked by the Air Force to authorize expentiiture of $14,675.000 on Abilene Air Force Base next year In addition to the $2,760,000 already authorized.
Approval would mean that a total of $17,435,000 would be available for construction at the base here during the fiscal year starting July I.
Already underway at the base approximately $8,070,992 worth of construction. More is expected to be contracted between now and the end of this fiscal year.
Word of the Air Force request was received Tuesday at Washington by Sen. Lyndon Johnson and Omar Burleson of Anson, who informed the Reporter-News. Biggest in Texas The requested $14.675,000 was part of $896,976,000 the Defense Department wants to spend on military public work.s next year, including $45 mililion in projects at 14 Texas installations. The largest is the planned expenditure at Abilene AFB.
The funds for the Abilene base would be earmarked to build airfield pavements, and facilities for storage of liquid fuel supplies, communications, operations. aircraft maintenance, troop housing and mess facilities, and land acquisition.
This money would be used with $2,760.000 already authorized by Congress for construction of the united retaliation which might base which in estimated to cost a carry the fighting Into their own total 170.000.000 when completed, territory. ■*"
U. s. Seeking Stern Warning to Chinese
The declaration, it was understood, probably would closely resemble that issued last August by the 16 members of the United Nations who participated in the Korean War, That one warned that any violation of the armistice would l>e resisted and the ensuing hostilities might not be limited to Korean territory.
Dulles apparently suggests, French sources said, that the Chinese Communists now be warned that if they engage more actively In the Indochinese war they risk
Ex-Carrier Boy 3rd In Race for Mayor
A former Abilenian — once a horseback riding Abilene Reporter carrier boy — came out third best in the mayor’s race at Wichita Falls.
R. P. Willis. Wichita Falls alderman, and son of Mrs. T. M. Willis of 341 Jeanette St.. was the candidate. A biother, C. G. (Jake) Willis, is a field man for the State Railroad Commission here.
A Wichita Falls real estate man, Willis moved from Abilene In about 1913 or 1914, his brother said.
Molher, Child Badly Burned Al Asperiml
ASPERMONT. April 6 (RNS) — A young mother and her 6-year-old daughter were .severely burned in an explosion and fire that destroyed their home Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Coy Preslar, 29, and her daughter. Ginger, were taken by ambulance to Stamford Sanitarium, where a doctor said Tuesday night both were suffering from “severe and extensive third degree burns.’’
The injured mother and daughter were blown out of their home by an explosion that ripped the house apart about 3:20 p.m. The blast was believed to have been caused by an accumulating butane gas.
Mrs. Preslar had returned from bringing her daughter home from school and was dressing the child for play. TTiey were in the kitchen when the explosion set fire to their clothing.
Preslar. a warehouseman for Skelly Oil Company, was working at a warehouse located about 200 yards from the house at the time. The Preslar home is in a Skelly Oil Company camp in Asperigont about a mile east of the downtown section on the Stamford Highway.
Aspermont volunteer firemen were unable to save anything from the blaze. Walls were blown out and the house enveloped in flames when they arrived.
The more than $8 millions worth of projects already under contract and the funds requested Tuesday plus the prior authorlzatton. total more than $25.1100,000.
Projects Contracted Projects on which contracts have been let since the groundbreaking last September are:
Runway, taxiway, and apron, $4,-928.099, to Texas BituUthic Co.
Sanitary sewers. $174.046, Doer^ fler Const. Co., Oklahoma City.
Gasoiine storage facilities. $225,-899. Gerald Mora, Houston.
Airmen’s dormitories. mess halls, and admini.stration buildings, $1,930,104. Robert E. McKee, El Paso,
Water and gas distribution. $329,-649, Enfx Const. Co., Amarillo.
Warehouse, $405.7(K), McKee, El Paso.
Electrical distribution system, $77,485, Guthrie Electric Co., Shreveport, La.
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day night, Dorothy Thompson, famed iournalist, held an informal meeting for representatives of the press and radio and H-SU journalism students in the Windsor hotel. Pictured with Miss Thompson, center, are Tom Guimarin, chairman of the H-SU artist course, and Mrs. George nine, Jr. See story on Page 2-A. (Staff Photo).