Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 9, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 9, 1954 —TWENTY EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Brilish Jet Missing With 21 Persons
LONDON, Friday, April 9 British Overseas Airways Corp. said early today that one of its big jet Comet airliners with 21 persons aboard has vanished on a flight from Rome to Cairo.
A spokesman said the plane carried 14 passengers and a crew of leven South Africans,
Sir Miles Thomas, BOAC chairman, immediately suspended all Comet services pending further information. This was the second time the Comets have been grounded this year,
A search by air and sea was launched from Malta and Rome, but there was little hope that anything could be learned until dawn.
The Comets, the world’s first jet airliners, went into service with BOAC in May, 1952, and can carry 36 passengers. They are being used by BOAC on its lines from Britain to Johannesburg, South Africa, Tokyo, Singapore and Colombo, Ceylon.
The missing Comet left Rome in perfect weather at 6:25 p.m. GMT (1:25 p.m., EST) yesterday and was due in Cairo at 9:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m., EST). Its fuel would have been exhausted two hours after its scheduled arrival time in Cairo.
“We are making altitude,” .said the last message from the sleek airliner. It was received half an hour after it left Rome’s Ciampino Airport.
No further messages were received to indicate it was in trouble.
Home dispatches said planes from Malta and naval ships from Naples searched the Mediterranean in the predawn darkness for the Comet that can cruise at nearly 500 miles an hour.
* The first search was concentrated along the rugged southern coast of the toe of Italy. The plane should have messaged Ca-(anzaro on Italy’s tip before streaking out to sea, but radio operators in Naples said they had not intercepted any such check message.
At NATO's Southern European headquarters in Naples, a U.S. naval duty officer said "I’ve had my ear to this set since 10 o’clock last night because we had heard a Comet was missing. But we haven’t heard a word.”
The Comets had been taken from service after one plunged 40,000 feet into the sea off Elba, taking 35 lives.
State Senate Passes Teacher Pay Measure
“MOM, IT HURTS”—Larry Flora, 2, lets his mother, Mrs. Lawrence Flora, of Lancaster, Pa., know' it doesn’t feel good as Police Lt. Howard Snyder gently eases his leg from the 3 1-2 inch water drain pipe, after pouring liquid soap in the pipe. No one knows how Larry’s leg got in there.
It Can Happen, Rain in Texas!
Mew Court Proposed For Midland County
Reporter-News Austin Bureau
AUSTIN. April 8. — A new court for Midland County i.s asked in a bill sponsored in the Texas House by Reps. W. G. Kirklin of Odessa and Hulon Brown of Midland.
It is one of several new Texas courts expected to be included by the governor in his amended call.
Midland and Ector counties arc nt)W served by the 70th District Court. That court would continue for Ector. The new court would serve only Midland.
The old 70th was designated for Ector because present officers of It now live in Odessa, R. P. Brown said.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
, A line of mountainous, growling ! thunderheads moved across Texas’ eastern edge Thursday night, dumping more than two inches of rain in spots and causing a small tornado in Louisiana,
Thunderstorms spewed more
than two inches of rain in the Rich-mond-Rosenb«rg and Columbus areas near Houston. Several Houston street intersections and at least one underpass were flooded.
The tornado which dipped to rice flatlands 10 miles east of the Lake Charles, La.. Air Force Base apparently caused no damage.
The Weather Bureau said .severe thunderstorms were likely before midnight from Victoria to Lake Charles.
Thursday night’s rain was the heaviest in weeks for many upper Gulf Coast communities, but the precipitation again There still was no
inches of rain and crop-damaging hail fell at Honey Grove in northeast Texas.
More scattered show'ers or thunderstorms were predicted for Texas through Friday.
Abilene Gets Sniff Of Rain; Weather To Remain Mifd
Court-at-Law Asked For Taylor County
By KATHARYN DUFF
Reporter-News Austin Bureau
AUSTIN. April 8. — A bill creating a court-at-law for Taylor Countv was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives Thursday by Rep. Truett Latimer of Abilene.
Latimer said he hoped to get the bill through during the closing days of the special session despite the legi.slative jam because the measure is purely “local.”
Gov. Allan Shivers told Latimer Wednesday he will include the new Taylor court in his amended “call.” a suggested work list for the Legislature after the main business of the session is completed.
Sen. Harley Sadler will sponsor the measure when it gets to the Senate.
The new court — created to divide the duties now held by the county judge — was requested by the Abilene Bar Association April 3. The request was made on recommendation of a committee, headed by Walter S. Pope, which was named to study the county court situation.
Increased court business, and a ^irther increase anticipated with the coming of the Abilene Air Force Base, brought demand for the new court. Total cases filed in Taylor County Court have increased from 528 in 1933 and 542 in 1943 to 1.335 in 1953, the bar committee reported. The panel estl-
mated the new court will cost $10.-000 yearly, cost to be paid out of county funds.
The bill Latimer introduced would divide the duties of the county judge, leaving him the county administrative matters and leaving the present county court probate duties.
The court - at - law' w'ould “have jurisdiction in all matters and causes, civil and criminal, original and appellate, over which by the general laws of the state the county court would have jurisdiction. ...other than probate matters (and matters dealing with sanity hearings.)’’ The court-at-law' would also be the juvenile court.
The judge of the court - at - law would rereive the same nay as the county judge. One would be named by the commissioners court to serve until the Hrst general election. Thereafter he would be elected, just as is the county judge.
The court - at - law judge would be a regularly licensed attorney who has practiced law or been a judge in this state for not less than three years and be a qualified voter in the county.
The clerk of the county clerk would also be the clerk of the court - at - law. The new judge would be authorized to appoint a secretary for the court to draw the .same pay as the secretary of the judge of the county court.
Latimer asked that the bill become in effect immediately.
Subversives Bill Still Incomplete
AUSTIN, April 8 (/P)—The Legislature finished its work todav on pay boosts for teachers and state employes and on a $25,600,000 tax bill to finance them.
The Senate voted 29-0 twice and sent measures giving teachers a $402 base pay raise and state workers $120 more a year, to Gov. Shivers.
That left only one item incomplete among the governor’s recommendations for the special session; A measure to toughen the laws agains subversives.
The Hou.se passed an original '
CHOSEN COUNSEL—The Senate investigations subcommittee appointed Ray H. Jenkins, above, 57, Knoxville, Tenn., lawyer, as special counsel for its inquiry into the McCarthy-Army row. Jenkins, a Republican, poses at the capitol in Washington,
Corpus Christi Coffee Firm President Dies
A trace of rain was recorded twice in Abilene Thursday as warm moist air from the Gulf overran a cold air mass in the West Texas area.
At Buffalo Gap, to the southwest, .25 of an inch of rain '‘ell.
A trace of rain fell at Midland and .08 at San Angelo. Junction was local.! got .37, indication of | jhe cold air mass here followed
Johnson Asks Wind Erosion Haskell Firemen Win (onlesis; (onlrol Fund 400 Aliend Albany Convenlion
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the general rains which the state : g cold front that moved through needs, i Abilene from the north about noon
The storm dropped 1.16 inches i Wednesday. A trace of rain was of rain on Houston in 30 minutes, i recorded at the U. S. Weather bringing the day's total to 1.49 Burehu at 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. inches by 7 p.m., heaviest since Thursday.
CORPUS CHRIiyri. Apr» 8 W. O. Yarborough. 63, died today
after a heart attack. He operated, -----------
the Yarborough Coffee Co. and as far up the Rio Grande Valley was president of the Nueces Coffee as Del Rio, where heavy rain fell
Nov. 18. Houston’s 1954 total now Is 3.53 inches compared with a normal 10.72. Part of western Harris County got more than 2^2 Inches of rain Thursday.
The thunderstorm at Houston turned the sky green. Weathermen .said it is a phenomenon which often occurs when there is hail with rain. No hall damage was reported.
The long line of thunderheads marked the slow passage of the same front which brought locally heavy rains, thunderstorms and hall to some North and West Texas areas W'ednesday Wednesday’s rains also caused some flash flooding at Menard, where several business houses were evacuated, and at Glen Rose gibout 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Thursday’s storm line extended
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during a crackling thunderstorm. Rain also fell at Beaumont, College Station and Houston.
'To the west, skies appeared to be clearing. There were few clouds in the Panhandle, in the Lubbock area and west to the Guadalupe Mountains.
There appeared little hope the front would bring the general rains which Texas needs. The rains w-ere strictly local, though heavy in instances, Glen Rose’s Wednesday night storm brought an unofficial 3.10 inches. About two inches fell at Menard. Up to two
Friday and Saturday are to be partly cloudy and mild, a forecaster said. No more rain is expected during the next two days.
The high temperature Friday will be 75 degrees and the high Saturday 80.
ALBANY. April 8 (RNS) —Haskell firemen took top honors in contests at the semi-annual Midwest Texas Firemen’s Convention here Thursday, winning first in two events and placing third in another.
An estimated 400 firemen, their wives and guests attended the meeting that was concluded Thursday night with a barbecue and dance at the American Legion Home.
Eighteen towns were represented, Cap Whorton, chief of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department, said.
Haskell won the pumper hook-up in 20.6 seconds. Baird was second with 23.9 and Snyder third with 24.5.
Haskell firemen also won the six man hook-up, turning in a time of 15 seconds. Snyder was second
r. R. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER Bl’REAl'
ABILENE AND VICINITY: Partly
cloudy and mild Friday and Saturday. ; High temperature Friday 75 degrees. Low Friday night 55. High Saturday 80. i
WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy: a little ; war.ner P.inhandle, South Plains and up- I per Pecos Valley eastward Friday; Saturday partly cloudy, scattered thundershowers east part of Panhandle and South Plains.
TKMPERATl'RES Thurs. A M Thurs. P M.
W) ............ 1-30 ............ «3
55 ............ S :30t............
59 ............ 3;30 ............ 64
57 ............ 4 30 ............ 64
5g .......... 5 30 ............ 6.5
58 ............ «30 ............ 64
5« ............ 7:30 ............ 63
58 ............ 8:30 ............ 60
59 ............ 9 30 ............ 58
58 ............ 10 30 ............
60 ...... n 30 ............
61 ., 12:30 ...........
High and low temperatures for 34 houri ended at 6 30 p m.; 65 and 53.
High and low temperatures same data last year: 86 and 59 Sunset last night b:l9 p m. Sunrise todav 7:03 am. Sunset tonight 6'19 pm. Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m. 28 31. Relative humidity at 9:30 pm.
BRITAIN, FRANCE WARNED
Congress May Cut Foreign Aid to Sour Allied Unity
WASHINGTO.N. April 8 (JwSenate Republican Leader Knowland put Britain and France on notice today that Congre.ss might hold up foreign aid appropriations to spur them into acting on America’s call for Allied unity against Asiatic communism.
Duties May Visit
Knowland spoke out shortly before the State Department announced that Secretary Dulles may fly to London and Paris for urgent consultations on the Indochina crisis.
Diplomatic officials said they understood Dulles planned to leave by special Air Force plane Sunday for Ixmdon for two days of talks with Prime Minlater Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden.
Dulles then plans to hop to Paris Wednesday for two days of dis-ciiMion« with Premier Lanlel and
French leaders, these officials said. His tentative schedule they said, calls for him to return and report to President Eisenhower by the end of the week.
Chairman WUey (R-Wis) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told newsmen who asked him If he had any comment on Know-land’s .statement, "The situation in Indochina, coupled with the French inaction in France, might ver>' well have a serious effect on our foreign aid program,”
The California senator cited evidence that Britain and France w’ere in no hurry to respond to Dulles’ overtures for a 10-natlon coalition to bolster the antl-Red fight In Southeast Asia.
If America’s allies “want to take a new reading” based on what happens at the forthcoming (ieneva conference with th«^ Communists.
Knowland told newsmen, then Congress might take a new reading of its own.
He put it this way: ^
“Since some of the nations with which we are associated have been suggesting they wait until after Geneva before deciding how to respond to Secretary Dulles’ inquiries regarding their willingness to join in collective action should there be further aggression in Southeast .Asia, I find growing sentiment in Congress that perhaps It should delay until after Geneva before determining its final policy regarding appropriations in support of those NATO countries— particularly those dragging their feet Insofar as EDC Is concerned.” This last apparently was aimed
See AID. Pg. It-A, Col. 6
New Security Order Issued
WASHINGTON. April 8 (ÆI—A new Army-Navy-Air Force security program aimed at keeping the armed forces free of subversives and other security risks was announced by Secretary of Defense Wilson today.
Wilson told the Senate Armed Service.5 Committee the new directive will provide uniform standards for all the services and “speed up our procedures for getting such individuals out of the service and for keeping them out.”
One controversial feature; “Known Communists will not be inducted into the armed services.” That means, in effect, automatic draft exemptions for young Communists who otherwise would be subject to military .service.
Wilson also disclosed he has ordered a review of the cases of all military personnel cleared under prior directives.
All told, he said, "we hope this will really do the job. We are confident that it will.”
The new directive requires, among other things, loyalty certificates from all applicants for enlistment. members of reserve units and inductees of any rank.
It says inductees who don’t fill our loyalty questionnaires “satisfactorily," or w'hose questionnaires show “.significant derogatory information,” will be kept in ncnsensl-tive assignments at the lowest pay grade until they have been thoroughly investigated.
Discharges "under other than honorable conditions” are ordered for any whom it would be “inconsistent with the interests of national security’’ to keep in uniform.
Loyalty eases are not the only ones covered. The directive calls for separation from the service of any personnel guilty of il) purposely disclosing classified information, (2) infamous, dlshouest or immoral conduct. (3) drunkenness or drug addiction, or (4) behavior or associations which show the person “not reliable or UTistworthy.”
with 15.3 and Baird third with 15.7.
Hamlin turned in the best time in the two man hook-up — 12.5 seconds. Merkel was next with 15.2 and Haskell third with 15.8.
Wives Win Prize
Firemen'.s wives from Merkel ran the six-man hook-up in 33.5 and the two-man hook-up in 19.5. They were unoppo.sed and were given a special $5 prize by the .Albany Volunteer Fire Department, host for the convention.
Prizes o' $15 for first. $9 for second and $6 for third places were awarded in the other contests from money contributed by departments comneting.
Bill Walls of Baird, was named president of the group at a meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. State Sen. Harley Sadler, who was to be the principal convention speaker, was unable to attend.
A musical entertainment program from Albany Junior High School was directed by A1 Lots-peich, music teacher at the school.
Next meeting of the Midwest Texas Firemen will be the second Thursday in October at Cisco.
Reporter-News Washington Bureau
! WASHINGTON, April 8 — Legislation which w'ould start a system of payments to farmers who engage in wind erosion control practices was urged Thursday by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.
Recalling the Dust Bowl day.s of the thirties. Johnson called on Congress to “act now so we can save a great deal of suffering and misery in the future.”
He said that already many parts of Texas are so blown that properly values have fallen and farmers and ranchers are facing hardship conditions.
The senator urged approval of a $15,000,(X)0 appixipriatlon which the secretary of agriculture would use in making soil conservation payments to farmers who engaged in wind erosion control practices. The governor of the state would have to first de.signate counties which suffered wind control so that farmers would be eligible.
The Democratic leader appeared before the Senate appropriations committee to urge approval of this item in the supplemental appropriation bill under con.sideratioR.
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Reds (rediled Wilh N-Bomb
TOKYO. Friday. April 9 CFu-Kyodo News Agency today quoted a Japanese scientist as saying Russia was reported producing a “nitrogen” bomb so dangerous that 30 of them set off at once would annihilate the entire human race.
The statement was attributed to Dr. Tsunesaburo Asada, professor of science at Osaka University.
Kyodo said Asada addressed a meeting of the Japan Pharmacological Society in Kyoto Monday at which he said:
"From recent reports of the production of the nitrogen bomb in the Soviet Union it could be assumed that such a bomb is a hydrogen bomb enclosed wilh nitrogen and helium.
Irador Kills Nolan Farmer
SWEETWATER. April 8 (RNS) —Elva S. Scott, 56, Nolan County stock farmer, was killed about 11 a.m. Thursday when his tractor overturned and crushed him to death,
Scott was building a dam on a tank on his farm near Lake Trammell, eight miles south of here at the time of the accident. He was found pinned under the tractor by his wife about 1 p.m. Justice of the Peace Leonard Teston returned a verdict of accidental death.
Mr. Scolt was born May 25. 1898, in Wills Point and moved to Sweetwater in 1905, He was married to the former Lila Couch at Luther on Nov. 11, 1923.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Patterson Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Survivors include his wife; four son.s, Jack of Sweetwater, Elva Jr. of Dallas, George stationed In the Navy at Havanna, Cuba, and Wesley Scott of Sweetwater: one daughter. Mary Scott of Sweetwater; three granddaughters: one
brother, Herman of Big Spring: and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W, T. Scott of Lake Trammel.
Senate-anprovcd antl-subverslves bill 1,30-4, but It went back to the Senate with amendment.s.
With the governor’s major spending and taxing proposals delivered. Shivers quickly submitted 17 new proposals for consideration before the session ends next week.
Legislation to relieve the drought conditions was included.
Shivers also recommended the appropriation of $145,740 to finance an adult probation system long ago authorized by the Legislature, but never financed.
More Funds Urged He urged more funds for junior colleges and numerous institutions, legislation to permit farmers to use natural gas as fuel for irrigation, and creation of committees to study criminal laws and procedures.
When the governor’s message was read in the Senate, members arose all over the chamber, clamoring for recognition to introduce bills held up while the main business of the special session was being disposed ot.
A topheavy 110-22 House vote sent the tax bill to the governor.
Earlier this week legislative action sent to Shivers’ desk the $10.-687,500 appropriation for emergency building need.s. That was one of the four big Issues.
The tax bill raise.s the levies on natural ga.s. beer and business franchises. The ga.s rate increase was from 5.72 per cent of value to 9 per cent the ffr.st year, 8 per cent the second year. 7 per cent thereafter. It goes into effect Sept.
The subversive control law' approved by the Hou.se sets up penalties of one to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $20,000, or both for anyone convicteH of knowinglv or wilfully committing any act to overthrow' the government by force.
Anyone convicted of advocating such act, conspiring to commit it, or as.si.stlng In any other way in the overthrow' of the government by force would be subject to the same penalties.
Midnight Deadline The s»ss«on must end at midnight Tuesday.
Debate on the anti-subversive bill centered on its constitutionality, and over the qtiestion of whether or not it would be a threat to civil rights of citizens.
Acting quickly on matters covered by Shivers’ message, the House passed and sent to the governor a bill appropriating $391,500 to cover deficiency grants approved by the governor.
The House adiourned until 10:30 a.m. after passing and sending to the Senate bills that would: Exempt pipeline companies delivering gas for farm nurposes, such as operation of irrigation Dumps, from classification as public utilities.
Make it unlawful to leave abandoned iceboxes or other airtight or seml-alrtight boxes In places accessible to children. The law would apply to boxes with a capacity of
Planes Collide Over Canada; 37 Lives Lost
See SENATE, Pg. 11-A, Col. 3
MOOSE JAW. Sask.. April 8 Wl—
A Royal Canadian Air Force training plane rammed an airliner loaded with passengers today and flaming death claimed 37 lives.
There were no survivors from this, Canada’s w’orst airline disaster.
1 Killed on Ground A recheck showed 36 died in the crashed planes, and one woman was killed on the ground when two engines and part of the burning cabin of the Trans-Canada North Star Uner plowed through a house and trapped her In it.
Among the victims wrere Rodney Adamson. 51, Progressive Conservative party member of PaHla-ment. and his wife, and Pat Reid, 58, famous northland bush pilot, and his wife.
Thirty-one passengers, including five on company passes, and a crew of four w'ere in the North Star en route from Montreal to Vancouver. The Harvard trainer w'as piloted by a British solo flier from a training field near Moose Jaw’.
Plane Paris Fly
Wi(nes.sps said the trainer rammed into the liner, slicing off one of the liner’s wings. There was a loud explosion, like cannon fire, then the planes fell, with fire shooting from the North Star’s spinning tail.
One eyewitness saw bodies hurled out of the plane by the explosion. Bodies were recovered over a wide area.
Witnesses said the North Star flamed in its death plunge, parts of the big liner flying in all directions as it struck the golf course.
A gas tank bounced into a house, setting it aflame. Two other homes al«o caught fire in the populated area, one burning to the ground. No one on the ground was reported Injured, but searchers combed the charred wreckage for a cleaning woman reported missing
Hundreds of other searchers combed the golf course In the vain hone of finding surv'ivors.
One witness, a Moose Jaw car dealer. .Mac McKay, said, “I saw the big plane In trouble. It was smoking and while I w'atched a wing dropped.
“There was an explosion at about 3,000 cr 4,000 feet, but the plane didn’t disintegrate. We heard another explosion after the plane had fallen out of sight. I didn’t see the Harvard at all.”
Flight Lt. Ronald Gilmore of Winnipeg, who was visiting Moose Jaw', said he saw one of the planes “on fire well forward" before It dropped from sight.
Gasoline Price Cuts Posted Here
Gasoline price cuts were posted by several Abilene service stations Thursday.
Stations reporting reduced prices distribute Onyx and Conoco products.
Price cuts varied from 31 cents to .6 cents per gallon.
One dealer gave as the reason for the price cuts as "getting tired of indepeudents' low prices.”
LINDBERGH BEC OÜIES RESERVE GENERAL—Charles A. Lindbergh, left, is sworn in as a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve by Air Force Secretary Harold Talbott in Washington. The lamed flier, now 52, recently was reappointed to the reserve after an absence of several years, we currently is serving as a member of a board named to select a location for an Air Force academy.