Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 29, 1954, Abilene, Texas
'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE S KETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
^OL. LXXIII, No. 316 Msocxated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 29. 1954 -TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
More Voted For Air Base
By LESLIE CARPENTER
WASHINGTON, April 28—^The House Armed Services, Cornmittee Wednesday approved a bill authorizing ex-penditure of $17,435,000 on construction of Abilene Air'
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U. s. Policy
In Far East < Hit by Reds
GENEVA. April 28 (iPi—Red China's Premier Chou En-Iai, admitted to the councils of the world’s major powers for the first time, today rejected American policy in the Far East, He called for a program of “Asia for the Asians” with foreign troops and bases
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Stevens 'Reprisals' To Be Probed Next
Force Base during the fiscal year beginning July 1.
ihe authorization bill is the first step in making the money available. Later, Congress must approve another bill appropriating the money. A project must be authorized before an appropriation can be made for it.
If appropriated by Congress, the expenditure authorized W'ednesday would make ai total of more than $30 million! AI to be earmarked for the basej f UU I AUI
here. Previously approxi-j ▼ ^ ^ f ■ iBWff
mately $13 million has been ; mnde available. i
Eight contracts totaling $8,498,- j 82G have been let since construe-tion of the base started.
Projects Listod Rep. Omar Burleson of Anson said the $17,435.000 authorized Wednesday would be spent as follows:
Pavements and fuel storage, $6,059,000; communications and navigational facilities, operational facilities, aircraft maintenance facilities, training facilities and troop housing, $7,145,000; utili
ties, $1,739,000; real estate (land acquisition), storage facilities, personnel facilities, administration and shop facilities. $2,387.000; and miscellaneous facilities, $105,-000.
P.urlcson said a more detailed breakdown of how the money would be .spent was unobtainable as the Department of Defense has the information classified. Pre
sumably, the disclosure of the exact amount earmarked for each individual project would affect the construction bids.
No action has yet been taken on the appropriations bill for military public works in the new government fiscal year, Burleson said.
Contracts Awarded Contracts already let on the base, the amounts, contractor, •nd point of completion are: Runway, parking apron, and taxiways, $4,922,617, Texas Bitu-lithic Co., 25 per cent completed.
Sanitary sewers, $174,186, Doer-fler Const, Co., ?5 per cent completed.
Gasoline Storage facilities, $225,899, Gerald Mora Construction Co., 12 per cent.
Airmen’s dormitories, mess and administration buildings, McKee Construction Co. $1,942,504 , 8 per cent.
Water and gas distribution system, $329,649, Enix Construction Co , 47 per cent.
Warehouse. $405,700, Robert E. McKee Construction Co., no physical progress.
Electrical distribution system, $77,495, Guthrie Electric Co., no physical progress.
Road and drainage facilities, $420,776, H. B. Zachry Co.. no physical progress.
Bids were opened Wednesday by the Fort Worth Corps of Engineers on an electrical grid-duct system for aircraft parkways at the base.
The engineers are advertising now for bids on construction of a base crash and fire station, a chapel, and refueling facilities.
Bills will be opened May 20 on the crash and fire station and May 27 on the chapel and on the refueling system.
The engineers are now prepar ing plans for a radio transmitter building, shop building, bachelor officers quarters, and a hospital Advertising for bids will begin in May and will be opened in June.
Bid on Grid Duct System
Embrey Electric Co. of Roswell. N.M. was apparent low bidder Wednesday on an electrical grid-duct system for Abilene Air Force Base.
The company bid $96,799. Twenty-three other bids were submitted, highest of which was $129,500. Government estimate on the work was $103,500.
The bids were opened Wednesday by the Corps of Engineers at Fort Worth.
The bids are being examined now and a contract will probably be awarded shortly. Col. H. R. Hallcok, district engineer said.
The grid-duct system will be installed on the aircraft parking apron at the base. The contractor will have 210 calendar days from date of contract to complete the work, Col. Hallock said.
First Uranium Strike Reported In Eastland County
RANGER, April 28 (RNS)-First report of a possible deposit of uranium in Eastland County was substantiated late Wednesday by the Ranger Tribune.
Grover Lee, editor of the paper, said a prospector conducting geig er tests 10 miles east and slightly south of Ranger last Sunday, re ported a count of 106 in 60 seconds, indicating unusually heavy radioactivity.
The prospector, accompanied by a representative of the owner of the land, said the checks were surface tests.
Although the report was verified late Wednesday by the Tribune, the exact spot of the test and the name of the landowner and prospector are being temporarily withheld by request.
Ix)catioii is approximately nine milea south of Strawn, where te,sts hava indicated the presence of the atomic ore. although the exact percentage and quantity are not jTit oliiciaUy known, Lee said.
Two Twisters Break in Air
By THE ASOCTATED PRESS
The deadly sling of spring—tornadoes—threatened Texas again Wednesday night.
Black, ominous clouds hung low j in the sky around Waco, spewing hail and rain over rural communities. Two twisters broke up before they reached the ground. Reports of funnel shaped clouds came from numerous sources.
The weather bureau warned there was a chance twisters would be spawned from bad local thunderstorms in an area bounded by Waco, Mineral Wells. Sherman and Longview between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Tornado-jittery Central Texas around Waco watched the broad, black cloud drift eastward at a slow speed late Wednesday.
At Waco last year, Texas’ most destructive tornado in 60 short seconds slashed downtown Waco into a grotesque pile of rubble, killed 114, injured more than 300 and did damage of nearly 60 million dollars.
This was the second straight day tornado warnings were posted for a part of Texas. The twister signal went up Tuesday for a great hunk of North and West Texas, and one tornado that did no damage whipped across plowed fields near Big Spring. Other thunderstorms did minor damage at Rochester, Ballinger and Fort Worth.
Chou spoke at the 19-nation Far Eastern conference after U. S. Secretary of State Dulles rejected North Korea’s proposals for all-Korean elections on the ground they would transform the country into a Communist puppet state.
Outside the conference hall work progressed on first steps toward halting the bloodshed in Indochina. Russia suggested an immediate meeting of belligerents on the evacuation of “hundreds upon hundreds” of French wounded from besieged Dien Bien Phu. The Soviet Union proposed also that representatives of the Communist-led Vietminh be admitted to the Geneva conference when it takes up the question of a peace settlement for Indochina.
Ranges Over Field In a bitter denunciation of the West, Chou ranged over a wide field. He demanded a standing alongside the Big Four, opposed rearmament of Western Germany and even demanded a ban on the H-bomb. He supported the proposals laid down yesterday by North Korea’s Gen. Nam íl for settling the Korean problem. Chou’s speech indicated little could be expected at Geneva on a Korean settlement.
“For the first time, the Chinese people are the real masters of their fate,” he said. “No force can or will prevent China from becoming strong and prosperous.”
Although 20 nations with a population of one billion recognize China, he said, the United States has withheld recognition “because it dreams of establishing the remnants of the Kuomintang clique (Nationalist China), long ago thrown out of China by the people.“ Source of Tension Chou said U. S. policy in the Far East is aimed at creating an aggressive bltx; and that this is the main source of tension in Asia. The Korean war, he contended, was planned by the United States “as a springboard for aggression against China.” He accused the United States of dragging out the truce negotiations on the pretext of concern for war prisoners and said 48,000 Red prisoners had been retained.
“This question,” he said, “is in no w'ay closed. This conference cannot escape it.“
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Ex-FHA Man lays Chances 'Necessary'
WASHINGTON, April 28 (41 — A former official of the Federal Housing Administration, asked to explain how' builders could harvest an estimated half billion dollars in windfall profits on rental projects, told Senate investigators today “we knew we were taking a chance and that we had to”.
Walter L. Greene, who retired last week as deputy FHA commissioner, testified before the Senate Banking Committee that chances had to be taken if the program to wipe out the shortage of rental housing in postw’ar years was to suceed.
Can Go Haywire
“We had a simplified cost procedure and any simplified procedure can go haywire,” the witness said.
Angry members of the committee failed to draw from Greene any admission that some builders of large-scale projects under expired Section 608 of the Housing Law made “unconscionable” profits.
Chairman Capehart (R-Ind) estimated the profits at half a billion and some builders put up as little as $1,000 in ca.sh to get government-insured loans of more than two million.
Greene said there were only two ways for a builder to pick up big windfall profits—either by poor FHA appraisals far higher than actual construction costs, or by the builder “cheating” on his specifia-tions.
Committee Given List
The Internal Revenue Service, looking into the taxation side of the profits, recently gave the committee a list of 1,149 builders or firms alleged to have profited by 75 million dollars in getting FHA-insured loans far in excess of the cost of construction.
“I will say that I’ve seen no evidence that the Internal Revenue Bureau is talking about the same figures we are.” Greene said.
He added that he didn’t think Congress ever intended that a builder have much cash of hi's own tied up in a project. He explained the FH.A insured repayment of loans covering up to 90 per cent of the estimated constrution cost.
“We had no conception that any such difference (between loans and actual cost) existed,” he testified.
A.sked by Capehart why the agency did not check up on actual costs, Greene replied it did not have a big enough .staff to analyze the accounts submitted after a project w'as complete<l.
ALL IN FUN—Dan Wheeler, physics and chemistry teacher of Drury High School at North Adams, Mass., is “arrested” and handcuffed by Sheriff Ed Powell for being a “foreigner” in Texas. Wheeler arrived here Wednesday .afternoon with 30 exchange students. (Staff Photok
HERE FOR WEEK
Joe, Opponents Swop Insults
WASHINGTON, April 28 (A*)—In an atmosphere of evergrowing bitterness, the Senate’s McCarthy-Pentagon investigators began delving today into whether Secretary of the Army Stevens “threatened reprisals” against a eeheral for praising and cooperating with vSen. McCarthy (R-WisL
This new line of inquiry developed near the end of a hectic day punctuated by irate exchanges between Me Carthy and opponents—especially over new Army charges of de luxe treatment for a drafted aide of the senator’s. Pvt. G. David Schine.
The language got inflamed at that ooint. McCartjiv cried “smear!” and called the televised hearings a “circus.” Later he accused Stevens of “flagrant dishonesty,” and the usually mild-mannered Army secretary flared back:
“I deeply resent the sug
Tangles With Hensel McCarthy tangled, too, with Asst, Secretary of Defense H. Struve Hensel, protesting the number of generals surrounding Hensel in the hearing room and contending such high officers should not "dignify” the Pentagon official.
Reddening, the six-foot-four Hensel reared up and demanded—but did not get—an apology. Hensel— like Stevens and Army -Counsel John G. Adams—is a key figure on the Pentagon side in its row with McCarthy and aides Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr.
Ray IL Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations subcommittee, brought up the question of “threatened reprisals.” naming Maj. Gen. Kirke Lawton, commander of the Army Signal Corps
Senate Passes $15 Million Drought Bill
WASHINGTON. April 28 (4*L-The Senate today passed and sent to the House a 1.5-miIlion-dollar emergency appropriation for dust storm relief in drought areas.
It quickly and unanimously approved the appropriation which w as tacked onto a catch-all money bill by Chairman Bridges «R-NH> of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The House, which has approved Center at Ft. Monmouth, N. J„ other items in the bill, is expected
Exchange Students Get Texas Welcome
Abilene High School turned on a Texas w'elcome Wednesday afternoon for 30 exchange student.s from Drury High School at North Adams, Mass,
A bus carrying the New Eng-
their paces in an exhibition for the New Englanders,
A caravan of Abilene students met the bus where Farm-to Market Road 1234 joins State Highway 351 just east of the city limits
landers rolled up to the school The caravan and bus pas.sed
here about 5:30 p.m.
Sheriff Ed Powell “arrested” and handcuffed Dan Wheeler, physics and chemistry teacher who acompanied the visitors. for being a “foreigner” in Texas. The school bi.<*fd turned out in full dre.ss and there was music, how-dys and handshakes all around.
The band twirlers went through
ABILE.N'E AND VICIMTY-Clear to partly cloudy Thursday and Friday. Chance for thundcrshowcra late Thursday afternoon or night. High teniprature Thura-day 90 degrees. Low Thursday night 60. High Friday ar>.
north central TEXAS: Partly
cloudy, thowera and local thunderstorm* mostly In east portion Thursday; cooler
WEST TEXAS: Fair to partly cloudy, cooler In Panhandle late Thursday and in .South Plain* and upper Pecos Valley eastward Friday, occasional rain In Panhandle Friday.
EA.ST TEXAS: Partly cloud.v, widely icattered alternoon thundershowers Thursday; cooler noith portion Friday, moderate to locally fresh south winds on coast.
.SOUTH CE.NTRAL TEXAS: Partly
fk)udy and warm Thursday and Friday, widely scattered afternoon thundershowers northeast portion Thursday, moderate to fresh Boutb winds on coast
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High and low teinperaturee for 34 hours ended at «.:» p.m.: 59 and U.
High and low temperatures same date last year: 77 and 60 Sunaet last night 7:19 p.m. Sunrise today 5:55 u.ra. Sunset tonuht 7:19 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 pm. 27 92 Relative humidity at 9:30 p. m. 32 per cent.
Site for New St. Ann Hospital Purchased
through town under police escort and with horns honking.
The Student Council provided a welcoming committee at the high school after first greetings the visitors to cokes in the school cafeteria.
as the general Involved
Will Read Testimony Jenkins announced he proposed to read Lawton’* testimony at a secret subcommittee hearing last I Oct. 14 on the subject of alleged Communist infiltration at Ft. Monmouth and its radar laboratories. He said he would do this in preparation for cross-examining Stevens on whether “he did or did not threaten repri.sals against Gen. Lawton” becau.se Lawton cooperated and “complimented” McCarthy and his subcommittee. Democratic Senators Symington
to give quick approval.
The secretary of agricultur« would be empowered to pay up to a dollar an acre this year and next year tb farmers who agree to follow soil consenation practice* aimed at preventing and reducing wind erosion. Usual rules and regulations covering payments are waived.
A dozen .senators testifietl to need for emergency aid in states hard-hit by recent dust storms including Kansas. Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.
Sen.s. Lyndon Johnson and Daniel (D-Tex) thanked Bridges for
to this testimony being made public before they had a chance to read it, so the hearing reces.sed overnight with the question of admitting it still in the air.
Stevens testified he “had a talk with” I,awton, dhd discu.ssed the possibility of removing him, as a result of an address the general gave to Ft. Monmouth officers—to the effect that soldiers with pro-- . . i Communust leaning.s seem to come
‘ from a certain ci*ht or .0 colleges.
(Mo) and McClellan (Ark) objected , speedy action on the du.st area
funds. Johnson said millions of acres of Texas farm land now are bare “and ready to blow.”
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Purchase of a site for construction of a new St. Ann Hospital at some undetermined future date was announced yesterday.
A 22.4-acre tract fronting on the highway to Bronte and San Angelo was purcha.sed from Mrs. Frances B. Olds and F. C. (Pete) Olds for $33,600.
The land was bought by St. Ann Hospital Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization chartered recently by the State of Texas. Dr. B. H. Ailts is pre.sident oi the foundation, R, J. Windrow, 1201 Albany St., is first vice president; Allen Baird, 1110 Lexington, second vice president, and Bob Zent-ner, 3001 South Seventh St., sec-retary-treasurer.
Adjoins KRBC-TV Station
The hospital site is bounded on the south by U. S. Highway 277, on the north by Hartford St., on the west by Bowie Drive and on the east by LaSalle Drive. It is immediately west of the new KRBC-TV’ station now under construction.
Dr. Ailts said no lime has been set for construction of the hospital. and no financing plan has been worked out.
It is known that it will be operated by the Sisters of Divine Providence, the same Catholic order which now operates St. Ann Hospital. Its mother house Is at Our Lady of the Lake College in San .\ntonio.
Dr. Ailts said the foundation hopes to build approximately a 100 - bed hospital estimated to cost «bout $1,500,000.
Representatives of the foundation are considering architects to plan the building. It was stressed that all architects under consideration have already been interviewed.
Dr. Ailts said the hospital undertaking is intended as a commu nity - wide project. The present membership of the foundation’s board of directors is not confined to members of the Catholic church “The foundation,” he explained, “was formed with the goal of building a major new hospital in Abilene as soon as a feasible plan can he worked out to acomplish this.
“Anyone in Abilene interested in developing the new St. Ann Hospital is invited to lend his support to the undertaking. Any officer or director of the foundation may be contacted for information.”
More Faculties Needed I Leaders of the foundation feel that Abilene’s rapid growth make it advisable that more hospital facilities be provided. Dr. Ailts said.
“We feel we are fortunate in the location we have .secured,” he slated. “It is in the fast-growing southwest section of Abilene, and will make hospital facilities more conveniently available to those living south of the railroad.” He said it is planned that the hospital will be motlern In all respects, and will be equipped with all the facilities necessary to present-day medical and surgical practice.
The site was chosen 'in consultation with th« Stata Health De-
partment, foundation leaders said. Rcpre.sentativcs of the department have been to Abilene for con.sulta-tion with the foundation.
The present St. Ann Ho.spital is a 30-bcd institution at 1325 Cedar St. The Catholics purchased it many years ago.
Directors of the St. Ann Foundation, in addition to those listed above, are R. J. (Boh) Springer, 2502 North 11th St.; David S. Castle, Jr., 718 Ballinger St.; J. J. Herb. 2918 South 10th St.; Jim F. Conlan, 834 Lexington; Ed Balfanz, 2242 South Eighth St.; Dr. L. J. Webster, 4090 Benbrook; II. Lee Smith, 1226 Palm St.; Alex Bick-ley, 1926 Edgemont;
G. L. (Pete) Howse, 1026 Santos: George B. Buescher, Jr., 4001 Lynnwood I.4ine; James A. Conlan. 601 Walnut St.; J. A, Donley, 1117 San Jose; Dr. John Gilmore, 2109 Benbrook: William E. Horton. 1141 South Third St.; Dr. G. D. Thurman, 1141 North 18th St.; Dr. Harry R. Bridge, 1834 Sande-fer; Dr. V. II. Shoultz, 1602 Cedar Crest; Dr. David F. Pugh, 4110 Waidemar, and Father William J. McCoey. 1633 South Eighth St.
Dr. Ailts praised the Si.stcrs of Divine Providence and their operation of the present St. Ann Ho.spi-tal. “They have done an outstanding job,” he commented. “Their aim is service regardless of race, creed or religion. If given opportunities in a new, larger hospital,
I am sure they will do their utmost to give the community the best possible car«.”
High School .students went to Drury High School for a week. They are repaying the New England hospitality with a week of Southwest entertainment.
The New Engländer.«: will slay
in homes of Abilene students who stayed with them in Massachusetts last fall.
When the visiting students return home they’ll have a better idea of what the Lone Star Slate is like.
The .Massachusetts students will be guests at the Baird parade and rodeo that begins Thursday at 6 p. m.
Ranch Party Saturday Saturday they will be honored with a ranch party at 5:30 p.m. at the W’att Matthews ranch near Albany. They will be guests of the National Honor Society. Approximately 200 guests and NHS members are expected to attend, Odell Joliiiaiuit, orguiiization spon.sor, said.
The group will leave the high school in a caravan at 2:30 p.m. Monday noon they will be luncheon guests of Lone Star Gas Company. And Monday after school, the group will tour the Onyx refinery north of Abilene.
Tuesday morning McMurry College has invited them and Abilene High School seniors to a breakfast. Tuesday night they are going to be treated to a pot luck supper given by parents at the high school cafeteria.
The group will be guests of the Kiwanis Club at a luncheon Wed-nc.sday noon in Hotel Wooten and will put on the program. They will also give the program at the Rotary Club luncheon Friday noon at the Windsor Hotel,
The New Englanders left North Adams at 8 o’clock Sunday morning. They stopped at Chicago to see a TV show and take an ev ening tour of the city. They also did some sight seeing at Niagra Falls.
The group is acompanied by Wheeler and Mrs. William Sweeney, homoin|king teacher.
Agitated By Remarks
The Army secretary, on the witness stand for the fifth day, said he was somewhat “agitated” about
Schine Spends Hour With Joe, Staff
W.ASHINGTON. April 28 ,fi ~ Pvt. G. David Schine spent about an hour late today with the McCarthy subcommittee staff with w hich he once worked, but brushed past reiwrters in .tight-lipped silence.
u 1 I blue-eyed Schine, im-
fil iin khaki,
jond th« scope of a post com- „aiked rapidly out of Ihe subì
manner. ; committee’s office, .saving not a
Under cross-examination by Jen- ! ^ord
kins, he said he discussed the mat-i He had .spent nearly an hour
ter with Maj Gen. George Back. : with Sen McCarthy .R-Wis> and
Army Signal Corps chief. j Roy m. Cohn. chief counsel of Me-
K Earthy’* Investigations subcommit-
tevens told Ba<:k he didn t like ■ tee. and other staff members, in-
Lawton s favorable attitude toward I eluding Frank G. Carr, chief of the McCarthy subcommittee.
Stevens replied he couldn’t remember just what he said to Back,
But asked if he knew Lawton had been cooperating with the McCarthy probers, the Army secretary said:
“I certainly did. I ordered him to do so.”
McCarthy retorted; “I do intend to interrupt whenever I find flagrant dishonesty on the part of a witness.”
Comanche Man Killed in Crash
COMANCHE. Tex . April 28 John D. Waring. 56, was killed and his wife critically injured tonight when the light plane he was flying crashed as he came in for a land-Stevens, who was testifying at! airport here
I The plane snapped a power lina See STEVENS, Pg. 5-A, Col 3 j at the edge of the airport, disrupt* ------------ jjjg pQwer in the city for 15 minutes.
Waring, commander of th« American Legion post here and a , member of the Comanche-Brown ! County Selective Service Board,
, died 20 minutes after the crash.
Polio Vaccine Here Today
Related story on Page 3-A
Salk vaccine for polio tests in Taylor County will arrive at Municipal Airport at 11 a m. Thursday.
The vaccine will be used in the testa here Wednesday.
A representative of the Abilene-Taylor County Health Unit will meet the Pioneer Air Line plane bringing the vaccine here from Austin. It will be taken to the health unit offices and refrigerated until time for the tests.
J. C. Hunter Jr., is chairman of Um polio tests bar«.
PUSSY-WILLOWS PUSHED UP NOSE
CHEEN, ,Minn., .April 23 It Has a ticklish piopasition when Roy Hanson of Gheen rushed his 3-year-old daughter to the hospital.
Little Gloria had poked two pussy-willows up her nostrils while playing.
Dr. W. C. Helara promptly removed the obstruction*. “Incim-sequential,” said the doctor. “Not worth mentionin,g. Kids will stick everything but the piaiH) up their noses."