Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 44
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ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 1954 —FIFTY.SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10s
.08 FALLS HERE
Rains Skip Into Area
It rained in Abilene Saturday. And thundershowers skipped over other parts of the West Central Texas area but little moisture fell on sunburned crops, although lower temperatures offered slight relief from the heat wave.
Weather Bureau at Abilene Municipal Airport recorded .08 inch of rainfall between 3;30 and I p.m. Saturday.
First for July This was the first measureable rainfall in Abilene since June 30, also the last day of the mwith, when .03 inch wa.s recorded.
Saturday's high of a mild 91 degrees was also the lowest mark the mercury has hit in Abilene since June 28 when the day’s high was 89.
Forecast for Sunday and Monday calls for mild temperatures, with the high slated to be around 90. Possible light showers are forecast for Sunday afternoon.
Today’s rainfall was the total, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, for the month of July and the .03 on June 28 was the total rainfall for June in Abilene.
Although rain was recorded at the airport and in the northern .section of Abilene, other parts of the city did not receive even a trace.
Highest recorded rainfall In Abilene was an unofficial .82 of an inch.
Cisco Gets .Soaker Heaviest rainfall in the Abilene area was a whooping 3.4 inches reported at Cisco between 2:30 and 7 p.m. Lake Cisco, three miles north of Cisco, reported 4.6 inches.
Rising Star received 1.5 inches during late evening and scattered showers were reported in every direction from Rising Star.
A sudden downpour drenched Eastland with l.S inches falling in 45 minutes. Sweetwater reported .50 inch of rain and the northwest corner of Nolan County got light showers. A reading of 1.5 inches was taken north of Ros-coe. This was the first rain in Sweetwater and the Nolan County area since the middle of May.
Heavy Near Loraine In Loraine. .33 inch was recorded about 3 p.m. Saturday and 1.5 was recorded about four miles north of Loraine.
Colorado City had .28 inch. Cross Plains received .25
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traces were reported at Merkel and Baird.
Saturday’s rain boosted the total for the year in Abilene to 10.11 inches with the normal for the year ■i^ing 13.09 inches.
The weatherman said that showers in the Abilene area were the result of moisture moving in from the Gulf from the tail-end of Hurricane Barbara.
Rainfall was spotted throughout Texas missing only the extreme west, the upper border country and the lower coast.
But in Houston and Harris County it really rained.
16 Inches at Houston
Downpours of up to 16 inches sent bayous in the Houston area flooding into homes Friday and early Saturday. The high water there was receding Saturday night after forcing about 550 families from suburban Houston homes.
Although the rain helped relieve sizzling temperatures throughout Texas, ranchers and farmers in the Central Texas drought disaster area said the rain was too little and too late to help crops or pastures.
Other rain reported in the state included: Mineral Wells, 3,25; Lufkin, 1,08; San Antonio, .74; Laredo, .19; Austin, ,18; Texarkana, .16; Fort Worth, .11; Galveston, .05; Junction, .02; Tyler, .01; and Dallas, 1.5.
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'Shakedown' Charge Hits McCarthy
WASHINGTON, July 31 liP-Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) hurled six charges—including an allegation of a $10,000 “shakedown” of a housing corporation—at Sen. McCarthy today as the Senate ploughed through some seven hours of argument without a decision on a move to censure the Wisconsin Republican.
Fulbright moved to meet vehement objections from a number of senators that the resolution of condemnation of McCarthy's conduct, offered by Sen. Flanders (R-Vt), lacked a bill of particulars.
Stormy Hearing It was a day in which foes of McCarthy lambasted him, and other senators, including Sen. Daniel (D-Tex), objected that the back ers of the Flanders move were try ing to do to McCarthy what they accuse him of doing to others— condemning people without fair procedure.
Sen. Hickenlooper (R - Iowa) called the Flanders resolution an “utterly improper approach and unconscionable.”
In early evening the Senate recessed until noon Monday. Today’s debate never reached the peaks of emotion and tension scaled last night, McCarthy himself was absent much of the time. And crowds had dwindled to the point where there were big clumps of empty seats in the galleries.
Six Charges Fulbright offered amendments to the Flanders resolution covering each of his six charges. He said he would demand a vote on each.
The other five were that McCarthy;
Denounced a Senate subcommittee that investigated his affairs and “contemptuously refused to comply with itc request” that he testify.
Openly invited and urged government employes to violate the law and their oaths of office before a nationwide television audience. This was a reference to McCarthy’s statement at the Army-McCarthy hearings that it was the duty of government workers to supply him with confidential information.
Strongly implied in public hearings of his own subcommittee that | Annie Lee Moss, an employe of the Pentagon “was known to be a member of the Communist party and that if she testified she would perjure herself” — before he had gi\^n her a chance to testify.
2-Way Demo Fight
Convention Struggle Set On Sept. 14
ONE FOR YARBOROUGH — W. C. Terrell, delegate to the Taylor County Democratic convention, seems here to be taking convention Chairman Tom Eplen to task. But Terrell was pointing his finger at R. M. Wagstaff to emphasize his contention that Shivers voted against
raising old age pensions. Terrell’s speech prompted V/ag-staff to declare that Shivers had done more for the old folks than any other Texas governor. (Staff Photo by David Barros.)
Strike Stops Nation's Top Air Carrier
PREPARATION FOR WAR
Ike's Plan Includes All Young Men for Compulsory Training
WASHINGTON, July 31 (4^ «4^ A sweeping new military manpower plan aimed at military duty for “all qualified young men,” followed by compulsory service in a new reserve set-up, has been approved by the Eisenhower ad-miniitratlon, It was disclosed today, The object is to prepare the nation for any possible war with Russia.
“The whole thing is geared to the day of active war with the Soviet Union.” said Asst. Secretary of Defense John A. Hannah in explaining the policy approved by the National Security Council this week for submission to Congress early next year.
**Everyone up to the President,” Hannah aaid, “agrees that we must have an effective reserve to meet the requirements trf war with the Soviets.” Hannah added: “And
that is the only war that counts."
Hannah disclosed the new military program on his last day at the Pentagon, after serving for 18 months as assistant secretary for manpower and personnel. Next week he will resume the presidency pf Michigan State College.
The reserve scheme, which Hannah said would have to be pushed through Congress before the current selective service law egpircs next April, is the newest approach
to a form of universal military Whether Congress would go along training. Actually it would go be- with the plan is a question. It has
yond some training proposals of the past, Hannah pointed out, because the National Security Council in approving it stated one of the objectives thus: “All qualified young men will be required to serve ... a minimum period as members of one of the armed services.” The administration’s top policy making body said also that all qualified young men who “do not enlist in a service of their choice, will be inducted”
Read* Document Hannah read from an official document classified “secret.” As he talked to newsmen in his office, he declassified the paper by the simple expedient of cutting off the word '‘secret” with a pair of scissors.
been cool to UMT in the past.
The program, as Hannah outlined it, would abolish the Army and Air Force reserve organizations as they now exist and make the .National Guard, now under state control except in time of war, “the National Guard of the United States for all practical purposes.” Hannah declared. This would be done, Hannah said, by assigning to guard units all young Army and Air Force men after they had completed their tours of inductive or voluntary duty in the regular services. The present reserve law sets forth an eight-year period of military service but provides no method to force young men to join the organized and active reserves.
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A temporary restraining order against the City of Abilene was granted Saturday by Judge J.R. Black in 42nd District Court.
The order restrains the city from enforcing a new city ordinance prohibiting parking on South First St.
This ordinance was to become effective Monday.
City Council passed the ordinance several weeks ago upon request of the State Highway Commission. South First St. is also U. S. Highway 80.
The injunction suit was filed Saturday by attorney Dallas Scarborough on behalf of property owners and merchants on South First St.
Hearing on petition for permanent injunction was set for Aug. 7 by Judge Black.
The petition alleged that the ordinance is void because the City Council has no authority to prohibit parking.
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which prohibits parking and leit-hand turns on the street, is discriminatory because no such ordinance is applied to other property for public use without adequate consideration, which is prohibited under the federal constitution.”
Named as defendants in the suit are Mayor C. E. Gatlin and City Commissioners J. Floyd Malcom, A C. Scott, Jack Minter and W. D, Rich.
Plaintiffs are: E. D. Woodlock, H. W. Cox, S. 0. Broach, William F. Thomas, John A. Ponder, L. M. Nichob, M. E. Nichols. John W. Odom, R. B. Leavitt, Jack Yonge Motors, Inc., Compere Tire Co., J. G. Johns,
Adrian Allen, D. P Hanks. Guitar Trust Estate, 0. C. Bloss Finance Co., Bob Lorton, S. B. Bloss, Danny Nichob, Cash Loan, L. A. Grer, E. L. Garner, J. R. Toney. Harry Goltz, I P. Roberta, Austin Boyd, and Radford Prope^og. j i
CHICAGO, July 31 (ifv-The nation’s largest air carrier was slowly grounded today by a strike of its 1,200 pilots.
American Airlines was struck at 11:59 p.m. local standard time over a refusal by the line to withdraw an order requiring pilots on transcontinental flights to fly more than eight hours continuous flying time in one day.
The pilots, members of the AFL Air Line Pilots Assn., contend such flights violate safety requirements and a long standing rule that pilot flying time be limited to eight hours a day,
American started coasl-to-coast nonstop service several months ago. West-east trips were to take seven hours and 35 minutes and east-west flights eight hours and 35 minutes. The extra hour is lost westbound by heading into prevailing winds, it was explained.
The union said flight time on many New York-to-Los Angeles runs was more than nine hours.
Throughout Saturday American planes were returning to their home bases on 32 flights by arrangement with the union to permit crews to reach their own homes. The pilots were ordered not to fly again until receiving the union’s go-ahead.
The company said its ticket offices were referring passengers to other lines. Braniff International Airways said it was adding two nonstop flights between Dallas, Tex., and Chicago and two between Dallas and Denver.
On July 9 when the strike was announced, C. R. Smith, president of American, called it “an irresponsible disregard of the orderly processes of government and the courts.” He added that the company would sue the union “for all consequent damage by strike or libelous statements.”
County Democrats Solid for Shivers
By GEORGIA NELSON Taylor County Democrats went solidly for Shivers in their county convention Saturday afternoon.
A sprinkling of Yarborough supporters were on hand but olfered little resistance. Most of the Yarborough pe(H>le were delegates from the Woodson box in Abilene and from Merkel, with a few others from rural voting boxes.
They were reluctant to take the floor even when Convention Chairman Tom Eplen offered full opportunity for a speech in favor of Yaroborough.
Elderly W. C. Terrell provided the meeting’s only sparks with a fiery reply to a speech by R. M. (Bob) Wagstaff advocating Shivers.
Terrell attacked Shivers because, he said, the governor “vetoed a measure that would increase old age pensions.”
He added that he would be willing to sue Wagstaff for $10,000 because he had opposed old folks’
pensions — if Dallas Scarborough would represent him in the suit, j This moved Wagstaff to return to the microphone to defend Shivers, declaring that he had done more for the old folks than any other governor Texas has ever had.
Wagstaff nominated Eplen convention chairman and he* was elected by acclamation. Mrs, Mildred Pender Deaton was elected convention secretary.
Resolutions adopted pledged support to Shivers and censured left-wing elements for “mixing in the political affairs of Texas.”
Wagstaff called for a roll call vote on a resolution “that this convention join with Allan Shivers in his continued fight for Texas.” The resolution, adopted by a vote of 430 to 51, recited that Shivers “has given Texas a voice in national policies afld has been a great spi^esman for the Texas Democratic Party.”
The CIO Political Action Committee, “the socialistic left wing Americans for Democratic Action,” and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were the brunt of a resolution which urged the people of Texas to keep Texas politics under the control of Texans. Adopted by voice vote, this measure received minor opp<wition.
Other resolutions sought action at the coming state convention on Sept. 14 requiring district commit-
'LOYALISTS' IN CONTROL
U. 8. DEPAatMENT OF COMMEECK WE.ATREB Bl'UEAlJ ABILENE AND VICINITY -Cloudy, continued mild Sunday «nd Monday, Low tonday nUht 70, Hlfh temper-aturea both days iiaar «0, Poaalbla afternoon ahowera .Sunday. _
NORTH CE.NTRAL AND WE.ST TEXAS — Conaidcrabl« cloudinaaa through Monday with acattarad thowera and thunder ahowars.
EAST TEXAS — Partly cloudy and wann through Monday with wP.ely acat-terad thundarahowara.
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Abilenian Kills Self With Gun
W. A. Hardin, 72. was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home. 2225 Pine St., about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Justice of the Peace H. F. Long returned a verdict of "suicide by j teewomen to name women alter self inflicted gunshot wound.”
Hardin was found by his wife in the back bedroom of the home, police reposed. The body was lying on the floor, a pillow under the head. A .38 caliber pistol was laying near the right hand, according to City Det. Lt. George Sutton,
Sutton said Hardin bad a gunshot wound just below ihe left breast. The bullet apparently went straight through the body and oo through the floor, he said.
The pistol contained one exploded catridge and another that was unfired.
Hardin was pronounced dead by Dr. C. A. *McFadden, the detective said.
The body was taken to Elliott's Funeral Home.
Hardin, resident of Abilene for
nates if they are unable to attend state meetings and backing a movement for the restoration of the two-thirds majority rule for Democratic conventions.
Shiver* Praised Wagstaff voiced the feelings of the convention majority in landing Shivers as “the best governor Texas has had in 100 years.” Pointing out Yarborough’s 3 - to - 1 loss of his home voting box, Wagstaff quipped that “With those who know Ralph Yarborough best, it’s Shivers 3 - to • 1.”
“Shivers has solved old problems that have plagued Texas for years,” Wagstaff asserted. He listed among Shi'-ers’ accomplishments as being improvements to the state's educational system, increased teachers' salaries, improvements to the penitentiary system and the mental hospitals, and the return of the tidelands to Texas.
Hudson Smart was chairman of the resolutions committee. Serving with him were Mrs. Bud Perini, Mrs. Mason Altman, Dr. W. B. McDaniel. Mrs. W. H. Denham and Dan Gallagher.
On the nomhiating committee were T. N. Carswell, chairman; Dub Wofford, R. B. Leach, Mrs. R. M. Freeman, Elmo Cura and A. V. Grant,
UnH Vote Ordered Although Taylor County will have only 44 votes in the state conven-
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas Democrats headed for a showdown fight in Mineral Wella Sept. 14 for control of state party machinery.
It looked like the conservative«, lined up behind Gov. Allan Shivers, would have the advantage at the state convention over liberals championed by Ralph Yartxirough.
Parley* Held County convention results Saturday appeared to have given conservatives a firm grip on delegate voting strength.
The liberals, or loyalists, grabbed the state’s biggest delegation in Harris County (Houston).
Conservatives held control In tha two other big cities of Texas, Dallas and Fort Worth.
A certain fight loomed over seating of delegate.^ from San Antonio (Bexar County) after a walkout there by conservative forces.
Rump conventions were held in at least eight counties.
Delegates Split At least two counties voted to send split delegations, three uninstructed groiq?8 and one—Crockett —will tell its grotq? which way to voto on Sept. 14.
A bitter fight over seating of delegates was almost certain at tho state convention.
A big majority of counties apparently lined up with Shivers, But some counties with whopping delegate totals went for Yarborough.
Almost every county convention was ruled by just one issue; Whether delegates were for Shivers or Yarborough in the Aug. 28 runoff election for Democratic nomination for governor.
George Sandlin, slate Democratic executive chairman, said out of 66 counties reporting to him con-
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Shivers Supporters Bolt at Sweetwater
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Survivors include his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Charles L. Lewis of San Angelo, and Mrs. Tommie Leatherberry of Galveston; two sons, C. N. Hardin of Palestine, and Horace H. Hardin of 3102 South 20th St.; a sister. Mrs. Eva Stuckton of San Antonio; and a half-sister, Mrs. Pearl Wara M Maroury.
SWEETWATER. July 31 (RNS) —“Loyalist” supremacy upset proi Shivers delegates to the Nolan County Democratic convention here Saturday. About 10 of the conservatives walked out of the convention and formed a rump convention of their own.
The Shivers followers stood by long enough to see passed a motion opposing the counting of Republican votes to seat delegates at the state Democratic convention at Mineral Wells Sept. 14.
An earlier motion by the Shivers faction to count both Democratic and Republican votes cast in the 11^2 election was defeated.
After the “conservative” walk, the remaining contingent of about 60 Yarborough backers carried on tha convention business.
The conservatives started anew at their own convention, voting their approval of Shivers and his administration. They also approved following tha state execidive com-mittaa ri^iip to ^uot both tbtk
»own party’s and GOP votes in computing delegate strength.
Both conventions elected 18 delegates to the state convention.
Yarborough Commended The Yarborough group meanwhile, had passed a resolution commending Judge Ralph Yarborough “for his efforts in returning Texas to the Democratic party."
A motion condemning Shivers on his record and attitude toward the National Democratic Party failed to carry at the loyalist convention. It was killed by a motion for adjournment, which carried.
■The walk-out of conservative was led by Bill Chcnnault. Ed Ponder was elected chairman, and Mrs, Henry Cool, secretary, of the “Shivers” convention.
Will Scott was named chairman and Ocia Hunt, secretary, of the loyalist convention.
Loyalist delegates to tha state convention will be E. L. Duncan.
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Lung Rushed Here for Lad III With Polio
What happens when there is no more room?
Robert Wayne Rowlett, T - year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hollia Rowlett of Sweetwater, was admitted to Hendrick Memorial Hospital at 5:45 pm. Saturday with polio.
The youth was in need of an iron lung but the three at Hendrick were already filled.
The hospital notified the Nation^ Polio Foundation offices here in Abilene and arrangements wera made to bring an ircm lung from San Angelo.
A pick-up truck with the iron lung was met qt the AbUene city limits at 9:45 p.m. by a polic« escort and taken immediately to the hospital.
Hospital attendants reported hia condition as “good” late Saturday.
At the present time there ar« 11 polio patients at Hendrick, Rowlett being the fourth to be placed in an iron lung.
The AbUene hospital is th« polio trtuiment center for an area of approximately 100 mUes around the city.
Snyder Man Cleared Of Murder Charge
S.NYDER, July 31 — Georg« (Chongo) Morris Jr., 36, S n y d e r Negro, was found innocent Thursday in th« Ju^ 4 death of his com-mon-law wife. Mabel Powell. 36.
Mabel PoweU died in Scurry County jail after she and Powell had been arrested.
The 132nd District Court jury had been instructed to choose between guilty of murder, guilty oi aggravated assault, or not guilty.
The trial lasted aU day Thura-day. The jury reached its verdict at 10 p.m. that night.
Judge Sterling William« pr«atd-ed until Thursday afternoon whea iUneaa forced him to retire. Sender lawyer John E, SonteU took over for Williams.
The Reporter-Newt n^rt«d erroneously Friday mommg thal Morris had been found guUty. Hm