Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 52
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 10, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTION
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TERCEIRA Island, Azores, Aug. § UPh-A Colombian Avianca Air Line Constellation plunged into a mountain peak and burst into flames on this island in the Atlantic early today, killing all 30 persons aboard.
Three were listed by the airline as Americans:
Flight Engineer Herbert W. Hopkins, whose home address was not given.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Prager of (4499 Henry Hudson Pkway) the Riverdale section of the Bronx N. V.
Prager, about 37, and his wife. Gertrude, 33, were the parents of three children, ages 3 to 8. The children are at a summer camp in New York.
The Pragers left New York July 20 on a business trip. He was a vice president of Kaunitz-O'Brien, New York export-import firm.
The Constellation crashed about 100 feet fronx the summit of Mt. Illha Terceira minutes after taking off for Bermuda from Lagens Air Field, one of two big fields built in the Azores in World War II. Thick fog had prevented the plane from making its regular landing at the Azores main international airport on Santa Maria Island.
The plane landed here for a rest stop and took off again at 1:37 a.m. (10:37 p.m. EST, Sunday) for Bermuda. Apparently failing to gain sufficient altitude, it plunged into the mountain peak about 2^t miles north of the field.
The plane carried 21 passengers and a crew of 9.
The airline said Prager and his wife boarded the plane at the last moment in Paris, after missing a direct connection to Rio De Janeiro.
Rain's Gone But It's Cooler Now
Abilene temperatures are expected to remain below the 100-degree mark Tuesday after a half-inch rainfall tumbled the mercury to a low of 69 Monday night with high reading standing at 96.
The Weather Bureau reported scattered showers at San Angelo and Salt Flat Monday afternoon and night but nothing was sighted or forecast for the Abilene area.
Strong winds, hail and rains bat-
Public Probe Set Aug. 30 For McCarthy
WASHINGTON. Aug. 9 ufU-Full-scale public hearings on the official conduct of Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), starting Aug. 30, were ordered today by a special Senate investigating committee.
The committee is considering 46 overlapping charges brought against McCarthy by fellow senators as the basis for a possible Senate vote condemning the Wisconsin senator’s actions.
Some of these charges, ranging from alleged abuse of witnesses to inciting government woricers to break the law on secret information, probably will be discarded or consolidated with others before the hearings get under way. The six- man committee combed through all of them at a closed session today.
Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) told a news conference the hearings will be conducted much like a court trial.
Sapet Denies Story About Assistance
HFNTSVILLE. Tex., Aug. 9 (ft-Mario (El Turko) Sapet denied tonight he had told a prison employe he expected to get out of prison if Ralph Yarborough is elected governor.
tered crops and wrecked farm buildings north of Tye Sunday night while Abilene was receiving it’s first appreciable rainfall in 75 days.
A downpour of rain soaked the area north of Tye and farmers estimated up to six inches or more of rain fell in an hour Sunday.
The storm hit along Mulberry Creek, about four miles north of Tye, at 6:30 p.m.
Lashing winds damaged farm buildings at the J. A. Horton farm about four miles north and a mile east of Tye. scattering sheet metal 400 yards. The winds also damaged the hwne of W. B. Moore, located about a mile and a half from Horton’s farm, and Moore said that hail a foot deep piled up against bis front ioor.
Both Horton and Moore, longtime residents of the area, said it was the worst rainstorm they had ever seen.
Electric power was knocked out for an hour and a half in the rural area.
Freight Line Firm Pians Office Move To Abilene Site
Employes at Merchants Fast Motor Line in San Angelo have been notified of the firm’s plan to move part of the general offices from San Angelo to Abilene, Ray Bran-denberger, general manager, said Monday. The move will involve about 20 persons.
Some clerical staff members and all of the accounting office will be moved. The change probably will take place over Labor Day weekend. Brandenberger said Gene Whitehead, president of the line, had no immediate plans of a move to Abilene. The company has taken space in a building at 7th and Walnut Sts.
Abilene was said to be more centrally located for the Merchants operation than is San Angelo and the freight line has no shops in San Angelo.
luues Most Important, Shivers Says
DALLAS. Aug. 9 (41—Gov. Allan Shivers told a meeting of his Dallas County campaign workers tonight “the names of the men in the Democratic runoff for governor are not important but that what a man stands for is most important for your children and mine.”
“The issue is whether the people of Texas will run or surrender before the vote is cast,” he said. “The issue is whether the man who will head the Texas delegation at the next Democratic convention will surrender the vote of the delegation before he gets to the convention..”
Shivers continued “I tell you, as I said in 1950, I place my God and my government above all else and 1 will fight to my last breath for the right of the man in Texas to say he Ks for Texas.”
A good - humored and enthusiastic crowd of between 600 and 700 of Shivers’ Dallas County campaign workers attended the meeting.
The meeting was described as being solely for Shivers campaign workers and to give them a chance to hear and see Shivers.
Shivers carried Dallas County in the first primary by about 9,000 votes. Speakers stressed the need to get out a big absentee vote as well as a large turnout of voters on Aug. 28, date of the second primary.
Good for All
Shivers began his speech by saying he had tried to govern Texas for the good of all the people. He called the state’s roads the “best in the United States.” said his reforms had raised the Texas Prison System from “the worst to the best,” and enumerated efforts to improve the state hospital system.
“We did these things.” Shivers said, “without an income or sales tax. We didn’t take the money out of your pocketbo<rfc, but out of our natural resources.”
Speaking of the increase in pay voted teachers at the special session of the Legislature. Shivers said “of course, they didn’t get all they want. What we are doing is giving number one service and keeping the government of Texas economical. And we are doing it with no sales tax.”
Turning to what he called promises by his opponent, Ralph Yarborough. Shivers said “he is promising everyone everything they
He added “It has gotten so ridiculous he has stopped being specific. He just says ‘I promise III promise you something.’ If Yarborough keeps his pr(Mni8es it will add about $240 per year to your taxes or a sales tax will be needed.”
Senators Back Ike's Flexible Farm Props
House Okays Hike In Postal Wages
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (4V-The House today passed with a resounding 351-29 roU caU vote an administration-opposed 7 per cent pay hike for half a million post office workers. It sets the minimum boost at $240 a year.
Quick approval came after a heavy lineup of Democrats and Republicans overrode the GOP leadership and forced the measure out of a Rules Committee pigeonhole, where it had gathered dust for months.
STUDENTS ATTEND IN ABILENE
'Find Solution to School Problem/ Elmdale Told
BY EARLE WALKER
Abilene School Board insisted Monday night that Elmdale district give definite assurance of seeking a permanent .solution to the problem of its high school and Negro pupils.
Local tru.stees made that move a condition for accepting the Elm-dele students here for the 1954-55 term.
Elmdale schod goes only through Junior high school. It has no high school. It hasn’t, any Negro school of any level
Consequently, the Abilene System has taken all the Negro pupils and the high schoolers from Elmdale year after year.
President 0. J. Johnson of the KJmdale School Board told the Abilene trustees Monday night his district has been paying about $600 per year to Abilene for taking the pupils.
Local board members said this lacks about $100 per pupil of covering Abilene’s expense of educating the Elmdale children.
After a lengthy discussion, it was decided the Abilene board and the Elmdale board would hold sepaiwU meetings on the subject. Hmm the two groups will have a
joint session Aug. 28.
Two alternative methods are open to Elmdale to provide adequate financing of its students, Abilene Supt. A. E. Wells said. These are:
(1) Vote consolidation with the Abilene district, accepting a taxable valuation and school-tax rate comparable with those of the people now in the Abilene district.
(2) Become an independent school district, whereby it could set its own valuations and levies.
At present Elmdale is a c«n-mon school district. As such its tax rate and valuations are set by the county.
Vaiuaiioat Low B.’ A. Hays, Elmdale principal, said: “Our valuations are so low that, even with 100 per cent collection of our local taxes, we’d have only enough to buy erasers, chalk and such supplies.”
Johnson reported: “We went to the Abilene city tax office and looked up an example of how consolidation would affect our taxes. On a 150-acre farm, the taxes would be exactly double, if we merged with the Abilene district.”
Supt. Wells estimated about 90 Elmdale pupils attended Abilene
WEST TEXAS WATERMELON— Candidate Ralph Yar-borough (second from right) smiles as he is presented with a watermelon from West Texas supporters at Monday night’s rally on the Federal Building lawn. Left to right are Jim Nayba of Rotan, Tom Robertson of Haskell, Yar-
2,500 AT RALLY HERE
borough, and Cecil Lotief, mayor of Rotan. Yarborough appeared before an estimated 2,500 persons as he brought his campaign for governor to Abilene. (Staff photo by Bob Gulley)
Yarborough Says He'd Veto Sales, Income Tax
schools last term. He figured 100 would be here this year if the local system accepts them again.
Wells suggested that Elmdale might consolidate with Wylie, Clyde or Eula—or with Abilene. In any event, it would require a vote of the people of both school districts affected.
Milton Antilley. secretary of the Elmdale School Board, asked whether Elmdale could continue using its present plant, if it con solidated with Abilene. Wells as sured him the local board would guarantee that.
‘Make Up Minds*
Johnson called attention to the financial burden Elmdale district suffers from Carver Addition. That is a Negro addition joining, and southeast of. Abilene. The taxes for all of Carver Addition are only about $400, he said.
Roy Skaggs, Abilene trustee, said to the Elmdale delegation:
“I think you ought to make up ycur minds whedher you want to consolidate w become an independent district. We can go on from there. We’ve Just been mak-
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By DON NORRIS
Ralph Yarborough told an estimated 2.500 Central West Texans Moaday night at a rally on t.ie Federal Building lawn that he is “opposed to a general sales or state income tax and would veto either if I'm elected” governor and the legislature enacts them.
Abilene attorney Bryan Bradbury told the crowd that this was the largest turnout for a political rally in Abilene since 1946.
Yarborough made no mention of the withdrawal of Texas Rangers from Duval County here Monday night, but did take Gov. Allan Shivers to task on almost every operation of the state government.
Yarborough answered his own question of: What’s the matter with Texas’ government?
“It’s just Republican,” he said, setting the pattern of his address.
He called for a “revolution” to remove the present administration from office.
Yarborough said Texw is now among the “low four” in the nation on old age pension paynients, 42d in funds spent for crippled children, and had fallen from a position (rf 38th four years ago to a present rating of ^th in funds spent on highway improvements.
“One improvement in Texas has been in hospital and public health care. Texas was 48th, it has now improved to 47th in the nation,” he said.
Half at Much
He told the rally that Texas only spends about one-half as much on soil conservation as the average state in the nation.
The candidate said he had been “slandered all over,” and that he doesn’t have “a $2 million slush fund—or an unliminted slush fund” for campaigning as the opposition has charged.
He urged that Texas voters not “be smothered by big money and the Republican newspapers” in casting their vote in the Aug. 28 primary.
Yarborough took his opponent to task for not spending $27 million that Texas has in the bank. ‘?That money belongs to the people and should be spent for them,” he said. “The governor should be ashamed of himself.’’
“We need some free government in Texas. My opponent has been trying to beat down the people of Texas by smear.”
Yarborough admitted to the crowd that Shivers had carried his home precinct in Austin, but that the voters there are “either on some state board or have state contracts.”
New insurance laws are urgent
ly needed to restore faith in the second largest industry in Texas, he said.
“Seventeen insurance companies have gone broke in the last 17 months. The people ought to be able to rely on their insurance policies. This wouldn’t have happened if the proper laws were passed and enforced to control the insurance companies,’’ he said.
When “I’m governor I’m going
to clean house and appoint a new insurance commission,” he said,
Yarborough listed as other points of his platform:
(1) Full parity for farm products.
(2) Expanded Rural Electrica-tion Administration program.
(3) Laws for proper drouth relief.
He advocated cooperation between local, state and federal
Vito Marcantonio Dies in New York
NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (4L-Former Rep. Vito Marcantonio, 51, a noisy, colorful left wing congressman during his 14 years on Capitol Hill, (Iropped dead on the street today.
He always denied he was a Communist, although he said he was not beyond taking their political support. ;
His heart failed him as he plod-1 ded through a drenching summer rainstorm toward his Lower Manhattan law office. He had been diabetic for years.
William Z. Foster, national chairman of the Communist party, issued a statement on Marcan-tonio’s death in which be said:
“The death of VHo Marcantonio comes as a great shock and personal loss to every fighter for peace and democracy. Marc’s whole active life has been one of tireless activity and endless devotion to the cause of the workers, the Negro pe<H)le and the oppressed generally. His record in Congress is the best ever made by a Labor representative in that body.
During hii seven terms in Congress, he was conceded to be one of the hardest workers on Capitol Hill. On weekends he returned to
trict—a melting pot of Negroes. Italians, Central Eur(H>ean8 and more recently Puerto Ricans.
Noise Rule Study Slated
COLORADO CITY. Aug. $. (RNS)—The Colorado City council at it’s Monday night neeting directed City Attorney John Worrell to study the need for an anti-noise ordinance for Colorado City.
The action followed the complaint of Milton Bodzin who asked the council to take action to eliminate juke boxes and outside speakers. Bodzin is a property owner near the Junior High School.
V. J. Richardson, owner of a Dairy Frost near the Bodzin home told the council that he had been operating a juke box but had removed it and did not plan to replace it.
The council also voted to get a recommendation from Freese and Nichols, water engineers, before Hill, on weenenas ne » ,„,^11;» . bid on ■ new pump
New York to take a close, iwrsona niant. Bvron
interest in the affairs of his dis
agencies in drouth relief and charged that Shivers had spurned federal drouth relief until after his re-election two years ago.
*BatUe for Liberty* Yarborough said his campaign was a “battle for liberty and decency” and that you won’t find Ralph Yarborough trying to burn down the American flag to satisfy one political desire.”
Yarborough’s speech was preceded by short talks from members of supporting out-of-county delegations. These included groups from Jones, Fisher, Nolan, Coleman, Callahan, Eastland, Brown. Ector. Palo Pinto, and Haskell Counties. Bradbury introduced the visitors,
Yarborough was introduced by Dr. Sol Estes.
Immediately following a question and answer and handshaking session Yarborough went to KRBC-TV for a 10:15 p.m. broadcast.
Final Vole Due Today To Pa» Bill
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 t4L-Ad-ministration forces won all major tests in the Senate tonight on the controversial farm bill.
The Senate voted 49-44 to install the principle of the flexible price support system President Eisenhower asked for farm products.
Another test came on the question of how strongly the price of dairy products must be supported.
The Senate first defeated 48-44 an effort to raise the price supports on dairy products, from 75 to 80 per cent of parity, as passed by the House. Then it voted 49-43 to allow Secretary of Agriculture Benson to continue to support milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products at 75 per cent of parity.
Final Vote Today But final passage of the farm bill was put over until Tuesday.
The Senate vote on the flexible price support system was on a compromise plan to support the basic crops—cotton, corn, wheat, rice and peanuts—at a scale ranging between 82Vi to 90 per cent of parity.
Parity is a standard designed to give the farmer a fair price in relation to his costs. Present law stipulates a flat 90 per cent system of supports.
'The Senate range is exactly that adopted earlier by the House in a vote Eisenhower called “a great and sweeping victory.”
The President originally asked for a range of 7$ to 90 per cent but the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), changed this to W to 90 per cent.
With the price support issue decided. the Senate plunged into a second major battle over the level of price supports on dairy products.
Faced with multimillion dollar surplus stocks of butter, cheese and dried milk. Benson lowered dairy supports on April 1 from 90 to 75 per cent of parity.
The House voted to restore part of this cut, by raising dairy supports to 80 per cent of parity on Sept. 1.
Saarchars Hunt 2 Edinburg Man
BROWNSVILLE. Aug. 9 liP» -Padre Island was searched today for two Edinburg men, missing since Saturday in a fishing ship.
W. M. Ferrell. 88. and BiU Flu-mer, 55, drove their sedan onto the island off the southernmoet part of Texas late Saturday. They were to have returned home Sunday afternoon.
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: Bid Dales Sei lor 2 More Air Force Base Buildings
Candidate's Dad Enters Hospital
TYLER. Aug. 9 tfl-The 89-year-old father of candidate Ralph Yar-borough, Charles R. Yarborough, went to Mother Frances Hospital today for emergency surgery.
Ralph Yarborough said he would continue his campaign. He checked with family members at Tyler and indicated the illness was not aer-ious.
The eider Yarborough la a retired lawyer and Uvea in Chandler.
for the city filter plant. Byron Jackson and Co. of Los Angeles offered the lowest of eight bids.
Their bid was $1,882.
The council also:
1. Opened bids for a new 7M-gal-lon per minute pumper for the fire department. The fire department and councilmen Jeff Taylor and Trevor Crawford are to meet next week to study the bids and make a recommendation to the council.
2, Voted to pay half of Oie paving cost for a strip in front of the Church of Christ at a cost to the city of $378 25.
I. Asked for bids for a new poUce car.
Two more large Abilene Air Force Base constructiwi projects will be advertised for bids during September and October, the district office of the Corps of Engineers at Fort Worth announced Monday.
Estimated cost on both projects is between $100,000 and $500,000.
Advertisement for bids for con-structico of a two-story operations and control tower building will be called for during the month of September.
Bids will be called for contracts on construction of a wing headquarters building, which will include two separate two-story buildings, in October.
Air Force plans call for the operations and contrid tower structure to be one unit with a 75-foot steel control tower commg out of the operaUcms building.
The basic unit of this structure will contain about 11,000 square feet. A glassed-in platform work area will be situated on top of the control tower.
Plans for the wing headquarters units are for the two buUduigs to contain about 12.300 square fert of space. Contracts on these two units will also include walks and parking areas.
Exact advertising and bid opening dates will be announced at a later date.
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