Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 24, 1954, Abilene, Texas
'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKBCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIV, NO. 188
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 24, 1953-FORTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS
.X. PRICE DAILY5c, SUNDAY 10c i
WRAPPINGS OFF TONIGHT
Gifts Await 1,520 Hospital Patients
By PHYLLIS NIBLING Reporter-News Staff Writer
Santa has been making daily calls at the .-\bilene State flospital all this month, in spirit, if not in person.
He has travelled in private cars and in trucks. He has arrived in brown-paper-wrapped parcels postmarked from all over the state.
He has been at ward parties and around the Christmas trees under which are gaily wrapped gifts for each patient.
Most of all. he has been in the hearts of the people who have sent presents in his name.
Friday evening the wrappings
Pius XII Asks Blessings On Leaders
will come off the gifts under the trees.
There will be at least one gift for every one of the 1,520 patients at the hospital.
Without the help of their more fortunate fellow Texans, more than 800 patients might not have had anything, except for a sack of fruit or a piddling little “remembrance.”
300 Send Gifts
•More than 300 clubs and individuals have sent gifts to the hospital, Whlliam T. Lawler, director of education and rehabilitative therapies at the ho.spital. said.
Of tliese. about 75 were in Abilene. but many came from ail over the state. One music publishing firm in .N'ew York City sent 1..560 candy bars for the Chri.stmas morning treat.
Patients will have their annual Chri.stmas Five program in the chapel F'riday evening. Afterwards they will go to their wards for another ward program and the Christmas tree.
Saturday morning, each patient will receive a sack of fruit, nuts, and candy. ChrLstmas dinner wall
VATICAN CITY Pope Pius XH. from the “loneliness of suf-; be .served at noon with all the fix-fering” today gave his Christmas ing.s.
greetings and blessing “to all; dive Pierce, .special service
peoples, to their rulers, to those teacher at the hospital tor the past who bear the responsibility of the' three and a half years, was hon-
“To all of these,” said the ailing 78year-old head of the Roman Catholic church, “may the message of the goodness and peace of the son of God-made man reach •ut.”
The Pete’s words maintained unbroken the long series of annual Christmas pleas for peace which he hag made since he became head of the Church in 1939.
Earlier, the Pope received the Christma,s greeting of the College el Cardinals, presented this year by its dean, French-born Eugene Cardinal TLsserant.
ored during the carol program in the chapel Thunsday evening.
He was presented a gift from co-workers in appreciation of his service which has included work with the Christmas program and other volunteer work. He is retiring to take office as Taylor County .school .superintendent.
All sorts of organizations, including people of all ages, have joined together to take the term “forgotten patient” out of the hospital’s vocabulai7, Lawler said.
Women I,enil Hand Home demonstration cluba. women’s and civic clubs, church
Members of the diplomatic corps | group.s. and youth organizations accredited to the Vatican did not ^ have all contributed, make the traditional call in a body *it would be impo.ssibIe to name to express sea.son’s greetings to the all the groups who have helped,”
pontiff. This was done in their name by two of their members— Casimir Papee, representative of Poland’s government in exile, and Vladimir d'Ormes.son. French ambassador to the Vatican.
Officer Santa Is Still at Work
SOUTH BEND. Ind. ;.fn_Chri.d-inas shoppers who violated traffic regulations here today got tickets from Santa, and there was nothing jolly about them.
Patrolman Michael Santa was on traffic assignment for the South Bend poiice.
Many donors of gifts remained anonymoiLs. .Many others not only brought gifts to the hospitiU but gave parties for the wards and heli>ed decorate Christmas trees in each of the 32 wards.
The state makes no allowance tor Christmas presenta In itj skimpy allowance, which can account only for patient’s welfare.
For this reason, many of the 20,000 patients in st^e hospitals are entirely dependent on the public for gifts.
And a gift at Christnvas. even the smallest gift, can make a
ONE IN 10—Sfc. Harold Shanks is spending his first Christmas in 10 years at home in Abilene. He served seven years in Trieste, and then was sent to Korea, returning to the U.S. in June of this year. He and his wife, Gianna, whom he married in Italy in 1949, and their daughter, Ellen Joyce, are visiting his mother, Mrs. H. B. Shanks, 873 Cedar St. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson)
See SANTA, Page 3-A, Col. I
Field, Wife Get
BUDAPEST, Hungary (fh-Hun-gary announced today Noel and Herta Field have won political asylum in this Communist country, which imprisoned them ftw five years as spies.
This latest development in the lives of the American couple—central figures in one of the cold war’s greatest international mysteries— was disclosed in a cwnmunique from the official Hungarian News Service. It said:
“Noel H. Field aiMi his wife, Herta K. Field, American citizens, asked for political asylum from the
government of the Hungarian People's Republic. The Hungarian government has granted the asylum.”
American diplomats had no advance word. They learned the news from correspondents.
“I really cannot comment—what could I say?” said a spoke.«man for the American legation in the
Y ule Celebration
DANGLING FROM CRANE
Abilene to Get Yule Tree 100 Feet High
Construction workers on the Citizens National Bank building have a Christmas gift for AbUenians, After Friday curious passers-by will find the construction workers gone from the building site at North Fourth and Cypress Sts. But not wishing to disappoint anyone, the workmen will leave a Christmas tree—lights and all—hoisted 100 feet in the air,
The tree will be hanging from the 100-foot boom of the big crane which Is being used to erect the steel skeleton of the building. How-and Erection Co. of Waco is operating the crane.
Hugh peck, construction superintendent for Rose Construction Co. said that the tree would be braced w'lth a steel bar and hoisted into the air by the crane. It will hang
and return to work the following Tuesday.
Malcolm Meek, president of Citizens National Bank, said that he was “very proud” of the work accomplished by the workers and that if good weather continued the steel in the main building would be up some time around Jan. 20.
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History of Abilene . .
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BOY GOING HOME
Good Doeds Mark Christmas in Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ft,» M Texans, with the help of some
from the jib head at the top of ^
tr«« w.. nnt! Texas-size assortment of Christ-
The size of the tree has not |
been revealed, but Oliver Howard,
Citizens National Bank vice-president. stated that he thought it would be at least 10 feet high. It will be put up Friday night.
Rose Construction workers will |
In places likt the McLennan County jail, tht Fort Worth bus station, a San Antonio Army mess halJ and a West Texas clothing
people left their usual r<Hi-quit for the holidays Thursday night j special tof
and return to work Monday morn-
ing. Beck said.
Steel workers will work Friday
Goodfellows Gels $6,384
Christmas Eve total for th* Good-fellows was $6,384.15.
Newest contributors include:
absence of U.S. Minister Christian q g Fulwiler
A friend ................
Ctiy Street Department Hardin-Simmons Student
Carson Walker ..........
Plowman Electric Co. .. Frank Hunsaker Jr.
...AND AN ANGEL OF PEACE
Santa Claus Is on His Way With Presents for All!!
By HAL BOYLE
NORTH POLE W^~He’s off! Santa Claus ks <m his way last!
The jolly old saint and his famous reindeer are zooming through the Arctic skies right now. heading for the American border. He’ll reach it tonight.
The northern light.s switched on $0 a clear steady green—the “go sJiead” signal. And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent Santa this message:
“We are clearing all air lanes in your path, old boy. There is no •peed limit for you tonight. The iky is yours. Go as fast as you like. Good luck!”
Sled Piled High And Santa needed that wide clear load in the sky. For his big red •led w'as piled so high with gifts k overflowed. It looked like a flying hayrack as it raced through the crisp cold air.
“Oh, dear, oh dear,” worried ianta, just before tha takeoff. “I do hope none of these presents lall out and bean some poor innocent rabbit down below. I believe kiis must be the heaviest load I’ve had in twenty years.”
“VLTiat is he fretting about?” whispered Donder to Vixen. “He's •nly riding In that sled. We have «• pull it.”
VtxMi L««glM4 Hard llxin laughed so hard th« bellf •i hif hanieM tinkled la merry
music. And all the other reindeer laughed, too.
Just then Mrs. Santa Claus came running out waving a long piece of paper.
“You almoist forgot your list of good children,” she said.
“Never mind,” said Santa. “1 don’t need it. This year I am going to give a present to every little boy and girl, good or bad. The bad ones will feel sorry then, because they know they don’t deserve a nice present. It’ll make ’em try harder to be good next year.” “That isn’t according to Hoyle,” said Mrs. Claus, who likes to play bridge. “But It does make sense, you old softie.”
♦ Whip-Crack Away Santa stood up to crack his whip in the air—the signal to be off. But then he heard a small voice crying:
It was Cluny, Santa's favorite little elf. The other elves gossiped about Cluny and said she was clumsy at making toys. But Santa
Big Spring Negro Airmon St’obbed
BIG SPRING tft-A Negro airman was stabbed to death and another was arrested yesterday after a fight at Webb Air Force Base which officers said stemmed from an argument over an alleged debt. James Knox of Doe« Palace, Calif, was kUled. Under aircdR was Vincent Price.
knew it was only because she was so young. He liked her because
she had a good heart.
“Here,” said the tiny elf, holding up a small shiny figure.
“What’s this? What’s this?” grumbled Santa. “You’re too late. My pack is already loaded.”
“It is only my present to the world.” said Cluny. “1 made it at night in my room—all by myself.” Santa took the little figure from her hand.s. It was a beautiful angel with butterfly wings and a robe of purest white. In her hand the angel held a small magic wand,
Angel «f Peace “It is the angel of peace,” explained Cluny.
“Why, Cluny!” said Santa. “This is better than all the other gifts put together. I’ll see that your angel waves her wand for one day at least over every home in the land.”
And he picked up Cluny and gave her a big whisker-tickly kiss on her cheek. Then he picked up his long whip again and cracked it sharply in the frosty air.
“Ho, ho, ho, here we go!” he roared. “Ho. ho, ho! here we go!” The eight reindeer leaped forward and the big sled began sliding through the mow. Faster, faster, faster, faster—and then they were off the ground and into the air.
Santa was on his way. And tonight, if you go to bed, he will come to your hou««, wherever you are.
.M. Ravndal, who is on leave.
Field, a former U.S. State Department official, and his German-born wife were released Nov. 17 after serving five years in Hungarian prisons on spy charges.
American diplomats in Budapest have seen them only once—24 hours after the Hungarian government announced they were freed and all charges against them dropped.
The two Americans then entered a Budapest hospital for treatment. They askd to remain in complete privacy. The U.S. legation said it did not know the Fields’ exact whereabouts or plans. The couple made no move to apply for new passports or renewal of their old ones.
To Open Meeting
WASHINGTON m — Moral Rearmament, an international movement designed to remake the world by improving moral .standards, will open a 10-day assembly here next Tue.sday.
C.a. DXPAKTMKNT OF COMMEXCE WEATHEB Bl'KEAC
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Clear to partly cloudy, wntinued mild this after-Boon. tonifht and Saturday, Colder Saturday nifht. High temperature today 65, low tonisht 40, hljgh Saturday 65.
NOR'ni CENTRAL TTTXAS: Partly
cloudy ihroufh Saturday, tumins a llttla t»lder extreme northwaat late Saturday.
WEST TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday, tumini a little colder In Panhandle and upp«- iouth Plaine latt Saturday,
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly cloudy la oorth to cloudy to louth through Saturday. No important changoa.
TEMPERATtXBS Thure. P. M.
Fri. A. M.
3:30 4:30 ,
6:30 7:30 6:30 9:.30
High and low temperaturea for S4 houra ended at 6:30 a.m.: 6« and 43 Sunset laat night 5:39 p.m. Sunrtoo today IM a.m. Sunset tonight 5:40 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 a.m. 2B.M. Relatiy* hoinldlty M SM «.a. 404.
Mr. and Mrs. Si Addington
Mrs. Henry Leach........
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Ike, Mamie On Holiday
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jfl — President Elsenhower settled down in "Mamie’s Cabin” at the Augusta National Golf Club today for 11 days of work and relaxation.
*1116 President’s holiday program has not been announced. He and Mrs. Eisenhower will not have their three grandchildren with them for this Christmas.
Maj. John Eisenhower, the President’s son, is stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and a White House spokesman said he and his family are not expected to «Mtie East this year.
There will be a Christmas party here though, centered around a 15-foot balsam being rushed South from Plattsburgh, N. Y. Clyde Lewis, an attorney there, said James C. Hagerty, the President’s press secretary, gave him an emergency order for the Christmas tree last night.
After an afternoon on the golf course yesterday after his arrival, the President planned to spend most of this morning a^ his desk.
Helicopfar Brings Santo to Party
SEOUL UPt—Santa Claus swapped
his reindeer for a U.S. Army heli copter to bring Christmas cheer to 200 orphaned victims of the Ko-
: rean War.
' But it was hard to tell who had the most fun—the youngsters or the American GIs who tossed the big yuletide party for the Bukhan San orphanage near Seoul recently. The party was typical of many throughout Korea.
In Waco, policeman Sam Fuller Jr. got County Judge Nash Oliver to free Bobby Smith, Jailed after his auto broke Fuller’s leg last November.
Smith, father of six, was sentenced to six months for negligent driving. He had served SO days.
Idaho wheat farmer A L. Anderson joined well-wishing Texans in Fort Worth In seeing that Leroy Fitch, 16, got back to his Nebraska home in time for Christmas.
Fitch, who spent his nights last week in the county jail after running out of money, had a new shirt, new socks, a fresh haircut, a cleaned and preswd suit and spending money when he boarded a bus for Nebraska with a ticket supplied by Anderson. Fitch ran away frwn home earlier this month.
Odessa merchants left their busy counters to operate the store oi Richard Pendleton, a clothing merchant in the West Texas oil center who died Wednesday from auto crash injuries.
Pendleton’s (Hie man store was full of Christmas merchandise witk no one to sell it when the businessmen heard about the situation and about Pendleton’s widow and three children.
They wozked in shifts, running Pendleton's store and in some
Friends Replace Burned Belongings
SCRANTON. Pa. UP> - Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hughes and tiieir nine children in nearby Mo(sic yesterday. but they’ll have a happy Christmas just the same.
Neighbors provided temporary housing for the Hughes today and civic and church groups headed a drive to get clothing, home furnishings and other needs.
cases telling their old customers to shop at Pendleton’s.
At San Antonio, a Bangor, Me., soldier was lonesome on his first Christmas away from home, but because o! him there’ll be a happier Christmas for 43 orphans.
PFC John Pekly Invited an or phan to hava Christmas dinner with him, since Army rules allow one guest per man In the mwis ball.
The idea sounded like a good one to 42 oth«r members of the 32nd Army Medical Depot. Each invited a guest from Ella Austin or St. Peter’« and St. Joaeph's orphanages—and each chipped in money for presents for the kids.
'The party Is scheduled for noon Christmas day.
Skiers, Bells Participating In Pageantry
C-City Farm Pair Robbed, Bound; Three Hen Held
COLORADO CITY (fi-Afi elderly
couple were tied up and robbed at tneir
farm home near here latt night, and an hour and a half later, officers arrested three men.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Sterin said three men wearing masks forced their way into their home at gunpoint, and left after taking a shotgun, a .small amount of cash and some clothing. Mrs. Sterin aald she recognized «le.
Threa Colorado City NegitHM
were picked up. The tóerlft said tha loot was rewvered.
WEATHER RIGHT FOR CAROLERS
Mild weather, with a low of about 40 Friday idght, and a high of 65 Christmas Day, has bti^ foreca.st for Abilene and vicinity.
Clear to partly doudy skies should encourage Chriatmai carolers, and tlie oonnparative-ly warm weathir Satimday morning will allow the youngsters to make for the Christmas tree with no mcne than a pause for robe adfid slipper«.
Thursday hi^ was 66, foi-lowed by a low of 42 aarly Friday morning.
SAFE HOLIDAY URGED
Cops Cracking Down On Dogs, Fireworks
I>ogs running at large, firing of BB guns and exploiting firework« —all these will be under atrict potice control, C. 2. Hatimark warned Christmas Eve.
"Several ehfldren have been bitten in the last several days,” the chief reported.
“The idea because one has paid tax <m his dog and has a tag does not permit the dog to run loose. Outside the owner’s premises the dog must be handled on a leash.
“The fine is $100 a day for each violation.”
IIhi selling or exploding (^ fireworks of any !ing in the city work* of any kind In the <dty ordlnaaoe, Hadlokazk warned.
He said that cMdren should be careful about and wh«w they discharge "BB” or air gun«. Parents •re responsible for feeir children's acts. A fine af $100 can be imposed.
CSiief Hallnaazti said ha had received several ooim>laints of boyi firing guns ai^ breaktog out door panes and plate glass windows. Most offenders range frtnn 6 to 10 years old.
“New families have moved into Abilene and may not know about thwe state and city laws,” he said. “This is to apprise them, and hope ftiey will see that ti^y are (Served.
"Let's make thia an acddeat-leas and pieasaat he «lad.
By THE ASSiKTATED PRE.SS
In song and story, and in tha warmth of the heart, Christma* has come again.
As in bygone years, the occasion will he ohserved in many ways— the carols, the brilliant decora-tion.s. the sparkling trees, exchange of gifts, the warm handshake.
As usual, railroads, airlines, bui companies and automobile associations expect a big last-minute ru.sh of people wanting to go back home again for Christmas. All public tran.sportation lines have scheduled extra equipment.
One disappointed grandfather likely will be President Eisenhower.
His grandchildren won’t be able to be with him and Mrs. Eisen-hc»wer, who are spending the holidays in Augusta, Ga. The grandchildren are at Ft. J.«avenworth, Kan., with their parents, Maj. and Mrs. John Eisenhower.
However, M r «. Eisenhower's mother .Mrs. John S. Doud, of Denver, and a number of friends and associates will spend Christmas at the Little White House.
Highlights of other Christmas observances:
Hot Springs, Ark.—A candlelight procession down a mountainside will be followed by the 240i annual pageant in a natural amphitheater. Five thousand spectators are due.
Boston—Two groups of bell ringers will tour Beacon Hill. They will ring Christmas carols on English hand bells cast in Whitechapd Foundiy, London, where the Liberty Beil was made. This event was originated some 25 years ago by Mrs. Arthur A. Shurcliff. One group taking i^rt this year will be made up of her grandchildren.
Sun Valley, Idaho—Several hundred ikiem will race down Dollar Mountain mi Christmas Eve in a spectacular torchlight procession.
Elkhart, Ind.—A thousand church choir members join m the second year’« Parade of Carolers through the heart of the city. The carolers, clad In old-time costumes, also travel by bus to sing at homes of shut-ins.
Syracuse, N. Y. — Onondaga County Masons are staging night-this week in downtown Clinton l^uare a pageant depicting the birth of Christ.
Carville, La.—The 325 leprosy patients at the Public Health Service’s Hospital wil Iput on their annual nativity play, to be followed by various religious services.
Bethlehem, Pa.—A huge lighted cross has been erected atop South Mountain at the edge of the city. Thousands of visitors have come to the city nightly to see it, as well as other elaborate decorations in the city.
R(xlanthe, N, C.—Seafaring folk on the Outer Banks, an Atlantic barrier reef, have their celebration on Old Christmas or Epiphany, Jan. 6. Just before then Old Bull, a villager wearing a papier mache head of a bull, goes around bellowing to the children they had better be good for Christmas.
Albuquerque, N. M —Neighborhoods throughout the state cRitline flat pueblo-style rooft^, sidewalks and curbings with luminarios —paper sacks with sand in bottom to support candles.
Lodgepole, Neb. — Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wickard are displaying their annual Christmas nativity scene, of handmade figures and stuffed animals, for the sixth year. The farm home is visited by hundreds of spectators, and donations for the March of Dimes are ae-
cepted from the callers.
Pancakes Help Band
RISING STAR. Dec. 24 _ Hot pancakes will help the Rising Star Wildcat Band to'toot two new bass horns.
The Band Boosters Club, of which H. McDonald is president, recently sold $97.35 worth of pancakes M a party.
The iupper, held the City Market building, was SO cents per peraoii-^ me emM eeL