Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 18, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 247Auocuued Pr^ IW)-ABILENE. TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 18. 1954-TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Ike Vows Aid If Jobless Still High in March
WASHINGTON. Feb. 17 —
President Eisenhower said today that if employment fails to pick up in March it will be a warning of economic trouble calling for gov-«rnment action.
One of the first measures that might be considered, Eisenhower told a news conference, is a cut in taxes to spur consumer buying. Tliat, he said, is something that will be used if necessary.
March, the President said, should be a sort of key month in determining whether the country actually is in a recession because employment usually begins to pick up then.
If things develop to the point that a major downturn appears likely he said, he will not hesitate to use every single weapon available to the government to head it off. He recalled he had said that repeatedly and he tapped his fingers on a desk and stressed his words to give the idea renewed emphasis.
No Wild Action
At the same time. Eisenhower said he doesn’t want to send the government on a wild course of action.
UP TO UNIONS NOW
Oil Lobor Leaders Agree on Merger
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 ÍAP>—Oil union leaders to-
night adopted a proposed constitution for merging 212,-000 American oil industry workers into one big union after sweeping away the last big stumbling block—the problem of assessments.
The 200 delegates representing 31 separate unions in the oiMndustry agreed on a per capita monthly charge of $1.35 to be paid into the proposed international, then quickly worked out the remaining details in the union’s charter.
The draft of the constity,tion will go back to the unions involved for ratification.
The delegates adopted as a name for the new union the Oil and Chemical Workers International Union.
As a part of the financial arrangement agreed on tonight after three days of meetings, it was agreed the amount a union member would have to pay each month to the national group and his local would total $5.
Electrical Charge Kills Munday Man
House Panel OKs Tax
Slash for Pensioners
Abilene Firm Gets Winters School Job
WINTERS, Feb. 17. (RNS) — Winters school trustees W’ednesday awarded general contract for construction of a new elementary school and high school gymnasium to McGuire Construction Co. of Abilene on low bid of $328,994.
Work on the school and gymnasium will start March 1 with completion contracted for 330 working days.
Other bids awarded at the let-
Since he ^! Ernest^ Homer Day, 23-year-old
plane for a fiyy-daj- vacation at General Telephone Co.
KNOX CITY, Feb. 17 (RNS) — Members of the crew with whom ting today in the high school au-
Day was working when he was ditorium were:
electrocuted were B. R. Blankenship, D. W. Covington, John W.
Palm Springs, Calif., shorUy after I ^ ^ ^ _ ^ -----
the conference, Eisenhower hustled 4-25 „ Wednesday about Hargrove, all of Seymour, Darrell
into the mating three minutes ^ south of Munday, ! Keith of Bridgeport, and B. R.
ahead of schedule. And he gave reporters a big grin and fervent thank you when they broke the session up earlier than usual.
In addition to the economic outlook, the conference ranged rapidly over these additional points:
BUTTER—Secretary of Agriculture Benson’s decision to cut price supports for butter April 1 certainly had his tacit approval in advance. He said the step has been under consideration since last March and he has no thought now that it should be reconsidered in the light of complaints from farm state congress members.
COFFEE—The government’s investigation of high coffee prices is proceeding, the President volunteered, and It is designed to find out if there are any road blocks between suppliers and consumers. He said it doesn’t mean that the government is looking into internal affairs of otlier countries and he can see no possibility that the inquiry might offend South American nations.
TV A Eisenhower said he is disturbed and fearful when he sees any great section of the country saying it can’t expand its industry without federal help. He knows of no reason, he said, why Memphis. Tenn., couldn’t do something for itself if it wanted to.
INDOCHINA—The President said this country isn’t trying to support colonialism by any country in Indochina and he sees a definite distinction between aiding anticommunists there and backing colonialism. He said too that the fact that U. C»en. John Wilson O’Daniel is replacing Maj. Gen. Thomas J. H. Trapnell as head of the U. S, military mission in Indochina doesn’t mean he is critical of the way Vietnamese troops are being trained.
t'.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU ABmENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and mild Thursday and Friday. Hlfh both day« 70-75. Low Thur.«!d«y night. 48
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS- Partly cloudy and a little warmer Thuraday; Friday partly cloudv with widely «cattered thundertlorm*. cooler
WEST TEXAS; Partly cloudy and mild Thursday; FVlday partly cloudy and cooler with widely «cattered «hower».
EAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and mild Thureday; Friday scattered «hower« and local thunder«torms.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partly
cloudy and warm wUh widely «cattered »hower« Thurkday.
High and iow temperature« for 34 hour» ended at 6.30: 70 and 36 High and low temperature« «ame daU last year: 83 and 31. „ , .
8un»et la«t night 6 37 p m. Sunrise today 7:18 a m. Sun»et tonight 6 38.
Barometer reading at • 30 p m. M 33. Relativa humidity at 9:30 p m. 46"i.
Day. of Munday, was a member i Smith of Munday. of a line crew moving telephone | Day is survived by h|s wife,
poles to widen right-of-way on U. S. Highway 277.
Heating and plumbing to Carson Plumbing Co. of Stamford on low bid $69,200. ,
Electrical work to Charles Nel-.son Electric Co. of Lubbock, $21,-250.
Sound system to Sound Photo Co.
the former Ila Gerene Rutledge whom he married Dec. 30. 1950;, «9 rib
FelTow Wkers said Day was j two sons. Gary, IVt, and ...I nianf«
electrocuted when a grounded pole 11. both of whom were injured in Total cost of the tw o plants to he was helping guide into a hole: the March 13 Knox City tornado; be built is $438,637.50. came into contact with a nearby | his parents, Mr. and Mrs, Jewel 66,000-volt power line. I Day of O’Brien; a sister, Mrs.
Day’s co-workers said they re-i Travis Thompson of Knox City, a oved the body soon after the brother, Elvis Day of O’Brien: his
telephone pole’s ground wire had paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lucy burned the power line in two. | Day of Knox City; and two uncles.
The crew called a Munday doc- Roy Day of Knox City and Gen-tor who sent Day to a Knox City, try Day of O’Brien.
Hospital where he was pronounced j He was a member of the Knox dead on arrival. 1 City Masonic Lodge.
Day had been working for the ; He sensed in the Merchant Ma-telephone company for about three rine for six months, years. He was a member of an Funeral arrangements were in-“unlocated crew\” The crew had complete Wednesday. Arrange-
Planned, but not contracted for, are remodeling of the primary school here into a cafeteria, and building of an athletic fieldhouse.
been workit\g in the Munday area for about three weeks, coming here from Panhandle.
ments will be announced by Man sell-Smith Funeral Home of Rochester.
MILE-WIDE CRATER BLASTED
Slunning Pidure of H-Bomb Eflects Painted by Official
CHICAGO, Feb. 17 A congressional atomic authority hinted today that the United States may have increased the destructive potential attained in its first full-.scale hydrogen explosion and is working toward development of a versatile line of hydrogen weapons.
Rep. W. Sterling Cole (R-NY) revealed for the first time <hat the 1952 thermonuclear test in the Marshall Islands completely obliterated the test island in the Eniwetok Atoll and gashed a crater in the ocean floor a full mile in diameter and 175 feet deep at its lowest point.
He said the explosion crater was large enough to hold 140 structures the size of the nation’s capitol.
Cole said Russia soon will have the capacity to hit the United States with a crippling hydrogen and atomic blow. But, he added, it is “entirely within our capacity’* to produce “tens of thousands’’ of atomic anti-aircraft defensive missiles as “a barrier of atomic firepower.”
Cole, chairman of the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, said the 1952 American hydrogen blast. If exploded over a modern city, would have:
Blanketed an area covering 300 square miles.
Created an area of complete devastation six miles in diameter.
Spread moderate to severe damage seven miles in all directions.
Resulted in damage as far af 10 miles from the point of explosion.
Then he told a joint luncheon of the 38th annual National Sand and Gravel Assn. convention and 24th annual National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn. convention:
half ago. Security keeps me from commenting on where our hydrogen weapons program now stands, and from outlining the directions in which it now is moving. But I can assure you that it is moving.
“Today we have in being an entire family of atomic weapons. We must now adjust our thinking to the prospect of an entire family of hydrogen weapons, comparable in versatility to the fission (atomic) weapons of today.”
Cole said the best and surest means of preventing an atomic attack on this country was the prospect of strong retaliation. But he called our ability to launch a nuclear counter-attack an “only half complete” program.
“The time is coming when large, though not astronomical, sums of money will be needed to establish and maintain a continental defense system commensurate with our peril,” he went on.
He said the destructive range of small size atomic weapons adapted to anti-aircraft defense “could assure hitherto unattainable degrees of success In destroying hostile bombing fleets.” He added: “It Is entirely within our capacity to guard all vulnerable approaches to the North American continent with interceptor squadrons and guided missiles armed with atomic warheads and to have these warheads in such profusion that an enemy seeking to penetrate our defenses would confront a barrier of atomic firepower.”
Funds for the building program were provided by Winters School District taxpayers in a $575,000 bond issue election on Oct. 24.
The new elementary school for which construction contract was let Wednesday will be erected to connect with the old high school gymnasium, which will be used as an elementary gym. The new gym will be built on the site of the present elementary school building.
Conversion of the primary school into a cafeteria with 275 seating capacity was delayed because it will be necessary to use the building until the new school is ready for occupancy.
The new elementary school will have 34 rooms.
The contract awarded Wednesday on the school building was let with two alternate construction specifications. They are use of glazed tile in the halls of the elementary school and construction of a loading platform at the east end of the elementary school. The bus loading platform will have a covered drive-way and platform from which students can load and unload from buses.
Trustees approving awarding of contracts Wednesday were: John W. Norman, president; L. O. Byrd, Bill Minsenmayer, James Glenn, T. A. Smith, secretary; Marel Wilson, and Clarence Ledbetter.
David S. Castle Co. of Abilene is architect for the school and gymnasium.
At least 125 persons representing bidding firms from San Angelo, Denison, Brownsville, Crystal City, San Antonio, Dallas, and Santa Fe, N. M., in addition to towns in which contractors are located were present at the bid opening.
HOLYOKE. Mass. — Douglas L. Hannon, 25, quoted by police as saying he “felt an overpowering urge to start a fire,” pleaded guilty today to arson and four That test whose fearful effects i counts of manslaughter in a
it has been my duty to describe took place almost a year and a
$300,000 fire in which four persons died Dec. 28.
lOOTH YEAR, NO CHANGES
NEW YORK (^McSorley’s old ale house celebrated its 100th anniversary today.
A $100 bill was promised to every customer who dropped in for the birthday ceremonies. But later the word went out from behind the bar that there was »ome diUiculty in getting the bills printed in time, and that souvenir scrolls would have to suffice.
There were free cheesa and crackers and onions, as usual.
McSorley’s serves only beer and ale. A pot-bellied stove is the only heating equipment.
“Tourists" are tolerated.
But McSorley’s strict rule stlU stands—“no women.”
FOUNDER OF ‘GIRLS TOWN’ HONORED—Miss Amelia Anthony, who used her life savings to set up “Girls’ Town U.S.A.” in Whiteface, Tex., is pictured with Bob Hope after she appeared as a guest on his TV program in Hollywood. She holds a wrist watch engraved: To Amelia Anthony—Outstanding Woman of 1953. Bob Hope ” She was recently named by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs as the outstanding woman of 1953. Miss Anthony started the “town” in 1949 at Buffalo Gap
Reed, Top Leaders Overridden in Vote
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (AP)—The House Ways and Means Committee today overrode Treasury officials and Chairman Daniel A. Reed (R-NY) and approved a broad tax cut for retired persons, amounting to about 300 million dollars a year.
The plan, adopted 17 to 8, would exempt up to $1,200 of annual retirement income from personal income taxes. This would be piled on top of other exemptions and deductions already allowed. . .
Authorities estimated more than 1,125,000 retired people would benefit now. Many others would get the reduction as they retire in the future. The change would go into effect for 1954 tax bills, due early next year.
By a 14-11 vote, the committee turned down an effort by Reed and some other Republicans, backed by Treasury officials, to limit the tax reduction to persons over 65 and to those with income of $6,000 or less.
Authorities said this limitation would have resulted m t revenue loss of substantially
'GREATEST MAN OF GOD'
Dr. Jenkens Reviews 32-Year Pastorate
By KATHARYN DUFF
Three decades of relation as pastor and people were reviewed Wednesday night as Dr. Millard A. Jenkens spoke to First Baptists and guests at the mid-week service of Dedication Week at the new church.
Dr. Jenkens, retired now from the active ministry, was pastor of the church for more than 32 years, coming here in the fall of 1915. ..
George S. Anderson, only one of the present deacons who was a deacon when Dr. Jenkens came to the church, took part in the Jenkens Night service, bringing the opening prayer. Anderson made the motion on Oct. 3, 1915, that the church call the young minister from North Carolina to be its pastor.
Dr. Jenkens recounted that he replied to the tciegram inviting him to the pastorate by wiring back a quotation from the Book of Ruth, "Whither thou goest I will go . . . and the people shall be my
Italians Run Out Preacher
Ike-Okayed Clause Voted
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (itP)—The Senate wrote into the Bricker amendment tonight a White House-aupported proposal to make all treaties signed since adoption of the constitution and all future treaties subject to court review on their constitutionality. The vote for the proposal was 44 to 43.
On a vote closely following party lines the chamber adopt^ an amendment offered by the Senate GOP leadership to a proposal by Sen. Bricker (R-Ohlo) to limit treaty-making powers.
Sen Knowland of California, the GOP floor leader, said the so-called ••perfecting” amendment was ac-ceptablii to President Elsenhower.
Bricker supported the change, although Elsenhower has cnUclred Brlcker’s own proposed consUtu-tional amendment on tha grounds
the new wording for it.
Bricker had already agreed to drop the clause, which reads: “A treaty shall become effective as internal law in the United States _ . ^ o -.4 ¡only through legislation which
The issue before , i would be valid in absence of a
that it would interfere with his authority to deal with other nations and might upset the balance of power between government branches.
called for amending Article VI of the constitution to add a clause reading:
"Notwithstanding the foregoing
provisions of this clause, no treaty made after the establishment of this constitution shall be the supreme law of the land unless n»ade in pursuance of this constitution.”
Sponsors said this would open the way to court review of all treaties.
The Senate's action struck out the most controversial section of Brlcker’s original proposal, the
“which” clause that has drawn White House fire Aid substituted
Opponents claimed this section of the original Bricker amendment would have required state action to Implement some treaties. The administration had centered its opposition to the Ohioan’s plan on the section, contending it would hamstring the president’s power to conduct foreign affairs.
The narrow margin by which the substitute proposal was adopted indicated it will be difficult to ob tain Senate passage of any constitutional amendment proposaL
At this stag* of tht voting. CkSly
a simple majority is required for approval, but when the complete amendment is voted on the approval of two-thirds of the senators present and voting will be necessary.
No amendment can become part of the Constitution unless it is also approved by a similar vote In the House and then ratified by three-fourths of the states.
The razor-thin vote closely followed party lines, with 38 Republicans and six Democrats on the winning side. Democrats for tlie amendment were Burke (Ohio), Byrd (Va), Daniel (Tex), Johnson (Colo), McClel^n <.\rk), and Russel iG«>.
On the losing side were 39 Democrats and four Republieans. The Republicans were Cooper (Ky), Duff (Pa). Thye (Minn) and Upton (N.H.).
LEGHORN, Italy, Feb. 17 U*)--An Italian preacher of the Texan-sponsored Church of Christ was forced to leave Leghorn today. Police told him not to return for five years.
•rhe preacher. Lido Petrini, *vas taken into custody Sunday alter delivering a sermon in the church. He was charged with disturbing the public order.
The Church oi Christ has been trying for years to obtain recognition in Italy as a religious de-nomination. Such recognition would entitle it to function more freely under Italian laws.
Wyndal Hudson of Seagraves, Tex., pastor of the church, said the police action would be protested.
There are 25 Churches of Christ in Italy. The church here was first ordered closed by police but they later granted permission for it to remain open pending final word from the Italian Interior Ministry in Rome, which has authority over religious observances.
In Rome, Giacomo Rosapepe, attorney for the church, said he had already conferred with the prefect of Leghorn, and the latter had promised to review the case.
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people and thy God my God.’’ Soloist Wednesday evening was a former music and educator director of the church. Dr. J. D. Riddle. Dr. Ridcfle now heads the department of music of the Texas Baptist Convention.
Dr. Riddle, who served here with Dr. Jenkens. described him as “The greatest man of God I have ever worked with.”
Dr. Elwln SkUes, present pastor, used quotations from minutes of the church during the time Dr. Jenkens was being called and beginning his work here to present the retired minister to the congregation he served so long.
Theme of Dr. Jenkens’ sermon was: “The Church Christ Builds Is a Serving Church.”
“I believe this church can qualify,” he said.
“There wouldn’t be a Hardin-Simmons If it were not for this church .... There wouldn’t be a Hendrick Memorial Hospital if it were not for this church.”
The “cooperative program,” through which BapUsts finance their work by giving percentages of their funds to various fields of endeavor, was originated in the First Baptist Church, Dr. Jenkens recalled. It was first known as “the all-inclusive budget” and was called the “Abilene Plan” as It was introduced to other churches.
The local church was the first ever to employ a Sunday School superintendent — a position which has developed into the "education
al director” which many churches have today.
Dr. Jenkens recounted how sev-
less than 100 million dollars, as compared with 300 million under the plan approved.
“I believe that the real hard- i ship area today involves retired people who are dependent on modest pensions for their livelihood,” Reed said In a statement after the closed-door committee .session.
*T personally hoped to limit this relief to small taxpayers. I did not believe that this additional relief should be extended to wealthy taxpayers.”
Not Included by Ike
Treasury officials said they supported Reed’s position. Reed and seven other Republicans voted against the bill in its final form. All 10 Democrats and seven Republicans supported it.
The plan was approved as part of a general tax revision program, but it was not included in President Eisenhower’« 24-point blueprint for the overhaul. It would boost the total annual tax reduction under the program from about two billion dollars, as estimated bv the Treasury, to more than 2 1-4 billion.
Under present law, retirement Income gets no special treatment except that generally a worker is not taxed on pension or annuity benefits which he purchased through regular contributions.
For persons over l>5, the new exemption would apply not only to Income from pensions or annuities but to dividends, rent and interest. For retired persons under 65, it would apply only to benefits received under a public or private retirement plan.
The exemption would be reduced by whatever tax exempt income the retired person received, such as Social Security benefits, railroad retirement benefits or veterans pensions. The theory is that the full $1,200 exemption should not be allowed in addition to tax exempt Income a retired worker is already receiving.
Ta qualify as a retired worker, and thus be eligible for the fuU new exemption, a taxpayer could not be making more than $900 a year from employment. For each $75 in work income above that figure, the exemption would be reduced by $100. So. at $1,725 work Income, no exemption would be allowed at all on the theory that the worker would not be retired.
If a married man and his wife both had retirement income and they filed a joint return, their total increased exemption could be $2,400. Persons over 65 already get an exemption of $1,200 each. So a married couple (*ould have a total retirement income of $4,800 exempt from taxes, without even counting the standard 10 per cent deduction, or itemized deductions for contributions, interest payments, taxea and so forth.
Parr Selects Duval Juries, Shepperd Says
en strong churches have developed
from missions established by the
church. . . .
Dr. Jesse Northcutt of Fort Worth, another former pa.<stor. will speak at the Thursday night service. He will be speaker, too, at a Brotherhood dinner at 6 p.m._
WASHINGTON OfV-A Senate Judiciary Subcommittee today ai^ proved nominees of President Eisenhower for seven U.S. attorneys and five marshals. They Include Heard L. Floore, Fort Worth, attorney for Northern Texas._
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 17 (fl—The state attorney general said today he’s ready to prove that for years George Parr has bossed the selection of the Duval County grand jury.
Parr was supposed to appear before the grand jury today, but the jury postponed the appearance until after a court hearing Monday in Houston, when Parr will seek an injunction against two Texas Rangers.
Atty. Gen. Ben Shepperd filed • brief today supporting his petition that the grand jury be dismissed.
Dist. Atty. Raeburn Norris said the jury would fight the petition.
Shepperd said it’s a “human Impossibility” for this jury to be Impartial in checking misuse of Duval County and Benavides school district money.
State and federal investigators are looking into use of the funds. Shepperd has accused Parr of being involved in handling the money although he has no official position.
The attorney general says the grand jury has seren members 50 Involved with Parr they can’t be fair.
He said his 40 page brief filed todaj' supports thi.< motion Dist Judge Woodrow Laughhn has scheduled arguments Saturday.
Shepperd said prospective grand jurors are carefully screened and the ones selected are men who have close political or financial alignment with Parr.
If Laughlin won’t discharge the grand Jury, Shepperd asked that he withdraw his instructions to this group to Investigate use of Benavides school district and Duval County funds.
Shepperd also is seeking a permanent court order against destruction or concealment of any county records. The records wer# Impounded at his request. The hearing on that comes up Friday.
The legal battle ground will shift Monday to federal court in Houston where Ranger Capt. Alfred AJlee and Ranger Joe Bridge must answer an Injunction petition filed by Parr.
The "Duke of Duval” asked yesterday for federal court protection, claiming the Rangers want to kill him. Shepperd will represent th* Rangers.
U. S. Croft Downed, Red Rodio Cloims
LONDON (B—Peiping radio said today Chinese Communist troops shot down "two American-built alj> craft” earlier this month in the coastal province of Chekiang south of Shanghai. __
$718,526 Bids on Highway
Work Approved in District
The Texas Highway Department Wednesday awarded contracts totaling $718,526 04 for highway and bridge Improvements In Taylor, Jones, HaskeU and Shackelford Counties.
Largest single project covered by the contracts is the overpass to be buUt on U. S. Highway 80 five miles west of Abilene for which B. G. Brown of San Angelo ind J. Andy Pruitt of Abilene received a $316,737 contract.
This figure Includes the overpass structure, surface and approaches as well as the task of lowering the Texa.'^ & Pacific RaUway tracks.
Pruitt, who was In Austin Wednesday for the monthly letting of contracts by the highway depsrt-ment, work probably will be
gin on the overpass In about ^ days. Seven bids were submitted on the U. S. 80 overpass project.
Brown and Pruitt also received a $57,978 contract for the construction of five bridges In Farm to-Mai^ ket roads in Joues and Haskell Counties. Thesa will be steel and concrete bridges to replace obsolete and weak itructurei. For this work Brown and Pruitt submitted the lowest among nine bids.
Four of the bridges in Jonss County are In F-M Road 126 at Bitter Creek: F-M 142 at California Creek; F-M 707 at the Clear Fork of the Brazos, and F-M 1236 at California Creek. The bridge to be replaced in HaskeU County It la F-M 617 at Lake Creek.
C. Hunter Strain of San Angelo was the fewest of 12 bidders for
complete widening and resurfacing of 16.5 mUes of Ü. S Highway 81 from Abilene to Anson to make a full four-lane highway aU the way and widening to 36 feet an eight-mile stretch of U. S. 180 from Albany west. Their bid on the two projects was $243.378.
A $100,437.63 contract went to Stephens Luce of Wichita FaUi caU-Ing for the widening of <me and one-half mUes of U. S. 380 In the south part ol Stamford, starting at the south city limit. Luce’», bid was one of tuxi submitted.
Also included In the Wednesday contract - letting was one for work on 6.6 mUes ol F-M 1033 and 104 in Childress and Cottle Counties. A $57,787 contract which went to Ivan Dement of AmariUo coyers grading. structures, baso and swrfacisf.