Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 20, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 249
'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS It GOES" — Byron
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ABILENE. TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 20, 1954—SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS'
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GARAGELESS CARS — Two cars in a garage at the home of Oliver Walker of Gorman, vere left undamaged when the garage was blown away by high winds early Friday. (Photo by Eugene Baker.)
Corman Tornado Damages 6 Homes
s Worst Duster Since '34 Dissipating
GORMAN, Feb. 19 — At least a half-dozen homes were severely damaged and two buildings near downtown Gorman were demolished when tornadic winds rumbled through the town about 5:30 a. m. Friday.
J'he sheet iron city garage beside the town’s fire station hall was a total loss. The roof and one side of the Capers Garage, two blocks away, collapsed.
Clyde Capers, operator of the garage, was treated at Blackwell Sanitarium for a minor cut on the throat.
Garage Falls on Bus Capers lives alone in a trailer-type house, converted from a | school bus, which was parked be- j side his garage. Debris from the i wi-ecked garage fell on the bus and i the bus was shoved against his i automobile parked nearby, damag-1 Ing the car. ^ j
Capers w’as asleep in his trailer- i type home when the storm hit. His bed had been moved from one ' side to the center of the room when he awoke. He said he did i not know what it was that had i inflicted the small cut on his throat
Mr. and Mr.s. J. C. Grice, who ; were a.slecp in a front bedroom i of their home when the early i morning storm hit, escaped injury ; as the entire roof was torn from | the house and a rear wall col- i lapsed. '
“Everj'one I talked to thought it i was a big truck going through, town," Eugene Baker of the Gorman Progress, said.
George Bell, an oil well cleaning contractor, said he heard the rumbling noise and got up from bed to investigate. He said he saw one storm cloud go around to the west and then a .second dip down into the town.
Dipped Suddenly A Gorman attorney. ".Judge" Parker, said he was watching the ' fast-moving cloud from the back ; porch of his home and the next I thing he knew the cloud dipped dowm and his garage was swept ' away in pieces.
A garage at the home of Oliver | Walker at the edge of Gorman was blown away, leaving two cars that j had been parked inside of it un- i damaged.
A front section roof and walls of the fire station hall were caved in, but there was only minor damage to two fire trucks parked inside.
The fire station hall, located one
A truck parked in the city garage next to the fire station hail was not damaged.
The town’s water tower, standing about 50 yards from the demolished city garage, also escaped damage. M. F. Boston, who lives near the w-ater tower, said it was difficult to describe the sound made by the shaking steel tower. He said it was a sound he didn’t want to hear again.
Moved 3 Feet
The residence of Nettie Coleman, located next door and about 10 feet from the Grice home, was moved three feet off of its foundation, She was out of town at the time.
Baker said a number of houses were damaged, at least six of them severely.
Electric service was knocked out for a* short time and telephone
service was disrupted in some sections of the town.
No estimate of damage to houses, buildings and telephone and electric lines was Immediately available, but Baker said, "Damage will run pretty high.”
The storm moved through the town from the southwest to the northeast. .Although a few residents saw a storm cloud dip down into town, no one reported seeing the "funnel" of a tornado.
The storm followed a flash rain that measured .50 of an inch.
At the Pat Peak home on the Desdemona highway just west of the Leon River, all of the outbuildings, Including a garage, were demolished, but the home escaped damage.
There was also some damage reported at the Dan Beatty home one mile west of Desdemona.
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN REPORTER-NEWS
Spring’s peeking around the corner and that means it’s time to pack away those winter clothes and get yourself all decked out for the new season.
A style preview—for every member of the family and the house, too—will be the big news in the Sunday Re-porter-News as Abilene merchants draw back the curtain and show what’s coming in the way of Spring fashions. There’ll be dozens of pictures of Abilene folk modeling these new clothes.
Church of Christ folk will be interested in the presentation of the complete program on the annual ACC lectureship opening Sunday, an event which draws thousands of visitors to Abilene annually.
Then, there’ll be in the Sunday Reporter-News the usual complete news coverage, local, national, international and specialty news of interest to all members of the family.
Shepperd Ready lo Back Up Charges AgainsI Duval Jury
Visibilily Cut To 8lh oi Mile For 3 Hours
By DON NORRIS
Operation big sweep starts Saturday.
Abating winds and settling dust ai-e in store for Abilene and vicinity after Friday’s lashing wind and dust storm, the U. S. Weather Bureau here predicted. Cooler air was to continue Saturday with a high of 50 and a low of 30^35.
Winds at one time reached 62 miles per hour Friday. They were accompanied by possibly the heaviest blanket of dust since the mid-1930s, cutting visibility to one-eighth of a mile and bringing activity almost to a standstill In the area.
Headlights Turned On
Daylight was turned to semi-darkne.ss by the gritty .shroud as motorists turned on headlights to signal their approach and pedestrians braced themselves against the buffeting winds and cutting sands.
The untold millions of little sand particles filled eyes and ears, and ground teeth to make life miserable and deposited themselves in every crack and crevice of home and offices here.
Soil Conservation Service officials here said Friday’s sandstorm was possibly the worst from point of visibility, duration, and accumulation or removal of topsoll since 1934 or 1935.
Height of the storm, during which wind velocity averaged close to 30 mph, was from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. when visibility was one-eighth of a mile, the Weather Bureau said.
The dust reduced visibility from 15 miles to about five miles at 10:15 a.m. Friday before\lropping to the minimum. It had risen to three miles at 8 p.m., the Weather Bureau pointed out. T^ miles or more visibility was forecast by Friday morning with most dust settled.
Forecasters at the Weather Bu-
Sae DUSTER, Pg. 5-A, Col. 2
SAND, SAND AND MORE SAND — Cypress St., looking north from the T&P Railway depot at 1:45 p. m., shows the blanket of sand that shrouded Abilene and area Friday.
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 fM-Atty. Gen. Ben Shepperd said tonight he will back up "evar>’ allegation I have made” in seeking dismissal tomorrow of the Duval County grand jury.
Shepperd claims the jury cannot do an impartial investigative job because seven of its members are
dence to support every allegation I have made,” the attorney general “said. He said 15 witnesses will support his petition.
The hearing will be before Judge ______ _ _
Woodrow Laughlin, w^o Koi ! mailed to the Langer subcommitted with Parrs support and is the ^ described by Deputy
Warren Nil On 10 Counts In Congress
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 — A
batch of unevaluated charges against Chief Justice Earl Warren were made public today by a subcommittee headed by Sen. Langer (R-ND) amid an angry storm in which Republican leaders denounced the accusations as “fantastic" and Langer’s action as "shocking."
The charges said Warren followed the "Marxist line,” appointed dishonest judges when he was governor of California and once was nder control of a “liquor lobbyist.” One of the charges w-as
Note the two cars at left traveling with lights on and th« barely visible traffic light and buildings little more than a block away. (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson.)
Little Wind Erosion Coused by Duster
Friday's high winds that brought i since 1934-1935, a heavy shroud of dust down on f
this area caused little wind erosion In Taylor County, J. B. Harlan, work unit supervi.sor of the Soil Conservation Service here, said.
Harlan said there was some erosion in the southwest part of Taylor County and In the shinnery around Anson, but most of the dust Friday rode in from the west.
“It has been several years since we’ve had a dust storm this bad. It was one of the worst since the middle 1930s,” Harlan said.
Measured on visibility limitations, duration, and amount of removal or accumulation from fence rows and old sand dunes. Friday’s dust storm was “one of the w'orst
Windham Posh $20,000 Bond
subject of an ouster move. Shepperd got a district court in-
hlock from the town’s main street, is a converted Army barracks, today against destruction
with the fire station in the front | political concealment of Duval County
part of the building and a re-1 George Parr, creation and meeting hall at the ; “We are prepared to
AND THE WIND BLEW — Mrs. R. B. Compton, 1543 North Second St., and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bob Compton of Los Angeles, Calif., guard their hats against buffeting winds during the sand storm here Friday. (Staff Photo by David Barros.) See related picture, Pg. 1-B.
gAIRD, Feb. 19. — Ernest Wind-ham, charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his brother, John Windham, was released from Cal-! fective means of controlling wind lahan County jail here late Thurs- **J’osion is to leave the cover on
The soli conservationist placed much of the blame for dust storms on p<Kir management of the soil rather than lack of rain.
"We consider wind erosion the number one problem In soil conservation In Texas. It’.s hard to measure the cost to West Texas of a day like this.”
He classed as severe a dust storm causing two inches of removal or accumulation from a field, adding that Friday’s big blow would probably exceed that in erosion of unprotected fields.
“.Most of the severe wind erosion is from ground bare or nearly bare of vegetation. We were out last Wednesday when we had a dust storm and land that w’as not blowing had a cover of sorghum stubbie, winter cover crops such as winter peas, vetch or some field vegetation that was allowed to grow in clean tilled crops in late fall.”
Harlan said wind erosion could become severe in localized areas with continuation of stropg westerly winds.
Should rains come, be said, some emergency tillage could be used moisture.
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AFTER BERLIN TALKS
U.S. Goal Achieved For Asian Meeting
WASHINGTON. Feb. 1 <iFV-Sec-relary of State Dulles returned by plane from the Berlin conference tonight, saying the terms for an Asian peace conference at Geneva are "100 per cent what we have wanted."
Dulles said at the National Airport that the makeup of the conference, which will include representatives of the Red Chinese government, and^its site In neutral Switzerland are “precisely what we have always sought.’ /^paastmtnt Noted
There ^ave been criUcal rumblings here that the Big Four agreement In Berlin Involved "appeasement" of the Reds. Dulles plans a radio-TV report to the nation next week to explain the American position.
Accompanied by nine aides, the •eretary arrived at the military air terminal in a special Air Force plane which left Berlin yesterday.
Facing a waiting battery of newsreel and teleyision cameras, Dulles declared that failure of the four foreign ministers to reach an agreement on European problems at Berlin has actually increased the prospects for European unity.
This Is so, he said, because the Russians showed during the four
that they are "not willing to let go their grip anywhere’ and that the Soviet Union would like to extend its captive realm If it could.
The decision to meet with the Chinese Reds and others at Geneva aroused some anxiety in the Senate and brought a hot protest from South Korea’s ambassador here. Dr. You Chan Yang. The ambassador said the Geneva Conference, scheduled to start April 26, represents “a diplomatic victory by the Soviets."
UN By Passed
It bypasses the United Nations, he said, and is a first move by this country toward diplomatic recognition of Red China.
The South Korean diplomat called at the State Department to express his views. The Geneva meeting will tackle Korean problems and seek a way to end the fighting in Indochina.
Against this background Dulles said:
“Our Far Eastern discussions led to an agreement on a conference to unite Korea, as bad been agreed on at the armistice. The terms are 100 per cent what we wanted. The place and composition of the conference art pre-
Both Signatures Same E.N. Martin, handwriting expert for the State Department of Public Safety, said in an attached affidavit he found eight county warrants dated in December, 1953, in which names of County Treasurer F. Saenz Jr.. and County Auditor C.T. Stansell Jr., appeared to have been written “by one and the same hand in disguised writing.” He said he believed they were both w'ritten by Stansell.
Atty. Gen. William P. Rogers as “a fugitive from justice.” Fantastic, False Vice President Nixon called the accusations “completely fantastic and patently false."
Sen. Knowland of California, the Senate Republican leader, de nounced the subcommittee procedure by which the charges were spread on the public record as "The most shocking event I have observed in my eight years in the Senate.”
The statements against Warren, which came from various sources, were read into the record of a public meeting of a Senate Judicl-
Stansell wa. asked if he had "y subcommittee headed by Lan
'YOU AFFECT OTHERS'
Hamlin Hears Recipe For Worthful Living
signed Saenz’ name to county warrants.
ger. The meeting broke up in a row when Sen. Watkins (R-Utahi
"I won’t answer that.” replied i that the charges were
StanseU. “I’ll have to talk to lot of tommyrot ever
lawyer. No comment.” i brought before a Senate commlt-
In another affidavit, C.G. Pala- __
cios, vice president of the San Diego State Bank, said that on Feb.8 he discovered all the microfilm records the bank had made of checks for a five year period were missing. The bank w'as a depository for county funds.
“I have questioned all of the other officers and bank employes and have not been able to determine what has become of said films.” said Palacios. “All of the bank employes with the exception of the janitor knew' the combination j of the vault where the films were! kept.”
Terrorists Wreck Two Burma Trains
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RANGOON. Burma (^Terrorists wrecked two passenger trains in Burma yesterday, killing at least three persons. Two ether persons were missing and many were reported injured.
Adding to the young nation's | distress, a report from Moulmein i said a large fire lliere had des- • troyed 3,000 houses and left 20,000 persons homeless
The Rangoon-Mandalay train was derailed 146 miles north of here by a dynamite blast set off by unidentified terrorists.
By ED WISHCAMPER Reporter-News Managing Editor HAMLIN. Feb. 19 — Hamlin civic leaders Friday night heard an inspirational visitor challenge them to more “worthful living," and a hometowner tell them bluntly to do more for their community.
The occasion was the annual Hamlin Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at the Junior High School Auditorium .
Dr. E. Gaston Foote, dynamic pastor of the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth, was principal speaker.
His address was followed by Del-ma Shelburne, building contractor, who is president of the chamber for 1954.
First riotously humorous, then
More Rooms Needed For Lecture Guests
With Abilene hotels and motels announcing "All full,” .Abilene Christian College appealed Friday night for aid in accommodating buests at the college’s 36th annual Bible Lectureship opening Sunday.
Don H. Morris, ACC president, requests that persons who have Fa'srof'‘RangMn.‘“karen rebels i rooms to rent advise John C. Ste-
dramatically sincere. Dr. Foote gave his listeners a three-point recipe for "worthful living.” He said he had learned it not from great philosophers, but from ordinary people with whom he had been associated in life.
“Be a good person to play next," was his first point. He had learned this lesson as a gangling lad playing end on a football team. A big hefty tackle next to him who always blocked Foote’s foe as well as his own, taught him this philosophy, he said.
“You are either an inspiration or a temptation to all you contact,” Dr. Foote declared.
A blind student
day after posting bond of $20,000. His wife, his son Richard, one of I four men signing the bond, and the accused man's daughter met him when he was released from jail.
Ernest had been held since Tuesday afternoon shortly after his brother. John, died of a gunshot wound at John’s ranch seven miles north of Clyde,
Others who signed Windham’s bond were WlUle Cutbirth, a rancher 12 miles south of Baird; Tommy Odom who lives between Baird and Opiin, and Junior Oyer.
'The charge against Windham is to be presented to the 42nd District Court grand Jury when court convenes here March 1.
U.S. DBPAKTMKNT O» COMMERCE WKATHER BCREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITV - Dlmlnlnh-i ing wlQcU sod dust and continued cool ; Saturday. Sunday fair snd cool. High I Saturday 50. low Saturday night 30-35. I High Sunday SO.
I EAST AND CENTRAL TEXAS Temp-araturaa will avtraga near or a llttie be-I tow normal. Normal minimum 37*53, ex-of itoudiern ' '•P* **^1 coaal. Normal maximum
taiiaht him Warmer Sunday Cooler Monday or
ISUgni mm Tue«i,y, n-eetpltation moderate in ahow-
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his second great lesson, he COIltln- i ere Sunday or'^ifwday. ued. He finished third in a class ' west texas Temperature! wUl aver-of 167, whUe Foote said he finish- o*' • *““• formal
and white flag Communists mined and attacked a Moulmein hound train. Three persons were killed. The government said the rebels robbed the passengers.
yens, dean of students, who is in charge of room reservations.
The Lectureship will begin Sunday night and continue through Thursday.
“He taught me my most valuable lesson: Do the best you can with what you have,” the minister explained.
Sacrifice for Humanity “Success Is not getting $10,000 or 120,000, or being president of a corporation; success is being the best you can with what you have," he asserted.
“His third point for ‘worlhful living' was to be willing to "make a sacrifice hit for humanity.”
It was something of a homecoming for Dr. Foote, who lived here
fee HAMLIN, Pg. i-A, Col. 7
I mSiiimum 94-4S. Maximum 53-70. Wftrmcr I Sunday. Cooler Monday. Little or no pre-eipttation iodtcated.
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High and low IcmperaturM for 34 hours ended at O'SO pm.; 74 and 40.
High and low temperatures same data last year: iO and St.
Bunsat last night 0 38 p m. &uu«U« day 7:17 a m. Sunset tootgbt g:« p.m. Barometer reading g;30 p.m. Sill KeiaUvo bumtdtty at 1:30 p.m.
the land,” he said.
Black Blizzard Engulfs Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED i*fttSS
A black blizzard of dust and sand .•ngulfed Texas Friday.
A tornado injured five persons near Conroe north of Houston. The Weather Bureau warned more tornadoes might occur in a wide East Texas area.
Streaming eastward behind wind of 65 miles an hour, the worst dust-storm since the diist-bowl daya of the 19^s blacked out dozens of cities, slowed traffic to a crawl and clG.sed schools.
A Navy jet pilot, lost in the confusing blackne.s;. over Dallas, his fuel running out and fearful of trying to land when he couldn’t see. flew away from the city and bailed out.
About an hour later his smashed plane was found six miles northeast of Emory in Rains County— about 85 to 9(1 miles northeast of Dallas. The pilot himself telephoned later from .Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas, to say he had landed unhurt.
The tornado dipped to the ground three times near Conroe, wreckted a tavern and a house, damaged five houses and damaged the Cun-roe Country Club.
Douglas Howe. 39. year old hou-'se mover, apparently was the most seriously hurt. He suffered chest Injuries, a broken thigh, broken shoulder and cuts and bruises.
"It happened so fast 1 did Bot have time to think,” said Rowe, who was supervising movement of a house at the time. “I was inside the house when the wind hit. It Jii.st took the house apart, knocked me down.
“The next thing I knew I wm to B puddle oi wilAC."