Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXXII1, NO. 209
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"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" —Byron ,
ABILENE. TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY^11, 1954—TEN PAGES -
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Rain, Snow Sweep State
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Snow, cold rain, cheek-reddening Wind and a mounting toll of fire and traffic deaths made a grim Texas weather picture Sunday.
The snow fell in a wide North and West Texas area, ranging from a general fourth-inch fall in much of the South Plains and Panhandle to flurries as far east as Dallas.
The rain spread over most of East and South Texas, topped by a heavy 1.60 inches at Beaumont and 1.20 inches at Texarkana.
The racing, wet northern which whipped into the Panhandle Saturday morning with 25-mile-an-hour gusts had blustered eastward past New Orleans Sunday night, bringing freezing temperatures to Louisiana.
Sunday evening, skies were clearing over much of South and extreme West Texas but heavy, threatening clouds overhung the north and east.
Dallas was told to expect its coldest weather of the winter, with a low of 15, before dawn. At Houston. the temperature was expected to fall to a freezing 28. only one degree higher than the previous low for the winter.
Only along the coast and in the extreme south were temperatures expected to stay above the freezing level by dawn Monday.
Greyhound bus drivers reported snow on the ground irom Lubbock north into Oklahoma, and icy highways from Mineral Weils north to Tulsa, Okla. One fourth Inch of snow on the ground at Plainview and Lubbock melted during the day.
In East Tex^s. ice began to form Sunday night at Tyler when tem-oeratures fell to 27 at 4 p.m. after light rain fell. Only three out ot i possibly a score of planes landed at Tyler Sunday because of poor visibility and clouds.
As the norther’s leading edge reached East Texas earlv Sunday, thunderstorms boomed behind it
at Waco. Ausl'.n. Abilene, Mineral Wells, Fort Worth. Dallas and Sherman. Austin’s power was knocked out for a short while by lightning.
Rainfall for the 24 hours ending at 6 30 a.m. Sunday included Austin .54 of an inch. Dallas .22. Houston .30, San Antonio .07, Waco .23. Beaumont 1.60. Fort Worth .37, Galveston .14. Wichita Falls .05, Texarkana 1.20, Texarkana 1.20. Lubbock .06. lmfkin 1.11. College Station .25. Childress .03 and Mineral Well* .16.
Two traffic fatalities were
President of B ran iff Line Killed in Crash
T. L. HAMILTON
Illness Fatal To Dairyman T. L. Hamilton
Reds to Get Choice Of Atom Talk Plan
T. L. Hamilton. 58, local diary-man and a resident of Abilene about 30 years, died in Oak Lane Hospital at Mineral Wells at 8 a. m. Sunday.
He had been a patient there the past seven weeks.
Funeral will be at 2:30 p. m.
blamed on slick roads and four Monday at the Evangelical Metho-fire deaths in the state were at- j dist Church, of which he was a tributed to the cold weather. One j member. The Rev. J. H. Hamblen
man was killed by lightning.
Slow Warmup Due; Low 23
Set for a long cold spell?
Well, don't—a gradual warmup L« in store for the area.
More sunshine Monday than was had in the Abilene area Sunday will warm things up—some.
Even warmer weather is in prospect Tuesday when the forecast high will be in the 50s.
For the 24 hours ending at 6:30 p m. Sunday it was a different question. Only the hardy braved Abilene * windy street corners as the mercury hovered near or below freezing all day.
Ia»w Sunday was 23 with a high about 1 30 a. m. of 35. During the day temperatures were below ireezing amid the .08 inch rain, snow* and sleet that fell.
Weather in the area in genera! vas much the same as in Abilene proper. Stamford had * trace of snow, most of which melted as quickly a* it fell. There were a few white patches on the ground at Stamford about noon.
An estimated .50 inch of rainfall and snow combined fell at Cisco after midnight through 4 p. m. Sunday.
Frozeu water pipes in Abilene were blamed for two fires. Thirsty residents applied heat to the froz-
26 Below Recorded In Minnesota City
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arctic air slipped across the upper lakes region Sund.se’ into the .Middle West while a band of precipitation extended from Maine to southern Texas.
Temperatures ranged from 26 below* at International Falls to -9 at Des Moines, Iowa. Bismarck.
D.. had -21; Fargo, -19; Sault Ste. Marie. -14; Sioux City. -5.
Freezing rain, sleet and snow fell in southern Missouri. Kentucky and along the Ohio River. West Plains. Mo . had 4 inches of snow while Evansville. Ind., and Lexington. Ky.. each had 3 inches.
Meanwhile, heavy snow warnings were issued for Kentucky’, Vest Virginia. Virginia and Maryland.
en pipes and caught the houses fire.
Abilene firemen reported answering an alarm at 4:16 p. m. Sunday to the residence of H. R. Griffin. 610 North 16th St., where a fire used to thaw out frozen pipes ignited an interior wall of the home.
A fire department booster unit pumped about five minutes to put out the blaze at the Griffin residence. Minor damage w as done to the wall.
The resident at a garage apartment at 3042 Pine St. had put out a Similar blaze when firemen arrived Sunday. They had been called at 5:56 p. m. At the Pine St. blaze, fired-up paper had been used on the water pipes and had caught the wall afire.
Ice-coated I. S. Highway 80 at Baird was blamed when a Dunn Brothers pipe carrier truck crashed into the M. L. Hughes service station west of Baird about 2:10 a. nr. Sunday.
Saturday night rains had frozen on the highway.
Truck driver Johnny Vaughan. 31. of Anson, was en route from Anson to Bardwell when the truck slid into the station. No estimate of damage to the station or truck had been made Sunday.
Other than at Baird, area highways were apparently in good condition. The Greyhound Bus Lines dispatcher here said Sunday night he had received iced-over roads.
of that church will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Joe Temple of the Victory Bible Center.
Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under direction of Elliott's Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be Lester Higgs. W. D. St. John. Don Cunningham. Shorty Hodges. Louis T. Ward. Gordon Asbury, S. E. Pass and J II. Rucker.
All friends will be pallbearers.
Mr. Hamilton had been in ill health for the past two years.
He was born June 25, 1895. in Milam County. He was married to Irma Elmore in that county in 1914. The couple moved to Abilene from Bell County, and Mr. Hamilton had been in the dairy business here many years at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters. Mrs. Carl Oehler ot Harper, Tex.. Mrs. Bailey Hill of Silverton, Tex., and Mrs. Bryan Gillain of Abilene, two sons. T. L. Hamilton Jr.. and E. H. Hamilton, j Inrth of Abilene; 12 grandchildren; his parents, Mr, and Mrs. E. H. Hamilton of Abilene: two sisters, Mrs. Robert Pollock of Houston and Mrs. K, D. Goodloe of Pecos; three brothers. J. D., E. L.. and ! J. N. Hamilton, all of Abiiene.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 10 (if—U. S. officials said today Russia can have its choice, within reason, as to how discussions of President Eisenhower’s atomic pool plans may be conducted.
On the eve of preliminary talks on arrangements officials indicated their ^reference for negotiations that would be:
1. Exclusive; limited to the United States and Russia, or these two plus Britain.
2. Secret; not moved any time soon to the floodlighted and often controversy-riven arena of the United Nations.
Secretary of State Dulles will begin preliminary talks here tomorrow with Soviet Ambassador Georgi Zarubin in an effort to discover what arrangements the Soviet government wants and whether it is sincerely interested in more formal atomic negotiations.
Authorities here say the United States. Russia and Britain are the only real atomic powers in the honorary world today.
Coolness Explained The coolness in official quarters here toward holding early discussions in the atmosphere of the United Nations is explained by the argument that such negotiations have heretofore all ended in deadlock.
Though this is no fault of the organization, officials say, it may
Man Critically Hurt in Fight Over Debt
no reports of
Increase in Social Security Benefits To Be Sought By Ike
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 B Congressional sources reported today that President Eisenhower is planning to seek increases in all social security benefits. The increases ranging from a minimum of $5 monthly to more than $10, will cost about one billion dollars next year.
These and other more liberal benefit proposals. they said, explain why the administration did a
Burglars Tap 2 More Firms
Two more burglaries were added Sunday to the growing list committed here since the New Year began.
Abe Cohen of Texas Steel Products Co. reported to police Sunday that $1.50 in cash and 20 checks imprinted with the company's name and address were taken .sometime Saturday night. Entry was made through a door.
The Stevens Grocers* at 820 South Third St. was entered Sunday and two $1 bills and $1 in silver were reported missing.
Police were unable to apprehend a man who had been seen in the building Sunday afternoon bv a neighboring resident
City Det. Warren Dodson said Sunday night the burglar at the Texas Steel Products Co. is believed to have used the firm's check writing machine to fill in amounts on the 20 cheeks stolen. Poliee have in their possession a cheek left behind which had been made out on the machine for $600.
Also attempted was the entrance of a soft drink vending machine at the Luke Wilson Gulf Service Station, 2166 Pine St, The would-be thief failed to gam entrance, Dodson said.
An Abilene Negro man was hospitalized in a critical condition Sunday afternoon with a slashed jugular vein following a disagreement with another Negro over a small debt, city police reported.
Hospitalized was Willie Wolfe, about 50. of 818 North Ninth St.
Police .-aid he was slashed by another Negro man about 3:47 p. m. Sunday following an argument over a small sum of money one of the two men allegedly owed the other.
Wolfe was taken to Hendrick Memorial Hospital and treated for the severed jflgular vein and shock. He is in a critical condition, the city police surgeon said Sunday night*
City Patrolmen F. S. Isbell and Dalton Self answered the call to the slashing and were later joined in the investigation by Det. Warren Dodson.
Wolfe was taken to Hendrick in a Curtis-Starks Funeral Home ambulance.
have created traditions, attitudes and fixed positions which would work against successful negotiations of the President’s plan.
The real key to Dulles' approach to the talks with Zarubin, however. is that he wants to eliminate all obstacles to successful negotiation w'hich might arise out of arrangements. He wants to give the Soviets no excuse for refusing to negotiate. He is said to feel that the best approach, therefore, is to find out how they want to go about it and to do it their way if at all possible.
Meanwhile it appeared that both the atoms for peace negotiations and efforts to reach agreement j with the Soviets on other issues, such as reunifying Germany, would be punctuated by the explosion of what may be history’s first real H-bomb.
No Special Timing
Officials said that the Marshall Islands tests which were announced Friday night—-and which everyone expects to include hydrogen weapons—were not in any way timed to coincide with the new wave of East-West negotiations. But it was apparent, barring some radical switch in time, that the coincidence would occur.
What effect this may have on the negotiations is speculative but it seems obvious that the successful explosion of a hydrogen bomb such as might be dropped from an airplane to destroy a big city would build up worldwide public demand, if not increase official urgency, for agreements toward averting an atomic war.
Try Popular Demand
The United States undoubtedly wiil try to use any such force popular demand in support of the President's plan of using atoms-for-peace as a first step toward eliminating atoms-for-war. But the Soviets can be expected to try to use the same force to back their counterproposal for immediate agreement on a pledge not to use atomic weapons.
The questions who should sponsor the main talks and who should participate have been studied here.
Since President Eisenhower made his proposal in a speech at the U N. last month and In response to a General Assembly call for private talks by the big powers. it has seemed most likely that these talks would be held under
TAKING AIM—Delbert (Debbie) Dains, 4, the March of Dimes Poster Boy, takes aim with a coin as Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower, wife of the President, furnishes a guiding hand at a line of contribution bottles in front of a Washington theater. Debbie is in Washington to publicize the drive for funds in the fight against polio. He has spent most of his life learning to walk with crutches.
11 Others Also Lost In Accident
SHREVEPORT. La., Jan. 10 OP —Twelve persons were killed tonight in the crash of a private plane carrying a group of wealthy businessmen back from a duck hunting trip.
United Gas Co., owners of the plane, said that indentifications have not been made because of the condition of the bodies.
It gave the passenger list as:
Thomas E. Braniff of Dallas, Tex., president of Braniff Airlines.
R. H. Hargrove of Shreveport, president of Texas Eastern Transmission Corp.
Justin Querbes Sr., a Shreveport financier.
Randolph Querbes Sr.. his brother and a Shreveport financier.
E. Bernard Weiss. Shreveport, vice president of Goldring's, a chain of clothing stores.
Milton Weiss of Shreveport, manager of Shreveport’s Goldring's clothing store.
J. P. Evans, a Shreveport oilman.
John B. Atkins Sr., a Shreveport oilman.
Chris Abbott, a Hyannis, Neb., financier and stockman.
Edgar Tobin, San Antonio, Tex.
Buddy Hudleston, a pilot, Houma, La.
Louis Schexnaydre, a pilot. Houma, La.
The bodies were removed to two Shreveport funeral homes.
Three witnesses said the plane
Set PRESIDENT, Pg. 3-A, Col. 1
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AUSTIN. Jan. 10 B-^John Flowers Jr. o.' Houston was named executive director of the Texas Society of Architects by the directors today.
New Cisco College Building Planned
CISCO. Jan. 10. <RNS’-
Trustees of the Cisco Independent School District will meet at 7:30 p. m. Monday to discuss plans to iSuild a replacement for the Cisco Junior College administration
building destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Also scheduled Monday is opening of a vault amid the building s ruins which contains the college's permanent records.
Heavy rains hit Jackson Miss, aboUt face on its request that 3fi Hurt in Pi»«-»
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at Memphis, Nashville. Little Rock. Texarkana and Beaumont, lev.
Light snow fell in western Kansas, eastern Colorado and the Texas snd Oklahoma panhandles.
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Voters to Decide Tuesday On Cisco Gas Firms Merger
possibility** that the will be repealed.
ORANGE, NJ B Thirty-eight firemen and policemen were injured Saturday battling an all-night fire in bitter, sub-freezing weather. The fire burned through a string of stores in the main shopping area here and caused an estimated $500.000 damage.
CISCO, Jan. 10. <RNS>- Voters here Tuesday will take part in a unique election to decide the future of Cisco’s two gas companies Lone Star Gas Co. and the Cisco Gas Corp.
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1-ast October Cisco \oters turned down a proposal for the City of Cisco to purchase both Companies and consolidate them into a j municipal gas company.
Sale price of either of the two concerns has not been made public.
PORTO AZZURO. Elba. Jan. 10 uP—A British Comet jetliner with 35 persons aboard plunged into the icy Tyrrhenian Sea between the storied isles of Elba and Monte-cristo today and fishermen returning from the scene said there was no sign of survivors.
An Italian fishing boat brought 15 bodies in tonight as an air-sea search got under way. The crew of the fishing boat said they saw no living survivor from the dou ned plane, which was en route from Rome to London Bodies brought ashore included two small children.
Darkness later halted the grim search of the stormy seas. In Rome. David Craig, chiet of British European Airways for Italy, said: ’I believe there are no survivors.”
Twenty-nine passengers, including one identified as C. \Mlmot and believed to be Chester Wilmot, 42-year-old Australian war correspondent and author, were reported aboard the eighi-mile-a-mmute jet, whose death plunge was wit-1 nessed by horrified fishermen.
The sleek airliner—one of the pioneering jets which flew the first | scheduled passenger jetliner service from London to Johannesburg ! —plummeted into the freezing sea j near Elba, famed island of Napoleon’s first exile.
Elba, largest island of the Tus-i can Archipelago, lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea. seven miles soutti-w*est of Piombino in the Italian mainland. Mon tec its to is 25 miles
enth accident involving a Comet airliner. Two others involved fatalities;
May 2. 1953—Comet crashed in a thunderstorm near Calcutta, killing 43 persons.
March 3. 1953—All 11 aboard killed when Comet crashed on takeoff at Karachi airfield while on delivery to Canadian Pacific Airlines.
BOAC’s London office identified the Comet’s six crewmen as: Capt. Alan Gibson, holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross; first officer. V. J. Bury; engineer officer; F. C. MacDonald, radio officer, L. P. McMahon, steward, F. K. Saunders, and stewardess, Jean Evelyn Clark.
W 11 ra o t—born in Melbourne —achieved note as a broadcaster, historian and military* commentator. In 1952 he became military correspondent for the London Observer. His controversial book. "The Struggle For Europe ”, sold more than 100.000 copies in its first two months and was translated into many languages.
DALLAS. Jan. 10 Thomas E. Braniff. believed killed tonight in a plane crash near Shreveport. La., was a big business man who insisted on giving most of his time to his fellow man.
He founded Braniff International Airways and saw it grow into one 1 of the nation's biggest—and safest. He was president of his own insurance company.
But the 70-year-old aviation pioneer spent mcwt of his energy giving a steady hand to the Boy Scouts the USO, the Red Cross, schools, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and orphanages.
Braniff's life was marked by personal tragedies.
Son Killed in 1938
His only son, Thurman, was killed in a private plane crash in 1938 at the age of 20. His only daughter, Jeanne, died in childbirth in 1948. Her husband. Dr. Alex Terrell, had become a close friend of the Bran-iffs. Dr. Terrell died in 1949.
The hearty, stocky man with the white, wavy hair buried his grief
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ALL CHOKED CP-The six children of Mr, and Mrs. Elmer S. Maves of Hurst, Texas, are recovering in a Fort Worth hospital after all six had their tonsils removed. Left to right, they are Robert, Kvelvn. Odus, Harry, Richard and Thomas. Except for slightly sore throats, they were reported as doing tin*
WHEELWRIGHT K% , Jan 10 P The No 1 commissary ami general appliance building of the Inland Steel Corp. in this southern Floyd County mining town went up in crackling flames early today with an estimated loss of »500,000.
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Appointed Commission The Italian Air Ministry appointed a commission tonight to investigate the cause of the crash. Of-| ficials of the British Overseas Air ; Corp. ami the British Air Ministry* were flying to Italy to join in the probe.
Today’s disaster marks the sev-
Burmo, Russia, Red China Talking Trade
RANGOON, Burma. Jan. 10 B— Burma. Soviet Russia and Communist China have entered on preliminary negotiations for a trade pact, the pro government English language newspaper New Times ot Burma said today.
The paper -aid the Burmese Foreign Office has submitted explanatory notes to the Russian and Chinese government- through their ambassadors on the terms of such a pact,
Trade sources here believe Com muiust China is interested In the purchase of Burmese rice for its troops stationed in Tibet. The sources said such supplies would have u» be aeut via luda.
Johnson Forecasts Do-Or-Die Session
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 B~The Democratic leader of the Senate. Sen. Lyndon B Johnson of Texas, said today* that this is likely to be the ”do-or-die session’* of Congress.
The Eisenhower administration had it- shakedown cruise last year, he said, and "this year it will have its showdown session,”
Johnson called on fellow Democrats to exercise "considered responsibility” in voting on President Eisenhower's legislative pro-„ gram ami expressed confidence | that they will refuse ’’to engage in petty partisanship on i-sues directly affecting rtw lives of all Americans.”
This being an election year, | there will be a temptation to take a partisan course, he said, but he believes the public is less interested in the fate of political parties than in the “luiure of America.** *’We will not refuse to support adm mist rat ion policies which are clearly iu the interests of our country,** he said, 'Neither will we abandon the right to criticize administration policies or to oppose proposals which we think are con-' trary to the best interests of our country.”
Johnson, in a radio broadcast ! which was recorded for Texas sta-l Uons, »aid that during last year’s
session the Democrats had “supported the administration when we thought it was right and opposed the administration when we thought it was wrong.’*
, 'in no case—not a single case-, did we oppo-e merely because we were the loyal opposition, merely to obstruct,” he said. “We were able to offer much more support than opposition. Speaking for my-self. ^ evpect to follow the same course during the preaent session,” Democrats outnumber Republi-; cans 48-17 in the Senate, with one s independent, and Republican lead ers have t»een bidding for the op position party's support in eftoris ! to get Eisenhower's program |through
Significantly, perhaps, Jah&#on remarked that in eomlderin* the | Eisenhower farm program -to b* -eut to Conglfaa tor-.mvu-.v along with prexidetftUal proposal* fos changing the TafVHartlry labor lav. i am not going to vote fc*« any farm law that would give Tex as farmers less protection than they are getting now."
vlany Democrats, and some publicans, have made it clear the-don't believe the new pren(d*Dti*) farm program will afford as much protection to the grower as the present system of high level §up ports for major crop*.