Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 21, 1954, Abilene, Texas
COLDAbilene Reporter-iBtetos MORNING
VOL. LXXIII, No. 219
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron
Auociated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 21,1954—TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe
Low of 15
Binoculars, Gun Tangle Parr Hearing
Shivers Calls Special
A mid-morning dry front from the west pushed moist air out of the path of a severe norther Wednesday in time to spare the Abilene area from a heavy blanket of freezing rain and snow, the Abilene weatherman said Wednesday night.
The 10 a.m. east-bound front didn't push out quite all of the moist air, however, for 10 hours later fine snow and sleet was falling at Sweetwater and Morgan Creek near Colorado City.
Light sleet was falling in Abilene about 11:30 p.m.
Precipitation in this area normally occurs when a cuid air mass collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport said.
The south-bound norther from the Panhandle had little effect in the Abilene area when it arrived about 21:30 a.m., other than causing a rapid temperature drop and blustery 32-mile-an-hour winds with gusts up to 38 m.p.h.. the weatherman said.
From 11.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the mercury dropped 20 degrees— from 67 to 47. The mercury continued its downward trend during the day and at 9:30 p.m. had reached 21.
The mercury was expected to bottom at 10 to 15 degrees after midnight Wednesday, the weatherman said. The high Thursday is | expected to be in the 20s. with a Thursday night low of near 15.
A gentle warm-up is forecast for Friday when the high is expected to be 35.
The threatening norther had brought widespread warnings from the weatherman for freezing rain and snow. Stock w arnings had been issued.
The front from the west removed the threat of major danger from freezing precipitation, the weatherman said.
Some Snow Due
However, his forecast indicated j occasional snow flurries are likely for the Abilene area Thursday morning.
Amarilo had an inch of snuw before midnight, with more falling.
The fine snow at Sweetwater and Morgan Creek, both reported bv the West Texas Utilities Co. about j 10 p.m. Wednesday, probably resulted from high clouds missed by the low east - bound front, thp ) weatherman said. Any snow flurries which occur Thursday morning also will result from failure of the east-bound front to drive out all moisture, he said.
The utilities company reported no other precipitation In its wide spread West Texas system. Wednesday night. However, skies wrere becoming partly cloudy.
The weatherman predicted 15-20 mile-an-hour winds would blow in the Abilene area Thursday. Skies were expected to be partly cloudy.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday the vast norther had shoved southward Into Texas just past San Antonio, the weatherman said.
The front extended northwestward from San Antonio to a point between Midland and El Paso, then continued northwest up Albuquerque, N. M.
Ciouds Left Behind
It extended into East Texas from San Antonio to just past Texarkana
The front moved so fast that it left a cloud cover behind, the Dallas forecaster said, adding that the clouds would eventually catch up with the cold air, causing snou' and freezing rain in North and North Central Texas.
When the front hit the state through the Panhandle Wednesday, it carried snow* flurries. The snow stopped in the afternoon but was expected to begin again Wednes-dav night.
The bureau said it was unlikely that the Lower Rio Grande Valley would get a freeze.
A Texas and Pacific Railway Co. spokesman gave these conditions about 10 p.m. Wednesday: Baird, 22. partly cloudy; Sweetwater, 20, sleeting; Colorado City, 20, cloudy; Cisco. 18: rlear; Big Spring, 26, partly cloudy with a sand storm in progress; Fort Worth, 26, fair.
The utilities company said the mercury dipped to 12 at Amarillo, 14 at Quanah. 18 at Paint Creek, 32 at McCamey and 27 at San An-gelo.
Dalfon Moore Heads Oilmen; Murray Talks
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ALICE. Jan. 20 lift—Manuel Mar-roquin told a Jim Wells County grand jury today that George Parr wraved a gun and threatened to kill him Saturday night..
Parr has asserted he didn’t even have a gun. just a pair of binoculars.
Sheriff Halsey Wright and Deputy Sheriff Bob Miller who investigated the Saturday night incident, also went into the jury room today.
So did County Attorney Sam Burris.
Just Binoculars When Miller started into the jury room, assistant District Attorney , j O. P. Carillo at the door asked ’ him to remove his pistol.
“That ain't no pistol; that’s binoculars.” Miller quipped, but he took the gun off.
The jury recessed this afternoon until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The foreman would not say j whether they were investigating the Saturday night incident where Parr appeared outside a meeting of the Freedom party, which op-poses him.
Parr Out on Bond Marroquin filed a pistol carrying complaint against Parr, the longtime dominant political leader nf this Sjuth Texas area. Parr is free on $1,500 bond.
Parr tangled with Texas Rangers at the courthouse Monday. Rumors were that charges might be filed against the Rangers and the grand jury probe the courthouse scuffle.
But Duval County Sheriff Archer j Parr, who also figured In the affair Monday, said he and his uncle preferred to drop the matter.
Archer Parr was cuffed across the face by Ranger Joe Bridge and George Parr clashed with Ranger Capt. Alfred Allee.
Death Threat Marroquin said before going into the grand jury room that he was close enough to “tell it was a pis- \ tol,” not binoculars, that Parr carried.
He said Juan Barrera was with Parr and that Barrera had a pistol, too. Barrera is also free on bond on charge of carrymg a pistol illegally.
Marroquin said Parr “told me he was going to kill me and the whole 1 bunch of so and so’s in there” at the meeting.
“I said, ‘No. thank you’ and I got away from there.”
Marroquin said 60 to 70 persons were at the meeting Saturday night. It was held at Marroquin* drive-in near San Diego but in Jim Wells County.
Parr’s version w as that he got I out of his car when Marroquin approached and said. “What the h. . . do you want’ Get away.”
“I didn't have a pistol and I didn’t threaten anyone.’’ Parr said, had Marroquin said after he left the jury room today, Incarnacio Pena,
79th District Court interpreter, told
Session of Legislature
Teacher Pay Plan To Be Considered
AUSTIN, Jan. 20 (/P)—A compromise plan to boost base teacher pay $402 a year was submitted today to Gov. Shivers, who said he will call a special session of the Legislature on the matter as soon as possible.
The proposal calls for the raise to be made effective with the start of the next school year, beginning next September.
The compromise was presented with the unanimous approval of a 25-member committee of school people and lawmakers representing Shivers and the Texas State Teachers Assn.
“It is my intention to call a special session of the Legislature if this bill embodies what I understand it to, and to submit it not only as your recom-
POWS RETURNED TO UN—Carrying South Korean flags, prisoners of war captured by UN forces in Korea and who did not want repatriation, cross from the demilitarized zone at Panmunjom into a receiving point to be returned to UN custody, by the India command, two members of which lead the group. From this point the men are taken to processing centers. ______
By D. J. EATON Reporter-New« Oil Writer
Dalton Moore. Jr.. manager of the Wimberly Field Unit with headquarters in Abilene. Wednesday night was elected chairman of the West Central Texas Section of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.
The election of officers preceded i jj^‘.
“Don’t come to my barber shop
4 Àbilenians Killed In California Crash
MRS. S. T. DOWDA
Physician's Widow Dies
Mrs. S. T. Dow da. 76. Abilene, died at 1 50 p.m. Wednesday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. She had been seriously ill since Sunday when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage
Mrs. Dowda was an active civic worker and the widow of an Abilene physician.
She was born Birdie Meaders Jan. 6. 1878, in Georgia. Alter l>e-ing graduated from La Grange College at La Grange, Ga„ she did post-graduate work at North Georgia Military Yeademy She taught bi hool a few years hi Georgia
Mrs. Dowda was married lo John Pope Brown, who died in 1907. She was married in 1910 to lir S. T Dowda in Houston. The couple lived in San Saba County, where Dr. Dowda practiced medi-rme trorn 1910-22. The couple then moved to Ybtleue where Dr, Dowda practiced medicine until his
death in 1912
Mrs Dowda was a past president of the Texas division ot the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revoluton. Daugh-t,>is of 1812, Queen Esther chapter l(f the Eastern Star. Abilene Woman s Club ami St. Patti Methodst Church.
Survivor* aie one son, Cecil Brown of Merkel, one daughter.
Frank B rid well of Abilene; one nephew Bob Meaders of Able lcue; two nieces, Mr*. Harry Ratliff of Colorado City and Mrs. Ku-gene Smith of Abilene, and three grandchildren.
Funeral will be held at 3 30 p m Friday in Ktker - Warren Funeral Home chapel The Rev. C. A. Ixmg, associate pastor of st Raul Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar HU1 Cemetery.
a dinner meeting which was high lighted by a talk given W. J. (BilD Murray. Jr.. member of the Texas Railroad Commission, who was introduced by State Senator Harley Sadler.
Elected first vice-chairman was Joe B. Jenkins distict superintendent for Stanolind Oil A Gas Co. in Abilene. James E. Russell, manager and engineer for the Reddin | Operators Committee here, was elected second vice-chairman. Elected to the secretary--treasurer post was Harold Laoik. with Warren Petroleum Corp. in Abilene.
The following directors were named A. J. Carroll, Abilene Sample Ixig Service; Tom Ford. Brock-enridge, independent oil operator; Jack James with Core Laboratory' in Ybilene; Charles Swanson. General Crude Oil Co . Sweetwater; David H- Geary, Abilene drilling contractor; and Jack L, Coulson, outgoing president of the organization.
Murray defended petroleum proration. saying it is essential to the welfare of the oil producers, the royalty owners, and the oil-producing states. More importantly, he continued, it is vital to the welfare of the consumers of the nations and imperative for our national security.
Without proration. Murray there can lie no true conservation of the oil a« an irreplaceable natural resource.
“Proration not only assures the consumer of adequate supply) whenever he needs it. but is also
Four members of a family who .two sons by a previous marriage, lived in Abilene for about\ Norman Morrell, 14, and Alonzo two months while the father was Morrell. 5. seeking work at Abilene Air Force Officers said the baby, Mary Base were killed in a head-on col- "aldwin, about 4 months old, suf-lision of two cars near Desert fered internal injuries and was
in San Diego because 1 don’t want to see you killed in my place of business.”
Pen* said. “I just asked him «Marroquin* to go some place else lo get bis barber work done.” Four Rangers were at San Diego. Parr’s Duval Coun tv political stronghold. They have been there since Monday night. Two are ordinarily stationed there.”
Center. Calif.. Wednesday. Only the small baby of the couple survived. and she was critically injured.
The sole occupant of the other coima. Calif, car involved in the crash was I The family also killed.
Former Abilenians w ho ! killed were listed in an Associat-i ed Press story as Norton L.
Baldwin. 32. his wife, Mildred ! Grav Morrell Baldwin, 32: and her
to Coachella Valley Hospi-
day night to return to California.
The owner of the house, L. S. Goldsmith. 1841 North Sixth St.. said the family had rented from him while Baldwin, a heavy machinery operator, was seeking employment at Abilene Air Force
Occupant of the other car who Base. Baldwin had woiked part died was Royd Stockman of Pa- of the time here for a contractor
on a highway between Abilene and Sweetwater, he said.
Mrs. Goldsmith said Wednesday
AT TRUBY HOME
Couple Held Up At Knife-Point
had lived here at
1841 North Sixth St. from Nov. 17
were until ttoev left about 10 p. m. Mon- night the family had come to Abi-
[ lene from their home near San
Diego, Calif. She said they left Monday to return to Santa Ana. Calif.
The Baldwins were in a car bearing South Carolina license plates, j the Associated Press story said.
The highway patrol said the crash occurred at the approach to an elevated bridge over a dry wash, where approaching traffic is obscured
TRUBY. Jan. 20 — Two Latin-Americans. one armed with a knife, robbed Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Hampton, elderly operators of the Truby store, of about $312 92 in cash and checks at their home about 7 30 p. m. Wednesday.
The couple lives directly across from their store on Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 707. The store is near the hridge over the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and is about eight miles south of Anson.
The kmte-wielding Mexican, who forced Hampton to give up the
his beat assurance of a reasonable cash and checks, was
price through the years.
A* a member of the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission, Murray and the other members work to conserve Texas oil to decide how much oil the Mate will produce each month.
The first purpose of restricting
oil production to market demand is to prevent waste, both above ground rive on the scene after the and underground,” said Murray, bery.
bv his victims as about 30 years old and heavy-set His confederate was believed to be about 20. Sheriff Dave Reves of Jones County said.
G. I) Triplett, retail advertising manager of the Reporter New s and longtime friend of the elderly store operators, was first to ar-
24 Marines Feared Dead
INCHON. Korea, Thursday, Jan 2i f \ Japan# e - manned landing craft rammed tnto a small boat in Inchon’s outer harbor today, killing 3 U 8 Mamies and injuring 23. At lean’ 21 Marine* were missing and feared drowned Navy rescue craft churned the chill, choppy water* for the missing-
A Navy officer said a huge landing ship carrying Chinese prisoners of war crashed into a smaller landing craft carrying more than 50 Marines,
The 23 injured were taken aboard other ships for treatment.
into the house and forced Hampton to hand over the $312.92. all but about $25 of which was in cash.
While the heavy - set Mexican was forcing Hampton to give up the loot, Hampton begged him “not to let them hurt my wife” who is not in too good health. Hampton told Triplett.
The Mexican replied They are not going to hurt her.” Hampton said, leading him to believe there may have been more than two robbers involved.
described i Sheriff Reves '-.»id that the younger Mexican had a piece of rope with which he tried to bind Mr*. Hampton while holding her on the back porch. Mrs ton’s glasses v ere broken in the struggle, the sheriff said.
The section of rope with which the Mexican attempted to bind Mrs. Hampton was cut from a rope used in a well in the couple’s back vard.
Before the pair left after the robbery they jerked out a telephone line so that the elderly couple could not summon help. Sheriff Reves said.
Triplett summoned help by us* after he
Montana Town Has 53 Below Reading
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Winter hit the nation Wednesday with the season’s worst cold wave, a widespread blanket of fog and | storms.
j A fast-spreading surge of numbing polar air drove the mercury down to -53 degrees at Tiber Dam in Northern Montana. Havre, Mont., had an early afternoon ; reading of -38 and Cutbank. Mont., 1-33.
The cold front dropped temperatures as much as 30 degrees in an hour and created sharp local contrasts. Fort Worth, Tex., had a temperature of 73 and Amarillo, Tex . a 16 degree reading at the same time.
Laredo, Tex., and Key West. Fla., had early afternoon readings of 81 degrees—some 120 degrees ! warmer than in Northern Montana,
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mendation but as mine,” Shivers told a subcommittee which took the proposal to him.
Asked when the special session would be called. Shivers said a date could not be set yet, but added:
“It will not be future."
The Executive Committee of TSTA will meet here Friday to consider the compromise. Mrs. Kate Bell of Houston, president, said she was certain the committee would approve.
Shivers said he would say more about a special session when the TSTA leaders reach a decision. He said he then would “try to set j some approximate time” for the | special session.
“I think we've all reached an accord here that I hope will become an actuality," the governor told the delegation which brought him the compromise report.
All 25 Signed
All 25 committee members sign- ; ed a letter accompanying the report in which they described their proposal a* a feasible plan.
“If a special session is called, j we individually assure you of our j support for the bill.” the letter stated.
The compromise leaves unanswered the multimillion dollar question: “Where’s the money
coming from, j A $402 increase for the state’s i more than 58.000 teachers would I cost roughly 23la million dollars 1 extra next year.
Sen. Warren McDonald of Tyler expressed concern that the con ; promise effort may die for lack of willingness to support a tax bill if a tax bill is needed to finance the pay increase.
“Unless this compromise carries with it an implied agreement to vote for a tax bill, we are right back where we started from.” McDonald told other committee members.
“ As I see this thing, in accenting this proposal, we also accept the responsibility of seeing that it is paid for. Does every member of the committee feel that way?”
Most committee members nodded agreement.
Rep. Joe Kilgore of McAllen, an i administration leader in last year’s legislative wrangle over how to ac-| complish a pay raise for teachers.
! shared McDonald's view.
I “I think it (the compromised car-I ries with it the implication that we would support whatever revenue j raising measure becomes neces-i sary,” Kilgore said.
He added he was committing himself only to pa> raise to start ! next school year. 1954-55, and Would J I not commit himself to voting for an immediate raise this year.
leaving the fund raising prob- i
lem to the Legislature, the compromise deals with how much raise to give teachers and how to divide the financial burden of public education between the state and local school districts.
As urged by Shivers, the plan would establish a ratio between too far in the httate and local support of the minimum foundation program, pegging it at 80-20.
Under the 1949 Gilmer - Aikin school laws, local districts pay a fixed total of 45 million dollars a year. The state pays the rest. The local contribution represented 25 per cent of the minimum program’s cost in 1949-50 but now I* only about 20 per cent.
3.5 Million Acre Colton Boost Near
Triplett said the couple told him i they had Just finished eating when they heard a knock at the back door. The summons was answered by Mrs. Hampton. When she open- j ed the door, she was grabbed
! by the younger ot t*e robbers ' Ing the store telephone
1 and jerked onto the back porch. 1 aimed on the scene
I Triplett said Mis. Hampton told Wednesday night Sheriff Reves,
him. who was aided in his tnvesliga-
After Mrs. Hampton had been ,u>u ln Texas R .»tiger Jim Vaulk lerked out the door the second 1 Abilene.
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HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX?
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said roadblocks Wed a m. thrown uji Is Jones, F»>her and Taylor Counties had been remov- -»s ed krea law enforcement officers aided Jones County authoiities In x.'ttltig up roadblockx Ther sheriff, from his office in the courthouse at Anson said •\Ve don't know enough" about the robbery, whether the robbers fled on foot or other details.
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TWO-HEADED BABY GOES HOME—This exclu&ive In dtanapolis Star photo shows the world’s only living two-headed babv, Donald Ray-Daniel Kay Hartley, with its parents, Mr and Mrs, Cecil Hartley, of Petersburg, Ind. The five week-old infant, which has two heads, four arms and two legs, was photographed shortly after it was released from Rilev Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. The picture was taken b> Indianapolis staff photographer James I. Ramsey, with the parents approval. . I
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 jP — A Senate-House conference committee adopted tonight a compromise bill increasing 1954 cotton planting allotments by nearly 34 million acres and incorporating permanent acreage allocation features.
The bill, adjusting differences in bills relating to cotton marketing quotas, comes before the House ; tomorrow for expected passage.
The Senate is expected to complete action shortly afterward, j Conferees expressed satisfaction with die compromise draft.
Rep. Poague «D-Tex ) said it wasn't all the House wanted, “but we can live with it."
The compromise version includes the Senate's 1954 allotment figure of 21.379.000 acres, 3.469.000 acre*
I more than allotted under present ! law.
It also includes most of the House provisions for permanent acreage allocations from 1955 ou. with adjustment features aimed at ; correcting inequities and prevent-: ing hardship among individual cotton growers, i On permanent quota legislation, j conferees agreed on these provi-| sions:
Farmers will be permitted to surrender more acreage than they can use without penalty as to future allotments.
Enlaigemeut of the discretion of state and county committees to use acreage reserves to correct Inequities and prevent hardship. Total state and county reserves figure out at about 25 per cent.
County committees are allowed the option of using the individual farm history or the total cropland as the basis for allotments.
Applying only to 1954. the bill requires counties to surrender ex-ce>s acreage for reallocation by the state.
The state cotton committees would have the option of alirttin« more acreage this year direct to farmers on a state basis, or apportioning it to counties on the basis of plantmg history. The counties in turn are given the optiou of dividing the allotment ou a cropland basis as at present, or on the basis of 65 per cent of a farmer a three year average or 40 per cent of his best year but not to exceed 50 per cent of the total crop land.
Conferees compromised the jO cent crop land limitation. As finally accepted, each state committee ia authorized to set the limiting figure at any point, but no higher than 50 per cent. This met House demands tor no more than 40 tier cent Urn • nation.
An emergency allocation of 315 000 acres is provided in the brU one half going to Arizona. New Mexico and California and ti e other half to the other cotton stales.
Green Coffee Imports Booming ot Houston
HOUSTON, Jan 20 'J* — Raising coffee prices have caused a boom in green coffee imports at Houston Imports for the first 38 d*>s of January totaled 203 615 bagr. Imports for the entire month last year were 90.185 bag*
Shippers attributed the Heavy volume to scare buying and to buildups of inventories befort pit«