Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas
WARM3í^porter-^Bítt®í MORNÍNG"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" Byron
VOL. LXIII, No. 378
~4Zodai,d Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING. JULY 2, 1954 -TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe
Sliding Supports Vetoed by House
DEATH COUNT GOES ON
Federal Aid Due In Flooded Areas
oOT^^EST lives .\GA1V — This stagecoach was one ing the 24th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion at Stamford of the many attractions of the 2-to-3 mile parade open- Thursday. (Staff photo)
800 Horses, Riders Join In Reunion Grand Entry
BOB t’OOKK Hfportrr-.Newk Farm Kdilor
STAMFORD. July 1. (HNS) -More thiin 6.U00 fans wnnes.«ed Die opening event of the Texas C<'W-hoy Reunion and Rodeo here tonight.
There were 800 horses and riders in the arena for the grand entry, the spectacle which opens the annua! rodeo.
Following the grand entry, judges of the show were introduced by announcer Rex Felker. manager of the Haskell Chamber of Commerce.
iludges of the rodeo events »re George Humphreys of Guthrie. W. R Willingham of Roian, Emry Birdwcll of Palo Pinto, and Ed Heller of Dundee. Goat Mayo of Klectra. producer of the rodeo, was also introduced
Stays .\board Roby In the first riding event of the; program David Rushing of .Abilene aboard a horse named Roby, turned in a stellar performance. However, the broncs had a better night than the riders in the bare-bai k event as 9 of the 16 would-be nder.s were unsealed.
Bi>bby Wedeking ot Stamford, a student in Hardin-Simmons t'ni-\ersity. turned in the second-best: r de of the evening when he stay- i ed astride Poison Ivy |
Other cowbovx making success-j ful rides tonight were Payton | Whiteaker of Abilene. Hruce Lee of Sweetwater, S*>nny Mayo of Ve-troha. Jimmy Moore of Post and Joe Smith of Lueders In the first go round of the sponsors’ contest, Mrs. France.s Motley representing the 3 H Club of C-ilorado City, had the best time She was c1*h ktxl m 19 2 5 seconds Her neare.st compctilors were | J. nis Hightower, repre.senting Fort Gnffm Fandangle, with a time of 20 2-5 seconds followed by Ann Newsom of Wichita Falls, who turned in a time of 20 3 5 second.«
H 1-S Seronds Only a part of the 12 calf ropers Si heduled to periortn Thursvlay' night had finisluxi the event al a late hour. Among the be.st times f jHtsted wa.s a 14 1 S setond mark • chalked up by .lerry Hixlges. an ' luvva Park eowboy '
In the morning ’ .slack ’ caU rop ' ing event. Jack Newton of Abilene 1 had the best time in the first go-round with 12 seconds flat N A Piteoi'k of .Aspermont wa.« second with 14 seconds flat Freti Dalby, xeteran Aspermont cowboy, finished third with a time of 14 4 seconds
Also in the "slack’’ event of tlie wild cow milking contest Thursday morning. K J. Fit'cman of Clyde was first with a time of 213 seconds. Dalby lini.shiHl second with 23 se»’orHfs and (Xlell lUackwell of i Mc.Adoo was third with 29 second.« ! l.e.ster Furre.«! of .Maryneal wa.s« fourth with a time of 34 seconds. | T he second half of tiie iir.st go-1
round of bronc riding, steer riding. I calf roping and wild cow milking | will be staged Friday night. | Here are Thursday morning’s other calf ropers and their times: Bill Gage. Archer City, 24: Luther Weeks. Nugent. 25 3: Bill Hughes, j Avoca. 35: W. E. Holliman, Archer ; City. 36; Richard Gray. San .Ange- j lo. 97.4, and Howard Hopkins of! Post, Paul Allen of Rochester, W’il- i
lard Bush of Llano. Wayne Williams of Abilene. Durwood Mickler of Ozona, Dan Smith of Rochester, E. J. Freeman of Clyde. Punk Koonce of Stamford. Sidney Johnson of Snyder, Dick Bivins of Gainesville and Floyd White of Rule, all with no time.
Other wild cow milkers and their times were: Lester Forrest, Maryneal, 34; John Lawrence, Al
bany 37; Twain Mickler, Paint Creek. 38 2; Wayne Williams, Abilene. 44; and with no times. Jack Newton of Abilene, N. A. Pitcock of Aspermont. Bill Hughes of Avo-ca, Lawson Smith of Jayton, Carl Smith of Stamford. J. Stoker of > Breckenridge. Howard Hopkins of! Post, Willard Bush of Llano and Durwood Mickler of Ozona.
A. C. HLMPHREY % ... parade chairntan
STAMFORD GIRL WINS AGAIN
Huge Crowd Watches Long Reunion Parade in Heat
STAMFURD. July 1 iRNS' — Thousands of s;»cctaloni stiHxi in a blistering Ihb-dogree sun to witness the grand parade at 5 p m. Thurs day. formally opening the 24th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion and RlxltHl,
The two or-three mile long parade groujHHl at Oliver St. Elementary ScluH)! where A. C Humphrev, parade chairman, sweated ^ minutes geltir.g the decorated floats, ranching entries, individuals, jun ior cowlxiy and cowgirl, and roileo contestant.« slioved into their proiHT places in the line of m.nrch.
Decorated float winners in the parade were Organiinlion floats. The Prep Teen Club, Stamford High School organi/atum, first prize of $50 Commercial float division, We.st Tcxi^s r til Hies Company, first pri/e of $50 ’I’luse were the only floats ciUer-eil in the p.irade
Boy, 6, Hit by Cor; Condition Serious
Maik Ke.'.scl. 6 um ut Mr and Mrs W E. Kfi'cl. HHl Palm St . imtlerweni surgery Thursday night at Hendrick Menional Hospital The child was struck by an automobile about 11 50 a in Thursday at South JOth and Palm hts 1
Hii aUeiiditig physician described his condition being * ser lous ”
Dan Smith of 1733 Burger St , drivtr of the auto which struck tha
' child, reported the accident to police,
Mark was brought to the hospital I by J C Tucker of 15U1 Matador-; SI and the Rev. Buren lligdot!, pastor of tha Belmont Baptist Church
Mark’s father is chief engineer for KBRi “n’.
InveMigating the accident were Offieera Leonard Winter*. John Bostick, and L, B. McMastti Jr.
The 6Mi6 Ranch Chuck Wagon took fir.st prize m the ranching entry division.
Judy .Merrioit. Stamford lass, re-‘ peated as first phu e w inner in the ' individual division .ludy was : mountevi and wore a colorful wes ' tern costume
I First place in junior cowboy and ' cowgirl conuH'tUion went to IXmg-1 las W ayne Rankin of Stamford ; Stvond went to an entry advertis-I ing the Spur JubiUn’. 'Third plaie ' w as aw ardetl lo Wyvonne Conner ♦of Hamlin.
Tlie spirited Hardin Simmons Cowboy Band, ofticial musicians of the nxleo and reunion, led the paraders Back of the hand came the color bt'arers displaying the V S and Texas tl.ig and tho.se ot other uiutt-d nation eountries In addition to the old cowhand rodeo confe.stanla and ixhers. col orful riding groujxs from neighlxu ing counties addixl interest to the siH*clacle .Among the riding groups were Seymour RemiKf.4 Club, Haskell. Fisher, Cottle, Lynn. Dickens and Martin Counties horsemen and w omen
W’ell toward the iwad of the pa rade were oflicialx of the Texas [ CowlHiy Reunion and the Texas i Cow boy Ueuiuon .Assoi intion.
I W G Swens.m, president of 5 the Reunion, and his brother, A M G Swenson, chairman ot the rodeo events, were at the head, followetf by tUto Jones of Colorado City, president of the Reunion As aociatlon, and flanked by Char lea Featheralone W ichita Falls, a past pie.sideiit and a present director of the assiviatioD The parade dis^>ersed at the Rt-unton groundi.
Tax Cut Rejected
WASHINGTON. July 1 fu-The Senate struck down today, by a 50-33 vote, an 11th hour move to give every taxpayer a $20 reduction on his tax bill.
It was the third time in two days that the idea of general tax relief was rejected. The prevailing argument was that the government needs the money.
In another roll call vote. the'Sen-ate took out of the general tax revision bill the most important part ot an administration plan to give special relief to taxpayers who get part of their income from dividends. The vote was a lopsided 71-13.
Fund -Need Cited Here, again, the governinem a need lor revenue was cited. Another argument was summed up by Sen. Dworshak <R-ldaho‘, a candidate for re-election "This is not the time for it. when w c cannot do anything for the w age earner ’’
Those voting on the amendment to whittle down the benefit for dividend income included 30 senators whose terms expire at the end of this year Of these, 27 voted for I tht amendment and 3 against it.
Thi.< amendment was offered by Sen. Edwin C John.son <D-Oi>lo> ¡who, incidentally, is not a candidate for re-election. It would eliminate a section under which taxpayers could deduct 5 per cent of their dividend income Irom their tax bill It would leave in a section by which they could figure the first $50 of dividends as tax-free.
Democrats assailed the prui>o>ed dividend treatment as spec ial treat-' menl for the wealthy. Republicans said it was a protx'r device to en courage Uie flow of money into stocks «0 that the economy would i he strengthened by job-creating in-! dustnal and commercial expansion
By ROBERT H. JOHNSON JR.
EAGLE PASS, Tex., July 1 The south Texas borderland where 55 are known dead and 90 are missing in the greatest Rio Gran<fe flood in history today w as declared a major disaster area.
The count of the dead and missing continued in the crumbled desolation that once was Piedras -Ne-gras, Mexico, a city of 35,000 across the river, while the historic crest of the Rio Grande rolled on 150 miles downstream.
The Mexican army surgeon gen-ral. Lt. Col. Salvador Hernandez A'ela. said the death count at Piedras Negras alone still stood officially at 38, and 90 were known to be missing—and still there was no way of knowing how many bodies floated down the river into the anonymity from which they had come.
May Be 400, .Missing
Mexican army Maj. Hojelio Mon-temayor said there could be as many as 400 missing because so , He was 76. many Mexican farm laborers were at the border waiting to get jobs in Texas.
downtown district there were 12-foot high mounds that once were the mud and straw homes of the Mexican poor.
They had no equipment to dig ; for possible dead—entire families ' sifnply used their bare hands and ; started digging into what once were their homes.
The health problem was tremendous.
Medical suppliés were needed desperately, especially typhoid shots. The Red Cross was prepared
See FLOOD, Pg. 3-A. Col. 3
SEN. HUGH BUTLER
Sen. BuHer Dies Of Sudden Stroke
j W.ASHINGTON, July 1 Lfu-Sen. I Hugh Butler <R-Nebl died at Beth-' esda Naval Hospital here tonight.
Damage ran high into the millions, but no one in authority would offer an estimate. The cost of five bridges wrecked at Laredo. Eagle Pass and Del Rio alone was well above five million dollars.
The crest of the river flood hit its barrier, the huge 46 million dollar Falcon Dam and reservoir, almost 200 miles below Eagle Pass. Behind it the cities—Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, Del Rio and its Mexican neighbor Ciudad Acuna, Laredo and its neighbor Nuevo Laredo-cleaned out the mud and filth and gave typhoid shots. Al! international bridges between the flooded border points were knocked out.
Water Is .Absorbed Half the expected 2G million acre feel of water headed for Falcon -T.ake already was there today, and it absorbed it like a gorging giant. Presidents Ruiz Cortinez of Mexico and Eisenhower of the Unit-eti States dedicated the dam only last October.
President Eisenhower declared the American side of the flood area a disaster zone and eligible for federal aid.
Buildings still stood downtown in three and four feet of water in Piedras Negras. But out from the
i Associates reported that the sen-^ator died at 11:30 p.m., EDT.
I The third-term senior Republican 1 from Nebraska suffered a stroke i during his sleep last night. His I condition was discovered when a i friend want to his room to wake him this moming.
Butler was a widower. He had no children.
The wavy - haired senator
put in a full long day in his office yesterday, seeing visitors and voting on the tax bill on the Senate floor.
He was the third member of the Senate from Nebraska to die in * the last three years. Kenneth W herry’, then the minority leader. : died in November 1951 and Dwight I Griswold passed away last April
Phone Workers Honor Picket Line
TODAY'S PROGRAM FOR REUNION
8 a in — Cowboy roping con tests in arena
10 a in. ~ .Mtvtuig of Toxa.s I'owlKiy Reunion .A.ss<K*iation, Inc . in Bunkhouse.
11 45 a nv—Dinner for inein iH'r.« of Texas Cowboy Reunion .Associatuw at Chuckhiiu.se
11 45 a in—Ranch chuck wagons ot>en to serve ÎîkxI to \i»i lois
9 p m—Memoru! serxice ot Texas CowLhi.v Reunion .\s .siH'ialion, inc . at Bunkhou.se 6 p in - Ranch chuck wagons open to serve RkhI to visitors 8 p in—Grand entry in apina, aiwboy rodeo contest* and girl MHinsori event* follow
10 p m —ilponsors* danct ai the Pavilion
10 p m —Üquar» d a n r e at Hound Up Hall
Spann Fund Over $8,600
Funds continued to come in Thursday, boosting the Jimmy l^pann Appreciation Fund to $8 667 92
The tund will receive a big btxxst Friday night. July 9. when proceeds from a pecial midnight show at the Paramount Theater ,«e turmnl over to the fund. Wally .Akin, theater manager, said Thursday that more than $1.000 in tickets to the movie have been sold Tickets are av ailable from members of the Abilene Police Department and Interstate Theaters.
Mr.« Spann and her two children were interviewed Thursday night in a 15-minute television program over KRBC TV by the Rev Sterling Price, pastor of the I’ni-versity Bapti.st Church. ,
Balance m the fund now stands at $7.122 29. after $1,545 72 w.is used to pay oif all the family debts
Contribution« may b«' soul to the Re|Hvrter News and chtvks should 1h' made payable to the Jimmy Spann .XpprtH'iation tMnd UejHirter News officials are assi.s* mg 111 the fund's admmi.«tration Previous total $8 513 92
Nfw (smtrihution.s Mcllwain Molivrs $50 09
Mr and Mrs Willarvi Fivster 5 Ot'
W B CtH'ke .'90
French M Kobertsun 2'99
Stewarts Nursing Home 1326 Lt26 Palm Si 2 50
Stewart’.« Nursing lK«ne 2102 Swenson Ave 2 50
An<my itious 4 00
Lubbtvk F\vlic#fnen's Auxilliiry 100
G B Tittle 10 00
Johnny Harper S 06
Texas Employment Commission Taiiploy es 40 06
I'dioh workers at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. here were 100 per cent off the job late Thursday afternoon, refusing to cross ' picket lines set up by the striking ^estern Electric installers.
Western Electric workers put up picket lines at 10:45 am. Thursday and Bell Telephone workers refused to cross the lines when they returned to work after the lunch hour.
No settlement of the strike is in sight.
Long distance service In and out of Abilene is the most affected portion of telephone service.
"Our long distance operators I have been reduced to the barest minimum due to the strikers, but wc are striving to place every’ call I as quickly as possible." George Brow n. manager of the Abilene office, said.
"It isn't our fight, but we plan to honor the Western Electric picket lines as long as they are up" Mrs Bessie Shelton, local union head, said
Bell workers, operators and personnel are not striking but are refusing to cross the sister union’s lines. Brown said.
BoUi Western Ekx'tric azid Bell are sulviidiaries of the .American Telephone and Telegraph Co.
The only towns affecleil by the strike are the ones where Western Electric workers were installing t'quipm»’nt at the time the strike was called
•TxibbtKk and Midland are perhaps the closest town* to Abilene affected by the .«trike," Mr* Shel ton said
"Our office is not closed." Brown said. ".And we are carrying
on with regular operations, although the long diatance has been slowed somewhat.’
"If there is no immediate answer when you dial for the operator when placing a call, just let the phone buzz for a few minutes and your call will be taken as soon as possible," Brown explained.
Western Electric employes have been working since May 2 without a contract and are staging the nationwide strike now due to the failure of union and company negotiations.
Seniority, vacation and holiday-pay and a basic wage hike are among the grievances listed by-union officials against the company.
'The nation-wide strike, which affects about 16,000 workers in 44 states, was called last Friday at the Communications Workers of .America convention in Cleveland. The CWA had sought 6 lo 8 cents more per hour The company of fered 4 to 6, ’Then the talks collapsed.
Seven Western Electric equipment installers are affected here, according to R. 0. Taylor, job steward for the installers.
Compromise Plan Passes First lest
WASHINGTON, July 1 i/fv-Th« House refused to accept the administration’s flexible system of farm price supports today but voted 179-164 for a compromise plan which would support basic commodities at from 82V8 to 90 per cent parity.
Both actions in the big farm fight were tentative and subject to reconsideration when the House takes final action on its general agriculture bill tomorrow.
President Eisenhower's program for supporting the main crops on a sliding scale ranging from 75 to 90 per cent of parity was shouted down on a voice vote.
Vote or Veto I But GOP leaders succeeded in : putting across their last-minute ■ compromise after intimating it was (an alternative to a presidential veto of farm legislation this year.
Rep. Halleck of Indiana, the Republican House leader, appealed to members to go along with the the first step to get away from I high, rigid price supports put on in I wartime."
I Many farm state legislators want another year of 90 per cent supports for the nation’s six basic j crop«.
j Along Party Line*
1 The standing vote on the compromise. which was not recorded,
• went suprisingly along party lines, w'ith only about 20 Republicans
i opposing it and about the same 1 number of Democrats favoring it. , Rep. Harrison ' R-Nebi was the sponsor of the amendment.
Chairman Hope iR-Kan» of the Hou.se .Agriculture Committee, who spearheaded the fight for a continuation of 90 per cent supports, said he was surprised by the outcome. ' I thought we were making
• some headway." he commented.
Expects Reversal Hope told reporters he thought there was "a good chance" of reversing the decision on the compromise w hen the House begins a ’ series of rollcall votes tomorrow. He said he expected to pick up some support from the 92 members who were not voting today. Rep. Wickersham (D-Qkla' predicted flatly that today’s vote "will be reversed.”
But Speaker Martin of Massachusetts said the result would remain as it is.
1 Democratic House Leader Ray-bum of Texas attacked the compromise bitterly ir the debate, saying he could see nO difference
See FAR.M, Pg. S-A, Col. I
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Anti-Reds Make Peace
SAN SAl.\ AlH'K Kl Salvador July 1 A—Thcre were imlications umiKht that I’ S Ambassador John F Feurifuy had patcheil up the differences between the two rival anti Commuiv.st regimes of Guate mala
The amba.v'ador flew here from Guatemala today m the role ot jveacema'ser between Col i astillo Armas, leader of the short anti I Communist inva.sum. and v ol. El-tego Monion, head of the new military junta who are trying to agrer on a new iovernnient--lhe fourth I in a week
! .After ceoferriiig setuirately with : the two coliMrels, Feurifoy announced they would ussue a joint statement shortly [ U waa aiuiounced that h« would
talk with them together, with ; Fapal .Nuncio Geiuiaro \ erolino participating in the meeting They were wwking under a eea.se fire deadline which they had agreed should be extended to 9 am tomorrow They resumed their talks today after a futile all-night ses.>iou ‘ w hich br»4e up at 3 55 a m Short-. ly before Feurifoy arrived and went to Presidential House, they , recesstxl their talks at noon in i order to rost.
Authoritative sources said It waa : virtually agreed that Castillo Ar-. mas would head the new regime ! being considered here, but a major diffeience had ari-sen over control of the armed forces.
In a radio speech tarder today
i Castillo .Armas said he had high I hopes of reaching a settlement within 24 hours.
limnediaiely after arriving here Feurifoy went into tonferetice with Michael McDt'rmutt, I S ambaaaa-dor to El Salvador, and President Oscar Osorio of El Salvador.
I Feurifoy then started a confer-j eiice w ith CasliUo Armas, j Feurifoy had been invited to join I the talks here at the outset, but cho«e to remain in the background to counter possible charges (rf U.S. intervention in Central Aniw^ican affair«. Salvadorem Pn»sid«it Oscar Oeorio has been acting m me diator.
"We will get this straightened •ue WAR. Pg. f-A. Cel. «