Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 24
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 10,1954 —SIXTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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■ Danube River Floods Thousands of Homes
Austria, Germany Count 13 Deaths
MISSING GIRL FOlTND—Peggy Ann Hewston, now Mrs. Thomas E. Cory, whose disappearance from her Pittsburgh, Penn., home sparked a nationwide search in 1952, turned up unharmed in Albuquerque July 8. 1954. Now 17, Peggy Ann is shown with her airman husband and her baby of six weeks. (See story, page 5*A, col. 3-4.)_
4 Big Spring Atomic Strike End
Airmen Killed Appears in Sight
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Gov. Shivers Asks Labor Vote; Yarborough Queries Land Deal
BIG SPRING. Tex , July 9 The total of dead from an aerial collision last night rose to four today.
Two more bodies were found in rough ranch country near here. Two bodies had been found with the wreckage of a plane soon after the crash. Both planes were T-28 trainers from Webb Air Force Base near Big Spring. Both ships carried an instructor and a student pilot
Webb AFB identified two of the men as Aviation Cadet John Street. 22. of Liverpool. W. Va , and Lt. John Cavanagh. 25, of Phoenix, Ariz. Cavanagh was the instructor.
The other two victims were later identified as 1st Lt, John J. Sorem. 24, of Big Spring, and Capt. Albert S. Edmondson III, 21. of Atlanta. Ga.
WASHINGTON, July 9 Secretary of Labor Mitchell and CIO leaders agreed late today on back-to-work recommendations to be submitted to striking atomic workers at Oak Ridge. Tenn., and Paducah, Ky., tonight.
Details of the recommendations were not disclosed. Elwood Swisher. president of the striking CIO Gas. Coke and Chemical Workers I nion, planned to meal them to a mass meeting of strikers at Oak Ridge at 9:30 pm, EDT.
Joseph R. Joy. union vice president. similarly arranged to lay the recommendations before a mass meeting of Paducah strikers at 11 p.m.
The proposals were workad out at a three-hour conference at a
attended by Mitchell. CIO President Walter Reuther. Swisher, Joy and other CIO officials.
“We think our discussions have been fruitful,’’ Mitchell told newsmen.
Mitchell said Swisher and Joy, who left immediately for the two strike-bound plants in special airplanes. were ‘ carrying with them proposals in the hope of inducing their men to return to work tonight.”
Swisher said that if the workers accepted the proposals the strike would be ended.
Meanwhile, a presidential inquiry board was putting finishing touches on a report on the three-
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gov. Allan Shivers appealed Friday night for the vote of the Texas labor man.
His administration, he said in an address for statewide broadcast from Beaumont, has been fair to both labor and management.
He told the people of the highly-industrialized coast that they will not find “in the record of Allan Shivers any vote or act. official or personal, that has harmed the working man or woman of Texas.”
The most active opponent to Shivers’ reelection campaign, Austin attorney Ralph Yarborough, campaigned in Hale. Floyd and Lamb counties in West Texas Friday afternoon after a morning appearance at Borger.
Yarborough told his Plainview audience that Texans are entitled
to answers to several questions regarding the $425,000 profit which the governor says he made in a lower Rio Grande Valley land deal in 1946. Shivers was elected lieutenant governor in 1946 and took office in 1947.
“Why would anyone give the lieutenant governor $450,000 icq) paid in installments while Shivers was presiding as lieutenant governor over the Senate of the state of Texas?” asked Yarborough.
“It now develops that this $450,» 000 was a gift rather than a payment,” said Yarborough. Does Shivers still contend that this $450,-000 was honest profit on a business transaction?”
Yarborough’s reference to the money being a gift was not explained. The governor has said he
VIENNA, Austria, July 9 OB— The rampaging Danube flooded thousands of homes today in 100 or more villages in Austria and southern Germany.
Thirteen persons were dead in the floods. Many others were perilously marooned.
More than 20,000 were rescued from rooftops and other perches by local and American armed forces disaster teams.
Hundreds of square miles of ripening wheat were destroyed, roads and bridges were wrecked and damage obviously would be
Hard Storm Hits Texarkana; House Floats off Foundation
Another Tidelands Lawsuit Looms, Shepperd Declares
Al fvTIN, July 9 ur—Atty. John Ben Shepperd said today he hopes Texas can settle its newest tidelands dispute with the federal government but that another lawsuit is “almost a certainty.**
Shepperd said that the Department of Justice has refused to recognize that tire Tidelands Act restored to Texas and other gulf states any gulf land 3 mile limit.
He said one assistant has been working in Washington and Austin full time during the last four months trying to work out a settle ment on the administrative level before Texas moves into court again.
Talk» to Bar
In a speech before the State Bar Assn. convention at San Antonio last week. Shepperd had said the federal governments refusal to concede that Texas holds undisputed title to all offshore lands within the 10 35 mile limit “is sur* priFing in view of the 1952 election commitments ”
“It would seem there can be no real question of congressional ,n tent aim e the Tidelands Act itself states in several places that the lands within the ’historic' bound aries of the the states are quitclaimed,” Shepperd said “The act also stales that offshore lands with m the 3-mile limit on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts are quit-claimed,” Shepperd said “The act also states that offshore lands within the three mile limit on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts aie quit claimed to bordering states while within the*Texas’ claims
SURPRISED WITH PARTY
i downtown hotel here this afternoon j day’ w alk-out of 4,500 production
workers employed by a contractor for the Atomic Energy Commission. They produce all the nation s supply of uranium 235 used in making both atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Delivery of the inquiry’ board s report to the White House was being delayed to give Mitchell time to end the walkout without President Eisenhower having to order the Justice Department to seek a Taft-Hartley law injunction to stop
gulf the boundaries are specifically named as 10 35 miles Suit Needed “The question should be settled by an administrative determination. lt could be settled by legis- »^ strike, lativo action, but it will probably have to be determined by judicial interpretation.
“We will almost certainly have |
I nder the law. Eisenhower cannot move for an injunction until he gets the board report.
outside the to go into court and establish our j glairn to the throe league <10 35 miles» limit. It will not be easy to get into court, and our claim will be opposed by the Justice Department.”
The attorney general’s department said today that uncertainty growing out of the federal government’s present position may affect leasing of tracts outside the three mite zone.
Shepperd saul that the tidelands fight is going to be a continuous process.
* There seems to be a feeling, even among lawyers, that we have heard the last of the tidelands fight.'' Shepperd said. “That is not true at all The attorney general said a i group of senators in Washington have “vowed to use every shenani-' gan in the book to again seize our tidelands ”
He said the group had instigated some of the suits that followed the Supreme Court ruling favorable to Texas and the subsequent legisla ! tion ceding the tidelands. He saul j the senatorial group has already proposed a bill to “undo the sub* j merged lands act' that upheld
22 Years on Beat Makes Lots of Friends for Cop
PHILADELPHIA, July 9 •.*-Chuck Conner has been a i *p for 26 years, 22 of them on the same beat.
No sensational thrill! on this beat No chasing after robbers, no homicide» to help »ol\e, no heroics at all. Just an easy-going job where grins mean more than guns Except by chance. Chuck Con nor, who retires tomorrow. pn»b ably never got his picture in the papers before All the same, that friendly, open Irish mug is known to thousands of people in Philadelphia, and they wouldn't swap it tor any glamor-puss Few crime club msjHvtors have such devoted fans as does this unassuming policeman assigned to keep order in famous Kitten-house Square.
A flock of admit e»* gave him the surprise of his hie last night.
It was clear that if the workers turned down the proposals the government would act swiftly to get out the injunction, most likely tomorrow.
Ask Wage Hike
The dispute involves CIO and AFL union demands for a minimum 15 cent hourly wage increase. Workers’ scales now range from $1 58 to $2 40 an hour.
The President's atomic labor panel several weeks ago recommended a six-cent hourly raise for the worker*. The contractor. Carbide A Carbon Ohemkais Co., accepted but the unions turned it down. CIO union member* then went on strike Wednesday at the two plants, hut the AFL, workers remained on the .job at two other Oak Ridge plants.
Sabine River Bill Asked by Senators
WASHINGTON, July 9 r-Both Texas senators today pushed a bill designed to promote development of the Sabine Ri\ er basin along the Texas Louisiana line.
Johnson and Daniel urged pass age of the hill by the Senate Interior Committee.
The measure would allow an inter »tale compact for development of water programs along the river and it* tributaries.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A violent wind and rainstorm buffeted Texarkana in extreme Northeast Texas Friday night.
From 5 55 to 8:42 p.m most of the city was without electric power or telephone communication.
Flash floods caused some damage. One house was floated off its foundation and left astraddle railroad tracks some distance away.
Trees and power lines were blown down and some store windows were blown m.
Rattling hail fell during the storm, which lasted only a half hour.
There were no immediate reports of death of injuries. But the lack of telephone communications made it difficult for the Texarkana Gazette to make a thorough investigation until late in the evening.
Power was restored to the Arkansas side of the city first. Texarkana is bisected by the Texas-Arkansas state line.
Elsewhere, the weather had settled down into a summertime rut of blazing temperatures and widely scattered reports of largely inactive thunderheads.
Texarkana was the only area in the state reporting rain, but many stations from El Haso to the Louisiana border reported distant clouds
that raised humidity and electrical displays.
The hottest spot in the state was Seymour, where it was 105. The North - Central Texas town holds the official record of 120 degrees recorded in August. 1936.
paid $25,000 for an option on the property and sold the option for $450.000, thus making $425,000 profit.
Later at Breckenridge, Yarborough said an Amarillo woman had told him she lost $2,300 and knew of 20 other people who lost money in the land transaction.
According to his deposition. Shivers sold his option to a real estate firm, not to individuals. The real estate firm later was accused of misrepresenting the land as irrigated and citrus-growing, in re-selling it to individuals. Shivers himself was not a party to the land fraud case.
Shivers’ Beaumont speech was devoted in large part to labor.
“It is just good common sense to recognize that labor, manage-1 ment and government must work j together for the general prosperity i and welfare.” the governor declared. “No one of the three ought ( CLYDE, July 9. <RNS>—A. L. to dominate. And no one of the Parisher received information Fri* three ought to combine against the day that his son. M-Sgt. Arch L. third, and try to hamper it and I Parisher, 38, was killed instantly destroy it. or twist it for their own selfish purposes.”
Shivers said he had refused “to do the bidding of the labor bosses” and thereby incurred their vicious attacks.
“But they have not changed my opinion or my attitude toward the rank - and • file working people of
Wreck Kills Ex-Clyde Gl
Texas—whether they be members of the CIO. the AF of L, the inde-
Marfa had the day sjow reading j pendent unions or no union at all.
Shivers said. “By and large, the working people of Texas are good,
See POLITICS, Pg. S-A. Col. 2
with an 86. Dallas. Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Childress and Mineral Wells had 102, and Presidio and Waco had 101.
counted in many millions of dollars.
Between Regensburg, in Germany, and this Austrian capital,
| the Danube was still rising, threat-known ening ever greater damage.
In the Austrian Alps, snow stood six feet deep on some peaks, and avalanches not only threatened ' mountain villages but made likely even higher flood danger.
! Thousands of police, firemen. Red Cross workers and volunteers battled during the day to rescue ; families from homes threatened by rising waters. But scores were marooned on the roofs of their homes and U.S. Army and Air Force helicopters lifted many to safety.
American troops in Germany and Austria were helping local rescue workers and the Army made available trucks for evacuation and field kitchens for the homeless.
The flood was the worst in more than 50 years. It struck some of the richest agricultural territory of the two countries after almost 60 continuous hours of ram. At some points the Danube was 30 feet above normal. Several tributaries their high water crests day and began to
in a car-truck collision in Fairfield. Calif., Wednesday.
Sgt. Parisher was enroute home when his car and an oil truck reached collided. He reportedly was thrown during the out of the car and run over by ’ subside, the truck. | The floods struck on both sides
He was stationed at Travis AFB. of the East European Iron Curtain. He lived in Fairfield with his wife • Reports quoted from the Czech
and three children. Bobby, 18; Dar- newspaper Praca today said floods
rei Wayne, 6, and Barbara Sue.
Sgt. Parisher joined the Air Force in 1939. Born near Sterling
Heat to Continue Over Weekend
Be sure your air conditioners are working. It's going to be hot another couple of days.
The forecasters at the municipal airport Weather Bureau said Friday night there are no significant fronts in sight anywhere. That means the burning air mass over Texas will stay put at least over the weekend.
Yarborough Says Shivers' Machine Splitting at Seams
BRECKENRIDGE. July 9 <RNS> —Ralph Yarborough told a small crowd here Friday that “Governor Shivers’ machine is coming apart at the seams.”
He called Shivers a “hyphenated
City, he attended Clyde schools and finished high school at Cherokee.
A twin brother. Arthur, was killed in action during World War II.
Sgt. Parisher returned home from Japan two years ago to San Antonio. Later he was sent to Travis AFB. '
Other survivors are two sisters. Mrs. Florence McDonald. Mary-neal. and Mrs. Etta Lee Robbins of Austin; four brothers, Emmett of Flagstaff. Ariz., Tom of Ozona. Lee of Houston and Damon, address unknown.
The body is being brought to
in Czechoslovakia are causing “huge damage.” Prague radio said rain was falling heavily all over the country tonight.
On the Austrian-German side, U S. Army engineers rushed tonight to strengthen two weakened dams of a river power project there. Several bridges in the area have been washed away.
Helicopters from Germany and Austria were scheduled to fly over Braunau tomorrow to rescue marooned famiiies.
In the Austrian Tyrol, meanwhile, several snow- avalanches
See FLOOD. Pg. 5-A. CoI. I
Ike's Grandchildren Staying With Him
WASHINGTON B — President Eisenhower's grandchildren are staving at the White House with the President and Mrs. Eisenhowe-er.
The children. David, 6, Barbara Ann, 5, and Susan. 2, arrived Tuesday. Their parents. Maj. and Mrs. John Eisenhower, are expected from Ft. Benning, Ga , shortly.
governor.” saving that Shivers is ! §an Antonio for services and burial
Movie Raises Over $1,000 For Spanns
Before a benefit movie tor the Jimmy Spann Apreciation Fund even began Friday night. $1.000.10 was deposited in the bank
That amount came irons pre-ticket sales. Interstate manager Vi ally Akin couldn’t estimate how many per»ons would buy tickets at the door.
The movie, “The Big Chase.” began at the Paramount Theatre at U 30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the fund In the case of an overflow crowd, the Queen Theatre was to present a simultaneous showing.
Tickets sold for 75 cents apiece.
An anonVmous donation of $10 upped the fund to $9.074.42 Friday. $188.795 electrical ««tract. i
*1 545,72 ^estinghouse Electric Corp will!
paid for bills of the bpann family, ¡nstajj elevators for $105.259
the only one of 48 governors listed as a “Democrat-Republican.”
Yarborough spoke on the courthouse lawn. After his 25-minute speech, he flew by plane to Pans. Tex. Breckenridge was one of several points he visited Friday.
As in former talks, Yarborough whacked Shivers for his $450.000 land deal in the Rio Grande Valley.
Yarborough promised that “I will be a working governor—I am not a ’silver spoon’ candidate."
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Rose to Construct Bank Skyscraper
Rose Construction Co. of Abilene will erect the new eight-story Citizens National Bank building.
The firms bid of $1.315.416 was iust $4.000 under the next low bidder. a Dallas firm. Mai com Meek, bank president, announced Friday.
\V. K. Jennings Co. of Austin ami Abilene, was awarded a
reducing the total for use 528.70
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Excited ami a bit self-conscious, they picked a deputation to do the honors. Somebody was thrust for-! ward to do the talking ami while Connor w u trying to figure out the big idea of interrupting his pa* | ! trolling this way. the words spilled out;
“Clunk, you’re 60 year* old today and now you're retiring VWH, w<■ want you to know that you've j got a lot of friends around here ! i Whereupon tuc speaker handed i oxer a $250 government bond. I
A little girl named Patti Lee Jenkins sidled up and gave Connoi a bouquet of carnation* and blue daisies
Everybody sang "Happy Birthday.”
Nobody quite i aught what Connor said Maybe what happened had so got under his »km that he couldn’t say much.
IN THE REPORTER-NEWS
All. recreation It's wonderful!
Or is it?
Reporter-News Staff Writer Earle Walker will tell Sunday readers just what Abilene has to offer in parks and playgrounds for recreation and what is needed and how a bond election July 17 w ill help meet these needs.
And speaking of elections, the Democratic Primary also is coining it will he July 24. State Editor Kath-aryn Duff will tell hoxv the grass-roots battle for governor between the forces of Allan Shivers and Ralph Yarborough is shaping up in Taylor County.
You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents apiece.
and a Dallas firm, Farwell & Co,
won the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilating contract for $388.800.
Total cost of the builduig including land which cost $360,000 j ami architects fee», etc , will be $2 483.270 Estimated cost w as $2 5 j million.
“We xxere well plea»od with the bids,” Meek »aid “All of them were close, including a few with a very »mall difference "
Contractor Oscar Rose »aid work will start July 19 We plan to use Abilene worke* * * herever possible.” he added.
The structure, at North Fourth and Cypress Sts ts to be comprised of a basement and 8 stories, plus a twxv-»tory penthouse and cooling tower. It will be air conditioned throughout.
Cther bidders on the general contract include Inwood Construction Co., Dallas, $1,319,568; James Stewart Co, Dallas, $1.341,800.
OSCAR ROSE . . . $1.315.41« Contract
and Robert E McKee Co . El Paso. $1.356.060,
Other plumbing bidders were William Kaun i Sons. Dallas, $389.629, Sampson & Co., Lubbock, $383.779, C Wallace Plumbing Co., Dallas. $396.000.
The remaining electrical bidder» were McClure Electric Co., Dallas, $196.975. and Galbraith Electric Co., Abikne. $198.479 Biggest Job Rose, an Amlene resident since 1834. said this is the largest single contract his company has handled.
He just completed the First Baptist Church for $850,600.
Rose Construction Co. was organised in 1939 Its first job was the Abilene Country Club and big projects at Camp Barkeiey soon followed.
Rose received a special commendation from the government for budding a temporary camp to house 15.000 men to just 39 days.
Recent projects here include Thornton's Department Store. *
North Junior High, Bowie grade , school and six buildings at Hardin- j Simmons University. j
Rose is a past official of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Abi-! lene Chamber of Commerce and is j now on the Park and Public Recreation Board.
Open in Year Tne building is expected to open ui about a year. Main banking rooms will occupy the basement.!***1 ig* first floor and second floor 164 teet along Cypress St and on North Fourth St completely to the alley Tf*e remainder of the Cypress St trout age will be occupied by retail shop« and a parking garage Cars wiU be parked on the second floor and roof The top six floors of the main building will be devoted to offices The entire building will contain 173.260 square feet of floor space.
Snyder Negro Charged With Stomping Wife
SNYDER. J sly 9 * HNS) —
Charges were filed here Thursday against George Chongo! Morris Jr., 36. Snyder Negro, the com* mon-law husband of the late Mabla Powell. 36.
Morris w as charged w ith “voluntarily killing Mable Powell by kicking and stomping her to death utth his shoes on his feet and by beating her with a rubber hose.”
The woman died Sunday evening to Scurry County jail shortly after she and Moms had been arrested. Her funeral was held here Friday afternoon.
Morris was being held in county jail Friday to lieu of release on a $1,500 bond. Justice of the Peace W. C. Davidson set the bond.
A grand jury will review the charge Monday.
An autopsy report front Austin ’received here Wednesday attributed the death to acute alcoholism, digesting an undetermined amount j of barbiturate capsules, shock, j multiple hemorrhages over the body, and anemia.
District Attorney Renal Rosson, who with the sheriff Homer Whis-nand lodged the charges, will present the case to the grand jury Monday.
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