Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIIl, No. 268'AuocUued Prcu (AP] ARTI.F.NF TKXAS.'THURSDAY MORNING. MARCH 11, 1954-TWENTY-TWO PAGES IN jnTO^SECTlONS
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Builders Endorse AF Base Housing Project
OOMPA» OOMPA! MAN WITH A HORN—Pat Lawson, Jr., 324 Willow St., is a real'gone
guy’ with his Sousaphone, as two young ladies look mafor-
Thomnson center 537 S. Third St., drum major, and Ruby Lockridge, 510 Guy St., major ette All three are students in Woodson High School Band, which put on concert Wedne -day’night in the new high school auditorium. (Staff Photo by David Barrosj_
Ike Says Flanders Performed Service Assailing McCarthy
WASHINGTON, March 10 President Eisenhower said tf^ay that by pointing up the gjeat Znge/' of “personal aggrand^e-ment” and a split m the GOP, Sen. Flanders (RAt) formed a service in a •aiMng Sen. McCarthy <R*W‘s).
Furthermore, Eisenhower told a news conference, CBS and have met their responsibility foi impartiality in «‘ving the Repub-, lican party, instead of '
air time to answer attacks by Ad-lai E. Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic presidential nominee. The Republicans have picked v ice President Nixon for the reply.
It Was ‘Nonsense’
It was “nonsense.” the President said, when Stevenson asserted in
questions, to the point that we are endanering the program of action, that all the leadership is agreed upon, and we are trying to put across, then he is doing a service when he calls the great dange# to that kind of thing that is hap-
pening. ^ ,
“Now, I am not going to be in a
position of endorsing everj' word he said or how he said it. I don’t know ...
“But I do say that calling attention to the grave error in splitting apart when,you are in positions of responsibility and going in three or four different directions at once is just serious. That is all ”
AIMED AT MCCARTHY
New Seven Point Probe Code Suggesied by Senate Group
WASHINGTON. March 10 OP—
speech at Miami Beach.^J'*.-» ' Senate Republican policy com-
The code, except for recommending that a witness may be
Saturday night that the GOP is j today suggested a seven-, accompanied and advised by coun
“half McCarthy and half Eisen-, ,qj. eonducting commit-nothing about protecting
hower.” I tee investigations, but included no
McCarthy said tonight he sUll | provision for enforcing it. will insist on free time from CBS | seven points provided
and NBC to reply to Stevenson. committee or subcomniit-
He told reporters he has a riga ^ action in initiating or carrying
to such time, but if Eisenhower, investigations, and seemed to
“has a different position, he has a aimed at elimination of one-
right to have it.” n^an operations of the type fre-1 Ralph W.
The senator announced he conducted by Sen. McCar-^ , c nf thp Armv
be on the Mutual network tomor-; (R-WisK Among them was ^wicker. Secretary of the Army row night with “partial” answers requirement that at Stevens had accused McCarthy of
to both Stevenson and Flanders, one majority member
That will get him on the air ahead one „.inority member be \ng a^ut the^ Army^^^^
of Nixon, who has been allottea a j every hearing.
Announced After Spirited Meeting
By DON NORRIS
Abilene building and Chamber of Commerce representatives Wednesday afternoon endorsed Air Force plans for a 500-unit federal housing project at Abilene Air Force Base whereby the project would be built by a local corporation formed by contributors to the C-C air base fund.
The abrupt change of attitude toward the federally sponsored housing project for the base was reached at a spirited meeting Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce office between Col. D. J. Ervin, representing the Strategic Air Command, and Col. Jack 0. Brown, liaison officer for the Eighth Air Force, and representatives of local construction men and the chamber, both of whom had oonosed the development.
The Abilene C-C and local
Benson Ready For Showdown On Supporis
WASHINGTON. March 10 Secretary of Agriculture Benson said today “it might be just^ as well to have a showdown now in the controversy over continuing rigid high-level farm price supports.
Henson’s statement was made to newsmen at the conclusion of an ali-day defense of the Ellsenhower administration’s new farm p^ gram of graduated price supports before the House Agriculture Committee.
Earlier, he told the committee he "probably” would advise President Eisenhower to veto any bill passed by Congress which w'oidd extend mandatory high supports past this year.
His “showdown” assertion was made in response to reports the Senate might try to attach mandatory high price support requirements to an administration-approved bill providing subsidy supports for wool.
“It might be just as well to have a showdown now,” he said, but added he would have “no objections” if the wool bill were with-
a witness from what President | drawn pending final action on the Eisenhower celled “disregard
the standards of fair play.”
The President used that phrase last week in a formal news conference statement which specifi-
Saturday night spot, the same one Stevenson had.
Flanders took the Senate fl^r yesterday - one of the first Republican senators to come right cut and assail McCarthy by name _to say that “by intention or through Ignorance” the "’‘sconsm senator was “doing his best to shatter” the GOP.
While saying there was much to praise as well as deplore in “McCarthyism,” Flanders said McCarthy’s Red hunts were sidetracking the nation from serious problems to a dangerous dfSree The dangerous attack, he said, is from without, not from within.
McCarthy, Flanders Have Laugh
McCarthy saw Flanders in tne Senate this afternoon and joking y put both hands around his neck. Flanders jumped In his seat, tnen both senators laughed.
Eisenhower said he wasn t endorsing every word Flanders said, as he had heard only a bit of the aoeech reported on television.
Yet his salute to Flanders, his round about attribution of person-al aggrandizement to McCarthy, plus his approval of the way piS and NBC propose to leave Mctar-
; discharge at, in McCarthy’s words, ' “a Fifth Amendment Communist
Sen. Ferguson I „7 CamD Kilmer. N. J.
committee chairman, sidestepped: at camp Kiimer i .
questions on whether the sugges-1 Eisenhower said tions were aimed at McCarthy, gress must see it that its chairman of the Senate Investiga- procedures a^e proj^r and fair lio ns subcommittee. He also! and that Sen. Knowland (R-Callf) declined to say whether any pres
ignores the suggestions. fair procedures. land demand.
Sen. Elleiider (D-La) yestenlay introduced in the Senate a bill extending pre.sciit rigid pri^ supports on basic crops at 90 per cent of parity for another two vears. He was joined by Sen. Young (R-ND). among others. Parity is a price standard fixed by law as fair to farmers in relation to the cost of basic things they buy.
Benson was the lead-off witness before the House committee as it began hearings on the administration’s proposed farm program of flexible price supports.
He assured the committee there would be a "gradual and cautious”
had informed him “effective steps transition from the present high-being taken by the Republl-1 level support program to one 01
AFTER 20 YEARS
House Okays First Excise Tax Trims
WASHINGTON. March 10 Iff» — The House brushed aside Eisenhower administration opposition today and overwhelmingly passed the first general excise tax cut in more than 20 years
thy out of the rebuttal to Steven-j Senate by
son. added up to perhaps the heav- ^ 3 v^-ould trim
lest’ slap the President has taken at the controversial senator from Wisconsin.
The extent of the swing became ^ven more apparent when the White House released large sections of the stenographic transcript of the news conference for direct quotation — including almost every sentence having a bearing on
McCarthy. , , . ^ u«
Elsenhower was laughing, and tie drew a big laugh in return, when he told reporters he was perfectly certain he wouldn’t get through the morning without a question as to his reaction to Flanders talk. He said he had thought about it on the way to the conference room.
“Now, certainly,” he said, “I ean agree with this part. The Republican party is now the party of responsibility, so charged by the people of the United States in the elective process. And when Sen. Flanders points up the danger of ui engaging In internecine warfare, and magnifying certain items of procedure and right and personal Fggramflzement, and all such
912 million dollars a year from excise taxes on dozens of items like admission tickets, jewelry, furs and telephone bills.
The cuts would take effect April 1 three weeks from tomorrow*.
Defeated, by a 213-200 vote, was a Democratic move to free from all taxes any movie, sports or similar entertainment ticket costing 50 cents or less.
The bill would drop the excise tax on all admissions from 20 to 10 per cent.
It would postpone — for one year only — about $1,070,000,000 in reductions scheduled under present law for April 1 on liquor, cigarettes, automobiles, gas, trucks, bus^s, beer and wine.
ference today he will make dio and television address week outlining his tax philosophy. His press secretary. James C. Hagerty, said all major networks
000,00 of these benefits with the remainder going to corporations.
In the 411-3 passage of the excise tax cut bill, the three dissenters were all Democrats—Reps.
had been asked for 15 minutes of j Texas, Paul C. Jones of
lime next Monday night. No specific time was set.
This was interpreted as a move to bolster the administration’s fight against a Democratic move to increase individual income tax exemptions by $100 for each taxpayer and each dependent.
That would save taxpayers about $2.400.000,000 a >ear. and
Missouri and Marshall of Minnesota.
The bill would cut to 1 per cent all excise rates now above that figure, except for liquor and tobacco. It would slash these present rates to 10 per cent, with the following revenue reductions;
25 per cent on long distance tel
drive —- „ . ,
more in the red. It would relieve millions of taxpayers with low incomes or large families from any income tax bill at all.
The issue threatens to bring one of the biggest and closest congressional battles of this congressional election vear. The showdown ki _
the House is scheduled Wednesday and Thursday, when
15 per cent on telegrams-235 million dollars.
20 per cent on admission tickets to movies, sports events and other entertainment—194 million.
20 per cent retail taxes on jewelry, furs, cosmetics, luggage, women's handbags and wallets—215
Democrats are expected to try Pr7sident Eise'nhower urged can- writing the exemption increase celiug these scheduled reductions.! into an 875-page general tax over-
administration has announced
20 per cent tax at the manu-
w'lll fight when the bill reaches the Senate to .soften the revenue blow. Eisenhower told Wa news con-
facturers’ level on cameras, film, lenses, and light bulbs-35 million.
15 per cent manufacturers’ tax on sporting goods, mechanical pencils, lighters—seven mU-
individuals would receivt 14,700,- 220 million.
builders had opposed Wherry homes—or at least anything more than a minimum necessary for security purposes at the air base.
A story In Wednesday evening’s Reporter-News concerning the disagreement over the housing project was criticized by the builders at the meeting as creating 111 will toward the buUders of Abilene.
LeMay Confers Here Gen. Curtis F. l^May. commanding general of SAC. had talked during his appearance here Tuesday for tlie annual chamber banquet, with chamber and building leaders concerning the project.
Gen. I^May told the builders, and said during his speech Tuesday night, that there must be certain personnel residing on the base for security reasons.
The SAC commander also said at the banquet Tuesday night that Abilene had met all its air base requirement;, but housing.
First figure quoted Wednesday on the need for on-the-base housing here was 741 units with the 500 figure being agreed on after the builders had asserted the desire and willingness to provide all other required housing for air base personnel. It was estimated by Col. Brown at the meeting that an additional 1,500 to 1,600 rental units will be required to house the personnel.
Want to Be Informed Foundation was also laid at the meeting by the builders for the Air Force, through the Strategic Air Command, to keep them informed of forthcoming needs for housing whereby they could meet the demand as it arbses.
Developer Raymond Thomason Jr. asserted during the meeting that Abilene builders w'ere capable and willing to provide all housing needs of the air base.
Before the agreement was reached, C. E. Bentley Jr., acting as spokesman for the builders, had cited to the Air Force representatives letters he had received from towns including Mineral Wells, Lubbock, Fort Sill, Okla., Lawton, Okla., and Wichita FaUs, telling of the adverse effect Wherry housing had caused on building and real estate conditions in those areas. Pcopi* Will Build Bentley .said the “people here have Indicated they are willing to build” adequate housing for the base. “We want to preserve the economy we have worked so hard to buUd.”
Col. Ervin told the group that “we can’t wait for housing, if the housing isn’t here we wUl not man the base.”
He called for good, adequate housing here with a fair rental
** He contended that, in addition to the Wherry housing, there would "still be requirements for off-base housing that wUl probably stretch your ability to provide.” Permanent Housing Needed Turning to permanency of the installations controlled by SAC. Col. Ervin said the ones without adequate housing would be the “first air bases to go.”
“We’re still in the bombing business” and all our efforts rected toward that end, he said.
Thomason had questioned Ervin about his first figure of 741 units as to whether they were the minimum number for security reasons or whether it was because tnere was a feeUng that private concerns could not provide neces.sar>' housing.
Thomason also led the discussion on the Air Force “laying out its needs and put them In local hands where we can fulfill them ahead
of the need."
“We can meet your needs before you move In,” Thomason said.
The group later agreed to work hand-in-band with the SAC on its housing needs and to appoint a local committee to handle the pro-
gram. . , ,
W. P. Wright, co-chairman of the C-C r.atlonal defense committee, first broached the idea of a local group buUdlng the base proj-
think H li foolish to let aomt Sm lUILDlRt* Fl- *-A. Col. 4
SUICIDE ArrEMPT THWARTEIV—A 14-year-oId girl mental patient kept hundreds of spectators in suspense while she clung to a narrow fifth-floor ledge at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., before being rescued. Left photo shows the girl standing on the six-inch ledge, at center she is grabbed by a doctor who jabbed his hands through the screen, and at right the girl is hauled back to safety. ________
HISTORY IN MAKING
Hawaii, Alaska State Bill Debate Digs Out U.S. Facts
WASHINGTON, March 10 Anyone who drops in on the Senate these days is likely to get a lesson in American history—and a mighty interesting one, too.
The Senate is arguing thKs question: Should Hawaii and — or
Ala.ska be admitted to the Union? In doing their homework, the senators dug up some instructive facts.
For instance: Why was Nevada brought into the Union?
At the time—1864—it had only 7,000 residents, or 26 less than now live in Farmington. Conn.
There were other reasons for its admission, of course, but Sen. Anderson (D-NM) said there was this compelling rea.son for haste: The Lincoln administration wanted to make sure it had enough states favorable to the ratification of the 13lh Amendment, abolishing slavery.
“Nevada,” said Sen. Douglas (D-Ill), “was admitted under circumstances less than sanctimonious.”
Anderson would like to have Hawaii and Alaska admitted at the same time. And he cited Instances in which states were admitted two at a time.
Douglas: “11 Is my understanding that up until al)out 1854 the states, like the animals entering the ark, came in by pairs—one slave state and one free state together.”
‘That is not exactly
Arkansas and Michigan, Iowa and]history to show how leglslatort of
Florida, Then comes the case of Texas, which apparently does not fall into that pattern.”
Sen. Daniel <D-Tex) got up. Anderson: “I now salute the junior Senator from Texas, who, I am sure, will agree with me that there could be no pattern broad enough to encompass the virtues of that great state.”
Daniel tmode.stly): “I thank the Senator from New Mexico for that verv fair and accurate statement.” Sen. Butler (R-Neb) brought out that Texas, under the rules of its admission, is the only state with the right to divide itself into five states.
Sen. Dirksen fR-lll) turned to
th* past had b«en wrong In opposing the admission of territories.
In 1845, for example, this statement was made:
"There must be some limit to the extent of our territory If we are to make our tnBtitutions permanent. The government is likely to be endangered. In my opinion, hv a further enlargement of its already vast territorial surface.” The speaker was Daniel Webster, and he was talking against the proposal to let Texas Into the Union.
Dan’l was quite a politician all right, but he would have had a hard lime getting elected mayor of Amarillo.
‘It is approximately
“Tennessee, l.X)ul»l-ana and Ohio do not fall into that pattern at all. Vermont and Kentucky do. Indiana and Mississippi do. Then Illinois and Alabama—."
Douglas: "And Maine and Missouri.”
Anderson: "Maine and Missouri,
Near-Record Heat, Dust Engulf City
Simmer down, folks, — no heat records set here.
It was unbearably hot Wednesday, no doubt about that, but Grandpa had it worse on lar March 10 when, in temperature soared grees.
It was a cool 91 here Wednesday, hottest March 10 in 43 years, and it stayed hot for a long time.
Those who came to work before 7:30 a.m. got the breaks. From 7;30 to 8:30, the mercury climbed 12 degrees, to 72. It reached 80 by 10:30 a.m.. 90 at I p.m., tlw peak at 2:30, then went below
a slmi-1911, the to 94 de-
CALL OF THE WILD
90 for the first time at 4:30 with an 89-degree mark.
Throughout the heat. strong we.sterly winds brought dust and sand but little cooling. By 9*30 p.m. It was still 71, or 14 degrees above the high of 67 a year ago.
More hot weather is forecast for Thursday but there is a bright note- the wind should die down a bit.
However, the five-day forecast conservatively estimates temperatures will range from 4 to 8 degrees above normal. Little or no precipitation is seen.
San Antonio with 85 and Presidio with 94 topped the Texas hlfha and Amarillo was the coolest place with a high of 77.
Birds Fly Coop, Fire Boys Busy
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ABILENE AND VICINITY cloudy »nd «arnn today, turntof tlishily
Two escaped parrakeets in a tree brought a special call to the Citv Fire I>partment for an aerial ladder truck Wednesday night.
Fire Chief D. C. Musick said he hadn’t seen anything like it since he was called out to capture a canary here seven or eight years ago.
The two parrakeets were among about five that staged a break at the W. D. Henslee residence, 640 Meander St.. and Chief Mu.sick said as far as he knows, that is the biggest bird hunt the Fire Department has been in on thus far.
Fireman A. L. Boyd left the fire station with the ladder truck when the special call came in at 9;20 p. m. Mustek was already at the scene of the hunt when he arrived. , ,
The two men got the truck in position and ran the ladder up to where the two birds were perched about 25 feet In the tree.
Musick and Boyd blinded the birds with a apotlight and W. D. Henslee clo.sed in for the capture.
Musick said the Henilees had caught one of the eacaped birds Wednesday afternoon by hosing it down to it couldn’t fly. That t the way be caught the canary here •everal yean ago.
I cooltr tonight. Maximum today Two birds were stiil believed on ; mw ao*. low tamght is to m.
the loose late Wednesday night: and the Henslees could not be con-1 vved tacted for further details of the escape.
Phone Coll Gets The Right Bird
1X)ND0N One week ago a parrakeet landed on the shoulders of bricklayer Frank Whittinghani at he was walking to his home in suburban Southfields.
Yesterday the bird, breaking a seven - day silence, uttered the words “Renown 2961.”
That’s a telephone numlter.
Wbiltingham dialed it and got Mrs. Kathleen .Meyers.
“’That’s my Joey." said ?^he. “Smart, isn’t he? He knows lots of other words.”
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