Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 25, 1954, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LXXIII, No. 282AssocUtted Preu (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 25, 1954—TWENTY.SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
tops SHIVERS PLAN No Ohc Should V UA II______
Kilgore Seeking Be Own judgejTwiStOrS Mit AlDOiiy^
AUSTIN, March 24 (/P)—Rep. Joe Kilgore, sponsor of Gov. Shivers’ tax plan, abruptly proposed today an increased production tax in lieu of the governor’s suggested gathering tax on natural gas.
Kilgore offered the amendment to his tax bill immediately after a 3V2-hour hearing on the gathering tax, third phase of Shivers’ program to pay teachers and state employes higher salaries.
No action was taken by the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on the amendment as Kilgore proposed further
I hearing tomorrow when an-: other production tax is scheduled for consideration.
Shivers had told the Legislature his gathering tax proposal seemed
3 West Texans Gas
Reporter-News Austin Bureau
AUSTIN, March 24 — West Texans flocked to Austin Wednesday to listen to and take part in the hearing on the proposal to levy a field gathering tax on gas.
Speaking in opposition were three West Texans, Andrew How-sley of Albany, representing Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and Bruce Street of Graham, operator of a casinghead gasoline plant. Ibex, and Lester Clark, Brecken-ridge independent operator, and partner in Ibex.
llowsley cited the heavy tax load now on the petroleum industry and asked that “we have some help in financing state government.”
Street said the tax proposed in the Kilgore bill would put his concern out of business.
Abilenians here for the hearing were Bill Braymer, Paul Powers, Dick Gray, Jerome Vannoy, Frank Junell, Berney Blain, D. A. Ties* ser, C. W. Rogers, Clifford Rhoden, Horace Bellew', Theron Guffey and Ernest Wright,
Other West Texans present included A. C. Bishop and J. D. Holbrook of Sweetwater; C. L. Callaway of Snyder; and Jim West of Stamford.
The West Texas delegations included Lone Star Gas officials and Industrial and commercial customers and oil operators.
Here, Ike Says
WASHINGTON. March 24 —
President Ei.senhower said today, when the subject of Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and his row with Army officials came up, that in America a man doesn’t sit in judgment on his ow'n case.
Eisenhower refused at a news conference to talk specifically about (1) McCarthy’s insi.stence on cross-e x a m i n i n g witnesses at forthcoming public hearings in the dispute, or (2) moves by Senate Republican leaders to have McCarthy remove himself completely from the conduct of the inquiry. ^ But the President did saj-. and ' the White House permitted him to be quoted directly:
“I am perfectly ready to put myself on record flatly, as I have before, that in America, if a man is a party to a dispute, directly or indirectly, he does not sit In judg-ment on his own case, and I don’t mission 7ompanierappeared in op-! believe that any leadership can es-position to the tax today. The at- re.sponsibillly for carrying on
tack on the gathering levy came | that tradition and that practice.” from independent gatherers and i Clear
operators of gasoline processing' The Presidents meaning, as it
to be “the nearest we can get to the long lines.”
None Oppose None of the long line gas trans-
Vehicle Overturns During Sandslorm; Coleman Man Hurt
WINTERS, March 24 (RNS> — Pete ‘Henderson, about 45, of Coleman, escaped serious injury when the station wagon he was driving overturned during a blinding sandstorm late Wednesday afternoon on the Coleman highway.
The accident occurred on a curve about four miles east of Winters on Farm Road 53.
Henderson is in Municipal Hospital here where he is being treated for shock and bruises.
Kilgore said he considered the absence of the long lines “very interesting.”
Shivers, who listened to much of the testimony from the rear of the House floor, said he didn’t suppose any of the pipelines were for the tax. He refu.sed to comment on Kilgore’s amendment.
Kilgore’s substitute plan would raise the present production tax of 5.72 per cent of the market value per 1,000 cubic feet at the w’ell-$14 Million Potential head to 9.06 per cent.
He said that increase would raise the additional 14 million dollars a year which Shivers suggested his gathering tax would bring in.
Asked if he were abandoning the idea of a gathering tax, Kilgore said. “Not necessarily.”
I thought the testimony Indl-
might relate to the immediate point in the McCarthy controversy, was not 100 per cent clear.
Some of the 212 newsmen present thought he was backing the Senate leaders, who want McCarthy’s role in the investigation to be strictly that of a witness. McCarthy, on the other hand, said he and Eisenhower “agree with each other completely.” The senator has stepped down from his subcommittee chairmanship and given up his vote for purposes of the hearings —while holding fast to his .stand that he should cross-examine witnesses.
The question came up at the beginning of a news conference in which the President also:
Recession Not Bad
1. Said unemployment hasn’t reached the point of calling for any slam-bang emergency program to cope with it. Some things — such as easing credit and making mon-
cated the possibility of this j ey cheaper — already have been
of situation so 1 had this amendment ready.” he said.
His opinion was shared by I^ester Clark, Breckenridge, co-partner in a gasoline plant.
Testifying against tbe gatliering tax. Clark told the committee;
“You don’t see the major companies up here opposing it—the big inch lines. They’re not opposing it because they know' they’re not going to pay it.”
Just Handle Gas John Lynch, Corpus Christi. president of La Gloria Corp., denounced the tax as one that would make his firm as well as others of similar nature pay the tax on
done, the President said, and he and his advisers are watching the situation day by day.
2. Praised House Republicans and the nine Democrats who joined
See IKE, Pg. 5-A, Col. 3
Senator Flays Joe's Charges
Senate Cuts Sales Tax on Appliances
WASHINGTON. March 24 OW-The Senate voted tonight to cut in half the present 10 per cent excise tax on household appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, iron-ers and dryers.
The cut would amount to 100 million dollars in annual revenue.
Although the Ei.senhower administration has opposed such tax cuts, the Senate Republican leadership agreed to accept the proposal after it became obvious some GOP merrt-bers were going to swing over in favor of it.
Sens. Douglas (D-Ill), George (D-Ga) and other Democrats originally led a drive to abolish the 10 per cent excise entirely on the household appliances.
Agree to Slash
But they agreed just before the final vote to accept a modification suggested by Sen. Capehart (R-Ind) to cut the levy to five per cent rather than wipe it out entirely.
The cut was tacked onto a pending tax bill which, as passed by the House, would reduce some excise levies and extend others.
The Senate vote in favor of the
The Democrats argued that many of the appliances were ni»-cessitics and home work-savers, and should be given relief.
During the day-long debate, Sen. Douglas had called for tax changes to stimulate buying. He urged tbe chamber to cut the 10 per cent tax on autos, radios and television sets and remove it entirely from a number of household appliances.
Mdlikin said he was opposed to any further cuts in the bill, at a time when the budget is unbalanced and the government needs the money. But he promised a complete overhaul of ail excise taxes as soon as the government’s finances permit.
AFTER 6 YEARS
MICHAEL DOUGLAS COPELAND ... to hospital Friday
Time Near for Mike To Get Arm, Hand
By DON NORRIS
Friday will be THE day reduction in household appliances | Mike.
taxes, which would not be cut un der the House bill, was 64 to 23. Voting for the cut were 35 Demo-
Mike is Michael Douglas Copeland, son of Mrs. Morris Copeland, 1626 South 22d St. Friday he
crats, 28 Republicans and Sen. 1 will go to Dallas to get an artifi-
Morse (Ind-Ore). Against were eight Democrats and 15 Republicans.
These are the principal items on which the excise tax would be cut to five per cent: Refrigerators,
stoves, fans, water heaters, flatirons, air heaters, electric blankets,
?;rUl8, toasters, broilers, mixer», ulcers, food choppers and grinders, clothes dryers, dehumidtflers, dishwashers, floor polishers, wax-ers, mangles, garbage dispo.sals, power lawn mowers and home freezers.
When it became apparent the proposal would go through, several senators changed their votes from no” to “yes.” These included But
cial lower left arm and hand to replace the one he should have been born with six years ago.
He will leave here by train at 1:55 a. m. Friday, accompanied by his grandmother, Mrs. Leon Copeland of Lawn.
If everything goes as scheduled the bright-eyed youngster will arrive here about S a. m. Saturday with “two hands just like Timmy,” his 2-year-old brother.
Mike's mother will be unable to go because of her work during the day and classes she Is attending at night.
Mrs. Copeland and the late Mr. Copeland had always hoped Mike w'ould someday have an artificial limb, hut one thing after another had prevented it. The last blow was death of Mike’s father last year.
Airman Home On Leave Hurt
Tornado winds whip-lashed through areas near Albany and Throckmorton Wednesday night between 6:45 and 7 o’clock, causing damage to several buildings and injuring one person.
Airman First Class Charles J. Zenkner, 24, home on leave from Japan, was injured by a flying piece of sheet metal on the Walter Zenkner place about seven miles north of .Mbany.
The high-blowing twisters hit first in an 11-mile area ea.'^t of Throckmorton, then about 15 minutes later struck Shackelford County and danced through a 10-mile area north of Albany.
Farm buildings were blown away and unroofed at Throckmorton and Albany hut only minor damage was reported.
Roth Albany and Throckmorton received heavy rain before and after the twisters hit with dust blowing heavilv.
The torn.idocs were apparently caused bv a I’aelflc cold front which pushed eastward acros.s the state, cau.slng great thunderclouds to boll up over parts of West Tex-
The family’s physician at Colo- wreckage.
Abilene Gets .12 Rain; More Dust Coming
Du.sf - laden winds up to 65 miles an hour buffeted Abilene Wednesday as a cold front from the northwest moved through the city at 6 p. m.
Visibility dropped to zero at the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport.
Freak Rainfall freak rain broke through the blowing <lust for about 20 mln-ute.s a.s the front moved through. Only a trace of rain was reported One car in the garage had the | by the Weather Bureau, but .12 top smashed in and the side of i was recorded at 1829 South Eighth another was caved In by the i St.
Zenkner was admitted to Shack-elforff County Hospital at Albany for treatment of a cut on the face and in injured arm.
A hospital atfendani said he was not in serious condition.
Struck by Debris
Zenkner was attempting to remove a car from a garage at the Walter Zenkner home, al)out seven miles north of Albany, when the twister hit. He was struck by a section of sheet metal from the demolished garage.
_______ WASHINGTON, March 24 ...
gas which they merely handle for Chairman Saltonstall (R-Mass) ofiler (H-Md), Griswold (R-Neb),
the actual owner. the Senate Armed Services Com-1 Hendrickson (R-NJ), and l ayne
mittee, who lost a son in World and Smith (R-Maine).
War II. spoke out with “resent- f ?,* c mwin
ment” today against charges that Before the tally. Sen. ^^bkm
disloyalty has been coddled in the (R-Coloj.
nation’s fichtinc forces. i bill and chairman of the henaie
Saltonstall commenced after Pen- Finance Committee, announced he
,h„ belongs .0
Paul Kayser, president of £1 j the armed services have been dis-
“Under this tax, we would be required to pay $350,000 a year for gathering gas that belongs to someone else,” said Lj'nch. “It would be like taxing a cotton gln-ner $10 a bale for picking up cotton
Paso Natural Gas Co., told the committee:
“We are not opposing this gas i last five years, gathering tax. . . We do want
charged as security rough road with the House con-
loyalty connotations during the jjg ^yere adamant
against reducing present excises below the 10 per cent level.
with the House.
But he indicated it might face
you to feel, and the public too, subversives in uniform has been after this Is over that we are pay-1 blown up “far larger than it really ing our fair share and should not ' is,” Saltonstall said:
Declaring that the problem of
be singled out in the future w’hen new taxes are needed.”
San Antonian Dies Instantly in Wreck
Lafayette L. Northcutt, 66, of San Antonio, was killed Instantly about 5:15 p. m. Wednesday when the 1952 model sedan he was driving overturned seven miles south of Abilene on U. S. Highway 83-84.
ilighway Patrolman Kenneth
Decker, who investigated, said Northcutt apparently lost control of the automobile after rounding a curve. Northcutt was traveling alone, going north.
The car crossed the highway and barrow' ditch, coming to rest about 100 feet Into a pasture after overturning several times. The automobile had apparently rolled
over Northcutt, whose body was found about 15 feet from the demolished vehicle.
Northcutt is believed to have been a traveling agent for the Preferred Life Insurance Co. of Dallas. He is also believed to have worked extensively in this area, especially at Sweetwater.
The body was taken to Kiker-Warren Funeral Home here and a spokesman said Saturday night a friend of Northcutt had been notified at San Antonio and was to inform his wife.
Northcutt’s home residence Is 309 Bulling Courts, San Antonio.
As one who has served and as a parent whose children have served, I shared the disbelief and resentment felt by millions that there were either significant numbers of Americans whose loyalty was not in our finest tradition, or that loyalty was being coddled by the very uniforms whose heroic sacrifices in Korea have spoken so eloquently.”
The additional tax cut voted by the Senate would take the reductions in the excise bill past the one billion dollar mark.
As originally passed by tbe House, the cuts totalled 912 million. The Senate Finance Committee boosted them to 958 million.
Capehart said he and some other Republicans were under heavy pressure from appliance manufacturers all over the country to give them some relief. Sales have been off in many appliance lines.
$260,000 Granted To Resurface 36
The Texas Highway Commissicn Wednesday appropriated $260,(KK) for improvements to State Highway 36 in Taylor and Callahan Counties.
The appropriations provides for the widening and resurfacing of 40.1 miles of the highway from
Related story on Pg. IB
Farm-to-.Market Road 18 Uhe V southeast of Abilene on former V. S Highway 80> to Cross Plains. Present width of the highway is 22 feet and this is to be extended to 24 feet.
A hot-mix asphaltic concrete surface identical to that planned for U. S. 80 east of Abilene is to be laid the entire distance, about one-fourth of which Is in Taylor County and three-fourths in Callahan County.
District Highway Engineer J. C. (Jake) Roberts said Wednesday that a contract for this w'ork probably will be let by the highway commission in May.
The highway commission also made a $700,000 appropriation for the construction of two additional lanes for 10 miles of U. S. Highway 80 west of Big .Spring, furthering the plans for creating a 120-mile freeway throughTaylor, .Nolan, .Mitchell and Howard Counties. Roberts said it is hoi>ed that this contract. which will also include an overpass over the Texas A Pacific Railroad west of Big Spring, will be in May.
Driller Badly Hurl in Aulo, Train (rash
COIJJRADO CITY. March 24. (HNS) — U. N. Shank of Odessa, about 40. was critically injured in a train-car collision about 12; 15 p. m. Wednesday.
Shank, an employee of the Hom-co Drilling Company, is in the Root Memorial Hospitel in Colorado City with severe injuries to his chest and abrasions from his head to his feet.
The accident occurred on the San Angelo highway at a crossing about a half mile out of the city limits. Dan .Nowlin, highway patrolman said that the car struck the train about 33 feet from the front of the engine.
The train was Number 67, an 87-car freight. A. B. Dyer of Big Spring, conductor on the run. said that the car struck the rear end of the head engine unit.
W. E. Green of San Angelo was behind Shank at the time of the
rado City advised that the boy should hove an arUUclal limb to correct the withering away of the muscles of his left shoulder.
VFW Lends Hand Upon hearing of the case the Veterans of Foreign Wars «1 Colorado City set to work. The con-tacled Ihe Masonic lAtdge here and
The Rev. Elmer Consoer, minister of Trinity Lutheran Church, who was caUed to the hospital when the Injured man was admitted reported damage at several other farms In the tornado area w’liere many members of his congregation live.
He said the roof of a barn at
had Mike examined at the .Scot- Charlie Schkade residence, a tli,h irte Hospilal I)C Ct ipplcd Chil- short distance frpm Zenkner a dron at Dalla.s. ' blown off and 600 bales of
Doctors at the luspital agreed
hay inside damaged.
August Schkade, who lives five
re! .„r r.à,r.u;róor.H »r
Texas Society for Crippled Children.
The children’s society agreed to furnish the arm and a h(Mjk. They also agreed to replace the artificial limb as Mike grows.
When he reaches a certain age he will be given an arm with movable fingers. This first one will have a movable thumb only.
Chicken pox held up Mike’s getting the limb for the last couple of weeks, but now it’s all set—Friday is the big day.
Supreme Court Asked to Change State Bar Exams
Reporter-News Austin Bureau AUSTIN. March 24 — The Supreme Court of Texas is asked to accident" and said that he saw a i change a recent order on ellgiblll-
cloud of dust fly up when the crash occurred.
Sheriff Dick Gregory said that skid marks of approximately 70 paces indicated that Shank had seen the train and was attempting to stop.
Shank was thrown clear of the car by the impact and was found at the right rear end of his automobile. Green found him lying there when he drove up and stopped.
ty for bar examinations in « Senate re.solutlon presented by Sens. Carlos Ashley of Uano and Dorsey Hardeman of San Angelo.
high court order on Feb. 1 provides that no would-be attorney can take bar examinations unless he is a graduate of a school approved by the American Bar As.so-ciation’s committee on legal education and admission to practice.
“Heretofore the Supreme Court has determined eligibility for bar exams,” Hardeman said. "Now they delegate that authority to a bar association committee.”
Ashley and Hardeman want the court to go back to the old way
had a hen house unroofed.
Both Charlie and August Schkade .said it was the worst wind they ha(i ever seen in the area.
Sheriff Tour* Area Several other farm buildings near Albany were reported damaged by Shackelford County Sheriff Jack Moberley, who toured the area after the storm.
Moberley said the storm hit about three miles north of Albany, traveled about two or two and a half miles northeast and then northwest for about eight miles. The storm area was about a mile wide, he said.
Mrs. W. K. Coleman, general duty nurse, watched tbe storm from the rear steps of Shackelford County Hospital.
Funnel Visible “A dark cloud dipped down and you could see the faint outline of a funnel.” she said. “You could see sand blowing all around, hut sep-
See TWISTER, Pg. S-A, Col. 3
A sprinkle ot rain was reported at Sweetwater right in the middle ot a dust atorm at 4 p. m. Winds there were estimated at 50 miles an hour.
At Breckenridge .32 of an iach of rain fell In the midst of blowing dii.st and high winds.
Weathermen here picked up a •solid echo from (he 70-miIe-long shower line as it centered 37 miles east - northeast of Abilene, in the area near Albany where a tornado struck.
By 9:30 Wednesday night, tbe front extended on a 200 mile line from about 30 miles south of Junction almo.st straight to the north of Fort Worth.
Visibility at Zero Visibility dropped to zero here for a few minutes as the front passed through and then climbed back to a half mile. At 9 30 visibility was up to a mile.
After the brunt of the front had passed, wind.* dropped to about 45 miles an hour and Wednesday night the wind was 30 to 35 miles an hour out of the northwest.
The c(ild front followed a humid 89-degree afternoon, but was followed by dry air that cut out any chance for more rain in he next two or three days, a weather forecaster said.
Du.Ht is to continue Thurwiay and Friday and skies will be partly cloudy. A high temperature of near 70 degrees Is forceast for Thursday with a low Thursday night of about 45.
WITH WEST TEXANS
Deficit Spending Plan Unpopular
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-New* Austin Bureau AUSTIN. March 24. — If Speak-Reuben Senterfitt’s surprise
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t’. s. DKPARTMSNT OI COMMKRCE WI.STHIR BI'afAl’
ABILENE AND VICINITV — P«rUy
cloudy and du»ty Thursday and Friday High temperature Thuraday about W
degrees. Low Thuraday night about 43.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Clear to parUy cloudy Thursday and Friday; cooler Thuraday.
WEST TEXAS: Clear to partly cloudy and cooler Thurs^y with dimintahtng wlnda; Friday parti? cloudy and cool.
EAST TEXAS: bnowera and local thun- ; AUSTIN 'f'—A draft call for »99
deratorins early Thuradiy f* ¡lowed by . from Tcxas for May Wl.s an-
cleanng and cooler
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS t'lear.nc | toHav
and cooler Thursday with scaibTed thun-| nOddquaiUrs tOda>. dershowert near the c »aat
Wed P M St
DraH Call of 999 Texans Due 1er Hay
DEMOLISHED DEATH CAR—Lafayette L. Northcutt, 66, of San Antonio, was killed instantly Wednesday when the 1952 model car he was driving overturned several tunes south of Abilene. The demolished car is shown where it came to rest about 100 feet into a pasture. (Staff Photo by Bob Gulley)
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cr KeuDeii semeniu s »urprisr¡ L. L. Armor, Sweetwater — **1 propo.sal to the apecial ses.sion of wouldn’t go for deficit spending.
____ the lA*gislature means deficit If we’re going to spend money,
of admitting candldate.s for the bar. ! spending, mo.st West Texas House we d better raise it.’
The new order would ban students members w'on’t go along w ith his \s\ Chambers, May - ‘Tl
from some small night schools ideas. was a good, timely speech. I am
not approved by the American bar. W est Texans, polled immediate- not for deficit spending, but that
ly after the speech Wednesday, might not unsettle conditions as were generally impressed by Sen- much at this time as too heavy terfltt’s statement — and many oi taxation."
them wished that his Uieory could Uulon Brown, Midland — “Sen-he proved. Olher.s favor g o I n g teriitt’s plan sounded to me like a I ahead and getting done the job good way to run for office . ap-I they were called here to do. ( propriate money now. then tax to
Surplus Raported * , pay the bills later when hes' not
The speaker i»olnted out that ¡here. I’ll stay with the governor’s
there Is a 112 million surplus, even plan, with perhaps some changes.”
noufited by State Selective Service ' after the $14 million ha.s been lost ‘Face Problem’ — Latimer
from the unconstitutional ga.s tax, Truett Latimer. AbiJene— Since The call compares to an April and that much of the spending the governor has called us dow n quota of 1,030 and a March quota | called for under teacher pay and here, we .should face the problem of 985. ! building proposals won’t actually • and do something about it. It must
Dir. Paul L. Wakefield said in: begin for months. His theory he cared for, so the sooner, the addition to the May induction call, j seemed to be that there migat be better."
another 1,000 men will be sent for ¡ enough money to pay for the new Qbie Bristow, Big Spring —
combined physical-mental examiu- expenses until the regular session “We’re here. While we’re hegre lets
ations the same month. i could work out a new tax pro- ¿o something. .Au>'Ume you go into
The examinations will be aUotted 1 gram. , . * J deficit spending you auiomatlcaUy
to only 31 of the slate’s 137 locil! But — in ca^e there might not salaries of those you pay. I boards. Wakefield said the 31 were ^ be enough money and in order that hnow. I taught school on warrants those having the largest number the comptroller would ceriify the had to discmint them to gel of older men registered. appropriations - Senterfitt called; my money.”
Boards wül be required to fill lo*“ » l®ur - filths vote to invoke David Ratliff, Stamford — “It May quotas with men 20 yean old the constituional emergency * ciurageous presentation, or older If they have them. If nec- clause and allow the state to go in Senterfitt presumiblv is Uk-essary to reach Its quota, however, debt. ing the comptroller at hit word
a board may tend IB-yea^oldt for Here are some of the reacUons ^ .
induction. to the Senterfitt plan; See SCNTIRFEITt Pg. S*A« Col. I