Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 1, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 318
Take Music Meet Honors
Abilene High School and South Junior High School v.alked away with special awards at the Region II Interscholastic League Instrumental Music Meet at San Angelo Friday.
The AHS band and orchestra copped a first division rating in all five categories while the South Junior Band won all three of its categories with first division ratings.
For a band to obtain a special award they must make a first division in each of the three classifications, marching, concert playing, and sight - reading. An orchestra may obtain a special award by making first division in concert and sight - reading. They do not enter the marching contest.
The marching contest for tne bands was held last fall in Stephen-ville.
Other results were:
Orchestras — South Junior, first in concert playing, second in sight-reading; North Junior, second in concert playing, second in sight-reading.
Bands — North Junior, second in concert playing, second in sight-reading: John Reagan Junior High of Sweetwater, second in concert playing, second in sight - reading; Hamlin Junior High School, second in concert playing, did not enter sight - reading; Snyder Junior High School, second in concert playing, third in sight - reading; Rochester High School, third in concert playing, fourth in sight-reading; and Loralne High School, fourth in concert playing, fourth in sight-reading.
High schools which will compete Saturday include Coahoma, Ros-coe, Brady. Haskell. Ballinger. Colorado City, Winters, Hamlin, Anson, Sweetwater, and Snyder.
Associated Press (AP)
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Joe's Prober Admits
RESCUED FROM RIVER—W. D. Schmidt, a sailor attached to the USS Kenneth Willet, holds up Mrs. Irma Parker, 40-year-old waitress, who leaped into the Mississippi River at New Orleans, La. Schmidt, a passenger on a ferry grabbed a life preserver and went after Mrs. Parker when he saw her leap from the dock. Mrs. Parker has been under treatment for cancer._ ♦
Court Blocks Sale Of Condor Shares
GO IN LOOT
Door locks, plumbing and light fixtures were stolen from a house burglarized here Thursday night.
City police said a residence at 1102 North 21st St. was scene of the thefts. The house is owmed by Jack Ritchey of Hamlin.
Entrance, they said, was made by “taking locks off the front and rear doors.”
U. S., Reds Set Atomic Talks
GENEVA, Saturday. May 1 Ufh-Secretary of State Dulles arranged a major meeting on atomic and other matters with Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov for today. Dulles is leaving the Geneva East-West conference to return to Washington Monday.
At the last minute the secretary decided to stop in Italy for a talk with Premier Mario Scelba on his way home.
Molotov, in seeking the conference with Dulles, indicated he was ready to deliver a reply to the “concrete” proposals which the United States handed to Russia on March 19 on President Eisenhower’s plan for an atomic pool for peaceful purposes. The American proposals are still secret.
There would be nothing to prevent Dulles and Molotov expanding their talks, however, to such questions as Indochina and Korea, the •ubjects which the Geneva conference was called to discuss.
Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith will head the U.S. delegation after Dulles leaves Geneva.
A U. S. Court order issued Friday enjoins Condor Petroleum Co., Bradley Oil Co. and six individuals from selling or exercising any act of ownership with reference to stock in the Condor Company.
Judge T. Whitfield Davidson granted the temporary restraining order on a petition filed by Richard A. Hall of Albuquerque, N. M., son of the late Ellis A. Hall who died Aug. 17, 1953, in a plane crash in Alaska.
A hearing on the suit for an injunction is set for 1 p. m, Monday. May 10 in Dallas before Judge Davidson.
Individuals named in the restraining order granted Friday by Judge David.son are John B. Fair of 2202 Highland Ave.; Robert J. Bradley. Virgil B. Harris and Lionel E. Gilley, all of Dallas; R. G. Piper of San Antonio, and James P. Lockhard of Scarsdale, N. Y.
Richard Hall filed the suit individually and as trustee and next friend for his two minor brothers, James E. and Charles L. Hall. Attorneys for them in the suit are Ira Butler and R. Daniel Settle, both of Fort Worth.
Hall’s petition alleges that after his father’s death the two surviving directors of Condor, Piper and Lockard, “undertook to make John B. Fair a director” and that the three continued to exercise the authority of the board of directors of Condor.
He asserts that Piper, Fair and Lockard and others owning stock in Condor undertook to sell their stock to Bradley Oil Co. At about the same time of the purported sale, the petition states. Defendants Bradley, Harris and Gilley were appointed first as officers and then as directors of Condor. The petition further alleges that Bradley, Harris and Gilley then attempted to sell and assign to Bradley Oil Co. certificates for 1,-897 shares of common stock in Condor at $3,900 per share.
Stock Sale Challenged
Hall’s petition claims that the purported sale of stock is void because:
1. No notice of the intended sale was given to Condor as required by the corporation’s charter and by-laws.
2. The purported directors.
Piper, Fair and Lockard, were parties interested in such sale and had a personal and adverse interest to that of Condor and, by reason of such interest, were disqualified to act as directors.
3. The corporation’s first option to purchase stock of any shareholder is set out in the corporation charter.
4.* Any purported waiver of the right of Condor to purchase the stock sold to Bradley Oil Co. is void for want of consideration
Se« CONDOR, Pag* S-A, Col. I
Rebels Reel Under Mass Air Sirikes
HANOI, Indochina. April 30 iP— The French Union command threw all its available fighter and bomber planes over north Indochina today in a mass air strike aimed at smashing Vietminh attack bases ringing embattled Dien Bien Phu. The war planes hammered the Red-led rebels for nine straight hours.
The air assault was launched as French Union commandos charged from Dien Bien Phu with bayonets in blows at rebel forces inching towards the bastion from four directions.
Taking advantage of the first clear skies in nearly a week, the war planes roared over Dien Bien Phu in steady waves. High flying bombers pounded rebel strongholds while others ranged low to protect transport planes parachuting tons of ammunition and war materiel into the hard-pressed fortress.
Pilots reported “neutralizing” a long string of Vietminh anti-aircraft batteries set up along the rim of the fortress.
So effective was the rain of explosives that Vietminh artillery and mortars which have been steadily pounding the fortress were silent all during the assault.
On the ground the French launched swift attacks to the northwest, north, south and east, routing the rebels from entrenchments and gun positions set up on the edge of the plain barely 600 yards from the center of the bastion.
Testimony Ends Week-Long Row
WASHINGTON, April 30 (/P)—A McCarthy subcommittee aide took full responsibility today for a hotly controversial cut-down photograph in the McCarthy-Pentagon hearings. . .
Climaxing a week-long row, before television cameras, over the picture, Investigator James N. Juliana testified;
1. He supplied the inquiry with a Nov, 17, 1953, photograph of Secretary of the Army Stevens side by side with Pvt. G. David Schine—after ordering the deletion of an Air Force colonel who was in the picture as originally taken.
2, He did so beacuse he understood the man running the hearings, Special Counsel Ray H. Jenkins, and McCarthy aide Roy M. Cohn, wanted a picture of Schine and Stevens only. Hotly. Juliana, a former FBI agent, denied any intention to “deceive” or “trick” the Senate investigators.
Stevens Is Questioned In the wake of this testimony about a photo which the Army side denounced as “doctored.” Secretary Stevens returned to the witness stand for more cross-examination on one of the major points at issue: Did he try to squelch McCarthy’s investigation of alleged subversives at Ft. Monmouth, N.J.?
Stevens acknowledged he once
MUCH ARM WAVING—Both Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis) and Pvt. G. David Schine, behind the mikes at session of the Senate Investigations subcommittee, throw up their arms in similar gestures during the course of sounded out McCarthy on the pos-the proceedings. Schine was in the witness chair at the ^
time. McCarthy’s was a resigned shrug at being unable to get across one of his “point of order” interruptions.
SUNDAY HEADLINERS IN THE REPORTER-NEWS
Not bricks, not cement, not steel, but men build cities. This Sunday’s Reporter-News will tell you about the men and the organizations that have had a hand in building Abilene.
Whom has the Society for Mental Health in Taylor County picked as man of the year? His name will be revealed in The Reporter-News Sunday.
Sports Writer Fred Sanner will journey to Dallas with the Eagle track team as part of tue iuli-coverage given by the sports department. There will be news for and about women—oil news, farm news and just news in general.
You can reserve extra copies of the Sunday Reporter-News with your agent or nearest newsstand, for 10 cents.
Greece Ripped By Major Quake
250 FOLKS FEAST
Huston New Head Of Stamford BCD
By KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-News State Editor
STAMFORD. April 30.—Cleburne Huston, Stamford merchant and former publisher, was revealed as new president of the Stamford Board of Community Development and Chamber of Commerce at the annual meeting of the group Friday night. He was elected by secret ballot and his identity announced at the meeting.
About 250 Stamford folks and their neighbors had a few serious
2 Lakes Still Rising; Rain Total Edges Above Normal
Abilene lakes Friday night had| gained an estimated four months supply of water and more was expected from rains within the past 48 hours. Abilene now has about a 2V4 year supply on hand.
Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Kirby and Abilene gained about 945 million gallons from run-off, according to Curtis C. Harlin Jr., city water and sewer superintendent.
Th« gains resulted from generous rains Thursday evening and early Friday morning on the three rsservolrs’ watersheds.
Fort Phantom Hill Lake F riday afternoon had risen .7 of a foot with its estimated 700 million gallon catch. Harlin said the lake may rise over one foot.
Pumping operations on the Clear Fork of the Braios River «ccoum-•d lor 106 million gallons of Fort
Phantom’s catch. Three pumps were in action all Thursday night. One ran all day Friday.
Lake Kirby was up 1.9 feet. It caught about 140 million gallons and Cedar Creek was still running Friday night. The catch may exceed two feet in all, Harlin said.
Runoff into Lake Abilene ceased at about 650 million gallons Friday morning. It rose about 2.5 feet.
Lytle Lake, owned by West Texas IHilities Co., ran over the spillway before noon Friday. Rains early Friday morning sent water pouring down Lytle Creek to fill the lake and to go over the spillway, with the overflow going into Fort Phantom Lake.
The rains brought Abilene’s January - through - April rainfall above normal for the first time since 1949, whipn 6.66 inches fell.
The drought-easing rains Thursday and Friday raised the total rainfall here since January to 5.39 inches. Normal is 5.38 inches. April rainfall totaled 4.28 inches as compared to the normal fall of 2.47 inches.
Harlin said Friday all three municipal lakes were higher than at any time since July, 1953,
Average daily water usage in Abilene in 1953 was 7Mi million gallons.
The peak month was July when 429,908,000 gallons was consumed. Lowest consumption was February’s 108,995,000, Harlin said.
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moments at the party — but the emphasis was on fun and laughs.
Homer Leonard Talks
Homer Leonard, guest speaker, gave about five minutes straight talk on civic duties, civic pride, and civic endeavor. But he spent most of his time on a torrent of jokes — at the expense and to the delight of his listeners.
Leonard. Austin attorney, is general counsel for the Texas Brewers Institute — a job he described as “defending the Texas legislature from the six breweries which operate in Texas.”
The show was stolen by a group Leonard brought with him, a four-man comedy hill billy band from Austin.
The party was held at the Texas Cowboy Reunion grounds. Guests ate chuckwagon style then they moved to Coombes Roundup Hall for the formal program.
The Indianaires quartet from McMurry College brought music. David Ratliff, state representative and radio station owner, was master of ceremonies. Wayne Cooper, retiring president, introduced the new officers. Norris Russell is new vice president, succeeding Ray mond Hammer. John Rice was reelected secretary - treasurer and W. L. Walker was renamed man ager.
Publisher 20 Years
Huston came to Stamford in 1925 and was publisher of The Stamford American 20 years. When ho sold it. he bought Huston Hardware. He has been a director of the C-C for two years and was advisor of the publicity committee this year. He is a member of the Board of Stew-
Set STAMFORD. Page ^A, Col. t
ATHENS, Greece. April 30 (4V-Greece’s second major earthquake in less than a year brought shattering destruction and death in the central mountainous area today.
First official estimates said 150 people were killed or Injured and more than 25,000 made homeless. Hundreds of homes were shaken down like flimsy stacks of cards.
The stricken area apparently centered near the village of Granitsa, 135 miles northwest of Athens near the Pindus Mountains.
The town of Farsala, said to be the home of Achilles, hero of Homer’s Iliad, was reported wiped out. The town is the site of the Battle of Pharsalns in 48 B.C., when Julius Caesar routed Pom-pey the Great.
Tremors of “catastrophic violence” continued to shake parts of Thessaly this afternoon.
Disaster appeared to reach from the east coast inland to mountain country accessible only by donkey trial. Communication and rescue work was made more difficult by the fact it was a religious holiday. All shops and public buildings were closed and no newspapers were publishing.
Interior Minister loannis Nicolit-sias first disclosed the extent of the shock,
Nicolitsias said the quake was comparable only to the one in the Ionian Islands last August which claimed 600 to 1,000 lives and left IM.OOO persons homeless.
In Sofadhes, a town of 4,000 near Karditsa, 98 per cent of the houses were described as in ruins. Farsala, reputed home cf Achilles, hero of Homer’s Iliad, reported 80 per cent of the homes collapsed
U. g. DI PABTMENT OF COMMEK( K WEATHER BIREAIT
ABILENE AND VICINITY — P«rtly cloudy and mild Saturday and Sunday. Hish Saturday near »0. Low Saturday nUhl near *5. Hi*h Sunday In the tOa.
WEST TEXAS* Partly cloudy to cloudyi warmrr Panhandle Saturday; ahoweri and local thunderctorms Saturday night or Sunday, turning colder In Panhandle .“»nd South Plaina Sunday.
TE.MPERATt'KES rri -A. M. Fri P. M
71 ............ 1:30 ............ «6
6» ............ 2:10 ............ «7
60 ............ 3 SO ............ M
«1 ............ 4:30 ............ <9
60 ............ 8:30 ............ 70
61 ............ 6:30 ............ 69
5« . 7:30 ............ «7
57 ... ........ 8:30 . .......... 65
it ........ .. 9:30 ... 94
61 10:30 ............ —
63 ....... 11:30 ............ —
64 ....... 12:90 ......... —
High and low tamperaturee for 24 houra
ended at 6:30 p.m.; 70 and 55.
High and low temperatures same data last year: 17 and 57.
SuniM last ntght 7:19 p.m. Sunrur* to day 5:52 a. m. Sunset tonight 7:20 p.m Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m. 27.92 Kelativa humidity at • 30 p.m. U per tmu
and an uncounted number of dead and injured.
The quake centered near the Pindus Mountain region 135 miles northwest of Athens. It felled telegraph and telephone lines throughout the stricken region making it difficult to get details. But first reports gave evidence of a major disaster.
Police in Lamia, 100 miles north of Athens, said houses tumbled like a pack of cards in the little villages of Agia Marina and Damokos and that a number of persons were injured.
Oil news ............. 2
Spors ............... 6-7
Comics ............... 3
Form news ....... 7
Radio & TV log.........8
Kirke Lawton as commander of Ft. Monmouth—specifically, that he asked Army Counsel John G. Adams to find out if the senator would make a “public issue” of Lawton’s removal.
The Army secretary said the answer he got from Adams was that “Sen. McCarthy would not be pleased.”
McCarthy contends Stevens “threatened reprisals” against Lawton because the general had cooperated with the McCarthy investigation and praised its work, Stevens, on the witness stand for the seventh day, repeated a denial that he had any such motive.
He said he considered removing Lawton because the general had given a talk to staff officers suggesting a certain eight or 10 colleges and universities were turning out subversives, and Stevens said he felt such remarks were beyond the scope of a post commander.
New Issues There were these other developments as the hearings recessed for the weekend:
1. Reports circulated that the White House was trying quietly to get the hearings ended quickly. Presidential Press Secretary James C. Hagerty said “there is nothing to it.” Acting Chairman Mundt (R—SD) said he has had no suggestions “from any level” that the McCarthy-Pentagon dispute be “compromised.” President Eisenhower expressed the hope yesterday the hearings could be wound up soon. Practically everybody
See McCarthy, Page J-A, Col. 3-4
Ramsey Files In Siale Race For 3rd Term
AUSTIN, April 30 (/?v-Soil and water conservation and greater protection for the home are tha major issues on which Lt. Gov, Ben L jmsey will campaign for re-election.
He announced his platform today when he paid his filing fee.
The San Augustine attorney, seek ing Us third elective term, said he will talk the issues over with Texans in every area of the stata within the next three months.
In a prepared statement, ha called water and soil conservation “the state’s foremost challenge.” “We have made a good start,” he said. “With th3 assistance of federal, slate and local agencies together with private and college research now going on, we will reach a sound solution.
“We must have facts, not fanti-sies and we are getting them.” Ramsey said he poke as “a man who has fought this batiie.’* Ha farms a 200-acre tract in San Augustine county.
On the home protection issue. Ramsey said Texas insurance and crime laws need to be reviewed, better roads are needed to every farmhouse and telephone service should be extended to every home in the state at reasonable rates.
“I am disturbed by the threaU to the security of homelife in Texas.” he said.
Our people should be able to go to bed at night without the fear of having their homes invaded by professional criminals.”
He posed these questions:
“Is our court of criminal appeals operating under a handicap in not being able to make its own rules, as does the Supreme Court in civil matters? Should not we substituta a paid, professional probation officer system? Is our bail bond lavr too liberal, favoring professional criminals, and, if so, should not the people be given a right to vott on this issue?”
TEXAS HIT HARD
Tornadoes Smash 5-State Area; 1 Dead, 46 Injured
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Spring storms spewed tornadoes shot - gun fashion across Texas. Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Louisiana Friday. One person was killed and at least 46 hurt.
The twisters smashed schools, churches and houses; ripped down power lines, tore up trees.
Scores of communities were battered by violent, twisting winds and heavy rain,
Texas was hardest hit. Louisiana had the only reported death.
Property damage ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Spinning out of a collision of cold air masses, the tornadoes and violent winds pounded these towns in Texas:
Dallas, Fort Worth. Bryan. Tyler, San Antonio, Mineóla, Grapeland, Franklin, Coupland, Kyle, Taylor, BeyersviUe, Eloise, Bremond. Burton, Cause, Jones Prairie, Minerva Brenham, L a n e v i 11 e. Hanover, Splawn, Lone Star. New Hope, Cross Roads. Browniboro. Chandler and numerous isolated farms.
One twister killed Mrs. Doot Sowell, a TO-year-old Negro woman, at Many, La., and injured five others in the Sowell home.
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storm. So were Goshen, Greenland, Baldwin, Clarksville, Hot Springs, Fort Smith. Massard. Nashville. Mineral Springs and Bismarck, all in Arkansas. A farm wife suffered cuts when a twister destroyed her home near V'ersaille, Mo.
In Texas, the devil winds smas • ed from the center of the state to the Louisiana border and stretched north and south from the Oklahoma line almost to Mexico.
The nearest thing to a disaster occurred in the little East Texas farm settlement of Beulah, 12 miles south of Luikin.
W’hile 45 pupils watched, a shifty black funnel whirled down on their country school. Their teachers, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Christopher, yelled for the kids to run to the other side of the room.
Then the tornado struck, crushing the building and whirled its roof away. Both teachers and two unidentified pupils were injured and taken to a hospital at Lufkin. An undetermined number of pupils—one report said at least 11— were also hurt but not badly enough to be hospitalized.
Other known injuries:
BeyersviUe — Five 'names unavailable).
Burton — Four 'names unavailable'.
Fort Worth — Nancy Bernstein, 15, cut by flying glass, and Jesst B. Cochran, 52, injured when a small building blew down on him.
Tyler — B.V. Rogers, 33, of Route 1. 'Tyler, and his son, David, 12, were slightly injured when lightning struck near them. Rogers was working on an automobile at the time.
Bryan—Weldon L. Mason, who suffered a cut forehead when a truck was blown in front of his car.
Dallas—Nora Bell of Greenville. Miss., who told police be was blown against a tin building.
Houston — Johnny White, 52, a laborer, who received minor facial cuts.
Hanover—Mrs, Raymond Dees, cut and bruised when a twister flattened her home.
At a farm near Atlanta. Tex. —Charles Cochrell, 14. cut on the arm when a twister wrecked the house.
Hugo — Frank OakM. about 70, who suffered back and cheat In-juriea wiiM trapiied bi tito hBMw