Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 2, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No, 319Aaociated Press (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 2, 1954—FIFTY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS
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Deyil Winds Blow Again
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes twirled in a May dance of death and destruction «cross Texas and Oklahoma.
The devil winds slammed into more than a dozen towns and communities, killing two persons at Grandfield, Okla. F’our were hurt there, four at Pawnee, Okla. Half of Meeker, Okla., was reported "wiped out." It had 500 population.
Snow Due The twisting winds ran wild ahead of a cold front that threatened snow for the Panhandle and freezing temperatures. They smashed homes and farms, knocked out windows, tore up trees and sent automobiles spinning.
French Air Blows Blast Rebel Ring
HANOI, Indochina, May 1 tvTV-F rench warplanes today plastered Red-led Vietminh coiled around Dien Bien Phu for the third straight day. A French high command spokesman described the situation there as "very serious” but he asserted the bastion’s defenders were far from desperate.
Fighters and bombers from land and carrier bases concentrated on rebel fortifications set up on the rim of the plain barely 600 yards from the heart of the Northwest Indochina bastion.
Object of the air strikes was to up for an all-out assault and to retard Vietminh attempts to build provide cover for transport planes funnelling men. munitions and materiel to the beleaguered bastion.
Ground action was light. However, French Union commandos continued to jab at rebels dug in along the fringe of the barbed w ire barriers. A French spokesman said the attacks were costing the Vietminh “considerable losses.”
A French command spokesman announced that Dien Bien Phu’s commander, Brig. Gen, Christian rle Castries, had relused “at this time” to answer newsmens queries whether he thought he could hold out against the thousands of encircling Vietminh.
The spokesman said De Castries was "too busy” fighting off the «pproaching foe to answer 10 questions submitted by foreign newsmen.
The spokesman recalled that the rebels had boasted on March 13— when they began the assault—that they would take Dien Bien Phu in five days.
"In view of the fact that it is gtill standing on this 163rd day of encirclement and 50th day of assault. there is no reason for pessimism,” the spokesman declared.
The bastion’s crumbling defenses now measure less than a mile in diameter. They are being whittled down bit by bit by the rebels who are trying to close off ftte narrow tone in the fortress into which men, food and munitions are parachuted.
Six tornadoes whirled to earth in a radiUb of 20 miles from Vernon, Tex. Petrolia, Tex. was another spot the twisters hit near. So was Randlett, Okla. Others struck near Hines, Crowell, and Elliott in Texas.
The weather bureau warned Oklahoma could expect tornadoes until 2 a.m. Sunday on a line from Hollis to Kingfisher to Pawhuska and northeastward to the state line.
Tipton, Snyder, Warwick, Prague, Pawmee, Saskwa, Dale and Colgate were other Oklahoma towns hit.
Killed at Grandfield were Bill Scherler, about 30, and a woman identified only as Mrs. Rubottom.
Three were hurt at Grandfield as the town’s siren wailed a mournful warning. Three were hurt also at Tipton, 25 mileS from Grandfield.
The boiling black tornado that hit the Southwestern Oklahoma town of Grandfield, across the state border from Wichita Falls, was clearly visible. While the siren wailed and citizens scampered frantically for cover, the funnel turned away as it neared the city and only sideswlped the northeast edge.
Donald Ray Nease, 19, was taken to a Wichita Falls hospital in serious condition. He suffered several fractured bones and head injuries, ile was found 55 yards from the Nease house which was destroyed. He had been alone in it.
A Mr. and Mrs, Miller were also injured.
At Tipton, Oran Roberts and his two teen-age sons, Danny and Meredith, were hurt. Danny was hospitalized at Altus, Okla. Ten to 12 houses were destroyed there.
Houses were smashed at Hines, Elliott, Farmers Valley, all in the Vernon area. A few roofs were blown off at Vernon as the twister.s smashed from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. within a 20 mile radius.
Mrs. Paul Schur said she watched a tornado roar toward her farm house near Vernon. She and her husband and daughter reached their storm cellar in the back yard just before the twister demolished their home.
Thunderheads hung ominously in the sky in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. They spat scattered rain and some hail.
The biting cold blew into the Texas Panhandle from Colorado and at 2 p.m. Dalhart had a temperature of 39 degrees. Near freezing was forecast for the upper Panhandle Saturday night.
Cool Front May Bring Showers
A cold front from the northwest, due to arrive in Abilene between midnight and daylight Sunday, was expected to hold temperatures down during the day and possibly cause showers as its passes.
The U. S. Weather Bureau said at 10 p. m. Saturday the front had moved down just south of Lubbock.
High temjierature Saturday was 88 degrees but the cold front is expected to hold the high Sunday to 70 degrees. The low Sunday night will be 50. The weather will warm up to 80 Monday.
By HOWARD CATES Vernon Record Staff Writer
VERNON. May 1. — Six tornadoes that hit in a 20-mile radius of Vernon within an hour and a half Saturday afternoon injured one man and left a trail of demolished homes.
Sam Hulme suffered two broken ribs when his pickup truck was hurled from Highway 70 about 20 miles southwest of Vernon. The pickup w-as found 300 yards away, a crumpled wreckage.
Mr. and Mrs. W’ilburn Rape, who live in the Farmer’s Valley community 15 miles northwest of Vernon, ran to the car in their garage when the tornado hit their home, unroofing it. Mr. and Mrs. Rape were not hurt.
C, M. Adderholt, farmer in the Elliott Community 20 miles northeast of Vernon had a large barn demolished and flying lumber tore down REA lines 100 yards away.
The six-room C. H. Anderson farm home in the Hinds community about eight miles north of Vernon was torn clean from its foundation. The house was splintered and part of it found in mes-quite trees a half mile away- An icebox and stove from the home were found 200 yards away.
The roof was ripped off the Paul Schur six-room farm home located a half mile from the Anderson home. Two garages, a large barn and two chicken houses were also destroyed.
A 1951 model car in one of the garages was hurled a quarter of a mile away.
In the White City community about 10 miles north of Vernon, a seven - room house was unroofed and a garage, chicken house, barn and trailer house destroyed.
A tornado that hit Vernon tore roofs off two houses.
Policy Blasted by Senator
LANDS IN MUD PUDDLE
Abilene Youth, in Hurry, Calmly Jumps 2,600 Feet
GRAND PRAIRIE. Tex., May 1 OTV—Don Richards, 21, of 1110 North 18th St., Abilene, was in a hurry to get to the Dallas Naval Air Station near here today to take his physical examination as a cadet.
Richards was waiting at the Abilene airport for a Navy plane to fly him to the station w-hen he met a pipeline flier from Midland. The pilot told him he was flying over Dallas but didn’t intend to land.
Richards, who has jumped from planes before, had a couple of parachutes w’ith him. So he persuaded the flier to let him out in the air over Grand Prairie.
The youth jumped at 2,600 feet and landed in a mud puddle. He w’as surprised to find a big crowd waiting for him. Chief Petty Officer W. B. Sherrill had spotted the chute descending and set off an alert.
Richards hiked a mile to the station where they were waiting for him.
Don Played Hookey To Learn Flying
Don Richards. 21, is the son of Lt. Col. (retireid) and Mrs. W. B-Richards. 1110 North 18th St.
A Hardin - Simmons University junior. Richards has been interested in flying since high school, when he sometimes played hookey to take lessons, his mother said.
Ilis father, a retired Army colonel, has been In an Army hospital in San Francisco. Calif., recently, the result of an operation six years ago.
Mrs. Richards work.s at the Royal Ann Beauty Shop, 2109 Hickory St, She knew nothing of Don’s going to Dallas Saturday, she said.
Don has been considering the Navy for some time, she explained, but he probably was afraid she would discourage him going right now.
She had heard nothing of his jump over the Naval Air Station until a reporter called the house Saturday evening.
"What am I going to do with him?” she exclaimed, "Oh, that little devil—”
WHERE QUAKE HIT—This map locates towns in central Greece where many persons were killed or injured and more than 25,000 made homeless by an earthquake Thursday, according to an official estimate. Towns of Farsala and Sofadhes, 135 miles northwest of Athens were wiped out, official reports said.
Knowland Calls For Defense Pact
WASHINGTON, May 1 i/P) — Senate Majority Leader Knowland of California, voicing obvious criticism of British policy, today called on the United States to move at once for a coalition defense against communism in Asia even if this means acting without one of our major allies.
Knowland said in an interview that the Reds have laid down at the Geneva conference “abject surrender” terms for the free world if it wants peace in Southeast Asia. But Britain’s Prime Minister Churchill has balked at any “united action” against communism in Indochina until after tho Geneva conference.
Mundt Hunts Way To Speed Hearing
r. f. DEPARTMENT OF COM.MERCE WEATHER BLREAl?
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy and cooler Sunday. Partly cloudy and warmer Monday. Chance for ahower early Sunday mominy. High temperature Sunday 70 degrees. Low Sunday night 30. High Monday about 80.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS- Mostly cloudy and much colder Sunday. .Monday. psjtly cloudy and rather cold.
WEST TEXAS: Occasional snow in upper Panhandle and occasional rain or snow flurries in lower Panhandle and upper South Plains Sunday morning; otherwise, partly cloudy and colder Sunday; Monday, partly cloudy and rather cold.
EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Scattered showers and local thunderstorms. mostly in the east and south portions, turning colder in the interior Sunday; Monday, partly cloudy and rather cold; strong shifting winds on the coast, becoming generally northerly by Sunday night.
P. M. . U . 85 . 86 . 88 . 87 . 85 . •'8 . 73
Sat. • A. M.
63 .......... 1:30
66 ............ 2:30
67 ............ 3:30
*7 ............ 4:30
67 ............ 5:30
67 ............ 6:30
69 ............ 7:30
70 ............ 8:30
75 ............ 9:30 ............ 72
77 ............ 10:30 ............ —
79 .......... 11:30 ............ —
82 ....... 12:30 ......... —
High and low tenn>eratures for 24 hours ended at 6:30 p.m.; 88 and ^3.
High and low temperatures same date last year: 81 and 59.
Sunset last night 7:20 r.rn. Sunrise today 5:51 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:21 pm. Barometer reading at 9:M p.m. 27.81. Relative humidity at 9:30 p.m. 54 per cent.
Fodr Heanemen, Desertalres Win
Winners in the Southwestern Division of SPEBSQSA Saturday night at Radford Memorial Auditorium were The Four Hearsemen from Amarillo and The Desertalres from El Paso.
They will compete in the international finals at Washington, D, C.
Chosen as the alternate were The Tune-Tillers from Fort Worth.
Ike Proclaims Mother's Day
WASHINGTON, May 1 (^President Eisenhower called yesterday for nation - wide observance of Mother’s Day on May 9.
In a proclamation, the President said "our mothers are enshrined in our hearts as symbols of those high ideals which have fostered our growth as a great nation.”
Eisenhower urged the public generally to display the American flag at their homes and in other suitable places on May 9,
WASHINGTON. May 1 mSen. Mundt (R-SD), hunting ways to speed up the McCarthy-Pentagon dispute, said today he may restate the issues In the angry controversy in an effort to keep questioning to the point.
The acting chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee said be felt such a restatement might expedite matters. He said he felt there had been a tendency of all concerned to drift away from the basic questions.
The subcommittee is to resume its televised hearings on Monday, with Secretary of the Army Stevens called back for further questioning. He has been in the witness chair off and on since the first day, April 22.
Sen. Mundt threw cold water on the idea of calling Sen. McCarthy as the next witness after Stevens.
The Army’s special counsel, Joseph N. W’elch, said yesterday that in the interest of expediting the proceedings he was willing to have McCarthy follow Stevens rather than going ahead with the presentation of the Army’s case.
However, Mundt said he and Ray H. Jenkins, the subcommittee’s special counsel, agreed that it would be better for the Army to complete presentation of its side before evidence was taken from McCarthy and his aides.
Mundt said Jenkins felt that calling McCarthy immediately after Stevens would result in delaying the hearings. He emphasized that Jenkins did not mean that
Welch had made his proposal with that in mind.
McCarthy said yesterday he would be available to take the witness chair at any time.
Mundt was asked if any propos als had been made to limit the testimony to Stevens and McCar thy, without having their subord inates as witnesses, in an effort to expedite the hearings.
He said some senators had asked him why the subcommittee didn’t "get it down to two people," but he added that these suggestions had not come from "anyone with any authority or any knowledge of the case."
Mundt remarked that it sounded simpler than it was, adding any such agreement would have to be worked out by all the parties to the controversy. He said this seemed "very doubtful” to him.
In other developments, Mundt said the subcommittee expected to have from both sides early next week any transcribed notes they had on monitored telephone conversations bearing on the issues.
He said he assumed those submitted by the Army would include two telephone talks between Stevens and Army Counselor John G. Adams late last November about McCarthy’s reaction to the possible removal of Maj. Gen. Kirke B, Lawton as commander of Ft. Monmouth.
He said these and another monitored call between Stevens and McCarthy last Nov. 7 should be "very illuminating."
Such "united action” has been asked by Secretary of State Dulles.
While not mentioning Britain by name, Knowland declared:
"I don’t believe we should givej any single nation a veto oyer the, vital security interests of this ceiin-try. It would be unthinkable to surrender to another nation the power for its prime minister to say what the United States should do.
"Our so-called allies should be called upon to indicate in advance just what they are prepared to do in collective action. But we must move despite any position they take.”
Knowland’s statement was the latest evidence of great congressional anxiety over the whole Indochina question, especially on the ¡
Red Planes Mass Kear
WASHINGTON, May 1 (^Reports reaching here say a swarm of Chine.se MIG 15 jet fighters and bombers are poised on airdromes close to the Indochina border, from where they can stab swiftly If Moscow and Peiping decide Red China should intervene more actively in the Indochina fighting.
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should dispatch iU o««. Indochina, suggests the Red air
force is making aerial reconnaissance of targets it would attack U ordered to strike.
The number of MIG13 fighters
forces to aid the embattled French and Indochinese.
Rep. Vorys of Ohio, a senior GOP member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, predicted that committee would write restrictions on theeiise of American troops in combat zones despite President Eisenhower’s opposition.
Vorys made plain he was not stating his own views aboSl such restrictions. But he said pressure is so strong that the committee will have to write some sort of safeguard clause into the foreign aid bill, or else amendments will be adopted on the floor.
The House group is expected to finish work on the measure later this month. As now worded it provides for 3*/2 billion dollars in foreign aid for the 12 months beginning July 1.
Just last week the House beat down, 214-37, an appropriations bill rider proposed by Rep. Coudert (R—NY) to bar the use of new military funds to support troops in combat in any country the United States is not required to defend, except by prior congressional consent. This wouli include Indochina.
Knowland said the Communists have made it clear at Geneva that their price for a peace settlement would be American withdraw'al
See POLICY, Page f-A, Col. *
To Tower 10 Stories.
Citizens National Bank has set the size of its new building — 8 stories — and the time to begin it: mid-summer.
In addition, a 24 by 72 foot tower will extend two floors above the main building, making the total height 10 stories. The tower will accommodate air conditioning equipment and elevator shafts.
These announcements came Saturday from President Malcolm Meek.
A major addition to the plans since the original announcement w'as made last year is a big two-story parking garage and street-level space for retail store use.
The whole building will occupy the entire block fronting on Cypress Street between North Fourth and North Fifth Streets, and ex
tending 140 feet deep to the alley.
Total cost of the new addition to Abilene’s skyline is estimated at $2,500,000, including the $360,-000 paid for the land. But the figure does not include cost of new fixtures.
It will take a year to build the structure.
Citizens bought the tract last July and at that time announced it would erect the building.
Architect’s plans are completed except for some minor details which will be finished soon. Then contractors will be invited, to submit bids. Contract can be let about a month afterward.
The full block measures 300 feet.
The main banking rooms will occupy the basement, first floor and
SKYLINE CHANGER — This is an artist’s conception of the new in mid-summer. The structure will rise to a height of 10 stories, with proposed Citizens National Bank Building which is to to be built on the top two floors housing air conditioning equipment and elevator Cypress St. between North Fourth and North Fifth Sts. Work is to star t shafts.
second floor of 104 feet of the total, and the full 140-foot depth to the alley.
The two-story parking garage north of the bank and office building proper will front 196 feet on Cypress. Of this, 88 feet of the street level will be devoted to the retail shop or shops.
Space for 200 Cars Meek said the garage will park 200 cars. They will be parked on the second floor and roof of the garage.
Above the main banking quarters will be six floors of office space served by two high speed elevators.
This portion of the building will be 72 feet wide, and 24 feet back from Cypress St. will have an 18-foot setback. From this setback to the alley, the building' width will be 54 feet.
The entire building will contain 173,200 square feet of floor .space. Of this, 46,250 .square feet will be devoted to banking, 63,300 to parking, 49,850 to the office building proper, 9,M0 to the first floor retail shops, and S.8S0 to the elevator and air conditioning tower. itP-Feet Sign A Citizens National Bank sign will extend from the second floor level to the top of the tower, and taper off In needle point fashion
above it. It will be 120 feet from top to bottom.
Directors are Meek, Benson, Swenson, Scott, C. M. Caldwell, W. J. Fulwiler, Ed Grissom, H. M. Harrison, E. L. Harwell, J. C. Hunter, Jr., Gilbert Pechacek. John B. Ray. W. P. Wright and W. D. Watkins.
George L. Dahl of Dallas is the architectural and engineering firm, with F. C. Olds Co. of Abilene
See BANK, Page 9-A, Cols. 4-5
concentrated on airdromes along the China-Indochina border, incUld-ing two big fields with hard-sur~ faced runways, is more than 600, say persons returning from tha Far East. In addition to the MiG’s there are believed to be a number of light, twin-engined jet bombers.
For the last two years, Red China has been building up two big supply areas close to the border, which, in addition to providing equipment for shipment south to the Vietminh ground forces, presumably contain stockpiles of fuel and spare parts for aircraft.
These reports point up the serious danger which the tiny French Air Force in Indochina would face if the battle-trained Red Chinese Air Force were committed.
The French, even with the American help given them in the form of maintenance technicians, planes and parts, already are having difficulty—without opposition In ths air.
Rochester Voles $225,000 Bond Issue for School
ROCHESTER. May 1 (RNS) — A $225,000 bond issue for construction of a new elementary school, cafetorium and bus garage was approved by voters here Saturday by a 161-12 margin.
School Supt. Robert King said that the bonds have been contracted for sale to the Henry - Seay Company of Dallas- The company agre^ to buy the bonds at 2V« and 2*4 per cent interest if approve^ by voters. Ths bonds win be for 15 years and optional after 10 years.
The new elementary school will include nine classrooms and m combination cafeteria and audilo-lium with a seating capacity of 350 and in which 200 children may be served.
It will be located between tha present grade and high school. Tha present grade school is to be remodeled for a physical education building for grade school pupils.
The garage, to house six buses, will be located within the vocational agriculture shop located across the street from the schools.
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Texas Near Bottom In Mental Hospitals
CORPUS CHRISTI m - Texas lags far behind other states in treatment of the menlaliy ill, Dr. James A. Bethea says, becausa of lack of sufficient funds.
Bethea, executive director of tba State Hospital Board, spoka hara yesterday at the Spoho HosritAl to a group of intercstad citis^.
The war-time commandar ol mammoth McCioikey General Hoa-piUl at Temple, Bethea said Tax* ana get what they pay tor la ttiair state hospitals.