Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 11, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 328
Associated Press (AP)
AEILENE. TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 11, 1954 —TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Reds Agree to Airlift For French Wounded
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EVERYBODY COMES TO WASHINGTON—At first glance it might appear that this cow was on the way to the Capitol, like many others, to register a beef. Actually the police—their patrol wagon not precisely equipped for an inside job—are towing Bossie to the city pound in Washington. She fell out of a truck while passing through Washington on U. S. Route 1. ____________________
Drizzle to Drench
Wets Abilene Area
ainfall ranging from drenching wers to intermittent drizzles tted areas of West Central Tex-Monday and Monday night. Lephens, Haskell and paits of es counties fared best, accord-to territorial rain reports, with ‘tkenridge receiving 1.50 inches, lost of the heavy rain fell in as north and east of Abilene.
Spotted Showers bilene received some spotted wers Monday morning with fine :zles and mists occurring at m-,als throughout the day. The l gauge at the U. S. Weather •eau at Municipal Airport show-only .02 of an inch for the day, lough several gauges in the r recorded as much as .20 of inch.
i the northern part of Jones tnty, a heavy rain began falling Hamlin at 8:30 p. m., accom-ied by hail for several min-5. Total rainfall at Hamlin was orted 1.16 inches, with Neinda. > in Jones County, getting .80 an inch.
lowers drenched Haskell Coun* vith 1.10 inches totaled at Rule, at Haskell, .60 at Weinert and at Rochester, t Haskell, where the Reporter* vs correspondent termed Mon’s rain as “mighty good, a rnpour occurred at 4:30 p. m.
Highway Closed eavy rains forced the closing me highway southeast of Has-Monday, Ray Lusk, state high-r department maintenance fore-1, reported. Farm-to-Market id 618 was under water at a it 10 miles southeast of Haskell temporarily closed, was reported that the Throck-•ton area received 1.50 inches, iday got .54 of an inch, and mour reported .68 of an inch, reckenridge received only .14 ing the day. but heavy evening wers boosted the total to 1.50. vas raining in Breckenridge at ) p. m.
isco reported .10 of an inch of I. The Abilene weather bureau I its radar scope showed “very vy showers’’ in an area been Baird and Cisco and also in
the Ranger area.
WHERE IT RAINED
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Northwest of Abilene, both Ro-tan and Roby reported intermittent drizzles and total rainfall of .20 of an inch. Sweetwater received only .05 throughout the day, based on light sprinkles in the morning and evening in addition to steady misting.
Even less rain was reported
south, with San Angelo recording .03 of an inch for the day and Winters getting only a trace.
Rain forced postponement of all four West Texas - New Mexico League baseball games Monday night at Abilene, Plainview, Borger and Amarillo.
Torrential Rains Balter Tornado-Jittery Waco
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Torrential rains battered tornado-jittery Waco Monday on the eve of the first anniversary of a twister that killed 114 and left the downtown district a shambles.
Up to 5 inches beat down on the Central Texas city of some 100,000 —where at 4:35 p.m. last May 11 a tornado smashed out of dripping skies.
A twister on the same day last year smashed a section of San Angelo, killing 10.
“Sure, the people are jittery,” said City Editor Tom Caulfield of the Waco News Tribune. “But no tornadoes are forecast tonight anyway.”
The Weather Bureau predicted locally severe thunderstorms for South Central Texas and the south part of East Texas Monday night. Up until 9 p.m., it said the most severe storms could be expected in an area bounded by Junction, San Antonio and Killeen.
Rain and gray, gloomy weather blanketed the northern part of Texas Monday. It was blamed for the death of Bent Booe, 64, fatally injured when his pickup truck collided with a train during a rainstorm at a Pilot Point crossing 18 miles north of Denton.
A tornado that apparently did not touch ground was sighted near College Station Monday afternoon.
Overcast skies, drizzle and scattered thunderstorms were predicted Tuesday for most of Texas.
At Waco, the gully waging rains turned streets into rivers, running curb to curb downtown, washing over sidewalks in some places, into stores and homes in others.
In front of the Waco iheater, where “Hell and Highwater” was playingi muddy water sw irled over the sidewalks at the entrance.
Water was 6 feet deep in some low places at Waco. Some streets were blocked.
At one street intersection, attorney W. A. Hall played with two huge turtles—washed from somewhere into the city.
Waco Creek overflowed in places The Bosque River and Lake Waco were brim-full. The lake gates were opened—sending the overflow tumbling into the broad, muddy Brazos River.
A low bridge on the Bosque near Bosquevilie was w ashed out.
Explosion, Fire Rack Waco Area
WACO, May 10 UH—An explosion and fire in Waco tonight resulted in injuries to a number of persons. Police Sgt. J. D. Farley said.
“I understand the explosion occurred in a grocery store, set fire to the store and a tavern next door,” the police officer said. He said preliminary information indicated “a few persons were injured” but no one was killed.
Farley said the blast occurred at 9:20 p. m. and that the area quickly l>ecame clogged with curiosity seekers.
Bob Sadler, a Waco News Tribune reporter, telephoned his office: “I’m bailing water out of my house.”
More rain was predicted at Waco Tuesday—anniversary of the tornado that did nearly 60 million dollars in damage. More than 400 were injured. The lower end of the downtown district caught the full fury. Old sand brick buildings of the city’s early days crumbled.
For three cold, soaking days and nights hundreds of men and machines battled to clear away mounds of rubble. A few were brought out alive from under the debris. An estimated 50 persons died in the block where the R.T. Dennis furniture building stood at the heart of Waco. Falling buildings and brick buried them. The scars of the tornado are almost all gone now—from a construction standpoint. The memory is still vivid.
It is the same at San Angelo.
In Waco, May 11 was decreed “Tornado Memorial Day” by the board of aldermen. Citizens were requested to “forever remember this day in their thoughts and in their prayers.”
While the people of Waco peered anxiously into a vast, dripping overcast, other points in Texas measured the rain, too: at Lubbock, Sherman, Dallas, Paris, Denton, Amarillo, T>ler, Mineral Wells Plainview, L o c k n e y, Corsicana, Electra and Texarkana.
Rain, drizzle, fog and soupy weather resulted from a collision of a warm air mass with a cold air mass over Texas.
Ike, Top U.S. Aides Review Indo Crisis
WASHINGTON, May 10 ^President Eisenhower today discussed the Indochina crisis for nearly an hour with Secretary of State Dulles and top defense leaders amid a surge of activity suggesting an urgent review of U. S. policy in Europe and the Far East.
It was the second time during the day that Eisenhower had talked with his defense chiefs.
The President conferred with both Secretary of Defense Wrilson and Adm. Arthur W. Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this morning.
Then he summoned them again for an unscheduled White House session with Dulles late in the afternoon.
Asked whether the afternoon session dealt with Indochina, Dulles told newsmen:
“That would be a pretty good guess.”
Meanwhile, a Democratic - led storm over foreign policy was blowing up on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, with some lawmakers lambasting Dulles and others accusing the Eisenhower administration of abandoning a bipartisan foreign policy.
Sen Byrd (D-Va) said in a speech before the National Assn. of Plumbing Contractors that “as of now” he would oppose any request by Eisenhower for Congress to authorize the use of U. S. troops in Indochina.
Battle Leaders To Plan Details
GENEVA, May 10 (/P)—The Communists agreed today to allow the French to airlift 1.300 wounded from Dien Bien Phu.
Communist Vietminh representatives at the Geneva conference said French planes and medical personnel could begin the evacuation as soon as the battlefield commanders of the two sides worked out the details.
The French government in Paris
AID TO CRIPPLED CHILDREN — Allen Baird (left), president of the Taylor County Society for Crippled Children, is presented with a check for $414.55 and a wheelchair by Slim Willet (center), Abilene entertainer, and Bartell LaRue, master of ceremonies. The occasion was a benefit at McMurry College’s Radford Memorial Auditorium Monday night, sponsored by 1HR, McMurry’s men’s social club. (Staff Photo by Bob Gulley)
immediately ordered Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in Indochina, to contact Rebel Gen. Nguyen Vo Giap to arrange the evacuation.
The Communist offer was thrown unexpectedly into the second plenary meeting of the Indochina phase of the conference.
Vietminh Deputy Premier Pham Van Dong declared his government “in conformity with the humanitarian policy which it has always pursued during the war .... is prepared to authorize the evacuation of the seriously wounded of the French expeditionary corps who were taken prisoner at Dien Bien Phu.
“If the French government is disposed to evacuate these wounded. the representatives of both commands will undertake on the spot the practical measures necessary to carry out this evacuation.”
V, R. DEPARTMENT OK COMMERCE ME3THKR BUREAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY: Mostly
cloudy Tuesday with thundershowers, becoming partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesluy. Maximum temperature Tuesday 75. and low Tuesday night 50 to 55.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Showers and locally severe thunderstorms Tuesday: Wednesday, partly cloudy and slightly warmer.
WEST TEXAS: Locally severe thunderstorms in east part of South Plains and
east of Pecos Valley, alow clearing elsewhere Tuesday; Wednesday, partly cloudy; slightly warmer in Panhandle and South Plains Tuesday and Wednesday and not quite so hot elsewhere Tuseday.
EAST TEXAS: Showers and local thun-deistorms Tuesday; thunderstorms locally severe Die Tuesday; Wednesday, partly cloudy and a ¡ittlr warmer in north; freah to loeaUy strong southerly winds on the coast, becoming moderately variable Wednesday.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEX Ail. Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunders'orm* Tuesday; thunderstorihs locally severe in North late Tuesday; Wednesday partly cloudy and not quite so hot; fresh to kn ally strong southerly winds on the coast, becoming moderately variable Wednesday.
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High and low temveratures for 24 hours
ended at 6.30 p.m.: 61 and 54.
High and low temperatures same date last year; 63 and 62.
Sunset last night 7:27 p.m. Sunriae today 5:45 a.m. Sunset tonight 7:27 p.m. Barometer reading at 9:30 p.m 28 07. Relative humidity at 9:30 p.m. 91 per cent.
Auto Plunge Kills Man
BRECKENRIDGE, May 10 — Jess A. Melton, 46-year-old Carlsbad, N. M. service station manager, was killed Monday afternoon in an automobile accident near here.
Melton’s west - bound car skidded 215 feet and plunged over an embankment 3.8 miles west of Breckenridge on U. S. Highway 180. The accident happened in misting rain about 1:45 p. m.
Melton was alone in the car. He was declared dead on arrival at Breckenridge Hospital.
The mishap was investigated by Highway Patrolman Charles Swy-gert of Breckenridge.
21 New Teachers Hired for City
By DON NORRIS
Twenty - one new teachers were hired Monday night by the Board of Education. Resignation of one teacher was accepted.
All but seven of the 21 teachers employed are now practice teaching in the local schools while attending college here.
Resigning teacher was Mrs. Constance Bridge Hallack, She had been teaching at Crockett Elementary School.
The board also voted to purchase communications equipment for the new Anson Jones Elementary School. The equipment was pur-
McCarthy Is GOP Problem: Truman
WASHINGTON, May 10 W'—Former President Truman said today Sen. McCarthy of Wisconsin is a Republican problem, and he also urged President Eisenhower to take vigorous action against forces he said are “destroying our national unity and our nation’s position before the world.”
The President, Truman said, is the one man responsible for halting Republican attacks on Democrats—attacks he contended are undermining a bipartisan foreign policy that is more badly needed now than ever before.
Pious words, Truman said, aren’t enough to meet these attacks.
The former chief executive spoke at a National Press Club luncheon, then answered a series of written questions from his audience. The turnout of 552 was the largest in a long series of luncheons at which outstanding world figures have been the guest speakers.
Answering one question, Truman said it so happens that McCarthy isn’t a problem of the Democrats.
“I’m perfectly willing and perfectly satisfied,” he said, “to let the Republicans clean up their own mess.”
White House press secretary James C. Hagerty said he had no comment on the ex-President’s remarks.
Truman declined to answer, as hypothetical, a question as to what he would do about McCarthy if he still were President, but he did declare:
“If I were head of the Democratic party and we had a dema gogue in the Democratic party, I’d take care of him.”
In his prepared address, Tru-
man didn’t mention McCarthy’s name. But there was no doubt about whom he was talking—and he got a round of applause—when he said that:
“I never asked a man to cooperate with me whom I called a traitor: and I never called a man a traitor whom I wanted to work with me.”
Refers to Speeches Referring to a series of McCarthy speeches that called the Roose-velt-Truman administrations ”20 years of treason “make a very poor stepping stone to bipartisan cooperation.”
The former President said the phrase was dug from the cesspool of Hitler’s writings, in which the Nazi Fuehrer attacked the Weimar Republic as “fourteen years of shame and treason,” and converted into a “weapon of political assassination.”
Certainly there can’t be cooperation from the Democrats, Truman said, when the political leadership of the administration “picks up, sponsors, and itself uses both the originators and the content of this infamous campaign of defamation.”
“The problem,” he said, “is not who is responsible for starting a course of conduct which destroys the basis for bipartisan foreign policy—perhaps of any foreign policy—but who is responsible for stopping it. There is only one man who can stop it if he wants a bipartisan foreign policy — the President of the United States.” Also to get Democratic support on foreign policy, Truman said, Democrats and the American people must know what that policy is and why.
chased from Sound Photo Equipment Co. of Lubbock for $1,585.
Supt. of Schools A. E. Wells also told the board Monday night that most pressing problems in the schools here at present are:
1. Need for a new elementary school near Abilene Christian College.
2. Need for additional classrooms at Bonham Elementary School.
3. Need for a new kitchen at North Park Elementary School.
Wells said he had conferred recently with owners of land near ACC in which the board is interested as a possible future school site. He said he expected further word from them in a “few days.”
At least 12 additional classrooms are needed at Bonham to take care of the increasing enrollment. This is in line with a Citizens Committee report to the school board, he said.
Need for Kitchen
Wells said there is need for a kitchen to be erected at North Park School to replace the frame
See TEACHERS. Page 3-A. Col. 3
GENEVA, May 10 (*—The Communists laid their own armistice plan for Indochina before the Geneva conference today and, after two sessions, the conference appeared deadlocked.
Pham Van Dong, vice premier of the Vietminh regime, rejected outright the armistice plan proposed by French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault on Saturday. Dong said it could not “serve as a serious basis” for bringing peace to Indochina.
French Reject Plan The French, in turn, rejected the eight-point Vietminh proposal. A French spokesman said it appeared designed not to stop the war but to “set the stage for Vietminh to swallow all of Indochina.” France and Vietminh agreed only on • evacuating Dien Bien Phu’s wounded.
An American spokesman said tonight Britain and the United States had accepted the French proposal as a basis for discussion. The spokesman said the Vietminh armistice plan would, if adopted, mean “unconditional surrender in Indochina.”
The lines thus were clearly drawn between East and West.
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Stale Menial Plants to Gei Space Help
AUSTIN, May 10 oB-“Terribly overcrowded” conditions in state mental hospitals brought new action today toward relieving urgent need for more space.
The State Board for Hospitals and Special Schools started long range planning for a new mental hospital and possibly a new tuberculosis hospital, in southeast Texas.
Foster Homes Planned The board also took for study a plan to do away with the State Orphans Home at Corsicana by setting up a system of foster homes instead of a big institution.
Figures showing that 14 per cent of the state’s mental patients come from a 15-county area in southeast Texas were given the board. There is now no mental hospital in the teeming Ilouston-Galveston Sabine area.
A resolution adopted by the board authorized Dr. James Bethea to begin looking for a site. The action was broad enough to include possibility of establishing a tuberculosis hospital as well as a mental institution.
Bethea told the board the most urgent need for space is in the mental hospitals. These, he said, are “terribly overcrowded.” The possibility of use of space at Galveston’s Fort Crockett, which he said may be declared surplus, or at the Medical Center in Houston, will be explored.
Legislation Needed The orphans’ care report was submitted to the board by the Texas Research League, a privately-financed organization that studied government problems. This study was made at the board’s request. Board members commented that legislation would be necessary to put it into effect, if the board approves the foster home plan. Legislation would also be necessary to build new hospitals in southeast Texas.
The league proposed securing foster homes for the children, sending the balance to the Waco State Home or to other suitable facilities until they could be placed. The report suggested putting the home under direction of tne State Department of Public Welfare, which now operates the Waco Home for Dependent and Neglected Children.
Joe, Stevens Have Real Donnybrook Over Commies
WASHINGTON, May 10 (Æ-Sec-retary of the Army Stevens, flaring up at Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), declared today there are “doggone few” Communists in the Army and he said he’s just as determined as McCarthy to keep every Red out.
McCarthy, in turn, accused Stevens of having a “selective memory” and of being “naively and unintelligently anti - Communist.” Army Denies The Wisconsin senator said there are men with Communist connections “at this very moment” in one highly sensitive branch of the Army. That subject was dropped for the moment, however, when the Army denied any knowledge of the division McCarthy mentioned.
In the midst of today's wrangling, Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Investigations subcommittee each came up with a plan to shorten the 13-day-old televised inquiry into the McCarthy-Pentagon row.
A formal vote on the proposals was the first order of business to-
morrow and, though the Republicans hold a 4-3 voting edge, indications were that if either plan was adopted it was more likely to be the Democratic one.
Acting Chairman Mundt (R-SD) has announced significantly that he would strongly oppose any cut-it-short move proposed by either side unless it was acceptable to all the principals in the controversy.
The Democratic plan, offered by Shi. McClellan <D-Ark), would limit questioning of further wit-nesses—presumably including McCarthy—to one hour for each senator and four hours for each of the opposing sides.
The Democrats announced they would have no part of any move to sweep the controversy “under the rug.” Republicans said they were against any "whitewash” too. Nobody so much as mentioned the obvious political repercussions of these televised hearings in an election year.
Sen. Dirksen (R-11D came up with the other cut-it-short plan, li
calls for Stevens to leave the stand immediately, for McCarthy to testify next and for the public hearings to recess as soon as the Republican senator leaves the stand.
Then, under the Dirksen plan, the subcommittee would 1. take stock of the situation to see if any further public hearings are necessary and 2, get on with its normal investigation work in the meantime.
Army Agaiast Cats
The Army side served notice in advance, however, it was against calling off the public inquiry until all six of the principals have testified. Similarly, the Army officials rejected an earlier Dirksen proposal which would put the testimony behind closed doors after testimony by Stevens and McCarthy in public.
In view of Mundt’s stand that there must be “a meeting of the mind»” on procedure, the outlook was that the hearings would go on—for weeks or months—in the
See McCarthy, Page 3 Af CoL 4