Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXI1I, No. 329
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ABILENE. TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING. MAY 12. 1954-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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Security Pact Ai Lubbock
GENEVA, May 11 OB—Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov hammered at the proposed U.S. security pact in Southeast Asia today. The deadlocked Indochina peace talks were temporarily recessed.
Molotov described the proposed pact as "a new military bloc against the peoples of Southeast Asia” and said it was ‘‘in contradiction with the interests of peace.”
The Soviet minister raised the question in a 19-nation meeting on the problem of unifying Korea. No signs of progress in settling the Korean question were discernible in today’s session. The discussion of an armistice for Indochina will be resumed tomorrow in a session of the Big Four. Red China, the three Associated States of Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam and Viet-minh representatives.
Earlier a .French spokesman said his government was opposed to major points in the Communist-led Vietminh armistice plan for Indochina. But he said the French consider the Vietminh proposals, along with France’s, as a basis for discussion.
The spokesman made clear the French had not rejected the Vietminh proposals, which the United States says are designed to hand
over Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia to eventual Communist control.
Compelled to Alter
Huang Hua, official spokesman for the Chinese Communists, commenting on the French statement, said France had been ‘ compelled” to alter previous rejection of the Vietminh proposal. The Chinese spokesman ridiculed the possibility of a French-Vietminh compromise.
British and American spokesmen, commenting on Molotov’s speech to the conference on Korea today, saw nothing which would help move the Korean talks out of the almost hopeless stage to which they have descended. The Communists from the outset have rejected any supervised elections in North Korea and insisted on Soviet-style voting. Molotov supported this po-
SECTION A Women's news ..... 4, 5
Oil ................ 2, 3
Editoriolis . ............6
Comics . . . ........... 7
Classified ads 8, 9, 10
Radio & TV logs........10
Farm & Markets........11
AT WESTERN COTTONOIL
An explosive fire heavily damaged the chemical laboratory at Western Cottonoil Co. about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire apparently set off an
Five Killed In Car Wreck
CANYON, Tex., May 11 (A*-Five persons were killed and four were injured when one car apparently skidded into another during a blinding rainstorm at a curve near this Panhandle town today.
The accident happened aboug 3 p.m. four miles west of Canyon.
The dead were: J.B. Stout, Elk City, Okla.: Clayton Davidson, 40, Dimmitt, Tex.: George Perry, 37, Seagraves. Tex.: O.D. Burk, 56, Canute, Okla., and Mrs. Algin Damron, Elk City.
The injured were: Mrs. J.B. Stout, wile of the dead man, in serious condition; the Stout’s grandson, Timothy McClellan, about 5, of Elk City, in serious condition.
Airline Merger Hearing Delayed
WASHINGTON, May 11. (RNS)
—Hearing on the proposed merger ' glassware in an adjoining room.
ether explosion after spreading from its point of origin in an adjoining lint cotton grading room. Cost of replacing costly glassware and chemicals and damage to the building was estimated at $40 000.
Three of five rooms in the converted mill building were damaged. The laboratory is located in the heart of the company’s plant at South Eighth and China Sts. There was no apparent danger of it spreading to other buildings, though. Fire Marshal L. A. Blackwood said.
Laboratory helper Harley Holloway, McMurry College student, was talking by telephone to Abilene chemist Jim Ridlehuber about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when he heard a muffled explosion. Holloway said when he discovered the fire in an adjoining room, he then told Ridlehuber to call the fire department.
Holloway said he and two other persons, who had been passing by, fought the blaze with fire extinguishers until smoke drove them from the building.
Abilene firemen had the fire under control about 10 minutes after their arrival, Blackwood said.
Heaviest damage was in the cotton grading room. The chemical explosion in the ether room blew walls out of place, blew out windows, and toppled a cabinet of
By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter-News Staff Writer
LUBBOCK, May 11. — Raymond Thomason, Sr., is scheduled to go on trial in U. S. Court here Wednesday morning on one indictment in connection with VA housing loans.
Thomason is named in two indictments but will be tried on each one separately unless the defense asks the court to consolidate them. If such a request is made and granted, he would stand trial only once on both indictments together.
Attorneys for eight Abilene defendants failed Tuesday to get hew indictments against their clients dismissed. Dismissal of indictments were sought for the second time within a week — this time on true bills returned by a grand jury in Lubbock last Saturday.
Judge Joseph B. Dooley last week dismissed 19 indictments against 45 individuals. On the government’s request he immediately empaneled a new grand jury which later returned nine indictments against eight Abilenians.
Motions for dismissal were submitted in all of the cases Tuesday. After hearing arguments by government and defense attorneys, Judge Dooley overruled motions submitted in the two cases against Thomason and in one indictment against Weldon L. Russell and Taylor W. Long, Jr.
The court pointed out that his overruling the motion in one of Thomason's indictments would also apply to two counts in an indictment against W. 0. Hayter, Jr.
In seeking the dismissals defense attorneys again urged the premise that the new indictments did not allege falsified facts that were material to the veterans’ obtaining loans.
Tom Eplen, attorney for Taylor Long, declared, “I can honestly say I don’t know what they (the government) intend to prove. I don’t know what the essential facts are and a defendant has the right to know with what he is charged.”
Eplen and other defense lawyers argued that the government had made no allegation of false statements other than to say (in the indictments) that credit reports for the veterans stated that the reports were prepared and filed in the “Retail Credit Company, El Paso office.”
U. S. District Attorney Heard L Floore countered by stating that the government’s proof during the
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Stevens' Vote Ends Cut-lt-Short Plan
Army Row Night Sessions Asked
of Pioneer and Continental Airlines have been recessed temporarily.
Reason for the delay is the illness of a Chase National Bank official in New York. The hearings WÜ1 resume w’hen the official is well enough to testify on financial arrangements of the merger.
Ridlehuber and the company’s division chemist, W. T. Coleman, estimated the damage. Much of the equipment would be salvaged, they said.
Not recoverable will be a majority of the chemicals in the laboratory.
SURROUNDED Mrs. Stella Williams* home at 1118 Anson Ave. was completely surrounded by runoff waters from Tuesday rains. (Staff Photo by David Barros)
As Clouds Drip
WASHINGTON, May 11 (^Secretary of the Army Stevens telephoned a veto today—-while at home watching the proceedings on television—and so a last-ditch Republican move to cut short the McCarthy-Army public hearings was defeated, 4-3.
In the stormy aftermath of a stormy day devoted entirely to argument over cut-it-short proposals, Senate investigators agreed to vote tomorrow on a strongly backed new move to hold night as well as day sessions.
Telephoned Stevens The decisive vote—on a proposal by Sen. Dirksen (R-UD to shorten the public phase of the inquiry— came after Joseph N. Welch, counsel to the Army side, twice left the hearing room and telephoned the virus-stricken Stevens.
With TV cameras recording the remarkable—and probably unprecedented scene—Welch finally reported the Army secretary felt the
WHERE IT RAINED
West Texans rejoiced Tuesday.
The long-awaited soaking rains had come.
The extended drought had been broken as heavy rains fell generally throughout the territory with some points getting more than 4 inches for the two-day total.
Most of the drenching showers accompanied early Tuesday morning squalls.
Lakes Get Biggest Catch in Months
Runoff waters from West Central Texas’ drenching rains Monday and Tuesday revived thirsty lakes and stock tanks throughout the territory.
Municipal water supplies were multiplied as billions of gallons of water swirled into area lakes.
Checks Tuesday showed Abilene, Coleman, Hamlin and Rule among the first to report the benefits from the rains, which totaled as much as 41? inches for two-days in some sections.
Over a Billion Abilene’s three municipal lakes caught more than a billion gallons
MOSTLY SMOKE NOW firemen fight cottonoil chemical plant blaze
—«taff phata by David Barraa
of water from Monday and Tuesday rains.
City Water Supt. Curtis C. Har-lin, Jr., estimated Tuesday night that the combined catch of the three city lakes up to 5 p. m. Tuesday would amount to a three-months water supply.
Harlin said more water would pour into the lake overnight Tuesday to further boost the total. He predicted another foot rise for Lake Fort Phantom Hill.
Lakekeepers at Lake Kirby and Lake Abilene informed Harlin that the creeks were still running strong late Tuesday afternoon.
“Today’s catch is our biggest of the year," Harlin said.
Combined catch, of the three lakes totaled 1 billion, 40 million gallons at 5 p. m., Harlin reported, boosting the combined total of all of the lakes at 15 billion, 570 million.
After rains of April 29-30, Harlin estimated the 14 million, 120 million then on hand figured to be an average 2'i years’ water supply
Harlin figures the water supply on the basis of the city’s average annual usage.
The annual average daily consumption for Abilene is 7l2 million gallons, although in the spring and summer months the total runs as high as 15 to 17 million gallons, Harlin observed. Evaporation rate and other factors must be reckoned with also, he said.
When the lakes have caught all they are going to as a result of the current rains, Harlin says he is going to make a further study of the city’s water supply and “try to come up with a more accurate picture,” he said Tuesday night.
All Lakes Gain The breakdown at the city s three lakes:
LAKE FORT PHANTOM HILL - Up .7 of* foot to increase the lake by 600 million gallons, bringing the lake’s total to 13 billion, 700 million as of 5 p.m Tuesday Capacity it 24 billion.
LAKE KIRBY - Up 14 feet for
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Farmers and ranchers became optimists as prospects for their *54 crops seemed to improve by the hour. Pasture conditions, thanks to the rains, were termed in their best shape in five years.
Revive Wheat Hopes In some sections, the rains revived hopes for a good wheat crop. Farmers were particularly elated over the sub-soil moisture afforded for cotton and grain sorghum planting.
But the rains did more than brighten the farmers’ outlook. They helped fill stock tanks and many area lakes, helping city water supplies and reviving favorite holes.
The heavier rains fell north of Abilene in Haskell County, where Rule. Rochester and Haskell all recorded more than 4 inches.
Taylor County and Abilene received downpours early Tuesday morning, and most of the rain gauges throughout the city showed more than 2 inches. However, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport recorded 1 81 for the 24-hour period. A rain gauge at 1426 North 19th St. measured 3.30 inches for the day.
3-Inrh Rains Fisher County’s rain seemed to average 3 inches, according to reports from Roby and Rotan, where gauges measured that amount. Strong winds and lashing rains sent many Fisher County folks to storm cellars from 2 to 4 a.m.
Tuesday. Field terraces were broken ovpr the countryside.
Aspermont reported 3 inches, although some points in the northern part of Stonwall County got as much as 4 inches. It was still sprinkling in Aspermont Tuesday night.
In .Jones County, Hamlin measured 3.60 inches with most of the rain coming in the early morning. Anson. Hawldy, Noodle. Hodges and Stith also recorded 3-inch rains.
A slow mist was coming down in Haskell at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.
State Highway 283 was underwater four miles north of Rule although traffic was passing. State Highway 24 from Haskell to Rule was also partially underwater.
Traffic was detoured around through Benjamin and Crowell from U. S. Highway 83 after the bridge over the North Wichita River between Guthrie and Paducah washed out.
It was raining late Tuesday at Seymour, where 3.30 inches had fallen Monday and Tuesday. Mun-day got 2.82 inches Tuesday to bring its two-day total to 3.36 inches.
Weinert received .81 of an inch since 10 a.m. Tuesday, and 3:29 inches since 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Municipal Airport .......1 81
1829 South Eighth .........2.90
909 Hickory St.............2.49
1450 Clinton ........... .2 50
2225 Edgemont ..........2 60
426 Poplar ...............2.70
2826 Grape ...............2 75
857 EN 13th ...............2.60
2942 Swenson .......2.25
1426 North 19th ............3 30
ALBANY .....................2 00
Dirksen proposal “would not result in fairness.'*
That settled it. Acting Chairman Mundt (R-SD) had announced beforehand he’d vote against the proposal, even though he favored it, if either side thought it would result in unfairness or injustice. Mundt proceeded to vote with the three Democrats against the Dirk-NB proposal, and it was defeated.
Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis) protested angrily that he'd been misled. He said he’d been given to understand during the noon hour that Welch would accept the proposal— that Welch, in fact, had suggested some changes so as to make it acceptable.
The Wisconsin lawmaker— “shocked beyond words,” he said —declared this looked to him like bad faith on the part of the Army counsel. He demanded Welch be put on the stand to explain why he “welshed” on an agreement.
Welch protested complete innocence. He said he made no suggestions during the noon hour and entered into no agreement. As a matter of fact, he said, he did nothing but have lunch and retire to a quiet room where he lay down on a long couch and rested.
What it all added up to was that all six principals in the controversy, and not just Stevens and McCarthy, will testify and be cross-examined in televised public sessions. Other witnesses likewise may be questioned in public, and the whole thing may take weeks or months.
Dirksen’s proposal would have recessed the public hearings after Stevens and McCarthy testified.
.................#l ' oievms anu Mcvartny testified.
ASPERMONT ..........3.00 Additional testimony would have
BALLINGER ............ 195 \)een taken behind closed doors,
with word for word transcriptions handed out to the press. Also, the
BUFFALO GAP ...........2.00
CISCO ................... 1 00
COLEMAN .............. 1-50
COLORADO CITY .........2.93
FORT CHADBOURNE .....1.50
KNOX CITY ............... 1 88
LORAINE ...............2 91
SOUTH OF LORAINE ......3 35
MERKEL ............ 175
PAINT CREEK ............3.02
RISING STAR ............. 170
ROBERT LEE ............. 1 50
SANTA ANNA .............1.50
SAN ANGELO .............0.19
SEYMOUR ...............3 30
STAMFORD ........... 3.16
TUSCOLA ............ 150
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ABILENE AND VICINITY! Montly cloudy and cool Wednesday. Thursday partly cloudy and warmer. Hi*h Wednesday night near 33, and high Thursday
75 to 80.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Decreasing cloudiness and slightly warmer Wednesday, some light rain Wednesday morning. Thursday, partly cloudy and warmer. *
WEST TEXAS: Considerable cloudiness Wednesday. Thursday, partly cloudy, Widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers in the 1‘anhandle and upper Pecos V alley eastward.
EAST TEXAS: Thunderstorms near the coast early Wednesday and some light rain in north Wednesday
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS: widely scattered thunderstorms near coast early Wednesday, other wise, partly cloudy and a little cooler Wednesday. Thursday, partly cloudy and ipild. Iresh shifting wind« on the coast becoming northeast to east Wednesday and east to southeast Thursday.
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High and low t*ani>eraiures lor >4 hours ended at 4:30 p.m.: 62 and Si.
High and tow temperature* name date last ysar: 73 and 57.
Sunset last night 7:27 p m. Sunrise today 3:42 a.as. Sunset tonight 7 *8 p m. Barometer reading at 9:20 p.m. 29 05 Relative hamidity at 9:39 p.m. 91 per
subcommittee couid have gone ahead with its regular work while the inquiry continued.
The day’s big dramatic moment came when, after McCarthy had given a somewhat hesitant okay to the Dirksen proposal, Mundt put the question to Boston lawver Welch.
Delicately, like an oversize bird, the courtly Welch took off his glasses, slowly leaned forward to his microphone.
Welch recalled what Stevens had told the morning session: That he’d follow whatever course the subcommittee indicated, but felt personally all the principals should have their say, and undergo cross-examination, in public “similarly to what I have done.”
So downstairs to a pay phone he plodded, with newsmen trailing after him. He was back in 10 minutes. He said, smiling, the matter had been easy to dispose of—since Stevens was watching on TV at his home.
And Stevens’ view, Welch went on, is that it’s up to the subcommittee to say whether the cut-it-short proposal is fair and just.
3.29 The secretary’s personal feeling, be added, is that he—Stevens— shouldn’t be “stuck on the stand 14 days” while the other side gets off much more lightly.
That didn’t satisfy Mundt—who. at this point, was jetting Stevens in effect cast the deciding vote He pressed for a specific answer— did Stevens think the Dirksen plan unjust or unfair?
Welch sighed again. Frankly, he said, lie didn't have a black-and-white answer to-that. And. he said, he w'anted it absolutely clear that his words wouldn’t be interpreted later as “making a deal.”
To settle the matter, he said:
“I got another dime in my pocket ... I’ll go to the phone again.”
Again he rose—a slow - moving, ponderous figure—and proceeded outward and downward This time he made two calls—one lasting a minute, the other a minute and a half.
DOG IN DESPAIR — Mickey, pet of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gardner, 1856 Anderson St., was rather perplexed —and stranded—Tuesday afternoon by all that wet stuff surrounding her home. (Staff Photo by David Barros)
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