Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 13, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIII, No. 330
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE. TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 13, 1954-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
IRRIGATION CHEAP HERE—Mrs. G. A. Simonizh, 4042 and her husband decided to sell out Graoe St surveys flood waters from her front porch Wed- view where they own an irrigated farm. (See related pic-Say mSrThe was put when she ture. page 1-B). (Staff Photo by Don Hutcheson) ______
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Fleeing Burglary Suspect Caught
Abilene area lakes were surging toward record levels Wednesday as runoff waters from Monday and Tuesday's rains gushed into their basins.
And at three points — Stamford, Coleman and Colorado City — lakes had already reached record high marks.
Abilene and Sweetwater’s lakes continued to count the blessings of the rains in terms of millions of gallons of water which increased their municipal supplies by whopping margins.
Swift runoff waters from heavy Haskell County rains gushed into Lake Stamford Wednesday to push
Sweetwater Lowers Water Rates After 3 lakes Rise
SWEETWATER. May 12 (RNS) — Lower water rates were voted by the Sweetwater City Commission here Wednesday in a special session.
The commission, which met on the recommendation of City Manager Henry Nabers. voted unanimously to lower the city water rates during the summer months.
The rate change was brought about by all three Sweetwater reservoirs catching a considerable amcunt of water this week from heavy rains in the area.
The new lower rate calls for a $2.25 minimum and covers up to 4,000 gallons. The next 3,000 gallons will cost 45 cents per thousand gallons, the next 3.000 will be 40 cents per thousand gallons with the next 40.000 gallons costing 30 cents per thousand. All water used in excess of 50.000 gallons will cost 25 cents per thousand gallons.
Previous rates were the same $2.25 minimum for the first 4,000
gallons used. Rates for the next 11,000 gallons consumed were 50 cents per thousand gallons and for the next 35,000 gallons 45 cents per thousand gallons. All water used in excess of 50.000 was 30 cents per thousand gallons.
The rate reduction is to go into effect on the first billing period following June 1.
City commissioners and City Manager Nabers voiced the opinion that the increased water consumption through the rate reduction will offset the loss of revenue in that more water will be ui^d by Sweetwater residents during the summer months.
The reduced rate will probably stay in effect until about Oct. 1 when water consumption will slacken, commissioners said.
Motion for the reduced rates was made by Commissioner Hez Hawley Jr. and seconded by Commissioner Roy DeBusk.
State Insurance Laws Criticized
AUSTIN. May 12 ((D-Two appellate court justices charged today “fraudulent and corrupt abuse” and negligent enforcement of Texas insurance laws which they said enabled a company to operate more than three years before going into receivership.
This criticism was leveled in a decision by the 3rd Court of Civil Appeals denying the right of the Texas Mutual Insurance Co to assess certain policyholders an extra year's premium to meet claims of the company's creditors.
Associate Justice Robert Hughes, writing one opinion, took notice of “the part played by state senator and attorney William T. Moore of Bryan” when the company secured insurance board approval of a $436,000 property appraisal.
The apprai.sal, which Hughes said contained false statements, helped the company get a certificate to sell nonassessable policies.
Such policies, easier to sell than others that can be assessed, may be issued only by companies with at lea.st a $200,000 free surplus.
Moore, who the record showed had received $13.600 from Texas Mutual for services from sometime in 1949 to Feb. 7. 1953, 4old The Associated Press by telephone he had “merely followed the law as I saw it” in securing the appraisal.
“I did not see the property. I do not hold myself out as an expert on real estate matters,” said Moore. “All 1 had was some sworn
appraisals which I assumed were authentic. Ail 1 did was act as a messenger boy in delivering the appraisal to the insurance board.”
Hughes' opinion quoted from trial testimony which indicated Moore had approached the late insurance board chairman, George Butler, concerning the real estate valuation matter in early August, 1949.
Butler had testified in the trial he had referred Moore to the chief examiner and chief clerk of the insurance department.
Moore had testified he thought he presented the appraisal to L. W. Blanchard, the chief examiner, but he could not recall whether there was any discussion as to the sufficiency of the appraisal Hughes said Texas Mutual never at any lime had the $200,000 free surplus.
He said the company therefore “resorted again to fraud and corruption in order to retain the authority to write this type of policy.”
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the young lake’s water level to its highest in history.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday the lake had risen 3.8 feet since late Monday with .5 of a foot coming between 3 and 8 p.m., according to William Mercer, operator of West Texas Utilities’ Paint Creek Power Plant, situated on the lake.
Lake Stamford’s water serves the municipal water supplies of Stamford and Hamlin. Its lake area is approximately 63,000-acre feet, only slightly smaller than the area of Abilene’s Lake Fort Phan tom Hill.
Lake Stamford’s water level was 3.3 feet at 3 p.m. Wednesday and was boosted by another one-half foot at the 8 p.m. gauging.
The present level is higher than its previous high mark, which was recorded last year on the strength of heavy area rains on tbe watershed feeding the lake.
Lake Fort Phantom Hill, meanwhile, continued to rise slowly Wednesday, although mainly because of around-the-clock pumping of three pumps at the city’s Gear Fork pumping station. The pumps lift flood waters from the Clear Ford of the Brazos River into the big city lake, largest Abilene municipal reservoir.
Lakes Kirby and Abilene, however, were the same as they were Wednesday morning.
Latest figures on Abilene's lake catch, reported Wednesday night by City Water Supt. Curtis C. Har-lin, Jr., follow:
Lake Fort Phantom Hill had risen 2.2 feet from this week’s rain, or a total increase of 1 billion. 750 million gallons.
Lake Kirby had received 2.1 feet or 300 million gallons gain.
Lake Abilene had caught 4 feet, equal to 290 million gallons increase.
Combining all three lakes, Abilene’s total catch for the Monday and Tuesday rains in 2 billion. 340 million as of Wednesday night. Harlin said the new catch would be equivalent to a 10-months water supply, even after discounting the evaporation rate.
The city’s present supply, Harlin said, will last well over three years.
Elm and Catclaw Creeks in Abilene continued to contribute overflow waters into residential areas along Grape St. just north of the city limits.
The water spread out on a low district just northeast of the confluence of the creeks.
Lake Colorado City reported a record high water mark on the basis of a rise of 7.2 feet from Monday and Tuesday rains. The highest previous rise of the lake occurred in September, 1950. Officials estimated that the lake contains 8.2 billion gallons of water.
At Sweetwater. Oak Creek Lake reported a 2.8-foot rise, almost half filling the 39.000 - acre feet lake area. Water level is 11.5 feet be low the spillway level.
Lake Trammell and Lake Sweet water also recorded substantial water gains. Lake Sweetwater got a 4.7-foot rise, but it is still ^.5 feet below the spillway.
Oak Creek supplies Sweetwater Bronte, Blackwell and Roby. Sweetwater also receives part of its municipal supply from Lakes Trammell and Sweetwater.
Hord’s Creek Lake at Coleman had the record high level in its six-year history.
At Breckenridge, Lake Daniel ran over its spillway Tuesday morning and officials estimated a two-year water supply waa on hand. ^
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Special to the Reporter-News
SAN ANGELO, May 12 — James A. Thomas, 31, of O’Brien was' in critical condition in Shannon Hospital here Wednesday night. Oscar Galloway. 43, of Stamford, previously listed as in critical condition. was later considered as in serious condition.
They were injured about 1:15 a. m. Wednesday wiMM»<^ir car collided with a traiier-truck about a half-mile east of Harriett in eastern Tom Green County on U. S, Highway 67.
The trailer - truck was driven by Floyd Clifton Herpecbe of Stamford. His wife was with him.
Herpeche was treated at the hospital for a cut over the right eye and released. Mrs. Herpeche suffered a scalp laceration, but was released from the hospital Wednesday.
The trailer - truck, loaded with 26,000 pounds of scrap metal, was' traveling toward San Angelo. The car was going toward Ballinger,
The State Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s office are continuing an investigation of the wreck.
Vietnamese Make Geneva Peace Demand
GENEVA. May 12 (^The state of Viet Nam, torn by war for nearly eight years, demanded peace today—but without a Korea-like partition of the country.
The Vietnamese proposals had the sympathy if not the 100 per cent approval of the non-Commu-nist states represented at the nine-nation Indonesian conference. But they appeared to fall on deaf ears in the Communist bloc.
Red China’s Foreign Minister Chou En-lai, principal speaker today for the East, devoted most of his talk to an attack on the United States. He ignored any armistice proposals except those advanced by the Communist Viet-minh delegation. They are unacceptable to the West.
(onvid Held In Wingate Bank Case
BALLINGER. .May 12.-A clemency leave violator from tlie stale penitentiary was charged here Wednesday in the Saturday night burglary of the Wingate Security Bank.
A burglary ch^ge was filed in Justice of the Peace B, G. Sharp’s court against Robert Carter Owens, 23, address unknown.
Owens was arrested about noon by sheriff’s deputies as he flpd from a farmhouse near Wingate.
Deputies John Wilson of Winters and W. T. Mooreland of Miles fired several warning shots as Owens ran across a rain-soaked field, Sharp said.
Shoes Lost in Mud Owens, minus shoes lost in the mud, was brought here to Runnels County jail, where he was being held Wednesday night.
Runnels County Attorney Jack Moore said Owens, who had served about a year and a half of a three year sentence at the state penitentiary on a charge of burglary and theft, was granted clemency leave about a year ago. He failed to return.
Second Man Released
A Sweetwater man picked up by officers in Sweetwater about 3:15 p.m. Wwinesday was brought to Ballinger for questioning concerning the bank burglary but waa cleared of the crime and released, Moore said.
The suspect has been charged in Sharp’s court and a warrant issued for his arrest. He was picked up by Sweetwater Chief of Police Lloyd Rogers, Sgt. W. R. Powell and Patrolman M. F. Sanders, assisted by Sheriff Ted Lambert. He offered no resistance.
The burglary Saturday night of the Wingate Security Bank was the fifth time in the past five to seven years that the bank has been burglarized.
Deposit Boxes Found A dozen safety deposit boxes, $3 in stamps and a pistol were taken. An attempt had been made to open inner money vaults.
The safety deposit • boxes were found Sunday along Highway 70 about five miles south of Sweetwater.
Duncan Hensley, president-cash-ier of the privately owned bank, said he didn’t believe any valuables were lost from the boxes.
Hensley discovered the burglary at 7 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a screen off of a window through which the bank had apparently been entered.
A knob had been knocked off the safety deposit vault door.
Wingate is located in Runnels County about 12 miles northwest ot Winters.
ADAMS T E S T I F I E S~Army Counselor John Adams testifies in Washington as the opening witness on the 15th day of the McCarthy-Army hearing, Adams said Sen. McCarthy once told him G. David Schine was “not much use” to the McCarthy Subcommittee and McCarthy hoped Schine would be drafted.
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120 BsElfolds Taken From 17 Colleges
DENTON C^Texas Rangers today were searching for (Jeorge Chester Sewell Jr.. 21. in whose abandoned car they found 120 billfolds belonging to students in 17 colleges in three stales.
County Attorney Darwin Wilder of Denton filed two charges of felony theft of over $.50 against Sowell, who had registered at North Texas State College as from Amarillo. The charges Ivere based on the theft of $61 and $100 from two NTSC students.
Ranger George M. Roach was in Denton today investigating the case.
Rangers found the billfolds and contents, enough to fill a two-bushel basket, in the trunk of Sewell’s car. The car had been left in a Weatherford, Tex., garage for repairs after it had broken down near there in late March.
Officers opened the trunk on April 23 after the owner had failed to call for the car. The billfolds belonged to students from schools in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
The colleges besides North Texas State include McMurry, Texas
lech. West Texas State, Abilene Christian, Texas Western, University of Houston, Texas Christian, University of Texas. Baylor, Sul Ross, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist and Hardin-Simmons, all in Texas, and New Mexico Military Institute and the University of New Mexico and Louisiana State.
In a raid on a dormitory at NTSC last Nov. 20 about $200 was taken from students.
THIS IS JUST A COOL TAIL
KNOXVILLE. Ttnn., May IJ m — Who froze the monkey’a tail?
City zoo officials say it already was frozen when he was donated last November by James Terry.
“Not so,” Terry said today. The question arose Monday when zoo officials tried to catch the monkey and his tail hit the cage.
To make a long tail short, the frozen four inches just fell off.
Adams Fingers Cohn As Main Row Villain
WASHINGTON, May 12 GfwJohn G. Adams testified today the Army took the fateful first step toward its challenge to Sen. McCarthy <R-Wis) at the suggestion of President Eisenhower’s chief assistant.
Adams, counsel to the Army, said Sherman Adams of the White House staff advised him last Jan. 21 to prepare a written record of
the Army’s troubles with McCarthy’s office over draftee G. David Schine.
As the Army lawyer described it, this record — proposed at a meeting of top-level administration officials in the office of Atty, Gen. Brownell—grew into a published report which triggered the flaming controversy now being aired before
Ike Doesn't Adhere To Secret Passing
WASHINGTON, May 12 t!5-In emphatic terms bearing directly on the McCarlhy-Army hearings. President Eisenhower said today it is reprehensible for an individual officer or civilian to give away secret information involving national security.
Eisenhower cla.ssed such action as insubordination and said not for one second would he think of condoning it.
The President didn’t mention Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) by name.
He souglit to discuss proprieties in general terms.
But he was answering a news conference question that did name McCarthy — as having “testified that an Army security officer gave him classified FBI security information which the attorney general later said was done without authorization.”
McCarthy had “no comment at all” on Eisenhower’s remarks.
The senator has said security information was omitted from the document he got from the intelligence officer.
IN THOMASON TRIAL
Witness Alters Testimony, Cries on Witness Stand
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WEST TEXAS; Partly cloudy through Friday: rUlng temperaturea Panhandle,
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EAST TEXAS Partly cloudy and warmer through Friday; moderate north to northeaal wind« on coast, becoming easterly Friday.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS; Partly cloudy through Friday: alighlly warmer Friday: moderate northeaal wind» on
coast, becoming east to Mutheast Friday.
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By GEORGIA NELSON Reporter .New* Staff Writer
LUBBOCK, May 12. — Mrs. Harriet Ford of Midland, a prosecution witness, left the U. S. courtroom in tears here Wednesday after admitting that her testimony differed from what she told a grand jury in Fort Worth.
Testifying for the government in the trial of Raymond Thomason. Sr., of Abilene. Mrs. Ford followed Taylor W. Long. Jr., of Abilene to the witness .stand, Thomason is on trial on a 7-count indictment alleging fraud in connection with obtaining a VA housing loans.
Long related from the witness stand that he had prepared dozens of credit reports for veterans, using information supplied from Thomason’s office in Midland, and that after preparing the reports he sent them to Thomason.
(Long is charged in five counts of another indictment with fraud in connection with obtaining VA housing loans. But his ca$e is not on trial at this time.)
Employed by Themasea Mrs. Ford, who was employed by Thomason in Midland, said she sent the information for the credit
reports to Long on mimeographed forms supplied by Thomason.
On direct examination by Asst. U. S. Atty. Warren Logan she insisted on making "an explanation” when he asked whether Thomason had instructed her to send only favorable information to Long for the credit reports. Her explanation was this: “When I appeared before the grand jury in Fort Worth about a month ago 1 told them that he had instructed me to do this. When I got home and got to thinking it over 1 thought I had just “popped off” and I couldn’t remember whether he had really told me that.”
She had been tense throughout her testimony and her nervousness increased when Logan ask^ whj' she had not told him this when he interviewed her a week ago and if it were not true that she had been eating with Thomason. his family and attorneys in the hotel since arriving here for the trial.
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She said she had eaten with them once and Thomason’s attorney, Dallas Scarborough, was also present.
Scarborough asked Judge
Joseph B. Dooley to instruct Mrs. Ford that she had a right to talk with him as Thomason’s attorney. She was still on the witness stand when court was recessed for the day and U. S. Dist. Atty. Heard L. Floore asked her to meet him in his office for a conference immediately on leaving the stand.
Mrs. Ford ran from the courtroom crying and conferred with Floore. Logan and Asst Dist. Atty. F. L, Hartman more than an hour.
While Mrs, Ford was on the witness stand. Judge Dooley called both government and defense at-
Testifying all day and rattling off names and dates at a sometimes dizzying rate, Adams named McCarthy Chief Counsel Roy M. Cohn as the villain of the piece— as a man so powerful he could and did spoul abuse and "obscene'*' language” at Adams, .and even at McCarthy himself.
Adams—who was seldom interrupted by McCarthy or anybody else—covered more ground in one day than his predecessor on the witness stand. Secretary of the Army Stevens, was able to cover in two weeks.
Besides claiming White House backing at the start of Uiis row with McCarthy, Adams made these other main contentions:
Cohn .subjected him to more pressure and “abu.se” to get fa-favored treatment for Schine than all of Capitol Hill together ever put on him on all other matters in five years at the Pentagon.
2. McCarthy aide Francis P. Carr told him time and again-speaking for Cohn, not on his own behalf—the Army would bring two years of investigations and other trouble on itself if it failed to knuckle under to Cohn and give Schine a New York assignment,
3. McCarthy was glad to get rid of Schine, a subcommittee consultant. when the rich young New Yorker was drafted-but was goaded by Cohn into seeking special assignments for Schine once the youth was in unilorm,
4. Columnist George Sokolsky repeatedly promised he’d have McCarthy’s investigating of the Army stopp^ if Cohn got his way on Schine’s assignment. Adams said he was referred to Sokolsky by McCarthy aide Carr and. on one occasion, by Cohn himself. Sokolsky could not be reached for comment.
Adams gave, among « host of other things, an eyewitness report of a luncheon meeting at which Cohn, he said, vowed that if Schine got an overseas assignment it would “wreck the Army” and Stevens would be “through as secretary of the Army”
Today’s testimony went to the heart of the Army’s charge that McCarthy and aides sought by improper means to get favored treatment for Schine. The McCarthy
torneys to the bench. When question arose over what she had camp counter-charges that Army told the grand jury, they were in officials us«i Schine as a “hos'
a conference there about 30 minutes.
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Ixjng, who formerly worked for Retail Credit Company in Abilene, told in detail about making the credit reports for Thomason. He said he was working for retail credit at the time but that it was not part of the company's work. Re stated that be used Retail Credit Co. report form» to make
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Abilonian El«ct«d Sfato KC Traosurer
BEAUMONT. May 11 (H-R. G. Gaiza of BrownsviUe was re-elected state deputy to head the Knighta of Columbus in Texas today. Dm Gallagher of Abilene was dioo« ticiaauMS. ,