Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 5, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 139
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ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, ^OVEMBER 5, 1954-
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Power Shifts To Democrats
WASHINGTON. Nov. 4 im-Deinocrats prepared today to take the helm in both houses of Con gress, and spoke of cooperating with President Eisenhower when they consider him right.
Although there had been some talk they might pass up the Senate command—theirs to take by the narrowest of margins—that talk was swamped in statements of several top Democrats that they owe it to the people to take the responsibility.
Turncoat GIs Treated Well, Letters Say
OKI.AHOMA CTTY, Nov. 4 The American GIs wiio spurned their native land for communism after the Korean War are living a life of ease in China, according to claims reportedly made by one of mother.
Mrs. Carley Jones, a Holiness preacher, told the Oklahoma City Times she had corresponded regularly with her son and he painted a glowing picture of life under communism.
Mrs. Jones said her son, Pfc. Samuel David Hawkins, wrote that one of the famous 21 who refused repatriation has died of a heart ailment.
She identified him as Sgt. Rufus E, Douglas, San Angelo, Tex., and said her son told her he was buried with high honors by the Red government in a white vault bearing the iascrjption of “American hero.”
Pfc. Hawkin.s, captured by the Chine.se in Korea shortly after his 17th birthday, is attending Peking University ‘and has everything he wants,” his mother .«¡aid.
His letters said the other lf> war prisoners who didn’t come home are regarded with great respect by the Chinese people. They have been asslgnd to schools or job.s according to aptitudes shown on government examinations, according to the letters, and feel they have as much freedom as they need.
Such men as Sens. George and Russell of Georgia. Pastore of Rhode Island. Gore of Tennessee and Mansfield of Montana all spoke out positively in favor of organizing the Senate as well as the House. The Democrats passed up a similar opportunity last year when the Republican-Democratic division was almost as even.
Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas, slated to be the Senate majority leader, .said the Democrats will not shirk their responsibility to organize the Senate. He predicted in .Austin a “brief, constructive and harmonious” Congress.
At the same time. Sen. Know-land iR-Calif) talked cheerfully of switching from majority to minority leader next January, if the Republicans want him to continue to be their chieftain.
Democrats Ahead The Democrats nosed into a position for Senate control early today with announcement of the election of Richard L. Neuberger, a 41-year-old author, to the Oregon Senate seat held for a decade by Republican Guy Cordon.
Neuberger’s margin was thiH. as a wafer, however, and conceivably could be upset by rechecks. The final, official report from Oregon isn’t expected until about Dec. 1 Neuberger, a prolific writer for regional and national publications and a persistent advocate of public power in the Pacific Northwest gave the Democrats a total of 48 seats in the Senate. That’s just half the Senate membership of 96 but Sen. Wayne Morse (Ind. Ore) reaffirmed that he will vote with the Democrats when it comes time to organize the Senate in January.
There was no question about the overturn in the House. The Democrats gained solidly there—though by not nearly as much as is customary for the “outs” to win in midterm election—and elected 232 representative« to 203 for the Republicans.
CONSTITUENT CAN'T VOTE
SAN DIEGO. Calif.. Nov. 4 (jfL-The new state assemblywoman from the 79th District has a new constituent today— her firstborn son.
Mrs. Wanda Sankary. 34, a Democrat and an attorney, went to the hospital yesterday just after final complete returns showed her defeating her male opponent by 500 votes out of 55,000.
Her first child, an 8-pound 5-ounce boy to be named Timothy. was born at 10 p.m. The baby was fine but the mother was “awfully tired,” nurses said.
Swift U.S. Economic
Fall's Firsf Frost Forecast for Fridoy
First frost and light freeze in Abilene this . fall was expected early Friday morning.
The mercury was to drop to about 30 degrees just before sunrise, a forecaster at the U. S. W’eather Bureau said.
Avera4e date of the first frost here is Nov, 13. The earliest frost on record was a light frost Sept. 27, 1942.
A gradual warm-up was expected Friday and Saturday.
New Cold Front Comes lo Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas was colder and clearer Thursday. A new cold front swept in from Oklahoma just before dawn and moved over most of the state by nightfall.
The air mass stabilized the weather after two days of now-wet, now-dry weather. Parts of the state were drenched and other sections failed to get a drop.
Freezing temperatures were predicted for North and West Texas and the Panhandle Thursday night. Frost was due in the Dallas-Fort Wortft area. *
Demos Take Over Probes In Congress
WASHINGTON. Nov. 4 (ifu-The investigative power of Congress will fall into Democratic hands in January, presaging close scrutiny of the inner workings of the Eisenhower administration.
An inevitable aftermath of Tuesday’s elections, in which the Democrats seized power in the House and evidently in the Senate as well, will be to train congressional probes on diilereni targets.
With one partv in control of the executive department and the other in command of the legislative branch, the setup is tailor made for full use of congressional investigating committees as sounding boards for the 1956 pres'dential election.
When the Republicans won con-' trol of the 80th Congres-; during the Truman administration. House Speaker Joseph W. Martin Jr. said the GOP would open each day with a prayer and close it with an investigation. Now the situation is reversed.
Virtually sure to be caught In the sights of Democratic investiga tors will be Eisenhower’s program aimed at alleged security risks, administration patronage and civil service policies, and the handling! of the refugee immigration program.
OIL OFFICERS—West Central Texas Oil & Gas Association Thursday elected these officers to head the organization for the next year. Left to right are P. W. Pitzer Jr., Breckenridge, president; E. Bruce Street, Graham, vice-president; Thomas S. Cox, San Angelo, vice-president; and R. C. Grisham, Abilene, vice-president. (Staff Photo).
PITZER TO HEAD ASSOCIATION
Atom Fuels Called Future Threat to Texas Economy
Panel Assumes Absence of War
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (JP)—A study undertaken for a joint congressional committee predicted today that by 1965 the nation’s economy will be naif again as big as now. It said taxes will be lower, work hours shorter, wages higher and the nation’s population will have grown to 190 millions.
The forecast was made by the staff of the Senate-House Committee on the Economic Report. It was entitled “Potential Economic Growth of the United States During the Next Decade,’
Thief Gets $300
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 4 lAV-San Antonio musicians have the blues. Someone broke into the Musicians’ Union headquarters last night and carried off the safe. At least $300 was taken.
12 Aboard Burned Plane
TUCSO.N, Ariz., Nov. 4 W>t-A twin-engined military plane crashed and burned moments after taking off from Tucson Municipal Airport tonight. The plane was believed to be carrying 12 men. It was not known if any survived.
Reports from the scene said the plane lost power in one motor just after it was airborne. It sheered off powerlines, crashed at the southwest end of a runway and burned.
The plane was first identified as a Navy Convair but later reports indicated it was an Air Force craft.
Telephone and telegraph service to Nogales was cut off.
By JIM EATON Reporter-News Oil Writer
mind that finding uranium is one thing, and finding commercia ura-
P, W’. Pitzer Jr., Breckenridge "ium is another. This is just as in
oilman, Thurday night was elected president of the West Central Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Introduction of the new officers and directors was made at a banquet held at Rose Field House on the Hardin-Simmons University campus. The banquet and entertainment climaxed the association’s annual technical day and membership banquet.
Pitzer’s repaces J. C. Hunter Jr., of Abilene who has served as president for the past year.
New Officers Other new officers elected in-
the oil business, when we have producer’s oil and farmer’s oil, Conselman said.
Not Out of Question Conselman said that to date the reported Texas uranium depo.sits appear to be uneconomic, but the possibility of finding a workable ore body in Texas is no means out of the question.
“Just as natural gas and petroleum have replaced coal because of their superiority as fuels in certain respects, .so atomic energy has certain unmistakable advant-|
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unmistakable competitive situation shaping up between conventional and nuclear fuels in the near future. “The chief question seems to be only one of time. It is now
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but actually took in the 12 years from the end of 1953 through 1965.
The report predicted that unemployment in 1965 would be about three million persons, or about 4 per cent of the civilian labor force of some 76 million persons forecast for that time.
This would compare with unemployment estimated by the Census Bureau at 2,741,000 of 4.2 per cent of the civilian labor force, in October of this year.
In transmitting the findings to the committee, staff Director Grover W. Ensley said they were based on assumptions that the next decade would see no major war.
Headed by Wolcott
The joint committee is headed by Rep. Wolcott (R-Mich). It is an economic study group consisting of senators and representatives from both parties. It does not make legislative recommendations, but it works with committees preparing the tax and other economic legislation, and with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Treasury and other executive agencies.
The report predicted these principal comparisons between 1965 and 1953.
Population, 190 millions compared with 159millions now.
Armed forces, 3 millions com-
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PROPERTY OWNERS ACT
Delay to Be Asked On Parking Order
4-5 YEARS NEEDED, SAYS PETREE
County Halts Tax Revisions While All Items Re-checked
By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor
Two Abilene contractors were hired by Taylor County about a year ago to evaluate all the phy-.sical property (land and buildings) in Precinct 1 (Abilene-Tye-Potosi and vicinity). Three other men were to be hired in the other precincts later.
The purpose was to equalize taxes and to be sure that all property and improvements were listed on the county tax rolls.
The contractors’ work disclosed many inequities," numerous cases of property listed on tax rolls at far below real value, and several eases of failure to show Improvements on land.
Still Not On Rolls
Rut the majority of these two appraisers’ findings are still not on the 1954 tax rolls a year later.
And County Assessor-Collector Raymond Petrec says it will probably take four or five years to get them on the rolls. For Petree says he plans to check each new appraisal personally before permitting it to be put on the roll. He said he felt that, in general, the special appraisers made their valuations a little high, and he wanted to check each piece of property himself to be sure everyone’s new valuations would be equal and fair.
Petree laid he halted the two contrectors after they bad tnade
new appraisals of most of the property inside the City of Abilene. He said he already was so far behind in re-checking their work that It would take him four or five years to complete the job. The contractors did not check any property outside the city or in any of the other towns in Taylor County. The tax collector opposed hiring tnen in other precincts to do the same job there, because he hasn’t time now to recheck their work.
Petree, going along behind the contractors, covered only 140 downtown blocks out of the city’s approximately 1.600 blocks last year. He said he believed his work would go much faster this year, because downtown 140 blocks were more difficult to appraise. However, he said the problem out in the newer additions will be complicated because of the many subdivisions within suMivisions and odd-shaped blocks and lots.
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Tax valuations on those downtown 140 blocks increased $1,341,468 as a result of the survey. Valuations of about half a dozen pieces of property were reduced, but most climbed. A number were unchanged.
This $1,341,478 increase means a gain of $10,731 in taxes for the county and $2,013 for Road District 1.
The area whose reappraisal is on this year’s county tax rolls is bounded by North Seventh St. on the north, by South Seventh St. on the south, by Mullberry and Palm Sts. on the west, and by Cottonwood and Rose Sts. on the east.
Examples of some of the low valuations revised as a result of the survey:
In one block, one lot was raised from $170 to $3,800, another from $80 to $2,000, and a third from $200 to $2,600.
Raised to 110,400
Another piece of property, covering most of a block, was raised from $3,500 to $10,400.
Another two lots were raised from a total of $100 to $18.000, where a new building had been erected.
Valuation of one sizable office building was reduced by the appraisers by $10,500. The owners had
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Graham, vice-president; Thomas S. Cox of San Angelo, vice-president: and R. C. Grisham, Abilene, vice-president.
Cox was the only new officer held over. Out-going vice-presidents include C. T. McLaughlin of Snyder and George Ritchie of Mineral Wells.
The association during the afternoon heard Frank B. Conselman, Abilene consulting geologist, discuss “Uranium, Our Newest Competitor.”
“Contrary to popular opinion, uranium is a relativey common element, and is not nearly as rare as is generally supposed,” Conselman said. He added that approximately four parts per million of the earth’s crust are uranium. “This makes uranium about as abundant as arsenic, more abundant than bromine or boron, 40 times a.s abundant as silver, and about 1,000 times more plentiful than either gold or platinum.” he said.
The speaker said uranium discoveries have been made in Wyoming, South Dakota, California, and Nevada. He pointed qut that it is important to keep in
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Directors Ask Action On Imports
Directors of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association Thursday called for congressional action against the present high level of ^reign oil imports and against federal control of natural gas prices.
The actions came in the form of two resolutions, submitted by R. M. Wagstaff of Abilene, a director and chairman of the resolutions committee.
Supplement Production One resolution urgeJ that “our senators and representatives In Congress support whatever legislation is necessary in order to limit the importation of foreign oil lo the end that such imports shall supplement and not supplant domestic production.”
The other resolution urged Congress to amend the natural gas act so as “clearly to exempt from Its terms the independent producers of oil and gas; to permit natural gas companies to realize a fair commodity value for their company on the production of gas, and to leave the enforcement of conservation practices to the states.” Copies lo Be Bent Copies of both resolutions will be sent to Senators Lyndon Johnson and Price Daniel, and to all Texas representatives in Congress.
The directors also paid tribute to three (rf the association's members who have died during the past year. Their resolution honors the late Tom F. Grisham of Abilene, Joe M. Weaver of Eastland and Harley Sadler of Abilene.
Grisham and Weaver were past presidents of the association and Sadler was a member of the executive board at the time of his death.
City commissioners this morning will get a request from at least two new sources to defer action on a proposed off-street parking ordinance,
A group of a dozen downtown property owners, and the executive committee of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce board of directors will present appeals to the commission.
Previously, the Abilene terial Alliance had announced Us opposition to the proposed new ordinance.
Not Outright Opposition The property owners and the Chamber of Commerce executive committee, however, do not plan to register outright opposition. Both groups will present similar reuests that further study be made to seek an off-street parking plan more acceptable.
Twelve downtow n merchants and property owners discussed the ordinance in a meeting Thursday noon at the Windsor Hotel. In the conference were John B. Ray. T. C. Campbell Jr., Elbert Hall, John Guitar. H, M. Harrison, Cecil Warren, W’ill Minter, George Minter Jr., Charles Bacon, Don Wooten, Luke Wise and Will Watson.
“We property owners feel that the proposed plan is too drastic and severe for Abilene at this time,” a statement issued by the group said. “We will ask the city
commi.ssion to defer action until more mature thought and study can be given in the hope that a better plan can be found.” George Minter Jr., president for the Chamber of Commerce, and
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Slate Labels Dr. Sheppard Wife-Slayer
CLEVELAND. Nov. 4 (#) - Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard loday heard the state of Ohio label him a philandering wife-sIayer. The prosecutor pointed an accusing finger straight at him from five feet away.
The defense retorted that Sheppard “possessed a gentle nature.
. . . There was. tenderness in the love Sam Sheppard had for his wife, Marilyn."
Osteopath Bobs And his lawyers said the handsome 30-year-old osteopath sobbed after his wife’s death:
‘I tried to get to Marilyn. 1 tried to get to Marilyn. I tried to get to Marilyn.”
The dark, erect osteopath sat outwardly unmoved during most of the time that a storm of words boiled over his head while opening arguments were made at his first degree murder trial. How'ever, at one point, he put his bead in his hands and wept.
Sheppard is on trial for his life, accused of killing his 31-year-oId wife after a love affair with pretty Susan Hayes.
Asst. Proseutor John J, Mahon, in a 64 min6te opening statement, told the jury of seven men and five women:
“We expect the evidence to disclose that this defendant and Marilyn quarreled over the activities of Dr. Samuel Sheppard with other women — and that’s the reason she was killed,”
Mahon claimed Sheppard lived briefly with the 24-year-old Miss Hayes, a former technician in the Osteopathic Hospital in Bay Village, and that they talked together of divorce and marriage.
Mrs. Harkrider Ranch, Herd Sold To Abilene Contractor
A Hereford herd that has pro duced some of the finest stock in West Texas changed hands recently.
Mrs. Rupert Harkrider, long a prominent figure in the West Texas Hereford industry, sold her Cedar Lodge Ranch and entire herd to Arthcl Henson, Abilene building contractor and cattleman.
Ill health forced Mrs. Harkrider to sell her 1,542-acre ranch and about 100 head of mother cows for an undisclosed sum.
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Henson has been associated with the cattle business here “off and on” since the early 1940’s.
He moved into the cattle business on a large scale in 1951, purchasing the Bear-Cove Ranch south of Abilene. Prior to that time, he farmed here and bought and sold small lot.v of cattle.
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From the orginal Bear-Cove commercial Hereford herd of 79 head, Henson has built a high-quality herd of 141 head. He bought the 1,2.50-acre ranch from R. R. Reagan.
Henson continued his expansion program in 1952, buying a 160-acre tract of grassland near the Bear-Cove Ranch.
Since buying the ranch, he has cleared about 400 acres of brush and practiced deep plowing on a large portion of the 300 acres in cultivation.
Recently, he started an irrigation project. He hasn’t yet installed a pump, but in the test run the well pumped a full six-inch pipe and gave no indication of weakening. It is 38 feet deep.
Henson plans to bench level a portion of his land and grow alfalfa under irrigation.
He will sell a large portion of his herd on the Bear-Cove Ranch and expand his sheep herd. He now runs about 400 head of Rambouil-lets and 150 goats.
/ Maintaia Bloodlines
Henson isn’t sure how many animals of .Mrs. Harkrider’s original herd he will keep, but he will maintain the registered bloodlines. He will use the 350 acres in cultivation primarily to grow small grain crops and sudan for grazing and hegari for hay.
Raised at Seymour. Henson and his wife settled here in 1937. He opened a building construction office in 1939 and has been in Um business since.
The couple biui two girls and a boy. Betty Joan. 16; Maxine. 14; and Jackie, 12. They live on their ranch about 10 niiles southwest of Abilene.