Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 15, 1954, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LXXIV, NO. 149
Red Torpedoes Sink Chinese Ship in Bailie
TAIPEH, Formosa, Monday, Nov. 15 OP)—Four Chinese Red torpedo boats yesterday sank the Nationalist destroyer escort Taiping — formerly the USS Decker — in a gun battle 215 miles north of Formosa.
It was the first big naval triumph scored by the Communists and the Natiooialists warned that more such clashes could be expected with speedy torpedo boats they described as Russian-built. The clash took place 30 miles off the coast of Red China’s Chekiang Province in the darkness of Saturday.
Down, Guns Blazing
The 1,800-ton Taiping — Chinese for “Majestic Peace” — went down with guns blazing 12 miles north of the Nationalist-held Tach-en Islands nearly six hour after it was torpedoed.
All but 28 of her crew of some 180 were rescued, most of them by another destroyer escort, the Taiho. Nationalist ships and planes continued the search for survivors.
One of the rescued died and many others were reported wounded in the battle.
Shen Chang-huan, acting Nationalist foreign minister, said this first loss of a Nationalist warship served as “a warning to those who still persist in believing that the Chinese Communists want peace and have no intention of invading Taiwan (Formosa).”
Reds Massing Ships
Although it was the first such reported use of the torpedo boats by the Reds, Nationalist officials said they knew the Communists had them. There have been persistent reports the Reds were massing naval craft in the Chush-an Islands, 100 miles north of the Tachens, outpost defenses for Formosa.
Peiping’s account of the action said the Taiping was “on a Tach-ena to Yushan Island run.” 30 miles northeast, when the phoaphores-cent wake of a torpedo was sighted. That one missed but three others headed toward the Taiping and one scored the fatal blow.
The Taiping’s commander was among the rescued.
Jolt to Nationalists
News of the sinking came as a jolt to Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists. This first use of torpedo boats by the Reds was regarded in Taipeh as introducing a new and dangerous clement into the civil war.
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, NOV. 15, 1954 —TWELVE PAGES _
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOe
Gentle 2-Inch Rain Covers Abilene Area
3.20 at Clyde
By BILL TURNER Reporter-News Staff Writer
liJeal rains fell Sunday on the thirsty crop and ranch lands of Central West Texas. * ^ ^
Beginning before daylight, the slow and steady fall measured from half an inch to more than three inches.
Brilliant displays of lightning and threatening thunder escorted in the pre-dawn cloud cover with its pay-load.
Rains Fell Gently
But there was no wind and the rains fell gently, soaking in.
Sunday was a happy day for farmers and ranchers for generally the rainfall was the most since May. Moreover, in the varying degrees between downpour and drizzle, there is the rain described simply as a really good rain. Sunday’s was that kind.
The slow rains continued to fall in many sections until mid-afternoon and in other
KliFAUVER HEARD — Senator Kefauver, Tennessee Democrat and a foe of the Dixon-Yates power contract, testifies on the issue before the F'^’rate-House Atomic Energy Committee. (AP)
Two More Power Pact Probes Asked
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (^At least two more congressional investigations of the controversial Dixon-Yates power contract were suggested by opponents today as part of an expected new broadside against it.
Rep. Holifield (D-Calif) and Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn> said thè probes should be continued In the Demo-cratic-controlled 84th Congress by the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee and a Senate Antimonopoly subcommittee.
At the same time, Rep. Durham (D-NC) said the "odds are still against” the chances of the Dixon-Yates group for quick final clearance to build a 107-million-dollar power plant at West Memphis,
Navy Plane Down; Searcher Missing
NORFOLK. Va., Nov. 14 I^A two-engined Navy patrol plane with a crew of five aboard crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 46 miles southeast of Cherry Point, N. C.. tonight.
Three hours later, a Marine Corps Skyknight jet. instructed to search for the missing patrol craft while on a tactical mission from Cherry Point with two aboard, was reported missing in the same area and presumed down.
A spokesman at 5th Naval District headquarters here said the patrol plane radioed at 6:30 p.m. EST it would have to ditch.
At that time two Navy destroyers — the Goodrich and the Tur
ner — were in the area and immediately began a search, using flares and powerful searchlights. Two Navy patrol planes later joined the hunt from Elizabeth City. N. C.
The missing jet. an F3D, ceased radio contact at 9 p.m. in the same general area. It had fuel, the Navy said, for only another half hour of flight and when it was not heard from by 9:M p.m., was presumed lost.
The patrol plane, a PB2 stationed at Anacostia, Md., near Washington, was en route to An-costia from Miami when it went down.
Ark,, to furnish privately produced power to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Under a contract signed Thursday with the Atomic Energy Commission, the power group would provide the power to replace some of that which the AEC now buys from TVA.
The Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee voted 10-8 on party lines Saturday to waive a required layover period that would have delayed effectiveness of contract until next February, at the earliest.
The committee also ended 10 days* hearings, the fourth separate congressional probe of the Dixon-Yates proposal.
But Holifield, a committee member, urged the group to resume hearings during the next session, because, he said, extensive testimony has failed to answer all questions.
Sen. Anderson (D-NM), prospective next chairman of the Atomic Committee, declined to say whether that group would conduct a new probe. But he told a reporter “the next round” in the battle “probably will start when Congress gets back.” «
Kefauver. a strong opponent of the proposal, said he “would support” any move by the antimonopoly subcommittee to investigate the Dixon-Yates group as part of a general probe of alleged monopolies. Kefauver is in line to become chairman of the subcommittee, which is scheduled to resume hearings soon Involving some Dixon-Yates operations.
“This will continue to be a running sore,” Kefauver said in an interview.
DURING PAST TWO YEARS
County Construction Up, Maintenance Costs Down
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of stories analyzing expenditures of Taylor County in the past three years. Because of a distressing financial situation, the county recently raised its rate.)
By DICK TARPLEY Reporter-News News Editor County commissioners have gen-eially increased their construction work while maintenance costs have declined during the past two vüârs
Construction costs in the year ending Oct. 1. 1954. are alwut three times the amount in Taylor County that they were two years viously - in the year ending Oct.
1. 1952. . ...
The big increase came in the year ending Oct. 1. 1953. and then tapered off to about the same figure during the past year.
Precinct I (Northeastern Taylor County, including Abilene) drop-^ 0Ü in conslrucüon »bo^
the peat year, but stiU dldwore new construction work lhan the other three precincU put
together, records in the county auditor’s office showed.
Commissioner Claude Newberry has been doing a limited amount of paving. This year, his biggest costs have been in handling the Hamby-Elmdale paving project and the South Seventh St. bridge across Cedar Creek.
Newberry’s crewa have been doing the work and providing the machinery. But the payments for the work have not been coming out of Precinct I’s regular funds for these two projects. This money is being transferred from the Road District No. I funds—part of the $700,000 bond issue voted by Precinct 1 in 1953.
Biggest construction costs are culverts and construction materials. Here is a comparison of those items and the overall construction costs In Precinct I during the past three years (Oct. 1 to Oct. D: Year Culverts Materials Total 1952-53 11.11* $3.146 $5.09*
1952-53 1,331 9,413 l«.99f
1953-54 3.463 2,984 14,377
Other major construction costs
in Precinct X Includo;
As^alt-nona in 1951-82, $887 in
1952-53, and $1,297 in 1953-54.
Cost of moving REA lines — $4,179 in 1953-54.
Right-of-way—$3.826 in 1952-53, and $820 in 1953-54 (does not include costs involving main highway construction, which is paid for out of Road District No. 1 funds).
Steel hardware-$500 in 1951-52, none in 1952-53, and $1,347 in 1933-34.
Precinct 2 (Northwestern Taylor County, including Merkel, Trent) costs have increased steadily the past two years, although culvert costs have declined.
A comparison of costs of the major items (culverts and construction materials) and total cost* of construction in Precinct 2 are shown below:
Year Culverts Material* Total
1951-52 $367 $06 $417
1952-53 150 912 1.9*3
1953-54 45 1.711 2.51«
Other major construction costs
in Precinct 2 Include:
Moving REA lines-$800 In 1952-53 and $500 in 1953-54.
Sted hardware—$251 in 1953-54.
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scattered sections Sunday nipht. Although run-off was light, there was enough to raise stock tanks and city reservoirs.
Official reading at Abilene’s Municipal Airport was 1.54 but up to 2.30 was gauged in the city. Abilene’s three lakes caught ap-nroximately 145 million gallons of water.
3.20 At Clyde
Heaviest rainfall reported was 3,20 at Clyde. Area towns receiving two inches or more included Aspermont, Baird, Blackwell, Haskell, Moran, Rule and Wylie.
An inch or more ot rain fell at Breckenridge, Bronte, Cisco, Eastland. Hamlin. Hermleigh, Merkel. Munday, Nolan, Ranger, Rising Star, Rot an, Stamford, Throckmorton and Wingate.
Rain was still falling Sunday night at Breckenridge, Cisco and Rule.
Towns receiving less than an inch were Ballinger, Colorado City, Roby, Seymour, Sweetwater and Winters.
Farmers who had dry-sowed wheat and oats welcomed the rains which will help bring these crops up to a stand. Others who have not sown wheat and oats will now have the moisture needed
to do so. , D Tj
Soil Conservationist J. B. Harlan said the rains will also benefit small grains and cover crops that will help hold any more moisture that falls. The rains were good “but we stiU need a lot more than we’ve had” he said.
Not A Drop At Haskell. Lon Pate, Reporter-News correspondent, said some of the cotton baled there had been made without a drop of rain from the time it was planted until
brought to the gin.
A good many farmer* in that area had dry-sowed, he said, and the rains were ideal for wheat, oats and small grain.
Abilene’s three lakes, which furnish the city’s water supply, had caught about all the water expected from Sunday s rains by idghtfall. City Water Supt. Curtis C. Harlin Jr., reported.
2.Week* Supply Lake Fort Phantom Hill was raised about a tenth of a foot, equal to approximately 50 million gallons; Lake Kirby had an wti-mated rise of eight-tenth* of a foot, for 45 million gallons; and Lake Abilene was up about a foot, equal to about 50 million gaUons.
The 145 million-gallon total will furnish the city with a half a month or more supply of based on average annual daily consumption, Harlin said.
Only damage reported from the electrical storms Sunday was at Bronte, where Ben Oglesby, publisher of the Bronte Enterprise, said a bolt of lightning strack at the newspaper plant blowing out fuses and burning an electrical plug
box. ^ ^
No More Expected
A forecaster at the U. S. Weather Bureau said no more rain was expected Monday or Tuesday. Cloudiness will decrease Monday morning and skies will be partly cloudy Monday afternoon and
The cloud cover that moved over Abilene held the high temperature Sunday to the 54 degrees recorded early In the morning at midnight. A weak cool front passed through the city about 6 a.m. and the day’s low temperature of 54 degrees was recorded from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Sunday’s good general rains covered broad areas of East. Central and West Texas, extending from near the Oklahoma border down as far as the San Antonio area in the south.
Only far West Texas la tiM Pan-handlt had clear ikiea.
WHERE IT RAINED
Municipal Airport ......... 1.54
Total for Year ............ 15.41
Normal for Year ........ 20.70
909 Hickory St............. 1.48
1026 Cedar ............... 2 00
2225 Edgemont............. 1.65
1829 S 8th ................. 1.65
8.57 EN 13th ............... 1.70
2233 Walnut ............... 2.30
1702 S. 23rd............... 1.60
ASPERMONT ................ 2 0:»
BAIRD .................. 2 81
BRECKENRIDGE ........... 1.37
CLYDE .................. 8 20
EASTLAND .......... 1.70
HAMLIN .................... 131
HERMLEIGH ............... 1.50
MERKEL ................... 1.00
MORAN ...................... 2.00
MUNDAY .................... 1.16
NOLAN ..................... 130
RANGER .................... 1.45
RISING STAR .............. 1.75
ROTAN ..................... 1.00
STAMFORD .................. 1.89
In County ................ 1.15
THROCKMORTON ........... 1.04
In County ................ M 50
WINGATE ................... 1.20
WYLIE ..................... 225
FORT WORTH ................07
DALLAS ...... 06
5 Children Die in Fire
MANGHAM, La., Nov. 14 - Five children of one family were burned to death last night when their small frame home was destroyed by fire.
Charred remains of the children, ranging from 8 years to 10 months in age, were found in the twisted debris that had been a bed. All five were apparently in one bed.
Sarah Wesley, their mother, said she left the children in bed while she went grocery shopping.
The dead: Ethel Lee, 8; Joe Jr., 7; Ruby Nell. 5; Freddie, 4; and Willie Lee, 10 months.
The fire was the third tragedy to hit the Wesley family recently. The Wesley home was burned Aug.
when all household belongings were lost. A few months earlier, Joe Wesley, head of the family, was killed when he was crushed to death In a hay press.
RESCUE IN THE OFFING — His legs feeling for the top rung of a ladder, a man dangles from third-floor ledge of a burning tenement house in Manhattan. A woman stands on a tiny balcony behind him as smoke rolls from the room behind her where the fire is raging. At right a man, woman and child are choked by smoke as they look for rescuers who came to their ai<i a short time later. One man died in this blaze. (AP)
BIRTHDAY FOR WILLIAMS
Naguib Linked With Attempt To Kill Nasser
CAIRO, Egypt, Nov 14 m-Egypt’s governing Revolutionary Council today deposed MaJ. Gen. Mohamed Naguib as president and council chairman. It accused him of being implicated in a plot by the fanatic Moslem Brotherhood against the life of his rival. Premier Gamal'Abdel Nasser.
The action against Naguib was taken after an early morning clash in suburban Heliopolis between police and a Brotherhood mob in which two civilians were killed and two policemen seriously wounded.
Maj. Amin Shaker, a government spokesman, said Youssef Talaat, leader of the Brotherhood’s secret order, was arrested and confessed Egypt’s 53-year-old president had approved the assassination plot against Nasser.
Officials said today’s clash started when Talaat's guards opened automatic rifle fire and used hand grenades to clear an escape route for him from the place he had been hiding since September. The government had offered a reward of $5,640 for information leading to his arrest.
The council’s action today left Nasse, 37, undisputed strong man of Egypt, A government source said he would be acting president as well as premier untU a new chief of state is chosen.
The action climaxed a long rivalry between the two soldier-politi-dans who had teamed up to depose
Vet, 112, Soys He Con See Pretty Got
FRANKLIN, Tex., Nov. 14 (ft— Walter W. William.s couldn’t see the cakes honoring his 112th birthday today, but he cracked his wrinkled, leathery face with a smile and said he bd he could still see a pretty woman.
The oldest of the nation’s four living veterans of the Civil War was in sly good humor as he observed his birthday in his traditional fashion — dressed in his Sunday best, with 12 children and numerous grand - children, greatgrandchildren and great - great-grand children clustered around his wheel chair.
3 Squares a Day “I had a fellow from up North write down here and ask me what I ate that made me live so long,” Williams said.
“And you know what I wrote him? I told him I got up for breakfast, stood around for lunch and went to bed for supper."
Then he laughed, not loud, but heartily for a man who foraged for Hood’s Texas Brigade in Army of Northern Virgin«a In the 1860s.
Better All Time Williams wasn't impressed greatly with the fact that he had passed the 112-year mark. Long life, he said, isn’t unusual in his family— “My grandfather lived to be 119.” “And I might go on and top him.” Williams said. ”1 feel
good all the time. There was a little spell of typhoid when I was 18. But that’s all the sickness I ever had.”
“Yes sir,” he said, "I feel pretty good. I wish I could see my cake. I hear tolerable with this thing (a hearing aid) and I could hear pretty well if you’d talk loud.”
The day was a high spot In the life of the man who lives quietly most of the time on the t^acre farm he cleared for cultivation in 1870.
Rayburn to Meet President Tuesday
BONHAM, Tex. Nov. 14 (^Rep. Sam Rayburn, who will become speaker of the House again when Congress reconvenes in January, says he is going to Washington Tuesday to discuss foreign policy with President Eisenhower.
“The President wants us to tell him how to get along in foreign affairs.” the veteran Democratic leader from Texas said. “And I’ll have to admit that the President needs some help.”
Rayburn said that this will be his last trip to Washington before January.
King Farouk in July, 1952. Their clash burst into the open last February when Naguib quit as president and premier. Popular outcry forced the Revolutionary Council to restore him as president, with the premiership going to Nasser.
Naguib had some ups and downs after his restoration. He resumed the premiership and council chairmanship last March 8, leaving Nasser his old post of vice premier. On April 15 Naguib again relinquished the premiership to Nasser and became a figurehead president. Since then his prestige has deteriorated slowly but steadily. .
Today’s swift steps came in at an atmosphere of tension and ex-pecUncy. Moslem Brotherhood witnesses made damaging statement* regarding Naguib last week before a military court trying Mahmoud Abdel Latif, Cairo tinsmith and Brotherhood member who admitted he fired eight shots in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Nasser in Alexandria Oct. 27. The witnesses said Naguib had plotted with the Brotherhood to overthrow Nasser.
A total of 700 Brotherhood members are under arrest. One local leader, Hindawi Dewier, testified Thursday be had been told the organization was in contact with Naguib and the president had agreed to make a broadcast to “calm the populace” if the October plot succeeded.
But Naguib’s alleged implication up to today was based largely on secondhand evidence and the newspapers were permitted to makt only brief references to it.
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FARMINGTON. W. Va.. Nov. 14 (ft — Grim-faced miners finished the job late tonight of sealing up a blazing, explosion • wrecked coal mine — the tomb of 15 men.
Three entrances to the mine were walled up with steel and concrete. Then a crane lowered steel plates over a ventilation shaft and an elevator portal. Concrete was poured on top.
Officials hoped by sealing the mine to cut off the flow of air feeding a fire burning deep underground and snuff it out None could even guess when they would be able to reopen the diggings to send rescue crews into the blast area.
The grim decision to seal the mine ended any slim hopes that any of those entombed might be rescued.
One other man. working outside, also was killed in the violent ex plosion yesterday which wrecked one of the mine entrances and a ventilatifHi shaft.
The blast. foUoweo by a raging
fire underground, occurred about 12:45 p.m. <CST) at the No. 9 mine of the Jamison Coal and C<Ae Co. in this little north central West Virginia community.
State Mines Chief Frank B. King, who described the mine today as “a powderkeg.” and company officials said they had no idea what may have caused the explosion.
A second blast at about 10:45 last night sent flames roaring more than 100 feet into the aky above the ventilation shaft No <»e was injured because wdy security personnel were In th# area.
Vice President James H>slop of the Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co.. which recently acquired the corporate stock of Jamison, said the explosion undoubtedly resulted from ignition of highly combustible methane gas.
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He added that an atmosphere test in the mine only 30 minutes before the firat eapkj«i(« ihowed tiM air was oltar.
“SiMnething suddenly happened to release a considerable portion (A methane,” Hyslop said.
The decisim by King to seal all the mine openings, concurred in by U.S. Bureau of Mine* and company officials after more than three hwirs of conferences, came about 2 a.m. today.
Visibly moved and conceding that the step removed any slender hope that some of the men might survive. King explained “there was just nothing else we could do.”
The fire which foUowtd the first explosion sent heavy black coal smoke curling firom tiie mine’s main portal. rotHW than two miles from the explosion area.
To Smother Fire Emergency crew* hoped, in selling the openings, to smother the fire by cutting off supplies of oxygen entering the mine. No one would say. however, bow kmg that might take.
“The extent of tbs firs stiU can’t