Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 10, 1954, Abilene, Texas
i- 11 ^Abilene ^porter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
VOL. LXXIV. NO. 86A,soriated Vre„(Al‘) ABÌLENK, TEXAsT fRIDAY MORNING, SEPT. 10, 1954-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c
Settlement of Strike Unsighted at Air Base
JURY TAKES OATH — A three-man Jurv of View was sworn in Thursday by County Judge Reed Ingalsbe at the courthouse. The jury will determine a fair price for purchase of right-of-way for Highway 80 between Abilene and Tye. Left to right are: Judge Ingalsbe, E. T. Compere, Jr., Harry Dobbyn and Roy Skaggs. (Staff Photo)_
At Least 800 Die
In Algerian Quake
southwest of Algiers. 200 were killed and 1,000 injured.
The first official estimate from the French Ministry of Interior in Paris put at 350 the deaths counted thus far. No complete count was expected for several days.
The violent quake hit at 1:01:57
ALGIERS. Algeria. Sept. 9 i^A wall-tumbling earthquake struck northern Algeria before dawn today, demolished a fifth of the city oi Orleansville, and by unofficial count killed at least 800 persons.
Some victims were buried in their
Some estimates put the death toll a.m. and lasted only 12 seconds. It from North Africa’s worst earth-''caught residents of whole towns quake in 40 years as high as 1.000 and villages over a SJVmile-wide The list of injured was expected area asleep. Several villages near to run into the thousands. The OrleansvUle were virtually wiped »mashing of telephone and tele- out.
graph lines made a check on cas-1 There are no U. S. mi itary bases ualties difficult One report said in in Algeria, which is classified as Orleansville. a modern city built; a department-roughly ^uivalent CM! Roman colonial ruins lOO miles i to a state—of France. There are
Snyder Oil Worker Accused of Murder
Aimian's Aulo Stolen, Burned Near Ranger
RANGER, Sept. 9 (RNS)—Two suspects, both of Ranger, were booked for investigation in Ranger Thursday morning after they were seen fleeing from the scene of a burned auto near Gordtm, Tex., northeast of here.
An auto belonging to Airman James Grimes, stationed at Biggs Air Force Base, El Paso, was discovered burning about 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the edge of Gordon. Broke Down Grimes told Ranger police that he was traveling frcMn Fort Worth to El Paso late Tuesday when lation 32.500. said the quake ere-! his car broke down. He^decid^ ated appalling terror. Many fright-
several important U. S. air bases in adjoining French Morocco, a French protectorate, which is well outside the quake area Reports from Orleansville, popu-
to leave the auto on U- S. Highway 80 and then caught a ride to El Paso.
He said he left the car about 22 i * miles east of Ranger. ^ f-
The auto was found several miles i from Highway 80 at the edge of ; Gordon. It was headed east, two wheels were missing and the , interior vas burned., j .
Grimes said he left the car wi i S the highway headed west.
Police arrested the suspects, a man and wife, less than an hour after the burning car was found.
When the couple was arrested by Ranger Policeman Ed Free-
ened residents stampeded into the dark streets, only to be crushed by falling bricks and stones.
The army barracks, stadium, post office, prison, hospital, two hotels, police headquarters, and a new Roman Catholic cathedral were either smashed or heavily damaged. The small Lamartine dam nearby was cracked, flooding the airport area and hampering the airlifting of relief supplies.
Until daylight the only light for rescue operations came from the cene flames of buildings which
caught fire. , , ,
Forty guests at the Hotel Bau-1 m»«. their car was filled with ^
drum were buried alive in their | Army clothing and two tires and'I beds when the building collapsed, j wheels that fit the description of' f ^ -'
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SNYDER, fH>pt. 9 iRNSi-W’il-hain Chase McComb. 29-year-old unemployed oil worker, has been charged w ith inun er in the Wednesday night death of Ernest J. Shore. 49. of Snyder.
Shore w as hxind dead about 10:30 * p ni. Wednesday in an apartment > near his trailer house at 2301 Avenue O. McComb was taken into custody at his home here a short time later Sheriff Homer Whisnand said McComb allegedly struck Shore t with his fist, following a drinking parly. '
Sheriff Whisnand said McComb signed a written statement to Siur-ry County Attorney Renel Rosse'n about Shore’s death.
Justice of the Peace W C set McComb’» bond on the murder charge at 11.500. McComb was still ill Seuiiv County Jail Thursday night.
Shore’s body will be taken Friday to San Antonio by Bolger Funeral Home here for funeral and burial.
He was an employe of Slim Nelson Rental Tool Co and had lived in Snyder for about six years.
; Shore was born Oct. 8, 1904, in San Antonio.
I Survivors incliKie three sisters. Mrs. Margaret Roberts and Mrs. C. J. Kollenberg of San Antonio, lUKl .Mrs. C, D. Green
The are»» worst hit extends from j burned auto, Freeman said. Orleansville 24 miles north to its I Denies Burning .Auto
Darls port, Tenes. on the Mediterranean, i Pal® County District At
thence about 50 miles east to Mili- j Sam Cleveland said lata
ana. Smaller shocks were felt in Thursday afternoon that the man the area throughout the early b®!®« held in the incident denied
morning, and tremors we^e reported around noon at the town of Du-pleix.
\’auban. a town of 2,000, 15 miles east of Orleansville, was demolished. Three other small communities on the main route to Algiers —Miliana, Duperre and Rouina— were hard hit.
In Lond<Mi, Adm. John H. Cas-sady, commander (rf U.S. Naval forces in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, ordered the U.S. of Vista. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean to give help if asked.
burning the auto.
Charges were expected to be filed by Friday.
The suspects had been living in Ranger for a short time and the man told police he was an oil operator.
Union, Contractor Disagree on Effect
BY BILL TURNER
The laborers’ strike at Abilene Air Force Base ended its first day Thursday with no settlement in sight.
The walkout halted work of McKee General Contractor. Inc., an El Paso construction firm holding contracts at the base totaling more than $5 million.
Work of two other major contractors at the $70-million base was reportedly thrown into confusion Thursday morning at the outset of the strike.
Work at Standstill?
But by mid-afternoon, a management spokesman said work of all contractors, except McKee, was continuing.
On the other hand, a union official claimed late Thursday
Mississippi Okays Keeping Negroes Out of State School
phiiostH>hy Both were developments in the Dtvp South’s fight to ktvp racial segregation m its schools, which was banned by a U S. Supreme Court decision.
Mississippi legislators passed the medical school bill to correct a flaw In a new law. The 1954 legislature abolislied out-of-slate scholarships to Mississippi students, with new scholarships to be given to the University of Mississippi Medical School UgisUdors said that Negroes probably would have forced admission to the new school, now under construction, because no other provision was made for Uiem.
Ttie law was amended to con-, , , , , ■ I . 4 tinue scholarships ftw Mississijvpi
Mi.ssissippi. several legislators said • students to attend Meharry
Iwlay. Mtxlical College Negro) in Nash-
These men want to Persuade .j
first but are determined to use Mis-sissippi House also pass-
force if necessary, the legislators i swoiui reading a pi*o|H»®<i
said. j constitutional amemlment empow-
Most of the doren legislators; the Ugislature to abolish
questioned were reluctant to talk j public schools. The vole was 108-22 at all. Only a few agretnl to be; after spirited ik'batc
By THE .ASSOC lATKD PRESS
The Mississippi Legislature ap-pr e\ ed a bill Thursday designed to keep Negroes out of the University of Mi;-sissippi .Mtxiical St'hotd while Georgia nominated for governor a man who is an extxinent of the Tal-niadge white supremacy political
Pro-Segregation Groups Organize 'Citizens' Units
JACKSON. Miss , Sept 9 lP — t^^íite men who want to keep segregation m force are banding into “citixens* ctmnciU” throughout
quoted by name.
“Ye*, sir ” said Rep. Dave Womack of Humphreys County in the Della, where the Negro jxHHilatii>n outnumber» whites as much as four-lo-one. "We Have one of them, the strongest in the state We have •bout 500 mtinbers and they mean tHisinesi," he said.
"They’re being organised,. .The white people in certain counties are organiiing to protect Uiem-•elves.” said one state representa* live from a predominantly Negro county.
“Practically every county in the
Hep. Delos Burks declared that the pro|>ostd constitutional amendment "is several years premature, at least." and pretiictwl the state would lose ftHleral funds for vocational and agricultural ettucation and free sv'hool lunches. He said
Hurricane Pushes Toward Carolinas
MIAMI. Fla.. St»pt. f (fv-Hurrl-. ^ - ^'one Edna picked up forward i^ieed
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WORKERS HONOR PICKET LINE — C. W. Woods. Abilene laborer on picket duty at the Abilene Air Force Base strike, said cars were parked for a half mile, one, two and three wide, as workers Thursday morning refused to cross the picket line at the north entrance to • f 1% the base. (Staff Photo)
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On Big Apron Job
he was for segregated schools, but contended the amendment w as not necessary.
The iuiiendment - to be voted upon by the people l>ec. 21--would aulhoriie the Legislature to abolish schoob in Mississippi by a two-thirds vote; sell, lease or r«it suie-owned school property to private individuals; and pay tuition for students to attend private schools.
Segregation Loses Round in Capitol
WASHINGTON. SkHH 9 ufv-’The U.S. Ikslrict Court refused today to interfere with the racial integration program for public schools in the Di.slncl of Columbia
Federal Judge Henry A. Schwein-haul denieii a plea by the Ftdera-lion of L'itutens’ Assns., an all-white group, for a temporary order restraining the District Bixiid of Education triMU registering Negro and white students in the same schools and classt*s.
I'ourt I pheld ' 'Ttie Supreme t'ourl rukd earlier lhi.s year that public school segregation ba.sed on race altwe is unconstitutional
But Uie FtHleration argued Uie Bi>aid of Education act«! illegally in starting integration In'fore the Supreme Court ha* finished Us hearings on Uie problem and Issued a final decree stielUag out how integration can be achievtHl. particularly in the Dt*ep South.
AUSTIN. Sept. 9 ufi-^Atty. Gen, John Ben Shepperd has asked Texas legislators whether they think the state should get involved in the U. S. Supreme Court’s hearing this fall on the problems of ending segregation in public schools.
One senator has advised Shepperd he thinks it w’ould violate the state Constitution to give the attorney general advice-even on an informal basis.
The senator. Jimmy Phillips of Angleton. handed out today copies of Shepperd’s request and Phillips* reply
The attorney general was out of state First Asst. .Atty. Gen. Robert Trolli said "about 20" members who will serve in the 1955 legislature have expressed opinions on the question raised by Shepperd.
Trolti said the 10 "split about 50-50 on whether the state should or should not file a brief with the Supreme Court "
Shepperd must notify the court by Wednesday if he plans to join the attorneys general of other stales practicing segregation in filing briefs
Ing. It’i no secret. A’e want them tNegroes» to know U in our county."
Thii leflslattMT held Uie view that If Negroea know about the coun-eila they will nol U7 to enter white aoboola. Thla would firevent bloodshed, tba repreeeotative taid.
threaten the North and South Carolina coasts Storm waniing.- were ordered up. at U p m EST from Myrtle Beach, S. C„ north through the Virginia Capes as me aeaso.i's fifth tropical storm c<Mittn»jed northward at 10 to IS aulii an hour
begin next month After listening to tv^o hours of argument. Judge Si'hwemhaul ruled Uiere would be mere hard-sliip in halting Uie plans already under way than there would be fur a cumiiaraUvtly Cww people tn al-owing tbaui to procaad
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nie largest contract was the first one- for Uie runway, taxiways and a smaller apron—fen- $5 million to Texas BituIiUac Co. of Dallas. This contract is now well <m its way to completiiMi.
Third Contract for Zachry
The new aprwi contract, if Zach- > ry’s bid is accepted, is for about j a quarter-oi-a-million more doUars ' than the previous second largest job-Uie base hospital and hospital heating plant contract award-«1 to Robert E. McKee Construction Co, of El Paso This job is jus« barely underway .
ISachry’s bid was about $18.400 undtH* the st'cond lowest bid—by FliC Engineering Co, of Houston, who submitted a bid of $2,749.015 j The contractor w ill have 200 days after a work iMxler is received to
AHack on Plane Goes to UN Today
UNITED NATIONS. NY. Sept 9 i.P--The U N. Security Council I wdl meet tomorrow morning to i hear a U.S. complaint that Soviet fighter planes shot down an American naval bomber on the high sea* in an "unwarranted and hostile attack."
This will be Uie first lime the Soviet I’nion and the United Slate* will face each oUier In the Council n a case involving these two powers alone.
\ I S delegation spokesman said the purpo.se of the United Siaie* IS to focus world opinion on Uii* act. He said the United States wanta to create an atmosphere In which such incideiiU
Zachry operates in all the major fields of construction—including building construction, industrial plant construction, airfield, highway. railroMl and municipal water
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afternoon the strike brought work to a virtual standstill as members of other unions had refused to cross picket lines.
Pickets were posted at the base early Thursday mwning by .AFL Construction and General Laborers Union, Local 357. i
J. E. McDonald of Odessa, busi- j ness agent for the union, was! here representing striking workers in a demand for higher wages.
McDonald said the union was seeking a raise from $1 to $1.25 per hour for common laborers.
He said the union was also seeking to open negotiations on classifications in an effort to obtain a semi-skilled pay rate for some laborers.
This group of workers Includes jack hamm«- t^rators, mason tenders and mortar mixers, he said.
McDonald said pay for semi-skilled laborers is generally 10 to 15 cents above that paid common laborers.
“The strike is 109 per cent effective," McDonald saW. staoding at the north entrance of the base where a picket w as posted, “There isn’t anything (work) going on down there," he said, motioning toward the interior of the base.
Within the base at McKee’s on-the-job headquarters, IV. M. Edwards. the firm’s constructiwi superintendent. told a different story. "I toured the base about 2 o’clock this afternoon and all the contractors were working but us," he said.
Using McKee as Wedge
Edwards termed the walkout a j "discriminatory strike" against McKee. He said the union directed its strike at McKee because McKee employs more common laborers than any other contractor at the base.
Edwards said the luiion was attempting to use McKee as a “wedge" to get established here. He said the union had no actual M'ganization in Abilene. He said if a contractor wanted to hire six or j eight men from the union here. ^ there would be no union organiza-. tion to supply them. i
He sakl the $l per hour paid by j McKee to common laborers was j the legal rate as set by the National Labor Relations Board.
McDonald and Edwards had just
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North Texas Thunderheads Skid Mercury
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thunderheads hung low over North Texas Thursday night and lightning crackled across the sky as a cool front sent temperaturet skidding. Stormy weather threatened-
The cool air surged southward at a slow pace. It was due to reach Central Texas south of Waco Friday night.
The Weather Bureau posted two warnings Thursday that severe thunderstorms could occur over most of North Texas as the cool air collided with the heat that gripped the area.
Scattered showers were reported ,#rom El Paso to Dallas. But the rainfall was scant up to 6:30 p.m., .01 at El Paso and Laredo. Soma fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
At Dallas, the temperature reached a record 102 degrees during the afteroocm. but droiH>ed to about 85 at 7:30 p.m.
Presidio had the day's high of 103. Dalhart. behind the front line, had an 85 maximum.
Other temperatures include; Mineral Wells and Wichita Falls 102, Fort Worth 101, Tyler 100, Austin 98, and Midland 96.
Abilene Receives .08 of inch of Rain
Abilene received rainfall Thursday for the third time within tha last ten days.
Weather Bureau at Municipal .Airport recorded .08 inch of rainfall late Thursday evenir^. The Weather Bureau also said that weak thundershowers were sighted throughout the area.
Thursday’s rainfall brought the year’s total in .Abilene to 1136 inches compared with the normal for the year of 15.50.
Friday and Saturday forecast calU for partly cloudy and continued hot weather.
Senators May Examine Controversial letter’
W.ASHLNGTUN, Sept. 9 vfi—Sen charge—or to complete his answer irei Mt'Carthy iR-Wis» made an im-Uo another charge that he incited ' a ( passioned effort to gel h;s contro- feileral workers illegally to pass
hun other such secret material.
ouuld not iM rtiwiitod.
versial "FBI letter" into the record of his public censure hearing I t^ay in a heated exchange that I saw McCarthy rise and turn his ‘ back on the investigating senators for a few tense second*.
Chairman Watkins <R • Vlah' ruled, after sternly silencing the Wisconsin senator, that the special committee would decide tomorrow whtgher to look at the disputed 2’>4 page document despite a roling by Atty. Gen. Brownell that it woiJd be against the pubia: inter-eat for it to ba disclosed.
Chaages Mtad McCarthy changed hss mind and moved to get the “letter" into the record only a few hours after announcing he was abandoning further efforta to defend himself against a charge that the document ~based on secret FBI material— came into his possession illegally The Wisconsin senator said through his lawyer. Edward Ben-neU Williams, that a committee ruUag iisiitfjig Uia avidence he could effer m«Kle it impossible for Urn to malta • dafiaao 00 toat
l.ater, however, Williams announced he would tiy to disprove one allegation growing out of the senator’s possession of the * FBI letter"-4I charge that it is a “spurious" or phony document.
SeaalMW .Agree Williams contended, w ith .McCarthy interposing vigorous agreement. the only way to disprove this charge would be for the document to be put in evidence so the committee members could read it.
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“Just a minute." Watkins interrupted .sliarply He told .McCarthy not to eoiUinue along that line until the eominittee had made its ruiuig “This " Watkins said in severe tones. “I regarded as a d^ version."
Met'arthy started to speak again but Watkin*. plainly showing anger, gave the floor to hen. Ervin (D-NC) instead.
Then McCarthy stood >_p, his fegs tures rigid with an appearance el suppressed rage. Slowly he turned hi* back on the committee, ami just as slowly he walked awayee pt'rhups to paces—from the w||» ness tabic. *
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