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Morning Avalanche (Newspaper) - August 31, 1954, Lubbock, Texas Starts Ike Day on the South Plains or thirty second no 255 30 Poges today Lubbock to cos August enter a second Tuum m Lub Budi thai under act of full Leoid wire up and twi thirty second jul tornadoes Rake Texas and Oklahoma showers Dot South Plains loss is High one dead in Dallas storm by Tiv associated i vim tornadoes curled out of heavily massed and flushed at widely separated areas of Texas and Oklahoma monday severe electrical storms struck from the Eastern Border of Texas to the Panhandle scattered Clouds also dotted a wide area of the South Plains with Light showers monday afternoon and it few widely separated localities received Rains Mingins from one to Lour inches heavy rainfall however was confined to limited areas list nine killed one Man in dal Las during a storm the Only fatality listed from the Rush of turbulent weather reported twisters were reported at Kana wha and Woodland near Paris in Northeast Texas at Crockett about 100 Miles North of Houston and at Calvin across the red River Northwest of Paris property Damase was consider Able in most o the storm areas some South foil Worth residents claimed a Small twister ripped through there and winds described us Tornado strength were re ported at Gonzales a Miles East of san Antonio apparently the worst Tornado was at Crockett it Cut through the cite from the Southwest about Tore Parto 1 the Root off the Southland ice Dama cd about 50 houses in the Nerp Section Ana blew out windows in the court House the storm put two of the cites water pumps out of commis lion temporarily blown away garage it blew away n Garace and Stor age shed and put 100 telephones out of commission about is other houses suffered some damage and tree limbs and debris littered heavy rain and some Hail accompanied the storm no one was reported injured about r Small Cyclone hit Northeast of pans it dipped Down first the farming Community of Kanawha 15 Miles North of Paris lifted and struck at Woodland another Imal Community Miles to the South were uprooted and roofs lifted from barns in both two churches were damaged by High winds and tailing tree limbs in Kanawha part of the Root and a Chimney were torn from a farm House and a barn a roofed about 4 a Tornado strength wind flattened a a vein theater screen a roofed Arns and tornadoes taps u heavy showers hit Over area widely separated South Plains area were hit by moderate to heavy rainfall monday afternoon As fugitive from a line stretching Between Southeastern new Mexico and Texas dotted the area liberally with local Light Dhosi rainfall today however will be on a diminishing scale the Lubbock weather Bureau re ported with fair to partly Cloudy Ana widely scattered late afternoon thunderstorms forecast up to 4 inches areas receiving Good Rains Lay in Floyd Cochran Yoakum Crosby and Lynn counties fails ranging from nearly an Inch to much As 4 inches were recorded in four areas elsewhere Only traces to a few hundredths were reported in a narrow strip North of Floydada one which had been bypassed by rain Stonco May from to 4 inches were re tee heavy area u Whitaker t plea denied Slayer ready storms took a heavy toll of property and the Atlantic coast and the Southwest 125 Mph winds Hurricane rips Atlantic coast by Kob Kkt e t71lizabeth City n Vej aug a 125mile an hour Hurricane blew Over the battered Down outer Banks of North Carolina monday night plugging the lonely Sandy strips under mountainous Waves and cutting Oft almost All communication with the Mainland the Center of the blow had passed Wist of Cape Hatteras by 11 monday As the storm veered Seaward in a North northwesterly direction Rood under water farther South the fringes of the tropical howler buffeted Wilmington and the beaches with gusts up to 70 Miles an hour virtually marooned Sev eral Hundred residents on Low lying Topsail Island and flooded Titan streams with its Back Wash reported damage was Light and no deaths nor in juries were counted on famed Hatteras Island which reaches out into the graveyard of the All roads wore under water Early monday night about 50 Small boats brought evacuees off isolated parts of the Banks to safety it Roanoke is land where hundreds took Shel Ter from the storm it motor courts and hotels hit red Cross disaster crows were rushed Here ready to move into any hardhat area on the Banks evacuees had gathered in emergency shelters at More head City Atlantic Beach Cherry Point and other Points along the lower coast but danger from High winds passed there about 8 and the barometer began see Hurricane rage 11 train hits car Here Chester West 39yenrold negro of 2832 Railroad was slightly bruised when his car collided with a freight car being backed a half lock West of 26th ave a about 11 p m monday the car was demolished when the freight car pushed its Side ways about 30 feet West w a taken to West Texas Hospital by Rix ambulance permits pass Mark Lubbock construction pushes on at record Pace in August t us books t c o r d breaking building continued Dur eng the month of August push Sitf the years construction totals put the Mark City building inspector p g Dieter or monday that figure greater than the fall 12month totals Lor All but two years in the cites history and it More than it million ahead o the Pace set through August in the record building year of 1950 basins any sudden or pro longed drop in construction activity we can set a new Al time building record Here this key Dieter said in 1950 the City started work on Worth of new Homes and commercial at thai end of August that year the total stood at the upsurge in construction activity Here this year represent a continuation of a building Boom which began shortly after world War ii and has continued in High gear Ever since in 1949 a new record of Worth of construction was set that was quickly replaced by the still standing 1950 record in 1951 the Pace dropped to one of the highest per capita building records in the Rose again to 000 in 1952 last year with several Large projects started in 1952 still under construction building permit totals dropped Back to then in Jammy this year the activity building Boom 11 shows Arrow and storm Flag symbols indicating the path of the coastal blow which ate last night passed the Cape Hatteras area at right is shown a scene in Dallas winds blew this heavy sign onto the top of a car crushing it Trees were uprooted and phone and electric Linos blown Down by the blow a in legion address Ike asks combat ready Reserve ii in i inc from his prepared text he by de Creagh i Ter mined to establish its Sway Over tial to our aug 30 fflprcs1 All the ident Eisenhower told n cheer pledging this will be a no 1 political timidity must no longer bar a program so absolutely Essen this or ready fraction military Reserve within a year to meet the threat of a communist dictatorship de defense plans backers stunned French scuttle Edc to shatter Hopes of reared Germany by Harvey Hudson i Igro at Frances own Paris night aug 30 to scuttled the european army plan refusing to allow Ger Many to rearm within the program backed by the Eisenhower administration and Germany herself the fiction lowering the Guillo Tine on the european defense three years legionnaires open annual meet with broadside at univ the or Ujj Washington aug 30 the Amer inn Lorion kicked off its annual convention to any and headed into a pos Sibly fight Over the United nations in the face of word from president Eisenhower thai in failures arc no reason to weaken our sup some legionnaires set silent at Eisenhower defense of the world organization a bit earlier had Given a Hearty hand to past National commander Lewis k Gough of Pasadena who told Thorn Asca attired Union ii becomes increasingly evident that the in no longer can claim to be in instrument for suppressing War and a legionnaires Gough said now must ask themselves should not the in be reorganised without a Union against the red regime and another former nation Al commander Earl Cocke of Atlanta told a reporter the in is a major Issue at this 36th annual session of the worlds largest veterans organization As it appears now Cocke said the convention is about half and half half for withdrawal from the in and half for kicking Russia out any decision on in or any other Issue will come later see legion Nairas Page it came on a procedural vote i Ament after bitter debate the National Assembly voted 319264 to postpone debate indefinitely the action was As clearcut is if the Edc had been us for decision work to be done Liis is the end of said socialist Jules Moch his son was killed in world War ii and he be came the leading foe of French adherence to Edc there was no one to dispute him Premier Pierre Mende Francc nearly War veterans and guests at the opening session of the legions 36lh annual Conven Tion gave a cheering whistling ovation to Legionnaire Eisenhower who flew Here from Denver to address them and appeared on the platform in his Blue overseas Cap on his return flight to Denver where he landed about j the president stopped at he Iowa state fair in Des Moines where he termed the French rejection of the european defense Community plan today a major world Strong he added however that the free world is stir overwhelmingly Strong As compared to the Iron cur Tain he asserted whenever we have setbacks we ing from his prepared text he added the Only treasonable party we have is the communist con very Eisenhower main Point was a plug for something along the lines of Universal military training though he didst mention amt by see Reserve Page u two Board officers dismissed in Case against Batchelor never quit we will not now said simply the Assembly has i 0 we never will do fifteen times the Washington con Ventioner packed into the steam ing hot National guard auditorium applauded the presidents speech in which he also appealed for for eign policy Unity threw cold water on the efforts of some republicans to link past democratic administrations with alleged treason against the United states sen Mccarthy wis in particular has labelled the Roose velt and Truman regimes 20 expressed its will now there is work to be done and this time it will not take three German supporters of the plan were shocked British officials said Kiniki will be arranged among the United states Britain Franco and Germany to figure out ways of giving the Bonn government its the right to rearm or As part of a military coalition government endangered the government of Premier Mcnac France was again in Dan Ger of falling american Hopes for Quick rearmament of Germany with 12 Divi Sions serving in a Supranational european army wore shattered new negotiations will be in order see French scuttle pro 11 no responsible element in this country wants to damage Amer Ica Eisenhower said then depart Good morning in today paper Flat Bale Page 1 Section t Cruft Zumft to Bootie City Page 1 Section t editorial Page Page 8 Section 2 Randlo to Page s Section 2 Somloi Inge 7 Section 9 area stain National 81 snot on 1 Imp meet acting on the Spur Al the moment Niter a Long period 35 killed in Freak mexican bus mishap Mexico City aug 30 a match struck by a passenger seek ing his Luggage converted an Over turned bus into n blazing a pyre last night burning to death 35 per sons trapped inside delayed reports reaching the capital today said the disaster occurred on the Luis Potosi Highway in the Northern tip of the state of Jalisco officials said the crowded bus overturned on a Sharp curve and skidded into a High Hank Side the Road those aboard Wera trapped inside but apparently no one was Hurt seriously one passenger however crawled from the overturned vehicle and struck a match to locate his lug Gage spilled gasoline ignited and in the ensuing holocaust All died including the Man who Jit the match Lubbock woman critically Hurt in new Mexico Highway mishap Albuquerque aug 30 Spe Cial a Lubbock woman mrs Garlon Gordon 20 was in critical condition at St Josephs Hospital Here monday from injuries received in an Auto crash near hero at sunday the car driven by mrs Gordons husband collided with another which had overturned in front of them Gordon received Only minor injuries the Gordons live at 48th St mrs Gordon was said to have a brain concussion and had not regained consciousness monday Gordon is the son of or and mrs Fred Gordon 316 Uvalde Lubbock by the prow san Antonio aug the trial of up Claude Batchelor opened today with two court martial members a medal of Honor win leaving eight officers to decide the Kermit soldiers Fate Batchelor 22 is charged with collaborating with the enemy and informing on his buddies during his 31 months As a prisoner of War in North Korea he first chose to stay with the reds then changed his mind As the army general court martial assembled today 1st in Edward r Schowalter 26 arose from his place on the panel and said Cainin prior opinion i Challenge myself on the grounds that i am hostile to the accused and prior Rio the convening of this court i formulated the opinion and expressed the opinion that the accused is a Schowalter was excused he is a tall husky Blond who was a company commander in an infantry regiment in Korea from Metairie la to is n graduate of Virginia military Institute and now is stationed at Headquarters 4th army it Sam Houston san Antonio col Milo i Gray another officer of the 10member Board was dismissed on a Challenge by the defense col Gray is assistant chief of staff of the 51h armoured division at Camp Chaffee Ark Sec Batchelor Page 11 by the associated or stunts Lille aug 30young i Walter Whitaker sat in prison condemned Row today and said in ready but in not will ing for death due to come to him in the Early morning hours of wednesday his Mother and Young brother Bruce 19 were in Austin making one More Appeal to the state Board of pardons and paroles Lor com mutation of the death sentence to life imprisonment Appeal denied the Appeal was denied the while Kors Are a Wel Todo family of Hartford Conn mrs Whitaker and her son were accompanied in her appearance before the Board by the Rev a p Harrison a retired episcopal Cler Kyman and former Rector or the Whitakers Church at Wethersfield tolls of Vernon visit mrs Whitaker related a visit to i Vernon scene of her sons trial following a change of venue where she walked with six of the jurors that sentenced her son to death four of the jurors she said indicated they had changed their mind and would now favor life imprisonment one juror was hos tile she said and a sixth Saia he would write a letter to the Loard chairman t b White said letters had been received from four of the six jurors talked to by mrs Whitaker one said it would be a mistake to commute the death sentence the other three proposed a life sentence with two them Basing their change on Assurance imprisonment would be for life while he was an airman at Reese fab at Lubbock Whitaker met Joyce Fern White 18 a treck Lelace choir Singer and Nign school student at a skating rms and they started going together girl strangled Joyce Fern was strangled to death near Lubbock in january 1953 and her sweetheart was convicted and received the death sentence i loved the girl and i had no reason to kill Whitaker told Don Reid associated press correspondent in Huntsville today Whitaker told Reid he believed the jury that convicted him was prejudiced because of Adverse publicity riven him he accused the newspapers radio and television of lacking integrity in reporting the crime in Lubbock he said the news Slan Ted to gain Public opinion Tor the girl and against the condemned Man said the District attorney in Lubbock had told his father that the Case definitely was murder without malice but after the newspapers radio and television came out with these glaring the District at Torney was forced to file a charge of murder with malice in Lubbock Whitakers Asser Tion was read to dist atty Travis Shelton who prosecuted the Case in reply Shelton said sorry that at this Point see Whitaker Page u Walter e Whitaker or if we just had 10 More in death Row the waiting is about airmen to be freed Saigon aug 30 up five air foremen who were Cap tured by communists while awol on a Beach Outing near the Tou Rene air base in Indochina last june 14 will be freed within 36 j we hours French officials said today for your vacation Pac did Aid circulation diet dont win Terpy of Fht or Jou Fiul opened Cpl Claude Batchelor 23yearold former korean War prisoner a Natonio monday of charges of Colla the buddies while a prisoner of War with him at his trial u i Mother mrs 0 l Batchelor 1eft Olker Mit also attending the trial is Fri Portia Howe right of Alden whose Tan Richar Tenneson also a prisoner of War in still to red by Kenneth May Avalanche staff writer a slender Young Man a in death Row at Hunta Ville today living what probably his last Houri Walter e Whitaker polite intelligent egotistical killer of Joyce Fern White scheduled to die in tiie Electria chair shortly after Midnight he May he May in is last Lew outward of emotions him he 1 it done so yet kept hidden i spent Many hours watch ing the face of tills 22year old former air Force Cadet from Wethersfield Conn in All of that time i saw Only the Barest hint of any emotion neither humor nor sorrow nor remorse the first time i saw him Whitaker was being led from the Lubbock county jail to waiting car that was to take him to san Antonio for his formal release by the air Force into the bands of civil Ian authorities who had charged him with the murder of his 18yearold Lubbock Sweet heart that was a few hours after he had pointed out the girls body in a shallow Cotton Patch grave near Reese air Force base 20 Days after had disappeared from her Home As he emerged from the jail see fetal hours Page 11 three Seagraves men injured one critically in car wreck Seagraves aug 30 special Seagraves men were injured one critically when their car overturned on rain Slick pave ment and struck a tree about three Miles North of Here on u s 62 at monday in critical condition at Metho dist Hospital in Lubbock was tra vis Tindle 19 who received Sev eral fractures of the lower jaw and possible head injuries Tindle was taken to the Lubbock Hospital after treatment at Seagraves Dave Tindle 30 brother of Travis was in fair condition at the sea craves Hospital with head and face lacerations and bruises Alex Langehennig 19 was treated for minor injuries and released weather map pm 9 1 Lubbock and Vicinity gear to partly Cloudy tuesday end wednes Day isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers not much in temperature is expected with a Low of 65 degrees forecast Lor Early today and a High this alter noon of about 90 71 70 69 is 67 76 m Siss 89 p p n p m p m p m p m p m p m m p m a m or m 4 so 68 Tsvi 7s 7s 70 Tlumac Racu Ronso at Boon a m m a m a m m a m a a m Jajo n m m p m tint u weather Bureau tuition in preceding pm yet Ontoy Miot mum 90 minimum 85 maximum a year to today St Muo mum it year aim today Sun today a my Kun to dry p m maximum humidity minimum humidity humidity lit my Nuht Southwest precipitation men find Low for noun at old Niht luit Leht cow to p Abilene is 99 70 m Amarillo 04 83 it Houston Dubuque to 11 Owa City 01 m w t 106

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