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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 12, 1954, Abilene, Texas CLOUDY, COLDER €\)t gltitlme ¿Reporter-iietos "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YC’JR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron F.VF.NTNR FINAL VOL. LXXIII, No. 210 Associated Press f AP/ ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, 1954—EIGHTEEN PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c More Than 100 Killed In Austria Avalanche .DIG OUT —Plow-equipped jeep scrapes snow from in front of White House as Washington area dug out from under four-inch blanket that tied up traffic and closed schools. — i Italy Orders 6 Ministers Back to U.S. ROME .'ft—A Church of Christ evangelist said today that six other American preachers of the church whose visas have expired have been ordered to leave this predominantly Roman Catholic country. The order was disclosed by Cline R. Paden of Brownfield. Tex., one of the first group of preachers to come to Italy after the war to establish the Church of Christ here. Paden is en route to the United States to report on what he described as the “continued difficulties“ in Italy. Since his arrival he and other members have been involved almost constantly with Italian police authorities and the interior ministry in efforts to regularise their activities. The Texan expressed hope, however, that Italian authorities would change their decision and permit the six to remain in Italy. He said his own permit expired last August and had just been renewed. The American evangelist is scheduled to sail from Le Havre for the United States Jan. 25. He has planned a speaking tour including lectures at Abilene Christian College. Abilene, and at Brownfield. 2 Former Students At ACC in Group Northeast Digging Out Of Blizzard NEW YORK The Northeast dug out of its worst snowstorm j in five years today, as clearing skies brought a forecast of increas- j ingly cold weather. The storm, which started Sunday , afternoon, caused at least 601 deaths and deposited up to a foot j of snow in some sections. The Weather Bureau here said | the storm was moving in a northeasterly direction along the New England coast and out to sea. However, the bureau warned that a wave of freezing air was waiting to move in on the area from the Northwest and Canada as soon as the snowstorm is gone. Sleet extended as far south as ; North Carolina yesterday. There was snow in Georgia. Many More North of Washington, D. C., the sleet coated heavy snowdrifts with 1 a treacherous icy surface, crippled traffic and brought accidents on roads, streets and sidewalks. Adding to the death toll were sledding! mishaps and heart attacks as many{ persons bucked the snow and sleet i afoot or tried to shovel it. Today, this*was the state-by-state death toll: Washington, D. C.. area 7, Maryland. 2; Pennsylvania. 16; New Jersey, 15; New’ York. 5; Connecticut. 7; Rhode Island, 2; Massachusetts, 6. Snow flurries still drifted down on parts of the area early today, but the Weather Bureau said it would end in the New York City mm ■Of.’*..; MtLYN STALLED—Drivers get together to push stalled car up incline at a main intersection on Grand Central Parkway in New York Monday. Heaviest snow-storm in five years snarled traffic in Metropolitan area. Cold Weather Hits, Rain Chances Good Other Snowslides Claim 23 Persons VIENNA, Austria (APV—More than 100 persons are dead or missing in a major avalanche disaster in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, police at Bregenz reported today. The toll was announced as other vast snowslides throughout central Europe’s mountainland claimed at least 23 dead and 44 missing. Police said that more than 50 of the victims of the Vorarlberg disaster were missing in the village of Blons. The avalanche blocked the small Lutzbach river and many of the missing may have drowned. The other 50 persons listed as dead or missing were from scattered villages in Vorarlberg province, police said The reports indicated that the sudden avalanches may add up ! to the nation’s worst snow disaster. Only three years ago more than 124 people were Congress Set For Full Slate Of Hearings WASHINGTON <*L_Senate convenes at noon (EST* today to take up a cotton acreage boosting bill that’s the subject of a tussle between legislators from Southern and Western states. House is recessed until Thursday but several appropriations subcommittees are meeting to get an early start on money bills for a numbr of federal agencies. Abilene can look forward to con- \ ing as    it hits, sin"e    the low fore- tinued cold weather, cloudy skies. I cast for Wednesday    is 30 degrees, area in the forenoon and' some* | an{j a “pretty good chance”    for    “it    could snow.” the forecaster l what later toward Boston as the ! rain the rest of the week.    said,    “but it’s more apt to    be storm moved out    to sea.    *    Part of the same cold air mass rain.” Mercury    Plunges    i    that is causing blizzard conditions ; The    mercury dropped to 30 de- Up    to    a foot ot snow piled up,    in the Northeast will hold tern- grees    about sunrise    Tuesday, and ¡ in some places yesterday. Phila- i peratures below normal here    for    j    H as    not expected to go above    40 delphia had 10 inches. Its heaviest j several days, a U. S. Weather    j    afternoon. The wind shift    to in seven years. New York recorded I Bureau forecaster said Tuesday , northeast will delay any warm- buried alive in a similar catastrophe. The snowslides severed communications and isolated hundreds of villages. Rising temperatures were melting the snow, bringing threats of j more avalanches. Thousands Isolated The slides dealt death and de- j struction through picture postcard villages in the Austrian Tyrol, the Bavarian Alps, northern Italy and 1 Switzerland. Thousands of foreign tourists and winter sports fans were isolated. The snowslides are the result of the mast severe blizzards in several years. In Austria 7 were known dead and 39 missing. In Switzerland, the death toll rose to 14 known dead, with 5 people still feared buried. In the Bavarian Senate committee lineup—con- AIds area of = *erence    Republican    Senators „    .    .    \    gathers to act on a committee re- Germany t»o veio lulled    ,    JrganllaUon plan, worked ou, yes- Rescue squads toiled by lantern . terday by GOP leader Knowland light through the night to dig out Ulan L. Hicks, editor of the Chi is-tian Chronicle, published in Abilene, said two of the six ministers of the Church of Christ who have been reported to have been ordered to leave Italy are former students of Abilene Christian College. Hicks named the six as Carl Mitchell, Howard By bee, Mels in Pownall. Carl Hecker, Dayl Pittman and David Lavender. Carl Hecker is a 1950 graduate of ACC and was minister of the Church of Christ at Winters for 28 months. He is superintendent at the Frascati Orphans Home at Frascati. Italy, Davl Pittman, whose mother and step-father are Mr. and Mrs. M. L. \ aughn. 333 Highland \vc.. was a special student at ACC last year. Cart Mitchell is supported in Italy by the Harris and Irving Street Church of Chn.st at San Angelo. He did not attend ACC but has been on the program of annual spring lectures at the school. David l.aveodei is supported by the Church of Christ in Ponca City, Okla. Melvin Pownall and Howard Bvbee are not from this area and Hicks said he did not know their background. WHY?—“Why do department stores always wait until a dav like this to put in such cool looking windows,” shivers Earl J. Roberts in Fort Worth. Roberts had reason to be bitter after a week of spring-like weather was brought to an abrupt end with over-night low 20 temperatures. PLEADS INNOCENT Airman's Statement Read to Arson Jury BRECKENRIDGE T - Airman f Wichita County Deputy Sheriff Orville Miller’s statement that he > Charlie Sells and Air Police Set. set fire to a Wichita Falls planing ! Yaugh Sell. mill was read to the 90th District Court here today over strong objections of the defense council. The 19-year-old airman from It read, in part: “I spotted the wooden frame building ¡Quality Planing Mill* so I decided it would make the best fire and cre- in Wichita Falls because the town was dull He wanted excitement. He pleaded innocent yesterday lie is being tried on the first count of a three count indictment. This a 9.6-inch blanket as of midnight, the most since a 15-inch fall in 1949. Temperatures plunged, hitting 27 below rem ki one spot in Maine. The northern section of the Midwest also reported biting cold with a low’ of 32 degrees below zero at International Falls, Minn. The arctic air extended over wide areas of the central part of the country with subzero readings over the Northern Plains and the upper Mississippi Valley. It was around zero in Chicago. Strong northerly winds added discomfort to the cold air in most of the Midwest but only a few areas reported heavy falls of snow. Only light snow was reported in sections of Michigan and northern Indiana eastward into northern Ohio. Temperatures were below freezing as far south as the central Gulf with the freezing line extending from the Carolines westward through southern Alabama and Mississippi to central Texas. In the West, snow fell in the northern Rockies and rain showers or snow hit sections of California. CAPITAL STOCK DOU BLED F&M Bank Elects Minter to Board Will D. Muiter, well known Abi-. lene merchant and civic leader, was elected to the hoard of directors of the Farmers and Merchants | National Bank Tuesday morning. The action was taken m the annual meeting of stockholders President Walter F. Johnson announced The stockholders also approved the doubling of capital stock of the bank bv declaring a 100 per cent stock dividend. The capital was raised from $375,000 to $750.000 by declaring the stock dividend from surplus, Johnson explained. Final approval of the action vviU be sought from the Comptroller of Currency. Treasury Department. Washington. Capital structure of the bank, if Tuesday’s action is approved, will consist of the $750,000 capital stock. $500,000 surplus and undivided profits of about $200,000. Director* Renamed In addition to adding Minter to the board, the stockholders re elected alt present directors. They are George S. Anderson, Townsend Douglas, B. L. Ellis, Fleming Janies, S. M Jay, Johnson. John A Matthews. Carl P. Springer, Jesse F. Winters and Don Wooten, »11 of Abilene, and Roy Riddel, Lubbock. Decatur. IlL said he set three fires ate the most excitement.” Sells and Sell testified they took J the voung airman to Austin for a lie detector test, and that Miller made the statement after the test. ---„    ...    ,,,,    ,    Reading of the statement follow-1 is a charge of setting the S-S.wo , ed a 30-minute protest by defense Quality Planing Mill ablaze March j collnsei L    !    Miller's statement described in ! The trial w as moved here on a detail how he took kerosene-soaked • change of venue.    i    rags, ignited them and tossed them ! The statement was w itnessed by j tbr0Ut,b a partially opened window j I ot the mill building.    SCHENECTADY.    N.    Y.    ¡J*—Dr. It described how he drove around Harold r Vrey, atomic scientist town in a taxi while he waited for ’ the fire alarm to be turned in. Clarence Cassey, a Wichita Falls watchmaker, who lives next door to the mill, told the court how Miller used a neighborhood phone to cell the fire chief at Sheppard Air Force Base and tell him of the fire. Miller told the Sheppard fire chief he better come help direct the fire fighting. He is also under indictment and will meet Saturday to ¡s <0 bc tned later on charges of Nobel Prize Winner Attacks McCarthy and Nobel Prize winner, last night criticized the congressional probe of alleged espionage at Ft. Monmouth and said. “I don’t believe the U S.S.R. has a better agent in this country than Sen. McCarthy.” Urey made the remarks in reply to questions from an audience attending a lecture sponsored by the Schenectady Freedom Forum. Director; elect officers. Minter is a partner in Min er Dry Goods Co., Abilene’s oldest department store. It was founded by See F&M. Pg. 3A, Col. 1 * ^ WILL D. MINTER . . on F&M board setting the Nov. 3, 1952, blaze j which destroyed the North Texas i Furniture Co. anti adjacent stores { with a $590.000 loss, and a Feb. 5. j 1953. fire at the United Electric j Service Co.’s Maglcaire division with a $100.000 loss. The trial was moved here on a change of venue Fire Marshal Ben F. Van Pelt Jr., Wichita Falls, was one of the first witnesses yesterday. He said the section of the planing mill where the blaze started flared up again after firemen had wet it j down. He said the fire could have been caused by “use of volatile liquids.” Asst Fire Chief Jim Juliuson testified the fire flared again after apparently being extinguished. He said no electrical connections m the area could have caused the blaze. On cross examination, Fire Chief Eugene White said it was possible the flare up w as caused by “liquids , . . t*r real hot timbers with re-in coming out of them.” Asst, Fire Chief William A. York of Sheppard Air Force Base testified that Miller was assigned to the base fire department in June 1952 and took a course in the handling of volatile liquids. THE WEATHER s. niPARTMFVr OF COMMERCE W FATHER MRFA1 morning. “But it won’t be nearly so cold here as it is up there,’’ he said. Winds will be mostly from the northeast, and there’s a strong likelihood of rains late tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. There’s not much danger of the rain freez- GOP Senators Gripe at Ike's Flexible Props WASHINGTON T—Sharp dissatisfaction with some aspects of President Eisenhower's farm pro-j gram w as voiced today at the first 1954 conference of all Republieaa 1 senators. The conference was behind I closed doors. Chairman Millikin fR-Colo declined to discuss the farm debate in detail except to say that some GOP senators ‘ did not feel happy about the general farm situation.” However, it was learned that Sens. Young R-ND*. McCarthy (R-Wis , Thye R-Minni and Jen-ner R-Ind told their colleagues of serious doubts about the flexible price support plan offered by Eisenhower in his farm message yesterday. Young reportedly told the conference that the party must face what he called the facts of political life—that the farmers generally, the big farm organizations and a majority in Congress wanted continuation of high level mandatory price supports, He said that even it a flexible price support bill w as brought to the floor, amendments would be offered to continue the present 90 per cent of parity floor on basic crops. “And who is going to vote against it*“ the North Dakotan is understood to have demanded. McCarthy, who first brought up up. Meanwhile, the frigid norther that hit Texas Sunday lost its punch as it went south, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley seemed safe. It had been feared that the plant-killing cold might destroy citrus and vegetable crops worth millions in the lush Valley region. Brownsville, which had expect- people buried by huge masses of melting snow* which carried tree trunks and boulders. Grim rumbles from the mountain sides indicated j more slides. Snow 13 Feet Deep In many areas snow’ piled as j high as 13 feet. Up to four feet of j of staff, go before a ,clo>ed si tCalili and Democratic leader Lyndon Johnson ¡Tex»    which would put Republicans in control of all major committees. Military—Secretary of Defense Wilson and Adm. Arthur W. Radford. chairman of the joint chiefs new snow’ fell on mountain tops in Bavaria during the night, but at many points drifts were thawing rapidly. Railway traffic on the main east-west railroad between Vienna and Switzerland was at a standstill. sion of the Senate Armed Services Committee to brief Senators on military developments since Congress recessed last August. House Armed Services Committee meets to consider its 1954 legislative program. West of the Arlberg Pass 40 ava i Brownsville.    |    inches roared down on the tracks |    Health—Dr. Paul Magnuson. for- I &    and .    mer    n^ic»1    director    -    «■«    Veter- ter reading of 42 degrees at 5:30 I destroyed, Ihe line was bloc ed a m Laredo reported a similar i also east of Innsbruck, reading the Associated Press said. As new storms piled up fresh drifts in many areas of northern Italy, rescuers after a week's battle through blocked mountain passes reached five villages isolated near Udine. The hamlets were nearly out of food. Skies were cloudy all over Texas today, and a chance for rain was seen over most of the state Wednesday. Snow is expected in the Panhandle and Upper South Plains. ans Administration, takes the witness stand to tell the House Commerce Committee his views on how best to help people meet the costs of svkness. Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser yesterday testified in favor of government backing for private financing of investments in the medical field. Parm Solons Oppose Ike ENID. Okla. .T — Touriug con- j They said Congress would favor gressional farm leaders indicated continuing the current rigid price today they believe both the House i supports for several more years, and Senate will reject the flex- The President recommended the ible price support features of Pres- j gradual abandonment of price sup- . D. WATKINS elected director ident Eisenhower*s sweeping new farm law proposals. Members of the House Agricultural Committee, scheduled to hold a hearing today m their nationwide tour to sound out farm senti-I meat at the grass roots, found j themselves squarely at odds with the President’s proposals. 2 OFFICERS PROMOTED abujenk and vicinity Ctnudy j the farm question at the conier- thl* afternoon tonight and Wednesday j c,ice reuQftadly assailed the tleX-Orcav.onal U*hl rain likely late tonight I    *    *    - and Wednesday Colder thi* afternoon: highest temperature. 40; lowest tonight, 30 highest Wtdteeaday, 40-45 NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Cloudy and rather cold thl* afternoon. nmtght and Wednesday Occasional ratn Wednesday, WEST TEXAS Cloudy thts afternoon, j tonight and Wednesday Occasional rain tonight and Wednesday except anow Its : Par handle Lowest 32-33 tn north FAST TEXAS - Increasing cloudiness tul rather cold this afternoon and ton!fid. Watkins on Board Of Citizens Bank SOUTH CENTRAI. TKXAS Cloudy and tiunt- ratflv cold thl* afiernoun, ts- night ami W*dm>Htav TEMPERATI' RFS Mon P M Tues A M 4>i I Id 41 35 Ï 30 34 yi . ..... i ; 30 .... 35 S3 4 *0 ... 34 51 .V 30 34 44 3.4 .... .,... 4 30 ..... 33 ..... 33 ..... 7 30 ...... 38 ..... Í 30 .. 31 35 ...... 4 30 ... 30 35 10 30 ... 30 31 11 30 SI 33 * 12 30 31 Barometer reading at It » P *»    -* »J. Relative humid tty at 13 30 p m HA Maximum temperature for .’4-hour period ending at « 30 * m 33 M uimum temperature tor 24-hour period ending at 8 30 »• »' • 33- ible price support plan in the President’s message as a “tremendous blunder.” WHAT'S NEWS ON INSIDE PAGES 'BOOM ADJUSTED    Stab'e real t-tate business seen tor Abilene though ' boom' period op parent tv ever Page * A, POPULAR PRINCESS   New name- appear on list ot Princess Marmoset’s suitors Page 5-A JINX 7HW \RTED McMur-rv Cagers deteat AaL. on oppon ent s home court Rage 8-A, SCHOOL STUDV BEGINS BoaM of Education named chairmen ot two committees which wd! study report cards and expansion problems of the c»tv s schools. Page 1 9, One new director was elected for Citizens National Bank and the others re-named at the annual meeting of stockholders Tuesday afternoon. | Two officers drew promotions, at a session of’the board after the stockholders get-together Othci officers wore re-elected. W D Windy Watkins was added to the board of directors The ers. said 1953 was the best year in the bank s history and included reaching an all-time high in deposits Meek reported that the bank looks forward to beginning construction in the next few months of its new banking house and office building at North Fourth and Cypress Sts. He said the present banking 46 year-old Abilenian is assistant quarters, at North First and Pine general manager of the Southwest Division of Western Cot tono il Vo . j a subsidiary of Anderson - Clayton. His territory covers western j Oklahoma. West Texas, New Mexico and eastern Arizona. Fred L.vbrand Jr.. was promoted St* , a^e “entirely inadequate” to i take care of the increase in busi- J ness volume expected with completion of the Abilene Air Force adding Base and with the continuing | growth of the city. Re-elected to the t>oard of di ports at 90 per cent of parity in tavor of a system of flexible supports at between 90 and 75 per cent. Under a flexible program, government price guarantees would be high in time of shortages to encourage production. But they would be low in times of surplus to discourage production. Chairman Hope (R-Kam, a key figure in any future farm legislation, said only that “there are wide differences of opinion over this proposal,” but he is known to favor continuation of rigid supports. Most members declined to be quoted by name but left little doubt of their Attitude, Rep. Mclntire iR-Me' summed it up when he said the administration's “long-term planning will have to square with short-term realities.” With an election coming up this fall, some Republicans contend that the present political and economic “climate” Is not favorable for a sudden shift to a new price support system. They also remember 1948, when the 80th Congress compromised on price supports Democrats von There w as no doubt where ail or most committee Democrats stand on the President's proposal. “We don’t favor a flexible system, * de dared Rep. Gathings (D-Ark'. to vice president. He has been an rectors were1 Joe C Benson, L ^ M. assistant v ice president    Caldwell, W* J Fulwsler, Ed Gris- Leroy Langston, now assistant, som, H, M. Harrison, E L Harwell, cashier, was elevated to assistant ; j (\ Hunter Jr., Meek. Gilbert vice president.    Peehacek, John B. Ray. Homer H President Malcolm M. Meek, in ,    i    * his annual report to the stoekhold- i Set CITIZENS, Pg. 3-A, Col. * Farmers are going to need at least 90 per cent parity for basic commodities, So far as anyone I I’ve talked to is concerned, the opinion is that Congress I* going | to continue rigid price supports ” After today’s hearings, the committee will fly to Waco, Tex . to morrow’ and to Memphis Thursday • before returning to Washington, ;