1950 Ice Storm Texas - Tom Malmay

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Heavy Ice Storm Isolates 45 Towns in North Texas 662 Phone Circuits COURT HEARS CHARGE Methodist Eagle holding a certificate (Staff was Nav lo anc a lo the was a Government Opens Case Against Lewis WASHINGTON, Fob. 1. HV-TIic government today argued to a oderal court t h a t currcnl coal strikes and slowdowns arc u n f a i r abor practices. It asked the court .0 order John I,. Lewis and his miners lo stop Ihese tactics. The case is that brought by Tail Demands $4 Billion Cut In Budget WASHINGTON. Feb. 1 UV-Scn. Tart Ili-Oh!n) called today for a S4 hihioo cut in President Truman's budget. It was right in line with republican plans lo make economy .1 key Issue in a party policy statement due next Monday. Tart said in his weekly report (o Ohio voters that federal spending has increased 58 billion since '917. Ihc first year of the Itcpubllcan 8011) Congress.' "Surely half of lhat increase can be eliminated by the strictest economy, both at home and abroad," he said. At Ihc same lime Sen/.-Biowster (R-,Me) predicted Republicans will call for sharp budget economies in a declaration of parly principles they hope to have ready for a basket lunch rally here Monday Brewstcr, a member of a committee of three senators working on a preliminary draft, told a reporter the group Is making speedy progress. "We have found a surprising amount ot unity o[ thought on xllch issues as economy, labor, civil rights and f a r m problems," the Maine senator said. He added that wilh Sen. Vandenberg (R-Mich) lending a hand, Ihe group also is rounding out the foreign policy part ol the state ment. The Senate committee scheduled a meeting today wilh a similar House drafting group. Full House and Senate committees may get together Saturday for final agreement on the congressional version of the statement 'of principles. lohcii Dcnham, National Labor llclations Hoard coi:nsel. 1 President Trumati lias said thai Dcaham acted on his own, hut h a d - -idvised the While House of his In-' rations. Mr. Truman since has moved in:o the coal situation on his own, nit along far different lines. He asked yeslerday for a 70-day Inice while fact-tinders look into (he dispute Dial had disrupted produc* lion for months. Neither Lewis, nor Ihu operators :iad yet replied lo Mr. Truman's proposal. He asked an answer by 4 p. m. (CST) Saturday. Dominlek Manoli, counsel for the National Labor Relations Hoard, opened Ihe argument before Federal District Jddfic Hidmi»:u] H. Kcecli tn Dcnliam's case. Manoli started off by offering a score of exhibits. Heading (lie lisl was lasl week's report from -James Hoyd. director of the Bureau of Mines, staling thai a na- lloual crisis exisls or shortly iviU exist unless normal coal o u t p u t Is rcslored. Legislature Hears Shivers AUSTIN. Feb. 1. «V-Thc Legislature today .waited a fornial go- ahead from Gov. Allan Shivers before tackling the job of raising stale hospitals ami special schools lo a higher level. The special session yesterday quickly disposed of opening - day formalities and showed signs it wants (o go to work.immediately on its chief task. Resolutions passed unanimously in the ffonse and Senate invited the governor lo deliver his message (o a joint session at noon today. He was expected to give Ibc lawmakers a blueprint to follow, with specific recommendations on hoiv the needed money should be raised. Shivers has said he would submit no other topic at the opening of the special session. He Indicated he might ask for consideration of other subjects if the Legislature quickly disposes of the hospital queslion, but not until then. The House and Senate got themselves KXPLMNS -- Agriculture Secretary C. F. Brannan Iclls Senate Agriculture Commit- Ice lhat his department plans lo "dump" 50 million Inisti- cls of potatoes botiglil tjy Ihc government under price support program. Only a congressional order to the contrary, he said, will prevent abandonment of (lie huge potato supply. Reported Broken By the Associ.tled Press A glillcrlng mantle of Ice strclchcd across Knrlhent Texas today, choking off comimmica- (lons, curtailing Hie flow of electric power and m a k i n g travel The ice slonu extended from Abilene and IVichila Kails oil Hie \Vesl, eastward to Paris and bi l - yoml. U gripped a (hick belt of counties--three deep--along Texas' Red Iliver border. Southwestern Hell Telephone Company said 062 of Us circuits were out In the Ice area ami that ·15 towns were Isolated from lelc- phone communications. Many cities had no elcclvle power. There was no relief In sight. Ihe Weather linroaii said. Continued freezing rain was predicted for bolh Kail and West Texas. Meanwhile the Stale Highway Patrol issued repealed warnings lo motorists. The p.'itvol said ice had formed on pnveinenls In the areas around Dcnison, Shcnnau, and near Abilene. Bridges were Icy all through Ihe ice slorm area, the patrol said. Ral fell today throughout' Kast Te\as and the rain extended westward lo Midland and southwestward to San Antonio. The sun beamed through clear skies in the Panhandle and In Far-Western Texas, but clouds gloomed over Ihe remainder of the slale. Icy Weather Lets Abilene Off Light AlUvouglv^hcrc was l?c_ a-plenty, Abilene was silling pretty this morning in comparison to other Texas (owns where Ice has snarled t r a f f i c .iml utility operations. All highways leading from the city were open and travel through here was continuing, but more slowly tlinn n o r m a l . Tlie most hazardous highway strip reported in Hits area was on U. S. Highway 80 between Trent and floscoc where ice was frozen hard. Officials of the highway department said driving In thai area is dangerous. Iliiscs were operating on schedule with Ihe exception--of--one-casU Uound bus which w»s hold up 30 minulos tn fog west of Big Spring, bus officials said. ONE LINE DOWN Wist Texas Utilities Co. officials considered themselves f o r t u n a t e In that only one power line had been reported down Ihis morning. That one wire was Ibc Kltf!C-FM line which runs north of Tuscols. H was out of service from 7:30 lo 8:I9 a. m. A low celling over Abilene made schedules for Pioneer Air Lines indefinite. Only two of H (lights operated from here Tuesday, Pioneer officials said. Travelers who stopped over In The three-day cool wave had finally reached Ihe Clulf Coast and (he liio Gi'.iudc Valley but it had been greatly weakened by Its trip Ilirauglt Texas. The mid-morning t e m p e r a t u r e at Corpus and a) Urpwnsi'lllc, OS. Yesterday, Ilicsc lilies had recorded readings In Ihe balmy eighties. Throughout Ihe great ice storm area, Irccs gllitcrcd, drooped and broke in their icy coals and power :iud communications lines sagfied a n d snapped. The Highway Patrol said these cities had neither power nor communications Cclina ami Frisco in Collin Counly; Gunner In Grayson C'oimly; Honey Grove nnd Prosper in' Fanuln County. Earlier these small towns near lionham, had been reported wllhout power or telephones: Leonard, Trcnlon, Savoy, Ector, Dodd City and Wln- dom. - - - . Dcnlon was Isolated from telephone communication. Karmers- vlllc had no telephones nnd power failed/in sonic parts of. the city. Konlinm communicated with the outside world by short-wave radio and power had failed. Portions of Dcnton had ho power./' All telephone circuits, were cut to' McKtnney, Dcnlon. and Greenville. There 1 was no ice on slrcels Fort Worlh and Dallas hut trees and lines were coaled thickly with Ice and much tree damage w»J reported. , At mid-morning freezing rain was falling at Fort Worlh, Dallas, Mineral Wells, Big Spring, Midland, and San Angclo and the highway : patrol said the. freezing .rain extended over much of the remain* der of the ice-bound area.- Drizzling rain was falling, too, at Austin,;Houston, .San Antonio, LuFkin,Wacoi and Te.varlcina.' 'The Highway; Patrol-said-so me ice was forming on line? js fir south as Waco. ' RolanBond Vote Slow nOTAN, Feb. !. -- Nasty weather slowed the early mroning voting- lodsy In the re-cleclio' on $255,000 city bond Issues here. ; Election Judge William Corhn declined to give tbc specific figure,

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 01 Feb 1950, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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