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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Friday, December 20, 1957
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WEATHER Shreveport and vicinity Dusty, windy and cooler this morning. Clear and cool this afternoon and Saturday. Low about 50. High about 60. West to northwest winds 10 to 25 miles per hour. Louisiana Generally fair through Saturday. Cooler Friday, but a little warmer Saturday. East Texas Generally fair through Saturday. Cooler Friday and cool tonight. QLfee iMnnwiifiiirll Slimes Eighty-Sixth Year of Leadership in the Arfc-La-Tex INDEX Classified . . 8-11D Radio-TV .... . 3D Comics . . . 12-13C Sports . . 4-6D Editorial 6 A Theaters 11C Markets 7D Weather . 1A, 14C Oil & Gas . . . . 7D For Women . 1-5B Four Sections 52 Pages VOL. 86 NO. 203 AP. UP and INS AP Wirephoto SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1957 Owner of KWKH, 50,000 Watts CBS FIVE CENTS 1RBM TEST SUCCESS AF Thor Missile Hits Target After Fla. Launching , CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 19 LWAn Air Force Thor ballistic missile rose beautifully into the sky here today and flew presumably hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic. It' was the third of Amer ica's big guns the giant, long-reach weapons of pushbutton war to be test launched here this week. Never before has the missile test center here disposed of so much destructive power so swiftly. And it was as beautiful a flight to watch, on a perfect sunny afternoon, as veteran observers here have known. Within 25 minutes of the launching the Defense Department in Washington announced that the Thor intermediate range ballistic missile IRBM had been test fired. "The missile flew its prescribed course and landed in its preselected impact area," the announcement said. That was Pentagonese for a successful launch, a successful flight, a successful everything. The Thor, an estimated 60 feet long and weighing probably more than 50 tons the exact figures are secret was designed to deliver a nuclear warhead against targets up to 1,500 miles distant. Its average speed over that range would be near 7,000 miles an hour. There have been seven previous Thor test firings here, three of them called wholly successful. One of the missiles flew 3,645 miles, more than twice its designed range. The Air Force gave no indication of the range, altitude and size ot target assigned for today's test. , RED BALL The red ball signal that a test flight was forthcoming was raised over the missile center early today. At 10:30 a.m. (EST) the Gantry crane or working tower surrounding the missile was rolled back, leaving the Thor naked in the thin sunlight that cut through the morning haze. By 10:45 a.m. the missile had turned from silver to white as liquid oxygen being poured into its tanks caused condensation and freezing on the surface. The missile appeared about ready to go. But the minutes ticked past and then hours, and the missile still stood there. It looked like a white taper gracefully poised upon the flat table that is Cape Canaveral. Whisps of white vapor escaping oxygen whipped out from its midsection and streamed first to one side and then the other as the noon hour breezes shifted. At 1:40 p.m., in the midst of all the tension, a military plane landed on the Cape's airstrip. It is most unusual for aircraft to operate in the area when a test is under way. Observers on the beaches five miles away speculated that some needed part had been flown in. At 2:57 p.m., there was a spurt (Continued n Tf rnr-A) Strong Winds Cause Power Failures Here Winds up to 54 miles an hour blew tree limbs into electric wires causing blackouts in three areas around Shreveport last night. Southwestern Gas and Electric CcmDanv officials reported that electricity was off for as much as an hour and a half in the Broad-acres Community, the Forbing Annex and on Greenwood Road near the Sherwood Motel. A tree limb knocked a 7.200 volt line down on Brooks Street near West 70th Street at 7:57 p.m. last night, knocking out electricity in the Broadacres Community. Serv ice was restored there at 9:29 p.m., Southwestern officials said. The high winds blew tree limbs against two wires on the Green wood Road near the Sherwood Mo tel at about 10 o'clock last night. The two wires shorted and sparks caused a grass fire that was quickly extinguished. Service to that area had not been restored by late last night. The Forbing Annex was blacked cut shortly after 8 p.m. when tree limbs shorted wires on the Forbing Road in back of the Slack Air Force Depot. Service was restored there at about 9:30 p.m. Southwestern officials said that they had reDorts of transformer fuses being blown out over a scattered area during the winds. BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS J-iELP FIGHT TB J. C. HAMILTON J. C. Hamilton Succumbs in Kansas City Stomach Ailment Fatal to Head of Ark. La. Gas Co. J. Carroll Hamilton, president of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., died at 7 p.m. yesterday in St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He had undergone a serious stomach operation in November and had been confined there since. Mr. Hamilton, 66, had been president of Arkansas Louisiana since November, 1955, and was widely known throughout the gas industry. He resided at 1108 Ontario. His death came unexpectedly and funeral services were incomplete last night, except that Osborn I uneral Home will be in charge of arrangements. His widow was in Kansas City at the time of Mr. Hamilton's death. Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. R. C. Buckner of Kansas City; one son. J. C. Hamilton Jr., ot Kennedy, Texas; two brothers, (Continued on Pas Twelve-A) NATO Votes hp STROLLER Arms Plan, Talk Bids Final Communique Says Red Weapons Make Defense of Europe Necessary PARIS, Dec. 19 U! The NATO summit conference adopted a nuclear age defense strategy of U.S. design today to meet the Soviet menace. At the same time the 15-nation Atlantic Alliance offered in a wind-up communique to meet the Russians on the foreign minister level to discuss disarmament, in issue now stalled in the United Nations. British sources suggested later that other issues also might be discussed. President Eisenhower hailed the decisions as bringing "the ideal of peace a little closer" as he boarded the presidential plane Columbine III for the overnight journey to Washington. There he will report to the American people over radio and TV at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Monday Secretary of States Dulles called "a strategy of victory" the plans to gird NATO nations in Europe with 1,500-mile range missiles and nuclear arms, while keeping open the door for talks with Moscow. The results of the four-day meeting of government heads were in- terpreted by diplomats as a victory for both those who wanted NATO to stress negotiations and those who wanted to concentrate on mili tary defenses. West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, advocate of trying all means of reaching agreement with the Kremlin, said "I am delighted with the results of the conference Adenauer's position for negotiation was backed by Prime Minister Macmillan of Britain, Premier Felix Gaillard of France, Premier Einar Gerhardsen of Norway and other European leaders. The final communique called for full speed ahead in equipping NATO with nuclear stockpiles and inter mediate range ballistic missiles (IRBM). The step was called necessary because the Communist rulers had given clear warning they intended to rule the world by force or subversion. WEAPONS DUE The U.S. weapons are expected to begin moving to NATO nations within a year or 18 months, as soon as they can be provided. Base sites will be negotiated. This leaves such reluctant nations as Norway and Denmark free to refuse the mis siles. At the request of Norway, backed by the Danes, the conference em phasized that NATO was super-arming only because the Soviet (Continued on Face Twelve-A) Special Delivery The closer it gets to Christmas, the heavier gets SANTA'S mail-bag. To save space (and postage), "The JOHNSON Babies," BOBBY RAY, DAVID, DANNY, GREGORY, and DIANE, wrote all together on a piece of what appears to be paper borrowed from the family butcher. The young JOHNSONS also remember to mention big sister PEGGY, Mother and Daddy. MARY JANE MIX, Rt. 5, Box 276, sends SANTA a crayon drawing of a house with a bright yellow sun and the message, "I want to be on your show." KATHY ELIZABETH and BONNIE LEE BAYS want Santa to bring them "anything you want to bring," and the little girls add, "Please, SANTA CLAUS, we want to see you just like CHIP saw you." Other letters are from MARCIE FULCO, of 810 Cardinal, who adds her telephone number and the hope that SANTA won't "fall down and hurt yourself." DAVID and STEVE LONG, 1536 Alma; FAY and PATTIE BLAKE, 3836 Maryland; CINDY SMITH, 2512 Douglas; MARY KATE HORTON, 129 Carroll; MIKEL and KAY, 5807 Rome; and DIANNE McGRAW, (Continued on Pace Fonr-A) Near Guard Leaves Ark. School For Holidays LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 19 UO The Army today removed all soldiers from Little Rock Central High School and a military spokesman said no troops would be on duty during the Christmas holidays. Classes at the 2,000-pupil school were dismissed yesterday until Jan. 2. A token force of federalized Arkansas National Guardsmen has been on duty to enforce a federal court order for integration. School Supt. Virgil T. Blossom said, city policemen and school watchmen would guard the school during the holiday period. He said it was his understanding that troops would return Jan: 1. The spokesman for the Arkansas Military District would not say when or if the soldiers would resume patrol duty at the school. However, some federalized guard units will be on call at nearby Camp Robinson during the holiday period if they are required, the spokesman said. Nine Negro students are enrolled at Central High. 35 PARISHES INFESTED La. Will Step Up Drive To Eradicate Fire Ants Two Mag s eolia Kill. Persons; $ Others Hurt A SMASHED PINBALL MACHINE and wrecked juke box offer testimony to the viciousness of a tornado which slammed through the community of Cotton Belt near Waldo, Ark., yesterday. This" small cafe and four houses were destroyed and several others damaged. Two persons were killed and four others injured in the village. (Times Photo by Langston McEachern) Twister Hits Town Near Alexandria Lumber Company, Homes Damaged in Zimmerman Storm ALEXANDRIA, Dec. 19 (Special) A tornado struck the J. A. Bent-ley Lumber Co. at Zimmerman about noon today wrecking one shed, levelling some trams and most power lines and unroofing several houses. No one was in jured. E. C. Johnson, general manager of the company said after a survey of the plant, damage would run between $15,080 and $40,000 but that "it's hard to make any more exact estimate at this time." . He said the storm hit with a roaring noise, striking in three spots on the tract of about 38 acres over which the plant sprawls. One person at the mill thought a locomotive on the railroad track, which skirts the mill property, had blown up. Several persons reported spotting the funnel-shaped cloud. One shed was badly wrecked, Johnson said and some trams were blown down. Two or three residence roofs were damaged but were being repaired later today. This was the fourth time the Bentley plant has been struck by natural disasters this year. Twice in the spring floods from Red River caused suspension of activities and in June Hurricane Audrey caused the death of one company employe when a huge tree crashed into the company offices. "We've had two floods and one hurricane already this year and now a tornado," Johnson remarked ruefully. But, he said, it was fortunate that no lives were lost and no more damage was done in today's storm. . NEW MISERY fa BATON ROUGE, Dec. 19 MV-Louisiana will step up its drive next year to wipe out fire ants, state entomologist E. A. Cancienne said today. More than 70 persons representing 25 of 35 infested parishes bombarded state and federal officials with questions at the meeting of the committee at the old state capitol. Cancienne said a federal quarantine requested by all infested states has not been put into effect, but he added it would be "one we can live with. The quarantine would affect only interstate shipments of products with soil attached, he said, and would not include such items as strawberry plants, sweet potatoes or bare-root nursery stock. The state entomologist said addi tional personnel would be hired to aid parish fire ant committees with surveys of infested areas. Some 4,500 acres already have been treated by Louisiana nursery men in the eradication program, he added, and the state will supply insecticide at cost to any other nurseryman wanting it. R. N. Dopson, state supervisor for the U.S. Department of Agri culture, said major areas of infestation are from Opelousas to Abbe ville, St. Tammany and Washington parishes and Orleans and St Bernard parishes. Cancienne said funds now appro priated to eradicate fire ants can not be used to pay damages incurred by property owners. He said federal and state agencies would be liable for damages. Cancienne also said there would i (Continued Fsia Foar-A) Gaillard Given Confidence Vote PARIS, Dec. 19 (ff Premier Fe lix Gaillard won a new vote of confidence from the French parliament tonight. The vote, which also approved first reading of Gaillard's 1958 French national budget, was 264 to 190. The budget now goes to the up per chamber the Council of the Republic for consideration, after which it will come back to the Na tional Assembly, or lower chamber, for second reading. Interest in Hotel Bought by Gravel ALEXANDRIA, La., Dec. 19 UP). Camille F. Gravel Jr., Louisiana Democratic national committee man, and Leo Coco of Marksville today announced the purchase of Alexandria's second largest hotel, the Evangeline. The $175,000 purchase was from E. George Rogers, artist and banker of Naples, Fla. Included was a store, barber shop, clothing shop, cafe and barroom. Rain-Bearing Winds Rake Illinois Tornado Areas MURPHYSBORO, 111., Dec. 19 US) Tornadic winds bearing heavy rain moved into twister-torn sbuthern Illinois again tonight, creating new misery for this devastated area generally known as "tornado alley." In the wake of tornadoes thaf last night killed 12 persons in southern Illinois and another in eastern Missouri, a new storm lashed the towns of Elkville, Royalton and Waltonville. Elkville is just 15 miles northeast of Murphysboro, where nine of last night's storm deaths occurred. Royalton is in the same general area. Waltonville is near Mount Vernon, another city where devastation was great last night. No injuries were reported imme diately as a result of tonight's Man Killed After Slaying 3 in Family ROY, N.M., Dec. 19 W An es tranged husband killed three mem bers of his wife's family here to night, and was shot to death forty minutes later by another member of the family. State Police Capt. Penn Winston said Lawrence Weisdorfer, 45, apparently ran amuck, killing his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Weathers, 88 and 78, and their daughter, Katherine Weathers, 51. His estranged wife, Elizabeth Weathers Weisdorfer, had fled from the house to the home of a friend and escaped. Winston said Weisdorfer had threatened his wife and her family several times since she left him Dec. 10 with their three children. Winston said he had warned Weisdorfer, a Roy area rancher, away from the family. Winston and State Policeman Ben Gandara, with Harding County Sheriff John Menapace, pieced together this account of the slayings: About 6 p.m., Weisdorfer went to the. Weathers' home in Roy where his' estranged wife was living. He apparently had been drinking. He took their three children, a girl, 8, and boys 2 and 4, and put them in his car over the Weathers' protests. As he started back to the house, his 37-year-old wife fled out the rear door of the house and took refuge in the home of a family friend, Southern Pacific Agent R, P. Herron. Weisdorfer entered the house and, finding his wife gone, killed the three remaining members of the family with a 30-30 rifle. . He then started for the home of another sister, Mrs. Floyd Ivey, taking the children with him. Finding the house dark, he returned to the Weathers' home around 6:40 p.m. to be slain at the doot by the grief-stricken and enraged son of the dead couple. Brad Weathers. Mrs. Weisdorfer said she left her husband and their ranch home Dec. 10 and returned to her parents' home here. Weisdorfer left the ranch and moved into an apart ment m Roy. Officer Gandara said it appeared unlikely any charges would be filed against Weathers in Weis dorfer's death. An inquest was in progress to night. 4 WIDOWS KILLED COPENHAGEN, Dec. 19 (-Four widows returning from a church yard where they had laid Christ mas wreaths on their husbands' graves were killed today when their car skidded on a slippery street and crashed into a bus. (See Photos on Page 8A) winds described by state police as of tornadic ferocity. .A small garage was wrecked at Elkville and buildings knocked down at Royalton and Waltonville. Utility wires and trees also were felled. In all, a total of 15 lives were lost in tornadoes that, roared through the southern Illinois-eastern Missouri area yesterday and in Arkansas today. At Magnolia, Ark., two tornadoes caused two deaths and injured eight persons about noon today. Flood conditions not believed to have reached the critical stage developed in some sections of southern Illinois as heavy rains drenched the area. State police said that surface water had spread over some roads. A foot of water reportedly covered Route 148 between Mount Vernon and Waltonville. The. deluge was hampering efforts of officials in the various stricken towns to conduct clean-up operations and made life even more (Continued on Pace Twelve-A) French Hero Is Convicted Of Killing 2 7 Faces Sentence of 20 Years to Life in Florida Slayings CLEARWATER" Fla., Dec. 19 WV-Maurice Chavigny, 44-year-old French citizen and soldier of fortune, was convicted today of kill ing two old time mends, an Amer ican general and his wife. A Pinellas circuit court jury de liberated five hours before return ing a verdict of guilty on two counts of second degree murder. Chavigny was accused of killing retired Brig Gen. Wilbur R. Mc-Reynolds, 64, the originator of K and C rations in World War II, and his 61-year-old wife. He faces a jail sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment Sentencing will come in a few days. Chavigny took the jury's verdict calmly. Earlier he was all smiles and had chatted freely with newsmen while awaiting the verdict. Asked how he felt, Chavigny said: "I feel relieved. I feel very welL" Chavigny testifying in his own defense, said he had planned to leave the McReynolds home where he had been living for five months and working as a chauffeur. DESPONDENT He said he was despondent because the Immigration Department was deporting him after his visa was not renewed. He said he had purchased a pistol and a new bicycle April 3 and planned to ride to a secluded spot to kill himself. Chavigny related that as he left the McReynolds home that day the general's wife asked him where he (Continued on Pace Two-A) Today9 s Chuckle- . The whole question of economics can be boiled down to just one sentence: "There is no free lunch." 'TOAST OF DETROIT9 Two Elderly Men Fight Trio to Prevent Holdup DETROIT, Dec. 19 W The Cassidy brothers, 75-year-old Joseph and 78-year-old Dr. William, were the toast of the town today because of the job they did on three would-be holdup men. , - It was almost old hat to them when the holdup men walked into their drug store at the edge of Detroit's downtown area. They had been robbed before. But this time they were ready. Two of the holdup men, one of them carrying a pistol, came into the drug store. A third stood outside keeping watch. The brothers were herded into a back room. . "We need some money for Christmas. Where is it?" . Dr. Cassidy, a surgeon who once ran for mayor of Detroit, suggested they look in the safe. 'I was hoping he would bend over so I could smash him on the head with a bottle or something," he said. ' - " The holdup man didn't have to bend over to find out the safe was empty. Dr. Cassidy didn't get the break he wanted. Then his brother, Joseph, decided he had to make his own break. He figured he had enough of their foolishness. He turned and grabbed a rifle from a nearby hiding place. For a moment the situation was his. Then it ended as abruptly as it had started the gun was not loaded. For some reason, the gunman stood there motionlessly, holding the gun. He didn't fire. On his face was an embarrassed and sickly grin. Cassidy dropped the- rifle and (Continued am FM Fr-A Five Homes Demolished Near Waldo MAGNOLIA, Ark., Dec. 19 (Special) Two women were killed and eight otner persons were injured today when tor- i -i 3 j r x . naaoes aippea aown m iwo Columbia County areas just after noon. The first twister knifed through - . j MT I J a Negro community near waiao known as Cotton Belt about 12:30 p.m., killing two women. Authorities identified the dead as . Sarah Hardin, 79, who was blown about 150 yards into an open field, and Christine Turner, 32-year-old mother of eight children who was struck by debris while 100 feet away from her home in the same field. She died en route to a hospital. State police said five homes were demolished and three others damaged heavily in the community. Clothing was scattered over a wide area. Police said the injured, all Negroes, were: Mattie Zale Wilson, Henrietta Zachery, Rita Zachery, and a fourth unidentified man. All four are hospitalized in a local hospital. SECOND FUNNEL The second black funnel cloud roared out of the southwest and into the Sohio oil field about 12:40 p.m. The field is located five miles west of Stephens. There was some speculation this was the same twister that hit in the Cotton Belt community. Four workers were injured, one critically, when the field production office was picked up and carried several yards and smashed to the ground in splinters. Robert Moore, oil field foreman, identified the four injured as: W. B. Raines, 47, broken leg and hip injury; Hugh Pickering, 27, cuts and bruises; T. A. Williams, 48, who suffered a slight heart attack and shock; and B. R. Rosco, 64, who is in critical condition with severe head and chest injuries. All four were taken to a Camden hospitaL A truck parked in front of one of the Negro homes at Cotton Belt was damaged when the wall of the home fell in on it.- A Negro cafe was blown down and a woman's coat was blown about one mile away. A long wire fence across-the street from the row of demolished homes was Uttered with clothing and shoes. Two dogs were found dead in the wreckage. In a home belonging to William Steele, officers found a child's teddy bear lying in the WTeckage, intended to be given as a Christmas present to one of Steele's children. Power cables were down in the roads. Toys and appliances were scattered all around the area. An automobile near the Turner home was picked up and carried about 200 yards and demolished, as was a truck nearby. Another (Continned n Pare Iwt-A) Sunny, Crisp Weather Due Here Today Sunshine and crisp temperatures today will follow on the heels of a freakish day yesterday which pro duced rainstorms, duststorms windstorms, a record wrarm temperature, and in some places tornadoes. Rainstorms spattered the area roundabout Shreveport off and on all day, lifting the total for this year to within .71 of an inch of a ne wrecord. Rainfall yesterday was .28 of an inch. Following a heavy sshower at 4 p.m., skies began clearing but were almost immediately obscured again by topsoil blown in from Texas and the west on winds which ranged up to as high as 54 miles an hour. Flying dust limited visibility to as little as a mile and three-quarters at one time, the U.S. Weather Station at Municipal Airport reported. Strong winds and the accompanying dust were expected to continue throughout the night, but the Bureau said skies should clear again soon after daybreak. Winds will be west to northwest from 10 to 25 miles an hour, and temperatures will range from about 50 to 60. ' Several trees were toppled in outlying sections of the city during high winds between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., briefly disrupting electric power in areas south and southwest of the downtown district, but these interruptions were brief. The Weather Bureau said it had no other reports of damage, though a few householders telephoned to say their houses were "dancing" in the breezes. The temperature yesterday rose (CtaUnaef M Far XweWe-A)

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