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BOATS 200 YARDS AWAY FROM HOME YACHT BASIN" SCEN.E OK HEAVY DAMAGE Humor Falls Even While Wind Blows Even In the midst of the death and destruction of the high winds and tides of a tropical hurricane a little humor falls. A skunk rode out hurricane Audrey on a stack of lumber In Giichriat Thursday morning and was last aeen headed toward refuge at High Island, but blrfate was uncertain late Thursday. "Nobody will believe this," Guy Fife,.a GUchrlst cafe owner who stayed through the storm, said, "but about 9 a.m. Thursday a stack of two-by-six.and one-by-four lumber came floating by with a skunk riding high and dry on top "There were about a dozen of us In the cafe and somebody yelled for me to shoot It, but I didn't because I felt that any animal that's got enough sense to get on that lumber deserves to live," The skunk was last seen.headed toward High Island rid In j on Uie lumber. Even though his Stewart Beach concession stand, The Rainmaker, was demolished by the 80 ra.p.h winds, Jack. Sayre *tffl kept his sense of humor.' . ' · "You know, I'm a sort of an amateur weather; predictor, but somebody raust've pressed the wrong button when my back v.as turned," grinned Sayre. . · . . · "Between Will Wilson and the weather, I haven't been getting much sleep lately," one man said. ·f-v * tgnwtirywg^ioM 100-FOOT BARGE CRASHES THROUGH 1C PIER ' I'ABKEB BROS. CARRIER KAN AMUCK IN HIGH WINDS, SBAS - For Leisurely Dining VISIT CROW'S RESTAURANT 35th and Beach Flefisant Atmoxphere Attentive Service Good Food Ii Our BiulaeM Texas' Oldest Newspaper--In It's One Hundred and Sixteenth Year of Public Servic* Io Galveston Island «nd the Mainland W. L. MOODY CO, BANKERS :;-; (TOINCOKPORATED) " 4| ESTABLISHED 1886 ^ tlw tint bun IB GBlTMton "wlllf; drive-In fMflftlfl. RMPOBIIMlitT ·«* ESTABLISHED 1842 GALVESTON,, TEXAS, FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 1957. S? PRICE 5e Vol. 116, No. 79 TOSSED BY WIND, WATER Tonrd »«horf or «unV hv hurricane Audrey** vtlndi «hd We", th"» ho»ti were once moored to th« flip at 1'lcr 16. Aumace- io boilU on the water front WM Mfh, officials Mild. ^ . TFeltehfi Part of City Feels Brunt of Storm on Island Storm Kills 12, Hurts 100; Bolivar Area Hardest Hit Damage To Property High On Peninsula Yacht Basin, West End Suffer Most ' On Galveston Isle By BARBY HART and FRED WOBTHAM Jfewa Stiff Writera The debris-strewn highway lead- Ing into the-, small fishing and resort town of Gilchrlst on Bolivar peninsula is only a very brief preview of the estimated one half million dollars damage hurricane force jwlnds and water did in the town 'itself during Wednesday night and 'early Thursday morning. 1 Sheriff's department spokesmen ;snid the small town was the hardiest hit area within the county and Galveston Is Cleaning House After Season's First Storm Rtr«t and i-nnlnaeHng crews *re Melting to repair aome of the city's main aitrries io permit acccM to newly developed · teas In th« western part of the city after the *lorm and high wind* which descended on the Inland Wednesday night and Thursday morning. At thri u n m e time cl fan tip crews wrrn removing the debris, fallen treM nnd palm fronds which cluttered up streets and esplanades. John Dclanera, iisnlstant to Street Com nils* loner Tom Jtmr- man, said traffic on 61xL street ·wan At ft Btnndctill u n t i l 1 p.m. Thursday. Hn mid the thorough- lure wns under water nnd srvcral itmall boats had washed up on t he roadway, a top ping: traffic completely'. Thft street rr^wn aticcocdrd in opening the roadway to traffic *t 2:30 p.m. Urldgr Not Out Drlancra snfd t h e filfff street bridge IB definitely not "out" HJI reported and the road can easily be used. Street crew* arc B!«O clcnrlnff off Ho.nrd'i Lane to make It accessible. West of Mlh street (lie area was completely under water b«- miuse of thr high Bayou water*, hut as the tldn receded, Pelnnrra until, the w ntcr be pun draining off, and there should be some re- PARTLY CLOUDY Fortvait tor Onlvrston and vicinity: Tarty cloudy Friday nnd ttnturday with widely scattered · h o w o r * or thunder* lion-em. iUghfii^ Friday new R7. Moderate (1(1 (» Ifi mile* per liour) miutherly ivfmtn. HUN MOON, »nd Ttu^te for Jnn». 3*. IftST, ftmrtifl 6:32. Stiniet 7:11. Moonrlie 4:16 «.m. Moonitt 8 ; 08 p.m. TIDEfl: High 6:47 tt-m., 2:17 p.m. Low TEMPERATURE! HM PRECIPITATION 4it* for 74 houn ending 41:30 p.m., CRT Juni 37, 1DST. TexMfltalloni High lxw iK«n Ablltn* nil fi7 Am»rillo P2 M Atiitin S* 7.1 Tlttumont TS A? 1.IH Krownivillo fl?i 74 . . Corpus Clt/MII f4 73 ... Xwl Worth flA)/VT,*TON Mirror 1.1 ftlhrr ftUHnn* H I . fm 10 New York Tit fin North I'lkde f)4 111 Olcln. City l 7! K3 I'UUhiir.lh l Nit fifl HUH MM* : 7n til Hun KranclKC HI peMUn S Hnt 7B XnniUfl Oltv 1.01 AnpHfj HI fll WMlilnttim ' » · - - · - IT 711 Wltllilon HI TO t 31. Uryrf rnnyofii iiinh. ; (in, Nerdl**, Cunt, LjOfucifti WfMnir : Hef within, the next 12 hours, he added. "We are hauling off aa much hrimh and debris as our men cwi curry," Dclancra said. "It will take several days before we can cover the city, but w« will follow a regular schedule until all of the fallen trees, shrubbery and palm fronds are removed," he added. DolRnera said he did not anticipate any (treat damage to th« atreel* since the water began draining off as soon as the tide receded. Although a, Inrge number of the local stores felt (He brunt of the lashing winds, damage for the most part was centered In the breaking of plate glass windows. Little water damage to tnte- (Sc« additional weather stories on Tagr. 23.) Turn to Page 16, See SEVEN WILSON'S MEN TESTIFY Mayor Clough Goes Before Grand Jury Ry STANLEY K. BABB Newi Slmff W'rllcr Indications that the June · July jjrand Jury Is taking a hand In .Attorney General Will Wilson's cleanup crusade developed Thursday afternoon. Three of the assistant attorneys gene 'nl who have played active roles In the injunction aulU against local night clubs, bawdy houses and ^ parlors, apcnt the afternoon with the gra-nd jurors. The grand jury subpoenaed Mayor Roy Cough and he spent two hours and twenty minutes In the grand Jury rrcm. Affliatant Attorneys Oneral Cecil C. ttotaoh and J. L. Smith and Special Assistant .Attorney Gcner- Jajnea P. Simpson were In the Rnuid Jury room all afternoon. So WBB William H. Davis Jr., chief assistant district attorney, TJic subpoena on Mayor Clougfh waa served hy Grand Jury Bailiff H. J. Oher who telephoned the mayor at hid 'residence. Mayor Testifies AB Mayor Clough walked toward the granu jury room, he waa asked, "Mr. Mayor, what's this all about? "I haven't the. slightest idea," he replied as he went into the grand jury room. The time wa« 3:12 p.m. A few minutes Inter Into the grand Jury room went Mary Sftr- rano, a.secretary from the office reports from other pointa Indicate property owners in Gilchrlst suffcr- rd greater from the atorm than af other points along-the Texas coast Galveston Island was lefis hard hit than the peninsula. Cleanup operations nnd fina iroperty damafie estimates ar( lampered because n large number of property owners reside In the small city only during weekends and other vacation periods. Many of these residents had nol been heard from late Thursday night. Like Toothpicks Homes along the. Gulf aide of the jeninsula which were fine imposing .0 and IIS room -houses Wednesday could have been sold for "toothpicks" Thursday. In some cases there Is no trace of any building where $6000 and 17000 structures stood Wednesday Every roof on Bolivar 'peninsula suffered at least 50 per cent damage. Boats of every description were scattered about the Gllchrist urea --sitting high and dry on land. One custom-made fishing yacht was Turn to Paga 2, Sen FIVE Nickerson Accuses Wilson of 'Errors* HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 27 tn--Col, John C. Nickerson Jr., standing every last Inch of his ground, today accused Defense Secretary Charlcn H, Wilson of "grava errors" In curtailing the Army's guided missile program. ThoflO are gravt ,orrora which Rrcatiy diminish our over-all combat powers--they ara - e r r o r s not Ri likely to bo balanced by' cot-res-j ponding Russian errors," added j tho 41-year-old field-grade officer In a d e f i a n t slo^.mcnt directed at Wilson, flec(,n£ only to Prooldnnt Klscnliowcr In American military iwwflr, Mltchfill'H THUI Tliue Nickerson followed tho i a mo lonely pnth trod 32 ycoJ-a ago by Brig. Gen. Willinm (Billy) MHoholl, His career WAR wrecked by Ilia fitiihborn Insistence that/Ho MiRii-lnffinl n l r nrm of (ho vJH- Ury '**· being dangarouMy nog' took f P' Icctod. Nickerson faces the name possible fate for his -defence of the Army missile program. With a quick. · light smile for Ills attractive wife, Nlckcraon took the witness, stand In hla own defense In tho third day of his court- martial at nearby Redstone Arsenal, where, the Army has dcvel- opo.d it« 1,600-mile "inlormc.dlnto Range Ballistics Missile, .tho Jupiter. '' · · ; - ' Nlckorsou climaxed 10-year- old InterscTvlce fond by using ae crct d a t a , I n A fight to save the IRBM program for the Army after Wilson turned It over to the Air Force. "I am an far out on a Hmb ns T can ffct,", Nkkorson natd ruefully. Then jio accused Wilson of Ignoring export, advice and bow- Itig to pressure ' f r o m the Air Force, the aircraft Industry anil Turn to Page 18, See EIGHT Two Refuse To Testify In Red Probe WASHINGTON, June 27 W1 -- fwo Senate witnesses seized on a D-day-old Supreme Court decision oday as ground? for refusal to say whether they were Communists when they had access to of- iclal government messages. The two, appearing before the Senate Internal Security subcommittee, were Howard V. Trautman and Salvatore A, Testa, both of New York and both members nf tho. American Communications Assn, Their testimony produced these results: 1. Thry were suspended from .heir Jobs, of automatic telegraph operator and radio operator, respectively, by RCA Communications, Inc. * According .to Policy The company said Jt acted ir Itne ' with . a \ policy -"In guarc tgnJnat "subversion and to maln tain protection for ~ Its employes and property ag-alnst poasible ci plbnago or sabotage." 2. Their ntand set up what may be a guideline for others. Instead of relying on the Constitution's against self-it icrlmlnatlon, they lined the First Amendment and Ltio Supremo Court's Juno 17 do cUlon In the John T. Walk In* CftflG, 3. Son. Hmska (R-Neb) men' possibility of a trial bo has sonl Honed UH- possibility of i fcro they Scnnto--which Turn to Page 2, Se« FOUR By LILLIAN E. HERZ Newi SUIt Writer Gal ve ston was busy putting Its house In order Thursday after surveying losses and damages io property in the Wednesday night and Thursday storm. Although w i n d s , In guata .of from 70 to 80 miles an hour, laahcd the Island, the city felt only the fringes of the 100 miles per hour wind with which hurricane Audrey swooped down on Cameron-Parish, La., 40 miles east of Port Arthur. This was the first hurricane of (he season and the first storm experienced of any consequence here since 1919. Despite the high winds, damages as a whole were considered negligible. A large number of residents a n d business firms were discommoded by the failure of telephone, p o w e r and lighting services caused by failing trees and flying palm fronds disrupting cable and distribution lines. 2000 Damage Reports W. P. Brooks, branch manager of the General Adjustment Bureau, which represents about 3GO insurance companies, said Thursday there were about 2000 reports of damages to property in the county, averaging about $150 a claim, or a total of frtm 1200,000 to £300,000 insured losses In the county a* n. whole. Brooks explained that damages to properties on the beach which are "wuve washed" are not covered by insurance. Ernest Carson, meteorologist of the Galveston weather bureau, said that, although the October, 3949 atorm which hit the Freeport area was severe, the velocity or the fringe wind which struck Galveston Thursday, was somewhat stronger than in 1949. 1942 Storm Galveston experienced n storm in 1942 which hit the Port Lavaca and Matagorda area and in July, 1943, had a storm which was not considered a major hurricane. Carson said the last major hurricane was in 1915 when the strength and protective ness of Galveston's seawall was demonstrated. A hurricane w h i c h struck Corpus Christ! In 1S19 also was felt here. D. G. Kobs, district manager of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., estimated thit about 1700 telephones were out of commission because of the storm. He said there were 15 cases of cable trouble nnd that extra labor was Imported here to help restore telephone service. Kobs said the cables are in process of being repaired and that he hopes to have service restored by Friday. . ' ' George W. Pattillo, general manager of the Galveston division, Houston Lighting and Power Co., said there were no transmission failures and there were five of the district circuits which "locked out." Three of these circuits w e r e Turn to Page 2, See THREE Student Barely Escapes With Life as Car Goes Into Ditch A University of Texas nentor from IA Marque barely escaped with his life early Thursday mornliif when his car ran Into a ditch four feet deep in water along; Highway 87 near High Island. Jim Bennett, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Mauldln, 1208 I.nmar Jlrivr, la Marque, was on his way from Welch, F.B., where hp. was working as a roughneck on a drilling rig lor Grej-WolJ Drilling Co., to !.» Marque after company officials had closed down the rig and told the men to go home before hurricane Audrey hit. Not knowing thai the Bolivar ferry had stopped operating at midnight, Bennett, a senior geology student at Texas, headed toward Galveston on Highway 87 about i a.m. Thursday. , "When I got past High Island the road was covered with about a foot of water." Bennett said, "so I tried to turn around hut my brakes were wet and wouldn't hold and my car ran Into the ditch. "The water covered the hood and I Just barely jot out," he continued. "The wind knocked me down twice while I walked hack to High Island," Bennett added, "and there were w.hltecapi right on Bennett spent the night In a hotel at High Island after calling his mother, who went after him Thursday afternoon. "Tlie last I saw of my car It was completely under water," Bennett said, "It's ruined." The wind and water of the storm played hatoc with automobiles throughout the county. Many were seen stranded on Galveston Island Thursday anil in the afternoon motorists were churning through high water on parts of Stewart Boad, Heard 1 ! Lane and 61st street. Traffic Thursday afternoon was almost equal to lhat of a, weekend, with thousands out to SJrvey the damage of the storm. Island Had Once In 20 Years High Tide The high tide of 9.5 feet registered on the gauge at Fort Point early Thursday morning was such that it occurs, on the average, only once in 20 years on Galveston Island, according to past records. And the one-mile extension o'f the Galveston seawall, completed in 1953, prevented an estimated $100,000 damages. These two highlights ot the Russia Again Makes Threat to Germany MOSCOW, June 27 W)--The So-talks, that it would be consulted viet Union declared today ho^eslon all measures undertaken to of German reunification can be burled If West Germany' accepts nuclear Armaments from the West. In a note which appeared certain to have repercussions In the U. N. disarmament talks now go- Ing on In London, the Soviet Union tojd West Germany "nuclear armament of Germany and German reunification are- irreconcilable. 1 A settlement of world political conflicts, which would Include re unification of Germany has been tied Into 1 proposals submitted to tiic London conference, . Will Consult Bonn The United States has proposed a throe-phaao reduction ot Soviet md U. 3, armed forces, provided It Is accompanied by nn Improvement In East-West political relations, Tho United States also baa fissured West Germany, which in not rcpreacntcd In the London roach a. disarmament agreement. The Soviet note--handed io West German Ambassador tVilhelm Haas by Soviet Foreign Minister Andr«l Gromyko--declared West Germany waa setting itself up as an arbiter In the London negotiations, Tha note also accused West Germany of trying to mako agreement on disarmament dependent n "certain conditions." The Kremlin declared the Bonn government would have to hear full responsibility for the consequences of its cooperation with thn Wwt, This was AH elaboration of « note delivered to Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's government last April 27 warning thai West Germany risked tho horrors of nuclear retaliation It M cooperated Turn to Pa^'e 2, filo OKQ storm here were pointed out by Col. W. P. McCrone, district engineer, Galveston district, U. S. Corps of Engineers. The tide of 9.5 feet above mean low tide may be compared with the 15-foot tide, accompanied by 91 mile-per-hour winds, which devastated Galveston In 1300, killing 6000 persons and causing ?25 million property damage -- before the 15 J /i-foot high seawall was built. 14 Feet Tide The 1915 storm reached a high tide of 14 feet during a 40-hour onslaught · w h i c h caused 12 deaths and $4.6 million property damage. The G-alveslon seawall, according 1 to Colonel McCrone, again proved worth Is weight In gold during the .Wednesday night- Thursday morning barrage of wind *?nd water. ''Without' the seawall and the grade - raising, practically all of Galventon would have been under some i water except for a few high, areas on and near Broadway," Colonel McCrone said. Extension Needed And, if nottilnp else, the latest storm to visit Galveston Inland proved that the two-mile seawall extension authorized, but not appropriated, by Congress is badly desired, the colonel concluded. He explained that since the prevailing winds were from the north, tho waves broke ai the base of the scawal! and only a little apray went over the seawall. If the winds wore from the Gulf, as occurs most often, the people on Seawall Boulevard would havo known more vividly is Millions Lost In Heavy Wind, flowing Water About 75,000 Put To Flight in East Texas, Louisiana- LAKE CHARLES, La,, June 17 UF-- A deadly, 105-mile-aA ou.. hurricane, laced with flood* f stinging rain, smashed Into exad and Ixmieiana today. . The hurricane, named Audrey r.cause it was fche first of th» r eason, put 75,000 persons to flight,,/ illed 12, Injured at least 100 'ind au3od millions of dollars worth of .am axe. It sank boats, drove a 400-foot . anker aground, washed bulldingv ito the raging ocean and isolated owns and resort Islands. The ulf of Mexico washed five or six ect deep through Cameron, La., «d Sabine, Tex. Hardest Hit Town Lake Charles, La., was Wie hard- st hit of many towns and cities, Winds up to 105 miles an hour lowled through Lake Charles for ig'ht hours without letup, Calcasieu Paris (Lake Charles) ivil Defense Director Larry tephenaon estimated damage at ne million dollars. His orRajiir.a- ion was talcing care of 20,760 per- onu. On ^ hundred persons were in ake Charles hospitals, most of hem apparently cut by 'flying 'lass. Deadly Punch Ebbs A-drey'a deadly punch ebbed to 5 miles an hour tonigfht as. it whistled north through Weet-cen- ral Louisiana. Behind It, aa th» yind died down,' looting was re- · iortftd in Port Arthur, Orange arid leaumont, Tex. Damage In the little town of GMchrist on Bolivar Peninsula, lear the Texas resort city of Gal- r eston, was estimated at half a. million dollars. . The Galvcaton ounty sheriff reported lootlnjf 'in Gilchrist and sent-in deputies to top It. Numerous homes were damged eavily In Orange, Port Arthur, Beaumont and Bridge City, all in Texas. Trn thousand telephones' vere out. Electric power failed in many cities and towns. Oil Klg Floating U n i t e d Press Corresponded Ralph Ramos, inspecting the damage at Sabine, Tex., where the lurricane made U-B first landfall, aw an oil rig worth four or five million dollars floating 1 about on ts piling. In the midst of the hurricane, he school auditorium at Grand ,ake, south of Lake Charles, came Turn to Page 2, See SIX REWARD "Precious . . . is the death of His saints.'* raalms 116:15 This day Thy nervant went .home, Lord .. . » To claim,* crown aa her reward .,. Borne up to Thee on eagle-wings . . , Of faith, good works and gentle things . . . Hers was a lovely character . . . Lord, let a gront crowd welcome her . . . Made up of loved ones, friends and kin . . .An this dear aalnt comes marching In, J U U E N * C. I1.YKR they wore In JL fiLorm»

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