Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas on June 27, 1957 · Page 2
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Abilene, Texas
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Thursday, June 27, 1957
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FAIR AND HOT VOL. LXXVI, NO. 270 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES.WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"--Byron Auociated Preu(AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 27, 1957--THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS HONORARY POLICEMAN -- Trying on Patrolman Bill Olson's badge Wednesday night was David Fritsch, 6-year-old polio patient at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Olson and Sgt. Jack Hurst dropped in to visit the lad, who has said policemen are his "best friends." (Staff Photo by David Barros) WALKS 3 STEPS Polio Patient, 6, Likes Policemen By TOM REYNOLDS Reporter-News Staff Writer David Fritsch sat back on his heels in the big hospital bed, and began playing with his tinkertoys. He had just affirmed to a reporter that "Policemen are my best friends." David is 6 years old, and is com ing out on the winning side of a private battle -- with polio. "Yes, I take my exercises," he said. "That's what'll make my feet get to walking." "When I get my muscles work ing again, I can go home," David said almost casually. He swallow- · ed a couple of times. David is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E._ J. Fritsch of Sweetwater. Fritsch is a radio announcer and sales manager. Dayey's first meeting with the .law iri person occurred the sec~ ond day of his stay at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Abilene Police Chief W. B. McDonald dropped in for a visit. David asked the chief where was his uniform, so McDonald promis ed to send a uniformed officer out for a visit sometime soon. Patrolmen 0. W. Heflin and Bill Olson came to the hospital on separate occasions. Olson missed seeing Davey, as he was taking his physical therapy at the time. Olson and Sgt. Jack Hurst saw Davey long enough Wednesday night to pin a badge on him for a minute--just to let him get the feel of it. David announced happily "The doctor let me walk three steps to day." The youngster explained he likes policemen because " T h e } catch robbers. I don't like rob bers." Playing no favorites, David add See POLIO, Pg. 3-A, Col. 3 Miners Rescued STEUBENV1LLE, Ohio, June 26 the auger machine and two more Hi--Five veteran coal miners were freed tonight from a tomb of rocks and dirt in a hillside tunnel. Two-score rescue workers and a great mechanical monster bored day under a broiling sun, whil vives and children of the trapped 200 feet to reach them after hours of imprisonment. A cheer rose from nearly 1,000 spectators in the flood-lit strip mine pit as the miners crawled out the rescue shaft behind a huge auger. "My God, it was cold in there," *aid Fred Sabol, 33, Harrisville, the first one out. Doctors pronounced the miners in perfect health. All were allowed to go home. Hank Horvath, 35, Glenn Robbins, said he was the on!y one of the five who had given up hope. All the others were confident they would be rescued, he said. Martin Ko v a 1 s k i, 40, Mount Pleasant, said, "I just prayed. I knew you guys would reach me." The others are Joseph Supinski, 47, Mount Pleasant, and Kenny Hamiton, 38, Adena. They were trapped at 8:15 a.m. today in Betsy Mine No. 3 of the Powhatan Mining Co., at Fernwood, about seven miles southwest of Steubenville. The mine shaft is at the base .of a 50-foot-deep pit at the edge of a 100-foot high cliff. While the men were in the tunnel, the walls and ceiling crumbled for about 60 feet near the entrance. Robert Davis, 27, of Cadiz, one of several miners who escaped, said, "I heard the timbers crack- men stood watching. Boat Sinks; Crew Lost . NEW ORLEANS, June 26 IB The Coast Guard said the fishing vessel Keturah sank 11 miles of Galveston, Tex., tonight. None o he nine crewmen were found. The Keturah, owned by the War ren Fishing Co., Pensacola, Fla lad been under tow by the Coas Guard cutter Cahoone because disabled engine. The low line broke in heavj seas and _ the fishing vessel the: tried to reach Galveston with th aid of auxiliary sails. It struck ing and the earth squeeze. I turned and ran." Rescue workers brought huge fans to blow air into another mine shaft, h o p i n g it would seep through crevasses to the trappec men. A huge drill was brought to the scene and started drilling a res cue shaft The auger machine drives a sectional drill, 36 inches in diameter. Each section of the bit is 21 feet long, and there are nine bits. Two rescue shafts failed to reach the men because of rock falls. But when the second hat readied a depth of 180 feet, the rescue workers heard the voices of the trapped men. The third rescue shaft brok through to the chamber where th men were at about 200 feet. Al nine drills had been attached 1-foot bits were handled manual ,'. The rescue workers worked al Suspended Policemen Ask Hearing Four suspended Abilene police men are asking a public hearinj rom the Abilene Civil Servic lommission. The four recently were mete hort suspensions without pay b :hief W. B. McDonald for thei part in unauthorized raids of tw wolrooms for opening on Sundaj The four have signed letter asking for a public hearing, vas affirmed Wednesday by Pa rolman J. E. Luten, one of th :ey figures in the squabble. H said of the requested hearing 'We're merely asking to show our iide." One Civil Service Commissio member said he expected th commission to discuss the letter Friday or Monday --, "as soon we can get together." Suspended are Patrolmen Lu en,-Lee .Peak, Edward If. Fre man and L. W. Skiles. The fir three drew 10 days suspensio and will go back to work Fridaj while Skiles got only a five-da suspension and reported back work Sunday. Reasons^ for mailing the letter Tuesday included the fact th the suspensions "leave a mark our service records which v. would like to get removed," Lu en told a reporter. Luten said the letters were com posed by an attorney the fou men have retained, Doyle Wilh of Fort Worth. Commission member W. A. SL phenson had not seen the letter Wednesday evening but said "Th commission will certainly seu tha their rights are protected." Othe members of the Commission ar Harry Dobbyn, chairman, George Foster. The expected meeting will pro' ably result only in a decision o whether to hold the public mee ing as requested. For a grievance complaint, th commission.is required- to fix date to hear it within four day believes Foster. However, the Civil Service Com mission does not have to take an action if it does not want to, the opinion of City Attorney Da Sorrells. He said "The Civil Service Commission can investigate if it wants to, but the men cannot demand it" in this case. That is because the suspensions were made for a period of 10 days and under, Sorrells said. Suspen- LONDON, June 26 (fft-The So- iet Union and four Western na- icns agreed in principle today on method of reducing non-nuclear 'capons by placing specific lists f armaments under international upervision. The method was proposed in the United Nations Disarmament sub- ommittee by U.S. representative Harold E. Stassen. Its acceptance--at least in prin- iple--by Britain, France, Russia nd Canada appeared to remove ne logjam to agreement on a par- ial disarmament treaty. . Both Russia and the United itates previously had suggested hat the reduction of conventional arms be carried out on a percentage basis, with initial cuts of 10 to 15 per cent. Britain and France had objected hat flat percentage cuts would vork to their disadvantage be- Hurricane Drives Louisiana OWERS AGREE ON ARMS PHASE MSS One Disarmament Logjam Removed Slate Rests In Washburn Bomb Trial DALLAS, June 26 Wl--The de fense today opened its case in th murder trial of Harry L. Wash burn, charged with the Jan. 19 1955 car bomb killing o£ his form er wealthy mother-in-law in.Sai Angelo. With the testimony^pf a hanc writing 'expert 'and "chemist' wid the Department of Public Safetj in Austin, prosecutor James K Allen announced that the . stat had finished. Some 32 witnesse, were called by the state sine testimony began last Friday night Prosecutors contend that Wash burn, a Houston general contrac tor, drove to San Angelo from Houston about noon on Jan. 1J 1955. They claim that he plante a dynamite bomb in a canownei by the Harry E. Weavers am drove back to Houston, arrivin; there around 7 a.m. the nex morning. Mrs. Weaver was killec when she turned the ignition kej of the ca ·, detonating a bomb tha prosecutors say was intended frj her husband. Washburn denies any part i: planting the bomb. A jury in Wac convicted him in December o 1955, sentencing him to life i prison. However, the Court o Criminal Appeals reversed th case and ordered a retrial in Dal las. Glenn R. Lewis, a San Angel lawyer, was the first defense wil ness. He represented Washburn after the Weavers filed burglary and extortion charges against him in 1951. Weaver earlier testified tha Washburn came to their ranc near San Angelo and demandec $2:,000 while pointing two pistol at them. .Lews said Washburn was in dieted but the charges were drop ped by Earl Smith, Weaver's a torney and now a special prosi cutor in the murder trial. He sai mse of their smaller--and pos- bly less amply e q u i p p e d -- mies. Stassen's plan would work this ay: Britain, France, t h e United ates and Russia would draw up eir own lists of the planes, tanks eavy^ guns, missiles and other rmaments they were willing to Jrrender. Each of these lists would be pre ;nted to the U.N. subcommittee, here all would be subject to fur- er negotiation and agreement. Once each nation was -satisfied at the others were making a air arid proportionate reduction, e disarmament treaty could proved, provided agreement was (ached on other points. After the disarmament treaty ame into effect, each s nation ould place the specified weapons i depots on its own territory bu' nder international inspection. At the end of one year, provide ic international inspectors jagreec hat each nation had fulfilled its ommitments,. the weapons coul destroyed or converted t eaceful purposes under interria onal agreement. Stassen made no attempt to se t.t precisely what type of weap ns would be involved,, other than lat they should be .of-'a. non-nil lear type. Nor did he specifj lat the. lists should involve an jercentage basis or ratio scheme All of these factors, he empha ized, would be subject to negotia ion and agreement. , Any nation could block the dis irmament treaty;if it was not sa sfifid-vwit^Jke^ist. of any othe nation. . ; ." '.'"'' "·'"'' Stassen's o n l y requirement were that the lists involve a sub- tantial redQetion of weapons, spe- incally identified in amount an ype, and that they be of pos Vorld War II manufacture. Thi was designed to'eliminate an hance that a nation might, con ign purely obsolete weapons t be plan. As to ships, he specified tha hey be vessels in current mil ary use although not necessarii f postwar construction. a« of auxiliary sails. It struck an s i ons for 15 days and more carry TM In Ule TMTM * " 6 TM oil drilling platform and sank im- the right of appeal to the Civil Weavers Iater made an a S ree - - - * +*·*· *'£"*· VI. U£T£SI.11 LU MIC V1VU mediately, the Coast Guard said Service Commission, he said. See WASHBURN, Pg. 3-A, Col. County School Trustee Asks Jim Ned Land Shift The Taylor County School to Board has been asked by one its members and two other South 'or Taylor landowners to detach about 2,000 acres and join it with the Winters Independent School District. The land involved is a part of the newly formed Jim Ned Valley Consolidated School District, A petition asking that they be detached has been filed by C. 0 (Pat) Patterson of Lawn (county school trustee), Caleb Reed of Abilene and J. F. Nevins of Winters. The trustees and. superintendent of the Jim Ned District will meet Saturday with the county :e school trustees in connection with the matter. The petition asking for the tachment was filed May 25, prior ment. students does the vote June 15 for consolida- of the Lawn and Scuth Tay(Tuscola) school district. Prior to that, Jim Ned Supt. Harold Dobbs of Lawn said here Wednesday, Patterson has asked that Lawn High School be contracted to the Winters school and that the alementary school be maintained. Patterson is land man for the city of Abilene and at one time served as county tax assessor- collector here. He said Patterson had met with his board of trustees and they had agreed to a transfer of Patterson's two children to the Win- school without detachment the area. Supt. of County Schools Pierce said Wednesday that ... of no reason for the detach will ters de- knew Patterson's land is separate! from the Runnels County distri by that of Reed and Nevins. r alone, Pierce pointed out, cou not have petitioned since his Ian not join with the Winter district Dobbs said all seven member of his board planned to met with the county trustees Satur day. He said his district is oppos ing the move. Ed McDonald of Tuscola, j Abilene architect, is president the Jim Ned board. Other members of the coun of board who will decide on the r. quest are J. E. Freeman of Ab Clive lene, president; and mcmbe he Sam Beam of Potosi, B. K. Broo erson of Tuscola and J. G. Wit of Trent. Ike Says U.S. To Keep After Nuclear Ban WASHINGTON, June 26 tfl 'resident Eisenhower said todaj his country will stand by its oi er to seek agreement with Russi n halting nuclear weapon-testin, .ven though some top U.S. scien lists urge that the tests continue Eisenhower told a news confer ence that "for the moment i would appear that '"ie psychologi cal factors and the fears of th world" make it advisable to over rule the scientists--who have tol nim, the chief executive said: 1. They can, given four 'or fiv years more of experimentation urn out a hydrogen bomb "abso utely clean" of radioactive fal out--in other words, one tlu could be used lo knock out a mil ary target without endangerin nnocent bystanders far away. 2. The tests must go on in th interest of atomic energy researc --to make sure the world is "ge ting the best out of this new sa ence for the peaceful uses of man and." The President named two of th scientists with whom he had con suited: Dr. Ernest 0. Laurenc and Dr. Edward Teller, both m. clear scientists from the Universi ty of California. They and another U. of atomic specialist, Dr. Mark A Mills, conferred with the Pres dent last Monday in compan with Adm. Lewis L. Strauss chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. After that meeting they told _ . porters U. S. scientists alread have eliminated 95 per cent of th fallout from H-bombs. They sai that with further research th deadly radiation can be ma "essentially negligible." Their expressed and implh opinion that weapon-testing shou continue was at variance wi statements and petitions by many pair other specialists in the field th the testing of large-scale weapon be halted lest the health of prese and future generations be endar gered. Storm to Strike About Sundown AUDREY ON THE MOVE--This. map shows the path of Hurricane Audrey, one of nature's rarest terrors--a June hurricane--as it neared the Louisiana coast. It is the first hurricane of the sea;on. (AP Wirephoto Map) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The upper Texas Coast Wednesday night felt the first sting of Hurricane Audrey as the raging tropical storm continued its steady churn toward Louisiana. The center of the.hurricane was 270 miles south of Lake Charles, La., Wednesday night and was moving north at about ten miles an hour. It was due to smash against the Louisiana coast with 100-mile-an hour winds about sundown Thursday. Winds with gusts up to 44 miles an hour lashed the Galveston area Wednesday afternoon, rain fell at Gslveston and Beaumont, and tides up as much as 3 feet above normal had closed Highway 87 between Sabine Pass and High Island. Nickerson Called 'Dedicated' Man HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 26 W) corporating secret data into a doc --Col. John C. Nickcrsori Jr. was ument designed to do away wit] [escribed at his court-martial to- Air Force priority in the develop day as a dedicated man, ready to ment of ? 1,500-mile guided rriis acrifice a brilliant Army career sile! In return for his admission ,, guilt, the_Army dismissed charge »ut of concern for his nation's *' o-"*-» v»*\. jujiij uiauuaaeu UHcH'gg Dr. Wernher von Braun testified against him of espionage and per fickerson wasj»nvinced that De- jury in a trade arranged befor the court-martial opened yester day. ' . All at issue in the-hearing no destroy the Army's guided missile program. .And Von Braun said Nickerson feared that without the is the severity of Nickerson's sen Army's .program the nation would have 4 no"program at ail.; '^Added Von Bfaun7'described as the father of the ballistic missile r 'He was so completely dedicated :o it that any trouble he may be the sentence. Nickerson can get iri now is a direct result of his dedication." The husky,'blond 45-year-old former Nazi rocket expert said Nickerson felt compelled to argue for ets. He headed the developmen the Army program even to the of the Nazi V2 rocket in Worl extent of illegally using secret War II. It was' the first ballistic iata to bolster his case. For that missile ever successfully used i he is being court-martialed. "It was his realization that the after the war at the Army's in Russians aren't sitting on their vitation to head its guided missil lands that made him so very, very c o n c e r n e d , " Von Braun vent on. · Ray Jenkins, a Nickerson fle- gram. THE WEATHER . · -- -- icaia vi ?,vw missile CApcriS flen ense attorney .who _was Senate Nickerson is one of the Army. Committee counsel in the 19S4 top representatives in the pro Army-McCarthy hearings, asked Von Braun: "Will you say, im- rovident as he might have been, ie acted from the purest, most patriotic motives--to promote the afety of his country--and that's vhat got him in the trouble he's "Yes, sir," r e s p o n d e d Von Braun, thrusting a prominent chin even further forward. Nickerson, who has spent 19 of his 41 years in Army uniform, has pleaded guilty to 15 charges of security Jaxness. He admitted in- N E W S I N D E X SECTION A Oil ne*s 2 Food newi 1 \ Sports 12-14 SECTION B . Women's news 2, J Obituaries 5 Amusements 9 Comics 10 Radio, TV logs 14 Farm, market news . . . . . . 15 tence. The defense is offering tes timony seeking leniency for Nick ersoh. When it is completed, 10-man board of bemedalled gen erais. and colonels will hand u maximum 30 years in prison an dismissal from the service. Von Braun is perhaps th world's greatest authority on rock warfare. He came to this country Several thousand men wert 'acuated by boats and helicop- rs from offshore drilling rigs m e Gulf of Mexico where to the )uth Hurricane Audrey was wirling with winds up to 100 niles per hour at .the center and ales extending outward for sev- ral hundred miles. Storm warnings were posted all ie way from Galveston to Pensa- ola, Fla., and hurricane warnings ere flying along'the Louisiana oast. High Tides- Warnings were issued to bath- ·s and others in low-lying areas ong the upper Texas coast and des of 5 feet above normal were ' redicted for Thursday along with igh winds. The Weather Bureau said that ie storm would only brush Texas nd while some rains could /bo xpected near the Louisiana borer, no ' deluges were expected, t pointed out that the heaviest ain usually falls on the eastern side of a hurricane. Skies were generally cloudy long the entire Texas coast Vednesday night. There was sorris igh cloudiness in Central Texas while in most of the western -part f the state skies were clear. The cloudy weather kept the naximum temperature at Calves- on at a comparatively cool 86 degrees but 100-degree plus weather in far west Texas was blamed or the death of a Houston man who wandered into an isolated iection of- the Big Bend Country. The victim was Clifford S. White vhose body was found Wednesday, search parties" continued their lunt for his wife who was with im..'. : ... . :._ ' , . ' ' . . ". . Temperatures at Presidio and in the park area rose to 114 de- jrees Wednesday afternoon. Salt Flat had 109, Wink 103 and Alpine 101. The approaching ' hurricane closed at least one highway'in Texas Wednesday. A % mile stretch of Highway 17 between Sabine Pass and High 'sland was under water Wednesday afternoon and the route closed to traffic. Tides in the coastal canal area were 4 feet above normal and winds up to 40 miles Von Braun heads a scientifi team of 4,000 missile experts here ABH.ENE AND VICINITY - Continue fair and hot Thursday and Fr "·olh day D. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Partb cloudy Thursday and Friday with wide! scattered showers and thundershowcrs. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Thnrsdaj and Friday with Isolated afternoon an nlxht time thunderstorms. EAST TEXAS: Squalls and locally heavy rain most of south portion Thursday and Thursday night. Otlenrtse part) cloudy with scattered showers throug Wed Wed n.m 91 75 .... 91 77 HOUR .... 1:00 .... 2:00 .... 3:00 .... 4:00 .... 5:00 .... 6:00 .... 7:00 78 8:00 81 9:00 85 10:00 88 11:00 B8 1J:00 -High and low temperatures for 24 hoars (o 9 p.m. 95 and 70 dejfrees. Huh and low temperatures same dale last year 96 and 7} degrees. Sunset last night 7:50; sunrise today 5:J4; sunset tonUht 7;SO. Barometer readme af, 9 p.m.: Z7.9Z Relative humidity at 9 p.m.: 58 per cent. Ike Names Oil Import Advisers WASHINGTON, June 26 W ·-, President Eisenhower today set; up a special Cabinet committee 10 advise him on whether oil imports should be curbed. The President had been urged by oil state governors a few hours earlier to restrict imports. The White House announcement did not mention the telegram dispatched to Eisenhower by 32 of the 45 governors attending the annual governors conference at Williamsburg, Va. It that creation of the committee had bf.«n in the works for some time. The mission of the new committee is to' study ^diether crude 011 is being imported "in such quantities as to threaten to im- iir the national security." Eisenhower can, under the tariff laws, restrict imports if they come a threat to basic defense industries. The White House laid Eisen- hower indicated last April that h 'elt then there was "reason fo selief' that imports threatened t impair national security. Creatio of the committee was a follow-u to that, it said. Secretary of Commerce Week will head the committee, whic was ordered to turn in finding and recommendations at "the ea liest practicable date." Other members are Secretary indicated State Dulles, Secretary of Defens Wilson, Secretary of the Treasurj Humphrey, Secretary of the I, tenor Keaton and Secretary of La bn- Mitchell. The 25 oil state governors urget Eisenhower to cut imports crude oil lo an amount equal no more than 16.6 per cent of d be- mestic production--the ratio in e feet in 1954. The state executive said imports now are running 22 per cent. program and is now an American an hour were predicted for Thurs- citizen. day. Louisiana braced for gales Wednesday night with'tides expected to reach 5 to 8 feet along the Louisiana coast and the Mississippi Sound. · Small craft warnings flew from Brownsville' to Panama City, Fla. Two navy pilots who flew into the eye of Audrey on separate missions out of Corpus Christ! described the hurricane as "big and fierce." Cmdr. John Cork Jr., Tampa, Fla., and Lt. J. D. De- mayor, New York City, termed it as mean as any storms they explored last season in the Gulf and Atlantic. Evacuations in Texas were reported from the lower end of Bolivar Peninsula, across from Galveston. Mrs. Liz Gritta of Gilchrist, Civil Defense coordinator for the ^eninsula, reported the tide to within 4 feet of the Rolover Pass bridge and could ribt contact the area except by ferry. The water was up to vegetation along the each and white caps 3 to 4 feet high battered the shore. The New Orleans Weather Bureau said that if Audrey hits it will be the first June hurricane o reach the U. S. mainland since 1934. WILLIE THE WANT AD This money could be yoursf You hcve tois of money oround the house thot you don't even recognize. In thot old ovsr- crcwded closet, attic or garage there "ore numerous items that ore in good repair but that you have no more use for. Well, that's your idle cosh. Someone, 'somewhere would like to pay you for these items. You will both be making a good deal in the trade. I have 170,000 plus daily readers. There are some that probably need - and will be happy to pay for the items you no longer hove use for but are too good to just discard. So don't delay 'another day-call OR 2-7841 right now ond put Willie to work for you. Your neighbors ond friends hove already called--why don't you?

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