The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 15, 1954 · Page 1
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HUB * SEKVKS Continued Cloudy/ BAYSHORE WEATHER^-Mostly cloudy with, showers through ' Saturday, little change in temperatures. Low of 55 expected. Fresh' to locally strong, southerly winds, shilling to northerly late Saturday or Saturday night 0Wttt VOL 34, NO. 191 BAYTOWN, TEXAS Friday, January !5, 1954 TODAY'S NEWS TODAY THE SUN GIVES FULL COVERAGrOr HOMETOWN NEWS WITH SPEClXl TREATMENT TO '" ' '•- STATE? NATIONAMAND -»-. ..I .. LOCAL' NEWS'' / ' >?" TELEPHONE: 8302. Five Cents Per Copy CITY CHARGES SCHOOL FIRE Mbtorists Happy Over Gasoline Price War Stark, Gentry Deny Knowing Hazards Exist KANSAS CITY, 3ah. 15 —Wl— Joyful •'Kansas Citv motorists^ filled their gasoline tanks at bar- fraiu prices Friday as the area's service stations cut and recut their prices. The luckless filling- stations were caught in: a two-way squeeze; not only was the usual margin of profit per gallon.trimmed almost to the vanishing point, but they had so much business they had to put on extra gas pumpers. Hie lowest price reported early Friday was 15.9 ceil": for regular gas at an independent station and four cents more per gallon • for premium 'gas. The price'war. described as the most, drastic oer in this region, began.along U.S. 40, leading ; .into Kansas City from the cnst.' One source said il'started when Vnew chain station (Site Oil Co.) cut its prices to stimulate Inisiucs's. The war gained impetus Thursday when Standard Oil Co. (N.J.) cut its tunic wagon prices 6.6 Cents per gallon for regular and 4.G for Ethyl. R. W. Kcrr local Shelly Oil Co. distributor, said his firm would follow Standard's" lead. vJV "We have no alternative,' 1 Kerr said. "I think it's going to continue for sonic time," Tsaid Edwin Field, western district; manager for Site Oil. "The price wars just happen. Once they -start, they spread like a forest fire." DA Pledges Quick Action On Pier son Storm-Frozen Controls Blamed In Fatal Jet Crash AUTHORITIES AT LONG BEACH, Calif., blame storm-frozen controls for the crash of ait F-8GD Sabrejet which killed .seven persons, including the pilot, when it smashed into four homes in Long Beach. Photo at the left shows the largest piece of the plane found after the crash. At the right is a demolished auto in which the body of a girl was found. (International Soundpliotos) Jet Crippled Over 819 Springs- Pilot'DiesTo Save Deadlock On Jury Ends first Trial By ROSALIE MYERS Clyde Picrson will stand trial again, probably within 60 days, for MitchellsReturned-- Officer Thinks Bank Loot Is In Beaumont HOUSTON. -Jan. 15 —UP— The, Allen arose because Allen "was in missing $57,329 in the Dec. 31 love with me." Houston National- Bank robbery "He thought that if he. could get could be found in Beaumont, my 'old man' out of the, wa y ne a New Orleans peace officer was could win me," she told newsmen. Scott Jr. said Friday. • . .Judge'Langston King Thursday declared a mistrial in the case remaining riddle : T of the theft—loot the money, know lhe Mitchells (James BIG SPRING.'Tex.. Jan. 15 — UP—A Webb Air Force Base jet pilot died Thursday night in a plane crash after refusing lo bail out qt the qrippled-plane until be had it away from Big Spring- The pilot was identified as 2nd' tt. David K. Rae. 22, of' Palo Alto, Calif.,- / Rae's plane collided with another while: four jet s wore flying in, for- mation and preparing to land at Webb Air - Force Base. Witnesses said the lead T-33 .let "peeled off" to land and that Rae followed too closqly, striking his tail 'control surface against the wing-tip,'tank of the leader's plane, flown bv Lt. Oliver E. Schmoker. The lead pilot landed without mishap, but Rae radioed the \Vebb control tower, that he had "serious vibration" in his plane and he was "having trouble controlling the aircraft." However, he managed to right the plane and climb from 1.200 to 1,500 feet. But he wa s right over Big Spring. He headed the t>lane toward ooen ranch country. He managed to get more than two miles past the edge o,f the citv before he lost control of the plane. Another Webb pilot, fJying nearby, said the staggering jet plane suddenly whipped -into a corkscrewing downward motion and crashed. Capl. Glen Noyes, Webb AFB in : slructor who was flying nearby, and Capt. Jessie Haynes. Webb flying safety officer, both snid that Rae had enough "altitude that he could have bailed out,if he hadn't been right over Big Spring. when the jury reported it was Mitchell, his wite - Mary Lou and "hopelessly deadlocked", jiUcr jjfck Mitchell, all charged in the crime) stopped in Beaumont on almost 28 hours of deliberation. Still Spots ChamberCommerce "Banquet Jan. 25 ~~~~~ President Of Houston Natural Gas Corp. Is Speaker Class Reunion INVITATIONS to the Ex-Students Reunion of the pioneer classes prior to 192i in New Town have been sent to all parts of the United States and South America. A crowd of about 200 is expected to attend the event which is slated at T:30 p.m. in the Community house. Ex-students and their families in the Baytown area arc being invited through the press, Mrs. J. W. Molcr, publicity director, said. Wrong Identity A LA PORTE high school speaker, whose topic led to a school bom'd restriction on future speakers, was incorrectly identified in the. Sun's news story Thursday us W. J. Winipce, director of student religious activities at Baylor university. The speaker was A. C.,Wimpce, director of education, narcotics and alcohol education of the United Texas Drys. A- C. Wtmpee. is the uncle of W. J. Wimpcc. Big Scare, No Damage ELECTRICITY arcing, around the •bowling alley, frightened plenty o£ people, but caused no damage, firemen reported Friday. A wire left on the floor with the ends taped "shorted out" when someone stepped on it, Fire Marshall Hub Bounds said. Someone pulled a swith to cut off the electricity and put out the fire^ he said. Burglar Scared Off A BURGLAR visited the Baytown Ice House about 4:30 a- m. Friday, but left in a hurry when he learned the owner lived in the sjwne building.. . Gaston Daunie leaped out of bed whcn he was awakened by »n unfamiliar noise near his bedroom in an apartment a t the rear of the ice house and grro- cery. lie found a screen slashed, but the burglar was gone. Around Town ALTON LAIRD is getting all kinds of phone calls—about referees, home schedules, and the situation in general . . . May have been caused by a misprint in The Sun . . . Leo LaBorde playing tennis to lose weight, feeling just a little shy toward south-paws . . The little girl who ran across the tennis court at game point wasn't planted, was she coach? Gene "Hollywood" Thompson looking back at by-gone days . . . Tommy Roberts just a little nervous at first against a seventh ranker. Came through though . . . Frank James beginning to dread the last half , . . Bell's invention really harrasscs H. H. Cooper at times . . . Harold Howard getting to give out with his version of "Texas Star." John DeGarnio and Niles Brill burning the midnight oil with their metallurgy coursfc . . . Babe Badglej" currently interested in a hancf-toolcd leativ.T gun case . . . . Lucile Puderbaugh calls in some important news. Frank C. Smith, president of the Houston Natural Gas Corp. and a well known South Texas industrial leader, has accepted an invitation to be the principal speaker at the annual Baytown Chamber of Commerce dinner at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan, 25. Flash Fire In Attic A flash fire resulting from defective electric wiring did only minor damage Thursday in the attic of the Dio H. Evans cafe on South Main in Highlands. The building also houses the living quarters of the Evans family. - ' Smoke and flames were shooting out from under the caves whcn seen by G. C. Slaughter, who operates Slaughter Jewelry across the street. Mrs. Evans praised the quick work of the Highlands Volunteer Pire department in extinquishing the blaze. W. W. Swick, fire department president, said the fire was the first in the immediate area served by the Highlands department since November 3952. The dinner will be held In the Robert E. Lee cafeteria with Arthur Matitcris, owner of Rebel Inn, catering. Thco Wilburn will be installed" as president during the dinner. Hc will succeed Lloyd T. Jones. Other new officers arc Roy Elms,, vice Sam May Get Foe 'COLLEGE STATION, TCX., Jan. 15-rHPI—Jack Finney of Greenville, Tex., is pondering whether or-not to oppose veteran Sam Rayburn in this year's congressional elections. Finney said hc had received lots of encouragement to oppose the veteran Bonham legislator, but said hc hadn't made up his mind yet whether or not to run. Finney, a 37-year-old wholesale baker, said if hc ran it would be "as a Democrat—a real Democrat, not a New Dealer." Finney supported President Eisenhower and Gov- Allan Shivers last election. Finney said he felt Rayburn's "pro-Fair Deal" Beliefs did not represent the true feelings of a majority of voters in the North Texas district Rayburn represents. president; Robert L. Gillette, sec- rotary, and Jack Jacobs, treasurer. Retiring officers iu addition to Jones arc Fred Hartman, vice president; Elms, secretary, and L. G. Sanders, treasurer. Ten new directors also will be formally installed at the dinner. They arc . Lowell L a m m c r s, Ralph Cokcr, J. Bryan Stratton, George Bays, Paul Prince, George H. Gentry. Jack Jacobs, M. \V. Harper, Roy Elms and Gillette. President Jones will report fork-fly on last year's activity, and President-elect Wilburn has made it known that he will accept the presidency with lhe briefest of reports. "This will not bo a talking year," Wilburn said when lie was elected. Tickets for the special steak dinner arc S-l each. They may be obtained from the office of the Chamber of Commerce at 14 North Ashbcl or from members of the banquet committee who arc A, C, Kraft. Harry F. Masscy, W. J. Stricklcr, Harry M. Bowcn and Sycl Gould. The principal speaker has long been a leader in the Houston area. In addition to bring associated with civic affairs in this section, lie lias for a long time been ona of the loading supporters of Texas College of Arts and Industries at Kingsvillc. Ho is now chairman of thr> board of regents at that .school. One juror said all 12 men agreed their way to New Orleans, Sheriff thai Picrson was guilty of mur- Johnny Grosch was quoted in the deriiifi-Hoppc, a rival.gambler, but Houston Press, •could not agree whether it was "I know they visited either rela- murder with malice aforethought lives or friends in Beaumont," he or murder without malice. Hc said said. "I'm convinced the money is two jurors held out for a murder there." with- malice verdict carrying a Meanwhile, James Mitchell and maximum 25-year sentence, while his wife, returned hor e Thursday 10 of them wanted a conviction ot from New Orleans where they murder without malice 'which were captured, both denied any would have meanl no more than J» rt <* the holdup and snid Domiy five -years in prison. Allen who has confessed beins• Inc .„ . . ... c . ... ' ., ., inside' man in the robbery, was "•District Attorney Scolt said the. ^, y - m ,, to f ran j e them court dockets .had becn'set. up for Mitchell said ' ho had beaten Al- January and February, and the lcn whcn h( , found U)c ymmR oa|)]c Pierson case cannot be reset taller with Mitchell's wife, giving earlier than March or April but j- er - omo "dope." Allen has said it will "come to trial again soon.' j — <•• — "We try not to let these cases go over GO days, 1 ' Scott said. After a parade of witnesses had testified that Hoppc had threatened to kill Pierson because hc believed Pierson had "played Ktool pigeon and gol Hoppe's House of Blue Lights raided," Picrson himself look the stand and snid lie took his pislol with him to the Club 25 on the night of Nov. 25 because Hoppc Imd threatened to kill him over a gambling debt. (See Loot—Pnjjc Two) Deadline Here ForQuarferly Income Taxes WASHINGTON, Jnh. 15—(IPI—. Sonic 7 million who pay llinir Income lax used narcotics. Mrs. Mitchell, though, said t!ie trouble between her husband and •<> until midnight Friday night to sqnnrti lh<>t-'.se)ves for l!)53. By Hint deadline they must take their lust year's income us wi.'lLu>» make ndjustontentft if an- •iiual cMtiniiitttH 'wore too low whim nuuli; liist jMiirch. It also Is the deadline for filing if one wivs not filed mid if lhe taxpayers now know lie mode enough so that ho Is required to flic such a. declaration. Congressional Roundup -Ike Gets Democrat Support On Social Security Program inspect Ihem • because we WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -UP— committee would begin hearings on thuf the fire department covers „„ „ President Eisenhower's plan to th u sociiil Security recommcnda- suclr llilngH," he said. "I owed him a $1200 gambling boost old-age Social Security pay- (ions early next, month nnd assert- Tire Inspections <tre conducted A w 11 \.M *i i • • «. r ry •-' ( . . , ..',.., ,t... . _.• __'.!_ U. r 1 U» I.Tr.nof-riM r»h 11 l^l mi fit ANJsH. By CHESTER BX51X3IEB Top school officials denied Friday that they are knowingly allowing fire hazards which could lead to "another New London disaster; 1 ' The charge was leveled Thursday night by Fire Marshal T. H\ Bounds and City Manager C. D.' Middleton,' who spoke before the, City Council. "We have suggested several limes to the School Board 1 that (For a report on other action taken l>y the City Council Thursday niffhr, see Page'Two.) steps betaken to correct dangerous conditions in 'several- schools, .and- we have received no jesponse," Middleton stated. Bounds said 1 that in .several of the older ?chool buildings ;unpro- lected gas lines were installed inside the walls. "Some of these 1 'have'not •''been subjected to a pressure, test for 20 years, 1 ' hc saicf. "Such lines should ba tested at least once a year." A leak Inside the'wall could impregnate the : wall with explosive BUS, he explained. A spark an- electric switch could touch It off and blow out tho whole side of the building. • "That's what happened at New , London, and it could happen -her«," the-lire marshal ^declared. He named Sam Houston, .Tjtinnar; Alamo and San Jacinlo «s some of the schools where such • conditions exist. Bounds said 'he-had pointed out t.hese conditions in 'letters to School - -Board • President A. R. Stark,-School Supt. George Gerilry and 1 -Maintenance Supt, George ScoUVbut no corrective measures had been taken. ••••-.'" Both Start* and Gentry said Friday • that: they would not knowingly allow hazardous conditions' to exist. • •" "}'i don't know of any situation whore «-safety hazard is involved," -Gentry «aid. ''.'The : HchoolR 'have' been chucked f°r the ; post two-.-yearn • by the -safety en- 1 pincers'- organization (American Society of Safety-'EnKinccrs). The last check -was, mndft lost spring,- • nnd they reported no Mich-hazard*- lo us." However, safely- engineer W. C. Jackson, who tins helped to conduct the inspections here, said Ihoy did not cover gas lines or boilers. -••••-. "We did-check such things as fire escapes and exits • atvd. fire protective equipment, but we made no tests on gas-lines and did not knew and extend coverage to .Hi cd "it at Club 25 bv 10 o'clock million more A m c r i e a n s oi'cw spiwcl." - ""•-• debt. He told mo to have the money vital' thai, we act with by the Houston chapter ot us ». public 1 service, Jackson ex- that niRht or he would come look- strong bi-partisan support- in Cong- Otlior developments: ACADKMY plained. Gentry .said reports had boftii re- rcss Friday. Republicans and Democrats.alikf urged quick approval of the ... . . _._ ... changes in the Social Security siys- "a bill authorizing the Air Force to have' boon acknowledged nnd the ing for me and it would be too bad for mo when hc found me," Pierson snid. Picrson could raise only $1,000 torn''recommended'by lh u Pros!- cstribIislT"iYs" o\vV''acndemy. "Bui coiidiUoiis'liiive been''checked. The House Armed Services com- c«lvod from Sounds "from time mi Hoc hoped to complete work on to lime," and that these reports of the 51,200, but hc went to Club 25 to offer him the 81,000. he said. As he started to tcli Hoppe that he had the 51,000, Hoppc wheeled toward him. Picrson snid he jerked his gun out of his pocket, hc dent Thursday. Hep. Daniel A. competition mounted over whore "Som^'lmns we may not -have Reed iR-N.Y.), who has bucked the "Wcsl Point of the Air" would dono everything he 'wanted us to the administration on some issues, promptly introduced legislation to carry out the program. The Rcncrally favorable reaction be located. SALARIES A presidential commission reported thai congressmen are and Hoppc struggled and the Run t o the Social Security rccommen- "grossly underpaid" and „.. _ started firing. Hc said lie did not dations contrasted sharply to the them to boost their pay from $15.- know who pulled lhe li-iggcr. reception Mr. Eisenhower's farm 000 to 527,500 a year. The commis- Defcnso Allorneya C. D. Little and labor proposals Rol earlier this sion also r e c o m in c n d e d pay and Joe Zorn said "we will have week. Argument over I'.K;S C tw o is- raises of S10.000 a year for the to wait and see what the courts sues is still raging, some of it vice president and speaker of the the case If it is within tho .President's own nariy. House and from $12,500 to $14,500 do w,H ned do," be added. "Most of his reports have, been of a Rcnernl mrtiire," Gentry snid. "We'have nslcc.d him for specific recommendation* and instances where:such conditions uxist, hut ive have never been ali'o to get any specific information. "If they know of any specific Reed „» hi s Way, nnd Mom, for feden, iu d««. Texan 'Lost' Six fears Reunited Richard Arnold Suddenly 'Woke Up 1 In Salt Lake City Fog, Drizzle Welfare Groups T® ESect Da/77D6/7 Areu' '^ Directors Needed In 3 Agencies Cold Coming BOWIE, Tex., Jan. 15.—(IPI—A man who "lost" nearly six years of his life was back with his wife Friday after "waking up" in Salt Lake C'ty Monday. The apparent amnesia victim, Richard J. Arnold, 54, was reunited with his %vife Thursday in his mother-in-law's kitchen. Hc was eating lunch whcn his wife Alpine 'White Death' Threatens 1 VIENNA, Jan. 15 — (IT) — New snowslides in the "white death'' belt of south central Europe sealed off an Austrian valley Friday, threatening the lives of 1,000 inhabitants. Police reports sai,d the avalanche that blocked the approaches to the Soelk Valley, 40 miles northwest of Graz, dammed a river and created a lake of ice water which is rising toward unscalable mountains. Early Friday, the lake was more than half -a mile long, 200 yards wide and 30 feet deep. Ski police were racing to the scene with crates of dynamite, hoping to blast the snow dam in time to save the valley dwellers. No new deaths were reported Friday in any of the four countries where avalanches this week have claimed a reported 257 victims, but persistent warm weather in Alpine valleys created an ever- present threat of disaster. Rescue operations in Austria's Walscrthal—"death valley"—were proceeding Friday in the faint hope that 20 persons officially listed as "missing" for the past two days might be found alive. Avalanches which swept away two villages arc known to have killed 104 Walserthal residents. QUICKIES . . By Ken Reynolds " ". . . They're something likp the Sun Want Ads—a way to make easy money I* 1 returned home from her job. Mrs. Arnold. 52, who worked for a Fort Worth department store, kissed her long-gone husband, and said: "Hello, darling. I knew they would bo feeding you. I can't believe it.' 1 "I can't either." Arnold said. "But ain't it wonderful?' 1 Hc last saw h:s wife May 27, 15-13, at Bowie. Arnold said the last thing hc remembered was driving his wife to his mother's homo. The next thing hc remembered, he "woko up" in Salt Lake City last Monday. Hc thought it was May, 19-18, and that he was in Bowie. Tile Arnolds were married in 1942. Mrs. Arnold said he had two short lapses of memory before ho suffered the attack which led to the long riisappearance, Arnold said he couldn't nnclr-r- star.d what had happor.ccl v.-hen he woke up in Salt Lake City. He -said he looked out and saw snow on the ground and decided something was wror.g. He asked Salt Lake City police to help straighten him out. He said as far as he knew, his clothes were' the only thing he owned when he woke up. He had no suitcase, and wore only his gray tweed suit, plaid flannel shirt and red i_.aid necktie. H<-- said he didn't remember where he had been the past few years. Fog and drizzle enveloped the Baytown area Friday, and it appeared that Saturday will bo. more of the same. By 10 a.m. Friday, rainfall had totaled .0!> of an inoh during the morning. Spotty ra.rly-inorning fog had given way to dismal cloudiness and moisture by mid-morning. Temperatures were pleasant enough, however. The thermometer registered 67 Friday morning, compared to a minimum of BO Thursday night and a maximum of 65 Thursday. A howling norther wan to hit the Texas Panhandle Friday night and move across the state, plummeting temperatures to below the freezing mark all over Texas by Sunday morning. Frank Slack femed To Fair Committee Frank Slack, Channclview building materials executive, has been named to an organizing committee for the 1956 Houston World's Fair. The committee, which now includes H members, will establish a board of control for the fair. Baytown citizens will elect 15 new officials of welfare organizations at the annual meeting of, the Council of Members of the East Harris County Community Chest Feb. 23. A. R- Stark, Chest president, announced Friday. Stark said nominations arc now being received for the 10 positions. They may bo mailed to P. O. Box 425 or handed to any member of the nomination committee, which includes Chairman Roy Elms, I* A. Halo, Ben E. Wilson, Walter Rundcll and Mrs. 'E. J. Gray. Deadline on nominations is Feb. 14 Anyone who has contributed to the United Fund or to the Community Chest and its ajjcneiM is automatically a member of the Council of Members, and is invited to participate in the election. Five directorships on the Community Chest board, three for the Health league and five for the Welfare League will be filled, as well as the presidency and secre- taryship of the Council. The Rev. P. Walker Henckell is retiring Council president and Mrs. Knox Beavers is secretary. Outgoing Chest directors Bragg Callawuy, the Rev. Clyde Foltz, L. A. H-iIe, Mrs. D. C. Seamans and A. R. Stark- Holdover member.-! are George Bowers, Mrs. bheyfccl arc necessary," hc said. Stark emphatically stated that "we <ire not knowingly allowing unsafe conditions to exist." He said he realized that there are some "potential" hazards that always exist where gas is used for h(;atin_. "If someone will tell me where arc any hazards exist. I will leave my job right now and take steps to have them corrected, 1 ' he declared. If the school district is not cooperating on a matter where the Bus Rider Says She Saw Top 'Wanted Criminal' GALVESTON, Jan. 15 —lift —A picture. He got off at Houston,' woman hurried into the police sta- sllc said -, But when tion here Thursday night and told the desk sergeant she had ridden a bus from Albany. On., with one O. J. McCuiiough, vice-president of the nations most wanted crim- of the McCuIIough Oil Tool Co., in«ls. has been elected chairman of the "I don't know which one he was committee. but I recognized him from his W. K. PiKlerbatigh. Al Melingcr, safety of children is involved, it VV, J. Stricklcr. Robert Strickland, is nol intentional, he added. B. E. Wilson, Harry F. Hartman, Stark said there had been "some Sam Paine, A. E. Oliphint and J. correspondence" with the city in reference to the use of gas in school buildings. "It was my understanding that wn conducted a survey and inspection which also included the (See Schools—I'age Two) Sevver Jest To True To Be Funny A joko cracked by City Atty. George Chandler at the City Council meeting Thursday nifrfit was funny to everyone but the residents of dniinage-conscVSs \Vynnewood addition. Engineer H. S- Berlin, explaining details of sewer, -construction snid "we alw<a»S start at the bottom of the slope and lay the pipe uphill." "Well, we want to be sure all our sewers run nphill," was Chandler's rejoinder. "That's the way nil of them rnn In Wynnewood addition, and wft want to be consistent" E. Sherwood- Health League terms expire for Dr. Bfn F. Ammons, Mrs. John T. Porter nml Dr. R. M. Woods. Holdover directors are Dr. William H. Bridges, Mrs. H. M, Johnson and Dr- R. W. Pipkin. Welfare League directors whose terms expire are Mrs. Bianco Dup- Janti.v, F, K, Kelly, the P.r>v. Wayne McCieskey, Miss Jessie Pumphrcy and M. C. Rushing. Holdovers are T. F. Seale, John H. Savav Jr., Knox. Beavers, Bill Hlnson. Walter Kundell, Mrs. John M. D.- KeaM, Sam Eramlctt, B- P. Hopper, Mrs. Paul Picket and N. B. Eallard. the desk sergeant went for pictures of all 10 for her to identify, she said ''f haven't got. time, my taxi is waiting outside." Police were still wondering Friday which of the "criminals" was her fellow passenger.

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