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Litri* Chonqt BAYSIIORE WEATH15K—Clew to partly cloudy v.iUi littU) chnnge In temperature.* through Saturday. Temperature range, 55-8!5. GALVKSl'ON TIDES: Hi K h -Low For Saturday— »:Uii.n>. 12:50».m. FOP Sunday— 10:23 a.m. 1.41 ajn. Ollltl YOUR HOME Iv'f- NEWSPAPER VOL. 36, NO. 251 TODAY'S NEWS TODAY Friday, March 30, 1956 IAYTOWN, TIXAS TELEPHONE: 8302. Five Cenh.rV Cwpy SIGHS BAYTOWN Thousands Of Curious Jam Streets Blast Gives City Taste Of Disaster •By KOSALIE 1M.VEKS Sun Stuff Writer Baytown got a preview Thursday «ight of \vhai could happen here, in the event of a-major disaster. The most shocking sight in the hour and a half before order WRS completely restored after the explosion- of the Patersori was the thousands of Baytonians driving their curs headlong into traffic jams in an effort to get an "on the -scene" view of ihe disaster. The first reaction of .residents, in West. Baytown was to get away from tile refinery area; residents in the east and. north ar^as of the city, decided to go to the refinery area. They met—at the Decker-Texas traffic circle, at the West Main- Market Y, at the traffic light .at Market and Airhart and at West Main and Highway 146. ' ." In the traffic j;'ims that resulted, even police v.-ith insignia. cy lights and sirens on their cars, and 'wearing Uie'v uniforms and badges, had difficulty in fighting their w.ay through to their posts. The '.town was swept with rumors of the "hundreds killed and injured' 1 , and' of "burning- gasoline spreading to the tank farm". There was a report that only one person in the dock area survived the blast When Police Chief '\V. R. Montgomery walked into the. lobby of the San Jacinto Memorial hospital and told the waiting doctors that "one of my men at the docks" reported not more than four or five injured, most of them were unbelieving. • • Frantic women attempted to call their hus'nanes at the Baytown refinciy or other places downtown to learn if they were safe; many had children away . from home and were almost hysterically demanding: that they be found and sent home. Failing to get phone THE CRUCIFIXION—With the thieves on either side of Him, Jesus was crucified on Calvary. "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots." .As Jesus hung dying on the cross, darkness descended upon the land from the sixth hour to the ninth hour, when He cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" An onlooker extended to Him a vinegar-soaked sponge, but "Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." As He died, the veil of the temple was lorn in two. the earth shook and rocks were split. "Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God." Story To Be Tofcf 4cross Baytown Sunrise Services At Stadium To Open DayOf Worship Ky IJOmw SU'milN Kaster Sunday, beginning with the Sun Clitirch Kditor city wide out-door sunrise service The Eastor story will echo at" 6 a.m. in Memorial stadium through many church chancels and continuing throughout the day POTS Safefy Courses WATER SAFETY instructor com-s<'S, wponsored by the T-louston- Barris Counry Ued Oross, will ho given nt ~ p.m. Monday nt the Robert E. Kee aiul George \Vash- inglon Carver hifjh .schools. The courses will br for school tench- Town- AN OKLAHOMA City insiirnnce broker, who rleais in. i-ntasirophe instmuu:,', called Tho Sun Friday morning anj wondetvd if it would br> wise Tor him to conic to Baytown to help rui'jvu ; t the damage resulting to 'hi.-; nn\l front the tanker explosion • • . The news services Tlu'raday nigbt demanded that Sill', staff nVmbers compare or contrast thv Bnytcwn blast;' t.o tho 1M7 Texas City explosion . . . That was the way tho story was 'exaggerated from the very start: . . . H might have been serious bn!. wasn't, . . . The so- called ewH.'.cnHon of Bnytown pd">- plo, ,'-,if| ia .say. v/ais toward iho siio of tho O'xp'nsion and not. away frorn it ... All traffic was headed toward tho <;oo;<s, not away from them . . . Klsnwherc id The Sun 1 is A noti"' of thanks from .Gordon K F,a")iec?. HmYiVio • pipnts man- .'jjc-r . . fr:i-iui--.:)il!.v. to provide. (>" r»SX TWO) f.'rs and to anyone over I.? years old with a senior life saving certificate. Communion THE REV. A. M. Haimemann, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran church, ha« announced a special communion service at !:",() p.m. Friday. His .sermon topic for the service will be. 'A Last Look at the Cross.' 'Prodigal Son' LICK COLLEGE music department- will, present "The Prodigal Son" by rvfou.s'sy at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace Methodist church. Youth Rcliy THK SAN .iAC. .0 Baptist Youth rally will convene at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist church in La Porte. Jimmy Draper, a ^Indent at Baylor university will be guest speaker. 'Nkk The Greek' Captured By FBI MEMPHIS — UP — .Notorious Niel< (The Greeks Monies, only criminal over to make the FBI's "in most wanted" list twice, ami or.eHjwl convict .> Robert '-.Lloyd Jcmo*, _ were surprised by- FBI atfonir- 'at a WoteT early 'Friday ami taken wfthrtiit a shot bcinj? fifed. calls through, many of them carne to town or attempted to reach the plant to contact their husbands or children. One girl, obviously not more than 14 or 15 years old, accompanied, by an older woman managed to' reach the refinery area in a car. Then they tried to -walk to the docks. Stepped by a policeman, the young- girl pleadde: ''Let me go see about my husband, my h'as- (See DISASTER— Paere Two) : Bomb Feared There were some last night who thought Baytown. was beinjf bombed. As. the explosion at the refinery docks occurred, a largo jet was zooming over Baytown. Many thought it had crashed the sound barrier and tan outside for a look. A few seconds.after the blast, the jet circled back, coming in low. More than one veteran Friday morning told of. "Jeelirijf sick in the stomach," and "starting to bite the dirt" as the plane came hack over. - City Manager Lauds All Hands-Baytown Quick To Get Into Action Humble Seeks Cause Of Ship Explosion; Only Two Are Injured Baytown, which for a moment Thursday nighfc felt all the terror and panic that swept Texas City after the disastrous explosion there in 1947. had calmed down Friday morning and.refinery, officials had begun an investigation to determine what caused the.blast, that ripped'open the side of an Essb oil tanker. : ; . Only two. people were Injured in : the explosion which rocked the town at 7:25 p.m. as kerosene was-being loaded into the 3000-barrel compartment of .the Esso Paterson, a 10,000-ton vessel moored to an Humble dock. Chief Mate Howard Mc- Cicy Manager C. D. Middleton this morning expressed gratitude to the various departments, auxiliaries, and individuals who cooperated in coping v,-ith the aftermath of the Thursday night explosions at the Humble ship docks. "The police and fire departments, the Auxiliaries and numerous individuals i-esponded admirsbiy to the call to assist at the scene of the near-disaster at the docks," he said. Middleton .said the police auxiliary threw a cordon around the in denominational church services. Not ihe least of these services will be ihe beautiful Easter cantatas and other musical specials scheduled. During the community sunrise service, which is sponsored by the K.ist Harris County Council of Christian Laymen. background music will be furnished by the Baytown Junior High school band under the direction of Elmer Kargis.. "Era. of Pence Overture" by Kalph B. \Yilliams will be presented by the band. Mrs. LeRoy Gardner, accompanied by Mrs. \V. J. Kilgore. will sing "The Holy City" as another musical special for Ihe service. Revis McGrew. music, and educational director of Wooster Baptist, will lead the singing at this service. (Sec EASTKK—X-.RO Two) Advertisers Please Note The Bnytowii Sim, trying (o give the best possible service to nil advertisers, is announcing a new schedule of deadlines for niJvorltsinjj copy, effective April I: Monday noon for Tuesday. 5 p.m. Monday for Wednesday. 5 p.m. Tuesday for Thursday. 5 p.m. Wednesday ..for Friday. Friday noon for Saturday. 5 p.m. Friday for Monday: There wHl fw, no changes in deadline* for classified advertising. scene arid kept the crowd of cur- osity-seekers, who swarmed to the scene, at bay while emergency vehicles kept the threat of disaster to a minimum. . "I would also like to extend the heart-felt thanks of the city to units in the neighboring cities of La Porte, Galveston, Houston, Beaumont, Texas City, Port Arthur and others who called and offered the services of their facilities and personnel," MSddleton added. Extent of the danger was not im- mediately known when the blasi occurred, .but the cordon was dispersed when the threat of disaster no longer existed, and the numerous members of the day and night crew, and the civil 'defense corps who had been On stand by, released. "Curiosity seekers posed'the^main problem" Middieron said. "They clogged the roads and-streets, impeding the progress of the emergency vehicles, and added the danger of collision," he added. Telephone lines to the police sta- •• - . Law Officers Wait Out Fugitive Cornered In Thicket, Shoots Bloodhounds Sheriff's oficers. Texas Rangers and two carloads of FBI men settled down Friday to wait for two packs of bloodhounds from the Texas prison system to flush a fugitive Tennessee convict-out of the canebreaks and thickets below Casey's ridgrc along- the San. Jacinto river north of Huffman. '. v-h- ,.j;.,Tcd Thomas, aiiaspJATQiis,-TJ[iowi-- : as Bryan, killed one dog and wounded another."with a .22' rifle when A pack was sent in after him' Wednesday and jumped him a half mile from a cabin where he had been hiding, officers saJd. The posse had 'been hunting Thomas since Tuesday night' when he escaped from a New Caney constable who had arrested him for night hunting in a farmer's pasture near New Caney. A routine check of the license number on the car Thomas was driving revealed that it was stolen in Tennessee by an escaped convict. Thomas, surprised in the cabin Wednesday by a Crosby couple who had gone there for an overnight fishing; trip, threatened them with a gun. They fled, and the man notified officers after taking his wife home. Deputy Sheriff J. C. Bickerstaff said the bloodhounds apparently had caught Thomas and "gave him a ba-d time." There were signs of "quite a scuffle, and a man's handprint were on the ground" where the dead hound was found, he said. After Thomas shot the dogs, they never found him again, Eickerstaff said. There are many small cabins along the river at tho point:where Thomas is hiding-. Most of them v.-ere built ,by Houston, Crosby or 'Conroe residents for week-end _ camping-, trips, Thomas might J'hole' • r up'' indefinitely ih '"the cabin's, stores of, food in-thc pantries, ar. of if cor said. :•'•". The fugitive had been living in the- area 'between Huffman, and New Caney for three months or more, \vorking with pulpwood crews and at small. sawmills. He .was well known in the area and had been "going steady-'' with a girl there, the officers learned. Most of the .residents considered .him a. "nice young man" and were surprised when-'-they leearnecf of his, criminal. : .rec'ord, _they, saicL__., : " Since the manhunt "began, people living in the .area have boarded up their houses, set up an armed guard, fearing that Thomas might return, the officers said, 'PUTTING OFF TIME' DONE GONE ON NEW CAR TAGS do today what you can put off until tomorrow." That seems to be the jfeneral theme of many vehicle lic«n.*e plate purchasers in East Harris county, according- to A. B. Collins, deputy tax-assessor collector. However, tomorrow (Saturday) it'll have to be tlonc and th<\ plates displayed on the vehicle by Sunday or you'll violate the law when you drlvff your car. " Lines urc still long and steady at the three Baytmvn and two Lo Porto sales spots, Collins said. The main tax office on West Defe« will l>e open from 8 n.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to help care for the. late comers. Texans Choose Sides In Democratic Split By UNITED VHES S Texas Democrats chose sides Friday in a rapidly developing split between factions of the party led by Gov. Allan Shivers and by Sen. " Lyndon Johnson " (D-Tex.) and House Speaker Sam Rayburn. The El Paso county Democratic executive committee lined up behind Johnson as the proposed lender of the Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention and ns a candidate for president. The group met last night and Thousands On Path Taken By Christ JERUSALEM: —UP— Thousand? of Christians from the East and West trudged in a solemn procession Friday nlong: the route on which Christ carried his cross to Cilvary. The pilgrims, many carrying heavy wooden crosses." commemorated Good Friday by .making their way through the narrow, rough- paved Via Dolorosa in the old city. They started out in the early - KANSAS CITY, Mo. —UP— Of- morninjr darkness at tho first sta- firers whose seeming solution of tion, the practorium where Christ the murder of a small girl disinte- vas sentenced by Pontius Pilate grated dramatically late Thursday to be crucified. began a new hunt Friday—for the Drouth Spreads Over Texas Condition Critical; No Relief Seeen passed a resolution saying it was backing Johnson "as a means of bringing about a united Democratic party in Texas." The action came only a few hours after Shivers and Rayburn exchanged sharply worded statements "in Austin "and Washington, respectively. Rayburn called Shivers an "angry, confused and frustrated man." Shivers fired back that Rayburn (Sco DEMOCRATS—Page Two) tion were- clogged with incoming calls, necessitating the use of neighboring phones by the officials in making caJls. The clogged lines resulted in the decision by Middleton and -Police Chief Roy Montgomery to install an unlisted, private telephone in the station for -use in future emergencies. , Middleton said the number would be revealed only to a few officials, thus insuring a direct .line at all times. . BULLETIN Joe Smith and Mrs. H. M. ^Johnson, Sr. presented a petition to County Judge Bob Casey Friday requesting that an election be called for the purpose of determining whether Highlands shall incorporate.. Little Interest Shown Thus Far In Tuesday Poll There seemed few . indications Friday of anything but a light election nest Tuesday when one new city councilman will be chosen and two others slated to be returned fo^ another two-year term without opposition. There is a three-way campaign being waged—it too is light—with W. C. (Pop) Swain, H. E. AfcKee and Arthur Lindstrom the candidates for the post now held by Milton L. Campbell. Campbell is retiring from the council. Swain is former division manager for the Houston Lighting and Power Co. here. He now is retired. McKee is a former chief of police in, Baytown and is currently engaged in the insurance business here. Lindstrom is an employe of Humble Oil and Refining .Co. The Tuesday winner must get a maorify. In the event there is no majority winner, there will be a runoff between the two high. In Baytown every voter casts a ballot in every race. The town is divided into districts, but the districts only determine the eligibility of candidates to run. Cartney, 31, of Lowell, Mass, suffered a compound fracture of the left leg, possible head anci internal injuries. Seaman Jack I;. Jfotro. 48, of Brooklyn. >~ Y. was suffering from shock and possible internal injuries. McCartney was reported to have been injured when he leaped 30 feet from the main deck of the P.atid'i^n to the dock floor. He is said to be in serious condition. •Motip..bad -no;visible injuries, but complained of severe abdominal pains: An. unidentified seaman said Motro/was "knocked: around: and shook up some'' when the explosion occurred. Two of the -crew-; Donald _ W. Ayres, 30. of Hillville, Va., and James Giteore of "Wilmington, N. C., leaped from the deck into .the •water and were uninjured. They were rescued by someone who threw them a. line and hauled them in, they said. Ayres said'he had. just stepped oat on deck to relieve a", man on watch when "it happened, and I went over the side." The blast -was felt in Galveston, more than 30 miles away, in Highlands and Barbers Hill. Tn less than five minutes, the telephone system was,swamped as hundreds of people in Bay town: attempted to Ic-arn the cause of the' explosion, and dozens tried to call , in- from other towns for the/same-, 'purpose.-'--- '/.=;.,. -.;,,-_._._: • • . • •:' The fire which resulted from the explosion-.was brought xin-der con-: trol in ,30 minutes, : in 90 minutes, it: was out,,. Two other shipe. the Essp; Linden" and the Esso Florence were moored beside the Paterson. The crews on the two undamaged ships turned their fire hoses on the water wlieVe the kerr! ctsene was burning, then tugs moved both the Florence and thfj Linden into the Houston ship channel. "Xormal operations'' at the docks were restored" by 0:30 p.m. officials said. Gordon L. .Famed, plants superintendent at the Baytown refinery, said it may be "some time" before the cause of the blast is known. The explosion occured about 10 minutes after a crew began , pumping kerosene into the port "wing tank," he said 1 . He said only a few hundred gallons of the fuel had been put in the 3,000 gallon compartment at that time. No fire reached the inside'of the ship or tank.- he paid.- because the-fuel spurted through the hole on^to tho water. Famed said.Friday that no effort had yet been made to learn the extent of -damage to the docks. One observer said that he saw a. "big pole" knocked down and "something wont up in the air." The explosion Thursday night was the first since several years ago—before World War II—when a similar accident killed and injured several men aboard the ship. 'Murdered' Three-f ear-Old Sir/ Found Alive And Well Ity VMTKD PIIKSS The Texas drouth was becoming; increasingly painful Friday with no sign of relief in the immediate f»turn. Surface moisture conditions over all the state except the extreme enst was already critical. Crop conditions, especially in the Panhandle antl South Plains area, were becoming; serious. Rainfall was as much as three to five inehcs below normal over much of tho state. Dallas, for instance, hns received only 3.72 inches so far this year, as compared to a norm of 7.SO inches. The same situation exists thnwjrh ninrli of the central, northern and western regions of the state. Strong- March winds and dust storms have dried surface soils and slowed <'!rvdopmcnt of wheat rand other early cropy. Some dust still h-.ing in the nil- over the wes: Friday from the woi'st duster ut - the year earlier this week. The dust/ blowing in from the northwest, cut visibility to zero in West Texas three days ag;o. Five-clay forecasts issued Friday by the U.S. Weather Bureau indicated little or no rain for the stale. Rut pi'ofes.'iional rainmaker Irving P. Krlck. who has a cloud seeding; contract with the city of Eallas, predicts above normal rainfall m North Central Texas during April. A spokesman for Krick's firm said May should bring: about normal rainfall, but warned that a dry summer mie;ht follow. Skies were clear over the state Friday except for patches of fog and low cloiKis atonsr the coast from Pnlacios to Brownsville. suddenly nameless killer of a suddenly nameless child. Three-year-old Shirley Dicus. originally identified by five persons as the child whose badly decomposed body was found in "a wooded area near here, was alive and well. So were her mother and one-year- old sister, for whom officers had feared foul play. "We can only start over." said Col. B. Marvin Casteel of the Jackson county sheriff's office. An immediate check of old leads once discarded was .ordered. Lloyd Dions. 31-year-old former Texas convict who was charged with first degree murder in the death of his daughter, was returned to Kansas City to face bad check charges instead of a murder count. Humble Says Thank You Several comic, sstrip* were omitted from today's Sun in order to f iv«< Hiimbffi Oil sp»<-o in which tft express appreciation for thr cooperation rowivod in la»f nijthf'« explosion nt thv Dorks. DO YOU KNOW.. • How Johnny Podre:. gntn !r>e boil for a ' chongc of pocc" pitch 7 • The secret of Willie Miranda'? omor^ig "snap throws'-? » Hew Richie Aihburr, n-oVc-s rticse dghmmg You'll find out how big league stars play the game-and how you should do if- INSIDE BASEBALL lor Littte Leaguers by Mick«y McConrt*!! Major Ltaguo Scout and Instructor storting MONDAY in the laytnum

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