The Taylor Daily Press (Taylor, Tex.), Vol. 48, No. 2, Ed. 1 Tuesday, December 20, 1960 Page: 1 of 6
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Cold and windy Tuesday night. Wednesday fair and
cold. General freeze Wednesday night.
Today’s Range: 39-56. Tomorrow’s Range: 28-42.
Yesterday’s High: 70. Rainfall: 0.
Tomorrow’s Sunrise: 7:24 a.m. Sunset: 5:34 p.m.
Moonrise Today: 9:21 a.m. Moonset Wed.: 9:33 p.m.
Lake Levels: Travis 672.84’. Buchanan 1009.98’.
U.S. Weather Bureau Forecast
for Taylor and Williamson County
Volume 48, Number 2
TAYLOR, TEXAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1960
Price Five Cents
MOSCOW UP) — The Soviet gov-
ernment today presented a record
peacetime budget of 77.5 billion
new rubles to finance 8.8 per
cent increase in industrial output
Finance Minister Vasilli Garbu-
zov told applauding deputies of
the Supreme Soviet, the Soviet
arliament, that defense expendi-
tures are being cut “thanks to
:ie unilateral reduction of the So-
viet armed forces.” They make
up 11.9 per cent of the total budg-
et, compared to 12.9 per cent for
Garbuzov said, however, defense
costs will remain relatively high
“until agreement on general and
full disarmament can be
The 1961 cost of the armed
forces was put at 9.22 billion new
rubles. The Soviet Union has de-
clared that the new ruble, to be-
come effective Jan. 1, will be
worth $1.11. Though the old ruble
as officially valued at 25 cents,
the new ruble is rated as con-
taining 10 old ones.
The record budget therefore is
equivalent to 775 billion old rubles
and the defense budget equals
92.25 billion old rubles.
Western experts usually figured
the worth of the old ruble at 10
cents—the rate the Soviet govern-
ment gave to foreign tourists —
or less. But Western experts con-
sider that Soviet military budget
figures are highly misleading
since many items of armament
production are included in allot-
ments for ostensibly civilian pro-
Premier Khrushchev studied the
figures in a light blue notebook
as Garbuzov pointed out that the
total budget is 6.7 per cent higher
than last year’s previous record
of 745.8 billion old rubles. The
i960 defense budget was 96.1 bil-
ion old rubles.
LOS ANGELES ® — Haasan
Zeghabe, an admitted bank rob-
ber awaiting sentencing, is home
for Christmas—thanks to a letter
from his daughter, 11, to a kindly
“Is it okay if my daddy can
come home for Christmas Eve
and Christmas Day?” Nadya Ze-
ghabe asked Judge Thurmond
Clarke in her letter.
“We haven’t never been sepa-
rated on Christmas, and daddy is
not really a bad guy. He just
did it because everybody had
been mean to him.
“Yasmeen, our baby, really
misses him. She always goes
around saying daddy, daddy, dad-
dy, all the time. I promise I will
do anything you want if you’ll
just let him come home. That
would be all I would want for
Judge Clarke temporarily set
aside $20,000 bail and let Zeghabe
go home Monday but cautioned
him to return to jail next Wednes-
MOVING PLANS—W. A. “Jack” Carter (second
from right) discusses with local officials Kerr-Ban
Mfg. Company’s move to Taylor in the near future.
In the background workers are unloading first
lumber to be used in the manufacture of furniture
in the local plant. Left to right: Kenneth Mann,
incoming president of the Chamber of Commerce;
John Smith, outgoing chamber president; Jack Tits-
worth, president of the Industrial Foundation;
Carter; and Les Box, manager of the Chamber of
—Taylor Press Staff Photo
Kerr-Ban Gets Ready
To Make Taylor Move
Kerr-Ban Mfg. Co. hopes to
be in production in the new Tay-
lor plant early in January, per-
haps by the end of the first week
of the new year, if weather per-
W. A. “Jack” Carter, secretary
and general manager, said yes-
terday plans are being made to
start moving equipment by truck
from Kerrville on Dec. 27, just
two days after Christmas.
Overall production within a few
weeks will double that of the
Kerrville plant, Carter said.
Whereas, the company is making
approximately 1,000 living room
tables a day in Kerrville 1,500
will be turned out daily in Tay-
In addition a combined total of
500 desks and bookcases, two
new items which were never
made at Kerrville, will be pro-
duced at tli ebig Taylor plant on
the Allison Industrial tract.
Meantime, the big 442-by-100
foot steel building is nearing com-
pletion here. “We ought to com-
plete everything by the end of the
week, weather permitting,” Car-
The building itself is complete.
Workers are finishing up electri-
cal work. The office will be paint-
ed and the office floor will be
laid within the next few days.
And the city is rebuilding the
gravel road that leads into the
plant site from. Highway 79 east
of Taylor. The Industrial Foun-
dation is responsible for' the gra-
vel and roadwork in the imme-
diate plant area.
Carter said the firm would hire
at least 50 local people—probably
more—right away. All of the com-
pany’s regular employees, 48 of
them, are moving to Taylor from
LATE NEWS BRIEFS
By( THE ASSOCIATED CRESS
NATIONAL SECURITY OVERHAUL IS URGED
WASHINGTON — “The niew president should undertake
a major overhaul” of the National Security Council, the
top-secret board that advises the president on matters of
national life or death. This was urged by Sen. Henry M.
Jackson (D-Wash.), chairman of the Senate subcommittee
on national policy machinery.
$21 MILLION TEXAS DAM IS APPROVED
AUSTIN — The Board of Water Engineers has approved
a proposed dam and reservoir on the Colorado River between
La Grange and Columbus. Estimated cost of the 22-mile
long reservoir is $21,69 million. The Lower Colorado River
Authority would operate the reservoir after it is built, and
eventually would repay part of the cost.
U.S. ‘IN DARK’ ON ISRAEL ATOMIC REACTOR
WASHINGTON — The State Department says Israel is
keeping the United States in the dark about the reported
building of a large atomic reactor. There have been uncon-
firmed reports that Israel has developed a reactor that
could lead to the production of nuclear bombs.
LAST REBEL LEADERS IN ETHIOPIA SOUGHT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Soldiers searched the moun-
tains today for two brothers, the only chief rebel leaders
still at large after the abortive attempt to dethrone Emperor
Haile Selassie. The hunt was on for Brigadier Mengeistu
Naway and his younger brother, Giirmay. They reportedly
fled to the nearby Emboko Mountains.
ASSEMBLY DEADLOCKED ON CONGO CRISIS
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — The U.N. General Assem-
bly ran into a paralyzing deadlock on the Congo crisis today
when it was unable to agree* on either of two rival proposals
before it. The secretary-general appealed for continued co-
operation of all countries.
Kerrville to continue their asso-
ciation with Kerr-Ban.
The general manager said
everyone is coming to Taylor ex-
cept two parttime workers.
(See MOVE, Page 6)
SHOP FOR GIFTS
IN OUR AD PAGES
Auto Plant Converted
Into Segregated School
NEW ORLEANS UP) — At 8:45
each morning, about 250 children
line up to go school in, an old
From all outside appearances,
that is. Inside the concrete block
and corrugated iron building —
once an automobile engine re-
building plant — the eight new
classrooms of the St. Bernard 'Pri-
vate- School shine spotlessly.
Probably none of the children
realize it, but they troop into
something of an educational mar-
Parents—determined their chil-
dren would not attend integrated
schools — transformed the huge
hall in less than one month.
Banks of fluorescent lamps
flooded the classrooms, each coh-
taining 35 desks in prim rows.
Decorated Christmas trees
leaned precariously in corners.
Santa Claus and holly wreaths
lined the blackboards. Broadlined
school notebooks lay on some of
the desks with painfully formed
ABCs on some.
An old - fashioned school bell
called the children to attention.
Tiny fingers pulled at zippers of
leather jackets, and little shoes
stuck against the new gray paint
of the concrete corridors.
Supt. Joseph Davies of St. Ber-
nard Parish schools displayed the
“It’s far from being a barn,
isn’t it?” he asked Associated
Armand Duvio, a plumber by
trade and a segregationist by
choice, smiled broadly, his hands
rammed deeper in his pockets. It
was Duvio who fathered the
school when William Frantz and
McDonogh No. 19 were integra-
ted Nov. 14 under federal court
“This wasn’t any job by jack-
leg carpenters, electricians or do-
it-yourself painters,” Davies said.
“These were professional men, as
good as any we would have hired
had the job been on a contract
Workmen on their own time-
men whose children would have
been forced to attend Frantz or
McDonogh—did the work. The
job is professional, no doubt
(See PLIANT, Page 1)
To be Named
Naming of the Duck captaihs
for 1961 and a talk by the head
coach at Baylor University will
highlight the annual Taylor Duck
football banquet Thursday at 7:30
p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The new captains will replace
Budgie Ford, Darrell Mott and I.
The speaker will be Coach
John Bridges. His subject is un-
announced. Coach Bridges Bay-
lor Bears have a record of eight
wins and two losses for the year
and will play Florida in the Ga-
tor Bowl Dec. 3L
Bridges formerly was defensive
coach for the professional Balti-
NEW YORK UP) — A Naval
Court of Inquiry is being con-
vened immediately to investigate
the disastrous fire that killed 46
persons aboard the huge aircraft
carrier Constellation, the Navy
A spokesman said the three
members of the court and a coun-
sel and assistant counsel already
were on their way here. The in-
quiry will open immediately on
The senior member of the court
will be Vice Adm. Bernard L.
Austin, president of the Naval
War College at Newport, R. I.
Rear Adm. Kcnmore M. Mc-
Manes, commandant of the 6th
Naval District, with headquarters
in Charleston, S. C., and Rear
Adm. Floyd B. Schultz, assistant
chief of the Bureau of Ships
in Washington are the other
Navy Secretary William B.
Franke also flew here today from
Washington to make a personal in-
spection of the damaged vessel ;
and then talk with survivors.
Damage to the mammoth car- . <
rier, under construction in the
Brooklyn Navy Yard, was esti-i t
mated by the Navy at $75 mil-p 1
lion. All of the loss will be 1
borne by the Navy.
A spokesman for the Navy said
the work was being done by civil- *
ian workers paid by the Navy and .
working under Navy supervision, j
No insurance was carried on the
The Navy set the death toll in
the blaze Monday at 46 although i
police earlier had said it might!:
reach 56. Police had listed 10
workmen missing in addition to
the known 46 dead.
Gen. Elwocd R. Quesada, Fed-
eral Aviation Agency administra-
tor, said Monday in Washington
that the jet was 11 miles from
where it should have been when
it collided with the TWA plane.
Quesada said he had informed
President Eisenhower of this, add-
ing that he also had told the
President one of two electronic
navigation aids aboard the DC8
was out of commission at the
But this should not have caused
the jet plane to stray from its
course, and it should not have
been over Staten Island when the
collission occurred, he said.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. UP)
—A U.S. mian-in-space capsule
was returned here today after a
successful 16-minute, 4,000-mile-an
hour rocket ride. Scientists be-
gan an examination to determine
how well it survived: the flight.
If the study shows that the one-
ton space craft came through
Monday’s jarring trip as plan-
ned, the United States will have
taken a big step toward launch-
ing a man on a short space
ride, possibly within four months.
A helicopter transferred the
bell-shaped space chamber to
the Cape from the aircraft car-
rier Valley Forge which steamed
within a few hundred yards of
this test center.
The helicopter was the same
which plucked the capsule from
the water 235 miles down range
and deposited it on the flight
deck of the Valley Forge.
Newsmen were given a close
look at the capsule, which ap-
peared to have sustained little
damage from the Redstone-boost-
er rocket trip that took it 135
miles into space.
The white letters “United
States” on the side of the capsule
were slightly scorched by the 600-
degree heat which built up on
the surface during re-entry to
the earth’s atmosphere and' one
small side porthole was broken.
Otherwise, officials said it was
in excellent condition.
The helicopter was piloted by
Lt. Wayne Koons Of Lyons, Kan.
Copilot was Capt. Allen K. Dan-
iel Jr. of Greenwood, Miss. They
are members of Marine Air
Group 262, Jacksonville, N. C.
An 83 - foot Redstone missile
boosted the space chamber aloft.
A parachute eased its descent.
After officials of the National
Aeronautics and Space Adminis-
tration give the capsule a thor-
(See CAPSULE, Page 6)
- Degree Freeze
As Fronts Arrive
A hard, 28-degree freeze is fore-
cast for the Taylor-Williamson
County area tonight.
One cold front chased another
into Texas today, bringing a pro-
mise of light snow in the Pan-
handle by afternoon and freezing
weather in all parts of the state
If the 28-degree freeze mater-
ializes, it will be the coldest
weather of the season.
The local forecast calls for cold
and windy weather Tuesday
night. Wednesday will be fair
and cold. Today’s low was 39
and will be followed by a pre-
dicted high of 56. Maximum Wed-
nesday will be 42 degrees.
Apparently the norther will be
a dry one.
Leading the way was a mass of
colder air from the Pacific. By
daybreak its leading edge had
pushed southward as far as a
line from the Dallas-Fort Worth
area through San Angelo to the
west, the Associated Press said.
Hard on the heels of the first
front was a chillier second blast.
It had reached the Texas Pan-
handle and was expected to over-
take and merge with the first in
South Texas by Tuesday evening.
Light rain already was falling
at Amarillo and elsewhere in the
Panhandle before dawn. The
Weather Bureau looked for light
snow in the Panhandle during the
afternoon and night.
There also was light rain or
drizzle before daybreak far across
the state around Beaumont, Luf-
kin and Galveston, along or near
the upper Texas coast. Fog mixed
with drizzle at Lufkin and Gal-
veston. Heavy fog the day before
(See FREEZE, Page 6)
AUSTIN UP) — Four “veterans
House members” have pledged
support to Rep. James A. Tur-
man of Gober in his race for
speaker in the 57th Legislature,
Turman said Monday.
Turman said Reps. James Cot-
ten of Weatherford, W. W. Glass
cf Jacksonville, Dewitt Hae of
Corpus Christi and O. H. Schram
of Taylor authorized him to dis-
close their support.
Both Turman and his opponent,
Rep. Wade Spilman, of McAllen,
have claimed victory.
The House speaker will be elect-
ed as the Legislature convenes
Some Still Missing
Death Count Reaches
46 in Carrier Blaze
NEW YORK m — Navy offi-
cials today placed at 46 the death
toll in a fiery disaster aboard
the giant aircraft carrier Constel-
Police earlier had said the count
might reach 56 but the Navy dis-
counted this. The police had list-
ed 10 workmen missing in addi-
tion to the known 46 dead.
Hov/ever, Navy authorities said
10 of those who perished had not
yet been identified and they ap-
parently were being erronously
listed as missing.
The Navy said a search of the
carrier’s fire-blackened passage-
ways was all but ended.
The fire, which raged out of
control most of Monday and into
Total nonfarm employment in
the Taylor area at the end of
November stood at 2,950, accord-
ing to W. D. McDougald, area
manager of the Texas Employ-
This is a decrease of 75 from
the prior month and a drop of
100 from the same month a year
The number of active jobseek-
ers now stands at 492, McDoug-
ald said. This is an increase of
88 from October, 1960, and an
increase of 184 over November,
One hundred and twenty new
applications for work were made
in November. The number of new
applications the prior month was
105 and last year at this time
McDougald said 326 persons
are claimants for unemployment
insurance. That’s 118 more than
a month ago and 159 more than
a year ago.
The TEC office in November
placed 46 people in nonfarm jobs,
compared with 68 placed a month
ago and 95 a year ago.
Only two workers were placed
in farm jobs, compared with 17
placed a month ago, four a year
McDougald said the increase
in jobseekers are the result of
layoffs in manufacturing indus-
tries and construction both local-
ly and in other areas.
-' " * 'V, J ",;-
the night, crippled the world’s
largest aircraft carrier afloat, and
struck a serious blow at Amer-
ica’s defense plans.
Naval authorities in Washington
said they had counted on, having
the Constellation ready for use as
an attack carrier by mid-1961.
Only a ship of its general size
can handle adequate numbers of
the heavy jet planes the Navy
uses for its striking arm.
Rear Adm. Schuyler Pyne, com-
mandant of the Brooklyn Navy
Yard, in which the Constellation
was berthed, estimated that the
fire set back completion of the
ship by about a year. He estimat-
ed the damage at $75 million.
The Constellation, launched Oct.
8, was scheduled for commission-
ing sometime in March.' Its total
cost was about $250 million.
It was the second major disaster
to hit Brooklyn in three days. Last
Friday a United Airlines DC8 jet
and a TWA Super Constellation
collided in the New York area,
killing at least 135 persons.
The jet slammed into a Brook-
lyn residental area, killing 84 in
the plane and 5 on the ground.
Two more are still missing
The Navy said firmly, however,
that there was “nothing suspi-
cious” about the carrier blaze. It
started this way: A small hoist-
ing truck sheared off a plug on
a 500-gallon tank of jet fuel. The
fluid flowed down a bomb elevator
and into a well in which a welder
was at work.
The resulting fire took a fright-
ful human toll. In addition to the
dead, at least 150 were burned or
otherwise injured in the steel-
jacketed turnace that was the
Constellation. Forty - three were
All the dead were part of a
4,000-man civilian work force. A
(See COUNT, Page 6)
ONE OF MANY—This little Taylor boy is desperately in need of a new pair
of shoes, not only to keep him warm but also to mend his broken pride. He
is one of many in the Taylor area who will receive shoes now and through the
year through the Kiwanis Club and your gifts to the shoe fund. Ninety-nine
pairs of shoes were distributed in the past two years. Taylor police department
is serving as collection agency. If you would make a contribution call EL2-4324
and a policeman will pick it up. Or you may mail your contribution to the
police department, Box 1159. —Tayior press staff photo
BEAUMONT, Tex. (J*) — Legis-
lators engaged in a widening
probe of vice conditions invited
eight public officials to appear
before them today in what they
described as an executive in-
The Texas House General In-
vestigating Committee has been
digging into what its vice chair-
man, Rep. Tom James of Dallas,
described as flourishing criminal
activities since # Texas Rangers
staged gambling raids at seven
places here Dec. 3.
James disclosed plans Mon-
day for the conference with Dist.
Judge Owen M. Lord, Dist. Atty.
Ramie H. Griffin and six peace
officers from Beaumont and
neighboring Port Arthur.
The Dallas lawmaker said oth-
ers invited to the conference are
Jefferson County sheriff C. H.
Meyer, police chief Jim Mulligan
and chief of detectives Jim Staf-
ford of Beaumont, and police
chief G. B. Douglas, assistant po-
lice chief D. P. Moore and con-
stable O’Neil Provost, all of Port
James has said the crime-bust-
ing legislative committee holds
evidenoe of flagrant gambling,
prostitution and traffic in dope
and liquor in his populous South-
east Texas area. He declared
these operations appeared to pos-,
sess “virtual immunity from pros-
The House committee, headed
by Rep. Minton Murray of Har-
lingen, directed James and the
group’s general counsel, Dallas
lawyer David Witts, to proceed
with a full-scale probe in this
area after a Dec. 10 session in
James said at least four of the
committee’s five members would
be present for the closed confer-
ence with officials invited to ap-
pear. Already here with him Mon-
(See PROBE, Page 6)
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