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Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1931, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT H< ME i noNJ VOLUME L i ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY. MARCH 20, PACES EDITION Of MORMNQ HUHBEK BALCHEN OFF ON FLIGHT TO ARCTIC It- e o Widespread Sabotage Plot Revealed As Big Dirigible Saved Giant Building Program Starts Over U. S. To Wed Texan SHARP REVIVALJCost Of Living Tumbles TVTTrt Sharply; 1926 Dollar Worth Now OF BUSINESS INDICATED Public and Private Building Expenditure Expected to Exceed 7 Billions MUCH AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN ATTEMPTS Fallowing IB the second of Charles F. Ahhotl, promlnfru executive, en l.visintss as they Are today.) BY JAMES 1. KILGALLBN I. K. S. Staff Correspondent. (Copyright, 1931, by I. N. S.) NEW YORK, March mighty construction program is swinging into action through- out the United States, presaging a sharp revival of business in all lines, Charles F. Abbott, ex- ecutive director of the Ameri- can Institute of Steel Construc- tion, declared in an exclusive Mary McC'orinlrk. Amnrlllo, grand interview today, wpera sinprr, q'jnirwlicrp in south- f soon. Scrfie Great Bullying Year "TUis is going to be a great build- rased ;i Nev.vly Iltl'i; rsftilc ns ling Mr. Abbott asserted. He liome siCUr a trip to n. The couple ts-rfiawn "conservatively'' csUmaWd thB.t to page 13, pieaso Victim of Vice? In City Race BY HAItFlV WABD I. N, S. Staff Corresjwndcnt WASHINGTON. March cost of living continues to come down and has reached a point where the purchasing power of (he 1926 dollar was in February, the bureau ol labor statistics announced today. Wholesale prices dropped 2 per- cent jn February from the January level, while the retail cost of food decreased about 41-3 percent, and 17 percent since February a year ago. Effgs Take Worst The largest price decline In re- tail prices was in eggs, which de- clined 25 percent. Lard and onions increased 8 percent; pork chops and potatoes 7 percent; chuck voast and plate beef 5 percent; sirloin and ran rid steak, butter and oleornar-1 garlne 4 percent; rib roast, sliced bacon and ham, hens, cheese, ntivy iwans and oranges 3 percent; fresh I milk, evaporated milk, tread, inaca-j ronl, canned corn and peas, and bananas, one percent. v There was no price change in flour, cornflakes, wheat cercalj rice, cabbage, sugar and raisins. Farm Products Down Wholesale prices or farm prod- ucts as a group decreased 4 1-2 par cent bcTow the January level, due to lower prices for most grains, beef cattle, hogfSj poultry, eggs, hay, onions, potatoes and wool. Eggs in particular showed radical price de- creases In the month. Milk also averaged somewhat lower than In January. Sheep, lambs and cotton, on the other hand, were somewhat higher. Foods were 3 3-4 per cent lower than in January, with declines fresh and cured meats, lard, dressed poultry, dried fruits, coffee and sugar. Butter and flour in most markets showed little change, but- ter becoming firmer arid Hour prices weaker toward the end of the. month. Both butter and eggs in February were at lower levels than at any time since pre-war days. NEGWSFATE NEARINGJURY Albert Proud of Bargain, But It Proves Freakish HAMMOND, Ind., March (AP) Alhcrt "Scotl" Burgess knows a bargain wlirn he sees one. HD bonghb six pairs of pants for 51.89 from a peddler and then hurried over to the police station to tell Jjis police friends. a great he said. "Imajrinc, they only cost 31 cents a .piece." T li c n his Scottish chuckle turnert fnto a groan when he tried to dlgr Ills hands deeply into the pockets of a pair of his new pants. asked a policeman, is Hie lie said, "except they: forgot to stitch up the and I lost I put In one of them.1' Reputed Red Confesses Plan To Wreck Pleads Not Guilty in Court CANDIDATES IN LOCAL RACES PLACED Drawing Held at City Hall as Good Humor Flows Freely Among Aspirants C.L. WEST FOR COMMISSIONER Candidates for city office an even score, count met this morning n Mayor Hayden's office to draw for places on the official ballot for the municipal election of Tuesday, April 7. "It was a great said the mayor heartily. He is not a candi- date himself. "Abilene has always followed the wise course of keeping down cliques and factional politics, CLEVELAND, March of the alleged plot to wreck the giant dirigible Akron'' was the outgrowth of an investigation of an alleged widespread sabotage plot against aircraft in this ccmntry, it was revealed, here today. September Crash C, F. Barndt, general manager of the Great Lakes Aircraft Corpora- tion, said the crash of a navy bomb- ing plane at San Diego, September 28, I930f started, the investigation which was climaxed at Akron last night with the arrest of Paul F. Kassay and his alleged confession WASHINGTON. March 20. A jman who took only' 48 hours lo prove he favored the Ideas of at Jeast 1 G7.COO farmers was appointed yes- terday to the federal farm board. His commission places Sam H. Thompson on the board which he sought for seven years to establish with enactment of the agricultural of plans to wreck the huge dirigi- ble. On Farm Board AVIATOR WOULD AID VICTIMS OF WRECK Trio in Party Hop From Boston For Northland in Starch of Shipwreck marketing act, now a Jaw for 20 mouths. 48 Hour Effort. Back in 1924, Thompson appeared before the house agriculture com- mittee to speak for the McNary- Haugen equalization fee bin. His right to represent Illinois farmers was challenged. He left town and in two days returnee! to Chicago with signatures en a petition ashing the bill be passed, He testi- fied, The appointment of Thompson. who was elected to presidency ot the American farm bureau federa- tion for three terms, was announced One of the pilots of the bombtiigiat ihe While House after President, plane was Killed the'shln mys- Hoover had deRWtett (or his Carlb- ter.lously crashed. IVwas The' built and dell vered las t spring by the Great Lakes Company In S ubseqitent i n Vestlga tlon sh owed that some one had weakened the wings so that eventually they would collapse. Two planes which already bad passed rigid factory inspection were lound to be defective. Reputed Red Held AKRON, March nlot to wreck the giant dirigible world's most formidable fighting ship being built here for the U. S. navy, was exposed today with the alleged confession of Paul F. Kassay, 3T> reputed communist And war-time captain in the Aus- tin-Hungarian navy. Kassay, trapped by department of ITum to page 13, Col. 5, please) U. S. Naval Station Accepts Two Men Two men, Lloyd Frost of Abilene and Carl Perry Williams of iSlaton, were accepted here Thursday at the United State.s navy recruiting station, and -sent to Dallas for ap- proval. If the two are enlisted at Dallas, had signed the'commission before he left so Thompson's job begins invncdlately. He fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Alexander Legge as chairman and the appoint- ment of James C. Stone to that po- sition. Champ Eon ot Farmer. Ever a champion of the soil tnler Thompson contends the present condition of agriculture Is largely responsible for the depression. If agriculture can be restored to pros- perity, he said, In accepting the new work, business in general will be re- juvenated. He is a protagonist of cooperative farm organizations. For seven years he urged passage of the marketing act and other leg- islation he thought remedial. His theories were based on experience since he born In Adams coun- ty, Illinois, in 1863 and started with an BO-aere farm which now covers 500 acres and Is being run under his supervision by a son. Munday Firm Asks TWO EYE WITNESSES TELL jand the fine spirit manifested hers OF COWBOY'S SLAYING IN AMARILLO HOTEL SARI H; THOMPSON T. V. WOODRUFF SUCCUMBS AT SWEETWATER Prominent West Texas Lawyer Found Dead in Home; Rites Set for Saturday Voluntary peitlon In bankruptcy has been filed here In United States district court by Heard Smith, I T. Vardeman proml- j nent West Texas criminal lawyer 1 and former Abllenian, died early today in his home at Sweetwater, where he had lived for many years. Mr. Woodruff was found dead at 4 o'clock by his wife, vrho alarmed no more men will be accepted at Inc., hardware concern of Munday. wno the Abrtcnc station until April 1.] The scncdule, filed by C. G. Whit- nelghbors and called a doctor u [U was announced by F. P. Ivans, i ten. attorney for the firm lists the was reporterl from Swcetwnter that was demonstrated this morning when I gunners' mate first claf-s, who i's the' i corporation's liabilities at Belief that Georgia Gray, pretty Ted-hatred above, who recently gave testimony in New- York's vice scandal, died In a New York hospital for the same reason that Vivian Gordon, vice Inform- er, was slain, has prompted an autopsy on tho girl's bo3y. Miss Gray died under mysterious clr- I-asl month she damaging testimony against Leigh Ilalpcm, former vice squad patrol- man, charged with vice graft. First Events of County Athletic Meet Saturday First athletic events on the Tay- lor county Interscholastlc meet pro- gram ar? scheduled here Saturday, nil of them to be held on tho Sim- mons unlvetslty campus. Tennis svill be tte- principal se- nior event, and W. C. McKCnzle AMARILLO, March rye witnesses to the slaying of WOULD CHANGE PERSONNEL j 'W" Moore, ranch employee AND PROCEDURE OF TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE I who was shot to death in tho lobby ot a local hotel early on the morn- J Ing of March 4, took the stand to- !day In the trial ol Will Moore, negro Just ahead of Hid deadline on; hotel porter, to corroborate stories Illlnir for city office, c. L. West.! related yesterday by two compan- heacl or the West Audit company, ions of the slain youth. j the candidates got together. They.' local recruiting officer, slapped one another on tho backj and exchanged congratulations in t advance." 1 It wns the first city dran-ine which all candidates were present.! Tiic number this year is a. record-! breaker, too. 'and assets at THREE DIE AS TWISTER WRECKS PART OF OKLAHOMA TOWN today announced his candidacy for Tile witnesses, W. H. Bethany, city City Commissioner, Place 2. clccMcian, and a. Kelly stout, of will oppose the Incumbent. J, N.I Dalhart, were called to the stand Fergerson, and W. Victor vvjien the defense resied after using county alhlctic- director, states that there nil! be more entries In the make. to since 1918. and, In his ftnnounce- nient, said he had two promises to use my Influence to make the oflicc of tax collector and assessor elective. If unsuccessful in this nttcmpt I shall use all rny influence to ch.inec this department completely, both ns to personnel and procedure: and it shall not be the duty of the manager of this denc-rt- ment to supervise the auditing of the city records. Second, that the people of Abi- lene advised at all times of the proceedings of the council I do not favor secret scs- meetings. slon; mltrc Affairs. prletress. The state scored heavily In Its at- tempt to tear down the claims of the accused nesro, who told on the stand yesterday of being attacked in the hotel lobby by four cowboys, Including Pete Moore. The case closed it.? case at o'clock, but the defense which had rested but an hour before declined to close, asking the court to grant time for other witnesses to arrive. A recess was granted and Judge Henry S. Bishop began preparing his charge. in the case will be held this afternoon. N'eff nlot Quelled. JGLIET. 111., March 20. Asserting that "I am not In favor) new riot In the Statcvllle penltcn- or a. city manner at this time. Wc hnve already 'olt lllc of one tlnry was riiipjlcrt quickly today. Prisoners in cell home "F" Ballol. Resulting from the drawing, names of candidates will appear on the ballot In this order: O. Massey, D. H. Jcf- fcries, Hill P. Simmons, Lee R. York, R c. Winters. COMMISSIONER, Place E. Desdemona Also Struck by Cyclone and Oil Derricks, Schools i And Business Houses Damaged; No One Hurt I he had beer, taken to his home at a. m., following a collapse in a restaurant; and this afternoon an Inquiry was under way under di- rection of George Outlaw, county attorney oE Nolan county. Outlaw was taking statements from men, friends of Mr. Woodruff, who has been with him earlier in the eve- ning. It wns announced the funeral will BOSTON, March aerial relief expedition, headed by Brant Balohen, fa- mous aviator, took off from the Boston airport today on ths first leg of a flight to New- foundland to search for surviv- ors of the wrecked sealing ship Viking. Handy Enslow, relief pilot, was at the controls. The big twin-motored Biko- rosky amphibian plane carried, besides Balchen and Enslow, Merion Cooper of New York, who organised the expedition. Northeast Headwind. The take-off was made under gray skies and In the face of a northeast wind, wWclv ilppeajrfd be The Idlers .rstlrn.iled. It .take them phis half hours to reach St. Johns, New Brunswick, which was expected to be the first stop. The plane carried 433 gallons of gasoline and 100 pounds ot concen- trated food, medical equipment and supplies. AJI Hope Gone. ST. JOHN'S, N. P., March 20. Captains of sealing vessels reported to St. Johns today they had search- ed every foot of ice wlthta 23 miles ot tho scene of the Viking disaster without finding a trace of the 28 men still missing. They declared further search useless. Air expeditions, it was felt here, would needlessly endanger the lives' of fliers and would accomplish nothing. All except the most seriously in-. Jured of the 127 survivors had been transferred from Horse Island to the sealer Sagona today. Another Boat Sinks. ST. JOHN'S, N. P., March 20. (if} motor sealer, Sir William, one of the fleet of which the wrecked sealer Viking was a member, sank 15 miles northeast of Horse Island this morning, according to advices received here. The crew reached the steamship Eagle safely. The cre'v of the Sir William abandoned ship and reached the Eagle, another sealing ship, in two dories. They fired the ship before leaving her so she would not be- come n. derelict and a menace to navigation. be trom the at w clock Saturday morning. Son of rioncer judsc Mr. Woodruff was born June 3 Agents From Make Abilene Visit E. N. Hohngreen, poultry specialist of Texas A. M.. find T. B. Wood. CLINTON. Otla.. March 20, his motlier, Mrs. Louise 1886, at Ansoli, the son of C. P. i Torn by spring's first tornado, clln-1 Anderson, were carried nearly in Woodruff, a famous criminal law-i district farm agent from tho college ton counted three dead and a score block by the wind. They died short-1 yer and jurist of West Texas. His I spent yesterday in Abilene. Meyer, unas. gammons, w. injured as national guardsmen pro-; iy, afterward, Charles Collins, Mrs, Lou Ccckrcll Wood-' The two held special conferences Bi-anlcy. n. S. Kirk. i tected its wind-ravaged homes. electrician, stood on R wet board m' ruff, was a daughter of the latu J. i with Miss Caroline C'OMMtSSIONER, Place L.j A twister swooped down on Ihej he pulled a high voltage wire from' V. Cockrcll of Abilene, former dls- ''or county )iomc demonstration as- West, W. Victor Womack, J. M.! western edge of this western Okla-' the of pedestrians. Knocked] Irict judge and member of and Farm Agent c. Mete (Newt) T'ergerson. i licma city last evening, tosstnif a: to the ground, he arose and toln.giefis. Heald. COMMISSIONER. Place A.1 grocery store and Us occupants a! Mends, "I'm nil right." Then Uc fell dead. Miller, J. Hughes, Heavy Clark, C. L. Johnson. 1 COMMISSIONER, Place 4. -W. C. Scott, J. F. Morrison. j CHIEF OF POLICE W. F. (FrankJ wiialey, Hunk Slblcy. j Petitions Out. j Tn accordance with Ihe law, petl-1 tloas were bcinp circulated today for for each aspir- ant, to make his candidacy legal. Tills job is being done under direc- tion of the n.ayor, who says it is his farewell gift, Tha number of signatures, or must be equpl to five per cent ol ihe total vote cast at the! OESDEMON'A DAMAGED RESDEMONA, Mar. 20. (AP) Desdemona carpenters had pros- pect of hard work today as res- idents surveyed damage caused by a tornado late yesterday. No one was Injured but about 20 oil derricks were leveled by the twister, (lie Slantl.irri NO. 6 gasoline plant and a new school building were damaged consid- erably; several business houses were damaged lo varying extents and numerous residences were unroofrd. Ifa'l and heavy rain added to the toss. from the Abilene high school in 1903, Mr. Woodruff went j to the Universtly of Texas, taking: (Turn lo pasc 13, Col. 6. plcoscj Scarcely had the twister passed when Clinton began relief work. Ed McCtaln. Red Crow field rep- resentative, took charge. Neighbors cared for those whoso hojne.s were' wrecked. Two score national guards- men, under Captain George Han- na, school superintendent, nacrd littered streets through Ihe BO a safeguard to property Jcft ex- posed by the wind. Six, Including Miss LHHe Ander- j -The Jury trying Harry O. Jones] son and hsr brother A. E. Ander-1 of McCamey, Texas, for the murder son, children o: the elderly victim." brother Carl on a farm near were In hospitals. Mrs. Sams.} Arkansas City, Knsf.. was a customer In the grocery, had bo'.h' cd last "tent after five hours de- The Weather I Jury Dismissed In Jones Trial WTNFIELD. Kas., March 20.--( last city election, which means 125 biock. wrecking part of a school va-i arms broken Others more severely liberation. The jurors convinced will be needed. i catcd by several hundred people just j hurt include''. Mrs. J. O. Mercer.. Judge O. P. Fuller of the district. .._....... ___ Midnight tomorrow Is dc-ndlliic for; nil hour before, nnvooflnj; houses; Mrs. J. T. Davis and I.. E. Jenkins there was no hope of a vcr- 'scvcral divisions- of court play than mall's supremacy ul the manage- j to escape from their cells but no; cntidldaics' filings. If uny addl-jaml lifting others elf their The tornado, a Rieat funnel-like ever before. Playground ball, which ment of our cily tho can... prisoners wcie released. The -lls- tlonal rill.igs arc made or to-, lions. cloud, twirled out'of Ihe south I wlll be on field. dtdfttc saldi and volley ball, lo be run off In the Corral, aac the other contests. I believe that the po-i turbancc consisted principally of morrow, another drawing will be re- Estimates placed Ihe dannise the wake of a deluge and cut n path court there was diet. John T'cllen Jones, father of the lice department should be under breaking of class In'the cell birsj quired, but only for the office to From the croccry A. W.; three blocks (Turn to p-igc 13. Col. 5, plcaso and yelling and cursing. (which the newcomer i Anderson, 51, tlie proprietor, and) long. wide brothers, previously convicted of second dcgrc-c murder in conncc- i Uon the slnying.
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