Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1935, Abilene, Texas 'f IF AIR pi 'te gbflme Baity "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron RON I VOL. LV. Full Leased Wirtltf Associated Press United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY, OCTOBER PAGES (Evening Edition of The AbBene Morning News) NUMBER 102 House Reconsidering Liquor Vote Nations Move For Mutual-Aid Pledge Roosevelt Tells of Farm Plans PMldent KooKvdt M Fremont, Neb, briefly durinc hli around tbe country and fcocUtatd tbe farm procrani. The pruHuil b ihown here be nude hb aMren at Fremont. Ai- Mdated Frwi irCaJled In Chain Probe; Patman 'Ends His Inquiry l.-m-A. senate Investigating-committee today or- dered former Senator C. Purl of Dallas subpoenaed to testify concerning Oils lobbying activities In of chalh stores. Purl failed to appear In response to ah Invitation to testify. Previously the committee reviow- correspondence obtained by a congressional committee of _Ptirl to Pickets' And 'Police In Minor Clashes In Gulf Ports NEW ORLEAI'.a, Oct. Union longshoremen struck today In four gulf ports, menacing sea, traf- fic of the nation on both coasts as well as throughput the gulf. While pickets swarmed over docks in New Orleans, Mobile, Fensacolo. and Gulfport and police organized to prevent violence, Assistant Sec- retary of Labor Edward P. Mcnra- dy flew toward Los Angeles to pre- vent the spark of strife from spread- Return Would Assist England If Fleet Were Attacked; leaders In Discussion PARIS. Oct. tain and France moved a stage nearer to complete unity today in the face of the growing men- ace of wax, and an official spokesman said, the chances were three to one that France would support Britain. PARIS, Oct. 1 was officially disclosed today to be bargaining for assistance from Great'Britam agninst Ger- many, if France were attacked by air, in exchange for aid against Italy if the British fleet were attacked in the Medlter- i ranean. 'Cabinet Decision Premier Pierre Laval, after re- turnlrtg from Geneva, talked with the British ambassador to Prance, Sir George Russell Clerk, but an answer to London inquiries con- cerning France's attitude in the event of a Mediterranean conflict was ,to be decided by the cabinet later- -'Officials Jihat Prance would assure Its attacked while enforcing league ol nations recommendations, but said they were likely 'to leave open the question'ot cooperating with Britain In other circumstances prom- ised British ajd In case of a Ger- man attack. French authorities expressed doubt that.Britain would attempt a blockade In 'an Italo-Ethlopian conflict without a league of nations See PLEDGE, Page B, Col. 8 Italy's Consuls Are Ordered To Leave African Provinces ADDIS ABABA. Oct. Igi Vincl-Glgllucci, Italian minister to Lthlopia, today ordered the five Italian consulates in Aduwa and Hart provinces to evacuate as quickly possible. The minister's order was Issued i as the result of the increasing ten- Islon between Italy and Ethlodla. More than 20 Italian consular ic in- terior of'the empire to reach Addis 'Ababa, the Sudan, or the Italian agents are still struggling in th< colony of Eritrea. Most of them are traveling on mule back or on foot, their progress j hampered by heavy rains and mud- 1 sodden roads. Because of floods, four Italian consular agents from Debra Markos are marooned on the right bank of ithe Nile at Dejen, a week's Journey from Addis Ababa. The torrents prevent even the ferries propelled by an overhead wire from crbsslni ihc river. Four consular agents from Gondar are laboring to reach Galabat in the Sudan. Two 01 these agents from Dessle are now two days from the capital. Two others, evacuating Mo'galo, 240 miles southeast of here have not been heard from. Legation Active Foreigners here believe that Em neror Halle Selassie will order a general mobilization of his forces Friday or Saturday. Attaches of the Italian legation here working frantically as though See ETHIOPIA, Page 9, CoL 1 Tax Discount Will Get A Court Test High State Tribunal Permits Suit Testing .Validity Of The Act the has been since the strike of 1934. Heads of the International Long- shoremen's Association, which or- See STRIKE. 9, Col. 8 Robert W; Lyons of- Wasbirigton, ulg to the powder box which ,ehaln -store relating west coast shipping Industry lobby activities In Texas last spring. Senator. Joe HIU of Henderson, whose motion also ordered to Purl to bring all his correspondence with Lyons, said It was the committee's duty to pursue further the Inquiry, "maybe not confining it to Purl." A- W. Holt, senate sergeant-at- arms, said Purl told him after lubpoena wad served that he would appear before the committee. Congressman Wright Patman ol Texarkana temporarily discontinued his one-man Investigation of chain stores after being advised by G. L. Lyle of Hotiston, official of the A. and P. stores, that authorization for supplying certain Information sought by Patman had not been re- ceived. said he contemplated no further investigations In Texas at this time, although an Investigator might be sent to Houston to obtain data. He planned a meeting of the whole congressional committee somewhere in the mlddlewest at a later date. Ft. Worth Woman Killed By Truck FORT WORTH. Oct. Mrs. Cecilia Metzenthln. 54, was killed last night when struck by a tiuek after alighted from a ilwet car. She died en route to a hospital o: e bioken neck and frac- tured skull. A verdict of accidental death was returned In the accident, marilng the 70th automobile fiitallty In the county since the first of the year. C. 0. Jones, driver of the truck, told police the woman walked from behind the street car and was with- in three feet of his truck before he taw her. Pioneer Succumbs At Wichita Falls ___ "HTA FALLS, Oct. I' lor J. D. Avis; 74, Sflehlti. Fills1 foremost ,plc- i to held at 4 o'clock Mr. Avis died "afternoon at his Jiome. 111 health for sever- V wu the first whitfl county. Tugwell to Visit Mexican Capita) SAN ANTONIO, Oct. Rex Tugwell, director of the admin- istration's farm rehabilitation pro- gram, said today that he planned to leave San Antonio tonight for Brownsville. He said lie would stay in Browns- ville about a week and then visit MeJtlco City. While in Mexico he said he would confer with Mexican official; regarding control of the citrus fruit fly and the pink boll worm. After a brief stay in Mexico City, Tugwel! said he would go to California. Premature Blast Kills Three Men Oct. men testing a new type' of explo- sive were killed here today as the blast went off prematurely In a stone quarry here. Pour others were seriously Injured. One of the victims was not Identi- fied Immediately 'and the only clue to his Identity was a card found In a coat near the body. It bore the name "W. MoKeriney Miller." The two Identified dead were brothers, Harry and Mac Llptrap. :AUSTIN, Oct.- su- preme7 court, today aulhorHed- filing of a suit to an BCt offering discounts for prompt payment 'of state ad valorem- taxes. The court-granted Rowan Drilling company leave.to file a suit asking a mandamus directing Comptroller George H. Sheppard to accept pay- ment of taxes under house bill 6 of the session, which proposes reductions. Attorney General William Mc- Craw held the act unconstitutional, upon which the comptroller'sVrefusal to accept the payment was based. .The act offered a three per cent discount for payment of taxes In Oc- tober; two per cent in November, and one per cent in December, with the full amount due in January. The oil company's petition con- tended the act was valid because It provided "for equality and uniformi- ty with reference to each taxpayer and "there has been no re- lease iof any obligation to the state since the provision for discount was effective before any 70BT1NIF IP had been fixed." The case was set next Tuesday. for argument 2 Found Dead On Louisiana Train LAKE CHARLES, La., Oct. "Sonny Boy" .Seals, 24, and Gladys Johnson, 20-year-old di- vorcee, were found dead In what authorities said was a suicide pact aboard the Gulf Coast Line's Beau- mont-Baton Rouge passenger train calcasieu parish near Starks early today. MINERAL RIGHTS SALE AVERTS FORECLOSURE ON RANCH LAND Deal On Yoakum County Property to Be Closed By Abilene Man Tonight; Acres Leased A sale of mineral rights In Yoakum county, to be completed In Abilene tonight, will save L. P. Ben- lease to the Texas Pacific Coal ic Oil company, and In the approxi- mate center of tile block C. J. Dav- nett's ranch from fore- Idson of Fort Worth has been drill- closure, and with It perhaps an oil or gas well, his attorney. Joe E. Chllders, 'told the Reporter-News Tuesday. The Bennett ranch, near Plains, was scheduled to go under Hie ham- mer Tuesday to satisfy mortgages held on acres the Agricul- tural -Livestock Finance corporation or Fort Worth and the First Na- tional bank of Lubbock. But this has been avoided, and completion of negotiations here tonight will re- turn the ranch Intact to its elderly owner, who moved hrre to educate his children In Abilene Christian college. The Bennetts live 3617 Cedircwst drive, near the college campus. MsHd .ufidu Ing. Davidson's report last night was that strorg oil and gas show- ing had been encountered at feet, oil rising COO feet In the hole In 24 hours and gas estimated at cubic feet. The dnIJcr will run seven-eighths Inch casing at feet and test the well or. Oc- tober 8. Location Is In the northeast quarter of section 478, block D, John H. Gibson survey. It la a rank wildcat, nearest production being the Hobbs (New Mexico) field, more than 40 miles away. Several yean ago Continental made testa to a similar depth on the Slaughter ranch, in Oochran county 20 to SB In LUM, jtafB l, f Call Mistrial In Murder Hearing SHERWOOD, Oct. hearing the trial of Mrs. Opal Lil- lian Stewart, 38, charged with the murder of Ed Smith, 32, Rankln bank employe near Mertzon last Ju- ly 7, were discharged this morning as a mistrial was declared by Judge John F. Button following a motion made by the defense. Defense attorneys based their motion on that members of the Jury had rer.d an account of Monday's proceedings in the court In a cc-pj- oi: TufJday's Issue of the San Angelo 'Morning Times. The state attorneys agreed the motion was good and that the fact the jury had access to a copy of the paper would constitute grounds for either a new trial or a reversal should a conviction be obtained The case will likely be called for trial at the next regular term of 51st court, set for March, 1636. BIq Snrinp Woman Hurt In Efistland County Collision Special to the Reporter. EASTLAND, Oct. In- lured In an automobile collision In Orapevlne, Eastland county Satur- day-withtn 200 yards of her desti- R. A. Jonea of Big Spring was reported responding to .reatment at the home of a daugh- ter, Mrs. L. C. Owen, In Grapevine Tuesday. Mrs. Jones was enrotite to visit her daughter when the collision oc- curred. Two othai- occupants. Doll Jones, her son; and c. Salle, driver, without serious Injury. Mrs, Jones received Intdrrtil in- accident, mort serious of which a crushed chest. Al- i 'he Passengers Safe, Unper turbed By Interrup- tion Of Cruise KINGSTON, Jan.alca, Oct. 450 yisisiszra and about 250 of the crew of the marooned liner Rotterdam came ashore today to the peace and .hospltal'iy of Jamaica. They landed from the rescue ship Arlguanl shortly before 7 a. m. In happy frames ol mind, apparently unperturbed by the Interruption ol their pleasure cruise on a coral reel at.Morant Csys, 60 mllej southeast of Kingston, early yesterday. Most of the passengers were asleep when the vessel went aground and they remained aboard ship un- til p. m. yesierday when their transfer to the Aiiguani began. The Holland-America liner was said by the passengers to be high on a rock and battered by heavy seas. Mrs. Otto Schumacher of New York said she felt the ship hump and that then, after a brief Interval, there were two other small bumps In quick succession. She realized then that the Rotterdam was aground. Others passengers told how Capt. J. Van Dulken, who Is remaining aboard the Rotterdam with about 250 of the crew, and his officers comforted the passengers and in- spired confidence In them. It was said the vessel had drifted from her course The 8. S. Midas Is among a group of ships which are standing by the Rotterdam today as she tries to back down off the reef. The passengers arc staying in the Myrtle Bank and Constant Springs hotels, the latter of which was re- opened to care for them. They will return to New York Sunday on the S. 8. Volendam. Monopoly System, Pass- ed Monday, Is Brought Up Again; Both Ballots On Close Margin AUSTIN, Oct. 1. Liquor license advocates won a first teat of strength in tbe house of representatives today 71 to 68. They defeated a mo- tion which would have prevent- ed reconsideration of the liquor monopoly bill passed by the house yesterday 72 to 87, Starts Debate The motion to table was by Rep. Sidney Latham, Longview, who urged the house not to "somersault" from their action yesterday in fav- or of state liquor monopoly. Debate on the motion to reconsider was lo begin this afternoon. Should reconsideration be voted, the monopoly bill substituted for the license plan would be thrown out. Latham asked the house to stand pat on the ground that legislators "have almost If not quite a mandate from the people for a state mono- poly." "I think It would be an Indict- ment against this house to somer- sault on this he said. Amendment R. E. Morse, Houston, author of the license bill, told dry members that measure would not necessarily legalize by-the-drink sales. The first amendment to be offered' if his bill Is brought up lie said Is to insert a premtsefe provision. .It Is to the1 bill.by. Sen. rlllo, adopted In the upper house. This was appropriation day in-the senate. Appropriations were pending for the livestock sanitary commis- sion, for eleemosynary Institutions, for repairs to the governor's man- sion, lor the educational depart- ment, for the adjutant general's de- partment and Jor Sam Houston State Teachers college. The victory yesterday was the sec- ond for advocates of strict liquor control.. The senate passed and sent to the house a "bone-dry" def- inition of "open saloon" by Senator Clint C. Small, Amarlllo. Debate In the house hinged on Building Permits, Postal Receipts Above 1934 Marks Construction Figures For September Almost Double Month Last Year the question: "What do the people the License advocates said See LEGISLATURE, Page 9, Col. 8 Dallas Publisher Undergoes Surgery DALLAS. Oct. J. Klert, publisher of the Dallas Times Herald and a charter member of the Associated underwent an op- ration at the Baylor hospital today. Mr. Klest. who celebrated his seventy-fourth birthday last week, Is due for speedy recovery, his lour physicians said after the operation. They 'gave assurance there was no cause for alarm over his condition. He has published the Times Herald 39 years and had enjoyed excellent health until his recent ill- ness. With building permits and postal receipts lor September shoving sub- stantial gains over the same month In 1934, Abilene business Is appar- ently continuing on the upswing. Twelve construction to- taled as compared with for September, 1934. Largest permit Issued was Jor building a garage for C. A. Scott at a cost of Postal receipts for the month ag- gregated showing an In- crease of over last Septem- ber. Bank debits, however.. below the 1B34 mark. The debits for 1935 totaled while the figures the previous September were L. E. Derryberry, manager of the local airport, also reported booming business for the month. A total of 134 planes stopped at the terminal, including 71 transient ships. 35 American Air Liners and 31 planes of the of the Mld-Oohtlnent Air- More than gallons of Rnsollne were sold at the port, show- ing an Increase over the sales of the past several months. Building permits Issued last month are as follows: Majestic theatre, repair, owned by Charles Fulwller, Erect frame servant's house. J. 8. Burgess, Abilene Heights, ISO. Erect tlle-wnll business building, J. C. Thornton, 618 Walnut, Alter residence, S231' South 8th, Dr. J. Prank Clark, Alterbulldlns, Sorority Shop, Pine andjlsrtji Eifet servants' defer. Miss Preston Vlnyard, Erect frame 'lunch stand, 2087 South -1st, O. H. Milam. Repair residence, 335 Beech, J. W. Kcndenra, S300. Erect garage, 937 Butternut, Mrs. S. Free, Erect garage, 1525 Walnut, C. A. Scott, Erect frame building, First Eap- Ust church 410 Cherry, Repair building, First Baptist church- Hickory and North 2nd streets, Young 'Rebel' Carlton B. Nlcholi, (below) I- year-old third trade Lynn, Maw. Mhoolbcr had city and of- ficials pouted by salute tbe be had been Unghl It wa. u "emblem of tbe devil." HU fam- ily beionca to a net known u Jehovah's Wltnnaes. tt Bankers Report Imnrovement In West Texas Area SAN ANGELO, Oct. West Texas Is In better condition than It has been In many years, presidents of federal Intermediate credit banks in many western cities said today at the conclusion of a tour ot the western part of the state. "The entire west side of Texas Is In better physical condition than at any time In my Dwlght P. Heordan, president of the federal Intermediate credit bank at Houston, reported. Others of the tour also expressed amazement at the recovery West Texas has made from last year's drouth. Presidents of Intermediate credit banks from Spokane, Wash.: Berk- ley, Calif.; Omaha, St. Louis, St. Paul, Louisville, Columbia, S. C. and Houston were included In the tour. HOEY DEATH BEFORE JURY ADMITS IN FATAL FIRE Complete Investigation Ordered By Court Is Man Says He Hired Friend to Set Tenement Blaze Abilene and vicinity- Fair fnnlRht and Wednesday; rlalnp temperature Wednea- cuy. of lOOUl meridian FUr tonight and Wedneiday: Nightly cool- er In Panhandle tonlKht; riling tempera- ture In north portion Wednoeday. EuL pf 100th meridian Filr tonight and Wednesday; iillRhtly cool- ei <n northcait portion lonlfcht; riling IrmperJitiire In northwest portion Wednes- day. Temperatures Mon. Tues. p, n. a.m. WEST CHESTER. Pa., OcL Chester county court to- day ordered the December grand Jury to Investigate the death of Ev- elyn Hoey, musical comedy aclress, who waj found shot to dealh In the farm home of Henry H. Rogers, in. oil heir. The Inquiry was ordeied on R pe- tition by District Attorney William E. Parke who said the coroner's Jury "apparently believed t h c aclress' death was homicide." The grand Jury convenes No- vember 12, nearly a month earlier than usual. :it will "BO Into til phases of the Kocy death." Parke said he would summon members of the coroner's Jury be- the iminri Jury to testify ro- nardlng alleged misconduct of "cer- tain Jurors" during the Inquest In the Hoey death. Rogers and a guest, William ,1. Kelly, motion picture csmeraman, were released from charges of sus- picion Jf murder after the coroner's Jury returned nn open verdlU. say- ing the actress died at "the liuidi a person or pawns vntouwzi.'' i CHICAGO, Oct. Vltall, a grocery store owner, con- fessed today, police said, that he hired a friend to set a tenement tmlldlng fire In which 10 persons lost their lives. Jlseph Dlchlra admitted he was promised for starting the fire In Vltall's grocery store which oc- cupied the first floor of the three story building, police said. A plot to collect Insurance on Vltall'ii property waff said (o have motivated Vltall. Five children, three women and two men suffered fatal bumr, In the fire which followed an explosion at midnight Sunday. Police quoted Vitall as saying he planned the lire because "I was los- ing money every dp.y." His nephew, Joseph Vltall, also was Involved. Police Mid Dlchlara spread naph- tha from three flvft-gallon cans around the Interior of the store, struck a match and fled. The ex- plosion and flames trapped men, women and children In their living quarters on the second and third floors of the budding. seven other of UM lire tNU'eWt la Choir Singer Is Convicted Of Murder In Drown- ing Of Wife WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. Yankee Jury branded Newell P. Sherman a wife-murderer today In a verdict dooming him to the electric chair. The wife, victim of "an American whose rival was Esther machine shop co-worker of the choir-singer scout-master-hug- band, was drowned from a canoe on Lake Slngletary. Judge Thomas J. Hammond told the .furors: "You can look the world In the face with the satisfaction that comes of a duty well performed." The 242-pound slayer displayed no emotion as the verdict was an- nounced at a. m. None of his family was present. The mandatory death sentence will not be pronounced until the de- "ensc has had opportunity to file- an appeal. The Jury deliberated more than nine hours. It accepted the state's charge that Sherman 1'jred his Wife, who couid not swim, Into a canoe for .he first time In her life, overturned .he frail craft, pushed her away when she tried to cling to him and swam ashore. jThe state advanced as a motive 'or the crime Sherman's admitted lliclt relations with I8-ypnr old .Miss Maglll. I District Attorney Owen A. Hoban Introduced evidence to show Uiat Sherman, a few days before his wife gave birth to their second child, kept a rendezvous with the "other woman." Sherman admitted a "date" with the Maglll girl on April 38, his 26th birthday: His defense was, In brief, tha.t the canoe overturned accidentally uid- that he swam ashore with the canoe under his arm, Impelled only by a desire for self-preservation. Former Abilenlan Dies at Amarlllo Six Abllenlans have returned from Amarlllo where they attended the funeral of R. A. Gilbert, former as- sistant manager of the J. C. Penney Co. here. Mr. Gilbert was an employe of the local store for almost ten years pri- or to his transfer to the Penney store at Clovlj, N. M.. In 1934. Those attending the funeral Mr- vices from Abilene were Mr. and Mm. P. A. Mr. and Mrs. 't L, Miller, apt -Mr. Un.