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   Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1935, Abilene, Texas                               PAH CLO ITLY IDY 0Wene ISailp "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES. WE SKETCH YOUR WuRLO EXACTLY AS IT GOES -Byron EDI RON fr VOL. LV. Full Leased Wires of Associated Press (W) United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1935 FOURTEEN PAGES (Evening Edition ot The Abilene Morning Newt) NUMBER 157 POSSE SEEKS BODY OF CANNON Kidnapers Of Young Milne Hunted In Philadelphia PROPOSE INTERNATIONAL ARMY Opposes Joe Cleveland Holland, 50, Fort Smith, Ark., attorney, an- nounced as a candidate for the United States senate in the 1936 election, opposing Senator Joseph if. Robinson, democratic floor .leader. Holland favors the Town- send age pension plan. (As- sociated frtss Great Britain Is Trying Line Up Allies In Case of Attack Thelma Todd Case Witness Threatened HOLLYWOOD, Dec. threats against a witness the investigation of Thelms Todd's death today caused j authorities to station a police guard at the home of Alex liounle, Maitre j de Hotel at the Trocadero nlghr, club. Miss Todd at Party Miss Todd attended a party at :he Trocadero a few hours before GENEVA, Dec. sug- gestion was advanced in internat- ional circles today, following the lead of Prime Minister Baldwin of Great' she was found dead in an isolated Britain, that the League of Nations' garage overlooking the the Pacific council should consider asking lea- ocean. members to contribute fighting units to a league military force. This military which could 'nclude land, sea, and c-ir forces would be used for the protection of league covenant. Hounie appeared at police head- quarters early today and appealed to Captain Blaine Steed for protection after receiving the second threat. Early yesterday, Hounie said, he the care, a large sedan forced his car to the curb. One of two men In the car jump- ed out. stepped up to him. Hounie said, looked at him and growled: "You got your warning Buddy. Keep to it or you're going, for a ride." He then returned to the sedan and the two men drove off. .Hounie went to police headquar- ters to report the threats and was. assigned a guard at his home. Words Clipped Prom Paper Both the body of the- postcard message and the address were rnade up of words clipped from newspa- pers. It was addressed to "Alex Head Waiter. Trocadero, Holly- tO Victim Better; I Question Him Again; Have a Pretty Good Line On Gang DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Deo. 20 man-hunters of the department of justice centered their search for the kidnapers Mrs. Minnie oidham, m4 state of Caleb Milne, Fourth, in the street, left for Pampa hvmiedlately Philadelphia area today. While Ci-Men all over the country have been askeo. to aid Holmes C. Oldham Is Badly Injured In Pampa Car Wreck Holmes C. (Beano) Oldham. 29-1 tlon was considered serious but not Abllenlan, u In a immedltely dangerous: Miss Durkln hospital, gravely Injured, result of an automobile mishap early Friday morning on highway 33 west of Pampa. Miss Peggy Durkln o[ Amarillo, who was In the car with Oldham. also was hospitalized, but less ser- iously hurt. Word of the accident came to Abilene In a call from a doctor, who said an Immediate operation wa- and was followed later In the morn- had cuts on the head but was not badly hurt. The accident occurred between Pampa and Panhandle. Miss Dur- kin told hospital nurses that she was driving the car when she lost control, and It overtimed. She was able to stand and call for help from passersby, but It was two hours be- fore a passerby stopped and gave aid. The victims were taken to the Pampa hospital at E-m. Oldham was reared In Abilene, a former high school student and Governor William Elmer .Holt ic-time cowbo'y. beeaine.ipivei- [cor or Montana nnex- Sreclcd death of Gov. Frank H. Cooncy. Holt had been nresl- dcnt'of the Montana senate. (As- sociated Press received a postcard through the mall Sources which disclosed the the, cafe which said: Hounie served the Stanley Luplno -estlon explained that the league "Wouldn't hold testimony for kid-' party last Saturday night, at which force would not be Intended for ag- nap trip." gresslve purposes against Italy but I Puzzled by the message, Hounie would merely assure Great Brlta'.n she was not acting alone in "he Mediterranean through her concentration. Baldwin told the house of com- mons yesterday that Great Britain alone, of all league members, had acted to maintain 'peace in the Mediterranean. Such action is permissahle under article XVI of the covenant under wlllch the league Imposed economic arid financial sanctions against Italy.'.: Great Britain Tries to Line Up Allies By Associated Press. 1 The British government, abandon- Miss Todd was the honored guest. He had been subpoenaed to testify at the coroner's Inquest but was not dismissed It as a Joke and stuck the card In his pocket. Late last night I when he was en his way home from I Sec TODD CASE, Page 14, Col. 6 Young SEC Employe Was In Houston On Gov- ernment Business I was described in London today as i Plunged seven trying to mobolize other members of noora from the Hlce hotel to his the league of nations to meet a pos- j dsath here today. sible attack by Italy. The Y Fort Worth attornev Allies Not Named This disclosure, from a high Brl ish source. Indicated that British envoys already were attempting to 7aln ironclad guarantees from oth- :r nations ot support in case of mili- tary hostilities. Although the potential lilies were not named It was assumed that they GOODFELLOWS- Goodfellows! 5 Here are happy tidings. Second S of the series of benefits for this year's c.-mnaign for the Chrlstmas- 3 less, that giver, by the Gem theatre netted (or which thanks are due Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Chesliire, owners of the theatre. That contribution, with six other overnight offerings, brought the to- tal to date to At noon today the fund stood higher than at the same hour last yesterday It stood higher. We have been hope- ful. but the hope Is now diminish- that we would reach the by Saturday night. Tha; :l would have given us two more days, and Tuesday, to raise the 8 additional needed to absalute- ,ly assure the packing of 600 dinner baskets. We can't do that comfort- 'jably on a thousand dollars, but we go as far we can, pruning list If necessary. Last year we Incurred a small deficit at thf wind- up, and it has been necessary to cover that out of this year's offer- Deficits a'.'e bad business. rcll, that's the picture. If we :k 650 to 600 baskets the mlnl- 1mm need Is cash, and we'd ll'rc to hrvc SI.210. Heavy mer- chandise donations are made every year to the Goodfellows, ond these. HOUSTON, Dec. cers today sought two men who posed as officers and robbed five men at a news stand last night of The men entered a rear room, showed badges and lined their vic- tims against a wall. After taking the money, the robbers tied the tho men and two negro porters with wire and escaped. I The victims were Gene Mullen, proprietor; H. Bishop, Wright, M. P. I Hall and R. Rogers. who two weeks ago remarked to an associate, "Here I am, 29 years old and Just.out of school, and I find that I don't know what It Is all died a few minutes after he fell from a tenth floor window to the roof of the dining room seven floors below. O. H. Allred, regional director of the exchange commission at Port Worth, shocked at the death of Norton, revealed he recently had recommended Norton for promotion to the office of trial examiner. The attorney, graduated from Texas A. and M. College and holder of graduate degrees from the Uni- versity of Texas and Southwestern university, registered at the hotel Wednesday and was here on gov- ernment business. Richard N. Mater, also of Port Worth and the senior, attorney with the securities exchange com- mission, said he had telktd to Nor- ton about I a. m. "and he was in good spirits." "He was not despondent. The first I knew of the trasedv was when the assistant manager of the hoLel no- tilled me this momlnf." The Ecreen in the window of I Sec LAWYER, Paee 13, Col. 6 Hog Thief Shot Down Prominent Farmer In East Texas HTJNTSVILLE, Dec. Harry Lacy, SB-year-old negro farmhand trailed for a week in East Texas river bottoms, was captured late last night and today admitted from a Walker county jail cell that he killed EdgBr Womack, promln< nt Trinity county farmer. Haggard from his flight, Lacy was brought here for safekeeping after his capture in the river bottoms by Sheriff S. Chandler and Deputy Johnson. He told District Attorney Max Rogers and newspapermen In a Inned statement that he killed Womack pfter trouble over a stolen hog. He also admitted he shot and wounded constable C. C. Thome svfter the latter had fired at him three times with a pistol. Rogers snld a formal charge of murder would be filed against the today. Lacy said the trouble started when a offered to trade him a hog for a bottle of whiskey. Lacy said he knew friend had been stealing liosrs but he produced the liquor and met the man soon after niithtlall near the Womack farm. Womack and Constable Thorpe Sec SLAYER. Page 13, Col. 4 in the search, the deti.il spe- however, the Reporter-News was dally by headquarters In told over phone by the hospital it Washington was reported con- fald Oldham had received vincerl. the abductors are some- Internal injuries and that his condl- where in cantern Pennsylvania. Old House Key Spot A ramshackle farmhouse and another property not far from Doylcstown were centers of scrutiny as the result of a rambling, broken story of abduction and torture told the agents by the young actor- mystery writer In a hospital last night. Inrjaclgators are to question him igaln today, With his physical condition Im- proving and his mind hope he wlU be able to-supply them with new details of how he lureij from New York lost Saturday and left trussed and dazed In a road Wednesday night. Authorities in New York rejected the idea Milne was the victim of Alvln Karpls, "public enemy num- ber one." One official said "Karpis must be pretty mad about being mentioned ng by her daughter, Miss Ann Old- member of the Abilene Eagles when ham. they won the schoolboy football The operation was not performed.' championship of Texas In 1923. Dur- Ing the fall he has been on the C W. Merchant San Simon ranch SO See ACCIDENT, Page 13, Col. S In this thing. He Is a master crafts man. This was a bad Job, probably the work of an amateur." Another spokesman said authori- ties have "a pretty good Idea" as to the Identity or the kidnapers. Government operatives converged on the old house after obtaining a halting, broken story from Milne, grandson of a retired manufacturer, that four men lured him from his New York apartment last Saturday BIBITIER Nine Dead as Mercury Down Below In Minnesota See KIDNAPING, Page 13, Col. 7 Heiress to Get Mexican Divorce FORT WORTH, Dec. Princess Marian Snowdcn Rospigll- osl, New York heiress, spent last night in Port'Worth and left at 5 a. m. on a Branlff airways plane for Mexico City, where she expects to get a divorce, from the Ttnlian Prince Glrolomo Rosplgllosl. She snld there Is "nothing defi- nite, yet" regarding reports of her Dies On Street WINTER HERE IGOVERNORTO SUNDAY NOON POLLSOLONS forthcoming marriage, to Louis F. Heed, Jr., of Orange N. J., The 23-year-old princess said she will be In Mexico about a. week. She cnme here from Kansas City. Reaching the municipal airport half an hour before plane time, the princess passed the time by drlnK.- Ing coffee with airport attendant CHICAGO, Dec. Sub- zero weather howled out of the northwest today and nine deaths were Indirectly attributed to Its nd- vent. Bitter winds sent the mercury to 24 below zero at Crockston, Minn., 22 below at Devil's Lake, N. D., and to near the bottom of thermometers throughout the Great Lakes region and the Ohio and Mississippi val- leys. Chicago had one above zero. It was 2 below at Des Molnes, Iowa. Madison, Wls., reported 4 below. Mil- waukee shivered at zero with the season's first blizzard. Omaha, Neb., reported 2 above. Five persons lost their lives In au- tomobile crashes In the Indlanupo- lls area due to Icy highways. Anoth- er was killed In western Pennsyl- vania. Two perished in Chicago. A man was killed by a car on a Mary- land rood. New Jersey Bank Robbed of FORT LEE, N. J., Dec. Four men armed with revolvers and machine guns held up the First National bank today and escaped with Idaho Senator Says that Liberal GOP Platform T'Is His" Goal WASHINGTON, Dec. Senator Borah of Idaho formally declared today lib 1936 objective was a liberal republican platform and said he would "cooperate fully" with plans of any progressive groups endeavoring to line up con- vention delegates pledged to his owr. candidacy. "My primary Borah said lu a formrl statement, "Is a convention of liberal delegates which will write a liberal platform r.nd name a liberal candidate. To that end I shall devote my efforts. "If in any state or district the liberal forces think it will heln Hie llbsrul rauso to pledce the delegates to me, I shall cooperate fully with Hint plan. Tf, however, it thought better :o pledge the to some cthr.r libe-al I shall cooperate Just 1.5 fullv. In other words. Inflexible ns to objective, flexible ns to the Bornh added thp.t as he saw the nolltlcal situation In tills country "a would' b3 seeking political immolation to tnke a nomination See BORAH, Page 13, Col. 8 Slipht Quake In Imperial Valley SAN Dec. slight earthquake rattled dishes Believe Liquor Salesman Robbed and Slain After Bloody Car Is Found Special to the Reporter. SNYDER, Dec. possimen searched the ragged rahchlanda northwest of Sr ler today for the body of Truman 40, liquor salesman of Big- Spring, a 25-year old -ect who was taken in cnstody Thursday was being held for further nuestioning. To File Charges County Attorney R. W. Webb said n liquor complaint would be filed against the man. Possession of liquor for purpose of sale and tran- sportation of liquor in a dry arcs, and possession of untaxed liquor would be charged, the attorney said. Filing of a murder charge, which Webb earlier contemplated, would be withheld pending further devel- opments In the case, he said. The posse, which left Snyder ac a.m. today led by City Marshal J. A. Woodfln. had found no trace of Cannon early this afternoon. He has been missing since Wednesday. Ills blood-stained automobile waa found ifear here early Thursday. Quarreled With Sosprct Officers were proceeding on the theory that Cannon, employe ol a Big Spring wholesale liquor house, had been, robbed and Th6 who gave U Jtistlceburgvwas reled with Camion In -Big Spring; early Wednesday before Cannon left for Jayton and O'Donnell to deliver a consignment of liquor to drug stores In the two towns. Sheriff S. H. Newman- said the man held waa arrested after It was reported ho had tried to sell half a case of whis- key here. The sheriff said witness- es told him the man had remarked that Cannon "wouldn't be back through here any more." Tho suspect stoutly denied any meeting with. Cannon late Wednes- day, telling officers he spent Wed- nesday night with his mother at Justlceburg. A hat. found near Cannon's car. was Identified this morning by his wife as belonging to Camion. She came here from Swcetwater where she teaches school, to Join In the search for her husband. Cannon was test seen after he had delivered some liquor In O'Donnell Wednesday afternoon. He was be- lieved to hod approximately probably mostly cash, with him. Cannon's sedan, with blood stains on the front seat and glass shot out Bee MYSTERY, Pase 13, Col. 3 I In homes from Imperial Valley to The money was In mutilated bills San Dleso last night, but reports which had been locked up In a today showed no property damage. At El Centro In the Imperial Vil ley o few persons rushed Into th1 streets from their homes, but brick chimneys withstood the Jar. vault preparatory to being sent to the United States treasury to be ex- changed for new currency, Joseph Cook, treasurer, said. Sabbath Also the Shortest Day of Year Sunday at p.m. will mark the official opening of winter. In Wants SAN ANGELO. Dec. 20. I Mis. S. H..Robinson. 74, wife of o San Angclo merchant, died of a heart attack while conversing wlih a friend In a local drug store j ly before noon. The family moved I here from St. Louis In 1927. Bui- Tn Know Whpn Tn iial wlu be ln Port Wortn Sunday i o wnen I o The husband and two Convene Session AUSTIN, Dec. AJlred said today he was consider- addltlon to being the first day of j ing polling members of the the new season, the sabbath will al- so be the shortest day of the year. The sun will rise at a. m. and set at p.m., recording to the laws of nature as reported by the U. S. weather bureau here. Just 10 hours and 3 minutes will lapse from daybreak until dawn. Here's what happens to cause the formal opening of winter: For about half the year the verti- cal rays of Uia sun fall south of the equator. On Dec. 22. at p.m., to be exact, they reach the farthest point In that direction and colder weather results on the northern hemisphere. The "winter solstice" with the ought to make begins at that time, and the official around 000 baskets possible on close Sec GOODFELLOWS Page 13, Col. 3 winter season lasts until the begln- Scc WINTER, rate 13, 5 legisla- speclal lure "if and when" a session should be convened. He said letters to members would not advance recommendations, for "I want to hear from them before I make up mv mind." To a question by Rep. Homer Leonard of McAllen as to when the session would be convened, the governor parried, "will they accom- plish "Yes, I think Leonard an- swered, "they have been home." At tlie close of two speclp.1 ses- sions In November, Governor Allred told legislators he would not sec them "before a statement iio nrnccl did not obligate him to a meeting Unit month. Since then he has Indicated the session might be postponed pending clctcrniinLtbr. o? ALLRED, Page 13, Col. 5 sons, operating a store here, survive. merchandising Holiday Trade Here Forges Ahead; Gains 5 To 10 Per Cent Glnnlnm Total RECORD IN PAYROLLS Bales WASHINGTON, Dec. (7P) Cotton of this year's crop ginned prior to December 13 was reported today by the census bureau to have totaled running bales, counting 238.547 round as half bale.-, and Including bales of Amer- ican-Egyptian. totaled including 174.569 round bales and bales of Amerlca'.i-EnTptlan. Two years ago there were Including 182 round and American- Egyptian. Ginnlngs this year by states In- cluded: Arkar.sas Louisiana 53D.841. New Mexico bftJVl. Oklahoma Texas :igures Last Month Report- ed Best Since 1925 WASHINGTON, Dec. Pactory employment and payrolls of any November since 1925, secre- tary of Labor Prances Perkins an- nounced today. Aggregate employment and pay- rolls In combined manufacturing and non-manufacturing Industries showid net declines from October to November, the U. 3. bureau of labor statistics rcported. "Thc decrease, however, was tli? See PAYROLLS, Fago 13, Col. 5 Holiday trade in ahead this wceek, Abilene forged wltn crowded stores giving evidence of the accele- rated pace expected to feature shop- ping during- the three business remaining before Christmas. Average gains of 5 to 10 per cent for December in comparison wli'.i 1034 were estimated for leading do partment otores, with Indications be- ing that the peak holiday buying on Saturday and Monday would ste these figures Increased to 10 or 12 per cent up. Men's furnishings and ladlra ready-to-wear shops showed In- creases In 1B35 Christmas business from 2 to 15 per cent upward. Quality clothing has been In demai d and most of the sales have been for the better garments. Most encouraging ts the- rcpoit that tho furniture trade has re- fl'ictcd a good demand for late holi- day goods. Sales are Id to 25 per cent better thto Christmas and the larger Items arc moving much er. Several of the furniture dealers said ihat. they were winding up their best yea. since 1930 ti 1931. Although a few cutomobile deal- ers expressed disappointment In their year-end business, a majority of those contacted showed an In- crease In sales for the year. Five and ten cent stores are again crowded with Christmas choppers but the volume of trade will range close to that of big year for the variety stores. Sales thus far in the five and tens run from 8 pe.- ccnt above last year to 8 cenl below. Retail credit association report more stores are seeking new credit accounts than any year since the depression period, and the Mow o.' money Is Indicated by bank debits which for tho first 1'J days of De- cember have surpassed the total for the two local banks for the en- See BUSINESS, Page 14, Col. S Blame Anarchists For Explosion At Geneva Monument GENEVA, Dec. An ex- plosion near the League of Nations buildings cp.rly today torn a hole in a monument erected In honor of n Geneva soldier ivho died In the World war. Police said they believed anarch- ists placed sticks of dynamite be- side the monument, which was built two years ago. A hole was lom in the base of th; structure, but the monument remained intact. A man- ifesto, found nearby, decried the recent sentencing of a Swiss charg- ed with evading military duty. Abilene and cloudy and. wlUi temperature near f.-eezlnc tonight; Saturday, ram and Bllghtly warm- We.it of 100th meridian Occasional rain CDnltht and Saturday East of 100th meridian Partly cloudy nnrt unsettled, occasional rain In extreme portion, colder In east anri twenty-i central portions, temperature to thirty-four IP norlli portion tonight; Saturday, Tlnuily, rain In weal and iuth portions, silently warmer m centrnl portions. Temperatures Thurs. FrL CLOUDY Dry 'ihermornclcr thermomplor Relallvi bumidlty   

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