Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 3, 1926, Abilene, Texas ABILENE MORNING -NEWS VOLUME 1 Associated Press Day and Night Wires ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 3, 1926. FORTY-SIX PARES. Price 5 Cents NUMBER 29. DRIVER KILLED Mayor Opposes Limit In NT APPROVES SOME CHANGES FORCITYGOV'T. Thinks Police Chiefs Office Should Be Under Com- mission's Control Recommendations for changes in the Abilene city govern- ment, as made by a citizens' charter committee to the Board of Commissioners Friday, were endorsed Saturday by Mayor Charles E. the sixth, whici recommends that the salaries of the mayor, com- missioners, and city secretary be fised by the charter. Mayor Coombes believes there should be no charter limitation of sal- aries of these officers. Salary. Recommendation Recommendations for changes in the Abilene city government, as made by a citizens' charter committee to the Board of Com- missioners Friday, were endorsed Saturday'' by Mayor Charles E. the sixth, which recommends that the salaries of the mayor, commissioners, .and secretary be fixed by the charter. Mayor Coombes believes there should be no charter limi- tation of salaries of these officers. The committee recommends that the salary of the mayor be fixed at an amount not exceeding per annum, that the com- missioners each be paid a month for their services, with the amount be fixed in the charter, and the salary of the city secretary be fixed at an mount not exceeding Con- 'cerning this recommendation, yor Coombes said, to the News- Keporter yesterday: "I find myself at variance with the salaries suggested in the sixth recommendation of the committee. I think there should be no such charter limitation. The charter can be amended only every two years, and there should be enough elasticity in the salaries of the maximum is to be fixed, to pro- vide for adequate compensation, conwldering the services to be performed and as the city grows without periodically having to a- mend the charter." Whnt Committee Recommends The report of the charter com- mittee, of which H. N. Hickman is chairman, included recommen- dations to change the method of electing school trustees; that the office of chief of police be ap- pointive and under control of the Board of Commissioners; that an auditor be employed; that ceme- tery support be safeguarded by taxation; that the salaries of mayor and commissioners be raised; and that the city's bound- i arles be enlarged. "I have read with much In- terest the recommendations made by the citizen's charter com- mittee, published in today's Abi- lene Morning News, and it shall be my purpose to carry these recommendations into Mayor Coombes said. "In the main, I indorse them, but with some, I find myself at variance. The men composing this committee are loyal and patriotic citizens, representing different business and professional interests, and to whose good Judgment I cheerfully yield. Trustees "The first recommendation con- cerning the election of trustees four at one election and three at the next, and empower- ing the remaining trustees to fill vacancies, Is a pressing and needed change. It takes time for a new official to become ac- quainted with the duties of his office, and there should always be on the School Board a, suf- ficient number of hold-overs to properly link the past with the present and the future and to keep school affairs moving with as llttfe loss of time as possible. By electing all the trustees at one election, there Is too much danger of the school Buffering while the new officials are be- coming familiar with conditions, and the duties required of them. There Is no reason why vacan-. cies should not be filled by the remaining members of the board. "The second recommendation la an important went on the Abilene mayor. "Under the char- ter as it is now stands, vacancies in the office of city commissioners are required to be elec- tion, unless the vacancy occurs within four months of the next general election. Chief of Police "The of police should be an and not an elec- tive office, and -city commis- sion should have full authority over the -police as COSTIiNl'ED OX PAGE 12 SEVEN PERSONS LOSE LIVES AS HUGE AIRSHIP FALLS TO GROUND IN FLAMES By The Associated Press PENSHUKST, Kent, England, Oct. persons, five of them passengers, met death" this afternoon when a French air union plane enroute from Paris to Croydon, burst into flames only a few miles from its destination and crashed near here. Every person aboard the great four-engine air liner was burned beyond recognition in the seething furnace. The nationality of the five passengers was not definitely determined tonight but it was believed that they were all Eng- lish. The pilot and mechanic were French. Physicians stated that the charred bodies three men and two women were taken from the cabin; but the French Air Union in Paris is- sued a statement saying that it was believed that there were two men and three women aboard. Xames of Victims The names of the passengers are given out by the line with the characterization: "probably e o r- rect" were as follows: Gertrude Hall, Margaret Stainton, Flora Parker, L, Hamilton and Joseph Noble. The pilots name was Mallett and the mechanic's Bowyer. The addresses were not avail- able. At least one of the women" pas- sengers was alive when the plane struck the ground. She died while the overseer of a nearby farm struggled unsuccessfully to rescue her. The woman's terrified face could be seen through the roaring flames. She was clutching her purse desperately. Before the over- seer could get to fjhe was ob- scured by the flames and smoke. Plane Dives to Earth Edward Sands, the overseer, told NEW FLOODS IN OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS Stricken Areas Already Have Suffered Heavily In Life And Property By The Associated Press Recovering from a flood which took a toll of six lives and millions damage Bribed Trooper In Hall-Mills Probe of dollars two weeks eastern Kansas and in property ago, South- f f.heastern a correspondent for soclated Press that he The As- saw the plane burst into flames near the tall when about 600 feet in the air. It dived to earth. The crasih was followed by two explosions and flames 30 feet, high shot into the air, enveloping the wreckage and making it Impossible to rescue the passengers who were piled In a heap within the burning cabin. The pilot was thrown several feet in front of the cockpit, but also wtis burned to death. The weather was perfect and the cause of the accident had not been determined tonight. The tragedy Is the second cross- channel airplane accident in the nast two months., a. plane enroute from Le Bourget to Croyden crash- ing near Folkestone, causing the death of three persons and the in- jury of nine others. One American was killed and six others were injured in this crash. The plane was a sister ship to the plane which crashed today. STAMFORD, Texas, Oct. Roy Pernell, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pernell of this c'ty, is In a Hospital here In a serious condition with a fractured skull as a result of an automobile accident on the highway one mile east of to-wn Saturday, Ottls Pernell, brother of Roy and another youth named Scott also were Injured less seriously when the automobile in which the trio were riding overtur isd. FISHER TEST IS SHUT DOWN AT 3390 FEET Special to the Reporter-News ROTAN, Oct. bailing considerable oil Friday from its test on section 113, block 1, H, T. C. railway survey, Fisher coun- ty, the Ideal Oil company shut down the well today to await the arrival of casing. Oil was struck at feet late Thursday. A 40-foot cave-In followed and casing was ordered for the 400 feet of open hole. The test is on the Martin ranch, 10 miles east of Hotan. The Ideal company, of Denver, Colo., spud- ded the test la The the extent of which still is un- known, came after the bit had bored through several feet of hard lime. A light gas pressure Is re- ported from the well. Rotan is crowded to capacity tonight. Scores of operators, geologistfl and other oil men ar- rived Friday and Saturday. Leasing la active, tho price in the vicinity Oklahoma were seriousli menaced by high waters again early today. Torrential rains Friday and Sat- urday, which at some points measured eight inches, sent streams out of their banks in lew places and. as the waters flood several cities. MILLER WILL LEAD VETS TO PORTARTHUR Seventeen From Abilene, 2 From Anson, Form Texas Reunion Contingent Abilene will have seventeen representatives, and Anson two. on a special Pullman leaving here Monday or Tuesday morning for the Port Arthur reunion of the Texas Division, United Confederate Veterans. The runion dates are October 6-7-8. An Abilenian, Gen. R. A. Miller, is commander of the Texas Divis- ion, and also commander of the local veterans' camp, Tom Green No. 72. He will head the party. He said last night that the time of de- parture had not been settled, but that the Pullman would likely be attached to the Sunshine Special. Tom Green camr. will be repre- sented by General Miller; J. A. Ault, lieutenant commander; J. J. Robinson, adjutant; H. L. Bentley, Listed "Missing" Man Was Trying To Start His Car COLEMAN, Texas, Oct. Postmaster L. M. Wyatt. of Silver Valley, near here, re- ported missing, was found this morning. He is an elderly man and had gone to Novice. Re- turning, he killed the enerine and could not start his car. Reports of his disappearance spread. He was located this morning about 3 o'clock. STEERING CONTROL IS LOST HASKELL, Texas, Oct. MeacHam, well known auto racer of Pawhuska, Okla., was instantly killed this afternoon at the fair grounds when his car left the track, jumping a high embankment and breaking the driver's neck. Meacham was rounding the curve of the track in the sec- ond lap of the third race at a furious pace when his machine, without warning, plunged over the embankment, landing -several feet below. He had been having trouble with his steering gear Henry Carpender Defendants Notorious Mys- tery Are Granted Sepa- rate Trials By The Associated Press NEW YORK, N. Y., Oct. 2. The New York Times will say to- morrow it learns authoritatively that Henry L. Dickman, former contlned to rise, threatened to j New Jersey state trooper, has 'made an affidavit averring he judge advocate general of the Tex- as division on the staff of the com- mander-in-chief; John Kean Henry Johnson and L. A. Butler. Sponsors and Matrons Miss Sarah Ault will accompany j Danieis, Ranger policeman the party as sponsor of Tom Green Brothers Brought From Pen To Answer For Death Of Ranger Officer EASTLAND, Texsa, Oct. Acting upon his own motion, Judge George L. Davenport of the 91st was paid by La traffic was disrupted. Damage to bridges and highways was reported Seavy. -Families Flee Danger Swollen by the heavy rains the Verdigris, Caney, Elk and Fall rivers and smaller streams were on a rampage. Many families had fled from the river bottoms. Warnings were broadcast by radio and other means to persons in valleys, Bruyere Carpender to camp; Mrs. S. A. Bacon and Mrs. Eunice Cline as matrons of Tom Green chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy; and Misses Bonnie Mae Christian and Dorothy Sande- fer as maids of honor. For the state division, Mrs. D. Stephens and Mrs. John C. Edwards, both of Anson, will go as sjatrons; and Misses Winnifred Fisher and Lynda Robertson of Abilene as maids of honor. District Court this morning trans- ferred the cases of Luke and Cleve Barnes, .charged with murder growing out of the killing of Jim- at Ranger in February of 1925, to Palo Pinto' county for trial at an early date. Daniels was killed in a gun bat- tle with what Is thought to have been a gang of automobile thieves, in the outskirts of Ranger as was enroute home from the city, after he had been relieved from duty by a brother officer. The killing took place just be- fore daylight oh a Sunday morning. and it is believed he lost con-t trol of it. The car, a Chevrolet Special, was badly damaged. Meacham entered Friday's races but did not drive the same car as he did today. The acci- dent marked the first fatality on the local track. Meacham was widely known In this section as a racer, and, before coming here, raced at the "West Texas Fair at Abilene. Two of his brothers are on the way here and will accompany the body to Cleburne where burial will be made. Roy Meacham, killed yesterday at Haskell, was a popular figure on the Abilene track. During the West Texas Fair he drove a Chev- rolet Special and won third place in the five-mile event on the first day of the races. He also raced here last year. Veteran Of Indian Wars Dies At Port Arthur By The Associated Press PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Oct. 2. P. Nell, 85, veteran of the Indian wars was found dead In bed here today. Death was caused by his drop his of .the Hall-Mills murder case early in 1923. Cor- pender is onfe "of the four per-. body w3th a11 chambers empty, sons indicted for the murder of mayor Of Abilene; T. A Bledsoe Later an automobile with bullet Reverend Edward Wheeler Hall Js to addresg 'the' Po'rt Arthur holes ln several places in the body. The Sons of Veterans will be Daniels' gun was found near higher ground. .Reports said that the Verdi- gris had left its banks at Neo- desha and Altamont, Kansas, and Coffeyville, Kansas, further down- stream feared overflow Sunday, which would inundate the out- skirts of the city. Waters from the Verdigris had cut off highways north and east of Madiscn. Kansas, the. town which suffered worst in the flood of two Kansas, weeks where ago. eight Cedarvale, inches of rain fell Friday, bringing the total rainfa.ll for the week to 12 inches, -cvcis isolated, the Santa and Mrs. Elearnor Mills. By The Associated Press SOMERVILLE. N. J.. Oct. Supreme Court Justice Parker to- day granted the request of Special Prosecutor Simpson for a sever- ance in the Hall-Mills case by which Henry Carpender will be tried separately. from the other three defendants. As a result of today's ruling, Mrs. Frances Stevens Hall, and her and will be the first to go to trial for the murders in 1922 of the Rev. Edward Wheeler Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills. November 3 was set as ttie date for the first trial. By The Associated Press NTW YORK, N. Y., Oct. Felix Dimartini, private detective, convention and is being boomed as the Sons' next commander-in- chief; and Y. P. Kuhn, drum major of the Simmons .University Cowboy band, official musical organization of the Texas and United Confederate Veterans. ln bush near Ran- Cleve and Luke Barnes, both of whom are serving terms in the state penitentiary, are now in the Eastland county jail where they were brought some weeks ago on Fe and Missouri Pacific tracks j charged with being an "accessory Mayor Coombes will make every j bench warrants Issued by Judge effort to in response to insis-1 Davenport, tent invitations. He has been a j T great favorite with the veterans j since his speeches during the Abi- j lene convention last year. j Amalgamation Sought The Abilene delegation, backed j by the prestige of having in; General Miller the mander, will offer Gins Pass Mark For This Season WINTERS, Texas, Oct. though there Is still a shortage of state com-' cotton pickers In this territory Leaving his home in New York state as a boy, Nell went west, enlisting In the army. Hla company was at the scene of the battle of Little Big Horn the day follow! the Custer massacre and he as- sisted In burying Custer's men slain by Indians. a resolution written by Col. H. L. Bentley to amalgamate the Veterans. Sons of cotton is coming in fast. Reports yesterday showed that more than bales have been ginned. If Veterans and Daughters of the j the weather continues favorable Confederacy into one body. i there is a probability that the Colonel Bentley said yesterday: i mark will exceed bales this "It has been sixty-one years since i week. having been washed out. The Big Caney river went out of Its banks there sending residents along the stream to the bluffs, Water In Depot At Elk Kans., 14 inches of water was reported in the Mis- Elk still souri river Pacific depot. The and Duck Creek are rising there. Sedan, a town of in Chau- tauqua county, Kansas, was re- CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 i Mrs. McPherson Undaunted, Prepares For Services LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. Undaunted by the attacks made upon her during the court hearing this week, Aimee Semple McPher- son, evangelist, charged with per- petrating a hoax in with her disappearance at Ocean Park last May, today went about preparing for the Sunday services In her usual energetic manner. She was preparing for what she de- clared would be the largest com- munion service in the world, to be held at Angelus Temple tomor- row, "when more than five thous- and communicants" will be served with the sacrament. after the fact" In the Hall-Mills j Lee surrendered at Appomattox. The ginners of Winters have In- case was arrested in Brooklyn to- Courthouse. The youngest Con-; creased their capacity for taking night by two state troopers from federate veteran now living; is: care of the crop, haying Installed New Jersey. Dirmartinl was chief of the private detectives employed by! traditions of the old South and the' gins were erected by the Farmers Mrs. Frances Stevens Hall, four j principles we fought for. Unless; Gin Company, and another by the years ago when the bodies of her! the Sons and Daughters come into: Gin Company, and the Carlisle and nearing eighty, and in a few years: two new gins last summer, bring- none will be left to carry on the ing the total up to ten. The new Decherd Enroute To Penitentiary AUSTIN. Texas, October A. Decherd, former state senator, is on his way to Texas prison, un- accompanied, to surrender and be- gin serving a term on two convic- tions growing out of swindling charges. A five day furlough was granted him by Governor Miriam A. Ferga- son when he appeared before her Thursday asking a pardon, to per- mit his getting to prison without being taken into custody before he arrived. He 'is hoping for a par- don soon. Seventeen of the 31 state senators signed a petition for his release, and other petitions are now being prepared. Decherd In 1917 voter! husband and Mrs. Evelyn Mills, choir singer, were found. Robert H. McCarter, chief of the defense counsel in the present investigation previously had re- fused to produce Dimartini. Tonight's arrest is the fifth since the re-opening of the investigation our organization, on equal terms! Hinds Gin Company, with us, sitting in our sessions and jn addition to the ginning fa- having the ballot, and gradually; duties the Western Compress absorbing us, the story ot the j company has erected a large ware- Southern Confederacy will soon be; house for storage of cotton with n By The Associated Press SKREVEFORT, La., Oct. Five persons were burned to death Saturday when fire destroyed the Sibley Hotel and an entire block at Slbiey. 30 miles east of here. Pratt Ward Minchew, section foreman, his wife, Mrs. Minchew, proprietor of the hotel, thsir two sons, Arthur, 15, and Pratt Ward, Jr., 12, and their nephew, Ben O'Gray. of Castor, La., are known dead. Three other persona are be- lieved to have been burned to death. A man and his wife and baby were seen to get off the train coin- Ing from Vicksburg-, Miss., and go to the hotel and register. Their bodies are believed to be In the ruins. but a sentimental memory. "We want the younger people to j take the torch and keep our tradi- j of approximately into the slaying under State Sena- j tions burning; and to that end j Jersey, special prosecutor, pointed by Governor Moore. OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. Bishop Payne Thurston, head of the Oklahoma diocese of the Episcopal church, announced to- day he had resigned effective October 15, because of the condi- tion of his health. Five Persons Hurt When ap- memorialize the U. C. V., meeting! IntePUfban Is Derailed at Tampa next year, to amalga- j By The Assooi.Tf.c-fl J'ross mate the three bodies and al- low the old fellows to step aside while they are still able to step." A fund sufficient to defray all expenses of the seven veterans, DECATUR, Cv persons were injured and a score shaken up and bruised when a Decatur to Clinton Illinois trac- Carol Head, 13, Dies Following An Operation Carol Head, age 13, son of A. F. Head, S49 Poplar street, died last i night at a local hospital following an operation earlier in the week, i The body will be taken overland to Roby this morning by the Laughter Undertaking Company, where burial will be made. Deceased Is survived by his father, one sister, Mrs. Vivian Henderson and two brothers, Clarence and Homer. i Arrangements are In charge of i the Laughter Undertaking Com- pany. about ?25 for each man, was sub-'tlon Interurban car left the tracks scribed last week by Abilene busl- three miles north of Moroa late ness men. this evening. Noodle Creek Oil Is Rich In Gas No Sulphur Fumes A pool of 40.8 gravity oil, with gas that produces five gallons of casinghead gasoline per cubic j feet, with no water or hydrogen sulphide. It is these things that have brought and continue to j the large operators Into the Noodle i Creek area, 20 miles west of Abi- lene, that was opened three weeks j feet of gas daily. This IK said by experienced xnen represent- ing: the largest companies to be the richest gas found In a new well in Texas. Being good for five gallons of gasoline per cubic feet, the gasoline value of the well is practical- ly as great as that of the crude oil. It is significant, In this connec- west Exploration company's Thorn- ton No. 1, the southwest offset to the discovery well, was 203 feet deep. The Marland company spudded in at noon Saturday on the Mason tract, the west offset, and had drilled 50 feet at 10 p. m. The Phillips company Saturday closed a contract with Wheeler ago when the Phillips Petroleum i tion, that the Phillips Petroleum and Swann for water rights on the company's Joe Winter well came j company specializes in the produc- in at feet for barrels, i tion of casinghead gasoline of the well runging from to (aon for the I of James E. Fersu- The discovery well continues to flow to 1.000 daily. The oil is entirely free from water. Moreover, the absence of sulphur not only is a reason for the high quality of the oil but enhances the value of the gas for purposes. Richest Thf original well flowed barrel's Friday, an off day. On SatimJnT uliti production 75- And it ulso ftOOiOOg cubic section of Creek, in Fisher county three miles north- west of the well. Two dams will be built and the right-of-way for a Although gas In the Big Lake j pipe line has already been pro- an'l well has. therefore, brought In a peculiarly adapted to its needs. field, 125 miles south, and that in the Panhandle field is heavy with hydrogen au'Iphlde, the Noodle Creek gas does not have this. As a result casing crews are visiting the Phillips site dally to examine the gag. They wish to locate where there are no nulphlde fumes. Other Tests Uoinjc Down j Creek wi'li each civw At mifinlght Saturday. in iu well f.irsU cured. Th's will solve the water problem for the -company which Is to spud In on the Walling u-act, south of the discovery well. The Midwest and Marland ob- tained water only drilling a half dozen walla each, but now are fixed to continue oper.illons. So the race now on at striving to Burglary Charge Returned Against Young Sanderson Special to Tho News COLEMAN, Texas, Oct. F. i Sanderson, Jr., charged with mur- der In connection with the killing of his father, September 31, has been Indicted by the grand Jury of Coleman county on a charge of burglary. He made bond today and was released. The burglary charge against Sanderson grows out of an inves- tigation officers made into thft killing of his father. Three others were also Indicted. It la alleged j that the home of .Nathaniel Bur- ton, a negro, was entered August 29, and a talking machine, pistol, electric fan and two purses taken. 'JHie burglary indictment came a. distinct surprise. Sanderson re- cently opened a new meat market on Cornmercln.1 avonue. Trial of the case charging murder haa been set for October IS. no date set In the burglary. DICKCALHOUN IS GOING HOME FOR RECOVERY Injured Race Driver Suffer- ing From Shock; Denied To Interviewers Dick Calhoun, confined at ths Baptist Sanitarium with injuries received during a race at the West Texas Fair, left for his home in Cleveland, Okla., last night. Calhoun suffered a severe ner- vous shock as result of the acci- dent, and while his chance for complete recovery Is good, at- tendants at the sanitarium denied reporters the opportunity of talk- Ing to him for fear that it might produce a nervous relapse. Events of the accident, it is said, are still rather hazy In Calhoun's mind, and it was not deemed best for him that he be Interviewed. He was conveyed to the station In an ambulance and was imme- diately placed on a sleeper. Cal- houn's father, who has been at his bedside, left for Fort Worth yes- terday morning. is to meet hia son there and accompany him home, Calhoun's conditions was closely of Abilene cit- izens during his stay at the san- itarium. It was decided to take him homo In the belief that he will Improve faster with his family. Calhoun was hurt when his car plunged over the railing and em- bankment as it rounded the curve at the west end of the West Texas Fair track. FIGHT LOOMS AH fUlCAIIiiC vn TAX MEASURE AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. short division between the house and senate of the 39th legislature, here in special session, on the best plan for increasing the per capita scholastic apportionment loomed Saturday. The house favors a three cent gasoline tax as the best plan, while many senators oppose that tax and favor an appropria- tion from the general revenue. Representative F. A. Dale of Bonham, author of the three cent gasoline tax and motor registra- tion bills which passed the house by substantial margins, told the Associated Press that house advo- cates Of the gasoline tax would oppose passafc.a of a bill appro- priating funds from the general revenue for school purposes, until the senate acts on the gasoline bill. It Is conceded there are strong opponents to the three cent gaso- line tax in the senate, and a number of house leaders have charged these are attempting to defeat the bill by keeping It In the commfttee on state until the legislature has adjourned. By the middle of next week, both branches virtually v.'il! have cleared their calendars, and ef- forts will be made In each to adjourn sine die. House gasoline tax advocates will oppose ad- journment, -unlftss the senate has acted on the Dale bill, and fail- ing to block adjournment will petition Governor Miriain A. Fer- guson to call a second To Ask New Session An effort to place the on record as favoring a second seslon, unles the gasoline tax is disposed of, will be made Monday, when a resolution to that effect will be offered. The resolution is signed by Dale, Wallace, of Free- CONTIICUED ON PACE 13 The Weather "WKST partly cloudy, probably scattered showers Jn north and portions; Mon- day partly cloudy. EAST and Monday partly cloudy to cloudy, probably scattered showers. Llpht to fresh southeast winds on the coast.