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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 6, 1927, Abilene, Texas THE ABILENE MORNING REPORTER-NEWS Volume 1. Price 5 Cents ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 6, PAGES. NUMBER 135 FIVE ARE FOUND GUILTY JAf jAf y W Bribery Scandal Hearing Is Completed At Austin Notorious Gang Members 'Guilty' Name Of Dan Moody En- ters Hearing Testimo- ny; Body To Go Into .Session Monday. By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 5. The house committee of nine, investigating bribery charges against F. A. Dale and H. H. Moore, representatives in the 40th legislature, late today completed its hearing after Speaker E. L. Bobbitt and Brig. Gen. Jacob F. Welters of the Texas -National Guard had testified and the name of Gov. Dan Moody had been 'brought into the case. To Start Session The committee announced that it will go into executive session i Monday morning over a transcript of testimony for guidance in re- commendations to be made subse- quently to the house. Both Dale and Moore flatly de- nied on the stand today charges of Willie Chamberlin, Houston, legislative lobbyist of the Optometry association, that'..they had accepted to engineer By Universal Service AUSTIX, Texas, Feb. is a disgraceful Gov- ernor Dan Moody eald today iri discussing the legislative graft investigation. "If anything like that; 4s- going on the parties ought7 an .the'penitentiary instead .of .the legislature." Speaker Bobbitt "Some cheap skate politician migtit say I had tried to frame him, but I considered the wel- fare of the state and decided that any decent' citizen must see the matter to the end and punish those who are guilty." Body Of Highway Police- man Found; Wife Still Missing After Exten- sive Search. Earl R. the adverse house committee re- port on Moore's bill to tax station- ary as well as itinerant optome- trists ?50 annually. The representatives, under 000 bond each, from justice court were arrested by state rangers Wednesday night a few minutes' af- ter the alleged transaction, of which rangers were forewarned. House Speaker R. L. Bobbitt of Laredo, called to the stand late Today by Assistant Attorney Gener- al D. A. Simmons, related that Chamberlain's story of Dale's pur-. ported offer to "fix things" for worried him so that he took- the matter to Gov. Dan Moody, (Sec ACCUSED, Page 10) Bernard The three- brothers, members of the notorious Illinois Shelton gang were sentenced to 25 years each in the .-federal penitentiary at Leav- enworth, Saturday, following their conviction .by a jury of robbing the mails of at 'Coilinsvllle. They held their own in a bitter gang war that cost many lives in Williamson county but now they must leave their rivals in possession of the- field. By The Associated Press DUQUOIK, 111., Feb. body of Lorry L. Price, 47, state highway patrolman, abducted with his wife on the night of January 17, from his home at Marion, was found today in a field two miles south of Dubois. on the Marion-St. Louis road. He had been shot 13 times in various parts of the body and marks about his mouth in- dicated he had been gagged. Authorities said there- was no doubt Price had been brutally murdered. Xo trace of the wife was found, although a search of the neighborhood was immediately begun-for her body. Price was the last man known to have left "Shady. the fortified road house- of Charlie Birger, gang leader, on the night of January 8, before the place was dynamited and fired, and four per- sons in it killed. The theory of Williamson county officers is that he and his wife were kidnaped by members of the rival Shelton gang and slain because he "knew too much." Farmer Finds Body Joe E. Waldman, a farmer, found the body when walking through a field on his farm. It laj in a clump of high weeds abou 75 feet from the highway.- He telephoned Shferiff ..'Petri Vat -Nash vilie, 20 miles' away, and'Petri-''''-'-'' several deputies went to the scene 'Price was a close friend of Bir ger and a frequent visitor a "Shady Rest" The raid on Bir ger's road house was charged by Williams-on county Authorities to the Shelton gang, who were said to have made it in the hope of NY LAW PLEA MADE IN TALK BY EXECUTIVE Declares Each State Should _ Have Right In Wet Settlement By The Associated Press. 2sTEW YORK, N. T., Feb. plea for settlement of the prohi- bition question by a return to "the traditional American doctrine of local self government and state de- was voiced here to- nihgtb Gyov hp night by Goevrnor Albert Ritchie, (Democrat) of Maryland. Governor Ritchie offered his plan at'the annual banquet of the. real estate board of New Tork in a speech characterized by a denunci- ation of what he termed the ten- dency to make law "a system of social control, a scheme to regu- late personal conduct and prac- tice." Advocates of this new era "are ntolerant 'of ths orderly processes of government.and of the opinion of the governor charged. He added that If they cannot get what, they want from the states 'they would take all power away :rbm the states and give it to the federal government." He termed the new trend "a spirit of excessive and expressed the be- lief that it is "fast destroying the American system of sovereign states united in a sovereign na- SET fiUSt Mother Of Leahy Claims Tragedy Has Broken Her Health; Cattleman Testifies. By The Associated Press GEORGETOWN, Texas, Feb. 5. The aged parents of Harry J. charged the murder of Dr. J. A. Ramsey of Mathis, took Abilene Mayor Is Not In Race the witness here today in i killing Art Newman, one of Bir- ger's lieutenants and a .principa government witness in the Collins- vine mail robbery case in which the three Shelton brothers were convicted Friday at- Quincy. Newman, it developed, had lefl the roadhouse the afternoon before the raid. Asked By Shirley By The Associated Press Texas, Feb. 5.- -Any kind of robbery where threats of bodily injury are made, regardless of the use of -firearms, will be CONVICTED OF Rival Gang Leader Was Chief Witness For State By The Associated Press. QUIXCY, -111., Feb.' five years each in the federal peni- tentiary at Leavemvorth, Kans., must be spent by Carl, Earl and Shelton Denies It Price told friends that on the Friday after the raid Carl Shelton had crowded his'7car to the side of the road in Wjlliamson county and had stopped to talk to him. Price had described the conversation as "friendly" but refused to go into details. Shelton denied this on the stand in the Quincy trial. BRECKENRIDGE MAN DIES OF INJURIES ERECKEXRIDGE, Texas, R. Stanford, 61, of Feb. this punishaMe by death, if a house Bernie Shelton, Williamson county bill by Rep.' Shirley pending in the Songsters found guilty yesterday legislature is enacted. Death penalty may be assessed now in cases involving uses of fire- arms. Rep. Shirley also is .author of a lull to prohibit injunctions that prevent estranged parents from seeing their children or child involved in the estrangement. The UU would hold the author of such Injunctions responsible for mental thus caused. Three Killed In Church Gas Explosion At Toledo By universal Service. TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. ex- plosion killed three persons and the First Con- pregational church here today. The- dead are Clyde Wilt and his Wifeam Kate, the caretakers and Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald, assistant caretaker. The explosion, caused by ignited sas, is believed to have been the work of a firebug. _______ Chicago Police Halt Car When Young Giri Cries By Universal Service. CHICAGO, Feb. girl scream ing in an automobile today as it sped through Chicago streets drew a detective squad after the car. Police found a pretty girl, who gave her name as Jean LafontaJne, 29, an artist, moaning and crying hysterically, with three young men %'hom she charced with having of robbing the mails of at Collinsviile a year ago. The Shelton's sentenced to- day by Judge Louis Fitzhenry, af- ter he denied a motion for a new trial. The prison sentence for each of the brothers was provided by the federal jury yesterday found them guilty of robbery, alleged by gov- ernment testimony to have been committed in an effort to obtain funds for the illicit liquor 'traffic at the bottom of the gang war- fore. Charles Birger, rival leader, was the chief witness for the state. The defense claimed the mail robbery was "framed" against the broth- eiss to get them out of the %vay. Counsel for the defendants filed motion for a new trial on grounds of error ,and a hearing today on the motion was granted by Judge Louis Fitzhenry. The jury deliberated for hours to decide that the Sheltons slugged a fedoal messenger in Collins- viile, 111., a little over two years ago and drove off with a mail pouch containing city, who was injured in an auto- mobile accident near Rising Star Thursday died here Friday morn- Burial will be made at An- son. Stanford was on his way to Brownwood when the car in which he and four others were riding, overturned on a curve when a rear wheel gave way, according to re- ports here. He is survived by his wife and five children. Miss Olive Ann Stanford, a daughter, suffered several fractures of ribs in the accident. Quarter- Inch Freak Hail Storm Received At Alpine ALPIX, Texas. Feb. 5. A freak during which hail and rain rained thick and fast over half of the town while the sun shown brightly. Xot a drop ot rain or hail fell in portions of the town. The hail was a quarter inch thick over a Another LegalBlow Is Aimed In Chaplin Case By Universal Service LOS AXGELES, Feb. er blow aimed at the receivership of Charlie Chaplin's estate was struck here today by attorneys on behalf of Al Reeves, the comedian's business manager and one of the score of defendants in Mrs. LIta Grey Chaplin's 42-page divorce complaint. Reeves filed notice of a motion to vacato the superior court order appointing the receivers, and a hearing on the action will be held Feb. 10. In support-of this .contention the ;overnor pointed to efforts to pass a federal child labor law and es- tablish a federal department of education, two subjects which he declared belong fundamentally to the states. Believe in Rights "I believe in the right of each state to setle in its own ques- tion WnTch people, its its. srder, its mprate and its said the governor. Prohibition is such a question and there is. grave danger in ignoring.the fact that "the urban element Is against he added. "Why intensify the confliet be- tween the rural and the the governor asked. "The'South and West are rich in achievement and richer still in promise. Entitled .to It If they prohibition they are entitled to have it, but why sub- merge the infinity of problems that confront them in a f...lile struggle to enforce prohibition in which do not want states "It is for principles I plead, for policies, for fundamentals, and. a return to local self government will, more than any other one thing, tend to put an end to sectional controver- sies, group interests and class con- flicts." their eon's trial. Leahy also was j on the stand to deny that he had killed the Mathis doctor and then hid his body in the hills of Live Oak county as the state charges. The defense rested late in the afternoon, and the state completed its rebuttal in short order. The testimony was closed "before 6 m. and the jury was locked up for the week end. The charge will be read Monday and arguments will follow. The more than 100 wit- nesses departed for their homes. Mrs. Leahy, infirm and stooped, said that before the tragedy she had been well and strong, but that the charges against her son had crushed her. She testified her son Harry remained about the house until eight or nine o'clock of the night Dr. Ramsey disappeared, and he then left, that she heard him return and saw him in bed about 11 or o'clock the same night. The defendant's father, H. J. Leahy, said he had lived in the region of Mathis for 76 years. He .could give little light on the he not see his son that night. On the ques- tion of whether Manuella Garza, Mexican servant, had washed any (See AGED PARENT, Papc 10) FOUK AKfc By The Associated Press CHESTER, Pa., Feb. persons were drowned tonight when their closed motor car skidded across the docks here and plunged into the Delaware river. Two men and two women were in tho Tinrty. Jr. Their bodies have not been recov- ered. i RECLUSE IS BURNED By Universal Service OAKLAND, Feb. by police to have been smok- ing a cigaret in bed, Mrs. Theresa Curric, fio, was burned to death early today, when bed clothes caught fire. Mrs. Currie lived VICTIM OF BORGER SHOOTING IS HELD By The Associated Press BORGER, Texas, Feb. able to locate relatives of the dead man, the body of Steve Stevens, alias Fred or Harry Valentine, who was killed in a dance hall shooting here Tuesday night, is still being held by local undertak- ers. Stevens was killed when ?red Davis, held without bond to await the grand jury, walked into he dance hall and fired into the crowd, killing Stevens and wound- ng his, (Davis') 16-year-old wife. --------------1 Borger Boy Buried Alive When Gravel Falls In Pit By The Associated Press BORGER, Texas, Feb. 5. Buried alive under four feet of gravel, Bunno Autry, 15, wsa moothered to death ner horo to- day when a gravel pit csvcu in uddenly. The boy's father, who shoveling gravel alongside him, was burled in the gravel nearly to his arms. His shouts attracted workmen who dug him from the Witchcraft Case 17f In Juarez Loses EL PASO, Texas, Feb. Mrs. Eenigna Rojasm, aged Mexican woman, was found not guilty in Juarez police court to- day on a charge of witchcraft preferred against her by Teodo- ro Alvarado. The woman was arrested after she had sprinkled a great quan- tity of salt about Alvarado's abode, thereby casting a spell on the After a warning to be less liberal with her salt in the fu- ture she was freed. CHARLES E. COOMBES SENTENCES ARE DEFERIED UNTIL INVESTIGATION INTO RECORDS OF MEN IS MADE a right to know whether he- will offer for a third term as mayor i of the city, Charles E. Coombes, last night issued a formal state- ment declaring that under no circumstances would he accept the office again if it were tendered to him. Story below. University Co-ed Turns Burglar To Pay Tuition Debt Night Watchman Halts Efforts of Would-be "Valentine" COOMBES WILL NOT ASK THIRD TERM HE SAYS Warm Rain Here Is Beneficial Grain And Grass Small grain and pasture condi- tions were bcnefitted greatly by a slow rain that fell here almost all day Saturday and continued into j not a candidate for mayor, arid Appreciation Is Expressed In -Statement From Executive Mayor Charles E. Coombes will not be a candidate for re-election. In; a statement issued yesterday he declared emphatically that lie would not seek the office for the third term. "My second term ns mayor will soon hid statement read. "I have rendered four years of sen-ice. I have discharged the duties of office faithfully, impar- tially and to tho best of my ability. This has been done at a great per- sonal sacrifice. The compensation has been the honor of twice being elected to this important office and the satisfaction which I have felt at accomplishing something for the growth of the city and the pros- perity of the people. "I deeply appreciate every as- sistance and encouragement I have received and am thankful for every word soken or written. The friends who have stood by me shall never be- forgotten. I am grateful beyond bounds for the loyalty and support of the city emloyccs. "For many weeks my friends have known that I would not bo a candidate to succeed myself. Prom several quarters pressure has been brought to bear upon me to accept the office again. Candi- dates are announcing for city offices and the people generally Willacy County Sheriff, Three Farmers and Justice of the Peace Are Found Guilty By Jury of Violating Federal Peonage Laws By The Associated Press CORPUS Texas, Feb. men were fouml guilty here of having violated the peonage and conspiracy statutes by a jury tonight at o'clock. The men are Sheriff Raymond Teller of Willaey county; Frank Brandt, deputy and farmer; Justice of the Peace Bodd, Carl Brandt, farmer and L. K. Stockvrell, farmer. Judge J. C. Hutcheson an- nounced -that sentence would be deferred until he could fur- investigate the men's rec- ords. He said he wished to de- termine more accurately what the motives of the official fam- ily in the county were whether they were "selling men at as waiT charged, or whether they were trying to help the farmers out. Jury Is Praised "I have never seen a more dis- criminating verdict since I have been On the was the com- ment of the court. "Whether those who were con- victed should have been acquitted or whether those who were ted should have been convicted, I shall not attempt to pass said Judge Hutcherson, "If they had been students of penology they could not have made the discrimi- nation more intelligent." The jury recommended leniency for Justice of the Peace Dodd and Carl Brandt. "The jury got the he said, have been gotten, in my Judge went on to explain that he made it a practice not to comment on verdicts but "the discriminating way in which, you have rendered this decision caused me to break a precedent." "Having made that he said, "I wish to apologize and almost wish if withdrawn. I don't like a talking, wordy judge. He went on to eay that the jury's action in acquitting County Attor- ney Robinson had "lifted a great j load from my because American Armed Forces Are Iie dld not was guilty, but he did think, ha said, that the case was sufficient' to go to the jury for its decision. The Jury, he added, shows that it has not assumed a slipshod manner in disposing of the but that the jurors had tried figure out just where the peonage was going on. The sentencing of 'the men was "deferred and suspended." he said, for thirty days in order to give the department of justice an opportu- nity to make an investigation. By The Associated Press. T7ERM1LLIOX, S. D., Feb. of to pay her tuition for the -second semester at the University of South Da- kota prompted a 19-year-old co-ed to turn burglar early to- day but her adventure termi- nated in arrest. Equipped with the parapher- nalia of the Craft, Miss Marion Meyers, a freshman, essayed the role of bank robber, forced entry to the First National bank here, but was interrupted before she could attack the vault with an electric drill. Approach of a night watch- man sent her scampering away just as she prepared to use the drill, and in her flight she left a hat bearing- her name. ARE ASSAILED "Commiting Sacasa Says have a right to know what are my intentions. To forever the qur-stion at rest, I state- that I am for the boy. The lad was dead when his body wa? dug from the pit. U. S. Share in German Debt Payments Will Be Changed By Universal Service. WASHINGTON, Feb. The share of the United States in Ger- m a n reparations payments, amounting to 2 1-2 per cent, will be transferred to this country un- der a new arrangement affected between the two governments, the state department announced today. The new plan ia designed to In- sure this country payment In ulf and to help guard the German mark against possible fluctuations. I The Weathei WEST TEXAS: Sunday nnd Mon- day generally lair, mild tempera- the early hours of Sunday. More than three-fourths of an inch had been registered. The temperature was moderate, a little too wnrm for overcoats, and the rainfall was slow. The official U. S. weather fore- cast for today is cloudy with little change in temperature. SAN ANGELO. Texas, Feb. Hard scattered rains, accompanied in places by hail, fell Saturday a.fternoon over this part of West Texas. Rain continued here early tonight, when more than an inch had fallen. The oil fields in Reagan and Upton counties were soaked. Top and sub-surface moisture will meet and much benefit to range and winter grain will accrue. The weather is spring-like. BRONTE. Texas, Feb. grain and livestock will be greatly benefltted by a gentle rain that fell hero today. under no circumstances would I accept the office if it were tendered mo again." TWO MEN SLAIN BY POLICE IN BATTLE PLANE CHASH FATAL By The Associated Frcss BIRMINGHAM, Feb. 5. A. C. Turner, 43, of Lcwisburg, Tenn., was killed and Vivian Jones, form- er army aviator, was severely in- jured when th'j airplane piloted by Jones crashed from an altitude of feet here late today. PRIEST ARRESTED By Universal Service. LAREDO, Texas, Feb. Ar- rested for slaying mass In a private home and taken under guard to City where he was ordered from the republic. Rev. Francis Zambrano arrived here to- By The Associated Press. NORFOLK, Va., Feb. men. believed to be L. J. Honney of Virginia Bench, and Leo AVater- field. of Princess were alleged to have been hunting ducks at night in violation of. the law, were killed in a gun fight last night in the Back Bay sec- tion of Princess Anne county in which another of their party r.ncl three game warden escaped un- harmed. The officers said they camo on the ing Universal Service WASHINGTON, Fb. for reparations for alleged "out- rages" committed by American marines in Nicaragua will be lodged with the state department by tho liberal or rebel faction of Dr. Juan B. Ka.ca.sa. Dr. T. iS. Yaca. Sacas.i's agent here tonight, saicl the demand has already boon filed with the Amer- ican consul at Bluefields and will bo forwarded to the state, depart- ment within ;he next: few days, .signed by Foreign Minister Espi- uosa, of the so-called "constitu- tional1' government. Vac.i has charged that marines, by. order of Admiral Latimer, seibeJ ammunition belonging to the liberals disarmed the gar- rison of outside of neutral territory. Ho said: "In the face of a sworn affi- j davit establishing the outrages perpetrated by Admiral Laamer's forces and the official protest and demand for reparations by the constitutional government a mere denial by the head of departments in Washington is without value. "The landing of American forces at Rio Grande nnd Puerto Ca- is tin illegal act under the principles of international law, the justification of which haa been attempted on half a dozen dif- ferent grounds, none of which has been proved to be correct or even plausible." DAILY S. P. TRAIN TO VALLEY.IS PROGRAM EXPECTANT MOTHER DIES FROM FLAMES By The Associated Preas HOUSTON', Feb. 5. Present plans of general apssenger de- partment of the Southern Pacific three men as they were provldea for the inauguration a d'ich in an automobile thg lflwer Rio K a marsh; Called to halt the men Kunday onc lraln a d cach were said to have opened fire on the officers, who returned the fire, killing two. The third fled into the brush. i way. j Tern porn ry stations have been San Antonio Dry Officers Make Record liquor Haul SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. Seizing a carload of cabbage billed for Fort Worth, mounted customs inspectors in Laredo Saturday found gallons of grain alco- hol and twenty eight cases of whis- key concealed beneath the vege- tables, according to telegraphic vlcon reaching C'olifctor of Cus- toms Kd CotuMii of Knn AntomX One man way arrested i established nt McAlUn and at Ed- jinburg until permanent facilities jean be provided. Through Pull- [man service will be inaugurated at tho same time passenger service is begun. riny to await Instructions from the j secured the bill of lading for tho I CAJf, KUXNEKS REPULSED By Universal Service. El, PASO, Texas, Feb. though snipers on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande laid down a bnrrage of rifle fire to cover tho advance of a band of smugglers, a detachment of tho American bor- der patrol today fatally wounded Francisco 22, in rc-pulsir; tho whiskoy runners. Liquor val- ued at about was confisca- ted. By The Associated Press. FREDERICK, Okla., Feb. Mrs. Roy Gee today gave her life in a vain attempt to rescue from tho flames the small garments she had patiently stitched in prepara- tion for the child she was ex- pecting. Her death occurred in the Frederick hospital shortly be-, fore 5 o'clock this morning as the results of inhaling flames. Fire broke out in the home and Mr. and Mrs. Gee and their three year old daughter escaped in safety. Then the expectant mother re- membered the baby clothing in a trunk and rushed back through tht, flames. She was overcome with smoke and inhaled' the fire with, fatal effect. NEW YORK TABLOID SUIT IS POSTPONED By Universal Service NEW YORK, Feb. 5. The hearing of charges against trie Evening Graphic, a newspaper; here, accused of publishing decent material, concerning the- recent Peaches Browning separa- tion suit, was postponed today. Counsel for the newspaper in- formed Corrlgan that the result of his decision was im- portant to his newspaper and ha wished more time to prepare. The matter was adjourned to Feb. '24. t Moody Grants First Act Of Clemency For Buriaf By The Associated Press AUSTIX, Texas. Feb. Gov.; Dan Moody Saturday granted hitf first act of clemency when prrantcd J. L. House, sentenced to' 10 yeara for forgery, a two furlough at attend today tho oral of his uncJe, William at Houston. The furlough was .MI condition that House bear the pensca of the priion fuard
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