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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 3, 1937, Abilene, Texas ABILENE MORNING REPORTER-NEWS .VOLUME 11 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS PRICE SCENTS NUMBER 18 Incidents At Sea Dim Efforts To Keep War Within Spain Precinct Officers Of County Placed On Fee Pay Basis Precinct officers in Taylor county will be paid through the lee system ijn 1937, rather than by. salary as %fn 1936, the commissioners court voted Friday In Its first 1937 ses- sion. As required by state law, county officers will continue to drtuv stipu- lated salaries, set by commissioners court Friday. All will draw the minimum allowed under the state law. with few changes made from last year's schedule. Increase in salaries of deputies was made in the sheriff's office as the only important raise in pay. Sheriff Sid McAdams will receive the minimum allowed, Chief Deputy Buck Sibley will draw S175 monthly, two other deputies and a fourth will draw on a part time basis, being used and paid only when needed. Under the 193G set-up, Sheriff Burl Wheeler drew the same as McAdams, but three deputies made and Forces Reduced Miss Belle Wellborn, district clerk, will continue to receive per year, with two deputies receiving as formerly. A third deputy, working part time, will not be used In 1937 as In 193C. Tax Assessor-Collector Pat Pat- terson will receive the lowest pos- sible under the state law, One deputy will make per month, one until April 15 and thereafter, one one two and one will work part time at when working. One less deputy will be on the roll than i 1936. County Clerk Vivian Pryar will receive the law's per year, with ohe'ncpuTy making per month, one one one one and one. the latter only temporarily employed. Salaries of county clerk's deputies are smaller than provided in the 1936 schedule. County Judge John Camp will re- ceive the minimum, with a clerk to earn monthly, a See SALARIES Pajc 10, Col. 3 Ci A discussion of events and per- sonalities in the news, world and national, by a group of fearless and Informed newspaper men of Washington anil New York. will be published nn n news friiliire. Opinions expressed are those, of the ttrllen contribution to tile column, -.nil should not tic Interpreted nn reflecting ttio editorial paltry of newspaper. BY RAT TUCKER WASHINGTON, Jan. Roosevelt himself Bclaseoed the ex- traordinary publicity barrage against the New Jersey airplane exporter who insisted on having his jgntl-neutrality pound of flesh. Even Qp Insiders it was an amazing sam- ple of Rooseveltlan statecraft and stagecraft. It was FDR's personal cretary Hull being the state department publicized the ap- plication, violating its own well es- tablished precedents and well kept secrets. There was no for haste, for the planes cannot be shipped for several months. Assis- tant Secmtary Moore, ordinarily an undemoi. .rative Virginian, excavat- ed a passage on "Mammon" from "Paradise Lost" to express his in- dignation. Mr. Roosevelt climaxed the act by exhibiting deeper, per- sonal emotion than at any time since he entered the White House. Press and public responded to this draft on his post-election prestige Purpose was threefold, with the underlying reason hidden. It was de- See WHIRLIGIG Pane 6, Col. 4 Court Order Obtained on Eve of Conference by Union Upon Its Future Course By Tho Aasorlateil I'rtnt The first reprisal in strikes which losed 12 plants of the General Mo tors corporation and affiliates cam Saturday In a court order for "stay In" strikes to vacate two Flshe body plants at Flint, Mich. One hundred and seventy-five of fleers who had been held In readi- ness to enforce the order were de- mobilized tonight, however, when plans to eject the strikers from the plant were deferred while nuthori- les and company officials discuss- ed legal procedure. Tiie court action, initiated by reneral Motors officials, came on he eve of a conference which may determine the future course of catteKd labor difficulties threat- ning to Involve most of the auto- mobile Industry. General Motors with workers Idle in a fifth its plants, has been most tously affected. Unionists Meet Representatives of the United Au- omoblle Workers union, a commit- tee on industrial organization af- iliate, from 10 cities In five states 111 meet at Flint lodhy with Homer ifartin, young president of the inlon. Martin warned that "we antic! ate the spread of the present trikes" unless General Motors greed to negotiate in the manner emanded by the union. Elsewhere in the Industrial world le strike situation was moderately ulet. A move was reported underway or settlement of the three months :d strike at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company. Refuses to Load Ships In New York, union longshoremen efjis'ed to1 load-two-ships whose icrators had reached an agree- icnt with striking seamen and the wners said the vessels would sail empty. The first n-port of violence In the maritime strike on the West coast came when three longshore- men said they had been beaten at San Francisco. A meeting sched- Scc STRIKES rage 10, Col. 2 Young Film Actor Is Found Dead of Shot By Thr Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. Ross Alexander, wise-cracking young film actor, was found dead in the barn back of his home in Van Nuys tonight. His wife of six months, the for- mer Anne Nagel, film actress, said she believed he committed suicide. She was too hysterical to talk coherently. But a maid said, "Be- tween and tonight, Mr. Alexander took his pistol and went out to the barn. He said he was going io kill a duck. "We heard a shot. And then he did not come back." ANDREW W. MELLON By The Afisi WASHINGTON, elated Fri Jan. 2. White House said tonight that An drew W. Mellon, secretary of th treasury in the Hoover adminlstra Jon, had offered his a collection to the government an ;hat President Roosevelt would rec ornmend that congress accept it. Correspondence between the pres dent and the Pittsburgh milllonair disclosed that Mellon also had of !cred to build at his own cxpens See MELLON Page 10, Col. 2 NOTE Negro Arraigned On Murder Count Ray Mays, Merkel negro charged with murder was remanded to the Taylor county jail here Saturday following arraignment before James Gray Bledsoe, justice of the peace. Tile complaint, signed by D. H. Vaughn, Merkel marshal, charged Mays with the fatal shooting of Mberta Henry, Merkel negress, on December 26. The woman died in Hcndrick Memorial hospital here a :ew hours after the shooting. The Weather ATIILEM; AMI VICINITY: nvnnn fair ttundny nnd Monday. 1VKST TIIXAS: Knlr, cooler In rxlm until Html purl Ion Sunday; Momlny fall KA.ST TK.YAH: Ocnrrnlly fair, rwlcr floiltli [inrllon .Mmiddy Kcnrrnlly fair, Light to nuHlrrafc! imrtlicrly OKLAHOMA! Fltlr, NKW .MIIXICO: Fair Associated Prcnn NEW YORK, Jan. 2. A man Identified by police as Fred Dunn, 29, was found shot to death In a west 65th street apartment tonight a short time after nine men staged spectacular holdup of employes and customers in a downtown clothing store. Police said Dunn apparently had been slain in a dispute over division i if the loot. They said 30 envelopes; "ontainlng checks Identified as part >f the loot taken from the clothing ;tore, were found In the apartment- Tiie robbers, armed with pistols md submachine guns, escaped with in cash and several thous- nds more in cash and jewelry taken rom the employes and customers hey herded into the rear of tore. idea of amending the constitution leaped suddenly to the forefront of congressional top- ics tonight when Senator Robinson, democratic leader, said that it WHS I the "best method" to handle thai hour problem. The Arkansas senator, back for the congres- sional opening Tuesday, dictated to reporters a declaration that T' the Boy Just Misses Being First Baby He was a few hours behind time, iut Baby Green just missed being New Year's bahy. Son of Mr. and tfrs. J. C. Green, 1110 Butternut, rte child was born a. m., laturflay. .t Birth of Catherine Ann Bynum at ;10 p. m., Friday, was reported to ic Reporter-News Friday, she s the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond T. Bynum. Gifts from various Abilene firms 111 constitute a welcome, conducted y the Re porter-News, .under pre- cribed rules to the city's first 937 baby. Firms and their contributors: In- ependenfc Ice, on a 1937 Cool- rator; McLemore-Bass drug, toilet et; Right-Way laundry, laundry ervice; Waldrop FurnHuiy a baby rib or on another piece of ui'sery furniture; Clucks'e studio, holograph of the baby; Mead's akery, a loaf of Butter-Nut bread ontnining in currency; W. T. rant, one dozen diapers; Banner rearnery, 30 quarts of milk; J. C. enncy, woolen sacque; Sun Elec- ic, on a Norge washing mach- ie; El'lott's funeral home, free ain- jlance service for mother baby, ack Lintmi Drug, hot water bottle nd B B talcum and W. Fisher Jewelry, gold and diamond aby ring. supreme court decisions 'holding that neither the federal nor state governments had "power "to pre- scribe maximum hours and mini- mum wages" had created "a very unsatisfactory condition." Alternately fingering and puffing a cigar, he asserted the power should be given to the states or con- gress and predicted that the issue would be "settled at this session." He was careful, however, not to close the door to attempts to meet the hour and wage problem through legislation. fwould be put off their places this (year. Homer H, Scott, cashier of the Citizens National bank, declared that there were many more appli- cations this winter for rentable farms belonging to the bank than ever before. "Scores upon scores .of men have come into this bank and applied for farms. Similarly, in the first part of 1936 there were more calls for farms than previously, but ap- plications at the present time ex- ceed anything I have ever Scott said. "I attribute the large ncrease to landlords purchasing tractors and farming more land he continued, Paul Jones, vice-president of the Farmers and Merchants National bank, also said applications for ten- ant farms at his bank were on the increase. Of a different frame of mind was Sec TENANTS Page 10, Col. 4 SUB-FREEZING REACHES HERE Mercury Dropslo 28.as Cold Wave Arrives; The delayed cold, wave finally, ar- rived here Saturday night, the thermometer showing 28 degrees at 11 p. m., a drop of two degrees from 10 o'clock. The low for Saturday morning was 39 degrees. By The Acacia'M A cold wave brought .sub-freezing temperatures to the Texas Pan- handle and moved slowly southward Saturday night, losing much of its sting as it spread toward the gulf, j The norther from the Rockies caused the temperature to tumble :o a minimum of 16 at Amarillo. L Recommended STANFORD C. STUBS By The Associated Press WASHINGTON, Jan, Morris Sheppard and Tom Connal- ly of Texas announced today they had recommended appointment o. Stanford 0. Stiles of Detroit, Texas as United States marshal for the eastern district of Texas. He would succeed Ed L. Taylor temporary marshal since the death of J. E. Ponder at Texarkana In August. Stilis previously was a de- puty in the Paris division of the eastern district. Lawmakers Revive'Plans To Control Capital During Strife By The Asnoeta'ra WASHINGTON, Jan. congressional talk of strengthened neutrality _ _ of the hquse mititdK-. ocnimite Informed sources" said 'Represen- tative Hill high ranking member of the military committee would Introduce a'bllf'to take the profits out of strife. Strong commit- tee support was predicted. A somewhat similar measure massed the house in 1935, but after icing drastically revised by senate committees failed to reach the statute books. Mobilization of labor snd capital In wartime was advocated by Repre- sentative Wilcox a member By Assortlilpcl AUSTIN, Jan. 2. Members of the 45th legislature arriving In ever increasing numbers predicted today the general session starting 10 days hence would be without the per- sonal rancors which marked many similar conclaves In the past. Rep. Bob Calvort of Hlllsboro, first of several candidates for the spciikershlp of the- lower chamber ;o set up the out- ook for a constructive session was bright, and his views were echoed iy others. A-possibility thftt the honor ofi over the house might LEGISLATURE me 10, Col. 3 scnrs was believed to be a good omen. Calvert claimed to have more than a majority of the members pledged to his candidacy and his friends said It would not be sur- prising if the the other cnndldaes, Reps. Homer Leonard of McAllen. Emmctt Morse of Huoston and Al- bert Walker of Vernon. withdrew. Supporters said the latter, however, were still ver- much in the race. Some repi .jscntativrs snlel tiie overwhelming victory of Governor randson of Trent Couple Is Killed TRENT, Jan. and Mrs. B. P. Slpes of Trent have been notified of the accidental death of their grandson, Buster Slpes, 18, in Arizona. The youth, who formerly lived here, died In on Arizona hos- pital, after being carried there by P. passerby. The liody was sent to the home of his mother, Mrs. Alice Sipes, in Port Worth, where funeral rites were held Saturday afternoon. His father, Shields Slpes, oil op- Father of Abilene Man Death Victim WICHITA PALLS. Jan. W. Robertson, Sr., 75, father of W. W. Robertson, Jr., of Abilene, died here shortly after 8 o'clock tonight of an extended illness resulting from a heart p.ilment. Funeral services will be held at the family home here at 4 p. m. Sunday, with Dr. H. T. Wood, pas- tor of the First Christian church, officiating. Burial will be In a local cemetery. The widow is the only other 1m- Saturday, however, it rose to a maximum of 38. Continued cold and fair weather was forecast for that section Sunday. At Wichita Falls a cold wind sent I the temperature down to a min- imum of 28. After warming up to 38, it grew colder again after night- fall. Lubbock reported a minimum of 31 and a maximum of 48. The temperature at Dallas was around 40, with a forecast of from 21 to 27 degrees for early Sunday. The skies were partly cloudy. CHICAGO, Jan. A frigid wave followed a blizzard's cold trail into the midwest today. One death was reported. Heavy snow, ranging to more than a foot in depth, fell in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Readings under the zero mark i of the committee, as one of the "most practical" methods of mak- ing war unpopular. "If industry knew its plants would be taken over upon the outbreak of war and operated for the good of the Wilcox said, "you would find the heat being turned on congress to prevent war being declared. Too .many people stand to profit from war the way things are now." The Florida man said he favored paying all agricultural and indus- trial workers the same wages as soldiers, Social Security Bar Ass'n Study Thirty-one members of the Tay- lor County Bar association were present Saturday for the January Basque Government Says Its Ships to Fire Upon Any Vessel Attacking Merchantmen By Tile AMoelated Treat Threats and counter-threats In' the wake of German retaliation for seizure of a German freighter by Spanish socialists Saturday night dimmed European efforts to keep the Spanish civil war confined to Spain. Germany announced the pocket battleship Graf spee had seized the Spanish freighter Aragon and forc- ed It into an unnamed Spanish in- surgent port and the cruiser Koe- nlgsberg with shellflre had driven the Spanish freighter Sotou around on the Basque To Be Continued These measures, retaliation for the recent seizure "of the German freighter Palos by the Spanish Bas- que, regime at Bilbao, would be continued, a Carman official said, until satisfaction nad been given Germany over the Palos incident. The autonomous Basque govern- ment ordered'boats in'the Bay of Biscay area to fire on any vessel of any nation attacking Spanish merchantmen. The Valencia Socialist govern- ment; declared it was prepared to "reply in fitting manner' to the shelling of the Soton and termed the attack an "act of war." The Palos itself was freed Tues- day, but the Basques detained car- jo which they said was" contra- band" and a .Spanish passenger they said was a German Demand A German spokesman said "We want the Palosr just as It Vas seiz- cargo' intact and all :her passengers." Grava" French. :.offi German fflcldenti followed by the shellttfg of a 1 vessel by i trawlers. The French merchant vessel, bor- der and foreign office reports said, was shelled off the 'northern-Toast of Spain but escaped without age. Diplomatic sources In Paris said See EUROPE Page 10, Col. 2 Little Miss McRee Trent's '37 Baby TRENT, Jan. New Year baby Is Caroline McRee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hale Mc- Ree. She was bom at 3 o'clock on. he morning of January 1. The laby is a granddaughter of Mrs. 1. B. McRee, a pioneer resident of Trent, and Mrs. Ebb McGowan of amesa. PLANES READY FOR SHIPMENT Crated Ships Destined for Spanish Loyalist Use Rr Tlir PrM- NEW YORK, Jan. least rated second-hand American eir- luncheon meeting at the Hilton plants are at North Beach airport. mediate survivor Mr. Robertson were reported throughout North came here in 1904 from Kentucky, Dakota ln Nebraska, retiring in 1919 from co-ownership of an ice plant. W. W. Robertson. Jr., went to Wichita Palls Thursday and at the bedside of his father when he died. The younger man is chief engineer of radio stations KRBC, Abilene; KPLT, Paris; and KBST, Big Spring. He had Wn with his father at frequent intervals for several months. Gulf Maritime Strike Is Settled PORT ARTHUR, Jan. J. Gamier, publicity chairman of the Port "Arthur "maritime strike committee, announced tonight gulf seamen had ended their strike against tankers, the mtijor phase of the 85-day-old waterfront walkout. Gamier said strike committees at Houston, Gaiveston, New Orleans, Beaumont, Lake Charles and Mobile concurred In resolutions to return to work if prevailing raised wages were maintained. He asserted sen" men would be hired only through rank and file halls. Spokesmen emphasized the strike against cargo vessels had not ended nnd that It would bo cupportod by seamen returning to work on tank- RETURNS TO ARKANSAS Arthur E. Kcclc of Little Rock. Arkansas, will leave Sunday for that city after spending a week irator of Holdenvllle, Oklahoma, [visiting with his parents. Mr. and went to Port Worth to attend tho Mrs. I, R. Kcclc of Abilene, during Blizzards reminiscent of last January's paralyzing storms swept over a wide expanse of prairie land from Kansas to Minnesota. Near Hoxie, Kan., the body of Dr. L. H. McCartney, 60, was found three miles from his automobile he abandoned in the snow. Tire Dealer Goes To New Location E. N, Compere, dealer here In General Tires, has announced re- moval of his Business from 1441 South First street to the Guitar building at South First and Syca- more, streets. hotel. J. R. Black was master of ceremonies. Soqlai security legislation was stu- died, Ellis Douthit discussing the national act and Bryan Bradbury, state representative from Taylor county, explaining the state pro- vision. Present were Judge W. R. Chap- man, J. M. Wagstnff, R. M. Wag- staff, James P. Stinson, E. T. Brooks, Roy Duke, W. W. Heir, Judge John L. Camp, D. M. Oldham, Jr., Ellis K. Douthit, John Alvis, Dallas Scar- borough. Davis Scarborough, Brad- bury, Frank Smith, Tom K. Eplen, Wiley Caffey, Laurel Drnn. Joe Childers. A. K. Doss, R. W. Haynie, Harry Tom E. M. Overshiner, R. M." Wagstaff, Ellit Douthit, Black, members; Sid H. McAdnms, Taylor county sheriff, Walter Jr. ot Anson nnd Hudson Smart. BUILDING PERMITS IN 21 TEXAS CITIES DOUBLE TOTAL V1935 Uy Thr AiiorliilM DALLAS, Jan. building iu 1936 HS measured by permits Is- sued In 21 of the state's largest "cltirs came within n few dollars of doubling 1935 activity. Permits for 1936 totaled 385 compared to construction au- thorizations of by the snme cities in 1935. Houston showed the greutest dol- lar gain, permits Issued bounding from to Dal- as and Port Worth both felt the stimulation of huge centennial crle- funornl. ihe Christmas )iatlon.s and more I their building. than doubled Lubbock reported the greates Long; Island, tonight, airport offi- cials said, ready for Immediate shipment to Spain; and more are expected. They were described at the air- port of the order of 60 planes bought by Robert Cuse of Jersey City, N. J., which government leaders hoped to prevent leaving the United States. Speedy action is planned after con- gress convenes next week to bar the shipment to the Spanish government at Valencia, the purchaser. Another group of four planes at Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, airport attaches there said, will be flown to Mexico where a Spanish liner already has loaded a'number of similar machines. Thsse planes belonged to the American Air Lines, which has sold 13 machines of the same make (Condor) to the Compagnia cte Transporter Aeros Del Facifico. a Mexican air line, under a stipulation that they were intended for com- mercial use .in Mexico. .Part or all of that order already has been flown to Mexico. Several planes have been dis- mantled and loaded aboard tho Spanish freighter Motormar at Vera Cruz. pLTcentage penv.its jumping (torn In 1935 to 1936, nn increase of more than 500 per cent. A its tin and reported building permits slightly' under 1935 figures. In addition to the total for building In the city jiroper. Corpus Christ! officials estimated suburban building totaled Long- view's permits tolalinR established a now all time high re- cord, Beai.mont Issued permits for the See Bun.oiXG r.iffc 10, Col. s December Rainfall Far Below Normal PredpiUUon In Abilono totalled only .77 Inch during December, against a normnl ot 1.34, monthly meteorological summary ot the lo- cal weather bureau shows. Of this, .59 inch fell In a 24-hour period December and 3. Lessor have fallen in 2t Decem- bers of the last 53, the report shows. Mean average temperatures for the montii ww 50 dcRrees. four degrees above Die normal of 46.
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