Abilene Reporter News, January 15, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

January 15, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL. LVI I, NO. 243 "WITHOUT, OR WITH OWENSE TO FRIENDS OR E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTU" AS IT GOES.'-Byrmi ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1938.-8 PAGES Bonnet Moves To Form New French Gov't Tackles Task Rejected Earlier By Two Others; Spreading Strikes Threaten Nation's Wobbly Position PARIS, Jan. Georges Bonnet, diplomat and fin- expert, tonight tried to pull together the shattered rem- nants of the people's front and form a new government to solve the lahor and economic problems that forced Camille Chau- temps out of office. Bonnet, finance minister in Chautemp's cabinet and like him a radical-socialist, promis- ed to give President Albert Le- brun his answer tomorrow. At Jeasl two other persons re- _ J fused the post before Bonnet ac- I inpnpn cepted the task of whipping the communists, socialists and radical- socialists once again Into the peo- ple's front that ruled France for 19 months. The still spreading wave of strikes and the threat to France's Old Glory's New School Lubbock Senator Is Main Speaker For Dedication I1Y HARRY HOLT OLD GLORY, Jan. G. H. Nelson of Lubbock was main speaker today in dedication of the new Old Glory school building. Other speakers were Sam Apple- ton, superintendent of the local school, Dr. R. A. Collins of Hard in- Simmons university, John L; Beard, deputy state superintend- ent; S. L. Stewart, county school superintendent; snd J. W. O'Ban- ion, of the state department of education. The new 11-room brick build- ing which also includes a combi- nation gymnasium-auditorium, was erected to replace the old struc- ture which 'was destroyed by In additton to the works progress administration grant and insur- ance money, an bond was voted to finance the modern school building. H. H. Shadle of Asper- mont wns 'contractor. 100 SQUARE MILES There are 100 square miles in the Old Glory school district which takes in the rural schools of New Hope, Zipn and Old Brandenburg Vth'at, were gfbuped in years ago. Four buses 'are em- ployed in transporting students and there are 250 scholastics in the district. Appleton heads the faculty com- posed of nine members. Don Woods is principal of the school which has 16 affiliated units. At the morning program 'music was furnished by the Abilene Christian college academy band, and in the evening there was music by Ihe Old Glory string band. Among the visiting school men attending the dedicatory were C. P- Cook, superintendent at Pea- cock; Superintendent Ratan of Ewenson, G. H. Railsback, head of the Aspermont Gra- ham, Haskell county superintend- ent; and Frank Farmer, Scurry county superintendent. B. R. Johnson is president of (he Old Glory school board and other members are Herbert Rinn, secretary; Herbert Klump, Martin A. J. Dipple, C. A. Agnew end A. J. Barbce. Undercover Agent Injured By Bomb LOS ANGELES, Jan. (if) A bomb exploded today In the au- tomobile of Harry Raymond, under- cover investigator and veteran for- mer police and detective chief in Southern California cities, serious- ly injuring him. The bomb ex- ploded when he pressed the car starter In his garage. Raymond has been doing investi- gation work for Brigham Rose, an attorney in Ihe bankruptcy case of former Police Commissioner Harry E Munson. Rose also is attorney for the citizens independent vice investijation committee, called the organized by Clifford E. Clinton, leader of a minority re- form group in the 1937 grand jury. Both Rose and Clinton expressed belief that the bombing resulted from Raymond's connection with the Munson case. prestige among her already waver- ing allies in central Europe hast- ened Lebrun's efforts to obtain a new government. In the "red region" of northern France, workers demonstrat- ed their "vigilance" and support of the communists outside Valen- ciennes metal factories. The com- munist support of strikers and In- sistence on foreign exchange con- trol was the immediate cause of Chautemps' downfall. Mobile guardsmen patrolled 'the streets of Paris. Diplomats of the United States :nd Great with Prance in the monetary accord that sought to bolster the falling Cardozo Holds Own WASHINGTON, Jan. 14- (.-P) Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. seriously ill with heart disease, clung tonight to a gain he achieved more than 24 hours ago. His physicians said they viewed this as a "hopeful sign." franc -watched the closely. situation End Testimony In Anson Damage Suit Seek From insurance Firm __.. .-r.as finished in IMth district' court Fri- day in trial of the suit of Mrs. Allene Purifoy and husband against Ihe Aetna Life Insurance company and G. T. Sauls lor damages. Jury is expected to begin deli- b2rations Saturday, after hearing of arguments. Mrs. Purifoy seeks damages she asserts were brought about when improvements were moved off of a place she .bought from Aetna near Tuxedo. Judge W. R. Chapman Thursday gave an instructed verdict for the defendants, Leonard L, Hager and D. E. Prewitt, in a suit brought a- galnst these parties by Henry Hager and others to set aside a deed. The deed in question was executed by Sally A. Hager, mother of Leonard L, Hager and Henry Hager to Leonard L. Hager. shortly before her death. Plaintiff was favored in a jury verdict in the suit of Gay Guest against Casualty Underwriters and others for compensation. Guest sought compensation for perman- ent disabilities when he was injured while runnmg casing on an oil well near Lueders. Criminal cases will be heard in 101th court Monday. WTCC'c Drive For Members Clicking Progress was reported Friday by J. A. Rix, assistant manager of the West Texas chamber ot commmerce in the WTCC's annual membership campaign. Abcrnathy, whose director is Ray Pinson. was the first town to reach its quota. Floydada. with J. M. Willson as director, and Brownfield represented by R. M. Kendrick' oversubscribed their quotas; Lam- whose director is Owen C. Tay- lor, filled its quota. Membership drives also are being staged at Lockney, Tulta, Hale Cen- ter. Tahokn. Spur. Aspermont, Lcv- ellarid, and Llttlefleld. ACC Students Told Of Shanghai Chaos Scenes of Shanghai in Its present choas were sketched for students ol Abilene Christian college this morn- ing by Norvel Young of Nashville- Tenn., graduate of ACC who re- turned January 1 from a world tour Altetllltd Trta (An L'nlltJ ITtii U'P) PRICE 5 CENTS lax Supported C-C Talked At Boosters Meet Advantages Are Cited By Visitor From S'water Possibilities of a tax-supported chamber of commerce last, night were brousht before the spotlight of Abilene's interest in community enterprise. The subject was discussed by 50- odd participants in an old-fashioned "town sponsored by the Boosters club. It was held In the Red room of the Hilton hotel. Half' a dozen women braved swirling tobacco smoke to join In the open forum, others taking part besides club members Included Mayor W. W. Hair, who was prin- cipal spsakcr, and Postmaster O. A. Hale, Mrs. Morgan Jones and George Barber and H. A. Walker of Sweelwater. MAYOR NAMES 7 GOALS _ Mayor Hair, who club's program, named seven goals to which he pledged assltance .of the city administration: Comple- tion of the Fort Phantom Hill dam and reservoir, securing more parks and playgrounds, finishing improve- ments to the municipal airport, pro- viding more city school buildings, opsning of a natural resources and historical museum in the West Texas chamber of commerce build- ing, increasing efficiency of the city abattoir, and encouraging es- tablishment of more Industrial houses. Discussion of a tax-supported chamber of commerce or board of city development came near the close of the two-hour meeting. It was inspired by arrival of Barber, manager of the Sweetwatcr board of city development, and Walker, president of the organization. They visited-the gathering after attend- ing to business here. Barber described support such an agency as only fair and equit- able way" of providing funds for a chamber of commerce or board of city development. He said the Sweetwater board's budget, is sup- plltd by a tax of two mills on .the daflat-flicaui t; no time I s :'nt ceaiiiy for membership drives br collection ol dues, the manager has more time for community projects and BO per cent of the agency's funds go dir- ectly into those projects. Two of the women participants also had the floor brie.fly. Support of the Business Professional Wo- men's club for the Booster program was pledged by Christine Doyle. Mrs. Morgan Jones took issue with Bootcrs club for ''broadcasting our shortcomings" but also endorsed the platform. She suggested a series of meetings, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, for new- comers to get acquainted. Secretary Cockerell reported that the Boosters' membership drive, launched Monday, has added 112 new members to the club rolls. Rites Conducted For Hermleigh Resident SNYDER, Jan. ncrsl for H. T. Gbastine, 62. who died Thursday morning in a Snyder hospital, was held Friday afternoon at Central Baptist church. Mr. Gleasttne had lived at Herm- leigh 20 years. Funeral was conduct- ed by the Rev. G. w. Parks, pastor, assisted by the Rsv. P. D. O'Brien of Stamford. Burial was made at Hermleigh. Survivors Include a brother, c. B. Gleastlne of Hermleigh; a sister, Mrs. Ida Newsome of Bellvllle; his wife; a son, Bcrnerd of Hermleigh; three daughters. Vcrdell- Naida and Fayc Diene of Hermleigh. Legion For Peace Says State Leader COLEMAN. Jan. Stressing the American legion's belief in peace. Dr. W. J. Danforth. Fort Worth, state commander of the American legion, tonight made an inspirational address before more than 100 legionnaires at the local post's annual banquet. "While the legion believes in peace.'' stated Dr. DanfortH. "we still believe in being adequately prepared for self defense for Ihe protection of American lives and property. The United States should not engage In sending mu- nitions lo warring nations." Towns represented were: Port Worth, San Angclo. Brownwood, Comanchc. Santa Anta. Kerrville, Abilene. Brady and Coleman. BELOW 'MINIMUM' Mae's Adam-Eve Skit Draws Federal Censure HIS FAST IN 13TH DAY MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. The Very Rev. Israel Harding Noe, above, made it clear today he does hot care what others say respecting the fast he believes is carrying him slowly, but surely toward im- mortality on earth. He busied himself at home with duties as dean of St. Mary's Episcopal cathedral on the 13th day of his fast. Since Jan. 2, he has had neither food nor liquids, having abandoned even oranges on which he sub- sisted last year. MIDNIGHT Howard Goes Dry As Dis't Judge Holds December Balloting Valid BIG SPRING, Jan. speaking, Howard county was due to Join the ranks of "bone dry" counties at midnight .'That was the deadline for cessation of sale of liquors and beverages of all kinds, result of a referendum last month which showed a dry nwjorlty of 118 votes., TheVHectIori: was-contested, but the closing time which "had been fixed by the commissioners' court when returns were canvassed, Dis- trict Judge Charles L. Klapproth ruled that the vote was valid. Said he: "There' has not been sufficient irregularity shown x x x to justify -the court setting aside the Notice'of appeal was given, and :hfi contest is due to go before the appellate court at: Eastland; but Judge Klapproth denied the con-, iestants' pica for a supersedeas bond, under which liquor and beer sales could have been continued pending outcome'of the appeal. STILL A QUESTION Question remained in some quar- ters as to whether the county was legally dry while the case contesting the election was pending in the courts. A liquor control agent at Big Spring said that previously the state board had held that the we1 status remains pending outcome ol the appeal of the case. But in Austin. Assistant Attorney- General S. L. Phelps. .said that in his opinion once a 'commissioner court had '.declared< jr territory dry 'pella'te cburl sets trie ruling aside Attempts were.being made (o checl with Liquor Administrator Bur Ford in Fort' Worth. The county has had legal bee. since September, 1933. Package stores, were opened in March o 1S36. Tlie closing order affects 8' establishments. Including more than a score of package stores. The res are beer dispensaries of varyini type, from roadhouses to hotels anc cafes. There are wholesal liquor establishments in Big Spring and these probably will continue t< operate, serving .wet counties o West Texas, and drug store re qulrements. Wets asserted during the pre election campaign that liquor and been interets employed some M persons in the county. Sheriff, L-Men 'Just Like That' John W. Coates. genial' chief of the Abilene district of the Texas liquor control board, made a serious error yesterday morning. He did a little talking in the presence of a newspaper reporter and as a re- sult, as usually Is the case, he later read in the paper what he had told the reporter in sort of an off-the- record manner. Coates was somewhat displeased by the apparent lack of cooperation of a sheriff of one county in his district and opined that it might be because of election year. The statement backfired to the extent that some Abilene readers of the article concluded that Coates and Sheriff Sid McAdams, of Tay- lor county, were not working in harmony. As a result Coates soon had the reporter on the carpet and request- ed lliat the wrong Impression be righted. "Sid McAdams and his fores have cooperated with the liquor board In every respect and in every way humanly possible." Coates stated. "And as a result illicit sale of beer and whiskey in Taylor county according to popula- tion Is less than in any other coun- ty or my entire district." the chief of the liquor board added. WASHINGTON. Jan. H Mac West's recent "Adam and Eve" radio skit drew forma! condemna- tion today from the federal com- munications commission. The commission said the feature by Miss West and Don Ameche, and the dialogue between the actress and Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bcr- gen's dummy, ''were far below even the minimum standards which should control the selection and production ft brrwcast programs" CLOSES INCIDENT Chairman Frank R. McNlnch wrote Lenox B, Lohr, president ef National Broadcasting Company, Inc., that "in view of your recogni- tion of Ihe objectionable character of the program In question and of your assurance that greater care and caution will be exercised in the future, the commission has decided to lake no further action at this time than the writing of Oils let- ter in condemnation." McNinch said that when the 95 stations which carried the program apply for renewal of their licenses, the "commission will take under this incident alons with, all evidence tending to show whether or not a particular licensee has conducted his station In the public interest." He commended National Broad- casting company for apolojlzins for the program, but added- NOT "HUMAN ERROR" "We arc unable, however, to ac- cept the view expressed in your letter that the broadcasting of these features was only human error In Judgment: Under the present statute, Me- winch said, the commission has no power pf censorship. Merchants Warned Against 'Con Game' Merchants in West Texas have been warned against a new type of confidence igame, played by young man In Pecos Ja'nuary is. The man, about 23 to 28 vcars of age. went into several stores with lists of merchandise written out on a slip of parxr. In each store he would buy several articles, have them wrapped up. Then he would pretend Inability to decide on some article of hai or shirt, for wouM ask to take it out side to his car "to show It to my wife." After leaving the store with the article, the man would disappear, keeping the article but failing to return for other merchandise wrap- ped up. Oil-Gas Member Drive Launched Abilene chamber of commerc mailed 400 letters Friday night so liciting rc-reglsteration ot member in the West Central Texas Oil air Gas association. The letters went to old member as a forerunner of a campaig that will begin January 55 for ne' members. Oil and g.v commute of the chamber, headed by R. Stephens, is heading Ihe campaigi Enclosed In the letters are blank for application for membership i tthe association. Annual dues fo individuals are SI, for firms "We are writing old member asking for their advance renewal, the letter reads. "All you have dos Is fill out the attached mem bershlp application apd return i In the envelope enclosed." The letter Is signed by Steph ens, and listed below are names o other members of the committee Ellis Hall. Vic Behrcns. E. A. Un grcn, Harold Austin. E. W. Mou tray, M. Shaw. W. P. Wright. Lo Steffcns. T. E. Brownlce, R. M Wagstaff. Gentry Fischer. H. Hanks. E. H. Moore. J. L. Me David. W. B. Jarrctt and Ros Jennings. Rush Is Staged For Chauffeur Licenses Texas highway patrolmen lssue< U5 chauffeur's licenses yesterday t 'ruck drivers from the local offic of the state patrol. The day's of business wa 'he outcome of 83 traffic tickets is ursday afternoon to truckei and drivers of delivery trucks. Patrolman G. o. Fiijliugh. sal hut night that if a dmer did no "low whether his license had ex PIred or not. he had belter fin Patrolmen will bc-jln issuing tickets in the next lew days an lines assessed. The hlghwav patrol on th, first floor ot "iho eUy hail Is opci from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m except on Friday when they wil at 3 m. 3 SweepingJTcix Ghanges Recommended In House Capital Gains, Profits Levies In Proposals lapan Regains Strategic City After Losing It Defending Sino Army In Retreat Toward South SHANGHAI, Jan. ay) Japanese announced oday their forces in Shantung rovince had driven through stra- egic Tsining southward toward he Lunghal railway and had oc- upled Tangchiakuo. They said the Chinese 29th army vhich had defended Tsining was etreating toward Kinshan, 21 miles to the south. Chinese press dispatches con- ceded the Japanese were. in pos- session of Tsining which was re- ported deserted by civilians and irtually destroyed by gunfire. Earlier a reinforced Chinese army, fighting savagely to stave off Japanese conquest of the na- .ion's bread basket, was reported :o have recaptured strategic Tsln- ng by storm. SURPRISE ATTACK Chinese dispatches said the Japanese captors of the southern Shantung province city were taken by surprise by a furious counter-attack and driven three miles from the city. Independent reports Indicated Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, Sn personal command of the Lung- nai front, was concentrating. his utmost strength along the rail- road, long has been considered China's last line of defense. The-Chinese have been recruit; Ing hew troops .and i-erfvIipcJCW past six weeks. These "ien, wi only- the scantiest training, are being put into action' against the some trained Japanese troops- in southern Shantung and northern Kiangsu provinces. In the far northwest, reports through Chinese channels said, outer Mongolian troops had moved into position along the bor- der of Sulyuan province, which fell to Ihe Japanese in the early months of the war. These troops were considered under Russian Influence. DIES WITH FATHER Heart Attack Kills Man At Big Spring BIG SPRING, Jan. Edward H. Wyatt, oil field worker, succumbed unexpectedly at his res- idence early this morning. He was stricken with a heart attack. Wyatt, about 45, worked with the Porsan casing crew. His former home was Okemah, Okla., and ar- rangements were incomplete pend- ing word from relatives there. Farmers' Market Committee Topic Possibilities of establishing central produce market for farm- ers In Abilene was discussed at a meeting of the chamber of com mcrce agricultural committee Fri- day. No definite action was taken, but members of the committee planned to make more extensive investiga- tions into the matter. Under the plan, a market place would be es- tablished where farmers could bring their produce for sale, at little or no cost. The plan has been found suc- cessful in some communities, it was pointed out. Highway committee of the chamber of commerce met Thurs- day to confer with S. J. Tread- away, new highway engineer for division 8. Building program in the Abilene area was discussed T-Bone Winters U chairman of the committee. Nellie Meesc 11, was found shot to death near the body of her father, Nelson Meese, in Scottdale, Pa. The coroner said the two, their relationship unknown to each other, had fallen in love. President Hits WallStreeters Holding Concerns' Death Goal Of Newest PresMmt' Roosevelt' siartled the tM world; Hope To Remedy Slump, Maintain Gov't Revenue WASHNGTON, Jan. 14. Newly-completed tax revision ommendations should stimulate business substantially without low- ering the government's income, house tax sub-committee declared today. It handed to the full house ways and means committee 63 recom- mendations for tax changes, in- cluding proposals for extensive modification of the two levies which business men have criticized on capital gains and. undistributed corporate profits. The full committee arranged to begin public hearings on them to- morrow. PRINCIPLES "SOUND" The sub-committee contended' the principle of the undistributed profit tax was sound and should" be retained, that complaints about hardships resulting from it were exaggerated, and that the severity of normal income and Undistrib- uted profits taxes on corporations "his often been overstated." But it suggested a multiplicity of changes in corporate which.which it said should ellmi-' rule some causes of hardshipsand inequity and ease the tax load of small companies. The subcommittee contended too, that the.application of'Income Income derived from'oii- iUl, (Sins Kojding companies In all lines "of industry and finance. He told his semi-weekly press conference that his ultimate aim was the elimination of such con- cerns not only among the'power utilities, as now partially provided by law, but in banking and other business and industrial fields. WALL -AMAZED' Wall Street frankly was amazed. Experts on corporation finance were quick to say that more than half the companies whose secur- ities are widely held arc holding companies, in some degree at least. Of the latter, they said, many actually are operating companies owning outright control of subsid- iaries, and thus differ from the pyramided type of holding com- pany to which Roosevelt has ob- jected in the past in the utilities field. PERHAPS 'QUALIFICATIONS' So complex was the question posed by the president, in fact, that many financial men said they thought'fhcre might be qual- ifications which'Roosevelt had not mentioned....... Regarding. 'the' president's criti- cism of holding companies In the banking field, and his attack upon "remote control" of local banks, they estimated that four com- panies control banks having assets of nearly. When or how Roosevelt proposed to carry out his idea was left to conjecture. Bank Messenger's Slayers Hanged NEW ORLEANS, Jan. Three bank bandits were hanged in the Orleans parish prison today for the murder of a bank messenger even years ago during a holdup in which another man was killed and a third critically wounded. White-faced and nervous, the three Owen Cauche. Joseph Ugarte and Anthony ed from their last Catholic services with two pricsti and two sisters to the scaffold. STUDENT Lamar Representatives Weigh City's Problems, Attend Commission Session "Mayor" Ernest Green presided nt yesterday's city commission meet- Ing, and "Commiscloners" PaLsy Bryton. (Catherine Anderson, Roy B. Bradford and Harold Watt Har- vey pondered municipal problems. That's right. It was the duly elect- ed administration from the citizen- ship fifth grade class of Lamar school. The junior officials, most of the time, observed: but for a brief per- iod, while city officials relinquished their rights, they headed the city government. Ernest is 12; HarcM Is II, Kather- Inc and Patsy are ten. and Roy is nearly 14. They Invaded the city haU tad fitted their rights at yester- day. They inspected tlie police sta- tion, jail, water department and olher offices. Then st 2 o'clock, they Into a commission session. They stayed through a three-hour conference. "We greatly appreciate your courtesy. Mayer Hair." said "Mayor" Green as the session end- ed. Then reverting to a fchool boy again, he added with a grin. "Come on let's go. the holiday's over." It had not been a holiday for the legular commission. They had waded through a tall stack of bills and t long list of official business items, nil more or less routine, but business which had to be handled. .'....i PLACES RECESSION BLAME It said "the-underlying, business situation and the related specu- lative temper of the times are pr'i- larily responsible for stock-mar- ket and real-estate booms and collapses." Yet the sub-committee recom- nended alterations to provide: "A smoother, and more gradual Hep-down of the percentage of gain or loss to be taken 'into ac- count lor tax purposes, thus inating the inducement to concen- tration of transactions at certain intervals, with its accompanying accentuation of rises or declines to values." WOW Plans Dance For P-TA Milk Fund Three-Days Gash" Gifts Total Members of the Woodman of world in Abilene announced yester- day the lodge would stage a dance the evening ol Friday, Jan. 2( benefit of the P.-T. A. milk fund All proceeds, at 50 cents per ticket will go into the tund. Orchestra hire alone will be deducted. A. J. Baum, chairman of 'the ar- rangements committee, said last night announcements would be made Sunday of places where tickets may be obtained, and of The wow members, and those of the WOW circle, put more than into the Christmas Goodfellow fund as result of a benefit dance and ar- rangements committee members plan a vigorous promotion of ths milk fund benefit, Gifts of cash to the fund totaled ra T 'ce three Edith c. Smith, secretary-treasurer reported. Gilts reported ycsterdav Business and Professional Women's Mary Pierson w; Mrs. Roland Jones, J D Miracle. annonymous, All donations should be mailed to SmUh' at nigh school. The Weather OM.UIOMA: Partly tte.dy SEW MKMCO. ARIZON'7: fair Saturdiv ind Sunday; A. M. HOIH