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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1938, Abilene, Texas 'VOL. 251s o ELEMENTS VS. WIND SHIFT APPARENTLY SAVES NIAGARA'S 'HONEYMOON BRIDGE' FROM DESTRUCTION "WITHOUT, FRIENDS OR FOES, E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS ABILENE, MORNING, JANUARY PAGES AiwtiM rrtu (Ar> WHti fnu (DP) NIAGARA PALLS, N. Y., Jan. shift in wind tonight appeared to have saved Niagaras towering "honeymoon bridge" from Immediate danger of destruction, owners of the bridge announced, "A shift In wind apparently has relieved the Ice pressure on the bridge and the Ice Jam has reced- ed a Walter McCausland, spokesman for the International Railway company who owns the bridge, reported, STOPS BLOWING ICE Relentless pounding on the al- ready ice-packed gorge from huge floes tumbling over the falls his slackened because a shift In wind has stopped blowing Ice from Lake Erie Into Niagara river, he said. The steel span from which thousands of honeymooned have viewed the' falls still groaned under the terrific Ice pressure but appeared In no Immediate danger of falling, Below the bridge the famous twin steamboats, the "Maids of the known to tourists the world over lay In the grip of the ice, tossed from their winter hav- ens by the moving Ice mountains. FRAMES BUCKLE Several light steel frames in the bridge foundation on the American, shore buckled this afternoon, but none fell and engineers said the bridge definitely was not "break- Ing up." A Niagara Falls man who made the difficult descent Into the gorge reported that supporting steelwork at the American end of the bridge appeared to have moved seven In- ches. Worst Blizzard; In Forty Years; Grips Michigan Part Of State Snowbound; Cold- Sweeps .Nation Committee Appointed To Study'GhesfFeosibility Plan Opposed By Two Groups FILIBUSTER TONIC Project Failure In'20's Recalled At Open Meeting The specter of a community chest failure In the 20's was roused last night as civic leaders discussed frankly the possibilities of another organisation attempt. More than 60 persons, a good of them 'in the open forum, Ii fte sec- ond of a series of "town meetings" sponsored by the Boosters club. The gathering was in the Hotel Woolen ballroom. Eddie Cockerell, secretary of the Boosters, was chairman for the symposium. He opened the meet- Ing, sought -to relinquish the chair and was named chairman far the night over his own protest. OPPOSED BY TB ASS'N Reference to Abilene's only oth- er community chest attempt, or- ganized, to 1924, .was made .by Mrs. Dallas Scarborough., As president i of the .-Taylor iounly Tuberculosis association, she- expressed herself as an unqualified opponent of the community chest plan as applied to the tuberculosis chapter. "That first community Mrs. Scarborough said, "was pro- moted by the chamber of commerce. The chamber of commerce hasn't said a word about this movement." She charged the chamber' with "arbitrarily" fixing shares of chest participants in the 1924 and 1925 drives. And the charge was denied by none of those present. PROTECTING NECKS "The Boosters club is not going to stick its neck was Chair- man Cockerell's reply. "We feel that arbitrarily prorating shares of participating agencies is the Quick- est way to defeat a community chest movement." He held liis ground, meanwhile, against all comers in informal de- bate on merits and demerits of the plan. Upshot of the dlcussion was a vote by the conferees empowering Cockerell to name a commltee "to Investigate further the possibilities of a community chest and to draw CHEST, tf. 10, Col. 7 Heart Attack Fatal To Pioneer Scurry County Stockman SNYDER, Jan. Sturdlvant, 64, well known stock farmer and landowner, died early Wednesday of an heart attack at his home east of Snyder. Funeral will be Thursday at 3 p. m. at the Snyder Church of Christ with O. D. Dial, minister, officiat- ing. Burial will be in a local ceme- tery. Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Slurdivant had lived in Scurry county years and had lived In Snyder 19 years. Survivors Include his wife, five sons, E. L., Ray, Orcn, Ciark and Clyde Sturdlvant, all of Snyder; two daughters, Ethel Mae and Jewell Sturdlvant, both of Snyder, two sisters and four brothers. Angelo Flood Loss Recoiled At Hearing SAN ANGELO, Jan save the soil and prevent floods such as have cost millions of dol- lars In Central West Texas, loo farmers and public officials today pledged the federal governmen their Rid. Damage wrought in Torn Green county and San Angelo In 1936 was given much attentio In hearing before Regional Louis P. Merrill and other officials. The floods of Scpl. 17 and 27 caused i loss of Culberson Deal chairman of the Upper Colorado' River authority, said. In the 10 counties reprcesnted In the Central Texas flood control dis- trict, he said, damages have totaled A similar hearing was held yes lerda yat Big Spring. Tomorrow an- other will be held at Brady and at Austin Friday, Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) takes no chances .that the fili- buster against the anti-lynch- ring bill will fall because of a "throat before' liking' the floor' to continue his talk against the measure after speaking six hours the night previous. Southern senators claimed victory last night in their stub- born struggle as a vote on the Question of applying Oie little- used debate limitation to the controversy was scheduled for today. Lions Preident In West Texas Central West Texas Lions club members today will play hosts to Frank V. Birch, international presi- dent of their organization. Birch, arriving from California to begin a Texas tour, was to visit first this morning at Sweetwater. He was to journey from there to San Angelo for a noon luncheon. The Lions' chief executive will ar- rive here late this afternoon. DIS'T GOVERNOR HERE Besides Abilene Lions club mem- bers, Birch also will be greeted here by Tom Gillis of Fort Worth, dis trict Lions governor. Other stat me of the northern reaches, of state confronted highway crews seeking to open Inter-city travel lanes but county engineers reported rural area.? would remain Isolated at least until tomorrow. Conditions described as the worst 40 years prompted Gov. Frank irphy to order relief to dispense with "red tape find routine" to expedite aid to the marooned. NIKE DEATHS The cold spread through the east and moved across the southern plains. Only New England, the-Iar west, Florida and a few scattered districts in the deep south escaped freezing weather. Nine deaths .were attributed to the penetrating chill and floods. Forecasters predicted temperatures would remain sub- normal with the cold extending as far south as the gulf states ac- companied by a heavy frost In northern Florida. The storm abated in upper Mich- igan but train and bus schedules were suspended. Business was at'a virtual standstill in the copper country. Schools were closed. Three crews of miners were stranded in Gogebic county.. Fifty of them were unfed since Monday but pro- visions were taken to 25 ottiers. Ski riders carried food to- 31 high school boys Imprisoned in a school house nar Ironwood. They passed the hours by playing bas- ketball. One northbound train, due at calumet at 8 a. m. Tuesday, was locked in a drift near toria. Temperatures dropped below zero at many points in the midwest although the end of the snowfall permitted resumption of travel. The five waihed out.'Vpower- lines In Whiteslde coiiritjr, Illinois'. Most rivers In Arkansas continued to some beyond Hood stage "KUlTtMEN FEAR FREEZE Growers in Florida's rich citrus and truck sections were warned of frost and freezing temperatures as far south as the Lake Okeechobee area of the Everglades. -The gov- (lument's frost warning bureau said mature citrus would not be damaged. Light snow flurries were reported at Nashville, Tenn., where the mercury dropped to a low of 16 degrees. The Louisiana sugar and trucking region prepared for 24- 28 degrees temperatures. Culbertson Divorced RENO, Nev., Jan. brief, private trial ended in a divorce here today for Mrs. Josephine Cul- bertson, noted bridge expert, who charged her equally .noted husband Ely, with "extreme mental cruelty." Happy Birthday HOUSTON, Jan. 3t raided a negro birthday party to- night and arrested the host and 54 guests. Behind a phonograph the police found 15 razors and an as sortment of knives and Ice picks The weapons were confiscated. Rebel Air Raid Kills 125 In Valencia MADRID, Jan. 36 gov- ernment communique said tonight 125 persons were killed and 208 in jured this afternoon when Insur gent warplanes raided Valencia. The bombardment was tiescri'jei as one ol the heaviest Valencia has, suffered since the Insurgents start- ed their dally raids two weeks ago The dead included the master o the British merchant ship, Dove; Abbey, which was loading orange; at the time. The government com munlque gave the captain's nami Arnold Crone. ON 79th Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm Happy In Royal Reconciliation DOORN, The Netherlands, Jan. .-_________ _. 26-W-Ex-Kalser Wilhelm ol Ger- a t mnc IITWW tViA -__-____ DOORN, The Netherlands, Jan. Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm ol Ger many will observe his 79th birthday tomorrow happy in the belief there a complete reconciliation be- tween the royal houses of Windsor and Hohcnzollern for the first lime since the world war.. A telegram from King George VI, Queen Mother Mary and Queen Elisabeth, which was signed "Bertie, May and Elizabeth" supplied the grounds for his belief. and "May" are family names for King George and his mother.) It has taken years to efface the estrangement between the two houses but the ex-kaiser believed the British king, his mother and his wife had accomplished Ullon by their message. The telegram conveyed their fe- licitations upon Uic announcemen Dec, 23 oi the engagement of W1I helm's favorite grandson, Prince Louis Ferdinand, and Princess Kin of Russia. (During the work! war, on Jul; 17, 1917, it was announced lha King George V had abandoned a! German titles for himself and fam ily and a proclamation was Issued changing the name of the British royal house from the house o to the house o Members of the Hohenzollerr house have been received at thi British court on several occasion: since the war. Until December, however, then had been no sign of reconciliation with the ex-kalser himself. AGE 3 DAYS, LOSES APPENDIX Would Merge AFL With CIO February 1 Fixed As Date For Union Of Two Organizations With Details To Be Worked Out At Convention WASHINGTON, Jan, L. Lewis, CIO chairman, made a new proposal today for peace with the Awer. ican Federation of Labor. Speaking at the United Workers convention, Lewis said be was willing to propose that the entire 010 march into the A, F. of L. on February 1 "if the American Federation of Labor will issue charters to the CIO units and later call a con- vention to arrange the details." PEACE WITH HONOR' As an alternative, Lewis suggested '.he entire A. P. of on February 1 ioln the CIO with a convention later "to arrange details.' "If the A. F. ol L. Is so anxious for peace, we'll make a Lewis said. "We all want, peace- peace with honor. "If the American Federation of Labor wants peace, I will recom- mend to the four million members of the CIO ibat on February 1 they Jurats Wiley watches over his son id a Seattle hospital, where the youngster, Jerry Lee, was operated on for a ruptured ap- pendix when he was three dayj old. GOODBY MR. Share In Jobless Compensation Between and M.OOO weekly soon will be helping more than 400 Jobless of Abilene and Taylor coun- :y keep the well known wolf away From their doors. This money will come from the reserve of the Tex- as Unemployment Compensation commission and in all probability will Increase as the months come for approximately and go. First checks approved Texas claims are now in (he mails and will continue an almost unceasing flow from Austin. Abilene and Taylor coun- ty at present have about 400 Job- less who will share In those bene- fits. Although no definite figures are available, H. H. Rumph, district supervising examiner, estimates that the compensation checks will average between M and J9. APPLICANTS NUMBER 837 A total of 837 applications for unemployment compensation bene- fits have been filed with Henry Maufrals, district manager of the state employment service. Approx- imately 50 percent of these have or will be approved, officials believe. The minimum benefit check i! the maximum In order to draw the maximum benefit an unemployed man. or wo- man must have earned an average of per week during any one quarter during 1937. Almost Texans are pro- tected under the unemploymen compensation act. Humph points out. These are employed in firm using eight or more workers in thei. organizations, thus being subject to Ux provisions of the act. LOW PERCENT APPLY Remarkable is the Texas record of only applications for ben- efits, less than four percent ot the BENEFITS, ff. 10, Col. 7 GREEN NOT IMPRESSED MIAMI, Fla., Jan. Green, president ot ttit American Federation of Labor, uid loniiht a new puce proposal made by Chairman John L. Lewis ol the CIO at Washington 'Is just the tame old thlnt" and contained ob- jectionable features of a plan previously rejected. Green stated "no one will be deceived by it. march Into the A. P. ol.L., horse, foot and dragoon, if the A. f, of L. will issue charters to the CIO iuilts and later call a convention to ar- range the details. "If that be not pleasing-to .the A. F. of L., we offer the alternative proposal that on the first day of February the entire membership of the A. F. of L. march into foot and dragoon, thai" they viwKu. oio charters. Wool Growers Table CIO Talk Fight With Labor To Be Avoided Says Secretary SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. The nation's oldest national argi- culturai organizalion tonight ap- parently shelved discussion of a. threatened conlroversy with the Committee for Industrial Organii- tlon. f. R. Marshall, secretary of'the Woolgrowers' association, opening its 73rd annual convention here, said a letter from Harry Bridges, west coast C. I. o. leader, declaring that unless sheep were sheared by union shearers long, would handle wool "cargoes, had been sent to the general resolutions committee and probably would not be brought up for floor discussion. "We're going to await develop.: Marshall never hid a light with labor and we'd like, to avoid one now." Six hundred delegates to the j... Burley, "out details.'! The United Mine Workers earlier had decided to carry" on their struggle with the A. F. of L. The applause and shouting that greeted a "no surrender" speech by Philip Murray left no doubt that a majority of the delegates were supporting the C. I. O. light. Murray, vice-president of the U. M. W. and director of the C. I. O. steel campaign, told the delegates that'they had given their officers a Job to do at the 1936 convention and "with your continued support we're going to do It." CCRA Officers Are Reelected COLEMAN, Jan. Re- election of officers, an agreement to resume work on the Talpa lake un- der certain conditions, and a dis- cussion o! the feasibility of pur- rtiaMnj nev machinery were the r.-.iir. eccoT.plUhmtnts of the Cen- tral Colorado river authority of directors in session at the local chamber of commerce office. Without a dissenting vote Chair- man W. J. Stevens, local hardware and furniture store executive, Char- les W. Woodruff, cashier of a local bank, S. W. Cooper, chamber ol 'commerce secretary, were re- elected to the positions of chair- man, vice-chairman, and secretary- treisurer, respectively. An agreement made with the Tilpa city commission to resume work (he lake on Grape Creek about a nille south ol was approved. The work will be re- sumed as soon as arrangements can be made with the Works Prog- ress Administration. No definite action was taken on the purchase of new machinery. Alaskan Found Alive, Partner Drowned WASHINGTON. Jan. m The coast guard reported today the finding alive of Wesley E. Goss, missing Ala.skan motion, picture ex- hibitor, on Pnvalof bay. A radio mr.'.sagc from the cutter Spencer said that Goss, missing since January 2, was suffering from exposure. HJ partner, Frederick Neljon, M, dead. The men became lost in a whale while soing from Naknet on Bristol Bay :o tfn Isluids. In the Holds Hope For Farm Lab Plan WASHINGTON, Jan. (yp) Senator Bilbo expressed hope his regional agricultural lib- oratory plan would be approved by the farm bill conlerees. The future of his proposal to es- tablish research laboratories in the north, south, mid-west and west for discovery of new uses for farm products will depend upon the view farm bill conlerees take of it. The proposal passed the senate 'as a farm bill amendment. Bilbo's amendment required the states In which the laboratories would be located to contribute each, or half the cost, and was offered after the president suggested the federal and state gov- ernments should share the expense equally. Should the state contribution re- quirement be eliminated by the con- lerees and the action receive con- gressional approval Texas might obtain the laboratory lor the southern region despite Governor James V. Altreds veto of the Texas Winter Drouth Dims Wheat Crop Outlook CHICAGO, Jan. mal precipitation and a dearth of moisture In the soil conditions comparable to the winters preced- ing the 1934-36 farmers in major portions of dozen midwestern states. There is urgent need for mois- ture in virtually all agricultural areas west of the Mississippi river and some parts of Illinois, a survey today disclosed. Already, because of a deficiency of rainfall, farmers in western Ok- lahoma, Kansas and eastern New Mexico are beginning to despair of producing a wheat crop. Dust storms, which have become an an- nual plague In that area, damaged thousands of acres of wheat within the last week. legislature's 1937 appropriation meet Its share of the cost. to Nugent Babe Dead, Sister Stricken Funeral for Peggy Jane Willis, S month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Willis of Nugent was held yesterday at the Baptist church of Bethel with the Rev. Walter Field- er officiating. Her only sister, Jenldine, 5, Is In Ihe Hendrick Memorial hospital be- ing treated for pneumonia.' Attend- ants said last night her condition wu "fair'ind she was resting tuy. Coleman Highway Project Ordered AUSTIN, Jan. 26 of Improvements, mostly from maintenance funds, were projected In orders ol the highway commis- sion today. Orders by counties included for surfacing i connection from highway 7 and 191 north of Hord's creek bridge to the old location of highway 206 for eliminating a dangerous rail- road crossing and four right- angle turns. _ convention fectlng -th'e ATTACKS TRADE TREAT? Rich vigorously attacked a pro- posed reciprocal trade treaty with Great Britain, declaring "we must see to it that no sfone Is left uri- turned In the effort to keep Ameri- can markets fully protected for the American farmer." Samuel O. Bennion, Utah sheep- man, in welcoming delegates said the government's trade treaties "threaten to bring a panic more acute than that of IMS." Vlelng to be the convention city next year were San Angelo, Tex., Spokane, Wash., and San Francisco. Motive Lacking LOS ANGELES, Jan. An entire lack ol motive lor pre- meditation In the slaying ol Mrs, Evelyn Wright and John Kimmel was claimed here late today by Jerry Glesle, attorney Paul A. Wright, In his opening argument for the delense In the trial of the au> port executive for murder. The Weather J.VD VICTMIT cloudy and uximtr. 1VEST Thnrwiay; prflbably colder In noflk portion. EAST TEXAS Jjrfr. warmer FrJrfaj- fncrtuinr laadlneM, probably roMtr In tntf north-fen Light to ootlhtrij- to wladft on tfce r.rlJj clouTy, warmer In rnifd MMtk-nntrkl Thursday; Friday partly clovdj, pmtnbJy colder SEW MEXICO. AKUONA Ctfoerally fftlr TftvrwU) Friday KM mtitli cbmnif la lemptntwr. HOl'K A.M. 31 49 1 S..., 5 M U 45 W It..............U.............. m. K'terdar. M M; date 35 IB. Sarwl KJlrnlay, Rmritt -.nnvi today, Tax Payments Swamp Off ice Of County Collector; Four 'Shopping' Days Remain The rush season Is on in tax collection offices. With deadline for payment ol 1937 assessments without penalty four distant, property owners are flooding the office of County Assessor-Collector C. O. (Pat) Pst- terson. Monday he had five-sale busi- ness. Tuesday receipts amounted to more than and Wednesday was nearly as good. Thursday, Friday. Saturday arid next Monday remain for payment of 1937 taxes without delinquency. Monday night Patterson will hold open office until all customers are gone, or until midnight. TOLL TAXES In addition to receiving of ad valorem ts.vcs, Pattersons staff been rushed In the writing of poll receipts. Through Wednesday had been issued. The stand- ing at the same date in 1936, a rec- ord year, was These figures are misleading, however, Patterson says. This year he has kept up with tabulation ot mall payments, while two years aso the tax staff dropped far behind in the answering of mail. The actual increase is not so great as Indi- cated by the figures. Although poll las payments tot- aled 8.600 in 1936, they are not ex- pected to pass Hi 1938. But new record seems certain. IN TERSOV PAYERS FIRST Patterson said that thus far he has been able to answer all containing payments, despite the heavy rush. From now until af- ter Febniray 1, however, he makes See TAXES, ft. 19, 8
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