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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               0 0 Abilene VOL LVII, NO. 258 Aiucfeltd (API "WITHOUT, WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH %OUR WORLD EXACTLY ABILENE, THURSDAY MORNJNG, FEBRUARY -TEN PAGES. PRitE 5 CENTS Speechrnoking FORSAKEOFORDER, 'LITHEBUSINESSMEN' GO TO STUDY GROUPS, ST ILL MAKE SPEECHES BY' RICHARD U TUKNEB Feb. A thousand "little each with a speech to make, met today to tell Die Roosevelt admin- istration how to end tlie recession. Quickly they demonstrated they had come to Washington to be heard and not to listen. The re- sult was seeking recognition. The scene rivalled the more frenzied moments of a national political convention. It was, manifestly, Impossible to proceed so Secretary of Com- merce Uoper seized the gavel, stilled the clamor somewhat, and dispersed Uie meeting into ten study groups, where the effort to make many speeches at the same moment merrily continued. The little businessmen were in dead earnest. Each had his own deas of what should bo done, oine had laboriously surveyed the opinions o' the neighbors. Most were mystified as to "why I was Invited to come here, why they picked and many were equally at a loss to know why they found solicitous messages from their senators and congressmen waiting for them in their hotel rooms. So many and so varied were the ideas they brought, lhat the day produced no noticeable crys- tallization of sentiment on any one point, unless it was that little business needs more capital and that, vaguely, some method must be provided to satisfy that need. A subject was assigned to each study BrouP flnd the delegates were left free lo select the group they v.-ished to join. The largest number flocked to the meeting on 'loans for small business." A big crowd turned up for the meeting on trade practices and 'miscellaneous subjects" drew well also. At another meeting four earnest gentlemen sat at a table, surrounded by the flags of nil na- tions, discussing "development and location of small Industries." The plan is that each group shall bring its recommendations to a general meeting of the con- ference tomorrow. Then, a group of ten' U to be selected to carry the recommendations to the IdenL Fred Roth, a Cleveland, Ohio, shoe man, was made permanent chairman. NAVAL PROGRAM DEFENDED- Foreign War Pact Denied Leahy Asserts Fleet Increase Based On Needs Admiral Answers Charges Of U. S., British Alliance WASHINGTON. Feb. 2. Congress received assurance today from the chief of naval opera- tions thai "no plans" for Joining forces with any other nation 'In a possible war" were linked with the naval expansion program. Admiral William D. Leahy told the house naval committee the projected 20 per cent increase.In the size of the fleet was based solely on the need to maintain th 5-5-3 ratio of naval armaments established by the expired London and Washington treaties. His testimony was In response lo a request from Chairman Vin- EOU (D-Ga) for comment on statements that the world be- lieved Great Britain and the United Slates were allied. FOR DEFENSE Representative Brewster IR-Me) asked whether the proposed build- ing program actually was neces- sary for defense and Leahy said the navy would have little to fear from an attacking fleet unless the latter was greatly superior. He made It plain, however, he did not believe lack of such supe- riority would necessarily preclude an attaci: by some foreign nation. "Why has there been insistence that Japan, not match our asked Brewstcr. "I do not Leahy replied. Brewster inquired whether the navy, In sending three cniisers to participate In the opening of the new British naval base at Singa- pore. Intended to "convey to the world" the idea the United States was contemplating any "offensive combination." Leahy answered that the cniis- ers merely would stop off al See FACT DENIED, 10, Col. 6 law Too Drastic, Assert Dog Lovers Recognize Need Of Milder Bill The Taylor County Dog Lovers association isn't mad at anybody. Including the proponents of a local option dog law, fate of which hangs on an election scheduled next Tues- day. It Isn't, although, said Herman McDanlel, president pro-tern of the organiallon. last night. "There Is an erroneous impression that we are trying to start a war." The Dog I-overs group, he said, merely Is trying to let the people know the facts about the law which the other side has asked them to pass. "We realize the need of some sort of law." continued McDanlel, "and arc willing lo meet the other side lo draft a measure agreeable lo all. Wr can't sanction the one of- fered, however, because It Is too drastic." McDanlcl said that friends and foes of the law had been asked to attend an open meeting held here Monday night. One man who had signed the petition calling for the elcojlon appeared, and admitted had not read the proposed law be- fore signing, reporlcd the lender. The Dog Lovers association, which has been conducting nn advertising fn Ihe Reporter-News lo defeat the monnire, expects lo air Its care over Station KRBC, also, but exact schedule of its radio pro nof, been set. Its rep Kfentatlvet tsld last JACKSON STILL HAS SMILE Miners Indict, AFL President 9 for 'Treason'', UMW Threatens Expulsion Of William Green WASHINGTON. Feb. United Mine Workers convention, acting as a grand Jury, Indicted William Green today on charges o! treason. The convention then directed the union's executive board to give the American Federation of Labor president a hearing, and expel him from Ihe U.M.W. if he were found guilty. Union ofliclals had ialked of ask- ing the convention to expel Green without further to-do, bul, they decided' In favor of today's action after Green challenged the right of the convention to act as an or- ginal trial court. Green, a member of Ihe U.M.W. for 48 years and for many years In- ternational secretary treasurer, contended his own local union In Coshocton, O., should try him If he were to be tried. (Green was charged with treason after he signed an A. F. of U char- ier for the Progressive Miners of of the U.M.W. in AFTER MONTH'S STUDY- Reach Farm Bill Accord FALSE Harmless Mexican 'Shootings' ExcifeXibitzers BROWNSVILLE, Feb. "gold shirt revolt" in northern Tamaulipas took a comic turn Wednesday then "shootings" at Matamoros, Rio Rico and Reynosa proved un- connected with revolutionary activity. The "shootings" reported at Reynosa by Americans listen- ing on the U. S. side of the Rio Grande were found to be blasts set olf by workmen dig- ging a foundation for a school building. Matamoros "shooting" 17 resulted when unionists, serv- ing as an auxiliary patrol, at- tempted to halt Esteban Saenj, In the state lax collector's of- In the early morning hours on the streets. who is deaf, did not their command and the union workers fired several shots into the air. Saenz ran and then fell. He came up rith his own pistol and fired several shots Into the air in an effort to frighten his "assail- ants." No one was injured. 'ITiere was a shooting on the outskirts of Ulo Rico, bvit MaySr Ladislao. Cardenas of Mata- moros declared that it wa.s a "private" had nothing to do with revolutionary act- ivity. 0 British Map Piracy Fight Put Plan Up To America, rival Illinois.) AFL To De.cide Fate Of Its CIO Unions MIAMI, Fla., Feb. show- down became imminent tonight on Ihe American Federation of Labor's policy toward Its unions which 'have Joined the Committee for In- dustrial Organization and which al- though suspended, still technically are within the fold. The AFL executive council, em- powered at the last convention to expel them, will receive tomorrow the report of the committee which met the CIO leaders In Washing- ton from Oct. 25 to Dec. 21 in an unsuccessful effort to negotiate a peace. The execulive council, nearing the end mid-winter meeting, probably will accept tiie report and any recommendations for action it may conlaln. Friday It will con- sider Us course of action toward expelling llic CIO unions. President Green Indicated, and probably will adjourn Friday night. OIL MAN, ONCE EMPLOYE OF LAND OFFICE, PROBE TARGET AUSTIN, Feb. 2.....- {IPt senate committee's Investigation of Land Commissioner William H. McDonald veered today to a scrutiny of ic- tions of Francis Pclty of Burkburnett, employe In the Itnd from December. 1936. to December, 1937. J. R. Chatham of Burkburnett said he and associates reaped no pri- vate gain from Felly's service In the state job and Felly had no In- terest in state oil leases which they were awarded. BROTHER OF LEGISLATOR Chatham Is Interested in the banking, oil, newspaper and other businesses. Felty. a brother of Fred Felty of San Antonio, worked in the bank and now Is employed by Chatham and I. E. Harwell of Burkburnett in their oil ventures. "You helped get Felty his Job with McDonald, did you The senate Judiciary com- mittee delayed action on the nomination of Robert H. Jack- son (left) to be solicitor gen- eral, but Jackson merely smiled. He is shown tn obvious good humor as he greeted Sen. Ed- ward R. Burke (D-Neb) out- side the committee room. WICC Official Sees Besf Year Memberships Dues Pouring in At Record Rate Payment of 1938 dues prompts Asst. Manager Jed Rix to forecast the best year in Its history for the West Texas chamber of commerce Last month's receipts were larger than those of any other Jaminr} since the regional chamber was or- gtmizcrt, he announced yesterday. What's more. Rlx finds business men optimistic throughout the WTCC's vast territory. Few art As he was quoted to his chagrin recently, the assis tant manager is in position to know. He spends most of his Urn OH the road, and just now Rix i assisting various cities and thel WTCC directors in filling member ship quotas. "I hear nil the was the quotation which Rix meant to be off the record. QUOTAS IN'CHEASED AU of the 176 cities represented the. regional chamber of com- merce have increased Quotas in this year's membership campaign. Quo- tas were raised. Manager Bandeen said, because of headquarters operating Justice Swift In Theft Cases Joe Bell, Coleman, Given Sentences On Three Counts COLEMAN. Feb. of about 500 head of sheep from the Freeman ranch, near Valera, was discovered last Dec. 27. Today, a little more than a month after- ward, Joe Bell. Coleman county rancher, who owns a small place adjoining the Freeman ranch, ac- cepted sentence to state prison for the offeree. Bell had been found guilty and sentenced to three years and seven months on the first case, which was tried on January 19. Bell received five years in each of the two com- panion cases tried today. How- ever, District Judge B. W. Pat- terson of Rutland, of 83th Judi- cial district court, sitting for Judge O. L. Parish, of 119th judicial dis- trict court, made the terms run concurrently. HEADY TO BEGIN Special Prosecutor Weaver Baker of Junction, employed by local Pair To Be Arraigned In Mail Pouch Theft DALLAS, Feb. In, spector C. W. B. Long said today that Sidney and Helen Miller, charged In connection with the dis- appearance of a. mall pouch, would probably be arraigned before U. S. Commissioner John Davis here to- morrow. The two arrived here today from Atlanta. Ga., In custody of Long and other federal officers. The mail pouch, containing yOO, disappeared as it was enroute from the federal reserve bank at Dallas to a bank at O'Donnell, Tex. Ground Hog May Not Be Out Until After Dog Ballot asked Sen. Joe L. Hill of Hender- son, member of the committee. "That is Chatham re- plied. "Soon alter he left the land of- fice you and Harwell, cut him in on that K. M. A. stuff that's hot as'a firecracker, didn't senator inquired "He has one-sixth interest in a lease .which Harwell and I Chatham said. "How- ever, he put up his share of the cash consideration on that and will bear his share of the expenses." "Running around with you and Harwell represents some money, doesn't Hill persisted. "Well, a the witness re- plied. When Hill sought light on how Felty could handle one-sixth of an oil lease purchase when his sal- ary was less than 8200 per month, Chatham said his employe had some, clear property and lie (Chatham) believed Felty could borrow The Henderson senator brought out that Chatham had not bid on any state leases until McDon- ald took office and thereafter he and associates obtained what they considered highly productive sub- merged lands in Jefferson county. D. A. greater expense its since the organization moved WTCC, 10, Col. G sheep and goat raisers, cited the following dates in the case: loss discovered Dec. 27. Bell arrested Jan. 2. nine indictments against Bell returned Jan. 6, Bell given three years and seven months by jury in the lint trial an. 19, and Stc HEM, rg. 10. Col. 6 Yesterday was Groundhog Day and today is the .day everyor.e argues about yesterday. Chief contender for the belief (hat the lowly marmot pot a glimpse of his shadow wa.s Weatherman W. H. Green. Green at first refused lo com- ment but with a little arguing, loquaciously admitted lhat !07 hours of sunshine were recorded Wednesday and the little hog hart no alternative but to look at his shadow. Parties on the "spring is herf" side pointed to one weak spot In the foregoing statement. What if the groundhog did not even con-.c out of his den? Their opinion was based on the Iheory that the grronndhog'had go! wind of the anti-dog law senti- ment in Abilene and held a meeting. Tradition or BO tradition, they decided that in the face of the situation there would be no personal appearances. Municipal Power Spending To Begin WASHINGTON, Feb. W) The government will start pouring out millions of dollars .next week on its long-delayed municipal pow- Mrs. Helen Burbanis, 36, was held in West New York, N. J., to? grand jury action on a charge she severely beat a 2 1-2-year-old child left In her care. Rescue Party Heads For Polar Regions MOSCOW, Feb. 2. Otto J. Schmidt left today for Murmansk to lake command of the expedition aboard the steam- er Taimyr to rescue the four So- viet scientists adrift in stormy Greenland sea on a cracking Ice floe. An Arctic expert, Professor N. Zuboff, said. Jan Mayen island France, Italy More Efficient Action By Patrol Ships l.s Goal LONDON, Feb. 9 Britain toniglft awaited quick re- plies from France and Italy to proposafs designed to forestall a new scouragc of "piracy" In the Mediterranean following sinking of the British merchantman Endy- mlon. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden laid the plans before French Am- bassador Charles Corbin and Ital- ian Ambassador Dino Orandl In a conference in the foreign office. Informed sources indicated the proposals we're mainly technical nnd involved ,'no major change In the already comprehensive Nyon pact. It was understood they were aim- 's1 at achieving more efficient and by the'three sections of patrol French arid possible limitation still further of sub- marine 'navigation. Under'the Nyon-pait of Sept. 9, 1937, to which Ita_ly later adhered, the signatories agreed.to keep their submarines in port.or advise the other powers of proposed move- ments and arrange for surface ves- sels to accompany the undersea craft. Submarines also were allowed to cxerclje In restricted areas. The French and Italian ambas- sadors were expected to receive their governments' replies Friday at the latest and possibly within 24 hours. V Measure Ready For Final OketT Of Houses Agree To Rush Cotton Bonus Payments WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 senate- house com- mittee) agreed0late today on details of the "ever-nortial granary'1 bill, providing a vast .system for controlling produc- tion and marketing of cotton, corn, tobacco and rice in an effort to atabilze prices. GENERAL PROVISIONS SAME Coneferees said general provision j for corn, wheat, rice and tobacco were not altered during final ses- sions of the conference committee, which has been busy since Jan. 3 drafting a single bill from the safcarate measures passed by house and senate. Committee members said they expected the fruit of their labors would be subject to" some criticism when the measure goes back to serfete and house for final approval, Chairman Smith of senate argiculture committee, said the Joint group bad- approved his _ that botlus. payments on the 1937 cotton crop be hastened. Under thk arrange- ment growers can turn over to the government some bales of cotton, on which loans are already4 made. FIXES SUPPLY LEVELS The program establishes definite supply levels for trie five crops and attempts to control produc- tion and marketing through a sys- tem of benefit payments, loans on stored supplies, and penalties, for .excess sales Tfa large. Tile secretary of agriculture Till estlmale .the production of corn, wheat-or other crops needed In any season, convert this figure to acre- age, and then spilt the acreage up' among states, counties and Indi- vidual farms.- Farmers who stay within these limits will receive benefit pay- ments and loans on stored crops. When supplies become excessive vote of two-thirds of the producers taking part in referendum can clamp controls on all farmers. Conferees said these marketing controls or quotas would operate this year for com, wheat, cotton, and tobacco, if approved by grow- ers. Japanese Claim Capture Of Pengpu SHANGHAI. Feb. anese said today they captured Pengpu in a'lerrifioi battle along the Tientsin-Piilvow railway 90 miles south of their central China vital rail Junction at Suehow. (Japanese Foreign Minster Koki Hirota told the Diet in Tokyo there was no central Chinese gov- er program. PWA Administrator Ickes an- nounced today the first of PWA grants would go forward in a single voucher to Memphis, Tenn.. Wednesday as an initial federal contribution lo the city's mammoth electrical distribution system. Thereafter, in rapid succession, he said, Public Works Administra- tion loans and grants on 61 public power projects in 21 states would put a total of to work producing one man-hour of labor for each dollar spent. NAZI WAR MINISTER Hitler's Right Ha nd Man, Likely Successor BERLIN. Feb. Her- mann Wilhelm Goering. number two Nazi leader, stood oul tonight ns expected to Marshal Wer- ner von Diombcrg as minister of war. The cabinet held a session' in the evening but no announcement was made Immediately. Von Blomberg was said by a re- liable informant lo have resigned Friday before leaving for a licmoy- moon his 28-year-old brute the Gruhn. The ultimate fae of the year old marshal assumed socon.lary im- portAUce In many minds as rumors spread Goering was planning Gov'r May Build New Helium Plant WASHINGTON, Feb. Wj Bureau of mines officials said to- day negotiations were under way for (he purchase of a helium plant at Dexter, Kas. At present the federal government owns but tme helium plant that at Amarlllo. Tex. might be the base for the five plar.55 being used by tbt expedi-lon. Tlie island is about 300 miles east of Greenland. Ivan Papinin, commander of the polar camp party, last reported by radio that a six-day storm had split the floe, which has drifted southward until It is approximately miles from the north by Japan and that a state of war existed between the two countries.) More Donate To Chinese Relief5 Receipts of two small contributions In answer to a Ked Cross op-peal for Chinese disaster funds was reporte'a last night by Louis Montgomery, local disaster chalrian. One for was donated anonymously, while a S2 donation cjpe from Montgomery Drug store. The twtf contributions brought Abilene gifts to the cwosc to a total of S72. Former Rail man Dies BALTIMORE. Feb. Fair-lax Harrison. 63. former president of the southern, r.iilroad, died at a hospital here tonight of heart cleanup" If and when the armed torce.s were placed under his com- mand. Rightly or wrongly these rumors caused apprehension In three quar- Industrialists unfriend- ly to Goerlngs' four-year plan for economic self sufficiency, nu'.oug certain monarchist groups among certain Nails prominently identified with projects which Goer- Ing reportedly thinks should be in- vestigated. Von Blomberg resigned, fnfoimod sources slid, after representatives of the Army officers' corps Irih'fd his marriage was socially "impos- sible." (kau Von Biembcrg is a YMI.muM (..OERIM; 'Venter's daughttrt. ON Wright Breaks Down At Trial LOS ANGELES. Feb. Prosecutor Ernest Roll drove Paul A. Wright, former airport presi- dent, Into a sUte of collapse today at his trial on charges of rr.nrdet- ing his wife and friend, JohnKlm- mcl. In a badgering. hair-splitUing cross examination. Roll hailed Wright again and again over de- US Assured Ship Will Be Released WASHINGTON. United States received assurances today from the Insnrgent tails of his story that he shot Mrs. government the American tanker Uvright and Klmmel upon finding Nantiicket Chief, scizfd by Insurgtnt warships Jan. 17, wni'.rt be released and Us American tttv set free. Held Without DETROIT, rcb. Julia M. Barker. 2. _ Mrs. wealthy De troll real estate broker, was order- ed held for trial without bond lAle today at tlir conclusion of her ex- amination on murder charge In connecllon wilh tlic fatal shooting e.f Mr? Fxtith Cummlngs on Jan. 15. them at 4 a. m. on a grand piano bench at the Wright home, em- bracing under unusual circum stances Wright collapsed once tiiLs after- non and, unable to continue, had a bailiff vigorously chafe and rub his pale hands. A special recess was called. Returning 15 minules later, he wept Slid sobbed at several points so that by5-' the regular afternoon was "gAin collapse, At Keith Auction' BeevilleMan Pays Top Price At Sale WICHITA FALLS, Feb. An average of per head was paid for Herefords sold today at the annual auction of thy George Keith Hereford ranch near here. More than 400 cattlemen attend- ed the sale and were guests oi Keith at a dinner. Col. Earl Gariin of Greeusburg. Ind.. cried the sale. Claude Heard of Beeville, Teras, paid the lop price of for a, heifer, Prince.v; Domino 84th. F. Hart of Brady, Texas, ed the top bull, Prince Domino 16th for Other buyers included D. G. Gardner Jr.. Nocona; L. B. Jackson Jr. and L. H. Gatnes. Ringling, Cfcla.; W. W. Cunningham, Duke, Okla., G. N. Ferguson, Cache, Okla; Morion Brothers, Grandtield, Okla.; Jim Bohart, Apache, L. M. Staley, Rlnggold. Texas; H. T. Smith and Guy Harris, Ardmore, Okla.; Un McCIellen, Lubbock; H. W. Perkins, Petrolla, Bruce Adams, Hastings, Okla.: Eunice Wilson, Vernon; Luther Wright, Crville Bulllngton, H. H. (Kit) Car- son, Wayne Hammond and Carter McGregor, Wichita Falls. Ihe Weather ABll.F.NK AND VK'IMTY: Cloadr ajl4 WKST TKXAST ftOTiJy, In north and Thursday; Trtdav puitly (kudv. K 1ST TKXAS: I'BrttY floody, colAfr rn north-rfnlral portlortt rloody. poldf r tn nol north KOQthrail lo Kouth orr thr OKLAHOMA: Trrtlj clourli, ARtmXA: Gfrtr- ally Thnrjday anl Krld.iy; llltla chanfr 11 .1. v 10 II U .MMnllM Irnipfr is. and Was led from the coutlroom. FAU, A. WRIGHT   

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