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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               .0 "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES. WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT   a VOL, LVI I, NO. 260 art ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORN ING, FEBRUARYS, PAGES. PR) C E 5 CE NTS Hitler Assumes Wider Powers In New Cabinet BERLIN, Feb. Adolf Hitler assum- ed direct command of all Germany's armed tonight and tightened his immediate control of the ministry of foreign af- fairs. Hitler concentrated more power in himseif and a chosen few subordinates to consolidate his regime and hasten the fusion of the Nazi party and'the German state. The blonde, '.'socially impossible" bride of the ousted war minister, Field Marshal Wer- ner von Blomberg, precipitated the most drastic cabinet shake- up in the five years of Nazi rule. WHOLESALE MAKEOVER In a swift series of decrees, li- quidating the crisis caused when the army forced von Blomberg to re- sign because of their opposition for undisclosed reasons to Erlka Gruhn, a carpenter's daughter, Hitler: SayS Not Critical I. Assumed direct control of the armed forces, appointing a deputy to take over the active functions formerly exercised by the war min- ister; 2. Created a secret cabinet coun- cil of foreign policy, naming Baron Konstantln von Neurath its chair- man and promoting Joachim von Ribbentrop, the champagne sales- man who became ambassador to Ickes Target Of 'Slur' In Query Solon Retracts Side Bar Remark, Not Critical WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 Secretary of Interior Ickes emerg- ed unscathed today after his name had been bandied about at a ses- sion of the senate public lands com- mittee Investigating the qualifica- tions of his administrative assist- ant. Senator Smathers who said at the hearings that, "from whit I have heard It seems that we need a new secrelary Instead of directing the inquiry at wheth- or not the assistant secretary should be declared later that he meant no criticism of ickes. The committee has been Inves- tigating the qualifications of E. K. Burlew, administrative assistant nominated early last month for assistant secretary of Interior. JUST INQUIRING Smathers said he Intended. In his remark to the committee, to in- quire whether Senator Pittman (D-Nev) was "undertaking to show through the evidence that a new secretary was needed." Piilman has directed most of the questions to Burlew In lengthy hearings. "My re'marks were not to be construed K a Smathers said. "I am supporting the admin- istration and all the cabinet mem- bers." The committee has-sifted num- ber of ranging from re- ports that Ickes' telephone wires were tapped, to charges that an Inferior department employee em- bezzled more than Obviously angered by attempts Of other committee members to close the three-week-old investiga- tion. Senator Pittman 
                            

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