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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               Qfifje Abilene V K "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL LVII, ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORN ING, FEBRUARY 16, PAGES PRICES CENTS' Weather Lends HandlnHaskell Banquet Gaiety Stormy Elements FoilToDompen Zeal At C-G Fete BY STAFF WRITER HASKELL, Feb. 15. Everything wss very wet tonight outside. But, the Haskell chamber of commerce, celebrating a year's work that was far from "all staged one of the largest and best banquets In Its history, and the smiles ot the folks there were caus- ed, no little, by the flooded land- scape hereabouts. Dr. T. W. Williams, who had Just been elected president of the cham- ber for a third successive year, an- nounced the five new directors elected. They R. Burton, Roy Killlngsworth, W. N. Reed, Frank Turner and Dennis P. Rat- liff. DOZEN TOWNS REPRESENTED Visitors from a dozen towns came through fog and rain and were glad they did. The high school gymna- sium was the scene. It Is one of the largest and most completely fit- ted gyms in West Texas. The visi- tors were introduced by Ralph Duncan, aggressive young secretary- manager ot the C. of C. The Rev. David U Stilt was master of cere- monies. The Rev. W. Russell Coat- ney gave the Invocation and the Rev. R. N. Huckabse the benedic- tion. Entertainment was furnished by the McMurry college male quartet (Frank Martin, J. c. Wilson, Leon- ard Johnson, Bill Abbott) directed by Mrs. Robert B. WyJie, and by the Swingsters from Knox City. The latter featured three comely girls who danced and sang and played instrumental novelty numbers. T. C. Cahill, 1936 work program committee chairman, presented that rcporl, consisting o! ttie following major objectives: 1. Roads. First, lateral, or farm- lo-marXet road Improvement. Sec- ond, cardinal .highway Improve- ment, especially completion ol highway 130.. to afford a more di- rect all-weather loute to Fort Worth. 3. Organization of cooperative cheese plant an'd creamery! 3. Erection of a, city'.auditorium to fill a need of long standing. 4. Postering of a housing pro- gram. 5. A federal building for HaskeU. C. B. Breedlove, on behalf of the city school board, expressed grati- tude for assistance- by the cham- ber of commerce which he declar- ed made possible erection of an au- ditorium as an addition to the high school. Harry Hines, state highway com- missioner who was the speaker for last year's c. of C. banquet, with his secretary, Tom Payne, former Abilenians, and his ton-in-law, B. II. Hllburn of Dallas, drove from Harlingen to be present. Mr. Hineo ipoke briefly. More than 25 of those present See HASKEIA, Pj. 12, Col. 5 Project Okehed To Remodel Old Jail Will Be Used As Office Building Presidential approval has been given to a Works Progress admin Istratlon project to remodel and enlarge the old Taylor county Jai] for use as an office building. B. c. Regers, area WPA engineer ventured the forecast last night that final details would be cleared up in order to allow work to begin by March 1. "Other matters are Just routine, said Rogers, adding that preslden tlal approval Is the biggest single step in the evolution of a WPA theory. Notice of the approval was con- veyed in a tetter from Senator Morris Shepherd lo County Judg< Lee R. York. The county -wll sponsor the project. The project calls for completi renovation of the two story struc- ture and extension of the building to the east. To be known as the Countj Agricultural building, the structure will accomodale several county my governmental officus. TOWN BOY WINS STOCK SHOW HONORS Pilot, S. A. Bound, Lands In Brownsville BROWNSVILLE. Feb. Antontc De Saint Excupery, french airmail pilot en route to South Am erica, arrived here at p. rn (C.S.T.) and wll take off for Vera Cruz, Mexico, at m. tomor- row. The filer Mid he would take on fuel for his plane Vera Crui where he expected to arrive a dawn, and fly to Managua, Nlcar agua, If the weather Is favorable. Accompanying Exeupery was hi; flight mechanic Andre Prevot. Ex cupcrys route has been from York to Atlanta, and Houston, from where he came here today. He sat ld girl. shols were exchanged bstween-the rioters and soldiers of ;a reinforced garrison. Six per- sons were wounded by bullets, six- others Ih'jtired by trampling. JUSTICE PROMISED General Manusl Contreras, com- mander of the military zone here, cried out repeatedly to the mob hat "justice will be meted out to :his He referred to a young soldier, questioned with several othv men after the body o! Olga Comacho, 8, was found yesterday. His name was not. disclosed, but General Con- reras said the man confessed the crime. Police headquarters and the tem- jail were all but demolished >y the mob, and the federal build- ing was badly damaged. Rioters used battering rams, then :ossed llaming, oil-soaked fireballs nto the buildings. Gasoline was poured onto floors and splashed on walls Martial law was declared last night but only 250 soldiers and 70 policemen were there to cope with ihe growing throne. Before dawn the rioters converged on the Jail, assuming the prisoner was there. The Jail door was battered down. Partitions were smashed. "In an- other wing, across a quadrangle, 70 prisoners, including three Americans .nd a woman, crouched in terror. They were not molested, and were escorted to safety before the fire broke out. EXECUTION TO BE ASKED General Contrcras, pleading for calmness and sanity, promised the mob he would make a personal re' quest to President Cardenas lor a special order of execution for the accused slayer of the little girl. Mexican laws does not provide death for such a crime. Dr. Ralph Orsonio, medical exam- iner, said the little girl apparently had been criminally attacked after she was killed. Ask Child Labor Law NEW ORLEANS. Feb. Representatives o( labor Irom eleven southern states in conference here with Secretary or Labor France." Perkins, overwhelming adopted a motion today urging ratification of the national child labor amend- ment. Says Roosevelt WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 President Roosevelt said today th level of prices was still too low am ought to go up. The president told a press con ferencc this dirt not mean that csr tain specified commodities shouli BO too high, such as copper rtsini to 17 cents a pound which it did a one time. His observation was made when asked whether he was giving an> study !o Ihe price question in view of (he fact treasury and other fed eral experts were meeting to discus, the subject. ANNOUNCEMENT LATER He said he expected to receive report from the treasury researc] group Thursday and probably woul have something to announce Fridaj He said his price objective as en undated in 1933 was unchanged. Touching .on other subjects in talk reporters, the presiden said he was studying the questio of building super hlghwaj's across the country on the basis of tolls an the principle of excess condemna tion under which the projects woul pay for themselves. He said under the excess con damnation principle no land owni could be enriched by chance. Italy Honors Neil For War Bravery NEW YORK, Feb. his "bravery and fortitude" whl1 a newspaperman with the Italls army in Ethiopia, the late Edwar J. Neil, Jr.. was awarded today th bronze medal lor the march o- Addis Ababa and the campaign cross by the Italian government. Tlie decorations with citalic- were presented by Commendator Italian Consul General Gaetan Vccchiotti to Mrs. Helen Nolan Nel the widow of the Associated war correspondent and sports write WINTER TO FOLLOW- tove On Foot foBuyNew'AHS Jand-Uniforms Half Of Needed Put Up Athletic Group Abilene high school bandsmen, assertedly clad in rags and tatters, sar prospects last night of obtain- ing new uniforms. As sponsors of campaign for uniforms, members of the Eagle band parents association estimate hat will necessary to n- >lace the bandsmen's aging cotton .ults with new wool ones. APPROPRIATED Half the appropriated Monday by the high school athletic committee at- the bind parents' request. It is hoped a series of benefit programs row be- ing arranged, coupled with other endeavors, will supply the remain- der. Members of the Eagle band, dir- ected by R. T. Bynum, want to sport new uniforms when they de- end a trl-state championship won last spring in Oklahoma City. This year's band festival will be held here in May. Letters from band parents as socialion members were present- ed athletic committeemen when hey met to vote the ap- propriation. Understanding between the bodies was cemented further when rep- resentatives of the parents' group met with members of the eoramlt- lee Tuesday afternoon. OTHER EXPENSES L. E. Dudley, chairman, and other of the unit handling ath- etlc funds, explained they could lot purchase outright locause of several unfinished pro- ects in their program. -Although, committee BOW approximately In thj to spend thousand dollars on a shower an( locker room, it annually, has heavy equipment costs to meet: and the problem 'of lighting Eagle stad- ium for night football also Is being considered. Besides Superintendent Dudley, committee members at yesterday's conference were Fielder, presl- See BAND SUITS, ft. K, Col 5 JACKSON CLEARS FIRST HURDLE TO HIGH JOB WASHINGTON, Feb. senate Judiciary subcommittee voted ve to two today in favor of the omlnatlon of Assistant Attorney General Robert H. Jackson for olicitor- general, The favorable vote came after tnator King questioned ackson closely on alleged 'critic- sm of the fundamental doctrine" f the American form of govern- lent. King said he had observed ills tendency to "complain" of the United States system In recent peeehes given by Jackson. He uestioned the propriety of a gov- rnment official making use of "this :lnd of propaganda." Jackson answered that his usions to the system of govern- ment had never been resigned as iore than mere statements of fact and asserted that It was the right 3f officials to examine the form of government and seek its more Visibility Hampers Soviet Rescue Try Effort To Reach, Scientists Fails MOSCOW, Feb. firs rescue flight attempting to locate the of four Russian scientists adrift on Ice floe off Greenland failed today because of poo visibility. Gemiady Vlasoff, piloting a plan from the Soviet rescue ship Tai myr. which earlier had reportec herself only miles from the floe and within sight of the explorers signal fires, flew for two hours Ui! afternoon without finding the camp He finally landed on the ice be side the Icebreaker Murman, whfcl took him aboard lor the night. Th Murman earlier had reported sh was 12 miles from the camp. Pilot Vlasoff who started his flight about 3 p. m. i. m. reported visibility was poor an grew less favorable during th flight, so that he was unable t see the snow hut occupied by Com mander Ivan Papanln and his thre comrades. Other flights were planned tomoi row by both icebreakers which wtr only about ten miles apart, Th ships were unable to advance far ther Into the Ice mass. House OK's CCC Bill WASHINGTON, Feb. bill designed to maintain in nnlm paired capital oi for th Commodity Credit Corporation re celved house approval today an went to the senile. HE BEAT THEM TO THE Local Law Perplexed- Accused Swindler Caught In Act But Swallows Eviden ce Before Arrest Senate sub-Committee ROBERT H. JACKSON perfect administration. King and Senator Austin (R- who had also questioned Jack- son, both registered their dissalis- factlon by voting against a favor- able report. I-ogan (D- Dieterich Borah (R- Idaho) and Norris voted for confirmation. Senator Plllman (D-Nev was absent did not vote. The questions elicited emphatic statements that Jackson thought the American system superior to any other, that he did not purpose to "destroy anything" and that business must be policed by strict enforcement of the anti-trust laws. Before Jackson, now assistant at- torney general in charge of the anti-trust division, can assume his new otfice, the nomination must be referred to the Judiciary commit- tee and receive the approval of the senate as a whole. AUSTRIAN CABINET REVISED- Pro-Nazis In New Posts Move Follows HitlerParley Abilene police yesterday dis- cussed the possibility ol adding a surgeon to the force. That WAS ihe only solution Captain W. W. West could of- fer in attempting to separate man arrested as a check swindler from the check he tried to pass. Yesterday morning two men walked Into Walkow's Dry Goods store and one of them presented a payroll check from M. J. DcLanc. drilling contrac- tor, through Uie First, NallouU bsnts In Dallas. In payment for merchandise. The clerk gave him change and started to wait on the other man. leaving his purchase in the siorc Ihe first man walked down Ihe street, lo set a package o! clgaretlcs, he said. The one In the store finished his shopping and presented a paycheck Identical (o the one honored, botli tor The clerk became suspicious ftnd called an officer. Bclore la airesl could be made, the second man calmly chewed up his check It. The first man never curne back. Last night officers arrest- ed one alleged swindler with the evidence In his stomach and one bogus check without the win- dier. CapUIn West said that a check-up Indicated that there was no such firm as M. J. Dc- drilling contractor, and aj'ned anyune thst had accepted such check or saw one. plc.ise call the police department Im- mediately, Top Bid At Alexander Sale Thirty Herefords Average In 5th Annual Event By HARRY HOLT SUff Writer ALBANY, Feb. select- ed Herefords sold for an average of Vila In trie fifth annual aue'r Uott Me .copdjicted br -beautiful ranch; Featuring the offering were' 10 choice heifers that sold for around. All were sired by the good herd bull, Beau' Gwen 50th, and attracted favorable comment from many leading breeders of Texas who were on hand for the event. Dorlnne iSth, 24-month-oId heifer, brought down the top price of which was paid by Howard Hamp- ton of Clarksvllle. BIDDING COMPETITION Competition between Hampton and W. M. Watterman of was keen as they went about buying the splendid females. H. H. Wilkin- son, president of the Continental National Bank of Port Worth, paid 5425 for Dorlnne 58th, 20-month-old heifer, one of Ihe high prices of the day. Arledge Stoclc (arm of Knox City, Dr. C. W. Dunn of Abilene, and J. J. Keeter of Throckmorton also made purchases in the list. Mmick Davis, Albany rancher who paid 30 cents per pound for the reserve Shactelford county 4-H calf of Monday's show, was in the spot- light again today. He paid 1405 for the top bull. Gwen Domino, calved Aug. 9, 1936. Second high priced bull of the day. Domino Gwen, calv- ed Nov. 1, 1536, sold for J390 to Woods Stock farm of Fort Worth. OVER IN TWO HOURS Bidding was snappy and Auc- tioneer Earl Gartin sold the animals In two hours, one of the fastest sales of this year. He was assisted by Frank Farley and O. R. Peter- son. Among the visiting cattlemen and Hereford breeders were Jamie Brook of Brady, J. L. Frazer of Lampasas, Walter L. Boothe of Sweetwater, John B. Strlbllng of Rotan, W. J. Largtnt ol Merkel See ALEXANDER, It, Cd. Youth Army Wars On Birds; It's Both Sport, Good Deed Youth Is triumphing where brains and science have failed. Armed with alrguns, a small army of youngsters is making a determined .counter attack on Abilene': "nuisance from the the starling! in the trees on the Texas; and Pacitlc lawn. Quoting city pollcemin, Miners Sever All Political Ties WASHINGTON, r-eb. 15. United Mine Workers declared their political independence today. Although the union has been closely allied with the Democrats since 1933, Its official Journal said editorially: "The United Mine Workers of has no political ties. No one knows what, if any, political party this union may support in coming elections. It all depends on the various parties South Texas Peace Officer Found Slain CORPUS CHRISTI, Feb. T. Chlsholm. San 'Pttrlclo county constable and nlghtwatch- at Odcm. was found shot to death on the main street >t Odem today. Sheriff Frank Him! there were no clues, but he assumed Chlsholm had matte arrest was shot while taking his prisoner lo Jail. He said Ihe constable's pis tol and Jls In cash were missing. At Austin Acting Governor Wal- ter Woodul offered a reward for Chlibolm's ilaycr. whole washtub full of Polled. department of ficlals or- dered patrolmen to adopt a neutral policy unless the war- riors become too noisy or at- tempt to push their conquest to greener fields. Pleads Guilty- Rufus McNurlen, for- mer operator of a service station at Jutland, entered a plea of guilty when arraigned here Tuesday on charge of theft from the malls. appeared before U. s. Com- missioner Ida M. James, who fixed U bond at McNurlen was arrested Monday it his home four miles south o: rtanger by a posse of federal, coun- ty and city officers. It was head- ed by sheriff Loss Woods and Chief of Police Ingrain. The prisoner was brought here rrom Eastland yesterday afternoon Jy Deputy U. s. Marshal c. S Brown. SEVENTH ARRESTED He was the seventh person to be charged In connection with thef of a registered mail pouch contain Ing J28.950.' It disappeared Novem ber 4 from R railway mail car be tween Dallas and O'Donnell. Tin money shipment was consigned to the First National bank of O'Don nell from the Federal Reserve bank at Dallas. Postal Inspector L. w. Morris signed the complaint naming Me Nurlen. It was filed Monday a Uibbock with U. S. Commtsslone Olive Flukf, in whose division th mail theft occurred. Others arrested in connection with the care were Mr. and Mr: Sidney Miller ol Dallas, Roy Cathe of west of O'Donneli, Oscar Pett of O'Donnell, J. T. (Buddy) Morrl of Keuvtlie and Carl Williams e Brownwood. New Era Of Good Feeling Between Nations Foreseen VIENNA, Peb. cabi net of Chancellor Kurt Schusch nlgg was revised tonight with th addition of two ministers httic toward Germany. he'will ontrol police An exponent of Pan-Germa closer union of the two Ger man-speaking peoples Professo Ardarhovilch, was made minister justice. FRIEND OF DOLLFUSS A third German sympathizer, Dr. Edmund Glaise-Horstenau, was re- appointed -to the revised cabinet as minister without portlfolio. Another newcomer to the cabinet was Ludwlg Kaab, named cinlster of coccerce, who was iong-flrnt friend of the late Chancellor En- glebert Dolifuss. Raab'i appoint- ment was considered in a. ceasure :o counter- balance Nazi inlluence In the new cabinet. It was txplained that the chan- cellery concessions lo the Nazis had been made with corresponding ad- vantages granted to Austria. It was understood Hitler himself had pro- mised Illegal Nazi activities.ln Aus- tria would receive no support from Germany, thus settling one of Aus- tria's gravest Internal problems, The dramatic move carried out plans made by the Austrian chan- cellor and Hitler In a talk they had Saturday at Herr Fuehrer's Bearch- tesgaden retreat, just acress the Austrian frontier, for readjustment of long-tense relations between the two nations. Informed Berlin sources predicted the conference would be followed by a new era of military and economic as well us political cooperation between the two German powers. (These sources predicted economic measures creating in effect a cus- toms union and also coordination of the Austro-German armed ior- As Ihe cabinet ihake-up some- what cltared the picture of what transpired at Ihe Schusch nlgg meetnlg there were reports of fprther German demands including changes In the Austrian constitu- tion and control of the official press bureau. Area To North j WettestWith Five-Inch Fall Cold Weather Forecast Would Add To Benefit West Texas was preparing for liter winter last night on the heels' f heavy February rams. Showers which began falling 4 lEht earlier continued only at scat- ered points. The prospect for today, Instead, was snow or sleet. Livestock warn- ngs accompanied the forecast. Unseasonable spring till prevailed at midnight, how- ver, and creeks were swollen, bar Jits full and fields standing in wa- ter. Although It was likely the whole cene might be covered by ice lato Wednesday, grain men were cheered 'iy the best moisture In several Cold weather, they felt, would mly add to benefits of the rainfall.1 West. Texas was preparing for bitter winter last night on the heels of heavy February rains. Showers which began falling a. night earlier continued only at scattered points. Thep respect for today, snow or sleat. Livestock warn- ings accompanied the forecast. Unseasonable spring temperatures still prevailed at how- ever, and creeks were swollen, bar pits full and fields standing In water. Although It was likely the whole scene might be covered by Ice late Wednesday, grain men were cheered by the best moisture in several years. Cold weather, they felt, would only acid to benefits of rainfall. INSECTS DOOMED The mercury's plunge was ex- pected to'klU .insects and, moisture -Jrjji pmsWerid-a protection 'Conditions -'trt'-tiicVuinii' ,Ume benefited ranges and livestock waiJnot expected to suffer. Karaite's 3.75 inches of rain, which tilled the- city's two muni- cipal lakes for the first time in several years, was a sample of the precipitation picture. The downpour solved Hamlln's water supply problem, although emergency wells which had sup- jlled the city were submerged. Thejt were to be reclaimed. Water wai lowing around the; spillway of the upper lake. Elsewhere the fall, scattered front Monday afternoon to Tuesday night, ranged up to five inches. Grain and grass prospects at their best for two or three years n Knox county. Five inches of rain fell in the vicinity of Benjamin, and King county, to the west, alia See WEATHER, Pf. JZ, Col 4 EXPLORATIVE URGE Auto Goes Berserk, Collides With Innocent House, And Crawls Underneath Veranda Svtodern automobiles will go any- where, car salesmen tell prospects, but when a sedan went ex- ploring underneath a house on South Fourteenth yesterday even the salesmen were surprised. Coming on to Soulh Fourteenth from Ihe Potosl road, the machine's driver lost control and the car ran wild. First it Jumped the concrete curb, landed about fourteen feet farther alons on the right front and rear wheels, tore down a ban- ister to the porch on the house, ripped out a section of underpin- ning and Ihen rammed the nose of the car up under the house the full length of the radiator. Police officers who invesligated the were a to know what to do. They said the occu ol the car, a clerk in a down- town store, and the occupants ol the house stood there and survey- ed the damage and said nothing The driver caught a ride to town the home owner went back in the house. No chaigcs were filed. The driv- er said he could not help the acci1 dent, the car was out ot control Ths home owner said he was not worried about getting damages be- cause the car was still there and from Its looks, would be there for a few days. As yet no one has marie a crack about the car sticking Its nose in things that were none of its bus! new. Power Regulation Act To Be Offered Sponsor Cheered By Gas Decision Significance was seen yesterday by Rep. Bryan Bradbury in ccurt affirmation of Ihe Texas Rail- road commission's authority to re- gulate gas rales. Already committed In favor of legislation similarly governing light and power industry, Bradbury said drafting ot a bill to that pur- pose has been done In belief that the high court ruling would favor the commission. He was a member of the sub- committee out of whose the measure came. "This has always been a para- mount issue with the Abilene legislator said yesterday. He will introduce the light powej bill in Ihe house at the next session of the legislature. Ihe Weather find Vldnliy: Cfevdj, rinx rain ckairilnE hi imli IM, tn math wHI ft pfrfd nortfr sortfcm Wfl TtmHAy partly clcndy. i Rain and nt rftldrr In and wfp' rxirthtrly nlcht. OkUrroma: Wednesday rain, Horn i.... M, M   

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