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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1938, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO, FRIENDS OR FOES, W E SKETCH YO WORLD EXACTLY AS IT. VOL LVII, NO. 273. or, ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 18, SIXTEEN PAGES rmt IDT) PRICE 5 CENTS March 12 Date For Vote On Farm Quotas Two-Thirds Of Farmers Voting Must Okeh Plan WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 W) Agriculture department officials set March 13 tentatively today as the date for the farmer vote on market- ing control! for cotton and tobacco this year'. Markets already are over-supplied with both crops, they explained, making a quota system necessary to prevent a further decline In prices. Quotas may become effective under (he new crop control law when two- thirds of the producer! voting in national referenda approve. ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. Formal announcement of the election date was expected to be made not later than tomorrow by Secretary Wallace, Officials estimated that' more than farmers throughout the south would'be eligible to cast secret ballots on this "Do you favor marketing quotas for cotton (or tobacco) in If two-thirds of the farmers rail- ing ballots vote the secretar; will set up machinery to limit 193! cotton marketing to around 000 bales. The 1937 crop totaled bales. PLAN IN DETAIL Under the marketing system A mechanism designed to hold sur plus supplies off the market untl they are needed each farme would be permitted to market onl; an amount assigned him. If he colt1 more, he would be subject to a pen ally tax of 1 cents a pound, In th case of and 60 per cent o the market price, on tobacco. H also would lose federal benefit pay merits. The marketing quota provision of the new. act, which' President Roose- velt signed Into law yesterday, was defended by Secretary Wallace In a radio address as "a really effec- tive" and "democratic mechanism" to deal with .surpluses. CAMERA STORY OF MERTZON STORM REPORT MANY KILLED Tornado Lashes Oil Town HalfRodessa These bricks and shattered timber Were; the south warehouse of the West Texas Wool and Mohair as- sociation. In the rear right Is the Mertzon depot, its tile roof riddled as if by cannon fire The north ware- house pictured Isn't what It looks to be. Posts that hold up the roof were pulled four or five inches out of their concrete base, roof Is warping in and one cide of the brick edifice is strained and loosened PrfedictSecond >v Austrian Shakeup Monetary Union Is Also Forecast BERLIN, Feb. mone- tary union .between Germany and Austria was predicted by enthsl- astlc nazi spokesmen tonight as they learned the Import of talks between Chancellor Adolf Hitler and the Austrian pro-nazi minister of the interior. With (he prompt visit of Arthur Seysz-Inquart, the .Austrian minis- ter, to confer with Hitler and oth- er German leaders after his ele- vation to the cabinet, nazi spokes- declared they expected many sweeping changes in the relations between the two countries. Another cabinet shakeup was Imminent In Vienna, they said, with Seysz-Inquart emerging as vice chancellor and nazls controll- ing the economic finance min- istries. HITLER HAS BIG IDEAS Hitler, they asserted, was de- termined (u bring stout the clos- est possible economic union be- tween the two countries. First of all, they said, Hitler would tackle the 'Austrian unem- ployment problem br vast .public works centering around road build- ing. A cusfoms union was taken for granted. Reports Hitler was making new demands such as Austrian with- drawal from the League of Na- tions and adherence to the anti- communist pact, .and that these demands had snagged the new alignment, brought only derisive laughter In foreign office circles Eight Pennsylvania Miners Endangered Men Entombed By Deluge Of Water HAZLETON, Teb washing two others unhurt to safe working through debris- filled passageways 500 feet under- SrouM at the Lehlgh ccmpanys slope No. 1 mine rescue crews sought the eight entombed men, was a matter of con- jecture. Veteran Winers expressed :onfidence they could have reach- td high points In the tunnels. It was pointed out there was fresh air, el- iminating danger of suffocation. Miner Bernard McAlnmey. one of the two men washed to safety, said firing of a charge of dynamite >pen the fissure through which the poured Into the tunnel. McAlamey and Assistant Super- intendent George D. Schutter both if Haileton, were 'swept along by he water through the mine exits rktr wen uninjured, Thfe Is the remnant of the John Gerkens> 'trailer home. The storm rolled it over and over a full city block lefore jtopping It upside down and crushed with Mr. nnd, Mrs. Gerkens inside. Garbled Orders Caused Wreck, Say Survivors 4 Killed, 13 Hurt As Trains Crash In Colorado Fog FOLSOM, N. M., Feb. Two speeding trains (mashed head- on last midnight at a foe-shroud- ed curve two tnllss north of Fol- som, killing four trainmen and in- juring 13 persons, and surviving railroad men told reporters today a'mlxup in orders was respohslbli J. T. Poirler, conductor of the freight, which was aouthbound, arid c; K. Dlntleman, brakeman of the passenger train, which was en- route north from Dallas, Tex, to Denver, made the of the accident. INSTRUCTIONS WRONG Poirler said the freight was or- dered to meet the passenger at fol- som, northeast New Mexico at p. m, last night. He said the passenger was instructed to meet the freight Tiowanda, N. M., several miles north of the crash scene, at the same time. The craah, he said, occurred at p. m., mountain standard time, between Tiowanda and Folsom. The Colorado and Southern rail- road, which operated both trains, launched tn investigation of its own under direction of A. J. Hortori, division superintendent >t Trinidad, Colo., :and declined to comment on possible causes of the accident un- til this was completed. The trains struck with terrific force and both locomotives toppled down an- eight-foot embankment, jerking several other cars off the rails. Only one of the four men in the cabs of the two locomotives escap- ed alive. He was Charles E. Grecn- dawe, freight fireman, who was thrown clear of the wreckage and suffered a broken leg. I MUCH IN DEMAND Is Swept Away Nurse At Atlanta, Tex., Hospital Tells Newspaper Reservations Made For 100; Houses Ripped Like Boxes TZXARKANA, Tex, Feb. Gazette was informed by a resident of Eodessa, La., that half the town of Rodeui was away by a cyclone tonight. An un- determined number of resident! were killed or injured, the informant laid, Helen Fouke, a nune at the EUington Memorial hospital at Atlanta, Tex., laid the hospital One of the busiest licestock judges In West Texas Is Leon C. Ranson, above, assistant Taylor county agricultural agricultural agent. Yesterday he judged the Burkett. Coleman county, show. Today he'll be at Winters; Saturday at Black- well; Feb. 23 at Merkel; Ttb. K at Cross Plains and March 2 at Brownwood. Ranson was a member of the Texas A. M. college International livestock judging team In 1931. .1 I ,e, Tttjnert line Texaco lining station facing west on the main thoroughfare In Hie heart of the Mertzon district. To the left Is part of a small building In which Bill Wolverton Carlton Webster and W. E. Thompson were sleeping. Th'v escaped injury although the house was blown several yards and Webster wns lifted by the wind and cirricd nearly 100 yards. (All picture s by San Angelo Standard-Times staff photographer.) FDR To Announce Price Policy Today May Declare Ones Too Low, Too High WASHINGTON, Feb. President Roosevelt will make a broad restatement of administra- tion price policy tomorrow, in- formed officials said tonight. It was indicated that he would say what prices he considers too low and too high. Whether he would outline any specific steps lo bring I ho figures more into line was not so certain. Fourtejn cabinet and economic advisers conferred with Roosevelt late today. It was learned that one topic discussed was the wide discrepancy between certain prices. far example, it was said, farm prices are 70 per cent of the 1926 "normal" level and metals M per cent. Buckner Injured DALLAS, Feb. Hal F. Buc'nner, superintendent of the Buckner orphans' home here, suf- fered cuts about the face, arms anti legs In a two-car accident about M miles northwest of Jncksboro today BEFORE DAWN 16 Injured, 100 Homeless, Damage Loss Heavy In Mertzon Tornado them were thrown tram their' berths force of the crash Eleven ware Jured, but only one SBe was Mis Jane Rock of Colo- rado ''Springs, 'Colo. Railroad WRECK, (M. 5 'Wild West' Train MERTZON, Irlon County, Tex., Feb.- tornado ripped through the twin towns of Mertzon and Sherwood today, injuring at least 16 persons, three seriously, making nearly 100 persons homeless, and wrecking and damaging a score of buildings. Their Insurance Rating Goes Down CHESTER, Pa., Feb. The laddies of the nearby Brook- haven volunteer fire. company decided today the best way to clear the dead grass from the yard around Ihclr fire house was to burn II. the time the blaze was out the lire house was In They saved their pump- er, an assortment of booU and tlielr charter. WPA Official Senate Bloc Seek To Double Relief Fund As Upper House Vote Hears WASHINGTON, Feb. Aubrey Williams, acting relief ad- ministrator, urged a senate appro- priations subcommittee today to approve a 1250.000.000 supplemen- tary relief outlay as a means of providing WPA Jobs for unemployed. With the additional money, re- quested by President Roosevelt, MO.OOO persons can be added to the rellsr rolls, while 'without It must be dropped, Williams said. Meanwhile Administration lead- ers expressed confidence tliat the bill would pawed with the figure unchanged, despite an effort on the part of a senate bloc to double it. Chairman Adams <D-Colo) of Hie subcommittee announced thnt it will take action on the. measure tomorrow. O'Connor Jury Out da PHILADELPHIA, Feb. (Fri- Jury deliberating the fate of Mary O'Connor, charged with the "mud middle" death of five-year-old Nancy was locked up for the night at o'clock moraine, Sector Escapes Damaging Cold Rainfall Light; Mercury Hangs Near Freezing Temperature was hovering around the.freeling point In Abilene last night, as 'Abilene .escaped had received a call for reserva- tions' for 100 persons injured. At Least Three Dead In Storm SHREVEPOBT, La., Feb. storm which roared through Rodessa about 945 p. m. tonight left several persons'injured, at least three buildings demolished and communication facilities para- lyzed. Emergency calls for ambulances went out to Shreveport, Vivian, and Atlanta, Texas, over the few tele- phone which remained up. Buildings in the business district went down like card houses before the terrific wind, whin lasted about five minutes. Cornell said the tele- phone office was only slightly damaged, but that most of the lines out of Rodesaa were down. Lights In the business district were out, and it was believed that all electrical faculties in the area weredestroyed'by the storm. The telephone .lines still up after the tornado were used eswrgency ambulance only calls about 20 minutes' after the twister struck. Later, calls lor information were accepted. SEES The Shreveport Times formed by long" telobone The vicious windstorm swept through a" strip about 400 feet wide and'four miles long early today, demolishing five buildings here and wrecking a. dozen buildings, windmills and tanks at Sherwood. Eight of the Injured were tn con- dition serious enough to warrant hospitallzatlon. SALVATION ARMY AIDS William Carter of the Salva- tion army supplied clothing and food for those whose residences were destroyed or damaged. Many of the homeless were taken into the homes of friends. I Most seriously injured were Sweet! Davis. 40. agent for an oil Mrs. Viente Martinez, M, and Man- uelo Martinez, three. Robert Lee and Sterl- ing City. 40 to 60 miles north and northeast of the tornado area, re- ceived torrential rains. At Hock Springs, which suffered West Texas' worst tornado In the spring of 1927. were uprooted, and light buildings toppled. The twister was the thin! exper- ienced here. Most of the injured were clruck by flying timbers, or caught in their beds. Many persons were cut and bruised, not reporting their Injur- ies. Eight were taken to San Angelo, 35 miles distant, for hospitaltzatlon. TOWN ISOLATED The whirling wind struck about a. m. and the town was Isolated until a night watchman made his way to Tankersley, about midway between Mertzon and San Angelo. Six ambulances with doctors and r.utses from San Angelo, firemen and officers were the first to re- spond. They gave first aid to the Injured and rushed those most ser- iously hurt.to San Angelo hospitals. Five buildings were wrecked and a dozen others badly damaged. Two big wool warehouses were badly damaged, but the new Irtoti courthouse was untouched See MEftTZON, It. 11, Col 7 Penalty I Seen As Result LAS CRUCES, N. 17. week before their scheduled trial, Henry Lorez and Harry Dwyer, youthful "wild robbers, unexpectedly entered pleas of euilty to second degree murder today lor their fantastic attempt to hold up a Southern Pacific flier Thanksgiving day. Lorenz. M, and Dwyer, 77, told District Judlge Numa Frenger in his chambers they were willing to take their "medicine" and entered pleas of guilty to second degree murder of W. L. Smllh, El Paso switchman, who was shot and killed in the hold- "P. EARLY SENTENCE Either Saturday or Monday, Judge Frsnger said, he would pronounce sentence. Under New Mexico law, the penalty may range from three years to life imprisonment. Both charges, murder train robbery, under which they would have stood trial carried the death penalty. Smith was shot and killed when he Joined trainmen and enraged passengers In thwarting the at- tempted robbery. From an El Paso sickroom, Smllh'a pretty, red-haired widow had ex- pressed hope that Lorenz and Dwyer would "get the death penalty." "They took all I sobbed Mrs. Lily smith. "They took all my heart and livelihood. I hsve noth- ing to live for now." promised mow rain, but precipita- tion amounted to only 15 Inch In the 14 hoars ending al 9 p m Tot the week, .41 tech of ram has fallen In other sections of West Texas, hejvler. Clear "Fork and Colorado rivers were running bank- ful. but making no threats of flood. a hard freeze was pre- dicted 'for Wednesday night and Thursday morning, temperature re- rnairied .at 38 degrees and higher until.earty when 1t began slipping'slowly. Highest tem- perature for the day was recorded .at t a. m., when for a moment the thermometer stood at 38. Capt. Harry Hutchison of the highway patrol reported traffic moving over all routes in his dis- trict. Abilene bus terminal said all schedules were operating except that between Abilene and Chlldress, which was hampered by muddy roads. Westbound buses' from Dal- las were running an hour late. At Abilene airport two navy planes that landed Wednesday re- mained berthed last night rather than attempt to continue their trip to Norfolk. Va. The weather bureau's forecast was for more rain today, with probable freezing. The panhandle was covered with ke but the rest of the state escaped generally the cold wave which had been forecast. Wheat In the pan- handle was benefited greatly by the rain, snow, sleet and hall of this week. The Dallas-Fort Worth region ap- peared hardest hit by rains which blocked Ihe highway between those cities, washed out numerous small bridges, routed some persons from their homes, and brought traffic al- most to a standstill. Japs Set Aside More War Funds Nippons.Throws Biilions Into Sino Conflict TOKYO, Fei. anese sovemment earmarked for the army and navy today to continue the undeclared war' against China. The new military expense ac- count, as completed by the finance ministry, brought the bill for the seven months of warfare to CABINET MUST APPROVE The yen 000) "special account for extraor- dinary military expenditure" supplement to the ordinary budget. for The financi ministry's figures will for be submitted to the cabinet for approval next week. The sum already spent eo. tot war li more, than four at much as the tola! for the Chmeae- JapaneM war of and the i-Japanese war, M04-OI The'Tunet' 'informant had seen "many- and.that numer- ous persons were Injured She listed among the dead: Bill Young, a derrick, worker, part of whose body was woman, who was decapitated and not A-little girl, unknown, sis- ter of a boy peanuts on the at The worst part if the storm hit the edfe'df on Supply House road, flattening It wreck- ing places: National bank. Wilson. C. I. G. Superior Iron Works. Butler Machine shop. Henderllter Tool Jackson Lumber company. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were re- ported injured and their Infant child Was reported missing. The town's water tank was not demolished by the wind, nor were any of the brick and stone buildings on the main streel, nor the K. C. S. depot. Several derricks were report- ed demolished and the damage ex- tended northward on the Texar- kana road. Quick Hondling Of Pacific Wool Seen PORTLAND, Ore., Peb. Longshoremen union officials said today they had been notified Harry Bridges, Pactttc coast president of the union, hud authorized loading of wool regardless of unionlabels. The waterfront employers' assoc- iation said the reversal of a pre- vious stand assured prompt handl- ing on wool Intcrcosstal steamship lines. Pacific coast wool shipping port, annually ex- ports J5.000.000 to of wool, mostly lo Boston. Moron Man Sought Htrt; Mother Dead Abilene police department receiv- ed a long distance call last night from Moran asking offlders to at- tempt us locate Chester Morgan, about tt years of age. His mother of Moran died yesterday mombn. Morgan was liwrd from about two weeks ago while working in an oil fieM nesr Sic Ancelo. Winters Rodeo To Defy Cold Weather WINTERS, ytb. 17 Wintry weather won't halt the rodeo and boy's livestock show to be held here Friday and Saturday. The double event will open to- morrow morning. All animals to exhibited by the JTA boys from Winters and three neighboring towns must be in Iheir stalls by 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Rodeo entries will close an hour later. naval pan's stand on naval parity with- oul disclosing the building 'plana Japan has insisted on' keening se- cret. Japan holds tlie 5-5-3 naval ra- tio, putting Japan in an inferior position to Great Britain and the United States, was abolished wherk Japan denounced the London 1936 naval treaty. The naval comment- ing on. the United States' propect- ed "two ocean declared that the fact rhe United States has two oceans to 'defend against Japan'a one does not alter Japan'a parity stand. Japs Poised For Crucial Thrust SHANGHAI, Feb. declared today their forces were poised for smashing thrust south of the Yel- low river in the western sector of the central China front, a drive, which Is expected lo become man JAPS, Pr. 11, Col t Sister-ln-Law Of Mrs. Chapman Dies Mrs. W. R. Chapman received word last night of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. John D. Devis, In Weatherford at 9 p. m. Mrs, Davis was a former resident of Abilene. Her husband, a brother of Mrs, Chapman, was associated with the Abilene Dry Goods com- pany, predecessor to Minter Dry Goods company, for the past sev- eral years- they nad lived In Fort Worlh and Weatherford. Mrs. Davis hid been ill since Thanksgiving. Burial will be made in Anson Saturday or Sunday but funeral ar- rangements are Incomplete. The Weather pr No Fuel Oil Tax WASHINGTON. Feb. Democratic members of the house ways' and means committee have decided against Inserting a tax on fuel oil In the pending tax bill, one of the group said today. rtla nUrr north AM ml, ri'Mi UN nrt rtKmi rmh OKLAHOMA: 1. JJ MMIIr MEXICO: rull M M M a I a 7 ftVV. .V.V'JV M iid "kutit" __....... _ ,u 34; urne imle UM 31' One Held Here, Two At Officers Believe Big Forgery Gang Smashed With the arrest of three men tn Wichita Falls yesterday, local officers believed they had In hand the last clu? toward apprehension of one of Texas' largest %nd smoothest operating forgery tangs In msny years. Captain W. W. West of the city police department and Ruck Sib- ley, deputy sheriff, relumed late yesterday afternoon from Wichita, Falls with what they termed the "king pin" of a chain of forgera operating from Shreveport, La.; to Hobos, X. M. Booked at police headquarters teat ofeht on a toner} count, alleted forger will have formal charges filed against him this morning In county court. West said last night. No Information was available whether other coun- ties irouM file charges. Arresting officers said the chain of bad checks extended over 15 or JO counties clear across Tesss and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. The other two men arrested In Wtoilta were taken in cus- tody 'by Sheriff Jim Lee Gordon of Jones county and charges will bt- roed at Anson against them for lottery. One of tbew two Is the man that calmly chewed op a check while being arrested for altemptini! to pass It In an Abi- lene dry goods store Tuesday. West said last night that at least ons more of the forgers at large but they expected to pick him up at any time. Besides facing forgery cases ta Abilene, four In Jones county- two In Anson and two In Stam- gang of forgers ta want- ed for pissing bad In M( Spring, Midland, Odessa and Set- graves. See FOBOEM, K. U, CA t