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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
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