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Publication: Abilene Reporter News March 20, 1938

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL LVI I, NO, 302, _ flflfje Abilene Reporter OFFENSE TO FIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH.YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT _ ABlLENg, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 20, FIRST CONVENTION- SECTIONS. rim inn MioI II PL I .iiw Sllr i> FINAL VOTE APRIL District Groups Renominate Directors Of West Texas Cotton Growers' Association Insure Tribunal New York's Bar Asks Guarantee For High Court NEW YORK, March drive to amend the United States constitution to guarantee the fu- ture independence ot the supreme court was pressed today by an in- fluential unit of the American bar. The federal legislation commit- tee of the New York City bar as- sociation. In a communication to (he Judiciary committees ol both houses ol congress, asked these three things: 1. A constitutional amendment definitely setting the number ot justices at the present figure, nine. RETIREMENT CLAUSE 2. Another amendment making retirement of justices mandatory at a set age, preferably "not less than 15" years. 3. Adoption of R law creating >n independent agency.to handle.the court finances, which now go through the department of Justice, an administrative branch of the ex- ecutive arm of the government. Action should be taken now, the bar committee report which ac- companied the'ccmmunicatlon said, so that the problem "can be con- sidered calmly on its merits, free from the confusion and contro- versy" which attended President Roosevelt's sudden court reform campaign of 1837. Roosevelt's effort was character- fed by the report as an attempt "to bring about retirements by other methods intended to be quick" but appraised by the people as "dan- gerous." Behind the committee report was the full power of the bar of the nation's largest lawyers. The proposal to make retirement of aged Justices mandatory was in line with President Roosevelt's plan, but there were difference of de- tail. The bar committee advocated, for example, that We compulsion not apply to Justices now on the su- preme The president pro- posed the opposite. The Roosevelt plan called for re- tirement'at 10. The bar commit- tee said it should be -not lea thin 75.. Negro Gunman Wounds Former PARIS. Mar. Rake- straw, 36-year-old farmer, was shot and critically wounded tcday by an apparently-crazed negro, officer said, who later was killed in a gun battle. The negro, oJhn Howard, formerly of Dallas, was shot by Deputy Sher- iff Clyde Shelton and Policeman Troy McCormlch, who said they walking near the wound- PRICE 5 CENTS Says In Talk Over Radio U. S. Concern 'FREE DEATH' FOR ROSS KILLER Sheriff John Toman of Cook county, Chicago, shown at left, is an obliging fellow. He assures Warden Frank Sain, right, that use of his new and highly mod- em electric chair for ciectrocu- tion of John Seadlund, kidnaper- killer of. Charles Ross, "won't 'cost the government a nickel" if it is wanted. The chair has neither straps nor buckles. A lever operates clamps for wrists and ankles, and a condemned man can be tightly secured in it in four and one-half seconds. Seadlund has ben sentenced to die for his crime. ME .'FROM Heads Teachers ALPINE. March D. Lokey, ol Fabens. was elected presi- dent of the Trans-Pecos division of the state teachers association to- day. Old directors of the West Texas Cotton Growers' association were re- nominated In meetings held Satur- day. Reports from eight of the nine meetings held In the nine districts showed members nominating old ril- The directors rectors for reelection, will be voted on in Abilene April 12. a meeting In At Abilene Ed Gist was rrnoml- natcdI by n small gathering of mem- bers from district 1-Taylor, Calla- han and Eastland counties. District 2 members, from Jones, Shackclford and Stephens counties, met at Anson to rcnomlnstc C. W. Barllett, who Is also vice president WTCQA. E. W. Grumpier presided for the meeting. Fisher, Nolan and Coke county members convened In n district 3 session nt Roby to rename J, C. Simpson as dlrccto- District Haskell, Stonctvall and King coiinllcs-was held at Haskell, with B. Wallers of Rule, who has served as director since the association was founded, being renomlnatcd. At Snydcr J. L. Carreil was re- nominalttl director of district 6 composed of Scurry, Kent nnrl Dick- ens counties. District 7-Mitchclt. Howard. Mar- (In and Midland was held at Colorado, when E. Bar- ber of spade wns rcnomlnated di- rector. At Balllnger W WTCOA repre- sentatives from Runnels. Concho Coke nnd Tom Green counties rc- nomlnntcd o. Y. txt of Eden. J. L. Wilkinson of Coleman, iircsi- dcnt o! the WTCOA, was renoml- nnted as director from district 9 by delegates from Colomnn. Drown, San and McCuUoch. counties. What Is Your NEWS I. Q.? Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question. 10. A scc-re of M is fair; 80 good. Answers on Page 1. 1. Who Is this newly appointed as- sistant oi the president ol West Tex- as oilmen's association? What does he plan us his first objective In of- fice. 2. The city of Abilene recently sold .he last half of the Fort Phantom Hill lake bonds at a bid lower than the first scries. True or false. 3. Civic flubs will sponsor bas- tetball tournament Monday and Tuesday with the proceeds going to benefit the Y. M. C. A. (b) ft community chest, (c) a club for protection of unrmiidcd doss! BY ROBERT OKIX BARCELONA, March' I9.-WV-A lull In the deadly roar of insurgent bombers gave blood-drenched Barcelona a merciful, although apprehen- sive respite today. For the first time since Wednesday the skies were clear of raiders But no one knew when they would resume the appalling death'and destruction wrought during two ter- rifying days of relentless bombard- ment. was a pitiful mis- sion in this somber capital of gov- ernment Spain. 6W BODIES IN MORGUE There were 640 scattered bodies laid out in grotesque rows in over- taxed morgues. Only J05 had been Identified. One doctor eslimaied 200 more share of honors Saturday in the fourth annual high school speech tournament sponsored by Abilene Christian college, placing five en- trants in the finals. Anson was second with four. A hundred participants from 27 Speech Tourney Honors loACC Abilene high school took a major "jic uumii (Ta i IJIJH t en zw more bodies were buried in the debris of bomb-wrecked buildings. Highest estimates placed the dead at and injured at more than in the 13 insurgent attacks. More than 700 wounded, includ- ing 75 small boys and girls, were crowded into clinic hospital alone. Others were treated in emergency hospitals and sent home. A tour of the devastated areas presented frightful scenes. WOMEN AMONG DEAD Some residential sections were deserted by terror-slrirken families who took (o the countryside. Forty destroyed buildings were counted; 71 otters were partially wrecked. Many women were among Ihe dead, their heads crushed by fallen masonry and beams, Near their bodies were those of 12 babies. Hundreds ot horror-stricken men and women clustered about hospital doors. Women cried in corridors as they searched in vnin for missing members of their families. Insurgents Near Seaboard Province HENDAYE, France (At the Span- sh March sh Insurgent vanguards today pen- etrated almost to the seaboard jrovlnce of Ccslellon In their drive oward Ihe Mediterranean. The speed of Generalissimo Fran- cisco Franco's three main armies reduced, however, to prepare or a major tbnist across the coas- al Sierras which he was expected o launch shortly. The day's actual fighting was tmltert to minor engagements be- ween Franco's advance guards and government rear guards. Barcelona's (error-stricken poptt- ice, meanwhile, had Its first wreathing spell after two days and wo nights of Insurgent air raids hat left at least known dead, more victims buried In wreckage and more than wounded. DAR Convention Ends TEMPLE, March hirty-nlnth annual convention of he Texas Daughters of the Am- rlcan F.-volution closed here today without settling on a next meeting The next convention city will be cf.osen by the state beard of the organization, high schools competed In the six divisions of the contest. In boys' extempore speaking, Winfred Rucker of Stamford won first, Clifford Robert-; of Anson second and Emmltt Schlueter ot Roby third. First place in girls' exlerpore speaking was won by Eleanor Bishop of Abilene with second posi- tion going to another Abilenlan, Sadie Lou Davidson. Katherine Loveless won third. ROBV DECLAI.MEB FIRST S. J. Holden ot Roby won first in boys' declamation. Second place went to Bill Tippcn of Abilene with Ancil Owens ot Eastland taking third. In girls' declamation, Sally Dick of Ovalo took first, followed by Mo- zcll Arthurs of Spur In second place and Jane Rogers of Swcctwaler in third. Wood Butler of Abilene won first In poetry reading with Jack Walker ol Anson second and Vcriic Joyce Perkins cf Abilene third. In short-story reading. Dale King of Anson ranked first, Joyce Dici- son of Wylle second and Annie Laurie BOBZ of Anson Ihird. Retire To Over Nazi Coup Law Practice Says Decision Made To Avert Bitter Campaign AUSTIN, March nor James V: Allred announced to- secretary ol State Hull broke hi. night he would retire from office at silence on the nazl coup after re- the end of his present term and celvlng official notice that the Aus- the private practice of law in Irian legation here had been Austin. The governor made the momen inauc i lie CHID tous announcement, eagerly await- SPEAKS FOR SELF all f.. _-_if_ _ j a 111 iu unit; MI cm, eagerly await- ed by all the in a radio ad- dress from the governor's mansion, the first time in b itory such a of speech had been made. he speech had been made. Declaring he desired most of all to serve the public interest and an unprecedented third term announce- ment would plunge Texas into the bitterest campaign it had ever known, he said he had concluded he should not be a candidate. FINANCIAL REASONS He also said he was deeply in debt and owed It to his wife and three small sons to provide for their fi- nancial welfare. Likewise mentioned were the "tax" on physical and mental strength, the strain of "slime slan- der and gossip in the heat of cam- and constant "unjust" criti- cism. The governor reviewed accom- plishments of his administration of the last three years, sUUng it had been an administration of which Texas need not be ashamed. He thanked Texans for the honor of serving four years as attorney general and another four as gover- nor and said he had no desire, and would not attempt to name his suc- cessor. CHALLENGES CANDIDATES He reminded, however, that he had previously said the announced candidates to succed him had not said where they stood "on a single Important declared his vlewj on such matters were well'known and asked if it was too much for others to make themselves equally clear. J The governor rnade-ijili declarr tion of fntentlpa-Jb rttlre as he neared his 39th birthday annirer- sary. He vW be 39 yearj oW March 29, having been youngest governor in Texas.history when in- augurated for his first term in 1935 His administration, he said, had commanded the respect of the citi- zenship of other states and the con- fidence of the national administra- tion, had cooperated with the presi- dent in carrying out a recovery pro- gram and sponsored the centennial celebration. CITES TAX STATUS In three yep.rr he said the consti- tution had been amended so that the legislature could provide old age assistance, unemployment Insurance- aid for dependent children, for the blind, for teachers and "many other worthy purposes, where no such au- thority existed before." "VisJIIng olher states where In- come taxes, sales taxes, transaction taxes, and every form of taxes are In he said, "I have been proud of the fact that this adminis- tration has successfully blocked every effort to place upon the backs of the people the terrible burden of a sales tax." He said the state had the finest state police system In all the land and pointed also to repeal of the race track gambling law and aboli- tion of "an indefensible pardon sys- Hc naturally wanted to see the re- mainder ol the "people's program" carried out and to 'lead the fight" Oplin-Tecumseh School Bonds Win lhe Oplin-Tecumseh school district In Callahan county, restcrday authorized a bond Issue for construction of a combination grammar 'and hleh school. The ballot was 7< or, 3 against. L. L. McBane presided as election fudge. Sidney Harvllle, a school trustee said plans for a school building. It b hoped that remain der of the ccal will Works Progress project which has Washington for final approval. supplied In administration been sent to WPA officials' Hull Declares Austrian Seizure Considered To Be Menace To Peace WASHINGTON, March The United Stales government an. nounced to the world today that It was seriously concerned at the ex, Secretary of State ished and its functions taken over by the German embassy. Giving emphasis by waiving his jsual rule against .direct quotation told reporters: "The day before yesterday I dis- cussed fully the principles governing peaceful and orderly international relations and their application to present conditions in European and other world areas. "The extent to which the Austrian incident, or any similar incident, is calculated to endanger the mainte- nance of peace and the preserva. tion of the principles in which this government believes Is of course a matter of cerious concern to tuiitcrn 10 t government of the United States." The. secretary also authorized an. announcement .that certain, cal steps" on the part o'f'this' gov- ernment-would be required as a re- sult of Austria's changed status.- Persons close to the German em- bassy expressed belief that this meant Austria's absorption by Ger- many would be recognized by this government in fact, step by step as questions of customs and the Ilka arose. RECOGNITION UNLIKELY When asked directly whether this government contemplated recogni- tion of the Austro-German union, Hull said the principles he enunciat- ed Thursday In a restatement ct American foreign policy should sup- ply the answer. One of the princi- ples he restated then was: "All nations should, through vol- untary self-restraint, abstain from use of force in pursuit of policy and. from Interference in the interna- tional affairs of other nations." EYEN15 TO COME IN WEST TEXAS R. Eudaljr, dairy specialist from A. M. college will speak in Coleman March 24. stockhold- ers' meeting of the Farmers' Gin Mirch 26. Annual Colorado Fat Stock show will be held April II. Eclor county livestock and poultry show will be held Thursday, Friday and Satur- day. coun- iy's boys' livestock show will be held Saturday. Balrd voters will ballot on whether to cooperative with tha county in construction of a city- county hospital April 5, at the sare time as regular oificials are elected. STAMFORD. Seventeenth dis- rict of thu Women's Missionary union of Ihe Baptist church will lold a meeting at Stmmord April iJ and 13. SAVES ESTES POLITICAL No Echo From Candidates' Corner On Allred's Talk Gov. Atlred's speech announcing he rild not choose to nin elicited re- latively little talk, but plenty of listening. last night from candidates for his job. It brought an expression of acute indifference from Attorney General William McCraw; raved Carl Estes. the "conditional the necessity of engaging In a "hot sum- mer and drew compli- ments and poslbly a bid for his support from Mayor P. D. Rcnfro of Beaumont. Ernest Thompson, railroad com- missioner, and Rep Clarence Farmer of Fort Worth would not be reach- ed. Ma and Pa Ferguson raid nothing but kept their heads cocked toward the radio. "Since Mr. Allred is not a can- didate for governor, his course as a private citizen ought not to be a subject of public, discusjion. I con- sequently have no said McCraw. Estts, Long view publisher, got of! an airplane coming into Dallas from Kcw York rive minutes before Allred's speech, listened to it by automobile radio, and then saici: "Allred's speech makes me very happy. I will not have to make the race x x x x New we can set down to the serious business of they may have electing Bill McCraw governor." Estes had said he would run If Allred did. Mayor Hcnfro said, in part: "Governor Ailred's statements had a ring of sincerity. His sum- mary of what hftd been accom- plished was good, x x x x We don't always agree with the governor, but we do have to appreciate a manls sincerity. 1 wish Governor Allred success in his practice of law." Mr. and Mrs. James E. former governors, gave no Indication whether Allred's speech had any bearing i.pon any political ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: March 20, 1938