Abilene Reporter News, March 21, 1938

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March 21, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1938, Abilene, Texas Abilene VOL. LVI1, NO. 303 Texas Weekend Accident To! 4 Prcw (AT) "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 21, PAGES Talted (UP) PRICE 5 CENTS ELECTROCUTED MORE U. S. FIGHTING Lists 18 Dead Highway Mishaps, Drown ings And Shootings Lead 3y The Associated Press At least 18 persons died in auto- i mobile accidents, fires, crownings i and shootings in Texas during the last week-end. The dead: W O Mclniosh. 63, of Denison, victim of autombiie accident north of Richardson. M-s. Lena Keller, 60, of Segum, 'atally injured in a truck-automo- bile collision on the new Segum i highway, IT miles west of San An- torno. Dr. and Mrs. H. K. Hinde of San Angeio. killed in an auto crash near Fore Worth. H. W. Owens, 20. and E. Ten- nison, 25, McCamey, injured fatally i when'their automobile crashed into 3. bridge six miles west of Mert- zori on highway 10. Sarah Cowan, 20. Temple, a stu- dent- at the Texas State College for Women. Den ton. injured fatally the automobile in which she rode struck a bridge near Green- ville. Elwavne Thorensen, 16. of Mc- Allen, killed in an auto-truck col- lision at a street intersection there. Jessie L. Patrick, 44, San Antonio shipping clerk, who fell from the window of an eighth story hotel room. It was adjudged suicide. Juan and Florentira. Mendez, brothers, shot to death in an affray at Taft in which Constable O. J. Moony and Pablo Mendez. brother of the dead, were wounded. Charles S. Krook. 46, San An- tonio stock broker, found shot to death. A justice of the peace re- turned a suicide verdict. Luis Guerrero, 20, of San Antonio, killed in a shooting in a beer parlor, in connection with which a youth was held. Peter Attalah. 70, San Marcos grocer, found slain in the rear room of a building where he had his store. Sheriff M. M. Wren said he found a brick, wrapped in a sack, and an empty wallet in the house. Bill Brennan. 60. of San Antonio, rowned in the San Antonio river. .Andrew Howard. 14. Fort Worth, drowned in the Clear Fork of the Trinity. Burton C. Thigpen. 31, of Hous- ton, whose charred body was found in. his fire-gutted apartment. Mrs. Lena Toscano. 59, found dead in a house in San Antonio by firemen battling blaze. Writer Held For Annoying F. D. R. NSW YORK, March Lester David O'Dell. 35. a letter writer of uncommon ability, was under arrest today for having writ- ten letters to President Roosevelt. O'Deil's letters, police and secret service men charged, contained threats and demands for money. Kis smooth style disturbed Mayor F. K. LaGuardia two years ago. they said. but. the mayor didn't prosecute because he thought O'Dell was s. crank. The letters written to the presi- dent were read by Magistrate Irving Ben Ccoper, but were not made public. After denouncing O'Dell as "a clever, shrewd, cunning type. vicious to the extreme.'" Cooper held him in S5.000 bail for hearing March 30. Harry Nines May Make Race Billion-Dollar NaVCU ill Passes For Governor Crowley Demands That M'Craw And Thompson Resign AUSTIN, March State Highway Commissioner Har- ry Hines of Wichita Falls today said the suggestion that he enter the governor's race is "tempting" and that after conferring with friends he will soon reach a de- cision. Simultaneously from Washington Karl Crowley cf Fort Worth, soii- FOR FUN OR FOR MARBLE TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD APRIL 2, FOUR DIVISIONS PLANNED House Approves Measure, 291 46 New 22 Auxiliary Vessels And 950 Airplanes To Be Authorized WASHINGTON, March house approved kids who play for fun and Four divisions will equalize the j of three will decide the winner, i the ones for "keeps" will-tourney. Classifications will be: j Lagging will be held before each; coir-pete in a city marble i midget, first and second grades; jun- i game. j ment Saturdav, Aoril 2, at the Cen- iors, third and fourth grades; inter- j The conduct that causes so many _ j n trai school. mediates, fifth and sixth grades; not be allow- overwhelmingly today the administration s billion-dollar naval "But unlike the ''wildcat" league i seniors, seventh grade. j ed. A player shall be required to expansion bill." where the biggest and toughest boy i Rules of the American Marble j "knuckle-down" when making a makes his owr rules the touma- i Player's association will be used, j shot other than the lag. At least must be in contact Speaker Bankhead announced the roll call vote for passage 5w i ment will be supervised with the More than 400 school kids have al- one knuckle ciLor oi ,ne i medals donated j ready started practicing for the the ground, and this position be maintained until the shot championship tournament Tnere will be no steel balls used I said- P: was 291 to 100. Final passage came after defeat of a republican attempt to send the bill back to the house naval committee with instruc- schools. Marbles can be made of j allowed this advantage. luARTIN J. SULLIVAN Aged Former Cop Executed Grandfather Of 23 Dies In Chair For Killing Five seek a third term. Crowley, himself reported to be i a prospective candidate for gov- j ernor of Texas, made his charges j in telegrams to the two Texas of- ficials. He filed the telegrams i after Gov. James V. AUred of Tex- j as announced he would not seek a i third term. j Crowley gave no indication of j whether he would seek to succeed j >vor substance except metal and i marble :han an inch in diameter. Gov James V- Allred announced thesis-eighths of j shot will be Saturday night tnai he wouid not, K Th tournev. used to lag for the first used throughout the! The best two games out j Edwards i mus' i. m. j is completed. a i The ring will be 10 feet in diam- j tions to eliminate The provision i .c a I eter and all play is within the ring, j f or three new battleships. The j A i the Seite- i be The same ring, for placing the marbles. One tar- See MARBLES, Paje 8, CoL 6 Allred. He told reporters, howeve: that any announcement in this re- gard would come while he is in he will go ''in a few days." Crowley called upon McCraw j and Thompson either to resign j their offices or withdraw from! the governor's race. "The people of Texas unques- tionably resent the high offices of attorney general and railroad com- missioner being used to slug any business Crowley tele- i sraphed McCraw. "The BELLEFONTSL Pa., March j spread that the J. governorship is to be bought by of 12 children and grandfather 01 i foreign corporations spending 23, was put to death in the electric j Trillions of dollars can only be Final Ginning Figures Show 1937 Cotton Crop Largest Ever Running Bales Produced Past Season; Texas Total WASHINGTON, March (SV- 153 equivalent 500-pound bales, ex- Tlhe census bureau reported today elusive of linters. final ginning figures of the 1937 The crop is the largest ever pro- cotton crop, placing production at j duced. It compared with running bales, or j equivalent 509-pound bales in. the Lower Income Surtax Asked chair at Rockview penitentiary early today. Sullivan was a policeman of Duquesne, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Persons who had known him for quieted by the resignation of your- self and Commissioner Thompson from your respective offices or withdrawal from the governor's race.'' What k Your NEWS 1.0.? ,im and began leaving its marks. Sullivan began wearing a toupee. Later he to rouging his cheeks, and in his last years of freedom he used lipstick. School children called him the "funny comer policeman.'' It made him angry for anyone to notice-that he was an old man pretending to be young. In 1936. the parents and relatives of Antoinette Vukelja. 12, chared that he had made a sexual attack on her and had him arrested. There were court hearings at which the Vukeijas pressed their charges and Sullivan denied them. The night of Dec. 17, 1935, Sulli- _ van took his service revolver and i I O DlC went hunting for the witnesses j had testified against him. He killed Mrs. Man" Vukelja, Antoinette's mother, Milan, her brother. Mrs. Laura Bacon, a social worker, and Joseph Benda and his wife. Helen. That night, police saved Sullivan from a mob. In the death house he spent his last weeks receiving visits from his children and grandchildren.; WASHINGTON, March 1936 crop, bales in the 1935 crop, and bales, the five-year (1928-32) average. Here- HULL HOPES FOR ADJUSTMENT OF MEXICAN OIL WAR WASHINGTON, March 21 American government favors and is encouranging an amicable, adjustment of the dif- ficulties between foreign oil in- terests and the Mexican govern- ment, Secretary of State Cordell Hull said today. Hull said the United States is tofore the record was j seriously concerned over the pos- bales produced in 1926. I sibilities inherent in the situation A tax expert of the United chamber of commerce forecast a. of agriculture in its final estimate of the crop in De- cember placed indicated production at equivalent 500-pound bales. Sound bales, counted as half bales, included in -the figures total- 326i425j compared with jor and for 1935. three billion dollar increase in fed-i 'American-Egyptian cotton includ- era! relief costs and a billion loss j ed totaled b in estimated' revenue 'today unlessi 'for f1935 years said he always had been ex- jceedinglv vain. As age crept up on i C-fQW LQUghS ,re, svstem is revised. BROWNWOOD. Mar. Ellsworth C. Alvord told the sen- Attorney General William McCraw finance committee: merely laughed today at charges of "industry must be unshackled. Solicitor Karl Crowley of the post-1 pears oj vindictive taxation must office department that McCraw was j Amoved The use of our tax sys- forcing financial and other support j tem an'experimental laboratory for his campaign for governor of! must abandoned." bales compared ana lor lexas. McCraw made no comment in an- President Thomas H. Taylor of Howard Payne college introduced McCraw before the student body as "the next governor of Texas.'' Three Kidnapers The chamber's witness, a former treasury employe, said i tax bill pending before the house the com- mittee made decided improvements in existing tax laws but "didn't go far Alvord asked complete abandon- ment of the "undistributed profits theory, saying "the present Included in the total were 59331 bales which gianers estimated would be turned out after the Mar. canvass. -The ginnings by states in running bales and equivalent 500-pound bales follow: of -the differences between the oil companies and the Mexican gov- ernment may be worked out on a basis of fairness to alL He said he hoped some such ad- justment be reached before a stage too highly acute and complicated was reached. He said he had held a lengthy telephone conversation, Amer- ican Ambasador Josephus Daniels at Mexico City today. Hull acquainted Daniels with this government's attitude and position in the oil controversy. He said the government is trying to serve the best interests of the I American people and the Mexican r British-Italian Accord Looms Rumors Of New Wars Slacken in Europe Today By The Associated Press. The world's wars surged on today but Europe's nimor of new wars slackened. Predictions of an early British- Italian accord became a splash of cheerful color on the European pan- orama after two hectic weeks of anxious, somber retouching and re- painting. Informed persons in Rome pre- dicted the British-Italian accord would be concluded by Saturday to include these provisions: British support for League of Na- tions recognition of the Italian conquest of Ethiopia; withdrawal of all Italian combatants from the Spanish civil war; with- drawal of Italian forces from tho Balearic islands. Poland and Lithuania, near the Los Angeles and with which the i armed ,-weekj planned The measure authorizes con- struction of 46 new warships, 22 auxiliary vessels and 950 airplanes which President Roosevelt said were i needed "specifically and solely be- cause of the piling up of addition- al land and sea armaments in other countries." The recommittal motion, offered by Representative Church a member of the naval committee who has opposed the program since its introduction, was defeated by a vote announced by Speaker Bank- head as 276 to 114. The new warships, estimated to cost include three bat- tleships, two aircraft carriers, nine cruisers, 23 destroyers and nine sub- marines. The 22 auxiliary vessels, include five destroyer tenders, three sub- i marine tenders. 11 seaplane tenders and three repair ships. They would cost approximately Officials estimated the 950 air- planes, which would give the navy a minimum of ulanes, would cost The bill also authorizes the navy to spend on experimen- tation with small, swift "mystery" ships, aircraft, bombs, torpedoes and other devices of war. A fund of was earmarked for con- struction of an airship to replace feee AAVT BILL, Page 8, Col. 6 Alabama running bales amicable and equivalent 500-pound bales, Arizona and Arkansas and adjustment of difficulties. Hull said he was fully acquainted with the terms of the Mexican law California and 741.582, Flor- governing expropriation asaia and 34.605. Georgia Hull indicated that this and 34.605. Georgia and Kentucky 410 and Louisiana and Mississippi and Missouri 3SS310 and 395 458 New Mexico and 155W North Carolina and govern- felt that Mexico had acted somewhat hastily in decreeing ex- j propriation of the foreign-owned j oil properties. He said the hope had been entertained here that an- other and more usual course of Armistice For Spain Unlikely Unconditional Surrender Of 'Reds' Demanded law drives capital into tax exempts and prevents its investment in new ______ enterprises." j Oklahoma 755.984 and action would be course MOUNDSVTjXE. W Va He recommended: 97Q Carolina and somewhat akin to receivership for coir" A rate of 15 per cent lessee 632.948 and the rh. minut-s Of life todV 005. Texas 4547.099 and 5.158.412, j I and with an income of or less. and per cent j.______'.----------------- to- patch apf-'-S'.Jaawfcy-lins aa they could resume com- munication, non-existent for nearly 18 years. There were rumblings of discord in Lithuania, however, with two cabinet members tendering resig- nations and students calling a 10- day period of mourning ever the capitulation to Polands army-back- ed demand for normal diplomatic and commercial relations. I Germany, still digesting Austria., J informed the League of Nations that her new province "no longer is considered" a member of the league. A mysterious roundup of Soviet citizens was underway in Russia apparently an effort to insulate the suspicious regime unwanted oil than the extreme action of expropriation. or tails, they all go to the gallows. The three: Arnett A. Booth. 46, 2. A maximum 12 1-2 Two Dead, 5 Dying After Auto Crash SUFFERN. 7C. V., March persons were killed, five were reported dying and an eighth victim was seriously injured today in a head-on crash between two auto- mobiles on a curve. Edward Teck. 24. of Stony Brook. N. Y.. son of 3. well-to-do automo- bile agency owner and Arthur Os- bom. 41, of Monsey, N. Y., were killed. Police Chief Joseph Vilord of Suffem said lour Osbom children were not expected to recover. Vincent Reilly. 237 of West Haver- straw, driving with Teck. suffered a fractured skull and internal inju- ries. He was reported dying. Given TVA Chief Hearst Retiring I From Active Work mer missionary and 79-vear-old re-; ce 1 present- 7o per cent. 4. Retroactive removal of "a few; of the most glaring mistakes of the j undistributed profits law." j tired cry leaaer. Warden C, M. Stone explained i that the state penitentiary here had only a double trap and that it was decided the condemned men should toss the coin to determine which two should die simultaneous- i -y. Seek Traffic Lights I COLORADO. Mar. 21 (Spl> i Recommendation that traffic lights i be installed on Colorado's main i street has been placed before the city council by the traffic safety I committee of the Colorado chamber j of commerce. The committee is i composed of Thos. R. Smith. G. W. Whitaker, Jerold Riordan. and A. Kiker. The matter has been i taken under consideration 1 ccuncil. Jap Troops Drive Toward Hsuchow SHANGHAI, March Japanese troops, in an effort to crush Chinese resistance on the cen- er today toward Hsuchow. key city 100 miles north of Nanking. Japanese vanguards, supported by fast moving artillery, fought to within SO miles of Ksuchow arid laid WASHINGTON. March Roosevelt gave Chairman Arthur E. Morgan of the Tennessee Valley authority today the alternative of with- drawing his charges asainst his TVA colleagues, or tendering his resignation. down a barrage against 10.000 Chi- nese entrenched at the intersection NSW YORK, March 21.- William Randolph Hearst. 75 and "conscious of the uncertainties of is relinquishing active busi- ness management of his vast pub- lishing and financial holdings. The publisher has appointed Clarence J. Shearn, former New York supreme court justice and for years his personal attorney and po- litical protege, to reorganize and consolidate his ramified business interests. In his new post Sheam will act as voting trustee of the publishers stocks in American Newspapers. Inc., parent holding company for i troversies. gave Morgan until j the Hearst enterprises. i p. m. tomorrow to state any reason he thought the president should not i f itive action. j New Trial Ordered (Some congressmen have contend- ed the president is without power to remove the directors of the Ten- by the of the railroad and the Grand ca- nessee Valley Authority contending i nal. dispatches from the front said. CALENDAR SAYS ITS MARCH 21 Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part Question, 10. A score of 60 is fair; 80. good. Answers on page 1. Identify this noted prisoner. Why did he recently mag? a speech outside of prison. 2. The Interstate Commerce Commission authorized an in- crease in most freight rates of from 5 to 10 per cent, but the railroads wanted a larger boost. True or false? 3. In a recent Mediterranean naval battle, who lost a cruiser Spanish insurgents, or the loyalists? 4. Has Czechoslovakia alli- ances with (a) France and Italy, (b) Russia and Great Britain, or (c) France and Russia? 5. Did-the Bureau of Stand- ards ask congress to define the inch longer 01 shorter than tip presdht standard- How But It Takes Old Reliable Mesquites lo Prove That Spring Has Arrived, Says Little Man In Derby this right is reserved by the act of congress.) The president. White House offi- cials said, told Morgan that; if he failed to comply with his request he would move for his immediate sus- i pension, or removal by executive or- der. The Weather BY BROOKS PEDEX "Yes." answered the little man in the derby. "I know, and you know. and the calendar knows that this March 21 is the first day of srjring" Ke tapped his fork on the table, looked thoughtfully out of the win- ranchers getting up in axes instead j enough, but in West Texas it's a of arms and starting to eradicate i different story. the mescuites is a shame. Cornbin- j "The least reliable indication in ed with the way the town is grow- ing and no one setting out mesquite i trees in their yard, but looking for! Chinese elms or some other fancy; dow. and then continued "But what j foliage in a few years the mesquites is much more to the point, for West Texans. is that the mesauite trees are shoving out their leaves That is what really makes the coming of spring official'1 He sighed softly and ordered a glass of iced tea from the waitress. then continued to stare out the window. "You he commented sCftly. moving the derby to the left side of his head so that he could scratch i the space above his right ear, "you West Texan's ought to do some- are likely to become as extinct as the dodo. "And then, what would you do about He sighed again and moved the derby back to the center of his head. WHEN IS SPRING? the world of spring in this country. I believe I've said something about this before, is the weather. Now just suppose that the young men let their fancy 'lightly turn' every time a beautiful spring-like day happen- ed along. Why the results would be little short of cataclysmic. "Why along in November, Janu- ary, or any other month when spring is supposed to be so far around the corner that you couldn- even -smell her cornucopia, the "No he started again, "it's i young men would wake up to the beginning to look like West Texans are forgetting just how much the mesquite trees mean to spring. "In the spring, a young man's fancy lightly off spirit of the day and start letting their fancy turn. "Tlie women, bless 'em, always ready to make the most of such situations, would stare responding ABILENTE Unsettled cooler tor.isht ard Tuesday. Wet Texas: Parti- ciosilr tor.isM Tuesday: Considerably cooler Tuesday ar.d :R north and portlor.s tons-t. East Texas: Unsettled, probably show- ers on upper coast ar.d ir. ncrtheajst por- tior. tonight and Tuesday; cooier in north- west potrion tonisht. and sorts ar.d west czr.tral portions Tuesday. Highest yesterday ....90 Lowest temperature this -.66 TEMPERATURES Swn. Moa. S5 67 66 6S trees. j big in honor of the mesquite j the bat, that brings up the question j right away. They would go home at of when is spring. For some parts i No kidding, this business of the of the country, the answer is simple j SPRING, Pf. 3, CoL 4 For Col. McMulIen WASHINGTON, March The United States court of appeals ordered a new trial today for CoL Joseph I. McMulIen. once attached to the Judge Advocate General's of- fice, who was convicted in 1936 of accepting lobbying fees. Colonel McMulien. a Virginian with 40 years of duty in the army. was dismissed from the servece in May, 1936, after being convicted in the" federal district court here and sentenced to serve a six months jail term and pay a Tine. The court of appeals ordered new trial on the grounds the trial court failed to clarify all issues in the charge to the jury, and erred in denying a defense motion for a bill of particulars. Records Set By Fat Stock Show FORT WORTH. March 42d annual Southwestern Ex- position and Fat Stock show dosed today with a record all-time at- tendance mark oi visitors during its 12-day run. Hugh Bennett of Port Thomas, Ariz., was named "best all around cowboy" of the ISO entered in the rodeo." He received of BURGOS. Spain, March authoritative source at the seat of the nationalist government here told the United Press today that i foreign contacts. Recent disappear- there "is no oossibility of an arrnis- ffces f included a secre- i tary ot the Moscow oifice of the tice unless it is a prelude to the i New York times and several Rus- unconditional surrender of the in- sian employes of the United States embassy. The Spanish insurgents, straight- ening out their front for another big lunge toward the sea against: stiffening government resistance, occupied a triangular piece of ter- ritory south cf Alcaniz. They stiH "were more than 40 miles from the coast. In china, Japanese assault troops failed to crack Chinese defenses along the ancient Grand canal 18 temational Marxists carrying on the Spanish civil war." The same source pointed out that the idea of an armistice implies sus- HULL HORRIFIED WASHINGTON. March of State Cor- dell Hnll today voiced the "sense ef horror.'' of the entire Ameri- can, people orer the slaughter cf Spanish civilians in Barce- lona by nationalist bombing- planes. pension or operations to initiate ne- gotiations, which procedure nation- miles north of Suchow, rail center I and the key to domination of the Chinese central the Jap- anese can grab it. The push on Suchow from the north along the Tientsin-Pukcw a list Spain regards as completely railway went into its second week: with heavy losses on both sides. Vatican Asked To. Haft Bombings LONDON. Mar. Britain has invited the Vatican to join in a protest to the Spanish nat- ionalists against bombing raids on Barcelona, emergency loyalist capi- tal, it was said authoritatively to- day. The government, it was under- stood, suggested that the Vatican separately bring such pressure as is could on the rebel government to end air bombing of unfortified towns. Britain had protested separately against the bombings. inadmissable. He said nationalist! Spain would lay down its arms only I when there is a formal announce- i i ment of complete and uncondition- i ai surrender by the government. Authoritative sources also char- acteried as absurd a report that five unidentified emissaries, repre- senting an unspecified section of the republic, had crossed the na- tionalist lines at Teruel. There have been cases of prison- ers claiming to have special and important missions and hoping thus to insinuate themselves into the confidence of the nationalists. When they are assured they will not be executed or mistreated, they con- fess they are without authorization to negotiate. Abilene War Veterans Complete Plans For Entertaining National Commander Plans for honoring Scott P. Squyres, commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, were completed today. The chief -visits the Abilene organization tomorrow. A delegation from the Abilene post will leave tonight to greet the dinner followed by a meeting of overseas veterans at 8 p. m. there. Abilene veterans plan to greet Squyres with a motorcycle escort as he nears Abilene tomorrow morn- ing. Members of the VFW from commander at Cisco where he will surrounding towns are expected for spend the night. Accompanying Squyrcs is Arthur D. Dodds of Dallas, department commander, and party. the luncheon, Tip Anderson, local commander, said. Following the luncheon will be an address by Squyres to which members, unable In" the morning the commander- i to attend the meal, are invited. in-chief will deliver a radio address over KRBC to be followed by a Colonel E. J. Littecr of Abilene, senior vice commander of the Abi- offered in prizes and was awarded noon luncheon at the Wooten ho- lene organization, is in charge of Richard Leche of I tel In the afternoon the official j the entertainment and arrange- a pistol by Gov. Louisiana. party will go to Wichita Fails for a ments of the meal. ;