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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas Wi)t abilene Reporter ~J&ti#"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKE! CU YOUR EXACTLY AS COES,"-Byron VOL LYU. NO. 308 Alft*Cikt*d PKH (API ABILENE. TEXAS. SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 26, 1938 ^EIGHT PAGES^r Toited mil (TTP* PRICE 5 CENTS CAUSE FOR JUBILANCE-Abilene Gets 1.25 Inches Rain, More Forecast U.S. Government spring shopping scene Reorganization Vote Monday Foes Concede They Lack Votes Needed To Defeat Mea sure WASHINGTON. March 26. (/Pi— Defeated consistently on proposed amendments, some senate foes of the administration's government reorganization bill conceded today they lacked the votes to kill the measure. A vote on a motion to recommit the bill to committee, a step which would effectively pigeon-hole ltr—has been set for Monday. If the motion fails, there will be a vot" on passage of the measure at 4 p. rn. CST. Two portions of tile bill—creation of a welfare department and authorization for employment of six presidential assistants—already have been approved in the house. Byrnes said it was possible that the senate bill might be substituted for one of these measures and sent directly to a conference between senate and house representatives. This would expedite final action. Enactment of the broad reorganization program wo.uld give the administration its fourth major law of the session. Already, the farm, housing and emergency relief bills have won legislative approval. TW REVISION NEXT The next big administration bill —tax revision—has undergone a week's buffeting in the senate finance committee and now bears little resemblance to the revenue measure approved by the house. Several administration lieutenants in the senate said there was powerful senate support for the committee recommendations and th2t the bill finally-enacted was unlikely to be in accord with administrate recommendations. tm* r in a joint conference committee, which will meet to adjust differences between the senate and house bills. Other Sections Also Drenched Heavy Precipitation Reported On Lake Abilene Water Shed; Stock Tanks Filled Rain was the cause for jubilance in Abilene and much of the area today as thundershower* brought an abrupt set-back to "summer’’ weather that had prevailed Friday. In fact, a rainy week-end is in prospect for most of Texas, the federal bureau at Dallas has forecast. The rain this morning had been more or less general from Amarillo to 8an Angelo, a1-1----—-— Coleman Man Dies In Crash Truck Is Struck By Santa Fe Train South Of City It Is spring, when young men everywhere are shopping for bright new clothes. But inside the army hospitals of Tokyo, young Japanese men are indulging In a more grim “spring shopping.’’ As shown in the photo above, many of them, their enthusiastic ‘•banzais*’ of so short a time ago now replaced by grim-faced silence, are shopping for artificial arms and legs. Their own were left on the battlefields in China. SPAIN AND HITLER TO TEST EUROPE'S ARMED PEACE Spanish War Nears Decisive Stage, Hitler Opens Plebiscite Campaign In Austria Great Britain Spending Huge Sums For War Armaments Toll This Year $38 Per Citizen Editor'* Note: Great Britain, with wars being fought close to two vital parts of her empire, is spending a staggering sum on armaments. Joseph Grigg. Jr., of the Lndon bureau of the Toited Tress writes, in another dispatch on war preparations of the European powers. Bv JOSEPH GRIGG, Jr. United Press Staff Correspondent Copyright 1938 Bv Cnited Press LONDON. Mar. 26—(UP) —Great Britain, preparing for the next war at a record peace-time rate, is spending $38 on armaments this year for each person in the British Isles. Stanley Baldwin told only half the story when he said “Our frontier no longer is at the cliffs of Dover but at the Rhine ’’ With wars raging near Gibraltar and Hong Kong. Great Britain now knows that the frontier of empire is as wide as the world itself. She is determined to spend until that frontier is protected. As usual, most of the money will go to the British navy which guards the empire's lifeline. There are 547,- 000 tons of warships under construe- Both the Abilene lakes are low; j “I lizard the train bell, opened tion. including five 35,000 ton bat- but they usually are at this season the truck door and Jumped,’’ Croft tleships. five aircraft carriers and 18 *h*ce the main water supply is stor- raid “Just as I hit the ground, the train hit the truck.” DIDN'T KEEP SUICIDE PACT though not heavy except in spotted areas where thundershowers descended. Abilene was one or these spots Three showers, the first starting just before daybreak, had brought more than 1.25 inches of rain here at noon. But even better was the news from Buffalo Gap and Divide. The rain on the Lake Abilene gauge had measured nearly one inch late in the morning; but the lake keeper said that from the looks of the clouds the showers were also falling above the lake on the watershed. This was confirmed in Sweetwater at ll o'clock. A resident of the Divide area came in and reported that 2.50 inches had fallen here early . today, and that means a rise in the Lake Abilene water level. Telephone lines were out and early communication with the section had been cut off. BOTH UKES LOW COLEMAN. March 26— fSpl.1— A. D. Harper,    25, was    killed    in stantly about 9 o'clock this morning when the truck he was driving was struck bv    a Santa    Fe passenger train at a    crossing    about    four miles south of Coleman. Harper anc! C. E. Croft, 29, also of Coleman, were hauling gravel to , Coleman when the accident oc-Divide curred. Croft    jumped    from    the truck Just before the collision and was uninjured. By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent The roar of cannon in Spain and the words of Chancellor Adolf Hitler in Germany foretold today a s on bill, which already has house rope s armed peace. approval, also is expected to en- j These developments illustrated the trend:— rcun.c. hrai> going in the senate.,    The    Spanish    war    entered    a decisive stage with Gen submarines. It is expected that 60 ed during rainy springs, vessels will br put into service be- I Although there was snap in the tween April. 1938, and March. 1939. wind here today, there is no cold Afloat. Groat Britain will be the !*ave in prospect, the weather bu-world's strongest power. But there reau stated. However, after a sea-are two other vital matters that will sons high of 92 degrees yesterday, worry her when war comes —how jthe drop to 42 degrees was most to get food and how to protect Lon- abrupt. Coldest spot in Texas early don, the world's most vulnerable    today was Amarillo, where the    mer- target. againrt air raids. She intends | cur>' stood at 36 degrees    in    a    rain- to solve the food problem the    and-thunder shower, same way she served the U-boat , Merkel, just to the west of Abi-problem in the world war. She will cne- received more rainfall than rely on an elaborate convoy sys-    vicinity—2.25 inches up to IO tem and will arm her merchant    o’clock. There is not    an    official gauge at Merkel, but a home-made one has scored pretty accurately, the Reporter-News correspondent there declared. Sweetwater did not share heavily in the Divide rainfall Harper had been employed by a local Rraln firm for several years. He was married, but has no heild-ren. Funeral arrangements were being made by the J. E. Stevens company. men. Five Girls Injured In Strike Rioting At Houston Today Head bowed, Donald F Carroll. Jr., 16. New York university freshman, is booked at a police station where officers questioned him about the death of his sweetheart, Charlotte Matthel-sen, 18, stenographer, who was shot in what police called an incomplete suicide pact. Carroll pleaded not guilty when arraigned. He was remanded to Jail pending further hearing April 9. coming test of Eu- protection of london Protection of London is not so easy, but out of her tragic woild war experience. Great Britain is .    .    _        _______      making    progress. Any air fleet that. appro val’ *'wTn y °' isc nat ors Francisco Fram*.^ insurgent( anay hurting itself against th.    ~ STI SLS are primed for discussion of the desperate loyalist forces on the Catalonian frontier. Loyalists Une of anchored blimps from which and 43 at Iakp Trammell administration’s foreign policy. !    —    —------....    .... WAGE AND HOEK BIEL Leaders    agreed    that    the    wage and hour bill, which administration followers in the house are seeking to revive,    stands    only    a    50-50 chance of enactment a* this ses- I IN «    ■■    2    Hitler,    opening a plebiscite accuracy of the bombing. Thirty! At Spring, there was a heavy ringing Mexican songs, began j:oata    k. campaign on    annexation    of    Austria,    minion    gas    masks    are    in storage    Thundershower    early    in    the    m<5m-    marching    back    and    forth    in front !    .    "“en    cnargcs    v.0Uia    De warned that    nazis    would    not be    for    the    civilian    population and    IO.-    lng.    the    weather bureau    at    the Abl-    of    the    plant    shouting    they    would lene airport reported aion. The senate approved a resolution yesterday for a Joint senate-house inquiry into the Tennessee Valley Authority's administration and this probably will be acted on in the house Wednesday. Messages from President Roosevelt riili are expected on methods of relieving deb;-ridden railroads, proposals to put government controls en the bank holding company structure and an anti-monopoly program. Nevertheless, congressional leaders still are hopeful that the session will end bet we'' . May 15 and June I. Loyalist Army Is Retreating conscripted every man of mili-    heavy    steel cables    will    dangle    The tary age in an uneven attempt    danser to raiding    air    men will be to stop the superior armaments    »“J»ICmMaM, i.ehtnln* '.cYompaniSd    ***»'"»««*• Of the nationalist troops.    them    to fly higher than they    nor-    lhe    shower*    and    a    small    amount    of    Aftpr    a    doM,n policemen had mally would and detract from the hail fell.    quited    the    strikers,    girl    pickets. and . HAIL AT COLORADO Rain estimated at one half Inch fell in Colorado and that vicinity HOUSTON, March 26.—>ffj—Police were rushed to the Lone Star Bag and Bagging company plant today to stop a fight in which 50 The towns striking girls attempted to halt a truck from entering the grounds. Five girls were injured, two of them receiving broken legs. The driver of the truck, who said he was taking his daughter to work, DALLAS EDUCATOR JAILED IN JEWEL ROBBERY PROBE Hitler, Investigated As 'Fence' For Florida Jewel Theft Group; $10,000 Gems Found DALLAS, March 26.—(AP)—Federal agents arrested and jailed a middle-aged, prominent Dallas educator today in a highly secretive investigation of a recent Florida jewel robbery. The man, a member of the Dallas public schools system, was held in city jail and gov-j—~—-— - ernment agents declined to in filed. halted in their effort to “make national socialism the creed of all Germans.” He said there were still grieiances to be settled—presumably such as nazi rights in Czechoslovakia—but expressed hope that compromise would be possible. Spain and Germany dinger-marked the two principal obstacles which must be overcome if Great Britain is to matte effective her new policy of curbing the dictator- Mrs. Dibrell Of Coleman Dies COLEMAN, March 26.— (SplA— Funeral for Mrs. Joe B. Dibrell Jr., who died at 6 o'clock Friday afternoon in Wichita Falls, has been tentatively set for 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Coleman. Compete arrangements had not beer .node this morning. Mrs. Dibrell is survived by her husband, a Coleman attorney, six child, en. Jermilee, Elizabeth, Mrs. John Petty, and Joe III, all of Coleman Jam:; Dibrell, student at the University of Texas and Mrs.; Lewis Jobe of Fort Worth. Her mot’ r. Mrs. Betty Martin cf Coleman, and three grandchildren also survive. German-American Bund Rally Foiled HENDAYE. France. At the Spanish Frontier, March 26.—(A1.—Retreating government troops were machine-gunned from the air today as they were driven from the Aragon by an insurgent army bent on conquering Catalonia and forcing a quick end to the civil war. Insurgent warplanes repeatedly strafed the shattered government forces after artillery blasted them cut of defense lines between Huesoa and Pina in the northern sector. A huge chunk of territory, in-: eluding the Alcubierre mountains , north of the Ebro river, fell into, , insurgent hands as two of Gencial . Francisco Franco's field armies— lone pushing east from Hue sea and I the other northeast from Pina— I converged on Lerida, key city of Catalonia.    i    insurgent    army General Franco's troops captu cd Failure to achieve the important city of Bujarmolmz in the advance along the Pina-Le-rida highway. Fraga. 25 miles to the east on the Catalonian border, became the next objective of this force. ! It was believed the capture of Lerida would doom Barcelona, capital of the Spanish government, which admitted inability to check the advance. 800.000 more will be manufactured Two anti-gas schools are training Rain began at Coleman at 8:30 volunteers while a general training this morning, school for “air raid precaution officers” opens soon. Great Britain takes it for granted that civilians will be bombed in the next war, and believes retaliation against enemy cities is one of the best defenses for her home folk. For thatt reason the Ro-a1 Air force, which has about 4.500 effective machines, has twice as Ballinger had ram. and showers fell at Brady and Brownwood. San Angelo reported one half inch to the West Texas See RAIN. Tg. 3. Col. 5 ial powers and maintaining peace many bombing squadrons as it has by a combination of threats and fighting squadrons. compromise. Tile foundation of British policy outlined by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain    rests    on success of negotiations with Premier Benito Mussolini    of    Italy,    particularly to prevent either fascist or nazi dom- that the following instructions are ination of Spain when and if the followed: is triumphant    REFUGE    ROOMS that aim would    Prepare    and    equip a refuge room County Track Meet Delayed A muddy field and lowering .    ,    . .. .    .    ..    .caused the postponment until next Iht ramrin ^°tvf°nSi - hi™r;r'' Saturday of the county interschol-the captain of the ship and see *stic league track and field meet stop any other person attempting to enter the plant. Yesterday the girls demanded higher pay. Hermann Goering Invades Vienna The Dallas News, quoting an unnamed informant, saki the educator was arrested at his home early today and $10000 worth of Jewels w-ere recovered. The paper said officers identified the man. unmarried, as a relative of “the country's biggest Jewel thief.” reportedly slam in Florida last Thursday. Europe Okehs Refugee Plan The home office has just issued an “air raid precaution" handbook which eventually will be used to instruct the public what to do in rase of air raids. The head of each VIENNA. March 26—m~Field Marshal Hermann Wilhelm Goering. No. 2 nazi, entered Vienna triumphantly today to campaign for IOO per cent approval of German annexation of Austria. Happily waving his marshal's A muddy field and lowering skies baton- Goering arrived in a special bureau of eight-car train drawn by two loco- nutted motives which cheering Viennese but refused further information, said was "just like our Hermann.” j Officers said an automatic pistol —-—-----was found in the educator's auto- LONDON. March 26—</F—The United States’ proposal that European and American governments cooperate in affording political refugees a haven appeared today to have met a favorable reception in Europe. While reports from Vienna told of several thousand Austrians— mostly Jews—storming the United States consulate for visas to flee investigation here, ad- abroad, a preliminary survey of reman had been arrested action to the United States relief, Of fie'rs informed the newspaper the man was being investigated as a “fence" for the Florida jewel theft group and added that Jewels found in the Dallas man’s home had been sent here by air-mail. Frank Blake, head of the federal would put the dictatorial powers at France’s almost unprotected back door and make the Italian-German combination dominant in Europe. Have everything ready for darken lug the house at night; windows, skylights, fan - lights and glass doors must be obscured. Clear the attic of inflammable material to lessen risk of fire from incendiary If Britain succeeds in regard to bombs. Assemble fire - fighting Spain, the task of peacefully stab- equipment. In large towns send in-ilizing the nazi expansion in Cen- va lids, r.Midren and aged people to tral Europe will be simplified. If the country Djn*t smoke, don t she fails, it will be almost impos- u8ht fircs- d°n't eat food that has which was to have been held today. Ted Fdwards, athletic director for the annual meet, announced this morning that the track and field event* “Will be held next Saturday. same lime, same place." The voIltybaL tournament, how- 1 ever, was gout'- forward as scheduled at the Abilene high school gymnasium. Eighteen teams are entered for th* contest, finals of whit will br holed at the gym- ■ .nasium tonight at 6 o'clock. First gime of the tournament Father Of Abilenian Dies In Dallas Home Mr. and Mrs. Nel:on DeWolfe of Abilene left this afternoon for Dai-last where they will attend the funeral of DeWolfe's father who died at 3 a rn. today in Dallas. Funeral w ill be held in Dallas Monday. Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, mother mobile. Two city detectives and two federal agents took the man into custody. He was reported to have made a brief statement, the nature of which was unknown. sible. In this connection, it was coine lo contact with gas Patterson Rites At 3 This Afternoon MERKEL. Mar. 26 Funeral was to be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the Merkel Methodist church for Mrs. J. A. Patterson. Sr., 83-year-old pioneer of Taylor county. Mrs. Patterson succumbed to complications following a fall at her TRENTON. N. J., March 26.—iTi !lome at noon Priclay. She d*ed at —Their heils drowned by the * °'clock Friday afternoon at her shouts of an anti-fascist demon-    10c\le a m    V    J? °, stration, solemn-faced members oi    ‘e came    Fay    J*    c°un*.y the Get mat!-American bund re- ' ™STa*°    busband’ created from a frustrated rally ear- , tlM    Pattison. Sr., smd set- ly today dnder a barra*e of boos Burial Iva st oCbeW hi the Gierke! cemetery. Grandsons were to be , I, ■,    ...    .    i pallbearers and granddaughters were the owner. John Heil, not the nazi framed as flower lrls J, Q p t. saulte-the bund members strove J tprson Taylor cJntv tax assC!!Sor_ unsuccessfully to retain control of {collector, is one of Mrs. Patterson'* the meeting cs an uninvited aud-    'gnndsons lence converted it into an attack    | ’ she is survived bv six    sons    A B on the bund and fascism.    I    J. A.. W f.. Homer, Herbert, and significant that Rome newspapers Ume rcadmE. writing, sewing, play-apparently speaking for Mussolini lng    °r    ^Ulet ga!nes or challenged the Spanish loyalist £?    gIatn°phon of Mrs. DeWolfe will accompany Pass the was PlaVed betwen the Tuscola and I her daughter on the trip. government to prove charges that had broken her agreement with Britain by sending any assistance bee ARMED PEACE, Tg. 3. Col. 7 Elmdale teams with Tuscola having the bettei of the argument. The annual interscholastic lea-Fit gas masks for all members of    in    winch    the .schools of the family—there are three sizes the conn v have open competition for adul ~. a “I aby s bag" and an in aP typ'-s oi both curricular and intermediate size Tor children from extra-curricular activities, opened .    Thursday nigh; with the glee club .ce BLH VIN. Pg. 3. Col. 7 and chorus co#'.test. Rail Wreck Kills 6 WELLINGTON. New Zealand. March 26 — P —At least six persons were killed and 30 injured in a railroad wreck today in which authorities suspected sabotage. SOCIETY INDICTED— Convict Blames Social And Penal System As He Goes To Chair lf Only I Had Had A Single Understanding Friend When I Was Younq"_ HEUS O Mnrrh or i    u ^    ...»..........  .    3 Navy Bill Seen As Disarmament Arm WASHINGTON. March 2®.—f-P)— Senator Bone (D-Wash) suggested today that President Roosevelt might use the proposed $1,100,000 - I OOO naval expansion program to effect a reduction in world armaments. Bone. a member of the senate naval affairs committee, said it appeared “entirely logical’ to him that the president, armed with the authorization for a huge increase in the navy, might be able to obtain agreements w’ith other powers to delay or halt naval building. and catcalls. Gathered at Heil hall—named for The meeting wes scheduled as a membership drive for a bund branch but Gustave Williams Kunze of New York, * \tlonal bund organizer, was unable to speak one audible word during his ten minutes on the platform. Emmett Patterson, and two daughter!. Mrs. Viola Newman and Mrs. > Barbara McCoy. All are residents ' of Taylor county. Grandchildren. ; gre t grandchildren, aud great great gi a dchildren are also among Mrs J Fat .erson's survivors. COLUMBUS. O, March 26. TP—A convict who admittedly “never had the courage to livp decently” left behind today a 650-word indictment of society and the penal system which sent him to the electric chair. Everett Jones of Springfield. O., amazed a score of witnesses in Ohio penitentiary’s death house last night when. in a subdued but firm voice, lie read for five minutes from .a prepared statement. Then he calmly seated himself In ilia electric chair aud received the supreme penalty for shooting to death Robert Lindsey, pool room proprietor, in a holdup last July 4. Ohio. I am a product of your prisons." read Jones, who spent 19 of his 33 years in penal and correctional Institutions. "Who can blame me?" he asked. “The very fact that I hated the e things shows I was fundamentally decent. The robberies I cornuted outside were moral protests. I felt that society had treated me rottenly. “I saw around me a lot of lucky, indifferent people, outside of prison only by the laws of chance.” ' If only I had had a single understanding friend when I wa.s young.'* he exclaimed. “If my mother hadn t died, if my father had been a pan with just a minimum chance I could have made a comfortable place for myself in the world." Jones expressed belief that in the near future “a more humane method of penology will be evolved" and “it will not then be necessary to lock thousands of men in cells and permit them to rot their days away in idleness." Jones termed his death "a crucifixion, not an execution.” contending “I have given my life for a friend.” Walter Barnes. 19, who assisted Jones in the holdup and received a life sentence for second degree murder, informed the state clemency board a week ago that he killed the pool room operator. But the board refused to believe him. The Weather •    Altern’ and    Vicinity:    Probably showers tonight and Sunday, costar tonight West    Texas    (west of    tooth meridian!: j Cloudy    showers In east    and north, cooler sn south portion tonight; Sunday unsettled. slightly warmer in north portion. Hast    Texas    (east of    tooth meridian): Probably showers tonight and Sunday; cooler in north and central portions to- yesterday. night, and in east and south portions Sun- Mrs POSS proposal indicated: That Europe’s liberal and democratic nations favored the proposal and that no obstacle of carrying it out had been encountered officially so far. The London News Chronicle editorialized by saying: “Through this action, the United States has given a timely and courageous lead to the world. Our government have promised a speedy reply. We hope it will be one of full cooperation.” The French press gave prominent display to th" story. Switzerland was counted among the most interested countries because Austrian refugees have been pouring across Its borders for days. Scandinavian countries gave sympathetic attention to the United Slates’ suggestion. Italy, however, remained silent and nothing officially was heard about Secretary Hull's suggestion in Austria. Germany ignored it, since Reichsfuehrer Hitler's government was not made a party to the proposal. Woman Supervises Uncle Sam's Mint WASHINGTON. March 26.—(cP) —A woman has the responsibility of taking care of Uncle Sam’s $12,-800.000.000 in gold. She is Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross, whose nomination for a second five-year term as director of the mint was confirmed by the senate day. Rainfall for 24 hours ending 6:30 a rn. ; Saturday. 25 Inch. Total ainee first of year, to 6;30 a. rn. Saturday. 3.52 inches Total amount for same period last year, 2 12 inches. Normal amount since first of the year. 3.fit inches. Highest temperature yeaterday, 92; low-l est atli morning, 42. former governor of Wyoming, commented briefly on her reappointment: “I am grateful for the confidence that is implied.” As the first womaa to head the mint, Mrs. Ross looks ^fter the largest gold hoard in the world. ;

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