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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL LVII, NO. 310. (Art ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 28, 1938 PAGES   PRICE 5 CENTS ABILENE TOTAL 3.81 INCHES Showers Boost Record March Rainfall In Sector New Deal Wins 'COLONEL HOUSE, INTIMATE ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT WILSON High Coutf Test (DURING WORLD WAR ERA, SUCCUMBS TO LENGTHY ILLNESS BODY CREMATED On Utilities Act Registration Of Holding Compa With SEC Valid Only Members Of Family Are At His Bedside HOUSE ON ONE OF LAST TEXAS VISITS ____ YORK, March Holdinn Companies iCol. Edward M. House, intemation- J-3 _ ally known as a close advisor to President; Woodrow Wilson during the trying World war era. died to- day after a long illness. He was 79 years old. Colonel House's physicians said several weeks ago that he was "failing steadily" and that death was only a matter of time. He was suffering from a complication of ailments, and only last week had another relapse. Only members of his family, in- cluding the widow, were with him WASHINGTON, March 28.- The supreme court held constitu- tional today provisions of the pub- lic utility holding company act re- quiring interstate holding companies to register with the securities com- mission and submit financial state- ments. Chief Justice Hughes delivered the decision that represented a vie- j when he died. His daughter, Mrs. i Gordon Auchincloss, ana her nus- bane also were there. I For many years, Colonel House j was active in affairs of the demo- cratic party. He climaxed this ac- uvity when he became the personal tory for the government. The court affirmed a ruling by the federal circuit court at New York upholding the registeraticn requirement. representative of President Wilson Justice McReynolds dissented, j lo' European governments in 1914, Justices Cardczo and Reed did not participate. "To escape the penalty and the enforcing provisions cf the Hughes said, "all that the defend- ants have to do is to register with the commission and assume the ob- ligation to file the descried regis- tration statement. 1915 and 1916. PARLEY REPRESENTATIVE In 1917, Presideni Wilson ap- CoL House to gather and data to be used at the eventual peace conference, and he served as' special representative of this country at the inter-allied con- ference of premiers and foreign ministers, held in Paris, Nov. 29, "All their rights and remedies j to effect a more complete co- with resuect to other provisions of j operation of the activities of the entente co-belligerents for the pros- ecution of the war. the statute remain without pre- He again represented the presi- juaice. PICKEB AS TEST CASE The iitisaticn directly involved i dent in the supreme war council a' the Electric Bond and Share com- j Versailles, Dec. 1, 1917, and on Oct. picked up by the government as a 117, 1913, he was designated to act test case. The utilities contended that the entire act regulating holding com- panies was at issue. The govern- Cold Rains Deal j Level Of Lake i Killing Blow To Abilene Rises Goats In County! Only 8 Inches Ranchers' Loss Heaviest Since Spring Of '34 for the United States in the nego- tiation of an armistice with the central cowers. Col. House has been in senu-re- tirement in recent years. Col. House -was first reported se- ment successfully asserted other provisions could be tested at the. time and "under' regular-} riousiy ill of pieunsy on March T _r T-W. T5 -Oiolnrtn Vile TTPT'SOr juoicial procedure.' Col. and Mrs. E. M. House are pictured above on one of their last visits to Austin, scene of many of his early political triumphs. Mrs. House was at her husband's bedside in New York City when death, came at S a. m. 'today. _____ __ by Dr. Paul B. 'Sheldon, his personal passed t physician. Since then he had been j congiSss in a 'bitter confined U> Jus home.-whert aedieo. Stall keen and observant despite l his declining years, Col. House in one of his last interviews asserted flatly that President Roosevelt would not be a candidate for a third term. The aged peace-maker also said by congress contest, woi'-ld bring under gov- ernment regulation companies tha-. control billions of dollars of in- terstate gas and electric business. It was aimed at what the Roose- velt, administration called abuses, including pyramiding and issuance j 3 U. S. TREASURY TRIMS PRICE ON FOREIGN PRODUCED SILVER Fame So Great. I i Many Roles In Texas Overlooked I AUSTIN, March E. M. House became so much a man i of international and national af- fairs that Texans hardly realize j what important roles he played in this state. Holding no official position and j but once being the titled manager i of a political campaign, he chose and elected three of Texas' most famous governors, built a Texas railroad and amassed a cotton for- tune before becoming active in na- tional affairs. The House interest in cotton dates back to the days of the war between the states. His father, T. W. House, ran cotton through the federal blockade at Galveston, where the family maintained a large home in addition to the one in Houston, Texas, where 2L M. House was bom in 1358. As a boy. House was taken to Eng- 1 land and attended school at Bath. i He returned at his mothers death, when he was 14, and later attend- ed school in Virginia. He was at Cornell university when his father's death brought him back to Texas i in 1880. HOGG ELECTION FIRST VICTORY House's first notable political vic- tory was the election of Gov. James Stephen Hogg in 1882 over George Clark. Two years later he and Hogg were on opposite sides. House man- aged Charles A. Culbsrson's cam- paign for governor while Hogg sup- ported Sen. John Reagan, who had been a member of the Confederate States cabinet. It is pointed out in the intimate papers of Colonel House, edited by Charles Seymour, that House dif- j The senate's two great "isolation- in Abilene when the rain started. Water Chief Is Disappointed At Extent Of Rise i Cold rains during the past I West Texas was cloudy and three days dealt a killing blow j wet today from the Panhandle to thousands of freshly shorn to the Mexican j goats of Taylor county, with j March rainfall had been re- ranchmen suffering the hea- i corded at many points, and as i viest loss since the spring of i thundershowers struck inter- l mittently moisture totals con- tinued to mount. WATER SUPPLY FOR YEAR Abilene had marked up 3.81 in- ches today since early Saturday, and city officials were cheered by the prospect cf a safe, although unarlottee Mattiesen (above) 13, slain by her youthful lover, Donald Carroll, Jr.. in what was intended to be a double suicide, was cremated in New York City today at conclusion of funeral rites. The youth, who lost Ms nerve when he started to turn the death gun on himself, was held in a Queen county jail. Reduction From 45 To 44 Cents Per Ounce Is First Made In Two Years from Navy Bill Splits Senate Allies Johnson Favors, Borah Opposes Fleet Expansion 1S34. MOST FLOCKS CAUGHT Practically every flock of goats in the county were "caught" in the rain Saturday morning and before i being moved to shelter, many had chilled down. Many of the goats had been sheared a moiith and owners had stopped putting them in the sheds just a day before. Howard Miller, assistant coach at Abilene high school and rancher on heaviest losses. More than 300 victims of the unseasonable cold. Friday j morning night was the first time in a month that the goats at the Miller ranch had not been penned. Other ranchers in the same vicin- ity report like losses. Elmer Huff of the TSly creek section also suf- fered heavy damage in his large flock. He, too. had quit shedding the animals only a few days before. C. E, Boyd was thought to also be loser. His brother, R. W. Boyd, of j the Divine country, lost 40 head while he was gathering them in the rain. REPORTS 100 HEAD LOSS J. C. Dickson, ranching on j not bounteous, water supply in i Lake Abilene and Lake Kirov, j Although the rain gauge at Lake j Abilene showed more than 3 inches, the water level of the lake rose only eight inches. This was Satur- day and Monday bringing no additional catch. The level of the lake is now ten feet below the spillway. Early today, Lake Kirby had caught three feet, 8 inches, and with the creek still running bank full, the total rise is expected to be five feet. That makes the water level nine feet below the spillway. The rain gauge at Kirby showed j 4.77 inches. Anyway. the John Camp place east of Buffalo Gap. lost ioo head of out a flock i of 500. He owns one of the best WASHINGTON, Mar. j goat sheds in that country, but was Abilene has a safe water supply for a Water Su- perintendent L-. A. Grimes said this morning. However, he was frank- ly disappointed that the were net full. Keeper C. A. Wilson at Lytla lake jubilantly telephoned the Re- porter-News mails or othsr instrumentalities of interstate commerce unless they registered with the securities com- mission. Enforcement cf this provision has been held up pending a final supreme court ruling. Okeh Flat Tax On Insurance Firms the last survivor of the market today because of fears that American signatories of the Treaty united States decision to dis- i of Versailles. To the end. Col. House believed in the League of Ntaions, insisting it held the greatest possibilities for the solution of many of the- world's 1 problems. Only last year he gave his 8, Col. 6 HOUSE, j! 104th Grand Jury Returns To Work Burglaries, Drunlc Driving Probed Grand jury of 104th court reconvened Monday morning mutual insurance companies other i and immediately began investiga- WASHINGTON. March The senate finance committee ap proved tcdry application of an 18 j per cent fist tax rate on net in- come of insurance companies. j The committee already has ap- i proved such a rats for corporations j generally. The house bill fixed a- 16 j per cent rate on insurance com- j panies. The existing rate is 15 per cent. Committee members said that Franco's Army Nears Lerida Insurgents7 Line 30 Miles From Mediterranean "WITH THE SPANISH IX- SURGEXTS Es CATALOXIA, Mar. 28 Generalissimo Franco's forces today occupied Fraga, "gateway to and advanced northeast along the main highway toward Le- rida and Barcelonia. France at the Span- than life would be re-sun-eyed later tion of a number of criminal cases cf Hull about the espropria- Frontier.' Mar. to ascertain whether they should presented by District Attorney Otis j j insurgent army 'in Cata- continue purchases of Mexican sil- ver might presage an abandon- ment of its stabilizing influence on world silver prices. Heretofore the world's largest customer for silver, the United States treasury virtually dictated the value of silver for more than two years. XOT EXPLAINED Officials did not explain the re- duction. Previously, the announcement cf the decision with respect to Mex- ican silver had been connected principally in speculation by ob- j servers with that country's expro- district priation of American oil properties. Executives of four American oil comoanies conferred with Secretary fered with each of the men he helped elect governor about a prop- er successor. Each time they sup- poriecL-.-different candidates. Each time it was the man, backed by House who won. Culberson wanted Attorney Gen- eral M. M. Crane of Dallas to be j his successor. Both Hogg and Cui- j berson had come from the attor- ney general's office to the gover- nor's chair. "I did not believe it was i a good precedent to follow." say j the intimate papers, "because it j an attorney general to i William E. Borah (R-Idaho) WASHINGTON. March treasury reduced today 5 to 44 cents per ounce its price for foreign, produced silver. The reduction was the first change in the treasury's price for for- ,gn silver in nearly two years, and followed a break of slightly more j vouia than a cent in the London silver perhaps unconsciously but never- j theless surely." House backed gressman Joseph Sayers. At the Dickson built fires around cliffs iate is -1 c tnv> morn- and in five __TflT-sm w. "Kfcere the goats Johnson iR-Calii) i the night as a protec- on one of the few times in t h e i r long careers. The issue was lene, lost more than IOC head. He did not have a definite count this morning. Raymond Dickson of Abilene and gone over the spillway since May IS, 1935. Although clouds in fhiy area ap- parently were breaking late thia the administra- j operator of a ranch south of town, j morning, the forecast for tonight cion's billion dol- i !osses counted in many i tomorrow is for cloudy and iar naval expan- nocks of that section, although j warmer sion program, just! See GOATS, S, CoL 8 become something of a lts house. would ODDOse the bill vigorously, but Johnson an- nounced he would support it. Thus when the "big nary" meas- brings its expected oratorical receive special treatment and that j Miller and County Attorney Ssco special treatment, would be allowed Walter. Burglaries, drunk driving all companies having net income of! and other felonies constituted the eriirQent in their effort to have the oil men asked the official support of the United States gov- or less. What Is Vow News I. QJ major part ot probed. Petit jury for 104th court was dismissed until- Friday morning by Judge W. R. Chapman when civil cases set for trial Monday and Tuesday had to be postponed. Three criminal cases are sched- uled for trial expropriation modified. Comanche Man Teiis Kidnap To Officers PALLAS. Mar. F. Mahon of Comanche. told city de- j T, i tectives here today that he was kid- Rooert Rancher, aruiuc dnung. R. !naped on a street in Comanche last O. Neal. swindling, and Robert S. {njght Dunn, forgery. Mahon said that a shabbily dress- i A special venire of 100 will re- ed man forced his way into his au- Spon to Judge Chapman at 9 j tomobile at p. m., ar.d com- o'clock Wednesday morning for the pelled him to drive to a point one- rgeni Ionia marched toward' the ancient industrial city of Lerida today. pointing for a major battle by which Generalissimo Franco hopes to win the civil war. Government troops were in re- j treat toward the Mediterranean 1 and a climax seemed near after 20 i months of conflict. Insurgent troops were within 15 miles of Lerida. and insurgen' war- planes were bombing it. Ler'.'ia is only 84 miles from Barcelona and is on the main highway to tr.at provisional capital of republican Each question counts 20: each part of a two-part o.uesticn, 10. A score of 60 is fair; 80, good. Answers on page 2. 1. Identify this prominent nazi. 2. Was Memel. a small area that used to be Germany's, giv- en to ia) Poland, ib) Belgium, or (c) Lithuania? 3. The Methodist Episcopal church. South, is considering union with the Methodist Epis- copal and the Methodist Prot- estant churches. True or false? 4. Why did Italy recently some of her troops from Libya? 5. In what ,jSouth American did pftfce report recent- ly they had dipped e> a trial cf R. L, Montgomery on an indictment charging him with the murder of EL E. Tucker early in February. District Attorney Miller has announced that he will also seek to convict Montgomery under the habitual criminal statute, pro- viding life imprisonment upon con- viction. i half mile east of Fort Worth. Mahon said That he proceeded to Dallas after the alighted near Fort Worth. He said that the man did not display a gun. but that he felt sure he was armed because the intruder kept his hand in a coat pocket. Coupled with the Lerida campaign was s. series of advances on the en- tire 135-mile eastern front, stretch- ing from Bollana on the far north. a short distance from the French frontier, to Morelia on the south. Each advance was to the east and each moved the insurgent line closer to the Mediterranean. Mor- 8. Col. 7 start, House assumed Crane had SO __ _ __ per cent of the chances for success, j A clever plan offset this, and final- j next month, legislators and gallery- iy Crane withdrew. ites will have the unusual opportu- Then. counties had varying dates j nity of hearing the two veterans for primary elections. House had of the successfu' friends in counties that were for j fights a g a i n s' Sayers to call their primaries early American partici- and made such a showing that i pation in the lea- Crane withdrew at a time when.' gue of nations anc House confesses, his forces had j the world cour, practically reached the end of their a r g u e agains. strength." i each other. _ House was official manager of the i But tne roanni i "Lion of Idaho land the thunder- ing "Bull i of California treat Offer T i o Congress WASHINGTON, March Roosevelt today trans- mitted to congress Hungary's pro- BOLT STRIKES HOUSE Early today there was a series of thundershowers here. In the midst of the downpour a. m., lightning struck a two- See RAIN, pf. 10, CoL o See LIFE, Pgr. S, CoL Civil Cases Set In Albany Court their disagreement lightly. Rites At Novice Man careful considera- ,f_ a request for tion. Mr. Roosevelt pcsal a "noteworthy wish and e fort" of the Hungarian govern- ment to meet its obligation to this country. The original debt, advanced, in credits to enable Hungary to pur- chase flour immediately after the World war, totaled The president said the Hungar- TUSCOLA. March Jesse Lee Pc-pe, San Angelo shoa termed the pro- salesman fatally injured in an au- tomobile crash there, was to be bu- ried this afternoon following funer- al rites at 4 p. m. as Novice. Pope, who moved to San Angela a month ago, had lived here a num- ber of years. He is survived by his wife, Susie Pope: two daughters. Mrs. Cloyce Scott, Hogers: and Mrs. just a di ifference in view- ian government seeks a definite re- j Mildred Gaines, Temple; two sons, ALBANY. March of cases on the civil docket of 42d to implement foreign policy." district court was begun by Judge To Johnson, however, a big without interest. and three sisters also survive. M. S. Long this morning. j seems "absolutely essential" for pro- Criminal docket was set for next jtection of the west coast. He SmilCS lOrd-WlGC sek. April 4. to permit District! agreed with Borah that there was no difference in their objectives. Attorney Robert Black to b-e in Austin "Wednesday of this week to argue cases on appeal to the court of criminal appeals. Grand jury for the current term of court win be reconvened Friday of this week. Gas Firm Argues Rate Cuts Invalid Mother Of H-SU Ass't Coach Dies W. C. Beard, assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons university was, notified this morning that his moth- j cubic feet in the gas rate chargec. i WASHINGTON. Mar. Counsel for the Lone Star Gas com- i pany contended today in an argu- ment prepared for the supreme court the Texas Railroad comrnis- inission had violated the constitu- tion in ordering a reduction from 40 cents to 32 cents a thousand FARMERS RAKE IN BLUE CHIPS; RAINS ONE CARD THEY NEEDED er had died unexpectedly at Dallas !275 Texas today. _ i sion werfi presen; to repI; Ssaro, fai_ news. Burial, will probably be in "'e St3riC "a Henderson Tuesday. "'V'lBt' V nd that it-kiin -1-5 H.H- Oil Ass'n Drive To Be Opened In Albany First movement in the beginning of a districtwide campaign to boost membership of the West Central Terras Oil Gas association will be launched tomorrow in Albany at the regular weekly meeting and lun- cheon of the Albany chamber of commerce. J. C. Watson, new assistant to the president of the oil organization, will speak at the session. The drive for associate memberships in Al- bany will be under direction of the chamber of commerce there, which _ is headed by Judge Homer T. Boul- i has been selected din. Vica president is W. H. Bullock, and is superior physically men- secretary-mftnagftr is Miss E. tally to the average soldier of oth- Uawfc iK-BttfiJWtt WHAI IT MEANS-lhe German War Machine By ALEXANDER R. GEORGE AP Feature Writer WASHINGTON. Mar. 2S Nazi Germany remakes the r.-.ap of cen- tral Europe under the marching feet of a soldiery now rated the fin- est in the world. Arms experts here agree the Ger- man army has replaced 'he French in the last year or two. Many of the military sharps rate Italy's forces second onl to the Germans'. The Hitler military machine is listed as tops in three highly im- portant respects: average German soldier The German soldier is more 'Big Five' Armies By HARRY HOLT Those in the field of agriculture flashed a yard-wide smile this; morning as they reached out on the rain-soaked table and raked in all; of the blue chips. i The one card they needed on the i draw turned up. That was moisture A fT-riOf __ needed :n West and in sufficient quantities to cause j enthusiasm as evident as this mom- thunder. Last weeks the chips were wel- 1 sur.. The crisis was approaching, j Ranchman didn't know whether to i sell, trade or buy livestock. Small grain farmers knew only one thing tha: would bring Thus. thr tide of wonderment has been j turned and once again speculative West Texas is riding the crest to- "new found prosperity." j The country's heaviest March; The litigation has been described as the biggest gas rate controversy in the history of the southwest. A supreme court ruling is expected be- fore the summer recess. Trained Reserve Actives Germany.....550.000 France.......700.000 G. Britain Army strenjrths in the table above, as estimated by qualified military experts, listed in the order of their rating for military effectiveness man for man and weapon for weapon rather than on a basis of nu- merical superiority. Decision On highly trained. 3. The German forces are in general the best armed and equip- ped. Of an available manpower con- siderably larger than that of France.; still is before the states for ratifi- UA the Germans have picked the cream cation or whether it has definitely j for army ssrvlce. German young j been defeated. men have been trained by highly i----------------- capable officers from 12 to 14 hours a day compared with about six hours a 'day in most other armies. TECHNICAL TALENTS In the last four years, the Ger- j mans have concentrated on their i famed technical talenH and thor- oughness in production of WASHINGTON. Mar. The supreme court today agreed to pass on the question of whether the ra-nfaii that has replaced expected proposed child labor amendment sandstorms brighten, under a tent clouds, a spring sca- 30 days ahead of last year and one of earliest in a quarter centurv. RECORD GRAIN CROP There is. perhaps, the largest crops of small grain ever planted in i SHANGHAI, March West Texas and that crop is only j eign exchange rates crashed here i one more rain shy of a splendid j today when foreign banks dropped j better than that har- j merchant rates on the Mexican dol- i vest in 1937. At any rates the pres- lar from 29 to 24 3-4 in an effort to j ent conditions are better. Agricul- j merchant rates and outside j ture experts 'said today there woud doeer together. i be grain harvest without addi-: tional precipitation, but more would be needed. Leon C. Hanson, assistant Taylor county agent, said there is a 10 per- cent increase in the acreage of this county over last year. He estimat- See FARMERS, Pg. 10, Cot 7 The Weather ABILSNS ar.ri vicinity: Coudy and tonight; Tuesday partly cloudy STIW "warrnfir. West Texas: Fair warmer tonight and Sas: Texas: Cteudy. -warmer in extreme portion tor.ight: Tuesday partly cloudy, warmer in north arl extreme west portion'. RAINFAIX: 24 hrs a. rr.. ilos. 1.24 i-.ches Since first of year 6.S6 inches Normal since first of year 3-11 inches Same period las; year T1.12 Inches temperature yesterday ___53 Lowert temperature morning. .49 TEMPSF.ATUKES Exchange Crashes   

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