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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 2, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 2, 1938, Abilene, Texas •WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,’’-Byron VOL LVII, NO. 315.    nm    (An Reorgnization Foes Seek To Kill Measure Inquiries Begun Office Employe Fatally Wounded By Time Explosive JUAREZ, Mexico, April 2— iIP)— This Mexican border city was in turmoil today after Mayor Jose Boronda E had been killed and Domingo Barraza, an office employe, fatally wounded by a time bomb. Investigations were launched here and at Chihuahua City where, it was indicated by the postmark on I the package, the bomb had been mailed. The blast occurred in the mayor’s office in city hall last night, wrecking the office. A squadron of soldiers patrolled the building early today while thousands of residents lined the streets leading to the structure. Barraza, torn by fragments of the bomb, was unable to tell what happened before his death early today. Humberto Escobar, the mayors secretary and city clerk, who escaped injury, said Borunda came In about 8 p. rn., asked about a package he had been informed had arrived from Chihuahua City, borrowed a knife from Barraza, and proceded to open the package. SEES BLAST FLASH “I happened to glance up Just in time to see the mayor raise the lid on the package and then the flash of the explosion. There was a terrific blast of air. I was left unconscious for a few minutes. When I recovered I was lying in the wreck-age of my desk, about 12 feet away. “Then I saw Jose slumped, almost crouching, over his desk. I walked over to him and saw that his face was badly mangled, part of it blown away. Then I saw- his hands were almost blown away and his stomach was torn to pieces.” Borunda, a tonner congressman *' **i this district.' bi6ame mayor last January I. He had been in-i volved in a political feud between Gov. Talamantes of Chihuahua and former Gov. Gen. Rodrigo M Que-j vedo. The mayor was aligned with [ the faction headed by Talamantes. General Quevcdo is charged with the I slaying of federal Senator Angel Posada in a Juarez hotel recently. Jack Frost skipped around over the rooftops here last night, but he scarcely left a track on the ground. Whether he will wreak havoc in gardens and orchards on the re- ! turn visit he is supposed to make in this area tonight is all a matter to determine—it’s certainly a possibility that has farmers and gardeners crossing their fingers. The temperature this morning dipped to 32 degrees—Just freezing —and as the sun came up roofs on the dark sides of the house were a frosty white. It was the first time that the mercury has dropped as low as 32 since February 23, when Abilene recorded 31. The official forecast for tonight i is fair and frost, with rising tem- J peratures Sunday. Weatherman W. H. Green went out early tday for a look around. He says he failed to find frost on the ground, and that shrubs, roses and other vegetation—the grounds of the weather bureau are a veri- < table rase garden—apparently had escaped Jack Frost s ravages. NO LOST REPORTED Some of the county’s most ar- i dent gardeners—the home demon- j Stratton club women—were contact- \ ed at the Homemakers’ market this t morning for reports on frost. Apparently. there had been no damage. but they were dubious over that a second frosty night might do to their vegetable gardens. They are prayerfully watching the weather, especially as it might affect the fruit crop which up to now has a chance of coming through in fine fashion. There was one weather forecaster among them—Mrs. S. S. Schornick. “We had thunder in February', we'll have a freeze on April 15,” was the prediction she has made. “I ve watched it a long time,” she added, “and it doesn’t fail.” The thunder was on February lo; according to her calculations there will be a freeze two months later. “I’ve seen these April freezes kill the wheat down to third Joint,” said Mrs. Schornick. Then the reporter turned to more official records—those of the U. S. weather bureau. These show that the latest killing frost in Abl- , lene occurred on April 23. 1907, and that the average date based on more than 50 years’ records—March I 23—already has passed this year. The earliest date on which Abl- ! lene has had its last spring killing frost was February' 23. 1929. Last years fatal frost came on April 5. Here are the dates for the last j decade: 1927—April 22. 1928— April 15. 1929— February 23. 1930—March 2. 1931—April 5. 1932—March 22. 1933—March 30. 1934—March 27. 1935—March 7. 1936—April 7. 1937—April 5. To the youngest division chief in the state department, 32-year-old Laurence Duggan of New York, has been entrusted the handling of the Mexican oil controversy for the United States. He is shown here at his desk in Washington. Accord Looms In Oil Seizure U. S. Sees Better Mexican Relations Mexico Relieved At Settlement Chance A big smile was easy for Big Tom Pendergast. top, after his democratic machine proved again that it is one of the most powerful political organizations in America by re-electing Bryce B. Smith, lower photo, as mayor of Kansas City. WASHINGTON, April 2.—(ii*)— Persona close to the state department expressed the opinion today that out of the oil controversy between the United States and Mexico, would come a permanent better relationship between the two nations. Their statement followed publication of a warm exchange of friendly sentiment between President Cardenas of Mexico and Secretary of State Hull. They said the United States was proceeding toward Mexico in the f’l^dliest and most cautious way, allowing President Cardenas great leeway so as to avoid not only friction between the two countries but also between Cardenas and his people. Two things were said to have done much to win Cardenas s friendship in the present situation. First, Hull s acknowledgment that the Mexican government had a legal right to expropriate the American oil properties. Second, the reported view of president Roosevelt that tile valuation the United States had in mind for oil properties was the money actually invested, less depreciation. Officials of the 13 American companies whose properties were taxen over by the Mexican government March 18 have estimated their value at $150,000-000. No information was available here as to how much actually has been invested In them. Cardenas’ note, made public last night, assured the United States that Mexico would honor her obligations. He did not state how Mexico could pay. Dispatches from Mexico City, however, said officials had indicated Mexico would seek to pay the debt in oil. Luncheon Opens Session, Business Discussion Follows Riverra Winner In Event; Other Rings Underway With a red-streaked “soapie," solemn-faced Cheo Riverra of the Americanization school shot his way to the midget class championship of the city marble tournament this morning. At 11:30, he was the only champion that had been crowned but there was some keen competition going on at the other rings. The youngsters were fighting it out in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions. There w'ere 21 contestants in the finals—but five times that many spectators. In their enthusiasm, they often crowded the players; some of the on-lookers were swinging onto tree limbs. By schools, these were the boys shooting for the marble honors: Americanization:    Cheo    Riverra midget; Abran Riverra. intermediate ;Lalo Carrillo, intermediate. Travis: Midget to senior respectively, Preston Fordson, Billy Arthur Bowden. L, M Hoskins, and Luther Newton. College Heights: Billy Jack Qney, George Townsend, R. D. Maxwell Jim Hogan, Jr. Locust: Billy Ray. Bill Lang J. L Baker, with no senior entry. Alta Vista: Hubert Kins. Forest Land. Jr., Robert Stanford; no senior contestant. Central: Earl Guitar. Jerry Spires Gene Spires and Sonnv Swift. Fair Park: Marion Grant, intermediate; Finess Flores, junior. Raids Followed By Charges Naming 2 L-Men Declare • ' War To Finish' Charges of possession of beer for purpose of sale were filed todav by County Attorney Esco Walter against A P. Waltrip and “Red” Stokes. Trials will be held in county court. Inspectors of the Texas liquor control board. Constable W T. Mc-Quary and Deputy George Bosley raided Waltrip’s place Thursday and found a dozen or more cases of beer in Waltrip's garage. The L-men and the constable’s department raided Stokes’ place Friday night and seized several cases of beer. Stokes was raided Thursday afternoon shortly before the Waltrip raid but officers found less thah a case of beer in his refrigerator. John W. Coates, chief of the Abilene liquor control board office, was still in a war-like mood today because of a sign displayed at the home of J .M. Waltrip yesterday. Waltrip's p ace was padlocked Wednesday on order of District Judge W. R. Chapman. The sign read, “This house (home of father, mother and two children) locked up because the father sold some good drinks to some ‘legitimate’ and ‘respectable’ business men of our very moral town xxx.” Coates said last night his department is preparing to file 17 more injunction suits, nine of these being in Brown county. “The bootleggers may as well prepare for unceasing war. We are. after ’ejn," Coates said today. Strikers Seize Utility Plants In Michigan Murphy Calls Peace Parley Wylie Winner Of Play Tournament Wylie school's presentation of “Be Home By Midnight," one-act play, last night won first place in the Taylor county tournament. The play was directed by Mrs. B D. Appleton. Second and third, respectively, were Elmdale with' "What Are You Going To Wear,” and Lawn with "The Telegram.” Mrs. Wendell Foreman and Juanita Ming! "’ere directors. A Merkel boy was accorded the honor of being the best boy actor. Three girls, Ruth Rucker, Virginia Boyd, both of Elmdale, and Vaugh-deen Edwards of Lawn, tied for best girl actor. Judges for the two day contest were Margaret Ehresmann, head of Abilene Christian college speech department, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gallagher. AUSTIN, April 2.— (AP)—L. G. Phares has been relieved of his duties as bead of the state highway patrol and Capt. Frank Garrison, assistant director of the deDartment of public safety has been named in his place, it was learned on food authority today. SAGINAW. Mich.. April 2—<UP)— Striking utility workers maimed the power plants of the Saginaw valley : today after ejecting their managers, and held the electrical service to j two-thirds of lower Michigan at their mercy. Service was being maintained, and Albert Stonkus, national head of the utility workers organizing committee. said the men would not pull the switches before Monday, when an emergency peace conference, called by Gov. Frank Murphy, is scheduled in Detroit. Gov. Murphy, who threatened to call out the national guard to end a utility strike in the Saginaw valley last year, was rushing home from Florida, where he had been on vacation. The workers, affiliated with the Committee for Industrial Organization, seized the plants yesterday to enforce a strike over their demands for guarantees against wage cuts during the next year. Haskell Co. Farmer Dies After Illness Burglary Suspect Held For Abilene County. Attorney Esco Walter today filed burglary charges against Thomas Owens in connection with the theft of a 30-30 rifle from the home of L. N. Schooler, Abilene, several weeks ago Owens is in Jail at Houston, having been arrested there at the request of Abilene police who have recovered the stolen rifle. Officers expect to go after Owens within the next few days. FOR To Return To Washington Today HASKELL, April 2—(Spl)—Henry W Watson 26, well-known young farmer of the Post community south of Haskell, died at his home early Saturday morning after a critical illness of two weeks Funeral services will be held from the Howard Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with Rev. Norris. Baptist minister of Abilene, officiating. Burial will be in the Howard community cemetery. F\i-neral arrangements are in charge of Kinney funeral home, Stamford. Immediate survivors include his widow, a daughter Doris, brother Arthur W’atson, and a sister, Mrs. L. D. Jones, Haskell. WAM SPRINGS, Ga . April 2— (UP)—President Roosevelt, tanned and rested after a 10-day holiday, will leave for Washington on a special train late today. The chief executive will have as a traveling companion Harry Hopkins. WPA administrator, who has been his guest at the Little White House. Farm Leaders Are * Rotary Club Guests The Abilene Rotary club entertained representative of various agricultural organizations of Taylor county yesterday at its annual rural-urban meeting. Roscoe Blankenship, president, conducted the meeting assisted by J. P. Stinson, chairman of the agricultural committee. Knox Parr, county agent, served*as. master-of-oercmonies. Speakers were Mrs. J. ” Hamilton, president of the Taylor county home demonstra*’'n council; Mrs, S. S. Schornick. In charge of the Taylor county homemakers market; E. D. Thomas, secret ary-treasurer of the Taylor county agricultural association.' Henry Toss, professor of agriculture education at Texas A. & M. college: and H. R. Arrant. Income Tax Yield Highest Since 1920 WASHINGTON. April 2.- F)— The treasury’s month-end statement today showed the largest March Income tax receipts since 1920 and an increase of $2,828,058,-112.14 in the gross public debt over March 31, 1937. March Income tax receipts totaled $723,002 013.12 compared with $700.-272,831 IO in March last year. The March 1938 receipts exceeded estimates by approximately $23.OOO, DROPPED BY SOUTHERN ASS'N REPLACEMENTS LAG BEHIND— Propose Billion In Rail Loans To Stimulate Industry not include glee club and physical training units. Enrollment in the high school this year is 1850 students. The faculty has 65 members. The student body has been increasing over the period since depression days, while the number of teachers has changed but little. Some teachers, saki school officials, have had to carry as many as six of the over-crowded classes. For five or six years, Abilene has been threatened with suspension from the Southern Association, said Assistant Superintendent H. S. Fath-erree. Superintendent L E. Dudley was in Lubbock this week end at a school conference. cipal Byron England said. is that no graduate of Abilene high school will be permitted to enter any college outside Texas which is a member of the Southern association without passing an entrance examination. “It also means that were going to have to have some more room." he added. Regulations of the Southern association limit classes to 30 students and rule that no teacher may conduct more than five classes, allowing a maximum of 150 pupils per teacher. England said that his report to the association in October showed that there were 99 classes violating that regulation. This, he added, did The erasure of Abilene high school from the approved list of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary schools yesterday at Dallas was “no bolt from the blue” to school officials here. Not that they were any the leis discouraged by the action which, it was explained, has been hanging over Abilene s head for five or six years, because of excessive pupil -teacher loads. One other Texas secondary school —Corpus Christi—was also dropped from the list of the Southern Association. The same reason was given as in the esse of Abilene—too many students for the number of teachers. Significance of the action, Prln- 12-Grade School's Advantages Cited LUBBOCK. April 2.—(J’.—Ad visibility of a 12-year public school system In place of the 11-grade system in effect now was before the articulation conference here today. Tile three-year conference, closing today, is sponsored by Texas Technological college. Prominent educators outlined the advantages of the proposed program. WASHINGTON. April 2. (/P-Ad-ministration leaders discussed today a proposal to make ‘employment” loans to selected railroads to spur industrial production and meet temporarily the rail finance problem. Senator Schwellenbach (D-Wash), who advanced the suggestion, said he believed government money might be used more profitably on railroads than any other field to promote recovery. Senator Wagner <D-NY) agreed Re eaid that replacements, repairs and Improvements in all heavy Industries now were lacgmg $5,000.-000,000 a year behind previous peaks. Schwellenbach estimated $1,000.-000 000 might be required to finance such a railroad improvement program. He said It should be undertaken only in conjunction with a congressional pledge for a thorough study of the railroads’ threatened bankruptcy aimed at finding a permanent solution by some definite date. Schwellenbachs proposal was simple In terms but far-reaching In import. The government would select, among competing lines, those which appeared the strongest financially and the “most logical” from the standpoint of traffic possibilities. The R F. C., or some other government agency to be set up, would lend these roads sufficient funds to establish their finanfces on a sound basis and put their facilities in first class shape. Guards Oil Reserve WASHINGTON. April 2—(UP) — Secretary of Interior Harold I». Ickes issued stringent regulations today to prevent private exploitation of the nations petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome. Wyo, Elk Hills, Calif, and all other cava petroleum and helium reserves. ;

  • Albert Stonkus
  • Angel Posada
  • B D. Appleton
  • Billy Arthur Bowden
  • Billy Jack Qney
  • Billy Ray
  • Bryce B. Smith
  • Byron England
  • Cheo Riverra
  • Dan Gallagher
  • Domingo Barraza
  • E. D. Thomas
  • Earl Guitar
  • Esco Walter
  • Finess Flores
  • Frank Garrison
  • Frank Murphy
  • George Bosley
  • George Townsend
  • H. R. Arrant
  • Harry Hopkins
  • Henry Toss
  • Henry W Watson
  • Howard Baptist
  • Hubert Kins
  • Humberto Escobar
  • J. P. Stinson
  • Jack Frost
  • John W. Coates
  • Jose Boronda
  • Knox Parr
  • L E. Dudley
  • L. D. Jones
  • L. G. Phares
  • L. N. Schooler
  • Lalo Carrillo
  • Lang J. L Baker
  • Laurence Duggan
  • Margaret Ehresmann
  • Marion Grant
  • Preston Fordson
  • Robert Stanford
  • Roscoe Blankenship
  • Ruth Rucker
  • S. S. Schornick
  • Thomas Owens
  • Virginia Boyd
  • W. H. Green
  • W. R. Chapman
  • Wendell Foreman

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 2, 1938