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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 6, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 6, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIie Abilene Sporter _"WITHOUT,    OR    WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS    OR    FOES,    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    COES,"-Byron ☆ ☆☆ VOL LVII, NO. 319. iiMdtM rn— (An Cold Wove To Strike Abilene Area Tonight More Severe Cold With Freezing Is Weatherman's Forecast For Thursday A postseason onslaught of winter was forecast for Abilene and the area west and north for tonight, with a cold wave expected to bring freezing temperatures at some points promised by the weather bureau. That Abilene and immediate vicinity might escape freezing temperatures tonight was seen in the official reading “mostly cloudy and colder tonight,” but more severe cold was forecast for Thursday with freezing Thursday night. The territory north of Abilene, including the Panhandle, was due to bear the brunt of the cold wave tonight. Livestock 3 warnings were issued for the area, with below freezing temperatures forecast for tonight. The [ mercury may sag to 22 degrees in the Panhandle by Thursday noon, government forecasters said. TO EXTEND TO DALLAS The cold wave was expected to extend to Dallas. In making this prediction for blustery winter weather the forecasters admitted It was unusual for this time fn April, and that the cold wave would be a contrast with the spring temperatures of the past few days. Amarillo had a temperature of 52 Wednesday morning, but a wind shift to the west lent strength to th® cold wave prediction. Temperatures elsewhere included ♦6 at Lubbock, 60 at El Paso; 62 at Wichita Falls and Abilene; 67 at Dallas, and 70 at Austin, San Antonio. Houston, Galveston and Port Arthur. Outside of Texas, however, the late touch of winter already was felt. It was snowing Wednesday in Chicago. Toledo, O.. Nebraska. Colorado. Wyoming, and Montana. ABILENE. TEXAS. WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 6, 1938-TWELVE PAGES Called PNM (CPI PRICE 5 CENTS Odessa Write-In Photo-Winner In Mayoralty Race Farmer Defeats Wiggins By 48 Vote Plurality TAKEN FROM MCCAMEY MAN- - Frome Friend To View LOCAL ACADEMY YOUNGSTERS MARCH BEFORE CAMERA Tortosa Battle Gains In Fury Loyalists Retake Positions In Night Counter Attacks H ENDAVE, France, (At the Spanish Frontier), April 6. (/Pi—A furious battle for possession of Tortosa increased in intensity today as heavily reinforced armies of both sides pounded each other in the third day of the Spanish insurgent attempt to take the Ebro river delta town. Stubborn government resistance in the last scrap of territory barring General Franco’s soldiers from Mediterranean coast surprised Winter Leaves Foot Of Snow In Midwest CHICAGO. April 6—tfPh-'Winter weather lashed back at the middle west and west today and heaped budding vegetation with snow a foot deep in many places. The wet snow, which crippled j    ^ traffic and grounded all airplane J ,lercest ?ct fou&m 011 at Chicago and delayed air travel in the west was general from Wyoming eastward through parts of the Dakotas. Iowa. Nebraska, Minnesota. Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana. Michigan and Ohio. Subfreezing temperatures were reported in the eastern Rocky Mountain states with a minimum of ll at Cheyenne. Wyo. In the east, slight traces of snow were reported along with sudden drops in temperatures. Boston had the coldest weather for this date in 51 years—25 degrees. Mexicans Contribute To Indemnity Fund MEXICO CITY. April 6—(UP) — Contributions to a national redemption fund were arriving from all parts of the country today to help the government indemnify American and British oil companies whose $400,000,000 properties were expropriated March 19. There were plans here for a benefit bull light Sunday, and several theaters will contribute their Sunday-receipts. Francis W. Rickett, British oil promoter, and Bernard E. Smith, New York broker, who were reported to have offered to buy 25,000,000 carrels of government-produced oil, returned yesterday by airplane from New York where they spent last week-end. They were believed to lave conferred with financial interests there. the the insurgent command which hurried new motorized divisions into battle from Alcaniz and Gan-desa. During the night, when insurgent bombers were unable to see their objectives, government militiamen counter-attacked and dro\e I the insurgents out of several posi-I tions conquered yesterday in bitter hand-to-hand fighting, j Insurgent dispatches to Irun said the battle of Tortosa was the seaward drive that began March 9. They declared, however, that communications between Barcelona and the rest of government Spain already were effectively cut by the fire of General Franco's big guns playing upon the coastal highway to Valencia. Negrin Takes Over Strong Man's' Post MADRID.-April'6 .^—Stressing the grave threat of the continued insurgent drive in Catalonia towards the Mediterranean, Socialist Premier Juan Negrin has dropped his war minister, "strong man’’ In-dalecio Prieto, and personally assumed the duties of that ’post. Along with this change, Negrin effected almost a complete reshuffle of his cabinet to drop out one of the two communist ministers and give the cabinet a more moderate makeup. Tile removal of Prieto came unexpectedly yesterday. Friction with Negrin in conduct of the military campaign was suggested as the reason for dismissal of the man who had played a very active part in affairs of the republic since its establishment with the abdication of King Alfonso in 1931 Highlighted by an election of unprecedented heavy balloting at Odessa when E. L. Farmer, write-in candidate for mayor, defeated V. C. Wiggins, incumbent, by a plurality of 48 votes, city elections were held in many West Texas towies yesterday. Today, some West Texas city officers were settling down for another term of office, while others were making plans for assuming their new duties. In the Odessa election, Farmer was made mayor, Sam P. Copeland, Ernest Broughton and Charles Christian were elected aldermen, L. L. Anthony was reelected city secretary, Malvern G. McDonald was made city attorney, and Hugh Ratliff city Judge. For other towns of West Texas: Brownwood — Wendell Mayes, chairman of the Texas state park board, was elected mayor to succeed W. H. Thompson. Pampa—E. S. Carr elected mayor, defeating Mayor W. A. Bratton. Vernon—J. V. Owen was elected mayor over H. D. Hockersmith who had held the office for 12 years. I San Angelo—B. A. Carter elected mayor, J. W. Patterson elected and Frank Duckworth reelected commissioner;. Olney — Morris Bannes reelected mayor, defeating A. A. Dyer. Del Rio—New ticket elected, including W. S. Gibbons over Mayor T. M. Johnson. Baird—Herman Schwartz, mayor; Hugh Ross, J. T. Lawrence, Earl Johnson, C. W. Supter and D. F. Russell, aldermen; R. L. Elliott, city marshal. Water bonds for financing a portion of the city-county hospital were voted. Cross Plains—C. S. Martin elected mayor, defeating Mayor S. P. I Collins. Sale of beer was voted legal I after being banned for two years. Putnam—J. F. Yeager won the mayoralty by a 25 vote margin over j Y. A. Orr, mayor since the town , was incorporated in 1925. Pecos—B. A. Toliver wee elected ’ “ mayor over W. A. Hudson. L. H. O'Neil defeated Ci-ty Marshal Fenton Alley for that position. Midland—Marion Flynt and T. R. Wilson were unopposed in their reelection campaign as aldermen. Stanton—Mayor J JE. Moffett was reelected. J. A. Wilson and J. K. Barfield were elected and W. E. Curry reelected school trustee. Rising Star—C. R. Martin and A. P. Smith were elected city aldermen. Anson—Rex Reddell was elected mayor, defeating Mel S. Parkle.v. na Culwell will replace E. A. Wilson and Morriss Pittard will repla.ee O. S. Gilbreath as councilmen. Tom Perkinson was also elected to the council." Snyder—Simon Best won a five way city marshal race by less than IOO votes majority. B. P. Moffett was elected alderman to replace Willard Jones. Other new officials are John E. Sentell. city attorney; Clothing Effort To Find Slayers Unified; 6 Suspects Held Berkeley, Calif., Salesman And Wife Are Arrested By Officers At Laredo RANKIN, April 6.—(AP)—Sheriff William Fowler said a friend of the slain Fromes—mother and daughter beaten to death in West Texas wasteland—would arrive here by plane this afternoon in an effort to identify clothing found in a dark, brown suitcase a swarthy man was attempting to sell when arrested. Sheriff Fowler, closely questioning a 170-pound, sandy-haired hitch-hiker arrested at McCamey in possession of the bag, filled with women’s garments, said Mrs. Charles White of El Paso, friend of the slain WTCC Selects Award Group Duty To Examine Soil And Water Saving Reports What Is Your-- News I. Q.? Each question counts 20; ( ach part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 s fair; 80, good. Answers on page 2. 1. Identify this cardinal. He said he was praying for the victory of which Spanish faction? 2. Under the governmental reorganization bill, the civil service commission would be abolished. True or false? 3. Why did the U. S. bill Japan for $2,214,007.36? 4. Did 35-year-old Herman B. Wells recently become (a) president of Indiana university, (b) chairman of tile maritime com-mIsadora or (c) a director of U. S. Steel? 5 Who is U. S ambassador to Mexico? Wage And Hour Bill Drastically Revised WASHINGTON. April 6. (JP)—A house labor subcommittee recommended a drastically revised wage-hour bill today which would provide for a graduated minimum wage and a work week ranging from 40 to 48 hours. Tie group's action ended weeks of haggling over fundamentals and was taken only after the democratia members agreed separately on the terms of the new bill. Chairman Ramspeck <D-Ga> told newsmen the new bill provided for j creation of an independent five member board to administer its provisions. See ELECTIONS Page 9. Col. I Callahan Votes 2-1 Margin For Beer Cross Plains To Resume Sales BAIRD, April 6—By an almost two to I majority, on the basis of practically complete returns, Callahan county citizens voted yesterday to continue the sale of beer within the county and added another precinct to the wet portion of the area. A few of the boxes were still unaccounted for this morning, but were so small that their total would not affect the final decision. Cross Plains precinct voted to resume beer rales after two years during which the drink was illegal. The verdict was assured by 178 to 91 votes reported, with two small boxes yet to come. Total “ reported vote for the county was 1.221 for the sale of beer and 619 against such sales. The report was from ll boxes One of the final steps in completing plans for a West Texas chamber of commerce annual county conservation contest was made this morning with the announcement through the WTCC headquarters of the personnel of the award committee. Duty of the committee is to examine the reports of the contesting counties, make further invest!-a tions where they ar? deemed necessary, and make the final decision for distribution of the $1,000 prize. The committee is to be composed of a representative of th® West Texas chamber of commerce, the Texas Extension service, Texas Technological college, farm press, selected by the West Texas Press association; representative of the Vocational Agriculture work, state coordinator of the Soil Conservation service, and a representative of the women’s clubs of the area. Detailed basis on which the county work will be Judged, distribution and use of the prize money, and organizational form for the contest was approved yesterday. The projects to be considered in j the scoring include almost every j type of soil and water conservation practice. The score of a given county will be computed on the basis of the amount of work done in the county, plus the score awarded the county’s written history of water conservation work prior to January I, 1938 and the report of the percentage of the county’s population See WTCC Page 9. Col. 5 Californian Donates To Frome Reward AUSTIN. April 6.—^.—Governor James V. Allred has received a contribution of $100 from Mr. and Mrs. Jess R. Dorsey of Bakersfield, Calif.. to the reward offered in the search for the slayers of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter near Van Horn. The state has posted $1,000. and i Governor Allred has invited contributions from private citizens. socialite!, had been called here to look at the clothing. STORIES CONFLICT Sheriff Fowler said the man, who insisted the clothing belonged to his wife, had told conflicting stories. He repudiated an earlier statement that he had left Orange, Texas in company with his wife EL PASO, April «. (AP) — The widespread Investigation into the torture-slayings of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her 23-year-old daughter, Nancy, took a sensational turn today when it became known authorities were directing their , attention to New York City and Berkeley, Calif. - - Ja* "Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching’’ — out at £:. Joseph's academy. But it has nothing to do with Army Day; the school the year around provides military training for the boys who enroll there. More than 30 youngsters, between 7 and 17 years of ase. shouldered their wooden guus and went into drill for the picture above. Tile only thing amiss was that the day was Tuesday and not Friday (dress drill day1, and the lads were disappointed that they couldn't show off their uniforms. However, the youngest member of the group, (bottom photo* in full dress, stands at attention in front of the academy building He is seven-year-old    Jimmie Middleton, wearing the military cotton uniform with the St. Joseph's insignia    on the    shoulder. <Reporter-News staff photos > and had gone to Ozona, where they separated- and admitted he had come to West Texas from Yuma, Arizona. The man told officers he had spent "some little time'’ in El Paso en route here. He intended sending the clothing to his wife, the man told officers, but Sheriff Fowler earlier had said the man was arrested as he attempted to sell the garments and bag. El Paso Sheriff M and Ii rig Records EL PASO. April 6— uPj—A coordinated effort to solve the week-old robbery-slayings of Mrs. Weston G. Frome, 46, and her 23-year-jokJ daughter, Nancy, was started today. Peace officers met last night, set up a central bureau of information and delegated to Sheriff Chris Fox of El Paso the task of handling the records and data. Spurred by offers of rewards of approximately $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of the slayers, officers held six persons for questioning. BELIEVED BAG STOLEN The latest arrests were at Laredo where constable Bd Wormser said a 23-year-old salesman and his 19-year-old wife were held for questioning. They said they lived in Berkeley, the home town of the Fromes. that they had been in the same social circles with Nancy Frome and that they knew the mother and daughter planned a a trip to South Carolina to visit relatives. At Rankin. Sheriff VV. C. Fowler Cities Bid For P-IA Congress Disclose Awards On Achievement In Closing Day BRECK ENR IDGEE, April 6— ■Spit—With Ranger, Cleburne and Stephenville staging a strong fight) for the next meeting place, The Texas Cngress of Parents and Teachers entered the closing features of twenty-seventh annual conference here today, a feature of th# morning session was the announcement of awards for achievements by association units. Among Ute county councils, Johnson county won first place, the work presented by Mrs. Ralph Richardson of Cleburne. Eastland county was second, the work presented by Mrs. L- C. Cash. Among the cities Coleman won first place, the achievement* presented by Mrs. O. B. Kircher, with Breckenridge second, the work presented by Mrs, Eugene Thompson. Breckenridge won first place in the junior »high school unit, Mrs. R, H. Hallauer presenting the claims. In the elementary units Fulton school of Cleburne w'as first and the Alexander Hogg school of Fort Worth second. In pre-school achievment Ranger and Fort Worth tied. In elementary and high school work Morton Valley was first and Gordon second These awards were based on goals of achievement set up by the congress. Speakers at the morning session were Mrs. Nettie Meyers, Austin, who discussed frontiers of child welfare and Dr. R. D. Wolford, Mineral Wells, on public health. Abilene Is Victor In Reservoir lax Suit Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Little To Do With Army Day— MILITARY SPIRIT MISSING AS ACADEMY BOYS STAGE DRILLS Firmer Policy Seen WASHINGTON. April 6. </T - A stronger United States policy for the Pacific, appeared today to be an inevitable outgrowth of an agreement between President Roosevelt and Philippine President Quezon to postpone Philippine economic independence until 1960. AS G. C. ELLIS CASE SEQUEL— 104th Prosecutor May Ask freedom for Two Lifers • Two men now serving life sen- , because of the fact that felonies for fences, in the Texas penitentiary as; which he ha* been convicted were not committed after prior convictions. The court ruled, Miller states, that a person rhust be convicted of a felony, subsequently commit habitual criminals may again become free men. At least there is a possibility that Otis Miller, district attorney of 104th court, may ask ________ _____...... ...... the court of criminal appeals that I another felony, be convicted of UHL their cases be reopened or he may go before the state board of pardons .md paroles and ask their release. Next Wednesday, April 13. .Miller will go to Austin to argue a motion asking that judgment of the court of (riminal appeal' in the G. C. Ellis case. Taylor county,* be set aside. In this Judgment tile higher coup. reversed and remanded the life lenience given Ellis in 104th district court as an habitual crminal. Reversal of the Ellis sentence was then commit a third felony and be convicted a thir<" time before coming under provisions of the habitual criminal law. Under the new interpretation of the law. a criminal might commit any nutpber of felonies and be convicted of all, yet not come under provisions of the habitual criminal statutes. After serving sentences imposed for those cnnes, the cairn-inal might commit any number of other crimes but if these were committed before a second felony con- viction he still would escape the habitual criminal law. Only after commission of a third crime, or series of felonies, and conviction would he be liable to life imprisonment under the habitual criminal act. Miller states. In other words each of three convictions must be for crimes committed subsequent to prior convictions. Life termers for whom freedom is now probable are Marshall Reed and J. D. Echols. Reed was convicted as an habitual criminal in Jones ; county. Echols was tried in Fisher county for conspiracy to rob a Rotan bank and as an habitual criminal. His case was appealed but1 See ATTORNEY Page 7, Cd. * "Shoulder Arms!” Ifs Army Day—and the    whole world has its eyes on the men who carry the arms. There is a thrill in the tramp, tramp, tramp of marching feet; in seeing lines of men marching past with their rifles shouldered. So just to catch the military spirit, and as a matter of Army Day preparedness, a reporter,    cam era in hand, went to the St. Josephs academy, only Abilene school offering military drill for its students. However, "Shoulder Arma" at the academy has nothing to do    with Army Day nor the army, the reporter discovered. Those boy's, out there drilling- ‘on the campus, know about as little about war as little . girls who still play dolls, and most of them who were asked about it don't even intend to be soldiers. "Shoulder Arms" is just one of the commands which young Ser- I geant Robert Taylor gives in the course of the drill. He has reached j his rank by hard work and by careful following cf military discipline, as laid down by a Nation-J al Guard sergeant. W R. Sloan, who has supervision of the drills. ' JUST NOT MILITARY Not that the thrill of the spec- | ‘.acle was missing—it Just didn’t happen to be military in spirit. It’* course was in seeing youngsters marching with shoulders back and chins proudly held high, secure in the knowledge that theirs is a peaceful nation; it came from seeing them obey orders like clock- See ACADEMY Page 9. Col. 6 See SLAYINGS Page 9. Col. 4 U. S. Accepts Nazi Seizure Of Austria WASHINGTON. April 6— </P) — The United States accepted today Germany’s absorption of Austria and called upon Germany to pay , Austria s debts to the United States. American acceptance of the change in Austria's status as an independent nation was made known in notes presented to the German government in Berlin by United States Ambassador Hugh Wilson. He notified Germany that tire United States has closed its legation in Vienna and established there instead a consulate general. DEBATE TO END House Postpones Showdown On Reform Bill; Test Due Tomorrow The city of Abilene today was winner in the suit of Jones county to collect taxes on the municipally-owned Fort Phantom Hill reservoir land. The supreme court at Austin this morning dismissed the appeal of Jones county for lack of jurisdiction, which meant the decision of the lith court of civil appeals at Eastland in holding the land not subject to tax would stand. The district court at Anson held the land was subject to taxation, and the city of Abilene took its case to Eastland county. There the court reversed the lower court and rendered judgment in favor of the city. Jones county appealed to the supreme court. Jones county was attempting to collect taxes, amount approximately $8,000. on land which Abilene had bought in 1929 to build a reser-i voir. The case was tried at Anson last year. The plaintiff was contending that Abilene, leasing the land for agricultural purposes, was subject to taxation on the property. The Weather nty: Mostly cloudy Thursday, partly WASHINGTON. April 6— V — ■Die house postponed a showdown on Uie reorganization bill* today but agreed to end general debate at the close of the day s session— a procedure which will permit the first real test early tomorrow afternoon.- Opponents of the measure refused to permit the debate to end in open the bill to amendment the first thing tomorrow. Representative O Malley <D-Wis) interrupted at one point to ask: “Can’t some definite date be fixed as to when we’ll come to a vote on this bill?” "We are going to come to that vote about I o’clock tomorrow." Representative OConnor iD -NY) shouted, "when I submit my mo-out the enacting three hours, which would have    | Won to strike mace the first major test of    clause.’* strength come this afternoon. The    The house already    has    used    retest will be on a- motion to strike    teen hours arguing    about    the    leg- tiue enacting clause from the bill, j islatlon. Amid scenes of disorder, with more than a dozen members shouting for recognition, Chairman Cochran (D-Mo) of the reorganization committee won approval of a proposal to chop off debate when the house adjourns today and to Both opponents and proponents of the bill filially agreed that It would be reasonable to let the discussion run on through today. They said that would give every member who wanted to talk about the bill a chance to have his say ABILENE and \lelntt\ and colder tonight; cloudy and colder cold wive with "freezing Thursday night "tat Texas Partly cloudy colder, cold wave and livestock warnings in north portion with strong northerly winds and temperature below (reeling in Panhandle tonight; Thursday partly cloudy, colder. East Texas: Moat'y cloudy, rain in extreme east portion, colder in west and north portions tonight; Thursday partly cloudy, colder, cold wave In north portion with freezing Thursday night. Lowest temperature this morning 62 *    TEMPERATURES Monday Tues. p.m.    a.m. ....    74 .... 75 .... 7* .... TH .... 77 ....    78 .... 73 ....    71 ....    89 .... BS es 1 2 ..... 3 ..... 4    ...... 5 ..... 8 ..... 7    ...... 8 ..... 9    ..... 10    ..... 11 ...... Midnight Non ... _    hinrlae . COLD    Sunset 7 p m 7 a.m. Dry thermometer    75-    62 Wet thermometer    63-    80 Relative humidity    57    89 83 82 63 63 62 62 63 88 76 74 77 64 80 8:21 T :02 12:39 p m. 82* 56* 14 ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 6, 1938