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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL. LVI I, NO. 320. _ OR mm OFFENSE TO FRIENDS ORTOES.WESKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Officers Hold New Theory In Frome Slayings, Authorities See Hate As Motive, Turn Attention To Private Lives Of Victims EL PASO, Texas, April Turning abruptly from theory of robbery to one of "revenge or bate" as the motive for the week-old torture slayings of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her pretty daughter, Nancy, authorities tonight concentrated their attention on private lives of the victims. The Berkeley, Calif., woman and her 23-year-old daughter were tortured, beaten and slain in the cactus-studded reaches of the West Texas desert near Van Horn last Wednesday. The bodies, showing evi dences of extreme torture were found last Sunday nighl cash and a portion of the! jewelry missing. "My belief is that revenge o hatred only could have promptc such a brutal said Sherif Chris Fox of El Paso, In whom ha been concentrated general author Hy for conduct of the widesprca Investigation. On this theory. Fox has Instruct cd authorities In Berkeley to Inves ligatc friends and acquaintance of the Fromes !n an effort to tun up any Information, WITNESSES HEARD District Attorney Hoy D. Jack son said In a telephone conversa tion from Van Horn the stories o two Van Horn residents len strength today to Information givei officers by Jim Milam, El Pasi truck driver, regarding the occu pants of a dark colored mysterj car believed, seen following th Frome machine the day the women disappeared. Mllam.said he had seen n man and a woman In the dark auto which he believed was a coach. Juanita Elliott, a waitress, tol Jackson she saw a dark car, which she described as "a two-seater; with a woman driving It along She saw It about 2 o'clock las Wednesday afternoon near a little by-road about half a mile from where the bodies later were found Picking up Bill Tripp, Van Horn laborer who was engaged on a tank project out of Van Horn, they drove back to town. Both Miss Elliot and Tripp told the district they saw the aark car again, parta See SLAY INGS, Pr. 3. 6 Attempted Attack OH Child Foiled DALLAS, April of Detectives Will Fritz said W. A Sharp. 35, ex-convict, was bookei. here today on a charge of attempt- ed rape after a three-year-old child had been dragged toward clump of bushes behind a store. When neighbors and R. L. Port- wood, store employe, gave chase the screaming child was dropped Portwood felled the suspect with blow on the jaw and held him un- til police arrived. The suspect, Fritz said, had been arrested In Dallas and at McKin- ney on similar charges. Nines' Decision Due Within Week DALLAS, April Hincs of Wichita Palls, state high- way commissioner, said here to day he would decide within the next week or 10 days whether he could be a candidate for governor Since Mrs. Miram A. Ferguson stated she would not run for gov- ernor, additional pressure has been brought to bear on him to become a candidate, Hines said. Transportation Strike Ordered DErROIT, April 6. strike which would tie up opera- tions of Detroit's municipal street car and bus system was called to- night to begin at 3 a, m. (CST) tomorrow. The walk-out was voted by local 26 of the amalgamated association of street and electric railway and motor coach employes of America. Write-In Candidate New Odessa Mayor Beats Incumbent By Margin Of 46 ODESSA, AprlJ K Farmer, a write-in candidate, grab- bed iirsl place in the Odessa mayor- ally race Tuesday, final tabulation of votes today showed. He polled a margin of 48 votes more than V. C. Wiggins, Incum- bent, Sam P. copeland, Ernest Broughton and Charles Christian were elected aldermen. L. L. An- thony was rcclectcd city secretary Marvin G. McDonald was made city attorney, Raymond C. Stoker city Judge antt Hugh Ratliff city mar- shal. The complete vote was: for mayor -Farmer 645; Wiggins 597. George F. O'Connor 63, Phclix E. Jones 171; for secretary, L. L. Anthony 918. Lona O'Neal SH; for alder- 712, Broughton 748 Copeland 731, Luther A. Neal 659' Oscar Johnson 710. Carl Scwell 693; for 80S, John L. Fowler 649; for r.'ty Judse C. Stoker for cUy Blum lo Carry Fight To Senate Premier Ponders Quitting In Face Of Losing Battle PARIS, April Leon Blum, despite a split in the people's front majority when his dictatorial financial controll bill staggered through the chamber o deputies today, resolved tonight t< carry hts almost hopeless fight t the hostile senate. Failure of nearly half of th members of the radical social is of the pillars of th people's front suppor Blum's radical bill led the pre mier and his socialist ministers t( consider resigning. Deputies, however, said Leon Jouhaux promised Blum "full sup port" of his general confederation of labor and.urged him to go on with the battle to the senate. Jou hau.v Is secretary of the labor con. federation and says he has 5000 000 followers. Blum will take his demand fo power io the senate Friday, al though he knows he faces almos certain defeat. Jouhauic declared publicly March 31 that if the Blum governmen should resign "under pressure from the financial and nationalist olig his followers would by .our JSrts." Rightists- charged the bill would 'lead to establishment of a regime similar to those of Hitler- and Mussolini." Among the criticisms was Form er Premier Pierre Flandin's accus ations Blum's demand for decree was "a copy of President Roosevelt's experiment, which ha Tailed." ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 7, 1938.-TWELVE PAGES with Mayings near 'SO. face Colorado, Tex., Poir Held In Frame Case BROWNWOOD, April 6.-W-A Colorado, Texas, couple was held onight for shooting at a funera iircctpr here today and for ques- ioning on any possible connection Frome robbery-torture Van Horn a week A .45-caliber pistol was taken from lie man. Officers said his bore evidence of scratches. Jack London, vice president of a uncral establishment, told officers he was called to a house near his funeral home. A couple there de- manded and when he told hem he did not have that amount hey demanded his automobile said. London had the keys o his automobile on his person, bul ie told the woman they were al his office. Slie went to his office White she was gone, London tappled with the man and fled rom the room. London said the man pursue! him and fired twice He escaped Injury. Steel Firm Ordered To Sign Union Poet WASHINGTON, April S.-fiFt- he Roosevelt dicta that an em- 'loyer should be willing to put in- o writing any agreement he caches with labor was woven into national labor relations board rder today. A court test mav nsue. The board directed the Inland corporation to draw up a written contract with the Vorkcrs Organizing Commlt- ce (CIO) if It reached an agree- ment with that union. Refusal to gn the document under such cir- cumstances was declared a viola- Ion of the 7 Wagner labor rcla- ons act. lerised Wage-Hour Measure Drafted WASHINGTON, April revised wage-hour bill, designed present wage averages the nltlal legal standard and cstsb- sh gradually a 40-cent minimum ourly wage and a 40-hour week on approval today of the demo-' ratrc members of a house labor ubcdlnmlttcc. )iscontinue Trains rail- oad commission today authorized ie Gulf Colorado Santa Fe rell- ay to discontinue trains N'o. 73 and .74 between Brownwcod and Temple. Freeze Looms As Inevitable For Territory Air Clears After Duster Swoops In With Norther It looks like freezing weather to sure In central West Texas. Temperatures were sliding the 40 degree mark last midnight a thermometer readings leveled of after a drop from the 85 degre maximum marked up at 5 o'cloc Wednesday afternoon. Swirling dust rode a cold nortl jyind Into, Abilene at that hour, an soon visibility was down to less thai one mile. Atmosphere was clear ins later in Ihe night however, sn Be TofceVOn Runnek, Shockelford, Cokmon, Mitchtll Jobs AUSTIN April 6 engineers today announced eoniDle tion of plans for X Improvement which will be submitted to bids April 19. Previously the highway department had estimated plans for 45 orol- ects would be ready for the AprilW letting. Those on which bids have been asted, by. counties Include- Runnels, Valley Creek and Valley Creek rtlief bridges and small drainage structures on highway 109 between Ballinger and Maverick.' Coleman, Jim Ned creek .bridge, relief structure and small drainage structures on feeder road near Coleman. Brown, 7.1 miles flexible bast and double asphalt surface treatment on feeder road from state park road to 7.1 miles- north of Brown wood, Mitchell, 4.8 miles grading, drain age structures, flexible base and asphalt seal coat on feeder road from junction with highway 1 east of Colorado south 4-9 miles. Shackelford, 45 miles grading, drainage structures and select ma- terials on feeder road from 3.5 miles south of Albany south 4.9 miles. Ground Broken For Home For Children Workmen broke ground yesterday for the Hendtlck Home for Children. A crew employed by C. S. OaUs and 'Sons, contractors, began exca- vating for foundations and a base- ment for the boiler room. Gates said all the excavation will be done by hand, and with teams and scrapers. He estimated work- men will be able to start pouring concrete In about 10 days.' Robbed Of Jewelry GLADEWATER, Texas, April t. Louis Orms, of the White Oak community near here, to police she was robbed ast night by a masked gunman of worth of Jewelry. Snow In New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE, N. M., April of snow and rain fell over northern New Kexlco to- ifght as high winds blew dust along tastem section of the state. Thompson Lays Down Platform AUSTIN, April O Thompson, candidate for governor, today announced a platform calling for economies In government with- out crippling efficiency' and declar- ing additional taxes would not be needed. He said, however, the program of teachers retirement and aid to needy blind and dependent children should be financed even though an additional on naturtl resources or a tax on luxuries should be nec- essary. Other planks opposed the sale of llo.uor by Ihe drink and gambling in all forms, "whether It be horse racing, dog racing of marble or slot Favor was "expressed for continu- ing the present per capita school apportionment, a liberal old age pension program based on need, state regulation of labor, state regulation of all utility rates and decentralization of government. Thompson, a member of the 'rail- road commission, will deliver his opening campaign address at Waco April 15. A Condition Of McM Student Serious James Yaeger, McMurry college freshman from Derrick City, Pa, was considered to be in a serious condition last night at the Hendrlck Memorial hospital. Yeager under- went a tonslllectomy Iwt and early thU his throat became Infected. N LUBBOCK, COTTON :isher Boy By HARRY HOLT LUBBOCK. April 1 n y harles Hollab.iugh, 10-year-old shcr county 4-H club boy, was man ofnhe day'" when lie led Is grandchampton Hereford calf to salesring of Ihe scvenlh an- ual South Plains Fat Stock show ere today. Five minutes later his 10-pound calf sold for 66 cents cr pound lo the Phillips clrolcum company. A. J. Jarnlgan, another Fisher mnty club boy, topped all lamb chibltors with a Ramboutllct ether tint iircvlouAly placed Fwcetwatcr, San Angdo and Odessa. Billy Arledge, Roscoc youth ion Calf Andlamb showed the first pen of five fine wool'lambs. Adding to (he string of victories for animals the Central West Texas section were calves exhibited by Nolan county club boys, which won first in the group of five from one county and placed high in the respective classes. Showing of animals Tuesday and the sale today were In a regular West Texas sandstorm In the heart of a one-time faille domain that this year led the state in cotton production. As hundreds of boys from 35 Texas and New Mexico counties hurried about the bams lng afltr their calves, lambs hogs under ihe watchful eyes of county agents, vocational agri- culture teachers and ranchmen, visitors reviewed the change that has over this country during the past decade. this was a cattle country that boajttd of. Its rich buffalo grass that would carry an animal unit to 10 acres. The emphasis is now placed on finishing of cattle here on the South Plains where bountiful supplies of home-grown feeds are found. Veteran catllt- men. by years of driving dus' wind, such as today's, FISHER BOV, Tt. J, C-oJ. 7 Rebels Vacate Many Positions 3 V i ,From Mountains To Harass Franco HENDAYE, France (At the Span tsh April forced troops steamed down from mountain fastnesses to- day in flank attack on Spanish in surgents hammering at Tortosa t resuh the Mediterranean sea. While "suicide squads" of militia- men held approaches to the walled city, wave after wave of governmen troops struck from the heights which hemmed in General Franco's column. They drove Insurgents ou of several positions previously oc- cupied. FIERCE FIGHTING Both sides sped reinforcements to the battle area, where governmen resistance to the insurgent push brought the fiercest fighting since Franco's forces started their march to the sea March 9. Insurgent artillery hurled shell. Into the narrow, winding cobble- stone streets of Tortosa itself arid along the coastal highway running south from Barcelona to the rest o: government Spain. This bombardment effectively cut communications between Catalonia Spain's northeastern corner, and remaining government territory to the south and west. Franco's legionnaires were fight ing for control of the coastal high- way and planned lo use it for rapid sweep 93 miles northeast t_ Barcelona, government capital, or fo Valencia Mediterranean strong' hold to the south. HENDAYE, France fAt the Span- ish 6- ;cnt dispatches tonight announced Seneral Jose Insurgcn troops captured. Balaguer, In north east Spain, the town which controls all Catalan hydoelectric. power lines Balaguer, 15 miles northeast ol Lcrida, Is at the northern end ol ihe jovcmmenfs defense line thrown up to check the Insurgent sweep toward Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Victims Of Crash Enjoy 'Good Day' Mrs. Lance Teubner and her four old daughter, Marian, were howlng improvement last nighl, iltendants at the hospital said, lie two had a "good day" yester- day and were resting easy. Victims of an auto-train crash it Tye Tuesday. Mrs. Teubner suf- ered shock and her daughter had iruises and severe cuts. Ru.es All Carbon Black Is Taxable AUSTIN, April stale won a final victory (octay in Its ontcnlbn all carbon black rc- ardlcss of the method of acture Is subject to taxation when he supreme court refused to rvvicw ecisions of lower tribunals. Urges Outright Defeat If Foes' Wishes Not Met Opposition Hails Speech Of Potent Judicial Chairman WASHINGTON, Apri] 6 ace card went into play in the government reor- ganization contest today when Eep, Simmers (D-Tex) arose to demand drastic alterations in the bill empowering- President Roosevelt to revamp executive agencies. If attempt.? to amend the bill fail. It should be killed outright, said Sumners, who is the influential chairman of the house judiciary committee. FOUGHT COURT BILL Opponents of the measure had counted heavily on his speech re- membering that an address hs made last year helped bill the Roosevelt bnl to reorganize the supreme court. However, supporters of the pre- sent measure, found some satisfac- tion in Sumners' speech today, in that he did not go along with those who -favored killing the measure forthwith. The opposition had been rallying its strength for an effort to defeat the bill without proceeding to the stage of amendments. But Sumners said: feel now ft would be a mistake not to consider this bill. Let's do the best we can to amend It, and then if we can't amend it as we think it ought to be, let's have the nerve (o beat Sumners indicated he favored .curbing powers the bill would con- fer on the chief people, he said, were willing grant emergency In em- ere "ncy periods but now they ia- art moving m Ow posite direction. Representative O Connor (D-NY) previously had announced lie would move tomorrow to "strike out enacting, a parliamentary procedure-which would strip the bill of all force and effect. "I know the.country.wants no bill whatsoever and the most expediti- ous way would be to kill it at once he said. LoGuardia Speech Sure For Conclave Definite assurance that Mayor LaGuardia of New York will at-: tend the 20th annuS convention' of the West Texas chamber of commerce was received yesterday by D. A. Bandeen, WTcc manager. He was notified by Wilburn Page-, Wichita Palls chamber of com- merce secretary and convention, manager, that LaGuardia had given notice he. will arrive there April 23 or 53. The New York: mayor will remain until his con- vention speech Ihe afternoon of April 26, departing immediately; afterward. Despite LaGuardta's acceptance, WTCC leaders had feared he mlgnf be forced to change his plans. The convention will be held April 25- 27. Two Babies Born Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morrison of Norton announce the birth of a son yesterday morning at the Hen- drick Memorial hospital. Mr, and Mrs. E. C. Barker, 1150 Highland, had a daughter born last night at the hospital. Mexico To Pay For Seizures With Oil Foreign Agents Dicker For Crude MEXICO CITY, April The Mexican government an- nounced today that SO per cent ot gross receipts from sales ebroad of its excess crude oil would bo used toward payment for prop- ertles It expropriated from Amer- can and British companies March. 18. The announcement came, as two 'orcign W. Rlckctl of Great Britain and Ber- nard E. Smith, New York slock; iroxer, were negotiating with Mexican officials to buy a part ot he government's oil output. Unconfirmed reports wer? that lickett and Smith were near an agreement with the Mexican gov- ernment for purchase of some ot he oil which has been collecting n ctorase tanks since President _ jazaro Cardenas Issued his iropriatton decree. Payments to the companies, it dded, would start "as soon u grccments are reached with nterested companies fixing the mount to be paid." It said ths inance ministry later would fix he percentage of domestic o be devoted to the same
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