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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 7, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas wm Tfssmg'®je Abilene Reporter ~.“WITHOUT,    OR WI TH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES "-Byron .' * VOL LYU, NO. 320. AimcUM PTM* (AF* ABILENE. TEXAS. THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL7, 1938-TWELVE PAGES . CM* PMM ftrp) PRICE 5 CENTS SNOW AND SLEET TRACK DRIVING WINDWintry Onslaught Imperils Area Crops And Stock Boots Held At Aspermont Clue In Frame Case Eliminate Half Dozen Suspects In Torture Deaths Administration Wins Test Vote On Reform Bill House Refuses To Kill Controversial Measure By Teller Vote Of 191 To 169 EL PASO. April 7— </P>—1Two new developments—discovery of ‘a pair of blood-stained boots, and arrest of a loquacious tansient—figured today in the slowing investigation of the week-old torture-slayings of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy. El Paso officers held a 22-year-old transient, arrested in the railroad yards this morning, for questioning concerning information given by John R. Mullens, another transient. Mullens told police the suspect had ‘ acted suspiciously” while talking of the case on a freight train en route to El Paso. From Aspermont, In Stonewau countv. north of Abilene. Deputy Sheriff F. O. Gibson reported he was holding a pair of bloodstained boots left in a shop there three davs ago by a man who acted ‘ auspiciously.” Officers, turning to the theory the killings were motivated by ••revenge or hate*” had eliminated half a dozen suspects held in four southwestern states since the brutally tortured and beaten bodies were found near Van Horn Sunday. The Fromes left El Paso at noon March 30 en route to visit relatives in South Carolina. At Laredo a young Berkeley, Calif. couple was released aftei questioning Tuesday night and yesterday. Their detention, said the young wife, who said she knew Miss Rome “casually” at the University of California, was “the silliest thing I ever heaKi of."    __ Veteran Sheriff Chris P. Fox of El Paso, said “My belief is that revenge or hatred only could have prompt'd such brutal crime. He announce    intention of icarr ing all possible about Mrs. Frome and her daughter from their friends and acquaintances. Robbery previously had been hr.c. out by some investigators as the motive. When the bodies were found, their cash and part of their jewelry was gone. B’WOOD COUPLE FREED A suspect held at Rankin, Tex., was released. Fox said, after Harold White- El Paso, Frome s friend. said clothing in a ladVs bag in the man’s possession was not that of the Fromes. Two men held at Alamogordo. N. M., and Cordell. Olla, were deii-nitely eliminated by officers as suspects, while Bisbee Aru., sheriffs officers expressed the belief that an irrational-appearing man WASHINGTON, April 7.— (AP)—The house refused today to kill the government reorganization bill. The teller vote was 191 to 169. The ballot, a victory for the administration, was on a motion by Representative O’Connor (D NY) to “strike out the enacting clause”—without which the bill would have been ineffective and meaningless. French Leftists, Fascists Clash; Several Injured Senate Group Rejects Blum Finance Plan See SLAVINGS, Pg. 12, C ol. 4 Charges Sequel To Brownwood Shooting Th© measure was thrown open to amendment immediate-! ly afterward. PASSAGE PREDICTED Backers of the bill said the vote was a sure indication the house I would pass it eventually. But opponents still had opportunities to attempt to defeat it after amendments were disposed of. “This is just one part of the fight,” O’Connor told reporters j after his pronosal lost. “There will not be a reorganization bill.” Some members waved to the press gallery as they went through. I Representative Blermann <D-Ia) came into the chamber on crutch- | es to vote against the O'Connor motion. So great was the confusion following announcement of the vote that Representative Crawford <R-Mtch) had to shout through cupped hands in an attempt to address the chair. He finally asked if there was any “possibly way” to obtain a roll call vote on O’Connor’s motion. Representable McCormack < D-Mass), who was presiding, .said there* was none. Shouts of “vote, vote,” mingled with applause when O'Connor went down into the well of the chamber to make his proposal, j "Mr. Chairman." O’Connor said, j “in offering my motion to strike out th*9 en»<<*ug cl»u?e *}rom Uh* bill, I am taktng the step which I believe the people of this country desire—and at this time.” “Let us see from where the strongest urge for this bill comes. “I hold in my hand two issues of the daily worker.‘the organ of the communist party. They violently support the bill and denounce the opponents as tories and fascists who are fighting liberalism/’ "The country,” he said, “believes fascism is with us. and that this bill is a further step in that direction. The people fear this bill will serve as an escalator to a dictatorship.” Rebel yells met • Representative Warren <D-NC> when he walked down an aisle to answer O’Connor. “By this motion.” he said, “the gentleman from New York, Mr. I O'Connor, is endeavoring to foist QUEEN OF COTTON HOW REBEL WEDGE SPLITS SPAIN Chosen queen cf the annual Memphis Cotton carnival. Elizabeth Verger Campbell ‘immersed herself in a sea of the south's greatest crop—in the hope that such goings-on would bring more fame to her home town's biggest celebration. With her consort. Andrew Jackson Havs. Memphis cotton broker, Mi'* Campbell will be crowned May IO. Push Milk Fund Benefit Tickets ACC Students Organize For City-Wide Drive PARIS. April 7.—(£*)—A thousand leftists massed outside the senate to protest its opposition to Premier Blum's demand for dictatorial financial powers fought late today with a group of fascist students. The clash, in which several were injured, came soon after the senate finance committee, undaunted bv the threat of a mass demonstration of leftists, flatly rejected Blum's finance bill by a vote of 25 to 6. Responding to the summons of socialist extremists, leftists moved on the Luxembourg palace, housing the senate, late in thfe after- ; noon, while strong police and i mobile gi ~rd reinforcements surrounded the building. GIVE FASCIST SALUTE Communists, socialists and anarchists turned on the fascist students when they strode into the demonstration, giving he fascist salute. While the police strove to restore order, leftists pursued.their enemies into a cafe. Flying chairs and seltzer bottles snatehed from tables struck some of the students, although most succeeded in barricading themselves inside the cafe. The more militant socialist element refused to cancel the demonstration call in spite of an interior ministry order, which Blum approved.    . The finance committee's action foreshadowed defeat for the premier in the senate tomorrow—with the downfall of his cabinet—on his finance bill, for, which he won grudging approval of the chamber of deputies yesterday. PARIS, April 7. (^—France Is pursuing efforts to get Czechoslovakia's neighbors to pledge defense against German Nazi encroachment in the little country, despite the acute domestic situation and the likelihood Premier Blum’s cabinet will fall before the week is out. The French plan is for an alliance of Soviet Russia, Poland, Rumania, Yugoslavia and France to act if there should be an attack from Nazi Germany—(to further the German dream to unite the German peoples, including the 3,-500.000 German minority in Czechoslovakia.) Little Damage Noted; Colder To Cause Loss Mercury Plummets To Low Of 28 As Abilene Gets 2.4 Inches Of Snow Sleet, snow and sub freezing weather, following interference run yesterday by a driving wind and the season’s worst duster, swung a nasty blow at West Texas fanners, stockmen and fruit growers. They remained fearful of what might follow tonight and Friday. Over the vast diversified country, blanketed in April’s latest snow of note, little damage had been dealt out this morning. However, the driving winds that sent temperatures to 28 degrees in Abilene at 6 a. rn. and 22 in the Panhandle held an icy grip on the outcome. Colder weather would bring havoc. The thermometer hovered around 29 degrees at IO a. rn. and little relief was predicted for today by the weatherman, but the forecast is that there i    ’ This map shows how Generalissimo Francisco Franco's hard-driving Nationalist troops have split Loyalist Spain in two, by their swift drive on Tortosa, Mediterranean port. Rebel columns threatened to outflank the government left wing defending Tortosa as a short-lived counter-offensive apparently crumbled. FDR SUMMONS RELIEF AIDES TO DISCUSS NEW SPENDING President Virtually Decided To Launch $1/500,000,000 PWA-WPA Program WASHINGTON, April 7.—(UP)—President Roosevelt called his relief advisors to the White House today to discuss an immediate $1,500,000,000 business revitalization program through a, joint public works administration and works progress administration drive. The White House said that the president has before him a plan proposing an Immediate I- To Check Gun In Frome Case on the house of representatives some of the same ruthless methods purchases of tickets he has attempted in the past.” He said opponents had wanted full debate and had had it—more than 20 hours of it. * BROWNWOOD April 7.—<SpD — Charges of assault with intent to murder and intent to rob were filed by County Attorney Conner Scott this morning against H. C Greener, 30. and his wife, Lois, 25, in connection with alleged shooting at.Jack London, funeral home official, here yesterday. Two shots were fired at london, but he was not injured. Greener was questioned five hours last night by District Attorney A. O. Newman and Scott. He said he merely wanted to talk to London, His wife in a statement said they wanted to borrow money from London. London told officers and newspapermen the couple demanded $1,000 and his automobile., The couple came here early Wednesday from Colorado, Texas. Bullet from a .45 pistol taken from Greener will be sent to Austin for examination in connection with Frome murders near Van Horn Although they will continue to check possibility of a connection with the Frome case, officers said they now doubt that there is any connection. Seek Identity Of Breck Car Victim BRECKENRIDGE. April 7.—(UP) —Authorities sought toda. to establish the identity of a man killed last night when struck by an automobile driven by Jack Harchas of Breckenridge. The accident occurred on the outskirts of the business district during a dust storm when the man suddenly stepped in front of Harchas' machine. An army identificati' . tag on the man s clothing bore the name Loyd Bradley, but a receipt for copper wire purchased in Waco contained the name of Ed Marshall. Business administration students of Abilene Christian college have been organized by the head of the department , J. E. Freeman, as “shock troops” forming the advance guard in a city-wide solicitation of for J^nnday night’s stage performance for benefit of the PT A Milk Fund. The senior class of A. C. C. last week volunteered to present its annual play, “Putting It Over,” a hilarious comedy, with all proceeds to be placed in the milk fund. Prof. Freeman is handling arrangements with President Otis Garner of the class, who also has the leading male role in the play. Mrs. A. B. Morris •*s play director. Freeman said local firms had volunteered to print tickets and other supplies and that no expense o.f any kind would be incurred in producing the play, so that all receipts will go to purchase of milk. Undernourished children of the schools have been receiving milk through donations to this fund since late in November. With payment of March milk bills, however, the fund was so depleted it was necessary to Report Legion Lost program of huge non-interest federal loans to cities, states and local government bodies. TO REVITALIZE BUSINESS Mr. Roosevelt called in Works Progress Administrator Harry L. Hopkins and Assistant WPA Administrator Aubrey Williams to discuss the spending plan w;hlch, it was understood, is proposed to be launched through joint use of WPA and PW A facilities. The White House indicated that the president has reached virtual Presbytery To Pick Next Host CERBERE. French-Sparish Frontier. April 7.—(UP)—A lost legion of between 4,000 and 6,000 Spanish loyalist troops is struggling through decision launch the program with the rugged, snowcapped peaks of a message to congress outlining his the Pyrenees seeking safety in program which is designed to halt France, it was disclosed today. Rule Revisions Are Studied As Meet Nears End Wind Rips Roof Off Oplin School Building Insurance Will Cover Damage * economic recession and revitalize ; business through large-scale pump-; priming expenditures. The new program, it was learned. will be in addition to the proposed *1.590.000 OOO plan (or, d    SUCCMd    Re.    3.    p.    Col. Reconstruction Finance corporation 9    c ALBANY. April 7.—The two-day spring session of the Abilene Presbytery was nearing a close here this afternoon, with selection of the next meeting place and the election of a commissioner to the general assembly on the slate. A new moderator, W. R. Lace of Breckenridge, was elected yester BAIRD. April 7.—(SpD—Word reached here this morning, after telephone connection had been restored. that wind last night tore the roof off the school building at Oplin, in southwestern Callahan county. Loss was estimated at $5,-000 to $6,000. The Oplin-Tecumseh school district, recently consolidated, voted $40,000 in bonds to finance a new-building and County Superintendent Chrisman returned yester- loans to industry and local government bodies. Authorization for this    derk program is now pending in congress. awaiting senate-house agreement on minor details. BOND ISSUE PROPOSAL The new pump-priming endeav- lins of Cross Plains. The Rev James E. Spivey of Snyder is the will be a rise in temperatures Friday with clear weather promised. 22 IN PANHANDLE Over the vast diversified country, blanketed in April's latest snow of note, little damage had been dealt out this morning. . However, the driving winds that sent temperatures to 28 degrees in Abilene at 6 a. rn. and 22 in the Panhandle held an icy grip on the outcome. Colder weather would bring havoc. The thermometer hovered around 29 degrees at IO a. rn. and little relief was predicted for today by the weatherman, but the forecast is that there will be a rise in temperatures Friday with clear weather promised. LATEST IN 1928 The latest snow recorded in Abilene was April 14 in 1928. but there was only a trace. The 2.4 inches of snow this morning was the largest ever recorded this late, according to the weather bureau. The low temperature missed a record only a few davs. There was 28 degree weather April 9. 1914. Latest measurable snow recorded here wa* on March 15, 1900. Most of Texas shivered in the sudden change that brought the mercury down from 85 degrees yesterday to the low this morning. Bus drivers reported the snow extended as far west as Monahans and east to Ranger. On tail of the norther came an inch of snow to Big Spring where 27 was the low reading. On the fringe of West Texas. Fo;e Worth, belted by hail yesterday, reported rain and 38-degree temperature. Dallas had similar wet weather. The added moisture is expected to practically assure a grain crop for Central West Texas with wonderful prospects already budding. Only grain far advanced was expected to suffer. Row crops such as J corn and sudan grass that are just j coming up are expected to be killed ; as are vegetables and flowers. Ranchmen were fearful for young lambs, freshly shorn sheep, and goats that are exposed to the chilling weather. S. O. Bowman at Buffalo Gap said most of the goats there had been pened and a reoccurrence of recent death in heavy numbers is not expected. INSECTS HARD HIT Farmers are expected to benefit from the cold in one respect. Insects and parasites will be slowed Snow Shatters Midwest Marks Rain, Sleet, Dust, . Hail And Winds Lash Sections Most of this morning was devoted to a study of proposed revisions of the Presbytery rules. At ll a. rn, the Rev. F. L. Wear, president of Trinity university, arrived from See WEATHER. Pf. 12, Col. 5 By Associated Tress Fresh snow blanketed a wide expanse of territory between the Rockies and the eastern seaboard today in the wake of a storm that turned the calendar back to midwinter. Rain, sleet, dust. hail, and tornadic winds lashed at sections of the nation which escaped the snowstorm. DRIFTS 4 FEET DEEP Heavy, wet snowdrifts three and four feet deep challenged highway crews in the middle west. Snow plows, hastily retrieved from summer storage, opened most principal highways but many rural lanes were still choked. The snowfall broke April records in many cities and was the deepest of the winter at some spots. Counties in southwest Michigan reported 30 to 36 inches of snow. One death was reported in South Dakota and fears were felt for a, man missing in the vicinity of Scottsbluff, Neb, where snow ranged up to a foot in depth. Wessington Springs, S. D., reported 17 inches of snow. Hundreds of telephone and telegraph poles snapped under the weight of snow and ice in Nebraska and Iowa. Many rural schools were closed in Iowa and South Dakota because of snow-choked highways. The storm disrupted bus service in southern Wisconsin. Large crews labored to keep city traffic moving About 1400 city workers and scores of streetcar and bus company employes tackled Chicago's 9.1 inch snowfall, which exceeded by almost three inches the record for April snows in the history of the weather bureau. BOAT HITS BRIDGE A gravel boat bound up the Chicago river crashed into the Lake Street bridge when it failed to lift because of an ice coating. Virtually all roads 50 miles north and south of the city were almost impassable. In southern Illinois and Indiana or would be inst! tutcd through pas- Waxahachie to give the closing ser- Sox-Bucs S'water Game Is Cancelled See MIDWEST, Pf. 12, Col. 3 sage by congress or legislation em powering the government to raise $1,500,000,000 by a bond issue. The funds would then be distributed to local governments as direct non men. His message was preceded by a report on national missions by the Rev. L. B. Gray of Ranger. There was no doubt that Dr. Gray would be named as commis- interest bearing loans which would sloner ^ Uie gencral assembly of be repayable over a 50-year period. Tile municipalities and states would be required to repay the principal of the loan to the gov- Lon Smith To Talk In Abilene Sunday day from Austin, where the state stop distribution of milk except to department of education purchased a few children needing it most. This ail the bonds. See FDR. Pf. 12. Col. 4 Colorado Officer Gives Couple Alibi AUSTIN, April 7. <*»v-Railroad Commissioner Lon Smith left today for Stamford to address a Woodmen of the World convention Friday. He plannee? to address a men’s Bible class in Abilene Sunday. is made possible by some monthly donations. Tickets to the benefit play are 50 and 25 cents. Mrs. Edith C. Smith, secretary-trcasurcr of the fund, reported to- Insurance carried on the old building will cover loss due to the wind damage and insurance money received may be applied on cost and equipment of* the new building. Jack Ash lock, jocal insurance day monthly donations of $5 by Dr. man, left for Oplin when the storm Guy Gillespie, $10 by E. A. Shepperd j report was received and exact ex-and $10 by Longhorn creamery and tent of damage there had not been a $2 gift by an anonymous donor. learned at noon. Buts Feel Chief s Lash In Campaign •On Tomfoolery' the Presbyterian church, USA, In Philadelphia, in May. The host for the meeting, which opened Wednesdax’ morning, is the Rev. J. A. Owens. He is pastor of the Matthews Memorial Presbyterian church, where the meeting is being held. There were 36 official Tielegatea here yesterday, but for the laymen's See PRESBYTERIANS, Pf. 12, Col 7 SWEETWATER. April 7—Scheduled exhibition baseball game between the Chicago White 8ox and Pittsburgh Pirates here this afternoon was* definitely cancelled shortly before noon, George Barber. manager of the Sweetwater board of city development, announced. Snow and accompanying wintry blasts forced cancelling the game. All ticket holders will be reimbursed upon application to the Sweetwater board of city development. Barber said The White Sox and Pirates are scheduled to play In Abilene Friday afternoon at 2:30 Midland Raising Fund For Reward MIDLAND, April 7.—t/P>—A reward fund, the money to be paid to the person or persons furnishing evidence that will cause the arrest and conviction of the parties who murdered Mrs. Hazel Frome and her daughter, Nancy, near Van Horn last week, was started here Wednesday, early indications being that a sizeable amount will be raised. The Weather THOUSANDS KILLED— COLORADO. April 7. iSpl)— Police Chief Dick Hickman said today he did not think there was a possibility that a Colorado couple detained in Brownwood yesterday could have any connection with the deaths of Mrs. Wesson O. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, whose bodies were found last week near Van Horn. Hickman said his investigation showed the couple had been in Colorado last week and through Tuesday of this week. Brownwood reports were that the man and his wife were held for shooting at a funeral director after they had demanded $1,00 and his car from aim. TOTAL OWED IS $982,500,000—    * Germany May Do Better On Austrian Debt Payment WASHINGTON. April 7. (,Pt— Will Germany discriminate against United States holders of Austrian bonds as she has done against American holders of her own bonds? This question troubled officials today following the presentation of a state department note to Germany demanding payment of Austria's debts to this country. Officials said they expected German to do better on payments on the Austrian debts than she has done with regard to her own obliga tions. But they were rfone too hope-i deal was that her currency position ful    I    toward Britain and France was bet- If Germany assumes Austria's | ter than tow ard the United States indebtedness, as requested by the United States, her bonded debt to private American investors will reach approximately $1,000,000,000. In addition, Germany will owe the United Sla.es government $1,-237.586.000 for costs of the army of occupant and for awards of the mixed claims commission. In the past Germany has favored her creditors in Britain and France to the disadvantage of those in because her balance of trade to- j ward them was more favorable than toward this country. In round numbers Germany's i bonded debt to- the United States. • including the Austrian debt, consists of: • Government-guaranteed bonds.! including the Dawes and Young plan loans: $455,000,000. Bonds without government guarantee: $489,000,000. Austrian' bonds (to private hives- j the United States Germany’s reason for giving 1 tors): $38,500,000. Americans the worse end of the I Total: $982,500,000. SWEETWATER. April 7. (UP) —Pie Traynor s campaign against “tomfoolery" among members of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team that he manages resulted today in Russell Bauers. pitcher, being sent to St. Louis for treatment and five players being fined. A knee injury to Bauers, who was suspended until he is able to play ball again, was the result of a playful wrestling match on a pullman car after the team left Barstow, Calif. ’ I'm through fooling with you fellows.” Traynor told the players. “From now on. we want hustlers Die laggards will have to go. I'm going to fine the five fellows who were tussling with Bauers. Bauers stands suspended and will draw no pay from the Pirates until he proves he’s .able to pitch again.” Bauers may be out of the game for a month or two. U. S. Volunteers In Spanish War Almost Wiped Out, Refugee Says PERPIGNAN, France. At The lapse,”* in which 560 Americans of Spanish Frontier, April 7. — ■AT*—A Californian who had acted as political commissar for the Washington and Lincoln battalion of one I of the Spanish government's in-! ternational brigades reached France today with a story of death among his American comrades. John G Honeycombe. 37. of Los : Angeles, said only a few hundred out of several thousand Aqjericans who had fought since the beginning of the Spanish civil xyar as volunteers for the government were still alive. Tattered and hungry. Honey-corabe crossed* the frontier after ! what he called “The Gandesa col- I the Washington and Lincoln battalion were caught in the path of Generalissimo Francisco Franco's offensive. Gandesa fell last Saturday to 2he insurgent push toward the Mediterranean. The Californian .said the old Washington battalion was almost wiped out before Belchite, south- 1 east of Zaragoza, where the insur- I gents’ march* to the sea started nearly four weeks ago. Those that remained, he said, were incorporated in the" Lincoln battalion, and “Franco finished the ABILENE and vicinity; M icily fair anil continued cold tonight: Friday fair with slowly rising temperature. West Texas: Generally fair, colder in extreme southeast; hard freeze tn north; freeing temperature in south portion tonight; Friday fair, slowly mins temperature. East Texas Mostly fair, colder in east and south portions, cold wave in southeast portion, freezing nearly tk. coast except temperature 38 to 40 in lower Rio Grande Valley ,'onight; Friday    fair.    alowiy    rising temperature in west ani north-central portions; livestock warnings near east coast. FRI ! UM I W ION Melted. 24 hours ending 8:30 a iii Thursday ...........13    inch Sayee first of year ........... 7,21    inches Same period last year    ......  2.28    inches Norma! since first of year    . .    3.86    inches Highest temperature yesterday ... 83 Lowest temperature this miming . .28 TEMPERATURES Wed. Thurs. p.m. • a rn.   It .83 ...... 84 ......84 rn  65  Si ......    49 ......46 ......42 Al COLD See JLNTEERS, IV 3, Col. I Pry thermometer 3V-1 thermometer i Relative humidity 3    .... 4    .... 5    ...*. 8 .... 7 .... 8 ..... 9    .... IO’ .... ll ____ Midnight Noon . . Sunrise ... ... 8 2.i Sun ret ........7:03 •pfh . 7 a. rn 12:3'J o.m. 62*    28*    32* 49*    28*    32* 31    •    99    97 ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 7, 1938