Abilene Reporter News, April 8, 1938

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April 08, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas gbttcm jUporter-Betoii VOL LV! I, NO: 321. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ron ABILENE. TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 8, 1938. PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS AS WINTER PAYS POST-SEASON VISIT- Snow Blankets Abilene Area; Panhandle Pupils Lost Frome Mystery Trail Leads To Deserted Mine Blood-Smeared Handkerchiefs, Car Tracks Clues EL PASO, April Sheriff Albert Anderson return- ed to Van Horn late tonight to report a fruitless search for the luggage of the murdered Airs. Westoii G. Tronic and her daughter, N'ancy, after search- ers earlier had turned to an abandoned mJne on the strength of new clues, Anderson said he was "sat- isfied" the mine shad, did not contain the luggage taken by the persons who brutally tor- tured and killed the Berkeley, Calif, women March 30. District Attorney Roy D. Jackson expressed belief, how- ever, that two bloodsoaked' pieces of cleaning tissue and automobile tracks, similar to those found near the victims' bodies would prove invaluable. EL PASO, April Two bloody paper handker- chiefs and car tracks similar to those found near the bodies of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter Nancy sent offi- cers to an abandoned mine near Van Horn tonight in their search for the torture murder- ers of the Berkeley, Calif., tourists. District Attorney Roy D. Jackson said the car tracks followed a "dim trail.lo Die south of the highway six miles west of Van Horn. "Peewee" Wheat of Van Horn found the tracks and Informed Sheriff Albert A. Anderson. "An showed the tracks were of the same type as those on the-.automobile T.hich left the highway six miles east of Van Horn, where the todies were Jackson said. "One half mile from 'the high- way, two paper cleansing tissues of the same type found In the glove See FROME Tg. 16, Col- 6 Hoover Says New Deal Menaces Democracy SAN FRANCISCO, April President Herbert Hoover said today that the direc- tion of the New Deal is the "same as every state in Europe that has lost its democracy." "The danger In the New Deal Is In the direction of he said. "Europe's democracies were lost as the result of economic misery. And the actions antecedent to that are ft mixture of government interfer- ences, socialism, fascism and va- rious tendencies that demoralize a free economic system.'' Hoover made his statement at a press conference at the Palace hotel shortly after he arrived in San Francisco en route to his home, Palo Alto, from his recent trip to Europe. Police Save Drunk From Snow, Cold Snow and drink came near ndd- Ing a victim to the weather toll last night. About 9 o'clock Radio Patrolmen Fox and Meyers received a call to go to the west city limits on South First and pick tip a dead man. Dead drank and already getting cold a man was found on the highway shoulder. The man revived after they work- ed on him a while at police head- quarters but re.Mseci to talk. He had more than in his pockets and a billfold gave his address as San Diego, Cal. Two other men were Jailed last night for drunkenness. Texas Public Official Missing In California Officers Search For Wm. B. Pope LOS ANGELES, April Police began searching for Wil- liam B. Pope, 31, assistant attor- ney general of Texas, who came here Ihrce days ago from Austin with lib wife, Mrs. Minnie Pope, for a brief vacation, and disappear- ed this mominc. Mrs. Pope Detective Lieut. C. c. Cavitl her husband left their Hollywood arwrlmcnt at a. m. lo take some clothing to a clean- Ing "He said he would return In about 50 Pope told officers, "but so far he has not done so, and I cannol understand his absence. We had planned to return to JEWS AND A BARON FLE E NAZI PERSECUTION r Fritz Hertz and his wife and son, Rolf arrived In New York, refugees from Stuttgart, Germany. who Is Jew- ish, said he was a dealer in sausage casings until he was forced to close his store when merchandise was denied him. Baron George von Halban (right) arrived on the same ship with total assets of Jfi.20 and with a story of fleeing Vienna because Monar- chist army un- willing to servo in the army longer under German com- manders." TROOPS AWAIT Paris Fearful Of Rioting Senate Finance Vote Due loday Initial Defeat Of Blum's Bill Brews. Delicate Unrest PARIS, April 1. Troops were ordered heW in readiness in Paris garrisons tonight to defend the senate If necessary during the crucial vote on Premier' Leon Blum's dictatorial finance; powers blH tomorrow. Issuance of.the'or- dcr, was disclosed after rioting flared in the streets outside the senate'tonight on the was considered to be certain "re-: Jfjflton :of Blum'i .the ,up-, per "house. v It was given by the permanent secretariat of the senate under constitutional rights conferred up- on Uie president of the senate. The order, It was learned, ivas Issued In the' middle of the after- noon when It bscame apparent that leftists would attempt to march upon the senate despite a gov- ernment ban. Communists, anarchists and so- cialists battled police and mobile guards In a vain attempt to marcli on Luxembourg palace, the senate building. The fighting, In which several policemen and demonstrators were injured, followed summary rejec- tion of Blum's bill by the senate finance committee. The committee voted 25 to 6 against the measure, approved yes- terday by the chamber of deputies, which would give Blum the right to decree all measures "judged In- dispensable to meet the necessities of national defense, protect the holdings of the bank of Prance and rehabilitate the nation's fi- nances and economics." A flat senate rejection of Blum's bill, at least in its present form, was expected tomorrow. FACES DOWNFALL Although most observers believed he then would resign, the pre- mier had several possible courses open. Occupation strikes increased hourly. Twenty nine metallurgical factories were occupied at the end of the day by more than sit- down workers, most of whom de- mand new collective contracts. Flaming red posters throughout Paris called upon the extremists to flock to the senate. Spanish Refugee's Statement Flayed NEW YORK, April friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade issued a statement today denouncing John G. Honeycombe, who reported in Pcrplgnan, Prance, the virtual destruction of Ihe Washington and IJncoln brigades, composed of Americans fighting with the Spanish government forces. The statement, attributed fo Captain Carl Bradley, executive secretary of the veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, read: "Honcycombc was never a poli- tical commissar, as he claimed, nor was he present when the Lincoln and Washington battalions were merged. Honeycombc x x x x left Spain without permission of the ot- ficers of the Lincoln Brigade." Oil Firm Profits NEW YORK, April 7. Consolldated Oil Corp., owner of extensive producing properties In the mid-continent fields and na- tion-wide distributor, reported to- day net profit last year totaled J20.809.295, equal lo J1.47 n share on the common stock, compared with. or a share la 1H6. COMPANY JAPANESE INTERESTS DEFER TO BUY MEXICAN OIL LANDS MEXICO CITY, April Japanese interests have offered to buy into a strategic' Mexican oil company, it was disclosed tonight. Jogre Viesca Y Palma, an attor- ney who said he was the principal stockholder of the Cnontla com- pany which he organized two years ago, said Japanese had offered to buy all or. part of his holdings. The company has valuable con- cessions In Veraf Cruz state, just across the gulf of Mexico from the United States .navy station at Guantanarao vBay, Cuba, sits concessions" art on 253 lots, each-about 400 acres. In the vicin- School Board Reeledsift Include Staffs Of-Eleven Units; Two Vacancies Reelection of 166 teachers and administrative assistants last night indicated there will be little change in faculties of Abilene schools for the 1933-33 session. Joined by the principal of each school for discussions, school board members renamed instructors In all 11 schools of the city system at their monthly meeting. Supt. L- E. Dudley said there likely would be two vacancies, which probably will be filled early next month. It was one of the lengthiest ses- the trustees, the close of sions this year for who adjourned near their meeting for hot chocolate and cake In the high school home eco- nomics laboratory. Superintendent Dudley and 14 other school heads already had been reelected. The others are H. s. Patherrec, assistant superintendent; Coach Dewey Mayhew; Byron Eng- land, high school principal; Joe Humphrey, assistant high school principal; and principals of all other schools: Central, Mrs. Travis, S. E. Pass of College Heights, Roy Skaggs of Alta Vista, Wilson Little of Valley View. L- T. Nance of Pair Park, Holmes Webb of Locust, J. O. Ballew of Lamar, J. E. Price of Americanization and R. W. Stafford of the negro school. Annie Bess Chambers was reclect- See SCHOOL BOARD, Pf. 16 Col. 3 W. D. Gu! ledge of L. K. Harrison of McMurry Student Slightly Improved James Yeager, McMurry college freshman of Derrick City, Pa., was showing some Improvement at the hospital last night, attendants said. He was considered in a cri- tical condition all day yesterday due to a throat infection following tonsilcctomy last Saturday. Early in the afternoon he was given a blood transfusion and rallied Im- mediately. Yeager's father in Pennsylvania was notified yesterday of his Ill- ness and was to have left imme- diately for Texas plane. Gentry Fischer Has Broken In Crash Gentry Fischer, 1110 Amarillo. suffered a broken leg early yester- day afternoon In an automobile ac- cident about six miles from Abi- lene on the San Angelo highway. His was wrecked when it hit a roadside culvert, Doctors said last night he was resting easy in the Hendrlck Mem- orial Ity. of Mlnalllan, Vera Cruz, on the Atlantic side of the. Tehauntepec Isthmus, the narrowest point of North America. Tokyo dispatches recently said Japanese promoters- were 'inter- ested In building a pipeline across the 120-mile Isthmus, from Ealina Cruz on the Pacific, coast to Mlna- titlan, about 600 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. (In previous years engineers have discussed the advisability of a canal .across this strategic tsth- nmv.Presumably pipeline. righf- of-wjyi'jfbuld be of a width suf- ficient; for a good highway'sysfe' Thompson Cites Proration Flaw Asserts Texas' Efforts Offset By Louisiana Oil AUSTIN, April 7. (jp> The charge that "the worst spot the picture of oil proratlon is In Louisiana" wns made today by Ern- est O. Thompson, Texas railroad commissioner and chairman of the interstate oil compact commission. Asserting Texas had kept state wide Sunday oil field shutdowns in effect since January In an 'effort to eat into the nation's excessive stocks, Thompson said companies with production In both Texas and Louisiana should sharply reduce their takings in the latter state. "The worst spot on the picture of oil proration is in Louisiana where the oil tax is eleven cents a Thompson said. In a state- ment. "There some big companies are producing as much as five, six and seven hundred barrels per day from Individual wells. "Those same companies are ating In Texas and pretend to be great conservationists. NOT HITTIXG LOUISIANA "I Intend to 'smoke 'em out' and confront these operators with the figures at the next Texas proratton hearing April 18. They'ought to tote fair on this proration matter. "I am not complaining at the au- thorities of the state of Louisiana They represent a sovereign state and have the privilege of making such rules and regulations as thcj see fit and proper." The Louisiana situation will be discussed at the interstate compact commission meeting at Wichita Kan.. April 29-30. Thompson said "unless corrected before that date." Knockout Blow Indicated For Crops, Fruit Highway Traffic Northward From Haskeli Stopped While disheartened West Texanj were wondering what final loitet would be, .a bard freeze Apparently had the area in its last night. Already purith-drunk from a sudden drop in temperatures Wednesday night, young: crops and much fruit were due to re- ceive a knockout blow during the night. But the question of whether the freakish cold snap would freeze wheat remained a matter of con lecture, with experienced farmers taking both sides of the argument. Meanwhile snow" piled to for- midable depths on highways and traffic was disrupted to the north of Abilene. All motor traffic on highway 3C from Hatkell north was halted Thursday afternoon by state high- way department officials, after drifting snow on the in some places four and five feet deepj had stranded about 100 cars am trucks in the'18-mile stretch be tween Haskeli and Welnert. FLAG TRAIN Included was a school bus loaded with pupils. These and many oc- cupants of cars flagged the south- bound motor-train of the Wichita Valley railroad to ride Into Haskeli Hotels were taxed to accommodate stranded travelers. More than six Inches of snow had fallen there. buses were held over iri Haskeli. Abilene to Children buses were, unable Ho .through past but 'other-ached ules 'opetaUnr out of Abilene ivere running almost on schedule. BENJAMIN FALL At Benjamin, -in the midst, o Knox county's fine wheat crop heavy snow; and 25-degree temper- atures were_ damaging the bes grain prospects In years. Aspermont's sheriff, Brooks Elli- reported five Inches of blow- ing snow there at nightfall, and heavy fall continuing. Snyder had sleet and snow which early In the night was be- ginning to melt. Dropping tem- peratures were due to turn the moisture Into an Icy coating over the ground morning. At midnight the temperature In Abilene was' apparently levellni out around 23 degrees, although colder readings are customarils registered in the early morning hours. HIGH AT M DEGREES After dropping to M degrees in the 6 to 8 a. m. period Thursday the thermometer rose to a day's maximum of 34 at 1 p. m. For only four hours was it above thi freezing line, however. At five o'clock yesterday afternoon th< mercury was back down to 23, a 9 o'clock the reading was below 29 and at 11 the airport weather bu- reau reported 28.7 degrees. A gusty northwester was whip ping intermittent flurries of snow Velocity registered at the airpor ranged from 42 miles per hou: downward. Wheat farmers prayed for s heavy enough snow to protect their crops from stinging north winds but the same winds prevented the snow from falling evenly. Abou one-third Inch of precipitation was registered here. Some claimed all wheat would be See ABILENE AREA, Pr. 16, Col. 5 PROSPERITY PLAN REFORM BILL HAS NARROW SCRAPE ON DEATH MOTION House Attempt To Kill Measure Foils, 191-169; Scions Adopt 2 Amendments WASHINGTON, April a skimpy 22-vote margin the eov- rnment reorganization bill survived an attempt to kill it today in the house. Administration forces immediately followed up that victory by writing wo. vital amendments into the a concession to the oppo- Itlon and each intended to draw more support" to the bill on the ballot 'or final passage. One would retain for congress the power to nullify, by a bare majority lole. any order the president might ssiie for the reshuffling or elimi- nation of government agencies. It was approved, 15 to 113. The other would exempt the fed- eral education bureau specifically from any reorganization program. It was accepted on a voice vote But the first real test of strength between supporters ot the bill and an opposition coalltkm of republi- cans and rebellious democrats came on a motion by Representative O'Connor (D-NY) .to kill the meas- ure, without even throwing it open to amendment, by "striking" out the enacting clause." BACKERS CHEER Without an enacting clause there can't be a bill. After tellers had counted 169 for the motion and 191. against backers of Uie legislation broke in- to a' wild cheer, hailing the decision as a 'definite indication that the house would pass the bill ultimately The opposition merely pointed to the closeness of the totals. "This is Just one part of the O'Connor asserted. "There will not be a reorganiza- tion bill." In the end, the eventual fate o the bill remained a matter of mere speculation; there remained the possibility that tomorrow on Latest panacea for ailing business to be brought forth by Walter L. ibovE, of De- troit, is formation of a volun- teer army of little businessmen to replace the present adminis- tration with one which would be "business-minded." Friday gained fame last year as the "sltdown boss" 'who outsat the workers' when they struck at his plant. Senate Scraps Mexican Mayor Slain Chihuahua, Mayor Mexico, Aguslln Mendoza o( Madera, lumber town northwest of Chihuahua city, was assassinated last night In a barber shop, Juarez authorities were ad- vised loday. Adopt New Taxes In Hope Of Giving Business Boost WASHINGTON, April The Roosevelt administration suf- fered a reverse today when the senate, operating at a record pace, stripped the undistributed pro- fits and capital gains taxes from (he house-approved revenue bill. For these levies, the chamber substituted taxes suggested by busi- ness men and recommended by the senate finance committee headed by Senator Harrison Administration lieutenants con- ducted only a brief fight for the house provisions, acknowledging from the start that their efforts were futile. FLAT RATE TAX In brief, the senate voted to sub- stitute a flat 18 per cent rate on corporation income for the house- approved undistributed profits fax. The house levy applied to corpor- ations wilh more than net Income and ranged from J6 to SO per cent, depending upon the amount of profits distributed. On the capital jalns tax, the senste approved a flat 15 per cent rate in place of a graduated scale of rates voted In the house. The house rates were lower on gains realized on assets held for long periods and higher on gains realiz- ed over shorter periods. Chairman Karrson of thc finance committee led off debate with prediction that the bill would ban- ish the fears "some people" have of the government. Ward Sales Off CHICAGO. April gomery Ward Co., Inc., mall or- der and retail company, today re- ported a decrease of 11.84 per cent In its gross Mies for March, com- pared with the same month last year. Totals for the two months were WO.TM.STB and TO COMBAT Foresee New Mass Federal WASHINGTON. April. A Roosevelt program lo provide loans and direct expenditures to relieve unemploy- ment and combal the recession ap- peared in the making tonight, in- formed persons said. They died these Indications of the form lo be taken by the ad- minislration's new effort la "prime Ihc business pump" and aid the Jobless: hieh administration auth- ority said the president contem- plated asking congress to approve a program of public works loans to cities, states and other political sub-divisions. The loans would bear no Interest. O'.ass ot the senate appropriations commit- tee, predicted the administration would ask congress to appropriate between and "as a starter" toward meet- Ing next year's relief needs. administration's bill to authorize the Reconstruction. Fi- nance Corporation to make 000.000 ot long-term Industrial and public works loans was at the end ot Its journey through congress. Senator Glass agreed to changes the house made In the senate ver- sion of this measure, and this in- dicated to many observers that the bill would be sent to the White House speedily. Interest centered on the propos- all lor non-Interest bearing public works loans to cities states, which would be required to repay ing Program them In 50 years at the rate of 2 per cent A year. Officials said expenditures under this program could be started soon and could furnish badly m.eded demand for the products ot the lagging heavy Industries, such as steel. Authorities raid thc president had In mind for PWA financing vast number of "projects of perma nent usefulness" which he hoped would flush heavy industry with big orders and Ion? payrolls by mid-July. They said that. In addi- tion to the usual type of public works, he favored flood control projects and the construction ol multiple dwelling and large mod era apartments. additional amendments would turn the tide either for or against It Evangelist Speaks On Music In Church Position of the Church of Chrlsi In regard ..to. Instrumental music meeting of the College church. .T- "That. whleh differs from righ is declared Hilley. He wen on to say, that singing is the authorized method "of worship. His argument was concluded with thi statement that since Inslrumenta music is unauthorized, it must be wrong. The graduate o A. C. C., said .that when he firs entered the college he was a mem- ber" of a church which used in- strumental music. he was un- able to find an argument for its use, he said, he switched to thi other side. fen Students Snowbound In Bus Near Pampa 100 Motorists Also Marooned In Fierce Storm 3y The Associated Press Fears were felt tonight for' ;he safely of approximately 100 snowbound motorists and school children as the worst April snowstorm in its history struck the Texas Panhandle. A school bus, carrying 30 children, was lost northeast of Pampa. Word reached that; city that about 20 of the Iren had reached haven safely, jut' that 10 still remained in- the machine, WHEREABOUTS .UNKNOWN' The exact whereabouts of .the bus was -unknown. It had started on a route running about 20 miles' north and east. Some cars which tried to reach. the bus were forced 'to turn back.- Officers said It was .possible the" children had reached some shelter but were unable to report the fact.. Earlier two other buses had lost for several hours but an army. of searchers sent out from Pampa reached it and returned approxi- mately 100 students, Deputy Sheriff George Inmari" said at least 50 automobiles were stalled between the Panhandle' City and short distance southeast. He was afraid, he said. wou'ld be loss of life, "It's still snow- he said late Thursday "and that makes; .'the'' situation" worse. If persons in stalled auto- mobiles 'out in the country try to" get out, I'm' afraid they can't 'make'. Motor Line Applies For Wesrex Permit DALLAS, April on two applications by Texas mo tor trucking companies were con ducted here today by C. V. Terrell of the state railroad commission and Robert B. Handon, examine; for the Interstate commerce com mission. Merchants, Inc., of Dallas Is seeking permission to buy a line op crated between Stamford and An son by Patrick Henry Martin and in turn, lease it to the Merchant, fast motor lines, Dallas. Body Discovered MATHIS, Texas, April The body of a man dead about tw weeks was found under a railroa< bridge near here today. He was about 50. Justice of the Peace J H. Newberry said the man's clothe were intact and no marts coult be found to indicate cause of death Judgeship Possibiliy WASHINGTON, April 1.-W- Senator Connally (D-Te.i) an nounced today he would reconi mend Walton D. Taylor, Houston attorney, for appointment to the. new federal Judgeship in south Texas provided In pending leglsla lion. The Weather ARILKXR AND VIC1.MTV: Fnjty I WEST TEXAS: Gtntrell) m< M In Clic EAST TEXAS: hi Grande Ttllrjr SAlkriAj- fair ilowlj tempenturr. Stnxtf ertj- wlndi FrMar. OKLAHOMA: I'.clly tloWj I'lldAJ-; prratcrr. Xr.W MF.XICO: Oi.tr.llr l.lr 1'rtJ. ltd Saturday; warmer raM portion SatnnUr. HOl'lT 1 M 30 I'.M. 31 33 S3 M Jt 3 19 II 3! MliJnUht tnnritr lodl) iri cnA'iaf p. that persons In desperate might get word to resciif'rs imAed- lately. The temperature had f alien 18 degrees at Pampa and a 50-mfle wind blew. All available agencies were mo- bilized "to care for about 400 chil- dren who were unable to reach, their homes in rural areas cr on the outskirts of the city. The children were placed In ho- tels and private homes vhfle" their elders sought to reach snowbound motorists. Doctors and nurses were placed on cal! to render aid if nec- essary. HOMES ISOLATED Many homes were Isolated but no fears were felt for persons in- side them. In man said "Many car motors have been drowned out by the snow piling into them. We've got trucks trying to reach all that we hear about. Legionnaires, highway patrolmen and private citizens are enlisted in the group trying to reach stranded persons. "We're being Hooded with calls from relatives and friends of per- sons who haven't returned home as expected today. Some of them. are he said. Five and six-foot drifts dotted the country and made extremely hazardous what little traffic move- couH nttcmofert. "Pampa is virtually In- man said. The worst outburst of damaging See WEATHER, Pr. 16, Col 5 Wintry Blasts Wreak Damage In 12 States CHICAGO, April sive damage to orchards and power networks was reported today In the broad area swept by spring storms, Fresh snow plagued !2 states from Texas to New England as thousands of laborers struggled to clear high- ways burled unde- heavy fall. Per the second consecutive day, tornadoes dipped into the south. Ten persons were killed at Alice- vllle, Ala. More than a score treated in Improvised hospitals. Sev eral residents were reported mfsslnp. Five persons were injured when twister destroyed their home neir Philadelphia, Miss. v Sleet, rain and snow wrought new havoc In Ohio. Lasses on fruit farms and along utility lines there were estimated unofficially at 000.000. Many communities without electric service. The worst blizzard In six years swept southwestern Kansas. Trans- portation virtually was halted. Com- munication wires were broken. Roads were blocked. Northern Pennsylvania counties measured eight to H inches ot snow. To cope with traffic haz- ards. workmen cindered state hishways. New York City assigned men to remove a five IncU fall. Some 3.000 were engaged In ding Chicago of a 9.2 inch burden. Some roads from the city were sttQ Impassible. ;