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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL. LVII, NO. 326. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 14, PAGES Abilene's Part In Annual WICC Conclave Talked Bristling Show Planned By Group To Get '39 Meet Largest, most representative and most spectacular participation by Abiene- at the April 25-27 conven- tion of the West Texas chamber of commerce at Wichita Palls.that the city-has ever presented at. a WTCC meeting was projected last night. Preliminary plans were discussed in a long session at the Woolen hotel ol an committee named Tuesday by President J. C. Hunter of the Abilene chamber of commerce. A thorough discussion of the project was had and It was agreed that Abilene needs to reg- ister more people lor the conven- tion, in advance of it, than any other city aside from the host city. ASKING CONVENTION Abilene is Inviting the 1939 con- vention. That was considered suf- ficient reason Abilene should have a record delegation. Abilene Is headquarters city of the WTCC and the committee felt it should show its appreciation for that des- ignation by contributing more than any other town to success of this year's covention. This is what needs to be done, the committee decided, and fig- ured roughly it would take counting registration fees of each, to do It: 1. Register in Abilene, Friday and Saturday of this week several hundred persons. The lee en- titles the holder, or anyone to whom he may present his badge, to alt events of the three-day con- vention program; shows, group conferences, gcner.al sessions dsnces. Registrations will be sold here for members of bands to be taken. PLAN MOIOKCADB 2. Organize an Abilene delegation to attend the convention Tuesday second .day. Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia of .New York City will be the principal speaker that day. It is planned to have Abilen- ians go in a motorcade closely enough organized to have local cars and buses stop near Wichita Falls and enter the city in a col- umn. 3. Raise, in addition to advance registrations, mousy to hire needed t buses and pay for two meals for members of the McMurry Wah Wahtaysee girls' drum corps, the Abilene high school band, the Hardln-Simmons Cowboy band, the the Abilene Christian College Wild- cat band. Witli ell four groups, totaling about 200 members, Abi- lene probably would have the larg- est representation of musicians any one town has had at any WTCC convention in years. FINANCE GROUP Russell S. Stephens was designat- ed chairman of a sub-committee on finance by General Chairman E. H. Moore. Members of the sub- committee are Mines Ellis Doutlu't, J. M. Radfcrd and R. A. Maddox, Ann Moore, Howard McXtahon, C. D. Knight, Max Bcntley, Victor Behrens. Bob Cannon. This com- mittee will meet at 9 a. m. today at the chamber of commerce to organize the work and conscript helpers. At last night's meeting, three attendants, subscribed each to start the fund; this to go for registrations for bands and their traveling expenses. Contributors were Mrs. Kadford, J. C. Hunter and C. M. Caldwcll. Lumbermen Urged To Build Small Houses DALLAS. April houses were described as the big business of the lumber industry to- day as members of the Texas association in convention here were urged to concentrate on ths small home field. S. Lamnr Forrest of Lamcsa, re- tiring president, told the group is no doubt the building of small homes, costing under offers lumbermen their biggest op- portunity." Carle Locke of Beaumont was elected president, succeeding For- rest and Beaumont chosen as the 1930 convention site. McMurry Student To Leave Hospital James Yeager. McMurry college freshman, n-lll be released from the Hcndrick Memorial hospital today, doctors said last night. The youth was considered In a critlca Iwndl- tion last week due to a throat in- fection following a tonsiltectomy. His father. Fred J. Yeager of Der- rick City, Pa., arrived last Tuesday to be at the bedside. Hint Assassins CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mex., April police sought today a dark automobile, from which li- cense plates had been removed, in effort to capture assassins of Gabriel Chavez, former mayor of Parral. Angel S. Ponce, district attorney of Parral, 120 miles south of here, reported to state authorities that Chavez was shot yesterday by five or six men who passed him in the car as he was driving alone In ills v3Uu atileaioblle. Seven bullets s'.ruci Chavez, PR ICE 5 CENTS DESPITE NATURE OF PRESIDENT'S REQUEST- High Senators ShiinFD sPlea For Profits Tax WHITNEY KEEPS 'H EADS UP' TO LAST While a small time felon shields his face with a bundle as flash guns pop, Richard Whitney to whom he is shackled, holds up his head as he is hustled through a crowd at Grand Central sta- tion in New York on his way to begin serving a 5 to 10-year term In Sing Sing. Whitney, five times head ot the New York Stock Exchange, pleaded guilty (o grand larceny. ASKS COMMITTEE APPROVAL- FD Tells Plans To Solons Aid Program To MEXICO REPLIES STERNLY TO Congress Today BRITISH EXPROPRIATION NOIE Appropriations. Group Mum After Hearing Proposals WASHINGTON, April President Rocisevelt. ready to ask congress for recovery and relief funds reportedly totaling 000.000, laid the details of his pro- gram before members of the con- gressional appropriations committee today and asked their approval. Whatever approval was given was understood not to have been unani- mous, for among those who attend- ed was Senator Glass chairman of the senate appropria- tions coinm'itte'c, who has" been an outspoken critic or large govern- ment expenditures. Asked by reporters if he was sat- isfied with the president's program Glass replied: "You wllpses when I vote on it." MESSAGE THOROUGH Senator Barklcy, the democratic leader, told reporters after the con- ference: "We discussed with the president the message which will be delivered tomorrow as soon as both houses meet. 1 can't discuss the details with you, but it will cover the whole subject." The message containing the pres- ident's generally expected, to include for work relief and for the construction of heavier public scheduled to go to the capital tomorrow. The president intends to follow up this communication with an ad- dress to the public by radio at p. m. tomorrow night. Tills will be his first "fireside, chat" in five months, a period in which his op- position brought about the defeat of such Important measures as the wage-hour bill. FORESEE BATTLE In usually well-informed congres- sional circles it was expected Roose- velt, In his message and speech, would return vigorously to the bat- tle for his objectives, It was Inevi- table that whatever he might say would be weighed in Ihc light of the fact that the biennial congressional elections are approaching. The president signed Into law to- day the fir.st measure of his new recovery program-legislation au- thorizing the Reconstruction Fi- nance Corporation to make of long-term loans for in- dustry and public work's. The new law permits the RFC to make loans for terms beyond 1945, Its previous limii. It also enables the corporation to nuke loans to cities for self-liquidating public works projects. Clerks Hotly Protest Rail Consolidation HOUSTON. April 13.-< men of the Western Regional asso- ciation o fthc Brotherhood of Rait- way clerks broke up their conven- tion tonight in protest to anp pro- posals lo consolidate railroads and railroad terminal facilities. H. w. Harper, of Houston, vice president, said the adjournment came In anticipation ol a general meeting of the four regional of the brotherhood in Chicago pos- sibly within two weeks. MEXICO CITY; April ln but polite langua si the expropriated properties rof Aguila (Royal Cutch Shell) Oil company would not be returned. Text of delivered.to the British' Ambassador- yesterday and Mexico told Great Britain tonight made public today, disclosed., the Church Charter Member Dead Mrs. Mary While, 79. only remain- Ing charter member of the Central Prcsbylerian church, died yesterday afternoon at her home. 202 Grape. She had been ill some time. Funeral v.ill be Friday at 10 a. m. at the Central Presbyterian church with the Rev. E. B. Surface, pas- tor, offiicatintr. Burial will follow in the family lot in the local ceme- tery. Born Sept. 29, 1857. in Tunnel Hill, Ga., she came to Texas in 1875 and located in Brown county near Browmvood. In 1373 she was married to Benjamin Franklin Best and later Ihc couple moved to San Angelo. Mr. Best died there In 1863. Two children were born to the couple. Roy died March 13, 1905, nnri Frankie Best died when an infant of 11 months. In 1908 Mrs. Best married T.'A. White at Petersburg. Texas, near Plaim-iew. They moved to Stam- ford where they lived several years Mr. Whtc died July J, 1916, at the home of a daughter. Mrs. Irene Potts of Anson. He was buried there. Mrs. White lived in Peters- burg until she moved to Abilene. Throughout her life she was a member ol the Presbyterian church When only is years old she became a member of the church in Tun- nel Hill. Ot her 63 years in the church. 52 were as a member of the Abilene congregation. She had out- lived Ihc eleven others of the char- ter group. Surviving are ono sister, Mrs J C. Huffinjfti of Fmt-Worth: three syxTJim Huffman of Fort Roy Huffman of eight nieces. Lena. Olga. Waco: Dora Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Manly ..liijv. tMtllUY Hanks and Mrs. Mary Mix-on oY Abilene. Chinese Storm Jap Centers lo Force Retreat Reinforcements Rushed To Beaten Japanese Army By LLOYD LEHRBAS SHANGHAI, April Chiang Kalshefc's advancing Chinese le- gions were reported today to have -termed two Japanese central front itrongholds In an attempt to force the Invaders into continued re- treat. Chinese, who sent word they had surrounded the walled cities of Ylhsien and had high hopes their warrior hordes would defeat Japanese again before re- inforcements could arrive' from Japanese basts to the north. JAPS KILLED The reports said Chinese, troops had killed Japanese in a battle at Tsaochwang and thwarted Japanese attempts to reestablish communications between the two beleaguered cities, Ylhsien is 23 miles north of Talerhchwang, where Chinese last week routed a Japanese advance unit thrusting through southern Shantung province toward the vi- tal Lunghal railroad. Tsaochwang is 13 miles still farther to the northwest. The three cities had been Ulcen by Japanese attempting to con- quer the Lunghal area separating Japanese-occupied portions of north China and the Yangtze river valley. REPAIR RAH.WAV Japanese worked feverishly to repair the Tlentsln-Pukow railway line over which reinforcements from the north must come. But while repairs were made on one section, Chinese said, Chinee guerilla busily destroyed an- other. ;VU Mexican government refused to admit Britain's right to, make dip- lomatic representations In behalf of the company.' Th'e British gov- ernment had demanded-the proper- ties be returned. "Even on the assumption that numerous British investors and pery much interested in the situ- ation in which the company finds the note said, "the latter Is a Mexican enterprise and there- fore defense of its interests does not appertain to a foreign state." There was no Immeoiate Indi- cation of what further steps Brit- ain might take. In view of the Monroe doctrine, the use of force obviously is out of the question, but observers thought London might lend sup- port to the efforts of the 17 Am- erican and British companies, whose properties were taken, to close world markets to- Mexican they have thus far succeeded in doing. The Mexican note re-asserted the government's Intention to pay in- demnification and declared "the republic's capacity to pay Is a real ad certain fact." Envoy Urges United Pan-American Front LIMA, Peni, April ed States Ambassador Laurence A. Steinhardt tonight urged that American nations present a united front against old world forces" seeking "new or lost fields to conquer." In a broadcast to Latin America! nations on the occasion of Pan- American day he asted that public opinion of the western hemisphere be marshaled "those who believe the law- of the Jungle Is man's destiny.'1 Admits Guilt HOUSTON, April Brcnham Houston and beer broker, today to sending ex to J. E. Evans Fred Helneke CIO-AFL Break Final- Lewis To Form Union WASHINGTON, April 13 I. O. leaden ittliei today to break finally with the A. F. of L..and form a perm- nent labor federation of Iheir own. John U Lewis, C.I.O. chalr- niati, announced this decision following a two-day conference with his labor union associates. Some labor leaden concluded it presaced a labor war that miipM even be longer and more bitter than the strottle be- tween the A. F. of L. and the Knights ot Labor in the HM's. As the first step toward forming a new labor federation (he C. I. O. members Toted to hold a constitutional conren- tlon next fall. Green Pictured As Tax Dodger' MIAMI, Fla., April bur K. Potter, business manager lor the Florida estate of the late Col. E. H. R Green, testfied today the mulO-mllllonalre paid only fed- eral income taxes and State Comp- troller said he was a "professional dodger." John S. Flannery, special master of the United States supreme court, Is conducting the last of a four- state Inquiry to determine the legal residence of Green, who died In 1936. Florida. Massachusetts, New York and Texas each claims a S5.- Inheritance tax on the Green estate. Sailors Released GALVESTON. April 13. Twenty-five former members of the crew of the Norwegian S. S. Blnna. under tertns of a treaty ol 1861 after they launched a sit-down strike on of board the ship while It was loading of scrap Iron at Texas City for Japan, avmp iron ai ouy jor japan. Drcnham. Bond of SI5.0M was set were released today at the request by U. s. Commissioner Capothcrs. of the Norwegian government. FIGHTS TAXES SEN. HARRISON (See itorr lo right) Ask US Action In Bombing Arrest American Held For Slaying Of Juarez Mayor CHTHUHUA CITY, Mexico, April by the state department at Washington was asked today tor William N. Fink, American mining company execu- tive who was Indicted and Impris- oned by Mexican authorities In connection with the April 1 bomb HARRISON AVERS LEVIES MUST BE KILLED TO HELP BUSINESS Roosevelt Asks Retention Of Taxes In Letter To Conference Committee WASHINGTON, April re. belled tonight against a Jtrongly-worded request from Presi, dent Koosevelt that the principle of the undistributed profits tax and a graduated levy on capital gains be retained in the new revenue bill. Chairman Harrison (D-Miss) of the senate finance commit- tee said, despite letter asking retention on these home-approved taxes, senate conferees would insist they eliminated. A congressional conference committee now is seeking to adjust differences between house and senate versions of the tax bill. "I believe the repealing of the undistributed profits tax and modification of the capital gains tax, such as adopted by the senate, will help Harrison said. The Mtssisslplan himself had made public earlier a letter from the some legisla- tors said was arguments for these levies assassination- of unda of Juarez. Mayor Jose Bor- i Hnlc, vice president of tie .Mining in the sttt tlary'; today the .order fof At- torney General Lomeli Kuaregi. A. request for U. S. investigation was made upon Secretary Hull by Fink's wife, living in El Paso, who described the Indictment of her husband as "absurd." RETORT TO WASHINGTON Lee Blohm, American consul, said complete report ot Fink's deten- tion was sent to Washington. He said the American engineer was arrested when Efren Escobar, also indicted, told authorities he sent the bomb to Bomnda at Fink's re-j quest. Eugenio Caballero. Chihuahua City banker, voluteered tonight to iurnlsh bail for Fink, but the amount had not been tl.vsd by the court. Judge Eiias Oaxaca ordered pre- sentation of evidence against Fink within 12 hours or the prisoner re- leased. This is in accordance with Mexican law. WASHINGTON, April The state department telegraphed Ambassador Daniels at Mexico City tonight lo interest himself In the case of William N. Prink, vice president of the Magtiarichtc Min- ing company, Chihuahua City Mexico. The Weather ANn VrClMrv: Clnodr clrmt, mW H. portion TtiMrydAy; Friday jAHi.c Th.rrt.j i "Sty'- "V" "ltd pn- lr OK I .AH DMA: tlnri, mT.. TJBXICO: Paillj "fl realir nitlHilMt winner tmptMtare i r. 10 _ 11 H _ Noon 13! MlnltM and t'mr-tralim tn m. ?MlrnU.v. 73 mat 37; time iitte atff Ht and ft.3. Slnvl yrilrntn (Maj SinMl Rebel Drive lo Cut Realm Gains Loyalists Fight Hard To Thwart Insurgent Aims HENDAYE, France, at the Span- ish Frontier, April Insurgent campaign to pinch off Catalonlo from the rest of govern- ment territory gained steadily to- day, despite sterner resistance throughput the northeast Spanish, war zorir. Only in the central sector, where the Insurgents were trying to hold a precarious position across the Se- jmti uic icticr naa fiver from Balaguer, did gov- been made public, house democrats emment trpops appear to, have any on the conference committee as- and asking their retention. "HELP TO BUSINESS" "Business will be helped, not hurt, by these the president said. repeal of the undistributed profits tax and the reduction of the tax on capital gains to a frac- tion of the lax on other forms of Income strike at the root of fun- damental principles of taxation." The two levies which the presi- dent defended had been criticized vigorously by many business spokesmen as contributing causes of the present business slump. After the president's letter had serted emphatically they.." would sland by the house bill, which would, .retain the controversial Uxes. FMT-TAX The senate voted last week peal the undistributed profits levy arid Impose a flat corporate Income tax and a flat capital gains tax. The uncompromising attitude of the conferees led-to some tallc of a deadlock and enactment of no hill at all. In that case; the ex- isting levies would be continued. Believe Crowley Hos New Deal Blessings WASHINGTON, Aprd 13-fflV- The question of whether the na- tion administration was supporting Karl A. Crowley, postoffice depart- ment In his bid for .the governorship of Texas arose today. Crowley reigned today. The re- signation would take effect April 19. Some observers believed Crow- ley received what might bo an ad- ministration endorsement. In Post- master General Farley's letter ac- cepting the resignation, was the sentence: "You have now, and will always have my very best wishes for your continued good health and your Ship Crew Members Admit Smuggling WASHINGTON. April 13HSV- An official treasury statement said today Robert Pinson and Andrew Hovarth, crew members of the navy transport Chaumont, had confess- ed to attempting to smuggle nar- cotics Into the United Slates. Pinson and Hovarth were ar- rested when the ship docked at San Francisco Monday. Eishty- one tins of smoking opium were seized, agents said. Local College Ex On Ft. Worth Council FORT WORTH, April Orvllle E. Tunstill. oil lease broker, was elected a member of the city council today. His election filled the last remain- ing vacancy on the council which, for the first time since last Septem- ber 6, has nine members. The new councilman. 34, was bora In Cisco and attended collcre in Abilene. CONFEDERACY LOST FRIEND 73 YEARS DAUGHTERS OF SOUIH RECALL WITH REGRET ASSASSINATION OF LINCOLN Fir PI FINIS MOTIIEKSHEAT) H would not be amiss for sons and daughters of the South to wear mourning today. Eevwily-tlirre ytxrx ago a broken and impoverished Con- federacy ils truest, kind- liest and most Influential friend. He was Abraham Lincoln, war-time president of the Un- ited States. And though he was leader of forces whirl) had jr.ircc rinbh- ed crushing Southern seces- sionists, Lincoln was a man whose assassination meant ad- ditional suffering. At least three Abilene women, all Into daughters ol the Con- federacy, recall what his mur- der meant. One Is Mrs. Martha A. Floyd. a native of Dallas county, wild observed her 92d birthday last March. She lives with a tor. Willie M, Floyd, at 1S41 South Fifth street, Abraham Lincoln, she re- calls, had rather intimate con- nection with her husband's family. He was still In quest of his education when he cut and hauled the now famous rails which paid In part for Lincoln s school Ing. The work was done for Nathaniel Crosby Floyd, hor law, who lived near Barge- town, Ky. "He would have had some mercy on the South. It was Lincoln's plan, you knotr, to pay their owners for each of the staves he freed; and he wanted to for til pro- perly which had been confis- cated by the North during the war. "We thought ht was killed by his own minions. They had -elected him because they thought he was weak and a catspaw. Then they couldn't work him. He proved slubborn for what he thought was hon- est." Mrs. Floyd was 14 years old when the War Between the. Slates began. Both the man who later became her husband and her elder brother bore In behall of the South. Thomas H. Floyd went "across, the river" (the Mississippi) to enlist. Friends and relatives did not sec him again for four yetrs. He was married Septem- ber 3, 1865, to Alice n few months after Lincoln's death. Their wedding took place at Cochran's chapel, nef Dal- las. Her brother was John R. West, son by the same name lives In Dallas today. "The South did wrong lo Mrs. Floyd thinks. "It should have stayed tn the union to tight lor Its rights." There's on unreconstructed flavor, to her views on present-day politics. Roosevelt she considers an able president, See L1NCOLX, Pf. II, Col. 4 advantage la the flghl.tog. To the south General Miguel Mateo Arafida's army. broke, through the of if (riders, hick} to 'the plains front of the Meallerrancan port of Virtaroz. General Aranda's forces, only H miles were pushing eastward with tie object of dis- membering; Catalonia and the Spanish capital city of Barcelona, from.Valencia, Madrid and all the government territory lying to south and west. PROGRESS IN NORTH Equally important Insurgent gains were reported in the north- ern sector of the 160-mile battle- front, just below the French bor- der. In Barcelona, the Spanish gov- ernment rallied fighting malfpower by calling three more draft classes into service, affecting men of is, 31 and 32 years of age. Government troops hammered, away for the third successive day In the sector between Balagusr and. Lerida, 14 miles to the southwest, fn an effort to force insurgent units back across the Segre. Search For Torture Kilters At Standstill EL PASO, April ity was at a virtual standstill to- nljht in the investigation of the murders of Mrs. Weiton G. Frome of Berkeley, Calif, and her daugh- ter, Nancy. Sheriff Chris Fox turned to the Mexican border city of Juarez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso on the strength of a report the Fromes became acquainted with two men In a Juarez night club while stopping here en route on their motor trip east. A night club employe Idenllficd. pictures of the women. Fox said, and told the sheriff they danced with two men who Introduced Ihemselves as fellow Californians. Life Threatened ST. PAUL. April de- mand for accompanied by a threat against the life of p. Kenney, president o: the Great Northern railway for failure lo comply, was revealed today through sources Investigating the extortion note. Mohair Loans Okehed WASHINGTON, April The agricultural adjustment ad- ministration announced foday ap- proval of loans up to lo mohair growers to help them mar- ket their 1937 and 1933 clips. Sentenced To Life CORDELL, Okia., April Marion Lamer. 3o, Dill City church- man and town councilman, was: sentenced to life imprisonment to- night for hammering his wife lo death on their 15th wedding anni- versary. Seek To End Strike NEW YORK. April gotiations to settle the first strike In the history of Rlngling Brothers- Barnum Bailey circus were un- der way tonight as the big shof opened its third successive per- formance behind picket lines.
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