Abilene Reporter News, April 15, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

April 15, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas Mem Reporter VOL. LVII, NO, 327. "WITHOUT, OR WITH' OFFENSE TO FK1ENDS OR SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, 1938. TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS? BEFORE 'POWER TO ACT' IS GONE- PRICE 5 CENTS Gov t Attack FD Asserts Frome Murder Probe Spread Over Wide Area Pair Sought On Border, Others Quizzed In North EL PASO. April if. Frome murder investigation was spread-eagled tonight from the Gult area of Texas to Massachu- setts. At bolh ends of the far flung probe, Interest was centered on the identity of a nun and woman thought to have been with Mrs Wcston G. Frome of Berkeley Calif., and her daughter, Nancy 23, when they were slain In the West Texas desert two weeks ago. In South Texas, along the -Rio Grande near Rio Grande city Texas rangers and peace officers were !n hot pursuit of a will-o-iht- blonde and her male travel- Ing companion, hunted eastward through Texas for t week. Sheriff Chris Fox of El Paso, di- rector of the Investigation, mean- while ordered questioning of Mrs. Hester Worchester and her son, Chauncey. at Newburyport, Mais. DESCRIBES 3MX Mrs. Worcester reported to au- thorities she had seen an automo- bile following the Frome sedan east of Van Horn. Texas, and described a "short, chunky man with a round face" who joined the Frome women on the desert roadside beside their parked cars. "It gives us out first eye-witnes. description of the slayer said Fox enthusiastically. Mrs. Worcester and her son were returning east from a visit at Phoenix, Ariz. 'Air Hunt For Frome Suspeict''FruitIess I-.ARErCV, L'iirlf highway pu'lrolrrien returned here tonight after a fruitless search by for suspects In the slaying of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, near Van Horn. A plane piloted by Francis -Mc- Donald, with eight observers aboard, failed to reveal a trace of any car In the brush-lined roads between Zapata and Mission Constable Ed J. Wormser said earlier (hat he had been Informed by Slate Ranger Alonzo Alice at Roma that a handkerchief with the initial "f had been found where two persons hunted as poets had camped, Wormser went to the scene to join Alice and Ranger Pete Crawford. A blonde woman and her male companion, seen last night at a Roma sandwich shop, were sought. United States Border Patrolman Jesse Perez indicated, however, he doubted they were involved in the case. U. S., Nicaragua Mark Off Debts WASHINGTON. April The United States and Nicaragua mutually cancelled their debts to each other today except for due from the United States. Nicaragua owed tlie United Slates S484.000 in Interest and principal on a debt incurred in purchasing arms, ammunition and other mili- tary equipment between 1921 and 1927. The United Slates owed Nicara- gua for a refund of Income taxes paid to the United States gov- ernment by the Pacific railway of Nicaragua, which was incorporat- ed under the laws of the state of Maine. Longest Radio Talk WASHINGTON, April President Roosevelt's "fireside chat" over the radio tonight exceeded his longest previous broadcast of that type by nbout five minutes. Em- ployes of the National Broadcast- ing company said he spoke approx- imately 40 minutes tonight. The Weather AMI.KNK VICl.MTV: rioedr, local r'riday TAST TEXAS: Clondr, oervMonil thontfrrsTiowfrs. cooler In wnl Mod mirth portions P.lordjj cbndj. IrrsTi lo slnrnj southerly tm the ecaM 1 rlitay. QKUKOM.I: lliiivlfnlMwi fc-olfr In snalhfHM portion r.'ouily. XKvr MIIMCO: (kncrallr ..Mu.o.iy; nar.wr r.sl rrnlral .sslTlnlaj, HOIK 1 -t THE HENRY FORDS CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING While" "her" fiustafid (left) chatted with friends, Mrs. Henry Ford (extreme right) donned "tier "glasses to Inspect a large scrapbook Riven them at their public golden wedding celebration In Detroit. The book contained letters from friends. and neighbors. WITH DRASTIC CHANGES- Wqge-Hour Bill Revived Band Meet Due To Draw 4.000 Appeal Made For Private Rooms To Handle Gathering Bilene's biggest convention crowd of 1938 will be here next month. Pour thousand persons arc ex- pected May 13-31 to attend the Re- gion division of contest for high school bandsmen. It'is one of .nine contests rith spon- sored by the Nation "sctiool: Music association. A, minimum of 40 bands Is fore- seen by authorities making arrange- ments for the tournament. T. N Carswell, secretary-manager of the chamber of commerce, is chairman of a general 'arrangements com- mittee. Vice-chairman is R. T. By- num, director of the Abilene high school band. Ex oflicio director of the meet Is R. M. White, band instruments dealer. Size of the crowd easily will tax the city's hotel accommodations White predicted. Consequently, the committee is appealing for rooms In private homes. MUSICIANS White estimated, with bands averaging 60 members, that ap- proximately 2.5W contestants wil enter the music meet. Their par- ents and directors here without their charges are expected to swel the total another or per- sons. No more than can be ac- commodated in hotels, White said and the remainder must find lodging in homes. Through the chamber of commerce, which has underwritten the contest to assure its financial success, 50 cents will Set BOND aiEET, pg 12, col. 7 New Deal Big-Wigs Fete Karl Crowley WASHINGTON, April High administration officials head- ed by Postmaster General Farley, attended a testimonial dinner to- night In honor of Karl A. Crowley, Texas gubernatorial candidate. Secretary Hull and Senators O'Mahoncy (D-Wyo) and Me Kel- ar (D-Tenn) were speakers at the occasion, presided over by Parley. Other guests included Secretary and Mrs, Cummings, Secretary Ro- >cr, Senate Majority Leader Bark- cy Senators McAdoo (D- 3al> and Hatch and House Majority Leader Rayburn Almost the entire Texas congres- sional delegation was present. Crowley has resigned as solicitor for the post office department to malte the race for governor. J 4 '..'.'.'.'.'.'.i. t 9 It II MMnliM I find fa 9 end 63. nMrt.il] hoajj ._ 60; Mme dale V.CT; todM. X t p. Nome Abilene Nurse State Unit Officer WACO, April Lc- achcur of Austin was cleclcd prts- dcnt of Ihc Texas organization of public health nursing here today. Corpus Christ! was awarded the nexl convention. Other officers arc Ncltle Klrchoff, reflected secretary-treasury; Alma Richardson, Abilene, first vice-pres- ident; Mrs. L. M. Egbert. Floydada, second vice-president, and M. S. Booth. Dallas, and 'Nell Ayrcs, Tyler, directors. Blow Does Damage CLARENDON. April winrtslorm struck here today. turn- Ing over bams alw Wowing out window gte. Greatest damage was done to a Clarendon store which lost a part ot Its tire well and Its front. Rain and hall accompanied tlie. storm. Physicians 'Self Economy Plan In Time For Its Use MEXIA, Tex., April Dr. Marlon M. Brown and Dr. C. p. McKenzie explained to a friend the group hospitalization plan recently instilled in a hos- pital here. The frtend liked It. Dr. Brown signed him up. A few minutes later the friend clutched his side. Three _hours later T'appenciectomy was 75'cents. Court To Consider Fink's Bond Release American Held In Mexican Bombing Ki PAfiO, April on bond of .William N. Fink, Amer- ican official of the Maguarichic Mining company, held in the Chihuahua state penitentiary on an indictment charging implica- tion in the bomb-assassination of Mayor Jose Borunda of will be decided Friday by Judge Eli'as P Oaxaca, of the Chihuahua penal court, dispatches from Chihuahua City Thursday indicated. A request by rink's attorneys that he be released under bond, was pre- sented to Judge Oaxaca Thursday morning. Reports that the request had been denied were termed false by Chihuahua officials. Lee R. BJohm, American consul In Chihuahua, told the Times by- telephone he had been Instructed by slate department officials at Wash- ington to render all possible assist- ance to Fink, and to negotiate tor Ills release from prison. Fink, vice-president and general manager of the mining company, was indicted on statements made by Efren Escobar, also held, that Fink on several occasions had sug- gested that "Borunda be eliminat- ed." Escobar's statements were made to Ignacio J. Lomeli, state atomey general Investigating the case Vernon Pioneer Dies VERNON, April Sherrill, 72, pioneer Insurance man here, died "ionifht months Illness. afler a six Frames Act New Version Ends Long Wrangle On Disputed Issue WASHINGTON, April The house labor committee recom- mended a drastically revised wage- hour .bill tonight, to.-provide, for a graduated minimum lirage starting at 25 cents an hour anil increiskig to 40 cents in three years. V> The committee approved the leg- islation by s 14 to 4 vote at an overtime, session which ended weeks of wrangling. Reports were current the tction was taken- in response to White House Insistence that a bill be re- ported before President Roosevelt began his "fireside chat" to the na- tion. PRESIDENT ELATED Chairman Norton denied these reports but saidl'she person- ally had been desirous of such a result. Immediately after trie vole, she called the White House to In- form the president and later told reporters the chief executive was Stripped of all wage differentials, the bill would provide for a grad- ual shortening of the work-week from 44 to 40 hours over a two- year period. It also would prohibit the ship- ment in Interstate commerce of products of child labor. If the secretary of labor found that a firm was violating the law, she would be required to report the company to the justice department for prosecution. Committee members said the measure closely followed the rec- ommendations of the American Federation of Labor. Designed to apply to employers engaged in interstate commerce and those affecting such commerce, the bill would exempt agricultural workers and those regulated by (he interstate commerce act. seamen, local retailers, fishermen and spongers. Mud Shower SPRINGFIELD. Colo collided with one of southeastern Colorado's worst dust storms here today and th shower." result was a "mud Thunderstorm Accompanied By Hail, Twister Roofs Ripped Off ".At Colorado; .40 Inch Falls Here A blustery thunderstorm swept over central West Texas Thursday afternoon, bringing sand, light hail, showers and a small twister. At Colorado violent winds lore the roofs from several buildings In the city's outskirts. Striking at 2 o'clock, the miniature cyclone un- roofed a filling station and two cabins at the Newman filling sta- tJon just west of the Colorado riv- er bridge. Shinctes were blown from a few houses in Colorado, and a small building was wld to have been lev- eled on a farm east of town. A amount of rain followed the storm. 'n Abilene rainfall totaled .40 falling between 4 and p. m. Similar rains were reported at nearly all points in the area. Snyder had only a slight sprinkle followed by a heavy sandstorm un derneath clouded ikies, however. Hall apparently was heaviest at Coleman, where a little damage was done to automobiles and possi- bly to crops. Rain followed. The thunderstorm seemed sweep from northwest to southeast, not striking Cross Plains until There a heavy rain Tell, along with small hall. Bellinger and Coleman rains were also comparatively heavy, be- ginning at 6 o'clock and continuing into the night. Winters had a rain comparable to Abilene's, following fall of a few hailstones. Sweetwattr and Roscoe received light halls, followed by light rains Roscoe's was measured at .41 inch. Rotan and Roby received rains estimated at 1-4 Inch, following light halls. Stamford precipitation was esti- mated from one-fourth to one-half Inch. Hiskell had a' good shower Both points reported Ught-ind. undamagirig. Albany reported a good shftwer and Baird had intermittent flurries of rain beginning at 6 p. m. East- land had a half Inch rainfall, with sprinkles continuing. Clyde received .40 Inch of mois- ture, as did Oplin and Denton. Farmers felt th'at It would be help- ful to grain. American airline's passenger and mail planes flew through their schedules unhindered. One plane was down it the Abilene airport for a period last night. It carried a pilot and two passengers. Wilbarger County Gets Big Gusher VERNON, April es- timated barrel producer, looming as one of the biggest oil wells In Wilbarger county's history, blew in today in the Rock Cross- ing field, lo mites southeast of here. The well, Phillips Petroleum company's V-l on the W. T. Wag- goner estate, made SO barrels of oil in 10 minutes before being shut down for a railroad commission lest. New Mexico Wool Clip Is Auctioned ROSWELU N.M., April More than 400.000 pounds of wool, composed of clips of 15 ranchers, ras sold at a scaled bid auction at the Bond-Baker warehouse here to- day. The wool brought prices ranging rom 15 1-2 cents a pound to 20 1-4 :ents. with the average price bid A tew of the clips offered were holdovers from the 1937 clip, and he low price was for one of these ABILENE'S 'HOME TOWN' Eleanor Bishop, 15, Blushes At Grade Of 95 Prescribes Spending As Stimulant For Business Pump Priming Will 'Cost Something' But 'We Can Afford To Pay For Prosperity', Roosevelt Declares In Radio Talk WASHINGTON, April Roosevelt recommended his new anti-depres. jpending and lending program to the nation tonight with the statement that tovernment action become imperative, that "government cannot afford .to wait until it has the ower to "government weakness" and "government confusion" grew the of other he said in a radio "fireside chat." The administration has waited for business itself to end the current recession, he asserted, and can wait no longer His address followed the dispatch of a special message to congress proposing "pumn. priming program involving a turnover of more than as follows- About to be lent or spent for relief and public works and to provide capital uJiFJSSSSt' and S2'150'000.000 to be to the lendable funds of the banks by cslhine of sterilized gold and making a reduction in bank reTerve reS ments, Such program will "cost something" he said, but "we are a rich nation and can afford to pay for security and prosperity without having to sacrifice our liberties into the bargain He described the government program as a "trier to set off rivate ftv of of the new deal trigger to set off private activity to place limits on and honm, restated To abandon this goa would 'nt of to place limits on and honm, restated employment, security, reasonable profits and safety for savinirs be "to miss the tide and perhaps the port, he said" Iddfnr 1 propose to sail ahead. i BJ and "Peech were moderately but emphatically worded. They dis- played little evidence of any persona! feeling over recent reverses in congress, but Wwhinc- ton .sharp poUfical ears were quick to note th. manner in which Mr. Roosevelt turned dictatorship argument recently aimed at him to his own account "In recommending this he said, "I am thinking .not only of the immediate economic needs of the people of the nation, but of their personal libertiw-the swrt precious ponenun of all I am thinking of our democray and of the recent trend BV FINIS MOTHERSREAD An odds-on bet for this spring's valedictory honors at Abilene high school Is 15-year-old Eleanor Bish- op. With one exception, she's had no grade below 96 since she was a seventh grader. she confesses this wilh six week's average -in a single course dipped to 95. The course was physics, and the grade appeared on her last report card. 'I'm afraid of physics asaln, she mourns. New grades, the ast lo be counted in final averages lor 1938 graduates, will be issued icxt Wednesday. A laughing, brown-eyed little mks who's outstanding In forensic activities as well, Eleanor Is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop. They live at 1642 South fourteenth street. Mrs. Bislitp is an nstructor In the high school Eng- Jfh department. Fifteen only four one-half Thurmsn. ELEANOR BISHOP months ago. Eleanor Is one of Aib- lenc's youngest candidates for a diploma I'n history. Her last birth- day was December 1, 1937. To a marked degree she possess- es a feminine fondness for speech Perhaps that's why Eleanor has been aclive in speech work ever since she was In the fifih, grade, when she tried her hand at de- claiming. Next .tear she showed both promise and a lively interest in class debates, which were arranged by Tom Barnes, then a teacher at Central school. Eleanor began dimpling hci round cheeks at debate Judges as a high school freshman, when she earned a place on the second team. Her partner was Lucille Winters, and they teamed years. Twice they represented Abi- lene at the state Inlcrscholastlc I league meet tn Austin. When E.'canor was a sophomore, See BISHOP, Pj. It, Col. 3 FD Opens Doors To Hoarded Gold Desteriliztition Step Taken To Broaden Credit WASHINGTON, April President Roosevelt asked congress to-fllng..wlde-Uie flood eral spending again todiy Jn planned, concerted effort by gov- ernment, business, and the people to end the depression. He proposed that the treasury spend or lend for re- lief, for public works, flood control, housing, highways, pump-priming in general, and as capital for busi- ness enterprises. To expand the nation's bank credit he announced that 000.000 was being added to the treasury's cash resources by taking "sterilized gold" the vaults and converting It into spendable funds; and that of bans credit, now held off the' money market by federal reserve board regulations, would be liberated for use as private loans. The desteril- izatfon operation formally was car- ried out at the treasury a few hours later, and It was announced that ireasury and federal reserve offici- als would meet next Wednesday to arrange further means of financing the new spending OPPOSITION LOOMS The chief executive's program found many friends in congress, but encountered the opposition of coalition of republicans and con- servative democrats. Declaring that the opposite course -a balanced budget accomplished by reducing expenditures, was the proper approach to the business promised to fight lo defeat the proposals, and, if that failed, an attempt lo reduce the amounts and specify the exact pur- pose to which they should be put, Recent congressional reversals Mr. Roosevelt disregarded today, except for a passing notation that he had proposed "only four measures of major importance to the business of the country" since January, 1937. Obviously implying that there was nothing in these bills to frighten business, he listed the four as the :rop control bill, now enacted, the bill to plug income tax "loopholes." now enacted, the wage-hour bill, beaten In the house, and the bill 'lo remove inequities from the un- distributed profits now pend- ing. j He advised that "every busincss- man set out to use his strength Stt SPENDING, Tg. 12, Col. S To abandon the objectives of the New Deal would be "to miss the tide and perhaps the port I propose to sail ahead." Rebels Push Drive On Double Front Troops Approach Andorra And Sea Sheriff's Aide Nips Runnels Jail Break BAIilNGER, April Deputy Sheriff Gerald Black avert- ed a Jail break here this morning when he confiscated a hpck saw- blade which was being used by prisoners In effort to saw their way to freedom. The lever box which holds the mechanism that opens ihe cell doors had been saw- ed Into about six Inches, but the Job was nol far enough along to permit the doors to be opened. Black heard the sawing noise Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday concealed himself near the cells where he could hear the sawing above the noise being made by the prisoners. A careful search made this morning netted the dep-t- the saw blade. Inmates of the large "run-around" cell ,.cre J. w. Jones. Henry White, George Baker. Emil Rose, John Thomasson, Donald Davis and a man being held for Concha county officers. France (at the Ish Frontier, April Insurgents tonight whipped the ends of their 160-mile eastern Span- ish front toward the Mediterranean on the south and Andorra on the north. General Miguel Aranda's troops drove from San Mateo Into the lit- tle CastcHon village of La Jana, only nine miles by air from the sea and H miles by highway from coas- tal Vlnaroz. Far In the north, amid snow- covered mountain slopes. Insurgents took control of the village of Tor, three miles from where Andorra's western frontier with Spain strikes the French border. Nearly midway between these points, east of Balaluer. the govern- ment fought desperately in an ef- fort to break the Insurgent advance Into the interior of Lerida province. Insurgents acknowledged there had been fierce attacks on their positions along the Segre river but said they were repulsed. Stole Acts To Speed Rural School Claims AUSTIN. April Auditor Tom C. King assigned eleven assistants to the state de- partment of_ educaton today to speed approval of valid raral aid claims filed by Texas schools. Blaming the education depart- ment for the slowness In distribu- tion of ruraly aid. King said his staff would make every effort to have all claims ready for final ac- tion by Iho board of education at Its next meeting May 2. About In teacher salary aid and In transportation aid have not yet been disbursed, King said. Auditors calculated the state would be able to pay around 75 per cent on eligible salary aid claims and between SO and 83 cent on transportation .claims. in other parti of the world away from the democratic ideal. has disappear. ed in several other great TO.- tions not became people of those nations disliked dem- ocracy, hut beeanse they had grown tired of unemployment and insecurity, of seeing 'their children hnngry while they sat helpless in the face of govern. ment confusion, government weaknets, through lack' -of .JW DESPZlUtlO.V to" they chose to Ijberly in the hope of getting. sowethlnj'; to In America know th'atTour own dem- ocratic be preserved; and mMf'jtp: president's speech quoted ex- tensively from message to con'-- gress Iri analyzing '.what he called the cause of the prieaent a production so great that purchasing power could not keep pace It, the complicated by unreasonably high Prices, fear of war abroad, of na- tionwide strikes at home and- ot inflation. None of these fears, hs said, has been borne out. "Five years ago." he said, "we faced a very serious problem of economic and social recovery. For four and a half years that recovery proceeded apace. It Is only in the past seven months that it has re- ceived a visible setback. CAN WAIT NO LOKGER And It is only within the post two months, as we have waited pa- tiently to see whether the forcea of business itself would counteract it, that It has become apparent that government Itself can no longer safely fall to take aggressive gov- ernment steps to meet It. "This recession has not returned f the disasters and suffering f the beginning ot 1933. Your money in the bant Is safe; fanners are no longer In deep distress and have greater purchasing power; See RADIO TALK, Pr. 12, Col g Ector Courthouse Hos First Session ODESSA. April county's new courthouse saw Its first Important session since its re- cent completion when H. E. Was- sell, Austin, examiner for the state- railroad commission, conducted a erles of hearings here by appli- cants for special commodity per- mits and two common carrier oer- mlts. All of the former cases were dls- wsed at the morning session, and learlngs this afternoon w6a oc- :upled wllh testimony on applica- lons by the Sunset Truck Lines, Inc., for certificates permitting 'ex- tension of service In this region, opposed by the Texas Pacific company and Texas Pacific Moior Transport company. Democrats Defeat Conventions Bill WASHINGTON, April -eglslallon under which a federal mpioye would lose his Job It ho took part In a political convention went down to defeat In the senate oday. The administration forces, led Majority Leader Hartley (D-Ky) rought about the rejection of the III, 38 to 19. Thus they adminis- ered a polite spanking to Senator Hatch one of their num- ber, who proposed it. Hatch argued that the bill vu eilgned lo prevent a political ma- hlne from "perpetuating itself la power." ;