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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               VOLLVII, NO. 329. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE. TEXAS, SUN DAY MORN ING, APRIL 17, 1938 THIRTY-SIX IN FOUR SECTIONS. PRICE 5 CENTS Insane Parent Slayei Eludes Texas Officers Howard Pierson Unlocks Doors Of Dormitory And Walks To Freedom AUSTIN, April Pierson, 23, who shocked the southwest three yeans ago by killing his parents, Supreme Court Judge and Mrs..William Pierson, eluded a drag- net of officers today after escaping from the state insane hos- pital here, Authorities, groping for clues, concluded he had somehow obtained a key, unlocked the great double doors to his dormi- tory building and walked to freedom, either by scaling a barbed wire fence or through one of two unguarded gates. On April 24, 1935, young Pierson lured Judge and Mrs. William Pierson to the cedar covered hills 15 miles north- west of Austin on the pretext of showing; them some Indian artifacts and there shot them I to death. MODEL INMATE Indicted for both murders, the former University of Texas student never vnu .tried because he was _ found Insane by a district court 1 Jury whose verdict sent him to the hospital. He had been a model In- mate until his' escape, detected at a A. M. checkup. Dr. C. H. Standlfer, superintend- ent, expressed an opinion Pierson is still insane. He added another sanity hearing could not be ob- tained until and unless hospital au- thorities were convinced he had recovered his mental balance. Claude Teer, chairman- of the board of control which manages state hospitals, shared the superin- tendent's opinion the youth effect- ed his release with a key, though neither would theorize as to how it was obtained. Pierson was seen at last night when he returned a maga- zine to a ward attendant. His pa- jamas were found tucked into a hedgerow near his dormitory. From his room only his shoeJ were miss- ing. He had arranged his bed cov- ers to simulate the appearance of someone sleeping. GATES UNGUARDED Two gales along the wire fence are not guarded because the more dangerous, lainates.'ijire. 'never" said. state police, alded-by. county and city officers, launched a search throughout central Texas. One party scoured the hill try where the slayings were conv mitted, on a theory he might have returned to the scene.' Judge Pierson, 61, at the time of his death, had been a member of the supreme court for 14 years. Many motives have been advanced for the youth's action, including fancied discrimination of the par- ents Li favor of an older brother. EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS Societies o: Northwest Texas will convene hen for their annual conference Tues- day. Wednesday and Thursday. of a series o: summer rodeos will be held Satur- day. rodeo sponsored b> Albany merchants will be held April 30. will be date for an amateur rodeo program In O'Donnell. 150 and 200 West Texas club women will con- vene in Pccos Monday for the sec- ond annual meting ol the eighth district of Texas Woman's Federal ed clubs. Is belni arranged for the 15th annual ses sion of the West Texas Kistorlca society, io be held In Colorado Mas 14. ____ WINTERS. Annual revival o Winters Melhodist church begin: today, with the Rev. A. S. Gafford of Taylor preaching. The Diversity club of Winters wll hold a music festival May 2 In ob servancc of National Music week. San Angela Enters Regional Play Meet SAN ANGELO, April One-act plays of San Angelo, Bal linger and Lake View high school: riled In this order when Judges decided the district 7 contest here tonight. John Scott Harris of San Angelo and Edith Jones of Ballin gcr were rated test boy and glr actors. The San Angelo cast par licipatcs in the regional meet ncx Friday at Abilene. Elements Favor Easter Bonnets Forecast Partly Cloudy; Season Shopping Heavy Weather forecasters last night gave central West Texas a promise of suitable weather for first cxhibi- lon of Easter clothes. Forecast for the area was partly cloudy to cloudy weather. Rain was iredicted farther south and east. Last night the biggest Saturday night shopping crowd since Christ- mas came to Abilene's business ses- lon. Preparations for a festive celebration of the resurrection of Ihrist were underway. Featuring Easter Sunday's pro- gram, traditional Sunrise service was to be held at 6 o'clock In Abi- lene high school stadium. Easter services were slated in many churches today, and this af- ternoon a full blown crop of "East- er bonnets" is- expected on the street and highways. Aged 'Jesse James' Reported On Loose Abilene police had seen.nothins last a modern version o: Jesse; Juries (hat was reportedly headed for here yesterdayRafter- noon. Deputy Sheriff Clarence Nordyke of Balrd telephoned officers and warned them to be on the lookou' for an old man in an ancient mode Nash driving toward Abilene. ''The man drunk and waving .an olc pistol at everyone he meets on the highway: trying to get them to he 5aid. Victim's Father To Hunt For Treasure BALLINGER, April The father of Leon Watkins, 23 who was crushed to death by 'a boulder yesterday as he dug fo buried treasure, expects to con- tinue the hunt. George Watkins, farmer, bellev cd they were near the legendarj cache when the rock slipped from Its place in a cliff near his home and pinned his son. Walking declined lo divulge an> information concerning the searcl or a map Is reported to possess The legend ha; it that a smal fortune in gold bullion was' con ccaled In a small cave in the clif by Mexicans in the curly part o the nineteenth century. Area Test Proves Planes As Food Transport Agents WASHINGTON. April rteoartmcnt claimed success today for an cxp3riment-- in feeding an isolated cavalry platoon by air. A telegram from General Ben Lear said only two eggs out of four dozen dropped to cavalry- men Isolated in the Big Bend district near Balmorhca, were cracked In the parachute delivery. Generally, the test was "high- ly Lear said. Experimenting in feeding the Isolated platoon, the army air force dropped pounds of supplies for men and horses yesterday and will continue do- Ing so several days. EASTER PAVING WAY FOR PEACE Britain, Italy Sign Accord Chamberlain REPUBLICANS TO CARRY PUMP PRIMING -BATTLE TO COUNTRY' Dem Opposition Launches Effort To Earmark Multi-Billion Recovery Fund WASHINGTON, April leaders agreed today.'to carry a fight to the country against further huge "pump-priming'.' expenditures by the federal government, but democratic critics of the president refused in the mam to go along with them. The Roosevelt .opposition within the. democratic party determined, lowever, to join in a vigorous effort to-restrict the authority over his proposed program of lending and-spending to end the depression: Some republicans said they hoped .this effort to' "earmark" the pur. which funds could be poses for ised would result to prolonged de- late In congress during Nfhich public opinion mlgh register, against increased federal spending. 'Administration leaders predicted quick approval of the president's recommendations and vent ahead with arrangements for committee hearings next week. The republican national commit- announced that John Hamilton, its chairman, would speak over a national radio network at.7 p. m. Central Standard Time; Sunday night. He will discuss the question, "where are we Aides it would'be his first ad- dress over a national network since last November 5. ICKES RESUMES SPENDING Without waiting for congress to provide additional funds, Secretary Ickes, the public works adminis- trator, resumed spending under the old PWA program today. He ap- portioned in loans and grants to help finance construction of 58 schools and school additions in 27 states. Ickes said these allotments would be financed under existing legisla- tion from the sale of bonds and other securities. Reliable persons disclosed that the Works Progress admlnlslration, in another step to combat, depres- sion, shortly would place a "sub- slanlial" order in the colton cloth markcls for materials to be used In work-relict sewing rooms. Cotton mills have been hard hit by the business slump. Masked Thief Robs Station At Eastland EASTLAND, Tex., April masked robber today look 529 and a rartlo from Joe Jackson, fill- ing station opjrator, and fled af- ter ordering Jackson to remain in the rest room for an hour nnd half. Jackson 'complied with the command. The robbery was the fifth in recent weeks staged in Eastland by a masked bandit. Pays For Candy EASTLAND, Tex., April Thomas Scelyc said today he had received 10 cents from a Prinwton, III., man who In a letter told of taking "a piece or two" of candy from Sccylc's automobile years ago. The letter related the man had re- cently joined a church. CONTRAST TO TURBULENT WE FDRs Attend Easter Service In Capital Church By the Assoclnlcd A simple Easter sen-Ice I ike- James Roosevelt; their six-year-old 1 Brand-daughter, Sara, and several house guests. Elsewhere, In Christendom there was elaborate ceremonies. In Rome, thousands gathered at St. Peter's to see Pope Pius give three new saints lo Catholics for veneration, other thousands wail- ed outside to receive the Pope's blessing from a balcony. Impressive services were arranged thousands of others In neighbor- hood churches throughout the land, drew President Mrs. Roosevelt this morning lo Ihctr family pew In SI. Thomas Episcopal church nt Their tranquil observance was In sinking contrast to the president's bi'sy. lurbulea.1 week Just ended. With them Mr. and Mrs. Roccc- rclt arrange] ;o have their sm and! at .TcVwsalcm. n-Ithln 50 rnllcTof the und area where a battle between New Offensive Reinforcements Move Toward Shantung Zone April gave new Indications today thai they now are-ready for a tremen- dous new, offensive in their stale- mated Shantung drive. One was a rigid censorship they clamped on alt dispatches deallni with military and shipping activ- ities on the north Shantung coast Another was the movement o reinforcemens down the coast to ward Taierchwang, where the Jap anese- suffered their most disas trous defeat of. the nine-month- old war last week. Foreign military observers be lieve an elaborate demonstration of Japanese military strength soon may be given as the Imperial army blocked In its drive down the Tien sin-Pukow railway, pushes througl eastern Shantung in new drive on battered Taierchwung. To meet the. -new threat. Chin Cot-are constructing strong defens  VICIMTI') Mull rloixly sindtr Monday. OKLAHOMA: GtntnHr f.l, >M Monday. KAST TEXAS: Mnllr cloidy. NTxmrn In iftalK day; Menday mostly prnbabT In portion. .Mod mostly noolhirty wlnci M TFAAS: Tartly and Monday: not math, chanjte In Im] pwralurf. XF.W MF.MCO. ARIZONA: fair Sun and prnttNrr. Monday; link chantt In Itm British troops and terrorists shat- tered, the Holy Land calm yester- day. On Monday, thousands of chil- dren will participate In the tradi- tional Easter esg-rolling on the While House grounds, an event be- gun by President Rutherford B Hayes. The esg-rollers will keep look- out for the President, who is expect- ed lo appear on the south portico early in the afternoon. Mrs. Roose- velt will jrcct early arrivals. ti -Noo cf trwprralurf i HOIB :t Slldnitht rM anj IOWTSI Irrupvrjluro I KVfrJay, sanw da'.f a MOB MAULS ACCUSED ATTACKER Charles A. McLachlen 55, was mauled by angry Los Angeles crowd af- ter the body of a 7-year-old girl, Jenny Moreno, w.as found near his home.: Sheriff Eugene Biscailux said McLachlen con- fessed ravishing and then beat- ing the girl to death. A formal charge was filed against him charging him with her death. Sears Named Head Of Scurry C. Of C. SNYDER, April est Sears, merchant, was elected president of the Scurry county chamber of Friday night. Selection of Scars, who Is a member of the city council, was the first action of the board of directors that was chosen by the organization Monday night. First vice president is J. C. Smyth, and second vice president Is Warren Dodson, postmaster. Wayne Boren was named to serve as temporary secretary-treasurer of the board. A permanent secre- tary of the chamber of commerce will not be chosen until a budget Is up and a program outlined for the year, it was decided. A minimum budget of W.600 for a twelve-month period was adopt- ed by the directors. A second meeting of the board will be held Monday night to complete budget details and to map a IcnUtlve plan of work for the fiscal year. Wage-Hour Bill Draws u.: Rules Corhmittee 'v- Chief And AFL Back legislation WASHINGTON, 'April The Administration's latest effort to put a wage-hour law on the statute books at this session of congress drew support today from the Amer- ican Federation of Labor .and Chairman O'Connor (D-NY) of the house rules committee. There was no apparent break, however, in strong Southern opposi- tion to the legislation. William Green, president of the A. F. of L., said in a statement that the. federation "accepts and favors" the bill recently approved .by the house labor committee. Green ad- ded, however, the federation believ- ed the bill could be improved. He proposed that it require at the outset a minimum wage of 40 cents an frour, a maximum work week of 40 hours instead of starting the standards at 25 cents and 44 hours and stepping them up to the 40-40 level over a three-year period. O'Connor, who recently led a suc- cessful house revolt against-the ad- ministration's government reorgan- ization bill, appealed lo every mem- ber of his rules committee to back him in a movement to bring the legislation before the house at this session. G-Men Nab Henie Extortion Suspect WASHINGTON, April The' justice department reported late today Its agents had' arrested a man who wrote an extortion let- ter to Sonja Henie, the movie 'star. Officials said the letter was writ- ten by Fred Roger Cunningham, under the alias "Joe Cummlngs.'' He demanded from the skat- er, said- Officials said Cunningham had been taken Into federal custody and that a charge of extortion would be filed gains I him. Tax Bill May Foe's 'Pfepa red To Del ay Close WASHINGTON, April Senators rebelling against Presiden Roosevelt's business tax policies de clared, today they -were willing delay'; adjournment of congri rather than yield. Despite this new threat to leader hopes for adjournment Mty 1 house spokesmen "supporting th President held their ground.' The contended they had the whip-han because, if a tax revision bill we not agreed, upon, the present- la the undistributed profits and capita gains levies would remain in etfec Senate members o[ the conferen committee which Is seeking to rec oncile differences between the nous and senate tax bills reiterated the determination to Insist upon pr visions of the senate measure, an house members just as f irmly' stui by the house provisions. The house bill, bearing the proval of President Roosevelt, wou impose an undistributed profits U on corporations having income more than a and graduated scale of capital gains. The senate voted to substltu flat-rate levies, approved by .mar business spokesmen, on both co poration Income and capital gains In three meetings of "the confe ence committee, no suggestions f compromise have been advanced. Martin Calls Road Bond Issue Election STANTON, April ty wide election on a proposec road bond Issue was calle today for May 22. by the Mart county commissioners court. Th funds would be ussd lo Hnan> acquisition of .right ol way on sector of I he1' Stanton-Lamc. road, and on a route from- th road westward 'to the .Andre county line. lail Document Pact Hinges On Recall Of Italo Troops In Spain By The Associated Press SOME, April 16-Italy and Great Britain tonight signed an agreement which paved way for a possible four or five- ower peace line up in Europe, QUARRELS PATCHED DP The accord patched up Brltfsh and Italian African and Mediter- anean quarrels which might ed to war during the last three While It was hailed with satis- 'action by Premier Benlto Mus- olini and Prime Minister Neville. Chamberlain In an exchange of elegrams, Italy still must carry out he promise to withdraw her com- latants from Spain, during or after he civil war, before it will become s 'ully operative. Points In the pact, formally ed in Chlgl palace by "Foreign Min- ster Count Galeazzo Clano and Earl of Perth, the British ambas- sador, Included: 1. Withdrawal of all Italian fight- ers and war materials from Spain at the end of the civil war, if eva- cuation is not completed earlier. 2. Britian in return agreed fork through the league of nations toward recognition of Italy's con- quest of Ethiopia. 3. Italy reassured Britain she not only held no territorial or political aims in Spain but also sought "no privileged economic la Spain or Spanish possessions. 4. Italy adhered to the 1936 Lon- don naval treaty among Great Bri- tain, the United States and France. 5. Italy agreed to withdraw troops fromiiibym tt the rate of at least week until the -peace-time strength of' possibly, jo.000 men'' should be reached. t. Both countries reaffirmed their Suez canal convention of 1888 which guarantees free use of the Suez calm all times for alt powers. .7. Italy reaffirmed guarantees Ye- girding Lake .Tsana, Ethiopian, source of the Blue Nile, in a clause of the accord in which Egypt part- icipated. i. 8. Both countries agreed not to See ACCORD, ff. 1Z, CoL 5 Resident Less Than Week Drops Dead Mrs. J. R. Lyall III Only A Day Mrs. Clara. Louise Lyall moved here Tuesday to be near her daughter, Mrs. Graves McGee, al- ready a resident of Abilene. yesterday evening she stooped lo .light a heater, she pitched for- ward on her face, dead of a heart attack. Mrs. Lyall died about 7 o'clock at her home, 350 Peach street. Relatives said she had been slightly 111 only for the day. Mrs. Lyall was 65 years old. With her husband; J, R. Lyall, she came here from Los Angeles, their home th past seven years. They went there from Texarkana. Funeral services S'lll b'e held at o'clock this afternoon at the First Methodist church by the Rev. J. H. Kamblen. Burial in an Abi- lene cemetery will be directed by Laughter's Funeral home.' Music is lo be in charge of Mrs. D. H. Jefferlcs. The following have been named pallbearers: Arch Batjcr, Dub Woolen. Lee Signor Jr., Boh Rankin, Harold Austin, and Joe Kennedy. REGISTRATION.OF ABILENIANS NEXT SUCCESS SIGHTED FOR CITY'S WTCC DELEGATION FUND DRIVE Success was in sight last night In Abilene's effort to raise to bear expenses of a large and spectacular delegation to the Wichita Falls convention of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce. April 25-27. A good deal more work will have lo be done Monday, but R S, Stephens, finance sub-com- mittee chairman of the campaign. confidence the subscribed by Monday expressed would be night. That will bring the Abilene chamber's general committee on WTCC convention participation lo the second and equally as Import- ant phase of Its work. Registration of Abllenfans for the convention will be push- ed this week. E. H. Moore, general chairman, nnd Stephens, said 20 teams of two men each would be- gin soliciting individuals for the SI advance registration. Persons wishing to register should call the Chamber of Commerce. REGISTRATION' FEES The registration fee of en- titles one to a that will en- title him to all ofllclal convention events in Wichita Fslls. These will Include general' sessions, at which Mayor LaGuardU of New Slogan Wanted A brief, pointed, appropriate slogan for Abllens's WTCC con- vention delesatlon Is wanted. Local c. of C. oflcials have asked the public be asked to suggest slogans. Take Into consideration that Abilene wants the 1939 convention, that Abl- lene'ts grateful for having been mtde WTCC headquarters city, and mall suggestions to the Reporter-News or the Abilene Chamber ol Commerce. York city, Senator Tom Connalty and others will speak, group con- ferences on agriculture, and oil matters, with prominent speakers; the Oil Festival and All-College stage show two evenings, any of three dances on two evenings, and other events. This unprecedenlcd-fw 10 years at to take the largest and most musical delega- tion to the convention came out of the dc.Mrc of President J. C. Hunier of the Abilene chamber, and Us directors, lo show unmis- takably to all West Texas that Abtlerw Is grateful for having been made permanent WTCC headquar- ters during the past year, and that Abilene wants to entertain the 1935 convention. Of the three toirns inviting the next meeting. Abilene has gone longest without having been convention site for WTCC. The fund Is for purpose of transporting Abilene musical and parade organizations to the convention and also lo register their members for the convention. Eight buses will carry the Hardin- Slmmons Cowboy band, the Abilene high school Eagle band, the Abl-' lene Christian college Wildcat band, the McMurry college girls" drum corps (Wah Wan Indi- viduals will be asked to take In their automobiles 35 members of the Hardin-Slmmons Cowgirls. The goal is advance regis- trations. Opinion has been ex- pressed that number might win the convention prize for the largect delegation. That prize is awarded on basis of number of registrations with population, distance from Wichita flails also taken into con- sideration. H. H. Williamson, director ol the Set WTCC, Tf. It, Cd. I   

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