Abilene Reporter News, April 26, 1938

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April 26, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas I WIST TEXAS] OWN | NEWSPAPER] VOL. LYM, NO. 338.®f)e Abilene Reporter rlBtftt#“WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, \V E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES "-Byron Aiiodated Pre** (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 26, 1938-TWELVE PAGES FIREWORKS Pardue Operation Shows Free Oil, May Be Acidized /as- Congressional Conferees Agree On New Tax Bill Measure Designed As Stimulant To Business Recovery WASHINGTON, April 26.—(UP) —Congressional conferees today I reached complete agreement on the $5,330,000,000    (B) tax bill. The measure, designed to stimulate business recovery, was believed acceptable to both houses, after a compromise in which the house won retention of a “skeleton ’ form of the undistributed ! gains levy. Chairman Pat Harrison, D., Miss., of the senate finance committee and Robert L. Doughton, D, N. C., of the house ways and means committee, hoped to obtain speedy approval of the bill so it can be sent to the president before he leaves on a fishing trip Friday. The conferees rejected an amendment, offered by Sen. William E. Borah, R, Ida., which would have removed the tax exemption from future federal securities. The action was believed taken in view- of President Roosevelt’s congressional message yesterday in which he asked comprehensive ac- | tion in the field of reciprocal federal and state taxation of securities and salaries. Congressional leaders indicated that the tax exemption proposal was unlikely of enactment at this session. Both Doughton and Harrison be- j lieved that the revised tax    bill    j w-ouid be a stimulant to business ; recovery in view of thp fact that I the corporate levies of the present I tax law were eased.    tv,.    ...    ,,    ,    ,    , Th/ .*™te repealed    the    undla-    J1* C“,r" **s *"    !rt ,,lr,r    ,hls tributed profits tax but in con- bemoon to photograph the 100th ference yielded to a house pro- entry in the “Cutest Kid’’ contest, posal fixing the tax at a minimum j At noon, 98 children had posed of 16 1-2 per cent and a maximum fnr of 19 per cent, as compared with f°r thelr    as    contenders the present rates of    between    7    to    *or the honor. By 3    o’clock—with 27 per rent:    lunch and beauty nap    time for    the In return, the senate obtained kiddies past—the 99th and 100th    _____ house consent to a liberal capl- entries were expected. tai gains levy, which Harrison    , That number, in a dav    and    a    Youth    Roliove/J    Ta contended was most essential    to    half,    with the contest to    remain    wciictcu    IO recovery as it was designed    to    open    through Wednesday,    May    4    Be    Pierson Held start the flow of millions of dol- That's well on the way to the 500 w™ fr.oagn Private capital J which Thurman studio, in plan- BROWNFIELD, April 26 —(/Pi— A rung the contest, estimated would youth answering the general de- comped*.uh, ‘ sorption of Howard Pierson, slay-,.a J' 0"e t J. hree. years ?ldS flre er of his Parents, JudBp and Mrs. in J Mil EL*    “p    um °i WlUlam Pierson, was jailed here to- boys and girls over one and day Wh»* three years already have identity toited Pre** (IP) PRICE 5 CENTS PETROLEUM INDUSTRY SPEAKS— Additional Taxes On Oil Haskell Test Strike Draws Attention WARRING FOR 1939 WTCC CONVENTION Sandra Martin, former secretary of the French film actress, Simone Simon, denied a charge she took $16,000 from the star, and promised “plenty of fireworks’’ would follow. She is shown at the Los Angeles county jail. 98'Cutest Kids’ Photographed 49 In One To Three Class, But No Twins Yet HASKELL, April 25. <Spl) ing was being run Today in Forest Development consolation and J. W. and A. E. Mr Millen No. I Pardue, wildcat oil test seven miles south of Haskell, which appeared opener of a new pool in southern Haskell county Bottom of the hole was reported at 2.854 feet. Cas.rg was to be cemented and it was reported here by operator that heavy saturation of Adams Branch limestone, cored at 2.810-45 feet, might be acidized. At any rate, verdict on potential production cf the test will not be definitely c’( {ermined for several days. Report here was that a drill stem test Monday showed 23 stands of free oil of high gravity. Tile location is 440 feet from the north and west lines of the south one half cf Af. Collum survey No. 4. The test is in a block of approximately 5 000 acres, approximately 12 miles no-.h of the Avoca field. The block was core-drilled by Forest Development corporation and farmed out to the McMillens, Midland drilling contractors, for the well contract and other considerations. Some estimates of prospective production im as high as 500 barrels, following the Halliburton drill stem test. Merriest fight of the 1938 West Texas chamber of commerce convention at Wichita Falls promises to arise when three West Texas cities, Big Spring, Sweetwater and Abilene make their bids for the 1939 convention. Jimmie Greene, manager of the Big Spring chamber seems to be shaking his fist at H. A. Walker, president of the Sweetwater board of city development and T. N. Carswell, manager of the Abilene chamber of commerce. WHOOPEE IN WICHITA FALLS— Abilene's Motorcade 'Putsch' Jams Streets Of W.I.C.C. Host City In Noisy Bid For '39 Session toto enterprises. U-i**' the    law and house bill, eaptial gains would have been added to ordinary in come and taxed at regular rates. |49 little boys and girls cm one and    ta^«ET    £ which are heavy in the surtax under three rears already h«v.    officers    in    estigated    his brackets.    ..... been made, half of the total por- Under the new bill capital gains    traits. E: from property held less than 18    20 babies under    one    year, and    by months is added to ordinary in-    29 children over    three and    under come for taxation at income rates.    sjX years For gains from property held    ' Youngest honors so    far go    to    11- ‘.J    the ^    week*-°ld    Saran Ann Sides, daughter per cen,, and af ter 24 months.    0f    and ^rs ^ ^ Sides, Entries have been made by I, JI'T SK es    under    one    year,    and    by    . ?\    u#    Austin, and    has    been    the object of    a wide search. The youth entered a hardware store at 7 a. rn. and asked a sales- ...... ^    man    for    razor blades.    The    sales- the rate is reduced to per cent. 3157 south    Sixth street.    She    was    man    sa*d bf    thought    the    young BY C. M. ELLIS WICHITA FALLS, April 26.-Abilene's motorcade "putsch'' jammed the streets of Wichita Falls late this morning in a noisy bid to be host at the 1939 convention of th* West Texas chamber of commerce. E. H. Moore, motorcade chairman, and Emmagene Hale, Abilene sponsor, led a blaring parade through town, its enthusiasm unflagging through the failure of two of the Hard- Flying Boat Crew Has Narrow Escape man resembled Pierson, and reported to officers. The youth was picked up in a recreation hall a few Liberals' Meet Excites Sobs born February 4, 1938 M T NO TWINS But where are the twins? Not a single pair has yet been entered in    llours later- the "Cutest Kid" contest, although ! KINGSTON. Jamaica. April 26. I!Liere wiU ** a sPecial award    kl    • —<A*-—Three    members of the crew    ^    Twins.    JOpOIIGSC Nearing of a twin-engmed    Pan-American    „The contest ls    sponsored    by the    P0.‘|wnv    ALL-k’* flying boat    had a    narrow escape    Thurma« studio    and the    Abilene    ,%H,,waJr    VDjecriVe from sharks, it was disclosed to- R*P°rter-News, with all entries to    shanghAnni os *>    , day. when the craft was forced i1)0 made at the studio on North ®    ^    ’    ApnI    26.-«A».-Jap- down at sea yesterday 30 miles Srcond street The $1 entry free    ?nS    Jorward    savagely on- tors seeking to ascertain the poten- anHHo* tk. *„    .    —    1    iv I- mires from th*    (jai    strength    of    a    national    third WASHINGTON, April 26. -p__ Governor Philip La Follette* call for a meeting of liberals at Madison, Wis., Thursday night is exciting lively interest among legisla- from Jamaica. Twelve passengers and one member of the crew were taken off the sinking plane by the passing steamer Cavina. but the commander and two others remained with their craft. It began to sink and the three hurriedly launched a collapsible boat. As they were getting into it two sharks attacked, but missed the men and then began fighting each entitles the child to have a portrait sitting, a picture in the Abilene Reporter-News baby edition. See CUTE KIDS, Pg. 8. Col. I miles from the east-west Lunghai railway, their objective in four months of fighting, reported today the entire Suchow area was party. merit, the annual wage payroll of the industry was $185,000,-000 and $100,000,000 in equipment and supplies was purchased yearly. The state government was financed largely by the oil industry, he continued, the producing branch alone in 1937 paying $45,000,000 in taxes or 43 per cent of the total governmental cost. Including the gasoline tax, more than 60 per cent of state revenue was derived from OU. J. C. Hunter of Abilene, president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas association, said oil men did not oppose paying their share of taxes sufficient for economical administration of the state government but objected to unfairness. "Their complaint,” he said, "is that taxes are not now levied on an equal and uniform basis as provided by the con- MAMMOTH PARADE WICHITA FALLS, April 26.— (AP)—Dynamic Fiorello H. La-Guardia, mayor of New York, led a mammoth parade down the streets of this Weat Texas eity today as a feature of the annual convention of the West Texas chamber of commerce. He didn't ride a horse as he did recently under similar circumstances in Oklahoma, but occupied an automobile with Governor James V. Allred and some other notables. stitution. They .are protesting ■gainst glaring, unconstitutional inequality. “We are unalterably opposed to any increase.” Hunter observed that while politicians, especially “the present administration,’’ viewed with horror a general sales tax, and oil men were not urging such a tax. nevertheless the oil industry was bear- kllled and five women were aluP« river today fed the river from oHne* tax** °ne ^ flve’rent ®as* "This tax represents IOO per cent of the wholesale value of the product," he said. We are not advocating a general sales tax but want to point out the inconsistency.” Also on the program of the oil section for an address was W. G. Opposed W.T.C.C. To Hear New York Mayor Coronation Of Miss West Texas Scheduled Tonight At Annual Chamber Convention BY HOWARD C. MARSHALL WICHITA FALLS, April 27 (AP)—Strenuous opposition to additional taxes on the petroleum industry was voiced by speakers at the annual convention of the West Texas cham-ber of commerce here today. H. B. Fell of Ardmore, Okla., executive vice president of the International Petroleum association, told a group conference technical advances had made it possible to give consum* ers good products at low prices despite excessive taxation but the process could not be kept up forever. "It is essential there be no additional tax burden,” he said. He pointed out that in Texas 45,000,000 acres of land were * under lease for oil develop- - —-- in-Simmons band bus»s to arrive on time. The Cowboy bands arrival was delayed by motor trouble at Olney. The vanguard of the motorcade, however, pushed through the welcoming crowds at 11:45. Moore said approximately 500 had joined the cross-country parade, after a 7 o’clock start. Many Abileni&ns, confident of success for the 1939 Invitation, •et up headquarters at the Kemp hotel. Prominent among these were J, C. Hunter, president of tile Abilene chamber of commerce, T. N. Carswell, its secretary-manager, and J. C Watson, official of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas association, who took part In the morning session of the conventions oil conference. Hunter and H. B Fell. Tulsa, Okla., were speakers at the conference. Trent Baby Killed In Auto Accident Near Silver Valley Guadalupe Is if Rising COLEMAN, April 26.-<Spl)-A VICTORIA, April 26-UP)-Swol-thrce and a half months old baby ; kn tributaries of the raging Guad-«u badly hurt when an automobile in a dozpn sources as the river at Gon-which they were riding avertnrned continued rising half a foot near Silver Valley, ten miles north- an hour> heading for a 30-foot stage west of Coleman, this morning. J expected sometime tomorrow. Abilene Man Hurt In Angelo Mishap in the sector choked with Chinese farmers carting their belongings Luther W. Clements, 50. Abilene scuthward and eastward, in apparel. m    «    ----- traveling man, suffered a fracture en? expectation of a rapid Japanese «^er'thP collaPfb4le 6031 bailed of the left leg above the ankle. advan<* UP™ Suchow. the strategic rubber raft1 before thlfi take '? * and other ln^uries last ni8ht when Punf,?c2 °f the I unghai 8nd north-S un ZMi Te Tere Pkk' struck b-v an automobile at San south    railway. Th? m w ) Ugf KllIerig-    Angelo.    At    the    same    time    a    wide    shake- from Saniatzo ct.ha* rn    , He W3S takPn 10 a San    ?P ln the Japanese naval command when one engine faUed in ^St?" hospPal *here an examination re- ln Chinese waters was announced. storm All passengers Tnd crew I tToms and"    TV A I nv.cf ioevf--- 2SnSM“£5S unmjurpd and mRined in ^ZmS^Si -    9Qt,on the Cavina    ^    1110 Abiieiie man hit bf a _car police said was driven by J. D. Ringer, San Angelo youth. Wit- The child. Charles Lealand Stev-1 Heavr r*111* hi the Yoakum. ^ Although there is little expecta- ens .died instantly. His mother. Mrs Cufro and 6an Marcos areas put being evacuated by Chinese civil- I tl0n that a Party would have J. p. Stevens of Trent relived « the river out of its banks in the Skelly ot Tulsa' °kla ia*S'T    countrywide    influence in this year’s broken hip and crushed leg lowlands yesterday, damaging crops C^IJ1AL NEGLIGENCE A Japanese army spokesman said I mn*re.«inn0i ...rn™,....  I    °    nip    and    crusilfd    *    °P*    0ne    thousand    persons    per    month aerial observation showed all roads Pump Priming Hearings Lag Legislation Not To Be Ready For Debate By May I WASHINGTON. April 26.-0PUi House committee hearings on th! administration pump-priming and relief program were progressing so slowly today that some members predicted the legislation would not be ready for floor debate by May I. Leaders had hoped that if th® bill reached the house by that date, it would be ready for President Roosevelt's signature three weeks later. Secretary Ickes was called befora the committee today to discuss works program, inasmuch as ha Simultaneously Representativa Belter iD-NY) proposed that PWA be made a permanent branch of the interior department and that it be given new powers over the operation of publicly-constructed projects. While legislators were discussing the spending - lending program, Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas read the house yesterday an anonymous letter which he said President Roosevelt had received, "I thought you (and Jim Far-!py),” the letter read, “might ba PROPAGANDA CHARGES " WASHINGTON, April 26. (AP)— Representative Taber IR-NY) accused Harry L. Hopkins today of inspiring “chain letter propaganda' In favor of President Roosevelt* pump priming program. Taber’s statement to reporters came while house members had before them an anonymous letter to President Roosevelt telling of “new propaganda •bout to be launched against your recovery program.” A petition form was attached to the letter which the writer said originated in a large corporation in Detroit. congress onal elections, members of j Her sister, Mrs. H. F. Williams, j causlng slight livestock loss. I were murdered or killed by criminal I interested in copies of the new prop-congress were divided over the    Garber, Okla., was In a serious    ThC river here was fallln* after    in the United    States    aganda about to be launched on question of wether the time is    condition this afternoon with rh,,t|lcundlting lowlands on the out-    duridg th® last 18 months.    R. T.    members of congress against your tipe for a political realignment.    I?:    .    _    I    skirts    of    town.      ^    --------- Will Begin Tonight McAdams Charged With Felony Theft WASHINGTON. April 26.—(AV-    -»    _______ ____ nesses said he had walked ont    into    The congressional investigation of    *** whether we will have to run the between two    cars    the Tennessee Valley authority will    president for another term," parked a the curb.    get    under way tonight at an in-    ' ROBY, April ^.—Raymond SS* K SSTiSni r    <«»    ■*?££!"    appo,m,d fault of $500 bond here today after examining trial before Justice B Browm Smith. McAdams was charged with theft from the person of Tom Henry. Testimony was introduced. Senator    Norris    (Ind-Neb)    assert    lnJuiies and cut« and bruises. Others    ^    °l ^n’ 0bsfrV*rs said th* ed    today    that    third    party advocates    hurt    Opal Freeman, Mrs.    , wa ei    pouring ^ the Guadalupe should hang back until it is deter- C. C. McBee and Mrs. T. G. Ham-    t®rrain this area w’ould mmed whether President Roosevelt ncr, all of Trent.    move    lnt0    Gulf of .Mexico be- will seek another term.    Miss    Freeman has a broken col- ^ore tbe Ooh»le* rise began to af- Thc president doesn t want a l»r bone. Mrs. McRee head injuries the river stage in the Victoria-thiru term,” Norirs said, "but if a *nd Hrs. Hamner suffered fractures Cuero area coalition of democrats and repub- of both wrists.    mu, Th, party was en rout, Imm , J ,a™    the    river Trent to Comanche for a conven-    s aere flooded Rnd farmers tion of the Woodman circle. A tire    exPpc^Pd newly replanted crops, blowout caused the automobile to imaged at Easter bv a b?Th?    fr08t>    woula b®    a The injured were carried to a lo Harbo, administrative assistant to recovery program xxx. “This is being originated in a large corporation in Detroit, Mich- J. Edgar Hoover of the federal bu See W. T C. OF C. Pg. 8, Col. 8 Mexico Releases Mining Engineer Means in congress succeeds in blocking his measures, the people will insist that he run again. “I think the formation of any thirc party should wait until we igan, the same outft that got out i (he chain telegrams started by their henchmen in different states, many of which were signed by minor children, babes in arms, and even S»ee PIMP PRIMING, Pg. J, Col. 8 heavy total loss. General Pershing Has Good Night The Weather Italy And Japan Branded Treaty Violators By State Department WASHINGTON. April 26 - (A1)- ABILENE and vicinity: “KSS tfxTs «Vand^Wn^yn    the house foreign affairs commit-    Miternational treaths IK    ° J,.;,XfnS n ir th''port lon° t'on't ch.    '    | ^ toda>' *hat it believed Italy and    Itself a    P'Avhlr^l Y ZT?n'U>:,cooi7 in "0st I*"rtlon Toni*ht    JaPan had violated International    failing    rn ‘rLmw J,S' °r In *t and mmh portion* WednrA-    treaties in operations against Elhi-    -Vth lhe    com- third term. He said that if Mr. Kosevelt was not renominated by the democrats, it would be “very wise for liberals to place him at the head of a new ticket. Senator O'Mahoney (D-Wyoi said the time is ripe for a new party Such a trend has been de-I veluring for 20 years, he said, and United States has believed that * realignment of the political parties is overdue.” C Mahoney said a third party might wield influence iii the 1940 Representative O'Connell <D-Moiit) has contended that the Madison conference would offer an opportunity for liberals to pledge    Trurt    rA||;j„ support to the president for a    «    men    V.OIIICJ€ cal hospital by passersby. Four Killed When •rflTnoTS'tSi r,oudy’ "cMt”rfd *how.l°Pia and China. mitmrnts arising under such treat-“■KL,™*  n',r    BcBwnoU.    (O-Ttnn)    Si    puwSTS'SSd.'" fe.iSS3SrdT.rtSSI„,- ll    summer    and    early    an- elections, but asserted that none could now predict what form a new organization might take. appeared CLOUDY Dry thermometer Wet thermometer Ke,ative humidity 7    ..... s ..... 9    ..... it...... it ..... Midnight Noon ,,, Sunrise pm. 75 Ik TS 79 77 73 70 68 67 66 Abilenian Helps Smash Dope Ring Mi The letter was in response to a ^ t0°k °CCasl°n t0 remind ni! request for the department’s opin-66 ion of a resolution by Represent* both ________  SAN    ANGELO, April 26 —(Spl> the Italian and Ethiopian govern- —J- T. Travis of Abilene, admitted ments of the provisions of the pact st001 P»8pon for government nar-of Paris iKellogg-Briand pact) and c0^c agents, dumped 39 grains of heroin flguraUvely into the laps of federal court Jurymen here Mon* NEWPORT, Ark., April 26 Four persons were killed and nine others injured when a school bus and truck loaded with WPA laborers collided on a bridge near Weldon, 12 miles south of here, today. The dead: Fannie Lou Torian, 16. Weldon. Billy Torian, 13, Weldon. Tom Odom. 35, Auvergne. Tpbe Robinson, 40, Milltown. The mast seriously injured were: Joe McDonald, Jr., 17, Weldon, head and spine injuries, condition _    ________ eritrea s.- and a negro WPA worker, today t) boosting the income tax named Perkins, internal Injuries. from 25 per cent to 27 1-2 per cent _    -    -       —    to    help pay the costs of the stagger- In I- TL    ln<    rMimanipnt program. Diasr injv res I bree Sir John Simon, chancellor of the cxchocuer. in his annual budget WASHINGTON. April 26-(UP) —Mexican ambassador Francisco Castillo Najera, has advised the state department of the unconditional release of William N. Fink, , American mining engineer, who had At Hochheim. a small town eight been under arrest at Chihuahua miles from Yoakum where 12 inch- City.    WASHINGTON,    April    26.    (AV- es of rain fell Sunday. Peach creek Fink had been held on charges of Generai Jo1™ J- Pershing passed a vas rising slowly and emptying in- complicity in the bomb slaving of satisfactory night at Walter Reed so the Guadalupe. The rive* there the mayor of Juarez. The Mexican hospital, a hospital bulletin said to-j stood at 26 feet and needed to rise government considered it did not I day- several more feet before serious nave sufficient evidence to warrant j Pershing entered the hospital demage would occur.    his detention.    i yesterday for a check-up. BRITONS JOLTED— Income Tax Boosted To Help Pay Costs Of Nation's Staggering Rearmament Program LONDON. April 26. ■A’—The British government Jolted the nation Sumner Welles, acting secretary of1 tunin of 1935 ■ ban it es I state which cited prey iou* depart- probabe that an inVL rn rn mental expressions of its views onioria bv i-niiL    v° S    OK-1 the government of th! Sot, 8'    -T...-    .    es took occasion ta Mtmimt ....... ............. _________ —A drilling company president and two workmen were injured here 881 live Scott in Polit!    le. vr    iu*    1 »**• 'ivenogg-Briana pact) and    <*** ■gxnvs, aumpeo 39 grains of I lfday in a tprri^c oil well explo- i president to specify what natl™, the obligatlons existing thereunder, heroin flguraUvely into the laps    1^at utassed four ncarby auto’ 8 ' ta recent rear Se viola ted treat    S*tatement    isSUed    b>’    the    sec-    of federal court Jurymen here Mom ; mobll« Uke toys. 77    ’.es to which they    and    the    United’    TIP’    0n (>:tober 6- 1937    i d&y aft€rnoon and ^ald he bought    Clark- President of ss States are Sanatoria*    ;    10 thf> effect that ‘the government it from O. H. “Boss" LitUeton in Clark and company. Inc., and Welles said    of    the United States has been forced    ^an Angelo last February as part    workmen Forrest Roach and R. O. "Upon occasion    durimr    r^nt    Ito    lhe concluslon that the action    | °f. an official plan to snag an    Wfbb ''ere blown from the'der CITY, April 26. (#) speech before a shocked house of Sunset P m. 7 * m 12 39 p m. 66- git fit, j upon occasion during recent •« m m> when the government of the I Sea VIOLATORS, Pg. alleged ring which included San j rIck floor 12, Col. 11 Angelo.    .    acloua* and knocked uncon- commi us. announced the income tax would be raised from five ahi!-I lings in the pound to five shillings I sixpcme (from $1.25 to $1.37 1-2 in $5.00). Pre renting the budget bill for the 1938-J9 fiscal year (beginning April I), Sir John announced the government's total needs as 944.398,000 pounds ($4,721,990,000), an increase I of 81,500,000 pounds ($407,500,000) ' over the previous year. The chancellor also announced an increase in the duties on tea and oil. The higher tax on tea will reach into the pocketbook of virtually every family in the land, rich or poor. The higher income and oi» taxes also will hit most of thtm. To an intent house he disclosed that the government already had bought "sufficient supplies of wheat, whale oil and sugar” to maintain Civilian needs for the first few months if war broke out. The government made the purchases secretly early this year, the chancellor told a cheering audience. He said secrecy was necessary to prevent "prices being raised through knowledge that the gov* eminent was coming into the market.” He declined to disclose the amount of stocks on hand or exactly how long it was estimated they would last. But the announcement indicated the scale on which Britain is preparing against war. Sir John disclosed the government broke through red tape and d4d not even apply to parliament for “statutory authority” to purchase the supplies. He added that legislation authorizing the purchases and making supplementary appro-pnations for them would be introduced shortly. ;

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