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Publication: Abilene Reporter News April 30, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 30, 1938, Abilene, Texas Wi\t $tri(me Reporter-Betoss"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES/'-Byron VOL. LYU, NO. 342. Associated Tress (AT) ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL BO, 1938-8 PAGES rolled Press <IP> PRUE 5 CENTSHouse Committee Would End FDR’s Control Over Relief City General Fund Balance Is Enlarged End Of Fiscal Year Brings On Finance Matters Today rings the curtain down on another fiscal year for the city of Abilene. Work for May includes the closing of the books on this year, the completion of the annual audit, the preparation of the budget for the new year the setting of valuations and the tax rate, and the score and one other things which go into the running of a municipality from the finance angle. Yesterday, the city commission authorized the transfer of money from the general fund to funds in which there were overdrafts; the amount was only one-third the total transfers necessary to close the books last April 30. Into the street and bridge fund. $500 was transferred as compared with $1,150 last year; $300 was transferred into the parks fund. as against $1,600 last year; $50 was transferred into the airport fund, and $200 into the library fund, which last year faced a $850 overdraft. BETTER CONDITION “This is a great deal better than a year ago,” observed Comm’ssion-er of Finance L. A. Sadler, who was presiding as mayor pro tem yesterday. Mayor Will Hair was engaged in a law suit in the Anson court.    ,,    ,    , * Treasurer Bryan Ball estimate i that the balance in the general fund this May I will be $36,000, as compared with $19,000 a year ear - The city commission also took care of other transfers yesterday. There was $2,000 transferred from the water revenue fund to the seuos A water bond (Fort Phantom Hill) fund, and $1,000 to series B, Allowing for expense of water and therf §tJ& , Sio.tou tall «o be iraasfntied to the Jenera* *und. BIDS ON UNIFORMS The city commission yesterday authorized T. A. Hackney, police chief, and J. Ray Roe. fire chief, to take bids on summer uniforms for their respective departments, setting Friday. May 13. as the date for opening the bids. “Give every man in town a chance to submit bids if he wants to,” said Commissioner George Morris in making the motion.    ,. Commissioner L. A Fad.cr said the national guard units were moving all their equipment from Fair Tark; that they hoped to br settled bv May I in their new armory herr Captain Frank Hobbs has invited the mayor and commissioners to come over and view the new location. and Sadler suggested that they go some Friday afternoon after session. PROJECT EXTENDED By signature of Mayor Will W. Hair last night, the Cobb Park improvement project started last fall was to be extended to June 30. The project was already approved, the works progress administration had merely asked for the mayors signature in order to extend the payroll another month. “I believe we can have the work finished by then.” said Sadler, who is in charge cf parks. He said that work on bridges, walks and tennis courts was nearly finished. NOTES CANCELI ED M. A. Moore and N. H Mitchell didn't think they were taking much of a chance when they leased three tracts of Fort Phantom Hill reservoir land late in 1936 before the reservoir bond issue was voted the following March. After all. Abilene had been trying for nine years to get the lake work started. But last August when the dam was actually begun the location was on the land for which Moore and Mitchell had paid $50 down and executed two $75 notes. They even had to sell some of their stock because they had no where to put them when the fences came down, they told the commission yesterday. However, they safeguarded by a clause in the leas? contract that stated that in event of damages, the city would be liable to the amount of $100 on the two notes The question was whether Mitchell and Moore still owed $50. The commission agreed with them that thev didn't, and voted to cancel both notes. action postponed Final action on an ordinance to require that all Journeyman plumbers either have licenses as master plumbers or work under the direction of a master plumber was postponed Yesterday until next week. However, two visitors were on hand to discuss the ordinance, which only larks a second passage to become effective. They were J. F. Handy, who has charge of the Radford properties, and E. L. Norton, local plumber. Bob Whetstone was before the council yesterday to request that the city pay for Intersections on a See tin Hg&ggS, Pf. J, Col. ? "SECESSION" THREAT FOLLOW METHODIST UNIFICATION VICTORY 434-26 Decision Climaxes Long Controversy BIRMINGHAM. Ala.. April 30 — WP)—Victory for unificationists in the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, brought a new effort today to “save our southern church” bv opponents of the plan for union with northern members of the denomination. Tile conference, official legisla- j tive body for approximately 3.000.- 000 southern Methodists, approved the merger yesterday, 434 to 26. after hearing anti-union speakers forecast “secession” of many congregations. A spokesman for the laymen's organization for preservation of the Southern Methodist Church said “there will be no surrender” by those opposing unification with the Methodist Episcopal (Northern) and the Methodist Protestant churches. “We will ask to be heard in discussing lesral phases of the merger procedure before the Judicial council," he said, “and if we fail there, we plan to take action in civil courts. We are afraid to think what will happen if we lose these appeals." The laymen's organization has estimated “at least 500,000” will withdraw from “the Methodist church," the new nam" chosen for the three branches. Church officials expected the routine of consolidation to require at least 18 months. The next action will come from the nine-member Judicial council, supremo court of Southern Methodism The council is expected to j decide next week whether the procedure followed in adoption of the plan of union was in accordance with church law. In the event efforts to halt unification fall, the college of bishops of the two Episcopal churches and the president of the general convention of the Methodist Protestant church will fix a date for a uniting convention, and name a commission to select a site. The “plan of tfnion” provides the unitiijg convention will be composed of 400 cr.ega**s each from the M. E. Church, South, and the M. E Church, and IOO from the Protestant church. Most observers expect 1 this convention to meet in April. 1939. Early-day Methodist circuit riders, who braved untold dangers and hardships to carry the gospel to wilderness regions, are Bv NEA Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala , April 30-In bosy Birmingham, deep in the foundation territory of religious reverence and zeal, the General Conference of the Methodist church has yesterday adopted a plan of unification which would fulfill the dream of John Wesley, 18th century father of world Methodism. Although in his farewell message to American Methodists. Wesley made a plea that the church might always remain a smgle, undivided group, the 1938 General Conference found American Methodism divided into 19 branches through schisms produced by nearly as any causes. The record of this faith in the United States reads sometimes like thrilling fiction, sometimes like complicated political history. On Christmas Eve in 1784,    60 Methodist preachers met in Lovely Lane Chapel at Baltimore. Md., to organize the scattered American honored by the statue above, a gift to the state of Oregon by R. A. Booth, wealthy lumberman. followers of Wesley into a united church. The chapel had no stove and the ministers were forced to sit on backless, roughhewn benches Yet they remained in session for IO days in the bitter cold, organized the Methodist Episcopal church. and elected Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as their first bishops. The dippety-clop of hoofs on dirt roads beat a rising crescendo of Methodism throughout the Atlantic coast states as early-day cir-I cult riders spread the gospel on I horseback. On the frontier, the circuit riders had to face ruffans who delighted in whipping preachers and breaking up religious gatherins. Accordingly, the ministers developed a “sanctified pugnacity,” and many a sinner was converted by the strong right arm of a circuit rider. The rigors of the work, however, were so exhausting that two-thirds of the ministers died before they In Abilene Elton Murphy, who captained the Hardin-Simmons Cowboy eleven of 1936 from a tackle position, was I passing around the cigars tcday. Last night at the Hendrick Memorial hospital his wife gave birth to a baby girl. The couple live at 341 Poplar. Murphy Is employed a* the West Texas Utilities company. I Claudia and Imogene Wood. daughters of T. M. Wood of Route I, Hawley, were admitted to the Hendrick Memorial hospital this j morning for tonsillectomy. Leonard Clinton Cole, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Cole of Anson was brought to the hospital this morning for medical treatment. Mrs. G. W. Cole of Lueders entered the hospital for surgery. Larry Daniel, fifth division com- I mandei of the American Legion, and Mrs. Daniel, vice president of the fifth division auxiliary, will not be able to attend the annual convention of the twelfth district in Cleburne today and Sunday. They were slated to appear on the program. They called off the trip because of Mrs Daniel's illness. Cases against seven negroes charged with gaming highlighted corporation court today Judge E. IM. Overshiner assessed $65 in fines in the unusually heavy morning docket. Two of the negroes pleaded guilty | to playing "coon can.” One negro | pleaded he was ill and the occupant : of the house had given him a bed to sleep in at the house. He was excused. The two negroes that pleaded guilty were fined $5 each and the 1 other four $5 each for "sweating" the game. A woman was fined $5 for being intoxicated. Case of a taxi cab driver charged with soliciting trade | at the bus station was passed until I 5 p. rn. today. Vaughn’s Life-Taken By State After He Says Lord's Prayer Awaiting Another 'Act Of God', Man Speaks Nine Minutes Before Chair Double Beer Vote Rejected Six petitions were presented today to hold prennct as well as countywide balloting on the beer question, bul the Taylor county commissioners court decided against the double election. The court, in called session, passed a resolution to file the petitions. Since the dual vote was proposed originally to save money, the commissioners decided that the extra force of election workers necessary for the separate balloting would almost offset the cost of another election should the county vote wet. Action on the petitions was postponed until flip next regular session of the court, Monday, May 9. HUNTSVILLE. April 30.—(UP)— John W. Vaughn, convinced that God would save him from the electric chair, talked desperately against time for nine minutes in the execution chamber early today, then, when It was evident even to him that neither divine nor earthly powers would intervene, burst Into tears and permitted himself to be executed. It was the fourth time that Texas had undertaken to execute Vaughn md this time the state's agents were eminently successful. While Vaughn's sobs still sounded from behind the black death mask, the current hit h‘m and he was dead. A week ago yesterday. Vaughn was led into the execution chamber twice, but each time the generator that produces the electricity for the chair broke down. Vaughn believed that the hand of God had stopped it and he so told the witnesses assembled to watch him die. Early yesterday the chair was prepared for him again, but a court order saved him, which but strengthened his conviction that providence was guarding him. Therefore, when he \.as taken from his cell in death row a few minutes after midnight this morning. he had little belief in the reality and imminence of death. Vaughn. 32. killer of an Fan Antonio policeman, small, inclined to jauntiness, entered the chamber carrying three roses, a Bible, and a lighted cigar. Hts eyes ran around the room. The executioner waited at his board; guards stood by the chair to strap him in. the witnesses were in place. The war-c en asked if he had anything to say. Vaughn seemed to gulp; he wetted his lips. “Gentlemen.” he began, “is Governor Allred In the crowd? I guess • not Is anyone from the prison board in the crowd? I guess not. I sent them a message inviting them here tonight "First of all, gentlemen, let us have a prayer.” He recited the Lord’s prayer and as he lifted his bf ad. he glanced around the room. Obviously not Elms had happened to the machinery. He took a puff from his cigar and assured the witnesses that the state was about to kill an innocent man. He recalled that yesterday morning i when a court order saved him, he had watched Johnny Banks, a negro, leave the cell next to his and go to his death. “A colored man went over last ; night an mocent man,” he said I solemnly. “That boy raised the j first feeling in me in years. I have had no human heart for hu-! inanity since I was a child " He extemporized on this subject for a while referring now and I then to his cigar. He took up the I subject of religion, of his childhood, rambling along, glancing around as ) though expecting, hoping Finally hq got to the point of thanking the warden and the prison officials for their kindnesses. Usually this Is the signal of condemned men that they have said their full, and Warden W. W. Wald stepped forward. “Warden,” Vaughn cried out, "can’t I have a little more time?” Waid stepped hack. Vaughn continued: “There Is no doubt thai but the chair was made to kill criminals. But tonight it is killing an innocent man. Last week I was in here. facing death, If T had been guilty I would have said it. I have a wife and daughter in San Antonio that I am leaving destitute I want all of the Christian people of Texas to help them.” He held up the three roses “I have a little bouquet of roses I here. One is for my wife. An-I other is for my daughter. The other is for myself. | "I am carrying my own bouquet to my Maker.” He puffed at the cigar, It had gone out. With deliberate slowness. he relighted the cigar "The courts say I am to die between midnight and daylight. However, I do not want to keep you under the sam* strain that I am under. Quickly Waid. apparently believing that Vaughn had finished, sapped forward again. "Have a seat.” he said, nodding toward the chair. Vaughn wasn't finished, but. still talking, he walked over and sat down in the chair. "I am sending my wife and baby a mesage,” he said, looking around. I want them to renumber me as a husband and father." A guard removed the cigar from his lips. His expression changed. He burst into tears. He cried out plaintively: -"Put something over my face will I you please gentlemen?” A few seconds later he was dead. Vaughn's attorney obtained a court order Tuescay night restrain-; ing the warden from executing Vaughn on the ground that he was insane. The order was dissolved last night. Child Bitten By Snake Near Baird BAIRD. April    30 —(Spl > — Bitten at dusk yesterday by a copperhead moccasin snake while at play in the yard, a three-year-o;G daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jones of Belie (lain community, wa* reported » serious condition at Griggs hospital here this morning. The snake was killed. AMERICAN Philadelphia at Boston, postponed wet grounds, cold. Still standing and perfectly preserved, with its spire towering proudly toward the sky, is the Lovely Lane chapel In Baltimore, pictured above, where 60 ministers formed the original Methodist Episcopal church more than a century and a half ago. could render more than 12 years of service. DEMOCRATIC APPEAL Pioneer Methodism made a rapid growth because it never lost contact with the masses Ii special appeal to poor *nd disinherited classes and to Negro** BY 1860 one third of all American Protestants were Methodists It was the slavery issue which caused the first great dissension. After the 1844 General Conference ordered Bishop J. O Andrews *n cease episcopal functions until ne had freed himself of the institution of slavery’, southern church leaders met at Louisville. Ky.. in Mar. 1845. and formed the Methodist Episcopal Church. South. The Civil War widened the breach, and peace brought no remedy. for Secretary of War Stanton turned over to the northerners the I houses of worship in southern Methodist territory captured by the Federal armv In 1876. however, a joint corri-mission was set un to adjust property ownership difficulties Later another committee abated home and foreign mission competition. In 1906 a common hymnal and order of warship were selected Finally. In 1923. a plan of unification was approved bv the northern branch—but the southern branch refused adoption. TWO-THIRDS VOTE NEEDED The present plan. drawn up in 1930. has been aporoved bv the northern church, the annual conference of the southern church, and the Methodist Protestant church whcih has always remained independent Recently, however, Tennessee contingents have gone on record against the plan, principally on the contention that it destroys autonomy, ^saults in property loss, and makes Necoes eligible for membership A two-thirds vote of the General Conference was necessary for adoption. A united Methodist church would have a membership of 8,000.000, making it the largest Protestant bodv in America Its assets would total moe than a billion dollars Administration of the church would be under geographical jurisdictions. A uniting conference next year would harmonize regulations and combine various agencies. Last Day To Secure Permits To Keep Cow Until 5 pm. today persons owning or keeping cows within the city limits of Abilene can secure permits from th? city of Abilene. Up to noon 208 permits had been approved and 43 addition applications had been filed. All of today's 13 applications were for owners to keep one cow. Persons .seeking permits to keep more than one cow and at the same time sell sweet milk found themselves faced (lith the problem of getting rid of their cows since the statute would not allow the granting of a permit About 15 cows . have been moved out of the city limist because of this order. 'Blank Check’ System Gets Opposition Members Would Allocate Money Direct To Agency WASHINGTON, April 30—(VP)— A movement developed today in a house appropriations subcommittee to appropriate relief funds directly to agencies rather than to the president. That would end a system under which relief money has been handed over to Mr. Roosevelt, who in turn has reallocated it to the w'orks progress administration and other government bodies. Some critics of this method have contended that congress thereby abrogated its control over spending and gave the president “blank checks.” One influential subcommittee member said it was almost certain the omnibus spending-lending bill now under consideration would Include a restriction under which funds for WPA would go straight to WPA, money for farm rehabilitation directly to the farm security administration and "on down the line.” Questioned about that possibility. Rep. Woodrum (D-Va), who is in charge of the legislation, asserted: "We are putting Just as much restriction on administrative authority as possible in a program where we have to delegate a certain amount.” The subcommittee has been checking on federal committees and boards which have been obtaining some or all of their money from relief appropriations. More restrlc-! lions are being considered for them, Woodrum said. CHAIR READY FOR FIRST WOMAN Chinese Gain SHANGHAI. April 30. (UPi-The I Chinese have smashed a new Japanese drive and have retaken the city of Tancheng on the central front after a battle in which the Japanese left 2.000 dead on the field, it was asserted officially to-day at Hankow, the Chinese emer-, gency capital. Court Lambasts . Another Judge, And Attorneys SAN ANTONIO, April 30— (UP) —District Judge W. W McCory, who originally sentenced John W. Vaghn to death, then made possible his execution by dissolving a court order that sought to prevent it. described as "an insult to our penal system” the court fight to delay the procedure. McCory dispatched a messenger to Hi "JM* ’••• yesterday with lnstuc    -i W W Waid to go    .aughn's    electro cution as previously instructed. In doing so. he dissolved a restraining order issued bv Judge Fountain Kirby of Groesbeck which had prevented the execution 25 hours before. and ignored a suit field by Vaughn’s attorneys here asking that the condemned man be returned to San Antonio for a sanity hearing. He scored Judge Kiby for his is-! suance of the restraining order and aVughn's attorneys for having sought the Injunction in an East Texas court. "The entrie matter Is a fraud," he exploded, " with all due respect for the attorneys now in this court-( room representing Vaughn in this particular motion, this cout does not intend to allow a bunch of East Texas shysters to mess up the proceedings of this court.” Haskell Test Will Get Acid Treating After washing to clean out the Forest Development and McMillen No. I A. E. Pardue, southern Hassell county wildcat pool discovery, , operators last night sw abbed through tubing but failed to obtain a flow from the well. It was slated for treatment through perforated casing at 2.810-45 fee: with 3,000 ga Moas of acid at noon today. Location of the strike is about ten miles south of Haskell, five : miles northeast of Stamford in M. Collum survey No 4, Judging Today Of Bands, Orchestras SAN ANGELO. .April 30 — •? — The West Texas tenth annual band and orchestra contest closes today with judging of 18 bands in classes A and B, Results of all musical events wUi be announced immediately following Judging, probably late this afternoon. A capacity attendance of 7 000 witnessed the marching contest of 53 bands at the high school stadium last night. The parade lasted six hours. Deadline Today For Renditions Regardless of the fact that today J is the last day for making property I I renditions and securing exemption I for homesteads, the county tax of- j flee is expected to close at the usual i time, C. O. Patterson, assessor-col-! lector, announced this morning, , In Taylor county most of the renditions have been handled through the mails this year and Patterson I reports that majority of them have ! Uready been received. The rendl- | liana may be made my time today, 1 or mailed to the office before midnight tonight.    J * Philip J. Hahn Oscar Hahn First woman to die in the electric chair in Ohio will be Mrs. Anna Marie Hahn, convicted of the poison murder in Cincinnati of 78-year-old Jacob Wagner. Mrs. Hahn, whose eq- Ohio’s electric chair. ecution is set for May 4, is now in the Ohio State prison Death Row, shown in top picture. Ohio’s electric chair is shown at right, and at left are Mrs. Hahn, her husband, Philip Hahn, and their 12year-oid son. Farmer Faces Murder Charge Johnson County Man Killed, Wife Shot Seriously CLEBURNE. April 30—(intone Johnson county farmer w’as | dead, his wife was seriously wounded. and another farmer was under murder charges today as an after-math of a ^agreement over a plot , of land. W. E 'Buddy) Jarrel. 26, dairy farmer in the Prairie Grove community near Burleson, was killed from ambush Friday when he stopped his automobile to pick up an automobile “grease gun” in the road Mrs. Jarrell, 30. was struck in i the face with a d07en pellets from the shotgun charge and was in a Fort Worth hospital. Four Ii ours after teh shooting. Sheriff Oran Smith flied murder cahrges against W. R Robertson. 37, a neighbor who had leased land from Jarrell, Robertson told offl-, cers that he had shot in self-de- ; ; tense He had signed a complaint j recently that Jarrell was carrying a gam, county attorney Lowell Crosier said. Acquaintances said the two men had ouareled for several months over the plot of ground which Jarrell once leased to Robertson. The disagreement was cliaxed last Sunday when Jarrells rows broke through the fense and damaged Robertson's crops. Robertson penned up the cows, but released them when Jarrell and two friends demanded their return. Spanish War Vets Will Meet Sunday Election of a delegate to the de- j partment encampment at Fort I Worth June 5, 6 and 7, will be chief j business tomorrow of the regular | meeting of the Park Minter Camp ; 32, Spanish War Veterans, The del- i egates or alternate and the five past commanders of vile post will each have a vote in the business affairs of the department encampment, Other business of the session, which will meet in the city hall, will be the making of arrangements to take photographs of all members of the camp who have not already had pictures made. Visitors from Haskell, Stamford, Rule and other towns of the surrounding territory are experted to attend the meeting. Luther Clark, adjutant, announced. Yost 67 Years Old Fresh Frame Clues Found Couple Queried In Abilene With Murders In Mind BALMORHEA, April 30.-(UP)— Discovery of a pair of rubber gloves wTapped in a San Francisco newspaper, a bundle of bamboo shoots and an HH Paso hotel receipt led sheriffs officers to believe today they had found new clues in the torture murder of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy. The articles were found by soldiers on maneuvers near a lake called Washington tank, 14 miles west of here. The newspaper was a San Francisco Chronicle dated March 20. The Berkeley, Calif., women were slain March 30. A new model Buick was also found near there, but officers believed it had been abandoned recently. Deputy Sheriff Sam Davis said the tank probably would be drag<< ged tor traces of the Frome wom-etis luggage. There are five feet of water in the lake, which is but a few miles from where the automobile the w’omen were driving was found abandoned. Mrs. Frome and Nancy were tortured and murdered on the desert near Van Horn while on a leisurely trip from Berkeley to South Carolina. No trace or the slayers has been found, and no motive has been established. A man and woman, both under 30 years of age, were being investigated today by A. L. Barr, senior criminal investigator, department of public safety, and W, W West, captain of the Abilene police, in connection with the Frome murders. The pair was arrested early this morning at a night club. Nothing definite has been linked with the two persons, said Barr and West. Barr was to call Fort Worth, the city both said they wpre from, today to check their stories. ANN ARBOR. Mich., April 30.— Pi—Fielding H. (Hurry Up) Yost, who made the University of Michigan one of football's strongholds, observed his 67th birthday today, making clear that he has no thought of retirement. "That time Isnt here yet,” the veteran director of athletics said, "but it ll come soon enough." 2,500 Attending H-SU Senior Day About 2.500 high school seniors descended upon Hardin-Simmons university this morning for opening program in the fifth annual high I school Senior Day program. Representing dozens of schools , from all over West Texas, the I youngsters were started off to a 1 busy day by attending the Cowboy j Jamboree broadcast, a program by i the Cowboy band broadcast straight from the HSU main auditorium. At 10:30 a. rn. they were directed to Parramore stadium for an hour | and a ha)f program._ Bomb Barcelona LONDON, April 30.—(UP)—The Exchange Telegraph reported today that 34 were killed and 60 injured in a morning air raid on Barcelona. A second raid occurred at 11:15 a. m But it vias not known whether ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: April 30, 1938