Abilene Reporter News, April 30, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

April 30, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 30, 1938, Abilene, Texas *'PI£W A <S>& .'• TSI OWW ©je Abilene Reporter -.Dents "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS GOIS "-Biron VOL. LY!I, NO. 342. Anorlatrd I’r-M (AIM ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 30, 1938. -TEN PAGES. I oiled Preu (IPI PRICE 5 CENTS INJUNCTION DISSOLVED—Prison Authorities Prepare To Electrocute Vaughn BREAKS FAST EDR Demands Wage-Hour Bill Monopoly Fight Virtually Killed By House Body BRIDGE WAS OPEN—FOUR DEAD President Proposes $500,000 Probe Be Made Of Business 'Collectivism1 WASHINGTON, April 29—(^--President Roosevelt demanded a bread attack upon ‘ business monopoly” today lest, he said, a "concentration of private power without equal in history” grow stronger than the government itself and engulf the nation in fascism. Sending to congress his long-awaited message on the anti-trust laws, he proposed a $500,000 investigation of "collectivism in business," followed by action to restore "the democratic competitive order," He said the inquiry, to be conducted by the Federal Trade commission, the Securities and Exchange commission, the Justice department, and other agencies, should cover Chairman Norton To File Petition For Floor Action GEORGE McKenna DETROIT. April 29 — UP) — George McKenna, 44-year-old filling station operator, drnnk a half glass of milk today and broke the 40-day fast he hopes will free him from hay fever. Gaunt and hollow-eyed, McKenna said "I am weak, very weak, but there Is no pain and I am convinced I have driven all the impurities from my body." McKenna sail he would follow a milk diet for 15 or 20 days before attempting solid foods. His weight has dropped from 150 to 90 pounds. The faster has suffered from hay fever each summer for IO years. He said he got the idea of fasting to cure himself from watching a pet dog that would not eat when it was til. Throughout hts fast he has worked at his gasoline station and garage. Business Club Supports Beer Organizers Elect Bfll Brown Their Campaign Leader With the slogan "Vote for Beer and Better Business," about SO backers of the beer election May 14 permanently organized the Abilene Better Business club last night at Hotel Wooten. Temporary officers were elected and a steering committee appointed to launch the drive. Bill Brown was named chairman of the committee and will act as manager of the organization. Permanent headquarters will be in Room 407 at the Wooten hotel. Representatives from several outlying precincts were present to pledge support from their communities. "We want to take the control of beer out of the hands of the bootleggers," Brown said in a statement last night, "and put it In the hands of the taxpayers." Another meeting of the new’ organization has been called for Monday night at Hotel Wooten. Permanent officers will be elected and definite plans made at that time. Delegates from every precinct in Abilene and surrounding communities have promised to at- I tend. such subjects as improved procedure in enforcing the anti-trust statutes, mergers and interlocking directorates, financial controls, activities of trade associations, effect of the patent laws on the problem, and improvements in tax laws. He asked, moreover, $200,000 supplemental appropriation for the Justice department to help enforce the present anti-trust laws; and the creation of a new bureau of industrial economics to supply industry with statistics which would guard it against periods of over-infla*ion. HE CITES TWO TRUTHS* "Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people," he said. "The second truth is that the lib- democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point w’here it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself, xxx The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. "Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing." The program he offered, he said, "was not intended as the beginning of any ill-considered trust-busting' activity which lacks proper consideration for economic results," but rather a ' pogram to preserve privet - ^nt»rprise for profit by keeping it ,ree enough to utilize all our resources of capital and labor at a profit.” Liberalization Hailed By Social Security Still 'Giddy Girl', Aunt Lizzie Looks lo 107th Birthday SAPULPA. Okla. April 29— (/Pi—Aunt Lizzie Devers, wrho is going to celebrate her 107th birthday Sunday, busied herself toting swill to her prize pig as usual today and declared shes still "Just a giddy girl.” She ll observe the event quietly, wearing her one black silk dress reserved for great occasions. Aunt Lizzie's father was full-blood Cherokee, her mother Irish and Dutch, "And that's a mean mixture." quoth Aunt Lizzie, "That's why I'm tough.” She w a v ed goodbye to boy friends when they went to fight for the Confederacy. When Sherman marched through Georgia she was married. the mother of two children. ' I’ve had 12 children, biggest regret Is that I've lost track of ll of them fshe lives with a soft. Henry Pinkman. bachelor, In a small house at the edge of town.) I’ve had nine husbands. I've got my pig. fattenin’ for bacon. 75 chickens, 8 dogs. Jhree and a half cats—-on® lost a leg and tail in a trap. "Tell the folks that for my birthday Id like a monkey. And maybe another husband." WASHINGTON, April 29—{JR) — The Social Security board, responding quickly to a request from President Roosevelt that it develop a sound plan for liberalizing the old age pension system, announced today it would have recommendations See MONOPOLY, Pg. J, Col. S Two Volunteer Planes For Test Two volunteer planes and pilots J were secured yesterday by the chamber of commerce aviation committee for use in the air mail feeder line demonstration May 19. Art Frazier of the Ungren and Frazier Oil company and R M. Browning of Hie Moutray-King company offered the use of their ! ships and pilots for the day. The committee plans to obtain another. Other arrangements for the day : were pending last night but were I to be ironed out soon, George Pax- ’Cutest Kid' List ; Mounts To 254 ton of the committee said. Pictures Of 47 Are Made After Post-Noon Naps There were 254 contestants for the honor of "Cutest Kid” when the doors of Thurman studio were closed at 5 o'clock yesterday. Entries will continua for four more days—today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Ten of the 57 children photographed yesterday came during the morning; the other 47 were brought to the studio during the afternoon. This gave rise to a request from the photographer, made as the contest opened Bring the children if possible during the morning hours. They are much more apt to be fret WASHINGTON. April 29.—up) — President Roosevelt lost another major legislative contest today when the house rules committee refused to give the revamped wage-hour bill right-of-way to the house floor. Administration leaders conceded the committee’* action tantamount to killing the bill for this session. The committee acted a few min-j utes before the president sent congress an anti-monopoly message in which he said "the exploitation of child labor, the chiseling of work-■; ere' wages, the stretching of workers’ hours are not necessary, fair or proper methods of competition.” "I have consistently urged a federal wage and hours bill,” the message said, "to take the minimum decencies of life for the working man and woman out of the field of competition.” Among those attacking the bill was Rep. Cox <D-Ga), who said it was "an attempt to regulate all in-I dustry and destroy the reserve powers of the states over their local concerns." Chairman Norton (D-NJ) of the labor committee which drafted the measure, criticizing the rules group'? undemocratic” action, announcec immediately, however, she woulc I file a petition next week to force tht the bill to the floor. She used that procedure successfully last year when the rules committee defied house leaders and refused to give the original wage-houi 1 bill preferential status. Subsequent ly, however, the house rejected thai bill and sent it back to the laboi committee. Some congressmen notably from New England, predicted success lo: a petition move this year. However influential members expressed doubt the required 218 signatures could bt obtained and even if the petitlor. I completed, it can not become operative before May -3. Despite President Roosevelt's in sistence the bill be enacted at this session and similar demands from organized labor's two major factions, the rules committee voted, 8 to 6, against letting it come before ! the house, Three of the four republicans on the committee Joined five Southern Democrats in the move to keep the bill bottled up. Shortly before the vote was taken, John L Lewis, C. I. O. leader, wired each member of the committee an adverse vote would De regarded by I labor as "an outrageous and indefensible gagging of the people's representatives.” The American Federation of Labor sent a telegram reiterating its support of the bill, which would have established a graduated minimum wage starting at 23 cents an hour and increasing to 40 cents at the end of three years. Hours would have started at 44 per week, dropping to 40 in two years. Near Collapse, Doomed Man Praying Anew Lawyers' Appeal To Higher Court Appears Futile HUNTSVILLE, April 30— I Saturday )-< AP)—Ewing Stanley, secretary to the warden of the Texas penitentiary, announced early today that the scheduled electrocution of John IV. Vaughn would not he held at the scheduled time of such events. Ile ‘•aid Vaughn would die "sometime between now and aaa JOHN W. VAUGHN After hauling this car from deeper water, firemen struggle to remove the bodies of two brothers and their wives who were trapped and drowned when their car crashed through the barrier of an open bridge and plunged Into the Calumet river In Chicago, The legs of one victim protrude from the broken windshield at the loner left. The victims were Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Lonlewskl and Mr, and Mrs. Edward Loni?-wski. ANGLO-FRENCH MIGHT BACKS PEACE AS ACCORD REACHED France Reje^Ts Britain's Proposal For Including Hitler In Conferences By The Associated Press LONDON. April 29—Great Britain and France confronted Adolf Hitler tonight with a line-up of their combined might against possible war and pledged moral lf not physical backing of Czechoslovakia The two powers in a two-day conference of Prime Minis*er Neville Chamberlain and Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax of Britain and Premier Edouard Dandier and Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet of France: Agreed to coordinate their land, air and sea forces into one great ■ "    military    machine, and agreed to , use their power for defense of rohi-mon interests and their national end international Ideals meaning i democracy. Strengthened the democratic Morgan Called In Failure Probe Suitcase In Lake, Foul Play Feared AMARILLO. April 29.—(/Pi—Finding of a suitcase In a lake in Thompson park here led officers today to fear a Cleveland, Ohio, man had met with foul play between Yuma, Ariz., and Amarillo. The suitcase, containing clothing and personal belongings, was found under two feet of W'ater by L. H. Pierot. Sheriff Bill Adams dried out the case and Its contents and from the letters established that Adolph R. Metsterfeld of Cleveland, was the owner. Stephens Fugitives Still Have Freedom BRECKENRIDGE, April 29. — Two trusties of the Stephens county jail still had the freedom late tonight they won when they escaped Thursday night. They are R. B. Ballard, 22, and Frank Brown, 21, a negro. Sheriff F L. Freeland said tonight he had enlisted the ald of officers over a large part of central and West Texas but that the escapees* capture was not in sight. Colorado Chamber Chooses Manager COLORADO. April 29— (Sp!)— H ..-------- B Spence of Colorado was elected ful during the afternoon, especially manager of the Colorado chamber ____ a* »____ . i.    ... Banking Leader Seventh In Firm To Be Summoned WASHINGTON. April 29 since the days are getting warmer. The studio is open from 8 to 5 I o’clock. Out-of-town children continued to join in the contest yesterday. New additions to the list Included: Gloria Irene Forrester, born Oct. 24. 1937, Clyde; Sylvia Ann Cox. May 30, 1936, Tuscola; Eddie Jay Jr.. June IO, 1936, Hamlin; Margot o: commerce at a called meeting of the board of directors Friday afternoon. Spence will succeed Carl A Bla-sig. who recently resigned to become manager of the Olney chamber May I. The new manager will take charge of the Colorado office Monday. For two and a half years be-  --1    --WW,    ***********    ,    iUOi UMI      "    IAT* Faye Patterson. Ort, 31, 1936; Helen fore coming to Colorado in Septum -Chloe Crlbbs, Dec 29. 1934, Putnam; kc*- I®®®-    disnlav and Jimmie Gordon Russell, Jan. 26,1936 'Merkel; Merry Wayne Russell, Aug. 2. 1937, Merkel; Nancy Oldham, See CUTEST KID. Pg. 3, Col 8. ber 1935. as display and advertising manager for a local department store, Spence operated a sale-conducting service with headquarters in Abilene. His home originally was in Brownwood. front. France approved Britain a deal with Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy for settlement of Mediterranean, African and Spanish issues; Britain pressed France to make her peace with Italy quick-ly.    ... " jjff HITLER TALK VETOED Agreed "on action which could most usefully be undertaken with .w.-,    —A*)— j* view of assuring peaceful and Just The Securities and Exchange com- solution of problems** In central mission has summoned J. P. Mor- j Europe. gan to testify st its public hearing i Examined world problems, includ-concernlng failure of Richard ‘ p *ItuaUon in the Far East, Whitney and company, it was re- b,ut. dlcl 0®* disclose their con -ported in commission circles to- c usl0ns-    ]r policv of non-inter- ni_ht    1    Vfnllon in Spain was reaffirmed. 5^. * .    .    .    ..    .    ,  .,    ,    It was learned Chamberlain sug- h H    .    rr.ational    .    gesl4?d opening conversations with T. . A    his name | Hitler in the near future, but that the French flatly rejected the proposal. However, Halifax and the French diplomats will make friendly overtures shortly to Berlin and other central European capitals regarding Czechoslovakia. France failed to induce Britain to pledge military ald to Czechoslovakia in event of an invasion. LOOKING TO FUTURE— Three Unhurt When Plane Forced Down DALLAS. April 29— hi—Til tee occupants of a privately-owned biplane escaped injury when the craft nosed over in mud in the Oak Cliff section late today. Fred E. Patterson and Lucille Adams, both of Dallas, were passengers on a taxi-ride from a South Dallas airport. Police, who were uninformed as to the pilot s name, said the ship apparently made a forced landing. Three Thousand High School Seniors Due lo Inspect Hardin- Simmons Plant Today MORGAN Srr ANGLO-FRENCH, r* 3. Col. 8. Fifty-Three Bands In Angelo Tourney Hugh Johnson III WASHINGTON, April 29 (UP) — Gen. Hugh Johnson, columnist and former NR A administrator, will enter Episcopal hospital Monday for treatment for a throat infection, It was announced today. Three thousand high school sen lore are expected to converge on1 Hardin-Simmons university this morning for a glimpse at what the future holds for many of them— I life in a university or college. For an entire day, all departments of the university will be thrown open 1 for their Inspection, and a day of entertainment has been arranged in their honor. With their relatives and friends, the high school youngsters will take over the school this morning, the program beginning with a Cowboy jamboree, a musical variety broadcast featuring the Cowboy band. Following, high school groups will be directed to Parramore stadium, where Frank Selfridge, president of the student body, it to give the welcome address. Lecnce Stephenson, master of ceremonies, will introduce Marion B. McClure and the Cowboy band and the Cowgirls, who are to give drills, the Cowgirls under direction of Helen Margaret Robbins. Numbers will be sung by the male quartet—Avery Lee, Aaron Grant J. L. Dickson, and Jack Dean, after which high school delegations will be introduced. Specialty numbers will be given by a xylophone trio, Johif Endicott, Ami Rader and S. E. Smith. Next on the program are acrobatics from the physical edu-cation department, directed by Otho Polk. Numbers by the choral club, directed by Mrs. Lola Gibson Deat-or. are to precede talks by Dr. J. D. Sandefer. president, and Dr. R. N. Richardson, executive vice president. Closing the morning program will' be a Peacock review, the same num- i ber that ended the first annual Varsity show at the university earlier in the week. A barbecue lunch will be served at the pits near Mary Frances hall at noon. Immediately following, beginning at 1:30 o'clock, open house Is scheduled on the campus, with an art display, musical and radio programs, an archaelogy display, .science shows, open house in dormitories, and a continuous program of onc-acf plays and stage demonstrations in the auditorium. Roller skating in the Corral, tumbling, badminton, archery, ping pong and other games in Marston gymnasium are also on schedule. Highlight of the afternoon will be an exhibition football game by the H-SU Cowboy football teams at 3:30 o’clock. • will be the seventh member o.' the firm to tak< the witness slant when the heartnf is resumed ii New York nex J week. The commission has been examining circum stances surround-I ing failure ot Richard Whitneys brokerage firm March 8 Whitney, fivetimes president of the New York Stock exchange,    _ is serving a prison    term for misap-    ,    VT    -r. Apri! 29 r propriation of securities, including I    Z    Texas    bands    par- Tiv.nL w LL ♦ t .I, tcrn division band and orchestra Francis Bartow, pa: tier o. the contests which started at the high Morgan firm, testified last week school stadium this afternoon. that Sunday, March 6,    he drove to    Santa    Anna    and Loraine were the Long Island estate of J. P. added to the roster this morning, Morgan and told the financier of making the entry field the largest Whitney's financial wrongdoings. since the beginning of 'he festival Bartow said he went to Morgan IO years ago. band leaders de- because he felt It was his duty to dared inform his senior partner. Bartow I The contest will draw to a close also testified Morgan was "shocked I tomorrow with judging of Class beyond measure" to learn Whitney n bands, which start playing in had misappropriated customers’ se- |    morning, and of Class A en- curities.    trirs immediately afterward Lub- The last Morgan partner to tes- bock and Abilene co-winners last tify this week at    the    hearing in    y<T    in.    C,assw * are expected to Washington was Thomas W. In- i ma'°-V'V a?aiV    , mont. He said he had loaned ♦ V    ands' f0Ur orches* $1 092,000 to his partner George    and “P^xtmaielv 200 shists WUU.,*, vt u    -    ond    ensembles    "iii be announced .    -' VT V t ' to en- tomorrow afternoon Victors' tro- le him ,o help hts brother Rich- phies will be awarded to division ara restore the securities to th? one bands and orchestras ani mod-stock exchange. Til? loan was re- -als will go to top ranking individ-P»M.    uals. dawn." HUNTSVILLE, April 29 (AP) — A temporary injunction restraining execution of John W. Vaughn was dissolved today and Texas prison system officials prepared the 32-year-old killer, his nerves shattered, for death shortly after midnight. ALLRED REFUSES STAY District Judge W. W. McCrory of San Antonio, In whose court Judge Fountain Kirby of Groesbeck had made the order returnable, dissolved the order and instructed the penitentiary warden to proceed with the execution. Defense attorneys gave notice to McCrory they would appeal his decision to the fourth court of civil appeals In San Antonio. Gov. James V. Allred said at Austin that unless the Vaugnn execution was enjoined oy a court altin | that it would be came.1 out. In response to a ta!* gram ?r >m W. A. Hogan a ad J. F. Hair, Yuighn'a attorneys m San Antonio, notifying him <f Hie appeal they planned, Allred said all authorities i had held that w ren a trial judge {dissolve* an injunction it is of no furf'n*r fore* un.jss the Judge expressly continues it in elite, pending the appeal I GODI ESA TWO DAY* This Judge McCory did not do, j he said. The only other remedy, Allred said, was for the attorneys to get I a stay from the appellate court. There was no Indication from the board or Allred, however. "We have had no notice of any further stay by any court,” he 1 added. Vaugh, lying in a state of near collapse on on a couch in his death cell, heard the news of the dissolution of the injunction over a death row radio and sighed, "Well, I guess thats it. Now its all left up to God." Tile condemned man was haggard and draw’n as the hours dragged toward midnight. Vaugn, whose life has been-spar-ed twice before, once when electrocution machinery broke down, had eatpn no food in two days. Allred said "unless there are any further developments in this case, | the execution will go off as sched-: uled.'* Earlier he indicated he would grant Vaughn a third reprieve unless the legal state of his case was determined. ATTORNEYS CRITICIZED Judge McCrory in dissolving the injunction, severely criticized Judge Kirby, asserting he had absoultely no legal right to Issue the order. Hp also said, "with a1! dup re- 1 spect to the attorneys in this court room representing Vaughn.” he did not intend to allow "a bunch'* of East Texas lawyers "to mess up the See VAUGHN. I*g. 3, Col I. .7 Acid lo Pardus Wildcat Today Operators Cleaning Haskell Discovery After Perforating Treatment with 3,000 gallons of acid is scheduled this morning ort ; the Forest Development corporation and J. W McMlllen No. I A. E. Pardue, southern Haskell county wildcat oil test looming as the dis* covery well of a prolific new pool. Late Friday operators were run* ning tubing for circulation and cleaning out the hole following a four-round .‘hot of gun perforations through the pipe. A total of 39 perforations was made Friday afternoon in 35 feet of saturated Adams Branch limo trom 2.810 to 2,854 feet. The well had shown most saturation In coring from 2,810 to 2325 ’feet, but porosity and stain of oil had been found through the ae*« hon. cored from 2,835 to 2,854 feet, total depth. Six-inch casing had been cemented inside and out with 125 sacks, the pipe set to the total depth in order to obviate the possibility of water Intrusion at the bottom of tho hole. The wildcat discovery, five mile* northeast of Stamford and IO miles south of Haskell, has been estimated at a    rate    of    500 to 2,000 barrels pee dav.    On    a    drillstem    test    shortly after    it was    cored, the    well    showed 1.300    feet    of    oil and 60    feet    of drill fluid in 12 minutes. It is 440 feet from the north and west lines of the south half of M, Collum survey No. 3, abstract 685, New Clues Spur Frome Search BALMORHEA, April 29 — UP -« One of the most important clues in the mysterious Frome murder casa was found near Washington tank, 14 miles west of here, by soldiers ort maneuvers late Thursday night. Justice of the Peace J. M. Ross said today, Ross said soldiers found a pain of rubber gloves wrapped in a San Francisco newspaper dated March 20, eight days before Mrs. Weston, G. Frome, Berkeley, Calif., and her pretty 23-y< ar-old daughter, Nancy, disappeared. A short distance away officers discovered an abandoned < Buicki sedan, 1937 or 1938 model. La Follette Moves Interest LaGuardia n*SW YORK, April 29. — (JPj _ Mayor F, H LaGuardia, whose recent western tour was attributed by some observers to an interest in the 1940 presidential picture, said tonight he considered Gov. Philip La-Follettes third party plans “very interesting.” He is doing what every American who has an idea of his own should do,' said the mayor. "That is to speak out.” The Weather SHU,EXK «nd vicinity:    i’»rtl> cloudy today, Ti VAH: Tartly cloud' today and Min-*!•' • Moderato ftoutlirasi wind* on the coast. OKI AMOMX: Tartly cloudy today and sunday. si AA MEXICO:    (.enerall.v fair today and sunday ; little chance In temperature. It.tote of temperature    >*-»trrda> J S M.    HOI    K    E..M. KS    *........... I     HA ««      5    ............ Kl KS .......  S    ............ MS KS    .'........... 4        MA SS    ■ .......... A        Mil KS .........  Ii      Mi KH ............ 7    ............ 7M Kit  ....... A    ............ TH ta ............ »    ........... it *«    .  .........IO    ......... IM  ......... ll    .......... MU    Noon    Mldnl    tit    SS Mich**' and Inwevt temperature- to 9 t>. rn »eit>wday-, Kfl-SA; ‘tm- date a year arn. 88-61.    , yesterday, *:IM; sjnrse today. 5.At; sunset t Mtay . TUM. Railways Order Pay Cut Of 15 Per Cent Employes Reply In Opposition CHICAGO, April 29.—(^'—Notice of a 15 per cent wage cut for 1.000 000 employes of the nation’s major railroads evoked a promise of stiff opposition from union chieftains today. The Association of American Railroads, embracing 142 class one lines, voted to put the reduction into effect July I to save $250,000,-000 a year In an effort to offset dwindling revenues. The organization contended financial position of the carriers was more desperate than in 1932. D B. Robertson, president of tho Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginetnen, declared at Cleveland: "There will be no wage reduction agreed to by railroad employes.” He described the move as an attempt to "embarrass” President Roosevelt in his "efforts to bolster recovery," and asserted the rail-| roads had slashed their payrolls by $40,000,000 a month since last October. Similar sentiment was expressed by George M. Harrison, head of the Railway Labor Executives association. The association, however, cited a j drop of $13,710,622 or IO per cent, [ rn net operating income during th© four months ending in January, 1938, compared with a similar pcr-I ipd ending in January, 1932, ;