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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               WESTTXAS' VOLLVII, NO. 363. -WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT fttm (AT> ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 24, 1938-TWELVE PAGES United PRiCE 5 CENTS Albany Bandit Gets Solitary At Alcatraz One 'Rock' Convict Fatally Shot And Another Wounded In Attempted Break BAN FEANCISCO, May 24. life term convict was fatally shot, another wonnded and a prison guard viciously beaten in the second attempt within six months to escape from the grim Alcatraz island federal penitentiary. A third convict, who fled when a guard opened fire with his rifle yesterday, was locked in solitary confinement today. Thcmas S. Limerick, a midwest hank robber, died late last night from a bullet wound in his head. Another bullet fired by an alert, guard, cut down Rufus Frank- lin, Alabama robber and killer, with a bullet wound in the shoulder. GUARD'S CONDITION CRITICAL In their daring bid for freedom the three prisoners had brutally beaten R. C. dines, unarmed sen- ior custodial officer. He was un- conscious in the Marine hospital in. San Francisco today in an "ex- tremely critical condition" from head and shoulder wounds. The third prisoner, James C. Lucas, convicted for robbing an Al- bany, Tex., bank and who stabbed "Scarface" Al Capons in the back with a pair of shears two years ago, fled before the guard's "fire, was captured and placed in dreaded solitary. The convict trio made their des- perate try for freedom shortly aft- er 2 p. m. yesterday, Warden James A. Johnston reported. Encountering Cline. they slugged him with a hammer, then fled to the roof of the building. -There they met the guard, who respond- ed with rifle fire to the barrage of' iron weights they threw at him. PLOTTED ARMS CAPTURE Warden Johnston said the men apparently had planned to capture the arms of at least one -guard; and; then attempt to disarm other guards. "They probably figured they could seize the prison boat and make their getaway from the the 1 declared. However, the! of the guard on the roof and of other guards who joined Mrry prevented what may have develop- ed into icronajor disturbance, possible heavy "Our men were too fast for them.'1" I Last December Ralph Roe and Theodore two long-term con- victs, disappeared from the rock- bound San Francisco bay island in a heavy fog. They were believed to have drowned in the swift cur- rents swirling around the island. Lucas is wanted in Texas after h  Senator Copeland (D-NY) said to- day he would ask the senate to earmark of the Ad- ministration's new pump priming fluids for rivers and harbors and flood control projects. The New Yorker said these proj- f ects already had been approvediby j srrny engineers and could be.initia- ted promptly. He said he would offer Ms pro- isl as an amendment to spending and lending bill which was up for its second day cf debate on the senate Growing opposition-to a-ptbpoafl to ban PWA loans ;wMch cc-ncerns" retarded a vote on Senater'Barkleyof Kentucky, the democratic leader, at first indicated he would offer a compromise, but said later he personally favored TO MARK ROGERS-POST CRASH SPOT coarse sand to feet but was elimination of the provision. drilling below iset this morn- ing without increase. Some free oil was bailed froia the hole before six-inch casing was set j sentatives said it would restore to feet, top of the lime sec-1 confidence of their investors and The amendment was placed in fee bill by the senate appropria- tions committee after utility repre- tion. The outpost is in the south- west quarter of section survey. 1 1 Stores Never Handled Liquor The Weather x-icfnity: Fair aad a n Highest temperature yesterday 75 this TEMPERATURES Mon. Tats. p.m. a.ai. thermometer thermometer hucstdUy Three Couples !n Choir Engaged ST. LOUIS, May 24. persons found romance in a church chcir here. Three women, altos of the Brandt Memorial Frrsbyterian choir, have announced their engagement to three singers in the bass section. Attention of the press has been called to the fact that at least eleven pharmacies (that is drug stores which employ pharmacists) in Abilene have never handled li- quor. Public attention has been turned on the subject in the past ten ddys because of voluntary sur- render of liquor permits by" eight other local stores. On a list of stores where liquor has never been handled, as furn- ished by a group of druggists, are the following: Peoples Drug, 202 Chestnut Fain's Pharmacy, 981 South First Montgomery Drug Co.. 174 Pine enable them to go ahead with con- struction programs. BABKLE3TS COMPROMISE Barkley's original compromise would permit the PWA to lead to municipalities to con- struct public plants where compet- ing private firms rejected "fair7 offers for the purchase of their plans. The public works administra- tor would determine the fairness of the offer. That compromise, however, found no favor with Senator Norris who advocated elimination of the section. Senator Adams floor manager of the bill, predicted the senate would kill the amendment Senators from agricultural states concentrated on attempts to obtain final approval of an additional for farm benefit pay- ments. The appropriations committee voted to-increase the benefit pay- ments on cotton, wheat and corn Rev. Homer F-.Efihems.. Delaware, Okla; and Rev., Roy E. Curtis of. Texas, are shown in Los Angeles aboard the motorboat Pandora on which they will go to Wal- lakpa, Alaska, to place a mem- orial marked at the spot where Will Rogers and Wiley Post crashed. McLemore-Bass Drug Co.. No. fay transferring in PWA 216 Pine; No. Chestnut: No. i tija_t Purpose and adding These payments would be in addition to the provided in the-1538 farm act. Cypress; R. D. Martin drags, 929 Butternut; .Shamrock Drug, 1242 North Eighth; McMurry drug store, 2234 South Fourteenth; E. L! Thornton drug store. South Fourth and Oak. Stores handling drugs which do not employ pharmacists cannot ob- tain Permits, even if they so de- BROWNSVILLE, May 24- sire. Therefore omission from this A heavy downpour of nea7 cloud- list o, any such store not employ-! burst proportions which struck the ing a pharmacist does not mean Brownsville area shortly before noon that such a store might handle Near Cloudburst Hits Brownsville liquor; on the other hand, it could not. Sino Losses Heavy TOKYO. May war office today estimated Chinese casualties in the battle of Suchow at of which 60.000 were killed and their bodies left on the battlefield. today was still falling an hour later with the U. S. weather bureau re- pcrtisg two inches of rain had fall- en the first forty minutes. Streets were running curb full ana dozens of automobiles were stalled as the torrent caught work- ers on their way to lunch. Japs Drive On Honan Capital SHANGHAI, May Japanese offensive to choke all China's railways today rolled to- ward Kaifeng, ancient capital of Honan province and 40 miles east of the important junction at Cheng- chow. Japanese planes bombed Kaifeng in a morning attack and claimed, destruction of ten trains and con- siderable trackage. Japanese artillery, tanks and cav- alry were moving toward Kaifeng, followed by infantry which cap- 's! the old city's key defenses at Lanfeng. The nearest, Japanese column was fighting its way along the Lunghai about Chaotaoying, 15 miles east of Kaifeng. (Hankow dispatches said several were killed at Kaifeng by aerial aombardment, and that the light- ing a few miles east could be heard within the city.) By their capture of Suchow last were caught up in despair a Pact Slayer Is Spared Death NEW YORK, May and solemn, 16-year-old Donald Carroll today escaped possible death in the electric chair when the state called for a "fair and just verdict without meaning the death penal- in connection with the slaving of his stenographic sweetheart. Charlotte Mathiesen, 18. Prosecutor Joseph V. Loscalzo, in a 12-minute opening address, told the all-male jury: "I realize jon men are weigh- ed down by sympathy, and frankly I say to you I am of the same feeling-." The mother of the slain girl, sit- ting with Donald's parents in the courtroom, wept as Loscalzo review- ed the events of the night of March 24, when he said Donald shot his sweetheart with his father's army revolver in an unfulfilled suicide pact "because we decided death was the only way out for us both." They decided on the death pact, Loscalzo said, when they discovered that Charlotte was pregnant and Leaders Predict Passage Today Southern Bloc Asks Variations In Wage Scale WASHINGTON. May coalition "of republicans and north- em democrats crushed today a de- termined southern attempt to in- ject greater flexibility into the re- vamped wage-hour bill By an overwhelming majority the coalition rejected a substitute offered by Representative Barns- peck (D-Ga) which would have per- mitted establishment of wage dif- ferentials between industries or geographical areas. The alternative would have estab- lished graduated mlnlTrmTn wages based on the "weighted average" for individual occupations. It also woulC have created an administrative board with power grant exemp- tions, thus, in iations in wages possible 'Between the north and south or between in- dustries. Representative Ramspecfc offered the alternative proposal as the "legal and safe way" to pro- vide for regulation of the wages and hours of this country's sweat- ed labor." BOARD His bill would create an inde- pendent administrative board with sower to grant exemptions from provisions for a graduated mini- mum wage based on the "weighted average'' for individual occupations. In contrast, .the house bul would establish a universal graduated mTrmm wage starting at 25 cents an hour and increasing to 40 cents at the end of three years. Ramspeck said the .initial wage under his bill probably .would be slightly hrrher than 25 cents in most industries but could not go See WAGE-HOUR, fg. 11, CoL 4 Bureaucracy Trend Assailed By Smith ME5TA, May Lee Smith, candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas, warned today of a tendency away from free govern- ment and toward the dictatorship of a bureaucracy. "We witness today the weaken- ing of the people's hold on their government and the strengthening of the clutches of the board, bu- reaus, departments and commis- sions upon he said. "We have more than hirelings upon the state payroll. It is this group that to all intents and purposes dictates the passage of the appropriation bills arid revenue measures." Czech Nazi Head Leaves Praha Unexpectedly PRAHA, May 24. Reports of new troop move- ments on the German side of Czechoslovakia's southern fron- tier combined the inter- ruption of the Hodza-Eenlein peace talks here today to dis- courage snch optimise as had developed after central Eu- rope's critical weekend. NEGOTIATIONS SUSPENDED In officM quarters reports circu- lated that yesterday's withdrawal of German troops from the border- took place only in Sasony and that they fell back: only about 20 miles. On Czechoslovakia's frontier with, Austria It was said the concentra- tion of German troops actually had The sudden departure from Prana of Konrad Henlein caused suspen- sion of his negotiations with Pre- mier Milan Hodza on the danger- ous fesues between his Sudeten German part? and the Czechoslovak government. This coincided with reports .the Sudeten Germans were demanding withdrawal of Czechoslovak troops mobilized over the week-end in. ths Sudetei districts as eondmon to continuation of peace con- dition Praha. officials indicated it would be difficult to meet. The official explanation empha- sized that Henlein had gone to Aseh on private Business and that conversations would be resumed, later, but private xepbrts said 'there had been, a break over the basft fot'Starting the discussJpift- These reports said the Sudeten Germans had the "un- constitutional situation- in the Sude- ten borderland" be other words that Czechoslovak troops be -withdrawn from Sudeten areas before serious negotiations were begun to settle their differ- ences over self government. A demand for "rsstoration of the right of public assembly" also was attributed to the Sudeten group.. Premier Milan Hodza and Hen- lein talked for more than two hours last night, and were to have met again today with, two Sudeten Ger- man members of parliament. At 10 a. m, however, the ar- CRISIS, fg. 11, CoL 8 week the Japanese broke the great east-west Lunghai railway at its junction with the north-south Tientsin-Pukow railroad. The Japanese plan appeared to i be to straddle the Peiping-Hankow their poverty and youth. Donald drooped in his chair, leaning his head against his hands and staring at the floor as the j-J Jurors Convene In Attack-Slaying Case C-C Leaders Set For Drive Dinner Activities Group To Report Today Last minute preparations before ornorrow night's Kick-Off dinner o launch the campaign to over- subscribe the tpJniTTmm an- nual budget of the Abilene cham- ber of commerce were being made today. Last night. 90 of the 119 team workers in the City Sales Army met for roll call and special instructions for the drive this afternoon the Ac- tivities Fund committee is to give its last financial report before the dinner. The committee had reported 350 of its quota completed by last Friday and expected to be able to report at least S10.000 this afternoon. After the opening din- ner, all funds will be taken under one head for the budget goal. Both the Activities Fund committee and the City Sales Army are to be pres- FIXDRESVTLLE. May j cut for the dinner. Wilsan county grand jury con- I------------------------- Several downtown stores were threatened as high water began to climb the curbs. Electric power was suspended for several minutes but [has been restored. i and coordinate a southward drive against Hankow with flanking of- fensive through Anhwei and Honan provinces. TOO STRENUOUS FOR 'OLD VETS PASS GRAVE DECORATING ON TO SONS GETTYSBURG, Pa., May 24 soldiers -who for years have decorated the graves of those fell on the nation's most famous battlefield called today for younger men to carry on the duty grown too strenuous for them. Disdainful of advancing age, the handful of surviving vete- rans who shouldered muskets in this drowsy section of south- central Pennsylvania 75 years ago have proudly handled the work of keeping forever greea the. graves of fallen comrades. This however, the gray- haired and enfeebled veterans were obliged to delegate the task to younger and sturdier hands. They called upon sons and grandsons to take up pres- ervation of the graves. Nevertheless, the veterans still have a part in the Memo- rial Day ceremonies next Mon- day. Donning again their faded blue uniforms, they will motor in the annual parade that at- tracts thousands to this histori- cal observance. Once again the immortal words of Lincoln wffl ring out over the field he dedicated to "a new nation, conceived in liberty." Judge W. C. Sheely of the common pleas of Adams and Pulton counties will recite the., famous Gettysburg address. Another speaker will be Senator Arthur H. Vanden- burg; A feature of the ceremonies will be music by a citizens' band which calls itself "the blue and the gray" in tribute to the union arid confederate forces that clashed in the decisive three-day engagement. Reich Press Renews Czech Denunciation (Copyright, 1938 By United Press) BERLIN, May German press, quiescent during the peace discussions in Prague, re- leased a new torrent of denuncia- tion of Czech border incidents to- day. The recriminations coincided with the departure from Prague of Kon- rad Henlein, Sudeten German lead- er, after his talk with Premier Mil- an Hodza. The sharp tone of the press was Interpreted in well-informed quar- ters as indicating that Germany is "determined to protect her nationals by all means if need me. and that re- lief can be lasting only if no ser- ious incident occurs during the municipal election oeriod. prosecutor, after expressing sym- pathy, continued in a sterner voice: "The people expect to prove that the defendant willfully, feloniously and with fore- thought shot his sweetheart" Propose Merger Of Presbyterians MERIDIAN. Miss.. May proposal for reunion of! half a million southern Presbyte-; rians with the northern branch of) the church was discussed today at the 78th session of the general as- sembly of the Presbyterian church in the United States, Delegates chose Montreal. N. C.', as site for the 1939 meeting and then decided to postpone action on the retirement of ministers. While no definite action was expected on the question of reunion, it was be- lieved a motion to continue nego- tiations would be approved. The session, originally scheduled to end tonight, may be continued through Wednesday because of lengthy debate on controversial is- sues. j vcned here today to take action on the statement cf a 48-year-old La- vernia farmer that ht attacked and jkiiles 12-year-old Hope Elisondo. i The battered body of the sixth- grade school pupil was found i urday. Sheriff George R, Boothe 'said the i suspect made a statement admit- ting he attacked, strangled and beat child to death. Goodman Wins TRCON, Scotland. May United States Amateur Champion Johnny Goodman today defeated his Walker cup teammate, Ray Billows of Poughkeepsie. N. Y., 4 to 2, to reach the third round of the British amateur golf cham- pionship. Terrified By Murder Death Sentence, Negro Dies Of Fright In Houston Jail HOUSTON. May by a death sentence for murder, Albert Pitts, 33-year-old negro, died of fright today in the Harris county jail. "He -was scared to. said Dr. J. Herbert Page, county health officer. Pitts was found guilty on April 12 in District Judge Whit Boyd's court of murdering Amos Littman, grocer, during a robbery on Jan. 27. Date of execution in the Texas electric chair had not been ret Dr Page said the negro had been in a state of terror since his sentencing. Tom Moore head jailer, said that Pitts had made no demon- stration during his imprisonment. Dr. Page said the negro had been. under treatment for a glandular ailment, but it was not re- sponsible for his death.   

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