Abilene Reporter News, June 3, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

June 03, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL. 7. "WITHOUT. OR WITH OFFENSE TO FKJENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE FOURTEEN PAGES DECAPITATING ONE Peru PRICE 5 CENTS Stephenville Bus-Truck Crash Kills Four, Hurts 21 'Break' Rumors In Cash Kidnap Stir Princeton Hoover In Lead, Federal Agents Maintain Silence PRINCETON, Fla.. June Numerous reports of a "break" in the Jimmy Cash kidnaping case recurring flurries of ex- jltcment tonight in this South Flor- Ida vplage while some men searched in vain for some trace of the five-year-old child over an area ef 80 square miles. The without con- that the young- _ fter had been found ctcad, that fed- eral In Miami had obtained n confession from one of the many persons they questioned, and that a man had been found whose fln- ferprints corresponded to those on notes demanding the S10.COO ran- ju som which was paid by the boy's w father. J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who flew to Miami to take personal command, said he had no statement to mkjce.ss he left FBI headquar- tcrs 'to go to dinner. The FBI posted n reward of dou- ble the face value for finders of the first 100 ransom bills, the serial num- It also broadcast a description of the blond, blue-eyed youngster con- taining this poignant line, after stat- ing the height of 3 feet. 7 inches: "Note: This height was ob- Ulned from a mark placed on wall wllhln Ihe past several weeks by Ihe father in measur- ing the actual hcljht of the boy." All indications were that the fed- eral agents had given up hope of finding him alive. All Princeton was on edge. 0 Hoover held a pres- conference p.t 35 miles north of here, tut limited his commcr.: to ob nrvatlon that this farming region v.as Ihe worst country in which his men ever hunted. The volunteer searchers turned In 1 a number of articles culled from the second day of beating the woods and fields. Among them were com- plete convict outfits, but Sheriff D. C. Coleman expressed doubt they had any connection with the kid- naping. A fleet of 65 boats covered 175 miles of Btscnyne bay shoreline east of here and 251 miles of Everglades canals. A crew of divers, one a woman, extended the search to streams and 31 water filled llme- f stone pits. Bankers Gather In Ihrockmorton THROCKMOHTON. June address by Oral Jones of Wichita Falls, president ot the Tex- as Bankers association, is to high- light the meeting here Friday of the Four-County Bankers associa- tion. The First National Bank of Tiirockmorton Is to be host for the session, which Is expected to draw n crowd of 75 or 80. The association's membership comprises banks In Haskell. Baylor. Knox and Throckmorton counties. Another princlpr.l speaker is to be John Lee Smith, Throckmorton nttorney. R. B. Coleman; R. E. Baskin. president of the Farmers National bank. Seymour: Mayor Sloan Etribling of Throckmorton; and Byrd F. Thorp, Throckmorton. president o( the association, also are to be heard. The business session, in the morn- will close with the selection of the 1939 meeting place. A fish fry will follow, at the McCluskey and Atkinson ranch, north of Tlirockmorton. Olney Ships Wheat OLNEY. June cars of new combined wheat, lirst of the season, have been billed out of Olney. The yield per acre is vary- ing from five to H bushels per acre. Some of the wheat still Is loo green for combining. CAPABLE OF 700 MILK AN HO UR, ROCKET SPACE SHIP INCREASES ITS RANGE 30 PER CENT By HOWARD W. B LAKES LEE Associated Press Science Editor HOSWELL, N. M, June new step in the principle of rocket ship control was dis- closed today ill Eden valley, the huge saucer-shape outdoor laboratory near here where Dr. Robert H, Goddard of Clark university is working on the world's lirst sounding rock. He has added a potential 30 per cent to the range of his long, slim, black, 700-mlle-an- hour rocket since his last pub- lished report two years ago. At that time Dr. Goddard announced a gyro steering mechanism by which a rocket motor could be steered auto- matically as long as the fuel lasted. The new step is a means of steering after the fuel Is gone will carry the. rocket nearly one third higher. The motor which Dr.Goddard uses burns two fuels, oxygen and gasoline, which shoot out tf nozzles near the tall of the rocket. Mixing the oxygen with the gasoline makes one of the most powerful explosives. These; streams are Ignited where they meet in a mixing chamber, They name out of an In the tall of a rocket with the', roar.of an express train and the speed of a mile a second. The new steering device of two years ago does not use the atmosphere, but this train of rushing gas, to steer by.. Rudders are placed so that the stream hits them. A gyro con- trols the rudders to direct the rocket straight up. In this manner a rocket could be steered in empty space. But Dr. Ooddard Is seeking practical flights to study the mysteries of the atmosphere 60 to 100 miles up, and also the answers to Immediate mechanical pumles which must be solved before rocket ships can fly from point to point. The objective of the present rocket Is to carry meterologl- cal and scientific Instruments higher than balloons. For this the catapult flight, following the peopelled flight, will be useful. The rocket must be UNABLE TO REACH NIGHT VOTE- Senators Predict Relief Passage Night Session Ends In Debate Hatch Proposal To Bar Political Activity Downed bring the administration relief bill to a vote, but predicted certain ap- proval of the measure tomorrow. Senator Barkley the ma- jority leader, auruptly ended the chamber's second night session oi the bill at mid-evening when it be- came apparent that debate might continue for hours. HATCH OVERRULED Just previously. Barklcy won a two-vote victory in a fight against an amendment by Senator-Hatch (D-NM) restricting political activity by WPA administrative employes. _ The Hatch -proposal 'offered a'n amendment ot the spendlng- dins bill, was defeated, 39 to 37. Barkley vigorously opposed it. con- tending It would do nothing to pre- vent political activity by state em- ployes. Earlier, the chamber rejected by a voice vote an amendment forbid- ding the use of PWA funds for the construction of utility plants which would duplicate existing privately- owned systems. It acted after Barkley had re- ported President Roosevelt opposed the restriction. Previously, the chamber overrode recommendations of its appropria- tions committee and voted an ap- propriation of for the PWA. COMPROMISE BALKED Wliile announcing the president's opposition to the proposed restric- tion, Barkley tempered it with a statement that Roosevelt would not allow funds for utility construction until municipalities had made "rea- sonable" ofiers in "good faith" to buy existing private plants. Hartley .said, under questioning, that Roosevelt would Judge whether offers were reasonable and whether they had been advanced In good faith. The proposed restriction was rec- ommended by the appropriations committee as an amendment to the administration's spending lending bill. Prior to the vote which killed the proposal, the senate rejected, 40 to 30, a compromise advanced by Senator Maioney The Maloncy amendment provid- ed a system of compulsory arbitra- See SENATE, Tg. 11, Col. 8 Mouse In Turkey Costs Cafe NEW ORLEANS. June Judge Nat Bond held today that Martin brothers' res- taurant must pav damages of S150 to Ralph E. Bertheaud be- cause it served Bertheaud a mouse in a turkey dinner Jan- uary 10. Berllwaud said in his suit for S5.000 that he suffered great mental nnguish and embarrass- ment when he he was eating a mouse. Tuscola Twins Divide Valedictory Honors, Compiling Twin Averages in High School Twin boys with twin averages will be co-valedictorians of Tuscola high school at graduation exercises tonight. Bob and Frank Latta, n-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs Walter Latla of the Rogers community, have averaged 91-plus during their four years in high school. There was 13-31 of a point difference in their grades, but Supt. E. O. Larktn says he has forgotten which was the highest. Graduation exercises will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in the First Methodist church there. W; C. Russell, Hamlin banker, will be the commencement speaker. Seventeen students will be graduated Ranking third In the class is Patsy McFerrin, with a 90 average. Valedictorian of the seventh grade class, for which exercises were held Thursday night, was Gail Dunbar. Billy Sayles was salu- tatorian. Fifteen students were graduated. The Latta twins are active in FFA and student council work and music. Both play the piano and sing. The boys plan to attend college, but have not decided where definitely. DELUGE FLOODS BIG SPRING, HAIL STORM DAMAGES ROIAN Swirling Waters Fill Street In Howard County City; Fisher Crops Laid Waste Striking in two widely separated spots about the same time rain and hail early last night swept Big Spring and Rotan. Other points in the Abilene territory reported rains ranging from light to heavy showers Late last night, firemen at Big Spring still were moving families from houses in the west side of town. In a "valley." that part of town was flooded almost entirely, Big Spring police said. WATER OVER HEADLAMPS "It rained all around and poured down in the middle." the desk sergeant at the police depart- ment described the downpour, esti- mated at more than three inches. Heaviest part of the rain foil in about an hour and a half, with 2 brisk shower still falling about 11 o'clock. Runnels street in Big Spring was reported filled with swirling water from end to end, the stream level over automobile headlights in some places. Highways to the city still wtre open, although flooded. A bridge in the south part of town was washed out. Police said one cloud approached from the east and another from Hie west and late last night another was forming tn the north. HAIL BREAKS PANES Telephone connections in some parts of town were out. and water was standing In business houses. No rain or hall accompanied the downpour. From Rotan came word of wind- driven hall storm that broke virtu- ally every window pane in the busi- ness section, and seriously damag- ed house roofs and car tops. The hailstones were small but plentiful enough to cover the ground, it wss reported. Driving Hie hail was a wind with an esti- mated force of 50 to 60 miles per hour. Crops In Its paths were dam- aged seriously. MOTORISTS BMN'DED Striking Solan from the west. Ihe storm veered southward, but did not re.ich Roby. Territory 'covered was estimated at one to two miles wide and six miles long. A plate glass window in the Phil- ips drug store was blown out. Motorists on the Bankhc.id high- way between Abilene and Sweclwa- ter said a heavy rain about 11 p. m. at times obscured the road. The Sec STORM, Pj. H, Col. S Officers Put Lock On Cafe A cafe at 1618 Walnut street, op- crated by Mrs. Helen Jones and Mrs. jack Cunningham, was pad- locked Thursday by members of the sheriff's department who acted on orders of Judge M. "S Long of 42d district court. Sheriff Sid McAdams and Deputy Elmer Lowe placed two padlocks on the front doors. Since the place was also being used for living quar- ters, a rear door was left open. Judge Long ordered the place padlocked Wednesday, after a jury had found the cafe to be a place where persons gathered for the purpose of drinking intoxicating liquors. In a raid in (he cedar Gap re- gion south of Abilene Thursday evening, the sheriff's department seized a quantity of beer. Charges are to be filed against the opera- tor of a filling station, as a result. Lowe said. Civic Workers Hail Success steered in this part of (he flight by some other means than the rudders in its gas stream. The new methods of steer- ing, io Candle the catapult phase, have been largely worked out. They cannot be made pub- lic at present. They will be re- ported by Dr. Goddard to the Daniel and Florence Guggen- heim foundation, which is fin- ancing the rocket experiments here. Speeds higher than the 700 miles an hour which Dr. God- dard's rockets have already LA PONS WEDS Finance Soldiers For C-C Conclude Drive At Dinner One hundred-twenty civic work- ers saluted victory In a dinner at the Woolen hoiel last night official- ly marking the close of the Abilene lamber of commerce's finance drive. Leaders of the chamber of com- merce's city sales army and activi- ties funds committee reported 184 actually subscribed, with likeli- hood that an additional would be added when all solicita- tions are needed. The original mini- mum quota for financing the cham- ber's revitallzatlon program the "Forward Abilene" The desired goal was 120.- 000, HAIR PRAISES SPIRIT Presiding for the victory dinner was J. C. Hunter, popular president of the chamber who officially head- ed the finance drive. Hunter praised the efforts of th? workers, and the cooperation evi- denced. "But even more Important than the money raised is the spirit which has been generated by the Hunter remarked. "We have broken away from the habit depending on an undefined group of people referred to as 'they' to do the civic work, and have substl- Uild the pronoun 'we.1 'It was the spirit of cooperation that got the Job he declared. Mayor Will W. Hair lauded the spirit of the campaign in phrases some interpreted as forecasting sig- nificant civic steps or problems like- ly to develop soon. "I am particularly glad to see this spirit of cooperation because the city will need all its united strength to overcome some of the city gov- ernmental problems which will arise in the future, Mayor Hair said. GUESTS FROM LUBBOCK Campaign workers were compli- mented by W. J. Fulwiler, co-chair- man of the activities funds com- mittee, H. O. Woolen, Co-Colonels D. G. Barrow and Jess Winters of the sales army, and Majors T- E. Brownlee, Homer Scott, Jim Shel- ton and Russell Stephens of the same group. Gene Elo of the West Texas Utilities company Introduced four sussts from Lubbock who had been invited as goodwill ambassadors. They were J. H. Brock, assistant ___________secretary of Ihe Lubbock chamber of commerce, G. p. Kuykendall, Mark Halsey and Dr. J. E. Barr. The Very Rev- Henry Felderhoff. priest of Sacred Heart Catholic church of Abilene, said the Invoca- tion. Entertainment was furnished Colorado Amateur Program Resumed COLORADO. June Thousands of Mitchell countians are expected to turn out Friday Jeri7 Stephens, cornet soloist night for the opening of the "ama- leur hour" season at Colorado's Ruddlck park amphitheater. A program has been prepared for the occasion by Mrs. R. Martin. with piano accompaniment by Min- nie Faye McQuary. Ed Siiumnsy. executive of the Chisholm Trail Boy Scout council, led group singing. A. (Call Me Jim) BIyth o! Originated In 1936 by J. H. j City bureau, who cn- Grccne. then manager of the Colo- rado chamber of commerce and now manager at Sprins. the ama- teur program lias been held every Friday night throtislio'jt the sum- mers since its beginning. It has drawn crowds estimated as hlsh as 8.000. neered the finance campaign, Czech reserves had been partially bade farewell. He will leave Sat- J urday. REMEMBER The Weather Wandering Windsors Settle Down On Eve Of Their First Anniversary ANTIBES, France, June Amn-lnm.lvn-n ___ ANTIBES, France, June The wandering Windsors reached the eve of their first wedidng an- niversary tonight happy, busy and apparently ready to s'ettlc down for a long stay on the Riviera. I'M duke and du.tchr.ss were sup- ervising the redecoralion of Uiclr new home. Chateau de la croe. with indications they may stay longer than the two years they have leased it. H was possible they might even buy It Sir Pomcroy Burton, American-born retired editor. They planned to spend Ihcir an- niversary tomorrow, loo. amone the painters and paper hangers working In the three-story house. The abdicated British monarch and his wife. American-born Wal- WnrHeld. seemed radiant cic- spllc the vicissitudes since last June 3 when they were married in the Chaieau de Cande of American Charles Bedaux at Monti. Their only concern seemed la be only the delay in remodeling their os-n home, although not all the 18 months have been streni> since former King Edward VIH gave up his throne, There was a long interlude of separation, with Edward in Aus- tria and Wallls in Southern France, until she was freed by divorce from Ernest Aldricli Simpson, her soc- ond husband. Edward was forced to abandon hli plans for a labor survey in the United stales last winter, 'tic was rebuffed when he attempted to at- tend a British observance of Armis- tice day November 11 In Paris and he has seen very few of his old friends. But the couple uas beaming to- ,3 day during the drive to the rim-1 tcau to watch the work. It will be about three week.! be- fore the house is ready. This will be Uielr first real home after spend- ing their honeymoon in Austria, living In a Paris hotel, then a suburban villa and uktng iidc trips to Germany end the Riviera between ARIJ.KNK iiv! Gentrallj- UI-ST fToudy, pcobibTy tootrr (n Ihf SMardiy. EAST TKXAS: Partly rlnudy aiij SAlnrrity. l.lchl In tn fin Ihf SEW MKMCO: "111, III- IV rhtntr In Trnipfralorr Ifrity tnA Sjl- rfia.lj- made are practical with the type of motor lie has developed. Such high speeds are useless until controlled. The catapult steering Is only one of the new steps. Each new ctevtee takes months of work. Not only is there no precedent to guide Dr. Goddard, but after he has Invented a new device there Is no one to manufacture It. He and four assistants do all the K'ork In a small machine shop behind Ihe residence at Mas- calero ranch tour miles from Hoswell. But Hubby Looks Abashed NORWALK. Conn., June Pons, opera and screen star, and Andre Kostel- anetz. orchestra leader, were married today alter obtaining a waiver ot the state's five-day law. Oeraldlne Farrar, retired Metropolitan opera star, was matron ot honor, and Charles H. Harris, wealthy retired glass manufacturer of this city, was best man- Demand Henlein Trial As Traitor PRAGUE June de- mand that Konrad Henlcln. Sudeten German leader, be tried for high treason on the basis of an interview ivhich he recently gave to Ward Price. British newspaper correspond- ent. MS made today by Dr. Vlas- t.mil Klima of the national league Klima lodged a formal demand at Ihe state attorney's office that Hen- Inn be prosecuted (or -statements r-arte to Price, which Included the drclaratlon that there were three means of solving minority qucs- t'.on, including conflict If media- tion failed. Acting under the law for defense of the republic, Klima submitted evidence purporting to support his charge, nicluding a statement by HIM that despite denials of tlie Sudeten Darty. Hcnlcin's remarks s' printed in the interview were cor- rect. Private sources revealed that despite the reticence to discuss the matter In official matters. Miss Unity Valkyrie Frccman- Mit ford o[ London, close frlrnd of Adolf Hitler, and William Ruelt. _ Chicago student, left for Ger- many today after a brief period arrests on suspicion that they were spies. lorlh portli Runtt of AM In Irniprratnrr HOI'R 95 91 AfA. 90 Kft. lunrltt Methodists Dedicate New Church Sunday BUFFALO GAP. June one of Ihe oldest places of worship in Taylor county, the now Methodist church here will be officially dedicated Sunday morn- ins. June 5 The Rev. c. A. Blok- ley. yirrslcims rider of the Abilene Methodist district, will deliver the sermon. Finished only recently, the church was rebuilt and rock-re- I after a wind pArtUlly [demolished the o'.d building. The ;0M church hurt Seen standing for j moro than 50 years. ''The Rev. H. Dooley Is pastor. Wage-Hour Fight Rages Conference Hears Lowest Minimum Wage Proposal WASHINGTON, June A rock-bottom minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was one of major suggestions laid today fore a senate-house conference com- mittee struggling to reconcile dif- ferences on wage-hour legislation. No industry affected by the bill would be granted exemptions from this figure. The suggestion was put forward with the idea that the bill, as fin- ally agreed upon, might provide for general standards higher than 25 cents, but might give a government agency power to exempt certain in- dustries from these standards. There was said to be strong sen- timent in the committee to estab- lish, some bedrock figure below which such exemptions could not suggested .'that, besides committee agree .upon 44 hours week as the absolute standard be- yond which exemptions could not be granted. If such a compromise were reach- ed, It would incorporate provisions of both the house and senate bills, committee members pointed out. The house measure calls for a 25-cent minimum wage, increasing to 40 cents in three years, and a 44-hour week declining to 40 hours' after two years. The senate' sets 40 cents an hour and 40 hours a week as standards, but permits a board of five to excuse individual firms from complying. One of the Southern senators who has been active in the fight agains. wage-hour legislation, but who is not a member of the conferenc committee, said the Southerners would agree to accept a 25-c.eiit minimum wage if provisions wer made extending the time over which it would be advanced to 40 cents Two Girls, One Boy Born At Hospital Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Fredeck, route 5, Abilene, anounce the birth of a son yesterday afternoon at the Hcn- drlck Memorial hospital. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gilbreth, ioia Hickory yesterday morning at the hospllal Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Snell of Haw- Icy announce the birth of a daugh- ter yesterday morning at the Hen- drick Memorial hospital. Knox Man Enters Appeal Court Race AUSTIN. June county friends of James A. Ste- phens. 69. of Benjamin. Knox coun- ty, filed his candidacy today for the place on the court of criminal appeals now occupied by Judge Harry N. Graves of Georgetown. Second Collision Fatal To Three Near Huntsville Flames Envelop Autos Figurinq In Both Wrecks STEPHENVILLE, June Four persons were kill- ed and 21 injured today in the head-on coHision of a truck and a bus bearing a Ban An- tonio orchestra and entertain- ment group. Sheriff's officers reported fire :onsumed both machines shortly after they crashed at a bridge opening 10 miles cast of here on the highway between Stcphenville and Qranbury. THREE BODIES BURN A gas tank explosion followed ME collision and most of the or- chestral group managed to scram- ble from the machine In time to save their lives. They hauled all but three bodies from the wreckage, but one of their party died at a hospital here. The dead: Herman Lemons, 21-jear- old truck driver from Junction, who' was decapitated. Franws Valdei ana flora Garcia, entertainers from Sin Antonio. Miss Garcia died shortlj after she was taken to a hospital W. W. (Windy) Matthew., driver oi the bus. Bodies of Matthews and Miss Valdez were charred beyond recog- nition. Besides Miss Garcia, 21 persons were treated at the hospital Five were but slightly hurt; 14 required considerable attention, and. two were seriously injured. rector, ot the jeithJtra, andn (Chuck) Warner. V The bus was en rouSe to Okla-' homa City, where Marlines' com- pany Intended to fulfill a three-day engagement at a country club. The truck driver was believed riding alone. Women Narrowly Escape Road Death HONTSVILLE, June Three persons were killed and a fourth was critically injured to- night when two trucks collided and burned eight miles south ot here on the Houston highway. The dead: Dr. W. ?f. Rush, 50, veteri- narian for the Tesas prison system. S. E. Abies, of Houston, rViv- er of an ell truck. An unidentified man rldinr with Abies. Dewey Fowler, 34-year-old con- rict trusty serving a 99-year sen- tence for murder from Tarrant county, was Injured critically. BLAST FOLLOWS CRASH Investigators said two women, Mrs. W. O. Dsan of Corpus Christ! and Miss Derlys McDonald of Huntsville. reported they started to turn off the road toward Hous- ton when the oil truck swerved and struck the back of their machine, flipping It in a half-circle so that it faced Ihe opposite direction. The women said that the acci- dent unnerved them and they drove immedialely to Huntsville. Officers theorized that Fowler, who was driving Dr. Rush back to the penitentiary, was unable to avoid the oil truck after it had struck the women's car. The oil truck and the light peni- tentiary truck both plunged into a ditch. An explosion at the moment of impact tossed the cab of Ihe larger vehicle atoul 70 feet. 'CLEVEREST AT LARGE' Bunco Artist, Forger Sought In West For Swindling At Albuquerque DENVER. June R. D. Bron-n. Federal Bureau of Investi- gation agent at Denver, said today "one of the cleverest forgers now at was being sought in the West forging an Albuquerque. N. large" after M.. attorney's name to two checks (or more than Brown said the man was Clar- ence E Meluffey, 33. Indicted by a Santa Fe. N. M.. federal grand Jury on swindle charges. Mclutfcy and Edward Lee Davis. now serving a IO-to-14-year prison term on a recent comiciton in Wis- consin. obtained a "very Urge amounl'' of money through their operations after their release four years sgo from the Sew Hamp- shire state penitentiary. Brown Jain. Mehaffey used old Bunco name" In cashing two checks stolen from the Albuquerque attorney's office, Brown Mid. After taking the checks, Mehaf- fey made an appointment to meet the attorney at Santa Cruz, N. M., Brown Eald. While the attorney was absent from Albuquerque to keep the appointment, Brown said, the National Trust and Savings bank called his otficc to determine whether a check was in or- der. The person answering at tht attorney's office said it was. A few minutes later the bank again called about a check, and was told It too was In order. Brown said the person answering at the attorney's office probably was Mehaffey, and that he had forged the attorney's name to two checks. Brown said the trial of Davis, ar- rested at Wautoma. Wis., brought out that (he pair had engaged in swindling operations since 193S In many cities, Inclttoini; Bakersfleld, ICaltf.; Phoenix, Ariz, and Wichita Falls. ;