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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 19, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 19, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL LYU I, NO. 80.®jie Abilene deport cr-TMus_“WITHOUT.    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRONDS    OR    FOES    WE    SKETCH    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    COES    "-Byron Valle* Presa (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 19, 1938—FOURTEEN PAGES Aueeiate* Frau (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS DESPITE EVIDENCE-Evangelist-Mother Pins Faith on God to Prove Son Innocent of Murder Vital Organs Examined for Death Cause Doctor Expresses No Fear, Insisting He Didn't Kill Wife LINNEUS, Mo., Aug. 19.— (UP)—Mrs. Lora Lamance relied upon her faith in God today to provide a solution to the Question of whether her son, Dr. W. F. Lamance, murdered his wife and left her body in an outdoor vegetable cellar at their home in Laclede, Mo. Mrs. Lamance, a Methodist evangelist of Manitou, Colo., believes her son innocent. HEEARIXG POSTPONED “Yesterday and last night, he bared his soul to me.” she said. MHe said, 'Mother, I fear nothing. It seems that this had to come, but I am innocent and have spoken the truth.’ *’ Mrs. Lamance said she replied: ‘‘All right, don’t worry, son; all will come out all right.” “I have absolute faith In God,” she said. “I believe things like this come to us in life to try our faith and it will all come out for the best.” Lon R. Owen, attorney for Lamance, said preliminary hearing had been postponed until Monday because he had secured several new witnesses. ABSENCE FAILS TO WORRY Owen said that examination of the vital organs of Mrs. Ella McCurdy Lamance, by chemical experts in Kansas City and Jefferson City, probably would be completed tomorrow. and that as .soon as a report was made on the examinations it could be established whether she died from the effects of poison or from a blow uoon the head. M re. Lamance's body was found last Monday night after Dr. Lamance had returned from a trip to Manitou to get his mother. Irwin Harbaugh, salesman who accompanied Dr. Lamance, revealed today that neither physician nor his mother appeared worried about the absence of hi* wife. Harbaugh said when Dr. Lamance told his mother that his wife was missing, she assured him that her daughter-in-law had left on a visit. IN GOOD SPIRITS According to Harbaugh, the doctor suggested that they take a trip into New Mexico before returning. He said that Mrs. Lamance agreed with her son that it would make a nice trip. Later Harbaugh said, the couple talked about a two or three week's vacation, but after some discussion, Dr. Lamance decided that it would to best to return to Laclede and hunt for his wife. Harbaugh emphasized that at no time did Dr. Lamance express a belief that his wife might have disappeared permanently. “He seemed convinced that she would show up, somehow,” Harbaugh said. Friends who visited with the oste-path ic physician in the Linn county Jail said he was in good spirits and was getting along well with the five other prisoners. Rates Reduced By New Dams AUSTIN. August 19— (/Pl—Progress in construction of the Lower Colorado River authority's system of flood-control — power production dams has- resulted in rate reductions of lo to 15 per cent by private power companies, Clarence McDonough. LORA manager, informed a state senate investigating committee today. McDonough, on the stand the third consecutive day, continued to defend the authority with testimony inended to refute charges the LCRA’s operation of flood gates at Buchanan dam had contributed to the volume of water during the recent disastrous flood. Tile reductions.'* thp manager said. 'have meant a saving of approximately $3,500,000 annually to consumers.” McDonough was answering questions bv A. J. Wirtz, attorney for the authority. ‘‘If you were not permitted to store water in reservoirs behind the dams for dry seasons, you would have no way to produce electric power or supply water for irrigation purposes?” Wirtz suggested. “That's true,” said McDonough. “And if we made no power or furnished no irrigation water we would have no revenues with which to repay federal government loans which made building of the system possible.” 'CONVERTED' JAPANESE SOLDIER, 'BIG SCAR,' BECOMES DIRECTOR OF ENEMY PROPAGANDA FOR CHINESE ARMY CHINESE GUERRILLA HEADQUARTERS, Central Province, North China—(Correspondence of the Associated Press)—A 23-year-old Japanese soldier “converted” to the Chinese cause is serving as director of “enemy propaganda” for Chi nese guerrilla forces in this area. “He is the hardest working officer in our army,” said Gen. Lu Cheng-Tsao, commander-in-chief of the guerrilla force with which this writer has spent several days in the field. “He makes speeches, writes letters to his friends in the Japanese army, drafts propaganda leaflets and educates our three newest Japanese prisoners.” The Japanese is called “Bir Scar” by his new comrades. He was captured January ll, this year, at the battle of Nanyupa, 110 miles south of Peiping. An enraged farmer leaped on him, knocking his gun down, and dug his teeth into the forehead just above the eye. The wound healed badly, leaving a scar and providing a name in the lack of the real name which the Japanese has never given. “All spring I have been treated more like a foreign ambassador than a prisoner,” Big Scar told this writer in broken Chinese. “I received the best food the guerillas have, “They even gave me a bath once a week at a rich man's bathhouse in the headquarters townf This was a privilege denied even to the commander-in-chief. “S i x Chinese propaganda leaders who speak Japanese undertook my education. For five hours a day, for four months, I studied Chinese, read guer illa newspapers and read Karl Marx in Chinese.” “Do you plan to go home after the war,” he was asked. A shadow passed over his face before he replied. “My home is here with my friends.” he said. “My family believes I am dead. Let It be so.” 'TAKING SERIOUS VIEW'- Britain Protests Officer’s Arrest By Nazis WITH H-SU BAND TO WASHINGTON Laying Final Plans- ABILENE SALES CRUSADE DIRECTORS TO CONFER TONIGHT Directors of the Abilene Sales Crusade will hold a very important meeting this evening beginning at 7:30 o’clock at the chamber of commerce building, General Chairman G. W. Waldrop, announced this morning. "All directors must be present if the Crusade is to be started in such a way as to make It a success,” said Waldrop. Final plans for launching the crusade will be made. Directors are Waldrop, Howard McMahon. T. E. Kuykendall, M. V. Witbeck, W. P. Wright, E. P. Mead, Jack Simmons, Carrol Rogers, J. H. Moreland, LeRoy Jennings, Harvey Hays, Ernest Grissom. O. E. Redford, John B. Ray, W. S. Wagley, V. E. Behrens. Ray Clark. IN UN-AMERICAN PROBE Solons Accused of ‘Red’ Salutes Justice Agents Eye Recruiting To be a featured entertainer with the Hardin-Simmons university Cowboy band, when it entrains for Washington and the National Letter Carriers’ convention tomorrow, is Phillip Wayne Cadenhead. 11-year-old Weinert Junior cowboy. Phillip, son of Dr. J. F. Cadenhead, of Weinert, was twice named 'most typical junior cowboy” at the Stamford Cowboy reunion, and is an expert steer rider and trick roper, He was complimented by Will Rogers on the late humorist's last visit there, in 1935. On the H-SU band programs, Phillip will pick his guitar and sing cowboy songs, and will vocalize with Joedene Propst, is a duet, “Home on the Range,” to be dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on a planned radio network broadcast. Women Recount Convicts’ Cries Investigating Committee Named By Pen Board Chairman May Give Testimony CROCKETT. August 19—(UP)—Three women told the Houston county grand jury today that they heard John Hendrix Frazier 21 Dallas, and Raymond Wilkerson, 24, Fort Wm lh, “scream" before they were shot to death Wednesday in their attempt to escape from Eastham prison farm. The women Mrs. Grace Albright, Mrs. Jessie Richardson and a Mrs. Brewton, mother of Mrs. Allbright—testified before the grand Jury investigating a charge of murder filed against Robert Parker, suspended Eastham farm dog sergeant, in connection with Frazier's death. Mrs. Allbright said that she and the other two men told the grand Jurors of hearing the screams. They previously had made other statements about the incident.    t---------- Communist Editor Named in Attack On Constitution WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 — (AP)—A witness told a house committee today that Representatives O’Connell (D-Mont) and Bernard (FL-Minn) gave the "regular communistic salute” after addressing several hundred American youths fighting in Spain. Alvin I. Halpem, who told the committee, investigating un-American activities yesterday about his experiences in the Spanish loyalist army, said the house members spoke at a dedication of pillars at a hospital at Benicasim, Spain. EVIDENCE TO FBI ‘“Diey told us we were fighting for a great cause—democracy—to wipe out fascism.” Halpern said, “They gave the regular Soviet salute—a clenched fist in an upright position.” “They told us lf we wanted anytime after we returned to this country to let them know.” Abraham Sobel related his experiences in Spain yesterday. Th committee later unanimously ordered transmission to the Justice department of the testimony of the two young American deserters from the Spanish government army for See RED PROBE, Pg. 13, Col 5. PEN'S PENMANSHIP TEACHER ACCUSED OF WRONG WRITING Melvin Bennings, negro, is having handwriting trouble again. On November 16. 1936, in district court here, he entered guilty pleas to three indictments for forgery and was sentenced to serve two years In the state penitentiary. At the prison farm he became a trusty and taught in the prison school. The subject he taught was—writing. Having served his sentence, Bennings returned to Abilene. Today he was trying to complete a bond of 6750, set yesterday by Justice of the Peace Theo Ash. Bennings again is charged with forgery. NEGRO SAYS POLICY PROFITS PAID HINES FOR 'PROTECTION' Witness Testifies Arrests Cut in Half After Tammanyite 'Put Fix' On Racket NEW YORK, August 19— (JP)—Joseph "Big Joe” Ison, 47. a West Indian negro and one-time Harlem policy game operator, testified in supreme court today at the conspiracy trial of James J. Hines. Tammy district leader, that noney he and other bankers had to turn over to the Dutch Schultz mob was going to “Jimmy Hines’ club.” Ison said Hines got $125 a week from the multi-million-dollar policy racket for political “protection." The witness said arrests for policy violations dropped 50 per cent late in 1932 and early in 1933—the period shortly after Hines, according to Dist. Atty. Thomas E. Dewey's accusations, entered into a conspiracy with Dutch Schultz to "put the fix” The women live in a farmhouse eight miles from here, near where the shooting took place. As the women left the grand jury room, there was an unconfirmed report that a special investigating committee named by Chairman Joseph Wearden of the Texas prison board would appear before the grand jury later today. The investigating committee convened at Eastham farm and was expected to proceed to Crocket. The Houston county grand jury here began its third day of investigation of the charges brought against Bob Parker. Music Concert Tickets Mailed Mrs. R. A. Maddox, president oi the Abilene Civic Music association, announced yesterday membership cards for the association’s first season had been placed in the mails. Attendance at the concerts is re-Wearden    requested    five    civilians,    stricted to members—those who    pur- hHirri    m PT°,n    chased memberships during    the board member,    to    get    to    the bot- campaign last winter, and to    their house guests on the day of    each concert. Mrs. Maddox asked that    any member who does not receive his card call her home. or that of Mrs. R. P. Wyche. vice-president. Dates of the concerts also were announced. They are: Attilio Baggiore, tenor, Friday, November 18. Suboshutz and Nemenoff. duo pianists Saturday, January 21, 1939. Nathan Milstein, violinist, Friday, March 24, 1939. All concerts will be held in the high school auditorium beginning at 8 p. rn. Guest cards ($2) for house guests of members may be secured on the day of the concert from Mrs. Wyche, telephone 6170, or Mrs. Maddox, telephone 3166. tom” of the killing of Frazier TWO MORE HEARINGS Authorities anonunced that the prison board committee hearing at Huntsville would be followed by one at Eastham farm near here and by another at the scene where Frazier and Raymond Wilkerson, 24, Fort Worth convict, were killed Wednesday. Parker, an employe of the prison system for 16 years, was charged with shooting Frasier ag the convict stepped from behind a tree, his hands in the air, and begged that his life be spared. Frasier was said to have been unarmed. Wearden said the committee would concern itself only wdth the Parker case. He said the committee had not contemplated making a report on conditions at Eastham, where Texas houses its worst criminals. Insurance Company President Speaks Whitaker Brodnax of Dallas, president of the Universal Life and Accident Insurance company, was chief speaker at a luncheon session of the company's district representatives yesterday at the Hilton. He was introduced by R. E. Murrell, vice president and manager of the western division. Wade Smith of Abilene was master of ceremonies. Present at the luncheon were Mr and Mrs. O. H. Crew, Abilene ;Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Hill and Ned HUI, Big Spring; Mrs. Davis, Brownwood; Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Abilene; Catherine Russell, Abilene; Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Blevins and Mr. and Mrs. A H Farrington, San Angelo; Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Crow, Stamford; Mr. and Mrs. V. P. Beall, Sweetwater; A. L. Reese. Coleman; Mr. Brodnax and Mr. Murrell The Weather ABILENE and vicinityr Generally (air toninht and Saturday i Will Texas: Generally fair tonight and Saturday except partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers probable in extreme west portion. East Texas Generally Talr tonight and Saturday. I Highest temperature yetserdav ... 95 Lowest temperature this morning . 75 temperatures on the racket. MAKING $6,000 A DAY Ison said his bank alone, among many other Harlem policy banks, ■was forced to contribute 6125 weekly to the Hines club. He said that in the spring of 1933 his hank cleared 675,000 but that all the prof ta were taken over by "Big Har» y” Schoenhaus. Ison testified that in 1930, before the Schultz mob “muscled in” on NEW YORK. Aug. 19.— (AF) —Courtroom spectators at the James J. Hines trial were amused by the testimony of Julius Williams, rde- haired negro, when he said he could not read, although he could write when someone gave him the letters to put down. Their amusemnet changed to downright hilarity when he added that he did not know aU the alphabet, only the letters "from A to Z.” Thura. pm Frt. am 1    ...... 2 ...... 3    ...... 4    ...... 5    ...... 6    ...... 7    ...... 8 ...... 9    ...... I IO ...... ll ...... ) Midnight Noon .. . Sunrise Sunset 6:30 pm. 6:30 a rn Dry    thermometer    #1    76 Wet    thermometer    Ag    69 Relative humidity    28    T] 77 77 78 7T 77 76 75 77 81 65 88 .....77 ......91 6:06 .. .7:19 12 39 p m. •3 Ti 96 92 94 94 95 94 92 89 85 82 80 78 his business, he was taking in an average of between 66,000 and 614,-000 daUy—mostly in pennies, nickels and dimes. Ison said he took over the policy bank from Wilfred Brunder, another witness in the Hines trial. He testified: “Brunder was being wanted in the Seabury investigation—and he said to me he thinks it is getting a little too hot for him, be is going to go away for a little while, and that I should operate the business for him.” Trent Man Grows, Gins First Bale TRENT Aug. 19—John A. Woodward played a double role here today to inaugurate the 1938 cotton ginning season. The first bale of the new crop ginned here was grown by Woodward. As manager of the Planters Gin he ginned the bale himself. The cotton was picked off 17 acres two miles west of Trent. The bale graded strict middling and weighed 560 pounds. It was not sold. Merchants were making up their annual first bait premium. Kidnaping Laid To Pen Breaker SAN ANTONIO, August 19.—iUP) —A wild ride that ended in his being knocked from his own car by a man believed to be John M. Pickett, the escaped convict, murderer and rapist was told to New Braunfels peace officers today by 23-year-old Ray Jones of Brownwood. Thursday night young Jones had parked his car by a roadside eafe near Brownwood. When he returned to the ear after spending a short time in the restaurant the man believed to be Pickett was seated in the ear. He pointed a pearl-handled .38-calibre pistol at Jones and told him to get started driving toward San Antonio. As the pair sped down the road with Jones driving and the bandit sitting there with pistol drawn the unwelcomed “guest” ordered the owner of the car to give him the wheel, saying that Jones wasn't driving fast enough. Then, Jones reported, the man took the wheel in onehand, held the revolver in the other and careened down the highway at an alarming rate of speed. When they got near New Braunfels, Jones asserted that he was suddenly pushed out of the automobile onto the highway without any slackening of speed. Except for scratches and bruises he was unhurt when he came into the sheriff’s office at New Braunfels. It is believed the escaped convict has passed through San Anotnio and is en route to the Mexican border. Lindy Plans Tour MOSCOW, August 19.—(ZP)—Col. Charles A, Lindbergh spent the forenoon with MaJ. Philip R. Fay-monville, American military attache, and with Soviet civil air officials, planning a sight-seeing tour over Soviet territory. Oil Allowable Figure Hiked Hearing Indicates Sunday Shutdowns Will Be Continued AUSTIN, Aug, 19.— UP) —The United States Bureau of Mines recommended today that Texas oil production next month be 1J398.600 barrels dally, an increase of 30,600 over its recommendation for August. The bureau’s figure was received at the monthly proration hearing conducted by the state railroad commission, the briefest hearing in months. Indications were that statewide Sunday production shutdowns, effective since January 15, would be continued indefinitely. Chairman C. V. Terrell of the com mission said that even with the Sunday closings average daily production from August I to August IS was I,-413,736 barrels. There was some talk of adding days to the shtdown period. R. H. Foster of Fort Worth, representing the Landreth Production company, suggested that “we go back to Saturday shutdowns until surplus oil Is eliminated and pipe line proration is ended.” Harold Neely, representing West Central Texas operators, said they were well satisfied with the present proration policy and wanted It contlned. Body Recovered KNOX CITY, Aug. 19.— (Bpi.) —The silt-covered body of Jack Bradley, 26, was discovered late this morning in the bed of Groton creek west of here only a short distance from the spot where he was lost in flood waters Wednesday afternoon. Funeral will be held at 5 o’clock this afternoon at the First Methodist church here. The body was found by the victim’s father, Sam Bradley, employed on the same ranch. New Authority For Air Commerce Work Official orders hare been received here by William Gottlieb, in charge ; of the bureau of air commerce radio I work at the Abilene airport, that his department will come under a new authority on August 22 . The recent congressional act centralizing aviation work under one head abolishes the bureau of air commerce and sets up the civil aeronautics authority, under which Gottlieb and 3,000 other employes will be designated alter August 22. London Asks 'Full, Speedy Explanation' Passport Official Seized as Leaving To Take Vacation LONDON, Auk. 19—(AP)— The British government today informed Germany that it "takes a serious view" of the unexplained arrest of Capt. Thomas Kenrick, British passport officer in Vienna, by German secret police at the Cerin am-8wiss border. On instructions from the London foreign office, Sir Neville Henderson, ambassador to Germany, has asked the German government for “a full and speedy explanation” of the arrest of Kenrick. NO REPLY RECEIVED The British official was taken by the Gestapo Wednesday as he and his wife were about to leave Germany on vacation. She was permitted to return to her home in Vienna. Yesterday Henderson asked the German foreign office for full particulars of the charge against Kenrick and was promised that a full inquiry would be made. However, no further reply has been received from Berlin. The ambassador’s earlier report of the arrest was rushed to Viscount Halifax, foreign secretary, at his Yorkshire home, by special messenger. EXPECT RELEASE British officials said they hoped Henderson's representations, which included the statement of London's view,” would lead to Kenrlcks early release. Kenrick, who has been passport control officer In Vienna for 13 years, was believed stiU held in the Hotel Metro po ie, secret police headquarters, in that city. In foreign office circles here there was some speculation as to whether Kenrick might have been arrested because he granted more British visas to Austrian Jews than the German government considered discreet. The British government also pressed Italy for information on allegations made in the London press and in the house of commons to the effect that Premier Mussolini was sending new reinforcements and war material to the Spanish insurgents. This represented an about-face by Britain. Eleven days ago the British charge d'affaires in Rome. Sir Noel Charles, drew attention to these allegations in a call on Foreign Minister Count Galeazso Ciano. Subsequently, however, London spokesmen said Britain did not necessarily expect to get a reply from Ciano. But today informed persons said that Charles was instructed to see the Italian foreign minister again and tell him that Britain definitely expects a reply. Charles did this yesterday. The Kenrick arrest caused a sensation in Lindon government circles. Quezon 60 Today MANILA, August 19—<A*)—' entire Philippine archipelago c brated Commonwealth Presic Manuel L. Quezon’s 60th Dirth today by launching a nationv drive to raise funds to continue fight against tuberculosis. BY NAZI DECREE— Its Sarah’ or ’Israel’ —FOR ALL HEBREWS BERLIN, Aug. 19.— (AP)—Next New Year some half mil lion German Jews must add Israel or Sarah to their names. The government issued a decree today requiring any Jev having: a non-Jewish first name to adopt as an additional giver name Israel if male, Sarah if female. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 19, 1938