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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 25, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 25, 1938, Abilene, Texas I WIST TEXAS'! 0}    0^1^    ■ INEWSPAPER I VOL. LVIII,NO. 86. TEfje Abilene Sporter ~j0hi)3 “WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOLIS,"-Byron__ WM Presa (UPI ABILENE, TEXAS. Thursday Evening, August 25, 1938—TWELVE PAGES AmtliM Prew (AF) PRICE FIVE CENTS Another Laid to Slaying Carroll Youth Serving Life for Murder Which Both Convicted Adds to Accusations (Copyright, 1938, by United Press) AUBURN, Me., August 2..—(UP)— Paul (Buddy) Dwyer, 19, serving a life sentence for the same murder as that of which former Deputy Sheriff Francis Carroll was convicted, has accused Carroll of a third murder state prison officials revealed today.    ,    , Carroll, like Dwyer, is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Dr. James G. Littlefield South Paris physician He also was accused of but not tried for the murder of the doctor’s wife. Now. prison officials Mid, Dwyer has accused Carroll of slaying John W. Penney, Auburn filling station proprietor.    ..__„ .___. . „ ^ Prison officials said Dwyei made his accusation about two months It was not disclosed, however, until today, after the brother of a ago. ____ ____ former state official said in an affidavit that Carroll was at Penney's isolated filling station the night of last May 18. on which Penney was beaten to death. RECOUNTS VISIT Nine days after Penney was killed. Carroll was arrested on an incest charge involving his 17-year-old daughter, Barbara. Dwyer's onetime sweetheart. Subsequently the ousted deputy sheriff was charged and convicted of the murder to which Dwyer had pleaded guilty and accepted a life term. Prison officials quoted Dwyer as saying Carroll had visited the Pen-neys “many times” seeking funds to finance his "escape" from South Paris where, seven months before, Dr Littlefield had been slain. Dwy ers accusation, officials said, was that, refused money, Carroll became involved in an argument with Penney that resulted in the latter’s death Though Dwyer was in prison when Penney was slain, officers said this did not preclude Dwyer’s knowledge of Carroll’s alleged visits to the Penney s. "He (Dwyer( had plenty of visitors at the prison,” Sheriff Rex V. Bridges said.    , Statistics Show Business Gains Upswings Regain All Ground Lost In Seven Months WASHINGTON. Aug 25 Three federal agencies offered today statistical evidence of substantial business improvment in recent weeks The Federal Reserve beard calculated that the upswing In Steel, textiles, petroleum shoe and other Industries had won bark in the last seven weeks all the ground lost in the previous seven months. At the treasury, a 25 per cent spurt in customs collections indicated to officials that conditions had improved to the point where purchases of foreign raw materials and other merchandise were affected. Since many basic raw materials imported by American industry are duty-free, officials regarded the customs gains as particularly significant. Th* commerce department reported the first favorable turn In its index of national income in nearly a year. July income declined less than the usual seasonal amount, and the nation’s Income from wages, dividends and other sources was estimated at 835,300,000,000 for the first seven months of the year. Because this was not far from the, $39,000,000,000 income in the similar portion of last year, statisticians indicated a belief that continued business improvement might bring the 1938 total close to last year s $69,300.000 000, which was the highest since 1929 The reserve board said its index of industrial production rose from 77 per cent of the 1923-25 average in June to 83 per cent in July and gained further in tne first three weeks of August. The July average was the.. highest since last December’s 84 per cent, and the board report indicated the August figure might be close to last November’s 88 per cent Index. November was the third month of the unprecedented decline which carried the board's index steadily downward from 117 in August. 1937, to 76 in May 1938. HEADSTARTER Hungary New Central Europe 'Middle Man' Kingless Kingdom Seeks Favors of Opposing Groups ‘EDITORS’ NOTE: A major front in the struggle for domination of Europe is forming quietly along the Danube with little Hungary playing an increasingly important role. In the following dispatch. Webb Miller, United Press European manager and veteran war correspondent, explains the significance of this Peek’s developments among the smaller nations of Central Europe.’ IN JAIL 'BAKING' PROBE— Torture Arrests Forecast I    I    Investigators Eight Drunk 43d Time— TWIXT DEVIL, DEEP —He Chooses Jail COQUILLE, Ore.. Aug:. 25.—(UP)—Walter Smith appeared before Police Judge Frank Leslie today for sentencing on his 43rd charge of drunkenness in 12 years. Leslie looked at Smith sternly. “I’ve decided to give you a choice.” Leslie said. “You may pour 20 quarts of confiscated whisky down the sink at the city hall or go to jail for 30 days.'* Smith thought it over. “I’ll go to jail,” he said. Gail Henderson, above, is only 4, but when she enters school this fall, she may be something of a problem to her teachers. Intelligence teats rate her between 12 and 13 years old mentally, and she can already read. write. add. subtract, spell long words, and recite from memory long poems. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Henderson of St. Louis. Mo. Lindy Reported In Soviet Brawl PARIS. Aug. 25.—(UP)—A dispatch to the newspaper Soir from Rica—whence have come many filse reports regarding happenings in Russia—reported today that Col. Charles A. Lindbergh had knocked out a secret police inspector who was following him during his present visit to Russia. According to the story, Lindbergh had been annoyed because the inspector followed him everywhere. He demanded an explanation, it was said, and when the inspector did not reply Lindbergh knocked him out. Next day, the newspaper alleged, the chief of the secret police telephoned the American embassy and explained that the inspector had j been detailed to protect Lindbergh, not to check his movements. The police chief commented, according to the story: “The inspector found Lindbergh as good a boxer as he is an aviator.” Storm Nears Gulf HOUSTON, Aug. 25.—(UP)—The United States weather bureau predicted today that a tropical hurricane in the Caribbean sea would move into the Gulf of Mexico late this afternoon or tonight. The bureau said that the hurricane was gaining intensity as it moved northward since its formation two days ago. By WEBB MILLER Copyright 1938, by the United Press LONDON. Aug. 25—(UP)—Nazi Germany and tile Little Entente nations are starting a tug-o-war over the kingless kingdom of Hungary to help decide the fate of Central Europe. The contest began in earnest this week with Hungary maneuvering to hold a middle ground from which she can extort concessions from both sides, which dangle political, economic and military promises or threats as bait. POWERS WATCH Great Britain, France and Italy are keeping one foot on the sidelines but their interests are involved and their weight will be felt directly or indirectly in the struggle The issue arising from Hungary's strategic position in Central Europe is well defined. Germany's rising economic and military power along the Danube river, her desire to dominate the middle European states and the consequent threat of another world war have sent the small powers scurrying to the sidelines in an effort to remain neutral or to vantage points from which they can choose the best prospect in event they are forced to line up on one side. Czechoslovakia, Roumania and Jugoslavia—the Little Entente nations—have chosen to attempt to block expansion of Nazi influence eastward. Their immediate objective is to wean Hungary away from the German orbit. REALIGNMENT Actually, the struggle centering around Hungary is part of a general realignment by small nations of Europe which are seeking desperately for a way to keep out of the next war or, if that can t be done, to occupy a vantage point when the showdown comes Working toward that objective, Belgium and Switzerland have formally declared their neutral status; the Scandinavian countries have tightened their common bonds; the Balkan Entente has made a friendly gesture to a former foe by recognizing Bulgaria's right to re-arm: and now the Little Entente is courting Hungary. The objectives of both the Little Entente —originally sponsored by France to draw a ring around Hungary after the World war—and of Germany were sharply emphasized this week The Entente powers, meeting at Bled, recognized Hungary's right to re-arm in exchange for her pledge not to resort to war to settle mutual problems—a pledge regarded as comparable in effectiveness to the Kellogg-Briand antiwar treaty pledges. RE-ARMING The truth was that Hungary already was re-arming in defiance of the treaty of Trianon and the Little Entente merely made it official with a rubber stamp approval. In addition, the three powers agreed to tighten their own economic collaboration and to seek to draw Hungary closer to them economical- CONGRESSIONAL RACES SHARE IN RUNOFF CAMPAIGNS' HEAT FINGER ON HINES Northwest Texas Contest of Gossett, McFarlane Fought Acridly in Stretch By the Associated Press Sharing the limelight with state offices at stake in the forthcoming runoff primary Saturday were two congressional races where candidates were heatedly bidding    for votes. Particularly acrid    was the Northwest    Texas    contest between the    incumbent Rep. W.    D. McFarlane of    Graham    and    Ed Gossett.    Wichita Falls attorney, in    which    hot words    have    been    shouted irom    platforms in 15 counties. While there has been no New Deal issue Gossett at Seymour last night took cognizance of Grahams designation as "my friend-’ by President    Roosevelt    in July    when    he said he would    "not attempt to ride into    any office    on anybody's    coat tails.” He also    said he believed the president was a,- great man, with high ideals. HOME COUNTY’ BIDS Both candidates were bidding strongly for the    farm    and labor vote in the 13th district. McFarlane planned to finish his drive with a rally at Wichita    Falls    Thursday night, and Gossett will close Friday night. Brady P. Gentry of Tyler and young Lindley Beckworth of Gilmer were conducting “home county” campaigns to fill the Mat left vacant by the defeat of Rep. Morgan Sanders of Canton, veteran member of the Houm who was destined for chairmanship of the key ways and meant committee. Both have spoken their complete support of the New Deal, and have urged sweeping reforms in social security legislation, especially old! age pensions. Both have offered remedies for farm ills, and hit the present federal farm act. Observers believed Beckworths main strength lay in the counties he represented ; in the state legislature—Upshur and Camp, while Gentry was especially strong in Van Zandt county, where i he was born, and Smith county, where he now lives. Gregg. Panola. Rusk and Wood counties were doubtful. Beckworth will close at j Gilmer Friday and Gentry at Quit- j man. Meanwhile candidates for state office prepared to wind up their j campaigning with schedules that will cover many miles of territory. O'Daniel Cites His Precedents FORT WORTH. Aug 27. (UP>— W. Lee O'Daniel cited Christ. President Roosevelt and James Stephen Hogg as his precedents today in endorsing the men whom he wants to aid in his program as governor. The democratic nominee for governor in a statewide radio address urged a full turn-out of voters in Saturday's runoff election. He requested those who ignored the subsidiary races lait month to vote for his slate this election. "It sort of looks like i am traveling in pretty good company in following the teaching of Christ, the principles of the United States government and the example of the greatest governor (hat Texas ever had,” said O'Daniel. Se* HUNGARY. Pf. ll, Cot 6) The Weather ABILENE »n<! vicinity: P»rtlv cloudy tonight and Friday. W»*t Tcxa*: Generally fair tonight and Friday. East Texas: 1‘artlv cloudy, aomewhat unsettled in »outh portion tonight and Frida y. Highest temperature yesterday .96 lowest temperature this morning . 69 TEMPERATURES Wed. Thurs. Former Abilene Resident Dies Abilene friends were notified today of the death of Mrs. Van Ness Lewis, former church and civic leader here, at the home of her only child, Wiley Lewis, in Guthrie, Okla. Mrs. Lewis died last night. Funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian church here tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. She will be buried in Cedar Hill cemetery beside the grave of her husband, who died in- 1924. Arrangements were under direction of Laughter Funeral home. Mrs. Lewis came to Abilene as a bride in the early 1880's, moving from Gonzales. Mr. Lewis was a prominent rancher in this section. Survivors are her son and four granddaughters. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, and in Abilene was organist and director of the choir for a number of years. She was also an active clubwoman until she moved to Guthrie a few years ago. George Weinberg (above) accused James J. Hines, veteran Tammany leader, of accepting 8500 a week or more to protect the $20,000,000 New York policy racket of the slain Dutch Schultz. Hines is on trial on charges of being the political buffer for the ring. Weinberg testified he personally paid Hines the money. • • • Witness Denies He's Perjurer a ...... 7    ...... a ...... 9    ...... 10    ...... 11    ...... Midnight . Noon . .    . Sunrise Sunset ... 6 30 pm 6 30 a m Dry    thermometer    93    69 Wet    thermometer    70    6! Relative humidity    31    70 93 91 9ft 97 OS 94 91 S7 S3 sn 7S Gangster Slain CHICAGO. Aug 25—(UP)—Paul Battaglia. 44, one of a dozen Battaglias who mr de the old “42 gang" 69 notorious during prohibition days, Iwas found slain today in a West se side alley. He was the 10th victim 5® of gang vengeance in Chicago dur-the past two months and the 931 ing CLOUDY 12 »9 p rn. 9ft 70 28 J ™ third Battaglia to die by gangland 12 guns since 1931. He was found on top of a pile of trash. Better Shuck the Umform-It Gets ’Em Every Time NEW YORK, Aug. 25.—(UP)—Mrs. Mary Felecia, 39-year-old blonde, was arraigned today on a disorderly conduct charge for “causing a traffic tieup by hugging a policeman.” Patrolman John F. Rom said he was directing traffic during the rush hour yesterday when she ran into the street, threw her arms around him and began to shout, “I love you, I love you.” Rom said by the time he escaped, traffic was so tied up that other officers had to straighten it out. Mrs. Felecia pleaded guilty. “When I see a man in uniform,” she said, “I get the yen to hug and kiss him.” She was paroled for inyestigation and sentence August 30. NEW YORK. August 25 — With a slight grin. George Weinberg, 36, ex-gangster testifying for the state in the conspiracy trial of Tammany District Leader James J. Hines, acknowledged under crossexamination today that he was “not a very good perjurer.” Through a barrage of questions by Hines’ chief defense counsel, Lloyd Paul Strkyer Weinberg denied that he had "cooked up" his story of a politico-racketeer combine in pretrial conversations with "Big Harry” Schoenhaus and J. Richard ! (Dixie) Davis, the “kid mouthpiece”! of the multi-milliondollar Dutch Schultz policy racket. The witness, a thin-faced, sharp-eyed former lieutenant of the slain gangster, Schultz, denied that he had committed perjury in the current trial but blandly admitted that he had perjured himself 17 years ago when he was convicted on burglary conspiracy charges. Weinberg also denied that he had stolen $300,000 from the Schultz | “policy empire.” Crusaders to Hear Fort Worth Leader Two hundred heads of businesses in Abilene were expected to gather at the city hall auditorium at 3 o’clock this afternoon to hear Bedford Brown, general chairman of the National Salesmans Crusade in Fort Worth, discuss success of the crusade in that city. New members of the crusade today were McClellan’s. Barrow Furniture company, Southwest Products company. Standard Brands. Wadding tons Ladies Wear, and Montgomery Drug. To Enter Cells, 'Sample' Heat Coroner Demands Troops Take Over Philadelphia Pen PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 25. — (AP) —Arrest of at least eight persons in the “baking to death” of four convicts who led a hunger strike at the Philadelphia county prison was predicted today by Coroner Charles A. Hersch. He said the investigation he is conducting with Dist. Atty. John A Boyle indicated at least that many would be implicated in deaths of the men in steam-heated, almost air-tight punishment cells. TO TRY PUNISHMENT Dr. Hersch did not indicate whether the investigation involved employes of the prison or officials Two guards already have been held as material witnefses. State prison investigators said they planned to “turn on the heat” and enter the stuffy cells to learn whether the punishment cell block was “a deliberately planned roaster.” Cheries I. Engard. secretary of welfare directing the state’s investigation of the deaths in the Philadelphia county prison Monday, disclosed that men from his office and two state policemen would make the test. INVESTIGATE RADIATOR NEED He said they would subject themselves to the same conditions the prisoners faced in the heated ceils termed as horrible as the black hole of Calcutta. “They plan to close the windows and ventUators,” he said, “just as we understand they were closed Sunday night, and have the steam pressure In the radiators turned en to the same degree they were when the prisoners were in there.'* He said he wanted to know lf large radiators in the cell block “were really needed Jut to heat the building in the winter. or if there was something cise in mind.” William B. Mills, superintendent of the prison, said lf the building was deliberately planned as a "roaster," he was unaware of it. Coroner Hersch announced he would ask Gov. George H. Earle for state troopers to uke over the prison during the investigation. GOVERNOR SILENT With two guards already Arid as material witnesses in connection with the deatht, Hersch said he had warrants for the arrest of four other persons—two of them prison officials—and declared additional arrests might result in a breakdown of the prison administration unless the entire sUff was replaced The coroner mid the convicts suffocated in almost air-tight cella, where they were confined during an organised revolt against a “monotonous” diet. Steam radiators were turned on full, he declared, and ‘in two days steaming, they (the convicts) literally baked to death.” He asMrted "the Uke has not been Men in history.” Hersch said his request for troopers would be transmitted to Earle as soon as the goveinor returns from an airplane vacation to Central America At Vera Cruz, Mexico, where the governor stopped last nigh1 on hts way home, he declined to discuss the case, saying he wouli withhold comment until he returned to Harrisburg. Shown in conference at Holmesburg prison in Philadelphia about the death of four prisoners are, left to right, William Donavan, of the Pennsyl vania Department of Welfare: John Boyle, assisUnt district attorney, and William B. Mills, prison superintendent, two guards were held on homicide charges. Twelve Killed in Believed Plane Riddled Chinese-American Transport Found Entirely Submerged in River HONGKONG. Aug. 25. (A*)—Airline officials said tonight they be-Ueved at least 12 persons died inside the Chinese-American airliner which was forced down and machine-gunned by Japanese warplane* yesterday between Canton and Macao. A spokesman for the China National Aviation corporation, the owners, said the line’s reports indicated the plane, riddled by machine-gun bullets, was entirely submerged in the small river on which the American pilot, H. L. Woods of Winfield, Kans., Mt it down. Only three survivors who reached Macao were definitely accounted for tonight—Woods: the radio operator. Loe Loh; and a passenger, C. N. Lou—although earlier reports said two wounded Chinese passengers were in a hospital at Shekki, north of Macao. Passenger Lou also --|    was    wounded. SURVIVORS HUNTED Woods, who reached Macao aboard a sampan and was then brought to Hongkong aboard the United States gunboat Mindanao, said he believed al# the missing were killed or wounded in the machine-gunning of the plane. Moreover, he reported he heard bomb explosions while lying in semi-conscious condition on the river bank. Trying to swim ashore he was caught in the current and reached the bank exhausted. An airline official said It was believed there were only 17 persons aboard the plane, which left Hongkong yesterday for Chungking, on* of China s temporary capitals. Earlier accounts said there were 19. Search parties spread through th* countryside around the scene of th* attack In search for survivors. In addition to the Mindanao, which sped from Hongkong to Macao to help survivors, the lescue forces included a British gun.voat and Chinese troops. Austin Greets Doug Corrigan 'Native Son' Rides 'Wrong Way' Float In Capital Parade AUSTIN. Aug 25.—(A*'—Texas officially opened its arms to smiling Douglas Corrigan today. Arriving at the capital's municipal airport, he was met by Gov. James V. Allred and welcomed while thousands cheered Corrigan flew to Austin from Lufkin, in East Texas. He had spent the night at Shreveport. He planned to stay about three hours in Austin and leave for San Antonio at 3 p rn. There was a big traffic jam at j Jopanese Promise the airport but state and city po- ;    ~ lice forced a way through for the Civilian Attacks diminutive aviator and started him in an automobile, behind screaming SHANGHAI. Aug 25. (AV-A Jap-sirens, for the city's busniess sec- anese naval spokesman served lion.    warning today that any civilian The program called for a parade J plane flying ovei what Japan has from in front of Texas' huge red- | designated the war area of China is in danger of bring shot down. Americon Escapes Japs1 Air Bombs • (UP)—-The HANKOW. Aug 25-Ameriean Evangelism mission here received a telegram today from the mission at Ichang saying much damage had been done to a house adjoining the mission in a Japanese air raid. Elmer Thode of Laporte. Ind., the only American in the house, was uninjured It was understood the house was draped with two large American flags. It is 200 yards from the air field. The damage was reported to the United States consulate. granite statehouse down Congress avenue, the city's main thoroughfare of the business area, with Corrigan riding alone in a small airplane, mounted on a truck and pointed the “wrong way.” He was to be entertained by city and state dignitaries at a luncheon, presented a cowboy hat and otherwise feted. Mayor Rehearses To Greet Corrigan GALVESTON. Aug. 25 (UP)— Mayor Adriar Levy practised two songs of his own composition today, planning to sing them for Douglas Corrigan when the daring, Lutheran nonchalant ‘wrong way” flier visits his birthplace here tomorrow. “If Your Compass Is Turned Wrong" and “Harrigan That's Me” were titles of (he songs Levy had written in honor of this city's idolized native son. Levy said he would sing the two songs at a luncheon to be given for Corrigan shortly after his arrival. Gov. James V. Allred was scheduled as principal rpeaker for the lunch-1 eon. He declared that the airliner of the ChineM-Ameriean China National Aviation corporation which was forced down and machine-gunned by Japanese warplanes near Canton yesterday was mistaken for a ChineM bomber. The Japanese spokesmen asserted that the airiinei from which at least 12 Chinese passengers or crew members still are missing, was flying over this zone and was assumed by Japanese fliers to be a warplane when it attempted to elude their patrol. The plane was attacked, he said, before it was identified. Citing rules for international wariare as Japan's guide, he declared similar action was possible in the future. Killed Under Train BROWNWOOD, Aug. 25—(UP)— Herman P. Wynee, 25. of Lubbock, died last night from injuries receiv-el when he fell under a moving freight train while trying to get on it. Surgeons amputated both his legs in a vain effort to save his life. Hitting 360 Clip— EYSTON BELIEVES LAND SPEED LIMIT REACHED One Deod, 8 Hurt SAN ANTONIO, Aug 25. (UP)— M. F. Rodriquez of San Antonio was injured critically and eight others hurt, torte seriously in an automobile-truck collision on the Castroville road, 16 miles west of here, and an auto-ambulance crash a few minutes later in the city last night. WENDOVER. Utah. Aug. 25.—t/F) —The world's high speed king Capt. George E. T. Eyston of England, feels that at almost 360 miles an hour he virtually has reached the ceiling of speed on land. His chief rival, John Cobb, also of London, holds however that there is no limit to the rate of motion man can attain on the ground. The lank, nerveless Eyston yesterday was officially timed at 347.16 miles an hour as he rocketed his thunderbolt automobile through the measured mile on the Bonneville salt fiats just east of here. He admitted today dash-board instruments showed he hit "devilish close to 360” on the return run through the mile when failure of an electric-eye timing device nullified his certain new record. ‘‘I ve figured it out scientifically,” said Eyston, “and I don’t think a land speed of much more than 360 miles an hour is possible. "Racing tires to hold up at greater speeds can be built. At 360 the outside of the tire is traveling at the speed of sound, about 700 miles an hour, if they weren't completely shielded, the wind alone would rip them wide open. Countered Cobb: "If you can get tires that will hold up, if mechanical engineering continues its remarkable development, and if you can get long enough straightaway courses. I don’t think there’s any limit to the speed man can travel.” Cobb, who is awaiting use of the salt flats for a record attempt In his turtle-shaped Rail ton car, and Sir Malcolm Campbell of England are the only other men who have driven a car faster than 800 miles an hour. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 25, 1938