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Publication: Abilene Reporter News August 30, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 30, 1938, Abilene, Texas FOUR FACE MURDER CHARGES IN 6-YEAR-OLD DEATH By SI ADDINGTON Six years after the body of A. W. Hale was found floating on the waters of Lake Kirby, four persons hare been charged here with murder of Hale. A fifth, whose whereabouts are known, will be charged, county officials said. Filing of the charges followed a tip received by Sheriff McAdams several weeks ago. He started an investigation and It was learned today he had obtained a statement from (me of the persons involved. Murder by poison complaints have been filed with County Attorney Esco Walter against Laura Maxwell of Abilene, Wayne Northington of Longview and J. H. Scurlock, who is in the state penitentiary. A complaint was filed also against a Big Spring woman but was withdrawn because of incorrect spelling of her name in the complaint, and will be re-filed, it was learned. Body of Hale was discovered September I, 1932. It was learned from reliable sources that the state will charge six persons, including Hale, were drinking, that Hale was given a drug to quiet him and that when his companions found Hale had died tied a weight to the body and placed it in the lake. Scurlock is serving two years in the penitentiary for car burglary. He was convicted in Abilene at the last session of the 42d district court. After the body was found, several persons advanced the theory that Hale had met with foul play On arriving in Abilene after notice of his death, his two sons, Adrian and Naldie Hale of Bradshaw, advanced the foul play theory. Then justice of the peace, Esco Walter returned a verdict that Hale “died on or about August 22, 1932, and came to his death by unnatural and unknown causes.” Judge M. S. Long of the 42d district court charged a grand jury convened September 25 to investigate Hale’s death. “From what I know of the case, that man was brutally murdered and his body thrown into the lake,” the judge said at that time. “I could be wrong, but that’s my idea.” Both city and county officers investigated the case, and made several arrests. Evidence obtainable at that time proved insufficient for prosecution. The body was found by D. R. Snow, Kirby lake keeper, and his son, Sefton, as they made sn in spection tour of the d4m. Identity first was established by papers found in the man's shirt pocket. The body was coatless, but otherwise fully dressed. Belief that the body had been carried into the lake from Cedar creek was expressed by Snow and L. A. Grimes, water superintendent, at the time. WEST TEXAS’ NEWSPAPER Abilene Reporter ~ ilr EVENING ‘WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    COES,’’-Byron VOL. LYU I, NO. 91. (PPI ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 30, 1938—TWELVE PAGES a—cisted ems (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTSALASKA DOESN’T NEED ANY SALES CRUSADE-NOT WHEN ESKIMO BUYS ICE BOX JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 30. (UP)—Charlie Patolik, an Eskimo from St. Michaels island, started home today with a gift for the wife and kiddies. It was an ice box. KICKOFF STARTS ACTIVITY HUM ON HALF DOZEN FRONTS WITH LAUNCHING OF SALES CRUSADE James Moran, a salesman of Washington, IX C., modestly recorded the transaction as “merely part of a day s business. ” “I drove home selling point after selling point until Charlie's resistance melted,’’ Moran said. “He gave me 50 silver dollars and a hundred dollars worth of furs, ivory, and ‘heirlooms’ in payment.” The Eskimo said he intended to fill the shelves of the refrigerator with reindeer meat, whale blubber, “squawber-ry” pie and seal oil. FOLLOWING TERRIFIC EXPLOSION Fire Razes $400,000 Odessa Refinery Buys Hosiery Today Whita Other Special Days Busily Drafted Pennants flying—first tinge of fall in the air—band music —the kick-off! The Abilene Salesmen’s Crusade is on. Excitement on a half dozen different fronts as the campaign moves to mow down unemployment and depression talk. AV. II. Bryan of St. Louis, one of the nation’s super-salesmen. booted the ball in last night's kick-off program, staged on Hardin-Simmons’ gridiron before 1,500 persons. A downtown parade preceded the rally at---- DOCTORS SEEK TO PREVENT EYES 0 F MYSTERY MAN TURNING TO STONE PASADENA. Cal., Aug. 30.— (UP)—P h y s ic i a n s sought a means today of keeping a 32-year-old man’s eyes from turning to stone. Identified only as “Mr. X.” the man was suffering from an unusual disease that removes the calcium from the bones and deposits it in the soft part of the body. Doctors said this was the first rase, to their knowledge, where the calcium was being deposited in the eyes. The man was introduced and examined at a closed conference of specialists attending the western assembly of the College of Syntonic Optometry. He explained that he did not want to become a “medical freak” and asked that his identity not be disclosed. Dr. Russell E. Simpson of Pasadena said the man was suffering from amblyopia exopnsia, caused by over-activity of the parathyroid glands of the throat. He said there were 71 recorded cases of men turning to stone, but that in no previous rase was eye ossification reported. Blast Injures Four; Others Barely Escape the stadium. Today’s program: Abilenians were buying hose the theme, too—“Sales Mean Jobs.” Bryan came ot Abilene by train from St. I<ouis. where fee lives and where he has headquarters as gen- JOINING FRANCE— Britain to Go ‘Full Limit’ for Peace JARS S.P.C.A. Force Sends Tank Flying Mile, Half; Felt at Midland •    *    •    «    a.    •    f*    (Allyic ne lids ncouqueirLcra as gen* -it s hosiery day, not .inst for erai sal„ manager of the Eureka the women, but for the men Vacuum Cleaner company. He Brand the youngsters too.    rived at 6:20 on the Sunshine Spe- _    elal .went right out again on the 2 Retai. druggists were in a huddle a rn. train. Those persona who pass-at the chamber of commerce late in e(j Up the kick-off program missed the morning, mapping a special out on a good speech. It will be play of their own.    getting around pretty soon, if these TIE PLA1S GI ARDED    rallies continue, that these Crusade Cracker men were getting in speakers have something to offer— French Map Course Fully Chamberlain Neighbors Asked To Define Stands In Event of War Stonewall Steer Rider Off for New York    r c n . Riding 'Scandalous John;' Fiddler Along    uetS ^66 ROIfl PARIS, Aug. 30. (UP)—The French cabinet decided today on an effort to line up the democratic powers of Europe in a determined front to warn Germany that invasion of Czechoslovakia would mean general war. AUSTIN, August 30—CUP)—“Texas Jack” Hill. Stonewall county cowboy, was en route today from the state f \pital for New York World’s fair, after receiving the well wishes of Gov. James V. Allred. Hill will make the trip riding his Texas steer. “Scandalous John.” According to Hill the steer can make four miles an hour with an average mileage of 24 miles a day. He expected 200 days w'ould complete the trip with rest stops. Fiddler Newt Moore, also of Stonewall county, accompanied Hill. They will stop to pay their respects to Governor-Elect W. Lee ODaniel at Fort Worth and get his okey on their hillbilly music. Cabinet Decides To Give Fuehrer A Final Warning (See Page 5 for roundup of European situation.) LONDON, Aug. 30. (UP)— The British cabinet in a momentous session today decided Talking about cooperation—hows this? It took the cooperation of both legs for Alvls Grindstaff to keep his bicycle and its sidecar rolling along In the Salesmen s Crusade parade yesterday. His passenger was young Edgar Boggs, who just went along for the ride. Grindstaff was saying “We Cooperate ’ for the Western Auto Associates, Abilene store. He built that sidecar himself. (Reporter-News photo.) training, by checking stocks of crackers in Abilene groceries and boosting the supplies with case after case of fresh new crackers. Thursday is Cracker Day. Coffee drinkers were increasing their three cups per day to four— in preparation for a hard drive and the crowds will Increase. Bryan's speech was packed with “slogans” if the crusade were in need of any more. “United we stand, divided we’re stuck,’* was typical. “Business is the backbone of this nation—it is the profit of It’s lots of stockings—3,948. Sales crusaders made a hurried census at noon today to determine how Hosiery day was coming along. They found sales mounting as high as 400 pairs in some hosiery departments. The day’s total to 12 o’clock was 1.974 pairs, or 3,948 individual stockings. The cabinet, after a four-hour meetnig. Issued a cautious communique which said it had unani-mosly approved Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet's ‘‘precise definition of French foreign policy and his in-strction to French ambassadors.’’ TWO STEPS DUE Informed sources believed the instructions to French envoys involved two actions. The first would be to inform all friendly governments, especially Poland, Rumania and Jugoslavia, whose attitude is wavering, that France intends to comply with her obligations to Czechoslovakia, although doing her utmost to bring about a peaceful solution. Second, the governments involved would be asked to define their own positions clearly in case of a German attack. Information received here indicated that Germany could not count on Italy's active support in case of war. Italy was un -derstood to have warned Konrad Henlein, Sudeten German leader in Czechoslovakia, that Italy would not fight the western powers to back his claims. The French cabinet's announcement that it had agreed on a ‘‘precise definition” of French policy was taken to indicate that a line of action had been worked out in detail to take care of anything that might possibly happen. The cabinet was reported to have considered the possibility of a display of strength by the British and French armed forces as a warning to Germany. Storm Kills Ten; 2,500 Homeless Many Bodies Feared Washed Away In Flood Following Mexican Gale unanimously that Britain is ready to go “the full limit” to prevent the invasion of Czechoslovakia, highly reliable sources reported. The cabinet was said to have given Prime Minister Neville Ch amber-lan and Viscount Halifax, foreign MONTERREY. Mexico, August 30——Twenty-five hundred homeless persons sought food and shelter here today as this flood arid hurricane stricken industrial city counted its dead at IO and expected hourly to find the bodies of many more as rescue workers poked among the debris in the wake of the disaster. Frenzied relatives sought missing members of their families and facilities of the Red Cross, municipal. sta*e and military organizations - were taxed to care for the storm Mother Wins sufferers. FEAR MANY SWEPT AWAY The Rio Santa Catarina, ordi- Sitdown Strike rarily a dry creek, raged through sections of the city as water from the high mountains rushed toward HOLLYWOOD. Aug. 30.— (UP) — Mrs. W. M. Smith, a determined woman from Memphis, Tenn., today won a ‘‘sit-down" strike to get her $150 back from a Hollywood talent school that allegedly promised a movie career but didn't deliver. Mrs. Smith started her "sit-down strike Saturday morning in a rocking chair in the offices of the National Talent Pictures corporation Last Alight she transferred to the front steps when the office's rent ran out. Officials of the talent corporation. who await trial on charges of petty theft and false advertising, handed back her $150 at 12:20 a. rn. with a sigh of relief. So Mrs. Smith, her dancing teacher daughter Mary. 19. and Beverly Murray, 9, who was to have the movie career, started back for Memphis by automobile. (he Weather Lewis to Parley In Mexico City Friday and Saturday. Both these days are Coffee days. The scouts hadn’t been able to get in on the secret sessions of the tie salesmen. They are apt to spring almost any kind of a play Saturday—that’s Tie day. There are plenty of side plays In this game too—one store conducted a towel crusade yesterday. It was a big success, too. HE SPOUTS SLOGANS That same store had some other Ideas for "crusades” of its own. Other business houses are catching business we live on.” “The success of our business determines our how positive, how dynamic, how happy we are in our life.’’ “Raw materials and intellect are our wealth.” “What this country needs most, besides a god old time religious revival, is faith In ourselves again—belief in America.” “We can’t find a short cut to prosperity.” ‘Everybody is a salesman—the ABILENE and vicinity:—Generally lair tonight and Wednesday. West Texan:    Tartly    cloudy    probably; •tattered shower* In southwest portion tonight and Wednesday. East Texas; Generally fair tonight and Wednesday. Highest temperature yesterday ... M Lowest temperature this momma .,72 TEMPERATURES Mon. Tues, p.m. See CRUSADE, Pg. ll, Col. I 1 ..... 2 ..... a ..... 4 ..... s ..... « ..... 7 ..... 8 ..... 9    ..... 10    ..... 11    ..... Midnight Noon ... Sunrise . Sunset _    7    p    m. 7 a.rn 12:39 p. Pry thermometer    84    73 Wet thermometer    70    87 Relative humidity    52    7t 82 sa 84 84 84 84 82 80 7® 78 77 FAIR 75 u 74 7a 73 73 72 74 77    I 80 83 78 87 1 :13 :08 I WASHINGTON. Aug. 30. (A*)— John L. Lewis, CIO chairman, said today he would leave Washington Thursday night by train for Mexico City to attend a Pan-American labor union congress starting next Monday. The leader of the Committee for Industrial Organization had planned to start his trip tonight but deferred his departure two days for undisclosed reasons. the Rio Grande, which is expected to reach flood stage late today. Four hundred stone houses were destroyed or damaged heavily by the wind, rain and flood waters, which struck here Sundav. Tim-oeto L. Hernandez, city secretary, estimated damages would pass the million peso mark and loss of life was heavy. “We can account for IO dead and the river probably washed away many more bodies, ’ Hernandez said. The city aecretary said several American tourists were marooned about a mile west of Monterrey. ‘ We do not have any word as to the American tourists marooned there nor from those who took refuge in the mountain villages around here," Hernandez said. Col. Leopold Trevenio Garza, mayor, forded the river today in \ high ox cart to reach Independence colony, where the flood cauked the most damage. The exclusive El Mirador residential section suffered from the high water. Mud and silt piled half a yard deep in many homes. secretary, a free hand In all further moves. ONE MORE WARNING “The full limit,” it was explained, would be extraordinary efforts to settle the Sudeten German problem amicably, with a warning to Fuehrer Adolf Hitler that Invasion would mean war into which Britain scarcely could avoid being involved, along with France and other European democracies. The British cabinet meeting was held simultaneously with that of the French, and It was obvious the two power* were working in close harmony. The French cabinet approved the policy laid down by Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet, thus, in effect, also giving him a free hand. The debate here showed no member of the government wavering and the main question at issue was the technique of approaching Hitler. ‘READY TO FIGHT’ One highly-informed source told the United Press: “I believe the cabinet showed that, if necessary, Britain is ready to fight*’ Some what contrary to expectations. not only Chamberlain but Halifax adopted the firmest line all during the meeting. A usually trustworthy seurre said the cabinet also declined u undertake naval preparations, culminating in the Septrml*-! maneuvers in the North Sea. Chamberlain and Halifax assured their colleagues that latest advices from Paris made it clear that France felt strorg and eager to continue a policy of complete alHanc* with Britain. Joseph P. Kennedy. United State* ambassador, visited Chamberlain at No. IO Downing street in midafternoon. An embassy spokesman said: "Mr. Kennedy at his own requ“sf saw Mr. Chamberlain. Th s is a ODESSA, Aug. 30. (UP)—Rescue workers donned    asbestos clothing today to search for bodies of two    men    possibly trapped when    the    $400,000 Barnsdall Oil company refinery five miles from here burned following a series of explosions. Records of the large refinery were destroyed,    and    officials said they were uncertain how many men were working when the disaster occurred. They ac counted for 28 employes, but said that possibly 30 were work-in. ODESSA, Aug. 30. (UP)— Explosions and fire destroyed the $400,000 refinery of the Barnsdall Oil company three miles northwest of here today. When the Maryland S. P. C. A. heard that the Rev. Frank E. Wilhar. above, of Mt. Airy, Md., was exhibiting a chicken in a glass bottle, they haled him before a magistrate on the charge of cruelty to animals. The minister defended the unique chicken coop, pictured above, declaring th experiment. He contended the chicken thrived under glass better than its normally raised mates. Cops Broken' By Hines Nod Would Put WPA In Civil Service perfectly normal proceduic afte' Light-Headed rn. NEW BERN, N. C, Aug. 30. (UP) —A woman telephoned the family physician during a thunderstorm here and informed him that flashes of lightning were coming frqm her husband. The skeptical physician investigated and found a lightning bug deep in the man s ear. BOSTON. Aug 30.    4>>—Harry Hopkins. Works Progress administrator. today said he would put the whole PWA administrative force— approximately 30,000 workers—under civil service “if I had the power." Here to address a conference of democratic women from the ten northeastern states, Hopkins made h statement in a press conference. He conceded, however, there was “some question as to whether the law would permit plpcmg WPA workers under civil service protection.” the ambasador’s return from a hol-made even if there were no European crisis ” The United States (mbassy confirmed that Chamberlain fully informed of the Central European si*-uation and what Britain proposes to do. It was believed Kennedy forwarded a detailed report to President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull Shot By Comrades CUERNAVACA, Morelos, Mexico, Aug. 30. (A*)—An army lieutenant and three soldiers were wounded last night by another army patrol which In the darkness of a field mistook them for followers of the bandit “El Tallarin," the noodle. NEW YORK, August 30—(A*—A New York policeman who was “broken”—reduced in rank from a plainclothesman to a uniformed “harness bull,” after he had raided a Dutch Schultz policy bank—was called to the witness stand b: the state today in the conspirer trial of Tammany district leader Jamei J. Hines. Previous witnesses testified H<r.(s, as the alleged political “fixer" for the Schultz racket syndica*e, used his influence to cause the transfer of persistent police raiders to outlying districts. Raymond B. Stillev testified he raided a “drop” station of a Schultz-controlled policy bark when he was a member of Chief Inspector John J O'Brien's squad in 1933. A short time later he was demoted and sent back into uniform from the chief inspector s squac* with a loss of $240 a year in pay. George Weinberg, former business manager of the Schultz racket combine. has testified he complained to Hines about the squad's raids and that subsequently nearly the entire squad was reduced to uniform. Meanwhile, it yas indicated Hines’ defense lawyers would attempt to show the testimony gf five Connecticut residents that they sav. Hines visit Schultz on friendly tvrms in the summer of 1935 was a case of mistaken identity. Three men were injured critically. Another was hurt. Company officials said that all 30 men employed in the plant when the explosion began were accounted for. Explosion of a butane tank start* a series of explosions, followed I fire that virtually destroyed ti large refinery. TANKS HURLED OVER MILE The fire rapidly razed the Dial and efforts of firefighters were ui successful. The Injured men were R. H. Brooks, Glen Carlton and George T. Scott. They were caught when tanks near them exploded as a fellow worker raced unsuccessfully to warn them of the blest. A fourth emoloye. G. R. Russell, wa* a victim of shock. Witnesses said that force of ti explosion was unbelievable. One tank weighing IO tons and containing 2ft OIA gallons of gasoline was blown one and one-half miles from its site. It landed near a highway. The explosions and fire destroy) all tanks and separators of the r finery and about 15 workers’ auf mobiles which were parked neart FIREMEN BLOCKED The original explosion took pla in the casinghead gasoline proces lng plant as shifts of employ changed. Many workers barely escaped th" scene. The Barnsdall refinery, one of the largest in West Texas was in the Harper oil pool, which was discovered about a year ago. Frantic searches were made for men at first believed trapped in the plant as flames shot hundreds of feet into the air. Officials of the firm made a cor plate check, however, and ai nounced that none had been lost. Firefighters from here. Big Sprii and other cities in this vicinity we powerless to enter the plant or stoo the fire. FELT IN MIDLAND Explosion of a butane tank car at 9:15 o’clock. This released g that spread over the refinery trea ing plant. When gas reached ti boilers, flames were flashed over ti refinery. At 9:50 o'clock a lar tank exploded and at 10:05 anoth< Henderson Shuffler of the Odes News-Times said he saw one of ti tanks explode. It went over his he; and landed nearly a half-mile awa he said. Newspapermen in Midland said the explosions plainly were heard and felt there, 20 miles away. Men at work in the plant ii eluded a construction crew workii on some new installations. There was no chance of extini uishing the flames. Heat made impossible to go near the plant i self. Tanks were being shot, thus em] tying them and preventing expli sions. Oil and refined produc poured, burning, over the ground. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 30, 1938