Abilene Reporter News, August 31, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

August 31, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1938, Abilene, Texas Europe Weighs War And Peace In Greatest Crisis Since 1914 By The Associated Press The forces of peace and war mea- sured their strength across Europe today with statesmen, soldiers and sailors thrown Into the scales on r both sMes In the (greatest crisis since British cabinet ministers yester- day determined to make a fresh ap- peal to Adolf Hitler to ease his press and radio campaign against Czech- oslovakia, home of Sudeten Germans. The Implication was that Britain almost certainly woulrt side with Czechoslovakia Ir a peaceful solution were not found. Paris Instructed her ambassadors abroad, Including her represents, live in Berlin, to remind the nations of the French pledge to light If Czechoslovakia Is made the victim of aggression. A violent press campaign In Ger- many against Czech "atrocities" against the Germanic minority was reminiscent of the German stories of disorder in Austria before Ger- man troops marched Into that coun- try to "preserve order" last March. With an estimated to troops assembied In training camps for war games, It was an- nounced Die rebuilt German war fleet also was scheduled lor a "routine" cruise next week. President Confers With Hull On Europe; Both Refuse Comment WASHINGTON, Aug. The German-Czech crisis attracted grave attention here today. Offici- als took the view that Europe la at a cross-roads, and that a cholM between the roads marked "peace" and "war" may soon be made. President Roosevelt, returning from Hyde Park, received Secretary of State Hull, For a half-hour they I had, as Hull safd later, a general discussion of the International situ- ation. Previously [lull conferred with hU advisers from the European division ol the department. president declined later to make my public pronouncement on Europe's troubles, telling reporters that at a lime like the present It was best not !o comment, AS his presa conference Hull would not comment on situation or IHI his talk with the president. At present every American bassador w minister In the. stntcde centers la at his pott. They art keeping In clow touch with fast-moving in Europe. The opinion here Is that fourthcomlng convention of the nizl party at Nuremberg may be climax of thi German-Czech crisU. WEST TEXAS' OWM HEWSMKR VOL. LVI11, NO. 92. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE VOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS YOUNGEST SOLON Three Trapped In Odessa Fire Fatally Burned Barnsdoll President Fixes Refinery Loss Between And ODESSA, Aug. trapped refinery workers were burned to death after a butane tank explosion wrecked the Barnsdall refinery, five miles northwest of here, today. Twelve other men in the refinery scurried to safety. Dead were R. H. Brooks, 35; Glen Carlton, 20 and G. T. Scott, 20. Burns were fatal a few hours after the explosion while the fire still raged. COST is jje.ooo E. B, Reeser, president, from Tulsa" said the loss would be be- tween 830.000 and although an earlier estimate here placed damage at The refinery, a caslnghead plant, was erected at cost, Reeser said. "1 was painting on the gang when ihe explosion uld R. F. Crockett. "All of a ludden Ihe air wn full of gal fumes. We ran. An Instant later another terrific explosion covered Soon we saw three men, their hair gone, clothes burned off, walk from the refinery. They were cocked." Three pound tanks were catapulted through the air. One landed a half mile away. Plant officials believed the blast resulted from a butane tank burst- Ing open, scattering vapor over the plant The refinery was in flames a minute later. No effort was made to extin- guish the fire. Pipe connections were severed. Rites At Odessa For Blast Victim ABILENE, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY MORN ING, AUGUST 31, 1938.-TWELVE PAGES ODESSA. Aug. neral will be held at the Hendrick Funeral chapel at 5 o'clock Wed- nesday afternoon for George Scott. 19. one of three killed by a refinery fire here Tuesday. The Rev. c. A. Johnson, pastor First Christian church, will con- duct the service. Body will be sent to Gladewater for burial. Bodf of Robert Brooks will be sent to Pennsylvania, and that of Glen Carltor. to Shawnee, Okla- homa. Brooks is survived by a wife and child, whlie Carlton had no relatives here. Scott, age 19. was survived by his mother and father. Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Scott of Odessa, a sister, Mrs. Lots Roden of Gladewater. and two brothers, Charles and Melvin of Odessa. New Deal Will Not Be Muzzled-Hopkins BOSTON, Aug. President Roosevelt's intra-party "purge" efforts constituted a pro- per course against men "who trick- ed the voters by wearing our in- Works Progress Adminis- trator Harry L. Hopkins tonight de- clared (he administration did not Intend to be "gagged or muzfled" In presenting ILs case. In a. prepared address at con- ference of democratic women from the northeastern states. Hopkins, without naming source, said that It has been charged that re- ports of administrative officials "on the benefits and purposes of the (Roosevelt) program" are way of "coercing me beneficiaries of the program into voting for the admin- istration." Parachute Fails, 'Bat Man'Falls To Death FARGO, N. D.. Aus, 30.-W1- Horrified spectators at Ihe Red River Valley -fair gasped as Jimmy parachute failed lo open and the "bat man" of the "Holly- wood Daredevils" thrill show plunged lo his death In a nearby park late today. Jeffery's e.ct was to leap from a plane, soar briefly on "bat wings" and complete the descent with a parachute. Jelfery. 23 was a na tlve of Indianapola la Lindley Bsckworth (above) 25, of Gllmer, Texas, probably will be the youngest member of the house of representatives next session. He was nominat- ed by the democrats, defeating the .veteran, Morgan Samlen. (Associated Press Photoj Lions Club To FeteCarswell Resignation As C-C Manager In Effect- Thursday Thursday will be 'Tom Carswell at the Abilene Lion's club luncheon. Prop-am that will be 1n honor of T. N. Carswell, whose resignation as secretary- manager of the chamber of com- merce becomes effective tomorrow. The regular weekly luncheon is being dedicated to Carswell to re- place a previously planned banquet. All persons Interested are Invited to come to the luncheon, which will be held on the "Dutch treats" basis. Those planning to attend should notify Joe Williamson, sec- retary. Ed Shumway has written a song honoring Carswell. The crowd will sing It Thursday. Therell probr ably be spontaneous talks Irom va- rious persons in the nrowd. The Lions club Is giving the party because, of Carswell's long connection with it. many years as an officer. On the chamber of commerce committee aiding the club are Max Bentley, Tom" K. Eplen. D. G. Barrow, and E T Compere. Carswell will relinquish his of- fice to Merle Gniver, now of Hen- derson. September 8. Gruver Plans to arrive In Abilene late Sep- tember 7, and to be In his office the next day, J. c. Hunter, pres- ident, said last Eight Marooned On Bar Arrive Brownsville Texas Sportsmen Weary And Shaken After Experience BROWNSVILLE, Aug. Eight bewhlskered sportsmen, who spent two days and nights on a wind-blown sand bar off the Mex- ican coast, arrived In Brownsville tonight, weary and shaken by their harrowing experiences. The eight, Walter Mathews, O. N. Roberts Jr., Rayford McNabb, and Griffin Heath of Corpus Hay Phlpps. Hermann Richards, and Vice Stewart of Brownsville, and Roy Kingery of Gainesville. waded 11 miles across the shallow water to the mainland, where they caught a. Mexican fish truck to Brownsville today. The men were sighted by a plane yesterday on Fourth pass, 80 miles south of here. Two others stayed at another pass, where eight Mexican fishermen were still marooned. RECEIVED WARNING The men said they received a ra- dio warning of the hurricane at 7 a. m. Saturday and drove their cars from Eighth pass, no miles from here, up the numerous sand dunes, 26 miles, where they found a dune they considered safe from the tides and wind. Late Saturday afternoon the wind began to howl, they said, arid eight Mexican fishermen Joined them. The IS divided, eight of them seeking safety in the auto- mobiles and eight lying face down- ward in the sand, which was whip- ped about them by the wind. "The wind blew about 80 miles an hour for two days and Roberts said. "The tide kept getting higher and higher. We etpeeted a tidal wave to wash us away any time." "Late Sunday, when things looked the worst." Roberts said, "we de- cided It was all up for all of us. We got the whole bunch together and we knelt and prayed In the sand. Then we walled for death." After the wind died down Ihe men rebuilt a hut which had been blown down by the hurricane. They had only a scant amount of food and a water jug they had brought along was found to contain gasoline In- stead of water. They drank water out or puddles on the bar. All of the men suffered frrom thirst and hunger during the two days on the island, they said. PR ICE FIVE CENTS Miners Strike EAGLE PASS. Aug. Fire thousand miners at Roilta Coahulla, Mexico. 85 miles south- west of this border town, went on strike today in an effort to fore: the American Smelting and Re- fining company and Companlan Carbontfera De Sabinas to agree to a WO-poInt program, including wage adjustment.-, according to word received In Eagle Pass Abilenian Falls From Building T. C. Cockran In Merkel Hospital MERKEL. Aug. C. Cockran, 911 N. IT St., Abilene, salesman for the Primrose Petroi- eum company, Dallas, was reported resting comfortably in the Merkel hospital tonight from Injuries suf- fered shortly before noon when he fell from the top of a one-story building lo a wooden awning and then crashed through the awning to the sidewalk. He suffered a frac- tured collarbone, fractured ribs and a depressed fracture of the skull. He had been on top of the build- ing, examining the roof preparatory to making an estimate of the cost of renewing it, and had started to come down the front wall to a lad- der on (he aiming when he fell. Unconscious when taken to the hos- pital, he regained consciousness about an hour later. Hhis wife and other members of the family reached the hospital about the middle of the afternoon to be at hfs bedside and Mrs. Cock- nn remained here tonight. Ploinview Bonds PLAINVIEW. Aug M Plalnvieir citizens voted lo 132 against a bond Issue for erecting a new city hall but ap- proved 337 to 232 a JIO.OOO issue for city paving. HOSIERY DAY BIG Roosevelt's Candidates Trail In South Carolina And California KEEPS TOWN 'CLEAN LIKE A TABLE' Smith RollsUp Margin Over Johnston M'Adoo Is Far Behind Pension Plan Advocate By The Associated Press Roosevelt-backed candidates for the senate were trailing on incomplete returns from yerter- day's (Tuesday's) democratic primaries. SMITH OW -PURGE' LIST In South Carolina, Senator Elli- son D. Smith, whose name was writ- ten on the chief executive's "party purge1' list, led Governor olln D. Johnston by more than votes with nearly three-quarters of the state's election district's reported. la California, early returns show- ed Senator William G. McAdoo carrying the oRoseevlt endorsement running far behind Sheridan Dow-' "They give me money to live, I keep this town clean like a table." said Maniano Izzo, 69, of Allqulppa, Pa. Izzo.' Italian- bom, said he did not want to take his tt.M relief money with- out earning it and Is shown go- ing about his voluntary street sweeping. (Associated Press Photo.) ABILENE HUMS AS CRUSADE IS LAUNCHED Abilene street hummed with ac- tivity yesterday as businessmen In- augurated Ihe Salesmen's Crufarte in a move to stifle depression ru- mors, stimulate sales and create Jobs. Hosiery first of long list of special days, was a success from viewpoint. At noon yester- day nearly 2.000 pMrs of hose men s, women's and children's, had wen sold. "I have not made a check of the evact J. F. er. said last "but several store managers told me that sales throughout the cay were gratify- ing." Today has not been designated us any special city-wide "day." but firms will probably sponsor special sales attractions of their own. Furniture store men will meel today and make plans for a special day, G. Waldrop, general chairman of the cru- sade directors Mid last sight. Household Dental Suppllrs wili be htli tomorrow will all retail druggists aldlnr in the play. The will he hoju tomorrow mornlny at a 6 o'- clock breakfist to all Iheir emplojts. After ihe meeting the dTTiitfjl crusade will swing into action. I'rackfr Mlesmen checked sto-ks of groceries In readi- ness for Crater Day, sched- uled for tomorrow. Friday and Saturday hive been See CRUSADE. Pi. u. Col. I Charge Five In Old Death Here Convict's Letter Reopens A. W- Hale Case; Four Defendants In Custody Death of A. W. Hale, whose body was found floating on the waters of Lake Kirby six years ago, has been charged to five persons, four of whom have been taken into custoGy. The discovery of the body had oeen practically forgotten bv peace officers and the public when a convict in the Texas penitentiary reopened the case recently by writing a letter. His letter made possible the quick arrest of four persons, and offi- cers are confident they know the whereabouts of a fifth. All are charged with murder in a complaint filed with Justice of the Peacs Theo Ash. FAIR JAILED HERE In Jail here are Wayne North- ington of Longview and Katherine Camp of Big Spring, tinder bond Is Laura. Maxwell of Abilene. A fourth person named in the complaint is J. H. Scurlock. who is now sen-ing a. two-year sentence In the penitentiary for automobile theft. It was his letter that re- opened the old case Officers aie seeking another woman. Scurlock, in addition to writ- Ing the letter, has issued a statement regarding the cast. Reliable surces say that in the statement Scurtoek said that persons, including Hale, were on a drinking party, that Hale wax riven a druf to quiet him, and that when his companions found Hale had died, thtj tied a weight to the body and placed H in Lake Kirbr. Cost Too QUITS SPEAKER RACE Says Rep. J. Bryan Bradbury of Abilene Tuesday announced withdrawal from the race for speakersliip of the house of representatives. He issued the following statement: "I liave decided not to be a candidate for speaker of the> house of representatives when the legislature convenes in Jan- uary. The cost of making such a race was far above my expecta- tions and I do not have the money to make the kind of race) necessary to win. "I am not willing to sacrifice principle to get campaign ''I am grateful for the wonderful support promised my friends." Bradbury's vrithdrairal ieaves the position virtually assured to Rep. R. Emmett Horse of Houston. Rep. Ross Hardin of Lime- stone county withdrew Tuesday in favor of Morse, and Rep. Bob Alexander of Chiidress, one of the chief contenders, was de- feated Saturday. SAN FRANCISCO, Auf. returns from t.ltt com- plete and ineamptelt of In the femocratie Primary fare, Cor IT. 8. Senator: SberMan Downey WU- O. W. BttUea IMS.; Mm W. Un 7JM; B COLUMBUS, S. C, AH. tttlmu Inm tat the in today's taaoenOc primary Seoa- ator E. D. Smith rota aiatart H7J1D for Gnernor Olrn D. Johnston, Us presMeo- Ually-fanmd opgonent. Snyder Woman Dies After Fall Rites For Mrs. G. A. Glen, 90, This Afternoon SNYDER. Auf. G. A. Glen. 90, one of Snyder's oldest citizens, died this morning of a nine week's Illness resulting from a fall. She had 70 direct, living descendants. ney, advocate of a modified Town- send old age pension plan. McAdoo had JS.240 votes to Downey's C1J34, on Incomplete returns rom or precincts. The" elections in both statej In- volved scores of hot contests for seats in the house, and for state county and municipal offices. In California alone more than 800 can- didates were entered for one Job or another, i S. C. RACE TO FORE The South Carolina senatorial contest was the principal point of attention since It involved an ef- fort by the president to oust a sena- tor whom he considers unfriendly to New Deal objectives. The same Issue his been presented In the neighbor- Ing state ol Georgia, where Senator George Is under presidential attack; In Maryland, where Senator Tydlngs Is opposed by the president, and In New York, where he was against the reelection of John J. O'Connor. The South Carolina contest was originally a three-man affair with Smith opposeod by both Johnston See FRIMARIES, Pg. U, CoL LEADING M'ADOO She had lived In Scurry county 32 years. Her husband died 10 years ago. Final rites are to be held Wed- nesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at (he First Daptlst church, with th! The body was found on Seplem- pastor, the Rev. Ira Harrison of- ber 1. 1932. Time of death flciating. assisted by the R'v considered somewhat earlier After James E. Spivey, Presbyterian min- ister. Burial Is to be in the Sny- cemetery. Oriom Funeral home Is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Glen is survived by two nollce of his death, two sons, Adrian and Naldie Hale ot Brad- See ARRESTS, PI. 12, Col. S Ihe Weather daughters. Mrs. L. L- Llncecum. Vernon. and Mrs. J. B, Wiggins. Laferla: two sons. J. E. and C. T, Glen of Snyder: 31 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. an-1 yittnllj: nj In frt tovfft nn fit rmtf. NT.Vi MI'.XMO: raMlj aM with rtixlra rTumf In tPmiKtamrr. Maryland Newspaper lf Ad Rapped By FDR WASHINGTON. Aug. j President Roosevelt ssld today he had been amused then sadden- ed by what he termed an hysterical (statement in Maryland newspaper M.; advertisement.; urging the people to JJ resist his "invasion-' of the state M next weekend. Asked whether he had any re- mirk.5 concerning the withdraw! M of State Senalor Brown (rom the JJ j UnitM States senatorial race In _ i South Carolina and his subsequent denunciation of Governor Olln Johnston, one of the candidates. the chief executive replied in the d i negative twice and j-lth hesitation leach time. r NAME RETIRING LEGION CHIEF AS NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN Abilenian Withdraws From Race On Second Roll Coll; Woeo Wins Meet Aug- Tewi department of the today elested Vincent Chlodo of position, William P. Murphy-of the during the second. The central Texas city encoun- tered floor opposition from Mineral WelU white a delegation from La- redo withdrew In favor of the win- ner. Contenders which failed to nuke floor bids, but were known to have angled Tor the honor in- eluded Beaumont, Port Worth, La- redo, San Antonio and HarUngen. Concluding their 20th annual get- together, the legionnaires alsc elect- ed Miss Caroline Wlccx of Ama- rlllo, a former army nurse, as his- torian; Brigadier George GUks cf Ihe Salvation Army In Dallas, chap- lain, and Horace L. Howard of Gra- ham, sergeant-at-arms. C. P. EngelWnj ol Hecln aad W. a. Spiegel of Port Arthur were re-elected to the offices of judge advocate and treasurer, respec- Coiorodo Woman Auxiliary Officer AUSTIN, Aug. 30 Mrs. William A. Wj-att of San Marcos today was elected president of the American Lesion auxiliary, depart- ment of Texas, succeeding Mrs. W. L of Beaumont who became national executive committee- womin. Other officers chosen at a final convention session were Mrs. Will M. Benton of Amartlo, historian; Mrs. Fred White of Port Arthur, chapUln; Mrs. C. J. Austin of Aus- tin, secretary, and Mrs. BUlle Blount of Greenville. Mrs. Antone Krenek of Bryan. Mrs. W. M. Jen- kles of Weslaco. Mrs. Sidney Lynn of Rosebud and Mrs. J. R Merrltt of Colorado, divisional vice-presi- dent. DOWXtV Strong Earthquake Rocks Los Angeles LOS ANGELES. Aug. A strong earthquake shook Los An- geles at (PST) tonight. The shock, a swaying east-west motion lasting several seconds, was felt tn downtown Los Angeles and more heavily in the harbor district and beach cities. No damage was i reported. Well Extends HaskellPd Test Near Rule Reported Showing Oil, Will Core STAMFORD, J) Ten! Pacific Coal Oil company Nft I R L. Llvengood. northeast out- post to the southern ty Pardue pool five miles north of hire, assured a extension to the Canyon lime duclng area today alter plugl wen drilled. The test drilled out cement from to a total depth of feet, showing considerable gas and oil. and been killed with water before cleaning out. It wu bail- Ing in preparation for taking ini- tial gauges. Location Is 433 feet from trw south line and 1.12} feet from trw east link of the south 43 aero In section survey. In southwestern Haskell county, the Indian States Oil company Ho. 1 T. P. Jones, four mllea north- west of Rule in Cornell county school lands surrey, was report- ed to have encountered a good showing of oil at 1.830 feet and was preparing to core a Ume sec- tion before testing. The test la being drilled with rotary by Tau- bert A MeKee of Port Worth. TO SPUD WILDCAT A new wildcat test staked a east of Avoca and tbout two rrulca southwest or the Avoca field In northeastern Jones county expected to spud Wednesday with cable tools as the Ungren Tm- ler et tl No. t J. ML Griffin es- tate, feet from the north and west lines of the south liilt of section survey. Acre- age nearby Is held by Iron Moun- tall CKl company. Humble. Bert Fields, Lewis Production company See OIL. Pg. II, Col. 7 TRAIN HALTED BY Abilenians Describe Havoc Of Monterrey Flood to thf devastations of the Monterrey flood, the Rev [Willis P. Gerhart. rector of thei I Heavenly Reit Episcopal church.] 1 Charles Clark and Robert E. Ken-' nedy returned late yesterday after- non from a vacation trip to Sunday night when tht hurricane! and flood struck Monterrey, the' Rtv. Oerhart and Kennedy were en route by train from Mexico City to meet Clark tn Monterrey. "About miles from Nfonterreyi our train was forced. stop bees-vise J of a landslide across the tracks." tht Rev. Oerhart hit "We wailed ihere more than eight hours until the dirt and debris was clear- ed away. While there we got word thut a bridge we had just crossed over was out by the flood. Several of the other bridges between Monterrey and Mexico City were r ashed away." "Brerrwliere we could Ihe river it was a raging torrtnL All tht (rack Ihe Me- graph wlm wen down tot fences blown Chirlej Clark was In Hie An- dra hotel in Monterrey when UM hurricane struck. He .said tkit windows bi the hotel were oat even some of the tran- soms malde hall doors wvtt tlutterai by Ibe wind. When the Abilene part? [eft Mon- afternoon for home two other Athenians. Susan Pope and RaUx Ackers were trying to get through to Mexico City. No word hu heard c! since ttrn. ;