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Publication: Abilene Reporter News September 2, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 2, 1938, Abilene, Texas ®be Abilene Reporter -Sevas ★★★ EVENING"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES/’-Byron VOL LYU, NO. 94 Gaited Presa (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 2, 1938—SIXTEEN PAGES Associated Proas IAP> PRICE FIVE CENTS DEMANDING $15,000 RANSOM'Kidnapers Seize Rich California Rancher’s Wife MORE CIVIC-MINDED IN ABILENE THAN HOMEPOLKS, CLYDE FARMER FINDS UN DERPASS SAVES FRAZZLED NERVES R. P. Adams, Clyde farmer, is much more civic-minded rn Abilene than are Abilenianc. There were many reasons offered a few years ago why the city of Abilene should have underpass at Pine and Cypress streets. Among them was the facility by which heavy traffic down-by which heavy downtown traffic could cross the tracks You passably can remember the frazzled nerves attendant on a long wait in a surge of honking automobiles while the passenger trains stopped at the Texas & Pacific depot anc. while an exceedingly long fi eight train rumbled past. But Abilenians, with the introduction of a faster method for moving from one side of town to the other while tne rail road traffic moved overhead, took the underpass as a matter of course. Nt a one bothered to se* just how much the time saving amounted. And it took Adams to get the first-hand statistics "How many cars uass tr.rough the Pine street underpass while the 10:20 passenger train Is stopped at the station?’ wondered the Calahan county mathematician. You probably wondered that yourself a time or two. He took time oft and counted. This morning, said Adams, there were 158 automobile - to go under the crossing while the train gathered    and unloaded passengers, rt is enough to snarl Pine street traffic. He ignored the pedestrians, but checked off * couple of bicycles. just And that freight trau before the passenger0 Well, Adams really forgot, but he starred counting when it was about half way across In the remaining time 50 cars went the sub-trafic route And the frazzled nerves? Those are a thing of tne past. DON'T PICK OUT ONE LIKE THIS Postponing War Fears !?”' •'•J % i * A > .S    jmi ' - GERMANY RE ASSURES GREAT BRITAINAbductors Bind Husband, Flee In Family CarPair Cover Faces And G-Men Given Scant Description English Pledge Mediation Aid SOUTH SEA ISLANDERS IN PLAYGROUND FOLLIES Runciman to Reveal Recommendations lf Talks Collapse Don Waddington wears the biggest ne in West Texas—to remind AbilenUuis that Saturday is Tie day Hr s probably very pleased, although he wouldn't admit it, that the Boosters club sponsor to the Midland rodeo tomorrow, noted his tie. Shes Fiances Thomas, brunette and small, togged out for the Saturday celebration at Midland, where shell wear a neck tie, too. Waddington is a at Miss member of the comrni... made arrangements for Thomas to represent the Boost ers. And where did he get that tie?—It's a "museum piece,'’ from the wool and mohair exhibit at the West Texas chamber of commerce building. Texas Tech students grew the sheep, prepared the wool, and wove the cloth. (Reporter-News staff photo). MAYBE SANTA S TIES WON T BE SO LOUSY THIS YEAR-MAYBE old ‘‘Mollie, rome tie my tie, I ve tied ii behind, I ve tied it before. I’ve tied it so much I'll tie it no more.” That, with appl anate picture, adorned about page 15 of an book of nursery rhymes. Mollie, come buy my tie'' might be a more appropriate rhyme for Abilene saturday; the illustration would be a man grinning ove- a new neck tic Just a suggestion, and not that Abilenians will be needing suggestions, for Saturday is Tie day in the Abilene Salesmen's Crusade. Every man in Abilene is supposed to buy at least one new neck tie tomorrow. Women might start laying in their supplies of Christmas ties, too. Stocks for the fall season are new and complete; wives might have better luck in making selections and actual!, give ties this year that are not hearing the Christmas brand as plainly as though the design were holly wreaths. In every stoic in Abilene where neck ties are sold each clerk will have a string tied on the left fore finger. That is to help remember to sell the customer a tie: to remind the customer to ask to see tics. Saturday, as well as today, is coffee day. Time to stock up the pantry, grocers are reminding their customers. Dii goods merchants met this morning at te1 chaumer of co mmerce They have more sales crusade ideas than they can unfold in the next two weeks. They weio setting special days and planning stunts to help make Mr. and Mrs, Abilene crusade conscious. At 2 o’clock this afternoon, grocers were meeting, working out some special plans of their own. Cafes were making heavy Friday purchases of chickens, in preparation for Chicken Dinner day Sunday. Five new members were enrolled in the crusade this morning. They were four theaters, Palace, Queen, Majstic and Paramount, and the Bon Ton bakery. By EDWARD W. BEATTIE Jr. BERLIN, Sept. 2—(UP)— Germany has piven assurances to Great Britain that she will undertake no over hasty steps in the Czechoslovak minorities dispute, it was said today in an authoritative quarter. It was believed that the assurance was given through Sir Nevile Henderson. British ambassador PROBLEM NOT SOLVED It was understood that in return for the German assurances, the British government pledged that if minority proposals made by th? Czechoslovak government and counter-proposals with the Sudeten German party is expected to advance resulted in a deadlock. Viscount Runciman. British adviser in the minorities dispute, wo\ld publish his own conclusions and suggestions by mid-September This meant that the lea-- of war. which has hung over millions of homes in a dozen foreign countries was put off for two weeks It did not mean a solution of the Czechoslovak problem. But it meant that if direct negotiations in the minority problem failed—as was feared— the British adviser would publish his own conclusions. That these would be more generous than any offers which the Czechoslovak government might make, as regards concessions for the German and other minorities in Czechoslovakia, observers have had no doubt Also, the mid-Soutember deadline was an additional evidence that Germany does not intend to submit to long drawn out regotiations or an incomplete settlement of the minorities dispute. News of the German assurances, obviously one of the most important diplomatic developments ir. weeks, came just as Fuehrer Ado.f Hitler, surrounded! by his mos* trusted aides at Berchtesgaden in his mountain Villa Haus Wachenfeld, was starting a conference with Konrad Henlein, leader of the German minority in Czechoslovakia As Hitler and Henlein talked today, a:r radio sirens roared dramatically in Berlin Following up air defense drills last night, the air protection corps held daylight practice today. Sirens shrieked and members of anti-aircraft crews and the civilian defense corps dashed to their stations. FDR Favors GOP Liberals YUBA CITY, Calif., Sept. —(AP)—A posse of rancher armed with rifles and pisto joined in the search for Mr President Praises Trend to Principle From Personality William R. Meeks, 55, and tw young men who, her husban reported, kidnaped her ear ♦•aday and demanded $15,OC ransom by midnight Saturda on threat of death. Meeks said he could not raise money even if he sold his orchar POSSE BEATS VALLEY Sheriff A W Kimerer of Yub county said the men left Meeks ing trussed up on his living roo floor and drove away in his aut WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 — (AP) — President Roosevelt * mobilp later f°und abandoned told reporters today he would | Marysville, 12 milPS north of not have the slightest objection |    ranch home to the election of a liberal run- ** ' ning on the republican ticket. He said the American people were beginning to think more in terms of principles than personalities. Meeks said the men carried his wife, bound hand and foot, from the house, and twice told him, "Unless you pay $15,000 by midnight Saturday, you’ll never see your wife again.** . . . _. ...    .    ,    .    Kimerer    said the rancher told hir .77 ,    „    °'    *"y hr instructed u, leave the ran fnrnc.f^ra^, 7a'". 77; m0n'V ^ 7 J. 2 ,' pr'Mrnttold ;tlon tbom thr„ uaUts northeast c his press conference there were se*- thf M,„ks r„nrh home .... .    ,    . .... .    The    posse of ranchers divide s„Z.L wh",7r 7 hi,1"    7    T    tor"s    near Meeks’ orchard, and br SSI,.L, hI, ,7,    bV «*» th search the Bear river vallH T?Th'    ranchers believed the me 17 PS i™    77™',,11°n,1 br,dB'    might    be hiding in the lowland at Port Huron    .Mich I Is any    way ,    ,h    h These five girls (see photo) brought the house dowm last night at the Fair Park auditorium in a grand finale sponsored by the summer recreational officials. Christene Abel, second from right, (see photo) was the graceful dancer who won plaud its of the crowd. Her dress (see photo* had the women in the audience looking twice (well, .see photo). She was ably seconded by DorLs and Clorene Johnson and Mary Ruth, left to right (see photo again). Billy Shasta Ward, right, besides singing In the South Seas Island number did individual numbers. Jim Edwards, Taylor county PWA recreational supervisor, and Jake Bentley, Abilene summer playground supervisor, were in charge of the show. 'Photo by Reporter-News Staff Photog-ra phcr). connected with the Michigan campal SUSPICIOUS OF PENSIONS "It is a deliberate distortion of the fact and the Detroit papers might as well get that.” The president wa# Mid by aide# to feel that both Sheridan Downey, the democratic nominee for the senate In California, and Culbert L. Olson, the party’s standardbearer in the gubernatorial race, are liberals In their general points of view. But he aho was said to feel strongly that the "$30 every Thurs- fled and left Mrs. Meeks hidde near the river. SOONER ACCENTS Kimerer said Meeks told him th men spoke with an "Oklahoma at cent.” This prompted the sheriff theorize themen were dust bowl rel ugees. Meeks also said they talk? about "the electric chair.1 Kimerer pointed out that if th men were Californians they woul have spoken of the lethal chambt or hanging. Oklahoma has the clee trie chair. Meeks said the kidnapers, one < FLOOD MAROONED Tourists Ship Cars Home Tailor Shoots Self Dozen Times U. S. Travelers day" plan for old age pensions,    threatening    him    with    a    piste which was an is.sue in the demo-    their way into his horn cr atle primary in California and shortly before midnight, bound bot will be an issue in the election is hlm and hls wife and then ransack unsound financially.    ^    house Nevertheless, associates reported j F HU8BAND BOUND him as regarding that plan as a T*1** fled wlth Mrs Meeks, I state matter. If a plan of its sort her husbands automobile, leavln were adopted by the voters and 58-year-old rancher bound han legislators of a state, the president and foot 0n hU livIni? room floor was said to believe that a state    they were leaving the would have the right to try it out, house the pair stood over Abilenians Held In Dope Case DENVER. Colo., Sept. 2— (UP>- Police believed today that Philip H. Embinder had shot himself, but they could not explain how he was able to fire 12 bullets, eight of them into vital parts of his body, before he died. To send four bullets into his heart, two into his right temple, two into his side and four into the floor and ceiling, it was necessary for him to stop twice and reload the five-cartridge .32 caliber Spanish-type pistol. Einbinder, 42, a tailor, went to the office of his wife while she was in court seeking a divorce Police said he apparently was alone when persons in the corridor heard the shots. Detective Jack Field said the office had been examined carefully and it would have been impossible for a person hidden there to escape without being observed. "But it has us puzzled." Field said. "Any one of the shots in his body or head would have rendered him unconscious. ’ Appeal for Aid provided it did not violate the federal constitution in respect to the Issuance of currency. Roosevelt was said to agree with Lord Bryce of England, who told him years ago that one advantage of the American system of govern Meeks and demanded the ransom. Ile said they told him: "We’ll contact you in a couple of days for that fifteen thousand.” Notified of the kidnaping by th Associated Press, Federal Bureau < Bridge Washouts Force Motorists To Sleep in Cars President Approves Two Vet Hospitals in Texas LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 — —Robert Paxton, 30. and wife, Jeanette, 22, who said thev were from Abilene, are in city jail awaiting arraignment after arrests Monday in Huntington park on warrants charging traffic in morphine. State and county narcotic officers made the arrest after seeing a large sedan, with Texas license, narked in front of an apartment which Deputy Sheriff Richard Wallace said was believed to have been used by persons issuing forged “narcotic prescriptions.” Officer found the Paxtons in the apartment and said they seized six vials allegedly containing morphine, and two ry-podermic needles. Harold Goodrich, who said he was chauffeur for the Paxtons, also was arrested. G-MEN SEEK ARABIAN HUSBAND, GIRL BRIDE BOUND FOR HAREM MEXICO CITY, Sept. 2—(UP) — A caravan of American motorists •stranded by floods near Valles turned back toward Mexico City today to take a different route or the railroad home Many motorists here were loading their automobiles on flat cars for transportation to the United States. A large percentage of the tourists are school teachers eager to get home by the time the tai] term opens. ment over European governments Investigation agents left for th in that when some one comes along «*ne early today to Join sheriff with a new plan which some peo- officers and the state highway pa pie regard as crackpot, one or two tro^ N J- L. Piepcr, head of th states have the right to try it out. San Francisco office of the FB and if it works, it can be applied sald his agents in Sutter count nationally.    would take charge of    the case. The president    was asked FACES COVERED whether he felt the word    The    rancher "guessed * the "purge” as applied to his advocacy of the nomination of New Dealers who are opposing conservatives was a misnomer. The president said he regarded it ms a headline word and an extremely immature word either for newspaper headlines or leads. Salt Creek Area Gets Best Oiler WASHINGTON. Sept 2 — (ZP) _ The veterans administration announced today President Roosevelt had approved construction cf two new veterans’ hospitals in Texas at an estimated cost of $2.(FO,OOO for both. The new institutions jvi’l be a 150 bed hospital at Amarillo ann a 250 bed hospital in the Fort WeUh-Dal-las area. The president appro '<*d recommendations of the fede a! hosp, tai-Ization board. The board suggested a general medical and surgical unit with fcqput 150 beds be constructed at I Amarillo at a cost of not more than $800,000. It proposed the same kind of unit, i with 250 beds, for the Fort Worth-Dallas region, to cost not in excess ■ of $1,200,000. The board suggested funds for the program be obtained from $1,575,-| OOO previously approved tor the erection of a 350-bed hospital general unit in Texas and sue); savings as might accrue under several appropriations or allotments now available to the veterans administration. It recommended the Amarillo hospital be undertaken first. New Incident BERLIN, Sept. 2—(AP)—The DNB (official German news agency) reported a new incident today on the German-Czechoslovak border. DNB said a shot fired from the Czechosovak side narrowly missed hitting a German customs assistant on patrol duty. It charged that the shot was fired by one of two Czechoslovak border officials observed leaving the aeene shortly after. ST. LOUIS. Sept. 2.— 'UP' — Search continued today for an Arabian and his bride, a 17-year-old Missouri girl whose parents fear she may be en route to Iraq to be placed in a harem The girl. Doris Hisaw, married Nejib Tooni, 27-year-old Arabian, at Bentonville. Ark., August 24. Later her parents appealed to federal authorities to prevent Tooni from taking his bride home because they heard the law of Iraq permits Arabians to have four wives. Asst. U. S. Atty. Henry G, Morris named Tooni and his brother. Kamil. in a Mann act warrant and instructed authorities at seaports to stop them from leaving the United States. Meantime, officers investigated    a vial    found by Mrs.    Lo- rene    Hisaw    at    her home    in Neosho, a Southwestern Missouri    village.    She    sent the vial, which    contained    a liquid    of “powerful fragrance,” to local FBI agents. The agents refused to comment. j New York today for their home in Iraq The Tooni brothers were graduated from the University of i Michigan. Visiting friends around the campus yesterday. Kamil denied that a 17-year-old girl his brother married was being taken to Arabia to be placed in a harem. “That’s the ancient idea of Arabia.” he said. "Both Nejib and I were edu-rated in this country and we follow its traditions, Polygamy such as we are accused of does not exist very much in Arabia now.” SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 2—'UP' — The Mexican go\ eminent, it was learned today, has suggested sever-I a1 hundred tourists from the United States stranded at Valles by floods return to Mexico City, where transportation facilities have been arranged to enable them to leave Mex.co. The action followed an appeal See TOURISTS. Pg. 15, Col. 8 BROWNWOOD. Sept. 2—'UP) — The W. D Cunningham No. I Pittman and Harris proved itself the best oil well yet drilled in the Sale Creek area eight miles northeast of here today when it flowed at the rate of 24 barrels hourly. It was slated to take railroad commission gauge today. The well flowed 250 barrels last night after it was acidized at 1,882-1.903 feet. It was reckoned to be the best producer of the Brown county lime formation. men were about 24 or 25 years old. They were about five feet nine or ten inches tall Both were roughly dresed. White handkerchiefs covered their face# up to their eyes ann kept the rancher from being able to give a good descriptor of either his wife's abductors. The Meeks ranch is at Rio Oso, I miles south of Marysville, which ad joins Yuba City, on the highway t Sacramento It was the first kidnaping for ransom in Northern California in nearly five years. Twenty-two-year-old Brook* Hart of San Jose, department store heir, was victim o' the last Northern C alifornia kidnap, in November, 1933. His abductors demanded $40,000 ransom and killed Hart the same day. His body was recovered irom San Francisco bay and 12 hoi rs later an infuriated mob lynched his confessed kidnapers—Thomas Thurmond and Jack Holmes. Ihe Weather POLICY TRIAL WITNESS— Former Abilenian To Face Charges Joe Barnett, former Abilenian. ABILKNK ani vicinity; Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. W*at Texas    Partly    cloudy,    probably    torsi (honers in    extreme west    portion    tonight and Saturday;    sllthtlv warmer    in extreme west portion Saturday. Kaat Texas.    Partly    cloudy    tonight and Saturday. Highest temperature yesterday . .. ss TEMPERATURES Thurs.    jrjd. Noted New York Attorney Says Schultz' Income Tax Defense Requested by Hines wanted in Abilene to answer com plaint charging him with felony theft, was returned from Lame>a ANN HARBOR, Mich.. Sept. 2 — (UP)—Kamil Tooni. 39. an Ameri-ican - educated Arabian engineer, who is sought in Missouri with his brother. Nejib, 27. on a Mann act charge, said here last night he and his brother planned to sail from last night by representatives of the Taylor county sheriffs department. Preliminary hearing was to be held thLs afternoon. Members of the sheriff’s department were to leave this afternoon for Crandell to take custody of Flank Gipson, negro, wanted in Abilene on a grand Jury indictment for forgery. CLOUDY d:3n p.m. fi :30 * m Or\ thermometer OI . . . Ii Wet thermometer    fib    fi4 Relative humidity* 32    63 NEW YORK, Sept. 2 —4V-Max Steuer, noted New York lawyer, testified today in Tammany District Leader James J. Hines’ racket conspiracy trial that the political bass had asked him in 1933 to "adjust” a federal income tax case against Dutch Schultz. Schurz, now dead, was the head of a va si policy syndicate for which Hines is accused of having given widespread "protection.” In a low voice, the witness said Hines telephoned him and asked him ii ht would be willing to take a case fen the gangster. "I ,v.($ Mr. Hinefc I would be very glad to take It,” Steuer said, "if i was In the hands of the Unlte< States attorney.” S*:*i'ei said he saw the Unite< States attorney, George Medal!* who was then the immediate sui perior of Dist. Atty. Thomas E Ecwey, and then called Hines back He said he told Hines: "The matter that you talked t< me about cannot be adjusted. I an not. interested." Earlier, transcribed records o] wire-tapped evidence were read gibing a purported conversation between Dixie Davis and a man identified as "Jim.’’ ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: September 2, 1938