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Publication: Abilene Reporter News September 3, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 3, 1938, Abilene, Texas Abilene Reporter ~JirtosWITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WO RLD EXACTLY AS VOL LYM I, NO. 95. daitft rim »l'P> ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 3, 1938 —EIGHT PAGES AiMciatrd I’rill (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS FED BY MOUNTAIN CLOUDBURSTS—‘Flash’ Floods Lay Waste Colorado, Drown Thre Picking Hill Billy Flour Agent— ALLRED AWARDS FIRST 'PLUM’ OF O DANIEL ADMINISTRATION Waters Leave AUSTIN, Sept. 3.—(UP)- first * plum" of the W. Lee O’Danlel administration went today to 1. B. Hill, Austin brokerage man, handling Hill Billy flour, w’ho was appointed member ol the Industrial accident board to succeed the late A. M. Graves.    | The appointment was made by Gov. James V. Allred, but Allred said he first conferred with Governor - Nominate O Daniel and ODaniel recommended Hill. Hill was a recognized leader of the O’Daniel forces in Travis coun- | ty. So much so, that Everett Looney, democratic executive committee j from this senatorial district, offered 1 to resign at the last meeting of the executive committee and have Hill take his place. The committee decided that changes should not be made until the Beaumont convention September 13. Governor Allred's appointment is for a j«ar. Reappointment by O'Daniel w'ould be for six years. Hill is 38 His brokerage business includes other things than flour. Resort Village Morass of Mud To Permit Contact— Motorists Flee, See Automobiles Swept in Torrent OFFICERS QUIT KIDNAP HUNT Sheriff Fears SENTENCED TO DIE Woman Slain G-Men Withdraw Because Federal Law Unviolated YUBA CITY, Calif., Sept. 3. — (AP) —Federal and slate forces were abruptly withdrawn from the hunt for kidnapers of Mrs. W. R. Meeks in what observers suggested today might be a move to permit her abductors to make a contact with her orchardist husband. Shortly after Gov. Frank Merriam recalled 120 national guardsmen and IOO state highway patrolmen, N J L. Pieper, Federal Bureau of Investigation chief from San Francisco. announced that the FBI was withdrawing from the case. FEDERAL LAW FN VIOLATED “There is no evidence, thus far,’’ Pieper said, “of the violation of any federal law I am withdrawing FBI men from the case but the facilities of our office will be opnn." The G-men withdrew Just 24 hours after Meeks reported two roughly dressed men kidnaped his 55-year-old wife, demanding $15,000 ransom. Ranchers who Joined in yesterday's extensive hunt for trace of the kidnapers or Mrs. Meek*’ body, expressed belief outside law agents withdrew to permit the abductors to give Meeks details of how to pay the ransom. Firemen Ask GIRL BRIDE SOUGHT Salary Hikes City Authorizes September Bond Interest Payment Oscar Ralph A s h wo r t h (above), 37, was sentenced at St Joseph, Mo., to die in the Missouri gas chamber for kidnaping a 7-year-old girl last August. He pleaded guilty on being returned from Green Bay, WI*., where he was arrested, and immediately was sentenced to be executed October 14 September interest payments on the city’s bonded debt were authorized by the city commission yesterday, in the aum of $26,990. The money was available in all except two of the sinking funds from which interest was due. To* take care of the deficiencies, $127.71 was transferred from the general special warrant fund (created for this purpose) to the school refunding 1925 bond fund, and $1,000 into the general refunding 1934 sinking fund. ROE FILES REQUEST The payments due and authorized were as follows: reservoir and pipeline 1920, $5,925; water 1925. $5,400; water refunding 1925, $1,275; water refunding 1930, $2,325; street refunding 1925, $1,475; sewer 1925, $975; city hall 1925, $2,825; auditorium 1925, $1,600; school 1925, $3,575; school refunding 1925, $575; general refunding 1934, $1,000. Dewey's Case Sheriff Bert Ullrey, who again assumed full charge of the hunt, expressed fear for the life of Mrs. Meeks who he said was In the hands of desperate men. UNABLE TO RAISE MONEY “We are hoping that our search does not yield the body of Mrs. Meeks." he said, ‘‘but there is a possibility that it may." Meeks, who said he could not raise $15,000 even if he sold his ranch and all his other possessions. was quoted by Sheriff Ullrey as saying the two men accosted him and his wife about midnight Thursday, shortly after the departure of some guests. One man was armed. Meeks related, and the pair bound the couple, ransacked the house, then carried Mrs. Meeks outside and departed with her in the rancher's automobile, which was found abandoned in Marysville, 12 miles away, several hours later. ‘‘Unless you pay $15,000 by midnight Saturday you’ll never see your wife acain," Meeks said one of the abductors told him. Nears Finish Ma ior Question Is Will Hines Take Stand on Defense Labor Isn't Only Railroad Problem 3- BUFFALO. N. Y, Sept. (Ti—Grey-haired business men with toy trains tucked under their arms tossed another urgent railroad problem into the nation's lap last night—should America’s model train tracks be I 1-4 or I 5-8 inches wide' ‘Railroaders’’ from Missouri to Maine ’high-balled’into town for the opening of the National Model Railroad association's convention today. Already the meeting is split wide open over the relative merits cf “O" (I 1-4) and “H-O" (I 5-8i gauge tracks. “We want everyone to build according to the same standards, so we can run our trains on each others’ tracks,” National Secreiary George P. Kruez Jr., asserted. NEW YORK. Sept. 3 — TWWith the presentation of testimonv intended to corborate the accusations of gangland informers that James J. Hines shared liberally in the profits of a $20,000,000 policy racket, DLst. Atty. Thomas E Dewey s case against th? Tammany district leader was near completion today. When the trial recessed yesterday until Tuesday, at the end of its third week. 39 witnesses had testified Approximately lo more pros- | ecution witnesses were scheduled. The defense strategy has not been revealed. With the end of the state's case in sight, the most frequent question heard around the courtroom was; Will Hines take the stand?" The grizzled democratic boss, enraged once to the point of denoun- j cing a witness in open court as a liar, has declared he would welcome an opportunity to match wits and words with young Dewey, racket-busting republican prosecutor. One of many successive climaxes in the startling story of intrigue, gunnery and corruption placed before the jury was reached at the end of yesterdays session when Mrs. Rose Wendroff. sister of Dixie Davis, dapper little gang lawyer, testified she personally had delivered money to Hines four or five times. With her testimony was offered a $500 check which she said she had gi' en to Hines. The check was made out to “cash" and bore on its back the name of "J. Hines” which Dewey acknowledged was not in the defendant's handwriting. J. Ray Roe, fire chief, appeared before the city commission to ask consideration for salary increases for firemen, if and when further salary adjustments are made. Reading a written request which he filed with the commission, he pointed out the rising casts of living against the pay of $80. $85 and $90 a month drawn by third, second and first class firemen respectively. ‘‘There have been some revisions made. I believe that the fire department ran stand on its own record. There are only 16 cities, of any size, in the United States with a higher record than Abilene on fire prevention and control; there is no city in Texas with a higher record. No city in Texas receives a higher credit for good fire record credit, Abilene receiving the maximum 25 per cent.” "When the budget was made up this year. I understood there would be no raises in salaries,” said Roe. “In the fire department, we realize the financial condition of the city, but at the same time if revisions are being made. I would like to see the firemen given consideration." SALARIES UP $305 Mayor Hair said he had checked March this year against March of last yeai, and the over-all salary increase amounted to $305 per Federal authorities have been asked by the parents of Doris Hisaw (above>, 17. Nea*ho, Mo., to search for her and her husband, Nijib Toonev, an Arab. It was reported the couple, married in Bentonville. Ark. after a brief courtship, planned to sail from New York. Storm Forces Planes Down Army Airmen Hit House in Landing, Injuring Two Men See COMMISSION, Pg. 7, Col. 7 Born in Brooklyn, She Isn't Citizen LOS ANGEI.ES, Sept. 3-/P(— Sigrid Gurie, whom Samuel Gold-wyn, movie producer, tried to publicize as a "Norwegian find," although she was born in Brooklyn, really is not a United States citizen, federal immigration officials had informed her today. Miss Gurie asked for passport to go to London and was informed that although she was born and lived here a few years immediately thereafter, a 67-year-old treaty with Norwav. the land of her parents, decrees that she is Norwegian. “I can’t understand it," said the actress, “lf the government holds that being born in Brooklyn does not entitle me to American citizenship, I shall ask permission to reenter under a quota number. I want this to be my home." Her business manager left for Washington. D, C., to see if he could straighten out the tangle. HIGH POINT. N. C. Sept. 3 — (UP(-Twelve army pursuit planes from Langley Field, Va , were forced down near here today by rain and low ceiling. First reports said one of the planes smashed into a house in landing, injuring at least two persons. Another plane nosed over in a rough field and its propeller was broken. The pilot was uninjured The other ships landed safely. One plane smashed into a house owned by Howard Slade, a farmer living in the remote section 12 miles from Reidsville. Fred LeGann, 6, and a brother were brought to a Reidsville haspital for treatment Their injuries were not believed serious. Eight persons were in the Slade house w’hen the plane crashed into it in landing. Tile 12 planes werp commanded by Maj. R. L. Maughn They left Langley Field on a training flight for Montgomery, Ala . at 4 a. rn., but over middle North Carolina ran into a steady rain and low-hanging clouds that made it necessary to land hurriedly. Death Claims T. P. Davidson T. P. Davidson, well known Abilene attorney, died at Hendrick Memorial hospital this morning shortly before ll o'clock. He had suffered a brain hemorrhage about 5:30 a. rn. He had been a patient In the hospital several days. Mr. Davidson had practiced law in Abilene 33 years. He was a member of a family distinguished in the bar of Texas. His father, the late W. L. Dav idson. was a judge of the court of criminal annals 30 years, A Markets to Close NEW YORK, Sept. 3.— Ti—Security and commodity markets in the United States and Canada will be closed Monday in observance of Labor day. brother, tv. H. Davidson, prominent Beaumont attorney and former district judge, ran a strong race for justice of the supreme court of Texas in the August 27 run-off primary. W. IL Davidson had visited his brother here August 18. Funeral arrangements had not been announced at noon. ihe Weather Croshes Kill TenTRAINMEN KILLED IN CANADIAN WASHOUT DENVER. Sept. 3.—(AP)— Cloudburst-fed streams roaring out of the Rockies in Northern Colorado drowned two women and a bor, swept through three communities, flooded farm homes, washed away an undetermined number of automobiles and highway bridges, and continued to rise today as abnormal rains continued in part of the area. Tile resort town of Morrison, 15 miles southwest of Denver, was left a mud-gut led morass of crushed buildings by the walls of water that rolled down Bear creek and Mount ; Vernon canon. TWO UNIDENTIFIED The bodies of a woman and a bov , about eight years old were recovered from Eear creek near Morri- i son. Not yet identified, the bodies I were believed those of a mother and her son. Pennrts that as man* as SO persons were missing in that vi- I rinltv could not be verified immediately, Mrs. Walter Boyd, about 30. wife of a physician at Louisville. Colo.. was drowned when the couole’s au- . tomobil** plunged into Coal creek two miles east of Louisville. Sheriff George Richart of Boulder county said the machine plunged into the river a bridge washout, one of “15 or 20" in the county. Residents of Morrison estimated damage from last night’* flood there would be three to six times that of the million-dollar-flood the community suffered in 1933. Damage to bridges, highways, farm lands and other property throughout the stricken area could not be estimated immediately. Several motorists, including persons owning summer homes in the Bear creek and Mount Vernon canons above Morrison, hastily abandoned their automobiles and fled for higher rround when they heard the floodwater approaching. Several said they saw their machines earned into the churning river. Morrison has a permanent population of about 110. The    waters of    Coal    creek rose I three    feet in the    lower    sections    of Erie, a mining community of 1,000, seven    miles north    of Louisville.    A score    of families    were    moved    to higher ground. Another torrent tore through Eldorado Springs, a resort town northwest of Denver, forcing the removal of families from low areas. Traffic was halted into Eldorado Springs. Louisville and Erie. The engineer and fireman of this Canadian Pacific passenger train w-ere killed when it plung ed through a bridge washed out by floods which claimed a dozen lives in the province of Ontario. This wreck was near Quebec. SEEKING BENDIX PRIZES Pilots Race Across Nation Nobody Looks After Cop's Automobile While He's Looking Atter Others' Cars Derby Draws Ten Entrants DALLAS. Sept. 3—(UP)—While Policeman H C Hol'oway was cruising in a squad car protecting other people s propers last night, a man walked onto a parking lot near police headquarters, paid an attendant 15 cents parking charge, and diove away in Officer Holloway * automobile Test Pilot Gives Spectators Thrill In Tough Takeoff EUROPEAN POWERS JOCKEYING TO AVERT THREAT OF CONFLICT Britain, France Convince Hitler Defeat Inevitable But Their Eagerness His Ace By United Press Europe had the air of an armed camp todav, the big power* professing themselves ready for war while they jockeyed behind the scenes to avoid it—probably at the expense of Czechoslovakia In the breathing spell afforded bv the negotiations between the Sudeten German minority in Czechoslovakia and the Czechoslovak government, there were two sides to the picture On the one hand, Britain and France apparently have convinced Adolf Hitler that they have a line-up which would inevitabiv assure his defeat if he starts a war On the other hand. Hitler has a trump card in the (act that Britain and France are desperately anxious -------------- - -    - to avoid war at almost any cost, and he knows it. FLAUNT PREPARATION? Hitler apparently feels sure that Britain and France WIA bring enough pressure to bear on Czechoslovakia to force ’he concession of most of the Sudeten demands Once entrenched in the Sudeten area, Hitler conceivably rould permit a lull and wait for the future to expand tne grip made possible by the entering wedge. Both sides were noi ilv flaunting war-like preparative A lot of it undoubtedly was bluff to warn the other fellow’ of wnat coulu happen, and some of it was genuine preparation in case trouble cannot be avoided. UNIFIES AIR FORC E Orca* Britain Is sending a great battle fleet for maneuver, on the western side of toe North sea to impress Hitler. The Fuehrer blandly retorted by orde in-? his fleet out to maneuver on the eartern side off the Norwegian and Danish coast as far south as the Netherlands. Franc* unified he. air force— hitherto divided into separate commands and held maneuvers designed to show HP er that he could not break through that wav. anymore than he could through the vaunted Maginot line of fortifications on the German and Belgian borders Woman’s Death Probe Ordered Abilene and Vicinity—Partly cloudy tonight an,; Sunday. West Texas West of tooth Meridian Partly cloudy to cloudy. probably local •bowers In Panhandle tonight and Sunday. Past Texas- Kast of 100th .Meridian I artly cloudy tonight and Sunday:    local thundershowers near upper coast Sunday temr>4>r»turp vesterduu na. ca. DAYTON, O, Sept. 3—(/Pl -Ten persons, including two elderly newlyweds and two children, were killed in two separate automobile collisions. one near Lebanon, the other on the outskirts of Dayton early today. Five other persons were in- Italians Starting 'Purge' of Jewry All may be fair in love or war but the Salesmen's Crusade isn’t exactly either. And the clerk who had to pass a free can of coffee over the counter morning still is blushing. A cute young thing walked Into a grocery which was displaying this sign: "If we forget to suggest coffee, one pound can this free She turned on the charm; she engaged the clerk in very pleasant conversation, about everything from the weather to fresh eggs. She even told him goodbye. A* she reached the doorway, she turned, and with laughter tinkling saucily, told him; ‘You forgot the coffee. Several customers tittered. Fellow clerks grinned. The poor boy blushed—but gassed out the coffee. The young thing weakened admitting she was trying out her charm rather tl*n needing coffee. But no. with the Crusading clerk, it was touche. He saw that she left with the coffee. But that was one of f^w cans of coffee given away. Abilenians, as the first week of the campaign nears its close, are really becoming crusaders. A half dozen stores checked hurriedly this morning showed coffee sales were running even higher than had been anticipated Tie day was. moving, along, too. Every clerk in all stores handling ties was wearing a string on the left forefinger. That didn’t give either clerks or customers much chance to get tics. Sunday is Chicken Dinner day. “Dine out—on Chicken" if the slogan which Abilene cafes in the Crusade have adopted for- ROME, Sept. 3. >P—Elimination of Jewish faculty members and students from Italian schools, ordered yesterday by the cabinet, already has started In the old university town of Perugia, three Jewish professors announced today they had been dismissed from the university, effective October 16, when the cabinet decree goes into effect. One was a professor of microbiology and had been with the university since 1907. Another, with the university since 1926. headed the chemistry faculty and was president of the Provincial Union of Professional Men and Artists. The third was in the physics department. A report from Trieste said Jews were resigning from all state party, coporative and syndical jobs of a public nature. TRAVERSE CITY Mi^h.. Sept. 3 — (UP)—Coroner Eugene Sampson ordered an inquest today into the death of Mrs Peter Conrad Dings, 56, wife of a millionaire banker and oil man, who was found dead in bed at her estate on Spider lake. There was every indication that Mrs. Dings had died a natural death from a heart attack except that the side of her face was badly bruised. Mrs. Dings was alone on the estate except for servants. She did not go downstairs for dinner yesterday evening and George Green, gardener and chauffeur, went upstairs to investigate. He found her dead. Her physician, Dr. F. G. Swartz, arrived soon afterward and said she had not been dead more than an hour. An examination indicated that a heart attack might have killed her, but the physician could not explain the bruises on her face. Dings was in Toronto, where he has banking interests. He is a former treasurer of the North American Light and Power company, and of the Illinois Power and Light Corp., and a present director of the Federal Reserve bank of Oklahoma City and of the Chicago Trust company. He has made fortunes in Oklahoma oil and in banking in Chicago and Toronto. Bv LEO BARON UNION AIR TERMINA] BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 3.-(UP)—Ten of the nation crack speed fliers winged the way eastward toward Clev land today in the 30.000 Be; dix air derby. Led bv Rass Hadley. Los Angel sportsman-pilot, the fliers start taking off at 1:47 a. rn. PST (3: a rn Abilene time*. It was alme four hours later that Frank Cc dova. the last pilot to get awa raised his tri-motored plane in the air. FIRE DELAYS ONE There was no mishap at the sta although a fire delayed Cordovi takeoff and Lee Gehlbach, N( York test pilot, gave the 40,C spectators a thrill when he straigh ened out 20 feet above the grou; and appeared to be having troul in raising higher. The nose of i ship soon turned upward, howev and he streaked away toward t Sierra Madre mountains. The fact that Hadley got th* first start gave him no advantage, since th** race Ii against time. The result will b* based on elapsed flying time. Poor flying conditions over part the route may slow the fliers do’ and perhaps keep tne record i last year by Frank Fuller from k ing broken. It wan cloudy a raining in parts of thv Texas Pa I handle and Kansas which rn I force the pilots „o seek a fly! level of 17.000 feet or more ONLY ONE WOMAN Bob Perlick. Gi’naa’e, Cal., s writer, was equipped with an os gen mask for sub stratosphere f ing. He planned ;o fly a. an a1 tude of 20.000 feet Jacqueline Cochran. flyinf the speedy silver ship flown her* in a record-breaking crosscountry dash last week by Maj Alexander P. de SeversKy, wa! the only woman 'n the race Sh* was one of the favorites in this her third attempt at winning the $9,000 first prize. Winner of second plac-' will awarded $5,000, third $3 OOO four $2,000 and fifth $l.t-00 An additio a1 $1,000 will be awarded to t entrant that commues to Bend N. J., in the fastest elapsed time. 15-minute stop will be allowed Cleveland for those who choose continue lo Bendix Fuller s record foi 'he 2.042 mi: See AIR DERBY, Tg. 7, Col. 6 O'Daniel Welcome Plans Abandoned Pumper Killed ALBANY, Sept. 3. (Sp!)—William McGoughey, 60, pumper on the Albany Oil company lease, was found dead last night. He apparently was caught in the tower and his head and arm were mangled. Funeral was set for 3 o'clock today at the Albany Methodist church. Plans for a welcome committe for Governor-Nominate W. Ll O Daniel Sunday as he pass* through Abilene on his way to Mid land were abandoned today whe it was learned that O'Daniel woul be on the 3:25 a.m. train. “Mr. O'Daniel will be asleep that time." Ernest W. Wilson, dis I trict chairman of the O'Daniel for j ces, said today "and we decided t forego the pleasure of welcomtn him to Abilene He needs the res and if every town on the line me his Pullman with a welcome com mittee he certainly wouldn’t ge any rest." ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: September 3, 1938