Abilene Reporter News, September 20, 1938

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September 20, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 20, 1938, Abilene, Texas .Crack Passenger Trains Collide Head-on to Kill Ten, Injure 77—SEE STORY IN COLUMN > *1 WEST TEX Al I MIWSMPER€fje sublime Reporter ~jftcvus“WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,"’-Byron ★★★ EVENING VOL. LYM I, NO. 112. Halt* Pre aa (IT) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 20, 1938—TEN PAGES AhMsIN Preaa (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS Officers of the Texas Liquor Control board, assisted by city and county officers, began a "sit down strike” in the Mexican section of town early this afternoon. In parked automobiles between the TAP railroad track and North Fourth street they sat, watched and waited. They waited for prospective beer or liquor purchasers to arrive. “I have waited for more than a year before starting this ’sit down* busine.-*,” John W. Coates, district supervisor of the liquor board, said this morning in a written statement, "because I wanted to try every other way to stop sale of beer in this area. But it seems like this is the only thing to do and we intend to sit right here until it is stopped. "Officers ran raid these places (lav In and day out and yet they find no beer or whiskey on these premises," he continued. “The operators hide this beer and whiskey off of their premises. They hide beer ‘stach-es’ on vacant lots and dig a hole in the ground and put a five-gallon can in this hole and ice See SIT-DOWN, Pg. 9, Col. 7 SOVIET TO CIVE CZECHS WAR MD? L-Men Move In For East Abilene Sit-DownFBaJltYsjich Believed Cause Of Rail Mishap Torches Needed To Cut Trapped Passengers Out NILAND, Calif., Sept. 20— (AP)—Ten persons were killed and at least 77 injured today aa the Argonaut, crack Southern Pacific train en route from New Orleans to Los Angeles, plowed into its sister train, the Californian on a siding ll miles east of Niland, in the Imperial valley. A faulty switch Is believed to have caused the Argonaut to crash at top speed from the single track Into the siding where the Californian, economy train Chicago-bound from Los Angeles, waited for it to pass. MANY TRAPPED Both locomotives were overturned and the first three cars of the Argonaut and the first coach of the Californian were derailed. All of the seven passenger c’-ad were in a Californian coach, which was Hungary Joins •Poland to Ask .Minority 'Cut' Conferences Seen As Strengthening To Reich Position Europe Hears Russians Will, Won't Fight BERCHTESGADEN. Germany. Sept. 20—<A*h-Envoys of Hungary and Poland were received today by Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler in his retreat on Obersalzberg to discuss a the Czechoslovak crisis. The Hungarian chief of staff. Field Marshal Mresztes-Fischer sat with Premier Bela Imredi' and Foreign Minister Koloman von Kanya during their talk with Hitler and German Foreign Minister • Joachin von Ribbentrop “regarding the untenable condition rn Czechoslovakia." Poland's views were presented by jT&eph Lipsi. Polish ambassador to Berlin, at another conference. M it wa; officially announced that the Hungarian statesmen had told Hi*Ici they would stand firm for the right of self-determination for • the “uO.OOO Hungarians m Czechoslovakia It was understood the w Polish ambassador discussed plans • {cr dealing with the Polish minority of about 100,000. The Reichsfuehrer's position in the European crisis was considered measurably strengthened by the fact that Hungary's regent, Admiral 4| Nicholas Horthy, had sent his principal aides to historic Berghof at this time. Informed persons believed the motive of the pilgrimage to Obersalzberg could be only one thing— ^ the desire of Hungary to be in on W the division of spoils if and when Czechoslovakia is forced to disgorge her non-Czechoslovak areas and populations. German officials maintained silence on the visit. 6 (Reports from Munich last night said Admiral Hoi thy intended to visit Hitler personally today to enlist his aid in settling the fate cf the Hungasian minority of 700,000 in Czechoslovakia. Horthy made fa visit of state to Germany August 21 to 26. The Czechoslovak situation was said to have been discussed j at that time. (The Budapest correspondent of the Berliner Morgenpost said Horthy ^was en route to Field Marshal Her- i • mann Wilhelm lodge, in East Prussia, on the lat-ter's invitation. Berlin officials Geneva Rumors Say Rumania Bars Moscow Pledge to Support Prague lf Attack from Germany Resisted PRAGUE, Sept. 20.— (UP)—The Czech government met Adolf Hitler's demand for an immediate reply to the proposed partition of Czechoslovakia tonight without saying “yes" or "no" but suggesting further talks. The reply was delivered to the British and French governments through their legations here. Despite Hitler's insistence on prompt compliance or refusal, the Czech note. according to an official communique, “makes possible further conversations in the spirit of good will." GENEVA, Sept. 20—(UP)— , Possibility of Soviet Russia alone going to the aid of Czechoslovakia appeared blasted to-, day when Soviet sources told the United Press that Russia would stand by her treaty obligations under any circumstances but had given no pledge to fight unless France went to war first. Except for casual corridor meetings, there have been no conferences between Czech and Soviet representatives at the League of Nations, it was emphasized, and no pledges have been given Prague because “the Czechs already know perfectly well what the Soviet's position is." MIGHT AID INDIRECTLY The Soviet treaty obligation specifically provides that Russia is bound to aid Czechoslovakia against an aggressor only after France has first gone to the aid of Prague. Thus, the Soviet attitude was interpreted to mean that they would fight if France fights, but would not aid the Czechs if France does not intervene first. There were suggestions in wellinformed sources that in event Czechoslovakia made a lone stand against turning the Sudetenland over to Germany the .Soviets might lend Indirect aid such as has been given the loyalist government in Spain. That would mean Soviet war materials and technical advisors. The Soviet sources said that there had been no meetings between Czechs and Soviet Foreign Com- Troops Attack Custom Houses Along Frontier ! Government Stalls As Prague Strives To Preserve Life PRAGUE, Sept. 20—OP)—Three attacks on Czechoslovak frontier customs houses by bands of men who were said to have crossed the border from Germany armed with machine-guns, hand grenades and pistols were reported today by the Czechoslovak government. The customs house at Klein-Aupa, near Aussig, was reported burned CHIEF RISING CLOUD TESTS HIS BOW I missar Maxim Litvinoff or other Goering s hunting: soviet delegates at Geneva, with the exception of short informal talks in the League of Nations corridors. said it    was    more likely Horthy    was j They added that the Soviets had coming    to    Germany and    attend    the * not given the Czechs any pledges military    maneuvers at Geneva because “the Czechs al- East Prussian A than to discuss situation ) the Czechoslovak ready know perfectly well what the Soviet's position is." #Suit Wrongly Names Man The Reporter-News wishes to correct an error in a news story that appeared in the Monday afternoon edition. The error was caused by inaccuracy of precinct officers in furnishing names and an address to the county attorney for filing of an application for an injunction to padlock premises in western Abilene. The item stated that an application for a padlock injunction % had been filed in 42d district court by the state against Herman O'-Rear and W. G. Lankford, and that the premises sought to be padlocked were located at North First and Graham streets. The facts are: W. G. Lankford is in no way, even remotely, connected with the case. £    The    premises the officers really wished to padlock are not located t North First and Graham streets. In filing an application for a padlock injunction it is necessary inder the law to name the owner of property as a party defendant with a tenant who is the alleged offender. In this case the complaining officer gave the county attorney the wrong street address and the wrong name of the owner of property f sought to be padlocked. The Reporter-News wishes to emphasize that W. G. Lankford is neither owner or occupant of any property anywhere that has ever been named in any application for a padlock petition. GENEVA, Sept. 20-(AP)— Czechoslovakia was reported today to have received a Soviet Russian promise of support if Germany tried to seize Sudetenland but to have found in Rumania a possible barrier to such aid. Sources close to the Russian delegation to the League of Nations said Moscow had informed Prague if Czechoslovakia would resist any German attack she would receive Soviet support. Russian officials refused to discuss the report. Members of the Czechoslovak delegation said officially they had “no confirmation," but Czechoslovak sources added the report was “not improbable." Edouard Heidrich, Czechoslovak foreign office expert, talked with Petrescu Comnen. Rumanian foreign minister, this morning. Members of both delegations refused to give details of the conversations, but it was reported the Czechoslovak representatives sought confirmation of earlier indications from Russian sources that arrangements had been made for passage of Soviet troops through Rumania n event of war. CZECHS GLOOMY EARLIER Soviet Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinoff was reported to have told Heidrich through delegation attaches that Moscow already was doing everything it could to stiffen the French and British attitude toward Germany. "We can do no more for the present," Moscow was reported to have told Czechoslovakia. “Now, it is up to you." Before these reports Czechoslovak sources here were gloomy. “Moscow has too many irons in the f.re to take on another for us,” said one Czech, showing the pessimism of his colleagues. With nothing but league committee meetings scheduled today the league's entire attention was concentrated on outside developments in the Czech crisis. Czechoslovak officials here See CZECHS, Pg. 9. Col. 6 Dentist Acquitted Of Drunk Driving Judge M. S. Long yesterday afternoon instructed a 42d district court jury to return a verdict of not guilty in the case charging Dr. E. W. Crow, local dentist, with driving while intoxicated. Lack of evidence was the reason given for the instructed verdict. Judge Long held that the state had failed to offer acceptable evidence that Dr. Crow had been either drunk or drinking. “All evidence offered," Long said this morning, “was purely personal opinion and the higher courts have several times held that this type of evidence is inconclusive." BERLIN, Sept 2D—(AP)—The controlled German press took the stand amid reports of clashes along the German-Czechoslovak border today that partition of Czechoslovakia is now the only solution of the Sude-ten-German Czechoslovak crisis. A few days ago the press limited itself to discussion of possible methods of lopping off the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia. Informed quarters discredited reports, which recur almost daily, that Hitler had set a deadline for his demands. "Why should Hitler set any date when things are going his way," one natl editor retorted. after being wrecked by a barrage of hand grenades. Two Czech officials were wounded. ONSLAUGHT REPULSED At Ebersdorf, England, government reports said, men who crossed the border shortly before dawn oc cupied the customs house for time and broke into end took possession of the postoffice. Czechoslovak officials then returned their fire and a detachment of Czechoslovak gendarmerie finally dislodged the attackers from the two Ebersdorf buildings. Six government officials wera reported wounded and Czechoslovak officers said several of the invaders were hurt and dragged back across the boundary by their comrades. The next border incident was reported from Neusorge. near Brau-nau, where 15 men were said to have surrounded the customs house and bombarded it with grenades. Here Czechoslovak officials barricaded themselves and made no further effort to defend themselves until rocket signals brought help from a gendarmerie patrol. Plague authorities said there was no doubt that the attacking forces came from Germany. All appeared to be dressed in civilian clothes. The authorities said they had evidence that a number of the invaders were members of Konrad Henlein's “free corps," the mission of which apparently is to harass the frontier. These reports came as the Prague j government, confronted with An-glo-British proposals to cede the J Sudetenland to Germany, stalled ! for time in its struggle to maintain the life of the 20-year-old state. The cabinet was reported to have found “unacceptable" the plan of the western democracies to partition the republic, but to be prepared to make use of the proposals in future negotiations. After reports of the border clashes Prague promptly clapped martial law on three mort Sudeten districts, including much of the territory north of Ausigg. Sudeten party stronghold. Although the border fighting brought new worries to the Prague See DISORDERS, Pg. 9, Col. 7 The American Legion convention in Los Angeles provided a reunion for Chief Rising Cloud with his brothers of the Kiowa and Comanche tribes of Okla homa, into which he was initiated last year. The chief, known more familiarly as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York, is shown testing his bow. Left to right are Chief Albert Attocknie of the Comanches, LaGuardia, Chief White Horse of the Kiowas and Sen. Josh Lee of Oklahoma. (See story on Page 3.) MAY BE LARGEST Deep Noodle Well Flows Rates 60 Bbls. Hourly in Tank NILAND, Calir., Sept. 26.— (AP)—The casualty list in the train wreck here early today included: Dead: FLORENCE A. TATOE, M, Chester street, Rhinebeck, N. Y. MRS. E. W. HALL, Loma Linda. Calif. MRS. G. A. HALL, Loma Linda. Calif. ROBERT N. RICHARDSON, engineer of the Argonaut, Los Angeles. P. E. MARTIN, fireman, Californian, Loa Angeles. H. R. PARSONS, fireman of the Argonaut, Los Angeles. Three unidentified girls. One unidentified woman. 'Appendicitis' Proves Mal de Mer VINEYARD HAVEN. Mass. Sept. 20—(UP)—When the skipper of the trawler Heckla radioed that Michael Burke. 19-year-old crew member, was suffering from appendicitis, coast guards placed him aboard the cutter Argo and steamed 200 miles to this Island. Today, 7. S. Marine hospital attaches diagnosed his illness as seasickness. I TICKETS ON SALE FOR FIRST OF BOOSTER TRIPS, SET TOMORROW West Texas Fair To Be Advertised By Hundred Abilenians On Southeast Tour Tickets were on sale today for 9 30-50 Santa Anna. 10 05-25; Second Swastika Sand Producer Is Found By Humble the fi st of five trips through West Texas scheduled by the Abilene Booster club to advertise the West Texas Free fair. Fifteen members of the club were touring the downtown section, inviting participation in the trip. One hundred Abilenians are being sought to take the southeastern trek tomorrow D. H. Jefferies, president of the fair board, is to be chief speaker and Bob Cannon is to be in charge of distribution of advertising matter. If the desired number for the trip is secured, four chartered buses will be used. They will he led by a police escort, the siren car of Jess Fincher and Alvin G. Barnes’ sound car. “It is essential that the fair be advertised in this manner if we are to have the kind of attendance we want," E. G. Wood, secretary of the Booster club said this morning. “No doubt there are lots of us who would rather stay in Abilene offices, but I hope that the business men will give us their full cooperation in making these trips a success " Visits are to be made to IR towns on the trip tomorrow. Each visit will last IO or 20 minutes and all towns have been notified that the boosters are coming through. The delegation is to leave Abilene at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning First stop is to be at Lawn from 8 until 8:10. Other stops are Goldsboro, 8.20-30; Novice, 8:40-50; Silver Valley, 9:00-10; Coleman. Bangs, IO 40-50; Brownwood, ll: 10-12.00. Brownwood la to be the luncheon stop, but plans for a reception there have not yet been announced. After lunch, the delegation will visit Cross plains, 12:45-1:00; Pioneer, 1:10-20; Rising Star, 1:40-2:OO; Eastland, 2 45-3:10; Olden, 3:20-30; Ranger, 3 40-4 OO; Cisco, 4.30-45; Putnam. 5:00-10; Baird, 5:30-50; Clyde. 6:05-15; Abilene. 6 30. The Weather ABILENE an't vicinity: Fair tonight and W*dn«*d«jf, slightly warmer W’ertnesday. (Vest Texar Fair tonight and Wcdne*. day, *iightly warmer in north portion Wed-ne day Eaat Texas: Fair tonight and Wednesday; slightly warmer in north portion Wednesday. Highest temperature yesterday ... OO Lowest temperature this morning SS TEMTERATt ’RES Mon. Tues. pm ...... Hi a ...... 7    ...... 8 ...... » ...... 10    ...... 11    ...... 12  . ga ip-1'    (un    nae Sunset I U pm a 30 a rn Pry thermometer    as    ss Wet thermometer    a2    (9 Relative humidity    aa    52 aa aa aw go 87 82 77 73 71 69 sa a rn a« 83 82 80 SB aa 75 78 82 a 26 a 36 12:36 p rn. SS ai 23 Flow indicating one of the largest producers ever to be completed In tile southwestern Jones county Noodle Creek field was reported today from Humble OU & Refining company's second deep well in the east extension area. Humble No. I L. L. Huddleston, direct north offset to the discovery well of the field's deepest pay horizon, flowed 60 barrels of oil on one holy of gauge Into tanks last night after drilling out cement plugs. The flow was through two-inch lines to the tank batery from a six-inch casing. Drilled into the deep Swastika sand zone, above which pipe had been cemented at 2,912 feet, the well was allowed to clean itself with a flow of an hour and a half Into pits before being turned into storage. The flow was under a steady pressure. ELEVEN FEET OF PAY On a 30-minute gauge this morning, the well was reported to have made 30 barrels from the eleven feet of sand. Location is 330 feet from the south and east lines of section 49-18-T&P survey, a 650-foot direct north offset to Humble No. I Riley Horton, opener of the Swastika horizon. The Swastika is approximately 500 feet below the old Noodle Creek lime from which the main field is producing. The Noodle Creek field is 12 years old this month, its main spread being about a mile and a half east of the new Humble strikes. Humble Oil & Refining No. I, Mrs. Rozilla Graves, which this month indicated discovery of a fourth pay—the shallow' Tannehill ** sand—and passed it up for the deeper zones, was slated for testing telescoped by the terrific impact. The fireman of the Argonaut and the engineer and fireman of th# Californian were killed. NEARLY all the passenger* were asleep :! the time of the collision, 1:36 a. rn. Score* were sent tumbling and screaming from their berths. Darkness heightened confusion and bys* terla of the passengers as they sought to escape from the smashed coaches. Rescue work was impeded because many of those trapped in the twisted steel coaches had to be cut out by Acetylene torches. Relief trains were sent from Yuma, Arts., and Indio, Calif* to the wreck. One of the relief locomotives pulled the Argonaut’s passenger See TRAIN CRASH, Pg. 9, Cob 7 • Track in Fine Shape— HORSES TO RUN AGAIN: FAIR ASSOCIATION POSTS $1,200 IN PRIZES FOR THREE-DAY OCTOBER MEET % The bangtails are going to run in Abilene again. They will cavort three afternoons during the West Texas Free fair, October 3-8, in one of the many special attractions offered here this ' •year. Six races on the afternoons of Wednesday. Thursday and Saturday during the fair will be held with approximately $1,200 being offered in cash prizes. W. R. Sibley is chairman of the committee handling details for the race. Charley Bracken is secretary, and Carl Hulsey bookkeeper. The 5-8 mile track at the fair Horses will come here immediately I after the South Plains 'air at Lubbock, just as they did last year. Purses will be divided 60 30 and IO per cent of the total. Entry fees will be five per cent of the purse and will be added. Sibley said Friday afternoon was grounds is said to be in excellent skipped because of the football game condition from last year s meet and here between Abilene Eagles and another fast meet is promised. I the Sweetw ater Mustangs. The race schedule follows: Wednesday, October 5—Cow pony race, one-fourth mile. $35 purse; three-eighths mile for three year old and up, $70; half mile, two year old and up, $75; five-eighths mile, three year old non-winners, $85; mile, three year old and up, non-winners, $100; three-fourths mile, three year old beaten non-winners, $85. Thursday, October 6—Cow pony race. Taylor county horses only, one fourth mile, $35; half mile, three beaten non-winners. $70; half mile, three year old and up. $75: five-eighths mile three year old and up, non money winner. $85; three-fourths mile, three year old. only beaten non-winners, $90; seven-eights mile, three year old and up, $100. Saturday, October 8—Cow pony race, free for all, one-fourth mile, $35; three-eighths mile, three year old and up, beaten non-winners, $70; half mile, two year old maidens only, $70; five-eighths mile, three year old only, $80; handicap, mile, 70 yards, entries received Oct. 6, $140; special feature rac,e to be announced later. See WELL FLOWS, Pg. 9, Col. 6 Ten Are Billed In Pen Deaths PHILADELPHIA. Sept. 20.— (AP)—Murder and manslaughter indictments were returned today by the grand jury against IO officials and guards of the Philadelphia county prison, where four convicts recently died from heat In punishment cells. Those indicted included William B. Mills, superintendent of the prison, and Frank A. Craven, deputy warden. Thompson Gets Bid to Spudding Col. Ernest O. Thompson, chairman of the Texas railroad commission, has been mailed an invitation to attend spudding ceremonies of ..he Promising Oil company No. I City of Abilene Fair Park, wildcat oil test to be drilled on the midway during the week of the West Texas free fair, Oct. 3-8. The invitation was sent by members of the Abilene district office of the railroad commission along with the Promising Oil company’s application to drill the well. The application was filed as a regular notice and sent to the Austin office of the commission. Letter to Thompson reads: “Enclosed you will find application to drill en oil well in the City of Abilene Fair Park. As you will note, this form was filed by the Promising Oil company whose office is in Colorado. Tex. You are, I am sure, well acquainted with the gentlemen who comprise this company and for that reason I earnestly solicit your prompt consideration of this application. “Activity and interest are high. Acreage is bringing buying promises and I have been instructed to inform you that they are retaining an offset location under the hot dog stand for you. This is the most valuable and desirable site in the entire area and if I may suggest it you should promise anything or everything in order to obtain the valuable property. “Spudding ceremonies will take place at three o'clock in the afternoon of Oct. 3, 1938, and a good time is promised all. "Why not promise an oil well to every adult tax paying citizen in Texas. It might work. Quien Sabe?" “Please let us hear from you in the very near future in regard to this matter. “Yours for bigger and better promises. (Signed) "District Deputy Supervisor.”•Taking Whip Hand in Europe, Hitler Prepared to Demand Immediate Acceptance of Terms--See Page IO ;

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