Abilene Reporter News, October 15, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

October 15, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas Already Harassed City Dads Learn City Hall Falling Down Then on top of all the other problems that confront mmebers of the city commission, they discovered yesterday that the city hall is falling down. Well, not exactly falling down, but the stone work is slipping; and the board was informed that repair now will save hundreds of dollars in a reconstruction Job later. The need for painting, cleaning and waterproofing the cornice stones was pointed out yesterday by a representative of the Commercial Stone Painting and Cleaning company. The company has a crew here doing similar work on the Alexander building, the Mims building and Hotel Wooten. The mayor and commissioners recessed and went outside to look the building over. They found the mortar dropping from between the stones around the top of the building, much of the stone work badly stained by water. The job was estimated to cost between $150 and $200 A crew proba ably will start to work Monday.®fje Abilene Reporter-Jietos“WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FR/ENDS OR FOES WE SKE! CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES,"-Byron VOL LVIll, NO. 137. ratted Prest (UPI ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 15, 1938 —EIGHT PAGES Associated Tres* (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTSHE LOSES $11,000 FROM COAT WEEPING DENIALS— Stepmother Convicted of Starving Tot LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 15.—(UP)— appeal to a higher court. Mrs. Charles Van Sickles, 52-year-old stepmother, wept In her Jail cell today and said a district court jury which found her guilty of having starved her six-year-old stepdaughter to death had erred. She said she would ask for a new trial and, if it was denied, would Her husband, Charles, 30, Is In in a hospital for malnutrition The jury, after less than four hours deliberation, agreed late yesterday that she had been guilty of manslaughter in the death of Norma Jean Van Sickles, her husband's daughter by a previous marriage. She faces a possible term of from one to IO years in prison. Jail, awaiting trial on the same charge. He la her fourth husband. Norma Jean died August 4 in a tourist camp southeast of Lincoln Witnesses testified she and her sister, Alma Lee, had appeared underfed when they arrived at the camp. The surviving child is being treated Co. Atty. Max Towle, who prosecuted the case, charged Norma Jean'a death resulted solely from her step-mother’s “criminal negligence." He said Mrs. Van Sickles had money and a plentiful supply of groceries but failed to feed the ehild properly and refused her a mother's care and protection. Towle said the Van Sickles left Farmington, Mo., after selling mortgaged property and came directly to Lincoln, arriving August 3. “They rented the most expensive of two large cabins at the tourist camp,’’ he said. ‘ The child died the next evening and a post mortem showed she had had no food or water for 36 hours." Mrs. Alice Allman, a Red Cross nurse, said she visited the ramp the night of August 4 after the child had died. “Her body was completely emaciated, the size of a two or three-year-old,” she said. “Her arms antilens looked like toothpicks.” Otto Freitag. 58. who has lived with his wife in a single room in Chicago and collected relief for two years, points to the lining of his coat from where his life savings of $11,000 disappeared. He complained to police that Le missed the money after falling unconscious on a street. Hunter Leading Fight to Prevent Shutdowns’ Lift Austin, Oct. 15 — UP)—An increased demand for Texas oil of only 12.000 barreLs a day was reported to the Texas railroad commission today by the Federal Bureau of Mines as the commission met to consider November oil production orders. The bureau estimate is 1,371,000 barrels daily. October estimate was 1.359,000 barreLs a day. Because oil is reported being brought into Texas from other states and from Mexico and South America, an end of Saturday and Sunday shutdowns of Texas oil fields was under discussion. Such shutdowns reduce production an equivalent of 412.500 barrels daily. Rival groups were before the commision to argue oil policy. Members of one seek an end of Saturday and Sunday field closing. -....................       •    ■    I    and    greater daily production. They Fight on Meat Law Probable Sweetwater Firm May Test Legality Of City Ordinance Abilene may face a legal attack on its new mea ordinance, which requires rigid inspections of all meats sold for food in the city— which makes unlawful the sale of meats not stamped "Abilene passed" or bearing the federal inspection stamp. An Abilene attorney last week requested a copy of the ordinance, indicating that he had been employed by a Sweetwater meat firm to attack the legality of the regulations set up here, • Commissioner George E. Morris, who has Wen aduibly proud of the new municipal abattoir and the cooperation which Abilene meat dealers have given in having all their butchering done according to the new regulations, likewise is upholding the new mea’ ordinance. He said the Sweetwater firm had been giving the abattoir here a little competition on bol e meal since the regulation went into effect, cut- . downs    neX{    weekend.    Fremming ting the price from $40 to $38 a ton. would    rancel    thcal but that the plant here had been j ‘-Every day    of delay    is    losing awe to sell a the bone meal pro-, Texas    lts normal markets,”    Frem- duced at $40. “We have a high class I product down there," he observed believe it is the quickest way to end price cuts and imports of oil into Texas. HINTER TAKES LEAD Others say flooding the state with n ore oil will play into the hands of ccmpanies announcing price cuts. They warn of the days of “10-cent oil" in East Texas before state proration began. Headed by J. C. Hunter of Abilene. president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas association, they caucused to flan a fight for continued shutdowns. Hunter claimed backing of all ’North and West Texas operator* in the fight opposing a lift of the shutdown order. With him he brought a delegation of North Texas operators from Wichita Falls bearing a resolution passed by that group unanimously opposing the lift. He carried a telegram sent by the oil and gas committee of the McCamey chamber of commerce assuring him of the support of West Texas oil men. Oil field workers will be represented at the hearing by Harvey Fremming. president of the International Oil Field Workers union. He arrived here yesterday and urged Chairman Ernest O. Thompson of the Texas railroad commission to end the oil field shutdowns immediately. The present order calls for a shutdown today and tomorrow and similar shut- Perkins Urges Peace Between Labor Factions Joint Commission, With Disinterested Members, Proposed COLUMBUS, 0., Oct. 15.— (AP)—Secretary of Labor Perkins proposed today creation of a 13-member commission to mediate the dispute between the C. I. 0. and the A. F. of L. She suggested that each organisation choose five of its “trusted and experienced representatives” who in turn would select three disinterested persons. The representatives of the labor groups, she said, should have authority to bind their organizations to adhere to any agreement the commission reached. Miss Perkins advanced her suggestion in an address prepared for a joint celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Order of Railway. Conductors and the fiftieth anniversary of its ladies auxiliary. It was the first public proposal i from the administration of a concrete method for settling the rivalry between the American Federation of Labor and the Committee for Industrial organization which began three years ago today. For the past IO days, however, there has been increasing adminis- MEDIATION ABANDONED TEXAS DIGGERS FOR BURIED TREASURE RACING AGAINST TIME SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 15— (UP)—Two white men and a negro, fearful that their contract with the government will expire all too quickly, made the dirt fly today in their hunt for a pot of gold. They had used almost half their allotted 72 hours to find the gold and get off the Fort Sam Houston military reservation. They worked furiously with picks and shovels, believing that at any moment they were likely to make a strike that would make them wealthy. Frank Shepperd. the negro, convinced his hefpers. Hugo E. Randig and Joe Bachmeyer, that he had found gold on the reservation 21 years ago. He thought U was brass and sold it to a Junk dealer for $505. Shepperd kept one bar for an ornament and a Jeweler told him it was gold. TTiat inspired the negro and his companion into action. They agreed with federal of ficials that if they found gold they would give one-fourth to the U. S, treasury. The government furnished soldiers to keep curious persons away from the diggings. The hunt has been on for almost 24 hours. The only metal they had found thus far was a valueless piece of tin NEARING CANTON— Japanese Take Waichow Air Raids Lay Waste Towns Invaders Only 70 Mlies Out of City By Land, 80 by Sea Traffic Light Gone, Cify Commission Sends Owners of High Oil Truck Bill FASTS FOR YOUTH HONGKONG, Oct. 15—(AP) —Japanese troops were report-__    ed today to have captured Wai- I tration pressure for the    rival labor    i chow, only 70 miles east of organizations to end    their    bitter    Canton, after smashing through [lghL_A” ^xa™plp    ,the    RCJJon    more than 80 villages in their new South China drive from Bias bay. Unofficial Japanese sources said the Japanese had occupied Waichow after a fierce struggle to the southwest of the city, in flames since yesterday as a result of heavy aerial bombardments. VILLAGES IN RUINS The 30-mile drive from Bias bay by President Roosecelt in sending a message to the Houston, Tex., convention of the A. F. of L., asking it not to close the door to peace with the C. I. O. Auto Owner Faces Accomplice Charge City officials didn’t remove the new traffic light on South First at Peach street. An oil truck did it for them. The truck was carrying oil field equipment which was too tall to clear the signal light. So the light Just went along with the truck, for several blocks before the additional “load” was discovered. As a result, the city has presented the oil company with a bill for the light, which the city electrician said was ruined in the smashup. The signal cost $87.50 only a few weeks ago; in addition to installation cost. SEC CHIEF SAYS LARGE UTILITY GROUPS AGREE TO COOPERATE' Douglas Hopos Decision of Few Indicative of General Feeling left scores of villages and hamlets in ruins. Air raid casualties in Wai- Charges of being an accomplice in the holdup shooting of John E. Pil-kington Wednesday afternoon were filed late yesterday in the justice court of Theo Ash against S. R. Simpson of Houston. Simpson Is ow’ner of the automobile in which Gilliam Berrv Butler was arrested    alone    were estimated at 1,000. in Fort Worth four hours after the While the main air assault was shooting.    directed    at territory’ in the path of He was taken into custody by ..    .    .    , Dallas officers after he reported th' *dv*nclnf    torc*. °'h- ; theft of his car and was brought cr warplanes machine-gunned high-to Abilene by Sheriff Sid McAdams wa.vA extensively in surrounding sec-1 WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 —LF}—Chairman William O Douglas of the Securities commission said today aeveral major utility companies in ad- was preceded by the heaviest and    aition to Electric Bond and Sham have agreed to file    plans    for integra- most destructive air attack ever    tion of their holdings    and simplification of their    capital structures hv th. KuanBtiniD rhin^ Tt    under provisions of the    utility holding company act. the Kuangtung Chinese. It | „j Rm very hopefui    that this is indicative of a general    new feeling of cooperation” he said. President Roosevelt said yesterday that Electric Bond and Share's decision was gratifying and illus- for further investigation. Prelim inary hearing on the charge had not been set this morning. Butler has been charged with assault to murder, robbery with firearms and automobile theft. Attendants at the Hendrick Memorial hospital reported that PUk-ington was resting well today. “I ve nevei seen better bone meal.” The question of what regulation Sweetwater has in regard to sale of meats was raised in the informal discussion at the commission table here. Sweetwater has had an abattoir for a number of years, and an ordinance under which Abilene butchers could not sell meats there; it was pointed out. Whether the regulation still is in effect had., not been learned. Real McCoy LEBANON, O . Oct. 15—iJPI—'This is the McCoy. Asa L. McCoy and Mrs. Lelia McCoy were married today by the Rev J. C. McCoy. No-*body was related. ming said TO ASK OIL EMBARGO Thompson explained that the last Sunday of October will be operating days under the existing order. He said a change of the order would cause a large amount of additional paper work and reports. Fremming told Thompson that the organization he heads has 32,-000 workers in Texas and about IO,* OOO of them are reported out of employment by the Texas Unemployment Compensation commission. Full time operation of oil fields, Flemming said, would be the quickest way to stablize the industry. *Ie advocated also an order permitting See OIL HEARING, Pg. 3. C ol. 2 Mobilization for Human Needs Begun WASHINGTON. Oct. 15.—(UP) — The 1938 mobilization for human j needs began today after an appeal by President Roosevelt for support I o$ local community chest drives. In a nationwide radio address last night, the president formally opened the 25th annual campaign for funds for private charity with a denial that government assistance to the needy removed or even diminished the need for private help. Need for community action is as great as before, he said, “because government help was intended, and is intended, to improve the old conditions, and if local help and private help decrease today, we will nullify the improvemer and return to ^here we were before.”* I tors to block Chinese reinforcements. I Japanese forces taking part in the drive so far have operated from Bias bay, east of Hongkong. There were reports, however, that additional troops were landing west of | Hongkong Advices from Canton said Chinese troops were concentrated in large numbers for the defense of the Death of Mine Guard Probed BELTON. Oct. 15.—-A”)—Peace Justice Wallace Law continued an trated exactly what he meant when hf asked last week tnat business cooptate with the government and stop name-calling. Some other administration officials expressed conviction that it was indicative of closer business-govemment cooperation in the future. This view was taken bv Douglas who said he would “not be at all surprised” if there soon was new investigation today of the fatal, evidence of better feeling between The Rev. Lazar Kirichenkoff. pastor of St. George Russian orthodox church in Palmerton, Pa. had fas ed nearly two weeks in the hopes that by such sacrifice he could attract more younger members to his church. He said he would continue the fast indefintiely. Britons March In Palestine JERUSALEM. Oct 15—<UP>-British troops wefe on the march throughout Palestine today, en route to strategic    positions    for a shooting of W. F.    “Pat” Moore, one    government and    business    in various    & neral campaign    against    Arab of several guards    at    the “Lost San    segments    of the    national    economy,    rebels C    mtnp    nf    RPI    I    Officials    in    the securities com- Roads on, of Jerusalem were gOK1 m    sou in west    o t j mlsslon -g utiiity division said it was glutted wth arms lorries, armored counter precautionary measures, and ton. which legend    says contains    entireiy    possible the government    cars, radio cars, ordnance and med- the possibility was discussed her® Hungarians lo Resume Talks With Czechs Czech Army Man Vows Resistance To Any Occupation PARIS, Oct. 15—(AP)—Cir-cleg close to the foreisrn office said today the idea of a four-power conference to discuss the minority issue between Czechoslovakia and Hungary had been abandoned. Instead, these sources said, Hungary has decided to resume direct talks with Czechoslovakia after having made consultations in diplomatic channels. •CONFERENCE TALKED (Unofficial reports in Lindon also said Hungarian and Czechoslovak authorities planned to resume negotiations which were broken when the Hungarian delegation quit th® Komarom conference declaring the chasm between Hungarian demands and Czechoslovak compromise offers was too wide for successful negotiation.) Informed quarters said that a meeting of French. German, British and Italian foreign minister* to attempt to compose the differences that broke up the Komarom meeting had been considered seriously yesterday on Hungary's request. But, they said, after consultations back and forth among the capitals concerned, it was decided that resumption of direct negotiations between Hungary and Czechoslovakia wa* best suited to all interests. Captain Predicts Czechs to Recoup KOMARON. Hungary, (On the Czechoslovak Border*. Oct. 15.— IP) —A Czech officer declared today his soldiers would resist occupation of frontier communities by Hun-gardan troops under any circumstance. The captain, who commands a regiment stationed on the Czechoslovak side cf the Danube near here and who fought with the Czech legion in Russia during the World war, added that “I think it will not be long until our soldiers try to take back territory already taken from them.” Czechoslovakia continued to move more troops closer to the Danube as news spread of Hungary’s orders to mobilize five new classes by Monday. On the Hungarian side there were $20 000.000 in gold bullion.    j    might    endeavor    to    coordinate    its Sheriff John R. Bigham said ne Uunty building with construction teal lorries and marching men that thousands of newly-mobilized British reinforcements within the men would be moved shortly toward : South China metropolis and were    ______ _______ ______ ____________ well-equipped with small arms. I was convinced the wound fatal to programs of privately-owned utlU- P»st    had    reached    the    largest    the    frontier. , These reports said, however, that Moore was self-inflicted but added the Chinese were lacking in artillery. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek was said to have answered Kwang-tungs appeal for aid by sending 100.000 crack Kwangsi and Kiangsi provincial troops to South China. SHANGHAI, Oct. 15.— (AP) — Japanese warship*, stemming up the Yangtze river toward Hankow, were reported today to have advanced to within $0 mile* of the provisional capital after heavy artillery exchanges with Chinese shore batteries. The Chinese said their batteries had sunk a Japanese munitions transport in the Yangtze he had not determined whether it was accidental    .    interested    only    in    seeing    that the Moore stumbled from his tent at    has    adequate,    economical the lonely camp where a search is electrJc wrvk* being made for the fabulous treas- _ ure, ran about 40 yards and collapsed. witnesses said. In his hand was a pistol. He had been shot through the heart. Bigham said the foreman of the mine, rumored to be the century-old storehouse of gold left by Spaniards or Indians, told him threats had been made and guards had been stationed on the property. Die sheriff was not advised of the nature of the threats. military force in Palestine since They said the administration was General Ednvinc' Allenby’s expedition during the World war. More were being landed daily from E^ypt, Malta and the British Isles. Outbreaks of violence were reported from all parts of the country Alexander Papana Wings Over Ocean been in Jerusalem on vacation. joined the army convoys headed for ^    K>    I    .    I    j*"    I    their    home    towns    in    the    interior, at.der Papana. one of the worlds    d.k.i.    tv,,    we foremost stunt fliers, took off from A Hungarian general staff officer declared today Hungary probably could mobilize 1,000,000 men if her territorial dispute with Czechoslovakia leads to war. He emphasized, however, that Hungary needed more time to com-and travel had become so perilous piete defense preparations and equip that many Brit! h families who had j t^e soldiers. Concerned by Plight^-* BRANDEIS CALLS ON-PRESIDENT IN BEHALF OF JEWS' REFUGE WASHINGTON, Oct. 15— (/F) — Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Branded, former head of the Zionist Organization of America, called on President Roosevelt last night while additional aupeals came to the state department for the United States to use Ks influence for continued Jewish immigration to Palestine. • Branders spent more than an hour with Roosevelt. He refused to discuss the conversation afterward, but observers regarded it certain he had talked with the president about keeping Palestine open as a national home for Jews. The aged jurist was understood to be so deeply concerned by the plight of Jewish refugees and by problems which would confront them if they were not permitted to seek refuge in Palestine that he felt impelled to make a personal call on the president. Previously during his 22 years on the supreme bench he had made it a point to take part in no public activity except court affairs. When the movement to set up a Jewish national home in Palestine was initiated, Justice Brandeis con- Floyd Bennett field at 9:01 a rn. (EST) today for Miami.*first leg of jk light to Bucharest. Roumania. by way of the So.Pn Atlantic , ..    ,    ,    ...    ,    Accompanying him was Max °«™r,hl'> * 'if. ?««■•»(    I    Constant. Burbank. CIU , titer »nd former movie writer. Papana estimated it would take him about a week to reach Bucharest. since he will make the trip in to the property has been involved in litigation for several years. A suit seeking cancellation of a lease is due for hearing in the district court term here starting Monday. Rebels were massed in the hills round Jerusalem watching the troops and. undeterred by them, made persistent sorties to the edge of the city, killing and looting. city. The Weather A blunt and Vicinity—Fair: littla changa in temperature tonight and Sunday. Wast Tex**— Wan of 100th Meridian— Fair tonight; Sunday partly cloudy; not much chung* in ttmptraturt. „ ..    .    .    .    .    i    East Ttxat—Bait of 100th Maridian _ Sldeied leaving the bench to head I Fair. ltttu Changa In temperature tonight it. Since then, he has watched the •»<» Sunday. Highest temperature yesterday, M; low- movement with great interest. tat this morning, SS. easy stages. He plans to hop off on the transatlantic leg at Natal. Brazil, for Dakar, Trench East Africa. Rome Putt Ban on Jew Stockbrokers ROME, Oct. 15.—(UP)—All Jew-i. h stockbrokers must resign from the Rome exchange and their representatives who are Jews are forbidden to attend trading, it was announced today. Registration of All Britons Considered LONDON. Oct. 15—An—National registration of Britons was consid-It was reported that the Arabs ere<j today to give the British gov-were planning a mass attack on the ernment an index of forces available for service in an emergency-Legislative proposals giving Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s cabinet power to establish such a register were expected to be announced in King Georges speech reopening Attorneys' arguments in the case parliament Nov, 8. of Vincent E. Brady vs. McLellan I Informed political quarters said a Stores, Inc., started this morning in special department of national de-federal court.    ' fense, responsible for all branches The plaintiff asks $20,000 for1 of civilian home protection, was Brady-McLellan Trial Nears End permanent disability, $2,500 for mental distress and $22 in medical bills. The suit alleges that the McLellan store in Abilene was negligent in care of the floor, and Mrs. planned. Sir John Anderson, author of a scheme for evacuating London civilians during the German-Czechoslovak crisis last month, was mention- Brady, plaintiff's wife, stepped on a ed widely as the probable first min-|splinter that caused infection. lister of the proposed division. ;

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