Abilene Reporter News, October 26, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

October 26, 1938

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas 'St ® ■ WIST TEXAS’] OWN | NEWSPAPER VU ®be Abilene Reporter-iBtetos"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES "-Byron ★ ★★ EVENING VOL LYU I, NO. 148. (Jilted Presa (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 26, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES AiiorliM Pees* (API PRICE FIVE CENTS NEARLY THOUSAND IN PERIL-German Liner’s Master Wins Fight to Save Vessel from Flames Ship Continues To New York; None Injured Frantic Appeals For Aid Signals For Sea Races NEW YORK. Oct. 26 — (AP)—Fire aboard ship in perilous, gale-whipped seas of the North Atlantic remained a nightmarish memory today to 591 passengers and 392 crew members of the Deutschland as the German liner headed for New York with her insides charred by flames. An electrifying "S O S” flashed through the air early last night when fire broke out in the ship's No. 2 hold, after an explosion of unexplained nature. "Assistance necessary urgently," crackled over the radio waves. Then— "Fire in room (hold) No. 2.” A "quiet period” was quickly or- j dorcd on the seas and observed by ships far and near. SHIPS RACE TO AID Ships' wirelesses closed trans- i nutters and bent their ears toward J the position 200 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, where the flame-periled Deutschland was rolling in mountainous seas. “Danger — help necessary.” said frantic, repeated calls from the German liner. Its location was broadcast time after time, and ships within range turned about, surging off course in a mad race to help. Land bases and ships received and intercepted and relayed a maze of alarming reports. "Assistance ) necessary urgently," drummed into the ears of radio operators. Then— After a winning two-hour battle with the flames, Capt. Karl EKelncke, master of the ill-starred veteran of four other mishaps at* sea. radioed to the New York of- J flee of the Assoc?*fed pre**, at 9:29 p. rn. (Abilene time*: “Fire under control!" Hours later, the home office rf the Deutschland in Hamburg was advised by the master that the { fire was completely controlled, that ship and passengers were no longer in danger. NONE IN JI'RED Most passengers retired in the early morning hours to safe but troubled slumbers. Captain Steinrke said not a single passenger was injured and that he hoped to continue to New York soon. The middle-sized 15 - year - old ship, pride of the post-war German republic when It was launched with great fanfare by the then President Ebert, left Hamburg last See SHIP FIRE. Pg. ll. Col. 8 The Weather Tex Austin Dies Planning Rodeo Wife Finds Celebrated Promoter Dead In Automobile, Hose to Exhause Pipe SANTA FE. N. M , Oct. 26.—(UP) —Death by carbon monoxide today cancelled plans of one of the world’s best known rodeo figures to stage another of his famous western shows in the heart of New York. Tex Austin, 52. who sponsored the first Madison Square garden rodeo in 1922. toured England with his troupe, and fought wit* Pancho Villa's revolutionary army in Mexico, wa* found dead by his wife. The internationally-known pro- Dies Charges Cabinet Aided Inquiry Attack Chairman Replies To President in Formal Statement WASHINGTON. Oct. 26 — (AP)—House investigators of un-American activities received testimony today the chairman of the democratic campaign committee in California, John G. Clark, was a communist, and that three of the party’s nominees for high office had communist connections. WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 — (AP)—Chairman Dies (D-Tex) of a hou.se committee investigating un-American activities said today cabinet members had aided in a “well-planned campaign of misrepresentation, ridicule and sarcasm” which he said was conducted by persons who hoped to discredit the inquiry. The committee was rebuked by-York in conjunction with the 1939 President Roosevelt yesterday for letting itself be used in an "unfair and un-American attempt to influ- His Theme af Death— SO SAD AND LONELY' —Composer Dies Alone CHICAGO. Oct. 26—(UP)—Twenty years ago Roger Graham was a popular composer of the jazz era, a leading exponent of "blues” songs. His friends were stars of the stage and screen— George M. Cohan, Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, many others in the theatrical world. He died yesterday, only 53 but alone, almost forgotten, in a charity ward at the county hospital. He had been ill for several months from ascites, an abdominal ailment. He wrote nearly 200 songs, many of them hits—"A Little Love, a Little Kiss,” "I Believe in You,” “You’ll want Me Back Some of These Days.” Leo Feist, New York music publisher, once sued him. charging his "Livery Stable Blues” was similar to a Feist song. His most famous song was "I’m So Sad and Lonely.” The chorus reads: "I ain’t got nobody— And nobody cares for me; I’m so sad and lonely, Won’t some one come and take a chance with me? I’ll sing sweet love songs, honey, all the time, If you come and be my sweetheart, baby mine; ‘Cause I ain’t got nobody. And nobody cares for me!” MURDER OF THE ARTISTS’ MODEL By the AP Feature Service NEW YORK—A sequel to one of New York's strangest murders will be written tomorrow when Robert Irwin, “the mad sculptor,” goes on trial in connection with the murder of tile artists’ model. Irwin, a former divinity school student, has confessed all three of the murders that shocked the nation on Easter Sunday, 1937. But he is being tried for only that of Frank Byrnes, the boarder. Irwin, called sane by a lunacy commission, is defended by famous criminal lawyer. Here’s the Samuel story : Leibowitz. -• re moter. who retired in 1933, had made plans for holding a rodeo in New World’s fair. His partner was to have been Harry Curtis of Santa Fe. a son of former Vice-President Charles Curtis. Mrs. Austin told authorities that she drove Curtis and his wife to their home, and returned to find her husband dead in his automobile A section of garden hose attached to the exhaust had admitted the deadly fumes to the car. police said See Page 5 for more about Dies-Roofjvelt wrangle. The Murder of The Artists’ Mode! . . . The artists’ model, Veronica (Ronnie) Gedeon arrived at her Beekman Hill home after Irwin had strangled her moth-ei to death. He seized Ronnie's throat from behind so she could not cry out. held her that way for an hour. Then, finding she had identified him. he strangled her. too. though "she was beautiful” and he "hated to destroy beauty.” Discdered By Father . . . Joseph Gedeon, Ronnie’s father, estranged from his wife, discovered the murders when he and another daughter arrived for an Easter call. The wispy little upholsterer was "sweated” by police 30 hours as a suspect. then freed. And Sister . . , Ethel Kudner, Ronnie's sister, was Irwin's intended victim. "I only wanted to kill Ethel,” he said "because I loved and hated her." The ice pick he intended to use to kill her he finally used to slay Byrnes, who was in the room next to Ronnie/ Brings Artist To Trial Irwin’s name turned up early in the inquiry, but he had vanished. Three months later, in June, 1937, he surrendered in Chicago. He said he had talked to Mrs. Gedeon for hours waiting for Ethel to come in then had strangled her when she tried to eject him. Byrnes, who had slept through the two stranglings, he killed for fear the boarder might have learned something. Busy as Reno Courts, Elkton Marrying Parsons Fear Vote May Hurt Business ELKTON. Md. Oct. 26-H>P>—Marrying parsons in Elkton, as famous for its hasty marriages as Reno is for quick divorces. antL.yrorkinR in shifts today but deep gloom pervades tim mecca for romantics. Maryland voters will be asked to decide November A if the state Ls to have a lapse of 48 hours between license and marriage. Ministers, owners of tourist houses, hotels, restaurants and marriage solicitors who pay HOO each to the city for permission to ask passing autoists "wannaget married?" fear the end of a quarter century of profits from the marriage industry. The referendum comes when business is doubling here because cf laws passed by New York and New Jersev requiring examination for syphilis Last month 2.234 licenses were issued in this town of 3,600. as compared with 1,010 in September of 1937. a contact and payoff man for a ABILENE ani! vicinity:    Partly    cloudy and cooler tonight; Thursday partly cloudy. .      _    .    ,    ^    , west Texas Fair, cooter tn central and 1 German spy network, on Pier 86 of *outh» est portion* tonight; Tnursday fair Theft of Plane Plans Charged NEW YORK, Oct 26.— i UPI—A customs guard testified in federal court today that he found the plans of an army Curtiss plane then being constructed a? Buffalo on the person of William Lonkowski. reputed to be one of Germany's shrewdest espionage agents Morris Josephs, the guard, said , saw Lonkowski with Karl of battle and once again the buses Schlueter. who has been named as are being provided through gene- Rides Provided For Band Boys Abilene high school's band of 80-odd members will be on hand Friday night to toot their loudest when the football proteges of Dewev May-hew et a1, tie into Jake Webster and his Sweetwater high school pals Once again they will ride modern buses to and from the scene East Texas:    Partly    cloudy,    cooter    In northwest portion tonight; Thursday partly Cloudy, cooler in northeast portion. Highest temperature yesterday ... 83 Lowest temperature this morning ..58 the North river on September 27, 1935. The plans were offered in evidence by the government at the trial of Otto Hermann Voss. Erich rosity of a supporter or supporters of the Eagles. Last week buses were furnished free of charge for the band trip to San Angelo. Fl ank Myers Drug store has about 200 tickets left for the Abilene- ence an election. Roosevelt refer- I red to testimony critical of Gov. I Frank Murphy of Michigan. READS FORMAL REPLY Dies, at the opening of today's committee hearing, read a formal statement of reply. It said that when the campaign of criticism against the committee had failed, and "recoiled upon the heads of those w-ho con- | ceived and engineered it.” the next j move was to "exert every conceivable pressure to stifle this investigation.” He added: “When this likewise failed, as a last desperate move, the president was induced to permit the prestige of his great office to he used for the purpose of discrediting the investigation. “That the president has been wholly misinformed is obvious from his statement. Of course, the president did not hear the testimony and has not read the record. He is evidently relying upon reports that have reached him from prejudiced sources.” The chairman suggested if Roosevelt doubted the committee's evidence would be acceptable in a court, the chief executive could appoint an experienced lawyer who would serve with one appointed by Dies and a third selected by these two to examine the evidence and report to the co-;..try whether it was competent anc admissible. REFERS TO CHILD STAR STORY Referring to the fact the name of Shirley Temple, child movie star, had been brought, into the inquiry and the incident later had stirred up disparagement. Dies asserted: "The Shirley Temple fabrication was conceived by certain radical writers whose sympathies for Soviet Russia are matters of common knowledge. Immediately, and as if by pre-ar- CONTREVENT WINS- Race Enriches Americans Seven Tickets On First in U. S. Yankee Winners Split $3,489,162 In Lottery Prizes NEW YORK. Oct. 26 — (AP)—Ticket holders in the United States won $3,489,-162.50 as a result of the Irish hospital sweepstakes in connection with the 100th running of the Cesarewitch race at Newmarket, England, today. Seven tickets en Contrevent. winner of the race, were held in the United States and paid S150.000 each for a total of SI.050.OOO. RECEIPTS S12.232.405 Americans also held seven tickets on Dubonnet, second place w’inner. WASHINGTON. Ort. 2S.^~ (AP*—Treasury experts estimated today they would collect about 5635,000 in Income taxes on the $1,775,000 of major prizes won bv Ame deans on the Cesarevitch sweepstakes race. The exact amount of the taxes will depend on other income of the prize winners. WHEELS OF LAW, JUSTICE NOT SYNCHRONIZED """""  * 1 —*   —- ——  ......................rn ■ * ll. Hi ■ ■■ i iwii ..ll...,   -   . Wheels of th* law are not withe wheels of justice. In corporation court this morning Judge E. M. Overshiner fined a negro $5 for stealing 12. His decision was according to the law by which he must abide. But heres the Justice angle: The negro had been borrowing money from his accuser for some time. Monday he Walked into the matfs hotel room and said "I want $5.“ The prospective lender, lying half-asleep on a bed, said he didn't have it. The negro reached down for the man's purse, which was under the mattress. There was $2 In it. The negro carried it away promising to return it in 30 minutes. This occurred about • o'clock Monday morning. Mo&fejr night the negro cam* to repay the $2. The man refused to accept the money, asking instead the balance owed him. about $5 OO. The negro hustled around and raised $4 50 which was accepted. Later, theft charges were filed. Gray Browne, attorney for the negro, gave notice of appeal. TIME UP TOMORROW- Rail Report Wile of Mississippi Farmer Gives Birth To Perfectly Formed 17-Pound Baby Boy Delay Given Fad Finders Get 48 Hours TEMPERATi res ojaser antj Johanna Hofmann on S*PPtwalpr game. According to re See DIES* REPLY, Pg. ll, Col. 6 ports from Sweetwater to Bvron England, principal of Abilene high, all tickets for the game. other than those on sale in Abilene, have been sold. charges of stealing and transmitting the defense secrets of the United j R2 States to Germany. ; Guenther Gustave Rumrich. conns    fessed spy. completed his eighth day ss    of testimony before Josephs was 58 j called. He admitted under cross-5s    examination that he was sorry *n    Glaser was implicated in the affair because he had used him only as a CLEBURNE, Oct. 26.—<VP>—W. R. IjJ    dupe.    Robertson, farmer facing trial    next 8?    Counsel    for Miss    Hofmann lost a    month on a murder charge,    was I    motion to    suppress    certain evidence,    shot fatally today by two unidenti- codes and letters    taken from his    fled men who fired on him    with Yankees Trade With Browns Accused Sloyer Shot client, who allegedly acted as a messenger for the ring. rifle, shotgun and pistol at nearby Venus. NEW Y'ORK. Oct. 26—(UP*—The New York Yankees today announced a four-player deal with the St. Louis Browns which sent Catcher Joe Glenn and Outfielder Myril Hoag to St. Louis in exchange for Pitch-e Oral Hildebrand and Outfielder Colonel (Buster* Mills. It was a straight plaver-for-play-er deal and no cash was involved. RACER REMAINS COOLHEADED THOUGH FLAMING COMET gaining $75,000 each for another $525,000, and four tickets on the third horse, Fet, winning $50,000 each for $200,000 more Five hundred ninety-nine other Americans held tickets worth $2,-187.50 on non-winning horses for a total of $1,310,412.50. Prizes already awarded Americans included 25 residual awards of $530 each for $13,250 and 781 consolation awards of $500 each for $390,500. Total receipts of the sweepstakes, the 25th to be held, were approximately $12,232,405. Of this amount about $7,026,500 w'as allocated to prize winners. Holders of tirketa on Contrevent were listed as: “Kant Win,” New Y’ork City. See SWEEPS, Pg. ll, Col. 8 j HATTIESBURG. Miss. Oct. 26—<7P>—Dr. R R McNease of Sumrall. Miss., reported today that he attended the birth of a 17-pound son to Mrs. Alex Dement, wife of a farmer at Bassfield, Miss Dr. McNease said the boy was born Oct. 14, was perfectly formed and was the largest baby he had ever seen at birth in his 26 years of medical practice. The mother and infant were getting along "o. k.’*, the physician said. HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT LETS BAIRD-COLEMAN ROAD JOB Fort Worth Contractors' Bid Lowest For Last Link on Connecting Stretch Included in the $3,220,110 highway bids tabulated yesterday by state highway engineers in Austin was a bid of $95,465 by L. D. Parks and Harry L. Campbell. Fort Worth, for grading and drainage structures on 6 3 miles of highway 191 from 7.6 miles south of Baird. When completed, this highway will connect Baird and Coleman. Other low bids tabulated were i--------------------- No Action Taken On Highway Case Coke county—Oak creek bridge and roadway approaches on Highway 158 between Runnels-Coke county line and Fort Chadbourne, Cage Brothers and F. M. Reeves and Son, Bishop, $45,957. Martin—15 4 miles grading, drainage structures and roadbed treatment on feeder road from 13 5 miles north of Stanton to the Dawson county line. R M. McKinney, Nacogdoches. $48,549. Palo Pinto—6.5 miles flexible base Forty Assigned To Paving Jobs Highway committeemen of the Abilene chamber of commerce meet-, it.g this morning took no direct ac- an£^ double asphalt surface treat-tion on opposing a Kansas move I ment on highway 193 from Mingus to change routing of U. S high- 10 highway 89. Public Construction line biolVand-s Wu d' lhe car ,dnven by Fred Friday in a recent race in Los Angeles took fire when a gas •aisrl hi*hand    lo*    flan?in8 human comet pictured above. His face wreathed in fire, as seen in the photo, Friday pluckily dolliesablaze^    I    teLliIVfrS’ « ” ste/red into the infield, came to a stop, unfastend his safety belt and leaped out-his domes ablaze. He was taken to a hospital, suffering from severe burns. At right, another car is seen swerving to avoid Friday's machine. way 83. but made plans to urge that the road tx maintained as a continuous route from Canada to Laredo. S. J. Treadaway. division engineer ol the Texas highway department, met with the group to discuss plans foi improvements on a road between Hamlin and Aspermont. A delegation Lorn Hamlin was present, with J. J. Waggoner. H. O. Cassie. J. W. Ezell and W. E. Benson: and Douglas G. Triplett, secretary of the Anson chamber of commerce. also attending. Jesse Winters, committee chairman, presided. Others attending were C. R. Pennington. L*e R. York. Oeorge Page. John Pilking-tf n, R. B. Leach, Tom Carswell and w W. R. Ely. * company. Denton, $41,356; Brazos river bridge on U. S. highway 281 at three miles northeast of town of Brazos. Brown <fc Root, $170,813. Duke of Kent Named Australian Governor LONDON, Oct. 26.—(UP)—King Oeorge named his brother, the Duke of Kent, as next governor general of Australia as a means of strengthening the bonds of the Empire, it was said today id royal quarters. The appointment, announced last night, w'as believed also to mean that the king himself probably would not be able to visit Australia several years. Approximately 40 men were assigned this morning to WPA work on the City of Abilene's street paving projects involving an expenditure of $260,000. An equal number were assigned to work on a Port Phantom Hill lake project, which includes laying of Inc., stonework and rock on the natural earthen spillway to prevent erosion.   The street paving projects are expected to keep about 40 men employed over a period of from 18 months to two years. Street Cor Crash Injures 8, Dallas DALLAS, Oct. 26.—(UP)—Eight persons were hurt, two seriously, late yesterday when one street car overtook and rammed    the    rear    end for of another at the west    end of    the Oak Cliff vUftuct.    f, rn    # Board Investigates Railroad Demand For Wage Slash WASHINGTON, Oct. 26.-. (UP)—President Roosevelt today granted his fact-finding committee a 48-hour extension of time in which to report to him its recommendations in the railroad labor wage dis-| pute. Under the terms of the law, the board was scheduled to report with* | in 30 days. The period expired tomorrow at midnight but on th* recommendation of the board rail* [ roads and the biolnerhoods the extension was approved. White House Secretary Stephen T. E^rly pointed out the law said the board shall report within 30 days. That, however, he said, was considered a direction rather than a mandate, so in events or occasions where such a board found itself unable to act within the fixed time the board, by stipulation with all parties concerned, may have an extension. The board had been scheduled to report tomorrow its findings on th* 15 per cent wage reduction demanded by the railroads. More than 900.000 rail workers have voted to strike in protest against the cut. Liquor Vote Set By Shackelford ALBANY. Oct. 26—(Sp!)—A petition signed by ? number of voters of Precinct I hss been presented the Shackelford county commissioners court requesting that an election be ordered held to determine whether or not the sale of liquors containing more than 14 per cent alcohol by volume rhall be legalized ii’ that precinct. The order was passed and the election will be held Saturday of this week. ;

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