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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               Bold Murderer Literally 'Scared To Death' Before Execution SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. John W. Doerlng faced five picked riflemen willingly fnii without apptrent emo- tion at grim stale's pi-ton today, yet he was literally "scared to Study of an electro-cardiograph film Umlght disclosed con- vict Deerlng lild an extremely emotional heart behind "bold front." The 40-year-old, bushy-haired Deerlng, behind prison bars most of his adult life, was executed by a firing squad (or the confessed robbery-Wiling of Oliver R. Meredith, Jr., Salt Lc.ke City businessman. He united and calmly is he emerged from "death row." He walked unaided to the executioner': woodfn chair against the rock wall and tat rigid, awaiting without four death- dealing bullets. Yet his heart pounded like a trip-hammer. Dmlng, his Hie deemed a failure, cooperated with scientists to record for the first time the actions of a human heart pierc- ed by bullets. "He put on a good said Dr. Stephen H. Besley, prison physician. 'Trie electro-cardiograph film shows his bold de- meanor the actual emotions pounding within him." He was "scared to death." Deering's normal heart beat of V> per minute pounded away at three times few minutes he was in the chair. "Each time he was spoken to. his heart fluttered. The rhythm was very irregular.' When asked for a final statement, Deerlng's heart raced. It calmed after he spoke and beat fast but even the remaining 30 seconds before the shoU rang out. When the bullets shattered heart, the beat fluctuated wildly, then gradually ebbed to i stop 1J.J seconds after Deertaj was shot. Physicians pronounced the body dead 134.4 after the heart stopped. Dr. Besley said tiie test of great benefit scientifically. It disclosed the effect ot fear on the heart and how soon death occurs after a heart Is wounded. The corneas of Deering's eyes were rushed to Ban Fran- cisco where a specialist will attempt to restore sight to a blind person. Refrigerated, the corneas will "keep" W hours. WEST 9WM I NEWSPAPER Ifottene OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS fT 'if; VOL. LV1I, NO. 154 ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 1, PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS. WITH COOPERATION Roosevelt Supports Legislation To Help Rails Prospect More Terrifying Than Any Halloween BOGEY RADIO PLAY SPURS MOVEMENT FOR INCREASED FEDERAL CONTROL OVER BROADCASTS WASHINGTON, Oct. 31. The radio industry viewed today hob-goblin more terrifying to It than any Halloween spook. The prospect of Increasing fed- eral eontro' of' broadcasts was dis- cussed here as an aftermath of an H. G. Wells' imaginative story which caused many listeners to be- lieve that men from Mars had In- vaded the United States with death rays. When report.' of terror that ac- companied the fantastic drama reached the cnmmunkttions com- every six months. mission there was a growing feel- Ing that "something should be done about it." Commission officjals explained that the w conferred upon it no general ngulatory power over broadcasts. Certain specific of- fenses, such as obscenity, are for- bidden, and the commission has the right to refuse license renewal to any station which has not been op- erating "In thi. public Interest." All station licenses must be renewed OIL MEN Three Killed, Two Hurt In Auto Mishaps Near S'water, Abilene .W'thln the commission there has developed strong opposition to us- ing the public-Interest clause to im- pose restrictions upon programs. Commissioner T. A. M. Craven has been particularly outspoken against anything resembling censorship and today he repeated his warning that the commission should make no at- tempt at "censoring what shall or shall not be said 'over the radio." "The public does not want a spineless he said. Commissioner George Henry Payne recalled that last November hi had protested against broad- casts that "produced terrorism and nightmares among children" and said that for two years he had urged that there be a "standard of broadcusts." Saying radio Is an entirely dif- ferent medium from the theater or lecture Payne added: "People who have material broad- cast Into their home without warn- ings have a right to protection. Too many broadcasters hav: Insisted that they could broadcast anything they liked, contending that they were protected by the prohibition of censorship. Certainly when peo- ple are Injured morally, physically, spiritually anl psychically, they have Just as much rlgrr. to com- plain as If the laws against ob- scenity and indecency were violat- ed." The commission called upon Co- lumbia broadcasting system, which presented the fantasy, to submit a transcript and electrical recording of It. None of the commissioners who could be reached for comment had heard the program. The other commisslaiers were silent or verytuarded In their com- ment, but a number cf them Indi- cated privately that some steps should be. taken to guard against a repetition of such Incidents. cn.vhes took toll of three lives and lelt two Injured in Central West Tsxas Monday. Ths dead are Merwln A. Wilder, about 50, Midland oil operator. Travis Vinzant ol Fort Worth, and Floyd G. Williams, about 42, trans- portation foreman for the Sinclair Oil company with headquarters in Breckenrldge. Wilder was killed Instantly in a head-on collision on a hill 11 miles east of Sweetwatei at o'clock Monday afternoon. Traveling alone In n heavy sedan, Wilder collided with a light coupe driven by Vin- zant of Fort Worth In which also rode Mrs. Vinzant and Mr. Vinzant's sister, Pharens Vinzant of Coromere. Wilder was driving west, the Viniants toward Abilene. Vinzant died sbout 8 o'clock of Interal injuries. Mrs. Vinzant and Miss Vinzant were treated for severe bruises and Sw. MISHAPS, ft. 10, CoL 5 AS DEMANDS POUR FCC Starts Terror Drama Quiz News' Reports anic Hearers PRAY, CHURCH GOERS TOLD WASHINGTON, Oct. An unidentified man in- terrupted revival meeting In the suburbs here last night to announce to 70 men and women that the world was coming to an end. Is news from New York that a strange ship has come from Mars and blown Manhattan island oil the map. Its headed this way. Stand oy." Mrs. Mildred Yake said that several men, not believing the story, went upstairs to Itsten to the radio. They returned, their (aces white and hands shaking, "You all had better gather round the altar and one announced. BY REDS AND CABINET Dies Charges Quiz 'Discredited' Claims Request For Aid Denied Capital Scribe Answers Texan Over Broadcast WASHINGTON, Oct. Chairman. Dies Tex) of the house committee on un-American activities as- serted tonight that commun- ists and cabinet members had attempted to "stifle and dis- credit" his committee and its inquiry. Sharply attacking the Dies group, In a radio broadcast which imme- diately followed, Paul Y. Anderson, Washington newspaper correspon- dent, asserted the committee was guilty of "extraordinary presenta- tion and manipulation of witnesses and testimony" for political pur- poses. Dies accused President Roise- veil, the Juslice department, and the WPA of ignoring a congression- al request that his commitlee be staffed with stenographers, Inves- tigators and attorneys from the executive departments. Moreover, he said, tho secretaiy of the senate civil liberties committee offered him two Investigators for the pur- pose of "sabotaging" the Investi- gation. Dies spoke ovc. the Mutual broadcasting system, after he had charged that many stations origl rally scheduled for Inclusion In the chain had cancelled his speech. He did not Itnow the reason, he said, Sec DIES, 10, CoL 4 The Weather ARll.CNE and Fu nnd KAST TK.V.IS: Purllr Hfta-T nj ModrraTr In f In pjutlj rlonij MFAIfO _ ARIZONA: rlflndf and rhanir In -t, 6-MONTH CONDITIONAL PAROLE RECOMMENDED FOR KENNAMER Fathers Of Slayer And Slain Meet At Counsel Table; Sanity Board Called OKLAHOMA CITY. Oct. A six-month parole conditional upon a sanity hearing was recommended today for Phil Kennamer, con- victed Tulsa socialite slayer, after a dramatic clemency board hearing at which the father ot the slayer and the father of the slain met across the counsel table. "Ill probably follow the said Gov. E. W. Marland. Kennamer's family asked that the youth be released to accompany his gravely ill mother on a trip to Arizona tor her health. The givernor called for an Immediate meeting of the stale r-anity board and said he hopet', they could get together at McAlester penlten- tliry tomorrow. Calmly, unemotionally, Judge Federal Franklin E. Kennamer had asked the board to free hts 23- year- old son at least temporarily from 25 -year sentence for man- slaughter. In sharp con- trast was the ap- pearance of bald- Ish Dr. John P. Gorrell, Sr., fath- er of young John Gorrell, Jr., shot KENNAMER down jn an cx. elusive Tulsa residential district Thanksgiving night of His voice breaking oft Into sobs. Dr. Oorrell aslced I he board nut to free "this who shot down "my first born son." In recommending the temporary leave by an unanimous vote, the five-member board made It clctr It dtd so "on account of the se> rious Illness of the prisoner's moth- er'' Marland with- hold action pending the sanity hearing. "Since there has been some evi- dence regarding the sanity of the the board said, "we re- spectfully reconmcnd that this pa- role not be granted until you are satisfied by a sanity board called for this purpose, as to the sanity of the prisoner." MldnlRht M: U1tl ami tr .1r ato and SI. .1) mr.rtse Minifl to.Ii; Xmos Committee To Make Plans Today The Christmas events commillee of the chamber of commerce will meet at ID o'clock Wednesday morning to considtr plans lor decorations and promotional pro- grams during holliay season. The committee, named by J. C. Hunter, president, (insists of J. L. Rhoades as chairman. J. E. Gris- som. T. c. Campbel; Jr.. John Ray, L. W. Davis, M. V. Witbeck. John Perhacek. Dub Woten. Howard Steve Williams, H. A. Austin and E. L. ThUTiton. Albany Robber Faces Jurors SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. Two badly frightened hardene criminals came off Alcatraz Islan today and faced a jury of Sa Francisco business executives an potential death In California's le thai gas chamber for the slaying o an Alcatraz guard. The pair of youthful bad James G. Lucas and Rufus Frank with clasped hands in th closely guarded federal court room while their unpaid attorneys spen the day In legal jousts over com position of the jury which will try the two former bank robbers to murder. Lucas, so badly frighted he wa known to have spoken only twic In two months. Scept his head bow ed and never loOKed irp throughou the morning session. In the after noon he peered under his brows le observe examination of the jury. In a futile plea to have a jurj determine whether Lucas was In sane, Defense Attorney Harold C Faulkner said that so far as hi and Alcalraz officials could tell, th 26-year-old former Albany, Texas bank robber hart been mute sine Aug. except to say "thanks" once and at another time to ask for mor porridge. He smiled once durin the two months. fysinger Trial Jury Selected Testimony To Begin In 39th Court Today HASKELL, Oct. mony in the trial of W. H. Tystng er, charged with murder, will b heard in 39th district court her beginning at 9 o'clock Tuesdi morning, Judge Bryan Atchlson an nounced late today after a Jury ha been selected, judge Atchison o Breckenrldge camt here to presid because of th Ilinss of Dannls Batllff, aath district judge. Tyslnger, operator c a filling station. Is charged In th latal shooting of John Yance Haskell -WPA worker. Yancey w killed October 9. A grand jury In dlctment was returned a few da: later against Tysinger, who h: been since that time In county ja in default of bond set his examining trial. The murder charge Is the. on cne to be prosecuted in Haske county this year. Defendant's counsel, the local la firm ot Ratllff Ratliff. has In dlcated a self defense plea will t enlered. District Attorney Ben Charl Chapman and County Attorni Walter Murchlson have not sa definitely that the death penal will be sought, Although all pro. pective jurors were not questloni on their attitude toward the deal penalty as a punishment for mu der, several vet.nemen were dts qualified when they expressed conviction against capital punish ment. Jurors named are J. P. Tfinme Pat Ballard, Jess Leonard. M. T Rabom, Lonnle Hester, T. C. Cob Allen Davis, E. B Lusk. W. p. Trie H. Hlsey, H. K. Fry. August The grand Jurj which made 1 final report several weeks ago, ha been recalled b} Judge Atchlso p m. Matters to be Investigated we: not revealed B'wood To Ship 60 Cars Of Turkeys BROWNWOOD. Oct. IF, More than 60 carloads of turkey expected to be shipped from here for the Thanksgiving ani Christmas markets, produce deal ers estimated today as the markc opened. No prices were being quoted bu the cooperative marketing assoda tlons were advancing 10 cents pouna'. Commission Asks Transcription Of CBS Broadcast NEW YORK, Oct. SL- demands for ederal investigation muHIpli d tonight in the of the iltra-realistic radio drama that pread mass hysteria among steners across the nation with tj "news broadcast" fantasy f octopus-like monsters from tars invading the United States and annihilating cities ,nd. populaces with a lethal 'heat ray."  dumped tus- ket of rotten tomatoes on front porch of house. A patrol car dtove past St. Paul Methodist church. Horns on about a half a ciozen cars were blaring away in full force. There was not i person In sight -he cars or out. Sa It wasn't the ghusts and ,a. limber pjece of board entwined in, the steering wheels to hold down toe horn button. A policeman stopped a boy thit was carrying a suspicious looking box The box was full of the parts of chickens not found on a chicken dinner menu. The boy readily admitted he was waitir? a chance to dump t'ue contents on someone's from a tali building. But the boyr weren't the only HALLOWEEN, Pj. 10, Col Notables Attend Hardy's Funeral BEST GIRL .'i Under a 60-year-old custom, St. Louis society opens It fall. season by crowning a queen to rule over the court of love and beauty coming year. This year 19-year-old debu- tante, Laura Hale Rand, will rule. BEST FARMER Judges at the Future Farmers of America convention la Kan- sis City decided Hunter Green- law o! Va.. was the nation's most promising far- mer, naned his Star Fanner of America. BELTON'. Oct. J. C. Hardy. 67, president emeritus of Mary Hardm-Baytor college. waJ bulled here today alter .cervices at- tended by many of state's no- tables. Tom Connatly, Ccngress- mar. llob Poige of Waco. Presided L. H. Hubbard of Texas Stale Col- lege Women at Denton. and President Pat M, Self of Baylor university, Waco, wore among here.   

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