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Publication: Abilene Reporter News November 1, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas ' Possibilities of Nationwide Rail Strike Dimmish on Promise of Aid Through Legislation-See Page 4Wot Ailette Reporter ★★★ EVENING•WITHOUT,    OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS    COES,’‘-Byron VOL LVII, NO. 154 Catted Press (CP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER I, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES. Associated Press (API PRICE FIVE CENTS o 'DURN FOOLS/ SAYS FARMERCurious Still Trying to Find Spot Where Martian Ship Didn’t Land * * * FCC Convenes, c May Consider .Adion on Play it Communications Step Depends on Study of Script WASHINGTON, Nov. 1--(UP)—The Federal Communications commission meets today for a routine session, but may lr consider action on the radio dramatization that frightened thousand^ of listeners Sunday night. FCC Chairman Frank R Mc-^ Nlnrh said that the commission faced a heavy agenda of routine work, but that it “might" discuss Commission Probes WHOM Broadcast ^ WASHINGTON. Nov. I —(/P)—The w Federal Communications commission has opened an investigation of complaints of an alleged "anti-sem-itic and un-American” broadcast by Radio Station WHOM of Jersey City September 18. 4| The commission disclosed today it had granted the station a 90-day temporary renewal of license, instead of the usual six-month renewal This was done, the commission said, to permit an investigation of t See RADIO PROBE, Pg. JI, CoL I The Weather ABILENE and vicinity:    Partly    rloudv * gdhrT‘Uy- C°",Pr Wedaerfay East Texas, partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; colder in northwest portion Wednesday afternoon or night ^ Highest temperature yesterday    or * Lowest temperature this morning ! 8 temperatures CL0UDV    Sunset    ........ «:30 p rn. « a rn. 12:39 p m ;trv thermometer Vet thermometer yutlva humidify GROVER S MILL. N. J, Nov. I. — (UP)—Visiting motorists were still driving by the old Wilson farm today to see the spot where the monsters from Mars didn’t land their rocket ship to begin the onslaught against the earth Sunday night. The radio players, in their horrifying “news bulletins" dramatizing | H. G. Wells* story “War of the Worlds.” called it the "Wilmuth” farm od Grover's mill, but it sound ed like “Wilson” and since it happened that there is an old Wilson farm here, It became the scene of the catastrophe that didn’t happen. This village of 200 peaceful inhabitants, four miles east of princeton, survived the nation-wide hysteria better than most other towns because it was quicker finding out that the Maritans hadn’t really come. Out on the Wilson farm, where I three tenant families live, James Anderson and his wife had been listening to the Charlie McCarthy program and Mrs. Anderson had switched over to the Mercury theater program just in time to hear a “bulletin” about a huge meteor falling in her barnyard. She woke her husband, who had retired. He went out on the porch, looked around. “Durn fools,” he said, and went back to bed. The rest of the tenants weren’t listening to the radio. A neighbor, 83-year-old William Dock, was though, and he endured it until he heard the “bulletins” about the Martian creatures crawling from their rocket ship and laying waste to the countryside. Then he got out his shotgun and went looking for them. The first that Philip Wassun, of Cranberry, five miles east of here. heard of the “invasion" was when he passed a carload of national guardsmen In the road. They asked him the way to the scene of destruction, having heard on the radio that they had been ordered out to fight. “They were all dressed up to kill,” he said. “I couldn’t convince them it must be a fake and two hours later I saw them still riding around loking for whatever it was sup posed to be. Corp Frank Wilson would like to meet one of the six or eight people who stopped him Sunday night and described in terrifying terms the landing of the space ship that “they personally had witnessed.” Some of the hallucinations were blamed to the fact that there was a fire in the forest 15 miles away, and there was a pall of smoke near the village which might have been the work of “Martians.” ALTHOUGH HOUNDS LOSE TRAIL- Believe Desperado Slain in Gun Battle Chapman Flees On Foot After SOLOMON WAS A PIKER-HE SHOULD HAVE CONTENDED WITH FATHERS, TOO NEW YORK. Nov. I.—(AP) — Too much realism on the radio, particularly in drama, apparently is to get closer attention around the networks hereafter. Already evidence comes in this statement by W. B. Lewis, ▼ice-president of programs at CBS: “The program department hereafter will not use the technique of a simulated news broadcast within a dramatic- I Hon when the circumstances of the broadcast could cause immediate alarm to numbers of listeners." But just what further possible reaction will result from the Sunday night dramatisation In the Orson Welles program on WABC-CBS of the H. G. Wells story “War of the Worlds” still is crystalizing. Radio row is wondering whether or not one outcome may be an immediate general ban by the broadcasters against “horror" programs of any description. WESTPORT. Conn , Nov. I — (/Pi—Judge Austin Wakeman ascended the bench in probate court today with such a knotty problem in child welfare to solve as once confronted King Solomon—but possibly Judge Wakeman.* task of pronouncing Judgment is the more difficult of the two. The Biblical king once decided the disputed parentage of an infant by awarding the child to the more humane of two wrangling claimants, but the local jurist must decide which of two Westpo. couples may adopt 10-months-old Betty Lou Francis. or. as an alternative, may approve an offer of marriage made to the baby's unwed mother. Claiming the baby are Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Brown, with whom the child is now living and who have exhibited an adoption agreement signed by the servant-girl mother October 17, and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Buttery, who have produced a similar agreement signed October 15. Since the Browns and But-terys brought their case to court, a New York chauffeur has written to Welfare Director Howell F. Fuller, offering to marry the mother. Anna Francis of New York, whom he has never seer.. Although Judge Wakeman did not indicate before court opened whether he would consider the marriage solution, he said he believed the New York man was ‘absolutely sincere.” Before the marriage offer the mother testified she was “too poor”” to support the blonde, blue-eyed baby. PRESSING ITALIAN PACT- Pal Captured Three Arrested On Charges of Aiding Fugitive Chamberlain Concedes Nazi Dominance THEIR BABY BURNS TO DEATH the Sunday broadcast lf the script and transcription of the program reached Washington before the meeting begins. QUICK REACTION “If we have time and if we have complete data,” he said, “we will consider the broadcast today. If we don't get to it, we might put the mater off until next Tuesday. Or perhaps, if the other commissioners are agreeable, we ll hold a special meeting." The broadcast Sunday night was a dramatization of H. G. Wells’ fantastic novel “War of the Worlds.” The program, directed by Orson Welles, depicted the landing of a space ship from Mars in New Jersey. The announcer, interrupting a “dance program” to broadcast “news bulletins,” related how monsters poured from the I space ship and started destroying civilization with death rays. Hundreds of listeners, particularly those who tuned in late, were panic-stricken. The broadcast brought quick re-action from the FCC and congress, ! and apologies from radio officials, j McNinch, ordering the Columbia broadcasting station to send the commission a script and transcription of the hour-long program said, any broadcast that creates such a general panic and fear as this one is reported to have done is, to say the least, regrettable.” Prime Minister Sights New Era Believed Getting Ready to Discuss Reich Colonies lf You Wore Chrysanthemums lo Football Game, Maybe Soup'll Have a Pork Flavor PHILADELPHIA, Miss., Nov. I— (AP)— Maj. Murphy Roden of the Louisiana state police said today he believed Charley Chapman, notorious Southwest desperado, who exchanged gunfire with officers near here late yesterday and escaped, would be found dead in the woods. iSec Page 7. for more about European situation.) LONDON. Nov. 1_(UP) — Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain conceded in the house of commons today that Germany is the dominant power in Central and Southeastern Eu- VANCOUVER, B. C„ Nov. I.—(/Pi—When you get tired of looking at your chrysanthemums, you can eat them. K. Hirayama, Japanese Chrysanthemum «ociety president, explained how to make soup of the flowers. The recipe: Put a pint of milk and a tablespoon of butter in a pan and heat. Add two tablespoons of cornstarch and stir until thick. Add chopped chrysanthemum petals which haw* been boiled In water for two minutes. Serve hot. “It’s very good.” said Hirayama. Tribute Planned Mrs. T. E. Turner suffered burned hands and arms as she snatched her infant daughter from the firebox of a heater in a vain attempt to save the child’s life. Police said Mrs. Lucile M. Adams, a widow, who was charged with murder, placed the child in the stove. The Turners are shown at the home of her parents in Macon, Ga. Dynamite Used To Rescue Dog Mountaineers Still Believe Animal in Narrow Cavern Construction CLARKSBURG, W. V a., Nov. I—(UP)—A crew of begrimed mountaineers blasted away at Spelter mountain today, unswerving from the confidence that Sport, “community dog,” will be rescued from the narrow cavern that has held him 13 days. Sport, a brown and white beagle hound who has gone hunting with almost every resident of Spelter, eight miles from here, was trapped In a fissure on the mountain, presumably while chasing a fox over the treacherous ridges and sink holes. In 24 hours of blasting at the rock mountain side, the crew had tom away two tons. It was estimated that another four or five tons would have to be blown loose before Sport’s prison could be reached. Sport, the pet of 19-year-old Howard Walls, was believed alfce Food has been shoved to him. Some thought they heard his faint barks yesterday. Permits Gain rope. “Geographically, Germany must occupy a dominant position in Cen- J tral and Southeast Europe.” the prime minister said. “She does so now. “As far as this country is concerned. we have no wish to block Germany out of these countries or encircle her economically.” Chamberlain also told the house that Britain will conclude her friendship agreement with Italy as rapidly as possible and envisaged a presumptive "new era of peace in Europe.” He declared he could see no reason why the totalitarian states and democracies can not work together. The agreement would entail British recognition of the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. Chamberlain said a motion will 1 be introduced in the house tonight I "that this house welcomes the in- j tention of the government to bring the Anglo-Italian agreement into force.” The motion will be debated tomorrow. Members showed keen interest In the prospects of the debate, which undoubtedly will be lively when the governments critics speak their minds on the government s handling of various European problems. In addition to recognizing the Italian cor quest, Chamberlain intends to recognize the Spanish nationalists as belligerents, as well as loyalists, and is understood to be preparing to open negotiations with Germany on colonies. For Armistice Victory Men's Bible Class Invites Vets To Program Preluding Elaborate Fete Programs for the most elaborate Armistice celebration in Abilene's history were being pressed into working order today by M. Shaw, commander of Parramore post of the American Legion. Shaw, also president of the Victory Men s Bible class, which meets each Sunday morning at the Majestic theater, announced the program for the 20th anniversary Armistice meeting of the class next Sunday. Invitations have been mailed 1,000 ex-service men in Taylor county, and posts in Ballinger, Sweetwater. Hamlin, Haskell and Albany. More than 300 post officers, who will meet Sunday morning in conference -1 at the Hilton, are scheduled to Milk Fund Gets Boosters Check Buick Plans Huge Production Program Mrs. Edith C. Smith, secretary-treasurer of the P-TA milk fund, announced today receipt of a check for $636 68 from the Abilene Boosters club. The check represented collections from the Boosters’ benefit show and milk bottle collections. In addition. Mrs. Smith has received S79.9C, from other sources, bringing total donations to the milk fund to $715.68. Mrs. Smith said 200 Abilene school children now are getting milk daily. Available money will assure them needed milk through most of December. Building permits for October closed with a rush the last seven days to end the month with a $57,-571 total. Tile figure topped the October total for 1937 by nearly $10,000. Octobcr'3 total last year was $47,997. Two alteration permits were issued today. They were to Jack Stevens for $750 alterations on a residence at 1709 Hickory, and to J. F. Morrison for alterations on a warehouse on North Second and Plum. Tire year’s total now stands at $745,820. Tills exceeds the 1937 total by more than $200,000. The last year’s amount was $511,809. DETROIT. Nov. I—(/Pi—Buick division of General Motors corporation announced today the beginning of “the biggest manufactur-j ing program in the history of the company.” j Production schedules contemplate i j making nearly 56,000 cars in No- i vember and December, a procedure the company described as “unprecedented.” I Approximately 90,000 tons of steel were purchased in September and J October, the announcement by Har-| low' H. Curtice, president and gen-| eral manager, said. Employment has been increased I to more than 14.000 by Buick. Curtice said, and more than 9.000 men j have been returned to full time work since the low point of 1938* H SU Holds Hardy Memorial Service In recognition of the services of Dr. J C. Hardy, president of Har-din-Baylor college at Belton for a quarter century, to the cause of Christian education, a memorial service was held at the Hardin-S im mon*, luniversity chapel convocation today. “The works of this outstanding educator will be long enduring,” said Dr. J. D. Sandefer. H-SU president, and long-time associate of Dr. Hardy. attend the Bible class program in a bodv. LEGION CHIEF TO SPEAK Vincent Chiodo of Houston. Texas department commander of the American Legion, will speak. The program opens at 9:30 o'clock and will go on the air over Radio Station KRBC at 9:45 for an hour broadcast Mrs. M. L, Grimes is to sing “Rose of No Mans Land,” a pantomime presentation depicting a wounded soldier and a Re * Cross nurse, with an American soldier, sailor, Boy Scout and Salvation Army girl in the background. Anna Morris wdll dedicate a song to all Gold Star mothers. Invitations have been sent the seven Gold Star mothers in Taylor county: Mrs. Cornelia Kilgore, Mrs. Cornelia Stubblefield. Mrs. Hatti* Miller. Mrs. Arabella Williams, Mrs. Lora Wilson and Mrs. J. L. Banner of Abilene: and Mrs. J. L. White, Merkel. A trio, Dorothy Jean and Geraldine Shaw and Rosalie Grimes, will sing My Buddy." Marijohn Melson will sing to a piano-accordion accompaniment. SOLON ON PROGRAM Ray Jones, official of Texas Consolidated theaters, Dallas, is to send a 15-minute screening oi a war scene to be giver at the close of the service*. For the Armistice day program slated next Friday, John Lee Smith, state representative from Throckmorton and member of the 71st hea\y artillery company, will speak from 10:30 to ll a. rn. at the courthouse His address will be picked up Major Roden said Chapman's companion, who he believed to be Dave Graves, a Mid-western bank bandit, was captured and was being held today in an unannounced jail. THREE ARRESTED "I believe Chapman was mortally wounded as he fled." Major Roden told the Associated Press today. ‘and it is my opinion that he will be found somewhere In the woods near here dead. However, he might have escaped and is being hidden out by some of his many friends in this area.” Roden said three people were arrested and turned over to federal authorities on a charge of harboring a fugitive. He said they were Grady White, proprietor of a roadhouse near Philadelphia; Babe Williams. a woman friend of White's; and Mrs. O. P. Miller, White’s sister. Roden said a squad of officers came upon Chapman and his companion late yesterday, seated in a new automobile (Plymouth) in front of Grady White’s place. Chapman jumped out of the automobile and ran as the officers opened fire on him. His companion, who was seated under the steering wheel, was unable to get clear and was raptured. “Chapman was recognized,, said Major Roden, “by L. A. Jones, warden of the Louisiana state prison at Angola, who was in the party. “Chapman’s companion refused to talk but he fits the description of Dave Graves, wanted in Kansas and Missouri for bank robberies. He is about 40, weighs around 178 pounds, is five feet, eight inches tall, has slightly graying temples, and reddened complexion. In the automobile, which was confiscated, we found two high-powered rifles and a large supply of ammunition.” Major Roden said that though bloodhounds had lost Chapman's trail on the highway it was possible .that continuous See CHATMAN, Pg. ll, Col 2 Baird Election Suit Set for Monday See ARMISTICE, Pg. ll, Col. I BAIRD, Nov. I.—(Spl)—Judge Milburn S, Long, presiding officer of 42d district court, called the civil docket for the current term this morning. Set for trial Monday morning at 9 o'clock is suit bought by a citizens committee against tne city of Baird, contesting a September 30 municipal bond election. Baird voters approved the bonds, authorizing construction „f a municipal electric power plant. 'VICTIM' OF WAR Caroline Cantion, WPA actress, was listening to the radio in her New York home. There came an announcement of landing of queer men from Mars in New Jersey and of death, destruction and poison gas attacks. She dashed into the street, fell and broke her arm. She was one of thousands throwm into a panic while listening to a radio dramatization of H G. Wens’ “War of the Worlds.” eye Planetary Defenders Organized NEW’ YORK, Nov. I.—(UP) — HcM or ary leadership of the “League for Interplanetary Defense” was offered by Princeton university students today to Orson Welles, 23-year-old actor and producer who wrote the script and played the most hairraising role in Sunday night's radio dramatization of “War of the Worlds.* The ‘league” congratulated Welles on “your successful dem-onstratior of the mass hysteria which would be aroused by an invasion from Mars,” and asked: “Will you accept honorary leadership of an organization to provide adequate defense against such an eventuality and to reconcile the warring nations of the world in the face of this common danger?” A resolution by the league recommended “an embargo on all Martial music, an investiga* lion of interplanetary spy ac* tlvities by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that the United States be criss-crossed with Maginot lines to insure safety from without. Rail Stock Rates Hearing Opened FORT WORTH. Nov. hearing on the application of rail roads to increase rates on stockei and feeder cattle and sheep opene< here today before examiners of th Interstate Commerce commissior and representatives of the si**e rail road commission. Because the hearing is expecter to have considerable bearing on th future of the livestock industry lr Texas, cattle men representing nu merous livestock associations wen present from ail parts of the sta to offer other evidence that th application should not be grants The belief was expressed by som that if the increase is granted, th restrictions set up virtually wil eliminate the stocker and feede trade, which is 15 per cent lei than the tariff on fat animals fo: slaughter purposes. The hearing, before Examiner; C. E. Stiles and D. K. copenhafer is expected to continue severa days. WPA Project Okehec WASHINGTON. Nov. I.—(&)-Texas members of congress were ad vised today the president approvec a Works Progress administratioi project at Fort Worth for street improvements, $802,452. Picked up by Coost Guard— 104th Docket Called Judge W. R. Chapman called the docket and set trial dates for the fall term of 104th r strict court today. Grand jury foi the term is expected to report to the court tomorrow. Big Spring, Angelo Tickets on Sale Reserved seat tickets for the Big Spring vs. Abilene game here Friday afternoon were placed on sale today at Frank Myers drugstore. Myers said that he had 603 reserved seat tickets. Price is 75 cents. ALASKAN RACES TO SEE MOTHER BEFORE SHE DIES IN CHICAGO CHICAGO. Nov. I.—(UP)—Henry Walther, 24. an explorer, was speeding across Alaskan waters toward Chicago today on the first leg of a 5.000-mile race against death. He hopes to reach the bedside of his mother before she dies. But his sister. Viola, said there was little chance he would succeed. She said her mother, Mrs. Alice Walther, 65, suffering from heart trouble and complications, was sinking rapidly. Walther is aboard the coast guard cutter Alexander Hamilton, which picked him up yesterday at King cove on the southern edge of S> <s> the Aleutian peninsula. He had been isolated in the Alaskan wilderness six weeks, and had been unaware that his mother was near death until amateur radio operators succeeded in contactile him after five nights of short-wave broadcasts. The cutter was bound for Seward, Alaska, where Walther will be able to obtain passage on a steamship rn down the coast to the United State* completing thi journey to Chicagc by train . The trip will take approximately a month. His sister wa* attempting to raise $300 so he can fly from Seward to Chicago. “Unless I can do that.” she said, “I have little hope of getting him here la time.”I. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: November 1, 1938