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Publication: Abilene Reporter News November 4, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 4, 1938, Abilene, Texas •Captain Brands as 'Suspicious Explosion Sinking German Steamer; Sabotage Hinted-See Page 3 •I WIST TEXAS’ mm    OWN NEWSPAPERie Sbtlent Reporter-ii?ms [^ENIHQ"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE1 UH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS    GOES,"-Byron VOL. LVIll, NO. 157. (MM Prest (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 4, 1938—SIXTEEN PAGES. Attorn ted Prrtt (AP) PRICE FIVE CENTS kON HIS 59TH BIRTHDAY— Nation Joins Will Rogers’ Family and Homefolk in Tribute SNAKY ‘Suit Is Brought . For Validating Abilene Bonds CLAREMORE. Okla , Nov. 4.—(JP) —The homefolk who knew Will Rogers when he was a kid cowpoke and celebrities who knew him as a national figure joined in common tribute here today at the dedication of Oklahoma's memorial to her most famous son on the 59th anniversary of his birth. Thousands of admirers of the humorist pressed upon Claremore to attend the services at the $200,-000 Will Rogers memorial museum, atop a knoll overlooking Claremore on which he had dreamed of building a permanent home. From Hyde Park to the west coast, the nation took part in the from Hyde Park at 2 p. rn. (Abilene time) headed the list of speakers. Jesse Jones, RFC chairman and treasurer of the Will Rogers na The Rogers family had come home, the widow, Mrs. Betty Rogers: the two sons, Bill and Jimmy; and the daughter. Mary. Mrs. Rog display of his father's saddles and , other keepsakes in a room of the j memorial, said he believed khe! structure was “what dad would have CLAREMORE. Okla.. Nov. 4.—(AP)—President Roosevelt in a letter to Walter Harrison, secretary of the Oklahoma Will Rogers commission and managing editor of the Daily Oklahoman, said: “We remember Will Rogers with gratitude and affection because he knew how to revive the spirit of laughter in hearts that had known too much of the distractions and anxieties of a busy world. His mission in life was to cheer, to comfort and to console. Will Rogers knew out of the fullness of a blithe heart that few things in life are to be taken seriously and that our troubles multiply if we take them tragically. And so he showed us all how to laugh.” tribute to the drawling comedian loved for his dry wit. President Roosevelt, scheduled to broadcast tional memorial fund, and Gov. E. W. Marland of Oklahoma were the principal speakers here. ers gave the memorial’s 17-acre hilltop site to the state. Jimmy, who helped arrange a liked." Mrs. Rogers appeared moved as she looked, without speaking, at I the memorial to her husband. With the Rogerses were kinfolk. And nearly all Claremore's people, remembering Will Rogers, who always remembered Claremore, participated in what may be the town’s last formal expression in his memory. Tonight, after the dedication proper, an open-air pageant of Rogers life will be given. The days full program .begun with a cornerstone laying, was to end at 7 p. rn., eight hours later with the dramatization. ONE OF HISTORY'S WORST Investment Firm Intervenes to Aid In Refinancing British Air Disaster Takes Lives of 14 Liner Plunges To Earth Soon After Takeoff PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER BEATS WINCHELL IN ANNOUNCING BLESSED EVENT DUE Filing of a federal court suit W for payment of $6,000 past-due city of Abilene bonds and intervention of the Brown-Crum-mer Investment company revealed today that holders of S more than^39 per cent of $3,- 884.000 outstanding city bonds have been pledged to acceptance of a proposed refunding program. f Roy F. Preston of Wichita, Kans.. is plaintiff in the suit The city of Abilene, Mayor WAI W. Hair, Commissioners L. A. Sadler, Lucian Webb. W. E. Beasley and George E Morris, City Secretary Lila Fem Martin and City Treasurer Bryan * B. Ball are named as defendants. The petition sets out that the suit is brought as a class action. •filed by the plaintiff cm behalf of himself and behalf of all other persons who own securities issued by f defendant city of Abilene which ar* payable from ad valorem taxation, as a class." ASKED TO DECIDE LEGALITY The petition further states: That the plaintiff owns city of ^ Abilene waterworks bonds, dated • February 15, 1927, 5 per cent. Nos. 60 to 65. of the denomination of $1,000 each, aggregating $6,000, due February 15, 1938, out of a total issue of $600,000 That the defendant city of Abi-f lene has outstanding a total of $3.- 884.000 of bonds payable from taxation. $67,000 of which is in default. That the city officials "are not levying a sufficient tax to pay the principal and interest of said bonds g as they mature and accrue, and Rre nqt enforcing payment of delinquent taxes for that purpase, and are not making provision otherwise for the payment of said bonds and interest as required by law and by provisions of the said bonds the proceedings authorizing SEATTLE, Wash, Nov. 4 — (UP)—Mrs. John Boettiger, daughter of President and Mrs. Roosevelt, scored a Journalistic “scoop" today by announcing in her weekly column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that she was expecting another child next spring. The announcement appeared in Mrs. Boettinger’s by-line column in the home economics section of the paper. After relating that the “last two days" had been busy ones because of the visit here of Mrs. Roosevelt, Mrs. Boettiger said she was sorry she had “the type of mind that makes it necessary to jot down things to re member.” “Family gossip, of course," she continued, “springs naturally . . . This time our first session was a three-cornered one, my husband, my mother and I. What did we discuss? “We didn't discuss—we Just made plans for the looked-forward-to arrival of my mother's newest grandchild. The biggest question was for her to arrange to be on the spot to help us usher into the world a new citizen for Seattle. “Well, she thinks she can, the fates willing, on her spring lecture tour which ends on the west coast the last week in March. “So it s up to me, I guess, to see that the ‘arrival’ and the last lecture don’t conflict." Mrs. Boettiger, who has two children by a previous marriage, Eleanor and Curtiss Dali, has been running her weekly column since John Boettiger, her husband, and former Washington, D. C , newspaperman, assumed editorship of the Post-Intelligencer. Transport Circles Back to Airport in Flames, Smoke QUESTIONED ALL NIGHT Suspects Confess New York Kidnap Killing Quartet Admits Other Snatches Sing Sing Convict Joins Three Pals Signing Confession Science Supplies— ROBOT RAZZBERRIES —For Motor Morons NEW YORK, Nov. 4 —(AP) —The district attorney’s office today announced murder charges would be pressed against four alleged members of a “kidnap syndicate” as-cused of slaying Arthur Fried, White Plains business man, and kidnaping two Brooklyn residents who were released after ransom payments. At the same time, officials announced that part of a human jaw- WASHINGTON. Nov. 4.—(UP)—Science supplied motorists today with an answer to the horn-tooting fool who thinks he owns the highways and treat* you as a trespasser. Has your patience ever been nearly broken by the driver who pulls up behind you at a red light and start* honking his horn before the light turns green? So. it appears, has that of David O Wilson of Santa Monica. Calif, Wilson s life was being made miserable by the horn-blowing public nuisance No. I, of which ever community has one or more. He decided to do something about it. He invented a tongue sticker-outer calculated to exnress his fullest contempt for his tormentors. The U. S. patient o.Tice gave the invention its enthusiastic approval. It is a combination of a light, a horn and a protruding tongue to be attached to the rear of he car. The face of the device resembles a clown mask. It Is operated from the front seat by means of a button on the dashboard. When a motorist pulls up behind the owner of one of these devices and starts his infernal horn-tooting, all he has to do is push the button. Wilson's invention does the rest. A light illuminates the grotesque features of the mask, the mouth Mercury Dips To 40; Rising CIVIC LEADER Light Frost Noted In Abilene; Fair Weather Forecast A ST. HEUER, Island of Jersey, Nov. 4.—(AP)—Fourteen persons were killed today in one of Britain’s worst airplane disasters when a fully-loaded passenger airliner crashed in a field just after taking off for Southampton, England. The victims were nine men, four women and one child, and included the pilot, Capt. A. G. M. Cary, the wireless operator, ll passengers and a man working in the field where the plane crashed. SHIP CIRCLES ISLAND the and their issuance.' In addition to judgment against the city for $6,000 plus interest from February IS, 1938, the plaintiff asks “judgment determining the legality of all said outstanding bonds including those owned by plaintiff, and directing defendant city officials to levy a sufficient tax to pay this judgment and to pay all other delinquent tax bonds, of defendant city of Abilene as rapidly as possible and to pay principal and Interest of all other bonds of defendant city of Abilene as they mature and accrue and directing said officials to proceed at once to force collection of delinquent taxes.*’ Bailey B Baxter of Dallas is at Forney for the plaintiff, COURT APPROVAL SOUGHT The Brown-Crummer Investment company in intervening sets forth that the "intervener believes and opens and a tongue is protruded in an insultingly    realistic manner, bone with    several teeth still intact    The horn blows with as close an imitation of a razzing    noise as one could had been    found by police digging    j    desire In trials it has proved effective and safe. The only slip occurred when an over-enthusiastic motorist tried it on a traffic policeman who had incurred his displeasure. Instructions which go with the device warn against a repetition of that experiment. See BOND SUIT, Pg. 16, Col. 7 FAINT HEART IN THIS CASE WINS HIS LADY WASHINGTON, Nov. 4.— (UP)—A faint heart never was given credit for winning a fair lady, but Philip Gilbert 24, claims that it didn't bother him. He fainted twice during his wedding yesterday. The first time he fainted was while en route to the altar—as the organist began the traditional wedding march. Revived, he withstood the excitement o* the ceremony until it was time for him to say those most important words: "I do." Then he fainted again. At this point the bride’s father, the Rev. Dr. Paul Evaul, who was officiating, moved the remainder of the ceremony to an alcove of the Metropolitan Methodist church. There seated in chairs. Gilbert and his bride, Mary Evaul, 21, said their vows. in the basement of Ukrainian hall, j an East side social establishment j where one of the kidnapers said Fried s body was cremated m a furnace. ANOTHER VICTIM? A quantity of bones unearthed yesterday were found to be those of animals. Today's discovery started police on an investigation of the possibility that an additional victim may have fallen prey to the gang. Medical examiners said the jawbone was that of a person who had died recently. Fried was kidnaped last December 4 and killed, according to the announced confessions, four days later. Asst. District Attorney Joseph Rosenblum, after all night questioning, announced the four prisoners had confessed, and evidence against them would be presented immediately to the grand jury. The confessions, he said were obtained from Demetrius Gula, 30; William JacknLs, 27; and John Vir-ga. 34, arrested Tuesday by federal agents: and Joseph Stephen Sa-coda, 28, who recently was sent to Sing Sing prison for violation of parole. Rosenblum said the men told of kidnaping Fried in the Westchester city and taking him to Ukrainian hall, In lower Sixth avenue, Manhattan, after ransom negotiations had failed. Sacoda was accused by the three others of shooting Fried to death, as he sat, bound and fagged in a chair in the basement headquarters of the gang. Rosenblum said Sacoda, brought here from Sing Sing for questioning, accused another member if the gang of the actual slaying. All four, the official said, admitted helping cremate body In the basement Thief Melts, Sells Part Of Maximilian Medals Fair weather, with rising temper- ! atures. was in prospect for Abilene and West Texas today after the thermometer dropped to 40 degrees last night. Once again the area escaped a killing frost, but for the second time this fall the winter mans breath stuck to house tops before sunrise. The light but general rain yes-j terday stamped a more favorable i mark over a section beginning to worry about the prolonged drouth. While the thirst of grain fields, grassland and earthen tanks has not been quenched to the fullest extent. | it has been soothed for the time With cooler weather and the added precipitation, small grain, both vol-j unteer and that which had been dry-planted. Is expected to make rapid progress. HOUSTON, Nov. 4.— (VP)—Federal authorities revealed today that parts of the stolen Emperor .Maximilian collection of jewels and medals—historically priceless—have been melted down and sold for an infinitesimal portion of their value. Tho collection was stolen from the National .Museum of Mexico at Mexico ( ity last September 4 by Enrique I razandi Cardona. 23-year-old Mexican who Farm Woman Dies of Hurts Mrs. Fried’s furnace. Rosenblum said the prisoners also confessed to the abductions of Benjamin Farber, 33, Brooklyn businessman, whose relatives paid $1,-900 ransom for his release, and Normal Miller, 19-year-old son of a Brooklyn stevedore contractor. Rosenblum said he would seek indictments for the three kidnap-ings in addition to a true bill for murder in the Fried case. STAMFORD. Nov. 4 -(Spit Elsie Wolsch, 40. died at Stamford hospital at 3:50 o'clock this morning of injuries received in yesterday’s Sagerton storm. She was born June 9. 1898, and was married to C. W. Wolsch in May. 1917, They had been living in Haskell county sir%e that time. Surviving are her husband; one daughtei. Mrs Opal Muller of Sagerton; and three sons, Buford, R. W. and Ken Maynard. Two brothers. Beno Herttenberger and Emil Herttenberger, both of Old Glory, also survive: and six sisters, Mrs. R. G. Fuqua of Stamford. Mrs. Emma Newman of Bomarton. Mrs. Katie Gerloff of Old Glory, Mrs. Elouise Spradlin of Marshall. Mrs. Roy Wienkie of Sagerton and Mrs. Beda Hamlett. Funeral arrangements are pending. The bod} is at Kinney Funeral chapel. Former Abilenian Dies in California Franklin Nelson, 846 Victoria, has been notified of the death of his brother, Arthur, 46. in Fresno, California, at 6 o’clock this morning. Funeral will be held in California. Nelson will be unable to attend. Arthur Nelson formerly lived in Abilene, leaving here in February this year. He is survived by two sons, living in Houston. ’ three brothers. Franklin, Walter of Houston and Rowland of Burkburnett. attempted to smuggle it into the United States at Laredo Whether the Mexican government will recover what remains of the loot must be decided by Secretary of State Cordell Hull in Washington. according to Asst. U. S. Atty. George Red. All goods smuggled into the United States are placed on public sale, unless destroyed. Cardova admitted selling various pieces for what he could get. The highest he received for a single piece was $10. One medal was bought for only 40 cents. Cardovg was en route to San Antonio when he was arrested on the international bridge. He pleaded guilty before U. S. Commissioner Frank Y. Hill to the smuggling charge. Included in Cordova's loot were: A Queen Victoria medal of the Crimean war, dated 1854; a Queen Victoria medal of 1892; a world’s peace Jubilee medal of 1872; two Napoleon III medals of 1859; a gold medal of the Academia Real dos Sciencias de Lisboa of 1851; a yellow gold ring, set with chipped diamonds. initialed "MW"; gold cross with a Spanish coat of arms; a military medal with a Maximilian likeness; numerous silver and gold crosses and buckles, and many French and English medals. Sunshine Returns To Most of State was By United Press Warmer and sunny weather___ in prospect for most of Texas for Friday night and Saturday after light freezes, rains, thunderstorms and high winds combined to give various sections unsettled conditions Thursday. The United States weather The plane was on a regular run between Jersey, in the EntU*h channel, and Southampton. The crash occurred at 10:52 (4:52 a. rn. Abilene time* shortly after the takeoff from Jersey airport, which is several miles from St. Heber. The plane was seen to circle several times in the channel island fog before falling into the field about 600 yards from the takeoff. It was a four-motored de Haviland plane named St, Catherine's Bay. The only recent comparable disaster in Britain was the crash of a Netherlands airliner at Croydon airport December 9, 1936, when 14 persons were killed, including Juan I de la Cierva, inventor of the auto-! giro. It was the worst disaster involving a British airliner since the Imperial airways’ “City of Liverpool” crashed at Dixmude, Belgium, in March. 1933, causing 15 deaths. SMOKE, FLAMES SEEN The plane which crashed today was operated by the Jersey Airways service on a route used by hundreds of vacationists each year. Joe H. Boothe, insurance man, was Distress calls quickly brought named Sweetwater's most outstand- doctors, nurses, firemen and tining citizen for the oast 12 months bulances. In a few moments after and awarded a trophy emblematic the crash the peaceful countryside of that honor at the seventh annual looked like a wartime casualty sta-Lion's club minstrel show Thursday tion JOE H. BOOTHE *    4-    * Citizen Lauded By Sweetwater By the AP Feature Service The daughters of Eve are getting even with the serpent. They’ve used his skin for slippers to enhance their dainty feet. Now they’re going farther —making whole bathing suits of snake skin. Here's Edith Allen, 19, of Silver Springs, Fla., in an outfit made of diamond-back rattler kins. She says It's durable, and, when saturated, feels and acts like rubber. Its pleasing to the eye, too. Forest Blazes Sweep Nation More Than Dozen States in Paths Of Destruction SWEETWATER. Nov. 4,—(Spl) bu- night. George Thompson, president cf the Sweetwater Lion's club. announced this year's award and presented the trophy At the same time reau said that south central Texas he Printed R M Simmons, last and the area around the mouth of the Rio Grande would be the only sections suffering from colder weather Friday night. Light frosts covered the Texas Panhandle Friday morning. Minimum temperatures included: Lubbock and Amarillo. 32; Abilene and Wichita Falls, 40; Austin, 42; Dallas. 45; San Antonio ,46; Corpus Christi, 52: Brownsville, 62, and Houston, 52 ye* year's honored citizen, a small permanent trophy. Boothe was selected to receive this honor by a comminee composed of one voting member from the Lions. Rotary. Luncheon. Business and Professional Womens clubs, Board of City Development, and Sweetwater Ministerial alliance Any man or woman in Sweetwater is eligible for this honor. The airliner was seen to be in difficulties when flying over St. Peter port with smoke and flames streaming from one of her engines. She turned around apparently in an effort to return to the airport, but suddenly hurtled to earth, narrowly missing a hotel. The plane fell with a terrific crash, toppled over and burst into flames. A few seconds later there was a loud explosion. All of the dead had addresses In the British isles. By the Associated Presa An army of experts and volunteers today strove to chack foresl and prairie fires in arid areas 13 states. In at least two states In th( blaze belt extending from thi Ohio river valley to the Gulf front the Mississippi watershed to th< Atlantic seaboard—weary forces succeeded in stemming conflagrations In several others they wer heartened by prospects of rain. Fires in Wayne and Hamiltor counties in Southern Illinois were reported “about under control.” In neighboring Indiana, a dyinj wind aided CCC workers and farm ers in gaining control of a fir northwest of Columbus after had burned 2.000 acres. General rains moving eastward from the Mississippi valley wen expected to douse most of the fire-menaced sections. On the fire lines were forest rangers. convicts, farmers. CCC and WPA workers and volunteers. Somi crews in Kentucky and West Virginia withdrew hurriedly last nigh to avoid being trapped by flames. Fires dotted an area of 1.60( square miles in southern West Virginia. burning thousands of acre* of timber, destroying valuable ha} crops and sending up a blanket OI smoke 9.000 feet thick in places. In Kentucky numerous fir* swept through 6.000 acres of timbei in the Black Mountain region anc threatened 8,000 more. A forest fire which burned ovei 5.000 acres in Virginia advanced U within a quarter of a mile of St See FOREST FIRES, Pg. 16, CoL The Weather Fair tonijht; ABILENE and vicinity Saturday, (air and warmer. wa^mVr .nX\! ,ITa,r t?nl*ht and Saturday. ntJht < non*l ,w1    Portion*    to- L *nf| ln *ou*hea»t portion Saturda ACC Provides Grid Report This Evening Clyde Methodists Hurdle Misfortune „ Taxaa Fair. colder near mouth of : wanfer *    Saturday,    fair and Highest temperature yesterday , , ai Lowest temperate- this momma 40 TEMPERATURES Students association of Abilene Christian college this morning invited the public to hear a play-by-play report of the A. C. C.-Austin college football game tonight. Reports of the game, to be played in Sherman, will be received at Sewell auditorium beginning at 8 p m The Wildcat band will play. E. W. Hendrick, head yell leader, WRI be in charge. CLYDE, Nov 4—Spl)—Despite drouth, tornado, debt members of the local Methodist church reported great progress during the year at a rally held here last night, in the "windup" of conference year. Dr. C. A Long, pastor of St. Paul's Church, Abilene, was principal speaker. Rev. A. F Click is pastor. The latter reports prospects excellent to pay the debt against the new church erected about two years ago. County Gets $32, Speeder Lesson When you get a traffic ticket, the most thrifty policy is for you to appear in court upon order of the officer issuing the summons, one Abilene youth found this morning. In Justice of the Peace Theo Ash s court he was assessed a fine of $14 for speeding, and then a second fine of $18 for not appearing as ordered. The county got $32. The speeder got a lesson. Beginning Today— THE ARMY POST MURDERS 1    By    Virginia    Hanson    "    -    .-.-    .i Use Salt Shakers LANCASTER. Pa.. Nov. 4.—(JFh— A tip to hunters. Park Shaub, an auctioneer, tucked a salt shaker into his pocket when he set out in quest of gtqpe, He returned home with three pheasants and three I rabbits. WARMER Sunset S.vO p m 6:30 a.m. 12:39 p m Dry thermometer    54    41    6.1 Wet thermometer    45    38    48 Relstlys humidity    48    80    3! Garrett to Speak EASTLAND, Nov. 4 —(Spl)—Clyde L. Garrett, congressman from Eastland, will deli' er an Armistice day address Thursday at a program of the Gorman high school. The girl across the aisle was staring at me again. She looked strangely familiar, but I couldn't place her. Chapter One THE STRANGER’S FACE The book was dull. I dropped it, consulted my wrist watch to find that another hour must be killed somehow and turned to the train window. Cornfields were wheeling monotonously past, miles der the violent sun, their patterned rows riffling like an interminably opening fan, their endless aisles leading from nowhere to nowhere across a fertile desert. An occasional black dirt road flashed by, Innocent of travelers, a gash In the green landscape that the fields rushed backward to cover. My hypnotized eyes were beginning to close when something drew them away from the window, back to the nearly empty car. The girl across the aisle was watching me but not before I had seen that shj was staring at my ring—the dia] mond-set miniature of his cia ring that Charlie had given me th^ summer before. I studied her intently for a moi ment, trying again to solve th* tantalizing familiarity that ha<f bothered me when I first notici her, just out of Chicago. She older than I, nearly thirty, thought; but it was difficult td judge, for she looked ill, or in trouj upon miles of them, green-gold un- jagain. She glanced Quickly away, (Continued on page 13) ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: November 4, 1938