Abilene Reporter News, November 23, 1938

Abilene Reporter News

November 23, 1938

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas HHKKPER f ije IWene "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO OR POES WE SKE'ICH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LV! 11, NO. 176. DIMM rm> ion ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 23, PAGES PrtN IAD PRICE FIVE CENTS FDR HALTS AT CHICKAMAUGA DAM ON DIXIE TRIP President Roosevelt Is shown In a platform at- Chlckamagua dam near Chattanooga, Tcnn., where he made brief lalk and in- spected the dam and historic sites In the vicinity. The Pres- ident was cnroute to Warm Springs. Ga.. for a Thanksgiv- ing visit. (AP SUICIDE VERDICT WITHDRAWN- Probe In 'Helping Hand' Death Reopened WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., Nov. examina- tions moved Weslchesler county authorities lonfehf lo withdraw a tentative verdict of sutclde and Intensify Investigation Into the "automobile, gas" death of Eugjene V. Burckhaller, IT, In which his wife Is accused o( Itndinr a hand." Meanwhile, Melvln Kitlel, 3t, dapper salesman and former Californlin and college grad- uate who wis ner of long standing, was arrested and held In bail as a material witness. case Is Hide Assistant District Attorney El- berl T. Gallagher after the 41-year old widow Marie, was formally charged with first degree manslaughter >nd held In flO.IHM ball. Dr. Amos 0. Squire, West- Chester county medical examin- er, said that the case was car- ried on his- record iis "death by carbon monoxide poisoning" and that any reference to suicide would be left to the filing of a supplementary death certificate. Cremation of the body, which Gallagher said was ordered by the widow to be done "as qulck- Ij as possible and without public- after the DOtiy was found In the Burckhalter garage last Saturday, was delayed four or five hours today while vital or- gans were taken for analysis. Dr. Squire said they showed about39 percent carbon monoi- Ide In the blood and some al- cohol; Indications of "intemper- ance1' because of an oversize liver; various other serious ail- ments and the presence of hynotlc drug that Induces sleep. Mrs. Burckhalter was subject- to prolonged questioning and Gallagher etpressed doubt as to tome of the. details she told of helping her husband rig up a vacuum cleaner hose to the ex- haust of a car in their garage to make a lethal chamber of the Interior, where he was found dead. Gallagher Mid local police were In possession of glass from which she told she served Burckhaller an eggnog just before he fumbllngly push- ed the starter of the car to start vtha flow of exliaust gas. Gallagher questioned KHtel 1 concerning; his presence in the Burckhalter's suburban New York home four hours be.'cre police were summoned lo find Ihe body, "I am folng: to helj her all I Klttell told Gillajher. Burckhaller vts president of the Southern Chemical com- pany In nearby .Mount Vernon. Mrs. Burckhalter's WJe-crack- Ing lack of emotion that first aroused Prosecutor Gallagher's suspicions broke late today when she was held In bail on a formal charge of first degree manslaughter. Gallagher slid the housewife admitted she "thoujhl un" the method of dealh and helixd her husband locate the starter but- ton !n the darkened (arage when he faltered. Shaking violently, Mrs. Burck- halter, nfto named sole beneficiary In her husband'j life Insurance policy, was ordered lo the county jail, pending arraignment next Tues- day. Gallagher described KHtel having been "very friendly" with Mrs. Burclihalfer for some years. She Insisted, Gallagher said, their relations were Gallagher said .Mrs. Burck- halter told him she foot fire- well snap-shot of her husband lefore he entered the garage "because t had one more film left and I waniM In use II." WITH FIRST HARD FREEZE IN PROSPECT- Frigid Onslaught Spreads Over Area REPORT ON JEWS THE REV. AND MRS. JACOB BERMIEUI Christian Jew Rev. Bernheim Is Principal Speaker At Union. Service Giving a first hand discussion of Jewish persecution in European countries, the Rev. Jacob Bernheim of Chicago will be principal speaker tonight at the annual Union Thanksgiving service. The Rev. Bernheim is a nationally known Christian Jew and Is execu- tive secretary of the Hebrew Christian AllUncc of America. The alliance has been prominent recent- ly in a campaign against Jewish persecution by Italy and Germany. Accompanying the Rev. Bernheim will be his wife, for ten years field secretary of the Woman's Homej Missionary society of the Metho- dist church. She will speak briefly. The Rev. J. H. Hanrtlen, pastor of First Methodist church and president of the Abilene Minister- ial alliance, sponsor of the service, will be In charge.. Annfe Bess Chambers, music supervisor of Abi- lene pubiif schools, will be in charge of music. Ruby C. Morris will play (he organ. Complete program for the service Is: Hymn Hymn Scripture Doxology. "O Worship the King.' The Rev. R. B. Gil more, pastor of the Kazarene church. Prayer ___ The Rcr. C. A. Long. pastor of St. Paul's Methodist church. Anthem "The King of Love My Shepherd by Alia Vista glee club. Frances Davis dlrec tor. Introduction of guest sper.kcrs Dr. Millard A. Jenkins, pasto: of First Baptist church. Talk Mis. Jacob Bemhelm. Sermon The Rev. Bemhelm. Offertory "A Hymn of Thanks giving." Ruby Morris. Hymn "All Hall the Power of Jesus Name." Benediction Dr. P. M. Warren paslor First Christian church The Union Thanksgiving service is sponsored annually by the Abi- lene Ministerial alliance. Each year It is held at a different church. Tonight's service will be at the First Baptist church, beginning at o'clock. W-T Producers Censure Farm Program Foes Parity Freight Rate Structures Urged By Ass'n PLAINVIEW. Nov. West Texas Producers association condemned at Its concluding two- day session today efforts of "cer- tain men and Interests to sow seeds of dissatisfaction among farmers before the present farm bill Is given a fair trial." The association expressed confidence in Congressman Marvin Jones and willingness to rely on his judgment concern- ing- amendments to the farm MIL A resolution stated agricultural problems had riot been solved but progress toward their solution would be made when the producer and the trade realized their common prob- lems and the necessity of working together. Other resolutions: Favored parity freight rate struc- tures asked Secretary Henry Wal- lace to Intercede In behalf of pro- ducers In overcoming freight rate differentials and urged Texas sena- tors and congressmen to work to- ward establishing Texas on the same freight level as other states CO-OPS ADVOCATED Advocated continued development of farm co-operatives, encourage- ment of rural electrification, ad- vancement of flood control plans and elimination of trade barriers between states. Urged enactment by the 76th legislature of soil and water con- servation laws with administration In the hands of active farmers. Opposed any attempt to repeal the gasoline tax refund to farmers. Praised Congressmen Jones and Mahon for their work in congress and supported Mahon for a place on the appropria- tions committee. During the day, Wallace Lou- than. acting manager of Plains Co- operative, Inc., cited co-operative refrigeration plants as a means of increasing farm Income. He said such plants enabled home con- sumption of more products. Cotton was discussed at the final meetings of the association which had already been offered the sug- gestion emphasis should be placed on domestic rather than foreign markets tor agricultural products. D. Bandeen of the West Texas chamber of commerce discussed freight rates and John McCarly of Amarilio and W. Holhrook of Flaimicw out- lined water conservation Issues at the final session. IN CHILD'S POISON DEATH- Assess Grandmother Life Jurors Return Verdict Quickly Blonde Debutante Awarded Fortune PEORIA, 111, Nov. slender blonde today convinced Jo- seph E. Dally, circuit court judge, she was Miss Jessie Barker and was awarded fortune It was the legal hurdle Miss Bar- ker. 22-year-old Louisville, Kv Employment Up V j'v' WASHINGTON, Nov. 22. debutante, had to pass before she Secretary of Labor Perkins an- control of the distil- nounced today that 248.000 persons iery fortune left in trust by hei father 21 years ago. WINTER DODGER PLANS HIBERNATION SWITCH WATERTOWN, Wis., Nov. 22 (UP) Arthur (Turkey) Gehrke, 56, who has dodged winter for 26 years by staying in bed from fall until spring, decided today to switch hb hi- bernation season from winter to summer. He had been considering the change for six months. He had avoided the cold because he belloved it was the cause of stomach pains which he has suffered during winter months since he was a young man. "I'm feeling like a peacock he said. "I 'hibernated1, for a week or ten days at va- rious times last summer as a test and It worked out all right." i In previous years he turned over his tavern lo assistants and retired at the conclusion of the big league baseball season. He would get up only on Thanksgiving to eat turkey origin of his nickname. He said he had reduced his weight from 215 to 175 pounds by taking brisk morning walks and eating only one meal a day with very little meat. 'Then, he said, "I've renewed my interest in bowl- Ing. I gave It up when I start- ed hibernating and became in- terested again last summer when I tried it out and toppled H3 pins In the first crack." Deaf-Mute Mother ,0f Baby Testifies Against Defendant EL RENO, Okla., Nov. Sullivan, accused by the state of poison- ing' her deaf mute daughter's only child, was convicted of murder late today by a district court jury which set her sen- tence at life imprisonment. MAINTAIN COMPOSUHE The jury retired at p. m. and relumed its verdict an hour and a half later. The buxom Louisiana woman, who remained calm throughout the two-day trial, maintained iier com- posure as the verdict was read. During the day's testimony, the jury heard the bespectacled 49- year-old grandmother deny that she poisoned Clara Jean Hay, her 2H-ycar-old granddaughter She testified she did not know how the. child obtained the poison that caused her death last June 16. At yesterday's session, Mrs. Richard Hay testified through an interpreter she believed her mother poisoned the child. The prosecution presented testimony that Mrs. Sullivan had taken out a life insurance policy on thf child. A request for a demurrer on [rounds of insufficient evidence was denied today. In her testimony Mrs. Sullivan also denied existence of a pack- age labeled "poison" which Mrs. Hay said she saw when she un- packed her mother's trunks after her arrival from Monroe. La., last January to teach the child to talk. The father of Ihe dead child, aba a deaf mute, testified he didn't "know whether or not" his mother- in-law had any part in the baby's death. returned to private jobs In non-agri cultural lines during October. Lifting Gloom From Trailer Home Expelled Student Makes Return To School By Driving Teacher Away With Revolver CREEK. M'ch.', Nov. 2J School officials agreed with 13-year-old Chris Simpson today that he is "as tough as any kid In Leroy township." When Chris was expelled from school for fighting he re- turned a few hours later with a revolver. At gun point he drove the teacher, Donald Mitchell, and 15 classmates from the school and took possession himself. There he stayed until captured by sheriffs officers with teacher end fellow pupils watching at a respectful distance Chris' desire to remain in school amazed truant officers who recalled that five years ago he attempted to bum down the schoolhouse. Convicts Deny Slaying Guard Death 'Unnecessary' For Escape Plot, Inmates Say From Stand SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22 W) _ convicts Rufus Franklin nnd James C. Lucas charged with the murder of an Alcatraz guard '.alked freely on the witness stand today of their futile attempt to escape from prison, but denied they hammered the guard to death Guard Royal C. Cline, each said, was In his office the afternoon of May 23 when they and Thomas Limerick climbed out the window of the carpentry model shop and walked into the gunfire of a lower guard Chne's death wasn't necessary for the success of the escape, the convicts intimated, declaring they didn't know of the attack on the guard until after their dash for freedom had failed. They said one of six others in the shop might have killed Cline. Lucas. 26 year old Albany. Tex- as bank robber, said that Limerick came lo him at his work bench and said "if we're ever going, we might as well go now" because Cline had gone to his office olf the model shop. .Those were practically Ihe same words Franklin, 24. a bank robber from Alabama, previously testified Lucas had uttered, to him that aft- ernoon. Both convicts said they had planned with Umcrick for two weeks to make the Franklin said that after they stepped through the shop window they cut the barbed wire along the edge of the roof, then stepped over ths firewall. At this point tower Guard Harold started snooting. Limerick was fatally shot above the eye. Stitcs' shots also "got" Franklin In the back of his shoulders. Threaten Yards Strike Extension CHICAGO. Nov. 22. CIO spokesmen at the Chicago stock yards said (onlght a strike of handlers called at the yards would be extended to Include between 18.- 000 and packing house em- ployes if non union men unloaded DIPHTHERIA VICTIM ON ROAD TO RECOVERY "f.beSlmiinlf to appear in the gloom which The family's youngest member, a 15-monlh's-old boy last night was believed recovering from diph- theria of which he been critically 111. At the same time ad was being mustered for his older brothers a sister, and the parents, who are in des- tltute circumstances. "US' WMlti lhc chlld first medical tiSli E cmM to Hendrick Me- morial hospltfll. The attending physician said the baby was critically ill Saturday. Sunday and Mon- day. Responding to injections of antl-tostn. he was Improving yesterday, and it was believed he will be out of danwr in two or three more days and a ether three boys of school nip five-year-old girl-have been (riven prophvlac- r-ave een (ven prophvlac- tic dose.j of diphtheria anti-toxin. All. howover 'have been suffering from lack of food and clothinft, and lhe h" been at the lick child s bedside almost constantly, was reported near collapse The father works for WPA. but his runcls were exhausted sometime ago. and it is several days before his next pay check Is due. Yesterday, however, the case came to the r.tten- Uon of a Methodist pastor, who pave the woman Mine money. Today, he said, his wife, and other women 6 and clothing for ;hc Hull, German Say Goodbyes Quickly WASHINGTON'. Nov. 22 _ l.f, Secretary of State Hull nnci Ihe Garman amba.viador, Hans Dcirk- holt. slid their farewells so tersely today they are believed to have set a record for diplomatic brevity. Calling to pay his before departing for Berlin to tell his superiors about President Roose- velt's altitude on the nfzi campaign against Jews, Dieekhoff went Into Hull's office smiling. He came oat again in two minutes looking serious. Diplomatic visit usually last from ten minutes an hour. Ben Brown, president of the CIO livestock handlers union, said all CIO packing house employee would refuse to butcher any "scab hand- led1 livestock which was unloadsd after 6 p. m. tonight. Previously the management of the announced operations would be continued. Under an agreement with th packing house workers union, the 60.000 cattle, sheep and hogs herd fd into the corrals since Ihe walk out yesterday morning were sold. The square mile or teemed throughout the day. Clerks and commission men. their white collars muffled un- der heavy coils, juidcd the stock to the chutes. Thence thej were led to Ihe slaughter houses. It was Indicated the dispute would reach a crtels tomorrow. Ap- proximately 10.000 head of stock were expected to arrive from Uie country then. Sub-Freezing Clamps Down In Panhandle Mercury Sags Below Freezing After Midnight Despite favorable forecasts. King Winter's Icy fingers closed tighter and tighter last night about West Texas as the season's most persistent north- cr sent temperatures tumbling. LIVESTOCK WARNINGS Livestock warnings were Issued for both West and East Texas. The mercury sank below the freezing point without any sign of stopping. In Abilene, and over a large part of Texas, citizens stood by for the first hard freeze of the winter The temperature at midnight here was several degrees below freezing. Late last night no reports' hsd come of appreciable livestock or crop damage from the cold. The Dallas weather bureau lore- cast slowly rising temperatures for West Texas Wednesday, but added the cold would be more persistent than the past northers. A potent high pressure area extends from Texas to the Canadian border. Sub-freezing temperatures clamp- ed down hardest in the north. 16 AT AMARILLO At Amarilio the temperature dropped from 36 at 3 p. m. to IS at p. m. A decline of 2 degrees more was forecast, but the 16 mini- mum Monday night was fl degrees lower than forecast there. No live- stock nor crop damage was report- ed In that section. There was no wind and skies were clear. Lubbock prepared for a minimum of 15 degrees. The mercury at 10 p. m. had fallen 4 degrees fn an hour to 26. A mild north wind was blowing and skies were partly cloudy. At San Angelo. the temperature stood at 32 at p. m. with a low of 25 degrees forecast. Abilene experienced yesterday the coldest day of the season. High and low for the day was 13 degrees at p. m. and 29 degrees at 7 a. m Local forecast for today is partly cloudy, colder with hard freeze and livestock warnings out for ranchers Wednesday was tentatively forecasi as fair and not sa cold. Defense In Revenge Kidnap Case Rests OLYMPIA, Wash, Nov. 22-My- The defense rested in the trial of four persons charged with the re vsnge abduction of Irving Bake late today, and rebuttal wltnesse denied parts of Mrs. Kent W. Her ry's story that she was violated b> Baker during a July 4 outing. Four guests at the outing were state witnesses In the trial of Dr Berry. 50; William K. McAloon. 55; James Reddick. 28. and Robert H Smith, 32. charged with first de- gree kidnapinj and assault in con- nection with an admitted attacl on Baker last August 19. Ihe Weather AH1I.KM? Mil VlrlMTV: Vilr Wrtnr >n nrlh wind, WENT TF.XAV rlunie In HOI R No peace parleys were arranged. Union to num- ....bcr 515 by officials of the orianl- the sarcti ifter they j ceased work, HOLE IN GERMAN SHIP INSPECTED Here Is the first picture of the large hole blasted In the side 'of the German steamship Vancouver Nor. 3 which beach- ed her in the Oakland, Calif.; estuary. The ship's hesvy plates were bent Inward 07 "ths force of the unexplained plosion. Shown inspecting thet damage; Is' Lloyd Wendland of. the :AIameda police. (Associat- ed Press Applications COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FIND HEALTH OFFICER POST VACANT Th3 Taylor county commissioners'; court, meeting Tuesday to study action on the mild typhoid epidemic In the.Wylie community, found the office of county health officer to be vacant and announced that appli- cations for the position would be received at its meeting next Mon- day. The court, in checking the rec- ords, found that Dr. Scott W. HollU had teen appointed to the Job in January 1935. tor a two year term. Thus the office was declared to have been vacant for nearly two years. At the tegular fourth-Monday called meeting of the'court next week, applications' for a successor to Dr. Hollis will be opened and action B-lll likely be taken. The court studied work done by the county chemist, H. R. Arrant, who was appointed a week ago to locate the source of the typhoid in- fection. He was ordered to continue his work, and members expressed opinion that the situation was un- der control. Mrs. C. R. Waldrop of Wylie, only typhoid patient taken to the Hendrick Memorial hospital in Abilene, was released Ironj treatment there Tuesday. Youth Billed In Baird Slaying BAIRD, Nov. 42d district court grand juiy today intilcted Floyd Fretz, 20. for murder cif his mother. Mrs. Annie Preti, <5, after a few hours of investigation. District Attorney J. R. Black said Prctz, who is being held without bail, would probably be arraigned Friday The court term ends Saturday. Mrs. Pretz died at her home here last Wedlcsday with a .22 caliber rllle bullet wound in her head. Pretz was arrested last Friday. County Attorcy F. E. Mitchell ob- tained a statement from the youth, in which he said the shooting of his mother via not accidental. McMurry Head To Be Introduced Today Newly elected to the presidency of McMurry coltese. the Rev. Frank L. Turner o! is to be In Abilcre today getting acquainted with his He is to be introduced at the school's dally chapel service, but formal inauguration will not be u.i- til later- probably early next week Dr. Tom Brabham, re- tirinj president. Dr. Bribham and the Rev. Mr, Turner expect to jet the exact date today. Turner has .'crvecj the First Methodist church at Balllnser as pastor the past nine months. Events Ending In Death Told BALLINGER. Nov. The entire day was spent in the examination of witnesses in 119th district court here in the case of C. M. (Whip) Jones, who is charged with being an accessory in the mur- der of Bill Johnson on April 6. 1934. The first witness called wis Reu- ben Corbell. a resident of Corpus Christ! at this time but who lived in Brady at the time of Johnson's death. He was an eye witness In the case and was on the 5 tana more than an hour and a. half relating Incidents at Barnett Crossing, near Melvin In Concho county which ended in the death of Johnson Corbell testified that after he, the defendant. Johruon and L. G. Duran shot dice for a while, Durart bet that Jor.es cou'.d whip John- son wrestling. Johnson downed Jones twice and before they got up olt !he g-.ound Dunn, accord- ing to Corbell. st.'ppsd over to the men and struck Jo'nrson on the head with pistol. Then Duran attacked Ccrbe'.l with the gun and Xnccxed hL-n out. Ccr- bell testified. After Corbell re- gained conscicmsneAs he placed the injured man in an automobile and carried him to a doctor at Melvin, he said. The doctor examined Jchmon and declared him. dead. John Ralstcn. a traveling sales- man sho lives In Sweeraafir. also present at the time of the fight, testified toat Jones and Du-an. in See TRIAL, Pj. Cot. t ;