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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas I Abilene "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL, LVIII, NO. 184. Frtti ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNINO, DECEMBER 3, 1938-TWELVE PAOES. Called Prtu PRICE FIVE CENTS. Sunspots, 'Ghost Beam' Blamed In Air Disaster Scientists Back Pilot On Report Radio 'Too Good' SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. A radio "ghost wave" and a bar- rage of sunspot energy poislbly played sinister parts, scientist said tonight. In the loss of an air liner and five of Its seven oc cupants In the Pacific yesterday morning. Following up the report of Unltei Airline officials that radio reccp lion was "too good." causing vet eran rilot Charles B. Stead to be come confused over a strange mu! tlpliclty of signals, engineers said there was plenty of technlca considerations to support Ihe un- usual theory. The big ;hlp ran Into squally wealhcr and off Us course en route to Oakland. Calif., from Medford, Ore. Pilot Stead ran out of fuel while groping to get back on his course and landed neatly at sea near Point Reyes, 35 miles short o[ Its goal. All hands climbed out on the wings and five of them drown- ed when heavy surf dashed the craft against the rocky shore. PROBEKS ARRIVE While civil-aeronautics authority officials arrived to begin an of- ficial investigation, Dr. L. E. Rukema, associate professor of radio engineering at the Univer- sity of California, suggested the "ghost wave" and sunspot factors us a theory of the tragedy. Pointing to Ihe flight loi phowing Stead as believing there was "something wronj" with the radio beam be- fore- the plane got Info trouble, Dr. Rukema syiid the difficulty possibly was due lo ilie peculiarity of overlapping of directional radio Pilots refer lo these overlapping signals as "thost beams." Sunspot acllritr, which fre- quently plays with radio traffic, could easily have ac- counted for Ihe "too jocd" radio reception which reputedly jave ihe plane strong signals from Salt Lake Clly and other distant stations but apparently nothing from nearby Oakland, the station whose beam Stead was trying frantically to find. 'BLACKOUT1. REPORTED if Anthony- Gerhard, radio engineer I. Uor Press Wireless, Inc., reported a rtdlo "blackout" between the United States and the Orient a few hours after the tragedy. Both Ger- hard and Dr. nukema saitl sunspots not only caused the blackout but likely induced the condition which Stead. Tut sisnspots sre manifestations ot eU-ctr-vmagnetic storms which great masses of ions in all dticeilons from the solar body Some of these heading toward the earth cr.vh at hish speed Into a layer of already lonlzcri atmosphere lying BO (o 3TO miles above the earth. Tiie ions toW.ie with sunn against particles of this tUivisr-'her'.c layer that thej eausr the Jayei to absorb or de- flect radio WRV.'S from :hc earth. WHERE TWO REACHED SAFETY AS AIRLINER BROKE UP ON OCEAN ROCKS While huge waves battered Ihe wreckage (extreme left) of a United Airlines Malnllner which crashed tnlo the sea near Point Reyes, Calif., and was washed ashore at the foot of A precipitous cliff, Pilot Charles Stead told a group of coast guardsmen (arrow) how only he and one passenger, I. R. EceMeln of Los Angeles, escap- ed. He said he saw five other persons disappear In the raging sea after the ship had alighted on the water. (AP AS NAZIS DECREE NEW GHETTO MEASURES- Jewish Suicides Sweep Reich tebbis Labor WITH ONLY DONATED- GOODFELLOWS LOOK TO DANCERS TO BOOST FUND TO NORMAL Abilenlans will dance Friday to provide Christmas dinners ind gifts for the needy. With Its annual Goodfellows lance at Ihe Hilton hotel the Phi Sigma Chi fraternity hopes to joost the fund treasury back to normal. Since the beginning of the Good- 'ellow campaign only 1143.25 has been donated, J125 of which was donated the first day. On the same Meet Bizzoner 'Bazooka Bob' CANOGA PARK, 'caltf., Nov. it will be "his honor, Robert Burns, mayor of Canoga "Bazooka who brought Arkansas drawl to the screen and radio, was Inducted as mayor today by Justice of the Peace O. Menton Worley. The office !s a purely honorary one, similar to that held by Al Jolson at Encino, since Canoga Park Is within the corporate limits of Los Angeles. WARNING TO HAIL SUBSCRIBERS If the date on the pink label on this paper reads 1, 1938) that means your sub- scription expires TODAY and this Is last copy you will receive unless your renewal subscription has been sent in. If you have not renewed, EH SURE YOU DO IT TO- DAY. Hand your subscrip- tion to your local agent or mall your check or money order dt-ectiy to the Abi- lene Abilene, Texas. ONE YEAR BY MAIL INCLUDING SUNDAYS On West Texas) "WEST TEXAS' OWN NEWSPAPER" date last December the drive boast- ed a total of An estimated 52.000 will be need- ed Uils year lo provide a merry Christmas for destitute fam- ilies In the city. Lefebvre Gouldlng, chairman of the Phi Sigma Chi dance commit- tee, said last night that advance ticket sales for the danee had been very good. Several members of the organization had returned to him for more tickets. Today and tomorrow a final drive will be made by the Chi Delta and Chi Epsllon chapters of the frater- nity to sell ticket-! for the benefit dance. Members will canvass the business section. Ray Maddox and his orchestra 'are donating half of their usual fee fn playing for the .dance. The use ol the Chryrfa! ball room In the Hilton note has been donated. Fisk Publishing company donated print- Ing of posters and Abilene Print- Ing company furnished tickets. All profit from the dance will go to the Goodfellow luud. Donations to tha Goodfellow fund yesterday were Safeway Stores, and the Abilene Typographical union, All contributions .to the fund should M sent to The Good- felows, Abilene Reporter-News.- FDRStartsjQn New Program President And Bankhead Expected To Discuss Congressional Goals Today WARM SPRINGS, Ga., Nov. 30-MV-President Roosevelt reverted to vacation routine today while he gave, preliminary thought to the broad principles of his new congressional to be discussec. here tomorrow with Speaker Bankhead. The house leader was invited to the "Little White House" on ?ine mountain for the first of a series of conferences on party strategy rnd legislative proposals that will tc pressed in a congress peopled with In- creased republican opposition. Other leaders will be called in when the president returns to Wash- ington Tuesday. While congressional leaders have been reluctant to forecast specific recommendations in the president's message, pre-congress discussion has made it apparent the congress will be asked by the administration to: I. Enact record-breaking peace-time de Tense measures calling (or increases In army and navy plane strength, and fleet, coast and field fighting arms. 2. Pass new tax legislation restor- ing in some degree the cuts made in undistributed corporation prof- it.1; and capital gains levies made over Mr. Roosevelt's protest by the last congress; reenacting some of the expiring nuisance taxes, and taxing the income of state employes salarVa and future issues of bonds now in the class. 3. Continue (he present AAA crop control act with some pos- sible changes In financing. 4. Amend the social security act ;o Increase some benefits find extend others to social service and other workers not new covered. 5. Possibly revise the neutrality act to give the greater discretionary authority in Invoking embargoes. 6. Pass railroad rehabilitation leg- islation, recommendations for which arc now being framed by a com- mittee of three railroad and three rail labor officials named by the president. 7. Appropriate another large bud- get for relief and allied activities. U.S. To Borrow Billion And Half Comanche Jury Resumes Study COMANCHE. Nov. 30.- Wl Judge R. B. Cross ordered further deliberation today after the jury reported It was unable to agree at the trial of D. p. Parker, county of- ficial charged with by false prcteit. WASHINGTON, Nov. 33 The treasury decided today on a S'i.an.eiS.750 financing operation for December 15. Secretary Morgenthau announced that would be sough to pay for part of the spending pro- gram and would be borrowed to repay the same amoun of 1 J-2 per cent notes maturing nest March 15. Not counting rtr.mding issues tlie new financing will bring to the total money bor rowed in this fiscal year to paj operating expenses of the govern ment. At least mor will be needed before the close o the year next June 30, accordln to present treasury estimates. When the last congress expandec relief, public works Md natlona defense expenditures, it authorizes program expected 'o cause deficit in this fisca year. The financing will increase th federal
tend to its own affairs. They are dL'ty enough and we al 'have reason enough to re- mind them." The official Gazette printed the 'Jewish Curfew'1 measure under the leading, "Police order regarding the appearance of Jews In public." FINES TO SIM The regulation declared "the proper provincial police depart- ments'1 may forbid German Jews or Jews without nationality to ap- pear In definite districts or to See GERMANY, PI. IS, Col. 4 Third Convicted Of Stealing U. S. Military Secrets Clemency Recommended For Closer, Sentences Will Be Imposed Friday, U. S. Prosecution Staff Is Praised NEW YORK, Nov. Erich Glaser, 28, a former U. 8. army air corps private, was convicted late to- a recommendation for conspiracy to steal American military secrets. The same federal court jury convicted two other German spies last night without recom- mendation. Those facing the possible maximum of 20 years in prison under the U. 8. code concerning espionage are Johanna Hof- mann, 26, a hairdresser on the German liner Europa, and Otto Hermann Voss, 39, a former airplane mechanic. Sentencing will be at 2 p. m. Friday by Federal Judgs John 0. Knox. After Glaser's conviction tha judge praised the govern- merit's prosecution staff for having had "the courage to divulge what it had learned." JURY GIVEN PRAISE He said the trial "should teach persons coming here that they must understand that to engage In espionage Is dangerous work and that such persons shall be pun- ished." Judge Knox aba praised the Jury. Glaser was accused of supplying the army's "z-slgnal" code for air- planes approaching a landing field to Guenther Gustav Rumrich, U. S. army deserter, who pleaded guilty, testified for the government and now also 'awaits sentence. U. S. Attorney Lamar Handy, one of several who made investiga- tions of the spy ring abroad, said in a statement: "The conviction In this a condemnation of the Ger- espiunife system openl- inir in this country, directed by high officials residing In Gtr- tnany I x "We have no counter-espion- age In this country, and aa long U that U so, the United States is an open field for the work of foreign spies, x x x" ERICH GLASEK Czechs Pick Head, Premier Resigns PRAGUE. Nov. Czecho Slovakia today started building B .new whose policies were expected Uj be "molded to German needs and demands. Parliament elected Dr.'Smtl Ki- cha president by 272 vote) of 312. His first act was to accept the resignation of Premier General Jin Syrovy. Rudolf Beran, chairman of the newly-formed party of na- tional -vat? asked to form a new cabinet One-Seat Plane Former 'Hoofer' Finishes Hop In 30 Hours, 47 Min. NEW YORK, Nov. iy-halred-Johnny Jones, Broadway completed In 38 hours. 17 minutes today.the .first non-stop transcontinental flight In the lightest airplane made.. .V The 25-year-old Van Nuys, Calif, airplane salesman landed bis 800- Fire Rates Cut In Four Area Towns AUSTIN, Nov. tions In fire Insurance "key" rates for fiine Texas cities were an- nounced today by Marvin Hall, fire insurance commissioner. The reducllons and reasons there- for included: Monaharis, from 63 to 59 cents, because of fire department improvements; Ratan, from to 43 cents, street pave- ment work; Midland, from 30 to 26 cents, improvements in waterworks and fire department; and Kermlt, from 95 to 84 cents, installation of waterworks system and new lire department organization n d equipment. L. E.' Derryberry, Abilene municipal airport manager, said he'sighted Tones' plane about o'clock Tuesday night aj it passed over here en route to Fort Worth. The was flying at a comparatively low altitude and exactly on, hl> nupped course. Alcotrax Convicts Will Not Appeal SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. Rufus Franklin and James Lucas. Alcatraz convicts. decided today not to appeal from their conviction and life sentence for the murder of Royal C. Cline, a prison guard. "Were not guilty, but what would be the use of trying to tell a jury said Franklin to Defense At- torney Joseph L. Sweeney. pound, one-sealer- (Aeronca) tt Roosevelt feld at p m. with no apologies for flying miles.the right way. He did admit to one miscalcula- tion. "I couldn't find Roosevelt field at he said. Jones said he swooped down over Bendlx airport in New Jersey dropped a note asking the location, of Roosevelt field. They sent up a plane and he was escorted the last' few rrdfes. Jones scooped up some snow from the runway. "We don't have this in Califor- he said. "It was a nice trip. I left Los Angeles at a. m. (CST) yesterday. Averaged 91 an hour. From Los Angeles U> El Paso I had heavy headwinds, and from there on tailwinds." Last Chance Today On Split-Tax Plan Today Is final day for city tax payers to take advantage of the split payment plan on city taxes fo; 1938 by paying the first installment. G. P. Holland, city tax collector, said yesterday that a majotity of persons paying on the new plan had already been in the office and he expected many more to make oay- ments before the deadline. Other installments of the split payment plan fall due during Iht ensuing year. Those paying taxes tn two installments will make the next and last payment June 1, 1939. Those paying In five installments will make four other payments on the first of January, February, March and April. Youth Given Life For Slaying Girl PRYOE, Okla., Nov. The club-slayii.g of beautiful Alia Manning last summer brought a life sentence today to the farm boy who confssed the crime. Wirt Parr, n, who said He beat the girl with a club, hal.'-burned her body on pile of brush and then hid It. changed his plea ot innocent to Ruilty. Bullitt To FDR MIAMI. Fla.. Nov. liam C. Bullitt, U. S. ambassador to France, flew here from Nassau to- day, shortening his vacation to President Roosevelt at Warm Springs. Ga. Crown Corn Growing Royalty At Chicago CHICAGO, Nov. Royalty of the com growing kingdom was crowned in a ceremony before thou- sands at the International livestock exposition today. Three Indlanans who captured top corn prizes, received the, In. the form of silver cups, The ceremony came near the close of a day in which judges se- lected the best breeding cattle and breeding sheep on the continent These classes will be continued to- morrow. Glenn Retreat farm of Dorchester, Texas, took the blue ribbons from the champion ram and ewfi in the breeding Hampshire sheep classes. By Applying Psychiatrists' MAGAZINE SIAR1S DRIVE 10 COUNTERACT WAR PROPAGANDA WASHINGTON. Nov. effort !o prevent rii-opa- ganda from drawing the United States into any future Europ- ean war was launched today by the magazine PsjoMaUy, a Journal devoted to the study of abnormal psychology. Editors of the said they would try to counteract foreign attempts to influence the American people by point- ing out the reasons and pur- poses behind such efforts. The move, they added, is in- tended to apply to the country as a whole the methods used by psychiatrists to heal mild or severe mental diseases by showing patients that their ills are purely t imaginative and caused by unrecognized re- actions to their environment. As the first step in the cam- paign Dr. Harold D. Lasswell, who has conducted extensive studies of political propaganda, has been made an editor of the magazine. LsssweU will edit the new department of political psy- chiatry In the journal, which will publish studies of the ef- fect of propaganda on the human mind. ''It is an attempt to arouse a state of awareness among the American people with regard to the means used ui exerting political Influence and to sub- stitute realistic Judgments Li civic afliirs for the act of blindly following the leads of emotion-a rousing propagand- ists" either at home or abroad, Dr. Unwell deelirtti. Ihe Weather IBITTNT, VNO MC1MTV; Fartl? ind IMdjy. fair Ttmr
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