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Publication: Abilene Reporter News December 2, 1938

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 2, 1938, Abilene, Texas WHIT TEXAS’ ©WW MMKNMR Cl)c Abilene importer -lottos “WITHOUT, OH WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKI ICH U)f    1 ^MCllA AS IT (>OES Ryon. VOL. LVIII, NO. 185. AmwI*M Pres* I API ABILENE, TEXA8, FRIDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 2, 1938 SIXTEEN PAGES. Catted Pitm It P> PRICE FIVE CENTS. Reds Seek lo Control Labor, Martin Asserts UAWA President Testifies Number 'Over-Emphasized' WASHINGTON. Dec. I — The house committee TO OFFSET DECLINE IN POPULATION GROWTH PREMONITION SAVES CHILDREN Consumption Hike Called Business Cure ii-h    exner**    Iii    hear    in    a    were    ri*    manifestation*    lodaj WASHINGTON, Dec. I-(Ab— With a schoolmaster's pointer and a dizzying array of business charts, Dr Isador Lubin, federal commissioner of labor statistics, gave the monoply committee a broad picture of the past operation of the American economic machine today and added this advice as to the future: The growth of the American population, which for year* acted as a spur upon production, is now slowing down and by 1%0 will stop altogether. Consequently, only a constantly increasing consumption per family can bring about a general and regular Increase In the output of the nations industries. Fully ‘half the marked” for Industrial and agricultural products lies with the 54 per cent of the nation's families which receive Incomes of $1,200 a year or less. Their Incomes and standard of living must be Increased. lf the machine Is to run smoothly and at a greater rate of speed. Oiving each of them $2 25 more to spend each day would mean a capacity output for Industry. Dr. Lubin was the first of a long series of witnesses the committee expects to hear in two-year survey of the ins and outs of American business and finance. The inquiry is directed particularly at monopoly or concentrations of wealth, the causes of unemployment and the effect of tax and other governmental policies of business. Although some business men have expressed fear of an antibusiness “witch hunt. there were rf* manifestations today of such a punitive attitude. After a statement by Chairman O'Mahoney (D-Wyo .) that “no personal, partisan or factional program1' was contemplated, the committee started receiving data on employment production and payrolls from the commerce and labor departments and the federal reserve board. IN HYSTERICAL CONDITION (AP) -on un heard testimony today that communists are actively seek-J in* control of every part of the American labor movement. However, the withes, Homer Mar- I tin, president of the United Automobile Workers, added that the I number of communists so engaged has been "over-emphasized " He also took occasion to criticize the house committee aa a “political tool in the hands of reaction a r y" Interests. He had appeared before the committee on-] y reluctantly, after being subpoenaed. Communi s t s, like nazis and fascists, try to Mace their men in key positions in labor unions, he said. "They are ac- ^ live in the Amer- MARTIN lean Federation of Labor as well as any other labor organization," he asserted. "Are they active in the CIO? Representative Starnes (D-Ala> asked. "They are.’’ replied Martin, whose union is affiliated with the CIO. ; He said he had told John L Lewis. CIO president, that some CIO leaders were “nothing but stooges for the communist party and threaten to destroy the CIO' Those men, he added, have been "removed ” Martin said Lewis was not responsible for that situation "but some of them close to him are.'1 He said in a statement he read to the committee that Giacomo Ungarelll, Italian vice-consul at Detroit, tried to induce American citizens of Italian birth to support the government of Premier Mussolini. Martin said Ungarelll began a boycott against persons who refused to follow his advice. The Italian embassy reported that Ungarelll was transferred from Detroit after complaints were lodged with the state department. The embassy held the vice-consul blameless. Albany Party Out One Auto Result Of Slicker's Ruse School Girl Returned To Home (SANDEEN, O DANIEL ADVISOR, WOULDN’T TAKE OWN COUNSEL Kept Prisoner By Abductors In Washington At least one appointment to Gov.-elect W. Lee O Daniel s "citizens' advisory board” is disapproved by WTCC Manager D A. Bandeen It is that of Bandeen himself, one of the original 29 named by O’Daniel Size of the board had been increased yesterday to 31 members, with five additional appointments and one withdrawal. “Why, I don’t even take my own advice,” Joked Bandeen with reference to his service as advisor to the governor-elect Nevertheless, the WTCC manager plans to attend a meeting of the board Monday in Fort Worth. It will be held behind closed doors, O’Daniel announced yesterday. In fact, he said, no diclosure of proceedings may be made until the legislature convenes. Named to the board along with managers of Texas’ two smaller regional chambers of commerce—East and South Texas. Bandeen had only one serious comment, “If I am called on for advice," he said. "I intend to give the governor the benefit of West Texas chamber of commerce policies and declarations as worked out by thousands of West Texas business men in conventions assembled over a period of many years ” WITH 17 OTHER STUDENTS INJURED— 23 Killed As Freight Rams Bus _    I. I j    WHERE SCORE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN MET TRAGIC DEATH Bodies Hurled Along Tracks Probe Hampered By Conflicts In Students' Stories An Albany party celebrating at a local night club Just outside the city limits last night experienced a new method of auto theft. While the party of eight was seated at a table eating dinner, a blond headed youth came up and informed tlrem that one of their cars had a flat tire. They supposed he was an employe. He offered to take the car downtown and get the tire fixed while they went ahead eating. The car keys changed hands. An hour later the youth had not returned. Garages were checked with no result. The cashier of the club admitted she saw the boy drive off — there were no flat tires. Abilene police were notified and a description of the car and thief broadcast in all direction. Late last night no arrest* had been made. The automobile was a 1938 green Chevrolet sedan. California license number 6K4-332 and motor number 1403166, Lamesa And Stanton Highway Designated AUSTIN. Dec. I -iJP)—The highway commission today designated as a state road and took over for maintenance the portion of the Lamesa-Stanton road in Dawson county. SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. I —(AP)—A freight train speeding a mile a minute in a snow itorm crashed into a school bus at a little used crossing today, killing at least 22 students and the bus driver. Hysterical parents identified 23 bodies at an improvised morgue in Salt Lake general hospital. TARTS OF BODIES In addition, authorities sought | identification of what Dr R J Al exander. superintendent at the hospital. said were parts of "one o two bodies.” Seventeen of the more than 40 students on the bus, en route to Jordan district high school near Midvale, a Salt Lake City suburb, were Injured, seven critically. Conflicting testimony hampered officials who sought to determine the cause of the accident, one of the worst of its kind in the nation’s history. Students who escaped death in the demolished, orange bus told how Driver Farrold Silcox, 29, stopped near the crossing in accordance with Utah law. then went ahead. They told of reduced visibility because of a snow storm. Engineer E L. Rehmer stated in his report to Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad officials tha» although a light snow was falling, “visibility was at least 1,200 feet.” SEES BFS STOP Brakeman G. M Kelley reported seeing the bus come to a stop and then, when “the train was an engine and two car lengths from the crossing the' bus started Fireman and I hollered ‘big hole fan emergency cry on board train to indicate a coming crash). The engineer made emergency application of brakes. Crossing whistle was properly sounded and was still sounding when we came to the rrossinz The 50-ear train—“The Flying Ute”—apparently struck the bus Just ahead of Us middle. The body of the bus was tossed nearly IOO yards to the left. The chassis was wrapped around the front of the engine and ground under the wheels. Bodies of the children, their school books, lunches, band in- Clothes Torn, Body Bruised, Friends Report OXON HILL. Md., Dec I— (AP)— Mary Brown. 18-year-old school girl missing since yesterday afternoon, was returned to) her farm home near here tonight in a hystercial condition. Friends of the Brown family said Mary told them she had been seized by two men in a truck, taken to nearby Washington and held there until this evening. She then was put into the truck, the friends said, and was taken to a spot about a half-mile from her home where she was released. Person* at the Brown home said Mary, with her clothes tattered ;idH her body bruised, collapsed liter coming up the lane to the house. State police in charge of the case said they could give no details until they had opportunity to question her. Mary Brown disappeared yesterday while she and a 15-year-old sister, Lucy, were returning from classes at a Washington business school. Lucy told police this story: Two mad. driving a truck, offered them a rw They refused and the men drove away, but returned In a moment. They leaped from the truck and seized Mary. Lucy escaped by crawling under a fence and running across a field to her home. Captain Edward Mck. Johnson of the Maryland state police said officers found Mary's school papers trampled into the mud and signs of a scuffle. They took plaster castings of shoe marks. Price Georges county and Maryland sta'e police Joined in the search for the girl today, aided by posses of volunteers and more than IOO civilian conservation corps men Miss Doliie Boards 34 first grade pupils were busy with their work in a Joplin, Mo, school when suddenly she “had a feeling something was about to happen.” She told the children to leave as quickly as possible and Just as the last of them reached the hallway, the plaster and metal ceiling crashed to the floot, -Mintering the desks. “It was just—Just God” said Miss Board. Shes shown here with two children in her class when the photograph was made. (Associated press Photo). Allred Pays Minister After Negro Porter, Bride Are Married In Governor s Suite AUSTIN. Dec. I.——For the first time within recollection of those present, a wedding was performed in the governor a office suite today—with governor James V. Allred paying the minister and Secretary of State Ed ClaTi furnishing a marriage license. The bride and groom were Mattie Smith, a widow, and Emery Ahart. a porter in the governor's office for the past eight years—both "colored folks.”    — The ceremony came about only after Governor-elect W. lh# O’Daniel had promised Governor Allred he "contemplated no changes in the porter staff.” For Emery is a widower and said he wanted a mother for his eight children and could not get married again unless he was “sure of his job”    ______ A fast freight train Thursday crushed a rural school bus. killing 22 high school students and the rn bus driver. The vehicle, carrying 40 occupants was •truck by the speeding locomotive ten miles south of Salt I,ake City, Utah, crumpling it like tinfoil. (Associated Press Photo). See CRASH. Pg. ll. Col. 5 U. S. LETS WARSHIP CONTRACT, Cotton Classing SPEEDS UP MUNITIONS PLANTS To U.S. Jurors Blind Woman's Hope For Sight Increases SAN ANTONIO. Dec. I.—(ZP)— Hopes of Mrs. Mary I *e Bode to regain sight through a transplanted cornea increased Thursday when she told attendants at Medical Arts hospital she could see light filtering through the bandages. “I can see some light coming through the bandages.” Mrs. Bode told the Attending surgeon, who expressed W preference to remain anonymous. Although encouraged by this, the surgeon said it would not be known positively whether the sight had been restored until the bandages are removed, probably Saturday. France Protests Fascists’ Shouts Demonstrations Viewed As Launching Campaign To Get Tunisia From French PARIS. Dec. I—(AP) —Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet protested officially to Italy tonight against fascist demonstrations believed here to herald the opening of a campaign to get Tunisia from France.    • Bonnet called Rafaele Guariglia, Italian ambassador to Paris, to the foreign office and expressed a firm protest against cries of “Tunisia! Tunisia!” voiced by Italian deputies yester-day during a speech by Count j Outlook Bright For Milk Fund A bright outlook for the Parent-Teacher milk fund durtnr the hardest months of the year. December January, was described last >3.35 A POUND- Exposition Champ Steer Brings Highest Price At Sale Since 79 CHICAGO. Dec I.—(ZP)—A rotund black steer waddled from the sales ring at the 1938 International Livestock exposition todav with the highest price tag of a show champion since 19..9 and the fourth highest in exposition history The steer, an Aberdeen-Angus, brought $3.35 a pound for each of his 1.130 pounds, a grand total of $3,785. Irene Brown, 14-year-old Aledo, IU., hi^h school sophomore, owne-and exhibitor of the champion, paid $60 for him last January and spent approximately S'0 for provender. In addition to the sale price Irene won $70 in prizes here and almost $200 at other shows. The steer. "Mercer', was bought by the Firestone Tire and Rubber company of Akron, Ohio. Irene blinked away tears as she led "Mercer” around. Too bewildered to have made any plans, she said she “guessed” she would save most of the money for college. The champion carload of steers, also of the Aberdeen-Angus breeder brought the owmer, A H. Schmidt of Kansas City, $23 a hundred weight, off $12 from last year's price of $35. GOODFEllOWS- and the Assistant War Secretary Calls For Simplified Army Equipment Plans WASHINGTON. Dec I.—(APV—The administration's quickened national defense preparations produced a navy contract for a sixth new battleship todav and an army order to streamline munitions supply plans. The navy contract was for construction of the 35,000-ton battleship South Dakota at a cost of $52,794 000. The army order was given by Louis Johnson, assistant secretary of war, to more than 200 munitions procurement specialists here for their first national conference. The officers are in charge of preparations for mobilizing industry to supply munitions to the army and -  — navy. Johnson told them that in the j event of war the high command did not want “the experiences of 1917-18 repea‘Qd ” He noted that in the World war American soldiers had to use numerous British and French weapons because of American shortages, and said 14 months elapse* before a full American division was on the battle line. Urging simplified munitions plans, Johnson referred apparently to Germany in stating that “in a certain foreign country" designers strip all non-essentials from important war equipment items. The assistant secretary urged the army officers to hasten completion of detailed specifications aud drawings fo.1 all munitions the army would need in war-time They are now only 75 per cent complete, he said. Members of the Chi Delta the Chi Epsilon chapters of Phi Sigma Chi fraternity will continue their advance ticket sale drive today for the Goodfellow dance tonight at the Hilton hotel. Lefevbre Goulding, chairman of the dance committee, said last night that the ticket sale has been very optimistic and a capacity crowd is expected. All proceeds from the dance will go to the Ooodfellows fund to provide christmas dinners for destitute Abilene families. Ray Maddox and his orchestra will play for the dance, donating half of their usual fee. Tickets may be obtained for $1 each from members of the fraternity. The dance begins at 9 o clock land lasts until I a. rn. DALLAS, Dec. I.—CF)—An alleged conspiracy to defraud the government in connection wtih cotton loans in West Texas will be submitted to a federal grand jury at Lubbock week after next, Joe H Jones U. S assistant district attorney sald here today. Jones said a warehouse erected in West Texas held 32,000 bales of cotton, much of it of a grade ineligible for loans. A participant in the alleged conspiracy graded the cotton higu enough to make it eligible for th* loans, Jones said, adding, that apparently some 7.000 or 8.000 farmers had parts In the deception. The prosecutor said, however that the indictment would name only the warehouse group. Strike Organizer Escapes Bullets CHICAGO. Dec. I ^—Herbert March, a leader of the CIO strike at the Chicago stock yards, escaped unscathed today from an attack bv unidentilWd gunmen. Police Captain John McGinnis said March told him he was driving to the picket lines when three men drew alongside in another automobile and fired four or five bullets. March leaped from the car and fell to the pavement, the captain added, while his assailants sped away. March is an organizer for the packing house workers organizing committee. and night by Mrs. Edith C. Smith, secretary. "With the balance we have on Galeazzo Ciano, Italy's foreign minister. OLD FRICTION TO FORE The shouts, which brought to the fore an old source of friction between France and Italy, came as Count Ciano set forth the fascist government's “interests and aspirations.’* Italy Reinforces Position In Libya ROME, Dec. I—</P)—Italy reinforced her position in Libya today making    a fresh bid for Moslem    a1-    hand    now.” she said.    “and the per legiance    by promising limited citi-    sonal    contributions I    think we can zensh’p    to Libyan Arabs while    the    I    count    on. I believe    the fund will 1    have    enough money to give most of the undernourished school children In Abilene sufficient milk during December and January.” She reported that to date there is a cash balance of $762.-30. Even after paying the November bills. Mr*. Smith said there would be enough money left to run the fund through December and have a small surplus left for January. So far this year there has been press continued the clamor over French Tunisia. The fascist press, in a sequel to last night’s anti-French demonstration in the chamber of deputies, lamented what one called “grave injuries” to Italians in Tunisia following the French occupation in 1881. Foreign observers said they interpreted the general press campaign as a warning to France of The Weather the scope of the problems whose    so- —    — ,— ------ —    ----- lution must form a part    of    Italo-    $869 85 in    cash donated    to the    fund. French reconciliation.    Last    month the bills    amounted    to -    $107    56. Check Spread Of    Yesterday’s    donations    were    Ex- . ...    t    • *i    rh<>n:;e club, $4^ Mr a d Mrs W. Diphtheria, I yphoid    E Gloson. $2 and anonymous, ti. Farmers' Meeting In Dallas Tuesday DALLAS, Dec I—r A statewide meeting of farmers will be held here Tuesday, presided over by Cliff H. Day. president of the Texas Agricultural association National farm legislation will be discussed at the gathering, which has been scheduled four days in advance of the December IO referendum on the federal marketing quota. V HH.FN K VNO VU INUV FwrO* cloud. KrMly and AiUurda* ; cooler urds * I    TI-    VV'*    r»rtl*    cloud*    lo.    A. .hiiHfr. lo northeast pur ion. I rid*} ; *>tU ii rd a v [dirtlv rtouri*. cia dec v|->dcr»'c lit floather!* ta western wind* un lh* root. VVI**r rrXVS Fart I* cloud*, cooler in northwest portion frill*; :    Saturday fair. cooler In east portion. temper * rt rn.** s # HOI K .. I  ....... I ............. 3    .......... ..    4    ............ S  ..... . . 9 .  ........... , , 7 ... ■ ..... S ............. *  ... .I ID ....... It    ........ #4. Noon I*.wet »cnipcraMicc* to ii ; I nod .Vt: eamc date i .car ae.. IS and 4tt:    iun-rt *r*terdH> V:S4; lunrli* today, 7:23:    »un»et today 5:34. a. vt 54 14 ii , .74 55 73 53 ■ ■ 73    ..... 55 59 93 Midnight Hinhe.t and p, hi 'dterda* P 't . It 74 . 74 71 . SM DV . dt <12 KH There have been no reports of new rasps of typhoid fever and diphtheria rn Taylor county the past week, Dr Scott Hollis count? ! health officer, said last night. Apparently the minor typhoid epidemic at Wylie has been checked successfully. Four members of the Waldrop family are still confined Indoors but are In no danger, Dr. Hol-i lls said. There are only two diphtheria ;case*s in the county. They are Mar1. Beth Thorn, daughter of Mr and Mrs. T A. Thorn of Abilene, ana Jimmy Richards Nichols, son of *M» and Mrs. L R Nichols, seventh and Cherry The Thorn baby was released from the hospital yesterday . afternoon. Self-Defense Claim In Nimrod Killing EASTLAND, Dec I —< T—Mrs. Jackson Peters, 54. frail and se-spectacled, told a jury in district court here today that sh# shot Mrs. Mae Pierce. 37 to death, but did so to defend herself. The defendant testified she fired after Mrs Pierce had struck her with a stick The shooting occurred in th* Nimrod community. Marcus Pierce, husband of th* slain woman, testified the shooting followed an argument between th* two women. ;

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: December 2, 1938