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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               WEST TEXAS 9WM Reporter- 1 f V f I'-nt 1 nnnvinn TI I r-. n An ._. _ _ VOL, LVJII, NO, 205. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS JT rnu (tft ABILENE, TEXAS, THUHSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 22, 1938-TWELVE PAGES. CAPTURED AS SHI ATTEMPTS TO PXICB FIVE CENTS. WOMAN ROBS BANK FOR MONEY TO BUY SMALL DAUGHTER CHRISTMAS GIFTS CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UP) A mother who said she wanted money to buy Christmas gifts for her eight-year-old daughter obtained from the Drcxcl State bank under threat to Wow up Uie bank with two brandished bottles of ni- troglycerine today but ran Into the ams of a negro policeman at the exit door. Police Captain Eugene Barry said the comely prisoner Identified her- self as Mrs. Mary Schucb, 36, sign- ed a confession and commented; "It was all a colossal bluff." "I'm In poor she re- lated In resignation, "I couldn't fitid work, I'm desperate. This seemed the only nay to get some money (o buy my elghtyyear-old daughter some Christmas flfls." Her story of the fantastic, five minute (ling at crime, amplified by bank officials and the captain, was substantially this: Mrs. Schuch walked Into Uxs Drexcl state batik, and handed President R. J. Neal a note ordering him la "make a draft for and cash it for me or I will blow up the bank with two vials of nltroglycer- )n. I have an accomplice at Ihe door with a machine gun." -N'eal noticed (he vials one clutched In each of her jievrous hands. He saw cab driver, tngtftt bjr the woman and mlllni Im- patiently for his fare, pterlni the plate glass window. Neal wrote the check and escort- ed hts caller to C. Poffenberger, president. Poffenberger was puz- zled, but Neal nodded. Poffenber- ger counter-signed the paper. Neal took the woman to a teller's window. She signed the draft with the name "Bess look the money and hurried to the door. Quickly Neal signalled to Chris Covington, the policeman stationed there. The officer grasped her and pinned her arms to her side. Detectives said she told them sealed vials contained only water. No analysis of the contents was made during the day. CONFRONTED BY BONE, TEETH FRAGMENTS- Wife's Ax Slaying Confessed U. S. GIVES SURPLUS WHEAT FOR DISTRIBUTION IN SPAIN WASHINGTON, Dec. UnHed Slates government offered bushels of surplus wheat to the Red Cross today for distribution In Spain. At the same time it appealed to other nations to JoJn Jn wi.h gifts or food or money to check starvation among civilians In the war torn country. The announcement was made by Sumrier Welles, acting secretary of state, who said the government had for some lime "been gravely disturbed by reports of widespread suffering and human misery in Spain." He said the wheat would provide barrels of flcur monthly for tix months and that this would be distributed among civilians according to need. He added that Investigation showed far greater suffering in loyal- ist Spain than in nationalist territory. No political significance In the action was admitted here. Diplo- matic qjarters, however, noted that U closely foil owed extension of a credit to China. They linked It with reports of a cteadily stiffening American attitude toward the totalitarian powers. The government has lately been Increasingly concerned with the possi- bility that an Insurgent victory In Spain wpuld facilitate a German trade and political drive In La I In-American republics.' Welles said the surplus commodi- ties corporation was ready to turn the wheat over to the Red Cross. which, under (he chairmanship of Norman Davis, now is organizing a committee to raise funds for pro- cessing and handling It. The marl- time commission Is expected to car- ry the Hour to Its destination. "This WcDes said, "togeth- er with certain facilities to be made available to the Red Cross, consti- tutes a contribution that the gov- ernment through its different branches desires to make, x x x Should other countries similarly send kind or truly worthwhile step will have been tak- en through International action in alleviating much of the suffering of nonicombatant vtcl.ms of the civil strife in Spain." TVA Quiz Quits Subject To Call WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 UP) The congressional committee tlgating the Tennessee Valley thorlty left Ihe future of the in- quiry in doubt today by adjourning subject to the call of its chairman. Three republican members promptly complained In a statement the investigation had covered only one side of TVA activities. They de- manded appropriation of additional funds "adequate to make the inves- tigation complete." Three-Day Bride Killed In Crash SHAMROCK, Dec. 21 A bride for three days, Mrs. F. M. Harter was killer! Jn a automobile collision near here loday. Her husband, of Carthage, HI., was un- injured. They were on a honey- moon trip to California. Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Holland of Twitty, Tex., occupants of the other car were also injured. Justices Relent LONDON. Dec. aus- tere lord justices of the court of appeals who sent Frank Harrison to jail for tossing ripe tomatoes at them in the courtroom, relented to- day and sent their assailant home It Is Christmas time. The Weather and VICISTVi Mnllr tloodj and probably local roosllj clonrijr and cootti Frldav. I'.AST TF.XAS: MnOly ctoddj- Thnrntay and pTflbablr ralnt Irt cilrrme aoutti and Thunday, wamwr Id writ arnl nnrtn pcrtlnnj Thurs- day, toslrr in northwf-l ponton Friday. In Irrsh snolhrail nlnds an WKST TUNAS: Cloudy, local mini In Tharsrtaj: Vrlday parity cloudy, piUrr In A. .M. 31 SI Jim H r 31. I "4; J u 3 4 6 7 4: S 4.H SOCKS LaGUARDIA James: Hagan, 43. is shown -after he was charged with as- saulting Mayor In New York. Hagan's face shows the effects of the beating given him by spectators. (Wl Photo) si 32 3! S-l............. 43 34 la S7 It............. _ MMnlsM IS. Xixin 4! HlthfM ftnl to p. m. (I ftnd rtalf Missing Girl's Body Is Found TUNKHA1WOCK, Pa., Dec. 21- Hay W. Grcenirood said tonight Margaret Martin, 19- year-old Kingston girl whose body was found In a Wyoming county creek, "definitely was murdered." She disappeared Saturday. The body, In a burlap baj and half-submerged, wis mulilalrd bul the coroner said Ihe cause. of death could not be determin- ed until an autopsy. A trapper found the body, end- ing a four-day search, as he set snare-i for muskjats under a bridge at the edge of Keelersbiirg, a ham- let sis miles south of this coutitv- seat. Miss Martin's slayer apparently dumped the body while police of nine states were searching for Ihe girl. The girl, attractive honor grad- uate of a business school, disap- peared from Kingston Saturday after she left her home to meet a man on a street corner. He had telephoned an offer of employment. A man who had been questioned Tor three days was released today 8 Towns Bombed BARCELONA. D.'C. 'l.-WJ-MS.u Catalan towns today- bore the brunt of insurgent bombing attacks, which reached new intensity. At least 26 were killed and 89 wounded -Bight Blames Tight Over Kids' As Cause For Act Husband Tells Dissecting And Burning Of Body LOS ANGELES, Doc. 21 (AP) Police Captain H. J. Wallis announced late today that William Bpinelli, 59, had confessed he killed his 45-year- old wile, Rose, with an ax Dec, 12, cut up her body and burn- ed it in an incinerator in the back yard of their home. more BREAKS UNDER QUIZ After hours of denying any knowledge of his wife's death, Splnelli broke under police ques- tioning when confronted with fragments of bone and gold teeth found among ashes scattered on a driveway. "We had a fight about the he was quoted by Wallls. "She hit me with the ax, I kicked her In the stomach and she fell down pin the bedroom, dropping the ax. "I grabbed up the smashed her head several times. Then I got sharp knives, a meat cleaver and a meat saw oui of the kitchen and cut-her up. "I cut off her legs, arms and head. I cut the rest of the body up Into smaller pieces, sawed through It when I had to with the meat saw. "I put the pieces In the electric Ice box. Then I built a fire In the Incinerator and burned the body, by piece, later I scattered the ashes in the driveway." EVIDENCE LINKED Police had spent the day filling In links of a chain of circumstantial evidence which pointed toward Mrs. Spinelli's slaying. Two of the children, William, Jr., 19, and Mrs. Helen Angiell, directly accused their father in statements to police. Spinelli told police his wife had run away to South America with another man, but blood In the house, the fragments of bone and gold teeth in the driveway and finally the discovery, In the house, of a plate of false lower teeth led officers (o express certainty she was dead. Two neighbors told investigating detectives a fire was burning In the Splnelli Incinerator far Into the night oi Dec. 12. Police said Spinelli previously ad- mitted Improper relations with two of his three daughters. The children told officers Mrs. Splnelli had threatened to reveal his actions to school authorities. Convict 'Office Wife' In Killing ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Dec circuit court Jury tonight con- Mrs. Fern Patricia Dull, blond "office wife" of Attorney William Holbrook, of manslaughter in the shooting of the Benton Harbor (Mich) awyer last Oct. 11. Mrs. Dull showed no emotion a she heard tho verdict which car- rle? a maximum penalty of 15 years In prison. Judge Mark D. Taylor said he will pronounce sentence tomorrow. H. T. Dewhlrst, defense counsel, said he will prepare a motion for a new trial. A Jury of two housewives and ten men, mostly farmers, received the case at noon. The Jury had considered the case of the 31-year-old divorcee less than -----------------------------------------two- hours when It requested the I II wlth whkh Holbrook HendnckHome Almost Ready: As a gift to dependent children of this section, the Hendriclc Home for Children will be completed about March 1, Wlckllffe Skinner, private Cold Spell Flops; Rain Also Misses Abllene's cool period fizzled out last night, and warmer weather Is predicted for today. Likewise, prayed failed to fall. Despite low. dark clouds, no moisture had fallen at midnight. Low of 32 degrees was reached early Wednesday morning, but In mid-day the mercury rose Into the 40s. Children Burned To Death In Corn Crib GUTKRIE. Okla., Dec. Two farm children, Irapped in blazing corn crib, were burned to death late today at their home, i: miles southeast of here. Neighbors summoned by the chil- dren's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hawk, formed a bucket brigade in a futile attempt to halt the flames MCCARTY SITUATION WELL IN HAND, POSTMASTER REPORTS "The Mccarty situation Is well In Postmaster O A Hale reported last night. Yesterday morning postal employes found three Christmas pack- or Upon opening the only identification disclosed were gift cards signed "from the Mccartys." Through the Reporter-News, Postmaster Hale made an appeal for "the Mccartys" to come to the office and claim the packages Mccartys the packages were clalmei1 ty the the address and the the sender gald, "in the excitement of the Christmas rush." secretary of T. G. Hendrick, said last night. The home and its upkeep will be a gift trom .Hendrtck, Abilene phi- lanthropist. Construction of the plant is about 90 percent complete the contractors, C. S. Dates and Sons, estimated. Skinner said the administrative body of the home had not yet been or- ganized. Main buildinf ot the plant vrlll hire quarters for 55 Iwjs and 55 jiflJ In addition there will be administrative laundry, barber shop, beauty shop, re- creation room and storage space in the building. Plastering is being finished in the building and painting and trimming of the Interior Is well under way. Permit for the building called for S300.000 expenditure. In about Ihe same stage of con- struction Is the superintendents home a (10.000 structure. GARAGE APARTMENTS Iri addition to the other buildings, there will be a large garage for cars ,nd buses with two apartments above employes. Brick work, is still being done on the building. Per- mit for construction was on JIO.OOO value. The plant Is just west of highway 4-30 and has been Included In the city limits. City officials received notice last week of a works progress adminis- tration grant to build water mains out to the home. killed near the Benton Harbor po- lice station. The. .nine-yew love affair betsfei MM. Dull; er'of two and Holbrpci whom "she regarded as her common, law husband after they repeafet bsfore. an Indiana countjy church. The attorney had-separat- ed from his wife and four children The state contended that Mia Dull followed Holbrook from the po- lice station early in the morning of Oct. 17 after he had complained that she was "bothering" him, French Rush Coal To Isle Expedition PARIS, Dec. French government sought tonight to rush urgently needed coal supplies to a myslerious expedition storm-locked at the "cursed island'' of St. Paul in the Indian ocean. Colonial officials af Madagascar were ordered to "take all necessary measures" to aid the crew of the 580-ton trawler L'Isle Bourbon, re ported to have reached St. Paul with only one member of the original ex- pedition on board. The Identity of the other 17 expedition members was not known. MODERN VERSION PROVES POPULARITY OF COWBOYS' BALL BY BRUCE FRANCIS ANSO.V, Dec. the life of the old-time cowboys wasn't so bad after all. About all they had to do was run down a few little dogies, brand a few strays, round up the herd In the spring and fall, and maybe so drive 'em down ttic (rail to market. And It's a cinch Ihey didn't have Ilioir lives practically ruin- ed by these modem demoni called alarm clocks. Nor did Ilicy have to park inside of somebody's office building, mer- cantile establishment, etc, all their waking hours. They may have become a bit lonesome at limes, what with little besides the yap of western coyotes as company. Maybe ttiey didn't make a heck of a lot of money. But it thai they didn't have to worry with the rent collector, tax gatherer utility bills and what not. Per- haps they were a lucky lot at that. But the best and surely hap- ptet part of their existence were their ventures to the out- side world, including periodical jaunls to settlements for supplies. According to Ir-gend the old cow puncher took on considerable amounts of red- eye and otherwise toolt in the bright lights. However Ihe half has not been told, especially for those range riders who lived within riding dlslance of Ihe frontier city ot Anson. 'mere once a year went the cowboy for the Cowboy Christmas And if they were anything like the n-.odem ver- sion of that colorful holiday extravaganza it Is easy to under- stand why the wranglers would ride almost any distance Set BALL, 3, Col. S shot him Tour times the street. he stood on Use Force Against U. S., Japs Urge TOKYO, Dec. (ff) Japanese newspapers today urged the use "actual power" In Japans dealings with the United Stales and Britain in the Asiatic, sphere and boldly demanded that the British crown colony, Hong- tong, be returned to "Chinese sov- ereignty." Official sources were unnamed. But leading papers published almost Identical statements. The newspaper Kolmmln said Ja- pan was. considering the immediate abolition of foreign concessions and leased territories In China, Includ- ing Hongkong. Argentina Balks On Declaration For Solidarity Raises Objection Completed Droft Is An Alliance LIMA, Argen- ina threw the Pan-American con- erence Into an uproar tonight by rejecting a completed draft of a declaration on continental solidarity and defense and tossing in her own resolution with Ihe Implication the delegates could take It or leave It. They published the text of their own proposal, which significantly, declares for cooperation against ag- gression either from a continental or extra-continental power. It further adhered to Argentine contentions by mentioning aggres- ilon from within the continent first, than second. Agreement seemed near when the :hief Argentine delegate to the 'an-American conference here, sidoro Rula Moreno, approved the inal draft. While the conference was awaiting ratification by his lovernment however, It became cnown he had received a telegram from his capital which was nol completesacceptance of the draft. At the same time negotiations were begun for presentation of the declaration to the conference with- out Argentina if that country per- sists in its position. Argentine sources said tonlgh that Instructions which arrives from Buenos Aires contained ob- jections to the final draft on Uit grounds It constituted an alliance which Argentina could not admit. HULL, BRAZILIAN TALK Afranio Mello Franco, head OL the Brazilian delegation and prin- cipal negotiator for the declaration and United States Secretary o State Cordell Hull discussed the situation for 30 minutes. Bra- zilian told Hull, it was reported that he had 'received Instructions from his government approving the draft declaration. The new situation arose after 1 had appeared the declaration might be Installed before nightfall tomorrow. The declaration provides to consultation among the 21 Pan American nations on tile call o any one of them In event force ful case y. mo-ijK aggression such" as by propaganda pa.tie call o[ the menaced country The conference as Thole an Its most Important committee, tha on organization for peace, pushec through numerous resolutions, de claratfons and recommendations af feeling the broad field of Pan American relations. The' committee approved, smon. other things, a declaration agains aerial bombardment of civilians an non-military objectives. The committee approved appoint meni of five jurists to meet befor Jan. I. 1941, to study a project o Columbia and the Dominican re public for a league of American na lions. Mexican Killers' Tracks Checked Game Warden Is Snot Down As He And Companion Surprises Ranch Poachers KINOSVJLLE, Dec. Footprints of two j an suspects tonight were compared with tracks of the a? f Game Warden D. R. Murchison as Murchison's companion :'f- aid one of the suspects resembled one of the gunmen who kill- fr- d Murchison last night on the King ranch, ft? Sheriff Charles Price at Alice, where the two suspects have 'fj been held since their arrest early today, said a slight rain had partially obliterated the killers' tracks in the hard ranchland, 3 dotted by mesquite and cactus, hut "those we have been able o find compare gg Murchison, shot down when he and Warden Jim Rohinsoa 52 urprised poachers on the Conchos game preserve of the exten. ive as large as the state of Rhode Island >uried today. Murchison, Robinson and Warden Jack McCarley went to he Conchoa preserve in search of poachers who hunt with ights attached to their hats London To Return LIMA, Peru, Dec. Governor Alt M. Landon of Kan- sas, a United States delegate to the Pan-American conference, reserved passage today to leave Lima by plane Monday. He e.vpocts to ar- rive in Fort Worth the following Thursday. Dec. 29. where he will taxe a train for Topeia City Subscribers SAVE OVER Take advantage of Bargain Rates below during December only and save money. Give your subscription to your carrier boy. BARGAIN RATES NOW IX EFFECT In Abilene Momtnj Edilion, with Sunday Evenlnj Edilion, with Sundajr BOTH FAPE8S, (MO (Tl with Sunday....... OlZ.bU MAIL SUBSCRIBERS Save Over 30% BY MAIL Either paper, with SnntU; tin West Onlj) The Abilene Reporter-News PHONE 7271 Callahan Road Contract Is Let Contract for grading and con structlon of drainage' structures o eight miles of highway 191 'from point U miles south of Balrd to th Coleman county line was awarde [Wednesday to Brown and Roo Inc., of Austin. The highway commission award ed the contract on a bid of Morgan Construction company was awarded the contract for build ing 25.3 miles of flexible base, dou ble asphalt surface treatment fror North 4th street in Brady to th Colorado river on highway 23, wit a bid of Lee Moor Contracting compare of El Paso received the contrac for landscaping at Wlldhcrse par near Van Horn, on U. S. 80, with bid of Llano Plant Bid UAf.'O, Dec. an Root of Austin today submitted low bid ot W3.81i.33 for construe ing a municipal power system her imilar to the lampi worn by miners. McCarley had gone to he warden's campsite to make midnight coffee when Kobin- 'On and Murchison saw two ights approaching: through the mesquite and sage brush. IIMPSES SLAYER The two officers, Hobinson said, waited until the lights were only a ew yards awayt and then called to he poachers to halt. The headlights, used to blind deer, were extinguish- ed immediately, Robinson said, and Murchison flashed his flashlampon the spot. Guns roared and Murchison fell against Robinson, wounded In the arm and body. Robinson said he :aught a glimpse ofone.ot the kill- ;rs as Murchison's flashlight played on the man's face. He said one of he suspects resembled one of the Sheriff Price said no charges hid >een filed. Shertff Price said the "game warden was shot only with shotgun slugs and the. body bore no pistol wounds, it had been reported Mur- chison had been wounded with both weapons. Robinson and McCarley carried three miles to their auto- mobile hui the warden died, before they could reach medical .aid Alice. .Friends of Murchison, a tame war- den for' ib yearsV been MERCY FLIER DIES four years ago when he was to' kill "an -alleged game poacher who had levelled a gun at Murchi- son's companion, some officers the slaying last night might hars been an outgrowth of that Incident, Jury Deliberating Gimp's. Fate Retires LOS ANGELES, Dec. The superior court Jury deliberating on evidence In the trial of Martin (The Gimp) Snyder, charged with shooting Pianist Myrl Alderman. annunced shortly .before 8 o'clock (CST) tonight it would .'discontinue consideration of the case, until to- morrow morning. The defendant, who displayed a variety of emotions during his 'trial fell victim today to an attack of the "jitters" as he waited fretfully for the verdict of the jury, -which will set him free or send him to prison for as long kj 90 years. Find B'Spring Boy Dead In Woodshed Bio SPRING, Dec. 21.-WV-Ted W. Brewer, 12, was found dead to- day in a woodshed at his home here and Justice of.the Peace E, A, Wright said the boy's necclc bore rope marks. His mother, who found the body was too hysterical to make state- ment. Wright said a rope was found nearby. He had returned no coron- er's verdict. Medics' Test Case WASHINGTON, Dec. The issue of cooperative medicine which yesterday brought antl-lnts1 indictments against the American Medical association and 21 promin- ent physicians, reached the supreme court for the first time In a Califor- nia case today. Lieut. Perry a." Lyons "mercy filer" hero coast guard rescues, was one of four tilled it a plane crash near Boerne. Texas, cyp) Spy Suspects Former Officer, Travel. Bureau Manager Held LOS ANGELES, The federal grand jury returned in. dfctments today against sians on charge" of -transmitting' to Soviet Russia Mveral.navsl Intelli- gence reports concerning American national defense. Indicted were Hafis Salish, 33, former Berkeley, Calif., police'offi- cer, and Mikhail Oorin, '34. man- ager of the soviet travel bureau, Intourist, inc. Several witnesses before the grind jury, testified that Intourist, Inc., la fostered and supported by the sov- iet republic and that expenses df American tourists In Russia some- time are paid for Information de- livered to the government. Salich and Gorln are held In de- fault of bonds. If convicted, the face sentences of 20 years each oa three count in the indictments, which were that: men took Instruments, documents and notes regarding matters "connected with, national defense; men transmitted the doc- uments (o foreign power the advantage of that country, and against "the peace, dignity and safety" of the United States; men entered Into a con- spiracy beginning in September, 1936. to accomplish these things. BUYING ON Goodfellows Pack 800 Baskets For Distribution Saturday Morn Eight hundred Goodfellow child. Packing was under direc- ttets are ready for distribution. Exhibiting faith that Goodfellows would come through with sufficient money to finance the Job, buyers have already purchased, on the credit to a large measure, the groc- eries needed tor the baskets. H Goodfellows don't com; across now. somebody Is going to be loser, for the goods arc given Ihe Goodfellows at cost. Each of 80 baskets contains a four pound roast, two pounds oi sweet potatoes, a quart of syrup, two cans of com, two cans of toma- toes, two pounds of rice, two loaves of bre.-.d. two pounds of cakes, two pounds of cariUy, two cans of Mex- ican beans, and one orange and two apples for each member of Ihe family, in addition there arc toys for tion of Nib Shaw. Distribution wil be made Saturday morning, with 30 trucks furnished by Abilene firms and Individuals. Two Boy Scout! with other Good- fellows, will be on each truci to do the work. Last night had been con- tributed to the fund. About sl.Sft! is needed to pay for goods bought. Cotton Horlm Lft Mi. Cl Hir.iy Silur J H. Rik-Xfr ____ Salvation Army Tree Scheduled Saturday The Salvation Army's annual Christmas tree for poor children will be held Saturday beginning at S o'clock at the citadel. Major H. G, James announced. The citadel Is lo- cated at South Sixth and Chestnut streets. "Applicants for gifts must their names and ages turned in at the citadel by Friday Major James warned. The major appealed for continued contributions from holiday ihoppen to the Salvation Army's Settle, which Is stationed daily at second and Pine streets. Insurgents Mass Troops For Drive KENDAYE, Prance (At Spanish Dec, Spanish insurgents were reported concentrating masses of men on the Ts.-rasona front of eastern Spain tonight for a large-Kale of- fensive against Barcelona, tha government Reports filtering across the bor- der from insurgent Spain said all commercial traffic on rtiloads leading to the eastern fronts had been suspended and trie lines turn- ed to military authorities.   

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