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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               Doladier Prepares to Take over Affected Industries as French Labor Calls General Strike- See Page 3 WiSTJIXAl NEWSPAPER OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR.FOES WE SKE'ICH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. NO. 179. ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 26, PAGES Press   PRICE FIVE CENTS AS CHANGES Demo Senators Propose State Relief Administration Special City Employs Back Tax Collector Commission Holds Two Ordinances For More Study j Tiieiss Jones, appointed by I the city commission in its reg-1 ular meeting1 yesterday as a special collector of delinquent taxes, went to work in the tax office this morning-. Ke fills the position formerly held by G. P. Holland, who was made municipal tax asessor-collector fol- lowing the resignation of Earl Hughes. ORDINANCES DELAYED Jones" name for the position "was placed before the commission by Mayor Will Hair, and confirmed by a. vote of Commissioners Morris, Beasley and Sadler. Commissioner Lucian Webb was ill and unable to attend the meeting. Salary for Jones was set at for the first month, Si 10 for the second and thereafter. The agreement may be termi- nated by 30 days notice by either the city or Jones. Two ordinances were passed up until next Friday, pending further study. The commission had planned to pass on second reading the traffic ordinance recommended by the chamber of commerce committee. There were some changes suggested, however, and action was post- poned a week. Included was the suggestion of Commissioner Morris that the reg- ulation that- would require pedes- trians to cross the street downtown only at intersections be stricken out. Corporation Counsel Edmund Yates said that to make the or- dinance .irr several a -coacfefeftiefini-' tion of area." The other ordinance proposed would prohibit hotel porters from soliciting business on the streets and sidewalks. Vouchers authorized payment to the West Texas Cottonoil company in the amount of prin- cipal and S51 interest on the second of three installments on land pur- chased for airport runway exten- sions. The last note becomes due next fall. First of four installments on fire ;hose purchased last June to meet state and national board require- ments was authorized yesterday. The amount, was payable to the Eureka Fire Kose division. WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 proposal that administration of re- lief" be turned over to bi-partisan state boards came from a group of democratic senators today amid re- ports that President Roosevelt may ask changes in present relief ma- chinerv. Senator Burke (D-Neb) said that Senator Bafley (D-XC) was drafting a bill to decentral- ize relief and that several dem- ocratic senators who have been critical of administration poli- cies had agreed to support it. numerous changes in WPA and al- lied programs were being discussed by Harry Hopkins, the relief ad- ministrator, and other acministra- tion officials. j They added that nothing defi- j rdte had been decided, but that j Meantime, informed-persons said; there was considerable likelihood; some changes would be approved and recommended 10 the new con- gress by the president. As explained by Burke, the Bailey measure would establish bi-partisan relief commissions in each state to administer re- lief funds through bi-partisan boards in each county. The states would be required to I contribute toward relief costs and provisions would be made for a gradual "tapering off" of federal expenditures as the stares became able to take care of rheir needy. MUCH Pope Leaves Bed for Audience CHILD BRiDE QUITS HUSBAND OF 64, GOES BACK 10 HER DOLLS LOS ANGELES. Calif., Nov. Robinson, 14, left her 64-year-old bridegroom today for the Kentucky home and dolls she left a few weeks ago. At her request Jonas Greene, a Wyckliffe, Ky.. landowner. was not at the station to say goodbye. But he bought tick- ets to Tallula, 111., for her and Edward Robison, her father. Velma was released to her father when he promised Juve- nile Court Referee Margart Pratt that he would sue for an annulment as soon as they got home. He said the marriage November 5 was never consum- mated. "I want to go back to moth- Velma told the court. "I wasn't happy with Mr. Greene. All the way .airing: out here from Illinois he made me stay in the car and wouldn't let me get out to eat. He brought me sandwiches. And when he bought gas he made me duck my head so they -wouldn't see me. "And he promised to buy me an engagement ring but he never did. He locked me in the hotel room when we got here." SHUTDOWN Cost of City-WPA Paving Reduced ARSON SUSPECT Texas Boys Win in Livestock Judging CHICAGO, Nov. cracy of agriculture went on parade today at the 39th International Livestock exposition. The great farmland show opened for an eight-day run. while potential grand champions the cattle, horse, sheep and swine classes champed in their Specimens of the com. oats and other, the continent awaited expert tion by judges whose duty itiNwis to pick the "kings" of Attracting primary attention on opening day was the junior livestock feeding contest, in wMch 27-f boys and girls from, 15 states" entered 398 cattle, sheep and swine. Among: them, somewhere, were the junior grand champion steer barrow wether. Three boys from Menard, Tex.. won the non-collegiate livestock judging contest for their state night. John A. Powell, 17, won first place in individual ranking. Others on the team were Billie Kidd, 16. and Harold Mogford. 16. Lorenzo Mogford. 17. was tlie alternate. Tne young Texans' victory was the first for Texas since the inau- guration of the judging contest in 1919. Salesman Hunted Aid of Abilene officers in locating H. O. Gibson, a traveling salesman working this city and area, was asked today by Sheriff George Roby of Coleman county. Sheriff Roby informed local po- lice that Mrs. Gibson died at Cole- man last night. According to Sheriff Roby. Gib- son is driving a 1934 model Dodge automobile with Oklahoma license. He sells barber supplies in Abilene and surrounding towns. Cabby Kidnaped OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 26.- E. Sizemore, 29, Dallas, taxicab .driver, told police today that two men and a woman had forced him to drive them here from Dallas at the point of revolver. David I. Trewitt. 33, ranch workman, is shown as he was held in jail at Los Angeles in the investigation of the disas- trous Topanga canyon fire north of Santa Monica. Fire and sher- iffs officers said Trewitt ad- mitted causing the blase when he dumped live coals from a stove in the belief they were dead. Shifting Winds Slow Flames LOS ANGELES. Nov. Shifting, capricious winds, which for three days alternately have fanned, then almost halted the spread of Southern California's two disastrous forest and brush blazes, today-'appeared to be aiding fatig- ued "fire fighters'in the Santa Mon- ica ana San Bernardino mountains. Neither conflagration was un- der control, but officials who late yesterday feared additional millions of dollars damage was inevitable, took encouragement from reports of progress in :scv- eral areas. Most point apparently was in upper Mandeviile canyon, in the Santa Monica mountains west of Los Angeles. Ralph J. Scott, city fire chief, ordered concentra- tion of 800 men along a six-mile front to keep tne blaze-from break- ing across Mulholland highway and into the fertile San Fernando val- ley. Lower in the same canyon are numerous expensive homes, but said none was in im- mediate danger. Three fire- men, burned when a blaze trapped them and a truck in nearby Rustic canyon, returned to the lines after emergency treatment. Only spot fires remained nearer the seacoast in Topanga and Las Plores canyon, swept during the first day, and county foresters said they were being brought rapidly under control. The sheriffs office announced, after a survc-y, that 80 residences in the two canyons and adjacent areas of Las runas and Big Rock were destroyed, with a property los approximating Saving as High As 33 Per Cent Property Owners Warned Projects May Be Closed A Mg- reduction in cost of paving under the Works Prog- r e s s administration project now in effect was offered Abi- lene residential property own- ers today by City Building In- spector TpitL Willis. Furthermore, his announcemnet. if Abilenians fail to heed the opportunity and do not contract "imme- diately" for the paving, the VFPA work will have to be closed down. "We must have new paving jobs in the next day or so or the whole project will be Willis de- clared. "This new price schedule of- fers property owners the lowest- possible price. They should take ad- vantage of it.'' CUT UP TO 33 PER CENT Willis pointed out savings over the former price ranging up to 33 per cent. The new cost for asphaltic concrete surfacing is 35 cents per square yard, reduced from 52 cents. Concrete gutter is priced at 20 cents per linear foot, a five cent reduction. New price quoted for gravel base is 22 cents per square yard, while the former price was 33 cents. For a property owner with a 50-foot lot, where the gravel and curbing is already in. the cost or surfacing a 30-foot wide street is only Willis said. This fisrures 72 cents per front foot on a street of that width. Willis invited interested residents to call the city engineering depart- ment for further information. Physicians Inject Water Moccasin Venom To Halt Hemorrhages in Small Boy's Arm KANSAS CITY, Nov. more drops of venom from the poisonous cottonmouth water moccasin were to be injected today into the blood stream of 3-year-old Donald Richardson. Donald has been showing improvement since three drops of the venom were administered Wednesday by physicians fighting a rare ailment that causes hemorrhages among the tiny blood capillaries in the child's arm. One of the physicians treating him said the small doses of the snake poison tend to strengthen the walls of the capillaries. Aicatraz Convicts Wait to Hear Fate SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. James C. Lucas, 26, Texas and Ru- j Franklin. 24. of Alabama await- j ed opening of federal court today j to learn whether a jury of 12 j nessmen has decided the two should i die in a lethal chamber for the i death of a prison guard or return i to the Aicatraz island penitentiary from which thev tried to escape Mav 23. I The jury reached a decision a: i o'clock last night a, m. J AVllene time) but the members were sent to bed, their verdict unread. Ngtion's Winter riY rn 11 rt Storm Toll 84 (By the Associated Press) Clearing skies and slowly rising temperatures today speeded the task of mopping up after the nation's worst November storm in tempest of wind and snow that claimed at least 84 lives. Frigid weather prevailed generally, however, from the east coast to the Rocky mountains. Snow-packed roads remained a menace to week- end travelers, particularly in rural areas. Airplanes and trains moved again on schedule. Bus transportation was still slowed somewhat by snowdrifts in the East, but main high- ways in all states were open. Communications networks suffered rela- lively minor damage. TRAFFIC DEATHS MOUNT Traffic accidents on ice-glazed streets and deaths due to over- exertion added to the toll of lives. The storm caused 25 deaths in New York, 14 upstate and 11 in the metropolitan area. New England counted 22 dead. New Jersey 12, Pennsylvania 7, the South 5, Ohio 4. Maryland 3, Michigan and In- diana 2 each and Nebraska and Missouri one each. Hundreds of automobiles remain- ed stalled in the buzzard area, stretching roughly from New Eng- land to Alabama and as far west as the Great lakes. In New York City, streets blanketed by the heaviest Nov- ember snowfall in 40 years were swept clean by a force of laborers. Ski fans planned weekend excursions to nearby resorts. A fierce gale struck Nova Scotia last night, cutting off from outside communication the western half of the province and imperiling ship- ping. Vessels remained in port rather than face heavy seas. Hard Freeze Due Tonight The mercury dipped to 25 degrees here at o'clock this morning but 30 minutes later began climb- ing. A hard freeze was" forecast for tonight. Sunday will be fair and not so cold. By the Associated Press The lowest temperatures of the current cold wave bore into Texas today and were destined to bring freezing weather as far south as Houston by morning. Temperature minimums today reached a low of 16 at Lubbock but a new assault was expected to drop mercuries to around eight de- grees or lower in the Panhandle. Clear skies remained, as thousands of football fans had hoped. Dallas was expected to feel the increasing cold before Texas Chris- tian and Southern Methodist com- plete their football game this after- noon. The temperature there this morning was 30. Other recordings: Amarillo 22. Wichita Palls 24. Paso 2S. Aus- tin 32. Palestine 34. Port Arthur. Houston and San Antonio. 40. Gale Hits Britain LONDON. Nov. ter- j rific gale, second in a week, struck i the British Isles today, buffeting j ships and causing minor floods and extensive property damage. More days to BUY and USE CHRISTMAS SEALS PROTECT YOUR HOME They show that tarty discovery of iubtrculosls is necessary for early racovtry. Retired Baptist Minister Dies The Rev. W. E. Ryan, retired Bap- tist minister, died early today a: his home at 1270 street. He was 72 years old. His death was attributed to heart disease. The Rev. Mr. Ryan had never recovered fully from injuries in an automobile accident several years ago. Funeral arrangements were in- complete. Relatives said burial prob- ably would be in Dallas, his former home. The Rev. Mr. Ryan had lived here 11 or 12 yean but had not been active as a minister since leaving Dallas to make his home in Abilene. He had filled pulpits in Dallas and at Cleburne and Athens. Survivors are a son. Dr. W. E. Ryan of Midland a daughter. Mar- tha Ellen Ryan of Giirner; his mother-in-law. Martha Alice Floyd of Abilene; and several broth- ers and sisters in Dallas.. Condition Goes Back to Normal To Quell Fears Physician Orders That Pontiff Rest For Several Days VATICAN CITY, Nov. (AP) An official commu- nique said today that Pope Pius XI had "returned to a more or less normal condition" after a heart attack which had caused grave concern. The communique said: "The holy father passed a calm night, resting without any disturb- ance. The improvement which was noted yesterday evening continued, happily, so that this morning his holiness has returned to a more or less normal condition." RECEIVES SECRETARY Vatican sources said the 81-year- old pontiff, although still weak, was able to -get up from his bed and receive Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, papal secretary of state. He first received Cardinal Pacelli in his bedroom sitting in an armchair which made breathing easier. He then had himself carried in the chair from his bedroom to the library on a, lower floor of the palace, his conrer- JEWS RAISE TINE' IN NAZI PAWN SHOP BEKL1X, Xov. nazis today opened a jrlorii'ied business; TO help hard-pressed Jews raise fiauss TO pay ihe line imposed for :he assassi- nation of Ernst vom Kath. The Berlin chamber of indusiry and commerce started, a bureau on behalf the ministry to take? ever jevreis, art works and other valuable objects from Jev.-s throughout Germanv. Tiie fine's first insiallmem. due December 1-3, Is to be casa principally. Many have been assessed 20 per cent of their wealth as part of the fine and will have to liquidate much of their personal property to raise the money. It explained this central bureau was established to make it easier to convert their possessions into cash, after ap- praisal by experts. Finance Minister Count Lutz St-hwerln-Krosijrk has re- served the right in collecting ihe fine to empower finance offi- cials suitable cases" to take securities and real estate when later installments come due February 15. May 15, and August 15. Measures to ostracize Jews continued to pile up. state. The communique said the pope's chief physician, Dr. Aminta Mi- lani, "taking into consideration the state of weakness resulting from -yesterday's attack advised several days of rest before the august pon- tiff should resume his customary rhythm of life.'' it added, "his holi- ness limited himself this morning to receiving only the cardinal sec- retary of state." Cardinal Pacelli's visit was for the purpose of getting authoriza- tion to receive a group of newly- weds and a Hungarian pilgrimage to which the pope was to have granted an audience. Monsignor Carlo Confalonieri celebrated mass this morning in a room" near the bedroom of the pontiff, who listened to the mass and took communion. Later Father Gemelli, a friend of the pope, and Count Franco Ratti, the holy father's nephew, arrived at the Vatican and said they had reason for hope he might continue to im- prove. The communique brought reas- surance to the thousands who had been concerned over the pope's condition yesterday and last night. Many had feared that his advanced age and weakened condition might make it difficult for him to recover. Halfway around the globe from their native Germany, this Jewish family will find _ refuge in Australia. The hus- band carried food and clothing in paper bags over his shoul- der. They are shown in Van- couver. B. C.. before leaving for their new home. Authorities Clear Boy 'Blackshirts Gail Northe Sends Orchid to Mayor An real for Mayor Will W. Hair today. It from Gail Northe. director of wom- en's activities of the Texas State Network, and was by way of apol- ogy for the cancellation of her goodwill visit scheduled here last week. A card from Elliott Roosevelt of the network also accompanied the orchid, which was sent by express. The goodwill visit of Miss Northe to Abilene was postponed because of severe weather conditions. Mayor Hair was writing letters, of appre- ciation to Miss Northe and Roose- velt today. The Weather Abilene and severe tonight: Sunday fair cot suite so cold. West of 100th Meridian FaJr. co'.der !n southeast; hard freeze in north central portions: in Rio Grande valley, frost In southeast portion toniRht; Sunday fair, not so coid East Texas of 100th Meridian Fair, frost to coast, colder except la ex- treme northwest portion, severe freeze in north portion, temperature thirty-four to forty on coast and. twenty-seven to thir- ty-fcvur in interior of south portion to- nlRht; Sunday fair and not cold. Kijrhert temperature yesterday, 57; lowest morning, 25. Jews Sought WASHINGTON. Nov. (.-P- Informed officials indicated today that Myron Taylor, as American vice-chairman of the international committee on political refugees. would seek an immediate "show- down" on how many German refug- ees each government is prepared to receive. Heretofore, no government has said precisely how many refugees it could or would take. In high official quarters, it was indicated that Taylor would tell the committee that the situation de- mands such a. statement from eacn of the participating governments without delay. With these facts in hand the Unit- ed States is confident, it was said, that the committee can secure from various relief organizations the large sums of money necessary to trans- port the German Jews to places where they can begin life anew. Secretary Hull last week gave A clear indication the United States believed the matter had been allow- ed to drag too long, in view of the latest developments in Germany which he said had "redoubled the urgency of finding new homes for hundreds of thousands of persons." Drafting of a program of aid for German Jews has been complicated by Germany's refusal, to date, to discuss practical measures for gel- ting the jews out of Germany with enough money to make a new start elsewhere. Conference on Strike is He! OKLAHOMA CITY. Nov. authorities who investi- gated a group of high school "blackshirts" decided today that "a pretty clean cut bunch of fellows" who broke no laws. The official investigation ended, leaving any further action to parents. Mrs. Wade Walser, mother of Miiton Walser, 19. the smilingly suggested that she might "butt a few heads together." She talked with her son and with Manford Ishmael. 18, the "vice-commissar" and said that "everything is over." j Central hich school authorities I questioned Walser before suspend- ing him for absence at classes, i They learne-l that he was head of; the a recret "Curiosity club" of boys and girls who all attended meetings in black uniforms. Ke said the group was primarily for but tha: believed physical ce- velopmen: als- was important." Walser denied that he was a communist or fascist but be- lieved that some "American ideals could stand improve- ment." group believed in for everyone, "including sexes." The club studied Aristotle. Plato and Edward Bellamy, who envisioned a. Utopia. There was talk also. Walser saic. 01 s payment lor practice snc lencmg aicec their physical development. j sophomore at high, also was suspended :cr ab-! sence. Both he and Walser refused to reveal the club membership but: W. assistant county tomey. called in the leaders. Six other club members carr.e to; Brown's home. Ke piled them all in- to his automobile s.r.c toos them for a drive. They talked for two hours. Brown followed school officials" ad- vice in idling the ooys what ad- vantages they had under the Amer- j ican type of government. I "I disagreed the boys on i many he reported, i "They arc a pretty clean cut buch of fellows. I am convinced that their activities were not sinister, but at the same time it is a good thing thoy arc dis- banding at least for a j Authorities earlier heard reports that the "black shirts" were part of j a "movement" including similar groups in other cities. j Walser and Ishmael 'said that their club might be revived "when all this stink dies down." CHICAGO, Nov. conciliators worked against time to- day in seeking a settlement o: me stockyards strike which would pre- ren; possible clashes between rival unionists. The conciliators attained their first objective in drawing the oppos- ing lorces into an mitral conferences chis morning. A compromise between the strik- ing CIO handlers and the union stock yards management before Monday was the next objective. On :hat day rival AFL handlers plan- ned to return to in denance of the strikers. The striae oegan late Monday and has paralyzed trading in the largest meat animal market. Ap- proximately 600 livestock handlers were affected. The decision to cross CIO picket lines was announced by Thomas De- vero, business agent of the AFL stock handlers local, after a confer- ence with O. T. Henkle, general manager of the stockyards com- pany. Primary obstacles to peace were said to be the CIO demands for a closed shop, a checkoff and a writ- ten contract. The striking handlers also sought vacations with pay, a basic wage, and overtime pay. Plane Crashes EL PASO, Nov. Martin bombing: plane crashed at B'riggs field, wmy airport, and two officers reportedly weif killed. Details not iately   

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