Abilene Daily Reporter (Newspaper) - April 26, 1935, Abilene, Texas
m)t Abilene Battp“WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES”—ByronVOL. LIV. Full Leased Wires of Associated Press (<*^) United Press (UP) ABILENE. TEXAS. FRIDAY. APRIL 26. 1935—FOURTEEN PAGES (Evening Edition of The Abilene Morning News) NUMBER 167
Hopkins Is Key Man In Jobs Drive
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Pierson^s Relatives To Map Defense Plans
Pierson Poses After Murders
City Payroll Slightly Higher As Commission Names Staff
Prayer Causes Case Reversal
An annual pay roll increase of $2,880 accompanied the appointment of 125 men and women as employes' of the city of Abilene Friday mom
executive department pay roll was increased $55 monthly, that including $30 per month for Mary Agnes Allen as assistant city secretary to
ing. However, the appointments,' Mrs. Lula Jones, a $5 ratse for C. M.
Bodies of Slain Pierson and His Wife Lie In State In Court Chamber
AUSTIN, April 26. (AP)—
Plans for the defense of 20-year-old Howard Pierson, confessed slayer of his parents, were in abeyance today pending the arrival and a conference of relatives.
Nor had it been decided whether he would attend funeral services at 10 a. m. tomorrow for Associate Justice William Pierson of the Texas supreme court and Mrs. Pierson, visit Boy.
Sheriff Lee Allen said the matter of Pierson’s attending the services had not been broached by anyone personally interested and he would •'handle that situation when it arises.”
- made by the commission in its reg-, ,. ular weekly session, involved prac-
JUStlCG tlcally no change in personnel tor the year. The pay roll, subject to change at any time, was set at $11.-020 monthly, an annual figure of $132,240.
No General Hike
Salary increases, wlUle not general, affected some employes in almost ev^ry department. Earl Hughes, city tax assor and collector, and his two assistants were each given a raise of $5 per month. In all the
Cooley, city treasurer and bookkeeper, and the $15 raise for Uie tax office.
TTic largest raise went to O. K.
Roe was given a $10 increase.
There were no changes in police department salarle.s, except for a $2.50 raise for the McMurry college campus watchman, and an addition of E. E. Shankle, former deputy constable, as the Abilene Christian college patrolman at $35.
Miss Allen, In addition to her
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 2« —i/P)
I —Becau.se a minister-bailiff uttered i a prayer at the request of jurons, Lloyd Grable, Oklahoma city gar-' ageman. today was saved from death ; In the electric chair for a bank ! rc^jbery In which no money was taken.
I «. I The prayer was uttered while the
IS NdmGU Jury was deliberating the fate of arable.
"It was not the proper time to pray," James D. Davenport, presiding Judge of the state criminal court of appeals, declared In announcing the court had granted a
-' new trial for the condemned man.
WASHINGTON, April 26.— Judges Thomas A. Edwards and (AP)—Pre8ident Roosevelt to- Thomas H. Doyle, other member«.
Administrator To Direct Division Progress: Set-Up Completed
Hobbs, city engineer, who ha.s had | work as assistant city secretary, will i ¿ay completed hil work-relief his hands full this last year on re- ; receive $35 from the water depart- | organiiatiou with appointment
lief project engineering for the city as well as the usual run of work for his department. His salary was Jumped from $100 to $125. The inspector and assistant was aisred $5, Sixteen firemen who went to w ork la.st year for $80 per month wtll receive an additional $5, Chief Rav
ment as part time bookkeeper.
spector, was rai.sed from $125 to $130, the members of the Carnegie Library staff were incre.ased $250 each a month; the .vervice station
See CITV ST M F. Page 13, ( ol. !
NTtSiS Centennial Bill Is
Sent To Governor
Orchestra Competition Action On Appropriation Of rrin
This Afternoon In Annual Event
$3.000,000 Ends Long Fight By Advocates
AUSTIN, April 26.—iA'>—Oovenior Orchestras were competing early james V. Allred said today he planned to study the state’s present and prospective financial condition care-
i this afternoon in the eighth annual In his cell vounc Pierson received high school band contest, sponsored
In his cell 5 oung Pierson receivea jjy band of Hardin-»fully before deciding whether to
a visit from the former law part- gimnions university. More than 20 sign the $3,000,000 centennial appro-ner and friend of his father, T. D. bands have been entered in the i Starnes of Greenville, and his falh- ctnnpetition. \
er’s cousin, F. H. Pierson of Dallas. Slaton’s 50-piece band, first ar- j Starnes said that so far as he I rival for the contest, was on hand i^ew no plans for the defense of the early Friday, and wa« followed clos' , youth had been made, a statement ly l>y I'll® ®l® Spring Orche.stra, j emphasised later by Walter Pierson with a personnel of 40, of Austin, another cousin of the The orchestra, directed by D. j slain Jurist, ' Conlee, entered competition at 2 j
Before the bodie.s of Associate i ® clock with the Abilene orchestra,:
priation bill, passed ye.sterday by the legislature.
The governor said he was “se-rlou.sly concerned over where we are ^ng to ¿et the money ” to meet the appropriation. The state Ls on a deficit and the legislature so far has passed no revenue-raising measures.
The bill to appropriate $3.000.000
for Texas’ 100th birthday celebra- Woodslde mine wi Snrinir
to the state capítol at 1 p. m. to lie Breckenridge orchestra. In ^Yle central exposition city.
In the supreme court chamber until ! promised to more than match a
5 p. m., they were viewed for the state allocation of $1,200.000 by pro-
steve H. wiiiiam.s, electrical In- i Harry L. Hopkins a* administrator of the works progress division, one of the key positions.
He charged the progress division with the task of making certain that persons employed on the projects come from the relief rolls.
The United States employment .service was given general charge of reemployment of person.s on work relief who desire to return to private employment.
With the complelHMi of his ad-minl.stratlve machinery, the president called In the principal aides tn the work* set-up for a general dscu.s.sion tonight.
Tlie president also added to the allotment board, headed by Secretary Ickes, a repre.sentative of the msiyors’ conference. It was understood the majors have selected Mayor Laguardia of New York tor this post.
R<‘ar Admiral C. J Peoples, now procurement officer of the government, was placed m clvarge of procurement of materials for the works projects.
itopkini wtU continue his present
SPRINGFIELD. III. April 26—i admlnl.stralor to take
, ! care of those remaining on relief
minerK. estimated by ; u^til the goal of the works fin hundred, were campaign 1« reached. That Is the
posted today on highways leading i removal of 3,600,IKK) persona from
! relief rolls and giving them Joba.
Heavy Guard At City Jail Where Several Men Are Held
time by Mrs. Harvey Thomas f™“P I“'“
forms of the Slaton school colors—
of Salina, Kas., a daughter.
Whether Mrs, Thomas had visited her brother was not disclosed, although it was understood she had
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Howard Pierson, 26, above. Is shown here, hi* bandaged arm in a kling, shortl.v after he had confessed the murders of his father and mother. Justice and Mrs. William Pierson, near Austin. The youth said his motive was revenge. He stands beside the pl.stol u.sed in the slayings and personal effects he to<A from his riain parents, in an attempt to place the blame on highwaymen.
vlding $3,000.000 in municipal bonds , and $2.000,000 in exposition corpora-
sllver grey and purple—for the con-, Bllocatlon.
test. TTie director Is Clyde Rowe, spend $1.000,000 for
is a graduate of Hardin-Slmmons. ; building and the remainder for fur-The band competition, for some of ^ nlshlngs. the largest trophies ever offered In j ‘allocation* were $250.000 for
this area, will be held Saturday,! Alamo at San Antonio and a
Heavy Rain Holds Play In Women’s i Tournament
.\!»suciate Justice William Pierson and Mr». Pierson, »hoi to death by their aon Howard The son vUiied their bodiew in a morgue, patted hi»' Par out father'» head and murmured: "It’» too bad."
Former Lubbock Bank Bookkeepers Faces U.S. Charges
Man, Woman Die In Piane Crash
HOUSTON. April 26 .1'.~ Play
ing in a heavy rain and wind storm. Miss Betty Jameson of Dallas and MLss Babe Didrlk.son were leading thrcmgh the front nine today in seml-flnal.s of the I9th annual Womens Texas Golf Association championship at the Rli er Oaks Country club Mias Jameson, southern champion, was one up on Mrs. Dan Chandler, former Texas ehamplon and current Old Mexico title holder. One down going Into the eighth. Miss Jameson won the eight and ninth holes when Mrs. Chandler could not get down putts over the water logged greens.
Miss Didrikson held a two up lead over Mrs. R. E Winger of Fort Worth by virtue of winning the ninth when Mrs. Winger experienced the same putting trouble.^, as Mrs. Chandler The tournament committee ruled that the second nine would not be played until "later" today, hoping that the rain would cease.
........543 543 4.S4-37
Jameson out . .....543 544 565—41
Chandler out......553 544 565 41
Miss Didrikson out 545 644 447 -43
Mr*. Winger out ...653 454 .x57 ~
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both ensemble and solo events beginning at 9 o'clock.
A band clinic will be held for conductors tonight in the Caldwell Pine Arts auditorium at H-SU, with H. A. Vandercook, supreme Judge of the contests. In charge.
The contests will be concluded Saturday night with a 300-piece maussed band concert and marching contest on Parramore field.
Both Mr. Vandercook and Harold Woolridge have arrived for thf Judging. They will be a*si.sted by John P. Cermanaro, woodwind instructor at Hardln-Simmon.s M. B. McClure, conductor of tlie Cowboy band, is director general of the contest.
like amount for the San Jacinto
See CENTFNNIAL. Page 13. Col. 5
State Rests In
to approach the entrance to the mine, where authorities feared violence might occur In renewal of Illinois miners’ strife.
Heavy guards watched the city jail and kept the picket.s, members of the Progressive Miners of America, under surveillance. Police said no outbreaks had been reported this morning.
Throughout the early morning hours, trucks rumbled into the city adding scores to massed miners, estimated by authorities at more than 2.000 They were established
Mr. Room vcU. again today said he expected the states and municipalities to take over the case of unemployables on relief rolls.
Tonight’s White House conference
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Easter Business In Abilene Gains 4 to 15 Per Cent
SAN ANTONIO, April 26-<UP) LUBBOCK. April 26. -(A’»—Charg- motor failure was advanced today as the reasmi for a plane crash that resulted In the deaths of R.
ed in three count.s of a federal indictment with making faLse entries in books of First National bank here about two years ago, Koert L. Btrickel and Arman W. Logan were arre.'ird, here yesterday by deputy United Stales marshalls Arch Holmes and L. N. McKelvey.
The men posted bail of $1.000 each. Former bookkeepens at the bark, they were accased with mak-
Kerrvllle Man Is Freed in Slaying
KERRVILLE, April 28—tí’ -Will S. Orr today was acquitted of a
Increases of from 4 to 15 per cent in the Ea*ter bu.slnes.s thi.«; season over that of 1934 were rejx>rted by leading Abilene merchants today.
Lateness of the holiday, coming ' at Uie lajst of April Instead of the first as it did l&.nt year, kept the rise from being greater. *ald bu.^i-ness men, as the spring buying season was nearly over Cool weather deterred the buying of summer clothing.
One dry good.« concern said business was excellent, another reported a 15 per cent Increase, while anottier said there wa.s very little difference in March and April salei of tlie two year.s, A man’s clothing shop gave the four per cent in-crea.se, and said Uiat April sale,* had ! Increased over March .«ales.
Nine Months Term
EDINBURG. April 26.-4VP»—The state re.sted today in the murd?r trial of Jame.H D McAlister, charged in the slaying of Percy A. Calklm, a Houston salesman. '
The defense Immediately began in- i ftroducllon of te.stlmony as to the mental condition of the defendant. | Dr. D. R Mandley, the first defem»e witness, on cros.H-examinatlon ex-pressed the opinion tliat Mi A lister was .sane at the time of the killing.
The state previously had rested with the testimony of George J. lAcy. a BalU.stic,s expert, who said an examination revealed that that bullet taken from Calkln’.s body was fired from a pistol introduced in evidence as belonging to the accused.
The St Hie yesterday Intrtxiuced a full confe.vMon
M ARKFN TRIAL GI’ENR
GILMER. April 26 — (UPi—Pros-I ecutors expected to demand the death penalty as they prepared today to present testimony in the trial ol Grady Wanen. charged with murder for the killing of F C. Brown near Tyier, 15 month.s ago. A jury was selected yesterday.
Ablltn« and vi'inity rlou»l)f t»»
1 night »ftturrta, i„i*-t!y rli,udy t<i « i. ijdj
W>»i T**ar Wr.t r,f lOOUl nieri<l.«n
Partly iloiid, i.ir.iaht an» SaturdHv
lUiat Trxs-r of loiitti martitian
tinnd;,. In »</mh and »«t
pnrtioni tonight. Saturday partly ehnidy
NRA Enforcement Act In New York State Held Void
ALBANY. N. Y.. April 26 .A*» -
The New York slate NRA enforcement statute, known as tlie Shackno Act, WR& declared uncoiutltutional by the court of appeals today.
The court wa« divided four three.
The court of appeals is the highest court in the Empire state Tlie decision was handed down in the case of a Binghamton coal dealer, Gustave C. lyarweger, who obtained an injunction in the lower court restraining the coal code authority from enforcing floor level prlce.s in the industry 1 he same derision was rendered also in the ca.se of tlie Jamaica Auc-
Negro Slayer Is Sentenced to Die
I HOU87X>N, April 28.—(UP)—
; Isaac Jones, 31, negro shoemaker,
' today faced death in the electric ! chair for the murder of City Detective R. H. iRimpi Sullivan, <m ; March 9 |
A distnct -ourt jury returned the verdict la.st night after deliberating til ree hours.
Sullivan wa» slain in the negro» .shop during an altercation, Jone.s claimed he believed he was being held up The negro held ambulance drivers wlio sought to take Sullivan to a hospital, at bay for more than 10 minutes until officers arrived
Canada Streams Go on Rampage
Girls Begs Mercy For Kidnaper
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.. April 26. —(A*i—Miss Mary McElroy pleaded with Governor Guy B. Park today to spare the llle o( Walter H McGee, leader of the gang that kidnaped her for $30.000 random nearly two years ago.
Virtually all legal avenues of escaping the gallows had been closed to McGee when the 26 year old daughter of H F. McElroy, city manager of Kansas City, visited the governor—In behalf, she said, i of both kidnaper and victim.
1 "In pleading for Walter McGee’s I life, I am pleading few my own I peace of mind," said the tall bru-j nette in her formal appeal to the I executive.
She was aceompanied here by her father
Ml»« McElroy previously had expressed symiMithy for the men convicted on her te.stlmony and had disclosed the thought of sending McGee to his doom was a "nightmare" preying on her mind.
She expressed belief that the "full force of the law ha.s been emphasized" and that McGee's ca.se would serve as a warning to other*.
From her own standpoint, the girl Mid If the sentence were carried out, McGee "would even have this advantage; He would not have to think about hts execution afterwards”
McGee, the first person in tlie United States to be given the death penalty for kidnaping. Is m jall in Kansas City under sentenced to be hanged May 10
Division No 2 of the state supreme court r^u.-icd a re-hearing of hla appeal yesterday.
Another Wounded. One Man Sought In Mystery Shooting
KD.MONTON. Alla., April 26 —
lUP» Raging torrcnt.s of water •swept over aretes along the Atha-
tlon Gallerle» of New York whlrli , rlp|H-d away and the toll of pro-had questioned the constitutionality , fxTty damage was mounting rapid-
of the .'itatule. ly.
HOLLYWOOD. Calif • April '26— iA'> — Mysieiiou.s shootlng.s that ba^ka and PembiiiK rivers ttxlay in : brought death to a movie style crea-the worst fltVKi in the liisiory of i tor and his chauffeur and possiblv norlhweMern Albr-rfa. One trapper fatal Injuries to anotlier in the filr» wa.s inis.sing F*our bridges were capital during tlie nigiit were reporter a* murder and suicide todav by sheriff s officers.
COTTON MANUFACTURERS FOR TAX UNTIL SUBSTITUTE FOUND
Resolutions Committee of Association Takes Stand
Opposite That of Their President
AUGUSTA, Oa April 26 —(A*) ~ 1 IPK tax be scraptied
For Drunk Driving
MORTON, April 28—»A5-Con-A Webb. 35. motion picture theater 1 charge of slaying Monroe Wells on | vlcted of droving an automobile employe and Mrs. T. B Williams. ^ country law near here last Oc-; while intoxicated, John Carr of 'TV,. , , . . * tober, Levelland waa sentenced to serve
uple was killed late ycsier- months In the state pemten-
day at Port Sam Houston on ttie \y today and wa* ready to report tlary and prohibited from driving outskirt* of the city wlien Webb’s after six hours spent in sleep and j an automobile for one year.
plane suddenly lost altitude, struck i deliberation. One juror said a quick telephone wires and crashed with- | verdict was reached, in a few feet of Sergeant T A. Orr pleaded self-defense and con
ing false enirleh ranging from 1228 , Haslett s quarters at the army pobt.; tended Wells had broken up lo $340. iua&lott waa an uncle of Webb. Jhome.
Cecil Patton and J, D. Williams, tried for burglary were convicted Patton wa* a.xses.sed a 3-year penl-hu I tentiary sentence and William* a 3-year aentencad Miepended.
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W>l ln»frnurn*t«r <3* iUt»Uv« bumldity ..21%
'The residiitlon.s committ»v of the American Cotton Manufiulurers asscjclatlon was represented today as favoi trig a continuation of the processing tax until a substitute Is found,
This stand l.s in oppy^iiion to the demand of W D Anderson, president of the association, for the immediate abandonment of the tax In an address yesterday, Anderson denounced the proce.ssing tax and assailed Secretary of Agriculture Walliu'e. calling for hi.s resignation
It was indicated the resolution* committee headed by Donald Comer, Alabama manuf^iturer, would ln»i*t on a specific substitute to provide relief for the lotton fanner
^ O H Cloud, .sheriff* dep»ity m ¡charge of the case, said Paul Ivar ; Wharton. 25-year-old designer of iclotlie.s for film aetre.sses, was »hot by William Howard. 35. former navv ensiyn «*d later Wharton’s chauffeur Cloud .said Howard later .shot and probably fatally wounded Henry E Bolte. 38. law instructor at tlie ! University of California at Lo« A.n-geles.
I After injuring Bolte. Cloud «aid,
' Hov .id .shot and killed himself.
The .slaying of Wharton was tho ; tragic climax of a supper attended by two guests in hi* Hollywood
The coinniittee, which will report uperiment .studio. The other »hoot Saturday’s clofting hiid «..-..rjed law
before it Pre.-'ldent •secretary
lug* occurzed later in an apartment Wallaces 1934 report to ,^veral blocks away.
Rooaevelt In which the cloud said the aheriff» olfica was recommended considera- convinced the shootings were motiv-
tlon of possible alternate^ for the py financial differences invol-prf>ces»ing tax. ving the three men. and that a
He said it might be necessary I violent quarrel concerning mone.v to obtain revenue for benefit pay- Wharton and Bolte owned How-ani menta to farmer» either by lacreas-1 preceded the shootings, mg federal taxes or by providing *Our investigation has establiah-*i>ine new form of tax. . ed that a iran we know only as C,
A.S two possible sources of rev-; m, McDermott waa the third per-
enue, Wallace suggeated an In- son In the room at the time Whar-crea.se in Income taxes and a sale* ton was slain." Cloud said. "We beta x liev'e he wa* not involved in the
Marvin McIntyre .w*cretar.v to shoot ings, but other officers now
President Roosevelt, was present are looking fw him in the belief he
ran clear up minoi details pcrtoin-
befora »uggeaiing that the proce»»-i bea LOI I UN TAX, Page 14. Cot »i ing to the tragedy. ”