Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1935, Abilene, Texas
DY Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WuRLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' EDI flON H VOL. LV. FuH Leased Whtt of Associated Frets United (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, TWELVE PAGES (Evening Edition of The Abilene Morning Newt) Ray Evans, Comer Victim, Found Selassie Facing Revolt If He Accepts Plan D06GETT LOSES APPEAL Both Were Sentenced In Robbery and Slaying Of L F, Threet AUSTIN, Dec. penalty given Clifford Doggett In Kastland county on conviction of killing L. P. Threet near Cisco In August, 1934, was affirmed today by the court of criminal appeals. A robbery conviction against Mary Lou Howell, growing out of the same transaction, was 'reversed and remanded for retrial. She had been given a 20-year sentence In Callahan 'county. Vancleve's Testimony Elmer Vancleve's testimony quot- ed by the court was that Threet and Mary Lou Howell were In Threet's pasture in Callahan county, sitting on a pallet near a water tank, when he and Doggett with white cloths- over their faces came up armed with a 22 caliber rifle and s. 30-30 rifle, she obeyed an order to raise their hands. Threet did not. He was shot In the head, wllh the 22 cali- ber rifle by Doggett, robbed of more than and both left tied. Threet later died In a Cisco hospit- al, Lattlmort wrote both .Jgolnlons. Both dEfendtijta'jiia beta pSofrrtcted largely on "Va'hcieve's tes- ttffiohy. His story was that Doggett had told, him a girl was going to take a mail out In the country and proposed Wat they go and rob him. Her conviction was reversed .on a finding that there was no testimony to show that she had participated in the robbery nor Its planning. Doggett Overruled Judge Lattlmore held that It .was Immaterial who fired the shot tliat killed Threet, as between Vancleve and Doggett, and overruled Dog- gett's contention that a previous 99-year robbery sentence In con- nection with the same transaction barfed his trial on a murder charge. A murder charge against. Mary Lou Howell had not been tried. J >dffo Lattlmore said: "There was no question but that Mary Lou Hovjell-was present at the time of the commission of the alleged rob- bery, but the testimony of Vancleve falls to show anything said or done by her In aid or en- couragement of Dogget who actual- ly committed the robbery." "We have scanned- the evidence closely to see If there be facts sup- porting the prosecution that this robbery was committed in' pursance of a common Intent or formed de- sign in which the mind of Mart- Lou Howell united and concurred with the minds of the other par- ties but fail to find anything of material weight or value supporting proposition stated." Lad's Plea to Alfred Saves Dad Because Gov. Jama V. Allied of Texas has a little "partner" of hlg own In his 6-year-old Mn, he could understand the devotion that made George W. Nottley take his son from Port Huron, Mich., to El Paso and keep him there despite court award of the child's custody to the mother. After 8-year-old George, Jr., shown here with the gov- ernor, had pleaded, "Daddy and me are partnen, you Allred refined Michigan's request for Nottley's extradition on a kidnaping charge. STIES E1Y Mussolini Is Generally Expected To Accept Proposal As Basis for Negotiations By the Associated Press. The program of Great Brit- ain and France for peace in East Africa encountered an Bonus Heading For Cash Payment Next Year, Poll Reveals Question Has Preferential Status; To Be Reviv- ed Early In Session A Unllri rnw poll ot nnmn itiovi dB? thit payment nf tta vtttnnH banM If nlmojt certain to be vo'.ed ud Ihftl the Tetaruifl bloc probably Kin hive itrmiilh to over-ride a prmldentlil Trio Ir nraH- Mfy. Tfeo followlnr dlipiteh UBlyiH a poll ef on the Isoae. WASHINGTON, Dec. The veterans' bonus, center of con- early obstacle today, Ethiopian lour administrations officials asserting that Emneror basis Haile Selassie would loss his press poll of congress today to be throne if he dared to accept the proposal. Fear Revolt The Addis Ababa government au- thorities northern TlTe nrov- ince mi'st he kept bv Ethiopia lest native chiefs-Ins, ordered to retreat. rise in revolt on prounrts that Ihev oould have defended the province successfully. These officials described the peace olap. and Its reported provisions for exchange of land between Italv' and Ethiopia as a "reward for Italy, for breaking covenants, and another device to delav further sanctions.1 Halle Selassie's Paris minister. Wolde Marlam, conferred with Pre- mier Pierre Laval on the terms, as cliH Premier Mussolini's ambassador. 'Houston Armature Works Destroyed Important Session of "Conference Set For This Afternoon LONDON, Dec! 11. long diplomatic campaign for a navy equal to any came to a climax today, with Admiral Osaml Nagano ready to make an emphatic demand to the International naval confer- ence for equality with the United States and Great Britain. The Japanese delegation, between adjournment of the conference yes- terday and Its meeting this :Jter- noon, evolved a detailed presenta- tion of its argument lor abolition of the 5-5-3 ratio system and sub- stitution of the same tonnage for each power. spokesmen for other delega- tions described this afternoon's meeting as "an extremely Important session." The consensus of observers was Reporter Application Recommended By Commissioner that it opened the most critical 111 MOrnilllJ Fire Period of the parley, called to find _____ 1 a new agreement to reDlace the Washington and London naval llm- HOUSTON, Dec. thres- alarm fire early today destroyed the Houston Armature Works with a loss estimated at thousands of dollars In machinery and tools, and electric motors. Three men were in the building when the fire broke out, following an explosion in an electric baking oven. One. B. C. Bradley, was in- jured when he fell down a flight of stairs. Firemen fought the blaze in a pouring rain. Clipper Plane Has Stowaway HONOLULU, Dec. "stowaway" was laken off the Philippine clipper after the fly- ing boat alighted here yesterday from Alameda, Calif., en route to Manila. i- A mosqnllo was found by F. K. I Ipfee, board of health Inspector he searched the seaplane wllh spray gun and mosquito net. Lee said the Insect probably got aboard the clipper at Ala- meda. He explained the search was routine caution In maintain- ing Hawaii's record of having no disease bearing mosqultoa. See PARLEY, Page 11, Col. g Czechoslovakian Premier Resigns PRAHA, Czechoslovakia, Dec. 11 Premier Milan Hodza resign- ed today, explaining he was unable to solve the problem of finding a successor to President Themas G. Masaryk, whose resignation is ex- pected. cabinet members were ex- pected to quit this afternoon. Agrarians Take Mexican Ranch MEXICO, D. P., Dec. Official reports from the sta.ta of Puebla said today 200 Agrarians. shouting "viva cap- tured the Menatla ranch near At- llxo, k'Jllng and wounding several employes. Federal troops were sent from PL'tbla to the ranch. FISHING BOAT HELPLESS NEW LONDON, Conn., Dec. 11. fishing boat "Reliance" Is drifting helplessly In a murky sea co'-'th of Block Island and in need of assistance, according to a radio message received today at the coaat guard base. WASHINGTON, Dec. Examiner John P. Bramhall Tues- day recommended to the commu- nications commission that it grant the Reporter Broadcasting company permission to erect a new station at Abilene, Texas. The examiner recommended the commission deny a conflicting ap- plication filed by William O. Anslsy, Jr., doing business as the Gullford Broadcasting company. Bramhall said the Reporter Broadcasting company was in all respects qualified to construct and operate the new station and there was need for the service proposed. Ansley, he said, "does not possess the necessary financial qualifica- tions." The Reporter application was made contingent upon erection of antenna that would meet the com- mission's engineering requirements. Matt Blonton, Abilene attorney who handled presentation of the Reporter Broadcasting company's application before the commission, said that he hoped to obtain final approval of- the commission itself before the end of the year, con- struction will start soon after final approval. Plans are to be announ- ced later. Vlttarloj CetBttL JUDuee was expected to accept the propos- als. London and Paris left nothing for Italy to guess at in drafting the program to end the hostilities. Agreed upon a formula for peace, they prepared to postpone a league meeting scheduled for tomorrow to consider additional penalties against Italy. As a final gesture, they intended asking the league committee of five to take over the negotiations and carry them to comoletlon. Rome Silent The rest was up to n Duce and 'Inile Selassie. Rome was silent. Whether Musso- See WAR, Page II, Col. 7 headed for cash payment during the new year. A preferential order of business In the senate, the bonus Issue will be revived soon after congress meets Jan. 3. Overwhelming sentiment r-.r payment was shown In answers of congressmen and senators to the question: "Will you vote to pay the The voting was so heavily In favor that It appeared likely that veterans forces would have strength to over- ride a presidential veto. Efforts of two large veterans' or- ganizations, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War? to settle on a bill suitable to both were expected by capital observers to prove successful add to bring W- various bickerings at the last session Poet-Laureate Mrs. Grace Noll Cnmell (be- ot Dallas, Texu, was nam- ed poet laureate ot Texas for the coming year of the Texas Ccn- lennlaL (Aaoclated Pren Pho- FOR 3 OB Deputy and Client of the Shawnee Attorney Do Not Doubt That Body Is His Germany, Was Oldest Resident In Co. brought defeat when the president's veto was sustained In the senate. Preferred Treatment When the bonus plan was coming to a vote in the senate last spring democratic leaders promised to glvs it preferential treatment next year if It were allowed to go over. They did'not promise to support It but they agreed not to use any parlia- mentary maneuverings, such as com- mittee delays or other obstructions, to keep It off the senate floor. The administration's attitude ward revival of the bonus has not been clearly presented yet. Vet' erans' organizations expect the ad- ministration to attempt to arouse public antipathy toward the bonus emphasizing claims that new taxes would be necessary If the ad- lustel service certificates were to be redeemed In cash. The Jssue may be tied In wlUi economy efforts and presented as a burden which could not be properly fitted Into the government's budget. On the contrary, there was some reason to believe that treasury of- ficials, recognizing the power of the bonus drive, had worked out a plan for meeting the drain if necessary. The approximate value of the ad- j justed service certificates at ma- turity would be Loans have been made to holders of the certificates amounting to more than til a. few days before his Illness, picking cotton and doing other TCStlllCS chores. He would have been 90 j in Murder Trial j EBom In IMS In Rothzecnon', Ger- j nf Amarilln Man i many' Mn Kretschmer came to 01 rtUldllllU An-erlca In Janunary. 1895. Settling, I In Milam county, he resided there AMAHILLO. Dec. AD ieio, when he moved to Has- eye-wltness account of the slaying' of R. W. (Pat) GraVes was given today In the murder trial of Herman Wachtendorf, former deputy con- stable, by Albert Jarvls, taxi driver. Jarvls testified he saw Wnchten- dorf shoot Graves to death at the defendant's night club here last Special to the Reporter. HASKELL, Dec. rites for Christian Kretschmer, 98, Haskell county's oldest resident, were The bonus agitation started the set Wednesday afternoon at 3 day the armistice was signed and o'clock, from the home of a daugh-; has continued since. It began with ter-ln-law, Mrs. Richard Kretsch-; a payment to all veterans. The mer, 14 miles east of Haskell. Rev. post war depression found many vet- R.- N. Huckabee, pastor of the First Methodist church, was to officiate See BONUS, Page 11, Col. 7 for the service, with burial following In Willow cemetery here. Mr. Kretschmer. Ill only ft lea- days with pneumonia, died Mon- day afternoon at the home of his daughter-in-law. Despite his he had helped with farm work un- Robert Nelson of Dallas Crushed By Load of Drill Stems Robert H, Nelson, 22, employe of the Moore Truck Co., of Dallas, was killed Instantly today at 4 a. m. when the truck in which he was riding went Into a ditch six miles east of Abilene on the Albany high- way. The oil well supply truck was oadcd with drill stems which slid orwavd to cave-In the cab and crush the young man's body. His partner, Jack Howell, the driver, was thrown from the truck as It "careened off the highway shoulder Into the ditch. He was unhurt. Howell reported to officers ;hat the wheels cut under as the .ruck topped a hill, making him lose control of the steering wheel. Howell was unable to free Nel- son's body which was pinned In the cab by the drill stems. The heavy weight of the stems pushed the See ACCIDENT, Page 11, Col. 8 LINDSAY, Okla., Deo. (AP) of a bod; tentatively identified as that o: Ray Evans, missing Shawnee attorney, spurred officerr anew today in their investigation o the activities of Chester Comer slain suspect in the vanishing of five persons. Little Doubt Deputy Sheriff J. P. Mitchell o Gsrvln county, who was directed t the body by two farmers, said h had "no doubt" It was that o Evans, who disappeared Nov. 1: while en route from Shawnee to Flttstown to Interview a client. Mitchell was Joined in his Identl flcatlon by E. E. McCaughey. Llnd oil man and client of Evans. "I Just feel the body Is that o Mitchell Bald. "It has th same color hair and Is that of a man about Evans' size. I don' think there is any doubt." Mitchell said discovery of th body led officers to believe those o three other victims of Comer mlgh be found nearby. They are L. A Simpson, Piedmont farmer, his son Warren, 14, and Lucille Stevens Comer, second wife of the suspect Comer was wounded Willy by Os car Morgan, BlanchafamHsnal, and Impons. The bullet-riddled body of a glr found in Wyandotta' county, Kansas last October, already had been Iden tified definitely as that of Elizabeth Chllders Comer, first wife of the suspect. Comer was wounded fatally by Oscar Morgan, Blanchard marshal. The hitchhiker admitted Lhe deaths of Evans and the Simp- sons to E. Smith Hester, McClaln county attorney, before he died In an Oklahoma City hospital. "The body was badly decomposed and absolute identification will be hard, but I am sure It Is that of Ivans because It fits his descrip- tion In every Mitchell said. "Evans had thinning red hair so does the body. Evans was of short stature. The body Is that of See BODY FOUND, Fajre 11, Col Wichita Falls to Decide On Bonds For Power Plant WICHITA PALLS, Dec. Citizens of Wichita Falls were vot- ng today on a proposal to Issue bonds for the construc- ;lon of a municipal electric light and power plant. Revenues of both the proposed light plant and the city water system would be pledged as security on the PWA loan. An outright grant of would ac- company the loan. Strong opposition to the proposal las developed as the water system has provided a surplus of approxi- mately annually, which has nabled the city to avoid tax rate Ikes. Work Available For Almost Entire Relief Roll Over Area Doctor Favors Buxom Female DALLAS, DM. Henry Turner of OUaoma City acclaimed the buxom flture as more tmntlfoi M wen u more health? thin (he macl- a4ed type. In a paper je-rterday at meetlni of the North Teni Medical anoclallon. Dr. Turner noted that the diet fads of a lev years igo had been abandoned. largely, and credit- ed the chanire to an aetreai who, he old, had mad: curves pop.' nlar again. He did not name actress. Other cpeaken Included Dr. Q. B. Lee, of Wichita Falta. Trial Is Postponed On Charge of Counter- feiting Coins Trial of E. H. Wells, under four Indictments here charging counter, felting and offering to pass coun- terfeit coins, was unexpectedly poned In 104th district court Wed- nesday morning when Sheriff John Bond of Palo Pinto county tele. phoned the sheriffs department here the defendant had escaped at 5 a, m. Wells, Indicted Saturday, had been released to Palo Pinto officers lor trial early this week on a charge of theft over However, gta: ,CTlmlnU -xJljtrc rTfc reached theft''Monday Deputy O.. H. Howard, of wag instructed to return the man to Abilene. He stopped at a filling- station there- for gasoline at start of the trip, and Wells Jumped from the car, disappearing In the early morning darkness. Officers had no trace of him at noon, Sheriff Bond said. RANCHMAN DIES LAREDO, C. Stroman, 70, prominent Jim Hogg county bonier and ranchman, died at his Hebronvllle home early to- day. He had been ill for several days. Eighty Chinese Soldiers Killed PEIPINO, Dec. Chinese soldiers were killed today jy Manchukuoan troops who cap- ured the town of Paochang. In Chahar, using artillery and airplanes n the attack. Among those killed was LI Ho Chang, commander of the local peace preservation Chinese announce- orces of the orps, official lents said. Paochang Is 40 miles west of :uyuan. In southeastern Chahar, which a Monchukuoan force was re- wrted to have Invaded yesterday and to be still holding. Thirteen de- enders of Kuyuan were killed by .Innchutuoan troops when they aptured the town, which Is only bout 100 miles south of Dolo Nor, irhere soviet troops recently clashed with a Japanese Manchukuoan orce. See MAN DIES, Page 11, Col. 7 STEADY RAIN AT HOUSTON Residents Again Nervous After Severe Flood HOUSTON, Dec. dents became nervous again today a brother, "Red" Graves, were fight- of "Ghosts" (jood-slz-, M a steady rain began falling on the Ing E. P. Tlmmons, a deputy con- ed individual gifts, the Goodfcllov, heels of the most disastrous flood stable, when Wachtcndorf appear-! fund climbed to Wednesday.! slnce the founding of Houston. ed and, a seconds later, opened Not all returns are In from the! Waters of Buffalo and White 1 bayous which went on a rampage over the week-end, did damagce es- Goodfellows- Thanks to proceeds from the Hnr- September 18. He said Graves and din-Simmons Players' presentation lire. The witness said the Graves, final report probably will brrothers were intoxicated. boost the total by several dollars. E. C. Nelson overruled a defense motion that J. W. Graves, father of the slain man and a for- rrer Texas ranger, be barred from the courtroom, but ordered that he be searched each time he cntercd. Proscutors said reports of r.llegcd threats against the defendant prompted the defence motion. to channels, leaving down- The half-way mark Is vet to be "mated at more than and reached, with less than two week.', at least Beven llves. return- to go. Many of the fund's loyal sup- porters of other yean already have: made their contributions, so it be-! City and private forces worked gins to look as If there Is a bit of lnrouBn the rain today, rebuilding rough weather ahead unless Ablicn- handle the emergency and plan- covered with debrts GOODFELLOWS, Pagall, Col. 8 I FLOOD, Paf e 6, CoL 1 Reports compiled by the district 12 office of the works progress ad- ministration in Abilene show that work Is available for virtually the entire relief roll for the area. In Callahan, Coke, Eastland, and Stephens counties requisitions'for work turned over to the National Re-employment serv- ice have outnumbered the eligible relief workers. The other counties, including Taj lor, have Issued requ- isitions for a number slightly under the total ellgiblss. Announcement was made Wed- nesday from the office of W. S. James, district director, that 2.440 men and v -ien are at work In the entire district. WPA officials ex- pect to boost the total number of workers to S.8CO by Saturday. Requisitions have been Issued for workers in district 12 as com- pared with the list of as of December B, totaling The ellg- bles are divided Into males and 773 females. Sewing rooms, li- brary work and tax work hive ab- sorbed 647 of the females. A total of 468 men have been requisitioned for work In Taylor county but only 300 have reported to the NRS office, according to a statement from that office. "There Is no need lor additional requisitions In this county until the relief workers report for the places already open for said Mr. James, Partial explanation for the ap- parent shortage of labor may be due to federal work on the under- passes and projects ether than WPA which ore absorbing a por- tion of the eligible relief list, re- port WPA officials. Out of 869 ellglbles In Taylor county, 708 are men (ind 161 wom- en. One hundred twenty-nine are employed temporarily In prlvaix business. Requisitions have been Is- sued for 107 more than listed on the relief roll. Work orders have been issued for 466 men In Taylor county, leaving 111 unrequliltloricd. BRITAIN TO DEFAULT WASHINGTON, Dec. The British government has formal- y advised the United States of its ntentloti to default the December 15 installment of the British war debt, the state department announc- ed today. Weil Abilene and tonight tnd Thursday. Weet Weal o: lOOlh meridian Tartly cloudy lor.lchi ud Thuradaj; allgJiily colder m Panhandle tonight. East Eanl of 100th meridian Cloudy, probably occasional rain In cart and central portion" tonlghl. and Thuraday; northeast and central tonlRht. Teinpera'.um Tues. Wed. p.m. R.m. 37 -16 ll ____, Midnight Noon Dry Ihermomelfr ReUUvg humidity ..535S 47 37 4T Sunset 7p.m. 7a.m. Ifl' JJ'