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Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1935, Abilene, Texas CLO TLY lUDY "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WURLD EXACTLY AS IT EDI' FION LV. Full leased tyres of Associated Press United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, TEN PAGES (Evening Edition of The Abilene Hornlnp News) NUMBER 154 Conflicting Clues In Star's Death Laval Wins Vote Of Confidence On Peace Policy BONUS PUT SQUARELY BEFORE FD Suspect Returned to Trenton Joseph Schaz, (center) arrested recently in Dallas, is shown here as he was being returned to Trenton, N. J., on a five year old pay- roll robbery charge. Detective James Di Louis, (left) ijdiculed a Wory In the New York American that Schaz was a secret witness who flight save Bruno Richard llauplmann from the electric chair. Have Hopes o1 Payment Declares Murphy On Departure mm. Duvall And Hopkins Want "The Truth In Po- lice Probe" AUSTIN, Dec. ear- ly special session of the legislature to consider charges made during a house committee's investigation of the public safety department was recommended by State Senator W. K. Hopkins, Gonzales, and Bop. J. C. Duvall, Fort Worth, today. Duvall and Hopkins believed tlir session should be called soon to "learn the truth or falsity of all charges" so the legislature mlglit take remedial action. They mention- ed specifically charges of intimida- tion of witnesses, a "tip off" in Last Of 200 Victims Wit- nesses Will Be Heard By Friday WASHINGTON, Dec. The American Legion demand lor cash payment of the bonus was laid squarely before President Roosevelt today at the White House by Bay Murphy, national commander. The lowan laid before tTie presi- dent the legislative program adopted by the legion. Ifc Included. In ad- dition to the bonus, pensions for widows and dependent children of World war veterans, the universal service bill for war time and ade- quate national defense. Murphy was accompanied to the White House by John Thomas Tay- lor, chairman of the legislative com- mittee of the legion. As they left, Murphy refused to comment on the president's attitude but when asked If he thought a cash bonus bill could be passed over a veto, replied: "We are hoping to have a bonus bill become law. We are not even discussing a Veto." Murphy told newsmen he had "reason to believe" the legion and Hie 'vfieians of foreign wars WWflH be united on a bonus bill at the coming session of congress. In pas; years they have stood for conflict- ing proposals. Experimental Rocket Bursts ABERDEEN, Wash., Dec, Bushnell's blp ex- perimental rocket exploded last night after a 100-Foot flight and rained back in pieces on a field near here. The short-lived ascension of the 11-foot rocket, supposedly able to carry a human passenger, climaxed Bushnell's tliree-hour attempt to ignite the first of the projectile's 130 powder charges, designed to fire successively. Bushnrll had planned It for a flight- He was crestfallen at the sorry end of his ?100 worth of powder and months of work. He was undecided whether to build a new rocket. French Premier Tells Kidnapers Demand Ransom of To Release Milne PHILADELPHIA, Dec. Alleged Udnapers of Caleb J. Mil- ne, 4th, have communicated with rj his wealthy, aristocratic family and have demanded ransom, it was said In authoritative quarters today. Although police officials In New York City, where young Milne wns reported to have been abducted, con- tinued to say he merely was "miss- Ing." federal agents and tile activi- ties of the Milne family Indicated he was In the hands of kidnapers. men Pecan Growers to Meet In Abilene CHICAGO, Dec. end of the government's parade of 200 "victim" witnesses In the Drake estate mail fraud trial was in sight ranger gambling raids, and James V. Allred's complaint the committee was unfair. Allred, away on a aeer hunt, has Indicated the special session to i'alse revenue will not be called until pension data is available. H i s Announcement was made In Brownwood Tuesday that Abilene has been selected for the annual winter meeting and pecan show of the West Texas Pecan Growers as- today as Prosecutor Austin Hall said Delation The conclave and show the last of the group probably would will be held Thursday, January 16. be heard by Friday night. Association offers attending the meeting: at Brownwood were J. C Still In reserve were the govern- DoMs of Menard_ president; Wen- mcnfs key witnesses, Barrister fiell Mayes of Brownwood. secre- Charles challen of London and De- and W. s. Price of Gustlne, vice-president. A feature of the program will be an explanation of the pecan grow- ers holding movement, intended to obtain higher prices. H. G. Lucas of Brownwood will give the expla- nation. The pecan show of tills associa- I tectlve Inspector Arthur Bishop of i Scotland Yard, whose testimony, Hall said would prove there Is no i Bir Francis Drake estate such as the 41 defendants are Gov. alleged to have described, that tion Is the largest of its kind held 11 The name of Elizabeth, the virgin queen of EnEland, was linked scand- j Texfls alously with that of the frccbootlng Sir Francis yesterday by witness I. JL j. ___ E. BOIUS of Mitcheii. s. D. j Attorney Faces He said defendant Thomas j Trial Throckmorlon told a crowd of Drake 11 liH Gem Gives Benefit Show Thursday; Total Now Crowding 1934 Ooodfellows: had challenged the deputies We were down at noon to- i to overthrow his government, and day. That is to say, the total of said he refused "to go to Geneva 1935 Goodfeiiows offerings, at that I under humiliating conditions." He Peace Plan Necessary To Avert War By Associated Press. Rome admitted today a sec- tion of its army in northern Ethiopia had been out-maneuv- ered by an Ethiopian first official Italian admission that the fascist troops had suf- fered a reverse in the Italo- Etfiionian war. Moving in the valley of the Takkaze river, Ethiopians said to have forced back i tents' but described it as Italian outposts, with oonsidera- the com- r munlcation demanded ransom and '--S--S on hoth Bides. I enclosed a blood stained clipping Italian officers at Asmara, Erilrea. predicted that skirmishes between Italians and Ethiopians on the northern front were a prelude to mass assaults by Emperor Halle Selassie's men. The Franco-British program to from a newspaper of a story de- scribing the kidnaping. It was re- ported to have read: "One more false move and your name will be finish. Do as letter says. If you fall you will find him dead. Send (the amount was not disclosed, but was said to be ap- tlons of and Take them to New York. Grandson waiting for orders." The communication was address- ed to Caleb J. Milne Jr.. 74-year- old retired textile manufacturer and grandfather of the missing youth. Grandfather Denies It.' The communication was said to represcntlng themselves as agents of the kidnapers. Described ta "Hoi." received a communication from kid- Federal agents revealed the fam- napers. Sunday he expressed com- lly had received a communication plete unconcern over the dlsappear- from persons claiming to hold Mil- ance of Ills 23-year-old grandson, ne. They would not divulge its con- saying he believed he had merely stayed away from home overnight. Th communication was said to See KIDNAPING, Page 9, Col. settle the war moved one step nearer discussion by the League of Nations when the French chamber of depu- ties expressed Its confidence In Pre- mier Laval's handling of the situ- statement to the session ended last j Investors at Mitchell that Queen '.ifalth was that they would not be Hlzabeth had a child by Sir Francis. ailed back before .January. Abilene nml cloudy night and Weil ut lOOJh nieridi.in Fair LonlRlit ami Wednesday; probably fi In southeast prjrtlnn InnlpM. East rf moth mprldlnn ParLly cloudy Ionian! and Wednesd Bolus quoted Throckmorton as ex- plaining that Oscar Hartzell, chief defendant had an assignment of the estate from a descendant of the sup- posed child. Paul Von Arb, nn investor from Alton, Town, was rebuked by Judge LONGVIEW, Dec. (UP Trial of W. L. Olfphant of Dallas, attorney and minister, on charges of barratry, was held In abeyance today pending an investigation by the grievance committee of the Longview bar association. Ollphant was indicted here last Nov. 8. The Indictment charged that null- T o IT i i j I J-'JC JiJUJUUJlCJJli UJJMlgtnj L1JM'. Philip L. Sullivan when he said he th pastor-lawyer made a personal had misplaced receipts for donations- he made. Judge Sullivan told him id to go home and find them. solicitation of O. M. Emcrsole's le- sal business in connection with an explosion near Kilgore last year. NO NEED FOR FOR MURDER NAVAL PARITY hour, 'stood at and at the same hour in 1934 Jt stood at It's like an exciting horse race: like the Waggoner Handicap of November 16 when Top Row and Rip Van "Winkle went under the wire so close together you could have almost laid one blanket on both. Yesterday the 1934 total had an edge of over this year's, hut last night's offerings ran to we are only shy at this writing. If we continue to gain in that proportion we will (1) beat lust year'? total, and (2) raise the needed one thousand dollars to meet our requirements in bringing a happy Christmas to the other- wise Chris tmasless, GEM THEATRE TO GIVE GOODFELLOW BENEFIT Here's good news, and thank-, to the generous donors: The Gem theatre, owned by Mr. find Mrs. J. J. Cheshire, will give a benefit show Thursday, continuous See GOODFELLOM'S, Page 9, Col. 6 en Seize Would-Re Extortionist Gets a Break ju BINGIIAM, Utah, Dec. Timothy, 45, broke T.ls leg two years apo and phys- icians advised lie could overcome a resultant limp only by letting them break It again and reset It. TImolliy pn-ferrrd to Ifnip. SRtnrtljvy he fell gvcsKcA It: Same teg, same plncc. Physicians said today ft was n, "perfect break" for resetting lo overcome the limp. Mother of Nine Children Poisoned Husband WOODSTOCK, Ont., Dec. Elizabeth Tilford, 56 years old and mother of nine children died on the gallows in the Wood- stock county julvard today for the poison slayinq of her third husband She was Iho first woman to be hanged in Ontario in 62 years. None of her was present as she entered the courtyard slowly from iier cell, where she had been In a virtual Mate of collapse, and i walked weakly through softly falling snow to the scaffold. The trap was sprung at a. m., nnd death announced to have been instantaneous. Four of Mrs. Tlford's children Mirvlve. She was convicted here last Oc- tober of poisoning her last husband. Tyrcll Tilford, after she offered no defense witnesses, hut her counsel trier) to show hy rrosA-ex.-irnlnnllon rf.at Tilford mljht have committed suicide j Norman Davis Tries To Persuade Japan LONDON, Dec. H. Davis, the United States chief delegate to the international naval conference, told the Japanese today that Inasmuch as neither the United States nor Japan has any intention of taking the offensive against the, other, there Is no reason to change I WASHINGTON, Dec. J. Edgar Hoover today announced the arrest of John Williamson and said he had confessed to mailing an ex- tortion letter to John Asa Wilkins, president of the State National bank at Houston, Texas. The director of the bureau of in- vestigation said a letter sent Wllkir.s had threatened Injury if the banker failed to pay ?500. j Q-men seized the youth when he i appeared at a spot designated for I payment of the money. Can't Fool With Feds Says Wanderer HOUSTON. Dec. "You can't fool with the government." Thus John Williamson, youthful wanderer, summed up his new out- look on life pleading guilty before United States Commissioner demanded that interpellations of the government In the Itnlo-EthJoplan situation be deferred until Dec. 27. The chamber approved his request by a vote of 300 to 352. Thus the French premier will make what he called "a last effor at peaceful siUlement" at Geneva If Premier Mussolini of Italy doe not accept the Franco-British pla "in parliamentary source predicted, no alternatives will be proposed by Laval. Laval old the French chambe; of deputies today he agreed on the now celebrnted Franco-British peace proposals b end the war between Italy an( Ethiopia to avert war in Europe- While he spoke before legislator who both insulted and praised him the British cabinet met to draft an answer to critics of the peace plan drawn up at Paris by Laval anr Sir Samuel Hoare, the British for- eign secretary. The turn taken by the diplomatic interchange tangent to the East Alrican campaign at ment against the plan which ha? forced French and British leaders to the Prime Min- ister Stanley Baldwin reportedly staking the Hie of his government on the issue that tlie program was reasonable. However, :the government mnjor- ity in the house of commons ap- peared sufficient lo avert a crisis if the matter came to a vote, despite See WAR, Page 9, Col. 5 Spinal Meningitis Epidemic Spreads Quarantines" Ordered After Three Additional Deaths Reported Woman Admits Mercy Killing OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. more deaths In Okla- homa from spinal meningitis, this time In the central portion of the state, led today to new quarantines. Two Yukon school boys died In Oklahoma City hospitals and a farm woman died near Lexington. OJda., 40 national guardsmen, 14 nurses and five doctors worked In tho quarantined Klowa county area where the disease first appeared. Dr. A. L. Johnson, El Reno, On- nndian county health officer, said he would quarantine the homes of mm Film Beauty's Body Is Found In Garage After Gay Saturday Night Party LOS ANGELES, Deo. maze of conflicting and mysterious circumstances confronted police today in the investigation of the death of Thelma Todd, blonde screen beauty. Finding definite traces of car- bon monoxide poisoning, the county autopsy surgeon said she probably died in her garage about 4 a, m., Sunday, after she lad been driven home from a ray Hollywood party by Ernest Peters, livery proprietor. Not Certain. Later, however, Dr. A. S. Wagner, the autopsy surgeon said: "It Is quite possible Miss Tod4 might have come to her death after 4 p. m. Sunday. In this cold weather It Is difficult to d e t ermine how ong In the matter of hours a person I has been dead." Martha ?Vjrd. wife of Wallace Ford of the films, told po- ice she talked t WASHINGTON, Dec. Red Cross announ- ced today It had sent six nurses to Snyder, Okla., io aid county and stale health authorities In combatting a spinal meningitis epidemic In Kiowa county. Dale Russell find George Owen Wheatley, the Yukon boys who died He also ordered the Yukon schools and the Yukon movie theater closed. Yukon citizens were told to keep out of crowds and advised to keep ;helr children at home for a while. Dr. C. M. Pearce, state health, com- missioner, was to visit the Yukon section later today with Dr. John- son. Dr. Virgil Jobe of the state lealth department began an investi- gation at Yukon this morning. The death of Mrs. J, A. MndnrK See QUARANTINE, Pap; 9, Col. 5 I Creager Withholds His Prediction On Outcome In This State WASHINGTON, Dec. prediction that Texas againmlght be a "fighting group" In the next presidential election came todaj from its national commlttceman, R. D. Crcager of Brownsville. Concluding conferences with na- tional party leaders, Greaser said he planned to wait until next sum- mer to make a definite prediction on the outdome of (he Lone Star state campaign In the state. "We're playing a walling lie said. "The tide against Roose- velt Is turning pretty rapidly and If It keeps up. Texas again may be ft fighting ground. If we find by next summer theer Is a real chance to win, we will put on a real battle; If not we won't waste time or money; we will direct our efforts In some other states where we may have a better chance." The Texan snld other southern states might be found In the repub- lican column If the party effectively organized with what he termed the "constitutional democrats." WOONSOCKET, H. I, Dec. Marie Simome Scvigny, un- registered nurte and sclf-Btylcii "mercy whispered an almost inaudible plea of "not guilty" to a swooned Into the arms of a police murder charge today and then matron. While a crowd awaited expcclant- ;Iy In an adjacent courtroom, the 26-year-old brunette nurse, pale and listless after hours of questioning, was arraigned In a small anteroom as she sat on couch the ma- tron. Court Clerk Henry A. Iloberge or private conference table. Davis told the assembled con ferces that the usefulness of the Washington treaty of sot the Brltlsh-Amcrlcan-Japanese navies on R 5-5-3 been fully demonstrated and that there was no reason to the exlst- ng system. AdmlraJ Nagano, however, dirt not Sec PARLEY, Page 9, Col. 7 See BOY HELD, Page 9, Col. 7 CLAIM AIRMAIL RECORDS LONDON, Dec. Airways claimed a world's record today for the greatest load of air- mail ever carried. The occasion was the departure of a plane from Brlndisi, Italy, with two and one-half tons of Christmas mall for India and the far east. her "out of her suffering." By agreement between pol'.ce and hehr counsel, she will be taken soon to Rhode Island state hospital and subjected to a mental examination. She woa quoted nis saying she has a sister in a Concord, N. H., insane asylum and that another sister died there a year ago. Meanwhile deaths of numerous j olhJr of her patients will be Inves- i llgated. GET 2 MONTHS By Paying Year in Advance If you are now paying COc pfr month for this newspaper, that makes J7.20 per vcar. If you will pay for TEN months In advance during December only Bt 60c per month we will GIVE YOU the other TWO MONTHS FREE. TAKE YOUR CHOICE The Abilene Daily Reporter ------Or------ The Abilene Morning News EITHER PAPER, ONE YEAR, CITY CARRIER, INCLUDING SUNDAYS.............. nOTII PAPERS, ONE YEAH. WITH SUNDAYS, nv cnr CARRIER OR MAIL.................... EITHER PAPER, BY MAIL, ONE YEAR, INCLUDING SUNDAYS............. (Effective In Zones I anil 2 Only) PRINTED YOU FIRST BteBunaiySi noon over the tel- j ephone. "I am certain It was her THELMA TODD Mrs. Ford said. "She told me: 'I'll j be with you in a half-hour. When you see who I am bringing with, me to your party, you'll drop dead I'" Mrs. Ford said the voice added: "Oh, and another went to a party last night, and I'm still In evnlng clothes. Do you Clad in a sequin-spangled evening" gown and mink coat, which she had worn to the Saturday night affair at a Hollywood cafe, the actress was found dead at n. m. Monday by her maid, May Whltchead. The body was slumped behind the wheel of her automobile In the garage. Face Bloody. Miss Wliltcliead said she came back after a Sunday holiday, missed her mistress, went to the garage and found the door slightly open. The actress' face was bloody and a crown of a tooth had been, dislodged in her mouth. The Ignition key was in the lock of the car, and It had been turned on. Peters, who police said was tha last person to have seen Miss Todd alive, related ho drove her and her mother to Hollywood at 8 p. m. Sat. urday. Between 2 and 3 a. nj. he called for her at the Trocade- ro and drove her home to her own cafo on the coast highway lour miles north of Santa Monica. Accustomed lo escorting her from the machine to the door of her apartment above the cafe, Peters said he was told by Miss Todd that she would "look after herself." Ho arrived back nt his Hollywood stand at a. m., he said. Purposely Locked Out Co-partner with the actress in the cafe venture, Roland West, former 1m director, told Capt. Bruce Clark he had "locked out" Miss Todd Sun- day morning fron) her living quar- ers because she had been "getting In late." 'As it was necessary for me to stay up Inte and open the door fer her." West said, "I told hor when she started for the Trocadero that she See THELMA TODD, Pajc 9, Col. i Angelo Liquor Vote Contested SAN ANGEIX3. Dec. suit contesting last Tuesday's liquor election In Justice precinct 2 Is set: for hearing Friday morning In 51st district court. The contest petition alleges that the ballots were mis- leading antl that even some 'Jf the leaders on hoth sides did not know which way they should vote. 1" h e ballots were alleged to be ambigu- ous, vaguo and contradictory. The suit was fled by Mr. and MTS. R. O. Scott, who own property on which several liquor houses are lo- cated. The results were declared as 275 to 102 for withdrawal of the wet status of the precinct and imposi- tion of tola! prohibition. ;