Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1935, Abilene, Texas
CLO 1TLY IDY "WITHOUT OR W Abilene Batlp T OR W TH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WuRL TH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WuRLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron EDI1 RON jfr- VOL. LV. Full Leased Wires of Associated Press United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER PAGES (Evening Edition ot The Abilene Morning Hew) NUMBER 155 LEAGUE MAY DROP SANCTIONS Stevens Wins New Trial In Handley Slaying TO CLOSE RELIEF OFFICE American Venus Miss Mardee Hof( se lectcd from models as the "Elrl with the most beautiful fis- 'ure in accepted the hallerje of Rosemary Andree. dancer and British beau- ty winner, to match her pliysica! perfection. (Associated Press Old-Fashioned Christma With Bulging Yuletide Stockings Indicated NEW YORK'- Dec. Christmas trade has swelled to the largest volume since 1930 and cur- rent retail sales are running 10 to 30 per cent ahead of a year ago trade reports today. Indications were that business for the month of Deccmoer would read the largest volume in 5 years. "An old-fashioned Christmas with the traditional yuletide stocking bulging to almost prosperity size fyned in store for America today telegraph reports to the Nation- Retail Dr Goods Association yrom defpartment and specialty stores in representative cities through out the country indicated that retail sales hid expanded, almost 10 per cent over last year for the first' half of a survey of the isso- clation said. The publication Hardware Age reported that hardware stores prob- ably were enjoiing the best Christ- mas trade since 1929 and retail wift sales volume "will likely reach to within 5 or 10 per cent of the rec- ord total of that year." December volume of trade today was placed 20 to 30 per cent ahecd of the cor- responding 1934 period. Other Indications of the business boom, reflecting improvemen I of income 'or the average American during the past year, were seen In the huge crowds thrcnrring stores in the main shopDinc districts of metropolitan Now York and in the fact that store advertising of Christmas products has increased Sec BUSINESS. Pase 8, Col. 5 School Children Will Hunt Bodies OKLAHOMA CITY. Dec. OT men nnd pupils will join nday In a vast search over 42 flintier, of central Oklahorna'forthe dies of L. A. Simpson, missing Piedmont farmer, nnd his 14-year- old son Warren, believed lo be vic- tims of 'ho late Chester Comer, hitch-hiking Mayer. John Vaiighan, state superinten- dent of public Instruction, said he hod written county superlntendf.'ii'cs asking them to notify all school districts to in the search. I Skeletonized Force Will Be Maintained After First of Year R. C. Conly, district relief admin- istrator, announced Wednesday that the district 13-A office In Abilene will be closed January 1. Under the new state set-up, only unempioyables will be retained on the relief rolls and they will receive aid directly from the state office at Austin. The present district 13-A will be absorbed by skeleton organizations with headquarters at Sweetwater and Eastland. Small office forces will be retained to supervise work in the counties ol these two dis- tricts. The county staffs will be re- duced to three case workers, an In- take clerk and a secretary. Office At Sweetwaler Taylor county will be shifted to district 19 with the central office et Sweetwater. Other counties !n the new district are Runnels and Jones of the old 13-A, and Coke. Fisher, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scur- ry and Sterling of the old 13-B. District 14 office at Eastland will serve Eastland, Stephens, Shackel- iord. Callahan. Coleman, Brown, Comancne and 'Erath counties. P. A, becorne; the new administrator at Eastland. Administrator for the Sweetwater sector will be Miss Nel- lie M. Henderson, case, supervisor for 13-B. Conly to El Paso Conly stated he had accepted ft position as one of the state's six metropolitan paymasters. He will be stationed at El Paso and will as- sume his duties there January 16. Other relief paymasters will be lo- cated at Houston, San Antonio, See RELIEF, Page II, Col. 2 Sixth Victim of Maniac Dies LOS ANGELES, Dec. (IF} The sixth victim of an enraged fed- eral relief worker died today of bullet wounds. Four wives have been widowed and six children made fatherless by Charles N. Layman, 44, former water boy" on a WPA project who hot down seven men Monday, Layman said he planned the hootlrjgs because the workers .bused and ridiculed him. Five murder complaints have eady been Issued against Layman. He will be given a preliminary hear- :ig Dec. 23. Harold Johnston, the sixth vlr.- 1m. died today. Another worker shot In the wrist. Fear Dog Worth May Be Held for Ransom CHICAGO, Dec. (AP) Fear that Red, a. dog with a trust fund, was in the hands of kidnapers led to a po- lice investigation today. Miss Marie An-erls Hunter, Red's guardian, said the anima had been missing since Monday and she believed he is held for ransom. Red Inherited the trust fund three years ago from Mrs. Alice Hunter, his mistress and foster mother of Miss Hunter. Goodf allows! Your attention, please you prayerful attention. We are taking a long chanci frankly gambling. At noon toda our 1935 total of offerings wi and that was bette than last year's total at the sam hour. Feeling excited and happ about that, the Goodfellows' secre tary and Goodfellow O. A. Hale an Margaret (Mrs. Schmie have hiked the bag-packing from 500 to 600. "We had been figuring that th Christmas dinner to 500 need be .'about our Um: GotjdreJloir.i: Don't forget the Grm Theatre benefit [or the GoodfeUoivs, Thursday r.Remoon, L to II p.m. con- tinuous, Tie picture will be Mono- crnm rieluiTB' "Broken fea- tarinr the bop actor. Busier Thclpi. It trill be n bill nnd 3011 can nnu the thow for 5 futil 10 cenl.i. Pay marc It you like. All proceeds lo the Goodfellons no for any- thing-, nnnonnrc Mr. and Alrj. J. J. Cheshire, of the Gem. on the basis of in hand. Fooc is higher this year, you know, an Buyer Hale has been gloomy ove the prospect. But when the Good fellows' secretary telephoned tha had come In.overnight with to- days to go, Goodfellow Hale wen Into conference with Goodfello Schmidt, and the decision to strife for a 600-family goal resulted. It Is a fact that prices are highe this year. Every home buye knows It. The Goodfellows buy on L most generous market, virtuallj it cost with no commissions, over _iead or any other a. per today's estimates, when Buy- er Hale starts out Saturday morn- ing to make his purchases, he Is go- ing to have to pay for each Goodfellows' family dinner. Menu: One dressed hen. One Jar of Jelly. One bunch of celery Two loaves of bread. Two cans o corn (fancy Country Gentleman) Two cans of tomatoes. Five pounds of potatoes. One bag of cakes. Two pounds of candy. One orange anc See GOODFELLOWS. Page 11, Col 8 Relatives Of Milne Have Ready Jnable to Arrange a Con- tact Authoritative Sources State PHILADELPHIA, Dec. eiatlves of Caleb J. Milne, 4th, ive ready to pny kidnapers r his freedom but are unable to rrange a contact, authoritative rt- Indicated today. Fcur days afler the heir to a lex- le fortune disappeared from a Naw j-V rooming house no word had me from him directly and one ot o ransom notes reported to havp. en at Die palatial Inme grandfather was stained with Friends and relatives of the youth II they had no trace of him be- no! offered by notes purport- g to bo from kidnapers. But ac- In Philadelphia and the sub- ban Germantown home of his (htr and grandfather and the me of an aunt in Woodstock !n- they hoped for his return any moment. Ail authoritative source said Cal- Stf KIDNAJ1NG, tifn 8, CoL 6 j CALEB J. MILNE. 4TU I IN .KILLING OFfMEilnN Was An Associate of W D. May, Executed Las September For Hand ley Murders AUSTIN, Dec. 0. D. Stevens, given a deal penalty in Tarrant county, wa granted a new trial today b. the state court of criminal ap peals. May Executed Stevens was charged with partlc ipatlon in a Handley murder am tried for ttie death of one of 'thre men whos bodies were recoverec from the Trinity river In July, 193; afrer a S70.0DO postal robbery. W. D. May, convicted in a com Tianlon case, was electrocuted Sept 6. 1935, after he failed to Ret a re nrieve until the court could pass on the Stevens case. A new trial for Stevens was on a finding of error In thi trial Judge's charge to the Jury. Mav was convicted of killing Jack "5turdlvant, Eula. one of the trio He also was indicted In the killlne of J. B. and Bury Rutherford Stevens was tried for the murdei of Harry Rutherford of Abilene. Circumstantial evidence was usec against both' May and Stevens. BojJ were gJvDn-2B-jrear sentences' In fed oral court before being tried for thi slaying. The federal conviction: were for robbery of the night rail way mall station at the Fort "Worth Union depot. Feb. 21. 1933. Stevens was pictured as the "master mind' in that robbery. May was brought from AJcatraz Island prison in San Francisco har- bor to rf-e'vc hfc death -sentence Reviews Testimony Judge C. G. Krueger wrote the olnion. He reviewed 'much of the testimony, concluding that the jury was justified In reaching the infer- ence that there was a conspiracy between May and Stevens to kii: Rutherford. He held that, on the theory of conspiracy, the acts and declara- tions of May when Stevens was not present were admissible In testl- See STEVENS, 11, Col. g ZECH VOTERS ELECT BENES r-oreign Minister Will Suc- ceed Masaryk PRAGUE. .Czechoslovakia. Dec. 18, Edouard Benes. foreign minister, was elected president o! Czechoslovakia today, to succeed Thomas G. Masaryk. Masaryk resigned because he wish- d to retire to private life, at 85 'ears of age, after serving as chief ixecutive since the formation of the at the end of the World IVar. Benes is 51. and one of the fore- nost statesmen of Europe. He Is resident of the League of Nations ssembly. He was co-organizer with rfasaryk of the Czech nationalist lovernent and has been foreign ilnlster ever since 1918, In addition 0 serving as premier in 1921 anil 922. He was Czechoslovakia's del- gate to the league since Its founda- lon. One of his triumphs was In idlns In the formation of the littl-J ntente, which grouped Czechoslo- akla, Roumanla and Jugo-Slavia 1 a close working alhance. Benes received 340 votes In the assembly today against 24 for formei enator Bohumll Ncmlc, who stood or the agrarian party as a right Ing candidate. There were 76 a'j- entlons. Masaryk had asked that ienes be named his successor. Hunting at Night, Farmer Is Shot SAN ANTONIO, Dec. erbert Stahl, 34, fanner of the community, was shot In tie right leg last night. A. E. Hltzfelder, deputy game. ardcn, reported that he found tahl hunting deer with the aid of flashlight, 10 miles north of Sun ntonlo. The deputy claimed hr red wJicn Stahl failed to obey I mmand to droo his gun. Thelma Todd Had Door Key LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 she couldn't have gotten into May Whltehead, negro maid ol Thelma Todd, at the Inquest today disputed the story told police by Roland West, cafe partner of the film actress, that he "locked her out" of her seaside apartment. The maid, testifying about the death of tile statuesque blonde comedienne, told Coroner Prank Nance that before Miss Todd left Saturday evening for a Hollywood restaurant party she gave her a key to the side door of the apartment. West had previously told detec- tives that he waited up for Miss Todd until about 2 a.m., Sunday and then retired, having "locked her. out." Miss Todd's body was found Mon- day morning in her automobile In ft garage she shared with West. "Can you account for the fact she was In the asked Nance. said the maid. "Do you know of any reason why "I gave her a key to the door which she kept In a was the reply. the side coin LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18. George Rochester, foreman of the county grand Jury, deman-led today that an analysis be made of Thelmo Todd's stomach to determine If poison was present. Rochester's request came as Cor- oner Frank Nance opened nn in. quest Into the death of the blonde movie actress, which an autopsy In dlcated was caused by breathing automobile exhaust fumes. Rochester said the grand Jury would "leave no stone unturned" to fix the cause of death. The eleventh-hour statement of Miss Todd's chaffeur that she feared gangsters created a tense atmos- phere for the opening of the In quest. Coroner Nance's office was crowd- See THELMA TODD, Pg. 11. Col. 6 Judge Wm. H. Atwel City On Safer Basis LUBBOCK, Dec. 18 (If) a ruling late Tuesday in United Stat- es district court here, Judge William H. Atwell instructed Lockney offi- cials to begin steps to collect delin- quent taxes to put the city on a safer foundation. The ruling was in the case of J W. Gillespie and others against the city of Lockney. Judge Atwell also nstructcd that about In the sinking fund be placed in the coun registry. "Every person who comes here for he defendants comes with his heac and tall down swearing properties are gone, business Judge Atwell. declared. "I have never seen a community o afflicted And yet when he court looks Into the faces o' .hese men who testify I cannot dis- cover anything in those counten- ances but good strong characters who would ordinarily resent any uch traducing of their own little and community." "I think the good people of Lock- ley will welcome a conservation of tieir funds." Tlie court then directed that "the tatutory legal steps be taken to ollect the delinquent taxes" for the ears 1930-34, Inclusive. He also In- tructed that the "officers of the own shall proceed to function in accordance with the provisions of the state laws and fulfill their rc- pective duties as officers of that ttle city." Lockney, a town of about Krsous, has a bonded Indebtedness f There are about 400 ax renditions In that town. layer ol Aunt and Uncle Gets Life In Prison LOS ANGELES. Dec. iprisonment was Imposed Tuesday l 19-year-old Leroy Drake for olsonlng his aged great uncle and unt. He told the court he poisoned the ouple to save them from "disgrace nd suffering" growing out of an utomoblle theft case against him. The victims, Mr. and Mrs. Henry telnheuer, hart cared for the youth incc his early childhood. ioneer Ozona Ranchman Dies E IS Commission Sets Figure At Ignoring Pleas For Boost AUSTIN, Dec. ralV road commission today cut the East Texas field allowable In trimming the allowable production for the state by barrels to barrels, effective Jan. 1. The commission compared the January allowable to a bureau of mines market demand estimate of barrels, "actual dally pro- duction" on Dec. 15 of bar- rels and a basic allowable Dec. I of barreis. East Texas' dally allowable was cut from 2.8 to 2.7 per cent of the average hourly potential. The com- mission estimated that fnctor wou'd permit production of harreis compared with barrels cur- rently. A large delegation of East.Tcxans had demanded n. material boost In permitted production, contending ihe amount was disproportionately low compared to other fields. They asked barrels monthly in- crease up to barrels. The commission said other reduc- tions were Panhandle, barrels; Yates, barrels; North Texas, 1.000 barrels; Van, barrels, and Conroe barrels. Conroe operators also applied for an Increase, asserting the fieyi could produce more wllhout caus- additional physical waste and :here was a market demand for a greater amount of the crude than allowed this month. Italians Claim Victory Takkaze River Valley 800 Dead In Three Da Battle By Associated Press. An Italian victory in th Takkaze river valley of Ethio pia was reported today by th Italian government. The alleged victory conclui ed three days of intensive figh ing with approximately 80 men killed. Simultaneously with the halt news came a report Irom Paris tha well-Informed sources Indicate Prance was considering droppln Its Interest In the Italo-Ethlopla war should the league of nation turn down the Franco-British pla for peace. At the same time, R was suggest cd members of the league mlgh drop thejr sanctions against Italy Ethiopia turns down the peace plan French officials were represente as having received a "dlscouragln Impression" from Premier Musso Itnl's speech at Pontlnia h said Italy would "fight to tha entf The Franco-British formula fo settling the war was described "dead" by a representative of on of Europe's great powers at Geneva The declaration followed confer ences by Anthony Eden, the Brl Ish minister for league affairs, wit Russian, Spanish and Turkish mem bers of the league council, gather ed to consider the -Franco-Brltls plan problems.. Mussolini' Defiant The Italian delegation had an nounced Italy would not be repre sented at the session. At horn Premier Mussolini, again aggressive ly belligerent, defied Europe to sto his campaign In Ethiopia. The delegate of the major powe at the council session, calling th peace formula declared: "There remains only the question of how the burial will be carrle out. Perhaps the council will reg ster an attempt at conciliation an .ndlcate failure up to now on thi attempt." Other league delegates hod al ready asserted there was little pos slblllly that the council would ap arovc proposals drawn up by SI Samuel Hoarc, British foreign sec rotary, and Premier Pierre Luval o France. One council member sal: Premier Mussolini might "even r2 sign from the league." Europe "Crooked" Sharply focused on the diplo malic front was the replacement o See WAR, Fast- 11, Col. 7 Dallas Tot 109th Traffic Victim DALLAS, Dec. :royles, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Broyles of Mesqulte died here lust night of Injuries re- ceived several hours earlier when hit by nn automobile near his home. Tim mother said the child was 'rlShiened by firecrackers and ran nto the street In the path of an au- omobile. The dealh was the 103th rom traffic accidents in Dallas :ounty this year. Nurse Sticks to Her Story That Quadruplets Were Born But She !s Only One Who Has Seen Them BAN ANOELO. Dec. P. Taylor, 71, pioneer Ozona ranch- man, died In R hospital here this morning. He had been In 111 licolth over a jear. For more- than a, quar- ter of a century the Ozonan operat- ed the Beaver Lake ranch near Ju- i1 no, one ol the famous water holes of j west Texas. CLEBUP.NE, Dec. Latest development In the of the missing quadruplets" Nurse Mildred Davis, who up to now Is the only person found so far to have seen the much- sought after babies, promises lo turn up by I have lo use bloodhounds to do IL" It was Mrs. Davis who started the hunt Ihftt by now has ex- tended over Johnson and IliM counties when she told a friend here she had assisted at the birth of quadruplets at the home of the Robert Palmers near Rfo Vista Dec. 5. Newspapers received the tilery Monday wlien Mrs. DnvU (old Mrs. W. J. Madge. Mrs. Mudee told n Clcburnc newspaperman. The newspaperman sent out tlic story after talking: to Nunm Da- vis. Reporters and photograph- crs from a hundred mile arm rushed to Rio VJsla to sec and the children, tno boys and two girls. Nobody at Rio Vlsla knew of the multiple birth. Nobody re- carte rf a family named Palmer in the neighborhood. Usually the first to know of such things, rural telephone operators were noii-plusscd but excited. They called their every subscriber. No quadruplets. Then Nurse Da- vis said the children had been taken to Mineral Wells by the parents. Frantic plionc calls lo Mineral Wells. A hasty but tharough check of doctors, hos- pjlal.v, friends there another bJank. But Nurse Davis allckii to her story. "Those children were born, I helped at the birth, and they arc In Mineral Wells this mln- They will return here Thursday. I'll have them for you Friday If I have to put bloodhoundH on the trail." And there the matter rests until Friday. Interactional Championship For Schoolboys AUSTIN. Dec. Schoolboy football ohunptom Texas and Oklahoma may meet In January In an fame. A delegation of OklaJmnuu discussed the fame today with Ed Clark, secretary to Governor Allred, and Roy B. Henderson, executive secretary of the Unl- rerslty of Texas Interscaohstic league. Pauls Valley would rep- resent Oklahoma. The Texal champion has not been determin- ed but the field nill be narrow- ed to two teams after Saturday's semi-final fumes. The Oklahomans expressed a preference to play In Fort Worth. Six Of Eight Members Firmly Opposed To Clemency NEW YORK, Dec. New York Evening Journal said to- day six of the eight members of the New Jersey Court of Pardoris "are firmly opposed to granting Clemen, cy to Bruno Richard Hauptmann oij the basis of any evidence so far brought to light." The poll of the court was taken, the newspaper said, by aides ot Gov. Harold G. Ho'fman of. New Jersey. Hauotmann has no hope of'clem- ency Ifbfti "these Unnamed six, thd Journal unless "Hauptmann confesses or names an accomplice, or submlis a confession differing In substance from the evidence" of- fered nt the trlnl that resulted Iri his conviction of the kidnap-mur- der of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. A commutation to life Imprison- ment mlpht follow If Haupttnmu should "avail himself of either of these opportunities." the newspaper continued, ncldinjr that "should he refuse, even a lie detector test would make no difference." Governor Clarifies His Position TRENTON, N. J., Dec. Governor Hnrold G. Hoffman said ;oday he was satisfied the Lind- bergh baby kidnap murder case had not been fully solved, but that ha Sec IIAUPTlHANlf, Page 11, Col. 4 Bishoo Capers Is Hurt In Wreck SAN ANTONIO. Dec. CUP) Bishop William T. Capers, 70, of the West Texas Episcopal diocese, re- gained consciousness and was recov- today after being thrown from ils automobile by the force of a col- Islon last nlglit. The clergyman's head struck the itrcct pavement. Archdeacon B. S. McKenzle of San Antonio, who was with Capers, suffered slight njurles. PAROLE EXTENDED AUSTIN, Dec. Allred has granted a one year ex- ensJon of furlough to Percy foward, convicted In El Paso in 927 of murder. Howard was order- ed to report to the Bcxar county larole board. Paroles were granted to W. R. ayfleld. Dawson county; J. K. Jarrls. Bell county and Buster Conner, Hays county. Harris was larolc-d to the Johnson county pa- ole board. Abilene and vlclnlly Partly cloudy lo- Ipht and Thursday. West West of looih meridian ilr lonlght and Thursday, probably frost r-oultlL'Qst portion tonight. East Ttxus-Kasl o IMlh merldlaji r.rtly cloudy tonlKht nnd. Thursday: prob- My frost In south portion except west Tcmttenturet Tues. Wed. p.m. a.m. 92 39 52 53 35 64 44 13 39 3T 3S 33 33 .11 rmnmplrr Lumlcllty ..a.'JS, 1T 33 Voon 3T -unrl.le "n.ni. 7n.ni. 60"