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Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1935, Abilene, Texas tTLY IDY Mem Bail? "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WURLO EXACTLY AS IT Byron OL. Full Leased Wires of Associated Press United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY, JULY 12, FOURTEEN PAGES (Evening Edition Of The Abilene Morning News) NUMBER 222 Huge Stratosphere Balloon Bursts Just Before Takeoff CHARGE TWO IN NOODLE SLAYING Girl Lets Rattler Bite Her To prove that a vegetable diet will cure snake bites. Miss Beebee de la Fontaine (with celery) let a nine-foot rattler bite her during a New York health conference. Here she is shown in training super- vised by Dr. Lloyd Shankin, leader of a vegetable cull. Her meal is posed to stop all klntU of poison. (Associated Press GIRL TRAINS ON VEGETABLES THEN LETS RATTLER BITE HER Had no Trouble With Nostalgia While at Home WASHINGTON, July 12 (AP) Civilian conservation corps officials got a chuckle from this one. A young C. C. C. worker was returned to his North Carolina home to recuperate from "acute which means simply severe homesickness. Informed by letter of her son's ailment his indignant mother filed claim against the corps for damages declaring her boy nev- er had trouble with nostalgia un- til he left home. TEXfiS GUTTLE Ranges In Good Shape Rain Needed p In West Texas AUSTIN, July great livestock Industry continued i NEW YORE, July bee de la Fontaine either was nurs- ing a double rattlesnake bite today or else Broadway had witnessed one of the most exciting noaxes In years. Most observers agreed that the slim brunette dancer actually was bitten when she thrust her hand before the gaping jaws of a Florida rattler last night In an effort to prove that a vegetarlon. diet ha made her immune to Its poison. But the skeptics, who were turne back when they soug.'-t to examin the girl's hand afterward, were no entirely convinced. The performance, which kept couple of hundred spectators edge for several minutes, came as th climax to a health lecture by Dr Lloyd C. Shanklln in a West 48th street au-'itorlum. The dancer threw open a green wicker basket, grasped the rattle behing its head, and lifted It out. Several times she extended he bared right arm toward the snake hesitated, and drew It back. Then she slowly moved her arm near tin wide open jaws. Suddenly she screamed, snapped back her arm and stood swaying with the rattler held at arm's length She hurled it Into the basket and slammed the cover down. She was sobbing when Dr. Irene Austlnn, assistant to Dr. Shanklln led her backstage. Persons who clustered around a closed door heard two shrieks at long Intervals and then saw her taken out of the building, weeping and speechless The third finger and thumb of her right hand were bandaged Dr. Shanklin, who said the snake was shipped up from his farm near Miami, said she would be on the on the upgrade during June, tne federal division or crop and live- j platform with him tonight, alive and -yell, to demonstrate the efficacy stock estimates reported today. Cattle ranges were in 86 per cent normal condition on July 1, an Im- provement of 7 per cent since May and 14 per cent above the condi- tion registered In June, 1934. West- em sections of the state still show- ed affects of the prolonged drouth last year nnd need of additional I rainfall. Cattle raisers were happy over the whole outlook, however, their herds were reported in good condi- tion and an ample feed supply was in the making July 1. Sheep ranges Improved 10 points during June to 89 per cent normal compared with 6-i per cent a year ago find nearly 5 per cent better than the 10-year average condition See RANGES, 14, Col. 5 of a vegetable diet. New Theatre to Be Constructed In Sweetwater Ask Death Penalty In Wile Slaying July The state demanded the death penalty as prosecutors bcgnn uipinnents to- J building, 50 by 150 feet, hos been dny in the trial of C. W. Roberts, I designed by R. R architect, Scott SWEETWATER. July for the construction of a new Robb Rowley theatre In Sweetwater was awarded Thursday to the Central Construction com- pany of Dallas, with work to begin immediately. The structure, the latest type of showhouse architec- ture, will be three stories ond will be built on the southslcfe of the square on the Broadway of America highway. Negotiations for the site, only re- cently secured had been under way for sometime. A modern brick build- ing, erected only three years ago, will be razed to make way for the new theatre. Seating capacity of the house will be nearly, double that of the Palace theatre, which seats 550. The Mexican Tenant Is Shot In Fight With Claude Derrick and Son Claude T. Derrick, well-known Merkel landowner, and his 17-year old son, Roger, were under nominal bond. each, In Jones county Friday, charged with murder. The bond was quickly made and the cases were passed to the 104th grand Jury, to meet September 2 at Anson. The charges were lodged In Jus- tice Lee D. Williams' court at Noo- dle, north of Merkel, result of a difficulty Thursday evening be- tween Derrick and Cecil Blbera, 56- year old Mexican tenant on one of Derrick's Noodle farms. During a scuffle over possession of a small sawed-off shotgun. 410-gauge, Rl- bera was shot in the chest and In- stantly killed. Rlbera's son-in-law, Samuel Pe- rez, also a tenant on the farm, wit- nessed the beginning of the scuffle, but fled the scene before the shots were fired. Derrick's Statement Derrick gave the following ac- count to George Cooper; constable at Noodle, and Gilbert Smith, comv ty-attorney: -The'-TSifmer and his son had been "batching" on the place. About 7 p m. Thursday they were In conver satlon with the tenants. Derrick said he was "kidding" Hit-era abou quitting work early, and had also told him to bring in some borrow- ed hoes, so they could be returned Rlbera replied that he and his son- in-law were quitting the job. 'Rlbera started cursing me snatched up a stick and hit me twice over the Derrick said T tried to ward off the blows. He then ran to his car and reached In and got the shotgun. "I pursued Ribern, meanwhile calling to my son Roger to get my pistol. It was in the house and he ran for It. Roger was behind the house at the time, about 50 yards away. Youth Fires Pistol "I was scuffling with Rlbera for possession of the gun when I saw Roger running out with my pistol. I yelled, 'shoot him', and he fired See SLAYING, Page 13, Col. 7 No Hill Billy Roberta Semple, daughter of Almee Semple McPherson, shown as she arrived In Little Rock, Ark., to live the life of a moun- taineer, but not, she said, to be- come a (Associated Press Snider, Neville, Hammett And Cole Are Favored To Cop Crown By Staff Correspondent. COLEMAN, July Snider of DeLeon, defending cham- pion, eliminated J. V. Scott, Sr., of Houston, 4 and 3 this morning to stand as one of three favorites emerging from first-round matches if the Coleman country club's fifth annual golf tournament. Houston Cole of Ranger and J- W. Neville of Coleman were others who played their first matches In manner to win acclaim from specta- ors. Cole defeated H. S. Sharp of DeLeon, 3 and 2; and Neville blast- See GOLF, Page 13, Col. 8 HALF MILLION BALE COTTON CROP SHARE A Forty Counties Served By WTCGA Survey; Plains Area Not Included A cotton crop of bales minimum for 40 counties of the Central West Texas the territory served by the West Texas Cotton Growers association indicated In a survey conduct- ed by the Reporter-News with as- sistance of the WTCGA's branch managers. The estimate, of course, is based on one big is, that the present condition of the crop will not be lowered, but will go on nor- mally to the harvest, aided by necessary showers late this month and during August. The estimate for Taylor county s bales, against about bales last year. The es- imate for the territory Is against ast year's production of about )00 bales, and a ten-year average of to bales. In other words, the production his year should be around >ales under the long-time average. Disaster Overtakes Expe- dition After A Year of Preparation; Later Flight Undetermined RAPID CITY, 8. D., July 12 overtook th< National Geographic Society U. S. army air corps stratos phere balloon here early this morning as the giant bag col apsed from an unexplained cause one hour before the chednled takeoff at 4 a. m. None Injured. No one was injured, but five men working on the gondola preparatory o lashing the metal ball to the bal- oon were forced to Jump to safety Guards also scattered quickly to avoid Injury. The top of the mammoth bag burst open without warning, per- mitting cubic feet of helium las to escape and definitely halt- ng the projected flight. Captain Albert W. Stevens, flight ommander, said he had "absolute- y no explanation" for the mishap He added that an Investigation rould be made but that nothing would be later In the morning. t Spectators waiihlng the prepara- lionS'Ior the flight sold the balloon ground ropes suddenly slackenec ind the top of the bag opened like paper sack exploding. As the.hellurni a colorless gas rushed out, a blue haze appeared. The haze, officials of the Nation- al Geographic society at Washing' :on said they believed, was caused y talcum powder which was inside he balloon. However, they snid, the Mwder, which had been used in oldlng the balloon to prevent iric- lon, could not have caused the ac- ident. Pending Investigation the mass ol abrlc was left untouched In .Iddle ol the big Illuminated the ring vheie the balloon was being prepar- for the night. Staff Stunned. The flight staff as well as spec- tators mossed on the cliffs, appear- ed stunned by the shock. After the Initial confusion the crowd slowly began to scatter. Plight officials said an attempt would be made to reconstruct the accident as nearly as possible In an effort to determine the cause. They planned to examine the fan rlc Inch by Inch to see where anti See BALLOON, Page 14, Col. 1 Cotton Acreage In Texas ______ ______________ AUSTIN, July Condition is fully up to average.! had acres of cotton plant- perhaps above, but the acreage cut j ed July 1, the federal crop and n. the last two years, under the livestocks division here estimated AAA program, has been about 24 ler cent for the territory, and that )ulls down the average. The territory covered, roughly charged with murder for the shoot- Ing of his wife while ihcy were on a hunting trip in 1029. Roberta claims the shooting was accidental. Dunne. The theatre Is to be completed In 90 working days. Officials did not amount of contract. Final Vote Near On AAA Measure WASHINGTON, July ,fter hearing critics denounce the ,AA bill as a "soviet measure" and ts processing tax provisions as the senate today near- d a final vote on the measure. Senator Smith In charge f the bill, appealed for a vote by onlght on grounds that all lone jeeches ure finished. Amendments to the A.'. A bill ex- ending cotton and tobacco control acts for another year were adopted I late yesterday with scarcely a dls- jsentlnj voice. But, several attacked processing lax sections of the bill Intended to guarantee con- stitutionality of the crops conuol program, 'entering on Taylor county, extends o and Includes Eastland county on he east. Stephens northeast, Bay- i or north. Dickens northwest, Mid-! and west, Tom Green southwest, vlcCulloch south, and Brown south- ast. The extensive South Plains ter- 1 rltory. recently tal-.en over by the West Texas Association, Is not in- cluded In this survey. The following condition report See COTTON, Page 14, Col. 4 today. The acreage Is 10.3 per cent greater than last year's final crop and 5 per cent more than the acres under cultivation July 1, 1934. All sections shared In the Increased planting. Pearson Due To Lose Job WASHINGTON, July "surprise move" by Preslden Etoosevell to settle the deeprooterl controversy over administration of th Virgin Islands was hinted today In authoritative circles. Brewing for more than m year, the islands' trouble pot finally bolla over Into a blazing feud between Secretary Ickes and Senator Tydlnr leading the president to Intervene yesterday. No official would comment publiciy, but rumors persisted that Gov ernor M. Pearson and T. Webber Wilson, federal fridge on th Islands, would step out of their posts. No official confirmation was obtained. Pearson and Wilson were chief characters in the senate investigation of Pearson's administration which was abruptly postponed yesterday The postponement was announced after Tydlnss, chairman of th Investigating committee, and Ickes had called at the White House. Purvis, Star G-Man Of Service, Resigns Nemesis of Dillinger Gang and Others to Settle Down In Chicago CHICAGO, July Purvis, head of the Chicago office of the department of Justice's bureau of Investigation and the man who directed the successful hunt for John Dltllnger, announced today he has resigned from the Justice de- partment. Purvla said that he was giving up his government Job to take over WASHINGTON, July of D. M. Ladri to succeed Melvln H. Fur- vis as chief of the "Q-Men" at Chicago was announced today by the department of justice. Officials declined comment on Purvis' resignation and fur- ther information regarding Ladd was not Immediately available. new duties. His plans, he said, were too indefinite to disclose at the present time. His resignation, he said, had been accepted by his chief at Washington, J. Edgar Hoover. He prepared to leave his office today. Purvis said he would remain In Chicago. Purvis, a normally mild mannered Southerner, was the most dangerous See PURVIS, Fill 14, Col. 6 Lewis Cernoch Is Put to Death HUNTSVILLtf, July Lewis Cernoch, husky Czechoslo- vaklan farmer who shot two of- ficers to death, puffed silently on ils pipe In the early moments of ,oday and then was led to his death n the Texas electric chair. He was pronounced dead at a. m. Cemoch was executed for the layings of City Marshal H. J. Lind- sey and constable Sam Moore, of jranger, In January. 1934, when hey sought to arrest him on a mln- ir charge. WRECK INJURIES FATAL HENDERSON, July VI. Roark of Dallas, Injured In an CO-OPS DEN) Burial In Dallas For C. 0 Moser; Well Known In West Texas WASHINGTON. July The body of O. O. Moser, 50, will be sent today to Dallas, Texas, hi; home, for funeral services and bur lal. Moser, one of the organizers ol the American Cotton Cooperative association and recently head o the Institute of American Pats am Cilj, died of acute Indigestion a his home In Silver Springs, Md near Washington. Besides his widow, Moser Is sur- vived by his mother, Mrs. S. A. Mo- ser; two brothers, A. C. Moser ant E. P. Moser; a sister, Mrs. Hulda Bleibler, all of Dallas; another sister, Mrs. Jack Griffin, San Jose, Calif.; and three sons, Otto Charles and Norman Moser, all o: DeKalb, Texas. Moser w.is a native of Dallas one was graduated from Texas A. M college In 1904. He served as vice president of the American Cotton Uo-Opcratlve association from Its organization In 1930 until he came o Washington lost August. Moser Widely Known Over West Texas Expressions of sharp regret came Friday from the headquarters of he West Texas Cotton Growers as- sociation, following announcement See MOSER, Page 14, Col. 4 Driver of Death Truck Is Sought SAN MARCOS, July Officers today searched for a truck which sldeswlpcd an automobile two .utomoblle collision near Tatuni I miles south of here last night, klll- HIs i Ing Richard Tiller, Jr., 22, a Lullng I oil field worker. Chairman of Utilities Ex- ecutives' Group Tells of His Financing Fight Against Measure WASHINGTON, July that m o r than had been spent by public utilities executive! in an effort to defeat the pro- vision in the utilities bill to abolish "unnecessary" holding companies in seven years was received today by the senate lobby committee. Gadsdcn a Witness It came from Philip H. Gadsden of Philadelphia, chairman of a committee of public utilities execu- tives formed to oppose the aboli- tion clause. The fate of this provision desired by President Roosevelt, still Is In doubt. The senate 'approved It by a one-vote margin and the house twice rejected It. A committee of representatives of the two branches will try to adjust the differences. The house Joined the unate to- day In sending the bill to confer- ence after deciding to Insist on the ,apgM The seriate Committee to nvestlgate lobbying In general took 3ut five minutes to organize and ;hen plunged Immediately into the Inquiry on lobbying for and against the utilities bill. By an assessment of one-half cent a meter of the companies, Gadsden Bald, the committee of executives raised about of which 000 has been spent. In addition, he related, the Edi- son Electric Institute of New York contributed Of this, he said, each was laid to two law firms, Sullivan and Cromwell and Simpson, Tacher and Bartlett, both of New York. T. Justin Moore of Richmond also was employed, but Gadsden said ils compensation had not been de- ermlned by the utility executives. :OOL BREEZE HEADSJOUTH exas Won't Be So Hot To- night Says Weatherman yesterday, died early today, jody was sent to Dallas. Abilene and cloudy In- nlt-ht and Saturday. 'Via. of looth merldlnn Purlly cloudy tonight Bnd Saturday cooler In Panhandle tonight. of lootr, meridian Partly cloudy lonlRhl and Saturday. p.m. R.ni. Thura. FM 101 fil Walmsley Fights On A lone A s Old Regulars Desert To Long MMnliht Noon Sunrlia..... Sunnet 7a.m. .71" M- EQUALIZATION JOB FINISHED Board Completes Sessions With Property Owners The city's board of tax equalisa- tion, finally winding up Its year's work yesterday, gave comforting tti I newt that property owners show leis-than-usual dissatisfaction with renditions made by the board. About 600 owners rendered their properties at figures lower then for the past year. The board generally followed the former rendition roughly totalling sent cards to the owners. Inviting appearance. Only 150 appeared, and TAX BOAFJJ, U, CM. J 7.1 IB NEW ORLEANS. July Presented with a formal request for iiis resignation by leaders of his own political organization, Mayor T. Semmes Walmsley today curtly re- fused to quit his office and reiter- ated his determination to continue his fight against Senator Huey P. Long alone If nrcessary. The resignation request was sub- mitted at a secret caucus of "o'd regular" party leaders, a majority of whom had signed a round robin yesterday, and followed closely the resignation of District Attorney Eu- gene Stanley, aligned with the may- or In the fight to prevent Long from grasping control of the city. After the mayor refused to resign, the caucus appointed a committee of nine ward lenders to call on Sen- ator Long and "present appeal to authorities of the state for the ending of f.ll political warfare to the end thet municipal government may be permitted to resume Its lormal functions." Tho action ol the "old was Interpreted ns signalizing the surrender of Walmsley's organiza- tion to the Louisiana "dictator." Six special sessions of the legis- lature, directed by the senator, wrote the end to local self govern- ment In New Orleans. The last one. completed Monday, took away Walmsley's city patronage and stripped the city of Its tax collect- Ing authority. The session also made District Attorney Stanley's assistants and clerical !iclp appointive by the at- torney general. Stanley said some of his assist- ant district Attorneys were already deserting him in the hope of ob- taining rcappolntment by the attor- ney general. Re said he realized he could not "hope to efficiently conduct the of- fice, In the future with assistants nd an olflce force disloyal" to him. "By freeing myself of the respon- ee LOUISIANA, Pace- 14, CoL i ly The Associated Press Cooling breezes fanned the brow f the heat-oppressed middle west oday, occasioning a precipitate rop In temperatures, but the east njoyed no respite from readings hich caused numerous prostra- ons and at least nine deaths In wo days. In New York City a suicide was .trlbuted to the heat. Propelled by a hleh pressure area i the north, cool air rushed across the baked plains and penetrated south through Kansas and Missouri. Oklahoma and Texas remained hot but feel effects of the cooler weather tonight, A. M. Ham- rick. Kansas City meteorologist, said. Temperatures in Kansas City re- mained above 80 all night until ft shift in wind brought a refreshing drop to SS and slumber to weary residents who had tossed In dis- comfort most of the night. The mid-west's heat toll was un- officially placed at 48, with many others prostrated. In addition 15 persons have drowned in recent days seeking relief In swimming. See HEAT, Page 13, Col. 3 Sumical Patients Reported Better Continued Improvement' was re- ported Friday In the condition of W. E. Caplln, local merchant who un- derwent emergency surgery at the West Texas Baptist sanitarium last Sunday. Mr. Caplln earlier this e'jk was seriously 111. Improvement was reported also In the condition of Miss Claudia Led- ;er, 8S3 Laae, who entered the hos- pltEl June 28, for surgery, She is daughter of Rev. C. H. Ledgtr, Grace Methodist church pastor. report was given on Miss Helen Dudley, Menarri school teacher, who recently underwent aurgery. Her home here Is at 274 ROM avenue. ;