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Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1935, Abilene, Texas iUbflene Bail? "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT noN Wlm of Associated Press United Press (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY, JULY 29, PAGES (Evening Edttkm of The Abilene Morning News) NUMBER 232 Air Huge Profits of Utilities Man Laska Gets 10 Years For Accepting Ransom Money As Fee Succumbs Here at the Age of 99 To Be Laid To Resit Today TOBEJINT Denver Man Had Defend- ed Albert Bates, Con- victed In Urschel Kid- nan Case OKLAHOMA CITY, July 29 B. Laska, Denver attorney convicted of accepting part of the Charles F. Urachel kidnap ransom money, was sen- tenced today to ten years' fed- eral Imprisonment. Defended Bates Laska defended Albert Bates, one of the kidnapers, In a trial here In 1933. He was accused of accepting, knowingly, of Bates' share of the ransom as his fee. TJ. S. Judge Edgar S. Vaught pro- nounced sentence after rejecting a motion for a new trial. Laska's attorney filed Immediate- ly notice of an appeal to the U. S. circuit court. The notice alleged 16 errors -In the trial and attacked constitutionality of the Lindbergh i law. I This was the statute under which Laska was tried. "The.court Is of the opinion that the 'evidence, was Eiltllclent to sup- dlShe Judge Vttught-had aaid. "The question of whether the Jury should believe certain witnesses was av matter for the Jury and not the court." Mercy Asked If he had anything to say the weeping defendant, .struck his arms-outstretched attitude said: "Judge; all I can say rea- Head Barters Here For Western Units of Lone Star Gas Co. New Abllenfan M. L. Bird now ol Dal- lu, will cpme here this week as walern divMon superintend ent of the Community Natural Gas Co. Realignment Makes Com- munity Company The Chief Distributor Paul Stre Runnels of (Reporter July 29. Paul Special to BALLIN Bryant, S4, of Runnels county, was fatally Injured In a street accident Involving two cars and a truck In Bowena, six miles west of here, shortly after midnight. Bryact died from Internal injur- ies in the Halley -and Love sani- tarium here two hours after the mishap. Attendants said he hod re- ceived fractures of the left leg and arm, several crushed ribs, severe cuts and bruises, and possible othpr l Injuries. mishap, which occurred as iclpants were leaving, a dancj In Rowena, Involved a truck, on the left running board of which Bryant was riding, driven by Fred Mon- crlef of Ballinger; a Model A Ford, driven by Donald Smith, Balllnger Plggly-Wlggly store employe; and a third car which approached the other vehicles from the opposite di- rection es the collision occurred. Only two, the Ford and truck, were In the crash. Smith attempted to pass the truck from the rear, swerving to the left, in collision with truck, as the third machine neared. Bryant was crushed between the truck and Smith's car. Moncrief and three other men. Burial In W.eatherford For Mrs. Sarah Marshall Jones Dean Mrs. Sarah Marshall Jones Dean of Abilene and Weatherford, who would have been 100 years of age Ion October 15, died at the home here of a daughter, Mrs. T. M. Blalfl, 642 Jeanetts street, at p. m. Sunday. Funeral rites are to be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock in Weatherford, her home for many years. For the past 20 years, after the death of her husband, Spear Chris- topher Dean, in 1908, Mrs. Dean had been making her home alter- nately here and In Weatherford. Her 99th -birthday lost October was occasion for an open house for neighbors, friends and relatives In tho Blaln home here. Telegrams, flowers and gift packages greeted her by scores on the event. Arriving here June 9 this summer for her annual visit, Mrs. Dean soon became 111 and subsequently was confined to her choir and bed. Sunday, two weeks before her death, she sat In her chair and ouoted verses from the Bible and rhymes to several great grandchildren, and again, a week ago Sunday, she talked with each See WOMAN DIES Page 7, Col. 8 sonable. An Innocent man Is going to be sentenced. That's- all I can say. I'm Innocent. This-Is a terri- ble thing for me after 27 years In this business. Please, Judge, be rea- sonable." Judge Vaught replied: "There are always a great many embarrassing functions the court must perform. One of these Is passing sentence. On the other hand, an offense has been committed." He then pronounced the brief formality of the sentence and Laska retired with his attorneys. He re- mained free on a bond to remain in force until determination of the appeal. Before court opened, Laska had protested his innocehse to reporters, See LASKA Page 6, Col. I Centennial Group Meets at Hilton Members of the Abilene centen- nial committee agreed to proceed with taking of motion pictures for the exhibit at Dallas next year and discussed methods of raising the centennial fund ol at a Break- fast session Monday morning at Ho- tel Hilton. Dr. C. Q. Smith, chairman, will appoint a sub committee on educa- tion and publicity at the group's next meeting. Those present were Dr. Smith, O. D. Dlllingham, Cecil Pitch, W. R. Keeble, M. M. Meek, Tom K. Eplen, J. E- McKenzle, C. M. Coldwell and T. N. Carswell. See ACCIDENT Fife 1, Col. I Alto Man Killed; Officer Wounded ALTO, July Arrant was shot and killed last night by City Marshal Bill Brunt In a gun tight. Arrant was shot three times In the chest. Brunt was wounded jtehtly in the left leg. MKJi connection with the affray, L. Arrant, brother of the slain nian, and Garrett Holcomb, Jr. were under bond each on ''Charges of assault with Intent to and Brunt was released un- bond on a felony charge. WHITE YOUTH FORCES NEGRO TO JUMP OFF FREIGHT TRAIN CCC Enrollee, Badly Injured, In Hospital Here; Compelled at Pistol Point to Leap, He Says; Gunman Unidentified Abilene becomes western head- quarters this week for ail distribut- ing uhlts'of the Lone Star gas sys- tem, operating extensively in Texas and Oklahoma. The announcement was made In Dallas Monday by Chester L. May, vice-president and general manager of the Community Natural Gas company, which emerges under a sweeping realignment as the prin- cipal distributor. May's announce- ment said a large new division had been created for the Community, covering all operations In West Tex- as and southern Oklahoma, and that Abilene had been selected as headquarters. It will be Division No. 1. The change-over will become ef- fective Thursday, August I, with arrival of M. L. Bird, now of Dallas, u the new superintendent. New Territory. The new Abilene division office will supervise gas operations In 87 towns. .The territory will extend from the east line of Eastland coun- ty westward to the .west line Mitchell county, and from the spilth line of Brown'county to Red -flyer Principal Tex- ger, Wintersf points north and west WE AGENT Tentative Draft Of New Bill Will Be Intro- duced Today WASHINGTON. July Proposed new tax rates, tapping In- comes as low as and taking away three-quarters of that portion of on Income over were made public today by the house ways and means committee. The new schedule has been ten- ,atlvely approved by committee democrats who previously had agreed not to levy additional taxes on Incomes under and to apply the maximum 75 per cent rate only to Income over At present the tax on a in- come is The proposed new schedule would make it The present levy on however, is whereas the new tax would amount to The proposed new Individual In- come tax schedule was made public as 'Chairman Doughton (D-NC) called the first meeting of the full committee to consider the bill draft- ed to carry out President Roosevelt's dea of wealth distribution. The measure, tentatively approv- ed by committee democrats, puts new taxes on Inheritances and gifts n addition to those already Impos- ed on estates and gifts; steps up the evles on corporation profits and as- sesses corporations from 13 1-4 to .4 1-4 per cent on their net income. At today's meeting, the commlt- ee finished reading only about one- hird of the %-page bill. Doughton See TAXES Page 7, Crf. 7 In the present territory of Stamford Western Oas Co., eluding Anson, Stamford, Haskell, Seymour, Roby and Roton; Com- munity Co. points northwest Includ- ing Snyder, Hamlln and Rule; and Municipal Gas Co. properties In- cluding Wichita Palls, Iowa Park, Eleetra and Yemen. Three other divisions were simi- larly for' East, North and SM LONE; STAR Page Co1- 8 Cathie Garrett, negro CCC. en- rollee at Lake Abilene camp, receiv- ed serious head and face Injuries early Sun-Jay afternoon when forc- ed, he said, at point of a pistol brandished by an unidentified white youth to Jump from a Texas Pa- cific freight train en route from Sweetwater to Abilene. Garrett was brought to the West Texas Baptist sanitarium hers Sun- day by an unidentified Mexican who told attendants he found the negro beside the railway tracks. Report from the sanitarium early this aft- ernoon was that Garrett was In a serious condition, suffering from a fractured nose, a long cut extend- ing under both eyes and across the now, and acveral other head brula- and. atnilonf. Garrett. 44, war veteran of Dal- las, left Lake Abilene camp Satur- day on a two-day furlough, saying he planned to visit a brother, James Garrett, In Sweetwater, according to a statement from the camp today. The negro's story to the camp physician today wai that he board- ed the freight In Sweetwater to ride back to Abilene; that several miles out of Sweetwater he was accosted by four white youths, one of whom I Fritz of the Dallas police depart- displayed a pistol, hit him once rnent had announced today. Army Monoplanes Stop at Airport Three S. army high-wing mon- oplanes stopped en route from the west at the municipal terminal shortly after noon. Pilots of the ships said they would resume their flight early this after- noon after studying weather reports furnished at the terminal. Hold Youth In Farmer's Death BROWNWOOD, July Officers today had charged John W. Stover, 21-year-old Brown coun- in connection with the death of Prank Davis, 65, who was found in the road beside a water- melon patch on his farm two nights ago. The aged man apparently had been struck by a speeding automo- bile and his body dragged about 50 feet. Stover was released last Inght un- der bond. Two other youths arrested with, him were released after questioning. Davis lived .three miles southwest of Rising Star in Brown county, and was reported to have been guarding his watermelon patch at the time he was killed. Question Suspect In Dallas Slaying DALLAS, July A suspect in the slaying of the Rev. Charles S. Maxson here in July, 1930, has been arrested at El Paso, Capt. Will on the head with the gun, and or- dered him to Jump from the moving train. Capt. Fritz said that he had re- ceived word from El Paso officers that they would question the sus- He said he Jumped and that was pect regarding burglaries there, and the lr-f he remembered. His phy slclan said apparently -e slipped and hit on hfi face, receiving ma- jor cuti and brulM in Utt f all. would release him to Dallas officers when they were through with him. Mr. Maxtor, wu believed killed by a prowler. Estimate Reds In America MOSCOW, July 20- munists In the United States num- ber Including "cells" In 500 factories with members, Earl Browder, .secretary of the party in the United States, told the 7th work congress of the communist Internat- ional today. flrowder said the party Is gaining hold on native Americans, declaring 40 per cent of the membership Is now native born, compared to 10 per cent In 1930. The negro mem- bership is compared to less than 100 In 1930, he said. Browder In his speech warned against the danger of fascist doml-1 nation of America, declaring the communists are under estimating the fascist strength. Central Formosa Hit By Typhoon TOYKO. July 29 (UP) The central weather bureau announced today that a typhoon had struck East Central Formosa, traveling to- wards Keelung and Taihoku. Unless it changes its course, the storm was expected to reach Tolho- ku, chief city on the island with a population of by morning. Many jrjrcc down, Made Nearly During the Depression Years; Patton Prepar- ing Financal Record WASHINGTON, Jnly lobby investiga- tors heard -.testimony toda; that H. C. Hopson, utilities profited during depression year through control of the Associa ted Gas Electric system. Continue Hunt The evidence was presented as an agent of the committee continued hunting the elusive utilities mag nate. The committee wishes to question Hopson regarding theflgh by the A. G. E. against the Wheel- er-Rayburn utilities bill and de- struction of records pertaining to the fight. During port of the period in which Hopson was drawing huge profits, A.- O. E. paid no dividends other evidence placed' before the committee Indicated. The profits figures covered the years from 1920 to 1933. Since 1932 the..cpmnmfct'itos- Informed, A: O IB: Has paid no dividends. Hopson's ;prcflti from private companies, through which control of A. G. E. Is maintained, amount- ed to about annually dur- ing the depression period, the com- mittee was advised In a report sub- mitted by Gen. Lewis Schwellen- bach, D., Wash., and prepared by Stewart C.. Ross, special assistant to the New York state legislative Utilities investigation. In SaUtiei In addition to profits of 106 from his private companies, the record showed, Hopscn received about In salaries In 1932 and 1933. The Hopson evidence was pre- sented while Carl Estes, Texas pub- lisher waited to appear before the committee. Estes charged that his hotel room was "ransacked" short- ly after his arrival In Washington. His name was drawn Into the In- quiry last week during testimony concerning efforts of the Texas Light Power Co., to defeat the holding company legislation. Estes charged that his room was "thoroughly ransacked" and that cancelled check he had planned to See LOBBY PROBE Page 6, Col. 6 Dr. Walter Williams Is Reported Dying COLUMBIA, Mo., July Dr. Walter Williams, former presi- dent of the University of Missouri and founder of that Institution's school of Journalism, was reporied In "very crltLal condition" today. His physician said he probably could not survive during the day. He hod been in ill health several months. Houston Newsmen Cited For Contempt By Angleton Judge Three Editors And Their Reporters Ordered To Appear Thursday ANOLETON, Texas, July Houston editors and their reporters were formally cited for contempt today by District Judge M. S. Munson. The order, filed shortly before noon, Is un outgrowth of Judge Munson's order to the reporters lasl Tuesday that they must not prlnl any of the testimony in the mur- der trial of Clyde Thompson, the Eastland "thrill slayer." He Issued the order on the ground that if the testimony were printed In the Thompson case It would be virtually Impossible to obtain juries In two companion cases. Those Cited The three reporters and their re- spective editors are: Frank White and Max Jacobs, managing editor ol the Post; Harry McCormack and EC Pooley, Managing editor of the Press and Ed Rider and George W. Cot- tlngham, editor of the Chronicle. The citation orders the six news- papermen to appear before Judge Munson Thursday at 9 a. m. to show cause why they should not be found guilty of contempt. Thompson, convict with two life terms, was glveu a third. term by the Brazoiia county jury Hare Thursday night for the murder on May 29 on the Retrieve prison farm of a fellow convict, Everett Melvln. Judge Munson, Instructing the newspapers not to publish accounts of the case, said he wanted to make -a test case of the contempt pro- ceedings against the newsmen.. It Is a situation In which these cases are all tried In the newspapers before the defendants get Into Judge Munson said, "and I want to see If there Is not some way to stop It." Legal Controversy The Judge's action was expected to result In a heated legal contro versy concerning the constitutional guaranties of freedom of the press. The editors will cite a parallel ease which was carried successfully to the state court of criminal appeals n 1903. In that Instance Marcellus E. Poster, then editor of the Chronicle and now editor of the Press, appeal- See NEWSMEN Pate 7, Col. 7 Beauty Prefers Home and Hubby GAINESVILLE, July A lome and a husband mean more to l Gainesville girl than possible ame and fortune. Miss Babe Parker won a local jenuty contest over 40 contestants we weeks ago. Saturday she won In a district contest at Ardmore, Okla., over beauties from nine Texas and Oklahoma towns, entitling her to ompete at Roswell, N. M., and a tage contract. But Miss Parker and Morris Pe- ers, musician of Gainesville, were larrled shortly after the contest, Isquallfylng her In the Roswell ontest. Mr. and Mrs. Peters are at lome here. Blanton Heard Kef Thoi. L. Blanton of AM- lene abown here M be voluntarily appeared before the senate lobbj pnben to deny he had talked to John Carpenter, Texas Power and company executive, prior the botue the aulltlei bill. Carpenter had told the committee he had talked to "all Texas represenlalrrn except Maverick and Johnson." Senate Smothers Repub- lican Proposals By 25 to 10 Vote Rebellion Of Natives In Italian Somaliland Is Reported ADDIS ABABA, July It was reported, without confirmation, today thnt a number of native Som- alls hod rebelled in Italian Somj.1l- land and had started for Ethiopia In the region of Ualual. (It was at Ualual, last December, that both Italians and Ethiopians were slain in a frontier Rumors were current that Ethio- pian troops were headed for the frontier of Eritrea, the Italian col- ony on the east, but the war office did not confirm this statement. The movement of troops created a profound Impression on the pop- ulation of the capital. The peo- Sn ETHIOPIA Pate 7, Col. T Dr. T. C. Gardner, Dallas, Will Make the Chief Address Here Plans foi1 a young people's pro- hibition rally to be held August IS are being formulated according to an announcement by Rev. W. R. Derr, publicity chairman of the Taylor county dry forces. Dr. T. C. of Dallas, state young peo- ple leader, will be the principal speaker. With Dr. Gardner will be Joe I Simpson, 13-year old Houston boy who will give a seven-minute ova- Ion, and H. H. Hargrove of Dal- os. They will bring loud speaking iculpment, a choir director and >lanlst with them. A choir conslst- ng of too people will be organized See FRO FORCES Pitfe 7, CoL WASHINGTON, July The senate today smothered a re- publican proposal that ad- loum August 10. A motion by Senator McNary. :he minority leader, that the ate take up a resolution by Sen- ator Hastings (R-Del) for the Aug- ust 10 adjournment was tabled at -he request of Senator Robinson, he democratic leader. The vote to table was 52 to 10. All ten voting against the tab- Ing motion, which automatically hut off debate, were republicans ustln, Dickinson. Gibson, Hale, Hastings, Johnson, McNary, Stel- wer, Vandenberg and White. Four Capper, Frai- ler, Norbeck and Nyc, and the pro- gressive, LoFollette, Joined 41 dem- ocrats for the Robinson motion. Although many democrats favor an early adjournment, they did not wont to be placed In the position See CONGRESS Page 7, Col. C NOMINATED FOR ENVOY WASHINGTON, July President Roosevelt today nominat- ed Hnley Howard of Nebraska, to be minister to Paraguay. Abilene and vicinity piirtly cloud? to cloudy tonight and Tuesday. West of IDOUi meridian Generally fair except partly cloudy aod probably showers ID aoutteajt portion 10- lRht and Tuenday. Eart of 100th meridian Partly cloudy to cloudy, Ihundenbowcrff IB south portion tonight and Tuesday. Sun. p-na. 83 Hon. l.m. 79 73 74 7J 71 71 73 si 11 ro M 78 77 M i.il Mldlilvht Noon Bum-lit fluluct 7p.m. 7a.m. 73- .74'' 10' 7t> JUlallv. kumUllf Dry thermometer Wei thirmomfltsr ;