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Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1935, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OB WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT noN VOL. LV. Ful Leased Wim of Anoelated Fran Untied Pmt (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER PAQCS (Evening Edition of The Abfem Mooring Nowi) NUMBElTui DOUBLE MURDER AT COLORADO Five Die In Fort Worth Apartment House Fire EUROPE HANGS ON BRINK OF WAR EVERYCftPIl End Of Trail For Oklahoma Bandlf Chester earner At He In An Oklahoma City Hospital Corner's Lips Sealed Kept On Run During Visit Here; Returns To His Home Morris Sheppard, senior United States senator from Texas, was en route to his Texarkana home today after on overnight visit In Abilene that brought him Into contact with several thousand West Texans. Sheppard spoke here twice and was kept on the run from his ar- rival at p. m. At he took the honor seat at a long table In the Hilton hotel ballroom for a two. hour banquet and speech-program tendered by a committee of 15 and attended by about 250 of his sup- porters from Abilene and other pouits In the 17th congressional dls trlct. At he began an hour's public address In the high school auditorium. Later he chatted with a small group following him to the home of his host, congressman Tom Blanton, 3425 South Seventh street. This morning the senator was met a Brownwood delegation headed Herbert Mayes, newspaper pub- lisher. He spoke there later in the morplng. Banquet-Speakinf Sheppard and Blanton are fel- low graduates of the University of Texas law class of 1897 and long- time associates In congress, and the Ahllen1an presided over the ban- quet. Cong. Blanton spoke with feeling about his distinguished "I don't believe the people of Texas realize his lofty standing in Wash- .ington x x In my opinion he is the biggest ma.i In congress then, In rapid fire style, introduced 24 speakers for one-minute tributes. They were Ray H. Nichols of Ver- non. president of the West Texas chamber of commerce; Col. Richard H. Mccarty, newspaperman of Al- See SHEPPABD, Pf. 12, Col. 2 Efforts Of Autnoritie: To Find Nine Missing Persons Blocked OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. death 6f Chester Comer, the man they regarded as the key In many enigmas, sent officers back- tracking over cold trails today In a highly organized Inquiry Into the whereabouts of nine missing per- sons. A bullet in his brain, his condi- tion aggravated by pneumonia, the 25-year-old hitch-hiker and car thief whose pistol blazed against the law when he -was cornered and shot, died last night. Officers had tried unavallingly since Monday to drag from him the Information they believed he Information they felt would have guided them to the spots where he eft those missing persons with whom he had been connected. But mumbled statements from the delirious man, halting phrases-that told of hidden bodies, and Incoher- ent partial confession and Impreca- ,lons against a man the police fear he may have done away Jiese things were all the Investlga- had to RO on. Questions Unanswered These questions were left unans- wered by Comer's death: What became of Ray Evans, a irominent attorney and civic leader of Shawnee, missing since a ago Tuesday, lost seen near Ada nd whose car was found abandon- d in a ditch near Maysvllle? What harm has befallen L. A. Simpson, a farmer of Piedmont, Ok- ahoma, and his son, Warren. 14. missing since Saturday? (Comer ad their car when he was captur- d.) Is there a story of crime in the See COMER, Pg. 12, Col. g Mary Stammer Italy Reported Ready T Oppose Oil Ban 'By Every Means' LONDON, Nov. clouds hung heavy over Europe tc day as tension between Englan ind Italy became Increasing grave. Anxiety reminiscent of the sum mer of 1914 was evident in all cap Itals as a result of Mussolini's d flant measures to discourage Br tain and the other members of th League of Nations from shutting o Italy's supplies of oil, cotton s n necessities for her wa with Ethiopia. Proposed Oil Embargo May Set Off Spark PARIS, Nov. sources said today that Premi Mussolini, declaring Italy Is read to "oppose an oil embargo by eve has threatened to reenforc Italy's troops In Libya again unit Great Britain withdraws her flblp from the Mediterranean. France. proposal -oil embar and seesk the quick r sumption of peace In view c the new tension Jh Europe, talke to Ambassador Vlttorto Cerrutl th morning. The Italians were said In author Itatlve quarters to be. of fended Qreat Britain's failure to wlthdnr some of the home fleet from t h Mediterranean after the British elections. It was added .that the..Italian were threatening to send back th division of troops' ordered out Libya in anticipation of the Brltls curtailing their display of nava force. The British, for their part, wer reported to have delayed the with drawal of ships because of the re csnt riots In Egypt which the; ilamed on Italian propaganda. Vote of Confidence Is Given Laval PARIS, NOV. vote o confidence was given the govern ment of Premier Pierre Laval by the chamber of deputies today shortly See WAR, Pf. 11. Col. 4 Strong Quake In Butte, Mont. BUTTE, Mont., Nov. k strong earthquake, lasting almost nlnutc, was felt here at a.m. T, today. No damage was re- 1 locally. HELENA, Mont., Nov. A. mild earthquake was recorded here at a.m. today, another of ft series of temblors that have rock- ed, Hel-na for the past month. No ftunage vu reported Family Identifies Slain Hitch Hiker OTTUMWA, la., Nov. 28 Relatives here Identified the hitch- hiker shot and killed by a telephone company lineman riear Brecken- rldge. Tex., late Tuesday as Paul Thompson, formerly of Ottumwa. "It's said his sister. Mrs. Elmer Keeling. "He had the name Prances Thompson, tattooed on his It was the name of his wife." Mrs. Keeling said her brother al- ways had been a wanderer and that her wrote her last from Missouri three weeks ago. Thompson's father and two brothers also live here. ARMY BASEBALL CO.tCH WEST POINT, N. Y., Nov. M.- French, former West Point football and brj.eball star, has been named 'nead coach of the Army baseball team effective Sep- tember, 1936, It was announced day, to- Central China Leaders Plan Military Action Against Invaders TIENTSIN, Nov. A new "unofficial .war" between Japan and China appeared imminent to- day. While Japanese bayonets put n steel ting ground a large chunk of North China, the central Chinese government prepared for military action to resist the setting up of another "puppet state" sponsored by Japan. Another bloody conflict such as that which followed Japanese oc- cupation of Manchuria wns expect- ed If diplomatic attempts fall lo settle the crisis created by the pro- Japanese Yin Ju-Keng when he de- clared an "autonomous government" In eastern Hope! province. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek continued to make a show of fol- lowing the path of diplomacy In th: dispute, but he was faced will: re- bellion on the part of the anti- Japanese population of the central provinces if his Kuomlntang gov- ernment yields to the Japanese sug- gestion that the five North China provinces be autonomous and fi- nancially and economically "Inde- sndent." Other difficulties confronted Chi- ang In his attempts to avoid a flgnt hat observers believed would be as brief and disastrous to China as the Shanghai Incident. TO LEAP 1 LIFE, P1TISIM 'S Mob, Vjolehc resno Mystery Is Serious FRESNO, Calif., Nov. A thumbprlnt on a piece of glass smashed from the rear door of residence In the exclusive fig gardi district of North Fresno today was the sole clue to Identity of th slayer of 14-year-old Mary Stam mer. Other than this bit of evidence authorities had virtually nothln ingible to Identify the fiendish killer who stalked through th shrubbery outside the Stamme home and shot the girl as she sa reading In the music room of he home. Nearly four days have passed sine Mrs. W. H. Stammer. Mary's moth er, returned from a railroad station and found her daughter, nearly nude, beaten and bleeding, on bedroom floor. Mary was shot with a .22 calibre rifle fired through a window of the music room. Prom the supposed rajectory of the bullet which lodg- d in the girl's head, causing her eath three hours later, police con- luded the slayer was about 5 feet seven or 10 Inches tall. Other discoveries Indicated he was rom 23 to 27 years of age. Beyond that, and the possibility hat the man may have bren a mown degenerate as evidenced by jidlcatlons he was about to attack ilary when Mrs. Stammer's return Tightened him away, nothing Is mown. SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. serious threat of mob violence o .the slayer of 14-year-old Mary tammer exists In Fresno, the merlcan civil Liberties Union said )day In a message asking Gov rank F. Merrlam to take precau- ons to Avert another California ichlne. Recalling the lynching of the ayer of young Brooke Hart at Son ose and of C. L. Johnson, Duns- uir police slayer, at YrekR, the lecutlve committee of the A. C. L. 's northern branch authorized the essage to the Governor. Doubt I! Signal From Ellsworth ATJKLAND, New Zealand, Nov. 28. radio signals which In- uded the call letters of the alr- ane of Lincoln Ellsworth, explor- who has been missing since last aturday on an Antarctic flight, ere picked up at a. m. to- y, cruiser Dunedln, tit Pic- n, N. Z.. reported. The call letters were the only of the mecjages that could be nderstood, the cruiser said. The wireless officer of the Wyatt Eorp, Lincoln 'Ellsworth's supply Ip, said In a message to the New ork limes and the North Amer- an Newspaper Alliance that ne llevcd that the Dundedln must vc heard cftlls he went out try- g to reach Ellsworth. The Wyatt Earp was sending at e time the Dunlcdln said It plck- d up the signals Victims Are Trapped By Gas Explosion; Flames Soon Envelope Frame Structure FORT WORTH, Nov. persons trapped in a blazing apartment house were burned to death and six others badly injured in leaps for their lives jn a disastrous early morn in? fire here today. The dead: Mrs. Ella Kirby, 30; -ier son, Howard, 2; Mrs, Ozell Hol- llugsworth, 17; D. C. Turbevllle, 70, and his wife, 65. A six-weeks old baby of Mrs. Klr- >y was still missies late this mom- ng and was believed the alzth vic- tim to have perished In the flames. Identification of the dead was de- layed because those who knew the victims were rushed to hospitals themselves for emergency treatment to serious burns and bone fractures. The Injured were burned and burl In leaping from second floor win- dows and porches. A sudden blast was heard shortly after dawn and the building was soon enveloped in flames. Occupan for help and neighbour .tb_thelr.ald....L.. Bonden jumped second floor window, made h way to a backyard fence and clutch ed a paling. Mr. and Mrs. Herbe Voss, operators of a next door apar ment house, heard her screams. They found her, one leg broke grasping the paling with a vlse-li: grip. It was necessary to tear dov the fence and remove both woma and fence to the street. Mrs. Minnie Robinson, 49, leape from a balcony to the sidewalk an received a fractured skull. Mr. an Mrs. Fayette Ectlll, sleeping In th front part of the building, who ror outside as the fire started, picked u Wrs. Robinson and carried her safety. Mrs. Bessie Boyd and two sons, W d. Boyd, 15, and BtlUe, 10, jumpe Jrom an upstairs window. Th youths were not found but th mother said she believed them saf Miss Essie Martin, 21, and he Ister, Mrs. Retta Turpln, 23, suffer ed badly sprained ankles when the See FATAL FIRE, PC. 12, Col. 7 Dudley Weds L. E. Dudley, principal of Abi- lene hlfh Khool, nj married to MlK Jonca Ini mcnlnc In the home of the brMe-i pwents In Fort Worth.. n mm havor Granting Radio Application of Paris, Big Spring Papers WASHINGTON, Nov. yP) lamlner John P. Bramhill recom- ended to the communications com- isslon yesterday that it grant ap- licatlons of the North Texas Broad- casting company, Paris, Tex., ant e Big Spring, Texas, Herald roadcastlng company for new, 100- itt radio stations. He said, however, the North Tex- company would have to place ts antenna on a site approved by e commission engineering depart- ment and said the Herald company application should be granted on condition that Its antenna conform to regulations. Bramhill also recommended that the" application of Vnmon Taylor Anderson, manager of the ABC Broadcasting station, Big Spring, be denied and that the request of the Plain-view. Tex., broadcasting com- Piny for a new station be dismissed because no evidence was offered. The examiner said granting of Sec STATIONS, PH. 11, Col. 8 AbllerM and 'Fftlr tonight nild Went of inoih Mfrldlin rajr tonight and Friday; not much chnnge ttniinra'ijra. Hut of lOOLh meridian Alr, froit In nuth portion except In low- JUo drama Ttllejr tonKbti Friday fair. SCHOOLMAN TAKES BRIDE L E. Dudley, Loraine Jones Wed In Fort Worth The marriage of Miss Loraine Jones of ForfWorth to i. E. Dud- Iey.__.K sdh'ool. took place day at the home of the bride's par- ents, .Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Jones, 1017 Hurley street, Port Worth. Ceremony was performed by Dr. O. P. Clark, pastor of St. Paul Methodist chuch here. The couple will go on to San Antonio for the state convention of Texas State Teachers association, returning here Sunday afternoon. They will make their home at 742 Vine street. The romance had Its beginning In Abilene last summer when the bride was visiting her aunt, Mrs. C. W. Dudley, a slster-ln-law of L. E. Dudley. Dudley Is a son of Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Dudley, pioneers of Callahan county for whom the town of Dud- ley was named. They are both dead. MAN AND BOY BEATEN, SHOT BY UNKNOWN Special to The Reporter. COLOBADO, Nov. of the brutal in Oolorado'i history imashed the calm of Thinkigiving hen today, B. W. Toothman, 60-year-old operator of. a station, and an unidentified youth were ilain in their deep Wednesday night, and officen were baffled today in efforU to Mlve the mystery of their deathi. Hii head battered and lying on a blood soaked pillow, Tooth, man was found in his bed in the grocery on Highway 1 by a customer at 8 o'clock. Sheriff B. 2. Gregory, called to the ita. tion, found the young man on a cot in the back room, a bullet hole through his head. Both had apparently been dead four or five hours, and neither had made a struggle. There wai no trace of the gun that killed the young man nor of a blunt instrument which must have been wielded with great force to kill Toothman. There was DO indication that robbery had been the motive for the slayings, as the grocery stock was in place and between J8 and was in the cash box. Officers, pushing investigations, were working on the the- ory that Toothman wai the vie- Dickens County Youths Indicted MATADOR, Nov. 28 The Mot- sy county grand Jury has Jn- dlcted two Dickens county youths 'or murder In connection with the death last week of J. B. (Uncle Ben) Spegele, aged tourist camp operator. The youths, Everett McArthnr ar.d Melvhi Ensey, were released under bond each. The case will be moved to Floyd ounty and tried at the next term jf court at Floydada. The grand Jury will reconvene icre Friday to continue an inves- Igation ol the case. tin of a grudge, and that the young man wai killed later to jvti1 up the crime. Card Is The only clue to the Identity of he youth was a card In a bill fold n his pocket. It gave the name of Wilson Hamel. and stated that In case of accident lo notify C. R. Hamel, route 4, corsteana; Miss Thelma Hamel, route 1, Streetman, Texas; or Miss Oracle Hamel, In care of Jim Haywood, Streetman. The man appears to be- about 34 years of age, was 'a decided blond, ictvy set, 'about 6 feet and 10 Inches tall. He wore, work-clothes blue eMrt. dark trousert- and at t a.m. to- coat, and had on a Masonic 'ring. He was sleeping except for his shoes', as he had scant bed cov- ers. He has been seen In Colorado evertl times recently, but was not known here. It was thought that he remained In Colorado after a car- nival played here three weeks ago. Colorado was shocked by the rime and officers were centering all fforts on Investigations. Sheriff R. Gregory was being aided by County Attorney pel Barber, Jus- Ice of Peace. A. D! Leach, Chief of Police H. s. Hlckman and Constable ack Delaney. Shortly before noon, Gregory and fflcers left for an unknown destl- atlon north of Colorado, but Jt was ot known what connection the trip ad with the case. However, it was ndlcated that on their return there might be further developments. On Colorado Hirer The filling station Is on the west bank of the Colorado river, on .sec- ond street, which also Is hlffhway 1. MARKETS ABE CLOSED NEW YORK, Nov. W) All Inanclal and commodity exchanges n the United States were closed to- fty, Thanksgiving Day. Sec MURDERS, Pf. 11, Col. I Jack Terry Gets 20 Years In Pen DALLAS, Nov. Jack Terry was sentenced by the Jury in Judge Drover Adams' criminal court yesterday to 20 years In the penitentiary for the killing of Rob- ert Williams August 11 during the robbery of a poker game near the Denton-Dallas county line. Terry, with two" other men, par- .Idpated In the game for a short time and then left. They returned ftter and robbed the other players. During the robbery Williams start- ed to remonstrate and was shot. Fred Batson who accompanied Terry Is under a murder Indictment. 3uck Terry, Jack's brother, was In- dicted on a murder charge but the case was dismissed. Abilene's Celebration Of Annual Holiday Is Typical v i mort -than WOO persons andv hamlet In the 48'states today In of- jerlng prayeu of TlftnkEglvlng. j7 This typically Americas holiday, usually associated with turkey feosta, church services, traditional football battles and family reunions did not fall to Include the spread- ing of cheer to the less fortunate and to those unable to be at their own firesides. Needy Children Fed More than needy children of Abilene gathered at the Salvation Army hall for the annual turkey dinner given by tha army. Others unable to be at home to- unfortunates In the coun- ty fed a 20-pound turkey and all the trimmings. Business houses, schools ar.d col-' leges, banks, the postofflce and dls-' trlct court were closed In observance of the 314th Thanksgiving Day. Special services were held this morning at the Heavenly Rest Epis- copal church and the Christian Science society. 500 At Services Last night approximately 500 per- sons gathered at the Central Pres- byterian church for an hour'j wor- ship, arranged by the Ministerial Alliance. Autumn leaves and chrysanthe- See THANKSGIVING, Pf. 11, Col. 1 TEXAS STEAMSHIP EXECUTIVES HEFUSE TO ACCEPT MEDIATION oard Appointed By Secretary Perkins Notified That Group Will Not Confer With I. L. A. Members HOUSTON, Nov. teamshlp executives refused today accept mediation of the Gulf oast dock strike by a board ap- ralntcd by Secretary of Labor tances Perkins. The maritime committee of the ouston stock exchange and board trade, composed of shippers, no- fled two members of the board, r. George Stocking, University of exas economist, and Frank R ouglass, Oklahoma City attorney, its decision. Dr. stocking had announced the ard Tould hold a hearing here morrow, wing the meeting ould be confined to the sleam- Ippcrs, members of the striking sedation and the board. The steamship men, however, told Dr. Stocking, (hey would not meet In executive session with Represen- tatives of the ILA, which called the strike Jftst Oct. li. The decision was announced In a letter. Assistant Secretory of Labor Ed- word r. McOrody, third member of the mediation board, was en route to Houston for the first hearing. He left Boston yesterday to attend the meeting. FREIGHT DERAILED DENISON, Nov. car of a northbound Kaly freight train was derailed today at Alvnrado, Chief Dispatcher J. A. Slnglser of ternotlonal Longshoremen's I Denlson reported. No one was hurt. Three To Be Sentenced For Double Raid At Okema, Okla. MUSKOGEE, Okla., Nov. A federal prosecution In a double bank robbery at Okemah brought conviction last night lo three men and a directed acquittal verdict to a fourth, while a Jury still deliberated the case of another alleged member of the machine gun band which terrorized Okemah last December 22. nnsjell Land Cooper and Dewoy vjllmore were convlcied and Jack Miller, Claremoie Indian, acquitted by A jury, which heard tvldence In the robbery of the Okemah Na- tional bank, which netted Miller testified Tor the government. The same Jury was unable to ar- rive nt a verdict Immediately hi the case of Leonard Short Galena, Mo., boxing promoter and brother of Missouri congressman. After bringing In Cooper, Gllmorc, and Miller verdicts, the Jury sought and obtained additional instructions from Federal Judge Robert L. Wil- liams, and retired for further study of Short's case. Meanwhile, another federal Jury returned conviction In the gov- ernment's cose against Dan T. Heady, charged In the second of the twin raid on the First National bank at OltemntL ;