Abilene Daily Reporter, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1935, Abilene, Texas
I AIR AM) R e i Sbtlew Batty porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES. WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LV. Full Leased Wires of Associated Pirns United Prest (UP) ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1935- TWELVE PAGES (Evening Edition of The AMent Monting Htwt) NUMBER 122 FOUR DIE IN WEST TEXAS FIRES House Passes Bill To Increase Tax On Race Wagers COST OF COTTON CO-OPS PROBED Two Held In Seattle Mass Slaying It was the story of Mrs. Larry Paulos 27, waltrew, of the slaughter of six person] it Erland's Point In 1934 Uut to tht urest of Leo Hall at Seattle. Hall, right, Is charted with the murd- ers. Hall, one time amateur boxer, has denied the slaying through hours of grilling. (Associated Preii Oil Tax To Pay For Advocated Daughter of Mr. and Mrs W. 0. Simonson Is In Critical Condition Emma Lou Simonson, infan daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendel O. Slmonson, 302 AmsriUo. was crlt Ically injured early this afternoon when the car in which she was rid ing collided with B, machine driven by c. H. Suits of Ranger on South First street, between Amarlllo anc Sayles boulevard. The Simonson child, thrown from her mother's arms against the wind shield, received a three-inch gash on the back of her head. She two months old. Another child Marlon Simonson, 2, was also hurt suffering from a forehead cut. El- liott's ambulance rushed the chil- dren to the West Texas Baptist hos- pital for treatment. Simonson, who was driving model A Ford east on South First and Mrs. Simonson were uninjured lits, only occupant of the other was unhurt, lead-on. The two cars hi: Ex-Premier of Greece Arrested ATHENS. Oct. 29 Papanastasiou, former premier anc now lender of the agrarian workers party, has been arrested on charge of having circulated a sub- versive proclamation. Abilene and cloudy wJth showers ianlghl and Wednesday; colder Wednesday. West of lOOlh meridian Mostly cloudy, probably showers In north portion tonight and Wednesday and In Bouih portion Wednesday; colder Wedne, day and In Panhandle and extreme west portion lonlEht. EaBl of lOOlh meridian __ Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; ahowtrs in northwest portion tonight, and In north nnd portion Wednesday warmer In norlhtfiH portion tonljrht; cold- er In northwest and north central portions Wednesday. Mon. Tuei. p.m. a.m. 79 M 81 ST 82 fifl 81 Sfl 78 58 62 03 02 SB 57 ______ SHOWFflS Dry thermometer Wet thermometer ..Bfl' Mliltvt humidity ,.fl2% 10 11 as ru MldnlRht........ SS Noon 7fl SnnrlFO Sunset 'S'.SJ 7a.m. fl3' 77" flfl- 83% Fischer ftdtfld Also Cut Gasoline Tax to Two Cents a Gallon KILGORE, Oct. W. Fischer, p.-ominent Tyler attorney and oil producer, said today he and his associates will urge the Texas- legislature to pass a gross produc- tion tax of 15 cents per barrel on oil to pay old aee pensions. Fischer said he also advocated the of the state gasoline tax from four to two cents per gallon. "We are simply asking that the state tax said Fischer. "Unless some groups come forward, the old people of the state are going hun- gry and- the dictation of the vast majority of the voters will be Ignor- ed." Inadequately Taxed He asserted the oil industry in Texas "is inadequately taxed as it stands today." "Eighty-five per cent of the oil produced in Texas and products re- fined from It, are shipped to east- ern states and other points where its proceeds are used to build four lane concrete highways and pay enor- mous dividends for large oil com- pany stockholders. "Oil leaving Texas in either crude state or refined Is practically tax free as there is no state tax on gasoline or other refined products manufac- tured here and shipped out of the state." "In Fischer added, "the- owner of an oil .well pays only two cents tax on a barrel of oil that he :akes from the ground, placed there by nature and for which he receives while the citizen driv- ng the automobile must pay the See OIL TAX, Pafe 10, Col. 3 F Government Cotton Han died Over 5-Year Per- iod For MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. On the trail of government losses through sponsorship of cotton co- operatives, Senator McKellar (D- Tenn) today developed through E P. Crcekmore, manager of the Amer- can Cotton Co-operstlve associa- tion, that the association handled government cotton for a period of :ive years at a cost to the govern- ment of In response to the senator's ques- tions, Creekmore testified the ACCA handled for the-government, includ- ng stabilization operations, 000 bales of cotton In 1930-31 at a cost of In 1931-32, he testified the association handled bales at a total cost to the government. In 1932- 33, It handled the same number of bales at a cost of Then In the following two years through the fiscal year ended last June 30, it handled AAA, Commod- .ty Credit corporation and seed _oan warehouse cotton at a cost to the government of for both years, he testified. Sehator-McKellar asked F. Q. HU1 controller of tpe ACCA, why the Oklahoma Cotton Co-operative did not list its interest In the ACCA as an asset when the state group was reorganized and Its debt of approximately settled for ess than Mr. Hill prom- sed more Information on the sub- ect later in the hearing. Senator McKellar engaged in erbal. clashes with witnesses yes- .erday. Once, L. N. Rutherford, Batss- iffle, Ark., farmer and co-op mem- er, Interrupted the hearing to pro- est what he described as the sens- or's hostility toward the associa- ion. "You're taking so much Interest xi this he shouted, "how mch stock have you got In the Memphis cotton "Sit Senator McKellar said sternly. "I can't allow any man make a reflection on this com- mittee." McKellar declared that he didn't ee how any private cotton shipper ould survive in the fact of the "un- a.ir competition" of the co-opera- ives with the government loaning loney to them to operate at low iterest and then subordinating its See PROBE, Page 10, Col. 1 Freighter Afire Off Nova Scotia Terrorist ROT 25, was taken to SL Joseph, Mo, for safe keeplnc after bis arrest on charge! kidnaping a family near Chula, Mo., and cl alaylnr a farmer near Dnnlap, Mo. County official! said he had made a statement admlltlnr Uu slarinr. led Press BOSTON, Oct. 29 (UP) merican export lines freighter Ex reh is afire 700 miles cast ol Nova icotla, according to a radio receiv d by coast guards here today. The Exarch, a 5839-ton vesse whose home port is New York, re orted she was In no Immediate anger and was In constant touch Ith several ships in that vicinity. The fire was said to be on the helter deck. JAIL ACCUSED California Fugitive Is Under Arrest at Ft. Worth FORT WORTH, Oct. Otis D. Babcock. district attorney of Sacramento, Calif., arrived here by jlane early today to take Into cus- ody William B. Shearer, 74. a cash- er of the California State treasury department who was sought In con- icctlon with a shortage of unds. Shearer's arrest yesterday by Port Worth detectives ended a five-weeks earch that extended .throughout he Ur.ited states to Australia, Honolulu, Canada and Mexico. The cashier absolved state Treas- rer J o h n s o n of all blame nd said he would assume o m P 1 e t e responsibility for le shortage, although he Indicate! hat he did not take the money. He aid he knew of the shortage for Sec BANKER, Pate 10, Col. 6 SIX RECEIVE CITIZENSHIP Naturalization Papers To 4 Men, Two .Women Four men and two women became citizens of the United States Tues- day morning following naturaliza- tion proceedings before Judge Jas. C. Wilson In federal court here. The sli: applicants were then presented with certificates of naturalization by Ida M. James, deputy clerk. Benjamin Leroy LeFever of Big Spring became a citizen of the Unit- ed! States for the second time. He was a native-born In Ohio of French lat- er moved to Canada and took out papers making him n British sub- ect. Returning to the United Stales, he made application to be- come a citizen of this country again. Others receiving their citizenship Set CITIZENS, Face 10. Col. 4 nitial Appropriation For Project Is Signed By McCarl Prospect of additional water stor- age for the city of Abilene, suffi- ent to meet its needs until it caches the class, as been "greatly said Mayor C. L. Johnson Tuesday, result f overnight developments in the Ity's largest project under WPA, he Phantom Hill reservoir. 'Looks like we are nearly le mayor said. McCarl's OK Affixed The application for the 25-bllllon allon reservoir cleared its next-to- le-last hurdle late Monday when R. McCarl, comptroller-general f the United States, countersigned warrant for on initial allocation n the enterprise. McCarl telegraph- d Congressman Thos. L. Blanlon of Is approving act, adding that he as sending all the papers back to enry P. Drought, Texas WPA ad- jnistrator. If Drought similarly approves the he has done so a big obstacle will have been re- moved to beginning of construction. "General McCarl evidently consid- ered the Abilene application singly, Instead of bulking it with many Sec PHANTOM, Page 11, Col. 3 FINAL OK ON SALARY BILL Would Authorize Commis sioners Courts To Se Pay of Officials Form erly Receiving Fees AUSTIN, Oct. 29 senate today passed and sen to the house a bill to providi salaries for county and distric officers while the house passec a Dill increasing taxes on horse rate wagtrs. Amendments Beaten The senate bill would authorize commissioners courts to set salaries for officials within a range of 1935 earnings and maximum compensa- tion permitted as of Aug. 24 under the fee system. Amendments to fix specific 'salaries were defeated. Increases would be permitted In certain counties for high property valuations, especially applicable to oil field counties, while special laws fixing compensation for specific counties were retained. The bill authorized a per capita allocation of 14 counties to pay the cost of criminal cases. A separate' bill was ready for sen- ate consideration to fix salaries for certain district attorneys., The bin had been amended ex- tensively In-several days or'debate. The previous question was ordered to force a final vote after Senator Allan Shivers of Port Arthur assert- ed "there are not three senators who know three, things In this bill." The bill was amended so the stat- us of special laws for officials in Dallas, Harris, Bexar and Tarrant counties would not be disturbed. House Tax Bill The house tax bill would levy two and one-half cents on each dollar wagered up to one million, three and one-third cents on the second million and four cents on the third million. It also would give the state the breaks on the odd cents, now retained by track operators. The state at present levies two and one-half cents on each dollar regardless of the total amount wag- ered. The house sidetracked the omni- bus lax bill to consider the racing See LEGISLATURE, Page 10, Col. 3 Old Time Wintry Storm In Canada Resolution Asks Headlight Drive AUSTIN, Oct. reso- lution of the state planning board calling on the state department ol public safety to enforce the automo- bile headlight and tall-light law "on account of grave dangers to the mo- toring public" was in transit today. The resolution was adopted at. a meeting of the planning board here yesterday. The board voted approval to stale park projects as desirable, individ- ual projects to be passed upon, as presented. Resolutions congratulated chair- man John A. Norrls of the state ward of water engineers and U, 8. Senator Morris Shcppard on appro- val of the Brazos river conservation project. WINNIPEG, Oct. old fashioned October snow storm whipped out of the north country Monday, taking an Icy clutch on Saskatchewan and Aleberta. Mani- toba, too, 'elt the fast approach of winter. V-shaped formations of ducks and g-eese, flying high above the range of hunters' guns were winging their way to the sunny southland ahead of the storm. Ice was forming on northern and prairie lakes. At Edmonton the temperature was 11 degrees above zero. Duce's A rmies Drive To Within 25 Miles Of Makale Gateway By the Associated Press. Fascist Italy, waging a war to build an empire In east Africa, went on a diet today to meet the stringent economic sanctions Im- posed by the league of nations as punishment for Its aggression against Ethiopia. As his legions drove deeper into the Interior of Halle Selassie's em- pire, Mussolini laid down a six months regulation on foodstuffs. Effective Nov. 6, meat sales will be restricted; butcher shops will be closed Tuesdays aud Wednesdays. Dining In restaurants and hotels will be restricted, II Duce, however, rejected the use of breadcards. He ordered an In- crease In the Ilsh production; and restrictions on game were removed to Increase its use. The 1B35 wheat crop was offlclal- y announced as bushels. Vlth the reserve, this was deemed ufflclent by the government to meet all needs for spaghetti, and bread without restrictions. Having pushed 25 miles deeper In- o Ethiopia, Mussollnl'i forces were half way today on the march from Adlgrat to Malcale, mountain pass gateway to the Interior. Small concentrations of Ethiopian tribesmen scattered before the ad- vancing Roman legions. Three Columns Advance The eastern column of the Ital- ian army In the north reached Hau- zlen, 35 miles south of Adlgrat. To the west, the advance forces ol. the column advancing south from Aduwit had penetrated the Takkaze river valley 30 miles. This force, It was expected, would swing to the east and Join the other column In i combined offensive against Makale. On the southern front, the Italian advance from Somallland continued uninterrupted. A communique Issued In Home said: "On the Somallland front, patrols of Dubats (native Sonallland sol- diers) put to flight groups of armed Ethiopians between Sclllave and Gorrnhel. There have been 732 rifles Bee WAR, Page 11, Col. 4 Five McAlester Convicts Placed In Solitary For a Year McALEBTER, Okla., Oct. officials reveal- ed today they had thwarted the nost ambitious attempt In years to unnel out of the blj prison here nd had placed five desperste con- Icts in solitary confinement for a ear, as a result. The authorities estimated the onvlcts had been tunneling for at east six months toward the wes; 'all, with only a score of yards re- mining between them and frec- om. The tunnel was cqulpepd with Jectric lights, electric fans end oard track on which was operated wagon to remove the dirt taken ut with shovel and picks niched om construction projects In the rison. The dirt, and an accumulation ot jck and concrete which had to be moved from a steam tunnel at he start of the attempt, had been dden In a long-sealed underground jom, 14 feet square and six feet -gh. PIONEER COP DIES DENVER, Oct. William iram Reno, 73, southern Colorado .id northern New Mexico peace of- cer, who took a leading role In the pturc of the "Black Jack" Ket- um train robbers, died Monday at ircy hospital after four months' ness, 104th Grand Jury; 3 Are For Forgery Returning only four bills, tl grand Jury of 104th district cou recessed at noon Tuesday. One of the Indictments charge George Watklns, negro, with mur der, and the other three are for for gery and passing forged Instru ments. Watklns was Indicted [or the fa ti.l shooting of James Wlllllam negro carnival worker known "Kid Yellow" here the afternoon o October 9. Williams was shot the back In a side-show tent on th carnival grounds at the south en of Butternut street. He died 1 minutes later In a local hospital. Watklns, -a San Antonio negro was taken from a freight train n Sweetwater" the following ctay an< returned here by Abilene officers He Is still In Jail. Defendants named In the thrc 'orgery indictments were not unde arrest early this afternoon, Rescue Crew of Grounded Liner NEW YORK, Oct. rescue of the crow of the Grace line teamer Cuzco wns reported today In wireless messages which Indlcatec he steamer, aground on the Pacific oast of Salvador, was breaking up The resuc was accomplished by he steamer Point Ancha of the Gulf Pacific mall line. New Evidence Spurs Expedition Hunting Redfern, Missing Flier Flying Cadet Is Killed In Crash SAN ANTONIO, Oct. HP) Plying Cadet Rhoe H, Harris ol Clebumc, Texas, was killed and Jeulenant Walter S. Lee, Instruc- tor, e native of Modoc, Ind., was In- ured :'i; a plane crash near Ran- olph !'.'M here today. Details of ie crash were lacking, anc! Ran- olph field officers started an In- estltatlon. WASHINGTON-, Oct. A Etata department dispatch, bear- ing further evidence that Paul Red- fern, long-missing filer, may be alive in the jungles of Dutch Gui- ana, today Increased the possibility of speedy departure of an expedition to search for him. James B. Lawton, U. B, consular agent at Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana, advised the department ol Informa- tion received from M. A. Melcherts, school teacher stationed at a Roman Catholic mission at Drle Tabbetjes on the Tapanahonl river, eight days by canoe from Alblna. It indicated Redfern may be living with a tribe of Indians. The department's Information was published after William La- varre, explorer, announced that MaJ. Willis Taylor, army filer sta- tioned at Prance Field, C.Z., was or- ganizing an expedition to search for Redfem by airplane. This Is what Melcherts told Lnw- ton: "On April 15 there entered the hospital at Drle Tabbetjo an Indian named Kipan from the village of Paloemeu suffering river from Saoakunu on the (not en the map) yaws. "I questioned Kapan (about the Redfern reports) but it was nearly a month before I succeeded In ob- taining any information from him. After threatening to stop his treat- ment, he told me that there was a white man on the Paolemeu river In the village of the Plalman, that he had come out ot the sky and he had seen his machine which was wreck- ed on a Savannah and not on a mountain." Melcherts told how it would be necessary to travel by canoo to the spot Indicated, probably takir.g 75 days for the round trip, at a cost of several hundred dollars. He ndded, however, that near Drle Tabbetjes there Is a stretch of water suitable for airplane landings. "STEVE" BRODIE DIES BALTfMORE, Oct. ler Scott Brodle. the "Steve" Brodlc of baseball fame, died today at his mmc here. He was 63 years old and hud been III (or a week. KILLER TAKES POISON, DIES Midget Fernekes Recaptured Monday In Chicago CHICAGO, Oct. J. "Midget" FernekfJ, diminutive desperado recaptured here yesterday following his escape from Jollet pen- itentiary lost August 3, died today after he hod been found in Ills cell at the detective bureau unconscious and frothing at the mouth. Police expressed belief FernekM swallowed poison he had concealed In Ills clothing. He was found on the floor of his cell and alter a cursory examination by n physician was or- dered taken to a hospital. He died cnroute In a police ambulance. Pcrnekes, accu.scd of three mur- See CONVICT, Pafe 10, Col. i Five Others Are Sent To Hospitals Suffering Burns; One of Victims May Die Fire in two West Texas com- munitiet last night claimed lives of four persona and caused injury to five others. At Ballinger, R. A. Dock- worth, 23, and bis week-old child were fatally burned when a container of kerosene explod- ed. Five other persons in the house injured. At Big Spring Dan Green- wood and J. V. Ogle were burn. ed to death when home wai destroyed. Father and Week Old Babe Victims at Ballinger Special to the Reporter. BALLINGER, Oct. art dead here, father and babe, and five others are In t boeplta] with nirnt, result of an early morning fire here. Dead are R. A. Duckworth. 39, employe of the West Texas Cotton- oil Co., and his infant app, born seven days ajo, who perished as father, his clothing burning fiercely, clasped the babe to his .body. One May Dte Injured -ore Mrs. Duckworth; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Stiles aiid their 18 bjiby, John Eraritlin i.: the 'Halle.r 'tc Love hospital It was.said Mr, Stiles' bums probably would result In his death. The others will' re- cover. Mr. Stiles Is 24. The tragedy occurred at morning In the Duckworths' five- room frame dwelling In southeast! Ballinger. Mr. Duckworth, who worked at night, relumed home at midnight and started to build a fire In the bedroom where his wife lay with their Infant. He picked up a flve-gajlon can of kerosene and started pouring it in the stove. A searing explosion followed and Duckworth staggered backward, his clothing afire. The Injured men, a funeral pyre, dashed into an ad- joining room where Mr. and Mrs. 3tlles and their baby, John Frank- In, were sleeping. Mrs. Stiles and Mrs. Duckworth are sisters. As Mr. and Mrs. Stiles Jumped out of bed and attempted to aid Duckworth ,heir own night clothing burst into lames. Mrs. Duckworth, weakened from the birth of her baby last week, tot- ered out of bed, bearing the infant. iei husband, no doubt realizing her weakness, ran back into their bed- room and snatched the child from ler, cradling it against his body. It died Instantly. Mr. and Mrs. Stiles and baby led he way out of the fiercely burning house. Miss Tyler. 17 years old. a Ister of Mrs. Duckworth and Mrs. Jtlles. followed, then Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth emerged to the yard. Alight garments of nearly all were Tire, but heroic efforts were made o help one another, in which Mr. nd Mrs. Stiles, Mrs. Duckworth nd Miss Tyler were burned, Mr. Itlles most seriously. The home was destroyed. Ambulances Joined the fire de- artment and neighbors at the ccne and all victims were the hospital, where Mr. Duck- orth died at this morning, ater his body, and that of his In- ant were removed to the Jennings uneral home. Funeral arrange- lents had not been made at noon. The Duckworths came here last pring from Hedley, Stiles also was mployed by the West Texas Cot- moll company. BIG SPRING, Oct. en bumed to death today in a fire Ich destroyed Dan Greenwood'5 ome near the Cosden Oil corpora- on refinery three miles east of Bis1 prlng. Greenwood, 35, and J. V. Ogle, sout 65, were the victims. Ogle ad been visiting Greenwood, who as a bollemuter at the refinery, gle formerly was ft watchman ere. The fire was believed to have been used by an "oil distillate stove. Neighbors saw the flames and lied Cosrtcn workmen coming off e night shift. They found Qreen- xxj lying on the floor by the front wr. Ogle, oumerl almost beyond cognition, was In a back room. Srcenwood's widow ar.d three Idren were away from home last night. She and two of the children spent the night with a sister in Big Spring, while the elder .son was or. a huntltig trip. Ogle left two soiu.