Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 4, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VICTIMS TAKEN TO EL PASOTorture-Slaying Suspect Arrested In New Mexico
Reorganization Bill Foes Win New Victory
Leaders Exempt Vets' Agency From Merger
WASHINGTON, April 4— (ZP) — House opponents of the government reorganization bill won a new concession from-fidministration leaders today when they agreed to an amendment exempting the veterans’ administration from any merger.
Representative Warren (D-NC), author of the general reorganization provisions, said he saw no objection of such an amendment and that it probably would be approved
A member of the house veterans’ committee. Representative Griswold (D-Ind), said demands for exemption of the veterans’ administration were based on fears that it might be placed in a proposed new department of welfare and “put in a test tube on a shelf.”
Administration leaders expressed confidence, however, that the concessions made had assured house approval of the measure.
At an unusual Sunday conference they won President Roosevelt’s tacit approval of two amendments, which had been hastily advanced when a coalition of republicans and dissenting democrats appeared to be getting the upper hand.
Representative Sam Rayburn of Texas, democratic floor leader, said that as far as he knew the administration forces expected to “stand pat" on two other controversial provisions—substitution of a single civil service administrator and creation of an auditor general.
The house chieftains expressed the belief their original modifications would sap enough of the opponents’ strength to make approval of the bill possible within a few days.
Even the Rev. Charles E. Coughlin, Michigan radio priest who repeatedly ba* assAfte4 the measure, conceded it now would pass.
In order to gain time to rally their supporters, the house leaders deferred resumption of the tempestuous debate until tomorrow.
Revolt Threatens Wage-Hour Bill
WASHINGTON, April 4—(ZP—The house ’rebellion agr inst the administration’s government reorganization program threatened today to shelve wage-hour legislation for this session.
Some leaders said they believed they should not attempt to revive the controversial labor standards bill as long as the house I: in "such an uncertain mood.”
Representative Ram:., eck (D-Ga), whose labor subcommittee has been unable to agree on a single major point in five weeks of work drafting a new bill, said the outlook was discouraging.
TAKE A SQUINT AT ABILENE CHAMP MARBLE-SHOOTERS
That’s what 13-year-old Harmon Carter (up a tree) was doing Saturday at the city-wide tournament of boy marble players. The winners, challenged by 65-year-old G. R. Owen (left below) are Dickie Grant of Central, senior division; Robert Stanford, Alta Vista, intermediate; Billy Arthur Bowder, Travis, Junior; and Cheo River-ra, Americanization school, midget division. More than 200 youngsters and grown-ups viewed the finals. Jim Edwards, WPA recreation supervisor, staged the tourney.
FOREIGN OIL FIRMS APPEAL TO MEXICAN SUPREME COURT
MEXICO CITY. April 4.—<*V-Foreign oil companies turned to the supreme court today in a last legal effort to recover expropriated Mexican oil holdings valued at more than $400,000,000.
The 17 United States and British-owned companies built their appeal to the supreme court on the contention that President Cardenas' expropriation decree of March 19 violated the Mexican constitution.
They planned to ask the court to declare President Cardenas’ expropriation decree unconstitutional.
The companies argue that article 27 of the constitution authorizes only the expropriation of lands and waters in carrying out the nation's program of socialization; not personal property such Os tools, plants and equipment Furthermore, they allege that the -x-
Bary Q. D.Half At Colorado
Pioneer Rancher Of Region Dies
COLORADO, April 4—Spl)—Funeral was held at IO o’clock Monday morning for Q. D. Hall, 80, pioneer Mitchell countian widdled at his home in Color^D early Sunday afternoon following a stroke suffered four days before The service was held at the fam ily home with the Rev C. E. Jam eson, pastor First Methodist church officiating. Graveside rites were in charge of Masons.
Mr. Hall was born in Saybrook, 111., on July 19, 1857, and came to tended to reimburse the comp&n- ^Jacksboro. Texas, with his parents ies for their holdings.
companies were deprived of their pjjpperties, possessions and rights without due process before the courts and that no indemnification was paid at the time of expropriation. (•
The companies held paying the increased wages—amounting to more than $7,200,000—and other benefits woul de more than the oil industry could bear.
The United States government, in making representations to Mexico relative to the ^expropriation, did not question the Cardenas government's right to take such action but did insist that the companies were entitled to fest compensation.
President Cardenas informed the United States his government in-
To Aid Evacuate*
LONDON, April 4 — (IP) - The British admiralty today ordered the 42,100-ton battle cruiser hood to proceed to Barcelona to help in any evacuation of the Spanish government capital which may be necessary.
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FDR And Rail Heads Talk Aid
Expect President To Send Solons Message In Week
Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair; 80, good. Answers on page 7.
1. Identify this man, recently named chairman of a regional planning body. Whom did he succeed?
2. Are French Premiers (a) elected every six months, (b) chosen by the Chamber of Deputies at irregular intervals, or (c) named by the president when a premier resigns?
3. What name is given to the strip of land that divides Germany into two parts?
4. Prime Minister Chamber-lain warned that Britain would fight if Czechoslovakia were invaded. True or false?
5. What proposal has the U. S. made concerning European
WASHINGTON, April 4.—<**>— Railroad executives and brotherhood leaders discussed with President Roosevelt for more than an hour today proposed emergency railroad legislation, but would not disclose any specific sufeestions they made.
They indicated, * however, that they expected the president to send his proposed railroad message to congress this week.
George Harrison, chairman of the Association of Railway Labor Executives, said the conferees went over the report of the pres idential committee on legislation.
He would not discuss the nature of the report, but said he thought it would be made public this week.
Harrison refused to say whether the group or any selection of the conference proposed a federal subsidy to keep railroad personnel and payrolls at existing levels.
Blum Monetary Program Oked
Franc Riaes As • Ultfrnote Defeat In Parliament Seen
Guilty Pleas Heard In Court At Albany
ALBANY, April 4. — Criminal docket of 42d district court was called by Judge M. S. Long this morning and by noon three cases had been disposed of. All were on indictments charging driving of an automobile while intoxicated.
Hayes Whitt was tried before a Jury and given a two-year suspended sentence. His driver’s license was revoked for six months.
R. E. Milford pleaded guilty before Judge Long and was assessed j a one year suspended sentence and license was revoked for six months.
M. C. Horn also pleaded guilty and was given a five day jail term. fined $50 and license revoked for six months.
PARIS, April 4.—GAP)—The cabinet, with President Elbert Lebrun presiding, today gave formal approval to Premier Leon Blum's sweeping financial proposals, which financiers interpreted to include a measure of foreign exchange control and revaluation Olathe franc.
Parliament’s approval, however, was considered highly doubtful. Reflecting a widespread feeling that the socialist premier’s program would lead to his waterloo, the franc strengthened in official deal-railroad I ings on the Bourse. It closed at 32.24 to the dollar, as compared with Friday's official closing of 32,71.
Most important (rf the proposals were:
Centralization of a*!l dealings In foreign exchange in the Bank of France with a requirement that documentary evidence must be produced of the necessity for any purchase or sale of foreign currencies before authorization is given; financial experts said this would be virtual exchange control, a thing successive People’s front govern -thus far have avoided.
Revaluation of the gold stock of the Bank of France as its ’ actual value,” which experts said could open the way to a new devaluation of the franc.
An “extraordinary tax” on capital holdings- such as bank accounts, stocks and bonds, .
$17,000 Lease Sale Made For Jones Oil Pool
Abilene Contractor Sells Interest In Centerline Area
First major transaction in the southern Jones county Centerline pool, discovered in February by Walter K, Jones, was reported today in a $17,000 lease sale and contracting of a new outpost to the pool.
Jay Simmons, Dallas contractor and operator who owns production in east and south Texas, purchased 68 acres from S. G. Hodges, Abilene drilling contractor.
Smmons took the north 37 1-2 acres of the W. T. Young farm in D. Bustlllos survey No. 189, and the south 30.53 acres of the B. T. Young farm in the same survey. Consideration reported was $6,800 in cash and $10,204.50 In oil payments. Hodges retains a 1-8 overriding royalty under the leases and was also given contract for Simmons No. I W. T. Young, third test to be started in the area.
The No. I Young is a diagonal northwest offset to the Jones No. I Neas, discovery well for the Centerline pool. It is 302 feet from the south and 342 feet from the east lines of the Young 37 1-2 acre lease. It is spudding today, rig having been skidded from the No, I Neas.
Production was obtained in the pool opener at 1.969-77 feet in Lower Hope lime flinch was treked with 3.000 gallons of acid. It established a potential rating of 489 barrels per day flowing, and as discovery well of a ne^area, was given an allowable of IOO barrels per day. The pool is about five miles I feast of Hawley.
Noodle Creek Test Develops Water
Japan Lodges Soviet Protest
Development of water, apparently in the pay, had Humble Officials perplexed today after the company’s No. I I. N. Irwin near the southwestern Jones county Noodle • Creek field swabbed 90 barrels of J fluid, 20 percent oil, in a three-hour | gauge through tubing Sunday.
The wildcat had cored 17 feet of1’ MOSCOW, April Fisher county lime feowing satura-! today protested to high on a structure
Warns Russia Of 'Responsibility* In Alleged Sino Aid
early in 1876. Oft February 21, 1878, he was married to Lavra Adamson of Jacksboro. Mrs. Hall refelled on
tion and was lying a mile and a half east of the old Noodle Creek production. Plugs had been drilled from six-inch casing Saturday at 2,550 feet and the test was swabbed through Sunday.
Two-inch tubing was pulled yesterday and operators considered either plugging back in an attempt to shut off the water or drilling it deeper. If the test is deepened, it will be cored into the next possible horizon. First coring, from 2,550 to 2,567 feet. show»d no water at the bottom of the saturation.
The wildcat is located 330 feet out of the southwest corner of section 48-18-TAP survey. With renewed leases, feumble holds a block of about 13 sections with a separate block to the east of about five sections.
Second Deep Well In Ivy Pool Gauges
Second Palo Pinto lime producer for (fee northwestern Shackelford Ivy pool, the Damager Oil ic Refineries No. 2 J. E. McCown, completed a railroad commission potential gauge this wfekend flowing 484 barrels in 17 hours.
The test, a north offset to Owens-Shebold et a1 No. I Haterius which
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Reich Floats Loan
BERLIN, Aprh 4—(ZPr—The government announced today that a new internal loan of one billion marks ($400,000,000) would be floated beginning April 19. Subscriptions will remain open until May 4.
1 Bridge Started On Coyote Creek
WINTERS, April 4— (SpU—Subscriptions to a fund to build a $16,-000 bridge on Coyote cre^j has reached a point so near the goal that instructions have been issued the county engineers Sam Davis, to start the preliminary work on this project.
Winters raised $1,500 to match funds contributed bv two wuuly precincts and WPZ to build the bridge Just west of th© city limits of Winters.
4.—(ZP)—Japan Soviet Russia against military assistance which she alleged the Soviet government wv lending to China. ®Mamory|)Shigemi(su. Japan’s ambassador, warned Maxim Litvinoff, Soviet foreign commissar, that Russia would have to ’ assume responsibility for the consf»qifeice6'’ lf such aid were continued.
Japanese sources said Shigcmitsu delivered th§)protest on instructions from Tokyo and that it was based on two incidents.
ShigemUfcu, they said, .old Litvinoff that a Soviet plane was Oiot down near Nanking .Jan. 28, end two bodies found in the plane^ere those of Soviet armyrjfliers.
A soviet bomber was shot down IO miles northeast of Wuhu March 14, the Japanese said. --(a-—
Avait Hitler Speech
KLAGENFURT, Auferia, April 4 —(ZP)—Thousands of peasants and ______
villagers of Carinthia province J central Presbyterian church ^poured into this gaily decorated city in anticipation of an address by Relchsfuehrer Hitler tonight.
Searchers Find Tourists’ Bodies Near Van Horn
California Woman, Daughter Brutally Beaten, Burnett, Shot By Assailants
ALAMOGORDO, N. M., April 4.—(AP) -r-Nev; Mexico state police today were holding a man for questioning by Texas state authorities in connection with the slaying of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter near Van Horn.
The suspect, whose name was withheld, was reported to have been driving a car with blood stains and bearing Oklahoma license plates.
IL PASO, April 4.—(AP)—The bodies of Mrs. Weston G. Frome, 46, and her 23-year-old daughter, Nancy, bearing evidences of “horrible tortures,” were brought to El Paso today
from the mesquite and mountain country of West Texas, where tbs women were slain and buried in shallow red soil.
Dr. W. W. Waite, who performed an autopsy on the bodies,
“Both of the women had been made victims of what must have been horrible torture.
■AIRTS CLUE “They had been beaten, * tor-* ture dand shot. The knuckles of the gi#s hand were burned, either with a cigar or cigarette, and the flesh looked like It had been litten from the forearm of Mrs. From.
“Someone had jumped on the girl until her diaphram had been ruptured."
Meanwhile, one slender clue to the killers—a bit of hair found in the hand of Nancy Frome— spurred on the hunt for those suspecting of robbtife and slaying the two women five days ago and leaving their semi-nude bodies side by side in the West Texas desert.
The husband was in Pecos today, and was expected here this afternoon to take charge of the bodies
Dr. Waite, describing evidences of torture Inflicted upon the socially prominent Berkeley, Calif , matron and her daughter, saki Nancy * right hand had been seared to-the bone by flame or embers from a burning ci|$r or cigaret.
Her head, the physician said, had been beaten with a blunt instalment and there were marks on Ler throat indicating she. was chested.
She apparently was assaulted criminally, Dr. Waite declared.
Southwestern peace officers, uniled on one of the greatest manhunts of the sagebifeh country, based their search on the slenderest of clues-^strands of hair from Nancy’s clutching fingers, a book of matches and a mans handkerchief from her
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Funeral For Peace Justice Conducted
Court To Discuss Filling Vacancy
Funeral services for Hollis °; Confident Of Future judder, 27, Justice of peace precinct one. place two, Abilene, were held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the
Allred Offers $1,000 Reward
Calls On Safety Agency To Spur Frome Probe
AUSTIN, April 4.—(UP)—Gov. James V. Allred today offered a reward of $1,000 for the slayer or slayers of Mrs. Weston G. ’’’rome and her daughter, Nr whose bodies were found ne... V i Horn, Tex,
The reward was offered for information that will lead to arrest and conviction.
Beside offering a reward. Allred personally called on the. state department Oi. publL mfrfe to take hold of the case.
John Reece of the criminal investigation division and Sergeant Guy White of the state motor patrol staff at El Paso already were at work on the case, Col. H. H. Carmichael, director of the department, told the governor. He sak&< Ranger Pete Crawford had been ordered from Marfa to Van Horn to aid in the Investigation.
“Thia is a case in which the stat* should take a larger hand than usual,’’ Allred Instructed the department “because it involves th* deaths of citizens of another stat* and because it is the second instance in which persons from other statal have been killed or disappeared in the same general area.”
Allred said he referred to th© disappearance of two couples who had disappeared after leaving Albuquerque, N. M, several years ago. Travelers’ checks in the name of one of the quartet later were found to have been passed at Dallas, Tex.
U. S. Steel Magnate
Callahan To Ballet On Bee^ Tomorrow
Q. D. HALL
their sixtieth wedding anniversary recently that they spent their honeymoon helping to drive 1,000 head of cattle from Jack county to Crosby county. The cattle were nearly stampeded three times by large herds of Buffalo. $
After camping a year with the cattle on Double Mountain fork of the Brazos in Crosby county, the Halls went back to Jack county, where they lived until coming to Colorado In 1883.
During their earlier years here they helped Mr. Halls father, the late M. T. Hall, in operating Colorado’s first hotel. The Pacific House, now the Alamo hotel.
On leaving the hot*' business the! . . .
Halls established a ranch on the * The Abilene country was kicking [ suport for a theory that that area report that fruit was unhurt and plains, half in Lubbock county, half up its heels today, trying to return would suffer from a sander in this that growers were . expecting a
Dr. E. B, Surface, pastor, officiating. He was assisted by Rev. Howard Hollowell, assistant pastor of St feul’s Methodist church and Scudder’s former classmate, and Dr. M W. Murrell, presifent of the board of trustees at McMurry.
Taylor county commissoners court will meet Tuesday morning to dis-BAIRD, April 4 -Tomorrow, feal- cuss appointment of Scudder’s suc-lahan county voters will go to the cessor. According to courthouse ru-polls to decide whether or not sale mors today, the office may be left of 4 per cent beer shall be legal vacant until after democratic pri-within the county. maries In July or even until Jan-
The(* county-wide election was uary, 1939. called by the commissioners court Shudder died at 6:53 Saturday of the county March 23. Both the evening following a long illness, county and precinct beer question Scudder was appointed justice of will be before the voters at Cross peace October 22, 1937, being chosen Plains, which has been dry for a to complete the unexpired term of year. [james Gray Bledsoe who died of
Under the present arrangement. Injuries suffered in a traffic acci-beer is c?!d at Baird, Oplin and dent. Daring the past two months Putnam, but is outlawed in the Scudder riad been unable to be in Clyde and Cross Plains precincts, (his office. m »
HOBOKEN, N. J.. April 4.—</P>— In a valedictory review of his ten years in high office with th© world's largest steel maker, Myron U. S. steel corp, told stockholders today, “I have no doubt whatever of the ultimate future of both tho nation and the corporation.’’
Of what Is widely considered in steel circles one of the most controversial of Taylor’s moves as executive head of "big steel," his signing of a contract with the steel workers’ organiing committee, CIO affiliate. Taylor said:
“The union has scrupulously followed the terms of its agreement and, Insofar as I know, has mad© no unfair effort to bring other employees into its ranks, while th© ^corporation subsidiaries, during a very difficult period have been entirely free of labor disturbances of any kind. The cost of a strike— to the corporation, to the public and to the men—would have been incalculable."
RETURNING FAVOR TO 'DUST BOWL'—*
Air Filled With Native Send As Area Kicks Heels
in Lynn county. Five vmrs later I to points north the dust which fogs section.
they moved to a ranch north of 1° intervals from January to jow temperature was 51, but
Dunn in Scurry county, and after May. < . there was a chill in the air, due
five years there they moved to Col- The disturbance today was diag- mainly to the penetrating qualities
nosed as a local sandstorm, not a I of a south wind. Yesterday’s low
orado, where they have ltved con-tinously ever since.
•Mr. Hall is survived bv his wife and two children, Mrs. J. W. Shepperd, Sr., of Colorado aid Harry Hall of Carlsbad, N. M There are three grandsons, Q. D Shepperd of Colorado, J. W. Shepperd, Jr., of Alpine, and Riggs Shepperd. superintendent of Courtney school in Martin county.
Hiker and Son had charge of arrangements.
duster, the latter being one of those general plagues during which fine dust, stirred up sometimes as far north as Kansas, sifts down from high areas of air.
Highest of last month’s temperatures was the 92-degree maximum registered March 25.
Rainfall for March totalled 436 inches, more than three times the month’s normal of 1.29 inches, Heaviest within a 24-hour period was the 2.30 inches of March 26.
AhlL'fcST aria vicinity: fie.tty cloS3? tonight and Tuesday, warmer tonight.
We»t Twas: Partly cloudy and Tuesday somewhat warmer tonight.
Eaat Texas: Mo»tly cloudy, local showers In east portion tonight and Tuesday; warmer tonight.
Lowest temperature this morning .91
was 40, and the high was 71, alleviating the threat of frost that had hung over Abilene’sfter Saturday's low temperature of 32 degrees.
_______ The Saturday freezing mark on The measurement was the heaviest
A south wind was ztirring up the the mercury was two degrees below recorded for March by the Abilene sand here. Usually, the sand or the lowest recorded .last month, weather bureau in its 53-vear his-dust storms are borne on north or when 34 degrees March 6 was the tory. Next largest Is the 4.02 inch-northwest winds. Apparently, it was i minimum. There aas a moderately es or March, 1897. an attempt of this area to return j heavy frost Saturday morning. How- Thunderstorms were recorded on the dubious favors of the "dust : ever, no appreciable damage was four days. There were dust or bowl,” but there was little, if any, I reported. From Clyde came the i sand storms on twelve days.
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T pm.m 7 a.m. 12:39 n m. Dry thermometer S9* 32* * *
Wet thermometer 32* ***
Relative humidity 28 TS ii