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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas ®fje Abilene Reporter -lottos“    WITHOUT,OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES,"-Byron VOL LVI I, NO. 318. en— ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY MORNING, APRIL 5, 1938. —TEN PAGES Called Pnii (CP) PRICE 5 CENTS TWO MEN, TWO WOMEN SOUGHTHunt Pressed For Torture Slayers Of Californians Recession Weapon- TORTURE SLAYING SCENE; MEN WHO FOUND BODIES HOUSE APPROVES RFC LOANS IO BUSINESS WASHINGTON, April 4—OD— The Roosevelt administration virtually received a "blank check” enabling it to lend $1,500,000,000 to combat the new depression when the house passed today, 339 to 8, a bill increasing the loan powers of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The bill did not go to the White House immediately, because the senate had yet to act on a house amendment, but it was considered certain it would be soon. Although it grants wide powers to the FIFC to help business, the administration has not announced a specific program to apply the powers. A committee of officials headed by Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau has been working on a lending program. One major section of the bill permits the RFC to make long-term loans to business. The agency is now restricted to loans maturing in 1945. The long term credits may be of a character that banks won t touch. In the words of Jesse H. Jones- the government "can afford to take a chance that banks cannot." Another important feature of the bill Is that it revives the power of the RPC to make loans to states and municipalities which demonstrate ability to pay for work-giving projects. The house bill omitted a senate clause which reiterated a section of the existing law requiring interstate commerce commission approval before the RPC could lend to railroads. The plight of business was considered today by the senate unemployment committee, which heard Senator Maloney <D-Conn) appeal for a resumption of government spending to avert "a very bad situation." CATALONIA ISOLATED Rebels Sever Go vt Realm Franco Gains On All Fronts Insurgents Set To Close Trap On Barcelona Area HENDYE, France, (at the Spanish frontier) April 4—i**)—Spanish insurgent offices tonight announced Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s forces had cut Catalonia off from the rest of government Spain Including Valencia and Madrid. Officers at Iran said insurgent advance columns were at the gates of To*-toss, 130 miles stoutheast of Barcelona, and had set up machine guns and field artillery commanding the last highway to link the two sections of government territory. TRAFFIC CUT OFF The insurgent guns, frowning down on the seaboard road, severed all traffic between the north and south, In sight of the Mediterranean on j the south and touching the French border on the north, insurgent armies began closing the jams of a giant trap about Catalonia, seat of the Spanish government. While the center columns swept! past conquered Lerida for a frontal attack on the strongest line of j Catalan defenses, other corps on a widely-extended flank pursued flee- j lng government troops toward the sea and toward the Pyrenees. General Jose Moscardo’s troops in the north took village after village. But it was General Juan Yague's hard-fighting columns in the center of the long line that were trying to deal a death blow to government militiamen entrenched behind strong fortifications on a 32-mile line east of Lerida from Balageur to Borjas Blancas. GOV’T SUCCESSES Northeast of Madrid on the Guadalajara front the government reported new successes in a counteroffensive designed to relieve Catalonia by forcing Generalissimo Francisco Franco to divert some of his troops to central Spain. (Dispatches from Madrid placed the toll of Sunday's artillery bombardment of the former capital at 3d Lead and 200 injured It was said to have been the worst shelling Madrid had suffered since the war started.) More than 5,000 militiamen and Civilians, who had fled from Cata-olnia to Fiance since Friday, where repatriated to Spain. All except 258 were sent back to Catalonia. The 258 were sent to insurgent Spain by way of Hendaye at their own request. WAHOO S GONE Officers Lack Real Clues In Wide Manhunt One Suspect Held; Bodies Of Frome .Women Evidence Horrible Treatment EL PASO, April 4—(AP)—Fighting: time and aided only by the most fragile clues, southwestern authorities pressed a search tonight for two men and two women in a “mystery coupe" as the possible elusive slayers of Mrs. Weston 0. Frome, 46, and her 23-year-old daughter, Nancy. The bodies of the prominent Berkeley, Calif., matron and her pretty daughter, bearing evidences of “horrible torture,” were brought here from Van Horn, Texas, where they were found robbed and semi nude last night among the mesquite and cactus of the West Texas |- Presenting "Wahoo," who said goodbye to Texas and the Stamford hospital after a year as the darling of the entire hospital. "Wahoo.” whose name is really Polly Evans, was deserted at the Stamford sanitarium last year as an incubator baby by her Cherokee Indian mother and Syrian father. Her parents came after her last fall, intending to take her with them, but “Wahoo'* was ill and they left without her. Last week, they came again—and when they left the youngster whom nurses dubbed “Wahoo" left with them. Four Killed In Elevator Blast Permit Issued For Children’s Home Boosts Building Total To $413,594 Abilene's largest construction permit in nearly a decade was issued yesterday. It was that for construction of the Hendrick Home for Children, to be built at a cost of $300,000. The permit was granted C. S. Oates and sons as contractors. The structure will be of brick with tar and gravel roof. Dimensions are 75 by 325 feet. Issuance of the permit, coupled with record building for March, boosted construction to $413,594 since January I. Permission to build an $11,500 brick structure, given H. O. Wdoten, and a $1,500 frame home, given S. A. Sharp, likewise was granted yesterday by the city. Earlier "this month, permits totalling $5,050 had been issued. NEW ORLEANS, April 4—UP)— Deaths caused by a terrific explosion that roared through the huge nine-story public grain elevator here late today mounted to four tonight A score were injured The dead: Joseph Helwick, 62. grain inspector for New Orleans Board of trade. George Herrle, 60. Andrew Reich, 45, conveyor belt operator. Arthur E. DeFraites, 48. grain inspector for the federal government. All four died from third degree body burns. Reich and DeFraites lived less than five hours after the blast. Herrle and Helwick died shortly before IO p, rn. BODIES BADLY SEARED Hospital attendants said the bodies of all four men were horribly seared by a fierce burst of flame that imediately followed the explosion. The blast, which occurred shortly before 3 o'clock, ripped tile clothes from some of the men, tore sheet metal to shreds, blew out window's, rocked nearby homes, and sent more than a hundred workmen screaming to the high window's for air. Y. W. Cahall, assistant superintendent. said the explosion “undoubtedly was caused by spontaneous combustion of grain dust." British Eledion Proposal Loses Labor Cries For National Vote On Foreign Policy LONDON, April 4.—Opt—The government in an angry debate in the house of commons rejected tonight the labor party's call to submit British foreign policy to the electorate. Prime Minister Neville Chamber-lain, charging labor’s foreign policy was “both futile and dangerous'' and would lead “inevitably to war,” declared: “This is no time to disturb' the country by a general election when it is in the throes of its armaments program." The foreign affairs debate was held today in numerous West Tfexas provided by a motion of censure in ! towns. Named in m«sf.'—s mayors and city council members for terms varying from one to three years will The house rejected the motion by j be elected. a vote of 359 to 152.    Towns to hold elections include: CLAIMS POLICY POPULAR    STAMFORD.—A quiet election    of Referring deprislvely to the labor three aldermen is scheduled. R. E. motion. Chamberlain declared the ®ul* ls Junning for place LC. F. opposition members “may be thank- 1 P*haw for place 21 and B P. painful they are going to get off with Port for place 3^ Retiring aWermen a sound beating tonight and will *^e C *• Coombes, Roy Arledge and not yet have to suffer an even more    Huston.    Hold-overs    are resounding defeat In the country ” w J- Bryant and Neal Adkins, along _    ,    , , *    .    ..    |    with Mayor R. C. Thomas. The prune minister said the gov-    SWEETWATER —Names of Ben    - . eminent s foreign policy had won ( Roberts and L. L. Armor will ap- | Frome of Berkley, Calif , and approval not only of the country pear unopposed on the city election **    J    VT“" bu, also of practically the who1* to pick tw'o commissioners. Both are world, with the possible exception of 1 as)ang reelection RlTls7a . ..    _    .    .    I    LAMESA.— Fourteen candidates Laborite Arthur Greenwood, who are seeiting piaCes on the city corn-opened the debate, charged:    mission and the mayors office in .    E”rope    ls,    ,    Lamesa W L Warr. present mayor. ♦ Kl 7he.KPrim5    ^ite is seeking reelection and is opposed suitably is the undertaker waiting by w B< McWhorter and T E to bury the corpse. Sacrifice of Eager liberty is not the way to peace.” ‘ City Elections On Slate Today Quiet Balloting Generally Due In Off-Year Races Off-year” city elections will be which labor demanded a general election on the issue of the government's foreign policy. Possemen are pictured aoovt* examining the spot where socially prominent Mrs. Weston G. her attractive daughter, Nancy, were found murdered. Sheriff Albert Anderson (left) of Culberson county and Jim Milam, Van Horn truck driver, who found the mutilated bodies, are shown below. Roads Body To Meet AUSTIN, April 4—{J?)—'The Texas good roads association today set Its annual meeting iii Austin April 18 for election of officers and directors. Acreage Quotas Go To College Station Setting of cotton acreage quotas was completed Monday by County Agent Knox Parr, his staff, and members of the county soil conservation committee. They were mailed last night to College Station, where final approval I    rv    J is expected within a few days Wed- D’J22E*    °    J5j    J?!: nesday morning Parr and J P. Keith City commission candidate, are A. M. Bennett (reelection). E. C. Adams, R. Y. Lindsey. R. A. Pruitt. 8. C. Albertson, A. D. Heffernan, R. E. Speck, John T. Sanders, M. Hatch, Grade Scott and J. C Hart HASKELL.—Interest in the city election is lukewarm. Majority of city officials are to be elected for two-year terms. MERKEL.—Three aldermen will be named in Merkel. Candidates, all for reelection, are W. W. Haynes, PECOS —Pecos voters will name a and B. H. Pritchard, members of the county committee, will go to College ■■    k-.,I    ‘ Station to expedite work on the    uiunw    i 1    HAMLIN —A mayor    and three    al dermen will be elected in Hamlin. VOTE ON BEER TODAY CROSS PLAINS.—Both beer and candidates will be up for public scrutiny in Callahan county today. Beer will be voted on for the county as a whole and for the Cross Plains Justice precinct. A mayor and four    aldermen    to serve Cross Plains for two-year terms will be elected. Candidates for city aldermen are B. A. Pierce, R. E. Wilson, H. C. sheets there. Worksheets were sent to College Station on 2,250 farms in Taylor county. On all except 92 of Chese. a cotton quota was allowed. Forty-two farms were allotted the minimum of five acres, and 116 were given less than 15 acres. FINANCIAL PLAN MAY SPELL DEFEAT OF BLUM'S CABINET Party Factions Debate Proposed Measures Akin To Totalitarianism PARIS, April 4.—(/Pi -Possible overthrow' of Premier Leon Blum's People’s front government rested tonight with party groups debating whether to support the cabinets request for extraordinary financial powers. The sot alist premier placed fate of his government in the hands of parliament by proposing a series of financial measures not dissimilar to ------- I programs of the totalitarian states. Credit Man s Cat Saved; Fire Dep t Pressing For Pay desert. One suspect was held for questioning as the manhunt spread over the southwest through Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. ARMY DESERTER He was identified as an army deserter from Fort Sill. Okla . and was held for military authorities and questioning by Texas officers at Alamogordo, N. M„ where a New Mexico state policeman picked him (up. State Police Patrolman C S. Mc-Casland said the suspect's automobile bore a dent and stains, possi-| bly of blood, on the right front fender. The car bore Oklahoma license plates. McCasland said the suspect, arrested late last Thursday night, maintained he had driven to Alamogordo from Artesia, N. M . which is about 150 miles due north of Van Horn. Mrs. and Miss Frome were last seen alive late Wednesday. R H. Colvin of the department of justice at El Paso, said tonight all the bureau's men had “been pulled off the case.” OUT OF JURISDICTION "We entered the case originally when It appc: ad *» ossible case of kidnaping,’ Cdtvin'said. "Now that events have proven It a case of murder, we are retiring because it Is outside our jurisdiction." Tire federal agent, however. Indicated the willingness of his department to cooperate with state and county officers in solving the case. He said the department's scientific laboratories and all its facilities would be made available lf wanted, although the department’s men were taken out of the case. ' We’ll still do anything we can to I help run down these slayers," Colvin said. ROPBERY BELIEVED MOTIVE Piecing together bits of evidence and reports from witnesses along I the Pecos-Dallas highway. Sheriff Albert Sanderson of Van Horn tonight asserted his belief two men and two women had parts in thw slayings, and asserted that robbery ’ wa$ the motive. Information gleaned by Texas Ranger Pete Crawford and State Game Warden Curtis McElroy* and ! relayed to the sheriff, indicated the mystery car which was seen fol- See SLAYINGS, Pf 2 Col. 2 Soviets Scorn Jap Protest Litvinoff Denies Russian Troops Assisting Sinos MOSCOW April 4. -AP)— Soviet Russia tonight rejected a Japanese protest that accused the Soviets of lending military aid to China In her war with Japan. Foreign Commissar Maxim Lit* vinoff denied the Soviet government had sent any army detachments or officers to bolster China’s forces. “Any declaration contradicting this fact and incapable of verifica-tion,” Litvinoff declared, "could have been laid only by circles which already are well known for their systematic fabrication of all kinds of false reports with the object of sharpening relations between Japan and the Soviet union." The Japanese protest, delivered earlier today by Ambassador Mam* wu snignu >.i. warned Russet would have to "assume reponstbil* ity for the consequences” if such aid continued. OTHER COUNTRIES GUILTY Russia’s envoy in Tokyo already has told Foreign Minister Koki Birota the Soviet government is conforming to international rales on the question of sales of arms and planes to China Litvinoff replied to Shigemetsu. He pointed out arms have been supplied "also to Japan by many other countries." Litvinoff declared Japan was well aware foreign volunteers of various countries were serving in the Chinese army, but so far as known Tokyo had failed to protest to any of the nations from which the volunteers came- He also reminded Shigmitsu tho Japanese have disclaimed they are at war with China and refer to tho fighting there as “an incident, mora or less accidental." Japanese Menace Lunghai Railway The Weather Cactus Jack Garner May Turn Ranchman WASHINGTON. April 4.- P>— Freeman. T. E Bay C. W Kemper, Vice President Garner may buy a ^^ °°^' **• Caton, and Mar-Texas ranch soon.    tin Neeb. Candidates for mayor are Garner told reporters some of his    Martin    and    T.    D.    Little, friends in Texas were carrying on negotiations for the purchase. The vice president said the ranch w as situated in Webb county, Texas, but that he did not know yet how-much acreage might be Involved. Reports of the negotiations aroused speculation over Garner’s retirement at the end of his present term. State Income Up AUSTIN, April 4—[JP)—More than $13,000,000 poured into the states general fund between Jan. I and March 31 exceeding by $3,226,567 receipts for the same period last year. the treasury reported today. Orator Nett Says He Learned Calling Hogs WACO, April 4 — (JR — Calling hogs as he roamed woods near here was the only public speaking training he !iad, Pat M. Neff, president of Baylor university and former governor of Texas, told faculty members. To Massachusetts Buyers— Abilene, S water Firms Sell Spring Wool Clips Announcement of the sale by an j leave the same local warehouse for Abilene wool warehouse of its 1937 Boston Yesterday in Sweetwater, Ollie Cox. manager of the Central Wool A’ Mohair company, sold for 20 1-2 cents per pound, a car of 12-_    month wool and half a car of leaded here were 41.000 pounds wool shorn from lambs The buyer of wool from the Canon grain and was Guy Burton of Forte Dupree clip, and the movement of early-shorn spring w’ool at Sweetwater yesterday is good new's for sheepmen of this section. wool company which went to An gell, Bronsdon & DuPont of Boston, Mass. The wool is being truck-to Houston and will be shipped by boat from there. During remainder of the week another shipment of & Sawyer of Boston. He also sold some clippings for 9 1-2 cents and a lot of short (four months) wool for 18 cents, all to the same buyer. All of this was 1938 wool. Next time somebody’s pet cat ascends a telephone pole or the dizzy heights of a roof, the owner had best think twice before he summons city firemen. Eddie Cockerell, secretary of the Retail Merchants association, once recommended that, course. He knew better yesterday. It was last Friday when Mrs. Cockerell's prize Persian cat set the stage for an April Fool prank which still has Eddie muttering The animal mounted to the garage roof, clung there in mewing fear. The cat refused to come down and "efforts to dislodge it were una\ailing “Call the fire department" suggested Bridie, who is a close * friend of Fire Chief Ray Roe. See COC KERELL, Tg. 2, Col. 2 Veteran Killed In El Paso Affray The chamber of deputies finance committee approved the program, j Chief among his proposals was a measure to permit the government to take about $676,500,000 paper profit by revaluation of the bank of France s gold reserves. Other proposals would permit foreign exchange control, impose an “extra-, ordinary tax” on capital holdings, and call a two-year moratorium on public debt payments. The first party group to act on the proposals was the radical-socialist* who voted 28 to 22 to support the program. But the small ma- , jority and the fact eight of those who voted for support were cabinet members showed that Blum faced serious difficulty in getting even the chamber s approval. PREDICT SENATE DEFEAT Senators predicted the cabinet would faH if the premier insisted upon bringing his program to a vote in the upper house. Many deputies and senators said the government’s program was , “simply a copy of the economy I practiced in Italy and Germany.” I Blum in reply told the chamber finance committee the nation’s finances were in such a state and the costs of rearmament so heavy J the nation must be disciplined to accept drastic measures. SHANGHAI, April 4— T-Driv-I ing southward after the capture of i Taierhchwang’s smouldering ruins,   Japanese forces tonight, threatened AlliZNB AND VICINITY: Moo;I) *© cu^    cas*    enc*    t!le    Vital riou<j> i nr Min >.    Lunghai railway and outflank tho htmt TKXAHt Parti? cloudy rued*) chinese defenders of stategic Su- »nd tVrdncAday.    1    . P AST I PVA!*: Mostly cloudy Tuc»du> enow aud Wrdnc»d»>; probably local -bourn A Japanese advance guard, criv-in northeast portion. Moderate t* fresh ing along the grand canal from *°om.ahoma‘ rUS Toc'sda) aud Wed-1 Taierchwang. reported it had enter-nesday; local showers la fast portion KiangSU province and Was 81IU- Tucsda.v.    ing for Yunho, on the Lunghai lino *> *»»',wuth- ™stha tifkfi; folder nortliwfit portion lue*da\, first tini£ OIC Jap&ilCSC llBCl Kau** of temperature yesterday:    trated Kiangsu from the north. 44 ............ I    ............ is __ 43      3      I* 4i    4    ii    Injured Teacher ::::::::: ?    ll    Out Of Hospital 44      I    70    , vt ............ it      ',s    J. R. Blackwell, Abilene    high 77 ............ 8       4»    school instructor, was released    from ''J ............ the Hendrick Memorial hospital Noon    r* Midnight 7.7.7. 45 yesterday after treatment for la* Hifhest aud lowest temperature* to * juries received in an automobile ag«m nn $i!erilm>' M'M:    d*‘® * ,e*r accident Saturday night. He suf- s un set yesterday, i:oo; sunrise today, Fered cuts and bruises on the face* *:sti sunset today, 7:®i,    arms and hands. ONE OF FOUR AUTHORIZED— Location Of Laboratory For Agricultural Research In Texas To Be Asked By WTCC EL PASO, April 4.— r- — S T Stackhouse, about 70. a Spanish-American war veteran of E] Paso. Mexican Shot In Agrarian Unrest El. PASO. April 4.—(A*)—Leandro S. Gomez, Juarez valley landowner, which marked this town’* entrance Into that business since the early days. Tom Canon declined to give the price, but said it was entirely satisfactory. They were cleaning out the old wool to make room for tile new clip. C F. Angell was here to receive the shipment. Abilene's newest warehouse, the Lone Star commission company, has several clips of wool and mohair on hand and expects a big movement during the next two months. _________ .    _     .....    ______ tv,, a Kl I An a Kl , . .,    ,    For    the    first    time,    growers    of    this1 nesses said there apparently hac tho agrarian group. Three ^others i approx im a.triv 2Q OOQ Bounds will of aLu    ES    i *    ■    ««ctlon    are being accommodated by been iii feeling between the two were held in Juarez city jail pend- tftwnwmAt&x aOyQOQ pounds    Am    bauta    tm*    last    uniaa,1 ntaipy waieiicu**,    I    men    tot sam* urn?.    (la*    instigation,    I was shot and fatally wounded in a was shot and wounded, not serious-, downtown eating place here to- j ly, late today in an affray with a night.    group of Juarez agrarians who, Police Captain W. C. Woolverton Juarez police said, tried to take! arrested W. A. Harrison. 50-    possession of Gomez’s lands. Gomez Harrison, a world war veteran, was shot in the leg told police Stackhouse had drawn State police arrested eight of a knife on him earlier today. Wit- some 36 men who formed part of West Texas chamber of commerce conferees yesterday drafted a request that the government establish a laboratory for agricultural research in Texas. The proposed laboratory is one of four such units authorized by the Agricultural Adjustment act of 1938, To petition formally that the research be placed in Texas, a letter was prepared to Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace. It will be mailed after approval of leaders in the movement. Wallace will be advised that the request is made by the WTCC as represen ta rive of the 130 counties within its boundaries. Basis for the proposal, the sec- , retool Qt Agriculuiurf .vin J* I minded, is that "Texas far excels any other state in the number of farms, in farm acres, In production of cotton, wool, mohair and in value of farm crops; is the major farm producing area of the United States, and under terms of the act eminently qualified x x x.” The West Texas chamber of commerce also offers to submit a brief summarizing qualifications of Texas for the laboratory under terms of the act. A decision to petition Wallace and the department of agriculture was reached by D. A. Bandecn, WTCC manager, in conference with R C. Hopping of Lubbock. S. A. Wells of San Angelo, A B. Davis of Lubbock, George A. Summons and M. £. Beard, ;