Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVI I, NO. 320. AiMdtM
ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 7, 1938.-TWELVE PAGES
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Officers Hold New Theory In . Frome Slayings
Authorities See Hate As Motive, Turn Attention To Private Lives Of Victims
EL PASO, Texas, April 6—(AP)—Turning abruptly from a theory of robbery to one of “revenge or hate” as the motive for the week old torture slayings of Mrs. Weston 0. Frome and her pretty daughter, Nancy, authorities tonight concentrated their attention on private lives of the victims.
The Berkeley, Calif., woman and her 23-year-old daughter were tortured, beaten and slain in the cactus-studded reaches of the West Texas desert near Van Horn last Wednesday.
The bodies, showing evi-1
Blum To Carry Fight To Senate
Premier Ponders Quitting In Face Of Losing Battle
PARIS, April 6.-~<AF*)—Premier Leon Blum, despite a split In the people's front majority when his dictatorial financial controll bill staggered through the chamber of deputies today, resolved tonight to
dences of extreme torture, were found last Sunday night, cash and a portion of their jewelry missing.
"Mv belief is that revenge or hatred only could have prompted
such a brutal crime.” said Sheriff Chris Fox of El Paso, in whom has 1 been concentrated general author- j ity for conduct of the widespread J investigation.
On this theory, Fox has instructed authorities in Berkeley to investigate friends and acquaintances of the Fromes in an effort to turn up any information.
WITNESSES HEARD , District Attorney Roy D. Jackson said in a telephone conversation from Van Horn the stories of two Van Horn residents lent
strength today to Information given i carry his almost hopeless fight to
officers by Jim Milam, El PMO J hostile senate.
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pants of a dark colored mystery car believed seen following the Frome machine tile day the women disappeared.
Milam said he had seen a man and a woman in the dark auto, which he believed was a coach.
Juanita Elliott, a waitress, told Jackson she saw a dark car. which she described as “a two-seater,'* with a woman driving It along. She saw it about 2 o'clock last Wednesday afternoon near a little by-road about half a mile from where the bodies later were found.
Picking up Bill Tripp. Van Horn laborer who was engaged on a tank project out of Van Horn, they drove back to town. Both Miss Elliott and Tripp told the district attorney they saw the dark car again, parked
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Attempted Attack Oh Child Foiled
DALLAS. April 6.—7P)—Inspector of Detectives Will Fritz said W. A. Sharp, 35, ex-convict, was booked here today on a charge of attempted rape after a three-year-old child had been dragged toward a clump of bushes behind a store.
When neighbors and R. L. Port-wood, store employe, gave chase, the screaming child was dropped. Portwood felled the suspect with a blow on the jaw and held him until police arrived.
The suspect. Fritz said, had been arrested in Dallas and at ney on similar charges.
party—one of the pillars of the people s front iii:ion to support Blum's radical bill led the premier and his socialist ministers to consider resigning.
Deputies, however, said Leon Jouhaux promised Blum “full support’’ of his general confederation of labor and urged him to go on with the battle to the senate. Jouhaux is secretary of the labor confederation and says he has 5,000,-OOO followers.
Blum will take his demand for power to the senate Friday, although he knows he faces almost certain defeat.
Jouhaux declared publicly March 31 that if the Blum government should resign "under pressure from the financial and nationalist oligarchy,” his 5.000.000 followers would set, it up again by our own
Rightists charged the bill would “lead to establishment of a regime similar to those of Hitler and Mussolini.”
Among the criticisms was Former Premier Pierre Flandin’s accusations Blum's demand for decree powers was “a copy of President Roosevelt’s experiment, which has failed.” ,
Colorado, Tex., Pair Held In Frome Case
Freeze Looms As Inevitable For Territory
Air Clears After Duster Swoops In With Norther
It looks like freezing weather for sure in central West Texas
Temperatures were sliding below’ the 40 degree mark last midnight as thermometer readings leveled off after a drop from the 85 degree maximum marked up at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
Swirling dust rode a cold north wind into Abilene at that hour, and 'loon visibility was down to less than one mile. Atmosphere was clearing later in the night however, and at ll p. rn. visibility was up to four miles at the airport, weather bureau observers reported.
Meanwhile capricious spring weather spotted the south with torrential rains, scattered floods, a fresh assault of twisting winds, and a threatened sharp drop in temperature.
BLOW TO MANY
Forecast for Abilene tonight calls for freezing weather, a prediction which is chilling to hopes of sheep and gait men, vegetable and fruit raisers, and farmers with tender crops above the ground.
Losses among fresh shorn sheep and goats are expected to rise in many sections. Further north, livestock warnings have been posted.
Dalhart reported a light fall of snow, evidently the fringe of a Colorado storm, while Amarillo reported thermometer readings of 28 degrees and a wind velocity of 50 miles per hour average, with gusts reaching 70 miles.
Abilene's norther reached maximum speeds of 50 miles per hour Intermittently, but average reading late in the night was 36 miles per hour.
The duster hitting Abilene Wednesday afternoon kept a scheduled American Airplane from landing here while an unscheduled ship was “forced down.'*
The eastbound plane, scheduled to land, flew on over and continued to Dallas at approximately the same hour as the westbound plane, not scheduled to stop, was set down at the muinicpal airport.
STILL DOWN AT MIDNIGHT
The plane forced down was still grounded at midnight, and airlines officials expressed little hope of continuing the flight before morning. Three passengers were stranded.
Dr. J. L. cline. U. 8. weather bureau meterologist at Dallas, issued a cold wave warning. A cold wave was forecast for East Texas with freezing Thursday night in
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TEXAN DEMANDS MEASURE BE CHANGED
Sumners Attacks Reform Bill
'SPANIARDS' IN FRANCO'S REBEL ADVANCE
Prominent in Gen. Franco's desperate “end the war” drive toward the Mediterranean are such “Spanish” troops as thaw pictured above. The steel-
helmeted soldiers, left, are regulars of the Italian army, and those at right are Moors from
Spanish Morocco. They are part of the rebel army’s “vol
unteer” auxiliaries listed by the loyalist ministry of national defense in a lengthy report. Besides mentioning Italian and German units, the statement
referred to 300 French Moroccan enlistments and detailed movements of hundreds of foreign planes, artillery, tanks, trucks and other material.
Gov’t Troops Stage Flank Attack
Hines' Decision Due Within Week
DALLAS, April 6. —</P>—Harry Hines of Wichita Falls, state highway commissioner, said here today he would decide within the next week or IO days whether he could be a candidate for governor.
Since Mrs. Miram A. Ferguson stated she would not run for governor, additional pressure has been brought to bear on him to become a candidate, Hines said.
Transportation Strike Ordered
DETROIT, April 6. —OF)— A strike which would tie up opera- I lions of Detroit's municipal street ! car and bus system was called tonight to begin at 3 a. rn. (CST) tomorrow. J
The walk-out was voted by local J 26 of the amalgamated association of street and electric railway and motor coach employes of America.
BROWNWOOD, April 6.—(JP)—A McKin- Colorado. Texas, couple was held tonight for shooting at a funeral
director here today and for ques-
i tioning on any possible connection I with the Frome robbery-torture slayings near Van Horn a ago.
A .45-caliber pistol was taken from the man. Officers said his face bore evidence of scratches.
Jack London, vice president of a funeral establishment, told officers he was called to a house near his funeral home. A couple there demanded si.ooo and when he told them he did not have that amount they demanded his automobile. London said. London had the keys to his automobile on his person, but he told the woman they were at his office. She went to his office.
While she was gone, London grappled with the man and fled from the room. London said the ! man pursued him and fired twice. He escaped injury.
Hit-Run Killer Loses Appeal
AUSTIN, April 6.— —Appeal of
James K. Cockrell, sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for the hit-and-run slaying of two small chil-week dren on their way to church, failed in the court of criminal appeals today.
The state's highest tribunal In criminal cases affirmed sentence of the 22-year-old Lampasas man and declared the trial Jury was justified in inferring malice due to the defendant's exhibition of a “high degree of recklessness and disregard for the rights of others.”
In writing the opinion, Judge Harry N. Graves said Cockrell was driving a car in a drunken state and swerving at people to watch them scramble for safety.
Write-In Candidate New Odessa Mayor
Beats Incumbent By Margin Of 46
ODESSA, April 6—(Spl.)—E L. Farmer, a write-in candidate, grabbed first place in the Odessa mayor-alty race Tuesday, final tabulation of votes today showed.
He polled a margin of 48 votes more than V. C. Wiggins, incumbent. Sam P. Copeland, Ernest Broughton and Charles Christian were elected aldermen. L. L. Anthony was reelected city secretary, Marvin G. McDonald w’&s made city attorney, Raymond C. Stoker city judge and Hugh Ratliff city marshal.
The complete vote was: for mayor —Farmer 645; Wiggins 597. George F. O'Connor 63. Phelix E. Jones 171; for .secretary, L. L. Anthony 918, Lona O Neal 544; for alderman—Christian 712, Broughton 748, Copeland 731, Luther A. Neal 659, Oscar Johnson 710. Carl Sewell 893; for attorney—McDonald 806, John L. Fowler 649; for c*ty judtje —Raymond C. Stoker 1,46$; for cny marshal—Ratliff 1,392.
Steel Firm Ordered To Sign Union Pact
WASHINGTON. April 6. —(/TV-The Roosevelt dicta that an employer should be willing to put into writing any agreement he reaches with labor was woven into a national labor relations board order today. A court test may ensue.
Tire board directed the Inland Steel corporation to draw up a written contract with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (CIO) if it reached an agreement with that union. Refusal to sign the document under such circumstances was declared a violation of the . Wagner labor relations act.
U. S. Recognizes Austro Seizure
WASHINGTON. April S.— (UP) —The American government today formally recognized Germany's absorpt ion of Austria and notified the German government that it would be held responsible for Austria’s debts.
It was said the recognition of Austrian union with Germany was given for the “practical purposes” of making necessary diplomatic and consular adjustments.
Austrian debts to this country and on bonds outstanding in this country total $64,493,480.
Revised Wage-Hour Measure Drafted
WASHINGTON. April 6. —.Ti— A revved wage-hour bill, designed to make present wage averages the initial legal standard and establish gradually a 40-cent minimum hourly wage and a 40-hour week, won approval today of the democratic members of a house labor subcdhimittee.
AUSTIN,- April 6—(ZP)—The railroad commission today authorized the Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe railway to discontinue trains No. 73 and 74 between Brownwood and Temple.
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Oil Fire Loss Set At 55,000
Has Origin Under Large Tank Of Moo re Company
Damage estimated at $5,000 wa*
wrought to the E. H. Moore Oil company by fire Wednesday afternoon.
Flames of undetermined origin gutted a wood and metal ware- ; house and office building, a tool shop, loading platform, two 12.000-gallon steel tanks, in addition to burning a large part of the gasoline store in two other tanks of equal size and destroying a pickup truck standing at the rack to be loaded.
Abilene fire department succeeded in quenching the fire before total loss was caused to the wholesale gasoline and lubricants establishment however, and a part ct the stock cf gasoline was saved
Fire, originating beneath one of the four big tanks included in the \ property, was first discovered by i an employe who was preparing to load the pickup. He rushed into : the office, where W. Victor W’o- < mack, secretary and co-partner of ; the firm was chatting with friends,
AREA ROAD PROJECT PLANS AWAIT APRIL 19 LETTING
Bids To Be Taken On Runnels, Brow*, Shackelford, Coleman, Mitchell Jobs
AUSTIN, April 6.—<JP)—Highway engineers today announced completion of plans for 26 improvement projects which will be submitted to bids
Previously the highway department had estimated plans for 45 projects would he ready for the April 19 letting.
Those on which bids have been asked, by counties. Include:
Runnels. Valley Creek and Valley Creek relief bridges and small
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between Ballinger and Maverick.
Coleman, Jim Ned creek bridge. relief structure and small drainage
Rebels Vacate Many Positions
Soldiers Si *< 2 From Mountains To Harass Franco
HENDA YE, France (At the Spanish Frontier), April 6—(TP—Reinforced government troops steamed j down from mountain fastnesses to- I whatsoever end the most expediti-day hi flank attack on Spanish in- ous wa^ would be to kill it at once,
Urges Outright Defeat lf Foes’ Wishes Not Met
Opposition Hails Speech Of Potent Judicial Chairman
WASHINGTON, April 6 — (AP)—An ace card went into play in the government reorganization contest today when Rep. Sumners (D-Tex) arose to demand drastic alterations in the bill empowering President Roosevelt to revamp executive agencies.
If attempts to amend the bill fail, it should be killed outright, said Sumners, who is the influential chairman of the house judiciary committee.
FOUGHT COURT BILL
Opponents of the measure had counted heavily on his speech, remembering that an address he made last year helped kill the Roosevelt bill to reorganize the supreme court*
However, supporters of the present measure, found some satisfaction in Sumners' speech today, in that he did not go along with those who favored killing the measure forthwith.
The opposition had been rallying its strength for an effort to defeat the bill without proceeding to the stage of amendments. But Rimmers said;
%L feel now it would be a mistake I not to consider this bill. Let’s do the best we can to amend it, and then if we can’t amend it as we think It ought to be, let’s have the nerve to beat it.”
Sumners Indicated he favored curbing powers the bill would confer on the chief executive. The people, he said, were willing to grant emergency authority in emeu’ acy periods, but now they in-I stik lively are moving “in *kn op-• polite direction ” k ,
Representative O'Connor. (D-NY) previously had announced he would move tomorrow to “strike out tho enacting clause,” a parliamentary procedure which would strip the bill I of all force and effect.
“I know the country wants no bill
structures on feeder road near Coleman.
Brown, 7.1 miles flexible base and double asphalt surface treatment on feeder road from state park road to 7.1 miles- north of Brownwood.
Mitchell. 4.8 miles grading, drainage structures, flexible base and asphalt seal coat on feeder road from junction with highway I east of Colorado south 4.9 miles.
Shackelford, 4.9 miles grading, drainage structures and select materials on feeder road from 3.5 miles south of Albany south 4 9 miles.
Ground Broken For Home For Children
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KEROSENE FLOWS Workmen broke ground yesterday
As the first fire truck arrived, a for the $300,000 Kendrick Home for tank filled with kerosene burst Children.
open at a seam, dropping its contents onto the flames. Later, as firemen battled the spectacular flame, a safety collar at the top of another tank blew open.
Hose connections on outlet pipes to all tanks were burned off. allowing contents of the reservoirs to flood tile scene and add to the conflagration.
After extinguishing the fire in the warehouse and office building, firemen knocked the fire back enough with high-pressure streams to allow Fire Chief Ray Roe to close one of the outlet valves. Others, in the midst of leaping flames were closed later with pike poles.
Thus complete loss of the stock of gasoline was avoided, and danger of additional explosions averted. In less than an hour after the fire started at approximately 4 p. rn., last flames were extin-
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A crew employed by C. S Oates and Sons, contractors, began excavating for foundations and a basement for the boiler room.
Oates said all the excavation will be done by hand, and with teams and scrapers. He estimated workmen will be able to start pouring concrete in about IO days.
Thompson Lays Down Platform
AUSTIN, April S—(,PV_Ernest O. Thompson, candidate for governor, today announced a platform calling for economies In government without crippling efficiency and declaring additional taxes would not be needed.
He said, however, the program of teachers retirement and aid to needy blind and dependent children should be financed even though an additional tax on nature! resources or a tax on luxuries should be necessary.
Other planks opposed the sale of liquor by the drink and gambling in all forms, “whether it be horse racing, dog racing of marble or slot machines.”
Favor was expressed for continuing the present $22 per capita school apportionment, a liberal old age pension program based on need, state regulation of cv labor, state regulation of all utility rates and decentralization of go ernment.
Thompson, a member of the railroad commission, will deliver his opening campaign address at Waco. April 12.
surgents hammering at Tortes* to reach the Mediterranean sea.
While “suicide squads” of militiamen held approaches to the walled city, wave after wave of government troops struck from the heights which hemmed in General Franco’s column. They drove insurgents out of several positions previously occupied.
Both sides sped reinforcements to the battle area, where government resistance to the insurgent push brought the fiercest fighting since i Franco's forces started their march ' to the sea March 9.
Insurgent artillery hurled shells j into the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Tortosa itself and along the coastal highw ay running south from Barcelona to the rest of government Spain.
This bombardment effectively cut communications between Catalonia, Spain's northeastern corner, and remaining government territory to the south and west.
Franco's legionnaires were fighting for control of the coastal highway and planned to use it for a
Condition Of McM Student Serious
Robbed Of Jewelry
GLADEWATER, Texas, April 6.
—(JP)—Mrs. Louis Orms. of the White Oak community near here, reported to police she was robbed last night by a masked gunman of $5,000 worth of jewelry. m : 7"—*• I James Yaeger. McMurrv college
Snow In New Mexico freshman from Derrick City, Pa.,
was considered to be in a serious ALBUQUERQUE, NM. April 6. condition last night at the Hendrick —(AV-Flurries of snow and rain ; Memorial hospital. Yeager under- j fell over northern New Mexico to- went a tonsillectomy last week and night as high winds blew dust along early this week his throat became • the eastern section of the state. < infected.
LoGuardia Speech Sure For Conclave
Definite assurance that Mayor LaGuardia of New York will attend the 20th annuli convention of the West Texas chamber of j commerce was received yesterday by D. A Bandeen, WTCC manager.
He was notified by Wilburn Page, Wichita Falls chamber of commerce secretary and convention manager. that LaGuardia had given notice he will arrive there April 22 or 23. Tile New York mayor will remain until his convention speech the afternoon of April 26, departing immediately afterward.
Despite LaGuardia’s acceptance, WTCC leaders had feared he migh$ be forced to change his plans. The convention will be held April 25-27.
Two Babies Born
Mr, and Mrs. Eugene Morrison of Norton announce the birth of a rapid sweep 95 miles northeast to 1yesterday morning at Hie Hen-
Barcclona. government capital, or to Valencia Mediterranean stronghold to the south,
HENDAYE, France (At the Spanish Frontier)—April 6- t/P—Insur- I gent dispatches tonight announced General Jose Moscardo's insurgent ! troops captured Balaguer, in north- ; east Spain, the town which controls ! all Catalan hydoelectric power lines. |
Balaguer, 15 miles northeast of; Lerida, is at the northern end of the ^ ver:.me:, s defense line thrown up to check the insurgent sweep toward Barcelona and the Mediterranean.
drick Memorial hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Barker. 1150 Highland, had a daughter born last night at the hospital.
Mexico To Pay For Seizures With Oil
Foreign Agents Dicker For Crude
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Fisher Boys Exhibit Champion Calf And Lamb
By HARRY HOLT
LUBBOCK. April (J—T I n y
Charles Hollabaugh, 10-year-old Fisher county 4-H club boy, was “man Olathe day ’* when he led his grandchampion Hereford calf into salesring of the seventh annual South Plains Fat Stock show here today. Five minutes later his 840-pound calf sold for 66 cents per pound to the Phillips “66” Petroleum company.
A. J. Jarnigan, another Fisher county club bdy, topped all lamb exhibitors with a Rambouillet
wether that previously ’tad placed at Tweetwatcr, San Angelo and Odessa. Billy Arledge, Roscoe youth
showed the first pen of five fine wool lambs.
Adding to the string of victories for animals the Central West Texas section were calves exhibited by Nolan county 4-H club boys. which won first in the group of five from one county and placed high in the respective classes.
Showing of animals Tuesday and the sale today were in a regular West Texas sandstorm in the heart of a one-time cattle domain that this year led the state in cotton production As hundreds of boys from 35 Texas and New Mexico counties hurried about the barns seeing after their calves, lambs J
and hogs under the watchful eyes of county agents, vocational agriculture teachers and ranchmen, visitors reviewed the change that has come over this country during the past decade.
Once this was a cattle country that boasted of Its rich buffalo grass that would carry an animal unit to IO acres. The emphasis is now placed on finishing of cattle here on the South Plains where bountiful supplies of feeds are found. Veteran cattlemen, weather-beaten by years of driving dus * wind, such as today’s,
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Victims Of Crash Enjoy 'Good Day'
Mrs. Lance Teubner and her four year old daughter. Marian, were showing improvement last night, attendants at the hospital said. The two had a "good day” yesterday and were resting easy.
Victims of an auto-train crash at Tye Tuesday. Mrs. Teubner suffered shock and her daughter had bruises and severe cuts.
Rules All Carbon Black Is Taxable
AUSTIN. April 6.——1The state home-erown Iwon a Jinal victory today in its j contention all carbon black regardless of the method of manufacture is subject to taxation when the supreme court refused to review i decisions of lower tribunals.
MEXICO CITY, April 6.—(/Pl— The Mexican government an
nounced today that 20 per cent of gross receipts from sales abroad of its excess crude oil would be used toward payment for properties it expropriated from American and British companies March 18.
The announcement came as two foreign promoters—Fraud* W,
Rickett of Great Britain and Bernard E. Smith, New York stock broker, were negotiating with Mexican officials to buy a part of the government’s oil output.
Unconfirmed reports wer? that
Rickett and Smith were near an agreement with the Mexican government for purchase of some of the oil which has been coiler ling in storage tanks since President Lazaro Cardenas Issued his expropriation decree.
Payments to the companies, it added, would start “as soon as agreements are reached with the interested companies fixing the
amount to be paid.” It was said the finance ministry later would fix the percentage of domestic sales I to be devoted to the same purpose.