Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE. TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 15, 1938. TWENTY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS.
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BEFORE 'POWER TO ACT' IS GONE
' Gov t Attack On Recession Imperative, FD Asserts
Thunderstorm Prescribes Spending As Accompanied By Stimulant For Business
Frome Murder Probe Spread
THE HENRY FORDS CELE BRATE GOLDEN WEDDING
Over Wide Area
Pair Sought On Border, Others Quizzed In North
EL PASO, April 14.—</F)—The Frome murder Investigation was spread-eagled tonight from the Gulf area of Texas to Massachusetts.
At both ends of the far flung probe, interest was centered on the identity of a man and woman
thought to have been with Mrs. Weston G. Frome of Berkeley, Calif., and her daughter, Nancy, 23. when they were slain In the West Texas desert two weeks ago.
In South Texas, along the Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas rangers and peace officers were in hot pursuit of a will-o-the-wisp blonde and her male traveling companion, hunted eastward through Texas for a week.
Sheriff Chris Fox of El Paso, director of the investigation, meanwhile ordered questioning of Mrs. Hester Worchester and her son, Chauncey, at Newburyport, Mass. DESCRIBES MAN
Mrs. Worcester reported to authorities she had seen an automobile following the Frome sedan east of Van Horn, Texas, and described a “short, chunky man with a round face ’ who Joined the Frome women on the desert roadside beside their parked cars.
“It gives us out first eye-witness description of the slayer suspects,” said Fox enthusiastically.
Mrs Worcesf"r and her son were returning east from a visit at Phoenix, Ariz.
Air Hunt For Frome Suspec t Fruitless
^ARETCy, V»ril 14 -I*)—Mate highway p* irolmrn returned here tonight after a fruitless search by
#ir for suspects in the slaying of Mrs Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, near Van Horn.
A plane piloted by Francis McDonald, aith eight observers aboard, failed to reveal a trace of any car in the brush-lined roads between Zapata and Mission.
Constable Ed J. Wormser said earlier that he had been informed by State Ranger Alonso Alice at Roma that a handkerchief with the initial **F" had been found where two persons hunted as sus* pects had camped. Wormser went to the scene to Join Alice and Ranger Pete Crawford.
A blonde woman and her male companion, Men last night at a Roma sandwich shop, were sought. United States Border Patrolman Jesse Perez indicated, however, he doubted they were involved in the case.
U. S., Nicaragua Mark Off Debts
WASHINGTON. April 14.—(Ab— The United States and Nicaragua mutually cancelled their debts to each other today except for $72,000 due from the United States.
Nicaragua owed the United States $484,000 in interest and principal on a debt Incurred in purchasing arms, ammunition and other military equipment between 1921 and 1927.
The United States owed Nicaragua $641,115 for a refund of income taxes paid to the United States government by the Pacific railway of Nicaragua, which was incorporated under the laws of the state of Maine. „ j
Longest Radio Talk
WASHINGTON, April 14.—— President Roosevelt's ‘fireside chat" over the radio tonight exceeded his longest previous broadcast of that type by about five minutes. Em-plojes of the National Broadcasting company said he spoke approximately 40 minutes tonight.
Roofs Ripped Off At Colorado; .40 Inch Falls Here
Pump Priming Will 'Cost Something' But 'We Can Afford To Pay For Prosperity', Roosevelt Declares In Radio Talk
A blustery thunderstorm swept over central West Texas Thursday afternoon, bringing sand, light hall, showers and a small twister.
At Colorado violent winds tore the roofs from several buildings in the city's outskirts. Striking at 2 o’clock, the miniature cyclone unroofed a filling station and two
While her Husband «left> chatted with friends Mrs Henry Ford <extreme right)
donned*her glasses to inspect a large scrapbook given them at their public golden wedding
celebration in Detroit The hook contained letters from friends and neighbors
WITH DRASTIC CHANGES-
Band Meet Due To Draw 4.00C
Physicians Sell' Economy Plan In Time For Its Use
MEXIA. Tex., April Dr. Marion M. Brown and Dr. C. P. McKenzie explained to a friend the group hospitalization plan recently installed in a hospital here.
The friend liked It Dr Brown signed him up.
A few minutes later the friend clutched his side. Three hours later an appendectomy aas performed—.or 78 cents.
Appeal Made For Private Rooms To Handle Gathering
Bilene's biggest convention crowd of 1938 will be here next month.
Four thousand persons are expected May 19-21 to attend the Region 8 division of contests for high school bandsmen. It is one of nine -ontrstr with ration?'*, r-- • t “•* sored by the Nation School Music association.
A minimum of 40 bands Is foreseen by authorities making arrange-ments for the tournament. T, N.
Carswell, seeretary-manager of the chamber of commerce, is chairman of a general arrangements committee. Vice-chairman is R. T Bynum. director of the Abilene high school band.
Ex officio director of the meet is R M. White, band instruments ^ pASO Aprll i4_^^_Reiease
^Size of the crowd easily will tax the city’s hotel accommodations, lcan of*lclal °* the Maguarichic White predicted. Consequently, the
Committee Frames Act
New Version Ends Long Wrangle On Disputed Issue
WASHINGTON, April The house labor committee recommended a drastically revised wage-hour bill tonight to provide for a graduated minimum wage starting
mall amount of rain followed the
In Abilene rainfall totaled .40 inch, falling between 4 and 8:30 p. rn. Similar rains mere reported at nearly all points in the area.
Snyder had only a slight sprinkle, followed by a heavy sandstorm underneath clouded skies, however.
Hail apparently was heaviest at j Coleman, where a little damage
Court To Consider Fink s Bond Release
American Held In Mexican Bombing
committee is appealing for rooms in private homes 2.500 MUSICIANS
White estimated, with bands averaging 60 members, that approximately 2.500 contestants will enter the music meet. Their parents and directors here without their charges are expected to swell the total another 1,000 or 1,500 persons.
No more than 1.200 can be accommodated in hotels, White said, and the remainder must find lodging in homes. Through the chamber of commerce, which has underwritten the contest to assure its financial success, 50 cents will
See BOND MEET, p* 12. col. 7
New Deal Big-Wigs Fete Karl Crowley
WASHINGTON. April 14.- ZP — High administration officials head-
Mining company, held in the Chihuahua state penitentiary on an indictment charging implication in the bomb-assassination of Mayor Jose Borunda of Juarez, will be decided Friday by Judge Elias F. Oaxaca, of the Chihuahua penal court, dispatches from Chihuahua City Thursday indicated.
A request by Fink s attorneys that he be released under bond, was presented to Judge Oaxaca Thursday morning. Reports that the request had been denied were termed false by Chihuahua officials
by Efren Escobar, also held, that Fink on several occasions had sug-ed bv Postmaster General Farley, gested that “Borunda be ellminat-
. . , , Committee members said the
state department officials at Wash- , measure closely followed the rec- I ingtan to render all possible assist- ommendations of the American ance to Fink, and to negotiate for Federation of Labor, his release from prison. Designed to apply to employers
Fink, vice-president and general engaged in interstate commerce and manager of the mining company, those affecting such commerce, the was indicted on statements made bill would exempt agricultural
attended a testimonial dinner tonight in honor of Karl A. Crowley, Texas gubernatorial candidate.
Secretary Hull and Senators O'Mahoney (D-Wyo) and Mc Kel-lar (D-Tenn) were speakers at the occasion, presided over by Farley.
Other guests included Secretary and Mrs. Cummings, Secretary Roper, Senate Majority Leader Barkley (D-Ky), Senators McAdoo (D-Cal) and Hatch (D-NM), and House Majority Leader Rayburn tD-Tex).
Almost the entire Texas congressional delegation was present.
Crowley has resigned as solicitor for the post office department to make the race for governor.
ed,” Escobar's statements were made to Ignacio J. Lomeli, state atorney general investigating the case.
interstate commerce act, seamen, local retailers, fishermen and spongers.
Vernon Pioneer Dies
VERNON, April 14—(ZP)—R. B Sherrill, 72. pioneer insurance man here, died tonight after a six months Illness,
ROSWELL. N M., April 14 ■MWin
workers'and Ih^^rtJ^bv The |Mor® lh*n J00,®00 of
composed of clips of 15 ranchers,
was sold at a sealed bid auction at the Bond-Baker warehouse here today.
The wool brought prices ranging from 15 1-2 cents a pound to 20 1-4
WASHINGTON, April 14—(AP)—President Roosevelt recommended his new anti-depression spending and lending: program to the nation tonight with the statement that government action had become imperative, that “government cannot afford to wait until it has lost the power to act.”
From unemployment, insecurity, “government weakness’’ and “government confusion” grew the dictatorships of other lands, he said in a radio “fireside chat.” The administration has waited for business itself to end the current recession, he asserted, and can wait no longer.
His address followed the dispatch of a special message to congress proposing a “pump-priming” program involving a turnover of more than $6,500,000,000, as follows:
About $4,500,000,000 to be lent or spent for relief and public works and to provide capital for businesses; and $2,150,000,000 to be added to the lendable funds of the banks by cashing
cabins at th? Newman filling sta- ,400,000,000 of sterilized gold and making a $750,000,000 reduction in bank reserve require-
tion Just west of the Colorado riv- jy ’ ’
cr bridge men ta.
Shindies were blown from a few 8uch a program will “cost something” he said, but “we are a rich nation and can afford to
houses in Colorado, and a small pay for security and prosperity without having to sacrifice our liberties into the bargain.” He
elevon ^ a described the government program as a “trigger to set off private activity ”
Calling again for enactment of legislation to place limits on wages and hours, he restated the objectives of the new deal—employment, security, reasonable profits and safety for savings.
To abandon this goal would be “to miss the tide and perhaps miss the port,” he said, adding:
“I propose to sail ahead.”
Both the message and the speech were moderately but emphatically worded. They displayed little evidence of any personal feeling over his recent reverses in congress, but Washington's sharp political ears were quick to note the manner in which Mr. Roosevelt turned the dictatorship argument recently aimed at him to his own account.
“In recommending this program,” he said, “I am thinking not only of the immediate was done to e^moMkn^and posai- ec##omje ©f the people of the nation, but also of their personal liberties—the most
cr ‘ s??med to precious possession of all Americans. I am thinking of our democray and of the recent trend
I in other part* of the world away from the democratic ideal.
“Democracy has disappeared in several other great nations—not because the people of those nations disliked democracy, but because they had grown tired of unemployment and insecurity, of seeing their children hungry while they sat helpless in the face of government confusion, government weakness, through lack of leadership in government. QUIT IN DESPERATION “Finally, in desperation, they chose to sacrifice liberty In the hope of getting something to eat. We In America know that our own democratic institutions can be preserved and made to work."
The president's speech quoted extensively from his message to congress in analyzing what he called the cause of the present recession— overproduction, a production so great that purchasing power could not keep pace with it, the whole complicated by unreasonably high prices, fear of war abroad, of nationwide strikes at home and of inflation. None of these fears, he said. has been borne out.
“Five years ago,” he said, “we faced a very serious problem of economic and social recovery. For four and a half years that recovery proceeded apace. It is only in the past seven months that it has received a visible setback.
CAN WAIT NO LONGER “And it is only within the past two months, as we have waited patiently to see whether the forces of business itself would counteract it, that it has become apparent that government itself can no longer HENDAVE, France (at the Span- safely fail to take aggressive govern* ni*h enim«ut steps to meet it.
. i ‘ ‘"This recession has not returned tonight whipped the us ^ disasters and suffering
The thunderstorm sweep from northwest to southeast not striking Cross Plains until 6 30 There a heavy rain fell, along with small hall.
Ballinger and Coleman rains were also comparatively heavy, beginning at 6 o’clock and continuing into the night. Winters had a rain comparable to Abilene's, following fall of a few hailstones.
Sweetwater and Roscoe received light hails, followed by light rains. Roscoe s was measured at .41 inch Rotan and Roby received rains estimated at 1-4 inch, following lizht hail*
Stamford precipitation was estimated from one-fourth to one-half inch Haskell had a good shower at 25 cents an hour and increasing Both points reported hail, light and to 40 cents in three years. undamaging
The committee approved the leg- Albany reported a good shower, libation by a 14 to 4 vote at an and Baird had intermittent flurries overtime session which ended weeks of rain beginning at 6 p rn. East-of wrangling. land had a half inch rainfall, with
Reports were current the net ion *Prtnkl®« contlajNi^. was taken in response to White House insistence that a bill be reported before President Roosevelt j began his “fireside chat” to the nation.
Chairman Norton <D-NJ> denied these reports but said she personally had been desirous of such a result Immediately after the vote, she called the White House to inform the president and later told reporters the chief executive was 1 “delighted”.
Stripped of all wage differentials, ' the bill would provide for a gradual shortening of the work-week from 44 to 40 hours over a two-year period.
It also would prohibit the shipment in interstate commerce of products of child labor.
If the secretary of labor found j that a firm was violating the law, j
Clyde received ,40 Inch of moisture, as did Oplin and Denton. Farmers felt th'at it would be helpful to “frost-bitten” grain.
American airline’s passenger and mail planes flew through their schedules unhindered. One plane was down at the Abilene airport for a period last night. It carried a pilot and two passengers.
Wilbarger County Gets Big Gusher
VERNON, April 14.—<A*>—An estimated 7,000 - barrel producer, looming as one of the biggest oil wells in Wilbarger county’s history, blew in today in the Rock Crossing field, 15 miles southeast of here.
The well, Phillips Petroleum company's V-4 on the W. T. Wag-50 barrels of
FD Opens Doors To Hoarded Gold
Desterilization Step Taken To Broaden Credit
WASHINGTON, April 14 —t/T) — President Roosevelt asked congress to fling wide the flood gates of federal spending again today in a planned, concerted effort by government, business, labor and the people to end the depression.
He proposed that the treasury spend or lend $4,500,000,000 for relief, for public works, flood control, housing, highways, pump-priming in general, and as capital for business enterprises.
To expand the nation's bank credit he announced that $1,400,-000.000 was being added to the treasury's cash resources by taking •'sterilized gold” from the vaults and converting it into spendable funds; and that $750,000,000 of bank credit, now held off the money market by federal reserve board regulations, would be liberated for use as private loans. The desterilization operation formally was carried out at the treasury a few hours; later, and it was announced that treasury and federal reserve officials would meet next Wednesday to arrange further means of financing the new spending.
The chief executives program found many friends in congress, but j encountered the opposition of a
r _ _. v. . .I she would be required to report the I coner estate made
Lee R Biotini American consul companv t0 the justice department ! L in 10 minutes before brine shut I enc^unieiTa uie -
In Chihuahua, told the Times by fnr minutes oeiore oeing snut ; COAution of republicans and con-
telephone he had been instructed by , rom mitt re * members said the ciown for R railroad commission sedative democrats.
To abandon the objectives of the New Deal would be “to miss the tide and perhaps mis the port ... I propose to sail ahead."
Rebels Push Drive On Double Front
Troops Approach Andorra And Sea
New Mexico Wool Clip Is Auctioned
Declaring that the opposite course —a balanced budget accomplished by reducing expenditures, was the
proper approach to the business . Frontier April ll—(A*! problem—they promised to fight to: 811 ™>nucr» defeat the proposals, and, lf that insurgents
failed, an attempt to reduce the ends of their 160-mile eastern Span- of the beginning of 1933. Your
amounts and specify the exact pur- iSh front toward the Mediterranean money in the bank is safe: farmers
pose to which they .‘-hould be put on the south and Andorra on the are no longer in deep distress and
Recent congressional reversals Mr. north. e greater purchasing power;
Roosevelt disregarded today except Miguei Arandas troops
for a passing notation that he had jj-pyp frc,in San Mateo into the lit
tle Castellon village of La Jana
See RADIO TALK, Pg. 12, Col. 8
proposed “only four measures of
major importance to the business onjv njnP miles by air from the sea
SPR,NOFIELD. Coio.. Apr:, ,4- j MST *
nothing in these bills to frighten business, he listed the four as the
. . . .for the wool running between
i/P>—A brisk rain and hail .storm an(j jg cents
collided with one of southeastern a few of the clips offered were
Colorado's worst dust storms here holdovers from the 1937 clip, and
today and the result was a “mud I the low price was for one of these
Far in the north, amid snow-
. , ut,, tun. covered mountain slopes, insurgents
crop control bill. now enacted. _ the ^ o[ (hf 0( Tor
three miles from where Andorra's
ABILENE'S 'HOME TOWN' SPEAKER—
Eleanor Bishop, 15, Blushes At Grade Of 95
bill to plug income tax “loopholes,”
now enacted, the wage-hour bill.
beaten In the house, and the bill, border.
‘to remove inequities from the un-
distributed profits tax,” now pend- Nearly midway between th eat ing points, east of Balaluer, the govern-
He advised that “every business- ment fought desperately in an ef-man set out to use his strength *ort 10 break the insurgent advance
into the interior of Lerida province.
Ector Courthouse Has First Session
ODESSA, April 14.—<>P)—Ector county's new courthouse saw its first important session since its recent completion when H. E. Was-
A IHI.ENE AND VICINITY! Cloudy, local shower* friday.
WEST TEXAS: I artly cloudy, cooler
f riday : Saturday fair.
KAST TEXAS! Cloudy, occasional thundershower*, cooler In went and north portion* friday; Saturday partly cloudy. Creal! to strong southerly wind* on the coast friday.
OKLAHOMA! Local thuitdrr*ho>yrr*, cooler In southeast portion Friday; Hat-urd(i» parti! cloudy.
NEW MEXICO: Generally fair friday aim Aatuiuay; warner »rniay and rast and central par.ion* Saturday.
Hamer of temperature yesterday:
A.M. HOCK P.M.
Name Abilene Nurse State Unit Officer
BY FINIS MOTHERSHEAD
An odds-on bet for this spring's valedictory honors at Abilene high school is 15-year-oid Eleanor Bishop.
WACO. April 14.— Th—Helen Le- With one exception, she’s had no lacheur of Austin was elected pres-1 grade below 96 since she was a ident of the Texas organization of seventh grader. Once—and she public health nursing here today, confesses this with distress—her Corpus Christi was awarded the six week's average in a single
Other officers are Nettie Kirchoff,
course dipped to 95.
The course was physics, and the
reelected secretary-treasury; Alma grade appeared on her last report
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Whim! (ill Midnight
fl'Tho*! cud lowett t-mpcriturc* to 9 p m. vd' nl it, "O and AO; same date a year aw, OO and AS.
Sunset y-**erd»v, 7:0*; *unrt*c today, AMO; .un-ct facia , 7:08;
flair fall for 44 hours ending at 9 p. rn. .40. *
Richardson, Abilene, first vice-president; Mrs. L. M Egbert, Floydada, second vice-president, and Mrs, M S. Booth, Dallas, and Nell Ayres. Tyler, directors.
Blow Does Damage
CLARENDON, April 14.—A windstorm struck here today, turning over barns anc blowing out window glass. Greatest damage was done to a Clarendon store which last a part of its fire wall and lls front. Rain and hail accompanied the. storm.
“I’m afraid of physics again, too," she mourns. New grades, the last to be counted in final averages for 1938 graduates, will be issued next Wednesday.
A laughing, brown-eyed little miss who's outstanding in forensic activities as well, Eleanor is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop. They live at 1842 South Fourteenth street. Mrs. BLship is an Instructor in the high school English department.
Fifteen only four and one-half !
months ago. Eleanor is one of Albines youngest candidates for a i diploma in history. Her last birthday was December I, 1937.
To a marked degree she possesses a feminine fondness for speech Perhaps that's why Eleanor has been active in speech work ever ' since she was in the fifth grade, when she tried her hand at declaiming,
Next >ear she silo wed both promise Rnd a lively interest in class debates, which were arranged by Tom Barnes, then a teacher at Central school.
Eleanor began dimpling her round cheeks at debate Judges as a high school freshman, when she earned a place on the second team. Her partner was Lucille Winters,
See SPENDING, Pr- 12, Col. 5
Sheriff's Aide Nips Runnels Jail Break
BALLINGER, April 14—(Bpi) — Deputy Sheriff Gerald Black averted a Jail break here this morning when he confiscated a hp ck saw blade which was being used by prisoners in an effort to saw their way to freedom. The lever box
western frontier with Spam strikes sell, Austin, examiner for the state
railroad commission, conducted a series of hearings here by applicants for special commodity permits and two common carrier permits.
All of the former cases were disposed at the morning session, and hearings this afternoon wert occupied with testimony on applica-j tions by the Sunset Truck Lilies, Inc., for certificates permitting extension of service in this region,
; opposed by the Texas <fc Pacific Railorad company and Texas & Pacific Motor Transport company.
Insurgents acknowledged there had been fierce attacks on their positions along the Segre river but said they were repulsed.
State Acts To Speed Rural School Claims
AUSTIN. April 14 — /P> —State Auditor Tom C. King assigned eleven assistants to the state department of educaton today to
which holds the mechanism that speed approval of valid rural aid
opens the cell doors had been saw- claims filed bv Texas schools,
ed Into about six Inches, but the job was not far enough along to permit the doors to be opened.
Black heard the sawing noise Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday concealed himself near the cells where he could hear the sawing above the noise being made by the prisoners. A careful search made
Democrats Defeat Conventions Bill
WASHINGTON, April 14.— MV-Legislation under which a federal
Blaming the education depart- | employe would lose his Job if he
ment for the slowness in distribu- took part in a political convention
tlon of ruraly aid, King said his went, down to defeat in the senate
staff would make every effort to today.
have all claims ready for final ac- jlie administration forces, led hon by the board of education at by Majority Leader Barkley (D-Ky) its next meeting May 2. ; brought about the rejection of the
About $750,000 in teacher salary bill, 38 to 19. Thus they adminis
—Photo by Thurman.
and they teamed ic ither two thh morAing netted the dep.:t: the aid and $1,780,000 in transportation 1 tared Ia theif^num-
vears. Twice they represented Abl- saw blade Inmates of the large aid havt' not >'et been disbursed, [ Hatch 4D-NMLjont of then num
“run-around" cell . ere J. W. Jones. King said. Auditors calculated the
Henry White. George Baker, Emil 1 state would be able to pay around
Rose, John Thomasson, Donald 75 per cent on eligible salary aid
Davis and a man being held for claims and between 80 and 85 per
Concho county officers* iccnt on transportation claims.
lene at the state interscholastic league meet in Austin.
When Eleanor was a sophomore
See BISHOP, Fg. 12, Col. 3
Auditors calculated the ber, who proposed it.
Hatch argued that the bill was designed to prevent a political machine from “perpetuating itself in