Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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'Double Duty' Italian Pact Is Dandlers Aim
End To Disputes, Anglo Alliance Are French Desires
Prom the painting by Sodoma in the Palazzo Publico at Sienna, Italy
In the end of the sabbath, as It began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And. behold, ‘here was a great earthquake: for the angel of the lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment w’hite as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seeks Jesus, which was crucified
He is not here for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.—St. Matthew, 28:1-6,
PARIS, April 15——Premier
Edouard Daladier and his cabinet advisors laid plans today for a •‘double duty" Franco - Italian agreement.
Sources next week to reach an accord along the lines of the An-gelo-Italian pact to be signed tomorrow in Rome.
The proposed agreement would be designed to:
1. Settle Franco-Italian difference:*.
2. Bring France a closer assurance of British help in event of trouble in Europe or North Africa
Daladier’s associates said that first, however, he must get 160,000 I strikers back to work CONCESSIONS WANTED
Besides recognition of the status quo in the Mediterranean and a solution of Spanish issues, France wants Italy in the proposed pact to agree to the following in ex- I change for French recognition of I the conquest of Ethiopia
1. An exchange of guarantees I concerning Syria.
2. An end to alleged Italian and Moroccan nationalist movements. I
DR. E. R. MIDDLETON
(See story to right)
Treasure Hunt Fatally Ended
Two-Ton Boulder Crushes Norton Man To Death
BALLINGER, April 15.—'Sp!)
It was buried treasure that Leon condolence. Watkins. 28. sought this afternoon! Width of his
Dr. Middleton Drops Dead Of Heart Stroke
Death Occurs At Office At End Of Strenuous Day
Death claimed Dr, E R Middleton as he prepared to leave his Clinic building office late Friday afternoon.
He succumbed unexpectedly to a heart attack at about 6 o'clock, following a busy day’s work.
He had donned his coat to leave. Handing hia eye glasses to his secretary, Emma Willis, he asked her to clean them. As she left to do so, he called her back, put a hand to his chest, and fell to the floor, i Death was amost instantaneous.
Funeral will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist church. Burial will be made in I Cedar Hill cemetery under direction of Laughter Funeral home Dr. M. A. Jen kens, pastor of the First Baptist church, and the Rev. C. A. Long, pastor of St Paul Methodist church will officiate.
FORMERLY OF WINTERS Last night scores of friends in Abilene and In Winters, where Dr Middleton formerly practiced, learned of his death. A steady stream of visitors came to the Middleton home on Sayles boulevard to offer
FOR NEW REVENUE
FDR Urges Levies On Public Salaries
A POPPY FOR THE PRESIDENT
Franco Severs Loyalist Realm
Rebels Drive Wedge To Sea, Spread
Along Coastline; Marks Major Gain
HENDAYE. France at the Spanish frontier*. April 15-/P)—Tnsur- burglary gent General Francisco Francos armies split government Spain in two 1 °ffic*rs
* 520.000 worth of gems Franklin was
They dro\ e a wedge to the sunny Mediterranean part of Vlnaroz, *H«S*d to have stolen, just south of the Catalonian border, and then spread out to occupy 22 miles of coastline.
Catalonia. Spain’* northeastern comer, was cut off from the rest of government Spam and the first grand objective of Franco's eastern campaign was realized.
Incomes From Securities Also Eyed For Taxes
Taxation, Anti Trust Plans To Be Sent Congress
WASHINGTON. April 15. —UP) — The Roosevelt administration determined today to take a slice of public jobholders' salaries and income from future government securities to help pay for its proposed 54,5300,CKX).OOO program of lending and spending to combat the depression.
President Roosevelt disclosed at a, press conference that he would send these taxation proposals to congress, along with recommendation* for strengthening the law* against monopoly,
A flurry of activity at the treas-' ury immediately after the conference indicated no time would ba lost in pushing the taxation program.
While Roosevelt’s lieutenants on. Capitol Hill arranged for what they hoped would be early passage of the lending-spending program, tho federal reserve board hastened to carry out a major phase of the administration's plan to extend potential bank credit In the hope of stimulating business. The board
added 1750,000,000 to the lendablo funds in the nation’s banks by reducing the percentage of deposits the institutions must place in reserve for protection of depositors.
... ------- ---------ne mea HI ruuir. ne sui- l/t. r-uwui miuuicwu, was ai- victorious flrmv jn viiilhmi Rhantiin* nrnvmrp hnd .mashed Yesterday, the administration
darner motion picture producer fered a crushed head, chest and tempting last night to make air- defences on three sides of Yihsien and that ’•acanture of the battered cltv carrled out another phase of its
whose Miami Beach home wa* rob- hips. and both legs were broken, the plane connections to Abilene from cmaln rapture of the battered city ; credlt p^y ^ "de-sterilizlng" ll.-
IThe^cTmeterv* wa* nniv h J rigM 5eg in ^ pl*Ces‘ Z'ZJZLv 52*2*' ™s rpP°rt ** C.*ne« still were celebrating their recent vie-
distant from tT, L According to scanty information JO**** county hospital in New \ ork. (tory at Taierchwang. 20 railes away, where foreign military experts es-
^ovd‘residence of available, the men were huntnig he was to have returned to Abilene timated 7 000 to 10.000 Japanese were killed and 20 000 wounded.
'Ch a rTe* eh w ^&rtin treas5P from anions on a map /J** of. hU • At Suchow. goal of the Japanese drive in central China the Chinese ...
,hn, * SJTHPfll Tho wa* ln thelr PP-—in" Details fur- father. Of fleet had already been | ertdKj t three-da v celebration v >h n b re parade anc* display of captured SStJiEf1
* “ u d iv..led March <.3 during a rounding the origin of the map Arranged. Japanese war equipment. j fW-22o,0wj
**" attempt at Boca Raton, were not related. The accident is Friends expressed the feeling last1 —~
at that time recovered I being investigated. i night that return of the son would
An exchange of guarantees to a* he swung a pick at the foot of a *hown by the numerous telephone
halt radio propaganda resigned to promote unrest among the natives in French and Italian possessions in North Africa.
4. Settlement of the status of the French - owned railroad from Djibouti, French Somaliland, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia.
stone bluff on the Ira McNeil farm calls that come to the residence, to near Norton, northwest of here. funeral homes, and to newspaper He found death instead. j offices asking verification of the re-
Without warning, a two-ton boul- port that Dr. Middleton had died. der at the top of the bluff, became In his passing, the Taylor-Jones loosened and dropped twelve feet, Medical society lost its president. to pinning Watkins underneath it. and the Hendrick Memorial hos-Seeing that he was still alive, his pital a member of the staff, father and two brothers tried to Mrs. Middleton, already ill, was roll the rock from his body. A grief stricken With her was a son, neighbor and two Mexica I la'70 era* Weldon B. Middleton of Abilene, hired to assist in the excavation and an only'daughter, Loraine Midwork, lent their assistance, but a dleton, high school student. Arriv-FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April tractor was finally needed to re- mg later In the evening was Mr*.
15—iJP)—Federal agents identified lease the man. Willie Pumphrey of Pumphrey, an
today about 575,000 worth of Jewels Watkins was placed In a private only sister to Dr. Middleton, found cached in a negro cemetery car and started to a sanitarium Only other son of the Middletons,
as the property of Major Albert here, but he died en route. He suf- Dr. Edwin E. Middleton, was at-
Six-ycar-old Mary Jane Col-gan, daughter of a deceased ex-serviceman, personally presented President Roosevelt with the first poppy of the 1938 buddy
poppy sale. She lives with four brothers at a Veterans of Foreign Wars home at Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Identify Stolen Florida Jewels
Jap Shantung Forces Beaten
Chinese Claim Yihsien Capture Sure;
Say 10,000 Japs Slain At Taierchwang
SHANGHAI. Af^ril 16— <Saturday)—(F>—Chinese asserted today their
13 Seized Oil Firms Ask For Injunction
It was the first great accomplishment for insurgent forces since Franco captured Bilbao and Santander last summer and then proceeded to clear out all other resistance on Spain's northern coast. BARCELONA NEXT His next major objectives were Barcelona, Catalonian seaport and
government capital. Valencia and Madrid.
In a single day's action, veteran Spanish and Italian troops under Insurgent Generals Miguel Aranda and Garcia Valino blasted their
City Considers Back Fax Drive
Increase In collection of delinquent taxes is considered, by city officials, as one answer to pressing financial problems during the next fiscal year.
Members of the city commission way into Vlnaroz, then swiftly con- I have been studying the situation, sohdated their coastal foothold by j at least three members Friday seizing Benicario, on the south, and favoring the employment of an Uldecona and Alcanar, to the north, outside person to press delinquent All land communications—tele- collections
MEXICO CITY, —Seven small,
foreign-controlled oil companies, asserting they were not affected by the March 18 expropriation decree, today appealed to the district court court for an injunction against alleged interference with their operations.
The companies in their complaint said their employes did not belong to the oil workers union and were
Surviving Watkins are his pa- have greatly lightened Dr. Middle-rents, Mr. and Mrs. George Watkins ton's l°ad of work, and taken the
of near Ballinger, three brother* strain from his heart, and three sisters. ! Eh route to Abilene last night were I
Funeral will be Saturday at 3 two brothers. L D. of San Antonio p.m. at the Norton Baptist church, *nd R G- Middleton of Pecos, conducted by the Rev. M. C. Gol- Dr. Middleton was born in Jan-, den, Ballinger minister. Burial will uary, 1835. Graduating from Fort, follow in the Norton cemetery wtih I Worth Medical school In 1909. he j
Wage-Hour Bill Defeat Likely
92,000.000 worth of gold lying unused in government vault*. Altogether, it wa* estimated by officials that the two actions increased the position o credit to about -,—,~~,ooa.
(In Tokyo, Premier Prince Fum-f T51* Roosevelt tax proposal in-. I volves removal of tax exemptions
Imam Konoye was said to be ready from all future Issues of govern-to resign because of a split among , ment securities—federal, state, mu-
his ministers over conduct cf the nlcipal, etc. The federal govern-war rn China. The issue was said ment, which taxes salaries of its to be whether Japan should mobi- j °wn employes now, would levy upon Use her full military strength in an salaries of employe* of other gov-
Jennlngs Funeral home in charge.
Habeas Corpus Trial For Fink Set Today
WASHINGTON. April 15. — iJP — Congressional leaders generally appeared pessimistic today
not Involved in tue labor conflict state prison were without avail to
practice. His specialties were gyne-CHIHUAHUA CITY. Mex. April, oology and surgery.
15—i/P*—Efforts to obtain release of A . aa «a
William N. Fink from Chihuahua ACCA Legally Clean,
began his practice of medicine at the comparatively young age of 24,
In 1924 he moved to Abilene, ‘ p^a‘Cfi ** ss im istle ”daj about) three miles west of Yihsien in an ooo.ooo a year by taxing state and
where he had built up an extensive ances or r>^'acr r- rf,lsw* | of fort to break th? Chinese cordon., public salaries. He figured the
effort to achieve a quick and final
Japanese reinforcements were reported countcra'Mcking „ heavily
emmental agencies. States, in turn, would be expected to tax federal salaries.
Roswell Magill, undersecretary of the treasury, recently estimated’ tho federal government could raise 515.-
that led to the government's ex propriatlon of 17 British and American companies.
phone, telegraph, highways and railroad—between Barcelona. 108 miles to the northwest, and the greater part of the Barcelona government's territory, including Madrid and Valencia, were severed.
Where yesterday there was one united government Spain, now there were two areas, connected only by radio and airplane.
Process Served In Coogan's Law Suit
LOS ANGELES. April 15.—iZP)
Sheriff's deputies broke through an mtosioner w electrically-controlled gate today at Mayor Will W the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rprgstein, stepfather and mother of Jackie Coogan, young former film •tar, and served her with a summons in Jackie's $4,000,000 accounting suit.
Officers, who said servants had insisted the Bernsteins were in San Diego, reported they found the couple In their second floor sleeping apartments at the large San Fernando valley estate.
Each of the council members had received a letter from D. P. Mc Alpine, accountant and collector of Dallas, asking for the job. There was some discussion, but most of
it was postponed until Wednesday at 2 p. rn. when the whole matter
will be settled, McAlpin?, and any
other persons who want the job, will be interviewed at that time, getting the work over in one session, commissioners indicated.
Commissioner L. A. Sadler argues strongly in favor of an outside man to press the collections. He is joined in this opinion by Com-E. Beasley and by
ABILENE AVD VKI.MTti Cloudy Hat-*rdi»y.
Opposed is Commissioner George E. Morris, who expressed the belief that an Abilenian could get the Job done just as well.
"You would have to give such a man tile complete authority to make collections?," he asked Sadler, w’ho replied in the affirmative.
"Then give a local man the same authority—there are some accounts we should have filed suit for already,” Morris replied.
Sadler repeated hts stand that an outsider could get more results in a back-tax collecting campaign.
A check-up with Earl Hughes, assessor-collector, showed delinquent payments during the past ll
Xmas Ball To Be Given At National Festival
Anson Dancers To Go To Washington
day, but a habeas corpus hearing |
for the American mining company
official was set for tomorrow • •
EL PASO. April 15—bpi—The aid of Vice President John N. Gamer, senators from all sections of the United States and former Secretary of the Interior A. B. Fall had been enlisted tonight to urge the release of William N. Fink, El Paso mining man held in Chihuahua state penitentiary on a charge of implication in the bomb-assassination of Mayor Jose Borunda of Juarez. Mrs. Fink said
Rails May Take Fare Hike Plea To Court
WASHINGTON. April 15 Piscine informed observers believed tonight certain railroads might go
ANSON, April 15— (Spl.)—Twenty-five Anson square dancers will leave here the first week in May for Washington where they will give the Cowboy*’ Christmas Ball as a part of the program on the National Folk Festival.
The group will make the trip in five automobiles and while in Wash-, ington wlj be entertained by the t0 court a®ainst 1116 interstate com-Texas club. Musicians too will be n2erce commisslon as a result of taken on the trip, so that those1 th®, romral«ion's to grant
who perform the old time dances anTJnerefse ln rastern coach fares' will hive the nrnwr m,,cl! nances Declaring more revenue was im-iAAfvL tlifu > pert ti vc, the eastern carriers un-
nu v , «S?,n» °* successfully pleaded with the ICO
f ^National Folk Fes- for permission to raise the fares taal at Chicago. Prior to that they from 2 to 2 5 cents a mile.
presented the old time dances at | —— ——-----------— _________ __
the Centennial at Dallas. Salomon
Those who will make the trip 3OleSm0n in0t have not been selected but probably
WASHINGTON. April 15—— Governor W. I. Myers of the Farm Credit Administration told the senate agriculture committee today the American Cotton Cooperative association was "fully in accordance with the law."
This was Myers' answer to a direct question by Chairman Smith (D-SC) of the committee, which has met daily this week investigating affairs of the big cotton cooperative marketing organization.
wage-hour bill at this session, prl-I marily because it makes no provi-' sion for different standards in the north and south.
Some members said privately they believed another revolt of southern democrats against the measure was inevitable.
Representative McReynolds (D-Tenn>, who led opposition to the bill which the house rejected last December, said he was strongly opposed to the new measure because it would "work a great hardship on the South.” He predicted the bill would never reach the j I "~Z ~
house floor and that, if it did, a Mississippi Strike "great disturbance" would result. , , . a ii . j
Support for the bill came from •■®QCl©r IS Abducted the American Federation of Labor, _ .
and proponents counted heavily it PELO. mu*.. April
Japanese continued to deny Chinese gams.
Three thousand Japanese reinforcements arrived at Chuhsien from Tsingtao, Chinese said, indicating the Japanese were planning to start a fresh drive in the Lint sector.
A Japanese army spokesman in Shanghai refused to deny or confirm conclusion of neutral observers that Japan suffered its first major defeat in modem times in the battle of Taierchwang.
SEC Moves To Speed Loans To Business
Colorado C Of C Manager Resigns
COLORADO. April 15—Carl A.
Blasig. manager of the Colorado chamber of commerce, resigned from that position at a called meet*, ,
mg of the Chamber of commers directors Thursday night.
He will become manager of the Olney chamber of commerce May I. His resignation at Colorado is effective April 31.
government could gamer a total oC 5155.000,000 annually if all existing federal, state and local securitieg | and salaries were subject to tax.
Santone-Amarillo Airline Projected
B Spring Would Be On New Route
WASHINGTON. April 15—OD— Four Texas congressmen proposed today establishment of feeder airmail service between San Antonio and Amarillo, Tex., via San Angelo, Big Spring and Lubbock.
Test flights over the route were pelo cotton mills here about a year expected to be made during nation-Ago. was abducted from the street a1 airmail week. May 15 to 21.
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Jimmie Cox. leader in the strike which resulted in closing the Tu-
WASHINGTON, April 15 The securities commission
ted ay about noon and driven away by about twelve men in two automobiles. his companion, Hollis Nichols reported to officers.
Deputy Sheriff Ti app said he was
Representative Maverick, supported by Representatives South, Mahon and Jon es, whose districts would be served, said he would urge the postoffice department ad-
night to speed the flow of capital certain that Cox was ‘‘unharmed.” vertise for bids for the line.
they will be the same group that went to Chicago last year. C. W.
FORT WORTH, April 15- P}— John P Ball, 32. appliance salesman. who said he was shot by a hitchhiker he picked up on the
61 Arrested In Voting Scandal
KANSAS CITY, April 15—(/Ti-
' to small business concerns and thus assist President Rosevelt s pump-priming campaign.
; The agency will:
<D Establish a unit to aid firms which intend to rcgiet«r issues of securities (registration with the • SEC is a preliminary to selling securities to investors.) i *2) Reduce the amount of fin-
Frome Murderers Hunted In Mexico
EL PASO. April 15—>fP—Search for the torturc-slayers of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter. Nancy, swung aeross the interna- I tional border into Mexico today. Numerous reports of suspicious
Maverick said the proposed service would give the plains section of Texas quick communication with San Antonio, Big Spring and Amarillo, important national airline hubs. Passengers as well as mali would be carried.
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Incorporated ^niora BaXTett^local ma'ned ‘n * CrlUca' c0ndltl0'' l°-
teacher, has also been working up the trip.
ltical condition tonight. The salesman has been robbed here on three previous occasions.
Abilene fire department received
federal grand jury today indicted ancial information now required in characters eluding' peace Tfricers an alarm last night about 11:50
61 more persons on vote fraud con- registration statements for small m border towns led Sheriff Fox to P- m- to South Second and Syca-
spiracy charges in the 1936 general j ff C^ritv issues of established en- the the suspected killers more to extinguish a burning auto-
might have slipped across the line mobile. The blaze was out on ardito Mexico. i rival.
election. It was the largest list j tcrprteea. returned by any one of the three <3) Liberalize the rules exemp
grand Juries and brought to 257 the tin8 certain issues of less than
number of persons indicted.
— ST ,IA>V fu'r. In months have amounted to 577,000,
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portion Satvrday; Sunday partly cloudy ModemtHy aoulhrrly to noatrrl) windy on thr ronyt.
OKLAHOMA: <1.Hilly, prrrrdrd b* showery In r*trriur portion "aturtny ; Sunday partly cloudy
NEH 'ItAlt O: EaJi Saturday and Sunday ; warmer cant and Sui urd ay.
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TUCSON. Ariz., April 15.—,.P>— Ventral "porUons May Pershing, sister of Gen-
] eral John J. Pershing, left by train today for New York City to make arrangements for the arrival of the world war chief next week.
Pershing, who was near death from a heart ailment in February and March, will leave Sunday to be present at the marriage of his son and Miss Muriel Bache Rich-ards, April 22.
Thereafter lie likely will go to the Walter Reed army hospital, Washington.
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IN WIDELY SEPARATED LANDS
Death Dance, Jewish Pilgrimage Mark Good Friday
PASCUA VILLAGE. Ariz., April 15 T’ —A dance of death before the bier of an Indian Chrisms, whilq devils plagued the chanting faithful, told tonight the Yaquis story of the drama on Calvary.
The rhythm of drums and snake rattles boat a staccato accompaniment as the Indians, their bodies gleaming beneath headdresses of deer and antelope horns, danced a ritual of sorrow In this village of Yaqul exile.
For four centure* the Yaquis of Pascua have interpreted, in tribal ceremonies, the story of Christ s crucifixion on Good Friday. For unnumbered years before that, before rebellion drove them northward, they danced similar rituals in their homes in Mexico
Tomorrow, with great glee, the Yaquis will bum Judas Iscariot in effigy. Then the tempo of the dance increases until it reaches a frenzy of joy with the rising of the Easter sun.
JERUSALEM. April 15 i Thousands of pilgrims observing Good Friday today trod the Via Dolorosa where Christs faltering footsteps led to Calvary.
Along with Christians of all creeds. Moslems and Jews observed their springtime festivals in the Holy City with heavy police escorts guarding against terrorism.
No incidents marred the ceremonies.
- Christians began worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher promptly at 6:30 a. rn. with a mass of the pre-sanctified and ended the day’* mourning of the death of the savior lute tonight by chanting the hymn Crux Fidelis.
In a dramatic service tonight, Syrians re-eneacted aetites from the passion, earning a shrouded cross in a casket from Calvary to the stone of Unction and then to a tomb in the Holy Sepulcher where it will remain sealed until Easter.
5100.000 from registration require-, ments.
Elderly Man Admits Girl's Attack, Slaying
LOS ANGELES. April 15—</P> _ Stooped, greying Charles McLach-lan. 55-year-old painter who occasionally gave pennies and candy to 7-year-old Jenny Moreno, cracked under grilling and confessed today he attacked and murdered the girl, Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz said.
The girl, missing from the home of her parents since yesterday, was the object of a neighborhood search when McLachlan, seen burning some clothing which proved to be blood-stained, was arrested.
With the arrest of McLachlan, at his shack near the Moreno home, the worried searching party turned into an angry lyneh-shoutmg mob that took the elderly suspect from th? hands of the officers and brutally beat him.
Father Accidentally Shot—
BUNNY RABBIT, 2 DAYS BEFORE EASTER, BRINGS TRAGEDY TO FORT WORTH HOME
FORT WORTH, April 15—(ZP)—A cottontail rabbit brought bitter pre-Easter tragedv here today when an ll year old boy accidentally discharged a shotgun and killed his father.
Victim of the weapons blast w-as John Herbert Hoyle, 32 for the past three years an employe of the city street department. He had sent the boy. John Herbert Hoyle, Jr for the gun when the rabbit was seen near the Hoyle home.
The boy took the double-barreled gun from Its corner resting place, inserted two shells and closed the breech. The weapon roared and the cnarge tore through a screen window. The pellets lodged in the father’s back as he squatted to repair a tire.
Mrs. Hoyle, preparing supper, dropped her work and ran to her husband.
Dying, he gasped:
“Mother, you had told me not to let him have the gun. Take care of my kiddies."
Hoyle was dead when an ambulance arrived.
Justice of the Peace Hal Hughes returned a verdict of accidental death.