Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 17, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LVI I, NO. 329.
•«, ABILENE, TEXAS. SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 17, 1938 THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS.
Insane Parent Slayer Eludes Texas Officers
Howard Pierson Unlocks Doors Of
Dormitory And Walks To Freedom
AUSTIN, April 16—(AP)—Howard Pierson, 23, who shocked the southwest three years ago by killing his parents, Supreme Court Judge and Mrs. William Pierson, eluded a dragnet of officers today after escaping from the state insane hospital here.
Authorities, groping for clues, concluded he had somehow obtained a key, unlocked the great double doors to his dormitory building and walked to freedom, either by scaling a barbed wire fence or through one of two unguarded gates.
On April 24, 1935, young Pierson lured Judge and Mrs. William Pierson to the cedar
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covered hills 15 miles northwest of Austin on the pretext of showing them some Indian artifacts and there shot them to death.
MODEL INMATE Indicted for both murders, the former University of Texas student never was tried because he was found insane by a district court jury whose verdict sent him to the hospital. He had been a model inmate until his escape, detected at a 6:30 A. M. checkup.
Dr. C. H. Standifer. superintendent, expressed an opinion Pierson is still insane. He added another sanity hearing could not be obtained until and unless hospital authorities were convinced he had recovered his mental balance.
Claude Teer, chairman of the board of control which manages state hospitals, shared the superintendent’s opinion the youth effected his release with a key, though neither would theorize as to how it was obtained.
Pierson was seen at 8:30 last night when he returned a magazine to a ward attendant. His pajamas were found tucked into a hedgerow near his dormitory. From his room only his shoes were missing. He had arranged his bed covers to simulate the appearance of someone sleepmg.
GATES UNGUARDED Two gates along the 15,000-foot wire fence are not guarded because the more dangerous inmates are never unsupervised,_ Dr. Standiter said.
State police, aided by county and city officers, launched a search throughout central Texas.
One party scoured the hill country where the slayings were committed, on a theory he might have returned to the scene.
Judge Pierson, 61, at the time of his death, had been a member of the supreme court for 14 years. Many motives have been advanced for the youth's action, including a fancied discrimination of the parents in favor of an older brother.
Elements Favor Easter Bonnets
Forecast Partly Cloudy; Season Shopping Heavy
Weather forecasters last night gave central West Texas a promise of suitable weather for first exhibition of Easter clothes.
Forecast for the area was partly cloudy to cloudy weather. Rain was predicted farther south and east.
Last night the biggest Saturday night shopping crowd since Christmas came to Abilene’s business session. Preparations for a festive celebration of the resurrection of Christ were underway.
Featuring Easter Sunday’s program, traditional Sunrise service was to be held at 6 o'clock in Abilene high school stadium.
Easter services were slated in many churches today, and this afternoon a full blown crop of "Easter bonnets” is expected on the street and highways.
PRICE 5 CENTS
PAVING WAY FOR PEACE LINE-UP—
Britain, Italy Sign Accord
Aged "Jesse James" Reported On Loose
Abilene police ha a seen nothing last night of a modem version of Jesse James that was reportedly headed for here yesterday afternoon.
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
Victim's Father To Hunt For Treasure
REPUBLICANS TO CARRY PUMP PRIMING BATTLE TO COUNTRY
Dem Opposition Launches Effort To Earmark Multi-Billion Recovery Fund
WASHINGTON, April 16.—(AP)—Republican leaders agreed today to
carry a fight to the country against further huge "pump-priming " expenditures by the federal government, but democratic critics of the president refused In the main to go along with them.
The Roosevelt opposition within the democratic party determined. however, to join in a vigorous effort to restrict the president’s authority over his proposed $4,500X00 000 program of lending and spending to end the depression.
Some republicans said they hoped this effort to ‘earmark” the purposes for which funds could be ,- *
Japs Gird For New Offensive
Reinforcements Move Toward Shantung Zone
SHANGHAI. April 16—Japanese
used would result in prolonged debate in congress, during which •public opinion might register against increased federal spending.
Administration leaders predicted
Deputy Sheriff Clarence Nordyke Quick approval of the president s of Baird telephoto officers and recommendations and went ahead warned them to be on the lookout with arrangements for committee for an old man in an ancient model hearings next week.
Nash driving toward Abilene. “The j The republican national commit- i man is drunk and waving an old tee announced that John Hamilton, pistol at everyone he meets on the its chairman, would speak over a highway trying to get them to | national (Columbia! radio network! stop,” he said.
Abilene Entries Score Heavily In District Events
S'water Wins 2 Major Contests; Gail Runs Strong
SWEETWATER, April ^.-Representatives of Abilene high school today claimed a plurality of blue ribbon places in the intellectual division of the annual district 5 interscholastic league meet In the. senior high school class, Abilene contestants’ victories included girls’ extemporaneous speech, boys’ extemporaneous speech, senior boys’ declamation, gills’ debate, and shorthand.
Sweetwater carne through in two important contests, senior girls’ declamation and boys’ debate.
Gail, Borden county school, and Pleasant Hill of Jones county were strong in the rural senior section, with each gaining two first places. ABILENE CAST FIRST
Abilene added to Its honors by taking first place in the one act play contest last night. Colorado ranked second and John Reagan high school of Swetwater, third.
Cast of the prize winning play, “Yes Means No,” were Ben Watson, Dickie Dane Emmons, H. L. Hayes, Barbara Gorsueh and Jimmy Conner. C. B. Ford was director.
Ben Watson carried off first prize in individual acting honors for boys and Dickie Dane Emmons ranked third among the girl participants.
A summary of results follows: EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEECH Eoys—Thomas Williams, Abilene; Clifford Roberts, Anson; Dick West, Merkel.
Girls—Eleanor Bishop, Abilene; Julia E. Holder. Merkel; Blossom Lee Green. Loraine.
DECLAMATION Ward school boys—Edgar Boaz. Anson; Gilbert Copeland, Lawn, Taylor county; Buddy Young Coahoma,
Ward school girls—Wanda May Smith, Loraine; Janie Strother. Oval©; Alice Fay Dorsey, Coahoma.
Rural senior boys—Ross Hinshaw, Gall; George Haynes, Tye; Ralph Caf fey, Pleasant Hill,
Rural senior girls—Mary Jean Elliott,, Pleasant Hill; Bead* Pearl Hand, White Flat, Nolan county; Patty Jo Stockton, Buffalo Gap. Rural junior girls—Melba Joyce
MOB MAULS ACCUSED ATTACKER
SNYDER—Missionary Societies of Northwest Texas will convene here for their annual conference Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
MERKEL —First of a series of and pinned his son summer rodeos will be held Saturday.
ALBANY.—A rodeo sponsored by Albany merchants will be held April 30.
BALLINGER, April 16.—'/Pi—
The father of Leon Watkins, 28. who was crushed to death by a boulder yesterday as he dug for j provide additional fluids. Secretary buried treasure, expects to con- I Jokes, the public works adminis-tinue the hunt. tratcr, resumed spending under the
George Watkias, farmer, believ- j old PWA program today. He aped they were near the legendary J portioned $3,119,902 in loans and cache when the rock slipped from grants to help finance construction its place in a cliff near his home of 58 schools and school additions
at 7 p. rn. Central Standard Time,
Sunday night. He will discuss the
question, "where are we bound?”, _ , j ,
Aides said it would be his first ad- I gave new ^dlcations today that I ****>, Hawley; Kathleen Chestnut,
dress over a national network since they now are ready for a Bremen- I Union, Borden county; Hattie
last November 5 I dous ne* Censure in their stale-: Hooper, Salt Branch, Tavlor counmated Shantung drive. j tv.
ICKES RES! MES SPENDING j One was a rigid censorship they | ‘ High school Junior boys-Wood
Without waiting for congress to clamped on all dispatches dealing Butler Abilene Jack Walker An-
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Chamberlain And Mussolini Hail Document
Pact Hinges On Recall Of I ta lo Troops In Spain
By The Associated Press ROME, April 16—Italy and Great Britain tonight signed an agreement which paved the way for a possible four or five-power peace line-up in Europe. quarrels patched up
The accord patched up British and Italian African and Mediterranean quarrels which might have led to war during the last three years.
While it was hailed with satisfaction by Premier Benito Mussolini and Prime Minister NevHle Chamberlain in an exchange of telegrams, Italy still must carry out the promise to withdraw her combatants from Spain, during or after the civil war, before it will become fully operative.
Points in the pact, formally signed in Chigi palace by Foreign Minister Count Galeezzo Ciano and the Earl of Perth, the British ambassador, included:
1. Withdrawal of all Italian fighters and war materials from Spain at the end of the civil war, lf evacuation is not completed earlier.
2. Britian In return agreed ta work through the league of nations toward recognition of Italy's conquest of Ethiopia.
3. Italy reassured Britain she nob only held no territorial or political aims in Spain but also sought “no privileged economic position” In Spain or Spanish possessions.
4. Italy adhered to the 1936 London naval treaty among Great Britain. the United States and France.
5. Italy agreed to withdraw troop* from Libya at the rate of at least 1.000 a week until the peace-time strength of possibly 10,000 men should be reached,
6. Both countries reaffirm'd their Suez canal convention of 1888 which guarantees free use of the
The Administration’s latest effort to Senators rebelling against President Suez canal at all times for all put a wage-hour law on the statute Roosevelt s business tax policies de-1 powers.
books at this session of congress dared today they were wining to ^ italy reaffirmed guarantees redrew support today from the Amer- delay adjournment of congress gardrng Lake Tsana Ethiopian
source of the Blue Nile, in a clausa of the accord in which Egypt participated.
8. Both countries agreed not t<$ See ACCORD. Pf. 12, Col. S
Charles A. McLachlen (above), 55, was mauled by an angry Los Angeles crowd after the body of a 7-year-old girl, Jenny Moreno, was found near his home. Sheriff Eugene
Biscailux said McLachlen confessed ravishing and then beating the girl to death. A formal charge was filed against him charging him with her death.
Wage-Hour Bill Tax Bill May Draws Support Snag Session
Rules Committee Chief And AFL Back Legislation
WASHINGTON. April 16.—(VR!
Administration Foes Prepared To Delay Close
WASHINGTON, April 16—WF
In 27 states.
Watkins declined to divulge any Ickes said these allotments would information fhe Sfarch be financed under existing legislate ZJri STL1? P0Sltk>n from thp Mlc 01 ^ and
The legend ha? it that a small other securities
rvnrwMPi i Qotnrrto mat h* fortune & bullion was con-,
ODC NNELL.—Saturday will t*!cealed in a small cave in the cliff Reliable persons disclosed that
date for an amateur rodeo program j,y Mexicans in the early part of Hie Works Progress administration.
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the nineteenth century.
PECOS—Between 150 and 200 West Texas club women will convene In Pecos Monday for the second annual meting of the eighth district of Texas Women's Federated clubs.
COLORADO—Program is being arranged for the 15th annual session of the West Texas Historical society, to be held in Colorado May
WINTERS. — Annual revival of
Winters Methodist church begins today, with the Rev. A. S. Gafford of Taylor preaching.
The Diversity club of Winters will hold a music festival May 2 in observance of National Music week.
Area Test Proves Planes As Food Transport Agents
in another step to combat depression. shortly would place a "substantial'' order in the cotton cloth markets for materials to be used in work-rclief sewing rooms.
Cotton mills have been hard hit by the business slump.
Another was the movement of remforcemens down the coast toward Taierchwang. where the Japanese suffered their most disas-i trous defeat of the nine-momh-old war last week.
Foreign military observers believe an elaborate demonstration of Japanese military strength soon may be given as the imperial army blocked In its drive down the Tien-sin-Pukow railway, pushes through eastern Shantung in new drive on battered Taierchwang.
To meet the new threat, Chinese are constructing strong defense works along the Yi river on both sides of Llni and rushing their own reinforcements into this area
Crisis Is Grave
San Angelo Enters Regional Play Meet
SAN ANGELO, April 16 —t/P)— One-act plays of San Angelo, Ballinger and Lake View high schools rated in this order when judges decided the district 7 contest here tonight. John Scott Harris of San-Angelo and Edith Jones of Ballinger were rated lest boy and girl actors. Tile San Angela cast participates in the regional meet next Friday at Abilene.
WASHINGTON. April 16—(SP) —The war department claimed success today for an experiment In feeding an isolated cavalry platoon by air.
A telegram from General Ben Lear .said only two eggs out of four dozen dropped to cavalrymen isolated In Hie Big Bend district near Balmorhea, Tex., were cracked in the parachute delivery.
Generally, the test was "highly satisfactory," Lear said.
Experimenting in feeding the isolated platoon, the army air force dropped 1.000 pounds of supplies for men and horses yesterday and will continue doing so several days.
Masked Thief Robs Station At Eastland
EASTLAND, Tex., April 16—(UP) —A masked robber today took $29
TOKYO. April ii.—(AV-The seriousness of the Japanese government crisis was indicated today by the continuous stream of political leaders to the villa of Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye. who
i j ,, - . | was reported threatening to re-
I and a ratio from Joe Jackson, fill- Sign
;ing. station operator, and fled af- ' “ ‘ _ .. .
half. Jackson complied with I command. The fifth In recent weeks staged Eastland by a masked bandit.
ers demanded further wartime
rnhlv,n, J, control. The premier was reported | details and to
robber! was tile opposing these demands because
he promised parliament the na
tional mobilization act would not be applied during the Chinese conflict
High school Junior girls—Verla Perkins, Abilene; Tommy Grimes. Merkel; Mary Frances Barnes, An-
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Sears Named Head Of Scurry C. Of C.
8NYDER, April 16—(Sp!>—Forest Sears, merchant, was elected president of the Scurry county chamber of commerce, Friday night. Selection of Sears, who Is a member of the city council, was the first action of the board of directors that was chosen by the organization Monday night.
First vice president Is J. C. Smyth, and second vice president ; is Warren Dodson, postmaster. Wayne Boron was named to serve as temporary secretary-treasurer of the board. A permanent secretary of the chamber of commerce will not be chosen until a budget is set up and a program outlined for the year, it was decided.
A minimum budget of $3,600 for a twelve-month period was adopted by the directors. A second meeting of the board will be held Monday night to complete budget map a tentative ,
ican Federation of Labor and rather than yield Chairman O’Connor <D-NY) of the Despite this new threat to leaders’ house rules committee. hopes for adjournment May 14,
There was no apparent break, house spokesmen supporting the however, in strong Southern opposi- President held their ground. They Hon to the legislation. contended they had the whip-hand
William Green, president pf the because, if a tax revision bill were A. F of L.. said in a statement that not agreed upon, the present law the federation “accepts and favors” embodying the business-criticized the bill recently approved by the undistributed profits and capital house labor committee. Green ad- gains levies would remain in effect, ded, however, the federation believ- Senate members of the conference ed the bill could be impioved. committee which is seeking to rec-
He proposed that it require at the oncile differences between the house outset a minimum wage of 40 cents and senate tax bills reiterated their an hour, a maximum work week of determination to insist upon pro-40 hours instead of starting the visions of the senate measure, and standards at 25 cents and 44 hours house members just as firmly stuck and stepping them up to the 40-40 by the house provisions. level over a three-year period. j The house bill, bearing the ap-
Resident Less Than Week Drops Dead
Mrs. J. R. Lya 11 III Only A Day
Mrs. Clara Louise Lyatl moved her® Tuesday to be near her OConnor, who recently led a sue- proval of President Roosevelt, would daughter, Mrs. Graves McGee, al-cessful house revolt against the ad- impose an undistributed profits tax read> ® resident of Abilene ministration's government reorgan- on corporations having income af Yesterday evening as she stooped izatlon bill, appealed to even- mem- more than $25,000 a year, and a to light a heater, she pitched for* ber of his rules committee to back graduated scale of capital gains. ward on her face, dead of a heart; him in a movement to bring the The senate voted to substitute attack. Mrs. Lyall died about 7 legislation before the house at this flat-rate levies, approved by many; o'clock at her home. 350 Peach
plan of work for the fiscal year. I filed against him.
G-Men Nab Henie Extortion Suspect
WASHINGTON. April IS—<F>~ The justice department reported late today its agents had arrested a man who wrote an extortion letter to Sonja Henie, the movie star.
Officials said the letter was written by Fred Roger Cunningham, under the alias “Joe Cummings.” He demanded $500 from the skater, they said Officials said Cunningham had been taken into federal custody and that a charge of extortion would be
business spokesmen, on both cor- J street. Relatives said she had been poration income and capital gams, j slightly 111 only for the day. Mrs. In three meetings of the confer-1 Lvau was 65 vears 0id<
ence committee, no suggestions for compromise have been advanced.
Martin Calls Road Bond Issue Election
STANTON, April 16—(/P>—County wide election on a proposed
With her husband, J. R. Lyall, she came here from Los Angeles, their home th past seven years. They went there from Texarkana.
Funeral services will be held at; 4:30 o'clock this afternoon at the First Methodist church by the Rev, J. H. Hamblen. Burial in an Abl-
?^T,if1,.bvn?-‘-hvU',h*5vC.‘r1!m lent cemetery will be directed by today for May 22 by the Martin
county commissioners court. The Jj, , . Funeral home.
funds would be used to finance acquisition of right of way on a
Music is to be in charge of Mrs. D. H. Jefferies. The fellowing
sector of the St an ton-Lamesa have **en named pallbearers: Arch road, and on a route from that Batler, Dub Wooten, Lee Signor road westward to the Andrew Jr.. Bob Rankin, Harold Austin, county line. and Joe Kennedy.
Pays For Candy
EASTLAND, Tex., April 16——(>P»—
Thomas Seelye said today he had received IO cents from a Princeton.
Ill, man who in a letter told of j taking "a piece or two" of candy
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from Seeyles automobile years ago. cloud) Munday aud Mona a) The letter related the man had recently joined a church.
REGISTRATION OF ABILENIANS NEXT STEP-
The Weather “ SUCCESS SIGHTED FOR CITY'S WTCC DELEGATION FUND DRIVE
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CONTRAST TO TURBULENT WE EK—
FDRs Attend Easter Service In Capital Church
By the Ar related Press A simple Easter service
thousands of others in neighbor hood churches throughout the land, drew President and Mrs. Roosevelt thla morning to their family pew in St. Thomas Episcopal church at Wallington.
Their tranquil observance was in striking contrast to the president’s busy, turbulent week just ended.
them Mr. an# Mia. Rooce-wlt arranged to have their son and $ daughter-in-law, Mf. and Mrs.
James Roosevelt; their six-year-old like grand-daughter, Sara, and several
Elsewhere in Christendom there was elaborate ceremonies.
In Rome, thousands gathered at St. Peter's to see Pope Pius give three new saints to Catholics for veneration. Other thousands waited outside to receive the Popes blessing from a balcony.
British troops and terrorists shattered the Holy Land calm yesterday.
On Monday, thousands of children will participate in the traditional Easter egg-rolling on the White House grounds, an event begun by President Rutherford B Hayes.
The egg-rollers will keep a lookout for the President, who is expect-
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Success was in sight last night j wishing to register should call the | York City. Senator Tom Connally
and others will speak, group conferences on agriculture, and oil matters, with prominent speakers; the Oil Festival and All-College stage show two evenings, any of three dances on two evenings, and other events.
This unprecedented—for lo years
in Abilene's effort to raise $1,000 Chamber of Commerce.
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spectacular delegation to the _ , . ..
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April 25-27 A good deal more work
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will have to be done Monday, but R S. Stephens, finance sub-committee chairman of the campaign, expressed confidence the $1,000 w’ould be subscribed by Monday night.
That will bring the Abilene chamber’s genera] committee on WTCC convention participation to the second and equally as important phase of its work.
Registration of Abilenians for th# convention itself will bt pushed this week. E. H. Moore, general chairman, and Stephens, 'laid 20
title h.m to all official convention events in Wichita Falls. These will include general sessions, at which Mayor LaGuardia of New
T '"'o» rda> *0 4B; ,,,lf » ,,i,r teams of two men each would be-
Sttnm )e»terd»y, 7:99; tun rite today, • :98; Mutuel today, 7:99.
gin soliciting indite .Ha Is for the $1 advance registration. @®krsc
A brief, pointed, appropriate slogan for Abilene’s WTCC convention delegation is wanted. Local C. of C. oficials have asked that the public be asked to suggest slogans. Take into consideration that Abilene wants the 1939 convention, that Abilene is grateful for having been made WTCC headquarters city, and mail suggestions to the Reporter-News or the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
at least—movement to take largest and most musical delegation to the convention came out of the desire of President J. C. Hunter of the Abilene chamber,
of transporting Abilene musical and parade organizations to the convention and also to register their members for the convention. Eight buses will carry the Hardln-Slmmons Cowboy band, the Abilene high school Eagle band, the Abilene Christian college Wildcat band, the McMurry college girls’ drum the | corps (Wah Wah Taysees). Individuals will be asked to take in their automobiles 35 members of the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls.
The goal is 400 advance regis-
and its directors, to show unmis- trations. Opinion has been ex
, takably to all West Texas that Abilene is grateful for having been made permanent WTCC headquarters during the past year, and that Abilene wants to entertain the 1939 convention. Of the three towns inviting the next meeting. Abilene ! sideratlon has gone longest without having been convention site for WTCC.
The $1,000 fund Is for purpose | See WTCC, Pf. 12, Col. 2
pressed that number might win the convention prize for the largest delegation. That prize Is awarded on basis of number of registrations with population, distance from Wichita Falls also taken into con-
H. H. Williamson, director of the