Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 23, 1938.—TEN PAGES
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. FDR In Accord With Borah Or ' Licensing Issue
Anti-Monopoly , Law Tightening Message Is Due
WASHINGTON. April 22—(*V~ Senator Borah's proposal for enforcing tho anti-trust laws through I federal licensing of corporations assumed new importance tonight in the light of a statement by President Roosevelt that he and Borah were in substantial agreement on the monopoly issue.
Announcing that before another I week elapsed he would send to congress his long-awaited message on tightening the anti-monopoly laws. the president told reporters he had discussed the question with the senator and that their opinions on all its phases coincided largely. I PROCEDURE UNCERTAIN
There still was no positive word as to whether the president would ask legislative action at this session or merely suggest a congressional investigation.
- Borah, veteran Idaho republican. :-aid after a conference with Roosevelt yesterday he wanted to shape his anti-monopoly bill "in harmony with the administration's program so we can get somewhere "
The president disclosed also at I his pre'I conference today that he would send to congress shortly a previously-announced message on making state and federal salaries and the income from future issues of state and federal bonds taxable by both the states and the
• federal government.
These two communications, following his message of last week
See LH ENSING. Pf. 3, Col. 7
• Compromise Breaks Tax Bill Deadlock
WASHINGTON. April 22.— ^— A senate-house deadlock over re-m peal of the undistributed profits
• tax bink'’ today with a decision by a joint conference committee to retain a modified version of the levy
• for two J ears.
The conference group agreed on a scale of corporation income tax raws* ranging from 16 Mi to 19 per rent. depending upon the amount of profits a corporation distributes to its shareholders.
The agreement today provided th*' the compromise bill should i continue only through 1938 and 1939, and opponents of the profits levy contended some substitute tax would be enacted by the end of 1939.
EDITORS WARNED OF CENSORSHIP 'PLAGUE'
WITH NINE BODIES FOUND
Allred Reprieves Condemned Men
HUNTSVILLE. April 22—<JP>— Two men who stood in the shadow of Hie electric chair, but escaped scheduled execution early today when a generator failed to work, were given a week’s reprieve by Gov. James V. Allred.
John W. Vaughn, 34. ready for application of the electrodes, stood within four feet of the chair making a speech protesting his innocence, when the chair went out of order the second time. Johnnie Banks, 26. negro preacher, awaited his turn in the death cell, a few feet away.
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Goes To Breck Fifty Miners Believed
I Dead In Coal Pit Blast
The American Society of Newspaper Editors, meeting in Washington, heard a warning from Alfred H. Kirchhofer ileft), president of the society
and managing editor of the Buffalo Evening News, that "the black plague” of newspaper censorship was spreading to the American continent. He is
IN FEAR OF INFLATION, APPEAL VOICED FOR WAGE-HOUR BILL
House Labor Committee Promises
Measure Will Check Salary Slashes
WASHINGTON. April 22—(/Pi—An appeal for bi-partisan support of the revamped wage-hour bill to prevent a "vicious spiral of deflation” came today from the house labor commitee.
Formally recommending that the house pass the legislation, the committee said it would go far toward checking wage cuts because it w'ould --1 establish a floor for wages and a
Court Delays Coogan Suit -
Judge Orders Further Check Of Finances
Las ANGELES April 22-'ID— The task of checking on money Jackie Coogan earned as a movie star today caused a court to postpone until May 2 further action in the kid’s suit for an accounting against his mother and his stepfather, j ,
Counsel for Jackie and for the Arthur L. Bernsteins agreed further time would be necessary to complete a check of the books of Jackie Coogan productions, the Jackie Coogan Finance company and those of the Bernsteins.
Superior Judge Emmet Wilson also ordered Mrs. Bernstein’s deposition completed by May 2 and granted her permission to amend certain answers. Jackie’s attorneys have charged her deposition, given last Monday, conflicted with statements given at the time of a guardianship proceedings.
Her memory refreshed, by the refiling of these documents. Mrs. Eemstein asked to be allowed to re-answer some questions, relating particularly to whether she and her late husband. John R. Coogan. ever planned to establish a trust.
Meanwhile, the rally to Jackie’s stand was Joined by two Los Angeles judges, a moA'ie friend—Wallace Beery—and Jackie’s movie wife—Betty Grabio Following Judge Wilson’s order yesterday, that he would not approve a minors movie contract unless a clause stipulated half of the earnings be put in trust. Judge Ben B. Lindsey announced he is preparing legislation to protect children’s salaries so they may receive the money wfhen they become of age.
celling for hours and abolish child labor.
Southern foes of the legislation remained adamant in their opposition, however, and planned a vigorous floor fight against the bill in the event it gets past the house | rules committee which blocked consideration of the original wage-hour bill last year.
Chairman O’Connor <D-NY> de-1 dined to forecast what the rules ccr-mi^ee would do about the revised bill but declared the bill was sure to pass if it reached the house floor.
President Roose\*elt has called for passage of a.wage-hour bill at this session.
Southern democrats for the most part are opposed to its provision for uniform wage minima throughout the country, contending lower rates should be permitted in the south.
The revised measure would fix a graduated minimum wage, starting at 25 cents an hour and increasing to 40 cents at the end of three years. It would provide a maximum work week starting at 44 hours and declining to 40 hours in two years.
“At the end of three years the minimum wage xxx will be S16 a week," the labor committee said.
| "It is to be hoped that within that time, the several states will adopt similar if not higher standards for employers within their Jurisdiction.”
Japanese Rush Reinforcements
SHANGHAI, April 23—<Saturday) — /Tv—Heavy Japanese reinforcements were rushed down the Tient-sin-Pukow railway today in the second stage of the new Shantung * offensive already launched at Llni. 70 miles to the east.
The Japanese strategy apparently is to made a dri\e down the railway while their reorganized forces strung out along a 30-mile front south and southwest of Lini attempt to break the strong Chinese defense in that sector.
shown at lunch with William Allen White (right) of Emporia, Kas., and Jay G. Hayden of Detroit.
City Plumbing Law Is Voted
Making License Necessary, Bill Up Next Week
An ordinance to make it unlawful for any Jounreyman plumber to do plumbing work in the city of Abilene without also having a license by a master or employing plumber unless he is employed by a master or employing plumber was Gassed bv th* city commission on first reading yesterday.
The measure, proposed by a group of plumbers here, was presented to the council by Commissioner Lucian Webb, himself a plumber. The group had asked nim to present the ordinance, and he pointed out that the supp.e-ment to the present licensing law was sought because there were Journeymen working on jobs who did not have bond. Bond is required of the master or employing plumbers to protect the city against damage to the streets and property owners having work done.
The ordinance also sets out that no permit shall be issued by the city plumbing inspector unless the work is to be superintended or directed by a master plumber, and that approval of work would be contingent on this same requirement.
Mayor Will Hair requested a cheek on plumbers. The records showed 33 journeyman plumbers, and ll master or employing plub-bers. “Will this ordinance, by any chance, be giving the ll master plumbers a monopoly on plumbing work in the city of Abilene?” asked the mayor.
Motion for the passage on first reading was made by Commissioner W. TJ. Bess’ay. There were four "aye votes. The measure w.U rome up next Friday afternoon for pa si-age on second and final reading. Violation of the ordinance would carry a penalty of a fine up to $200.
Cut Off Loyalists Surrender Ip Spain
HENDAYE, France, < At the Spanish Frontier*. April 22—(ZP'— Spanish government troops separated from their comrades by the insurgent drive to th* Mediterranean surrendered tDday to Generalissimo Francisco Franco's forces on sea and land.
Suit Against Oil Firm Nears Jury
ANSON, April 22—Arguments will be heard Saturday morning in 104th district court in the damage case of Lee Howell versus the Phillips Petroleum company. Testimony was completed at 6 o'clock Friday evening.
Tile case grew out of the death January 18, 1937. of Howell’s son, James Ellis Howell. 16. Tile boy was found dead on a Phillips' lease in Jones county.
It's Circus Day—
Tem Mix And Clowns And All The Rest Here
It s cirrus day! That old. old yet j circus grounds for the free show ever new cry. that has thrilled -th* unloading of the animals children for generations, continues to thrill them young and old.
Tile clowns with funny faces; giraffes with necks that reach to the sky: elephants with flopping ear.", and wrigg’hig trunks; pretty girls in pink tights and fluffy skirts cavorting on the backs of dappled horses: cow-boys with
flaming guns and lasso ropes— they're all In town today, and with them their ace of circs stars. Tem Mix. who heads his own big three-ring circus for two performances today at the But- ( ternut. street show-groundr..
Long before dawn, the kids, big j and little, will be gathering at the *
There will be no general parade, but the circus will be given a boost by the Hardin-Smmon Cowboy band, which will march through the downtown section late in th® morning. The bandsmen will be preceded bv Police Chief T. A Hackney and Will Watson, riding horseback, It will be followed by an automobile carrying Mavor Will Hair. Mix and others. With the "mike” station in the Hilton lobby, the mayor will welcome Mix to Abilene In a broadcast over KRBC, 11:30 to 11:45 a. rn.
Performance arr scheduled for 2 and 8 p. in Doors will open at I and 7 p. rn. to allow ample time to visit the huje menagerie.
Road Body Asks Super-Highway
SAN ANTONIO. April 22 I — A resolution calling on congress to establish a superhighway system along the • route of the Old Spanish Trail was adopted today by the Old Spanish Trail association in annual convention here.
The resolution called for a four-lane highway stretching from St Augustine, Fla , on the east coast to San Diego, Calif., on the west. A toll system to help finance the highway, estimated to cost approximately $8,000,000,000, was proposed
Ballinger Child To Be Buried Today
BALLINGER. April 22—(Bpi) -Funeral for James Weldon Hash. Six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs J R. Hash, will be held from the Hash home at 4 o’clock Saturda\ afternoon, the Rev. Gilbert Wilson. Ft. Worth Baptist minister, officiating.
The child died at 10:30 o’clock Friday morning, following a three-day illness from a blood stream infection Survivors are his parents. a brother, Charles Ray, and a sister. Mildred Ann. Jennings Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Ballinger Woman Is Buried At Norton
BALLINGER April 22- tSpl* — Funeral for Mrs Eliza Burk- of Ballinger, 78. who died at 5 o’clock Friday morning, wti.s held a? Old Runnels Friday afternoon with the Rev. M C Golden offiicating Burial was In the Norton cemetery with Jennings Funeral home in charge
Mrs Burks died at the home of her sons. W. K and J M. Burk." at Old Runnels, after a two-day illness She is survived by eight children. 23 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In Play Meet
Individual Honors Also Claimed By Winners' Cast
A clever story of two Jealous sisters' romance schemes, ably j portrayed by a cast of seven characters, won the fancy of the I Judges and audience to give Breck-j enridge high school first place in J one-act play competition in the j region 2 interscholastic league I meet w’hich opened here last I night. The plays w'ere given at the J high school auditorium.
Title of the winning play was i "Nine Lives of Emily.” Abilene high school’s entry, "Yes Means j No,” placed second; San Angelo’s "A Friend of the Family” third, and Brownwood 'a "The Women J Folks” fourth.
Breckenridge high school likewise garnered its share of honors | in individual acting. Carey West,
■ parrying the part of the timid ( soul hero who was a bit backward J in his love making, was judged best actor. Abilene's Ben Watson was second. Dorothy Freeman of Sen Angelo was chosen best ac-j tress with Dickie Dane Emmons j of Abilene the runner-up. Jane Rhodes, attractive brunette who j out-schemed her sister to win the latter s fiance in "Breckenridge* play, won honorable mention.
Breckenridge* entry will advance to the state tournament in Austin.
Complete cast of Breckenridge* play was West, Jane Rhodes. Bob Throckmorton, Jane Lobaugh. Billie Jo Hawkins, Betty Elliot and Earl Green. It was directed by Lespie Ratliff.
Judges were Dong Doan. Margaret Ehresmann and Mrs. A. B. Morris, all of Abilene
Other events In the regional events will be staged today.
Cars For Trek To WTCC Meet Needed
Sa!® Of Badges May Reach 300
Sale of registration badges for Abilene* delegation to the West I Texas chamber of commerce convention was progressing favorably Friday, but the shortage of automobiles to transport the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls to Wichita Falls was another matter to wrinkle the brow of E. H. Moore, general chairman of arrangements.
Enough cars to take only 29 of the 75 girls in the organization had been secured last night. Moore said. He urged that Abilenians willing to take cars to the convention city Tuesday contact M Shaw and J. T Hainev. in charge of that phase of the trip, today.
Moore predicted that registration sales would finally reach 300 here The Abilene envoys will make the trip to Wichita Falls in ten chartered busses, some of them furnished by the city s three colleges, and in private automobiles.
The delegation will form at Hardin-Simmons university Tuesday morning, for departure at 6:30 o'clock. The trippers will take the Albany-Throckmorton-Olney houte. although stops will not be made enroute. The motorcade will halt outside the Wichita Falls limits, near the state hospital, and proceed into the city in a group. The Abilenians w» I stage a private, though colorful parade in Wichita Falls at ll a rn. A police escort will accompany the caravan from Abilene, and a group rn Wichita Falls police will meet iv outside the latter city.
Moore urged that all badge salesmen conclude their work this morning and turn in their registration lists. |
Sets Air Record
LYMPNE. England, April 22.— T —H. F. Brcadbent, Australian avl- : ator, today Gipped 13 hours and 14 minutes off the Australia-to-England solo flight record established by Jean Batten. New Zealand woman flier.
GRUNDY, Va., April 22 — (AP) — Nine bodies were re
ported to have been recovered tonight from the explosion-wrecked Red Jacket Coal com pany's pit eight miles east of Grundy, with at least 50 others believed trapped in the mine.
J. W. Thomas, assistant trainmaster for the Norfolk and Western railroad, reported he was informed the bodies of seven men were found heaped together not far inside the mine. Two others, who were working close to the outside, were killed as the blast overturned an eight-ton mine motor and decapitated them.
Five rejscue crews were at work by midnight. Thomas said they reported intense heat at the spot where the bodies were located and believed a fierce fire was raging farther back.
The official added he was informed by telephone from the mine, located chi isolated Keen mountain, that "at least 50 other miners were trapped and feared dead."
The blast, described as a dust explosion, occurred shortly after the night shift had been wheeled into the pit in mine cars at 4.30 p. rn.
Flames spurted 200 feet from the I mouth, overturning a motor which fell on the motorman, John Blevins, decapitating him.
An unidentified miner also was caught by the motor and decapitated.
Ed Harris, standing outside at the time, said:
"You couldn't describe it. One minute we were there busy and the next everything was in a mess Its hard to think Just what happened.”
MINE ROAD JAMMED
Approximately 300 men worked at the mine, which was opened last fall in a new field described by bureau of mine officials as "moat promising.”
While thousands Jammed their ray toward the scene over the narrow, winding roads the V. B Department of Mines and mine bureaus of Virginia and West Vir-
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Eckener Plans Helium Appeal
BERLIN. April 22 — tUP) — Dr. Hugo Eckener, Germany's dirigible exper, announced today he would sail for the United States next Thursday for another attempt to persuade Washington to furnish helium to Germany. The expressed hope that export of the gas ultimately would be authorized, and that irans-Atlantic Zeppelin service migh be resumed late in July.
An air ministry spokesman said the statement of Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes ruling against sale of helium was not regarded by German official circles as finally settling the problem.
Gas-Oil Ratio Tests Ordered In Area
AUSTIN, April 22—./Pi—An increase from 3.650 to 6,351 barrels in the daily oil production allowance to the Sulphur Bluff oil field, Hopkins county, to supply a demand formerly filled from Mexico was authorized today by the railroad commission. The oil is used in road-preservlng and roofing materials.
A .series of gas-oil ratio tests in 12 West Texas counties in fields where wells have a gas flow was ordered. Tile survey was ordered on about 50 fields in Ector, Crane. Upton. Andrews, Cochran, Gaines, Hockley, Yoakum. Loving. Pecos, Ward and Winkler counties.
Pipe, Supply Firm Receives Charter
AUSTIN, April 22 —P—Chartered: D Sc I Pipe & Supply Inc.. Abilene; steel and iron; capital stock $10 000; incorporators, C. P. Ivey, Otto Beats, J. J. Johnson.
TRENTON, N J . April 23— (IP)—Stanley Thomas Jasosky, 19, of Newark, admitted in federal court today he attempted to extort ransom from the father of 12-year-old Peter Levine. New Rochelle, N Y„ schoolboy who disappeared Feb. 24.
Jasosky pleaded guilty to an an indictment charging he sent three threatening letters to Murray Levine.
CHICAGO. April 22—/Pi— Federal agents announced today the arrest of Charles Edmund Lavender 36. on charges
of attempting to ex-tort $30-000 from Murray Levine.
SETTLING VITAL QUESTION—
Reporter-News, With Thurman Studio's Aid To Select Cutest Kids Of Three Ages
Hundreds of parents can’t be right, so the Reporter-New s in connection with Thurmans Studio is going to settle a vital question in its Cutest Kid contest.
To be exar, there’ll be three Cutest Kids in the following age division: babies under one year: babies over one year and under three: and children over three and under six.
The invitation is wide open to parents, and the picture of every child entered will appear in the Reporter-News Sunday. May 8 Entries will be received starting Monday morning, and the deadline is Wednesday afternoon. May 4. but a special souvenir will be , p;ven each. child entered the first nay.
I Entries are to be made only at
the Thurman Studio, 1124 North Second Pictures are to be made there, and no other pictures may be entered.
A grand prize of $15 cash is to be awarded the winner over all three classes; and the following prizes are being announced for each class: first, one ll x 14 gold tone paint portrait, valued at $1150; second, one 8 xx IO gold tone paint portrait, valued at $6; third, one 5x7 gold tone paint portrait, valued at $4 50.
An entry fee of $1 will be charged, entitling the entrant to have his cr her picture made, and to have it printed in the Reporter-News
Pictures will be judged by an out-of-town photographer, a member of the Photographers Association of America.
Confederate Veteran Dies
W. H. Tripp, Here 56 Years, Dies Of Injuries In Fall
Death forever stilled the hand of time yesterday less than three years short of the century mark for W. H. Tripp, 97.
A resident of Abilene 56 years, Mr Tripp was known as a pioneer settler of the city, one of the first carpenters in Abilene and a veteran of the Confederate army.
Bedfast 20 months since he broke a hip In a fall, he died yesterday afternoon about 3.15 o'clock at the home of a son, D. F. Tripp, 2342 I Walnut street.
Born June ll. IM) in Posy county in Indiana. Mr. Tripp would have been 98 this summer. He mar-■ ried Addia A. Edwards at Shreveport, La., in 1882. Four children were born to them, and three sur-j vive. They are the son here, L. J. Tripp of Waurika, Okla.. and Mrs. C. Y. Hughes of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Tripp also survives, making her home with the son in Abilene. I . Mr. Tripp cam? to Abilene in 1882 and was one of the first carpenters in the city. He .served with the Confederate forces during the civil war under the command of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson. He was wounded in the battle of Shiloh.
A devout churchgoer, he was a charter member of the First Christian church of Abilene.
Funeral survices will be held at Elliott’s Funeral chapel at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, with the Rev. E. B Surface, pastor of the Central Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in a local cemetary.
Pallbearers will be T. C Anderson. Ben Bird, Arthur Taylor John Owens. B. F. Owens and D. D.
Eplen Is Elected Rotary President
Election of officers highlighted yesterdays weekly luncheon of the Rotary club.
Tom Eplen was elected president for the ensuing term, and Byron England w-as reelected secretary. New directors chosen were George Foster. Herman. McDaniel and J. L. Rhoades.
Marvin Miller, young Abilene poet and Hartiin-Simmons university freshman, entertained the group with poems of his own composition. John Endicott, also of H-SU. played scleral selections on the xylophone.
Stephens County Pair Questioned In Frame Case
Two Are Linked With Half Dozen Robbery Cases
BRECKENRIGE— April 22.-*
Posible connection of two youths held in a Breckenridge Jail with the From murder mystery was being investigated tonight by Stephens county peace officers.
The two men, in their early twenties, were jailed this week on suspicion in half a dozenrobberles in Stephens. His land, Shackelford an Throckmorton counties
One of the pair was suggested Friday bx state police as a possible suspect in theFrome case. The department of public safety at Austin notified Sheriff F. R. Freeland of Breckenridge that fingerprints of his prisoner tallied with FVderal Bureau of Investigation prints on a man wanted in Loa Angeles and San Bernardino in connection with robbc \ investigations.
The two men were charged before* Breckenridge Justice of the peace with robbery with firearms of a filling station here. Deputy Sheriff Brooks said they were being questioned conceiulri; another Stephens county holdup, three in Eastland counts, two. in Throckmorton county.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Sloan said theprmcipal suspect was six feet tall and weighed 175 pounds. He Is dark complexioned.witha heavy round lace.
"I think we have something here,” Deputy Sloan admitted.
Hes not talking much—in fact Sloan, who described both prisoners ax dangerous.
”I7ie youths were arrested hr the Sheriff s department Tuesday in ^ Breckenridge rooming house, after a week of “shadowing” by pair were removed from the room
Officers said they had learned 'he men came to Breckenridge from California.
Sheriff Freeland trace, lf possible,
1 the main suspect s movements of th** past month and notify El Paso authorities investigating the torture slating of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter Nancy.
Buying Improves Market Picture
NEW YORK. April 22—oD—The stock market responded to moderately active buying today with gains running from $1 to around $5 a share in the leaders.
Rills, which had been a laggard group, were well up with top gainers, buying which trading circle* attributed to Washington hints of possible emergency railroad legislation at this session of congress.
Bullish activities in other parts of the list appeared to have been inspired by a buoyant rise in bonds under the leadership of U. SC. governments. Strength of the loan market was based on the federal government s credit expansion pro-gran which some viewed as a fore-mnner of business recovery.
Political Meddling In Penn's WPA Charged
PHILADELPHIA. April 22.—(AV-A cross-fire of charges in Pennsylvania’s democratic factional primary fight tonight resulted in an investigation by the Works Progress Administration.
Se. oral hours after John B Kelly, chairman of the Philadelphia democratic organization, accused Senator Joseph F Guffey (D-Pa) of political coercion among PWA workers in Pennsylvania. Aubrey Williams, deputy WPA administrator, announced In Washington "any specific charges will be immediately investigated and if found true, summary action will be taken.”
Pershing, Hale, Erect, Views Son's Wedding
NEW YORK. April 22 - V — General John J. Pershing stood today as erect and soldierly as when he led America's armies to France in 1917 and saw the marriage of his only son. Warren, to Muriel Bache Richards.
Tile first smile of the bride, granddaughter of Jules S. Bache, financier and art patron, as she left the altar with her tall young husband was for the 78-year-old general who traveled from Arizona to see the wedding after triumphing over a severe illness.
Panay Indemnity Paid
TOKYO April22.—OP'—One of the gravest international incidents of the Chinese-Japanese war. sinking of the United States gunboat Panay. was closed officially today when Japan gave the United States , a check for $2,214,007.36.