Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LVII, NO. 338.
ABILENE, TEXAS. TUESDAY MORNING, APRIL 26, 1938.-TEN PAGES.
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County Vote On Heading Wildcat Beer Ordered Promises New
IN TRADE TREATY ATTACK—
GET EAGLE RANK
Taylor Citizenry To Decide May 14 lf Dry Status Of 26 Years To Be Reversed
Tayler county will vote on the question of legalizing beer May 14, in an election ordered Monday by the commissioners’ court.
That date was set by the court after presentation of petitions making the move mandatory. Filing the petitions with the
„-----------court was John Reid, acting as
attorney for E. B Miller, Bill Brown and Kit Carson.
861 QUALIFIED SIGNERS
Quaffing root brer, members of I the court Monday afternoon pored through the 32 petitions, bearing 899 signatures. Occasionally a name was found that did not cfc-cur on the poll tax list, but the commissioners and Judge Lee R. York decided that the required number of 861 eligible voters had signed.
Question of whether or not precinct option elections could be held at the same time as the county plebiscite was unsettled as the court adjourned.
Uncertainty was expressed as to the legality of such method of voting. and Judge York promised to Investigate the matter before the court reconvenes Saturday.
Five Miles From Stamford, Well Drilled To 2,853
STAMFORD. April 25—Opening of a new oil pool in southern Haskell county was seen tonight as the Forest Development corporation of Abilene and J. W and A. E. Mc-Millen No. I A. E. Pardue headed twice from Adams Branch limestone af a depth of 2.8i5-53 feet.
OIL STANDING The well, coring heavy saturation r.t that depth, was given the Halliburton drill stem test and late to-WTCC Told Cattlemen Hurt
FEEDING AMERICAN ARMY FROM THE SKY
STAMFORD, April 25— Estimates late tonight placed potential production of the new Haskell county strike at 500 barrels. The well was killed with stater and operator* will cement pipe Tuesday at a total depth of 2.851 feet. They will perforate pipe for completion.
* night was shut down for running If he finds it legal, the court will pipe with I OOO feet of oil standing tnen call precinct option elections lr the hole
for those Justice precincts from The well is five miles northeast which petitions are presented. Wet of Stamford, 440 feet from the leaders were preparing to circulate i north and west lines of the south I petitions in the various precincts, it one-half of the M. Collum survey was indicated. No 4.
Under the double election plan. Twelve miles to the north of the voters might vote on two plans: (I) 1 Avoca field, the wildcat Is in a block whether the county should go wet, of approximately 5.000 acres for and (2) whether the precinct should which the drill site and other acre-go wet. If the county went dry, all age was farmed out to McMillens’ piecincts would automatically go Midland drilling contractors for the jdry; but if the county went wet, j well contract and other considera-some precincts might stay dry. un- | tions The block was core drilled
I der this plan.
NEED IO PER ( ENT PETITION
The court Monday decided not to call precinct option elections on it* own motion, fearing that it I might be accused of partiality. If such elections may be held in connection with the county vote, the
William Riley Snow Jr.. top picture above, and R W (Bill! Gilbert Jr., both of troop 13. last nliht were awarded Eagle Scout badges, highest ranking, at the monthly court of honor.
Troop 12 received the monthly award of an achievement plaque, presented on a basis of higl.fst attendance, advancement in rank and number of parents present. With R. G. Boer as court chairman, 48 advancement badges and 37 merit badges were distributed.
by Forest Development corporation.
H. O. Grace, who drilled the first rotary well in the Avoca field, is the drilling contractor. Rotary tools are In use.
The Adams Branch limestone has i neeiion VI mi mr ivuwv, v... , not been found productive in any
court promised to call one in any other spot in the district Tesicd precinct upon presentation of peti- in a recent wildcat in soul.cai- ern lions bearing names of IO per cent Haskell county by the Superior Oil of the number of persons voting for corporation, the limestone aas governor in the last election. Such i found non-commercial.
I petitions will be received at IO A large crowd had gathered at o'clock Saturday morning. , the well tonight as rumors of the
Taylor county has been dry for 26 prospective strike spread.
years. First vote for prohibition . _ .
I came on July ll. 1911, aith a mar- Leasing, Koyalt\
gin of 1 948 to 777. A * ♦ Q fc
Most recent county vote was in /NC 11 VI Ty Dp UT TS
I the general election of 1933. when ! the county went dry 2,522 to 1.653
AD VALOREM TAX ABOLITION IS PROPOSED BY CHAMBER
Regional Organization Elects IO Directors, Sets Forth Six Other Aims In Platform
By HOWARD C. MARSHALL WICHITA FALLS, April 25—(AP)—Certain reciprocal trade treaties with foreign countries were sharply attacked at the annual convention of the West Texas chamber of commerce here today.
Albert Mitchell of Albert, N. M., nationally prominent cattle raiser, said the policy was injurious to the American cattle industry and a source of considerable apprehension to cattlemen.
“Under the Canadian reciprocal trade agreement,” he said, “a quota of 155,000 head of cattle and about 75,000 head of calves are permitted to enter this country at a reduced tariff,
“It is inconsistent to aid agriculture with one hand and in turn offset this result by low- • • *
ering the tariff on cattle.
Sparks flew briefly in discussion of the government! soil conservation program as
How the U. S army can fr*d Its men, even though they be far from sources of supply, Is shown in these pictures, taken during maneuvers of the first cavalry platoon near Fort Bliss, Tex. A big bombing plane is sent
aloft loaded with provisions. Locating the platoon on the river, the flyer (I) release a para-cnute carrying food supplies. Drifting slowly earthward <2> the parachute carries its burden to the cavalrymen. They remove
the bundle <3) from the ’chute, find < 4) that even eggs are not broken in the drop. This method of provisioning an army unit is especially effective wh^re topography makes land travel difficult.
A citywide vote June 30. 1934. polled I 418 votes against the sale of beer and 1.383 for—a dry margin of 35
Shortly after that election, wet
HASKELL. April 25.—< Spl )—The promising oil showing in the Mc-Millen No. I Pardue occasioned a considerable flurry in leasing and royalty transactions in the vicinity of the test. Several royalty sales
With Rivers Stationary—
SOUTH TEXAS FEARS OF MAJOR FLOOD ABATE AFTER LOWLAND FAMILIES DRIVEN OUTDOORS
Court Upholds Bankruptcy Act
Revised Measure Gives Debt-Laden Cities Succor
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forces filed suit in 42d district court! were reported closed on a base of contesting a large number of dry $80 per acre, votes. Dry leaders, in a cross ac- _ ,
tion. claimed that the election was AvOCO bOUthweSt illegal in the first place, having ^ -r ^-i
been called for the city rather than vJUtpOST I Ops UlI for the county. Judge M 8 Long
found for the prohibitionists in the AVOCA, April 25 The case, and declared the election Hie- Mountain and Humble No. 3
Boosters Vote Union With C-C
Waters Inundate Crops, Railroads Covered, Patrolmen Watch Highways
WASHINGTON. April 25—0P« — The supreme court, by declaring constitutional today the revised
municipal bankruptcy act, opened the way for 3 000 distressed cities, towns and other political subdivt-sions to seek adjustment of their debts.
The revised law provides a bankruptcy system under which debts can be scaled down under certain conditions, if courts approve. It was enacted last year as a substitute for municipal bankruptcy legislation invalidated by the court, which in May. 1936, held the original act violated states' rights.
Federal officials estimated today 2,000 cities, towns and school districts—mostly small, or sparcely settled—plus an additional 1.000 or so special irrigation and reclamation districts had defaulted on their securities.
These officials added chief value of the law probably would be to j give municipal authorities a talking point in promoting voluntary : settlements with creditors under threat of going through bankruptcy. I
In another decision, the court invalidated a 1933 order of Secre- j tary Wallace and criticized as “fatally defective’’ a Department of Agriculture proceeding which re suited in the order.
Wallace had reduced the maxi mum fees collectable by agents trading in livestock on a commission basis at the Kansas City stockyards
Tile court also upheld the 1923 filled milk act. prohibiting interstate shipment of milk to which other oils or fats have been added.
Death Charge Filed
SAN ANTONIO. April 25—(/?)— Cicero T lie, 24, former inmate of a state school Toe feebleminded, was charged with murder here today after William Sullivan. 4, died from the effects Of a brutal beating. The child, his skull fractured, was found yesterday in underbrush on tile ea&Lcm outskirts of the city.
Circle Members To Attend Convention
Members of the Abilene Woodman Circle will leave this morning at 7:45 o'clock by special bus for Comanche to attend the semi-annual convention of the Katie Kid-well district of the Supreme Forest of the Woodmen Circle.
Plans were completed in a meeting last night for the local drill team to appear before the assembly. Members of the Abilene drill team are Mmes. H. H. Oney, L. C. Davis, Virgil Waldrop, George Harris, T. H. Patton. H. C. Archibald, A. B. Abbott, and Maxine Dearley, Viva Jones, Nora Dell Kirby, and Claude Robertson.
Olander, southwest outpost to the Avoca field, located in section 196. BBB&C survey, topped od in the Palo Pinto lime at 3,200 feet and was cementing tonight.
The Humble No. I Spencer, west • extension to the pool, was attempting to wash in the well with oil ; after drilling cement plugs at a depth of 3,197 feet.
First Step Taken After Urging By State Officials
Kidnap Suspect Held In Denver
DENVER, April 25.—(/Pi — One man, quoted by police as admitting he was an escaped convict from a Florida prison camp, was arrested today as a suspect in the kldnap-robbery of a Denver man and a running gun battle with state patrolmen north of here April 16.
Detective Capt. James A. Childers said the suspect, Leonard Zo-lutzky. 22. admitted abduction of Lee M. Pasle>. 39, an electrical company executive.
New Frcme Suspects Arrested At Hobbs
HOBBS, N. M , April 25—t*P>— The nation-wide hunt for the killers of Mrs. Weston G. Frome and her daughter, Nancy, Berkeley. Calif., women slain three weeks ago near Van Horn, Tex., brought forth two new suspects tonight as authorities questioned a young man and woman at Lovington, N. M.
The slim, dark 29-year-old man and his "peroxide blonde* 20-year-old co-suspect were photographed and fingerprinted after officers took them into custody in separate Hobbs hotels.
Albania Prepares For King's Wedding
TIRANA, Albania, April 25—.P) Albania opened today a three-day national holiday in honor of the wedding Wednesday of King Ahmed Zog and Countess Geraldine Apponyl, whose mother was an American.
VICTORIA. April 25.—<>P>—Fear of a major flood disaster waned here tonight when Guadalupe river flood waters appeared to be station- i ary after breaking their levees and invading outlying residential districts.
Lowland families in the eastern and western outskirts of Victoria j had evacuated their homes in some j of which the water stood a foot! deep.
The Guadalupe rose swiftly to a 26-foot flood stage when it burst I toward leveps above and below the city after torrential downpours along its southern watershed.
The San Bernard river was near I to overflowing. Waters rose near j the top of the Corpus Christi-Vlc- j toria and Houston-Victoria high-1 ways, but there was no indication that the highways might be blocked i tonight.
From Houston westward to the San Bernard river, most of the ranch and farm lands were under thin sheets of water. Cattle huddled at the fence lines and crops appeared to have been washed away.
Conditions were similar along the ' West Bernard river.
At Wharton, the Colorado river was rising, br lacked IO feet of being at flood stage. The Navidad river between Wharton and Victoria was out of its banks, lowlands and ditches being filled.
Highway patrolmen watched a * bridge over the San Bernard river I six miles east or Wharton
FROM FIVE TOWNS—
Baby Parade Begins With 87 Tots, Entries In Cutest Kid Contest, Posing For Camera
The baby parade is one.
Yesterday, 87 children ranging in age from six weeks to six years posed whilp the camera clicked at the Thurman studio.
They were the first day’s entries in a contest to select the "cutest kids."
Not all of these 87 children were Abilenians. Merkel. Trent, Hawley and Roscoe were represented. That is in keeping with the rules of the contest, which allows children from other points in this section to join in the competition, which will not close until Wednesday. May 4.
Entry No. 1 was Howard Kunz. Jr., of Abilene; the last picture made yesterday was of five-year-old Dorothy Ann Harrison, 1326 Oak street.
The children will compete in three age groups: under one year, over one year and under three, and three years and under six. The entry fee of $1 entitles each child to have his or her picture made and to have it published in the Reports -News. Each entrant will receive a five by seven, black and white portrait.
Tile contest is being sponsored by I the Reportor-News and the Thurman studio. Prizes will be awarded in three divisions, the winners to be pickec by an out-of-town judge.
All entries are being made at the Thurnvan studio on North Second street.
The Boosters club — Abilene's youngest civic organization — last night took definite steps affiliation with the Abilene cham- I ber of commerce.
A committee headed by Howard i McMahon was appointed to confer with J. C. Hunter, chamber of I commerce president, and other officials, on possibility of the club's aligning with the chamber and assuming the role of a junior chamber of commerce. At the same time, the organization likely would like- j ly retain its Boasters club name.
Sentiment of the Boosters in their dinner meeting at the Wooten hotel was that the two organizations, supporting a unified program, could better promote Abilene’s interests.
Besides McMahon, committee members are Clarence Solnick. Paul Powers, Al Stowe, Mark Womack and Eddie Cockerell. They will re- , port to the Boosters at their next j meeting. May 9, when final action Is expected.
Two Fort Worth men prominent in junior chamber of commerce activities met with the Boosters and encouraged the club to affiliate itself w’ith the chamber of commerce. They were D. G. “Doc’’ Lig- j gett, president of the Texas junior chamber of commerce, and Bill Turner, past national vice-prese-dent of the junior chamber.
Liggett, pointing out the benefits to be had as a junior chamber of commerce unit, declared the junior chamber of commerce wa* the only organization in the world which provides a training ground WICHITA FALLS. April 25.— v for young business men to become —'Tight-lipped as usual since he properly qualified to accept civic came to West Texas. Mayor Fiorello responsibilities. ’ H. LaGuardia of New York gave
»little Indication today as to what he would say in an address tomor-
swept away railroad tracks, and covered highways In this vicinity.
The San Antonio river near Mc-Faddin was above flood stage, and blocked the Houston-Lower Rio Grande valley highway south of here.
At Gonzales, the Guadalupe reached 23 feet, three feet above flood stage, and was still rising a foot an hour toward an expected 30 feet before dawn. The San Marcos, which converges with the Guadalupe. was 30 fi^t at Ottine, 12 miles to the north, and rising slowly.
Flood waters will begin pouring across highway 29 south of Gonzales when the Guadalupe reaches 2« feet.
County Agent O W Thompson of Gonzales raid 30 feet on the Guadalupe would inundate hundreds of acres of river valley land, which would have to be replanted.
At Cuero. 30 miles northwest of Victoria, the Guadalupe puzzled river engineers by dropping a halffoot after reaching a top of 24 feet above normal.
Two highways, the Cuero-Gon-
See FLOOD, Eg. 5. Col. 8
Chester Harrison of Brownwood, chamber of commerce manager, said development of a dairy industry to meet a need was being hampered. TAXATION ASSAILED He asked E N. Holmgreen, AAA director for Texas, why farmers who I planted feed as a sol] conserving crop could not feed It to dairy cattle if the milk or butter was to be sold off the farm,
‘In Brown county there are 4 000 school children who need milk and we have to Import milk and butter to feed them,’’ he said. "Farmers are afraid to raise dairy cattle for fear they will violate the Agricultural Adjustment act."
I Holmgreen replied the restriction was because of fear in northern states the Southwest would capture the dairy industry although this would not be the case." j Soil conservation policies of the government, Including 'nailing dowm” by growing winter cover crops, summer legumes, terracing and planting sudan, perennial grass, alfa!!'* and clove- were plat* ;» «.•
! of lasting benefit
The West Texas chamber, a kingfish of such organizations, put its foot down hard today on the sub-j ject of taxation.
It declared by resolution ad valorem taxes for state purposes should be abolished arid there should be a cessation of taxes tend-, ing to stagnate business development in general and the oil industry in particular.
OTHER FLANKS It likewise took a stand for:
I Apportioning public school funds
l. Next Parley In Bag For Abilene
Delegation Off For Wichita 500 Strong Today
See WTCC, Pf 5, Col. 6
Ranchmen Have Day At Conclave
Erosion Question Theme; Tariff Dangers Cited
Driller In Hospital With Broken Neck
BAIRD. April 25—(Sp!.)—W. S. Wylie oil driller for the Union Oil and Mining company. who suffered a broken neck in an auto mishap near Trent early Friday morning, was reported resting well in Griggs
Late today more rain clouds were haspltal here todav, though he is
blowing In from the gulf.
County Red Cross Chairman Frank H. C:ain, who had anticipated a flood of major proportions,” directed a disaster committee in expediting rescue and relief work.
The heavy rains, ranging upward to 12 inches, destroyed crops, washed out numerous small bridges,
still in a critical condition.
Wylie is well known here as an oil driller in the Baird shallow field. At the time of the accident he was en route home from Grandfalls, Texas, where he was drilling a well. A few days ago he sustained burns about his hand and was pn route to Baird to recuperate.
Bv HARRY HOLT
WICHITA FALLS, April While hundreds of visitors glided through the boisterous Kemp hotel lobby, jammed with gay musicians, for opening of the annual West Texas chamber of commerce convention, agriculturists swung into the nearby Sky room for a more serious problem But. they attacked the pertinent question in the method typical of j westerners—that is, with an air of sureness of plenty of enthusiasm. J Just as great cattlemen went about settling this section long before I "black gold.” w'hich brought a curse from ranchmen because it ruined I their stock w ater began to flow, so moved those here today in the first , business meeting.
Tilts is the No. I program of the meeting.” said H. H. Williamson, head of the extension service and chairman of the meeting, “since it’s : dealing with soil and livestock, be-1 cause that is what has made West
Five hundred Abilenians retired early last night for today's trek to Wichita Falla where they will spread their city's bid lor the 1939 West Tex** chamber of co mm er co convention, while dispatches from the North Texas metropolis indicated Abilene already had enough votes promised to win the three-cornered race from Big Spring and Sweetwater.
In Wichita Falla, where the WTCC conclave is underway, Judge J. C Hunter, president of the Abilene chamber of commerce, said last night more than 1200 votes had been promised Abilene.
Big Sprit g and Sweetwater, other , # cities asking next ,,A.'a convention, ’ boosted their bids vigorously at Wichita Falla Monday, according to Herschel Schooley, the Reporter-News special correspondent. H. A, Walker, president of the Sweetwater board of city development, and George D. Barber, manager, headed their city's contingent. Hustling Jimmie Greene, Big Spring chamber of commerce manager, led his home city's delegation, which was busy Monday hanging placards in Wichita Falls hotel lobbies and passing out big lapel badges.
Meanwhile, convention visitors "awaited Abilene's big rush Tuesday.” Schooley said.
10 BUSES, 40 ALTOS The mammoth Abilene delegation, unquestionably to be the largest from any city, was to form at Hardin-Simmons university at 6:15 this morning, for departure at 6:30. A motorcade of IO buses and about 40 private automobiles will carry boosters •
Traveling in parade formation and decked out in banners and .sporting ‘‘Howdy Neighbor" slogans, the motorcade will go to Wichita via Albany, Throckmorton, Olney and Archer City. The entire group will halt at the state hospital south of the convention city, and. proceed from there to the Wichita Falls fed-today eral building from where the Abilene parade will begin.
Emmagene Hale, as “Miss Abilene," will lead the line of march, accompanied by E. H. Moore, general chairman of the trip. Then will I follow the Abilene high school band, Hardin-Simmons Cowboy band. and the H-SU Cowgirls At 3 o’clock the entire group will be in the Memorial auditorium at the general session of the convention to hear Mayor Fiorello H, LaGuardia of New York City make one of the feature addresses of the meet.
The Abilenians will return Tuesday night.
Hunter, the c-c president, went to Wichita Falls Monday for the meeting of the important works committee, and this morning will discuss taxation and legislation before an
011 conference at the convention He is president of the West Central Texas Gas association
See COWMEN, Pg. 5, Col. 4
ON POSTMAN'S HOLIDAY—
; LaGuardia Steers Clear Of Third Party Issue
Liggett aiso called attention to the health education program which the junior chamber is now .--pon-soring in Texas, concentrating on an anti-syphilis campaign.
In business session, the Boosters voted unanimously to meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month, instead of the first Monday, as has been their custom. This necessitated a constitutional amendment. At the next meeting, they will take action on another proposed constitutional amendment under which new officers would be elected every six months.
row befoie the annual convention of the West Texas chamber of commerce
He intimater; he would not discuss the possibility a third major party would be forced, or the need for one, as gossip has had it he might, but observed he probably would make a feyv remarks on national administration policies.
The speech, one of the principal reasons for his invading the Southwest. will be delivered extemporaneously, after which he will go to St Louis.
The mayor, who described himself as an independent republican, met Gov James V Allied, a democrat, at a dinner tonight, but little political significance was‘attached to the meeting.
In tile governor’s offices hangs a framed original handbill adversing a benefit performance IOO years ago at the old Bowery theater in New York to aid the struggling “Texans." then battling for tnde-jyendence from Mexico. Mayor La-Guardia presented the memento to Texas during the state's centennial celebration in 1936
It was the traditional postman’s holiday for the mayor in one respect a* he visited members of the city council and chatted about their
problems. Most of the day. however. he simply rested at the home Of Dr. O. B Kiel. a World war buddy, napping, puffing a corncob pipe and dictating letters.
Although he presides officially over the mos* congested metropolitan population area in the world, he indicated there were some advantages to the "wide open spaces."
"A fellow^ has plenty of elbow room and fresh air out here," he said.
Out For Governor
HOUSTON, April 25.— F Joseph King. Houston business man and former railroad employe, announced his candidacy for governor here today.
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