Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 22, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LVIll, NO. 83.
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ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 22, 1938—TWELVE PAGES
Setbacks Give Europe Worse War Headache
Peace Slapped in Several Places During Weekend
BY JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Staff Correspondent
Europe suffered a series of sharp ■et-backs today in her struggle with war worries.
These developments intensified her international headache: Collapse of proposals for nonintervention in the Spanish civil war.
Resignation of two French cabinet ministers as a result of drastic governmental action to end labor troubles.
Tightening of bonds between Nazi Germany and Hungary.
Slovak threats to support Nazis in the Czech minority crisis.
Weekend developments emphasized that six months of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s leadership of the campaign to avoid war had ended just about where it began when Anthony Eden was squeezed out of the foreign office last February.
Chamberlain then set out to alleviate the immediate threat of war by making concessions in return for better relations with Germany and Italy. Today—six months later— progress toward that objective was virtually nil. Furthermore, Europe's psychological jitters were worse, if anything, and developments in the far east threatened an early showdown between Japanese militarists enforcing a blockade on the Yangtse river and Anglo-American interests seeking freedom for naval and other vessels to use the water highway. DEBTS PROBLEM Lack of progress toward liquida- \ tion of European war threats cannot necessarily be interpreted as failure on Chamberlain's part. I When he took over the main task was to prevent an immediate war. Tpe additional fact that, although presently in a relapse, conditions are probably no worse now than last
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M'DONALD LOOKS LIKE MacDONALD
If pretty Edyth McDonald, above, had been named Jeanette MacDonald, the confusion would be complete. The Temple. Tex., girl, a senior at Baylor university, regularly is mistaken for the movie songbird. What do you think?
M’ Donald Flays Wallace Tactics
Building Political Machine Charged To Farm Chieftain
Crusade Adds Thirteen New Names to List
Boosters Pledge Sales Movement Unanimous Support
Thirteen new names were added this morning to the list of Abilene firms cooperating in the Salesmen's Crusade to be inaugurated here Friday night. Total number of businesses registering for participation now stands at 40.
The new firms this morning were Shultz grocery; George Shahan pharmacy; Minter Dry goods; F. A. Derr, automobile mechanic; A. G. Barry auto salvage; West Texas Utilities; McLemore - Bass drug stores; Walker-Smith wholesale groceries, Montgomery - Ward; Campbell's Dry goods, and Sloan ' drug.
SPEECH FRIDAY NIGHT
Any other merchants wishing to join the movement may enlist by paying their assessments to J. E McKinzie, manager of the crusade They will receive a package of various window stickers, automobile placards, and pledge cards to spur the crusade in their places of busi-| ness.
The assessments, fixed by a committee, range from $25 for stores with IOO or more employes to single memberships of 25 cents per person.
First active move of the crusade will be Friday night at the high school auditorium with a speech to salespeople by W.V. Ballew of Dallas, general sales manager of the Dr. Pepper company. A parade is set for the following Monday afternoon and the big ‘'kickoff’’ speech, with the public invited, that night rn the Hardin-Simmons university stadium.
BANDIT TALKS WAY OUT OF G-MAN TRAP
February is viewed by Chamber-1 „
tain’s friends as a triumph-panic-’ * e Commissioner of Agricul-ularly because Britain’s principal ture J E McDonald scored Henry . . ,
purpose is to postpone a general A. Wallace for asserted high-hand- j >-TUSOCjC i-CGOCr
showdown until her re-armament ed tactics in handling American Clufc/s SnPokPT
program is developed as a deter- agricultural problems this morning '
"He™ t ‘"a before thp West Texas More than 125 members of the
.r^infer^re ! Pmen (I!1 chamber of commerce agricultural Abilene Booster club unanimously
E rn. T J ? “ a °WS r°E!?lttee Pigged support of the National
Q?*S 5'w , , Secretary of Agriculture Wal- Salesman’s crusade today after J
oPAiN — Rebel Generalissimo lace s primary purpose is no* to help e McKinzie, crusade leader had
Francisco Franco, supported and the farmers of our nation, but to made a short talk at the clubs
strongly influenced by Italy and build a powerful political machine.'’ semi-monthly luncheon at the Ho-
Germany, rejected British-sponsored drawal of foreign troops from the Spanish civil war. The action delayed indefinitely the new Angio-Ital-ia friendship pact, keystone of Chamberlain's program; intensified hostility between Italy and France; made it probable that France would reopen her frontier to supplies for the loyalist government and thus the threat that the "little world war” beyond the Pureness would spread to all Europe. Tile Spanish struggle remains the No. I danger spot—with no prospect of a settlement. Franco threw his crack troops at the loyalist lines on the Eoro front, concentrating on Villalba, but the government reported that the insurgents had been thrown back with tremendous lasses. Fighting continued on both sides of Gandesa where government troops apparently held their ground.
FRANCE—Two members of the Union Socialist-■.^publican party resigned from the cabinet of Premier Edouard Daladier as a result of the Premier’s declaration that the 40-hour week must not interfere with the national defense program and that France should go back to work. Fundamentally, Daladier sought to stabilize critical French la-
See HEADACHE Page ll, Cot 7
in effect the saicl McDonald in what he termed plan for with-
McKinzie said one of the chief objects of the crusade was to sell salesmen on the idea of being salesmen. "America is a nation of salesmen," he told the club. ’Practically all of us are selling something either directly or indirectly."
Some 125 members and guests attended the luncheon. Jack Simmons, president, said a membership drive had added 118 new members to the club to bring the total between three and four hundred.
Entertainment feature of the program was a group of Donald Duck imitations given by Lee Smith, ll.
Following the luncheon, directors of the club met for discussion of tentative plans for a park and playground mprovement* at Fair Park The Boosters hope to improvements possible through popular subscription of funds and a WPA grant.
DALLAS. August 22.—ISP)— Ted Walters talked his way out of a trap set by federal officers, it became known today, a few hours before he and his companion in crime Floyd Hamilton surrendered without a fight to police yesterday.
..Federal men refused to comment but through authoritative police sources came the story that FBI agents Saturday night secreted themselves in darkened West Dallas house and waited foi Hamilton and Walters.
Walters appeared. When the G-Men pounced on him he identified himself as one of "the Wall boys.” The officers questioned him two hours but did not recognize him — a fact attributed to Walter’s emaciated and unkempt condition.
The G-Men. the police source said, instructed Walters to get back in another room and keep quiet while the vigil went on. When they checked later they found "the Wall boy" had disappeared.
Later a knock at the door brought FBI out of their chairs. When the knocker turned to flee from the door a shotgun was fired at him, striking him in the ankle. The wounded man, police said, turned out to be Hamilton.
Shortly after Walters fled the G-Man trap, he was picked up, unarmed and meek, by city detectives. Five hours later Detectives spied Hamilton hobbling through the brush toward a freight train. He too surrendered without show of fight.
Meanwhile. Hamilton dropping his meek attitude, announced to newsmen: "They’ve got me in jail all right, but I'm not going to be here the rest of my life—I’ll be back outside again."
Operation of Racket Is Told
Mob Cared For Arrests, Harlem 'Banker' Relates
By E. C. DANIEL
NEW YORK, August 22— (^P>— Alexander Pom per, 48, once operator of an $8.000-a-day Harlem policy "bank," testified in the conspiracy trial of Tammany chieftian James J. Hines today that Dutch Schultz mobsters "took care” of policy arrests after organizing the racket in 1932.
A bulky, nattily-dressed negro, Pompez said Dan Smith, a former New York City policeman and la ter a Schultz gangster, and Harry” Schoenhaus, another Schultz henchman, came to his office ‘‘whenever they wanted monev.”
State Prepares To File Seven Robbery Cases
Desperado and Pal Captured in Dallas Without Shot Fired
By GEORGE HUCKABAY
DALLAS, Aug. 22.—(UP)—
Floyd Hamilton, captured yesterday with his desperado companion Ted Walters, pleaded with officers today to end his life the same way they did that of his notorious brother Raymond — in the electric chair.
He was through, he said, tired of living, ready to walk into a death chamber rather than accept a long prison term. It was a weak, passive admission from the outlaw whose name had topped the list of those sought by the Department of Justice and whose reputation had come to equal those of many of his predecessors in southwestern banditry.
Clyde Barrow, "Pretty Boy” Floyd and Raymono Hamilton DEATH POSSIBLE "I don’t want to go back to the penitentiary,’ Hamilton said. "I’d rather die in the chair and get it over with.”
Police said they would cooperate In an effort to satisfy Hamilton's request.
"We expect to file seven or more robbery charges against him,” Inspector Will Fritz said. “The death sentence seldom is given for robbery in Texas, but under the law it may be.”
Hamilton and Walters, zinc* their escape from the Montague county jail in March, have been accused of scores of crimes, robberies, kidnapings, shootings.
How many they committed, how much loot they took probably never will be established. This much was certain' they coaid* n’t have accomplished all the criminal acts with which their names have been linked because of physical possibilities in getting from one state to another in such a short period of time.
But there were several where the cases against them seemed to be AUSTIN, August 22—P.—8ecre-best, and it was in those instances j tary of State Edward Clark today that authorities planned to press I overruled a petition of friends of charges. They probably will be Cong. Maury Maverick of San i charged and tried in Texas, a1- Antonio that hLs name be printed though they have been accused of on the ballot ss an Independent I
candidate for congress In November.
Penniless and dog tired after eluding Southwestern posses for weeks. Ted Walters, left, and Floyd Hamilton, fugitives from a Texas Jail, were finally nab
bed by Dallas officers Sunday. Walters, walking along a downtown street with only a few pennies in his pockets, was quietly captured while Hamil
ton. favoring a bullet wound in his leg. was found In the Trinity river bottoms as he hunted for a freight train to carry him along his fleeing trail. (Associated Press photo).
IN EVENT OF WAR
Sabotage Plans Charged
Bar Maverick As Independent
Secretary of State Holds Participation In Prirhary Binding
CHIP OF BONE TAKEN FROM HUBBELL ARM
crimes in Louisiana, Oklahoma, ‘ Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and
GUN PLAY LACKING
Today a steady stream of robbery
See HAMILTON Page ll, Cot «
Man Hit in Head, $ Robbed of Cash
Clark held that Maverick, strong j supporter of President Roosevelt, I could not run as an independent \ because he participated In the democratic primary. He was defeated for the democratic nomination by Paul J. Kilday in a very close race "I will decline." Clark said, "to certify the name of Congressman Maury Maverick to the county clerk of Bexar county as an in-
IfEMPHIS, Tenn., August 22 —tUP)—A loose bone chip that has handicapped the pitching of Carl Hubbell was removed from the elbow of the New York Giant hurlers left arm today.
Dr. J. Spencer Speed, bone specialist who performed the opera Don, said it should end the pa bi which Hubbell has suffered during games he pitched in the past two months.
Dr. Speed refused to speculate on whether Hubbell would be able to pitch again this season. The pitcher probably will remain at the Dr. Willis C. Campbell clinic for a week, the surgeon said.
Hubbell has won 13 games and lost IO this season. In his ll years with the Giants he has won 205 games.
Subway Crash Fatal to Two
Linked to Reds
Witness Claims Key Men Placed In Sub Factories
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -(UP)—James B. Matthews, a former communist organizer, told the house committee investigating un-American activities today that communists are prepared to sabotage key industries in case the United States becomes involved in imperialistic war.
Matthews testified he was informed by a comunist leader that a communist ‘revolutionary nucleus" has been established in Connecticut, submarine plants. He said he was informed that Harry Bridges. CIO leader on the west coast, would be able to paralyze Pacific shipping in the event of war.
Matthews launched into a description of communist sabotage plans after asserting that New Deal and communist objectives coincide in many respects. He testified that communists are supporting President Roosevelt’s drive against con-
j. e. mcdonald
Rescuers Near Goal
MEXICO CITY. August 22—(UP) The United States embassy report-
______ed today that the American cutter
McDonald outlined the domestic Ttasca was nearing San Juanito allotment plan—one backed bv the island- ln the Pacific ocean, where WTCC since 1935—as a program the American motorship Normandie
his candid opinion after five years of dealings with the high agriculture executive FAVORS WTCC PLAN
Capital Greets Cowboy Band
WASHINGTON, August 22—C^*)— Accompanied by the Hardin-Sim-mms university Cowboy band, 60 members of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers association arrived today for a convention of their national organization.
Dressed in cowboy regalia, the Abilene schools 25* piece band arranged to play at a convention session.
In the Texas group were E. E. Smith. Colorado, Tex., president of the State Carriers association; Arnold Reber, El Campo, secretary; Mrs. Bun Bailey, Valley Mills, president of the state women's auxiliary and Marion B. McClure, band director, and Herschel Scheoley, journalism instructor at Hardin-Bimmons.
that will restore prosperity and happiness to farmers of the United States, if it is properly administered.
He said Secretary Wallace has opposed the domestic plan since beginning and is now beginning a fight in the South against it.
was grounded Saturday. There were 24 crew members aboard the Normandie.
w __„ . dependent candidate for congress
' _Payne Anson reported ( one Who takes part in a primary The witness who said he once was to the Taylor county sheriffs de- I election assumes an obligation
threatened with death by Dutch partment this morning that he binding on his honor and con-
Schultz when The Dutchman, in vas struck on the head, knocked science to support the nominee a towering rage, flourished a re- unconscious, and robbed of his "While it is true that the aign-
mak/the vol!er and said he WM *°in« to | money and model T Ford pickup ers Df the Maverick application
make "an example’’ of him, said truck last night. state they did not ^
Smith and Schoenhaus paid him Thp robbery was made about a the recent primary, nevertheless NEW YORK. Aug 22 _<Ah—Two sedative democratic partv leaders.
more than IOO till-tapping visits p" A?i* I they could ** ln no b^1" Potion men were killed and from 30 to 50' His Informant on praparations for
•£.7„n el „ , „ Hp It .Tv,,„ “ *ecure the "rtlfylng of Mr. other person, were Injured today; *»rtlme sabotage. Matthews satd,
Before Schultz made me join the ^ l ^ ^Abdene about 10.30 Sun- Mavericks name than Mr. Mav- I in a collision between two subway waa Donald Hendeison. former fac-
i trains on the East side Lexington member at Columbia university.
Three courses of action re- “
Ruined open to Maverick supporters. They might conduct a write-in campaign, appeal to the courts from Clark's decision or drop the matter.
Several capitol lawyers voiced the opinion the courts would not overturn Clarks action. They pointed to a decision many years ago in
racket I engaged bondsmen and
Dixie Davis to see about arrests," Pompez said.
"But after I Joined the racket, George Weinberg told me ’they’
would take care of the arrests."
day night, but after he had gone erick could himself about a mile engine trouble developed and he stopped beside the
road to make repairs.
He had been working only a few
minutes. Payne said. when a no th-
The witness <1 Scribed"* * a meeting dr°ve up be*^d stoP’
* ped, and two men got out.
"Need help?” one of them ask
Payne replied that he did not.
“Got any money?” was the next | whidTthe state lu'pr^me "c<3rt question.
“A little.” Payne replied
of policy bank “controllers,” called by Dutch Schultz, at which they were informed of a mob-dictated "cut” from 30 to 25 per cent in their “take."
"The bankers were made about the cut and protested that the busi-
The two trains, both southbound1 locals, were filled with hundreds of passengers, mostly residents of the Bronx on their way to work in downtown offices.
Near-panic swept the crowded trains when the lights went out and a short circuit started a fire.
He assured me that the communists had several strategic men in important plants and Industries where they would be in a position to sabotage vital processing in event of war—just in case the United States should become Involved in a war against the Soviet union,” Matthews said.
Matthews charged the commun-
ness would suffer," Pompez said.
"But Weinberg told the bankers recovered he was Iring in the ditch
facing America today U ‘ “i^wT'K.rTSSM. T*«u, p.*. 'h'y »ould do aa they were tow or beside the road. minus the model
fliricuiturp Vvarat.ea, if (c fi,D lgjrioudy. h* would break their skulls open," T and the little money he had had
"The most imperative problem F‘‘r “*
Salvatore Cola. motorman of the •**» at- . I-^^ . . . . M»nnt*5 cnsrgea me commun-
fused to compel the secretary of ^ “ J ^ j1 1 ^ were attempting to bore into
ta . a • a ,L , sta te to certify the name of Au- !ny c b *hen it crashed against ^e nations armed forces to pn-
hit him* Pfmte saw ind when hU b"y Fuller " *n lnd,Pmden‘ dan- td* dear coach of the front train, courage military Insurrection in
ST..!?; <“»*•* 'bd **•«<* M*. « Gal. He jta.s ,tm alive hour later | event of war against the Soviet
agriculture because it Is the basic, E..t TfX„. F„r tn north> par(ly cloudy
industry Of all things.” said Mc- In south portion tonight and Tufsdav, con-
1 tinned warm
Highest temperature yeteerdav
the witness said.
Donald. "Ninety per cent of economical and social problems would be solved by the domestic allotment plan, and I believe 95 per cent of the people understanding the plan are wholeheartedly in favor of it," he added.
McDonald said the plan will meet the five objectives set up by President Roosevelt in 1935 that a farm bill must meet. They are: production control; crop insurance; ever normal granary; soil conservation; parity prices DRAFT PROTEST
The WTCC agricultural committee is in session to work out plans for a protest against asserted dis-
See FARM MEET Page ll. Col. 6
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Highway 36 Work Starts Wednesday
Construction on Highway 36 from
o’clock Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Abilene WPA office today.
Assignment slips to laborers were
“The car had good tire* on It,” Payne told officers, "but outside of that it wasn't worth much.”
Abilene to Be Host To '39 Band Meet
The 1939 Regional National Band and Orchestra contest will be held in Abilene during April, according to word received here today by D. W. Crain. A.C.C. band director, who is local secretary of the regional organization.
Absentee Voting Near Standstill
when rescuers cut their way him with acetylene torches.
Dr. Sidney Lefkovtcs and Dr John White amputated his right leg just below the knee and police and firemen pulled the unconscious man away. He died in a hospital an hour later.
Ready For Rain At Phantom Hill
largest and most popular public
i *.i u . gatherings the city has ever play-
I men, but it will be necessary to cd host to. Plans of the regional
I start a .smaller group to do prelim- organization are to make the 1939
"Now all you have to do is make , .It rain," R. C. Hopoe, resident engi-
Absentee ballot report from the JSSL? neer for the F9rt Phantom Hill dam.
county clerk s office today indl- rah ^ . In* ti! c°mmented tpda>’' , The «ates at ^e
cited interest in politics and the I ^ „ cab. was extricated la- dam were shut yesterday and now
democratic runoff election in par-! fr‘ , aPParently was HHed in- it* all ready to hold water.’*
ticular has reached a new low y‘ . Heretofore, all water has been
Tomorrow is the last day on Tote® hours after the crash, the let out of the new lake as rapidly as which the ballots may be cast, and acetylene torch crew said they be- I possible because the dam had not
this morning the total stood at lieved the body of a negro still was been finished, but the rip-rap and
116, compared with 315 for the in tbe wreckage. When the twisted other work on the water side of the
The 1938 contest was entertain- first primary and 450 for the elec- steel had *>e«i cut through, howev- j dam is now complete, Hoppe said, ed here in May. It was one of the tion of 1936 I er, no addtional dead were found. Probably two or three more weeks
Saturday, Vivian Frvar. county Police asid they believed the acc!- work will be required before the clerk, had reported that 102 bal- dent was caused by an unidentified! contractors are ready to Dresent its
i new dani to Abilene.
meeting larger than any yet held, come in.
lots had been malled out but not passenger jerking an emergency returned. Today, ll of them had cord when he saw Esther Marza, a
AUTHORITIES TURN to FINGERPRINTS to IDENTIFY SHARK’S VICTIM
MIAMI, Fla., Aup. 22.—(UP)—Investigators hoped today that fingerprints made from a man’s arni found in the stomach of a shark would lead to identification of the victim.
City, county and federal officers, joining in the investigation, considered the possibility the man was a murder
victim originally because his arm was found in a sand shark, which ordinarily will not attack human beings.
The arm appeared to have been severed halfway between the elbow and the shoulder before it was swallowed by the shark.
The arm had a piece of rope tied around the wrist and forearm.
The discovery was made by Whitey Paulsen, a professional fisherman who caught the 10-foot shark in the Gulf stream east of here. The fisherman estimated the arm had been in the shark about two days.
passenger on the first train, caught in the doors just as the train started pulling out from the 116th street station.
Leon Green and Anna Mae King, were charged by complaint this morning with the night burglary August 6, of the residence of E. L. Haag. Thee Ash, justice of the peace, set Green’s bond at $2,500 and the woman's at $750. Neither bond had been completed at noon.
But if there’s anyone in the neighborhood who can make it rain, now is a good time for that person to get busy.
PHILADELPHIA. August U (UP)—Four inmates today were found dead in their cells at Philadelphia county prison, where a hunger strike ha* been in progress.