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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas WIST TEXAS? ©WW ms win rZstfmmmmsAWbt ^toilette Reporter“WITHOUT,OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE! CII YOUR WORI.D EXACTLY AS GOES -R- mn. VOL. LVIII, NO. 184. Ailorti(f4 Prrn (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER I, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES. ((IM r r*M (CP* PRICE FIVE CENTS. Sunspots, Ghost Beam' Blamed In Air Disaster Scientists Back Pilot On Report Radio Too Good' SAN FRANCISCO, Nov, 30—<4*.— A radio “ghost wave" and a barrage of sunspot energy possibly played sinister parts, scientists said tonight. In the loss of an airliner and five of its seven occupants in the Pacific yesterday morning Following up the report of United Airline officials that radio reception was "too good,” causing veteran Pilot Charles B Stead to become confused over a strange multiplicity of signals, radio engineers said there was plenty of technical considerations to support the unusual theory. The big ship ran into squally weather and off its course en route to Oakland, Calif, from Medford. Ore. Pilot Stead ran out of fuel while groping to get back on his course and landed neatly at sea near Point Reyes, 35 miles short of Its goal. All hands climbed out on the wings and five of them drowned when heavy surf dashed the craft against the rocky shore. PROBERS ARRIVE While civil aeronautics authority officials arrived to begin an official investigation, Dr, L. E Rukema, associate professor of radio engineering at the University of California, suggested the •ghost wave'* and * sins pot factors as a theory of the tragedy. Pointing to the flight log showing Stead aa believing there was "something wrong" with the radio beam long before the plane got into actual trouble, Dr. Rukema said the difficulty possibly was due to the peculiarity of overlapping of directional radio signals. Pilots refer to these overlapping signals as “ghost beams.'’ Sunspot activity, which frequently playa tricks with radio traffic, could easily have accounted for the "too good" radio reception which reputedly gave the plane strong signals from Salt Lake City and other distant stations hut apparently nothing from nearby Oakland, the station whose beam Stead was trying frantically to find. •BLACKOUT* REPORTED t Anthony Gerhard, radio engineer for Preas Wireless. Inc., reported a radio “blackout" between the United States and the Orient a few hours after the tragedy. Both Oer-hard and Ch Rukema said sunspots not only cauked the blackout but likely induced the condition which confu *d Stead. Hie sunspots are manifestations of electro-magnetic storms which tend great masses of ions In all directions from the soler body Some of these heading toward the earth cra-h at high speed into a layer of already ionised atmosphere lying 60 to 300 miles above the earth. The incoming ions collide with suoh force against particles of this atmospheric layer that they cause the layer to absorb or deflect radio waves from the earth. WHERE TWO REACHED SAFETY AS AIRLINER BROKE UP ON OCEAN ROCKS "m ' ' :.* While huge waves battered the wreckage (extreme left! of a United Airlines Mainliner which crashed Into the sea near Point Reyes, Calif. and was washed ashore at the foot of a precipitous cliff. Pilot Charles Stead told a group of coast guardsmen <arTow» how only he and one passenger, I. R. En cistern of Los Angeles, escaped. He said he saw five other persons disappear In the raging sea after the ship had alighted on the water. (AP Photo). AS NAZIS DECREE NEW GHETTO MEASURES— Jewish Suicides Sweep Reich WITH ONLY $143.25 DONATED— GOODFELLOWS LOOK IO DANCERS TO BOOST FUND TO NORMAL I Abllenians will dance Friday I night to provide Christmas dinners and gifts for the needy. With its annual Goodfellows dance at the Hilton hotel the Phi I Sigma Chi fraternity hopes to I boost the fund treasury back to normal. Since the beginning of the Good-fellow campaign only 1143 25 has J been donated. $125 of which was : donated the first day. On the same date last December the drive boasted a total of $265.35. An estimated $2,000 will be needed this year to provide a merry Christmas day for destitute families in the city. Lefebvre Goulding, chairman of the Phi Sigma Chi dance committee. said last night that advance ticket sales for the dance had been very good. Several members of the for more tickets. Today and tomorrow a final drive will be made by the Chi Delta and Chi Epsilon chapters of the fraternity to sell tickets for the benefit dance. Members will canvass the business section. Ray Maddox and his orchestra are donating half of their usual fee In playing for the dance. The use of the Chrysal ball room In the organization had returned to him Hilton hot* has been donated. Fisk Publishing company donated printing of posters and Abilene Printing company furnished tickets. All profit from the dance will go to the Goodfallow fund. Donations to the Goodfellow fund yesterday were Safeway Stores. $10 and the Abilene Typographical union. $5. All contributions .to the fund should be sent to The Good-felows. Abilene Reporter-News. FDR Starts On New Program President And Bankhead Expected To Discuss Congressional Goals Today WARM SPRINGS, Ga . Nev, 30—(/Pi—President Roosevelt reverted to vacation routine today while hp gave preliminary thought to the broad principles of his new congressional program—expected to be discussed, here tomorrow with Speaker Bankhead. The house leader was invited to the "Little White House" on Pine mountain for the first of a series of conferences on party strategy md legislative proposals that will ne pressed In a congress peopled with increased republican opposition. Other leaders will be called in when the president returns to Washington Tuesday. While congressional leaders have been reluctant to forecast specific recommendations in the president’s i--- Meet Hizzoner Bazooka Bob' CANOGA PARK. ‘calif, Nov. 30—(AV-Henceforth, it will be “his honor. Robert Burns, mayor of Canoga park." "Bazooka Bob," who brought Arkansas drawl to the screen and radio, was Inducted as mayor today by Justice of the Peace O. Menton Worley. The office is a purely honorary one, similar to that held by Al Jolson at Encino, since Canoga Park is within the corporate limits of Los Angeles. WARNING TO MAIL SUBSCRIBERS If the date on the pink label on this paper reads (Dec I, 1938» that means your subscription expires TODAY and this is the last copy you will receive unless your renewal subscription has been sent in. If you have not renewed, BE SURE YOU DO IT TODAY. Hand your subscription to your local agent or mail your check or money order directly to the Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas. ONE YEAR BY MAIL »4»5 INCLUDING SUNDAYS (In West Texas) ‘•WEST TEXAS’ OWN NEWSPAPER” message, pre-congress discussion has made it apparent the congress will be asked by the administration to: I. Enact record - breaking peace-time defense measures railing for increases in army and navy plane strength, and fleet, coast and field fighting arms. 2. Pass new tax legislation restoring in some degree the cuts made in undistributed corporation profits and capital gains levies made over Mr. Roosevelt's protest by the last congress; reenacting some of the expiring nuisance taxes, and taxing the income of state employes salaries and future issues of bonds now in the tax-exempt class. 3. Continue the present AAA crop control act with some possible changes in financing. 4. Amend the social security act to increase some benefits and extend others to social service and other workers not now covered. 5. Possibly revise the neutrality act to give the president greater discretionary authority in invoking embargoes. 6. Pass railroad rehabilitation legislation. recommendations for which are now being framed by a committee of three railroad and three rail labor officials named by the president. 7. Appropriate another large budget for relief and allied activities. Comanche Jury Resumes Study COMANCHE. Nov 30— OF — Judge R. B Cross ordered further deliberation today after the jury reported It was unable to agree at the trial of D. P. Parker, county official charged with theft by false pretext. U.S. To Borrow i i i i if Tickets for Oil Feast Go Fast Preparation Made To Feed 1,500 At WCTOG Banquet Unusual suocess was reported last night by volunteer salesmen of tickets to the annual membership banquet of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas aasociatkfi. less than a day after the sales campaign began. Vie Behrens, chairman of the ticket selling committee, was optimistic about early success of the drive. Offered for sale in Abilene are 800 tickets to the event. Preparation is being made for 1,500 persons at the venison feed, but nearly half of the number will be out-of-town guests. Behrens emphasized the fart that those attending the banquet are urged to bring women bursts this year, W. P. Wright's decorations com- HE'S WANTED Rabbis Labor Overtime To Conduct Rites Forbid Jews To Appear In Certain Areas BERLIN, Nov. 30.— (AP) —A wave of Jewish suicides Third Convicted Of Stealing U. S. Military Secrets Clemency Recommended For Closer, Sentences Will Be Imposed Friday, ll. S. Prosecution Staff Is Praised NEW YORK, Nov. 30—(AP)—German-born Erich Glaser, 28. a former U. 8 army air corps private, was convicted late today—with a recommendation for clemency—of conspiracy to steal American military secrets. The same federal court jury convicted two other German spies last night without recommendation. Those facing the possible maximum of 20 years in prison under the U S. code concerning espionage are Johanna Hofmann, 26, a hairdresser on the German liner Europa, and Otto Hermann Voss, 39, a former airplane mechanic. Sentencing will be at 2 p. rn. Friday by Federal Judge John C. Knox. After Glaser’s conviction the judge praised the government’s prosecution staff for    • •    • having had ‘ * the courage to     -d divulge what it had learned. JURY GIVEN PRAISE He said the trial “should teach persons coming here that they must understand that to engage in espionage is dangerous work and that such persons shall bt punished Judge Knox also praised the jury. Glaser was accused of supplying the army's "s-signal** code for airplanes spproaching a landing field to Guenther Gustav Rumrich, U. S. army deserter, who pleaded guilty, testified for the government and now also awaits sentence. U, a. Attorney Lamar Handy, one of several who made investigations of the spy ring abroad, said in a statement; "The conviction in this ease is a condemnation of the Germen espionage system operating in this country, directed by high officials residing in Germany xxx. “We have no counter-espionage in this country, and as long as that is so, the United States is an open field for tho work of foreign spies, xxx" Czechs Pick Head, Premier Resigns PRAGUE. Nov. IU—Bhrunken Ct echo - Slovakia today started ERICH GLASER WM reported by responsible building a new government Whose persons today to have spread policies were expected to be molded throughout Germany as the !» German needs and demands nazis decreed new “ghetto’ WASHINGTON. Nov. 30 —OF— The treasury decided today on a $1.Oil.613 750 financing operation mittqe is well Into the job of prefer December 15.    paring the automobile building at Secretary Morgenthau announced, West Texas Fair grounds for thp that $700 000,000 would be sought event. Cedar boughs are being used to pay for part of the spending pro- to completely cover the walls and gram and $941,613,750 would be decorate other portions, borrowed to repay the same amount Fifty salesmen from the chamber of I 1-2 per cent notes maturing j of commerce are participating in the I campaign. The dinner will begin at issues. fl;30 o’clock the night of Decern - next March 15, Not counting refunding the new financing will bring to $1,-500.000,000 the total money borrowed in thus fiscal year to pay operating expenses of the government. At least $600,000,000 more will be needed before the close of the year next June 30. according to present treasury estimates. ber IO. Menu will include deer and elk steaks. Tickets are selling for ll each. "We are not staging a campaign to raise money,” said B**hrens. “We prefer that tickets be sold only to those who expect to use them." Police in the Chicago area sought a gunman, whom they said they believed was Benny Dickson (above*, 27, Missouri and Kansas ex-convict, after three persons had been kidnaped in a wild dash from Michigan across northern Indiana into Illinois. (Associated Press Photo). Six Inmates Of Hospital Sought STOCKTON Calif . Nov. 30 —*.F —Six inmates of the Stockton state hospital for the insane were at large tonight after an early morning fire damaged a wing of the overcrowded institution. Officers oatrolled city sheets and measures. U. 8. ATTACKED Rabbis worked overtime conducting funerals. They and other authoritative sources were forbidden to disclose how many killed themselves or died suddenly from causes attributed directly to anti-Jewish actions. Police in all parts of Germany were empowered by a new order to forbid Jews to appear In certain districts or leave home at certain times. A new attack on the United States was opened by the newspaper Fraenkische Tageszietung, organ of strongly anti-Jewish Julius Stretcher. nazi leader of Franconia. The newspaper called the United Slates a “land of lynch justice, kidnaping, false prophets and strip dancers" and added: “America mixes in the most violent manner in the inner affairs of Germany and laments over the Jews without helping them, it forgets completely to tend to its own affairs. They are dirty enough and we a1 have reason enough to remind them." The official Gazette printed the "Jewish Curfew'* measure under the heading. "Police order regarding the appearance of Jews in public.** FINES TO $160 The regulation declared proper provincial police departments" may forbid German Jews or Jews without nationality to appear in definite districts or to Parliament elected Dr. Emil Ha-cha president by 272 vote* of 312. His first act was to accept the resignation of Premier General Jin Syrovy. Rudolf Benn, chairman of the newly-formed party of national unity. -VSS asked H*cha to form a new cabinet. Spans Nation In One-Seat Plane Former 'Hoofer' Finishes Hop In 30 Hours, 47 Min. NEW TORK. NOV 30—'4*—Curly-haired Johnny Jones, former Broadway “hoofer " completed in 30 hours 47 minutes today the first non-stop transcontinental flight la : the lightest airplane made. The 25-year-old Van Nuys. Califs airplane salesman landed his 800- Firc Rotes Cut In Four Area Towns AUSTIN, Nov. 30.—(ZP)—Reductions in fire insurance “key” rates for aine Texas cities were announced today by Marvin Hall, fire insurance commissioner. The reductions and reasons therefor included:    Monahans, from 63 to 59 cents, because of tire department improvements; Rotan, from 44 to 43 cents, street pavement work; Midland, from 30 to 26 cents, improvements in waterworks and fire depar ment; and Kermit, from 96 to 84 cents, installation of waterworks system and new fire department organization and equipment. Alcatraz Convicts Will Not Appeal See GERMANY, Pg. 12. CoL 4 SAN FRANCLSCO, NOV. 30—(ZP)— Rufus Franklin and James Lucas Alcatraz convicts, decided today not the ! to appeal from their conviction and life sentence for the murder of Royal C Cline, a prison guard. “We re not guilty, but what would be the use of trying to tell a Jury that,” said Franklin to Defense Attorney Joseph L. Sweeney. L. E. Derryberry, Abilene municipal airport manager, said he sighted Jones’ plane about 9:36 o’clock Tuesday night as it passed over here en route to Fort Worth. The plane was flying at a comparatively low altitude and exactly on his mapped course. | pound, one-sea ter (Aeronca) at Roosevelt feld at 3:18 p rn (CBT). with no apologies for flying 2.785 I miles the right way. He did admit to one mi.calcula-i Hon. “I couldn't find Roosevelt field at first," he said. Jones said he swooped down over Bendix airport in New Jersey and dropped a note asking the location of Roosevelt field. They sent up a plane and he was escorted the last few miles. Jones scooped up some snow from the runway. "We don’t have this in Callfor-j nim," he said. “It was a nice trip. I left Los Angeles at 8:31 a rn. CST* yesterday. Averaged 91 mile* an hour. From Los Angeles to El Paso I had heavy headwinds, and from there on tailwinds," J. C. Hunter, president of the When the last congress expanded ' chamber of commerce and of the relief, public works and national oil and gas association, said that defense expenditures, it authorized cost of the ticket for the entertain-a program expected to cause a ment to be offered could not be $4,000,000,000 deficit in this fiscal I duplicated anywhere.    1    whom    was    considered    dangerous. ypar-    J    “Attendance of 1,500 at a wild i A lighted cigaret tossed into The financing will Increase the federal debt, already at a record Last Chance Today On Split-Tax Plan Today is final day for city payers to take advantage of high. The treasury’s direct obligations now total $38,590,577,625. They will rise to about $39,300,000,000 after December 15 and are expected to the fiscal year. tax surrounding highways in the eaten    Spyt payment plan on city taxes for for the missing patients, none of    lg3g paying the first Installment G. P Holland, city tax collector a    said yesterday that a majority of game    dinner    is    something    that    has    i    storeroom on the third floor of a    persons paying on the new plan had never    occurred anywhere    in    Texas."    j    wing was blamed for the 4am    already been in the office and he blaze which caused damage est!-    expected many more to make oay- mated a $40,000.    ments before the deadline. Several inmates escaped from the Other installments of the split barbed wire enclosure where attend- payment plan fall due during the Fishermen Saved Youth Given Life For Slaying Girl PRYOR. Okla., NOV 30— iJPh-The club-slaying of beautiful Alma Manning last summer brought a life sentence today to the farm boy who confssed the crime. Wirt Parr. 17, who said he beat the girl with a club, half-burned her body on r pile of brush and then hid It, changed his plea of innocent to guilty. . SAN PEDRO, Calif. Now 30-{/Pi. pass $40,000,000 by the end of j Kine San Pedro fishermen, who    ants corralled the 435 patients    led    ensuing year. Those paying (axes in had been clinging since early morn-    from the threatened wing.    two installments will make the next    MIAMI, F'a , Nov. 30 —(A*1—Wiling to jagged rocks pounded by    Some were found in residential    and last payment June I, 1939. Those j    ham C. Bullitt, U 8. ambassador to heavy seas off Santa Cruz island,    sections where householders,    had; paying In five installments will    prance flew here from Nassau to- were hauled to safety late today bv j    locked their doors; five were    re-    make four other payments on the    day, shortening his vacation to visit breeches bouy, the coast guard re-    moved from freight trains and    one    first of January, February, March    President Roosevelt at tv arm was captured in a taxicab.    and April.    Springs.    Ga. Anson Child Hurt Fatally In Fall Rename Airport HOUSTON. Nov. 30—F—Houston's city council bowed to the will of the PW A today—and changed the name of Howard Hughes airport to municipal airport. Martin To Testify WASHINGTON, Nov. 30.—(jB— Chairman Dies tD-Tex) of the house commitee invastigating un-American activities said tonight he expected Homer Martin, president of the United Automobile workers. to appear for testimony tomorrow moaning. ANSON, Nov. 30—Spl.)—Henry Charles, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Coker, was injured fatally in a fail at the family home three miles southwest of here at 5:30 this afternoon, dying almost immediately. Details of the accident were not available. Tile child was bom November 13, 1936. He is survived by his parents, a brother, Walter, and three sisters. Winnie Doris, Clara Nell, and Nina Lois. Funeral, set at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Anson Church of Christ, is to be conducted by Minister Cecil E. Hill. Burial will be In Mt. Hope cemetery, with Barrow - Lawrence funeral home in charge of arrangements. Crown Corn Growing Royalty At Chicago CHICAGO. Nov. 30— F—Royalty of the com growing kingdom was crowned in a ceremony before thousands at the Internationa: livestock exposition today. Three Indianans who captured top com prizes, received the “crowns.” in the form of silver cups. The ceremony cam# near the close of a day in which judges selected the best breeding cattle and breeding sheep on th# continent. These classes will be continued tomorrow. Glenn Re’re a- farm of Dorchester, Texas, took the blue ribbons from the champion ram and ewe rn the breeding Hamp*h:re sheep classes. ported. The Weather By Applying Psychiatrists' Principles— MAGAZINE STARTS DRIVE TO COUNTERACT WAR PROPAGANDA WASHINGTON. Nov. 30—(ZP) —An effort to prevent propaganda from drawing the United States into any future European war was launched today by’ the magazine Psychiatry, a Journal devoted to the study of abnormal phychology. Editors of the journal said they would try to counteract foreign attempts to influence the American people by point ing out the reasons and purposes behind such efforts. The move, they added, is intended to apply to the country as a whole the methods used by psychiatrists to heal mild or severe mental diseases by showing patients that their ills are purely , imaginative and caused by unrecognized reactions to their environment. As the first step in the cam paign Dr. Harold D. Lasswell. who has conducted extensive studies of political propaganda, has been made an editor of the magazine. Dr. Lasswell will edit the new department of political psychiatry In the journal, which will publish studies of the effect of propaganda on the human mind. “It is an attempt to arouse a state of awareness among the American people with regard to the means used in exerting political Influence ami to substitute realistic Judgments in civic affairs for the act of blindly following the leads of emotion-arousing propagandists" either at home or abroad, Dr Lasswell declared. 4HU KvK VMI llllMtl Partly ck>m4y t'tiurmla. and I-ruin' ItkDHOM I IM*    HEM TSXAM    tie*- -rally fair l%w«4*« aa,t VHSay; nu .awk -hafter la tawinerattt**. *■ %vr IDV t- t’arUi rtwtnl, ta liitfff.fr, rlfHjti.tit    itwti    rhartffc)    aa# mil*! 'Mnp^artitr#. lira* I* nuith-rast niatlt im lh* paa*t TEMP* K%ri KES HOI K    P.    H* ...    I .......... SS ..    ? ............ 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