Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 2, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVIII, NO. 185.
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 2, 1938 —FOURTEEN PAGES.
Csltril Pres* (IP)
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
EXECUTION SET NEXT WEEK-
SURE SHE'LL SEE
Boy Hopes Plea to Governor May Save Mother from Chair
COLUMBUS. O., Dec. 2.—(UP) — Oscar Hahn, 13, went back to school in Cincinnati today hoping that his five-minute appearance before Gov. Martin I» Davey’s secretary would save his mother’s life. His mother is Anna Marie Hahn, who is scheduled to be electrocuted next Wednesday.
Secretary Daniel S. Earhart refused to let the boy see the governor, but he listened to his plea and promised that he would consider making his report to the governor next Monday.
Mrs. Hahn's two lawyers brought the boy here.
They took him to Earhart, who
had previously arranged a clemency hearing. The boy was administered the oath and testified formally.
Defense Attorney Joseph H. Hodin asked him:
“What do you think of the charges against your mother—that she poisoned secen men for their mon-
T don’t think she ever did that," he replied. “She has been a good mother. I don't want her to die. I don’t think there ever could be a mother as good as she Is. Nobody can ever take her place."
“Do you know what will happen to your mother if Governor Davey refuses to grant clemency?”
“Yes, sir,’’ the boy said.
Carl Rich, Hamilton county pros ecutor, arose.
“Oscar is a fine boy,” he said, “but his mother is a mass-murder-ess in every respect. She does not deserve clemency."
Mrs. Hahn was convicted of poisoning Jacob Wagner, 72. She was suspected of having murdered six other men for their money.
FATHER UNABLE TO PAY—
Kidnapers’ Ransom Aim Foiled
Girl Released Close by Home; Escapes Harm
ARMLESS DRIVER TAKES JUDGE FOR SPIN IN BID FOR LICENSE
XENIA, O., Dec. 2 — <JP\—Armless Paul Layton. 21, tool; Common Pleas Judge George H. Smith for a 30-minute ride in an effort to prove himself entitled to an automobile driver s license.
Representatives of the attorney general’s office looked on as Layton took off his shoes and socks to sign with his toes an application for a temporary permit for the demonstration of his ability.
Spectators agreed the armless boy “wrote a good foot.” boning soft slippers and propping hin.self on three cushions behind the wheel. Layton drove the judge around town, starting. stopping and backing up
without mechanical aids.
Layton testified he had been driving automobiles since he was 14 and had received a license without question for the first two years the Ohio licensing law was in effect.
IN ATTACK ON FRANCE—
Press Claims Italy Ready to Fight
Editor Demes TOMATOES PELT DIGNIFIED ENGLISH JURISTS
LONDON. Dec. 2—(/PT—A disappointed litigant stood up today in the August court of appeals and bombarded two bewigged lord justices with tomatoes.
He missed, but the justices. Sir Charles Ciauson and Sir Rayner Goddard, gave him six weeks in prison for gross contempt of court.
Article Believed To Put Relations In Further Strain
ROME. Dec. 2—(UP)—The authoritative Giornale d’ltalia announced today that "the Italian nation is ready to march against France if necessary.” The newspaper frequently reflects the views of Premier Benito Mussolini.
The newspaper declaration coincided with a sudden strain on relations between Italy and France because of Italian demands for1 colonies at the expense of FranceJ as expressed by the shouts of Italian deputies Thursday for “Tunisia.
Corsica. Nice "
SIGNED BY GAYDA France protested the demonstra- j tion and asked Italy for an explan- ; ation of the speech which Fascist Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano made to the deputies—in the pres- | ence of the new French ambassa- ! dor. Andre Francois-Poncet— in re- ] gard to Italy's colonial apirations.
The French press vigorously denounced the Italian claims and declared nothing would be yielded.
The Giornale d'ltalia bitter-1 v attacked the French press in its article, which was made more significant because It was signed by Virgino Gavda, who is close to the Fascist premier.
Gayda charged that the French press, commenting on Ciano's speech, had insinuated that there
was "deep discord" between the Italian royal family and the Fascist state. He denounced such insinuations.
“Sixteen years of fascism have consolidated Italy,” he said. “The Italian nation is bound to its government and prepared for anything. It is ready to march and. if necessary, even against France.”
The Gayda article was believed to have put relations with I ranee under extreme strain despite the fact that Francois-Poncet had been sent to Rome especially to work out an accord improving relations between the two nations.
The government's attitude was reflected in the fact that the Fascist j Early today officers had not repress demanded rectification of the COVpred an automobile stolen
Earlier in the morning the litigant. Frank Harrison, had been refused an appeal for a new trial in a minor county court in an action in which he was involved
He departed muttering After a while he returned, his coat bulging strangely.
As the lord justices arose for luncheon, Harrison stood up in
the back of the courtroom and shouted; “I want justice!”
Then he began pulling tomatoes from under his coat and opened fire.
Neither justice was hit but one overripe missile squashed against the woodwork just over the Hon. Justice Clauson's full bottomed wig.
Johnny Jones, who used to dance on Broadway, Is shown as he got out of his 800-pound plane (Aeronca) after making a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to New York It was the first transcontinental flight made in the lightest plane made.
Stolen Albany Auto Unfound
Jewish Children Reach England
HARWICH. England, Dec. 2.—< UP‘—Two hundred Jewish refugee children from Germany entered a modern promised land” here today to start a new life as adopted sons and daughters of British citizens.
They were smiling despite the bitter weather and the heavy crossing they had encountered in the North sea. They had had very little to eat.
They were the first contingent of 5.000 whom a British committee hopes to evacuate to Great Britain in the near future. Another 300 will arrive next week.
colonial situation with emphasis on the French governed territories of Tunis. Djibouti. Corsica and Nice.
ONLY BISCUITS, WATER
Clutching tiny suitcases or ruck sacks, containing the few personal belongings they were allowed to take out of Germany, the children trooped through the customs house.
They were allowed to disembark without further formality than the examinations of a button hole label bearing their photographs, names of parents and home towns.
None of them had passports. German authorities had refused to give them identification papers.
They ranged in age from five to 17. They came from all classes of society o! Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Breslau.
I he captain said their sole refreshment had been a few dry biscuits and flasks of water which they had with them.
The children will stay in a camp here until they can be distributed among private homes.
Some of the children came from homes" once wealthy. Others were from an orphanage which was burned in the recent anti-semitlc rioting in Berlin.
The only thing of value they carried was one mark each (approximately 40 cents.) Everything else, including jewelry and cameras, had been confiscated at the German frontier.
Manv of them still wore the caps
ACCUSED AS SPY
BERLIN. Dec. 2—(/Ti—'The Lufthansa line’s Berlin-Bagdad air transport crashed in Vienna forest tWienerwald* today, seriously injuring the crew of four and two German passengers.
ABILENE and vicinity: Partly cloudy
tonight and Saturday, slightly cooler tonight.
West Texas: Fair cooler In east and
south portions tonight; Saturday fair.
last Texas: Partly cloudy, showers 'n
extreme northeast portion, slightly cooler except near upper coast tonight; Saturday partly cloudy, cooler in east and south portions
Highest temperature yesterday ...74 Lowest temperatures this morning . 57
through clever trickery from an and badges of their schools.
One frail, sad-faced boy of IO said:
"Thank goodness we are in England. I never want to go hack over there again. I will never go back."
Albany party celebrating at a night club just outside the city limits last night.
While the party of eight was seated at a table eating, a blond youth came up and said that one of their cars had a flat tire. He offered to take the car downtown and get the tire fixed and the celebrants, presuming he was an employe of the night ciuo. agreed The car keys changed hands.
When the boy did not return in, an hour, investigation revealed that development director of the West
Texas chamber of commerce, and
Karl Allen Drummond (above) 21-year-old aircraft worker, was indicted in Los Angeles on a charge of attempting to sell important military aviation secrets to Japan. He formerly lived in Wichita. Kans.
Spacek, Francis on Farm Hour Tonight
A dialogue between E. A Spacek,
Gas Snuffs Out Convicts' Lives
Kept in Hut, She Wears Only Slip; Clothes Burned
OXON HILL, Md.. Dec. 2.— (AP) — William B. Brown, father of 18-year-old Mary Brown who reappeared at her home last ni^ht after a 30-hour absence, said today she was abducted by men who mistakenly thought he could pay a ran-I som.
When his daughter, a business school student, convinced the men he was unable to pay any ransom, he said. they released her.
She arrived haggard and in tattered clothes at the Brown home last night, saying the men had freed her from an automobile a short dLstance from the farm house where she lives.
The girl was in fairly good rondition, her father said. A doctor examined her and declared she had not been harmed. The girl said she had twice become unconscious and thought she had been struck In the stomach.
Mary had been kept In a hut ever since she was abducted, she told the family.
Brown gave this statement to the press this morning:
My daughter came home last night about IO o’clock.
“The kidnapers let her out about one-half mile down the road from the entrance to our farm It was near Hanson branch. She came home wearing only r slip. She said the men burned all her clothes.
“She sptnt a restful night. The doctor examined her and found she had not been harmed in anyway by her experience.
‘ Mary said after she was shoved in the truck (described as the abductors' vehicle* she was driven at fast speed to a hut where she was kept on a mattress. A blindfold was put over her eyes after she was put in the truck but she was not gagged.
“There were three men In the truck when she was kidnaped. She said the men talked in whispers while she was kept in the hut.
“The motive for the kidnaping was ransom. When she convinced them that I was not in a position to pay any ransom they said they didn't want to have any more to do with her, and they brought her back in an automobile.”
Rober* L. Mannign, a family friend and former Washington detective who was in the home, told officers:
"Mary said three men had held her prisoner all night long. They had knocked h*r out and thrown her on a mattress. I asxed her lf she had been attacked and she said she had not been ’ She said she was blindfolded all the time they held her. but she knew one of the men had a mustache."
Manning added that the girl. who said she was seized while coming home from school Wednesday with her sister, expressed belief she had not been taken more than five miles away.
Air Crash Kills Eight
Blind for IO years. Mrs. Mary Lee Bode of San Antonio, said she saw the hands of a surgeon after he transplanted to her right eye an uninjured cornea taken from a blind mans eye. Doctors, however would not predict the ultimate outcome of the operation.
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SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 2 — (JP^*— Hopes for Mrs. Mary Lee Bode to regain her sight through a transplanted cornea increased today.
“I can see some light coming through the bandages," Mrs. Bode told the attending surgeon. Although encouraged by this, the surgeon said it would not be known positively whether the sight had been restored until the bandages are removed. The surgeon at first had planned to take the bandages off today, but has decided to w'ait until tomorrow.
Japan-Russia Strife to Head
Nipponese Decide To Retain Soviet Fishing Privilege
MANILA. Dec. 2 — (API — Sources usually reliable said tonight the Philippine coast guard cutter Ararat was pursuing a dozen fishing boats which were reported scurrying toward Japan with ISO Japanese wanted in connection with disorders on C'oron island.
Thirty-eight Japanese already have been arrested as a result of the fight November 18 in which two Japanese were killed while assertedly mobbing Filipino tax collectors of Palawan province.
Constabulary reports placed responsibility for the incident on Japanese fishermen, saying the Filipino officials were assaulted while searching for explosives aboard Japanese fishing boats.
TOKYO. Dec. 2 - UP > -Trouble between Japan and Russia over fishing rights came to a head today with a new Japanese decision to retain fishing rights in Russian territorial waters.
Foreign Minister Arita will Instruct Ambassador Shigenori Togo to make representations to the Soviet government concerning the two-year delay by Russia in renewing the fishing rights granted under the treaty of Portsmouth in 1905.
Simultaneously the foreign office will make a public statement of displeasure at the “faithless attitude” of the Soviets innot adhering to treaties.
The Oceanic Fisheries association demanded that Japan force signature of a revised treaty and also that its patrol fleet be increased to counteract frequent seizures of Japanese fishing vessels by Russia.
Britons Draft Plans to Raise Fighting Fund'
Widespread Trade War in Prospect Over Nazi Policy
LONDON, Dec. 2.—(UP)— British export industries plan to raise a great “fighting fund” of many millions of dollars to meet competition of German subsidized goods in world markets, R. S. Hudson, secretary of overseas trade, said today.
On e of the most widespread trade wars in history is likely to result unless Germany quickly changes her trade policy, informed persons said after Hudson’s statement in the house of commons warning the nazi state that Britain was prepared for a commercial fight.
FIGHT ’WITHOUT GLOVES’
Representatives of shipping and coal industries already have consulted with government officials In regard to methods of carrying on competition against the Germans, who have been undercutting other nations by use of government subsidies and bartering systems.
"It must be understood that in commons. I referred to Southeast Europe only by way of illustration." Hudson told the United press. "We must counter German methods In all markets."
Hudson said that Britain was prepared to fight “without gloves.”
"For instance, the following is the particular kind of evil with which British manufacturers find themselves confronted,’’ he said. “Backed by export subsidies, a German trade representative visits a foreign country and says;
‘“Let us know the lowest British tender and we will let you have goods at 25 per cent less’.”
SEEK TRADE PACT Asked how British industries planned to meet this competition.
! Hudson said that each Individual in-; dustry must organize itself and raise a fighting fund with which each industry can compete against the 1 government-backed German bane; system. He added that British did not contemplate taking a leaf out of the German book and trying a “bar-(ter” system of exchanging goods, but on the contrary would continue to operate along orthodox financial lines.
Hudson emphasized that Britain would like to avoid a trade war with Germany but would not shirk it if there is no other choice. The real desire of British Industry, he said, is an equitable trade agreement with Germany.
• But.’’ he added, “until such an agreement is made effective and until Germany changes certain trading methods, we shall be forced to step down into the arena and meet hei at her own game.
“Her methods are destroying trade and unsettling conditions throughout the world. They must be countered.’’
MEALS BY DROP
One of the tiniest infants ever to live, 28-ounce Laura Mulvey is shown being fed from a medicine dropper by Mrs. Bernice Hahn, of the Hahn Maternity hospital, Providence, R. I., where the baby was born.
Goodfellows Dance Tonight
Contributions Today Aid Fund; Total is $198
Contributions in the last 24 houri boosted the Goodfellows fund to $19825 ard receipts from the Phi Sigma Chi dance at the Hilton tonight are expected to send the total much higher.
Abilene Business and Professional Women s club has contributed $50 to the fund and W. H. Morrison has sent in $5 OO.
Contributing toward the success of the third annual Goodfellows dance tonight at the Hilton by the Phi Sigma Chi fraternity are these Abilene ns:
Fisk Publishing company, which contributed the posters.
Abilene Printing & Stationery company, which printed the tickets.
Hilton hotel, which donates the ballroom free of charge
And Ray Maddox and his orchestra. which reduced its regular price for dances to play.
Tickets are being sold in advance at $1 each by members of the Chi Delta and Chi Epsilon chapters of the fraternity.
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there were no flat tires. The cash ier of the club said she saw him drive off.
Officers broadcast a description of the automobile, a 1938 model green Chevrolet sedan, throughout the territory. The car bore a California license, number 6K4-332 and motor number 1403166.
Another automobile theft was reported last night at Sweetwater. A 1934 maroon colored Chevrolet with Texas license 898-053 was stolen.
John M. Francis, tenant farmer of i (UP*—Albert Kessel, 28. and Rob-near Sagerton, will form the third frt Cannon 29> murderers, were program in the West Texas farm and ranch series to be broadcast at
MEXICO CITY. Dec 2,—i/PV— Five passengers and the crew of three were killed today when a Compania Mexican de Aviacion airliner crashed against a hill soon after leaving Mexico City for Me-I rida. Yucatan. Two of the passen-SAN QUENTIN. Cal, Dec. 2 — ***** werp women Airline officials
said all the victims were Mexican citizens.
executed today in the lethal gas chamber of the state prison here. They were the first persons put to death by gas in California Hang-
8 o’clock tonight from KRBC. It will also be heard over four other West Texas radio stations.
Spacek will interview Francis on j . . . . ", nearing 70, resigned today as chan-
of "Acreage Wg^moudjr aas the method of „)k>r ,h, 0( Kans„
LAWRENCE. Kans.. Dec. 2 < UP) Chancellor Ernest Hiram Lindley,
the general subject Control and the Tenant Farmer.
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Pry thermometer 57 69
Wet thermometer 63 55 50 ______ ie..
Relative humidity 3# m M 37, of Nimrod communi J.
Eastland Woman Draws Pen Term
EASTLAND, Dec. 2.—(UP)— Mrs. Jackson Peters, 54, was sentenced to five years in the Texas penitentiary today after a district court Jury found her guilty of charges growing out of the slaying several months ago of Mrs. Marcus Pierce,
Gift to the PTA Milk Fund of $10 by an anonymous donor was announced this morning by Mrs Edith C. Smith, fund secretary-treasurer.
The men, dressed in shorts and undershirts, were strapped side by side in the shiny new metal death chamber. They died when cyanide gas fumes reached their lungs.
Kessell and Cannon were the first of five convicts doomed to die for a desperate attempt to break out of California's Folsom prison September 19, 1937—when Folsom’s Warden Clarence Larkin and Guard Harry E Martin were stabbed to death.
Two fellow conspirators, Wesley Eudy, 32. and Fred Barnes, 39. j will be executed Dec ember 9,. Tile . fifth will die December 16.
a post he had held many years.
More days ta BUY and USE
PROTECT YOUR / HOME •
They educate people about lymp-toms of tuberculoid In order that medical ald may be sought early.
Gov’t Control Termed Usefu
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2—(TP)—Dr.
Willard Thorp. Department of Commerce ecoonmist, iuld the federal ; monopoly committee today that I some economic situations "have sufficient public nportance to warrant government intel vention of one kind or another."
Undertaking an analysis of the I nation's entire economic structure, the economist did not immediately point out those conditions, He moved instead toward a discussion of the form, size, function and inter-relationships of various individual business enterprises.
Thorp, who is on leav« from a private business position 'With Dun and Bradstreet). was the second witness to appear before the committee.
Isador Lubin. chief of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, proposed yesterday redistribution of income as the only way of advancing America's standard of living and thereby opening new markets for industrial production.
Thorp said that “our failure to maintain the past rate of advance in the standard of living is certainly not due to any lack of management ability, capital, labor or natural resources.” He added there was “no such simple answer.”
The character of the ecoonmic structure is continually changing." Tho-p declared. "Advances in tech-noolgy, for example, may create new industries and destroy long established ones.”
Abilene Postoffice Repoirs Are Planned
Invitation for bids to paint interior and exterior of the Abilene postoffice and to make general retrain was announced today by Postmaster O. A. Hale.
Sealed bids for material and work on the Job will be received until IO o’clock. December 20. at the procurement division office in Washington. D. C.
Specifications may be obtained al the local postfofice. Hale said.
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— '•a i ion ai Safety Council
Traffic violations ranging from parking on dead meters to driving with defective lights drew fines of $1 each for eleven offenders in corporation court today Twelve tickets were excused on valid explanations. City police issued eight tickets Thursday.
COURT VOIDS 19-YEAR-OLD UNION OF WOMAN WITH TV/0 MATES
HOUSTON, Dec. 2.—t/P*— Annulment of the 19-year-old marriage of George M. Bevier and Henriette Beaulieu Bevier was on record here today as the result of the discovery that Mrs. Bevier had another husband. Albert Moreau of Toulouse. France, when she and Bevier were married.
Mrs. Bevier and Moreau had believed each other dead for years.
Bevier, millionaire Houston geologist, filed an annulment suit here some time ago. Mrs. Bevier answered in a cross action. the petition pleading that Moreau was dead.
Bevier brought Moreau from
France to be used as a witness in the case and yesterday Mrs. Bevier amended her pleadings to state that as she found Moreau to be still alive she was asking an annulment. She said she was told in France that he was dead and had been shown a grave reported to be his.
The annulment was granted
in district court and Mrs. Bevier was given back her maiden name of Beaulieu.
The court decree granted a $220,000 cash settlement on Mrs. Bevier and gave her the Bevier family residence here but specified that Moreau was not to share in the property settlement.