Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 6, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 6, 1938-TEN PAGES.
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South America Nations Line up For Peru Talks
Despite Uncle Sam, City to Have Downtown Christmas Tree
Uncle Sam wouldn’t say yes and wouldn’t say no.
So the municipal Christmas tree is going up on the Texas A Pacific lawn at the corner of First and Pine street $.
The 40-foot tree arrived today. It will be unloaded from
a railroad siding Wednesday morning for erection on the terraced lawn near the Pine street underpass. It will be placed between the two sidewalks on the west side of the street.
Permission was obtained from Robert Cray, Abilene freight
and passenger agent for T&P after the Abilene chamber of commerce Christmas decorations committee was unable to secure permit from the postoffice department to place the tree on the federal lawm.
The tree will be decorated by
a Garden club committee, headed by Mrs. L. W. Hollis Jr. Lights will be turned on December 15, date set for opening of the club's residence lighting contest.
Several programs of Christmas carol singing around the
tree are to be scheduled. Mrs. R. H. Thomason, president of the Garden club, will be in charge of these activities.
Taylor county rural school children will participate in one. scheduled for about 7 o'clock the night of December 22.
Battle Foreseen Against Roosevelt Defense Program
MOTOR MAGNATES PLAYFUL
PLUNGING INTO DEPTHS—
MANILA, Dec. 6— vP)—Unable to hold altitude after one of its four motors stalled, the big German Condor monoplane made a forced landing and sank In Manila har-
LIMA, Peru, Dec. 6—(UP)
—A group of South American nations led by Argentina laid the ground work today for a
diplomatic battle at the eighth All Aboard Rescued Pan- American conference, against President Roosevelt’s program for defense of the western hemisphere.
The United States delegation to the conference, headed by Secretary of State Cordell Hull and including Al M. Landon of Kansas, will discover on its arrival tomorrow that lines for the contest already have been drawn for the first session Friday.
HULL'S PLANS IMPORTANT
But there were hints of unexpected developments. Usually well informed sources indicated that Hull s plans for the conference—undisclosed as yet—might sharply change the outlook for one of the most im-1 portant meetings ever held among ■ the nations of the Americas.
The conference L the eighth since 1890. It will last probably six weeks j A total of 21 republics will be rep-! resented. Tile objective bs to strength inter-American solidarity, j This year that objective has been made more important than ever as a result of developments in Europe and the Far East and as a result of Roosevelt's declaration that preparations must be made for the defense on both North and South America against possible aggression by foreign states—particularly by totalitarian states.
The specific methods by which the United States would undertake such action, aside from strengthening her own navy and other defenses, was not made clear by the president, but several possibilities have been advanced informally.
One which has aroused much speculation would be by military alliances or agreements. There is no possibility of such a development at the Lima conference. In the first place. United States sources said that no such proposal would be made.
A second suggestion which received more serious consideration was for establishment of naval and aerial bases throughout the Americas for use in event of war. Whether any such plan would be put forward by the United States representatives rrmiined doubtful.
The third and most feasible approach to the problem is through economic channels. Chief concern of the United States at the moment is in connection with the trade gains made in Soul:- America by the to-
See CONFERENCE. Pg. IO, Col. 2
Runaway Mine Train Kills 20
Rescuers Dig Into Wreckage Hunting Bodies
MOTOR FAILS, BIG GERMAN PLANE LANDS IN MANILA BAY, SINKS
Its crew of five and one passengei were uninjured.
As the plane began settling in shallow water about 200 feet off shore, the six men clambered out
bor today as it neared the end j on the wing and were rescued by of a non-stop flight from Tokyo natives in small boats.
Heinz Junge, director of the Focke Wulff airplane plant and passenger aboard the ship, which recently completed a goodwill flight from Berlin to Tokyo, was brought to Manila in a commercial amphibian plane sent to the scene.
He refused to discuss the mishap except to say the plane encountered fuel line trouble, causing one motor to stall and make the big ship lose altitude.
The plane had flown from Tokyo in IO hours and 53 minutes.
Edsel Ford deft), president of the Ford Motor company and Alvan Macauley, president of Packard Motor company, were in high good humor as they ar-* * *
rived to testify in Washington at the monopoly hearing. Macauley just couldn't resist showing what a powerful punch he has in that clenched fist.
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Cable Gives Way, Men Go Roaring To Destruction
France, Reich Sign Anti-War Pact
FOURTH WIFE OF HEIR
Oil Reception Plans Dratted
Registration committeemen for the contention of tile West Central ! Texas Oil Ar Gas association Sat- I urday met this morning to plan j reception of the largest delegation of oil men and their wives ever to gather here.
Booths will be placed in the lobbies of the Hilton and Wooten hotels, at which all members and others who plan to attend sessions of tile convention may obtain badges, tickets and information. They will be open from 8 o'clock until 6 o’clock Saturday.
H. D. Austin, chairman of the committee, urged all Abilenians who have tickets to the evening banquet at fair park stop at one of the booths Saturday and register.
Walter Jarrett, chairman of the transportation committee which met Monday afternoon, said about 20 cars would be available at each hotel to aid in carrying visitors to the banquet hall.
Neither the dinner nor the dance at Hotel Wooten afterward will be formal, it was pointed out.
Members of the registration group attending today were Austin, Paul Jones, Frank Hobbs, T. J. McCarty, E. W. Moutray, Russell Stephens, L. P. Cook, J. L. Mc-David and J. C. Watson, executive of the oil association.
EDSEL FORD FAVORS TAX CUT; DUAL PATENT POLICY TALKED
NAZI'S NAME IS FUEHRER; HE'S FIRED
Due to Bargain
Hitler Renounces Alsace-Lorraine Territory Claim
PARIS, Dec. S.—(UPI—The government of Premier Edouard Daladier won its first test of strength today since the unsuccessful general strike when the chamber of deputies finance committee defeated a protest against application of sanctions against the strikers.
PARIS, Dec. 6— (AP) —
France and Germany today signed an accord, widely termed a “war renunciation pact,” which pledged them to amicable discussion of difficulties instead of resorting to armed force.
The agreement declared the two COLUMBUS, O , Dec. 6 —./P — governments recognized as definite Gov, Martin L. Davey said today he
had decided not to intervene in the
VIENNA, Dec. 6— (UP>—A nazi named Fuehrer was removed from his post as manager of a bread factory today on the charge that in order to win the friendship of girls he created easy jobs for them.
Joseph Buerckel, nazi leader for Austria, ordered that Fuehrer be dismissed from membership in the nazi party and that hts case be Investigated with a view to possible prosecution,
SYDNEY MINES, Nova
Scotia, Dec. 6—(UP)—A mine train carrying between 250 and 300 men broke loose today, plunged a mile down steeply inclined tracks and smashed to I do. pieces deep in the digffinps of the Princess colliery, which extends out under Sydney harbor.
Five hours after the accident it was established that at least 20 men had been killed. Rescue crews, still
Woman Poison Slayer to Die
the present boundaries between them and that no French-German territorial question exists.
It said the governments were convinced "pacific relations and good neighborliness” between them constitute an essential element of "consolidation of the European situation” and the maintenance of return to Columbus today following tie* occurred
WASHINGTON. Dec. 8—UP)—Edsel Ford told the senate profit-sharing committee today a reduction in federal taxation would be "as good an Incentive” to business as anything the government could >.
The slender son of Henry Ford testified he believed Incentive taxation to encourage plant expansion, purchase of equipment and regularization of employment "might lead to consequences difficult to handle.”
"You feel, then.” said Senator ..... . . . . . Vandenberg (R-Mich), "that in-
. gging into the wreckage, feared | centive taxation might create more
they would find additional bodies problem than we could solve by
Thirty-eight injured had been taken to hospitals and some of them were in serious condition.
CARS PLUNGE HEADLONG The trains was composed of 26 small, box-lik- cars with high sides. Each carried from IO to 15 men. TLie train was controlled from the surface by a cable which was. j j
paid out to let the train roll slowly can and Prod^ce * as low a cost
S down steep, corkscrew passages that ts J**?}?*'. thUS creatlng VOlume
led to the bottom of the workings, j p:
j three miles from the entrance.
The cable parted when the train was less than half way down. The ears careened through the narrow passage. Men climbed over the n.'gh sides of the cars and jumped. Some were crushed to death against the walls of the mine. Some fell under the wheels. Some escaped.
Most of them stayed in the train
Ford said the Ford Motor company believed in profit-sharing through high wages. He added he believed the high wage scale had prevented any ‘serious” labor troubles in the Ford plants.
"We try to be more than fair to our employes,” Ford said. ‘‘We try to pay just as high wages as we
WASHINGTON. Dec. (/Ph-Asst. Atty. Gen. Thurman Arnold suggested today that the government might work cut a dual patent policy to provide different treatment for large and small businesses.
He advanced the possbility in questioning William S. Knudsen, president of General Motors corporation, who told the federal monopoly committee that the protection patents give inventors is more valuable to small than to large business units.
Knudsen said that even if the patent lawrs were abolished, General Motors would continue its research program but, under questioning, observed that small manufacturers would be greatly handicapped if they could not protect their monopolies.
He asserted General Motors exercises no monopoly on its patented inventions. Other witnesses before the committee have brought out that one of the chief reliances of the small manufacturer for continued economic existence, on the other hand, is his right to monopoly over his patented inventions.
Fund Just Half Last Year's, Task Of Goodfellows Biggest In History
scheduled execution tomorrow night however, as it plunged on for a mile of Anna Marie Hahn, condemned after the cable broke. By that time Cincinnati poison slayer. survivors estimated, it was going 60
' The governor made the curt state- miles an hour. It finally Jumped the ment: "I have decided not to inter- ,racks and piled up in a heap of vene.” splintered wood and twisted metal.
Davey made the statement on his ’That where most of the casual-
general peace. a jsjew Haven, conn.
Foreign Ministers Georges Bon- ^ governor said a formal state-net of France and Joachim von ment would bp issued later Ribbentrop of Germany signed the
The fourth Mrs. Potter d Or-say Palmer, former curb girl at a roadside dine and dance parlor place in Sarasota, Fla . is shown resting as she awaited
reaction of the Chicago heirs parents to the marriage Palmer said he expected to be disinherited.
agreement, on cream-colored sheets on his wav back t0 Columbus of vellum containing French and
WIVES FIGHT POLICE
Ambulances, doctors and nurses _ _ , . came from five towns to help care
Davey said the decision was made for the injured. The rush of res
cue work contributed one addition-
ABILENE and vicinity: Generally fair
toniKht and Wednesday.
West Texas: Fair. not much change In temperature tonight and Wednesday.
Hast Texas: Generally fair tonight and Wednesday, somewhat warmer near upper coast tonight.
Highest temperature yesterday . ... fig i/owest temperature this morning 38
TEM PHR ATI'RES
Tues. a rn.
48 44 41 89 SI 44
49 SS 61
..7:28 . .5:34
8:30 a m 6:30 pm. 12:39 pm. Wet thermometer .A* 41 61
Wet thermometer 411 32 46
Relative tumidity IS *1 26
.. . 50
O’Daniel Pastor Plans $100 Meal
FORT WORTH. Dec 6 —(AV--An appreciation dinner with tickets to cost a minimum of $100 each will be held here December 14 honoring Gov.-Elect W. Lee O Daniel and his family, the Rev. J. Leslie Finnell, pastor of the Magnolia Avenue Christian church, announced today.
Announcement of the dinner came after the Rev. Mr. Finnells return from Austin, where he conferred with several men regarding purchase of tickets.
Net proceeds of the event will go to help retire indebtedness of the church, of which ODaniel and his family are members, the pastor said O Daniel recently was ordained I -
On his arrival from Berlin unusual guard precautions were taken on behalf of von Ribbentrop. who after signing the accord, began diplomatic conversations with French statesmen.
German informants said von Ribbentrop expected to drive a hard bargain, however, for specific points outside the treaty. Tile pact itself, three paragraphs long, put in black and white Chancelor Hitlers often-repeated oral renunciation of claim on Alsace-Lorraine. Tills was achieved by a phrase recognizing existing frontiers.
On France s side, informed sources said, the pact constituted formal recognition that Austria had van-
Plans for the American Legion and Auxiliary Goodfellow benefit dance went forward today. This affair will be given the evening of December 14. Tickets were being printed and will be alloted tomorrow to salesmen and saleswomen, said Mrs. Glen Eager. All receipts from this danre, except orchestra hire, will go into the Good-fellow fund. The dance will be held at the Taylor county veterans’ clubhouse.
It is a stern fact that the Good- i ed in the 24 hours ending today fellows of 1938 face the greatest noon.
task in their long history. That Total of the fund is $322.75. A
task is to see that no boy or girl year ago It was $735.
misses "having a real Christmas." j Contributions Monday afternoon
The job Is bigger because there and Tuesday morning: are more parents In the city this Robert Cray ................$ 3.00
♦ ive secretary last week ronrturted a ? ^ f*. 10 A J°bless , year who will be unable to provide G. O. Cresswell .............. 5.00
hearing at which vrr-s Hahn s ottnr Pressed ,int0 service to anything at Christmas for the chil- p. A. Tower ................ 2.00
neys sought commutation of *1-- a supplies ana blank- <jren. Every welfare and social serv- ; J. Soule McDaniel ......... 10.00
sentence to life imprisonment.
FSA Office Manager Found Dead By Car
CLARKSVILLE, Dec. 6.-<UP>— ; Paul Gunn, 32, Clarksville office I manager for the farm security ad-ministration, was found dead today j beside his automobile on Highway 1 5, 12 miles west of here.
the cts, was killed when his automobile ran into a ditch.
Relatives of the miners, mostly women, and spectators, gathered by the hundreds back of the police lines around the mine entrance. Some of the women, screaming hysterically, fought with the police.
Officials of the Nova Scotia Steel it Coal Co., operators of the mine, prevented reporters from approaching the entrance. Among those killed were tr,o
ice group in town has determined that this condition exists. Employment and general economic conditions this fall have been bad. principally because of the short cop.
It is. therefore, alarming that I •
tile Goodfellow fund is less than
half as large as it was one year Previously acknowledged
ago today. This is true in spite
of the fact that $105 was contribut- I Total ..............
L. M. Snider .............. 5.00
W J. Fulwiler .............. 25.00
H. G. Haynie ............*5.00
Independent Ice and
Refrigerating co........... 25 00
Percy Jones ................. 25.00
$105 00 ..$217.75
ished and that Czechoslovak Sude- 0r that he was struck by a hit-and-
Sheriff J. N. Geer said after investigation that the cause of Gunn's I members of the town council of death still was a mystery. He said North Sydney Mines. Donald Melle would continue to work on j Phee and William MacDonald, theories that Gunn was murdered,j Bade!! Nicholson, one of the sur-
a deacon in the church. The Rev. Mr. Finnell said there was $50,000 indebtedness on the church, built nine years ago at a cost of $150.00Q Attendance at the dinner will be on an invitation basis and the prices of tickets will range upward from $100, the Rev. Mr. Finnell said.
"Friends of Mr. ODaniel and his family will attend the dinner.” the pastor said. "We will limit the number of guests to 200 and non-members as well as members of the church will be invited.”
He announced that one feature of the dinner, which will be held in the ehurch starting at 7 p. rn., will be presentation of a silver plaque to the governor-elect. Names of ail guests present will be engraved on it.
The Rev. Mr. Finnell said that he had set the date for the dinner after conferring with O'Daniel. He said the governor-elect, Mrs. O'Daniel and their daughter. Molly, would be present. The governor-elect's two sons. Pat and Mike, will attend lf it is possible for them to get here from Austin, where they are attending the University of Texas.
LAWRENCE, Kan., Dec. 6 -(UP) —Exploding of more than 100,000 rounds of small ammunition kept firemen at a safe distance today while fire swept through the second floor headquarters of the 37(h infantry o.r* the Kansas National Guard. Damage was estimated at $100,000.
Pastors to Meet College Prexy
Methodist ministers of the Abilene district will gather here tomorrow morning as special guests for the public introduction of Dr. Frank L Turner, new president of McMurry college.
The program will be held at IO o'clock in the college chapel, with Abilene friends of the school also invited to participate.
Dr. Turner assumed his duties as head of the school December I.
The program will open with the Doxology, followed by prayer by the Rev. J. W. Gordon, head of the McMurry religious department. Dr. C. A Bickley, presiding elmier of the district, will read the scripture
Dean R. G. Boger will introduce Dr. W. M. Murrell, president of the McMurry board of trustees. He will present the new president, who will give the chief address.
Music for the program will be given by the McMurry Chanters, directed by Mrs. Robert B. Wylie.
fenland was German.
Furthermore, the declaration contained an agreement to submit any disputes to consultation.
French Sailors Man Liner Paris
PARIS. Dec. 6 — /P>—Premier Daladier, determined to break the shipping strike at Le Harve, ordered 259 sailors to man the liner Paris today and take her to New York on schedule.
Sources close to the government indicated Daladier had decided to keep all French trans-Atlantic liners moving with naval crews and requisitioned stewards, if necessary, to break the strike.
Change in the Bottles
Geer said that Gunn's head was gashed, his limbs abrased, and his clothing torn as if he had been struck by an automobile The fact that the body bore money and valuables when found about 4 a rn led Geer to eliminate robbery as a motive for murder.
Lottery Method Used In Dividing Estate
NEW BEDFORD. Mass , Der 6 (UP)—The $300,000 estate of the late David Levasseur, realtor, had been divided among 27 heirs today by a “legal lottery.”
Months of anticipated legal pro- i ceedings over the division of La- i | vasseur’s realty holdings were done away with by the lottery in short order.
Neyland Signs Again
KNOXVILLE. Tenn., Dec. 6 -OF) j —Maj Bob Neyland signed a contract today to remain at the University of Tennessee as football coach and athletic director for seven more years.
vivors, gave the following eye-witness account:
“There was no jolt at all when the fable broke—the train just started to go faster and faster.
“I guessed what had happened and jumped off as quick as I could. There were many jumping all around me. I saw some grt killed under the wheels and others when they hit the wall. Lots of them were only hurt. I got out of it all right.
"There were lots killed, I think.
"God, it was awful."
Mexican Army Officers Billed
BROWNSVILLE, Dec r Insurgents.
The federal government today in- The. indictment .specifically dieted Gen Roberto Fieror, former charged these men: General Fier-
BROWNSVILLE. Dec. 6.— (AP)—Gloyd P. Clevenger, aviator, today was sentenced to 18 months in a federal penitentiary on his admission that he transported two airplanes from the United States to Mexico to be used In the abortive Cedillo rebellion early this year.
More days to BUY and USE
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They stimulate the building and the use of tuberculosis sanatoria.
head of the Mexican army air ro; Col. Rafael Monroe, Gen. Al-
corps, six other Mexicans Including a general and two colonels, two Americans and a Mexican aviation company for conspiring to violate the neutrality act of 1935.
The indictment named as a coconspirator. but did not indict, Felix Gordon Ordaz, Spanish ambassador to Mexico.
Ako listed as a co-conspirator was Jose Melendreras-Sierra, military attache to the Spanish embassy. The bill charged that 19 airplanes were transported from the United States to Mexico for trans-shipment to Loyalist Spain.
The federal prosecutor said at least IO or ll other planes were moved into the southern republic from Texas and California for use as war machines to fight Spanish
fredo Lazama Alvarez and Col. Gustavo Leon of the Mexican army: Fritz Bider of California (believed to live in Los Angeles): Cloyd P. Clevenger. New* York aviator: Sixte del Rio. a Mexican: Carlos
Paini, a Mexican, and Jose Aspe Suinaga, a Mexican, listed as manager of the CIA. (Company) de Transportes Aereos Pacifico. The company also was indicted.
The indictment was the second handed dowm by the federal grand jury of the Southern district of Texas in two weeks involving alleged neutrality act violations. The first indictment, returned at Corpus Christi, named the Mexican rebel general, Saturnine Cedillo, Clevenger, Howard F. Klein, New York aviator, and three Mexicans.
In Trust Fund Suit-
YEAST MILLIONAIRE SEEKS TO PROVE EX-WIFE ONCE WED HIGH-CASTE BRAHMIN
CHICAGO, Dec. 6—P)—Tony Lazzeri, the "mystery man ’ of the Chicago Cubs, wired Owner P. K.
NEW YORK, Dec. 6.—(UP)—Carl Fleischman Holmes, possessor of many Fleischman yeast millions. asked through his attorney in supreme court today for permission to question w-itnesses kl an attempt Wrigley for his release today and I to prove that his former wife was it was granted immediately. married to a hlgh-caste Brahmin
at the time she went through a I the civil rites with a Hindu cere-wedding ceremony with him in 1933 I mony at Kapurthala in the Pun-
Holmes charged that black-haired Lemma Holmes Smith, a Damascus-born beauty, renounced her Moslem faith in a ceremony at Deauville In 1924, married Jarmanl Dass and.18 months later cemented
The plaintiff, now honeymooning in England with the former Nancy Ryan Haynes, whom he married three months ago, made these allegations in an attempt to In
validate his marriage to the former Mrs. Holmes and deprive her of a $300,000 trust rund set up for her just before she divorced him in Reno in 1935.
The defendant, now wed to Stanley Smith, a British tobacco merchant, denied that she ever was
married to Dass. Her only* marriage before 1933, she said, was to Mazar Abed, a rich merchant of Damascus. w'hen she was 17. But, she said, she ran away from Abed’* harem shortly after the ceremony. Mrs. Smith's father was chamber-lain to Sultan Abdul Hamid.