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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 8, 1938, Abilene, Texas Her Pleas for Mercy Unavailing, Electric Chair Stills Anna Hahn’s Voice in Midst of Prayer-See Page 4 * WIST THA? OWN NEWSPAPERAbilene Reporter-iBletasi“WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKE I CH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES ."-Byron. VOL. LVIII, NO. 191 AiMfliM Pre** (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1938 —FOURTEEN PAGES. toited Pre*t <tP> PRICE FIVE CENTS. DERAILING SEVEN CARS— Passenger Train Hits Open Switch, Overturns Near Austin Crash Injures Four in Crew, Others Escape Locomotive Rips Up 200 Yards of Track in Plunge AUSTIN, Dec. 8—(AP)— Four crewmen were injured, three of them seriously, when the Missouri Pacific’s crack passenger train, the Sunshine Special, was derailed today at McNeil, 15 miles north of here. The injured: Engineer J C. While of San Antonio. Fireman J. K. Brown, San Antonio. George Hynes, San Antonio, an express messenger. J. I). Murkieroy, San Antonio. White was believed the most seriously injured. The engine overturned and he was pinned in the w-reck-ege Seven of the lk coaenes left the tracks and careened into the kilns of the Austin White Line company. Observers said it appeared the train ran into an open switch. The speeding locomotive ripped up nearly 200 yards of track before it ground to a stop, its wheels spinning in the air. All the injured were rushed to an Austin hospital. Railroad men estimated It would be 24 hours before the badly smashed locomotive and derailed cars could be righted. None of the passenger coaches overturned. Passengers, who miraculously es-eaped injury and possible death, were returned here The baggage car, buckling from the force of the long train behind It, was badly damaged. Conductor E. D. Choate of San Antonio was in the rear of the train ! when it left the rails and escaped , injury. The diner, last coach to* leave the tracks, possibly served as 1 a brake to hold other coaches on ! the rails, observers said. The mishap occurred about five I miles from a point where ll Baylor university basketball players were killed in a train-truck wreck collision several years ago. First reports of the wreck indicated all but two coaches had overturned and five highway patrolmen equipped to render first aid were rushed to the scene. CALLING ALL GOODFELLOWS: THIS APPEAL IS URGENT IF SANTA CLAUS IS TO VISIT Proceed immediately to the playrooms and toy closets. Gather up the trains, autos, game boards, dolls and teddy bears and start filling the Exchange club barrels. City firemen have opened four emergency toy hospitals; they must have ‘ patients'’ at once. This appeal is urgent if there is to be a Santa Claus for needy children of Abilene this Christmas. Thank you, Goodfellows. That is bulletin No. I from Goodfellows headquarters today. • * * CALLING ALL GOODFELLOWS! Calling ALL Goodfellows! There is rn ‘shortage in the 1938 Goodfellow fund. Investigation today revealed 1938 gifts are 1209 less than on December 8, 1937. Goodfellows must make up the “shortage” immediately, and quicken the pace of giving this December. It is urgent that SI,500 be added to the present total of $597.25. This is necessary for Yuletide cheer in homes of the city's poor. Thank you. Goodfellows. That is bulletin No. 2. • • • In the real spirit of Christmas, Goodfellow forces are marshalling on every front. Chairman Hudson Smart of the Exchange toy committee announced this morn-See GOODFELLOWS. Pg. 13, Col. 3 AS DISORDERS CONTINUE- France Rushes Troops to Tunis Consul to Warn Italian Citizens To Arm Selves FUEHRER TURNS PALE, FAILS TO DELIVER FUNERAL ORATION NEW YORK, Dec. 8— <UP> — The social democratic weekly newspaper Neue Volkszeitung, published here, said today that the reason Adolf Hitler failed to deliver the funeral oration for Ernst vom Rath. German embassy secretary assassinated In Paris, was that vom Rath's father berated Hitler for speaking of revenge as they stood beside the youth's bier. The newspaper said Hitler arrived at Duesseldorf the day of the funeral and was introduced to the elder vom Rath, who was mourning at the bier. Hitler tried to console the father, the anti-nazi newspaper said, and told him that the whole German nation would avenge the youth's murder by the Polish Jew, Herschel Gryn-szpan. The father replied to Hit ler that he did not want any talk of revenge made over his son's grave, and that the assassin had been driven to the act by love for his persecuted relatives, the newspaper said. Thereupon, the newspaper said, Hitler turned pale with rage and walked away. REDUCING TO ASHES— Fire Destroys Colony Hill School City Firemen Fight flames Blaze Southeast Of Abilene Does $5,000 Damage JAPANESE STRANGLEHOLD ON CHINA TIGHTENING Afton Farmer Kills Himself DICKENS, Dec. 8. — Four days before he was to face federal grand jury Inver,ligation into a charge of conspiracy to defraud the government in connection with the sectionally-famous “Jayton warehouse case,” J. N. Lawson, 51, prominent Dickens county farmer, killed himself early this morning. The body of the county school board member from Afton, where he had lived more than 20 years, was found on the back porch of his residence, a small gauge shotgun lying nearby. The shot was self-administered, ruled S, T. Johnson, Dickens justice of peace, at an inquest conducted with aid of Sheriff John Kennsman. Lawson had posted $1,000 bond in the case Monday. Fourteen other Vfest Texas men were named in the conspiracy charges. Before dawn fire which raged unabated while specta- j tors stood bv helplessly left the Colony Hill school and its furnishings in ashes today. The community is five miles southeast of Abilene. Abilene firemen answered the, alarm at 5:15 a. rn. but the flames j had enveloped too much of the structure for anything to be saved They were summoned chiefly to prevent the blaze from spreading to ; the Baptist church across the road from the school LOSS FIXED AT $5,000 Origin of the fire was unknown Tom McGehee, county superintendent of schools, estimated the loss at approximately $5,000, of which insurance covered $4,200 The brick building was erected in 1920. It contained three classrooms and a few smaller office rooms. McGehee said there were no im- J mediate plans for replacing the school. He said classes’had been recessed until Monday, when they will probably reconvene in the Baptist church. Mrs. Barbara Butler was principal of the school. The only other teacher was Mrs. Ruth Miller. Thirty-nine scholastics are listed in the district. Patton Breaks With Farm Administration Editor Predicts Duce to Support Fascist Agitation T U N I 8, Dec. 8 — (UP)-France rushed troops and mobile guard reinforcements here from Algeria today as disorderly demonstrations increased tension between the French and Italian populations in Tunisia. The reinforcements were described as a precautionary measure to prevent the demonstrators—encouraged by plans for a great Arab demonstration against Italy—from getting out of hand. Two hundred French soldiers and 200 native cavalrymen guarded the Italian consulate. Troops were at all strategic points. VETS, POLICE CLASH French war veterans and Corsicans clashed with police as they were turned away from Italian business houses after mounted police had curbed a student demonstration against Italy. The French resident general expressed regret to the Italian consul general that demonstrators had thrown blue and red ink—the This map shows how the Japanese are tightening their hold on China by taking action still further south, near the French Indo-China border, apparently preparing for an invasion, Japanese warships, massed in the Gulf of Tongking, were reported # * * shelling Fakhoi, railport of Kwangsi province, possibly presaging a new- japanese landing in south China. Near Wuchow brisk fighting also occurred along the West river. At Hankow, the U. S. gunboat Luzon moved down the Yangtse river with a Japanese naval escort. * * * Cotton Estimate Down Slightly WASHINGTON. Dec. 8— iJP>—’The Agriculture department reported today this year's cotton crop is estimated at 12.008.000 bales of 500 pounds, gross weight, compared with 12,137.000 bales forecast a month ago, 18.946.000 bales produced last year, and 13.201.000 bales, the aerage production for the IO years, 1927-36. The census bureau reported cotton of this year's growth ginned prior to December I totaled 11,223,-233,157 running bales, counting round as half bales and excluding linters, compared with 16.175.505 bates for last year and 11,493,140 bales for 1936. The crop reporting board estimated a yield of 226.8 pounds of lint cotton to the acre on the 23,-346.000 acres estimated for harvest after abandonment of 3.1 per cent of th* 26,144,000 acres in cultivation July I.    j Cullen Thomas Dies DALLAS, Dec. 8.—(AP)—Cullen F. Thomas, Dallas attorney who served as United States commissioner for the recent Centennial exposition died at his home here today. JACKSONVILLE. Dec 8—(UP) —Farmers of this area today had been advised by Rep. N. Patton. D.. Tex., that "we must wipe these emergency agricultural measures from our statutes.” Patton told 500 farmers at a meeting here last night that he had broken with the national farm administration. "I am not going to be a rubber stamp for anyone who does not know any more about cotton in Texas than Henry Wallace does about tung oil in China.” Patton said. He urged the farmers to "think before you vote in the December IO referendum." CHINESE DEFENDERS LAUNCH DRIVE TO RECAPTURE CANTON The Weather ABILENE and vicinity:    Generally fair tonight and Friday, no) much change In temperature. West Texas: Fair tonight and Friday. Fast Texas: Generally fair tonight and Friday; not much change in emperature. Highest temperature yesterday Lowest temperature thi* morning . .40 TEMPERATURES Wed. Thurs 1    ...... 2 ...... 3    ...... 4    ...... 5    ...... 6 ...... 7    ...... a ...... ® a...... 10    ...... 11    ...... 12 ..... Sunrise Sunset..... 6 30 p m 6:30 a m 12:39p rn. nrv    thermometer    ss    47 Wet    thermometer    4(1    J}    47 Relative humidity    20    sis    32 CHUNGKING, China, Dec. 8.— (UP)—Chinese military officials today announced opening of a general offensive In Kwangtung province in effort to recapture the great Canton commercial arca of South China from the Japanese. Chinese dispatches said about 600,000 Chinese troops were participating in the long-awaited offensive. Famous Cantonese generals, including Tsai Ting-Kai, Chiang Ak- Wei and Chiang Ku-Anganai, were leading the Chinese armies. Japanese captured Canton in a powerful 10-day campaign opened by marines landed on the coast north of Hongkong. A gieat part of the Chinese city, principal trade center for British and American interests, was burned by retreating Chinese armies. Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Murder Trial Is Postponed Trial of R L. Montgomery on an I indictment charging him with murder of E E Tucker in Abilene, February 7. this year, was postponed by Judge W R Chapman in 104th district court this morning. The case was reset for March 6, 1939. Postponement was granted on motion of Attorneys Oliver Cunningham and John Reed, appointed Monday by Judge Chapman to represent Montgomery. The motion was based on inability to contact all witnesses and lack of time to properly prepare the defense. Appointment of Cunningham and Reed followed withdrawal of W. J. Cunningham from the case. In addition to the murder in-the coast in the direction of French dictment, Montgomery also is to Kai-Shek was criticized severely by some Santonese leaders on the grounds that he failed to provide proper defenses for Canton, which had sent some of its crack troops northward to aid the defense of Hankow. After the capture of Canton, Japanese sought to spread into the interior but were repulsed in many places. More recently they have been reported spreading out along Indo-China. Typhoon Hits New Hendrick Home Building Planned A permit for construction of a $10,000 building to be used as a garage and apartment was issued today to the Hendrick Home for Children. Contractor was C. S. Oates and Son. The new structure will be at the site of the children's home, at Peach and 26th street. This permit brought December's building total to $16,585. MANILA, Dec. 8.—(API—A terrific typhoon swept over several provinces southeast of Manila to- < day, leaving thousands homeless, 1 causing floods over a wide area,! and disrupting communications. Meager reports listed 19 dead,  ' '    ' " ''    ** j Air Liner Crashes TOKYO, Dec. 8.— (UP)—An air liner from Foromosa crashed into the sea Kyushu today with 12 persons, all Japanese, aboard. The steamship Miyuka Maru wirelessed that it had rescued two of those aboard. It was feared that the others died. be tried as an habitual criminal, the second count of the indictment against him citing eight former felony convctions prior to the fatal shooting of Tucker. Regular criminal docket will be taken up by Judge Chapman Monday morning of next week. Two other murder cases have been set for trial during the current term. Eli Anderson, negro, Is to be tried December 15 and the Robert Jackson. negro, ca.se has been scheduled for December 19. PARIS. Dec. g.— (AP)—Concern spread in France today on reports from the Spanish frontier that Italian troops were concentrating in insurgent Spain within easy striking distance of France. These reports, which lacked official confirmation, said the asserted Italian troon movement had begun November 22 and was sill incomplete. Reports also spread that Germany and Italy were uniting to enforce Italy’s territorial demands on France. French colors—on the Italian con-s Fate. The Italian consul general, Michele Silimbani, previously hid warned that he would protest if the demonstrations did not erase and said he would give notice to Italian residents to put themselves “in a stale of legitimate defense.” There are more than 100.000 Frenchmen and more than 90,000 Italians in Tunisia. French officials stationed troops, police and mobile units In front of all Italian places of business. A spokesman for the resident general announced that French authorities had asked the natives to cancel their proposed demonstrations in defense of 'French Tunisia.” Advices from the interior said that prominent Arabs and war veterans were organizing protests and holding meetings at which anti-Italian resolutions were approved. Some of them also expressed indignation that the local authorities, especially at Perryville and Sfax, had sought to curb the demonstrations The student demonstrations in Tunis this morning wls marked by shouts of "down with fascism.” Government Backing Promised Agitators ROME. Dec 8—(UP)—The Italian government will soon give official support to fascist demonstrators demanding concessions from Fiance, the authoritative Giornale dTtalia said today as it was disclosed that Italy's military budget had been increased by $64,451,000, or about 20 per cent. Italy's aspirations in the Mediterranean area are "just and essential to Italy's life,” and will soon be officially announced by the government, the newspaper's editor, Vtrglnio Gayda, close friend of Premier Benito Mussolini, wrote. Gayda also said that Italy's aspirations will also receive the “solid” support of nazi Germany. He denied {•reports that Germany had sought to get the Italian government to See TUNISIA, Pf. 13, Col. I I Peter Gigliobianco, age 7. likes to travel. When the Washington Redskins professional football team went back to the capital after a game in New York, Peter went along. New York police Jound him after a search at the Washington headquarters, where he is shown trying out a typewriter. Sellout Expected For OII Dinner Reservations Go At Fast Clip, Only Few Tickets Left Abilenians who plan to attend the memuership banquet at the convention of the West central Texas Oil Ai Gas association here Saturday were asked today to make their reservations or purchase tickets by noon Friday, since prospects are that there will be a complete sellout. Warning against delay until the last minute in buying tickets for the banquet was issued by Vie Behrens, chairman of the chamber of commerce sales committee, who launched a windup drive this morning to place the remaining tickets. ONLY FEW LEFT The association headquarters reported that 1.150 reservations had already been made for the dinner, leaving only 350 available Friday and Saturday. Volunteer committeemen of tile chamber of commerce, assisting in plans for the convention, were busy this morning with last-minute details so that everything would be in readiness by tomorrow night. J. C Watson, executive of the oil association, urged ticket holders to plan to arrive at the hall by 6 o'clock, because service of the See OIL DINNER, Pf. 13, Col. 4 Pep Squad Aids Sales of Seals (See Picture on Page 3.1 Members of the Abilene high school girls’ pe*p squad this afternoon are to begin a three-day sales campaign of bonds and bangles for the Taylor County Tuberculosis association. Leaving from the high school building at 3 oclock, the girls are to canvass thoroughly the downtown business district. They will return Friday and will continue their campaign throughout Saturday. Mrs. O. C. Williams, sales chairman, will direct the campaign Mrs. Bonnie Childers will assist, as will Vivian Liddell, sponsor of the pep squad. The girls are to be in full uniform while selling the bonds and bangles. ♦ * * Mora days to BUY and USE CHRISTMAS SEALS PROTECT YOUR / HOME • They emphasize that every cate of tuberculosis comet from another. 400 Farmers Pledge Anew Faith in AAA WTCC Denounced In Resolution; To Vote Saturday Four hundred Taylor county farmers, in a heated session at the district courtroom yesterday afternoon blasted the West Texas chamber of commerce for its attitude to the present AAA program and sponsorship of the domestic allotment plan. The body passed resolutions without a dissenting vote, that "We resent the efforts of any group of people, not farmers, that tries to tell us how to vote. We think it no one's business if we vote yes or no on the December IO referendum to determine whether the present program will be retained.” UNFRIENDLY ACT "Since the West Texas chamber of commerce is sponsoring and paying for IO daily broadcasts over the radio, intended to destroy the AAA and influence the voting Saturday, we consider that act unfriendly. Furthermore, we urge all farmers to speak plainly to business men known to be members of WTCC, telling them they had rather spend their money with someone not a member.” Following defensive remarks by E. A. Spacek. WTCC director of developments, E. D. Thomas of Tye and author of the resolution, proposed that the name of WTCC ba removed and the words "any organization” substituted. However, hot objections from the floor caused withdrawal of the proposal. In a straw- vote taken at the meeting, only nine farmers voiced objection and one defended tho domestic allotment plan. 'SANDEEN STATEMENT Action of the body brought an explanation from D. A, Bandeen, I general manager of the West Tex-\ as chamber of commerce, who had Hi* following to say: 1 "Folks who think the West Texas chamber of commerce is trying j to destroy the agricultural adjust-! ment program are badly misinformed. The West Texas chamber of commerce instead for years has tried to strengthen that program to get! a fairer share of its benefits for our West Texas farmers.    . "We want the government to give more benefit and subsidy payments to farmers instead of less and wa now and always have been for increased appropriations. We have favored the domestic allotment plap because we believe it will provide larger and more equitable benefit payments.” * * * Quota Vote Strife Seen ATLANTA. Dec. 8 —Conflicting comment, touching on liberty, pocketbooks, nature and politics, today confronted government officials planning referenda on marketing quotas for cotton, flue-cured tobacco and rice. County agents and officials of the Agricultural Adjustment administration predicted approval of controlled market in Saturday's secret balloting. Some farmers said the proposals would fail c the necessary two-third majority. W. C. Ransdell, who raises *obacco and cotton near Varina. N. C, declared it requires a man to have "too many bosses. 1 They might be more money in it but what of it when it deprives me of a liberty I ve had for 70 years.” J P. Chase, speaking from his 1200-acre farm near Memphis, said "they'll talk against AAA but won’t vote against their pocketbooks.” "Political sources outside the South and high tariff advocates” were blamed by A. W. Jones of the Alabama stat AAA for opposition to federal crop control. Praising farmers and administration forces for their cooperation, President D. D. Anderson of the South Carolina grange said "other forces" have not cooperated in control work, adding "nature is unpredictable and nature doesn't sign on the dotted line.” Some farmers and other leaders expressed the opinion the present farm program did “lots of good, although it needs some amending.” They asked a favorable vote on the grounds a completely satisfactory plan will be reached ” Storm at Sea May Delay Eden's Ship NEW YORK. Dec. 8 — P)-A gale at sea may make Anthony Eden late for his address tomorrow night before the National Association of Manufacturers. The former British foreign secretary was aboard the liner Aquitania, delayed by heavy seas. Officials said a cutter would be sent down the bay to pick up Eden if necessary, although they expected the ship to dock in time. Eden is scheduled to speak at 9:15 (CST) on "Democracy and the Modern World." It will be broadcast nationally by the three major networks. ;