Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12, 1938 —EIGHT PAGES.
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BUSTER DOGS DOLLARS WITH FABULOUS FEET
By WATT EXTREMITIES NEA Service Phenomena Editor
SNOWBALL, Ark, Dec. 12—Her* are the biggest feet in the world— in the opinion of the fellow who pushes them up and down the Alps of Searcy county, Ark. Buster Scoot is the name and 26 summers and winters have passed since he first planted these phenomena on the rocky soil of his home state.
A traveling salesman with an eye for big problems has estimated that Buster would wear a size 42 shoe. Truth is Buster gets his shoes from a man here in Snowball, Ark., which Is just five miles from the flinty acreage of the Scoot family.
There are four stores, a blacksmith shop and a hitching rail in Snowball, and Buster doesn't say whether he gets his shoes at the store or at a blacksmith shop. The Scoot scion has no scientific explanation for the size of his feet. ’’They just growed that way,” sajs he.
But he has high hopes and aspirations for them the next two years. At the end of tha. time he wants to return to Searcy county for the squirrel hunting.
In the meantime he would like to exhibit his pair of pedals at both the New York and San Francisco expositions, thereby giving people at both ends of the nation an opportunity to educate themselves on what can be done with a pair of feet in Arkansas.
Buster also hopes to add a little something to the Scoot pocket-book. for possible purchase of new shoes and other incidentals.
Five generations of the Scoots live in Searcy county and Buster isn't sure how many earlier generations lived there.
Buster is 6-foot-3 and weights 170. He can run faster than most men. jump as high as any normal person and claims he “can jig-dance with the best of ’em.”
SHOT AT HOME-
CLAIMING 6.000 SLAIN—
Chinese Guerrillas Rout Japanese in Shansi
SHANGHAI, .Dec. 12.—(AP)—A major setback to the long-heralded Japanese mop up campaign in Shansi province was reported today with the statement by Chinese that 6,000 Japanese had been killed there by Chinese guerrillas.
Chinese sources also reported victories In two other sectors, recapturing cities on the Sinking river and
others west of Hankow. (The casualty reports could not be confirmed from other sources.)
The Shansi setback was said to have been inflicted by China's famed Eighth army, using day and night harrassing tactics to force the Japanese to withdraw after a successful offensive, against.. Wutaisha, .the
Eighth army's fortified base at the foot of Wutai mountain.
Foreign reports said the Chinese had seized large supplies of arms |and ammunition., by .means, of a ; ceaseless hit-and-run camapign aimed at regaining control of the northeast uprovince.
Chinese leaders told of their
gains in an interview in a Shanghai tea house wheic they had come after a hazardous journey through the Japanese lines to obtain needed medical supplies. They produced photographs, to. substantiate .their claims.
Other Chinese guerrilla successes by the Fourth army in Anhwei.
Chekiang, and Kiangsu provinces were described. The leaders declared guerrillas had lost only one major battle out of 50 engagements since they took the field.
Meanwhile a Kuomin (Chines news agency), dispatch from Linh-sien said a major Chinese offensive 1 to attempt recapture of Canton was I expected momentarily.
AFTER MEMEL VOTE VICTORY—
Britain Fears Nazi Bite in Baltics
Deploring White Men's Ways—
Stand on Area I SCIENTIST RECORDS SLOW ’DEATH' OF 200,000 POLYNESIANS Now Lithuanian
Buster Scoot puts on
Grid Stars Mother Killed
Accidental Gun Wound Fatal
Mrs. Andv Jones, 33, was accidentally shot to death this morning at 7:15 o'clock at the family residence, 136 Sycamore street.
She was struck below the collar bone by the full charge of a small gauge shotgun as she handed the weapon to her husband. Mrs. Jones was dead when an ambulance arrived.
The gun was one of three that had been borrowed for a hunting trip jesterday. Her husband was preparing to take the gun back to its owner when it was discharged.
No inquest had been held at noon today.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones for years had been active members of the North Side Church of Christ. Both have been prominent rn local singing circles.
Mrs. Jones was born February I, 1920. in Gorman, Texas. The young married Andy jones February 8. 1920. in Gormamnm, Texas. The couple moved to Abilene later that year.
She is survhed by her husband; two sons. Ellis, a member of the 1938 Abilene high school football team, and Max; her father. J. E. Barton of Shreveport. La ; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd Johnson and Mrs. Ben Bethany of Shreveport; and two brothers. Artis and Oren, both of Shreveport.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early this afternoon. The body Is at Elliott's funeral home.
APPEALS FLOOD Balmy Weather G00DFELL0WS Chased by Cold
College Forced To Admit Negro
WASHINGTON. Dec. 12—(ZP)— The supreme court ruled today that a state must grve "equality” in educational privileges to white and negro law students.
It gave this opinion In holding that the University of Missouri law school must admit Lloyd L. Gaines* St. Louis negro, as a student.
Among other actions, the court refused to review a National Labor! Relations board contention that the Peninsular and Occidental steamship company should reinstate 145 seamen dismissed from two ships. This, in effect, was a defeat for the labor board.
Die court pastponed at least until next Monday a decision on whether a state which once rejects a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish child labor can later ratify it.
Tickets for the American Legion and Auxiliary Goodfei-low benefit dance are on sale at Sloan's drug. Second and Pine streets. The dance will be given Wednesday evening at the veterans' clubhouse. Tickets are 50 cents per person,
JI per couple. AII proceeds except a modest sum for orchestra hire will go into the Good-fellow fund.
On the Goodfellow editor's desk this morning was a stack of letters. 15 or 20 of them. Each was a reminder to the Goodfellows. Each told a little story of some family that would Uke to have a nice Christmas for itself -provided by its own members.
But, misfortune has made that impassible. So. parents, their love for the children stronger than any kind of pride, wrote to the Goodfellows in the hope enough money will be put into the Goodfellow fund by Christmas eve to include their children on the list that will receive baskets of Christmas dinner, as well as toys and things.
Also on the Goodfellow editor’s desk was a list of today's gifts to the fund. They were far fewer than the appeals, although each represented a liberal gift, greatly appreciated. Does anyone realize just how near Christmas is?
Only ll more business days remain.
The fund today is less than half the sum needed for the Goodfellows to do their job completely.
Only two or three groups of employes of stores, offices and
See GOOFELLOW'S, Pg. 8, Col. 4
A chilly wind bore down on Abl-j lone from the north last night, blasting Sunday's balmy weather and dropping the mercury to a ' minimum of 35 degrees at 8 o clock I this morning.
Still lower temperature with : freezing is the official forecast for the area tonight, with the cold wave expected to moderate Tuesday Tile weatherman added partly cloudy to the prediction but would commit himself no further as to the likelihood of snow.
A thick haze of clouds this morning concealed the sun that had obliged Sunday with ideal autumn weather and a high mark of 76 degrees in tile afternoon.
The cold wave was general over the state, with the Panhandle and South Plains, as usual, bearing the brunt of the wintry visit. Coldest point this morning was Amarillo, where the mercury dived to 25 degrees. Snow fell at Borger, but none
See WEATHER. Pg. 8, Col. 7
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ABILENE and vicinity: Partly cloudy
and colder with frcciiriK tomitht. TucsdaV partly cloudy and warmer.
Went Texitf; Mostly cloudy, colder end in Panhandle tonight; Tuesday partly cloudy, slowly rising temperature in ex trern* north portion
•i S.i* Pa.rt!v cloudy, except occa
sional rains on lower const, and colder I™?1"*, I" "orth portion tonight Tuesday partly cloudy, occasional rains m lower ri-> Grande Valiey. colder in s„u,heasi° portion warmer in extreme northwest portion Highest temperature yesterday Lowest temperature this morning ’ ss
Lindys to Paris Flat
PARIS,, Dec. 12—(UP)—Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh are moving to a paris flat for the winter because of cold and stormy weather on the Britanny isle of* Illiec, where they* have been living, it was disclosed toiay.
Bill Cunningham Released on Bond
Bill Cunningham this morning waived examining trial in the court of Justice of the Peace Theo Ash on charges of driving while Intoxicated and speeding and was freed on bond of $1,000
He was arrested Saturday night by Deputy Constable George Bosley on the Baird-Abilene highway.
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Way to Annexation Cleared by Reich's Election Plurality
By The Associated Press
British Prime Minister Cham-; berlain told the house of commons today Britain and France had expressed the “hope" to Germany that she would not annex Memel.
Chamberlain's statement followed elections yesterday in the former I German territory." now under sov-1 ereignty of Lithuania, which gave naziism an overwhelming plurality. ITALY SEEKS DJIBOUTI
The nazi election victory in Mendel apparently strengthened demands by followers of the "horse doctor fuehrer.” Ernst Neumann, 50-year-old veterinarian, for a re-, turn to Gemany.
Simultaneously, Virginio Gayda. Italian editor who often speaks Premier Mussolini's views, declared Italy's need of French Somaliland for development of Ethiopia.
France, Gayda charged in the home newspaper, Giornale d'ltalia, was hindering Italian colonial development by holding the French Somaliland port of Djibouti, ter-' minus of the railroad to Addis 1 Ababa.
Chamberlain also told parliament Britain was not obligated to go to France's aid in event of an Italian attack on France or her colonies.
A possible slight let-up in Ger-1 many's anti-Jewish program was I indicated today by announcement ! in Berlin that restrictions on Jews entering hotels, restaurants and I stotres owned by non-Jews would be relaxed after January I.
The announcement reiterated that no ghettos would be established but. it was lndicateo. the German government expects in return that foreign Jews will provide money to finance the emigration of German Jews.
Avoca Offset Flow Gauged
Flow of 580 barrels of oil in nine hours and 40 minutes—a daily potential rating of 1.440 barrels—was reported by the district office of the railroad commission this morning as official gauge on the Iron Mountain and Humble No. I J. T Taylor, second producer for the new Avoca field in northeastern Jones county.
The gauge was made through three-quarter-inch choke on tubing, natural from 3,215 to a total depth of 3.226 feet, corrected Pressures were 75 pounds for the casing and IOO pounds for tubing. Crude tests 42 6 gravity.
The well is a north offset to the discovery and is in section 199-BBB&C survey, half a mile east of Avoca
In Southern Jones county, offi-; rial gauge on the Luther A Hed-; rick No. I Dorotha Akard showed 137 barrels of 39 4 gravity oil pro-. duced in 24 hours, pumping and agitating, from sand at 2,147-54 feet, total depth. Casing was cemented at 2,147 feet, sealing off an upper showing of oil at 2.137-39 feet. It is in Guadalupe Martinez survey.
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec 12—<UP) | —Dr. Peter H. Buck revealed today i that he was recording the slow but ; sure "death” of 200.000 Polynesians scattered over a thousand islands in the Pacific.
The Polynesians, he said, are not dying the physical sense but are ; disappearing as a race under the! pressure of modern civilization.
Every steamer that touches an Hawaiian Island, every radio, phon
ograph and imported American "wisecrack” is completing the destruction of a culture that once allowed 400,000 island natives to live in peace and plenty.
Dr. Buck, professor of anthrology and director of the Bishop museum In Honolulu, an affiliate of Yale university, said the "decline” of the race began around 1800.
Missionaries, he said, Introduced new ways of living but did not
change the Polynesian culture as drastically as did later arrivals.
"White man’s diseases spread through the islands and left only about half of the original inhabitants living. Then followed changes in the natives’ ways of life.
Dark-eyed girls danced in the moonlight on the islands In cere-1 monial dances. But the hula as it is known in the United States was imported.
Instead of communal life with all families and tribes sharing in bumper crops and large catches of fish, the words "profit,” "barter” and "sell” entered the languages.
Silk stockings and the jitterbug rage have struck the natives now, Dr. Buck said. It wan’t be long before all trace of the Polynesian culture will be gone. Half-Irish, half-Polvnesian himself. Dr. Buck sighs for the “good old days.”
FOR UNITED STAND-
U. S. and Argentina Agree at Lima
World Warning To Be Sounded
On Oil Favored
AUSTIN. Dec. 12—Continuation of the current strict curb on oil production through the first quarter of 1939 was advocated by Dr. Joseph Pogue of New York, nationally known economist, in a talk today before the Texas railroad j commission.
Pogue and other witnesses said 1939 should be a much netter year !
1 for th* oil business than 1938 but * warned against too great a pro duction increase until gasoline consumption picked up In the spring.
They asserted that as a result j of the proration policies of the Texas railroad commission and conservation agencies of other states | the statistical position of the pe-; troleum industry was far better than a year ago. Crude oil stocks, witnesses continued, are almost as low as they can safely go.
Ernest O. Thompson, commission SPRINGFIELD. Mo., Dec. 12 — , prisoner of the government, serving
chairman, considered the session (UP(—Gaston B Means, arch j time for defrauding Mrs. Evalyn
; the most important In months be- swindler, master liar, and gifted de- Walsh McLean, wealthy owner of
cause It was intended to answer teethe, died early today. He died a the Hope diamond, of $104,000
Santa Claus' Visit Tonight to Launch Officially Anson's Christmas Season
ANSON, Dec 12—(Spit— Santa Claus is coming to Anson tonight with bells on, his visit officially to open the Joyous Christmas season.
The old gentleman, beloved by young and old alike. Is scheduled to arrive promptly at 8 o'clock. The citys entire populace is to be on hand to welcome him. He will have candy for the youngsters.
The evening s program will begin at 7 30 o'clock with a concert by the Anson high school band. Other entertainment will be offered. «
A window shopping contest will be one of the program's features. This novel contest will start at 6 o'clock and end at 9 Prizes are to be awarded winners.
Gaston Means Dies in Prison
FREEZING Sunset .......5 35
6:3o pm f 30 am 12 39 pm
Pry thermometer 55 36 40
Wet Thfrmotnr-er 42 30 32
Relative humidity 32 49 44
TV A Director III
WASHINGTON. Doc. 12.— (UP) — J. A Krug, chief of the Tennessee Valley authority power planning division, revealed today that TV A director David Lilienthal is seriously 111 here.
the question of how much longer two-day-a-week production' shutdowns should continue In Texas.
FORT WORTH. Dec. 12—(UP' — Two sub-committees of the Independent Petroleum Association of America met here today to discuss policies for oil market stabilization m 1938 J. C. Hunter of Abilene was chairman of a sub-committee that considered the possibility of naming an umpire ’ to allocate oil production by states.
NEW YORK. Dec. 12—(API — George Burns, the radio comedian, | pleaded guilty in federal court to day to a charge of smuggling. Fed- j eral Judge William Bondy deferred sentence until after the trial of Al- : bert C'haperau, also named in two indictments with Burns.
WICHITA FALLS. Gee. 12.—(A* —Albert E. Myles. 66, Wichita Falls accountant, died in a hosoital here i this morning of pneumonia Prominent in Elks circles in both Ken-! tucky and Texas, Myles was also a participating member In all Texas organizations.
Change in the Bottles
Gift of $5 to the FTA milk fund by Lester L Higgs was reported this morning by Mrs. Edith C. Smith, secretary-treas-urer.
He was 57 years old and his giant frame had been withered by illness extending over several years. He was brought here from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kans, a week ago for a gall bladder operation. He succumbed to a heart attack. In his prime, he weighed 230 pounds and very little of it was fat.
■ SEARCH FOR CACHE
Mean's career was one of the oddest and most spectacular of his generation. He had been indicted for such crimes as murder, espionage. forgery, bribery, larceny, em-j bezzlement. violations of the national prohibition act, conspiracy, and was a self-confessed master 1 crook. But he was convicted only twice.
His death caused immediate speculation as to the where-»bouts of some of his ill-gotten gains, for he was known to have swindled an assortment of victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. None or very little of it was ever recovered, and, as he usually lived on a modest scale, many believed that somewhere the wily confidence man had a fortune cached.
Mrs. McLean never received any of her $104,000. A wealthy Washington. D. C, newspaper owner and society woman, she was deeply touched by the kidnaping of Charles A Lindbergh Jr. Means went to her with a story of being in touch with the kidnapers, who
BLACKWELL. Dec. 12- Hereford , "eiJ, ^rC25er b,?(by
to him for $100,000. She gave him breeders from hat a dozen states j the money pius $4,000 for expenses
and all points in Texas gathered at and he conducted a party to Aiken,
Jack Frosts White Hat ranch, IO S. C , for the pay-off. The kldnap-
miles west of here, today for the frs’ c®W‘*et didn t appear and . ' . . , he sent Mrs. McLean on a wild
auction sa;c of linebred Anxiety 4th ( go^ chase to El Paso. Then he
Herefords of straight Gudgell and asked her for $35,000 and she
GASTON B. MEANS
Hereford Sale Buyers Gather
Postponing $100-a-Plate Dinner—
O DANIEL PREPARES TO TALK INDUSTRIALIZATION WITH FORD
FORT WORTH, Dec. 12.—(An— Gov.-Elect W. Lee O'Daniel Is going to see Henry Ford about industrializing Texas.
O'Daniel announcer; yesterday that he planned to confer W'ith the motor magnate at the latter's home in Dearborn, Mich., on Wednesday.
That means that a $100-per-plate dinner in honor of Deacon O'Daniel and his family at the Magnolia Avenue Christian church, sched
uled for Wednesday night, will be postponed until December 28. the pastor of the church announced. Proceeds are to be applied to the church debt.
In the meantime, a 40-pound turkey sent by an admirer found its way to the O'Daniel table. Next day came a letter from the donor, Ross Perot of Texarkana, explaining that the turkey was sent for the $100-per-plate dinner.
In his sudden decision to go to Dearborn, the governor-elect explained that his industrialization plan for Texas has “struck such a responsive chord that I want to dig in and get all the information I can on the subject, so the thought occurred to me that Henry Ford Is possibly the greatest industrial developer that this nation has produced.”
O’Daniel said he was ready for
the fray over payment of old-age pensions,
"I hope January 17 (date of his inauguration) hurries up and gets here so the big fight can start” he said. "I understand some big shots are all cocked and primed to pluck my feathers every time I open my
Fifty head of choice animals were to go under the hammer of Auctioneer Earl Gartin, beginning at I o'clock this afternoon. Assisting him were Frank Farley. O R Peterson. Mason King, John Hazelton and Frank Reeves.
Breeders visited the ranch yesterday to look over the consignment and returned early this morning for last-minute Inspection of the richly-brcd animals.
started the proceedings which ended In his conviction in May, 1933. when he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and fined $10,000.
SHREVEPORT, La., Dec. 12.— (UP)—Thomas Lawshe confessed, mouth after I become governor, and I G-men said today, to killing Virgil that tickles me. If there is anything ,5 Vaughn, Baldwin, Kans . book I like it Is to have? the wrecks agent near Solomonville. Ari*., last crew hop on to mf." 1 August. He waived extradition.
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LIMA, Peru, Dec. 12.—(UP)’ —The United States and Argentina agreed today on the outstanding objective of the eighth Pan-American conference.
Jose Maria Cantino, Argentine foreign minister, will leave for Buenos Aires tonight after Instructing the Argentine delegation to the conference so as to permit rapid translation into action of the agreement for definition of a common American defense front.
Developments of the past 24 hours brought the United States and Argentine viewpoints together after a short period during which they differed over how far the terms of a defense accord should go.
Secretary of State Cordell Hull submitted a proposal to various delegations which seemed drafted in a manner to constitute a definite pact of defensive alliance. Cantilo repeatedly has announced that Argentina refuses to sign any pact or al-! hance.
However. Cantilo Informed Hull that Argentina is ready to Join a de-| fense accord if It is put In the form of a declaration or resolution of the j conference.
Hull therefore was obliged to ac-. cept Cantilo's viewpoint, which some j leading members of the conference feel to be equally as effective as a pact or alliance signed by the Amer-; lean nations.
The United States-Argentine agreement Is so complete, it was learned, that Cantilo assured Hull I that if unforseen obstacles arise at ; the conference, he will return to Lima to help smooth them out.
The assurance was regarded as an indication that the Argentine delegation has instructions to cooperate closely with the United states on the basis accepted by Cantilo and Hull.
AMARILLO. Dec. 12—6P)—Aboli-j tion of alleged unequal freight rate ; zones would be the aim of an or-, ganization proposed here today at a district meeting of West Texas chamber of commerce directors.
Shippers, producers and consumers of 20 Texas towns attended the meeting, called by H. S. Hil-bum of Plainview, president of file regional organization.
Based on a report made by its traffic committee, the West Texas chamber of commerce charges freight rates in this area are discriminatory and recommends a legislative mandate to the Interstate Commerce commission as the remedy.
"We are not fighting the railroads or attempting to deprive the railroads of needed revenues.” declared D. A. Bandeen of Abilene, manager for the West Texas group.
Jim Wilson of Floydada, a director. introduced the resolution calling for organization of the National Freight Rate Equality federation. because "the problem of freight rate discriminations in various degrees affects 85 per cent of the territory of the United States.”
Bandeen, J sd Rix and Clark Coursey, all of the West Texas chamber of commerce staff, are expected to return to Abilene some time tonight from the Amarillo meeting.