Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVIII, NO. 198.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1938-FOURTEEN PAGES.
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—In Eccentric Will
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 15 —(UP)—The will of Dr. Arthur J. McLean, brain specialist, filed for probate today bequeathed:
“To 95 per cent of Portland’s medical practitioners and their ethics, and the whole local organized medical profession, a lusty,
rousing belch; . ..
“To Portland’s thieving patients, the haphazard care they will receive for their chiseling tawdriness;
“To my name, oblivion. I specifically forbid its use or association in
any prospective fund, memorial, scholarship or trust of an\ nature. I
desire that Dr. Warren Hunter perform the necropsy; that there be no
funeral service of any sort; that the lith stanza of Sw’inbumes Garden
of Proserpine and the entire "Thantaopsis of *3r\ant be read aloud
over my body by a lay person; that my cremated body’s ashes be strewn
bv a paid employe on the waters of the Straits of San Juan de Fuca.'
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McLean died December 7 in an automobile accident. His will was undated. The estate, exceeding $100,000, went to his widow. His library was given to the University of Oregon medical school
Tile lith stanza of Swinburne's, the Garden of Proserpine, reads. “From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives forever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.”
William Cullen Bryant’s Thanatopsis. as its title states, is a meditation on death. A quotation:
••By an unfaltering trust, approach they grave,
Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch ^
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
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Fellow surgeons regarded McLean as the most brilliant neuro surgeons in the Northwest and said his reputation was nationwide. He was 44, Drematurely aged, and considered eccentric by some.
He was known for his ability to get along on little sleep, and during one series of operations did not close his eyes for two days. Apparently he knew how the public regarded him.
H“To anynperson who attempts to break this will, the sum of one dollar.” _ -
Jews Pay Huge Fine Instalment
BERLIN, Dec. 15.—(UP>—Tens of thousands of German Jews today handed over to the nazi government a $100,000,000 installment of the $400,000,000 fine levied on them because of the assassination of Eras! vom Rath, secretary in the German embassy at Paris, by a .7-year-old
It was a gigantic bookkeeping operation, essentially, which gave Ger-man banks one of their busiest days. Shares bl[the tine those Jews whose total possessions were more than 5.000 ma.ks <$2,000 The operation proved principally to be a transfer of huge amounts of
__-—— Jewish deposits from ordinary banks
to the Prussian state bank, v hich was designated to receive today s instalment.
There was very little direct transfer of money oi stocks. Banks gen-eruhy did the main work by notifying lh# uuntral bank that specified rums were to be transfem i to its account.
Banking experts said that Jews
IN NEW HOME
U. S. Proposes Americas Link All Pads in One
LIMA, Peru, Dec. 15—(AP) —The United States laid before the Pan-American conference today a project for unifying all existing Pan-American peace, conciliation and arbitration agreements into one fundamental constitution of peace for the western hemisphere.
The proposal formed a 12-page document containing 23 exhaustive articles.
ARGENTINA TAKES LEAD
It does not carry existing agree- j ments any further and make, no fundamental changes except in regard to arbitration .
This followed disclosure by Argentine delegation leaders that Argentine had taken a dominant position in negotiations over a plan for continental solidarity and that the United States had abandoned all hopes for a pact against outside aggression in favor of a mere declaration of policy.
From the beginning of discussions before the conference of 21 nations opened December 9, Argentina had opposed a definite non-aggression pact, while the United States, although willing *(, compromise on the matter, hoped for something more precise than only a statement of policy.
Talks on the continental defense issue among delegates have shown that Brazil and Argentina were in opposite camps, with Brazil generally supporting the United States viewpoint favoring a treaty or convention ,
In the face of Argentine opposition to flat commitments, the Brazilian delegation has made it clear that it would continue to favor a treaty providing for a continental defense organization based on the principle of equality of all American states.
Argentine leaders said the United States now accepted the principle of a mere declaration and that the document would probably be in the form of a statement of American unity against non-American aggressors. They added, however, that
See PERU PARLEY, Pf. 13, Col. 3
RELYING ON FINANCIAL POWER—
Chamberlain Scouts War Fear
STRICKEN CHILD TO DIE, OR LIVE, WITHOUT CRIPPLING SURGERY
NEW YORK, Dec. IS—(/Pl—A decision that death was better than the life of a cripple was reached today by William Lewis In determining the fate of his cancer - stricken daughter, Dorothy, 8.
Inundated by letters from all over the country, citing pro and con arguments by those who had read of the little Brooklyn cripples plight, the distraught father made his choice—
“She will live or die on both legs.”
Surgeons have told him the daughter, afflicted with sarcoma, or cancer of the thigh bone, must die within 8 or IO months unless her leg is amputated.
On the other hand, an operation would give her one chance
in IO of living—healthy, but a cripple.
“I have made up my mind,” Lewis said. “I have gone through torture, but in the end I knew I could not consign the child to a cripples life.”
Hospital Patient Slain, Officer Shot
Knox Parr, Taylor county farm demonstration agent, was In his new offices at the new county agricultural building this morning, waiting to officially greet any and all visitors during the formal opening this afternoon. The county agent and his force occupy spacious quarters on the first floor. Program formally opening the building was scheduled to begin at 3 o'clock, lasting three hours.
Goodfellows Nearer Goal
Now', if the Goodfellows act each day until Christmas as they have the past two days, the night before Christmas will see a fund large enough to buy Christmas cheer for all of those 800 families who merit a visit from Santa Claus through the Goodfellows.
In the 24 hours ended today noon, $135.55 was given.
The fund stands now at $1,065.14 —1734.86 shy of the $1,800 goal. An average daily total of more than $90 must be received now to reach the goal.
And that goal is the REAL GOAL, based on actual findings of Goodfellow repreientativf* visiting homes. From a dozen to 25 appeals, mostly from mothers for
See GOODFELLOWS, Pg. 13, Col. 6
BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS
WASHINGTON, Dee. 15.— (UP)—Acting Secretary of State Sumner W:lles revealed today that the United States has sent a new note to Germany requesting immediate assurance that American Jews will not be discriminated against in the Reich.
for several days had been instructing their banks to prepare the transfers.
In cases where stocks and bonds were transferred, early preparation was not possible because banks in big cities received instructions only this morning that the value of stocks and bonds must be calculated on the basis of quotations for November 30. These quotations happened to be approximately the same as those today. However, most provincial banks had not even received these instructions, which were forwarded by ordinary mail yesterday.
Recent edicts had made it possible for Jews to transfer securities. land titles, mine royalties and other assets to satisfy today's instalment.
The newest anti-“non-aryan” move was made today by Heinrich Himmler, secret police chief. He ordered his men to combat the "gypsy plague.” Policemen were ordered to refuse entry into Germany of foreign gypsies and to expel foreign gypsies found in Germany, to break up gypsy bands and force their members to travel as individuals, to refuse arms permits to gypsies and to restrict their camping permits.
Water, Sewer Funds Allotted
I Mayor Will W Hair was notified by telegram from Senator Tom Connelly Wednesday that a Works Progress administration allotment of $16,144 to extend water and sewer lines to the Hendrick Home for Children had been made in Washington.
The message said the project ** eligible for operation at the discretion of the state WPA.
Before construction of the home was started southeast of the Abilene city limits, the city had pledged the laying of water and sewer lines WPA aid was sought in a project application filed several weeks ago
Mayor Hair found Connally's message in his office when he returned Wednesday from a business trip to Lampasas. Hair and his law partner, E. T. Brooks, went to Lampasas Sunday,
Killer Forces Entry with Gun
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15. — (UP)—A youth forced his way into San Francisco hospital today, shot and killed Morris Cornpropst, 24, a patient, and critically wounded a policeman guarding Cornpropst.
An orderly overpowered the youth and held him and a woman companion for police.
WANTED TO ‘GET EVEN’
The youth said he was a brother of Cornpropst's wife.
He was identified as George Dally, 21.
Police quoted him as saying:
“I wanted to get even with that guy for stabbing all my family.”
Cornpropst was in the hospital recovering from two bullet wounds inflicted, police said, when his wife, Mrs. Sue Dally Cornpropst, shot him after he knifed Mrs. Cornpropst's mother, a sister and a friend last month.
He was under police guard on charges resulting from the stabbing.
The policeman, Walter Salisbury, was in critical condition and was not expected to live. He was given a blood transfusion.
The young woman with Daly was identified as Mrs. Cornpropst.
Hospital authorities said Dally and Mrs. Cornpropst appeared at 6 a rn, and forced an orderly, at gunpoint, to lead them to Corn-propsts ward.
On reaching the ward, Dally, attendants told police, fired at Officer Salisbury.
Dally then rushed to Cornpropst’s bed, shot and killed him.
SURROUNDED SANTA SURRENDERS
ABILENE *nd vicinity: F*.r and warmer tonight, Friday partly cloudy and warmer.
West Texas Partly cloudy and warmer tonight; Friday, partly cloudy, warmer in central and aoutheaft portion*
Hast Tf*xa.*: Fair and warmer tonight; Fr day partly cloudy and warmer.
Highest temperature yesterday . .55 Lowest temperature thla morning .31
WASHINGTON. Dec. 15.—(AP) — President Roosevelt accepted today the resignation of Secretary of
Grand Jury Studies Political Charges
HARRISBURG. Pa., Dec. 15.—/P) —A grand jury equally divided politically began an investigation today of several specific charges against high Pennsylvania officials and leaders of the state democratic party.
TWO republicans were excused from the original panel of 13 republicans and ll democrats as the jurors retired to an office building specially leased for the investigation.
Judge Paul N. Schaeffer listed among the charges:
Macing of state employes for political campaign funds; compelling architects in state building projects to “kick back” one “third of their fees: purchasing trucks at a figure above the fair market value and turning the difference over to the democratic state committee; "sale” of legislation, and irregularities in ; the construction of state buildings, and other charges pertaining to manipulation of state contracts.
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CHILD PRISONER COMING ALIVE
UNIONTOWN, Pa., Dec. 15 — (AP)—A six-year-old girl who never heard of Santa Claus found new wonders today in her first Christmas season away from the farmhouse bedroom in which she spent five years.
Crippled by rickets; and weighing only 31 pounds, Alice Harris was found ten months ago in the Southwestern Pennsylvania home of her grandfather, David Harris. Humane authorities charged she was confined as punishment for Martha Harris, her unwed mother.
Since then she has grown physically, but still can’t walk or talk. She weighs 42 pounds and her full set of teeth is perfect. Sociologist Kingsley Davis,
of Pennsylvania State college, reported Alice played and acted like a 13-month-old baby and seemed to be 'without much motivation for learning anything.”
At her first Christmas party yesterday Alice laughed huskily, waving her hands and dangling her slim legs from a chair as she played with members of her Sunday school class. Her eyes sparkled.
Mrs. Jennie Ro*an. who recently assumed care of the child, said "Well have a Christmas tree for her but we haven't decided on gifts.”
"She walks a little if you lead her and can stand alone for a few seconds,” said Mrs. Rowan, 60-year-old widow who has reared five children of her own.
Jurors Indict Drug Officials
NEW YORK. Dec. 15.—(UPI—A federal grand jury today indicted F Donald Coster, president, and George Ditrich, assistant treasurer, of McKesson A' Robbins. Inc., in connection with an estimated shortage of $18,000,000 in the 105-year-old drug firm's listed assets.
The indictment also named Georgp Vernard. an agent, and th*1 corporation as defendants and accused all four of violating the federal law which makes it a crime to file false statements with the New York stock exchange.
An audit filed with the exchange in 1937 listed the company's assets at more than $87,000,000, including a crude drug department which investigators now believe does not exist.
Gregory F Noonan, acting U. 8. attorney in the Absence of Lamar Hardy, said the grand jury had “Just begun” its investigation and that indictments charging other violations probably would be returned "in a few days.”
After returning the indictment, which included a conspiracy charge, the jury resumed examination of 50 to 60 witnesses.
Santa Claus raised his hand and offered to surrender—the boys and girls had him surrounded from the minute of his arrival in Abilene yesterday afternoon.
This picture was snapped at the Abilene chamber of commerce. where the kiddies tumbled into his lap. vied with each
other as they tried to get their arms around him. and generally exprassed their glee at his early appearance this year.
Included in this group are the 14 second grade envoys from the city schools, sAnt down as official reception committee for Santa. Just look at the help they had.
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GRADE SCHOOL YOUNGSTERS BID SANTA JOYOUS WELCOME
Squeals of boys and girls vied with police sirens when Santa Claus arrived in Abilene Wednesday afternoon.
The youngsters tumbled out of the chamber of commerce, where they had been waiting, onto th? sidewalk and into the street. One little girl with big brown eyes was jumping up and down as she grabbed the door handle of Santa's car.
“We're so glad to see you.” said a little boy who remembered that he was an official welcomer. But his effort was lost in the glee of the group. Dozens of hands reached for Santa's arms. The hands held on. and Santa was literally led into the chamber of commerce with an eight-year-old in white fur coat and cap at the head of the group. She had a stick-tight grip on one finger of Santa's glove
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More children joined the second -graders and Santa was surrounded six deep. He chuckled “Merry Christmas” and started handing out candies
“Look. I’m going to keep this for a souvenir,” said a little girl in a lace collar and black velvet dress (everybody had dressed up to welcome Santa).
"I bet my baby brother wishes he were down here," said another feminine admirer of Santa. She couldn't keep her feet on the floor both at once.
Many other words poured into
and some dishes.”
“I gotta have a bicycle, a blue one.”
“I want a Snow White doll will be enough.”
“I wanta 'lectric train with lights.”
“If you haven't run out of bicycles, I sure do want one this Christmas ’’
“I w-won’t cry anymore, Santa I want a wagon,” stammered a three-vear-old who had Joined the throng,
“Please bring me a new dress and a Snow White doll "
’ I want two rabbits and two kittens."
“I didn't know you’d be the REAL Santa Claus."
“I want a tricycle and some candy and apples.”
“Please bring me a streamlined scooter.”
“Are you really going to stay until Christmas eve ’’
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■One little girl ventured up and kissed Santa, right on his rosy left cheek.
A little boy — we won t tell his name either—giggled as he slipped his hand in Santa's fur-trimmed pocket and took two pieces of his candy. Then he gave one of them to a bright-eyed little girl.
Some ' the youngsters remembered a few of the formal things their teachers had probably told them to say.
“We hope you are very happy in
Seek Extension Of Oil Compact
FORT WORTH, Dec. 15.—(if)— The Interstate Compact commis-• sion today voted unanimously to seek, through congressional approval, a two-year extension of life and strongly indicated Its intention of including non-member oil producing states to become members of the body.
Tile action was taken at the final session of a two-day meeting de-i voted to outlining the compact * future.
I The commission left to Chairman Ernest O. Thompson of Texas the selection of the next meeting place in March, and Thompson inferred he wanted to go to California —in hopes of inducing that great oil-producer to become a compact member.
Representatives of California and Michigan predicted their states would join the Interstate oil compact commission as the commission voted unanimously to ask that congress extend its power.
Expressions at the commission meeting prompted Gov. E. W Marland of Oklahoma to eliminate from his prepared address a proposal that a federal oil conservator be appointed unless the compact could be extended to all states.
The law authorizing the commission expires in September, 1939. Stat o wishing to renew their memberships or wanting to be admitted must secure approval of their respective legislatures if congress follows the commission's request.
Baldwin Backs Eden's Firmer Policy Demand
LONDON. Dec. 15—(AP) —Prime Minister Chamber-lain, in a new, outspoken reference to Germany, told a luncheon audience today that Britain’s financial power was a curb on nazi statesmen when they thought of war.
The prime minister said;
“We may take It that w-hen German statesmen—I will not say the German people—reflect on the possible consequence of a conflict, if ever a conflict should arise between our two countries, they think not only of our armaments but of our great financial resources, which in a war of long duration might well prove to be a deciding factor.
“It Is this sense which is always with us and which I am sure is in itself a very great influence in preserving the peace of the w’orld.” Chamberlain's brief reference to Germany seemed to indicate a somewhat stronger line toward the nazi leadership since the German ambassador and other nazi representatives boycotted his Tuesday night speech in which he rebuked the German press for its attack on Earl Baldwin, former prime minister.
Observers were quick to notice that today Chamberlain differentiated between German statesmen and people. In his Tuesday speech he reiterated his belief that the German and British people never wished to go to war again—the main point of the joint declaration he and Adolf Hitler signed at Mu* nich September 30.
Conservative Figure Lines up with Eden
LONDON, Dec. 15 - <UP> — Earl Baldwin, regarded as the most influential conservative figure In Great Britain, is backing Anthony Men's demand for a firmer foreign policy, it was understood today.
Baldwin was Neville Chamberlain's predecessor as prime minister. It was he who handled the abdication crisis, he wjho caused a world sensation when, as national leader, he announced that Great Britain's frontier henceforth was the German Rhine, not the English channel.
It was Baldwin who caused the German nazi boycott of a banquet only Tuesday night at which Chamberlain criticized German newspapers for “heaping vituperation" on him — “the most respected of our statesmen.”
Now. It was understood. Baldwin is quietly coaching Eden In the demand that the British government firm up Its policy toward the dictator nations.
The demand for a firmer policy toward Hitler and Mussolini will reach another stage Monday.
I The labor party will challenge then, In the house of commons, the entire conduct of Chamberlain’s foreign policy. Hugh Dalton, in behalf of the labor party, is to move: “That this house has no confidence in the foreign policy of his majesty'* government.”
This is the first direct challenge to Chamberlain's entire policy. Oth-or opposition motions of censure against the government have been on particular aspects of this strategy and tactics.
French Debating Huge Arms Fund
PARIS, Dec. 15—(fP) —Premier Da-ladier’s national defense cabinet,
See CHAMBERLAIN, Pg. 13, Col 3
“I want a Queen Elizabeth doll I See SAINT NICK, Pg. 13, Col. 6
JERSEY CITY. N J.. Dec. 15-; i^Pi—George W. Rogers, radio room hero of the Morro Castle disaster, was sentenced to from 12 to 20 years in prison today on a conviction of trying to kill his superior in the Bayonne police department with
NEW YEAR’S LOVE
by Angela Lorden
Chapter e NO CHRISTMAS JOY
Tile silver-laden words glittered through a plate glass pane, casting their brilliant gleam on the artfully fashioned floor beneath them, like
the shadow over pristine snow in somt- northlan dwith cold winter moonlight upon it.
“Very, very joyous Noel!” a slender tall girl enveloped in dark, downy mink whispered to herself.
lent, pre-Christmas joy in her softly spoken comment. She was standing there, wide eyes of the color of forget-me-nots fastened on the pixie contriving of some master window decorator. From behind tall
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