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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas WEST TEXAS' VOL. LVIII, NO, 199 "WITHOUT, OR OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT iMcuu4.rr.il UT> ____________ABILEKE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 16, 1938.-SIXTEEN PAGES, rnl, ,Vfl RUTH ETTING AND NEW HUSBAND IN TESTIMONY HINTING SCANDAL- Singer Ruth Etrtnjf and her accompanist, Myrl Alderman, were smiling newlyu'edj when this picture was taken at Los Angetes alter their elopmcnt lo Las Vegas. Both had testified the day previous against Martin Snyder, on trial for the shoot- Ing of Alderman. ISce story at right.) PRICE FIVE OENTS. Self Defense Snyder's Plea In Alderman Shootina XSf Sr' "hoe, Mne ANGELES, Dec. staccato sentences peppered will! slang and hints ol scan- dal, Colonel' Martin Snyder today testllled on hoy and why he shot anrt slightly wounded Myrl Alderman, 30, pianist anil former accompanist of Snydcr's divorced wife, radio singer Ruth Etting The shooting occurred In Alderman's home the night of Oct. 15. Also present were Miss Et- t ng and Snyder's daughter by a previous man- rlage, Edith Sndyer, 21, who Is Miss Etting's sec- retary. The hushy-browed Snyder, Miss Kflinf's mana- ler and husband (or 11 years, declared he fired only because he believed Alderman was about to try to kill him. Snjder said he had no Intention or killing Alderman and merely fired "In his di- rection, because Alderman had produced a pistol from his pocket while sitting on a piano bench. Denying prosecution testimony, the 44-year-old "Colonel" asserled he never had threatened to "put a bullet through" Miss Etting's and Alder- man's heads. He said he was drunk when he told Miss Et- tlng by telephone from New York last January he would come to California and kill her and himself, "Did you ever at any time, drunk or rober, have any'intent to kill Miss Etting asked De- fense Counsel Jerry Giesler, "Never. Not at no time." "Or Mr. "Never." "Or-your "That's ridiculous." Snyder Is accused of attempting to murder Miss Etting and his daughter as nell as Alderman Miss Snyder testified she shot at her father after he shot Alderman and after he struggled pistol. Snyder also denied he kidnaped Alderman, as charged, at a Hollywood radio studio and forced him to go to the Alderman home, where the wo- men were. He said Alderman willingly accom- panied him. Snyder testified he went to the Alderman home to get to the bottom of reports that Alderman and Miss Etting were married and to discuss property settlement matters In connection with Snyder-Etting divorce of November. 1937. After he, Alderman and the women gathered In the.music room, Snyder said, Miss Etting de- nied she and Alderman were married He said he asked, "then you're living here and ana Edith knows about and Mlsi Etflnic re- torted, "That's none of jour-----------------busi- ness.'1 Alderman echoed, "That's It's none of jour then produced oil- m Alderman s direction, On the ride home with Alderman, Bnyder Bald ,hLTi le" real truth' colcnel.'' Ruth chafed I didn't chase her. I had to support my wife and baby. But I was Indebted to Ruth times a' a a couple of Alderman and Miss Etting eloped to las Vagsj yesterday by plane and were married in the midst of the trial. Alderman's divorce from Ms second wife became final last week OIL FIRM EMPLOYES STRIKE IN SYMPATHY FOR FIRED CHIEF ODESSA. Dec. 15 Nearly 100 employes of Beck- man, Inc., oil well processors, began a sympathy strike at midnight last night following the discharge of their super- intendent, P. W. Appleby, by Fred Beckman, 'owner. The employes, drillers and tool dressers and pushers, struck 100 percent In West Texas and New Mexico where seven rigs were idle today as result of the walk-out. Loss of contracts was feared as em- ployes said they would begin picketing the" rigs unless the difficulties were !roned out. Ector county Sheriff Reeder Webb said, however, there would be no picketing in Ector county. "If a man has a chance to go to work, no one is going to keep him from the sheriff said. Appleby was out of the city on a hunting trip while em- ployes crowded the district of- fice here In a conference with Beckman. BY POLICE FINGERPRINTS- Drug Magnate Identified As Ex-Felon Industrialization Is Advocated By Elliott Roosevelt 360 Attend Big Spring C Of C's Annual Banquet By HARRY HOLT BIG SPRING. D2C. 15. Elliott Roosevelt of Port Worth, addressing 360 persons at the annual Big Spring chamber of commerce ban- quet, said tonight that industrializa- tion cart brin? greater profits than anything else In Teicss. "Those of us that are young are going to share In the profits made from industrialization of he said. "I came to Texas because It offers opportunity for the young it offers elbow room." Roosevelt urged that bankers use their influence In urging northern business to expand into Texas, and euggested that they make long- term loans of their now "frozen" assets. The President's son opened his speech with an emphatic denial that he would ever seek public office. "I wouldn't hold a public office lor anything In the he said. Cong. George Mahon was toast- master for the banquet. Dr. P. W. Malone. retiring president, outlined accomplishments of the past year, chief of which he listed as the securing ol a cottonoll mill for Big Spring. New officers Jnlroduced were Cal- vin Boykin, hotel manager, presi- dent; Dr. Malonc. vice president; Ted Grobel, second vice president; Joe B. Harrison, treasurer. Other re- tiring officers sre B, F. Schermcr- horn, vice president; obie Bristow, second vice president; and RL T. Finer, treasurer. Invocation was given by the. Rev. J. O. Hancs. First Methodist pastor. The West Tcxans' Bell, Mrs. B. E. Blound. Mrs. WHIard fteed, and Mrs. Anna Gibson Houser at the piano gave music. R. Daws sang. Visitors were present from Colo- rado, ljubbock, Slanton, Midland, Abilene, Odessa, Monahans, San Angelo, Coahoma, Austin, El Paso and Carlsbad, N. M. PAY YOUR CARRIER- It W'ill enable him to earn sn EXTRA CASH BONUS If you pay your carrier boy for one year In advance. Make your check payable to The Abilene Reporter-News. Get ft receipt for your money or check. PAY BY THE YEAR AND YOU SAVE MONEY BARGAIN HATES NOW IN EFFECT In Abilene Morning Edition, with Sunday Evening Edition, with Sunday BOTH TAPERS, with Sunday BY MAIL Either paper, with Sunday (In U'ut TCMI The Abilene Reporter-News PHONE 7271 ,With Ten Touchdowns As LIONS LEAD 'EMPTY BASKETS' 7 TO 0 IN YULE CHEER CLASSIC The big Christmas game Is on. It's the Lions vs. Empty Baskets, an eight-day football marathon on the Farmers and Merchants National bank cor- ner, Second and Pine. The Lions are going lo play until they make ten touch- -downs or know the rea- son why. declared "Captain" Clint Adams, who Is o.uarter- backlng for his team. Chief of Police T. A. Hack- ney was the hero of the first touchdown drive early Thurs- day afternoon, scampering 20 yards around end with the whole police department run- ning interference. The 102 -dimes he carried put the ball In scoring position, and W. J. Ful- wller. veteran Uon, pushed'over for the final ten yards with 51 dimes. The play started right in.the shadow of the Empty Baskets goal. The first gain was provid- ed by Mrs. J. M. Radford, honorary member of the Lions dimes to put the ball out on the ten-yard stripe. Then came the Citizens Nat- ional bank with 5t more dimes, lor another teh yards, followed by similar gains by W. P. Wright and Tom Grlsham, 51 dimes each. C. WrGiU with 25 dimes added another five yards. Numerous other Abilenians with one to 10 dimes apiece ac- counted for the remainder ,pf the yardage. At 9 o'clock last night, when play stopped, to be 'resumed again at 9 o'clock this Ihe score was 1 for the Lions, o for Empty Baskets. That meant one touchdown. Another line had been started and had gone 41-2 yards, corresponding to See GAME, Pj. 16, CoL 6 AS 'BUILD UP' FOR PRESIDENCY- ins Seen Roper Successor Employes Walk Out This Time On No. 1 '5it-Down Boss' In Dispute Over Wages DETROIT, Dec. t. Fry, the nation'.; original "sit-down" boss, who joined his employes in a 1937 strike at his auto- mobile seat cover plant, had another strike on his hands today. This time, however, his out in- stead of staging a sit-down similar to the one which received nation- wide attention a year ago. Pickets at the Fry Products, Inc.-said the United Automobile Workers union called the strike over a wage dispute. Fry said he knew nothing about such a grievance. Participating In the strike were 165 women and eight men. VVELLOR1LLEDFOR RECYCLING" GIVES LEWIS POOL EXTENSION A well drilled In the Ixtwis pool for the purpose of recycling the King oil company's lease with gas yesterday turned out to be one of the best for the pool, giving a one- location south extension lo the Jones county area. The King oil company No. 7 C. U Carter et al reported a gauged flow of 27 barrels hourly, or 131 bar- rels over Ihe first five hoiirz of a railroad commission potential gauge. Two Emasculate Kilgore Worker KILGORE, Dec. IS-Wj-A Kil- gore laborer was emasculated by a negro and a white man Tuesday night, night Chief of Police Bill Maddox said tonight the victim told him. Maddox said the man reported the attackers picked him up as he walked home, overpowered him and committed the deed with a pocket knife as the car was parked on a residential street, and then rclcaici him. He walked home, Maddox saia and then was carried to a Long- view hospital. The officer said he was not In serious condition, Maddox said the man could net Idenlfy his attackers an dascribed no mollve to the attack. He sug- gested, however, it might have teen a case of mistaken Identity, .M.id- dox reported. Flow was through two-inch tubing following a 50-quart shot of nltro- glyccrin from to 1.922 feet. Top of the sand and point of casing was feet, and Irie lest was bottom- ed at feet. When operators found their re- pressuring project had topped sand at approximately 20 feet higher on structure than offsets, the test was completed as an oiler. Klg Is being moved farther south for another one-location outpost. Lease is In the southwest quarter of section survey. A mile north outpost to the new Avoca townsite pool in northeastern Jones county was announced yester- day by Groover Rose of Albany and George Farrell. The operators staked No. I O. D- Swenson, cable tool project to test Ihe Palo Pinto lime, tv) feet from the south and east lines of the north 50 acres of the southeast quarter of section survey. Spudding Is scheduled this weekend. Wallace Estimates Cotton Allotment ON. Dec. 15. WI- Secretary Wallace estimated the year's cotton allotment today at acres. This acreage allotment was ap- proximately the same as that planted to cotton during the' 1935 season. Goebbels Voices Colonies Demand BERLIN. Dec. ganda Minister Paul Joseph Goch- bcls today gave new voice to Ger- many's colonial desires. Speaking In connection with the opening ot the 3.000th kilometer ol Germany's new super-highwavs Goebbch 'in Germany nearly 140 persons live on one square kilometer.'' (That would be about 360 persons to a square x .t .v "But the forclcn press denies Germany's right to have colonies." Farm Act Okehed NEW ORLEANS. The American Farm Bureau fcd- >rallon today endorsed the agricul- tural adjustment act of 1938 and urged President Roosevelt to call s meeting of industrial, labor and ag- ricultural representatlv s to work out a program for economic bal- ance among the groups. Roper Quits In Surprise Move Report Attacks By New Dealers Hasten Action WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 Calioun Roper, secretary of commerce, resign- ed suddenly today and word circulated that Harry L. Hop- kins, WPA administrator, was in line to get the cabinet post. 'PERSONAL REASONS' PLEA Roper asked to be relieved for 'personal reasons" and reiterated his devotion, to th "objectives" of the administration. Those close to him asserted, however, de- termination to resign was hastened by attacks from some new dealers who disliked his conservatism. His role In the administration was Ihe task of trying to conciliate business men, many of whom were bitterly opposed to Roosevelt pol- icies. He organized 50 industrial and financial leaders Into a busi- ness advisory council sup- plied the president with confiden- tial reports of business' attitude to- ward new deal measures and fried to minimize the public antagonism of their colleagues toward the ad- ministration. Coupled with the recent resigna- tion of Attorney General Homer S. Cummings, Mr. Roper's depar- ture may cause an Important change in the temperament of the new cabinet, especially tf Hopkins, crusading member of the admin- istration's left wing, gets the com- merce post. One prominent democratic senator, who declined to be quoted by name, predicted Hop- kins would he appointed to the vacancy to "build him up" for the presidential nomination in This senator, often a critic of administration policies, said he was convinced that the president be- lieved Hopkins more nearly repre- sented his views than any other na- tionally prominent democrat. Insurgent Attacks In Spain Cut Short HEN'DAYE, France. (At The Spanish Dec. Two insurgent attacks in north- eastern and southwestern Spain to- day apparently wprc cut short without developing into the long awaited general offensive against government forces. Alter earlier government dis- paMics indicated important actions were under way. tonight's com- munirues from both sides reported only air raids in Catalonia and failed to me.. ,jn the land cam- paigns. HE RESIGNS DANIEL C. ROPER SUCCESSOR? HARRY HOPKINS Coleman Mishap Kills i Injures 2 COLEMAN. Dec. 15 Futrcll. about 28. o! Coleman. was killed instantly and two others were seriously- injured when their automobile struck a bridge in a Coleman residential district tonight. The injured ere Mrs. J. W. "Ma" Kizer, also of Colemin, and Tcm Vaughn of Trickman. Mrs. Kizor'.s left arm was brok- en twice, as was her left Vaughn's .condition Is not so serious. A Stevens ambulance carre.l the injured to Overall Mcmo.ial hospital here. The automccil; was badly damage. Records Reveal Convictions On Grand Larceny Four Probes In Assets Of Drug Firm Under Way NEW YORK, Dec. IS Donald dieted of McKesson and Bobbins, ijp., -was identi- fied laU to Jay'M'Philip Mnsi- da, a man who concealed a grand larceny conviction pi nearly a quarter century ago to take a commanding place as head of the drag corporation now under federal and state investigation. TWO SENTENCES Four separate inquiries Into the apparent' overstatement of 000 In McKessen and Robblru assets arc under way. Coster, who helped build np the vast concern from its humble be- ginning as a small hair tonic firm was Identified by police finger- prints. The records showed, said -In- spector Joseph Donovan, lhat as Mustca he was convicted and given a suspended sentence.for grand lar- ceny In the collapse 25 years ago o] the mill Ion-dollar United Slates Hair company. Again as Muslca, he was sentenced in 1906 to one year.In jail and fin- ed In connection with a fed- eral grand larceny case, and In 1920 R-as charged with perjury, the In- spector added. This risclosure of Coster's Iden- tity came shortly after Aulst- ant U. S. Attorney General Brlfn McMahon announced In iVashlrtflan that the Justice de- partment was leads Indicating that Cwltr "had en- gaged in shinning arms and mu- nitions to belligerent countries In cases labeled 'milk of magne- During the day, Coster, George Dietrich, assistant vice-president o: McKesson and Roblbns. and George Vemard. agent in charfe ot the firm's market operations, were In- dicted on charges of conspiracy and filing false statements with the Nea- York stock exchange In connec- tion with McKesson and Hobbtns securities sold to the public. The three defendants already had been arraigned and released In comparatively light bill, Coster anc Dietrich' each posting anc Vernard JJ.500. SURFACE 'SCRATCHED' This development, which acting U. S. Attorney Gregory Noonan re- marked "just scratches the surface.' was followed in its turn by new ac- cusations by the securities and e.x- change commission of chicanery in See COSTER, PS. 16, Col. 7 Ihe Weather ABILKNK and VICINITY: nd I'rldair; Ml unlit r ttU'4. probably (xratlnnil risT Pirtlir rJon.1> Tl.XPKR ATI HIM R AS DRUG FIRM HEAD SURRENDERS P. Donald president of Bobbins, Ine, and Dietrich treasurer are tney jurrendered at mlrtieJd, Conn., ot violating .the see- of 19J4. The man la their attorney story it left.) Yule Tree Lights Flash On Before Large Crowd Holiday spint reigned, supreme'Ust night as a large crowd of AbJ- lenians witnessed lighting.ot.Uu municipal Christmas tree on-the Teai Pacific lawn Many persons have watched erection and decoration the Douglas fir tree the past weei but last night the lights were turned on for the first time Proft now until Cnrlsknas the tree will be lighted each night The entire.tree hasttieen painted white and decorated with ropa of electric light bulbs and neon.tubing. In the-top of the tree are two neon stars, one red'arid one green, flashing altevnately. A blue neon sign cheerfully beckons, "Merry Christmas." Five different combination of colors are controlled in the ropes of light bulbs. An entire string of another green, then .yellow'.and fi- naUy all for strings-flash at once. base of the tree Is. hidden by a Goodfellows: A Challenge Sweetwater, a town with possibly no more than a third as many res- idsnts as Abilene, Is really showing Abilene up In.this matter of being rusllc rail fence. A battery of red and green floodlights flashing al- ternately helps light the tree. The girls choir from the Heaven- ly Rest Episcopal churc.h directed by Harold L. Thomas.i'sang a group of Christmas carols and songs last nlpht. J. L. Rhoades. chairman of the chamber of- commerce Christmas commltt.ee. expressed appreciation to all who had a part In decratlon of the tree. The chamber of com- merce furnished the tree. Decoration of the tree was In the hands of the Atilene Garden club _______ with Mrs. R. H. Tilc-mawn. presi- I Goodfellows wll) Just barely snaks dent, and Mrs. L. chair- man of the dscorations committee. In active charge. Others who contributed to erec- tion and decoration of the Ires were Steve Williams, city electri- cian: Joe Sheiton. cltv sanatary de- partment: Fire Chief Ray Roe and other members of the department: Thcmas J. Mornua of the city parks ilcpartment. Roy Comer. Rav Warner and George Harris of West. Util- ities: Jack Moore of West Texas Neon company: P. W. Ir-ine of Abilene Hatchery: Harry V. Have" Gocdfellows. Already the Goodfellow fund there stands up near a re- port a day or so ago shows J1J33.' This Is while' Abilene has given only Needed for filling Christmas baskets Is J1.800. There are about seven days to go. Local contributions yesterday to- taled That amount dally, of Coca Cola Boltiine romoany and Robert Gray of the T