Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 18, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Principals And Scenes In Kidnaping And Gruesome Slayings
This 24-year-oJd Mexican, Prank Salazar, is the object of an Intensive search as the murderer of the Kennedvs. He was at one time employed At the farm.
This is the bed on which Kennedy was found dead. Note the blood-soaked pillow and the pool of clotted blood on the floor
beside the bed. Kennedy, shot through the head, apparently had died instantly without moving. The bedcovers were undis
turbed when Earl Kennedy, brother of the slain man, discovered the crime.
Photo By Harry Holt.
This is the west bedroom, adjoining the back porch, where Pay was found unconscious. She was found beside the chamber
seen in the background. The disheveled bedcovers evidenced the struggle that apparently took place between Mrs. Kennedy and
the murderer. Note the blood
soil on the mattress at the head of the bed.
Photo By Harry Holt.
Blonde, pretty Wilma Kennedy, 16, pictured above, is missing. Officers fear she will not be found alive. She was a senior in Miles high school.MEXICAN CHARGED WITH MILES SLAYINGS
SANTA PAYING SCANT HEED TO WAR CRISES
Christmas shoppers in Abilene this year are paying little attention to international war crises when it comes to selection of gifts.
Managers of local variety stores said last night that so far this season customers had voiced no objections to buying goods manufactured in Germany or Japan.
All admitted that their stocks of the foreign goods were less than last year due to the parti31
unorganized boycott declared on Japanese manufacturers
In reality the "five and ten" stores carry comparatively little of the foreign merchandise. Only the cheapest of toys and knick-knacks are ctamp-ed made in Japan. Nearly all the Christmas tree decorations and tinsel are made in Germany but customefs show no hesitancy in buying, they said.
FOR AMERICA'S SOLIDARITY—
U. S. Declaration Blocked
Plan Rejected By Argentina
Chairman Asks New Instructions From Buenos Aires
LIMA, Dec. 17 — (AP) — Heads of leading delegations to the Pan-American conference failed tonight to reach an agreement on a measure for continental solidarity, the Argentine representative refusing to accede to the United States viewpoint.
The meeting—the second today-heard Secretary of State Cordell Hull plead for acceptance of the American project, but adjourned without taking action.
After the session, Afranio Mello Franco, chairman of the meeting and its spokesman, said it still would be possible for any delegation tr Introduce its own resolution next week although a midnight deadline had been set. He expressed optimism that the delegates would reach an accord next week.
Isidoro Ruiz Moreno, chairman of the Argentine delegation, said he
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THEY'RE HIGH HEELED, TOO
- BAN ANGELO. Dec. 17.—Out here in West Texas wliere cowboy boots are common footgear many a rugged ranchman is^uncomfortable in any shoes other than the high-heels he has worn
SlnCThat'i^wlw ^Commissioner Jake Harper created a mild sensation when he iwung his feet up on a table at a meeting of the count>
COUI"You see, bovs,” he explained. "I had to have my only pair cf boots worked on; I didn’t have any more handy; so I borrowed these high heeled shoes from my wife.” _
Civil Service Is Allred Request
AUSTIN, Dec. 17—OF — Governor James V. Allred today recommended to the incoming legislature civil service for «J*te •J9®***
Hon of the state auditor's office and approval of the board of mineral de velopment on all leases to state-owned lands. ,
The recommendations were contained in a portion of the governors
address released for publication. . , , , .
Governor Allred urged the lawmakers to adopt a form of civil service for employes to permit newly-elected public officials to devote more
time to the pressing duties of of-, —
flee instead of to job applicants This would also result in securing ‘‘more efficient help in the departments,” he said.
Since the state comptroller was “supposed to be the real auditor for all departments of government" and, since charges were "being freely made that the auditor, being an appointee of the governor, has lost his usefulness,’' Governor Allred advocated abolition of the office in the interests of •‘efficiency and economy." He pointed out the office cost $75,000 a year.
Leasing of government lands were "matters too important, the amounts involved too great, for the responsibility to be borne by any one man." the governor said. He suggested requiring approval of the board of mineral development.
Howard Votes Liquor Return
BIG SPRING. Dec. 17—<>P'— Howard county voters apparently decreed by a small margin the return of legal sale of hard liquors, wets leading in a referendum today, 849 to 758. This total accounted unofficially for all boxes but one In a rural precinct which had an estimated polling strength of 20 votes.
Package stores were voted out of the county a year ago, after twenty months’ operation.
'Stay Out Of South' Roosevelt Advised
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17—f/P>— Washington’s gridiron dub handed President Roosevelt a satirical warning tonight to "stay out of the South.”
He and other distinguished guests heard newspaper correspondents poked fun at the administration’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Senators Smith of South Carolina, George of Georgia and Tydings of Maryland.
Lighting Event Deadline Today
Deadline for the Abilene Garden dubs Christmas lighting contest falls this afternoon at 6 o'clock with no more entries accepted after that
Winners in each of the five divisions—house and grounds, tree, doorway, window and school buildings—will be announced Tuesday morning in the Reporter-News.
First three contestants judged best in the four home divisions will receive merchandise from local business as prizes. Two prizes are offered in the school buildings division.
Tuesday atternoon the garden club will release a mapped tour of Abilene giving address of eac’ entry in the contest and also other attractive Christmas lighting displays.
The three judges of the contest will meet Monday evening in the home of Mrs. John Dressen. director of the contest, after each has made a tour of the entries alone.
Mrs. Dressen urged that home owners who had not entered the contest make an effort to display some sort of Christmas lighting from now until Christmas.
Doll Shortage Severe Report Goodfellows
More.Needed To Make Little Girls' Holiday Complete
Even modern little girls want dolls for Christmas.
It is part of the job of the Good-feliows to see that every little girl no matter how poor she may oe, receives a doll if that Is what she wants most.
Unleae AbUenians aet quickly, there may be little girls sobbing Christmas morning because there are no dolls. Firemen who have been repairing the Goodfollow toys this year reported last night that the number of dolls so far below one hundred. It took 130 last year to fill the requests received.
About 50 dolls have been put in condition, and already have been passed on to the American Legion auxiliary, through its president, Mrs Donna Mae Smith, for dressing This is an annual Goodfellow work of the Legion women, and one for which Goodfellows are most grateful. BETTER GRADE WANTED Then there are a few more dolls in the doll hospital which was set up this year at the Butternut fire station. The Exchange club, in charge of gathering the toys, last night issued an appeal for more dolls. "Dolls are needed, and good ones—dolls which will not need great deal of repairing. The time is short, and there still is much work to be done,’’ said Hudson Smart. Toy chairman.
Liwekise. an appeal for other toys was emphasized Again the stress was on the need for god toys which can be made like new very quickly.
Goodfellow contributions Saturday:
J. C. High .................. $2.C<
Melvin Stoker .............. 2.50
Tom Stoker ................. 2.50
Carpenter's Union ..... 5.00
B. L. Ellis .................. 5.00
Hoppe Auto Electric Co. ... 5:00
Fourth Grade, Travis School . 1.51
Milton Hughes ...............50
Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Coleman ......... 3.00
Forrest Kendall ............ 250
John. Betty and Derry
Crutchfield ................ I OO
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wright .. 5 00
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$35.51 $1,128 58
Clarendon Gas Rate Reduced
AUSTIN. Dec. 17—(Ab—The railroad commission today ordered a 10-cent reduction in the domestic gas rate for Clarendon, effective Jan. I.
Tile reduction was from 63 to 51 cents per thousand cubic feet.
In addition, the commission ordered old and new rates, retroactive to February, 1933.
Total ...................$1,164 09
Pass 6-Touchdown Mark In Lions Game
The bowl game between the Lions club and Empty Baskets took a scoring spurt Saturday, with three more touchdowns made and 35 more yards gained by the lions.
The standing is now six touchdowns to nothing in favor of the Lions, who have carried the ball 37 yards toward another
The game will continue through Thursday.
Bon Youth Accused Of Slopping Mother
CUMBERLAND. Md., Dec 17.— (ZP)—A young man accused of slapping his mother was banished today from Allegany county.
William Thomas Usher, 24. was given a sentence of one year in the house of correction, suspended on condition he leave the county "and never return."
Mr. and Mrs. are shown here *
Paul Kennedy in a picture * *
taken after their Austin in 1918.
2 Found Dead, Children Axed In Farm Home
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wounding of two^l \ lir daughters.
THESE GIRLS BEATEN WITH AX
Earl Kennedy, t crime shortly before not t and a half touth of MilM daughter, caused officers the Mexican, the suspected killer
Fay, 4, above, was found lying face downward, unconscious, in a bedroom of the home. Her sturdy little body had survived two nights’ exposure and the gory ax beating at the murderer’s hands, but she was reported in critical condition in a San
Angelo hospital last night.
Imogene, 15, was also beaten with an ax. She was found in a second bedroom, semi-conscious, and taken to a San Angelo hospital where she is given a 20-80 change to recover.
PROMINENT STAMFORD MAN DISCOVERED SLAIN IN HOME
STAMFORD. Dec. 17.—<Spl> A L. Buster, about 40. prominent Stamford resident and former business manager of the Stamford sanitarium, died of a bullet wound at 8:40 tonight at his home here. The wound was termed self-inflicted at an inquest conducted by C. L. Meeker, justice of the peace Mrs. Buster and a daughter. Mar-
ABILENE AMI VICINITV: Fair Sunday and Monday; warmer sunday.
EAST TEXAS: Fair warmer In north went, rooter In evtr«*nir »<>uth imr’lnn Sunday; Mondax Intr. Gentle to moderate northerly winds on the r«a*l.
WENT TEXAS: Fair. ranter In extreme <M>athea*t portion Nundap: Monday fair.
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garet, found him dead on returning from an errand in town. They had been gone about ten minutes.
Mr. Busters body was on the floor in the hall. A 30-06 rifle was I nearby.
Mr. Buster, until last summer, had been manager of the Stamford sanitarum for eight years. He was past president of the Rotary club, ' and also had served that organization as secretary for a number of years.
This afternoon. Mr. Buster went 1 to Abilene and brought a second daughter, Dorothy Mae Buster, Abilene Christian college student, home for the holidays.
Funeral arrangements had not been made late tonight.
Heads Dry League
COLUMBUS, O, Dec 17 — T — i’Fhe Anti-Saloon League of America named as its president tonight Bishop Ralph Cushman, of the Denver area of the Methodist Episcopal church, and reaffirmed its stand against liquor at its 30th annual na-i tlonal convention.
th# shim man. discovered tho “ t the family farm home a mile 5 • Ai of Wilma, 16 year old had been kidnaped by “ a former employe of Kennedy. The Kennedy automobile, a 1934 model black Chevrolet sedan with trunk, is missing’.
Charges were filed in San Angelo tonight against Salazar as the Kennedy slayer. Charges were filed with 0. C. Fisher, 51st district attorney. The district attorney expressed fear that Wilma “will not be found alive.”
Evidence pointed conclusively to Thursday night as the time of the murders, although the bodies were not found until today.
Kennedy, 43, and his wife, 30, had died of gunshot wounds. The children, Imogene, ll, and Fay, 4, had been brutally beaten with an ax. The girls were taken to a San Angelo hospital with fractured skulls and severe lacerations.
BLOOD-SMEARED AX FOUND
A blood-smeared, single-edged ax was found beside an outhouse 50 yards from the tragedy scene. Two slippers, believed to have belonged to Wilma, were found between the house and the garage.
Officers learned that Salazar purchased cartridges for a .410 gauge
shotgun, the same type gun which was used in the slayings. Thursday. An empty .410 shell was found on one of the beds, along with a loaded shell.
The brother of the slain man told reporters and officers that Salazar and Wilma had become friendly while the former worked for Kennedy from November until March of 1938. After several months absence, he returned, left, and again came back to Miles Thursday on a bus. Glenn Raley, a drug store employe, said Salazar had left a handbag at his establishment for a time Thursday after arriving on the bus.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy, the brother said, had firmly objected to the friendship between Salazar and the girl. Salazar was reported to have at one time threatened Kennedy’s life, and another rumor was that he had told neighbors he "hated Mrs. Kennedy.” Salazar had said often
“I’ll get that girl.”
The murder scene was ghastly. Kennedy’s body was found in bed on the back porph. He had been shot through the head as he slept, and apparently had died instantly. Not even the covers were disturbed His head lay on a blood-soaked pillow, and blood had run down the bed to
form a pool on the floor.
Mrs. Kennedy was found sprawled on her bed in the dining room. She had bled profusely there, but had apparently staged a terrific IT with the murderer in the adjoining west bedroom where Fay was found. The room was a disheveled mess and all the bed cover was strewn over the floor. The mattress on the bed was bare and blood soiled. Fay and her mother had apparently been sleeping on the bed together.
Imogene, barely conscious, was found cowering under the quilts on a bed in an east bedroom. Her eyes were open, staring blankly. Asked I if someone had hit her, she said ’’I don’t remember." One of the many mysteries surrounding the crime was that her bed had only one or I two small blood spots. The uncovered mattress on the other bed was badly soiled, but with- whose blood I was not known.
Officers and neighbors marveled that Fay and Imogene survived two nights of cold exposure, lack of food I for 36 hours and the horrible bludgeoning they were given.
Officers were convinced that the ax-gun attack occurred Thursday night Substantiating this. Wilma. a high school senior, and Imogene, a fifth grader, were absent from school Friday. Moreover. Friday’s mail had not been removed from the Kennedy mail box Saturday. Milk cows were bawling at the barn. Indicating that they had not been tended in more than a day.
Further bolstering belief the kill-
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EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
ANSON.—The Cowboys’ Christmas bali will be held Wednesday through Friday nights
OLD GLORY.—The whole town of Old Glory will observe the wedding anniversary December 27 of Mr. and Mrs. Rinn, who run the Old Glory store.
COLEMAN.—A ‘‘potato” show will be held at a Coleman theater Friday afternoon to obtain vegetables. fruits and candies for the city's needy children.
SWEETWATER.—Work is to begin Wednesday on the $145,000 Lake Sweetwater and Lake Trammell improvement projects.
BUFORD, Mitchell County—Second in a series of community dinners and get-togethers being sponsored by the Colorado chamber of commerce will be held at Buford school Tuesday evening.
BRADY.—Members of the Brady Future Farmers chapter and their fathers and special guests will be feted in the annual father-and-son banquet Wednesday night.Arch Swindler Coster-Musica Believed Gun Runner--See Page 2