Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 22, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVIII, NO. 205.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 22, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES.
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HERS IS A 'DUEL' PERSONALITY
Highway Laws Catch a Bandit—
WILLIE THE WEASEL ROBS A BANK, LEARNS IT'S LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT
(EDITORS NOTE: This Is the first of a series dealing with little known provisions of Texas highway laws.)
By C. M. ELLIS
Willie the Weasel robbed a bank and ran down an alley to the taxi stand.
"Get goin’,” he told the driver.
When they were out toward the city limits, Willie shoved his pistol in the drivers back and told him to shove up the speedometer.
They started out on the highway, the taxi hatting off about 70 miles per hour. Willie said:
“('an’t you go no faster?”
“Sure thing.” said the driver,
“No wise cracks,” said Willie, and shoved the gun deeper into the vertebrae. The speedometer gained about two points as the driver floorboarded the auto. The taxi zoomed around a curve and there ahead of them they saw a sedan with the large white letters of "Texas Highway Patrol" on
They patted the patrol car and Willie said slow down a little. "We don’t want to get no ticket for speeding.”
“Sure thing,” said the driver, and throttled down to a mere 50 miles per hour. That was enough to keep ahead of the patrol car a bit.
“You be careful,” said Willie.
“I don’t want no monkey business. I Just robbed a bank but I’d hate to have to put you on a slab too.”
“They got radios,” said the driver.
“Sure,” said Willie, “but they ain’t heard about the robbery See LITTLE THINGS, Pg. ll, Col. 6
U. S. Rejects Protest by Nazis
Annabella, French film charmer, seems able to relax pleasantly at Miami, Fla, after
the nervous strain of having a duel fought over her during her recent visit to Rio de Janeiro.
NEW YORK. Dec. 22.—(UP> —Tyrone Power returned today on the Southern Prince from South America stoutly denying that his trip to Brazil was In the nature of a romantic rendezvous with Annabella, the movie star.
’"We are merely good friends," he said. “She mentioned on the set of ‘Suez’ that she had relatives in Brazil and that she might be there in December. She said we might meet.”
His secretary said he would go to the Hotel Pierre, where Annabella is stopping, and that he probably would manage to see her despite the Christmas shopping he must do before tonight, when he will fly to Hollywood.
Non-Farm Jobs 1,000.000
WASHINGTON, Dec 22—(UP)—Secretary of Labor Perkins estimated today that non-agricultural employment has increased 1.000.000 since last June, including a contra-seasonal gain of 30.000 in November.
“Approximately 150.000 workers found employment in November in retail and wholesale trade, factories, bituminous coal and metal mines, and brokerage offices.” she said.
"These gains were partially offset by declines, largely seasonable, on the railroads, which laid off 16.000 men. in water transportation, pub-- (lic and private building construction. in service and other nonmanufacturing industries, and in casual work.”
Factory employment went up 12 per cent and payrolls gained 0.2 per cent which Miss Perkins said "was particularly significant as an indication of recovery in industrial
I .activity, since factory employment .. ^ hi ^
Goodfellow baskets for 800 needy usually declines by 1.5 per cent and flxrrl' racPS ••
Abilene families have been packed payrolls by 3 2 per cent from Octo- ; __
ber to November."
, , Employment, however, is still 10 4
the Good fellows are worrying to- ^ cent jower than November, 1937, will come ; shp sald>
Goodfellows Buy on Faith
Goodfellow baskets for 8(
Abilene families have been and are ready for distribution, but are
day about from where $41888 needed to finish paying for groceries bought for the baskets.
Faith in fellow Goodfellows led buyers to go ahead with purchase of needed supplies, but the $39 donated in the past 24 hours hardly substantiated this faith. If that faith is misplaced and the Goodfellows fail to come through, somebody will be loser. The goods were bought at wholesale prices.,
The 800 Goodfellow baskets are
See GOODFELLOWS, Pg. ll, Col. 5
tMore days to BUY and USE
They finance programs to detect tuberculosis during the dangerous years—15 to 2$.
CHARGES INVOLVE $100,000—
Federal Jury Indicts 18 in Race Track Swindle Case
Corpus Christi Alleged Center Of Operations
NEW YORK, Dec. 22 —
(AP)—A federal grand jury today indicted Rufus Oliver,
: special invetigator for the district attorney in Corpus Christi, Tex., and 18 other persons on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy growing out of a $100,000 race track confidence swindle.
Federal officials said victims were mostly elderly persons in Texas,
California and other western states who were taken in by the ancient nebulous promise of fortunes to be made on “fixed” races at American,
Canadian and Cuba tracks.
FIVE IN CUSTODY
Asst. U. S. Atty. John J. Dowling said individual swindles ranged from $1,000 to $25,000. Prosecution of the ring was initiated in New York after Postal Inspector Herbert N. Graham discovered that much of the defendants' mail was cleared through local postoffices. Dowling said the alleged ring operated chiefly from Corpus Christi.
Those named in the indictment, in addition to Oliver, included Emery Scott King, alleged to be a director of the operations; Jack |
Reynolds, William O. Wood, James W. Alexander and Robert Fuller, j all of Hot Springs. Ark.; Robert Kohler. Joseph Ordens, Charles Gardner, Sisto Guidotti, George R Barnett and ll other persons whose names were not known.
Dowling said five of the defendants were in custody. Oliver, King I and Reynolds have been ordered removed from Corpus Christi to;
New York, he said, and Alexander is held at Hot Springs. Fuller is in custody here.
Dowling explained that accom- i plices, known as steerers, picked up ; victims, usually elderly persons with a few thousand dollars in savings. I and convinced them they could win large sums on “fixed’’ races.
SMALL BET COME-ON*
As a "come-on" a small bet would be made and the "winnings" reinvested When the supposed winnings became sufficiently large, victims were told that profits could be collected in Corpus Christi by posting a certain amount of money or securities to indicate good faith in making the original bets. Once the security was pasted, Dowling said. a final "bet” would be made which invariably wiped out the victim's profits and security.
He said the victims were then turned out of town and led from one place to another, sometimes for months, on telegraphic promises of restitution.
Dowling said securities which victims turned over were mailed to New York to be converted into cash.
Several of the victims have testified before the grand jury as to how they met strangers who introduced themselves, then found connections with "race track experts and commissioners” who knew
SHORTEST DAY FAR FROM SHO
RT IN WAIT FOR SANTA CLAUS
Today may be the shortest day in the year for some people. including weathermen and astronomers, but to the kids waiting for Santa Claus and Christmas it might just as well be the longest.
Beginning at 6:15 a. rn today, according to Meteorologist W. H. Green, the sun swung from
its farthest point south and began moving back toward the equator; thus making the days get longer and longer until next June.
But back to thase kids again; they’ve been watching the days get longer and longer for a long time.
December 22 is the winter
solstice, and the day today is only ten hours and three minutes long. The sun rose, although you haven't been able to see it today, at 7:36 o'clock this morning.
It was to go down, still behind those clouds probably, at 5:39 o’clock this afternoon. The difference in the length
of the day is caused by the earth’s tipping from side to side in its orbit around the sun. When tile sun reaches a point so that its rays shine directly down on the equator the day and night will be of equal length, theoretically.
But you won’t have to worry about that until March.
Americas Reach Solidarity Accord
Argentina Wins Early Proposal
CHRISTMAS TOUCHDOWNS OVERFLOW BASKET
She said the factory payroll gain represented an increase of $350,000 in weekly wages.
Automobiles led all industries by increasing employment 62,500 Steel mill employment went up 17,100. Cotton goods showed a 12.400 gain and woolen and worsted goods employment went up 12.300.
Two Abilenians Pass CPA Examinations
Two Abilenians were notified by wire from Austin today that they had successfully passed the state board examinations for certified public accountants.
They are George H Marsh, who is with the firm of Ben M Davis & Co., accountants, and Robert J. Hibbetts, head of the business administration department of Mc-Murry college. Both Marsh and Hibbetts are graduates of the University of Texas.
Two hundred and twenty persons went to Austin recently to take the CPA examinations. Each year about IO per cent of the applicants pass.
LIMA, Peru, Dec. 22 —(UP) —Delegations at the eighth Pan-American conference today reached an agreement on a proposed declaration of solidarity of the 21 American republics, an official announcement disclosed.
The agreement was reached at a series of conferences in which U. S Secretary of State Cordell Hull and chief delegates of other nations participated in order to reconcile the viewpoints of Argentina and the United States.
PRESIDENTS CONFER The conclusion reached, it was understood, was to accept an Argentina proposal drafted earlier in the conference in order to salvage j the main objective or political invasion of the sovereignty of the ! American republics.
The presidents of Argentina. Brazil and Uruguay were reported to have entered into an eleventh-hour telegraphic exchange cf views in an effort to salvage a unanimous declaration of American solidarity from the deadlock between Amentia and the United States.
An authoritative source disclosed that President Roberto M. Ortiz of Argentina initiated the exchange of views, which some oobservers at the Lima conference believed resulted in new instructions to the Argentine delegation.
The conference had been deadlocked over proposals for a declaration of solidaarity against foreign military or political invasion. The United States had favored a strong declaration of unity directed against the totalitarian powers, but Argenta sought to avoid including in the text any statement that might be interpreted as aimed at a specific foreign naion or group of nations.
An agreement in principle on the declaration had been reached be-railroad tracks and left there. I tween Argentina and the United City and county officers have States early in the conference, but
Reich Advised Talk Reflects Sentiment Here
BERLIN, Dee. 22.— (UP) — The United States’ blunt rejection of a German protest against anti-nazi speeches by U. S. Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes created speculation tonight on the danger of a formal break in relations between the two powers.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22.~ (AP) — Acting: Secretary of State Sumner Welles disclosed today that the United States emphatically rejected German protests against an address by Secretary of Interior Ickes and at the same time criticized attacks in the German press on President Roosevelt and his cabinet.
Th® protest was lodged with Welles yesterday by Dr, Hang Thomsen, charge d’Affafre^ lf the German embassy here, but was not disclosed until a semi-official announcement was made by the Berlin press today.
FORD, LINDY ( RITICIZLD Welles said he informed Thomsen verbally that Ickes’ soeech, delivered at Cleveland last Sunday, represented the feeling of an overwhelming majority of the people in this country.
In the Cleveland address,
See PROTEST. Pg. ll, Col. 3
Gunman Robs Filling Station
A gunman, answering the description of a suspect wanted in the Saturday night hijacking of Leonard Plowman, held up Tom Winters at the Gulf Service station at Pine and Ambler streets at 4 o'-
ciock this morning, robbing him of $9. William O'Rear of Stamford also was in the filling station at the time, but no mopey was taken from him.
At gun point O’Rear and Winters were marched down the Albany highway across the Wichita Valiev
been searching all week for a youth wanted for questioning in the Plowman hijacking. R. T. Polk was arrested early in the week and placed under $1,500 bond, being charged as one of the two men who robbed Plowman.
Tile gun used in hijacking Winters fit the description of that with which Plowman was robbed, officers said today.
when it came to working out the details, usually reliable sources said, the United States delegates apparently believed that conditions were so favorable that they sought to make the test a more forceful blow at the totalitarian powers than even Secretary Hull originally had contemplated. The result was that Argentina objected and a deadlock resulted.
M'Cartys' Story, Chapter Second
MR O A HALE.
U. S. POSTOFFICE.
Dear Mr. Postmaster:
You asked us yesterday to help you find the McCartys; not the McCartys alone, but the people to whom they intended to send Christmas packages. When you told us about those packages being placed in the pastoffice without postage or addresses, we thought, as
All-time record was establhh-ed Wednesday in the Abilene postoffice when the cancelling machine handled 61,568 letters. Last year in the week preceding Christmas the largest number cancelled through the machines in a day was 60.100. This does not include letters hand-cancelled or pre-cancelled.
The Lions filled the empty basket to overflowing—with dimes—and went over the Merry Christmas goal line with $513 60. Here s the pictorial evidence, as three of the Lions start counting the dimes. Left to right are Bill Watson, who probably saw more dimes fall on the miniature gridiron than any other one man; IX. Clinton
E. Adams, club president, and Joe Williamson, secretary-treasurer, into whose custody went the money until the Christmas cheer checks are written. The count was finally completed at the Farmers and Merchants National bank yesterday afternoon—5.136 in all—and the money deposited there.
With prospects bright for additional precipitation, Abilenians beamed this morning In the first damp weather of many moons. Tile moisture totaled ‘02 inch and the temoertaure was 45 degrees.
Weather forecast for Abilene and vicinity is cloudy tonight and Friday and somewhat colder tomorrow. However. rain is forecast for the southwest portion of West Tex-j as.
The high temperature yesterday the low* this
Lions’ Quarterback Adds Statistics bn Bowl Game
The Lions club football season has ended, in glorious victory, and this
Reporter-News to Keep Tradition—
CHRISTMAS BUT ONCE A YEAR; SO S HOLIDAY FOR NEWSPAPER
The Reporter-News always has given employes a full holiday at Christmastime. This became a custom many years ago. It had continued until September I, 1926, when the Abilene Morning News (now the morning edition of The Reporter-Ne\ys) was established as sister paper to The Abilene Daily Reporter now the evening edition .Of The R,?porter-News).
When the Reporter-Publishing company began issuing both morning and evening editions the question *rose. Shall we *ontinue
"knocking off” a day at Christmas? This would, from that time on. mean skipping one morning and one evening edition.
The answer was: yes A few years later Christmas fell on Sunday.
What about it? To give both “day side” and “night side” employes a full day off with pay, of course) would entail a longer “skip” without printing an edition, because there was no Saturday evening or Monday morning edition.
The Reporter-News now publish
es a Saturday evening edition.
And, this year. Christmas falls again on Sunday.
Tile custom of observing Christmas with the only full holiday for all employes in all departments will be continued. And here’s how:
The Saturday evening edition will be merged into the Sunday morning edition. That edition will be published late Saturday afternoon. That will give the “night side” employes a day off.
The evening edition will not be published Monday. That will give the “day side” employes a day off.
Subscribers to the morning paper will receive a paper Saturday evening or Sunday morn- * ing. They will receive their neat paper Tuesday morning.
I Readers’ attention Is called again I to the fact that the edition dated (Sunday morning will contain p’o ! news developing laster thai* late (Saturday afternoon.*
you did, about how disappointed both the McCartys and the Intended recipients of those Christmas presents would be.
So we ran a little item In the paper to do our part to find the McCartys. It is. therefore, a very pleasant feeling we have this morning, because you found the McCartys.
The fact that the heads of the McCarty family happened to be one of the employes in your own postoffice just goes to show you never can tell what publicity will do and the grass is always greener on yon side of Ute valley. There was. of course, no way for you to know that your Mr. McCarty there in the postoffice was so tired after working an extra long day in the Christmas rush that he just left "those packages for the* night His wife had given them
See .Hc( ARTYS, Pg. ll, Col 7.
and set off the spark that started the marathon.
, /-!<«•» ah.,™. Wright had been in Houston
morning Quarterback Clint Adams , ~ , . ..
^ early in December when the Elks
was compiling statistics on the cjujj an Salvation A’-my launched game. a campaign for "A Mile of Dimes.”
It was that football marathon Ue told the club president about it,
.. &nd Dr Adams started working on
that ran St hours th* PAM bank ,an , Abu
corner. Tile Lions scored IO touchdowns, for a total yardage of 5,136 ENDS TWO DAIS E.*RLY dimes. Empty Bast ts -ent down in The football gridiron set up last defeat, with the campaigr. assuring Thursday was he resu’t. The Lions
Christmas cheer for many of the club bought the lumber for $20 and
needy. sold it back for $10. A carpenter
LINES CROOKED, MORE DIMES contracted to put up the gridiron The dimes weighed 27’2 pounds, and take it down foi $10. The utili-The score was 36 dimes better than ties company furnished the lights, Dr. Clinton Adams had anticipated a- I the city electrician strung when he sketched the gridiron for them. Tile city granted permission the play. It was arranged so that for use of the streets, and the F&M one yard on the playing field i IO bark said go ahead yards on a regular gridiron) parking spaces right in front of the amounted to 51 dimes, with 510 as- institution).
Suring a Merry Christmas touch- Two extra policemen got down But some of the dimes didnt Christmas presents from the
(Staff photo' WftS 4g degrees and morning was 44 A drizzling rain, the first appreciable moisture in Tarrant county since November 7, fell at Fort Worth today. At mid-morning, the precipitation was estimated at one-tenth of an inch.
A six-week drouth was broken at Waco this morning by precipitation of about .25 of an inch. Showers fell generally over East Texas.
COLEMAN. Dec. 22— (Spl.)— A heavy mist and light shower here today brought best prospects lur rain since last July. Light showers were reported at Brownwood, Brady and Ballinger.
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fall into a perfectly straight line. and that meant 36 extra when the count was finally made.
Youngsters spotted three dimes under the boards after the game ended, but when the field was torn away they were given the coins for their trouble.
Bill Watson probably saw more dimes fall on the board than any other one man. He was there during j than had the thick of the p' .y.
W. P. Wright really earned a Lion: letter. He was on the
field longer than any other player—two full days. He's
chairman of the club's community betterment committee,
Lions too, in the form of extra work. One man was on duty through Sunday, "t $3.00 a day. The night man on duty was paid $3 a night, the regular pay for police extras, and then when the game ended early the Lions handed him $2 for the night he was about to work.
Tile play ended two days earlier b^n anticipated. There were two touchdowns Tuesday to end it all. It was nine yards and one to go on the final counter at 4 o’clock when Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Murray paused beside the playing
See BOWL GAME, Pg. ll,t Col. 8
ABILENE and vicinity; Cloudy tonight; Friday moit.y cloudy and somewhat colder.
West Texas; Partly cloudy slightly colder in extreme north; warmer in extreme west portion tonight; Friday cloudy prob-iTt tnoW lin tan I abl? rain ,n southwest portion; somewhat til POOK UP IWO | colder in north portion.
East Texr.3: Cloudy rain in east portion, warmer in northeast portion toniKht Friday mostly cloudy, probably rain in extreme east portion, somewhat colder in northwest portion.
Highest temperature yesterday 49
Lowest temperature this morning 44
6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 13 39 p m. Dry thermometer 48 45 49
Wet thermometer 41 44 •
Relative humidity 55 90 ll