Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVin, NO. 206.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 23, 1938 -FOURTEEN PAGES.
Daltri Fret* (IF)
PRICE FIVE CENTS.TO SUCCEED ROPER-
Harry Hopkins Appointed Secretary of Commerce
~ 'Engineer Rises
Early Morning Shower Brings .13 Inch Here
December's most beneficial shower fell in Abilene this morning1 on the last lap of cloudy weather. Clear weather is forecast for tomorrow.
The precipitation today totaled .13 inch and brought the December total to .15 inch. This compared with I 34 inches for normal rainfall and 2 89 inches for the same month last year.
However, the year's total—thanks to July floods—was ahead of 1937 with 3178 inches. Tile normal yearly rain is 25.17 inches.
No change in temperature was expected.
The area southeast of Abilene appeared to have received more moisture. Coleman reported 46 inch and Cisco received 4 inch. Brady received .61 inch and san Angelo .22 inch. while Ballinger, Brownwood and Winters were getting only a sprinkle.
There was no rain to the northwest and just enough to w’et the pavement at Haskell, Munday and Stamford.
Albany reported a light shower.
Buffalo Gap and Lake Abilene glistened in a shower that looked like a heavy dew.
Blizzards Blanket Middlewest in Snow
CHICAGO. Dec. 23— )/P>—Snox and sleet covered most of a half dozen Middlewestern states today j and the weather foreca>ter said more would arrive before Christmas.
A storm of blizzard proportions swept Northern Wisconsin and the upper Michigan peninsula. Traffic was slowed and in some places halted by drifting snow1. A five-inch fall was recorded last night.
There were up to four inches ofJ snow in most of Minnesota and five inches in several sections of Iowa but highways were open. Nebraska and the Dakotas also were in the snow belt.
Rain and sleet impeded highway traffic in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
A short-lived but intense snowstorm swept into Chicago from the north last night. Two traffic deaths were attributed to the storm, the worst of the season.
GREATEST OF G00DFEL10WS TO VISIT HUMBLEST
By MAURINE ROE
There is a Santa Claus!
Even the little Loys and girls in shanty towrn and in other homes where not even necessities exist will smile for happiness this Christmas, because that universally big-hearted fellow'—the greatest of all the Goodfellows—will be visiting them all.
Abilene Goodfellows have made Santa Claus possible for the needy again .
Today, as 800 Christmas bags were being filled with food, dolls, trains, toy automobiles and airplanes were being tagged for the children.
Little girls will have their hopes realized—there will be a doll to play with Christmas morning. Little boys will have wagons, scooters, cars, trains. The Goodfellow Santa Claus has done his best to provide the toy which will most nearly fill the desire of each little heart.
Again, it has been the combined effort of the Exchange Club, firemen and the American Legion auxillary that provides these toys. The toy barrels ..'ere emptied last night, and firemen were pushing repairs on the last collection of toys supplied by boys and girls who do not have to worry about whether there is a Santa. The last paint was applied late last night, because any painting done today
might not dry.
Members of the Legion auxiliary late yesterday laid aside their thimbles and needles—for the dolls were all dressed. Their w’ork provided dresses for 80 dolls in all. The wardrobes range from real baby dresses for some of the big dolls to neatly-pinned triangl for soft rubber babies.
Hannah even has a red polka dot dress that is quite becoming to her complexion. She is the only negro doll in the whole collection, but her wide white eyes and her red-ribbon tied pigtails make her as attractive as the rest.
CURLS ALL COMBED
The Shirley Temple dolls their curls combed anew and print dresses with yokes in ricrac. Some of the dollies have ruffled dresse, some have frocks of silk, and some are wearing sun suits.
There's a cunning little china
sixty-five Goodfellow dolls were all dolled up for this picture. Here they ere in their
new dresses, made by members of the American Legion auxiliary. No, it isn't a baby Mrs. Donna Mae Smith, auxiliary
president, is holding; it is a lifesized doll that is going to make some little girl very, ve.y happy Christmas eve. (Staff photo).
Taxi Hijacker Makes Getaway After Two Jobs
Investigation by city and county officers had yielded no suspects this morning in the double hijacking last night of an Abilene taxi driver and a Baird motorist.
Victims of the two stickups, which occurred within a 30-minute period, were C. A. Chance, driver for the City Service Taxi company, and Horace Elliott of Baird.
Chance received a call to pick up a fare at a filling station on Third and Butternut street about 9:30 o’clock. From there the gunman maneuvered him out highway 80 east, past the Taylor County Veterans clubhouse and north across the Texas and Pacific railway near the standpipe.
There the gunman relieved Chance of $12 in bills and some change, then tied his victim to a fence with his belt and two pieces of wire. Taking th driver’s cap, he sped north in the cab.
A few minutes later the hijacker rolled the taxi up beside the automobile of Elliott, who had stopped IOO yards south of the Abilene Christian college stadium when he saw he was being followed. A girl friend was with Elliott.
Relating his experience to police, Elliott said the man ordered him out of the car for a search.
“As I got out of the car, I took my billfold out of my hip pocket and jammed it down between the seats. There was about $60 or $70 in it.”
Elliott said the hijacker searched him thoroughly, taking his watch.
FATHER, SON ACCUSE EACH OTHER
The dwarfish husband (right) and son of Mrs. Rose Spinelli are shown as they confronted each other with charges the other killed Mrs. Spinelli. The son, William Jr., said: “What did you do with her body, pop?”
to w’hlch the father retorted: "You know where she is. You probably killed her yourself ” Subsequently the elder Spinelli confessed killing his wife, hacking the body into bits and burning them.
Transportation Regulation Seen
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23.—(AP)—The president’s special turn uHNvuKiur. **»~*.. I committee on railroads recommended today creation of a trans-
Then he told Elliott to get the girl portation board to be charged with responsibility I or regulator of the car. an modes of transportation
CITING JEWISH AWARD—
Nazis Take Crack at FDR
Cowboys Xmas Ball Will Close Tonight
ANSON. Dec. 23 —Curtain will fall tonight on the fifth annual revival of the Cowboys Christmas ball, which drew throngs to the Anson high school auditorium Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Forty-five minutes of the final night of dancing will be broadcast over station KRBC, Abilene, from 8 45 to 9:30 o’clock.
A visitor at the ball last night was John A Lomax, Austin, famed historian, writer and compiler of Southwestern folk songs.
Charity Begins in Postoffice Dep't
PITTSBURGH. Dec. 23.—(AV-An excited young woman called the postoffice and asked for the return of a letter she had mailed to a charitable organization.
She explained she had meant to place a $1 bill in the letter as a Christmas contribution, but had thoughtlessly put in her entire month’s salary.
Postal officials told her there had been approximately 3.000.000 pieces of mail collected in the previous 24 hours but they went to work. They found the letter just as it was to be sent through a mail cancellation machine.
ABILKNE Brid vicinity: Partly cloudy
toniph* Saturday generally (air.
West Texas K.ir, cooler in southeast portion tonight; Saturday fair.
East Texas Part.y cloudy except occasional rains in extreme east portion, cool-srer in east and south portion tonight; Saturday generally fair.
RAINFALL: hrs ending 6:30 a.m. Frl. .. .02 Inch
Since first of year .......**31.65 inches
Same period last year .......10 64 Inches
Normal since first of year . .24.92 inches Highest temperature yesterday . *, 52 Lowest temperature this morning . 42
BERLIN. Doc. 23 - /P)~ Nazi-controlled newspapers ridiculed President Roosevelt today as Germany's officialdom and press awaited word from Chancellor Hitler as to the next move in the Gorman-American tension arising from Secretary’ Ickes' anti-dictatorship speech The press apparently had instructions to mark time on the likes affair until the government had time to formulate its stand following Acting Secretary of .State Welles’ firm rebuff on its request for an official apology for the secretary of the interior's Cleveland talk.
GOODFELLOWS MUST HURRY TO REACH 1938 GOAL OF J,800
Goodfellows stepped up their pace the past 24 hours but even so they're going to have to bear down on the accelerator by noon Saturday to reach their goal of $1,800 Donations the past 24 hours totaled $142.05, bringing the grand total to $1,523.17, almost $300 shy of the goal.
Baskets are packed and Saturdav morning will be distributed to 800 or more needy Abilene families, regardless of whether the $1,800 goal is reached.
THEATER S TARTY
There wa: a big turnout this * ... .... .. , _ , morning for the Paramount the-
As a result.bitter attacks on Ickes | ater's annual Goodfellow party.
The gifts for the needy which the boys and girls, some grownups too. brought as their admission to the show were stacked so high there was a truck load.
There was much rejoicing in Goodfellow ranks, too, when the gifts were invoiced. Mostly, there were canned foods and fruits, which will go into the Christmas baskets.
but these nearly
all were in good repair, and wearing apparel presented was neat and mended.
“I told him he wasn’t going to take my car,” Elliott said, ‘‘it would only get both of us in trouble. He was so nervous that I gues s he let me bluff him. He made me give him te car keys and said he would throw them out about IOO yards down the road. Then he drove off toward the Albany road*
Policemen Green and Harkey found the taxicab abandoned at 10:30 o’clock last night on the road to the city dump ground north of the Albany highway.
Both the taxi driver and the
Baird man reported that a _____
late model car drove past during 1 retained by growers
Growers Hold Turkeys Back
Prospects loom bright for a heavier production of turkeys in Taylor county in 1939 than this year, produce men said today. A much larger dark supply of breeding stock has been short haul clause, which prevents
the holdups. The hijacker did not seem to be afraid of the car, and in the case of the taxi holdup, apparently signaled to the occupants
gave way to expressions of scorn for the president because he had received a medal awarded by the American Hebrew magazine Meanwhile Nachtausgabe in an editorial drew attention to the Jew ish award to Roosevelt and turned its cartoonist loose on Ickes.
Under the title. “Paradise of gangsters, or Interior Minister Ickes was busy outside,” the cartoonist There wen* tov*; showed Ickes firing a snowball la- ' bcled “Germany” while behind him a figure labeled “Musica" (Philip Musica-Coster) slips from a house representing the United States with a $40,000,000 booty over his shoulder.
It was understood that Adolf Hitler would decide personally what action the nazi government should take "In answer to the blunt American rejection of the protest against Ickes’ speech.
In private quarters there was speculation whether the incident might lead to a formal break in relations between Germany and the United States. There was no hint f 'om government circles.
Neutral observers, however, in-
Mexico to Appropriate Cash For American Expropriations
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Vet thermometer 47 42 it!
leatlve humidity f7 79 • 57
Muny Xmas Tree Programs Ended
Plans for a massed choir program in which all churches of Abilene were to have taken part at the municipal Christmas tree tonight have been cancelled, according to Mrs. R. H. Thomason, president of the Garden club.
It was announced that no programs will be held tonight or tomorrow night at the tree. A series had been held this week under joint sponsorship of the Garden club and the chamber of commerce.
Santo Sweats In Buenos Aires
BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 23—(UP) —People shuddered and turned their heads today as they passed the Christmas displays in department store windows where bearded, fur-wrapped men impersonated Santa Claus, The temperature was nearing IOO.
MEXICO CITY. Dec. 23-^—, Mexico will appropriate JO,000.000 pesos (about $2,000,000) in 1939 to indemnify owners of expropriated lands in accordance with her agreement with the United States. the chamber budget committee said today.
Indemnification payments, however, will be shared also by Mexicans, the committee said.
The 1939 budget, now before congress, is 445.000.000 pesos (about $89,000.000)—the largest in pesos in Mexican history.
(Although the 1938 budget was only 431,000,000 pesos, it was greater in terms of the dollar because of the peso's 28 per cent decline in foreign exchange since last March.)
Christmas Presents Rained from Skies
HELENA, Mont . Dec. 23.—(ZP)— Christmas presents rained from the sky near Helena today—but the finders gave them back to the postoffice department
Investigation disclosed a compartment door of a w’est-bound Northwest Airlines plane had come open, dropping a package near one farmer's door step, draping one mail pouch over a telephone line and depositing another in a clump of weeds.
Assistant Postmaster Fred Mayer said all the last mail was recovered.
Wally Akin. theater manager, was of the mystery car by raking both the Goodfellow’ host, and he has as hands above his head. Officers believed that the occupants of the un- I identified car were confederates and picked up the hijacker after he abandoned the taxi.
The victims described the gunman as about five feet, six inches tall, 135 pounds in weight, dark hair, and wearing a dark blue or black hat and a dark suit with pen stripes.
Police Chief T A. Hackney said this morning he and fellow I officers “haAe a few Ideas who it I might have been,” but otherwise I clues were scant.
Immediately arter the hijackings. Abilene police took up vigil on all highways and by radio and telephone broadcast to officers of surrounding towns to be on the alert ! for the gunman.
Last night’s hijackings were the second and third of the week. Wednesday night, a gunman stuck up Tom Winter at the Gulf Service station. Pine and Ambler streets, robbed him of $9 and marched him and a companion, William O'Rear of Stamford, down the Albany highway past the Wichita Valley rail- . way.
The description of this hijacker did not fit in any respect that of last night's gun wielder.
a special guest for the occasion, Santa Claus himself. The jolly old fellow wished the kiddies a Merry Christmas, and helped them sing “Silent Night.” Then the show, starring Joe E Brr n was on, and boys and girls all had a big time.
Goodfellow contributions today were
Jaw.* P. Stinson...........
E. W. Berry , ........
Emp.oyes Humble Oil A Refiring Co.................
H T. Hodge .............
Triway Produce Co .......
Mead s Bakery ............
Employes Mead's Bakery ......
Mark C Womark Alumni Association of
Hendrick Memorial Hospital Employes Citv Water Dept. ...
W. P. Milstead .
Burton Lingo Lumber Co Centra! Texas Iron Works ....
Bert Chapman Texaco Station The Lloyd McCartys . . .......
1 50 10.00
10.00 i early
31.55 5 on
8, OO 2 no 5. On 7 50 2.50
TOTAL Previously reported
I 142.05 $1,381 12
Parliamentary approval of the budget was indicated bv the swift enactment yesterday of the corresponding revenue bill in the chamber of deputies. Details of neither the budget nor the revenue bill have been disclosed, however.
The budget committee said President Lazaro Cardenas had explained that the budget included funds necessary to continue highway and railroad projects, port improvements, school construction, aid to the development of mining and new industries and building of electric power plants.
Even the strong closing Christmas price of 17 cents per pound failed to bring in the quality birds retained. As a result the second holiday shipment from Abilene of 16 cars <1,500 birds to the car) was much lighter than the 25 cars that went out on the Thanksgiving market.
The two shipments grossed growers approximately $100,000. Of this amount, $43,000 went into circulation during the past two weeks, produce buyers said
While the shipment was Ugh*, quality of the offering was splendid. The average weight was 12 pounds and the average price 14 cents.
Growers this year paid more attention to selection of breeding stock than in years, farm leaders say. Purebred toms were imported and some of the famed Baby Beef Bronze found their way to Taylor county and surrounding territory.
Ship Crew Saved
NEW YORK, Dec 23. —HP)— Twenty persons, including two women, were rescued from the disabled Norwegian freighter Smaragd in the gale-swept Atlantic 600 miles southeast of New York today by the American Freighter Schodack.
Wireless reports to radio marine corporation said toe rescue was completed following a night of anxiety during which the Schodack stood by waiting for a lull in the weather.
To Take Over Helm of WPA
WASHINGTON. Dec. 23 — (UP)—President Roosevelt today named Works Progress Administrator Harry L. Hopkins to be secretary of commerce in a move interpreted in some quarters as a boost for the relief spender toward the 1940 New Deal democratic presidential nomination.
At the same time Roosevelt designated Col. F. C. Harrington, West Point graduate, to be Works Progress administrator, and named Aubrey Williams, who has served as deputy administrator, to be administrator of the National Youth administration.
Roosevelt’s orders promoting Hopkins eand shifting Williams swept from the big spending relief controls the two men who were most severely criticized for permitting alleged political activity in the organization during the 1938 general election.
Harrington, a regular army officer who has been serving as chief WPA engnieer, was “designated” rather than nominated as the new relief chief. It was suggested that he would continue to draw army pay and would not require senate confirmation.
OBSTACLE REMOVED The announcement was made at the White House today slightly more than 12 hours before Secretary Daniel C. Roper will retire from the commerce department. He resigned to attend to private business. His departure, however, is of greater significance.
The so-called left-wing of the New Deal has considered Roper among its potential if not extremely effective obstacles and there has been pressure on Roosevelt to get rid of him: Hopkins’ elevation to . the cabinet merely ratifies his position in the front rank of New i Deal councils. He long has attend-' ed cabinet meetings and rates as ! one of Roosevelt's closest political advisers.
I It was Hopkins who tossed out the first ball in the New Deal s spectacularly ineffective effort to “purge” conservative democrats in the 1938 primaries.
Hopkins endorsed Representative Wearin (D-Iowa), a staunch New Dealer, who sought to defeat Senator Gillette <D-Ia ), an occasional bolter, in Iowa's primary. Wearing decisive defeat was but the first ] of a series which set the administration back on its heels, j-—--
Conference of Lima Befogged
LIMA. Dec. 23—</D-The quo-roads, ■tnereby restoring to the car- western hemisphere solldar-
riers all initiative, but requiring ap- “ ^ s,ld ^dgy ,nt0 u
The committee, composed of three representatives each from railroad management and labor, proposed a comprehensive program for immediate rehabilitation of the carriers.
The committee urged revision of the rate-making rule* of the interstate commerce commission and substitution of a new rule “applicable to all modes of transportation.”
Repeal o f the so-called long and
railroads rrom charging less for a long haul than for a short haul over the same route was also proposed.
TO RELIEVE ICC
The committee suggested that a court be established to have exclusive Jurisdiction over matters connected with railroad reorganizations. removing the interstate commerce commission of all responsibility in that field.
Tile committee also recommended that the ICC be relieved of re-' sponsibility for prescribing a gen-
proval by the transportation board of any proposed consolidation.”
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Merchants Feel Swell-
ABILENE’S CHRISTMAS SPENDING NEARS RECORD
Holiday business went on an un- | Business at the local banks was | holiday business is splendid. Six ex-
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expected spree in Abilene and as merchants approached the end of the year they were ready to do r little Christmas celebrating themselves.
December. 1937, gave Abilene business a high mark to shoot at; surprisingly, sales were right on top of last year's ngure through Thursday, with the records yet to come on the final two-day crush of buying.
Representatives of nearly 50 business concerns—department stores, notion stores, furniture houses, hardware establishments, electrical stores, jewelers, druggists, grocers— were interviewed. With few exceptions, the business line was shooting along the December 1937 levels. One concern reported an increase of 60 per cont through December 21 over sales to the same date last year.
That means good news from behind the Christmas counters too. It means there are more sales jobs this season, and the actual figures indicated as much. Thirty stores and shops reported 377 extra employes working this Christmas, as compared with 325 in same businesses last year.
made the basis for the conclusion that sales have increased this year over last. Tile volume handled through the stores is considerably greater than last December, said Henry James, president of the F A:
M. bank this morning. The increase in the amount of the out of town checks has been particularly noticeable, indicating much out of town buying in Abilene, he added.
"Where does the money come dlo, refrigerator and other from?” the manager of one general item sales boosting figures, store asked. He was reporting the Meads bakery: Ten thousand
largest cash business in years.
deep a fog of confusion as the Pan-American conference has yet seen.
With Dr. Carlos Concha, president of the conference, declaring flatly I “we already have reached an agreement” and with Brazilian and Argentine delegations denying an ' agreement had been concluded, the delegates, including those from the United States, could not figure out where they stood.
Following Concha's statement last night that 20 republics had agreed to Argentina's delegation of continental solidarity and defense everyone thought an accord had been reached and began to celebrate.
But the celebrations were sobered when Argentine and Brazilian delegation, demanded of Concha why he had issued the statement.
Dr. Isidore Ruiz Moreno, chairman of the Argentine group, telephoned Buenos Aires this morning to ascertain exactly what his position was.
It was believed negotiations, which may produce an agreement, were being carried on directly between Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro.
Some delegates said a new formula, and possibly a new declaration, was agreed upon during the Argentine-Brazilian conversations
Grissom's department store: Very good. Seven additional employes.
Waddington^ apparel shop: As I an(i hac* been telegraphed to dele
good as last year. One extra.
Sun Electric company: Plenty
good, away ahead of last year. Up 60 per cent through December 21 as compared with last December. Ra-
gates of the two countries here.
Court Approves Report on Estate
“We felt like there was a depression all fall, that the eastern conditions had moved in on us and that Christmas would be pretty dull. Then December came. The buying began early, and it has not been in gift goods alone. There has been a surprising amount of cash dug up from somewhere. They can’t tell me there is no money in the country."
These reports from heads Jinns indicates the trend:
Campbell’s department store: The fall lacked the hum and buzz we had expected, and a holiday let -i down likewise was indicated. But
CHICAGO. Dec. 23.—P-Probate judge John F. O'Connell today had approved the final accounting of . , . . .... .the $2,097,832 estate of Emery H.
pounds of bread more per^week tills FahrJey( father 0f “Madcap Merry”
Four ' p^hrney chicago millionaress.
month than last December extra employes.
Piggly Wiggly grocery: On a par with last December, perhaps even better. Special Saturday workers getting full time.
Hilton hotel: December business up. Food department using regular extras almost full time, plus six other extras.
Texas Coca-Cola Bottling com-!pany: Warm weather has put De-of J cember, 1938, business ahead of same month last year.
Independent Ice company: Warm December brought increase in
See BUSINESS, Pf. 14, Col. 4
Fahrney was the son of the late Dr. Peter Fahrney, patent medicine manufacturer.
Merry’s counsel, Frank R. Cantwell, protested the award of $100,-000 to the widow’, Mrs. Marion Fahrney Hardeen, and fees paid to a bank and attorneys who handled the estate.
The final accounting showed payments of $371,931 in federal and state Inheritance taxes; $364 608 to the widow; and $729,217 in a trust fund for an adopted son, Peter, and two daughters, Merry and Mrs, Myrtle Fahrney Saemann,