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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas WEST TEXAS' 9WM Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKtTCH WORLD EXACTLY AS VOL. LVIII, NO. 207, ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 1938.-TEN PAOE8. PRICE FIVE CENTS. Committee Says Railroads Need An Even Break U. S. 'Favoring1 Of Competitors Trims Revenue WASHINGTON, Dec. 23. President Roosevelt's special com- mittee of railroad management and labor officials told him today that what the carriers most needed was an even break from the government In their struggle with other forms o! transportation. Government favoritism for their competitors has cut deeply Into revenues railroads must have for financial recovery, the committee reported, 11 proposed that (he jovtrn- inenf remedy the situation by centralizing under the Inter- state commerce commission and proposed new agency the re- gulation of all forma of trans- portation. Under the committee's proposal the Interstate commerce commission would give power to fix rates, under uniform rules, for all forms of trans- portation. The independent trans- portation board would have charge of most other regulations, Including decisions as to what firms could do business and what securities the) could Issue. At the present the railroads, waterways, trucks, buses and air- planes are regulated by various government agencies, COURT PROPOSED The committee proposed that separate federal court he created to handle all matters of financial re- organizations, relieving the ICC of this responsibility. It also suggest- ed the ICc turn over to the rail- roads themselves the problem of working out consolidations, subject to approval of the proposed transportation board. With respect to more Immediate forms of relief, the committee rec- ommended that restrictions on loans to the roads by the government's Reconstruction Finance Corporation be lifted; that the so-called long-, and-short haul rate clause be re-! pealed; that reduced freight rates lor the government be eliminated; and that the government get out of the barge line business. There was no Immediate 'in- dication M to how much of this might eonjTM- sional approval, or how much of Jt Mr. Roosevelt might ask con- gress to tackle at the next si on. president Invited Senator chairman of the Interstate to the White House for a conference, on the subject next Tuesday. Embassy Created WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 United States diplomatic Ues with lAtln America were (urther strengthened today when President Roosevelt the Americsin. legation In Venezuela to an em- bassy. Venezuela also will open an embassy here. Law Won't Make Negro Floor Man Work On Ceilings lee Washington, Abilene negro.-would prefer that news writers call a spade a spade, especially in discussing laws of the land. It was an Associated Press Item this week that upset Lee. It read: "A widespread effort win be made In stale legisla- tures this winter lo put a floor under wages and a celling over hours of millions of workers excluded from the federal wage hour act.1' He called at the edilorial of- icc of the Reporter-News for an explanation. "I'sc been a floah man for 25 he laid. "I'se waxed most of the best floors in Abi- lene. What I wants to know Ij how Is this floah nndah wages goln' to affect me. And would I have to staht wuMdn' on cell- In's He was given solemn assur- ance that he would probably continue free ot the entangle- ments of any Inlra-slatc labor acla. NOTICE WANT-AD USERS- This department will dose, at 12 o'clock noon today. In order to get your ads properly classi- fied for the Sunday Edi- tion copy must be in Ihis office by this hour. PHOXE 7271 NOW THE REPORTER-XEU'S WANT-AD DEFT. FOUR PEACEMAKERS OF MUNICH HANG UP STOCKINGS AND PEN CHRISTMAS NOTES TO SANTA--IN FANTASY LONDON, DOC. ture a cherry fireplace, four stockings hanging from the mantle and notes to Santa Glaus from (he four men of Munich, What would they ask if they believed In Santa? Let's guess. REICHSFUBHREfi HITLER Op GERMANY: His letter to Santa really was written In "Meln Kampf" original ball were Mrs. L. Best of Paducah, Col., B. D. Penlclc ot Stamford and Ed Crlswell of Merkel. Bob Weatherbet of Roby has been present all three nights. Leaders of the grand march to- night were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bon- ner, young married couple of Anson. J. L. Gordon was floor manager. A different person called each square, M the contest for the most typical frontier dress Thursday night Mrs. E. W. of Midland was awarded first In the indirldiul contest tor wo- men. Lem Paul Henslee of An- wu the most typically dressed for man. The couple Judged best was Mr. and Mrs. Mickle Harper'of Anson. PROMOTED TO FDR Senate Scrap On Hopkins Looms Army Colonel To Head WPA LOLLIPOP GIVER'S FAITH IN KIDS RESTORED SEATTLE, Dec. E. M. Rail's pounds of lollipops and chocolates were about gone today and the sewing machine merchant said he felt a better about the present generation of boys and girls in Seattle. Two days ago, Rail put a sign in his window and Invited "all good boys and girls" In town to come In and help themselves to the candy which he had heaped behind the sign. Pew came be- cause they believed there was a "catch to It." JUU spoke ssdly about the skepticism of present day children. Yesterday, after news stories and radio broad- casts assured the boys and girls that the candy was their as long as it lasted, Kail had all-day run on his store. Last night the floor was s. litter of sucker-slicks and wrappers. "But it was a lot of said Hall. "I think 111 buy 'em some more." PARALLELING GERMAN FRICTION- Gtiard Ax Killer Against Suicide LOS ANGELES. Dec. Jailers guarded wizened 69-year-old William Spinelli against a possible suicide- attempt tonight after his arraignment on a charge of mur- dering his wile with an ax and burning her dismembered body In the Incinerator at their home. His preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 30 and he was remanded to the county Jail without bail. There, he cried out In his cell, "I want to Victim's Wife Gravely 35 Warships To Form Squadron WASHINGTON, Dec. The navy announced today, at a moment of grave friction with Ger- many, that Its temporary squadron in the Atlantic would soon become a permanent fleet unit of 35 war- ships. At the same time It wa steamed some study was being given here to complete embargo which could be used it relations between the two countries became much worse. The state department emphasized that relations, could deteriorate further only if German act, inasmuch as there was no inclination here to continue the controversy over Sec- retary Ickes' recent critfctsm of the nazl dictatorship and this govern- ment's refusal to apologize for his remarks. The temporary Atlantic squadron was cceated last spring soon after Germany marched Into Austria. It aroused some criticism In circles believing the navy should not bs divided. After long study, however, the navy chose today for Its one- Kntence announcement that the temporary squadron would become a permanent one en January 6. It will Include Jour battleships, eight cruisers and 23 destroyers. Senators Lewis ID-Ill] and Reynolds (D-NC) returned from vacation trips to Europe today with mixed views of the situa- tion. Lttfis said the United States soon would face com- bination of Germany, Russia, Italy and Japan unless peace was arranged through confer- ence and conciliation. Reynolds said the United States most stop its "hate wave" against European dlcatorshfps. He said it was endangering and harm- In j this country. The national council for preven- tion of war issued a statement de- claring President Roosevelt was fully responsible for recent official criticism of the nazf regime. 'SANTA' SLAYS MAN FOR STEALING YULE TREE ELYRIA. O.. Dec. 84-year-old man with a long white "Santa Clans" beard sal on an iron Jail cot tonight and told authorities of the Christmas tree slaying of William Rousseau, 37-year-oW un- employed trucker. "Trie free was his for the ask- the prisoner. Farmer Willla.-n Case said. "I never refused to give a tree away. But when people steal them it's different." Rousseau was shot and killed and his wife critically wounded by Case a.s they lied to their rickety automobile a small spruce taken from Case's farm, Sheriff Carl E. Finegan said. Suffering multiple wounds Mrs, Rousseau. 29. was brought to a hos- pital here, where she was given j chance to live'1 after a blood transfusion. The donor was Sheriff Finegan. Case talked freely to newsmen about the "I have lost about 200 Christmas trees this year to thieves, he said, 'Some of them were two-tenners that had to be hauled away In trucks. I decided to do something about it. "Last nisht about a car drove up. Tivo people got out went Into the field. I saw them dragging a tree across the road. I shot with- out saying a word. "After the first shot one ran in front of the headlights and I shot again." Deputies found Case asleep. Prosecutor Howard Butler said he has not decided If the case will be prosecuted. "There's a possibility this might be called Justifiable he said. At the Roufceau home in nearby Grafton two children. Geraldinc. II. and Sarah. 8. waited vainly for return of their parents. Finally their grandmother. Mrs. Sarah Dahm, 69, told them "Papa and mama may not come back." Case is tailed "Santa Claus" by many of the smaller children in his community because, at Christnws time, he elves away nlckles. Re morseful and sympathetic today, he Inquired frequently about Mrs. Rousseau's condition. "I'd never have shot her if Vrt known she wia a he sild. Double Hijacking Remains Mystery SHE ROBS BANK This woman, who Identified herself as Mrs, Mary IfcCol- lum, a widow, was sslzed In a Chicago bank after, Police Captain Lugen Barry said, she had obtained from the bank president by threatening to "Wow up the place and kill everybody.'1 She was, seized at the door and two Vials she carried were found to contain water. (Ap Photo.) Christmas Eve Forecast Fair By The Associated Fair, cool weather was promised Texans for Christmas eve. Clearing ikies late Friday dis- mayed farmers and ranchers but cheered celebrants. North and East Tc.'as had had rainfall which ranged, from drizzle: In most places to two Inches at Corsicana. Small grains were fcene- fitted. but additional moisture was needed. Abilene reported .11 inches pre- fdenlity of a man who hijacked a taxi driver and a Balrd motorist east of Abilene Thursday night. Police T. A. Hackney said that he and fellow officers "have a few ideas who it have but otherwise clues were scant. Police were still keeping watch and attempting to Identify the man In a dark suit and black hat by showing witnesses photographs of several tentative suspects. Offers Reward AUSTIN. Dec. Governor James V, AUred today offered a reward of for information leading to the arrest and conviction s Antonio .It Corpus Christi, Houston. 1 inch; Austin .4; Tyler, 166; Dallas, .29. and. light rains in the Beaumont area. Snow Lies Over Northern Section By The Associated Press. lay over much of the nor- thern section ol the nation Friday and la many areas there prospect (or the "white Christmas" of old tradition, TTO inches of snow covered nor- thern Ohio. In three traffic deaths were attributed to and Ice. Indiana had clrar- German Press Warns'Break' BERLIN, Dec. con- trolled nazl press warned tonight that Secretary of Interior Ickes' "course" might lead to a break In diplomatic relations -between the United States and Germany. The Hamburger Premdenblatt, Influential businessman's newspa- per of north Germany. Joined the widely read Berlin txikalanzebjer in declaring editorially that the aim of Ickes and his "group" was -to lead the way to rupture'between the two governments. These editorial warnings appar- ently were the nazl answer, for the present, to acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles' rebuff of the German government's request for an. apology for an address made by Ictes at Cleveland Sunday. Officialdom continued its silence, and the press so far has failed to publish either news of the protest or Welles1 answer. Death Of Pampa Woman Probed AMARILLO. Dec. M-MV-Ot- ficers of Carson county tonight were Investigating the death of Mrs. Shirley Richards. 22 years old of Pampa. who was found dead in a farmhouse near White Deer. 35 miles northeast of here, early this morning. Biggs Rusk, 40-year-old truck driver of White Deer, was found in an unconscious condition nearby He was ta'iten to Pampa where his condition was termed critical. Earl; tonight he was still unconscious and had been placed under oxygen tent. An autopsy of Mrs. Richards body and art Inquest hava or- dered. Relief Agency's Chief Target Of Anti-New Dealers WASHINGTON, Deo. 23 (AP) The bogy-man of many inti-new dealervBarry.' L. Hopkins, mnch-criticiied for relief., M ,to ;.tte cabinet kJaj by President Koosevelt. :Tne chief executive, named-hia- secretary of commerce, while Wask- Jngton If the appoint. m-nt, conferring a signal honor upon a aggressive liberal, Ota first .Wlcatldn! of Mr. Roosevelt's reply to1 the obviously corBervativt challenge of .the November elections. AE Uie same ttae, 'the president namtd army colonel, F. C. Har- be administrator of Uu Works Progress administration .la fill the .post left vacant by Hop- kins. .Harrington; previously as- sistant administrator; was jumped over, the'head of Aubrey WUllanu. deputy administrator. TTie' word was that the latter would now de- vote iMs full -attention to tha National Youth administration, possibly resigning his present of- fice. A> tap nun at WPA, Hopkins hu been the Urjtt of critical attacks, from re- publicans and the conserntiTo' wing ot the democratic party In congress. Tfcest criticisms reached their apex during the pre-election cam- paign of this year, in charges that WPA funds had been used and WPA workers coerced for political purposes. In fact the moment of Sw HOPKINS, Pg. 3, CoL 3 The Weather ABILENE AND VICINITY: Fair Sat- urday Snndl-. OKLAHOMA AND WEST TEX AS: -Fair, moth than ft In temperature Saturday partly TEXAS; In l rknilr to tloadr near I tie c bjr near crwilrf In lower Rio Granite taller SaTmtayj, aim- 4ar ttntrallr laJr. Cm to (mi nnrth wind-, nn the coast. TESlFERATLRiS A. M. HOLR P. M. 1 51 4.1 U Mldnljcht IT. HUtjit ani Irmperalnr m. 53 ami vsm CAROLS SUNG, GIFTS Athenians Recall Yuletide Celebrations Ihe World Over Much like Thai In U. S. All over the Christian world, Christmas is being celebrated this weekend in mucij (he rams way it is in the United States. In Eniland, fVAnce, Germany, South re that the religion of Christ U prevalent are bttng sung, gifts ex- changed, decorations strung. Several Abilenlans have wen Christmas in olher parts. ex- ample, the family of the J. Walton Moore, missionary to China, recalls havin? sptfnt 16 ChrLstraises la China of the person or persons who kill- Its roads of from three to four! There all the English and Atnert- ed Game Warden D. R. Murchlson Inches of snow looked (Orleans. ChristianbrfChin. on the night ot DM. M. 'colder either. Use, cclebratt In Uie EnslWvAmer- tcan fifhion. Trees are decorated, carols suns. Santa Claus heralded, and gifts given. To the non-Christian Chinese. howcvpr, CEuLStmas is jest another day. the Moore's will tell you. Blj ce'ebratton for the Chinese comes on N'ew Year's, when plenty of firework are shoe, (Meaning the more or lew harmless type, not the version, t Dr Callus X. Otien, who spent the Christmas of 19Cj In Berlin, re- calls thst Xew Year is more im- portant there Hoover, Ger- mans have their Chrtstmis trees, Set CHRISTMAS, Pj. Col. S ;