Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 25, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVIII, NO. 208
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ABILENE, TEXA8, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 25, 1938—THIRTY-8IX PAOE8 IN THREE SECTIONS
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SUNSHINE NURSERY CHILDREN BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS IN UNANIMOUS ACCORD—
Americas Pledge Defense Unity
Brazil Last to GOODFELLOW* SET RECORD FOR Sign Document CHRISTMAS GIFTS WITH SI ,857 Of Solidarity
Pope Charges Fascists With ‘Mistreatment’
VATICAN CITY, Dec. 24—(AP)—Pope Pius XI accused Italian authorities today of encouraging “mistreatment’ of Catholic action which, along with racial marriage discriminations, caused anxiety for the 10-year-old concordat of reconciliation between the church and state.
He spoke in his Christmas address to his cardinals, ex-his “bitter sadness'' J —
Germany Closes lekes Incident'
This Christmas is the greatest more than SOO families who deser?-
Santa Claus certainly is a fine old fellow.
Children at the Sunshine nursery asked Mrs. Allect Wood, who is in charge of the home, write their Christmas letters. Each named two toys most desired, all of the little girls listing dolls.
Sure enough, when Santa ar
rived at the annual nursery Christmas tree Thursday afternoon, he had brought the right toys to each little boy and girl. Here he is with the happy throng—40 youngsters, some of whom have even outgrown the nursery and started to school. All were remembered. There was a young woman present for the
party who had attended the nursery as a child. She is in Abilene for Christmas, and took her baby boy to the party.
Mrs Wood Is seen in the background at the left. That big Christmas tree was decorated by the Pan Hellanie. Besides the toys, there were apples, oranges and candy for the children too. <Staff Photo),
AT LEAST SEVEN DIE
Mystery Cloaks Air Crash
PRESIDENT SENDS GREETINGS TO Explosion of NATION WITH PLEDGE FOR PEACE Bomber Probed
WASHINGTON. Dec. 24—OPV— Before all the world, the presi-
President Roosevelt gave his Christ- \ dent said he was renewing a pledge mas greeting to the nation today,
along with a prayer for world peace and a re-avowed personal pledge to work for that end The chief executive spoke at dusk at the lighting of a community Christmas tree in Lafayette park, directly opposite the White House entrance The radio carried ‘ to my fellow countrymen everywhere’’ a wish for “a merry Christmas with peace, content and friendly cheer to all."
often given his countrymen— that i I shall do whatever lies within my power to hasten the day foretold by Isaiah, when men *shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
His brief remarks carried commendation of peace efforts in the western hemisphere and an implied criticism of the aggressiveness of nations across the seas.
France Trumps Colonial Cards
PARIS, Dec. 24.—iJP)—The French government was reported today to have decided to tell Italy that her action In declaring invalid the 1935 Italo-French agreement deprived her of colonial territory France ceded in the accord.
In circles close to the government lL_jas said the cabinet todav to inform Italy her action rc-estapftVirri-ehe- smwawm
.■ - mfd/ffliinre the accord.
# iff Thus, in the French view
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UNIONTOWN. Ala . Dec 24 —Blown to bits by an exploa: that shattered a twin-motor army bomber and sent the (Alc crashing to earth in flames, sodsfv of at least seven and possibly nine men were gathered up todaptlK a clump of cedars transform^ into a scene of horror.
No Immediate identlficatlflRMH possible.
Major Warren A. MaWvS. operations officer at Max field, Montgomery, Ala. vapor from a broken gas may have gathered in the fljfc senger compartment of fihe huge ship and have ignited by a spark before the pilot, astr? of his peril, could find a clearing in the rainy night.
Maxwell field officers repor their investigation had given hint of .sabotage.
pressing at vexations in relation! between the Vatican and the Italian government.
He sam he forgave the “rude” dlsrespe-t of his "white hair” In the disregard of the concordat and the flying of the nazi flag when Reichs-fuehrer Adolf Hitler visited Rome last May. The nazi swastika he described as “a cross Inimical to the cross of Christ.”
The pontiff criticized that which affects the ‘dignity, liberty and integrity of the individual."
Ile refused to discuss the fascist contention that the concordat “was not wounded in the slightest but remained sound” but declared that the Interpretation of a two-party pact “cannot be usurped by one party alone.”
Ood, he declared, would "enlighten minds and move hears in the direction of truth and Justice, which are the sole true and solid bases of the welfare of the indivld aLso of peoples "
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BERLIN, Dec. 24.—fAV-A propaganda ministry spokesman today declared the “Ickes Incident” was closed diplomatically after it culminated in the United States’ rejection of » German protest against a speech by the secretary of the interior.
Though regretting that Acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles rejection “left a sting behind,” the spokesman said the protest was couched in such terms that diplomatic action ended with the strong American retort.
Not even diplomatic quarrels must Interfere with the Christ-there will be no said the “we
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LIMA. Doc. 24 — (AP) — Brazil'! signature today gave the unanimous backing of the 21 American republics to a Pan American conference declaration on continental solidarity and defense.
Afranio Mello Franco, h*ad of the Brazilian delegation, signed the declaration at 12:25 p. rn. bringing to an end two weeks of controversy over the action the confer should take.
The agreement, jjuhiPNTv signed by the other r nounced Thursday night as proclaiming the decision of the nations of the western hemispher to maintain and to defend continental solidarity assist tit* elgn invasion or activities Brazil's signature concluded a two week “battle of phrases' over the solidarity project with first Argentina and then Brazil the primary stumbling blocks.
Argentina held out for a der (aration covering aggression from any point—reflecting her fear that the United States might be an aggressor In the future—while Brszii yesterday sought undefined slight modifications after the draft had been approved by all but herself.
Mello Franco said after he had signed that Brazil wanted to give to continental solidarity “a much
Christmas in the long history of Abilene Goodfellow*’ annual campaigns to bring joy to families who happen to be unable to provide Christmas cheer for their own children.
The total of cash given this y
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The Lions club's “game" raised $513 60 in dimes Of this sum 1247 33 went to the Ooodfellows. Th la stan was given when it appeared that was the exact amount needed to bring the fund to SI .800, contributions came in later. es buying dozens of Oood-#811sa baske’* he Lint ad • em-MHNA a veritable spree of spreading They gave HOO to the Salvation Army for its annual Christmas dinner and charity, 124 25 to buy tickets to a special children’s Christ-masA>erformance at the Paramount, $229to the Tuberculosis association, 150 Ko special charity aiding fami-liesMrecommended as deserving by loc 4 churches, and *67 to the PT A Milk Fund Iq addition to this the Lions club $42 02 to build ’he “gridiron bowl game’ ” in front of the . bank, to hire night watch-
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It was a happy day before Christmas in more than 800 homes of Abilene needy. There was food for the
holiday dinner; toys, apples, (granges
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expression” of the line up of the ^publics than had been drafted.
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Liquor control the Abilene office lovers in the Colq by relieving a more than 500 and gin—pints an quarts of wine and John Coates, said the liquor in a barn near Co the cheer did his other location Coates said.
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SHANGHAI. Dec. 24—(UP) — Japanese central China headquarters announced today that Japanese army commanders would welcome any friendly gesture from Chinese leaders, a dispatch of the Domei iJapanese i news agency from Nanking said today.
Santa Slayer to Remain in Jail
ELYRIA. O, Dec. 24 (VP)—William Case, 84-year-rfdd white-bearded farmer whose defense of a grove of Christmas trees brought death to a neighbor, chase today to remain In jail instead of returning to his evergreen-studded acres.
He p eaded innocent to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of William Rousseau. 37-year-old unemployed father of two small girls. Bond we; fixed at $1,000.
“I could put It up easy enough, but I’d rather stay here,” Case said.
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formally, she also would demand that Italy return 2.500 shares of stock in the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railroad which were given her under the 1935 agreement and actually changed hands.
A third pact of the accord, signed January 7, 1935, provided for progressive removal of Italian citizenship and other rights in Tunisia by 1965.
The weatherman’s Christmas package for Texas: Fair and pleasantly cool in th* northern half of the state today and tomorow; cooler in South Texas and Rio Grande valley and skies a bit on the rainy side.
Major Maxwell said a tramp overm^^r*! Novtm <v the area convinced him “at least seven were killed.” and asserted “never in all my experience in aviation have I ever seen anything like" the devastation wrought by the accident.
Effects recovered indicated nine persons might have been killed, but reports from Hamilton Field.
Calif , said only seven soldiers left there Thursday aboard the plane en route to Mitchell Field.
A witness to the catastrophe, Bob Long, said the plane circled the town, obviously seeking to land. He watched its lights as it swung wide over the rural terrain.
Suddenly a flash lighted the rountryside and buildings in the town—2 1-2 miles away— were shaken by the blast.
Citizens rushing to the scene were impeded by an almost impassable road.
Knee-deep mud hindered investigation and reclamation, and mast of those who came because of curiosity went away horror struck.
Even veteran newsmen and photographers turned away.
Last Edition Until Tuesday
This Is the last issue o Reporter-News until T morning.
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^irt For .Hamlin's Lake
HaHCiN. Bur. 24—(Spl.l—Mayor joe Cuiipftson broke dirt yes-teAify on/l.TcatAon for Hamlin's pew wats/ storage basin. It I* on MM T. J Roughs farm two miles sooth of Ha
timate that it will ths to complete the is sponsored by the administration. The rage basin will coat *129.000 of this ti-voting water revenue $105,545 supplied by the
Yes, the Ooodfellows have completed their annual good deed. In an admirable manner.
With clocklike precision, the buying, (lacking of the bags, loading of the trucks and the delivering was checked off this year. By midmorning on Christmas eve, the last Goodfellow bags had been delivered.
To every home went a beef roast weighing 4 1-2 pounds, a can of sweet potatoes a quart of syrup two cans corn, two cans tomatoes, two pounds of rice, two cans Mexican style beans, two loaves of bread, two pounds of cakes, two pounds candies, an orange and two apples for each member of the family. Then there were dolls for the little girls and other toys. which were chosen for each family as near in keeping with the children’s own requests as possible.
Postmaster O. A. Hale has been
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‘Wrroo’t lek**’ «ott
a- - - will hold approximately
6O0.0W.QOO gallons of water, while n i, the storage tank will hold a million gallons. Water will flow from ttMtJuke. five miles south of town, HlWfctne storage basin, two miles from wn by gravity flow.
the Goodfellow buyer *lnce Good-fellows launched their Christmas cheer program in Abilene many years ago. Here is what his ‘‘grocery list” looked Uke:
3.400 pounds of beef. 792 No. 2 cans sweet potatoes; 1,564 cans corn, 1.564 cans tomatoes, 792 quart cans of syrup, 1,564 pounds of rice In two-pound bags 816 cans of Mexican beans, 1.600 loaves of bread. 1.600 pounds of cakes, in two pound bags. 1.600 pounds of candy, in two pound bags; 4.006 oranges, 8,(XXI apples. That's a big order.
It was filled right in Abilene, with many of the firms from whom purchases were made not only offering bottom prices to Good fellows but adding their own gifts in merchandise as well.
An example were the IOO extm loaves of bread that beth Mead's and Taystee 'threw in ” Those are annual gifts. The Universal Manufacturing company added IOO half pound sacks of coffee to the delivery of Mexican beans from there. 17
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PEORIA, IU , Der. 24 —OP)—1The eagle-eyed school teacher raced down the aisle and triumphantly seized a note despite frantic efforts of the recipient to tear it up. She started to read it for the edification of the class and was embarrassed to see:
“Sign this and bring five cents to school to buy teacher a box of candy.
In Simple Ceremony—
HOPKIN* TAKES OATH OF OFFICE
B. E. Hamilton to Federal Bank Job
ROSCOE. Dec. 24—(Spl>—B E Hamilton, assistant cashier of the Roscoe State bank, has announced ! his resignation, elective December 27. He has been with the local bank 19 years.
He resigned to take a job as federal bank examiner with the Dal-! las office of the Federal Deposit Insurance corporation. He will assume duties in the new capacity December 28
T. M. Dobbins, president of the Roscoe State bank, expressed regret of losing his ‘‘right-hand’’ man.
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton hav-been prominently identified in civic and social circles of Roscoe.
Christmas On Sunday Gives Added Solemnity To Church
Sunday—and Christmas. tary club. Thursday afternoon, at a
The occasion will take on added Christmas tree at the city hall au-church services ditorium. There was Santa Claus,
solemnity as throughout the city retell in song and sermon the story of the birth of the Christ in Bethlehem, the bright star in the heavens, and the shepherds bearing gifts for the King.
Hundreds of Abilenians will Join in the worship services before sitting down for the traditional Christmas dinner. Bankings of winter greenery, poinsettias, wreaths and candles decorate the churches, giving impressive backa ound for the Christmas music and message*
With packages mal: I, Christmas cards dispatched, and the shopping rush over, the day will be spent by hundreds in family reunions. Scores of visitors will be attending the churrti services too.
toys and bags of fruit ai d candies. The auditorium was filled with children for the occasion. The party for Mexican children I an annual event on the Rotary calendar here.
Traditional church services on Christmas eve at the Heavenly Rest Episcopal church and the Sacred Heart Catholic church were to usher in the religious observances.
At midnight .Christmas High Mass was to be celebrated at Sacred Heart. The Third Mass in E Flat I iRosewlg) was sung by the choir, ! under the direction of Dan Gallagher. with Harold L. Thomas as guest organist. The High Mass, most impressive of the year for communicants of the Catholic church, was to be celebrated by the Very
Henry P<*lderhoff. pastor. Pre-to be ths singing of
The Boss’ Sends S
Employes of many Abilene firms were visited by Santa Claus on Christmas eve. Many others already I had been remembered by the Santa who brings gifts in the form of cash bonuses or merchandise from "the boss.”
The 75 employes of the Texas Consolidated theaters in Abilene—Paramount, Majestic. Queen and Palace—were remembered Wednesday. From the Dallas office, each employe received a Christmas greeting and a check. The total received here was between $2,200 and $2,300, said Wally Akin, manager.
Seventeen employes of the Independent Ice and Refrigerating company were presented checks for $15
Monday, too, will be a holiday.
There will be no business activities ceding was for stores, banks and offices will carols. be closed. Even the employes of the Abilene Reporter-News will be taking a holiday; there will not be another edition until Tuesday morning.
The holiday week has been not
only by Goodfellows, but by individuals. churches and clubs Between 25 and 50 families who would have been on the Goodfellow list, Choral celebration were cared for by others. This. be- Communion, “St. cause some individuals with Good-! 'Gounod*, sung by the cnoir. will fellow hearts go to the welfare asso- also be heard at the morning serv -elation and personally see to the ice toda . The Christmas «*.7ssa4ja needs of some poor home. One Ahi- will be by the rector, the Rev \Vu-3i.es inch#* ionian unselfishly provided not only Us P Gerhart- his heme. The food and toys, but clothing for Word Was Made Flesh and Dwe.t throe families. Among Us.” Christmas evening
24»« inch** Th® Mexican children made mer- there will be a play, Ta? ^nepnera ry too. They were guests of the Ro-I that Stayed.” by the young peopta.
Low Mas* will be celebrated at IS o’clock this morning. Yuletide hymns will be sung by the choir, and the Mass will be followed by benediction of the blessed sacrament.
The Christmas eve service at tho Episcopal church was set for IO o’clock, centering on the Festival of the Holy Cecelia Mass”
ng Abilenians with Gifts or Bonus Money
each, a total of There wa* ASI Wednesday nigh^H^ married me rn be flMfpl and the girls dinner ware; thelmen and neckties. Simig sr gift to the nearly 200 Banner in Anson,
Spring, Coleman. Cr!
McCamey, Midland, RI
Angelo, Santa Anna, Winter __
ahans. Munday, Odessa and Pecos. SOME CARDS From Manager R C. Westbrook himself, the 60 employes of Hotel Wooten each received greeting card* to which $5 bills were attached. The total $300.
Credit biTW^ood for $50 in merchandise in the store went to employes at Waddington^ dress shop.
Grissom's gave bonuses of $20 in credit to each employe, the total running over $800.
An extra week’s salary, the total around $180, and other gifts went to the force at S. & Q. Clothiers.
There was no Christmas bonus at Montgomery Ward’s, but employes receive monthly bonuses on the quota basis.
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ftxvto Clinic Pharmacy employes amfiiJnted to $15 to $20 each
e were cash gifts to em-pnav of Thornton'* depar'm®n’ store presented at a holiday jraxvy a week ago.
J It was a casa Olathe to^nan get- j The total was $600 in cash bonuses
f J C. Penney s.
„ Ed Grissom, manager [ar store presented cash regular employes. The JO
g^ere ca>h bonuses, an to employes of Mtn-
Laundry company oyes with cash gifts . of one week s pay. length of service, employes of the West Texas Utilities 1 company received insurance policies rn the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500
Cash gifts to employes of the Abilene Reporter-News amounted to *875.
s There also were cash bonuses for employes of the Citizens National bank, these presented at the annual I Christmas party last week. The checks were for two per cent of an-■ nual salaries.
I Thirty-nine Abilene employes of i me Merchants Motor Lines yesterday shared in the cash gifts sent I out to all employes of the company. R. Doyle, agent, did not have the total.
Henry James, president of the Farmer* and Merchants National bank Saturday morning announced I that th? Institution has had a ’ very satisfactory year,” and that all employes are receiving a sub-i tiamia.1 bonus.