Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 29, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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THEY NEVER COME BACK—
Comeback Chance Too Late, ‘Silents’ Actress Ends Life by Drinking Poison
HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 29.—(UP)— Florence Lawrence, whose name glittered brightly In the lights of silent movies, finally got her chance for a comeback career. But It was too late. An incurable bone disease prevented her going on, and she chose death.
Two hours after the Metro-Gold-
wyn-Mayer casting office telephoned her yesterday, she called to a neighbor:
“Get a doctor. I have just taken ant poison."
She died in a hospital.
There was a note on the dressing table of her modest Beverly Hills home. It was addressed to "Bob,’’ a
studio employee, and said:
“Call Dr. Nelson. I am tired. Hope this works. Goodbye, my darling. They can’t cure it.
“P. S. You all have been swell guys in everything.
“Florence Lawrence." Her physician said that for more than a year the bone affliction had
kept her ill. She had not acted for months but had been under contract to the studio as one of its supporting players,
Then the studio called and offered her an important part, in the forthcoming picture, ‘I'our Girls in White." She said that she was sorry, but was to ill to appear
on the sound stage.
Miss Lawrence was one of the greatest and most beautiful of the early film stars. She entered pictures in 1904 as the original ‘'biograph girl,” preceding Mary Pick-ford in this role. She played with Clara Kimball Young, Maurice Costello and Matt Moore.
In 1915, she appeared with Moore
in a thrill scene wherein they were to be rescued from a burning house. It was before studios learned to use ‘‘doubles’’ and trick camera effects. The fire was real. The actors were rapped. Moore was overcome and Miss Lawrence dragged him through the flames. She was burned critically and her career as a star was ended.
This former Texas girl, Mrs.
K B. Norton, who was elected trustee of the billion-dollar Consolidated Edison company, demonstrates in New York that she hasn't forgotten how to cook.
WCTOG Drive To Open Here
For the third year the Abilene chamber of commerce will kick off for the district in the West Central Texas Oil A* Gas association's annual drive for associate memberships.
January 17 was set as the time for the beginning of the drive here at a meeting thus morning of the chamber's oil and gas committee and Abilene directors of the association.
Goal of 1 000 memberships in Abilene was announced by Russell Stephens, chairman of the committee Approximately 600 members were added here last year.
The campaign will be under direction of 14 team captains, in charge of IO men each, who are to canvass the town in one day.
All who are to partiicpate in the drive will meet at a 7:30 o'clock breakfast the morning of January 17, Team captains are to meet next Thursday morning for an organisation session to check up on plans.
Captains named by Stephens are: Elbert Hall, Lon Steffens, Fletcher Brumit. J. C. Hunter Jr., T. E. Brownlee , W. E. Jarrett, John Pilkington, Harold Austin, M. Shaw W P. Wright, J. L. McDavid, Ross Jennings, E. H. Moore and Ed Stewart.
Attending the session today were Stephens, Behrens, Austin, E W. Moutray, E. A Ungren, John B Fair. Shaw. Wright, McDavid. Jennings, Moore and J. C. Hunter.
C. of C. Secretaries Meet Here Today
Abilene Girds For New Blast Off Icy North
Winter’* second blast of the holiday week is slated to hit Abilene full force tonight.
The cold wave was slipping out of the Rockies and southeasterly across Texas today.
STOCK WARNING OUT The Abilene weather bureau posted the blizzard flag: and livestock warnings for this area were issued with the following forecast: Mostly cloudy, colder tonight, cold wave. Friday, parly cloudy, colder.
Abilene, with most of Texas, received a respite Wednesday and early Thursday from the severe cold that prevailed early in the week. It was a high south wind that drove sub freezing weather away from here Wednesday, after a two-day cold wave that brought temperatures as low as 19 degrees for Abilene, within one degree of the season's record. Low reading of the mercury this morning was 35 degrees. after a high yesterday of 53.
Skies were clear early today. Then the wind whipped east, then west, and shortly before ll o'clock it was right out of the north. Dark clouds moved in to obscure the sun, ominously suggesting what night was forecast to bring.
Tile U. S. weather bureau at Dallas reported that by morning freezing weather was expected to reach Austin. The chill weather was expected to curve eastward before reaching the extreme southern part of Texas.
Temperatures today generally were moderating, with Lubbock and Amarillo reporting readings around 28 degrees.
NORTHWEST HIT AGAIN
Tomorrow, the Dallas bureau said. Dallas might wake up with the temperature around 20 degrees and farther north the mercury would drop even more.
Ea t Texas generally was in for clouds and rain, and sufficient cold to warrant livestock warnings in the north portion. Much of West Texas would be lair, although cloudiness was predicted for the Abilene area.
The weeks second bitter cold wave hit the Northwest todav. Forecaster J. R. Lloyd of Chicago described it as the ‘second section” of the frigid spell that struck Monday night and Tuesday.
It came from Canada, where minina of 40 to 42 degrees below *ero were nor uncommon in the western provinces. It rolled eastward across the nation, tightening winter's grip on Central states with snow and zero temperatures as it extended toward the Atlantic coast. Sweeping over the Dakotas and Minnesota this morning, the blast brought 45-below temperature to Warroad, Minn., on the Minnesota -Canadian border. Bemidji, Minn., r d Minot, N. D. had 32 below and
WITH PRANKISH BRAVADO
Youths Raid ‘Impregnable’ Mint
Boys Penetrate Near Fortress, Find Ifs Simple
TRANSIENT DRINKS WOOD ALCOHOL, LIVES TO BOAST TO POLICE
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 20.— (UP)—Police made a dramatic effort to save the life of an intoxicated transient last night, when he admitted he had consumed a pint of Mood alcohol.
They rushed him to the emergency room of tile Gen
eral hospital where internes prepared antidotes. The transient protested.
“That was a week ago when I drank the wood alcohol,’’ he said. “Today I’ve had nothing but whisky.”
The internes returned him to police headquarters.
UNTIL WAR ENDS—
Japs to Keep American University
STAY ALIVE-DON'T DRINK
CHICAGO. Dec. 29— <UP> — Stay, alive—don't drink and drive! was the plea made by the National Safety council today In an effort to cut down New Year's eve traffic deaths.
The council offered five antidotes to traffic accidents:
Stay away from the wheel if you drink—yes, even if you take ‘just a couple.’
“Stay out of a car whose driver has been drinking.
“Don't forget that on New Year's eve you not only must watch your own driving, but be doubly cautious of the other driver.
“Excitement and inattention are just as dangerous as intoxication.
“Parents—urge your sons and daughters not to ride wuth drinking drivers. And set them a good example!"
Secretaries advisory board of the West Texas chamber of commerce
will meet at 3:30 o'clock this after- Parlt Rapids. Minn., 32 below. Wa- day.
tertown, S. D. reported 18 below. Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Ne
Hammond Again Farm Chairman
J. Walter Hammond of Tye was reelected chairman of the Taylor county agricultural conservation committee at a meeting of farmer delegates in the county agriculture building this morn1r»g.
B. H. Pritchard of Shep was renamed vice-chairman, and E D. Thomas of Tye was made the third member. Alternates ere Carl Moore of Tuscola and H. R. Clemmer of Elmdale.
Election of the county committee followed naming of community committeemen by popular vote of farmers in the four communities (commissioners precincts) Wednes-
SHANGHAI, Dec. 29 —(UP) —Japanese spokesman announced today that Japan would refuse to return the Shanghai university to its American Baptist owners until after cessation of hostilities in China.
The United States pointedly mentioned the university in several notes sent by U. S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull to Japan protesting the failure of Japanese to return American property in the China war zone to its owners after the actual war fronts had moved elsewhere.
OFFER TO BUY REFUSED
The Japanese spokesman said the property would not be returned because the Japanese military had established factories nearby the university and that the “zone has become unsuitable for a school due to the noise and smoke."
The Baptist church organization, which had repeatedly urged the United States government to secure return of the property, said that the Japanese had offered them 82,000,900 for the university buildings and grounds.
They said the offer had been refused because the property was valued at mere than $5,000,000.
Two Flee Jail
IT'S 'MRS. BABE' FROM NOW ON
noon in WTCC headquarters to discuss cooperation with the recently organized Freight Rate Equality federation.
The meeting was called by Chester Harrison, Brownwood, chairman of the board and president of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce Managers’ association.
See WEATHER, Pg.
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Clyde Girl Injured When Hit by Auto
CLYDE, Dec. 29— (Spl.) _ Nell McIntosh, 20, was injured about 6:30 o'clock this morning
ABI LENE and vicinity: Mostly cloudy, colder with cold wave tonight; vysd*} partly cloudy, colder, livestock warnings West Texas: Fair. colder in can and north, much colder north; probably frost In southeast portion tonight; Friday fair.
East Texas: Mostly cloudy, rain in
northeast portion and on upper cast, co.d-er except on lower coast and In Rio Grande Valley, cold wave In northwest -----wo uiuiiiiiig and north-central portions tonight; Friday
when struck by an automobile as 1 Tn rnorthClporuonColder’ llVMtoc* warning's
Highest temperature yesterday
she attempted to cross highway 80.
She was found about 15 minutes later by Nightwatchman J. W. Christian.
Miss McIntosh suffered bruises and scratches, but no broken bones.
Ship Asks Aid
LONDON, Dec. 29—(UP)—Lloyd’s announced today that the British steamer Marionga had sent out an SOS call off Iviza island in the Batea rics, reporting it had been bombed and the crew had taken to the boats.
Eoweat temperature this morning U35
Elected in the precinct meetings were:
Precinct I: E P Thomas. Tye, who will he replaced; Will Nesmith, Potosi. vice chairman, and F. H Monroe. Hamby. J. M. Briggs. Potoal, first alternate; W. H Blackburn. Potosi, second alternate S A Boles. Potosi, delegate, Earl Hooks, Potosi. alternate.
Precinct 2: D- J. Curb, Mount Pleasant, chairman; W. C. Perkins. Butman, vice chairman; J. C. Crain, Trent. L N Mc
Kee. Trent, and P. C. Doan. Butman, alternates. D. J. Curb, delegate, Z. V. Moore. Blair, alternate.
Precinct 3: D T Petree, route one, Tye. chairman; Carl Moore. Ovalo, vice chair
man; John Lovett, Abilene, route five B E. Plowman. Tye. and Elmo Jones, Tus
cola. alternates. W. E Beard. Tusco.a, delegate; W J Jones, Tuscola, alternate
Precinct 4 Bil'te McCasland, Gulon, chairman; A P. Wadf Lawn vice-chair
man: R. H Walker, Wingate. J. A Yates, Winters route four, end R E Stafford. Guion, alternates, a R Wade, delegate. Billie McCas.and, alternate.
PALO PINTO. Dec. 29.— (UP) — Two inmates of the Palo Pinto county jail e>, .vpcd today after locking Jailer Ott Howard and three other persons in a cell.
Names of the fugitives were not available immediately.
Howard and Dr. ii. I). Smith were surprised by the inmates, who locked the two men in an abandoned cell. The fugitives went outside, found Howard's automobile and returned to force Mrs. Howard to give them the keys. After locking Mrs. Howard and Mrs Jack Cardwell into a ceil, the men drove away in the stolen car
Mildred “Babe" Didrikson. all-around woman athlete, former Olympic champion and now
professional golfer, is pictured as she married wrestler George Zaharias, at St. Louis, Mo.
fi 30 pm 6:30 am 12:3« p.m. Dry thermometer 4s 40
Wet thermometer 43 34 ;i«
Relative humidity 69 R2 70
Abilenian to Sing At Hamlin Banquet
, Dexter Riddle will represent Abilene tonight on tile entertainment program of the Hamlin chamber of commerce's annual membership banquet. Riddle will sing and is to lead tile audience in group singing.
Brooks Beden will represent the Abilene chamber of commerce. Howard McMahon, assistant publisher of he Abilene Reporter-News, and Wendell Bedichek, managing editor, will be in the Abilene delegation.
42d Grand Jury To Report Monday
A venire of 16 men has been notified to report to 42d district court I Monday for service on the grand jury to be empanelled then.
They are Louis Ackers, Virgil Bradley, Tom Brownlee. Lacy Howerton, Llovd McCarty, Denver j Thornton, Otto Schultz, all of Abi- 1 lene;.. Lon Lockley, route 2, Abilene. C. Wolfe, Lawn; J. M. Beasley, Trent; Ray Barrington, Tuscola: W. A. Graham, Guion: George T. Moore, Merkel; W. J. Williams.! Ovalo; A. Williamson, Trent, Henry 1 West, Merkel.
Duck Season Ends
AUSTIN, Dec. 29.—(UP)—Duck hunters must take their last shot today before 4 p. m. the open season ends today. Regulations permit no duck shooting after 4 o'clock.
Stock Exchange Expels Member
NEW YORK. Dec. 29 — TP—The New’ York stock exchange announced today the expulsion from its membership of J. A. Sisto, general partner in a brokerage firm of that name.
Tile announcement of the expulsion was read to the members from (the rostrum of the trading floor by Edward E. Bartlett Jr., chairman of the governing board.
The exchange said Sisto had been expelled on three general charges.
The first charge said he had caused the Sisto Financial Corp, of which he was president and a director and which he dominated and j controlled, to purchase from him
KENDA YE. French-Spanish Border. Dec. 29.—(UP)—Military headquarters of Gen.
Francisco Franco announced today that the entire I/Oyalist defense line in the important Ralagucr sector had been smashed by the insurgent offensive toward Barcelona.
SCIENCE, PRAISE ALLAH, FINDS HENPECKED HUSBANDS' CURE
By the Associated Press
Opposing armies in Spain battled on almost even terms today whil* 1 strife over Italian aspirations for
at $25 a share a total of 1,000 shares of the stock of Sisto Financial Corp., which he had purchased about the same time, for $15.12V Sisto also was found guilty of having changed “by erasure" his I trading, personal and corporation accounts during the last seven months of 1937.
A third charge of which the ex-; change found him guilty asserted that on thirty different days in 1937 his firm had conducted transactions for Sisto financial in a cash account which “were not bona fide ; cash transactions."
Cotton Prophets Change Their Tune
SNYDER, Dec. 29—(Spl.)—Local cotton crop prophets who predicted Flench territory narrowed down to*-an 18 000 bale crop far Scurry coun-two areas—Tunisia. French protec- i l-v ibis year have adopted a new torate in North Africa, and Dji- theme song as ginnings reached in East Africa. , 27,052 bales up to December 13.
By HOWARD W. BLAKESLEE Associated Press Science Editor
RICHMOND, Va., Dec 29.— (A*)—A hormone which causes hens to crow w’as described to the American Association for the Adancement of Science here today.
The hens sound off almost as well as roosters and he experiments indicate that the hormone can be used ot relieve humans, particularly men, of
Tire hormone is testosterone, which already has been reported by physicians as giving aging men renewed interest in and energy for their work. It is the principal male sex hormone but its most interesting effects have been non-sexual and have not all been confined to the aged.
The experiments were reported by W. 9. Allee and N. g,
Cobias of the University of Chicago in a paper entitled: “The effect of injection of testosterone propionate on the social order in flocks of hens.” The hens were white leghorns.
These birds showed some extremely human-like traits of inferiority. It was found that . some hens peck others and that those pecked never peck back. This sign 0^ dominance appeared in e^ch flock in almost mili-
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One or two birds became “top” hens which pecked all the others. Below were captains, sergeants and corporals which successiely p e c k ed smaller numbers, and finally one or two privates which neer pecked anybody.
The hormone was injected into these hens in varying quantities. If a “private” received more than an^ oth<4 hen sfte pecked herjray to the top.
Despite Spanish insurgent reports that 20 government warplanes were shot down in the greatest air battle of the six-day-old offensive in Catalonia. Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s gains apparently were of minor consequence.
AWAIT ROME VISIT-The French-Italian issue marked time under the shadow of British Prime Minister Chamberlain s expected visit to Rome ne** January ll. ® ®
Chamberlain was J&id to have promised keep the contro-
Impartial observers predict the county will gin approximately 27.-350 bales before all county gins close for the season.
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'Cotton Girl' Arrives
DALLAS, Dec. 29— 1 UP)—Miss Opal mill, “the cotton girl of Hie nation," arrived from Lubbock today t<®. preside over the cotton jubilee which has be®i arranged in connection with the Cotton bowl football game next,,Monday between Texas Technological tollege and SIL of Moraga, Cal.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29. —(UP)—Two 15-year-old boys broke into San Francisco’s supposedly impregnable new million dollar U. S. mint today, took a copper plate as a souvenir, then left without detection.
Perhaps the boys never would have been apprehended had they not impishly telephoned police to “come get a copper."
•JUST A BREEZE’
First reports had the boys. Paul F'rancis and William Gallagher, captured by guards within the heavily guarded and massive structure. They convinced red-faced and thoroughly flabbergasted authorities that they not only entered the mint, obtained the souvenir but actually got out again.
“It was ail fun,” the boys said. “We just wanted to see if It could be done. It was a breeze, like throwing an egg into an electric fan. We just shinnied up a drain pipe to a ridge on the second floor, got past a guard reading a newspaper, and entered through a partly opened door.
“We took a copper plat* as proof that we'd been inside, then shinnied out, went to a garage and telephoned the cops. They thought we were kidding them but we finally convinced them."
After telephoning police the boys went back to the mint.
“Gee whizz,” said Gallagher, “there were guards running all over the place. I guess the police had called them about us. Paul started to run and then stopped to wait for me. Just then a cop came running up and grabbed us by he shirts He had a gun, too." OFFICIALS RED FACED Federal authorities who had held the boys incommunicado in a jue-nile home finally permitted them to tell reporters about their adventure.
The young raiders, just an ordinary looking pair of school kids, were delighted with the publicity they created by crashing into the monumental four-story Treasury repository—a veritable fortress on top of a 60-foot cliff on upper Market street.
Red-faced officials were unable to figure out how the boys avoided the tear gas equipment, impenetrable attack-proof seel, heavy steel bars, intricate burglar alarms and the rest of it—to say nothing of a young army of guards.
Paul and William are students at St. Vincent's school, one of the
See MINT RAID. Pg. IO, Col. 4
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Paper Claims Herr Goebbels Horsewhipped
GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 23.— (UP) —The Greenwich Time, in an article by Editor Wythe Williams, said today that nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had been severely beaten by the boy friend of an actress in Berlin.
The beating, probably with a horsewhip, put Goebbels in the hospital and sent Frau Goebbels, "outraged by the unlovely picture presented by her husband upon his restoration to the family circle,’’ to Switzerland for an indefinite stay, the copyrighted article said. REPORTED IN BANDAGES (Recent dispatches from Berlin said that Goebbels wras confined to the hospital by an attack of grippe.)
“According to a well authenticated report from a quarter that
BERLIN. Dec. 29.— (UP) -T” Reports published in America that Joseph Goebbels had been hospitalized because of a beating instead of an attack of grippe were described in wellinformed sources today as without foundation.
often has served us with advance inside information, either a peek through the keyhole or a glance through the transom of the Goebbels sick room has revealed the occupant swathed in bandages—something definitely not in use for treatment of intestinal grippe," the article said.
Revelation followed, indicating that “Wotan’s blickey Mouse had evidently been subjected to a terrible beating, possibly with a horse whip, leaving his face and body covered with welts and scars. “Further investigation, according to report, showed that this was even so—little Joseph had been beaten up by the boy friends of one of the many actresses, the qualifications of whom Herr Goebbels la called to decide in his role of propaganda minister, prior to bestowing the right to perform on German stage or movie lot.
“Tim boy friend, now hi jail, according to our information, displeased at the amount of time taken in deciding the case of the actress in question, waylaid the minister outside the girl friend's apartment, or studio, or whatever it was, horsewhip in hand, and with dire results above noted."
The article said Frau Goebbels was displeased not only by the appearance of her husband upon hi* return home but by “reports of undue time passed deciding qualification of actresses seeking work in Germany."
DER FUEHRER 'MAN OF YEAR'
NEW YORK, Dec. 27.— (UP) —Today’s isue of th® magazine Time narked Chancellor Adolf Hitler of Germany as “man of the year,” the designation Time gives annually to the person who has caused the most dramatic change in the course of history.
“For 1938,” the magazine said, “there was only one serious contender: Hitler. Greatest single news event of 1938 took place on September 29, when four statesmen met at the fuehrerhaus, in Munich, to redraw the map of Europe. . .
“Herr Hitler reaped on that day at Munich the rich harvest of an audacious, defiant, ruthless foreign policy he had pursued for five and a half years.
. . . Most other world figures of 1938 faded in importance as the year drew to a close. Prime Minister Chamberlain's ‘peace with honor’ seemed more than ever to have achieved neither.
. . Among many Frenchmen there rose a feeling that Premier Dandier, by a few strokes of the pen at Munich, had turned France into a second-rate power. . . During 1938 Dictator Mussolini was only a decidedly junior partner in the firm of Hitler and Mussolini, Inc. His noisy agitation to get Corsica and Tunis from France was rated as a weak bluff whose immediate objective® were no more than cheaper tolls for Italian ships in the Suez canal and control of the Djibouti -
Addis Ababa railroad.
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“On the American scene, 1938 was no one man’s year. Certainly it was not Franklin Roosevelts: His purge was beaten and his party lost most of its
See MAN OF YEAR, Pg. IO, Col. I
Pick UT Prexy
AUSTIN, Dec. 29.—(UP)—Selec-ion of Dr. Homer Price Rainey, director ot the American Youth commission in Washington, to ba president of the University of Texas was announced here today by th* of regents. A