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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas m>t abilene Reporter -WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRI EN OS OR SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXAC I [,Y AS I S, ☆ ☆☆ (fVSKMf) J -Bvron VOL. LVir, NO. 256 AiM>cUted PTM* (API ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, EVENING, FEBRUARY I, 1938 -TEN PAGES. flitted Pmi (UPI PRICE 5 CENTS Abilene Business Advance During Postal Receipts $2,000 Higher Than In 1937 Makes Month MRS. ROOSEVELT CUTS THE CAKE Weather Adds To Optimism In Trade Sector While much of the country admittedly sat back and wondered what the year 1S'38 will bring, Abilene surged forward in January with $89,835 in new construction, postal which are more than $2,000 higher than January of last year, weather that contributes to improved conditions and other business indices that make for optimism. TOST AL RECEIPTS $18,720 Postal receipts for January this vpar totaled $18,720.26. Postmaster O a Hale'* books showed this morning. The total for the same month in 1937 was $16.679 99, an increase this year of $2 040.27 Last month, $31,229 was nut into postal savings, against $28,610 cashed. United States Baby bond purchases during the month amounted to $16,875. The weather contributed materially to 1938 prospects. The rainfall was I 49 inches, as compared with a normal of .93 inch. anc 1937 January precipitation or -90-The moisture came as a slow drtz-here—duplicated throughout the area with many points reporting much more moisture than this section enjoyed. Last day of January brought a temperature of 17 degrees, lowest; of the season. The low mercury brought a smile to the faces of orchardists, for cold wether * this season holds back the firi trees. Repetition of the cold at: interval* through February' would be e,»-w'»"i rove the fruit from kill- -ing freezes—holding back the blooms until the danger season is , past. Demo Leaders Seek To Quell Housing Bolt Lodge Moves To Reinstate Wage Scales In Bill Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt is shown cutting a huge birthday cake that was topped by a replica of the White House at a (Hotel Willard) ball in Wash ington observing the President s 56th birthday. It was Mrs. Mrs. FDR's seventh stop on a round of parties during the night. Denton Pioneer Dies In Hospital Set Funeral For H. R. Kendrick at 2:30 Wednesday City Purchases Parking Meters Commissioners Vote To Enter Into Contract H. R Kendrick, 82 who had Uv- d In Cs IL! an oun' for 60 years died at IO o'clock this morning at Kendrick Memorial hispital. Resident of the Denton communi-Construction Totaling ty near Clyde, Mr. Kendrick was brought to the hospital Thursday afternoon. He succumbed to $89,835 Launched The month of January say a con struction program of $89,935 under pneumonia. Born in Newton county Missis- in onmnarison to Sippi in May, 1875, H. R. Kendrick way here ,    month    last    moved to Hill county. Texas, when $34,529 for the year. $'’6 635dibut noUrclud^on th* city I 1878 and the couple moved to ii. ____•J a CnlloUan /'Alin records were the dormitory' and doctor s cottage at the Abilene State hr»cmtai These together total $63.- in the Denton community in 1934. nospu* .    I    Throughout    hls    life    in    West    Tex as, Mr. Kendrick was engaged in 200 As further evidence of building activity, 31 plumbing permits were ls- See J ANV ARY, Pg. 9. Col. I Region Bright Spot On Business Map Retail Sales Up Despite Recession DALLAS, Feb. I. —iUP>— The southwest has suffered less than any other section of the United States during the current business depression, the federal reserve bank reported today. "After showing a further upward trend during the first nine months cf 1937, business and industry in the eleventh district declined in the fourth quarter, but the recession was much smaller than in the United States as a whole,” the bank said in its monthly business review. ••Throughout most of the year, business at both wholesale and retail establishments in this district was at a substantially higher level than in 1936. and aggregate sales for the year were the largest since 1929. “Department store sales, which had risen 19 per cent from 1935 to 1936, increased further by 9 per cent in 1937.” “Employment and payrolls were noticeably higher than in the preceding year,” the report added. “The number of business failures and amount of indebtedness involved were the smallest reported in the twenty years for which records are available.” Construction contracts awarded in the eleventh district were about one-fifth larger in 1937 than in 1936. The parking meters are here to stay. The city commission, in special session Monday afternoon, voted to formally enter into contract of purchase for the 469 meters Installed on trial four months ago. Today was the last day for the city to accept or reject the tentative agreement, otherwise the contract would automatically have gone into effect. The chief delay in executing the contract came over toe question of whether the Dual Parking Meter Kendrick died at her home I company of Oklahoma City would guarantee the city protection against patent infringement suits. Voters on January 20 had indicated their approval of the parking devices bv a vote of 654 to 507. RESPONSIBILITY ASSUMED Yesterday, the city commission had a telegram, confirmed by a let- W ARRINGTON, Feb. I.—(API Senate action gave final congressional approval today to the administration * housing bill. WASHINGTON. Feb. I. {^—Democratic leaders in the senate worked anxiously behind the scenes today to quell a bi-partisan revolt which threatened indefinite delay in enacting the administration housing bill. Senator Lodge (R-Mass> gained such strong support for his proposal to return the measure to a conference committee that administration lieutenants staved off a vote in order to round up their forces. Lodge w-as trying to reinstate a requirement that prevailing wages be paid on all home building : projects financed bv government- ; insured mortgages. This provision j was in the bill approved by the senate in December, but a conference committee reconciling that measure with the house bill knocked it out. The housing legislation is intended to encourage private investment in small home construction by permitting the owner to put up in cash only IO percent of the cost. A government-lnsured mortgage would cover the remainder. FEAR LONG DISPUTE If the measure should go back to the conference committee, there might be a long dispute, for the house approved the committee's action in eliminating the Lodge amendment. Feeling engendered by the senate battle over the anti-lynching bill. temporarily sidetracked, added bitterness to the new democratic split. A number of southern senators were resentful over the fight waged for the anti-lynching measure by Senator Wagner iD-NY), i author of the housing bill. Republicans, leading the demand j for the prevailing wage amendment. expressed the belief they had enough democratic support to return the bill to committee Administration leaders hoped to send the housing bill to the White House quickly as the first major legislative accomplishment since the 1937 session of congress adjourned last August. IN FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE— Borah Criticises ‘Alliance’ World Believes U. S., Britain In Pad, He Says AT RATE OF $500 PER DAY— LAND OFFICE INQUISITORS AIR FEES RECEIVED BY M DONALD FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES AUSTIN. Feb I —(JP)—A senate committee Investigating Land Commissioner Williair. H. McDonald brought out today that he received $6,400 In fees during the approximately four and one-half months between his nomination and inauguration in 1936. McDonald said hr was given two fees of $2,500 each for a trip to California in behalf of the Texas receiver of the Great Republic Life Insurance company and $1,400 for four months’ work as appraiser for the receiver of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance company. He told the committee that in \ the Great Republic matter he was asked to go to California in an attempt to straighten out serious difficulties between California officials and officials of the Texas receivership. One fee was allowed by terrogated about his conferences with the attorney general’s department on an EastSnd county case in 1935. He said the state “didn’t get a dime” out of his client be- District Judge W F. Robertson of cause the cnent “didn’t owe the Austin and the other by the Texas receiver, he testified. McDonald said he was able to straighten out everything in ten days although he had to do “a lot of arguing during that time.** He agreed with questioners the fees amounted to $500 a day for the time he had to spend in Califon ta. The land commissioner was In state anything.” No agreed Judgment was entered in the case, he said. : The committee called upon McDonald to defend himself once more against attacks on his leasing of certain submerged state lands on See PROBE, Pf. 9, Col. 5 Lay Sub Attack On Italy Britain Rushes UAWA OFFICIALS ASK RELIEF FOR JOBLESS AUTO WORKERS Unemployment Discussion Precedes Capital Parley With Business Men Ships To Zone Spanish Loyalists Accuse Rome In Note To London WASHINGTON, Feb. I. </P>—United Automobile Worker* officials u^ia/.i, ™ x. —„ - The urged President Roosevelt today to recommend an „    ,    aDDroDriation of $130,000,000 to provide employment and direct reuei Spanish government tday charged JW^mpSJed automobile workers and their families in Michigan. Italy had assigned four destroyers Homer Martin president of the auto union, presented the request and two submarines to the Spanish at a White House conference. He said    the    P™£dent    had^jprevd to take the matter up tomorrow with the Works Progress admlnistrR ticn. Martin added the president was quite cognizant of the em crgency of the situation.” Today's discussion of unemployment problems preceded the conference here tomorrow of 800 representatives of imall business men. In formulating suggestions for the president to aid in ending the current recession, they are expected ^ to report that their most urgent need is a source of new capital. Ernest G. Draper, assistant sec-' retary of commerce, said today that topic was the theme of hundreds of letters sent to administration of- IJORDON, Feb. I. —</P)- insurgent fleet and that an Italian submarine sank the British merchantman Endymion off Spains southeast coast with a loss of eleven lives. 'AMAZED AT INTERVENTION The British admiralty rushed four destroyers armed with depth charges to the Mediterranean area where the coal-laden freighter was tor pedoed. Pablo deAzcarate Y Florez, Spanish government ambassador, accused Italy In a note handed to the British foreign office.    ,    ,    .    „    *. The Spanish government, he de- Octal* from all over the coun ty, dared in another communique, Is Th® be#t banking brains in th amazed” that “foreign intervention government. Secretary Morgen thau CIO Halts Drive In Jersey City Hague's Officers Order Organizers To 'Get Hopping' he was 13 years old. He was mar totaled ried there to Amelia McVicker in Callahan county Mrs that same year. ranching and stock farming. He operated extensive holdings in Callahan county as well as some Abilene property. Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick, four; Mrs. t ter, that the company would &s- H. L. Williford of Lubbock. Mrs. H W. Caldwell, E. J. and Roy Kendrick, all of Clyde, survive. A. ti. Kendrick died in 1928. Mrs. T. IV. Keplinger in 1935, and Mrs. J. E. Ogle succumbed la the same year. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Worth Williams and Mrs. J. E. Scott of Denton, IS grandchildren and IO great grandchildren. Funeral is to be he d at 2:30 p. rn. Wednesday from the Methodist church at Denton wi’h burial to follow in the Kendrick family cemetery Tie Rev Dick Bright and the Rev. R. H W.lliams are to conduct the services assisted, by the Rev. Sam Young, presiding elder of the Sweetwater district. Fort Worth Invalid Burned to Death PORT WORTH. Feb. I.—(^P)— John Toolen, 60. an invalid and Spanish-American war veteran, was burned to death and his mother, Mrs. Harriet Toolen, 81, barely escaped with her life when an early morning fire destroyed their home here today. Mrs. Toolen’a presence in the burning house was made known to firemen by Thomas Hinkle, 13, who lives nearby. The fire is believed to hive started from a wood stove. Mrs. A. W. Sargent Succumbs at Baird BAIRD. Feb. I. Spit—Mrs. A. W. Sargent. 76. resident of Baird for 30 years, died it 9:45 o'clock this morning at I er home here following a prolonged illness. Funeral will be held at the Methodist church a' 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Hamilton Wright conducting the service. Burial will be in Ross cemetery here besides the grave of her husband who died two years ago. Mr. Sargent was a well known railroad man herr sume all responsibility in event of patent infringement suits. These are being made a part of the formal contract. Mayor Will W. Hair and his administration are making it a policy in the purchase of any or all equipment to secure guarantees of protection in event questions of the patent rights are raised. The meter' are being purchased at $58 each, a total of $27,202. the company to receive its payment on the basis of three fourths of the monthly collections. Commissioner George Morris and other officials last week were considering making a cash offer in payment for the meters. This still can be done at any time the city may see it, it was pointed out. Small Businessmen Traveling lo Parley At Own Expense commented, have been studying the question for years but have not solved It. in Spain is permitted to such an extent as to allow the rebels (Insurgents) to receive whole, important units of a foreign fleet.” Azcarate Y Flores denied the insurgents have submarines of their own and declared “it must be clear open meeting at the commerce de- JERSEY CITY N. J., Feb. I — (4*)—The Committee for Industrial Organization quickly halted a new unionization drive in the bailiwick The small business men put un- 0f Mayor Frank Hague today after employment as the second most vital question they will discuss in an Cowboys-Buffaloes Will Play At 7'30 Basketball game between the Ha rd in-Sim mons Cowboys and the West Texas State Buffaloes will be played at 7:30 tonight instead of 7 o'clock, the hour carried in stories on today's sports page. Coach Kimbrough and school officials decided to delay the starting time today noon after having previously announced the game for 7 p. rn. WASHINGTON. Feb. I.—(AP)— The 800 businessmen invited here tomorrow for a conference on economic conditions are traveling at their own expense . Secretary Roper is sponsoring the meeting, but his commerce department has no money to finance the trip for any of them. Most of the 800 are persons who asked to be invited or who wrote business recovery suggestions to President Roosevelt or the commerce department. In some cases, invitations were issued at the request of congressmen or trade associations. Government officials said .they made no choices of their own. to the whole world” that the Endy-mion's attacker was Italian. The destroyers were under orders without hesitation to drop depth charges if the attacking submarine were sighted and attempted to resist capture. The Nvon accord against “piracy,” signed last Sept. 14. established that any such submarines be “counter attacked and if possible destroyed.” The destroyer flotilla centered its patrol about the Cape Tinoso area, where the Endymion sank following the submarine attack. which possibly signalled a general recurrence of such so-called “piratical attacks” which disrupted Mediterranean merchant shipping See SHIP, Pf. 9. Col. S partment before mending a delegation to the White House. Unemployment, however, headed the discussion list of a group of United Automobile Workers’ officials calling on Mr. Roosevelt today. Homer Martin, president of the auto union; Richard T. Franen- vigilant police had stopped four organizers seeking to distribute CIO circulars to workers. None of the quartet was arrested but all were ordered to “get hopping'' by plainsclothesmen who also took away their pro-unlon pamphlets. Their activity interrupted. Sam Maori, CIO official, called off the Links Situation To That Leading To World War WASHINGTON, Feb. I — (AP)—Senator Borah (R-Idaho) told the senate today the world has been led to believe Great Britain and the United States had an “alliance' ’ for building up their navies. The Idaho veteran warned it was the same kind of situation that led to the world war. PITTMAN DEFENDS POLICY Borah gave his views on the foreign situation during a general debate over American foreign policy, In which It was defended by Chairman Pittman (D-Nev) of the foreign relations committee and attacked by Senator Johnson <R-Calif >. Pittman, replying to remarks yesterday by Johnson, said American foreign policy was the same as it had been ever since President Roosevelt took office—“non-intervention, non-interference in the affairs of other governments.” Johnson retorted that President Roosevelt* Chicago speech, suggesting a “quarantine” of warring nations, followed by the inconclusive Brussels conference on the Far Eastern situation, had left the batlon “in the pusillanimous position • of having threatened a nation and not carried through. The debate followed the statement of Admiral William D. Leahy before a house committee that international conditions are more threatening now than at any time since 1918. Leahy urged enactment of President Roosevelt's national defense expansion program. Navy Chief Hints Larger Battleships WASHINGTON. Feb. I.—Collie navy’* top-ranking officer told congress today the United States would build battleships larger than the 35.000-ton limit fixed by the 1936 London treaty if other powers disregard the limitation. “It Is almost certain,” Admiral William D. Leahy said, “that the treaty nations would Invoke an escape clause and build larger ship* lf it were determined that other countries were doing so.” The chief of naval operation* Se* NAVY, Pg. 9. Col. S steen, vice president, and William unann0unced campaign less than Sentence Suspended In Driving Case S. S. Shipman pleaded guilty in 42d district court Tuesday morning to dnvlng an automobile while intoxicated and was given a 30-day Jail sentence and $50 fine, both suspended. Judge M. S Long was presiding over his own court today after having exchanged benches with Judge W. R Chapman, presiding officer of 104 h district court. Judge Chapman was in Abilene today but will return to Anson Wedne^iay morning to conclude his five-weeks session in Jones county. Judge Chapman will go to Roby Monday for the opening of a three-weeks term of 104th court. He will convene his court in Abilene February 28. Munger, research director; came I here to give the president their ideas on how to regularize employ- See CONFERENCE. Pf. 9. Col. 5 Court Gives Verdict In Pecos Oil Suit SAN ANGELO. Feb. I. (/Pi—Gulf Production company was the winner and Mid-Continent Oil and Gas company was the loser today of a lucrative strip of land in the Yates oil pool in Pecos county after an instructed verdict Monday after-CALLANDER. Ont, Feb I—(UP) n(xm jp^ Stockton which fav-Under orders to keep the Dionne ored the defendant as to title of Order Quints To Bed For Colds an hour after it began. No announcement of future plans was made. One man at a time was dispatched from the union’s headquarters to the American Home Products company. cosmetic manufacturers, about two blocks away. The surprise visit otherwise followed strategy similar to that used In December when the CIO made Its first bid at mass organization in Acidization For Nowlin Wildcat STAMFORD. Feb. I—Operators planned to acidize the R. B. Farris et a1 No. I Nowlin, Jones county wildcat a mile and a half southeast of Stamford, after cleaning out today. The test, which had been drilled into sulphur water in the Palo Pinto lime at 3,567 feet ana plugged back, will test a showing of oil in saturated lime at 2.142-60 feet. It is in section 3-BBB&C survey. Haterius and Ungren dc Frazier No. I, Olson, deepest wildcat in the Avoca area, was drilling ahead past the city. At that time seven union 5 130 fwt pnd expected to pick top quintuplets “in bed and quiet” nurses at the Dafoe hospital racked their brains today for a formula that would enable them to obey orders. The girls were suffering from common colds, and will have to remain In bed at least until the end of this week. under orders of Dr. Alan Brown, physician-in-chief of the hospital for sick children, Toronto, and Dr. Allan Dafoe. Dr. Brown was called to examine the children by Dr. Dafoe and said they were in excellent health and better able to withstand disease than most children. the land, but gave a Judgment of $276,985 to plaintiffs and royalty owners in the case of R. Wilbur Brown of San Angelo et a1 vs. Gulf Production company et a1. The court held binding a boundary line agreement between the two major companies, by which agreement the Gulf developed the 1.025-foot strip now containing nine producing wells. workers and sympathizers were Jailed for five days for violating a city ordinance prohibiting distribution of circulars. Many more were escorted out of town by police. Ballinger Man Dies BALLINGER, Feb. I. <&)—R. A. Williamson. 71, grocer here since 1920, was found dead in bed this Morning. His wife said he complained of pains about his heart about 3:30 o'clock. The funeral is pending. POLLS TO SETTLE ISSUE- The Weather COST SET AT $3,700,000,000— U. S. Traffic Deaths Reach New High In 1937 Taylor’s Dog Lovers Organize, Rap Proposed Local Option Law ABILENE *n<l vicinity 'ncr*«*tn* «ioudlne«v w«rmcr tonight and Wcdn»*d«y. Wnt    Partly    cloudy    art    warnitr tonight; W*dn#ad*y cloudy. »ar*ncr in north and cwt portion*    I    .      ..    „ E*#t Tfxaa: Increasing clouds'** warm Stirred in opposition to a , I nr tonight *n<l Wednesday; pr iMy light    I Wnl notion    doff law rain in in Rh. Grande Valley and lowar    1    upuuu    uus co**' Highest temperature yesterda ...47 Lowest tempera!urn (til* morr ag . 79 CHICAGO, Feb I—(UP)—Traffic deaths in 1937 reached a .new all-time high of 39.700. the national safety council announced today. The safety council report showed that 106,000 persons were killed accidentally, 375,000 were injured permanently, ,nd 9,400,000 were injured temporarily In the United States during 1937. The total of accidental deaths from all causes? dropped to 106.000 from 110.248. but the 39,700 traffic deaths were an Increase of four per cent over the 38.088 who wen killed in 1936. Cost of the accident toll was estimated by the safety council at $3,700,000,000 *(b). The council reported that the reduction of four per cent in the total number of accidental deaths resulted from a comparatively mild summer, which reduced heat deaths by approximately 4,500. The total of accidental deaths was larger than that of any year other than 1936. Total deaths from accidents In th* home wert 33,000 aa com oared with 37.500 in 1936: occupational deaths were 19.000 as compared with 18.000 in the previous year, and "public” deaths (other than from traffic accidents) were 19.000, as compared with 20,000 in 1936. Although major disasters in 1937 contributed a relatively small percentage of the total deaths, the safety council pointed out that outstanding catastrophes of the year were the New London, Tex., school explosion which killed 294 children on March 18. and the Hindenburg airship explosion which killed 35 passenger* Dos lovers of Ta\lor county have \iews. McDaniel is being assisted by Dr J. M. Gillespie, J. M. Hooks and others. McDaniel in particular criticized the section of the proposed law that would provide for the killing of dogs. “Section 3 reads ‘xxx any dog that is about to make an attack xxx may be killed by anyone present.’ How are we to know when a dog is about to make an attack?” He added; “Is suspicion all that is necessary to find a dog guilty?” “I don’t believe any of us upholds Sheep raisers and others have started a war on dogs—at the ballot box, proposing to put a law Into t> ageratum* effect providing for the licensing in Of all dogs; sunset-to-sunme muz-sung of dogs, use of registration 34 fees to repay persons whose 34 stock or poultry was killed by dogs, 33 and for the killing of dogs attack-ing, known to attack or about to attack stock or poultry. The question is to be decided at the malicious killing dog.” declared w>t u» tm ore »t*r JUlatlve Humidity. *5 sa the polls on February 8. Fifty or more persons championing the cause of the dogs met at the city hall last night: they elected Herman McDaniel president pro tem of their campaign organization, and they expressed freely their Gillespie. “We already have a city licensing law. a dog pound, and other protections.” “The law is ridiculous,” declared Nelson DeWolf. "We have enough • See DOG LAW, FR- IO, Cot 3 of the Ellenburger lime today or tomorrow. It's 'Morning After' For Tax Employes Collectors Busy Opening Letters “The morning after”—you know, when your head feels like an overgrown washpot, only perhaps larger and heavier, C. O. (Pat) Patterson, county tax assessor-collector, and his deputies this morning knew Just how those with throbbing craniums feel upon awakening to discover that they have lived through another spree. Today it was the calm after a storm following several days of rushing business. . . waiting on tardy tax payers. Patterson and hi* aides stayed on the job until midnight. “No, I couldn’t even guess at the number of poll taxes paid or the total of ad vadorem taxes paid,” Patterson stated this morning. “Were opening stacks of letters today and chances are it will be several days before I can get an accurate count on poll tax receipts Issued or money collected for property taxes’, Patterson added. Earl Hughes, city tax collector, announced at the close of business last night that January collections for city taxes totaled $154,240.20, this not including payments made by mail. The city tax office remained open until midnight but business was slight after IO p. rn. Issuance of automobile license tags began at the county tax office today and will continue through March, ;