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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1938, Abilene, Texas Wye Abilene Reporter'■WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXAC FLY AS IT GOES,"-Byron ☆ ☆☆ VOL LYU, NO. 257 Anodal** Fria (API ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1938-TEN PAGES. fatted Fmi (CPI PRICE 5 CENTS Probe Deeper In Submerged . Land Leasing AS WASHINGTON CONGRESS’ OPENS-- Little Business Advisory Committee Urged BRITAIN TRAINS GUNS ON CHINESE-JAPANESE CRISIS Land Office Investigation Second Week n AUSTIN, Feb. 2.—(ZP)—A senate committee inquired further today Into activities of a group awarded oil leases on many submerged state tracts along the coast as it entered the second week of an investigation of Land Commissioner William H McDonald. J. R. Chatham of Burkburnett, partner of I. E. Harwell of that city in various business enterprises, was the first witness. Chatham. Harwell, W. M. Harris, formerly of Oklahoma City, J. R. Prince of Burk-bv^mett. W. F, Bridewell of Marshall and others were associated in numerous successful bids on underwater leases. Chatham was questioned closely about how much time he spent in an office opened here by W. M. Harris. That office has figured frequently in the testimony. DENIES ATTENDING PARTIES The Burkburnett financier said Harwell, Prince and he did considerable work on bids there. He stated emphatically, however, he did not attend any night drinking parties in the office as he said had been alleged in previous testimony, The witness said he did not pay any part of the rent for the office. Testimony had been that Land Commissioner McDonald sometimes went- to the office. McDonald said he could recall only “about three” such visits but Mrs. Frances Mayfield Paulk of Alice, an employe in the office, said their number was "ten or twelve.” Asked whether Francis Felty of Burkburnett, former state land office employe, had any interest in any of the state leases obtained by Chatham and his associates, the witness replied that so far as he knew Felty did not. Invite Athenians To Dine With Trippers Abilene business men are being invited to he if? dinner tomo^y'v night with a delegation from Houston. To welcome the trippers, Tom K Eplen, chairman of the chamber of commerce good will committee, this morning proposed that as many * Abilenlans as possible Join the guests at the dinner hour, in the crystal room of the Hilton hotel. Eplen requested that reservations be made with him by Thursday morning. The charge is 75 cents per plate, he added. Tile Houstonites, publicizing the Houston Fat Stock show set for March, will arrive here at 6:30 tomorrow' evening. Tile dinner is set for 7:30. Supreme Court Acts On Taylor Suits Texas supreme court proceedings today( included the gantlng of a writ of error in the suit of Fidelity Union Insurance company, et a1, ra. Tate Hutchins, et a1, tried In Od district court Feb. 18, 1936. The suit was for breach of contract. In another decision the supreme court overruled a motion for rehearing of applications In the suit for damages by J. F. Miller vs. Safeway Stores, Inc., of Texas. This suit was tried in 104th court April 9. 1936 and resulted in a 11.250 verdict for the plaintiff. • What Is Your . NEWS I. Q.? As the soldiers of the rising sun widened their conquests in China and threatened to isolate Hong Kong, England tuned up her Empire guns. A bona fide tenant of China by right of renting Hong Kong, Great Britain moved to protect i*s property. The anti - aircraft weapons et the mouth of Hong Kong harbor, hills of China in background, are pictured as England’s artillerymen £0 * them ready for action. Britain Charts Steps To Reinforce Piracy Patrol Eden Reports Cleveland Shoe Dealer Elected Meet Chairman Protests Break Conclave Up Into Discussion Units WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.— (AP)—Fred Roth, Cleveland wholesale shoe dealer and chairman of President Roosevelt’s conference of small business men, suggested today the creation of a permanent advisory committee to represent little business in the same manner the business advisory council represents large interests. PROGRAM DISARRANGED Soon after Roth finished his remarks, noisy protests against speech-making forced the conference to break up Into ten discussion groups within an hour after they met. This disarranged the conference program which would have delayed meeting of the smaller discussions groups until afternoon. Roth, chosen permanent chairman of the conference, made the suggestion in a brief talk outlining some of the purposes of the meeting. He spoke after the conference had received word from President Roose-1 velt that he expected "the suggestions resulting from your conference will be very helpful to me.” "I am hopeful,” Roth said, "that By Truck And Bus To Capitol— WHATS WRONG WITH U.S. BUSINESS? HERES SOLUTION PRESENTED BY HOSIERY SALESMAN (Editor's note: A. L. Clark, silk hosiery peddler, Itinerant vendor and temporary merchant, is one of the small businessmen invited to th* “little business’ conference here. He came to Washington from his home in Dallas. Texas, by driving his truck to Muskogee, Okla , and then taking a bus to the capital. His views on what's wrong with business and what ought to be done are presented herewith. papers where this fellow Knudsen and a flock of other big business men were telling President Roose-velt what they thought was wrong w;*h the country. Well, in my business I get around through the southern states, and I know a couple of dozen things myself. So I decided that President Roosevelt ought to get some balance of ideas. I night-lettered Mr. Roosevelt and so I got the invitation to come here today. By A. I* CLARK    And.    boy,    I    come    here with a (Written for the United Press)    plan thats the only salvation for WASHINGTON. Feb. 2. (UP)—A this country. I got what all big couple of weeks ago, I read in the businessmen got—a ten-point plan. Of course. I’m speaking mostly from my knowledge of the South. But everybody knows that when business is good In the South, it’s good in the North. So here goes with my plan—you can call it the Clark long-range recovery progam. 1. There must be a back-to-the-farm movement. This is the most important point of all. Too many folks have gone to big and little towns from the farms. There isn’t enough work for them all. So they’re on relief. Get them back to the farm and it will stop all this talk about over-production. 2. Repeal about a gillion laws. See PROGRAM, Pf. IO. Col. I SEIZED JANUARY 17- Rebels Release Vessel Sailing To Mainland Crew At Liberty After Discharge Of Oil Cargo On Sub Crisis *    TP-    » Proposals To Be Given Powers In Nyon Agreement LONDON, Feb. 2 —< UP)— Britain intends to take decisive action to tor rehearing by H. 8. Cole, Bon-prevent a repetition of acts of "pi-    theater    proprietor. Court Holds Movie Bank Night Ruling Of Lottery Final AUSTIN. Feb. 2—UP)—The court af criminal appeals today made final its decision that bank nights are lotteries in overruling a motion racy” in the Mediterranean such as the torpedoing of the British steamer Endymlon by a submarine, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden informed the House of Commons today. Eden told a questioner that the government had drawn proposals for Tile highest criminal tribunal last affirmed Cole’ conviction and $100 fine. In his attempt to secure a rehearing he cited additional authorities to show the element of lottery was not involved but the court rejected these. “After all It la but a scheme, in Merkel Poultry Show To Open Tomorrow Entries Exceed Previous Marks action by the powers represented in    our judgment, for    the    purpose of ' the Nyon agreement governing the    distributing    prizes    by chance.”    the Mediterranean petrol, who met at    opinion,    by    Judge    Harry Graves, the foreign office this afternoon.    sajd.    -me    original    affirming    opi- The powers include Biiiain, Fiance,    nion    was    written by the    late Judge with 21 eat excitement Russia. Italy, and other countries o. S. Lattimore.    4 interested in the Mediterranean. I- Eden referred to “acts of piracy like the sinking of the Endymlon ' and told Clement R. Attlee, labor leader, that steps were being taken I to obtain a full report on the in-; cident. "When it is received.” he said, ! “the government will consider the action to be taken with the authorities concerned.” •DEFTLY CONCERNED’ "His ma.ivy's (pvernment.” Ed*?n declared, “are deeply concerned over the attack on the S. S. Endymlon. which was an ordinary British commercial vessel flying the British flag and lawfully engaged in sailing the high seas, and upon which no attack could under any circumstances be justified.” Eden announced that while the Nyon :powers were conferrir*T it would be impossible for him to give details of the British proposals. Britain was reported to have suggested not only the strengthening of the “anti piracy” patrol but strict enforcement of orders to MERKEL. Fob. already passing German War Minister Quiis Second 'Wallis Simpson Affair' Insiders Report BERLIN, Feb. 2. tZF>—Marshal Werner von Blomberg, minister of war, handed his resignation to Relchsfuehrer Hitler before going to Capri on his honeymoon, a highly reliable informant disclosed today. There had been indications the officers* corps of the army was not pleased by marriage of the 59-year-old marshal to Erika Grohn on Jan. 12. Hitler and Von Blomberg conferred at the war ministry on Jan. 21. Tile fuehrer was seen to enter and later emerged appearing pale and grave. Soon thereafter the war marshal left for Italy. Germans who have been aware that the war minister’s resignation was impending referred to it as another “Wallis Simpson affair’’—referring to the decision of former King Edward VIII of England to abdicate rather than give up the woman of his choice. The 59-year-old field marshal’s bride is 28 and the daughter of a •WASHINGTON. Feb. 2.—{/Flout of this meeting some permanent ’n'1® state department announced organization can be formed similar today that the Spanish insurgent to that of big business, which might general, Francisco Franco, has act in an advisory capacity to the department of commerce ” U.S. Ship iWAITSVESDICT I Abi|ene R(x)eo Plans Shaped Event March 1-3 Officially Opens Texas Season Roth also moved to identify the interests of all business both big and small, saying "the troubles which afflict small business today are not different in substance from those of big business. The president’s welcome to the hundreds of merchants, small manufacturers, and other businessmen was presented by Secretary of Commerce Roper in a speech delivered at the first session. Preceding the conference, many of the "little fellows” in business I voiced protests against what they , termed unfair trade practices of some large concerns. Representatives of retail merchants from all parts of the country went to the session expressing determination to demand action against various types of chain store organizations. About 700 were in the auditorium See BUSINESS Page 6. C ol. I 2—With entries previous marks, carpenter. The marriage ceremony By AP Feature Service Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question. IO. A score of 60 is fair; 80 good. Answers on page 4. 1. The man being kissed (by his wife) just won a fight. Who is he? Whom did he defeat? 2. Did Japan order her ambassador to China (a) to go wherever Chinese government moved, (b) to come home, or (c) to set up headquarters in Shanghai? 3. Why have New York’s auto license tags been criticized? 4. President Roosevelt wants auto financing terms made easier. True or false? 5. Are Britain and the United Vt es about equal in sea powerr was performed secretly in a Berlin marriage clerks office, and it was not until two days later, when the couple were visiting the zoo and other points of interest at Leipzig, that the brides maiden name be tire Merkel Poultry Show will open tomorrow for the ninth consecutive time for a three-day stand. Officials todav were checking in birds to be exhibited and will continue to do so until noon Thursday. C. H. Collingsworth. Merkel voca- j came known to the public. tional agriculture teacher, said this______ morning more than 400 birds will be shown. This Is the largest number ever exhibited here. C. A. Pritchett of Stamford has been named judge. Prize money is Oil Companies Face New Anti-Trust Suit Indictment To Be Tried This Fall WASHINGTON, Feb. 2—T1— Attorney General Cummings said today the Justice department planned to try 24 major oil companies and 46 individuals at Madison, WL*., next fall on further charges of anti-trust law violations. At his press conference, Cummings said the trial would involve an indictment returned at Madison in December, 1936 The second indictment to be tried this fall, "if possible,” agreed to release the seized American tanker, Nantucket Chief, as a result of representations made to him by the United States government. The departments announcement said this government had been informed that the vessel already has left Palma, in the Baleric islands, where it had been detained by insurgent naval forces for about two weeks. It said that after the vessel discharges its cargo at a mainland port, it and its crew will be set at liberty. The tanker, carrying a cargo of petroleum from a Black sea port to loyalist-controlled Barcelona, was seized by General Franco’s naval forces on the night of Janu-arv 17, It was under charter to the Spanish petroleum monopoly and w*hen taken into custody was approximately 48 miles north of the Baleric islands and 80 miles southeast of the nearest point on the Spanish coast. The state department disclosed that after the vessel had been taken to Palma, its captain, J. E. Lewis was taken ashere and imprisoned on January 26. An investigation disclosed that Lewis and most of the members of his crew were American nationals and that the ship is owned by the Nantucket Chief Steamship company. a Delaware corporation. The tanker was operating under American registry. Hopes Brighter For KMA Pool Extension Climax of more than two decades of legal battle is expected soon when the U. S. supreme court rules on the appeal of Tom Mooney, labor organizer convicted of the 1916 Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco Mooney Is pictured above in San Quentin prison. Picks Ship's Name LONDON, Feb. 2—(Ti—Great Britain's new liner, sistership of the awards will amount to $65. Exhibitors from Corsicana to El shoot any “pirate craft at sight. | pas0 will be here for one of the today. It was reported that an airplane patrol, withdrawn a few weeks ago, would be re-established. Four British destroyers. Fire-drake. Forester. Fortune and Fury, were searching for the “pirate" submarine off the east coast of See BRITAIN rage 6, Col. 4 Tickets On Sale For C C Banquet from largest shows of West Texas. Mrs. Joiner Denied Oil Property Share AUSTIN, Feb. 2— 4’—Effort of Mrs. L. A. Joiner to obtain a large portion of the property of her former husband. C. M. Joiner, discoverer of the East Texas oil field, failed I nthe Texas supreme court today. Tile state's highest court reversed a judgment of a court of civil ap- With a cordial invitation the arrangements committee for j peals and affirmed that of a Dallas Abilenlans who are not members of district court holding against the the chamber of commerce to at- plaintiff in her suit for one-half tend, tickets to the annual banquet of the property accumulated during on sale at five points this morning. ’ We would like to have it known.” ..aid H. D. Austin, committee chairman, "that this annual banquet is not limited to members of the chamber of commerce. We are going to have an interesting and entertaining program as well as an outstanding speaker for the afafir. Every one who wants to attend the banquet is cordially invited to do so.” Tickets are on sale at Sloan Drug, Clinic Pharmacy, Wooten Drug. My. ers Drug, and the chamber of commerce office. Price of the tickets is $1. I have never seen a ground is hog I doubt I’ll ever see one But I have seen a round hog And I'd rather see than be one. oat-    —Unanimous Anti-Lynch Foes Resume Debate Connelly Asks Author To Take Senate Floor WASHINGTON Feb. 2. UP-Opponents of the anti-lynching bill invited supporters today to take the senate floor in behalf of the measure. When debate opened Senator Connally (D-Tex) asked Senator ( Wagner (D-NY), en author of the bill, when he would speak in support of it. Wagner replied he expected to speak tomorrow. While the debate dragged on. leaders were quietly trying to find a way to sidetrack the measure i is imminent in a sweeping anti-j The Ratlike well is three mile1) without hurting anyone. Opponents expressed confidence it was dead. One proposal being discussed was a motion to take up the administration’s government reorganization bill late this week. This would permit senators desiring to register their support of the anti-lynching b l to vote against sidetracking it. The housing bill conference report was adopted by the senate \p.sterday 42 to 40. Adoption of the housing report, without reinstatement of the “prevailing wage” amendment demanded by republicans and some democrats, was an administration victory. It enabled the bill to go to the White House ae the first major legislation enacted since the special session began in November. Flans for the West Texas Worlds Championship rodeo in Abilene, March I. 2 and 3, are beginnng to take shape. This event will officially open the Texas rodeo season. Ace performers of the rough and ready sport will be on hand, trying for € portion of the $3,000 prize money in five events. The West Texas Fair association, sponsor of the event, has announced prizes of $2,000 in cash, which will be supplemented by the entry fees. Events that have proved popular 1 in the leading shows of the United States are listed for the one here. They are calf roping, bronc riding, wild mare riding contest, steer riding and bulldogging. Purses in these contests total $100 each, for day performances and will be divided four ways. Winners In the three-day averages will split a $100 added purse, three ways. Hugh Bennett, hard-riding Fort Thomas. Arlz. cowbov and former Abilene Christian college student, who hss been named arena director, will come to Abilene direct from Tusoon, Ari*.. February 25. Many other leading cowboys are expected to come here from Arizona. then go to San Angelo and on to Fort Worth for the Southwestern Exposition. Heading that group are Vie Schwarz and Hoyt Hefner of Wichita Falls. Jake McClure of Loving, N. M., Ralph Bennett of Abilene and many others. Wild Brahma steers, bucking horses and steers for the bulldogging event, have been contracted. They belong to Red Lvons of Byers, Texas, and are considered one of the best of this country. Brahma calves and wild mares are to be See RODEO Page «, Col. I WICHITA FALLS. Feb. 2.—(AP)— Hopes of a three    mile extension to the KMA oil field    in Wichita county brightened today    as the Rathke oil involves company No. I T. L. Burnett contin-charges    of    "rigging    the wholesale    ued drilling into a    Brown sandy lime market    of    gasoline,” Cummings    at 3670 feet with    750 feet of oil in said.    the hole. The formation was topped Cummings revealed that action at 3640. expected to total $300 and special Queen Man-. will be named the trust investigation of the milk in- northwest of the Joe Worsham pro- Que'n Elizabeth officials of the 1 dusiry. Attorneys have almost ductlon and in the northeast quarter Cunard-White Star line announced j finished assembling and examining of section 4 H&TB RR survey, ab- material, he said.    stract 752. JACKRABBIT INTERVIEWED IN PLACE— No Groundhogs In West T exas Because They Can't Prophesy Weather, Reporter Discovers customary arn 52 years of the Joiner marriage. The court ruled that, under the purview of Oklahoma laws, none of the property was jointly acquired, and Mrs, Joiner therefore had no interest in it. By CHARLIE ELLIS Comes Candlemas day aud    the Marmota Monax peepeth forth J Hah, I got you on that one, didn t I? In un-zoological English, thats just another way of putting    the fact that the groundhog will    in-    j quire about the weather today,    and startled, will scuttle back for    that regular after-the-alarm-clock nap. When it comes to spring,    the Moore. Limestone    county    negro,    for I groundhog is an early bird as    well    . slaying    Frank    Bradfute.    Thorn'on    as a peeping tom. hotel proprietor, May IO, 1937.    This    is not a new idea, ainee it I Affirm Death Edict AUSTIN. Feb. J—(/PV-The court of criminal appeals today affirmed the death sentence assessed Tonnie for    enterprising re porters to waylay the poor, small beasties on Feb 2 and report in a seriously fraudulent style that Mr. J. Pierpont Groundhog said: “I have nothing for publication.” And being unoriginal to a fault, I volunteered for the annual duty this year. Many of the older staff members    made    slighting J<*sta about my    ability    to evoke the smallest of comments from the burrowing    rodent. I persevered, however, through their quips and diligently sought the proper approach from others who had purportedly asked a meteorological prophesy of Mr. J. P. G With no few aly winks>, they heaped out the various bits of information: that one should wear ones oldest and most tattered clothing, carry a crooked hickory staff, and repeat certain words and phrases such as "A parallel is the shortest distance between two straight lines.” The necessity for greeting Mr. J. P. G. at the crack of dawn was also dinned into unsuspecting ears. Tile reason, it was pointed out, became apparent when I stopped to consider that no groundhog, no matter how observant of popular custom, is going to wander around in this gale all day Just to look at a shadow*—especially his own. Therefore on this windy and chilly morning shortly before the break of day I set out to find Mr. J. P SM GROUNDHOG, P(. 3* Col t Halo Plane Crashes Into South Pacific PARIS, Feb. 2. (UP)—The seaplane piloted by Mario Stoppani, Italian aviator returning from Brazil on a round trip flight from Italy, crashed in the South Atlantic today, radio messages picked up here said. A German seaplane from the air mail catapult steamer Westfalen reported it had found the Stoppani plane in flames and that only Stoppani was alive oi its crew of three. Anson P. O. Bids To Ba Opened Monday ANSON. FEB. 2.—(SpD—Bids on a site for a new Anson postoffice building will be opened at 9 a. rn. Monday, February 7, in the postoffice here. Bidding opened January 27, and until the period ends next Monday morning the postmaster here will continue to take sealed offers. The government specifications call for a corner lot 120 by 170 feet or an inside lot 145 bv 170 feet. An allocation of $70,000 has been been made for the new postoffice and its site. The Weather ABILENE and vicinity:    Cloudy tonight and Thursday colder Thursday. West Texas: Mostly cloudy tonight and Thursday warmer in southeast portion; ilder in Panhandle tonight, colder In north portion Thuraday.    _ East Texas Cloudy tonight and Thuraday, probably occasional rain* in northeast portion; warmer tonight except in extreme northwest portion; colder in northwest portion Thursday. Highest temt>erature yesterday  SO Lowest temperature this morning ..44 temperatures Tues, p.m. 1 ..... 2 ..... 3 ..... 4    ..... 5    ..... (i ..... I ..... 3    ..... 9    ..... Ii? ::::: (Midnight , ’.Noon ... —Munrise    .. Sunset    .. • 6.30    6:30 pm.    a.Bl, Wet    thermometer    , f>6*    47* prs    thermometer    . 42*    *3* Re.ativt humidity    « It    ll Wed a rn. 47 40 40 41 44 47 43 48 SO st 33 .    40 ..    57 . .7:32 .6:14 12:39 pm. 64* 51* 38 ;