Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas
(1! 4 Abilene Ivowrter- VOL LV11, NO. 267 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WEjKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT _ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORN INGTTEBRUARY 12, PAGES RAIL SPLITTER ON HIS 129TH Melancholy Hero Of Civil War, Abe Lincoln, Honored By Nation Abe Lincoln made his mark In the world. That's why banks won't open for business today, why his head ndorus the penny, why the precept of his fireside labors al sums still is held up in the schoolroom. His is a story, halt tragic, over- shadowed by haunting sadness which still commands the interest of students considering themselves too blase to waste time scanning Pages of the past. Today the president who died nt the hands of an Abilene's Boy Scouts Banquet i.Iore than 150 Abilene Boy Scouts celebrated the 28th anniversary of scouting in the United night with Ihc annual scout, week banquet at the First Methodist church. With E. S. Cmnmings. president of Ihe Chisholm Trail area, acting as toastmaster, the scouts them- selves presented an informal pro- gram. Representatives from several of Abilene's 11 troops paid tribute to the national organization for the good it is to the boyhood oi Ameri- ca. Following a brief sing song and the dinner, Alex Blckley, eagle scout from troop 8, spoke on the "In- fluence of tile Boy Scout Invocation During the Washington Jamboree.' Ho told of how scouts from 25 coun- tries bowed their heads in the shadow or the Washington Inonu- inent and worshipped one god ACCEPT APPLICATION The application ot Justin Gray Jr.. for the eagle badge award was accepted by President Cummings and will be forwarded to national officials. Tenderfoot Marvin King of troop 13 told ot "Why I Wanted to Become a Scout and How I Like It So Far." Forrest Carroll or troop 3 related his experiences ns a tenderfoot and second class scout and reasons why he wanted (0 go on and get his eagle award. Eagle scout Curtis Claxton ot troop n spoke along the same lines except from the view- point of one that had already gain- ed the ranking and found it worth- Src BOY SCOUTS, Pjr. 10 Col 7 The Weather with him the. hopes of a war- stricken have been 123 years old. He was bcrn in 18M on a Ken- tucky farm, his heritage that of the backwoods peasantry. Only in America could a man have climbed from tliit lowly station to the presidency. Lincoln's career re- mains toad for thought to those who would 'jeer' too readily at nigged Individualism. His. mother, TVOS lite "natural" child of a family which had mi- grated from .Virgipla, his father an impractical a shiftless vagabond. Prom that background, came Abraham Lin- coln to become a.lawyer, legislator, the great .emancipator. Fen- but hh biographers recall that his steps were dogged by sorrow which achieved its great- est proportions when Lincoln's country was torn by civil strife. He was too keenly sensitive, too imaginative, perhaps, to have been happy no matter what course his fortunes took. There is even a hint Lincoln himself feared he was slightly mad. Conflicting accounts chron- icle a two-year delay in his mar- riage to Mary Todri. One of her sisters said he was insane, another that he %vas not. At any rate, he appears to have been submerged in' melancholia. His career is a succession of rises and falls in energy. His ipicits apparently ebbert and rose an alternate tides. He seems to nave brooded much, and Lincoln's writings condemn their author as hypochondriac. In that forge his character was molded. Factual mileposts In his n'sfory are well known to the school boy and girl. What, most fail to realize is that Lincoln crt through tires of torment mitt by his own intellect, which could be quenched only by him- self. Abe Lincoln nude his mark, and a United States In which patrlot- sm has gone out of style pays iml norm FAST TF.XAS: rlo OKLAHOMA; I irtndy Salnrday Vviliijj probably nnA colter Snn- limner of jrstfnUj: HOIK r >r S I II, tl X> t'f MlrtnlKht ir.r.tt todai', (ijj. today. Perhaps that lim tribute ributc would be offered in deeper sincerity wcro Lincoln the man as well known as Lincoln (he statesman. He made his mark, but he did a in spile of himself. And for hat one of Ihc nation's greatest presidents is due all the more credit. AT HANDS OF INSURGENTS-- PRICE 5 CENTS Relates Beatings Cii. WIND BOWLS OVER HIIAE T QECC Ikl rAI IrsinKii i n> A.A, __ Flood Sweeps Wide Expanse In California Homeless In Single Village As Damage Mounts SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. Floodwaters, spreading California lowlands, drove persons Irom Iheir homes In on town today as damage mountec from a record-breaking 16-daj rain. The town of Pajaro, agriculture community 'screws (he Pajaro rive from Watsonvillc in central Call fornia, was inundated by the swol len stream and almost the entire population forced temporarily to leave residences. FIVE MILES WIDE The southern, and lower, end of Watsonville was also under wafer and low-lying areas nearby were inundated as the Pajaro river, as- suming the appearance of a huge lake, swelled to a width of live miles in some places, River bottom ai-e.i along a 400- mile stretch from Red Bluff, in northern California, to Fresno were inudated or subject to Hood condi- tions. High winds and rain torrents struck southern Caliiornia as the storm area expanded. A tense situation prevailed along the Sacramento river in the 40- stretch between colusa and Sacramento. Plcod gates were usec In the capital 16 divert threaten- ingly Wghwater into a by-pass area R. C. Schafer, regional director of the Red Cross, announced his rescue crews had assisted 300 fami- lies subjected to danger in the Hagginwood area, near Sacramento Red Cross field workers, manning boats, helped move six miles al Watson vllle. Reaching the 27-foot level 12 in- ches' below flood stage, the Sacra- mento began rising- nt Codusa dur- ing the afternoon when water be- gan backing, up in the overtaxed by-passes, there. Story: Dead Whale On Frisco's Hands SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11. 100-ton dead whale drifted .ashore on San Fran- cisco's No. 1 scenic beach to- day, apparently the victim 'of its own wanderings during a prolonged storm. Its appearance near the south head of the Golden traditional graveyard of ships, relieved coast guards- men who had been cruising the bay for a week with orders to destroy Ihe errant monster as a menace to navigation. By washing ashore, the whale moved from federal to muni- cipal jurisdiction, to the dis- gust of the city administra- tion, me city health director, Dr. J. c. Geiger, consulted a whaling expert with a vicn- to having the body cut Inlo sec- tions and The bluish-gray carcass of the California gray whale, about 50 feet long, showed signs of a battering. Maritime men said it might have collid- ed with a big ship, thus re- ceiving mortal wounds. Several years ago the city, confronted with a dead whale on another beach, assigned the fire department to destroy It by burning. The resultant odor was so offensive that the fire had to be extinguished and (he carcass carried asray piecemeal. Georgia Solon Proposes US Navy Adequate To Defend Both Coasts WASHINGTON, Feb. 11- (fl A movement to bind tho United States to a policy of "non-aggres- lon" but to maintain a navy big enough to defend both coasts and all American possessions developed oday in the house naval commlt- ee. Chairman Vinson (D-Ga) in- brmed the committee he would at- empl to write this policy into the fleet expansion HI. Viiison had conferred ycster- y with SccrcUry of Slate Hull, and earlier in the week with Prcs- ienl Roosevelt. The representative said his pro- sal was nil answer to these who argcd the naval expansion pro- was based a policy of ng- rosslon. He Insisted his dcclara- ion of policy would nol authorize any greater increase in the navy than the one under consideration, although high-ranking navy offi- cers have testified the Heel would be incapable, even with Ihe pro- Wed 20 per cent increase, of de- fending both coast lines simultan- eously. President Roosevelt Intimated his press conference lod.iy he had nothing to (ell congress now about lorngn affairs. He declined lo an- swcr R reporter's question as lo whether he intended to "gratify" the request of Senator Johnson (R- oailf) for more Information on for- sn policy. Johnson Hngood, retired army major-general testified that con- gress should write A national de- 'ense policy into law, fixing rules regulations for the land mid naval forces. BOWLS OVER HUGE T REES IN CALIFORNIA BLOW The worst gale in the history of Eacremento, calif., bowled over rows of half-century old shade irees, shown In this pic- ture. These huge trees ]ined an avenue to California's cap- itol, which may be seen In the background. Millions of dollars damage was caused on the coast by the storm. (See story to Rumania Seeks French, EnglishFriendship Anew New Rule Leans EAST TEXAS JAIL BREAKERS BELIEVED IN COLORADO AREA Cor Abandoned By Two Men Thought To Hare Paid Abilene Visit First last night that Paul Dean rnd the live ialT Tuesday night, were within tiwlr'bailiwicks owpnur epn..gs J'.S' Brooks Sloan, along with Harold Franklin Kerns, had been transferred to the Sulphur Springs Jail Sunday All charged, and Brooks snd Kerns were under sentence, In connection with of the Hal Brltton--------------------- illing station in December. This trio and Rabbit Burnett and Roy convicted of crimes In East participated in the Tuesday break. Tiiey sre describ- ed by officers as "dangerous." TWO BURGLARIES HERE Two stolen and abandoned cars, two Abilene burglaries, and des- criptions made by a Colorado youth served to sketch a dim trail that officials believed was that of at least a part of the gang that over- powered a jailer and fled the. East Texas jail. The trail ended at Colorado, v.-here early Friday two men In a Mnck Lincoln-Zephyr stopped on the outskirts oi the' city and asked a youth standing by to "watch our car." They left it and started walking vest en highway 1 toward the city. The youth notified Sheriff Dick Gregory, who identified the car as one stolen at Seymour Thursday night. It was out of gas. GROCERIES, GAS STOLEN A few hours before the Colorado ncident. and Abilene grocery store and a filling station were burglariz- ed. From Piggly-Wiggly store No. 3 ot Ambler and Hlckery, cigarettes, jacon and other foodstuffs were alien. Three blocks away, on Am- )ler and Pine, a tankiul of gaso- ine was stolen from a filing station. That was soon after the big auto- mobile was stolen at Seymour, r'ound In that town at the same tnie was a car stolen earlier at Vcmon, containing clothing taken rom a Vemon tailor shop. Theoretically trail of the fugi- :ivej was: In stolen auto from Vcr- lon to Seymour, where car aban- doned and another stolen; in Sey- mour automobile lo Abilene where ;rocery store and filing station cn- trcd: Abilene to Colorado. Last night the Baylor county hcriff, from Seymour, passed hroiigh Abilene en route la Colo- ado to pick up the car left there. With him was the owner, O. F. Temple. Capt. Erf Cornelius of the Abi- ene police department said last night he felt that the fugitive.1! were he burglars ot the two Abilene places. City To Meet Bond Interest The city of Abilene yesterday dis- charged another obligation on its bonded indebtedness. The commission authorized the payment of In Interest on its bonds. This amount falls due on February 15. ITEMIZED LIST Heaviest of the payments on any issue is J13.550 on water bonds 1927. Other items as follows: Water refunding 1827, Water 1929, Street Improvement 1927. Street refunding 1927, Street improvement 1929, Sewer 1926, Auditorium 1927, Fire station 1927. School 1927, School 1929, Warrant refunding 1932, General refunding 1934. WARRANTS REDEEMED The city also ordered the redemp- tion of In general refunding CITV, Pj. 10, Col. 8 Probe To Dallas DALLAS, Feb. s Morning News says that because omc Dallas men are involved the Texas senate investigation of the oil and leasing policies of Land Com- missioner W. H. McDonald will be rmmed In Dallas February 51. Wright Jury Out LOS ANGELES, Feb. itrlor Judge Ingatl W. Bull teday old the Jury trying A. Wright or killing his wife and best fr-.md hat U It finds he "was unconK.ons t the time of the you must cqult him." He completed his instniclion.' at :35 p. m.. attir which the jurors vent to dinner to begin delibna- lons at 8 p. m, Owner Slugged, Cor Stolen At Haskcll Sheriff Giles Kemp of Haskell telephoned Abilene police last night to be on the lookout for a 1937 grey Chevrolet coach stolen near the south line of Uie county about 11 o'clock last night. The thief knocked the owner in the head and nude off with the car. License number was 327-833. Officers expressed the possibility It might be some of the gang that broke Jail from Sulphur Springs Wednesday night. To Democracies King Also Hopes To Retain Favor BUCHAREST', Berlin The new'Rumanian government headed the patrtsch of the Rumanian Orthodox church, Dr. Miron Cristea began the delicate task today of re- gaining the friendship of France and Great Britain. The cabinet, which suddenly re Placed that of antl-semitic and fas- cist-inclined Octavlan Ooga early today, sought to reassure the two democracies, Rumania's tradition- al allies, without offending Germany and Italy. The Goga government had reerd toward the Rome-Berlin axis. POWER IN ABAIiT As the new government toot form It became apparent King Carol had concentrated much of its authority in the army. Although George Tatarescu, act- ing foreign minister, gave no hint of his plans. French circles viewed him as a friend and obviously were pleased. The desire for French fin anclai support and air! In reamm ment was one reason for the eager- ness of Rumania to court French tournalncnt. goodwill. It was .believed also that King n Carol hoped to create a better fro pression In England before vlsitini there within Uic next few weeks OPTIMISM Dr. Cristea. meanwhile, tighten mcnt bonds and slock market price rose. Jews, elated but uncertain _-. _ i, IM iLCI iniu, ivi s Batched for Indications of the new JUDGES government's attitude. derly, curious crows gathered Jt decreed the state of siege, In garrison com mandants in large cities. The army was accorded Ihe right of search, instructed to take custody Mssos Ightcned press censorship. Captured Ship's Captain Flailed Daily With Hose GIBRALTAR Feb. J. E. Lewis, skipper of the American tanker Nantucket Chief, said tonight he was beaten with a rubber hose every day of the 16 days he and his crew were held prisoners by Spanish insurgents at Palma, Mai- lorca. The Nuntucket Chief arrived here today and prepared to sail for the-United States. "My body was a mass of Lewis said in an inter- view after making a full report of his experiences to the Ameri- can consul. The commander of---------------- the American destroyer Man- ley accompanied him to the consulate. "LUCKY TO ESCAPE" In an emaciated condition after the ordeal, the skipper said: "I am the happiest person in the world. I am lucky to have escap- ed a firing squad." He said he had been told while in jail that he had been sentenced to n years and four months im- prisonment "for trading with Span- ish Reds." "Meals in the prison consisted only of a plate of soup, a lew beans, a Jar of water and a bit o bread he stated. Lewis said he suspected a Oer man member of his crew of givlni the insurgents details of the Nan tucket chief's sailing plans. Mos of the crew of 34 were Americans When the tanker, wa bound from a" Russian port wilh 'cargo of oil for Barcelona. Th skipper said the capture was Ina by three ships! Hying Insurjen .flags about 70 miles from Barce lona. SMASHED AERIAL He asserted crews of the othe boats boarded the Nantucket an "the first thing-'', they did waa t smash the, wlrelass'.'aerlal. they arresUd'Sifcind-lio of'Uie'shlp, taking At Palma we were forced t charge the oil cargo." After he was put in Jail, Lewi said, he did not see any of th crew again until the sixteenth da when he was treed. The Insur gents took him to by sea plane where he' was told the Nan tucket Chief was waiting for him at Malaga. When he boarded the tanker n Malaga, he said, he found the same crew and proceeded to Gibraltar The vessel was scheduled to sail for Texas tonight. ACC Speech Tourney To Conclude Today Debate, Extempore Speaking Remain Finals In debate and extempore speaking today will close the annual Abilene Christian College speech nament. Inners were named Friday in four other speaking women's poet.y reading, men's poe- try reading and oratory. Featuring the Friday program were finals in the radio .speaklns contest. In which judges were five Abiienians. Named first place win- ed his military control over the ner was Fern Honibsck of Abilene country by a nationwide st.ite of Christian college, while Bill Umsted siege. Business improved. Govern- of Hardin Junior college and How- ard Pitts of the College of Mines tied for second. Judging from their homes In ouugms irom tneir nomes in Throughout Rumania the stale of var'ous parts of the city as the siege was enforced peacefully, or- Program was broadcast over KRBC werc !llrs. Flora Barrow, Mrs. Dan ry, curous crows gaered r lrs. ora arrow, Mrs. Dan where to read the Kings manifesto. H, s. Fatherrec, S. E. P J -o Pass and Mrs. Morgan Jones. Maurlne Kowell of the College of definitely poslponcd parliameritwy Howell of the College of elections and broadened the auth- won first ln Poctry reading ority or military garrison com- "'omen, with Jimnile Lou Stowe >f the same school second. Also finalists were Mel Reynolds ot Col- ege of Mines and Miss Hornbeck. C. J. Humphrrcy of Baylor unl >rms and munitions In private ot Baylor fsshm and given control of a "Sity t0ppcti mcn mdm' SPEECH MEET, 10, Col. 6 TWO HUNDRED ATTEND McCraw Praises West Texans As Pioneers In Address At Hamlin C. Of C. Annual Banquet By Staff Wriler HAM UN. Feb. 11 Hamlln's Chamber of commerce had its larg- est and most enjoyable annual ban- quet tonight in the spacious dln- Ins hall of the First Methodist church. Banker W. C. Rus- was the pilot man of the pro- ceedings. Attorney General William In his liri.t public since he returned to Tex- as from a trip on state business to Washington N'ew York, the Jerry Frank Waggoner Jr reader, Mrs. Hetlin Miller, render Mrs. thmcr Beard, singer, and Ed- Gilbert, pifnisl, were en- tcrtalners. The hostesses were wo- men of the church. Election of B. H. McCurdy, Eddie Jay and Macfc Brandon as chamber of commerce directors to serve three years was announced. More than 200 men and women attended, of these 80 were neigh- bors from 15 other towns. "Not having announced for pub- lic as he put It, (he attorney general reminded the banqueters he could, and would, talk to them M a man who had more country ways than any man ever born In a city The W-year-oid state's attorney, whose formal announcement as a candidate for governor being awaited throughout the state as the move that must come before the Subeniatoral campaign's complex- Ion is made, delivered an inspira- tional address. He reminded his hearers they are 'pioneers in as Brand a sense" ns If they had gone fourth in buckskin with rifle lo conquer the frontier; that they had, M West Texans, wrought develop- ment throughout Ihe region two decades unmatched for speed and thoroughness; and declared Col. 5 SLAIN HEIRESS A prolonged drinking bout ta a cheap rooming house, .'rose -into a brawl over'two kittens and culniinated in '.ihV death of Mrs. Harriet Nielson, above, Caiifox'- nla family. Slafed Monday WASHINGTON, Feb. Senate leaders agreed late today to delay a final vote on the farm bill until Monday after Ihe measura ran into a flurry of criticism. This decision was reached several lours after the chamber refused ta send the compromise measure back o a conference with the house, which already had approved ths bill. Majority leader Barkley after asserting .the measure would win "overwhelming said an agreement had been reached to vote on the bill finally by p. m. Monday, Minority Leader McNary (R- Ore) had served notice that half a dozen opponents of the bill still de- sired to speak. Preliminary to final action, ienate settled a controversy that las run throughout the history of the bill: whether to prevent farm- ers from going into the dairying or cattle raising business on land ret- ired from the production of major crops. Members from cattle and dairy states had clamored for such a provision. The restriction was included in he original bills passed by both louses, but was missing when the onfcrencc report came In. In its ilacc was a provision that farmers ould engage in "normal" dairying. The report was Immediately chal- enged on the ground the conferees lad violated rules of congress by he exclusion of language approved y both branches. Senator Schwellcnbactv (D-Wash) ntered a point of order against he conference report. Vice Pres- cient Garner overruled it. Senator Duffy tD-Wis) appealed the deci- lon, and the senate voted down he dairy and cattle state senators. Jig Clipper Stranded n Stormy Pacific SAX PEDRO, Calif., Feb. Jt The 125-fool clipper Stella Genoa, Mt of San Diego, radioed call assistance tonight, repoHtac she was drifting helplessly in a heavy sr.i miles south here with a crew of 15 aboanL The vessel advised her main- shaft w.is broken. She fare pwillcn as off Ihe Socorra Clipperton Islands. The San Pedro coast station reported it had no wa- stl equipped for the Ion; ran (he clipper's aid, and asked In- structions from San The coast guard there wrre no naval vessels in licinity, which off the i roule merchant veweU.