Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 13, 1938, Abilene, Texas
Abilene Reporter -Betosi"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXAC TEY AS IT GOES,"-Byron____VOL. LV11, NO. 268 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 13, 1938THIRTY-FOUR PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS. r— ^ ,OT. PRICE 5 CENTS
PANCAKES SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES 'CONCILIATORY GESTURES--Hitler’s Moves Ease European Strain
It’s no task at all to sell a pancake-eater a ticket to a pancake supper, and it s doubly easy when the cause Is the Parent-Teacher milk fund for undernourished children.
That's what Homer Scott, chairman of the Kiwanians* milk fund benefit pancake sup
per. discovered w-hen he approached Rotary President President Roscoe Blankenship. That was ticket No. I to the supper, slated February 25, at the Hilton. Scott reports sales, at this advance date, are going good. (Reporter-News staff photo).
Jap Reply Kills Navy Curb Pact
United States, Britain, France Plan
Parley To Scrap Limitation Treaty
WASHINGTON. Feb. 12.—The United States. Great Britain and France will consult shortly on throwing their battleship limitations overboard as the result of Japan's refusal to disclose her naval building plans, state department officials indicated tonight.
It was disclosed authoritatively that this government already has designs for super-dreadnaughts larger than the 35.000-ton maximums to which the three democratic pow- —--
era agreed in 1036.
MI ST CONFER
But stat? department officials said under the naval treaty of 1936 —signed by France, Britain, and < the United Statea—the three nations must consult before determining their future naval policies. HANDY CLAUSE
One possibility would be use of the “escalation” clause in the treaty or that portion permitting the, consultant nations to extend their navies in numbers of ships as well as in size and armament if Japan did not abide by the treaty restrictions.
No reply to the Japanese refusal to exchange information with the three plowers was indicated. However, Secretary Hull expressed regret at the Japanese attitude and indicated efforts toward International naval limitation would not be abandoned.
“This government seeks con-stantly,’- he said, “to cooperate in adiancing the policy of limitation and reduction of armaments and I regrets any development which has th* effect of encouraging rather than discouraging races in armament and building.”
ALL HOPE GONE
State department officials felt, nevertheless, that the Japanese refusal had closed the door to immediate agreement among all the big navy nations on naval limitations.
Tile Japanese offer today to discuss limitation of the size of whole fleets, rather than individual ships, was regarded in official circles here •imply as a bid for parity with the United Sttaes and Britain.
Senator King (D-Utah) proposed that congress authorize President Roosevelt to call a disarmament conference immediately. He said the threatened naval race would impose tremendous burdens on the taxpayers of many nations.
Japs Tight Mouthed On Naval Plans
TOKYO. Feb. 12. — (ZP) — Japan tonight flatly refused to tell the United States her naval building plans.
At the same time thp Japanese government admitted its soldiers
See NAVY. Pg. 9. Col. 2
Buffalo Gap Twins Die Within Day
Tragedy touched twice in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Edison of Buffalo Gap yesterday.
Saturday morning twins, a boy and a girl, were born to the couple about 5 a. rn. Due to about two and one-half months premature birth, the boy died two hours later.
Tile girl. Gerald Lee, was rushed to the Hendrick Memorial hospital and placed in a baby incubator. Doctors tried every known means of science to keep the tiny spark of life afire. Last night just after nine o'clock the little girl died.
Funeral for the boy was held Saturday morning at the home aud burial was made in the Buffalo Gap cemetery. Arrangements were pending last night for the funeral of the girl twin, but burial will probably be by the grave of aer bfother.
Sixteen Dead In Western Flood
Waters Menace Rich Sacramento Farming Sector
SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 12 —T —Concentrated flood waters kept numerous central California lowland areas Inundated tonight and intensified their threat to the agriculturally rich Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta area.
The state counted 16 deaths and relief workers reported about 2,000 persons temporarily homeless as a result of the record-breaking 17-day storm.
Another meteorological disturbance was moving In from the Pacific but weather forecasters professed to foresee an end to the prolonged wet spell by the mid-
See FLOOD. Pg. 14 Col. 5
Solon Talks For Dam Appropriation
WASHINGTON. Feb. 12.- Bt -Representative Lyndon B. Johnson of Austin, told a house appropriations subcommittee ' adequate flood control measures'' on the Colorado river would increase by an average of *62.50 an acre the value of 270.000 acres of fertile Texas farm lands now subject to overflow.
He made the statement in support of the budget bureau’s request for a $2,030,000 item in the 1939 fiscal year's appropriation for the Interior department. Tile money would be used for continuation of construction of the Marshall Ford dam upstream from Austin on the Colorado river.
Diplomats View Turn Of Events With Optimism
Sudden Change In German Attitude Displaces Gloom
Bv The Associated Press . LONDON, Feb. 12—Another of Reichsfuehrer Hitler’s famous “Saturday surprises,” a dramatic, conciliatory meeting with Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg of Austria, relieved European anxiety tonight after a week of tension and uncertainty.
The week’s earlier gloom gave way to general optimism also because of Italy’s seeming readiness to end her differences with Great Britain, revived hone of ridding Spain of foreign fighters and the sudden collapse of Rumanian Premier Octavian Goga’s fascistic, anti semitic cabinet.
SPOTLIGHT ON PARLEY
But th* spotlight of European interest was on Berchtesgaden, I Hitler’s Bavarian mountain retreat. where the Fuehrer and Schuschnigg apparently had set at rest fears of an impending Nazi putsch in Austria.
Evidently, Hitler, alarmed at sudden turns in events, was making overtures not only to Austria but also to the Catholic church, the Protestant church and possi-i bly elsewhere.
How else, diplomatic quarters asked, could the attendance of the Fuehrer's official representative at 1 the pope's coronation anniversary mass in Berlin be explained?
What other reason could there be for the hasty return to Vienna of Franz von Papen, recalled ten days ago by Germany's ambassa-i dor there?
KIND TO NIEMOLLER
Why, otherwise, should the Ger- | man department of justice suddenly have negotiated for the restoration of defense attornies in J the trial of Pastor Martin Nie-raoller, leader of Protestant opposition to the Nazis, on charges of treasonaole activity?
Concern still was felt over the effect of Hitler's drastic February 4 shakeup on the third reich’s military command and diplomatic corps although rumors of an in- I cipient German army revolt had subsided.
With the fall of Goga’s cabinet Rumania, under a virtual dictatorship by King Carol, appeared to have switched her foreign course back toward the little entente and the western democracies.
Conferences between British Secretary Anthony Eden and Count Dino Grandi, Italian ambassador to London, had revived hope that the two-vear-old strain on relations between Italy and Great I Britain might be relaxed.
WITH THE CAMERAMAN AT THE HAMLIN C OF C BANQUET
Here are shown some of the visitors and home towners at the annual Hamlin chamber of commerce banquet Friday night. Top left, Tate May. Hamlin banker, is being engaged in conversation by Joe Self, left, Merkel banker and president of the Lions club, and Yates Brown, right, Merkel city secretary.
Right above. W. E. Benson, left, secretary-manager of the Hamlin chamber of commerce, is pictured with two new directors. They are Eddie Jay. center, and R. H. McCurdy. H. P. Powers, principal of the McCaulley school, is shown at left as he partook of some of the banquet menu. (Reporter-News Photos).
Vera Boy Shows Champ 4-H Calf
Wins Laurels At
Munday's Initial Livestock Exhibit
By HARRY HOLT Staff Writer
MUNDAY. Feb. 12—Tile pride of a vast cattle emoire—baby beeves— went on parade here today in Mun-days’ first county 4-H club boys livestock show .
The dumpy little prima donnas of this great ranching and farming section stole a spot in the heart of many ranchmen who gathered from Knox and surrounding counties. These cattlemen can tell a good steer as far as they can see one. but in their owm words, “these little fellows are just too classy to tell much about.”
Gaykm Scott. Vera club bor. was man of the hour when Judge Ralph Howe, Crosbyton county agricultural agent, pinned a conspicius blue ribbon on his grand champion Hereford calf, ‘ Curly.” Competition was by far tougher than in the previous
See MUNDAY, Pg. Ii, Col. 5
GOP Moves For Coalition
Party Plays For New Deal Foes
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES QUARTER-BILLION RELIEF FUND
WASHINGTON. Feb. 12—I/P—A house appropriations subcommittee approved today President Roosevelt’s request for $250,000,000 to relieve distress resulting from the business slump.
Chairman Taylor (D-Colo) said the relief appropriation would be considered by the' full committee Monday morning and that house debate on it would begin not later than Tuesday.
The sub-committee's action came after an overtime session at which Secretary Morganthau, Daniel Bell. acting budget director, and other
officials testified as to the need for _____________ ___________
The officials testified the money J MUNDAY.—Dr. Thomas H. Tay-wss needed to provide work relief (]or president of Howard Payne col-for 95.000 persons.
High Republicans Evidence Aims In Lincoln Addresses
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
said the vote was along party lines.
Aubrey Williams, acting W’orks FYogress Administrator, also told the group the fund was needed to permit the addition of 500,000 persons to relief rolls and to prevent the discharge of 450.000 others between now and June I.
HEAVY LOAD LATER He said WPA had about $495.-000 available for work projects but that the heaviest relief load would have to be borne during the next two or three months. The need is particularly urgent, he said, in industrial centers like Detroit and other large automobile manufacturing areas.
The sub-committee also voted to make $2000.000 available immediately for grasshopper control.
Must Regain Esteem, Texas Bankers Told
DALLAS, Feb. 12 ZP — If bankers are to regain the high esteem in which they once were held, they must establish a record showing character and integrity that is beyond reproach. Marshall R. Diggs, first deputy comptroller of the currency, Washington, D. CL said here today.
He told the fifth district meeting of the Texas Bankers association I “tile eyes and the hopes of a great country are turned on the bankers of the country.”
He said banks were never more solid and safe than now.
Mine Explosion Fatal To Five
YOUNG RANCH, Wyo., Feb. 12 —&—Skiis and sleighs were gathered here tonight from nearby Greys river area ranches to rush rescue crews to the Vail mine five miles away where a gas pocket explosion late Friday killed five miners.
The dead are John Baker. 45,
his son. Bill, 19; Henry Ash. 28. Rulon Ivy 30. of Star Valley and Denver Holbrook. 25.
Only one body was recovered. The other bodies are believed buried deep in the tunnel and cannot bt removed until rescue workers reach the mine.
Traffic Casualties Below Expectations
AUSTIN. Feb. 12 — P—Traffic safety campaigners took heart tonight at the announcement of state police headquarters that the number of deaths on Texas highways during the first weeks of 1938 had fallen well below' the number predicted by statisticians.
Crash fatality statistics In the “black book” at state police headquarters showed the merciless avenger of carelessness was more than 50 deaths behind his forecast rate for the first month and s half of the year.
One hundred and fifty-two met “sudden death” in January whereas statisticians had figured the toll, based on last year's carnage, at 186. February reports indicate deaths will be even less in the second month.
lege, will be main .speaker at the membership meeting of Munday chamber of commerce February 18.
ROTAN —American Legion post No. 194 is to have a bean feed and entertainment at the Legion Hall Monday night.
BAIRD.—North - South Highway association, boosting const ruction of highway 191, will meet at Baird February 16.
BURKETT. Coleman county.—A FFA and 4-H club fat calf show will be held in Burkett Thursday.
COLEMAN. — Annual Coleman FFA and 4-H club calf show will be held February 24.
COLORADO. — Annual Parent -Son banquet of the Colorado FFA chapter will be held February 25, F. C. Shillmgburg, sponsor, has announced.
Colorado Fat Stock ahow will be held on April ll under sponsorship of the chamber of commerce.
HASKE! J..—Contract for erection of a Haskell county hospital building will be awarded February 28.
BLACKWELL.—Blackwell high school's first Home Project show will be held February 19.
LAMESA.—An election will be held March 3 on question of issuing $83,000 in bonds for construction of two school buildings.
Annual girls' basketball tournament will be held In Lamesa on February 19. while junior boys tour* nament is slated February 26.
Unprecedented Nazi-Austrian Accord Reached
Schuschnigg Has Upper Hand In Surprise Confab
Bv A. D. STEFFERUD VIENNA, Feb. 12—(AP)— Chancellors Adolf Hitler of Germany and Hurt Schuschnigg of Austria in a sudden meeting today came to a peaceful understanding after months of nervous suspicion and apprehension.
Reliable Austrian sources said the following decisions were taken in the chancellors’ lengthy conference at Berch-tcsgaden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat near the Austrian-German border:
1. Nazis in Austria would end their campaign of sabotage which has Irritated or terrorized Austria almost without interruption since 1933.
2. Hitler promised he would reaffirm in his speech before the Reichstag Feb 20 that he respect# Austrian independence.
3. Flushed with the success of their first meeting in years, they decided also to continue negotiations, particularly In the economic field, to cement better relations.
A communique pointedly declared the conference was held at Hitler's invitation though earlier it was reported that it was Premier Benito Mussolini* urging which brought the two chancellors together.
Circles close to the government in summarizing the situation which led to the meeting declared that for the first time in months Schuschnigg held the upper hand.
They said this was true because Hitler required some international peace gesture to soften the setback of the German-friendly Octavian Goga government in Rumania and Premier Mussolini's apparent warming-up to Great Britain in Spanish nonintervention negotiations.
The interpretation placed In Vienna on the conference was that it represented a distinct triumph for Schuschnigg.
One of the most specific results reported wls that to compensate for the expensiveness of German exports to Austria Germany would
By The Associated Press.
Leaders of the republican party joined last night in inviting dissatisfied democrats to vote with them in the next congressional and presidential elections, but they disagreed over som* policies of their owm party.
The coalition note was sounded in addresses commemorating the birthday of the party's first president,
Senator Vandenberg of Michigan. who has been frequently mentioned for the republican presidential nomination two years hence, complimented "many a sound Jeffersonian democrat ’ Then he said that lf saving “the American system” necessitated ‘altering the republican identity, th© party would do it.”
Speaking at Boston, Vanderberg added:
“Wp can win in 1938; we can win grant a 25 per cent export prein 1940.” mium.
He discussed “this Roosevelt re- j Tile communique issued here to-cession ’ and asked for a showdown night had the same text as the between ‘collectivism and the one in Berlin which briefly an-American system.” nounced that an “unofficial'*
Governor George D. Aiken of Ver- meeting had been held in response mont, whose state was one of the to Hitler's invitation, two which went republican in the 1936 presidential election, asserted that henceforth the people “will stand for neither the erratio wanderings of the New Deal nor the self-satisfied smugness of the old guard republicanism."
In an address at New York. Aiken criticized makeup of the recently created republican program com-
See COALITION. Pf. IO. Col. 4
Further Delay Seen For FD's Program
Winters Eyes City Light Plant Plans
PRIZE PRODUCT ON BLOCK
Two-Day Hereford Sales Scheduled At Albany
ALBANY. Feb. 12—Tile pride of Shackelford county—Hereford cattle-—^wllll go on parade and under the auction hammer here Monday and Tuesday in one of the feature events of the year.
Opening the two-day affair will be the Shackelford county boys calf show Monday morning. About 13 calves will be shown. In the afternoon, 38 head of Herefords. 31 bulls and seven females, wil bs sold by Auctioneer Earl Gartin. in • tile Shackelford County Hereford Breeders association annual auction.
Consignors are John F. Sedwiok of Albany, who also is president of the organization. A. W. Reynolds and W. J. Dodson of Albany, Mrs. Bob Mason of Throckmorton, Brown & Corbett of Albany, Mrs. Bob Mason of Throckmorton, Brown and Corbett of Throckmorton. Arledge Stock farm of Knox City, C. M. Caldwell of Abilene, F. E. Clark of
Cisco, John M Gist of Odessa and H. C. Herron of Fort Griffin.
W. H. Magee, Shackelford county agent, is secretary and manager of the sale.
Thirty choice Herefords will be offered Tuesday in the fifth annual Diamond ranch sale by F. W. Alexander.
As an in-between entertainment. the Albany chamber of commmerce will hold a banquet Monday night I for Hereford breeders of this section and visitors for the two sales. Miss Ollie E. Clarke, secretary-manager, i is in charge.
Mexican Knifed, Condition Grave
Felix Villalobos. 55. 295 Bois
D'Arr, was in the hospital last night as the result of a knifing affray in a pool hall on Ash street. Attendants said he was in a critical condition.
A 43 year old Mexican resident was arrested by Abilene police and booked for assault and attempt to murder. Arresting officers said Villalobos received a slash in the chest from a butcher knife laying bare his left lung.
WINTERS. Feb. 12.-(Spl.)—Information was released here yesterday that the city council had contacted the Fairbanks-Morse Co., relative to the installation of a municipal power plant in Winters, and that at the city's request, a representative of that company was expected to arrive in Winters any day.
WASHINGTON. Fob 12.—
The administration's legislative program appeared in for additional delay when several senators said today they intended to make speeches for the anti-lynching bill before the senate disposes of that measure.
Hip southern filibuster against the bill already has consumed 26
Well On Submerged 1 Land Brought In
HOUSTON. Feb. 12—</Pi—Texas’ i first oil well on submerged land came in today a mile off point Houston in Galveston bay.
The wildcat. Standard of Texas I and Salt Dome Oil corporation's state No. I, flowed 23 barrels an j hour through a separator.
The well Is the first to be drilled on state owned land.
Gravity of the oil had not been ascertained but it was estimated at I 34. below the average of oil produced on the Texas coast.
Texas U. To Honor First Class Grads
W. T. MAGEL
Vet Rancher Dies
BRADY, Feb. 12—(^—R B Ledbetter, 79. who engaged in ranching for the past 35 years at Elgin. Kan.. died here today. He was a na'ive of McCulloch county. Texas. Funeral services will be here tomor-i row .
Thompson Club Formed At Corpus
CORPUS CHRISTI Feb. 12 T — The first Thompson-for-governor club in the state was organized here Saturday with Hayden W.
I Head, local attorney, as temporary chairman.
Head claimed a membership of 500 Corpus Christi Noters and said that number would be increased to 1.000 next week. The goal of the club is to get a larder vote for Ernest O. Thompso; in Corpus Christi, than he gets in his home town of Amarillo.
AUSTIN. Feb. 12 —hP —Univer-days of the senate's present session. slty of Texas ex-students will The anti-lynch debate was halted honor members of the first class long enough to allow final action —1883—as the annual roundup or on the administration's housing pro- homecoming, April 8 and 9. gram and Is suspended currently I Dean T. U. Taylor, octogenarian
to permit final action on new crop professor and dean emeritus of the
control legislation. college of engineering, personally
The senate has agreed, however, will invite members of the class. to return to consideration of the He estimates approximately 50 of
—...........-........... - --------- anti-lynching measure aft«* the the 221 ar- alive with all in their
_ farm bill vote Monday. I seventies.
The Weather ^ ~ ; ~ ~
*— Programs Complete For March
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the 1‘anhitndU, *i©ida«; Mnnda- partis
cloudy and colder north and cast central I Al f I I j I I
Besmstss Rodeo And Boys Livestock Show
alnd« nit the roa*t
* cn,u^ colder in north Programs were complete Satur-
Kila nett part'on* sundae niufh eoldrr r
sunday night; Monday partly .ioud>« cl- day for botn the “world chainmen MEXICO: Par tx Hood. sundae PlOUShip” TOCCO and the boys* liV€-and Monday; intl.- rh*n*c in temperature, stock show sponsored by the West
R*n,c or yesterday: T*xas Fai” association
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•s J ...... -J ager of the fair association, also
ii . 11 !!! ti announced that contracts had
•4 .WWI '; ;;; J? been signed for three specialty acts
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m WWWW ii I Trick riders who will appear are
ii Midnight m Dick Griffith and Pauline Nesbitt.
Highest and Ioocm temperature* lo » rjriffith now ic nnrvarincr af thp
o. rn. 'c«terday, 15-fil ; tams dale a year uruiiui now is appearing ai lilt:
ago, BMI. Phoenix, Ariz., rodeo, from which
i sun*ct >esterdat. «:23; auuri»« today, _,in „ ts
1123; a anta* today. *;24. “* 8° Tucson before ap
pearing here Mrs. Nesbitt will come here from hex ranch near Nowata, Okla.
Fancy shooting from horseback ' will be the specialty of California Frank and Mamie Frances, who appeared at the Fort Worth Fron-; tier celebration show.
John Lindsay will come here from Wichita Falls as rodeo clown with his tiained mule and bull.
Allan Holder of Sheffield, formerly of Midland, has been named as one of the three rodeo judges. Holder, world’s calf rop-
See RODEO, Pf. 9. CoL S