Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 15, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 15, 1938 TEN PAGES
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WITH COLD WAVE FORECAST TOMORROW--Record February Rains Benefit West Texas Grain
HIJACKING SUSPECT SHOT TO DEATH BY TEXAS OFFICERS
Denton Deputies Report Opening Fire
After One Of Pair Aims Gun At Them
PILOT POINT, Denton County, Feb. 15. (AP)—One man suspected in a hijacking1 at Whitesboro was slain and another captured here early today by a posse of North Texas officers.
The officers were cruising here on the outlook for two bandits who had taken
approximately $10 in a hold-up a few hours previously. They saw two men in another automobile drive up to a closed filling station and knock on the door .
The officers approached the pair, and fired when one turned on them with a nickle-plated revolver in his hand, deputy sheriffs Leon Hannah and Roy Moore of Denton county said. The man was struck in the head by two bullets and in the chest | by four.
Sheriff Dallas Curtsinger of Denton county said the automobile had been stolen several days ago by two men who robbed J. T. Barker of his keys and pocketbook in Muenster.
Charlie Taylor, Identification expert of the Denton police department, took the fingerprints of the slain man and his companion in an effort to identify them. The dead man was described as young, large and blond headed. Officers said that the slain man s companion, who was jailed at Denton, told them the slain man had come to this vicinity from Colorado. The suspect Jailed was an older man. and was believed to be a resident of a nearby community. RADIO ALARM GIVEN
Sheriff Luther McCollum of Cooke county and City Marshall Edgar of Pilot Point were the other members of the posst They did not know details of the hijacking at Whitesboro, but were cruising near the Denton county ime rn response to a radio alarm
Sheriff Curtsinger said the automobile in which the two men were riding had been taken from Barker
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Return Jail Breaker To Sulphur Springs
Two Of Five Still Sought
Harold Kerns, arrested here Sunday night by city pome officers, was returned to Sulphur Springs last ni :ht by officers from that city.
Kerns had broken jail at Sulphur Springs last week with four others. One of Hie five. W, E, Brunett, was killed while a, tempting to rob a Clinton. Miss. garage. Brunette companion was captured as he cringed in a corner of the garage near the body of his companion. Two others. Paul Sloan and Noel Baker, are still at large. Sloan and Baker were broucht here with Kerns from Sulphur Springs February 2 to face burglary indictments. Kerns and Baker pleaded guilty and received penitentiary sentences in 42d district court. Sloan was not tried.
The three were returned to Sulphur Springs by Deputy Sheriffs Wade Willis and Phillip Diltz a few days before their break for freedom last week.
Kerns faces trial on a burglary indictment in Sulphur Springs in connection with the taking of 12 guns from a hardware store of that city, officers here state.
C. C. PRESIDENT
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Added Fire Credit Given Westex Cities
AUSTIN. Feb. 15.— tUPi-An additional list of fire insurance credits and charges for past good or bad fire records was anounced today by fire insurance commissioner Marvin Hall, They become effective on March I.
Tile list included:
Big Spring, 25 per cent credit compared with 20 per cent last year.
Brownwood, 25 per cent credit compared with 15 per cent last year.
Status announced for other places remaining unchanged from last year include: Breckenridge, 5 per "cent credit.
Merkel Trade Board Named
Ten Directors To Outline Program For Summer
Mig. JU r J. 15.—<F M - Ten directors for 1338—Booth Warren. Joe P. Self. Dee Grimes, R. T Gray, John West, Dr. L. C. Zehnpfennig. A. A. McGehee. S. D. Gamble. W. W. Haynes, and C. J. Glover — were elected at the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Merchants Trade Extension Association of Merkel held Monday night.
Ballots voted at the meeting were not canvassed until Tuesday mom ing by the auditing committee of the association. Tile committee consists of Milton Case, Nathan Wood, Connor Robinson. Norman T Hodge.
Seventy-five business men attended the annual gathering. Plans for the summer entertainment program were generally discussed, the session being presided over by S. D. Gamble 1937 president..
At the conclusion of the discussion. it was voted that recommendations and estimates of tho cost for the summer program be worked out by the ten directors. The report will be made at a general meeting of the stockholders called for Feb. 28.
A surprise feature of the program was the showing of movie films in natural colors taken at the last rodeo of the 1937 season by H. C. Coit of Dallas. Coit is a brother-in-law of Booth Warren, chairman of the rodeo committee. The pictures were mailed here frm Dallas for the annual meeting.
Auto Fees Build Precinct Roads
Automobile registration fees last year netted Taylor county a total of $109,672.90 with an equal amount going to the state from payments made by auto owners of the county
Receipts this year are expected to equal or surpass 1937 collections. County Tax Assessor-Collector C. O. Patterson states.
Money collected on auto registrations is used in the county's road building program, the total being prorated to commissioners precincts.
Last year's receipts were divided as follows: precinct one $36,22.03, precinct two, $23,801.79, precinct three. $20,669.41, precinct four, $23,-794 54.
J. C. Hunter Elected Head Of Local C-C
Behrens Named Vice President, James Treasurer
J. C. Hunter, new member of the board of directors of the Abilene chamber of commerce, was elected its president when the 1938 directors met this morning. Vie Behrens was elected vice president and Fleming James was chosen treasurer.
The new president became an Abilenian in 1928 when he moved here from Culberson county. He Is ai. outstanding figure among inde-pendent oil men. He is president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas association, vice president of the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas associator director of the Independent Petroleum association of America, president of the Brown Eagle OU company, vice president of the Grisham-Hunter corporation, and president of the Gregg Oil company.
Hunter also has extensive ranch holdings in West Texas and Ls a former county judge of Culberson county. It is from the last named position that he got his familiar title of "Judge.” He lives at 1565 Belmont with his wife and only son, J. C. Jr.. production superintendent cf the S. B. Roberts company.
RY AC CLAMATION
Election of Hunter, Behrens and James, was by acclamation. Behrens, junior member of the insurance firm of Behrens and Behrens, has been active in chamber of commerce work for several years. He served as vice president of the board of directors last year.
Treasurer for 1938. Fleming James. is another officer who was elected to the board of directors at the general membership meeting and banquet Feb. 8. He is assistant cashier for the Fagmets Rnd Merchants National bank.
The meeting opened with Malcolm Meek, retiring president, in charge. First order of business was the election of the new president, after which Hunter took the chairmanship for the remainder of the session and Meek retired to the sidelines.
Tributes were paid both to the incoming and retiring presidents.
In reply. Meek expressed his thanks to board members for their j cooperation during the past year. Hunter assured the directors of his desire to work with them and have their cooperation. "I have often heard of it said,” he commented, "that it is easier to lead from behind than in front. So 1*11 get behind the directors and we will all get behind Abilene and see if we
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CAMERA'S EYE PICTURES GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL AT HEREFORD BANQUET
Moisture belt Embraces 200 Miles Section
2.22 Falls At Snyder To Set 20-Year Record
West Texas had cause to gloat today over perfect promises for more prosperity.
Record rains had fallen last night ever the wheat and small grain areas northwest of here, and a forecast that the precipitation will change to sleet and snow Wednesday only increased the hopes of farmers for perfect grain weather. PREDICT BANNER CROP ‘‘West Texas’ largest grain crop in years’’ was the prediction that went hand in hand with the weather forecast.
This news almost overshadowed, even for residents of Abilene and other urban centers, the clauses of the weather prediction announcing a cold wave, probably sleet and snow.
The rain covered fan-shaped area 200 miles west, northwest and north of Abilene. As the day advanced, other points were added to tho molstre belt, and the moisture continued to build up new February records.
Scurry county reported mon than two Inches, the 2.22 inches measured in Snyder yesterday and last night being the heaviest February rain in 20 years. Only once before in February’ has as much aa 2.22 fallen in Snyder.
Creeks were up. most of them expected to stay in their banks. On ranch. Highway 15, a low bridge was un-
Yesterday s boys livestock show a1- der water, and traffic from Lamesa most atole honors from the Shackel-; to Snyder was being detoured bf ford County Hereford Breeders as- way of Post.
seriation sale Bill Magee, Albany , In Mitchell countv, rain which
county fell late Monday and early today
Banquet Caps Albany's Fete
Annual Sale Is Under Way At Diamond Ranch
ALBANY, Feb. 15 —The great cattle industry of Texas, at its best in Shackelford county, was portrayed yesterday in a three-act melodrama under title of Albany's motto, Home of the Hereford.
Visitors from the vast rolling plains of West Texas came to town, for the first two acts, the calf show and Hereford sale and stayed for the grand finale, last night's banquet. They liked the Albany hospitality so well that they spent the night here and were ready for F. W Alexander's fifth annual Hereford sale today at his Diamond
Anti-Lynching Foe I Holds Senate Floor
Garner Ired At Refusal To Yield
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. /Pi— Argument In defense of the anti- I lynching bill was shut out in the senate today in a parliament mixup which left Senator Ellender <D-La). opponent of the measure, in control of the floor.
Ellender had agreed to yield to supporters of the measure who desired to talk before the vote on a debate limitation motion at I p. in. tomorrow*. When Vice President Garner propounded a unanimous consent agreement to that effect, however, Ellender objected to its terms.
Angered. Garner ruled if Ellender yielded except for a question, he would lase his right to continue speaking.
Senators Wagner <D-NY> and Van Nuys iD-Ind). co-authors of the measure had sought time to defend it before voting on cloture, which would limit each Senators argument on the bill to one hour.
Everyone enjoyed a big time last nigh* at th" Shackelford County Hereford Breeders annual dinner at Albany. Miss Ollie E. Clarke, secretary-managcr of the Albany chamber of commerce, seems to be well pleased with the event as she was snapped in the above left photo. At her r^ht is Frank Booker of
Dr. Bradford Knapp, president of Texas Technological college and principal speaker of the evening, is shown in upper right picture, with Henry Green toastmaster, at his right.
Ct. W. (Stud) Barnes, extension service beef cattle specialist, ducked just as the above
center photo was made, At his right is Mrs. D. G Curb, and her husband, Dr. Curb, who is mayor of Albany. Watt Matthew*. of Albans- is shown in bottom photo with a couple of the miniature chuck wagons that were a part of decoration of the banquet table. < Photos by Mau-rtne Eastus Roe, Reporter-New s Staff Photogapher>
AGAINST MEXICAN TROOPS--
Mob Battles For Slayer
Tijuana Girl, 8 Ravished, Slain
Ask House To Vote Relief Appropriation
Jackson Stands On Business Criticism
HEPBURN HOPES FOR LIMITATION—
World Has Twice The Arms It Needs Says Admiral
SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 15.—(AV-Tile world’s powers have ammassed twice what they need in armed might, says Rear Admiral Arthur P. Hepburn, who directed maneuvers of the United States fleet over a vast area of the Pacific last summer.
“Naval armaments and land armaments certainly arc too high all over the world,’” said the former commander-in-chief of the fleet. “You could cut them all in half and have plenty.”
Admiral Hepburn, recently made commandant of the twelfth naval ditsrict with headquarters here, I expressed belief that theta would be i
more arms limitation conferences and that "much could be accomplished in that way."
The naval officer, who was replaced Jan. 29 as fleet commander by Admiral Claude C Bloch, said in an interview he had asked for his post here because of the importance of the Pacific roast in the present international picture.
"The fleet is here and that’s where it belongs in the present state of international affairs,” he declared.
Transfer here of Admiral Hepburn, who directed last year's maneuvers in the Californla-Alaska-Hawaii triangle of the Pacific was in line with naval poucy of changing
the fleet command annually or biannually at the discretion of the president. Admiral Hepburn assumed command of the fleet June 24, 1936 .and now will bo assigned to two years land duty after four years at sea.
"Everybody is crying for peace nowadays, but we don't know what they mean by peace” said the official.
"But I believe this country is growing a little more internationally wise to what's going on. a little more willing to sav ‘no. we're not going to be caugnt in the ruck if anybody has intentions against us.” (
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. I’—
The house appropriations committee asked the house today to approve immediately a $250,000,000 emergency relief appropriation for the next four months.
It suggested quick action because of the "drastic change which has taken place in private employment” since last September and indication the situation will not improve immediately.
The appropriation, if approved, would be used to keep at least 2,-000.000 persons on relief rolls the next few months Without it. Works Progress administration officials said, about 500.000 persons would have to br denied help and 200.000 now on the rolls would be laid off.
The entire $250,000,000 would be earmarked for WPA.
Issue Extra Call On Pension Warrants
TIJUANA, Mexico, Feb. 15 — V— A screaming, raging mob of men and women, seeking vengence for the j ravishing and slaying of an eight-cear-old girl, fought a pitched cattle with soldiers here today after firing the federal building and the city jail
Three in the mob were reported wounded. About I OOO Shots were fired,
An hour after the rioting broke out the federal building fire appeared under control but the interior of the structure was badly damaged. SUSPECTS HELD
Several men were held in the building for questioning about the death of Olga Comacho. 8 daughter of a . Tijuana bartender Her body was
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15—>UPi — Assistant Attorney eGneral Robert H. Jackson, nominated by President Roosevelt to b" solicitor genera, today made a new attack on big business before a senate judiciary subcommittee.
Jackson told the committee which is considering his nomination that he stands on ‘ every word” of his criticism of business trusts and monopoly delivered in a series of addresses a little more than a month ago.
Replying to questions by Sen. Warren R. Austin, R.. Vt., Jackson declined to explain his lengthy speeches in a few stentences.
FFA boy and sort of the agent, W. T. Magee, showed the grand champion steer. However, it was W. 8 Williams, Ibex 4-H club boy, who showed the biggest bank depasit. His calf. winner of the lightweight division and reserve champion, sold for 30 cents per pound to Merrick Davis, Albany rancher. Thp calf was selected from the Davis herd of fine cattle.
Sydney Johnson, Snyder rancher, paid $305 for Ga.vnor Domino, two-year-old row consigned by Brown & Corbett of Throckmorton, to top the annual Shackelford County Hereford sale. Thirty-six animals sold through the auction ring for an average of $148.
Frank Cloud of Albany paid $300 for the top bull. Timberline 62d, consigned by W J. Dodson of Albany. Lewis Ackers paid $260 for another Dodson bull. Anxiety Domino 2d. Sales were well distributed as 29 buyers took the animal offered, Most of the buyers were from Taylor. Shackelford. Stevens and Throckmorton counties.
The First National bank of Albany paid 20 cents per pound for
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McDonald Scores Farm Legislation
AUSTIN. Feb 15.— < UPI—The farm bill passed by the U. S. congress yesterday is “unsound legislation and will not solve the agricultural problem,’’ J. E. McDonald, state commissioner of agriculture said today.
McDonald was one of the originator of a domestic allotment plan for cotton. Under It the government would have guaranteed a price for a fixed amount of cotton produced for domestic consumption. The farmer could have raised as much more as he desired for export.
had reached a total of 2.15 inches at 7:30 Tuesday morning, and then* was little let-up. The moisture was accompanied by mild temperatures and was welcomed in the Colorado section by stockmen and farmers, the latter having needed a bottom season for early plowing.
DELI CE AT WICHITA At 7 a. rn. Wichita Falls had reported 2 58 inches of rain, with the downpour continuing. Unconfirmed
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Sunday, ravished and slain
Finally the mob quieted, but only after soldiers had fired into the excited throng and had themselves been the targets of bullets.
The maddened men and women, estimated at 800, eventually permitted firemen to combat the blaze, after being warned that the flames were eating toward a storehouse of seven tons of dynamite
change a word. I still thnik that it is a good speech."
AUSTIN. Feb. 15. (ZP -State Tieasurer Charley Lockhart Issued an extra call for presentation of Confederate pension warrants today because of improved status of funds.
He announced that the treasury is ready to take up all warrants drawn against the Confederate pension
ti*,*3 !° anf* “Eluding Apili. were turned over to them by IO a. 1P36 Warrants issued up to and in • | m>> thp r,ote th t nfd to burn eluding April, 1937 will be cashed
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Street Car Strike Paralyzes Cities
ABILKMZ AND VICINITY: Cloudy,
probably rain tonight and Wednesday turfing to sleet or snow Wednesday; colder to- ; night and Wednesday vmh cold wave Wednesday,
West Texas: Mostly cloudy rain in I southeast, rain turning to sleet or snow in north portion, colder with cold wave in north portion tonight; Wednesday partly cloudy, probably rain in southeast portion, colder; livestock warnings in north portion.
Kast Texas: Cloudy, probably rain tonight and Wednesday turning to sleet or snow in north portion Wednesday colder in north portion tonight; colder Wednesday with cold wave rn north and west portions.
K VINK\l I :
21 hrs ending 6:30 a rn. Tuts.. 02 inch
since first of year ............ I M inches
Same period last year ... ... .90 such
Normal since first of year .... 1.50 inches Highest temperature yesterday . . .04 Lowest temperature this morning ii
Oplin Deep Try Shows Increase
Rate Of Oil Flow Estimated To 75 Barrels Per Day
A .slight increase in amount of < ii showing in the Hal Hughes ct a1 No. I Poindexter, southwestern Callahan county Ordovician test north of Oplin, was reported today after the well had been deepened about four more feet into sand.
Hughes said todav the test was heading at intervals under the heavy gas flow*. He estimated its piesent rate at about 50 to 75 barrels of oil per day, with water hav-| ing been exhausted.
First gas in the deep test, located nearly a quarter mile south of a junked hole drilled in 1933, was found at 4,369 feet. A spray of oil v as picked up at 4.380 feet after fr. e-inch casing had been set on a I me shoulder, and the well headed twice after deepening to 4.381 feet.
Present total depth is 4.385 feet, (he operators said. It is likely that the No. I Poindexter will be carried deeper, owners believing that main Ellenburger pay will not be picked up before 4,410 feet.
The Ordovician prospect is near the center of a block of about 9.000 acres, is the second drilled by the the Abilene operator in that area. Hughes is also drilling another rotary test to the south on the Andrew Johnson farm.
Landowners a mile or more from the well were reported turning down offers of $10 per acre for leases. Little active trading was reported.
Italian Airliner Is Given Up For Lost
MINNEAPOLIS. Minn. Fob 15 — <UP)—Union representatives and Above the din of the noting were officials of the Twin City Rapid heard voices demanding the life of Transit company continued nego-the man who yesterday abducted, I nations early today for settlement ravished and then strangled the lit- i of a strike which paralyzed bus and tie Mexican girl. Unless the man *treet car services in the twin
Union spokesmen said 2,400 of the company’s operating employes had joined the walkout.
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Tue* I ROME. Feb. 15. (UP>—An Italian airliner carrying IO passengers and a crew of four crashed in a storm in the Mediterranean Sunday and has been given up for lost, it was announced today.
News of the crash was first disclosed when families of passengers and crew were notified that "disaster" had overtaken the plane as it flew from Cadiz, in Nationalist Spain, toward Rome.
Today it was announced that the 53*, seaplane had been lost and that ,Vs* search had been unavailing.