Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 27, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES "-ByronVOL LYM, NO. 281. ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 27, 1938—FORTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS
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Five Abilenians Give McMurry Big Endowment
Donors Contributing $100,000 Not
Named; Is Start Of $300,000 Drive
A cherished dream whose fulfillment friends and administrators of McMurry college had striven for since the institution’s founding in 1923 was in part realized Saturday with official announcement that five prominent Abilene men had made endowment gifts to the school totaling $100,000.
Names of the donors were not disclosed. The announcement said simply the five men were
members of the college’s local
board of trustees.
TO BE HELD IN TRUST
Domation of the $100,000 signalled
actual start of a campaign devised at the annual meeting of the Northwest Texas Methodist conference in Quanah last November, to raise an additional $300,000 productive en-
Dr. Thomas W. Brabham will
conduct two church services in Big Spring today. This morning, he will preach at the Wesley Methodist church in that city, and this evening he will be in the First church pulpit. He will conduct quarterly conference after each service, for Presiding Elder C. H. Young.
dowmcnt for McMurry. Gifts of the local men will be held in trust in an Abilene bank, contingent upon contribution of the remaining $200,-000 by the Northwest Texas and New Mexico confreres.
Terms of the endowment plan as formulated at the Northwest Texas conference session were that the Abilene board of trustees would raise $150,000, to be matched by an equal amount contributed by the conference. The New Mexico conference a: its last annual meeting also vot ed to participate in the drive as separate unit.
Thp Abilene district of the Northwest Texas conference, comprising all of Taylor county and parts of Jones. Shackelford, Callahan and Nolan counties, Is to raise the remaining $50,000 to complete the SISO OOO quota of the local board. Upon the eight other presiding elders’ districts of the conference— Stamford, Sweetwa’er, Lubbock, Amarillo, Clarendon, Perryton, Vernon and Big Spring—rests the responsibility for securing the other $150,000. less whatever amount is contributed by New Mexico Methodists.
Tile campaign to raise the remainder of the endowment fund will be launched immediately, said Dr. Brabham, and pushed to conclusion in five months. The first two months will be given over to perfecting organization of workers in each district and church, and to cultivating the endowment idea The last three months will be devoted to contacting prospective donors, climaxing in a general subscription drive on or about July I.
In each district of the Northwest
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EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
COLEMAN.—Coleman high school band will be host to 25 other bands in a meeting here Saturday.
Middle zone meeting of the Methodist women's missionary society will be held at Coleman Wednesday.
BALLINGER.—Dedication p r o -
gram for the Ballinger postoffice vill be held Monday, commencing at 3:30 p. m.
LAMESA.—Voters will go to the polls Wednesday to determine whether bonds will be issued for construction of two new school buildings.
BAIRD—Callahan County Livt-stock association will meet Tuesday in the county courtroom at Baird.
HASKELL.—Directors of the Central West Texas Fair association will meet Monday night to elect new officers and plan the next exposition.
Haskell county commissioners' court will meet Monday to receive and consider bids for construction of the Haskell County hospital.
MERKEL.—Board of directors for the Merchants Trade Extension association will meet Monday night to plan the 1938 entertainment program.
RULE—Haskell county FFA and 4-H boys livestock show will be held here Monday.
SWEETWATER.—Nolan - Fisher Boys Livestock show will be held in Sweetwater Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sweetwater Hereford Breeders' sale win be held Friday.
BIG SPRING.—Big Springs’ Boys Livestock show will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
ROTAN—John B. Stribling Hereford sale will be held Thursday.
ROBY—West Texas Girls' Basketball tournament will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
: Early Resident Dies In Alabama
Came To Abilene In '82 After Four Years In Callahan
Mrs J. T. Anderson, who came to West Texas before the founding of Abilene, died Saturday in Montgomery. Alabama at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L. A. Dayton.
Word was received by two sons. R. O. and Nat Anderson, Abilene oil men, that funeral service would be held in MemphLs, Tennessee. Sunday afternoon. Neither will be able to attend.
Mrs. Anderson and her husband, the late Jack T. Anderson, settled in Eagle Cove. Callahan county, in 1878. and moved to the one-year-old town of Abilene in 1882. Mr. Anderson died in 1923. Tile couple were residents of Abilene until 1908.
Mrs. Anderson was a guest of honor last March 15 when settlers of Abilene were feted in a banquet here.
Survivors Include the two Abilene men, Mrs. Dayton. Mrs. L. M. Neb-lett of Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. George S. Berry of Tulsa, Arch Anderson I of Los Angeles, Jack Anderson of Houston. A daughter. Sally Brother-ton, died two years ago.
Parading Governors To Have Comfort
AMARILLO. Feb. 26—<A»—Not only Gov. E. W. Marland of Oklahoma, but all the other guest governors in the mother-in-law parade here March 9 will have “easy riding ' horses. Mason King, parade organizer, said tonight.
Tie committee announced today all horses in the parade would be shod with rubber shoes.
Gov. Clyde Tingley of New Mexico will bring his own favorite mount to Amarillo and has ordered a $1,500 saddle delivered here from El Paso.
Among other governors In the parade will be Teller Ammons of Colorado, Roy E. Ayres of Montana and James Allred of Texas.
U. S. Furthering Pan-Americanism
WASHINGTON. Feb. 26.—</P>— The United States government is undertaking by many means to bring this country and Latin American states closer together.
Although denying this policy is a counter-defensive to fascist props-?anda in South America, officials id mi ti eel today it might have that effect.
One Killed In Eastex Wreck
ATHENS. Feb 26.—(XPv—E. H Byram, Jr., 18, of Malakoff, was killed and ten other persons were injured, two of them perhaps fatally, late today In an automobile collision near Brownsboro.
Mrs. E. H. Byram, 37, and daughter. Mareta Byram. 15. of Malakoff, both believed fatally hurt.
APPARENTLY LOSING BATTLE-
Okeh Cabinet's Gen. Pershing Slowly Sinking
Vote Endorses Following Great Britain's Lead
PARIS. Feb. 26—(A1)—The chamber of deputies tonight endorsed by 439 votes to two the government's foreign policy of sticking to France's central European allies and follow- I ing Britain's lead for “realistic'' j dealings with fascist Italy and nazi 1 Germany.
The overwhelming vote of confidence came at the end of two days of debate.
Supporters of the government and some of its enemies hailed it as evidence of France s unity in foreign affairs and leftists called it “bad news for Hitler.”
During the debate. Foreign Minister Yvon Delbos coupled a pledge that France's engagements with Czechoslovakia would be “faithfully fulfilled” with a warning that “the setting up of any political hegemony in the Danubian region is not possible.”
Premier Camille Chautemps declared France never would abandon her alliances or her friends— particularly Great Britain—and said policy must be neither isolation with her allies nor surrender.
He affirmed that France's foreign policy still w as pinned to the League of Nations.
The premier mentioned France's 'nends in Europe and their inter->st in her foreign policy and then said:
“Moreover, there is the great American republic whose president from time to time gives us a great lesson of peace ”
The order of the day approved the outline of foreign policy as given by the government and also expressed confidence in the cabinet "to safeguard national dignity and assure maintenance of peace and respect for treaties within the framework of collective security and the league."
Delbos coupled his reaffirmation of French ties to Czechoslovakia, as well as Rumania and Yugoslavia, with an implied warning for Germany to keep hands off those middle Europe nations.
As for Austria, Delbos declared her independence remained a necessity.
Delbos said France would:
1. Negotiate with Italy for recognition of her Ethiopian conquest "if the present difficulties can be ironed
2. Maintain faith in the Franco-Soviet mutual assistance pact.
3. Continue non-intervention in Spain but "see that the independence of Spain is respected.”
With Circus Atmosphere—
GAY PARADE TO GIVE SPRING NOISY GREETING
Monday evening will be one of the brightest and gayest in history in downtown Abilene.
At 7 o'clock the music of all four of the city’s bands and the stirring roll of the drums of McMurry’s Wah Wahtaysees will announce a street parade as th evening s first event marking formal opening of the spring season.
Presenting a great array of spring merchandise for women, men and children, and home furnishings in the newest designs, business houses will hold open houe from 7:30 to 9 p. rn.
The stores have asked the Re-porter-News to extend to every person in the city and surrounding territory invitations to pay visits during the evening and inspect the new fashions for each member of the family.
Following the parade, show windows, especially arranged for the event, will be unveiled and the store doors thrown open.
In the parade will be the Wah Wahtaysees (girls’ drum corps i of McMurry- college, the Har-dtn-Stmmons university Cowboy band, the Abilene Christian college Wildcat band and the Mc
Murry college Indian band.
Marching also will be rodeo stars, downs of them, trick riders and others who will have parts in the West Texas Boys’ Livestock Show and World Championship Rodeo, to be opened here Tuesday at West Texas Fair Park.
Among other features of the free parade will be midget horses hitched to a hansom, and other interesting things from the Tidwell shows, exhibiting at Fair Park this week.
Will W. Watson, on his white charger, will be parade marshal.
Doctors’ Labor Is To No Avail
Aging Commander Clings To Life But
Medical Efforts Bring No Success
TUSCON, Ari*., Feb. 26—(AP)—Medical efforts failed tonight to bring a response from Gen. John J. Pershing, lying in a coma and apparently gradually losing the dim spark of lift flickering in his courageous heart.
Dr. Roland Davison and Lt. Col 8. U. Marietta worked val. iantly over the silent form of I —-—--
PRECEDED BY RALLY
Stage Set For Big Rodeo
Show Inaugural Slated Tuesday
THEY'LL PERFORM AT ABILENE RODEO
There'll be thrills and spills aplenty when ace western performers uncork their pet acts here Tuesday, opening of the three-day world championship rodeo. Shown here Is a sample of the special events to be expected. Ray and Morris Ram-
sey of the Tulsa, Okla., Flying Clouds, were snapped in this photo as they jumped four horses Roman style over a five-foot hurdle with a six-foot spread. The boys also are trick and fancy riders. They have three sisters who will appear in trick roping numbers.
Howard County To Ballot* On Beer
BIG SPRING. Feb. 26 — Howard county voters will ballot on legalizing sales of beer and wine March ll, in accordance with a commissioners court order issued today in response to a petition bearing 840 signatures.
The vote was authorized after an opinion from the attorney general's department held the referendum permissable. The county voted dry-on "all alcoholic beverages’’ last Dec. IO.
Bomb Discovered In Bexar Courthouse
SAN ANTONIO. Feb.. 26—(VT—A home-made explosive, rudely fashioned from a piece of old pipe, was discovered hanging from a door in the courthouse basement today.
The "bomb” had b-en substituted for one of the weights attached to the door between the basement hall and the courthouse basement garage. It bore several fuses, all of them wrapped in paper and unlighted.
HAMBY YOUTH KILLED, THREE SERIOUSLY HURT IN WRECK
Cor Rams Into Guard Roils On Bridge North Of Abilene; Clyde Watts Victim
Clyde Watts. 21. of Hamby was almost instantly killed last night at 10:15 o'clock when the car in which he was riding with six other young people crashed through the guard rails of the Elm Creek bridge on the old Anson highway.
Music Association Gets 400 Members
B'Spring Man Dies Of Mishap Injures
BIG SPRING. Feb. 26-Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon for W. W. sion. 71, who died in a local pital from injuries suffered when struck by a car while crossing a street Friday night.
Tile car was driven by Harold W’alker who told authorities he swerved his machine in a vain attempt to miss Session as the latter stepped into the street.
Abllene's first use of Civic Concert Service's plan for bringing great artists to the city is successful.
The Abilene Civic MusiS ar¥C?ia-tion’s membership campaign ended last night with 400 members enrolled, In addition to students of McMurry and Abilene Christian
colleges. The former went into the association on a "blanket tax" basis, for each of its regularly enrolled students of next fall. The latter underwrote a block of regular junior memberships, which were $2.50. The regular membership was $5.
Tie talent committee consisting of five persons selected by Individual ballot of members of th* board of directors, will meet during the week-end. It will select from NBC s long list, or from among other artists, those who will come here next season.
CORNERS LIVESTOCK PRIZES—
Hometown 4-H Boy Takes Four Firsts At Roby
By HARRY HOLT
ROBY. Feb. 26--T. L. Carter Jr., Roby 4-H rlub boy, was the leading exhibitor of calves today in the third annual Fisher County 4-H and FFA Boys Livestock show here.
Carter won the grand championship with a compact 810-pound Hereford steer that first won the lightweight milk-fed division, and showed his other lour calves 4o a great advantage. He won dry lot class for lightweight, had the best group of three and placed second, third and fourth in the niilk-fed class.
Jack Maberry, McCaulley 4-H
club boy, won reserve champion honors with a calf that was first in the heavyweight milk-fed division. Judges VZ. J. (Bill) Marschall and H. L. Atkins, Torn Green and Ector county agents, respectively, praised all animals exhibited highly.
Blue ribbons in the lamb division w-ent to A. J. Jamigan, Roby 4-H, and Buddy Levens, Dowell FFA. Jamigan won first in individuals and group of three in the fine wool class, while Levnis had the best mutton type lamb.
Dick Edwards. Rotan FFA, Marvin Hughey. Roby FFA, and Leverne Hargrove, Rotan FFA, were lead-
mg exhibitors of hogs. Exhibiting Hereford bulls. Frank Maberry of McCaulley, Paul Turner of Sylvester, and Tommie Stuart of Roby, placed in order named.
T. H. Roensch, Fisher county agent, was superintendent of the show, and Fred Stevenson, secretary. Vocational agriculture teachers of the county ser-'1 as department heads.
Exhibitors of winning animals follow:
Dry-lot calves wighing under 775 See STOCK SHOW. Pf. ll. CoL 5
Three other occupants of the car were seriously injured and the remaining three suffered slight hurts.
Most seriously injured were Leon Philly, driver of the car, of Hamby, serious head injury and possible fracture; Geneva Sylvester, 2530 Simmons, broken arm, lacerations and bruises; Martin Scarborough, 801 1-2 Elm, cuts and bruises.
Rosa Lee Burkes, 262 1-2 Chestnut, B. R. Adair, of Rock Hill near Hamby, and Chester Gooch, Hamby, suffered minor bruises and lacerations.
PINNED BENEATH CAR
The four boys and three girls were approaching the bridge going away from Abilene. The car tore through the heavy timbers of the guard rails on the approach to the bridge, then crashed head on into a pecan tree in the bed of the creek.
Philly and Watts were pinned beneath the car when it landed on its side. Witnesses at the scene of the wreck said the automobile was completely demolished.
Doctors last night said Philly was in a very critical condition.
Parents of Watts were Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Watts of Hamby. He is also survived by four brothers and three sisters. They are John, Ernest and Thomas Earl of Hamby and Jesse Watts of Amherst; sisters are Mrs. John Axe of Abilene, Mrs. Carl Brady and Dor us Wanda Watts of Hamby.
Laughter Funeral home is in charge of the both
Coleman Among First To Reserve Block Of Seats
There’s a tinge of the old West atmosphere in Abilene today.
This is rodeo week and ace performers. dressed in true cowboy regalia, crowded downtown streets late yesterday to lend color that quickened the spirit of enthusiasm for the premiere here Tuesday.
During the week boosters trekked through the territory telling the word about the championship event here, then combined their forces last night at the federal lawn for a rally telling Abilene folk about the colossal show. They were Joined by rodeo performers.
Coleman was one of the first towns reserving scats for a delegation for the rodeo. The Coleman rodeo association, headed, by its president Sam Cobb, and dressed in typical western costume!, will be represented by 40 members here Tdesday night.
Invitations went out yesterday from the Abilene chamber of commerce office to bands and pep squads of this section to attend the rodeo as guests of the West Texas Fair association, sponsor of the show.
More than 25 of America’s top-
ranking cowboys had arrived In Abilene last night.
Performers already on hand definitely decided the steer bulldogging contest here will be on* of the toughest staged anywhere. Such doggers as Tom Hogan of Tulsa. Gene and Roy Ross of Sayre, Okla., Jim Nesbitt, Mickle McCrorey, jim Irwin, Homer Pettigrew and Bruce Ross are here and ready to go.
Hugh Bennett, Jake McClure. Buck Goods peed, E. Pardee, Bob Crosby and other ace ropers are en route here. Already at the fair grounds are Burel Mulkey, Jackie Cooper, Doff Abner, and other leading contenders for the 1937 championship which was won by Everett Bowman.
the aged commander, but their bulletin at 10:45 p. rn. (C8T) gave a dismal picture.
“Although General Pershing apparently has lost no ground, neither has he gained," the statement read.
“There has been no response to our attempts to re-establish his kidney functions which apparently have been greatly impaired. He continues in a coma most of the time with brief Intervals of return to consciousness.
“It is now three days since the general has taken any appreciable amount of food or fluid through the mouth, during which time all food and vitrament has been Introduced artificially.’’
Throughout the day the bulletins told of the 77-year-old soldier’s failing efforts to overcome an illness from which even he believed there would be no recovery.
At mid-day he failed to rally as he did yesterday, and physicians saw in that lack of response a grave sign.
Sgt. C. O. Shaffer, for 17 years the general’s orderly, nevertheless expressed the opinion Pershing would survive the night.
Chief of Police C. A. Wollard tonight assigned two motorcycle officers to remain at the hospital in case of emergency.
Heart stimulants brought a favorable reaction shortly after midnight, but at dawn, as dark clouds rolled up over the desert the general loved I air fortifications in so well, he again wavered. Through- | Un New york area out most of the night he had been under an oxygen tent.
Their faces drawn with anxiety.
General Pershing's only sister, Miss May Pershing, and his son, Warren, and nephew, Frank, moved in and out of the sick room.
Early in his Illness, a friend dis-
Three Held As Spy Suspects •
Sale Of Military Secrets Charged To Girl, Soldiers
NEW YORK. Feb. 26 —yp> -Federal agents tonight held a red-haired German girl and two men incommunicado as suspects in an international spy ring trading in United States military secrets, and predicted further arrests soon would follow.
The three prisoners, one man a private in the army and the second man a former army sergeant, w-ere arraigned on charges of espionage and held on $25,000 bail each by U. S. Commissioner Isaac Plrftt.
U. S. Attorney Lamar Hardy said action by a federal grand jury would be speeded, confirmed that other suspects were under surveillance and that more arrests were expected.
Reed Vetterli, chief of the Federal Bureal of Investigation in New York, said coded messages deciphered by his staff revealed sale of U. S. army secrets concerning the Panama canal zone—Uncle Sam s vital link between the Atlantic and Pacific fleets—and air corps information on Mitchell Field. L. I, key to the metropoli
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Tenor Collapses On Opera Stage
NEW YORK, Feb. 2«—OF—
Giovanni Martinelll, tenor star of the metro politian opera, fainted on the opera house stage today while struggling to complete a love song.
While the audience sat in stunned silence, the famous Italian tenor kept his feet until the curtain touched the floor. Then he dropped into the arms of
Sweetwater PCA Reelects Chairman
SWEETWATER Feb. 26—Walter L. Boothe of Sweetwater was reelected president of the board of directors of the Sweetwater Production Credit association here this week in annual meeting of stockholders. More than 250 members were present.
Directors renamed were J. W. Watson of Colorado, W. B. Willingham of Rotan, G. 8. Barnes of Sylvester, and Roscoe Holton of Lamesa.
The G-man chieftain declined to specify the European “foreign pow er'' he said was involved In the plot. He said, however, that one of the men confessed having sold highly confidential U. S. government Information to "persons claiming to represent a European power.”
The German girl, Johanna Hoffman, 26, of Drest!en, Germany, a hair-dresser employed on the north German Lloyd liner Europa, was arrested by federal agents as she left the ship when it docked in New York.
"All three prisoners have confessed to their part in the plot,” Hardy
The men arrested were Gunther Gustave Rumrich, 27, former U. S. army sergeant, once stationed in tho Panama canal zone, and Erich Glaser. 28, a soldier stationed at Mitchell Field.
AUSTIN. Feb. 26. —(ZP— Maj Roger Roberdeau, 69, president of the American National bank, died today in a local hospital. Funeral will be held Sunday.
waiting stage-hands who carried him to his dressing room.
In Martinelli's dressing room, the opera house physician found the tenor was ill of indigestion. The 52-year-old star's heart and pulse were normal, he said, and there was "nothing to worry about.”
5 Crushed To Death In Train Mishap
BURLINGTON, la , Feb. 26.—(API— A .speeding freight train plowed into the rear of a work train carrying about 300 Burlington shops employes home from work late today, crushing five persons to death and seriously injuring a sixth.
The dead, all employes in tho West Burlington shops, were identified as: David Neder, Walt Whitford, Otto Langer and William Koch. One man was unidentified.
Al Long suffered crushed arms and legs and was reported in a serious condition tonight. Less seriously injured, but also confined to hospitals, were L. B. Villlman and P. D. Kerr.
Scores of other passengers on tho eight-car work train jumped to safety.
Railroad employes and city firemen continued working tonight to clear the wreckaage. Coroner Chris Adank said they were searching for the bodies of two negro employes reported in the splintered wreckage of the two wooden coaches.
YOUNG STOCKMEN COMING—
Hundreds Of Animals To Show
O. F. Fite of Moran received medical attention last night at the Hendrick Memorial hospital for a fractured jaw received in an accident on an oil rig near Albany. Several teeth were also knocked out when an iron bar hit him. He was working for the Kittery Oil
Allred Sees Defeat For Nye Resolution
AU8TIN, Feb. 26 -<AP—Governor James V. Allred, returning from Washington today, expressed the opinion the Nye resolution, by which the federal government would acquire the states' submerged coastal lands, would be killed.
The resolution has passed the senate and resbs in a house committee.
With preliminary’ shows completed, future farmer boys of this section will head for Abilene and the West Texas Boys Livestock show which opens at IO o'clock Tuesday morning.
Several hundred prize calves, lambs, swine and capons will be exhibited in the show at the West Texas Fair grounds in one of the spring feature atrtactions.
W. L. Stangel, head of the animal husbandry department of Texas Technological college, Lubbock will judge the beef cattle. Calves will be placed the opening day.
Lambs and hogs will be judged Wednesday with W. T. Magee Shackelford county agent, and Ira Byrd of Vernon doing the placing. Sale of the prize animals will be at 9 o’clock Thursday morning.
W. L. STANGEL
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TEXAS Partly cloudy sunda Monday. Moderate tarlable wind'*
OKLAHOMA: lair -uuday and Monday. NCU MEXICO! Partly clot:.!* sunday and Monday: Utile change In temperature.
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