Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 4, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Bank Robbers Replace Kidnapers—G-MAN CHIEF NAMES NEW PUBLIC ENEMY LIST
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4. UP)—G-Man J. Edgar Hoover and his boys know of eight bank robbers they would like very much to have at the busy end of a forty-five.
These eight are Hoover’s personal nominees for today’s "public enemy” top-fllghters. The kidnapers had their day as "Public Enemies One. Two and Three.” But \
now, after four years of concentrating on them, Hoover has most of them behind bars or pushing up daisies.
Arnold Thomas Kyle i Joseph Paul Cretser
Identified with t h e | Born in Colorado robbery of five banks in 27 years old. California. . . Works with ; hotel keeper,
his brother-in-law. Jo- j long criminal record,
seph P. Cretzer, who is Lives like wanted in connection
with seven bank rob
western business man. G-men want him for bank robbery.
An Iowan . . . 27 . . . Once a Formerly a salesman. . . Has a Arrested first in 1931. . . paid $200 fine. . . Now prosperous wanted for robbery of six banks in Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas.
Irving Charlet Chapman
Mississippian ... 38
years old. . . Sentenced for bank robberies in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. . . Escaped
from the penitentiaries in all three states.
Also a Floridan ... 36 years old . . . and Hunt's . G-
Alva Dewey Hunt
Floridan. . . 38. . . Arrested several times since 1924. . . Sentenced | brother-in-law. for five years in Florida in 1932 . . . Jumped a $2,500 appeal bond. . . .
Wanted for robbery' of Cross City, Fit., bank.
John Washington Turner
A North Carolinian
. . 35. . . Works with
Men say he lightly lifts William Payne.. . Want-autos when he needs cd, with Payne, for them. . . Rifles bank I killing an officer in Au-tills. . . The pair terror- j gust, 1937. G-men say ire the southeast. I friends hide them.
Also a North Carolinian ... 41. . . Escaped from a North Carolina prison three times while serving one term. . . . Started a second, escaped. . . . Sentenced third time, escaped.
Sleuth’s Daughter Elopes
FDR’s Message Conciliatory Say Friends, Critics
Contrast Tone To Talks By lckes And Jackson
Several republican leaders joined the majority of democratic congressmen today in terming "conciliatory” President Roosevelt's pledge of cooperation with business if the latter abandons ‘ harmful” practices.
Some of the president’s foes, however, criticized his economic views and said they would await his special message on business legislation before determining their course.
Administration lieutenants described Mr. Roosevelt’s speech at the opening of congress yesterday as constructive and reassuring. Senator McNary of Oregon and Representative Snell of New York, the republican floor leader, were among those who called it “conciliatory.” Several members of both parties contrasted its tone with recent addresses by Secretary lckes and Assistant Attorney General Robert H. Jackson.
The latter officials had accused sections of big business of going "cm strike” against government regulations. Mr. Roosevelt said yesterday: CRITICISES MINORITY*
"Only a small minority (of business men and bankers) have displayed poor citizenship by engaging in practices which are dishonest or definitely harmful to society. This statement is straightforward and true. No person in any responsible place in the government of the
WAR POLL AUTHOR
Commission May! Senators Open
Investigation In Unemployment
Discuss Vote On Parking Meters
His resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution to require an affirmative referendum vote before declaration of war by the United States except in case of invasion has made Representative Louis Ludlow, above, of Indiana, a storm center in congress. President Roosevelt opposes the plan, but proponents hope to force it to an early vote.
Treadway New Road Engineer
Four-Months Trial Period Will End On January 22
The question of calling an election to determine Abilene’s attitude on the parking meters installed last September 29 for a four-months trial period will probably come up before the city commission Friday.
The trial oeriod ends January 22. and after that the city has ten days,
until February I, to say whether work) in 1929,” Lubin COIltinu-the meters are to be removed or ed "There may be a thousand purchased as permanent equipment. „ . it”
The matter was touched on last *. 5^2im nvrn
Friday. "In view of the opposition 7 0«®’0M „ ^MfLOYE? 4I
expressed when the meters were ‘ IfjL estimated
installed. I would say as I said 70000?? 10 750p’°~ **nom are then that I favor submitting the unemployed,
question to a vote,” Mayor Will ^ton Gill. assistant WPA
Hair said last Friday, adding that , administrator, told the committee he had been hearing less and less WPA rol s would average 800.000 criticism of the meters persons this month and 1.900.000
SEES METER VICTORY during February
Commissioner Morris predicted i Hp submit*fed thus record of WPA that if an election were called, the i employment since the recession set
meters would carry by a good ma- ' lnJas^ N°?,Tl5rr'I K
jority. He said he would favor an -J'C. ended November 27
election if there was enough interest J*00* December^, L538.000; Decern-in the issue, but expressed some ’ I-558000* December 18, I,-
Assistant WPA Administrator Reports Rolls To Rise To 1,900,000 In February
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4—(AP)—A labor department official testified today that some firms which sought to combat unemployment by spreading work in 1929 ' are not attempting to spread the work today.”
Appearing as the first witness before a special senate unemployment committee, Isador Lubin, commissioner of labor statistics, said he did not know "whether or not this changa was deliberate."
"Perhaps these companies felt they over did it (spreading
W. A. French Quits Division Office For Private Work
doubt that the trouble and expense would be warranted.
“The opposition has been grow-
588.000; December 25, I, 629,000; January I, 1,667,000.
Lubin. discussing the spreading
ing less and less,” Commissioner, of work, did not name any Beasley observed. "I have heard I but emphasized that
only one complaint recently.” al* abandoned work-spreading “I have had only one criticism Practices of 1929. of the meters in the last two I Senator Murray (D-Mont) ask-
8. J. Treadway, former resident
United *StaVes today* haTever^taken en*ineer of Kaufman county, has untteq eta teat tooay bas everymen named dlvision engineer of di-
Baby Bond Sales Jump During '37
Total Of $115,000 Nearly Double '36 Figures In Abilene
Further emphasis to the improved financial condition of Abilenians was given today by the report from the local postoffice that United States baby bond sales for December, 1937, totaled almost three times the amount of the same month of the previous year.
The December, 1936 record showed 43 bonds sold for a total of $8-962.50 while for December, 1937 92 bonds aggregating $31,856.25 were sold.
Total bond sales for 1937 was $115,125.50, as compared with $62,-906.75 in 1936.
Postal savings on deposit Jan. I were about $8,000 less than for Jan.
I last year. The totals were $317,-325 and $325,413 respectively. According to postoffice employes, the decrease Indicates a growth of confidence in banks and investments rather than a decrease in savings.
As usual, the Abilene postoffice paid more money orders than it issued, but both the amount paid and the amount issued being above the same month last year.
For Dec., 1936, $4,315 was issued and $6,795 paid on money orders. Last December $4,685 was issued and $7,379 paid. Many of the orders paid were “money from home” to Abilene college students.
Wor Writers' Bodies Brought Into France
HENDAYE, Franco, Spanish Frontier, Jan. 4.—(/P)—The bodies of three war correspondents killed while covering the Spanish insurgent advance on Teruel were brought across the border into France today.
Those of two Americans. Edward J. Neil of The Associated Press and Bradish Johnson of the magazines "Spur” and "Newsweek." were on their way to the United States, and that of E. R. 8. Sheepshanks of Reuters (British News Agency), was being taken to England.
The three correspondents were riding in the same car last Friday, watching the progress of the insurgent attack, when the car was struck by a 75-millimeter shell.
$3 Flunking Fee Back To Harass Sooner Students
NORMAN, Okla., Jan. 4. (^*1 , —That old “flunking fee’’ scare turned up at the University of Oklahoma again today—three weeks before semester exams— and this time it’s about to become a reality..
The "flunking fee,” designed by the board of regents two years ago, required students to pay $3 per semester hour failed.
Student leaders branded it unfair; carried their fight to the state legislature. Nothing was done about It, and everyone forgot about the fee—except the regents.
Unsuspecting students were jolted awake this morning when they learned the regents voted yesterday to put the fee into effect.
Said Co-Ed Erlene Lasley: "We have to pay to pass courses. Why should we pay to flunk them?”
University officials estimate flunking would cost students $12,000 a semester.
Abandon Salvage Rights On Hoover
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 4.—<£*>— Salvage rights to the luxury liner President Hoover, breaking up on jagged reefs near Formosa, were abandoned today by her operators, who turned the $8,000,000 vessel ov-•er to underwriters.
The action means the Dollar Line will collect insurance on the 21,900 ton ship and give up all the salvage rights. The total insurance carried on the big liner, one of the five major vessels of the American Merchant marine, was not revealed here.
In the gloom of a midnight for Dec. IO. the liner ploughed into reefs off Hoishoto island while sailing a new course between Japan and Manila. Battered by waves, her hull finally cracked, and now is widen ing daily.
Ruling Is Affirmtd
NEW ORLEANS. Jan, 4.—(^P)— The United States circuit court of appeals for the fifth circuit today affirmed the finding of the lower court in the suit of R. E. Crummer to recover $160,933.40 damages for fraud from Fred F. Florence, pres-
Gertrude Bennett Last Seen With College Lover
DETROIT, Jan. 4.—uPj—Capt. Donald S. Leonard of the state police announced this afternoon that Gertrude Bennett, missing 18-year-old daughter of Harry Bennett,' Ford Motor Co. personnel director, and Russell Hughes were married at 6 p. rn. yesterday in Auburn, Ind.
Capt. Leonard said he learned of the marriage from County Clerk Carl Walters at Auburn. He said, however, the couple had not been found.
The marriage, Capt. Leonard said, was performed by Justice ox the Peace Miles Baxter at Auburn.
Miss Bennett gave her birth date as May 12, 1918, which would make her 18 years old. She actually is 17.
Capt. Leonard said the young woman last was reported seen at 7 o'clock last night with
been named division engineer vision eight. Abilene, of the state highway department. He arrived Monday to assume his duties here. Mr. Treadway succeeds W. A.
any position contrary to it.
Senator Davis (R-Pa), commented that tHe president’? speech must been written "after he got the universally unfavorable reaction” to the declarations of lckes and Jackson. Representative Woodruff <R-Mich), on the other hand, called the Roosevelt message “more suave and
iwyhed. but lim M unatpdtot tnd , [M| Mont,ornery. Austin,
vicious ss tile speeches OI the other Tfxas hlfhwty d«.‘artment
ed whether Lubin thought there was any Justification for a "sudden shutting down” in some industries recently. Lubin replied a sharp drop in prices may have caused some curtailment.
NOT TO FIX BLAME Lubin testified after Chairman
Observers were quick to note that a Pittsburgh address last night by Secretary Wallace was along the same theme as the president’s.
"Workers and government are often critical of a few capitalists for very good reasons,” Wallace said, adding, "it is important to remem-
See CONGRESS, Pg. 9, Cot 7
Oil Firm May Open Offices In Abilene
Engineer Tells Plans On Visit
months,” Commissioner Webb added.
"It’s doubtful if it is proper to call an election in view of the apparent acceptance of the meters." was Commissioner Sadler's comment.
“They have been a big help to. . *
us,” was the observation of Chief Byrnes (D-SC) had opened the of Police T. A. Hackney, who si i heading with a statement that the
la Bu most of the commission meet- - grow* «* not jui * ■> show tixai.
ings. either labor or capital deliberately
There the commission left the brought about the present reces-
French, who has resigned from the matter until this Friday. sion *n bushi' ss. ”
highway department to enter pri- j Vouchers approved for payment Following Lubin on the stand, vate business. 1 Included a check to the Dual Park- Director Frank Persons of the
Announcement of the change in J ing Meter company of Oklahoma 1 ^ni ted States employment advice
City for $1,683.08, three fourths of the December meter collections, which amounted to $2,244.10.
The city took the meters on a
Hill Takes Lead fn Senate Race
division engineers camp only today
Mr. French has served as division j 120-day trial, with the meter corn-eight engineer about ten years. He p*ny to receive three-fourths of was out of the city today and
could not be reached for a detailed statement of his plans for the future.
No other changes in the personnel of the division will be made at present, according to information coming from the office here this afternoon.
Verdict Of Jury Favors Colbert
Sea METERS, Pg. 10, Col 4
Flannigan Drilling Corporation of Houston, Gulf Coast oil operator, may open offices in Abilene and Russell move five strings of rotary tools Hughes, 21-year-old trap drummer, J here for work in this territory with-on the campus of the Michigan 1 in the next few months, according State Normal college at Ypsilanti, | to plans announced today by Frank where both were students. Hughes I Odell, Dallas, land man for the also was missing today. firm.
Previously a gasoline station at- j Odell and E. A. Leavenworth en-tendant at Ypsilanti had told police gineer for the company, arrived in
the couple drove westward on highway US-112 at 3:20 p. rn. yesterday, after buying gasoline at his station. That turned the search towar-1 Indiana and Chicago.
As the hours passed with no wrord from them, fears grew that they might have been involved in an accident.
ANSON. Jan. 4 Colbert of Anson, plaintiff in a suit for commission against the Dallas Joint Stock and Land bank, was awarded approximately $1,500, amount sued for, by a Jury in 104th district court Tuesday morning. Trial of the case began Monday morning.
Recover Loot Taken From Tailor Shop
Three Men And Woman Arrested,
Wages-Hours Bill Principal Issue In Alabama Election
said the unemployment trend from January on would depend “on the trend in business.”
In opening the session Byrnes said “it is our desire to secure,” the cooperation of employers, employes and officials of government to determine what legislation, lf any, can be enacted by congress to encourage individuals to provide
more Jobs.” , .
For those who cannot be thus | Heflin In their race for the democratic senatorial nomination.
First reports were from Mobile
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 4. m —Scattering returns, largely from absentee boxes, in four rural and two urban Alabama counties gave Congressman Lister Hill a lead today over former Senator Thomas
re-employed the committee hopes See PROBE, Pg. 9, Col. I
Clothing taken in the December (Spl)—T. R. j 23 night-time burglary of the Hanks and Crump tailor shop had been recovered today, and four persons.
Bids On Removal Of Exhibit Duo Today
Completed plans and estimated coiSt of the moving, installation and expansion by four booths c the All West Texas natural resou. -es ex-
and Montgomery counties, seats of two of the state s larger cities, and from rural and farming areas.
This first count gave:
Charles Williams, IO.
The 68-year-old Heflin lay ill in his home town of Lafayette while
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ing held in jail pending action of hibit will be presented to the West the electorate passed on his bid
the 42nd district court grand Jury.
Officers taking part in the search which resulted in the arrests were Captain W. W. West of the
attaches expected the Jury’s initial report I night.
Abilene last night, stopping at the Wooten. Leavenworth lived here | day but court seven years ago, before joining the firm.
Flannigan owns production on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf coastal regions.
Odell said the company considered taking over a wildcat block im-Bennett at first was disinclined mediately in this area. Its location
to discard entirely the theory that was not given, his daughter might have been ab- 1 The operations out of Abilene I noon Monday of a heart attack,
ducted by some of his enemies. His would include the West Central Tex- j while eating lunch.
as district and the Permian Basin -
See BENNETT. Pf. 9. Col. 4 area.
After the jury’s verdict was police department, Constable W. T.
brought in, Judge W. R. Chapman McQuary and his deputy. George
called the remainder of the civil Bosley, and Deputy Sheriff Ruck docket for orders and setting of Sibley.
trial dates during the present term. No formal charges were filed of-The gland jury, empanelled fleers stating that the case will be
Monday, had made no report to- taken directly to the grand jury.
which was empaneled for the new before I district court term yesterday.
Officers said they recovered three suits of clothing, several pair of trousers, two top coats, a blouse and a skirt at the home of one of the suspects. One of the suspects admitted having burned several suits and other articles taken from the
BIG SPRING. Jan. 4— (Spl)— Mr.
J. Ollie Pearce, worker at the Greer Stock pens died unexpectedly at . shop, and officers inspected a spot
where they believed the clothing had been destroyed
to assume the seat made vacant by elevation of Hugo Black to the supreme court. Hill is a veteran of 19 years in the house of representatives from Montgomery while Williams is a newcomer and self-styled “dirt farmer.”
Black introduced the wages and hours bill before resigning to accept budget limitations. Action [ appointment to the supreme court.
Heflin and Williams opposed the bill in their campaigns; Hill spokfe In its favor.
Mrs. Dixie Graves, wife of Governor Bibb Graves, now serving in the senate on an interim appointment, will resign in favor of the successful candidate in today’s primary.
Texas chamber of commerce this afternoon. Plans and cost estimates of exhibit cases to be used In the local and regional museum will also be included.
D. A. Bandeen, manager of the area organization indicated that the work would get underway immediately if the cost estimate was within
was also expected n the near fu ture on the renovation of the headquarters building. Several bids on the work have been received and others were expected today.
“Both projects can be carried on at the same time”, said Bandeen. “I see no reason why the work of remodeling the building should integer with the installation of the exhbits.”
Charles Pruett, architect engi-
Windsors To Athens
LONDON. Jan. 4—iAV-’The Duke and Ouches of Kent left today for Athens to attend the wedding Jan. 9 of Crown Prince Paul, heir presumptive to the throne of Greece, and Princess Frederika Luise of Brunswick,
Reason for moving activity to this i part of the state. Odell sad. lay chiefly in the better marketing fa-i cilities opened during the past year or two, and in the comparative cost for drilling operations. Deep wells on the Gulf coast, he said, rarely ran less than $75,000 on drilling costs, w'hile in this area tests can be drilled for half that amount or less.
Production On Upclimb—
Mr. Average American Can Eat More Meat In 1938
CHICAGO, Jan. 4.—Mr. Average American, whose meat diet was reduced during 1937 to the lowest point of the century, except for 1935, was assured today by packers he could expect more and bigger helpings this year.
More plentiful livestock feed supplies, the Institute of American Packers said, would be translated
ident of the Republic National Bank and Trust company of Dallas. Tex- | into increased meat production. The as, and the bank. “The record pre- I low point of production, it added gents no reversible error,” saki the j apparently already has passed.
Government figures disclosed an
expanding production of hogs, supplies of which have been below normal for the last three years. Because of the plentiful feeds now
available, a greater supply of high quality cattle also was forecast.
The institute said meat consumption in 1938 undoubtedly would show an increase if the expected production boost materialized. Lower prices were expected to stimulate consumption. Wholesale meat prices have declined 7 to 49 per cent since mid-September.
■ach Individual n the na ton ate
an average of 129.3 pounds of meat and lard in 1937. the institute estimated. This was 6 per cent less than the per capta consumption in 1936 and only 2 per cent more than that of 1935.
The institute said consumption decreased in line with commercial production of meat which in 1937 was about 14,750,000,000 pounds as compared with nearly 16,500.000.000 in 1936. The lower production was due largely to the decrease in feed supplies following the drouth in
ABILENE tnd vicinity: Partly cloudy
tonight and W#dne»da>, warmer Wadnea-day.
Wast Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday, except showers probable In extreme west portion tonight; cooler In southeast portion tonight warmer in Panhandle Wednesday.
East Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday except somewhat unsettled in extreme south portion; cooler in east and south portions tonight, warmer in northwest portion Wed needs y.
East Texaa: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday except eomewhat unsettled in extreme south portion, cooler in east The luxurious Agua Caliente Hotel
and south portions tonight, warmer in . _ , __..__ j
northwest portion wednesday and Casino, one-time plat ground for
£SS,!5E3S?»T£lK«r::S nim folk. hew today by .
TKMPERATi'REs grimly-d«Urmto«l Rimy of former Tues. , employes of the place who demand -a m' ed “the right to work.
___ _ neer from Dallas, was here to pre-
Joe Crump of the tailor shop had sent the exhibit plans on which estimated his loss at $500. It was j he has been working for several covered by burglary insurance. 1 weeks.
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Bizarre Twist To History—
Fon^r Employes Seize Resort, Demand Work And Past Wages
AGUA CALIENTE, Jan. 4.— ^
Texas Land Office 'Conditions' Scored
AUSTIN, Jan. 4.—«/P)—'Governor James V. Alired today criticized "conditions” in the general land office, at the same time refusing to approve sale of a tract of land in Rusk county on grounds the state had not received full value and records had been altered.
Land Commissioner W. H. McDonald retorted that his records were open to inspection “by any one at any time,” that his official acts had been “strictly in accord « „ a % ... with the law” and that he would
"PU' adminl5tr.t.on of the land Hv office this year against that of any other land commissioner
$10,000,000 property was owned by citizens of the United States.
The workmen invaded the once-luxurious establishment on two grounds:
First,- they demanded three The resort has had a hectic ex- i months* wages they declared are
_ 7 p.m. 7 a-rn ta.3» p m.
1936 and the resultant heavy cut in | & JR
livestock marketings. I Humidity. m% mw
47 i istence since Mexico’s anti-gamb 45 ling laws first turned It into a ghost J? playground, but its seizure by the 44! workers was the most bizarre twist 12 of all.
Accompanied by their families, 400 peons took over the hotel yesterday, locking the gates behind them, barring police and officials of the Agua Caliente company.
The hotel was confiscated by the Mexican government last September. Baron Long, president of the
due them. Second, they objected to the seizure of the property by the government “for school purposes ” The seizure was orderly and before nightfall yesterday the former employes and families had left the hotel and were entrenched in cottages The protestants, members of a union affiliated with the Crom, Mexican labor organization, declared they would keep possession until the government gave them means for earning a living.
Th<» governor's criticism of "conditions” was at a press conference. From the “stand point of the people,” he said he was “alarmed.” His refusal to approve a patent selling 48.27 acres to Arlin Anderson for $1 an acre was in a letter to the land commissioner.
BIO SPRING, Jan. 4—(Spl)—-Rf Spring pioneers were reduced again by death Monday, as Wm. J. Shank succumbed at his home here. Suffering a stroke on Tuesday of last week. He was TS years did.