Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 5, 1938.—TEN PAGES
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High Pressure Salemanship Scored By FD
Wants Capital, Labor Given Chance To Correct Own Troubles Before Legislation To That End Attempted
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4—(AP)—President Roosevelt hit out again today at high pressure salesmanship and installment buying in industry.
He also declared at his press conference that there was definite need for ending labor's jurisdictional war.
The president said capital and labor should be given a chance to correct their own
troubles before any legislation CARTER GLASS 80 to that end is attempted.
LAUDS HUDSON AC TION
After describing as excellent news that the Hudson Motor company was about to expend and take back more men. the president spoke of the reed for more scientific planning of production by all Industries.
In discussions now going on, he added, the question had been raised as to whether it would not be legal for industries to get together with the government as they did under the national recovery act. compare statistics on demand, and plan production accordingly six months or a year ahead.
The president emphasized this did not mean reenactment of NRA. but saki so long as such planning was done without price fixing he believed this was an intelligent way to avoid over-production and subsequent bad years.
BUSINESS TOO GOOD
He told of a garage owner with whom he had talked recently who said his business was very good, but that he hated to see it that way because people were turning over their cars too quickly with the result that he would sell very few cars next year.
Asked to amplify hi* message statement of yesterday that labor must accept responsibilities commensurate with its growth in power, the president said he believed there is a growing assumption of that responsibility.
Egyptain Nationals Squabble Internally
CAIRO, Jan. ♦—UP)—Internal dis- J cusslon threatened tonight to split | the Wafd (nationalist) party, a1- i regdy in a ticklish political situation after being ousted by King Farouk from control of the government so as to strengthen the hand < of the young ruler’s newly-picked cabinet.
The party expelled Drahmed Maher, president of the chamber of deputies, after his attempt at a stormy parliamentary session to read an order suspending the chamber for a month. His dismissal resulted in 15 deputies rallying around him and deciding to form their own party.
The political fight appeared to have had little outward effect on the country, which remained calm.
Alabama Senate Race To New Dealer
Six-Inch Snow Blankets South Plains Region
Abilene Shivers In Mist; Heavier Rain Southward
PRESIDENT WARNS AGAINST MISUSE' OF CAPITAL
First Bids Pour In For Unemployment Insurance Benefits
AUSTIN. Jan. 4.—CJT—Investigators of the unemployment compensation commission today began a study of 2.300 claims for cash benefits for the jobless, a new phase of social security which began operation with the new year.
Claims and employment offices pounds of the commission. 112 scattered I throughout the state, reported that I number of applications yesterday . as the forerunner of an estimated 300.000 expected during 1938.
Most applications came from larger communities, including Austin 40. San Antonio 265. .Corpus Christi 20. El Paso 85. Abilene 40 Beaumont 79. Amarillo 29. Fort Worth 490. Wichita Falls 45. Waco 108, Dallas 302, Longview 35. Tyler 25. Houston 375 and Galveston 29.
Principal function of the com- j mission, officials said, was seeking jobs for the out-of-work rather than paying benefits.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 4—Pl— Senator Carter Glass observed his eightieth birthday anniversary today surrounded by his family and amid a shower of congratulatory messages and floral tributes.
The vigorous little Virginian, affectionately called the “unreconstructed rebel" by President Roosevelt. had only one complaint:
‘Td rather be 40 than 80."
Air Mail Service i Petition Held Up
C-C Aviation Body Advised Longer Runways Needed
Although petitions asking additional air mail service are complete, aviation committeemen of the chamber of commerce decided Tuesday to delay forwarding them to the post office department.
They made that decision on advice of the department that it will not grant Abilene a west bound plane stop, principal object of the committee’s campaign, until runways have been lengthened and other improvements made at the municipal airport.
George L. Paxton is chairman of tile aviation committee. Other members attending yesterday’s meeting were Max Bentley, Sterling Wooten. W. L. Blakney and T. N. Carswell, secretary-manager of the chamber of commerce.
Petitions circulated by committeemen bear signatures of approximately five hundred Abilene business men and firms. They recite that only one plane, bound east, stops here each day.
Air mail a c c u rn u I a t e d here amounts to approximately twenty daily, the petitions estl-
See AIR MAIL, Pf. 3, Col. 3
North Texas Rates Hearing Postponed
LUBBOCK, Jan. 4—f/P»—Snow this afternoon and tonight blanketed the South Plains, the southernmost portions reporting as much as five and six inches.
Snow and sleet, falling at intervals. was heaviest at Seagraves and Brownfield with between five and six inches. The fall covered this immediate section three times before a one-inch coat remained on the ground.
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Abilenians shivered yesterday as a cold drizzling mist blanketed the city. A rainfall of 06 was recorded for the twenty-four hours with temperatures ranging from 39 to 49 degrees.
Today’s forecast calls for warmer temperatures and scattered rainfall.
Doctors observed yesterday that such conditions that prevailed then were excellent‘‘pneumonia weather." They warned patients of wet feet and clothing.
From the territory came news that light intermittent show-ers after noon turned into a steady downpour at Coleman yesterday. Brady had a slow rain all day and Ballinger had slight moisture. Brownwood was dry.
Farmers near Baird reported that wheat crops are making excellent progress and the fields have a good season in the ground. Rainfall during December there totaled about three inches.
President Roosevelt declared to congress “the misuse of the powers of capital” must be ended “or the capitalistic system
will destroy itself through its own abuses.” This is the scene on the rostrum as the president spoke. Left to right are
Lew'is Deschler. parliamentarian of the house: Vice-President
Gamer; Speaker Bankhead,
and at the extreme right. James Roosevelt, son and secretary of the president.
Expect Deficit To Exceed Billion
Germany To Resume Oceanic Air Service
NEW YORK. Jan. 4—<&>—Gre-I man airship service between Eurap and the United States will be resumed in about five months with a sister ship of the Zeppelin Hinden-burg, which plummeted to earth in flames at Lakehurst, N. J., last May.
Inflated with American non-inflammable helium instead of the hydrogen which buoyed up the iHndenburg, the new ship, the LZ-130. will have a schedule of 15 to 18 round trips at the rate of three a month until autumn when seasonal operations will be terminated, it was announced today.
Budget Goes To I Congress Today
Applicants Here Get Jobs Instead
Filing of unemployment compensation claims may be unnecessary for three persons who have appeared this week at the Abilene office of the Texas State Employment service.
Two of the 40 who appeared to make applications Monday—first day that the claims could be tiled —were referred immediately to vacancies registered with the employment service.
A third applicant, one of the 27 more persons who filed claims Tuesday, likewise was directed to a vacant position.
H. L. Maufrais. district manager of the TSES. said last night that his office is awaiting “verification" that those jobs have been filled. In the latest instance, the service was notified the unemployed person’s application had been received and would be considered with those of others seeking the place.
OLNEY, Jan. 4—iJP>—A hearing convened here today by the state railroad commission on gas rates for seven towns served by the City Gas company was continued untU February 7.
Judge Olin Culberson, director of the gas utility division of the commission, announced the continuance because of the absence o. Charles I. Francis, counsel for the North Texas Utility company, who is out of the state in connection with another case.
Jones May Attend Texas' Demo Feed
WASHINGTON. Jan. 4. —(Aft— J Jesse H. Jones, chairman of the Reconstruction Finance corporation, said today he hoped to attend a Jackson day banquet in Dallas, Tex., Saturday, but would not know until tomorrow night.
Representative Poage and Luther Johnson, Texas democrats, purchased $25 reservations for the banquet, but said they would be unable to go.
Arrest Of French Agent Protested
PARIS, Jan. 4 — P —Tile foreign ministry announced tonight it had protested to Spanish insurgent authorities iii Irun against the arrest of the French consular agent there and demanded his release.
Taylor Couple Shot
TAYLOR, Jan. 4.—*—Mr. and Mrs. W. F Rruesdow were found fatally shot at their home here today. Judge Sam Burnay returned a verdict of murder and suicide Burnap said a pistol was found near the man.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4. — Ti — President Roosevelt completed today a tentative chart of federal spending in the 1938-39 fiscal year and well-informed officials predicted it would indicate a $1000 000.000 deficit.
The budget will go to congress tomorrow. Roosevelt told the leg-! isis tors yesterday it would not be j balanced but that the deficit would J be less than in the present fiscal year ending next June 30.
* The last official estimate of the , prospective deficit for the current I j year was $895,245,000. Officials in- | , dicated, however, the message to- j morrow would revile this figure up to about $1,250,000,000.
SKETCHY TRCA THEN r
The budget is expected to give only tentative recommendations for relief and naval expenditures, the final totals to be determined later : in the light of what the president 1 may deem necessary because of the business recession and world rearm- j ament.
Under these circumstances, observers generally concluded any estimated deficit could be called only a preliminary guess, subject to wide revision according to developments in busine*:—affecting both relief expencitures and tax receipts—and in international affairs.
Flopper Plague To Be Worse In 1938
BOZEMAN. Mont., Jan 4 — (T —Grasshoppers will invade more than 35 000,OOO acres of land in 24 states next summer, with infestations in the Great Plains five to six times as serious as last year, R. L. Shot-weil of the federal bureau of entomology predicted today.
The heaviest infest attorn, he forecast, will be in North and South Dakota, east of the Missouri river, and in Missouri where hot. dry weather last summer provided ideal conditions for propagation.
French Quits As Division Highway Engineer; Successor Is Named
Foreign Policy Firm
BUCHREST. Jan. 4—(Ti—Foreign Minister Istrate Micescu today declared Rumania's foreign policy —close coordination with France and the Little Entente—would remain unchanged by the recently formed government of Octavian Goga.
Values Of Wheat, Other Grains Soar
CHICAGO, tan. 4 — *,T- — The steepest jump of world wheat prices in months today carried bread grain values upward more than 3 cents here, more than 4 cents at Liverpool and 5 cent* at Buenos Aires and Winnipeg.
The Liverpool market led the advance and while tne reason for buj - j ing there was not stated definitely ■ in cables there was reference to | "bullish aspects of President i Roosevelt's message to congress, I presumably concerning European lnterpertations of his statements on foreign affairs.
Revival of export wheat and corn business and strength in security were bullish factors in the wheat pit.
Nitro' Which Saved Life Is Only Wine Thai Started Row
It wasn’t nitroglycerin.
The half pint of liquid that an Abilene man waved In front of an irate and shotgun-equipped father-in-law' last week, declaring “shoot and well all go to hell " was only a low grade of white wine.
The unarmed man’s declaration that the bottle contained nitroglycerin was only a bluff, but witnesses were of the opinion that it saved his life. The father-in-law, to whose home the man came, drunken, in search of his estranged wife. was afraid to take a chance shooting the son-in-law.
City Chemist H. R. Arrant took the liquid up to his laboratory and tested it, cautiously at first, then more boldly.
He found it to be a cheap wine, 20 per cent acohol, that would neither explode nor burn.
The man who wielded the bottle was sent to jail last week on a charge of drunkenness Apparently, he had consumed the first half of his pint of "nitroglycerin" and a few previous drinks.
W A CRlil'y French bas reigned after nearly ele\en years’ service with the state highway department.
His resignation a* division engineer was announced Tuesday by Julian Montgomery, chief of the highway department, in Austin.
S. J. Treadaway, former resident engineer of Kaufman countyq, is French * successor. He arrived Monday to assume duties in the Abilene office.
French announced last night that he is resigning to enter private business. With C. L. (Chauncey) Nelson as partner he will operate the
French and Nelson company. Nelson formerly was salesman for a cement firm in Dallas, with head-i quarters here.
The new firm will sell all kinds
of building materials — brick and
lumber, asphalt and other road materials .and oil field supplies It
also will deal in contractors equipment, including road construe-; tion machinery,
Abilene will be headquarters for the company. French said, It will operate in a 50-county territory stretching from Mineral Wells to El El Paso and including Brownwood and San Angelo.
French would have completed ll >ears with the highway department next March IO. He first entered it* employ in Cooper and Sabine counties and was transferred in 1927 to Amarillo, where he was dr.ision engineer. French came here eight years ago last October.
In taht period, the retiring division engineer estimated, approx*-matelv twenty million dollars has been spent for highway improve-' ments in this division. They include:
All the highway paving now in use in Haskell, Stonewall and Fish- j er counties.
Paving across Kent county, which is part highway 70 and part highway 84; and building of grading and drainage structures on highway 18 in the same county.
i Rebuilding of Highway 7 through Scurry county and Highway* I and 9 in Howard eouftty.
Paving in Mitchell county of highway 120 north from Colorado to the county line, of highway I west from Colorado to Westbrook and from Colorado east to the Nolan county line.
Building of highway 70 from Sweetwater north to the Nolan county line and paving of highway 7 in Nolan county.
RAILWAY UNDERPASS Construction of railway under passes in Abilene, paving of highway 4-30 north from Abilene to the county line and grading and build ing of drainage structures on high way 158 in Taylor county.
Paving of highway 4 across Jones county.
Paving of highway 23 north from Albany to the Shackelford county
Paving of 191 south from Baird to the Callahan county line.
Construction of over and underpasses in Scurry countv, one two miles north, another three miles south of Snyder.
Construction of underpasses west of Baird and north of Sweetwater.
Construction of overpasses east of Roby and east and west of Big Spring.
Treadaway comes to Abilene from Terrell (Kaufman county), where he had been division engineer since March. 1935.
A. A M. GRAD The new division engineer is a graduate of ”>\as A. Sc M. college, class of 1907. He since has been engaged in his profession in California, Oklahoma. Louisiana and Texas. Most of his work has been in the field of highway engineering but for several years he was with the Santa Fe railroad, working out j of Cleburne.
From 1910 to 1917 Treadaway was with the California highway department as an engineer. He took a position with the bureau of public
Hill Landslide 1 Vidor Against Thomas Heflin
State's Choice For Post Vacated By Hugo L. Black
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan 4 —Ty —A landslide for Representative Lister Hill, on the basis of unofficial returns from today’s senatorial primary, was hailed tonight by Hill and Governor Bibb Graves as a victory for the New Deal and “the inspiring leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
Hill s avalanche of votes swept back the “comeback" effort of J. Thomas Heflin, Alabama’s colorful former senator.
With 1,453 of the state s 2,200 boxes tabulated, the county tonight stood:
Charles W. Williams, newcomer to state politics, trailed far behind with 4,305.
HEFLIN IN HOSPITAL
The frock-coated Heflin, whose speeches in the senate prior to his defeat in 1930 were favorites with the gallery, heard the n°w$ of the election from a hospital bed at his home town of Lafayette. He was stricken with lobar pneumonia more than two weeks ago.
Senator John H. Bankhead, who will be the colleague of the winner of today’s race, announced he had cast an absentee vote for Hill. Governor Bibb Graves previously had announced he would vote for the veteran Montgomery representative.
The winner will succeed Hugo L. Black, named to the U. S. supreme court.
FOR WAGE-HOUR BILL
Hill was one of the few southern congressmen to favor the Black -Connery wage* and hours bill. Both Heflin and Williams opposed the :»■ •* un in campaign speeches.
bovernor Bibb Graves ha A announced he would appoint the democratic nominee to a seat in the senate “as soon as he I* officially known." Mr*. Dixie Graves, the governor’s wife, will resign the post to which she was named temporarily when Black was appointed to the supreme court.
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IN ELECTION YEAR—
Political Pot Cool Here And Few Poll Taxes Paid
Despit? the fact that election year is coming up. poll taxes are coming in no faster than in 1937, an off year, C. O. (Pat' Patterson, asses-sor-collector, reports.
Thus far the tax assessor-collector has sold 1.300 poll taxes, against a total of 8.655 issued last year (the 1936 assessment). However, he is confident that total payments will equal or surpass the all-time high figure set last year.
Poll taxes cost $1.75 per person. Of this. $1 goes into a school fund. 50 cents in the state general fund, and 25 cents in the county Jury fund.
Voters will have ample occasion | for use of their 1937 poll taxes, now' j
on sale. Elections definitely and tentatively set include:
City election to determine whether parking meters shall be kept-tentative. Would be held late this month.
Trustee elections in all common and many independent school districts. to be held late in the spring First and second democratic primaries and general election, at which will be elected a governor and other state officers, state representatives. state senators in some districts (not in the Abilene district), congressmen, district officials, county officials, precinct officials. JUST A RUMOR?
Political pot has been cool in Abi
lene and vicinity thus far this scar, but announcements of candidates for office are exp°cted to start appearing soon.
This calendar outlines highpoint* of the political year 1938
January 31 I*st day to pay poll tax.
June 6—Last day for state and district candidates to file for office.
June 15—Last day for county and precinct candidates to file for office.
June 20—Candidates will draw for places on the ballot.
July 23—First primary.
July 30—Canvass of first primary results.
August 27 Run-off primary
November 8—General election.
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EAST TEXAS Earth cloud* In north, roost!* clinid, tn south, occasional rains In the Klo Ornndr I aile* <11*1*11* warmer (n non horst portion Modnrsda*; Thurs-**l parti* ch>ud\, <,rntlr to nmrloratr north and northeast minds *» the mast.
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Contract To Be Let February 24 On First Of 13 Brazos River Dams
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TEMPLE, Jan. 4— ment today that the contract for construction of the Possum Kingdom dam in Palo Pinto county would be let Feb. 24 brought nearer to realization the far reaching plan to harness the Brazas river.
The Possum Kingdom dam would be the largest ..nd first of 13 structures along the Brazos, which in years past has wrought destruction to life and property at flood stage in its sweep across Texas Last year it spectacularly broke through levees at Waco, inundating much of the eastern part of the central Texas city.
Officials of the Brazos river conservation and reclamation district said today bids would be received
p. m. * cai -rdn*, I* .md sn: date • I here until Feb. 24, when they would
wuny-t *r*ti*e<ia«, .1:4*; »unr be read and the contract for the
7:4! ; ,un*fi In#**. 5:4S, $4,500,000 dam let
^Rfttaijrn for S4 hoar. a* •[ Actual work will begin soon after
Announce-f the contract is let. Site of the dam
is on the Possum Kingdom bend, 18 miles w'est of Mineral Wells.
Detailed designs and plans for the Possum Kingdom unit have been drawn by the Ambursen Engineering corporation of New York, whose president. S. W. Stewart, and vice-president. A. Streiff. have been in Texas often during the past three years in preparing general engineering data on the entire project for the district. Streiff also designed the Buchanan dam.
The structure, according to general manager John A. Norris, of the district, will rise 150 feet above the river bed, and approximately 20 feet above the expected lake level.
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A lake 66 miles long will be creat
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Two Pen Officials : Lose Jobs; Checks - For Mules Stopped
HOUSTON. Jan. 4.~(.P’»— A hundred forty eight mules were the center of a state prison board controversy tonight.
Two prison officials, Dr. W. M. Smotherman, veterinarian, and E. R. Lindley, livestock supervisor, lost their Jobs today as the prison board stopped payment (rn checks aggregating $25,700 tendered in payment for the mules.
Chairman Joseph Wearrien at Victoria emphasized that Dr. Smotherman and Lindley were discharged for what he termed "gross inefficiency in handling the transaction.’’
A livestock expert, hired by the board, told a committee here tonight that ail but 20 of the 148 mules delivered to the prison system were undersized and many of them too old to work.
Prison specifications call for mules between the ages of three and seven years, between 14 and 16 hands high and weighing not less than 700 pounds.
Dr. Sidney M. Lister of Houston, prison board member, said the expert told the committee there wa^ one 700-pound mule in the lot and most of the mules ranged in age from eight to 14 years.
River Dragged For Missing Coloradoan
GRAND JUNCTION. Colo.. Jan. 4.—(#>)_Day long dragging of the Colorado river here failed today to uncover a trace of Arthur Beardsley, 44. missing dental laboratory operator who police fear may have been murdered.
The missing man came here three years ago from Albuquerque, N. M. a tier declaring there he had been threatened for disclosing to officers what he said was a plot to kidnap a wealthy contractor's son.
Beardsiey's automobile, its engine running, was found on a bridge outside Grand Junction early today. _
Crossing Crash Kills Two Memphis Men
AMARILLO. Jan. 4—(*»)—'Thomas Hampton, 28, star northwest Texas golfer, and R. L. Robertson, about 48. both of Memphis, were killed this afternoon when a southbound Fort Worth and Denver passenger train struck their automobile at a crossing in the northwest section of Memphis.