Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 9, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVII. to. rn AB I LENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORN I NG, JANUARY 9, 1938 THIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS._>— mn
Fall Of Teruel To Loyalists
AGAINST BUSINESS MINORITY’
No-Compromise Fight Declared By Roosevelt
Govft. Forces In Signal Victory As 6,(XX) Surrender
MADRID. Jan. 9— (Sunday)—(JP) —Final and complete subjugation of Teruel was announced by the government today following the surrender of 6,000 insurgent soldiers and civilians who had held out against government attacks within the city for 18 days.
In an extraordinary war communique, which conveyed the gratitude of the government to the army for its achievement, Minister of National Defense Indalecio Prieto announced the surrender ol more than 2,000 soldiers and 2,000 civilians who had barricaded them-aelves in the shell-shattered buildings of the Santa Clara convent.
Exhausted and disheartened by the surrender of 2.000 of their comrades in the Asuncion hospital Friday, the last remaining defenders left the convent last night after small groups had quit the buildings at intervals throughout the day. •
In a recapitulation of the prisoners taken, the government listed forty army officers, 450 soldiers, 700 wounded and 1,000 civilians taken from the hospital and approximately 4.000 persons taken from the ruins of the convent.
Among the military prisoners were Lieut -Col. Rey D Harcourt. Colonels Barba and Gasca. and eight other high insurgent chiefs. One of the officers taken was the son of Admiral Magaz, a minister of the old Rivera government.
Dozens cf ambulances and trucks rolled down the snow-packed highway from Teruel to Valencia, carrying 2.000 gaunt Insurgent soldiers and civilians driven by cold, hunger, thirst and siege from refuge in the government-held city.
Fear 17 days they had withstood artillery, rifle fire and dynamite. MAY DECIDE WAR
Observers were convinced that the insurgent counter-offensive was slowing up markedly. The uncertainty in Madrid last week when Francos troops were advancing behind a terrific pressure of planes, tanks and artillery had given place to full confidence in ultimate government success at Teruel. Many observers consider the battle might decide the outcome of the war.
FOR CIVIC PROGRESS—
Boosters Announce Eight Plank Platform
An eight-plank platform for civic progress in the next 12 months was announced yesterday by the Abilene Boosters club.
“We resolve to seek and perpetuate neighborly goodwill, to initiate a vigorous industrial plan, to study closer the city’s chronic and immediate needs rather than placing selfish interests first, and to stimulate a more versatile entertainment program,” executives said on behalf of the organic" tion.
The club, organised by the city’s younger business and professional men last September, proposed:
To create inter-city goodwill by
acknowledging trade and visits of neighboring towns “in a spirit of appreciation rather than merely saying a trivial “howdy;”
To bring more industries here “by making Abilene attractive to industry;”
FRIENDLY TOWARD OIL MEN
To make friends with the oil fraternity;
To seek more entertainment because “Abilene should be the entertainment headquarters for this section;”
To interest itself in procuring more parks;
To assist in forming an organiza
tion of business men to protect them and Abilene citizens “from Illegitimate and fraudulent solicitation in advertising and promotional schemes;”
To sponsor organization of a community chest;
And to conduct a campaign for all dtteers to pay their poll taxes.
Details of the Boosters club platform are presented in a page advertisement in this edition of the Abilene Reporter-News.
DRIVE FOR MEMBERS President Bd Grissom and other
See BOOSTERS, Pf. 9, Cot I
EVENTS TO COME IN WEST TEXAS
BIG SPRfNO—First annual convention of the Chamber of Commerce Managers association of West Texas will be held In Big Spring March 18-19.
STAMFORD—Annual banquet of the Stamford chamber of commerce Will be held January 14.
BALLINGER—Directors of the chamber of commerce have set January 20 as date for the annual membership banquet.
Ballinger firemen are planning to entertain the Hill County Firemen’s association on February 8.
OLD GLORY—Old Glory high school is to be host for a basketball tournament January 14 and 15.
Old Glory school building will be dedicated January 14.
GORMAN—The annual Comanche Trail basketball tournament will be held January 28-29 in the Gorman gymnasium.
MOZELLE—Half dozen teams have already entered the Mozelle basketball tournament, scheduled January 21-22.
LORAINE—March 2, 8, 4 and 5 have been set as dates for the Loraine Poultry show.
8ANTA ANNA—The Associational Laymen’s Union will meet with the First Baptist church in Santa Anna Thursday night, January 13.
Rule—Meeting of the south zone of the Haskell association of Baptist Training Union will be held at Rule January 18.
CLYDE—Callahan Baptist association will meet with Clyde Baptist church Tuesday, January ll.
IRA—Both boys and girls teams are to compete in the Ira basketball tourney, January 14 and 15.
MERKEL—Monthly meeting of the Merkel Parent - Teacher association will be held January 13.
JAYTON—Workers meeting for the Stonewall Baptist association will be held in Jayton January 14.
ALL POINTS—Various units of the National Farm Loan association will hold their annual meetings Tuesday, anuary ll. Among those towns in which meetings will be held are: Roby. Sweetwater, Clyde. Lamesa, Colorado, Jayton, Munday, Big Spring, Abilene, Stamford, Anson.
Wylie School Bonds Invalid
Election Called Improperly, Says Att'y-Generc|l
The 815.000 bond issue voted last summer by Wylie Consolidated school district has been held invalid by Attorney-General William McGraw, County Superintendent Tom McGehee said Saturday
The a Homey-general's department said that procedure followed in calling the election was incorrect. The election was called by County Judge Lee R. York on petition of the district, whereas, according to the ruling, it should have been called by the board of trustees of the school district. Likewise, votes should have been canvassed by this board rather than by the county commissioners court, said the ruling.
“We thought that Wylie was a j common consolidated district,” said McGehee. “In that case the election should have been called by the county Judge and the results canvassed by the , commissioners’ court. But the attorney-general held it to be a rural high school, for which elections must be called by the board cf trustees."
Superintendent Ben L. Graham of Wylie school said Saturday that a new petition was being circulated in the district, and that it would be presented to the Wylie trustees in accordance with the procedure approved by the attorney-general.
“Purposes and Intents of the new petition are identical with the former election and the results of which will be incorporated into the bond records in lieu of the former count,” said Graham.
Date for the election will be set soon, Graham believed. According to Judge York, a 1937 poll tax receipt must be presented at the election, since a 1937 receipt for a 1936 poll tax is now invalid.
“There has been no contention among the voters.” said Graham. “The previous election carried by a majority of little more than two to one. A new election becomes necessary to validate the issue on a technical error only.”
The board election was held last June, and several months were spent in preparation of the transcript for presentation to the attorney general. AU points except those regarding calling of the election and canvassing of results were approved by McCraw’s office.
The $15,000 was to have been used to construct a new high school building.
Mrs. Raymond DuvaL 57, wipes her eyes tear'JJy .hfter cre+ttefc a disturbs na?* at the home of actress Fay Wray in Hollywood, where she was cook. Mrs. Duval pleaded guilty to a charge of being intoxicated.
Bride-Daughter, 12, Happy Mother Says
TUCUMCARI, N. M„ Jan. 8.—<JP) —Honeymooning today at a new home near Conchas dam were Daniel Brown, 18, and his 12-year-old bride, Lizzie Ruth Bridges.
Asked if the daughter was happy, th q mother, Mrs. Edward Brown, replied:
“Well, I guess they ara.”
Land Board Scrap May Bring Probe
Possibility that the legislature’s an ti-nepotism committee, of which he is a member, may Investigate the current squabble of Governor Allred and Land Commissioner WiUiam H. McDonald was seen Saturday by Rep. Bryan Bradbury.
The Abilene legislator said the committee will re-convene Monday in Austin. It has broad powers, he said—broad enough to justify such an investigation if committee members choose.
Bradbury planned to leave late Monday to join committee sessions in Austin.
Work On Dam To Quicken Tempo
Four New Truck Tractors Speed Moving Of Dirt
After being hampered through December by consistently bad weather, construction of Fort Phantom Hill dam promises to strike a fast pace this week. City Engineer R. C. Hoppe said yesterday.
Arrival of four 10-yard-capacity truck tractors and dump wagons is expected to speed up dirt moving, he said. They will likely be put into operation within the coming week.
Meanwhile, the Fork Phantom Hill site is beginning to “take on the appearance of a dam,” Hoppe declared. In spite of the comparatively slow progress of recent weeks, the embankment proper is now about one-sixth in place, and the aam construction as a whole is approximately 20 percent complete.
The conduit has been built for some time, but the inlet tower is yen to be erected.
Progress of work is not in proportion to elapse of time for completion as set forth in the contract, said Hoppe. While the dam is 20 percent completed, approximately 37 percent of the allotted time is gone. Time began August 15, although actual construction did not get underway until August 19. According to terms of the contract, the dam is to be finished within 260 working days.
Hoppe said there was no way to judge whether the deadline would be met.
Dog Law Vote Order Doubtful
Petition Needed By Commission To Act Lacking
Doubt was expressed last night that the Taylor county commissioners court could order an election to put into effect the local option dog law at is regular meeting Monday.
As far as is known, no circulation has been made of a petition asking such election be called* According to the state law, the dog law election can be called only on presentation of a petition bearing the names of IOO (or a majority) of the property-holding, tax-paying voters of the county.
The 42nd district court grand Jury’s recommendation last Wednesday that the commissioners court call an election is not binding without the petition.
Judge Lee R. York said that Clyde Oldham, fanner operating east of Abilene, came to his office Saturday afternoon for assistance In drawing up such a petition. The document was not written, however, since the judge desired more time to study the matter.
He Indicated that it would be ready for circulation by Monday, same day that the commissioners court meets. Unless rapid circulation is had. it is doubted that the petition could be returned to the courthouse before that meeting adjourns.
Whenever the petition is present, an election may be ordered at any date between IO and 20 days distant.
Cath In Rochester Bank Is $181,200
The Home State Bank of Rochester at the close of business Dec. 31, 1937 had cash available totaling $181,200.06.
In an article in Thursday morning issue this item in the bank’s statement was incorrectly printed as $81,200.06.
This bank has loans and discounts of only $28.656 06 and deposits totaling $194.382 84. Total resources were $218,148.42.
Tsingtao Attack Feared As Jap Fleet Arrives
Vessels' Mission In Chinese Port Remains Obscure
SHANGHAI. Jan. 9. (Sunday)— (ZP)—Arrival of a Japanese fleet off TSingtao, rich North China port, created fea among foreigners and Chinese today of an impending Japanese attack.
In Shanghai, meanwhile, French officials indicated 'hey probably would protest to Japan against an assault by Japanese troops on police of the French concession yesterday.
The nature of the Japanese fleet off the Shantung province port remained obscure. Some Tsingtao reports said the ships were minesweepers and old destroyers. Others. however, said the fleet consisted of 12 warships, including 12 up-to-date cruisers and destroyers convoying transports. There was no indication of immediate Japanese preparations for a landing.
While Chinese continued their “scorched earth” policy of Hal-chow, eastern terminus of the Lunghal railroad, destroying the station, wharves and public buildings, foreign vigilantes at Tsingtao organized an emergency committee to protect property.
A British banker, E. H. Gordon, was named chairman of the emergency committee and two Americans, W. 6. Elliott and F. O. Keefe, were appointed secretary and treasurer.
FRENCH DISTRICT According to the French version of the N&ntos episode, a Chinese woman attempted to croak the avenue of two republics, the dividing line between Nan tao and the concession, to obtain water, vitiating a Japanese rule closing Nan tao’! boundary to Chinese.
A French policeman, of Russian nationality, saw a Japanese sentry seize and beat the woman. He intervened and was struck in the face.
CX her Japanese soldiers rushed to the Keene and started to drag the policeman toward Nantao. When he struggled free, about IOO of the Japanese troops levelled rifles and machine guns across the boundary from the armed French police.
MISSING WITH NAVY BOMBING PLANE
Russian Roulette' Blamed For Death Of Texas Student
ST. PAUL, Jan. 8—(£>)—Frank B. Kellogg, former United States secretary of state, who died Dec. 21, left an estate with a probable value of $761,000. according to his will filed for probate today in Ramsey county probate court.
Midland Ranchman Dies Unexpectedly
MIDLAND, Jgn. $. — (jp\ _ w a. Hutchinson, 62, prominent Midland ranchman, died suddenly today of a heart attack while en route from his ranch to Midland by automobile.
Mrs. Hutchinson, who had left to open a gate, found him dead when she re-entered the car.
Hutchinson was a former resident of Bell and Runnels county and had lived in Midland county since 1905. He was a former county commissioner and an inspector for an Oklahoma Cattle agency.
Funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon.
Begin Mexican Road
EAGLE PASS. Jan. 8—<#) -The start of Coahuilas major highway from Piedras Negras southward to Saltillo was undertaken this week with the arrival of road craws and grading equipment from the Torreon sector.
AUSTIN, Jan. 8— Associates of Thomas H. Markley, 21. formerly of Houston, expressed the opinion at a rourt of inquiry here today that he died “through playing ’Russian roulette’ once too often.”
Markley. a University of Texas journalism student until six weeks ago. was fatally shot last night in the street in front of his home, where a small dinner party observing his 21st birthday was in progress. No verdict was returned but investigators said they were convinced the shooting was not a homicide.
Russian roulette, as described by the youth’s friends, starts with spinning the cylinder of a revolver loaded with one bullet. The player then points the weapon at himself and pulls the trigger.
Markley had played the bizarre game often, witnesses at the court of inquiry said. He maintained, they added, that when the cylinder stopped after the spin the loaded chamber always would be at the bottom because of the weight of the bullet. The trigger, according to his theory, would fire the upper chamber and no harm would result.
Associates of the youth told the court of inquiry he often had discussed suicide and had written poetry about it.
ITALY BECOMES FACTOR-
STRUGGLE TO CONTROL S’EAST EUROPE TAKES NEW SHAPE
Lieut. Truman Ernest Carpenter (right), Passumpsic, Vt, a native of Texas, and Cadet Philip O. Browning, native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., were aboard
the navy bombing plane missing from San Diego, Calif. Carpenter was In command and Browning was co-pilot
County League Dates, Fees Set
Basketball Meet First On Docket, February I 12
Dates and fees for the 1938 Taylor county interscholastic league meet were set yesterday by the directors, in a meeting held in the office of County Superintendent Tom McGehee. The session had been railed by Wendell Foreman of Elmdalt, director general for the league in this county.
The following schedule was mapped;
Basketball. February 11.12.
Tennis and playground ball, Mar. 19.
Choral singing, March 23,
Debate, March 24.
Literary events, March 25.
Track and field meet. March 26.
Volley bali, March 26.
The fees will remain the same as in former years, directors announced. The team entry fee is $1. this covering basketball, playground ball, volley ball, and choral singing. On all other events, the fee is IO cents per child per event.
The directors of events follow: Declamation. Ben L. Graham of Wylie: debate. M. S. Shelton of Shep; extemporaneous speech, M. O. Woolam of Bradshaw; spelling, Mrs. Oiyen Purcell of North Park; ready writers, Mrs. Burl King of Pleasant Hill; rural schools, W. D. Lowrle of Hamby; athletics, Ted Edwards of Ovalo; picture memory, Gusale Bledsoe of Buffalo Gap; star telling. Mrs. Holland Hope of Wylie; music memory, Jennie Bess Bigham of Tuscola; arithmetic,Mrs. Len Su bl att of Merkel; one-act play, Mrs. Wendell Foreman of Elmdale; choral singing, Mrs. Andy Shouse of Union Ridge.
Present for yesterday’s committee meeting were Mr. and Mrs. Foreman, Graham. Woolam, Mrs, Purcell, Miss Bledsoe, Mrs. Hope. Miss Blgham, Mrs. Sublett, Mrs. Shouse, County Superintendent McGehee, and Mrs. Kite Causseaux, county school supervisor.
Little Hop# Held For Blaze Victim
COLORADO. Jan. 8-iSpl)-Her physicians held little hope late tonight for recovery of elderly Mrs. J. D. Williams Sr., found with her clothes ablaze Friday afternoon in her home.
Attendants said her condition, after slight improvement earlier today, had grown worse. One reported she could not live more than 12 hours.
Mr*. Williams, who came her* about a year ago from Granbury, was found slumped in a chair, apparently unconscious from a stroke. She was seated before a gas stove to which the hose had burned in two.
Mrs. Williams is the mother of Dr. J. D. Williams Jr. of Colorado and of Doyle Williams, former head of the high school vocational agriculture department here, who now lives In Denison.
Searching Ship Burns, 2 Hurt
Hope For Safety Of Plane, Seven Aboard Ebbing
SAN PEDRO. Calif., Jan. 8-(jP>— Injury of two men and the loss of a bombing plane by fire added to the search toll today as the navy’s great sea and air armada continued the quest for the twin-motored bomber that disappeared during maneuvers on the Pacific late Wednesday.
Hope for the safety of the giant seaplane and .its complement of seven diminished by the hour but the thirty-five fighting ships and 283 planes continued unabated their activities over 90,000 square miles.
Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn, com-mander-in-chief of the fleet, sent a radio message to the Associated Press telling of a landing crash aboard the airplane carrier Saratoga yesterday in which pilot Lieut. J. M. Elliott suffered second degree bums and M. A. Belgian, a seaman, was cut and bruised.
The bomber caught fire and sank after the accident, said the message.
Previously Cadet Scott P. Hawkins, of Jefferson City, Mo., fell from a .searching plane and plunged into the sea. He was given up as dead.
The search included an area extending from San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Lower California.
“Decision as to the discontinuation of the search,’’ said the admirals message, “cannot be made at present.”
Pin Eating Baba Now Hot Croup
WINTERS, Jan. 8. — (Spl.- — Freda Jo Neuroth, 15 month old child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Neuroth of Winters, was back to see the doctor Saturday.
On last Sunday the baby was taken to the Hendrick Memorial hospital at Abilene with an open safety pin in her esophagus. Doctors pushed the pin on into the stomach and Wednesday the child passed the pin, still open.
She was In apparent good health after the experience until Saturday morning when striken with an attack of croup. Parents rushed her to a local doctor. He said that her condition was not serious.
Aim To Prevent Economic Might Concentration
Of Utilities Says Four-Inch Tail Wags 96-Inch Dog
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.—()F>— President Roosevelt gave notice tonight he would wage a no compromise fight against a minority of “business men, bankers and industrialists.”
That minority Intends to make a struggle “to the last ditch to retain autocratic control” over the country’s economy, the president charged in a Jackson day address to the nation.
At the same time, the enief executive pledged cooperation with all who were willing to “help eradicate the evils that flow from undue concentration of economic power or unfair business practices."
nit president spoke at the annual dinner here of democrats celebrating Andrew Jackson's victory in the battle of New Orleans. His words went by radio to similar democratic dinners throughout th* land.
“We know that there will be a few—a mere handful of the total of business men and bankers and Industrialists—who will fight to the last ditch to retain such autocratic controls over the industry and the finances of the country as they now possess.
“With this handful, it is going to be a fight—a cheerful fight tm my part, but a fight in which thaw will be no compromise with evil— no let up until the inevitable day of victory."
“In my message to the congress on Monday I made it abundantly clear that this administration seeks to serve the needs, and to make effective the will, of the overwhelming majority of our citizens and seeka to curb only abuses of power and privilege by small minorities.**
AT ODDS WITH tmUTtBfl
The president mentioned the administration’s differences with utilities interests. Asserting he was convinced that the “great majority of local or regional operating utility companies can come to an understanding” with the government, he declared:
“But most of these operating companies are owned by holding companies — pyramided holding companies—which are finance companies, not operating utility companies. Very few investors in the operating companies have lost money. But thousands of investors have lost money in buying holding company securities which had blue sky
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I ABILENE AND VICINITY! ■HHH ■ probably occasional mine Sunday.
WEST TEXAS: Cloudy. rata In Mutfcma*
I port!en. warmer in extreme east portion sa aday ; Monday partly cloudy, »«me what folder.
J';ANT TEXAS: Occasional MUM warmer Sunday; Monday partly cloudj, probably rata la extrema rail portion, ■omewhat colder In wert and north portion*. Moderate to (reap aoutberly wind* on the cene*.
OKLAHOMA: Cloudy, probably occa
sional rain* la eaat portion, warmer In coat and tooth portions Sunday; Monday partly dead), somewhat coldet.
NEW MEXICO ANO ARIZONA: Geaer-1 ally fair Sunday and Meaday; little chasse , In temperature.
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TEXANS HEAR JONES
Country Has Talked Itself Into Fear, Declares Chairman Of REC
BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 8— (JP)—A struggle for the balance of power in southeast Europe—most intense in Europe’s powder keg since 1914—took new shape today with Italy as a potent factor.
Semi-official sources outlined an important three-day conference starting here Monday of the foreign ministers of three nations— Count Galezzo Ciano of Italy, Guido Schmidt of Austria and Koloman Von Ksnya of Hungry.
I Their talks, said the sources,
demonstrate solidarity of these Rome pact nations and will help their mutual trade with a new commercial agreement.
But larger issues, hinging greatly on Rumania's possible disruption of her allies’ foreign policy by close friendship with Germany end Italy, were expected to take the ministers’ attention.
Rumania's rapprochement with Germany and Italy, a move initiated by the anti-semitic Rumanian Premier Octavlan Doge, upsets the
unified pro-French policy ,of the little entente—Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia.
This shift is of prime importance to the conferring foreign ministers.
Perhaps it might drive Hungary, which surrendered much territory to Rumania in 1919, toward the ideal of Austria's Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg fpr an Austro-Hungarian alliance with Czechoslovakia based on friendship with the large democracies, francs and Brit
Such a move would cause a new cross-current sinoe Austria and Hungry have never forgotten that Czechoslovakia was carved largely from the old Austro-Hungarian empire by peace treaties.
Too Ciano and the other ministers were expected to discuss recognition of German interests In the Danube besin, and now friendly relations of Italy with her onetime enemy. Yugoslavia.
Indian Childran Die As Farm Homa Burns
OKEMAH, Okla., Jan. 8.— Three small Indian children perished today in a flaming two-room farm home nine miles south of here despite the heroic efforts of their dog to summon aid by insistent barking.
Maxine Wood. 2.
Frank Wood, I.
Franklin Johnson Yargte, 4.
DALLAS, Jan. 8—(&)—TTie nation has talked itself into unwarranted fear that is retarding business in some sections out of all proportion to the true stat: of affairs nation ally, RPC Chair man Jesse Jone; warned here tonight.
The Texan, addressing a crowd of 1,300 democrats who paid $30,000 at a $25-a - plate Jackson day banquet, vigorously reassured no reason for a serious or prolonged setback in business.”
“Sometimes we talk ourselves into believing that conditions are
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worse than they really are,** said Jones. “And, lf I may venture the assertion, that is the situation with us today.
“It seems assured that tax laws about which there has been much complaint, will soon be modified by the congress, and I am convinced that the modifications will be satisfactory to business.”
The head of the nation’s “emergency hospital” said there were no financial institutions in difficulty and told his applauding audience it “seems reasonable to expect improvement in conditions generally."
Jones, identifying himself as one who had been in business for more than 40 years, carefully stressed he was “not against business — Just against exploitation by business."