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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1938, Abilene, Texas Mene Reporter VOL. LVI I, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR PQES.WKSKM UH VOl'R WORLD EXACTLY AS ;API ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 12, 1938. PAGES Business Chiefs Confer On Recession 'Better Understanding 'of Problems Results; Industrialists Foresee Closer Cooperation To End Slump WASHINGTON, Jan. of five major in- dustries asserted after a conference with President Roowvelt today they had a better understanding of current and predicted "closer cooperation" in meeting the business reces- sion. Alfred P- Sloan, chairman of the General Motors corporation, acting as spokesman for the group, dictated the following brief statement to newspapermen: "We have had an interesting talk with the pi "All of us agree we have better under standing of each other's problems out of which we are sure will come closer cooperation in meeting the dif- ficulties of the moment." CONFEREES Others at Ihc conference were Ernest T Weir, chalrmap of the National Steel corporation; Lewis Brown, president of Johns-Man- ville corporation; M. W. Clement; president of the Pennsylvania rail- road, and Colby M, Chester, presi- dent of the General Foods corpora- tion and chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers. For tin hour and a half, Ihey engaged in what ihey called later a "general discussion" of the prob- lems of the business recession. Then, leaving the president's o'tlce, Stoan, Oil behalf of tlw group, dic- tated hi? statement but beyond this, an.i Individual statements that the meeting had been "useful'1 and they would not comment. BICHBEKG "SITS IN" Becauw Roosevelt intends to send" a special message to congress on the crLdlcatlun of what he calk harmful business practices, it was considered significant that Donald R. Richberg. former head of the defunct NRA, was one. of those present M today's meeting. He was invited, he said, lo "sit in.'1 The circumstance set Washing- ion'to whether- Roose- velt may busi- ness agency in mind, and whether Richberg may be considered for the post, of administrator. LIBERT 1' LEAGUERS There was some comment, too, on the iact that of the five busi- ness men present, three were active members of the Liberty League, which up until last year's election was a vigorous crilic of New Deal policies. They were Chester, who was a member of the league's ex- ecutive committee, Weir and Sloan, who were members of its national advisory committee. Weir, iriio engaged in a healed battle wifh Richberg's NRA. said: "There is no insurmountable conflict between business and the government; if (here were it would look dark for the he add- UTILITIES MAGNATES Utilily executives who saw the president were Daniel C. Green, president of the Central Sen-ice Corp. of Chicago; John W. Car- penter, president of the Texas Power and Light company of Dal- las, nnd Arthur B. West, president of the Nevada-California Electric Corp., Riverside, Calif. The executives reported Roose- velt agreed with them that the "waste" involved in duplication of transmission linos, by public or private agencies, should be avoided. At a later press conference. Roosevelt declined to identify for the minority In the business world which he lias ac- cused in recent speeches of engag- ing in monopolistic practices. He said, however, he was not talking of individuals, but ol a generic group and it was not a queslion of 60, 160, or 260 men, but of a handful of the total. Blizzard Late But Freezing Weather Is Seen For Today Frigid wealher forecast for last night was lacking at midnight, when the airport station of the weather bureau reported thermometer read- ings of 4U degrees. The mercury was falling gradu- ally from late afternoon on, how- ever, and Incilcallons were that cloudy and frceiing weather was due before daybreak. At 5 p. m., the temperature stood at 63 de- grees, but at midnight had dron- ped lo 41. Although considerably warmer than 1937, January of IS38 has av- eraged only one-half of one de- gree higher temperatures than normal for Ihe month In Abilene, W. H. Green of Ihe wealher bu- reau reports. Normal mean tem- peralure for the month Is 44 de- grees, while a rough calculation for the 11 days of January that have passed thus far in 1938 sliow a mean of has 'greater than Jiwinal, the bureau reports. Claims Negroes Control Parly Byrnes Charges South 'Deserted' By North's Dems WASHINGTON, Jan. southern democratic leader' told the senate today the south has been "deserted" by the northern dpmocrais and now has nowhere to look for support in its fight against the anti-lynching bill. Senator Byrnes (D-SC) asserted southern white people had given unfailing adherence to the demo- cratic party because they believed they could depend on the support of northern democrats "when problems affecting the negro and the very soul of the south arose." Now, he said, "The negro has not only come into the democratic party, but the negro has come into control ot Ihe democratic party." The U'outh Carolinian asserted Walter White, secretary of the .As- sociation for the Advancement of Colored People, "has ordered this bill to PDES." Senator Russell (D-da) asserted the bill would "lynch the last re- maining evidence ol states' rights and sovereignty." Comparing the lo "sVTunlt rheatpARusselU asserted "you might take a dead pole cat' and dress him up in fancy paper and label it 'country cured but it 'iculd still be just plain skunk meat.'1 Byrne-, asserted Senator Wagner 21 author of the bill, "is prompted by hope of securing votes from the negroes of New York City." Rails Claim Losses On Drouth Rates i AUSTIN, Jan. claimed In court here today they suffered losses on feedstuff ship- ments to 30 counties where the railroad commission had ordered a 25 per cent reduction on pleas drouth and frost has killed natural forage. The carriers' suit lo restrain the commission from continuing the schedule, effective Jan. 1 to March 1, Is before District Judge Hoy C. Archer, Search Mississippi For Pastor's Body MEMPHIS, Term., Jan. futile search was made today for the body of the Rev. William Bratton, who, police said plunged into the Misissippi river from the Harahan bridge Monday. Rlvennen said the body may not come to the surface for a week or 10 days. The vestry of Grace Epis- copal church, of which he was pas- tor, offered a ?50 reward for the recovery of the body. (UP) HONEYMOON IN FLORIDA When Trudie Bennett, 17. dis- appeared from Ypsllanti, Mich., quite a kidnaping scare occur- ed. But Trudlc appeared In Tampa, Florida, 'with a new husband, Russell Hughes; the two talked by phone to her fa- ther, Harry Bennett, Ford Mo-1 tor company personnel dircc-'1 tor, and got his blessing. Here.', the newly-weds are shown after Mr. Bennett aranged tor them to spend a month in Florida. Details Kept Secret Following Imperial Japanese Conference Conclave Believed To Have Talked Formal Declaration Of Hostilities TOKYO, Jan. first imperial conference since 1H to- day established an 'unshakeable policy" toward China and discussed Japan's relations with other world powers. Details of discussions in the meeting, over which'Emperor Hiro- hito presided, were kept secret. Do- mei (Japanese news agency) said a statement would be issued in two or three days. The conference, attended by the highest government and military officials, was preceded by specula-' tion it would consider a formal de- claration of war against China. FACILITATE BLOCKADE Admiral Nobumasa Suyetsugu, home minister arid" 'com- mander, of combined fleets, known to favor .a war declara- tion 16 facilitate an effective block- ade of China. A government official declared also such a declaration would sim- plify the technique of concluding peace in the conflict which has raged for more than six months. Tlie war office meanwhile pre- pared to introduce a bill in the diet extending the present com- pulsory service with the colors from 18 months to 24. Today's imperial conference was attended, besides the emperor, army and navy leaden and the cabinet, by the president o! the privy council, Baton Kiichiro Hir- anuma. At the conclusion of the meet- ing it was stated semi-officlally that two alternatives were present- surrender or continu- ance of th'e corJlTct. Finance" Minister 'Okimobu Kaya told the cabinet Japan would have no difficulties in financing lengthy hostilities. Fate Of Crew Of Seven Men Left In Doubt U. S. Navy Plane Makes Fruitless Five-Hour Search SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11.- 21-ton Barracan clip- per was forced down at sea to- day on a south Pacific flight, leaving the fate of her seven crew members in doubt amid one unconfirmed report she was sighted afloat and another that searchers could not find her. SIGHTED FLOATING? An U. S. Navy airplane, which :arted eut from Tuluila, Samoa to hunt the Clipper, returned after five hour search which was un- ivaillng. Pan American Airways officials here said they had received a re- port from Pago Pago, American Samoa, which the Clipper left this morning for Auckland, N. z., that she had been sighted floating In Apia harbor 2 minutes after she reported shr would lanct because of motor trouble. Airways officials said the report, relayed by company communication facilities, originated with an oper- ator at Apia ana that they were endeavoring to determine If it were accurate. OIL LEAK The. big, four-motored craft, In command of the veteran trans- Pacific aviator Capt. Edwin C. Mu- sick, left Pago Pago at a. m., Dutch Vessel Sunk By Sub BARCELONA, Jan. Dutch freighler Hannah was torps- doed and sunk today by an uniden- tified submarine seven niiles off Cape San Antonio, reports from Ali- cante stated- All members of the cresF were said to have been rescued uninjur- ed by vessels in Ihe vicinity on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast. The freighter sank slowly making rescue of the crew possible. The Hannah was en route to Valencia, government senport, with a cargo of beans and wheat. The incident, first of its kind In over two months, recalled Ihe wholesale attacks on Mediterranean shipping which virtually were end- ed by establishment Sept. 14 of a Franco-British anti-piracy patrol with eventual Italian support. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Lang of 1630 State street Tuesday night nt Htndrick Memo- rial hospital. OVER QUESTION OF Trade Treaty Negotiations For United States And Italy Balked Japs Repulsed At Hangdiow SHANGHAI, Jan. said today they had turned back a Japanese drive south of Hangchow, capital of Chekiang province, and had reliev- ed Ihe Japanese threat to Suctiow, strategic rail junction north of Nanking. A heavy movement, of Japanese troops and big guns from the in- terior was reported. Shanghai ob- servers believed Ihey were rein- forcements for the Hangchow area, v.-hcre Chinese reports have indi- cated Japanese eforts to push in- land were beins held up. LESSENS SUCHOW THREAT In southern Shantung province, Chinese said Japanese forces had failed in an effort to lake Tslning, 120 miles south of Tsinan, and that their own troops had launched a thrust toR-ard Yenchow, now in the hands of the enemy. Tills move, Ihey said, relieved the threat on Euchow. (Japanese dispatches have report- ed Japanese advances beyond Tsin- ing toward Kweitch, on the import- ant Ltinghai railway, but a report from the southern Baptist mission at Tslning appeared to confirm Chinese claims the city had not been captured.) (Japanese warcraft in the Yang- tze river penelrated above Wuhu for the first time In the war, ac- cording to Chinese, and shelled towns fitly miles up the river. WASHINGTON, Jan. The United States' refusal to recog- nize Victor Emmanuel of Italy as cmperlor of Ethopla has resulted In suspension ot the Italo-Amerl- can negotiations for n commercial treaty. Informed sources said Mussolini required the new treaty to be made in the name of Victor Emmanuel as kins of Italy and emperor of Ethiopia and that Secretary of State Hull refused. Negotiations, lliey said, would now lapse for some months, during which the situation may be clari- fied. The slalcmale occurred suddenly when negotiations were proceeding excellently. The two countries had already agreed to an ad Interim understanding, announced last month, whereby Italy retreated from her closed economy position to the traditional most-favored-na-1 tton treatment. Officials here are at loss to understand InslsUnct, In view of ihc fact commercial treaties were marie by Italy with Italy other countries In 1835 an-3 1937 without bringing In Victor Em- manuel's rans as Emperor cf Ethio- pia Aspirin Overdose Takes Child's Life BRONTE, Jan. U.-fSpU-An overdose of aspirin tablets Sunday caused the death of the 18-month- oid son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Fcnwick of Fort Chadboume The small child ate an entire box ol aspirin tablets, and in spite ol medical attention, he lived only 12 hours alter the accidental over- dose. Colorful Ex-Mayor Dead DALAS, Jan. Talf. 66. former Dallas mover who look office In 1929 as the "working mans' choice, died here Icdav ol pneumonia. Talc served "hoi dogs" to draw crowds In his colorful campaign. He advocated a 5S-plank platform In- cluding promises place telephones on long viaducts for branded motor. Ists, free swimming for "poor folks' at city pools, donkeys in the parks for children, and dismissal of mar rlcti women from the city service. NUMBER 240 IN SOUTH PACIFIC Samoan Clipper Is Lost AN.NUAL Old President Resigns, New Installed At Heads Old officers and directors were re-elected In nearly every bank In West Texas Tuesday as annual stockholders meetings were held. A notable exception came In the City National bank of Colorado, where C. c. Thompson, member of ihc board or directors for the past 18 months was named president to succeed T. W. stoneroad, Jr., Stonehoads' resignation came as a surprise to most stockholders, He had been president of the bank since the death of C. H. Lasky in June, 1936, and had been active vice pies- Went for years prior to that. He re- signed to enter anather line of busi- ness, but retains his place on the board of directors and his interest In the bank stock. Old officers were renamed in one Abilene bank, as were the director- ates in both. Unanimous selection was made at F. M. of the old board: H. O. Woolen, C. W. Bacon, S. M. Jay, George S. Anderson and Henry James. This board will name the officers in a later meeting. CITIZENS PERSONNEL At Citizens bank, the directors T. W. STONEROAD, JH. Quits bank to enter other business. were renamed: J. Sf. Wagsfaff, W. J. Fulwller, c. M. Caldwell.'O. E. Radford, W. G. Swenson, W. J. Beh- rens, D. T. Laughter, Homer H Scott and Malcolm M. Meelt. Officials also were renamed: Meek, president W- G, Swenson, president; Homer H. Scott, cashier; M. P. Wilson, assistant cashier; E. E. Holn'ngs- head, assistant cashier, Co lemon COLEMAN, Jan, With one exception, all officers and directors ot the two Colcman banks were reelected to their positions to- day at stockholders1 meetings." At the First National, R. I. Bowen, S. H. Bray, J. p. McCord, Charles R. Wilson, C. W. Hemphill, Walter C. Woodward, R A. Home. E. C. Edens, Joe C. Stevens and J. Lee Maya were reflected directors. Of- ficers reelected were McCord, presi- dent; Bowen, vice president; Gray and Hemphill, active vice president- Etas, cashier; C. W. Hemphill Jr, See BANKS, Pf. 3, CoL S House Votes FD Added Powers Gould Wipe Out Any Appropriation Except For Vets WASHINGTON, Jan. _- -_.- _------_...... The house voted today lo give blan- ket authority to President Roose- eliminate Standard Time) and reported at a. m. p. m. EST) she was returning because of an oil leak in one engine. .Carrying 900 pounds.of express, the clipper Ms making Its second route. The naval plane scouted the area west of Samoa, where some resi- dents reported they had seen smoke over the ocean this morning, "The last report from the plane was at a. m. p. m. EST) when [he crew reported they were dumping gas and preparing to'land because of the oil leak. POSITION NOT GIVEN' No position was obtained from the plane, which carried no passengers, and Pan American officials here said they were without word from Apia concerning the fate of the crew. Weather conditions in the Samoan area were reported to be good and airways officials pointed out the clipper was capable of weathering considerable rough weather. Crew members besides Capt. Mus- Ick, the airways headquarters here said, are c. c. Sellers, iirst officer; P. S. Brunk, junior flight officer; F. J. McLean, navigator; J. W. Stikrod, engineering officer; J. A Broofcs, assistant engineering of- ficer; and J. p. Findlev, radio of- ficer. C Sm.h h'. M Smith, Abilene high school- at once, secretary. velt to whittle down or enlirely any approprialion which congress allotments for veterans. If-ttM! dent will be able to pick and choose among the multitudes of appropria- tions passed along to him by con- gress. At present, lie. can veto any ap- propriation bill in its entirety, but he cannot veto individual items without killing the whole measure. Such individual veto power was writt-n Into the session's first ap- propriation bill the measure carrying funds for 39 inde- pendent offices and agencies of the government; and was approved to- day wilhout opposition. At it finnaly passed the house ils bill was Increased only over Ihe sum recommended by the appropriations committee. This sum was tacked on to the al- lotted to the Tennessee Valley auth- ity to parmit the TVA to continue fertilizer experiments. While, some question has been raised In both legislative and legal circles as to whether presidential "veto" of separate items in appro- priations bills would e constitutional Representative Woodrum who steered the independent offices bill through the house, said it would. PTA Milk Fund In Need Of Either the citizens of Abilene must donate to the Parent Teachers assertion's milk fund or more than 200 undernourished school children wll go wilhout milk That was the urjcnt appeal Is- sued yesterday by the organization. Results so far have been small in comparison to the tola! that must be raised. To date a total of 4254.07 has been donated and the Business and Pro- fessional Women's club has pledged SIO per month. This has given milk to about 15 undernourished children uiucers, 10 oe install daily, but there arc more than 125 ed at the annual meeting and ban more that need the nourishment. Jan. 20. Retiring officers ar Those wishing to give lo ihis fund c- c- Sykes. president; R. P. Can -In a adVi vtce R, p. Tunncll vice president; J. D. Motley, secre- tary, and Winnie Trail, assistant New Bellinger C-C Directors Homed BALLINGER, Jan. ll.-ISpl.) New directors of the Ballingcr chamber ol commerce lor 1938 were named in a meeting of the retiring board today. The new board Is composed of J. L. Chastain, Nell McAlpine, George. CJements, Prank Cameron. Troy Simpson, L. C. Adalr, W. E. Moss, Frank Flynl Jr, R. L. More- land, Sam Behringer and W. B. Curtis Jr. The new direclors will meet late this week and officers, to be install Social Securiiy Deductible From Employer Income WASHINGTON, Jan. may deduct social security taxes in making out their federal income tax re- turns, the treasury said today, but employes may not do 50. A salaried person may deduct 'taxes he pays on his house but not on the one per cent of his salary he pays for the pros- pect ot an old age pension, ol- .ficials.advised, '-V .4- levy Is technically, an income (ax and, under law, cannot be deducted in figuring-.the'regu- lar Income tax. The'tax on em- ployers, however, is labeled an excise tax and is deductible the same as the federal lax on automobiles and refrigerators. Less Speed, Better Visibility Needed, Car Designers Told DETROIT. Jan. 1938 motorist has loo mucli speed at his command and can't sec enough of th eorad ahead or behind, engineers who design America's automobiles were told tonight. "Speed loo fast for conditions L? the highway's hungriest Charles A. Harriett, New York stale commissioner of motor vehicles, told the annual meeting ot the Society of Automotive Engineers. Harnett outlined the views of 42 members of the American Associa- tion of Motor' Vehicle Administra- tors. Twenty-seven, he reported, ex- pressed belief present day cars have too much speed, .and 38 advocated a driver's seat adjustable for height, lo increase visibility. "I do not believe that car stylists realize what so-called beauty In ds- slgn c an do toward magnifying Harnett said. Highway Dep'r Acts To Cut Red Tape AUSTIN, Jan high- way department set out today lo eliminate some of its red tape. Julian Montgomery, state engi neer, announced employment of Claude P. Owens of Springfield, Mo, to make a study of field meth ods among the 25 divisions. He pointed out expansion during recent depression years for relief projects resulted in accumulation of reports, forms and other "pos- sible unnecessary and duplicated work" which might be minimized. POPULATION Realtors Believe Directory's Figure Accurate High estlmaic ol Abilcne's popu- placed at 31.000 by the new city directories distributed here reasonably accurate, In the opinion of leaning real estate men. The new estimate accounts for Increase ol In Ihe city's popu- lation since the last directory was Published, In June. 1936-18 months Accepting the figure as au- thentic. It represents probably the largest population Jump for any similar period in Abilenes recent history. "FRETTY CLOSE" Consensus of realtors interviewed last nlghi Indicated their belief that the 34.000 figure Is little exaggerat- ,W. s. Wagley, president of the Abilene Real Estate board, said he thought the estimate was "pretty close.' "Possibly the population is a little closer to but It is to be grant- ed that a lot of people have come to Abilene in Ihe last two Wagley declared. Wagiey cited the current housing situation and the increased school census as convincing evidence that the 6.000 population increase of Ihe past 18 monlhs as represented by the city directory Is not far wrong. CITES DEPRESSION FIGURES "In the depths of tlie depression tn 1935, there were about vac- houses In Abilene, by actual count. There were likely between 700 and of them still vacant when the previous directory was published, and now thrrc is scarcc- lene." Wagley pointed out. "Furthermore. Ifiere has been some residence buikilng here during that period. I would estimate lhat erected In the last 18 months. The rise in the city sciiool census also shows a big population Increase. All that seems to Indicate there are about or persons he said. E. A. Shepperd cited not only Ihe housing shortage in contrast to the hundreds of vacancies In but declared that it is not uncommon Tf. 3, Col 5 WestexNFIA Groups Meet Loan Ass'ns Of Sector Select Officers, Boards Stockholders in National Farm Loan associations met Tuesday in dozens of West Texas towns for elecflon ot officers and and to hear reports of secretaries A. C. Williams, president of the Federal Land bank and -general agent of. the Farm Credit adtnmis- letters eicri urSup outlining the land bank In 1937. This institu- tion federal land bant loans totaling during the year, land bank commis- sinoner loans amounting to 100-a total of (S.315.SOO in land mortgage loans to Texas farmers and ranchers. At the close ot the year there were land bank loans totaling and commis- sioner loans for out- standing. Abilene More than 75 members and 25 visitors attended the meeting of tta Abilene National Farm Loan asso- ciation to hear a report from V. B. Carothers, secretary-treasurer, at the county courthouse. Reports showed that this coopera- tive institution has mafc available loans for more than since its organization in 1917. Other fi- gures showed that 43 new loans were made in Taylor county in 1937, and that IT Federal Land Bant loans and seven commissioner loans were repaid during the year. There are 759 borrowers through the Abi- lene association. Speakers at the meeting Included M.'H. Perkins, secretary-treasurer ot the Cailahan County National Farm Loan association. Reelected directors were Henry James, George L- Mta- ter, T. O. Massey, E. S. Jones and C. D. Varnell. Varncll was selected president and Carothers was re- elected secretary-treasurer. Munday MUNDAY, Jan. one exception, old board members were reelected today in annual stock- holders' meeting ol the Munday NFL A. W. A. Baker was made a direc- tor to succeed C. A. Eiland. Other board members are O. H. Eiland Sr.. president, A. J. Bunts, E. B. Bowden, and John B. Reneau Sr. The loan association has a mem- See FARM LOAN, Ff. J, Crt 1 Ihe Weather ABlIJiNE AND Wdlrw "Idtr: WediKj- WJST TKXAS: clcrty. In tnatn rmtftr In north portfon IVed- TKVAS-Mfl.lly cloudy, r.ln Tn In norin nf nJa j; IhnrttUj- parity In md irta tlrtdy r Wediwsdaj: Tfiarsdxy fair. -.EW M1.X1CO: colder -ianjtfr r' A. M. 44 oonton Wnl- MOIR 1 24 Jt' M 11 ltd -1 m. 63 4" Mir. I (m wnit B rts ind 13; ;