Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 13, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 13, 1938—TWELVE PAGES
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For 20 Wells Let
Iron Mountain Oil Planning Extensive Development Campaign For Area In 1938
In line with an extensive drilling campaign planned during 1938 for this area, Iron Mountain Oil company today announced letting of contracts for the drilling of 20 wells in Jones and Shackelford county to contractors Groover Sc Rose of Albany.
Iron Mountain, co discoverer of the Avoca field in northeastern Jones county, has a working interest with Humble in much of the proven acreage in the new area. Groover Sc Rose drilled the discovery well of the field, the No. I dander, completed last summer, and at present is drilling two other field tests for the two companies.
The Albany firm may use a rotary machine in part of the work. At present, only one ro
tary rig is running in the Avoca area, that under contract by Humble.
NEXT LOCATION MADE
Groover 8- Rose is running two other rigs In the area, one on the Hugh King Jr. et a1 No. 2 Davis-Walker lr southwestern Shackelford county; and one on the Humble Oil Refining company No. I Reynolds Cattle company in southwestern Throckmorton county. The No. 2 Davis-Walker was running five-inch casing to 3.237 feet to shut off a hole full of water below toe Palo Pinto lime and dg-pen for the Strawn series.
Next location to drill will be the Iron Mountain No. I Bech, northwestern Shackelford offset to the Owens-Snebold et a1 No. I Hatsr-ius. Shish pit has been dug. The No. I Taterius today was drilling up lead wool at the bottom of six-inch casing, following a squeeze Jflf to shut off upper water. Palo Pinto lime pay in the well, five miles northeast of Avoca production, had been drilled to 3.21* feet, total denth. end upper lime sealed off from 3.211 feet. It lr in the northeast corner of section 163-BBBdcC.
S. B. Roberts company of Abilene Is mo /iig machine from Brown coun*y for spudding this weekend on the Dandier Oil Ai Refineries r?o. 2 J. E. McCown. a north offset to the Hateriu* discovery. It will be in i he southeast corner of section 158. same survey.
Completion of railroad commission gau*f on the Avoca field’s eighth v.ell. the Humble No. 2 J. W Holiums, section 190-BBB&C. is expected to rate tile well slightly above the 1.400-barrel No. I Koilums. east offset. Pay was from 3.213-24 feet in Palo Pinto lime.
Cites Need For Coordination To
Texas Official Addresses First Annual Session
• Anson Wildcat
Hits Oil Show
Test Southeast Of Town Awaits Pipe To Pass Up Zone
ANSON. Jan. 13.—cSpl.)—Operators picked up a showing of oil estimated at ten barrels per day in what was correlated as the Cook sand in the Gwyn & Overby No. I W. D. Baker, wildcat five miles southeast of Anson, but were preparing to pass it up for testing a lower horizon.
The wildcat test drilled ten feet of the saturated sand tone from 2,191 to 2,201 feet but it was believed the showing not enough for com-merrtal production. The test was shut down for running of five-inch casing with which to continue.
Location is near the center of section 36, OAL survey, about two miles southeast of th* Thomas D. Humphrey No. I Fielder.
Farther to the southeast in the Lewis pool, operators were preparing to run two-inch tubing on the Dale Smith and Bert Fields No. I Carter et a1, quarter-mile aoutheast ex-tensioner in section 37-15-TdcP survey. It had filled at the rate of about 300 barrels per hour for the first three hours, following drilling of cement plugs at 1,875 feet.
Two-inch tubing was also being rerun in the Petroleum Producers No. 2 Jessie S. Milsap, on the north side of the field after the first attempt had failed to reach bottom with the packer. The test, estimated at 300 to 400 barrels a day Hewing. is in sand to 1,93? feet. It is also in section 37.
On a retest of the Fain-McGaha and Roberts No. I Daughtry, three-month-old producer which gave the pool its first extension, the well made 131 barrels in six hours this week flowing through tubing.
Chautemps Asks Confidence Vote
Attributes Fall Of Franc To Worker, Employer Strife
PARIS. Jan. 13—</P—Premier
Camille Chautemps told the chamber of deputies tonight he was confident that France's grave labor and monetary problems could be solved.
The premier asked the chamber
for a vote of confidence on his program for social peace, freedom of the exchanges and budgetary equilibrium.
He attributed the weakness of the
Necessity of coordination of welfare activities, both state and local, through a council of social agencies, preferably through a Community Chest, was cited by Mrs. Norma Rankin, state director of child welfare services, in the feature address at the first annual meeting of the Taylor county child welfare board Wednesday afternoon.
“Administration of welfare work through a Community Chest fills many local gaps and eliminates overlapping of efforts designed to aid welfare work of any city or community,” the speaker pointed out. Mrs. Rankin cited progress made in many other Texas cities through community chest programs and added that she believed Abilene and Taylor county would profit through such coordination of welfare agencies.
Byron England, chairman of the Taylor county child welfare board, heartily endorsed Mis. Rankin’s proposal and pledged his support toward the organization of a council of social agencies, or Community Chest. Mr. England went so far as to promise that the child welfare board would take the lead in such an organization unless some other civic club elected to sponsor the Community Chest movement.
Mrs. Violet S. Greenhill, chief of the division of child welfare, and Mrs. Elizabeth Wyatt, director of training, both of Austin, accompanied Mrs. Rankin to Abilene for the annual meeting of the local board at the Hilton. Members of the local board attending included Mr. England. Mrs. Dee Jones, Joe Humphrey and Rev. Willis p. Gerhart.
Mary Gibbs, supervisor of child welfare work in Taylor county, presented her report for the first 15 months of the child welfare board’s existance. In her reoort Miss Gibbs states that the welfare board h*s had under Its supervision 156 children—73 boys and 83 girls—representing 90 Taylor countv families.
Th* comp;etc report follows:
“As most of you know child Welfare services in Taylor county as a mult of the social security program started Sept. 16. 1936. and this report will cover the work from that date through Dec Huber. 1937. I Uke to think of cur program as a joint federal, state and local undertaking made possible by the federal appropriation to Texas through the state division of child welfare who in turn of-
AS KIN KEEP VIGIL IN SNOW
Bodies OI Mine Victims Found
NEAR END OF SECOND WEEK-
Fear Clergyman's Soul Fast May End In Collapse
MEMPHIS. Tenn., Jan. 13.— (ZF*)—Friends of the very Rev. Israel Harding Noe waited fearfully today as the 46-year-old clergyman neared the end of his second week without food or water.
Although the dean of St. Mary's fashionable Episcopal Cathedral has been carrying on a schedule of work, physicians among his friends have expressed belief his collapse may come at any hour. He has told them what he is doing is a spiritual demonstration beyond their
Friends said Dean Noe had subsisted all of last year on oranges alone, starting from Dec. 23, 1936. Since January 2, the first Sunday of 1938, he has taken only the tiny water and sip of wine of the communion service he holds three times weekly.
A man of unusually robust health at the time he began his demonstration, he is now, only a shadow of his former self.
In a statement last night, Dean Noe expressed regret over a story published yesterday concerning his dsmonstration.
“The story will come out in due
course of time when my whole philosophy of life has been worked out and lived out and that will be time enough for all who are interested In the fact that man can. here and now, put on the Godhead bodily, proved he is a willing instrument in the Fathers’ hands,” the dean said.
“I have no doubt of the ultimate outcome for whatsoever the Father gives us to do he gives the strength and the power with which to do it.”
Dean Noe would not elaborate on his statement-
Ten Killed By Gas Explosion
Rescue Crews Find Last Of Bodies Mile And Half From Shaft Entrance
PTA Milk Fund Gifts Total $41
PILOT IN CRACKUP
Money Provides For Two Dozen More Children
Gifts to the PTA Milk Fund for under - nourished school children
amounted to $41 Wednesday and
this morning. Mrs. Edith C. Smith,
This additional money will enable the school nurse and welfare associatiton workers to have milk for about two dozen more children each day through this month. This will bring the total of children receiving milk to IOO—or just about half ol those who have been found to be acutely In need of nourishment.
In addition to the great shortage ol lunds necessary, another difficulty has been confronted by the teachers, principals, scnool nurse and welfare workers in- this effort to provide milk for all under-nourished children. This is the fact that few persons have indicated they will make monthly contributions through the school session—6 more months. This causes a break in the flow of milk to these children at the end of the month.
All of this work is done on a cash basis. When a gift is received by Mrs. Smith, at high school, she reports it to Mrs. Schmidt, welfare
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franc to strife between workers and
'Mate-Swap' Divorce Case Halts Abruptly
SALEM, Mass., Jan. 13.—(ZP)—The “mate-trading* divorce case of two couples recessed abruptly today until Tuesday after the stepfather of one of the principals collapsed on tile witness stand and died shortly afterward in an ante-room.
Judge Edward B. O’F n halted the proceedings when *4T^ witness, Lyman G. Smith, 59. st' JAVther of
Mrs. Raymond S. Lee^j^j to the
floor while about to te Testimony previo”?' offered by a Salem he.
4 been Ie, Mrs.
sort of an agreement’
Mrs. Calvin M. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. Lee should “swap” before leaving her home after parties.
employers who declared it had no justification in France's financial position.
Chautemps appealed to workers to honor their contracts with employers and to refrain from all forms of violence.
“If certain men do not listen to my appeal and try to oppose the law,” he warned, “the law will strike them.”
The warning drew an ovation from the right, which apparently interpreted it as a slap at the communist who have supported stay-in strikers.
The premier spoke in what he had previously said would be an appeal for support from all parties in face of financial and social difficulties.
Despite obstacles, the premier declared, he was confident he would succeed in drawing up a code for social peace which would establish order and win the backing of the nation.
Ftderal-Stato Relief Program Endorsed
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.—i^)_
Ctiarles P. Taft recommended to congress today a federal-state fund-matching relief program in which federal allotments to states would be according to a stipulated formula.
Testifying as chairman of the mobilization for human needs, a national association of community chests, Taft suggested that the amount and character of work relief and those eligible should be left primarily to the states, under standards of administration set up by the federal government. Local programs would be tied in closely to the general program by the states.
Roosevelt Signs Bill Paying $2,000 To Sweetwater Gir!
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.-(/P) —President Roosevelt has signed a MU authorizing payment of $2,000 to Miss Mary Louise Chambers of Sweetwater, Tex., for injuries she received in falling over lumber strewn by WPA workers about the yard of her father’s home.
The accident occurred December 27, 1935. The girl s leg WM broken.
See WELFARE, Pf. ll. Col. I
Estimate 700 Killed
In Madrid Explosion
Blast Wrecks Subway Station
LONDON. Jan. 13—(UP)—A munitions explosion in a Madrid subway station Monday was one of the greatest tragedies of the Spanish civil war. information from a trustworthy source indicated today.
It was estimated that 700 persons were killed and reports said that an area nearly 1,100 yards long and 220 yards wide was wrecked.
Reports which leaked from loyalist Spain were that munitions stored in a subway station in the Ventas district of Madrid exploded at 7 a. rn. Monday.
The report was that two subway trains were entering the station as the explosion occurred.
Adrad Asks Texans To Pay Poll Taxes
AUSTIN, Jan. 13.—(UP)—Gov. James V. Allred today urged Texas citizens to pay their poll tax or take opt exemption certificates so they can vote in the 1938 elections.
“I know my enemies are paying their poll taxes. I hope my friends will do the same,” Allred said.
He remained silent on whether he will be a candidate.
Call Oil-Got Ratio Hearing At Midland
AUSTIN. Jan. 13. (UP)—A hearing at Midland on Feb. 7 was called today by the Texas railroad commission to determine efficient gas-oil ratios for North Cowden, South Emperor, Estes. Fuhrman, Goldsmith, Henderson, Kermit. Keystone, Means, Penwell, Sand Hills. Waddell, North Ward. South Ward. Wasson and Scarborough oil fields and pools.
Another order required gas-oil ratio tests within 30 days after potential tests taken for proration purposes in fields in which a daily gas limit has been set for wells.
Effective Feb. I a five day period was set within which gas-oil ratio test forms must be filed with district offices of the railroad commission.
N. V. “Nick” Mamer (above), veteran of 21 years flying, was at controls of the Northwest airlines “Sky Zephyr” which hurtled IO persons to a flaming death on a desolate mountain aide northeast of Bozeman, Mont. The craft exploded and bursted after crashing. *
Conferees Ban Crop Contracts
Senator Scores Progress Made On Farm Bill
Annual Meeting Of Organization Set February 8
Ralph Bradford, director of the field service division of the United
Two Odessa Women Killed In Collision
ODESSA, Jan. 13. — A speeding freight train claimed the Uvea of two women here last night at a downtown grade crossing. Mrs. Lum Sellers. 32. and Mrs. Leonard Hargrove, 24, both of Odessa, died instantly when the locomotive crashed into their light automobile. Both women were thrown from the machine by the impact.
Mrs. Hargrove is survived by her husband and a seven year old son. Surviors of Mrs. Sellers are her husband and five children, three boys and two girls.
The two families moved here from i Colorado about a year ago.
States chamber of commerce la to be main speaker for th* annual membership meeting of the Abilene chamber of commerce.
Arrangements for his appearance and selection of Tuesday. February 8 as date for the meeting were completed this morning, according to H. D. Austin, chairman of the planning committee. Other members of the committee are J. L. Rhoades and Jack Shnmons.
Principal business of the meeting will be election of new directors to replace M. M. Meek. Bernard Hanks. Geo. S. Anderson, H. O. Wooten, and D. H. Jefferies whose terms expire this year. Annual report by T. N. Carswell, secretary, and program for 1938 will also be presented.
WASHINGTON. Jan. IS .—(unwritten contracts with corn and wheat growers have been eliminated from the “ever normal granary” program of crop control. Senator Pope (D-Idaho) said today.
Such contracts have been authorized under the senate farm bill but, Pope said, the joint congressional committee now trying to reconcile the separate house and senate measures had scrapped the provision.
Pope reported general progress by this committee, but Chairman Smith (D-8C) of the senate agriculture committee disagreed.
“So far we have settled nothing of Importance and everything is in a mess,” said Smith.
Pope said the conferees were agreed now on general provisions for tobacco, rice, and wheat.
The Idahoan said that instead of written contracts the secretary of agriculture would make “offers” to cooperating farmers.
The original agricultural adjustment act operated with written contracts. When this law was voided by the supreme court, payment of benefits was placed on the “offer" basis which Pope said was “equal to oral contracts.”
He said among the principal points still undecided were;
Terms of a provision intended to protect dairy and livestock producers from competition by farmers who reduce crop acreage.
Whether payments shall be on the present soil conservation basis, or on a “parity basis'' as provided in the senate bill for corn, wheat and cotton.
A federal crop insurance system for wheat, included only in the senate bill.
SANWICK, Pa., Jan. 13.—(UP)—Penetrating a wall of deadly gas, rescue crew*, equipped with gas masks, today reached the bodies of the last two men who were among the ten killed in an explosion at the mine of the Harwick Coal Sc Coke company.
Sorrowing relatives, unmindful of the snow and cold, waited at the top of the mine as the rescue crews completed their task of recovering the last two bodies, those of Charles Giesil-ski, 44, and Tony Qoinor, 49, both of Harwick.
The deadly fumes of methane gas and carbon monoxide had not been entirely dispelled from the mine as the gas-masked rescuers reached the bodies at the scene of the explosion, 300 feet underground and about a
mile and a half from the one shaft by which the diggings are entered.
Eight other bodies had been brought to the surface earlier. Thirty-six men of the maintenance and repair crew which had been working in the mine yesterday morning when the blast occurred, either managed to walk from the coal bed or were rescued alive.
The fact that 518 men usually working In the mine were “off" yesterday prevented the explosion from being a catastrophe that might have been comparable to the disaster at the mine in 1904 when 179 were killed In an explosion.
Those of the IO not killed Instantly when the explosion ripped through the passage shortly before noon yesterday died anyway. They were unable to escape methai^and carbon gas which poured thmigh the passage when ventilation was disrupted by the blast.
Deadliness of the gasses was shown in the death of Matthew H. Anderson, 57, Harwick, an assistant foreman, who escaped the explosion but could not make his way through the passage. Had he been able to crawl tao feet further, re!-cue men said, he would have reached fresh air. Anderson’s body was found sitting in a natural position against a timber.
Relatives and spectators strained against state police lines throughout the night as the masked rescue squads worked in the mine tunnels. Although snow powdered down upon and water puddles froze in the cold, the families arri friends of the dead miners waited without
Woman Senator Hits Lynch BUI
Mrs. Caraway Terms Measure Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13. (AV-The senates only woman member, Mrs. Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, denounced the anti-lynchlng bill today as a “gratuitoua insult to the South.”
Mrs. caraway said the had never “approved o r
condoned lynchings" and that she had “always been sick at heart” on reading of executions without trial.
She added, however, theb$U was unbonstiu-tional and de* signed to destroy southern influence.
"I am a bit resentful and fear* ful that bad feeling engendered by such legislation aa this may retard the good work being done to
help and uplift a people who have my sympathy." she said, xxx Senator Glass (D-Va) had been counted upqn by southern leaders
'Public Enemies' Are Taken To Florida
General Elections Called In Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland. Jan. 13. (A*) —Dissolution of the Northern Ireland parliament Jan. 20, and general elections Feb. 9 were ordered unexpectedly today.
Lord Craigavon, prime minister (rf Northern Ireland, declared the early elections were precipitated by the issue over union with Ireland, formerly the Irish Free State.
Unification was expected to be raised by Eamon De Valera, prime minister of Ireland, at conferences in London Monday with British statesmen.
HOUSTON. Jan. 13 —Federal officers today transferred Hugh Gant and Alva D. Hunt described as “public enemies,” to Florida.
The men. arrested here to face bank robbery charges at Pensacola, were cleared In connection with the Guthrie, Ky.. mail robbery of January 5 in which a postal messenger was killed, an officer wounded and $25,000 taken In loot. Orville C. Dewey, head of the Louisville office of the federal bureau of investigation, said it had been established they were “elsewhere” when the Guthrie robbery occurred.
Hunt and Gant, brothers-in-law, are wanted in connection with eight bank robberies in Florida and Alabama.
hope while the bodies were brought f°r » »PJ®ch against the bill today, ^ * but leaders of the anti-lynching
opposition said he would not take the floor until tomorrow or Satur-
up at long intervals.
State Salary Aid $3,469 For County
$1,019 Still Due, Says Thompson
SHANGHAI, Jan. IS.—(ZP*—United States naval authorities announced today that efforts to aal-I vase the American gunboat Panay, j sunk by Japanese bombs in the | Yangtze river Dec. 12, had been ' abandoned.
Taylor county has received a total of $3,469.35 as its share of the state per capita apportionment for the officers’ salary fund, County Auditor L. R. Thompson stated today. However, another $1,019.25 for the last three months of 1937 is yet to be paid, this to bring the year’s total to $4,488.60.
The county’s part for the first three months of the year was 81,-430.80 on 14 cents per capita. The Texas legislature slashed the per capita to IO cents, cutting the county's quarterly quota to $1,019.25.
The 14-cent schedule was the maximum originally set in the estraight salary law but was reduced to IO cents by legislative action.
The anti-lynching debate has brought numerous predictions from southern democrats that passage of the legislation would split party
Northern democrats, Coronally said, should remember southern votes in the national party cop
se* CONGRESS, Pf. ll, CoL 4
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX?
Goer 300 ahead;
Jan, 13, 1938 ..............1,834
Jan. 13. 1936 ..............1,464
But there s a catch —Jan. 13. 1939 fell on Sunday, hence no poll tax receipts were issued on that date. Poll tax payments during the past 24 horns were off as compared with other days of the current week but indications continue to point to record payments for 1938.
Report Jurist Shows Slight Improvement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13.-<A>>— Dr. John Paul Earnest, Jr., said today there had been “a slight improvement” in the “general condition” of the Associate Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo of the supreme court.
Cardodo is seriously ill with a complication of grippe, shingles and heart disease.
DOWN IN 1,000 FATHOMS OF WATER—
Clipper Blown To Bits Wreckage Shows
(Copyright, 1938, By United Press) PAGO PAGO. Tutuila Island, American Samoa. Jan. 13—CUP)— The Samoan clipper went down In 1,000 lanthorns of water after an explosion so terrific that it strewed the ocean with tiny bits of debris from the sheltered interior of the fuselage, searchers reported today.
The old U. 6. minesweeper Avocet, only available boat at this remote South Sea bland, returned Ute last night from an oily splotch of Un sea 14 miles from tho island where Copt. Edwin C. Mesick and his six companions of the cupper crew were lost Tuesday morning.
They were the men of the Avocet who found the clipper's watery grave Ii hours after the Pan American Airways sky boat disappeared
on a night from here to Auckland, New Zealand.
The wreckage that was left. Chief Boatswain H. S. Bogan of the Avocet said, indicated the clipper was blown to pieces.
“Bits of wood and paper covered the sea. They seemed to be fragments from the interior of the plane. All the pieces were from one to six inches square. We found nothing larger than that.
“We found one bent tie clasp which we believe belonged to Brooks” (engineering officer.)
They also found a coat, Bogan said, bearing the Pan American insignia. The coat had been burned full of holes. A small piece of th* chart board was identified and the book of navigation tables was pick
Bogan was placed in command of the Avocet when Lieut. T. B. Williamson went aboard the ships plane, also the only plane on the island. to survey the scene from the air. *
Neither the search by sea or air produced any trace of the bodies of the seven men who dbg. The Avocet crew took soundings and found tho water more than a mile deep.
Little more was known of the cupper’* fate than that she burned and sank. Several things about her disastrous trip remained to be solved.
One was a two-hour gap In the plane’s log. It was at 5:30 a. rn. Samoan time, Tuesday, when Capt. Mustek lifted his
great four-motored craft from th* harbor and headed south on the 1,806-mile, last bp of Fan America’s new route from the United States to New Zealand.
It was 38 minutes later, at 6:08 a. rn., when Capt. Musick reported that one of the motors had developed an oil leak and he was heading back to Pago Pago.
In that time he would not have gone more than 75 miles. Auckland is nearly due south of here, and that was the direction the cupper went.
Then, for almost two hours, nothing more was heard of tho plane. It was 7:55 a. rn. when the cupper passed over Apia, on the island of Upolu. That island is 75 miles west of Pago Pago.
Evidently Capt. Musick had
turned northwest to return to Pago Page in a wide circular route from the west, but he was
never more than 75 miles from
either Apia or Pogo Pogo. Even with one motor stafled, it was not considered possible that the pbne would or could have progressed slowly enough to take two hours, to arrive at Apia.
The inference was that the clipper may have landed at sea for repairs. then have arisen again and continued its return trip.
After passing Apis at 7:55 on the return trip, Capt. Musick reported by radio at 8:27 that he was dumping his excess cargo of gasoline for a landing in Paso Pago, and ex-
Big Spring Mon Asks Citizenship
Declaration of intention of Panoj X. Maitres of Big Spring to become a United States citizen was on file today with Ida M. James, clerk VI the U. S. district court here.
Makres, known as Pete Long, gave his birthplace as Maraka, Greece He entered the United States Oct 16, 1906. He has live* in Big Sprins for a number of years, owning and operating a restaurant.
ABILENE and vicinity: Cloudy a n warmer tonight; Friday mostly cloudy ai somewhat colder.
West Texas: Partly cloudy tonight ai Friday; probably rain in aoutheast portu tonight; somewhat colder in north portU Friday.
East Texas: Cloudy, occasional rains sa_n and south portions, warmer tonigh Friday mostly cloudy occasional rains extreme east portion, somewhat colder northwest portion.
Highest temperature yesterday ....48
Lowest temperature this morning . 34
TEMPERATURES Wed. Thura pm. a.m.
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7 p.m. 7 a.m. 12:39 Pry thermometer . 44* 3«*
Wet thermometer . 33 * 32*
Relative humidity. 2%% 82 "<>
48 47 44 41 38 37 35 SS
. 34 . SI .7:41 .5:55 P m. 54* 44* 44%