Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 18, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVI I, NO. 244
ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, EVENING, JANUARY 18, 1938—TEN PAGES
Associated Press (AP) Tatted Press (UP)
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Unemplopent In County Less Than 3 Per Cent
Federal Census Places Total Of Jobless At 1,016
WASHINGTON, Jan. I*.—(UP) —The federal unemployment census announced today revealed that 229,* 254 Texans out of the state’s 5,824,-715 were totally unemployed and wanted to work.
The report stated that 163,223 of the totally unemployed were males, and 66,031 were females. A total of 146,160 persons in the state were said to be partly employed and In need of more work. This figure represented 122,796 males and 23,454 females.
Working at WPA, NYA, CCC or other emergency work were a total of 76,355 Texans—55,643 males and 20,712 females.
The unemployment census report showed Taylor county with population of 41,023 had 1,016 totally unemployed; 714 men and 302 women, or approximately 2.8 per cent. Those in this county working at WPA, NYA, CCC or other emergency work numbered 884.
In the city of Abilene there were 581 totally unemployed and wanting work; 374 men and 207 women. The city had 374 working at government emergency jobs and 463 partly unemployed and wanting work.
Totally unemployed in other counties of population comparable to that of Taylor county, with its 1,016, included: Anderson, 1,448; Mell, 2,-094; Brown, 880; Cherokee, 2,107; Collin. 1.943; Eastland, 1,094; Lubbock, 621; Potter, 1,557; Tom Green, 736; Wichita, 2,438.
The city of Lubbock had 321 totally unemployed, as compared with Abilene’s 581, Amarillo had 1,-247, San Angelo 584, Big Spring 239, Sweetwater 229.
Totally unemployed in the large cities included: San Antonio, 14,056; Dallas, 13,225; Houston, 15,234; Fort Worth, 7,702.
By The Associated Press
In the tabulation for Texas below, the first column lists county and city; the second column, the number totally unemployed and wanting work; third caingin, those
See UNEMPLOYMENT, Pf. 9, CML I
Fear 21 Dead In College Blaze
Canadian Fire Traps Over IOO Pupils In Sleep
ST. HYACINTHE, Que., Jan. IS— (Canadian Press)—Twenty-one persons were feared to have died early today in a fire that trapped more than IOO asleep in the College of Hie Sacred Heart here.
The only victim identified was Brother Jean Baptiste, 64. who leaped from one of the school’s upper windows and died as he reached a hospital.
Police Chief A. Bourgeois said six bodies had been reported taken from the still-biasing budding and “about 25, maybe 30” persons still were missing.
The editor of the local newspaper said about 20 persons perished inside the school besides the brother.
Crumbling wreckage of the 37-year-old brick structure still was blazing nearly IO hours after the fire was discovered.
A check-up was being made, but officials had been unable to account for many of the 80 boarding students and 31 teaching brothers who were trapped in their beds by the flames.
The fires origin was not known.
Apparently it had been burning at least 30 minutes when a passerby saw the flames.
Call Vernon Man In Senate Probe
AUSTIN, Jan. 18—(ZP)—A senate investigating comqjdttee today sub-poened Jess Showers of Vernon, former game commission chairman, to testify after Showers had refused a request to appear.
The action followed testimony of Sidney P. Smith, Austin insurance agent, that Showers had made a “blanket indictment'’ of alleged political activities of the commission to Governor James V. Allred and later resigned from the commission.
ALAN LeMAY’S novel of high adventure
EMPIRE FOR R LADY
Starts in this paper
SUB ON rem WINGING OVER ABILENE
G-Men Whisk Ross Kidnap-Killei East
me sweetness o* victory turned sour tor 16-year-old Marian Shadley, above, when the prize she won in a Chicago community beauty contest turned cut to be a $5 liquor certificate. A non-drinker, Marian and her father declared her feelings were damaged a million dollars’ worth by laughter, hoots and ridicule of the theater audience when she was given the award. Now she's suing sponsors of the contest for the million.
Hines Confers On Road Work
Favors Widening Of South First To Cat Claw
State Highway Commissioner Harry Hines 6t Dallas was tn Abilene this morning to confer with 8. J. Treadaway, divisional engineer, in regard to affair of the division and future program for this area.
While here, Mr. Hines made an inspection of highway 36, southeast of bilene to cross Plains, and highway 158, southweast of Bronte. He also carefully studied the traffic situation on South First street, the state highway I route through Abilene.
The highway commissioner suggested that alternate route signs be put on North First street, which would relieve much of the traffic on the main route through Abilene.
Mr. Hines further stated that when funds were available that he would like to see South First street widened as far west as Cat Claw creek. He was confering in regard to this work, with Lewis Ackers, Dallas Scarborough, C. W. Bacon, C. L Johnson and Engineer Treadaway.
Hard surfacing of the highway shoulders on the trunk highway lines from Abilene was discussed by the group. The highway commissioner said his idea was to do this work, which would allow cars to pull off the main line for repairs and give more room for vehicles meeting, thus reducing the number of fatal accidents.
Mr. Hines and his secretary. Tom Payne, came here from Dallas, and were to continue their journey to McCamey for further Inspection of West Texas highways.
Forfeit Roscoe High s Class B Football Titles
Suspension For Year Endorsed By Committee
Roscoe high schools football season, which advanced to a district and bi-district Class B championship to the regional final has been forfeited and the district committee’s recommendation that the team be suspended from the Interscholastic League a year has been upheld.
This information came today from Roscoe and from Roby. At the latter place N. C. Forrester, school superintendent and district chairman, said the committee asked forfeiture of the seasons games and relinquishment of the district championship trophy “upon evidence that the birth certificate of a Roscoe player, in the bureau of vital statistics at Austin had been altered.”
Forrester early this afternoon said he had just received a telegram from the state league committee upholding the district committee in suspending Roscoe one year.
At Roscoe, George Parks, newspaperman and spokesman for Supt. Hutchinson of the school, said the player in question was Carroll Toone, a guard. Parks read a statement by Supt. Hutchinson In which he said Roscoe school officials were entirely without knowledge of th* player’s ineligibility because of his age, which, it was declared, was shown to be four days over the league limit. Hutchingson said the Roscoe officials had a photostatic copy of the player's birth certificate and that they conferred with state league headquarters the day before the season opened and were told that, according to the birth certificate, Toone was eligible.
Supt. Forrester said the cornmuse* BOSCOE, Pf 9, Col 7
Treasury-Postoffice Supply Bill Passed
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18.—(AV-The house passed and sent to the senate today a $1,515,352,286 treas-ury-postoffice appropriation bill for the next fiscal year.
The total of the measure as finally passed represented a net reduction of $200,000 below the figure recommended by the house appropriations committee.
Included In the bill were increases In various Items amounting to $2,300,000 which were more than offset by elimination of a $2,500,000 item for construction of government printing office annexes.
60 SECONDS A WEEK-
'Nice Work lf You Can Take lf Says Bronc Champ
DENVER, Jan. 18-(/F)-Twelve seconds a day. . . five days a week. . . Thht's Burel Mulkey’s working time. . . . When there’s a rodeo on.
And 31-year-old Mulkey, the world’s champion bronc rider, admits that he made “more than $5,000 but not very close to $10,000” last year, his first championship season.
“Nice work. . . .’’
“Yeah, lf you can...take It,” finished Mulkey’g pal and rival, Nick Knight, of Cody. Wyo. Mulkey. a blue-eyed ranch-
reared rider from Salmon, Idaho, is riding the bucking horses this week at Denver’s national western stock show, horse show and rodeo, first major show in the year’s rodeo circuit.
“We’re riding regular from now on through till after the show at Baton Rouge next November,” said Mulkey, declared least year’s champion by the Rodeo Association of America.
“Sure, a bucking ride is only 12 seconds—IO records for indoor shows like this—and we
only ride five times through a whole show.
“But you sure enough do a lot of riding in 12 seconds, if you stay on," Mulkey said.
Dropping his wide, square jaw in a big grin, Mulkey explained: “I don’t need to do any other riding besides what I do in the shows to keep in shape.”
How much money did he make through a year?
“I made money last year. I’m not sure just how much,’’ he grinned.
AVOCA WELL BLOWS IN AS GUSHER
Iron Mountain Oil company and Humble OU dc Refining company No. 3 Jones dc Stoney, th* Avoca field’s first west outpost producer, is shown above as it blew to flowing an estimated 250 barrels per hour of high gravity oil. The flow
was natural from Palo Pinto lime at 3,182-3,200 feet, corrected depth. It is a quarter mile west extension to the northeastern Jones county field. (Courtesy Stamford chamber of commerced'
YFW Commander Is Due Here Tonight
Regular meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held tonight at the WOW hall, starting at 7:30 o’clock.
The local organization is expecting Arthur D. Dodds, department commander, Dallas, to be present for the meeting. He will be in Abilene Wednesday and Thursday, a letter to C. E. Garretson said. He added that if possible he would be present for tonight’s meeting.
T. C. Anderson, post commander, will be In charge of the meeting.
ABILENE and vicinity: Partly cloudy
tonight and Wednesday.
West Texas: Mostly fair tonight and
East Texas: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; probably light rains on upper coast.
Highest temperature yesterday ....89
Lowest temperature (hie morning ..SO
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Dry thermometer . 84 * 53*
Wet thermometer , 49» 42*
Mauve humidity. 32% 33%
56 55 58
.. 73 ..7:40 ..8:00 12:39 p.m. Ti* 51* 39ft
Soviet Discloses U.S. Citizen Under Arrest
Quiz Mrs. Rubens In Espionage Plot
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18.-<*V-The soviet foreign office informed the United States government today that Mrs. Ruth Marie Rubens was under arrest in Moscow and undergoing questioning in connection with suspected espionage.
The woman, an American citizen, has been the subject of an investigation by the state department since she disappeared mysteriously in Moscow last month.
In an oral reply to an American note of January 7 requesting Information as to Mrs. Rubens’ whereabouts, the Soviet foreign office said that the woman was arrested following the arrest of the man with whom she entered the Soviet Union under the name of “Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Robinson.”
“Robinson,” the foreign office said, was arrested at Sverdlovsk on suspicion of espionage.
Award Abilene Basketball Meet
Dates For District Tournament Set February 18-19
Principal Byron England's invitation to hold the district five basketball tournament in Abilene was accepted last night by the district executive committee of the Texas interscholastic league to a meeting at Sweetwater.
Date of the tournament was set for February 18-19, Mr. England announced today.
Sweetwater was awarded the district track and field meet. April 8 and 9. All literary contests, tennis, etc., also will be held in connection with the track and field events.
Wade Blake, of the Abilene high faculty, is a member of the executive committee and attended the Sweetwater meeting last night, being accompanied by Mr. England.
Ross Covey, superintendent of Sweetwater schools, is director general of the district committee.
Navy Planes Taka Off For Honolulu
SAN DIEGO, Calif,, Jan. 18.—OF) —Eighteen big flying boats, units of the bombing patrol of the United States fleet, headed across the Pacific toward Honolulu today in the greatest massed ocean flight ever undertaken by the navy.
After all were In the air they met In a rendezvous IOO miles at sea, for formation flight to Pearl htrbor, 2,570 miles away.
Ballet Russe To Appear Tonight
Troupe Arrives By Special Train From Fort Worth
Col. W. de Basil and his 125 ballet artists and musicians, arriving by special train from Ft. Worth this afternoon, will make their qpcond Abilene appearance tonight at Hardin-Simmons university.
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Introduced ballet to an Abilene audience in February, 1936. following the lead set by larger Texas cities. Dallas has seen the company perform on most of its five American tours.
Maitre de ballet and artistic collaborator with the troupe is Leonide Massine, who will dance in “The Fantastic Toy Shop." one (rf the three ballets to be performed her* tonight. The other two are "The Lake of Swans” and “Prince Igor.”
Also with the troupe ar' Irina Baronova. Paul Petroff and David Liehine, who were favorites with the audience on their last trip here.
The most important member of the company will not be among the dancers. But he will be present, probably in the audience. For he is the man who has made his name a trade-mark for what is best in the art.
He is Col. Wassili de Basil, founder and director general of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He Is the man who saved ballet
See BALLET, Pf. 9, Col. 5
H-SU Share In Estate Verified
Admit Hardin Will To Probate In Wichita Falls
Hardin - Simmons university's three-eighths share in the estate of the late John G. Hardin was verified In Wichita Falls Monday when Hardin's will was admitted to probate following a hearing before County Judge H. W. Fillmore.
Mr. Hardin had indicated to Hardin-Simmons officials he had provided three-eighths share should go to the university.
This bequest is not involved in any way with the Hardin trust, in which Hardin-Simmons shares by the same proportion. The trust fund now is worth approximately $1,000,000. Neither does the bequest in the will involve gifts made to Hardin-Simmons in the past.
The total of gifts to the university from Mr. Hardin will reach approximately $900,000.
Other institutions sharing in the estate af Mr. Hardin, according to terms of the will, are Buckner Orphan Home. Dellas, three-eighth; Mary Hardin-Baylor college, Belton, and the medical branch of Baylor university, in Dallas, one-eighth each.
Judge Fillmore recognized the appointment of O. L. Clark, Burkburnett, as independent executor without bond and ordered an inventory filed.
The will leaves $20,000 cash each to * E. E. Hardin, nephew of the philanthropist, and O. L. Clark, who had aided Hardin without remuneration in administration of the es-state during the last months of the Burkburnett pioneer’s long illness.
All the remainder of the estate is divided among the four educational and humanitarian institutions.
Capture Halts Long Manhunt
Prisoner Admits Slaying Victim And Accomplice, FBI Chieftain Announces
According to reports from Fort Worth and Memphis, th* eastbound American Airlines plane which winged over Abilene at 7:20 this morning without stopping was carrying the accused kidnap-slayer, Peter Anders. News wires reported that at Fort Worth at 8:25 a. rn., the 30-year-old accused slayer of Charles 8. Ross and department of justice agents changed planes, but that during a brief stop in Memphis at 11:15 they did sot leave the ship. Abilene is not a morning stop on the airline.
L08 ANGELES, Jan. 18—(AF)—Relentless department of justice agents, at the end of a four-month manhunt, marked the kidnap-slaying of Charles 8. Ross of Chicago, “ solved” today as they secretly whisked a man they said was the confessed killer back to Chicago to itand trial.
J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the federal bureau of investigation, announced Peter Anders, 30, former logger, admitted he slew Ross two days after $50,- -
VICTIM IN KIDNAP
WTCC Asks Defeat Of Road Aid Slash
West Texans were urged by West Texas chamber of commerce officials today to write their congressmen asking defeat of the projected curtailment of federal aid for state highways.
“Texas still has lots of roads to be built, whereas many of the eastern and northern states have their road programs almost completed,” said D. A. Band cen, manager of the WTCC.
“Loss of federal aid in highway building would place the West Texas road program under a handicap. A solid front of congressmen, backed by written requests of their constituents will do much to help defeat the measure.”
OOO ransom was paid near Rockford, XII., October 8, 1937, and then shot and killed his confederate, James Atwood Gray.
TRACED BY BILLS
Anders was traced across the < country by a trail of ransom bills he spent lavishly at race tracks, Hoover said, and last Friday was taken Into custody here at Santa Anita park.
Agents recovered $14,402.28 of the ransom on Anders and at his hotel. Hoover said.
A 27-page statement was made by the prisoner, but not released to the press, before he was started eastward last night, either by airplane or train.
The bodies of Ross and Gray have not been recovered, Hoover said, adding:
“We are certain the bodies are not in the state of Illinois, where the actual murders took place. This fact gave the federal government jurisdiction In the case."
"Anders shot the two men through the head, but all we can say for certain is that the killings took place on the outskirts of Rockford, about IOO miles west of Chicago, and that the bodies apparently were hidden somewhere over the Wisconsin line.”
A woman, it was learned, motored here with Anders from New Orleans last week, but Investigators absolved her of connection with the Ross abduction. They shielded her Identity.
It was Anders* irrepressible urge
to “play the ponies” that led to his capture. He was passing some of the ransom money through the parimutuel windows at Santa Anita, Hoover said, when he was seized. FEDERALS ON TRAIL
Previously, he had been trailed to Spokane and Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D. C., Miami, Fla., and New Orleans, with federal operatives “close besee KIDNAP, Pg. 9, CeL I
NEW YORK, Jan. 18.—<*»—1The temperature took a nosedive in New York City today, dropping to 5 above zero at 8:45 a. rn. It was the lowest temperature here for almost two years.
Jap Ambassador To China Called Home
Minister To Give Statement Soon
TOKYO, Jan. 18.—(ZP)—The Japanese government today instructed its ambassador to China, Shlgeru Kawagoe. to return home, Domei (the Japanese news agency) reported.
Domei said also that the Chinese ambassador here would sail for China Jan. 20. fin bassy and consulate staffs would be left both in Shanghai and Tokyo.
Foreign Minister Koki Hirota was expected shortly to issue a statement further clarifying Japan's new policy toward China, which the chief secretary of the cabinet said did not include a declaration of war.
WITH LOSS ESTIMATED AT $130,000—
Kilgore Firemen Snuff Out Blazing Oil Well
KILGORE. Jan. 18—(UP)—Home town firemen wearing asbestos suits edged in on a blazing oil well in the center of the business district ea ’*• tort ay and ex^rnuL'h*'* it v... national guardsmen vt n-ed an excited crowd of onlookers.
Several buildings were destroyed at a loss of more than $130,000; bellowing flames were reaching 200 feet into the air and a worse disaster was threatened when Fire Chief Jess Pool and his men took over the fight. He clad himself and four assistants in the grotesque asbestos suits, lined up dozens of men to play streams of water* on them as they approached the blazing geysei, and then, working in rotation, one man at a time they advanced with a shovel to dig, within 30 minutes
they completed a trench to a pit surrounding the burning well.
A heavy stream of foamite was poured into the trench, and the chemical snuffed out the flame.
The fire broke eat yesterday afternoon and reauwd for ll hours and 4$ minutes. Only 25 feet away was a hospital, from which five patients, Including a new-horn baby, were moved to safety. Directly acre** the street was the city halt Firemen and volunteers from five towns aped here to help save buildings and a square block In the center of town was roped off to protect the crowd.
Adjutant General Carl Nesbit sent 50 national guardsmen from Longview.
Fete Wail, one of the most famous
oil fire fighters in the southwest, was called here with a crew of his men. They donned asbestos and worked for hours trying to reach a valve at the top of the casing to shut off the fiery glow. The heat drove them back.
The terce of the fire was terrific. When it Marted, the gas pressure of the well was 1.259 pounds to the square inch. Six ether wells steed within a 189-feet radius of the fire, and there ai* more than 588 in the corporate limits of the town. After two nearby wells had been choked (town with water and sacrificed, the pressure of the blazing Overton Refining Co. No. 3 Nettie Crane dropped to 500 pounds to the square inch, but the flames shot up aa high ae ever.
Wall believed that a charge of
nitro glycerin, the usual means of snuffing out oil fires, might shake down nearby buildings. He decided to try to reach the valve. It was a dangerous procedure. The wheel (rn the valve had been melted away, and it would be necessary to stand at the edge of the flame and manipulate it with some tool.
After Wall had worked in vain several hours, T. B. Wrather, official of the Overton Refining company which hired Wall’s crew for $2,500, told Chief Pool to take charge.
Peel decided to try the chemical. He put asbestos suits on Ber! O’Donovan, Milton Hamm and Joe Cook et the Kilgore fire department, and J. 8. Master of th* Longview force. Thee*
five men, accompanied by Pool,
completed the trench and put
the fire out at 1:18 a. rn.
A crowd that at times numbered 2,000 persons, cheered Pool's men as they moved into the withering heat.
Regular firemen from five towns and volunteers from miles around had hurried here to help combat the threatening disaster in the j East Texas oil f ield.
The drilling rig was pulled away when the fire started, apparently from a laundry boiler in a nearby building.
Several business buildings, including a furniture warehouse, an office supply store, and the Crane Memorial hospital, were quickly Ignited, but the firemen checked most of the subsidiary fires after damage of IIM,OOO had been (tome.
CHARLES S. ROSS
Radio Towers En Route Here
Work Order On Airport Station Due^February I,
Work order on the radio range station for the Abilene airport will probably be Issued by February I, or shortly thereafter.
William Gottlieb, representative of the department of commerce at the airport weather bureau, yesterday received a bill of lading on 14,450 pounds of equipment for the new station.
When the equipment is cm the ground, Gottlieb will notify Washington, and from there the contractor will receive his work order. Five months is the contract tim* for completion.
Site of the radio beam station is two miles due north of the municipal airport, five-eighth miles south of the Albany highway. The government has leased a three-fourths acre site from J.R Griffith for 98 years.
The equipment en route here from Columbus, Ohio, is the counterpoize —ground system—of the radio beam station. It consists mainly of five towers, each 131 feet high. Gottlieb said the bill of lading was dated January IO, and that delivery should be made this week or early next.
The station, when complete, will represent a governmental investment of $140,000 to $170,000, said Gottlieb.
Wildcat Near Anson Penetrates 68-Foot Section Of Sand
ANSON, Jan. 18— (Sp!)—Gwyn & Overby No. I Willie D. Baker, Jones county wildcat about five miles southeast of Anson, drilled through one of the thickest sand sections ever penetrated in thin area today.
The wildcat had 68 feet of porosity, ten of which carried oil saturation thought to be about ten barrels per day. The oil zone wa? from 2,192 to 2.202 feet, and the bottom part of the section carried water.
Operators ran five-inch casing last weekend after the oil had been encountered, the pipe to be carried on as the well is deepened.
Southeast of Stamford, operator* prepared to plug back the R. B. Fards et a1 No. I Mrs. A. E. Nowlin. In section S-RiBB&O survey, after it struck sulphur water in Palo Pinto lime at 3,567 feet, corrected from 3,561. Operators will test, probably acidize, a showing which was found first at 2,142-00 feet.