Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1938, Abilene, Texas
VOL. LVII, NO, 248 "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY ABILENE, MORNING, JANUARY 22, 1938, PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS SMALL GRAIN MISTING RAIN FALLS IN AREA AS DELUGE STRIKES DALLAS THREE-JUDGE U.S. COURT ACTS-- TV A Operations Upheld As Lawful Murky skies gave promise of more precipitation late .last night after misting rain bail.yielded nearly a quarter Inch ol rain, here Friday. At the Abilene weather bureau, the moisture gauge-had registered .23 Inch In (he 24 hours ending at 9 o'clock last night. It brought the 1938 total to .73 inch, .01 more than normal to date..... Scattered reports indicated that the condition was general over Cen- tral West Texas. Farmers hailed the slow downpour1 as beneficial to small grain but held 'little hope for the heavier Jail needed to fill stocfe tanks. OTHER WET SPOTS Other points In this area with rainfall were Colorado, where more than half an Inch had fallen last night; Albany, with well over a quarter inch; Roby and Rotan, showers; Stamford, Cisco, and Bal- llnger, trace. In the Snyder moisture ranged from half an Inch at the Scurry county seat and Gall to an jnch or more extending northward on the South Plains. Elsewhere over Texas, rain varied from heavy downpours to fine mist, the Associated-Prose reported, DALLAS TRAFFIC SNARLED At of 2.57 inches flooded streeiij'in some sec- lions as deep as four. .feet. Traf- fic was snarled and lower-floors of houses In some'sectlohb' were flood- ed. Dr. J. cllnc of the government weather bureau posted stock warn- ings for lowlands ol tile Trinity river. He said the fall had been general along the river's watershed and the stream'' might' be out of its banks by Saturday-morning. Fort Austin, La- mesa, Electra; Olney, Ennls, WJnk, Wichita Lubbock, San Antonio, and Memphis, re- ported rain. Fanners in-the Memphis area hailed moisture as breaking a pro- longed drouth, -and fine- for farm operations. Wichita Falls also ac- counted the .25. inches It received See WEATHER, PJ.' 5, Col. 4 Auto Magnates Pledge Help To onfrol Credit State Planning Board Director Chief; Speaker For Sweefwater BCD Banquet SWEETTWATEH, Jan. E. A. Wood, director of the slate planning board, will be prin- cipal speaker at the annual Board of city Development all-civic ban- quet here Monday night, board of- ficials announced. Wood's subject will be "Sweelwater's Industrial Opportuni- ties." The annual banquet will be held on' the Blue Bonnet hotel roof, beginning at Tickets, at SI a plate are now on sale at the B. C. D. oifices. H. A. Walker, president of the will preside and also give a resume of the board's 1937 ac- tivities. James H. Beall, Jr., first lice-president, will outline the pro- gram of work for the new year. The invocation will be given by the Rev. E. D. pastor, of the First Baptist chiirchV Mdsb during the 'be furnjshed by -nn orcnestrirS grpurji-Rom" 'the' mimlcV-' under'the-, direction of Jack Armstrong. ABILENIiVNS 'TO -ATTEND The' Abileh'a Boosters' Club will furnish two entertainment numbers on the' program. One-minute talks will be made by a representative of each of the out-of-town groups Invited to the MAJOR E. Al WOOD affair. "The women' are extended a spsc ial invitation" 16 "attend I he ban said 'George Barber, .board secretary. Defer Action On Meter Contract The city commission canvassed re- turns of Thursday's parking meter referendum at the regular ssssion yesterday afternoon, but took no ac- tion on whether a tentative con- tract with the Dual Parking Meter company for purchase of approxi- mately 450 meters should become effective. Mayor Will Hair told the council he had written to the president of the company at Oklahoma City, to clear up several points relative to the proposed contract. The vote was officially recorded at 654 votes in favor of the meters; See METERS, Vf. 5, Col. 5 Thompson Favored Sy Ex-Gov. Sterling AUSTIN, Jan. Governor R. S. Sterling of Houston said here today he favored Ernest O. Thompson of Amarillo for gov- ernor and former Senator Walter C. Woodward of Colcman for lieuten- ant governor In this year's races. "That would make a fine the Hoiiston oil man commented. Thompson, now chairman of the interstate oil compact commission, first became a state railroad com- missioner through appointment by Sterling. He since has twice won election. The Weather AXD vto.vnrj s.it purtly rlondj. TKX.SS: salu tnd Sundaj-, winner In north virtlnn Saturday. KAST TF.XAS: in rfnlral and jwllow, roAVr In inrt toalh SaliNay; Svn rlcnidj-. fwsfc on thr btciHuhtic norltwtly 5atnrriay nr satiirdaj- ntftht. ri'll, nrnnrn AKrmrr In north. lay: SnniU.- S'r.W MF.XirO: fn'r rVd Sunday; narrntr portion Sal- trday. Ranee ol M. MOIR r. M. 41 11 18 II Ilkh-sl ral t. ni. TV El SI ftnd 41i Mtm date 19. r '.iv. sanrt't ItMav, jTi-y ".-.lnCr.ll lor houri tr.dlnt ftt 9 p. m. Mid-term graduating'classes o Abilene high school and threi grammar schools passed mileposts in their scholastic careers Pridaj night as commencement exercise were held. "Making the Best of One's Self was theme of. .the program, hel- in Abilene high school audltoriun L. Q. the Ens llsh department at Hardiri-Simmoi] university, took this .thought a. topic of his comm.cnccm.cnt address The need for establishing a pur- pose in life, and limitations tha one must face In accomplishing thl; purpose were emphasized by Camp- bell. Evelyn Taylor, valedictorian, dis- cussed 'The Greatest de- claring thnt true success comes in the accomplishment of one's Ideals, whatever they may be. A. K. Doss, salutntorian. spoke on "Carrying Hard Tasks Through." Necessary In doing Nils he said, are will power, courage, and strength of character. CHORAL READINGS The entire senior cl.iss gave GRADUATES, Pg. 5, Col. 5 Chiefs, FD Agree On Possible Evils Of Installments WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 Top men of the great automobile ndustry pledged President Roose- velt their co-operation today In restricting Installment sales credit and stabilizing employment. They exchanged ideas with the chief executive, agreeing with him that "high pressure" methods of selling cars were bad and that no one should be permitted to assume obligation beyond his means. Incidentally, they reported an ex- pectation of better business in the spring. To all Intents and purposes, the meeting was a realization of Roose- velt's proposal that the leading men of individual industries assemble with representatives of the gov- ernment to discuss the problems of each Industry as a whole. EXECUTIVES PRESENT Present were Edsel Ford, William S. Knudsen, president of General Motors, and Alvan McCauley, presi- dent of Packard. Walter P. Chrys- ler could not attend personally, but sent K. T. Keller, president of the Chrysler Motor company, and B. E. Hulchinson, chairman of its finance committee. In addition, the conference was attended by leaders of credit com- panies which specialize in financ- ing automobile E. Duncan, president of the Com- mercial Credit company; John J. Schumann. Jr.. president of the General Motors Acceptance cor- poration; Henry Ittleson. presldenl of the Commercial Investment Trust, and Ernest Krmzler. presi- dent of the Universal Credit com- pany. .McCauley, who also Is president Autpmobile-'-Manuf acturers spokesman to reporters, reading's statement up- on which ell who attended had agreed. "We had a broad discussion af- fectinsr business and government and we believe it was very help- he said. "We Reported to the president that we were hopeful seasonal increase in sales in the spring will bring improvement in business. ''We found ourselves in hearty agreement with the president's principles on the subject of Install- ment selling. Properly used, install- ment buying has helped and will continue to help millioms of famil- ies to a higher standard of living with a corresponding increase in employment. "But high-pressuring- customers or permitting their desires to take them into debt beyond their means, is bad business all around FORD'S PRESENCE SIGNIFICANT "We agreed (o meet and discus; among ourselves any possible Im- provements relating (o the sub- jects discussed and report back to the preldent." Some of the participants said privately it was the first time within their recollection that s Ford had been persuaded to sli down with the rest of the Industr; to talk over mutual problems. Harrison Rites Ser Tenrative.y Today MERKELi Jan. 21. Funeral for W. A. Harrison. 60, victim of a heart attack Thursday afternoon. Is ten- tatively set for 2 p. m. Saturday. Final arrangements awnlt the ar- rival of his sisters from Alabama. Former! of Blair, whert he oper- ated a store, Harrison moved a year ago to Lueders and had work- Ing in the oil fields. The attack came while he was on duty at a rig between Ilamlln and Anson. His body fcas brought here Thurs- day nlslit from Anson In ft Barrow coach. Ho Is survived by his wife, five sons and three daughters. Benefit Dance Hikes PTA Milk Fund Reports for the Milk Fund dance sponsored by the Woodmen of the World last, night boosted the lund for undernourished school children "about C. C. Shaw of the fin- ance committees said. Hs reported that n good crowd H'.riKrt out to rinncc In the music of Ibe Rhythm Racketeers. Bells Toll His Age As Neil Borne To Grave METHUEN, Mass., Jan. As church bells tolled his 3: body of Edward J. Neil Jr. Associated Press war corresponden who was killed in Spain, today wa taken to a last resting place in a snow-covered. hillside cemetery. The bells began their melancholy pealing as the flag-draped caske was borne by childhood friend from Nell's family home, and th message was compleled as the cor tcgc arlved at Bellevuc cemetery. THEY FIGURE IN MADISON OIL SUIT NOW HEARING END The government's suit against, oil companies, charged with conspiring to fix gasoline prices, nears a close in Madi- son, Wis., with these three men playing leading roles. They left to right, Hammond B. Chaffetz, assistant U. 8. at- torney general, chief of the prosecution; Federal Judge ,rlck T. Stone, presiding, William J, Donovan, New York, chief of defense counsel. Utilities Firms' Suit Dismissed Plaintiffs Not Immune To Legal Competition; Agency's Purpose To Control Flow At Muscle Shoals CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Jan. Valley authority competition with private power companies was upheld "lawful" by a. three-judge federal court here today. The court dismissed an injunction suit by 18 utilities which challenged constitutionality of the TVA act on grounds that the authority'! low ratei would destroy them, rendering property worthless without just compensation. "These complainants have no immunity from lawful com- laid the 'even if their business be cur- ailed or destroyed.'' TWO-MONTH MAKING Presiding Judge Florence Allen of :he. six I h circuit .court of appeals read the decision which closed hearing begun last Nov. 15. PRICE FIXING ANTI-TRUST CASE AGAINST MAJOR OIL FIRMS EXECUTIVES IN HANDS OF SMALL TOWN JURY MADISON, Wis, Jan. jury of 12 middle-aged farmers and small town business men retired late today to deliberate the fate of oil companies and 30 of their officials charged with consipracy Co violate the Sherman act through' gasoline price fixing. Fines and imprisonment face the defendants if they are convicted'in the biggest anti-trust action Involv- ing the petroleum Industry since'the dissolution of the Standard Oil sk.-The maximum penalty is flw: vf both: After 16 weeks of testimony and arguments, the Jury received the case at p. m., went out' lor lunch and relumed at p. m. to begin consideration of the evidence. RELEASE TWO MORE Two more Individual, defendants were released by Judge Patrick T. Stone today. The two who were re- leased, reducing to 30 the number ol Individual defendants, were Fred LV Koopman, Barleisville, Old a., vice president in charge of purchases for L. 'T. _ ear buyer'for Co.' The case hinged on the purchases of distress gasoline made by the companies, from independent refin- eries during and after the NBA code in 1935 and Judge stone informed the jury It should determine whether the gwo- llne purchases the cause of the wholesale price rise In the mid- west that started In Wi. and whether the companies-had an lawful agreement thtii- selves to buy. from the Affirmative .anurm in each WASHINGTON, Jan. The house passed the naval appropriation bill today after overwhelmingly defeating an at- tempt to eliminate funds for con- struction of two new battleships. The measure now goes to the sen- ate. The bill provides more than the navy's current appropria- tion, but less than bud- get estimates. In addition to the two battleships, it would permit start of construction of 20 other warships and continuation of work on 74 ships already on the way. AMENDMENT KILLED Before final passage of the bill, the house struck out by a standing vote of 110 to S3, an amendment previously adopted which would have suspended all promotions and re- tirements of commissioned officers in the navy [or the next fiscal year. Only 15 members stood in opposi- tion to the bill's final passage after the house rejected last-minute at- tempts by Representative Fifh (R- add a provision to authorize President Roosevelt to call a naval armaments limitation conference. LONDON, Jan. Britain today instructed Its am- bassador to Tokyo to find out If Japan secretly was building super- baltlcshtps of more than tons. The admiralty declared there still was sufficient time to modify Britain's 1938 battleship tonnage if published reports of Japan's naval plans were confirmed. She Liked It RED-HEADED, 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SPURNS HOME FOR REFORMATORY TULSA, Jan. preco- cious red-haired U-year-old girl won in county court this afternoon her odd plea for return to the state girls Industrial school at Tecumseh. Barbara Parker, the girl, recently hitch-hiked back to the school after her father, Ray E. Parker. Tulsa machinist, had won custody of her in a re-hearing after she was com- mitted. "STUDIES EASIER" Today, tlie girl emphasized her preference for the institution. "I Just seem to get along better said. 'The studies are easier and the girls are nil friendly" Her father and stepmother were kind to her, she said. The parents filed a delinquency charge against Barbara sfter her runaway and expressed willingness for her to have her way. Judge Jerome Fischer ordered her relumed to the school and expressed hope further adjustment could be made later. IMPERTINENT ANSWER "Don't he once warned the stocky little redhead while she was in the witness chair. "You've al- ready caused a lot of trouble." "You've caused me trouble, she retorted. With adept vocabulary. Bar- bara told of her likes dislikes. She likes cowboy stories, motion pic- love Alex- ander Dumas Is her favorite anther. Dr. Benjamin Ward, Tulsa physi- cian, testified she was her mental age approximating 18. "She Is aggressive with market Initiative but ts on tile defensive against life to the extent that she leak In Explosjves Container Credited With Saving Liner SEATTLE, Jan.: hundred sticks of dynamite. M fuses and a mechanical device .for setting it ex- plosives, pollco said, to blow up two found in a bomb recovered under the great northern dock near the liner Hive Maru when it was opened today. Detective Lieutenants Wal- ter J. O'Brien and r. A. Hlmes, said preliminary examination indicated water leaking Into the suitcase bomb prevented it from exploding at a. m. yesterday. It was at that hour, the of- ficers said they were told, that Halph M. Forsyth had planned to explode 11 beside the Japan- ese liner. They said the plot was re- ported to them by George Partridge, 22. companion of Porsyth, who drowned. Under Control WINK, Jan. fire which threatened eight tanks, containing barrels of oil was brought under control 'tonight after the 000 Uuel basin In which It began collapsed and spread the fluid for half, a mile...... Seventy-five .workmen tossed up protecting fire walls around the tanks, holding in check flames which reached as high as WO feet at their point of origin. The weather played a great part in the fight. C. D. KlnWeman, su- perintendent of the Shell Petroleum company, said: "The only thing that saved the whole tank farm was the drizzling rains since last night that soaked the roofs of the nearby tanks and trre dense smoke that shut off the oxygen and kept the oil from ignit- ing." Deputies Applaud Defense Program PARIS, cham- ber of deputies today shouted its approval of Premier Camllle Chau- temp's drastic reorganization of Fiance's national defense on a vir- tually, wartime basis. Applause spread trom the com- munist left through the moderate conservatives' as the radical-social- ist premier read hfs cabinet's de- Is inclined to battle against those i clafallon of policy and asked who would help her." he siitd. I formal rote of confidence. Killed In Crash HASKEm L. How- ard Jr., 23, was instantly Wiled early tonight and his brother, -Hoi- ItsHoward, 25 and A. O. Treadwell 19, were seriously injured in arrau- tomobile- truck crash here. The truck Francis Bltke was uninjured when the Haskcl youths crashed into his truck u he made a left turn off the high way. Both machines were -badly wrecked. Body of the older Howard broth- er being held at the Holden Funeral home here. His brothe: and Treadwell were taken to I Stamford hospital. Hollls Howard suffered a deep cu above his left eye and leg lacera- tions. Treadwell received facln Itc eratlons. Doctors said It was DOS slble that'both had skull fractures An X-ray examination will be made Saturday. Howard is survived by his wldo' several brothers and sisters, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Howard who recently moved to Argansw. Circumstances surrounding th new taildihg permits' in'- flfellng more receipl FWT4T REELECTED Accomplishments of the year were reviewed by Marlon who little later in .the eveninjr was reelected president of. the Midland chamber. Thursday night, rua brother Frank Flynt chos- president of the Ballinger chamber of commerce-at its din- ner. Principal speaker, however, was John R. Sumati of Houston, vice president in charge of drilling and production for the Humble Oil and refining company. "Petroleum and the Future or the Permian Basin" was his subject. Suman was in- See MIDLAND, Ff. 5, Col. 5 Death Takes Early Settler Of Jayton H. H: Bilberry 42 Year Resident JAYTON, Jan. if. Bilberry, 85, one of the earliest set- tlers in this section, 'jdied Friday at his home here in Jayton. He plant- ed the first cotton successfully grown in the county. Funeral was held Friday after- noon at the Jayton BaptUt church with the Rev. W. T. North of-Tex- !co, N. M., officiating. Bllbery was one of the first and most successful farmers of the county, a charter member of the Baptist church and the Masonic lodge in Jayton. He was born in Tennessee on Dec, 28, 1953 and came to Texas in 1861, In 1896 he moved to Kent county. Survivors are his widow and eight children. The children include Mrs. Sam McCombs, Big Spring; Henry Jr., of Spur; Mrs. Sally Goodrich, Jayton: Mrs. Alvin John- son, Roswell, N. Af. and Mrs. Char- lie Stoneman, Jayton. Check Fingerprints in Merkel Burglaries A young Merkel man was being held last night by Taylor county sheriff's deparlment pending a check of fingerprints In five Mer- kel burglaries Wednesday night. The man was one of two kept in here over Thursday night, the other having been released Friday. Fingerprints are being checked by R. T. Redles, city police department expert. Esco Walter, county attorney, said that question of charging the youth with the burglaries depended on the fingerprint check. Wife's Death Kept From Injured Man Hospital attendants said last night that the condition of .Mile Clark ot Uttlefleld, Injured Tuesday In an automobile crash near Anson In which his wife and sister were killed, was about the same. He had not been told of their deaths, his doctor said.