Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LYU, NO. 249 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORN I NG, JANUARY 23, 1938 TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS.
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WHEN ALLRED.MOVES IT TO TEXAS—
PROMISING OIL CO. WOULD LEASE PIKE'S PEAK FOR 50,000-FOOT WELL
COLORADO. Jan. 22—An offer to lease Pike’s Peak for oil and gas exploration, with the promise "to drill a well at least 50,000 feet deep,” has been made Governor James V. Allred by the Promising Oil company of Colorado, Texas.
This peak was recently acquired bg the governor of Texas in a football wager from the governor of Colorado.
Included in the ten-year agreement Is the promise to pay the governor a five-eighths overriding royalty interest to be applied to the Old Age Pension Fund, thereby alleviating the state’s major financial headache.
EARLY SPUDDING PLAN “We are going to spud in this test Just as soon as Governor All-red completes his job of moving his Pike s Peak acreage into Texas,” President R. T. Dockrey and
General Counsel Harry Ratliff of the Promising Oil company declare. “Since we know that this is going to be a tough job we have promised to pay a $1 per year delay rental until the peak will have been transferred to its new location,” Ratliff states.
The Colorado chamber (rf commerce has unanimously endorsed the project with the suggestion that the governor move Pikes
Peak to Colorado, Texas, and place it on the eastern rim of the Permian Basin. “We need some oil on this side in order to balance the amount taken out on the western side of the basin,” chamber of commerce officials decided.
The Promising Oil company, organised at a barbecue on August I, 1936, is Colorado's latest industrial enterprise. Thirty-five prominent business men, cattlemen, and
oil men of Colorado, Big Spring, San Angelo and Midland are among its stockholders—if there were any stockholders. This the company officials deny, claiming that the Promising Oil company neither a corporation nor a partnership; that they have no capital, preferred or common stock; that they have no assets, offsets or backsets, but are merely a promissory concern dealing entirely in futures, particularly in thing* of the distant future.
The company has its headquarters in a room surrounded by offices of lawyers, oil officials and cattlemen on the second floor of the City National bank building. The equipment, all of it borrowed from members, consists of a domino table, a set of dominos, several chairs, two spittoons and a table containing second hand copies of
the “Oil Weekly” and the “Oil and Gas Journal.” The official records, consisting of a ledger and a Black Draught almanac and a fish calendar, are kept in the nearby office of the general counsel, who acts as the chief oracle of the organization, or whatever it is.
The Promising Oil company started its career by promising to pay the janitor for cleaning Its domino preserve and it is still promising to do so. Then it bought an oil lease adjacent to a wildcat test and promised to pay for the lease but the hole came in dry before it could fulfill the promise. Since then it has made a lot of promises, which it promises to make good.
Hie funds of the company are raised by staging a barbecue and
charging each member five dollars a plate, which all of them promise to pay. The surplus—if any—is used for buying oil leases in unproven territory, because that is the only kind they can afford to buy. So far they have purchased two oil leases on which their oil scouts, who are members of the company, have promised oil production.
A few days ago an oil well, promising to flow 140 barrels a day, was brought in a quarter of a mile from the one leased, resulting in a $1,200 cash offer on the company’s two hundred dollar investment.
Now it is promising to sell this lease just as soon as someone promises enough for it to pay for drilling the 50,000-foot well on Pike's Peak, provided Governor Allred signs the lease and succeeds in moving the hill to Texas.
FOR PLANT MODERNIZATION-
THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE-
Big Steel’ To Spend 80 Million
Half Of Amount To Be Used In Three Months
Company Head's Letter Answers Jackson Rebuke
WASHINGTON. Jan. 23. —(AF)— The United States Steel corporation intends to spend $80,000,000 on plant modernization before September I, B. 7. Fairless, its president, wrote the senate unemployment
“It is hoped these expenditures cen be made in regular course in completion of the projects,” hts letter said. “If such be done, about one-half, or $40,000,000 would be expended in the first quarter of 1938 and the other half would be expended in the second and third quarters of 1938.
“In addition, if business conditions warrant, there will be, undoubtedly, other expenditures in considerable amounts during 1938.” Apparently replying to Robert H. Jackson, assistant attorney general, who has criticized failure of steel companies to reduce steel prices since the business slump began. Fairless wrote:
PRICES, COSTS LINKED “It is clear that prices can not be reduced without a corresponding reduction in costs, of which wages Is the most important part.” Walter S. Tower, executive secretary of the American Iron and Steel institute, disputed in direct testimony statements to the effect that steel price increases had “far outrun the cost of production."
Another witness, Thomas C. Holden, vice president of F. W. Dodge corporation, which gathers statistics on the building industry, told the committee that to regard the present recession as a new depression was absurd. He called it a “temporary check.”
MAJORITY OF TEXAS CITIES THAT HAVE TRIED COMMUNITY CHEST WELL PLEASED WITH PLAN
NOTE: This is the third of several articles detailing advantages of the community chest plan.)
By FINIS MOTHERSHEAD Abilene, provided a community chest finds favor in its eyes, might profit by the experiences of other Texas cities which have tried the plan.
Most municipalities of Abilene’s size or larger have experimented with community chests. The majority operate such organizations successfully today. Some abandoned their community chests in the
darker days of 1930 and 1931. With few exceptions those cities have reorganized and revived their chests, convinced, that no other system—or lack of system—is as satisfactory.
Seven other cities, selected for seeming parallels in size or community enterprise, were asked to supply data concerning their yearly drives for funds. Six replied. Four reported use of the community chest plan, with complete success; a fifth has a modified community chest setup; and only erne of the six is without a chest.
GANDHI'S FEELING BETTER THANKS
Travelers Make Merry At Banquet
Fun was the kenynote as Abilene Traveling men entertained their wives at a banquet last night et the Hilton hotel.
Following the dinner, at which Tiny Edwards was master of ceremonies, tables weer cleared away for dancing in the Crystal ballroom while part of the crowd went to the red room for bridge.
Amelia Baskerville, violin instructor at Abilene Christian college, gave musical selections during the dinner period, accocpanied by Norene Watson.
V. C. Griffing of Fort Worth was a visitor. Announced as new mem~ ens at the meeting by Nelson De-Wolf, membership chairman, were Moses Shoemaker, and Hubert Bass, who last week moved to Abilene frdm Nebraska.
The recuperation of Mahatma Gandhi, nationalist leader, from the illness that Imperiled his life has eased the crisis that it was feared his death
might create in native Indian affairs. Above Gandhi is seen chatting with a young friend on the beach at Juhu, Bombay, where he takes a daily walk.
RAISE ADVERTISING FUND—
Stock Growers Pool Efforts To Stabilize Price, Demand For Meat
An outstanding example of successful community chest operation is Corpus Christi, where the plan is two years old. The movement was sponsored there by the Junior chamber of commerce. In the first funds campaign. Corpus Christi exceeded its quota bs' $5,000. Next year, with the goal raised 811.00(1. the budget was oversubscribed by approximately $7,000.
History of the movement is traced by Bill Blair, assistant secretary of the Carpus Christi chamber of commerce.
“Naturally the citizens were skeptical,” he says regarding reception of the community chest approval, “feeling that this was just another medium which would entail more expense, when in reality it was the exact opposite. Members of the various agencies felt that they would not get much money under the community chest setup as they would conducting individual drives. It took x x x a full year to overcome this skepticism and ignorant criticism, and were finally able to induce about 25 of our local leaders to serve on a temporary board of directors. This board acted primarily as a court of hearing to set the budget for each Individual agency for the year after Its program had been explained to the members—to aet the goal for the campaign, to appoint g campaign chairman and to set up a campaign organization for the drive. We were very fortunate in that our board was well chosen, acted unselfishly and chose the best man in the city as our campaign chairman, xxx MAKES BUDGETING EA81ER
“Your business men should fall In line with this plan very heartily because it means that they can set their budgets at the beginning of the year for welfare and character building agencies and adhere strictly to it. They are not hounded all the time by various organizations putting on their individual drives, and they are not called upon to work on an average of a drive a month. Furthermore, the community chest campaign is so much broader and more thorough that it reaches people who have never been solicited before. It is the old story of cooperative effort versus individual effort. To me, the community chest is definitely a success. There is no overlapping of activities of any of the agencies. Each seems to be quite happy and satisfied with its budget allocation.
See CHEST, Pf. 6. Col. 5
Seek 'Plot Behind Plot' In Bomb Try
SEATTLE, Jan. 22 (AF Police authorities looked for a “plot behind the plot” today in their investigation of a bizarre attempt to bomb the Japanese liner Hiye Maru.
Although the investigators admitted the death of Rolphe M. Forsyth, 28, Vancouver, B. C. schoolteacher who drowned Thursday after pushing a bomb-laden raft toward the liner, might have sealed the secret of the fantastic plot, they said they would continue to question George Henry Partridge, 22, slso of Vancouver, Forsyth’s admitted accomplice.
AMARILLO, Jan. 22.—(AP)—The nation’s livestock growers are pooling efforts to stabilize the demand ami price for meat through an intensive newspaper, magazine and radio advertising campaign.
Jay Taylor, Amarillo cowman who is chairman of a committee appointed to develop the advertising campaign, said today livestock growers hope to raise at least $300,-000 for a year’s campaign.
This sum may be Increased to a million dollars, he said, if first results point to possible success.
Stockmen propose to double the present 25-cent per car assessment on cattle shipped to market to raise advertising funds. Major livestock organizations, Including the American national and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
Association, Inc., have voted to raise the assessment and adopt the proposed advertising campaign.
Packers and retail markets will participate in the raising of funds and in the advertising campaign and the oombeit feeders will be asked to co-operate.
Taylor said the purpose of the campaign was not to skyrocket the price of meat but to create if possible a stable demand and price and to eliminate sharp fluctuations in demand and price.
In adopting plans for the national campaign, the stock raisers pointed out that various cooperatives are spending around $5,000,-000 annually in advertising annually in advertising food, some of it a substitute for meat
Pen Term Assessed In Sheep Theft Case
COLEMAN, Jan. 22.—(Spl.Y—A jury In Judge O. L. Parish’s 119th district court this afternoon found Joe Bell of near Valera guilty of sheep theft and fixed his punishment at three years and seven months in the state prison.
James Freeman, manager of the Freeman ranch near Talpa, testified that he missed about 500 head of sheep at roundup time, and that in the latter part of last December he found 32 head of sheep marked Uke his in the pen of Bell, whose small place adjoins the Freeman ranch. Freeman said he found a sUp gap along the boundary line fence down.
Bell, on the stand In his own behalf, and testified he bought the sheep from a trucker at San Angelo. He was unable to present the trucker as a witness In the case.
Soviets Refuse Plea That Envoy See Mrs. Rubens
Cite Strict Rule Against Visiting Imprisoned Allens
WASHINGTON, Jan. tt—<*>— The United States government received today a soviet refusal of its request that an American embassy official be permitted to aislt Mrs. Ruth Marie Rubens, an American citizen held in a Russian Jail.
The soviets said their internal authorities permitted the representatives of no foreign government to visit its nationals in prison durin the course of Investigations am could make no exception for the United States.
Mrs. Rubens has Been in jail since the beginning of December. on suspicion of espionage, Moscow officials revealed recently.
Immediately on receiving tjie soviets’ admission on Mondsy that Mrs. Rubens, who had entered the country under the name of Ruth Norma Robinson, wife of Donald Louis Robinson, was in jail. Secretary Hull requested permission for an American embassy attache to talk with her.
TTve soviet today said they had established definitely that Mrs. Rubens entered the country in possession of a passport in the name of Ruth Norma Robinson, and that her soviet visa to the passport was valid.
Monday the soviets had Informed this government they had arrested the womans supposed husband, Donald Louis Robinson, at a town in the Ural mountains under suspicion of spying.
The passport under which Mrs. Rubens was traveling has been proved by the state department to be false, having been issued un an application supported by a birth certificate of a child long since dead. However, the soviet admission that their visa to the passport was valid is taken to be a point in Mrs. Ruben's favor. Forging the soviet visa would have been a serious offense.
Dominating toe horizon at Ver-don, near Bordeaux. France, is the huge new masonry shaft, above, which will soon be dedicated to commemoration of Lafayette’s akl to America in the Revolution, General Pershing's World War feats and the arrival on French soil of the American Expeditionary Forces.
lip COME JI TEXAS
Three Wounded In Shamrock Shooting
SHAMROCK, Jan. 22—(AF—H. C. Smith, his estranged wife and her mother, Mrs. D. Ellis, were critically wounded in a shooting affray in the Ellis home six miles east of here early tonight.
Mrs. Smith, 22, was shot in the hip, Mrs. Ellis in the left side and Smith in the chest.
COLEMAN. — Central Colorado River authority board will meet Tuesday morning.
Tuesday night Future Farms!* bf America in Coleman district will hold their “chapter conducting” contest.
Annual FFA and 4-H club calf shows, formerly announced for March 3. will be held February 24.
SWEETWATER.—Nolan - Fisher counties boys’ calf show will be held March 1-2.
Nolan County Hereford breeders’ sale will be held March 3.
Sweetwater Breeders* association sale will be held March 24.
Oil Belt Teachers association meeting set March ll.
ROBY.—Stabling Hereford sale will be held March 3.
WINTERS.—Ladies Night banquet has been slated by Winters Lions club for February 25.
Vocational agriculture demonstration show will be held February 18.
STAMFORD. —Annual chamber of commerce banquet is on schedule for Thursday night.
MERKEL—Eighth annual Merkel Poultry show is slated February 3, 4 and 5.
BUTTERFIELD. — Butterfield 4-H club will be host to a basketball tournament for other club teams in the county Saturday.
C LAYTONVILLE —First annual meeting of the Fisher County No. I Coopers Use Game association will be held Tuesday from 10:30 to 3:30.
'Mike' Coto To Jury
DENVER, Jan. 21,—<AV-The case of three men indicted for placing microphones in the offices of Gov. Teller Ammons went to a district court Jury at 11:27 (CST) tonight.
Showers May Continue Today
Moisture Mop Tokes In More Than
Dozen Counties; Foil Of .63 Inch
Here Puts Month Total Post Normal
Two-day rain*, capped by brisk showers throughout tile area Saturday evening, brought Central Welt Texas a weekend prospect of greening ranges.
There was rain last night in every direction from Abilene. The moisture map covered more than a dozen counties, and reports indicated precipitation extended well beyond the fringes of Abilene’s trade territory.
Rainfall varied from a half to one and one-half inches. At many points the gauge for two days was from two to three inches.
HEAVIEST AFTER DARK
In Abilene, Weatherman W. H. Green measured .63 inch shortly before IO o’clock last night. A sprinkle still fell at midnight.
Of the moisture total here, .05 inch fell In the forenoon, the remainder in a steady downpoud which began soon after dark.
Precipitation for the day. added to a uarter inch Friday, brought the January total for Abilene to 1.37 inches. It was nearly double the .71 inch which is normal to date.
At the municipal airport the fall was .68 inch. but it failed to hamper an eastbound plane which landed on schedule ear) yin the evening.
A Sunday forecast of partly cloudy Indicated that showers night continue today. There was no forecast for any material change In temperatures, which ranged from 44 to 52 degrees yesterday. A year ago the day’s extremes were 17 and 27 degrees.
Rainfall brought only pleased reactions from farmers and stockmen. although lateral roads in nearly every section were heavy. In acme vicinities ♦hey, wert almost imposable. Y ^
\ General molting vrdvioRwai* which was badly needed for livestock, of vast benefit to small grains, and gave promise of storing a good season for early planting and soring ga rd eat.
Sharp electrical storms accompanied the rain in several sections, but no damage was reported.
Busses were running behind schedule but “getting through all right”, the bus depot here said. Heavy rainfall all the way to Wichita Falls and Brady was reported.
Highway travelers said the downpour was nearly blinding as far west as Big Spring.
Two minor automobile accidents hete in which none was injured were attributed partly to slick pavane RAIN, Pf. 9, CoL 4
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Sansei yesterday, S;94; sunrise today, 7:SS; tan«rt today. d os.
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SLAYER WANTS TO FORGET—
Seeks Pardon To Become ’ Man Without Country'
McAlester, oki*., Jan. 22—^ —Phil Kennamer, whose slaying of John F. Gorrell, Jr., was a national sensation in 1934, plans if freed to become a modern “man without a country” he said today.
The youthful son of a federal judge—he's now only 22 — said a South American company had offered him a job and he wanted to take it and spend the rest of his life in voluntary exile.
“AU I want to do is to get a*ay from here,” he said between his chores as a “sort of flunky” in the prison library, “and get this thing behind me and forget it.”
HOLDS NO MALICE Quieter and more earnest-appearing than when he was convicted of killing Gorrell and sent to prison for 25 years for manslaughter in February, 1935, Kennamer said he bor* no rnalloe.
I He declined to comment on the recent marriage of Virginia Wilcox, daughter of oil millionaire H. F. j Wilcox of Tulsa, for whom he asserted .he kUled Gorrell in self de-I lense as he sought to thwart a kidnap plot.
In Oklahoma City reports were current that clemency for the youth I might soon be considered by the state's unofficial pardon and parole I board.
I GOVERNOR CONSIDERING
Governor E. W. Marland has indicated he might personaUy consider the case before he leaves office. | Young Gorrell, a dental student, j was slain Thanksgiving eve, 1934.
Young Kennamer rocked the social set of Tulsa with his story he killed GorreU during a scuffle over a gun because GorreU was attempting to extort $20,000 from Whee* on a threat to kidnap Virginia, then 19.
Deluges Bulge Texas Rivers
Flood Warning At Shreveport; Red, Trinity Bank Full
Northeast Texas rivers ran bankfull today under the load of torrential overnight rains.
Ftood womings were issued al Shreveport for the Sulphur river lowlands when that stream rose 15 9 feet in 24 hours at Ring© Crossing, Tex. The stage of 22.3 feet there wjis 2.3 feet above flood level.
The Trinity river carried off the burden of a 3.08 inch rain and waa running close to flood stage of 2t feet. Levees at DaUas stand in th* way of an overflow into the city.
Texarkana was flooded with the heaviest rain in its history, 5.30 inches for 24 hours. Low sections of the city were turned into lakes requiring exacuation of citienzs by bott. A gas main washed out near the city limits and service probably will remain out until tomorrow.
The Arkansas-Louiaiana gas company fashed 4.000 feet of six-tm pipe td Texarkana to construct by-pass around the break. The Hi River rose in Arkansas but was reported far from flood stage.
West Texas had rain too. with Van Hora reporting two inches which put ranges to fine fettle.
Lighter rains were reported generally over the state.
Streets were flooded and rail traffic from the south was delayed by a heavy rain at Paris Friday night. The precipitation totaled 1.82 inches, bringing to 2X4 inches the fall for a 48-hour period.
Heavy rains the past 36 hours sent Scatter creek, south of Clarksville, over highway 37 for half of a mUe. interrupting traffic between Clarksville and Bogata foe several hours Saturday.
Continuation of showers was iii prospect at Lubbock. Farmers reported their land would be in fine condition for ploughing after the rains of the past two days.
United States Sands Jops Rigid Protests
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22.—(AV-The United States has made “emphatic representations” to Japan, charging Japanese soldiers entered American property in Nanking 15 times in three days and took away IO Chinese women refugees as well as property.
The state department said Japanese officials subsequently had offered “explanations and assurances that adequate step* wen now being taken to prevent similar occurrences in the future.”
Call Open Forum On Community Chest
What do the Abilenians who wil be most vitally affected thin! about the proposed organization a a community chest?
The answer to that and the opening of a channel that will leat to the achievement of an Abilem chest is what the Boosters' chil seeks in an open forum Wednesda: night.
Invitations have gone to 40 organizations to have representative! present.
A chairman will be elected Iron the floor.
The letters of invitation include Mayor Will Hair and the four cltj commissioners, Kiwanis club, Rotary club, Lions club, Abilene Woman’s club, American Legion, Tty lor County Medical Society anc auxiliary, Business and Professional Women’s club, chamber of commerce, Young Woman’s Christiax association, Taylor county chapter American Red Cross, Salvatior Army, Boy Scouts; Mrs. Edith C Smith, to represent the Parent-Teacher association milk fund cause far underprivileged children; Taylor County Child Welfare board United Welfare Association, Ablleni Recreation Board, Sunshine Nursery.