Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 25, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVII, NO. 249
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NOT GUILTY PLEA ENTE RED FOR WHO, DESPITE SHACKLES, KICKS
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PRICE 5 CENTS
Confession To Be Heard Friday By Grand Jury
CHICAGO, Jan 24— (#) —John Henry Seadlund stood mute today while a plea of Innocent was en-tered for him In the kidnaping of Charles S. Roes.
Although handcufTed to two federal agents, the prisoner kicked one photographer In the face and launched a kick at another before he was arraigned before U. S. Commissioner Edwin K. Walker.
Seadlund declined to speak when Walker asked him if he would plead guilty or not guilty.
“Since the prisoner stands mute, I will enter a plea of not guilty for him," stated Walker.
Seadlund, branded the * most cold-blooded killer" ever encountered by federal agents, was held without bail.
Although the case was set for reb. 2, prosecutors planned to present his confession to the grand jury Friday as the next step in a program designed to speed him to the electric chair under the Lindbergh kidnap law.
Walker read the formal complaint charging Seadlund snatched Ross near Chicago on Sept. 26. carried him to a hideout near Emily. Minn.; collected 150,000 in ransom, moved his victim from Emily to the woods j near Spooner, Wls., and there killed him Oct, IO.
District Attorney Michael JU, Igoe asked continuance to permit him to' seek an indictment.
The warrant named no accom- J plices although federal agents have disclosedhe was aided ny James Atwood Gray, who was slain in the Spooner hideout.
“I killed Gray," Seadlund told reporters in his first interview, "because we got into a fight and it was either me or Gray.**
WILDERNESS KIDNAP PRISON-CRYPT
Human Bureau Of Lost-And-Found Set Up In China
HANKOW China — (Correspondence of the Associated Press)—A “human lost-and-found department" has been established to help countless refugees find the relatives from whom they have been separated by the war with Japan.
The department was set up by the China travel service to coordinate the frantic efforts of the homeless, driven from cities occupied by the Japanese army. No payment or reward is asked if the lost human beings are found by the firm.
Thousands of Chinese have registered their names and addresses and the names and last known addresses of their missing relatives. Long lines of distracted Chinese wait patiently, day and night, outside the branches of the agency throughout the country in the hope of news Virtually every large city and town in China has become a sort of “port of missing men.”
COLD DUSTER IN TEXAS --
Floods Harass 3 States
* FIND DYNAMITE NEAR LINER HUfldrGdS FIGS
Storms Plague Panhandle Area, Roll Southward
Flood Threats Wane In Other Parts Of State
In this shallow, torturous prison-crypt. hidden in the northern Wisconsin woods, near Spooner, Wis., John Henry Seadlund < alias Peter Anders) confined Charles Ross. 72, for a day or so after payment of
the >50,000 ransom and then shot both Ross and J. Atw’ood Gray, hts accomplice. Pershing Schaaf of Spooner, Is pointing to nails where Ross was chained.
Mail Theft Case Drags Following • Arrest Of Three
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SWEETWATER’S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS TOLD
By Staff Writer I BCD program for 1938.
SWEETWATER, Jan. 24—Indus- ACHIEVEMENTS
“No developments'* was the cryptic report of Postal Inspector P M Juvenal and Deputy U. S. Marshal C. S. Brown yesterday In a registered mail pounch theft case which led last week to three arrests.
Last of the three men named in complaints was Roy Cathey, about 27. who lives near O’Donnell. He was arraigned late Saturday a* Lubbock, bond of 17.500 fixed, and Cathey transferred to the Potter county jail at Amarillo.
Other suspects In custody are Carl E. Williams of Brownwood and Oscar Petty, about 48, formerly of O’Donnell. Cathey and Petty are charged with theft of the mail pouch, containing $28,950. Receiving and concealing stolen government property Is the charge faced by Williams. All are held under $7,500 bonds.
Petty, also arraigned at Lubbock, was taken late last week to Fort Worth. Williams was last reported a prisoner In the Tom Green county jail at San Angelo, where he was removed from Brownwood.
trial opportunities in Sweetwater,
•major item on the 1938 develope ment program of this city’s board of city development, were analyzed
tonight by MaJ. E. A. Wood at the board s annual all-civic dinner.
Major Wood, director of the Texas Planning board, discussed factors necessary to increase development.
Other speakers were H. A. Walker, I naments and cooperation in president of the board of city third annual water carnival development and master of cere- sports festival, monies, who presented a resume of ( proposal toppin? the 1938 pr0_ 1937 activities of the tax-supported gram organization; and James H. Beall, I
first vice-president, who outlined the See BANQUET, Pg. 3, Col. 4
Outlaw Shorts Rule Actress On Bear Market Death Suicide
WASHINGTON. Jan. 24. — (/P)—
Short selling in a falling stock
Bank Robbery Which Failed Excites Trent
Institution Calls Holiday While Vault Repaired
BY HARRY HOLT Staff Correspondent
TRENT. Jan. 24—There were no signs on the calendar today indicating a holiday, but it was one for the Home State bank of Trent.
Outside the stout little reddish brick building was a short but definite note—"bank closed until vault repaired.”
There was nothing out of the ordinary about that to a stranger or visitor in town But to the residents of this Taylor county town, it was food for the day's conversation. Men on the street chose that subject for their text of discussion because there had been an attempted bank robbery.
A bank robbery was something that never had occurred here and people never thought much about?1 it. However, following the attempt at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, the curiosity of a lot of people got the better of them, resulting in the were sponsorship of the J blunt street which readies from
highway 80, through town, being filled with sight-seers.
OFF ERS $250 REWARD L. E. Ad rain, cashier of the bank w’ho announced a $250 reward for capture of the burglars, did not climb on the roof top and beat his chest in a Tarzan manner, chanting that he'd like to see the men. But he said seriously that he was glad the visitors came at night as they might get nervous in daylight. “But 24—1 w ill give the $250 just to see them
Major achievements listed for the past year Included BCD aid in reorganizing the Nolan County Fair association; cooperation in a successful effort to retain the CCC camp at Lake Sweetwater; a part in staging nine banquets and conventions; efforts for highway im-industrial j prove ment and in behalf of new industries; staging of two golf tour-
By The Associated Press
A new dust storm raged into the Panhandle late Monday while a chilling north wind drove *an earlier haze across Texas to the gulf.
Borger reported a black duster." w’hich followed an earlier worst storm of the winter, bad limited visibility to one block.
Amarillo appeared to be near 1 ; the western edge of the storm which aviators said extended east into Oklahoma and Kansas. Wind velocity there was about 20 miles an hour with visibility ranging from one-quarter to half a mile. A temperature of 22 degrees before morning was forecast.
West Texas points reported the j duster was blowing rapidly south. 1 A light haze, growing worse in i I some sections, was reported from j gulf coast points.
Meanwhile, immedia'e flood threats were waning. The Trinity river at Dallas receded after a i crest of 36.5 feet had passed. At Palestine fear was expressed that ; the rising Trinity would flood the Long Lake area west of there in a few days.
The Dallas weather bureau warned farmers to remove their , livestock from the Trinity river lowlands from Dallas to Trinidad.
Rivers which had been bank full were receding in the Temple section. and traffic was back to normal In moat areas except south of Temple where highway 95 travel across the Little river was held up.
The Red river neared flood stage at Index, Ark. and threatened to overflow at Fulton. Texarkana was almost cut off with water running across main highways leading into the city.
Skies were hazy at Lubbock and Abilene but Wichita Fails reported slight dust late in the day. Dust was blowing at Galveston, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi and Houston. Minimum temperatures of 45 to 49 degrees were forecast at Galveston and 36 to 40 degrees at Houston Th.* temperature was not expected to go below 38 at Austin. It was still dropping at Longview.
Terrific rains in north and east Texas Sunday left grain crops
More than 300 sticks of dynamite with an alarm clock timing device were found in a suitcase bomb discovered in the water near the Japanese liner
Hive Maru in Seattle harbor. An investigator is examining
the explosive, with the suitcase that held it shown at right.
SENATE CARRIES FILIBUSTER INTO FIRST NIGHT SESSION
Tirelessly Talking Southerners Vow To Block Anti lynching Bill
Homes Before Icy Torrents
Traffic Impeded In Illinois, Iowa And Wisconsin
ROCKFORD. IU., Jan. 24 A sudden upsurge of icy waters forced more than 600 families from their homes in three states today.
One life was lost. Highway and railroad traffic was seriously impeded by rivets and creeks which swelled out of their channels in northeast Illinois, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.
More than two inches of rain fell I over most of the area. A sharp drop in temperature turned the rain to snow*, however, and key cities In the harassed areas reported the streams had begun to recede.
MUCH COLDER FORECAST
The weather outlook was for much lower temperatures and clear skies by morning.
The death victim wa* Eddie Proctor. 6, caught as he attempted to ford a run en route to school at Amboy. 111.
Rockford was the hardest city in the distressed region.
Tile situation was not alarming in the neighboring states, however. Police rescued some 50 families from flood menaced homes at Be-I loit, Wis.. where two inches of rain hiked the Rock river and Turtle creek.
Four families received assistance at Janesville, Wis., where some streets were four feet under water.
Water surged about a cabin near Clinton, Iowa, lour occupant* were rescued.
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Administration leaden held the chamber in session late in overcast skies continued threats of
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Cowboys Will Play Jackets Tonight
Coach Frank Kimbrough and the Hardin-Simmons basketball team will go to Brownwood tonight to play Howard Payne's Yellow jackets.
The Cowboys opened their intercollegiate season against the Jackets in Abilene, nosing out the latter 28 to 26 with a last minute field goal.
Next home games for the Cowboys are Jan. 31 and Feb. I against the strong West Texas State Buffaloes.
market will be virtually taboo under , L socially prominent ac-, .. . . ~ tress vh° attained fame at 17 in
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CONTRACT TIPS ON CULBERTSON
Twelve-part Culbertson bridge series written by William E. M"Kenney, starting this morning rn Reporter-News.
A short must sell stock at a price at least one-eighth of a point above the price of the last sale, say the regulations, which go into effect on Feb. 8.
This was the effect of outlawing
found dead oi carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of hei I Long Island estate near* here today.
all except rare cases of short sell- \ The death offi-
ing in a declining market, because cially was listed
when prices are going down, 'as suic^e-
shortvs will find it impossible to sell Phichot
was the dauah-
at figures higher than the previous sale.
It will not affect short selling on a rising market, however.
SEC officials explained informally that shorts have a desirable stabilizing effect on a rising market, tending to prevent Harmful booms.
At present the “big board’s" own regulations forbid selling stock short at a price less than the last previous sale. Thus the government regulations are somewhat stricter.
Had the burglars succeeded In opening the vault with their two oxygen tanks and acetylene cutting torch, and waited out a time lock that would have opened at 8 s. rn., they would have been only about $2,000 richer. That’s all the ready cash there was and It was resting under protection of insurance and !
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ll Duce s Son Leads Trans oceanic Hop
DAKAR. French West Africa, Jan. 24.— Av -An Italian squadron led by 20-year-old Bruno Mussolini rested here tonight after a 2.800-mile hop from Rome—the first
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ter Of Amos R. E Pinchot, republi-Ro*AV'£*° HNCHOT can lawyer, and a niece of former Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pennsylvania.
She had been estranged several years from her husband. William t Gaston, a lawyer.
A statement issued tonight by the Pinchot family said:
“Mrs Gaston was found dead early this morning in a garage of her home at old Brookville. Long Island.
“She was dressed in sports clothes and a sweater. She spent Sunday with her two boys and dined j at home with them.
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an effort to break the legislative jam caused by the filibuster against the lynching bill.
The night session finally ended late In Hie evening in a par ha-mentary wrangle about whether j Senator Pepper • D-Fla> would be making his first or his second speech when he resumed tomorrow. He already had spoken six hours when he quit tonight.
The burden of today’s speech making was carried on by Pepper.
He said the bill was a slap at J the south, a violation of the con- i stitutlon, contrary to democratic principles, out of harmony with the ! spirit of the New Deal contralto the principles of true liberalism and “a tragic prostitution of j the proceases of government. *
Only a handful of senators was present.
The Florida senator said his fa-1 ther was a sheriff and chief of I police, and vividly described watching his parent risk his life to save the negro from a mob. But he ;
County Orders Dog Law Vote
A dog law election was called for February 8 by the Taylor county commissioners’ court in its Monday meeting.
The election was called after the court had been presented with a petition signed by 160 voters asking this move. Bearing the petition was Joe Belies large-scale farmer living in the Wylie community.
Signers of the petition gave addresses from practically all communities in the county, but most of the names were of resident* of central Taylor county around Buffalo Gap and Tuscola.
The referendum will be subject to regular election laws. If a ma-
contended the proposed legislation i j0rity of votes favor adoption of was unfair to local peace officers. 1 Democratic Leader Barkley serv
ed notice tha- similar long sessions would be called daily until disposition of the anti-lynch bill.
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terson family, who declined to per-: r nCUIYIOniO Victim mit, use of his name. said here tonight the Wewoka and Holdenville business man was not kidnaped and taken on a 2,000-mile ride by two men. as Patterson had related after a four-day disappearance last week.
In a prepared st lenient, the! spokesman said Patterson “made a
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leg of a propaganda and experimental flight across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro.
The purpose of the flight, It was said, was to collect information for Italian aviation, but there was no direct connection with the proposed Italy to South America commercial lines.
REA Cuts Charge On Coleman Power
WASHINGTON. Jan 24- T Representative South tD-Tex) announced the rural electrification administration has agreed to reduce from $4 to $3 the monthly minimum charge to customers on a proposed power project in Coleman county, Tex.
The reduction was granted on condition that sponsors guarantee a $1200 monthly minimum revenue from the 287 customers.
South said an initial allocation of $100 000 had been approved by the REA and that construction of
j Hie local option dog law, the com-| missioners court will be required to declare that law in effect.
The local option law, passed by the last session of the legislature, ! makes it a criminal offense, pun-! ishable by a $100 maximum fine or by confinement in the county Jail for as much as 30 days, or both, for the owner of any dog to let the dog run at large between sunso* and sunrise unless the dog I is muzzled.
The law also provides that any dog known to have attacked, killed or injured any domestic animals or fowls shall be killed by the owner or bv an officer of the ! law-. A provision in the law prohibits any person from placing poison on the premises of another, but allows any person to put poison on his own place.
Temporary relief came tonight
with a cold wave that sent the mercury In the northern part of tho state below freezing.
Most serious damage was expected on the Ouachita river where a crest of 41 feet—15 feet above flood stage —was predicted by Friday.
The Red river in the extreme southwestern portion of the state neared flood stage at Index and threatened overflow at Fulton. Texarkana was almost cut off wltii water running over main highway* leading into the city. DeQueen, north of there, had only one highway open and rural mail service was suspended in the section.
MILWAUKEE. Jan. 24 — Pi—A raging blizzard swept over Wisconsin tonight, swooping down on many sections where rescue and repair crews were still coping with conditions caused by torrential rains and heavy snows.
Fair Directors Give March Rodeo Okeh; Purses Announced
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cost of the project will be $387,-000.
Approval of the board of directs of the West Texas Fair association was given Monday to the plan of holding a professional rodeo in connection with the annual boy* livestock show here March I, 2 and 3,
Purses on the three-day, six performance rodeo will total between $3,000 and $3,500. with the fair association contributing $2,000 of this
The purses, announced Tuesday afternoon by T. N. Carswell, after consultation with Ruck Sibley, ro-
__.. deo manager, and other directors,
TO. .lection would be upon ttie ,Ua, S100 dav mone plus to.
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STAMFORD, Jan. 24—(Spl.)—F. T. Lemons, 68. resident of Stamford since 1920. died at 8 o'clock tonight at the hospital here of pneumonia.
He entered the hospital Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Lemons was a native of Ten-
PREFERS TO SPEAK FOR HIMSELF—
Sen. Collie Scores Stateme nt By Woodward
mistake when he told the far.tas-! ness®* and In 1920 moved from tic story of his abduction, but his there to Stamford, where he had condition was such that he was not made his home since.
The statement said Patterson, 42 year old motor car dealer, was w’eak from a recent illness and “disturbed by a financial strain that had become magnified in his mind," and that Patterson "temporarily lost his equilibrium and wandered about for three days.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word from his daughters. Mrs. H. H. Norman of Borger and Mrs. Merle Donald of Galveston. The body is in care of Barrow funeral home.
Survivors besides his daughters include three sons, C .W., J. T.. and , V. R. Lemons, all of Stamford.
EASTLAND. Jan. 24—(Spl)-Ad-mittedly surprised at former State Sen. Walter Woodward's announcement for lieutenant-governor. State Sen. Wilbourne B. Collie of Eastland today scored the Coleman attorneys w eekend statement of candidacy.
“I would prefer that he allow me to do my own talking,” Senator Collie said.
He took sharp exception to Woodward's saying that he (Collie) was not being considered as a candidate for lieutenant-governor. PARALLELS ROGERS
Collie, who had returned to East
land from Austin after spending the week with a senate committee inquiring into departmental practices. said:
“The immortal -Will Rogers said that all he knew was what he read in the papers, but I don’t even know that, for I learn to my surprise that Senator Woodward has been quoted as saying that my name U not being considered among those o; candidates for the office.
“In his statement, Senator Woodward said he was entering the race for lieutenant-governor and that he would not announce if he were not
sure that no former colleague of his in the senate was going to make the race.
"I served in the senate with Senator Woodward. Therefore, I would qualify as a former colleague of his. Consequently, Senator Woodward’s statement implies that I do not intend to make the race for lieutenant-governor.
ASSUMPTION UNAUTHORISED “Such an assumption on the .part of Senator Woodward is incorrect and unauthorized, and I would prefer that he allow me to do my own
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Dean Takes Food But Regrets Fast Broken
MEMPHIS. Tenn , Jan 24—t/PV— The Rev. Israel Harding Noe grudgingly returned to the “natural ’ plane tonight, joining with doctors In their efforts to restore strength to his *fast-ravaged body, but only for the purpose of hastening his return to "spiritual” existence.
Conceding his fast had been broken by “well-meanmg" friends, the clergyman, removed as dean of St.
tai of entrance fees in each of five events, with $100 championship money in each event to be given to the three contestants with highest averages.
The premiums will be given on bronc riding, wild cow milking, bulldogging, calf ropind and steer riding contest*.
MONEY DI VS ION In day money, first place winner would get 40 per cent, second SO per cent, third 20 per cent and fourth IO per cent. Championship purses would be divided 50-30-20 between the three contestants with highest average for the three days. Entry fees will be $5 per day in
Mary's Episcopal cathedral because wild cow milking, bulldogging and
of what Bishop James M. Maxon called his religious “vagaries,** drank the juice of six oranges tins Afternoon, ate the pulp and swallowed several ounces of water.
“It is only for the purpose of hastening my recovery." the 47 year old clergyman told his nurse. "It certainly is a shame they had to break my fast."
calf roping, and $3.50 In steer riding and bronch riding. Entry fees are expected to add from $1,000 to 51,500 to the $2,000 prize money being offered by the association.
The same program, consisting of these five events prefaced by ai grand entry, will be given afters noon and evening of each of th/
’ three days of the rodeo.