Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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S’Water Youths Killed In Crash North Of City
Traffic Toll In Arta It Boosted To
Three By Mishap Northeast Of Rotan
Two Sweetwater youths were dead today, victims of a highway crash eight miles north of Abilene at 4 a. rn.
Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Tipton, who rode one of his father’s gasoline trucks to Wichita Falls yesterday just for the trip, was instantly killed.
Driver of the truck, Kenneth Jordan, 22 died a few minutes after he was brought by
ambulance to* Hendrick Memo rial hospital here.
MULBERRY CREEK BRIDGE
Scene of the crash was the Mulberry creek bridge. The truck crashed into the concrete abutment, the force of the Impact throwing the gasoline tank forward through the cab. The fact that the tank then rolled off the chassis probably prevented the mangled mass of the truck from converting into a pyre of fire.
The deaths brought the 24-hour accident toll in this area to three. Body of Archie H. Stumpner, 47, oil rig crewman, was found early yesterday at the bottom of a slay pit northeast of Rotan. Stumpner, on the way to work on an oil test, had failed to make a turn in the road, his car plunging a wire fence and into the clay pit, ten feet deep and 30 feet wide.
DOUBLE BLOW TO FAMILY
At Sweetwater, the family of Jimmy Tipton was almost prostrated with grief today. The tragedy struck the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Tipton, with double force ainee their older son had met death less than a year ago in an automobile crash near Sweetwater.
The Tiptons formerly lived at Merkel Mi*. Tipton operated the oil company hearing his name at Sweetwater. The couple have only one child left, a young daughter, Ann.
Funeral rites for Jimmy will be held at 3:30 Thursday afternoon from the Presbyterian church at Merkel, Dr. E. B. Surface, pastor of tile Central Presbyterian church here, and Dr. Clary Smith of Sweetwater wilj officiate. Burial will be rn. at in au»e Hill cemetery in Merkel.
Mrs. R. L. Bland and Mrs. R. A. DUtz of Abilene are aunts of the Tipton boy.
Kenneth Jordan is the son of Mr. end Mrs. J. H. Jordan ai San Juan, formerly of Sweetwater. His father will arrive here early Thursday, to complete plas for his son’s funeral. Survivors, besides the parents, are one sister. Helen Ruth, and two brothers, Randall and WiU-bur, all of San Juan.
BODIES HELD HERE
Bodies of both youths were being held at Laughter Funeral home today, pending funeral rites.
Body of Stumpner, victim of the accident yesterday near Rotan, was taken yesterday afternoon to Skellytown, his home, In an ambulance from Pampa. He had been working at Rotan a week.
After the crash, he had succeeded in getting * blanket and crawling from the car He was found dead, lying on a blanket.
Deny Dentist Bond
MADISONVILLE, Jan. 26. (#h-Dr. H. H. Carter, 35, dentist, charged with the slaying of his wife Friday, was held without bond here today. Justice of the Peace O. L. Brown remanded Carter to jail yesterday after an examining trial. Witnesses said Carter had followed his wife to the cafe where the alleged slaying occurred.
What Is Your • NEWS I. a?
By AP Feature Service
Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair; 80 good. Answers on page 3.
1. Who is this woman? What is her job?
2. Have the troubles of recent French administrations been due chiefly to (a) relations with Germany, (b) the Spanish situation, or (c) inability to keep the currency from falling?
3. Name the justices of the supreme court besides the new nominee, Stanley Reed.
4. What new constitutional amendment has Senator Norris proposed?
5. What is the usual name Iv Kartham Xftteadt
Pipe Line Laid To Rotan Field
Tide Water Gets Fourth Producer In Fisher Area
ROTAN, Jan. 26.—T. E. Patton, who recently moved his Post finery here to take crude from the Rotan field, has completed construction of a three-mile pipe line outlet to the new Fisher county area—first since Shell’s trunk line discontinued connections with Tld-al’s outlet last fall.
Patton completed the two-inch line at a cost of approximately $4,000, connecting it with the Sunray Oil company’s 50,000-barrel battery of tanks on the Joe Robinson 160-acre lease.
The refinery has been trucking crude from Sunray’s seven wells since the first of the year. The plant has a daily capacity of about 700 to 800 barrels, is contracted with Sunray for that company's entire output
In the field this week. Tide Water Associated completed its fourth producer, the No. 3 WL L. Smith pumping 423.55 barrels of oil In 24 hours on natural production from th* Noodle Creek lime. It is on the r«*rth ii** af the peed in the northeast quarter of section 172-2-HATC survey.
Montour Production No. 2 Smith, a southwest outpost, was also on gauge; and operators were preparing to shoot and acidize the Magnolia No. I J. M. Smith, west edge well which had oaly three feet of the Noodle Creek lime without oil saturation.
Three miles to the northeast^ Tide Water and Oil States Exploration have plugged the discovery well of the Howard pool, the No. I Mary Howard.
The pool opener was compte tad in February, 1935, for an initial of 175 barrels of oil at 3,668-74 feet, after plugging back from water at a total depth of 3,677 feet. It is one of three producers in the pool, all located In section 180-Q-HdtTC survey.
Wages Must Be Maintained, FD Warns Business
Threatens 'Other Means' To Create Purchasing Power
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26—(ff)— A primary objective in the administration's business-betterment efforts, President Roosevelt has made plain, is maintenance of the wage-eamerfs power to buy what he needs.
Mr. Roosevelt resorted to a normal statement at his press conference late yesterday to reiterate, “clearly and unequivocally,'” that the way out cif the recession is to cut pricey not wages.
If industries reduced wages this winter ad spring, they will be delibarately encouraging the withholding of buying,” he declared. “They will be fostering a downward spiral and they will make it necessary for their government to consider other means of creating purchasing power.”
These “other means” quickly became a topic of speculation. They were interpreted by some observers to mean more vigorous demands for legislative control over wages and hours, increased relief spending and new public works.
Cli air man John L. Lewis of the C. I. O. was calling for such measures in an address made at almost the same hour.
Lewis, speaking at the convention of the United Mine Workers, advocated a 81.000,000,000 increase in this year’s federal relief spending and a $5,000,000,000 housing program
INVITATION FOR FARLEY
Mr. Roosevelt’s “don’t cut wages” argument was a written reply to a question as to whether he agreed with the assertion of B. F. Fairless of the United States Steel corporation that steel prices could not be cut without cutting wages.
“Those who believe in the profit system.” Mr. Roosevelt said( •must recognize that those who get the profits when business is good jmust bear the losses when business Is temporarily 'alack. ”
To east the burden of a temporary business recession upon workers, the president contended, “is not only moral bankruptcy, but the bankruptcy of sound business judgment.”
The president coupled his advice to business of all types with another invitation for business to confer with him. He summoned 600 “small businessmen’’ to meet with Secretary Roper probably a week from today. A committee then will report to Mr. Roosevelt the sentiment to the whole group.
ON EVE OF OPEN FORUM-
Chest Plan Favored, Opposed
LIFE OF PLUMP-CHEEKED TOT AT STAKE AS DOCTORS PIT SKILL IN GAME' FOR BUTTON
BY MAURINE EA8TUS ROE
Button, button, where’s the button?
The old game was played yesterday at Kendrick Memorial hospital by doctors, nurses and X-ray technicians.
They were not playing for fun, like the children gathered around
the fireplace used to a generation ago.
It was science, seriously pitted against an illusive silver button; and the life of brown-eyed, plumpcheeked Billy Jo Ferguson was at stake if they couldn't get the button.
An X-ray technician really found the button. That was almost a cinch, for rare is the time when an X-ray film fails to reveal the location of a foreign object in a human body.
LARGER THAN QUARTER
The button, between the sise (rf a quarter and a half dollar and much slicker, was lodged at the top of the esophagus. It was so large that it could not be pushed down, nor could it come up. The child had been unable to eat, the few bites she had been able to swallow in nearly two days had quickly come back again.
But locating the button was just the first step. It was up to the doctors to get it. The danger wav increasing because it was so large that it threatened to break through the esophagus wall.
The little girl was closely swathed in a sheet by nurses. This was to prevent her from struggling In a manner that might do her harm FLUOROSCOPE USED
Then she was taken a second time to the X-ray room. Lights were turned out. The fluoroscope was turned on. On its plate, one doctor could see the button and tile instruments as they approached down her throat. The other physician worked at the head of the table.
In this instance Jhe instrument was an esophagoscope, designed for
catching hold of Buttons.
There are bronchoscopes too. Both types of instruments come In various designs—to close safety pins, to catch hold of straight pins and pull them out without tearing tissues, to remove the many other objects which people swallow more or less frequently.
The handles of the esophagoscope, by which it is operated, look much like the grips on a pair of
See CHILD, Pf. 12, Col. 8
SEES BUTTON TAKEN FROM THROAT
Local Groups Debate Issue
Exchange Club Votes Unanimous OK, Tuberculosis Association Is 'Opposed'
Abilene is community chest-conscious.
Its citiiens were talking community chest today, both pro and con. *
On the eve of an open forum for discussion of the proposed plan, they unheatedly and clear-thinkingly offered sound arguments both in support of and in opposition to organization of a community chest.
That gathering, second in a series of old-fashioned “town meetings’* sponsored by the
Six Prisoners Flea Piedras Negros Pen
EAGLE PASS, Jan. 26. ..—Six escaped prisoners, four of them convicted killers, were at large today.
The men escaped from Piedras Negras prison, across the Rio Grande from here, it was reported by Chief of Police Amadeo Martinez ot Piedras Negras, who said the fugitives may have attempted to cross to the Texas side of the river. They escaped by digging a hole through the prison wall.
Marlines said they were Santos Nunes Mareno, Ismale Flora*, Jose Mateo Gonzales and Alfred Ramirez, all under sentences for murder, and Francisco Munao, Jr., and Juan Sanches Ortiz, sentenced for robbery.
Milos Building Is Dostroyod By Fir#
MILES, Jan. 26.—(SP)—Fire destroyed one building and damaged two others here about I o’clock this morning. The loss was undetermined, though placed by soma at $7,500. It was the town’s biggest fire in years.
The building occupied by the ice and produce business of J. L. and John L. Pittman, father and son, was destroyed.
U. 5. Exports Top Imports For Year
Report Balance Of $261,597,000
WASHINGTON. Jan. 26— United States merchandise exports in 1937 exceeded imports by $261,-597,000, the commerce department announced today.
Exports, gaining $889,680,000 over 1936, totaled $3,345,658,000. Imports amounted to $3,084,061,000, an increase of $661,469,000.
The export balance of $261,597,000 was piled up in the last few months of the year and brought the United States back after a lapse of a year to the position of a predominantly export country. In 1936 the export balance was only $$33486,000, the lowest figure in more than 35 years.
The foreign trade situation, described by officials as one of the brightest spots in the current business picture, was effected last year by wars abroad and by good crops at home, they said.
Boosters club, will be held tonight in the Hotel Wooten. It will begin at 8 o'clock.
PRIVATE CAUCUSES HELD
Discuslons of civic problems in relation to a community chest proceeded as a Reporter-News survey disclosed that residents of the city and county share a burden of supplying almost $50,000 a year to charitable and character building agen. des.
Possible participants and interested dvlc groups held private caucuses. Some decided their stand on the question. Most left their course undertermined, partially because of interest in tonight's meeting.
One of the first to announce its decision was the Exchange dub. Its members voted unanimously at
Avocat Deepest Test Hits Show
Abilemans' South Haskell Wildcat In Shallow Gas Zone
“Here s the button.” That is what J. P. Ferguson of Lamesa said here to Billy Jo, his 29-mcnths-old daughter, but the little girl, after the two-hour ordeal of haring it removed from her esopjiagus at Hendrick Merna* la L hospital yesterday, wasn't interested. She had swallowed it Sunday afternoon. The picture was snapped in the children’s ward of the hospital by a Reporter-News staff photographer.
At the right is the X-ray which revealed the location of the button, which was so large —bigger than a quarter and much slicker—that it threatened to rupture the esophagus wall.
Sammy Bough To Aid Carolina Coach
CHAPEL HILL, N. C., Jan. 26. (UP)—Sammy Baugh, star halfback of the Washington Redskins professional football team. and former All-American at Texas Christian, will arrive here shortly to assist Coach Ray Wolfe of the University of North Carolina in winter practice. Wolfe said today.
Baugh will serve as assistant coach for three weeks.
Land Lease Probe Opens
Record Ice Jam Breaks Up Bridge Spanning Niagara
Stocks Fall In Selling Wave
Leading Issues Break $1 To $4 A Share
NEW YORK, Jan. 26—(UP)-The most severe selling drive so far this year struck the stock market at the opening today. Prioes broke $1 to |4 a share in the leading issues, which were sold in blocks of 1,000 to 6,000 shares.
Caught In a weakened technical position after four days of aimless drifting, the market was considered very sensitive to developments.
Many traders apparently told on the basis of President Roosevelt’s remarks late yesterday on wages and prices.
So heavy was the selling demand AUSTIN. Jan. 26.—(/Pi—Governor and so reticent were buyers to take and Mrs. James V. Allred today ac-
Jan. 26. (UP)—The Palls View bridge, spanning the Niagara river 1,000 feet below the mighty cataracts, began breaking up today under the pressure of the worst ice Jam In history.
The ice Jam carried the structure slowly downstream. The bridge had been dosed to traffic earlier when it began to buckle in the center.
As the jam grew larger, the steel arches of the bridge began to give way. The ice pack reached a heigh' of approximately 70 feet.
Allrtds To Banquet
(NOTE: With today's ar
ticle—a more or less “spot” story because of tonight’s community chest forum—the Reporter-News concludes a series presenting the proposal. At the the outset the Reporter-News invited comment on the community chest plan and its feasibility in Abilene. The offer remains open.)
stocks except st concessions that openings were delayed for long periods in many instances.
At 10:15 United States Steel opened 5.000 shares at 55 1-2. off $2 a share from yesterday* close. This drop came despite the corporation's report for 1937, issued after the close yesterday, showing net profit for the eyar Just under $100,000,000, almost double that of 1936, and the best since 1930.
ce pled an invitation to attend the dinner which Vice President and Mrs. Gamer are giving for President and Mrs. Roosevelt on February ii.
To Take Stand
'Any Mistakes Honest Ones',
AUSTIN, Jan. 16. (AP)—Land Commissioner William H. McDonald told a senate investigating committee today any mistakes he had made “certainly were honest ones’’ and he had no personal interest in who was the successful bidder on any oil lease.
The senate's general Investigating group called McDonald aa the first witness in a sweeping inquiry into his land leasing policies, which have been under repeated fire by Governor James V. Allred.
Initial questioning of the commissioner concerned his renewal of a lease to the Venmex Oil company of Wichita Falls on 345 acres of.riverbed near production in the new K. M. A. field.
Governor Allred and Railroad Commissioner c. V. Terrell, who with McDonald comprise the state
See PROBE Pf. 12, Col. 7
a luncheon yesterday to support community chest movement.
At the unit lima,
Scarborough, as its president, placed the Taylor County Tuberculosis association on record as “unalterably oposed to participation of our association in a community chest.’’ She said the tuberculous associations chapter’s stand was based on experience with a previous community chest attempt and in dealing with problems of the chapter in its 21-year history.
OPINIONS CONFLICT Board member* and executives of other agencies considered possible participants In a community chest, polled for off the record comment, expressed varying opinions.
A common stand was in support of a community chest “if everything can be worked out to the satisfaction of all concerned.”
One individual, recalling experience with a community chest in another city, expressed belief contributors who annually donate to several agencies would lessen—even halve—the total of their contributions to several agencies when they appeal cooperatively.
Nearly a dozen agencies considered for organization into a community chest presented individual problems which would have to be solved before the movement could be successful.
Among them were the tuberculosis association, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Y. W. C. A., Boy Scouts,
See CHEST, Pf. lf, CeL 6
STAMFORD, Jan, 26—The northeastern Jones county Avoca area'* deepest test, Haterius and Ungren Se Frazier (formerly Oil States) No.
I F. E Olson was reported to have encountered another small showing of oil this morning in drilling near 5,000 feet.
The report could not be immediately confirmed, but the test was drilling late last night past 4,970 feet in black shale.
Last week it was reported to have found a foot and a half of saturated lime, showing scum of oil on bailer, from the Caddo formation at 4X20 feet, but it drilled ahead.
The test, two miles northwest of production in the Avoca area, was drilled to contract of Palo Pinto lime by Oil Buies and found water Urn. Dallas ’Sake* *wv«r by con-
tractors and k.ndowners the test; wa^ scheduled fo be carried as deep as/condition of the hole will permit. Operators expect to reach the Ellen -burger, lower Ordovician.
Location of the well is in tho northeast corner of the southwest quarter of section 182-BBB&C survey.
Northeast of Avoca field In southeastern Haskell county, the Brown Eagle and S. B. Roberts company No. I T. G. Hendrick encountered a showing of gas estimated at three to five million cubic feet per day in the same sand from which heavy gas was found in the Forest Development and Kendrick wildcat.
Operators drilled ahead past top of the sand at 1,657 feet this morning with some increase in flow. ITW well showed Monday with oil saturation at 1570-75 feet. It is In block “H,” A. Rodrigues survey.
Children Witness Puppet Show Hor#
A puppet show sponsored by the state health department was well received this morning at two elementary schools in Abilene. Other schools here and in Merkel are cm the schedule for Thursday and Friday.
Fair Park and Alta Vista pupils watched the show this morning. At 1:30 p. rn. the puppets were to appear at Travis school. Thursday Locust will view the show at 8:45 a. rn ; Lamar at IO a- rn.; and Valley View at 1:30 p. rn. Friday’s program includes College Heights at 8:45 a. rn.; Central at IO a. rn.; and Merkel at 1:30 p. rn.
MISTAKEN FOR NEW WAR-
Northern Lights Keep Euro pean Firemen On Jump
LONDON, Jan. 26.—UPI—It was not the end of the world. It was not a new war. It was not a fire.
It was only the aurora borealis —on tl<e blink again—that kept firemen dashing about much of Europe in the early morning hours today.
The firemen oouktnt do anything about the scientific phenomenon so they went home to bed, and left It to the scientists to explain all about It to terrorized Inhabitant* a» maeL radio and. of-
ficials explained' that the aurora, rarely seen in southern or western Europe, was caused by an electrical disturbance of the sun’s surface.
Many villagers In mort remote sections of Europe knelt In prayer as the northern lights spread across the sky last night.
(They've been shooting off over sections of North America since Saturday.)
It was the first aurora In western Europe since 1790, French scientists said.
hi Mtaartend thought a
new war had begun. Telephone systems were tied, up in some parts of France, and a few villagers shouted, “Cest la guerre!” some thought, the world was coming to an end.
In England, the Windsor fire department was called out in the belief Windsor castle was in flames. There were many other fire calls throughout Europe.
The lights were seen clearly in Italy, Spain, Portugal and even southernmost Gibraltar; Austria. Switzerland. The Netherlands, and the British Isles.
ABILENE and vicinity: Fair and not to now tonight; Thursday partly cloudy and warmer.
Waat Tsaas: Generally fair. warmer in north and east central portions tonight; Tnureday, partly cloudy, wanner except la extreme north portoin.
East Texas: Generally fair. not to cold in north and central portions, probably, float la east and south portions aith temperature near (retain* in interior tonight ; Thursday partly cloudy, warmer.
Hi chest temperature yesterday ....*4
Lowest temperature this morning . .IS
NIGHT SESSION PASSED—
Senate To Ballot Tomorrow On Rule For Halting Lynch Debate
U. S. Awaits Reply On Rubens Note
MOSCOW, Jan. 26. —(A*)—The United States embassy today awaited the reply of the soviet government to its formal note demanding permission for an embassy official to visit Mrs. Ruth Rubens in prism without delay.
The note, second formal request from the United States for leave to interview Mrs. Rubens, an American citizen, held on suspicion of espionage, was delivered to the foreign office yesterday on instructions from Secretary of State Hull.
Foreign diplomats expressed belief the formal character of the new demand might hasten the interview.
Dry thermometer Wet thermometer Relative humidity.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. (*V-Southern senators, facing the threat of a limitation of debate, resumed their fight today on the anti-lynch-: ing bill, meanwhile receiving as-js I sura nces there would be no senate session this evening.
Majority Leader Barkley (D-Ky) announced that in view of the impending vote—at 12 p. rn. (CST) tomorrow—on debate limitation, the senate would recess today at the usual 5 o’clock hour.
A two-thirds vote is required to invoke the rule. There were indications that republicans would join
with southerners to prevent its application.
“Cloture won’t get 30 votes,” predicted Senator Connelly (D-Tex), chief strategist in the filibuster. “If the rule fails, then the time will have arrived to lay this bill aside and go on to other more pressing matters.”
Senator Harrison (EX-Miss) called the cloture proposal an effort to “lynch” southern opposition.
Several senators said that if cloture failed it would be useless to continue efforts to pass the bill.
See CONGRESS, Pf. 12, CeL 7
Materials For WICC Exhibit Arrives Here
Display Board Of Control Named
Three truck loads of “West Texas In Miniature.” the natural resources exhibit of the West Texas chamber of commerce, moved into Abilene last night. The material was moved to Abilene from the Frontier Fiesta grounds at Fort Worth by Curtis Pruett, contractor for the display. Work of reassemblig, renovating, and installing the exhibits was getting under way this morning.
No interference with the installation of the booths was expected from the remodeling work going on in the WTCC headquarters building, Pruett said. He tentatively aet 60 days as the time necessary to complete his part of the work.
The natural resources display will occupy one half of the lower floor of the headquarters building. A permanent booth will be installed from each division of the WTOC territory, and booths on Texas' parks and a general information booth will also be included.
A board of control for the resources display has been appointed and directors of each section of the regional chamber have been asked to name advisory boards for the district booths.