Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 27, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL.LV11, NO. 251
ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 27, 1938 —TEN PAGES
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DISCUSSED IN OPEN FORUM—
COMMITTEE NAMED TO ST UDY CHEST PUN, DRAFT WORKING BASIS IF HELD ADVISABLE
The appointment of a committee to investigate further the possibilities of a community chest for Abilene and to draw up working plans lf it Is deemed advisable, climaxed a “town meeting” held last night More than 60 persons attended the community chest open forum, second of a series of such meetings sponsored by the Boosters club.
Discussion of the project ranged from whole hearted approval by some speakers to “unalterable opposition’’ of others. Abilene’s experiences with the community chest plan in 1924 and 1925 were cited by Mrs. Dallas Scarborough as she expressed her opposition to the arrangement as applied to the Taylor County Tuberculosis association.
“The Boosters club is not going to stick its neck out.” replied Eddie Cockerell, chairman of the meeting, in reply to one of Mra Scarborough’s objections. “We fed that arbitrarily prorating shares of the participating agencies is the quickest way to defeat a community chest movement.”
R, B. Wylie, veteran Red Cross and Salvation Army board member.
was one of the first speakers of the evening. He described other funds drives in which he quoted merchants as wishing they could make contributions to various agencies “all at one time.” He attributed failure of the community chest organized in 1924 to “not enough effort behind it.”
A hesitant supporter of the chest plan was Mrs. W. R. Chapman, Y. W. C. A. leader, who counseled “go at this easily—not too fast" Another expressing favor for the proposal was J. L. Rhoades, who suggested that contributors be asked to “pledge no reduction in the total of their contributions" to various agencies considered as chest units.
Others offering opinions on the project were M. L. Bird, Mayor VV. W. Hair, Maj. H. O. James of the Salvation Army, Dub Wooten, Louis Montgomery, Ed Shumway.
Mayor Hair proposed that further information concerning community chest success be sought from more Texas cities the size of Abilene. He declined appointment as
See CHEST, Pg. IO, Col. 7
BY VOTE OF 51 TO 37—
Senate Rejects Lynch Gag Rule
VACATED BY REED—
Solicitor General Named
RED LEGIONS AND REORGANIZED; 0PPosi,ion To
AIRFORCE ENCOURAGE CHINESE
Japanese Sentry Slaps U. S. Official; Spanish Loyalists Launch Offensive
By Associated Press
China found new courage in her fight against Japanese conquest today in the exploits of a reorganized airforce and the guerilla warfare of her communist troops and irregulars, while the Spanish government drove a new* offensive into insurgent territory in the world’s other war.
Officials at Hankow, provisional
'Mystery Well' To Be Plugged
Avoca Area Test Develops Brine As Acidization Tried
STAMFORD, Jan. 27.—The Avoca area’s “mystery wildcat,” Thomas D. Humphrey No. I A. H. Alston, five miles north of production, was no longer a mystery today. Operators were preparing to plug the test which had aroused much Interest in the territory as a possible extension discover'.
Treatment with 2,000 gallons of acid in Palo Pinto lime at 3,243-55 feet yielded two heads under gas pressure, but the flows were chiefly salt water with a small amount of OU.
The water developed in the acid treatment from the bottom of the hole at 3,255 feet After the first head, operators ran a swab 200 feet in the hole and recovered more fluid. Agitation brought another head flow into the mast and as the swab was run again to the bottom, the water broke in.
Five-inch casing had been cemented at 3.243 feet with a dry hole to the top of the lime, which had been logged at 3,231 feet. Operators correlated the test 91 feet lower cm structure suteea level than the Ow-ens-Snebold No. I Haterius, Palo Pinto discovery in Shackelford county, Bells WeUs No. I R. L. Pond definitely proved the two Palo Pinto pools on separate structures as it drilled ahead in lime past 3.360 feet wiithout showings of oU. It is located in section 165-BBB&C survey.
First Contribution Is Made To Red Cross Fund For Chinese
A nation-wide appeal for funds to aid war sufferers in China has gone out from the American Red Cross. The Taylor county chapter yesterday received the request.
This morning the first response was received, a gift of $10 from Miss Eunice Parramore.
The appeal was transmitted in a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Admiral Cary T. Grayson, national Red Cross chairman. The letter pointed out that the Red Cross had contacted both Chinese and Japanese societies, the latter its ting that they were able to care for their own situation.
One million dollars for the nation has been set as the goal.
Local donations may be sent to BJ. E. Hollingshead, Red Croes treasurer, at the Citizens National Sank, or in care of the Reporter-News. Checks should be made payable to tho American Red Croes.
Chinese capital, felt that with the aid of Soviet-made planes China gradually would gain the upper hand over Japanese aviation. The Chinese central news agency announced the Japanese lost more than 30 planes yesterday in Chinese bombardments of Nanking and Wuhu.
In Tokyo a Japanese navy spokesmen told of k mysterious air-fleet “apparently of considerable size" which had been following and observing operations of Japanese planes in China. He said the nationality of the phantom fleet had not been determined.
Activities of once-outlawed communist troops and peasant irregulars in North China, nominally under Japanese domination, were reported from the scenes of their operations by foreigners arriving at Peiping.
JAPS WIPED OUT
They said Chinese irregulars along North China railroads had wiped out small detachments of Japanese troops in at least 20 engagements and three separate garrisons at Tlnghsien were annihilated.
The Japanese drive on the Lung-hai railway, China’s “lifeline” from the upper Kiangsu province coast into the interior, apparently was halted.
A report that a Japanese sentry had slapped the face of John M.
See SINO-JAP, Pg. I, CeL 7
Trust-Buster Close Friend Of New Jurist
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27—(UP)-President Roosevelt today nominated his trust-busting assistant attorney general, Robert H. Jackson, to be U. 8. solicitor-general, succeeding Stanley F. Reed.
Mr. Roosevelt submitted the name of the 45-year-old Jackson to the •anat* 4Vher«'Hhere VII some possibility of ccntrover v over con-
Abilene, Area Lions Host To ChiefTonight
Frank V. Birch To Arrive Here This Afternoon
Over 400 Lions club tr embers J will be hosts to Frank V. Birch, international president of the organization, tonight at the Hilton hotel.
Out-of-town reservations totaling 192 had been received here by C. C. Sellers, president of the local club, and Joe Williamson, chair* man of the general arrangements committee. They estimated today that 200 local members and their wives will attend.
Banquet starts at 7:30 p. rn., Williamson said. Because of the huge crowd that will jam the entire second floor of the Hilton hotel, only Lion club members will be invited. Weeky luncheon today was postponed.
Birch will arrive in Abilene this afternoon. He visited at Sweetwater this morning and then Journeyed to San Angelo for a luncheon there. Tom Gillis of Fort Worth, district Lions governor, also will be present tonight.
The high school orchestra under the direction of R, T. Bynum will play during the meal. At 8:45 p. rn. radio station KRBC will start broadcasting the •program. Officials of the station decided to broadcast the program preceding
First Of Livestock Auctions Underway
Col. Carter In Charge Of Sales
First of a series of weekly livestock auction sales was under way this afternoon at the Thornton livestock pens at Pecan and South Fifth.
Col. C. M. Carter, auctioneer for the Abilene Livestock Auction commission, was in charge of the sales. Horses, mules and other livestock were being offered buyers.
The weekly sales, scheduled each Thursday, will give farmers and stockmen of the county a medium for sale of their surplus livestock, as well as for purchase of needed animals.
Between 50 and IOO head of horses, mules and other livestock had been placed in the pens for sale it noon today.
KOBERT H. JACKSON
firmation. Jackson was named to the post left vacant when Reed was elevated to the supreme court .
Jackson has come into the public eye with a rush in recent weeks as. with Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes, he sounded the keynote of an administration drive against monopoly and for revision of anti-trust laws.
He is in the race for the democratic nomination for the New York
See JACKSON, Fg. 9, Col. 3
Lone Star Gas Wins In Eastland Court
EASTLAND, Jan. 27.—tJP—One of three similar contract cases was decided yesterday in favor of the defendant Lone Star Gas company.
Judge George L. Davenport ruled against a contention of the X-Ray Gas company that Lone Star had breached a contract for gas on wells in the X-Ray field. The plaintiffs asked for about $100,000.
The Lone Star attorneys contended the contract required that the defendant company take only as much gas from wells as needed in the ordinary course of its operations. The plaintiff argued Lone Star should have taken the full amount allowed under potential rulings.
the international president’s ad dress which will begin shortly after 9 o’clock.
Two groups will dine in other rooms of the hotel. After the banquet they will go into the crystal ballroom where the tables will be cleared.
Gene Estes, accordionist and whistler, will be heard, followed (by the Chantage Of McMurn^college under the direction ox Mrs. Robert Wylie. Then the address by Birch will be heard Dean R. G. Boger of McMurry will be the master of ceremonies in the crystal ballroom. Presiding at the other two rooms will be Dr. R. A. Maddox and Dave Barrow. Beliers will be in charge during the banquet In the ballroom.
After the speech by the international president further entertainment will be held. This will start around IO o’clock. About IOO entertainers in all will play for the group.
This Is the first time that an international president has ever appeared In Abilene. To hear him Lions members from 12 West Texas towns will be present. Included: Anson 34; Albany 13; Cisco 13: Brownwood IO; Hamlin 20; Haskell 30: Sweetwater 40; Winters •;
Seymore 4: Fort Worth 2; Roscoe 6.
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX?
January 27, 1938 .......4,800
January 27, 1936 .......1,700
Three more days and almost 4.000 to go—that s Taylor county’s goal if 1938 poll tax payments are to surpass the total of 1936, all time record holder. However, the last minute rush, along with poll tax payments sent by mail, will likely send the total well beyond the S C 55 total for 1936.
Standing mute before a federal commissioner in Chicago, where he is pictured above, youthful John Henry Seadlund, alias Peter Anders, offered no plea when charged with the kidnap-murder of the aged Charles Roes. Chicago businessmen, whose body was found in northern Wisconsin woods. A technical plea of “not guilty” was entered.
SEQUEL TO GATHERING—
New Jersey Solon Plunges To Death From Window In Hotel
Dtfinti Message Slated Tomorrow
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. (AV-President Roosevelt will send his message dealing with an expanded national defense program to congress tomorrow.
He decided against dispatching it today when informed the house had adjourned out of respect for Representative Kenney of New Jersey, who was killed in a fall or plunge from a hotel window during the night.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.—(UP)— Rep. Edward A. Kenney, D., N. J., plunged from a window of the smart Carleton hotel to almost instant death on a cement driveway.
Kenney. New York and Hackensack attorney who won prominence in congress for his sponsorship of proposals for a national lottery, fell from French windows of a sixth floor suite after attending a party of New Jersey political leaders and businessmen.
He was dead when his body, clad only in underwear, was found shortly after 8 a. rn.
Kenney last night attended a gay
party sponsored by the New Jersey State chamber of commerce. Sen. John Milton, D„ N. J., newly seated senator, was a guest of honor.
Identification first was established by discovery of Kenney’s clothing, watch and wallet in a sixth floor room which was part of a suite reserved for the New Jersey party last night French windows whose sills were only about 18 inches above the floor, were open. Police surmised that Kenney, groping in the darkness of the winter morning, mistook the windows for a closet or bathroom door, and stumbled into space.
ABILENE and vicinity: Partly cloudy tonight and Friday, not no cold tonight.
TVaat Texan Gen*rally fair tonight and Friday, little change In temperature.
Boat Texaa: Partly cloudy tonight and J™** IJot *o cow tonight. somewhat warmer In amah portion Friday
Highest temperature yesterday ....SS Lowest temperature this morning ..33
ITU Chief Calls For AFL Bolt
U. S. Conciliator Arranges Talks For Union Truce
(Copyright 1938 By United Pm*)
MIAMI rim.,. Jan, 27.-(UFV-Ct. rfiev P. Howard, armary of the
Committee For Industrial Organisation and president of the International Typographical union, announced today he would seek to lead the 70,000 members of his union out of the A. F. of L.
Howard saki both he and his membership were “fed up” with the federation to which the union has remained affiliated despite Howard's CIO office.
He said he would call for a nation-wide referendum “in the near future” to ascertain whether the union wished to Join the C. I. O.
Howard spoke as new peace gestures bf A. F. of L. President William Green and C. I. O. Chairman John L. Lewis were mutually rebuffed in long distance debate with little apparent hope of ending their dispute.
James F. Dewey, crack labor department conciliator, arranged a series of talks with federation leaders here, presumably to seek a new basis for a truce.
Howard said the I. T. U. is now refusing to pay to the federation a special one cent per member per month assessment ordered in an effort to build up a war-chest to battle Lewis. He challenged the A. F. of L. to discipline his union and offered to appear before the executive council, now meeting here, if it wishes to suspend his union.
Commissioner Predicts Profit On Oil Leases
McDonold Ired At Charges Of $1,000,000 Loss
AUSTIN, Jan. 27. t/Pi—Land Commissioner William H. McDonald today told a senate committee investigating his oil leasing policies they ultmately would net the state school fund $100,000,000.
The commissioner, still on the stand after hours of vigorous questioning. replied hotly to charges he had cost the state $1,000,000 through taking high royalty over high cash bids in many instances.
He admitted, however, there was as yet no production on any of the leases he had made And that he had actual knowledge of only one well being started.
“The Pure has begun operations in Laguna Madre, though, and the war department and railroad commission hava granted drilling permit* for a number of wells,” he said.
McDonald’s ire was aroused when A. R. Stout of Ennis, special attorney for Governor James V. Allred in the inquiry, repeated the charge the low cash awards had cost the schools $1,000,000.
“That’s your opinion,” he retorted. “I say I’ve made a hundred million.
Stout questioned McDonald about activities between his nomination In the summer (rf 193$ and his inauguration in December of that year, hit bank account and the amount of hi* houae rent.
McDonald said he was employed as an appraiser for the recaller of a large life Instance company during the intervening months. iWhile htrw#’ amiced he made a business trip to California, he continued, with W. W. Heath, assistant attorney general, and Tom C. Clark bf Dallas, former law partner of Attorney General William McCraw.
The commissioner said McCraw was not In California at that time so far aa he knew.
“Do you have a lock box in a bank et Eastland,’’ Stout wanted to know.
“Not there or in any other bank,” the commissioner answered.
McDonald disclosed he paid $100 per month house rent. His salary is $500 monthly.
The witness testified that after he became commissioner his campaign manager for Harris county opened an office here. Stout had tried to show that sane of McDon* aid s friend* and political supporters had profited from his leasing policy.
Quick Shelving For Bill Seen
Senators Connolly And Glass Load
Foes In Attack On Cloture Motion
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.—(UP)—Sonata filibusters led by Sen, Carter Glass, D., Va., today smashed an attempt to limit debate on the anti lynching bill and predicted that the controversal measure soon would be shelved.
Glass and Sen. Tom Connally, D., Tex., formed an oratorical spearhead for a combination of republican and democratic forces that defeated a proposal to invoke the senate’s rarely applied “gag” or cloture rule. Glass denounced the bill as “sinister and unconstitutional.’*
The vote was Bl against cloture and 37 for cloture, far short of the two-thirds re-
Predict Solons To Spurn Road Cuts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. UP)— Some members of the house roads committee predicted today the committee would disregard President Roosevelt’s recommendation that highway expenditures be reduced to help balance the budget.
Several said they would approve th* bill by Chairman Cartwright (D-Okla) to appropriate the regular sum of $238,000,000 for each of the IMO and IMI fiscal years.
Adrad To Beaumont
AUSTIN, Jan. 27.—(J*)—Governor Jamas V. Allred planned to fly to Beaumont this afternoon and attend A banquet there tonight at which Governor Leche of Louisiana will be a speaker.
Saturday Governor Allred will attend a ball at Wichita Falls held in connection with the president’s birthday anniversary.
Jones County Keeps Area Cotton Lead
Taylor Ginnings Listed At 31,993
Cotton reports which represent practically the windup for the season in this section of West Texas wer* announced today for 20 counties, of January IS.
Keeping its lead in the area was Jones county, with a total of 85,887 bales. Runnels county was second with 60,893 bales.
Taylor county’s ginnings were reported at 31.993.
Other counties: Callahan, 3.969
bales; Coke, 5,314; Coleman, 36.009; Dickens, 35,690; Eastland, 2.440; Fisher. 42.795; Haskell. 45.838; Howard. 46.112; Knox, 40,057; Martin, 28,558. Midland 7,327; Mitchell. 29.-349; Nolan, 27.064; Scurry. 46,468; Stonewall, 14,582; Throckmorton, 2,-823.
60,000 In Walkout
CHIHUAHUA. Mexico, Jan. 27. (AP)—More than 60,000 employes were idle today and production was halted in IOO mines by a strike of dissatisfied electrical workers who demanded a collective labor contract from the Boquilia -Concho* Light and Power company.
quired to invoke the rule. NEELY ASKS GAG
A privileged motion by Senator M. M. Neely, (D-W. Va.) to invoke the cloture rule and thus break the three-weeks’ filibuster against the anti-lynching bill failed to win the necessary two-thirds majority.
Neely, in a vigorous plea for congress to stamp out lynching, led the debate for cloture with an unusually frank description of aeveral lynch murders.
It was the eighth time cloture has been defeated since the rule was written into the senate book in 1917. It has been successful four times and three cloture proposals have been withdrawn in the course of 20 years.
Foes of the anti-lynching bill predicted that failure of the cloture attempt would soon end the fight with a motion, probably next week, to lay aside the bill. However, Senator Robert F. Wagner, (D-NY), and Senator Frederick Van Nuys, (D-Ind), authors of the bill, said they would fight on.
WESTERN SOLONS WAVER
Western senators were wavering and many of them expressed willingness to lay aside the bill to male way for other important legislation.
The opponents cause was given strength immediately by a statement of Democratic Leader Barkley. He told the senate he would call on the senate “in the very near future” to decide whether it wanted to continue debate on the bill or take up other matters.
“I have done everything I could to bring this bill to a vote, just aa I would have done with any rther legislation,” Barkley declared. “It has been debated since last August and here it is nearly February.
“I want to serve notice that in the very near future I am going to call on the proponents of this bill to decide whether they want to continue to debate a measure on which we can not get a final vote, or whether we should take up some other legislation.”
LEGISLATION PILES UP
Legislation was piling up rapidly in senate committees because the chamber has discussed only antilynching since the session began Jan. 3. President Roosevelt's message recommending increased national defense expenditure* wa* expected either this afternoon or tomorrow.
A senate judiciary subcommittee took up a proposal by Senator Burke <D-Neb) for an investigation of the National Labor Relation* board.
Burke asked that the inquiry determine whether the board has intimidated witnesses, whether it has “favored one type of union organization as opposed to other groups,” and whether it has violated the right of freedom of speech and of the press.
Wilhtlm Celebrates His 79th Birthday
DOORN, The Netherlands, Jan. 27.— (A*) -Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany celebrated his 79th birthday today—one of his happiest since he fled to his wood-chopping exile in closing hours of the world war.
He was convinced that the once mighty ohenzollems, erstwhile ruling family of Germany, and their cousins the British house of Windsor were friends again.
The affectionate signatures, "Bertie, May and Elizabeth,” on a telegram from King George VI (Bertie) Queen Mother Mary (May), and Queen Elizabeth spelled for him the healing of an intra-family scar which festered when British and German troops faced each other on the western front.
Suggest Revamp Of Stock Mart
Committee Calls For President To Replace Board
NEW YORK, Jan. 27.—(JP)—Complete reorganization of the New York stock; exchange with a salaried president in administrative control, and an end of the "alf-perpetuating’’ board of governors, was proposed today by the committee for the study of organization recently appointed by Charles R. Gay, president of the exchange.
The report, which meets many of th* suggestions made by Chairman William O. Douglas, of the SEC. was presented simultaneously to Gay rn New York and Douglas in Washington.
A. A. Berle Jr., a member of the committee, made the presentation to Douglas.
Proceeding from the premise that “the public interest is th* paramount consideration," the committee said it is “apparent to ue that the organization of the stock exchange should be revised to accord with changing times and conditions.”
High spots in the proposals ware:
Sharp revision of the set-up at the board of governors, with a reduction of its members from 50 to 32, providing for 6 of these to represent non-member of member-partners of firms having their principal business outside of New York City.
Three representatives of the gen. era I public would be provided On the board, such representatives to be nominated by the president.
The terms of the governors would be for 3 years and they would not be allowed to succeed themselves after serving two terms —- - - —
Stock Market In Quiet Recovery
NEW YORK. Jan. 27. (UP)—Th# stock market made a quiet recovery today while traders awaited President Roosevelt’s armament message. Nearly all sections participated in the rise. Bond* were steadier and commodities moved narrowly. French francs equaled the 11-year-low, but other currencies rose against the dollar on inflation talk.
Metal shares—ferrous and nonferrous—made the best showing. Steels* rallied with Bethlehem touching 57-%, up lo IU. U. S. Steel sold at 554, up Ti; Crucible 36, up 4; and Republic 18. up 4*
PRESSURE EASED BY WIND SH IF T—
'Honeymoon Bridge’ Victor In Battle With Ice Jam
_ 7 p.m. 7 t.m 1*;39 p m’ j
Pry thermometer . 52* 34* to*
Wet thermometer . 40* 31* 43*
Relative humidity, na TS*. t»* J-
NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Jan, 27.—(A*)—Marked by a alight sag and some twisted girders, Niagara’s famed “Honeymoon Bridge” stood victor today in a 24-hour battle with the worst ice jam in the Niagara gorge in 30 years.
A shift in wind during the night apparently saved the towering 1,300 foot span Just when it appeared the thundering tons of ice pouring over Ute cataract wert going to sweep U from lie
Leas fortunate but still not damaged beyond repair were the twin steamboats, the “Maids crf the Mist,” which have carried thousands of tourists up the river lo the falls. The rising ice knocked them off their winter drydocks and against the walls of the gorge.
A southwest wind which had swept millions of terns of Lake Erie lo# Into the Niagara river and over the falls caused lh#
jam yesterday. During the night the wind shifted and the pressure eased on the twisted foundations.
Waiter McCausland, spokesman for the International Railway company that owns the ■bridge, said engineers would inspect the span today and decide on repairs unless the ice jam boils up again and attacks with new vigor. Present damage can ba repaired in about two months, he said.
Finish Purchase Of Highway 36 Route
Next Step Up To Department
Purchase of all right-of-way for 21 miles of highway Na 36 through the special Taylor-Cal la ban county road district has been completed, County Judge Lee R. York announced today. The last 1,000 feet of the right-of-way was bought Wednesday out of the $25,000 voted last July for this purpose.
The new right-of-way extends from the Taylor county line to Rowden, there making connection with a previously purchased right-of-way and partly constructed highway into Cross Plains. Thai part of highway No. 36 in Taylor county, from the Bankhead a short distance east of the municipal airport to the Callahan county line, has been partly built, this being done as a WPA project.
Next step in the project is up to the state highway department. According to an agreement made prior to voting of bonds for purchase of the right-of-way, the highway department will designate aa a state highway the entire section from Abilene to Cross Plains. The road will be paved at the earliest date possible, forming an important link in the proposed all-weather highway from Temple via Gatesville, Hamilton, Comanche, Rising Star and Cross Plains to Abilene.