Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 28, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LYU, NO. 252ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 28, 1938.—SIXTEEN PAGES
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VICE-PRESIDENT WITH PAID OUTSIDE’ PRESIDENT--
DESTROYED BY RECORD ICE JAM-
Famous Bridge Crashes
ROAR OF ITS PLUNGE DROWNS OUT FALLS; WORKMEN SAFE
Oil Field Sees Fire Hazard In Raging Sabine
Nearing Record Stage Spreads Over I,OOO Wells
GLADEWATER. Jan. 27 — (JP>—
The Sabine river, running over 30 mUes through the heart of the East Texas oil field, pushed farther out of It* banks tonight, covering over
1.000 oil-wells, creating a fire hazard, and threatening to send scores j of families scurrj-ing to higher j ground. ■
N. C. Magnuson of Dallas, with j the Texas board of water engineers, said the stream was higher than It had been In years. It reached a 33 20-foot reading late today. The unofficial high mark Is 39.04. j
One oil pit, containing 15,000 and j
20.000 barrels, was reported weak- j ening. Workers horribly sandbag- | ged It In an effort to keep the river i from creeping In.
That was the danger, oil men said, to many pits. They feared the water might force oil from the pits and cover the flooding stream with | inflammable crude.
Officials of the Sun Oil company and the Texas company, both with river bed leases, saw no immediate danger to families but eyed the stream warily.
Water flowed about four feet from
the bottom of a concrete bridge in „ . ~ w* ;ranadlan shore
ft^ladewater but city officials said Hardln-Simmons university by the ; SIDE SLIPS DOWN
there was no Imminent danger and of trustees Thursday, upon i "Tlien the center of the bridge twisted with a roar, and finally the
traffic was allowed it. , recommendation of President J, D. canadian side slipped down Its bank. *
Sandefer. | sound of meUl crashing to the Ice from 150 or 200 feet was
Dr. Richardson will assume all deafening. administraUve deuils of th. uni- I “I saw the last two workmen run to safety.
verslty. under the‘new arrange-i Called Palls View bridge because it was alm^t in the shadow of the
ment. He has held the position of ! cataract, the huge span was the largest of its tj-pe in the world wh.n
Propose Revamping Stock Exchange
DR. R. \. RICHARDSON
Board Elevates Dr. Richardson In H-SU Set-Up
Administrative Details Of School Under His Hand
Dr. Rupert N. Richardson s named executive vice-president of
; NIAGARA FALLS. N. Y., Jan. 27—America s famous “honey-, moon bridge" which for 39 years arched across Niagara’s dizzy gorge i crashed In an ice Jam late today with a roar that drowned out Niagara I Itself.
I The 1,200 foot black steel arch fell so swiftly that throngs on the
rim of the gorge scarcely saw It go
Concern at first was felt for a dozen workmen who had been trying to protect the foundations from Ice but an hour later the International Railway company, owners of the bridge, formally announced all workers were safe.
For two days the spidery arch which had one end In Canada and one in the United States had wavered before one of the greatest Ice jams that ever thundered over Niagara Palls. Motorists and pedestrians w?re barred when the span began to tremble and "groan" yesterday.
ICE CAKES IOO FEET HIGH
Engineers reported that at one time the Ice cakes shoved up IOO feet above the swirling rf\er. Yesterday they surged against the two famous 60-foot tourist steamers, the "Maids cf the Mist." knocking them from their winter drydocks.
Today the Ice appeared al-so to have all but enveloped the Ontario hydro electric commission's million dollar generating station at the foot of the falls.
A United States border official, who would not give his name, was standing on the Ice 200 feet from the bridge when It fell
"I had Just looked at my watch.'* he said “It was 4-IO 1-2 p. rn (EST! I heard groaning steel, and then the webs of steel above the American pier buckled and slipped.
"The American end dove through thick ice Into the river. That end was clear In water, but the Canadian end still rested on its abutment on
Norm^ly lesss than IOO yards wide. the Sabine at places northeast Gladewater was five miles wide.
Three Powers Bock League Principles
VJC. pr»s.d.„t th, school ; bullism UM. .o ho burled lh lee or In ;
NEW ASSISTANT DEAN witer, aYid part remained sprawled Uke a giant skeleton on top of the ,
At tK* i____J___ floes. '
At the same time the board nam-
GENEVA, Jan. 27—(Ah — Great rvr t n ^ , .v.
BrlUln. Prance and Russia — the a- r P\ ii r\
Stamford Banqueters Hear Plea
dedlc.ted themselves to the prln- S^lvfT^itv*
doles of InternsUon*! cooperstlon P?, "‘2,’
or students and Dr. Julius Olsen
dean of arts and sciences.
Report Made At Niagara Request OI Gay,
clples of Internationsl cooperation on which it was founded.
Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden of Great Britain, however, admitted the league's field of actlMi had been restricted Inevitable 1s^' withdrawal of “some of the leagues most important members" — Japan, Germany and Italy.
Final Purchase Of Right-Of-Wcy Made
Last of the right-of-way for 21
"Dr. Richardson has declined v^y lucrative and outstanding position rn a I»rge state school In the *o» fhr|-- to remain with H. rdin-Slmmons.” said Dr Sandefer.
Dean of Texas university and college presidents in point of service. Dr, Sandefer has been president of Hardin - Simmons for nearly 28
For Economy In Gov't Operation
This picture of the famous Falls View bridge at Niagra Falls was snapped before It gave way yesterday under the
pre.ssure of a tremendous Ice Jam that swept downstream against the structure. The bridge was closed to traffic
more than a day before Its destruction, and Its fall wa* unaccompanied by human casualties.
AT LAND BOAPvD PROBE-
Lone Star Gas President Speaker For Fete; Officers Nominotcd
By Staff Writer . . j , j «
STAMFORD. Jan. 27—Problems of business which, he dKlared, ar-
years He will be 70 ve«r< r>f feet all th* people, were summarized tonight at Stamford s annual 13 belection of i ch.tnbir oi commerce banquet by L. B. Drnnlng, ballas prejiden* of the e< «^'*L«one Star Gas Corporation, as: constant Increase in taxation, govern
as executive vice; . i in r<iiatinn t/> hnxme.ss.
Taylor-Callahan counties special ----
^ w w ^ WHO’vS WHO
road district has been purchased., current wt.n in
"RICHARDSON. Rupert Norval, i The last 1.000 feet wa* bought j professor history; bom near Caddo i this week out of the »25.000 voted ^ Texas. April 28. 1891; x x x A B-last July for the purpose. The new Simmons college (now Hardin- ! right-of-way extends from the. simmons U.). Abilene Tex 1912- ■ Taylor county line to near Rowden. pm. b.. U. of Chicago.’1914-'a m’ I there making connection with a u. of Texas. 1922- Ph D 1928-’ previously purchased strip extend- I married to Pauline ’Maves of naming Into Cross Plains. | Un. Tex.. Der 28. 1915; one son.
“ , r r~ y. y ~ > Rupert Norval.
CIA Unifarms Out Principal high school. Cisco.
I Tex. 1915-16, Sweetwater, 1916-17; DENTON, Jan. 27— (.P>—A stu- prof, history Hardin - Simmons dent faculty committee, with the since 1917, dean of students. 1926-
Sen. Steiwer 0 Oregon Retires
GOR Keynoter Of '36 Has Parting ' Rap At New Deal
only 34 per cent, Mr. Denning admonished business men. as well a.s other citizen.^, to say to their lawmakers what they want done. PARA.MOi NI NEF.DS In his owTi opinion, declared the speaker, the paramount needs are: demand for a modern budgetary system; tconomy in operation—not niggaraly but wise; and an accounting of exptiiditures by the
state after they are made.
Stressing that he had no person in official life in mind and WASHINGTON. Jan. 27 —: that he believed 95 per cent of
consent of the board of regents, to- 28. vice-president since 1928- as- i With a parting slap at the New , gowernment officers are honest,
day ended a 34-year-old practice by | sedate professor and professor of] Senator Steiwer <R-Ore) an- Mr. Denning said "rn private busl-votlng the abolition of all uniform ^ htstor>', U. of Texas, six summers ’ trounced today he would quit the j^ess on earth would be rim like
Testify Pull Needed To Okeh Vacancy Claims
"Served as second leutenant. U. j s ^ n a t e january S Army, 1918 Fellow of Texas State ; 31 to enter the Historical association; member ! private practice American Historical association, j Mu^sl.vippi Valley Historical as-j sociatlon. Southwestern Soc-; said he
ial Science association < advisory i bc-'ome a
editor. 1929-311. Baptist. Mason. Partner in the Lion (ex-presldenti. ! W’a&hlngton law
■•Author: The comanche Barrier
R. Folson - Jones and expected to devote most of his time to gen-
dress regulations at Texas State College for Women.
Gunplay Precedes Capture Of Felon
LUBBCXTC, Jan. 27.—A 25-year-old ex-convlct was arrrested South Plains Settlement. 1933; near here today after gunplay In ■ Greater Southwest (with C. a cafe here and on the highway, j Risteri, 1934; editor. West Tex-Ragan Reed. Slaton constable ** Historical .Association Yearbook, finally subdued the man. i 1929-35. Contributor to historical .
publications. Home, 2220 Simmons i pracvicc
Mrs. Preston Carver told officers she was abducted twice. Early today she was kidnaped from a cafe after a pistol had been fired at her. | she reported, and she escaped when ' officers overtook the automobile. The suspect escaped afoot after he had fired at Police Patrolman Melvin Ahey and Special Officer John Turlington.
Later he slipped into Mrs. Carvers’ home and forced her to accompany him until he was arrested by Reed.
Lease Awarded Within Four Days Says Surveyor
AUSTIN. Jan 27—i.-P-Testimony that certain persons represented thev could affect approval of vacancy claims was offered today In a senate committee's general Investigation of actions of Land Commissioner William H. McDonald.
M. H Hackney of Longview, surveyor for a vacancy claimant, said the claimant was awarded a lease four days after two men came to his (Hackney s) office with a suggestion they knew "the right chan-
Curiosily Costs Youth His Fingers
ROTAN, Jan. 27 —(Spl.f — Ardis Murphey, 17, Rotan high school senior, sat at hts study hall desk late this morning. Curiously, hr picked with a pin at a small object he had found, unaware of its nature.
Tile small object was a dynamite cap. It exploded, blowing three fingers from Ardi.s’ left hand, and badly mangling the thumb.
the business of the state of Texas.
r. W. Peckham, nominating committee chairman, presented names of five men for tne board of directors of the chamber of commerce which is tax supported.
Although their appointments most ; nels" to obtain Its approval.
be approvet' by the city commis- j aopHcatlon originally was
slon unanimous adoption of the Hacknev’s emoloyer, W. E
report ♦onlght was tantamount to bqx of Wichita Falls. In July. 1935.
election. i but action was not had on It for
NEW LE.'lDtRS | various reason.^ until after Mc-
Tlius, Louis Rosenwasscr will Donald ioolt office in December,
become president, L. W. Johnson 1936.
avenue. Abilene. "
His retirement, STEIWER
vice-president, T. A. Upshaw, treasurer, and O. W. Lamo and
Faur Babies Perish In Oregan Blaze
foreshadowed last year by hts an- D. T. Perkins other new directors,
nouncement he would not seek re- One of *he five will fill a vacancy
(*Iection next fall, will reduce to 15 , created by death of Dr. A. D. Mc-
the little band of republicans now Reynolds.
Viola Cunningham, Ex-Resident, Dies In Austin, Rites Here
Funeral for Viola Jane Cunningham, 35, former resident of Abilene, will be held today at 4 p. rn.
Setup Offereid By Group Aimed At Self-Regulation
NEW YORK. Jan. 27— J —The most drastic and far-reaching revamping of administrative machinery in the 146 years of its existence was proposed today for the New York stock exchange by a committee of brokers and busine.sa men who have been studying lt.s problems at the request of its president. Charles R. Gay.
'The siovernlng committee of the exchange met late today, received, and held for further action pro-pasals which included replacement of the present non-salaried member president with a paid "outside" chief executive; abolition of the existing law committee, which has been regarded a.s the real policy-making body of the exchange. and admission of repre-sentative.s of the general public to the board of governors.
The committee, headed by Carl® C. Conway, chairman of the Continental Can Co., presented Pa recommendations simultaneously to Gay, in New York, and to Chairman William O. Douglas, of the SEC, In Washington The latter, last fall. Issued a virtual "reorganize—or cise" ultimatum to the exchange
DOUG! AS L.%l'DS PLAN
Douglas, in Washington today, said of the report:
“It does credit to the committee and the New York stock exchange X X X lf adopted by th# exchange, these recommendation.^ would rreate a framework upon which could be developed a truly effecUve system of self-regulation under government supervision."
The organization study commlt-fet report said. "It is ap^resns to os that rh# organizatk>ri of th# stock exchange should be reyised to accord with changing times and conditions," adding that “the public Interest Is the primary consideration. '
Of th* proposal for a salaried chief officer, the report said:
FI EL TIME JOB
“The affairs of the stock exchange have now attained such significance and have so many ramificationf that the exchange needs a president who, upon election. should divest himself of all other business Interests of every kind should be adequately paid; and should devote full time to
his task ’
The committee suggested:
1. A board of governors of 32 persons, compared with 50 at present,
2. TTiree of these governors, to , be nominated by the president, to i represent the general public.
3. Six governors to represent
non-member or member partners of exchange firms having their
principal business outside Newr
4. Term., of governors would be 3 years, and they would be ineligible fc succeed themselve.s after
late in February, Laughter s Funeral hcmie with measures.
Jackson Boost Brews Storm
Senate Debate Looms On Policy Toward Business
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27—-P —
A strenuous debate In the senate over Roosevelt admlnisti-atlon policy toward big business appeared certain today because of the president’s nomination of Robert H. Jackson, a.vslstant attorney general, to be solicitor general.
H, ,ppoml,d lo sucwd A.i- «copt alter an
sedate Justice Stanley Reed, cie- of at least I term.
va ted to the supreme court to fill y A A r* L the vacancy created by retirement nlflCS And WaaKC
Of Justice Sutherland, Advancc In Flarido
Jackson s promotion l.s considered sure to arouse senatorial critics ORLANDO. P’a , Jan. 27— iT' —, Of recent speeches In which he Wilmei Hines of ’ Hollywood. Calif., hammered at cerUm “big business” and Elwood Cooke of Portland. Ore., and acciised capital of conducting a advanced today to the semi-finals slriv- against Rrxisevelt reform : of the Florida state tennis tourna-
1937.” Hackney testified. "M S.
Dr. T. S. Knox, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Funeral will. follow in a local
In the senate. Steiwer said he had considered this in making his de-
In his address Mr. Denning said i we hear a lot about ‘business is j afraid’ and 'lack of contidence.”’
prison sentences in Texas and Nebraska.
Strong Bidding, Good Attendance Mark First Weekly Livestock Auction Sale Here
PORT ORFORD. Ore . Jan. 27— .
(^wThe four infant children of I vision, but concluded the differ- a
Mr. and Mrs Walter W, Westbrook ' “between 15 and 16 dldn t •■
matter much." , ledge of what will be done under
The tall, 54-year-old senator, given cm urns lances,’ he said. and
keynoter of the 1936 republican ; referred to the fact the United
national convention, calling news- £;ates owns most of the world
men to his office late In the day to confirm the announcement at Salem. Ore., of his resignation,
greeted them with the exclamation:
"Behold a free man."
"I confess," however, he added.
"that the way In which congress —- - —
has been minimized in recent years arilf.m: a.nu vicimtvj r«rti>
makes service In the .senate less rnd.y and s.i-
Eldred and B A "Jerr" Adams approached me in my office. They told me It was a good claim but I that neither I. Mr. Box nor his , cemetery.
attorney could ce^ it acted upon, j Miss Cunningham died yester-.Al’THORIZFD CONTRACT ^ home in
"Tlvey added they could po Austin. She had lived in Abilene
Tliere is expectation a senate inquiry in his qualification.*; will cover a wide field and possibly further indicate the trend of Roofevelt's
ment by victories over Ralph Newman of Orlando and Vernon Marcum of Lakeland The tall Californian dropped Newman 6-3. 6-4. Cooke won from
promised but still unscheduled mes- Marcum. 7-5, 6-3.
sage On monopoly and business I Cooke meets Martin Buxby of
practices, Miami in one semi-finals tomorrow
Jackson’s monopoly speeches, while Prank Kovacs of Oakland,
burned to death today in a fire which destroyed a one-room cabin north of the Slxe.s river.
The victims were twin girls, born in the fire-swept area of Bandon Police said the suspect had served a year ago last September, and two
boys, each under seven years of age.
„ia*vi I .. . risht channels and do ......... . coupled with even more belligerently Calif., races Hines Saturday in the
Conlidencc IS bas^ on l^ow-| within ten davs I got in touch attended Abilene phrased remarks by Secretarv’ickes, | other. The fmal will be played
See STAMFORD, Pg. 9, Col. 3
with Mr Box, who w-as ill. and he high school authorized me to make a contract ' Survivors are her mother. Mrs with them. This I did J. f. Cunningham of Abilene four
"The next week I was in Austin, sisters. Mrs. W, R Tanay oi Hous-George A. Davisson Sr, of East- ■ ton. Natrlie Cunningham of Arland came to my hotel room and | and Mrs. H N. Zorns of Browns-told me the lease was ready to be field a brother, Oliver Cunning-picked up at the land office. Eldred ; ham. Abilene and Adams were to pay the cash
stirred much controversy.
West Texas Lions And Ladies, 375 Strong, Gather Here To Honor International Leader
amount required to get the lease See PROBE, Pg. 9, Col. 3
attractive than formerly.’
First weekly sale of the Abilene i points as far distant as San Angelo., Livestock Auction commLssion was I Seymour, Big Spring and Ranger.
held Thursday wutr> high bidding and big attendance.
C M Carter, president and manager of the auction, reported that 141 head of horses, mules and cattle changed hand.s during the day, at satisfactory prices.
"Prices were better than we expected." said Carter. "Much butcher stuff brought $7—more than the Ft. Worth market."
Carter did not trj’ to estimate Lhe number of buyers present at the jale. but said that 34 registered from jutfiidc Oi Taylor county, from
Taylor county buyers were not required to register.
Estimates on the crowd ranged as high as 5.(X)0 persons, counting comings and goings throughout the day. Many of these were merely spectators, but are expected to bring stock next week. Carter predicts i that more livestock will be handled at the next sale than at yesterday’s.
As far as could be determined, buyers and sellers w'ere satisfied. Only one animal brought on the grounds w’as not sold. That was a mule offered by a youth who backed out on his sale after the animal
Texans Bidden Ta Business Parley
WASHINGTON. Jan. 27 —.T— Secretary Roper announced today the names of the 500 persons Invited to attend a meeting of "small" businessmen here next Wednesday.
After Secretary Roper ha.s talked with the group, a committee will call upon President Roosevelt.
Those Invited Included:
C. S. Boyles Jr.. Lufkin Richard Gill. San Antonio; William A Hall, Noelette; R L. Thornton. Dallas: Freeman Burfoid, Dallas;
urdu), roldfr In north and contra! por-llunh >aturdM).
t. Assi I’KXAS- (lcncrall^ fair. c.anncr III nortiioa»t and »o«thv*r»t purtlon* ►rl-Ua.t) ; Mllurdw) cloudi. colder in norlliwctt anil northccniral iMirlioiu. tiontlc lo frrxh Aouthcatt lo wiuth Hindu un the roait
Man Falls Thraugh Skylight, Badly Hurt
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR POLL TAX?
The 5.000-mark was passed
Lions club members of Central
West Texas last night met and warmed to personable Flank V.
Birch, their international president.
-TM. .J I .. , iQ-»T ,^11 Approximately 375 persons, the
Thursday in pajment of 1937 poll ladies, heard Birch
taxes, as rushing business contlnu- ^t a dinner given in his hon-
da« niontl.v ciiiud>, colder.
.NKW .MKMtO. VRIZOW: (.rncrall.v
fair tiida.v and 'd»(urda>; little chanae ill I em i*e rat ore.
Range nt teniperalure yetiterday:
ed in the assessor-collector's office The standings:
t The 1936 total, a record, was
W. C Waters. 1326 Elm. was ser-r'aild'^c;n1;..'’r.‘i^..nr?lidar;™"^^^ injured yesterday afternoon I
when he fell through a temporary, jg^uarv 27 1936 skylight while making repairs to -^»nuarv zn uao
'i*' >.600. Tli.t mMtls that 3.591 polls
waters Lydlc? Roolln, !
company, was working on the roof | *ng da.vs before Monday s dead-when he backed onto the tarpaulin | ^ne. lf a new record is to be set. covered skylight. The canvas gave
way and he fell approximately 151 HISS jQieS IOX feet to the concrete floor In the I
hardware department of the store. | PHILADEILPHIA. Jan. 27 —i.-Pi— He suffered broken arms, and To a serenade of hisses from a scalp mjune.« ' crowded gallery, city council today
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had been declared sold to a bidder. Joe Weingarten, Houston.
lllgliciil anil lonctkl tom|i« lalurcn to t p. Pl. >pTlcrdai. aa ami sr; -iamc dale a >ear ago, ,5.H and .SO.
siiiiM-l >exlprda.\, a tog; tuoriM lodaj, I .SIA I »uii*ct t^a), OiOa.
or. It was .served in the Crystal ballroom and dining room at the Hilton hotel.
Abilene Lions clubmen were joined by representatives of clubs In a
Birch, who a week ago last night spoke In Honolulu, told fellow Lions that he is on a 60-day tour which began December 31. Since leaving his home In Milwaukee. Wis„ he already has traveled 12.000 miles. After stops in California and Arizona. he appeared Wednesday night in El Paso.
Yesterday was a busy day for Birch. He stopped in Uie forenoon at Sweetwater, going from there to
dozen other towns Nearly 125 per- San Angelo for a luncheon. He sons from out-of-town registered I arrived here late yesterday after-
for the banquet Another high in the organization
noon. The International executive will spend two weeks in Texas,
who attended the dinner was Tom | which he said possesses more Lions Gillis of Fort Wortli, district 2-E j and clubs than any other state — governor of the Lions. He was ac- | 360 clubs and 9,000 members.
oompMtnled here by Don Cowan.
Semi-humorous at the moment,
deputy district governor. Also guests Birch advised his listeners that
were Ross S. Covey of Sweetwater.
Hospital attendants said last i passed a two per cent sales tax Horace Condley of Cisco and D. B. night he wa.s resting as easy as that was opposed by merchants and j Bowles of Breckenridge, all past could be' expected. * I Mayor S. Davis Wiiscga. district governors.
"all the ambition In n man’s life may be summed up in eight chap-
bee LIONS, Pg. IO, Col. 4