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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1938, Abilene, Texas Abilene VOL. LVI I, NO. 253 "WITHOUT, OR W1TWOPFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, AVE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS FT ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY ING VTEN PAGES rnu PRICE 5 CENTS Young Minister Student Billed In Assault Case School Girl Of 16 Complainant Against Youth From Big Spring, Father Of Infant Nine Days Old Pat Adams, about 23, a. college student, was held in Taylor county jail last night on an indictment charging criminal as- sault on a 16-year-old Abilene school girl, Adams, a ministerial student during the past semester at Hardin-Simmons university, was billed by the 42d district court grand jury Friday afternoon. A few hours earlier hs had been arrested by the Abilene police department. Adams' wife, and ndne-day-old son remained in Wreaks Damage Flooded Stream Col lapses Bbl. Oil Field Pit By the Associated Press The swollen Sabine river col- lapsed an East Texas oil field pit near Gladewater Friday and barrels of crude tumbled Into the stream. The ail, valued at about created R fire hazard and opera- tors feared the Incident might be repeated. The Sabine overcame hours of work by volunteers who dyked the pit with sandbags, and oilmen hastened their labor at other sites. STATE'S OIL The collapsed pit had contained oil confiscated by the state, At- torney General Tom D. Rowell said, on the grounds it was ille- gally produced. Other flooding East Texas riv- ers, swollen from recent rains, forced. more than 200 families from their home Friday, threaten- ed loss to oil operators, and en- dangered .highways. Ixrelanti residents along the Lit- tle and Red rivers flea across the Texas line to in the hills. Jett_0rton. Pulton, Ark., landowner, acres in the area were under two feet of water, said a few cattle, some unpicked cotton and tenant houses were lost. The Sabine reached a crest of 3852 feet at Gladewater about noon Friday, and was receding In the afternoon. Observers predicted the lowlands would begin drain- ing tomorrow and the river be normal within ten days unless more rain falls. Hendriok Memorial hospital where the child was born Jan. 19. MAKES NO STATEMENT Arrest was ma'Je on complaint of the girl's alter a physician's examination. Offense was said -to have occurred about nightfall Thursday. County Attorney Esco Walter said that Adams had made statement in the case. He had been a student in the local school only one semester, and gave Big iprlng as his home. His Abilene address was rural route 4. The school girl complaint was unable to give officers (he name of the man she said picked her up In his car, drove her out to Gap and over roads in that section of the county. She ;ave a description of him and his automobile, however, and police arrested Adams Friday morning. Grand jury in 42d court had al- ready reconvened Friday morning complete investigations for the current term. The case was im- mediately placed before it by Dis- trict Attorney J. p.. Black and County Attorney Walter. Adams' was indicted on three counts. Walter Ely has been employed as defense attorney. Arrest Couple At Atlanta In Texas Railroad Mail Theft ATLANTA, Jan. ed as they walled at Candler airport for a plane to bear them to Dal- las, a young couple was held here tonight for questioning in the rob- bery of a railwaj- mail car pouch of last November between Dal- las and O'Donnell, Tex. M. H. Ackerman, postoffice in- spector in crmrEte. identified the two as Sirney Miller, 30, of Spur Te.v, and his wife, Helen Miller 23, former Dallas beauty shop operator. Inspectors and the arresting of- ficers, Dcteclivcs Ifo Nnhlik and M. M. Coppenger, said the man, of scholarly appearance in a neat, grey business suit, had In bills in his The young woman, they said, had In S20 and J50 bills, she was modishly dressed in a light suit trimmed with red. NaliliX- said Miller reported he had come to Atlanta to visit brother serving a term for counter- foiling. The couple had purchased tickets for a Dallas plane, due in 10 min- utes, n-hen they were taken Into custody. Engineer For Oil Company Dies Here Flint Dye West Texan Since 1913 Flint Dye, who first came to Tay- lor county In 1913, will be buried today at Hamlin. Dye succumbed at 4 o'clock yes- terday afternoon at Hendrick Mem- orial hospital after a week's Illness Funeral nkass will be said at 1( o'clock this morning at Heart CaUiolic church by Ihe Rev Henry Pelderhoff. Tlic body win be taken overland lo Hamlin In Laughter funeral coach. Dye. nn engineer for the Sliel Oil company, was born in Austin He came here 25 years ago and hat lived either In this county or a Hamlin since Oiat lime. He married In 1920 In Coke county to Cora Harrison. Survivors arc his wife and ianglitcr. Virginia Hope Dye, 10 ffhosc home Is nt Hamlin; tw( Brothers. Jim Dye and Doug Dye 50th of Guion; and a sister, Mrs. Esther Smith of Hamlin, Crows Pull SmartyOnRurinfels County Assassins ROWENA, Jan. The Southwestern quarter of Runnds county shivered to- night as 135 dynamite bombs were touched off In a roost reputed to be the home of 000 ravens. A hundred sportsmen, busi- nessmen and farmers rushed Into the mesquite Jungle to count (he kill, expected to be In the as like poundage of dynamite and number of bombs had killed to JO.OOO ravens In a blast In Oklahoma. When the smoke cleared, mesquite frees and cactus bushes were torn to shreds by the blast. A few feathers were found 25 yards south of where Ihe lell-tale wires were laid yesterday. But there wasn't a dead crow In Ihe 20-acre roost. Nervously the birds had come lo roost at dark in a safety zone 25 yards south of the wires. Texan Charged In Sweetheart's Death CORPUS CHRISTI, Jan. Prank Furst. 45, unemployed butcher and sailor, was chnrget with murder today in connection with the death of his sweetheart who he was afraid would "quit him because he was "out of a job and broke." The sweetheart was Ruby Hil Tale. 20, pretty taxi dancer. He H-year-old sister, Melba Joyce found her unconscious in her room yesterday, fatally wounded by fou bullets. Melba Joyce told officer that Furst was in his own room which he rented from the girls mother. CITY BURIED BY SNOW Snow of them 20 feet deep buried Ironwood. Mich., in the worst blizzard in the city's history. Here Is a view on one of the business streets, with a pedestrian, In the background, dwarfed by the huge snow banks along the cleared sidewalk. Crash Fatal To Former Ranger T. D. Whitehorn To Be Buried In. Corpus Christ! BALUNGER, Jan. 28. T. D. Whitehorn, a veteran peace offi- cer and former Texas ranger who at his death had become district supervisor for the state comptrol- ler's department, will be buried in Corpus The body was overland today He died early Friday, his neck broken when Whitehorn's automo- bile crashed into the ditch. Clar- ence Winans and Al Patrick of Balllnger discovered Wliltehorn ly- ing in the middle-of the highway between Rowena and Miles about 1 o'clock this morning. He apparent- ly had dozed and lost control of his car, which lay in the ditch. The state department employe, still conscious when he was found, asked to be taken to Ballinger hos- pital. He died soon after reaching LEFT ABILENE IN '36 Whitehorn, who left the ranger force- to join the comptroller's de- partment in 1932, moved from Abi- lene In 1936 to make his home at Carbon. Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Mildred, Dorothy and Mary Evelyn Whitehorn of Carbon and Mrs. V. I. Moore Jr. of Dallas- and one son, T. D. Whitehorn Jr of Carbon. The 20th victim of highway traf- fic since January 1 in the several counties surrounding Abilene, Whitehorn was born April 30, 1889, In Tennessee. He came to Texas as a young man to become widely known as a peace ollicer. He had served in that capacity nt Sweet- water, Lubbock' and Borger. White- horn was one of the first officers to be sworn when martial law was declared at Borger. Whitehorn was a member of the Baptist church and belonged to the Masonic lodge at Atlanta, Texas. Store Head Tells Of Abduction, Robbery LUBBOCK, Jan. said here loday Arnold H. Maas, manager of a (Montgomery Ward) deparlment store, told them two armed men abducted him lasl night and robbed the .store of after forcing htm to reveal the combina- tion of the company safe. Leasing Policy Attacked Anew Burkburnett Man Questioned As To Successful Bids AUSTIN, Jan. 28--OT-Que5tion- ers in a senate committee investiga- tion of Land Commissioner William H. McDonald laid added emphasis today on the contention, his policy of frequently ty bids to high-cash offtrs-.was'.un- lUnd. They sought through .interroga- tion of I. E. Harwell of' Burkburnet and W. M. Harris of Houston, part- ners in "successful' bids on numer- ous submerged land leasts, to show the state risked hundreds of thous- ands of dollars on such a policy while the bidders had virtually nothing to lose. Harwell gave Ihe commitlee rec- ords of a group which jointly made Hie accepted bids on a number o tracts. The Burkburnett banker and ol man was questioned concerning why bids were offered In various names Including the name of one man whc did not care to participate in de velopment of any ot the leases, In stead of all of them being offered in one name. Harwell first said "I didn't think Bill McDonald would give all o them to me" but added almost im mediately he believed the lam commissioner always would award i lease on what he (McDonald) con sldered the best bid. UNDER NORMAL GRANARY PLAN- Crop Insurance To Start Roosevelt Asks Unprecedented DefenseSteps Twenty Percent- Increase In Naval Building Included WASHINGTON, Jan. A presidential request for the voadest expansion ot the army and navy in the nation's peace-time hls- went today to Capitol Hill, rhere It encountered much appro- val and some criticism. Declaring the armed forces "in- adequate for purposes of national Roosevelt recommended, among other things, a. 30 percent ncrease in the navy building pro- gram at a cost estimated by navy officers at Roosevelt placed the responsibil- ity for his request "specifically and solely" upon "the piling up of addi- tional land and sea armaments In other countries. In such manner as to involve threat to world peact and security.'! He promised to continue his efforts at arms re- duction by International agreement His proposals were: STl-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS (1) An authorization of for Increased army anti-aircraf weapons; K.OW.OOO of the sum to be spent in the next fiscal year. (J) An expenditure of H50.000 for "the better establishment Of an en- listed reserve for the "army." (3) An expenditure of for gauges, dies and other "aids to manufacture" of army materials to be spent In the next fiscal year. -An appropriation of for ammunition fpr the army. IS) A twenty-percent increase in the naval building program. The Immediate laying down of-two oittlesfilps arid two cruisers ik'tUeshfcs lor telrywr adt two- already' (7) An approprtmUoti'of 000 for construction of small riava vessels on an experimental basis. (8) enactment of leghlallon "aimed at the prevention of .profit eering I ft time' of war and th equalization of the burdeni of pos ilble war. Chairman Vlraon of. th house naval committee introduced bill to carry out Roosevelt's nava recommendations. It-.would author nivy. to vessels.ag gregatlng- 25S.154 .toils, Ifi addition to the vessels It is already erapow ered to The increased authorisations would Include three tw airplane' carriers, eight cruisers, destroyers and nine submarines. Ex-Mayor Dies PLAINVIEW, Jan. M Waller, resident here 30 years an Plalnview mayor from 1922 to ins died of a heart attack In the yait of his home here today. FACE SLAPPING WAS IN LINE OF DUTY, ASSERTS HIGH JAP Sentry Who Struck US Envoy Not To Be Punished; Apology Only 'Gesture' SHANGHAI, Jan. Japanese army spokesman declared today the Japanese soldier who assaulted the United Statei diplomat in charge ot the Nanking embassy would not be puniihed u he "only doingf duty.'' The spokesman the Japanese authorities were taking a ferioui view of what they con- idered the "insolent attitude" of the American diplomat, Fohn M. Allison, third iest portions. Fresh Hthtrljr Kinds nn the roasl, OKLAHOMA Clou A y, r En portion Saturday; Sunday rain. AROW. much colder. north A. M. 44 of jcstcrday; 4i n u 9 '.'.'.r.'.'.r.'.'.r. M M If) ___......... 58............. H Xoon CJ MMnltM Hlihftl and 1out5t to 9 p. m. 66-11; samt 3 year 3 so, M-M. loAfcy. Ad Valorem Tax Deadline Hears aTwo Days Remain For 37 Payments Only two daj's remain for pay- ment of 1937 ad valorem taxes. With the January 31 deadline nearing, property owners were rush- ing city and county tax collection offices Friday, but still greater throngs are awaited Saturday and Monday. City Tax Assessor-Collector Earl Hughes reported that Friday's col- lections totaled bringing1 collections for the year to a total of This is seven-tenths of the quota set by Hughes. Assessor-collector Pat Patteroa, In the county office, was unable to give total collections yesterday. The office has been handling more than dally this week how- ever. Poll tax payment? continued to roll toward A new record. Recipls written through Friday totaled compared to at the same time In 1936. Patterson will close his office, if possible, at the usual 5 p. m. hour Saturday, but Monday will hold open until midnight, If need arises. Hughes will close at 5 p. m. Mon- day, but all payments received by mill postmarked before midnight January 31 will be accepted. Pro- perty holders who are unable to get to his office before 5 o'clock Mon- day afternoon may drop their pay- ments In the local postolfice any- time before ;