Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 30, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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FROM LUNG FUND SURPLUS—
NEW BABY INCUBATOR TO BE PURCHASED FOR HOSPITAL '
Last fall hundreds of people of Abilene and this section of Texas responded so freely to a. call for donations to buy an “iron lung” to be kept at Hendrick Memorial hospital that $714 cash was left on hand after the apparatus had been paid for. *
The Reporter - News, through which the donations were made, and officials of Hendrick Memorial hospital. feel that there has arisen another need which can be met with a part of the iron lung surplus and which is entirely in line with the spirit of those who gave the money.
Therefore, it has been decided to use a portion of the surplus on deposit in a local bank for purchase of a baby incubator for the local hospital.
The need for an additional incubator was impressed upon the public recently when two children were bom premturely within a few hours. There was but one incubator. On* of the children died. APPROVED BY DONORS Several persons who gave to the iron lung fund have called both the
Reporter-News and the hospital to say they would like to see some of the iron lung money used for this purpose.
It was for Just such a development that *this surplus was kept Intact. It was felt there might be need In future either for hospitalization of infantile paralysis victims, or for other apparatus which could aid the physicians and the hospital in treating children.
Supt. E. M. Collier of the hospital has gathered data cm improved types of incubators. This has been submitted to the physicians of the hospital staff and, after conference with officials of the Reporter-News, a nice, new incubator has been ordered and will be placed in the hospital for use of tiny mites bom there with whom nature will need an aide in bringing them through critical, anxiety-laden hours a~vd days at the beginning of their lives.
Hie Hess type incubator, with improved covering to facilitate administration of oxygen is priced at $351.
Icy North Wind Hits Panhandle
Mercury Avalanches 27 Degrees In Hour At Amarillo; Abilene Is Skeptical Of Cold Wave Forecast
By The Associated Press Sub-freezing weather returned to the Texas panhandle Saturday night as North and East Texas took stock of damage wrought by week-long floods.
At Borger a cold north wind whirled in dust which cut visibility to two blocks and sent
the thermometer down to SO degrees 'at 9 p. rn., a drop of 32 degrees in three hours. % GULF STORM WARNINGS
A short time later the icy blast struck Amarillo, tumbling the thermometer 27 degrees in an hour. At IO p.m. the reading was 25 with a 22 to 35 mile an hour wind blowing.
The disturbance caused the United States weather bureau at New
Orleans to order up southwest storm warnings from Pensacola, Fla., to Brownsville, Tex.
Meanwhile, in East Texas where much destruction was threatened by floodwaters, particularly by the Sabine river, the situation was alleviated when the streams began to recede. The Trinity river in North Texas also was falling after several days of rampagng.
50 DEGREES HERE
Baskng in 50-degree weather, Abilene remained skeptical early this morning of a cold wave forecast and livestock warnings.
It did so in the face of Weatherman W. H. Green s prediction for cloudy weather, with probably local rains and a wintry onslaught Sunday.
Tile meteorologist himself minimized that forecast.
“I don’t think the’-e ii be any severe blizzard.” he said. Green predicted that the weekend s lowest temperature probably would be about 25 degrees. The minimum so far this winter has been 20 degrees.
It appeared likely that Abilene’s severest weather of the current spell would not arrive before Sunday afternoon or night. Weatherman Green deemed the possibility of rain slight.
Waco Summers, 63, Dies Unexpectedly
Waco Summers, 63, was found dead in his home, 817 Oak, at 11:30 o’clock Saturday night.
The well-known trucker and resident of Abilene for 41 years was alone in Hie house last night. Sitting in a chair, dead, he was found by his wife when she came home at 11:30 p. rn. Cause of death has not been determined.
Funeral will be held Monday or Tuesday. Laughter Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include the wife, thrae tons, John and Bernie of Abilene and J. D. Summers of El Paso; and two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Osborn and Mrs. Effie Crowson of Abilene
Joseph Shelley (above) was convicted in federal court at Clarksdale, Miss., an a charge of peonage and sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,000. He was accused of forcibly holding on his farm two negroes and the eommon-law wife of one who owed him money. He said he would appeal the verdict.
Oil Executive Dies
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 29-^P}— Gayle A. Steele, 54, president and general manager of the Sinclair Pierce Oil Company here, died last night of complications following an appendix operation Monday.
League’s 'Big 3' Seek US Aid In Sino Assistance
Propose Financial, Economic Help To China In Jap War
GENEVA, Jan. 29 —(JPJ— Great Britain, France and Russia sought the cooperation of the United States tonight in a move to extend economic and flnincial aid to China in her war with Japan.
Competent League of Nations circles reported the three major powers had decided to take such action either with or without approval of the league council.
The decision closely followed a threat by Dr. V. K. Wellington Roo, Chinese delegate, to attack the league and Its leaders at Monday’s council meeting if Poland persisted in blocking a league plan to aid China.
Koo had hoped French and British backing would put through a resolution recommending that league members give all possible assistance to China even though a unanimous council vote would be necessary.
But the Polish delegate, Foreign Minister Joseph Beck, informed French Foreign Minister Yvon Del bos poland would not vote for the measure—similar to last Octobers league assembly resolution denouncing Japan.
After Koo had taken his strong stand, the new plan for independent four-power support of China was evolved.
There were no indications what tactics would be adopted to obtain United States support of new pro-pocal.
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Accused Attacker Pleads Not Guilty
Plea of not quilty was entered by Pat Adams, arraigned before Judge M. S. Long in 42d district court Saturday on a charge of criminal asault.
Trial was set February 9, and Judge Long ordered a special venire of 150 men. Adams did not ask bond, although he had asked earlier to be allowed to go to Hendrick Memorial hospital to visit his wife and second child, a son 19-days old.
Five cases were set for trial Monday. They are C. O. Pink, assault to murder: C. L. Childs, driving while intoxicated: and H. C. Brecken, driving while intoxicated. Cases of D. M. Dillon and John Anderson, charged in 17 cases each of chicken theft, were first set Monday, then continued to February 7 on motion of Pete Turner, defense attorney.
Also set February 7 are trials of Earl Bowen, wife and child desertion; Paul Sloan, J. s. Collins. J. S. Brooks, and Harold Kerns, burglary: Kerns, receiving and concealing stolen property: Jay Nelson, burglary and receiving and concealing stolen property: Pete
Lowell Bryant, indicted on a burglary charge, pleaded guilty before Judge Long and received a four-year prison sentence, suspended.
Ballinger Domino Hall Closed, 14 Arrested
BALLINGER, Jan. 29—iSpl) — Sheriff W. A. Holt, Deputy Gerald Black and Chief of Police Lee Moreland arrested 14 men and the managers of a domino hall here Saturday afternoon.
The managers, C. A. Brown and Bob Best, were charged in justice court with operating a gambling house and their bonds set at $500 each. The fourteen others arrested were charged with gaming and their cases will be heard Monday morning at 9 o’clock before Justice of the Peace B. W. Pilcher.
Stevenson In Roca
AUSTIN, Jan. 29—(JPV—Rep. Coke R. Stevenson of Junction formally filed his candidacy for the lieuten-ant-govemorship of Texas today with Vann Kennedy, secretary' of the state democratic executive committee.
PARALYSIS FUND GAINS $665 AS ABILENIANS CELEBRATE
Reception, Cake Cutting, Games And
Dancing Old And Modern Form Bill *
More than $655 will be devoted to the fight against infantile paralysis as the result of Abilene'* celebration of the birthday of President franklin Delano Roosevelt last night.
Celebrated by a reception, birthday cake cutting, and games tournament at the Wooten as well as a square dance at the Veterans ’ clubhouse and modern dancing at the Hilton, the response was heartily welcomed by members of the committees in charge. Malcolm Meek, county chair- j * *-
Nation Hears ED In Birthday Talk
President Thanks Fund Donors In Radio Address
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29.—<AV-President Roosevelt told the nation tonight it was ‘'glorioua” to have his birthday utilized for a national campaign against the scourge of Infantile paralysis.
He thanked contributors to the Mrs. Malcolm Meek cut the first j national foundation for inslice of the ornate three tiered paralysis, in an address
birthday cake to start the early br°adcast from the White House.
His message was directed especially to those attending 13,000 balls throughout the country, celebrating his fifty-sixth birthday tomorrow, and to tens of thousands of others who had sent coin contributions directly to the White
HATTIE TRIES THE SUSIE Q
man of the Committee for the Celebration of the President’s Birthday to Fight Infantile Paralysis, last night said:
MANY DUE CREDIT “I am deeply grateful personally, and for the sake of infantile paralysis sufferers at home and elsewhere, for the vigorous cooperation demonstrated in this effort. The workers, the contributors of money and prizes, the ticket buyers—groups which include hundreds of our citizens—have so gladly Joined in the celebration that I feel Its success is more than a passing interest in a worthy cause. The spirit seems to me a manifestation of a more sincere spirit of cooperation among our citizenship.
evening celebration on the mezzanine floor of the Hotel Wooten. The cake was decorated in red, white and blue to emphasize the small silk American flag which was its top adornment.
The cake was then >erved to all guest* present by Elizabeth Fau-oett. Josephine Wilkes and Mrs. J. H. Stowe. Prizes were presented to those finding a toothpick in their cake slice.
BRIDGE, 42 TOURNEYS
Games players then filed into the modernistic ball room for contests in bridge, 42, 84, and dominoes. Decorations for the ball room arere large American flags on the walls and a caricature of
My heart goes out in gratitude to the whole American people tonight,” the president said, “for we have found common cause in presenting a solid front against an insidious but deadly enemy.
’’One touch of nature makes the whole world kin and that kinship, which human suffering evokes, is perhaps the closest of all, for we know that those who work to ^ _ _ * help the suffering find true spir-
President Roosevelt at each end of ltual fellowship in that labor of
the hall. The caricatures were life.'* drawn by Mrs. V. C. Perini and John Nicholson.
The square dancing at the Veterans’ clubhouse got under way slightly ahead of schedule at 8.30.
Jinks McGee, his imperative whistles signaling the starting and
stopping of the figures, called the dancing from the stage where the Rhythm Racketeers were doing their very best performing. More than IOO couples did squares,
schottished, heeled and toed, and
occasionally took time out for a
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Vacancy Claim Stood On Own Merits He Says
Eleanor Powell (left), movie dancer, taugnt Ben. Battle Caraway cD-Ark) a couple of hot steps of the Susie-Q to
Washington, where Miss Powell visited the senate in publicizing the Presidents birthday ball.
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Youths1 Auto Racing Results In Death
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Day's Tax Receipts For City $12,449
With a rushing business up until closing time, the city tax assessor-collector’s office collected $12,449.06 in 1937 taxes yesterday. This brings the yearly total to $137,230.57,
City Collector Earl Hughes announced that for the convenience of taxpayers the office would remain open Monday until midnight. Checks mailed before midnight would be accepted also, he said.
AUSTIN, Jan. 29—(A*)— Funeral services will be conducted here tomorrow afternoon for Tom Rowley, 20, killed in an automobile collision early today.
Russell D. Austin, University of Texas student from Electra, was 12, Col. 6 seriously injured and three other youths hurt in the accident.
Allen McFadden. Jr., told police his automobile and that driven by Austin were racing at the time of the collision. The car occupied by Rowley came from a eross street.
Police Traffic Captain Roy J. Smith signed a negligent homicide complaint against Austin.
Witness To Spectacle Of Falling Meteor Believes It Truck Earth Near Cedar Gap
Charles W. Sanger of Abilene is hoping to find a meteorite as a souvenir of the spectacle he witnessed Friday night.
He describes the flight of a meteor through the sky, so close that he believes meteories will be found not far from Abilene.
Sanger was returning from Callahan county, on the old Potosi road—he was south of the old Watsonville comer traveling toward Abilene. It was shortly after 7 o’clock.
“A light almost blinded me. A ball of fire was rushing horizontally aero!® the sky to the
south. I had to look back at the road, and when I raised my eyes again the blaze had started downward, almost immediately hitting the ground and exploding^ Violet and green lights streaked upward.”
“It looked like the meteor had struck the ground between where I was and the Cedar Gap mountain, probably very close to the mountains.
Sanger said he had witnessed the flight of several meteors— but never a sight like that Friday night. He was about 7 1-2 miles from Abilene, southeast of Lake Kirby.
A RU.ENC AND VICINITY t CINA, probably local rains and colder aith cola buada>. livestock warnings.
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CART TCAAX; Cloud). probably occasional mins, colder In north portion with •old wave Sunday afternoon, mar Ii colder In south portion Sunday night: Monday
mostly cloudy min la south portion, colder In ernst and south portions. Fresh to strong south winds on the const, becoming northerly sunday nlcht
OKLAHOMA: Rain tar£ia^ to snow with •old wave and bard free re Sunday; Mon-day mostly fair, continued sold. Strong northerly winds Sunday.
NEM MEXICO: Cloudy Sunday, snow
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WTCC Museum Board Named
McCarty Sends Invitations To 14 Men To Serve
Fourteen men and women were asked Saturday by Milburn McCarty, president of the West Texas chamber of commerce, to serve as members of sn all-West Texas museum and art board*of control.
They are the Rev. Willis p. Gerhart, Dr. Cyrus N. Ray, Max Bentley, O. P. Thrane, Dr. Walter H. Adams and Dr. R. N. Richard-san, all of Abilene; and Dr. D. M.
Wiggins of El Paso. Dr. J. A- HUI L£,\u of Canyon. Dr. H. W. Morelock of J9cl’
Alpine. Dr. Bradford Knapp of j Purpose of the letters is to get Lubbock, Dr. W. J. McConnell of from the various localities the in-Denton. W. J. Lay land of Cle- .formation which they have re-bume, Dean J. Thomas Davis of garding a community chest. Stephenville and Mrs. W. W. Car- «we expect to p.ftrn a great de|J son of San Angelo. from the replies to these letters,"
D. A. Bandeen, WTCC manager, said Cannon. “We want to know
Chest' Data Of 11O Cities Sought
Boosters' Letters Ask Experiences Of Other Towns
Investigating the feasibility of a community chest for Abilene, members of a newly elected committee are sending letters to 110 cities and towns in 44 states, according to Bob Cannon, committee member. The committee was appointed last week at the open forum meeting of the Boosters club held to discuss a community pro-
Testimony Tops Fourth Day Of Senate Inquiry
AUSTIN, Jan. 29—(A*)—B. A. “Jerry” Adams of Tyler admitted to a senate investigating committee today he lied when he represented to M. H. Hackney of Longview that he could obtain Land Commissioner William H. McDonald’s approval of a vacancy claim whereas Hackney could not.
“I told him I had some ‘pull’ down here In Austin but I had none,” Adams testified. “I wanted to make a deal with Hackney giving my employer, M. 8. Eldred of Tyler, an interest in the lease in question. FAVOR NOT NEEDED “Anyone could have obtained approval of the vacancy claim because it was meritorious.”
“In other words,” persisted Sen. T. J. Holbrook of Galveston, chairman of the committee, “you told a lie when you told Hackney he couldn’t get the vacancy, didnt you?”
Yes, I did,1* Adams answered. Adams admission was the high light of the fourth day of a senate committee's inquiry into McDonald’s land policies.
An oil lease tm an Upshur county tract was the question involved.
Eldred, who went to Hackney’s office with Adams, had testified earlier that after the conference he told Adams the latter should not have made the representations to Hackney which he made. got quick action Hackney had told the committee two dave ago the representation was made to him Eldred and Adams could obtain approval of the vacancy claim within ten days. Th# genera] land office approved it four days after the contract was signed between Eldred end Hackney, who was acting as agent for W. E. Box of Wichita Falls, the original vacancy claimant.
Eldred testified he did not promise to get the vacancy within ten days and that the contract was an optional one—he was to get an interest in the 2.6 acre lease if the claim was allowed within ten days but otherwise tho contract was void.
Committeemen questioned Eldred at length about his visit to Cisco in McDonald's home county to see N. D. Gallagher, an oil man and uncle of an employe of the stat* land department.
advised each by letter: “In our new headquarters building in Abilene, a museum hall is being provided in which we desire to permanently display relics from a1! sections of West Texas: not with the view of competing with any established West Texas museums, but to the contrary, with the view of aiding and promoting museums.
the variation in mechanics of community chest operation in industrial and agricultural cities. We want to know how they operate their chest and if they do not have one we want to know why. We are asking for reasons for the establishment of the projects. We
want to know the general attitude se of both the agencies Involved and the general public.”
“In addition, a resource exhibit I When all the information has hall is being provided in which is been compiled, the attitude of the
HE FLEW INTO THE DAWN—
QUIET HE WANTS NOW DENIED VIKIN G OF I927--LINDY, 36 NEXT FRIDAY
BY DALE HARBISON
NEW YORK, Jan. 29 —(A)— What memories Charles A. Lindbergh might find next Friday were he sentimentalist enough to sit with a birthday cake before him and read the incredible biography the 36 sputtering candles could write!
See the first candle! In Detroit a baby ie born. Ifs Just an ordinary baby.
Then comes the candles of the Minnesota years —. Congressman Lindbergh’s kid; a long-boned boy trudging through adolescence, bringing home report cards that would never set any schoolhouse on ow. x.
Brightest of all bums that which, with fire for ink, writes of that year 1927. Lindbergh could hardly relive that memory without knowing it for what it was: world drama and world history.
JUST ‘SLIM’ THEN
He didn’t have much money. He wasn’t particularly outstanding as an airman. He was Just “Slim,” an uncommunicative aviator, gambling his life for a $25,000 pot of gold.
All he had to do was fly from New York to Paris.
All he had to gain was $25,000— and fame.
AU he had to lose was his life.
He flew into the dawn.
Lind berg lives today, his 36th of kidnaping .suspense, soul tor-
birthday just ahead.
The bright candle tells it all— of the plane swooping gently to earth at Le Bourget field whUe Frenchmen cheered: and of the bare-headed, twentieth century Viking who sailed the skies instead of the seas, climbing from his cockpit, and saying:
“I am Charles Lindbergh ”
One candle burns for love and marriage. One tells of an aerial voyage of Lindbergh and Mrs. Lindburgh to the far east, and of near disaster in a Chinese stream. BLACK CANDLES Then come the black candles: 1932, with the unprecedented horror
ture, and—at last—the broken, wasted body of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.
The candles bum on and tell of Lindbergh slipping away in the night aboard a freighter to seek abroad surcease from the notoriety his daring flight had brought.
Lindbergh, like Atlas and his world, has not been able to rid himself of his burden.
He could not escape. He would not answer phones. He avoided public places, he shunned attention. Stubbornly and doggedly he clung to this premise: "I have a right to live my own life.”
HIS OWN IDEA
But that, as the candles will tell him if he reads them aright next Friday, isn t so easy. The world says:
“Flying to Paris wa$ your own idea. Because you did this most spectacular thing, we shall always be interested in what you do.”
And if the Colonel views his birthday cake philosophically next Friday, perhaps he will take thought that though there are black candles, the white ones bum brightest; and that there is room on the cake for many, many more to bum as bravely and brilliantly as any that blaze there now.
installed our all-West Texas resources and community exhibit. The building also has space available for permanently displaying art and mural works chracteristic of Wezt Texas.”
A resources exhibit control board was appointed by McCarty last week. Walter Cline of Wichita Falls is chairman.
Workmen began remodeling the old federal building here two weeks ago into quarters for the WTCC. Installation of the resource display is expected to require three or four months.
entire group will be taken along with a survey of Abilenians. The completed material will be placed before the investigating committee and further discussion of the plan as applied to Abilene will be made.
Texas cities to receive copies of the letter are: Greenville, Texarkana, Corsicana, Brownville, Tyler, Austin, Paris, Beaumont, Sherman, Galveston, and Temple.
Two Feared Dead In Arizona Plane Crash
FLAGSTAFF, Arle , Jan. 29.—(A* —Investigators returned here tonight to report they had found th* approximate location of a plana which shot to the ground in flames, presumably carrying Gerald Vultae, airplane designer, and his wife, Sylvia Parker Vultee, 27, to their deaths today.
Deputy Sheriffs Ernest Yost and Forrest Willis said they had not been able to reach the wreckage becase of the rough, wooded country 30 miles south of here, where the crash reportedly occurred.
Yost said Earl Van Deren, rancher near Sedonia, Ariz., told him of seeing a flaming plane nose to the ground. Ranchers in the district, the deputy reported, heard a plane motor sputter and die near Oak Creek, canyon.
Yost and Harold Pilmer, forest ranger at Oak Creek, prepared to lead a posse of 50 men who will leave here at 7 a. rn, (M.S.T.), tomorrow in search of the wreckage.
SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 29— UP) — Dean Carl Venth, internationally known composer and, since 1908 a leader in Texas musical circles and teacher of music, died today. Venth was dean of the school of music at the University of San Antonie where he had taught since 1931.
ALBUQUERQUE. N. M, Jan. 29 —i/P)—Professing his innocence of any criminal violations, Charles H. Lembke resigned today as Albuquerque mayor and city commissioner in the wake of charges he embezzled more than $12,000 of city funds and speculated in municipal indebtedness.
Sentenced To Death
DALLAS, Jan.- 29 —(AV- Edward S. Winn. 24-year-old licensed transport pilot, was given death in the electric chair today for the killing: of William L. Presley, bakery employe, here last Nov. 20. Winn, whose home is at Columbus, Ind-had pleaded insanity. His attorneys indicated they would appeal. The state contended the motive was
Denying Guilt, Couple Nabbed In Atlanta For Mail Theft Agree To Return To Texas
ATI .ANTA, Jan. 29 —(A)— A smartly-dressed coupls arrested at the airport for questioning in the disappearance of $28,950 from a railway mail car in Texas last fall emphatically denied implication today and agreed to return to Texas for a hearing.
They had approximately $4,300 on their persons. Giving their names as Sidney Miller. 30, and his wife. Helen Miller, 23, the two were held for Fort Worth postal inspectors after failinf to make bond.
The man and woman waived examination before U. S. Commissioner E 8. Griffin.
“I deny the charges absolutely.” the scholarly-looking Miller said. He added he lived in Dallas, and made his living buying and selling
oil leases and royalties.
City detectives quoted Miller az saying “I can show where every dime of the money found on my wife and me came from. A goodly portion of it was borrowed from friends after I left Dallas about) two weeks ago.”
Four other Texans are tinder federal charges in the case,
DALLAS, Jan. 29 —(A*)— Captain C. W. B. Long, Dallas postal inspector, left tonight by air for Atlanta to return Sidney Miller and his wife Helen, to Dallas where they will be examined by a federal grand jury In oonnectfbn with a mail pouch robbery near O’Donnell. Texas, three weeks ago.
The mail pouch disappeared mysteriously from a mail car.