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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 3, 1938, Abilene, Texas @WN NEWSPAPER ©ie Abilene Reporter -i^teuis-WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE    YOUR    WORLD    EXACTLY    AS    IT    GOES"-Byron VOL. LYU I, NO. 7. Aimoriatrd I* rf ta (AD ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 3, 1938.—FOURTEEN PAGES Cn'trd frf» (UP) PRICE 5 CENTS DECAPITATING ONE DRIVERStephenville Bus-Truck Crash Kills Four, Hurts 21 'Break' Rumors In Cash Kidnap Stir Princeton Hoover In Lead, Federal Agents Maintain Silence PRINCETON, Fir. June 3.—(JPS— Numerous reports of a “break'' in the Jimmy Cash kidnaping case caused recurring flurries of excitement tonight in this South Florida village while some 2.000 men searched in vain for some trace of the five-year-old child over an area cl 80 square miles The reports -all without confirmation related that the youngster had been found dead, that federal agen** in Miami had obtained a confession from one of the many persons they questioned, and that a man had been found whose fingerprint- corresponded to those on 1.0*0* demanding the sin OOO ransom which was paid by the boy’s father. J Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who Hew to Miami to take personal command, said he had no statement to make as he left FBI headquarters to go to dinner The FBI posted a regard of double the face value for finders of the first IOO ransom bills, the serial numbers of which were distributed yesterday. It also broadcast a description of toe blond, blue-eyed voungster containing this poignant line. after stating the height of 3 feet, 7 inches: “Note: This height was obtained from a mark placed on a wall within the past several weeks by (he father in measuring the actual height of the bov.“ AU indications were that the federal agents had given up hope of finding him alive. All Princeton was on edge Hoover held a pres conference ti Miami. 25 miles north of here. but limited his commer : to * e ob n rvation that this fanning region v as the worst country in which his men ever hunted. The volunteer searchers turned in a number of articles culled from the second day of beating the woods and fields. Among them were «,wo complete convict outfits, but Sheriff D C Coleman expressed doubt they had any connection with the kidnaping A fleet of 65 boats covered 175 miles of Biscayne bay shoreline east of here and 231 miles of Everglades canals. A crew of divers, one a woman, extended the search to rtreams and 31 water filled limestone pita. CAPABLE OF 700 MILES AN HO UR, ROCKET SPACE SHIP INCREASES ITS RANGE 30 PER CENT Second Collision Fatal To Three By HOWARD W. BLAKESLEE Associated Press Science Editor ROSWELL. N. M., June 2— GPv— A new step in the principle of rocket ship control was disclosed today in Eden valley, the huge eaucer-shape outdoor laboratory rear here where Dr. Robert H. Goddard of Clark university is working on the world's first sounding rock. He has added a potential 30 per cent to the range of his long. slim, black, 700-mile-an-hour rocket since his last published report two years ago. At that time Dr. Goddard announced a gyro steering mechanism by which a rocket motor could be steered automatically as long as the fuel lasted The new step is a means of steering after the fuel is gone will carry the. rocket nearly one third higher. The motor which Dr .Goddard uses burns two fuels, oxygen and gasoline, which shoot out ct nozzles near the tall of the rocket. Mixing the oxygen with the gasoline makes one of the most powerful explosives. These streams are ignited where they meet in a mixing chamber. They flame out of an opening in the tail of a rocket with the roar of an express train and the speed of a mile a second. The new steering device of two years ago does not use the atmosphere but this train of rushing gas, to steer by. Rudders are placed so that the stream hits them. A gyro controls the rudders to direct the rocket straight up. In this manner a rocket could be steered In empty space. But Dr. Goddard Is seeking practical flights to study the mysteries of the atmosphere SO to IOO miles up, and also the answers to immediate mechanical puzzles which must be solved before rocket ships can fly from point to point. The objective of the present rocket is to carry meterological and scientific instruments higher than balloons. For this the catapult flight, following the peopelled flight, will be useful. The rocket must be steered in this part of the flight by some other means than the rudders in its gas stream. The new methods of steering, to handle the catapult pnase, have been largely worked out. They cannot be made public at present. They will be reported by Dr. Goddard to the Darnel and Florence Guggenheim foundation, which is financing the rocket experiments here. Speeds higher than the 700 miles an hour which Dr. Goddards rockets have already made are practical with the type of motor he has developed. Chich high speeds are useless until controlled. The catapult steering is only one of the new steps Each new clewtoe takes months of work Not only is there no precede.it to guide Dr Goddard, but after he has Invented a new device there is no one to manufacture it. He and four assistants do all the work in a small machine shop behind the residence at Mas-calero ranch four miles from Roswell. UNABLE TO REACH NIGHT VOTE- LA PONS WEDS Senators Predict Relief Passage Night Session Ends In Debate Bankers Gather In Throckmorton THROCKMORTON. June 2.— (Spl.i—An address by Oral Jones of Wichita Falls, president of the Texas Bankers association, is to highlight the meeting here Friday of the Four-County Bankers association. The First National Bank of Throckmorton is to be hoot tor the se.ssion, which Is expected to draw a crowd of 75 or 80. Tire association’s membership comprises banks in Haskell. Baylor, Knox and Throckmorton counties. Another principal speaker is to be John Lee Smith, Throckmorton attorney. R B Coleman; R. E Baskin, president of the Farmers National bank. Seymour; Mayor Sloan Stabling of Throckmorton; and Byrd F Thorp, Throckmorton, president of the association, also are to be heard. The business session, in the morning. will close with the selection of the 1939 meeting place A fish fry will follow, at the McCluskey and Atkinson ranch, north of Throckmorton. Hatch Proposal To Bar Political Activity Downed WASHINGTON, June 2— (*»> — Senate leaders failed tonight to bring the administration relief bill to a vote, but predicted certain approval of the 13,422.000.000 measure tomorrow Senator Barkley *D-Ky>, the majority leader, abruptly ended the chamber s second night session of thp bill at mid-evening when it became apparent that debate might continue for hours. HATCH OVERRULED Just previously, Barkley won a two-vote victory in a fight against an amendment by Senator Hatch • D-NMi restricting political activity by WPA administrative employes. The Hatch proposal offered as an amendment ot the spending-lending bill, was defeated. 39 to 37.; Berkley vigorously opposed it, con-1 tending it would do nothing to prevent political activity by state employes. Earlier, the chamber rejected by a voice vote an amendment forbidding the use of PWA funds for the construction of utility plants which would duplicate existing privately-owned systems. It acted after Barkley had re-' ported President Roosevelt opposed the restriction. Previously, the chamber overrode recommendations of its appropria-1 lions committee and voted an appropriation of $965,000,000 for the PWA COMPROMISE balked While announcing the president's opposition to the proposed restriction, Barkley tempered it with a statement that Roosevelt would not allow funds for utility construction until municipalities had made “reasonable" offers in "good faith” to buy existing private plants. Barkley said, under questioning, that Roosevelt would Judge whether offers were reasonable and whether they had been advanced in good faith. The proposed restriction was lec-ommended by the appropriations committee as an amendment to the administration's spending - lending bill. Prior to the vote which killed the proposal, the senate rejected, 46 to 30, a compromise advanced oy Senator Maloney (D-Conn>- The Maloney amendment provided a system of compulsory arbitra- See SENATE, Pg. 14, Col. 8 Tuscola Twins Divide Valedictory Honors, Compiling Twin Averages In High School Twin boys with twin averages will be co-valedictortans of Tuscola high school at graduation exercises tonight. Bob and Frank Latta, 17-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Latta of the Rogers community, have averaged 91-plus during their four years in high school. There was 13-34 of a point difference in their grades, but Supt. E. O. Larkin says he baa forgotten which was the highest. Graduation exercises will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in the First Methodist church there. W CL Russell, Hamlin banker, will be the commencement speaker. Seventeen students will be graduated. Ranking third in the class is Patsy McFerrin, with a 90 average. Valedictorian of the seventh grade class, for which exercises were held Thursday night, was Gail Dunbar. Billy Styles was salu-tatorian. Fifteen students were graduated. The Latta twins are active in FFA and student council work and music. Both play the piano and sing The boys plan to attend college, but have not decided where definitely. DELUGE FLOODS BIG SPRING,-HAIL STORM DAMAGES ROTAN Swirling Wafers Fill Street In Howard County City; Fisher Crops Laid Waste Striking in two widely separated spots about the same time, rain and hail early last night swept Big Spring and Rotan Other points in the Abilene territory reported rains ranging from light to heavy showers. Late last night, firemen at Big Spring still were moving families from houses in the west side of town. In a “valley,” that part of town was flooded almost entirely, Big Spring police said. WATER OVER HEADLAMPS “It rained all around and then poured down in the middle.” the desk sergeant at the police department described the downpour, estimated at more than three inches, j Heaviest part of the rain fell in about an hour and a half, with a brisk shower still falling about ll o’clock. Runnels street in Big Spring was Mrs. Jack Cunningham, was pad-reported filled with swirling water I locked Thursday by members of from end to end, the stream level sheriff's department, who acted over automobile headlights In some on orders of Judge M. S. Long of places,    42d    district court. Highways to the city still were Sheriff Sid McAdams and Deputy open, although flooded, a bridge in Elmpr L®wp placed two padlocks the south part of town was washed on ^ front doors Since the place out.    was    also being used    for living quar- Police said one cloud approached ters. a rear door was left open, from the east and another from the Judge Long ordered the place west and late last night another padlocked Wednesday, after a jury Officers Put Lock On Cafe A cafe at 1618 Walnut street, operated bv Mrs. Helen Jones and was forming in the north. HAIL BREAKS PANES Telephone connections in some parts of town were out, and water was standing in business houses. had found the cafe to be a place where persons gathered for the purpose of drinking intoxicating liquors. To a raid in the cedar Gap re- Mouse In Turkey Costs Cafe SI50 Olney Ships Wheat OLNEY, June 2.—(A*)—Three cars of new combined wheat, first of the season, have been billed out of Olney. The yield per acre is varying from five to 14 bushels per acre. Some of the wheat still is too green for combining. NEW ORLEANS, June 2.—UPI - District Judge Nat Bond held today that Martin brothers’ restaurant must pay damages of $150 to Ralph E. Bertheaud because it served Bertheaud a mouse in a turkey dinner January IO. Bertheaud said in his suit for $5,000 that he suffered great mental anguish and embarrassment when he found he was eating a mouse. No rain or hail accompanied the (hon south of Abilene Thursday downpour.    ,    evening, the sheriff's department From Rotan came word of wind-    seized    a    quantity of beer.    Charges driven nail storm that broke virtu-    are    to    be filed against    the    opera- ally every window pane in the busi-    tor    of    a    filling station,    as    a    result, ness section, and seriously damag-' La?we said, ed house roofs and car tops. The hailstones were small but plentiful enough to cover the ground, it was reported. Driving the hail was a wind with an estimated force of 50 to 60 miles per hour. Crops in its paths were damaged seriously MOTORISTS BLINDED Striking Rotan from the west, the storm veered southward, but did not reach Roby. Colorado Amateur Program Resumed COLORADO, June 2.— <Spl .)— Thousands of Mitchell countian* are expected to turn out Friday night for the opening of the “amateur hour” season at Colorado's Ruddick park amphitheater. A Territory    covered    was    program has been prepared for the estimated at one to    two    miles    wide    occasion by Mrs W R Martin. and six miles long.    Originated    In    1936    by    J. H A plate glass window in the Phil-; Greene, then manager of the Colo-ips drug store was blown out.    rado chamber of commerce and now Motorists on the Bankhead high- manager at Big Sprint, the ama-W'ay between Abilene and Sweetwg* teur program has been held ever* ter said a heavy rain about ll p. rn Friday night throughout the sum-at times obscured the road. The mers since its beginning. It has drawn crowds estimated as high See STORM. PK. 14, Col. 6 as 8.(H)0. REMEMBER THEM?- Wandering Windsors Settle Down On Eve Of Their First Anniversary ANTIBES. France. June 2—iJP)— The wandering Windsors reached the eve of their first wedidng anniversary tonight happy, busy and apparently ready to settle down for a long stay on the Riviera. The duke and dutchess were supervising the redecoration of their new home Chateau de la Croe, with indications they may stay longer than the two years they have leased it It was possible they might even buy it lrom Sir Pomeroy Burton, Amcrican-born retired editor. They planned to spend their an-niversary tomorrow*, too, among the painters and paper hangers working in the three-story house. I The abdicated British monarch and his wife, American-born Wallis Warfield, seemed radiant despite the vicissitudes since last June 3 when they were married in the Chateau de Cande of American Charles E. Bedaux at Monts. TheLr only concern seemed to be only the delay in remodeling their own home, although not a!! the 18 months have been serene since former King Edward VHI gave up his throne. There was a long interlude of separation, with Edward in Austria and Wallis in Southern France, until she was freed by divorce from Ernest Aldrich Simpson, her second husband. Edward was forced to abandon his plans for a labor survey in the United States last winter. He was rebuffed when he attempted to at- I tend a British observance of Armistice day November ll in Paris and he has seen very few of his old friends. But the couple was beaming today during the drive to the chateau to watch the work, It will b*> about three weeks before the house is ready. This will be their first real home after spending their honeymoon in Austria, living in a Paris hotel, then a suburban villa and taking side trips to Germany and the Hlviera between times. Civic Workers Hail Success Finance Soldiers For C-C Conclude Drive At Dinner One hundred-twenty civic workers saluted victory in a dinner at the Wooten hotel last night officially marking the close of the Abilene chamber of commerce’s finance drive. Leaders of the chamber of commerce's city sales army and activities funds committee reported $19.-184 actually subscribed, with likelihood that an additional $1,000 would be added when all sollclta-j ti on* are needed. The original mini-j mum quota for financing the cham-I her s revitalization program — the I “Forward Abilene'’ campaign— was $17,500* The desired goal waa $20,-! OOO, hair praises spirit Presiding for the victory dinner was J. C. Hunter, popular president of the chamber who officially headed the finance drive. Hunter praised the efforts of the workers, and the cooperation evidenced “But even more important than the money raised is the spirit which has been generated by the campaign,” Hunter remarked. “We have broken away from the habit ot depending on an undefined group of people referred to as they’ to do the civic w’ork, and have substitute! the pronoun ‘we.’ It was the spirit of cooperation that got the Job done,” he declared. Mayor Will W. Hair lauded the I spirit of the campaign in phrases some interpreted as forecasting significant civic steps or problems likely to develop soon. “I am particularly glad to see this spirit of cooperation because the I city will need all its united strength to overcome some of the city governmental problems which will arise in the future, Mayor Hair said. GUESTS FROM LUBECK K Campaign workers were complimented by W. J. Fulwiler, co-chair-, man of the activities funds committee, H. O. Wooten, Co-Colonels D. G, Barrow* and Jess Winters of the sales army, and Majors T- E. Brownlee, Homer Scott, Jim Shelton and Russell Stephens of the same group. Gene Elo of the West Texas Utilities company introduced four guests from Lubbock who had been invited as goodwill ambassadors. They were J. H. Brock, assistant secretary of the Lubbock chamber of commerce, G. p. Kuykendall, ' Mark Halsey and Dr. J. E. Barr, The Very Rev- Henry Felderhoff, priest of Sacred Heart Catholic church of Abilene, said the invocation. Entertainment was furnished by Jerry Stephens, cornet soloist, with piano accompaniment by Minnie Faye McQuary. Ed Shumway, executive of the Chisholm Trail Boy Scout council, led group singing. James A. (Call Me Jim* Blyth of the American City bureau, who engineered the finance campaign, bade farewell. He will leave Saturday. The Weather 1BU.EM, md    :    Generally    (air and warmer r»«la> WEST TEXAS: MMI) rioud), probably faltered fhund«*r»ho»rr* toda* and Sal • tirda>, coaler In the Panhandle Saturday. I \ST TEXAS; Parti* cloudy tiwlm and 'Saturday. Eight to moderate eaal I® southeast "intl, on the roam. HIW MEXICO: Parti* cloudy with lit lie chance In temperature today and Saturday . OKLAHOMA: Partly cloudy toda* ; sal ii ria* local yhowtm, cooler In west and north portion*. Ranee of temperature yesterday: AM    MOI    K    PM TI I,......,.8, I .  .......... ST 19      J         SS es    3    ........... . IHI SS ............ «      91 s« ........ a      us ST ............ S       *! HS .....  7      SS 7a ............ 8      *4 7 5      9    .       SS TU .......... IU      — SI      II      — SS    Noon    Midnight    73 H'ghe.t and lo\*e*| t-mp-ratitri * I i 9 ' p. rn. ye.'erday 9S and ; am, dale a »ear alto. So and HS. Sun* • y.MTd.y* .1 ll -lint .I, if. a: as, tunnel Iud.*}, T:tJ. Wage-Hour Fight Rages Lily Flashes * Smile . . But Hubby Looks Abashed , , . NORWALK. Conn.. June 3— (UP)—Lily Pons, opera and screen star, and Andre Hostel -anetz orchestra leader, were married today after obtaining a waiver of the state's five-day law. Geraldine Farrar, retired Metropolitan opera star, was matron of honor, and Charles ll Harris, wealthy retired glass manufacturer of this city, was best man Demand Henlein Trial As Traitor PRAGUE June 2,—*UP>—A demand that Konrad Henlein, Sudeten I German leader, be tried for high | treason on the basis of an interview which he recently gave to Ward I Price Bl uish newspaper correspondent. was made today bv Dr Vlas-t.mil Klima of the national league pa: * v. Khma lodged a formal demand at the state attorney’s office that Hen-lfin be prosecuted for statements i ade to Price, which included the declaration that there were three means of solving the minority ques-! on, including conflict ii mediation failed Acting under the law for defense of the republic. Klima submitted ividence purporting to support his cl arge, including a statement by i i ic* that despite denials of the Sudeten Dart;. Henlein's remarks sa printed in the interview were cor-lect. Private sources revealed that Czech reserves had been partially de mobilized, despite tile reticence to discuss the matter in official matters. Miss Unity Valkyrie Freeman- Mitford of London, close friend of A Golf Hitler, and William Rueff, 2’, Chicago student, left for Germany today after a brief period rf arrests on suspicion that they were spies. Methodists Dedicate New Church Sunday BUFFALO GAP, June 2.— iSpl.) - Replacing one of the oldest places of worship in Taylor county, the new* Methodist church here will be officially dedicated Sunday morning. June 5 The Rev. c* A. Rickie*, presiding elder of tIve Abilene Methodist district, will deliver the sermon Finished only recently, the church was rebuilt and rock-veneered after a high wind partially demolished the old building The old church hod been standing for more than 50 years. i>i>The Rev. H. Dooley is pastor. Conference Hears Lowest Minimum Wage Proposal WASHINGTON. June 2—{A*—A rock-bottom minimum wage of 25 cent* an hour was one of the major suggestions laid today before a senate-house conference committee struggling to reconcile difference* cm wage-hour legislation. No industry affected by the bill would be granted exemptions from this figure The suggestion was put forward with the idea that the bill, as finally agreed upon, might provide for general standards higher than 25 cents, but might give a government agency power to exempt certain industries from these standards. There was said to be strong sentiment in the committee to establish some bedrock figure below which such exemptions could not vo It was suggested that, besides ..ie 25 cm.t a.i horn- mini.cum. he committee agree upon 44 hours a week as the absolute standard beyond which exemptions could not be granted. If such a compromise were reached, it would incorporate provisions of both the house and senate bills, committee members pointed out The house measure calls for a 25-cent minimum wage, increasing to 40 cents in three years, and a 44-hour week declining to 40 hours after two years. The senate bill sets 40 cents an hour and 40 hours a week as standards, but permits a board of five to excuse individual firms from complying. One of the Southern senators who I has been active in the fight against wage-hour legislation, but who is not a member of tile conference j committee, said the Southerners ; would agree to accept a 25-cent minimum wage if provisions were made extending the time over which it would be advanced to 40 cents. Two Girls, One Boy Born At Hospital Mr. and Mrs. H. A Fredeck, route 5, Abilene, anounce the birth of a son yesterday afternoon at the Kendrick Memorial hospital. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gilbreth, 1018 Hickory, yesterday morning at the hospital" Mr. and Mrs R J. Snell of Hawley announce the birth of a daughter yesterday morning at the Hendrick Memorial hospital. Knox Mon Enters Appeal Court Race AUSTIN, June 2.—•.*?>—Winkler county friends of James A. Stephens. 69. of Benjamin. Knox county, filed his candidacy today for the place on the court of criminal appeals now occupied by Judge Harry N Graves of Georgetown Near Huntsville Flames Envelop Autos Figuring In Both Wrecks STEPHENVILLE, June 2— (AP)—Four persons were killed and 21 injured today in the head-on collision of a truck and a bus bearing a San An-tonio orchestra and entertainment group, Sheriffs officers reported fire consumed both machines shortly sfter they crashed at a bridge opening IO miles east of here on the highway between Stephenville and Granbury. THREE BODIES BURN A gas tank explosion followed the collision and most of the orchestral group managed to scramble from the machine in time to save their lives. They hauled all but three bodies from the wreckage, but one of their party died at a hospital here. The dead! Herman Lemons, 21-year-old truck driver from Junction, who was decapitated. Frances Valdez and Flora Garcia, entertainers from San Antonio. Miss Garcia died shortly after the was takerf to a hospital VV. VV (Windy) Matthews, driver of the bus. Bodies of Matthews and Miss Valdez were charred beyond recognition. Besides Miss Garcia, 21 persons were treated at the hospital Five were but slightly hurt; 14 required considerable attention, and two were seriously injured. They were gd<w Martinez Kiltie tor of toe 'VUhRtra, and Charles (Chuck) Warner. The bus was en route to Oklahoma City, where Martinez’ company intended to fulfill a three-day engagement at a country club. The truck driver was believed riding alone. Women Narrowly Escape Road Death HUNTSVILLE, June 2.— (JPh-Three persons were killed and a fourth was critically injured tonight when two trucks collided and burned eight miles south of here on the Houston highway. The dead: Dr. W. M. Rush, 50, veterinarian for the Texas prison system. S. E. Abies, of Houston, driver of an oil truck. An unidentified man riding with Ables. Dewey Fowler, 34-year-old con-; vict trusty serving a 99-year sen-; tenet for murder from Tarrant county, was injured critically. BLAST FOLLOWS CRASH Investigators said two women, Mrs. W. O. Dean of Corpus Christi, and Miss Derlys McDonald of I Huntsville, reported they started to turn off the road toward Houston when the oil truck swerved and | struck the back of their machine, flipping it in a half-circle so that it faced the opposite direction. The women said that the accident unnerved them and they drove j immediately to Huntsville. Officers theorized that Fowler, who was driving Dr. Rush back to the penitentiary, was unable to avoid the oil truck after it had struck the women’s car. The oil truck and the light penitentiary truck both plunged into a ditch. An explosion at the moment of impact tossed the cab of the larger vehicle about 70 feet. 'CLEVEREST AT LARGE' Bunco Artist, Forger Sought In West For $5,000 Swindling At Albuquerque DENVER, June 2—I ZP)—R. D Brown, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent at Denver, said today “one of the cleverest forgers now at large” was being sought in the West after forging an Albuquerque, N. M„ attorney's flame to two checks for more than $5,000. Brown said the man was Clarence E Mehaffey. 33. indicted by a Santa Fe. N M . federal grand jury on swindle charges. Mehaffey and Edward Lee Davis, now serving a lO-to-14-vear prison term on a recent conviciton in Wisconsin obtained a “very large amount” of money through their operations after their release four years ago from the New Hampshire state penitentiary, Brown said Mehaffey used “the old Bunco oamc” in cashing two checks stolen from the Albuquerque attorney's office, Brown said. After taking the checks, Mehaffey made an appointment to meet the attorney at Santa Cruz, N. M., Brown said. While the attorney was absent from Albuquerque to keep the appointment, Brown said, the National Trust and Savings bank called his office to determine whether a $2,845 check was in order. The person answering at the attorney’s office said it was. A few minutes later the bank again called about a $2,500 check, and was told it too was in order. Brown said the person answering at the attorney’s office probably was Mehaffey, and that he had forged the attorney’s name to the two checks. Brown said the trial of Davis, arrested at Wautoma. Wis., brought out that the pair had engaged in swindling operations since 1935 in many cities, including Bakersfield, Calif. Phoenix, Ariz. and Wichita Falls. ;