Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 10, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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President Maps Stumping Tour
Speech Supporting Barkley Expected
In Kentucky; To Stop In Fort Worth
WASHINGTON, June 9.—<JP)—President Roosevelt arranged today for a transcontinental stumping tour during which he is expected to fight for his program and put rn some kind words for certain democratic senators up for renomination.
One speech will be given at Covington. Ky. It would be a complete surprise to all political strategist* here if the president failed to include in that address some words of praise for Senator Barkley,
H Ba rifled is in a hot fight for renomination, his opponent being Gov. As early as last ( * * .
Kai-Shek PleadsUNSATISFIED CASE fully solved—
For Foreign Agents Press Cash Investigation
Churchmen Stay As Chinese Flee From Chengchow
BUT DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER
A. B. Chandler January, the president boasted Barkley in a letter read at a testimonial dinner in Louisville. SPETA ll IN COLORADO
White House officials announced that if conditions permitted the chief executive would leave here July 7 to speak in Marietta, Ohio, at ’he 150th anniversary celebration of the Northwest territory.
That speech will be in the morning of July 8. Prom there the presidential special will go to Covington for an afternoon address, probably from the rear platform.
The tentative schedule from then on. includes stops in Tennessee, probably at Memphis for some remarks about TV A; at Oklahoma City; and Port Worth, Texas, thence the president will travel to the coast, probable making some stops en route. One speech may be made in Colorado.
PLANS PISHING ( RI ISF,
A’ Oklahoma City the president Is expected to speak in the presence of Senator Thomas who is being opposed by Gov. E W Marland, Rep. Comer Smith and others.
Before taking a cruiser on the Pacific coast for a fishing vacation off the West coast of South America, the president probably v til speak in California, where Senator McAdoo has a renomination campaign on.
On the return ‘rip to Washington the touring chief executive may stop for a speech in Georgia
Way Laid Open For Intervention
lf Probe Passes
SHANGHAI. June 9 —(/P)—Qen-eialissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, leader of war-totn China, called upon friendly powers today “to fulfill their treaty obligations by giving China positive assistance.”
Chiang made the plea in a formal statement issued last night at Hankow, provisional Chinese capi-I tai, as his people fled before the invading Japanese, evacuating their C* i homes in tnree cities in one of the
Kentucky Situation gieatest mass exoduses in recent his-
Promises Dromo refugees crowd roads
While the generalissimo declared Cnina still was confident of “ultimate victory," he asked all friendly June 9— '/P>— natlons 10 ald China by economic
1 sanctions, arms embargoes and trade boycotts against Japan.
As Chang made his appeal the roads were black with slowly plod- j ding refugees fleeing Chengchow, rtrategic Honan province railway junction, while civilians also fled
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The senatorial proposal to have roving investigators look Into charges of political use of public funds come* at a time when such allegations are being made vehemently in Kentucky.
Whatever else the IO senate demo- (bom Hankow, south on the Yangtze crats who signed the Tydings reso- J?*"- and Canton, big port of South lution of inquiry may have had na
in mind, it is the situation in Ken- I Prepared to blast uut what Chi-
tacky that promise* most dramatic;"'*' ^femcs remain in Cheng-
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developments In the expected event an as maintalned a '5U.adl.
the inquiry Is authorized.
COI NTER CHARGES
In the Blue Grass state Senator Barkley, majority leader of the senate and close co-worker of the president’s, Ls engaged in a fight for renomination against A. B.
finery as they maintained a steady airplane bombing of the area. MISSIONARIES STAY
Twenty-one foreigners, including several American missionaries, remained in Chengchow, from which the main Chinese defenses have been withdrawn.
Strongly - entrenched Chinese
There was a pool and many press photographers, so young John Roosevelt and hLs fiancee. Anne Lindsay Clark, agreed to provide the atmosphere for pictures at the home of theif mother of the bride-to-be in Nahant, Mass, Here they are on me diving board.
"Happy” Chandler, wv » _u____, Ditviigiy - cmreucnea vminrse
Nws "P°rt* te]] f 'h*fJcs that ; forces south of Chengchow were re-The president has four eastern federal re.ief officials in the state p0rte<j to have beaten off repeated speaking engagements before are engaging in pro-Barklev acini- japanes«. attempts to cut the north-starting west including July 3 at ties, Barkley has hinted, in turn, 'south Pelping-Hankow railway line, the 75th anniversary of the battle that pro-Chandler tactics are being Chinese reports also asserted that
pursued in connection with the a two-day Japanese effort to land state administration of work-mak- sizeable forces from warships on ing projects to which the federal both banks of the Yangtze river 130 government contributes. southwest of Nanking had1
Modified bv the McAdoo amend- ' *alled <ksPJ* heavy bombardment •wk . ; , by enemy destroyers,
mfflt to tooled* »»*»•»««« . The chinese sud their rear guard faders, po..tical activities, ^ sctlon along the Lunghal was sue-ings resolution opens the way for slewing up the Japanese i
intervention by a senate committee , jesuit on Chengchow
NAHANT. Mass., June 9 —(A** —Anne Isindsay Clark and John A. Roosevelt, youngest son of the president, today filled out their wedding license applica
tion and paid $2 to Clerk Leon M. Delano at the town hall.
The wedding, has been set for June 18.
of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pa.
Ballinger Well Scores Strike
Blows In After Acieration In Palo Pinto Lime
FBI AGENTS RUMORED PROBING KIDNAP AFTER FATAL SHOOTING
in the Kentucky party row, Bach intervention could influence the primary results STATE VS. NEW DEAL
The primaries are set for Au-I gust 6 The Barkley-Chandler con-j test there, because of direct presi-
BALLINGER, June 9_(Spl>— dential endorsement of Barkley, is Acidized todrv. with 3.000 gallons, already at fever pitch It has at-Homer Price and others' No. I J traded more attention nationally J C Beddo. four miles northeast of than mast of the other senatorial
Bali nger, blew in almost immediate- pnmary fights
Iv. spraying oil with a st rom; show- 1 A majonty 0f the senate spon- ! tng of ga* and reportedly heading '
Col. Thompson Speaks Tonight
sore of the Tydings project appear to be in the administration black books for one reason or another.
tor one and a half hours Although no accurate gauge of possible production could be made until tomorrow. Price said he believed the vvell good for 500 barrels daily Early this afternoon the firs* showing was 250.000 cubic feet of tucky contest was ripening up as gas through 3000 feet of water probably the mast important field and oil to date for such an inquiry.
The well, reported as the best The administration and the presi-in Runnels since 1918. is the first dent in person have more at stake test in the county to show oil jn the wav of party prestige in from the Palo Pinto lime in prom- | Kentucky than elsewhere in the
Spends Night In Abilene Before Flying To Pampa
Witness In Harlan Coal Conspiracy Trial Is Shot Down In Fight With Two Miners
HARLAN, Ky. June 9.—(ZP)—Shortly after a union miner had been shot to death reports circulated here tonight that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were checking on a report another union leader had
Leslie Smithers, 30, president of the United Mine Workers of America local at Yancey Ky., was shot to death late today in a fight with two miners at Gulston, Ky.. about eight miles from here. He was a government witness in the Harlan trial at London, Ky.
George Titler. international representative of the UMWA. said tonight that John Isom, a union organizer.
ising amounts. Last week IO bailers of 40 graviy oil were recovered daily from the lime between 3,-398 and 3,515 feet. Acidization was at 3 498 feet.
Most acreage around the well already has been leased.
reported to him tonight that three men had seized him earlier today at CumbeiTand. Ky„ and forced him into an automobile. Titler said Isom told him he escaped when the Col. Ernest O. Thompson, mem- car stopped at a mine camp where McAdoo. Wagner of New York and t?r 0f tj^ railroad commission and the men sought to have him iden-one or two others are exceptions. ( candidate for governor, will make tilled.
Yet to all of the IO senators it was u campaign appearance on Abilene's two brothers, Verlin Fee. 29. and undoubtedly clear that the Ken- federal lawn at 8 o'clock tonight. Clyde Fee, 27, were held in the Har-
Thompson arrived in Abilene late iBn jail tonight in connection with last night, and is to leave by air Smithers" shooting. Clyde de-this morning for Pampa, where he ,,ied he had taken part in the fight vin make 3n afternoon address. Re- between Smithers and his brother.; turn to Abilene will be made by airplane immediately after the Pampa appearance Thompson met and conferred with with a group of friends and campaign aides in Eastland last night,
1938 primaries. There is also more risk involved for the White House
Beat Off Crickets
BILLINGS, Mont.. June 9 -(AP — Fire - spitting pressure burners manned throughout last night by guards at two bridges over the Yellowstone river turned back hordes of Mormon crickets threatening to invade Billings. County
In the light of what happened in i before coming to Abilene Pennsylvania and Iowa. ; Arrangements for the Abilene ap-
Chandler's state organization Is 1 Bearance are being made by a computed against Barkley. And the ; mittee headed by E. M Overshiner, lesson impressed by the outcome in I* reception is planned for 5 oclock.
Pennsylvania and iowa Is that state p Tn L tii?„RP? m w.
' ' Introduction of Thompson will be
The fight between Smithers and Verlin occurred in front of a store ut Gulston. Harlan county officials declined to say what caused it.
At London, later tonight, a government attorney, who declined use cf his name, .said he doubted the Pilling of Smithers had any connection with the trial.
organizations are hard to beat in party primaries, even with adminstration aid from Washington
Theft Suspect Held
DALHART. June 9 — -Deputy Sheriff John Rotan said tonight the
Famous Sisters' Brother Is Dead
Methodisls To Honor Bishop
Holt Pays Abilene Visit As Assembly Sessions Close
Sessions of the young people s assembly and the pastor's clinic of the Northwest Texas Methodist conference will draw' to a close today as homage is paid one of the most outstanding leaders of southern Methodism. Bishop Ivan Lee Holt of Dallas. *
Recently elected^jrfe^iding bishop over Southwest MtfnodLsts, Bishop Holt will arrive in Abilene on the I 20 p. rn. train for his first visit to the city. From 5 to 7 o’clock he will receive guests in an informal reception at the home of Presiding Elder C, A. Blckley. 1225 Sayles.
Southern Fight On Pay Scales Delays Senate
Conferees Reopen Minimum Debate On Wages, Hours
WASHINGTON. June 9 — OP)— Eighteen Southern senators appeared to be getting results tonight in their fight to establish lower wage minima for the South than 1 the North.
Their tacit threat to talk the wage-hour bill to death unless It j ermitted differentials forced a senate-house conference committee to reopen the whole minimum wage I question.
Later Senator Ellender (D-La) snid the conferees r.ad “virtually accepted” certain suggestions of the I Southerners He acknow ledged, how ever, that no vote had been taken.
Before today’s ultimatum from Dixie, ll of the 14 conferees had approved a formula under which wages in interstate commerce would be fixed, without exceptions, at 25 cents I the first year and 30 cents the second year. These conferees had abreed that from the third to the seventh year, inclusive, the scale would be fixed for each industry, separately between 30 and 40 cents, upon recommendation of special boards. After the seventh year, a general 40-cent rate would be re-quired, excepting only industries in which such a rate would clearly fcause disemployment.
Led by Senator Ellender. a mem-
I bn of the conference committee, the Southerners opposed the provision for a rigid 40-cent rate after seven years.
As a basis for further discussion, i Ellender proposed that reasons oth-j cr than that of probable unemployment be added as a cause for ex-, cmpt ions, among Ult rn local living , costs, prevailing wages and comparative freight rates.
MOKE TROUBLE ii I The wage-hour controversy clouded prospects for an early adjoum-, ment of congress. Senator Barkary i of Kentucky, the democratic senate leader, predicted the legislators would go home “about Tuesday,” but this forecast was contingent upon some wage-hour formula sat-• isfactory to the Southern senators being worked out.
The adjournment outlook was complicated further by differences ever the $3 724.000.000 lending-sj.ending bill. Representatives of the house and senate met for the
JARRETT WINS DIVORCE FROM ACQUATICSTAR
HOLLYWOOD, June ft-iAP,— Public linking of his wife. Eleanor Holm, swimming star, with Billy Rose, theatrical producer, wa* a “constant source f embar as s-nent” to Arthur J. Jarrett orchestra leader, he edified today in ) b t a i n i n g a divorce.
Rose's name was not mentioned by Jarett either in his "omplamt or his estimony. but it J vas brought out by George Tobin, best man at the Jarrett wedding, when lie corroborated the orchestra leader's testimony "Miss Holm told me she was going to marry Billy Rose and that he had proposed a tremendous career for her.” Tobm said.
Rose is married to Fanny Brice, the comedienne,
Jarrett ‘old of M iss Holm' 8 staying away all night when they lived in New York.
He called next and d id n where
Art, at Mike
said she him the morning said she ’ t know' she had $1,800
left her mink rat
In his complaint Jarrett alleged he wa.> caused humiliation and embarassment because of Miss Holm's conduct abroad a ship when she was expelled from the 1936 Olympic swimming team and forbidden to participate In the games.
The Jarretts were married in Beverly Hills on September 2, 1933, and separated March 30, 1937.
O'ainnen F^vor Insurance Plan
Wheat Premiums Explained By County Officials
Federal wheat insurance was discussed by a group of 103 fanners meeting at the county courthouse first time to try to adjust the dtf- ll hursday afternoon.
ferences between the bill as it I passed the two branches. One of j them reported it might “take some time to reach an agreement.” Progress was made, howe vet, on I another item of the administration’s program for this session. The sen-I :»te approved and sent to the house a resolution providing for an investigation of monopolistic practices In business and industry HOI SE PROGRESSES The house unseated Representative Jenks iR-NH) and put in his place Alphonse Roy. democrat, thus nettling a long election contest The house interstate commerce committee approved a bill to permit; tailroads to charge full rates for carrying government supplies and droops.
County Agent Knox Parr explained provisions of the federal insurance plan. His talk was supplemented by J. Walter Hammond, c flinty wheat supervisor
Approximately 75 per cent of the tanners present indicated that they were interested in buying wheat insurance foi next year.
Under the federal plan farmers may insure their future crops of a yield up to three-fourths of normal by paying a prem'um from their crop of this year. The premium is paid in wheat, or its cash equivalent under this year s prices, and insurance policies will be paid in wheat.
Pair told farmers that “if and when grain loans are available on
Agent Keith Sime said today “we Dalhart sheriff’s office was hold-believe now we have tile insects j ing Earl Gilbert. 22-year-old Idaho tlapped between tin barriers and man wanted for Itealing a plane in the river I that state last month.
Oil Man Coniines To Spend Riches On Phone Calls To Exhort Foreign Leaders To Peace
made by Overshiner and Thomas E.
Cotton Prices Jump Over Dollar Bale
NEW ORLEANS, June 9.—f/P>—
Cotton prices advanced slightly more than one dollar a bale here today on active trade and commission house buying and covering by shorts against a scarcity of contracts.
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gence in parts of the belt which ber of the Virginia house of dele- Northwest Texas conference will be
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va , June 9 Col. William H. Langhorne.
55. brother of the famed “Lang- All the pastors and laymen of the home sisters”—Lady Nancy Astor conference w’ere invited last night md Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson— to rail on the bishop at these hours. d»ed here today. At 7:15 o’clock he will speak
Colonel Langhorne was bom at briefly at the vesper service of the
The house rules committee decid- this year’s wheat, the grain must ec to bring before the house a $2,- be stored either at home or in ap-OOC.OOO appropriation for army ex- ; proved warehouses,” and urged care periments with autogyros. It also in cutting of grain so that it will be decided to call up for house consid- suitable for storage, i rat ion tomorrow resolutions pro- s Hammond, chairman of the coun-! using an investigation of the radio iy committee, was automatically ap-
Fichmond one of the eight talented children of Chiswell Dabney Langhorne and Nannie Witcher I anghorne. He lived the life of a
Methodist youth assembly in the rock garden at McMurry college. BANQUET AT GYM
At 8 o'clock tonight an estimat-
country gentleman and was a mem- ed 300 ieaders and pastors of the
WASHINGTON, June 9. —<•?> — Abe Pickus of Cleveland, who spent thousands of dollars telephoning world statesmen in a fruitless effort to outlaw war. has decided to try face-to-face persuasion.
aroused fears of damage to the ?ates in 1920 new crop and Washington advices
saying the government planned to -
purchase a considerable volume of textiles for relief purpases were the principal factors behind the buying movement.
Although Chairman Warren <D-NC) of the house accounts committee said a $25,000 allotment for an investigation of “Unamerican activities” would leave no funds for other investigations, the house approved the outlay. Warren called the invest igation, to be made by a committee under the chairmanship of Representative Dies <D-Tex>. a “lot of hullabaloo over nothing
tainted wheat supervisor by the slate board The regulations pro-v 'de that in counties where less than 75 insurance policies are anticipated. the supervisor must be a member ct the county committee.
Oil Workers Hear Warning On Strife
tary hung up on him.
When he told the Japanese ambassador to abandon the conquest of China he was informed, he said, the the Japanese people desire peace with all their hearts. "The j Hp has come to Washington to JaPanrse S»ve you nice words," he. HOUSTON. June 9«v -Adolph ort his influence on the White ^ey won t, put them in I Germer. who began his labor work
writing. with the United Mine Workers near
So far, Pickus’ Washington ven- the beginning of the century to-turr has been no more successful
present at a banquet in the gymnasium of McMurry to honor
Bishop Holt. Tile bishop himself ! II s ———
will be principal speaker of the Ranchman Dies evening.
President T. W. Brabham of McMurry last night extended a cordial invitation to all preachers and
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House, the state department and congress.
From his Cleveland home he put in calls to Japanese, Italian British and other leaders. The fact that he usually got merely their secre-
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DEL RIO, June 9—UPI—Hal A Hamilton Sr., 55. ranchman, died today at his home. He attended West Point and the University of Texas and was prominent in this section.
Utile Change Seen In Price Of Wool
WASHINGTON, June 9—^.ZP— The Agriculture department said today wool production and consumption prospects for the next few months indicated little change lnu present prices of American wool. American supplies, including the new clip, were said to be considerably greater than mill requirements for the vear.
Has Two More Suspects Held
M Call Steadfastly Denies He Killed Kidnaping Victim
MIAMI, Fla., June 9——Police drove ahead with the Jimmy Cash kidnaping investigation today, not satisfied the case had been solved by the arrest of Franklin Pierce McCall, finding of the boy's body and recovery of $10,000 ransom j money,
G-man Chief J. Edgar Hoover made this plain to newsmen today when he said, cryptically, “We have the kidnaper — or one of them," and added “the investigation I will actively continue.”
MCCAUL DENIES SLAYING
Thi* announcement was followed by a rumor that two other suspects already were in custody in Federal bureau of Investigation offices here,
, but Hoover declined comment on this report.
Hoover reiterated that McCall, 21-year-old truck driver and minister's son, had admitted writing three ransom notes and collecting tne $10,000 paid by James Bailey Cash Br., in a futile effort to save the life of his five-year-old only child.
But the FBI chief indicated McCall continued doggedly to deny any further part In the crime which turned the nation's eyes to the nearby hamlet of Princeton.
Hoover disclosed that $5 of the ransom money was missing. Agents found $9,750 Wednesday morning and $245 was uncovered late today at a spot Hoover said was described by McCall.
“In other words,” the FBI director commented, “there has been a kidnaping and the kidnaper makes
Hoover indicated he would announce tomorrow circumstances under which the $245 was found.
Cash and his brother, V* son P. Cs »h. mOiHi Vi to Rita
today to r^ord th*'” rapist identification of the child.
The father did not look at the body—only at the shreds of th® one-piece pajama suit tile boy wore when he disappeared.
McCall and his wife lived for a couple of tomato harvesting seasons rn an apartment in the Cash home at Princeton, where the kid-: naping occurred on the night of May 28. Neighbors said the husky McCall frequently played with the Cash lad.
, . No formal charge was filed
J against McCall but State Attorney George A. Worley had Circuit Judge Arthur Gomez convene a special grand jury for Monday morning. Worley indicated he would rush the case to trial as soon as it was ready. Kidnaping for ransom and murder both are ! capital offenses in Florida.
WITHIN MILE OF HOME
At his direction Coroner S. L. Kendrick at Homestead empanelled an inquest Jury of six men who examined the remains of little Skeegie at an undertaker’s there in advance of private funeral services, inspected the spot where the body was found early today and visited the Cash home. Then they adjourned until Saturday after-| noon with out reporting a verdict, j Dr Thomas Otto, who accompanied Hoover and his aides when they located the remains, expressed the opinion the kidnaper had killed the lad before tossing him into the thicket.
Tile body lay face up in a slight hollow less than a mile south and slightly east of the Cash home. It was within a one-mile area surrounding the scene of the ransom payment which had been reserved for search by federal agents and sheriff's deputies, and the volunteer posses which combed the vicinity last week did not cover that sec-; tion.
M.1BI PROVED FALSE
Sheriff D C. Coleman, who arrested McCall last week, said the prisoner bragged to him before he was accused that “the man who pulled this job was a pretty smart fellow "
The sheriff said McCall claimed to have seen the kidnaper as he delivered the third ransom note to Cash’s home Monday night
See KIDNAP PROBE. Pg. 3, Cot 6
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tories on the line has not discern- htm t0 the Whitp H‘*„p wher; hr behind closed doors
aged bim. Once, he actually got General Franco on the phone.
“I advised him to make peace,” Pickus said, “and lie told me he was in favor of peace. I told him to call a general election, and he said he couldn’t, understand me as he was a little deaf.”
He was less successful in calling Germany. When he told one of Hitler’s secretaries that
learned he should go to the state department.
He says that unless he gets action, he is going to take up matters with the senate foreign relations committee. Meanwhile, the telephone campaign has not been abandoned. “I’ve got money enough for plenty more phone calls,” he
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COPENHAGEN, June 9 . .(UP)— j Queen Alexandrine was bitten severely in the left leg yesterday while defending her two little pet dogs from the attack of a mongrel, it was announced today An opera-business back in | tion was performed and anti-tetanus serum adminis.ered It was an-
said. “My oil Germany I Cleveland takes care of that. I would be "wiped off the map” if think 111 call up the president of nounced that the queen was pro-ihe .started another war, the secre- [ France next.” j gressing well.
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Only Miracle Saves Two From Twister
CISCO. June 9. —(Spl.) Mr. and Mrs. Tom Howe)^., who live in the Curtis community' arr alive today because of a seeming miracle.
Wednesday night when a high wind hit the community 12 miles southeast of here. Howell picked up a mattress to protect himself and wife.
Both were picked up by the wind, carried 80 feet in the air and landed without a jar They received only lacerations and bruises
The farm home was demolished. A lar^e number of chickens were killed when the roof of the chicken house was blown off
Howell’s dog^^eived a broken leg. for the onMlprious Injury.
Despite Children's Pleas—
SNAKEBIT WOMAN REFUSES MEDICAL AID
HAMMOND. La , June 9—A son and daughter, with an ambulance waiting, pleaded today with Mrs. Joe Rushing, 56, to accept medical treatment for a poisonous snake bite.
Mrs. Rushing, a member of the Holiness sect of the Church of God. had said since she was bitten by a cottonmouth moccasin at religious services Sunday night that she would rely on faith to cure her.
Mrs Johnnie Mae Wilson, her daughter, arrived late today from Hazlehurst, Miss., in an ambulance
and, with tears in her eyes, asked her mother to go to a hospital j Walter Rushing, 26. the sick woman’s son, also asked her to leave.
“Mv faith has kept me alive this I long,” Mrs. Rushing said, “and it might kill me to leave now.”
Mrs. Rushing was bitten twice on I the left hand. Observers said to-' day the arm was so swollen it “looked ready to pop open."
Meanwhile, Dr. Carroll Faust of Tulane university school of medicine, said the death rate from bites of the cotton-mouth in case* given
medical treatment within reasonable time was relatively small and said it was “not nearly so deadly” as the copperhead or the rattler.
"It all depends on the amount of poison in the sac and the depth and location of the wounds,” Dr. Faust added.
Only two deaths in 154 such cases were shown by the New Orleans | charity hospital since 1906.
Mrs. Rushing's husband and the Rev. J. Y. Priest, state overseer of the Holiness sect of the Church of God, said today the woman’s condition was better.