Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 11, 1938, Abilene, Texas
VOL LVIll, NO. 14. —rift*--®ijc Abilene Reporter-Betes__"WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT COES "-Byron
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ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE ll, 1938.-TEN PAGES.
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CLAIMS LIVES OF FIVE
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RAZES TWO DOZEN CLYDE HOMES
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Confession To Cash Kidnaping
Funeral For Child Held As Attorney Seeks Indictments
MIAMI. Fla, June IO—OF) — J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced Franklin Pierce McCall signed today a dr tailed confession that he kidnaped and killed James Bailey Cash Jr.
Hoover named the 21-year-old truck driver as the singlehanded kidnaper and killer, said the police investigation wa* closed and turned the case over to state prosecutors today, less than two weeks after the alme.
The FBI chief said the eight-page confession was signed shortly before the victim’s parents attended funeral services for their five-year-old only child.
Previously state'* Attorney George Worley said he would seek both murder and kidnaping indict- j menu against the young minister's i son. who once roomed in the Cash; home at Princeton and frequently played with the boy he a accused of killing,
Both murder and kidnaping for. ransom are capiUl crimea in Flori- j da and Worley said he would saek to speed lie case to trial within three or four weeks- -if an1 already summoned grand Jury re- j turns lndictmenu when it meet* Monday,
McCall, who had no previous criminal record and was regarded as “well behaved,'’ was arrested last week but his detention was not made public until the badly decom posed body of little Ske-'gie was found early Thursday.
At that time Hoover said McCall admitted getting the $10,000 ransom. which also w as recovered, but de- J nied any further part in the crime The G-man chief said the prisoner i broke and began his detailed confession today after an all-night j grilling.
In his summary of the confession, the full text of which was not made public, Hoover *aid McCall consid-; ered two other victims before settling on the Cash boy when he first I — decided on the kidnaping about two weeks before it was carried out May
He said also the prisoner attempted to involve R. A. Cash, an
HE SOUGHT 'BETTER THINGS OF LIFE'
Eight Killed When Army Ship Crashes
Bomber Breaks Up, Scattering Broken Bodies
DELAVAN, 111., June IO—(ZF)—A storm-tossed army bombing plane burst into flame and plunged into a farm field today, scattering the broken bodies of its full crew of eight soldiers over the rain-drenched prairie.
The huge craft, caught lh the onslaught of lightning, thunder, rain and buffeting winds, crashed to the ground with terrific force. I
Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Hodges of Abilene expressed relief last night on learning that a brother of Mr. Hodges, Robert Hodge* of Crockett, wa* not aboard the army bombing plane that erashed in Illinois. Robert Hedges, of Crockett, Is a mechanic for the plane and made numerous flights with its crew.
Franklin Pierce McCall. 21-year-old Princeton, ria , truck driver, yesterday signed a full confession to the kidnap murder of James Bailey Cash Jr.
He was quoted by FBI Director J. Edgar Hover as saying he abducted the child in an cfi ort “to get some of the better things of life” for himself.
Carey Youle, who witnessed the tragedy on his father’s farm, reported the big bomber exploded, bounced high In the air and spewed bits of debris over a half mile area.
Victims of one of the most appalling plane disasters in recent army records were:
Capt. Richard B Reeve, 36,
First Lieut. Norman H. Ives,
31. Los Angeles.
Second Lieut. Thomas Lang-
ben, 27, Galveston, Tex.
Staff Sgt. Edward F. Murah,
Corp. William H. Housley, 30,
Private Philip J.
Private Max W.
Villa Grove, HI.
Private George L.
Truitt, 23, My aer, 21, Huntsman,
Storm Cuts 200-Yd. Path
At least five persons were killed and dozens were injured early tonight when a tornado struck Clyde, 15 miles east of Abilene.
Twenty-five houses were demolished, according to an estimate of Dr. R. A. Webster, whose home was in the path of the cyclone.
A swath 200 yards w ide as marked across the western edge of the agricultural community as the cyclone hit.
The business district was spared, as the twisted moved a few blocks to the westward.
The storm cloud first appeared to the n orth of Clyde, apparently in the vicinity of Hamby. Many Clyde residents resorted to storm cellars.
Then the cloud lifted over the town and passed southward. Dropping down to the earth, it then swept into the town from the southwest, crossing highway 80 and the Texas and Pacific railway.
A freight train passing through Clyde w as torn asunder and box cars w ere strewn across the right-of-way. A wrecker w as ordered from Big Spring to clear the tracks.
A part of the high school building was torn aw ay, hut the remainder of the building and an adjoining grammar building were being used as emergency hospital quarters.
Hendrick Memorial hospital sent four nurses to the scene, keeping the remainder of the staff to handle patients coming into Abilene.
All available ambulances, doctors and fire apparatus from Abilene was sent to the scene.
A Mr. DeSpain, his w ife, and baby, in Baird hospital. A stick was driven through the infant’s head.
Mrs. M. E. Sullivan, in Abilene hospital, with head injuries and severe shock. Condition critical.
Truitt W. Briscoe, ward school principal whose home marked the east boundary of the storm. Both arms were broken, his hack injured, severe head injuries. Usconscious at midnight, his condition w as critical at Hendrick hospital.
.Mrs. Truitt W. Briscoe, in the same hospital with a broken hip and severe head lac erations, w as in serious hut not critical con-clition.
Mrs. J. H. “Grandma” Baxter, mother of the Mrs. J. B. Easterling w ho was killed,
See CONFESSION, Pg. 3, Cot 4.
Luise Rainer Files Suit For Divorce
LOS ANGELES, June IO—(/Pi— Dark-eyed Luise Rainer of Vienna, who acted as a forlorn wife *o well that the movie academy gave her two awards, today sought a divorce from the playwright from the Bronx, Clifford Odets.
Back of the filing of her suit was Hollywood's eternal hazard to domestic happiness—career versus marriage.
Miss Rainer, who charged cruelty, also declared that Odets, author of “Golden Boy,” one of the season's biggest stage hits, insisted that she give up her acting because he felt there should be one career only in the family.
British Check Drastic Action
Hope Diplomatic Pressure To Halt Spanish Attacks
MORBID SIGHTSEERS THRONG VILLAGE AS FIRST AID GIVEN
23, Kankakee. 111. _ , ^„—
”e!?ders‘>n of thr wk° was in a serious condition w ith a broken jaw.
army * Chanute field at Rantoul, — ...—_ J
111., said the three officers and five enlisted men left there 9:25 a. rn. (central standard time in a Douglas B 18 bomber on “routine” flight back to their home base at the air corps technical school at Lowry field in Denver They had arrived from Denver yesterday.
Henderson reported Ives was piloting the ship at an altitude of j 6,500 feet. Lang ben was his co-1 pilot
Chanute field’s last attempt to j establish radio communication with i the plane went unanswered at I
10:05. j LONDON, June IO. — The
Approximately ten minutes later British government held back on
drastic measures against Spanish
CONFEREES STRIVE IO BREAK DEADLOCK ON WAGE-HOUR BILL
Unnomed Senator Reports Filibuster Plan Even lf Compromise Is Effected
June IO.-—(J*) The under-cover struggling over the
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between the two chambers' drop^^^Vontrwersfa'l1 minimum”*!^ PLANE CRASH, Pf. 3, Col. 5. insurgents today In "the hope dipio- B. B. B. Drug and the L. F Patterson Furniture company. Eight la bo/on le.^'UtTo'ns^T 2L2S sltuat,on 0001 off" 11 ***** to Witness Guarded 1 or 10 doctor, rushed madly dressing wounds of injured as more
In Espionage Case
By GARTH JONES
Relatives, friends and a horde of morbid sightseers thronged the streets of the little town of Clyde last night after the storm weaved its tortuous path through the western section.
Roads into the town were jammed with automobiles as
more rushed to the scene. Ambulances careened down the -_____
highway and into the main street with sirens wailing. ^
Emergency stations were set up in the City Pharmacy, the J3(TIGS (\00S6V6lt
J EMMETT GRAHAM. MRS. MARIAN GRAHAM,
MRS. J. E. EASTERLING. MRS J. B. VARNER.
M E. SULLIVAN.
.sections of the measure.
One prominent senator said he had heard that even lf th* rnmmm*. reaches a compromise there would be a flUbustSTTTT ,; * senate by a group of Northerners and Southerners opposed to the whole
theory of wage-hour legislation.
ARU.FXR and vicinity: Stoutly cloudy
WEST TK »AS: Pard* cloudy, probably ■IWD rn In the I anba mile, cooler In north portion today; Sunday partly cloudy, probably .bower* In .outhca.t portion.
EAST TEXAS! Partly cloudy In nouth, local thundcchoucr. and cooler In north portion today ; Sunday moMly cloudy, probably thunder.hoy* cr. In ca.t portion except Inver ron.t.
NIU MEXICO: Partly cloudy today and Sunday. probably afternoon thurdrr-ahoyyrr. not*, h-ccnlral portion*; cooler ■outhca.t portion Imlay.
OKI AHOMA: Local thundcrahoyycr*.
cooler today ; Sunday partly cloudy.
Ranee of trm.. rature yettrrday
Thompson Bids For Area Voles
Drawing frequent rounds of applause and cheering with advocacy be flxed between 30 and 40 cents
OI hi, prosperity prarr.m and jibes I ^^1* «rtl°Uidu^
at his opponents. Ernest Thompson. tn Thr 1 . . inaus*
candidate for governor, brought his southern
their widespread aerial attacks on merchant shipping.
Increased demands for action and renewed attacks on Premier Neville Chamberlain's foreign policy failed to move the government to risk
A cabinet meeting will be held Monday to review possible measure*
campaign here Friday night
Thompson’s speech, made from the federal building lawn, also was broadcast,
The occasion was his West Texas opening and at the outset drew a crowd of more than 2.000 persons. Thompson had just gotten well into his speech when a message asking him to announce a call for doctors and nurses to go to tornado-wrack ed Clyde was sent to him on the speaker’s stand
NEW YORK. June IO—(UP)—
The New York Post said today that _
(crees hart agreed to . formula ac- j “ the^e“^n4e "^"lUtTorT^ inV°'V*d ta
ceprable to the southerners in all being guarded by federal agents in I respect save one. It called for a x secret place because of threats on I 25-cent minimum wage the first her life.
year and thirty cents the second. Th* witness was identified as During this time there would be Kate Moog Busch, formerly employed as a nurse in President Roosevelt's home, and a friend of Dr. Ignatx T. Griebl, prominent German physician, who fled to Germany after being questioned.
Griebl’s wife, Maria is being held as a material witness in the investigation into the spy ring's activities.
no geographical differentials. After the second year the rates would
living costs. See WAGE-HOI R, Pg.
prevailing 3, CoL 5.
appeared each moment.
Off to one side was a row of cots with still forms showing under white sheets. They were the dead. Their wounds needed no dressing.
A Mrs. Lulu Bonner, middle-aged, was dead. One side of the face was torn ragged. Both ears were gone.
Emmett Graham, middle-aged, lay dead, broken and blue with bruises. One foot was pummeled into a shapeless mass. drafted by technical experts and Cuts and swelling bruises covered his face. Great welts where
attack* i°h/nC^h*erhRm oppositl<>n had been tangled in electric light wires showed.
attacks a hen the house of com- ** r J® _ . .. , * __ , 7 , , .
mons resumes its sessions Tuesday ' Mrs- J B Easterling, about 55, showed hardly a cut on her
The cabinet’s decisions and the *ace anc* Bm^S. Livid bruises marred the skin. government's disclosures to parlia- In the doctor’s office in the City Pharmacy, about 50 feet
most probably will depend largely from Mrs. Easterling lay. dead, Mr. Easterling, 67, was having on U '.et er the insurgent pJanes his wounds treated. Scarcely an inch of skin showed without
WOW Announces Area Wide Picnic June 25 • At State Park; Invitations Sent 325 Camps
McCraw Deplores Government Waste
Members of the Woodmen of the
The announcement which,,,
Thompson promptly made, took World fr°m all over West Texas many from the audience, but sever- bo*d a picnic Saturday. June 25, ai hundred remained to cheer loud- at Abilene State park . ly the vigorous, red headed railroad r a Rav nf th.
I commissioner's talk ay of the arran6em*nts
| Thompson wa., introduced to Ute “>« tim 325 W. O W.
audience by Thomas E. Hayden Jr . 01Sanizations had been invited to a classmate and war buddy. Hay- attend. These are in 50 surround-den paid tribute to the candidafe's counties.
| service in the war, when he was; Each member is asked to bring : promoted on the field of battle to j enough food for his family. Rav I be the youngest lieutenant colonel said that men should wear overalls 1 in the A E F., his work a* mayor of and women slacks.
Amarillo in cutting every utilitj The program will open at 10:45 a. >. m. yesterday, at ami ii; *nn»e date late in the town and his service m. with a band concert bv the Ros-'rur B*°. *'"1 rt7- I during the past six years as rail- coe W. O. W band. The meal will
road commissioner in regulating be spread on the grounds at 12 p. rn
A competitive field drill Will be
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resented. At 4 o'clock a softball game is to be played a bathing beauty review will begin at 6 p. rn.
Members are urged to bring their own ice. Plenty of water will be available.
Ray announced that there would be no speaking program of any kind. aKftlnst these losses
Sunset yo-tarda', 7:48; »nnrl»f today, I 1:32; sunset today, 7:48.
Rainfall for 24 hours rndlu* at *
S. in., .08. I
bee THOMPSON, r*. 3, Col t held at 2 p. rn with allcsmps rep- I Bronte.
There will be no passing out of hand bills or use of a public address system for commercial advertising or political talks.
Swimming, dancing, skating, cold drinks and confections will be the only items of expense besides the basket lunches.
The general arrangements committee is composed of Ray, Boyd Holbrook of Winters, and Jim Simpson and J W. Davis, both of
continue deadly attacks on British ships during the week end.
•Sixty British ships have been af-taoked and 78 British seamen killed and wounded since the Spanish Civil war started nearly two vears ago.
•An insurgent aviator bombed the British-owned port of Candia, in Spanish government territory,
again and returned to sink the
British freighter Thorpehaven, which was firs* attacked Tuesday (
A2iCitnleL r>structlv* raids on WESLACO, June IO.—up -Gub-
sass* ws.trryw*£ ca“wimim Mc-
among the attacks reported Thurs- Craw wound tip a 10-talk-tour of day and Friday.) j this vicinity today with a plea here
France fully backs British at- tbat the government of Texas “must tempts to find a sure weapon be turned from the relief of the
politician to the relief of the peo-»pie "
“The $150,000,000 state government of today might still move
along on its slipshod, wasteful course were it not for the necessity of caring for our aged citizens, for the blind, for the dependent chil-
____ , dren and for matching the teachers
This course Germany adopted in retirement fund,” McCraw said. bombarding the Spanish govern- McCraw urged moderni2ation of ment port of Almena
a cut or bruise.
Writhing in pain as the doctors sewed the cuts, he told his story.
We live in the west part of town, at least we used to,” he said. We have lived in Clyde for 40 years. This is the only time anything like this has happened Poor Myrtle (his wife).
Turns Down Draff Of Massachusetts
BOSTON. June James Roosevelt, son and secretary of the president, tonight rejected a citizen's committee’s request that he run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, declaring “I feel that I have an obligation above all else to remain at my duties” in Washington.
“I desire, through study and experience, to develop further my knowledge of governmental affairs before considering the possibility of elective office,” said Roosevelt.
The president’s son parried questions “what about ISHO?” with the declaration "in Washington, that’s what we call an ‘if' question.”
A PLEA FOR CLYDE
Attacking what he called the "supine attitude” of the government, W. R Spence, general secretary of the national union of seamen, declared tha? many pf the organization’s 60,000 members were suggesting the shelling of an in-surgent Spanish port in reprisal.
The toaster that overtook Clyde last night might have happened to any community. The fact that it happened right at our door, to a people who are our own people, makes it doubly poignant to Abilenians.
Abilene should lose no time extending whatever aid may be needed.
Homes will have to be rebuilt, families will have to be clot lied and ted. the scars of the storm must be erased as quickly as possible.
We repeat—these are our people, bound to us by ties of blood and neighborliness.
They need our help and our sympathy—more than any-
„ .. a year ago I the government and demanded an , .
following the bombing of a Ger- end to “guessing' in the budgeting t*un- ™ev nee« (’hf kelp,
man battleship. j 0f state expenses. j It should be given immediately and unstintedly,