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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL LVII, NO. 283. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES, W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, MARCH 1, 1938, PAGES BRILLIANT THREE-DAY SHOW- PRICE 5 CENTS. Abilene Bids West Texas To Rodeo, Stock Exhibit PHYSICIAN PERSHING HOLDS GROUND GAINED IN RALLY TUCSON Ariz., Feb. bulletin from the hopital room of General John J. Persnlng p. m. (Central Standard Time) said the weak, tired old soldier was hold- Ing the ground gained In a rally which started more than 24 hours earlier. "I am greatly satisfied with the progress made said Dr. Ro- land Davlson, Ihe general's private physician. "He Is so much Improved no further bulletins will be Issued until tomorrow morning." Dr. Davison said General Pershlng was still "very weak and because of the necessary treatment Incident to his return to consciousness, he is very tired." An entirely different atmosphere prevaded the Pershlng quarters as the physicians again held out hope that he might recover. The tense- ness of the past four days, during which the war-time commander was expected to die momentarily, had given way to relaxation. General Perching called his son, Warren, and the two had a rather lengthy first since last Thursday morning when Ihe son arrived from Palm Beach, Fla, Uremlc poisoning, brought on by. failure of the kidneys to function, was subsiding, and the gray-haired soldier was able to drink fluids for the first time since he first lapsed into coma Thursday. By early after- noon today the doctors announced they were "distinctly encouraged." HOTBED OF UNREST- Austro Nazis Mutinous Two Factions May lake Arms SEIZED AS SPY SUSPECTS Garrison At Graz Strengthened As Outbreak Feared By A. D. STEFFERUD GRAZ, the Aus- trian army snd mutinous nazis were ready for instant action" tonight in the-tense atmosphere of the armed truce that balked yesterday's na'ii march on Vienea. Police patrolled the streets of the metropolis of the province of Styria, 90 miles southwest of to prevent the assemblage of more than three people. READY FOB ACTION The Graz garrison, reinforced by federal troops from was In a continuous slate of preparedness for action. 'In the three provinces of Slyria, Carinthiu and. Upper Austria which form a belt across the center of the country SO.cso r.sals' were "reported to be in uniform at their homes Awaiting the call to action. No overt disorderly acts by nazis were reported outside IJnz, provin- cial capita! of Upper Austria which lies nlong the eGrman state of Bavaria At Linz windows of three large Jewish stores were smashed. A boycott against Jews was started and nazis were stationed before each Jewisn shop to take down the names of customers. DANGEROUS TEMPER Nazis all through the provinces, especially at Graz, however, were in hnir-trlggc-r temper. They resent hotly that troops were sent to Graz yesterday to halt Ihe march on Vienna. Nazi radicals declared mutinously (hey might or might not follow any demands made on them by the min- ister of the interior, Arthur Seysz- Incmart when he arrives in Graz, perhaps tomorrow. Tne appointment of Seysz-lnquart, nnzi friend of Fuehrer Adolf Hitler of Germany, and four other nazis to the cabinet had' led Austrian nazis to believe their day had arrived as e. result ot the Feb. 12 conference between Hitler and Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg. Fatherland front circles said Pre- mier Benllo Mussolini" of Italy had sent a special envoy to Sihusc'hnigg with tlie assurance that Italy ns before pendence. -upholds Austrian Indc- New Orleans Goes Mardi Gras Today NEW ORLEANS, Feb. Carefree Rex and his horde of merrymakers were at the gates of NEW Orleans today, ready to storin In tomorrow and subdue the city with carnival merriment. I-'or tomorrow is Mnrdl Gras; and Mardi Gras, for a hundred years, has meant nothing but fun and frolic, R full clay of masking in gro- tesque costumes; street dancing, singing and uninhibited gambollnj. Johanna, Hoffman, 25, left red-haired hairdresser on the liner Europa, and Gunther Gustave Rumrich, right, for- mer U. S. urmy sergeant, are shown ii.New York after their arrest by federal agents as sus- pects in a spy ring that, the FBI alleged, sold U. S. military secrets to. an 'unnamed Euro- pean G-MEN SEEK HIGHER-UPS ALLEGED ESPIONAGE RING NEW YORK, Feb. 28 guards were posted today at impor- tant military and naval positions in the metropolitan area as agents of the federal bureau of investigation secretly sought higher-ups In the spy ring accused of selling American military information to an unnamed European power. The number of psrsons sought In addition to the three already undr arrest was ft matter cf speculation. Borne reports said three, some six or more. The federal agents them- selves were silent and Reed Vetterli, agent In charge of the bureau here, said he would have no statement to make today. The prisoners, held here on espionage charges, are Guenlher Gusiave Rumric.ii. 27, army sergeant and deserter; Erich Glaser, 25. an army private stationed at Mltche! Field, Long Island, and Johnanna Hofmann. 26. a hairdresser on the German liner Europa. Rumrich gave Information which led to the arrest of the others and presumably furnished the agents with information on which they ar now seeking others. New Ballinger P.O. Dedicated BALLINGER. Feb. 28 Growth ot Ballingcr's postoffico in the past half century was traced to- day as the city dedicated its new federal building. Postal Alvin S. Page ot Fort Worth was principal speaker for dedication exercises attended by several hundred persons. He re- counted history of the postoffice from Ihe time it was established as a fourth class station June I, 1836. W. H. Proctor was Ballingcr's first postmaster. Receipts then were hardly worth the counting. Today their anmml nsrcgalc is approxi- mately Subsequent pcst- masters and Ihe dates they took office: H. D. Pcarce. September 12. 1638; Livingston R. Carpenter, June Stc BALUNGER, Pf. 12, Col. 7 FACE NOT SO RID Editor Who Handed Employe Car Keys Month Ago Gets Auto Back "Big-hcarlccTJim Mayficld, Mon- editor, won't mind being twitted so much loday. Ever since January 31, he's been the butt of his fellow townsmen's Jokes: Mayficld is Ihe fellow who handed nn employe his money and the keys to his car nnd send him to the bank. The suy didn't come back. Now, however, he can almost hold lip his hear) again. MayfHd has his nulomobllc back. Abilene police re- covered the machine cnrly Sunday morning. Night Sgl, Virgil Waldrop found Ihe car. other swear he Mumbled ncross It ns he went fourth aboul o'clock In the morn- Ing for coffee. Walrtrop discovered the automobile, braring the proper license plates, stored In a downtown garage. Whit pains Mayfield most Is lhat he himself passed within 20 feet of the car earlier Ihls month. It was February 3. and he was in Abilene waiting for a (rain. "I had a hunch." he said, "that It might be some- where pretty close. I went walking close to the nnd even looked In where my car was." Sunday night "Btg-hMrtcd" Jim had It was even able to grlnningly call himself by that handle. Vt amount given tlie bank still miss- ing though, Haskell Hospital Contract Islet HASKELL, Feb. H. Mothcs of Seymour was awarded th building contract for the Haskell county hospital today, nfler bids were tabulated and considered by members of the commissioners court in regular session. Molhcs, contractor on the ly completed high school auditor- ium here, submitted a low bid of for the hospital building. Construction of the institution was authorized In a county wide bond issue last summer. Actual construction work on the building is expected to start within ten days. Motlies stated. Weaver and Shepherd of Hnskell have been named as supervisors of tion work. BKTCK, STOXK STKUCTl'RE The hospital will be located on a tract recently purchased by the county, six blocks west of the square on highway 120. The structure will be approximately 35x130 feet, of brick and stone, with the m.iln front facing south. A convenient driveway and entrance will be available on the cast side of the building. The entire building will be slcnm-hcatcd, with the heating plant located In the Ground floor plans call for twen- ty five rooms and wards, following arrangement similar to that of hos- pllals in larger Duller and Huscman of Lubbock (ire .irchitccls for the building. Resume Probe AUSTIN, Feb. wit- nesses have been summoned here Wednesday for resumption of a seiuie committee Inquiry Into land commissioner William H. McDon- al'sd o'.t lease and vacancy actions. It will be the group'.? first meeting since the much- discussed sesfion at Dallas alsl WCC'K, Halifax Given Endorsement By Commons Eden's Successor Accorded Hearty Confidence Vote LONDON, Fob, 23. Minister Neville chamberlain's choice of tall, angular Viscount' Halifax as foreign secretary suc- ceeding Anthony Eden, tonight re- ceived a hearty vole of confidence in the house of commons. Opposition attacks against the peer who is destined to play a lead- ing role In Chamberlain's planned European peace negotiations were smothered under a vote of 228 to 59 In favor of the government. CONSTITUTIONAL OBJECTION The attack was on merely con- stitutional grounds since Haifax sits in the house of lords and therefore is not available to answer questions in commons. Major Clement Atlee and other opposition leaders carefully pointed out they had nothing against Hali- fax the fact -lie was wearing Chamberlain's colors and was not a member of com- mons. Winston Churchill asked the op- position bluntly "What !s the use of crying for the moon when you have the meaning Chamber- lain is always available to answer for his own foreign policy. CHIDES BOTH FACTIONS Chiding both (he government anc opposition, Churchill belittled the ability of cabinet members to shoulder Chamberlain's "unpromis- ing experiment" of seeking ar agreement with Italy and Germany but said of Halifax "it would be a mistake to dismiss him as a weak peace-at-nnp-price person. Britain and France .are pursuing sSj'el gotiations aimed at the possibility of enlisting Italian aid to safe- guard Austrian independence. Prime Minister Neville Chamber- IF.UI, faced with truculent opposi- tion in commons, however, was re- ported to be still undecided how far he could go along with the French demands for action to halt nazl inroads in Austria. As one step toward aiding Aus- tria, the prime minister was be- lieved anxious to bring Germany into line through a four-power pact with France, Italy and Britain that would limit her central European ambitions. Rodesso Tornado Toll Reaches 21 SHKEVEPORT, La., Feb. Opal Marie Perry. 19, injur- ed in tlie Rcdessa tornado, died in a local hospital tonight, bringing the toial of siorm deaths to 21. Due Decorations WASHINGTON. Feb. Military decorations probably will b? one of the addition to President Hooscevlt's "well the fh'res o fthe "flying for- tesses" which completed a round- trip to Buenos Aires yesterday. Leprosy Invading Texas, Authority On Disease Says NEW YORK. Fob. Dr. Victor G. Reiser, president of the international leprosy as- sociation, said tonight on the eve of his departure for an in- ternational conference in Cairo, Egypt, that leprosy is rapidly spreading in Texas. Dr. Helscr sshi that on a visit to Texas two weeks ago he saw lepers walking the streets of cities there, apparently uncared for. He criticized Texas health authorities for not taking great- er action to combat the disease. Hc estimsted 1.500 to 2.000 persons were afflccted with the Asiatic disease in Te.v.u, Louis- iana, Florida and California. One purpose of the fourth in- ternational leprosy conference In Cairo, he fald, will be to de- termine why leprosy Is found In those states and cannot be contracted elsewhere in the United Stales. AUSTIN. Feb. J. E, H. Beck of the stile health department said tonight that every repartee! case of leprosy In Texas was siven attention by the department and every patient who would consent, was scat to th; leprosluni at Car- villc Ln. Dr. A. M. Clarkson, another member of the stntc health de- partment staff, rleri'rf.-i Icprcsy was not a major problem in Te.Tas. Tricksters HOBBY LED RAMSAY IROUPE TO FAME BY HARRY HOLT The desire of .a father to give his city-born children a "country raising" resulted in development of a foremost rodeo troupe, the Ram- say Plying Clouds of Tulsa, Okla. Leader of the performers Is G. L. Ramsay, an automobile dealer, and father of the five stars, Hay, 23, Marvin, 21, Eleanor, 20, Maxlne, 18, and Joyce, 16. (The girls are pictured above in action. They are, left to right, Joyce, Maxine and Eleanor.) The Ramsays are trick riders and ropers, and the boys Jump horses Roman stylo over five- foot hurdles. Last year was the first full sea- son for the family and during that time they made 26 leading frontier celebrations and rodeos of United States. This year they are carded for the Fort Worth Fat Stock show after the appearance in Abilene's rodeo this week. Then there will be no more shows until summer be- cause the younger girl is a high school student. "This business started out as a hobby with said Ramsay when he came here to arrange for the first appearance In West Texas. "I built an arena outside the Tulsa city limits where they could go play as children. Their acts that started as a hobby became so good we began to make public The Ramsays have proven popu- lar at the Amarillo Tri-State fair the Oklahoma City rodeo, Iowa State fair, Colorado's leading shows and elsewhere on the big rodeo cir- cuit. While there Is a growing de- mand for services of the troupers Hamsay continues in the- automobile business and the performers con- tinue with their work in Tulsa. French Cabinet Menaced Gov't, Deputies Differ On Issue New York Youth Kidnaped, Belief Police Give Dad Free Hand To Deal With Abductors NEW ROCHEIAE, N. Y., Feb. 28 New Rochellc police, characterizing the disappearance of 12-year-old Peter as a kid- naping, late today agreed to stand aside to permit the father, Murray Levine, to contact the abduclors. Levlne-earlier had made a public appeal for Ihe abductors to "open negotiations." speaking by telephone from his home In this wealthy New York City suburb. "This police said Philip S. Tilden, New Rochelle's di- rector of public safety, "has agreed to lay off for the time being to give Mr. Levine time to make contact with the kidnapers." Tilden previously had declined to consider the affair definitely a kid- naping. While Tilden was agreeing to clear the way in Nev: Rochelle, Hubert Lcvlen, a friend of Levine's, broad- cast from a New York radio station in behalf of the father a second ap- peal for the abductors to make con- tact. Peter, an Imaginative boy who liked to play vanished mysteriously on the way home from school last Thursday. Levine, who has offices on Fifth avenue In New York City, .made from New Rcchelle the first state- ment on the affair to come from either the family or the authorities. "You may said Levine, his voice trembling, "that whoever Is holding my son Is guaranteed a safe channel for communicating with me to open negotiations." To questions whether he knew definitely that his son had been kidnapped and whether, as reported, a ransom had been demand- ed. Levine responded: "I can say nothing now. I must have a completely free hand to save my boy.'' One sourc; reported Peters hand- writing was being studied for com- parison with that found on the re- puled ransom note. Ihe Weather ARII.KM: AMI VICINITY: IH Tr.X.lS: Cloudy- proMMv tiFti TQcftJay Urdnfjdjiy; slight- ly wnriwr In north nnrll.in rimiilv. rain" In por- Tund.'n; ruin, Mcnlrralf AX si M Mklnlthl rn-Jln[ xl 9 Austin to Bronx Via Pony Express AUSTIN, Feb. 23 Furr of Johnson City saddled a frisky pony today for an "jaunt" to New York City. "You might call It a good-will he said, adding that he would take letters from Governor James V. Allred and Austin's Mayor Tom Miller to Governor Lehman and Mayor LaGuardla. Hc expects to cover 20 miles daily. Rule ffA's Take Haskell Honors ,B.r HARRY HOLT RULE. Feb. Farmer boys of the Rule chapter were major winners today in the third annual Haskcl! county livestock show held here. All exhibitors left early in the evening for Abilene to compete In the West Texas Boys Livestock show, M. D. Fullbright of Rule showed a 817-pound Hereford steer to grand championship of the baby beef di- vision. All exhibited calves in the dry-lot class and received home- grown feeds. Drey Lowe of Welncrt won Ihe reserve championship. Exhibitors received SI36 In prize money which was donated by the chamber of commerce and business- men. H. T. Sullivan. Welncrt voca- tional agriculture teacher, was su- perintendent of Ihe show. Jim Byrd of the Vernon soil conservation camp served as judge. Porter Camp- bell, Rule city manager, was secre- tary. EXHIBIT M AMMALS There were 21 calves. 24 hogs, five sheep and four breeding hogs shown. Exhibitors of winning animals In various classes follow: Calves .senior M. D. See lU'I.E FFA, Ff, n, Col. 5 Chautemps' Fate in Balance; Wage Bill In Dispute PARIS, Feb. govern- ment of Premier Camille Chau temps was threatened tonight by a tightening deadlock between the senate and Ihe chamber of deputies over how closely the French work- men's salary should be tied to the cost of living. The life of the government was staked on reaching a compromise, but neither branch of parliament appeared willing to make conces- sions on the first of two bills de- signed to replace the arbitration law and collective contracts expiring at midnight tonight. SENATE CHANGE The principal point of difference was over a change the senate made in the measure yesterday despite thi premier's warning lhat such action might block agreement with the chamber of deputies and force his government lo resign. As approved by the senate the bil: authorires an adjustment of work- ers' wages every six months In the event living costs increase 10 per cent. The chamber previously ha; passed a similar measure fixing five per cent as the living cost increase at which wages would be readjust- ed. Chautemps' warning of a dead- lock was borne out today when the chamber labor committee quicklj rejected the senate amendment, vot- inj lo return the bill to its origina provisions. The chamber will debate the Question late. The powerful general confedera- tion of labor approved the measure as passed by the chamber. H was Just such a deadlock as this which brought about the fall of the Leon Blum cabinet in June 1937. The senate then to ap- prove n financial measure passed by the chamber. World Champ Performers Of Arena Vie Youths' Animals Here By Hundreds For Purse Abilene is ready to entertain West Texas today with its most elaborate rodeo and largest live- stock show. Continuing through Thursday night, this will be the hub of en- tertainment and activity as world -hampion rodeo performers parade icross the West Texas Fair grounds arena in the five malri events. Hundreds of priw lambs, caves, hogs and capons were moved to the fair grounds yesterday by fu- ture farmer and 4-H club boys TODAY'S PROGRAM a. ir_ Sifting of Cilrrs Itarts. 10 a. m. Judjini of calves W. L. Stangtl. 11 a. m. Downtown parade, starthif from courthouse. m. Selection of rrandchamplon calf. 2 p. m. First rodeo per- formance. 6 p. m. Tidwtll's carnival on the midway, 8 p. m. First night rodeo performance. WEDNESDAY a. m. Judging of wool bj IV. X. 10 a. m. Selection of grandchampfon lamb. 11 a. m. Judging of hogs by Jim Byrd. 2 p. m. Second day rodeo perfoi-mance. who are competing for the prize money. Judging will start at 10 a. m. with w. L. Stangel of. the Tech Anlmul capacity' Superintendent of Abilene said last night most of the animals had arrived for the- TOUCH UP GROUNDS Meanwhile, final touches were made for1, the rodeo which opens at 2 p. m: Hugh Bennett of Port Thomas, Ariz., arena was on hand tp supervise conditioning of the rodeo grounds. Judges named for the six per- formances In which in prize money will be awarded, are Allan Holder of Stiefficd, former cnfcm- plon calf roper, Bill Nix of Ran- kin, and Gene Ross of Sayre, Okla., world champion steer bulldogger. Preceding the initial rodeo per- formance, there will be a downtown parade at 11 o'clock this morningr of the cowboys, dressed in western See RODEO, Pg. IZ, Col. B Arrangements For Parade Announced Ruck Sibley, rodeo director, an- nounced late last night arrange- ments for the parade today. W. W. Watson will bs marshal and the parade will form at the courthouse square at Leading the parade will be Chief of Police T. A. Hack- ney and Sheriff Sid Adams. The Abilene Christian college band will gather at south Second and the Murry band at South Third along with the Abilene high school band. The Hardln-Simmons Cowboy band, will form on South Fourth along with the rodeo contestants. From the courthouse the parade will turn west to Chestnut then on, to Pine, down Pine to North Fifth, west to Cypress and back to the depot. From there they will go to the fairg rounds and the grand entry at 2 p. m. The Cow- boy band will give a concert pre- ceding the concert and will play during the performance. Overthrow Plot QUITO. Ecuador, The government announced today It had frustrated a plot to over- throw the regime of General Alberto EYiriquez, president since October 23, 1937. WITH SPRING IN THE Streets, Stores Jammed By Fashion Fans There was n breath o[ spring In the air last night It was the evening for Dame Fashion lo make her debut, and 7.500 persons thronged downtown streets. They surged Into stores open long past their customary closing limes and stood packed about brightly lighted windows. The occasion Abllcnc's parade of spring fashions, a display .spon- sored by the Reporter-News. Ap- proximately