Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Just another big machine at work on the Fort Phantom Hill dam—an elevating grader that
loads the 15-ton trucks as they roll along beside it. Construc
tion is one-half achieved a year after bonds were voted.
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AS FORT PHANTOM RESERVOIR PASSES HALF-WAY MARKM’Craw Names Texas Cement Firms In Huge Anti-Trust Suit
Britain To Rush Arms Program
If Parleys Fail
Commons Cheers Chamberlain As He
Explains Defense And Foreign Policies
LONDON, March 7.—(AP)—Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the house of commons today that if the vital peace talks with Italy and Germany, opening this week, failed Britain would speed up her already gigantic rearmament program.
But he said if the negotiations succeeded disarmament would follow in due course.
The conservative majority repeatedly cheered the prime minister as he explained his policy of rearming and at the same time trying to prevent Europe . *-* -
drifting “toward the cataract of war” by means of frank talks with the leaders of Italy and Germany.
ANSWERS OPPONENTS Answering opposition charges that he was biased in favor of the dictatorships. Chamberlain in a fighting speech replied:
"I have to deal with a world in which dictatorships exist. I have no interest in other systems of government except insofar as they react on other countries. I have no bias in favor of naziism, fascism or bolshevism, because all of them seem to be inconsistent with what is all important to me because it is the root of my political creed — that is, individual liberty.”
The prime minister, opening a momentous ‘‘full dress” debate on defense and foreign policy, repeated the government's prediction of last week that the original estimate of $7,500,000,000 for the five-year plan launched last year would not be sufficient.
‘ For the preservation of democracy,” Chamberlain declared. “I, „ -.wui cr. . , ...
would fight myself and I believe the Probably 50 barrels or more dally
people of this country would fight. No * D A Iva south 0,,*M t0 ‘ The course we are pursuing by putting forward our present program
Third Pay Zone For Ivy Field
Deep Well Offset Hits Shallow Oil In Cook At 1,620
Apparent discovery of the Ivy pool s third pay horizon, Cook sand production, was indicated today in the Owens-Snebold Oil corporation et a1 No. 4 D. A. Ivy, northeast diagonal offset to northwestern Shackelford county’s first Palo Pinto lime producer.
Operators were lowering pipe to test the oil zone topped at 1.620 feet and drilled about four feet into saturation. The well was said to be good for a commercial producer,
is the surest way of avoiding the dread necessity of fighting at all.
“Subject to reasonable restriction I believe in liberty of thought and action, without which there can be no true democracy. I do not believe that democracy need necessarily be less efficient than other systems of government. It may sometimes lag behind in making its decisions, but democracy can do what no dictatorship can afford to do—democracy can afford to make mistakes."
Special Funds' Junking Urged
Senators Work On Budget With Eye For Saving
AUSTIN, Mar. T—(A*)—The Texas senates new interim committee began work today by voting unanimously to recommend abolition of all special departmental funds and turning them into the state's general fund.
The group, named to work on the departmental budget bill with the Idea of cutting expenses without imparing efficiency, also asked the state comptroller for all departmental payrolls for a study they estimated would be completed next December.
Their report will be completed before the next regular session of the legislature in January-, 1939, members said before they recessed subject to call of the chairman, expected early in April when they planned to begin a process of eliminating “unnecessary positions and non-essential services.”
In a brief session members struck at severad departmental pracstices. Sen. Morris Roberts of Pettus commenting the “legislature, instead of departments, should run the state."
Printing of numerous reports by-departments was criticldsed by Chairman Jon Redditt of Lufkin who said he had received a thousand of them and “never had read one.”
the owners' No. 2 Ivy which produces from the King sand a north offset to v_„ Iron Mountain No. I Beck, also producing from the King, is the first w-eil of the pool to show from the shallow Cook pay.
It Is located 300 feet from the south and west lines of section 159-BBB&C survey.
Prospects for production from the third horizon were taken by operators as promise that a new Hawley field had been found. The Ivy pool was opened a year ago by King sand production at 1.930 feet in the Owens-Snebold et a1 No. I Ivy. Two subsequent offsets were found to produce from the same horizon and three dry holes were chalked off to stymie development.
Then in the fall of 1937. Owens-' Snebold and associates drilled to the southwest of the shallow pool to develop the county's first Palo Pinto production at 3.200 feet. Same pay as that of the Avoca field, it spurred the drilling of four other tests now active.
On the northeast side of the pool, operators were lowering pipe to recover a bailer lost at 1.220 feet in the Iron Mountain No. 2 Ivy. in the north half of the southwest quarter of 159-BBB&C.
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I Montgomery Trial Set March 30
R. L. Montgomery, charged with murder in the death of E. E. Tucker, was arraigned before District Judge W. R Chapman Monday-morning. He entered a plea of not guilty and his trial was set for March 30.
Judge Chapman ordered a special venire of IOO for the trial and ordered Montgomery’* bond , fixed at $2,000. Montgomery has been at liberty under bond of that amount.
Walter F. Woodul s Father Succumbs
HOUSTON, Mar. 7— <(P> ~W. H. Woodul, 76, father of Lieutenant Governor Walter F. Woodul and a retired official of the Texas-Mexi-can railway, died in a hospital here last night.
He retired about 13 years ago from his position with the railroad which he had occupied 20 years.
Bombing Planes Attack I British Ships Off Spain
Destroyers Not Hit In Incident Following Battle
LONDON, March 7. —(ZP)— The admiralty disclosed today that the British destroyers Blanche and Brilliant had been attacked—but not hit—by five unidentified bomb-: ing planes.
The attack occurred yesterday off the Spanish coast in the same general area where the Spanish government fleet torpedoed and sank one of the Insurgent’s prize ! cruisers.
An admiralty official said he presumed the attack on the British vessel was a result of the naval battle. He added, however, that it obviously was a case of mistaken identity.
Spanish government warplanes took an active part in the naval battle, bombing insurgent warships and strafing their decks with machine gun fire.
The Blanche and Brilliant were on Nyon patrol duty, protecting neutral shipping In the western Mediterranean against so-called ‘‘pirate” raids.
Although the attacking planes were unidentified, the admiralty official said he presumed they were “mopping up” for one side or the other after the naval battle and mistook the Blanche and Brilliant for enemy ships.
"They went for them,” he said. “Unfortunately they w-ere ours.”
The planes dumped several bombs, none striking the destroyers, and wheeled away.
Cruiser Loss Opens Gap til Blockade
MADRID. March 7.—(A*)—Destruction of a crack 10,000-ton Insurgent cruiser In a naval battle off Cartagena left a gaping hole today in the insurgent fleet blockade of Spanish government ports.
It had not been determined defi-
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H. G. Ashby, Norton Dies Of Pneumonia
Funeral Set At Caps Today
BALLINGER. March 7.—(Spl.)— Funeral for H. G. Ashby of Norton, who died Sunday night at the Ballinger hospital, was to be held at the Caps Baptist church at 2:30 this afternoon. The Rev. Herbert Crain, pastor of the Norton Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. Duke Shaw, Norton Baptist church pastor, was to conduct the service. I Eurial was to be in the Caps ! cemetery with King-Holt Funeral I home in charge.
Mr. Ashby. 47, succumbed to pneumonia which developed from injuries received in an automobile accident Thursday night near Ro-i wena. Ha was brought here Saturday.
He was born in Missouri, but had been a resident of Runnels county for 21 years. Norton, where he was manager of the Farmers Gin, had been his home for nine years.
Mr. Ashby is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Calvin Fitzgerald of San Angelo and Adelle Ashby of Erookshier, and a brother, C. E. Ashby of Petersburg.
Flood Leaves Gold
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 7—(UP) — The flood may pay for itself in Santa Monica canyon. Residents digging out their buried homes found specks of gold in the mud. Mining men estimated that the silt may assay $1.50 to $2 a ton.
Asks Penalties And Forfeiture Of Charters
Second Major Suit Under Anti-Trust
Laws Demands $30,000,000 Damages
AUSTIN, March 7.— (AP)—Attorney General McCraw today filed suit here seeking cancellation of charters and penalties aggregating possible $30,000,000 against six major cement manufacturing companies of Texas.
The suit, charging violation of Texas anti-trust laws, was against the Lone Star cement corporation, with principal offices in New York and Dallas; the Southwestern Portland cement company, Chicago and Dallas; Universal Atlas cement company, a subsidiary of the United States Steel corporation. Chicago and Dallas; Longhorn Portland cement company, San Antonio; and the San Antonio Portland cement company, San Antonio.
The bill of complaint, filed in Travis county district court, charged the companies entered I--—-—
into price-fixing agreements about Jan. 3, 1929, when the cement institute, with headquarters i n Chicago, was formed.
ETHICS CODE ATTACKED
It also attacked a “code of ethics" and a “compendium of established terms and marketing methods.” adopted by cement manufacturers, alleging they had led to identical terms of sale and marketing practices.
The 76-page petition did not ask for a specific amount of damages but requested statutory penalties of from $50 to $1,500 daily against each of the defendants for 3.348 days, or from Jan. 3, 1929, to March 7. 1938.
The Jury or court would determine the exact amount which might range, if the state was successful on trial, from a minimum of $1,-004.400 to a maximum of $30,132,-OOO.
It was the second big damage suit cttargLng violation of tike antitrust laws to be filed in Texas in
Another was against virtually all the major oil companies operating in Texas. This suit, still pending, also sought forfeiture of charters to do business, and penalties aggregating millions of dollars. PROVISIONS UPHELD
The state supreme court, after a bitter court battle, last fall upheld the constitutionality of civil provisions of Texas’ anti-trust laws.
A case testing the validity of the criminal penalty provisions of the I statutes is expected to be decided i soon by the state court of criminal appeals.
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Youth Dies Of Crash Injuries
Robert Duckworth City's First Traffic Fatality For Year
First traffic fatality In Abilene was recorded Sunday morning when Robert Franklin Duckworth. 2243 Hardy, died from Injuries received Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car at North Fourteenth and Pine.
Doctors at the Hendrick Memorial hospital placed him in an oxygen tent in an effort to aid respiration. but Duckworth never regained consciousness. A combination of in J* iies to the. head, chest and I arm resulted in death.
Duckworth was riding north on Pine when he collided with a car driven by A. N. Volger of Hawley, j Volger was going south and made a left turn at North Fourteenth, traffic officers reported.
The grim reaper waited two j weeks later, as compared with 1937, to strike in Abilene. James L. “Cop'* Anthony died February 22 from injuries received February 19 in Abilene. The accident that killed Duckworth happened March 5, and ; he died the following day.
Funeral will be held today at 5 p. I rn. from Elliott’s chapel, with tho
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Airliner Crashes In Flames, Seven Die
NEW DELHI. India, Mar. 7—(P\ —Three French passengers and the four-man crew of an Air France airliner were killed today when the plane crashed in flames near Datia, capital of the state of that name in central India Ole of the passengers was a woman.
A rescue party including the prime minister of the state, went to the scene but the bodies of all aboard had been trapped in the flaming wreckage.
Tile plane, In the regular service between Hanoi, French Indo-China, and Parish, crashed after taking off from the town of Durn Durn in .Bengal. It left Calcutta last night west bound.
Colorado Man Dies In Midland Crash
MIDLAND. Mar. 7—<JP)—Edd S. Glover, 65, of Colorado. Tex., was killed and four others were injured in an automobile collision five miles west of here at midnight.
Mrs. Glover, a daughter, Lottie, Francis Palmer of Dallas, and Garrett McAdams were injured. McAdams and Palmer were members of an orchestra en route to Hollywood. The Glover family was en route home from Monahans.
24 Herefords Bring $5,195 At Angelo
SAN ANGELO, Mar. 7 — (ZP) -Twenty-four Herefords had bee sold through the breeder's auctio ring shortly before noon today s the San Angelo fat stock shoo They had commanded a total c $5,195.
John R. Scott, Mertzon, paid th morning's highest price, $300, t Norman Martin of Dublin for Ad Vance Domino 18, calved April r 1937. Roy Hudspeth was the heav lest buyer. Seventy five anima' were to be knocked down to th highest bidders this afternoon b Col. Earl Gartin, the auctioneer.
What Is Your NEWS I. Q.?
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cloudy and warmer tonight and Tuesday.
We»t Texas. Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday warmer In north and east Dor lions tonight.
East Texas: Partly cloudy to cloudy, probably occasional rains on lower coast tonight and Tuesday; warmer tonight, and in Interior Tuesday.
Highest temperature yesterday 59 Lowest temperature thi« mornorg '«
Abilene Clears Interest Obligations From Fiscal Year's Slate With 584,000 Payment In February
Noon ... Sunrise . Sunset
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Pry thermometer 56* Wet thermometer . 43* Relative humidity . 32
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With the payment of $84,000 in interest on its bonded indebtedness in February, the city of Abilene cleared the slate of this fiscal year's Interest obligations. The total paid was $197,437.50.
But there s another year beginning on May I, and that brings up another picture. Tile total Interest requirement for the fiscal year 1938-39 will be $209,037 50.
To meet this year's obligations, the city had to issue $41,000 In refunding warrants and set up a special tax levy of 26.2, plus a 5-cent special general levy, to assure protection. These have all been paid off except $1,000, due April I.
Whether the same plart will have to be followed this next year, that is a question. Tax levies for the bond funds were raised last year, to give bond funds the advantage of a 12 1-2 per cent increase in real valuations. These have been building up a little more rapidly than in some years previous. However, the school bond funds will need some assistance, it is believed, and city officials estimate they probably will have to provide approximately $20,000 by the special levy route next year. All of which cuts down on general revenues of the city, keeping members of the commission figuring to keep the
current Dills paid off up to date.
The first jump out of the box. May I. 1938, the city has $6,000 in interest due on the 1937 water
revenue improvement (Fort Phantom Hill reservoir) bonds. That, however will be easy for just like
clockwork $2,000 goes each month
into the water works bond fund. 1937, from the revenues of the water department.
Half of the $24,000 put aside the first year pays interest on the first half of the $600,000 bond issue
ser es A. and the other $12,000 pay: off the first 12 bonds maturing
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By AP Feature Service
Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair: 80, good. Answers on page IO.
1. Who is this European strong man?
2. At the large reception given him recently in Washington, High Commissioner McNutt of the Philippines announced that he would like the Democratic presidential nomination. True or false?
3. Why may the activities of Henry W. Wallace, secretary of agriculture, affect prices?
4. Is the capital of Hungary (a) Praha, (b) Budapest,, or (c) Bucharest?
5. What government pro* posed legislation caused a flareup in the Japanese parliament?
Up the face of th* Fort Phantom Hill dam. huge trucks rag -sac......
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climb like ants, steadily raising the level of the earthen struc
ture that is to be 3,779 feet long.
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Here the 64-foot inlet tower is shown nearing completion.
Through its sluice gates and the concrete conduit 350 feet long,
water may be released through the dam at will
Work Half Done Year After Poll
Lake Construction, Begun August I 5,
Is Being Pushed
One year ago yesterday’—March j 6. 1937—Abilene voters went to the I polls and by a vote of 901 to 751 authorized the issuance of $600,000 in water works improvement revenue bonds.
Sunday on the first anniversary ofr that election, the purpose for which those bonds w?ere voted—construction of Fort Phantom Hill reservoir —was one-half achieved
Out of a maze of legal activities to insure protection to the city of its water properties and to bond buyers on their securities came the sale of $300,000 of the bonds. Climax to intensive engineering study, surveys and planning was the actual beginning of construction of the dam on August 15.
Now, from dawn until dark giant machines are plying away 13 miles northeast of Abilene on an Elm creek site, building an earthem dam 3,7i9 feet long. Complete by the end of another year, it will provide a lake that will Increase Abilene's present water supply four times over.
Here are some of the highlights in the year of activity:
March 6—Abilene voters authorized issuance of $600,000 in water revenue bonds.
March 31— Contract for sale of first $100,000 of the bonds signed with Citizens National bank. Bid, par and accrued interest.
April 9—City commission ordered issuance of series A, the first $300,-000 of the bond issue.
May 20—R. C. Hoppe employed as resident engineer on Fort Phantom Hill dam project; Hawley, Freeze
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Grapple hooks on a drag line toss giant boulders about—this picture shows men and machine laying the rip-rap on the dam. The dam, on the left, stretches far eastward, the light speck in the distance being the outlet
tower. Tile dam at this end h reached the completion lev and workmen are spreading t gravel blanket W’hich goes u der the rip-rap, working ca; ward. i Reporter - News SU Photos by Maurine Eastus Ro