Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 9, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LVII, NO. 291.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 9, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES
Cnlte<l Pratt (CPI PRICE 5 CENTS
Railroad Heads Disappointed At Rate Increases
ICC Gives Carriers Permission To Hike Freight Charges 5 To IO Per Cent
WASHINGTON, March 9.—(AP)—Approval of higher freight rates by the interstate commerce commission fell so far short of needs, rail executives said today, that the nation’s railroads remain in a perilous financial condition.
"We are glad to have what they gave us,” said J. J. Pelley, president of the Association of American Railroads, “but we're disappointed.
The commission’s decision, handed down late yesterday, gave the railroads permission to raise most rates from 5 to IO
_ -| percent. Commissioner Joseph
a a ii| I B. Eastman estimated the ad-
W 103fie I ll INTU In ditional revenue would amount
rlCQUj UUII IV III to $274.000.000 a year.
15 PER CENT HIKE SOUGHT
/■*! I • J|* PeUey said a study of the 190-
I hprl/ \Winfl inn paKe dfclslon indicated the general
VI IvVlt J ft 11 IVJI11 1^ freight rate schedule has been „ . . boosted only 5 or 6 per cent. Rail-
New Mexico Mon road spokesmen during the hear-
lngs had asked for a 15 percent ini’I lieu vyil ; crease, but Policy said the refire* P)f f'nunt^ quested changes actually would
i 11 ii luui ii have iiftgd ^e rates only 12.9 per-
H M Davis. Clayton. Ne. Mea- ,.wheth(.r gQ _ ,# mc
leo. pleaded guilty to charges of commission again with another pe-
check swindling in Justice of Peace tition for higher freight rates, or
TIico Ash’s court Wednesday morn- ! [ust what course we will pursue , , , . ! hasnt been decided.” he said, add-I
mg and "as fined ..-OO and costs ing the p^v^hted raises will
on one of six counts against him. J be put into effect as quickly as
Trial on the other five charges will; possible.
bs held after the fine assessed in The\ may be applied on IO days ,
th1 first case is served out on the i Following the decision. President I county chain gang, Justice Ash in- Roosevelt announced he would hold formed Davis.
Amarillo Thronged By Celebrants—
FIRST LADY RECEIVES TON BOUQUET OF ROSES AS CLIMAX TO 12-MILE-LONG PARADE LAUNCHING MOTHER-IN-LAW FESTIVITY
AMARILLO. March 9.—(/Pl— Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived here at 11:25 (CST) today for the spectacular mother-in-law day celebration and found this plains cow town jammed to capacity with thousands of visitors.
Mrs. Roosevelt came here by train from Lubbock, where she spent the night, and was greeted by the governors of five southwestern states, Kansas, Colorado. New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Her son, Elliott, and his wife accompanied the first lady.
Mrs. Roosevelt, honor ^uest of
the day. rode in an open car over the line of the 12-mile-long parade and stopped at the reviewing stand to receive a ore-ton bouquet of 5,000 roses.
The first lady then watched one of the longest and most colorful parades ever staged in the southwest, featured by "the largest float in the world,” which was occupied by 600 mothers-in-law and a boy selling soda pop.
Thousands of women with married children were in the city for the annual celebration. Hundreds came from other states and nearly every state in the union was represented.
The weather gods smiled on the celebration, sending clear, warm weather after last night's rains had settled the dust.
By dawn the streets were packed and the only place where standing room was available by parade time was the bald plains surrounding the city.
No accurate estimate of the size of the crowd could be made, but it numbered into the thousands and was by far the largest ever to gather in this city.
There were horses, flowers, floats, Indians and blaring bands—such a splash of color that the crowd was aw’ed.
Riding in the parade on prancing horses were Governors Allred of Texas, Tingley of New Mexico, Sammons of Colorado, Huxman of Kansas and Marland of Oklahoma.
All through the night IO florists worked on the bouquet for Mrs. Roosevelt. It Is 16 feet long, nine feet high and five feet wide. Its framework is made of steel girders, covered with chicken wire.
After Mrs. Roosevelt has disposed of It. the bonquet will be taken apart and the roses will be sold for charity
CHAUTEMPS TO RESIGN-
Hungary’s Cabinet Quits
MONGREL GETS 'LOYALTY' MEDALS Pl6t)iSCit6 EOI
Britain Disputes Isles With U. S.
Joint Control Of Pacific Pair May Be Asked
Davie was one of three arrested by city police late Tuesday. A man and woman arrested with the 48-year-old Davis were released this morning with orders to leave the ci’v by noon. Both promised to lose no time in making their departure.
Davis was charged with and pleaded guilty to passing worthless checks to Waddington^, two chocks; Franklin's, two checks; G. R. Kinney Co., and Safeway stores. All checks were for $5 and drawn on a New Mexico bank. Davis made a written statement to County Attorney Esco Walter admitting passing the checks which be knew to be worthless. a * *
Davis told officers mat the woman arrested with him accompanied him to several stores where the checks were given. She admitted being with Davis but said she didn’t know the checks were worthless. Davis absolved her and
ference at the White House next week.
Tile meeting will consider tile whole question of railroad finances. Those to attend are Chairman Walter M. W. Splawn and Commissioner Eastman of the I. C. C.; Senator Wheeler <D-Mont), Representative Lea (D-Calif), Carl Gray of the Union Pacific, and George Harrison, representing railway labor.
With certain exceptions, the I. C. C. authorized the railroads to increase freight rates by IO percent. It stipulated, however, that increases granted cm many com-mod<*<ps lase mu# *? induacd in that percentage.
Increases of 5 percent were granted on the following commodities;
LONDON. Mar. 9 — (J'l —Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the house of commons today that Sir Ronald Lindsay, ambassador to Washington, had been instructed to inform the United States government that Britain "reserves her right over the islands of Canton and Enderbury.”
Chamberlain announced that ‘proposals will be submitted in hope of ending this controversy."
It was believed some form of joint control of the two mid-Pacific islands would be proposed by Britain.
Canton and Enderbury islands, in the Phoenix group, have been occupied by Hawaiian parties landed by a United States coast guard cutter. Previously they had been treated as British territory in British government orders-in-council.
Japan Concerned At
Agriculture products, except
tropical fruit; animals and animal Island ^ Oar I inn finn products, except horses and mules; b LA.LUfJUllUM
.. ... .lumber, shingles and lath; cotton-
the o he. man, who she said was | seed oil and vegetable oils, except
Anthracite coal rates
Retiring Premier Commissioned To Form New Cabinet
PARIS, Mar. 9— (API—Premier Camille Chautrmps’ rab-inrt will resign tonight. Deputy Albert Semi, vlre president of the socialist bloc In the chamber of deputies, declared late
Levy On Closely Held Firms Is Killed In House
Dem-GOP Coalition Wins Approval For Amendment Despite Veto Threat
WASHINGTON, March 9.—(AP)—The house tentatively struck from the tax revision bill today a proposed surtax on family-owned and closely held corporations. The teller vote was 180 to 124,
Defeated in their initial attempt to save the most controversial item in the measure, administration forces said they would demand another vote on it before the house ballots on final passage of the bill.
A coalition of republicans and democrats succeeded in winning house approval for an amendment to strip the levy on closely held firms from the bill, | ~
although members had received *- • Cl I CX
shortly before a warning that p3t \TArl/ XhAiii
a revenue measure with that I OI .J I UL IX -/I IU VV
tax eliminated might be vetoed
by President Roosevelt. A - B
DOUGHTON FIGHTS TIDE 111111^1^ fllTIVP
Chairman Doughton tD-NC) of ■ * J Pi I I I v vs
the ways and means committee, |
seeking to swing the tide of votes Abilene Boosters
against an amendment to kill the Fete Visitors At
levy, told the legislators that if the I Ll . i i
amendment carried, "in my judg- Motel Luncheon
ment the bill will be vetoed.” I _ ,
Doughton spoke while the house rpptrc v Ab,lemans 20 miles
was mavins tow.rd , showdown on £°m„ '°wn, ,he Fort
the tax—the mw controversial in , 7'™
.. . boosting the Southwestern Exposi-
I in* .... j tlon and Fort Worth Fat Stock Show
Representative McCormack (D- arrived late this morning in Abilene Mass.), leader of forces opposing to the accompanying tune of the T
j the surtax, submitted the amend- c. U. twlngsters.
ment> J ' J- D. Woodard, city officer, and M.
democratic whip, representa-; C. Myers, state highway patrolman >iand (D-Pa>. told reporters 1 led the trippers into Abilene Fire
BUDAPEST, Mar. 9— T) — The Hungarian cabinet headed by Premier Koloman Daranyi resigned ( tonight after 17 months in office.
Admiral Nicholas Horthy, the regent, accepted the resignation, but commissioned Daranyi to form a new government.
He requested the retiring ministers to continue in office until a i
tive Boland (D-Pat, told reporters he had made no poll on the proposal but forecast the vote would be “awfully close.”
Before McCormack offered the amendment, the house agreed to end the discussion of the so-called
trippers into Abilene. Fire Chief J. Ray Roe followed with a welcoming committee in his car.
The Texas Christian university band under the direction of Don Gillis, held traffic for 30 minutes at the corner of Cypress and North
"IB” tax section—containing t h Third with hot music, closely held corporation surtax— ( A luncheon at the Wooten honor-within an hour and a half. inS visitors was attended by 200
The bill would impose on com- Ppol3le Ed Grissom president of panier having annual net Incomes ! rye A„r*P® Booster club, introduced above $75,000 and owned by a fam- co 'Va"f’r* county attorney, who
ily or a few individuals, A 20 per-1 seiI) as ma ';ter of ceremonies,
cent surtax applicable to income1,. . was humor and entertainment remaining after other corporate q e 9r. E. B.
taxes are paid and specific deduc- pre<ihvtir4aP,f n* the (\entral
Ak,nvyL program v Eft to. invoca \ n.
weigh* v ' , Harr™n;v$Iackers with guitar, wciMuj . clarinet, wash board and a traiinn measure had been approved tent.- | lug played two mtmbPr * M*a,e0ar''$*
her husband, of any guilt in passim: the checks and said that neither received any money obtained on the checks.
Owners of th*1 stores to whom the checks weie given recovered merchandise sold, most of which was women's wearing apparel.
Davis had six more checks in his possession when arrested at a Safeway food store.
Judge Stays Edict In Mexican Dispute
MEXICO CITY, March 9. (JFV-Seventeen British and American companies interested in the oil industry enjoyed a breathing spell in their labor dispute today as the result of the unexpected intervention of Judge Manuel Bartlett of the first district court.
Judge Bartlett yesterday stayed until Saturday an arbitration board decision, upheld by the supreme court a week ago. which granted increased wages and benefits to 18.000 oil company employes.
The companies have contended the increases, which they estimate at $12,000,000 annually, were economically impossible.
See RAILS, Pg. 12, Col. 7
Used Car Exchange Week Gets Results,-46 Mortgages Filed
National Used Car Exchange Week in Abilene is accomplishing its purpose.
With Just two days and a half of the week gone, a total of 46 mortgages, representing as many used car sales, had been registered with County Clerk Vivian Fryar. Most of these were for sales concluded Monday and Tuesday, Miss Fryar stated, pointing out that Wednesday morning sales would be recorded later in the day.
According to records of the county clerk weekly sales of used cars, as represented by mortgages filed, seldom exceed the number recorded during I the first two days of this week.
TOKYO. Mar. 9— -P' —Britain’s tolerant attitude over the planting of the United States flag on Canon and Enderbury islands in the mid-Pacific has aroused concern in official quarters here, where it is seen as evidence of Anglo-American cooperation.
Authoritative quarters said they were unable to reconcile occupation j of the islands with the United States’ insistence she was concerned only with defense in the Pacific. Britain's apparently -benevolent I unconcern” toward American appropriation of nominally British territory has been noted with evident anxiety.
Sun Shines After .11 Inch Rainfall
With the month's rainfall .62 Inch above normal, a period of overcast I weather conditions which brought I .ll inch of precipitation ended in Abilene this morning in favor of a cloudless sky and rising temper-I ature.
Rainfall for 24 hours ended at 6 30 a. rn. today was .ll inch. Total for the month is 2 94 inches. Normal since January I is 2 32 inches. Temperature dropped this morning I to 49 degrees, is degrees higher than the minimum for the week.
Skippv,' rc-raggly, white do?, was honored with two medals at Oakland, Calif., for "his loyalty and faith" to his dead mistress, Mrs. Winona Ferris.
Skippy stood guard over her
Principals Of Schools Elected
frozen body in the mountains for 12 days. Mrs. A. W. Robb Is awarding the medals while Karl Foreman, 16, Mrs. Ferris' son holds Skippy.
Chapman Calls Judges Session
All Keep Posts; Board Votes For Holiday April I 5
WHEN MONITOR ENGAGED MERRIMAC—
Big Navy Boom Began Just 76 Years Ago Today
Principals of the Abilene public school system were reelected at a beard meeting last high school.
Joe Humphrey was reelected assistant principal of the high school. Byron England, high school principal, had been reelected previously.
The board also voted to allow a holiday for the public school system on April 15. Easter Sunday comes on the seventeenth, and the holiday may be utilized for a weekend trip by students and pupils, board members said.
Principals reelected were: Rov
Skaggs. Alta Vista: W. D. Gulledge,
LOS ANGELES. Mar. 9— (UP) — The residents of this city of 1,380,-000 boiled their drinking water today. The sewer system broke under the strain of last week's flood, and the water supply is contaminated, though whether from the sewer, is not yet known.
Until the cause is discovered. Dr George Parrish, city health officer, warned all persons to boil their drinking water. Drinking fountains throughout the city were shut off Judge W. R. Chapman, presiding in public parks, buildings and thea-Judge of the seventh administrative ters- Cafes and hotels received or-night at the I judicial district of Texas, today is-1 to scrvf only bc,iled water'
Seventh Judicial District Dockets Will Be Studied
new cabinet la fbfmeo.
The resignation came after de- ®ULK bate in parliament on a plan to Six-sevenths of the
devote most of an internal loan of l
1.000.000,000 prngoes <$98,450,000; tively before today's session. W Hair gave the official^welcome’
for rearmament. Aside from clarifying changes, xhe Abilene high school choral
. only one amendment had been tack- | club under direction of Chiida denied onto the bill last night. It would ons sang several numbers and left
require the treasury to make public with "noes” of the group ringing
ail corporation salaries of $25,000 in their ears. The Anson twins, acarid over. * * ‘
In the first speech on behalf of the proposal to delere the "IB” levy, representative Lamneck <D-Oluo) arose before a packed house
to say there should be a tax bill to
"promote confidence in business.”
INNSBRUCK, Austria. Mar. 9— (A*>—Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg tonight called an Austrian national plebiscite for March 13 to determine the strength behind his fight for Austrian independence.
Los Angeles Citizens Boil Drinking Water
companied by Mrs Dub Wooten on the piano, were well received and did two encores.
D. G. "Doc" Liggett, president of
See TRIPPERS, Pg. 12, Col. 8
j sued a call to Judges of the district j to meet in Abilene at IO a rn., April I 2. Purpose of the session, Judge Chapman said today, is to get reports on conditions of court dockets in the various districts under his supervision.
If the docket of any court is found to be overcrowded, other judges of the district will be assigned to assist the Judge of that particular district, Judge Chapman said.
Judicial districts and judges in-
*-*• Pas.y c"llepe eluded in Judge Chapman's district are A. S. Mauzay, 32d court, Sweetwater; E. J. Miller, 35th, Brownwood; Dennis P. Ratliff, 39th, Haskell; M. s. Long, 42d, Abilene; John S. Sutton. 51st, San Angelo; Charles L. Klapproth. 70th, Midland; W. R. Chapman, 104th, Abilene; Louis
Heights: L. T. Nance. Fair Park; Jim Ballow. Lamar: Holmes Webb, Locust; Wilson Little, Valley View; Mrs. L. H. Harrison, Travis; J. E. Price. Americanization school; R. W. Stafford, negro school.
Wilson Little, principal of Valle.' View’, is on a was reelected
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will remember it,
By NEA Service
Although few today Is the seventy-sixth anniver sary of an event which revolutionized naval construction and started the shipbuilding race w'hich has, with a few lapses, grown into a marathon nightmare of floating armaments.
On thi* nay, seventy-six years •SO, the iron-clad Union vessel
IHE BATTLE OF THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC
(.Courtesy of Charles Scribner's Sons)
Monitor engaged the iron-clad Confederate vessel Merrimac in battle
?Lr,nmP(t0n Vlrginla- Con" I ta*ing over the navy yard, raised
enormous consequences ; and rebuilt the Merrimac
h-onv? nfnaw ♦ enga^ment 11 is an The central part was cut down
ended hi J battle almost the waterline to form a
ended in a draw. gun deck for a f]oflting battpry
In the spring of 1861 the Fcdei- thi's. a housing was coastruct-
als had to atunrinn pcl at a ^-degree ane'- and was
Report Police To Enter Kidnap Case
NEW ROCHELLE. N. Y.—(UP) —As the 12th day with no word from Peter Levine began, poll:. were reported preparing to enter the case.
Murray Levine, father of the 12-year-old junior high shcool student. who was kidnaped for $30.-000 ransom, kept constant vigil beside two telephones in his home.
Despite the insistence of Director of Public Safety Philip S. Tilden that police give the attorney every opportunity to negotiate freely with the kidnapers, at least , three officials expressed annoyance over the delay and indicated that a
firnri a move hi**11* he made to bring po-
fired and sank the steamer-frigate i lice into the case.
Merrimac. The Confederates
109th, Pecos; and 119th, Ballinger.
O. L. Parish,
Kiwanians Meet In Hawley At 7:30
The Abilene Kiwanis club will meet this evening at 7:30 o'clock in the new gymnasium of Hawley high school with 50 men of that community as club guests. Women of the Hawley Parent-Teacher association will serve the dinner. The meeting will take the place of the usual noon luncheon. Members are invited to bring their wives.
Dr. E. B. Surface will be the principal speaker.
E. H. Moore will be chairman. The Rev. Albert Mason will offer the invocation. Mrs. Harold Thomas will play accordion selections. Aaron Grant will sing. The boys' quartet of Hawley high school will give several selections.
Purchaser Inquiries Brighten Oil Picture
Summer Season Supplies Sought
TULSA, Okla., March 9—(/Pl — A stronger inquiry by gasoline purchasers seeking supplies for the summer motoring season was reported today as a heartening development In the petroleum indus-
Marketers made it clear there was no noticeable increase in sales and delivery contracts as yet but evjen the slijtot indication of a trade pickup wfas regarded a steadying influence in the refined market.
Among the refiners reporting the additional inquiry for gasoline were members of the Western Pe-' troleum Refiners association. More than two dozen independent refineries in the area have shut down because they were unable to operate profitably under present market conditions.
The record-breaking amount of 1 gasoline stocks in storage contin^ j ued a drag on the industry’. One ' authority predicted the nation would ha' an 80-day supply t?
, gasoline on hand at the end of Marth.
Amarillo Main Street Roped Off For Parade
AMARILLO, March 9. (/P— East was east and west w’&s west here today—but the !*vain merged in a mother-in-law day parade on the main thoroughfare. “ j
The main street was roped off for the parade, separating the east and west sections of the city. The eastern part was cut off from the main fire station.
Asked what would happen in the event of a major fire, officers said "it would just have to burn unless the substations could take care of it.”
What Is Your NEWS I. Q.?
ABILENE and vicinity: Cloudy and
cloudcooler tonight; Thursday partly
West Texa* Fair, slightly colder in extreme west portion tonlgnt; Thi#jday fair.
Last Texans Cloudy, showers on upper coast, slightly cooler in north portion tonight; Thursday rsnly cloud)’.
2( hrs ending fl;30 a m Wed .ll inch
since first of year ..........2ut inches
Some period last year ...... 1.78 inches
Normal since first of year ... 2 32 inches
Highest temperature yesterday , .sa laiwen temperature this morning ..(a
Hearing Ordered March 21 For Centerline Pool Spacing Rules
Dispatch from Austin today said operator, filed application to drill
to abandon Norfolk Navy Yard in a hurry, so they scuttled,
See NAVY, Pf. 3, Col. 7
NEW YORK. March 9. /fV-TCxas Gulf Sulphur company reported 1936 net income of $11,589,281. equal to $3 02 a share of capital stock This compared with $9,853,014 or $2,56 a share m 1936.
Dry thermometer Wet thermometer I RelsUve humidit)
p rn. 7 n m. 12:39 p.m. SS* M * 7t<*
. 67 91 28
the Texas railroad commission had called a special hearing to be held there March 21 to determine special rules for the new southern Jones county Centerline pool discovered two weeks ago.
A spacing pattern will be decided upon at that time, in connection with establishment of other regula-
pool was opened when the Walter K. Jones No. I Ora Neas, five miles east of Hawley, flowed 322 barrels in 16 hours after acid treatment in Lower Hope lime from 1.967 to 1,979 feet.
The hearing was requested by Walter K. and R. D. Jones, owners of the new well, seeking a 20-acre well spacing pattern. The request came after F. M. Loop, San Antonio
to the south on a four-acre plan.
Activity in the new area has been held up because an official agreement could not be reached.
Iron Mountain Oil company and Humble No. 4 Jones, Stasney Sc Bowden, west side well for the Avoca field in northeastern Jones county. was flowing an average of 112 barrels per hour late Tuesday at the beginning of a 24-hour railroad commission potential gauge. The well was flowing natural through two-inch open tubing into tanks, pay having been drilled from 3.189 to 3.207 feet, total depth. Location is in the southwest corner of the northwest quarter of section 196-
See OIL, Pg. 3, Col. 6
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 5.
1. Who is this inventor's son and what is his job?
2. The U. S. has taken the position that if Americans do not followr its advice to leave endangered areas in China, Japan cannot be held responsible for damage to them. True or false?
3. Are “The Hooded Ones” (a) a French revolutionary organization, (b) a southern society w’ith aims similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan, or (c) a secret band operating against non-fascist in Sicily?
4. What nation honors Woodrow Wilson as responsible to a great extent for its existence?
5. What order has Germany issued concerning American Nazi organizations?