Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 10, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH IO, 1938 —TWELVE PAGES
CDM Presa (UTI PRICE 5 CENTSStreet Fights Flare In Bitter Campaigning On Austro Plebiscite
VIENNA, March IO.—(ZP)—Street fights In which at least 40 were injured and many arrested broke out today in Vienna and Graz as Austria’s political strife reached a new pitch of bitterness in the campaigning for Sunday's plebiscite.
Nazis, angered by Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg's sudden call for a vote on his policy of Austrian independence, clashed in both cities with members of the Fatherland front, the chancellor’s party.
In Grabz, capital of Syria and hotbed of Austrian nazis the dread words “civil war” passed menacingly from mouth to mouth when grim
aced nazis and Fatherland front members toured the city in trucks armed with clubs, poles and other weapons.
Seventeen were injured in Graz street clashes; 12 more were hurt there by clubs of police breaking up demonstrations. Vienna counted at least ll hurt.
VIENNA STREETS THRONGED
At dusk, 5,000 shouting, excited men and women thronged Vienna's main arteries, almost stopping traffic. Reinforced police squads were unable to cone with the crowds. Truckload after truckload of police were rushed to the scene.
In Linz nazis hoisted a huge Swastika flag to the top of the city hall.
Nazis in Graz held a mass meeting before the city ha:;, yelling “Get rid of Schuschnigg heil Hitler!” until police dispersed them.
Troops moved through the streets of Gras. Three companies were seen entering Vienna.
Graz nai leaders said they were only awaiting orders before starting a campaign such as Austtria had never known.
In Vienna the cries of “Heil Schuschnigg!” and “Heil Hitler!-’ swelled throughout the day above
the usual roar of traffic.
The entire police force was called out un an emergency basis that will continue through Sunday.
The two main army garrisons at Vienna were held in readiness with motors of troop lorries constantly running.
Tile old sedate, friendly, easygoing Vienna had become a tense, worried, shouting, demonstrating city, whose population was gripped by awtension almost unknown here since the world war.
The issue v’as whether the influ
ence of Schuschnigg or of chancellor Hitler of Germany should predominate in Austria.
Blood flowed In Kaerntners-trasse, the main shopping street, for the first time since Nazis and Fatherland Front began struggling for the upper hand when Front members set upon an ardent Nazi who answered a snout of “Heil Schuschnigg!” with “Heil Hitler I”
The Nazi was pummeled into unconsciousness before police intervened.
The police for the most part confined their efforts to keeping the two factions apart and curbing
too demonstrative “heil Hitler!” cries.
TRI CHS CRUISE TO CITY
Trucks cruised about the city carrying loud-speakers blaring plebiscite slogans like "with Schuschnigg for a free German Austria.” or "are you for Austrian independence? yes or no? yes! yes! yes! yes!”
This was only the beginning, a few hours after Schuschnigg issued his startling call for Sunday’s referendum. lr. was expected to continue night and day through Sunday.
informed persons said plans for
announcing the referendum were 1 worked out in the greatest secrecy of the chancellor burgomaster I Richard Schmitz of Vienna and Guicjo Zernatto, secretary of state.Britons Jeer At German Minister
LONDON. March IO. (/Pl—Unfriendly demonstrations today greeted Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany’s foreign minister, both before and after a conference in which he and Britain’s foreign secretary canvassed the whole field of
A crowd of 500 demonstrator! tried to break strong police cordon! as von Ribbentrop left the foreign office after more than tw’o hour* with Viscount Halifax, new direc-to- of British foreign policy.
Cries of “get out, mbbentrop!" and "release Niemoeller and Thael* mann!” were shouted at the German diplomat—referring to th* Rev. Martin Niemoller, held in a German concentration camp, and Ernst Thaelmann, German communist leader, held without trial since 1933.
COMMUNITY’S WORST CATASTROPHE-Wreaks
French Premier Quits In Crisis On Finances
Blum Accepts Offer To Form Now Ministry
PARTS. March IO.—</P>— Premier Camille Chautemps resigned today because he could not win from parliament the power to reorganize French finances and cut government finances by decree.
The premier wanted the decree power, he told a crowded, silent chamber, because persistent rumors of cabinet changes had taken “all the liberty and power” from his government.
Leon Bli^m, leader of the socialists. accepted a presidential offer to try to form a cabinet of the popular front, including communists.
Emphasizing that the crisis which brought his fall was essentially political, rather fiAn financial, Chautemps said, nevertheless, that;
lf we received the full powers necessary, this government would be able to carry' on perfectly well."
The premier assured the deputies the treasury was in a safe position, although there is a pros* ective budget of deficit of around 1*00,000,000 due to vast armaments pendl-tures.
Weakness of the franc, he said, was “only transitory.”
Opposition of socialists, who had given him support in parliament. was the immediate cause of his resignation.
The retiring premier and his ministers left the chamber abruptly at the close of his brief speech to hand their formal resignations to President Lebrun.
The chamber president. Edouard Herriot. suspended the session before Albert Serol, president of the socialist group, could answer Chautemps.
Legislators said his reply would have been a reiteration of the socialists’ refusal to accede to Chau-
See FRANCE, Pf. 12. Col. 5
Rated At 2,400
Flow One Of Largest From Ordovician Wells; Second Treatment Of Acid Given
Completion of a railroad commission potential gauge this morning for a daily rating of nearly 2,400 barrels ranked the Hal Hughes et a1 No. I Tom Poindexter as one of the largest Ordovician producers ever completed.
Abilene office of the commission reported the well flowed 896 barrels of oil in nine hours, *-
Highway I Project Added To Bidding
Grading West Of Abilene Planned
AUSTIN, March IO.— (JPt —The highway department completed plans today for a dozen projects which will be submitted to bids March 22 together with 19 items already advertised.
The additions, by counties, included:
Taylor, highway I. 5 miles grading and stabilizing shoulders from I Abilene west.
Wichita and Archer, highway 24, 19.5 miles grading and small drain-age structures from 2.9 miles w'est J, of Archer City to near Wichita county line.
Archer, highway 25. constructing I large drainage structures between Archer City and Wichita county line.
an average of 99.5 barrels hourly to establish a daily potential of 2.388 barrels.
THROUGH 2-INCH TUBING
The flow was through two-inch tubing, following the second acid treatment for the discovery. A total of 10,000 gallons was given in tw’o stages before the official gauging.
I! production is from the Simpson, middle Ordovician, as Is believed by owners, the well ranks as the largest ever to find that pay zone.
The discovery was given its second acid treatment late Wednesday. a 7,000-gallon shot in sandy lime believed ta be the Simpson, middle Ordovician, at 4.68-89 feet. Fluid was injected under pressure and an oil load.
Hughes No. I Poindexter struck a heavy gas flow and later developed a spray of oil in the deep horizon nearly a month ago, cemented five-inch casing and treated with 3.000 gallons of acid on Feb. 24. It kicked off with an estimated flow of 1.000 or morp barrels daily.
Initial gauges after two 500-barrel tanks had been erected showed about 35 barrels hourly average on short runs. Gas-oil ratio was so high. Hie test making between three and four million feet of gas dally, operators decided to reacidize in an attempt to hike the oil output.
Soviet Prosecutor Writes Summary
MOSCOW'. March IO— ijn—1The court recessed today while Prosecutor Andrei Y. Vishinsky wrote his speech summing up conspiracy and murder charges against 21 defendants in Moscow s greatest treason trial as a basis for a demand for their deaths by shooting.
He expected to be ready with his outline by Friday noon.
For material VLshinsky had all the elements of a dozen dime-novel thrillers—alleged medical murders of a famous author and eminent politicians for love and political advancement, the plotting of a palace revolution, strange poisons, and international spy intrigues invdlv-ing confessed agents for Great Britain, Poland. Germany and Japan.
Reveal Justice As News Stand 'Angel'
NEW YORK, Which IO.—(UP)— Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo was revealed today to be the angel of a sidewalk news stand. Mrs. Alice Williams, an el- I derly nurse, served the justice’s j family for two years. When she became partly crippled by arthritis he gave her $15 a month for several years to help pay medical expenses. Then he put up $100 so she could build her news stand. Tile justice s philanthropy became known when Mrs. Williams’ license was renewed.
Propose Second Revenue Bill To Offset Tax Loss
Treasury Drafts Substitutes For Deleted Levy
WASHINGTON, March IO.—(TP)— Chairman Doughton <D-NC) of the , ways and means committee suggested today that eongresa might be asked to enact a second revenue bill to make up the estimated $30,-000.000 to $45,000,000 pared from the prospective yield of the tax re-; vision measure by removal of a levy on closely held corporations.
He said that was his own idea and did not necessarily represent the views of his committee.
He added that he. had not received from the treasury any sug-
WASHINGTON, March IO.— UTI—Mayor Daniel J. Shields, of Johnstown, Pa., today told
the senate civil liberties committee he had destroyed records concerning payments of approximately gOO special officers sworn in during the “little steel” strike last summer.
WEATHERS EIGHT ATLANTIC STORMS
Prof. Thurman W. Arnold (above) of Yale has been nominated by President Roosevelt to the job of enforcing antitrust laws as assistant attorney-general.
Police On Guard After Strike Riot
Score Injured In Battle Between Labor Factions «,
HATBORO, Pa . March IO.-h Testate police today patrolled the entrances to the Roberts and Mender Stove factory, cleared of sit-, down strikers by non-striking workmen armed with clubs and tear gas.
Inside the plant, officials sought to determine the damage caused by * the pitched battle last night in which a score were injured.
Leaders of both the back-to-work movement and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a CIO affiliate, considered throwing picket lines about the plant.
The disorder grew from sporadic fist fights outside the gates to a pitched battle for possession of the plant.
Bricks were hurled by several hundred workmen and townspeople who marched on the plant. The sit-down strikers retaliated with heavy flint pebbles.
The invaders, gaining entrance through a back door, fired tear gas bombs chief of Police William Holawanger said. The strikers replied with a stream of water from a fire hose.
The CIO members had held the plant since Feburary 4.
gestions for additional revenue and had not asked for any, although he had discussed the revenue situation with Secretary Morgenthau this morning.
Earlier Morgenthau told reporters the treasury* was preparing alternate revenue-raising proposals for Doughton’s guidance should the latter desire them.
Administration leaders in congress held little hope of persuading the house to restore to the tax bill a deleted levy on closely-held corporations.
TO CALL NEW VOTE
They decided to call for another vote on the proposel. despite their general pessimism that it merely would reaffirm the 180 to 124 mar-
Eee CONGRESS. Pf. 12. Cot 6
Cowmen Tax Selves To Advertise Meat
SAN ANTONIO, March 10.- .T — Cattlemen will tax themselves to advertise their product.
Tlve convention of the Texas and Southwestern Cattlemen's association here voted yesterday a one-cent per-head assessment or 50 cents a carload. A national meat advertising campaign is planned.
Jay Taylor of Amarillo, advertising committee chairman of the national livestock and meat board, said “If consumers are educated through advertising the cost of meat becomes secondary to the desire to eat meat.”
Scores Plot Claim
HAVANA, March IO. (UP) —Alleged claims of Cuban oppositionists to the support of the United States in a plot to overthrow the Cuban government w:as termed ‘grotesquely false” today by J. Butler Wright, American ambassador to Cuba.
ABILENE and vicinity: Fair tonlnht and rid av; slightly warmer tonight West Texas: Fair tonight and Friday. Ightlv warmer In aouth and central Dorms tonight. . _
East Texas; Fair tonight and Friday; ghtly warmer in northwest portion to-ght.
Highest temperature yesterday ......
Lowest temperature this morning ..38
TEMPERATURES Wed. Thurs. p.m. am
...... 71 47 j
. :. 48
I a.r ani \f*rno; Sunset a.43
„ 7 p m. 7 a.m. 12;39 p m
Trv thermometer RS* 40* Rivet thermometer 49* 38* 49*
(.elative humidity # 22 83 40
RELIC OF AMARILLO CELEBRATION—
Roses From One-Ton Mother-In-Law Bouquet Bring Cheer To Hospital Patients And Orphans
The freighter, Azelea City, bucks against a hawser passed to her by the cutter Chelan, during a North Atlantic storm. But safety was in sight and the freighter was towed to Boston
Spanish Rebels Push Forward
Strategic Towns Fall In Offensive On Aragon Front
ZARAGOZA. Spain, March IO. UT) —Spanish insurgents pressed their greatest offensive today with the largest concentration of infantry, cavalry and aviation in the entire civil war.
They had captured strategic towns and mountains and pushed their front lines forward to new positons in the second day of the eastward drive from the Aragon Salient toward the Mediterranean.
(Most place names were eliminated from this dispatch by censor.)
Generalising Francisco Franco adopted virtually the same tactics he used in the Alfambra valley campaign which resulted in the recapture of Teruel Feb. 22.
A center column, flanked by divisions south and north, methodically pushed back the enemy, w’hose positions were made untenable by constant artillery shelling and air bombardments.
This new Aragon front is approximately 70 miles long. The insurgents' objective, apparently, is to split the government-held seaboard between Valencia and Barcelona in the hope of striking the decisive blow of the war.
Franco’s left wing is commanded by General Miguel Aranda and his right wing by General Yague.
Crew Combats Fire Two Hours
Grammar School Side, Laboratories And Auditorium Gutted By Flames
SNYDER, March IO.—(Spl.)—Today’s dawn brought to Snyder one of the worst community catastrophes in her history, when fire destroyed most of the city’s large, modern school building, a plant valued at $150,000. Loss was estimated by Dr, J. O. Hicks, school board president, at approximately $100,000, about two-thirds of it covered by insurance.
The building consisted of the grammar school and high school wings connected by an auditorium and laboratories.
Flames were discovered just after 6 o'clock this morning, in the middle of the grammar
—18 days after she lost her propeller in mid-ocean. Eight storms swept over the luckless craft, which was en route to Liverpool from gulf ports.
Penalize Cigaret Tax Evaders
Abilenians Pay Tax Plus Penalty And Audit Fee
Abilenians who have been purchasing their cigarets in other states, tax free, today were paying the tax, and a three cent penalty plus an auditing fee.
About 50 citizens of Abilene were on the list of N. A. Ferguson, district supervisor, and A. C. Kyle, supervisor, from the state comptrollers office.
The two men would not reveal how they discovered persons who were avoiding the tax, but they have the evidence.
Under a section of the Texas law statutes representatives of the state comptroller’s office can offer a compromise. Ferguson and Kyle are collecting the three cent tax and the three cent penalty, and for persons having purchased less than 20 cartons they are not assessing the audit fee of $10.
"Majority of the people unknowingly have violated the law.” Ferguson said. Beth men said that Abilenians they had contacted were very’ agreeable.
If the department wished to pres-ecute a penalty of not less than $25 and not more than $200 plus costs could be assessed against each
See TAX, Pf. 12. Cot 5
school wing. The fire spread very swiftly in spite of prompt action by the Snyder fire department.
TWO TRUCKS USED
Using both its large pumper and Its booster truck, the department kept two streams of water pouring into the huge blaze. This was not sufficient to check the fire until it had gutted the grammar school side, the auditorium and the home economic, and lienee labors torte « underneath the auditorium.
Two hours of hard work brought the flames under control in time to save classrooms and administrative offices in the high school section. A fire truck from Sweetwater arrived in time to be of valuable as-
No Recession, Banks Report
March 7 Condition Shown On Call Of U. S. Comptroller
Rec’xlion his not occurred in Ab* llene and vicinity insofar as cond!* tions are reflected by the condition of banks.
Upon call of the comptroller oi the currency for statement of theii sistance to Snyder’s Fire Chief N. j condition as of close of businesi
Monday, March 7, the Abileni
W. Autrey and the volunteer fire fighting force.
The first part of the large brick building was finished in 1923—built with proceeds of a $75,000 bond issue. In 1925 an issue of $60,000 financed the high school section and brought the city's school system under one roof. The gymnasium and school bus garage were built later.
The building housed 1,100 students with a staff of 35 teachers.
Announcement concerning continuation of classes was expected to be made probably today. It was pointed out the gymnasium is a large structure and that, building
See FIRE, Pf. 12, Cot 8
Lodge Official Rests In Colorado Hospifal
El Paso Doctor Attending Rice
COLORADO, March IO. (Spl)
John Temple Rice of El Paso, crease of $66,952.48 since Dec. 31.
banks this morning issued figure! showing;
Deposits reduced less than
four-tenths of one per cent since Dec. II, 1937.
Loans further expanded nearly six percent after an increase of this item from Dec.
31, 1936, to Dec. 31. 1937,
amounting to $618,230.08. The
increase since the first of this year was $116,856.55.
Total of cash asyllabic up $66,* 952 48 since Dec. 31. 1937.
Total of resources of the two banks up slightly—$11,656.10—since the beginning of the yaer.
Deposits In the local banks, combined, amounted to $8,772,580 86 at) close of business last Monday, a decrease of but $30,250.75 from the Dec. 31 figure of $8,802,831.61.
Loans and discounts March 7 amounted to $2,213,110.71. an increases of $116,856.55 from Dec. 31 and $735,086,43 since the beginning of last year.
Cash on hand aggregated $6,548,-596.64 March 7. while that figure was $6,481,644.16 on Dec. 31—and in
grand master of the grand lodge of Texas, who became seriously ill here yesterday afternoon was resting today, although still in a critical condition.
Dr. C. D. Awe of El Paso was attending Rice. Dr. Awe had not completed his examination at noon today, but stated that he was not sure that an heart attack was responsible for Rices condition.
Rice was going to attend a West Texas Masonic lodge meeting here last night. He was taken from his hotel room to the Colorado hospital.
The high lodge official had planned to leave Colorado today, but he ! will not be able to travel for several da>s. hospital attendants said.
Total resources of the two banks —the Farmers and Merchants National and Citiens National—was $9,357,848 59 March 7, an increase of $11,656.59 from Dec. 31.
AMARILLO, March IO.—,P)—A one-ton bouquet of roses, relic of yesterday's mother-in-law day celebration, was dismantled today The 5,000 roses brought cheer to shut-in mothers-in-law, hospital patients and orphans.
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, recipient of the huge bouquet, suggested the distribution of the roses.
Another reminder of the celebia-tion, a friendly feud between Governors Allred of Texas and Tingley of New Mexico, showed no signs of
wilting. Months before the celebration Allred and Tingley exchanged left-handed compliments about each other's horsemanship..
Yesterday's parade, in which the two governors were astride paint ponies, was to settle the question of who was the better rider. However. Gov. Teller Ammons of Colorado, once a cowpuncher, who was to judge the riding contest, took the Issue under rtdvisement.
Three mothers-in-law contests were settled. Mrs. Martha Rogers and Mrs. Mary I. McClure, both 95,
shared honors as the oldest mothers-in-law at the celebration. The “most" m%:her-in-law was Mrs Iona Bell BowKs. who has 16 married children—"Just, one big family" she said Tile youngest mother-in-law was Mrs. Edd McCormick 33. who took that status at 32.
Mrs. Roosevelt told Gene Howe. who originated mother-in-law day five years ago. "I feel I shall think more about mothers-in-law after this.” The first lad J* reviewed the 12-mile-long parade that climaxed the celebration.
Auto License Tags, Receipts Seized
TOMBALL. March IO. (UP) — George Pendergrass, traveling auditor for the state highway department, today held 450 Montgomery county auto license receipts and 541 sets of license tags seized from R. C. Hohl. deputy Harris county tax assessor-collector
The seizure was part of the states fight against sale of "cutrate" license tags by small Texas : counties to non-resident motorists. Tomball is in Harris county and Hohl was authorized to sell Harris county license plates.
Eight of the 450 license receipts seized here were duplicates of re-clpts which had been issued. The remainder were original blanks, not filled out. The license plates corresponded with numbers on the un-i issued receipt!.
COST AT CURRENT LEVEL—
FDR Submits Water And Flood Control Program To Congress
WASHINGTON, March IO. (UP) I
—President Roosevelt today submitted to congress an integrated long-range program of national water conservation and flood control.
The president recommended a six-year plan of water and flood control projects, maintaining expenditures at approximately the present level. Federal flood control expenditures, alone, during the past few* years have ranged between $50,000,000 and $60,000,000 annually
The president's recommendations w*ere based upon a comprehensive water resource plan developed by the national resources committee.
"The proposals,” said Mr. Roosevelt. “provide a guide for authorizations of surveys and construc-I tion of Irrigation, flood-control, navigation, rural water supply, wild ’ life conservation, beach erosion ■ control, hydro electric power and j other water projects ”
Tile water resources program had j been expected from the president ! for some time. The president prom-I ised he would submit such a program last summer when he vetoed : a senate flood control measure. “The recommendations in this report define in broad strokes an integrated water supply for the ! country as a whole. Such a federal I water policy is needed.”
Amarilloan Elected Cattle Raisers Head
SAN ANTONIO. March IO. (UP) —The Texas and Southwestern. Cattle Raisers association today elected J. F. Sneed, Amarillo, president for the coming year, succeeding H. F. McGill of Alice. El Taso was awarded the next convention.
Sneed stepped up to the presidency from his position as first vice president. Richard King of Corpus Christi, formerly a member of the board of directors, succeeded Sneed.
Jay Taylor of Amarillo, second vice president, was re-elected, as were John N. Sparks, Fort Worth, treasurer, and Henry Bell of Fort
Murder Trial Begun
HENDERSON, N. C.. March IO. —(AP)—The state called more witnesses today in the trial of 23-year-old Clarence Fairbanks, charged with fatally hacking his employer, Steve Good of Cajon. Texas, with an ax as the aftermath of a quarrel.
Hunt For Plane
FRESNO, Calif.. March IO.—(£*)— Independent ground expeditions planned today to search for the airliner with nine persona aboard which vanished in the mountains east of here during a storm March first.