Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 5, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LYU, NO. 346.
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ABILENE, TEXAS. THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 5, 1938—FOURTEEN PAGES
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Premier Mussolini of Italy (right), with back to camera, I”. shown as he greeted Chancellor Adolf Hitler 'facing Mussolini) of Germany on Der Fuehrer's arrival hr Rome. On
France Pegs Currency At 36 lo Dollar
Government To Establish Final Rate Later
PARIS, May 5. 'UP'-Finance Minister Taul Marchandeau announced today that the franc would be held at a maximum rate of 179 to the pound sterling, in an effort — by agreement with the United States and Great Britain-to strengthen the currency and attract refugee French capital back to the country.
Tills works out at about 2.79 cents a franc or a little less than 36 francs to the dollar at today s opening London quotation of $5.00 1-8
to the pound.
Marchandeau said that the 179 rate would not constitute a de Jure or final stabilization.
The new rate ts a sort of de facto rate, and it was reported that the government intended to hold the franc at the newly selected level for the present and perhaps to fix a definite rate later.
Announcement of the* new rate ramc at mid-day after the franc had dropped in the Parts and London markets.
The franc opened lower today. The dollar was quoted at 35.80 francs *2.79? cents a franc* and the British pound at 178.90 francs. At these opening quotation? there had been a drop of nearly two francs to the dollar and nine francs to the pound overnight.
News of the stabilization surprised the country but the nationalist or right win? press generally improved it.
Britain Not To Adjust Exchange
LONDON, May 5. UP Sir John Simon, chancellor of the exchequer, today assured the house of commons that “we are not contemplating anv adjustment of the sterling (pound) exchange.'’
It was the first official British statement on the devaluation of tile franc. Sir John added:
Amnjan 1 Khool milk fund mUr .re dtap.
cached the conclusion that Frances
adion should be regarded as not j Pointing. Ed Conner, co-chairman inconsistent with the tripartite with Jack Neese in charge of *d-agreement and that the agreement ■ Vance sale* raid today rommu™ with full force .od et- „!h (o .h„
Hr referred to the agreement of I P-roonu buying tickets to the dance
Sept. 35. 1936, in which the United are not only aiding in feeding hun-
Statw Britain and France agreed gT~ bids,” Corner said, “but they
to maintain rr’ativc stability of _r<!,
will be getting their moneys worth.
Cost of the dance is $! per couple
from 9 p. rn. to I a rn. at the
i “We have placed tickets on sale at the Medical Art* Pharmacy,” Connrr added, "so that persons our members will be unable to contact tray purchase the tickets.” i Only abdat 125 or 150 tickets have been sold. the chairman said. The club hoped to sell 500 before the dance.
The organisation ii- asking the cooperation of all social organisations in attending the dance. The members started the advance ticket sales MERKF.I. Ma; 5. Spin Word by purchasing ducats themselves, was received here earlv today of and getting dates. Conner said, the death of E C. Smith. 32, driver Ray Maddox and his orchestra, for the T. C. Jinkens trucking com- well-known in Abilene will play in
HITLER AND MUSSOLINI DR AMATIZE FASCIST ACCORD IN FOUR UNSOLVED MURDERS-
Mother Calls Son Killer
the extreme left lh Count Ga-leazzo Ciano, Italian foreign minister and eon-in-law of ll Duce, and (center», one of thousands protecting Hitler's life on the visit which dramat
ized t h e friendship of Europe's two great fascist leaders. This photo was sent from Rome to London by telephoto and to New York by radio.
FIRST FOR HALO VISITOR-
Hitler Views Naval Show
Warships Mass Al Naples Bay
Dictators And Italian King On Craft In Fleet
Dance Ticket Sales Lagging
Ducats Placed At Pharmacy;
500 Is Goal
Ticket sales for the benefit dance
to be staged bv the Khoda Dem
with the social organization for the Abilene we have
Merkel Trucker Crushed Fatally
E. C. Smith, 32 Pinned Between Loaded Vehicles
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Fronce Probes Fire Destroying Liner
IJT HAVRE, France, May 5 — J” -Minister of Merchant Marine louis De Chappende’.aine ordered into a fire
Sobs Propose Commission To Probe Trusts
Barkley To Ask Speedy Action On Resolution
WASHINGTON. May 5.—(AP)—
Congressional leaders proposed creation today of a national economic commission to Investigate monopolistic practices in business. in accordance with President Roosevelt's recommendation.1-.
The commission, an Informed person said, would consist of two senators, two representatives, the attorney general, the chairman of the federal trade commission and the chairman of the securities commission.
Details of the investigation would be handled by the Justice depart-| ment, the FTC and the SEC.
The president, in his April 29 message recommended that $500,000 1 be made available to these agencies for “a thorough study of the concentration of economic power.”
The government must act, he said,
"to preserve and make workable our traditional system of free pri-rate enterprise.”
Some congressional leaders said j they doubted that it would be necessary to spend the full amount,1 since much information already is available .Democratic Leader Bark-1 ley of Kentucky said he would re-' quest quick senate action on the : resolution to set up the lnvestigat- J ing board.
The commission would be in-, structed, it was .'Ald, to bring in at least a preliminary report at the opening of the next session of congress in January.
One of the first moves of the commission might be to call a con-N A PLIS, May 5.—(/p.—Til under- Terence of business and industrial
Int tun. and chunUnu propellers *adrr, lo set their suggestion, on
w , SU . SU „ . 'proposed legislation, one legisla-
broke the calm of the Nap.es coast tor t&kl Thp problem thus might
today as Laly's nary went into a
j magnificent demonstration of its prowesfm honor of Relchsfuehrei Hitler.
A bright sun shone on the famous Neapolitan shoreline. Smoking Ye suvbis in the background framed the blue sea. crowded with 200 fight*
| ing ships which hovered squadrons of seaplane?,
In the renter of the flee* that moved out of the gulf, each warship attended by Stateline craft, van the 22.000-ton battleship Cavour, carrying Hitler, Premier Mu- co int.
King Vittorio Emanuels and their BIRMINGHAM, Ala, Ma' 5. ■ T
stiffs. -Organized laymen fighting um-
Suddenly, submarines broke the Boation of North and South Meth-
surface on a. sides of the flee? in odi.sm asked “loval Southern Meth-mock attack and the warships „ ... . . . ...
thundered salvos at the "enemy" 0(51515 ***•>' to rfmain ln thelr craft. churches until a civil court ruling
In another maneuver, attacking 5)060 obtained
1 torpedo boats shrouded themselves Transfer of tl* ca“ loU) dvF,... - - —
In smoke screens, darted rom them courl51 was P'ftnnpd tn the laymens tugpinture last night and showed
to attack and fled back to cove- to organization for preservation of the * ^ (.nprovrment, this morning
escape counter-attack Southern Methodist church after the
In the maneuver? wa* the navy hl*hest ecclesiastical Judiciary of
the Methodist Episcopal church.
South, held the present "plan of
union,” adopted overwhelmingly by
the Southern General conference,
1937 PULITZER AWARD WINNERS
bo approached, by business and ’•vernme *7 In a "'►putative a* ' wide, he pointed out.
Meritorious service in their respective fields won for the men pictured above 1937 Pulitzer prize awards of the trustees of Columbia university. Left to right in the top photo are: Raymond Sprig!?, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter, whose series exposing Justice Black's Klan affiliations won the prize for distinguished reporting; Paul Herman Buck, winner of the award for the most distinguished book on American history’ with "The Road to Re un km"; J. M. Irarte, managing director of the Ed
monton <Alberta* Journal, whose paper was given a plaque for leadership In defending freedom of the press; J. P. Marquand, author of the prize American novel “The Late George Apley.” Thornton wader, lower left, scored as a dramatist with the Broadway success “Our Town.” Arthur Krock, lower right, New York Times Washington correspondent, was honored for his authorized interview carr ying President Roosevelt's political philosoplty.
Ask ME Union Foes
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Merger Heads For Civil Courst
Take Stagehand Pair Prepares Out Of Derby To Die In Chair
Colt Develops High Temperature, Owner Reports
LOU TBV ILLE, Kj . Ma" S -T Stagehand was declared out of the Kentucky derby by Maxwell Howard, Dayton, Ohio, own et of the Winter Book favorite. Howard said the colt developed a high
pany, who was crushed to death the air-conditioned ballroom. Entire 30 ,mmed)ate inquir last night between two loaded cat-, proceeds except the orchestra fee
will be donated to the milk fund.
Cowboy Ball Troupe Arrives In Capital
To Participate In Fete Tomorrow
tie trucks at Wichita Falls.
Smith was examining a road map with Fred Jinkens. driver of one of the trucks, between the two vehicles when the back one moved forward after being struck by an oil field equipment truck. The accident occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday and Smith died at 6 a. in. today. Jinkens was only slightly injured.
T. C. Jinkens and George Smith, brothers ct the two truck drivers WASHINGTON. Vlav 5. r An-,i ft for Wichita Falls immediately ^ ctnvbov troupe arrived todav to on being notified of the accident. ccmpete in ti.p naUonal folk fMl_
The body will be brought here,^a] tomorrow with presentation of tilts afternoon. Funera arrange- the famous annual cowboys'Christ-1 mmts arc pending. mas ball of that West Texas town.
Surviving are his wife, twodaugh- Thirtv-one members of (he troupe, toff. Billy June, 6. and Martha Fay. including several women ballad 4: a son, Carl Vernon. 2: four broth- singers, arrived by automobile. They
ers, George, Claude and Jim of j drove first to the capitol and went
Merkel, and Floyd of California; to the office of Representative Gar- General William McCraw, long
five sisters, Mrs. George Woods : rett of Eastland. J W. Cockrell, see- obtain candidate for governor, paid
vessel San Marco, a radio-control >d ship which has no crew. Hnr movements were directed from a nearby torpedo boat.
The vast na "a1 panorama was the ?'** lopal. first of four great spectacles indeed- At the same time Hal'yta capacit;
"lf "tofI «1 lo tho* Hitler old line: LaFayttte in drydcc.; here. for war
One \er.rion of t!ia origin of th* The other three spectacles p
the lay group announced appointment of G. Seals Aiken, Atlanta alterne'. to map a
Karl Bande, former p’-emie- Jockey who has trained Stagehand and Tie Chief for Howard, said he had ne* entirely given up hope of winning the derby as The Chief la regarded as a formidable runner. Bande added there was still an outside chance that Stagehand might rome around In time to run Saturday but that if he didn't
version of the origin of the b e was 'ha' a blow torch being ned in honor of Italy's Nazi vis tor c,tai on that
used by an engineer in the hold : were a gigantic military parade la- Southern Methodist
ignited tanks of oil. ter in the week in Rome’ a sham Northern and Protestant Methodist
A report from London said it was battle at Anta Marinella showing branches
understood the 25,178-ton liner was troops In action, and a great aerial' The Methodist Episcopal church *shpd 1 llrd t0 nip r,lipr anG covered by insurance totalling be- demonstration over Furbara
challenge to the judicial council de- f ^ Jn the derb; he vouM nol ^ upheld merging the ftble ^ compete ^ lbe FTeakness May 14 either.
Bande said Stagehand which fln-
Despltc these demonstrations however, tile question of how close Hah and Germany might come to a military alliance was not clarify!
tween 800.000 and I.(WIOOO pounds '$4,000,000 to $5,000,000*.
Dc Chappendelaine also announced hp would take disciplinary measures against striking members by spokesmen of either side of the crew of th- Champlain, an- Both denied such a pact would other liner of the fleet operated by Companie Generate trans-Atlantic.
church have adopted unification.
North* and Methodist Protestant' rin ln thp dPrb-‘ tml hPrP Tuf’-cda>'
came out of that race in fine
shape, but added:
*1 Ast night he started running a
temperature caused by a sore
throat The fever reached as high
McCrow Pays Fee
AUSTIN, Ma\ 5 T
concluded, although the genera, staffs of both countries have cooperated closely for many months.
Tile business end of Hitler's visit thus far has touched on’." on colonies In conversations between t e two leaders, it aas said. with Hit > r doing most of the talking as lie ex-\Uorn*y plained his desire for restoration of war-lost possessions.
Tile overshadowing political que
County Teachers To Meet Saturday
Taylor county teacher:- are to meet Saturday morning at 9:30 in the Abilene high school auditorium for What will probably be their last meeting of the school '. ear. Tom McGehee, countv superintendent, announced today.
Program plans have not yet been completed. McGehee said, but set erst speakers are to be on tile M’heci
Allred Not To Interfere With Electrocutions
HUNTSVILLE. May 5. -(UP?— Henderson and Rower* Young, negroes who ".'ore whit* sheets when
they attacked a white woman and robbed her husband near Marshall last year, were to don black prison death suits today for a trip to Ute electric chair.
The -‘'-ate board of pardons and paroles lias denied clemency few the two brothers, and unless Gov. James V. Allred grants them a reprieve, they will be executed In the prison death chamber shortly after midnight,
Henderson Young was convicted in Harrison county for assaulting the woman. Roscoe was given death for robbery by firearms of Ute husband. The crimes occurred on the night of Aug. JI, 1937.
The couple, who lived In Longview, were halted by the brothers while driving in an automobile near Marsha!!. The negroes db'guised themselves with sheet* wrapped
iters Extract Weird Slaying Story By Ruse
Elderly Woman To Confront Son In Penitentiary
; WALLA WALLA, WASH., May 5.—(AP)—A 73-year old mother accused her son of four unsolved mystery murders, prison officials said today, as they arranged to bring the pair together for the first time in ten wears.
By a ruse, Deputy Prosecutor John Schermer of King county said, investigators extracted from Mrs. Mary Eleanor Smith a gruesome tale of how her son, DeCasto Earl Mayer, hammered to death James Eugene Bassett In Seattle ten years ago. dismembered hi! i boav and hid It In scattered, se-- eluded spots.
Unexpectedly, Schemer said, Mrs. Smith wrote to a state patrolman who duped her by posing as a clergyman, that Mayer previously killed two other men and a woman in Montana end Idaho.
The letters named the victims as I Mrs. Ernest La Casse of Butte, Mont., who vanished In 1923; Ola larson of Anaconda, Mont., who disappeared In 1921, and a man named Randall whose body wai buried in a stone quarry in Idaho,
Both Mrs. Smith and her son ara in prison here, where they wert sent for grand larceny after the state was unable to prosecute them : for Bassett s murder, one of the most baffling in Washington state's (Criminal history because they could j not find the body.
They wen; convicted of stealing Bassett's automobile. The mother was sentenced to 5 to 8 years in prison and was to have been re*
• leased Monday. The son was seat* I enced' to Hfe imprisonment as a
• habitual criminal.
Warden James McCauley said Mrs. Smith admitted writing the confessions because she “wanted to get right, with her Maker.”
LI RED TO HOI SE
The letters said Bassett, a former naval officer, was lured to tim “little brown house” where Mayer stayed a1 tit his mother an the pre.
I tense they were to buy his automobile.
She said che took no part in tim actual slaying but she boasted of the manner in which she cleaned up everything so thoroughly that, when officers searched the house soon after the crime, they could find no trace of the slaying
"I was sitting on the couch, where I had a rod of iron hidden in a quilt, In ca1? of a struggle,” she said.
Bassett was forced to write a telegram to his sister In Bremerton, Wash., and then was slugged on the head with the hammer after Mrs. Smith left the room.
“I heard the body fall and went back into the room. He was gurgling. I stepped out again and Earl
See SLAYINGS, Pg. 8, Col. 2
as lo* 2. dropped this morning to around their heads
and Mrs. Ernest Hendrick of Mer- retarv to Garrett, directed them to ' d s $10° Filing fee today He handed (jpn however; wa? whether Hitler tde ** ^p'l a1 the regula” order ot a good horse.
IO! but then went up again to IOU.”
Seward declared Ute colt out after consulting Sande. but the latter indicated later he still held a faint hope by saying: "While not serious, the horse's condition is such thai there is only an out.-ide chance of his getting to the po-t. I do not belter in taking chances with such
krl. Mines Tommie Seals. Tony j tourists homes where they will stay Padgett and C. I. Moore, all of San 'and arranged sightseeing tours. Antonio. ’ - --
five $2o bills to Vann M Kennedy, secretary of tile state democratic executive committee.
would discuss Czechoslovakia
See VISIT. Pg. 2. Col.
business. Approximately 98 teachers Bai.de added that nth Stage-of the county are expected to be hand out, Jack Westrcpe who had present.
Wage-Hour Backers Try For Signatures
WASHINGTON. Mav 5.- 4’
Big Spring Golfer Cops TGA Match
FORT WORTH. May 5. P Big Harry Todd, Texas open champion
House sponsors of wage-hour leg- and 1935 Texas amateur titlist was tslaUon, claimed 200 pledged sup- rudely bounced from the Texas Golf porters, tried vigorously today to' association tournament today by persuade 18 more members enough Deraid oilman, a Fort Worth boy for a majority to sign a petition : who registered his 7 and 6 triumph forcing the controversial bill into ' with three under pa golf Hie floor.
Tile proponents dLpatched tele- in a four and three victory over grams to absentees urging them to Norman Rowland, Fort Worth col-return at once and sign the ap- lege freshman.
ARMY CHIEFS ORDERED TO SCENE—
Seven Dead Babies Born lo Cuban Farm Woman
been chosen to ride him in the
herb" would be on Tile Chief.
Storm Victim's Body Sent To Sweetwater
Threatening to kill Tile couple lf resisted, Henderson Young forced the woman to go Into a nearby cotton field. Roscoe held the husband at bay with a pistol and robbed him. Following their arrest, the two negroes confessed the crime. Governor Allred ha. stated that he did not intend to interfere with the executions tonight, nor that of Paul Laves, 34, Arkansas hitchhiker who was sentenced to die In the electric chair next Monday night for the robbery-slaying of Martin Btltrar truck driver, near Buna. Tex., on Jan. 21, 1937.
By GI STAVE ( ROMBET doctor because his wife was ill. (Copyright, I9.1R, Br I uited Pmm With the speed that attends rn CALITO EM BARC A DURO, Cuba. mar, the stor spread from md to April 5. -(UP* -Seven head babies end Pf Cuba and it was reporter:
Dour Jones of Big Spring turnfd "rr,bom C1V,^S2 UMI lh. babies were
o _____ Cordax on a lonely farm IO miles alive
at Santiago, the provincial
CLAYTON, N. M„ May .* -■ JP aph a1 Th,' body of William Snell. 29,
from here Sunday and are buried in a simple grave which Juan Cor-
here at the eastern end of the island.
It proved impos ambulance parties to get over
Dr, Ramos Chantdeau, director of roads before day light today. How Bayamo hospital, euipped an am- ever, I managed with considerable in Oklahoma near the New Mexico
died of fatigue, cold and exposure , in a storm Tue.viay night only a short distance from safety, was sent Die for organized to Sweetwater, Tex., today for burial.
Snells body was found yesterday
A Pl UTNE and vtci&tb rrkUv
Ft lr torught and
peal, designed to wrest the meas- Dapper O'Hara Watts, the Dallas rlas' the fathcr' dutt ln tilP front Glance with an incubator and ah difficulty to reach the Coniax house state line in a pasture near the
ure from Ute house rules commit- stylist, came through the first nine vard tl*p thatched farm essentials and awaited daylight
tee. That group refused last week holes with a four hole lead on H. S. ‘ll0Usf' over the narrow almost im
to give it right-of-way Forgeron of Midland, but lost the A midwife. Candelaria Araur. at- passable road into the country 'C
Among the 200 pledgee, the spun- next four holes and finally had to tpnded the 34-year-old motlier In attend tile motlier, sors said, were about 25 republic autre two birdies to eliminate the lier 10-hour ordeal ax eight living Col. FulgencJo Bails:*, chiel oi
rans. They contended, too, that West Texan, 2 and I. children of tho family , the young- army staff and strong man of Cuoa
some southerners might sign be- Six up at the turn. Walter Emery est a boy of eight months, played telephoned orders personally
cause of the overwhelming primary of Houston, the betting choice, let a or slept about the hou'-e army commanders throughout til
' I (’tory of Senator Pepper (D-Fla*. couple of holes slip away from hinf* News of the birth ramr known area to get to the erne b: an
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bill finally eliminated Obir Bristow oI Big Spring, 4 ana J
at 1:30 o'clock this morning I found Senora Comas, a strong, healthy woman of 34. apparently recovered from the births, w hlch were premature.
"Tliey started at 7 oclock bunto day morning.'’ a1 ie told Uie last one the only bo 5 o'clock in the aftemoo"
when the father went to Bayamo, means pn-Mble and take (tie babies give much Importance to i 16 mile* away, yesterday to get a. lf they lh rd, to Uir baby itospita .tile babies wtre all arad '
ranch house of hi* brother-in-law, Charles Kir kiev, with whom hr lived.
He had left Clayton late Tuesday nitht to drive to the ranch.
Investigation showed his automobile me. “and had become mired in a mudhole
came st and that he had become lost in
tin* storm, once wandering within
loo yards of tlx* Kirkley ranch
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Who’ll Pay For Broken Window Panes At Jail?
The question bothering FI mer W. Lowe, county Jailer, and which probably will bother the commissioners court, is who will pay for 85 broken window panes In the Taylor county jail.
The panes were punched out Tuesday afternoon by two federal prisoners being held here for transfer to the federal prison. The ucs* Lion is whether the federal government will replace tim windows or whether the expense will fall cm the county.
"The men had been wanting a shot cf dope all day,” Lowe commented, “and I had been watching them pretty close to see that they didn t get Into mischief. But late in the afternoon I stepped over to the courthouse for about 15 minutes and when I got bas') those two had taken a broom handle and broken 85 window panes. It was the biggest mess I ever saw."
Regardless of who pays for it, the job of replacing the glass is not going to be an easy one. Tile bars on the inside of the windows ate not removable and tile panes are held in place by screws as well as putty. Lowe shakes iris head sadly at the thought.
Following the window breaking episode, the pair was placed in tile “sweat box,” a grill cage affair in the middle of a large room, and held there until Wednesday.
Yesterday tho federal officers came to the jail and took tim window smashers, along with other federal prisoners, to serve sentences of five years bi prison which they had been given it! federal court at San Angelo on narcotics charge^.