Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 7, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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* VOL. LVI I, NO. 348.
, Abilene Submits 1264,000 Street
* Job To WPA
Commissioners § Approve City's $109,000 Shore
A $264,000 street Improvement project in Abilene is to bo submitted to Works Progress administration offi-
* cials today, announced R. C. Hoppe, citv engineer.
The sponsor's part will be $109,000 and the WPA is to furnish $155,000, Hoppe said. Yesterday the city commission authorized Mayor W. W. Hair to sign the application.
£ \pproximately 116 blocks. 45 skips
and two alleys will be paved if the application is approved. Hoppe added Practically all of the streets now listed have been requested to be paved by property owners In the
® If there are no hitches the appli
cations will go through within the next 45 or 60 days, Hcppe said. Two hundred and e*ght men will be employed about 22 months to complete the project.
* Slightly higher grade asphalt will be used * for topping on this project. Required are a gravel base and concrete curb and gufer. lf the property owner has a gravel street and concrete curb before hts property, cost will be $1.03 per front
§ loot, Thus It figured with the ordi
nary 30 foe: driveway, Hoppe said cost' to property owners that nee! gravel base, concrete club and gutter is to be $1.77 1-2 per front foot,
Hoppe Is submitting the project as city-wide. This means that although I a 'list for street improvements is already made it, is subject to change • If the property owners will assist we will pave every leave-out in town," Hoppe said, speaking of skips in pavement on a paved t street,
™ Persons interested in the street improvement project can contact Tom Willis, building inspector, at 4754 or the city hall for further details.
’ City Department . Chiels (Med
Order Payment Of Principal On I Reservoir Bonds
Appointment of department heads for the opening of the second year of the Hair administration was confirmed by the city commission in ’he regular session friday after-
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Parents Waiver On Life Or Death Verdict For Tot
DEMONSTRATION CALLED MANDATE-
CHICAGO, May 7. i.PT- Baby Helaine Colan lay gurgling in a hospital crib today while her distraught parents wavered on a decision that medical experts said meant life or death for her.
Should they permit an operation that probably would save their five-week-old daughter s life but leave her blind forever, or should they forego the operation and accept death as the Inevitable result?
The answer rested with Dr. Herman Colan. 30. a dentist, and his wife, Estelle. 2?.
Dr. Morris Hershman, the
child’s maternal grandfather, said late yesterday the young parents had reached the fateful decision to ‘‘let nature take Its
But today the father said no final decision had been made.
Baby Colan is afflicted with glioma in both eyes. Physicians said the cancerous growth would spread to her brain and cause death lf an operation were not performed. Both eyes would be removed in an operation.
Tie parents turned to friends, relatives, brain surgeons and a spiritual advisor for help. They received conflicting advice
Physicians generally were agreed that no operation could save the child's sight anc! that death would easue, probably within two months, if no operation were performed.
Until two weeks ago the baby was believed normal in every respect. Then Dr. Hershman noticed a flaw in the left eye. Specialists subsequently con* firmed his diagnosis—giioma of the retina in both eyes.
Tile disease attacks the nerves of the eye. spreading from the retina to the brain. Physicians declared they know of no certain cure.
Press Wage Hour Action
TROOPS FACE ANNIHILATION-
Britain, France Send Warnings To Two Powers
Germans, Czechs Urged Caution In Border Problem
HITLER AND IL DUCE GREET CROWDS
Sinos Threaten Jap Base
Japs Rush Aid
There w as a unanimous appro’ -ai a* Mayor Will Hair renamed all department heads for the year
starting May I.
Thev arc Lila Fern Martin, city secretary’, Bryan B. Ball, treasurer; Earl'Hughes, tax assessor-collec-tor; J. Ray Roc. fire calef; L. A. Grimes, water superintendent; Joe H. Shelton, sanitary superintendent; T. J. Morman, parks superintendent: R. C. Hoppe, city engineer; Tom Willis, assistant engineer; Frank Howard, plumbing inspector. L. E. Dem berry, airport manager. Maude E. Cole, librarian at the Carnegie libr <r,.. Edmund C- 5 ates, coportion counsel; E. M. Over-shiner, corporation Judge; H, R Ar-rant, city cho mist, and Dr. Scott W. Hollis, city health officer. PONDS REDEEMED
Tile commission also ordered paid off the first $12,000 in prin-
ipal on the Fort Phantom Hill reservoir bonds. These were the 12 maturing bond* of series A of the
Tlierc was much discussion, pro and con. of the proposed ordinance to require that all plumbing work be done under the supervision of a master plumber.
This ordinance has been passed on first reading, two weeks ago, and Is opposed by Mayor Will W Hair on the grounds that it would live ll master plumbers a monopoly on the plumbing business here. TABLED AGAIN
Master plumbers are contending that because they pay an additional fee and make bond, not required of journeymen plumbers, that the ordinance should be passed .
Journeymen plumbers contend that such an ordinance would be unfair. There were a dozzn or more plumbers, both master and journeymen. speaking at the meeting yesterday.
Dr. J. M. Alexander, who employs a maintenance man for las properties a’so was speaking against the I proposed regulation. "We don't need a pluming inspector if ll men are given supervision of all the work in Abilene It looks like purely a selfish aim on the part of the master plumbers."
Commissioner George V Morn said he favored an amendment to the proposal to set up specific regulations for maintenance plumbers. | It was at this poult that the ordinance was tabled for the second time, action postponed for another week.
Friday, May 13. is the date on which bids will be taken for new uniforms for the police and fire departments. Commissioner Lucian
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H-SU Students Hear Candidate
Judge Yarborough To Make Three Talks Here Today
Through generations of effort, the people have achieved intellectual and political freedom and the problem now is economic freedom. District Judge Ralph Yarborough of Austin, candidate for attorney general, said this morning in an address before the Hardin-Simmons student body. It was the first oi three addresses scheduled here during the day for the speaker.
‘‘Inventors and scientists are con stantly opening up ever wider and greater opportunities," Yarborough declared before the Hardin-Simmons students He mentioned radio, air-conditioning, aviation and the petroleum Industry as proof of the statement that the young man and young woman of today have more fascinating and more diverse fields in which to utilize their ability than ever before.
"Opportunity is by no means confine' 4 v- York City <<r the oilier great metropolises," Yarborough asserted, citing Royston Crane. Abilene-born creator of th* comic character. "Wash Tubbs." and Margaret Mitchell of Atlanta, who attempted a novel, thought so little of it that she did not even offer the manuscript to publishers for several years but when the novel was accepted. "Gone With the Wind" swept the nation.
"With all these new domains of activity, we still have those great fields In which mankind has found ample scope for the highest qualities of mind and soul in earlier days medicine, law, journalism, commerce and pulpit—and these professions offer ties for serving mankind even than in the past."
Yarborough, who Is a candidate
Paul Marchandeau. above, French finance minister, announced the franc will be worth 2.79 cents, a new love since 1928. Armament costs brought about the devaluation.
Solons Add To Funds For PWA
PARIS. May 7.—(AP)—French and ; British diplomats, bound together I Lice their two war machines by last I week's talks in London, took action ; today to treat Europe’s war Jitters. The first step was Instructions to ambassadors of the two countries I to deliver notes to Germany and I Czechoslovakia, cautioning them against violence in settling the clamor of nazi Germaas In Czech-I oslovakia for increased political privileges The warning carried the lnfer-I ence that "rough handling" by Ger-I many of the issue of the 3.500.000 German residents in Czechoslovakia I almost certainly would cause war.
I Sir Nerllle Henderson, the British ambassador to Berlin, was to see Fipld Marshal Hermann Wfl-| heim Goering today to convey his ; government's views to the acting . chancellor, in the absence in Italy
annihilate the Japanese garrison of 0f Fuehrer Hitler.
that supply base on the north bank j The Anglo-French effort was of the Yangtze river, 60 miles north ' two-pointed, with diplomats hoping of Shanghai. I set Czechoslovakia to do
i everything possible for its German nazi minority, and second to make clear to both tho concern lest there be violence.
Another chapter of the Anglo-The loss of Nantungchow would I French collaboration, intensified by cut supply and communication lines serving a Japanese army of 10.000 1 men operating in North Kiangsu province. This army was last reported 60 miles south of the Lung-hai railway, fighting in the vicinity , of fawning.
Foreigners arriving from Yangtze ports said scores of Chinese civilians already had been killed and hun-| firers were hiding In terror while hand-to-hand fighting raced inside tile walls of Nantungchow.
Supply Lines In North Kiangsu Zone At Stake
SHANGHAI, May 7.—Three
thousand Chinese guerrilla troop*, fighting recklessly in the streets of Nantungchow, threatened today to
Japanese relmorcements were rushed from Shanghai in a desper- j ate effort to save the decimated garrison and retain possession of the important base town.
Tills picture, telephoned from Rome to London, and sent thence by radio to New York. shows an unsmiling, pallid Adolf Hitler Heft), standing
with Premier Benito Mussolini in their car in the Piazza Venezia In Rome, while thousands cheered ii duce and his nazi guest.
Army Blames Sino Numerical Strength
last week's London conversations between Prime Ministers Chamber-lain and Daladier, dealt with further appeasement of Italy.
An effort was under way to smooth the path to recognition of Italy's conquest of Ethiopia by the League of Nations council which meets Monday.
With their fingers figuratively crossed against every possible upset : cf their plans the french indicated they fad persuaded both China and Russia to refrain from opposition to recognition of the Roman-Ethiopian empire.
ONE DEAD AS THUNDER, RAIN STORMS MOVE ACROSS TEXAS
Lower Temperatures Are Predicted For Northern Half Of State; Houston Soaked
WASHINGTON. May T- - Jap"X biTnSTTh!
Members of a house appropriations "slow" progress of its Central China
sub-committee, announcing a decl- j offensive on tile numerical super-
sion to increase bv $300,000,000 the
sum President Roosevelt recommended for public works grants In his lending-spending program, said today this might allow construction of many federal projects.
Tile sub-ccmmittec voted to per-wlder opportune nth federal grants up to $750,000 -000 and loans up to $250,000,000 for locally sponsored projects. Mr. Roosevelt l ad recommended $450,-f°r attorney general, made no ref- 000.000 for grants and $550 000,000 erence to political matters In any for loans.
of his Abilene addresses—-the others Secretary Jokes told the sub-com-being before the Taylor County nutter, members said, that many
Teachers association and the Taylor communities would be able to ob-Countv Bar association luncheon, tain open market loans and would Saturday afternoon in Sweetwater, require grants only from PWA.
Judge \ ar borough for four years Consequently, they said, the sub-
a.ss:stan‘ attorney general—will for- committee increased the grants fig-ina’ly launch his West Texas cam- urP bv $300,000,000. pawl for the attorney generalship. if all of the $750,000,000 for grants ——. — Ii? utilized on the present basis of
fe crr.l donations of <3 per cent of the costs of the local projects, com-r.:i teomen said, it would result in ,i $1,670,000,000 works program
torlty of the Chinese and the fact that the Chinese are defending strong, natural portions.
Tills explanation was given by Hie army spokesman here in response to queries as to why the offensive had been stalled far near-i> four months, despite tile pouring
Philatelists To Get More Covers
collectors who are seeking air mail
covers during Kational Air Mall week.
For the special week. May 15-21. the first airplane postoffice In the history of air mail service will be established in Washington, D. C.
talons Denied Right To Speak
of thousands of reinforcements into according to information received
Settle Damage Suit In 104th District Court
ANSON, May 7. First suit for damages from injuries received while working on the Fort Phantom Hill reservoir project was settled bv agreed Judgment in 104th district court here Friday.
J. O. Brooks of Abilene was awarded $1,425 for Injuries received last September 9. while employed as a day laborer on the project. Brooks had brought suit against the Standard Mutual Insurance company of Texas under provisions of the workman's compensation act.
The agreed judgment was reached sifter brief conference when Brooks had testified before the court. In addition to the settlement the defendants also agreed to pay court costs and a1! doctor bills.
Two new Indictments were returned at the final report of the
Jaycees Of Mineral Wells On To Del Rio
the South Shantung war zone Toe spokesman said Chinese have a numerical superiority of 20 to I. On this ratio. Japanese would have only about 50.000 troops In Shantung, but lorelgn observers dec.are they have at least twice that manv It was pointed out that Chinese occupy fortified hill positions and have been utilizing natural defen-se*, such a* Yellow1 river, to check the offensive.
The armies were still locked in combat all along the South Shantung front today, with neither side making appreciable gains.
Former Rumanian Premier Succumbs
Mineral Wells the Texas Health Festival at their od city left this morning for Del Rio still thinking of the good time they had on their overnight stop in Abilene yesterday. The festival is slated June 17-19.
They were met b} members of the Abilene Boosters club and Ma\-O! W. W. Hair at the municipal air* port yesterday evening and escorted to town.
Eddie Cockerell served as master-of-ceremonles at the Dutch supper served at the Wooten hotel. Mayor Hair made r short talk. Conrad Brady, publicity Thurman of the festival Introduced member:, of the 40-odd delegation.
Following the meeting some of the visitors attended the dance at the Hilton hotel and added to the milk fund for underprn ileged chil-
current term Friday. One was for theft by bailee and the other for burglary. They brought to a total of 28 the number of true bills returned for the term.
The term will be ended next week.
Jones county jjrand jury for the dren in Abilene Entertainment last
night was furnished bv Peggy Mathis singing and a four piece orchestra from Hardin-Simmons university.
Sets Winter Relief Rolls At 3,000,000
WASHINGTON, Ma 7. -UP'-Tho new deal expects relief rolls to total 3,000.000 or 3.100.000 next winter. WPA Administrator Harry L. Hopkins indicated to the house appropriations deficiency subcommittee, it was revealed today.
Tile estimate was revealed In printed hearings of testimony on President Roosei elt's relief-recov-ery bill, made public in advance of a scheduled report of the measure to the house next Tuesday.
Bt CHAREST. Rumania. Ma- 7 Octavian Goga. 57. who head-na tiona Us’, ant i-Annit ic - R u -maman government for a few turbulent weeks early this vear. died today.
Goga who suffered a heart ailment after his resignation as premier February lo. had a stroke this week
King Carol commissioned Goga thrice previously a cabinet minis-tei, to form a new government December 28. 1937. In the six leek that it lasted, his administration imposed drastic strictures on Jews and lath the basis for a broad anti-Semitic arid fascist program.
The country was sharp!} divided for the fascist issues and' business suffered heavily In the end. with the nation’s economy endangered King Carol summoned Dr Miror Crtstca to form another government.
in Abilene by A. G. Schlegel, station manager of the American Airlines here.
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will formally dedicate the unique postoffice on Sunday. May 15. An American Airlines sleeper plane has been designated az, "Flagship Station No. I."
It Is a 14-pr.xsenger ship which has a wingspread or 95 feet and Is 65 feet long. It will be flown to th* Washington airport where the wings will be removed and the fuselage drawn by a tractor to the ground station wliere Hie ship Is to be reassembled and opened for business.
American Airlines has designed a special cachet for Hic occasion and philatelists desiring Hie coterx with the Flagship Station cancellation should address the covers to "American Airlines Flagship Station, Washington. D. C."
Martin Leads Riegel In Tourney Final
FORT WORTH. Ma 7. 4P ~
Young Iverson Martin of Fort Worth punched out onr-over-par golf on a muddy windswept course today to hold a one up lead over Bobby Riegel of Beaumont at the end of nine holes in their 36-hole Texas Golf association championship match. Chill north winds blew over the cour-e.
R. C. Lewis Drops Dead In Office
R, C. Lewis, local contractor, droped dead shortly before noon today in a local physician’s office.
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1 Thunder and rain storms that left wind and hail damage in virtually all sections of Texas moved across the southeast corner of the state Saturday.
One death was recorded. Henry Hyman. 22-year-old farm hand, was struck and killed by lightning near Beaumont during a hard rainstorm. At Fort Worth, a negro girl was burned when lightning hit her home
A 42-mile-an-hour wind at Port Arthur was blowing the vestiges
of the storms Into tho southern tip--—
of Louisiana and Into Hie Gulf of Mexico.
Houston, suffering effects of a 6.46-Inch rainfall In the last 24 hours, apparently was free of flood dangers. Other Texas cities were wateroaked thoroughly.
Dallas county and Harris county were checking scattered damage from high windstorms that struck Friday night.
Damage was heavy in several sections of Harris county, where small buildings and communications lines were blown down. Dallas county's heaviest damage was at Duncan-; Ville, where a number of light buildings were razed,
Wichita Falls was struck by a sever* thunderstorm Frldav night, but th* skies had cleared there and throughout West Texas except in the Amarillo area by daylight Saturday.
Lower temperatures were forecast far the northern half of the state.
Minimum temperatures of about 50 degrees were predicted for northern Texas sections excepting the Panhandle.
Thermometers at Lubbock and Amarillo stood a’ 38 degrees at 7 a. rn. Saturday and were scheduled to fall more before the unsettled conditions were ended.
City Ready To Ask Additional PWA Aid
On file of the regional director of the PWA at Fort Worth will be a resolution passed by the city commission yesterday for additional help at the Fort Phantom Hill in ease the appropriation bill passe*, R C. Hoppe, city engineer said today.
If George M Bull. regional direc-tot of the PWA at Fort Worth, is authorized to receive motley to spend for construction of pipe line*, filtration plants, pump stations and appurtenances, the city of Abilene is asking some of the money for construction at the Fort Phantom Hill reservoir of those four things.
EMERGENCY ACTION DEBATED—
Needy Besiege Cleveland Relief Stations In Crisis
Anti'Beer Roily Slated At Merkel
MERKEL, May 7-Two out-of-town speakers. Don Morris, vicepresident of Abilene Christian college, and Judge Otis Miller, district attorney, have been secured as speakers for the mass meeting of voters in this precinct opposed to legalizing beer, to be held Sunday at 3 p. rn. at the high school gymnasium.
CLEVELAND May 7. - r Indigent Clevelanders, facing prospects of a week end with gaping larders, besped relief offices today as cif’-dais considered emergency action in an unprecedented local welfare j crisis.
"While there are no funds available. no one will starve," said May-I or Harold H. Burton, who summoned his cabinet into conference.
Relief executives said a $50,000 xtop-gap appropriation oy the city council would be exhausted Monday. This sum was earmarked far
only the aged and families with 'nfants. or beset b; illness.
"We want food! demanded men and women, some with children in arms, at two relief .stations where sit-down protests have been maintained day and night since Thursday, A aimilar demonstration has been staged Intermittently at a third station.
A brass band compo e? of demonstrators provided impromptu entertainment at one station Mrs. Dels Milder, welfare office supervisor, said of her around-the-
"They are sort of desperate now. They have been vers’ tense."
Municipal Relief Commissioner Frank E Bubna said more than 300.000 out of 1.200.000 residents of Cleveland and its suburbs receive some form of public aid. Bubna said about 87 OOO were on direct relief w*hile while the others were re-pendent upon WPA Jobs or other sources.
A special relief session of the state legislature has been called far May 16.
JERSEY CITY, N. J.. May 7 -
P —Two United States representatives were denied permission today to make public speeches In Jersey City tonight by public safety Director Daniel Caser, who described them as “personally obnoxious to ‘he great majority of our citizens because of their communistic endeavors"
Representative* Jerry J, O Connell < D-Mon’» and John T. Bernard <F1-Minn> nevertheless carried forward plans to address a mass meeting in Journal square w here socialist leader Norman Thomas last week made, unsuccessfully, a similar attempt.
Casey said his denial was based "on the ground that said meeting would tend to create disorder and disturbance."
Two groups of organizations with opposite objectives planned to observe a seemingly inevitable clash of Jersey City police and Hie congressmen war veterans who backed Mayor Frank Hague, vice chairman of the democratic national committee, in his stand against “radicals," and organizations which cl arged Hague with the suppression of civil rights.
O'Connell and Bernard planned to travel from Washington to New York by train and thence to Jersey City, Just across the Hudson river, by automobile.
WPA Employment Is Up In Abilene Area
WPA employment in the Abilene area registered further increase of seven persoas over last week. report of the office showed this morning. Total number of persons employed in the area on WPA projects is 2.029
By counties, the employment was listed as; Taylor, 820 male and 390 female; Nolan. 451 male and 93 female; Mitchell, 123 male and 61 female; Howard, 219 male and 54 female
The report for la.*’ week showed a 27 person increase over the pre- i vious week.
NEM' YORK. May 7.—t/P-Prank D Waterman, 69, president of L. E. Waterman company, fountain pen manufacturers, died Friday of pneumonia A native of AUorf, 111., he became widely known far his civic and philanthropic activities tar over a quarter of a century.
Advocates Ask Committee To Free Measure
May 23 Earliest Date For Debate Under Petition
WASHINGTON, May 7.— (AP) — House proponents of wage-hour legislation, jubilant over the success of their petition to take the bill from the rules ccmmittee, demanded today that the house be allowed to consider the measure with, out further delay,
COMMITTEE VOTE 8 TO 6
They asserted the unprecedent* cd demonstration when 218 members. a majority of the house, signed the petition in little more than two hours after it was filed yes*
| terday should be accepted as a mandate for the rules committee to give the bill preferential status.
Under house rules. May 23 Is the earliest date the bill could be considered under the petition.
There was considerable doubt, however, even among the bill’s supporters. that the rules commute® , would yield.
"I don't think it will work," Repi. Mead D-NY), a member of the unofficial steering committee for the bill. said of the agitation far a reversal of the rules committee’®
Tile committee voted 8 to 6 last , week to pigeon-hole the bill, result-■ lng in its supporters resorting to the petition method of bringing it to the floor.
CONNALLY SEES PASSAGE
I Senator Tom Connally, D, Tex, leader of a successful filibuster against the anti-lynching bill, said that he believed this bill would b® approved by the senate. Last sum*
I mer the senate passed its own wages and hours bill with provision for a lower standard in the south.
Other senators said that lf th® house bill were revised to include wage differentials the senate would i approve the legislation. If a con* ference report reconciling the two bills should provide far the differential, however, it was doubtful tha' the house would accept it.
The unofficial house steering committee which farced the bill out of the rules committee in the unprecedented time of two hours and 23 minutes yesterday, will meet early next week to discuss futur® strategy.
Finals In Literary Events Underway
AUSriN, May 7. 'UP*—Final debates for both girls and boys In the annual interscholastic meet her® began today as did contests in 3-R, events, typewriting and editorial writing.
Completed literary events of th* meet include the following results;
Class A—Bonnie Fae Goodrich, Plainview; Lucille Allen, Laftrla; Catherine Elagel, Colorado.
Young Athenian lo Give Blood In Rare Transfusion
A rare medical feat. will he performed in Fort Worth Monday when Jack Wheeler, young Abilene business man, will donate blood for a transfusion to Mrs. Colby D. Hall, wife of the Texas Christian university dean.
Mrs. Hall has been 111 for tho past two years with undulant or Malta fever, a fang persisting disease for which there is no know a cure.
Wheeler was bedridden with tho same type fever for five months in 1934 Physicians who attended Wheeler in 1934 said they have never heard of a specific case whew the blood of two persons who had suffered from undulant fever could be matchad.
This blood transfusion should help the patient because of tho tonic effect of supplying fresh red blood cells, a local physician stated.
When the donor has had the disease. antibodies are formed In tho blood and by transferring theso anti-bodies to a patient with tho disease, the bacteria and toxic effects of the bacteria are combated very similar to the neutralizing effects of anti-toxin in treatment of diphtheria and scaret fever.
Mrs Hairs condition is couriered serious.
Abilene and vicinity: Partly cloudy and cooler tonight. Sunday fair and .-lightly warmer
Wen Tem - iw eat of 100th meridian) J Fair cooler In nout’’ t
Panhandle tonight. Sunday (air, warniec In north portion
HI*heat temperature sestctday tai 8,..
Lowest temperature '.'.us morning was hi.