Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 16, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL LVII, NO. 356 A noel ated Presa (AP)ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY EVENING, MAY 16, 1938 —TEN PAGES
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'DEADLIEST' BLAZE FOR ATLANTA-
Fire Guts Hotel; 25 Killed
Dozen Guests Hurt, Others Are Missing
Roof Of 5-Story Structure Falls To Balk Escape
ATLANTA, May 16.—(AP) — Twenty-five persons were killed, a dozen were injured and many others were missing; in a fire which raged early today through the five-story Terminal hotel.
Fire Chief 0. J. Parker said it was “the deadliest fire in the history of Atlanta.” IDENTIFICATION HAMPERED
With 24 bodies removed from the ruins, at least a score of persons were unaccounted for under varying estimates of the registration.
Destruction of the hotel records and mutilation of the victims by falling timber and steel hampered identification efforts.
The ruined wall stood as a menace to traffic and rescue workers. Police said a high wind would cause them to crumble.
Collapse of the roof, plunging debris through charred floors to the basement, cut off hope of survival for any who were trapped. Only the walls were left standing.
Hotel attaches said "at least fifty" were registered when the flames broke out with an explosion in the basement kitchen shortly after 2 a. rn.
Fire Chief O. J. Parker said he was informed 60 were in the brick and frame building.
Five persons jumped. One man, unidentified, who leaped from a fourth floor window, died of a broken neck.
Electrical 'Fishing Lines' Detecting Oil Miles Deep Shown At Tulsa Exposition
TULSA. Okla.. May 16. UP)—New electrical “fishing lines,’’ wires miles long, that hang down oil wells and detect hidden pools of oil, were demonstrated today at the Internaitonal Petroleum exposition.
Their “bait” is a set of electrodes whose electric field spots not only ordinary pools but, miles down, finds oil in a new and different form. Tne deeper oil is apparently distilled, probably a
vapor, due to vast pressure and intense heat.
Their electrical “logging.” as the oil men call it. is one of the
important developments in the petroleum industry. Three are shown
here. Their names are the Jeep, the “Slumber Jay" and the H3ec-trolog.
“Slumber Jay" is oil field French for the proper name Schlum-berger. This is the name of the first of the electrical fish lines, sponsored by a French firm with a German name.
It was the “Slumber Jay," oil men here said, which found nil a few weeks ago. at just IOO feet less than two and a half miles down in the world s deepest well, of the Continental Oil company, fit Wasco Calif
The jeep and the Electrolog are newer fishing lines, the latter shown here for the first time. The Jeep plugs an electrode into the surface ard lowers the other into the well. It reads electrical potential and impedance.
The Electrolog read “permeability, saturation and porosity of formations encountered.’1
Leaders For Member Drive Of C-C Named
City Sales Army To Take Field About May 26
WITH JUSTICE BLACK DISSENTING-
Texas Gas Case Returned
j Order Cutting
DISNEY CHIEF POSTS ULTIMATUM
UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS SEIZED—
SEVERAL WOUNDED AS MEXICO STUDENTS AND POLICE CLASH
MEXICO CITY. May 16 — (/Pi—After clashes in which several persons were wounded students of the University of Mexico today reoccupied university buildings which had been seized by socialists hostile to the institution.
MEXICO CITY. May 16— (JPI — Several persons wert wounded today in a clash between students and several hundred members of an organization known as “socialist youth” who had occupied buildings of the University of Mexico.
The ‘ socialist youth" force, armed with pistols and knives, seized buildings of the university and its Three other men were suffocated. I preparatory school early this morn-
Enraged students who discovered the seizure of the buildings shortly after 8 am. (CST* made several individual memberships.
Jesse Winters and David 0. Bar-‘ row will head the city sales army anc organize that group, 125 strong, before the end of the week, announced J. C. Hunter, general chair-| man of the Forward Business campaign of the Abilene chamber of commerce.
Tire group will consist of four majors, heading divisions. Each major, in turn, will secure four captains to head teams of five lieutenant workers each.
They will take the field on or about May 26 to solicit individual $25 voting memberships to add to the activities fund investments being secured by a committee under VV. J. Fulwiler and 0. E. Radford. MAJORS APPOINTED
Within an hour this morning. Winters and Barrow had named and had acceptances of the four divisional majors. They are J. M. Shelton, division I; Russell Stephens, division 2; Homer Scott, division 3; and Thomas E. Brownlee, division 4.
These majors will organize their I workers today and tomorrow.
The city sales army will have a ouota of $5,250, representing 210 Quota ac-
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Police Chief Hale Dunn of Disney, Okla.. posted the sign above and put a damper on the whoopee program of ex-showgirl Billy Baker, who had been elected temporary boss of the boom town. Piaas had called for an election to determine
the damsite town’s future course after the whoopee forces had ruled a month and a sound sleep party had had a trial. Chief Dunn proclaimed to all: “While I am in the saddle I rule or I resign."
Chief Parker declined to speculate as to what the death toll would be when searchers completed a check of the debris.
A dozen hose lines still poured water J brough shattere d windows at dawn. Ambulances were lined up in the plaza of the Southern Railway station across a street from the hotel, waiting for the discovery of other victims.
RESCUERS INJURED Ben L. Berry. 78-year-old hotel clerk, and O. R Kimberly, 54. a fireman, were burned on the hands in rescue work. Hospital attaches listed guests who were injured as: L. A Bunn, no address, skull frac- ; turf. Delmous Ledbetter, 29, Lyth-
See FIRE, Pg. 9, Col. 5
ing and resisted efforts of and firemen to eject them.
forays trying to recover them, but , were met by pistol fire from the roof tops. A number fell, wounded.
The students desisted after Rector Chico Georne counselled calm, asserting hunger would compel the (lr.Vader* to yield.
The student outbreak was the newest manifestation of internal unrest following the March 18 expropriation of 17 British and American oil companies.
Associates of the agrarian leader. General Saturnine Cedillo, charged today that President Cardenas was trying to drive him to “rebellion" I . to distract the public from the ad-1 ministration's troubles.
West Extension Struck At Avoca
STAMFORD, May ll—Iron
Mountain's No. I C. J. Peterson this morning had created a three-fourths mile west extension to the Avoca oil field east of here.
Top of lime was found at 3.201 feet and ten feet of saturation drilled. Five-inch casing was being set preparatory to cementing.
This well is running 4 to 5 feet higher structurally than any others drilled along tile west edge of the field.
Location is 330 feet from the north and 330 feet from the west lines, section 195, BBB&C survey.
Lake Site Land Deal Is Closed
City Purchases Cox, Manly Tract For $102,000 Cash
With the closing of a $102000 deal, the city of Abilene has ac-quired all except two small tracts ; cf land in the Fort Phantom Hill lake site.
The $102 000 w Evolved in the purchase ofLF768 8 acres of Cox and ! Manly lancT TTTThi J. E Manly, Den-| nis Manly, and Sam Cox, Jr. The price was $57 an acre.
In the deal. the city assumed and paid off two debts against the land,, one to the Farmers A: Merchants
Reform Bill's Revival Talked
'Must' Not Put On Measure In White House Conference
cepted by the activities fund committee is $12,000.
From the industrial activities, the great majority of the leaders at last weeks breakfast, suggested;
(I) Study to make Abilene the capital of West Texas oil industry— bring more refineries here.
<2) Whole hearted cooperation, and help expand all our existing industry.
<3> Advertise Abilene's outstanding industrial advantages—low fire insurance rates; cheap gas for industrial fuel; adequate railroads and highways; nearness to raw materials. wool, mohair, grain, cattle, and agriculture.
(4> Study feasibility of establishing cotton mill, tannery, flour mill, shoe factory, and hosiery mill, * i9i Make Abilene so'helpful and r.
attractive that all existing industry)' The ctr edged off the highway., may expand and new diversified turned over and was right side up industries be attracted here, straddling a barbed wire fence with
TRADERS’ SUGGESTIONS Mrs. Puett entangled in the wire
Among the retail and wholesale ; underneath the machine when the
WASHINGTON. May ll- UPI — President Roosevelt discussed with congressional leaders today the possibility of reviving his once-defeat-eo government reorganization bill. but there was no indication a def-imV decision was reached.
‘ We discussed reorganization, but there was no ‘must’ put on it,” Rep-lesentative Rayburn (D-Tex),house majority leader, said.
Other conferees reported there
....___, . . ... .. . .was a general discussion of the
nal bank and the c her to. congressional situation and that
some believed the legislature should be able to quit early next month.
Indications of increased willingness in congress to follow the pres-
trade activities, the leaders enum-; erated the following five activities. . which should be undertaken by the chamber of commerce:
(1) Induce more wholesalers, Jobbers. and branch plants to locate
(2) Continuously advertise Abi-: lene as the logical trading center
for our vast trading area.
<3> Redouble efforts to secure
See C-C. Pf. 9. Col. 3
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For nearly two months, the deal had been pending. The purchase, aside from the amount involved. was important because the site of the pump station for the new lake now under construction, was on the Cox-Manly land. It was nee-i essary that the city, in the construction of the dam. also make provision for the out-take and pumping, said Mayor Will W. Hair. ! The purchase was finally closed in a special meeting of the city commission Saturday afternoon.
This administration has purchased two other tracts of land in the lake site. Mrs. Adelaide Thomas was paid $9,000 for 231 acres, about $43 an acre. Then 102 acres were | bought from Mrs. Newton for $40 an acre, a total of $4,080.
The city has been negotiating for the Lindsey and Ramsey tracts of land, but no terms have yet been reached. In both instances, small blocks are needed. The commis- ! sion voted last Friday, unanimously. to turn down an offer of $124 an acre by Lindsey.
Each question counts 20: each part of a two-part question, IO. A score of 60 is fair; 80, good. ANSWERS ON PAGE 6.
I. What is the name of this poet who was inaugurated as president of Eire (Southern Ireland)?
2 President Roosevelt’s vacation cruiser changed its course because of (a) an SOS message from a freighter, <b) a tropical storm, (c) damage to the cruiser’s propeller?
3. What European nation devalued its currency for the third time since the World war?
4. The British house of commons rejected the Anglo-Ital-ian friendship pact. True or false?
5. Who is chairman of the RPC?
Civil Aviation Board Measure Approved
I WASHINGTON. May 16 tip)— Legislation setting up a new independent federal agency to regulate civil aviation won approval of the senate today.
The chamber passed a bill creating an aeronautics authority to control licenses, rates and safety regulations in civil aviation.
The measure, introduced by Senator McCarran iD-Nev) now goes to the house where a similar bill is pending
Before the vote, McCarran reconsidered his announced decision to ask defeat of the bill.
idents leadership on most issues have encouraged administration leaders to believe thp bill might be pushed through at this session.
The house pigeonholed the measure last month, but two democratic members now are conducting a survey to determine whether there has been any change of sentiment among opponents.
There has been no public indication that any appreciable number of representatives w’ould switch their positions.
Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas commented:
“I would be glad to have a reorganization bill passed at this session, but we are not sure yet whether we will try to revive the controversy. If we get the bill up, it will pass.”
Election-year pleas for early adjournment are increasing, however, and democratic chieftains are making every effort to clear the congressional slate by the middle of June.
A senate appropriations subcom-
See CONGRESS. Pf. 9, Col. 8
Seven Sentenced In Mail Pouch Theft
Dismiss Case Against Cathey
LUBBOCK, May ie. JP —Seven of eight defendants charged by indictment in connection with the theft early in November of a U. 8. mail pouch containing $29,000 in cash and currency this morning entered pleas of guilty before Judge William H. Atwell, judze presiding over the May term cf federal court here, and were immediately sentenced to terms in the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kans.
The case against the eighth, M. L. Cathev. was dismissed on a mo
Maples '-cached the scene. The Maples brought Mrs. Puett to the Hamlin hospital where she died at 1:30 p. rn. She died of internal injuries.
Mrs. Puett, who was traveling alone, w’as en route from Amarillo to her home here. She had spent the night with relatives in Childress and left early to resume the trip.
Survivors include her husband and a daughter, Mrs. W. O. Davis of Fort Worth.
2 Die As Truck Crushes Auto
Trucker Held In Brownwood Jail To Face Charges
Name Winners In History Contests
Farr of Wylie and Wilson Pursley, also of Wylie.
fered fractures of both legs, a brok-“The object of the contest." said *n *rm. chest Injuries, and his left
Tom McGehee, county superintend- ear was torn off. The Wyatt car
was demolished, but the truck was not seriously damaged.
Ernest Watt*, driver of the truck, was held In the Brownwood jail following the accident. District Attorney A. O Newman was to file complaint of negligent homicide against Watt* today.
Mrs. Wyatt is survived by her
ent, was to arouse interest of the students in their school and to help
Hon of the United States district compiling a comprehensive his-attorney, Clyde O Eastui wry ot th<> variou* sfh0°1 dL'trlru
U: Roy"2*3!h,! ^? yr* ; ; O'Donnell, fifteen months in Leavenworth; James O. Petty. ODon-nell, 18 months in Leavenworth;
James T. Morris of Kerrville, two years, suspended for three years on good behavior; Sidney a. Miller.
Spur and Dallas. 30 months In Leavenworth and a fine of $1,000:
Carl E. Williams, Brownwood. 30 months; Rufus H McNurlen of near Borger, two years.
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 16. UPh w j * .
A press dispatch from Sac Paulo husband, two children, her parents
today reported that an Italian newspaprrman. Cesare Rivelii, correspondent for La Gazetta Del Popolo of Turin, had been arrested in the aftermath of last Wednesday's integralist (fascist) uprising.
and three brothers. Funeral langements had not been completed this morning.
LOCAL WOMAN FATALLY HURT AS CAR UPSETS NEAR GUTHRIE
Mrs. J. E. Puett Loses Control Of
Automobile When Door Flies Open
Mrs J. E Puett. 64. wife of an Abilene grocer, died yesterday Afternoon in a Hamlin hospital a few hours after passersby had 'ound her pinned beneath her automobile about nine miles south of Guthrie.
Funeral was set for 4 o’clock this afternoon at Gorman. Burial will be made in a Carbon cemetery.
The woman was found about IO o’clock Sunday morning by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Maples of Hamlin, who were en route to Guthrie Mrs. Puett told Maples before lasing consciousness that the left door of et, macing flew op*n and that she lost control of ‘he nar when she ,*'TOr ,he door.
BROWNWOOD. May 16—(SpH —
Mrs. Will D. Wyatt, 39. and her 19 months old daughter, Ann Ola, were killed yesterday afternoon and Will D Wyatt received critical injuries when the light sedan in which they were riding was crushed beneath a Winners were announced today In truck loaded with cattle, the Taylor county school district The accident occurred seven miles history contest which has been held etst 0f Brownwood on U. S. high-m the county schools. j way 84, soon after the Wyatts had
Martha Ruth Denton of White left their farm home to visit their Church school won top honors in.daughter In Brownwood. Both Olathe seventh grade contest and El va chines were traveling downhill. The
Jean Kidd of the Cedar Gap school wjatt car was struck from behind
ranked second. In the eighth grade . . . . _____
competition PhyllLs Jean Shedd of by thc truck Rnd cru’heri-Shep placed first and Bernice Le-, Mrs. Wyatt died Instantly and vrets of Butterfield won second, the baby succumbed on arrival at Senior honors went to Oracle R Brownwood hospital. Wyatt suf-
City Rate To 32 Cents Involved
Supreme Tribunal Voids Ruling By Appellate Court
WASHINGTON, May 16.— (AP)—The supreme court returned to Texas courts today for further proceedings litigation involving a 1933 order by the Texas railroad commission directing the Lone Star Gas company to reduce from 40 to 32 cents per thousand cubic feet its charge for gas sold to distributing companies in 275 Texas municipalities.
HUGHES READS VERDICT Chief Justice Hughes, delivering the opinion, said the Texas court of civil appeals had held that the gas 1 company had not “sustained its burden of proof because it had failed to make ‘a proper segregation of interstate and intrastate properties and business'.’’
Hughes faid the "determination of the court of first instance as j the trier of the facts that the commission's rate was confiscatory could not properly be set aside by j the application of an untenable standard of proof and In disregard of the evidence which had been appropriately addressed to the commission's findings and had been properly submitted to the Jury.’’ Justice Black dissented and Jus-1 ; tice Cardozo did not participate.
The supreme court reversed a ruling by the Texas court of civil appeals holding the city gate rate of 32 cents to be “just, reasonable and valid in every particular.”
Court To Review TVA Act Challenge
WASHINGTON, May 16— <#) — The supreme court agreed today to
See COURT, Pf. 9. Col. 4
Millionaire's Son Willed Only $100
NEW YORK. May 18.-(UP)— Elpsha Waterman, elder son of Frank D. Waterman, multi-million- i aire fountain pen manufacturer. | was cut off with only HOO in the I will of his father on file today for probate.
The son was disowned 13 years ago when he married a Canadian girl against his fathers wishes. His wife died in 1928 from an overdose of sleeping potion.
Chamberlain Shakes Up British Cabinet
Air Minister Resigns Post
LONDON. May 16. UPI—Prime Minister Chamberlain today announced a realignment of his cabinet. sending Sir Kingsley Wood, minister of health, to replace Viscount Swinton, secretary of state for air. target of charges by all parties that Britain'* aerial rearmament was lagging.
Swinton resigned from the cabinet as a result of last week'* up-
MinLster Primo Villa Michel, above, and his legation staff in London were recalled by the Mexican foreign relations department as Mexico severed diplomatic relations with Great Britain, “in view of the unfriendly attitude" of the British government, it was stated.
Bands To Have Local Sponsors
Assignment Of Visitors To Homes Near Completion
Each band arriving in Abilene for the Region Six, National School Music Competition festival begin-* ning Thursday will have an Abi* lene couple as sponsor*. Decision to secure local sponsors for the out-of-town group* was made this morning at a special meeting of the convention committee. These sponsors, to assist th® bandsters in every way, are to be selected this afternoon.
Assignment of band student* to private homes wa* being completed, today. Tomorrow morning each. home to which one or more band members have been assigned will receive a card notifying them w’hen, to expect their guests. Owners of homes which are not needed will be notified that their rooms are being held on the reserve list.
As final report of the housing committee, R. T„ Bynum issued & formal statement of appreciation. to Abilenians for their hospitality. “On behalf of the committee,” he said, “I want to express my deep appreciation of the hospital) tj» shown by Abilene's citizens in opening their homes to the visiting band members. It will be unnecessary for us to use all of the accomomdations offered, but our appreciation is just as great for those we do not use as for those we do need".
The committee is preparing for a full program during the three day festival. The information office at Fair Park will open Wednesday noon and will not close until Sunday morning. The visitors directory, by which any person taking part in the festival can be located if an emergency should arise, will also be available 24 hours each day. Mrs. Lulu Jones will be in general charge of the information office.
The Abilene Boosters club has volunteered to decorate the streets for the festival and to urge business men of Abilene to decorate their windows in welcome to the visitors. Boy Scouts of the city too are cooperating on the event.
rising in the house of commons in which critics charged that Britain’s I They will be' on regular duty in the air defense program was being far information office and will also
WITHIN HOUR'S DRIVE OF GOT HAM—
Town s Blackout' Climaxes Air War Games Tonight
out-paced by Germany.
Malcolm MacDonald was appointed secretary for colonies and was succeeded as secretary for dominions by Lord Stanley, former parliamentary and financial secretary to the admiralty.
Lord Harlech—the former William G. A. Ormsbv-Gore—resigned as secretary few colonies. 17113 was a result of his entering the house of lords after the recent death of hts father and his succession to the title.
Walter Elliott, who had been secretary’ for Scotland, replaces Sir Kingsley Wood as minister of health.
act as courtesy escorts for the various band units.
Three telephones have been installed at the Headquarters. They are 7894 and 6454 for office use, and a pay station, 2-0064 for general calls.
Buy U. S. Planes
PARIS. May 16. up—The air ministry announced tonight that IOO airplanes had been ordered from American manufacturers to fill a gap left by the failure of French Industry to meet the ministry’s urgent orders.
Jim For Cousin
AUSTIN. May 16. OP —Declaring blood Is tnicker than water, former Governor Jam^s E. Ferguson said today he would vote for a cousin. James A. Ferguson, farmer and real estate man of Belton, who announced his candidacy for governor over the weekend.
NEW YORK. May 16—ZP''—A quiet little community within an hour s drive of New York's most congested districts will experience an air raid tonight —a mock one. of course — to dramatize the necessity of ‘ blacking out" vulnerable big cities In wartime
A squadron of bombing airplanes will sweep over the village of Farmingdale. Long Island, dropping flares in an attempt to locate two aircraft factories.
Sirens will scream, anti-aircraft searchlights will spear the sky, and every light in the village. a logical “military objective'’ of enemy bombers if this
country went to war. will be quenched for 30 minutes.
The "blackout," the first in the United States, will be engineered bv the general headquarters air force with thc aid of Farmingdale officials as a spectacular finale to the army's air maneuvers along the North Atlantic seaboard.
Using the center of the village as a compass point, war game umpires have drawn a circle around it with a radius of two and a half miles, within which lights will be turned off.
Villagers have agreed to turn off household lights Every road entering Farmingdale will be guarded, and motorists in
side the circle will be asked by police to park beside the road and snap off their headlights.
Then tne bombers come over, they will be "intercepted" by a fleet of pursuit planes whose normal f motion is to give battle to enemy pursuits and try to shoot down enemy raiders. At the same time, ground antiaircraft arteries will open up with blank ammunition
The air raid and “blackout” will be a novelty in this country. though regular air raid drill* are held in England. Japan, Ita!> Germane- and other countries without wide oceans on either side of them.
ABILENE and vicinity: Probably ahow* cr. tonlgnt and Tuasday.
WEST TEXAS: Mostly cloudy, probably shower* in (ast and north porte ns tonight and Tussday; slightly cooler In Panhsnd sn j extreme west portion Tuesday after noon.
EAST TEXAS: Probably showers tonight and Tussday.
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I/O west temperature this mon ing . ss
SECRET MEETINGS HELD—
Report Japs In Philippine Island Being • I Trained In Use Of Gas Masks And Arms
MANILA, May 16 - (.ZP' — The holding secre’ meetings Dilly Bulletin published a special "We Investigated but didn’t un-
temperat! res difDatch today from its Davao cor- c*,'rstaPc* what v *Tie la-kin& . . ^ J about,” he wa^ quoted as saying.
res[K»nden. saying lie had learned neccj an expel’ Filipino inter-
confidentially that thousands of prefer who has gooo knowledge of Japanese in that province were the Japanese language.”
thermometer Wet thermome*er AcIauy* humidity
s# hold lg secret meetings at which «* they received careful Instructions In use of gas masks and firearms.
Rumors have been current, the dispatch said, that Japanese of that legion have been manufacturing firearms in isolated mountains of ti l province The Bulletin's correspondent wiote that Major Leon Reyes. Davao pro' incial commander, had said he knew the Japanese were
Residents of Davao province have been uneasy since the appearance some weeks ago in Davao gulf of what was described as a fleet of oar ships. A Japanese spokesman nt Tokyo said later the ships were Japanese fishing vessels.
Approximately 16,000 Japanese live in Davao province, most of them on nemp plantations. Filipinos claim that many of them hold land illegaUy*