Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 24, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Albany Bandit Gets Solitary At Alcatraz
One 'Rock' Convict Fatally Shot And
Another Wounded In Attempted Break
BAN FRANCISCO, May 24. (AP)—A life term convict was fatally shot, another wounded and a prison guard viciously beaten in the second attempt within six months to escape from the grim Alcatraz island federal penitentiary.
A third convict, who fled when a guard opened fire with his rifle yesterday, was locked in solitary confinement today.
Themas R. Limerick, a midwest bank robber, died late last night from a bullet wound in his head. Another bullet fired by an alert, unnamed
guard, cut down Rufus Franklin, Alabama robber and killer, with a bullet wound in the shoulder.
GUARD’S CONDITION CRITICAL
In their during bid for freedom the three prisoners had brutally beaten R. C. Clines, unarmed senior custodial officer. He was unconscious in the Marine hospital in San Francisco today in an "extremely critical condition" from head and shoulder wounds.
The third prisoner. James C. Lucas, convicted for robbing an Albany, Tex, bank and who stabbed "Scarface” Al Capone in the back with a pair of shears two years ago. fled before the guards fire, was captured and placed in dreaded solitary.
The convict trio made their desperate try for freedom shortly after 2 p. rn. yesterday. Warden James A. Johnston reported.
Encountering Cline, they slugged him with a hammer, then fled to the roof of the building. There they met the guard, who responded with rifle fire to the barrage of iron weights they threw at him. PLOTTED ARMS CAPTURE Warden Johnston said the men apparently had planned to capture the arms of at least one guard, and then attempt to disarm other guards.
"Thev probably figured they could seize the prison boat and make their getaway from the island," the I warden declared. However, the alertness of the guard on the roof j and of other guards who joined him prevented what may hare developed into a major disturbance, with possible heavy loss of life. I
Our men were too fast for them." | Last December Ralph Roe and Theodore Cole, two long-term convicts. disappeared from the rock-bound San Francisco bay Island in a heavy fog. They were believed to have drowned in the swift current* swirling around the island.
Lucas is wanted in Texas after h^ finishes his present 30-year Johnston said, for escaping prison where he was serving a life term, and on charges of bank robbery and assault with murderous intent. He also participated in the Alcatraz mutiny of 1936, the war-oen said.
Avoca S-West Extension Well Gauges 4,140
Producer Flows 1,194 Barrels In 6 and Half Hours
AS HODZA-HENLEIN PEACE TALKS FAIL-
Nazi Troops On March Again
Mrs. Eva Bickford (above), wife of Gen. H. C. Bickford, wealthy Buffalo businessman, was reported missing after British immigration authorities had refused her permission to re-enter England after a trip to Germany. Friends tried in vain to locate Mrs. Bickford in Berlin.
Two Killed In Pecos Mishap
Three Others Are Hurt; Pair Held In Reeves Jail
Completion of a one-location southwest extension to the northeastern Jon es county Avoca field for a daily potential rating of 4.440 barrels was reported here today by the Abilene offices of the railroad commission.
The flush producer, Iron Mountain Oil company No. J C. J. Peterson. established the potential rating by a flow of 1.194 barrels of oil I in six hours and 25 minutes.
Flow was through two-inch tubing and a one-inch choke, taken I following treatment with 2,000 gal-;Ions of acid solution from 3.196 to 3,233 feet, total depth corrected. It I is one of the largest producers in the field and the best completed on the southwest side of the Palo Pinto. deep Canyon lime producing area.
WASHED IN WITH OIL
The well was drilled with rotary'
, and washed in with oil circulation last week to flow an initial of about 200 barrels hourly, later dropping to 15 barrels per hour believed to be caused by clogged pay formation from the heavy drilling mud.
Location is 330 feet from the north and east lines of the southeast quarter of section 195-BBB&C survey, about eight miles east of Stamford.
Offices of the Forest Development Corporation today reported the firm’s No. 2 A. E. Pardue, north outpost to the southern Haskell county pool discovery well, was scheduled to drill out cement plugs with spudder this morning.
The test, 1.740 feet north of the pool opener, had cored a foot of oil saturated lime in the Adams Branch section last week and cemented pipe at 2,794 feet. Top of the saturation was at 2.806-07 feet.
Location is in the north half of M Collum survey No. 4. about five miles northeast of Stamford, ten miles south of Haskell.
SHOWING NOT COMMERCIAL Showing encountered in the Un-?ren Sc Frazier et a1 No. I J. s. Mc-Keever, mile north outpost to the Ivy deep pool in northwestern Shackelford county, was not believed to be commercial today.
The test drilled through a saturated section of sandy lime at 3,-215-18 feet and continued to show coarse sand to 3.222 feet
WASHINGTON, May 24 — (UP) — Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes and Miss Jane Dahlman. of Milwaukee Wis., were married today at 9 arn., in Dublin, Ireland, friends of the couple announced here today.
Mrs. Ickes is a sister of Mrs. Wilmarth Ickes whose husband, a son of the secretary, died in 1936. Mrs. Ickes is 25 years old and Ickes is 64.
The bride, a red-headed beau ty, was an honor graduate of
Smith college, Northampton, Mass, Her romance with a member of President Roosevelt’* cabinet passed almost unnoticed in the capital although inquiries within the past month ab ut possible wedding plans were met by denials from all concerned.
The ceremony was performed at Adelaide Road church, Dublin, by the Rev. Dr. R. T. Hanna. Mrs. Ickes went abroad some weeks ago and was Joined
in Dublin today by her groom. She has been a guest at the home of her uncle, John Cudahy, United States minister to the Irish Free state.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Dahlman, of Milwaukee. Mrs. Wilmarth Ickes, whose husband committed suicide, lives in Winnetka. 111. Secretary Ickes was first married in 1911 to Anna Wilmarth Thoinpson who was injured fatally in 1935 in an auto
mobile accident in the southwest.
Friends here said the bride and bridegroom would return "promptly” to Washington and would be at home after Sept. I at Headwaters Farm near Olney, Md. Ickes established a residence there some time ago and has indulged his gardening hobby, especially the cultivation of dahlias, of which he originated a number of varieties. Ickes also is a stamp collector.
BY OVERWHELMING HOUSE MAJORITY—
Utilities Dispute Slows Debate On Relief Bill
WASHINGTON. May 24— —
Senator Copeland (D-NY) said today he would ask the senate to earmark $325,000,000 of the administration’s new pump priming funds for rivers and harbors and flood control project*.
The New Yorker said these projects already had been approved by army engineers and could be initiated promptly.
He said he would offer his proposal as an amendment to the $3,-000,000,000 spending and lending bill which was up for its second day cf debate on the senate floor.
Growing opposition to a proposal to ban PWA loans to publicly-owned utilities which compete with Drieste concerns retarded a vote on the bill.
Senater Barkley of Kentucky, the democratic leader, at first Indicated he would offer a compromise, but
said later he personally favored
but was elimination of the provision.
drilling below 3.230 feet this morn-1 Thp amendment was placed in ing without increase. j the bill by the senate appropria
tors free oil was bailed from the tton* committee after utility repre-PECOS Mav 24 (SdD — Mix* before six-inch casing was set J sedatives said it would restore
Novice Lout« FM nH Tr 3>1t6 feet’ top 0f the lime sec* "*&**• of their investors and ce Louise Everett. 23. and J. C. tion. The outpost is in the south-! enable them to go ahead with con-
Jackson, 19. both of Madill, Okla., west quarter of section 14-3-HA-TC struction programs.
Lucas Began Crime Career At Albany
; were instantly killed and three oth-1 *urvey. cr persons injured In an auto ac-j cfdent ll miles east of Pecos about 110:15 o'clock Monday night.
L Mrs. Joe Everett, about 50, moth
er of Miss Everett, and Winston Everett, her son about 25, togeth-James C Lucas launched his ca-1 er with Miss Frances Rawlings,
about 25, were traveling with the couple on a trip to the Carlsbad
11 Stores Never Handled Liquor
reer of crime by stealing a type-wTiter Dom the Albany highschool.
Then in July. 1934. he and a youth IX'V*K‘V lu u,c
named Jack Hardin were convict- Cav.erns-. Youn* Jackson had Just
ed of robbing the Albany bank of $5,108 in money and $6,000 in traveler * checks.
At the time of the Albany robbery, Lucas was an escaped convict from the Harlem prison farm. He drew a life sentence in the state
graduated from high school.
Mrs. Everett is in a critical condition in a local 'hospital and attending physician* gave little hope for her recovery. She has severe head injuries. Miss Rawlings is badly bruised and has severe body
Attention of the press has been called to the fact that at least eleven pharmacies (that Is drug stores which employ pharmacists) in Abilene have never handled liquor. Public attention has been
penitentiary for the bank robbery 1,1ceratlons a* bas Winston Everett, and 30 years in federal penitentiary Coth Rre expected to recover.
turned on the subject in the past ten drfys because of voluntary surrender of liquor permits by eight *ena^e would kill the amendment.
Barkley's original compromise would permit the PWA to lead money to municipalities to construct public plants where competing private firms rejected "fair” offers for the purchase of their plans. The public works administrator would determine the fairness of the offer.
That compromise, however, found no favor with Senator Norris (Ind-Neb), who advocated elimination of the section.
Senator Adams (D-Colo), floor manager of the bill, predicted the
for transporting a car stolen in Colorado across the state line It was because of his long record as an habitual criminal that he was confined to Alcatraz.
Roosevelt Address To Be Broadcast
WASHINGTON. May 24.-4**)— President Roosevelt will make a nationally-broadcast address Friday at commencement exercises of the Arthurdale. W. Va., high school.
The White House said today the address, starting at I p. m. (Central Standard time), probably will last 15 minutes. (It will be carried by NBO, CBS and Mutual).
Arthurdale is the location of a big resettlement project, now under the Farm Security administration. in which Mrs. Roosevelt has taken a direct personal interest .
Mr. Everett of Madill was notified immediately and was enroute to Pecos Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred when a coupe owned and driven by Melvin Moore of O'Donnell side-swiped the car in which the Oklahoma residents were driving. Moore, accompanied by Raymond Jam es. also of O'Donnell, was unhurt. The two were returning home after a visit with relatives here.
Texas highway patrolmen who investigated the accident filed a drunken driving charge against Moore. Both Moore and James were «n the Reeves county Jail.
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Three Couples In Choir Engaged
ST. LOUIS. May 24. <*>>—Six persons found romance in a church choir here.
Three women, altos of (he Brandt Memorial Presbyterian choir, have announced their engagement to three singers in the bass section.
other local stores On a list of stores where liquor has never been handled, as furnished by a group of druggists, are the following:
Peoples Drug. 202 Chestnut; Fain’s Pharmacy, 981 South First; Montgomery Drug Co.. 174 Pine;
MeLemore-Bass Drug Co., No. I_
216 Pine; No. 2—176 Chestnut; No. 3—258 Cypress; R. D. Martin drugs.
Senators from agricultural states concentrated on attempts to obtain final approval of an additional $212,000,000 for farm benefit payments.
The appropriations committee voted to increase the benefit payments on cotton, wheat and corn by transferring $100,000,000 in PWA funds for that purpose and adding $112,000,000. These payments would
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Southern Bloc Asks Variations In Wage Scale
WASHINGTON. May 24—(**)—A coalition of republicans and northern democrats crushed today a determined southern attempt to inject greater flexibility into the revamped wage-hour blit.
By an overwhelming majority, the coalition rejected a substitute offered by Representative Rams-peck (D-Ga) which would have permitted establishment of wage differentials between industries or geographical areas.
The alternative would have established graduated minimum wages based on the "weighted average” for individual occupation*. It also would have created an administrative board with power to grant exemptions, thus, in effect, making variations in wages possible between the north and south or between industries.
Representative Ramspeck (D-Ga) offered the alternative proposal as the "legal and safe way” to provide for regulation of the wages and hours of this country’s sweated labor.’’
His bill would create an independent administrative board with power to grant exemptions from provisions for a graduated minimum wage based on the "weighted average” for individual occupations. In contrast, the house bill would establish a universal graduated minimum wage starting at 25 cents an hour and increasing to 40 cents at the end of three years.
Ramspeck said the initial wage under his bill probably would be slightly hither than 25 cent* in NEW YORK. May 24 —(**»—Pale J most Industries but could not go and solemn, 16-year-old Donald Carroll today escaped possible death in the electric chair when the state called for a “fair and Just verdict without meaning the death penalty" in connection with the slaying of his stenographic sweetheart.
Charlotte Mathiesen, 18.
Prosecutor Joseph V. Loscalzo. In a 12-minute opening address, told the all-male Jury':
Rev. Homer F. Kellems (left), Delaware, Okla., and Rev. Roy E. Curtis of Hillsboro, Texas, are shown in Los Angeles aboard the motorboat Pandora
on which they will go to Wal-lakpa, Alaska, to place a memorial marked at the spot where Will Rogers and Wiley Post crashed.
Japs Drive On Honan Capital
Pact Slayer Is Spared Death
929 Butternut; Shamrock Drug, 1242 *** in additl0n to the $500,000,000 North Eighth; McMurry drug store Provlded in the 1938 farm act
Near Cloudburst Hits Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE. May 24-
2234 South Fourteenth; E. L.
Thornton drug store, South Fourth and Oak.
Stores handling drugs which do not employ pharmacists cannot obtain permits, even if they *o de-
liTof amPfwirh°S^IOn ?hiS A hoRVy downP°ur of near clouding I ?Tha 4 f J employ- burst proportions which struck the mg a pharmacist does not mean Brownsville area shortly before noon that such a store might handle today was still falling an hour later !
liquor; on the other hand, it could , with the U S weather bureau re- |
not porting two inches of rain had fall- I
en the first forty minutes.
Street* were running curb full !
a iiQ dozens of automobiles were !
stalled as the torrent caught workers on their way to lunch.
Several downtown stores
SHANGHAI, May 24.-^P—The Japanese offensive to choke all China’s railways today rolled toward Kalfeng. ancient capital of Honan province and 40 miles east of the important junction at Chengchow.
Japanese plane* bombed Kaifeng in a morning attack and claimed destruction of ten trains and considerable trackage.
Japanese artillery, tanks and cavalry were moving toward Kaifeng, followed by infantry which captured the old city’s key defenses at Lanfeng.
The nearest Japanese column was fighting its way along the Lunghai about Chaotaoying, 15 miles east of Kaifeng.
(Hankow dispatches said several were killed at Kaifeng by aerial bombardment, and that the fighting a lew miles east could be heard within the city.)
Bv their capture of Suchow last week the Japanese broke the great east-west Lunghai railway at its Junction with the north-south Tientsin-Pukow railroad.
The Japanese plan appeared to prosecutor, after expressing s.vm-be to straddle the Peiping-Hankow continued in a sterner voice:
and coordinate a southward drive “The people expert to prove
♦ hat the defendant willfully, feloniously and with forethought shot hts swre*heart.”
See WAGE-HOUR, Pf. ll. Col. 4
Bureaucracy Trend Assailed By Smith
MEXIA, May 24.—(UP)-John Lee Smith, candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas, warned today of a tendency away from free govern-
I realise you men are weighed down by sympathy, and frankly I say to you I am of the same feeling.”
The mother of the slain girl, sit ting with Donalds parents in the j ^ clutches of the board bu-rourtroom, wept as Loscalzo review- reaas department* and commis-
S uP°n K." he said “We have
more than 45.000 hirelings upon the
Czech Austrian Border Boosted
Czech Nazi Head Leaves Praha Unexpectedly
PRAHA, May 24. (AP)-Reports of new troop movements on the German side of Czechoslovakia’s southern frontier combined with the interruption of the Hodza-Henlein peace talks here today to discourage such optimism as had developed after central Europe’s critical weekend. NEGOTIATIONS SUSPENDED In official quarters reports circulated that yesterday’s withdrawal of German troops from the border took place only in Saxony and that they fell back only about 20 miles.
On Czechoslovakia’s frontier with Austria it was said the concentration of German troops actually had increase#.
The sudden departure from Praha of Konrad Henlein caused suspension of his negotiations with Premier Milan Hodza on the dangerous Issues between his Sudeten German party and the Czechoslovak government.
This coincided with reports the Sudeten Germans were demanding withdrawal of Czechoslovak troops mobilized over the week-end ip the Sudeten districts as a condition to continuation of peace talks—a condition Praha officials indicated it would be difficult to meek The official explanation emphasized that Henlein had gone to Asch on private business and that conversations would be resumed later, but private reports said there had been a break over the basfi for starting the discussion. GERMANS' DEMANDS These report* said the Sudeten Germans had demanded the "unconstitutional situation in the Sudeten borderland" be terminated—in other words that Czechoslovak troops be withdrawn from Sudeten areas before serious negotiations were begun to settle their differences over self government.
A demand for “restoration of the right of public assembly” also was attributed to the Sudeten group.
Premier Milan Hodza and Henlein talked for more than two hours last night, and were to have met again today with two Sudeten German members of parliament.
At IO a. rn., however, the arace CRISIS, Pg. ll, Col $
C-C Leaders Set For Drive Dinner
Activities Group To Report Today
Last minute preparations before tomorrow night’s Kick-Off” dinner to launch the campaign to oversubscribe the $17,250 minimum annual budget of the Abilene cham-
merit and toward the dkUt«nhlP| ( romm„ct w„e Mo, Md,
of a bureaucracy. 1
“We wetness today the weaken-ing of the people’s hold on their government and the strengthening
TOO STRENUOUS FOR 'OLD SOLDIERS'—
VETS PASS GRAVE DECORATING ON TO SONS
GETTYSBURG. Pa., May 24 i$*)—Old soldiers who for years have decorated the graves of those wno fell on the nations most famous battlefield called toda»v for younger men to carry on the duty grown too strenuous for them.
Disdainful of advancing age, the handful of surviving veterans who shouldered muskets in this drowsy section of south-central Pennsylvania 75 years ago have proudly handled the work of keeping forever green the graves of fallen comrades.
Sino Losses Heavy
TOKYO, May 24— (UP)—1The
war office today estimated Chinese __________ _______
casualties in tile battle of Suchow | threatened as high water began to 1 aR*in*t Hankow with flanking of-at 200.000, of which 60.000 were climb the curbs. Electric power was fenslve through Anhwei and Honan killed and their bodies left on the suspended for several minutes but1 Ponces. battlefield. | has been restored. j —.......
Reich Press Renews Czech Denunciation
(Copyright. 1938 By United Press) BERLIN, May 24—(UP)—The J German press, quiescent during the peace discussions in Prague, released a new torrent of denunciation of Czech border incident* today.
The recriminations coincided with the departure from Prague of Konrad Henlein. Sudeten German leader, after his talk with Premier Milan Hodza.
The sharp tone of the press was interpreted in well-informed quarters as indicating that Germany is determined to protect her nationals by all means if need me. and that relief can be lasting only if no serious incident
24. when he said Donald shot his sweetheart with his fathers army revolver in an unfulfilled suicide pact “because we decided death was the only way out for us both.”
They decided on the death pact, Loscalzo said, when they discovered that Charlotte was pregnant and they were caught up in despair at their poverty and youth.
Donald drooped in his chair, leaning his head against his hands and staring at the floor as the
state payroll. It is this group that to all intents and purposes dictates the passage of the appropriation bills and revenue measures.”
Jurors Convene In Attack-Slaying Case
FLORESVILLE, May 24- m -A Wilson county grand jury convened here today to take action on the statement of a 48-year-old La-Vernia farmer that hi attacked and tiled 12-year-old Hope Elizondo.
The battered body of the sixth-grade school pupil was found Saturday.
Last night. 90 of the 119 team workers in the City Sales Army met for roll call and special instructions for the drive this afternoon the Activities Fund committee is to giva its last financial report before the dinner.
The committee had reported $8,-350 of its $12,000 quota completed by last Friday and expected to be able to report at least $10,000 this afternoon. After the opening dinner. all funds will be taken under one head for the budget goal. Both the Activities Fund committee and the City Sales Army are to be present for the dinner.
This year, however, the grayhaired and enfeebled veterans were obliged to delegate the task to younger and sturdier hands. They called upon sons and grandsons to take up preservation of the 3,000 graves.
Nevertheless, the veterans still will have a part in the Memorial Day ceremonies next Monday. Donning again their faded blue uniforms, they will motor in the annual parade that attracts thousands to this historical observance.
Once again the immortal
words of Lincoln will ring out over the field he dedicated to a new nation, conceived in liberty.” Judge W C. Sheely of the common pleas court of Adams and Fulton counties will recite the famous Gettysburg address. Another speaker will be Senator Arthur H. Vanden-burg (R-Mich).
A feature of the ceremonies will be music by a citizens’ band which calls itself “the blue and the gray” in tribute to the union and confederate forces that clashed in the decisive three-day engagement.
Propose Merger Of Presbyterians
MERIDIAN, Miss. May 24 — <UP)—A proposal for reunion of half a million southern Presbyterian* with the northern branch of tile church was discussed today at the 78th session of Ute general assembly of the Presbyterian church lit the United States
Delegates chose Montreal. N. C. a* site for the 1939 meeting and then decided to postpone action on the retirement of minister*. While no definite action was expected on j the question of reunion, it was believed a motion to continue nego-1 nations would be approved.
The session, originally scheduled to end tonight, may be continued I through Wednesday because of
TROON. Scotland. May 24.—(A3)— United States Amateur Champion Johnny Goodman today defeated his Walker cup teammate, Ray Sheriff George R. Boothe said the Billows of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 4 suspect made a statement admit- to 2, to reach the third round of
ting he attacked, strangled and beat
'he child to death.
the British plonship.
amateur golf chara*
mi.ni/.(r>-i0CCiUrf, durin? Uie | lengthy debate cm controversial is LZiCsni municipal election period. I sues
Terrified By Murder Death Sentence, Negro Dies Of Fright In Houston Jail
HOUSTON. May 24 —(UP)—Terrified by a death sentence for murder, Albert Pitts, 33-year-old negro, died of fright today in the Harris county jail.
“He was scared to death,” said Dr. J. Herbert Page, county health officer.
Pitts was found guilty on April 12 in District Judge Whit Boyd’s court of murdering Amos Uttman, grocer, during a robbery on Jan 27.
Date of execution in the Texas electric chair had not been ret. Dr Page said the negro had been in a state of terror since his
Tom Moore head jailer, said that Pitts had made no demonstration during his imprisonment, Dr. Page said the negro had been under treatment for a glandular ailment, but that it was not responsible for his death.