Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 1, 1938, Abilene, Texas
Bold Murderer Literally Scared To Death' Before Execution
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 31—0P>—Killer John W. Deering
faced five picked riflemen willingly end without apparent emotion at grim state’s prison today yet he was literally "scared
Study of an electro-cardiograph film tonight disclosed convict Deering hid an extremely emotional heart behind a "bold front.’’
The 40-year-old, bushy-haired Deering, behind prison bars mast of his adult life, wax executed by a firing squad for the confessed robbery-killing of Oliver R. Meredith. Jr. Salt Lake
He smiled and spoke calmly as he emerged from "death row."
He walked unaided to the executioner’s wooden chair against the rock wall and sat rigid, awaiting without a word four death-dealing bullets.
Yet his heart pounded like a trip-hammer.
Deering his life deemed a failure, cooperated with scientists to record for the first time the actions of a human heart pierced by bullets.
"He put on a good front," said Dr Stephen H. Beslev, prison physician. 'The electro-cardiograph film shows his bold de
meanor hid the actual emotions pounding within him." He
was "scared to death."
Deering s normal heart best of 72 per minute pounded
away at 180—nearly three times normal—the few minutes he
was In the chair.
"Each time he was spoken to, his heart fluttered. Th*’ rhythm was very irregular.'
When asked for a final statement. Deering*! heart raced. It calmed after he spoke and beat fast but even the remaking 30 seconds before the shots rang wit
When the bullets shattered the heart the beat fluctuated wildly, then gradually ebbed to a stop 13 8 seconds after Daring was shot. Physicians pronounced the body dead 134 4 second* after the heart stopped
Dr. Bexley said tne test was of gr<*at benefit scientifically'
ft disc I or ed the effect of fear on Hie heart and how soon des’n occurs after a heart is wounded
The corneas of Deering* eyes were rushed to Ban Francisco where a specialist will attempt to restore sight *o a blind person. Refrigerated, the corneas will "keep1 48 hours.
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Prospect More Terrifying Than Any Halloween Spook-
BOGEY RADIO PLAY SPURS MOVEMENT FOR INCREASED FEDERAL CONTROL OVER BROADCASTS;^1; Lab°r
Chiefs In Talks
WASHINGTON. Oct. 31. — (J*> - I reached the comm un I ce lions com-The radio industry viewed today a mission there was a growing feel-hob-goblin more terrifying to It mg that "something should be done than any Halloween spook. about it.”
The prospect of Increasing fed- Commission officials explained eral contr©’ of broadcasts was dis- that the I' w conferred upon It no cussed here ss an aftermath of an general regulatory power over H. G. Wells' imaginative story broadcast* Certain specific of-which caused many listeners to be- lenses, such as obscenity, are for-lleve that men from Mars had in- bidden, and the commissior has 'he vaded the United States with right to refuse license renewal to death rays. any station which ha* not been op-
When report* of terror that ac- crating "in the public interest." All companied the fantastic drama station licenses must be renewed
every six months.
W thin the commission there has developed strong opposition to using the public-interest clause to impose restrictions upon programs. Commissioner T. A. M Craven has been particularly outspoken against | said that anything resembling censorship and today he repeated his warning that the commission should make no attempt at ’’censoring what shall or shall not be laid over the radio "
“The public does not want a
spineless radio,” he said.
Commissioner George Henry Payne recalled that last November hi had protested against broadcasts that "produced terrorism and nightmares among children’’ and for two years he had
cast Into their home without warnings have a right to protection. Too many broadcasters haw insisted that they could broadcast anything they liked, contending that they were protected by the prohibition of censorship. Certainly when peo-urged that there be a "standard of I pie are injured morally, phyaically, broadest*.’’ 1 spiritually aril psychically, they
Saying radio is an entirely dlf- have Just as much righ. to com-ferent medium from the theater or j plain as if the laws against object ure platform, Payne added: scenity and indecency were vtolat-"People who have material broad- ed."
The commission called upon Columbia broadcasting system, which presented the fantasy, to submit a transcript and electrical recording of it. None of the commissioners who could be reached for comment had heard the program The other commissioners were silent or very ( uarded In their comment, but a number cf them indicated privately that some steps should be taken to guard against a repetition of such incidents.
OIL MEN VICTIMS—
Three Killed, Two Hurt In Auto Mishaps Near S'water, Abilene
AS DEMANDS POUR IN
FCC Starts Terror Drama Quiz
Automobile crashes took a toll of three lives and left two injured in Central West Texas Monday,
The dead are Merwin A Wilder, about 50, Midland oil operator. Travis Vinzant OI Fort Worth, and Floyd G. Williams, about 42. transportation foreman for the Sinclair Oil company with headquarters in Breckenridge.
Wilder was killed instantly in a head-on collision on a hill I! miles east of Sweet wa*ei at 4:30 o clock Monday afternoon Traveling alone
in a heavy sedan. Wilder collided with a light coupe driven by Vinzant of Fort Worth in which also rode Mrs. Vlnzant and Mr. Vinzant’s sister, Pharens Vinzant of Commere. Wilder was driving west, the Vincent* toward Abilene.
Vinzant died about 8 o'clock of interal injuries.
Mrs. Vinzant and Miss Vinzant were treated for severe bruises and
Hee MISHAPS, Pf. IO. CoL 5
PRAY, CHURCH GOERS TOLD
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31—(UP)— An unidentified man interrupted a revival meeting in the suburbs here last night to announce to 70 men and women that the world was coming to an end.
"There is news from New York that a strange ship has come from Mars and blown Manhattan island off the map Its headed this way Stand oy."
Mrs. Mildred Yake said tha' a«veral men not believing the story, went upstairs to listen to the radio. They returned, their faces white and hands shaking.
"You all had better gather round the altar and pray," one announced.
BY REDS AND CABINET MEMBERS—
Dies Charges Quiz Discredited’
Claims Request For Aid Denied
Capitol Scribe Answers Texan Over Broadcast
6-MONTH CONDITIONAL PAROLE Tysinger Tria RECOMMENDED FOR KENNAMER Jury Selected
Fathers Of Slayer And Slain Meet At Counsel Table; Sanity Board Called
OKI^AHOMA CITY, Oct. 31—(A3)— A six-month parole conditional upon a sanity hearing was recommended today for Phil Kennamer. convicted Tulsa socialite slayer, after a dramatic clemency board hearing at which the father of the slayer and the father of the slain met across the counsel table.
"IU probably follow til* recommendation." said Gov. E W Marland.
I Kennamer’s family asked that the youth be released to accompany
♦v,-* 1 his £I*vely 111 mother * trip to Arizona for her health,
aeried tonight that comtnun- The g'jvernor called for an Immediate meeting of the state sanity ists and cabinet members had bofrd *nd **ld he hoped they could get together at McAlester penitentiary tomorrow. t- —
Calmly, unemotionally, Federal Judge Franklin
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.— (A?)— Chairman. Dies . (D-Tex) of the house committee on un-American activities as
attempted to “stifle and discredit’ • his committee and its inquiry.
Sharply attacking the Dies group. in a radio broadcast which immediately followed. Paul Y. Anderson, Washington newspaper correspondent, asserted the committee was j * guilty of "extraordinary present*- 11 tion and manipulation of witnesses and testimony'’ for political pur-1 poses.
Dies accused President Roosevelt, the Justice department, and the WPA of ignoring a congressional request that his committee be staffed with stenographers, investigators and attorneys from the executive departments. Moreover, he said, the secretary of the senate civil liberties committee offered him two Investigators for the purpose of “sabotaging" the investigation.
Dies spoke ove. the Mutual broadcasting system, after he had charged that many stations originally scheduled for Inclusion in the chain had cancelled his speech. He did not know the reason, he said,
E. Kennamer had asked the board I
to free his 23-year - old son at least temporarily from his 25 -year sentence for manslaughter.
In sharp contrast was the ap pearance of baldish Dr. John P Gorrell, Sr., father of young John Gorrell, Jr, shot down in an ex-residential district
Albany Robber Faces Jurors
See DIES, Pf. IO, CoL 4
ABILENE mid vicinity: Partly cloudy Tu>-*dnv and lOdnriday.
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MEST TEXAS: Cloudy to partly cloudy Tuesday nnd Wednesday, not much change In temperature.
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Higheat and loweat temperatures to 9 >. rn. yesterday HS. and SS.
Same date a year ago 82, and Sr*.
‘-•nset yesterday 5:50, sunrise today IIM.
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Thanksgiving night of 1934
His voice breaking off into sobs, Dr. Gorrell asked the board not to free "this criminal’’ who shot flown “my first bom son.”
In recommending the temporary leave by an unanimous vote, the five-member board made it clear it did so "on account of the serious illness of the prisoner’s mother'' but .suggested Marland withhold action pending the sanity hearing.
“Since there has been some evidence regarding the sanity of the prisoner,’’ the board said, "we respectfully recommend that this parole not be granted until you are satisfied by a sanity board called for this purpose, as to the sanity of the prisoner.”
Xmas Committee To Make Plans Today
The Christmas events committee of the chamber of commerce will meet at IO o'clock Wednesday morning to consider plans for decorations and promotional programs during holiday season.
The committee, named by J. C Hunter, president, consists of J. L. Rhoades as chairman, J. E. Grissom, T. C. Campbell Jr.. John Ray, L. W. DavLs, M. V. Witbeck, John Pechacek, Dub Wcoten. Howard McMahon. Steve Williams, H. A Austin and E L. Them ton.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31—OF— Two badly frightened hardened criminals came off Alcatraz island today and faced a Jury of San Francisco business executives and potential death In California* lethal gas chambei for the slaying of an Alcatraz guard.
The pair of youthful bad men— James G. Lucas and Rufus Franklin—sat with clasped hands in the closely guarded federal court room, while their unpaid attorneys spent the day in legal Jousts over composition of the Jury which will try the two former bank robbers for murder.
Lucas, so badly frighted he was known to have spoken only twice in two months, kept his head bowed and never looiced qp throughout the morning session. In the afternoon he peered under his brows to observe examination of the Jury.
In a futile plea to have a jury determine whether Lucas was insane, Defense Attorney Harold C. Faulkner said that so far as he and Alcatraz officials could tell, the 26-year-old former Albany. Texas, bank robber hart been mute since Aug. 4 except to say "thanks” once, and at another time to ask foi more porridge. He smiled once during the two months
Testimony To Begin In 39th Court Today
HASKELL, Oct 31—<Spl>—1Testimony in the trial of W. H. Tyslhg-er, charged with murder, will be heard in 39th district court here beginning at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning. Judge Bryan Atchison announced late today after a Jury had been selected. Judge Atchison of Breckenridge came here to preside because of th ii mss of Danni3 P Ratliff, 39th district judge.
Tysinger. 71-year-old operator of a filling station, is charged in the latal shooting of John Yancey Haskell WPa worker. Yancey was killed October 9. A grand Jury indictment was returned a few days later against Tvsinger, who has been since that time in county Jail In default of $10,000 bond set at his examining trial.
The murder charge is the only one to be prosecuted in Haskell county this year
Defendant's counsel, the local law firm of Ratliff Ac Ratliff, has indicated a self defense plea will be entered.
District Attorney Ben Charlie Chapman and County Attorney Walter Murchison have not said definitely that the death penalty will be sought, Although all prospective jurors were not questioned on their attitude toward the death penalty as a punishment for murder. several veniremen were disqualified when they expressed a conviction against capital punishment.
Jurors named are J. P. Trinmer, Pat Ballard, Jess Leonard. M. T. Raborn, Lonnie Hester, T. C. Cobb, Allen Davis, E ti Lusk, W, P. Trice, H. Hisey, H K. Fry. August Balzer The grand Jut' which made its final report several weeks ago, has been recalled b> Judge Atchison, p rn. Matters to be Investigated were not revealed
, p. , I COMEDIAN DIES
News Reports Panic Hearers
Commission Asks Transcription Of CBS Broadcast
NEW YORK. Oct. 31.—
(AP)—Urgent demands for federal investigation multiplied tonight in the wake of the
ultra-realistic radio drama that spread mass hysteria among listeners across the nation with its “news broadcast” fantasy of octopus-like monsters from Mars invading the United States and annihilating cities and populaces with a lethal “heat ray.’*
NO LIFE ON MARS
While officials at the Harvard astronomical observatory calmed fears of such a conquest by apace-devouring hordes from another planet with the dry comment that there wa* no evidence of higher life exciting on Mars—some 40,000,-000 miles distant—local and federal officials acted to prevent a repetition of such a nightmarish episode.
The Columbia broadcasting system whose network sent the spine-chilling dramatization into millions of homes issued a statement expressing ‘'regrets'* and announced that hereafter it would not use “the technique of a stimulated news broadcast” which might "cause Immediate alarm” among listeners.
The Federal Communications commission started a quick investigation, with Chairman Frank P.
McNinch asking CBS for an electrical transcription of the broadcast wnich thousands believed to be authentic news reports.
Fresh reports from many sections of the country depicted the wave of terror unleashed by Orson Welles —whose weird, maniacal laughter was known to Tnllllons of radio liveners in his former role as "The Shadow.”
Despite four distinct announce-j ments that the broadcast was not genuine news, listeners who dialed in after the program started or merely caught a few stray lines of the horrific drama were plunged into panic.
As Welles breathlessly described the fictional landing of the Martians near Grovers Mills, N. J (imaginary town) how they emerged from "meteor space-cars” and sent waves of poisonous.gas billowing in road.” He said that after studying black waves over the countryside, I all proposals, the domestic allot-gulllble listeners became panic-1 ment loomed the most likely one stricken. to meet the five objectives
The domestic allotment plan In brief as outlined by McDonald— as one farmer to another—follows: allot each fanner his fair share in the American market
MALIBU BEACH. Calif., Oct. 31.—t/p)—Robert Woolsey, 49, motion picture comedian, died today at his home here after a long illness Wolsey, who teamed with Pert. Wneeler in numerous comedies, bad been suffering from a kidney ailment for the past 18 months, said Dr Ralph Tandow«kj, his physician.
W’Donald Tells Allotment Plan
By HARRY HOLT
MERKEL, Oct. 31.—The domestic allotment plan would give
American farmers an effective offset to tariff burdens and leave them free to contend for foreign markets, J. E. McDonald, state commissioner of agriculture, told
a meeting of approximately 200
farmers here this afternoon.
McDonald said the plan would fulfill the five objective set-up by President Roosevelt In 1933. The
objectives are: production adjustment/ crop insurance, ever normal granary, soil conservation and parity payment.
He singled out tariff as the factor making a farm program necessary, but added he thought the
present plan was “on the wrong
At White House
Committee Due To Present Program To Next Congress
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.— (AP)— Railroad management and labor assured President
Roosevelt today they would cooperate m an effort to settle their wage dispute peacefully, and received in return the chief executive’s promise of vigorous support for legis-I lation to help the earners. SEPARATE CONFERENCES John J. Pelley, president of the Asociation of American Railroads, and George M. Harrison, chairman of the Railway Labor Executives association, conferred separately with Mr. Roosevelt.
Both spokesman said the president expressed confidence that a helpful legislative program for the carriers would be presented by an informal committee of six for consideration by the next congress. Mr. Roosevelt appointed the com- I mittee — three representatives of i management and three of labor— ] I some months ago.
Pelley added that Mr. Roosevelt j said he would "do everything he I could to get such a program enacted into law.”
The rail management leader said he wu asked to find out from the j individual railroads what their at- I tltude was toward a report made Saturday by the president’s special fact-finding committee.
Pelley said he would gladly do that, and later he summoned the railroads’ heads to meet in Chicago I Friday.
WAGE CUT OPPOSED The fact-finding committee report asked the railroads to withdraw their order for a 15 per cent wage reduction, scheduled to go in-1 to effect Dec. I. Nearly 1,000,0001 rail employes have voted to strike if the wage cut, estimated by officials to total $250,000,000 annually, Is made effective.
The fact-finding committee was reported by the president to hear both sides of the dispute and report back to him. It acted during the 60-dav period which must | elapse, under the railway labor act. before either the wage cut may take effect or a strike may be called., That period expires Dec. I.
Officials of the national mediation board, authorized to attempt set-1 dement of controversies betweenj rail management and labor, express- I ed confidence today that the earners would abide by the recommendation to withdraw the pay reduction order Dr, William M Leiserson of the board said he had ‘no reason to believe the carriers would abide by the report.
MOST COLORFUL -----
In a pajama parade that turned into a contest, at Northwestern university, co-eds surveyed male students bedecked in creations ranging from cerise to bottle green, bestowed their accolade on Freshman Ralph Van Petten, His pajamas had red and blue circles on white broadcloth.
MOST BEAUTIFUL When upperclassmen on Indiana university’s humor maga-une, Bored Walk, conducted their annual quest for beauty among first - year girls, they picked Margery Stewart, of Wabash, as tops.
Under a 80-year-old custom, St. Louis society open* it fall season by crowning a queen lo rule over the court of love and beauty for tile coming year. This year ’9-year-old debutante, Laura Hale Rand, will rule.
Porker Trial Set
Fall Court Term Opens In Colorado
COLORADO, Oct. 31—(8pl>—Fall term of 32d district court for Mit- j chell county opened in Colorado this morning arith Judge A. 3 Mauzey of Sweetwater presiding.
Only minor charges were on record for consideration of the grand Jury, according to J. H. Ballard, . district clerk.
The criminal docket was set for i ’he fourth week. Beginning Nov. 21 , Civil cases ’•equiring juries will be heard oeginning Monday, Nov. 7. Judge Mauzey will hear non-iury civil cases this week.
COMANCHE, Oct. County Attorney D.
____-r— , LOS ANGELES Oct. 31— (JR) —
charged with theft by faLse pre- which he would receive a subside j "Col.” Martin iMoe) Snyder who text and swindling and theft of which together with the world is in Jail on charges of attempting I
market or street price would give to kill Myrl Alderman in the pres-k— vt ., „ „ . ipnce of Singer Ruth Etting, today
Pf ,0* 4 oI* 5 was sued by Alderman for $253,000.
filed papers preventing legal use, is scheduled to go to trial here Thursday before Judge R. B. Cross.
AND THAT WASN'T AlL—
Judges at the Future Farmer* of America convell .on rn Kansas City decided Hunter Greenlaw of Fa.mouth. Va., was the nations moat promising farmer. named his Star Fanner of America.
B'wood To Ship 60 Cars Of Turkeys
BROWNWOOD, Oct. 31— (AN — More than 60 carloads of turkeys are expected to be shipped from here for the Thanksgiving and Christmas markets, produce dealers estimated today as the market opened.
No prices were being quoted but the cooperative marketing associations were advancing lo cents a pound.
II WAS A BIG NIGHT FOR PRAN KSTERS - JUST ASK THE COPS
Here are some examples of the radio calls sent out last night from police headquarters to “prowl” car.-.
"Gang of boys breaking out street lights or. South Seventh.
"Couple of boys threw bucket of red paint on a porch on South Fourth "Boys tore down electric clock and neon sign at store on Hickory.
“Car of boys down Sayles boulevard taking the valve stems out of tires on every parked car they pass "Alley between Cypress and Pine blocked with trash cans.
"Street at Filth and Cedar blocked with brniber from nearby lumberyard.
"Boys throwing rotten eggs at a house on Hickory "Couple of boys* dumped bas
ket of rotten tomatoes on front porch of house
A patrol tar dtove past St. Paul Methodist church. Horns on about a half a dozen cars were blaring away in full force. There was not a person In sight —in 'he cars br oui it
wasn’t the ghosts and v^ifehes —just a, limber pjec** of t>oard entwined in, the steering wheels to hold down the horn button.
A policeman stopped a boy that was carrying a suspicious looking box The box was full of the parts of chickens not found on a chicken dinner menu. The boy readily admitted he was waiting a chance to dump Hie contents on someone's head from a tall building.
But the boy? weren't the only
See HALLOWEEN. Pf. 19. CoL 4
Notables Attend | Hardy s Funeral
BELTON. Oct. 31— P—Dr J. C.
Hardy, 67, president emeritus of Mary Hardm-Baylor college, was buried here today after services attended by many of the state’s nota oles.
Senator Tom Conn ally, C ngresa-man J3ob Poage of Waco, President L. H Hubbard of Texas State College for Women af Denton, and President Pat M Neff of Baylor university, Waco, were among those here.