Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 4, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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Mercury Drop Follows Rains
Winds And Hail Accompany Moisture;
Three Hurt By Storm Near Sagerton
Clear skies, low temperatures and the threats of a killing frost last night marked the second stage of a wintry outburst which earlier had brought high winds and general rainfall ta
break West Texas’ drouth.
The mercury at 9 p. rn. had reached 48 degrees on a down ward slide, with no immediate signs of a halt. Stars beamed brightly in almost an open welcome to frost.
However, if a heavy frost does not fall below dawn, the weather outlook will be brighter. Forecast for today mentions no lower temperatures, predicts partly cloudiness but no rain Saturday will be fair and warmer.
The rain Wednesday night was accompanied in sections j by high winds and hail that wrought small damage. More than an inch of rain fell in Haskell, j“
Building Permits Hit Season Top
$34,830 Issued; Largest Is For Private Hospital
Issuance of $34,830 In bulding permits yesterday from the city en-
ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 4, 1938.—SIXTEEN PAGES^
IN DOUBLE ELOPEMENT WITH SISTER, 13—
Bride Starts Married
A«*nr1atM f»Mi I Aft
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Clay, King, Knox, Young, Ar j cher and Wichita counties.
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In Abilene the fall measured .90 j inch between midnight and 4 a. rn j The yearly total rose to 31 56 inches, far ahead of normal.
High winds u .roofed a cotton warehouse at Haskell and broke j down a highline between there and Welnert. A light hall and a .96 Inch rain accompanied the wind
A sandstorm preceded rainfall of .72 Inch at Sweetwater, Blackwell iecelved half an Inch and San Angelo reported .6b inch of rain.
Heaviest rainfall In the sector , f
was at Ballinger during the early | *lneer * omce * new ni*n Ior morning hours. The I 22 inch ram was the first beneficial moisture In
about four months Winters reported a quarter Inch rain and Wingate about the same Coleman countv, needing a three or four inch rain received .17 inch precipitation. Brownwood and Brady got good showers.
CAUGHT IN WRECKAGE One person was seriously hurt and two other less seriously hurt early yesterday when a twisting windstorm destroyed the home of Curtis Waisth two miles north of Sagertown.
Mrs. Walsch, caught in the wreckage of the three room house was critically injured. Her four year old son was blown from the building into a cotton field, but was not seriously hurt. Walsch was slightly
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Baird Vote Contest Suit Is Postponed
Plaintiff Counsel Requests Jury
BAIRD, NOV. 3-(Bpi) —Hearing on the application for an injunction and trial of the Citizens Committee vs, City of Baird suit, scheduled for Friday morning, was postponed in 42d district court here today. The suit contests the result of the recent municipal power plant bond election.
The action was taken when plaintiff s counsel requested a jury. Judge Milburn S. Long urged an early trial, not later than next week. It Is considered probable that It will be Thursday.
The 42d district grand jury reported today, returning cloven Indictments. It then recessed until November 18. Ten of the Indictments were felony, one misdemeanor.
Defendants already arrested or under heavy bond are Ed Putty, in a Brownwood jail, charged with burglary: Loyd Wood, under bond, cow theft: A. C. Whitehead, drunken driving and burglary; F. D. Crabb, burglary; Charlie Shelton, under bond, drunken driving; J. P. Hendricks, Big Spring, under bond, drunken driving; J. C. Mc-Corley, under bond, drunken driving.
All of these cases were set for November 16.
the fall building campaign in Abilene.
The afternoon a results brought | the year's total to date to more than I double the total for the same time last year. The 1938 aggregate now is $780,650 as compared with last year's I $385,016.
Largest of the permits went to Rosabel De Berry for construction o la $11,600 private hospital at 1325 Cedar. The hospital will be a one story building of rock veneer finish and an asbestos slate roof. There will be 28 rooms in the building Including two operating rooms, a delivery room, a sterilizing room and an X-ray room H. L. Rice, contractor, said last night that work on foundations of the building started Tuesday. Contract calls for completion of the building in 90 days.
Miss De Berry was formerly operator of private hospitals In Sweetwater, Dallas and Mexia. RESIDENCE PERMITS A permit for $4,995 was Issued Mrs. W. C. Williamson for construction of a two story brick veneer residence at 1526 Washington boulevard Albert McAlister was granted a $4,995 permit for erection of a frame residence at 1133 Albany In the Elmwood addition. A permit for $2,900 went to Harry Hays for erection of a frame residence at 2425 Swenson avenue.
Permits totaling $10,000 went . to1 the Abilene Home Building corporation for the erection of four frame j residences on South lith street 1 Locations will be at 3201, 3209, 3217, and 3225 South lith.
The Texas and Pacific Railroad company took out a $350 permit for erection of a tile storage building on the railroads' right of way on North First.
Pennsylvania WPA Misuses Are Sustained
Record Vote For Non-Presidential Year In Prospect
Bv The Associated Press
The 1938 political wars, fast approaching a decision, produced these developments yesterday:
A compilation bv the Associated Press indicated that 40.000,0o0 votes would be cast next Tuesday. This would be a record for a non-presi* dential year, though some 5,600.000 below the vote lr. the 1938 prest-1 dentlal election.
The senate campaign expenditures committee said It sustained three charges that democrats mis- ! used WPA politically in Pennsylvania.
It also announced It was sending an investiga or to watch the election In Philadelphia because of democratic charges that republi- j cans were seeking to manipulate voting machine*
ROOSEVELT TO SPEAK President Roosevelt worked at Hvde Park. N. Y on the address he WSI broadcast at 6:30 p rn.. Abilene Time, tonight over the CBS and Mutual radio network-, and the “Blue” network ot NBC.
Mayor Frank Hague of Jersey-City, N. J, said the senate campaign expenditures committees warning against perpetrating selection frauds in that municipality was “ridiculous."
"The accusations that 40,000 names would be added to the registries Is absolutely senseless," Hague said.
The republican national committee announced at Washington that 219 republicans, who are members of congress or candidates for such offices, have signed a pledge to work for an investigation of "politics in relief.”
At Kirksville. Mo. Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi urged that Senator Bennett champ Clark be ' reelected by "the greatest majority I ever given a candidate in old Missouri."
Secretary of the Interior Ickes I announced he would speak In Phil-I adelphia tomorrow night on the : "Curse of Two Cries." He did not name the cities
Life In Hen House
SOUDERTON, Pa., Nov. 3-~ (AP) — Thirteen - year - old Frances Erb went back to school a bride today, while an older sister with whom she participated in a double elopement began married life In a hen house.
The sisters motored t>> Elkton, Md., yesterday In toe five-year-old sedan of Martin Nare, 25, a pants factory worker, Miriamn. 17, married Nare, while her Mgh school freshman
sister was wed to Robert Sou-der, 21, a WPA worker.
Nare took his bride to a converted hen house that has been his home for three years. They had to rlamher up a rickety, seven-rung ladder, the only entrance.
While Mrs. Mare continued at her Job as a domestic, her bridegroom planned to fix his rented quarters up “a bit." He said he would sod his front yard, a junk heap of old auto
mobiles and tin cans, and plant
a few flowers. His “honeymoon cottage" needs paint, but it has a stove pipe and several pieces of furniture. It is in the outskirts of nearby Sellersville.
Child Bride And Husband Charged
ASHLAND, Hr., Nov 3 — (AP)—Another Kentucky rhild-
hride—Ruth "Peachy" Whitt Howard, school records show to he 12 years old—and her 66-•year-old husband since April, today faced legal proceedings.
Ruth, face smeared with rouge and mouth with lipstick sat in the jail a nearby Catlettsburg and chewed, tobacco.
Wilburn Howard. the husband, who can neither read nor write, was at liberty on $1,066
bond. A preliminary hearing to scheduled for Howard next Wednesday.
Saturday Ruth Is scheduled ta go before County Judge George G. Bell at Catlettsburg and answer charges of juvenile delinquency.
It was the same charge that
took Rosie Columbus Tackett. Ii. from her miner husband Fie rn Tacked. 34.
IN OAKLAND ESTUARY- #
Blast Rips Open. German Ship
BREAKFAST FOR H SU EXES PLANNED IN L. A.
Plans were underway Thursday for a breakfast reunion for Hardin-Simmons alumni and
ex-students when the Cowboy special train arrives in Los Angeles for the game with Loyola.
Lewis E. (Honey) Adams.one of Hardin-Simmons' all-tlmp football greats and a brother of Dr. C. E Adams of Abilene, will be in charge of arrangements.
Adams player, for the Cowboy teams of 1908 and 1909, before the game was barred by the school in 1909 Another member •of the team that time was Scott King of Abilene.
Adams Is new a school executive on the coast. Last year he not only attended the Loyola game, but also drove to Fresno for the Cowboy tilt there.
The breakfast will likely be held at the Hayward hotel, headquarters for the Hardin-Simmons delegation riding the Reporter-News special.
Harry H. Hayes, H SU field representative, Is communicating with alumni and exes on the coast to organize the welcoming party'.
FOUR ACCUSED IN KIDNAP CASES
Japs May Denounce Nine-Power Treaty
TOKYO, Nov. 4.—(Friday) — (A*')—Japan's foreign office spokesman today disclosed that Japan considers obsolete the nine-power treaty, of which the United States is a signatory, guaranteeing the territorial Integrity of China, and intimated Japan may denounce it.
The spokesman revealed Japan is considering replacement of the treaty, signed at Washington In 1922, with a new three-power pact among Japan, her puppet-empire of Manchou-kuo and a new regime in China, envisioning displacement of the Chiang Kai-Shek government.
Hi-Y Moves To Curb Grid Game Drinking
It wouldn’t be wise to take bottled spirits with yon to the Abilene-Big Spring football encounter this afternoon.
With today s game, the Hi-Y. high school boys' organization, starts a campaign to abolish drinking at home athletic events. The youths started the drive by introducing a resolution to the AHS student body condemning the practice.
This morning, representatives of the club will confer with Chief T, A. Hackney to get stronger police protection at today s game, and all others this season, in an effort to stop drinking. Marshall Milsap, president of the Hi-Y and Curtis Owen, sponsor, are taking the lead.
Rail Stock Rate Hearing Closed
Board Moves To Kansas City
FORT WORTH. Nov. 3—UP— Additional testimony that increase of railroad freight rates on feeder and stocker sheep and cattle would be a hard blow to the cattle industry in West Texas and New Mexico, brought to a close today four days of testimony before an interstate commerce commission board
Examiner C. E. Stiles of the ICC said the hearing of protesting cattie raisers and dealers against the railroad request for rate increases will be resumed Monday at Kansas City. Mo. and that the examining board will take testimony there for a week from rattle men and others in the Missouri river market area.
The following week the board will move to Chicago for final testimony from cattle men in the northwest central area wfyo have asked to be heard at Chicago.
A record of the testimony together with recommendations of the examiners and briefs of attorneys in the case then will be presented to the ICC at Washington where arguments will be heard at a later date Stiles said decision of I the ICC at Washington might be expected late next spring or early next fall.
WITH BREAK REPORTED NEAR-
Spur Levine Kidnap Hunt
Police Dig Up Hideout Cellar
Prove Bone And Teeth Fragments Those Of Animals
NEW YORK, NOV. 3—(AP)
—The long unsolved slaying of 12-year-old Peter Levine,
I kidnaped from his New Rochelle, N. Y., home last Feb.
24, was reported near a “break” tonight as federal agents sought to link the crime with three captured members of an alleged "kidnap syndicate.”
Dwight Brantley. New York FBI chief, disclosed that federal sleuths working on the Levine case ran across clues which put them on the trail of another unsolved mystery — the kidnap-slaylng of Arthur Fried, young White Plains. N. Y., business man. last December.
Meanwhile, police with picks and shovels dug up the cellar of a lower East Side building known as Ukrainian hall — cited by G-Men as the hideout where Fried's body was cremated in a furnace — in (fliest of new clues to support a theory' it might hni/e been used as a gangland execution chamber.
Fragments of bone and teeth which police first believed to have been parts of Fried's body, exhumed from a freshly - cemented "tomb’’ in the cellar, were analyzed and found to be a chicken, beef and rabbit bones from the refuse of banquets.
Investigators had discovered dark stains, as of blood, on a coal chute | leading to the cellar, as well as a secret room and a machine-gun.
The captured trio, gave their names as William Jacknis, 27,
John Vicga, 34, and Demetrius Gula, 28.
They were arraigned on kidnaping charges in tile ransom abductions of Benjamin Farber. 33, of Brighton Beach, released for $1,800 after an original demand of $25,-
4 Aboard Craft j Hurt; Explosion j Cause Is Sought
Sabotage Theory Given Credence By 'Phone Call
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. &—
(AP)—A mystery explosion, which injured at least four crew members, ripped open the German steamship Vancouver today and caused her beaching in the Oakland ^ ^
estuary, where authorities | sought the cause of the blast.
Police and District Attorney Earl Warren boarded the vessel late today to aid Captain W Moesslnger in investigating the blast, which tore a hole in the hull In No. 4 hold.
Aboard the ship were seven passengers and the crew of 54. An-
Corneas Of Slayer Are Given Pair
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3.-H/F-. A surgeon today performed a double transplantation operation on a three year old boy and a 25 year old youth in which he used the corneas from the eyes of a Utah murderer who faced a firing squad earlier this week.
The result of the delicate operations will not be known for several days.
The patients, their eyes swathed In bandages, placed their hopes for a restoration of their sight on the skill of a surgeon who has been successful in similar operations in the past. The surgeon* name waa
The healthy cornea tissue were taken from the eyes of John W. Deering, executed this week at Salt Lake City.
The corneas were "frozen’’ and flown to San Francisco where they were kept at a temperature of 40
other 30 passengers were waiting degrees. to board at San Francisco.
Captain Moesslnger said the fixer em men listed as Injured were not hurt seriously.
Captain Moessinver said the explosion looked "damned suspicious. ’ and claimed a column of water shot up outside the vessel, mi the starboard side, followed by the sound of the blast.
A telephone rail to the Oakland Tribune lent credence to a possible theory of sabotage.
“Do you want some good news?” an unidentified person told the Tribune city editor. “A bomb went up on a German ship."
He hung up immediately, and a few minuter later the blast occurred.
Harry A. Hutson, bortswains mato on a coast guard boat, witnessed the explosion.
“I was proceeding up the Estuary, when I approached the Vancouver, which was outward bound," he declared.
"I heard the explosion, looked up
and saw a great clump of steam and smoke come out of the stack and awl of the ventilators.
"The ship started settling immed-
Announcing the solution of a kldnap-slaying and two previously undisclosed kidnaping.1!, J. Edward Hoover. FBI chief, said in New York that the four men shown above in official FBI photographs, were under arrest and that "certain
ones had confessed." Upper left, William Jacknis; upper right, Joseph F. Sacoda; lower left, Demetrlum Gula; lower right. John Virga. Hoover charged the victim of the kid-nap-killing. Arthur Fried, had been shot by Sacoda.
Father Facing Lunacy Charge
Big Valley Girl Felled By Blast From Shotgun
GOLDTHWAITE, Nov. 3.—im— Lunacy charges were filed late to-agalnst Amos Sheppard. 44-year-old war veteran and farmer, after the critical wounding of his 17-year-old daughter, Jessie Mae, in their rural Big Valley community home today.
Aged J. W Sheppard, father of Amos Sheppard, flied the charge in County Judge R. J. Gerald's court after the young high school student had been taken to a Santa Anna hospital, where physicians said her hip bone had been shattered by Buckshot from a .12 gauge shotgun.
The younger Sheppard, arrested
iately, turned in towards the shore by Sheriff J. H, Harris and conand let go both anchors. fined in the Mills county jail, made
"I drew alongside and saw men a statement. His son. Ira, 15, also
hurry from the engine room covered a Big Valley high school student,
Rogers Memorial Dedication Today
CLAREMORE, Okla , N tv. 3 — (TP)—Oklahoma's stone memorial to her favorite son, Will Rogers, stood finished on its hilltop site tonight, ready to receive tomorrow a dedication planned as a national tribute.
At 2 p.m. (CST) President Roosevelt will speak over the radio from Hyde Park. Jesse Jones, RFC chairman and treasurer of the Will Rogers National Memorial fund, will deliver the principal address here.
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Sally Convicted In Photo Scrap
LOS ANGELIS, Nov, 3—(AV- Sally Rand, fan and bubble dancer,
was convicted on two counts of assault and battery by a municipal court jury today In connection with an attack upon a candid camera photographer and his young woman companion.
The dancer was charged with biting and scratching Ray Stanford and Hazel Drain after they had taken close-up pictures of her while she performed on r theater stage..
“Some of the men appeared to be scalded.’’
Other eyewitnesses reported seeing steam billowing from the funnel and ventilators.
The Vancouver had taken on canned goods at Oakland and was en route to San Francisco, after which it was to have left for Antwerp.
UT Land Offered For Leases Today
was In the room at the time of th® shooting, Sheriff Harris said.
No statement had been taken from young Ira, at the bedside of his sister.
Judge Gerald set a hearing for tom< :tow on the lunacy complaint but later said it was doubtful material witnesses could be present because of the girl’s grave condition.
Loss of blood find a long lapse before treatment threatened the girl’* life, physicians said.
Sheppard, a farmer, hee* recently applied for enrollment at the Brownwood CCC camp but was rejected because of a physical disability, officers here learned.
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FBI ASKED TO SOLVE KERRVILLE DOCTOR'S MYSTERIOUS DEATH
SAN ANTONIO. Nov 3— (ZP)—Dc-1 sician developed at noon today daring that Dr. David H. Carson, when the body of Olen C. Ireland, 61, Kerrville physician, was robbed I 42, ex-convict, reported to have been and then slain by an unknown as-; seen in Kerrville with Dr. Carson sassin, Dr. L. H. Webb, superin- a few hours before he was slain, tendent of the Legion hospital at was found.
Kerrville psked the Federal Bureau Ireland, accord.ng to a coroner’s of Investigation today to enter the inquest verdict i durned by Justice case and aid in "tracking down the of the Peace Raymond Gerhardt,
parson or persons responsible for the crime.”
As Dr. Webb wa presenting his -pouest, further complications in
committed suicide In a rooming house by first slashing his wrists, cutting gashes on his forehead and then using a bed sheet to strangle
he mysterious death of the phy-1 himself to death.
The body was found by Deputv Sheriffs John J. Klevenhagen and Frank Mathews, who had been searching for him since it was reported he had accompanied the slain doctor to a Kerrville bank while the physician borrowed $100 and then handed the money to Ireland.
Later. Dr. Carson and Ireland were reported seen together at a Hill county service station The officers had received p tip tha. a man answering the description of Ireland
was driven from a taxicab stand to the rooming house at ( a rn. Wednesday, five hours before the phy«> sician s body 'vas found.
A search of Ireland's room failed to reveal the $100 which was report-to have been handed him by Dr. Carson. Deputy Klevenhagen reported $o in currency on the dresser.
An examining physician said Ireland had been dead for a' least ten
Municipal Judge C. A. Ball-reich had instructed the jury that “the right of privacy does not exist where a person has become so prominent that by his very prominence he has dedicated his life to the public."
Miss Rand testified she “went to ask them if I could buy the films.' but denied she scratched or bit Stanford or Miss Drain.
The maximum penalty for battery conviction Is 180 days in jail.
Judge Bawlreich ordered Miss Rand to appear next Monday for sentence, at which time a motion for a new trial will be heard.
The dancer, before the verdict was returned, said she planned to invite the members to her opening performance at a downtown hotel if they found her innocent.
“But if they find me guilty, 111 have to get ready for a long stay as the guest of the state,’’ she added.
Slayer To Phoenix
FORT WORTH,, Nov 3.— 7*— Phil Kennamer Tuba ociety gang" slayer, left here by train this afternoon for Phoenix, Ariz., to meet his mother Sunday.
Chamberlain I Upheld Again
LONDON. Nov 3— OD - Prime Minister Nsvdle Chamberlain's government tonight won its second vote of confidence when a motion condemning Britain's inadequate defenses was defeated 355 votes to | 130.
The opposition motion asked the j house of commons to censure the ' government's “admitted unpreparedness to protect the civil popula-1 tion when the country was brought j to the brink of war" during the September Czechoslovak crisis.
Commons then gave approval to a government - proposed amend ment to the censure motion supporting “the government's deter-i mination to complete with the utmost speed the measures necessary to provide for the country's needs."
Government spokesman had promised a triple effort aion? that line to “regain the insular secur-, ity" of Britain.
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