Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 23, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LVIII, NO. 176.
FDR HALTS AT CHICKAMAUGA DAM ON DIXIE TRIP
ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 23, 1938.—TWELVE PAGES
SUICIDE VERDICT WITHDRAWN—
Probe In ‘Helping Hand
PRICE FIVE CENTS
President Roosevelt Is shown In a platform at Chlckamagua dam near Chattanooga, Tenn , where
he made brief talk and inspected the dam and historic sites in the vicinity. The Pres
ident was enroute to Warm Springs. Ga., for a Thanksgiving visit. <AP Photo).
WHITE PLAINS, N. Y„ Not. 22.— (Apt—Renewed examina
tions moved Westchester county authorities tonight to withdraw a tentative verdi) i of suicide and intensify investigation into the “automooile gas’’ death of Eugene Y. Rurrkhalter, 47, in which his wife is accused of lending a ‘help'ng hand.”
Meanwhile, Melvin Kittel. 24, dapper salesman and former Californian and college graduate who was per r.iend of long standing, was arrested and held in $2,000 hail as a material witness.
.“This rase is wide men,” said Assistant District Attorney Elbert T. Gallagher after the graying, 44-year old widow Marie, was formally charged
with first degree manslaughter and held In $10,000 hail,
Dr. Amos O. Squire, Westchester county medical eiamln-er, said that the case was carried on his record aa “death by carbon monoxide poisoning*’ and that any reference to suicide would be left to the filing of a supplementary death certificate.
Cremation of the body, which Gallagher said was ordered by the widow to be done “as quickly as possible and without publicity,” after the body was found in the Rurrkhalter garage last Saturday, was delayed four or five hours today while vital organs were taken for analysis.
Dr. Squire said they showed about 39 percent carbon monoxide in the blood and some al
cohol; indications of “intemperance” bees use of an oversize liver; various other serious ailments and the presence of a hynotic drug that induces sleep.
Mrs. Rurrkhalter wa* subject-to prolonged questioning and Gallagher expressed doubt as to some of the details she told of helping her husband rig up a vacuum cleaner hose to the exhaust of a mr In their garage to make a lethal chamber of the interior, where he was found dead.
Gallagher said local police were in possession of a glass from which she told him she served Rurrkhalter an eggnog Just before he rumblingly pushed the starter of the car to start the flow of exhaust gas.
Gallagher questioned Kittel
concerning his presence in the Rurckhalter’s suburban New York home four hours belore police were summoned to find the body.
"I am going to bein her all I can,” Kitten told Gallagher.
Rurrkhalter was president of the Southern ( (ie rn ira I company in nearby Mount Vernon.
Mrs. Rurrkhalter's w:*e-crack-ing calm—the lack of emotion that first aroused Prosecutor Gallagher’s susoicions — broke late today when she was held in $1Q,(WM) ba l on a formal charge of first degree manslaughter.
Gallagher *iid the housewife admitted she “thought un” the method of death and belord her
husband locate the starter button in the darkened garage when he faltered.
Shaking violently, Mrs. Rurrkhalter, who was named solo beneficiary in her husband’! $10,000 life Insurance policy, leas ordered to the county Jail, pending arraignment next Tuesday
Gallagher described Kittel aa having been “very friendly” with Mr*. Rurrkhalter for some years. She insisted, Gallagher said, their relations were “platonic.”
Gallagher said Mrs. Iturrk-halter told him she took a farewell snan-shot cf her husband before he entered the garage “because I had one more film left and I wanted to use it.”WITH FIRST HARD FREEZE IN PROSPECT
Frigid Onslaught Spreads Over Area
REPORT ON JEWS
THE REV. AND MRS. JACOB BERNHEIM
Christian Jew Talks Tonight
Rev. Bernheim Is Principal Speaker At Union Service
Giving a firs! hand discussion of Jewish persecution In European countries, the Rev Jacob Bernheim of Chicago will be principal speaker tonight at the annual Union Thanksgiving service.
The Rev. Bernheim Is a nationally known Christian Jew and is executive secretary of the Hebrew Christian Alliance of America. The alliance has been prominent recently In a campaign against Jewish persecution by Italy and Germany, Accompanying the Rev. Bernheim will be his wife, for ten years field secretary of the Woman’s Homq Millenary society of the Methodist church. She will speak briefly.
The Rev. J. H. Hamblen, pastor of First Methodist church and president of the Abilene Ministerial alliance, sponsor of the service, will be In charge. • Annie Bess Chambers, music supervisor of Abilene public schools, will be in charge of music. Ruby C. Morris will play the organ.
Complete program for the service Is;
Hymn .... Doxology.
Hymn .... “O Worship the King” Scripture .... The Rev. R. B Gilmore, pastor of the Nazarene
Prayer .... The Rev. C. A. Long, pastor of St. Pauls Methodist
Anthem .... “The King of Love
My Shepherd Is," by Alta Vista glee club. Frances Davis, director.
Introduction of guest speakers .... Dr. Millard A. Jenkins, pastor of First Baptist church.
Talk .... Mrs. Jacob Bernheim. Sermon .... The Rev. Bernheim. Offertory .... "A Hymn of Thanksgiving,” Ruby Morris.
Hymn ____ “All Hall the Power of
Benediction ____ Dr. F M. Warren,
pastor First Christian church. The Union Thanksgiving service is sponsored annually by the Abilene Ministerial alliance. Each year it Is held at a different church. Tonight's service will be at the First Baptist church, beginning at 7:30 o’clock.
W-T Producers Censure Farm Program Foes
Parity Freight Rate Structures Urged By Ass n
PLAINVIEW, Nov 22 —UP- -The West Texas Producers association condemned at Its concluding two-day session today efforts of “certain men and interests to sow seeds of dissatisfaction among farmers before the present farm bill Is given a fair trial.”
The association expressed confidence in Congressman Marvin Jones and willingness to rely on his Judgment concerning amendments to the farm bill.
A resolution stated agricultural problems had not been solved bu* progress toward their solution would be made when the producer and the trade realized their common problems and the necessity of working together.
Favored parity freight rate structures* asked Secretary Henry Wallace to intercede in behalf of producers in overcoming freight rate differentials and urged Texas senators and congressmen to work to ward establishing Texas on same freight level as other states. CO-OPS ADVOCATED Advocated continued development of farm co-operatives, encouragement of rural electrification, advancement of flood control plans and elimination of trade barriers between states.
Urged enactment by the 76th legislature of soil and water conservation laws with administration In the hands of active farmers.
Opposed any attempt to repeal the gasoline tax refund to farmers. Praised Congressmen Jones and Mahon for their work in congress and supported Mahon for a place on the appropriations committee.
During the day. Wallace Lou-than. acting manager of Plains Cooperative. Inc., cited co-operative refrigeration plants as a means of Increasing farm income. He said such plants enabled home consumption of more products.
Cotton was discussed at the final meetings of the association which I had already been offered the suggestion emphasis should be placed on domestic rather than foreign markets for agricultural products,
D. A. Bandeen of the West Texas chamber of commerce discussed freight rates and John McCarty of Amarillo and W. Holbrook of Plainview outlined water conservation issues at the final session.
WINTER DODGER PLANS HIBERNATION SWITCH
WATERTOWN. Wis., Nov. 22 — (UP) — Arthur (Turkey* Oehrke, 56, who has dodged winter for 26 years by staying in bed from fall until spring, decided today to switch his hibernation season from winter to summer.
He had been considering the change for six months. He had avoided the cold because he be 11 nrv ed it was the cause of stomach pains which he has
suffered during winter months since he was a young man.
“I’m feeling like a peacock now,” he said. “I ‘hibernated*, for a week or ten days at various times last summer as a test and It worked out all right.”
In previous years he turned over his tavern to assistants and retired at the conclusion of the big league baseball season. He would get up only on
Thanksgiving to eat turkey — origin of his nickname
He said he had reduced his weight from 215 to 175 pounds by taking brisk morning walks and eating only one meal a day with very little meat.
“Then, too,” he said, “I’ve renewed my interest In bowling I gave it up when I started hibernating and became interested again last summer when I tried it out and toppled 143 pins in the first crack.”
IN CHILD'S POISON DEATH-
Assess Grandmother Life
Jurors Return Verdict Quickly
Deaf-Mute Mother Of Baby Testifies Against Defendant
Expelled Student Makes Return To School By Driving leacher Away With Revolver
School officials that he la “as
Blonde Debutante Awarded Fortune
EL RENO. Okla., Nov. 22— (AP)—Mrs. Romie P. Sullivan, the accused bv the state of poisoning- her deaf mute daughter’s only child, was convicted of murder late today by a district court jury which set her sentence at life imprisonment. MAINTAIN COMPOSURE The jury retired at 4:05 p. rn and returned its verdict an hour and a half later.
The buxom Louisiana woman, who remained calm throughout the two-day trial, maintained tier composure as the verdict was read.
During the days testimony, the jury heard the bespectacled 49-year-old grandmother deny that she poisoned Clara Jean Hay, her 24-year-old granddaughter She testified she did not know how the child obtained the poison that caused her death last June 16. At yesterday’s session, Mrs. Richard Hay testified through an interpreter she believed her mother poisoned the child. The prosecution presented testimony that Mrs. Sullivan had taken out a $200 life insurance policy on th^ child.
A request for a demurrer on grounds of Insufficient evidence was denied today.
In her testimony Mrs. Sullivan also denied existence of a package labeled poison” which Mrs. Hay said she saw when she unpacked her mothers trunks after her arrival from Monroe, La., last January to teach the child to talk The father of the dead child, also a deaf mute, testified he didnt “know whether or not” his mother-in-law had any part in the baby’s death.
BATTUE CREEK Mich . Nov. 22 -agreed with 13-year-old Chris Simpson tough as any kid In Leroy township.”
When Chris was expelled from school for fighting he returned a few hours later with a revolver. At gun point he drove the teacher. Donald Mitchell, and 15 classmates from the school and took possession himself.
There he stayed until captured by sheriffs officers with teacher and fellow pupils watching at a respectful distance.
Chris’ desire to remain in school amazed truant officers who recalled that five years ago he attempted to burn down the schoolhouse.
Convicts Deny Slaying Guard
Death 'Unnecessary' For Escape Plot, Alcatraz Inmates Say From Stand
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22 — (AF — Convicts Rufus Franklin and James C. Lucas charged with the murder of an Alcatraz guard talked freely on the witness stand today of their futile attempt to escape from prison, but denied they hammered the guard to death.
Guard Royal C. Cline, each said, was in his office the afternoon of May 23 when they and Thomas Limerick climbed out the window of the carpentry model shop and walked into the gunfire of a tower guard.
Cline’s death waan’t necessary for the success of the escape, the convicts intimated, declaring they didn t know of the attack on the
guard until after their dash for freedom had failed. They said |ny one of six others in the shop might have killed Cline.
Lucas. 26 year old Albany, Texas bank robber, said that Limerick came to him at his work bench and said “if we're ever going, we might as well go now” because Cline had gone to hts office off the model shop.
Those were practically the same words Franklin, 24, a bank robber from Alabama, previously testified
Threaten Yards Strike Extension
Sub-Freezing Clamps Down In Panhandle
Mercury Sags Below Freezing After Midnight
Despite favorable forecast*, Kins Winter’! Icy finders closed tighter and tighter last night about West Texas as the season’s most persistent north-er sent temperatures tumbling.
Livestock warnings were issued for both West and East Texas. The mercury sank below the freexing point without any sign of stopping
In Abilene, and over a large pert of Texas, citizens stood by for the first hard freeze of the winter. The temperature at midnight here was several degrees below freezing.
Late last night no reports had come of appreciable livestock or crop damage from the cold.
The Dallas weather bureau forecast slowly rising temperatures for West Texas Wednesday, but added the cold would be more persistent than the past northers. A potent high pressure area extends from Texas to the Canadian border.
Sub-freezing temperatures clamped down hardest in the north.
16 AT AMARILLO
At Amarillo the temperature dropped from 36 at 3 p. rn. to 16 at 10:30 p. rn. A decline of 2 degrees more was forecast, but the 16 minimum Monday night was 8 degrees lower than forecast there. No livestock nor crop damage was reported in that section. There was no wind and skies were clear.
Lubbock prepared for a minimum of 15 degrees. The mercury at IO p. rn. had fallen 4 degrees in an hour to 26. A mild north wind was blowing and skies were partly cloudy.
At San Angelo, the temperature stood at 32 at 10:30 p. rn. with a low of 25 degrees forecast.
Abilene experienced yesterday the coldest day of the season. High and low for the day was 43 degrees at 3:30 p. rn. and 29 degrees at 7 a. rn.
Local forecast for today is partly cloudy, colder with hard freeze and livestock warnings out for ranchers. Wednesday was tentatively forecast as fair and not so cold.
HOLE IN GERMAN SHIP INSPECTED
CHICAGO, Nov, 22. — (A*) — CIO spokesmen at the Chicago stock yards said tonight a strike of handlera called at the yards would be extended to Include between 18 -Lucas had uttered to him that aft- OOO and 20.000 packing house em-
PEORIA, 111, Nov. 22.—(ZP)—A slender blonde today convinced Joseph E Daily, circuit court judge, she was Miss Jessie Barker and was awarded $1,500,000 fortune It was the legal hurdle Miss Barker, 22-year-old Louisville. Ky„ I WASHINGTON, Nov. 22. — CD — j debutante, had to pass before she Secretary of Labor Perkins an-could assume control of the distil- nounced today that 248,000 persons: lery fortune left in trust by her returned to private jobs in non-agri-father 21 years ago. I cultural lines during October.
Lifting Gloom From Trailer Home —
DIPHTHERIA VICTIM ON ROAD TO RECOVERY
Both convicts saki they had planned with Limerick for two weeks to make the “break.”
Franklin said that after they stepped through the shop window they cut the barbed wire along the edge of the roof, then stepped over the firewall.
At this point tower Guard Harold Stites started shooting. Limerick was fatally shot above the eye.
Stites' shots also “got" Franklin in the back of his shoulders.
Rifts are beginning to appear In the gloom which has havered over a trailer home in Abilene's chanty town the past week.
The family's youngest member, a 15-montHs-old boy, last night was believed recovering from diphtheria, of which he has been critically ill. At the same time aid was being mustered for his older brothers, a sister, and the parents, who are in destitute circumstances.
Taken ill last week, the child received first medical attention Friday, and was carried to Hendrick Memorial hospital. The attending physician said the baby was critically 111 Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Responding to injections of anti-toxin, he was improving yesterday, and it was believed he will be out of danger in two or three more days.
Tile other children—three boys of high school age, and a five-year-old girl—have been given prophylactic doses of diphtheria anti-toxin. All. however, have been suffering from lack of food and clothing, and yesterday the mother, who has been at the lick child’s bedside almost constantly, was reported near collapse The father works for WPA, but his lunds werj exhausted sometime ago. and it is several days before his next pay check is due.
Yesterday, however, the case came to the mention of a Methodist pastor, who gave the woman some money. Today, he said, his wife, and other women of the church will collect food and clothing for the entire family.
The babv is believed to be the only diphtheria patient in Abilene.
Hull, German Say Goodbyes Quickly
WASHINGTON. NOV 22 Ti -Secretary of State Hull and the Garman ambassador, Hans Deick-hoff, said their farewells so tersely today they are believed to have set a record for diplomatic brevity. *
Calling to pay his respects before departing for Berlin to tell his superiors about President Roosevelt's attitude on the nazi campaign against Jews, Dieckhoff went into Hull’s office smiling.
He came out again in two minutes, looking serious. Diplomatic visits usually last from ten minutes to an hour.
ployes if non union men unloaded livestock.
Ben Brown, president of the CIO livestock handlers union, said all CIO packing house employes would refuse to butcher any "scab handled” livestock which was unloaded after 6 p. rn. tonight.
Previously the management of the yards announced operations would be continued Under an agreement with the packing house workers union, the 60.000 cattle, sheep and hogs herded into the corrals since the walkout yesterday morning were sold.
The square mile of pens teemed throughout the day. Clerks and commission men, their white collars muffled under heavy coats, guided the stock to the weighing chutes. Thence they were led to the slaughter houses.
It was indicted the dispute would reach a crisis tomorrow. Approximately 10.000 head of stock were expected to arrive from the country then.
No peace parleys were arranged Union members—estimated to number 575 by officials of the organization—left the yards after they ceased work.
Defense In Revenge Kidnap Case Rests
OLYMPIA. Wash , NOV. 22—UP) The defense rested In the trial of four persons charged with the revenge abduction of Irving Baker late today, and rebuttal witnesses denied parts of Mrs. Kent W. Berry’s story that she was violated by ; Baker during a July 4 outing.
Four guests at the outing were state witnesses in the trial of Dr Berry, 50; William K. McAloon. 53; James Reddick, 28, and Robert H Smith, 32, charged with first degree kidnaping and assault in connection with an admitted attack on Baker last August 19.
Here Is the first picture of the large hole blasted in the side of the German steamship
Vancouver Nov. 3 which beached her in the Oakland, Calif., ‘estuary. The ship’s heavy
plates were bent Inward by tho
force of the unexplained explosion. Shown inspecting the damage la Lloyd Wendland of the Alameda police. (Associated Press photo).
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FIND HEALTH OFFICER POST VACANT
The Taylor county commissioners’ court, meeting Tuesday to study action on the mild typhoid epidemic in the Wylie community, found the office of county health officer to be vacant and announced that applications for the position would be received at its meeting next Monday.
The court, in checking the records, found that Dr Scott W Hollis had been appointed to the Job in January 1935. for a two year term. Thus the office was declared to have been vacant for nearly two years.
At the regular fourth-Monday called meeting of the court next week, applications tor a successor
to Dr Hollis will be opened and action will likely be taken.
The court studied work done by the county chemist, H. R. Arrant, who was appointed a week ago to locate the source of the typhoid infection. He was ordered to continue his work, and members expressed opinion that the situation was under control. Mrs C. R. Waldrop of Wylie, only typhoid patient taken to the Hendnck Memorial hospital In Abilene, was released from treatment there Tuesday.
Youth Billed In Events Ending
Baird Slaving In Death Told
BAIRD, NOV. 22—The 42d district court grand jury today Indicted Floyd Fret*, 20, for murder of his \ mother, Mrs. Annie Pretz, 45, after j a few hours of Investigation.
District Attorney J. R. Black said j Pretz, who is being held without bail, would probably be arraigned Friday morning. The court term I ends Saturday.
Mrs. Pretz died at her home here last Wediesday with a 22 caliber
rifle bullet wound in her head.
Pretz was arrested last Friday. County Attorey F. E. Mitchell ob~
__tained a statement from the youth,
_ in which he said the shooting of
his mother was not accidental.
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The entire day was spent in the examination of witnesses In 119th district court here rn the case of C. M. .Whip. Jones, who is charged with being an accessory in the murder of Bill Johnson on April 6, 1934.
The first witness called was Reuben Corbeil, a resident of Corpus
Christi at this time but who lived in Brady at the time of Johnson s death. He was an eye witness in
the case and was on the stanu more than an hour and a half relating Incidents at Barnett Crossing, near Melvin in Concho county which ended in the death of Johnson.
Corbeil testified that after he, the defendant. Johnson and L G, Duran shot dice for a while, Duran bet that Joi es could whip Johnson wrestling Johnson downed Jones twice and before they got up off the ground Duran, according to Corbeil, stepped over to the men and struck Johnson on the head with a pistol.
Then Duran attacked Corbeil with the gun and knocked him out. Corbeil testified. After Corbeil regained consciousness he placed the injured man in an auteur ofoile and carried him to a doctor at Melvin, he said. The doctor examined Johnson and declared him dead.
John Ralston, a traveling salesman who lives in Sweetwater also present at the time of the fight, testified 'hat Jones and Duran, in
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