Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. IV III. NO. 179.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 26, 1938 TEN PAGES.
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PRICE FIVE CENTSCALIFORNIA BRUSH FIRES CONTINUE SERIOUS MENACE WITH THIRD CHILD ALIVE IN MOTHER'S ARMS-
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25— OF)—«ruih fires In the Santa Monica and San Bernardino mountain areas continued as serious menaces to property today after having caused possibly 15,000,000 damage already in destruction of homes and watershed protective growth.
For the third time, the fire in the Santa Mon-ica-Brentwood region broke out of control It threatened to eat its way toward half a hundred expensive homes in lower Mandeville canyon, adjoining Brentwood, where many Hollywood
Husband Finds Wife, Two Children Dead
HOLSTON, Nov. 25._(AP) — Mrs. Lena Pearl Dorsey, 35, and her two children, Calvin 9, and Kathryn Ann, 3 were found dead of an unknown cause in their home late today and a third child. Mary Edna, one, was found Hasped in the arms of the mother, hut alive.
The husband, J. H. Dorsey, 34, found his wife and two children dead when he went to his home after work as a lineman
for the telephone rompany.
Mary Edna the baby, was ria sped In a vise like grip in the arms of the mother, he told police. The baby was alive and crying.
Police began an immediate Investigation in an effort to determine the cause of the deaths.
Dorsey said when he rnterd the house he saw his wife partly on the floor and against a chair, aa lf she had slumped out
of the chair. In her arms was the child,
Dorsey ran to her. The child moved as lf she were alive, he said. Mrs. Dorsey’s arms were •tiff and he had difficulty extracting the baby, he said.
He took the child and ran next door to the home of Mrs. N. H. Elliott. He handed Mrs. Elliott the baby.
•‘Please take care of my baby, Mrs. Elliott said Horsey told her.
“I think the whole family to dead'
Dorsey ran back to his house, a six room brick house Then he found the two dead children, also in the living room. Calvin
was lying on the floor, at one
end of a divan. Kathryn Ann
was lying on the divan.
Justice of the Peace Tom Maes, who is ronducting an Inquest said when he arrived he smelled the odor of gas in the
A large gas heater in the dining room was burning. One window in the dining room was half ooen. Dorsey told of fleer* he had bought the heater six weeks ago snd had not had any trouble with it.
Justice Maes ordered a mortem examination of Dorsey’s body.
Dorsey said he left his family at breakfast at 7:19 a. rn. to go to work.
AFTER COLLAPSE FROM HEART ATTACK—
Specialist Summoned For Pope
screen players, including Joan Crawford, Shirley
Temple, James Stewart and Pat O’Brien, live.
In the San Bernardino mountains, women and children were evacuated from the village of Crestline
Firemen believed, however, that the flames had been deflected at least temporarily from the Village.
The threat to the Mandeville district came from a blaze centering in Sullivan canyon which fire fighters believed they had under control this morning.
The front of the fire along the pacific shore north of Santa Monica is shown above as it advanced toward a group of
costly hillside homes In the Pacific Palisades sector. A lucky shift of wind saved further de
struction after 400 homes, including those in this scene, were destroyed.
Dandier Acts To Halt Strike
Government Will Requisition Plants 'In Case Of Need'
PARIS. Nov. 25.—(JPh- Premier Edouard Daladier tonight countered a rapid growing strike movement directed against him by preparing the government ic takeover affected industries “in case of need.’’
The premier acted at the end of a critical day in which the General Confederation of Labor called a 24-hour nationwide general strike of its 5,000,000 members for next Wednesday.
Both moves were In protest
against Daladier’s decree laws which, among other tilings, sus
pended the 40-hour week.
With armed mobile guards and
police maintaining order among the country’s more than 100.000 strik- j ers, the premier fought back at his | labor foes bv issuing a decree au h- j orizing the minister of public works to requisition strike - paralyzed j mines and industries in the north 1 of France “in case of need." The decree will become effective with
publication in the official Journal, probably tomorrow.
A government spokesman also let it be known that Daladier had taken steps to assure operation of all the nation's public services on Wednesday, the day of the general strike.
The national Federation of Rail- j road Workers already had annoyed its workers would Join the general strike Daladier indicated he plans to mobilize all railroad workers and send them to work as soldiers instead of as paid employes in order to keep railroads running.
Some sources indicated the regular army might be called upon to operate some of the public services.
Insurance Ruling Favors Roosevelt
BOSTON, Nov. 25.—(HP)—Holding that the hope for “favors’’ had nothing to do with the award of an $850,000 insurance account to a firm with which James Roosevelt was connected, a court-appointed auditor today found a rival insurance broker had not been “wrongfully deprived” of his commission on the policy.
F. Delano Putnam, the auditor, after five months’ study of the evidence, declared that Arthur D. Cronin, the broker, was “not entitled to recover" in his suit against the National Shawmut bank for $31,750, plus interest.
Deaths Rise In Storm’s Wake
East Counts Toll Of 81 After Most Severe Holiday Weather In Years
By The Associated Press The death toll of the first savage cold wave of the winter—the most severe Thanksgiving weather in many years—stood tonight at approximately 81 for the nation.
Ice glazed roads, fires and exposure left a trail of death In the eastern states, whipped by an Arctic storm. Several men collapsed while digging away snow drifts.
Upstate New York counted 14 dead. ’he metropolitan area 8. New England 22, New Jersey 12. Pennsylvania 7. the South 5, Ohio 4 Maryland 3. Michigan and Indiana 2 each, and Nebraska and Missouri I each
Continued cold was inc forecast tonight as a large area of the United States lay under a blanket of snow. Slowly rising temperatures were forecast for the weekend. ——- 11
Washington, D. C., dug out of a 7
inch snowfall- an all time record
for November. Clogged and slippery
streets caused 39 accidents.
Thousands of men worked at clearing New York streets from the heaviest snowfall in November since the weather bureau records began in 1871. Nearly 2,000 pieces of motorized equipment were in use.
Snow’ covered Atlantic City’s boardwalk, and in some New Jersey cities it was heavier than last winter's total snowfall.
Pennsylvania lay under 4 to 12 j inches of snow, a record for November, western Maryland under 12 j inches, and Baltimore under IO— the heaviest for November in 67 j years.
In Chicago the mercury hovered , between 17 and 20, with a forecast J of colder tomorrow. The temperature in Wisconsin ranged from 2 above to the low 20 s.
Alcatraz Prisoners' Case Goes To Jury
SAN FRANCISCO. Nev 25 UAM —A Jury of 12 business men deliberated late today whether two Alcatraz prisoners should die in the lethal gas chamber for death of a guard, or return to me island prison where they tried to escape May I 23.
The jury received the case at 5:35 p. rn. (CST) after federal Judge Harold Louderbach, In his Instructions, gave it the choice of first or second degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal.
A verdict of first degree murder without recommendation for leniency would mean death in the state’s San Quentin prison gas chamber for James C. Lucas, 26, Albany, Tex., bank robber, and Rufus Franklin, 24, of Alabama, accused of the hammer murder of Guard Royal C. Cline. 36.
Business Men Set For Rush
Weather Spurs Buying; Colder Forecast Today
Abilene businessmen last night were predicting that today would be one of the best selling days of the season, due to the continued cold weather.
Several stores blossomed form with holiday merchandise and capitalized on cooler temperatures to invigorate Christmas sales. Almost all the department stores were putting extra clerks to work today.
Weather bureau authorities forecast last night that the temperature would again seek lower levels after a brief respite from the cold yesterday,
Offiical prediction is “partly cloudy and colder today, Sunday, fair."
Yesterday the mercury hung around freezing during the early morning hours then skipped upwards to the fifties for the afternoon. High and low for the day were 57 and 30 degrees.
AFL Unionists To Open Stock Yards
CHICAGO, Nov. 25 ((/Pl)—A. F, of L. unionists decided to go to work in the stock yards Monday in defiance of a strike conducted by the C. I. O The decision was reached in a conference with O. T. Honkie, general manager of the union stock yards.
The strike, now in its fifth day and affecting approximately 600 livestock handlers, has halted the trade on greatest meat animal market in the world.
Wilson Races To Hull s Ship For Brief Talk
Envoy To Return To Berlin Soon, Secretary Says
NEW YORK, Nov. 25.—UP)—
A secretary of Ambassador Hugh R Wilson said tonight he felt sure “we will return to duty in Berlin soon” as the ambassador, summoned home by President Roosevelt “for instructions," raced to a closely guarded 14-minute conference aboard ship with Cordell Hull, secretary of state.
From here, Wilson prepared to go directly to Washington to deacrioe the German situation and the antisemitic campaigns to president Roosevelt.
Under present plans Wilson would go first to Washington, then to Warm Springs, Ga, where the president is vacationing.
Wilson was taken off the liner Manhattan on a revenue cutter, landed at the battery and sped by automobile to the pier of the liner Santa Clara on which Hull headed the American delegation ta the Pan-American conference in Lima, Peru.
The liner Manhattan “poured on the coal’* to gain maximum speed so Wilson might meet Hull for their conference before Hull sailed for South America.
Hull arrived from Washington at 3 p. rn. and went aboard to await the ambassador.
Visitors were ordered off the ship during the conference.
Wilson’s secretary, Peter Behn, remained aboard the Manhattan until it docked.
“I don’t know of any particular effect It will have,” he said when asked concerning the summons home.
“I feel sure he will return to duty in Berlin soon.”
He said he did not know the nature of the “instruction" the ambassador might receive from the president.
He said there was “surprisingly little damage” to property of American citizens or American Jews in Berlin.
“I understand," he added, “that the German government has given assurance that insurance companies would reimburse foreign business for whatever damage was incurred on their insured properties.
“Some American Jews have recently left Germany but I could
not say how many."
Hull Sees 'Hope'
In Lima Parley
NEW YORK. NOV. 25— (.AM— Secretary Hull, off for Peru to direct United States participation in the Pan-American conference, said today the conference offered “a solid ’ cause for hope in a world threaten-! ed with despair."
He hailed as encouraging the fact I that “the representatives of 21 nations can meet to discuss their problems in 'a spirit of trust, understanding and tolerance."
Hull gave this as a prime goal of the nations to be represented at Lima:
“To strengthen their traditional ties and endeavor to create new bonds of solidarity which would serve to eliminate the danger of war
See HILL, Pg. 3, Col. fi
To Map Proration Policies For 193 9—
COMMISSION WILC SURVEY U. S. OIL PICTURE
AUSTIN, Nov. 25— W —The Texas railroad commission announced today it would undertake an exhaustive survey of the national oil picture at its next statewide hearing December 12 looking toward formulation of broad proration policies for 1939,
Ernest O Thompson, chairman of both the state agency and the Interstate Oil Compact commission, said he could see “nothing but improvement” ahead for the oil busi
ness At the same time he wants i refiners whether we have not gone
e’.-rrutives of the major oil com- ! about as far in this direction as ponies to come to Texas so the they think we can safely go.” commission can find out whether I The railroad c* im is ion chalr-they agree and if they think the man ventured the prediction con-reduction of crude oil and gasoline sumption of United States oil pro-stocks should cease. > ducts would set a new record next
“We’ve cut crude stocks over the year, nation 34.000,000 barrels.” Thomp- The railroad commission head son said. “and finally have pulled gave no lntimc-tion of the probable down gasoline stocks to a level be- contents of the December proration low that, of a year ago. We want to order, expected to be issued tomor-find out from the nation s leading > row or Monday.
FAVOR 'BLOODLESS' REVOLUTION
ON AUSTRIA'S DEBTS-
U. S. Insists Germany Pay
Note Answers German Stand
Reich Contends No Obligations To Take Debts
Two Oklahoma City high school students, Manford Ish-mael. 18, left, assistant commissar, and Milton Walser. 19. commissar said their “C?C” group, under investigation by high school officials, was a unit in an International band
Sooner CTC Will Disband
OKLAHOMA CITY. Nov. 25 — < tAM—Leaders of the black-shirted C ? C agreed tonight to disband, at least temporarily, their secret high school students cult in order to forestall possibility of a congressional committee investigation.
E. W. Brown assistant county attorney. after a closed meeting with a group of eigh. C ? C members, said;
“I’m confident that these fellows are not violating any law The assistant county attorney, in response to a request for information about the C ? C from Chairman Dies (D-Tex) of the house committee investigating un-American activities, said he would wire Dies tomorrow that there is nothing serious enough to warrant federal investigation of the cult.
seeking a “bloodless revolution" for more liberal government. Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York, and Chicago have units, they said. They are shown examining some youth literature.. <As-ing some youth literature. (As-socalted Press Photo.)
Telephone Pole Crushes Child
WASHINGTON, NOV. 25.—Wl—A I new note in which the United States is believed to have insisted that Germany is responsible for Austria : debts went forward to Berlin today It was a quick reply to a communication in which the reich Ll understood to have taken the position that she had no legal obligation to assume the debts.
Today s communication was sent from Washington without even awaiting the arrival of Ambassador Hugh Wilson, who returned today from Berlin with a comprehensive report on the situation in Germany.
The action called renewed attention to one of the points of differences between the two governments, whose relations have suffered such a critical strain that both have called their ambassadors home APPROVAL BY HULL The new American note aas approved by Secretary of State Hull and answers A German not of Nov 17 relative to American insistence that Germany assume Austrian indebtedness outstanding in this country when Austria disappeared in the German state last March.
The new American communication was not made public immediately, but informed persons considered it unlikely that the United States had receded from its position that Germany’s disclaimer ot resuonsibility was unsound.
In an earlier communication, the American government insisted that ’in case of absorption of a state the *hen substituted sovereignty assumes the 1 debts and obligations of the absorb-
LORAINE, Nov, 25.—(Sp!.)—Loraine today mourned brave little Maxine Lillison, eight-year-oki daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack LU- cd state and takes the burdens with
Vatican Source Says Condition s Encouraging
Chief Physician Remains At Bed Of Holy Father
VATICAN CITY. Nev. ll.—
(Saturday)—I AP) —The condition of Pope Pius XI, who collapsed yesterday from a heart attack, apparently was on-changed early today.
VATICAN CITY, Nov. 25— (AP)—Pope Plus XI collapied
today from a heart attack which tonight caused attending physicians to summon a noted heart specialist, Dr. Domenico Cesa- Blanchi, following emergency treatment. FEAR NEW ATTACK Dr. Cesa-Bianchi went Into tho Holy Pather’s simply-furnished bedroom at 9 p. rn. '2 p. rn. CST), and remained until 11:20 p. rn. When he departed 'ie told persons waiting outside that the 81-year-old pontiffs condition was not for the moment alarming.
Shortly before midnight a Vatican source said the pope's condition was “encouraging ”
Previously physicians had indicated that immediate danger to tho pope’s life had passed but his chief physician, Dr. Amin ta Milani remained at or near the side of the narrow brass bed on which the patient lay.
Dr. Milpnl said that all depended on Ole resistance of the Holy Father's heart." Another attack like that which struck him down shortly after this mornings mas* might be fatal, he saki.
A private source with connections in the Vatican houfehold said the popes condition caused serious alarm during the afternoon and again this evening. There waj no confirmation of this from attending physicians.
MIND ACTIVE Vatican sources said the Holy Father’s mind remained active most of the time. Ho was quoted as greeting a physician thus:
"Do not think of me. Too many others are suffering today. May God help them all and bring peace to them alL"
A Vatican medical bulletin described his illness as cardiac asthma while another informant said it was myocarditis '.tnflamation of the heart muscles).
Oxygen was admnistered by use of an oxygen tent to ease the pontiff’s breathing soon after his collapse at 9:30 a. rn. (2:30 a. rn., CST), but the tent was removed his condition improved.
He's One Out Of Every 15 Riding The Freights—
SWEET DREAMS AND EMPTY POCKETS ARE HOP HEAD'S SOLE POSSESSIONS
Crushed beyond hope of recovery when a telephone pole rolled over her body about 4:30 p. rn. Thanksgiving Day, Maxine died several hours later at a Roscoe hospital. She retained consciousness almost to the time of her death, and contended with her parents and others that she was not badly hurt. The accident occurred as she and several other small children were playing on a pile of poles in the rear of the telephone exchange office She is survived by her parents and a six-year-old brother; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Tillison, Loraine; her maternal grandfather, a Mr Patterson of Tahoka; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Funeral was held at the Methodist church at 4 p rn, today.
The debt included $24,055,708 92 advanced to Austria to feed war vic-j Urns in 1920, about $20,000,000 borrowed by the Austrian government
I here in 1930, and certain municipal and other bonds held privately here
DALLAS, Nov. 25. — t.F) — The glove of totalitarian tyranny has been rudely hurled in our faces,” Sen. Tom Connelly said here to-
j night, and asserted education must
be the weapon “if democracy is to overwhelm its enemies.”
(Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles by the Reporter-News night police reporter, He sees humanity at about Its lowest ebb nightly. While tire series has no purpose other than to portray a phase of life in Abilene—or in any other city of its size—the pic-turization of city jail characters may be an added argument to the time honored maxim, “crime doesn’t pay.”)
Sweet dreams and empty pockets
—those are usually the sole posses-lions of a wandering hop head.
Point your finger at about one out of every fifteen hoboes you see riding the freights and you’ve picked out a hop head, or a snow bird, or a reefer-smoker.
Don’t get the impression, however, that he is the same character you see in the "road to ruin” shows or read about in detective magazine exposes.
his life is a series of Intervals between “shots” or "smokes.” Every cent he gets his hand on goes for dope. ,
The wandering dopehead has no home, probably has/i’t had for years. In winter he rides the
freights to Texas, or Florida, or maybe even California, if he can get past the state line When he gets to one place, he turns around and starts back.
Indelibly imprinted on his sluggish brain is a map of the territory he travels—not names of the towns, but names of the dope dealers.
The railroad or the highway I
furnishes his transportation. Sah'a- | tion Army units, bum joints and j city jails furnish hts board and 1 room.
Necessity only prompts him to I steal. All he needs is a little money I
to buy dope or marijuana cigarettes. He gets most of that by “mooching” on the streets.
If he steals and gets caught, he knows he will have to lay out a court fine in jail—with just enough dope administered by prison authorities to keep him alive.
The hon head or morphine addict is the worst of the clan. lf he has been fortunate enough to own a hypodermic syringe he can live easy. Other addicts will pay money to borrow the instrument for a shot.
The hypodermic syringe can usually be obtained at much less than
Teachers Approve Legislative Goals
cost from a dooedealer. The dealer acts as a fence many times for petty thieves of doctors’ instruments and narcotics. Then again, the dope DALLAS Nov. 25 — » AM - The
head mave stolen the syringe from Texas State teacher^* association’s some doctor's office or kit. j first house of delegate' today ap-
Need for a shot creeps up on the j proved a proposed seven-point leg-addict Just every so often. The fre- elative program, quency of the act is determined by i resolutions included:
the years the addict has been tak-1 That the teachers association ing drugs. : commend the state board of eJu- j
With a hypodermic syringe the cation for their continued effort shot is easy. If a hypodermic needle 1 *n promoting a constructive procan be obtained, it is almost as Ream for improvement of education But remember only a few hi Texas and particularly in continuing the per capita apportion-See HOP HEADS, Pf. 3, Col. 6 I ment of $22 for thus school year.
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Bail Denied In Baird Slaying
Pretz Enters Not Guilty Plea; Trial Set For March 2
BAIRD. Nev 2.4 -Floyd Pre ta, arraigned In 42d district court today on a charge of murder of ha mother, was remanded to jail without bail by Jud~e M. S. Long.
Pretz entered a plea of not guilty. The case was et for trial March 2, which falls during the first week of 42d court s spring term in Baird Representing Pretz are Russell and Russell of Baird and Scarborough and Ely of Abilene,
Since Floyd Is a minor, the Callahan county court has named Eliza Gilliland of Baird as hi* guardian.
A brother to the accused. Clarence Floyd. Vt S navy sailor, is en route home from Samoa Island He Is expected to reach Baird about January I.
NEW YORK NOV 25.—* T'—Mrs. Walter Chrysler, wife of the auto
manufacturer, left an estate formally valued at more than $40,000 ' and divided I* equally among her four children, in her will filed today