Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 28, 1938, Abilene, Texas
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VOL. LV111. NO. 181.
Associated Press (AP)
ABILENE, TEXAS, Monday Evening, November 28, 1938
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PRICE FIVE CENTS
Smith Refuses 'To Sign Order .Closing Wells
Deciding Ballot On Oil Proration Goes to Terrell
* AUSTIN, Nov. 28— (UP)— Railroad Commissioner Lon A. Smith today refused to sign a December oil production order calling for Saturday - Sunday ^losing of Texas oil fields.
Hr said ho understood Chairman Ernest O Thompson had signed the order.
Commissioner C V. Terrell, who will have the deciding vote, was reported to be in Fort Worth attending an Interstate Commerce commission hearing.
Smith said the order presented to him called for continuation of the two-davs-a-week policy, except that
A FORT WORTH. Nov. 28—
^ (I P)—Railroad Commissioner C. V. Terrell vaid today that he may "get around tomorrow" to signing the December oil proration order for Saturday and Sunday shutdowns in all Texas fields.
Terrell said that no agreement was made with Commissioner Lon A. Smith to order only one-dav shutdowns next month if the double closing was en-forced this month.
the final Saturday ut December was left open. He said that besides continuing the shutdown policy, the order as written reduces allowable production on operating days ap-
fproximately 12.500 barrels.
I KEEP MY WORD Smith said that he signed the order for Saturday-Sundav closing in November with an announcement then to the commissioners that he would agree to one-dav a fivcek clos::.:: only, in December. "I ^generally keep my word," Smith said grimly.
Smith will become chairman of the commission in January. Terrell, who has been voting with Thompson on oil policies, will be succeeded then by Ct \ Jerry Sadler If usual procedure is followed, the January production order will be Issued by the old commission before the change. It would be revoked or amended after the change of membership.
Saturtlajr-Sundav cloning already has been made subject of an injunction request in 53rd district court here. The application by United East and West Oil company Gladewater, has been set tor heai-
% See SHUTDOWNS, Pg. 8. Col 8
Tickets Pushed Tor Oil Dinner
Team captains for sale of tickets to the annual membership dinner of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas anociation convention here December IO met thus morning at the chamber of commerce office to plan an intensive campaign.
Vie Behrens, chairman of the ticket selling committee, said the thrive would begin Wednesday morning at IO o'clock instead of Tuesday, as previously announced.
Attending the session this morning were Jack Wheeler. Tom Brownlee, E. H. Moore. Ed Stewart, Behans and Merle Gruver, manager oi -.ne chamber of commerce Hall arrangements committee for the convention had been called to meet this afternoon at the chamber at 2 o'clock The group is headed bv W. P. Wright, chairman, and fT- H Burh, H C. Clark. Gene Elo, Fred Hughes, Ross Jennings and Bob W'estbrook.
Tremor in Alaska
q UNALASKA. Alaska, Nov. 28 "—An earthquake of 20-seconds’ duration shook buildings at 7:29 p rn (Abilene time) last night in Unalaska and vicinity. No damage was done.
ELEVEN STRUCK DOWN—
‘Phantom Slasher’ Spreads Reign of Terror
HALIFAX, England, Nov. 28.—(A*) —Women of thus grimy North England town today were ordered to remain indoors after nightfall because of a "phantom slasher” who strikes unseen along darkened byways.
The slasher added an eleventh victim to his list early this morning, slipping up be
hind Mrs. Constance Wood, a mill worker, only a few yards from her doorway.
He knocked her down, hacked through her heavy coat to Inflict two gashes in her left arm, and escaped.
Police have been unable to trace the slasher, who has attacked ll persons within the past seven days.
AH but two of the victims were women. None was seriously wounded.
Screams from one of two women who were slashed last night brought nearby firemen to the rescue. Crowds leaving church joined the hunt, but without success.
It was feared the phantom, who so fax only has wounded
his victims with a sharp-edged weapon, might suddenly turn murderer.
Women of this industrial town, at least those brave enough still to venture out at night, were arming themselves with large hatpins, bags of pepper and walking-sticks for self-defense.
Patrols of Boys Scouts were pressed into service.
The only clue to the slasher s identity has come from one of the women victims, who described him as having "staring eyes and a big mouth” which she said she would recognize again.
It was expected troops would br brought in soon if other measures fail to catch him.
MOVIES CAST PRINCESS AS ' HOOCH IE-COOCHIE' DANCER
TWO FARMERS KIDNAPED
Roads Blocked in Outlaw Hunt
Blood in Auto
JAPANESE ADVISED ARMS NECESSARY FOR TWO WARS AT ONCE Causes Belief
TOKYO. Nov. 28— <UP>— Japan must have sufficient munitions on hand to fight, if necessary, two wars simultaneously against Russia and China, munitions makers were told by the war office today.
Lieut.-Gen. Seishiro Itagaki, war minister, told the manufacturers at a conference that it was necessary to increase the munitions outnut immediately.
"The armv must answer for na-1 tional confidence and set the imperial mind at ease by achieving the mission imposed on it,” General Itagaki said.
Viscount Akira Toki, vice-ministei
of the army, said the army demanded that the government enforce the entire national mobilization law. under which war-time production has been speeded up.
The foreign policies of Great Britain, France, and Russia make it necessary that Japan increase munitions production, Tokio said. He accused Britain of helning Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek.
"The occasional gestures of friendship toward Japan by the British government should be interpreted as a policy of protecting
rights and interests in China and mean nothing regarding a real intention of cooperation with Japan,' , he said.
France, he continued, was simply riding on British coat tails, the United States was not willing to recognize a new situation but adhered to old treaties.
He concluded that the munitions makers had better curtail their prf-its while increasing production.
BODY IN GARAGE—
Albany Business Man Found Dead
W. Louis Hill
More days to BUY and USE
PROTECT YOUR / HOME •
They promote the use of tuberculin tests and X-ray for early discover) of tuberculosis.
Dies of Stroke
Unexpected Death Follows Several Days of Illness
ALBANY. NOV. 28.— (Spl.) —W. Louis Hill, about 49, native of Albany and prominent in business affairs, was found dead this morning in his automobile in the garage at his home.
Cause of death had not been determined early this afternoon A heart attack or sudden violent 111-I ness was indicated.
BODY IN GARAGE
Although he had complained of j feeling ill several days, there was no indication of serious illness and his death was a great shock to the community.
Mr. Hill s body was found about 9 a rn. It was presumed he had gone to the garage two or three ' hours earlier. Relatives could not ' say exactly when he arose this ! morning The body was lying in the front seat on its right side. The , motor of the automobile was not running and there was plenty of gasoline in its tank. Doors of the garage were open. Physicians immediately discarded the possibility that carbon monoxide' might have caused death.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friends said, however, the rites might be held Tuesday.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife; a daughter, Doris, who is a student in Texas College for Women at Denton; and a son, Billie Louis, a student in Texas Technological college at Lubbock. His mother, Mrs. L. H. Hill, also survives.
FATHER ALBANY FOUNDER
W Louis Hills father, the la*e Louis H. Hill, was one of the founders of Albany. He was a member of the pioneer real estate firm of Webb and Hill, formed here in 1883 In later years the firm handled a large volume of business in oil properties
Tile elder Hill had .settled at old Fort Griffin when that was a booming frontier past. When that place failed to become established as a permanent city and died down with departure of soldiers, buffalo hunters and trail drivers, he moved to Albany.
W. Louis Hill, the son. had sold his insurance business to his nephew, J. Carter King, but continued to operate his real estate business.
STORK S HER THANKSGIVING BIRD
The stork stole the turkey's spot at Mrs. Bert Cameron's home at Shawnee, Okla., Thanksgiving day when she presented these twin boys. Six-pound George Edward (right)
and four-pound, nine-and-one-half ounce Allen Wade (left) are shown with their mother, who was 15 years old November 8, 1938.
Stockyards Fail To Open Again
CHICAGO, Nov. 28— <AP)—An attempt by American Federation of Labor workers to operate the Chicago stockyards in the face of a strike called by the CIO apparently failed today.
Thomas Devero. business agent of Local 517 of the AFL Livestock Handlers union, had guaranteed to have between 150 and 200 men at work in the huge yards by 6 a rn.
More than three hours after that time. Orvis T. Henkle. general manager of the Union Stock Yard and Transit company, announced not
a man had reported for work.
EL PASO. Nov. 28 — (/Pi—Bowie f Worth high school of El Paso was named champion of District four in the Interscholastic league's football system today. The district committee made its decision after considering the records of Bowie and Odessa high schools, which had been tied for the championship.
Former Pastor Here Succumbs
The Rev. James P Peden, 57, former pastor here, died this morning at Baylor hospital in Dallas. He had been ill the past two months and in critical condition since No-1 vember 6 Funeral is to be held at 2 o'clock i Tuesday afternoon at the Harver-son-Cole Funeral chapel in Fort
Trading still was suspended, and livestock receipts were about onc-tenth of normal
AFL headquarters claimed some men had slipped through the picket lines, but no stock was found moving in the yards, and William Hunter, chief of the stockyard police. said no working passes had been issued.
"We shall call off the strike if Hie management will agree to negotiate a written agreement and to bargain in good faith," Van A Bittner. chairman of the packing house workers organizing committer, set forth in a statement.
Daladier Opens Rifts in Labor
TO PROBE SHOOTING—
Grand Jurors Convene Again
Grand jurors of 104th district court were In session this morning for the second time.
Cases scheduled for investigation included the fatal shooting of Carey
f/ooderts, Abilene negro woman. November 12. Robert Jackson, local negro has been held in Taylor county jail in lieu of $10,000 bond since
examining trial November 15 and is charged with the shooting.
Also slated for investigation is the fourth and last suspect arrested in connection with the poker game holdup-shooting of John E. Pilk-ington. He is A. C. Bauer of Houston, who was identified after being returned to Abilene as the man who drove the holdup auto.
James Perry Peden was born May 19. 1881 near Hillsboro After he was graduated from Bacone college at Muskogee. Okla , he was married in 1901 to Jessie McNeelv.
Most of his active ministerial life was spent at various Oklahoma points.
He returned to Texas in 1925 when he moved his family to Fort Worth, coming from there to Abilene in I 8. He lived in Abilene until 1934, when he went to Florida to become pastor of the Zephyrhills Baptist church. He was pastor oi the Lake Helen, Fla., Baptist church when illness forced his retirement.
He is survived by is wife and five children. Brooks Peden, assistant manager of the Abilene chamber of commerce, Mrs. R. L Deter of Dallas, Mrs. R. E. Gray of Washington D. C., Robert Peden of Ft McPherson, Ga., and Barbara Peden The deadlock between the governed DeLand, Fla. Three grandchil- merit and the principal unions per-dren also survive. sisted, however. ,
Norris Voices Fear of Reds
Crusading Baptist Minister Praises Texas Jack Garner
Exhibiting the versatility of an All-American .quarterback in picking his way through a conversational broken field. Dr. J. Frank Norris. Fort Worth’s crusading Baptist preacher, sounded the alarm on menaces to American and world civilization in an interview here this morning.
In the course of a 20-minute audience. the minister touched on and hurriedly followed out at least 18 main subjects and numerous subtopics. In the order of occurrence, they were:
The next World war, which Dr. Norris holds inevitable; the un-American ac l hies congressional probe of Cong. Martin Dies: the Garner-for-president boom: the Red menace to the United States; John L. Lewis and his CIO; a religious revival In the offing; Hitler and his persecution of the Jews and his development of Germany; a pending anti-Semitic wave in the United States; the Munich treaty; Hitler’s possible encounter with Stalin and Soviet Russia; America's economie isolation; fulfilled prophecies heralding the end of the world: President Roosevelt; the United States’ defense needs, and the Federated Council of Churches. which he railed "the greatest communist ring in America." Variety of his comments evidenced the wide scone of his travel and observance He recently returned from a five-months tour of Eu see and the Orient.
He now jointly attends to duties as pastor of the First Baptist church of Fort Worth and the Temple Baptist church of Detroit. He claims a combined congregation of 15.000
‘ONLY MATTER OF TIME'
"I don’t look for war in the next few months, but it i* only a matter of time.' he said "The Munich pact lust postponed a greater explosion. Hitler Is a man of iron—the most dynamic ruler of the age and one with all the earmarks of a world ruler, such as Caesar and Napoleon. That is his goal. and his next step will be to brush up against Russia, force canitulation and conclude a treaty with Stalin,”
"Russia," he continued. "is
See NORRIS, Pg. 8, Col. 4.
PARIS. Nov 28— V The Dalad-governmenrs campaign today opened gaps in labor lines drawn up for a 24-hour strike Wednesday.
Labor Minister Charles Poniard announced he had received assurances that department stores, banks and insurance companies all would remain open despite the strike call
issued by the General Confederation of Labor.
Independent unions, including the General Confederation of Christian workers, also proclaimed opposition to the strike, called to protest Premier Daladiers labor-finance policies.
ABILENE and vicinity; Oenrrsllv fail and slightly warmer tonight and Tuesday.
West Texas Fair tonight and Tuaadav slightly warmer in ea«r and north portion* East Texas Gene; ai., fair and slightly warmer tonight and Tuesday, except prop ably light rain on lower maut.
Highest temperature yesterday SS Lowest temperate* this morning '’a TEMPERATURES
6 IO p m. 8 30 a m
Dry thermometer 17 27
i We) thermometer .na 23
Relative humidity 22 49
53 Si SS
42 40 37
Two Fugitives Flee After Gun Fight in Michigan
PAW PAW, Mirh., Nov. 28.— (AP)—Two gunmen who delayed pursuit by disabling a state police car and kidnaping three men early this morning, eluded a highway blockade by state police and apparently were back-tracking their way Into Illinois.
PAW PAW, Mich., Nov. 28. —(UP)—State police blocked Southwest Michigan highways today in search for two Kansas outlaws who kidnaped two fanners, stole two automobiles, and engaged in a running gun battle with officers.
Fifty squad cars guarded roads around Kalamazoo county and checked hospitals In the belief that police had wounded one of the bandits.
Unaccounted for yet were Henry Metty and Claud Mennis, farmers of near Vicksburg who were kidnaped by the desperadoes In their flight.
Troopers at Paw Paw said th ) Bennis Dixon, 27, wanted In Kansas on assault and Dyer aet violation charges, and an unidentified companion had answered gunfire of state police when they were sighted near Mendon, Mich., early today.
They had been followed from Mottvllle after a request for their apprehension had been received from Kansas police. They were believed headed from Topeka, Kans, to*Detroit.
With a 30-30 rifle, troopers said, the bandits flattened two tires of a pursuing state police car and thus managed to escape. Blood found in a car with Michigan license plates which the two abandoned shortly afterward led officers to believe one of the bandits had been wounded. Troopers traced the pair to Met-tys farm nine miles southeast of Vicksburg, where they commandeered another automobile and took Metty as hastage.
AHS Graduate Killed in Wreck
MINERAL WELLS, Nov. 28.-(UPi— James Lacy, 22, engineer on the Possum Kingdom dam construction project near here, was killed Sunday near Graford when his automobile struck a bridge culvert.
Lacy and Jack Dalton. Inspector at the dam, were en route to Fort Worth to meet Lacy's wife. Lacy was blinded by lights from an approaching car and drove into the stone culvert Dalton was Injured slightly.
The young engineer graduated from Abilene high school and Texas A Ai M college
Relatives today were trying to locate Lacy's father, 73. who is a Baptist missionary worker in the interior of Mexico.
The body was taken to Fort Worth for burial
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According to Abilene high school records, a Jamer Lacy graduated with the June class in 1934 He was the son of G. H Lacy who at that time lived in an apartment house at 1865 Hickory street.
By FREDERICK t’. OTHMAN
HOLLOWOOD, Nov 28—(UP)—Valerie, the much-troubled Princess Baba of Sarawak, reported for work today in the movies and discovered that she s been cast as a hoochie-coochie dancer in a circus sideshow.
AII I can say is that I’m glad my mother and father are 4.000 miles away, the beauteous blonde princess reported. "If my marrying Bob made them so angry they disinherited me. I d hate to see them now.”
Amen, added Bob Gregory, her wrestler-husband, patting her hand.
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When the Princess Baba married Gergory in London last year her lather. Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, the white Rajah of Sarawak said she no longer was a daughter of his.
"And the funny thing was that I had been a good friend of the ranee, my mother-in-law,” Gregory continued. "She even introduced me to talerie, but when we got married, my mother-in-law railed me a big gorilla and said she hoped I’d break my neck.’ J
The princess said, between fittings of her little Egypt costume of black chiffon at Universal studios, that she wrote her father regularly but he didn't answer.
And my mother writes me, but I don't answer her," she said "Her last letter said something about my going home to play in a movie she had written, but I think I'd better stay right here.”
"Correct." said Wrestler Gregory, whase life has become a succession of black healines and bruised bones.
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“The trouble is that I have to work.” he grinned. .“The princess won t support me. “If she'd give me half her money, I'd quit today. But as it is, I ve got to support her. We’ve been here since August, and I ve been wrestling at least four times a week. That’s tough. Ifs too much.”
The 22-year-old princess said if she had any luck in the movies, theyd bot ii settle down in Hollywood and maybe her husband could ►ave the mat for good. The husky, sleek-haired Gregory wants to establish a health school to keep movie walst-llnes slim.
Yuletide Lights Go on Tonight
Tonight all the beauty of a glamorous and happy Yuletide season will be flashed on the downtown business district. In well-stocked stores Abilene merchants will display their offers to the Christmas shopper of unexcelled arrays of seasonable articles from which to select gifts.
Promptly at 6 o’clock, colored lights strung along 20 blocks of the business section will be turned on. At the same hour merchants will unveil their attractively dressed show windows which were to remain draped throughout the day.
Bands from Hardin-Simmons university. Abilene Christian college and Abilene high school, and the Wah-Wahtaysee drum corps from McMurry college will begin a parade through downtown Abilene at 7 o’clock. The parade will start from the courthouse and follow the usual route down Pine street to North Fourth street and south on Cypress street to North First street.
After the parade the bands are to play Christmas music at downtown business corners In a series of concerts.
From 7; 30 to 8 o'clock Abilene merchants will hold "open house" for Christmas shoppers.
Temperature Dips to 26 Degrees
For the .seventh consecutive 24-hour period, the mercury dipped below the freezing point in Abilene last night, the weather bureau reported a low of 26 degrees.
Tile week of cold weather started last Monday night, a low of 30 being recorded early Tuesday Coldest night of the week was Wednes
day, with the mercury dropping to 18 early Thanksgiving morning.
Readings for the past seven days follow: Tuesday 30, Wednesday 22,
Thursday 18. Friday 30. Saturday 25. Sunday 24. Monday (today) 26
The forecast for Abilene and vicinity is generally fair and slightly warmer tonight and Tuesday.
Change Drafted In Neutrality Act
NEW YORK. Nov 28— (UP)— A plan to amend the United States neutrality act so that the president could apply an embargo on any nation he deemed to be an aggressor is being prepared by government experts for presentation to President Roosevelt.
The proposed amendments would be designed to transform the neutrality law into one of the most powerful diplomatic weapons in existence.
State department and other officials are preparing the plan. It calls for sweeping changes which would put "teeth" into United States foreign policy. The proposals, after submission to the president, will be worked over with congressional leaders in an effort to clear the way for legislation amending the neutrality law at the next session of congress.
Although government officials were silent or denied that the proposals had any official status, it was learned from unimpeachable sources that amendments under consideration included changes that would: •
1. Increase the discretionary power of the president in dealing with belligerent and with aggressor nations.
2. Give the president power to name the aggressor in foreign conflict and apply an embargo on that nation without also applying u to a nation being attacked.
3 Empower the president to prohibit shipment of all war materials to an aggressor nation.
4. Include Canada in the list of Latin American nations to which the act at present does not apply-
IT S USO IN ROSE BOWL
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Change in the Bottles
Gift of $10 to the PTA Milk fund by Dr Guy Gillespie was announced this morning by Mrs Edith C. Smith, secretary-treasurer. The Boosters club's appeal for greater patronage of the milk fund bottles, placed on counters throughout the city, was repeated by Newell Thompson, milk fund committee chairman.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28— (AP) — Southern California was named officially today ta represent the Far West in the Rose Bowl football game January 2.
Hugh C. Willett, president of the Pacific Coast conference, formally announced the result of the vote of the IO members of the conference.
The University of California was the other candidate for the honor, the Golden Bears having tied U. S. C. for the conference title. Both had won six and lost one conference game. U. S. C. defeated California 13 to 7.
It will be the fifth trip to the Rose Bowl for the Trojans. They have never been defeated in Pasadena’s famed post-season game. U. S. C. defeated
Pittsburgh twice, Penn State and Tulane in its four bowl appearances.
An early announcement was expected on the team—probably Texas Christian, Duke or Tennessee—which will be invited west for the battle.
TB Officials Are Guests of Boosters
Taylor County Tuberculosis asso-j elation officials were guests at the ; regular semi-monthly luncheon of * the Boosters club at the Wooten today.
President Jack Simmons of the Boosters introduced Mrs. Dallas Scarborough, head of the tubercul-1 osis association, who appealed for I the club's support in the current sale of TB seals and health bonds.
Other leaders of the tuberculosis association presented included Lena ^ .uson, W. H. Free, H. O. Wooten and Howard McMahon.