Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 17, 1938, Abilene, Texas
RICHMOND, Ind., Oct. 17—-'(UP)'-—Bob McDaniels and Rust Morris, both 24, passed their 114th hour in the air today in an endurance flight In which they hope to stay aloft 140 hours.
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VOL LYU I, NO. 139.
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ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY-EVEN I NG, OCTOBER 17, 1938— EIGHT T>AGES
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PRICE FIVE CENTS
ACCUSING EIGHTEENTH E LEAST 6f THESE ARE HER BRETHREN
German Spy Charges Disclosed
A JUG OF WINE AND A LOAFER—NEARLY PARADISE ENOW
INTRA, Italy, Oct. 17— (UP)-Glovanni Blracchi, 55. had a huge hangover today and no more wine to cure It.
Biracchi went on a spree yes
terday. He carried up a good supply of wine from his cellar and drank it all. Then he went back to the cellar for more.
Worried, a son went down la
ter to see what had happened to him He arrived in time to save his father from drowning in his favorite liquid.
Biracchi, after opening the
spigot of a huge barrel, lost consciousness. When the son arrived, the wine had reached hts ears."
DISTURBED BY RUMORS—
British Fear New Hitler Demands
Churchill Calls For Resistance
IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHOSE BABY YOU ARE
Fuehrer Believed Ready to Request More Concessions
Bv JOSEPH W. GRIGG Jr.
LONDON. Oct. 17.—(UP)— Reports multiplied today that Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, following: up his triumph in the Czechoslovak crisis, would make far reaching proposals soon to the British government.
At the same time there was a mounting tide of feeling against further concessions to dictators which threatened the government not only at home but in parts of the British empire.
PACT PROPOSAL SEEN A speech broadcast to the United States last night by Winston Churchill—and strangely not broadcast in Great Britain over the government-controlled radio system-sounded a clear call for a strong stand ^gainst the totalitarian nations. for intensified rearmament and for world cooperation among democracies, particularly between Great Britain and the United States.
Importance of the present reports was that they concerned concessions which would be asked of Great Britain. It was no longer a question of "concessions" to Benito Mussolini at Ethiopia's expense or to Adolf Hitler at Czechoslovakia's- expense.
According to present reports. Germany intends soon to propose Anglo-German dLscussion on arms limitation generally, on an air pact, on colonies and possibly on revision of the Anglo-German naval treaty. In each case there would be involved definite and costly ponces-’ sions by Great Britain to Germany.
STRONG PROTEST DUE
It was reported that Hitler would ask Britain to accept inferiority to Germany as regards airplanes, that he would ask for British empire colonies or mandated territory, and that he might seek a more nearly equal proportion of warships with Britain.
No one doubted that there would be a tremendous roar of protest in Great Britain if there was any suggestion that this country accept inferiority to Germany in the air. Acceptance of equality at sea was unthinkable.
As regards colonies, even if the rank and file Cif the conservative I party agreed to sacrifice African territory—and there was no reason at all to believe that it would—it was increasingly certain that there would be lirm and perhaps dangerous opposition in Africa.
EAST AFRICA RESTIVE A Daily Mail dispatch from Dar-es-Salaam. Tanganyika, said ominously today:
"It is reported, in reliable quarters that negotiations between the British government and Germany for the return of Tanganyika to the Reich are imminent.
"Europeans and natives are thost perturbed and have formed a defense league to resist to
See CONCESSIONS, Pf. 8, Col. 6
ABILENE nWrl vicinity: Mostly cloudy
to cloudy tonight and Tuesday: probably
local shower*. (J
West Texas: Partly cloudy, cooler In Panhandle and southwest portion tonight-Tuesday partly cloudy, cooler In north portion. I
E 1st Texas; W>stly cloudy tonight and Tuesday, probably local shower* except on! lower coast and In Rio Grande Valley.
Highest temperature yesterday .,87 j
• Lowest temperature thl* morning
TEM PER ATI'RES
In the Sudetenland, it til depends on whose baby you are. Perhaps your parents are anti-Nazi. like Mrs Vera Koudelova, at left above. Then your folks flee with scant possessions as the Nazi army of occupation approaches. You get tired and hungry, and you cry. But mother can't help you much She can get you to the safety of Prague, as Mrs. Koudelova did. There, with 1500 other refugees, you'll be packed into a school building—with a mattress on a straw-
covered floor as your new home, and charity the only source of your meals. But if your folks like Herr Hitler and the Nazis, you live amid scenes of joyous celebration. When the Germans come, your mother and other women pelt them with flowers. Perhaps a steel helmeted soldier, like the one at right, thinks of his own kinder and stops. He tosses you up—and that's fun. So you pat his face to show you like him. and run happily back to your mother. It all depends.
Hollywood Shies At Mur dei Trial
Second Husband of Singer Ruth Etting,
Shot by First, Recovering in Hospital
HOLLYWOOD, Oct, 17— iUP)— Scandal-shy Hollywood hoped today that Ruth Etting s present husband, shot by her former husband, would recover. If he doesn't, there will be a murder trial and a sensational probing of the movie colony’s social structure. If he does, it was confidently predicted that there would be no prosecution.
Mervl Alderman, 30, a musician. Miss Etting's present husband, was reported in fair condition from a bullet wound in the lining of the abdomen. Physicans believed he had an excellent chance for recovery.
He could not say and Miss Etting would not say whether prosecution would follow his recovery, but "Colonel'' Martin (Moe) Snyder, 43, her former husband w'hose furious jealousy of her was well known in the —-—— I theatrical world during their mar-
Woodul Orders Huev's Arrest
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Jury to Probe Poker Shooting
Grand jurors of 42d district court are to meet again Wednesday morning for formal investigation of the poker game holdup shooting of John Pilkington last Wednesday. Dist. Atty. W. R. Black announced this morning.
Black explained that all men wanted in connection with the case had not been arrested. He is to ask indictments against them.
CAR OWNER UNDER BOND Gillard Berry Butler of Houston is being held In Taylor county jail on charges of robbery with firearms. assault to murder, and automobile theft. Appearance bonds totaling $?.500 were set on the charges and examining trial was to have been held this morning. It probably will not be held, however, because of the nearness of the grand jury investigation, Black indicated.
S. R. Simpson, also of Hous-• ton, is charged with being an accessory to the holdup and is at liberty under 8500 bond .It has been reported, but not confirmed officially, that Simpson made a statement to officers saying he permitted two un-. named men to take his car from Dallas Tuesday night. Wednesday he reported the automobile stolen, but wras brought to Abilene for investigation. He has not been charged with being connected directly with the robbery |fcd shooting since he has definitely established his presence in Dallas Tuef^jpy njght an(j wednesday.
AtWn< hospital today improvement in the Puking ton.
idants at Hendrick-Memorial reported continiSd condition of
riage, announced blithely in jail that he would not be prosecuted, that Miss Etting would see to that. SINGER ENTERS FIGHT Snyder said he hadn't intended to shoot his former wife's present husband, that the gun had gone off by accident.
Alderman, Miss Etting, and Snyder's daughter, who is Miss Etting's secretary, told a different story. Snyder shot him in a jealous rage, they said, and, if Miss Etting hadn't gotten her own pistol and if his daughter hadn't fired at him, he would have shot them all.
Screen and radio star. Miss Etting was heroine of the real life drama. She became a radio and movie star because, beautiful and exquisitely feminine, she could ting like a baritone. But she wept in soprano as she recounted the events leading up to the shooting of her husband.
"It was a case of insane jealousy.-’ she said. “Martin threatened to kill me when I divorced him last November. When Meryl and I were married three months ago. we kept it secret—but Martin found out anyhow."
Alderman. Miss Etting’s accompanist, was at St. Vincent's hospital. Snyder was booked on suspicion of kidnaping and attempted murder.
Miss Etting charged Snyder with kidnaping her husband*, from in front‘of the‘National Broadcasting studios Saturday night. She said Snyder stuck a gun in Alderman's ribs, forced him to drive to her home near Hollywood lake, and threatened to kill everybody in the house. Occupants were Alderman Mist' E|$ing, and Editl* Snyder. Alderman laughed H the threat, she said, afid Snyder started shooting. One bullet smashed into the grand piano, another feto Alderman.
"I ran to the bedroom*^Miss Et-tiijp continua*' and got my gun
See SHOOTING, Pf 8, Col. i
AUSTIN. Oct. 17.— .4* —Armed with an executive order from Acting Governor Walter F. IVoodul. Texas rangers today sought to rearrest and deliver to the Texas penitentiary Arthur Huev, central figure of a strange legal puzzle.
Wocdul yesterday instructed Edward Clark, secretary of state, to issue an order for the arrest of Huey who was released from the prison on a writ issued by District Judge Fountain Kirby at Groesbeck.
At Stinnett, District Judge Curtis Douglas held the prison authorities in contempt of court for releasing Huey, convicted in Judge Douglas’ court for embezzling Hutchinson county funds.
Whether prison officials would receive Huey if he was arrested re- I mained unknown. They would be acting in defiance of a second or- j der issued by Judge Kirby restraining them from accepting him.
A* st^te official pointed out final determination of the mixup probably would come from the court of criminal appeals. ’ It was pointed out that if officers arrested Huey they would be subject to contempt of JViuge Kirby s court from which ' they could appeal to ^he higher court.
Fugitive Refuses To Give Self up
HOUSTON. Oct. 17—up—A man who gave his name as Arthur Huey telephoned J. R. Hopper of the Houst(4h Chronicle editorial staff last night and said he would not surrender. '
The Chronicle newsman said the man who telephoned Mm said:
"I just want to get a statement in the Chronicle, I want everyone to know I am nj* running away, that ti district court order has been issued restraining ail Texas peace officers from arresting me and as soon a.s that order has *>een served on all officii*, 111 adopt a permanent ro'fdence. x x x"
Leaders Listed As Conspiring
Prosecutor Claims Suspects Forged President's Name
NEW YORK. Ort. 17.—(AP)
—Attorneys for three alleged German spies described their clients as "framed” and "innocent” today after U. S. Atty. Iamar Hardy told a federal court jury they had penetrated into some of the innermost secrets of this country’s military defense.
NEW YORK, Oct. 17—(UP) —U. S. Atty. Lamar Hardy outlined in federal court today a fantast ic conspiracy by means of which, he said, nazi Germany hoped to obtain important American military and defense secrets through poorly paid agents of German nationality and extraction.
Details of the plot included use of Adolf Hitler's party newspaper and forging President Roosevelt’s name on false White House letterheads, Hardy said.
EIGHTEEN NAMED Hardy, sketching the prosecution's case against three persons accused of espionage, said that government's charges wrould be elaborated in the testimony of Guenther Gustave Rumrich. 37-year-old army deserter who pleaded guilty to the indictment last week. Rumrich's story,
Hardy said, would involve Johanna Hofman, former I hairdresser on the German liner Europe, who allegedly acted as transcontinental mes-■ e n g e r between agents here and in Germany; Otto Hermann Voss, skilled mechanic accused of stealing military plans designed from the Seversky Aircraft corporation plant where he was employed: and Erich Glaser, army pri- RUMRICH vate at Mitchell field, charged with stealing for Rumrich a secret air corps communication code.
In all, 18 persons were named in the alleged conspiracy, but 14 of them are in Germany, safe from prosecution. Two of the latter— Capt.-Lieut. Erich Pfeiffer, chief of German naval intelligence at Bre-
See SPY TRIAL. Pg. 8. Col. 4
Treasure Diggers Recruit Assistance As Time Wanes
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 17 — <UP>—Skeptical army officers as official timekeepers today said ' go" to six white men and two negroes digging against time in a creek bank on Fort Sam Houston reservation for supposed burled gold.
The gold diggers of 1938 had 44 working hours left and hoped for an extension of time if they found nothing within the allotted 72 hours, but military men didn t think they would ever turn up more of the match box size bars that Frank Shepperd said he sold as brass in 1917.
Hugo E. Randig and Joe Bachmeyer. white men who finally helped the negro farmer get permission to dig on military property, recruited four credulous relatives from the town of Taylor.
Shepperd, who planned to buy a fine bull if he made another strike, got one of his race to help.
Despite a lone piece of rusted tin as only metal to reward their efforts, the diggers kept at it. Their picks and shovels didn't stop but their patience was shortening at Shepperd's activity. One brawny worker ejected a stream of tobacco juice and observed:
'That boy shore talks a good job of diggin’.”
Mm?. Chiang Kai-Shek, Wellesley educated, and the wife of China's generalissimo, delves deep into the heart of her
country’s sorrow as she goes among the soldiers and civilians. Here a wounded soldier
is given emergency treatment at Hankow—and Mme. Chiang is wielding the swab.
Japs Cut Canton Railway
Surgeons Give Death Valley Gold Miner s I Strike
Cold Chisel Surgery Amazed Approval U.S. Missions
LOS ANGELES. Oct. 17— (UP)—Hammer-and-cold chisel surgery of Jim Watson, a 65-year-old gold miner from Death Valley, amazed surgeons today.
Watson walked into the emergency hospital and help up one hand. Two fingers were missing.
“I amputated them with a hammer and chisel." he explained. "That was all I had. and I had to do It. I got my hand tangled in a buzz saw. I wanted to know if I did it right.”
Surgeons said Watson did an excellent Job.
Hungarians Fire On Czech Patrol
PRAGUE. Oct 17—'UP) — The army received advices today from Kraluv Chlumec that Hungarian soldiers had opened fire on a patrol of Czechoslovak soldiers at the village of Biel, Slovakia, and had thrown hand grenades at them.
After withdrawing, the Hungarians returned and attacked the patrol a second time. The Czechoslovaks did not return the fire.
The Slovak government decided to decree martial law in 17 districts close to the ungarian frontier.
The area extends from E.atislava to Kosice, comprising 15 districts on the Hungarian frontier and two others close to it. Bratislava, Kosice slose to the Hungarian frontier.
It was announced the step was taken because of Slovak government feared invasion by Magyar terrorists, although there was no fear of invasion by the regular Hungarian army.
Czechoslovak and Hungarian delegations resume negotiations this
week and the Czechs will make -;--
essentially the same offer that ’lie I • t ai ■ #
Hungarians rejected angrily at the |Li*|
Is Gravely 111
ANKARA. Turkey, Oct. 17.—im— An official communique said today President Kamal Ataturk was gravely UL
Tile communique said:
“The condition of the president, Uzhorod, which have Hungarian who has long been suffering from a minorities and which Hungary had liver complaint, suddenly grew
Komarom conference last week, REICH BACKS CZECHS
It will include the cession to Hungary of Czechoslovak areas where Hungarians are predominant, but the cessions will be based on a 1930 ethnographical map, instead of a 1910 map the Hungarians had insisted on using, and Cechoslovakia will retain the cities of Bratislava, Nitra, Koeice and
.Goal of Invaders Is Cut Off from All Communication
HONGKONG, Oct. 17—(AP) —The Japanese army announced tonight it had straddled the Canton-Ko wkon railway “at several points” but reports from areas further north indicated that the rapid Japanese drive toward Canton was meeting its first serious, organized Chinese resistance.
Severe fighting was reported from Wongtong, about 40 miles east of Canton, In what appeared to be the first major battle to decide the fate of the South China metropolis and the vital supplies radiating from it. PROGRESS SLOWED The Japanese communique announcing the cutting of the Can-
HANKCJW, Oct* 17 — (AP) — The United States consulate received reports today that two American missions on the Peip-ing-Hankow railway had been damaged by Japanese bombs.
The Rev. George Holm informed the consulate the Lutheran United mission at Kiao-shan, 200 miles north of Hankow, was damaged badly by low-flying Japanese planes in two attacks October 13.
The Rev. J. L. Benson reported the Augustana synod mission at llsuchang. 25 miles farther north, was bombed heavily October 14 and many Chinese occupants killed.
The Czechs believed that in the light of weekend developments, the Hungarians would either accept or seriously consider the offer, which they denounced at Komarom as ridiculous.
Frantisek Chvalkovsky, Czechoslovak foreign minister, returned
from Munich and Berlin with the elution he frequently was reported news that negotiations would be jjj 0j kidney trouble, for which he resumed, and while the government received treatment at an Austrian viewed it as a nega’lve victory health reseat durihg the World war over Hungary, it nevertheless rep-
worse on Sunday. And although a slight improvement occurred overnight his illness is still maintaining a grave character.”
The health of the "grey wolf” who built a new nation on the ruins of the Ottoman empire had been subject of disquieting rumors for months.
Even in the early days of his rev-
ton-Kowloon railway, chief link between the British colony of Hongkong and Canton, did not name the : points affected, but these were be-\ lieved to be between Pingwu, 15 miles north of the Hongkong frontier. and Cheungmuktau, halfway to Canton.
After driving 45 miles inland
from the Bias bay landing point, the Japanese column thrusting toward Canton ran«.into well entrenched positions near Wongtong held by some 100.000 Chinese troops equipped with field guns, howitzers and anti-aircraft defenses.
Before meeting this resistance the
Sec JAP DRIVE, Tg. 8. Col. I
resented the first favorable turn for this country since the Suvle-tenland crisis.
Chvalkovsky was understood to have brought assurances that Germany would aid Cechoslovakia industrially and financially, as well as guarantee fair treatment from Hungary. This was in token of Czechoslovakia's new foreign policy of friendship to the nazis.
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Damage Suit Trial In District Court
In 42d district court this morning, jury was selected for trial of the $28 000 damage suit styled, Eva Hampton vs. Mrs Raymond >Neu-berta) Kincaid The suit is outgrowth of an autorrftibile collision near Merkel.
Mason Youth Wins At American Royal
KANSAS CITY. Mo., Oct. 17.— (UP>—The American Royal livestock show' today presented the 1938 models of Hereford, shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus beef steers and hundreds of the nation's cattlemen were thlte to observe the improvements.
Mayfield Kothmann of Mason, In the 'early days of nationalist Tex. won the Hereford open class Turkey, he celebrated his victories steep championship with his entry, over the Greeks by drinking cham-1 Lucky Boy, a junior yearling. Lucky pagne. • Boy will compete tomorrow with
He was elected president Octo- winners of the Aberdeen-Angus and 23, 1923. bv the national as- snorthorn divisions for the grand Turkey chfBnpionship of the open class di-
At 53. however, this was his first serious illness. ®
Commentators often observed that Ataturk had i*e\er followed the frugal Spar.an personal lif^ "of Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini.
He often has worked or listened to nttisicians all night and then slept 24 hours in a stretch. For many years he has been a chain cigarette smoker,a marathon eof Tee .drinker* and has shown fondness for raki liqueur, which was banned for British troops In Palestine during the,. World war.
lr 23, 1923. by the natior sembly when it proclaimed
Unaided by Faithless Spouse—
'PERFECT HUSBAND' GOES TO TRIAL TODAY FOR SLAYING WIFE'S SWEETHEART
CHICAGO, OcL 17-(UP)—Rudolph Slkora.o31. the "perfect husband,” goes on#trial today for the slaying of the man his wife loved.
Sikora loved his wife He, scrubbed floors for her, washed dishes, cooked
mon, 35,’ an accountant, who read J her husband and, altifbugh the state' Tything he could for me, but I loved poetry, talked to her of culture and will demand the death penalty, will Eddy and wanted to marry him." the music of the masters, and told take the stand this week to testify Sikoras mother-in-law, . Mrs her that her soul was fettered by a against him. Elizabeth Boehme, will testify for
husband she did not love. I "Rudy was all right,” she testified him. She sided with him during un-
Sikora early on the morning of August 22 waited on a street corner for five hours until Solomon appeared, then shot him five times with a
The wife. Margaret, 22, a dark st an inquest into the slaying "He happy days of his marriage and has! target pistol. He stood near the body
for her. But she loved Edward Solo-j slender brunette, has refused to aid J was a perfect husband and did eve-1 stood by him since the slaying.
until police arrived.